Saturday, December 16, 2017

Religious schools, homeschoolers to get a boost in GOP tax plan, thanks to Ted Cruz and Mike Pence

Via Billy

Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, helped secure an amendment to the GOP tax bill providing federal tax breaks for sending children to private or religious schools or teaching them at home. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Parents would get new federal tax breaks for sending their children to private or religious schools or teaching them at home if the final Republican tax overhaul bill becomes law.

For that, they can thank Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who offered the original amendment to extend 529 college savings plans to grade school and high school, including costs for homeschooling.

Loaded A-1E in flight over South Vietnam

Via Quan Nguyen Thanh

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A 602nd ACS A-1E in flight over South Vietnam

96080 USAF- An A-1E Skyraider, armed with twelve 250 lb bombs and two 1,000 lb bombs, enroute to a target area in the Republic of Vietnam. 30 Jan 1966. For the record, they are CBU-25s not bombs and the large stores on the inner stations are 750 lb. napalm.

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A unique shot of a loaded A-1E framed by the ordnance from another Skyraider.
KE 31161 A-1E, Udorn, 1968.

All images on this page thoughtfully contributed by Rob Mignard.

Gregg Jarrett: Did the FBI and the Justice Department, plot to clear Hillary Clinton, bring down Trump?

Via comment by Reborn on Dixie Rising: Another Roadside Memorial Battle Fla...

There is strong circumstantial evidence that an insidious plot unprecedented in American history was hatched within the FBI and the Obama Justice Department to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. 

And when this apparent effort to improperly influence the election did not succeed, the suspected conspirators appear to have employed a fraudulent investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.

Such a Machiavellian scheme would move well beyond what is known as the “deep state,” a popular reference to government employees who organize in secret to impose their own political views on government policy in defiance of democratically elected leadership.

More @ Fox

95-Year-Old Marine Fights Burglar, Daughter Chases Him Through Town

Via Billy

Gary Wells

An alleged burglar got more than he bargained for when he entered the Wisconsin home of a 95-year-old former Marine and his daughter.

Fred, a World War II veteran, says his dog started barking and alerted him to someone breaking in through a back door of the West Allis house on Dec. 4.

“I was almost standing nose to nose with him. That was a shocker,” the veteran told the Journal Sentinel. Fred added that the robber threatened to kill him and his dog if he didn’t hand over his wallet.

“I wasn’t scared. I was so damn mad,” the veteran of the war in the Pacific told reporters. The 95-year-old was able to wrestle alleged burglar, Gary Wells, to the ground before the homeowner’s daughter ran downstairs to help fight the thief off.

More @ CBS

Former US Attorney: 'James Comey Sold His Soul to the Devil'

Wallace: It's Not Crazy for Trump to Be Concerned About FBI Bias

Gowdy in McCabe: "I'll be a little bit surprised if he's still an employee of the FBI this time next week,"

Via Billy

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., suggested in an interview that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may soon lose his job as scrutiny over the agency intensifies.

McCabe is scheduled to testify Tuesday in front of the House Intelligence Committee on the subject of FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia inquiry team because of text messages that were critical of President Trump during the 2016 campaign.

You Milked It, You Own It

Via 4Branch 

....if you think us old geezers are going to fight to fix what you broke while you bitch and whine then you need to **** off and play in front of a fast-moving freight train.  

This is the sort of horse**** that really pisses me off.
Like everyone in my generation, I am finding it increasingly difficult not to be scared about the future and angry about the past.
I am 35 years old—the oldest millennial, the first millennial—and for a decade now, I’ve been waiting for adulthood to kick in. My rent consumes nearly half my income, I haven’t had a steady job since Pluto was a planet and my savings are dwindling faster than the ice caps the baby boomers melted.
So let me see if I get this right.  You're 35, which means you were of voting age when Obamacare was passed.  You went to college after the scam of ramping college prices, driven by student loanswent into place.  In other words you got to vote for the majority of that **** too.

More @ Zero Hedge

NC: Large Confederate flag flying in Catawba Co. stirs up controversy

Via comment  by Reborn on Dixie Rising: Another Roadside Memorial Battle Fla...

A large Confederate flag has been hoisted up in Catawba County, and the group behind it said it’s in response to Confederate memorials being taken down across the South.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans put the flag up on Springs Road in Hickory.

More @ WSOC

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