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Tax Refund Siezure

scott s. Wrote: Apr 16, 2014 8:25 AM
Taking a refund is an administrative action, so I suppose you could go to Tax Court, if not there District Court and have your case heard. I suspect in most of these cases it is more like father died and the children "forget" to tell SSA so the checks kept coming. In the military from time to time I saw people who were overpaid, and the gov't would beat it out of them even if they had been discharged. As far as removing statute of limitations, ask all the Catholic priests/churches who are being sued 20 years later.
The Taylor Grazing Act has repeatedly been found constitutional by the Supreme Court. I don't think that argument is going far. The reality is the enviros want to stop all grazing on federal land and will use every means they can to achieve it. Bundy was wise not to attack BLM on policy grounds but to appeal to Americans and go around BLM.
Because 1. the tax rate is applied to a number known as "taxable income", not "gross income" or "adjusted gross income". 2. Obama was subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax which has different tax rate. 3. The tax rate is applied to the next dollar of taxable income, not your whole taxable income.
I think merit pay / awards were part of the civil service reforms put in by Carter back in the 70s. In my experience (DOD) I didn't see that the awards did much for morale one way or the other. A problem in federal service is that there is little opportunity for a single individual to exceed the average of the agency (pretty much cogs in the wheel). And the only award that's really worth anything is the QSI (quality step increase).
The colonies ceded the land northwest of the river Ohio, and southwest of the of the river Ohio to the United States before the Constitution was even drafted. The restrictions were the Conn. retained a portion of present Ohio known as the "Western Reserve" and a provision was agreed to that slavery would never be outlawed in the territory southwest of the Ohio. Under US law the lands were surveyed into townships, sections, quarter sections, and quarter-quarter sections, with provisions for 2 sections in each township given to the states for the common schools. Additional sections were provided under the Land Grant College Act for Agricultural and Mechanical Arts Colleges. Subsequent land was ceded to or purchased by the United States by Treaty in Florida, West Florida, Missouri Purchase, Mexico, UK (Washington/Oregon) , Russia (Alaska), Hawaii. The main outliers are in Texas, where the Republic of Texas had claimed ownership of the public land (recognized by the resolution of annexation) and Hawaii, where the crown lands of the Kingdom of Hawaii were ceded to the US, but subsequently restored to the state as a land trust.
I think on a legal basis, the Republic of Mexico ceded the land to the United States. The State of Nevada was admitted in 1864 subject to the claim of land by the US. The system of grazing permits for use on the public lands was created by FDR in 1934. I kind of doubt that any court is going to recognize that Bundy has some sort of prior right to graze on the federal land, and his argument that somehow only Nevada / Clark County can regulate the land is a non-starter.
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Going On a Drone Hunt

scott s. Wrote: Apr 14, 2014 4:53 PM
I think transponders are only needed around class B/C airspace?
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Going On a Drone Hunt

scott s. Wrote: Apr 14, 2014 4:46 PM
That would be aircraft operating under part 91, but the regulation is about "congested area", not "populated area".
Has nothing to do with unpaid taxes. This is from overpaid social security. Very common, in particular the government isn't very aggressive in determining if someone on social security has died and keeps sending checks. We would have to see the facts from this case, but the estate should have settled the debt.
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Yes, I Hate the Cable Company Too

scott s. Wrote: Apr 09, 2014 4:42 PM
This has little to do with TV and everything to do with who pays for internet and how. In particular content delivery networks (CDN) like Akamai that provide services like Netflix pay for access to the endpoints.
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