Monday, January 31, 2011

Obama's Campaign Pledge Comes Back to Haunt Him

In ruling against President Obama‘s health care law, federal Judge Roger Vinson used Mr. Obama‘s own position from the 2008 campaign against him, arguing that there are other ways to tackle health care short of requiring every American to purchase insurance.

“I note that in 2008, then-Senator Obama supported a health care reform proposal that did not include an individual mandate because he was at that time strongly opposed to the idea, stating that ‘if a mandate was the solution, we can try that to solve homelessness by mandating everybody to buy a house,’” Judge Vinson wrote in a footnote toward the end of the 78-page ruling Monday.



Obama 2008

Next Stop: The U.S. Supreme Court

Obamacare - Unconstitutional

And Another Poll

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

Look Who Is Now #1

http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/5Polls/1011/polls_0918.htm

Best Careers 2011

Best Careers 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Article Assessing BC's Football Recruiting Class


BC Ready to Reload


FRIDAY, 21 JANUARY 2011 17:48 BRYAN DRISKELL - At the end of the day, Boston College’s 7-6 record does not scream "good season," regardless of how you spin it. The Eagles endured a tough losing streak at the beginning of the season, they lost their bowl game at the end of the season, and they battled key injuries all season long. But a deeper look at their season should lead Eagle fans to believe brighter days are ahead.

In Frank Spaziani’s second full season as the Head Coach at Boston College, the Eagles got off to a slow start, losing five of their first seven games. After getting blown out in back-to-back-to-back games by Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and N.C. State, the Eagles started to get their season back on track. They would lose more games to Florida State and Maryland, bringing their streak to five straight losses. But the Eagles were competitive in their road loss to the Seminoles and at home against Maryland.

Boston College rebounded with five straight wins to end their season, including wins over bowl teams Clemson and Syracuse. They ended their season with a tough loss against Nevada, who finished the season 13-1 and ranked No. 15 nationally. By the end of the year the Eagles were a far more competitive football team, and the results were obvious on the field.

But there is more the story than just the wins for Eagles fans. Not only was Boston College playing good football by the end of the year, they were doing it with a very young roster. Their starting quarterback (Chase Rettig) was a freshman, as was their leading receiver (Bobby Swigert). Another true freshman (Alex Amidon) was their second leading receiver. Sophomore tight end Chris Pantale was second on the team in receptions with 31. When Montel Harris went down with an injury late in the year, true freshman Andre Williams stepped into the running back spot and rushed for 363 yards in Boston College’s final three games, including 185 yards against Syracuse.
 

Defensively the Eagles were led by true sophomore Luke Kuechly, who finished the season with a whopping 183 tackles. Their second leading tackler was linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (93 tackles), who is a true freshman. His primary backup was Steele Divitto, another true freshman. Sophomore end Max Holloway, sophomore strong safety Jim Noel, and sophomore free safety Okechukwu Okoroha all earned starting jobs during the 2010 season.

The Eagles are not done, as they are adding an outstanding crop of recruits to an already young and talented roster. Spaziani is laying the foundation needed to help Boston College get back to the top of the ACC Atlantic Division. The current class ranks No. 29 nationally according to Rivals.com and No. 30 nationally according to Scout.com.
 

Freshman quarterback Chase Rettig is clearly the future of the Eagle offense. The big armed Californian still has plenty of room for growth, but his talent was clearly evident during the 2010 season. Boston College must build around him, something they did with the class Rettig arrived with in 2010. In the Class of 2011 the Eagles sought more impact players, after landing a deep stable of backs and wide receivers during the last recruiting cycle.

In tight end Brian Miller (Andover, Mass./Andover) and wide receiver Curt Evans (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade Madonna) they were able to do just that. Miller is a wide receiver trapped in a tight end’s body. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound tight end spent most of his high school career lined up in the slot or out wide. The Eagles like to use multiple tight sets, so Miller will get of opportunities early on to compete for time. If he is able to develop he will give the new Boston College Offensive Coordinator a player that can be moved all over the field, creating matchup nightmares for their opponents. Evans is an electric wide receiver, who uses his quickness, speed, and explosiveness to make up for his lack of ideal size. Evans brings an after-the-catch playmaking component to the Eagle offense that was missing last fall. Evans is also an exciting special teams player, which is something I expect to see Boston College use him for very early on in his career.


