By John Ruberry

Donald J. Trump may not be going through a witch hunt, but he’s surely the only president to face so many attempts to remove him from office.

What follows is a brief summary of the plots.

Shortly after his surprise win over Hillary Clinton, Democrats and their media wing tried to delegitimize his triumph by claiming that Russians, meaning of course Vladimir Putin, hacked the election results. To date no evidence has emerged of a single vote changed because of Russian interference. And the liberals also claimed that Trump colluded with the Russians to win the presidency.

In December, shortly before the Electoral College met in the 50 state capitols and the District of Columbia, a group of has-been Hollywood celebrities calling themselves Unite for America released a video asking Republican electors to vote for someone other than Trump. Another group, the Hamilton Electors, also unsuccessfully made a similar call out to the electors.

The Electoral College didn’t punt–Trump won the most electors.

The following month a smattering of Democrats tried to convince Congress not to certify the Electoral College results. A few days after Trump was inaugurated a leftist group sued him, claiming that Trump was in violation of the obscure emoluments clause in the Constitution because a representative of a foreign government, might, just might, stay at a Trump Organization hotel. Remember, just a few days later. Besides, the president removed himself from running the company.

In May there was a spike in impeachment calls after the president fired FBI Director James Comey, citing obstruction of justice. Late last month Trump Tweeted about the MSNBC show “Morning Joe,” drawing attention to a facelift of co-host Mika Brzezinski.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsWhich led to calls by Democrats to have Trump removed from office under the 25th Amendment, calling into question his mental health.

Blogger with a man claiming to be Trump

The latest impeachment dustup centers on his son, Donald Trump Jr., meeting with some Russian operatives last summer, which have brought new life to the collusion charges. Let’s dial this back. Trump’s son met with some Russians, so the president should be removed from office. Trump Jr. met with those Russians. Not the president. If that makes sense to you–then you are probably a leftist.

Let’s not forget the regular stoking of the ouster flames with the regular calls for Trump to release his tax returns–although there is no legal requirement for any president to do so.

You know what? All of this sounds like a witch hunt to me.

Or, as Lou Dobbs said on Fox Business last week, “This is about a full-on assault by the left–the Democratic Party–to absolutely carry out a coup d’etat against President Trump, aided by the left-wing media.”

Yep. A witch hunt. Definitely.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

by baldilocks

I’m old enough to remember when, upon learning of the existence of Black Liberation Theology, Jeremiah Wright, his most famous acolyte—former President Barack Obama—and of many other blacks who carry no love for America or for white people, white persons on the Right who had actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement expressed regret for doing so. My response: really? Silly me. I thought that they did it for the honor of our country.

I swear, it was like all of them received a Dear John letter.

I am reminded of this phenomenon by the ADL’s response to Linda Sarsour – the latest progeny of Leftism and Islamism.

Sarsour’s ride on the media wonder-wheel continues—thanks in part to Jewish individuals and organizations who embrace the idea that haters like Sarsour can’t actually hate them. Recently, the “homegirl in a hijab,” as a fawning New York Times profile described her, delivered the commencement address at the City University of New York’s School of Public Health. It was a strange choice on the part of CUNY, not least because Sarsour has zero professional experience in the field. Prior to the event, critics, many of them Jewish, called upon CUNY to rescind its invitation in light of Sarsour’s rhetoric and associations. A group of progressive Jews released an open letter in defense of Sarsour. “In this time, when so many marginalized communities in our country are targeted on the streets and from the highest offices of government” the letter solemnly declared, “we are committed to bridging communal boundaries and standing in solidarity with one another.”

Also coming to Sarsour’s defense was the Anti-Defamation League, which presumably stands against the defamation of women, Jews, and the Jewish state. “Despite our deep opposition to Sarsour’s views on Israel,” its head Jonathan Greenblatt said, before offering the following non sequitur, “we believe that she has a First Amendment right to offer those views.”

So the ADL would give its scarier adversaries what the latter say they want so that those adversaries will become friend—so that these people will “love them.” Did these people not attend grammar school?

Everyone who did–whether the bully and the bullied–knows that you can’t make the bully loved you, you can only make it worth her while to leave you alone…by any means necessary.

They ought to read their grandparent’s letters and books. But I’m guessing that it has been a while for that.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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Things are nutty in the Nutmeg State.

One of the bluest of blue states, Connecticut has more than its share of problems. According to Carol Platt Liebau, president of the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, the state is mired in an economic swamp and has the highest bonded debt per capita in America.

