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  • Thousands Of Firms Aren't Paying An "Obamacare Tax", IRS Audit Finds 24% Shortfall

    08/20/2014 9:37:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/20/2014 | Tyler Durden
    It appears Sen. Orin Hatch's comment that "everything from this ill-conceived tax's structure to its implementation has been a disaster," are coming true. As AP reports, an "Obamacare" tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday. An audit found the IRS received only 5,107 returns (against expectations of over 9,000) with a 24% shortfall in revenues. The tax is projected to generate $29 billion over the coming decade, so a 24 percent shortfall - if it were sustained - would be significant. As...
  • Women stoned to death in Syria for adultery

    08/10/2014 9:42:31 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 9, 2014 | Bassem Mrque
    A cleric read the verdict before the truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden. Jihadi fighters then brought in the woman, clad head to toe in black, and put her in a small hole in the ground. When residents gathered, the fighters told them to carry out the sentence: Stoning to death for the alleged adulteress. None in the crowd stepped forward, said a witness to the event in a northern Syrian city. So the jihadi fighters, mostly foreign extremists, did it themselves, pelting Faddah Ahmad with stones until her body was dragged away....
  • Oh, by the way, 90% of people without insurance won’t have to pay ObamaCare’s penalty after all

    08/07/2014 6:49:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Another reminder that when the economic realities of this boondoggle collide with Democrats’ political priorities, the economics ultimately must bow. The first hard lesson in that was the “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan” fiasco. It was never true that people could keep their old plans if they liked them under O-Care, as even Barney Frank admits. The whole point of the law was to cancel low-cost existing plans and steer healthy people to new plans with “comprehensive” benefits that many don’t really need. That’s how you justify squeezing them for the added revenue needed...
  • You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance

    03/12/2014 3:11:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    NPR ^ | 03/12/2014 | Julie Rovner
    2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty. But most people who are aware of the penalty think it's pretty small, at least for this first year. And that could turn into an expensive mistake. "I'd say the vast majority of people I've dealt with really believe that the penalty is only $95, if they know about it at all," says Brian Haile, senior vice president for health policy at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service. "And when people find out, they're stunned. It's much, much higher than they would expect."...
  • Treasury: Employers must “self-attest” that ObamaCare not behind staffing decisions under penalty

    02/11/2014 10:31:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted: Businesses will love ObamaCare for its cost savings in health care! New hotness: Businesses had better not make staffing decisions based on cost savings from ObamaCare-fueled price spikes! After its latest delay in implementing the employer mandate, the Obama administration rebuffed criticisms that the law incentivizes employers to shift to part-time work by announcing the Treasury Inquisition — ahem, excuse me, the Treasury Attestation Department: The latest announcement comes after the administration heard from businesses about their concerns with the looming ObamaCare rules. However, the change is sure to raise more questions about the health and implementation...
  • Mexico Trying to Stop Texas from Executing Illegal Alien Cop Killer — With John Kerry’s Help

    01/21/2014 12:23:17 PM PST · by montag813 · 29 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 01-21-2014 | John Urban
    Twisted Trio: Mexico, the U.N., and John Kerry are working to save the life of ghoulish illegal alien cop-killer Edgar Arias Tamayo.- by John Urban | Top Right NewsMexico's government is trying to block the execution of a convicted cop killer in Texas this week, arguing that it would violate international law. And our very own Secretary of State John Kerry is working with them -- and the United Nations -- trying to save the life of an illegal alien murderer.You heard that right. Edgar Arias Tamayo, a 46-year old Mexican man, was in the country illegally when he killed Houston...
  • Obamacare’s homecare cuts to hit sick and old New Years Day

    12/12/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 12, 2013 | Christopher Bedford
    Starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin slashing 14 percent of their Home Health Care Prospective Payment Program budget, driving small home health-care providers out of business and potentially affecting millions of poor, elderly citizens in need of physical rehabilitation. The cuts — which are being made to fund Obamacare — will slash the homecare budget 3.5 percent every year for the next four. “By CMS’s own calculation, 40 percent or nearly 5,000 home health companies — mainly small businesses — will experience a “net loss” in revenue due to the cuts and go...
  • Tying the Knot Under ObamaCare

