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Archive for 22 April 2008
On Monday, McCain’s staff identified the retirement benefit as a “disability pension” and said that McCain “was retired as disabled because of his limited body movements due to injuries as a POW.”
McCain campaign strategist Mark Salter said Monday night that McCain was technically disabled. “Tortured for his country — that is how he acquired his disability,” Salter said.
Certain types of military and veterans pensions are either partially or completely tax-exempt, depending on the seriousness of the disability. In McCain’s case, the exemption is 100%.
If McCain had to pay taxes on the full amount of the pension, it would have increased his tax bill by about $18,000 based on the percentage of his income he paid to the federal government.
And yer point? Is this an issue? The man was tortured serving his country. He has EVERY right to that disability! Pay taxes? Uh no, he didn’t pay taxes on it, and the problem with this? Does the author have so much hatred for veterans, the very veterans that fought for his right to be a moron, that he would deny these heroes a tax free income? It doesn’t matter that he has an income from his Senate salary. It doesn’t matter that he’s go investments, or whatever else. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he is an American hero, and should be honored as such. If that means a tax free income, then so be it!
H/T: Hot Air
I’m soooo excited! Aren’t you?
Anyone with an ounce of common sense already knows the Boracle is full of methane producing BS, but did he really have to STEAL footage from a fictional movie to shovel it? Now, if I’m not mistaken, that’s a copyright infringement, and appropriate action SHOULD be taken. We all know it won’t happen, but it’s nice to fantasize sometimes.
I’m a lady, so I closed my eyes when I read this!
The Transformative Effects of Marriage on the Y-chromosome.
Three women: one engaged, one married, and one a mistress, are chatting about their relationships and decide to amaze their men….that night all three will wear a leather bodice S&M style, stilettos and mask over their eyes
After a few days they meet again…..
The engaged girlfriend said: ‘The other night, when my boyfriend came back home, he found me in the leather bodice, 4′ stilettos and mask. He said, ‘You are the woman of my life, I love you…then we made love all night long.’
The mistress stated: ‘Oh Yes! The other night we met in his office. I was wearing the leather bodice, mega stilettos, mask over my eyes and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat, he didn’t say a word. We just had wild sex all night.’
The married one then said: ‘The other night I sent the kids to stay at my mother’s for the night, I got myself ready, leather bodice, super stilettos and mask over my eyes. My husband came in from work, grabbed the TV controller and a beer, and said, ‘Hey Batman, what’s for dinner?’
Courtesy of Ken the cop.
Lately it doesn’t seem to be enough for liberal politicians to merely run on a political platform, it’s not enough to do such mundane things as discuss policy proposals and programs, in place of politicians, liberalism now gives us saviors.
From Saint Barack to the Goracle, liberal politicians are no longer satisfied with just dispensing pork and collecting six figure salaries. Now they want to be your savior too.
Al Gore has built his post-crazy reputation on promising to save us from a crisis that doesn’t exist and that we couldn’t actually do anything about it, if it did. Strange bearded men who stand in Times Square wearing sandwich boards claiming that the world is doomed are laughed at… unless they happen to be a former Vice President that is.
It’s a shame that that Andria Lisle from the Commercial Appeal hasn’t figured out that the Borester is getting rich off people like her. Very sad.
Those who remember almost any recent election will likely stop to read that headline again. After all, isn’t it the Democrats who have been making the claim every other year that their voters have been disenfranchised? Isn’t it the other guys that do that sort of thing? The answers are yes and no. ‘Yes’, it’s the Democrats that claim it but, ‘No’, it’s not the other guys that do it. Hypocritically, it is Democrats that claim it and the Democrats that do it. One need look no further than Tennessee SJR 127 for proof.
In 2000, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that common sense legislation pertaining to abortion in Tennessee be struck down. Things like a 48 hour waiting period and full disclosure of the impact of having an abortion to any woman seeking one were thrown out. It is vital to note that none of this legislation prevented, in any way, a woman’s access to abortion. Just the opposite. How is it possible that more information and consideration of such a decision would be bad for a woman considering such a medical procedure? The Court, as courts often do, ruled otherwise. Once again, a small group of appointed individuals, set aside the will of the people as expressed through their duly elected representatives.
Word has it that one of my evil fowl foes has bit the big one, and we had nothing to do with it! (See the ongoing saga of the Peacock War.)
Evidently, said feathered “friend” became a car bomb. Now, before Homeland Security gets its knickers in a twist, it wasn’t a LITERAL bomb. My favorite neighbor, as per his norm, doesn’t seem to mind that his animals get lose and are in danger. This particular critter exploded. The car is just fine.
No…really. Shame on me.
A six-week, increasingly hard-edged Pennsylvania primary contest between Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama culminated Tuesday as voters registered their choice _ a decision that could save or sink Clinton’s flagging candidacy.
The candidates questioned each other’s character and readiness to be commander in chief in last-minute television ads and barnstormed the state in a final pitch for votes in the most populous and delegate-rich state remaining in the nominating contest. Some 4 million Democrats were eligible to cast ballots, with 158 delegates at stake.
Pfft! I’ve been questioning their character for years!
A contaminated blood thinner from China has been found in drug supplies in 11 countries, and federal officials said Monday they had discovered a clear link between the contaminant and severe reactions now associated with 81 deaths in the United States.
The Chinese seem to be trying to kill us. First it was children, with their lead based paint on toys, then they wanted to kill our pets, now people who need blood thinners? Will someone please explain to me why we keep importing ANYTHING from them!
But a Chinese official disputed the assertion that the contaminant found in the drug, heparin, caused any deaths and insisted that his country’s inspectors be allowed to inspect the American plant where the finished heparin vials were made. He said any future agreement to allow American inspections of Chinese firms should be reciprocal.
