Get Ready for Tax Time

In today’s economic climate it pays to be smart and could mean the difference between an okie dokie tax refund and a real nice fat one.


Lots of people have taken jobs where they get tips: waitress, waiter, delivery person, etc… You’ll want to keep track of those tips. Not only are you supposed to claim them, but  it could make you thousands of dollars. The figures vary every year, so I won’t bore you with the numbers but in order to qualify for the earned income credit, you have earned income. Right?

Well, up to a certain point, the more you make, the more earned income credit you get. So, claiming that extra $5,000 in tips could net you a tidy sum when it comes to tax time.  Every little bit helps. I’ll tell you another secret.

We keep all our  receipts, that way when we do our taxes some things that we didn’t think were tax  deductible  were actually deductible. I just put them in a folder marked business or personal, but I always check back through the personal stuff, just in case I missed something.

If you find a mistake, you can go back and amend a return for three years.

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Irritated, Indignate and Speaking Out

The only thing worse that being made a fool of is being made to feel like a fool. I guess that means it’s ok to look foolish to everyone else, just so long as you don’t feel foolish. I hate it when extreme environmentalists tell half-truths and outright lies in order to push their global agenda at the expense of all logic.

Irritated, Indignate and Speaking Out

I recently wrote a brief commentary, "Exploring Arctic Melt," about the Nova DVD, "Extreme Ice." The problem is I’ve watched the movie over a dozen times and I can’t get it out of my system. I am really angry about it.

I realize that photojournalist, James Balog means well. I’m certain he has a real concern for habitat and that the work he’s doing is important. That is not the point. I simply fail to understand, how he can totally blame "global warming" and "greenhouse gases" on our climate changes, yet he fails to see the significant roll scientists themselves have played in the accellerated melting of polar ice caps.

Balog took great pains to point out how the more porous the ice becomes, the faster the ice melts, as more of the surface is exposed to air and the subsequent water that follows. Then immediately drills more than half a dozen holes in the ice, to facilitate his descent into a crevasse.

For a hundred years scientists have been exploring our polar regions. Extreme Ice even went so far as to show a huge freezer with thousands of samples of ice core drillings. Do they really not see the corelation? Watch the program and see if you don’t agree, this is a huge flaw in their logic.

I’m not saying that scientific exploration is the major cause of global warming. What I am saying is, if we know something is harmful – shouldn’t we stop doing it? Shouldn’t we practice what we preach. Balog wants everyone else to do their part, but he isn’t willing to forego the temptation to explore these regions, at the expense of the environment.

I think we should all do our part to protect our environment – we live here. But let’s be honest about things and stop spreading lies and misleading people.

Global Warming Swindle

UK Documentary: The Great Global Warming Swindle

According to a group of scientists brought together by documentary-maker Martin Durkin, if the planet is heating up, it isn’t your fault and there’s nothing you can do about it.

We’ve almost begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon. But just as the environmental lobby think they’ve got our attention, a group of naysayers have emerged to slay the whole premise of global warming.

If you doubt the “Global Warming” hype being bantered about by the media for the past decade, you aren’t alone. Reputable scientists examine the evidence, the hypothesis and determine that the vocal minority – coincidentally, those getting all the air time – are blowing smoke, carbon dioxide and CO2 gasses up our derrieres and the reasons might not surprise you.

Examine the data, explore the shocking conclusions reached by a group of scientists who feel you have a right to know what’s behind The Great Global Warming Swindle. Man-made carbon dioxide emissions are not to blame for global warming. They are not to blame for rising temperatures, not for polar melting, not for sea levels and not for endangering species around the world.

All the scientists, environmentalists, politicians, even businesses, arguing CO2 is to blame are only doing so to protect vested financial or idealistic interests. They lack scientific data to back up their claims.

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