Mark J. Warshawsky of RealClear Policy notes Connecticut owns “one of the worst-funded state employee pension plans in the country,” whose assets cover less than a third of its liability — leaving a shortfall of nearly $22 billion.

And let’s not forget the capital city of Hartford, which could face bankruptcy now that insurance giant Aetna — a corporate denizen for more than 150 years — announced plans last month to move its headquarters out of Connecticut for a more tax-friendly home.

With all these problems on its plate, the state legislature had no choice but to recently approve the nation’s toughest hate crime law. The silly bill, which supersedes an earlier law,  passed the House and Senate unanimously, so Republicans share the blame with their Democrat comrades.

Now the very idea of hate crime laws is stupid. Laws are laws, and people who break them should pay the price. Imposing extra penalties on the perpetrators based on their biases conjures up images of Orwellian thought police. There’s little doubt the rise of hate crime legislation has promoted the fracturing of society, as alienated individuals join together to form “protected groups” so they can claim victim status.

Among the reasons lawmakers gave for beefing up the state hate crime law was the supposed wave of such offenses that washed across the country late last year and in early 2017. Left unsaid was that the increase coincided with the candidacy and subsequent election of President Donald Trump.

If you follow only the mainstream media, you might believe that thuggish bigots emboldened by Trump’s campaign ran amuck and terrorized racial minorities, Muslims and gays for the past year. But folks who pay attention to real news know that almost all of the headline-grabbing hate crimes were hoaxes designed to smear Trump supporters.

So common and widespread are the fake hate crimes that it’s impossible to list them here. (Fortunately, there’s a website, www.hatecrimehoaxes.com, that has a fairly complete rundown of falsely reported incidents.)

What’s especially egregious in Connecticut is that legislators cited threatening phone calls to Jewish community centers as one of the main reasons for stiffening the law. As news accounts revealed nearly three months ago, two men — neither of them conservative — were responsible for the vast bulk of the hate calls.

Juan Thompson, a former reporter and dedicated Trump foe, pleaded guilty June 13 to making more than a dozen phoned bomb threats that he tried to blame on an ex-girlfriend. The other suspect is a 19-year-old Israeli computer whiz accused of making more than 100 calls, whose motives are still unknown.

The new Connecticut law toughens the penalties for hate crimes. Offenses that once were misdemeanors become felonies, and what already were felonies carry enhanced fines and prison terms.

But one key point seems to be left out of the law: There doesn’t appear to be any penalty for miscreants who report fake hate crimes.

Legislators can cling to their fantasies that hate crime laws will bring peace and joy to the populace. But until hoaxers are punished as severely as haters, the laws themselves will be perpetrating injustice.

 

Forward! The people who have nothing better to do continue to get their marching orders from fake news talking points and the protests continue ad nauseam and ad infinitum. Here are some of the upcoming demonstrations planned around the country:

In Winston-Salem, NC, they are upset because President Trump fired James Comey and they think it was an “act of tyranny”. Also, Russia! Russia! Russia! The protest takes place this Sunday.

Another Russia! Russia! Russia! march will be taking place in front of the White House tomorrow.

On May 23, in Chicago, IL, there will be a “March on McDonald’s & Trump!

We are marching because this not only worker’s issue, but this is an immigrant, racial, women, LGBTQ, and enviromental issue. When we beat McDonald’s, we will all win. That’s why you need to join us

Among supporters listed, you will find the a who’s who of leftist agitators:

Movement for Black Lives | Women’s March | Our Revolution | MoveON | Next Gen | Color of Change | Fair Immigration Reform Movement | Repairers of the Breach | Women’s March-Chicago | Center for Community Change | 350.org | Patriotic Millionaires | 22nd Ward Independent Political Organization| A Just Harvest | AFSCME Local 1989/NEIU | American Indian Center of Chicago | Answer Chicago
Arab American Action Network | Arise Chicago | Assata’s Daughters| Brighton Park Neighborhood Council | Blocks Together | Casa Aztlan | Chicago Coalition for the Homeless | Chicago DSA | Chicago City Council Progressive Reform Caucus | Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America – CRLN | Chicago Socialist ISO | Communist Party USA | Communities United | Community Activism Law Alliance CALA | CTUL | Durango Unido en Chicago | Hana Center | Hitting Left | ICIRR
IL Planned Parenthood | Indivisible Chicago | Illinois Green Party | Jewish Council On Urban Affairs | Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago | Jobs with Justice | Mujeres Latinas en Accion | NEIU United | Northeastern Illinois University UPI 4100 | Northside (ONE Northside) | Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality | Pilsen Alliance | PM Insightz || SEIU HCII | SEIU Local 1 | SEIU Local 73 | Sierra Club | Socialist Action Chicago | SOUL | Springfield Call 2 Action | UE Western Region | United Neighbors of the 35th Ward | Workers Education Society | Workers World Party

In Fort Worth, Texas, they want abortions “for a better future”.

