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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Great Pudding for Christmas or New Year !!

Recipe compliments of JeanPatterson.com, home of Cooking Outside the Pizza Box

New Orleans Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce
Raisin-studded bread pudding and buttery, bourbon-spiked sauce combine in this time-honored dessert.
Pudding:
1/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 1/4 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash of salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 1/2 cups (1/2 inch) cubed French bread (about 8 ounces)
Cooking spray

Sauce:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup bourbon
1. To prepare pudding, combine raisins and 2 tablespoons bourbon in a bowl. Let stand 30 minutes. Drain mixture in a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid.
2. Combine reserved liquid, milk, and next 6 ingredients (milk through eggs) in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add bread, tossing gently to coat. Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle evenly with raisins, pressing gently into bread mixture. Cover with foil; chill 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
4. Place dish in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
5. To prepare sauce, combine 1/2 cup sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup bourbon. Serve each bread pudding piece warm with about 1 tablespoon sauce. Yield: 9 servings.
Calories: 309 (24% from fat); Fat 8.2 g (sat 4.3g, mono 2.7g, poly 0.6g); Protein 5.6g; Carb 47.6g; Fiber 1g; Chol 87mg; Iron 1.1mg; Sodium 272mg; Calc 74mg
"Warm Desserts for Cold Nights"Article by Jean Patterson
Copyright 2002 by Cooking Light.
Originally published in Cooking Light, November 2002.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

POP and IMAP: How to Set Up Yahoo Mail with your Mobile Device

IMAP server settings


Want to access Yahoo Mail from a mobile device's mail app or an email program like Outlook? Here's the settings you'll need.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server - Requires SSLSecure Socket Layer
  • Server: imap.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port: 993
  • Requires SSL: Yes 

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - Requires TLSTransport Layer Security

  • Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port: 465 or 587
  • Requires SSL: Yes
  • Requires authentication: Yes 

Login info - Requires authentication

  • Email address: Your full email address (name@domain.com.)
  • Password: Your account's password. 

POP server settings 

Want to access Yahoo Mail from an email program like Outlook or Mac Mail? Here's the settings you'll need.

Incoming Mail (POP) Server - Requires SSLSecure Socket Layer

  • Server: pop.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port: 995
  • Requires SSL: Yes 
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - Requires TLSTransport Layer Security

  • Server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com
  • Port: 465 or 587
  • Requires SSL: Yes
  • Requires authentication: Yes 

If your POP client doesn't offer TLS, you'll still be able to use SSL.

Login info - Requires authentication

  • Email address: Your full email address (name@domain.com.)
  • Password: Your account's password.


Differences between POP and IMAP


It's good to have options. IMAP and POP let you access Yahoo Mail using mobile devices and external email programs. Find out which is best for you.

IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol)

  •     The default way a mobile device accesses your Yahoo Mail account.
  •     Changes made to messages on a mobile device automatically reflect in Yahoo Mail on the web and  vice versa.

POP (Post Office Protocol)

  •     Yahoo Mail messages are delivered directly to your email client.
  •     Copies of messages in both Yahoo Mail and the email client are independent of one another.
  •     Make changes to messages on your email client without impacting their counterparts in your web-based Yahoo Mail.
  •     You must configure your email client to keep a copy of your messages on our server or your emails will automatically be deleted from Yahoo Mail on the web.
  •     - Check with the manufacturer of your mail client for assistance configuring this setting

Thursday, November 28, 2013

How to Migrate from Yahoo Bookmarks to Google Bookmarks

By JC Leahy

I Am Changing from Yahoo Bookmarks to Google Bookmarks

Yahoo Bookmarks used to be a well-working product, but nowadays I can't get the "search bookmarks" function to work.  That's a problem if, like me, you've got a large number of bookmarks.  I'm switching to Google bookmarks.

FYI, here's how to switch / migrate from Yahoo Bookmarks to Google Bookmarks:

  • Go to Yahoo Bookmarks, sign in, click on "Tools" and export your yahoo bookmarks to and htm file.
  • From Internet Explorer, choose File/Import and Export >> Import Favorites >> select the htm file name as the source file.
  • At this point, all of your Yahoo Bookmarks have been imported to Internet Explorer.
  • Install the Google toolbar to your IE if you don't already have it.
  • Install the Google Bookmarks button on your Google Toolbar if it's not already there.
  • Choose the Google Bookmarks button's drop down menu and select "Import IE Favorites."
  • Select the bookmarks you'd like to import -- probably all of them -- and then click Import.

