Tax Day Open Thread

If boobs were brains she’d be a freaking genius:

Refunds are down because the government is withholding less.

As for why people think they didn’t get a tax cut, thank the liberal media:

At least you-know-who isn’t getting our money anymore.

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  1. taw46 says:

  2. lyn says:

  3. Dora says:

    Could be some major crimes here.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    So according to Ms. Mensa Alyssa, $6 billion wasn’t refunded because it stayed in the pockets of taxpayers throughout the year? I really should pay more attention to Hollywood “experts”. 😛

    • lyn says:

      Her Twitter thread is cray cray.

    • elliesmom says:

      There are a lot of people who judge how much they pay in taxes based on how much the government gives them back instead of how much the government keeps. When I say that a “really good tax guy” helps you set up your withholdings so come April there isn’t more than a $200 difference between what they kept out and what you owe or get back, there are folks I know who say they can’t do that because they count on their refund every year “to catch up”. They use their tax withholding as a forced savings account from which they get no benefits.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      There have been dire warnings here in swampland all year and it got to the point that I would just ignore or change the subject when “the great revolt over PTs horrid taxes” brought up. They do not want to hear that the changes were positive for the majority of tax paying citizens. Because they feel they are more important than those potato farmers in Idaho. How dare they loose their SALT deduction (point out it still exists – just capped – and you risk losing your head).

      Last year, I looked at the new law and figured I would have to give back the extra 100 I got a month. Why? Because I am one of those people who work for a small organization on a limited budget and used the business expense deduction (mileage, supplies, metro fares, etc). It is now gone except for a few very specialized categories of employment. I knew asking to be reimbursed would mean the money had to come from somewhere else in our budget and decided I would rather have that money going toward a match to my retirement account than a few extra dollars in my cash pool. Forced savings of the kind that does produce long term benefits.

      With all the wailing and rendering of cloth, in the end, I was correct. I had to pay back the extra money I got in my paycheck and now know I need to adjust my withholding so I do not owe next year. The actual percent of my income paid to federal taxes went up a tenth of a percent. I still broke even on state with a refund under $100.

      But elliesmom makes a great point, many people here did not get their large refunds this year and are pi$$ed because although most got more throughout the year – they did not put that extra aside as savings. So now, to them, it does not exist. And it is PTs fault and that of those peons across the country who realized they got a break because they are subsidizing, at least as much, those in the high density urban enclaves of superiority for their (and my) high state, local and property taxes. Although my SALT came in under the cap.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Wait, does not Ms Alyssa still owe back taxes from previous years? People in over priced glass houses . . .

      • DeniseVB says:

        Most of our “betters” do owe. After dh retired from the military in ’92, he started a business based on his handyman/home improvement hobby he did for free for friends. We hired a Tax Guy that year and kept him ever since. His guarantee, we’ll never be audited. Probably why we never became millionaires, lol.

    • John Denney says:

      I figured out years ago that an IRS refund was the repayment of a loan of my money to the U.S. government, for which I was paid exactly zero interest.
      So, I adjusted my withholdings such that I always owed, but not enough to trigger mandatory quarterly payments. The extra money in my paycheck I banked, so it would earn interest for me until I had to pay it out on April 15th.

  5. taw46 says:

    Isn’t the redacted Mueller report likely to be released today? I thought Barr said 4/15 or sooner.

  6. Anthony says:

    Nothing to see here. Just “Some people did something”…

    https://www.liveleak.com/view?t=550_1421270303

  7. Dora says:

    Why are they doing this? How far are they going to go?

    ====

    Frankenstein Designer Kids: What You Don’t Know About Gender-Transitioning Will Blow Your Mind

    Puberty-blocking drugs, mastectomies, vaginal surgery and fake penises – all with zero chance of reversal – these are just some of the radical experimental methods being used on children. The madness must stop.

    Imagine that you are the parent of a five-year-old boy who innocently informs you one day that he is a girl. Of course, the natural reaction would be to laugh, not phone up the nearest gender transitioning clinic. You have no idea how your little boy came to believe such a thing; possibly it was through something he heard at the daycare center, or maybe a program he saw on television. In any case, he insists that he ‘identifies’ as a female.

    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2019/04/14/frankenstein-designer-kids-what-you-dont-know-about-gender-transitioning-will-blow-your-mind.html

    • Mothy67 says:

      Read a study done in the UK where they found that it was contagious. One kid starts gets the attention others follow. Scary stuff as there’s no going back.

  8. taw46 says:

    Where is RBG? Did she ever return to the Supreme Court?