    10/27/2013 7:46:00 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-27-13 | Eileen Toplansky
    The heinous intrusions into our lives as a result of ObamaCare swell each day. Now, in true Marxist form, the ludicrously named "Affordable Care Act" mounts an all-out attack on marriage. In 2010, in a Web Memo, the Heritage Foundation pointed out that Under the bill, couples would face massive financial penalties if they marry or remain married. Conversely, couples who cohabit without marriage are given highly preferential financial treatment. If the Senate bill becomes law, saying 'I do' would cost some couples over $10,000 per year. In fact, the "... anti-marriage penalties and heavy 'cohabitation bonuses [were] built into...
  • Opt-Out Obamacare Penalty Can't Be Enforced -- Unless You Get a Tax Refund

    10/24/2013 10:48:07 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 98 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-24-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    October 24, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: For those of us who take as long as we can to pay our taxes, October 15th was the extension filing date for 2012, and I dutifully was in there. My accountant, who is almost afraid to be my accountant because he thinks he's gonna get targeted, too, just 'cause his name's on my return, he said, "Look, you may not know this, but you keep talking about these Obamacare fines if you don't buy a policy. Do you know that under the law --" and I had to go look it up. Not...
  • White House: Health care penalty deadline to be delayed by up to six weeks

    10/23/2013 5:19:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/23/2013 | Matthew DeLuca and Daniel Arkin
    Amid mounting criticism, the White House said Wednesday that it plans to soften the deadline for when Americans are required to purchase health insurance. The date by when Americans would be penalized for not having signed up for health insurance could be “slid” back by as much as six weeks, administration officials told NBC News. But it was not immediately clear Wednesday whether the adjustment to a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Act would need to be approved by Congress or could be done by the Department of Health and Human Services administratively. As the law stands now, individuals are...
  • Administration accused of ‘burying’ ObamaCare changes, as another (penalty) deadline moves

    10/12/2013 12:06:40 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/11/13
    The Obama administration is being accused of "burying" key changes to the federal health care overhaul, as discontent grows about the roll-out of the law. The latest surprise came this week, when the Associated Press reported that individuals will have to obtain insurance coverage by mid-February in order to avoid an IRS penalty. That's six weeks earlier than the March 31 deadline that previously was cited. While an administration official confirmed the moved-up deadline to the AP, the reason the public now knows about it is because tax preparation company Jackson Hewitt pointed it out.
  • Obamacare’s ‘Cool Calculator,’ Part 2: The ‘Wedding Tax’: You're better off shacking up or divorced

    09/25/2013 9:27:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 09/25/2013 | Tom Blumber
    In a September 13 email, Erin Hannigan of Organizing for Action’s “Truth Team” bragged about a “cool calculator from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation” showing how Obamacare’s “tax credits” work, and encouraged everyone to “share it on Facebook or Twitter.” Obamacare’s opponents, especially those who advocate defunding it before it goes live, need to follow Hannigan’s suggestion, and even embed it on their websites and blogs. That’s because what Kaiser’s “cool calculator” really does is expose the statist health care regime’s three ugliest financial elements.I covered two of them in my previous PJM column. The first is that, when...
  • Business Owners May Face $100-Per-Day Penalty Under ObamaCare (beginning Oct. 1)

    09/10/2013 4:02:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 9/09/13 | Kate Rogers
    Small business owners who thought they were off the hook for ObamaCare regulations until 2015 may be in for an expensive wake-up call next month. Beginning Oct. 1, any business with at least one employee and $500,000 in annual revenue must notify all employees by letter about the Affordable Care Act’s health-care exchanges, or face up to a $100-per-day fine. The requirement applies to any business regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act, regardless of size. Going forward, letters are to be distributed to any new hires within 14 days of their starting date, according to the Department of Labor.
  • Late penalty: Obama a costly talk-show fixture for taxpayers

    08/07/2013 8:09:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8//7/13 | Dave Boyer
    When it comes to late-night comedy shows, President Obama is a prolific guest, but taxpayers might not be laughing along with him. Mr. Obama’s televised chat Tuesday on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno in Los Angeles was his 10th appearance on a TV talk show while in office, outpacing all other presidents and hosts since the days of John F. Kennedy and Jack Paar in the early 1960s. The goal of these appearances is partly to boost the president’s image and partly to promote his agenda. Taxpayers foot the bill for Mr. Obama’s high-cost travel on Air Force One....
  • Ted Cruz Exposes Amnesty Bill: $5000 Penalty For Hiring Citizens Over Legalized Aliens

