The best U.S. cities to raise a family

MW HG614 Liv mo 20190328162442 ZHAnd #1 yet again is Moscow, Idaho. Relocating here 20 years ago after retiring from the Navy was definitely the right move. 

1. Moscow, Idaho

Population: 24,688

Located along Idaho’s western border with Washington, Moscow, ID, is home to approximately 25,000 residents and tops this year’s list of the Best Places to Raise a Family — in addition to racking up impressive rankings on the Top 100 Best Places to Live and the 10 Best Affordable Places to Live this year. 

It’s also home to the University of Idaho, which means there are tons of fun sporting events and activities for families to take advantage of all year round. The University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden, for example, is the perfect place to let kids run around and burn off some energy. If that’s not enough, there’s also the Latah Trail Bike Path and 17 city parks to choose from. The school district in Moscow is small, serving just 2,400 total students, so you’re sure to establish close relationships with your child’s teachers and other parents.

Best Way to Keep Everyone Entertained on a Saturday Afternoon: During the summer months, hit up the Hamilton-Lowe Aquatics Center, which features a lazy river, a giant swimming pool, tall waterslides and areas for young children and toddlers to play.

Kid-Friendly Restaurant: La Casa Lopez, which is right on Main Street and offers a family-friendly atmosphere and tasty Mexican food.

Best Date Night Spot (for frazzled parents): Sangria Grille, which works with as many local farmers as possible to serve up fresh dishes like Peruvian pan-roasted chicken and serrano Caesar salad.

Where to Score the Sweet Stuff: Buy the Dozen, a cleverly named doughnut stand at the Moscow Farmer’s Market. They make adorable mini doughnuts with tons of toppings to choose from, such as crushed Oreos or lemon glaze.

Coolest Indoor Playground: Bonkerz Indoor Playcenter, where kids of all ages can romp around a giant play structure, pretend they’re in a barn, at the market or at home, or play at various stations featuring dinosaurs, dolls and trains. Bonus: there’s even Wi-Fi and comfy seating for parents.

Dog-Friendly Hangout Spot (because they’re part of the family too!): Everyone is invited to the patio at Moscow Alehouse, a laid-back restaurant that serves up classic bar food and a rotating selection of 24 beers.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-best-us-cities-to-raise-a-family-2019-04-01?fbclid=IwAR2i3zEe7xbxmzTX8FM8JZhpyZ_sQyT69EGRveOW58442Hp_usMpztSDYPA

National politician attacks news outlet for its accurate reporting in chilling threat to first amendment

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Weird: Everyone Who Attended Bernie Sanders’ Town Hall Has Reported Their Wallet Missing

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More non-satire satire. 

NEW YORK, NY—Well, this is more than a little odd.

Every single attendee of Bernie Sanders’ town hall meeting on Fox News earlier this week has reported that their wallet has mysteriously gone missing.

“I know I had my wallet in my pocket, but after meeting Bernie Sanders, shaking his hand, and thanking him for everything he’s doing for the country, I noticed my wallet was missing,” said one woman from Brooklyn. “I noticed it on the way to the car. Really strange.”

She wasn’t the only one: every single attendee only later realized that their wallets were missing. Some women said their purses had apparently been rifled through, with the perpetrator taking every coin and dollar bill, as well as several breath mints and a comb.

Whoever did the stealing was crafty. The suspect left a note in each person’s pocket or purse saying “Thank you for your willingness to help your fellow man.”

After reviewing security footage, police are looking for an elderly man with white tufts of hair protruding from his head and “crazy eyes.”

https://babylonbee.com/news/weird-everyone-who-attended-bernie-sanders-has-reported-their-wallet-missing/

Op-Ed: It’s Been A Few Months; Is It Time For A New War In The Middle East?

16024773928950074527Not much satire here. 

What’s been in the news lately? We had the tumultuous midterm elections, the wild Mueller investigation and that whole shindig, and whatever Trump last said on camera. Can people even remember what our last conflict in the Middle East was? Yemen, I think. But that was months ago, so I think it’s time for another war in the Middle East.

https://babylonbee.com/news/op-ed-its-been-a-few-months-is-it-time-for-a-new-war-in-the-middle-east/

Signs of the times?

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In a massive win for Canadian Conservatism, and a huge loss for PM Justin Trudeau, Jason Kenney has been elected premier of Alberta with an overwhelming mandate

And on the other side of the pond….

Brexit Party surges into the LEAD in the race for the European Elections: Nigel Farage’s brand new group storms ahead of the Tories AND Labour after a top pollster predicted it could win its first election.

Via DTW

Twitter Drops SPLC As ‘Safety Partner’ – While Facebook, Google, Amazon Remain Silent

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This couldn’t happen to a nicer group of hypocrites. 

#karma

Twitter has clipped the embattled left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) after the group’s executive leadership quit over allegations of sexual and racialmisconduct andscamming its liberal donorsout of money, according to theDaily Caller‘s Chris White. 

“The SPLC is not a member of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council or a partner the company has worked with recently,” a Twitter source told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Twitter had previously listed the SPLC as a “safety partner” they worked with to combat “hateful conduct and harassment,” according to a June DCNF report. 

Facebook, Amazon and Google on the other hand still associate with the SPLC as far as we know. 

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/zerohedge/feed/~3/MfAPN-z3DGQ/twitter-drops-splc-safety-partner-while-facebook-google-amazon-remain-silent

Attorney General Barr rules illegal immigrants must be detained during deportation

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The U.S. attorney genreal said under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Department of Homeland Security can detain all illegal immigrants who were initially placed in expedited deportation proceedings.

