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The oldest living WWII veteran
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Richard Overton

Earlier on Fox News, the oldest living WWII veteran, 107 year old Richard Overton, was profiled...

FAY  Maricelli:

It was wonderful to see the way people greeted him and showed him the awesome respect and gratitude he so richly deserves...I was more than just humbled; I can't lie, it brought me to tears to see the man walking without anyone's help, smiling from ear-to-ear, waving, and making his way through the crowd gathered to celebrate his service and loyalty as a patriotic American soldier;

G-d bless him!

But, at the same time, I wanted to apologize profusely for the way our country, the nation he fought so hard and bravely to protect and keep free, has slipped slowly, but surely, into a pathetic, almost completely socialist-style nanny state, fraught with ill-informed imbeciles who have been made weak and wimpy by the overwhelming and undeniable rise of communism and a government hell-bent on fundamentally changing the American dream into a very UN-exceptional third world nation by increasing the output of entitlements, under the guise of "temporary" assistance.

And we all become...just another brick in the wall.

So, while there are still some living and able to speak, I suggest that we ask questions of them; how their lives were spent growing up in this country, how they learned about respect to their elders, the law, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Stars and Stripes, the Constitution, education, and more importantly, The Man Upstairs...G-d...

There is a reason they are called, "The Greatest Generation"; growing up during the most severe depression this country has ever experienced and fought their way to victory during World War II. We owe them more than just a great debt of gratitude for their vision, patriotism and faithfulness to future generations...

We owe them our solemn promise and oath of honor to keep this country free, to respect our elders, the law, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Stars and Stripes, the Constitution, education, and more importantly...to understand that there is only ONE Creator...

And His name is NOT "allah"...

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DISCHARGING TAXES IN BANKRUPTCY
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DISCHARGING INCOME TAX IN CHAPTER 7

 

The requirements to discharge taxes, found in 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1) and § 507(a)(8), apply equally to State and Federal income taxes.

 

An income tax is dischargeable, and not a priority debt, if it meets all of the following requirements:

 

(a) THE THREE-YEAR RULE [§ 521(a)(1)(A)/§ 507(a)(8)(A)(i)]

 

The due date for the return (typically April 15 of the year after the taxable year), including extensions, is more than three years before the filing date.  An extension to file the return delays the start time.

 

WATCH FOR: Extensions, including automatic extensions; State due dates later than federal due dates; Due dates extended because they fall on weekends/holidays.

 

TOLLING: Prior bankruptcy, collections due process hearing (any collections hearing or appeal that tolls collections), plus 90 days (Lastra v. United States (In re Lastra), 2012 W.L. 6681739 (Bankr. D.N.M. 2012)).   NOT tolled by Offer in Compromise (In re Paradis, 477 B.R. 295 (Bankr. D. Me. 2012)), nor by installment agreement.

 

A tax that fails the 3-year test is a priority debt, and is not dischargeable.

 

(b) THE TWO-YEAR RULE [§ 523(a)(1)(B)]

 

A return or equivalent report or notice, if required, has been filed or given either on time (including extensions) or at least two years before the filing date of the bankruptcy.

 

WATCH FOR: What is a “return?”   What is an equivalent “report or “notice?”

 

Per the hanging paragraph following § 523(a)(19), a "return" means a return that satisfies the requirements applicable of non-bankruptcy law.  It includes SFRs prepared pursuant to IRC § 6020(a), but not SFRs pursuant to § 6020(b).  See  Moroney v. United States (In re Moroney), 352 F.3d 902 (4th Cir. 2003) (Once an SFR filed, a subsequent "return" is still not a "return").

 

WATCH FOR: State tax:  The required report after a federal audit adjustment is the equivalent of a return.  In re Ciotti, 638 F.3d 276 (4th Cir. 2011).

 

NOT TOLLED under the Code by prior bankruptcy, OIC, CDP, etc.   BUT: IRS takes the position that equitable tolling applies.  See below.

 

Failing the 2-year rule makes the tax non-dischargeable, but does not make it a priority debt.

 

(c) THE 240-DAY RULE [§ 521(a)(1)(A)/§ 507(a)(8)(A)(ii)]

 

The tax was assessed at least 240 days preceding the filing date of the bankruptcy, EXCLUDING the time an Offer in Compromise was pending or in effect (plus 30 days), or a stay of proceedings against collections was in effect due to a prior bankruptcy case or collections due process hearing (any collections hearing or appeal that tolls collections), plus 90 days.

 

WATCH FOR:  Offers in compromise:  If possible, avoid filing until 240 days after assessment.

 

WATCH FOR:  Date of IRS assessment is easily ascertainable from an account transcript.  State taxes may not be so easy.  

 

Obtaining Account Transcripts.

Get IRS Form 8821 signed by client.

Call the Hotline at the IRS Hotline phone number.

IRS Priority Hotline tel. # is (866) 860-4259.

 

WATCH FOR: taxes not assessed but still assessable post-petition (other than those non-dischargeable due to the 2-year or fraudulent/evasive rules) fail the 240-day rule.

 

NOTE:  A subsequent assessment starts a new 240-day period only as to the additional tax assessed. 

 

Failing the 240-day rule makes the tax a priority debt, and not dischargeable.

 

(d) NON-FRAUDULENT RETURN, NO WILLFUL EVASION [11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(1)(C).

