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  • National Organization for Marriage gets hacked again, Saturday morning. This time strong indicators that it is the work of Anonymous, like linking to this cryptic video. Brian and Maggie certain to blame "radical homosexual activists" in their forthcoming, apoplectic fundraising plea however.
  • Bourgeois, white people problem, or economic injustice? Today, on tax day, contemplate the so-called Defense of Marriage saddles same-sex couples with as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes because the federal government won't recognize marriage equality. State equity, like New York's, provides some relief as GoodAsYou's Jeremy Hooper found out this year. Yay!
  • Minister of the infinite chutzpah: Karl Rove preemptively whines in the Wall Street Journal the Obama campaign will take the low road. Yes. Really. That Karl Rove.
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is the latest GOP Gov. in the crosshairs of recall effort. Piss off teachers at your own peril.
  • Fresh analysis of 36-year-old data leads University of Southern California neuropharmacologist and biologist Joseph Miller to conclude he's "99% certain" Viking 2 found evidence of bacterial life on Mars. Neat.
  • Science to believe in: University of Illinois in Chicago scientists claim beer makes men smarter. Just not if you drink it with George W. Bush.
  • Superhero Cory Booker even exploits his media spotlight for a public education moment. Swoon. Related: WaPo on the power of the meme.
  • Latest target of the Republican intolerance jihad? Kids with student education loans, of course. Well, thanks for that, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC).
  • Knowledge is power: Feminist, activist Faye Anderson's Cost of Freedom app will text to you voter ID requirements for 50 states, down to the county level for the five most restrictive states.
  • Current TV's Eliot Spitzer talks about the White House decision to pass on an executive order of non-discrimination with Tico Almeida of Freedom to Work. Almeida was in the war room with Valerie Jarrett, White House counsel and other senior staff to hear the decision first-hand on Wednesday.
  • RIP: Italian soccer league suspends games this weekend after 25-year old player, midfielder Piermario Morosini dies on field midgame of cardiac arrest.
  • As many as twelve of the President's Secret Service detail may have let their focus stray from the task. Disciplinary action has been taken. Please note: what happens in Cartagena, Columbia does not stay in Cartagena, Columbia.
  • Matt Stoller: "It’s not obvious that Obama’s policy framework is worse than Bush’s, only that the outcome is." Not hurting? CBS's Les Moonves who pulled down a cool $69.9 million in 2011.
  • Reproductive rights, international edition: Many European countries are stingy about who is allowed to avail themselves of fertility treatments. It's causing controversy.
  • Pakistan again demands end to drone strikes. United States says not gonna happen.
  • Slacktivism vindicated? The Atlantic on the potential of the internet to save us all from the existential threat of ALEC.
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  • Jeff Davis, chief executive officer of Tulsa-based U.S. Beef Corp., has a sense of humor about the "Downton Arby's" video that pokes fun at the company's subsidiary and the Emmy-bait PBS series. "It's really funny," he says. He's right. Spot on, chaps.

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  •  Reminder! (16+ / 0-)
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  •  anyone know what Star Trek London is? (2+ / 0-)
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    i'm intrigued

  •  If bacterial life is confirmed on Mars (11+ / 0-)

    than the universe is teeming with bacteria.  The universe is old enough and big enough to have had billions of civilizations rise and fall before Earth even had a chance to form.

    i have come to idea that if there is a god than it must be just an advanced alien with a million year head start on us

  •  Yesterday was an utterly (15+ / 0-)

    perfect Manhattan day.  Walk from Grand Central to Lincoln Center.  Magnificent performance of La Traviata.  I'm in love with Natalie Dessay.  Walk back through Central Park (packed and beautiful) to eat at Mon Petite Cafe and then down Lexington to Grand Central again.

    I truly love NYC.

    Vi er alle norske " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:08:49 PM PDT

  •  Best MDOT EVER! (12+ / 0-)

    Thanks, Scott. Hope you get this gig full-time all the time.

