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08/31 Saturday Quote

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Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.

~ Charles Peters


3/10 Sunday Funday Quote

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Liberty has never come from Government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it … The history of liberty is a history of limitations of governmental power, not the increase of it.

~ Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Government Shutdown Delays Tax Refunds

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The month of January can only mean one thing — tax returns come out.  All those commercials are out on TV reminding us about completing our taxes.  TurboTax, Jackson Hewitt, and H&R Block are a few of many companies releasing their yearly ads for their audience.  While the message seems perfectly clear (get your taxes done before a certain date!), they make up for it with humorous instances.  Nevertheless, these advertisements get us all excited about getting our yearly tax returns.

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Now here’s where things get interesting – the government shutdown is still occurring here in the United States.  Many federal businesses are affected by the shutdown one way or another.  One thing that is adversely affected during the government shutdown are tax refunds.

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That’s right folks – your taxes could be delayed for a while this year.  After slaving away the past year at work, you will have to wait a bit to complete your taxes.  It all depends on the state you currently live in.

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Here’s the situation we have here:  Millions of audiences are tuning into the commercials from companies like TurboTax or H&R Block.  Each ad showcases the message about filing your taxes before the due date.  The catch is that many people will be waiting a while in order to complete such tax returns.  So, yeah… AWKWARD.

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This infuriating PR blunder is sure to turn off millions of audiences off from the ads.  While they may seem catchy at times, many will be annoyed by the long wait.  It doesn’t make much sense to showcase a yearly tradition when they are put on hold due to the government shutdown.

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Our solution here is simple – ship out the tax returns out as soon as possible so that the audiences has something to look forward to in the beginning of the year.  Only problem is that there is no control is to when the government shutdown will end.  It could be days, weeks, months, or even YEARS for it to cease.

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With that, the government shutdown poses a serious problem for this year’s tax returns.  Not only will people be waiting longer for their tax returns, but it also causes a strain for those advertisements from the tax companies.  Their audience will be hugely turned off by the message because they have not gotten their tax returns in the mail.

Hopefully the government shutdown will end soon, sparing the burden for the tax companies and their audiences.

New Jersey’s Recreational Cannabis Plan

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Recreational cannabis has been making its way all across the United States.  From the Golden State of California to the Bay State of Massachusetts, recreational cannabis has become the talk of the town.  Many cities and towns have been drumming up their ordinances and procedures for rolling out this industry.  States like New York are even writing up bills to allow health insurances to cover medical cannabis.

As the recreational cannabis industry takes off, other non-legal states look to become more 4/20-friendly as well.  One such state that is doing that is New Jersey.

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This year, New Jersey may vote whether to legalize cannabis.  New Jersey is one of two states looking to vote for recreational cannabis in their state.  Illinois is the other state voting as well.

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New Jersey is nestled between Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut.  Each of the three states already initiated their own medical cannabis programs.  Legalizing cannabis in New Jersey could send shock waves within the area.

Six years later and the legalization trail leads on.  More and more states look to legalize cannabis after seeing the widespread success happening around the nation.  Legal states have been profiting BILLIONS off of this industry, so it was only a matter of time for New Jersey to get in on the ‘Green Rush’ action.

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More and more dominoes are falling each month.  Colorado and Washington knocked over the first of many after legalizing in 2012.  Each domino only brings us one step closer our goal – recreational use nationwide.  Legal cannabis in the ENTIRE country, just like Canada or Uruguay.

Decades of dreaming later and our lifelong dream is finally coming to a reality.  Recreational cannabis is spreading all across America.  There is no slowing down nor is there any telling what surprises may come next.

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With that, here’s to hoping New Jersey takes the next steps in legalizing cannabis.  They may have brought us Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of New Jersey, but legal cannabis should help spruce up their notorious reputation.

AHS: White House Christmas

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Happy Monday folks!  December is here, which means the Christmas season is upon us.  Many people are out grabbing their Christmas trees and gathering their decorations.  Advertisements for shopping deals on Christmas presents are on full blast for this month.  It’s just like the tagline of Games of Thrones goes – Winter is Coming.

While many are excited about putting up their own decorations, there are some that are quite shocked at what the White House has on display this year.  Melania Trump, the first Lady of the United States, decided to spread the Christmas cheer with a rather… DARKER sort of decor.

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During a recent video showcasing a tour of the White House, Melania Trump walks through a hallway of blood red Christmas trees.  These trees line up side by side, leading up to a huge lit Christmas tree on the front.  The room is lit with white-orange lighting hanging from the ceiling.

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Throughout the video, we see many Christmas tress all around the offices.  The lighting becomes a dark orange glow, spreading all across the hallways.  In one room, a model version of the White House and other Washington monuments sits on a marble table.  A bouquet of flowers is put within the middle between two highly decorated Christmas trees.  There is even a Christmas wreath decorated with pencils labeled with the term ‘Be Best’, showcasing the first lady’s anti-bullying initiative.

Melania went decked out the White House in the spirit of the patriotic theme “American Treasures”, which looks to recognize America’s “unique heritage”.  The color red is seen all around the hallways, playing a significant role for the theme.

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Probably one of the creepiest aspects of the decorations are the blood red trees in the hallways.  It certainly presents a type of… EERIE mood if you will.

These decorations are too amazing that even MakeSandcastlesNotWar had a few things to say about the idea:

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  • Looks like Melania Trump stole Dandy Mott’s dark red lighting idea from American Horror Story: Freak Show!

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  • I guess we can now say that Netflix’s House of Cards is really being played out right now.

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  • Speaking of American Horror Story: Freak Show, Gloria Mott must’ve had some influence in the Christmas tree decorations.

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  • Those aren’t blood red Christmas trees – those are the costume props for The Handmaid’s Tale

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  • If you look close enough, the twins from The Shining should come out any minute
  • This year at the White House… There Will Be Blood.

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  • The red Yips Yips have gotten a lot bigger since I last saw Sesame Street.

In the end, these decorations are just simply brilliant.  There are so many zany references that people are finding from these peculiar photos.  These past Christmas seasons have been cheerful with the Obamas, but the Trumps took an interesting turn for their seasonal decor.  It truly is an actual American Horror Story being played out in our eyes.

      Let us celebrate the beauty of this chilling Christmas decorative theme here at the White House.