Day: July 31, 2017

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Calf looks like Gene Simmons


If this calf has her way, she’ll be rock and rolling all night and partying every day.

A calf born in Kerville, Texas has been given the name Genie, as she has a striking resemblance to Kiss frontman Gene Simmons.

The calf was born on July 28 and like Simmons, continues to stick her tongue out when posing for photos.  

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Simmons, known for his role on “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” as well as being the lead singer of the rock band Kiss, is known for sticking his tongue out. The rock legend even had a magazine, entitled “Gene Simmons Tongue Magazine.”

Hill Country Visitor, a tourist company that promotes Texas Hill, tried to get Simmons’ attention with a Facebook post, asking him where he was on Nov., 26, 2016.

Genie was born on Heather Leonard Taccetta’s ranch. Ironically enough, Leonard Taccetta works at a steakhouse in Texas, named Cowboy Steak House.

“Now Obviously, we can’t serve this fine specimen, we may just keep Genie as we call her, as a Mascot for the Steakhouse,” explained Hill Country Visitor, in the Facebook post.

 



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Piers: Rowling's 'disgraceful'


J. K. Rowling has been labelled a “disgraceful liar” by Piers Morgan after falsely accusing President Trump of snubbing a wheelchair-bound boy.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, the Harry Potter author called Trump a “monster of narcissism” and claimed he had “pretended not to see” a child in a wheelchair as he met with “victims of Obamacare” before a press conference on July 24.

She wrote: “Trump imitated a disabled reporter. Now he pretends not to see a child in a wheelchair, as though frightened he might catch his condition.

“This monster of narcissism values only himself and his pale reflections. The disabled, minorities, transgender people, the poor, women (unless related to him by ties of blood, and therefore his creations) are treated with contempt, because they do not resemble Trump.

“My mother used a wheelchair. I witnessed people uncomfortable around her disability, but if they had a shred of decency they got over it.

“So yes, that clip of Trump looking deliberately over a disabled child’s head, ignoring his outstretched hand, has touched me on the raw.

“That man occupies the most powerful office in the free world and his daily outrages against civilised norms are having a corrosive effect.

“How stunning, and how horrible, that Trump cannot bring himself to shake the hand of a small boy who only wanted to touch the president.”

There was just one problem with Rowling’s heartfelt rant – Trump hadn’t ignored the boy at all.

Rowling seems to have based her tweet-storm on an edited clip that popped up on social media, appearing to show Trump snubbing the three-year-old boy – whose name is Monty.

But that clip has since been deleted and an unedited version released by the White House clearly shows the president greeting him.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.



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Seattle's Income Tax Brings Out the Crazy in People


By unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council has now enacted an Income Tax ordinance imposing a tax on “high income residents,” i.e,  those whose annual incomes exceed $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers).

The new legislation is largely the work of Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, an unabashed leftist and redistributionist who was elected on the Socialist Alternative party ticket, and who was a moving force behind Seattle’s ill-advised $15 per hour minimum wage.

[Kshama immigrated from India to the United States, ostensibly to improve her economic situation.  She went on to further her education, submitting her PhD dissertation in 2009. It is certainly fair to ask how this venture was underwritten.]

Kshama is only accepting $40,000 of her $117,000 annual salary, declaring that figure as “roughly the full-time take-home pay of a Seattleite.”

After paying taxes, the remainder of my salary will go to a Solidarity Fund to help build social justice movements. Throughout the year I will be making donations from this Solidarity Fund to causes such as workers’ strike funds, and environmental, civil rights, and women’s rights campaigns.

Some flashing red lights here:

Firstly, just what is this “Solidarity Fund” and who administers it?  Is it commingled with Kshama’s regular bank accounts, and if so (and even if the excess funds are placed into a separate account over which she herself has signatory authority), are we to depend upon her self-control for assurances that she does in fact live on $40,000 per year?  Where is the transparency in the Fund’s administration?