  9. Anthony says:

    BREAKING – Notre Dame in Paris is on fire. Its been burning for about 2 hours

  10. Dora says:

    We know who did this. May they burn in HELL!

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    ‘Terrible’ fire engulfs 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as flames erupt from the roof and massive plume of smoke sweeps across the city

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6925015/Fire-breaks-historic-Notre-Dame-cathedral-Paris.html

  11. DeniseVB says:

    It’s apparently a “thing” now for soy boys to video themselves reacting to the new Star Wars teaser. I would love to see a master photoshopper insert a different video, like to Obama or Hillary clips, or the 2020 bore bags. 😀

  12. Myiq2xu™ says:

    • lateblum says:

      Yeah. some people did something. In France. To the Cathedral.
      Daughter just called to tell me while I was doing my taxes.

  13. Dora says:

    Less than two hours after the fire started at 6:50 pm, a spokesperson said the fire was a result of renovations, not terrorism.

    DO THEY THINK WE ARE ALL STUPID?

    • Anthony says:

      Oui, ils le font

    • DeniseVB says:

      I just read that, renovations, yeah, right?

    • taw46 says:

      They have been doing renovation. Unless I hear something different, I will accept that.

      What I don’t understand, is why there was no plan to fight a fire here. No planes flying overhead to drop water. Maybe not a possibility to do that. Probably nothing they could do. I am ill watching this.

  14. Dora says:

    France: Muslim girl “in search of love” plotted to blow up car packed with gas canisters near Notre Dame cathedral

    APR 15, 2019 1:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER 17 COMMENTS

    “France jails ‘jihadist’ woman (22) accused over foiled terror attack in Paris,” AFP, April 12, 2019 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

    https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/04/france-muslim-girl-in-search-of-love-plotted-to-blow-up-car-packed-with-gas-canisters-near-notre-dame-cathedral

  15. Dora says:

    • taw46 says:

      I believe this is Notre Dame in Montreal, not Paris. I have been to both.

      • Dora says:

        I’ve been to Paris and it didn’t quite look like the same cathedral. I just took it for granted that it the picture on the tweet was the right place. Sorry.

  16. taw46 says:

    In this photo, you can see the scaffolding that surrounded the spire. That is where the renovation work was ongoing.

  17. taw46 says:

    They have lost so much artwork, beautiful stained glass windows (rose windows), exquisite carvings on outer walls, relics. When my cousin and I visited Paris, we spent a full day in and around Notre Dame. What a loss for the people of France and the world.

    • votermom says:

      A French guy called into Prager’s radio show just now, said that there have been church desecrations every week in France.
      Also called it a “historic trauma” and a non-lethal 9/11 for France.

      • taw46 says:

        That is true about the desecration of churches, I have read some of those articles. And yes, a trauma for France, indeed all who love beauty and history. I fear it all will be destroyed, they just can’t stop this fire. What a loss for Paris. 😥

      • Jadzia says:

        9/11 was the first thing my husband said when he saw the news. I disagree—I’m heartbroken, and I’m Catholic, but it’s a building. Not the same thing as losing 3000 countrymen in a towering inferno.

        • lateblum says:

          I know, but it is the building that so many people associate with the name Paris, France. And although there were no lives lost – thankfully so – I am saddened to know that whenever we see images of Notre Dame in the future, we will know this beautiful building is no more.

  18. Dora says:

    Twelve French Churches Attacked, Vandalized in One Week

    A dozen Catholic churches have been desecrated across France over the period of one week in an egregious case of anti-Christian vandalism.

    https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2019/03/20/twelve-french-churches-attacked-vandalized-in-one-week/

  19. Anthony says:

    “Some people did something in Paris”. Live feed.

    My heart is broken…

  20. Myiq2xu™ says:

    The cathedral was begun in 1160 and largely completed by 1260, though it was modified frequently in the following centuries. In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration during the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. Soon after the publication of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame in 1831, popular interest in the building revived. A major restoration project supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845 and continued for twenty-five years. Beginning in 1963, the facade of the Cathedral was cleaned of centuries of soot and grime, returning it to its original color. Another campaign of cleaning and restoration was carried out from 1991–2000.

  21. Dora says:

  22. Myiq2xu™ says:

    He looks like a Nazi to me.

  23. Dora says:

  24. Shez ZK says:

    On the Fox live stream the mod posted this:
    “France 24 reports the fire started ‘5 or 6 minutes’ after the cathedral closed for the day.”

    And one of the bell towers is on fire now. What a tragedy this is.

    • taw46 says:

      It is. The fire department has already said there is nothing they can do. So it all will be lost. It was reported the inside of the cathedral was made up of 52 acres of timber. Despite earlier reports, fire department is saying they were there at the start of the fire, and helped construction workers escape.