    06/27/2013 6:37:09 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 71 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 27, 2013 | Dean Garrison
    We can’t possibly expect our Senators to read a 1200 page bill before voting on it. Can we? Well Thank God Ted Cruz read it. Not only did Cruz read it but he schooled anyone who would listen from the Senate floor on Tuesday. Cruz found a loophole that actually penalizes an employer $5000 for hiring a citizen over a legalized alien. Seriously. You can’t make this stuff up. Senator Cruz was quoted as saying: “I filed an amendment that would have corrected one of the most egregious aspects of the gang of eight bill as it intersects with Obamacare...
  • State Has Weak History of Punishing School Campaign Finance Law Violators

    05/01/2013 9:33:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/1/2013 | Tom Gantert
    To promote a $100 million bond proposal, the Secretary of State found that Traverse City Area Public Schools violated state campaign finance law by urging voters to support it. However, if the Secretary of State stays true to its history of enforcement, it's likely the district will receive a slap on the wrist. In 2011, Michigan Capitol Confidential looked at the Secretary of State's enforcement of school districts it found to have violated the campaign finance law from 2006 to 2010. The state fined two districts that broke the law $100 each. The department and district have to reach a...
  • ObamaCare and the 'RobertsTax': Is a tax that can't be collected an actual tax?

    03/05/2013 8:05:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/05/2013 | Jon N. Hall
    One of the necessary features of any law is enforcement. Taxes are laws, and if you don't pay your taxes, the government swoops down on you like a raptor on a rodent. You then must either pay up or prove that you don't owe the money the government says you owe. Otherwise, government can garnish your wages, take your house, or maybe even put you in prison. None of that applies to the "tax" that Chief Justice John Roberts "discovered" in the Affordable Care Act, which the legislation had mistakenly labeled a "penalty" for noncompliance with the mandate to buy...
  • Iowa lawmaker calls for death penalty, chemical castration

    01/26/2013 5:31:25 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 21 replies
    Quad-City Times ^ | January 25, 2013 | Mike Wiser
    DES MOINES — A state senator will push for public hearings on the death penalty in the Iowa Senate and House of Representatives as he files legislation to bring capital punishment back to Iowa. Sen. Kent Sorenson, R-Milo, has championed the idea of reintroducing the death penalty in Iowa since the abduction and killing of Elizabeth Collins, 8, and Lyric Cook, 10, this summer in Evansdale. Elizabeth’s parents joined Sorenson and parents of other missing and murdered children at a Capitol news conference, where the senator outlined five pieces of legislation he plans to introduce this session. Iowa abolished the...
  • Are you ready for Obamacare's 'Mandate Plus?' (Have you heard of the "late enrollment fee"? )

    01/14/2013 7:59:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2013 | Rick Moran
    Not a bug - a feature. Politico: _________________ The individual mandate penalties will be pretty weak as they are phased in over two years - only $95 when they start in 2014, much less than it costs to buy insurance. And yet, everyone with pre-existing conditions will have to be accepted for coverage right away. That's why insurance companies are telling the administration the mandate won't be enough for the first two years. They want more incentives - such as a late enrollment fee - to get healthy people to sign up quickly. Without getting the healthy folks in, the...
  • Federal health law wrinkle could penalize Minnesota insurers

    01/13/2013 11:35:01 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 1-12-13 | chris snowbeck
    Without a change in proposed federal rules, the continuation of a Minnesota health insurance program for people with costly illnesses could cost health plans and their subscribers more than $60 million next year, state officials say. The issue involves a long-standing program called the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, which the Legislature created in 1976. It helps provide coverage for Minnesotans who can't find insurance on the open market, often because of a costly pre-existing health condition. One of the key changes coming in 2014 with the federal Affordable Care Act is that insurers no longer will be able to deny...
  • Men won't face death penalty in Lansing slaying

    01/11/2013 3:06:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 50 replies
    9 and 10 news ^ | 1/11/13 | staff
    <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The government won't seek the death penalty for a group of men charged in the 2010 death of a Lansing woman.</p> <p>The Grand Rapids Press reported Friday (http://bit.ly/WxWIie ) that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder notified West Michigan federal prosecutors of the government's decision.</p>
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people