Incoming freshman quarterback Christian Suntrup (St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade) is the perfect complement to Chase Rettig. Suntrup is a player that will need time to develop, so a redshirt season will be necessary. That will put some distance between the two quarterbacks. When Rettig moves on the hope will be that Suntrup will be developed enough to step into the mix. Suntrup has good size for the position and he is a relatively mobile quarterback. He will need to work on his accuracy and arm strength, but he has good tools to work with.

Boston College is amassing more speed and skill on their offense, something they need to compete with the more athletic ACC teams. But the Eagles have and always will make their living up front. Boston College is bringing in another solid six man class to go with the five man class from last season. Leading the way is underrated tackle Liam Porter (Natick, Mass./Natick). Porter shows up much better on film than the two-star rating he received from ESPN.com. The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder plays with impressive physicality and nastiness. With improved technique and conditioning he could develop into the typical under-ranked player that Boston College consistently develops into an All-Conference performer. Tackle/Guard prospect Paul Gaughan(Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) is a typical Boston College offensive lineman. He isn’t the mobile of players, but he is big, physical, and has a good motor. Gaughan is a player that with proper weight room and conditioning work could really emerge as a standout lineman in the Eagle offense.


Dan Lembke (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic) is another physical player who projects to the interior. Lembke needs a lot of work with his feet and technique, but he plays hard and provides Boston College with good depth up front. Ontario native Eddie Meredith (Aurora, Ontario/St. Andrews College) is certainly going to need time to adapt to a more American version of football, but he has a great foundation of size, strength, and toughness to build upon. He is raw, but down the road he could develop into a solid guard prospect for the Eagles. The Eagles have two other line commitments from Victor Nelson(Park Ridge, Ill./Maine Sount) and David Bowen (Radnor, Pa./Radnor), but neither player has any film available for evaluation.

The Eagles were thin on the defensive line with the Class of 2010, but they have made up for it with a solid five man class this cycle. The best of the bunch is former Notre Dame prospect Connor Wujciak (West Orange, N.J./Seton Hall Prep). Wujciak, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound end, is perfect for the physical style of play the Eagles like to use up front on defense. What he lacks in athleticism he makes up for with a tremendous motor, toughness, and instincts. I really like Brian Mihalik (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) on film. He’s an extremely long (6-foot-7) and thin player (235 pounds) that is going to need a lot of work in the weight room. But he has a tremendous frame that should allow him to blossom in college. Mihalik is a solid athlete who plays the game with good technique, and he really plays hard. He is a real nice sleeper recruit for the Eagle defense.


The biggest sleeper in this class might be Canadian defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad (Montreal, Quebec/Vieux). The 6-foot-6, 260-pound end has the athleticism to play defensive end and the body to develop into an extremely athletic defensive tackle. He is extremely raw and will have a huge leap to make in regards to competition, but if the Boston College coaches can tap into his combination of size and athleticism they could have a terrific find on their hands.

Kieran Borcich (Bronxville, N.Y./Bronxville) is a nasty defensive line prospect. He does not have great size (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) and he is not overly athletic, but he is extremely physical. Borcich makes up for his lack of overall athleticism with excellent toughness and a tremendous motor. He is able to get off the line well initially, but his lack of range and speed will force him inside at the collegiate level. Defensive tackle Max Ricci (Groton, Mass./Lawrence Academy) is a massive prospect at 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, but there is no film to evaluate on him at this time.


Boston College is bringing in an excellent crop of linebackers in this class. They are led by the Connecticut linebacker Graham Stewart (Middletown, Conn./St. Xavier), who is an exciting player to watch on film. Stewart is not the biggest linebacker at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, but he is athletic and extremely physical. He is the type of player that goes to a school like Boston College and develops into an elite college linebacker. He is a true sideline-to-sideline player that has a knack for making plays in the backfield. Nick Lifka(Naperville, Ill./North) is a stout (6-foot-2, 235 pounds) and physical middle linebacker prospect. With his toughness and strength he is the ideal inside power player for the Eagles. In order to achieve that potential he will have to work on improving his agility and quickness. If he doesn’t, he could easily grow into a quick defensive end prospect for the Eagles.

