Giggles The Pig Runs For Mayor

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(PCM) As if the city of Flint, Michigan did not already have a bad enough reputation, but now due to some sort of clerical error in city’s electoral department, a pig named Giggles is now in the running to be the cities new mayor. 

The clerical error made by the city caused all of the mayoral candidates to miss the petition deadline, so therefor none of their names will appear on the official voting ballots. The election will not be up to write-in candidates, and hence Giggles the pig has her fair shot. 

Mike Ewing, Giggles owner, says that he saw the clerical error as an opportunity to launch a political campaign for Giggles, who also happens to have her own Facebook page and the trending hashtag #Giggles4Flint. The Facebook page now has over 3,000 likes and continues to climb. 

Ewing and several others were also angered that one of the mayoral prospects was previously convicted of murder and the clerical error was the final straw to make him decide to take action. The residents of Flint are mortified that their city could not even get a simple mayoral election correct. 

In praise of Giggles for mayor, Ewing posted the following campaign message “I hope that you will vote for her as a mayoral candidate who has never murdered a human. She has never placed citizens in harm by driving drunk on the highway, and has never interrupted public business and public meetings. She is a sweet and intelligent animal – which is more than can be said for some candidates.”

Giggles The Pig Runs For Mayor was contributed by a Myth

April 15th – Tax Day in the United States

IRSApril 15th – Tax Day in the United States

Tax Freedom Day is the day that the money that you earn that particular year, on average, stops going into the government’s pocket and starts going into yours.
Tax Freedom Day By Year:
April 24, 2015
April 21, 2014
April 18, 2013
April 13, 2012
April 12, 2011
April 9, 2010
April 8, 2009
April 16, 2008
April 24, 2007
April 26, 2006
April 21, 2005
April 15, 2004
April 14, 2003
April 17, 2002
April 27, 2001
May 1, 2000

The Gettysburg address is 269 words, the Declaration of Independence is 1,337 words, and the Holy Bible is only 773,000 words. However, the tax law has grown from 11,400 words in 1913, to over 7 million words in 2012. This does not count additional information regarding the Affordable Care Act.

There are at least 480 different tax forms, each with many pages of instructions. Even the easiest form, the 1040E has 33 pages in instructions, and all in fine print.

The IRS sends out 8 billion pages of forms and instructions each year. Laid end to end, they would stretch 28 times around the earth.

Nearly 300,000 trees are cut down yearly to produce the paper for all the IRS forms and instructions. The total number of computers thrown out the window, or kicked with a frustrated foot is unknown.

American taxpayers spend $200 billion and 5.4 billion hours working to comply with federal taxes each year, more than it takes to produce every car, truck, and van in the United States.

The IRS employs 114,000 people; that’s twice as many as the CIA and five times more than the FBI.

60% of taxpayers must hire a professional to get through their own return.

Taxes eat up nearly 40% of the average family’s income; that’s more than for food, clothing and shelter combined.

“To you taxpayers out there, let me say this: Make sure you file your tax return on time! And remember that, even though income taxes can be a ‘pain in the neck,’ the folks at the IRS are regular people just like you, except that they can destroy your life.”
– Dave Barry

April 15th – Tax Day in the United States was contributed by Pop Culture.

Man Goes Into A Muslim Bakery To Ask For A Gay Wedding Cake

Gay wedding cakeRecently the You Tube Channel Louder with Crowder posted a video where a man and a hidden camera enter Muslim Bakeries to get their response when asked to purchase a gay wedding cake.

Some of the bakeries said yes, others said no they would not bake such a cake. The question is where are the gay armies storming the Muslim bakeries and why do they only attack Christians? Christians are not routinely killing gay men. Muslims are.

Christian are only asking that their religious freedom, as described in the Constitution be honored. Below is the video we invite your comments about what seems to be a one sided attack against Christians

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Starbucks Urges Employees To Talk About Race Relations With Customers

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(PCM) Retail coffee giant Starbucks is now asking customers to #RaceTogether and urges  their employees to begin talking about race relations in our country with their customers. The baristas have begun writing “race together” on beverage cups in hopes of sparking some of these conversations that many people are afraid to have with one another.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claims that “We as Starbucks should be willing to talk about this issues in America”. After incidents that occurred in Ferguson, MO, New York City, and Oakland, CA, there is a lot of deep emotional and racial unrest throughout the country and these are issues that we should not be afraid to address.  Schultz goes on to say “Not to point fingers or to place blame, and not because we have the answers, but because staying silent is not who we are,”

It is the hope that this new movement will be the catalyst to help people gain a greater empathy, understanding and compassion towards one another.  Stores in New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Oakland and Los Angeles have already begin writing “Race Together” on cups, but the rest of the company’s some 12,000 stores are expected to join in with them today.

Schultz feels it begins with “one conversation at a time” to create a more emphatic and inclusive society overall.  While it appears that Starbucks may have had good intentions with the #RaceTogether campaign, it is causing the company to receive quite a bit of ridicule online and on social media, as many feel that it potentially puts customers in an awkward position and could lead to racial stereotyping, just the opposite of what it was initially proposed to do.

Check out Twitter and the #RaceTogether for some pretty hilarious quips aimed at the company. Starbucks still continues to stand by the movement and feels that it is truly worth a little bit of discomfort for the great good.

What do you think?

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Did Time Magazine Give Hilary Clinton Horns On Purpose?

Time1(PCM) Everyone who has been following the news lately knows that former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is in some hot water over her recent admission to using her personal email account for work rather than the government-issued one between the years of 2009 and 2013, when she was the Secretary of State.

The whole email incident has stirred up quite a bit of a scandal, so it is only natural that after seeing the cover for the upcoming issue of Time Magazine, which features Clinton, that one would question if the publication intentionally gave her what appear to be a set of horns.

Many feel that Time did this to in a sense demonize Clinton for the recent email debacle, however the publication claims that “any resemblance to cats, bats, or devil horns is merely coincidental”.  They go on to reveal that this is not the first time that a public figure has been “demonized” on their cover, as the location of the large letter “M” in the logo can unintentionally give the appearance of horns.

Clinton is expected to make an announcement about a 2016 presidential run very soon!

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Puerto Rico Wants To Fine Parents For Having Obese Children

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(PCM) The Puerto Rican senate is currently trying to pass legislation that would allow the parents of obese children to be fined by the government if it is discovered they are not feeding their children both healthy and nutritious.

One of the bill’s sponsors claims that the new bill is only trying to “improve children’s well-being and help parents make healthier choices.”.

The way it works is that educators would begin identifying obese children and then work very closely with the parents to help the children lose weight.

The proposed bill goes on to state that if the educator determines that no progress has been made in a six month time period than the educator can  refer the case to child family services much the same as a child abuse case.

If another six months goes by and yet again no improvement to the child’s weight is reported the family can then be charged a fine in the amount of $500 and then up to $800 if an additional six months goes up with no changes.

Many people have expressed both concern and outrage over the proposed bill calling it both “unfair” and “superficial” and of course does not factor in situations where medical complications or genetic issues are a factor.

Some people in Puerto Rico fully support the bill, as Puerto Rico has a child obesity rate of 28% versus on 18% in The States.

The post Puerto Rico Wants To Fine Parents For Having Obese Children also appeared on PCM Lifestyle.

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