Friday, December 31, 2010

Remembering those who were killed by their government

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Picture of a child prisoner before she was executed by
Khmer Rouge in Cambodia





From the Book, Ordinary Citizens: The Victims of Stalin

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Voice Recognition Elevator-some profanity-Scottish Comedy Duo

AP: Seniors pay for about 1/3 of the Medicare they receive

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Consider an average-wage, two-earner couple together earning $89,000 a year. Upon retiring in 2011, they would have paid $114,000 in Medicare payroll taxes during their careers.
But they can expect to receive medical services - from prescriptions to hospital care - worth $355,000, or about three times what they put in.

The estimates by economists Eugene Steuerle and Stephanie Rennane of the Urban Institute think tank illustrate the huge disconnect between widely held perceptions and the numbers behind Medicare's shaky financing. Although Americans are worried about Medicare's long-term solvency, few realize the size of the gap.


"The fact that you put money into the system doesn't mean it's there waiting for you to collect," said Steuerle.

Tea Party Dominates Google’s Top 10 Politicians In 2010

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Google released its list of the top 10 politicians who were most searched by Americans in 2010, and the results reflect the ups and downs of an important election year.

“We aggregate billions of searches that were done over the year to try to get an indication to get what the United States was interested in the past 12 months,” said a spokesman for Google of the Zeitgeist 2010. “The lists help better identify what’s new, what’s interesting, what people are more curious about in 2010.”

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

10 City Pensions That Will Run Out Of Money

Link HT: Newsalert
The first total municipal pension default happened last week: Prichard, Ala. ran out of money stopped mailing pension checks.

Hundreds of cities could be right behind. Projections by Robert Novy-Marx and Joshua Rauh [PDF] show the average city has $15,000 per household in unfunded pension liabilities. These massive liabilities are ignored by common government accounting (see chart).

Monday, December 27, 2010

100+ Postal employees over 90 years old get workers compensation

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More than 100 U.S. Postal Service employees over 90 years old are collecting workers compensation - a fact one U.S. senator calls troubling, arguing that workers ought to be moved to retirement rolls from which payouts would be less expensive.

Under the federal workers compensation system, employees get up to 75 percent of their salaries tax free, compared with under 60 percent they would receive under the retirement system.

Friday, December 24, 2010

16 U.S. Cities That Could Face Bankruptcy in 2011

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Poll: Americans, Britons, Canadians Prefer Artificial Christmas Trees

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The online survey of representative national samples shows that three-in-five Britons (62%) prefer an artificial Christmas tree while 58 per cent of Canadians and 53 per cent of Americans share this sentiment.

Consistently, more than a quarter respondents in each country do not have a Christmas tree at home (26% in Canada, 24% in Britain and 31% in the U.S.).

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Corporate welfare does not work but dysfunction is not the real problem

So-called economic development and other corporate welfare schemes don't work, they distort the market, and they are open invitations to corruption but that is not the real problem with these programs.

The BIG problem is that these programs turn our politicians into self-aggrandizing boobs who actually believe they are capable of "creating jobs" through "economic development." The pols are stunned that anyone would question their motives but question we must.

These pols are actually comfortable with the idea that highly paid corporate shills should come to them in secret, on bended knee asking for "incentives" as if this is the proper role of government.

We did not elect these people to act like royalty, handing out taxpayer booty. But of course the pols just love to show up at the grand opening photo-op and accept the praise and more importantly the votes at election time under the rubric of job creation.