 

The return in question was not fraudulent and there was no willful attempt to evade or defeat the tax.

 

Fraud or evasion makes the tax non-dischargeable, but does not make it a priority debt.

   

NOTE: TRUST FUND TAXES (EMPLOYEE SHARE 941's, MOST SALES TAXES) ARE NEVER DISCHARGEABLE!!

   

INCOME TAX IN CHAPTER 13

 

If the tax fails the 2-year rule, or is fraudulent or evasive, the tax is not discharged  (even if paid in full, interest still accrues).  Otherwise the tax is dischargeable in a Chapter 13.   BUT ... priority taxes must be paid in full (assuming the taxing authority files a proof of claim).

 

Do not self-file a proof of claim for a dischargeable tax (unless your client wants insurance against owing it if the case dismisses or converts)!

   

PENALTIES

 

Penalties other than in compensation for actual pecuniary loss (i.e., basically all penalties except trust-fund recovery penalty) are not priority debts.  They are dischargeable in chapter 13.  In chapter 7, penalties are dischargeable if the transaction or event for which the penalty is assessed is over 3 years old. 11 U.S.C. § 523(a)(7)(B).

   

TAX LIENS IN BANKRUPTCY

 

Liens survive bankruptcy but, if the tax is discharged, do not attach to after-acquired property.

 

IRS liens attach to exempt property, including entireties property and “non-estate” property such as 401(k) accounts and 529 plans. 

 

IRS liens can be stripped down/off under 11 U.S.C. § 506.

 

Interest on tax liens must be paid at the statutory rate.   11 U.S.C. § 511.

 

Tax liens are subject to subordination to other priority claims.  11 U.S.C. § 724(b).

   

For more information, see IRS Publication 908, Bankruptcy Tax Guide

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p908.pdf

   

ISSUES:

 

1.         Is the two-year rule subject to equitable tolling?   In Young v. United States, 523 U.S. 43 (2002), the Supreme Court held that the pre-BAPCPA three-year rule was subject to equitable tolling based on the pendency of a prior bankruptcy petition.

 

Congress “codified” this holding in BAPCPA, but only did so in 507 with respect to the priority taxes (the 3-year and 240-day rules).  The statute says nothing about tolling the 2-year rule.  Thus, under inclusio unius, exclusio alterius, Congress intended to only toll those provisions and not the 2-year rule.  However, the IRS has begun to take the position that a prior bankruptcy (and perhaps other events such as CDP hearings/appeals) equitably tolls the two-year rule.

 

There is no case law on this point at this time. 

   

2.         Is a late filed return a “return” for purposes of triggering the start of the 2-year rule?  This would seem pretty obvious, because the two-year rule exists only with respect to late filed returns.  But the 5th Circuit in In re McCoy, 666 F.3d 924 (5th Cir. 2012)  held that a late-filed return is not a “return” and thus the tax is never dischargeable.

 

            § 523(a)(1) (B) excepts taxes “with respect to which a return, or equivalent report or notice, if required— (i) was not filed or given, or (ii) was filed or given after the date on which such return, report, or notice was last due, under applicable law or under any extension, and after two years before the date of the filing of the petition.”

 

The § 523(a) hanging paragraph, added by BAPCPA, provides:

 

For purposes of this subsection, the term "return" means a return that satisfies the requirements of applicable nonbankruptcy law (including applicable filing requirements). Such term includes a return prepared pursuant to section 6020(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or similar State or local law, or a written stipulation to a judgment or a final order entered by a nonbankruptcy tribunal, but does not include a return made pursuant to section 6020(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or a similar State or local law.

 

Interpreting the bold portion, the 5th Circuit included the deadline in “applicable filing requirements” and found that once late, a return is not a “return.”

 

The IRS disagrees with McCoy, I.R.S. Chief Couns. Notice No. CC-2010-016, but that does not mean that it won’t take advantage of it where it applies.

 

Note that if a return is not filed, one can comply with § 6020(a) (or similar state law) and cooperate with the IRS to file a late taxpayer-signed SFR return:

 

(a) Preparation of return by Secretary.—If any person shall fail to make a return required by this title or by regulations prescribed thereunder, but shall consent to disclose all information necessary for the preparation thereof, then, and in that case, the Secretary may prepare such return, which, being signed by such person, may be received by the Secretary as the return of such person.

 

That will clearly be a “return” to allow discharge after 2 years.

 

The cases outside the 5th Circuit are split:

 

Agreeing with McCoy (note that many of these are SFR cases, so the McCoy issue is effectively dictum):

In re Cannon, 451 B.R. 204 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. 2011);

In re Shinn, http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=14187889298013115152 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 2012);

Links v. United States (In re Links), 2009 WL 2966162 (Bankr. N.D. Ohio Aug. 21, 2009);

In re Perry, http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=7522075598669202991 (Bankr. N.D. Ala. 2012);

In re Pendergast, http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2046306500215678217 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2013)

 

Disagree with McCoy:

 

In re Rhodes, A.P. No. 11-4074 (Bankr. N.D. Ga. May 6, 2013)

In re Martin, 482 B.R. 635 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2012)

In re Brown, 489 B.R. 1 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2013)

In re Perkins, A.P. 12-3030 (Bankr. D. Mass. 2013)

In re Pitts, A.P. No. 12-1191-SC (Bankr. C.D. Cal. Aug. 14, 2013)

 

There are no opinions from the 4th Circuit on this issue.

 

 

            3. How much tolling for multiple tolling events? 

 

United States v. Montgomery (In re Montgomery), 475 B.R. 742 (D. Kan. 2012): One 90-day period for multiple prior bankruptcy filings.

 

             

4.  How about post-petition taxes coming due during a prior Chapter 13?

 

            Because the automatic stay did not prevent them from being collected, tolling does not apply.  In re Kolve, 459 BR 376 (Bankr. W.D. Wis. 2011).  But see In re Tarby, http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12477894279944954130 (Bankr. D.N.J. 2012) (despite re-vesting, stay did preclude collection, so tolling applied).

   

Getting transcripts

             IRS Form 4506-T to request transcripts.

 

If a joint return, and either spouse did anything separately that could affect tax dischargeability dates, the you need to request a “non-master file” transcript.  This takes time, and should be done with a live human being on the phone.

             Practitioner hotline: 866-860-4259

   

            Transcript codes:

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/transaction_codes_pocket_guide.pdf

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/document6209.pdf

   

            Virginia Department of Taxation

Office of Customer Services

P.O. Box 1115

Richmond, VA  23218-1115

FAX  (804) 254-6113

   

Don’t want to run the numbers yourself?

 

            www.taxdischargedeterminator.com


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25/25 25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25
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25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25

. . . . most college graduates don't have the one skill that's in high demand: computer programming 

If you're at all interested in media, technology or related fields, please learn a little computer programming.

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25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25

If you want a job straight out of college, don't come knocking on Kirk McDonald's door.

The president of a tech company in New York City, McDonald wrote a brutally honest op-ed in theWall Street Journal called "Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won't Hire You." He believes most college graduates don't have the one skill that's in high demand: computer programming.

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During our first few years in the real world, what else should we take time to learn?

25 Things Every Young Professional Should Know by Age 25

25. It's spelled "definitely," not "definately."

24. Read an apartment lease before you sign. All of it.

23. An Excel PivotTable will change your life.

22. A cover letter should add color and personality. It shouldn't summarize your resume.

21. Everyone likes to receive praise, but the smartest young adults actively seek constructive criticism.

20. The days of a college syllabus are long gone. If you're waiting for someone to give you direction, have a seat. You'll be there a while.

19. Multi-tasking is great, but some moments require your undivided attention.

18. Take LinkedIn seriously.

17. Understand the pay-stub that accompanies your paycheck.

16. There's no such thing as an overnight success. However, people who do "break through" tend to start their day while others are still asleep.

15. Know the difference between a Roth IRA and Traditional IRA.

14. Even though college is over, you should still find extracurriculars. Among the many reasons, clubs and organizations are terrific places to network.

13. You're never too busy to write a thank-you note.

12. Negotiate your salary.

11. The ability to follow-through on assignments can take you from 25-year-old newbie to essential team member.

10. You probably make more money than some of your friends and less than others. The only thing that matters is that you pay your own bills on time.

9. Bring a lunch to work. It's healthier and cheaper than eating out.

8. Don't step into an interview room without research on the company and questions for the employer.

7. Dropbox. Learn it and love it.

6. Treat interns with respect. They'll provide you with management training and ease your workload.

5. To impress older business associates, ask about their own career path. You may also learn a thing or two.

4. Under-promise. Over-deliver.

3. The less you write, the tighter the message. The less you talk, the stronger the speech.

2. The only failure in your 20s is inaction. Everything else is trial and error.

1. You're halfway through the most formative decade of your life. You don't need all the answers, but you must keep asking questions. Start with this one: what's something new that I can learn right now?


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US veteran who provided flag for Iwo Jima picture, dies aged 90
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Alan Wood, US veteran who provided flag for Iwo Jima picture, dies aged 90 

Wood, who was a 22-year-old navy officer in second world war, credited with finding the flag for the iconic photograph

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Macy's & Thanksgiving
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Thomas Lipscomb:

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is now a valuable window on what's wrong with America. 

Total product placement throughout, every girl singer pop tart sounds alike, as indeed they have for the past decade, the end of the marching band which began in the 1970s at Catholic schools is now complete with their overpowering ghetto drum [Affirmative Action]

 

sections and asinine flag waving, while the musicianship of the bands themselves is much improved.

And finally the whole parade is like a Christmas morning full of flashy wrapped empty packages. Everyone has long since forgotten what any of this is about. Time to forget about the Macy's parade.


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Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell's November Newsletter Fiscal Cliff
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Virginia Congressman Scott Rigell's November Newsletter

Fiscal Cliff

November 2012 Click here if you have trouble viewing this email
U.S. Representative Scott Rigell

Seeking "The Wisdom of the District" - The 'Fiscal Cliff'

 

The "fiscal cliff" refers to the effect of a number of laws which, if unchanged, could result in tax increases and automatic spending cuts at the beginning of next year.  Lawmakers in Washington are negotiating a legislative package to avoid this scenario.  As the United States approaches the “fiscal cliff,” what is the top priority for you and your family in the final deal?

