Saturday, February 12, 2011
A long time ago Obama "borrowed" a tie of Gibbs. He liked it, so he wound up keeping it. Today he gave him the tie back, finally, with a couple of pictures of Gibbs with Obama in a glass picture-case.
So, here is an emblematic Democratic "gift:" Giving you back what was always yours and expecting a thank-you for it.
If you're not familiar with the case, Widmer is accused of drowning his wife of less than a year in a bathtub. His case has been featured on Dateline and is right up there with the Sam Shepherd case from the fifties for it's local notoriety.
His first trial was ruled a mistrial after juror misconduct. The second was ruled a mistrial after a hung jury and now we are on the third.
Here's what I find fascinating. Guys if you're looking to hook up with the ladies you don't need the charisma of a rock band front man, the wealth of Bill Gates, or the looks of Brad Pitt. All you need is a notorious trial where you are accused of MURDERING YOUR WIFE and the ladies will come flocking to you.
Seriously, in this third trial, one of the prosecution witnesses is a woman from Iowa who befriended Widmer after seeing his profile on Dateline and testified that he admitted to killing Sarah.
Not to be outdone, the defense brought a witness from Seattle who befriended Widmer after flying from Seattle to Cincinnati so she could meet him at a bowling fundraiser. She testified that she talked to Widmer minutes before the Iowa babe and that he wasn't drunk when she spoke to him.
ARE YOU SERIOUS?
Whether you believe in his guilt or not, the guy is still accused of MURDERING HIS WIFE!
Does that not mean anything to women? Geez, the Seattle chick was even married.
What in the hell possesses a woman to hook up with a guy accused of MURDERING HIS WIFE?
I guess I can now understand why I wasn't all that successful in my internet dating days. Instead of putting a successful businesses owner on my profile I should have gone by the alias Drew Peterson, Scott Peterson or O.J. and noted my propensity for loving sharp items and women who can't breathe as turn-ons.
So for you single guys out there looking to hook up, there's your tip of the day.
Friday, February 11, 2011
Meet Aimee Brasher. Why is she in the news?
Police say a woman was pulled over Thursday night for suspicion of driving on a suspended license, but what officers found was much more disturbing.
Investigators say Aimee Brasher had been smoking marijuana in her car while her 1-year-old was in the car with her. Brasher is also seven months pregnant.
Brasher was arrested and charged with drug possession and child endangerment. At an arraignment hearing on Friday morning, bond was set at $10,000.
So did this mom of the year vote for Obama or McCain in the past election?
The GAO has listed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program as having the second highest dollar amount of improper payments of all Federal programs. The IRS has made little improvement in reducing EITC improper payments since 2002 when it was first required to report estimates of these payments to Congress. The IRS continues to report that 23% - 28% of EITC payments are issued improperly each year. In Fiscal Year 2009, this equated to $11 billion to $13 billion in EITC improper payments.
Who would have thunk it? Free money for nothing and apparently people try to abuse that system? That's a big ole Obama WTF!
The other day, I had a young guy come in to question his tax return wondering why he didn't get anything for his education credit. I explained that because he was in grad school his education credits wouldn't exceed the amount of tax he actually owed. In other words; not refundable.
His response "geez, I guess the government thinks it would be better if I got a job!".
My first instinct was to drag this guy out of my office, kick his ass and say to him "who do you think is subsidizing that fucking grad school tuition you pay. It's working assholes like me who actually pay taxes."
My second instinct is to shrug my shoulders because why shouldn't this guy think he should get a refund for something he never paid into. After all, the single mom who lives next to him never went to college, got knocked up with a couple of bastards and does drugs.
She'll probably walk away with a $5,000 refund she never paid in just for being a bum.
Just for giggles, I decided to review the income and tax liabilities for the 100 tax returns we've kicked out this year.
Now keep in mind that our system is called an "income" tax. Allegedly, that means a tax on your income.