These "incentives" are bribes using taxpayer money to buy votes. The pols will never stop this game unless the citizens demand it. Hopefully that time will come.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

In sweet rejoicing, now sing and be glad

Hugo Chavez bans Internet Content which causes unrest

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[JURIST] The National Assembly of Venezuela [official website, in Spanish] on Monday passed the Social Responsibility Law [text, PDF, in Spanish], which bans Internet content that promotes unrest among citizens or challenges legally established authorities. The law expands 2004 restrictions [AFP report] on television, radio and print media to Internet and electronic subscription services content. The National Assembly announced that the law aims to promote Venezuelan values [press release, in Spanish], guarantee freedom of expression and diffuse information that "contributes to the formation of a social conscience" of the population. Media organizations that violate the new measure face increased fines, as well as the possible revocation of media licenses for repeat offenders. The law moved through the unicameral National Assembly in less than a week by the ruling party led by President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Opposition leaders disapprove of the new law, arguing that it restricts freedom of speech and violates constitutionally granted rights.

The Overriding and Singular characteristic of Government is Force

and the only legitimate use for Force is to protect out Liberty.

350 taken to court every day over unpaid council tax bills

We are now $2 Trillion Deeper in Debt and the US Congress

doesn't give a rip. Congress is completely incapable of stopping the red ink gusher. Collectively, the US Congress is a bumbling fool and of course collectively is how we must view them because we must deal with the results of their collective decision making.

Government liabilities rose $2 trillion in FY 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Karl Dean wants to hide his legal bribes more effectively

Politicians DO NOT create jobs.

Let's say it AGAIN, politicians DO NOT create jobs.

They negotiate in secret where they agree to hand over taxpayer money to large corporations and call it job creation...it is NOT job creation, it is a bribe paid to large companies.

Karl Dean wants to be able to negotiate with even greater secrecy.

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The new bill, however, would charge the mayor’s office of economic development, instead of the Industrial Development Board, with administering such grants. Alexia Poe currently leads the office. The council would still be required to authorize grants.

“In my opinion, this is like writing a blank check and giving it to the administration so they can hand out this money at will,” Metro Councilman Michael Craddock said. “We need checks and balances.”

TN Govt Workers should have the same Pension Plan as Taxpayers

Taxpayers do NOT have ANYONE guaranteeing their pension investments in 401(K) and IRA plans. However, politicians have put taxpayers on the hook for government pension plans which guarantee an inflation adjusted payout. If government pension investments go down in value its always the taxpayers who must pick up the slack while ALSO having to restore their own pension investments. It is simply not fair to taxpayers. 

The Tennessee General Assembly should immediately convert all new hires to a 401(k) plan.

Weatherization = Extreme Taxpayer Ripoff

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State auditors have reviewed files of 444 homes that were weatherized through the program. They say more than half had deficiencies such as proof that recipients were eligible for the program and inspection reports showing whether the work was properly performed. Of 84 homes that auditors visited, nearly half failed to complete weatherization measures or performed work that the program was not designed to pay for.

About 6,800 homes has taken part in the program through the end of June.

Monday, December 20, 2010

60 Minutes Video: Day of Reckoning for State Budgets

John Murtha's former staffer and lobbyist pleads guilty

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Magliocchetti, 64, pleaded guilty to illegally funneling more than $380,000 in campaign contributions to House members controlling the Pentagon's budget.

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Before becoming a lobbyist in the late 1980s, Magliocchetti served as a staffer on the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which for many years was chaired by Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., who died earlier this year.

Murtha collected $2.37 million in campaign contributions from Magliocchetti's lobbying team and the companies it had represented over the years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks political donations.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Congress' Job Approval Rating Worst in Gallup History

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Do you A) Pay your heating bill? OR B) Buy a flat screen TV with Xbox?

Note the TV and XBox

Rescuers fined $90 each after freeing deer from Patapsco ice

Link HT: Fark
"The deer was stuck and couldn't get up off the ice," he said.

Abusakran and Hart then went out into the water, which they described as about 10 feet deep. Hart said they had to work to break the ice using their oars and shovels. The two men were finally able to break open a wide enough section of ice to free the deer.

Abusakran said he later noticed that he thought the deer was pregnant. He released her into Baltimore Highlands Park.

Hart said the Natural Resources officer issued them $90 citations for not having personal flotation devices on board. State law requires that all boaters have a personal flotation device with them at all times on any navigable body of water, though they are not required to wear them unless they are younger than 16.