Secondly, if indeed Kshama’s personal annual budget is indeed $40,000 from a gross salary of $117,000, she has much more wiggle room in her budget than the burgerflippers who continue to suffer wage cutbacks and/or joblessness on account of the Seattle minimum wage law she pushed so assiduously to enact.

Thirdly, inasmuch the ObamaCare individual requirement to purchase healthcare insurance is part of the Internal Revenue Code, are Kshama’s healthcare expenses part of the taxes in her “after paying taxes” qualification?  And speaking of healthcare, does the $40,000 “take home” figure include the job perquisites and benefits she, as a Council member, receives but which are largely unavailable to the average Seattleite (think meals, transportation, parking, cell phone, home office, laptop computers, et cetera)?

Fourthly, when purchasing her $345,000 home, was Kshama’s mortgage qualification based upon her gross monthly income, or on her purported $40,000 budget?

Kshama wrote an article posted on the leftist Jacobin website, in which she stated:

[W]e need to think deeply about where our strength lies and how to create disruption on an even greater scale. Working people have enormous potential power to shut down the profits of big business by taking action in their workplaces like slowdowns, sickouts, and strikes. (snip)


Let’s use the coming weeks to begin planning for workplace actions as well a mass peaceful civil disobedience that shuts down highways, airports, and other key infrastructure. Students can organize walkouts in their schools to send a powerful message that youth reject Trump’s racism and misogyny.

Though she later insisted that her purported calls in the article civil disobedience in connection with May Day demonstrations would be peaceful, they proved to be violent and disruptive.

The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) has rationally enumerated why Seattle’s new tax is bound to fail to achieve its purported objectives, and bring some supposedly unintended economic and bureaucratic negative consequences.

But the WSRP’s opposition does not end there; in its vehement opposition, WSRP calls:

…for the overtaxed citizens of Seattle, on behalf of all citizens of the state, to forcefully resist a new income tax passed by the Seattle City Council.


This law is unconstitutional, illegal, and against the voters’ will expressed nine times at the ballot box and it deserves nothing less than civil disobedience — that is refusal to comply, file or pay.


Don’t be fooled! This is not a tax on the rich. This is a thinly veiled attempt to test the state constitutional limits of an income tax for all.

This pronunciamento from an official Republican organization, validly founded as it may be, sounds awfully like leftist Democratic rhetoric.

As noted by Emerson, “Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes.”

Mass taxation protests have proven to be sources of potential upheaval and violence; the British Raj in India, the French Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Whiskey Rebellion come immediately to mind.

The consequences of the WSRP’s extreme stance are unpredictable.  If things do get out of hand, will the Washington State Republican Party be held accountable in ways that Kshama Sawant was not?

WSRP does not stand alone in its opposition to the Seattle income tax; the Freedom Foundation  and the Washington Policy Center have also come out against the tax. Given the überleftist entrenchment in Seattle, and the possible synergies of the tax’s opposition, how well this one plays out is anybody’s guess.

Kenneth H. Ryesky, now a senior advisor in the U.S. Desk of Ernst & Young’s International Tax Services in Tel Aviv, is a lawyer who has taught business law and taxation at Queens College CUNY.  He formerly served as an attorney for the IRS.

By unanimous vote, the Seattle City Council has now enacted an Income Tax ordinance imposing a tax on “high income residents,” i.e,  those whose annual incomes exceed $250,000 ($500,000 for joint filers).

The new legislation is largely the work of Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, an unabashed leftist and redistributionist who was elected on the Socialist Alternative party ticket, and who was a moving force behind Seattle’s ill-advised $15 per hour minimum wage.

[Kshama immigrated from India to the United States, ostensibly to improve her economic situation.  She went on to further her education, submitting her PhD dissertation in 2009. It is certainly fair to ask how this venture was underwritten.]

Kshama is only accepting $40,000 of her $117,000 annual salary, declaring that figure as “roughly the full-time take-home pay of a Seattleite.”

After paying taxes, the remainder of my salary will go to a Solidarity Fund to help build social justice movements. Throughout the year I will be making donations from this Solidarity Fund to causes such as workers’ strike funds, and environmental, civil rights, and women’s rights campaigns.