    Am I right, or am I right? - The Singing Detective

    by Clem Yeobright on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:11:32 PM PDT

  •  Bobby who™? (11+ / 0-)

    Ah, well, when you've got a hammer, all Republican governors look like nails.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:11:41 PM PDT

    •  Pehaps better know by his nickname "Gomer"? n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Go. For. It. (9+ / 0-)

      (Diary link)

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

      Bobby Jindal Recall: Teachers Seek to Oust Louisana Governor

      Bonvillain and Romero said that Jindal's policies, which were enacted in recent weeks by legislators, convinced them there is a need to change the state's leadership. The move comes less than a year after Jindal was reelected to a second term by 49 points over a little known Democratic opponent, teacher Tara Hollis.

      The two said the policies pushed by Jindal will be destructive to public schools, moving money toward private schools and relying on test scores to gauge teacher performance. Romero noted that the group also is looking at Jindal's plans for the state's retirement system and his efforts to privatize state prisons to galvanize support.

      "He waited until he was elected for a second term and then unleashed this entire change of the education system. Now he is going after the retirement system," Romero told HuffPost. "This is all very fascist to me."

      Romero suggested that Jindal is not working alone, saying that she believes the American Legislative Exchange Council is behind Jindal's efforts.


      When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

      by msmacgyver on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:17:42 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  No Corporation Ever Called Me "Brother." (8+ / 0-)

    I don't know if anybody ever said that before, but they should've.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:12:07 PM PDT

  •  Fun stuff, (4+ / 0-)
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    now can somebody please explain why Karl Rove isn't in jail?? Gitmo would be the perfect address as his actions were quite treasonable, no? (silly me, this is America. What am I thinking...)

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:12:47 PM PDT

  •  Okay, now I'm craving (7+ / 0-)

    Arby's potato cakes. (At least we've still got one in town.)

    •  Reuben and onion rings. ;) n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      Dem Beans, Aunt Pat

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:42:28 PM PDT

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    •  Too greasy for me. (1+ / 0-)
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      But Arby's pulled ads from Limbaugh's show and the thoroughly unpleasant Michele Malkin told her minions to boycott Arby's.

      So I drive through and get a roast beef sandwich -- hold the bun-- for the woozles every so often.

      They are the most dedicated furry liberals you could every hope to meet.

      ;)

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:10:31 PM PDT

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      •  I love their Jamocha shakes. (0+ / 0-)

        The only fast food chain that serves coffee-chocolate shakes! Yummy.

        Not that I can find an Arby's in New York City, alas. They opened one just blocks from my house last year. It closed three months later. Should have eaten there more I guess. I think I only did once. :-/

        "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

        by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:24:46 PM PDT

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        •  Does DQ serve shakes like that? (0+ / 0-)

          I think they do, based on their commercials....

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:29:44 PM PDT

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          •  Maybe. (1+ / 0-)
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            They are even rarer than Arby's in the city. Haven't been to a DQ in YEARS.

            "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

            by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:35:04 PM PDT

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            •  NYC has too much good food, (1+ / 0-)
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              and much of it quite affordable. It doesn't need fast food outlets.  It's a lot like San Fran or Seattle (where I've lived) that way, as well as many of the big cities I've traveled to. When you can run into a good deli  or pizza place, Chinese, gyro, Mexican, Thai or teriyaki and pretty much ALL of it is yummy and affordable (especially for what you get), why bother with McD's or its brethren?

              I think that's why suburbs tend to be so sad. They're less integrated in many areas, or tragic food deserts. So there's less selection. So fast food and chain restaurants only seem like they're offering decent food.  We tend to live in suburbs, and we almost never eat there.

              Of course, there are some culinary jewels in the suburbs. And when there are, it seems the lines almost always extend always out the door and down the street...

              © grover


              So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

              by grover on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 05:20:21 PM PDT

              [ Parent ]

        •  If you've got a Baskin-Robbins nearby (0+ / 0-)

          you could get a Jamocha shake there; I usually try to hit them during football season for the Quarterback Crunch ice cream. :-)

          •  We have Mickey D's, Wendy's & BK grill (0+ / 0-)

            and KFC & Popeyes for chain fast food in NYC, and very little else.

