This proves that Americans really are stupid as they show just how uneducated they really are. We rank in the bottom half of the world when it comes to knowing geography.
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This seems to be growing momentum since the defeat of Proposition 8 in CA. I wonder who comes up with these lame-brain ideas? Yes, let’s get the IRS all over us for not reporting/paying in our taxes. If you get a return of money, you sure as hell are not going to protest! Come on everyone! Use your fucking heads, and come up with something better than this taxing proposal!
Gay tax revolt grows
by Matthew S. Bajko
Bay Area Reporter – edgeboston.com
Sunday Nov 23, 2008
The stripping of marriage rights from same-sex couples in California is giving renewed attention to calls for a national gay tax protest.
A handful of LGBT activists have refused to pay any state or federal income taxes for several years now. They argue that since they are not treated equally under the law as their heterosexual neighbors, they should not have to fork over the money they owe to state or federal governments.
Their protest has largely gone unnoticed or unheeded by the majority of LGBT Americans – until now.
Two days after the passage of Proposition 8, the anti-gay constitutional amendment California voters passed November 4 that bans gays and lesbians from marrying in the Golden State, lesbian singer Melissa Etheridge penned a posting on the Daily Beast blog titled “You can forget my taxes.”
She wrote that she would be withholding the half a million dollars she owes the state in taxes this year and urged other LGBT people to do the same.
Because she and her wife, Tammy Lynn Michaels, are no longer afforded the same rights as other Californians under the state constitution, Etheridge wrote that, “Okay, so I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state taxes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds sort of like that taxation without representation thing from the history books.”
Etheridge’s stance has led to the creation of a Facebook group called “I will join Melissa Ethridge [sic] in refusing to pay CA taxes until I can marry!” San Francisco resident Emily Drennen, a bisexual who this summer married her wife, Lindasusan Ulrich, created the page.
Drennen did not respond to a request for comment. On the Facebook page she wrote, “Singer Melissa Etheridge rails against the passage of the same-sex marriage ban in California – and she won’t be paying the state a dime. This group is for Californian LGBTQI citizens and our allies who pledge to withhold paying our 2008 taxes unless our marriage rights are restored.”
As of Tuesday, only 19 people had signed up, many being residents of other states.
In July of this year John Bisceglia started writing at http://www.gaytaxprotest.blogspot.com/ about the idea for a national tax equality protest on April 15, 2009. The Bellingham, Washington resident wrote that he used to pay his taxes until he divorced his partner in 2005 and saw how the law mistreated gay couples.
In a statement he released in August, Bisceglia said he had “reached his limit” and would withhold his tax filings until the federal government grants all LGBT Americans and their children the 1,400-plus legal rights and protections civil marriage affords.
“The federal government’s discrimination against LGBT families is an abomination; it is cruel to deny our families a marriage certificate while simultaneously doling them out like candy to heterosexuals,” he stated. “My hope is that those in the LGBT community with substantial income demand their long overdue rights by taking a stand for justice, for society, and for equality for all Americans.”
Palm Springs resident Charles Merrill stopped paying his federal and state taxes four years ago after President Bush urged in his State of the Union speech for Congress to pass a federal amendment banning same-sex marriage in the U.S. Constitution. At the time he and his partner of 18 years, Kevin Boyle, were living on a farm in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina.
Two years ago they moved to California and married this year. He has continued to withhold his federal and state income taxes and is suing the Internal Revenue Service. His lawsuit, Merrill vs. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, is scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Tax Court in San Diego sometime in 2009.
Merrill, 75, is a cousin to the founder of Merrill Lynch & Co. He applauded Etheridge for shining a national spotlight on the gay tax protest. In an interview this week, he said he would gladly pay his taxes, but not before he is afforded the same rights as straight taxpayers.
“I want to pay taxes but I want to pay them as everyone else, not as a second-class citizen,” said Merrill. “I am really doing this for the 18,000 couples who got married in California and are denied all those rights.”
