Wish they’d do it here!

Italy’s Catholic Church will be forced to pay taxes starting in 2013 after the EU pressured the country’s government to pass a controversial law stripping the Church of its historic property tax exemption.

The Catholic Church in Italy is excluded from paying taxes on its land if at least a part of a Church property is used non-commercially – for instance, a chapel in a bed-and-breakfast.

“The regulatory framework will be definite by January 1, 2013 – the start of the fiscal year – and will fully respect the [European] Community law,” Italian premier Mario Monti’s government said in a statement on Tuesday.

The move could net Italy revenues of 500 million to 2 billion euros annually across the country, municipal government associations said. The extra income from previously exempt properties in Rome alone – including hotels, restaurants and sports centers – could reach 25.5 million euros a year, La Repubblica daily newspaper reported.

So Daddy is a wingnut

Am I surprised? Not really. Most 15-year-old girls are more interested in their friends than politics. I figured somebody was influencing her:

A SPOTLIGHT has been focused on Samantha Pawlucy, the teen who got grief for wearing a pink Romney/Ryan T-shirt to school – but Thursday it was her father’s turn under the lights.

A Philadelphia City Paper article published Thursday focused on Richard Pawlucy and his ties to a survivalist Facebook group, “Port Richmond Preparedness.”

The page was no longer on Facebook at midday Thursday, but the paper published a screen grab of the page that included Pawlucy’s opinions about memorials in his neighborhood and the purpose of Port Richmond Preparedness.

The group said its mission was “to keep our homes, and by proxy our neighborhood safe from any who may wish it harm. Our cache will include small arms, munitions, hordes, protective gear, reconnaissance equipment, combat rations, and field communications equipment.”

The group also will help seniors and “infirm” neighbors, while refraining from “thuggery” and “hooliganism.”

In a July 31 post, Pawlucy wrote about an improvised memorial service at Tulip and Cambria streets.

“The scum bags closed of [sic] the street with their cars, loud gangsta rap playing and filth surrounding them,” he wrote. “I never thought the other side of richmond would turn into this [expletive] hole. What gets me is that some people call it Multiculturalism and they live in this [expletive].”

Getting it right

Taibbi on Joe Biden. Go read the rest:

I’ve never thought much of Joe Biden. But man, did he get it right in last night’s debate, and not just because he walloped sniveling little Paul Ryan on the facts. What he got absolutely right, despite what you might read this morning (many outlets are criticizing Biden’s dramatic excesses), was his tone. Biden did absolutely roll his eyes, snort, laugh derisively and throw his hands up in the air whenever Ryan trotted out his little beady-eyed BS-isms.

But he should have! He was absolutely right to be doing it. We all should be doing it. That includes all of us in the media, and not just paid obnoxious-opinion-merchants like me, but so-called “objective” news reporters as well. We should all be rolling our eyes, and scoffing and saying, “Come back when you’re serious.”

The load of balls that both Romney and Ryan have been pushing out there for this whole election season is simply not intellectually serious. Most of their platform isn’t even a real platform, it’s a fourth-rate parlor trick designed to paper over the real agenda – cutting taxes even more for super-rich dickheads like Mitt Romney, and getting everyone else to pay the bill.

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Nothing is bad enough to send a banker to jail

Remember this? Wow. Just wow:

Charges against William Bryan Jennings, the Morgan Stanley (MS) U.S. bond-underwriting chief accused of stabbing a New York cab driver over a fare, will be dropped, according to Connecticut police.

“I’m aware that the charges are being dropped,” Detective Chester Perkowski of the Darien Police Department said today in an interview. He declined to comment further.

Jennings was accused of attacking the driver, Mohamed Ammar, on Dec. 22 with a 2 1/2-inch blade after a 40-mile (64 kilometer) ride from New York to the banker’s home in Darien. Ammar, a native of Egypt and a U.S. citizen, said Jennings told him, “I’m going to kill you. You should go back to your country,” according to a police report.

Jennings faced assault and hate-crime charges, each of which brings a maximum sentence of five years in prison. He was also charged with not paying the fare, a misdemeanor. He pleaded not guilty March 9.

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