Cincinnati St. Xavier teammates Steven Daniels and Sean Duggan are two of the top players in this class for the Eagles. Duggan is a tall, athletic, and rangy player. Daniels is shorter and far more stout, and he brings a lot more punch. Duggan is a versatile player that can cover the pass, run the perimeter, and come off the edge. He will need to get bigger, stronger, and learn to play with better leverage; but when he does he will give the Eagles a rangy and talented linebacker prospect for their defense. Daniels also has to play with better leverage, which is surprising for a player that is only 6-foot-0 tall. Daniels is a high-motor kid who likes to hit.


Boston College’s most highly regarded prospect is cornerback Albert Louis-Jean (Brockton, Mass./Brockton). When Miami (FL) fired coach Randy Shannon, Louis-Jean decided to re-open his recruitment, and the Eagles were the beneficiaries of that decision. Louis-Jean is a physical cornerback with good all-around athletic skills. He is ideal for their field cornerback position that was manned by Donnie Fletcher last fall. If for some reason he doesn’t pan out as a cornerback he has the size and toughness to easily transition to the safety position. Louis-Jean is the type of player that should be able to come into Chestnut Hill and play very early.

Virginia safety Spenser Rositano (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) is a tall, rangy, and physical safety that comes from the same high school at Notre Dame offensive lineman Andrew Nuss. Ameer Richardson (Collingswood, N.J./Collingswood) is another safety prospect Boston College has in this class, but there is no film to evaluate on him.


New York athlete Josh Keyes (Chatham, N.Y./Chatham) is a player I like in this class. He is a tall (6-foot-2), rangy, and versatile. He played running back, some wide receiver, and defensive back in high school. Keyes projects well at all three positions, but I believe safety or wide receiver will be his best options.

Boston College has a balanced and deep class coming in next fall. They were able to load up at some key positions in this class (offensive line, defensive line, linebacker) and they added more size and speed to their skill positions. Spaziani and his staff are proving to be quite formidable recruiters, as they are doing very well in the Northeast, as well as going into Catholic leagues in the Midwest to find players that fit their system. When combined with the Class of 2011, this class has the potential to rocket the Eagles back near the top of the ACC Atlantic Division along with Florida State. This class will not get the national exposure or credit that other ACC classes will have, but once you get past the highly ranked classes of Florida State and Clemson, the Eagles have a class that can compete with any other school in the ACC.

Friday, January 21, 2011

BC Hockey - Reloads!


Blue Chip Pro Prospect Picks BC

6’1”, 169 lb. Lac St-Louis Lions LD Michael Matheson, the object of a good old-fashioned recruiting battle between BC, BU, and Vermont, will be taking his game to the Heights in the fall of ’12.

The top-scoring defenseman in the Quebec Midget AAA League and the second-leading scorer among defensemen in the recent World Under-17 Challenge in Winnipeg, Matheson is an offensive defenseman whose skating is as good as it gets.
The Point-Claire, Que. native, who would have been the #1 overall pick in last spring’s QMJHL draft had he not unequivocally stated that he was going to college, is projected as a first-round pick in the June 2012 NHL draft. He’s a 2/27/94 birthdate.

“His biggest asset by far is his skating,” says Lac St-Louis head coach Jon Goyens. “He’s smooth, he’s fluid, and he has great acceleration. No one in the league comes close to him. He’s in that top percentile of skaters. He leads the rush, his passes are crisp, and he has a heavy shot. He’s an incredible talent who has excellent work ethic and competitiveness.”

Goyens reports that Matheson, who is the Lions’ captain, works as hard as Louis Leblanc did when he played for Lac St-Louis before heading off to the USHL.
Matheson is a true senior in Quebec, hence his visits to schools this fall have recalled the old days, when true seniors went around and took official visits to campuses. Matheson will play next year in the USHL, for the Dubuque Fighting Saints, coached by Montreal native Jim Montgomery. Dubuque took Matheson in last spring’s Future’s Draft.

In 27 games with Lac St-Louis, Matheson has an 11-19-30 line with 64 pims. 

Obamacare and Creative Accounting

Charles Krauthammer

BC's Offensive Coordinator??

New OC?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Hobey Watch from US College Hockey Online - Where's John Muse?