  25. taw46 says:

  26. votermom says:

    while watching the coverage earlier:
    KTY said “wasn’t there a fire in Hunchback too?” ( meaning the Disney movie
    I said ” yeah, but they put it out”
    KTY “Well why can’t they put this out?”
    Me “Because they’re French (shrug) so they suck at practical stuff”
    KTY “They need Quasimodo”

    • DeniseVB says:

      GMTA. I used Praying Quasimodo on my FB page as a tribute. I also used Anthony’s timeline to share the numerous times I visited St Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC to light candles for my daughter in rehab for a few years while it was under renovation. My Gawd, that never set off an explosion of fire like Notre Dame. It should have 😀

  27. Myiq2xu™ says:

  28. DandyTIger says:

    Heartbreaking. Apparently there were lots of historical artworks, architectural drawings, and tons of religions items that are lost. So lucky that so far as we know no one has died. Hopefully we won’t hear any crazy talk of building a mosque on the site like we did with NY 9/11 site.

  29. helenk3 says:

    https://www.rt.com/news/456631-fire-stopped-notre-dame/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=push_notifications

    If this was terrorism the muslims in France better think about returning to their home countries real fast

  30. taw46 says:

    This is an informative thread from a firefighter.

  31. helenk3 says:

    just a short needed break

  32. taw46 says:

    Now I am worried about all of the holy sites in Paris. I did not know about this incredibly beautiful chapel until I visited Paris. Dora, did you see this?

  33. lyn says:

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  37. Mothy67 says:

    I just heard about Notre Dame. So sad.

  38. Mothy67 says:

    Thinking it’s going to be meeechelle for the dims. The first man and his husband are being way to quiet and the dims are becoming absurd and fractured. Think it’s a setup.

    • lyn says:

      They would have to give up too much money.

      • Mothy67 says:

        They will always be covered. Have never worked unless you consider reading a script work. How much do they make from netsux?. There is no way the dnc is allowing this yuuuuge pool to really compete. Each one will graciously beg it’s following to get behind zir for the “good” of the country. Think about buttface. Peter Theil, Milo, Straka, Grenell. GOP, under Trump, is the most welcoming administration ever towards gays. Now the msm is head over hills with the boy mayor. I kept reading before his declaration that he was first ever openly gay man to run. Not true – Fred Karger ran in 2012 for the Rethug nomination. Meh facts don’t matter to the dim narrative.

    • taw46 says:

      I go back and forth on that one.

    • blowme0bama says:

      Nah, she’s even lazier than he is.

  39. Anthony says:

    Bernie’s Town Hall is a mess… he’s crazy AF and his supporters are out of their minds

  40. Myiq2xu™ says:

  41. Dora says:

  42. Myiq2xu™ says:

    1. They didn’t hijack it, they paid $10 each to ride on it.
    2. It wasn’t an NHL game.

    • 49erDweet says:

      …….but other than that……

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Not so brilliant either as with the distinctive Chick-fil-A logo on all their signs. Look, the cute cows with good manners gave the whining children a ride. I am going to guess most people will see it as promoting C of A and that the cows have a sense of humor [the hipster protesters – not so much].

        • 49erDweet says:

          Yeah. Whover thinks this was a “brilliant” plan must not have too many countable marbles. Idiotic and Misfired are more like it.

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  47. votermom says:

    no money for a podiatrist right now so lemme just ask the experienc ed ppl here:
    so lately, usually at the end of the day, I’ll get a really painful burning sensation at the base of one of my big toes. Usually goes away after a few minutes.
    My mom had bunions, but my feet still look straight imo.
    No swelling or redness.
    Do you guys think it’s the start of a bunion, or gout, or arthritis, or something else?
    I have flat feet ftr.

  48. Mothy67 says:

    They have raised over 650 thousand for that poor child thrown at Mall of America. Thank God. Imagine worrying about medical expenses or missing work at a time like that.

  49. Jadzia says:

    Wishing my husband hadn’t watched Doomsday Preppers after hearing the words “government conspiracy” cone out of his mouth re Notre Dame. Dear, you sound like a nut. In better news, Francois-Henri Pinault, whose “family business” owns Gucci, Balenciaga and a zillion other luxury brands but is best known to Americans as Mr. Salma Hayek, pledged 100 million euros to rebuild.

    • lateblum says:

      and this on twitter.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I know of Mr Pinault from seeing his names attached to several philanthropic efforts. Had no idea he was married to Salma. Her accent always brings back wonderful memories of the mother of childhood friends who was also a native of Veracruz. Mrs S is one of the reasons I am always so sad to see Mexico floundering under the control of cartel and gangsters and not realizing its own great potential.

