Taxmasters And Founder Patrick Cox Found Guilty Of Fraud

TV tax specialists Taxmasters and the company founder Patrick Cox have been found guilty of defrauding customers by a Texas court. The court has hit the high-profile "tax consultants" with a $195 million judgement, including $45 million to be paid by Cox personally. Taxmasters filed for bankruptcy earlier this month, a move widely believed to be an attempt to avoid paying the judgement.

Al Gore Fires Keith Olbermann

Liberal TV commentator Keith Olbermann has been fired from his show on Al Gore's Current TV network due to a lack of "respect, openness, collegiality and loyalty to our viewers" according to a post on the network Web site. In January 2011 Olbermann was ousted from MSNBC. Before that he was a shill for Boston Market.

House Passes GOP Budget Plan

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday passed the GOP leadership's 2013 budget plan by a partisan 228-191 vote.

NYC Schools Want To Ban Words From Tests

If New York City's Department of Education gets its way, this dinosaur will simply not exist in standardized tests used in the city's schools.

The Department of Education of New York City has a list of “sensitive words” it wants to ban from standardized tests. If the Department gets its way words such as “religion”, “dinosaur”, “Christmas”, and “birthday” will not be used in testing materials. It is not unusual for school boards and city departments to create such lists of banned words.

Other words NYC might consider banning are “reality”, “truth”, “knee-jerk”, “fear”, “dumbass”, “pussy liberal”, and “bureaucrat”. And words that might be particularly sensitive to New York City such as “urine”, “transvestite”, “corruption”, “cabbie”, “prostitutes”, and “Bloomberg”.

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Raving JetBlue Captain Subdued By Passengers

Passengers aboard a JetBlue flight Bound from New York to Las Vegas subdued the captain of the flight, who apparently emerged from the cockpit raving about terrorists and Jesus. The plane made an emergency landing in Texas where the captain was arrested. "If he had waited until the end of the flight we wouldn't have been able to touch him" FAA authorities said, "because what goes on in Vegas stays in Vegas."

Transgender Contestant Booted By Miss Universe Pageant

Canadian Miss Universe contestant Jenna Talackova was disqualified because she used to be a man. The rules of the pageant state that all contestants must have been "naturally born" female.

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Santorum Disses Romney, Then Says He Would Be His V.P.

GOP second-place presidential candidate Rick Santorum compared his rival Mitt Romney to President Obama this weekend. Later Santorum indicated he would consider running as Romney's vice president.

Open Mic Catches Obama Message To Putin

An open microphone inadvertently picked-up a whispered message from President Barack Obama to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Monday during a formal one-on-one meeting ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea.

Gingrich Calls Obama Comments On Trayvon Martin “Disgraceful”

GOP presidential also-ran Newt "I'll Ride this Torpedo To The End" Gingrich criticized President Obama's comments on the Trayvon Martin shooting case as "disgraceful" for alluding to race. Gingrich is of course an expert on being disgraced.

Obama Visits Korean Demilitarized Zone

President Barack Obama toured the South Korean lines of the Korean peninsula's demilitarized zone Sunday. The President is in Korea for an international nuclear summit. Officials from 54 countries including China and Russia will attend the summit. North Korea will supply the nukes.

Nationwide Protests Of Obama Contraceptive Mandate

Opponents of the Obama administration's HHS mandate that requires Catholic organizations to provide contraceptive services to their employees took part in protests across the nation on Friday.

Egypt Achieves U.S.A.-Like Democracy

Disgraced Egyptian MP Anwar al-Balkimi, of the ultra-conservative Nour Party, has been expelled from Parliament.

Egyptian MP Anwar al-Balkimi, of the ultra-conservative Nour Party, was expelled from the Egyptian Parliament for claiming he was mugged in order cover-up a nose job. Now belly-dancer Sama al-Masri claims she is al-Bakimi’s second wife.

