Author: nancystew

The must-see numbers from Facebook’s taxes

These tax breaks need to be stopped!!!! Please sign the petition telling Congress it’s time to end tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy. Click here to sign. Despite Facebook reporting profits of over $1.1 billion in 2012, the company is expected to pay no federal or state income taxes. In fact, Facebook will receive net tax refunds totaling $429 million, because tax deductions on executive stock options can be written off as salary deductions. Less than a week after the sequester has officially gone into effect, bringing with it painful budget cuts, layoffs, and furloughs for employees, this is a perfect example of how the deficit and spending cuts are driven by loopholes that allow corporations and wealthy Americans to get all the breaks. Congress desperately needs to reform the tax code so that the most successful among us pay their fair share. Please, click here to sign the petition telling Congress it’s time to end tax loopholes for corporations and the wealthy. Keep fighting, Rachel Colyer Associate Campaign Director, Daily Kos P.S. Please …

Mar 4-8 – Border Film Week, Joan Kroc School of Peace Studies, Trans-Border Institute

Featuring the best of border cinema, the Trans-Border Institute will showcase documentary and fiction films offering attendees a broad vision of border culture. Where Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre When Monday, March 4, 2013 – Friday, March 8, 2013 Félix: Autoficciones de un traficante Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served A documentary film chronicling the life of a leader of a human smuggling network in Tijuana. Director Adriana Trujillo will attend and offer insight into the making of the film. View Trailer Espacio Interior Tuesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served Lazaro (Kuno Becker) is kidnapped and thrown into a 3 x 1.50 square meter room completely isolated from the outside world. Richness of Internal Space is a testimony of a man’s will to live and his unbreakable spirit. Based on true events. Followed by a discussion with TBI’s security and rule of law coordinator Octavio Rodriguez and Criminal Defense attorney Janice Deaton. Brilliant Soil Wednesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. Light …

Feb 26 – Documentary | MAKERS 8pm KPBS

For the first time on television, MAKERS tells the inspiring story of the modern American women’s movement. Narrated by Meryl Streep and told with music, humor, and first-hand accounts of the women who lived through these turbulent times, MAKERS covers the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down. Visit the website MAKERS Related articles Congratulations, Pumpkin! (xbjllb.typepad.com) Ostrow: Three-hour PBS documentary “Makers,” narrated by Meryl Streep, tells history of women’s liberation (denverpost.com) A New PBS Documentary Tells the Story of One Revolution (and Begins Another) – Plus: An Exclusive Video Clip (entertainment.time.com) “Women Who Make America” (jwa.org)

A Choice For Corporate America: Are You With America Or The Cayman Islands?

Reprinted here is Bernie’s op-ed, which recently appeared in the Huffington Post.This article deals with an issue of great concern. It is high time that corporations start paying their fair share of taxes, rather than Congress cutting programs for working families. It was sent to us by Ben Eisenberg, Friends of Bernie Sanders Senator Bernie Sanders February 9, 2013 When the greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior on Wall Street drove this country into the deepest recession since the 1930s, the largest financial institutions in the United States took every advantage of being American. They just loved their country – and the willingness of the American people to provide them with the largest bailout in world history. In 2008, Congress approved a $700 billion gift to Wall Street. Another $16 trillion in virtually zero interest loans and other financial assistance came from the Federal Reserve. America. What a great country. But just two years later, as soon as these giant financial institutions started making record-breaking profits again, they suddenly lost their love for their native country. At a …

FactCheck.org

When you’re reading, listening to the radio, or watching TV and you come across some ‘fact’ that seems suspicious, where do you go to check? FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding. FactCheck.org is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. The APPC was established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg to create a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that would address public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels. Here’s a sample of some of their fact-checking from January 2012 Haggling Over Hagel’s Record A pro-Israel group oversimplifies Chuck Hagel’s foreign policy positions in an ad portraying the nominee for secretary of …

DIRECT eZine for Democrats

Some of you may already be subscribers but for those who are not, Bob Jellison produces the DIRECT eZine for Democrats. You can subscribe to this free eZine by sending an email to jellison@san.rr.com with “subscribe” as the subject of the email. Here are sample contents from the January 31, 2013 issue “This anger, this outrage, I can tell you was not spontaneous,. It was staged, probably [under] the direction of the ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ James Carville himself, or somebody else. — Fox News host Sean Hannity joining Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham in promoting the theory that the secretary’s show of emotion during her exchange with Senator Johnson was a ploy to dodge tough questions. 1/23/13 “Does a child have a right to be safe in school?”. Does a law client when he goes into a law firm have a right to believe he’s safe? Does a shopper in a mall have a right to believe that she’s safe? I think so. You want to talk about rights, talk about the rights of the majority, too.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) saying …