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I have been waiting for this season to get started and let me tell you something: this isn’t good baseball; this isn’t great baseball; this is some fantastic baseball! For two games in a row, I have seen two grand slams. Unbelievable defensive plays and everyone is swinging the bat when needed. Rendon, Werth and Espinosa are the ones I want to see do well and they haven’t disappointed me. The others are performing in a gear likened to playoff time. And they are just as calm as can be. Almost like they have a secret that we don’t know about (like they are going to the World Series this year). Having some ups and downs with pitching but offense is covering that. I mean, the game tonight is no less exciting then the one yesterday. Matter of fact I only see one dark spot in these first 10 games. That is the instant replay. It is being used and abused for other than intended and it takes the fun out of booing the umps, which has shown that they get the call right about 98% of the time. I hope it goes away because I don’t want my baseball footballized, if you know what I mean. Since it is spring break and nothing is going on, tune into Nats baseball. You’ll be glad you did.

I cannot divulge the individual who showed me this 200 page document. As you know, I am all about secrets and anonymity here and everywhere. But I did see this initiative and I crapped my pants. If this were insider trading, I would be heading to jail now. Let me just say the cogs are in motion to head this off before it is implemented.

When you do your taxes, you attach your SSAN to that document. At times, taxpayers even have refunds directly deposited to their bank accounts. Do you remember when the government was trying to find a way to take over 401K’s? That idea didn’t die. This document (which I could neither copy nor show anyone. Matter of fact, I had to read it in the presence of the individual) was from the Treasury Dept with involvement from both the IRS and Justice. Why Justice I am not sure but the bottom line is a new tax.

The tax is called a “holding tax” and deals with individual’s monies in financial institutions and 401k’s wherever they reside. To be initiated around the April 15th timeframe, a tax is immediately levied on the dollar amount of any holdings at a 3% rate. That money immediately goes into a government “holding” account (extracted from your account) where it draws interest for the government. A lien is also put on your account (and any new established accounts) so that taking monies out below what taxes will be owed are stayed (which means you cannot clear out your account). That 3% tax will also be levied on your tax returns. After the initial tax and withdrawal from your accounts, every quarter there will be a 3% tax on those accounts done by ADB (I assume this is “average daily balance”) figures.

For example: you have 1,000 dollars in your bank account=30 to the gov’t. Small potatoes? 10,000 in your savings=300 to the gov’t. Now we’re picking up steam. 100,000 in your 401K=3,000 to the gov’t. No small potatoes there. And this will happen EVERY QUARTER!

Now there was much of this I couldn’t understand but the rational was to shore up “entitlement” programs-including the ACA-to keep them solvent and stave off budgetary shortfalls. Are you kidding me? It is a perpetuating tax if I read this correctly, with no sunset. I guess we don’t have to worry about estate tax much going forward. There won’t be anything left. I don’t know how they can get away with this but maybe that is why the Justice Dept is involved. And we already know that the ACA was Constitutional because it was a tax. I’m sure someone will take this to court but by the time it gets resolved (what, 2 years or more?), can you imagine the pile of money the government will have……all collecting interest for them? I don’t know who you could call to complain because it is being kept close to the breast. All I can do is what I already started; closing accounts. This sucks. ANY PERCEPTION RELYING IN LOGIC FINDS ONE ONEROUS LAW! Sheesh.

On my way to a meeting in Leesburg yesterday evening, I heard on the news about an accident at Dranesville and Rt.7. I was thankful I was not caught in the traffic. Today when I got some vehicle maintenance taken care of at the gas station there, I was pulled into the office and shown the station video that caught the accident. All the guys cell phones showed different things they videoed. I cringed. If you have seen the commercial for, I believe, Suburu, it shows a vehicle center punched with the caption “they lived”. This was much worse. Life-flight was involved. There are two things I adamantly check for while driving.

The second thing is to check my rear view mirror when coming to a stop and watching to make sure the vehicle behind me is going to do the same. The first thing is what happened in this case. The light changed to green for Dranesville Rd. traffic to turn onto Rt. 7. A truck on east bound 7 either tried to make the waning yellow or was preoccupied and ran the light, center punching a small car in the driver’s door (speed limit is 45 but traffic goes faster and there was NO braking action here). When proceeding from a stop or after a light changes, NEVER, EVER assume that the light or stop sign will stop all traffic. This is a common occurrence and could have been avoided just by keeping track of traffic that can affect you. This was a real ugly accident. Don’t have one of your own.

Big case in front of the SCOTUS this week.

Federal law now states that private companies must provide birth control in health insurance packages. Hobby Lobby claims that they should be exempt on religious grounds.

I do feel that a private individuals and businesses should be able to refuse service to anyone for any reason. (Such businesses would not be in business for very long) But the question here is whether a person or company can circumvent a law on religious grounds.