That's it. Have fun.


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fascinating Facts: One Thing Leads to Another !!!!!!!!!!

An internet forward submitted here by Don Greenwood, Florida

FASCINATING FACTS:

 Who Knew??   All makes sense in the end as you will clearly see

Railroad tracks.

The  US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England , and English expatriates designed the US railroads.

Tramways

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways,  and that's the gauge they used.

Wagons

Why did 'they' use that gauge then?

Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

European Roads

 Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?

 Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?

Imperial   Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including   England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

Roman Chariots

And the ruts in the roads?

Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.

Since the chariots were made for Imperial  Rome , they were all alike n the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.

In other words, bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification/procedure/process and wonder, what horse's ass came up with this -- You may be exactly right.

Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:

Space Shuttle

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah ...

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass. And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important?

So, Horse's Asses control almost everything... ...Explains a whole lot of things, doesn't it?

Certainly explains the “new” & “improved” Obama health care system.

Just my opinion of course.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

PHYSICIAN ALERT: WEST .NILE VIRUS

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
The Department of Health (DOH) continues to emphasize the importance of active surveillance for human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV).
Clinical Description:
Arboviral infections may be asymptomatic or may result in illnesses of variable severity sometimes associated with the central nervous system (CNS). Clinical syndrome can range from febrile headache to aseptic meningitis to encephalitis. Arboviral meningitis is characterized by fever, headache, stiff neck, and pleocytosis. Arboviral encephalitis is characterized b fever, headache and alter red mental status ranging from confusion to coma with or without signs of brain dysfunction.
Clinical criteria:

I Neuroinvasive disease
·          Fever greater than or equal to 100.4° F or 38°C) as reported by the patient or a health-care provider. AND
·         Meningitis, encephalitis. acute flaccid paralysis or other acute signs of central or peripheral neurologic dysfunction, as documented by a physician. AND
·         Absence of a more likely clinical explanation.

II Non-neuroinvasive disease
Fever greater than or equal to lOO.4°F or 38'C) as reported by the patient or a health-care provider, AND
·         Absence of neuroinvasive disease. AND
·         Absence of a more likely clinical explanation.

Laboratory criteria:

I. Confirmed
·         Isolation of virus from, or demonstration of specific viral antigen or nucleic acid in, tissue, blood. CSF or other body fluid. OR
·         Four-fold or greater change in virus-specific quantitative antibody titers in paired sera. OR
·         Virus-specific IgM antibodies in serum with confirmatory virus-specific neutralizing antibodies in the same or a later specimen OR
·         Virus-specific IgM antibodies in CSF and a negative result for other IgM antibodies in CSF for arboviruses endemic to the region where exposure occurred.

II. Probable
·         Virus-specific IgM antibodies in CSF or serum but with no other testing.
Case Definitions: A case must meet one or more of the above clinical criteria and one or more of the above laboratory criteria.
Send Case Report Forms via FAX to:  (202) 442-8060
Laboratory testing information: (202)535-2323
Questions: (202)442-8141

Testing for West Nile Virus (WNV): Please submit >5.0 ml of serum (or plasma for virus isolation) and > 1.0ml of CSF. Please do not submit whole blood. Convalescent specimens (2 weeks after initial specimen) should be clearly labeled as such so appropriate testing can be done. A copy of the case report must accompany each specimen/set of specimens submitted for testing.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Musical Play to See: Crazy For You

Our friend Andrea is in a mucical play beginning this Friday.  She's very anxious but excited.  The musical is called Crazy About You.   Here's info:


F Scott Fitzgerald Theater
Rockville Musical Theatre
"The New Gershwin Musical Comedy"
Crazy For YouJuly 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 8 p.m.
July 21, 28 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $20-$22
F.  Scott Fitzgerald Theatre
Named for the famous author who visited Rockville and is buried here, the theater is located in Rockville Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville, MD  20851.  There is plenty of free parking behind the theatre or across the driveway from the theatre.
Theatre Box Office/Tickets
240-314-8690
Current & Upcoming Events
240-314-8690 opt 3
Theatre Rental 
240-314-8663
Directions
240-314-5004
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Seating ChartTickets may be purchased in person, online, by phone or mail order. Box Office telephone and walk-in hours are from 2 to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. We are also open at least two hours before ticketed performances through intermission for day of show tickets. Due to events in the theatre, these hours may vary. Please check the calendar for the current month schedule. There is a $3.00 charge per ticket to exchange the performance date within a production.
To purchase tickets by phone on Visa or Mastercard, please call 240-314-8690. 
To order by mail, include your name, address, phone number along with the date and time of the performance you would like to attend.  Include a check, payable to City of Rockville or if by credit card, please include the name on the credit card, the account number and the expiration date.  Please mail to the address above. 
A limited number of tickets are available for purchase on line.  Here is the link: Ticketleap.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Few Pics of Our Delaware Beach House

