Russia 9/11 Teardrop Monument given to the U.S. with No Publicity

teardrop monument russia 911This monument located in New Jersey across the river from the scene of the 9-11 attack was donated to the United States from Russia. We are just now learning of this monument as the media said nothing about it. It was dedicated on September 11, 2006. Fox News did not talk about it neither did CNN or MSNBC in the mainstream media.

“Nobody ever comes here,” says a taxi driver about the The 100-ft tall, 175-ton memorial. Vladimir Putin was there when construction began and Bill Clinton attended the dedication ceremony in 2006. Since then, it has been forgotten.

“The monument in this picture, officially entitled “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” (but also known as “The Memorial at Harbor View Park” or the “Tear Drop Memorial”), was dedicated at the northeast corner of Bayonne Peninsula in New Jersey on 11 September 2006, the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
The monument was the work of Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, whose inspiration was described thusly in a brochure about the monument:

“To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” was conceived as the events of 9/11 unfolded and Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli walked the streets of Moscow. Struck by the outpouring of grief he observed, a memorial with an image of a tear formed in his mind. Shortly after the attacks, Tsereteli visited ground zero and looked to
New Jersey’s waterfront for an appropriate site for a monument honoring victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
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Mug Shots Removal is Big Business

RobertWiggenMugShot-ownerofmugshotsitesWho would have thought we would live in a day where we could have extortion and online blackmail so rampant as it is with businesses ruining peoples lives? It is happening, Folks. What happens is someone is arrested from a warrant (even when turning themselves in) or any other arrest and it is posted on the county or city jail sites which is public information. The photos are normally just up for a limited time such as 24 hours so the family or friends may bail them out of jail but the information may still be there. Bots come along and scrape these jail sites and then post the photo and all the information then put up links and heavily SEO (Search engine optimization) words and URL’s to include their names even including a fake newsstory to make it more real for Google and search engines. You might think this is a great thing because it makes “criminals” pay for what they did and will teach them a lesson. Just wait until it happens to you and you may also know that it happens without being found guilty. These are basically innocent people because they have not been to court yet and not even had a chance to enter a plea in most cases. Just because you are arrested does not mean guilt.

It almost reminds me of the book “Scarlet Letter” where the lady had to wear an adultery letter on her in public and be bullied and hated among the community. You have got to wonder how many suicides have been contributed to these mugshot sites? Why aren’t these sites being sued or outlawed by our government or unindexed by Google, Yahoo, and Bing? Continue reading Mug Shots Removal is Big Business

Tax Churches for Better Infrastructure and Less Burden on Taxpayers

tax churchesWe should focus making Churches Pay Taxes a bigger political issue.
I heard the other day on CNBC that churches get to avoid paying taxes because they were taxed so bad when they came over here from Europe – not for the reason that they are non-profit. Something to this effect… so I thought I would research it and I found this blog at blogcritics.org that is a great read on how some churches could pay taxes and lessen our taxes! I also found a site called taxchurches.com.

sarahsilvermanreligionquoteI think below is a great argument:
Like all the churches, they don’t pay taxes. Why? Is it because they’re a non-profit organization? I wouldn’t know anything about their finances, but I do know how rich some churches are. The Catholic church, for example, and some of the evangelical churches. It’s a stretch to think of these churches as not-for-profit.

This blog makes an interesting point where it states “I believe that the tax-exempt status of a religious institution should be proportional to its nondenominational charitable activities.”

The blog also goes on to give other great points why churches should be taxed:
For example, a church that spends money on fancy cars for its preacher should be taxed on those expenses. A church that runs a soup kitchen but requires its beneficiaries to pray for their supper should have to pay tax on the portion of its income used to run that soup kitchen. A church that owns its building and uses the facility for both worship services and charitable deeds should be taxed according to a formula, the same way a person can deduct home office expenses from his income taxes. Better financial minds than mine could come up with the formula.
If you agree with me that such a proposal is unlikely to be taken seriously in America, you will also probably recognize that we are a religious country, in the sense that religious institutions are given special privileges withheld from individuals, private landowners, and businesses. I don’t agree with these special privileges. But my view is in the minority. It would probably even be fair to describe it as marginal.

Still, think about it next time you walk (or drive) by the churches in your area. What if they all had to pay property taxes the same way you or your landlord does, the same way the commercial building owners on Main St. do? Then your municipality would have more income and could lower property taxes. Your tax burden (or rent) could be less. Meanwhile the churches, if they had to account for every untaxed dollar they spent, would be better practitioners of what they preach.

Who can I vote for that will make Churches and these non-profit groups pay taxes? If I run a business and pay taxes I want all these Porsche driving preacher owned non-profits, Kabula foundations, and charitable organizations gauged on a scale of a percentage they help causes vs. the percentage used for fancy buildings etc.

We could use this money for better highways, better education programs, more pay for teachers, and advances in medicine. Wow the sky is the limit. I hope this comes to be a major election issue someday because it may reduce our taxes.

I don’t know how the Baptists do their finances, but I know the Catholics spend a lot more money on buildings and trying to get more recruits than they do on doing good in the world. Besides, the money they spent doing good in the world could be written off on their taxes with the plan this blogger speaks about.

Then again, Any politician that campaigned on taxing churches would be fried mincemeat. Especially in this country!

The IRS wants to know why this pastor owns 5 houses but pays NO taxes

Joyce Meyer is a figurehead for the prosperity gospel and been criticized for over a decade because of the personal wealth that she has accumulated from her followers. In 2003, Meyer purchased a jet for a whopping $10 million. Her 2003 home was listed at $2 million. As of 2013, the Meyer family owns five different homes, including a $500,000 lakefront ranch. Since 2003, Joyce Meyer has received an annual salary of $900,000, and her husband is given $450,000 by their ministry. Their mansion is also covered by ministry funds, as well as the bills that come along with the 10,000-square-foot structure.

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Some of the big giant mega churches are about 80% show and 20% good. These mega-churches should be taxed on the 80%. The kind of church I like is the one room church in Little House that doubled as a school. This is what I consider as a real church.

Update: John Oliver finally addressed these tax-free churches on his show “Last Week with John Oliver,” on HBO:

Jeb Bush declares “I’m running for president in 2016”

Oops_Jeb_Bush_accidentally_2016_announcementIt looks to be a slip of the tongue but speaking to reporters in Nevada the undeclared 2016 likely presidential candidate and Republican frontrunner Jeb Bush said he’s running for president. He then tried to take it back.

“I’m running for president in 2016, and the focus is going to be about how we – if I run – how do you sustain high economic growth, where more people have a chance at earned success.”

Jeb Bush is legally allowed to accept and hoard hoards of cash without having to obey the federal law that allows a candidate to accept a maximum of $2700 from donors by NOT declaring.
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Man Replaces His Villa Fence With An Aquarium

A successful businessman located in Cesme, Turkey has replaced the fence to his villa with an aquarium. How would you like a neighbor like this?

Filled with a wide variety of marine creatures from the nearby Aegean Sea, this 50-meter-long tank is actually linked to the sea itself, which keeps the tank clean. The aquarium lover paid approximately $21,000 USD for divers to install this “aquarium fence”, and this unique fixture is now a popular tourist attraction. Continue reading Man Replaces His Villa Fence With An Aquarium