            Fortunately there's also very little need for fast food here.

            I do hanker for Taco Hell sometimes though.

            "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

            by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:25:06 PM PDT

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      •  Our local Arby's does a really good (0+ / 0-)

        job of draining the potato cakes -- not greasy at all. They discontinued my favorite item though, the Chicken Walnut sandwich/wrap; diced cooked chicken mixed with halved grapes, diced apple, celery and walnuts, mixed with just enough mayonnaise to hold it all together. Served on either wheat bread or wrapped in a flour tortilla, it was absolutely delicious. (Think I might try to recreate it sometime; stocked up on chicken breasts on sale at the store so I'd just have to broil a couple of extra, then add grapes and walnuts to the shopping list; could make a half mayo, half plain fat-free yogurt dressing to lighten it up just a bit.)

  •  Thanks for the Downton Arby's link! (7+ / 0-)

    Loved it!

  •  I'm gagging here. (10+ / 0-)
    Matt Stoller: "It’s not obvious that Obama’s policy framework is worse than Bush’s, only that the outcome is." Not hurting? CBS's Les Moonves who pulled down a cool $69.9 million in 2011.
    Given that Bush had everything he wanted (apart from social security privitization) rubberstamped during his time in office, and Obama has had pretty much everything blocked or, for those few things he got through Congress weakened to the point that it was 'meh, sausage', how could you ever honestly compare the outcomes?  Let's not even get into the fact that Bush was handed a functional country and a functional economy by Clinton, and Obama was handed a wrecked country and destroyed economy by Bush.

    Seriously, Stoller... sheesh.  The outcomes?  Bush drove the country into the ground, leaving it in far worse shape than when he started.  Despite rabid opposition from Congressional Republicans, Obama has at least managed to stop the bleeding and head us weakly back in the right direction in any policy in which he didn't simply continue Bushian policy.

  •  I just watched Meet The Press, (11+ / 0-)

    with its "balance the truth with the crazy" host David Gregory.  He had on Michele Bachmann and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

    As usual, David Gregory allowed Michele to interrupt repeatedly while Gillibrand was speaking and he gave the majroity of the segment's time to Crazy Teabagger Michele.  It was absolutely exasperating.

    I see a pattern here.  Gregory uses kids gloves when dealing with Republican guests, and he tilts the arguments against the Democrats, and he allows the Republican guests to lie through their teeth without challenge.

    Last December, David Gregory treated Michele Bachmann the exact same way.  Perhaps David Gregory is as corrupted by corporate and Republican influences as his MC Rove dance would have suggested.  Just deplorable.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:21:54 PM PDT

    •  Glad I don't have a TV. (3+ / 0-)
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      It would probably be broken. I have actually been very surprised and impressed by Kirsten. Especially her campaign to get more women Off the Sidelines and get politically involved.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53:48 PM PDT

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    •  Re: I just watched Meet The Press, (3+ / 0-)
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      I see a pattern here.  Gregory uses kids gloves when dealing with Republican guests, and he tilts the arguments against the Democrats, and he allows the Republican guests to lie through their teeth without challenge.
      I'm not sure why people expect anything else from broadcast news. It hasn't been that long ago that broadcast news was part of a public broadcasters responsibility in order to get the huge freebies from the Tax Payers.

      It wasn't long before the MBAs found Broadcast News could be wildly profitable as long as the Talent, otherwise known as "news personalities", were attractive to the various audiences and the message was light and fluffy like a Douche Muffin.

      These people must also be paid as entertainers, not journalists, because entertainers make the Nielson ratings box go wild, which means ad rates skyrocketed.

      That was why KO could earn 7M a year on MSNBC and 10M a year from Current with a fraction of the Today show's audience. Raise your mouse if you think the Today show is hard news ( or  anything that is labeled that way). It's not which is why you're friendly neighborhood host , Matt  Lauer  just signed a 25M contract, which was a raise from the 17M he was getting before. Ann Curry is apparently not as strong as her predecessors (too newsy) so Lauer leveraged a ratings war into the equivalent of the 160 years of wages that a 50K working person gets.

