Tax season has returned for yet another year. Many of us look at this time of year with enthusiasm, knowing that refund checks will be on the way. Some people have the opposite, they see tax time as Uncle Sam reaching in to their pockets for as much money as he can get.
This week I corrected a long-running American problem. I ended my absence on Twitter. While George Dubyah Bush could barely understand "the internets," Barack and I are much more digitally astute, with our Blackberries, viral YouTube videos, and emails to supporters. I'm embarrassed that I've been so busy kissing up to Hollywood elite and stars of the music industry that I'm just now sending out my first tweet.
After 3 days, I've amassed nearly 300,000 followers. Right now, however, Barack's keepers only let me follow six people (Joe Biden, Hubby, campaign staff and government offices). Plus, all my tweets have to be approved. I feel like Ashton Kutcher! It's so frustrating that my communications have to be monitored and "managed" by campaign staff, but I confess I did almost ruin the 2008 campaign uttering such political gaffes as "For the first time in my adult life I'm proud of my country."
Can't an anti-American icon get a break? Geesh.
This most recent move by congressional Republicans is made more urgent by language included in December’s payroll tax holiday bill that forced Obama to come to a decision on the pipeline within 60 days. That deadline is fast approaching and some republicans fear that in forcing Obama’s hand, he may veto the pipeline’s construction. Obama is caught in a political tug-of-war between his party’s two large constituencies, environmentalists who want the pipeline eliminated and labor unions who want the pipeline’s construction jobs. Hoeven and House Senate Republicans claim that the pipeline will increase oil security in the western hemisphere by making the U.S. less dependent on foreign oil (even though Canada is, technically, a foreign country), and will create as many as 20,000 jobs in the U.S. Environmentalists, on the other hand, believe that it will make no significant different to oil prices within the U.S. and will only create about 5,000 jobs at the expense of putting thousands of miles of ecosystem and agricultural farmland in danger.
Now, however, Warren has issued another statement to congressional Republicans, this time challenging them to put their money where their mouth is. Buffet, in the most recent edition of TIME, issued a challenge to congressional Republicans that for ever $1 they voluntary donated to the U.S. government, he would match it. That offer stood for every congressional republican save McConnell, who he offered to go $3 to $1 with. This is a further move in the ongoing PR war on Capitol Hill, with Republicans attempting to characterize the President as trying to hike taxes on the rich to pay for his extravagant spending, while Democrats attempt to paint the Republicans as protecting the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.
We don’t use the guides that we have purchased in their entirety. As unschoolers, we typically piece together whatever we like and discard the rest. But what I have found out about Little Acorn Learning is that most of the activities offered are quite fun. In our September guide, for example, we learned all about squirrels and nuts—including how to make our own homemade nut butter. We did songs, fingerplays, field trips, drawings, and other adventures. These are not only the kinds of things that I want my child to learn, but also the kinds of things that she wants to learn in the first place—making it a win for all of us around.
Immigration laws are commonly known, however today I came across an interesting page that has details on Sanctuary laws. Sanctuary laws are individual city laws that help to protect immigrants. Some cities have actual written sanctuary laws whereas others unofficially follow a set of guidelines that protect immigrants.
In today’s world of convenience we are commonly introduced to various toxins, some in higher degrees than others. It’s literally our need for convenience that places us in a direct path of toxins. The very packaging that we use to receive our store bought goods is the cause of our toxin exposure.
Average people do not like to feel "different." This is especially true for youngsters who are in the process of forming their own personal sense of "Self." However, when it comes to the media, multiracial people are not represented enough to help youngsters with this process. From in-print magazines to television shows, change is in order. People in general, and especially kids, need to see more individuals who are "like themselves."
Society no longer esteems private education as a sacrifice parents make to afford their children the opportunity for high-caliber training. Instead, it’s viewed as a dumping ground and rescue mission for students escaping failing school districts.
This is not good for two reasons.
One day on a family vacation (what can I say, I am the one queer in the universe who likes going on family vacations. It's hard to explain) I was eating lunch with my mom, my sister Fundamentalist Older Sister and her daughter.
Romney reminded folk of this family history this week to widen his appeal to Latino voters. Having no shame, he actually told the Hispanic television network Univision that he was trying to get more Latinos to vote Republican.
A joint CBS and New York Times poll taken in 2010 apparently was intended to portray the Tea Party in a negative light. The opening sentences set the tone for the purported survey. They’re white. They’re older. They’re angry.
While a negative portrayal of a conservative group of citizens is expected of these two organizations – which have certainly aired their own full loads of smelly laundry in the past – there is no shame in being white, older and angry: Certainly not when the anger is directed at this liberal administration.
CNNreleased a headline and opinion article indicating the lack of religious diversity in the selection of Republican candidates. This is perhaps one of the more revealing articles on politics in years. I stopped there and I laughed for nearly five minutes. I could not help but laugh at the cross-section of the candidates selected and at the religious variety of this country that had been selected and the many neglected. Two Protestants, two Catholics, and two Mormons--no women this year, but there is representation for more diverse religious creeds chosen as if meant for Noah's Ark and limited to a triune power.
Finding strength in an American crises can be difficult at times. It is during these times that we need to stand strong and remember our roots in our American soil. Remember that it was our strength that built America in the past and it’s our strength today that will save ourselves and America, each and every one of us.
"He's an egotistical showboater whose faith is shallow."
Those are the words that came from not one, but two people I know in regards to Tim Tebow and his oh-so-evident Christian faith. I agree, not because I don't believe. I do. I agree because this is the kind of side-show candy-coated Christianity that is easy to do and easy to sell. Pose strategically, say a few words about how much you believe, and make sure to capitalize on it as much as you possibly can.
The mere ideal that animal activist may possibly be behind a fire to 14 cattle trucks on Harris Ranch in Coalinga California is disturbing to say the least. Reading over the reports will leave you stunned. It’s as if time has been reversed and we have all somehow woke up back in the 1960’s when it was common place to play with fire and in some cases bombs just to get across a point.