Marching women will be joining with the ACLU in St. Petersburg, FL, to advocate for “refugee support“.

Next Sunday, May 28, in Sterling, Virginia, golfers on the PGA Tour will be greeted by anti-Trumpers:

we’ll be in Sterling, VA lining the streets, out on the water, and talking to the media

They are even offering pre-written material for the intellectually lazy agitator. They want a do-over of the November 2016 Presidential election or something:

America wants a mulligan! To us “PGA” just means, “Donald….please go away!”

Ways to get involved:
1) Immediately / remotely – Join our social media protest! Find the guide, with pre-written posts and tweets, as well as great meme images and flyers, here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B7XfvOJQc9VdN05sOHU1YzJSaGs?usp=sharing1

Change your profile picture to one of the images available in the folder and post this status:

“Want to know why my profile picture is a KitchenAid mixer in a Donald Trump wig? Go to [link to this page] for more info!”

2) In person: plan to attend the protest. We’ll have resources available on this page for those who want to protest by land or by sea (OK, by river, but you get the idea). Invite your friends, fellow activists, people who have been wanting to get involved but haven’t – anyone and everyone; we need a strong showing!

Why bother to think for yourself when others will think for you and tell you what to say?

On June 3, in Memphis, TN and Austin, TX, they will be marching to have President Trump impeached.

The above is just a sampling of the scheduled outbreaks of manufactured outrage that are popping up every day all over the country, there is much more, but it really does seem to be turning into a bunch of white noise doesn’t it?

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

If you think it seems like there is a leftist protest happening every single day, you are only incorrect in that there are MANY leftist protests every single day in America. Whether it is antifa teaming up with Planned Parenthood to lobby for the “rights” of criminal foreign invaders, or a “die-in” to oppose the elimination of Obamacare’s death panels, or whatever, we are living in the age of eternal rioting protesting over anything and everything that is non-leftist, and also things that were supported by the left until someone on the right agreed with it. Protesters litter, block traffic, get violent, and destroy other people’s property, all in the effort to – well, your guess is as good as mine as to what they think they will accomplish with this nonsense, but the bottom line is that they are a bunch of gutless cowards and spoiled red diaper babies.

There is a site, called Resist and Protest, where you can find daily listings of leftist agitation plans. Here is a sampling of what is going on today and tomorrow:

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, it’s Russia! Russia! Russia! with a protest to demand an investigation of Republicans’ alleged buddying up with the Russians to derail Hillary’s coronation as queen in 2016, or something. Funny how all my life I used to hear lefties praise Russia while trashing the United States, and now Putin is the boogeyman and conservatives are soviets?

Elk River, Michigan: Honk if you’re horny! if you hate alternatives to Obamacare! Protesters will be at an overpass trying to get attention from people who are going on fishing trips, or something:

Bring flags. Bring signs. Bring enthusiasm!

Spread the word that fishing opener is a great time to reach thousands of Minnesotans as they head north. Encourage other groups to do this on pedestrian overpasses across the metro area and the state! Tell your local media that you’ll be there, and invite them!

I’m pretty sure those won’t be American flags, unless they intend to burn them.

More from Minnesota, this one in Saint Paul, a “unity march“, against divisiveness, where they claim to be for “ALL” people – unless of course those people are Christian, white non-commies, or in support of enforcement of existing laws. Here is a challenge for DaTechGuy readers, spot how many things are incorrect or insane about the messaging these activists are putting forth:

We have all raised awareness as individual groups, from each civil rights group, to community awareness issues. While each group has their success in what they have done, I would like to bring all groups together to stand in solidarity and raise awareness that we are united, as Trump likes to claim “Make America Great Again”. America IS Great when we are UNITED. While we unite our respective groups, we have not tried uniting our groups together and standing to raise awareness that we ALL matter. All groups, all ages, all genders, all races. The PEOPLE matter. As the motto of the United State goes “United We Stand, Divided We Fall”. Let us Unite, Stand, and Raise the Awareness that we are UNITED as the People of the State of Minnesota. We MATTER! We will March from the Capital to the Governors Mansion to raise this awareness and show the world we are going to be the first example of full unity.