( ) Avoiding the defense spending cuts.  
( ) Avoiding all spending cuts – both defense and non-defense.
( ) Comprehensive tax reform that makes our tax code fairer and flatter.
( ) Reforming entitlements so we can get spending and the debt in check but ensure that entitlements are there for the Americans that need them.
( ) Extending the current tax rates for ALL Americans, regardless of income level. 
( ) Extending the current tax rates for just the middle class.  
( ) Finding a bipartisan way to avert disaster while addressing out-of-control spending and our revenue shortfalls.
( ) Shrinking the debt, which is the greatest threat to our country right now.
( ) I have another answer.

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Crew of Va. ship in piracy drama files lawsuits
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Crew of Va. ship in piracy drama files lawsuits

Crew of Va. ship in piracy drama files lawsuits

More than half the crew members of a Norfolk-based container ship that was at the center of a piracy drama off Somalia in April 2009 are seeking damages totaling nearly $50 million.

The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/JsIQoz ) reported Saturday that the lawsuits have been filed by 11 crew members aboard the Maersk Alabama. The five-day standoff ended when Navy SEALs killed three of Capt. Richard Phillips' captors.

While Phillips was hailed as a hero, his former crew members allege the New Englander's actions put them in grave danger when the ship sailed within about 250 miles of the African coast despite warnings to stay at least 600 miles offshore because of the threat of piracy.

The ship's owner and a contractor are named in the suits, filed in Norfolk and Alabama.

 

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Obama has no constitutional authority on oil decision
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KEYSTONE PIPELINE DEAD? NOT SO FAST!

Report: Obama has no constitutional authority on oil decision

 

When President Obama denied a permit for the $7 billion Keystone pipeline project stretching from Canada to Texas, many feared the project was dead – but a Republican lawmaker is preparing to bypass the president altogether and get the pipeline back on track.

H.R. 3548, submitted by Lee Terry, R-Neb., would take the decision out of Obama’s hands and order the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, to issue a permit within 30 days.

Some say the decision never belonged to the president anyway.

According to a March 2011 report by the Congressional Research Service, it was a presidential executive order in 1968 that first laid claim to giving the president authority over cross-border oil infrastructure.

“The executive branch has exercised permitting authority over the construction and operation of ‘pipelines, conveyor belts, and similar facilities for the exportation or importation of petroleum, petroleum products’ and other products at least since the promulgation of Executive Order 11423 in 1968,” according to the report.

The report said no constitutional authority is cited that would give any president this authority normally reserved for Congress.

“Generally, powers exercised by the executive branch are authorized by legislation or are inherent presidential powers based in the Constitution. E.O.,” it states. “11423 makes no mention of any authority.”

In the 1990s, the Sierra Club argued this very point, claiming then-President Clinton lacked authority to issue a permit for another cross-border pipeline, the Alberta Clipper, because E.O. 11423 doesn’t identify where that power originated.

Clinton argued that the president does have authority, if not through executive order, then surely as commander in chief, as well as through a president’s responsibility over foreign affairs.

In the Sierra Club case, a U.S. District court agreed with Clinton, largely due to years of inaction on the part of Congress in assuming control of the process.

“Congress has not attempted to exercise any exclusive authority over the permitting process,” the court said. “Congress’ inaction suggests that Congress has accepted the authority of the president to issue cross-border permits.”

H.R. 3548 aims to change that.

In her Jan. 25 testimony before a House subcommittee on energy regarding H.R. 3548, Assistant Secretary of State Kerri-Ann Jones acknowledged receipt of the permit application for the 1,700-mile pipeline back in 2008.

She said, “A rigorous and transparent process was begun to determine if the pipeline was in the national interest.”

Based on a proposed route change affecting the sand hills of Nebraska, Jones told the committee the process was stopped in November so a new impact study could be launched.

Jones said her department needs until early 2013 to “complete our assessment.”

She then explained that the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act (H.R. 3765) signed by Obama in December contained language requiring a decision within 60-days. Based on a lack of time to conduct further assessment, the secretary of state recommended that the president deny the permit request.

Rep. Terry recently told Nebraska Radio Network Obama’s statement regarding the denial was not what Congress had been told over the course of the last year.

“The president’s statement said they wanted more time, which is contradictory to what they told us in April, May, June, July, and August and September, where they said they had all the information,” he said

“The law [H.R. 3765] signed by the president said he could only deny it [Keystone XL permit] if it’s in the national interest to deny it,” Terry explained. “They did not make any statement of national interest. They just said they needed more time.”

The president’s statement from Jan. 18 says in part:

“As the State Department made clear last month, the rushed and arbitrary deadline insisted on by congressional Republicans prevented a full assessment of the pipeline’s impact, especially the health and safety of the American people, as well as our environment.

“As a result, the secretary of state has recommended that the application be denied. And after reviewing the State Department’s report, I agree.”

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., also spoke at the Jan. 25 hearing and explained that the deadlines both Jones and President Obama referenced were anything but “arbitrary.”

“Last July, the House passed a bill requiring the State Department to make its long-overdue decision on Keystone XL by Nov. 1. It was truly a bipartisan effort, with 47 Democrats joining nearly all Republicans in supporting this reasonable measure,” he said. “The bill probably would have garnered even more votes if not for the administration’s repeated assurances that it is going to make a decision before the end of 2011, and that a legislated deadline is not necessary.

“Unfortunately, as the end of the year approached, the administration reversed position and postponed its decision to 2013 at the earliest.

