George Zimmerman Did Not Paint A Picture Of Trayvon Martin And Sell It!

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(PCM) Despite reports to the contrary, George Zimmerman did NOT sell a painting of Trayvon Martin for $30,000 dollars. The news was first reported via the satirical news website, The News Nerd and many people are falling victim to believing in this newest viral hoax.

The News Nerd featured an image of George Zimmerman holding up a painting that he allegedly made featuring Travyon Martin against the backdrop of an American Flag featuring the words “God one nation with liberty and justice for all.”

Despite the fact that is quite easy to see that the image has been photoshopped together, many people began sharing the story via social media and it has created an outrage. Many were commenting that they were sickened and disgusted by the painting and none bothered to find out if the story was either true or false.

Had this been a true story, then yes we certainly agree that it would be incredibly disturbing and downright offensive, however this is not the case, at least this time. Zimmerman has been using his fame from the tragic case to make a bit of cash and even went as far as to do a painting of some of the other people involved with the prosecution for his case in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The AP has since filed a cease and desist letter claiming Zimmerman’s painting was a copy of one of their photos.

Zimmerman claims that painting is a theraputic activity for him and something he can safely do indoors. One of his painting that features the same phrase as the alleged Trayvon Martin painting is rumored to have fetched up to $100, 000 dollars.

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Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant’s Comedy Sketch Goes Viral

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(PCM) Southwest Airlines flight attendant Mary Cobb has been with the company for seven years and it seems she has mastered the trick to getting passengers to pay attention to the pre-flight safety demonstration.

Her hilarious safety demonstration comedy sketch has gone viral and many passengers are praising her not only for her sense of humor, but also say she is an incredibly caring flight attendant.

“Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra. Everybody gets a door prize in the seat back in front of you, along with dirty diapers, chewing gum wrappers, dirty diapers, and all the other gifts you leave for us from time to time”, says Mary Cobb in her speech.

“Everybody gets their very own teeny weeny yellow Southwest bikini,” she also says. “One size fits all. To activate the flow of oxygen, simply insert 75 cents for the first minute. If you’re traveling with more than one child, pick out the one that might have the most earning potential down the road.”

You can watch the full video which has been viewed over 6 million times below:

 

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Tax Freedom Day

(PCM) 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 21, 2014
April 18, 2013
April 13, 2012
April 12, 2011
April 9, 20101tax
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

Clay by Taylor Zitman

TAX TRIVIA:
► The earliest known tax was implemented in Mesopotamia over 4500 years
ago, where people paid taxes throughout the year in the form of livestock, which
was the typical currency at the time.

► If you steal something, it technically counts as income, and is taxable.

► The U.S. tax code contains 7,000,000,000 words. If you are counting zeroes, that is t 7 BILLION not Million. The Bible, called by many the greatest book of all time, has well under a million. The Gettysburg Address has 269 words, and that is often called the greatest speech ever written. The greatest love letter of all time, Tarzan’s to Jane had only 97 words.

► The first income tax was created in 1861 during the Civil War to finance the war effort.

► In 1894 Congress passed the Wilson-Groman tariff which was an income tax at the rate of 2% for income over $4,000 but it was overturned by the Supreme Court in 1895.

► In February of 1913 the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified to the Constitution, granting Congress the power to collect taxes on personal income. The one page 1040 form was introduced the following year. Today, (2012) it is 174 pages.

► The “easiest” tax form (1040EZ) has 33 pages of instruction.

► Six states have no individual income taxes: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington

► Richard Nixon signed the Tax Reform Act of 1969, which essentially eliminated taxes for those living in poverty and raised taxes on certain rich groups by closing loopholes. However, during his presidency he also reduced the highest rates for the richest Americans from 70% to 50%.

► The first e-file (electronic transmission of a tax return) took place on January 24, 1986.

► The “Presidential Campaign Fund” check-box was created in the 1972 in order to fund presidential elections. Since the inception of that check-off, over a billion dollars has been distributed to about a hundred primary election presidential candidates. The amount is deducted from any refund you may be due. In order to qualify, a candidate must get at least 5% of the vote.

► Car accidents have jumped consistently 6% on Tax Day over the past 30 years.

► Lady Godiva, was an 11th century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who took a famous naked horse ride through the streets of Coventry in order to get her husband to lower taxes on the locals.

► Pennslvania’s alcohol tax was designed to help the city of Johnstown, which had a devastating flood in 1936. Although Johnstown is in fine shape today, that tax is still collected to the tune of $200,000,000 a year for the Keystone State.

► Over the last decade it is estimated that the tax code was amended or revised over 4,000 times, more than one change a day!

► New York costs 49 cents per gallon of gasoline in taxes, and $4.35 for a pack of cigarettes.

► Married, childless people who rent their homes and earn an average to slightly above average salary get the fewest standard tax breaks.

► Effective in 2006, the Treasury Department said it will no longer collect a 3% federal excise tax on long-distance calls. The tax was imposed in 1898 to help pay for the Spanish-American War. The treasury said it was conceding its battle to uphold the tax after five appeals courts declared it illegal.

► President Nixon made it commonplace for presidents to publicly release their tax returns. Gerald Ford’s tax returns are not public, but following Jimmy Carter, every US president and major US political figure has released their tax returns.

TAX RELATED BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS

► If you are eligible for a tax deduction with moving expenses, you can usually include the costs for your pet’s move as well.

► If need to pay a babysitter while you are working without pay to a charitable organization, you can probably deduct the cost of the sitter.

► If you have a pet, like a junkyard dog, who works performed duties at your business, you can deduct the cost of feeding the pet/employee.

► Medical expenses for smoking cessation programs, nicotine patches and stop-smoking aides can be deductible.

► If you have a home office, you can deduct the cost of lawn care if you have costumers come to the location. The IRS scrutinizes home office expenses, however, so be very, very honest with any home/business expenses.

► Most legal things you do to attract new customers can be deducted. I suppose that would include beer.

► 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 in a year.

► 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.

► It is expected that Tax Freedom Day will be considerably later in 2013. Stay tuned…

TRULY EVIL TAXES AND LAWS

In the late 1500s, Japan’s taiko, Hideyoshi abolished taxes on some things, like seafood, but imposed a tax of 67% on all rice crop yields, which was all that many people had. In some cases, he gave some back so families wouldn’t starve.

In the early 1800s, women of some low castes in India had to pay a tax called mulakkaram (“breast tax”) if they wanted to cover their chests when they went outside of their homes. This type of modesty was considered a privilege of upper caste ladies.

In 1840, a woman in the town of Cherthala refused to pay the tax. In protest, she cut off her breasts and had them presented to the tax collectors. She died, but the tax was repealed.

Between 1365 and 1828, the Ottoman Empire levied what may have been the cruelest tax in history. Christian families living within Ottoman region had to give their sons to the government in a process called the ‘devshurmeh’. Every four years, government officials would travel throughout the country, choosing boys and young men between 12 and 20 years old, to be converted to Islam and became the personal property of the sultan, usually as soldiers.

The rule of first night “jus primae noctis” – that a king or local lord could spend a night with the presumed virgin bride before the wedding was probably just a medieval myth, although there was a ‘culagium’ which was an official permission from the local authority for the serfs to marry. This developed into what we would now call a marriage license/fee/tax.

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Free Tax Day Offers and Freebies 2014!

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(PCM) Tax day is upon us and upholding a long standing tradition several retailers are offering up Tax Day freebies and discount offers for today only!

Fast-food chain Arby’s is offering up a free snack-size curly fry all day today. You can find the printable coupon here!

Outback Steakhouse wants to give you a free Bloomin’ Onion today only!

Boston Market offers two half chicken individual meals for $10.40 (haha, 1040..get it?) No coupon is needed for this offer which ends after today.

Office Depot will shred up to five pounds of documents for free if you present the coupon which can be found here!

Fast-food chain McDonald’s offers a free small coffee during breakfast hours on April 15th, no coupon required. They are also offering buy one get one for a penny Big Macs.

Frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry is offering a half-price frozen yogurt if you bring in proof of purchase from the day before. This offer will last until April 20th.

From 5pm to 7pm on April 15th, Hard Rock Cafe will give away a free burger, sandwich or salad to anyone who will stand up and sing in front of the other restaurant patrons.

California Tortilla is offering a free chips and queso to customers who use the password phrase “Taxes Shmaxes”

Chili’s is giving away a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an adult entree from April 13th to April 17th.. You can find the coupon here!

Dunkin Donuts has Free Turbo Shot Tuesday with a coupon that can be found on the Dunkin Donuts iPhone or Android app.

Sonic has half price drinks and slushies all day on April 15th!

Great American Cookies is offering a free chocolate chip cookie today only!

Living Social offers $5 off your next purchase of $15 or more using the coupon code “TAXDAY5″

We are sure that a few more offers will pop up over the course of the day, but this is the list we have gather so far! Happy Tax Day everyone!

 

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Star Wars Themed Funeral Fulfills A Four-Year Olds Final Wish

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(PCM) Jack Robinson, the 4-year old who tragically lost his battle with an inoperable brain tumor, had his final wish granted in the form of a Star Wars themed funeral.

His family and friends gathered together to make his final wish a reality, as his body was carried in a Star Wars coffin by horse drawn carriage flanked on all side by storm troopers and the word “Jedi” spelled out in a gorgeous floral arrangement on the side. Other floral arrangement included a light saber, and replicas of R2D2 and Yoda.

Inside the church the brass band played Luke Skywalker’s theme and the program read “Master Jack Robinson, joined the force 1st April 2014.

Prior to his passing young Master Robinson had several other wishes granted including a hospital meet and greet with Gary Barlow, host of the UK version of The X Factor and lead vocalist for Take That. Also, being that Robinson was a huge Dr. Who fan, he also received a personalized video message from Dr. Who’s Matt Smith.

It is incredibly touching to know that some of this young boy’s dreams were able to come to true! May the force forever be with his family and friends!

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