      All of this is to simply illustrate an important point. The entertainers in broadcast "news" are rock ribbed conservatives when it comes to matters of taxes, National Defense ( All those wars to cover) and related issues.

      The GOP is in large part, a huge money tap for them. The last thing , even a second string, news personality wants to hear is about taxes on millionaires. The conclusion can only be that Democrats that don't agree with their positions are invited on more frequently to make them look like dunces in order to keep the all important status quo.

      Good God, they were all so relieved when Andy Rooney died. He was a former reporter who had said publicly on 60 minutes "Don't hire Katie Couric for 15 Million CBS, We can get 250 real reporters for that kind of money. Please?".

      I pulled the plug on the tube 6 years ago. Anyone who still watches the nightly or daily news entertainment programs, in ignorant bliss, deserves to see their BP get elevated.

    •  Gregory's GOPer is showing. Obviously he's not (2+ / 0-)
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      divineorder, sunbro

      ...enough of a real journalist to even try to make an attempt to appear to be objective or non-biased.  

  •  Considering that the "marriage penalty" (0+ / 0-)

    can work both ways, this is a tad disingenous . . . .

    Today, on tax day, contemplate the so-called Defense of Marriage saddles same-sex couples with as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes because the federal government
    Just saying, to be completely objective one really has to point out the situations when this saves the tax payer considerable $$s . . .
    •  Could you elaborate on (1+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat
      the situations when this saves the tax payer considerable $$s . . .
      I'm sort of fried from all the weather stuff last night.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:47:59 PM PDT

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      •  Here's a situation where being married (0+ / 0-)

        costs a couple something like $4,919 a year in additional taxes

        That's a more than $11K swing from the example given (that went the other way, i.e., against being single) in the diarist's link . . .

        Just saying, if how much tax one pays is the determining factor in whether you wish to get married or not, the devil really is in the details . . . .  check it out carefully before you jump off the plank!

        •  But at least that straight couple had the choice (2+ / 0-)
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          whether to marry, based on their personal economic circumstances.

          •  Sure, but once married, the couple no longer (0+ / 0-)

            has the choice whether to pay the married tax rate or the rate for singles. . ..   methinks the same constraints will apply to gay married couples over the next several years when gay marriage is universally accepted.

            •  They can file separately, no clue as to (0+ / 0-)

              the financial advantages of that. Nor do I understand why they would want to file as singles and pay more in taxes. Oh, well, maybe some really dedicated liberals. ;)

              "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

              by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:38:38 PM PDT

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              •  No, married couples cannot file as singles (0+ / 0-)

                unless they do so fraudulently . . . .

                •  They can legally separate. (0+ / 0-)

                  I met two tax CPAs that did so years ago: legally separated, living

                  And they're working with a tax attorney, who I presume is advising them.  Can the IRS prove it's  because of financial considerations vs on and of commitment issues? Nope. Would it wade into an ugly swamp like that? It hasn't thus far.  

                  The financial benefits of being married easily outweigh the befits of not being married. The marriage penalty is a tiny part of that equation.

                  © grover


                  So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

                  by grover on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:20:12 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  I suppose that is possible (0+ / 0-)

                    but the federal government in some cases takes a hard line on these things.

                    For example there are examples of FDA employees having to get divorced because their spouse held stock in pharma or biotech companies that would have constituted an acceptable conflict of interest . . .  

            •  I don't think that's true. (1+ / 0-)
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              My (opposite) married girlfriend just filed her first married return. She told me just this morning they ran the numbers both ways and determined they'd pay less taxes if she and the hubby filing jointly, so that's how they went.

              Not sure if she was speaking state or federal, rules may vary.

              "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

              by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:46:11 PM PDT

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              •  If she's married, she is legally obligated (0+ / 0-)

                to file under married status.