    09/20/2012 5:00:06 AM PDT · by ETL · 22 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | Sept 20, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama's health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Wednesday. Most would be in the middle class. The new estimate amounts to an inconvenient fact for the administration, a reminder of what critics see as broken promises. The numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office are 50 percent higher than a previous projection by the same office in 2010, shortly after the law passed. The earlier estimate found 4 million people would be affected in 2016, when the...
  • Tax penalty to hit nearly 6M uninsured people (OBAMACARE)

    09/19/2012 1:13:23 PM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 18 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | September 19, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional budget analysts are now estimating that nearly 6 million Americans — most of them in the middle class — will have to pay a tax penalty for not getting health insurance once President Barack Obama's health care law is fully in place.
  • GA T-SPLOST failures create new issue (your'e still paying the taxman)

    08/30/2012 4:40:17 AM PDT · by vg0va3 · 2 replies
    Albany Herald ^ | 08/25/12 | Staff Reports
    So, now we have a situation in which the three regions that did pass the tax will have to match only 10 percent of the cost of a project approved for the fund, while our region and the eight others that rejected T-SPLOST will have to pony up 30 percent of the cost of a project. Unless we miss our guess, constituents and local-level officials will be hammering their respective legislators to fix this problem. Given the fact that 75 percent of the state will be pushing for a solution, something should happen under the Gold Dome, where the side...
  • Capretta & Levin: Finding the Insurance “Requirement” Unconstitutional May Undermine Obamacare

    07/16/2012 7:39:03 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 17 replies
    volokh ^ | 7 16 12
    To uphold the Affordable Care Act, Chief Justice Roberts adopted a “saving construction” in which he deleted the “requirement” that all non-exempt Americans buy health insurance, leaving only the “penalty,” which he then recharacterized as a tax. The next day, in my Washington Examiner essay, Roberts decision didn’t open floodgates for ‘compulsion through taxation’, I contended that it was a serious misreading of the opinion to say that the individual insurance mandate had been upheld under the Tax power. Instead, the law had been rewritten to eliminate the mandate, leaving only the penalty. Some questioned the meaningfulness of this distinction....
  • Penalty = Taxes therefore Taxes = Penalty... what does the tax amendment say?

    07/06/2012 9:23:00 AM PDT · by dps.inspect · 23 replies
    7/6/12 | Me
    Ok, so the road we are traveling is being paid for by penalty charges to all of us for living and using the roadway... Big Government argues, " No its a tax, not a penalty". So why does it feel like a penalty? You smoke so you pay a big penalty every time you buy tobacco... they say they want to change your behavior, so they are going to penalize you, and of course they will put your penalty payment to good use, pay for medical expenses for the damages that your behavior begets, but also, to pay Big Law,...
  • The Difference Between The ObamaCare's Penalty And Tax...

    07/05/2012 5:04:23 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-5-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Wasserman Schultz: ObamaCare Not A Tax, IRS "Easiest" Way To Enforce Penalty ("roll the dice")

    07/03/2012 4:01:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Wasserman Schultz: ObamaCare Not A Tax, IRS "Easiest" Way To Enforce PenaltyPosted on July 2, 2012 **SNIP** "The way we usually think of taxation, Wolf, is that taxation as the IRS administers is collected on broad swaths and large categories of individuals. This is a penalty that will be assessed on the tax return if you choose to roll the dice and make us all pay for your being irresponsible and increase all of our health care costs," Wasserman Schultz said on the Monday evening broadcast of CNN's "The Situation Room."
  • Vanity-Is it a tax or is it a "penalty".

    07/01/2012 10:30:29 AM PDT · by Signalman · 27 replies
    Self | 7/1/2012 | Sefl
    Obama underlings have been on TV ever since the ruling stating that the mandate is a penalty, not a tax. But SC Justice Roberts said it was a tax. I think the reason the Obama crowd is saying it's a penalty is because they know that if the mandate is officially a tax, it can be repealed by the Congress with a simple majority of 51 Senators (and President Romney signs it into law). So, is the mandate officially and legally a tax, or can it possibly be argued with success by the Dems that it's a penalty, so it...
  • Administration Admits to Court: Under Obamacare, Select Group Can Get Health Care, Not Pay for It,