But if it's an income tax, how can one person make $66,000 and have to pay $10,388.00 into federal income tax and her neighbor makes $74,000 and pays only $383.00? A $10,000 difference.
Now each taxpayer has completely different fact sets. One may have received energy credits, they're filing a joint return for family with children in college, or own an expensive home with lots of mortgage interest.
So? What the hell does any of that have to do with income? The premise is that if you make more, you can afford more. I can tell you from knowing both of the clients above, the one who makes more can afford more, much more. Yet she pays $10,000 less than someone who makes less than her.
Our income tax system is a travesty because it's total bullshit. It should be called "an income tax unless you do the things we want you to do then we'll make it less tax".
It reminds me of those United Way campaigns where the United Way gives you a card that determines your "fair share". They have no idea who you are but they can determine what your "fair share" is based on some nebulous income number.
Given that I make money trying to limit the tax liability of my clients, I should be thankful for such a screwed up system. But more and more, I'm starting to feel like your average crack dealer who rationalizes ruining people's lives with drugs by saying "I'm just giving the public what it wants".
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
In a FoxNews.com article online February 07, 2011 titled, “Why Can’t
ObamaDo the Math On Jobs?” economist and author John R. Lott, Jr. showed that the oft-reported and widely trumpeted super intelligence of Barack Obama is far off the mark.
Lott reported that in an address to the U. S. Chamber of Commerce on that date, Obama’s message was that the Chamber, concurrently with the business world, has an obligation to start creating jobs; claiming that “the government has done what it needs to do and any failure lies with the private sector.”
What a bunch of crapola, as Archie Bunker would say; Obama saying that the government has done what it needs to do” is exactly backwards. The government has done what has caused the problems of unemployment with its insane fiscal policies forcing gigantic layoffs and terminations of employment in the workforce raising unemployment numbers to historic levels.
And Obama saying “any failure lies with the private sector” is equally fallacious. For the past two years since his inauguration the unemployment numbers have been steadily rising from less than five percent to above ten percent and currently just a tad below that. If he can’t see that, he is more blind and uncomprehending than a third grade student competing in a Mensa exam.
Unemployment is so bad that over 1.5 million Americans have left the workforce since August, according to John Lott in the above referenced FoxNews.com article. Ironically, these departures of work seekers from the unemployment rolls work against them as it causes the unemployment percentage numbers to decrease.
What do you expect from a guy who was obviously an affirmative action admittance and a graduate who probably never took a math or Econ 101 course? Of course, we'll never know if any of those things are true since he's never released a transcript.
Now, Boxer’s 37-year-olds from 2005 are 43, and the Trust Fund is on a path to go broke when they hit the official retirement age of 67. At that point, Social Security would only be able to cover 78% of total benefits.
Under such a scenario, low-income and very old retirees would surely be protected, leaving less than 78% for the middle class. But let’s take that 22% benefit cut as a base case.
If Social Security was financially solid for 38 years, as Boxer insisted, then average earners ($43,000 in 2010) early in their careers would be able to overcome this benefit cut by setting aside about 2.2% of annual wages in a personal account each year, assuming Treasury returns and a lifetime annuity. That’s about $950 a year in savings.
Of course, Congress hasn’t kept its eye on the future and hasn’t taken steps to boost individual saving. As a result, average earners who are approaching the halfway mark of their careers would have to set aside roughly 5% of annual wages, or $2,150, to make up for what Social Security won’t be able to pay.
See I know this is laughable. I just received my social security statement that shows my employer(s) and I have kicked in $96,000 into the social security system. The present value of those funds is about $140,000.
For them to send me a statement and not have the money to back it up sounds an awful lot like the statements Bernard Madoff sent to his customers............ and he's in prison.
So what senator will be doing time when I can't get the money the government's been investing for me all these working years.
Voters would be required to show photo identification before they can cast ballots under a proposal passed on to the full Senate on Tuesday.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro passed the State and Local Government Committee on a 6-3 vote along party lines and will be scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor.
How's the ACORN contingency going to get through that.