The Islamist Nour Party adheres to the principles of the Salaf, which means “predecessors” or “ancestors”. The Salafi take the earliest Muslims as model examples of Islamic practice. Plastic surgery and a secret marriage to an unveiled belly-dancer are against Salafi fundamentalist principles.

So this is the equivalent of a member of Congress elected on a Tea Party platform having a sex-change and a second wife who is a prostitute. In other words, Egypt has achieved American-style democracy.

Geraldo Says Wearing Hoodie Is “Asking” To Get Shot

Geraldo Rivera of Fox News says a black man wearing a hoodie is "asking for it". The controversial sub-journalist was remarking on the shooting of Trayvon Martin, 17, by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida in February.

Supreme Court To Rule On Health Care

The Supreme Court will be hearing arguments for and against the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - also called "Obamacare" by its opponents.

A Scientific Fact

Experts disagree on the common properties of political campaigns and children's art toys.

Mali Soldiers Take Down Elected Government

Renegade soldiers in the West African nation of Mali assaulted the presidential palace on Thursday, ousting the democratically-elected government.

Fans Send Well-Wishes To Soccer Star Who Was Dead For 78 Minutes

Fans at Liverpool's FA Cup quarterfinal against Stoke City send their best wishes to Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba.

Soccer star Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack during an FA Cup match Saturday.  The 23-year-old mid-fielder for the Bolton Wanderers was given 15 cardiac shocks and was technically dead for 78 minutes. He is said to be in good spirits and speaking in both English and French, however all he says is “ass piano” over and over again.

Candidates Show Maturity By Brandishing Etch-A-Sketch

Are politicians' political beliefs about as permanent as an Etch-A-Sketch image?

Eric Fehrnstrom, Mitt Romney’s senior campaign adviser, told a CNN interviewer on Wednesday “I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It’s almost like an Etch A Sketch. You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again.”

Fehrnstrom (not Wurmstrom) was responding to a question about whether Romney had been forced to adopt conservative positions that might hurt him with Republican moderates (if such things actually exist in nature). Caught off guard for a moment, Fehrnstrom accidentally told the truth on live international television: candidates completely lie during primaries to get a chance to tell completely different lies in the national election.

Within seconds both Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich appeared brandishing Etch-A-Sketch toys to make the point that Romney was insincere, and unintentionally to make the point they always have an Etch-A-Sketch near to hand.

Gingrich Comes In A Sad And Sorry Last Place In Illinois

Once again Newt "I'm The President!" Gingrich was dealt a severe setback in his plan to become King of the Moon, as the state of Illinois said even Ron Paul is preferable as a short, old, insane presidential candidate.

Robert De Niro Makes Racist Comment At Obama Fundraiser

Robert De Niro spoke at an Obama campaign fundraiser in New York Monday.

Robert De Niro, known for his outspoken attitude and often subject to bouts of brain flatulence, said he doesn’t think the country is “ready for a white First Lady” at an Obama campaign fundraiser in New York Monday. First Lady Michelle Obama was headlining the event. Afterwards the First Lady’s office released a statement saying De Niro’s comment was “inappropriate, no matter how much we agree”.

“Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady? Too soon, right?” De Niro asked the Democrat crowd, who cheered in approbation of his racist joke.

“I do want to say one thing, both on behalf of my wife and on behalf of Karen Santorum and on behalf of Ann Romney, I think that Robert De Niro’s wrong. I think the country is ready for a new first lady and he doesn’t have to describe it in racial terms” Newt Gingrich declared in a strange moment of lucidity for someone who makes racist gaffes on an almost daily basis.

Rick Santorum also addressed the De Niro flap, saying “It’s just someone from Hollywood or someone from the entertainment industry just spouting off as they do. It’s sad, but I’m not going to bite on that one. It’s just sad. The idea of looking at politics through eyes of race should be over. That’s just over. I don’t know where he thinks he’s coming from.”

De Niro comes from New York.

Friday Will Be Two Year Anniversary Of Obamacare

Two years ago: Barack Obama and his henchmen enact health care reform as the first phase of their plot to create a socialist state in America.