I must admit that I am afraid of the box this will open should they declare that Hobby Lobby is exempt on religious grounds. Where can/will the line be drawn because religion can be anything one feels? What exactly is “religious” anyway?

Are those arguing on religious grounds similarly ready for Muslim cab drivers to be able to refuse to offer services to women that do not cover or people who have pork or alcohol on them?

What if one’s religion states that they should not pay taxes? What about a religion whose meat slaughtering standards do not meet USDA standards? How far does it go?

I am not being sarcastic here and presenting this for serious discussion…

I wanted to do this yesterday but was distracted by a squirrel. Pick your poison and launch your favorite rant in any color you want. Time again for you to be the star. The podium is yours.

Although reports are sketchy, at this point there only seem to be Russian troops in Crimea, not in Ukraine proper.

But this begs the question, What, exactly, is Ukraine?

Ukraine, formerly the Ukraine (the Borderland), was really just that — a land on the border of Russia.  It was not a distinct country (though the people were occasionally promised autonomy that never materialized) until the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  The Crimean peninsula was only transferred from the control of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1954 by the government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  This was an administrative move only.  The people of Crimea remained largely ethnic Russians.  Even now, Crimea is an “autonomous republic” (the only one) inside Ukraine.  Sevastopol (which is on the peninsula, but is not part of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) is home to both the Russian and Ukrainian Black Sea fleets.  Russia has a rental agreement with Ukraine for that use.

Meanwhile, much of eastern Ukraine is ethnic Russian.  We hear, quite reasonably, that the people of Ukraine should be able to choose their own path.  But must they all go together?  Ukraine’s borders are what the Soviet Union made them for its own convenience.  If the people of Crimea decide they want to be under the auspices of Russia, should they be allowed to do so?  Should they be allowed to be wholly independent — a new country — if they so desire?  What of eastern Ukraine?  Should Ukraine allow them to secede — and perhaps join Russia?

What if Ukraine says no?  Who would fault the Russians for helping ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine from joining Russia?

There are no easy answers here.  I hope someone with more knowledge of the region will comment.

STFU Speach

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The war is ending, but not won.

They were caught lying about the unemployment numbers, so who cares what the made-up numbers are?

They shut down the government, and 0bama spent MORE trying to get people to notice.

Get ahead in America, and they will demonize you and tax you back in place.

Average wages don’t budge when the average worker is not the one making the productivity improvements.

Our Dear Leader announces he will issue fiats.

Childhood obesity is down because the food now served at school is inedible.

So just eliminate the corporate income tax COMPLETELY!!  Then there are NO LOOPHOLES!!  :-D

Taking money from the producers to try to build groups of people the might produce doesn’t make sense.

Shouldn’t we use up all THEIR energy reserves first?

WHAT tax incentives to “fossil fuels”?  The only bill they proposed only removed tax breaks from the oil companies that every other company also gets.

Didn’t we have droughts before industrialization?  Didn’t Egypt have a seven year drought 3000 years ago?

Make it easier to come here LEGALLY, not easier to stay here ILLEGALLY.

Whole lotta H1B Visa holders working on ObamaCare.  Hmmmm…….

The unemployment insurance contract you paid for was for 26 weeks.  Extending it to 99 meant you took it from someone else unpaid for by the insurance premium paid.

Access, yes.  But if that horse refuses to drink?

You didn’t “work with lenders,” you took over the entire market.

When the government pumps money into the system, the prices go up.

Higher minimum wage DOES boost productivity — because all the newly unemployed get replaced by machinery, so the per-worker productivity goes up!

Your PAY is the reward for work.

The ROTH IRA <I>is</I> for the low-income people.   They pay very low taxes on the principle now, and pay NO income tax when they have higher rates in retirement.

Can’t be denied coverage, but don’t expect service either.

Yeah — what if our Army chose not to fight for France, because that fight had already been lost?

You have to buy the coverage by March 15th, to GET the coverage by the 31st.

How about CITIZENS’ right to vote?

How about sending those armed forces to Benghazi to defend those diplomats?

MORE SECURE?  With Iran refining nuclear bomb material?

They won’t have to LAUNCH attacks, since they’re walking over our borders.

You hesitated sending them into Benghazi.

We were never on a war footing in the first place.

Obama can close Gitmo w/o Congress.  Why hasn’t he?

Yeah, but the Soviets were reasonable people.

“The best diplomat is a fully charged phaser bank.” -LCDR Montgomery Scott

And 0bama wants to make us do what every other nation does, so we can be just as crappy as the countries so many immigrants left because they are crappy countries.

Poor McCain was in pain trying to applaud that kid.

God has blessed us. Now that we have turned away from Him, will He turn away from us?