The 62nd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer will take place on
Throughout the state there will be prayer breakfasts, prayer walks, prayer gatherings at city halls, churches, parks, schools, and the state capitol.
Please contact the national website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org to find a prayer event close to you.
Below are the locations and time for the MS Gulf Coast area. If you are unable to attend
an NDP event, please take time May 2 to pray in unison where you are.
Vietnam War Memorial Corner of
Ocean Springs: City Hall
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
MGCCC Jackson Co. Campus
Vancleave: Gazebo in front of the
iver Front, Denny St. In Case of rain, the event will be held at the
A could of weeks ago I spoke out against the Online Sales
Tax and had several that disagreed. They felt that online retailers are
cheating by not paying taxes like the bos stores.
My reasoning is that it’s a just one more major Pain in the
Buttocks where the burden on business is greater then the tax dollars up for
Sen Mitch McConnell spoke out against the Internet Tax Bill
and was criticized. However, after fact checking his claim…..well, see below in an artical in the Washington Post 4.26.13
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
“From what I’m told, there are nearly 10,000 state, local, and municipal
tax codes nationwide. And while complying with so many codes might not be a big
deal for large online retailers, it’s a huge burden on the little guys.”
--Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, speaking against a bill that
would require online merchants to collect sales taxes,
During last week’s debate over a bill that supporters call the Marketplace Fairness Act—which appears headed for Senate passage in May with bipartisan support
--a colleague spotted this “nearly 10,000” figure and wondered about its
accuracy. It certainly seems like a large number.
The proposed bill would require online sellers with annual revenues of
about $1 million to collect the relevant sales taxes that would have been due
if the buyer had purchased the item in their home state. Currently, no sales
tax is expected to be collected if the seller does not have a physical presence
in the state, such as a warehouse. Instead, buyers are supposed to pay such
sales taxes when they file their income taxes, but compliance is poor, so
states claim they are losing billions of dollars in unpaid state taxes.
McConnell’s office said he got the figure from a report by the Tax Foundation, which said that “several
private firms maintain databases of the sales tax rates in the 9,600 local
jurisdictions in the
Joseph D. Henchman, vice president of legal and state projects at the Tax
Foundation, said the actual figure is 9,646, as of July 2011. He said that Vertex, Inc., a sales tax
software provider, calculated the figure at the Tax Foundation’s request.
Diane L. Yetter, founder of the Chicago-based Sales Tax Institute,
said the numbers vary so much because of differences in the sophistication of
the software. For instance, she said,
has several special-purpose tax districts, such as for the stadium or the
convention center. Some software companies count each district as separate tax
jurisdiction and others lump together all of the districts as one entity.
The numbers add up quickly because all but five states have sales taxes, and
these then can be layered with county, city and/or district sales taxes.
In 2012, Vertex says, 259 tax jurisdictions either increased or decreased their rates, while 167 new
tax districts were created.
“The number is not easily verifiable,” she said, noting the wide ranges of
estimates. “But 9,600 is probably a good average.” She said the figure refers to
the number of “tax authorities that have the right and the ability to impose a
tax with a rate.”
Whether the crazy-quilt of tax jurisdictions is “a burden” is open to
interpretation. David French, senior vice president of government relations at
the National Retail Federation, which is pushing hard for the new law, said
that “it is true that there are roughly 9,600 taxing jurisdictions, but the
Marketplace Fairness Act contains several provisions to simplify compliance for
As an example, he said the bill would require that there be only one return
per state, so sellers would only have to file a maximum of 47 returns (45
states with a sales tax, plus D.C. and
He said the bill also includes a requirement for a uniform tax base within each
state, which is already underway as a result of an effort known as the
Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.
We obviously take no position on the legislation but the Congressional
Research Service produced an interesting report that lays out some of the issues for
readers who want to know more.
The Pinocchio Test
McConnell’s figure stands up to scrutiny, falling right in the center of the
various estimates of tax jurisdictions in the
whether the figure is especially relevant, especially if the bill would indeed
simplify the filing of state taxes, but McConnell earns a prized Geppetto
by Michael Moynihan |
© 2013 The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company LLC
On the same day ESPN broadcast the
Kick a student on the basketball court and you’ll lose your university job. Spend two decades in prison on radical chic murder rap and you’ll get one.
Let’s be clear: Private colleges can hire whomever they like, though one suspects that a Pinochet loyalist, a propagandist for Franco, or a far-right bomber—where academic jobs are scarce—wouldn’t make the shortlist of candidates at
Here's a quick look at Kathy Boudin and other 60s radicals turned professors.