                If not, why would * anybody * who is married and would have to pay extra do so?

                Not sure if this subthread has gone into a rigorous advocacy of tax fraud, or what.   Not that I wouldn't have done it myself if I weren't just a little bit afraid of the IRS . . .

              •  Sorry, I was conflating the single status (0+ / 0-)

                (which seems apropos for this diary) with the married filing separately status which you refered to (and has no relevance here).

                Bottom line is that the married filing separately status is really bad so no one ever does that (as your girlfriend found out).  Just wondering, did she and her hubby  happen to run the numbers comparing what would have happened if they were still single?

            •  Once married they still have the choice to file as (0+ / 0-)

              "married filing separately", a choice no married gay couple in the US has on their federal taxes.

              •  Sure, but that's an even worse (0+ / 0-)

                than the "single" or "married" options:

                The married filing separately (MFS) filing status is generally perceived as the least beneficial of all the filing statuses
                more information here

                But yes, if they'd want to do that to themselves, they should be allowed to . . .  

                but this actually amplifies my original point that when gays will be allowed to be married and this status if fully recognized by the IRS (which is inevitable) a proportion of them will be worse off then than is they can only file as singles.

                Not sure why that simple fact is so vociferously being disputed on this "reality based" site. . . .

        •  Seems to me they are both addressing the same (1+ / 0-)
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          issue. LG couples cannot take the marriage tax credits heterosexual couples can. The article Scott links to cites

          Same-sex spouses paying as much as $6,000 a year in extra taxes
          The one you link to shows an example of a couple with two children that cannot file jointly because they are not able to marry legally. The amount of extra taxes they would pay is $4919. So I think you are misinterpreting that the first one "went the other way".  It's 6000 - 4919, not 6000 + 4919. The one is a high, the other calculated on an about average income level.

          This is the problem we have been fighting for years. Some heterosexual couples get married because of what really is a singles tax. They can do that.

          All the LG couples who want to marry for the many reasons most of us did (not all financial), have to pay the extra tax as part of the many penalties not being legally married imposes. $5000 a year is no small chunk of change.

          Inheritance taxes are an even bigger issue.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:35:11 PM PDT

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          •  Oh, now I get it. (1+ / 0-)
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            The tax example you cited was a heterosexual couple.

            I think this is the reason for the difference.

            because itemized deductions phase out with income for high-income taxpayers.
            The couple in this example had a combined income of $200,000. I see this as being more about progressive tax rates than being married.

            I must have looked at two of the examples right after another. The other one was a couple with a combined income of $100,000, with an alternative of a single income of $100,000 with the stay at home partner being an eligible dependent. The hazards of trying to read fast.

            "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

            by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:50:45 PM PDT

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            •  Which, btw, means you are correct in this (0+ / 0-)
              methinks the same constraints will apply to gay married couples over the next several years when gay marriage is universally accepted.
              Hey, if I was married, and had a joint income of $200 K, an extra 5 K in taxes would seem pretty darn fair.  (My numbers on that political/economic graph are -7, -5.4)

              "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

              by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:58:45 PM PDT

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            •  The link was clearly for married people (0+ / 0-)

              the bottom line is that sure - gays should have all the travails of straights when being afflicted by arcane IRS regulations.

              But still, it cuts both ways depending on individual circumstances!

              And no, if you are married, you can't decide to file as a single if that status happens to benefit you in any particular year . . .

              •  Sorry about flipping between (0+ / 0-)

                different web pages too fast.

                 I am sure the IRS code needs adjusting in some areas and I don't know it all that well. It's been 18 years since I filed joint returns. When we separated, the separate filing was to my benefit because I could claim head of household.

                Meanwhile, I still think the underlying restriction on filing as a single to save money, is that the combined income puts the couple in a higher tax bracket, and that will apply the same to gays eventually. Like many regulations and rules, in attempting to do something appropriate for the majority, there can be unintended and unfair consequences for a minority.