  50. Cisco says:

    Good ole S/A Kim Foxx , let’s this guy back on the streets, and he commits another robbery same day.

    • Cisco says:

      “Law Enforcement Sensitive”???
      Ya, don’t let the citizens know the felon is free to commit more crimes.

  51. Dora says:

    Notre Dame Fire: Crown of Thorns, Other Relics Saved

    Thankfully, the Crown of Thorns – and some of the cathedral’s other precious relics – survived the fire that partially destroyed the famous landmark on April 15, 2019, according to Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris.

    https://heavy.com/news/2019/04/notre-dame-crown-of-thorns-relics/

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  53. Dora says:

    God Bless This Brave Man!

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  57. taw46 says:

    I just read a thread where people are calling the phrase “Judeo-Christian” racist and islamophobic. It never stops with the left.

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  59. Anthony says:

    “Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Fire, Worker Claims it Was Deliberately Started”

    “The cause is not yet clear, but officials say it could be linked to renovation work,” reports the BBC.

    However, TIME columnist Christopher J. Hale tweeted, “A Jesuit friend in Paris who works in #NotreDame told me cathedral staff said the fire was intentionally set.”

    Hale deleted the tweet within minutes after it attracted attention.

    The Saint Sulpice church in Paris was deliberately set on fire earlier this year, although media reports downplayed the story.

    https://summit.news/2019/04/15/notre-dame-cathedral-in-paris-on-fire-worker-claims-it-was-deliberately-started/

  60. mcnorman says:

    Nanzi on AOC

    ‘Those are districts that are solidly Democratic – this glass of whatever would win with a D next to its name in those districts.’

    It’s on…
    http://tinyurl.com/y4m5cw24

    • taw46 says:

      Lol. One of the comments:

      “The water would win the IQ battle with Occasional-Cortex and then throw itself on Nancy so we could watch her melt. Two birds…one stone.”

    • taw46 says:

      Nanz is getting tired of AOC, quite a few digs lately. She also said ‘What we are saying is, to have a message that appeals to people in a way that does not menace them.‘ In other words, let’s lie to them about what we really want to do. Those stupid people fall for it every time.

    • taw46 says:

  61. votermom says:

    hey anyone want to listen to health insurance gripe/questions?

    so we have this high deductible pan this year (yay) and we had to call 911 last monthfor KTY
    of course the ambulance is charging a lot ($900+)
    insurance says well, you haven’t met your deductible yet but if you had we’d cover $400, up to the ambulance which is out of network to bill you, so that’s what we’ll apply to your deductible
    and that’s also what we’ll apply to your out of pocket maximum ***

    ***that’s the part I gave a gripe about – all 911 ambulances are out of network here, it’s not like you get a choice, so we do have to pay out if pocket, but it won’t go towards the out of pocket maximum?

    should we write an appeal? we’d still have to pay $900+ either way but it bugs me that the insurance company can deem emergency services out of network when they don’t provide an in network alternative

    • lateblum says:

      Write an appeal and also write your representative and your senators with this. You could also write your state’s department that handles health care and/or insurance. Bummer.
      Medicare doesn’t cover medical transport unless it’s an ambulance.

    • lateblum says:

      I used to work in insurance, and then I worked in health care. I urged people to appeal everything and often the appeals were successful.

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  63. Mothy67 says:

    My mom worked in insurance and she said appeal. Won’t hurt you either to appeal.

  64. Mothy67 says:

    I’ll ask when I see her.

  65. Dora says:

    NOTRE-DAME TREASURES, RELICS SAVED AFTER FIREFIGHTER-PRIEST LED HUMAN CHAIN INSIDE BURNING CATHEDRAL

    The chaplain to the Parisian fire brigade has been hailed as a hero after it was revealed he led efforts to save the priceless holy relics and art stored inside Notre-Dame Cathedral.

    The story of Father Jean-Marc Fournier was reported by Christian journalist of French Catholic Television station KTOTV, who revealed the chaplain went into the burning cathedral to retrieve relics and art before they could be damaged by fire and falling debris. Reports state the priest formed a human chain to carry the items away from danger.

    https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/notre-dame-treasures-relics-saved-after-firefighter-priest-led-human-chain

  66. DeniseVB says:

    Just saw this, have no idea about the source, but I’m sure it’s either a) fake or b) a perfectly logical explanation. Renovations, right?

    • taw46 says:

      Fake.

    • taw46 says:

      I think it is fake in terms of an arsonist running around in Muslim garb as the fire rages. But there were people and firefighters inside the cathedral rescuing art and relics. I watched several videos this morning, you could see them.