But Abusakran said he had two personal flotation devices in his boat, and that he repeatedly told the Natural Resources officer.

Politicians hoping for voluntary taxes? Dream on!!

Ok, I have an idea. Taxpayers KEEP their own property and use it how THEY choose? Hmmmmm? It is called PROPERTY RIGHTS!!!

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The voluntary income-tax checkoff – where taxpayers donate a portion of their anticipated refund to a good cause – has become a carefully studied option for cash-strapped groups bracing for the most painful budget in recent Ohio memory.

The same is the case in other states, where lawmakers are considering the voluntary rather than forced tax option for causes from cancer and wildlife, to veterans and even schools.

Raul Castro worried that Socialist Misery will not live on

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HAVANA – Cuban President Raul Castro told lawmakers on Saturday in a harsh, critical speech that the country and its leaders must rectify the errors they have committed because otherwise the revolution and the efforts of entire generations will be lost.

“Either we rectify or our time for skirting the precipice will be over, and we will destroy, we will destroy...the efforts of entire generations,” Castro said at the National Assembly.

During his address lasting more than two hours, Castro made a review of the errors committed in the country, was critical of socialism being misinterpreted, and announced the very strict demands he was making of the country’s leaders with regard to reforms on the island.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

77% of Tea Party Members Think Those They Elected Won’t Sell Out

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Most Tea Party members view the candidates they elected in November as agents of change from government business as usual, but non-members are a lot more skeptical.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone poll finds that only 34% of all Likely U.S. Voters think Tea Party candidates elected in November will remain true to their beliefs. A plurality (46%) says they will become just like other politicians. Twenty percent (20%) aren’t sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

But among those who identify themselves as members of the Tea Party, 77% say the candidates they elected will remain true to their beliefs, and just 13% disagree.

New House GOP Rule: Constitutional Authority MUST be cited

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Fulfilling one of their most prominent campaign promises, House Republican leaders have unveiled a new rule to require that each bill filed in the House “cite its specific constitutional authority.”

And for those who may have skipped that constitutional law class, Republicans have organized four staff briefings prior to the Jan. 5 start of the 112th Congress to provide guidance on compliance with the new rule. The first session will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center.

Friday, December 17, 2010

All sorts of collateral benefits from Killing Omnibus

In-sourcing rules which were clearly a payoff to unions were killed

The Food "Safety" Bill may be doomed, YES!!!

Feds Force Okla. Bank To Remove Crosses, Bible Verse

Link HT: Gateway Pundit
Specifically, the feds believed, the symbols violated the discouragement clause of Regulation B of the bank regulations. According to the clause, "...the use of words, symbols, models and other forms of communication ... express, imply or suggest a discriminatory preference or policy of exclusion."

The feds interpret that to mean, for example, a Jew or Muslin or atheist may be offended and believe they may be discriminated against at this bank. It is an appearance of discrimination.
But customers Eyewitness News 5 talked to said they aren’t buying it.

“This is just ridiculous,” said bank customer Jim Nyles. “This whole thing is just ridiculous. We all have regulatory bodies that govern us. But this is too much.”

CNN and Tea Party Express will Co-Host Presidential Debate

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CNN and Tea Party Express will co-host a primary debate among the 2012 Republican presidential candidates during Labor Day week 2011. The candidates will spar in Tampa, Florida, the site of the 2012 Republican National Convention. The debate will focus on wide-ranging topics with a specific emphasis on the issues that matter most to Tea Party Express: the economy and government spending. More details about the debate will follow.

“Over the past two years, the American people have engaged in the political process like no other time in history. The Tea Party movement continues to grow and will play an even greater role in the 2012 elections,” said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express. “The debate will give presidential candidates an opportunity to focus on the issues near and dear to the Tea Party and our supporters across the country.”

New Google Bodybrowser -Very Cool 3D Anatomy

You will need the latest version of Chrome.