Some flashing red lights here:

Firstly, just what is this “Solidarity Fund” and who administers it?  Is it commingled with Kshama’s regular bank accounts, and if so (and even if the excess funds are placed into a separate account over which she herself has signatory authority), are we to depend upon her self-control for assurances that she does in fact live on $40,000 per year?  Where is the transparency in the Fund’s administration?

Secondly, if indeed Kshama’s personal annual budget is indeed $40,000 from a gross salary of $117,000, she has much more wiggle room in her budget than the burgerflippers who continue to suffer wage cutbacks and/or joblessness on account of the Seattle minimum wage law she pushed so assiduously to enact.

Thirdly, inasmuch the ObamaCare individual requirement to purchase healthcare insurance is part of the Internal Revenue Code, are Kshama’s healthcare expenses part of the taxes in her “after paying taxes” qualification?  And speaking of healthcare, does the $40,000 “take home” figure include the job perquisites and benefits she, as a Council member, receives but which are largely unavailable to the average Seattleite (think meals, transportation, parking, cell phone, home office, laptop computers, et cetera)?

Fourthly, when purchasing her $345,000 home, was Kshama’s mortgage qualification based upon her gross monthly income, or on her purported $40,000 budget?

Kshama wrote an article posted on the leftist Jacobin website, in which she stated:

[W]e need to think deeply about where our strength lies and how to create disruption on an even greater scale. Working people have enormous potential power to shut down the profits of big business by taking action in their workplaces like slowdowns, sickouts, and strikes. (snip)


Let’s use the coming weeks to begin planning for workplace actions as well a mass peaceful civil disobedience that shuts down highways, airports, and other key infrastructure. Students can organize walkouts in their schools to send a powerful message that youth reject Trump’s racism and misogyny.

Though she later insisted that her purported calls in the article civil disobedience in connection with May Day demonstrations would be peaceful, they proved to be violent and disruptive.

The Washington State Republican Party (WSRP) has rationally enumerated why Seattle’s new tax is bound to fail to achieve its purported objectives, and bring some supposedly unintended economic and bureaucratic negative consequences.

But the WSRP’s opposition does not end there; in its vehement opposition, WSRP calls:

…for the overtaxed citizens of Seattle, on behalf of all citizens of the state, to forcefully resist a new income tax passed by the Seattle City Council.


This law is unconstitutional, illegal, and against the voters’ will expressed nine times at the ballot box and it deserves nothing less than civil disobedience — that is refusal to comply, file or pay.


Don’t be fooled! This is not a tax on the rich. This is a thinly veiled attempt to test the state constitutional limits of an income tax for all.

This pronunciamento from an official Republican organization, validly founded as it may be, sounds awfully like leftist Democratic rhetoric.

As noted by Emerson, “Of all debts men are least willing to pay the taxes.”

Mass taxation protests have proven to be sources of potential upheaval and violence; the British Raj in India, the French Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, and the Whiskey Rebellion come immediately to mind.

The consequences of the WSRP’s extreme stance are unpredictable.  If things do get out of hand, will the Washington State Republican Party be held accountable in ways that Kshama Sawant was not?

WSRP does not stand alone in its opposition to the Seattle income tax; the Freedom Foundation  and the Washington Policy Center have also come out against the tax. Given the überleftist entrenchment in Seattle, and the possible synergies of the tax’s opposition, how well this one plays out is anybody’s guess.

Kenneth H. Ryesky, now a senior advisor in the U.S. Desk of Ernst & Young’s International Tax Services in Tel Aviv, is a lawyer who has taught business law and taxation at Queens College CUNY.  He formerly served as an attorney for the IRS.



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Ex-bank robber kills family to hide other secret


Kristen Baxter knew all about Brett Ryan’s bizarre and inexplicable stint as a bank robber and she was willing to marry him anyway.

But there was another secret he couldn’t tell her — one he deemed so mortifying that when his mother and brothers threatened to expose the truth before the wedding, Ryan murdered them before they could.

