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  • Treasury Directs Employers to Begin Withholding Taxes

    02/21/2009 3:48:37 PM PST · by EagleUSA · 41 replies · 2,441+ views
    Fox News / Politics ^ | 02/20/2009 | EagleUSA
    The notoriously slow Congress passed the $787 billion economic stimulus package in a matter of weeks. President Obama signed it into law less than one month into his presidency. So, just how soon will Americans start reaping the benefits of tax cuts in it? By April 1, according to the president. "Never before in our history has a tax cut taken effect faster or gone to so many hardworking Americans," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. He said the Treasury Department has begun directing employers to reduce the amount of taxes withheld from people's paychecks in...
  • Some Americans, Underwater but Ineligible, are Riled Up

    02/19/2009 8:32:46 AM PST · by SJackson · 30 replies · 1,241+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | 2-19-09 | NICK TIMIRAOS and MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS
    "What do you expect from the government?" David Newton, 46 years old, proprietor of DJN Management LLC, which owns 232 rental apartments in the Atlanta area. "The government isn't out there to help people who obey the law and follow the rules. Mr. Obama told everybody, 'I'm going to spread wealth around,' and that's what he's going to do” "We can afford to make our payments, so no one is going to help us," Jill Wong, has watched the value of her Modesto, Calif., home drop to $350,000, from the $605,000 she paid four years ago…left her with a mortgage...
  • Bill Would Give State Unused Gift Card Money (MD)

    02/06/2009 5:55:24 AM PST · by JZelle · 49 replies · 1,305+ views
    WBALTV.COM ^ | 2-5-09
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Annapolis lawmakers are introducing a bill that would allow for the collection of money from unspent gift cards to put into the state treasury. Nationally, gift cards are a $59 billion industry. Experts estimate that 6 percent of gift cards go unspent in Maryland. The bill would allow the state to claim 70 percent of that unused money and use the cash to fund education. "To me, this is a no-brainer. If you haven't used your gift card for four years, you are not going to use it, and why can't we share? The bill states we...
  • GOP defies Obama overtures

    01/29/2009 9:15:01 AM PST · by EagleUSA · 12 replies · 863+ views
    Yahoo / POLITICO ^ | 01/29/2009 | EagleUSA
    House Republicans have proposed an alternative that leaders say would create 6.2 million jobs for only $478 billion. "What Member can't go back his or her District and explain: Rather than voting for a bloated bill, ... I voted for an alternative that would create twice the jobs at half the cost, and faster?" a House Republican leadership aide said. "That's why we didn't lose a single Republican and picked up 11 Democrats." Pushing back against the unanimous House Republican vote against President Obama’s stimulus plan, the White House plans to release state-by-state job figures “so we can put a...
  • US rock group win vinyl art prize (recycling old paintings)

    01/05/2009 10:55:45 AM PST · by weegee · 8 replies · 483+ views
    BBC News ^ | Page last updated at 13:17 GMT, Monday, 5 January 2009 | no byline
    The debut album by US indie rock group Fleet Foxes has won the Art Vinyl prize for best cover. The self-titled album features the 1559 painting Netherlandish Proverbs, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. A mixture of 50 obscure and well-known vinyl record sleeves from 2008 were shortlisted for the prize, with 3,000 people voting online. The winning covers will be on display at art galleries in London, Birmingham, Northampton and Norwich. Londoner Roots Manuva's album Slime and Reason - featuring a classical-style bust of the rapper complete with green slime - was voted second while the cover of Coldplay's Viva...
  • Both California Houses Approve Tax Measure

    12/18/2008 3:31:55 PM PST · by thesharkboy · 24 replies · 815+ views
    KFI 640 ^ | Dec. 18, 2008 | KFI 640 Radio
    Both houses of the California legislature have approved the measure to raise income and sales taxes and replace the gas tax with a "gas fee."
  • Democrats may tax health benefits

    12/01/2008 12:42:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 214 replies · 7,087+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2008-12-01 | Lisa Wangsness
    WASHINGTON - In the last month of the presidential campaign, it was one of Barack Obama and Joe Biden's strongest attack lines: John McCain, they warned, would "tax your healthcare benefits for the first time ever." But now, some Congressional Democrats in charge of health reform are talking about doing just that. They would not go as far as McCain, who wanted to end the tax exclusion entirely for employer-sponsored insurance, which excludes money spent by employees and their employers on health benefits from income and payroll taxes. But some key Democrats are talking about limiting the benefit for workers,...
  • Hollywood Pinups are back (Modern Celebs recreate Vargas famous pinup gals)