                 

                "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

                by Ginny in CO on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:23:50 PM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  Adjusting the IRS code in this matter if futile (0+ / 0-)

                  because as Wikipedia tells us:

                  The marriage penalty in the United States refers to the higher taxes required from some married couples, where spouses are making approximately the same taxable income, filing one tax return ("married filing jointly") than for the same two people filing two separate tax returns if they were unmarried (i.e., filing as "single", not "married filing separately"). The percentage of couples affected has varied over the years, depending on shifts in tax rates.

                  The source of this increase in taxes has its roots in the progressive tax-rate structure in income-tax laws – that is, the earner of a higher income pays a higher rate of tax on the last dollar of income (the combination of the two incomes = higher tax bracket). It is mathematically impossible for an income tax system to have all three of these features simultaneously: joint filing for married couples; marginal tax rates that increase with income; and independence of a couple's tax bill from their marital status

                  Bottom line is that if something is mathematically impossible, I suspect that not even the IRS can solve the problem by tweaking their code . . .
    •  I think it's disengenous (1+ / 0-)
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      JesseCW

      to compare one group who can exercise the autonomy of making choices about their financial situation...

      ...with a group that enjoys no such autonomy of choice.

      "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

      by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:17:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Tim Hetherington: Inner Lives Of Soldiers (2+ / 0-)
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    Late Photographer Saw The Inner Lives Of Soldiers
    15 April 2012 - Just a few months before his death, Hetherington was nominated for an Oscar for Restrepo, the Afghan War documentary he co-directed with journalist Sebastian Junger.

    Hetherington started shooting the film in 2007, while embedded with members of the 2nd Platoon Battle Company of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade. The unit was posted in the Korengal Valley, one of the most remote and volatile parts of Afghanistan.

    Sleeping Soldiers_single screen (2009) from Tim Hetherington on Vimeo.

    Some of the photographs Hetherington took over the many months he spent living with American soldiers in the Korengal are currently on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

    Besides the still photographs, there's also a video installation Hetherington put together, which he called 'Sleeping Soldiers'. In it, scenes of combat flash next to still images of soldiers sleeping, grenade blasts and the voices of soldiers create a surreal, dream-like soundtrack. read more and listen to NPR report>>>

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:30:10 PM PDT

  •  I just watched "Meet the Piss" with monkey face (2+ / 0-)
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    Dem Beans, Aunt Pat

    David Gregory.  What a disgusting whore Mr. Gregory is!  He was Bush's toady whilst at the White house press corps and this morning he showed his true colors letting Bat-Shit crazy Michelle Bachman rudely interrupt him as well as the Democratic Party representative as she made her rote memorized talking points like a robot.  

    I have not watched Meet The Piss for some time and had forgotten what a ass kissing creep David Gregory can be.  Not again.  Who sponsors this asshole anyway?

  •  About that "Beer w/ Dubya" thing: (1+ / 0-)
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    Science to believe in: University of Illinois in Chicago scientists claim beer makes men smarter. Just not if you drink it with George W. Bush.
    Might this suggest that all those guys tantrum-tossing wussies drinking beer with Bush their wussie-in-chief ought, as Mr. Shakespeare once quipped, "hold their manhoods cheap?"

    I count even the single grain of sand to be a higher life-form than the likes of Sarah Palin and her odious ilk.

    by Liberal Panzer on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:42:02 PM PDT

  •  Do you Love New Diarists & diaries on Africa? :-) (3+ / 0-)
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    Then I have got the diary for you.  First-time diarist mali muso pens an exquisite first diary:

    Trouble in Timbuktu - my memories of Mali

    Please check it out - thank you!

    --BL

  •  What Matt Stoller says? (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Aunt Pat

    I pledge not to listen to a word of anyone who pledges to be a loser. So Matt Stoller goes in ye olde bitbucket.