      There is some discussion about that clip you posted. Some think it could have been one of the construction crew.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Fred Rubino is mad, not buying scaffolding started the fire ?

        • taw46 says:

          No one that I have heard said the scaffolding itself caused the fire. They have pointed out that these old cathedral ceilings, attics, and support structures are wood, and oil is used in restoration. It would not be the first time a fire was caused by restoration work. It is a plausible explanation as to the cause of the fire. I have heard that construction workers were present at the time, I have heard they were not. So we will see. I am waiting to hear otherwise as to the cause. If it was negligence on the part of the construction company, there will be hell to pay. They will be pariahs in France.

          • Jadzia says:

            French workers negligent? Fetch the smelling salts! I still don’t know what to believe.

  67. Dora says:

    San Francisco, Los Angeles And Seattle: 3 Formerly Beautiful West Coast Cities Have Literally Been Transformed Into Hellholes

    April 16, 2019
    by Michael Snyder, The Economic Collapse Blog

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/04/san-francisco-los-angeles-and-seattle-3-formerly-beautiful-west-coast-cities-have-literally-been-transformed-into-hellholes/

  68. Dora says:

    Some of you might have been watching when Bill Donohue was cut off by Cavuto yesterday. I was and I was astonished. He actually hung up on him!

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    IS FOX NEWS LOSING ITS NERVE?
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments about an incident on Fox News yesterday:
    https://www.catholicleague.org/is-fox-news-losing-its-nerve/

    • taw46 says:

      I saw that and I think Cavuto was wrong to cut him off. It is a fact that there have been hundreds of church desecrations in the last years. It seemed Cavuto was afraid to acknowledge those acts, because then he would have to question who is doing that. And as Donohue said, he was trying to explain what caused him to be suspicious, not that he believed it was a deliberate act. And it is a perfectly valid point that Cavuto should have addressed. Right now, I don’t see any facts to support terrorism, but I would not be shocked if that was found to be the cause.

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  70. DeniseVB says:

    LOL….

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  73. Dora says:

    I didn’t know he was running again.

  74. taw46 says:

    A thread:

  75. Dora says:

    ‘Have a nice day’: ISIS fanatics revel in Notre Dame’s destruction days before Easter as they describe the inferno as ‘retribution and punishment’

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6927101/Have-nice-day-ISIS-fanatics-revel-Notre-Dames-destruction-describing-punishment.html

  76. Anthony says:

    Once again, Katie gets it right

    • Anthony says:

      KATIE HOPKINS SPILLS THE T ON ILHAN OMAR

      The link above was wrong – Click on the link in the video frame – you can only watch it on Facebook, whether you’re logged in or not

      • votermom says:

        its gone
        what did it say?

        • lyn says:

          Letting Islam into our government is bad. Hopkins said Omar wore bright modern hijabs in the beginning and now they are darker. Bad omen.

        • Anthony says:

          She explained a systematic plan to introduce more and more muslims into congress. They present themselves at first to be nonthreatening moderate and light, but once they get in, the true nature and agenda emerges. Like Tlaib, who played moderate until she won, and then promised to “impeach the motherfucker” . Same thing happened in London with Mayor Fariq Khan, which she also explained

          • Constance says:

            I still say and I realize it’s not politically correct, The little brown Leftist women in Congress are puppets of Leftist males. If these men want power then why don’t they run for office? I assume they are un-electable. It appears AOC for one is banging her male chief of staff/handler. So this would be considered outrageous if a male Congressional rep was doing it but is this going to be normal for women in Congress? We don’t need no stinking Leftist puppets.

          • Anthony says:

            Hold my beer… I’ll go bang her handler. Right in front of her. Maybe even on her desk 🤣

        • elliesmom says:

          You can still view it on FB.

  77. Jadzia says:

    The chairman of Louis Vuitton pledged 200 million and the Bettencourt family (L’Oreal) pledged another 200 million. I’m feeling better about my weakness for fripperies. Still can’t look at the TV.

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  79. taw46 says:

    Ouch.

    “Julien Le Bras, 32, declared last year: ‘Our first thought is to protect the values of historical buildings, it’s in our DNA.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6927801/Notre-Dame-construction-boss-boasted-firms-abilities.html

  80. blowme0bama says:

    Two fires? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/notre-dame-cathedral-was-vulnerable-fire-expert-says-n994791?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app

    “The fire started up near the roof top, while another fire started in the north bell tower,” Picaud told NBC News. “All damage seems to be up high and did not go into the lower part of church or touch the organ or stained-glass windows.”

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