Remember when our Toyotas went all “Maximum Overdrive” and tried to wipe us out last year? Defective automobiles would suddenly accelerate without warning, putting the lives of helpless passengers on the line. The media and government went ballistic. War was declared on Toyota, complete with congressional hearings, in which Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood actually told motorists they should stop driving their Toyotas until the company could devise a solution to the problem. (He swiftly walked his position back to “encouraging” the owners of suspect Toyota models to “contact their local dealer and get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible.”)
Toyota wound up halting sales on eight of its most popular models, including the Camry, one of the best-selling cars in the United States. The New York Times reports the company paid $48.8 million in fines, and saw its sales drop 0.4 percent in 2010, making it “the only full-line automaker to report lower sales last year.”
It turns out these cases of “sudden acceleration” were not defects in Toyota automobiles at all. After a 10-month investigation, the government concluded the incidents were mostly caused by floor mats interfering with the accelerator pedal, and drivers accidentally hitting the gas instead of the brakes.
I wonder when we're going to get our "never mind" moment on global warming.
In an unprecedented and controversial move, the White House has launched a new program at the Department of Labor which will refer workers who have complaints about their bosses to a toll free number at the American Bar Association, where they can get a lawyer to work on their case on a contingency fee basis.
More than 40,000 workers annually contact the Department of Labor with complaints about their bosses. But Labor can’t get to all of them, an estimated 10%, because of budget constraints, the White House says. So the White House has instead launched a program for “unresolved complainants” with the ABA. Workers will now be provided a toll-free number that connects them with ABA lawyers nationwide who are experienced in things like alleged workplace abuses of minimum wage, overtime and family medical leave laws.
The White House in a statement says this is “a new effort between the federal government and private bar to assist complainants” who may need help with “worker rights.” In a statement, the ABA calls this new alliance “unprecedented.”
But will this create more lawsuits against companies? Will it stymie job creation at the very companies the President says he needs to help lower the high unemployment rate, including small businesses? Will this new program simply make it easier for lawyers to get business they may have garnered anyway?
President Barack Obama's budget proposal is expected to give states a way to collect more payroll taxes from businesses, in an effort to replenish the unemployment-insurance program. The plan could cause controversy at a time when the administration is seeking to mend fences with corporate America.
This guy is giant lying bag of crap.
If you still wonder why businesses are slow to hire then you are a bigger moron than our current president.
Responding to the latest undercover video by an anti-abortion group, women's reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday it will retrain more than 11,000 staff members at more than 800 centers across the United States.
Planned Parenthood has ordered "all health center staff and educators who have contact with patients and teens be retrained in understanding our policies and procedures for responding to situations that indicate that the welfare of a minor is endangered," Stuart Schear, vice president for communications at Planned Parenthood, said in a statement issued Tuesday.
Or how about this novel idea. Whenever, there is suspicion of child rape you call the police.
The first 75 teachers who former Chancellor Michelle Rhee fired must be given about $7.5 million in back wages and offered positions with D.C. Public Schools, an arbitrator ruled.
"The [termination] process used in this case was so devoid of due process as to be arbitrary and capricious," arbitrator Charles Feigenbaum said in his verdict favoring the Washington Teachers' Union, which has been fighting D.C. Public Schools officials over the July 2008 dismissals for more than two years.
Rhee fired 75 first- and second-year teachers after asking principals to recommend recent hires for dismissal. D.C. Public Schools officials told teachers that they couldn't appeal because they had yet to earn tenure, but did not disclose the reasons for their dismissals.
Despite his federal conviction, former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge will be able to keep his pension, according to a vote by a police pension board Thursday.
Board member Mike Shields said the board voted 4 to 4 on a motion to terminate Burge’s pension.
A tie vote means the motion failed and Burge will continue receiving the $3,039 monthly pension.
Burge, 63, was sentenced last week to 4 1/2 years in prison following a conviction last summer on perjury and obstruction of justice related to the way he gave answers in a lawsuit that claimed he and underlings tortured murder suspects who were in police custody. He’s scheduled to report to prison in March.