Almost a decade ago, Ryan’s break up with another girlfriend had triggered a depressive episode in Ryan that led to him to commit a series of heists in Canada disguised as an elderly man, earning him the nickname “Fake Beard Bandit.”

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But the spree was so out of character for the sweet, popular Ryan that the judge rejected the 10-year sentence requested by prosecutors and gave him just three years and nine months.

Good behavior resulted in the Parole Board of Canada granting Ryan day release after just 15 months, noting that he did not suffer from major mental illness, psychopathy or have a history of violence.

In fact “this circumstance has reconnected you to your family,” the board wrote.

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Seven counselling sessions (a condition of his day parole) later, a psychologist treating Ryan declared that he no longer needed therapy.

“You remain a low risk for offending,” the board wrote in 2011 in granting him full parole.

Just six years later, Ryan strangled his mother Susan and shot his brothers Christopher and Alexander to death with a crossbow in a triple homicide on August 25, 2016 that shocked Canadians.

The “Fake Beard Bandit” had morphed into “The Crossbow Killer.”

Click here for more from News.com.au. 



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Mom's honest post goes viral


This mom is not putting up with any shaming. Karen Johnson, a stay-at-home mom and blogger at The 21st Century SAHM, has penned an extremely honest Facebook post that has since gone viral, urging mothers not to judge one another.

Karen, who is a mom to three children, shared a photo of herself with a large bag of ice pops, and began her post about how she compares to other moms.

“My house is never clean. Like ever. I have friends (with kids) whose houses are spotless. Are they better mothers than me? Nope. Am I a better mother than them? Nope,” she writes. “I work out every day. I have mom friends who don’t exercise. (I mean other than running around like crazy people after their kids). Does that make either of us a better mom? Nope.”

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The Kansas City-area mom continued, comparing herself to moms like those who do water births (she chose the “epidural fairy” in the hospital) or who don’t drink (she admitted she’ll have a glass of wine or beer in front of her kids on occasion). She also said that while some mom friends of hers only serve their kids “super organic, chemical free and dye free” foods, her kids sometimes have the cheap popsicles she’s holding up in the photo for breakfast.

Karen then highlighted a number of different kinds of moms — like working mothers and stay at home moms — asking which was better, and pointing out that no group was better than the other.

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“So how about this? Can we all climb down off judgmental mountain for a second? And just support one another? And just say, Hey, motherhood is hard. You’re doing a good job. Raising kids can knock the wind out of a person. You got this,” she concluded. “How awesome would that be? Just a thought.”

Karen’s post clearly resonated, with over half a million people already sharing it on Facebook.

This article originally appeared on Women’s Health



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Elderly woman kills copperhead snakes with shotgun, shovel and rake handle


A 72-year-old Oklahoma woman refused to let more than a dozen copperhead snakes slither under her home unchecked Friday, using a shotgun, shovel and rake handle to crush and blast the critters to death.

The woman, identified only as Mrs. Newby, was dubbed the “snake killer” after she was spotted with 11 dead reptiles on the ground, neighbor Susan Thompson wrote in a Facebook post. 

“Mrs Newby killed 11 copperheads last night at her house ! She’s a snake killer if you need help call her ! She is 72 years old!” Thompson wrote in the caption. 

Mrs. Newby won’t be letting any other serpents slither their way into her life, either. Thompson said her determined neighbor planned to “sit outside last night and wait for some more” snakes. As of Sunday, 17 snakes have been killed — and there could be more. 

Thompson later added that Mrs. Newby, who appeared smiling and waving in the photo, had used a shotgun, shovel and rake handle to kill the snakes. 

“Oh my goodness !!! That is just crazy. !!!” one person commented. 

“Bless her heart!” another person wrote.

“I know her it’s been years since I’ve seen her but I used to keep her grand daughter Madelyn,” a friend commented, to which Thompson replied, “yep, that’s her then!”

Thompson later called Mrs. Newby an “awesome lady,” adding that she “sure [does] love her.” 



