Wayne Kramer, 1996 live...
Mojo Magazine rated him as the 66th greatest rock guitarist of all time, but
Mr. Kramer has always been an inspiration to me and an old buddy since the
|17th Century English Debtors Prison by William Hogarth|
I found this incredible poster today on the net...and I just had to find out about the film.
A 1937 British Crime suspense B Movie that I think is a lot more entertaining today than when it was originally released. I would have seen it for the poster alone!
|April 18, 2012...4 days to the Premier tour of the Presidential election|
Hollande 29% / Sarkozy 24%
For the decisive second round, Hollande has a 14% lead!
There is an air of desperation as crews pack up boxes in the ministries.
Many of Sarko's ministers have stated that they will be voting for Hollande.
The President/Candidate's final moments have seem to degenerated into a plea,
an appeal to re elect him so he will not have to face the inevitable prosecutions circling
like blood crazed sharks around his hemorrhaging presidency that
his office has protected him from because of French Law.
So when Mitt Romney released the family’s 2010 tax return last week, folks started looking. And here it is, the hint on pages 132 and 134 of the return. It showed that the value of property placed that year into another family trust, the Ann D. Romney Blind Trust, was, for tax purposes, zero. The Ann Romney trust is not the same trust as the one that holds the Romney sons’ $100 million, but I wondered if the Romneys used the same approach in prior years when it came to valuing property placed into the sons’ trust.Reuters emailed the Romney campaign spokeswoman to ask how much the Romneys paid in gift taxes on assets put into the sons’ trust over the last 17 years. The spokeswoman, citing Brad Malt, the Romney family tax lawyer, answered: none.The idea that someone could pay zero gift taxes on contributions to a $100 million trust fund may surprise people who have heard arguments that the wealthy are overburdened by gift and estate taxes. But the Romneys’ gift-tax avoidance strategy is perfectly legal.
As we all know, much of Mitt Romney's wealth is derived from "carried interest," a share of the profits from investments that Bain Capital made while he was CEO. This income is taxed at the same 15 percent rate as ordinary capital gains, which is why Romney's tax rate is so low.But it turns out there's another interesting tidbit about carried interest that I've never heard of before: It's a great way of passing along a huge inheritance to your kids without paying any taxes. David Cay Johnston explains:Johnston: The Romneys gave $100 million to their sons and paid not one penny of gift tax. They were able to take assets they have that are producing enormous income and, under the law, give that money to their children and not pay any taxes on it.Sambolin: Is that something you specifically found in what has been released to you?Johnston: Yes. I have suspected this and written about it in my column that this is what happened, and last night, Brad Malt, the attorney for the Romneys, confirmed to Reuters that we were correct. They have not paid a penny of gift tax. That's because Congress allows a very tiny group of people—the Romneys by their income are in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent—to not count as having any value the real source of their income, something called carried interest, if they give it to their children.
|Here's two of my prize chocolate fish molds|
|hmm...a lotta fish around here....|
|Another one of my fishy chocolate molds|
|one of the bell molds|
|The finished fish! Joyeux Paques tout le monde!|