Saturday Night Open Thread

I'm headed out for dinner, the TL kid is cooking tonight...here's an open thread for those of you online, all topics welcome.

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    was the makeup cost (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 12:17:57 AM EST
    for the makeup or a makeup artist to put it on her? $250 is not that much for a makeup artist, the networks pay that to local makeup artists to get someone ready for a tv news/talk show appearance. (In New York and DC they have them on staff, but for when they have guests on by satellite from other cities, they charge for each guest they put makeup on. (I'm sure makeup artists in the major cities charge much more than $250.)

    So if she has public appearances every day related to her business, it is a business expense, and it's not unreasonable given she's in the public eye. (Actually, I'm assuming she's in the public eye, I don't know who either of them are since I don't follow sports.)

    My memory of paying MU artists (none / 0) (#6)
    by nycstray on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:46:36 AM EST
    for jobs says her's was darn cheap. I wonder if it was a "day rate" based on the person coming to her in the AM and fixing her for the day and she did touch ups. And that would still be a decent/less expensive rate than what she could have been paying.

    I question your interpretation of the tax law, (none / 0) (#16)
    by Peter G on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 11:52:13 AM EST
    TL: The cost of the nice clothes you may buy for appearing in court (or the makeup you apply for court appearances, if you do) is not a tax-deductible business expense, even if you never wear, and wouldn't wear, those clothes for anything else you do.  The IRS and the Tax Court reason that you could wear those clothes for other, non- business purposes, so they don't count as a deductible business expense, much less as a non-taxable benefit to the recipient (if the employer, such as the Dodgers, or your law firm, as a legal existence separate from the employee; the analysis is different, but not better for you, if you are self-employed).  In other words, when the Dodgers have baseball uniforms custom made for each of their players, that's a deductible business expenses, and the value of the uniform is not income to the player.  Makeup on the team's President for pubic appearances?  I'm pretty sure not.  That rich people (and corporations) violate these rules all the time, as they do, doesn't make it legal, imho.  

    Sure hope the IRS is following this case. (none / 0) (#25)
    by oculus on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 02:58:41 PM EST
    Of course, I hate the Dodgers!

    Congrats America... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
    by kdog on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 07:47:59 AM EST
    our meat grinder got another one, one less brown skin to worry about on the border...what an awful way to go, jesus h. christ.  

    Sorry kid, we know not what we do...RIP.

    kdog (none / 0) (#15)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 11:44:51 AM EST
    our drug laws are wrong and need fixing, but a drug dealer is not a hero.

    Riiiight (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by squeaky on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 12:20:07 PM EST
    All Mexicans are "illegal" and drug dealers. Good to see that you are still channelling Beck et al.

    Police found 18-year-old Joel de la Rosa dead early Thursday morning in the city jail in Edinburg, near the Texas-Mexico border. He had been taken into custody about three hours earlier on charges of drug possession and evading arrest.

    Yeah, I guess you want to amend the constitution now, so that hanging for being Mexican is OK without any silly due process.  

    Due process must be one of those archaic things that has long since fulfilled its intended task.


    Well since (none / 0) (#20)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:06:33 PM EST
    people are now mandated to buy things they don't want..
    you may be right.

    Teabggers (none / 0) (#18)
    by jondee on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 12:26:33 PM EST
    are a walking argument for the need for more drugs, if there ever was one.

    The should have to take a hit of acid for very one of those mandatory concealed weapons they want kindergarten teachers and librarians to carry.


    You still talking about Lipton tea (none / 0) (#19)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:05:11 PM EST

    Im refering to (none / 0) (#21)
    by jondee on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:17:25 PM EST
    that warm sensation chickenhawks experience just before they drop off to sleep..formally attributed to the Sandman.

    I see you are channeling Squeaky (none / 0) (#29)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 07:18:25 PM EST
    and are bragging again.

    Tea Baggers (none / 0) (#22)
    by squeaky on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:29:39 PM EST
    Playing dumb comes naturally to you....  lol

    Google search: Tea baggers= 190,000 image results in .63 seconds. No pictures of lipton as far as I can tell... Just white people carrying signs about Obama's birth and things like Impeach the Muslim Marxist....

