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Oh, I would be so fucking mad if I lived in California and counted on my tax return to help pay property taxes or other bills due this time of year.  This is just wrong!  How can the state withhold money that they owe you?  I hope that most people were smart enough to file their tax returns already with the hope of getting the money before February 1st!  I think that Californians should take to the streets again in protest, because it is painfully clear that the fucking government cannot manage taxpayer money worth a shit!

California controller to suspend tax refunds, welfare checks, student grants

John Chiang announces that his office will suspend $3.7 billion in payments owed to Californians starting Feb. 1, because with no budget in place the state lacks sufficient cash to pay its bills.
By Evan Halper and Patrick McGreevy
January 17, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento — The state will suspend tax refunds, welfare checks, student grants and other payments owed to Californians starting Feb. 1, Controller John Chiang announced Friday.

Chiang said he had no choice but to stop making some $3.7 billion in payments in the absence of action by the governor and lawmakers to close the state’s nearly $42-billion budget deficit. More than half of those payments are tax refunds.

The controller said the suspended payments could be rolled into IOUs if California still lacks sufficient cash to pay its bills come March or April.

“It pains me to pull this trigger,” Chiang said at a news conference in his office. “But it is an action that is critically necessary.”

The payments to be frozen include nearly $2 billion in tax refunds; $300 million in cash grants for needy families and the elderly, blind and disabled; and $13 million in grants for college students.

Even if a budget agreement is reached by the end of this month, tax refunds and other payments could remain temporarily frozen. Chiang said a budget deal may not generate cash quickly enough to resume them immediately.

Not all payments will stop Feb. 1. Most school and healthcare programs will be paid, as required by state and federal law. The state will continue to pay more than $6.6 billion in such bills.

And Los Angeles County officials said they would cover welfare payments to more than 500,000 local recipients — for now.

But California is projected to be $346 million short of the funds it needs to pay all its bills in February. By March, the state would be so far in the red that even continuing to suspend payments would not cover the shortfall. California would be insolvent, making the issuance of IOUs likely.

State officials have already designed an IOU template, Chiang said, and have been negotiating with banks over whether taxpayers could cash or deposit them if they are issued. The state could be forced to pay as much as 5% interest on delayed tax refunds if they are not paid by the end of May, Chiang said.

The last time the state issued such IOUs — the only time since the Great Depression — was in 1992.

The suspension of payments is the latest radical move by officials to help keep the state from running out of cash as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature battle over how to avoid insolvency.

Schwarzenegger, who hopes to speed up public-works projects to stimulate the economy, wants tax increases, spending cuts and legislation to relax some environmental rules and allow private companies to do some government construction.

Democrats are seeking tax increases as well, but fewer spending cuts. Republican lawmakers would only pare spending and have been blocking any tax hikes.

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger has ordered that most state workers take two days off per month without pay — equivalent to about a 10% pay cut. The governor also ordered most state offices — including all DMV field offices — to close on those two days. The order is being challenged in court by labor unions.

The state has also halted payments of bond money for more than 5,300 public-works projects.

On Friday, the state Department of Finance temporarily exempted 276 of the projects from the freeze, reasoning that because they are nearly complete, it could cost the state more to shut them down than to finish them.

The exemption, through Feb. 1, will allow the continuation of school construction by the Inglewood Unified School District and the construction of a new Court of Appeal facility in Santa Ana. Work on new rail tracks at L.A.’s Union Station and road projects involving Irwindale Avenue, Martin Luther King Boulevard and Imperial Highway in Los Angeles County will also be able to continue.

Some projects were exempted because the state is under court order to do the jobs. Others would threaten public safety if left uncompleted, according to Mike Genest, Schwarzenegger’s finance director.

“We’re going to take the risk of allowing them to continue a little longer because we are very hopeful will have a budget by Feb. 1,” Genest said.

