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2:38 pm - Tue, Oct 2, 2012
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Almost 2,400 Millionaires Pocketed Unemployment Benefits - Businessweek

Almost 2,400 people who received unemployment insurance in 2009 lived in households with annual incomes of $1 million or more, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The report was released after about 1.1 million people exhausted their jobless benefits during the second quarter of 2012, when more than 4.6 million filed initial unemployment claims. Eliminating those payments to high earners is one idea being considered as U.S. lawmakers struggle to curb a projected $1.1 trillion deficit for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, with the nationwide jobless rate at 8.1 percent.

“Sending millionaires unemployment checks is a case study in out-of-control spending,” U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, said in an e-mail. “Providing welfare to the wealthy undermines the program for those who need it most while burdening future generations with senseless debt.”

At last I agree with Tom Coburn on something.

2:00 pm - Thu, Sep 13, 2012
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TW: 9/11 Texas teacher assigns 4th graders to draw suicides, explosions on 9/11



Parents in El Paso, Texas say they were shocked to find out that a teacher at Hughey Elementary asked their children to depict airplanes flying into buildings, explosions and people jumping to their deaths to remember the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“We had to draw the boom cloud, the planes hitting, and people jumping out of the windows,” the daughter of Ivie Gremillion recalled.

The girl’s drawing shows people jumping out of burning buildings and yelling, “Help!” and “I love you!” One student’s drawing obtained by KFOX had the writing, “One way ticket to heaven.”

In another picture, the terrorist pilots are laughing as they fly planes into the World Trade Center.

“That’s something that kids should get in trouble for drawing,” Gremillion said. “That’s people being murdered, committing suicide.”

According to the El Paso mom, the teacher taught students that “the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and want to kill all of us.”

A neighbor’s son was so distraught after the Monday assignment that he did not want to go to school the next day.

“He was under the impression that this happens every 9/11,” Gremillion explained.

To make matter’s worse, Gremillion’s husband is being deployed to Afghanistan later this year.

“She like, ‘My dad’s going to die,’” she said her daughter told her. “I would like a counselor to go in there and re-explain all this to that class.”

“The way she worded [it] is just teaching racism and hate for an entire nation, and that’s not OK,” Gremillion insisted.

El Paso Independent School District confirmed to KFOX that students were asked to draw pictures of 9/11 after a class discussion about the tragedy.


Oh look, more reasons to homeschool my kid forever … 

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2:22 pm - Wed, Sep 12, 2012
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Link to AP article on Hobby Lobby suing over morning-after pill coverage.

Fuck Hobby Lobby
1:36 pm - Thu, Aug 30, 2012
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BREAKING VIA AP: “A federal court has ruled against a Texas law that would require voters to present photo IDs to election officials before being allowed to cast ballots in November. A three-judge panel in Washington ruled Thursday that the law imposes “strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.”

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2:41 pm - Sat, Aug 25, 2012
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A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.

Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.

Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

Two adults on the boat were unharmed.

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2:11 pm - Sat, Aug 18, 2012
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Andrew Shirvell, a former state assistant attorney general in Michigan, will have to pay $4.5 million in damages to a student whom he slandered and stalked for being gay.

Shirvell created a blog about Chris Armstrong, the University of Michigan’s first openly gay student body president, calling him “Satan’s representative on the student assembly” and a “privileged pervert.” He also showed up at Armstrong’s house several times.

Armstong sued him in 2011 and after a year of fighting in court and a weeklong trial, has won on all counts. He was awarded $4.5 million in damages.

Whoosh. What a case. 

11:32 am - Fri, Aug 17, 2012
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The 26 Top CEOs Who Made More Than Their Companies Paid In Federal Taxes

This year’s crop of CEOs averaged $20.4 million in total compensation, a 23% percent increase over the average for last year’s batch of top executives.

Meanwhile, the companies they worked for received an average of a $163 million tax refund from the federal government. Only a handful of businesses paid any federal taxes in 2011.

"The four most direct tax subsidies for excessive executive pay cost taxpayers an estimated $14.4 billion per year — $46 for every American man, woman, and child," writes the IPS. "That amount could also cover the annual cost of hiring 211,732 elementary-school teachers or creating 241,593 clean-energy jobs."

Well, we know why y’all came here… to look at the list:

Abbott Laboratories
Miles D. White
$586 million tax refund

Advanced Micro Devices
Rory P. Read
$3 million tax refund

John P. Daane
$22 million paid in taxes

Robert H. Benmosche
$208 million tax refund

Anadarko Petroleum
James T. Hackett
$381 million tax refund

Randall L. Stephenson
$420 million tax refund

W. James McNerney Jr.
$605 million tax refund

Scott A. McGregor
$0 taxes paid

Chesapeake Energy
Aubrey Kerr McClendon
$13 million paid in taxes

Vikram S. Pandit
$144 million tax refund

Cooper Industries
Kirk S. Hachigian
$29 million tax refund

H. Lawrence Culp Jr.
$6 million tax refund

Devon Energy
John Richels
$143 million tax refund

Anthony J. Alexander
$243 million tax refund

Ford Motor
Alan Mulally
$4 million tax refund

David J. Lesar
$1.026 billion tax refund

International Paper
John V. Faraci
$78 million tax refund

Leucadia National
Ian Cumming
$0 paid in taxes

Marathon Oil
Clarence P. Cazalot Jr.
$29,911,662 239
$210 million tax refund

Marsh & McLennan
Brian Duperreault
$7 million paid in taxes

Motorola Mobility
Sanjay K. Jha
$0 paid in taxes

Motorola Solutions
Gregory Q. Brown
$2 million paid in taxes

Newell Rubbermaid
Michael B. Polk
$37 million tax refund
Marc R. Benioff
$9 million paid in taxes

Travelers Companies
Jay S. Fishman
$176 million tax refund

Tyco International
Edward D. Breen
$4 million tax refund

12:26 pm - Thu, Aug 9, 2012
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This fact hasn’t stopped other states and cities from rewarding Apple and its brethren with similarly sweet deals. In 2010, the North Carolina Legislature debated for less than a minute before giving Apple a $46 million tax break to construct a data center in the town of Maiden, which itself agreed to cut Apple’s would-be property taxes in half, and slash local taxes on its assets by 85 percent—all for creating 50 jobs, none of them set aside for locals.

Apple’s $88 Million Tax Break Doesn’t Compute for Nevada | Josh Harkinson of

How the high-flying tech company just nabbed the largest corporate tax exemption in the state’s history.

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9:32 pm - Wed, Aug 8, 2012
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There have been at least 60 mass shootings in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally.

Mother Jones breaks down the numbers

  • Of the 137 guns possessed by the killers, more than three quarters were obtained legally.
  • The average age of the killers was 35. Only one of them was a woman.
  • In the sixty mass shootings, forty two of the killers were white males. 
10:15 am - Thu, Aug 2, 2012
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How did 21-year-old Chavis Carter get shot in the head while handcuffed in a police car?


You probably don’t know anything yet about Chavis Carter, but you should:

Carter, who died at the hospital, was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck that was pulled over by police just before 10 pm,reports WREG. According to Officer Keith Baggett who was on the scene, Officer Ron Marsh found “some marijuana” and several new plastic baggies when he searched Carter.

When they ran his information through dispatch, they found that he was wanted on a warrant in Mississippi, where he lived. The cops then handcuffed him, searched him again, and put him in the back of the patrol car. While Baggett searched the vehicle, he claims he heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” on his trunk and saw Marsh motion to him.

The thumping noise, according to the cops, was Carter shooting himself in the head.

Read the full account at ThinkProgress

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