IT WILL BE INTERESTING to see If Mr Snipes has been properly reeducated about his place at the table and the issue of “Voluntary” Taxes. If he starts working in propaganda films – we will have your answer. Good Luck Wesley – stay away from the light!
Wesley Snipes is the star of the Blade trilogy
Hollywood star Wesley Snipes has been released from prison in the US after serving time for not paying his taxes.
The 50-year-old actor was jailed in Pennsylvania in 2010 for failing to file income tax returns.
He’ll now remain under house arrest for the next four months in order to complete the three year sentence he was handed.
Snipes has starred in dozens of films but is most famous for the Blade trilogy about a vampire hunter.
Millions of dollars
US prosecutors say the actor failed to file returns for at least a decade and owed millions of dollars in taxes.
It’s not known where exactly he’ll stay while under house arrest. At the time of his conviction he lived in a suburb of Orlando in Florida.
However, documents show he’ll be under the supervision of the New York Community Corrections Office, which oversees people in the Bronx and Brooklyn areas of New York, as well as New Jersey.
At the time of his conviction in April 2008, prosecutors said Snipes had earned more than $37m (£24m) in gross income.
Wesley Snipes at the premiere of Blade 2
Maybe in hindsight it was inevitable: Ron Paul has been banned from Washington, DC! (The personalized license plate that bears his name, that is.)
A Freedom of Information Act request from GovernmentAttic.org, has yielded a hilariously infuriating 68-page list of vanity plates banned by Washington, DC’s DMV. In the list you’ll find everything from sexual innuendos (including nearly 2000 variations of the number “69″) to calls for “LSSGOVT” and, of course, countless references to marijuana, from the obvious (POTHEAD) to the clever (POTOMAC).
But this time the Nanny of the Month comes to us from Watertown, New York, where the city council has banned roommates from residential neighborhoods (which would include everyone from unmarried couples to domestic partners and soldiers sharing a home).
Seems that a local woman named Deborah Cavallario wasn’t keen on her neighbor living with his fiance and two friends, so she persuaded three out of five council members to zone away unrelated roommates. (She insists it wasn’t a “dirtbag” move.)
And you thought you got to say who stays under your roof! That rumble you hear is the sound of a thousand lawyers heading to this Empire State town.
1 minute, 45 seconds.
“Nanny of the Month” is written and produced by Ted Balaker (follow him on Twitter @tedbalaker and submit nanny noms). Research by Matt Edwards. Opening animation by Meredith Bragg.
Residents of Erie County, New York overflow the State’s dictating / Q & A forum concerning the unconstitutional NY Safe Act arms bill.
The passion and anger from the people is evident of Erie County resistance.
After the first speaker spoke, the second one was introduced. A request from an audience member to recite the Pledge of Allegiance was ignored by the State. So the people took over and assertively recited it anyway.
The State attempted to have private interviews with the media which alienated the crowd further, who then demanded transparency. Then the State wanted the questions from the audience to be private, which riled folks even more.
Questions asked by Western New Yorkers covered: non-compliance, penalties, jury nullification, 2nd Amendment profiling into domestic terrorists, government tyranny, police, sheriff, and more.
Other topics, and especially on the people forming militias was missed due to full camera memory.
Welcome to blue collar Buffalo.
ALBANY — The state Rifle and Pistol Association filed a notice of legal claim Tuesday against New York over its new gun-control law, saying it violates residents’ “fundamental constitutional rights to lawfully possess, keep, bear and use firearms for self-defense and other lawful purposes.”
The notice of claim is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the state. The lawsuit would have to be filed in 90 days.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Westchester County Firearms Owner’s Association and AR15.Com LLC, operator of a gun website based in Farmington, Ontario County.
The seven-page notice, filed in Albany with the state Attorney General’s Office, charges that there are a number of reasons why the new law is unconstitutional. It claims that the law, passed Jan. 15, violates interstate travel with a lawfully possessed firearm, criminalizes and bans the possession of certain firearms and ammunition and impacts private businesses.
The notice said that the law, called the NY-SAFE Act, “was passed and is being continuously enforced with the ongoing tortious intent to harass, harm, impede, interfere with, disrupt, interrupt, and/or destroy the present and future business and commercial activities” of gun owners and businesses.
Surveillance cameras are ubiquitous, especially in the U.K.. and in the United States, Congress has already approved the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Then there’s the “Stingray” tool used by the FBI to track cell phones. It’s enough to make even those who’ve gotten nothing hide feel nervous.
New York-based artist Adam Harvey doesn’t like it one bit. So he’s taken it upon himself to design anti-surveillance clothing to foil government snoopers.
Harvey has been looking at the effects of such surveillance on culture for some time. Last year he designed a kind of face makeup called CVDazzle to avert face-recognition software.
In the spirit of fooling cameras – and messing with surveillance – Harvey has now come out in a set of hoodies and scarves that block thermal radiation from the infrared scanners drones use. Wearing the fabric would make that part of the body look black to a drone, so the image would appear like disembodied legs. He also designed a pouch for cell phones that shields them from trackers by blocking the radio signals the phone emits. For those airport X-ray machines, he has a shirt with a printed design that blocks the radiation from one’s heart.