Should the tax protest snowball into a national movement, he said it would send a strong signal to President-elect Barack Obama to maintain his campaign pledge to repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which has been used to justify discriminating against same-sex couples. Merrill noted that in Massachusetts, where same-sex marriage is still legal, and California prior to Election Day nearly 30,000 gay and lesbian couples have married, with more exchanging vows in Connecticut now that that state has enacted same-sex marriage.
At a time when governments are hurting for money, a gay tax revolt would have an impact, argued Merrill.
“I think it would be a wake-up call to President-elect Obama to get started on this, these promises he made us. It could turn into a economic problem if enough gays and lesbians stop paying taxes,” he said. “It is not extortion or anything, just a reminder of what he said he was going to do.”
Not everyone is jumping onto the tax protest bandwagon. Asked about Etheridge’s comments by Joy Behar last week on CNN, lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon said withholding her tax payments is “something I am not going to do.”
The Human Rights Campaign has not taken any official stance for or against the idea.
“The beauty of our movement is that people get the choice to practice civil disobedience in whatever way they wish,” said spokesman Brad Luna. “Obviously, we would encourage people to understand their personal responsibility that comes with practicing that civil disobedience. Nonetheless, we understand people are going to protest these anti-LGBT measures in their own way.”
Fred Karger, the founder of Californians Against Hate, which has organized against Prop 8, also took a measured stance when asked if he supported a gay tax revolt.
“I am supportive of every legal approach to get our equal rights. Certainly laws could be questioned and people can protest however they want to. It is a personal decision,” said Karger, who said he had no intention of not paying his own taxes. “You got a lot of angry people out there.”
An e-mail seeking comment from state Board of Equalization member Betty Yee was not returned by press time.
Of course anyone opting to join the tax revolt should take precautions should the taxman cometh.
Merrill said he has squirreled away the taxes he should have paid over the last four years in case of the day when he is ordered to hand over the money. He also does not own property and said he has moved a large part of his savings into gold coins, which are hidden away in a secret location – even his partner does not know the whereabouts.
“I put those in a private place that nobody could attack them,” he said.
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February 6, 2009 – http://gactupdate.wordpress.com/
A special rally will be held in Philadelphia on 3 May to push for gay rights in the US, reports Pink News. A gay equality rally has been given permission to be held at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The event takes place on a Sunday. The Independence Hall is associated with the declaration of Independence and the formation of the United States of America. The route of the march to the event also takes in sites of historical importance both to the US gay community and the wider US community.
Independence Hall, Philadelphia. Photo uncredited by Pink News
The March for Equality on Independence Mall will pass by Benjamin Franklin’s burial site, the US Mint, National Constitution Centre, Federal Reserve Bank, Federal Office Building, the Gay Pioneers Historic Marker, Liberty Bell Centre and Independence Hall.
Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell are where the Gay Pioneers held the first organised gay and lesbian civil rights demonstrations, called Annual Reminders, each Fourth of July from 1965 to 1969.
Without Mr.Puga, a good friend of mine, I would not know about this crazy dance, I’m sure the dance moves will be a huge hit in the clubs…maybe not, but we’ll be doing the dance this weekend (we’ll blame the alcohol the next day).
Oh alright, I’m a sucker for good choreography, and the Yes Dance has it…ok I lie..its pretty bad but fucking hilarious!
First, it was FEMA handing out an overwhelming number of trailers with high levels of formeldehyde in them well after Hurricane Katrina had hit the south. Now, they are handing out food rations for ice storm victims with tainted and recalled peanut butter. It’s nice to know that FEMA is always right on top of everything! We sure can count on them to fuck things up no matter what the circumstance may be!
Recalled peanut butter in meals distributed by FEMA
|February 4, 2009|
FEMA reports emergency meal kits given to storm victims in Kentucky and Arkansas may contain peanut butter involved in a nationwide recall.
The recall features meals made under the standing rock label.
The meals come with of a variety of main courses.
Nothing is wrong with the meals themselves.
However, packets of peanut butter that come with the meal may contain salmonella.