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Mao was a despicable, murderous megalomaniac

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In all, the records I studied suggest that the Great Leap Forward was responsible for at least 45 million deaths.

Between 2 and 3 million of these victims were tortured to death or summarily executed, often for the slightest infraction. People accused of not working hard enough were hung and beaten; sometimes they were bound and thrown into ponds. Punishments for the least violations included mutilation and forcing people to eat excrement.

One report dated Nov. 30, 1960, and circulated to the top leadership — most likely including Mao — tells how a man named Wang Ziyou had one of his ears chopped off, his legs tied up with iron wire and a 10-kilo stone dropped on his back before he was branded with a sizzling tool. His crime: digging up a potato.

When a boy stole a handful of grain in a Hunan village, the local boss, Xiong Dechang, forced his father to bury his son alive on the spot. The report of the investigative team sent by the provincial leadership in 1969 to interview survivors of the famine records that the man died of grief three weeks later.

Poll: 64% agree, 22% disagree with Judge: Health Mandate Unconstitutional

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This week, a federal judge ruled that part of the new health care legislation is unconstitutional because he found the government cannot make Americans purchase health insurance or penalize them if they choose not to. A majority of respondents (64%) agree with the judge’s decision, while 22 per cent disagree. Republicans (81%) and Independents (74%) are more likely to support the judge than Democrats (47%).

Tea Party Caucus formed in Texas State Senate

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Legislature will have a new caucus when they convene in January: the Tea Party Caucus.

Sen. Dan Patrick, R- Houston, said Thursday that he had formed the caucus, which is made up of 50 House members and two senators.

To be a member, Patrick said legislators must agree to uphold the principles of limited government, lower taxes and "defend the sovereignty of Texas." Members also are required to sign and support the Texas Conservative Coalition Pledge with Texas.

Paul Ryan - It is OUR money and Government does NOT own it

Thursday, December 16, 2010

FEC Shoots Down Proposal For Texted Campaign Contributions

Another insult to freedom.

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An advisory report from the Federal Election Commission voiced concerns that the program would not adequately "separate corporate funds from political contributions" and would allow people to exceed the $50 limit for anonymous donations. It left the door open, however, for a new proposal for texted donations, provided it meets certain conditions.

Caleb Burns, a lawyer representing the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), the trade group that submitted the proposal in September, said he was "disappointed" in the FEC's recent advisory opinion, and that "CTIA and its members must now assess whether implementing those requirements is economically viable."

Burns said that the FEC's opinion would place "additional burdens" on cell phone providers. "Many of those burdens," said Burns, "are regulatory relics that do not account for new technologies or the realities current business and campaign practices."

I want your MONEY- ALL of it

AL Legislature Bans Payroll Deductions for Political Activity

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MONTGOMERY -- The state Senate on a 22-12 vote today gave final legislative approval to a bill that Democrats said was aimed at limiting the political influence of the Alabama Education Association and Alabama State Employees Association.

Senate Bill 2 will become law if Gov. Bob Riley signs it. It would ban employees of state agencies and public schools from having their employers deduct from their paychecks payments to a political action committee.

School Vouchers are hot in Fla and Ill

Meeks wants vouchers for 50,000 students

Rick Scott’s bold education plan draws bevy of critics

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WREG Report: Electronic Pickpockets can read Credit Card info

Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Access Email-Hallelujah!

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As a result, the Court of Appeals says that "It follows that email requires strong protection under the Fourth Amendment; otherwise, the Fourth Amendment would prove an ineffective guardian of private communication, an essential purpose it has long been recognized to serve."

Leader of NY Senate faces Embezzlement Charges

Good work Andrew but who is going to prosecute you when you start obnoxiously abusing the taxpayers? 

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Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Pedro Espada Jr., the New York state Senate’s Democratic majority leader, was indicted with his son on charges of embezzling more than $500,000 from nonprofit health-care clinics in the Bronx section of New York City.