“In response, Congress gave the president a second chance to do the right thing by providing him another 60 days to approve Keystone XL as part of the payroll tax bill, but last week he decided to reject the project.”

Upton said he supports H.R. 3548 because the “shovel ready” project will create tens of thousands of American jobs, reduce gas prices at the pump and strengthen the nation’s energy security by reliably bringing in oil from “our ally Canada” rather than importing from “far less friendly producers.”

“It is no surprise that so many American’s consider this decision to be a no-brainer,” he said.

Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., also spoke at the hearing, noting, “The phrase ‘national interest’ should be somewhat simple to understand.”

“If the nation is plagued by persistent unemployment and a private company is willing to spend $7 billion to construct an infrastructure project, putting over 100,000 people to work – that sounds like something that serves the national interest,” he said. “If our president decides that sending aircraft carrier strike groups to the Strait of Hormuz to defend oil flow is in the national interest, then one would also think a pipeline from Canada that would help eliminate our Middle East oil imports also serves the national interest.”

Whitfield added, “Unfortunately, that is not the same conclusion that President Obama reached, stating that they needed more time. Over three years was not enough time. Eleven agencies reviewing the pipeline was not enough review.”

He concluded by reminding the committee of the State Department’s own assessment, that the “no-action” option is the wrong option.

“But I fear that is exactly where we’re headed,” Whitfield said.

With the president nixing the project, the best hope for the pipeline project may be through H.R. 3548, which supporters say has a good chance of passing since there is a Republican majority in the House.

The larger hurdle may be in the Senate, but according to Rep. Terry, “There are a lot of senators, even a majority of senators, in favor of the pipeline.”

Terry added, “Harry Reid has been such a strong-arm blocker for the president – Harry Reid will be the problem on this.”

How Reid and Obama will react to H.R. 3548 remains to be seen.

Fox News reported “liberal donors even threatened to cut off funds to Obama’s re-election campaign to protest the project.”

Also, it has been widely reported that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is forging ties with China and pushing energy exports to make Canada a global energy “superpower.”

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Newt is the GOP's Rising Star ~ and can defeat the BAM
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. . . the Palestinians are an "invented" people out to destroy Israel, truer words  were never said and it seems that leaders who get the US out of jams speak such words, Newt spoke such words, Republicans speak such words, not Democrats.

He also said, "Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth," Gingrich insisted. "[The Palestinian power groups Fatah and Hamas] are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, 'If there are 13 Jews and 9 Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?' We pay for those textbooks through our aid money. It's fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, 'Enough lying about the Middle East.'"

He went on to say, "Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes. … The fact is, the Palestinian claim to a right of return is based on a historically false story. Somebody ought to have the courage to go all the way back to the 1921 League of Nations mandate for a Jewish homeland, point out the context in which Israel came into existence, and 'Palestinian' did not become a common term until after 1977. This is a propaganda war in which our side refuses to engage. … You're not going to win in the long run if you're afraid to stand firm and stand for the truth."

"That's not to say Gingrich is not factually correct," Santorum clarified, "but there's a lot of factually correct things that may be, in fact, counterproductive to inject into the dialogue.

Newt shot down Leftist George Stephanopolus' [who is no Edward R. Murrow] comments, "that such bold words would "make life more difficult for the Israelis." to which Newt responded, "How would we know the difference?" Gingrich responded. "The Israelis are getting rocketed every day. We're not making life more difficult. The Obama administration's making life more difficult. … I feel quite confident an amazing number of Israelis found it nice to have an American tell the truth about the war they are in the middle of and the casualties they're taking and the people who surround them who say, 'You do not have the right to exist, and we want to destroy you.'"

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Israeli conflict becomes major issue in GOP debate

'This is a propaganda war in which our side refuses to stand for truth'


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DES MOINES, Iowa – Earlier this week, Newt Gingrich told an Isreali TV station the Palestinians are an "invented" people out to destroy Israel, a statement that prompted significant disagreement between the candidates in this weekend's GOP debate on whether it is better to exercise "truth" or "prudence" in the Middle East.

When asked about the comment, Gingrich was completely unapologetic for his controversial remarks.

"Somebody ought to have the courage to tell the truth," Gingrich insisted. "[The Palestinian power groups Fatah and Hamas] are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, 'If there are 13 Jews and 9 Jews are killed, how many Jews are left?' We pay for those textbooks through our aid money. It's fundamentally time for somebody to have the guts to stand up and say, 'Enough lying about the Middle East.'"

He went on to say, "Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes. … The fact is, the Palestinian claim to a right of return is based on a historically false story. Somebody ought to have the courage to go all the way back to the 1921 League of Nations mandate for a Jewish homeland, point out the context in which Israel came into existence, and 'Palestinian' did not become a common term until after 1977. This is a propaganda war in which our side refuses to engage. … You're not going to win in the long run if you're afraid to stand firm and stand for the truth."

Twice, moderator George Stephanopoulos hinted that such bold words would "make life more difficult for the Israelis."

"How would we know the difference?" Gingrich responded. "The Israelis are getting rocketed every day. We're not making life more difficult. The Obama administration's making life more difficult. … I feel quite confident an amazing number of Israelis found it nice to have an American tell the truth about the war they are in the middle of and the casualties they're taking and the people who surround them who say, 'You do not have the right to exist, and we want to destroy you.'"