Now that Obama is out of office, it is popular to be anti-war again. In Syracuse, New York, they are protesting today against funding for the Pentagon. Who needs national security when you have drum circles?

In Seattle, Washington, they are protesting today to demand that there be in increase in income taxes. Because everyone is going to have too much money what with the $15 minimum wage and all.

In Auburn, California, you can hear from young foreign invaders and make postcards to support non-enforcement of existing immigration laws. You are advised to bring a snack and non-alcoholic beverages.

Denton, Texas, is hosting a version of the “die-in” protest that actually might be a bit more interesting than the usual moaners laying about, because this one is a funeral procession with music, but they will still be laying around:

We would like to orchestrate a funeral procession and die-in at the square. We would like those that can play instruments to lead us. Sam Hobson, dressed as the Grim Reaper, will lead. Clay Thurmond is procuring a stretcher and a white body bag. He has a flag that we can drape over the body and then we can attach a toe tag to the toe. We who aren’t playing instruments or carrying coffins will carry cardboard tombstones with cause of death because of TrumpZombieCare. In fact, we could be zombies – that is open to discussion. After we march around the square, we will gather and “die” and lay there for at least 10 minutes. The goal is to make a dramatic statement about the current bill that the house passed and send a strong message to Burgess.

Tomorrow, May, 13, is no less #resist filled.

New York, New York: Protest against funding for the Dakota Pipeline, because “injustice”:

Divestment can put an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) just as boycotts have effectively ended injustices, like South African apartheid, in the past. We CAN choose to bank ethically instead of with the big banks funding DAPL and other highly destructive projects.

Seattle and San Franciscio recently divested billions of dollars’ worth of transactions from DAPL-funding banks, and Mayor De Blasio recently came out in support of divesting NYC’s pensions from offending banks.

Let’s build momentum for city- and state-wide divestment by closing our own accounts on May 13th!

If you are in Pensacola, Florida, and someone is knocking on your door, they might just be there on behalf of the Democrats.

Near me, in Hyde Park, NY, they will be harassing State Senator Sue Serino, because they want abortions, which are readily available to whoever wants them.

Oh look, a protest in support of the biased left-wing anti-Trump fake news media in New York City!

In Washington, DC, outside of the White House, another “science” protest tomorrow. For the children.

In Omaha, Nebraska, you can go and get protest training.

Lynchburg, Virginia is hosting a “Non-Welcoming” for President Trump. Because raaaaacism.

Nasty Women want abortions in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s a “pop up art show”.

Is anyone else experiencing protest fatigue? I predict the endless protests will succeed in making normal people treat these demonstrations the way people who live near airports treat plane noise: they will eventually be ignored to the point where they won’t even be noticed at all anymore.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals. 

The excellent Roger Kimball emailed this morning a link to his post, Annals of Academic Fatuousness, Yale Edition, Part 9876. Roger, who completed two Masters’ degrees there, knows Yale University well.

As it turns out, eight departments of Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences belong to Local 33, a subgroup of the international labor union UNITE HERE.

Welcome to the 21st Century.

I remember my days as a graduate student, when I completed my assignments while commuting from Convent Station, N.J. to New York City where I worked full-time. I remember the dreary lives of innumerable friends working towards Masters or Doctorates, or working as post-docs in the natural sciences under conditions best described as indentured servitude. Just the idea of any of us lowly beings unionizing would likely have resulted in expulsion.

That was the 20th Century for you.

Graduate students then, almost.

The unionized Yale students are going on a hunger strike because

Local 33 and Yale are currently engaged in multiple legal disputes and have not begun any official negotiations. The University’s request for review of an NLRB decision that allowed Local 33 to hold elections in nine separate departments remains pending in court.

Yale’s legal team is also attempting to file a request for review, which would challenge an August NLRB ruling that graduate students at private universities qualify as workers.

Rather than wait, the students are engaging on a virtual or symbolic hunger strike.

What the hey is that?

They. Eat. When. Hungry. While on “hunger strike.”

