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A stay at home mom who runs a household, manages the finances, cares for a young adult autistic son, and cooks from scratch. Traveling from Arizona to Alaska summer of 2013. Visit my blog at http://ramblinroseaz.wordpress.com/ and follow along.

Taxes: Yours are Going UP

Forget what you’ve been hearing about the fiscal cliff being averted. Your taxes are going up. Beginning January 1 your FICA taxes (Social Security and Medicare) will return to their 2009 levels. In 2010, in an attempt to jump start the economy, President Obama reduced payroll taxes from 6.2 to 4.2 percent. Congress, in its efforts to keep us from ...

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Lady Tries to Buy iPads with Food Stamps

Last month was busy so I missed the story about a woman who tried to buy an iPad with her Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program card (read Food Stamps). Not only did this woman try to buy the iPads but when her card was declined she went to another store to try again. (Let’s give her points for the old adage: ...

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Rep Davis: Your Unemployment Check is in the Mail

Here’s a quick little snippet from The Washington Times. For Rep. Danny K. Davis, Illinois Democrat, the “fiscal cliff” fight came down to one thing: the unemployment checks the government will still be able to send to thousands of his constituents. “When I go to church on Sunday, I know that I will see people with the assurance that pretty ...

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What Really Happened to Hillary?

No, it’s not a slow news day. Critical talks continue as key members of Congress work to stave off the country’s fall over the fiscal cliff.  The market watches in breathless anticipation. The IRS waits to tell employers what tax rates they’ll need to use next week. Even Joe Biden has been called in to pinch hit for the stalling ...

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Dodging a Bullet; Congress Works to Avert Milk Spike

It appears congress may find enough votes and keep the farm bill alive for another year. Apparently, the angst caused by the idea of $8 per gallon milk over the Christmas family table was enough to motivate bipartisan action within the agriculture committee of both the House and Senate. The current farm bill, passed in 2008, expired in September. If  ...

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Do Kids Still Appreciate Gifts?

Ah…an unexpected consequence of social media is that now we all know, within minutes, what our teens think of anything that happens in their life. This week it was the response to their holiday gifts. When did it change that presents offered were no longer seen as gifts but items requested and expected? When did parents stop teaching children to ...

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Because of a Child

Do you ever get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays? Spending too much money? Stressed with all the family? Not enough time to get everything done? Sometimes its good to take a few minutes and remember why this day is special to so many across the world. Because of a child. Please allow me to ...

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Cuomo: Confiscation of Weapons an OPTION

In an interview with radio station WGDJ Governor Andrew Cuomo stated today that he has started new negotiations with the legislature regarding gun controls. According to the New York Times: In the interview, Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose, but, while discussing assault weapons, he said: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to ...

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NASA Johnson Style (A Gangnam Style Parody)

It’s been a rough week. Here’s a little levity sure to bring a smile. Sometimes parodies are better than the original. If you’re like me you’ll like that 1)these students are promoting science and space study as something fun and 2)you can actually understand the lyrics.

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Jake Tapper Moves from ABC Reporter to CNN Anchor

NYT: CNN on Thursday said it had hired Jake Tapper, the senior White House correspondent for ABC News, amid talk of new programming for the cable news channel. Mr. Tapper, widely seen as one of the most aggressive reporters in the nation’s capital, will anchor an afternoon program for the channel and will be its chief Washington correspondent. The new ...

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Mayan Doomsday Talk Sparks Fear; Schools Close

Yes, you read that right. The doomsday predictions of that some are reading into the Mayan calendar have sparked discussion, jokes, and in some cases fear. One situation where the fear and rumors reached a crescendo was in that bastion of knowledge, the public school system. Citing the significant disruption to the teaching and learning process Lapeer Superintendent Matt Wandrie ...

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NBC Crew Released Following 5 Days Captivity in Syria

Richard Engel, chief foreign correspondent at NBC News and his crew vanished Thursday after crossing into northwest Syria from Turkey. NBC confirmed early this morning that after being kidnapped and held in five days in Syria, Engel and his production crew members had been freed unharmed. In an interview early today Engel, who was released with his crew, said he ...

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Is Heaven Real?

During tragedy, such as the shooting at the Sandy Hook school, many of us turn to our faith looking for assurance in the words of our God. Still finding peace is often difficult, especially when dealing with an event so senseless. But what if someone has been to the other side? Has seen heaven? Has seen God? Would that make ...

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Congratulations TIM SCOTT: New SC Senator

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley on Monday picked Republican Representative Tim Scott to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Jim DeMint.When he takes office, Scott, 47, will be the only African-American member of the Senate and the first black senator from the South since the late 1800s.Scott was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in ...

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Your Cute Video for Today: Mistletoe Kissing Prank

Students at BYU did a random survey asking people basic questions like “Are you married?” or “Do you put up Christmas lights?” Then they asked if the person believed in the tradition of kissing under mistletoe and a bunch of mistletoe suddenly appeared surprising the interviewees. The responses are cute. Be sure to watch for the one who objected to ...

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