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  • 'USS Bread and Water': Old and rare punishment loomed over a demoralized crew

    10/10/2017 1:12:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies ^ | 10/10/2017 | By: Geoff Ziezulewicz
    Sailors aboard the cruiser Shiloh during the 26-month command of Capt. Adam M. Aycock often worried about the CO’s use of one of the Navy’s most arcane punishments: confinement for three days in the brig while being fed only bread and water. Over time, Aycock’s proclivity for using bread and water to punish junior sailors became well-known on the Yokosuka, Japan, waterfront, where the Shiloh is based, according to sailor comments in three of the ship’s command climate surveys. “I do not wear my ballcap at the (Navy Exchange store),” one sailor wrote. “Even the taxi drivers on base know...
  • Pensare Oltre invites Bruce Deitrick Price to speak in Italy

    10/06/2017 2:43:10 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 11 replies ^ | October 2, 2017 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Our Education Establishment, no matter how many millions of children end up illiterate, is able to suppress debate and elude public outrage. Critics are typically ignored. After all, if they disagree with the Education Establishment, they must be wrong. “So it was a strange surprise,” Bruce Price explains, “ when education reformers in Italy contacted me for help in their fight against sight-words in public schools. Must be a mistake, I thought. American experts constantly stress that a phonetic language would never need sight-words. Oh, they wail, if only English were perfectly phonetic like Italian!! Here’s a...
  • Budget Director Mulvaney: 'Tax Reform...That's What's Going to Save the Country'

    09/13/2017 9:46:50 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 09/13/2017 | Susan Jones
    President Trump is launching an all-out effort to move tax reform through Congress, quickly. In two tweets on Wednesday morning, President Trump urged Congress to get going: "The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin. Move fast Congress!" the president wrote. And then: "With Irma and Harvey devastation, Tax Cuts and Tax Reform is needed more than ever before. Go Congress, go!" The president wants the biggest corporate tax cut he can get, and it doesn’t have to be revenue-neutral, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told...
  • Rand Paul: GOP's swamp tactics could kill tax reform dead

    08/31/2017 5:37:06 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 64 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 08/30/2017 | Chris Pandolfo
    Ahead of President Trump’s push for tax reform in Springfield, Missouri, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., published an op-ed demanding that Congress’ bill include real tax cuts and that the details of the bill be debated in the open. Decrying the talk from “wonks in Washington,” Paul argued that tax reform must not be “revenue neutral” through offsets elsewhere in the tax code. “Revenue neutral ultimately means that someone pays more for someone else to pay less. It means tax ‘reform’ without real tax cuts,” Paul wrote. “I fear that tax reform that mandates revenue neutrality will result in those with...
  • Trump Says America Faces a ‘Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity’ for Real Tax Reform

    08/31/2017 5:33:29 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/30/2017 | Staff
    President Donald Trump said today that he believes America now has a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” for real tax reform and explained the four principles he believes that tax reform should stand upon. “So this is our once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver real tax reform for everyday hardworking Americans, and I am fully committed to working with Congress to get this job done,” Trump said in an address in Springfield, Mo. “And I don't want to be disappointed by Congress, do you understand me? Do you understand?” Trump said. “I think Congress is going to make a comeback. I hope so,” said Trump....
  • Trump: ‘Foreign Companies Have More Than a 60% Tax Advantage’ Over US Companies

    08/31/2017 5:33:23 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/30/2017 | Melanie Arter
    During a rally in Springfield, Mo., President Donald Trump called on Congress to reform the U.S. tax code, including the business tax, saying it puts American companies at a disadvantage compared to countries like China, the United Kingdom, and Canada, which have lower corporate tax rates. The United States is “dead last” when it comes to the business tax, the president said. We have gone from a tax rate that is lower than our economic competitors, to one that is more than 60 percent higher. We have totally surrendered our competitive edge to other countries. We have totally surrendered. We're...
  • The Magisterium and Nostalgia: Pope Francis on Liturgy

    08/28/2017 1:28:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Dominus mihi adjutor ^ | August 26, 2017 | Fr Hugh
    It had not been in mind to comment on the latest chapter of papagate, in which Pope Francis has declared, we are told, that the liturgical reform is irreversible. Many commentators have weighed on the papal address, not least Frs Z and Hunwicke, Christopher Altieri at Catholic World Report and Phil Lawler at Catholic Culture. Though they share the same general interpretation of the papal speech they are not identical in their approach to liturgy; so reading them together makes for a balanced orthodox approach to the situation. (Feel free to add others you have found in the comments’ section...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What does Pope Francis mean by ‘irreversible’ liturgical reform?

