The new trick the IRS has been doing is attacking small mom and pop businesses on a ROUTINE basis. The number of reports coming in from around the country are outrageous where small businesses deposit daily receipts under $10,000 kicks off their rule about what is known as “structuring” – depositing money under $10,000 or withdrawing that cash to avoid reporting by banks to the IRS.
If you deposit $10,000 or more, the bank must report the transaction to the Internal Revenue Service, and you’ll need to explain where you got the money. Don’t even think about dividing the cash into smaller amounts to stay below this limit, because the IRS can investigate you for structuring, which is an attempt to prevent the bank from reporting your deposit. Structuring is illegal. Even if you earned the money through legal channels and paid the necessary taxes, the IRS can charge you with criminal activity and take your money.
North Carolina Judge Resigns So He Won’t Have To Conduct Gay Marriages, Thinks Other Magistrates Will Do The Same
A North Carolina county judge resigned on Monday because he did not want to violate his Christian faith and perform same-sex marriages, which are now permitted under the state’s law.
With the news that North Carolina’s same-sex marriage ban was struck down by a federal judge on Oct. 10, Judge Gilbert Breedlove, a 57-year-old magistrate in Swain County and also an ordained minister, could not, in good faith, be forced to conduct same-sex courthouse weddings when his Christian belief tells him that a marriage is only between a man and a woman.
Appearing at a Boston rally for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley on Friday, Hillary Clinton told the crowd gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel not to listen to anybody who says that “businesses create jobs.”
“Don’t let anybody tell you it’s corporations and businesses create jobs,” Clinton said.
“You know that old theory, ‘trickle-down economics,’” she continued. “That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”
Planned Parenthood ‘working hand-in-hand with China’s Communist Party’ on forced abortion: Human rights activist | News | LifeSite
Speaking at the Heritage Foundation next to acclaimed Chinese human rights leader Chen Guangcheng, Women’s Rights Without Frontiers president Reggie Littlejohn said, “The West is, in some sense, complicit in” the one-child policy in China, which includes the forced abortions of girls.
According to Littlejohn, U.S. and other nations in the West are tied to the policy “through the financing of UNFPA [the United Nations Population Fund] and International Planned Parenthood, both of whom are working hand-in-hand with China’s Communist Party in the implementation of this policy since its beginning.”
The single-sentence measure would be the nation’s first to amend a state constitution and require the “inalienable right to life” at “any stage of development.” Supporters say it’s meant to protect the state’s current abortion laws from judicial activism. Those opposed believe the intent is to outlaw abortion altogether and say the vague wording could affect birth control, end-of-life care plans and in vitro fertilization.
The Republican-led Legislature passed some of the nation’s strictest abortion laws last year, including one that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. A Bismarck-based federal judge blocked the law from taking affect and the state has appealed.
Along with the spate of anti-abortion legislation, North Dakota lawmakers also passed a resolution that allows voters to decide on Nov. 4 whether the measure’s life-begins-at-conception wording belongs in the state constitution.
State Sen. Margaret Sitte, a Republican who is ardently anti-abortion, sponsored the resolution, saying at its introduction that it was meant to be a challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion up until a fetus is considered viable. The Bismarck resident now says the resolution’s intent is simply to “protect laws the Legislature has put in place.”
October 24, 2014 5:21PM Government Gold-Plating By Steve H. Hanke Share Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his annual Wastebook
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his annual Wastebook this past week. It contains a laundry list of doozies. The U.S. government’s gold-plating operations included $190,000 to study compost digested by worms, $297 million for the purchase of an unused mega blimp, and $1 million on a Virginia bus stop where only 15 people can huddle under a half-baked roof. These questionable (read: absurd) expenditures only represent the tip of the iceberg.
The FBI created a fake AP article and site to get a bomb-threat suspect to click a link and download malware onto his computer.
The FBI in Seattle has acknowledged it created a fake Associated Press news article to lure a suspect in a series of high-school bomb threats in 2007 into downloading secret software onto his computer, but says it did not use a bogus Seattle Times Web link to do it.
Special Agent in Charge Frank Montoya Jr. said Tuesday that “at no time … did we reference The Seattle Times or provide any connection” to the newspaper when agents acted under the authorization of a federal search warrant.
ISIS apparently got its hands on Chinese-made surface-to-air missiles that were intended for non-psychotic Syrian rebel groups.
No one could ever see that one coming…
An advanced surface-to-air missile thought to have been supplied to Syrian rebels by Qatar against American wishes has been filmed in the hands of ISIS jihadists.
A militant was shown firing a Chinese-made FN6 shoulder-mounted missile, with a later image suggesting it had brought down an Iraqi army helicopter. The attack was said to have happened during the battle for Baiji, a town that houses Iraq’s biggest oil refinery.
The FN6, a modern weapon that is still being made, is more powerful than the older, Russian-made missiles previously seen in the hands of rebels and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Any U.S. troops lucky enough to be sent to West Africa to help with Ebola relief efforts definitely face a 21-day quarantine upon returning.
Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines — longer than required for many civilian health care workers.
In Maine, meanwhile, a civilian nurse was vigorously resisting the quarantine she was told to undergo. Kaci Hickox, who had treated Ebola patients in West Africa, said she planned to stop quarantining herself in her home, signaling a potential showdown on Thursday with state police monitoring her movements and Maine officials preparing to legally enforce the order.
Maine state police are keeping nurse Kaci Hickox confined to her home as part of an escalating national battle over quarantining people who may have been exposed to Ebola.
Maine state police were stationed outside the home of Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox Wednesday as Gov. Paul LePage said he was seeking legal authority to force the “unwilling” health care workers to remain quarantined for 21 days.
The 33-year-old nurse, who has shown no symptoms of the deadly virus, arrived in Maine on Monday after being forcibly held in an isolation tent in New Jersey for three days under that state’s strict new law for health care workers who have recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa.
Anti-incumbent disgust is fueling strong independent and Libertarian campaigns and making this year’s midterm elections highly unpredictable.
Republicans are planning election night celebrations all over Washington. Some of them with no music or entertainment. “The entertainment is Fox News,” a Republican lobbyist told Politico. Bookmakers put the odds at a Republican takeover of the Senate at 80 to 90 percent. Sounds pretty close to a sure thing.
Is it all over for Democrats? Maybe. But there are still some wild cards out there.
A new national poll of 18- to 29- year-olds finds that a slim majority of the generation that once went wild for Barack Obama now favors a Republican-led Congress.
A new national poll of America’s 18- to 29- year-olds by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), located at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, finds slightly more than half (51%) of young Americans who say they will “definitely be voting” in November prefer a Republican-run Congress with 47 percent favoring Democrat control – a significant departure from IOP polling findings before the last midterm elections (Sept. 2010 – 55%: prefer Democrat control; 43%: prefer Republican control). The cohort – 26% of whom report they will “definitely” vote in the midterms – appear up-for-grabs to both political parties and could be a critical swing vote in many races in November.
The IOP’s newest poll results – its 26th major release since 2000 – also show race and ethnicity continue to be a strong predictor of political attitudes.
The North Dakota Supreme Cout has upheld a state law restricting the use abortion-inducing drugs.
The North Dakota Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a state law that restricts medication abortion, the non-surgical interruption of a pregnancy using drugs, saying it was constitutional.
The state’s highest court said three of its five members concluded the restrictions on medication abortion was unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution, but it would have taken a four-judge majority for the court to find the law unconstitutional.
A Connecticut dad is suing after his third-grade daughter was told to stay home from school over Ebola fears.
The father of a Connecticut third-grader filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.
Ikeoluwa Opayemi and her family, who live in Milford, visited Nigeria for a family wedding from Oct. 2-13, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven. The suit is seeking damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act, asserting that Ikeoluwa is being discriminated against because of a “perceived impairment.”
Kaci Hickox, the nurse quarantined at her Maine home after returning from West Africa, told Good Morning America via Skype that she’ll “go to court to attain (her) freedom.”
Kaci Hickox, a nurse who treated Ebolapatients and threatened to sue New Jersey over being quarantined before she was discharged, today threatened to sue Maine if officials there do not lift a 21-day quarantine restriction.
“I will go to court to attain my freedom,” Hickox told “Good Morning America” today via Skype from her hometown of Fort Kent, Maine. “I have been completely asymptomatic since I’ve been here. I feel absolutely great.”
Scientists link two genes to “extremely violent behavior.”
So now people will have a legal excuse to be violent? After all, you can’t charge them with a crime when it’s in their nature…
Whether criminals are born with an innate tendency to hurt others, are slaves to mental disorders, or are molded by factors such as childhood trauma, a history of abuse or too many violent video games is a persistent and complicated question.
Now, new research suggests that genetics may in fact contribute to a propensity for violent criminal behavior.
The White House’s unclassified computer network was recently hit by a sustained cyberattack which may be the work of Russian government hackers. This attack lasted at least two weeks: significant in its duration and strength.
Hackers thought to be working for the Russian government breached the unclassified White House computer networks in recent weeks, sources said, resulting in temporary disruptions to some services while cybersecurity teams worked to contain the intrusion.
White House officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said that the intruders did not damage any of the systems and that, to date, there is no evidence the classified network was hacked.
A PBS documentary that airs today argues the Obama administration “did almost nothing” when it had early intelligence reports about ISIS.
President Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview that his administration “did almost nothing” in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the country’s stability.
“The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces. And it did almost nothing,” says James Jeffrey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2010 and 2012, in “Frontline’s” “The Rise of ISIS,” which airs on PBS Tuesday night (check local listings) and is previewed here exclusively on Yahoo News.