Critics called the decision “outrageous,’’ but Shields, a member of the police department who voted against terminating Burge’s pension, said it boiled down to the “Illinois pension code and case law.
“Jon Burge had no law enforcement duties at the time he was alleged to have committed his crimes of perjury on an interrogatory in a civil deposition,” Shields said.
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Meet Stacy Schuler. Why is Stacy in the news.....
Accused Mason teacher Stacy Schuler was released on her own recognizance Tuesday by a judge who sternly warned her to stay away from anyone under the age of 18 and all high schoolers, even if they are 18.
Schuler, 32, of Springboro, was indicted on 16 counts of sexual battery and three counts of serving alcohol to an under-aged person in connection with five male students at Mason High School.
The health and physical education teacher will resign her job at tonight's Mason School Board meeting, said her attorney, Charlie M. Rittgers.
I see that Stacy was a health teacher. I guess all that practice of watching her male students wrap a banana with a condom was just too sexy.
None the less, when Stacy voted in 2008 did she pull the chain for The One or The Maverick?
Unemployed twentysomething dilettante Bristol Palin® has another bullet point to add to her résumé: “Book Writer!!” Politics Daily has unearthed from the recesses of Amazon evidence of an “Untitled Bristol Palin Memoir.”
Wow replace Bristol's name with one, Barack Obama, and you have a future president.
To turn wood chips into ethanol fuel, George W. Bush's Department of Energy in February 2007 announced a $76 million grant to Range Fuels for a cutting-edge refinery. A few months later, the refinery opened in the piney woods of Treutlen County, Ga., as the taxpayers of Georgia piled on another $6 million. In 2008, the ethanol plant was the first beneficiary of the Biorefinery Assistance Program, pocketing a loan for $80 million guaranteed by the U.S. taxpayers.
Last month, the refinery closed down, having failed to squeeze even a drop of ethanol out of its pine chips.
The Soperton, Ga., ethanol plant is another blemish on ethanol's already tarnished image, but more broadly, it is cautionary tale about the elusive nature of "green jobs" and the folly of the government's efforts at "investing" -- as President Obama puts it -- in new technologies.
Late in the Bush administration, corn-based ethanol started to get a bad rap. Corn for ethanol was crowding out other crops, and food prices were soaring. Mexicans rioted as tortilla prices spiked. So Bush started talking up "advanced biofuels" including "cellulosic ethanol": roughly, ethanol distilled from plants that were not also food products. Bush mentioned wood chips and switchgrass in two consecutive State of the Union addresses
Georgia politicians saw an opportunity here. "The Saudi Arabia of Pine Trees" became an unofficial state motto among Peach State politicians, and Gov. Sonny Perdue declared, "I'm confident the bioenergy industry and sector is going to be a cornerstone of the new Georgia."
Amid all this hopeful talk by politicians, there were naysayers among the scientists. One Nobel Prize-winning physicist talked to the New York Times about these startups trying to turn logging waste into fuel. "You have to look at starts with a grain of salt, especially starts where they say, 'It's around the corner, and by the way, can you pay half the bill?' "
For the president, WTF stands for Winning The Future. For the rest of us who use this as a texting abbreviation, it seems more appropriate.
The more I think about his speech to the chamber, the more I keep thinking WTF!
Doesn't this guy understand that companies don't exist to provide jobs to people. They exist to provide returns to investors. In our economy today, those investors are far and wide.
Most of these investors are pension funds who need returns on their investments so that state and city governments don't need to fund as much.
Some of these investors are 401k holders who are requiring returns on their investments in the hope of retiring soon.
Some are current retirees who have invested in companies and need those funds to live on.
Oh and by the way, Governments are dependent upon a thriving business community, where do you think these governments get their money from?
There is almost no one in this country who isn't dependent on a thriving business community to fund some aspect of their life and it's not limited to employment.