Contractors lined up at a meeting of state finance officials to warn of the consequences of stopping the bulk of the public-works money. They said shutting down projects already underway would ultimately cost the state significantly. According to Caltrans Director Will Kempton, the state would have to pay $350 million in legal costs, claims for contract breaches and expenses for securing sites that go dormant.

“The bulk of those dollars are lost . . . to the taxpayers,” Kempton said. “You can’t just walk away from a construction project. You have to make sure it is buttoned up.”

It is not just the state that would take a hit. Some school districts relying on state funds do not have the reserves in place to cover the payments they will owe builders if work stops.

Counties are also feeling the pinch. They process the welfare payments scheduled to be halted by the controller’s office Feb. 1. The state is freezing those payments, along with millions of dollars in salaries to county workers who run the programs.

Some county officials say they don’t have reserves in place to cover the state until the budget crisis is resolved.

“We simply don’t have the cash,” said Pat Leary, assistant administrator for Yolo County. “We are in critically bad times.”

About a third of all state welfare payments go to Los Angeles County, where officials said they can shift money around to keep the payments flowing in the short term.

“The million-dollar question is how long this will last,” said L.A. County Chief Executive William T Fujioka. “We cannot sustain a huge and very long hit.”

evan.halper@latimes.com

patrick.mcgreevy@

latimes.com

Times staff writer Molly Hennessy-Fiske contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

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The Israeli Ambassador slipped up during a news conference, and he told the world that Israel planned on bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities in the next month instead of 10-11 months down the road. Then, he asks for the cameras to be turned off.  Can you say “Fuck Up?”  This will certainly make for a interesting February, unless they change their minds and decide to wait until spring or summer now.  The U.S. or Israel should have dropped one of their new smart cluster bombs on Tehran to blow those turban-headed dumb fuckers with a itchy trigger finger to smithereens!

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WTF-HAPPENED TO IAN THORPE?

The world is cruel when gay guys find out that a man who once had a killer body suddenly has the body of an average Joe. Why? Because they start talking about it and then it becomes widespread until pictures surface and end up on blogs like these.

And I’m certain that not only us gay guys are talking about this. Most people are wondering: What the fuck happened to Ian Thorpe? I suppose life after retiring isn’t all it’s cut out to be. At least, not if it’s going to end like this.

I’m not a fan of yours Ian but I commend you on your swimming, I mean, you’re amazing! But this picture is also amazingly bad! What happened?

You went from this (far right) to this! (top) Maybe you don’t have time to work out? Or is it that you’re hanging out with Daniel? Quite frankly, you should be touched I’m discussing you Ian because I’m a Phelps’ guy. Or wait, is this the result of what happened in Beijing? If it is, you should learn to accept it Ian, we have. And it’s freaking awesome!

So, we’re looking forward to when you go back to that hot body of yours. All the Aussie guys want you to and we want you to also. Just because I’m not a fan of your swimming, doesn’t mean I wasn’t a fan of your body!

And to see more pictures of what Ian is becoming, please go to Beauty and the Bum.

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After all the comments and posts in regards to the Lifetime movie (Prayers For Bobby) I thought it was only fitting that I should post some details about organizations that YOU can get involved with in order to erase hate and promote equality for the LGBT community. For more info and how you can help, click on the graphic.

First up is The Matthew Shepard Foundaition:

Next up is GLAAD:

And one of my favorites: PFLAG

If you know of any others that should be listed, let me know by leaving a comment!

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I hope Palin can see the volcano from her back yard!


Alaskans Brace for Volcano to Blow

By DAN JOLING,
AP
posted: 12 HOURS 17 MINUTES AGO

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Jan. 30) — Hardware stores and auto parts shops scored a post-holiday run of business this week as Anchorage-area residents stocked up on protective eyewear and masks ahead of a possible eruption of Mount Redoubt.
Monitoring earthquakes underneath the 10,200-foot Redoubt Volcano about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory warned that an eruption was imminent.