    03/27/2012 11:21:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Terence P. Jeffrey ^ | 3/27/12 | CNSNewa
    (CNSNews.com) - President Barack Obama has justified the mandate in his health-care law that requires individuals to buy health insurance by arguing that it will eliminate free riders—that is, people who get health care (often from emergency rooms) but, lacking insurance, never pay anything back into the health-care system. "So that's why the individual mandate's important," Obama explained in a speech on Aug. 15, 2011. "Because the basic theory is, look, everybody here at some point or another is going to need medical care, and you can't be a free-rider on everybody else," said Obama. "You can't not have health...
  • Hospitals to Face Penalties for Patient Readmission

    12/21/2011 8:20:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 20, 2011 | Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News
    James Breedin cannot keep track of how often he has been admitted to Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., for heart problems. "It's been so many," said Breedin, a 75-year-old disabled truck driver. One reason for his frequent returns, he says, is that he often can't afford the medications his doctor prescribes to keep his heart problems in check, "so I have to do without." And though his doctors recommend regular physical activity -- a lifestyle change that could also cut the chances he will find himself in the hospital again -- he said he fears exercising outside because of...
  • Marin judge rejects lethal injection procedures

    12/17/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by KingofZion · 16 replies · 1+ views
    mercurynews.com ^ | December 17, 2011 | Paul Elias
    A judge tossed out California's newly adopted lethal injection procedure on Friday, throwing the state's already stalled capital punishment system into further doubt. Marin County Superior Court Judge Faye D'Opal, finalizing a tentative ruling she issued a day earlier, said prison officials failed to properly explain why they rejected a one-drug process using only a barbiturate when one of their experts recommended it as being superior to the three-drug mixture that was adopted to execute inmates. *** Prison officials will now either have to appeal or again revise their lethal injection procedures and submit them to public comment, a process...
  • Iranians Face Five Years in Jail for Visiting Israel

    11/14/2011 9:34:49 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/11/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedaliahu
    Iran, worried by possible sabotage or an attack at the hands of Israel, has raised to five years the jail term for the crime of visiting Israel. State television reported on Monday that the parliament approved an amendment that ups the jail term to 2-5 years from the current three months. The original ban on traveling to the Jewish state, usually referred to by Iran as the "Zionist regime,” was inaugurated by the Shah in 1972, who did not want Iranians to visit communist countries. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime has arrested a number of Iranians, executing some of them,...
  • Teenage Victim in Connecticut Home Invasion Took Several Minutes to Die

    09/26/2011 11:44:13 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Associated Press
    A 17-year-old girl who died in a gruesome home invasion that also killed her sister and mother likely took up to several minutes to die of smoke inhalation after her house was doused in gasoline and set on fire, a medical examiner testified Monday. Dr. Malka Shah could not say if burns found on Hayley Petit's body occurred before or after she died. Shah testified in the trial of Joshua Komisarjevsky, who faces a possible death sentence if he's convicted. His co-defendant, Steven Hayes, was convicted last year and is on death row. Hayley had been tied in her bed...
  • Ruben Rosario: Will the death penalty endure? Not if this attorney can help it

    08/19/2011 7:26:26 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 50 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-19-11 | rube rosario
    Wells, like many attorneys who plunge into this protracted and rewarding but frustrating legal venture, is morally and philosophically opposed to the death penalty. Although 34 states have it, there are other reasons Minnesota should continue to oppose it. Several credible national studies conclude, and nearly 90 percent of the nation's top criminologists in a recent survey agree, that the death penalty has very little, if any, effect at all on deterring violent crime. So agrees the law enforcement community. A national poll of police chiefs placed it dead last, pun intended, on ways to reduce violent crime. The chiefs...
  • The Super-Lux Super Max

    07/27/2011 1:22:19 PM PDT · by Immerito · 6 replies
    Slate ^ | July 26, 2011 | Alex Masi
    The man allegedly behind Norway's devastating terror attacks, Anders Behring Breivik, is now under arrest. And he should count himself lucky for—if entirely undeserving of—a penal system in that country that is among the cushiest in the world. There's no capital punishment, and the longest jail term allowed is 21 years (a caveat: if a prisoner is deemed to still be a threat, his sentence can be extended in five-year blocks indefinitely, though it's highly unlikely, according to Norwegian officials). In Norway, rehabilitation is the guiding principle, not punishment—a somewhat difficult notion to swallow given the gravity and callousness of...
  • Quinn signs death penalty ban, commutes 15 death row sentences to life