I know the clue phone doesn't ring in Obama's world but he needs to catch this one. We are all dependent upon business making money. The fact that Obama claims he will support US enterprise around the world is laughable.
How about making a trip to the Gulf and standing up for off shore drilling?
How about making a trip to West Virginia and extol the virtues of the coal industry?
Clearly this guy either doesn't have a clue or doesn't care. Probably more importantly, no one in his administration seems to either.
Which still leaves me with a big ole WTF!
Monday, February 07, 2011
This even applies to education where you get a choice between sending your kids to a dead end, pile of crap, school system (where your kids will be functionally illiterate if you're lucky) or going to jail.............
Perhaps you’ve heard about Kelley Williams-Bolar, the Ohio mother who was recently tried and convicted for falsifying residency records so her daughters could attend a better school where they would receive a quality education.
The “better school” hired a private investigator to prove that Williams-Bolar’s children lived outside the district. As a result, she received a 10-day jail sentence, three years of probation, and a criminal record (two third-degree felonies) that will haunt her for the rest of her working life.All this happened simply because Williams-Bolar wanted her children to receive a decent education.
Yes, she broke the law and was punished. On strict legal grounds, that was the correct course of action.
But in the broader sense of right and wrong, what happened to Williams-Bolar is an outrage – possibly of game-changing proportions—and should serve as a wakeup call for Americans about the need for bold, substantial school choice laws throughout the country.
When National Public Radio called for my reaction, I compared her to Rosa Parks, the African-American woman who refused to move to the back of the bus when a white passenger needed a seat.
Since Williams-Bolar is also African-American, some seized on this comparison and began making this a story about race. But let me be very clear: this is not about race, this is about injustice.
If this Ohio story becomes just about Williams-Bolar’s race, it would obscure the fact that children of all colors are trapped in crappy schools, simply because of their zip code. And condemning children to a lousy school solely because they have the wrong zip code is a great injustice.
There’s a deeper reason I compare this Ohio mother to the civil rights matriarch. After Rosa Parks was arrested and fined for refusing to move to the back of the bus, Martin Luther King organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For one year, African-Americans refused to use the busses, choosing to walk or share rides instead.
We tend to think that Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat and –bam!—people recognized the injustice and it was immediately corrected. In reality, Park’s stand was the first step in a lengthy and difficult process that eventually brought justice and a greater measure of equality. It took a lot of hard work and many uncomfortable moments.
Kelley Williams-Bolar, a single mother whose concern for her daughters’ future was so great that it led her to break the law, has put a human face on school choice cause. Now it is up to education reformers to share her story and bring the case for school choice to the country.
Here's what I don't get. How is it that one of these ambulance chasing, headline huntin', sell their mamas, attorney's haven't filed a class action suit against Ohio's public education?
If you were to guess that it's because most of them are democrats you'd probably be correct.
Cynthia Stroum, 60, who abruptly resigned her post a week ago, spent a year in Luxembourg that was blighted by personality feuds and improper spending, including $3,400 (£2,100) that the embassy rushed to spend on wine and spirits at the end of the 2010 budget year.
A report by the State Department's inspector general found that there was an "absence of a sense of direction" at the embassy and that the ambassador was the source of the "bulk of the mission's internal problems".
Ms Stroum was a businesswoman and investor, credited with saving the Seattle Symohony from bankruptcy, who raised more than $500,000 (£310,000) for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. In recognition of this, she was given the plum posting of Luxembourg.
Presidents often give such jobs to friends and donors, thought Mr Obama had promised to end the practice. In the past 50 years, just three of the 21 ambassadors to Luxembourg have been career diplomats.
When Ms Stroum announced in mid-January that she was leaving, she said that her work at the embassy had been "challenging" and was leaving to spend more time with her family in Seattle.
How sad is it when you can't even handle a Luxembourg appointment?