The most famous Weather Underground bombers-cum-professors are, of course, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn (also a former Sheinberg Scholar-in-Residence at NYU, which must consider bomb-making skills when making its selection), whose infantile politics and tenure on the FBI’s Most Wanted List never dented the confidence of the University of Illinois or Northwestern University.
Ayers and Dohrn have long maintained that their bombing campaigns never deliberately targeted people, a claim that elides a rather important event: the famous 1970 explosion at a Weather bomb factory in
In a fair-minded piece for LA Weekly, journalist Peter Jamison reported that investigators also believed an unsolved 1970 bombing of a
Ayers, Dohrn, and Machtiger spent most of the 1970s “underground,” attempting to avoid prosecution on a variety of charges (including a foiled attempt to bomb the Detroit Police Officers Association Building) and Jamison says that the three “were all targets of a secret federal grand jury investigation in 2003” into the police station bombing. It might not surprise you that, before retiring, Machtinger was a professor at
Or take former Black Panther party grandee Ericka Huggins, who is now a professor of women’s studies at
But a few salient facts aren’t disputed: After days of “interrogation,” Rackley was brutally tortured—beaten mercilessly, boiling water poured on his naked body—and left to marinate in his own blood, urine, and feces. As a warning to other “traitors,” one torture session was audiotaped. In the scratchy recording recovered by police, Huggins can be heard recalling when she “began to realize how phony [Rackley] was and that he was either an extreme fool or a pig, so we began to ask questions with a little force and the answers came out after a few buckets of hot water.” During the session, Rackley was tied to his chair with a gun pointed at him. As he shifted nervously, Huggins snapped, “Sit down motherfucker. Keep still.” (A copy of the tape was recently discovered in a
After 16 years in prison, her sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton and, not long after, the self-identified “human rights activist” took a position teaching at
In their book Murder in the Model City, authors Paul Bass and Douglas W. Rae describe a broken Rackley being led out of the house two days after the taped session, to be driven to his execution site in a nearby marsh: “From her perch by the kitchen counter, Ericka Huggins, the highest-ranking female Panther in town, watched [Panthers George] Sams and Warren [Kimbro] walk Rackley out the door. Sam brandished the .45 automatic as he held Rackley’s arms, which were tied together with ropes.” Warren Kimbro shot Alex Rackley in the head. He later confessed to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison, but only served four years. By 1975, he was an assistant dean at
After years on the run, having been indicted for her involvement in the Brinks robbery and murder in Nyack, Weather Underground member Susan Rosenberg was caught in 1985 moving “740 pounds of dynamite and weapons, including a submachine gun,” according to The New York Times, from her car into a storage locker. After 16 years in prison, her sentence was commuted by President Bill Clinton and, not long after, the self-identified “human rights activist” took a position teaching at
Former Weather Underground member Eleanor Raskin, who fled after being indicted for bomb making in the 1970s, is an associate professor at
And on it goes. Perhaps you detect a pattern developing here?
They might have been violent charlatans, but they were violent charlatans in search of a better society. They might resist providing a full and proper accounting of their crimes, but most will concede that their tactics might have been misguided and offer qualified repentance, but insist that their instincts were correct.
So go ahead and commit a crime, “expropriate” a bank. Just make sure you leave an incoherent manifesto at the scene, claiming that you’re shooting your guns and filling your pockets with loot for the people. When caught, you won’t be a convicted murderer, but a “political prisoner.” And when released, you can be a college professor.
For the last couple of weeks, my wife and I have been working on the landscaping of our new home. There have been a few…ah…casualties.
Just a little background here, I was raised to never….NEVER….cut a Pecan, Magnolia, Oak, Dogwood, or Loblolly Pine. (And azaleas but since I hate those I choose to ignore that rule and keep silent if I do have to remove one)
Now, since we have a squirrel army that surround us and drop
acorns everywhere, we have several small trees growing under larger Oak, Pecan and Pines. Wanting to be able to mow under them at some point I took it on my own to….yes….CUT DOWN Several trees from sapling to some 8-10 feet tall to make way for the older trees to flourish and improve our view of the back yard.
I share this story to get to THIS Story. Today is Earth Day. Please watch the video (Click Here for Link) to see the ensuing outcome of my killing of helpless trees….kg
Have you head for Magnetic Putty? This is some of the coolest HD Video of stuff.
Yea I know....I'm easly amused.