From 2005 through 2009, Espada, 57, and his son, Pedro Gautier Espada, 37, abused their positions at Soundview Healthcare Center in the Bronx, which gets more than $1 million a year in federal funding, according to U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn, where the case was filed in federal court.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters yesterday, called Espada’s case “one of the more outrageous abuses of public office.” Cuomo, a Democrat who will become governor in January, said he couldn’t leave the attorney general’s office “on a better note.”

“He was looting Soundview to pay for a lavish lifestyle,” Cuomo said. “It was really an obnoxious abuse of the taxpayer.”

France will begin taxing Internet Advertising Jan 1

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The new tax on online advertising spends called the "Google tax" was passed by the French government this week and will start Jan. 1, 2011, Le Journal du Net reported. The tax will be paid by online advertisers, not Google directly unless they advertise their products a lot in France.

"The idea already several years old to tax online advertising will therefore become a reality in France. Industry professionals, including'Asic (Association of Community Internet Services) and the French branch of the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau), had strongly opposed the introduction of a tax that would undermine a nascent industry. They particularly criticized the reasoning of Senator Marini, whose avowed goal was to tax the American giants of the Web, but in fact leads to penalize French publishers,"le Journal reported in French.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Down to the River to Pray - Two Beautiful renditions




NAACP Tea Party Trackers are Slackers

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The NAACP hasn’t updated its teapartytracker.org website since October 20, and hasn’t tweeted from its special TeaPartyTracker handle since August 30.

This might mean the NAACP has decided the Tea Party movement isn’t racist after all. When the NAACP launched the website, which was meant to monitor “racism and other forms of extremism within the Tea Party movement,” it said, “our hope is that this site remains empty—that the Tea Party’s initial steps toward monitoring extremism within their ranks bear fruit. But if not, the NAACP will be there, as we have for more than one hundred years, to expose racism where it exists, in whatever form it takes.”

Well, there haven’t been any updates to the site since mid-October, and the website’s main video, one from the misleading “journalistic” duo of New Left Media, has held its place at the top of the site since late August.

Mike Slater, you will be sorely missed

Mike Slater announced this morning that he will be leaving WTJS in Jackson and moving to a station in San Diego. Mike Slater, you will be sorely missed.

Everyone talks about "new media" but in fact Talk Radio has always been the foundational media for the conservative resurgence and Mike Slater is, single handedly, responsible for the resurgence in West Tennessee. I am sure he would say "no, its been a team effort" but I would strongly disagree. Mike Slater is exhibit A for the power of the individual. He single-handedly changed the political landscape in West Tennessee and all of us owe him a huge debt of gratitude.

Red Light Cameras should be BANNED in Tennessee

Red Light cameras are a clear and immediate threat to our due process rights and should be completely banned in Tennessee. We should NOT be talking about "reasonable restrictions." There are no reasonable restrictions when it comes to our right to due process.

The ONLY reason Red Light cameras are an issue is because of the revenue they create for local governments and vendors. 

Hugo Chavez uses his "special powers" to hike sales tax

Dec 13 (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez said on Monday he would use special decree powers to hike Venezuela's sales tax rate and raise cash to help the South American nation recover from disastrous floods.

"We need extraordinary funds and one of the laws we are going to approve with the Enabling Law is going to be a rise in sales' tax," Chavez said.

The Venezuelan leader said the government had still not decided by how many points it wanted to raise the tax from the current level of 12 percent. But any increase would have only a "minimal effect" on inflation, Chavez said.

This is sickening!! More disposable income if you stay on the dole

In Entitlement America, The Head Of A Household Of Four Making Minimum Wage Has More Disposable Income Than A Family Making $60,000 A Year

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tea Party-backed freshmen win plum committee assignments

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Most of the 22 House Republican freshmen-to-be selected to sit on much coveted, A-list committees won their races with Tea Party backing.