Arizona Buried Under Freak Snowstorm

Arizona has been inundated by 10-14 inches of snow. But there's nothing to that stuff about the weather being messed up.

Famous People Who Don’t Believe In The Separation Of Church And State

In order of age, oldest to youngest:

Kidnapped American Released In Iraq

Randy Michael Hultz was apparently kidnapped in Iraq nine months ago, just no one noticed at the time.

An American man was released by members of a Shiite militia in Iraq on Saturday. Randy Michael Hultz was apparently kidnapped by members of the Mahdi Army, a militia controlled by the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. In a taped news conference Saturday two Iranian lawmakers turned Hultz over to U.N. officials. At the news conference Hultz was dressed in U.S. military fatigues and a U.S. military i.d. and a U.S. contractor i.d. with his name and picture on them were displayed.

Hultz was deployed in Iraq as a U.S. soldier in 2003. Afterward he returned to the embattled country as an “entrepreneur”, according to U.S. officials. No one was aware he had been kidnapped, and Hultz is not listed on the official U.S. list of missing contractors. “But he definitely wasn’t working for us” U.S. officials said. “He wasn’t working for the CIA as a bogus construction contractor who gained access to high-level Iraqi officials and reported back to us on who may have had ties with the militias, or anything like that. Absolutely not. No way. Really.”

The followers of Muqtada al-Sadr who released Hultz said they did so as a good will gesture now that the U.S. army is leaving Iraq.

Hultz said he was grateful for his release.”It was explained to me that this is a gift to me, my family and to the American people who oppose the war,” he said. “There was no prisoner swap involved. I am not working for the CIA. Really.”

Johnny Depp To Play Evil Mime In New Movie

Johnny Depp says his new role is his most challenging yet.

Applying The Law Equally In Texas

Equality under the law.

If Texas is going to require a woman have a trans-vaginal ultrasound before undergoing an abortion procedure, it seems only right that the man who impregnated the woman undergo a “trans-urethral” ultrasound as well – otherwise the law is being applied unequally, and that is unconstitutional.

Springsteen Delivers Address At SXSW Conference

Rock legend Bruce Springsteen delivered a lecture at the South by Southwest music conference, where he spoke about his musical influences and the lack of "authenticity" in current popular music. Springsteen's toupee was made of authentic human hair.

“This American Life” Retracts Entire Episode On Apple Working Conditions

Public Radio International's "This American Life" program retracted an entire episode devoted to working conditions at Foxconn.

“This American Life”, a popular investigative journalism program produced by Public Radio International, has retracted a entire episode after learning the reporter on the piece fabricated some of the information presented. In the story about working conditions at Foxconn, the manufacturer that makes many of electronics giant Apple’s products, reporter and self-proclaimed performance artist Mike Daisey apparently lied about the number of factories he visited, the number of times he visited, and about worker complaints they were poisoned by chemicals that are used to manufacture iPhones.

The show’s host Ira Glass commented on his blog page:

We’ve learned that Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China – which we broadcast in January – contained significant fabrications. We’re retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth. This is not a story we commissioned. It was an excerpt of Mike Daisey’s acclaimed one-man show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” in which he talks about visiting a factory in China that makes iPhones and other Apple products…That doesn’t excuse the fact that we never should’ve put this on the air. In the end, this was our mistake.

It seems a correspondent for another public radio program, “Marketplace”, interviewed the interpreter Daisey used while doing his research. The interpreter disputes numerous claims Daisey makes in his show.

This is just the latest in various scandals that have plagued public radio organizations in recent years, like the firing of commentator Juan Williams by National Public Radio for comments he made in his other job on Fox News. Fox News itself has felt the heat, and has taken the unusual step of retracting the last ten years of its broadcasts due to “factual errors and blatant fabrications” on the part of its staff. In related news, Dan Rather has been found hanging by a white and red striped tie, with a note pinned to his chest that says “I just can’t live with the shame anymore”, and Rush Limbaugh has revealed that he is not only a misogynist but “sometimes I want to touch men”.