We bought a waterside house in Fenwick Beach a week before Hurricane Sandy. (Fenwick Beach is essentially the Delaware tip of Ocean City.)  Now that we've finished repairing hurricane damage, we're going to offer it for weekly/weekend rent to friends this summer to help recover some cost.   It's SOOO quiet and relaxing, with it's own boat-ready 50-foot canal bulkhead at the back door.  It has an awesome 3D blue ray TV system.  There's a brand new community pool down the street and lots of flat, quiet streets for strolling and bicycle riding. The actual beach (Fenwick Beach) is a quick drive down to the end of Light House Road.   In a nutshell, the Fenwick beach house is quiet and relaxing, the boat launch is at the end of the street, your private dock is at the back door, the beach is down the street, and the bustle of Ocean City is less than 10 minutes away.








Dock your boat bayside at your back door. Or launch a kayak!!



Living room with 3D blue ray TV.  3D is Awesome!!

 
Sunny room overlooking the canal.
Cheery, full featured kitchen.
Sun deck overlooking the canal.

One of the smaller bedrooms

Dedicated dining room.

The master bedroom.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to Set Up Direct Deposit for Your Federal Pension

Having your Federal Pension direct deposited to your bank is pretty simple. Fill out the Direct Deposit Information Form, OPM Form 3206-0226.  It's a one-pager.  Be sure to sign it.  Mail it to the Office of Personnel Management address on the form.  That's it.

You can use the same form to have your pension paid to you via a Direct Express debit card.  The Treasury Department doesn't want to send out paper checks anymore, so you pretty much will need direct deposit or the debit card.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How to Fix It: Taxpayer Married to Nonresident Alien Denied Married Filing Jointly Filing Status

 By JC Leahy,  MA, Accounting
Twitter@TaxHelpWhenNeed

Email:jcleahy@taxhelpwhenyouneedit.com


Here's the situation:  You're married to a nonresident alien and filed a Federal tax return as married filing jointly.  Your spouse doesn't have a social security number, so you filed a paper return.  This worked for you in past years, but for 2012, the IRS denied your married-joint status because of the missing social security number. They increased your taxes and sent you a bill.  How do you fix this?

Here are the steps:

  1. Prepare a 1040-X Amended tax return which contains the explanation that your spouse elects to be treated as a resident alien for purposes of US income taxes, and that a signed statement to that effect is attached, and that a Form W7 Application for Taxpayer Identification Number is attached.
  2. Have your spouse sign a completed Form W7
  3. To the W7, attach a copy of whatever identification documents you choose to submit.  See Form W7 instructions for required identification documents.  Your document or documents must prove your identity and also your foreign status.  Copies of documents must be certified by the issuing agency.  Notarized copies are no longer accepted. Submitting a copy of your passport certified by your country's embassy or consulate is ideal.  You can also submit original documents, but that is not wise. 
  4. Have your spouse sign and date a separate statement to the effect that he/she hereby elects to be treated as a US resident alien for tax purposes.
  5. Attach the W7, a copy of your original tax return, a copy of the IRS notice you received in the mail,  and your completed Form W7 with identification documents -- to your Form 1040X Amended Income Tax Return.
  6. Be sure you BOTH sign the 1040X and, for good measure, both of you re-sign your original tax return. Also your spouse needs to sign the Form W7 and separate statement.
  7. Mail this whole collection of documents to the following special address:

IRS
ITIN Operations
PO Box 149342
Austin, TX  78714-9342

That should do it.  Any questions, or comments, let me know.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Woah! Look at This!! Beware of Travel to or through New Jersey or New York !!!!

This week's Outrage concerns a legal case that comes to us from New Jersey, where a well-meaning firearm owner, through a series of events that were no fault of his own, inadvertently ran afoul of the law (or, rather, an interpretation of the law).