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Drenching rains from Tropical Storm Emily slam Florida


Tropical Storm Emily churned ashore near Tampa Bay on Monday, starting a trek across the peninsula amid drenching rains and fears of scattered street flooding that prompted the governor to declare nearly half of Florida’s counties in a state of emergency.

The National Hurricane Center said the ill-defined storm that sprang suddenly out of the Gulf of Mexico reached Florida’s central Gulf Coast late Monday morning and was moving eastward at 9mph. The Miami-based center said Emily was expected to weaken to a tropical depression while crossing Florida in the coming hours and then heading out into the Atlantic.

The Florida Highway Patrol closed the towering Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay on Monday morning because of high winds from Emily, which had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as it crawled ashore. Sgt. Steve Gaskins urged motorists in an email to seek other routes after gusts at the bridge were clocked at more than 60 mph.

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At 11 a.m. EDT Monday, Emily was centered about 35 miles southwest of Tampa and moving east at 9 mph. Forecasters say Emily was expected to dump between 2 to 4 inches of rain through Monday night between the Tampa bay area and Naples, with isolated amounts up to 8 inches in spots. Lesser amounts were predicted elsewhere.

A flood watch is in effect for much of the Tampa area, raising the threat of some scattered street flooding in low-lying areas. Law enforcement agencies urged motorists to drive with caution on a day that began as a miserable Monday morning commute for many. A few Tampa area communities, such as Pinellas Park and Tarpon Springs, offered residents sandbags to stave off any flooding.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday to declare a state of emergency for 31 of the state’s 67 counties as the rains settled in. He headed to the state’s Emergency Operations Center for a briefing on the storm and issued a news release urging those in the path of the storm to be vigilant as it crosses Florida. Forecasters were also warning of possible isolated tornadoes and offshore waterspouts from the system, which was already sending swirling rain bands across large areas of south Florida.

A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Anclote River to Bonita Beach on the Gulf Coast as the storm came ashore.



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Federal lawmakers seek to deregulate gun silencers


A handful of proposed federal bills would make gun silencers more readily available. And they may overrule Illinois’ ban on the firearms accessory.

Gun suppressors have been heavily regulated since the Great Depression. They reduce the sound of a gunshot to levels that aren’t as damaging to a shooter’s hearing. That’s why U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has introduced a bill that would deregulate them. There is also a companion bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

National Association of Gun Rights President Dudley Brown stresses suppressors are made to preserve hearing ability.

“It’s a broad freedom that is largely unpracticed in America except through incredible regulation,” he said. “We want to get rid of that.”

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Hackers easily bust into voting machines in challenge


Voting machines were no match for some of the nation’s best hackers at a weekend conference in Las Vegas. 

At the annual DefCon Conference, hackers boasted that they were able to breach the systems — in one case in as little as 90 minutes — in a demonstration that could renew longstanding concerns about voting-machine security. 

“It took me only a few minutes to see how to hack it,” security consultant Thomas Richards told The Hill. 

Conference participants reportedly were handed a total of 30 voting machines, of several different types, and told to find their weaknesses. They did.

With every machine successfully breached in less than a day, the conference proved the devices are not up to par with modern technologies.

Hacking methods reportedly included simple tactics like surfing through Google to find passwords, and hitting control-alt-delete and entering the machine’s generic password to unlock administrative functions.

Concerns over the nation’s voting security have escalated amid warnings that foreign actors and others could exploit vulnerabilities and disrupt elections. 

“Anything that’s happening in here, you can be sure that those intent on undermining the integrity of our election systems have already done, with all the time and the resources in the world,” Barbara Simons, president of Verified Voting, told USA Today. “There are plenty of people with hostile motives and very considerable attack skills out there.”

The group’s goal was not to simulate any vote-changing but rather to find the basic weaknesses in the systems. 

“The bad guys can get in,” said Jake Braun, a panel moderator at the conference who advised the Department of Homeland Security on cybersecurity during the Obama administration, according to Politico.



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