  •  Virginia Foxx is an IDIOT (7+ / 0-)
    She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in 1968 and later earned both a Master of Arts in college teaching (1972) and Ed.D (1985) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/...
    In 1960, the cost of a semester at the University of Michigan was $150. The minimum wage in 1960 was $1.00 per hour which is over $5.00 per hour today if you adjust for inflation. If Foxx just worked around 20 hours a week, she could easily pay for an entire year of school in a semester.
    http://www.addictinginfo.org/...

    Now, out of state tuition at Chapel Hill is $20,988.  You aren't going to be paying for that by working 20 hrs a week at minimum wage.  Republicans cannot see anything outside of their own experience.  They are worthless.

    "Mediocrity cannot know excellence." -- Sherlock Holmes

    by La Gitane on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 12:55:00 PM PDT

  •  Karl Rove, evil Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man (6+ / 0-)

    He's using the Rove/Bush/Cheney formula of pre-emptive striking; 'We have to invade Country X because they might be a threat some day!'.

    Romney 2012 - Let them eat cake!

    by Fordmandalay on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:05:34 PM PDT

  •  My theory regarding the Secret Service (0+ / 0-)

    ..hoopla in Cartagena is that is wasn't hookers at all; but cocaine smuggling.

    And the CIA got miffed because that's their turf.
    /

    The only "left" the Democrats have given us is the last couple of decades is a Southpaw President

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 01:18:36 PM PDT

    •  "Well, Greg, there are two main theories today (2+ / 0-)

      about this incident.  Quite possibly it was nothing more than a group of Secret Service agents exercises their ordinary manly impulses, in accordance with the Colombian free-market system.   However, others suggest -- and I'm just reporting what I hear -- there are those who suggest that given what we know about this Administration, the whole incident may have had elements of muslim socialist sexuality, and may also been part of the Gay Agenda..."

  •  Hillary partying in Columbia LOL (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Life on Mars? (1+ / 0-)
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    I went to Keck School of Medicine for two years and had pharmacology lectures from Joe Miller. Even before reading the article (which notes that the analysis being used is far from conclusive), I could have told you that Miller's nuts. He also thinks statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) should be added to tap water across America.

    •  Not every link included implies an endorsement (1+ / 0-)
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      Of the viewpoint, or the of the credibility of the information presented.

      On science stories I think it's always easy to find dueling experts. This one had ostensibly credible outlets (National Geographic, others) relaying it.

      But of course, until we return to Mars, we're highly unlikely to have a definitive answer.

      "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

      by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 02:33:30 PM PDT

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  •  DOMA tax victims (0+ / 0-)

    in today's Des Moines Register article.

  •  I realize that it is politically correct this week (1+ / 0-)
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    to praise our stay-at-home moms, and that our President and Vice President are supportive of Ann Romney's "career" choice, and that their wives (a lawyer and a doctor) have nothing but respect for poor (well maybe not poor) wronged Ann, but…

    …the underlying realities, the solid take-aways, she has provided to voters, in my opinion, are that:

    Takeaway #1
    Motherhood is not a career; it may be an occupation, but what mother needs a definition for what she does naturally without fanfare.

    Motherhood was not Ann's major [French was] at BYU and Harvard. She was not hired to perform motherhood, and she doesn't file her tax returns stating it as her occupation.  

    Many women have careers, many do not, (which Ann is not acknowledging), and most career moms are not offered any available "choice" to stay home.

    Takeaway #2
    Ann does not deal in the realities that the vast majority of American women must face constantly, nor has she borne the sting of disappointment when all the resources she could offer her kids just didn't go around far enough this time, and that something had to go, be it the food, the medicine, or the schooling (not to mention travel, fashion, or entertainment). That is what is hard work, Ann.

    Takeaway #3
    It will be just swell to see the Republican Party rally around Ann's statement that we must respect choices women make. This is the largest Ooops moment yet for Romney, the one that will recur whenever Ann takes the microphone to educate the masses on women's economy. No matter how the Republicans frame it today, they own it—their woman expert said it. Ann can clarify her position til she's blue in the blood but real action is the answer. Let's hear her truly speak about protecting women's income, health, and choice. Let's hear her opinion on Ledbetter, and Buffet, and Ryan. Let's see her put herself in an average American woman's shoes in America in 2012.