R. Clucas, Alaska Volcano Observatory / AP
This file photo shows Mount Redoubt erupting on April 21, 1990. Geologists warned Thursday that the volcano in south-central Alaska could be ready to explode. “Its pressure keeps building and building,” said one geologist. The volcano is about 100 miles from Anchorage.
Peter Cervelli, a research geophysicist with the observatory, told CNN that “every indication is that we’re heading toward an eruption.”

The predictions are sending experienced Alaskans shopping for protection against a dusty shower of volcanic ash that could descend on south-central Alaska.
“Every time this happens we do get a run on dust masks and goggles,” said Phil Robinson, manager of an Alaska Industrial Hardware store in Anchorage. “That’s the two main things for eye and respiratory protection.”
Customer Ron Cowan picked up gear at the store Thursday before heading off to an auto parts store for a spare air filter.
“I’m older now and I’m being a little more proactive than I was the last time,” Cowan said.
When another Alaska volcano, Mount Spurr, blew in 1992, he waited too long.
“The shelves were cleared, so I thought I wouldn’t wait until the last minute,” Cowan said.
Unlike earthquakes, volcanoes often give off warning signs that usually give people time to prepare.
The observatory, a joint program between the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute and the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, was formed in response to the 1986 eruption of Mount Augustine.

It has a variety of tools to predict eruptions. As magma moves beneath a volcano before an eruption, it often generates earthquakes, swells the surface of a mountain and increases the gases emitted. The observatory samples gases, measures earthquake activity with seismometers and watches for deformities in the landscape.
On Nov. 5, geologists noted changed emissions and minor melting near the Redoubt summit and raised the threat level from green to yellow. It jumped to orange — the stage just before eruption — on Sunday in response to a sharp increase in earthquake activity below the volcano.
Alaska’s volcanoes are not like Hawaii’s. “Most of them don’t put out the red river of lava,” said the observatory’s John Power.
Instead, they typically explode and shoot ash 30,000 to 50,000 feet high — more than nine miles — into the jet stream.
“It’s a very abrasive kind of rock fragment,” Power said. “It’s not the kind of ash that you find at the base of your wood stove.”
The particulate has jagged edges and has been used as an industrial abrasive. “They use this to polish all kinds of metals,” he said.
Particulate can injure skin, eyes and breathing passages. The young, the elderly and people with respiratory problems are especially susceptible. Put enough ash under a windshield wiper and it will scratch glass.
It’s also potentially deadly for anyone flying in a jet. “Think of flying an airliner into a sandblaster,” Power said.
Redoubt blew on Dec. 15, 1989, and sent ash 150 miles away into the path of a KLM jet carrying 231 passengers. Its four engines flamed out.
As the crew tried to restart the engines, “smoke” and a strong odor of sulfur filled the cockpit and cabin, according to a USGS account. The jet dropped more than 2 miles, from 27,900 feet to 13,300 feet, before the crew was able to restart all engines and land the plane safely at Anchorage. The plane required $80 million in repairs.
The observatory’s first call after an eruption is now to the Federal Aviation Administration. The observatory’s data collection has become far more advanced in 19 years, as has the alert system.
“Pilots are routinely trained to avoid ash and in what to do if they encounter an ash cloud,” Power said. “That kind of thing was not routinely done in the 1980s.”
The jet stream can carry ash for hundreds of miles. Ash from Kasatochi Volcano in the Aleutians last August blew all the way to Montana and threatened aircraft, Power said.
Particulate is mildly corrosive but can be blocked with masks and filters.
Power advises Alaskans to prepare as they would for a bad snowstorm: Keep flashlights, batteries and several days’ worth of food in the house, limit driving and prepare to hunker down if the worst of an ash cloud hits.
Merely going indoors is a defense against ash. The American Red Cross recommends wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside, plus goggles and glasses instead of contact lenses. If no dust mask is available, an effective respiratory filter is a damp cloth over nose and mouth.
But potential danger all depends on the wind. Mount Spurr erupted three times in 1992. When it blew that June, only climbers on Mount McKinley — about 150 miles north of Anchorage — were affected, Power said. An August eruption dumped significant ash on Anchorage and a September blow sent ash about 40 miles north of Anchorage to Wasilla.
Dust mask customer Elizabeth Keating said Thursday that if the volcano erupts, she expects to stay inside. She bought masks for her school-age grandchildren to carry in their backpacks.
“I want to make sure they’re carrying these in case they’re en route,” she said.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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Re-read the title again, you are not imagining this.