The House Republican Steering Committee last week added the incoming members to the rosters of four powerful committees: Appropriations, Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce and Financial Services.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Bredesen should stop this NOW

Reagan Farr and Matt Kisber and Phil Bredesen continue to make a mockery of government ethics standards. Thank you Tennessean for brining this to light. Phil Bredesen should put a stop this NOW.

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Kisber and former Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr held the meeting with officials from Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America, said CCA spokeswoman Louise Grant. They discussed solar usage and Kisber and Farr's new solar power company, Silicon Ranch Corp., she said.

"The two of our employees who routinely meet with various prospective vendors nationally related to energy efficiency and green technologies were in the meeting with Mr. Farr and Mr. Kisber about Silicon Ranch in late October," Grant said. "CCA did let them know that we are not pursuing solar energy at this time for our facilities."

Hugo Chavez to "protect citizens" by controlling the Internet

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela plans to include the Internet in a law that regulates the media, under a proposed bill presented to parliament on Thursday that the opposition claims will result in censorship.

Manuel Villalba, a lawmaker from President Hugo Chavez's Socialist Party, said the law was aimed at protecting citizens.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Poll: 80% of NYers expect tax hike from Dem Gov despite pledge

Politicians don't lie, they just manage expectations!!

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ALBANY - More than eight in 10 voters expect tax increases to be used to close next year's $9-billion budget deficit, despite promises from Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders to the contrary, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Quinnipiac University Poll found 82 percent of registered voters forecast tax hikes to help balance the 2011-12 budget. Thirteen percent said there would be no increases, and 5 percent didn't know.

By 66 percent to 31 percent, voters oppose raising taxes to remedy New York's fiscal woes. The sentiment is seen among all demographic groups and regions of the state.

Swords Ice Tray: Not a good idea for Christmas Family reunions

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Great Britain's Burgeoning Tax Revolt, YES!!!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Former WSMV anchor Bob Sellers takes a few parting shots

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I am one of the white collar casualties of a struggling economy and changing industry (television) — and let’s be frank — managers looking for a scapegoat to save their own jobs.

A Guide for Governor Haslam?

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PINEHURST -- Gov. Bev Perdue today proposed a sweeping reorganization of state government including merging state agencies, a hiring freeze for state employees, and other measures aimed at cost savings.

The governor said such steps were necessary because North Carolina faces a budget shortfall next year, which analysts now project to be $3.7 billion.

“Today, I lay out in broad strokes the picture of what I believe North Carolina’s state government must become as we change the very way state government works,” Perdue said in remarks prepared for delivery before a Chamber of Commerce group.

Former President of College Democrats says goodbye to Democrats

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While in the Democrat Party, Bell achieved national recognition as a
leader. He was elected the President of the College Democrats of
Georgia as well as the College Democrats of America. As the national
president of College Democrats, Ashley was a member of the Executive
Committee of the Democratic National Committee and later served as
chairman of the Hall County democratic party.

In 2000 Bell was the youngest delegate ever elected to a Democratic
National Convention (elected at 18, attending at 19), and in 2004 Bell
was a primetime speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

But Bell says that as he reflected on his core beliefs of less
government intrusion and smaller government, he began to realize that
he was a Republican.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ben Bernanke Lied about "printing money" ?

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Poll: 75% oppose Federal Gas Tax Hike

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans by a wide margin oppose a proposal to raise the U.S. gasoline tax by 15 cents a gallon to help cut U.S. budget deficits and support cutting the federal work force, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday.

The poll revealed mixed views on some of the recommendations made last week by President Barack Obama's bipartisan deficit commission. The commission put forward a number of tax and spending recommendations to cut $4 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years.

The least popular of the recommendations polled by Ipsos for Reuters was a proposal to raise gasoline taxes by 15 cents a gallon. The commission said the increase was needed to fully fund the trust fund that finances transportation projects. But 75 percent of Americans opposed the increase, the poll found.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Medicare Drug Subsidy Mainly Replacing Private Spending

This is precisely what everyone said would happen with this massive new entitlement program pushed by George Bush and passed by a Republican Congress. Young taxpayers are now being ripped off to pay for drugs that seniors would have paid for themselves. Hey young taxpayers, you are such an easy con.

