Jueseppi B.:

IT JUST WILL NOT STOP.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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2 School Shootings On the Eve Of Obamas Major Gun Control Speech

Update: In the second fatal school shooting of the day, two people were killed as a gunman open fired in an Eastern Kentucky community college. Follow here.

A day before President Barack Obama is set to unveil his gun control measures, there has been another school shooting in America.

According to reports, the suspect — a currently enrolled student — allegedly shot one administrator before fleeing to a stairwell and turning the gun on himself, according to a police briefing broadcasted by KMOX.

This new event will likely play into Obama’s gun control speech, set for Wednesday, in which he will likely seek an assault weapons ban and will look to strengthen background checks for gun buyers.

STLToday is reporting on the shooting:

A long-time employee of Stevens Institute of Business & Arts was shot by an on-again…

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The Official Blog For Tuesday The 15th Of January From Barack’s House


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Why We’re Raising the Signature Threshold for We the People

 

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By  Macon Phillips   January 15, 2013   The White House Blog

 

When we launched We the People, none of us knew how popular it would be, but it’s exceeded our wildest expectations. Through the past year, interest in We the People exploded and we’re closing in on 10 million signatures.

 

When we first raised the threshold — from 5,000 to 25,000 — we called it “a good problem to have.” Turns out that “good problem” is only getting better, so we’re making another adjustment to ensure we’re able to continue to give the most popular ideas the time they deserve.

 

Starting today, as we move into a second term, petitions must receive 100,000 signatures in 30 days in order to receive an official response from the Obama Administration. This new threshold applies only to petitions created from this point forward and is not retroactively applied to ones that already exist.

 

In the last two months of 2012, use of We the People more than doubled. In just that time roughly 2.4 million new users joined the system, 73,000 petitions were created and 4.9 million signatures were registered.

 

As we’ve seen overall use skyrocket, more petitions are crossing the threshold — and doing so much more quickly.

 

In the first 10 months of 2012, it took an average of 18 days for a new petition to cross the 25,000-signature threshold. In the last two months of the year, that average time was cut in half to just 9 days, and most petitions that crossed the threshold collected 25,000 signatures within five days of their creation. More than 60 percent of the petitions to cross threshold in all of 2012 did so in the last two months of the year.

 

It’s wonderful to see so many people using We the People to add their voices to important policy debates here in Washington and bring attention to issues that might not get the attention they deserve. This increasing adoption strengthens our resolve to build new features, including an API that would allow other popular online petition platforms to integrate with our official one. To that end we’ve released the source code to We the People and would love to connect with any enterprising engineers who want to help out.

 

 

 

The Home Office Tax Deduction: Simplifying Rules And Helping Small Business Owners Succeed

 

Neal S. Wolin and Karen Mills   January 15, 2013   The White House Blog

 

Editors note: This post is jointly authored by Treasury Deputy Secretary Neal S. Wolin and SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. It was originally posted on Treasury’s blog.

 

Today, many taxpayers who qualify for the home office tax deduction are not claiming it. The reasons often cited are that businesses and filers do not fully understand the provisions or find it too complicated to calculate the amount.

 

That is about to change.

 

As part of ongoing efforts by the Administration to reduce paperwork burdens, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that it is providing a new, simpler option for calculating the home office tax deduction, allowing small business owners and employees who work from home and who maintain a qualifying home office to deduct up to $1,500 per year.

 

The IRS also expects taxpayers to save more than 1.6 million hours per year in tax preparation time from this simpler calculation method.

 

The new option allows qualified taxpayers to deduct annually $5 per square foot of home office space on up to 300 square feet, for as much as $1,500 in deductions. To take advantage of the new option, taxpayers will complete a much simpler version of the current 43-line form.

 

The announcement builds on the President’s commitment to streamline and simplify the tax code for small businesses and to reduce the burden for tax compliance. It is part of broader efforts to make interacting with the federal government easier and more efficient for businesses of all sizes.

 

These new rules help our tax code better reflect the needs of America’s 21st Century workforce and especially small businesses, which play a vital role in our economy. Today, more than half of all working Americans own or work for a small business. An estimated 52 percent of small businesses are home-based, and many of these small businesses have home office space that would qualify for the deduction. And as technology improves, more businesses – large and small – are going virtual and recruiting employees from across the country, many of whom work from home offices.

 

Since he took office, President Obama has signed into law 18 tax cuts for small businesses. And the recently signed American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 includes extensions of several additional small business tax incentives designed to spur innovation, support capital investment and make it easier to hire new workers.

 

Today’s announcement also is part of a broader effort  by the President’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) to reduce paperwork burdens for small business owners and individual taxpayers across all government operations. Agencies have posted paperwork burden reduction updates on their OpenGov websites, which also have more information on agencies’ regulatory “look back” efforts.

 

The new option for the home office deduction will be available starting with the Tax Year 2013 return, which most taxpayers file early in 2014. In addition, the IRS is accepting comments for improving upon this new option.