I could rant about how disrespectful this use of the term “hunger strike” is to human rights’ activists who endanger their lives in oppressive Communist regimes, but instead was struck by this from Roger’s article,

these aging snowflakes already get free tuition, free health care, and a $30,000 stipend.

Graduate students now.

Free tuition, free health care, and a $30,000 stipend? For that much money I’ll sacrifice myself and study “Political Science and East Asian Languages and Literatures.” Heck, I always wanted to learn Japanese.

Am I too old to apply?

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes in U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog.

Oscar the Grouch is jealous. (Daily Mail)

by baldilocks

But it isn’t trash when they trash the place. From March:

[President Trump] signed an executive order to get the Dakota Access and Keystone pipeline projects moving—and the environmental left has been defeated. They caused much grief when they descended into North Dakota to make a stand for mother Earth. Now that the project is back on track, they left, among other things, mountains of garbage as they vacated the area. Additionally, they left their pets as well. Local animal rescue groups have been combing the protest camps searching for abandoned dogs. They also set their camp on fire. In an ironic twist, the amount of waste left at these sites presented a danger that it could pollute waterways if the spring melt washes this garbage and debris into the Missouri River system; this is one of the main reasons why green protesters staged a weeks-long campaign against the pipeline project.

Well, it’s all done now at the cost of $1.1 million and 835 dumpsters worth of trash.

Emphasis mine. Oh yes and much of the trash was frozen.

It’s difficult for a sane person to wrap her head around environmentalists protesting a project in the name of environmentalism while poisoning their protest space at the same time. It’s almost as if the protesters have been driven mad…or didn’t know what they were there for.

People like me have contended that almost all protests—especially those done in the name of Leftist causes—are funded. The nature of this one seems to make that theory more plausible.  Think of it. If you’re getting paid just to plant yourself in a place for a certain length of time and act up a bit, you don’t care about the alleged reason you’re there. As a matter of fact, squatting and acting up were the true purposes–not to mention funded recreation.

Personal speculation: the type of person who is a paid protester couldn’t care less about the explicit contradiction in protesting “poisoning” while poisoning. It’s just party time until the party is over. Then it’s time for someone else to pick up the pieces–anyone but themselves. And, this is a consistent aftermath of Leftist-generated protests.

About the abandoned pets: lucky dogs.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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April is National Frog Month, and frogs are awesome – unless you happen to be a hyper-sensitive SJW snowflake, of course, because then you need to get all offended and join your fellow travelers in online bullying campaigns to censor the appearance of the innocent amphibians from invading your precious safe spaces.

A clothing company offered up on its website a denim skirt featuring cute sunglasses wearing frogs on it, and leftist lunatics lost their darned minds over it because they thought the frogs reminded them of Pepe the Frog of internet meme fame, and, because some Trump supporters enjoy having fun with Pepe themed things, social justice warriors got themselves all triggered and so they harassed the company selling the skirt (whose frogs do not resemble Pepe at all, BTW), screaming about raaaacism, until the company buckled under the pressure and removed the “offending” item from it’s catalog.  So stupid.

This is Pepe:

This is the NOT Pepe frog skirt

As you can see, the skirt frogs ain’t Pepe, and even if they were (which they clearly are not), Pepe ain’t raaaaacist. Duh. But the vitriol directed at Zara (the skirt seller) was so thick that they evidently felt pressured to issue this statement:

“The skirt is part of the limited Oil-On-Denim collection which was created through collaborations with artists and is only available in selected markets,” the spokesperson said.

“The designer of the skirt is Mario de Santiago, known online as Yimeisgreat. Mario explores social interactions through his work and in his own words: ‘The idea came from a wall painting I drew with friends four years ago.’

“There is absolutely no link to the suggested theme.”

Ridiculous that they had to explain anything at all to those thin skinned harpies who can’t handle the appearance of a frog on a piece of cloth. What’s next? Is the tolerance mob gonna go after Jim Henson’s estate because the puppet named Kermit, a frog – OMG!,  sang about being green? Will Michigan J. Frog be next on the SJW hit list?

Stupid, bigoted, ranidaphobes! If they can’t discern Pepe from NOT PEPE, they probably can’t distinguish a frog from a toad either, but I think with his mind control abilities, Hypnotoad is probably safe – for now.

We all know that once the left gains an inch they want five hundred more miles, so I don’t see this madness ending anytime soon but I’ll tell you this, they can take my Frogger game only after they pry it from my cold, dead, hands.