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Four of every five dollars the federal government spends under the Medicare Part D drug plan do not allow seniors to obtain drugs they could not otherwise afford. Instead, this spending mainly substitutes for money that seniors and their private insurers would have spent anyway.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Hey Gov Haslam, lets End Corporate welfare for Hollywood

Follow the lead of new Iowa Governor-elect Terry Branstad and end the corporate welfare and handouts to the film industry. Lets stop telling the silly LIE that government creates jobs by giving taxpayer money to corporations...lets call it what it is, a BRIBE. 

Corporate lobbyists go after these types of credits for ONE REASON ONLY...so they can have more taxpayer money in THEIR pocket. Lets STOP Corporate welfare.

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Branstad has the right idea. Film credits are a bad deal for taxpayers, even when they aren't being defrauded. Other states are moving in the same direction. The Missouri Tax Credit Review Commission, created by Governor Nixon and charged with the task of reviewing the state's tax credit programs for efficiency and effectiveness, has recommended eliminating that state's film incentives.

Amazing New Technology: 3D Printing

New Yorker: Will John Boehner control the Tea Party Congress?

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The emergence of the Tea Party, Boehner says, forced upon Republicans, in one cycle, a rebranding that otherwise might have taken the Party a generation to achieve. The channelling of the Tea Party transformed the House Republicans. When the 112th Congress convenes, next month, a third of the Republican members will be freshmen, bound to a mood of deep disaffection. “None of these folks are coming in saying, ‘Mommy, may I?’ ” Newt Gingrich, the Republican former House Speaker, observes.

That presents a challenge to Boehner, who has served for twenty years and certainly noticed that, during the campaign, some Republican candidates made a point of not pledging to vote for him as Speaker. But Boehner aggressively wooed the insurgents, spending much of the summer travelling, often by motor coach, to campaign events—he attended more than a hundred and sixty—and donating millions of dollars from his own campaign chest to the challengers. He adopted the overheated Tea Party rhetoric in vowing to dismantle the Obama health-care plan (“this monstrosity”), and, after the election, he announced a renewal of the Republican moratorium on budgetary earmarks and forswore domestic travel by military jet, a relished perk of his predecessors.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Two Stupendous less well known Oldie Goldie Christmas Songs

Zat You Santa Claus - The unmatched, incomparable Satchmo with great big band sound



A Cradle in Bethlehem - Nat King Cole

South Carolina Tea Party Groups Organizing Statewide

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About 30 groups, or roughly half of the state's self-titled liberty movement, met in Columbia on Saturday to discuss a formal affiliation with the national Tea Party Patriots organization. Local groups would be free to set their own agendas but would have access to the national group's research, advice and resources, such as its weekly Monday conference calls.

About three-quarters of the groups at the meeting said they were interested in participating in the new umbrella group. The State newspaper was invited to attend the meeting but could not report on conversations during the five-hour event.

State tea party groups have struggled with growing pains since the first Greenville rally early last year, with leaders disagreeing about whether to endorse candidates or how closely to work with the S.C. Republican Party. Those disagreements left some bad blood among the groups. And some activists have been suspicious of the motives and funding of national tea party groups.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Friday, December 03, 2010

Feds Warrantlessly Track Americans’ Credit Cards in Real Time

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The document suggests that the normal practice is to ask for all historical records on an account or individual from a credit card company, since getting stored records is generally legally easy. Then the agent sends a request for “Any and all records and information relating directly or indirectly to any and all ongoing and future transactions or events relating to any and all of the following person(s), entitities, account numbers, addresses and other matters…” That gets them a live feed of transaction data.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Tea party organizer: liberals use "slave owner" tactics

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You see, while the government has everyone focused on their differences, they are able to exert total control. The belief that we need to recognize each other’s differences is not as important to me as recognizing the similarities.  We have far more similarities than we do differences.  The human race is like a garden of beautiful flowers, each unique but a flower nonetheless! They all need fertile soil, water and sunshine.  So it is with man; we all need. The difference is do we take care of ourselves or allow a bunch of power-crazed elitist to determine what we need?