College Hockey:
 

By Elliot Olshansky • Contributor • Friday, January 7, 2011

Cam Atkinson, JR, F, Boston College — Speaking of goal-scorers, Atkinson is fifth in the country in goals per game at .83 (15 goals in 18 games), and No. 12 in overall points per game. His six goals in last year’s NCAA Tournament en route to a national championship told us to keep an eye on him this year, and he hasn’t disappointed. As the leading scorer for a Boston College team that is once again a top squad in Hockey East and a national contender, Atkinson is a very likely Hobey finalist, but after that, the outlook is murky. When you think about players like Brian Gionta, Nathan Gerbe, Chris Collins, Pat Eaves and other BC forwards who have had similar success under Jerry York, you can’t help but wonder if BC’s playing style — which enables this kind of scoring — works against those forwards when the votes are counted. Will Atkinson do what those others didn’t and hoist the Hobey? Stay tuned. 
 
Brian Gibbons, SR, F, Boston College — Gibbons was on the Hockey East First Team last season, not Atkinson, but as we know, Hobey Likes Goals. Gibbons has lit the lamp 10 times this season as part of his 25 points, but Atkinson is ahead of him in both goals and overall points, and that makes him BC’s leading contender for the Hobey. I think Gibbons has a chance at a finalist nod of his own, but I’d expect to see BC’s eggs go into the Atkinson basket when it comes time to promote Hobey contenders. A return to the Hockey East First Team is quite possibly in the cards, not to mention All-American honors, but when it comes to the Hobey, Atkinson is BC’s man.

Obama Will Be Re-elected in 2012

Obama 2012

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chris Matthews Blaming Mark Levin for the Arizona Shooting - Brutal

Chris Matthews - Drinking Again

Tranquill Out as Offensive Coordinator - Is Ryan Day Next?

From BC Media Relations:

Boston College offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill announced Tuesday that he has decided to retire.

Tranquill, who has more than 48 years of college and professional coaching experience, joined the BC staff shortly after Frank Spaziani was hired as head coach in 2009. In his two seasons, he was part of a staff that led the Eagles to 15 wins (8-5 in 2009, 7-6 in 2010) and two bowl games.

"I would like to thank Frank Spaziani for the opportunity to be a part of this tremendous program for the past two seasons," Tranquill said. "I have enjoyed working with the outstanding young men who represent this institution. This is a special place, and the future is very bright for Boston College football under Frank's leadership."

Spaziani expressed gratitude for Tranquill's service the past two years.

"As I have said many times in the past, I have coached with Gary and against him, and I would much rather coach with him," Spaziani said. "He is a man of great integrity and conducts himself with class at all times. Gary has had a remarkable career, and I will always be grateful for his many contributions to our program during my first two years as head coach."

A search for Tranquill's replacement will begin immediately.

Really?

France

Friday, January 7, 2011

My Favorite Tax Publication

Dear Client: Washington, Jan. 7, 2011
The new year rings in many new tax rules...
And retains some key tax breaks from 2010,
thanks to a tax cut present from Congress in late Dec.
Lawmakers acted to keep the top rate on individuals
from returning to 39.6% and the maximum tax rate
on long-term gains and dividends from rising to 20%.
They also extended a set of tax breaks that had lapsed
after 2009, including the write-offs for state sales tax,
college tuition and classroom expenses of teachers.


The rejuvenated estate tax tops the list.
The exemption for 2011 rises to $5 million,
with a 35% flat rate. That is significantly better than the $1-million exemption
and 55% maximum rate that would have applied for this year had Congress not acted.
Heirs also get to use the date-of-death value for assets inherited in 2011.
The modified carryover basis rules that estates could elect to use in 2010 don’t apply.
The estate tax exemptions are portable, so that when one spouse dies,
the unused amount can go to the surviving spouse for use at his or her death.
The special estate tax valuation of real estate is revived as well for 2011.
Up to $1,020,000 of realty used for farming or business can get discount valuation.
Also reinstated: An installment payment break for federal estate tax.
If one or more closely held businesses make up more than 35% of an estate’s value,
as much as $476,000 of tax can be deferred and IRS will charge only 2% interest.

The lifetime gift tax exemption soars to $5 million, up from $1 million before.
This will spark interest in making large lifetime gifts. By doing so, donors prevent
the appreciation on assets after they are given away from being taxed in their estates.
Note that the annual gift tax exclusion remains stuck at $13,000 per donee.

The standard mileage allowance for business driving inches up for 2011.
The rate increases to 51¢ per mile, up 1¢ from 2010. For medical travel
and moving, the allowance is 19¢ per mile, a 2½¢ hike. For charitable driving...14¢.
Businesses of any size can claim 100% bonus depreciation for new assets
put in service this year. Only assets with useful lives of 20 years or less will qualify,
including machinery, land improvements and farm buildings. Used assets are eligible
for regular expensing, even though they don’t get bonus depreciation. Up to $500,000
can be expensed. This phases out once $2 million in total assets are put in service.