    03/13/2011 7:18:51 PM PDT · by MintyHippo1980 · 23 replies · 1+ views
    SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a historic ban on the death penalty in Illinois and commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates to life without parole. The governor said he followed his conscience. He said he believed in signing the bill he also should "abolish the death penalty for everyone," including those already on death row. "Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history," Quinn told reporters afterward. “I think it’s the right, just thing to abolish the death penalty.”
  • Senate to take up (unanimously passes!) resolution calling for $100 penalty for missing lawmakers

    03/02/2011 10:23:14 AM PST · by bigbob · 50 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-2-11 | Andy Szal
    Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau Under this resolution, a senator who is absent without leave from two or more session days is subject to a penalty equal to $100 for each day that the senator is absent without leave. In addition, the senator must reimburse the senate for the actual costs incurred to compel his or her attendance. The penalties and costs are imposed by adopting a privileged resolution that identifies the senator who has been absent without leave. A senator who is subject to the penalties and costs imposed by the resolution may only be heard on the...
  • Ohio to use veterinary drug in lethal injections

    01/25/2011 11:18:54 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 24, 2011 | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio says it's switching its lethal injection drug to an anesthetic commonly used to euthanize pets as a shortage of the drug normally used for executions has worsened.
  • Naked cynicism

    12/19/2010 2:20:50 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 17, 2010 | Rich Lowry
    Prior to the passage of the health-care law, President Obama was at his most emphatic and condescending in insisting the penalty for defying the mandate to buy health insurance is not a tax. In an ABC News interview in September 2009, Obama scoffed when George Stephanopoulos resorted to the dictionary to argue that the penalty must be a tax. An irritated Obama waved it all off as another unfair charge by his unhinged opponents. So you reject the notion that it's a tax increase? Stephanopoulos persisted. "I absolutely reject that notion," Obama declared. In retrospect, the former law-school lecturer should...
  • Oklahoma to consider executing death row inmates with drugs vets use to put down animals

    11/10/2010 8:57:04 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 91 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 8:39 AM on 10th November 2010 | Daniel Bates
    The state of Oklahoma is planning to execute death row inmates with drugs intended for use on animals. Lawmakers want to switch away from the only brand of anaesthetic that has been used in the US for lethal injections because there is not enough to go around. The replacement is likely to attract controversy because it is currently used by vets to anesthetise animals for operations. Other states are watching closely and may well follow suit, but such a move is likely to face a challenge from human rights groups to ensure that it is safe to use.
  • The Amazing Elastic Commerce Clause

    10/20/2010 5:18:19 AM PDT · by publiusF27 · 66 replies · 3+ views
    Reason ^ | 10/20/10 | Jacob Sullum
    In 2005 the Supreme Court said the federal government's power to "regulate commerce…among the several states" extends to the tiniest speck of marijuana wherever it may be found, even in the home of a patient who grows it for her own medical use in compliance with state law. "If Congress can regulate this under the Commerce Clause," Justice Clarence Thomas warned in his dissent, "then it can regulate virtually anything—and the Federal Government is no longer one of limited and enumerated powers." The Obama administration, which was in court this week defending the new federal requirement that every American obtain...
  • Penalty for Individuals Without Health Insurance After 2013

    07/06/2010 4:06:28 PM PDT · by Busywhiskers · 6 replies
    The Billups Company CPA's Inc. ^ | July 6, 2010 | Stephen Ashby
    One of the most controversial provisions of the Obama health care reform legislation is the individual health care mandate. This is a requirement that individuals maintain essential health care insurance coverage beginning in 2014 or face an excise tax enforced by the Internal Revenue Service. This provision has already spawned numerous court challenges by individual states challenging whether the federal government has the constitutional authority to compel Americans to buy something they may not want to buy.
  • Death sentence overturned in brutal South Beach rape and murder

    06/24/2010 11:54:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 6/24/2010 | David Ovalle
    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence for a man convicted for the rape and murder of Ana Maria Angel, who was kidnapped along with her boyfriend during a stroll on South Beach in 2002. Victor Caraballo, 42, was one of five men accused in the brutal attack on Angel, 18, and her boyfriend, Nelson Portobanco, in April 2002. The couple, high-school sweethearts, were snatched from a Miami Beach street corner after they had taken a midnight stroll on the beach. Caraballo and the other four men drove the couple north on Interstate 95, taking turns raping...
  • What’s the Penalty for Not Having Insurance?

