March 20, 2009
Stark's homestead exemption was first reported yesterday by Bloomberg News. The congressman is the second-ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chairs its health subcommittee, which writes tax legislation affecting health care.
Stark said yesterday that he expected Maryland to reject his application for a homestead exemption. "From what I hear from everybody, it will be denied and my taxes will go up," he said. He said he expects his $12,500 annual property tax bill to increase by about $3,000.
March 19, 2009
March 18, 2009
"I have complete confidence in Tim Geithner and my entire economic team," Obama said with Geithner at his side on the White House South Lawn.Oh, wait, he's not kidding. Crap.
Part one here.
March 17, 2009
Drink up, folks. It's gonna be a loooooooooong four years.
The hot line began last week to offer callers free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges to help them quit smoking or chewing tobacco. By Monday, the heavy volume of calls had overwhelmed the hot line.
State officials say the hot line will shut down until October because the department has run out of the free products. The new budget year starts Oct. 1.
The quit line was contacted by more than 65,600 callers in five days, and more than 400 staff members were fielding calls
So, will some of the Democrats in Congress who served in the military make some noise about this? Why isn't the GOP leadership making noise about this, this is a no-brainer for them, besides, the military is the only institution the American people have any faith in, this is a winner for them.
March 16, 2009
(Note that this post is in no way meant to be a threat against Mr. Gibbs. It is simply a joke about ridiculing the only Vice President in U.S. history to carry a wallet embossed with the words "BAD MOTHER FUCKER.")
*I'll take any excuse to post a Sufjan Stevens song.
March 15, 2009
A participant in the planning meetings described the push as a successor to Democrats' message that Rush Limbaugh is the Republican Party leader. "We have exhausted the use of Rush as an attention-getter," the official said.
O RLY? YA RLY!
So, what is Team Hope And Change planning on doing now?
And officials throughout the party plan to hammer the idea that Republicans are just saying "no" to the president's budget plans without offering their own alternative.
Sigh. That again.
Stone-Anderson's unemployment was the root of the art, but her lack of work may also bring the loss of it. In May, she gained free time when she was laid off from Rainbow Art and Design in Tampa, Fla., so she started painting her car with leftover acrylics.
Since the layoff, she has been working as a freelance artist, but hasn't been able to find enough work to keep all the bills paid.
Stone-Anderson missed her car payments in December, January and February and has started receiving calls from Chrysler. She has ignored them.
She said that Chrysler has the paperwork to repossess the car, and it's really just a matter of the company finding it at this point. The car is hard to miss, but Stone-Anderson said she's not worried about the company taking it.
"Barack says he's an eternal optimist," she said. "We're like minds."
It took Stone-Anderson four months of planning and two months of painting to transform the car from humdrum white to a vibrant montage of political art. The car's vignettes call for change in areas such as recycling, alternative energy, breast cancer awareness and health care. In July, she even wrangled the novelty license plate "44 PREZ."
Everywhere she takes the car, Stone-Anderson uses it to jump-start conversation. "This car is a magnet," she said.
The reaction to the car hasn't been all good. Some people have screamed obscenities at her.
What does she think President Obama himself would have to say about her art?
"He'd say, 'I'm too busy. Let me solve the world's problems,'" she said.
Her biggest dream for the car right now is just to get it sold so she can appease Chrysler and get a new car.
The biggest challenge facing America's struggling newspaper industry may not be the high cost of newsprint or lost ad revenue, but ignorance stoked by drive-by punditry.
Yes, Dittoheads, you heard it right.
Drive-by pundits, to spin off of Rush Limbaugh's "drive-by media," are non-journalists who have been demonizing the media for the past 20 years or so and who blame the current news crisis on bias.
March 14, 2009
March 13, 2009
Actually, I guess since they both voted for Our Lord and Savior, they already did ('course we get dragged down with them)...
Conservatives are going to have a tough choice, we can either try and take over the GOP once and for all over the next three or four election cycles, or we can stand back and let both parties collapse, then try and clean up the mess they leave. We can't half-ass it and let the GOP leadership engage in big spending, nanny statism and power grabs under our banner anymore.
During the presidential campaign just a few months ago, Democrats tried to paint McCain as corrupt by blowing his role in the Keating Five out of proportion. In fact, they made it sound as though McCain did essentially what Waters has done here, and screeched about corruption. Now that Waters has been shown to interfere with regulators to protect the personal financial interests of her family and her contributors (OneUnited has generated over $12,000 in donations to Waters), will these same Democrats take action against corruption — as they themselves defined it in the fall of 2008?You get three guesses, and the first two don't count.
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