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MJ Stevenson, AKA Zilla, is best known on the web as Zilla at MareZilla.com. She lives in a woodland shack near a creek, in one of those rural parts of New York State that nobody knows or cares about, with her family and a large pack of guardian companion animals – including Siberian Husky Dalmatian Lab Puppies and their parents. 

by baldilocks

In the last few days, it has been reported that the government of the Chechen Republic (Chechnya) is putting homosexuals in “concentration” camps.

“Concentration camps” for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun, a town in the Chechen Republic, Russia.

Around 100 gay men have been reportedly detained and at least three killed in the past week in Chechnya by the police. The “concentration camps” are being used to force homosexuals to commit that they would leave the republic, according to Novaya Gazeta.

The officials in Chechnya started torturing the homosexuals after a Russia-based NGO for LGBT rights — GayRussia.ru — applied for a gay rights march in the capital of Grozny [the Chechen capital], reports said.

Meanwhile, Chechen’s President Ramzan Kadyrov, who is a key ally [sic] of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been accused of setting up the camps to torture gay people. He has denied the allegation saying, “It’s impossible to persecute those who are not in the republic.” The Chechen government suggested there are no gay people in their country.

And this is the key phrase in the report:

The Muslim-majority nation of Chechnya falls under Russian federal powers and follows traditional Muslim values.

A few pertinent facts:

  • Chechnya is 95% Muslim and is, basically, owned by Russia. The two entities have a bloody history that goes back centuries.
  • Muslims non-pitchers have been persecuting homosexuals for who knows how long.
  • Remember Beslan?

In the past couple of days, I’ve seen people act all surprised about this report and even wonder why President Trump doesn’t do something about it. Really? Perhaps they think that he should lob a few Tomahawks on what is, essentially, Russian soil. Yeah, that will fix everything.

Please, people. Is it too tough to do the barest bit of homework before you virtue signal?

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on April 2017! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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Chief Inspector: Now, I know what you’re going to say, but the fact is, you’ve been making us all look bad.
PC Nicholas Angel: I’m sorry, sir?
Chief Inspector: Of course we all appreciate your efforts, but you’ve been rather letting the side down. It’s all about being a team player, Nicholas. You can’t be the Sheriff of London. If we let you carry on running round town, you’ll continue to be exceptional and we can’t have that. You’ll put us all out of a job.

Hot Fuzz 2007

Yesterday I did my annual tax walk though, that is I did my taxes in pencil not finalizing anything and will now do my ritual of waiting about a week and then re-doing them in pen double checking everything with a fresh set of eyes to make sure I didn’t miss anything.  Then once I have the federal taxes done It’s time for my state taxes.

Of course that’s not been a bad thing.  One of the few plus sides over the last few years has been the Massachusetts online filing system, as a person who was once a computer programmer I was astounded at how well written it was, how easy it was to use.  As I wrote back in 2013

If you qualify (and odds are you will) you can e-file through the site for free and the e-file system is elegant and easy.

You can save easily, jump back easily, double-check easily and before you submit see a PDF version as if you had filed by paper.

I have a lot of words to say when the state does something wrong, so I’m obliged to say something when they do something right.

When it comes to online filing, Mass DOR does it right, take a bow.

So naturally Massachusetts, having developed a system that was elegant, easy to use and helpful to tax filers has decided to do away with it.

Massachusetts has joined a growing number of states that have ditched their free online tax-filing system, pushing residents to use software developed by private companies, and in some cases to pay for it.

Thousands of Massachusetts taxpayers who have been submitting their state tax returns through Webfile for Income, a system in use since 2009, will this year be directed to a coalition of tax-preparation software companies instead.

Massachusetts joined the Virginia-based Free File Alliance last fall, and this marks the first full tax season that the state’s tax filers will be using the new system. State officials anticipate that Free File Alliance will save the state money and improve the security of tax returns.

Are you kidding me?

You had  a system so good that even I, a big fan of paper filing was actually pleased to use your online system and you decide to ditch it?  Furthermore it’s one thing to have the government, who already has access to my tax into have access to it, now I’m expected to use other companies and perhaps their servers and give them access to my info?

Not this Sicilian.

So this year my state tax form will, like my federal form, be filed on paper, yes it will slow down my refund, but it’s a small price to pay for keeping my tax info between me and the state and if it means an additional expense for the state to process the form, well that’s just life.

I wish I could say I was surprised at this development but after all why should the tax filing system be user friendly and efficient when the rest of state government isn’t?