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Wisdom From The Hole – Antonio F. Branco

Wisdom From The Hole – Antonio F. Branco

May 22, 2012

  Antonio is the featured cartoonist here:   and now very active on TWITTER Working together with some more liberal cartoonists on a new project...

Quiet Riot Alienate Fans and Friends in and Attempt to Cover Wrong Doings to Now Fired Singer Mark Huff

Quiet Riot Alienate Fans and Friends in and Attempt to Cover Wrong Doings to Now Fired Singer Mark Huff

Jan 13, 2012

After my article yesterday on Mark Huff, the now former Quiet Riot singer, fired as he sat in his hospital room having his head shaved for brain surgery; there was a mass pouring of emotions across the internet from fans and friends of Mark Huff. People asking for their money back for tickets they had purchased, and saying they only wanted to go to see Mark, among the many other outcries of anger over his wrong doing. Quiet Riot eventually released a half cocked statement, saying they sent Mark a certified letter and making insinuations that Mark may be lying about being in the hospital. From QR Facebook page: “With regards to Mark Huff: My policy has always been not to air out the dirty laundry in public. That policy remains the same even in light of those who chose to make accusations. The fact is that Mr. Huff’s medical condition had nothing to do with the decision that was made though it is unfortunate that it comes at such a time. His wife assured me that Mark would be home this week, and as legal protocol dictated, a certified letter was sent informing Mark of the decision that was made and why it was made. This was days ago. The content of that letter is a private matter unless Mr. Huff decides to make the reason for his dismissal made public which I believe would be counterproductive for him. I will not go tit for tat with this issue. If certain person wish to villainies me, that is their prerogative.” This statement from the band sent out a rash of angry protests from friends and fans alike, I myself as the writer of the original article that soared the web, ended up in a conversation on MY Facebook page with a certain drummers girlfriend, whom insisted that a certified letter had been sent by them to Mark Huff, and that Mark was lying, which only lit my fuse because I KNOW for a fact that Mark is not lying. After said “girlfriend”, invaded my Facebook, myself and fans started noticing they were deleting any post on their page with the truth and only...

Atlanta Musician Steven Marchi Missing for 15 Days!

Atlanta Musician Steven Marchi Missing for 15 Days!

Aug 29, 2011

Written by Duffie Dixon of 11 Alive Friends of a missing local musician are asking for the public’s help in locating him. 43-year-old Steven Marchi was last seen the night of August 12, 2011. His roomate Jeffrey Powell said Marchi left the apartment in in his green Dodge pickup that has a camper top and an Illinois license plate. Powell assumed he’d see Marchi in a few hours, but he and others have not seen or heard from Marchi since. “I didn’t think too much of it at first. I mean he’s a grown man and I thought he may have just been staying with a friend, but then I realized he left without his phone or his guitar,” said Powell. Other friends confirm Marchi is an avid musician and goes everywhere with his guitar and sheet music. Kelley Hagen said that’s what has her convinced something bad has happened to Marchi. “Anyone who knows him knows he is not without his guitar for more than a few hours. He’s also not someone who would leave a roomate without paying the rent or explaining if he was headed out of town,” said Hagen. In fact, Powell said Marchi is always prompt with his weekly rent. Powell is also convinced Marchi planned to be around for the coming week based on what he found in the refrigerator. Marchi, a strict vegan, had just purchased and cut up various produce and put it in containers for a week’s worth of meals. “There’s no way he would buy all of that, take all that time preparing it if he was headed out of town,” said Powell. Marchi has performed at a number of venues around Atlanta including Smith’s Old Bar, Eddie’s Attic and the Red Light Cafe. He was saving up money to pay for the release of a CD. Between gigs Marchi worked as a masseur, so friends worry he may have gone to a client’s house and something bad happened to him. “I just know he would have contacted one of us, any of us, by now,” said Hagen. Police have assigned a case number in the search for Steven Marchi. Friends say the only...

Tax Deal – What do you think?

Tax Deal – What do you think?

