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Brithers disproved yet again

Hot on the heels of Trump's entrance into the birther arena of stupidity, Dr. Chiyome Fukino has talked to reporters to 'clarify' some of the issue: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42519951/ns/politics-more_politics/

Here are a few things that clear up some of the brithers' points of contention:
-A long form does exist (its current location and what it looks like is described by Dr. Fukino)
-Vital Records, by law, cannot be released, neither originals nor photo copies of the original documents, not even to the individual the records are about. The individual may request to see the original document in person.
-Anyone requesting a birth certificate is given the same short form Obama released in 2007.
-Obama's birth is recorded in other vital records held by the state.
-Dr. Fukino was appointed to her position by Republican Governor Linda Lingle.
-Governor Lingle was a supporter of McCain's campaign and (not mentioned in the article) apparently get's along with Sarah Palin very well.

So sorry birthers, you're going to have to traverse further down CandyLand lane if you want to keep chasing this racism fueled delusion that Obama wasn't born in the United States.

ROAST X: ITS XTREME!!!!

It’s that time again, when we let one special member of The Sift know how much we care about them by reminding them they’re a puss filled canker on the anus of humanity. Tonight rasch187, resident Norwegian and frequent video promoter, is that lucky canker, and we’re the... well I’ll leave it at that.

For those of you who don’t know, Rasch is the lord and master of the Rock & Roll Channel, having led a successful coup d’état against MLX (current whereabouts unknown). He now derives the pleasure granted by his position by declaring posts from hopeful sifters as unworthy of the glorious title of rock & roll; I understand he has a cut glass goblet full shed tears from which he drinks every time he removes a post from his channel.

But that’s not all our man Rasch has been up to, after a grueling process he’s also finishing up his Master’s Thesis/Dissertation in Law. I understand the title of his work is, ‘How to Get Caught Masturbating in Elizabeth Shue’s Closet and Only Get a $200 Fine: A case study in downgrading a felony to a misdemeanor’. I can only guess the answer is somehow related to art, it might also help to explain why he was wearing a top hat and a paper cut-out mask of Bob Dylan at the time. Let us know how the defense turns out, both the academic, and the judicial one.

If you need further fodder feel free to check out http://parody.videosift.com/talk/It-s-a-rasch187-Roast-D for the semi-official roast questionnaire.

So have at it folks, and remember it’s not funny till someone’s crying. Just a word of caution, if he’d do this one of nature’s gentle giants, think what he’d do to an upright hairless cackling monkey.

New study on Tax reporting

Saw an interesting story on the rates of under reporting their incomes for tax purposes: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27328293

Some of the more interesting figures:

The previously unreported study estimates that taxpayers whose true income was between $500,000 and $1 million a year understated their adjusted gross incomes by 21 percent overall in 2001, compared to an 8 percent underreporting rate for those earning $50,000 to $100,000

It was the IRS' first such research effort since 1988, and it led the agency to estimate the 2001 gross "tax gap" at $345 billion.

In its 2001 tax gap study, the IRS estimated that individuals underreported business income by 43 percent overall. Sole proprietors, who report self-employment income on schedule C of their tax returns, underreported their income a stunning 57 percent.


I can't say I'm surprised, but if that estimate is correct that's a helluva a lot of money.
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