To tens of millions of Americans, the Internal Revenue Service is a source of income, not a dreaded tax collector. Though not widely known, the IRS administers "one of the federal government's largest benefit programs for working families and individuals."By claiming certain "credits," primarily the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit, eligible tax filers receive a check from the IRS even if they have paid no federal income tax during the year. The EITC is a form of negative income tax, the merits of which will not be debated here. EITC is the "largest cash assistance program targeted at low-income families."In 2008, of the approximately 142 million Forms 1040 filed, 25 million included EITC claims totaling $51.6 billion. After considering income tax and FICA offsets, the IRS paid out $45 billion in EITC benefits for the 2008 tax year. Another $20.5 billion was paid for Additional Child Tax Credits. In 2009, according to the IRS, over 26 million people received nearly $59 billion in EITC benefits. These amounts don't include similar benefits paid by many state governments.
If you were to meet, first hand, some of the people who are claiming the EITC along with their assortment of other government programs, it would make you sick. Many of these people come into my office stoned and/or drunk. Most are dragging kids in here that have noticeable child neglect issues (mainly their parent being stoned).
You'll see a parent claiming three kids on a return; none of which have the same last name.
I always challenge my liberal friends with the notion that they would never let a relative live in their home displaying the kind of behavior exhibited by these low lifes and yet they continue to support subsidies to these derelicts.
When you subsidize something, you get more of it. As a result we now have a population of Snooki's...... without the class.
Time Warner has spent the better part of my lifetime selling the lowest common denominator of entertainment/news to the American public.
It doesn't matter if it's producing cop killer, pornographic rap music or a news magazine that makes Pravda look like Fox News. If it's Time Warner, I ain't with it.
For crying out loud, I even had to give up my Sports Illustrated subscription because of their push to make it a left wing sports magazine.
So it just seems like a great fit that AOL buys The Huffington Post.......
AOL Inc has agreed to buy The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news, analysis and lifestyle website, for $315 million, the struggling U.S. Internet company announced on Monday.
The move will create a media group that will have a combined base of 117 million visitors a month in the United States, and reach 270 million people globally, AOL said in a statement.
The deal follows efforts by AOL’s chief executive Tim Armstrong to turn around the dial-up Internet access business by trying to turn it into a media and entertainment powerhouse, despite difficulties in attracting investors.
AOL suffered sharp declines in advertising sales and dial-up subscriptions in the fourth quarter of 2010, driving overall revenue down 26 percent.
Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post, said on her blog that she would lead a newly formed The Huffington Post Media Group, which will integrate all Huffington Post and AOL content, as its president and editor-in-chief.
I know what you're thinking, Time Warner spun AOL off a couple of years ago. But hey, great commies think alike.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
“If we make America the best place to do business, businesses should make their mark in America,” the president said. “They should set up shop here, and hire our workers, and pay decent wages, and invest in the future of this nation. That’s their obligation.”
Earth to Obama, when a company submits their application for a corporate charter, there is absolutely nothing in the application to make hiring American workers and paying them well part of the approval process.
Of course, he would know this if he ever would have read the letter from TJ Rodgers to Sister Gormley who derided Rodgers for lack of diversity and social justice in his company........
Those are some of the policies of the Board of Directors you voted against. I believe you should support management teams that hold our values and have the courage to put them into practice.
So, that's my reply. Choosing a Board of Directors based on race and gender is a lousy way to run a company. Cypress will never do it. Furthermore, we will never be pressured into it, because bowing to well-meaning, special-interest groups is an immoral way to run a company, given all the people it would hurt. We simply cannot allow arbitrary rules to be forced on us by organizations that lack business expertise. I would rather be labeled as a person who is unkind to religious groups than as a coward who harms his employees and investors by mindlessly following high-sounding, but false, standards of right and wrong.
You may think this letter is too tough a response to a shareholder organization voting its conscience. But the political pressure to be what is euphemistically called a "responsible corporation" today is so great that it literally threatens the well being of every American.
This letter should be required reading and testing for every student in this country beyond the age of 10.
Read the whole thing here.