Salon suggest 4 ways Dick Lugar can defeat the Tea Party

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1) The (political) climate changes
2) The Tea Party fails to unite
3) The Tea Party picks the wrong challenger
4) Run as an independent

Lamar says Schumer's plan is a tax hike Earmark for New Yorkers

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“I’m delighted to hear the eloquence of the senator from New York,” said the Tennessee Republican, with a merry glint in his eye, after the Democrat from Brooklyn challenged him directly to take the compromise. The idea would trim several hundred billion dollars from the deficit.

“As I was listening to him, I was reminded that most of the people whose taxes he is trying to raise live in New York — I mean, they’re not in Tennessee,” Alexander said.

“So I admire him for his courage on what’s almost a tax earmark, to be so specific that we’re going to raise taxes on just a small number of people, most of whom live on Wall Street and in New York,” said a jovial Alexander, perhaps hoping some of those deep-pocketed Schumer constituents might complain.

But Schumer thinks those constituents won’t mind.

“Lots of the wealthy people I speak to, Republicans, in my state say, ‘You know what? I know the rates could go back up to what they were in the Clinton years for me, and I can afford it,’” Schumer said.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Another reason to get the hell out of California TODAY

The true cost of CA government employee pensions will finally be reflected in local tax rates and they will skyrocket. This will cause property values in CA to decline further. "Government IS the problem."

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Last week I calculated that CalPERS would increase its pension charges to cities, counties, and the state of California over 30% to regain massive investment losses over the last decade. My initial estimate was drawn from a presentation by Kung-pei Hwang, CalPERS Senior Actuary, which I recorded mid November. My report also detailed the gimmickry that CalPERS used to hide the 50% shortfall in their planned assets. However, it looks like my estimate was way low because we now have new video of the CalPERS board stating in their own words that the costs to cities, counties and the state will increase a GINORMOUS 55% by 2013 and the increased rate will need to be in place for at least the next 19 years.

And, this will only provide a 50/50 chance of getting to where they need to be to fulfill pension obligations for municipal and state workers. In aggregate for all municipalities and the state this could equal a $4 billion a year drag on the economy of cities and counties as each spends less for local government functions. Many cities and counties are already struggling to meet the current pension costs. The new rate threatens to put many governments into serious financial trouble. For the City of Los Angeles alone this means an increase of $340 million each year in payments to CalPERS!

Twenty Billionaires who started with ZIP, ZERO, NADA

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While most of the world's richest people earned their money, some had farther to climb. Neither Bill Gates nor Warren Buffett inherited wealth, but they were raised in affluent homes so they didn't have to worry about keeping their families fed. In contrast, there's something reassuring about a billionaire who grew up poor—something that goes beyond the classic, clich├ęd tale of the American Dream. For all the allure that stems from the lifestyle afforded by such wealth, the billionaires on this list say their mission was rarely about the grand money game. Making a billion dollars from nothing was most often about filling a need and getting started in a small business. Whether they were born in poverty, dropped out of high school, immigrated to the U.S., or even lived homeless for a time, these 20 Americans started at the bottom and worked their way to the top.

The 10 Federal Agencies with the Highest Pay

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AgencyTotal StaffAverage
Annual Pay
Northern Border Regional Commission1$165,300
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation10$164,143
Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board24$147,812
Securities and Exchange Commission3,917$147,475
Federal Housing Finance Agency453$146,021
National Council on Disability21$138,709
Commodity Futures Trading Commission699$137,253
Arctic Research Commission8$134,249
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board104$132,954
Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission7$128,857