 

Current restrictions on claiming the home office deduction, such as the requirement that a home office be used regularly and exclusively for business and the limit on the amount of the deduction tied to income derived from the particular business, still apply under the new option.

 

Neal S. Wolin is the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Karen G. Mills is the Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

 

 

Change the World: Join the Foreign Service

 

Linda Thomas-Greenfield   January 15, 2013  The White House Blog

 

Note: This post was originally published on the Department of State blog. To see the original post, please click here.

 

As a young woman growing up in Louisiana, a career in the Foreign Service was never really on my list of life dreams — but all that changed, beginning with graduate school and a research project in Africa that opened my eyes to the possibilities of diplomatic life.

 

Since joining the Department of State 31 years ago, I have lived and worked on four continents, traveling the world from Afghanistan to South Africa. I have witnessed the horror of genocide in Rwanda; I’ve celebrated the joy of people coming out of 15 years of war to elect the first woman president in Africa. I’ve never regretted those first steps out of my comfort zone and into the world of diplomacy.

 

I’ve been the face of America abroad, and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives and to represent my nation. The State Department needs the energy and passion of Americans who want a career that matters.

 

And that’s why we’ve made this …………

 

 

 

 

We want to highlight and share with you some of the faces and stories of the amazing people who have made their dreams to do good in the world a reality through their career in the Foreign Service.

 

I hope you will watch it and think about this unique career and lifestyle. You can see the full film by visiting careers.state.gov, where you’ll be able to delve much deeper into the various types of diplomatic careers and learn about the steps you can take to pursue this path.

 

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Linda Thomas-Greenfield is the Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources. Prior to this , she served as Ambassador for the Republic of Liberia from 2008-2012.

 

 

 

Statements and Releases

 

January 15, 2013

Statement by the President on Enhanced State Department Rewards Program

 

 

 

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Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 2318

 

 

 

 

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Jueseppi B.:

I can remember when the WSJ was a respectable organization.

Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

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“While the top 1 percent of taxpayers will bear the biggest burden, many other families, affluent and poor, will pay more as well,” wrote Wall Street Journalreporter Laura Saunders in a story about the effect the “fiscal cliff” agreement would have on taxpayers.

However, a graphic that accompanied the story might help explain the conservative mindset about cutting taxes for the rich. Despite writing about the effect tax inceases will have for the poor, apparently no one in their Wall Street Journal’s world makes under $100,000 a year.

I especially feel bad for the poor, single parent struggling to get by on the measly $260,000 she earns a year. After all, how’s she going to afford paying an extra $280 a month in taxes when she’s only bringing in $21,666 a month?

At least the retired couple that barely squeaks by with $180,000 a year of…

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Jueseppi B.:

Beautiful poetry….thank you

Originally posted on Silver Poetry:

 

my response to Rainer Maria Rilke’s Duino Elegies  , below is the sixth of ten poems.

 

Moving the clouds and crowds

spreading sleeping seeds

aloft on silken water

 

The strength it takes to burst like juice

through skin into sunshine

to crack the husk of subtle reiteration.

 

Music dictates a circular journey

but thought remains linear and well trodden.

Perch upon a note to harvest certain joy

of edgeless transparent space

 

SOME ARE BORN FULLY FORMED

and bring to the table songs from beyond the inky womb

but most, like I, left much behind……

and it is a .. . . s  l … o  .. . .w  .  .  .  uncurling

to the hero dance spectacular

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Dick Gregory On Spike Lee & Django Unchainged


By Jueseppi B.

 

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Richard Claxton “Dick” Gregory (born October 12, 1932) is an American comediansocial activist,social criticwriter, and entrepreneur. Gregory is an influential American comic who has used his performance skills to convey to both white and black audiences his political message on civil rights. His social satire helped change the way European-Americans perceived African-American comedians since he first performed in public.

 

 

 

 

Born October 12, 1932 (age 80)
St. Louis, MissouriUnited States
Medium Stand-upfilmbooks
Nationality African American
Years active 1953–present
Genres Satire/Political satire,Observational comedy
Subject(s) American civil rightsAmerican politics,

American culture,African-American culture,

racismrace relations,vegetarianism,

healthy diet

Spouse Lillian Gregory (1959–present) 10 children
Notable works and roles In Living Black and White
nigger: An Autobiography
Write Me In!
Website www.dickgregory.com

 

 

 

 

Bro. Dick Gregory On ‘Django Unchained': “Spike Lee Is A Thug & A Punk.” (1/13/2013)

 

Published on Jan 14, 2013

Bro. Dick Gregory On ‘Django Unchained,’ Spike Lee & The Word ‘Nigger‘ : “Spike Lee Is A Thug & A Punk.” (1/13/2013)

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The honorable Bro. Dick Gregory shares his thoughts on the controversial blockbuster movie ‘Django Unchained,’ Spike Lee, the word ‘Nigger,’ Slavery, Hollywood, Racism, origins of the term MFer and the real inspiration for ‘Django,’ Dangerfield Newby

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Dick Gregory has always spoken his mind, which has always been truthful & fact based. Spike Lee….EPIC FAIL Brotha.

 

 

 

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