Could you be taxed at up to 95.2 percent of your income?
Federal income-tax rates would have to be nearly tripled across the income spectrum for Congress to close the deficit in fiscal year 2010, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.
Instead of taxing joint filers with rates ranging from 10 percent to 35 percent, the report found, tax rates would have to start at 27.2 percent and reach up to 95.2 percent. The Tax Foundation backs up its claims with data, charts, maps. The Tax Foundation has monitored fiscal policy at the federal, state and local levels since 1937.
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A tribute to our soldiers from their moms
Last week on his TV show, Glenn Beck played a video produced by Military Moms of America, the website created by military moms and spouses for friends and family of the Armed Forces.
You must watch the video. This tribute to our soldiers and the mothers who are their lifelines made my heart stop. Be sure to note the irony of the news crawl at the bottom of the video.
Gentlemen: We are Military Moms
The Military Moms have written a letter to President Obama – in protest to his indecisiveness and lack of attention and support of our military brothers, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, wives and husbands. Please read it and send it to President Obama and the members of the House and Senate Armed Forces committees.
Countdown to Judgment Day
The Tea Party Express kicked off its second national tour before thousands of citizens last Sunday in San Diego, exactly one year before the November 2010 elections.
The Tea Party Express crew will host a series of rallies all across the nation coast-to-coast and border-to-border. The effort began Oct. 25 for an eastbound swing through 17 states, building momentum as the bus tour reaches its final destination: a giant rally in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 12.
At each stop the tour will highlight some of the worst offenders in Congress who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses.
From the mouths of babes …
Looking through my Window
Windows users are buzzing about Microsoft’s Windows 7, now available on new PCs, but also available for purchase on a computer you already own. If you’re already running Windows Vista, your computer probably has enough memory and computing power to handle Windows 7, but you’ll probably want to first run a software program called Upgrade Advisor, and, when your PC passes the test, choose the Windows 7’s 32-bit or 64-bit versions. Both come in Home Premium ($120), Professional ($200) or Ultimate ($220).
Teens starting to dig tweets
Their slowness to warm to Twitter comes in part from a fondness for the ease and directness of text messaging and other social-networking services that most of their friends already use. Teens and young adults like to text-message each other and hang out at social-network sites like Facebook. Twitter’s for the oldsters.
Or so they thought.
But increasingly, teens are coming around to the advantages of the microblogging. The median age of Twitter users is 31, but that number is trending younger. Internet tracker comScore Inc. found that 18- to 24-year-olds made up 18 percent of unique visitors to Twitter in September, compared with 11 percent a year earlier.
Journalism students required to take Twitter
Twitter a required college course? You’re kidding, right?
Nope. Griffith University in Australia has made Twitter a required class for journalism students. The Twitter class recognizes the importance of Twitter, especially in situations like this year’s Iranian elections. Students are learning Twitter’s technology as well as how to make their tweet content more purposeful.
A name Americans should know
How much access can a possible agent of influence for state sponsors of terrorism buy from President Barack Obama? For Jodie Evans, a progressive Hollywood activist, the going rate appears to be $30,400 for dinner and a conversation.
Uh oh. Think those Tweets you’ve protected are private? Guess again. Google found a Twitter wormhole.
This little gadget brings online videos to your TV screen. YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, Break.com and Blip.TV included.
Blogging mobility – further convergence
WordPress.com is making it easy for its users to load website content on their Blackberries. WPTouch is a lightweight, fast-loading, feature-rich and highly customized theme application which includes an admin interface to let you customize many aspects of your site’s presentation. Sounds complicated? Not really. WP now gives users a “publicize” feature to automatically send out a tweet whenever they post a new story.
Internet ads – revenue producers?
Internet advertising was just about the only bright spot in the third-quarter reports of two major newspaper publishers, Gannett and McClatchy. Some online news outlets showed positive action on the revenue side of the balance sheet.
You dance, you pay the piper
The free music Internet sites are figuring out how to generate revenue. Google will launch a music service, combining streaming and purchasing capability from Lala.com and MySpace’s iLike. Social-networking site Facebook will also offer music for gifting to other Facebook users, charging a dime a song.
Hulu board member (and News Corp. Deputy Chairman) Chase Carey says Hulu has to start charging for some of its content. The change could come as soon as next year, although the charges might be limited to special or advance programming.
AM 1040 on your Blackberry dial
The Blackberry version of WunderRadio can be downloaded and used for free for 10 days. Then if you want to continue using it, there’s a one-time fee of $9.99. WunderRadio can access Internet stations from around the world, save your presets and provide you with unlimited music, sports, talk. All you need are ear buds, and you’re good to go.
Remember sticking your face in the costume cutout?
Be anything you want to be! Face in a Hole gets you there! Try on a different Halloween costume.
FACEinHOLE.com is a fun site for making birthday cards, playing a prank or just having fun. I played with it and gave myself a Sarah Jessica Parker look, long tresses and all!
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Last week, I told you about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Forty-seven years ago, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief after the superpowers reached an agreement ending the immediate threat of nuclear war. Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to dismantle all Russian missiles based in Cuba and ship them back to the Soviet Union.
The announcement was made in a public message to President John F. Kennedy broadcast on Moscow Radio. In response, President Kennedy said the decision to remove the Cuban missiles was an “important contribution to peace”. He also promised the U.S. would not invade Cuba and would eventually lift the U.S. naval blockade imposed on the island and remove the Jupiter missiles based in Turkey.
And the Cold War continued.
Earning the triple crown of trivia, WorldNetDaily Surfin’ Safari reader R. Dobbyn of Stennis Space Center, Miss., correctly answered last week’s movie trivia question. He was joined by Beverly in Kentucky, and Michael Humphrey, of Newark, Ohio.
All three identified the character Prof. Groeteschele – played by Walter Matthau in the 1964 movie “Fail-Safe” – who spoke the line, “These are Marxist fanatics, not normal people. They do not reason the way you reason, General Black. They’re not motivated by human emotions such as rage and pity. They are calculating machines. They will look at the balance sheet, and they will see they cannot win.”
We’re going to make it a little tougher for you this week. Here’s the line: “I know you don’t. Because you have no sense of responsibility towards anyone or anything. And that is a tragedy in a man, and a disaster in a president.”
Name the actor who spoke it, the character and the movie. Send your answer to me at the email address below.