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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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Passenger carries firearm through TSA screening at Atlanta onto Delta flight

Source: CNN

(CNN)A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration.

"TSA has determined standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the morning of January 3," the release states.

Delta Airlines also issued a statement to CNN, saying that "upon the customer's disclosure, the airline reported the incident to the TSA."

The security breach came two weeks into the government shutdown, during which TSA agents have been required to work but have not received paychecks. CNN first reported on January 4 -- a day after the breach -- that hundreds of TSA agents from at least four major airports had called in sick.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/13/us/tsa-gun-flight/index.html


Snow increasing. Expect deteriorating conditions into this evening.


About 4.5 to 7.5 inches of snow have accumulated since Saturday afternoon. This is the biggest snow in Washington since January 2016 (officially 5.4 inches at Reagan National through 1 p.m.).
There’s the potential for an additional 1 to 2 inches through this evening with perhaps a few locally heavier pockets - mainly from the District south. Road conditions are likely to deteriorate.
Storm totals should range from 5 to 10 inches with the highest amounts just south of town. The snow should end between 8 p.m. and midnight.
The unofficial name for this storm is #Snurlough - based on the recommendation of reader Phil Yabut.

Videos at the link

IRS scammers are still working hard through the shutdown

to lie and steal from Americans. Happy New Year. Enjoy the insults above.

In case you missed this when I posted it last year, the video below is very satisfying to watch Project Mayhem flood a scam call center with automated robocalls.

As a reminder, the IRS will never call you, never threaten you, and never ask for payment through gift cards. They send letters. If you are ever surprised to hear from the IRS(or Social Security, Medicare, VA, Federal Grants, Microsoft Technical Support, etc.), it's probably a scam.

Plenty of legit IRS employees and contractors have foreign accents/names but they will never call you.

Trump In 2004 To Grads: 'Go Over...Go Around' Concrete Wall NBC News

Never give up. Shut down the government. Make people work without pay if you have to. Screw over anyone who gets in your way.

How tax brackets actually work: A simple visual guide


In a recent “60 Minutes” interview, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) proposed raising the federal tax rate on incomes above $10 million up to 70 percent. The move would affect less than one-tenth of 1 percent of U.S. households and return the top marginal tax rate to its 1980 level.

Merits of the proposal aside, the resulting debate in Washington has underscored the fact that many Americans do not understand how federal income tax brackets work. Several policymakers and low-tax advocates suggested, incorrectly, that a top rate of 70 percent would affect all income earned by certain earners.

These distortions are rooted in the common belief that a single federal income tax rate applies to a person’s entire annual income. Under this misbelief, that tax rate is determined by how much a person makes in a year. This is often reflected in how people talk about their taxes, saying things like “I’m in the 24 percent tax bracket” or “I’m in the 12 percent tax bracket.”

This is why it’s not exactly correct to say things like “I’m in the 22 percent tax bracket.” Think of it this way: Tax brackets apply to income, not to individuals. The same 10 percent rate applies to the first $9,525 earned whether the earner makes $50,000 in a year or $5,000,000.

So in the coming weeks, if you hear a talking head suggest that a top tax rate of 70 percent means that the government will be taking away 70 percent of a person’s earnings, it’s a sign that the speaker either doesn’t understand how taxes work or is deliberately trying to mislead you.

I had my doubts on this too until a few years ago. Too many folks on TV and online are deliberately spewing lies about how this works to make it seem like liberal Dems are going to tax us to death. The truth is much more reasonable.

The HU - Wolf Totem

Mongolian rock music

You can easily see how hordes of these guys' Mongol ancestors taught China that walls won't keep out people hell bent on getting through.

Posted by IronLionZion | Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:54 PM (2 replies)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez danced on a rooftop in college. Oh, the scandal


(CNN)An attempt to discredit freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez using a video from her past backfired -- sending many on social media defending her instead.

The 30-second video was widely shared on Twitter on Wednesday and appeared to show a younger Ocasio-Cortez gleefully dancing on the roof of a building. A day later, she was sworn in as the youngest woman in Congress.

"Here is America's favorite commie know-it-all acting like the clueless nitwit she is," read the tweet from AnonymousQ1776, who described it as a video from her high school days.

But the edited clip is part of a 4-minute, 20-second video posted on YouTube eight years ago. And it was filmed at Boston University as part of a popular trend at the time. Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated from the university in 2011 with a degree in economics and international relations, was among a group of student dancers who took part in the video, which showed them imitating scenes from popular 1980s films.

"Using the European band Phoenix's Lisztomania, the students created what they call the BU "Lisztomania" Brat Pack Mashup, a homage to the original, which first aired on YouTube last year," the university said at the time. "The mashup, a remix of song and video clips, was an instant sensation and has been replicated worldwide."

If any of you ever danced in your life, just give up. Your career is over forever. You're not qualified to do anything.
Posted by IronLionZion | Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:41 AM (3 replies)

Australian man screaming at spider 'why don't you die?' triggers full police response


Police in Western Australia have confirmed they sent multiple officers to an emergency call that turned out to be a screaming man with a “serious fear” of spiders.

A concerned passerby was walking outside a house in suburban Perth when they heard a toddler screaming and a man repeatedly shouting “Why don’t you die?”

After they called triple zero, officers arrived to find a man “trying to kill a spider”, who apologised for having an extreme fear of the arachnid.

The Wanneroo police Twitter account posted a screenshot of the police log of the incident on Wednesday morning.

“Caller walked past the AA and heard a male screaming out ‘Why don’t you die’ – repeatedly,” the log read. “The toddler inside was screaming … caller doesn’t know them, but has seen them a few times when walking”.

I get it. Spiders are scary. But they also eat mosquitoes and flies and other insects.

In the US, a few bad car accidents were caused by the driver jumping out of a running car to escape a spider.
Posted by IronLionZion | Thu Jan 3, 2019, 10:34 AM (3 replies)

Netflix Drops Hasan Minhaj Episode In Saudi Arabia At Government's Request


Last fall, the world watched as Saudi Arabia's official story about the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi changed, and changed again. A series of contradictory claims and denials came even as evidence emerged that Khashoggi's killing had been ordered by the country's crown prince.

Many people were angry, and that included the American comedian Hasan Minhaj, who blasted the Saudi government on his Netflix news-comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.

"This is the most unbelievable cover story since Blake Shelton won sexiest man alive," Minhaj joked to his audience.

But the Saudi government isn't laughing.

Last week, it had Netflix remove the episode in that country. As the Financial Times first reported, a Saudi regulator cited a law that prohibits the "production, preparation, transmission, or storage of material impinging on public order, religious values, public morals, and privacy, through the information network or computers."

Saudis can still watch it on Youtube for now, until they ban that too:

Watch Trump try to ban stuff like this here in the US. Freedom means an Indian-American Muslim can say things on TV that makes our president squirm without being imprisoned or executed for saying it.

He might still be deported for stealing jobs from comedians.
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Jan 2, 2019, 06:54 PM (3 replies)
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