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The Drone surrendered itself because it wanted to live?
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The Drone surrendered itself because it wanted to live?

Does the BAM really expect us to believe this one?

True or just internet conspiracy theories?

There does not seem one source that can tag 'government comments' to anyone in the government

As far as the other comments made on what the BAM did or did not do or say - there does not seem one source that can tag 'government comments' to anyone in the government

Breaking: We were right, Obama GAVE Iran the Drone

Obama gave Iran the droneA couple of  days ago Conunderground.com was the first to point out that the circumstances surrounding the “crash” of the top secret RQ170 Sentinel drone simply didn’t add up. And we were tight! The story continues to develop and it doesn’t look good!

To recap, first we were told that Iran might’ve shot it down  and then the story changed to “the drone crashed on Iranian soil ”

After realizing that the Iranians were about to parade a perfectly functional drone with nary a scratch on it, the official story changed to “the drone landed because it wants to live” I kid you not that is the official story!

The flack we caught for running the story was typical of the the kind of BS spewed by Obama’s supporters but none the less I didn’t withdraw the story because the official version simply didn’t add up.

The immediate and obvious questions were these: 1) Why didn’t we try to recover the drone? 2) In lieu of a rescue effort why didn’t we bomb it into oblivion?

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THE ANSWERS WILL SHOCK  YOU – or maybe not.

Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported that apparently the Pentagon  pleaded with Barrack Hussein Obama to give the order to do just that. The Pentagon initially wanted to send a special forces team to recover the drone.  Obama shot down that suggestion. Then the Pentagon offered up Plan B , blow it to kingdom come. FOX News reports that there was third option and Obama struck that down also. Obama refused both whose options as well and now Iran and China have a brand spanking new fully functional top secret US RQ 170 Sentinel Drone.

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December 7, 1941 ~ a day to be remembered
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Headlines say 'reported sunk'.  The American Press has not changed much.  They did not not have the phrase 'politically correct' back then but they certainly practiced it then as they do now. The other word that was been added is 'spin'?

 

 

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Mr Cain ~ Penalty for Adultery ~ Death by strangulation
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The Case Of Herman Cain

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What does adultery tell us about a person? 

For many Americans, the answer is: "Pretty much all we need to know." 

This certainly seems to be the case with regard to presidential candidates. 

The view is expressed this way:

 "If he can't keep his vows to his wife, how can we trust him to keep his vows to his country?"

Cain attempted to Feel Woman's Vagina, Get Blow Job she says

Prager says, "Media reporting or questioning about candidates' sexual lives constitutes a form of hypocrisy so deep that the English language does not have a word for it."

There is a word for it and Prager's piece is an example of it, we call it 

'SPIN'

 

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What does adultery have to do with leadership?

With Herman Cain's announcement that he was suspending his presidential campaign because of the charges of sexual harassment and of a 13-year affair, issues are raised that the country would do well to think through. The two most obvious are whether we should care about a politician's sexual life and how much the press should report about these matters.

But there is a larger issue that needs to be addressed first: What does adultery tell us about a person? For many Americans, the answer is: "Pretty much all we need to know." This certainly seems to be the case with regard to presidential candidates. The view is expressed this way: "If he can't keep his vows to his wife, how can we trust him to keep his vows to his country?"

I am a religious conservative, but I know this statement has no basis in fact. It sounds persuasive, but it is a non sequitur. We have no reason to believe that men who have committed adultery are less likely to be great leaders or that men who have always been faithful are more likely to be great leaders. To religious readers, I point to God Himself, who apparently thought that King David deserved to remain king – and even have the Messiah descend from him – despite a particularly ugly form of adultery (sending Bathsheba's husband into battle where he assuredly would be killed).

And while on the subject of leadership, another question for religious and/or conservative readers who believe that a man who sexually betrays his wife will likely betray his country: Who would you prefer for president? A pro-life conservative who had had an affair, or a pro-choice man of the left who had always been faithful to his wife?

Jimmy Carter, to the best of our knowledge, has been faithful to his wife throughout their long marriage. That is certainly commendable. Did it make him in any way a better president? Has it given moral acuity to the man who wrote a book equating democratic Israel with apartheid South Africa?

And the American who, perhaps singlehandedly, may have prevented inter-racial war in America, Martin Luther King Jr., committed adultery on a number of occasions.

Would John F. Kennedy, a serial adulterer while in the White House, have been any different a president were he faithful?

Just knowing that a man or a woman had extramarital sex may tell us nothing about the person. I have always wanted to know: Why is sexual sin in general and adultery in particular the one sin that many religious people regard as defining a person as well as almost unforgivable?

Nothing here is in any way meant to be a defense of adultery. As a religious Jew, I believe it violates one of the Ten Commandments [the penalty is death by strangulation as passed down by by I am to Moses( Sanherdrin 84: Kesbos 44; Even Ha'ezer 17,20 ,22, 26 ] . As a married person, I know how much it would hurt my wife and how much it would hurt me if the other had an affair. But marriage is too complex an arena to draw any immediate conclusions about a person. Are we to label a man who takes loving care of his chronically ill wife and who has a discreet affair no more than an adulterer who merits disdain and mistrust? Is a woman who stays in an emotionally abusive marriage for the sake of her children someone with little integrity because she sought to be held in another man's loving arms? The questions and nuances are innumerable.