The materials the clothes are made are specialized and expensive, so these aren’t the kinds of fashions that the local discount store will have – at least not yet. Harvey does plan to offer the clothes for sale, though.
He sees the designs as a kind of conversation about surveillance in society at large. If we’re going to be watched all the time, shouldn’t we find a way to deal with that?
If you want to see Harvey’s work, it will be at Primitive London starting Jan. 17.
A company that sold September 11 commemorative coins supposedly containing silver from ground zero has agreed to pay 750,000 dollars (£474,683) to settle claims that it deceived consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said the National Collector’s Mint, based in Port Chester, New York, charged customers for items they never ordered and failed to identify its wares as imitations.
A law passed in 2010 created an official September 11 medal marking the 2001 terror attacks in aid of the museum being built at the World Trade Centre site.
The move marks an extraodinary breakdown in trust between leading central banks and has set off ferment among gold enthusiasts, with some comparing it with France’s withdrawal of gold from the US under President Charles de Gaulle as the Bretton Woods currency system crumbled in the late 1960s.
Handelsblatt said the Bundesbank will announce on Wednesday that it intends to relocate the gold to vaults in Frankfurt, said by insiders to include parts of the old archive library. Germany has 3,396 tons of gold worth roughly £115bn, the world’s second-largest holding after the US. Most of the reserves were stored abroad for safety during the Cold War.
The bank holds an estimated 45pc of its gold at the US Federal Reserve in New York, and 11pc at the Banque de France, lower than originally thought.
A report by Germany’s budget watchdog in October revealed that the bank halved its holding in London a decade ago, a period when the Bank of England was selling part of Britain’s gold at the bottom of the market to buy euros.
The gold was purportedly withdrawn because London was charging €500,000 a year in storage costs. The Bundesbank said part of 930 tonnes brought back was melted down for checks, and “not one gram was missing”. It currently holds just 13pc of its total holdings at the Bank of England.
Aside from regulated hunting exceptions and those individuals who are deemed in danger by the police commissioner, all U.S. civilians should be banned from owning any kind of gun, argued former New York City Mayor Ed Koch in a radio interview today.
“I don’t believe that in our society that we should have guns,” said Koch, a Democrat, speaking on New York WABC Radio’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”
Continued Koch: “If I had my way I would pass such a law except to allow hunting and target practice and you lay out safety precautions for that.
“And if you need a gun because the police commissioner thinks your life is in danger, which is the way you can get a concealed gun (in New York) today, it’s called the Sullivan Law, you have to have the permission of the police commissioner.”
“So subject to those modifications,” he stated, “I don’t believe we should have millions of guns out there in the hands of people who are not part of law enforcement.”
Koch was asked about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announced effort to pursue “the toughest assault weapon ban in the nation.”
“We have to go much further,” the ex-mayor replied.
Armed guards are protecting the offices of a New York newspaper after it received threats for publishing a map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.
The security guards will stand watch outside the Journal News’ Rockland County office through at least Wednesday, the Rockland Times newspaper reported.
The Gannett-owned paper angered gun owners and gun rights advocates last month when it published the interactive map on its website, LoHud.com, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school massacre.
Journal News editor Caryn McBride reported the flood of angry emails and calls to Clarkstown Police, but cops didn’t find anything that suggested a real threat, according to a police report obtained by the Times.
The newspaper then hired guards from RGA Investigations, a security firm based in neighboring New City, to man the entrance of its West Nyack office.
The paper has defended the gun map, which it created using information obtained from the county clerks’ offices through a Freedom of Information Act request.
“New York residents have the right to own guns with a permit and they also have a right to access public information,” Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group, told the newspaper after the map was published.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Al-Jazeera, the Pan-Arab news channel that struggled to win space on American cable television, has acquired Current TV, boosting its reach nearly ninefold to about 40 million homes. With a focus on U.S. news, it plans to rebrand the left-leaning news network that cofounder Al Gore couldn’t make relevant.
The former vice president confirmed the sale Wednesday, saying in a statement that Al-Jazeera shares Current TV’s mission “to give voice to those who are not typically heard; to speak truth to power; to provide independent and diverse points of view; and to tell the stories that no one else is telling.”
The acquisition lifts Al-Jazeera’s reach beyond a few large U.S. metropolitan areas including New York and Washington, where about 4.7 million homes can now watch Al-Jazeera English.
Al-Jazeera, owned by the government of Qatar, plans to gradually transform Current into a new channel called Al-Jazeera America by adding five to 10 new U.S. bureaus beyond the five it has now and hiring more journalists.
However, Al Jazeera’s attempt to gain more viewership in the US suffered an early setback after Time Warner Cable said it would stop carrying Current TV following the ownership change.
Time Warner, the second biggest cable company in the US, said it had already been looking to remove channels with low ratings, and this acquisition gave it the ability to cancel its contract.