    If only they said Impeach the Muslim Mexican Marxist, it could have been you carrying the sign...


    Melanoid (none / 0) (#23)
    by jondee on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:41:14 PM EST
    Mexican Muslim Marxist. Just to round it out and touch on all the things that are bothering them..

    Did you catch this furor? Benedictine nuns (none / 0) (#26)
    by oculus on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 03:01:31 PM EST
    say forgiveness.  Policitos say__get 'em.  



    Yes, your dumbness (none / 0) (#30)
    by jimakaPPJ on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 07:22:08 PM EST
    has rubbed off on me.

    Shall we smear someone tonight O Great Smearer??

    Your turn. I'm too tired to make up anything really outrageous up...

    I know, let's attack President Bush.

    Oh gosh. He hasn't been Prez for 19 months or so....

    What's a guy to do?


    For all we know... (none / 0) (#31)
    by kdog on Mon Aug 09, 2010 at 08:08:59 AM EST
    the kid had nothing but a dime bag on him...but whatever eases your conscience Jim.

    I was wondering if (none / 0) (#3)
    by nycstray on Sat Aug 07, 2010 at 11:52:55 PM EST
    she was his predecessor. When they reported (locally) on this last night, they mentioned his success after his predecessor, but I didn't catch that it was her. I hope this brings a bit of spotlight to her record there. And in other news, she has finally agreed to debate Boxer. That should be festive, lol!~ . . . .  Can't wait to see Whitman "take on" Brown either ;) Whitman hasn't even convinced my Rep Mom yet and she's spent how much money?! I think Mom goes for Brown in the long run . . . . I need to start schooling her on CF . . .

    Winter's Bone (none / 0) (#5)
    by squeaky on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 01:07:12 AM EST
    Good review from NYT.... spoilers....  I think that the film could win best actress, or even best director.  Pretty incredible film, IMO.

    Well worth seeing if it comes to your town.

    heres (none / 0) (#11)
    by Capt Howdy on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 09:40:59 AM EST
    another one (none / 0) (#12)
    by Capt Howdy on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 10:04:59 AM EST
    Mary and Max

    Mary and Max is a 2009 stopmotion claymation feature film directed and written by Adam Elliot. The voice cast included Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Eric Bana. The film premiered on the opening night of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
    The film takes place from 1976 to 1998 and tells the story of the unlikely pen-pal friendship that lasts for 22 years between Mary, a chubby lonely 8-year-old girl who lives in Mount Waverley, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and Max, a 44-year-old, severely obese, atheistic Jewish man with Asperger syndrome who lives in New York City.

    its one of the funniest saddest best movies I have seen in a long time.

    I saw one review that said something like "the films PG rating is arguable to generous".

    um, what he said.  btw did you know turtles can breath through their anuses?


    oops (none / 0) (#13)
    by Capt Howdy on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 10:05:51 AM EST
    bad linky

    try this


    Without the Compaq merger (none / 0) (#14)
    by ding7777 on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 10:58:56 AM EST
    HP would be just a printer company by now - so thank Carly Fiorina for giving Hurd something to build up.

    He's a thief.... (none / 0) (#24)
    by desertswine on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 02:50:41 PM EST
    But... it has its rewards.

    The married father of two will get a $12.2 million severance payment and nearly 350,000 shares of HP stock worth about $16 million at Friday's closing price.

    Oh, yes (none / 0) (#28)
    by Zorba on Sun Aug 08, 2010 at 03:22:43 PM EST
    The severance pay and stock make it all worthwhile. (/snark)  
    The investigation found "numerous instances" in which the unidentified worker received compensation "where there was not a legitimate business purpose," according to HP General Counsel Mike Holston. In addition, he said the company found Hurd submitted false expense reports that concealed his personal relationship with the woman.

    What, all the money he was making at HP wasn't enough that he had to submit false expense reports and false compensation?  What is it with these people?