And what is adultery? Women have called my show to tell me that a man who gets a lap dance has committed adultery. Others go further – merely attending a strip show, or looking at Playboy, is adultery. To my mind, this is emotion – not reason, morality or religion – talking. Yes, many Christians cite Jesus as saying that a man who lusts after a woman other than his wife has committed adultery with his heart. But he made it clear that this is adultery with his heart. Jesus, the practicing and knowledgeable Jewish rabbi, would never equate actual adultery with adultery with one's heart. And if someone believes the two are morally identical, why not start asking candidates if they have ever lusted for any woman other than their wife?

In choosing a president of the United States, adultery would greatly matter to me if it were engaged in indiscreetly. I don't trust the integrity or conscience of a man or woman who publicly humiliates his or her spouse.

Beyond that, I do not want to know anything about the sexual life of any candidate. Media reporting or questioning about candidates' sexual lives constitutes a form of hypocrisy so deep that the English language does not have a word for it. Media people report on the sexual lives of candidates – for virtually any public office – on the grounds that since these politicians have great power, the public needs to know all about them. Yet, they offer no insight into their own sexual lives, even though some in the news media are far more powerful than almost any politician except the president of the United States. If we cannot trust a candidate who committed adultery, then why can we trust a news reporter or editor who has committed adultery?

The only thing this preoccupation with candidates' sexual lives has achieved is to ensure that some of the best, brightest, finest and most honest men in America never run for office.


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Tea Party Movement Dead? Looks like it
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The Tea-party Movement Has Failed

 

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It failed us in 2011

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The biggest failure was the lack of pressure applied to the House Republicans to hold the line on debt.

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Can we recreate the spirit and rebuild the momentum?

 

Or should we just throw in the towel and kiss America goodbye?

 

House Republicans empowered by the tea party last year had all the clout they needed to stop the borrowing madness.

A simple no vote on raising the debt limit would have done it.

Immediately, the U.S. government would have been forced to radically prioritize its spending habits.

It would have been the biggest move back toward constitutionally limited government in the history of the republic – and House Republicans held all the cards.

Grover Norquist was one of the architects of the Boehner sellout on the debt deal.

He's also up to his neck in associations with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Is that the kind of American the tea-party movement looks to for inspiration and leadership?

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between the lines Joseph Farah

The failure of the tea party

The tea-party movement has failed.

I say this as a big supporter of the movement.

I say it as someone who, with great accuracy, predicted the rise of this movement in a book way back in 2003 and again in 2008.

I say it as someone who was hopeful the tea-party movement would be a big success in pressuring Washington to return to the foundations of constitutionally limited government upon which our nation was founded.

And I say it as the author of "The Tea Party Manifesto" – a book I lovingly wrote to and for the encouragement of tea-party activists across the country.

But it's time to be brutally candid and honest about the state of the movement.

It failed us in 2011.

This concerns me as we inch closer to the presidential election cycle of 2012. As successful as the tea-party movement was in mid-term elections of 2010, it was that unsuccessful in 2011 because it failed to hold the new Congress accountable to its promises.

What am I talking about?

The biggest failure was the lack of pressure applied to the House Republicans to hold the line on debt. It's a sad reality, seldom pointed out by anyone but me, that House Republicans empowered by the tea party last year had all the clout they needed to stop the borrowing madness. A simple no vote on raising the debt limit would have done it. Immediately, the U.S. government would have been forced to radically prioritize its spending habits. It would have been the biggest move back toward constitutionally limited government in the history of the republic – and House Republicans held all the cards.

But the tea-party movement was not out in the streets demanding it.

The tea-party activists did not mobilize phone chains to offer counter-pressure from the Washington establishment.

The tea party has still not in any significant way denounced House Speaker John Boehner for the sellout of all the tea-party movement delivered to him – including his very position.

I was stunned to see one of the largest tea-party organizations in America recently refer to Grover Norquist as "a tea party hero." Grover Norquist was one of the architects of the Boehner sellout on the debt deal. Was that a heroic act? He's also up to his neck in associations with the Muslim Brotherhood. Is that the kind of American the tea-party movement looks to for inspiration and leadership?

Meanwhile, a new movement has arisen across America. It doesn't have the impressive numbers of the tea party. But it is the talk of the nation. The "Occupy" movement dominates the headlines. This is where grass-roots political activism is today.

And maybe, just maybe, tea-party activists need to take a cue from it.

The values of the tea-party movement are being drowned out by the cacophony of the "Occupy" movement. Of course it's deliberate. Of course it's orchestrated. Of course it is well-funded. Of course it is designed to do just that.

But it seems to me it's past time for the tea-party movement to raise its voices again – the way it did following the 2008 election and right up until election day last year.

Where have you gone?

Has the movement been sold out through co-optation by politicians? Has it become a commodity rather than a grass-roots, spontaneous uprising? Is it possible to revive it? Can America afford for it not to be resuscitated?

That's what I'm wondering today.

Will it be a factor in the election next year?

Will it be a factor in selecting a Republican nominee to challenge Barack Obama?

This is a call to action and prayer for all those who consider themselves tea-party activists or supporters of tea-party activism.

It's late.

The stakes are high.