    11/24/2008 9:02:10 AM PST · by Mister Ghost · 99 replies · 31,605+ views
    Style Drama ^ | Nov 24th, 2008 | Style Drama
    The famous Vargas pinup girls were given a rebirth by celebrity photographer Tim White, whom decided to honor Alberto Vargas, the pin-up girls painter, with a book called Hollywood Pinups. Angie Harmon, Susan Sarandon, Kate Hudson, Tea Leoni, Michelle Trachtenberg, Elisha Cuthbert, Denise Richards and even the Olsens are all given a touch of that old Hollywood glam in Tim White’s photographs.
  • Fannie Mae Gets Delisting Notice

    11/18/2008 1:38:22 PM PST · by Attention Surplus Disorder · 9 replies · 753+ views
    Fannie Mae, Yahoo Business News ^ | November 18, 2008 | Fannie Mae (8K)
    18-Nov-2008 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Cont Item 3.01 Notice of Delisting or Failure to Satisfy a Continued Listing Rule or Standard; Transfer of Listing. (a) On November 12, 2008, Fannie Mae (formally, the Federal National Mortgage Association) received a notice from the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") that we had failed to satisfy one of the NYSE's standards for continued listing of our common stock. Specifically, the NYSE advised us that we were "below criteria" for the Exchange's price criteria for common stock because the average closing price of our common stock during the 30...
  • Paulson's Gift (Banking Bailout was the Biggest Taxpayer Rippoff Ever)

    11/11/2008 8:29:31 PM PST · by curiosity · 19 replies · 365+ views
    University of Chicago Graduate School of Business ^ | 11/11/2008 | Pietro Veronesi and Luigi Zingales
    We calculate the costs and benefits of the largest ever U.S. Government intervention in the financial system. We estimate that the revised Paulson plan increased the value of banks’ financial claims by $109 billion at a taxpayers’ cost of $112 -135 billions, creating no value in the banking sector. We compare the cost of Paulson’s plan with the costs of alternative solutions that would have achieved the same objective in term of solvency of the banking system. We find that the revised Paulson plan is the most expensive for the taxpayers, second only to the original Paulson plan. The biggest...
  • This bailout doesn't pay dividends

    10/23/2008 2:15:43 PM PDT · by curiosity · 23 replies · 511+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2008 | David Scharfstein and Jeremy Stein
    ON Oct. 13, the chief executives of nine large American banks were called to a meeting at the Treasury Department. At the meeting, Secretary Henry Paulson offered them $125 billion from the federal government in exchange for shares of preferred stock. The chief executives accepted his terms. In some accounts of the meeting, Secretary Paulson is described as playing the role of the Godfather, making the banks an offer they could not refuse. But in one important respect, he was more Santa Claus than Vito Corleone: the agreement allowed the banks to continue paying dividends to common shareholders.
  • Not so much bail-out as rip-off

    09/29/2008 11:29:59 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 3 replies · 529+ views ^ | Monday September 29 2008 | Nouriel Roubini
    Thus, the treasury plan is a disgrace: a bail-out of reckless bankers, lenders and investors that provides little direct debt relief to borrowers and financially stressed households and that will come at a very high cost to the US taxpayer. And the plan does nothing to resolve the severe stress in money markets and interbank markets that are now close to a systemic meltdown. It is pathetic that Congress did not consult any of the many professional economists that have presented – many on the RGE Monitor Finance blog forum – alternative plans that were more fair and efficient. This...
  • Time to Clng to your Customers

    09/12/2008 9:37:34 AM PDT · by mikebeam · 23 replies · 563+ views
    09/12/2008 | Michael Beam
    Today in America times are tough and customers are hard to come by. That is why it is important not to do your customers wrong. DirecTV doesn’t seem to understand this philosophy. They give you substandard service and then when you had enough they try to extort money from you. I have cancelled my DirecTV service because of bad or what I like to call NO customer service. Now they want to tell me I owe almost $400.oo in contract cancellation fees. I never signed a contract with DirecTV. I have noticed through all my research that many people have...
  • Traveler Beware: Priceline Customer Service is an Oxymoron

