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Trump Lied To You That 2018 Tax Return Was Going To Be Simpler, Easier & Postcard-Sized.

by Anura Guruge


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All forms from IRS.gov.


OK, it is true that SOME of the forms are the size of EXTRA-LARGE postcards BUT all they have done is split the forms into MULTIPLE ‘postcard’ size Schedules.

It is stupid.

The basic ‘front page’ 1040 is split into two just to give the appearance that is SMALLER and akin to an EXTRA-LARGE postcard. But, it takes TWO of these EXTRA-LARGE postcards to do the very basics.

And then we have 6 NEW Schedules, viz. 1 to 6, in ADDITION to all the old & beloved Schedules A, B, C, D etc.

Sacré bloody bleu.

These new Schedules just complicate matters.

Trust me it is not simpler or faster.

I know my way around the 1040. SMILE. I have been doing taxes, on my own, for nearly a decade. I don’t use software. I do it by hand using ‘Free File Fillable Forms’ from the IRS or just PDF versions of the forms (also from the IRS).

In the last couple of days I did two fairly involved returns — both involving Obamacare, ‘Premium Tax Credit’ Form 8962. I worked it all out and got it done. But, it was really no easier than years before. Just more involved and fiddly.

So, Trump lied to us about this. But, what is new.


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Is It ‘OK’ For Native Americans To Do ‘Black Face’?

by Anura Guruge


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I have during my numerous trips to Arizona, spanning four decades, picked up numerous items of Native American art. I happened to notice this one today. I will have to go check if it has a label. cannot remember where or when I got it. Just know I have had it for a long time.

I also just noticed, BLACK FACE!

On the figure on the right it is unmistakable. He has a brown body — not dissimilar to mine.

So, when did Native Americans start doing Black Face? Were they doing it before they ever so an African? I don’t know.

But, what are the implications.

Should the Native Americans, collectively, apologize to the Black Americans for this? I don’t know.


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Has Anybody Seen Rudy Giuliani Of Late?

by Anura Guruge



Just occurred to me while watching TV tonight, and hearing the the Robert Mueller investigation might finally be coming to an end, that I have NOT seen Rudy on TV in quite a few days.

Maybe weeks. Yes, I watch enough cable news, morning, noon and night that I usually catch most appearances to the Rudy.

Has Drump dumped him?

Has he had another health relapse?

I know that he hasn’t been doing the media rounds for at least a couple of weeks. I am NOT complaining. He drives me nuts. Just wanted to share an observation in case you had not noticed it. But, don’t lose any sleep over it. Be thankful, very thankful.


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Does Pope Francis Have Dark Secret Of His OWN When It Comes To Sex Crimes?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From the U.K. “The Guardian”. Google for more.


The pope doth protest too much, methinks.

He is beginning to act & sound like a man who has a dark secret to hide.

He is very much like Trump and the Robert Muller special investigation.

Francis repeatedly attacks those like us who are genuinely upset about all of the sex abuse that has gone on and continues to go in in the Catholic Church by clergy that is supposed to have a duty to protect the young and the innocent if nobody else.

He is an hypocrite and a shallow man. I am getting increasingly convinced that he has a very dark, sinister past.

There is no vetting to be pope. Plus as we know the prelates protect each other. So, if Francis has a dark past he has a good chance of being able to keep it hidden because like Trump he has most of the prelates intimidated.

So, I ask out LOUD: why doth Francis protest so much? What does he have to hide?


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Had No Idea That Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Is Only 32-Years Old.

by Anura Guruge


Click image for the ‘ABC News’ original. Google for more.


I kind of vaguely remember hearing that a nationalistic, right-winger had been elected as the Austrian chancellor. But, I didn’t give it much heed. I was too busy worrying about nationalistic, right-winger closer to home. And today they were together, side-by-side at the White House. That is why I got a good look at him. Plus the Drump did mention that ‘he’, i.e., Sebastian, looked young and indeed was young.

Wow. 32-years old. Must have been close to 30 when he was elected. Europe’s youngest head of state.

As I suspected (& hoped) Wikipedia does have a list of ‘youngest heads of state‘ ALBEIT only since 1945. But, at least it gives you some perspective. So, Sebastian is NOT the youngest by a long chalk. Maybe one of the youngest to be genuinely elected.

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