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Archive for July 26th, 2008

Testing, Testing…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2008

This is a test of Word Press’ new blogging software for the iPhone. So far, so good, though they could use copy/cut/paste functionality.


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Saturday Afternoon News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2008

Is Cut/Copy/Paste coming to the iPhone and iPod touch? That would be excellent, excellent news, as then you would have one less reason to lug around a laptop, an important consideration in these days of $50 carry-on luggage surcharges.

— Former Mossad chief and other knowledgeable Israelis to the PNAC Platoon: Don’t attack Iran, dipwads!

— How popular is Obama (aka Not Bush) overseas? Even frickin’ neo-fascists like France’s Sarkozy like him. Remember, Bush was oh-so-happy to see Sarkozy elected, because Bush was pissed at Chirac for not backing Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and thought Sarko would be more pliable to Bush’s will.

Someone with a clue rips into a rather lax and sexist as hell study on men, women, and sex.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Bush, France, Internet, Iran, science and medicine, sexism, technology | 2 Comments »

Nothing is inevitable except debt and taxes

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2008

CTJ, the one organization that makes tax developments understandable, has several important pieces.

States face fiscal crisis:

States collectively faced deficits of $40.3 billion in writing their current budgets — triple the $13 billion shortfall states weathered the previous year, a new report released July 23 shows.

Be careful that you don’t get singled out for a property tax hike as a consequence of Bush’s fiscal profligacy. In Pennsylvania, cases are being reported:

…individual property owners are being singled out by localities for reassessment of their property in order to boost tax collections.

What does the housing bill actually accomplish? Probably not much.
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Our new royalty

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2008

Phoenix Woman posted a bit about one of these cases a little while ago. It seems– I know this will surprise our readers– that some Washington politicians think that paying taxes is optional.

Some excerpts from Patrick O’Connor, Politico

Republican House candidate Chris Hackett … the Internal Revenue Service and tax authorities in New York and Pennsylvania have filed nine liens against businesses owned by Hackett.

Illinois Republican Martin Ozinga… thousands of dollars in late tax payments that his family businesses had made in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

Minnesota Republican Brian Davis…paid tax penalties on his house in Rochester, Minn., every year from 2003 to 2007….

IRS filed a tax lien against a home appraisal business owned by Virginia Republican Keith Fimian

Indiana Republican Luke Puckett, who is running to unseat freshman Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly, still owes $1,919.84 in 2006 property taxes [His Democratic opponent also had tax issues].

IRS filed tax liens against the home of Ohio Republican J. Kirk Schuring, who is running to succeed retiring GOP Rep. Ralph Regula.

Nevada Republican Rep. Dean Heller, who overcame challenges from the anti-tax Club for Growth during his own primary campaign last cycle, has paid a total of $717.88 for 12 separate late tax payments

The IRS and the state of Idaho filed separate liens against freshman Republican Rep. Bill Sali almost 20 years ago for failure to pay income taxes

Buchanan settled a lengthy, well-publicized tussle with the IRS in 2002 over back taxes the agency claimed he owed from almost a decade earlier.

Democrats involved in tax disputes include Donnelly (IN), Scott (GA), and Jennings (FL). Since I’m sure that O’Connor did his best to “balance” the article, it’s telling that the count of politicians who feel entitled to not pay taxes is 9:3.

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Slime Doesn’t Pay

Posted by MEC on July 26, 2008

When the Council on American-Islamic Relations quoted Michael Savage’s slanders against Muslims in a letter-writing campaign to get advertisers to drop the show — he called the Quran a “book of hate” — Savage responded by suing CAIR for copyright infringement. The judge just tossed out the suit, rightly declaring that people who hear a public broadcast can use quotations for purposes of comment and criticism.

The lawsuit also accused CAIR of racketeering, because they tried to cause him to lose advertisers. (I wonder how he feels about all those boycotts and letter-writing campaigns aimed at “liberal” shows.) This aspect of the lawsuit follows the principle (and I use the term loosely) of “throw enough mud and some of it may stick”.

It should surprise no one that Savage claims CAIR has ties to terrorist groups. That’s the default smear against any Islamic group. I suppose the reasoning (and I use the term loosely) is that since Islam is a religion of terrorism, all Muslims are terrorists and anything to do with Islam encourages terrorism.

Savage’s attorney say he plans to refile the racketeering lawsuit. Knock yourself out, dude. Waste as much of Savage’s money as he’s willing to pay you. If it was bogus this time, it will be bogus the next time.

Just like Savage’s radio show.

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Don’t tase me, Bro’ II

Posted by Charles II on July 26, 2008

AOL reproduces a CBS news report:

A grandfather and pastor is suing a Toledo, Ohio, hospital after being Tasered and beaten by security guards at the facility.

Much of the incident was caught by surveillance cameras.

Al Poisson, 67, says he was visiting a friend in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center a year ago and was in a very good mood when he came upon a glum-looking guard and joked with him.

“I said (to the guard), ‘Are you happy today?’ Poisson told “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith Friday. “He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Well, you oughta tell your face!’ ”

The guards wound up taking Poisson outside the building, where they used a Taser and/or stun gun on him, dropping him to his knees and, he says, beat, kicked and “manhandled” him when he was down.

It all happened in front of Poisson’s son and Poisson’s 6-year-old grandson.

The Web site of CBS affiliate WTOL-TV in Toledo cites Poisson’s lawsuit as claiming Poisson’s son pleaded with the guards to stop because Poisson has a bad heart.

I think Tasers should be classified as instruments of torture. That’s the way they’re being used.

Posted in civil rights, rights, wrong way to go about it | 16 Comments »

Republican Tax Hypocrisy

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 26, 2008

Bluestem Prairie reports, here, here, here, and here, on the longstanding tax woes of Brian Davis, the man who would be the GOP’s top dog in the effort to unseat freshman Democrat Tim Walz. Seems that the good doctor Davis was fined $1,237.05 for being late with his property tax payments every single year between 2003 and 2007.

Now, remember, certain local Republican bloggers, including at least one paid Republican activist blogger, have been spending the past few months yammering about El Tinklenberg’s having two late tax payments, six years apart — Tink’s the guy running against Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s Sixth CD. They’ve also been attempting to revive their old smear about Al Franken’s tax issues, carefully ignoring the fact that when the dust settled, he actually was owed money overall by various state governments.

Yet when it comes to the repeated tax tardiness of their own fair-haired boy Dr. Davis, The Usual Suspects are as silent as the tomb. Hmmm.

Posted in 2008, Al Franken, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, taxes, Tim Walz | 1 Comment »

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