Families and unaccompanied migrant children are exempt from Tuesday’s ruling.

Attorney General Barr rules illegal immigrants must be detained during deportation

Laguna Beach votes to keep American flag on police cars

 

8305817443833060144Laguna Beach city council just asked people in room to raise hand if they support the new USA flag decals on police cars. Almost everyone in room raised hand. When asked who opposes, one, single person raised their hand, to chuckles from the crowd. 

The Great Benefit Of Trade Is The Imports, Not The Exports

Pro brexit march19That excellent quote in the title is from Kevin Williamson writing in National Review — “Brexit: Deal or No Deal

The great benefit of trade is the imports, not the exports — the politicians always get that wrong.

Next time someone tells you the opposite, correct them. 

For eons, kings, consuls, emperors, and khans undertook enormous pains to keep the trade routes open and to establish new ones, building everything from roads to navies to educational institutions (propagating the once-arcane sciences of accounting and basic finance) to enable the exchange of goods. It is a myth that the Romans salted the fields of conquered Carthage: They ate the grain Carthage grew, and only would have been starving themselves. They needed those imports.

In our time, we have stood that on its head, and as the merchants of the world bring the best of everything to our shores for our use and delight, our biggest worry is that they are not charging us enough money for their goods. These are dumb times.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/brexit-deal-or-no-deal/

Take Us Back to 1913

The first year of the US Income Tax was 1913. 4402128756432033097

Here was that form. 

I wish we could rewind the clock. 

“In the beginning” when the US federal income tax was first introduced in 1913, it used to be a lot, lot simpler and a lot easier to file taxes; so easy in fact that it was basically like filling out your federal tax return on a postcard.

For example, page 1 of the original IRS 1040 income tax form from 1913 appears above. There were only four pages in the original 1040 form, including two pages of worksheets, the actual one-page 1040 form above, and only one page of instructions, view all four pages here. In contrast, just the current 1040 instructions for 2018, without any forms or schedules,runs 117 pages (forms and schedules are available separately here and here).

Individual federal income tax rates started at 1% in 1913, and the maximum marginal income tax rate was only 7% on incomes above $500,000 (more than $12.8 million in today’s dollars). The personal exemption in 1913 was $3,000 for individuals ($77,000 in today’s dollars) and $4,000 for married couples (nearly $103,000 in today’s dollars), meaning that very few Americans had to pay federal income tax since the average annual income in 1913 was only about $750. The Tax Foundation has historical federal income tax rates for every year between 1913 and 2013 here for tax brackets expressed in both nominal dollars and inflation-adjusted dollars and the 2018 tax brackets are here.

Via AEI

Laguna Beach Liberals Triggered By American Flag On Police Cars

Squad car 2I heard about this on the radio news this morning. They are offended by police and by red, white, and blue letters. 

Progressives living in the wealthy Southern California enclave of Laguna Beach have become triggered by a recent decision to repaint the city’s police cars with the American flag running through lettering on the doors, according to theLA Times

The design – approved in February – was deemed by some to be “unfit for the artists’ community.” The ensuing debate has pitted flag supporters against flag opponents, and should make for an interesting City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Officials say the matter is “far more nuanced,” according to the Times

Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow said Monday the council is simply facing “a very narrow decision” about the brightness of the colors, but that the issue has devolved into a broader national conversation about patriotism.

He said he has received hundreds of emails from people around the country, mostly in support of keeping the flag designs on the car. –LA Times

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/zerohedge/feed/~3/S1aN88rt5Cg/laguna-beach-liberals-triggered-american-flag-police-cars

Behold The Shit Map: Mapping San Francisco’s 132,562 Cases Of Human Feces

Https blogs images forbes com adamandrzejewski files 2019 04 San Fran general poop map FINALPardon the language in the title, but that’s what this is: a map of the 132,562 cases of human fecal matter reported in San Francisco. 

Imagine the number of cases not reported. 

This is the shining example of what liberalism leads to. This is their Queen City. 

Today, San Francisco hosts an estimated homeless population of 7,500 people. Affluent sections of the city have become dangerous with open-air drug use, tens of thousands of discarded needles, and, sadly, human feces.

Since 2011, there have been at least 118,352 reported instances of human fecal matter on city streets.

New mayor, London Breed, won election by promising to clean things up. However, conditions are the same or worse. Last year, the number of reports spiked to an all-time high at 28,084. >In first quarter 2019, the pace continued with 6,676 instances of human waste in the public way.

We reached out to San Francisco Mayor London Breed for comment regarding our findings and the continued trajectory of the human waste problem. This column will be updated with any response or comment.

Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com plotted all reports of human waste since 2011 using latitude and longitude address coordinates of all cases closed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works.

Using our interactive map, just click a pin and scroll down to review the results (all closed cases by neighborhood) rendered in the chart beneath the map. Available data is the result of resident reporting to the city’s 311 dispatchers during the years 2011-2019.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/adamandrzejewski/2019/04/15/mapping-san-franciscos-human-waste-challenge-132562-case-reports-since-2008/#1e49e1125ea5

North Carolina ‘born-alive’ abortion bill wins final passage

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina’s legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers.

It cannot be legally unnecessary since there are records of abortionists killing babies born alive. 

Also, how can the requirement to provide medical aid be a threat to abortion providers? 

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/apr/16/north-carolina-born-alive-abortion-bill-wins-final/