Saturday, March 21, 2015
Friday, March 20, 2015
I MISSED THE FIRST EPISODE
I WANTED TO SEE WHAT PANTS CHRIS WOULD WEAR (HOPEFULLY SOMETHING LIGHT OR CREAM COLORED- AWW FUCK IT ANY COLOR REALLY, JUST KEEP 'EM TIGHT)
BUT NO, I MISSED THE FIRST EPISODE!!!! AAARRRRGGGG. MANWASIDRUNK
Thursday, March 19, 2015
* Sen. Ted Cruz for PREZ? O-o
Sen. Ted Cruz has repeatedly gotten basic facts about the Internal Revenue Service wrong when delivering one of his favorite applause lines, calling for its abolition.
He did it — again — over the weekend in New Hampshire, when he said:
That line gets applause from conservatives who don’t like either the IRS or don’t like those living in the U.S. illegally. But the fact is that the IRS has nowhere close to 110,000 total employees — even counting lowly clerks. And it hasn’t for nearly 20 years.
According to the IRS’s most recent budget request, which the administration submitted in February, Congress has enacted budget authority for only 82,203 total employees in the current fiscal year, which runs through Sept. 30. That’s down from 84,761 total workers last fiscal year (as measured by the usual “full-time equivalent,” or FTE, standard).
And of those 82,000, only about one in four can properly be called “agents,” or even “revenue officers.”
Cruz has made this factually challenged line part of his standard stump speech as he explores running for president. We found he has been using it since at least last July. During a star turn at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference gathering on Feb. 26 he got so amped up that he inflated the number to 125,000 agents. The line brought down the house.
But at the International Association of Fire Fighters on March 10 the line was greeted by silence. (Cruz was by then back to his 110,000 figure — see video starting at 7:50)
The fact is, however, the last time the IRS had 110,000 workers was nearly 20 years ago, in the Clinton administration. On Sept. 30, 1995 — at the end of fiscal year 1995 — the IRS had just over 114,000 total employees. It dropped to 102,000 a year later, and has been below 100,000 ever since, according to employment figures from the IRS’s annual Data Books and its most recent budget submission.
Furthermore, not all IRS employees can properly be called “agents.” We went over this in 2010 when other Republicans were also peddling false information about the IRS. At the time, they were claiming that 16,500 new “agents” would be needed to enforce the Affordable Care Act. In one extreme instance then-Rep. Ron Paul of Texas claimed all 16,500 “agents” would be “armed.”
As we said back then, there’s a huge difference between an IRS revenue agent — who calls on taxpayers and conducts face-to-face audits — and the workers who make up the bulk of IRS employees.
What we said then — and it still holds true — is that IRS workers include clerks, accountants, computer programmers, telephone call center workers and other support staff.
More at Huffington Post »>
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
This looks like a fuckin pokemon battle.
“Overall, Schock’s payroll surged from $172,000 in the third quarter of 2014 to more than $300,000 in the fourth quarter, during which the House nearly shut down the government and failed to act on priorities like immigration reform. Three weeks later, Schock went on MSNBC to decry a proposed minimum wage increase as ‘artificially raising the cost of labor.”
|—||Jimmy Williams, “BNR Exclusive: Schock Demands Pay Freeze, Except For His Photographer and Intern”|
Monday, March 16, 2015
I will be honest today, do you remember child actor, Jerry O'Connell (from STAND BY ME, that nineteen eighties movie), had a brother that was a BACHELOR, as in the televised kind of bachelor? True, true.
I would.also like to confess that I have been reading a few books in between finding a new job a new home because it keeps me focused and calm. Ethan Mordden wrote several short story books, many focused on a set of friends. Some are very funny, but very 1980's. I am now revisiting these. One of these made me cry the other day as I read the last pages of the last short story and they were trying to find a home for a new member that didn't quite fit in. It was sad, and ended happy. Naturally (of course) I picked up the next book that continued into the 1990's. Way after the initial trilogy. At the end of the first story I was crying again at the park, (I should probably try reading at home more btw- its just not as magical). It had gotten dark on me and the sun had gone down as well. I repeat, I am not sad, his stories had touched me and I allowed myself to feel it fully. I used to be able to.do that a while ago and then I didn't. I stopped. I have been keeping busy and I don't see any slowing down nor do I want to, and I will hopefully continue to acknowledge my feelings all the joys, all the ups and downs, all the things that make me think and make me mad and yes make me sad. I will be okay with it and not think about it too much. I feel I should point out that I sometimes cry and it's okay, I would be okay with doing that once a day for all the things that trouble me, as long I don't dwell on them, and am able to also show my happiness and my anger. I have come clean. I am ready, are you guys ready?
“Moreover we have to stand up to Iran’s attempts to drive for regional dominance. They already control Tehran, increasingly they control Damascus and Beirut and Baghdad and now Sana’a as well.”
|—||Geographically-challenged freshman Senator Tom Cotton
is concerned that Iran controls its capital. Several on Twitter
noticed the gaffe and questioned Cotton’s Harvard credentials. |
"They already control Tehran." Is this the first time a country’s control of its own capital city has been taken as evidence that it is driving for regional dominance and must be stopped? WTF. “We have to stand up to France’s attempts to drive for regional dominance. They already control Paris …”
And this guy is leading almost all of the Republicans in the Senate on how to approach dealings with Iran. Leading them, apparently, into outrage over Iran having control of its own capital. (Daily Kos)
CBS’ Schieffer to Tom Cotton: Will You Write A Letter To N. Korea Too? (video)
Sunday, March 15, 2015