    08/24/2017 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 24, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    Liturgical reform is “irreversible,” Pope Francis says. If he means that history cannot be undone—we can’t rewind the tape—his point is beyond dispute. But surely he does not mean that we are stuck forever with the status quo. It is noteworthy that in speaking on the liturgical reform, Pope Francis invoked his magisterial authority: something that he has been reluctant to do when he speaks on doctrinal matters. But it is also profoundly confusing. What does it mean to speak with magisterial authority about a process? Insofar as he is saying that the Church is committed to the process that...
  • Rand Paul Teams Up With Kamala Harris for Bail Reform

    07/22/2017 5:13:39 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 55 replies
    The goal is to remove what critics of the criminal justice system call an unfair disadvantage for poor people and people of color, who reportedly pay disproportionately higher amounts for bail. “Nationally, African American men pay 35 percent higher money bail amounts than white men, and Hispanic men pay 19 percent higher money bail amounts than white men,” part of the Harris-Paul bill reads. The individuals who would be exempt from bail are described as “low-risk individuals” awaiting criminal trials.
  • 'France faces last chance to reform labor market, but must not become like UK and US' [MEDEF head]

    06/23/2017 6:49:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 23 June 2017 17:09 CEST+02:00 | Ben McPartland
    The head of France’s biggest employers federation said on Friday that President Emmanuel Macron represented the last chance to reform the country’s rigid labor market, but did not want the country to end up like the US or the UK. […] While his plans have leftist trade unions seething and warning of mass street protests, the leaders of France’s big companies are unsurprisingly right behind him. “We need to get going quickly,” said Pierre Gattaz, president of France’s employers federation MEDEF, an organization that is reviled by many among France’s hard left. “France won’t have another opportunity. Now we have...
  • Of States and Sects: When the Powerful Appear Powerless

    05/24/2017 5:05:39 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 24, 2017 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Reflections on the War on Terror, in light of the Manchester Arena Bombing On Sunday, May 22, 2017, President Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia addressed a gathering of the political leadership of some 50 muslim-majority nations… and on Monday, May 23, an ISIS-inspired jihadist detonated a nail bomb in Manchester, England after a concert, killing over twenty innocents, injuring sixty more. Whether intended to be a response or not, this terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena must be directly assessed in light of King Salman's speech yesterday in Saudi Arabia… because it hammers home the special challenge of...
  • The 10 Most Important Players in Senate Health Care Reform

    05/12/2017 1:50:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 7 replies
    breitbart ^ | SEAN MORAN
    The Senate will take up health care reform; here are some of the ten most influential players in the battle to reform health care: 10. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Mitch McConnell, as leader of the Senate, will have to balance the competing interests between the moderate and conservative wings of the chamber. Republicans enjoy a 52-seat majority in the Senate, meaning that McConnell could lose two votes and still let Vice President Mike Pence break the tie and pass the bill. McConnell convened a working group of 13 senators to write a Senate health care bill, rather than...
  • Here's one great Amendment proposal

    04/26/2017 5:46:18 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Vanity | 04/26/17 | e-mail to me
    Trump is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.c In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is an idea that should be passed around. The TRUMP Rule Let's see if congress understands what people pressure is all about. Salary of retired US Presidents .. . . . .. . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE. Salary of House/Senate members .. . . . .. . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE. This is stupid Salary of Speaker of...
  • A Topsy-Turvy Tax System That Will Never Be Reformed