Self-employeds can no longer deduct their health premiums on Schedule SE.
Firms needn’t list the value of tax free health benefits on W-2 forms for 2011.
S firms get relief on the 35% built-in gains tax on gains from assets owned
by a corporation before it switched to S status. For sales in 2011, only assets sold
within five years of the switch are hit by the tax...down from seven years in 2010.
And nearly all businesses must now wire tax deposits to IRS...payroll taxes,
corporate income taxes and estimates, excise taxes and the like. Only small firms
that pay their liability when filing their returns are exempted from the e-filing rule.

The 2011 income tax brackets are only slightly wider than for 2010,
because of mild inflation during the 12-month period from September 2009
through August 2010 that’s used to figure the adjustments. As we noted previously,
Congress extended the Bush tax cuts for all filers, so income tax rates didn’t change.
The standard deductions for 2011 also increase by small amounts.
Married couples can claim $11,600. If one spouse is age 65 or older, $12,750.
If both are, $13,900. Singles can take $5,800. Those 65 and up can deduct $7,250.
Heads of households can get $8,500, plus $1,450 more once they reach age 65.
A blind person gets $1,150 more ($1,450 if unmarried and not a surviving spouse).
Personal exemptions increase to $3,700 for filers and their dependents.
High incomers don’t lose any itemized deductions and personal exemptions.
Individuals benefit this year from a Social Security tax cut. For 2011 only,
the 6.2% tax rate for the employee portion of Social Security tax decreases to 4.2%,
a tax saving of up to $2,136 per filer. This replaces the Making Work Pay credit,
which provided a maximum tax cut of $400 for single filers and $800 for couples.
Self-employeds get the break, too. For 2011, the SECA tax rate falls to 13.3%
on the first $106,800 of earnings. The 2.9% rate remains above that. As a result,
their deduction on the front of the 1040 for 50% of self employment tax will be lower.
Recipients of the earned income credit lose the advance payment option...
having the credit paid out to them ahead of time by adding it to their paychecks.
Newly revised tax withholding tables for 2011 reflect all of these changes.
The income caps are higher on tax free EE bonds used for education.
The exclusion starts phasing out above $106,650 of AGI for married couples
and $71,100 for singles. It ends as AGI reaches $136,650 and $86,100, respectively.
The minimum tax exemptions are higher for 2011: $74,450 for joint filers,
$48,450 for singles and $37,225 for marrieds filing separately. After 2011,
the exemptions are again scheduled to fall to pre-2001 levels unless Congress acts.

The tax credit for energy saving home improvements is less juicy in 2011.
The credit is now just 10%, down from 30%, and the previous $1,500 ceiling
falls to $500. There also are caps on many items: No more than $150 can be claimed
for furnaces and water heaters, $200 for windows and $300 for biomass fuel stoves.
The credit is no longer allowed for payments financed with state or federal subsidies.
Credits claimed in prior years, including 2009 and 2010, will count against the $500.
The 30% credit for alternative energy systems, such as solar panels, is not cut back.
Social Security recipients don’t get a cost-of-living increase again this year.
So again there is no change in the Social Security wage base. It will remain
at $106,800 because by law, the wage base can’t rise if there’s no cost-of-living hike.
The earnings limits don’t change, either. Individuals who turn 66 this year
do not lose any benefits if they make $37,680 or less before they reach that age.
Folks who are at least 62 but are not 66 by the end of 2011 can earn up to $14,160
before they lose any benefits. There is no earnings cap once a beneficiary turns 66.
And the amount needed to qualify for coverage stays at $1,120 a quarter.
So earning $4,480 anytime during 2011 will net the full four quarters of coverage.
For most, the basic Medicare Part B premium remains $96.40 a month.
But the premium will again be much higher for upper income seniors...
couples with adjusted gross incomes exceeding $170,000 and singles with AGIs
over $85,000. The fee is based on their 2009 AGI plus any tax-exempt interest,
EE bond interest that’s used for education and excluded foreign earned income.
And higher income seniors will owe a new surcharge on Part D premiums
for coverage of their prescription drug expenses. This table summarizes the impact:
Flex plans can no longer reimburse workers for over-the-counter drugs,
starting this year. Payments are allowed for prescriptions and insulin only.
Ditto for payouts from health savings accounts and health reimbursement accounts.
A $2,500 annual cap on flexible spending plan payins doesn’t take effect until 2013.
The limits on deducting long-term-care premiums are slightly higher.
Taxpayers who are age 71 or older can write off as much as $4,240 per person.
Filers age 61 to 70...$3,390. Those who are 51 to 60 can deduct up to $1,270.
Individuals age 41 to 50 can take $640. And people age 40 and younger...$340.
Also, the limit for tax free payouts under such policies increases to $300 a day.
Annual caps on deductible payins to health savings accounts stay the same
in 2011. The maximums are $6,150 for account owners with family medical coverage
and as much as $3,050 for single coverage. HSA owners who were born before 1957
can put in an additional $1,000. The minimum policy deductibles remain at $2,400
for families and $1,200 for individuals. The caps on out-of-pocket costs hold steady
at $11,900 for people with family coverage and $5,950 for individual coverage.