    Can the distinction really be so lost on Mrs Romney? If she is talking to a dumbed down base, she may get away with this cry for pity, but who else is buying it? Ann is by no means wronged. (Her nannies and housekeepers are showing up on the media and not helping Ann's case.) If we saw the Romney tax returns we would see the enormous outlay for domestic help that Ann required throughout her career as mother.

    The more America sleeps on this, the clearer the message will become that Ann is not a victim and it IS time to respect all women's choices, especially those women who have taken on careers in order to raise their families.

    [My mom was raised on a farm. She earned her law degree in 1947. She served a brilliant career over five decades. Did I mention that she raised six children and paid for six college educations (seven including her own) all by herself? She never employed any domestic help of any kind. I am not bringing this up to brag to a bunch of strangers, but I want you to know that she never pleaded with the world to believe that it was hard work. She thought it was all part of being our mother.]

    I believe that Ann Romney impresses herself more than she will impress moms who are never offered the choices Ann enjoys every day.

    In this politically-engineered day and time, pundits determine that one side or the other may have "planted" an issue as an incendiary device to explode in the other side's camp. This weekend, I heard that both sides were clever enough to have created this mess. But, personally, I don't see any win for Republicans here: I doubt that non-working moms is a voting block that Rove and the Kochs and ALEC want to find themselves fighting for at this juncture.

    Good job, Mrs Romney, thanks for the lesson in toughing it out. Keep up the good work.

    Voting Republican is a luxury that very few Americans can afford.

    by Says Who on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:07:05 PM PDT

    •  all great points, hi-ever...i for one would like (1+ / 0-)
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      to keep the focus on mittens, and stay away from too hot to touch annie...
      it was mittens who said he would ask his wife for answers about women's issues.
      and that is what's important to remember.
      she is not an expert.
      she is his wife.  and the mother of his children.
      that is all.
      we have to get the focus back on him and his HORRIBLE judgment, horrible ideas, horrible pandering.

      "Without Art, we are but monkeys with car keys"

      by stagemom on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:58:47 PM PDT

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  •  to pass ON an (0+ / 0-)

    Wow - I was hoping to listen to an executive order that was passed (I know, they are signed not passed but anyway) and then found out that it wasn't signed.  Came back here and saw that the president elected to pass ON an executive order.  Bummer dude.

    Democrats *do* have a plan for Social Security - it's called Social Security. -- Ed Schultz

    by FredFred on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:34:38 PM PDT

  •  Danger Will Robinson! Willard warm and fuzzy ads (0+ / 0-)

    are up. Just saw one: "Mittens (I mean Mitt) Romney saved my daughter's life.", with romantic music playing and glow around the guy speaking. Get ready for 6+ months of these ads (which I think will become, like anything Willard does, overplayed).

  •  Thank you for corroborating the fact that beer (1+ / 0-)
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    makes me smarter. I have always thought that was true.

    I'd rather have a buntle afrota-me than a frottle a bunta-me.

    by David54 on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 03:49:14 PM PDT

  •  Colombia, not Columbia, is a country (3+ / 0-)
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    someone needs to drink more beer!

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson

    by Karl Rover on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 04:48:30 PM PDT

    •  It isn't me that needs the beer, oddly (1+ / 0-)
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      I distinctly remember copy and pasting that from a news source because I had no idea how to spell the preceding city name.

      Of course, it escaped by proof reading eyes, and spell check, both of which are easy to do.

      "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

      by Scott Wooledge on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 05:10:03 PM PDT

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  •  amazing sign on my FB page (0+ / 0-)

    smiling faces, big poster, "Republicans for Obama", no really!!!!

  •  Re: Beer drinking (0+ / 0-)
    "Science to believe in: University of Illinois in Chicago scientists claim beer makes men smarter."

    Yeah ... but only if you drink that beer at Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap (which we all knew as just "Jimmy's"). Drinking your beer anywhere else doesn't provide the same effect.

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