    04/20/2017 1:24:41 PM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    As we turn the page on yet another inspiring tax day, let’s look into who is really bearing the burden of the individual taxes in the United States. In 2014’s tax year, the federal government took in a then-record $1.377 trillion in income taxes from individuals, according to a report published by the Internal Revenue Service. And of the 148,606,578 individual tax returns filed that year, 52,062,499 of them (35 percent) filed “nontaxable returns,” which means they paid no net individual income taxes. The rest of us, the 65 percent who did pay income taxes, paid an average of $14,271,...
  • Tell Office of Mgmt. & Budget Which Agencies To Reform-Link to Form

    04/14/2017 5:57:13 AM PDT · by Stayfree · 3 replies
    Self ^ | April 14, 2017 | Stayfree
    On March 13th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order that will make the Federal government more efficient, effective, and accountable to you, the American people. This Executive Order directs the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to present the President with a plan that recommends ways to reorganize the executive branch and eliminate unnecessary agencies. President Trump wants to hear your ideas and suggestions on how the government can be better organized to work for the American people. Here is a link to the form to register your suggestion...have at it fellow patriots and tell all...
  • Norquist: Health care reform must come before tax reform

    03/28/2017 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Religion and Politics · 42 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | March 27, 2017 | Nicole Sinclair
    On Friday, President Donald Trump told reporters that he is moving on after the Republican health care bill was pulled from a floor vote in the House of Representatives. As market and political analysts work to understand what the bill’s failure means for the future of tax reform, one outspoken advocate for tax cuts expressed concern. Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform, a politically conservative organization that opposes all tax increases, said health care reform is an essential first step to achieving significant tax reform. “It has to go first in order to have a significant...
  • Paul Ryan: Failure of Obamacare Replacement Makes Tax Reform Harder

    03/25/2017 8:46:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 76 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN CARNEY
    The White House tried very hard Friday to send a clear message that the success of President Donald Trump’s tax and infrastructure agenda does not turn on the fate of the Obamacare replacement bill. House Speaker Paul Ryan, only minutes after pulling his health care bill, appeared to at least partially contradict that. “Yes. This does make tax reform more difficult,” Ryan said. “But it does not in any way make it impossible.” Even though Ryan went on to say the House would “proceed with tax reform,” he appeared to be far less optimistic than the two top Trump administration...
  • Trump wants compromise immigration bill: reports

    02/28/2017 12:14:10 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 57 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/28/2017 | Jordan Fabian
    President Trump may urge lawmakers to pass a compromise immigration reform bill during his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, a senior administration official told television network anchors who met with the president. Trump believes a major immigration bill is necessary but would require "a softening on both sides. There's got to be a coming together," the official said, according to CNN. Trump envisions a proposal that would allow some undocumented immigrants live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation, but would stop short of offering them a pathway to citizenship. Such a move would...
  • Treasury Secretary Mnuchin: We're committed to 'very significant' tax reform by August recess

    02/25/2017 6:16:36 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | February 23, 2017 | Jacob Pramuk
    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that he wants to see "very significant" tax reform passed before Congress' August recess, in what could prove a tough task as lawmakers work through a complex agenda. "We want to get this done by the August recess. We've been working closely with the leadership in the House and the Senate and we're looking at a combined plan," he told CNBC in his first television interview since assuming office. President Donald Trump has repeatedly made pledges for tax reform and regulatory cuts since he took office, creating optimism among business executives and investors. So...
  • Distracted driver sues Apple over a fatal car crash [California]

    12/30/2016 11:52:25 AM PST · by SES1066 · 56 replies
    San Jose CA Business Journal ^ | 12/30/16 | Gina Hall
    The plaintiff filed suit in a California court in early December in regards to a road accident that occurred on Christmas Eve in 2014. The driver was " distracted while using the 'FaceTime' application on an iPhone 6 Plus during the operation of his motor vehicle," and hit the back of a stationary vehicle while going 65 miles per hour, per the court documents obtained by AppleInsider.SNIP Apple was sued for not implementing a technology that could have prevented the driver from using the app while driving. The Cupertino-based company applied for the patent on the technology in 2008 and...