A break for converting IRAs to Roths is gone. Filers who convert in 2011
and later are taxed in the year of the switch. The two-year spread option
has lapsed, so you must split the conversion over multiple years to spread out the tax.
The income ceilings on Roth IRA payins rise. Contributions phase out
at AGIs of $169,000 to $179,000 for couples and $107,000 to $122,000 for singles.
The deduction phaseouts for regular IRAs go up slightly for joint filers.
For them, the phaseout range starts at $90,000 of AGI and runs to $110,000.
If only one spouse is covered by a plan, the phaseout zone for deducting a payin
for the uncovered spouse begins at $169,000 of AGI and finishes at $179,000.
For single filers in company plans, it starts at $56,000 of AGI and ends at $66,000.
Other plan limits are unchanged: The maximum payin to a 401(k), 403(b)
or 457 plan stays at $16,500...$22,000 if born before 1962. For SIMPLEs...$11,500.
The penalty for HSA payouts made for nonmedical costs doubles...to 20%.
U.S. taxpayers working abroad have a slightly larger exclusion...$92,900.
But the caps on tax free parking and transit passes don’t change this year.
They remain $230 a month. The exclusion for bike commuters stays at $20 a month.
The adoption credit can be taken on up to $13,360 of costs, up by $190.
The credit is $13,360 for a special needs adoption, even if it cost less.
The credit starts to dry up for filers with AGIs over $185,210 and ends at $225,210.
The exclusion for company paid adoption aid also increases to $13,360.
A trio of Form 1099 reporting requirements take effect for this year:
Landlords must file 1099s if they pay a service provider $600 or more
in 2011. Filings are due in early 2012. Landlords with low amounts of rental income
are exempt from these rules, but IRS hasn’t announced what the threshold will be.
Brokers must list on 1099-B forms the tax basis of stock sold by customers.
This reporting requirement applies only for shares that are purchased after 2010.
Credit and debit card companies will issue 1099s on payments made in 2011
to merchants. Third-party networks such as PayPal will have to give 1099s to payees
with over 200 sales transactions and more than $20,000 in sales volume annually.
The penalties on firms for failing to file information returns also are higher.
The income tax brackets for trusts and estates have changed slightly.
All but the 15% tax bracket start at a higher level of income for 2011.
One final change to note: Many filers won’t be able to file early this year.
Because Congress acted so late in 2010 to set 2010’s tax rules, the Service
is still reprogramming its computers. IRS says it won’t accept returns until mid-Feb.,
at the earliest, from itemizers or anyone deducting teachers’ supplies or college tuition.
Refunds will be delayed for millions of filers...the victims of taxwriters’ foot-dragging.

BC vs Nevada Preview From ESPN

Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl preview

January, 7, 2011
Jan 7
11:00
AM ET

Here’s a quick preview of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl:

WHO TO WATCH: BC quarterback Chase Rettig. Much attention will be paid to BC’s rushing defense in this game, and rightfully so, but if the Eagles can’t score, they’ll never beat a team that ranks fifth in the country in scoring offense at 42.62 points per game. Rettig has shown progress since his first start, which came against Notre Dame. He is 5-3 as the Eagles' starter, and has completed 86-of-161 passes for 1,117 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions. This game could be a good springboard for him heading into the offseason, and BC needs it to be, as the inconsistency at quarterback has been one of its biggest obstacles in recent years.