Try to keep up, or you might die:
- The Center for Disease Control released new Ebola guidelines about avoiding large groups and commercial travel,
- The U.S. military is isolating soldiers sent to Africa even if they exhibit no signs of the virus, but Obama is criticizing states for doing so, and
- Press Secretary Josh Earnest says blame James Madison and states’ rights.
- The other Dallas nurse who caught Ebola is clear and has been released, so that’s good.
According to a new poll, most Americans think the U.S. is headed in the wrong direction and are not happy with Barack Obama’s job as president.
Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows.
Democrats are battling to try and save the Senate majority, while hoping to prevent more losses in the House, which the GOP controls by a 234 to 201 margin.
In the Senate, Republicans need a net gain of six seats, and several state polls in the past month of contested races show that Democrats are in danger of losing control of the majority, and thus Congress. Currently, Democrats control the Senate by a 55-45 margin with two of those seats held by independents that align themselves politically with Democrats.
One in four Americans now support the Tea Party, a proportion that is down from the last midterm elections, in 2010. Most Tea Party supporters are Republicans, and within the GOP, supporters are largely ideologically conservative.
Twenty-two percent of Americans say they worry about getting the Ebola virus, matching or exceeding the number of U.S. adults who worried about contracting the H1N1 virus throughout its 2009 outbreak.
This Letter to the Editor from David A. Rustebakke, DVM) appeared in the Lewiston Morning Tribune. It’s posted in full.
If I wish to import a horse into the United States from Liberia or any African country other than Morocco, the horse needs to undergo a 60 day quarantine period at a USDA approved quarantine facility prior to mingling with the general population of horses in this country. Africa has a disease called African Horse Sickness that does not exist in the US; this is the way we have kept it out of this country. African Horse Sickness does not cause disease in people, only horses; our government has determined that it would be devastating to the US horse industry if it were to come here.
The United States (and virtually all other countries) require a myriad of tests and often quarantine prior to bringing in a foreign animal.
I can’t legally cross state lines in the United States with a horse or cow without a health certificate signed by a USDA accredited veterinarian stating that the animal has been inspected and found free of infectious disease. In most cases blood tests are also required. In fact I can’t legally cross the Snake River and ride my horse in Idaho without a health certificate and a negative blood test for Equine Infectious Anemia.
I’m not complaining; the United States of America, the States of Idaho and Washington as well as the other 48 states take the health of our livestock very seriously, and we have a very good record at keeping foreign animal diseases out of our country. I am happy to do my part to maintain biosecurity in our animal population.
If I am a resident of Liberia incubating Ebola, to enter the United States all I need to do is present a valid visa, and lie when asked if I have been exposed to Ebola. Within hours (no quarantine required) I can be walking the streets of any city in the United States.
I feel very fortunate to live in a country that values our animals so highly.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a speech insisting that the American people want “a clean break” from the Obama administration.
Guess who’s running for President?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday outlined his case for another presidential bid in perhaps his most explicit terms yet.
The likely 2016 Republican contender said in an address at the Reagan Library in California that after eight years of the Obama administration, America will be ready for a major change — then held up Texas as a model for that new path.
Americans are more likely now than in early 2014 to say the Affordable Care Act has helped them (16% say this, up from 10%) or has hurt them (27%, up from 19%). A majority still say the law has had no effect.
Anyone who has ever offended any progressive is unwelcome at university campuses.
The Change.org petition was authored by ASUC Senator Marium Navid, who is backed by the Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian Coalition, or MEMSA, and Khwaja Ahmed, an active MEMSA member. The petition, which urges students to boycott the decision and asks the campus to stop him from speaking, has already gathered more than 1,400 signatures as of Sunday. …
“It’s not an issue of freedom of speech, it’s a matter of campus climate,” Navid said. “The First Amendment gives him the right to speak his mind, but it doesn’t give him the right to speak at such an elevated platform as the commencement. That’s a privilege his racist and bigoted remarks don’t give him.” …
Ebola quarantines enacted by New York and New Jersey are a bad idea, writes The New York Times editorial board.
With good reason, Americans are deeply confused about the risks of Ebola. It is a frightening disease, made more so by dueling theories about how best to deal with people arriving from West Africa and by wildly different messages — based partly on erroneous information given out by New York City officials — about whether the doctor who returned to New York from treating patients in Guinea and came down with the disease was or was not a danger to others when he moved around the city.
To make matters worse, two ambitious governors — Chris Christie of New Jersey and Andrew Cuomo of New York — fed panic by imposing a new policy of mandatory quarantines for all health care workers returning from the Ebola-stricken countries of West Africa through John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty international airports. There is absolutely no public health justification for mandatory quarantines.
Americans’ engagement in this year’s midterm elections — based on several measures — is similar to the 1998 and 2002 midterm elections rather than the 2006 and 2010 elections, suggesting voter turnout this fall will be lower.
More Americans say they would prefer a male boss to a female boss in a new job, a fairly constant view over the past 30 years. Women are more likely than men to say they would prefer a female boss.