FEMA spokesman Thomas R. Hegele says, “I wouldn’t be concerned about it, but if they have any doubts about it, don’t eat that part.”
Hegele says he’s confident the rest of the food in the meals kids is safe.
People who have received commercial meal kits are asked to inspect the kits and immediately dispose of any peanut butter packets.
For more information call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
Ok…I wanna know your thoughts on why you think he would do this!
A CARELESS man is in hospital after slicing off his penis and flushing it away down the loo.
Medics in Serbia managed to save 45-year-old Ratko Dudic’s life.
But they couldn’t fish out his severed manhood from the town’s main drains.
Urologist Dr Branko Potic from the Nis Clinical Centre said: “The patient’s life is not in danger.”
And heres another church that should lose its tax excemption status!
The conservative evangelical Focus on the Family, which fights LGBT issues across the country, gave $657,000 in money and services.
The amounts vastly surpass the $189,000 in direct cash and compensated staff time from the Mormon church.
The new figures were turned over to the state weeks into an investigation by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission that institutional donors to ProtectMarriage, the umbrella group behind Proposition 8, had not reported the value of workers salaries and other expenses.
In November, Californians Against Hate filed a complaint with the Commission accusing the Church of Latter Day Saints of failing to report the value of work it did to support Prop 8. An investigation began in late November into the Mormon contributions and those of other groups.
Proposition 8 was approved by 52 percent of voters. Following passage of the proposition the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the vote. They were joined by additional suits by the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles.
On Wednesday, the California Supreme Court said it would hear oral arguments in the case on March 5.
The lawsuits charge that Proposition 8 is invalid because the initiative process was improperly used in an attempt to undo the constitution’s core commitment to equality for everyone, by eliminating a fundamental right from just one group – lesbian and gay Californians.
They also say that Proposition 8 improperly attempts to prevent the courts from exercising their essential constitutional role of protecting the equal protection rights of minorities. The suits say that under the California Constitution, such radical changes to the organizing principles of state government cannot be made by simple majority vote through the initiative process, but instead must, at a minimum, go through the state legislature first.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown is also asking the Court to invalidate Proposition 8 on the ground that certain fundamental rights, including the right to marry, are inalienable and can not be put up for a popular vote.
So hot you could say she was on FIRE!
TARZANA — Police are searching for two people accused of dousing an exotic night club dancer with gasoline and then setting her on fire, leaving her clinging to life.
It happened around 1:30 a.m. Thursday outside the Babes N’ Beer nightclub at 18454 Oxnard St. in Tarzana, said Officer Sam Park of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations office.
Police say a man and woman called the victim out of the club and then attacked her.
She ran back inside the club, where people ripped down drapes and tried to put out the flames.
The assailants fled in a gold four-door sedan, police said. (ohhhh thats classy! a gold car!)
The dancer suffered burns over 60 percent of her body and is said to be in “grave condition,” according to Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Moore.
The victim, 27, is a mother of two small children, Moore said. Her identity was not released.
Moore said it’s believed the victim knew the assailants, however, a motive in the attack remained a mystery.
The suspects have been identified as 22-year-old Nathaniel Marquis Petrillo and 27-year-old Rianne Saline Theriault-Odom, whom police said may have been a former dancer at the nightclub.
Both were identified based on witness statements, Moore said.
Sometimes I think that the world is becoming more sane, that people are beginning to understand where food comes from, and that marketing to children is becoming a little less respectable. Then I see Disney branded eggs and wonder what is going on here.
Are they any different? Are they from happy cage free hens that get to play outside and frolic with the other farm animals?
No, it appears that the only difference is that the eggs are stamped with your favorite Disney character. Do kids ever see the eggshells?
In the TV commercial they do show mom making fried eggs in some kind of mickey mold, but no word if that is included with the eggs. But what is the point? Does it sell eggs? Or is it just Disney corporatizing something that used to be branded by the farm, that even in the biggest supermarkets was still a relatively local product?
A simple, healthy relatively natural product, now branded. Is nothing sacred?