WHAT TO WATCH: BC’s rushing defense against Nevada’s ground game. Boston College is allowing just 80.17 yards per game on the ground and has allowed just one 100-yard rusher the past two seasons (Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams in ’09). Nevada enters the bowl averaging 305.92 rushing yards. Running back Vai Taua ranks sixth in the nation, averaging 127.83 yards per game while quarterback Colin Kaepernick ranks 34th with 91.08. The duo has combined for 39 rushing touchdowns this season and holds the NCAA record for the most touchdowns and points scored by teammates in a career.

WHY WATCH: The matchup between BC’s rushing defense and Nevada’s offense is reason enough to watch this game, as they’re two of the best in the country. But this is also the final chance for the ACC to finish with its first winning record in bowl season since 2005, and BC is looking to stop a two-game bowl losing streak.

PREDICTION: Nevada 35, Boston College 20 – The Eagles’ defense is good, but it can’t do it all and will wear out for the offense's inability to sustain drives. Nevada's defense isn't all that bad, either, holding opponents to about 22 points per game. Rettig is still in the developmental phase, and BC’s offense won’t have enough firepower in the end to match Nevada’s offense.

Quiz: Who Said This Today?

“We still would have lost the election because we had 9.5% unemployment. Let’s take it where that came from. The policies of George W. Bush and the Republican support for his initiatives, tax cuts are for the wealth, recklessness by some.”

Guess Who Said This?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Are We Next? Scary.

Europe Confiscating Private Pensions

Nancy Pelosi's Final Press Conference - Is She Sane?

At her final press conference as House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Deficit reduction has been a high priority for us. It is our mantra, pay-as-you-go.”

The numbers tell a different story.When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.

Monday, January 3, 2011

No. 10: Boston College wins NCAA championship

Top Boston Sports Moments of 2010

And the Downward Spiral Continues

Jags Fired Again

UConn

Now that Edsall has left UConn for Maryland, who will replace Edsall?  Here is some speculation from a UConn coaching article.   Note one of our former coaches is mentioned:

UCONN: We hear Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, Omaha Nighthawks head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, Iowa offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe, and former Miami (FL) offensive coordinator Mark Whipple are interested in the UCONN head coaching job.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Edsall To Maryland??

Edsall

What Have We Learned Since the Year 55 BC?

Evidently we have not learned a thing in over 2000 years.  Cicero said the following in the year 55 BC:


"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced,
the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign
lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. 
People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance." 

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Kids! - Happy New Year

I Know I Should Just Be Happy With My Team's Success But, I Love This!

Brown 6, Boston University 1

 

For Those Who Complain About Coach Spaz

Pitt remains consistent with Haywood firing

January, 1, 2011
Jan 1
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The Mike Haywood era at Pittsburgh lasted all of two weeks.

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Haywood, who was hired on Dec. 16 from Miami (Ohio) after producing one of the best turnarounds in recent college football history, was fired on Saturday, only hours after he was released from a jail in South Bend, Ind., Haywood was arrested Friday on a domestic violence charge, which has been upgraded to a felony.

While the episode is an embarrassment for the Panthers, who will have to go back to scratch in their search for Dave Wannstedt's successor, they didn't have a choice.

In a statement released by the school, chancellor Mark Nordenberg said, "head coaches are among the University's most visible representatives and are expected to maintain high standards of personal conduct and to avoid situations that might reflect negatively on the University."

Haywood, a former player and assistant coach at Notre Dame, was arrested after an altercation with a woman who is the mother of his child. Pittsburgh can't have its new head coach sitting in a jail cell while other teams are playing bowl games on New Year's Day.

By keeping Haywood, Pittsburgh also would have sent the wrong message to its players. On Sept. 23, Pittsburgh dismissed freshman defensive back Jeff Knox from the team after he was arrested for assaulting a woman who had told him she was pregnant.

Haywood's firing is unfortunate. One of the brightest young coaches in the sport, he earned his way to a job at a BCS school by leading the RedHawks to a 9-4 record and a Mid-American Conference championship this season. A former assistant coach under Nick Saban at LSU, Haywood might have been capable of turning Pittsburgh into a consistent winner.

Now we might never know what kind of head coach he could be.

1st Trophy of the Season

1 trophy down, 4 to go!

Trophy Season Begins