Time is running out.

Do we have the energy and intensity to save America from going off the cliff?

Are we willing to do what we did from 2009 through 2010?

Can we recreate the spirit and rebuild the momentum?

Or should we just throw in the towel and kiss America goodbye?


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‘Hitching’ up their wagon Bush family upstages BAM/Michelle again
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The official wedding portrait of David Lauren, scion of the family fashion dynasty, and Lauren Bush, niece of a former president, revealed in this month’s issue of Vogue, shows the fashion couple in their pioneering finest.

This Bush family portrait does put things into perspective ~ the Beauties [Bushes] and the Beasts [Obamas]

Life ‘pardners’ Lauren and Bush go Old West on wedding day

The Old West was never this dreamy.

The official wedding portrait of David Lauren, scion of the family fashion dynasty, and Lauren Bush, niece of a former president, revealed in this month’s issue of Vogue, shows the fashion couple in their pioneering finest.

All the photo is missing is the sepia tone.

Dressed in head-to-toe Ralph Lauren, the pair look like a glamorous ad for Western Union — circa 1880.

Lauren Bush, a former fashion model, wore a strapless, antique ivory gown with an overlay of tulle richly embroidered with metallic thread, Swarovski crystals and pearl beads.

TIMELESS BEAUTY: They’re a handsome couple — Lauren Bush in a strapless antique gown (with cowboy boots underneath) and David Lauren in a tailcoat and vest with pocket chains.
NORMAN JEAN ROY FOR VOGUE
TIMELESS BEAUTY: They’re a handsome couple — Lauren Bush in a strapless antique gown (with cowboy boots underneath) and David Lauren in a tailcoat and vest with pocket chains.

YES MA'AM: Lauren Bush is whisked by a horse-drawn carriage across her father-in-law's Colorado ranch on her wedding day in September.

NORMAN JEAN ROY FOR VOGUE
YES MA'AM: Lauren Bush is whisked by a horse-drawn carriage across her father-in-law's Colorado ranch on her wedding day in September.

She tells the magazine the elaborate overlay, which included delicate motifs of small flowers and Renaissance-era scroll designs, took 100 craftspeople more than 3,000 hours to embroider by hand.

“Little House on the Prairie” it’s not. Rather, it’s a stunning display of home-grown couture from a designer who owns this Victorian Americana look lock, stock and barrel.

Bush says in the Vogue spread, “Any experience of a girl picking out her wedding dress is amazing. But I have to say it was really special to work with David’s dad, to see him in action with his team.

“I walked in and there were these beautiful illustrations of the looks we’d discussed with my face on them. It was like a dream come true.”

She tells the magazine the dress “isn’t Victorian exactly.”

“I wanted something modern as well, so there is the high-necked collar and puffed shoulders,” she adds.

With its strapless neckline covered in lace and its high neck, the dress is similar in demure direction to Kate Middleton’s wedding gown, which caused a sensation at the royal wedding and set a new standard of more conservative, covered-up bridal style.

While Bush’s headband and veil were old, and the Victorian earrings were borrowed, what is not visible is the modern touches.

Her dress has a large open back. And under the voluminous skirts and small train, instead of dainty silk shoes, the bride wore cowboy boots.

The something blue? Her socks.

The magazine doesn’t report whether they were Polo.

Her groom was dressed in a coat and vest with pocket chains, some of the coolest black tie worn this side of “Deadwood.”

David Lauren described the nuptials, which took place at his family’s Double RL ranch in Ridgway, Colo., as “a beautiful movie, like you were riding across the Old West and you stopped in at a wedding.”

Rocky Mountain high indeed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Dozen Years Later, Navajo Nation and Utilities Settle Suit
USA  United States Grits writes "A Dozen Years Later, Navajo Nation and Utilities Settle Suit

After more than 12 years of litigation, Washington-based BuckleySandler partner Sam Buffone earlier this month successfully negotiated a multi-million-dollar settlement between the Navajo Nation and Peabody Energy, Salt River Project and Southern California Edison.

The settlement resulted in the dismissal of a pending lawsuit against the utilities.

In 1999, the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit over the royalty rates of coal leases granted to Peabody by the U.S. Department of Interior more than 40 years ago.

As part of the settlement, the Navajo will receive an immediate payment of $50 million and Peabody has committed to provide $15 million toward infrastructure over the next 10 years. The Navajo will also receive $3.5 million annual bonus payments in addition to the existing 12.5 percent royalty rate. Retroactive increases to scholarships for Navajo students will be paid along with a one-time bonus of $1.55 million.

Buffone said he was pleased that both parties could resolve their differences.

“It brings an end to what was a complex piece of litigation that required a lot of resources and attention,” Buffone said.

“At the time, the Navajo had no authority to lease their mineral resources,” Buffone said. “Overall royalties increased dramatically over the last 20 years while the Navajo were getting paid next to nothing.”

The royalty rates were re-evaluated at the request of the Navajo by former Secretary of the Interior William Clark, who tentatively approved a 20 percent rate. Buffone said that Peabody sent a crony of the newly-elected Secretary of the Interior, Donald Hodel, to renegotiate the royalty rate in a “private, backroom deal.”

“This entire lawsuit has been about those actions,” Buffone said. “This settlement is a culmination in what has been a lot of activity in a number of courts.”

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