Dec 13, 2010

After watching this week’s Sunday morning news shows talking about the tax deal negotiated by the President and the Republicans, I have come to a conclusion but am left with one question. I have concluded that if the ideologues on the far right and the far left oppose the tax deal, then it is probably a good deal for the majority of the American people. The question is a little more complex. Most of the analysts think the extension of the tax cuts for the wealthy was done with the hopes that the economy will recover by the 2012 election cycle to the point where Democrats can say we don’t need those cuts any longer. However if the economy does recover by then, can’t Republicans make the case that is was due in part to those tax cuts and then make the case for making the cuts permanent? Be interested to know what the Bold and Spicy News readers think. Patrick T. Malone Blairsville, GA 30512 770 493 7188 Atlanta office 706 835 1308 Blairsville office 404 630 7504...

Return of Estate Tax Looms as Final Impediment to Extending Bush Tax Cuts

Return of Estate Tax Looms as Final Impediment to Extending Bush Tax Cuts

Nov 29, 2010

President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress barely mention it as they spar with Republicans over whether to keep income-tax reductions for top earners. Photographer: Mario Proenca/Bloomberg By Ryan J. Donmoyer – Nov 29, 2010 12:00 AM ET Ending the uncertainty over extending Bush-era tax cuts may rest on resolving a decade-long debate over death and taxes. The federal levy on estates is set to increase the most of all as tax cuts expire Jan. 1, jumping from zero to 55 percent for fortunes worth more than $1 million at death. President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress barely mention it as they spar with Republicans over whether to keep income-tax reductions for top earners. A new tax on multimillion-dollar estates may emerge as the final hurdle to a deal that preserves most or all of former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts, analysts said. Congress has unsuccessfully sought at least a half-dozen times to resolve the issue since 2000, including an abandoned effort last December to prevent the estate tax’s expiration. “The history on the estate tax is every time there’s almost an agreement someone leaves the table in the belief they’ll get a better deal next time,” said Clinton Stretch, a managing principal at the Washington consulting firm Deloitte Tax LLP. With Obama planning to meet with bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House tomorrow, three main factions have formed in the Senate, none of which has the 60 votes needed to advance an estate-tax proposal. One includes Republicans such as South Carolina’sJim DeMint who favor permanent repeal. Another is led by Democrats including Majority Leader Harry Reid who support a top rate of 45 percent that would apply after a $3.5 million tax-free allowance. Moral Issue A third faction, led by Arizona Republican Jon Kyl and Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln and embraced by Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, backs setting the top rate at 35 percent after a $5 million exemption. Forging an agreement has proven more complicated than splitting the difference on the numbers because this has been cast as a moral issue, said Lee Farris, senior organizer on estate-tax policy for United for a Fair Economy, a Boston-based group that advocates reinstating the estate tax. Opponents criticize the estate tax...

Barack Obama Blames Bad Marketing?

Barack Obama Blames Bad Marketing?

Nov 7, 2010

The President just appeared on 60 Minutes to re-energize his limping party into their ‘lame-duck’ holiday season.  Assuming this is one of the most tactful Presidents and Administration, one would think the political spin that is rumbling is about to become deafening.  Only two years until possible reelection and you can bet that the President will not stop campaigning. Has he ever? Bad Marketing Verses Bad Policy Is it good form for President Barack Obama to promote that his recent political ‘shalacking’ was more about bad marketing of his message than just plain bad policy? This seems quite odd coming from the most masterfully powerful and brilliant political marketing train ever created. This administration commandingly owns most all of the media, including this new thing called the internet, and this even newer media venue called social media.   Appearances on The View, Jon Stewart, and late night talk programs as well as stumping at numerous Democratic political rallies did not seem to explain or communicate well, the path of this Administration’s governing direction. Their marketing failure was not for lack of spending or appearances. Saying it was their marketing communication limitation that caused the Democratic implosion this November is like listening to a child tell you they did not crap their own pants or perhaps it was on purpose.  “Daddy, someone else must have pooped in my pants, it wasn’t me.” changed into “Daddy Crapping my pants is cool and is best for everybody, I just forgot to explain it well”. Is this, at least, more refreshing than blaming the previous administration? Mr. President, crapping your pants is bad and Americans just changed your adult diaper. The best marketing plans can fail if the end product is a a terd-bucket.  Marketing is not your liability, it may just be your policy. Possible Bad Policy The fundamental weak link in President Barack Obama’s theory, spoken in his interview tonight, is that we may need some ‘rich folk’ taxes to make up a $700 Billion shortfall in the budget.  A ‘shortfall in the budget’ is political spin for ‘oh no! we spent too much’.  When budgeting even household budgets it is logical and undeniable that when there is a...