The hand salute has been around for centuries. Its origins are unknown, possibly dating back to Roman times, but there is no evidence that centurions raised their hand in formal greeting. Some believe it originated in medieval Europe, when knights used their hands to raise their visors, revealing their identity to demonstrate they were friendly. Regardless, there are many rules, many “do’s and dont’s, for those in the uniformed services about when, where, to whom and under what conditions to render a salute.
Friday, April 3, 1998 started normally, a beautiful, bright, sunny spring morning. The sky was clear, the air crisp. It ended far from normal. I don’t remember if clouds appeared in the sky that day, but they did in our lives. Melissa would have been 37 yesterday. But, she will forever be 19. This is all I have to say about that.
For right or wrong, bringing about real tax reform is important—scratch that—critical for all Americans. Many of the injuries America sustains are self-inflicted by our tax system. I believe that the cause of many of our problems can be traced to the completely dysfunctional IRC. We aren’t just shooting ourselves in the foot with our tax system; we are playing Russian roulette with only one chamber empty!
Yesterday, the White House trumpeted (pun intended) Donald Trump's UNIFIED FRAMEWORK FOR FIXING OUR BROKEN TAX CODE. Tweeting to all who would read, shouting to all who would listen, the White House extolled this plan as TAX RELIEF AND SIMPLIFICATION FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES. I am skeptical. Short on details and long on hyperbole, you be the judge. The proof, as they say, will be in the particular pudding.
Yesterday, many Americans witnessed an historical event, a total solar eclipse. Not to play on words, but, given the lunatic that occupies the White House, America has been a sort of total Lunar/solar eclipse since November 8, 2016.
Trump claims to “love our vets.” He makes this claim as often as he can, whenever in range of a camera or microphone. As a veteran, my reaction is, “Yeah, right. Blow it out your, well, you know…” What follows are some of the many reasons I feel this way.
Gilligan's Isle offered real humor, slapstick comedy behind the tragedy of a shipwreck. Sadly, there will be no comedy behind the election of Donald J Trump, just tragedy on top of tragedy. Read this ditty to the tune of Gilligan's Isle. Enjoy.
I couldn't help myself. When various agencies reported that Trump's new campaign CEO was registered to vote at an empty house, I decided that prompted some lyrics. With apologies to Victor Hugo, Herbert Kretzmer, Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg, I wrote Empty Heads in Empty Houses.
Professor Morris Massey coined the phrase, “What You Are Is Where You Were When.” That phrase offers an appropriate explanation of our tax code. The Internal Revenue Code is a by-product of the events, laws, and opinions from our past. What follows is a description of when it was what it was—a chronological listing of the major events and changes to our tax code that brought us to our current federal tax structure.
For my dad: a father, brother, son; an uncle, granddad and grandson; a friend to all; a veteran: a hard-working American patriot. A good man. As Toni described, one of too few good men. No, Uncle Keith, unlike you, dad was not a marine. Rest in peace.