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Shocker! Polls Were Right About Obama & Huckabee Winning Iowa.

Posted by Casey on January 4, 2008

We didn’t really have a reason to doubt this year’s polling, but I am surprised at how accurate the polls were for all candidates. Obama and Huckabee won’t win their respective nominations, but it was a result we would have never expected several months ago.

UPDATE:

Biden to quit.

Same with Dodd.

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The Government Wants Seniors To Come Out Of Retirement, & Work Off Their Tax Debt.

Posted by Casey on January 4, 2008

This is one of the most twisted stories circulating right now. The disgust will be compounded by the attitude of the article’s author towards seniors losing their well deserved retirement.

AP:

The town is pushing a program that would let seniors work part-time, for $7 an hour, to help pay off some of their property taxes.

“People shouldn’t have to sell their house, move away to a place with less taxes, leave behind their family and friends,” said Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.

He envisions retired doctors mentoring schoolchildren, retired accountants helping with the town’s finances, retired lawyers offering their services for a discount. But there are plenty of less-skilled jobs that need doing, he said.

Some of the “less-skilled” jobs just happen to be manual labor in some of the other states with programs like this.

You’ll notice the tone of the article is one of compassion for seniors who are overburdened by their taxes. That tone is prevalent throughout the whole article, and is an attempt to seem compassionate for the poor seniors. Did anyone else catch the fact that they are only looking to pay the seniors $7 an hour. Isn’t that less than minimum wage?

Naturally, several seniors were featured who thought the idea was a good way to pay down their debt. Hell, even the National Council on Aging said it was a good idea. How heartless, and moronic are all of these blithering idiots?

The entire article was how the seniors can’t afford to pay the property taxes on the pittance they receive from social security, and therefore must be FORCED out of retirement to pay off the government. NOT ONE TIME was it even considered that the taxes was too damned high to begin with. Nor was it mentioned that it was the very same government charging excessive taxes to the seniors that also decimated those seniors’ social security funds which put them in this bind to begin with.

Here’s a suggestion to go: reduce the taxes on the seniors, and put a cap on the taxes so that the seniors can afford them with the funds they currently receive from social security. This is tantamount to slave labor. How dare they back seniors into a corner that leaves them with no choice but to come out of retirement and work for less than minimum wage. Seniors have worked their whole lives to be able to retire in peace. Not to forced into indentured servitude.

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Music Industry Goes Too Far In Saying Music You Buy Is Not Yours

Posted by Casey on January 4, 2008

Figuratively of course.

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is saying it is illegal to copy music you’ve paid for. Problem is … there is no such law. The record industry is trying to win a precedent case in order to go after millions of people who have transfered their CD’s to their MP3 players by saying we’ve violated copyright law. I disagree.

WaPo:

In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

The industry’s lawyer in the case, Ira Schwartz, argues in a brief filed earlier this month that the MP3 files Howell made on his computer from legally bought CDs are “unauthorized copies” of copyrighted recordings.

Well slap my ass and call me Suzy! Since when has it been illegal to make a backup of your personal possessions? As long as you aren’t distributing the material to others there should be no controversy.

“I couldn’t believe it when I read that,” says Ray Beckerman, a New York lawyer who represents six clients who have been sued by the RIAA. “The basic principle in the law is that you have to distribute actual physical copies to be guilty of violating copyright. But recently, the industry has been going around saying that even a personal copy on your computer is a violation.”

RIAA’s hard-line position seems clear. Its Web site says: “If you make unauthorized copies of copyrighted music recordings, you’re stealing. You’re breaking the law and you could be held legally liable for thousands of dollars in damages.”

Any statements on the RIAA’s website are irrelevant, and they should face charges for making false statements.

The bottom line is that MY music is MY property. Once I pay for it, it is mine to do with as I wish so long as I don’t distribute it. Using the RIAA’s logic … one day it will be illegal for my wife to listen to my MP3’s.

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