This woman, who I will name crack whore, is seriously fucked up in the head, if there was any doubts that drugs killed brain cells, crack whore has made it perfectly clear that drugs can.

I ask myself, where would she of preferred her kids to of been placed? Perhaps with a priest that prays on young kids, oh wait, how about the pedophile down the street?

A woman who became addicted to heroin and had her two children taken from her by social services has shared her views on gay adoption. The drug addict, who cannot be named, spoke to the Daily Mail, who first broke the story that that her two children were to be adopted by a gay couple.

Her parents had applied but were turned down, they claim because of their age and health problems. As Edinburgh City Council cannot comment on the individual case, there is no way of confirming their story. The children are aged five and four.

Their mother, who now claims to have kicked her habit, told the Mail: “The social worker told me the kids are getting on really well with them (the gay couple). “My daughter had apparently said to the social worker, “Come up and see my princess bed.” I just feel totally devastated.” However, she also said that despite “having nothing against gay people” she does not want the children she was judged incapable of raising to live with a same-sex couple. “I did not under any circumstances want my children to be placed with gay men.

I wanted them to have a mum and a dad. “They can’t be telling me that, within a 60-mile radius, the only people they could find to look after my children were two men.” The mother said social services had explained to her that of the available adoptive parents the gay couple “were the ones who were able to cater for their needs best. I find that very hard to believe. I’ll have to say that to them when I meet them because it’s how I feel, but I don’t want the whole thing to become an argument. I will have lots of questions to ask them.” The case has unleashed a torrent of negative stories about gay adoption.

And this my dear, is why people should use CONDOMS!

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This is just fucking hilarious, I laughed so hard I think I broke my uterus.

Thanks to Betty Bowers, homosexuals’ sneaky little secrets are now revealed to the godly:


THE HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA!

    As every Christian knows, there is only one enemy that threatens our entire civilization. And I am, of course, not talking about Satan. I’m talking about those damned homosexuals! Yes, they give otherwise dull hair radiant highlights and our imperfect décor those fabulous flourishes that elude our more predictable heterosexual sensibilities, but at what price? In exchange for a little panache, we allow homosexuals to steal our children and destroy our Christian marriages. And how do they do this? With their secret masterplan — The Homosexual Agenda!

    Many a well-intentioned person has asked me, “Betty, what exactly is The Homosexual Agenda?” Well, if you have to ask, you are probably already under its pernicious influence and blithely hop-scotching your way straight to Hell. Nevertheless, the details of The Homosexual Agenda have — up until this day — been kept more secret than the nature of John Travolta’s and Tom Cruise’s marriages. But I am pleased to announce that through innumerable free vodka sea-breezes and some artful Christian skullduggery, I have gotten my hands on an authentic copy of The Homosexual Agenda. Praise the Lord!

    I have had my secretaries, Miss Anne Thrope and Anita Priceczech, transcribe The Homosexual Agenda from the back of a used cocktail napkin (the original is to be placed in the Smithsonian Institute) for your convenient reference. Never again shall we be surprised by what these malevolent Nancy Boys are up to. While they may still be able to surprise us with a cunningly perfect piece of Chinese porcelain for our Biederimeier end-table, they will never again be able to surreptitiously take over our culture, families and prime-time television without God-fearing Christians being one step ahead of them! Praise the Lord!


The Homosexual Agenda

    8:00 a.m. Wake up. Wonder where you are.
    8:01 a.m. Realize you are lying on 100 percent cotton sheets of at least a 300 count, so don’t panic; you’re not slumming.

    8:02 a.m. Realize you are actually in your own bed for a change. Wake stranger next to you and tell them you are late for work so won’t be able to cook breakfast for them. Mutter “sorry” as you help him look for his far-flung underwear. You find out that you tore his boxers while ripping them off him last night, so you “loan” him a pair of boxer-briefs, but not the new ones because you never intend to see him again.

    8:05 a.m. Tell the stranger, whose name eludes you, “It was fun. I’ll give you a call,” as you usher him out the door, avoiding his egregious morning-breath.

    8:06 a.m. Crumple and dispose of the piece of paper with his telephone number on it when you get to the kitchen.

    8:07 a.m. Make a high protein breakfast while watching the Today show. Wonder if the stories you’ve heard about Matt Lauer are true. Decide they must be.

    8:30 a.m. Italian or domestic? Decide to go with three-button Italian and the only shirt that is clean.

    8:45 a.m. Climb into red Z4 and try not to look too much like Barbie driving one of her accessories as you pull out of your underground parking. Revos or Armanis? Go with Revos.

    9:35 a.m. Stroll into office.

    9:36 a.m. Close door to office and call best friend and laugh about the guy who spent the night at your condo. Point out something annoying about best friend’s boyfriend but quickly add “It doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks, just as long as you love him.”

    10:15 a.m. Leave office, telling your secretary you are “meeting with a client.” Pretend not to notice her insubordinate roll of her eyes (or the cloying “poem” she has tacked to her cubicle wall).

    10:30 a.m. Hair appointment for lowlights and cut. Purchase of Aveda anti-humectant pomade.

    11:30 a.m. Run into personal trainer at gym. Pester him about getting you Human Growth Hormone. Spend 30 minutes talking to friends on your cell phone while using Hammer Strength machines, preparing a mental-matrix of which circuit parties everyone is going to and which are now passe.

    12:00pm Tan. Schedule back-waxing in time for Saturday party where you know you will end up shirtless.

    12:30 p.m. Pay trainer for anabolic steroids and schedule a workout. Shower, taking ten minutes to knot your tie while you check-out your best friend’s boyfriend undress with the calculation of someone used to wearing a t-back and having dollars stuffed in their crotch.

    1:00 p.m. Meet someone for whom you only know his waist, chest and penis size from AOL M4M chat for lunch at a hot, new restaurant. Because the maître d’ recognizes you from a gay bar, you are whisked past the Christian heterosexual couples who have been waiting patiently for a table since 12:30.

    2:30 p.m. “Dessert at your place.” Find out, once again, people lie on AOL.

    3:33 p.m. Assume complete control of the U.S., state, and local governments (in addition to other nations’ governments); destroy all healthy Christian marriages; recruit all children grades Kindergarten through 12 into your amoral, filthy lifestyle; secure complete control of the media, starting with sitcoms; molest innocent children; give AIDS to as many people as you can; host a pornographic “art” exhibit at your local art museum; and turn people away from Jesus, causing them to burn forever in Hell.

    4:10 p.m. Time permitting, bring about the general decline of Western Civilization and look like you are having way too much fun doing it.

    4:30 p.m. Take a disco-nap to prevent facial wrinkles from the stress of world conquest and being so terribly witty.

    6:00 p.m. Open a fabulous new bottle of Malbec.

    6:47 P.M. Bake Ketamine for weekend. Test recipe.

    7:00 P.M. Go to Abercrombie & Fitch and announce in a loud voice, “Over!”

    7:40 P.M. Stop looking at the photographic displays at Abercrombie & Fitch and go to a cool store to begin shopping.

    8:30 p.m. Light dinner with catty homosexual friends at a restaurant you will be “over” by the time it gets its first review in the local paper.

    10:30 p.m. Cocktails at a debauched gay bar, trying to avoid alcoholic queens who can’t navigate a crowd with a lit cigarette in one hand and a Stoli in a cheap plastic cup in the other. Make audible remark about how “trashy” people who still think smoking is acceptable are.

    12:00 a.m. “Nightcap at your place.” Find out that people lie in bars, too.

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