    07/26/2008 3:40:48 PM PDT · by SantaLuz · 25 replies · 762+ views
    Here is cautionary tale for travelers considering using Priceline to book their travel... I haven't used Priceline for years because of bad experiences in the past. But I thought I'd give them one more try. I booked a hotel room through Priceline for our family, and requested 2 beds, but got a standard room with 1 king sized bed instead. Somehow in the booking process Priceline swapped what we asked for without us knowing. I'm sure this was just a glitch of their computer system , but none-the-less we didn't know this had occured first. I discovered this later when...
  • San Diego drivers appreciate Mexico's Cheap Gas

    06/15/2008 7:35:16 AM PDT · by EagleUSA · 35 replies · 112+ views
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 6/15/2008 | EagleUSA
    SAN DIEGO - If there's pain at the pump in the U.S., Mexico may just have a remedy. A gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in San Diego retails for an average price of $4.61 a gallon. A few miles south, in Tijuana, it's about $2.54 — even less if you pay in pesos. More and more people appear to be taking advantage of the lower price. "I used to buy exclusively in the U.S. before gas started really going up," said Patrick Garcia, a drama teacher at an elementary school in San Diego who lives in Tijuana. "Since then, I've...
  • A Style of Obama Poster Not Likely To Be Widely Imitated

    03/14/2008 4:12:05 PM PDT · by jdm · 65 replies · 3,507+ views
    NRO Campaign Spot ^ | March 14, 2008 | by Jim Geraghty
    It's a free country, and if Barack Obama's campaign wants to make money from posters ($70 a pop!) designed by the artist Shepard Fairey, they can go right ahead. (The candidate himself thanked the artist, and said that his "images have a profound affect on people, whether seen in a gallery or on a stop sign." You know, because they're put on stickers and posted all over public property.) And I'm sure I'll be told that the artist uses Communist propaganda imagery in an ironic way, or a satirical way, or in a way of making a pro-freedom political statement...
  • The Costa dream that turned sour (The Spanish Housing Bubble goes "Pop!")

    02/07/2008 9:39:10 AM PST · by 2banana · 5 replies · 117+ views
    The Guardian ^ | February 6, 2008 | Paul Hamilos
    In the past two decades, thousands of Britons have moved to Spain in search of a place in the sun. But now property sales are plummeting, following the news that many of the expats' homes were built illegally, and demolition crews are moving in. Paul Hamilos reports ... LOTS OF GOOD STUFF ... After three decades of growth that made Spain one of Europe's strongest-growing economies, the wheels are starting to come loose. At the end of last year inflation reached its highest point in more than 10 years. Add falling house prices, a struggling stock market and rising unemployment...
  • Diamond/DeBerrs Class Action Lawsuit

    01/22/2008 5:29:24 AM PST · by SuzanneWeeks · 7 replies · 869+ views ^ | 1/21/08 | Marilyn Lewis
    Buy a diamond? Get a refund You may be owed a cut of a $295 million class-action settlement for gems purchased as long ago as 1994. Here's how figure out whether you're eligible and how to make a claim. advertisement Article Tools E-mail to a friendTools IndexPrint-friendly versionSite MapDiscuss in a Message BoardArticle IndexBy Marilyn Lewis How would you like a little refund on that diamond nose stud you bought in your wilder days? Or the diamond engagement ring you purchased for your sweetie when you settled down? If you bought a piece of diamond jewelry -- or jewelry with...
  • VANITY - Buying Electronics From Amazon A Good Deal or a Risk?

    01/06/2008 2:39:14 PM PST · by Yaelle · 50 replies · 209+ views
    self | 01/06/08 | self
    I am buying a very expensive though small piece of electronics (a HD camcorder that can fit in a purse or pocket). It's got a great price on Amazon, better than anywhere else. I was thinking that because it's so small and I have little kids, I might need some kind of extended warranty, which I usually never get nor need. Can I count on the manufacturer to provide good customer service for this product? Should I buy elsewhere in case something goes wrong or I get a lemon? Any suggestions from the techies?
  • Shot In Boston, With A Cast Of 42, "It's A Wonderful Kwanzaa" (Commie Pig Theater)

    12/16/2007 11:04:48 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies · 589+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 16, 2007 | Rich Fahey
    Shot in Boston, with a cast of 42, it's a wonderful Kwanzaa December 16, 2007 While the Christmas film has been a staple of American cinema since George Bailey discovered it's a wonderful life, the African-American holiday of Kwanzaa, observed from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 each year, has been around for only about 40 years, and the cinematic pickings are much slimmer. That's why a Boston-based independent filmmaker believes he's breaking new ground with his movie. "Kwanzaa with the Jones's" will have its premiere Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline. The film is the...