I wouldn’t think he’d say, “Oh yes, we poison people. Dead Americans, good for business.”
Mr. Chen said that illnesses associated with contaminated heparin had occurred only in the United States, which he said suggested that the problem arose in this country.
I suppose that’s possible. We don’t seem to be as alert as to who we hire anymore, but I’d still stop all imports from China. Dang! Wal Mart would be empty! Oh well.
Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s drug center, said that German regulators uncovered a cluster of illnesses among dialysis patients who took contaminated heparin. She said Chinese officials had conceded that heparin produced in their country contained a contaminant, though they say it was not connected to the illnesses.
The Chinese admitting ANYTHING would be a new twist.
The dispute is a sign of growing tensions between China and the United States over the safety of Chinese imports. China has in recent years exported poisonous toothpaste, lead-painted toys, toxic pet food, tainted fish and now, contaminated medicine.
I’ve never been impressed by much of anything produced in China. It’s definitely time to examine what we buy in stores, and check for the “Made in the USA” label. Sadly, those items are few and far between. Thanks unions. (massive sarcasm)
If anyone holds the key to today’s Pennsylvania primary, it’s the struggling residents of dwindling mill towns – blue-collar Reagan Democrats like Gary Davis, a retired pipe fitter who spent four years in the Army and 30 at a local chemical plant.
They’re patriotic and socially conservative, but wedge issues don’t seem to cut it anymore in a state that’s lost tens of thousands of jobs in the last three decades. They’re paying more than ever to fill gas tanks and heat homes, and many are scrounging for decent work.
That term, Reagan Democrats, boggles the mind. If they were Reagan Dems, they would be….well, Dems anymore. They’d be Republicans.
“I don’t even think Canada likes us anymore,” said Mr. Davis, enjoying a sunny afternoon in an Archie Bunker-type chair, on a sidewalk outside a used furniture store in Beaver Falls. “I’m definitely voting for Hillary Clinton. If she don’t get the nomination, I’ll vote for Barack Obama.”
That is definitely NOT a ‘Reagan Democrat’! Reagan must be spinning. And seriously, who cares if a socialistic country like us? Do the right thing isn’t always popular.
Statistics released by a congressional committee show 861 people were granted waivers to enlist, up from 457 in 2007.
The crimes included assault, sex crimes, manslaughter and burglary.
The Army says waivers are only granted after careful review and are in response to the challenges of recruiting in a changing society.
Uh….no….not a good idea! Burglary, maybe…the others, not just no, but HELL no!
The Memphis City Council is considering withholding some or all of the $93.5 million requested by the city school district, a controversial move that could provide city residents with a tax break instead of a tax hike.
Councilman Bill Morrison said during an introductory budget hearing Monday he is preparing an ordinance that would drop the funding completely.
“I don’t feel it will touch the children, and I don’t feel like it will touch the teachers,” he said. “It will touch the overgrown bureaucracy of the city schools.”
Considering how many kids are doing nothing more than fighting in the schools now, I’d say it wouldn’t “touch” them either. More money isn’t going to fix the problems Memphis is having.
Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has been thinking a lot about the cosmic question, “Are we alone?”
The answer is probably not, he says.
If there is life elsewhere in the universe, Hawking asks why haven’t we stumbled onto some alien broadcasts in space, maybe something like “alien quiz shows?”
Hawking’s comments were part of a lecture at George Washington University on Monday in honor of NASA’s 50th anniversary. He theorized that there are possible answers to whether there is extraterrestrial life.
Pfft! I’m still trying to find intelligent life right here on terra firma. Not much concerned if there is ‘primitive’ life elsewhere right now.
Al Qaeda still has plans to target Western countries involved in the Iraq war, Osama bin Laden’s chief deputy warns in an audiotape released Tuesday to answer questions posed by followers.
It all depends on who’s in charge, on whether or not such attacks will be successful: An elitist Muslim sympathizer, an elitist hormonal female, or a strong military man.
Al-Zawahiri also denied a conspiracy theory that Israel carried out the September 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S., and he blamed Iran and Shiite Hezbollah for spreading the idea to discredit the Sunni al Qaeda’s achievement.
Al-Zawahiri accused Hezbollah’s al-Manar television of starting the rumor.
“The purpose of this lie is clear — (to suggest) that there are no heroes among the Sunnis who can hurt America as no else did in history. Iranian media snapped up this lie and repeated it,” he said.
You anti Semites paying attention here?
Attending a regional meeting on Iraq’s security and future, Rice contradicted Carter’s assertions that he never got a clear signal from the State Department. Rice told reporters that the US thought the visit could confuse the message that the U.S. will not deal with Hamas.
“I just don’t want there to be any confusion,” Rice said. “The United States is not going to deal with Hamas and we had certainly told President Carter that we did not think meeting with Hamas was going to help” further a political settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
That slime bucket doesn’t listen to anyone but his terrorist friends! When is he going to go have a friendly chat with al Qaeda?
Although Morocco and America are backing Peter van Walsum of the Netherlands, several countries in the region are opposing his stance. That opposition led Mr. Ban to present the U.N. Security Council yesterday with a more traditional U.N. position in an attempt to appeal to all sides.
As a result, the council heard two contradicting views on Western Sahara yesterday, one signed off on by Mr. Ban and the other presented by his envoy. Mr. Ban’s report urged continued negotiations “without preconditions” between Morocco and the rebels of Western Sahara, dropping Mr. van Walsum’s suggestion.
I don’t know if this is a good thing, or a bad thing, but it seems to me that the Useless Numnuts don’t much care for anyone to be independent. Just a thought.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: