Daily Archives: December 7, 2017

December Fridays Food, Fun & Flix in downtown Tucson

“Join us this Friday night and every Friday night in December for FRIDAY food, fun and flix! Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to watch FREE outdoor Holiday movies on a giant inflatable screen at Jacome Plaza Downtown! Food trucks(including popcorn) and free lawn games start at 4, holiday flix start at 6!! First movie this Friday is “Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” ❄️
AND Santa will be available for FREE photos from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Bring your camera!”  Schedule of holiday movies below:

12/08 Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

12/15 The Santa Clause

12/22 A Christmas Story

12/29 Frozen

Hosted by Tucson Downtown:

https://www.facebook.com/events/198674967345407/

Carolyn’s note: Jacome Plaza is located outside of the Joel D. Valdez main library, 101 N. Stone Ave. (the NW corner of Stone Ave. and Pennington St.).  Be there for this NEW downtown winter event, every Friday in December, 2017.

PACC’s Santa Adoption Party on Dec. 9 and 10

Meet your new best friend at PACC’s Santa Adoption Party Dec. 9-10

Santa Claus will be onsite posing for family photos and handing out gifts

photo courtesy of PACC

 PIMA COUNTY – “Find the perfect holiday gift for you and your family at Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, during the third annual Santa Adoption Party happening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 9-10.

Generous support from Tucson Electric Power and PACC’s nonprofit partner, the Friends of PACC, has made this event possible for third consecutive year. This year’s celebration will feature Santa himself who will give gifts to adopters and pose for family portraits, printed free onsite for adopters, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies for all who attend. Every adoptive family will also leave with a gift for their new best friend, such as treats and toys.

The party also includes $20 adoption fees for all pets. As always, pets adopted will leave the shelter spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and with a free vet visit, too. An additional $18 licensing fee will apply to adult dogs.

PACC will also have fostering opportunities available for folks not ready to take on a full-time pet commitment. Like adopters, foster parents will get to select the pet they want to take home and, in most cases, they can take them home the same day.

“Our mission this holiday season is to give our pets the opportunity to spend the holidays alongside a loving new family,” said PACC Director Kristen Auerbach. “Give the gift of love – adopt or foster a pet in need.”

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Democrats begin to clean house of sexual harassers while Republicans embrace them

This week, Time magazine named its person of the year: the “Silence Breakers” who were part of the #MeToo movement.

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The five women who appear on the Time cover are actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and strawberry picker Isabel Pascual. This year, all five women broke silence and told their stories of sexual assault or harassment.

Interesting factoid: #MeToo? In 80 years, no American woman has won Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ by herself:

No American woman has won Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” by herself in more than eight decades. Over the course of the 91 years that the magazine has proffered the title, in fact, only one has done so: Wallis Simpson, who earned the title in 1936 thanks to her relationship with King Edward VIII, a relationship which eventually led to his giving up his throne.

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Study: The wealthiest 1 percent of American households own 40 percent of the country’s wealth

Those GOP plutocrat campaign donors really need their tax cuts (not). Christopher Ingraham reports,  The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years:

The wealthiest 1 percent of American households own 40 percent of the country’s wealth, according to a new paper by economist Edward N. Wolff. That share is higher than it has been at any point since at least 1962, according to Wolff’s data, which comes from the federal Survey of Consumer Finances.

From 2013, the share of wealth owned by the 1 percent shot up by nearly three percentage points. Wealth owned by the bottom 90 percent, meanwhile, fell over the same period. Today, the top 1 percent of households own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined. That gap, between the ultrawealthy and everyone else, has only become wider in the past several decades.

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GOP tax bill a comedy of errors that can be gamed by tax attorneys

Tea-Publicans have been scheming for their tax cut plans for corporations and their plutocrat campaign donors for years, so it would be fair to assume that they had taken the time to work through all of the tax consequences and to get the language of the bill right.

This assumption would be entirely wrong.

In their haste to pass the GOP tax bill in the Senate last week, which included illegible handwritten changes made in the margins of the bill added at the last minute, Tea-Publicans made a number of mistakes that add up to billions of dollars if not corrected.

You’re shocked, I’m sure.

Jordan Weissmann at Slate finds Senate Republicans Made a $289 Billion Mistake in the Handwritten Tax Bill They Passed at 2 a.m. Go Figure.

It appears that Senate Republicans managed to make a $289 billion or so mistake while furiously hand-scribbling edits onto the tax bill they passed in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The problem involves the corporate alternative minimum tax, which the GOP initially planned to repeal, but tossed back into their stew at the last second in order to raise some desperately needed revenue. The AMT is basically a parallel tax code meant to prevent companies from zeroing out their IRS bills. It doesn’t allow businesses to take as many tax breaks but, in theory, is also supposed to have a lower rate.

Except not under the Senate bill. When Mitch McConnell & co. revived the AMT, they absentmindedly left it at its current rate of 20 percent, the same as the new, lower rate of the corporate income tax that the bill included. As a result, many companies won’t be able to use tax breaks that were supposed to be preserved in the legislation, including the extremely popular credit for research and development costs. Corporate accountants started freaking out about this over the weekend, but the situation reached high farce when a group of lawyers from Davis Polk pointed out that, by leaving the AMT intact, Republicans had essentially undermined their bill’s most important changes to the international tax code.

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