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Joe Lieberman: Call Fort Hood Incident What It Was — Terrorism

James Hirsen By Wednesday, 11 November 2009 02:37 PM EST Current | Bio | Archive

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Nicolas Cage’s Money Woes
2. J Lo Sues Ex for $10 Million
3. Pelosi’s ‘$15,000 Coverage or Go to Jail’ Bill
4. Emma Thompson Pulls Her Name From Polanski Petition
5. Joe Lieberman: Call Fort Hood Incident What It Was — Terrorism


1. Nicolas Cage’s Money Woes

News recently broke that Nicolas Cage is suing his business manager, Samuel J. Levin, for $20 million over ineptitude that allegedly caused huge tax liabilities and "catastrophic financial losses" for the Hollywood mega-star.

Piling on to his cash crises, the IRS has filed more than $6 million in liens against Cage for alleged back taxes owed in 2002, 2004, and 2007.

Between June 2008 and June 2009, Cage took in $40 million, according to Forbes, but is now broke.

He is reportedly selling some properties to pay off the debt.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the actor's vintage residences in the French Quarter and Garden District will soon be sold to the highest bidder.

People magazine reports that Cage sold a castle in Germany to one of his advisers.

Also for sale are the star's homes in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles, and in Las Vegas and Rhode Island.

Celebrities seem to sue their business managers as often as Congress gives itself a pay raise.

But in Cage’s case, the business manager is sure to cite an article in the Daily Beast, which catalogues some of the actor’s purchases.

He reportedly acquired a second castle in Bath, England, two yachts, a Gulfstream jet, two islands in the Bahamas, a $500,000 Lamborghini confiscated from the Shah of Iran, a $276,000 dinosaur skull, at least 18 motorcycles and 30 cars, a few purebred dogs, rare birds, a variety of lizards and snakes including two albino king cobras, and of all things, an octopus.

There may be a lesson in all of it for Capitol Hill: Don’t spend what you don’t have.

2. J Lo Sues Ex for $10 Million

Jennifer Lopez’s ex, Ojani Noa, is working on a documentary titled, “How I Married Jennifer Lopez: The J.Lo and Ojani Noa Story.”

Noa was wed to the singer-actress between 1997 and 1998.

In an effort to stop her ex from releasing the documentary, Lopez has lawyered up.

J Lo’s attorneys had sent a letter demanding that her former spouse stop the plans for the flick based on a 2005 settlement agreement in which Noa promised not to disclose any info from when the two were married.

Lopez is escalating the battle by initiating a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court for $10 million in damages.

Noa claims that he is not in breach of the agreement because his film is “100 percent parody.”

Lopez claims that home movie footage from their honeymoon featured in Noa’s movie would be a breach of the settlement regardless of whether the film is a satire or not.

In addition to the $10 mil, J Lo is asking the court to ban the flick.

3. Pelosi’s ‘$15,000 Coverage or Go to Jail’ Bill

In California, like in a lot of places across the U.S., young adults are the most likely to be uninsured.

Over 30 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 34 in the Golden State have no health insurance coverage, according to the New America Foundation.

The healthcare bill recently passed by the House has a big surprise for younger folks who may want to avoid the expense of costly health coverage: Buy the Democratic version of insurance or go to jail for five years.

A letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) obtained by the office of Republican House member Dave Camp confirmed that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi healthcare bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land you behind bars.

The letter says that citizens who don’t have “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the individual mandate tax (generally 2.5 percent of income) can be slapped with civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and five years in jail.

4. Emma Thompson Pulls Her Name From Polanski Petition

Actress and double Oscar winner Emma Thompson has removed her name from the petition that protested the attempt to extradite Roman Polanski to Los Angeles.

The petition’s Hall of Shame includes the names of top Hollywood stars and directors like Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen, who have senselessly supported a guy who did deplorable things to a 13-year-old girl.

Three decades ago Polanski skipped out of the jurisdiction just before his sentencing in an unlawful sex with a minor case.

According to the U.K. Independent, Thompson was influenced by a meeting that the “Sense and Sensibility” actress had with an Exeter University student named Caitlin Hayward-Tapp.

"It turned out she was very willing to hear what I had to say,” Hayward-Tapp told the Independent.

“She [Thompson] said she knows Roman Polanski and that she had had calls from friends asking her to sign the petition. She knows what a terrible early life he [Polanski] had," Hayward-Tapp added.

“She said she had already been thinking a lot about the petition, as others had expressed their dismay at her signing it. We talked for 15 minutes, and by the end she said she would get her name removed,” the student said.

Maybe Hayward-Tapp could come to the states and have a word with the other misguided stars who signed on.

5. Joe Lieberman: Call Fort Hood Incident What It Was — Terrorism

Joe Lieberman has given the far-Left even more reason to hate him.

The former vice-presidential nominee has unequivocally labeled the Fort Hood, Texas killing spree as the work of a “self radicalized home-grown terrorist.”

Lieberman is not mincing words like the news media and administration members did following the massacre.

Tortured language to avoid the obvious seemed to be the preferred script for the media and administration officials.

President Obama and the Democrats appear to be unwilling to acknowledge that terrorism remains a threat. Meanwhile many in the media continue to tiptoe around saying Nadal Malik Hasan’s name aloud and reporting on his Muslim background.

Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, expressed concern about a backlash against Muslims.

But in light of the revelation that Hasan managed to be promoted to the rank of major in the Army, the following facts need to be confronted:

  • Prior to the shooting, Hasan said goodbye to friends and gave away the majority of his possessions, which included copies of the Quran.
  • Hasan reportedly expressed happiness at the death of a U.S. soldier killed in an attack at a military recruitment center by an American convert to Islam.
  • Hasan reportedly yelled out the Arabic phrase “Allah hu akhbar” just before he shot down 13 people and wounded 30 others.
  • Hasan is believed to be the author of Internet posts that praise similar kinds of attacks.
  • Classmates in a master's program at a military college had complained to superiors about Hasan for his anti-American views including a presentation he gave that justified suicide bombing. The same classmates were told by Hasan that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.
  • Hasan attended a mosque at the same time (2001) and under the same radical imam, and heard the same extremist teaching as two of the 9/11 hijackers.

As Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee chairman, Sen. Lieberman plans a thorough investigation. He speaks with remarkable clarity.

“If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance,” Lieberman told Fox News. “He should have been gone.”

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Nicolas Cage’s Money Woes2. J Lo Sues Ex for $10 Million3. Pelosi’s ‘$15,000 Coverage or Go to Jail’ Bill4. Emma Thompson Pulls Her Name From Polanski Petition 5. Joe Lieberman: Call Fort Hood Incident What It Was —...
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