    06/17/2010 8:02:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 999+ views
    nyt ^ | MICHELLE ANDREWS
    Q. Despite being an Obama supporter and a strong proponent of health care reform, I think this plan is awful and I want to demonstrate my displeasure by boycotting it. My attitude is that you can tax me all you want for a single-payer system, but I will be damned if I pay a penny to a private company that I don’t wish to pay. Given that attitude, it seems likely that I will be subject to the nonpayment penalties, which I also do not plan on paying. Other than seizing my tax refund (something I will avoid, since I...
  • Death penalty to be sought in Greensburg torture-killing

    06/08/2010 9:13:23 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 16 replies · 27+ views
    TRIBUNE-REVIEW (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 8 June 2010 | Rich Cholodofsky
    Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck will seek the death penalty against two men and one woman accused of torturing and killing a mentally disabled Greensburg woman. Peck filed notice yesterday that he will ask jurors to sentence Ricky V. Smyrnes, 24; Melvin L. Knight, 20; and Amber C. Meidinger, 20, to death by lethal injection, if convicted, because they tortured the victim. The three — along with Peggy Darlene Miller, 27; Robert Loren Masters, 36; and Angela Marinucci, 17 — are charged with first- and second-degree homicide in the stabbing death of Jennifer Daugherty, 30, in a Greensburg apartment...
  • Accused Killer of Lily Burk Pleads Guilty, Avoids Death Penalty

    05/28/2010 3:47:43 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 16 replies · 664+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 28, 2010 | Jack Leonard
    A transient with a long criminal history pleaded guilty Friday to kidnapping and murdering a 17-year-old girl who was killed after failed attempts to withdraw cash from an automated teller machine with a credit card. The plea spared Charlie Samuel a possible death sentence for the killing of Lily Burk, whose body was found inside her car in a downtown Los Angeles parking lot. Her neck and been slashed and her head beaten. As part of his plea agreement with prosecutors, Samuel will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Samuel, 50, was on...
  • The PPACA Penalty Provision and the Internal Revenue Service (CRS document)

    05/07/2010 1:29:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 277+ views
    MEMORANDUM April 30, 2010 To: Hon. Tom Coburn Attention: Josh Trent From: Carol A. Pettit, Legislative Attorney, 7-9496 Edward C. Liu, Legislative Attorney, 7-9166 Subject: The PPACA Penalty Provision and the Internal Revenue Service This memorandum responds to your request for information regarding the penalty imposed on those who fail to maintain minimum essential health benefits coverage. The requirement for coverage and the penalty for noncompliance, beginning in tax year 2014, were established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, in new section 5000A of the Internal...
  • It's Official - America Now Enforces Capital Controls (The Obama Fascists destroy Investing)

    04/03/2010 6:00:07 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 218 replies · 9,349+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/28/2010 | Tyler Durden
    It couldn't have happened to a nicer country. On March 18, with very little pomp and circumstance, president Obama passed the most recent stimulus act, the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (H.R. 2487), brilliantly goalseeked by the administration's millionaire cronies to abbreviate as HIRE. As it was merely the latest in an endless stream of acts destined to expand the government payroll to infinity, nobody cared about it, or actually read it. Because if anyone had read it, the act would have been known as the Capital Controls Act, as one of the lesser, but infinitely more...
  • Marriage Penalty Hidden in Health Care Reform

    12/10/2009 5:08:06 PM PST · by cornelis · 37 replies · 1,759+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | 12-10-09 | Kim Trobee
    Marriage Penalty Hidden in Health Care Reform by Kim Trobee, editor Higher premiums may discourage people from getting married. A closer look at premium payments in both the House and Senate health care bills shows higher premiums that might discourage couples tying the knot. For instance, in the House version, an unmarried couple each making $30,000 a year would pay $1,320 combined each year for private health insurance. If that couple chose to marry, their premium would jump to $12,000 a year, a difference of $10,680. Allen Quist, a former Minnesota State legislator and current candidate for Congress, discovered the...