February 13, 2016

BREAKING: SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia dead at 79 [Darleen Click]

Prayers for his family and for America

EL PASO — An El Paso source close to Justice Antonin Scalia tells ABC-7 that the 79-year-old died in his sleep last night after a day of quail hunting at Cibolo Creek Ranch outside of Marfa, Texas.

The Justice did not report feeling ill and retired to his room after dinner. The source, who was traveling with Scalia, told ABC-7 an El Paso priest has been called to Marfa.

Scalia was the longest-serving current Justice on the Supreme Court. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1986.

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February 13, 2016

Follow-up on Trump’s raising money for Vets: Weeks later, Veteran’s groups haven’t received a thing [Darleen Click]

Remember, all donations went to Trump’s own foundation … should we be surprised to learn that after all the hoopla has died down, the money has stayed with Trump?

A Trump website set up a day before the rally to receive donations said as of Thursday nearly $1.7 million was raised online, which Mr. Trump said reached $6 million in total with other donations, but the campaign didn’t disclose how much was raised that night. The day after the event, his campaign promised to quickly send the cash to nearly two dozen groups and soon presented a handful of them oversize novelty checks for $100,000 from his foundation.

But those big checks can’t be cashed, and two weeks later some of the groups are just now beginning to get paid. […]

While one nonprofit said it received a check immediately after the event, most of the groups said they hadn’t heard from the Trump foundation about payment for weeks, which a philanthropy expert described as uncommon.

Some of the groups this week received checks, at least one of which appeared to have been sent after questions to the Trump campaign from The Wall Street Journal about the pending payments.

In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Trump said “a lot of the money was sent” already and criticisms are unfounded because he had no obligation to raise the funds. “Out of the goodness of my heart, I raised millions of dollars for the vets,” he said.

Um, until those dollars are passed on, they are Trump’s and his alone. A nice pool of liquid funds.

The Donald seems to have a lot in common with his dear friend.

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February 13, 2016

Another tragic case of defective Irony-gene syndrome [Darleen Click]

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February 12, 2016

“It feels good to be a Clinton” [Darleen Click]

Epic …

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February 12, 2016

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The inspiration:

100wordLove

A story:

“Francesca!”

So handsome! He smiles, touching my cheek, familiar and thrilling. Husband, father of my children, I still blush like a young bride, never the plain “Fran” to him.

You were just in the next room, darling, but how I have missed you!

Gently, he pulls me up. There’s a moment of vertigo, but he wraps my arm around his, steadying me, stepping me toward the door.

One brief moment, I glance behind and see an old woman, the shell that once held me.

I smile up at him as light spills from the door, eager for the next chapter.

******************************

Now, your turn.

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February 10, 2016

Just in time: Progressive College Valentines [Darleen Click]

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February 10, 2016

I’ll just leave this here … [Darleen Click]

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February 9, 2016

SCOTUS says “No” to Obama’s power grab over energy [Darleen Click]

The four Leftist justices were not pleased:

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday abruptly halted President Obama’s controversial new power plant regulations, dealing a blow to the administration’s sweeping plan to address global warming.

In a 5-4 decision, the court halted enforcement of the plan until after legal challenges are resolved.

The surprising move is a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.”

By temporarily freezing the rule the high court’s order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold.

The court’s four liberal justices said they would have denied the request.

The plan aims to stave off the worst predicted impacts of climate change by reducing carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by about one-third by 2030. […]

The compliance period starts in 2022, but states must submit their plans to the Environmental Protection Administration by September or seek an extension.

Many states opposing the plan depend on economic activity tied to such fossil fuels as coal, oil and gas. They argued that power plants will have to spend billions of dollars to begin complying with a rule that may end up being overturned.

Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia, whose coal-dependent state is helping lead the legal fight, hailed the court’s decision.

“We are thrilled that the Supreme Court realized the rule’s immediate impact and froze its implementation, protecting workers and saving countless dollars as our fight against its legality continues,” Morrisey said.

Implementation of the rules is considered essential to the United States meeting emissions-reduction targets in a global climate agreement signed in Paris last month.

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February 7, 2016

Well, since I don’t vote with my vagina, I guess I’m going to hell … [Darleen Click]

Madeline Albright sez so …

Former Secretary of State [Madeleine] Albright on Saturday said there was a “special place in hell” for women who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in Tuesday’s primary.

Albright, who served as secretary of state under former President Bill Clinton, came here to make the pitch for fellow former Secretary of State Clinton.

During her remarks, Albright made it clear to women in attendance in the Granite State’s capital city — especially those backing Bernie Sanders — that they need to help out Clinton because they have a duty to do so. The former secretary repeated her often-used line that there is “a special place in hell” for women who don’t help out other women.

Meanwhile, who but Gloria Steinem, maybe a bit desperate to be relevant, claims young girls are only backing Sanders because that’s where the boys are:

Feminist icon — and Hillary Clinton supporter — Gloria Steinem says young women are supporting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders because “the boys are with Bernie.”

Steinem made the comment Friday night in response to a question from comedian and “Real Time” host Bill Maher when asked why the former secretary of state isn’t doing better with young women. […]

“They’re going to get more activist as they get older,” Steinem said. “And when you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys?’ The boys are with Bernie.”

How, 1950s of Gloria!

#WaronWomen, indeed.

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February 7, 2016

California says “Welcome Super Bowl! Welcome NFL players! Please hand over your earnings prior to leaving” [Darleen Click]

California takes the approach to state income taxes the way the Feds tax businesses. If you do any business in California, earn any income in this state, you will be taxed based on your entire yearly earnings.

Remember when Peyton Manning paid New Jersey nearly $47,000 in taxes two years ago on his Super Bowl earnings of $46,000? Manning has nothing on the state taxes facing Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, Calif. Newton is looking at a tax bill more than twice as much, which will swallow up his entire Super Bowl paycheck, win or lose, thanks to California’s tops-in-the-nation tax rate of 13.3%.

Before we get into the numbers, let’s do a quick review of the jock tax rules applied to professional athletes (similar tax rules apply to anyone doing business across state lines, but they are rarely enforced). States tax a player based on their calendar-year income. They apply a duty day calculation which takes the ratio of duty days within the state over total duty days for the year. That ratio is then multiplied by the player’s salary to arrive at a state’s allocable income. […]

Skip ahead two years and now Manning is back in the Super Bowl against the highly-talented and highly-compensated Cam Newton, who signed a five-year, $103.8 million contract extension in June. Newton has already earned $58,800 so far this year for week 17 of the 2015 season and $71,000 in playoff bonuses. Newton is due a $10 million signing bonus and $13 million in base salary for the 2016 season, which he will receive the full amount during the regular season. Luckily, week 17 next season will occur on New Year’s Day 2017, thus shielding about $765,000 from California’s grasp.

If the Panthers win the Super Bowl, Newton will earn another $102,000 in playoff bonuses, but if they lose he will only net another $51,000. The Panthers will have about 206 total duty days during 2016, including the playoffs, preseason, regular season and organized team activities (OTAs), which Newton must attend or lose $500,000. Seven of those duty days will be in California for the Super Bowl and another four will be in the Golden State for road games against St. Louis Los Angeles and Oakland next season. […]

Newton will pay California 99.6% of his Super Bowl earnings if the Panthers win. Losing means his effective tax rate will be a whopping 198.8%. Oh yeah, he will also pay the IRS 40.5% on his earnings.

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