Gun owner Gregg C. Revell was flying from Salt Lake City, UT, to Allentown, PA, by way of Minneapolis, MN, and Newark, NJ.  Revell had an unloaded firearm that was legally checked in his luggage, which he was to pick up upon his arrival in Allentown.

That was the plan, but things soon went awry.  Revell's flight into Newark was delayed, causing him to miss his connecting flight to Allentown.  He was able to book a seat on the next flight, but that course of action was changed by the airline. He then tried to take a bus, but his luggage didn't make it to the bus on time.  He retrieved his luggage, but missed the bus.  With no more connections to Allentown until the following morning, Revell went (with his luggage, of course) directly to, and stayed the night at, the Airport Sheraton Hotel.  By this time, Revell had been through a lot, but his real trouble was just beginning.  

The next morning, Revell returned with his luggage directly to the airport.  He checked his luggage and, as he was supposed to, told the agent that he had an unloaded firearm stored in a locked case in his luggage.  It was at this point that Revell's destination changed from Allentown to a Newark jail cell.  He was arrested on the spot because New Jersey law requires a permit to possess a handgun (and also bans the hollow-point ammunition that Revell also had in a separate locked container in his luggage), and as soon as Revell's luggage became "readily accessible" to him (in this case, when he took possession of his luggage to go to the hotel) he violated state law.  

The Firearms Owners' Protection Act (FOPA) states that, "Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver's compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console."

After spending four days in a Newark jail cell, Revell was released on bail. Revell was eventually cleared of all charges, but he didn't get his firearm and other property back until almost three years later.
With help from the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, Revell sued for damages related to his unjust arrest and detention (as a violation of his civil rights), but lost, with the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit's finding that Revell was not covered under FOPA's narrowly defined safe harbor provision.
So we have a case where a firearm owner does everything he can to obey the law and ensure that he safely transports his firearm.  Through no fault of his own, he is accused of violating the law.  He is arrested, then thrown in the Newark jail for four days, and loses possession of his personal property for almost three years.  That is outrageous!

This case is not as unusual as you may think.  NRA presently has two similar cases awaiting rulings by the U.S. Second Circuit.

NRA members would be well advised to use caution when traveling with a firearm—especially by plane, and especially in the states of New York and New Jersey—if a planned, or unplanned stop in "hostile territory" is necessary.

As originally reported by the Institute for Legislative Action

Friday, April 12, 2013

How and When to Report Investment Expenses on Your Income Tax Return

 JC Leahy, MA Accounting


 For my friend Joe:
Capital vs Expense

Not all outlays for an investment property are expenses.  Outlays to acquire, renovate, or extend the useful life of an investment property must be capitalized.  On the other hand, ordinary and necessary expenses to hold, operate and maintain an investment property are deductible as investment expenses.

How To Report Investment Expenses 

To deduct your investment expenses, you must itemize deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Enter your deductible investment interest expense on Schedule A (Form1040), line 14. Include any deductible short sale expenses.  Also attach a completed Form 4952 if you used that form to figure your investment interest expense.  Enter the total amount of your other investment expenses (other than interest expenses) on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. List the type and amount of each expense on the dotted lines next to line 23. (If necessary, you can show the required information on an attached statement.)  If your thinking includes rental real estate as an investment, obviously those expenses are reported on Schedule E. 

When To Report Investment Expenses

If you use the cash method, you generally deduct your expenses, except for certain prepaid interest, in the year you pay them.  If you use an accrual method, you generally deduct your expenses when you incur a liability for them, rather than when you pay them.

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE MY EARLIER ARTICLE ON INVESTMENT EXPENSES.



Uplifting Springtime News: It's Better to Go Bra-less !!!

I kid you not.   This was one of Yahoo's lead stories this morning.  Apparently, researchers in France (where else?!) have completed a 15 year study of women's breasts.  The upshot is that wearing a bra causes breasts to sag at an average rate of 7mm per year.  Cool.  CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Who Must File a Pennsylvania Tax Return ??

Who must file a personal income tax return? If you are a  Pennsylvania resident, nonresident or a part-year PA resident, you must file a  PA tax return if:
• You received total PA gross taxable income in excess of $33, even if no tax is due with your PA return; and/or
• You incurred a loss from any transaction as an individual, sole proprietor, partner in a partnership or PA S corporation shareholder.

PA law does not exempt a minor from the above requirements to file a PA tax return even if claimed as a dependent on a federal return.

The executor, administrator, or other person responsible for the affairs of a decedent must file a PA tax return if the decedent met the above requirements.

Pennsylvania taxes eight classes of income: (1) compensation; (2) net profits from the operation of a business, profession or farm; (3) net gains or income less net losses from dispositions of property; (4) net gains or income from rents, royalties, patents and copyrights; (5) dividends; (6) interest; (7) gambling winnings (except Pennsylvania Lottery winnings); and (8) net gains or income derived through estates or trusts.

Really Strange News: Beaver Videoed Killing Man !!

JC Leahy

Odd news.  A beaver killed a man trying to photograph him.  Here's the video.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Employee Business Expense Income Tax Deduction


JC Leahy, MA Accounting

If your employer does not reimburse all of your employment-related expenses, you might be able to deduct them on your federal income tax return. They would go on your Schedule A (Itemized Deductions), line 21, “un-reimbursed employee expenses.” 

Two Hurdles for You to Jump

In order to deduct employee business expenses, you must jump over 2 hurdles: the 2% Floor and the Standard Deduction.  “The 2% Floor" is 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income.   Your un-reimbursed employee business expenses must total greater than 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income. You can deduct only the expenses over that amount.  The second hurdle is your Standard Deduction.  All of the deductions listed on your Schedule A generally must exceed your Standard Deduction.  The amount of your Standard Deduction generally depends on your filing status.  For tax year 2012, the standard deduction amounts are:
  • $11,900 married filing jointly
  • $5,950 married filing separately
  • $8,700 head of household
(One wrinkle in this picture is that if you are married filing separately and your spouse itemized, you also must itemize.)


Commuting Costs

You cannot deduct the typical costs of traveling to and from work within your metropolitan area.  This includes costs for automobile travel, parking train, car, cab or bus.  These expenses are called commuting costs.  They are considered personal expenses—even if you do work on the trip. The cost of parking at your permanent place of work is not deductible, but parking to attend a business meeting is. Similarly, tolls and gas are not deductible for regular transportation to work, but are deductible for work-related trips.  Note, however, that once you arrive at work, if you have to travel between offices or to client sites that cost is deductible.
If you use your car for deductible business purposes you can deduct either the standard mileage rate (55.5¢ per mile in 2012) or actual car expenses for the year. For leased cars, whichever method you choose in the first year is the one you will be required to use for the remaining years of the lease.

All of your un-reimbursed employee business expenses must be incurred during the tax year, must be trade-or business-related, and must be “ordinary and necessary.” The expenses don’t have to be required, however: "Ordinary and necessary" means that they are helpful and appropriate for your business.
Here are some of the more common employee business deductions.

If you use your car for deductible business purposes you can deduct either the standard mileage rate (55.5¢ per mile in 2012) or actual car expenses for the year. For leased cars, whichever method you choose in the first year is the one you will be required to use for the remaining years of the lease.
 

Other Common Deductions
  • Out of town work related travel. This includes  taxi, plane, train, car, laundry, meals, baggage, telephone, and tips while you are on business in a temporary setting.   For meals,you have a choice about how to deduct the cost of meals. They must be business-related, or eaten while on an un-reimbursed travel excursion. You can deduct 50% of the actual meal cost, or take 50% of the per diem rate for the location of your travel. A list of these cities is available on the IRS web site at www.IRS.govSee my earlierarticle on deductible travel expenses.
  • Dues to professional societies, excluding lobbying and political organizations.
  • Home office costs. The office must be your principal place of business and be for the convenience of your employer—not just helpful in conducting your job.
  • Job search expenses in your current occupation, even if you don’t land a new job. This includes everything from the cost of producing and copying your resume to travel expenses you incur while interviewing or searching for a job.
  • Legal fees related to doing or keeping your job.
  • The cost of a passport for a business trip.
  • Union dues and expenses. However, you cannot deduct the portion of the fees that pays for sick, accident or death benefits or for a pension fund, even if the fees are required dues.
  • Work clothes and uniforms that are not suitable for everyday use and are a condition of your employment.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Quiz Question of the Day: What Does AISC Stand For??

AISC -- Do you know what that stands for?  I didn't.  A friend's kids got ahold of her cellphone today and exchanged a few texts with me.  At one point Justin simply said "AISC"  So I went to Google and looked AISC up.  Adventures in Supercomputing Challenge??  American Institute of Steel Construction??  American Indian Studies Center??  Nope -- wrong generation by a couple.  AISC stands for Awesome Is Sooo Cool !!   That's what I think of the picture another friend, Gloria, sent today:  CLICK HERE.  That's the cast of the Sound of Music, then and now.  I doubt that many of them are recognized on the street anymore!!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Is it Legal ??!! Watch this video!! This Audi Drives Itself!!

Yikes! This Audi drives itself!! I wonder if this is even legal! And what are the insurance ramifications??!! 
 
http://biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=39089
 
Cool, eh?  I want one!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Worth Listening: "Critical Warning Number 6"

JC Leahy

This guy Michael Lombardi is obviously selling something, It's a high priced electronic newsletter with a "free report" included.  You get the "free" report if you buy the $1,951 newsletter.  That's too rich for my budget! However, his "sales pitch" is worth a listen because it gives a pretty good explanation of our current national state of affairs.  It it is, in detail, what I've been saying and thinking for around three years.  He puts kind of dark spin on it, I admit, but have a listen anyway.  Click Here .

By the way, if you actually have $1,951 to spend on an investment advice package like that, here's Lombardi's order page (without having to listen to the 15 minute sales pitch): Click Here For the Order Page If you buy it, I want to hear about what it says! :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What's Up With False Reporting at CNN??!!

JC Leahy

Someone in the lunchroom had CNN on  Wednesday and Thursday last week .  In these two consecutive 20-minute sessions, CNN broadcast two important errors which it certainly, definitely must have know to be untrue.  What the heck is up with that??!!  Does CNN do this kind of thing every day??!!



 On Wednesday, the CNN news anchor was reporting on a gang-related shooting in Chicago.  It was a sad story about a little girl hit by a stray gang-related bullet.  The news ticker at the bottom of the screen simultaneously declared "Chicago does not have strict gun control laws."  Period; no elaboration.  With the sad news of an innocent girl killed by gang gunfire, juxtaposed with the ticker's message that Chicago lacked strict gun control laws, the viewer, obviously, is supposed to suppose that strict gun control laws might make Chicago streets safer..  The actual truth is the OPPOSITE!!!  Chicago and its suburbs have been at the FOREFRONT of oppressive gun-related restrictions since the early 1970's!!  Violent crime in Chicago has not been prevented.  In 1981, Chicago suburb Morton Grove became the very first locality to entirely ban the ownership, sale, and transportation of all handguns.  Another Chicago suburb, Oak Grove, soon followed.  Things only got worse after that!   In fact, as the ultra liberal Huffington Post reports, until just a couple of months ago, "Illinois and the District of Columbia have been the only places to refuse to allow people to be armed in public"  A Federal Appeals Court on December 11, 2012 struck down the Illinois ban and gave the state 180 days to come up with proposed laws that WILL allow citizens to carry guns. Sadly, despite this victory, Chicago citizens, like their counterparts in DC, will continue to live under severe restrictions.  The point is that the current gang crisis in Chicago has grown up in an environment of very, very oppressive firearms-related laws in Chicago. This is an undeniable, absolute fact, and the folks at CNN must have known they were lying!!

The next day, Thursday last week, CNN reported at lunchtime about the investigation into the Benghazi attack on 9/11 last year.  The US ambassador to Libya had been killed.  The CNN reporter casually interjected that the "rioting" in the Middle East had been "caused" by an American anti-Muslim film called Innocence of Muslims.  That fairy tale had been an Obama-administration smokescreen for several weeks after 9/11 last year.  The whole Administration, from Obama down, had insisted that the Benghazi attack had been merely a protest demonstration that got out of hand.  Obama insisted that the demonstration had been "caused" by this obscure little filmlet on the Internet called "Innocence of Muslims."  Obama falsely but stubbornly maintained this "blame America" fairy tale for several weeks after the ambassador's killing.   It later was proven, absolutely, and Obama admitted, that the Benghazi attack had been an intricate, superbly coordinated terrorist attack,  pre-planned by Muslim terrorists with probable al-Queda links.  The Obama Administration had know this truth since at least Day 2, if not Day 1.   Really any schoolchild must have suspected the truth from the getgo, since the attack happened on 9/11's tenth anniversary.  So what the HECK is CNN doing repeating this disproven "party line" on February 14, 2013??!!

Such baldfaced lies so casually asserted!!!   What's up with CNN ??!!