MSNBC host owes IRS $70,000

MHP 721MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, she of the tampon earrings who believes American tourists are a “plague” on other countries, owes the IRS some money. “Some” meaning $70,000:

The Internal Revenue Service has placed a tax lien on Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband, James Perry, for about $70,000 in delinquent taxes, according to a notice filed in Forsyth County Hall of Justice earlier this month.

Harris-Perry is a well-known host of an MSNBC talk show and a professor at Wake Forest University. The IRS filed the notice April 6.

In an email Wednesday, Harris-Perry said she was unaware of the tax lien but knew about the debt. She said she and her husband paid $21,721 of the debt when they filed their taxes Wednesday. The remaining debt, $48,581, covers a tax period ending Dec. 31, 2013, according to the notice.

Harris-Perry claims she and her husband have dealt with “a series of personal crises” that have caused them to pay off the debt much more slowly than expected. But she says they have an official payment plan with IRS.

Gwyneth Paltrow FAILS food stamp challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow, the consciously uncoupled Hollywood actress who desires to give Barack Obama “all of the power,” recently attempted to take celebrity chef Mario Batali’s food stamp challenge, which encourages privileged people to live on a $29 food budget for one week so they can experience firsthand just how difficult it (allegedly) is to survive on food stamps. Being an uber-liberal, Paltrow certainly wanted to take the challenge to prove some sort of socioeconomic political point. However, the only point she proved is that she’s laughably out-of-touch with what normal people consume, whether they’re living on food stamps or not.

Here’s a tweet Paltrow sent out picturing her $29 food haul:

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There’s seven limes there. Seven. Who needs seven limes, aside from frat bros throwing a fiesta-themed party that would surely be dubbed “racially insensitive” by liberal co-eds? It didn’t take long for those on both sides of the aisle to point out that Paltrow clearly has no idea how to plan a meal or budget:

The limes are perhaps the best example of how hilariously out-of-touch Paltrow is with grocery shopping and budgeting. Given that the black beans are from Safeway, and Safeway is currently selling limes at $0.60/each, Paltrow spent $4.20, or nearly 14 percent of her food budget for the week(!) on limes. Limes are not filling, given that they’re mostly used to just flavor food. A seven ounce bottle of lime juice, which does the same essential function as seven limes, is sold at Safeway for $1.70. She could have spent the nearly three-dollar savings on something more filling, like oh, I don’t know, nearly two pounds of chicken drumsticks, thighs, or quarters, which are sold for $1.69 per pound. Or, if Paltrow were willing to skip the limes entirely, she could have purchased two and a half pounds of chicken, which would have been good for at least six meals.

Needless to say, Paltrow gave up on the food stamp challenge halfway through. Now she can go back to sipping Perrier and eating caviar, or whatever it is she does.

Country star Tim McGraw tries to explain why he’s headlining gun control fundraiser

McGraw_to_perform_for_Sandy_Hook_Promise_-_McGraw_website_screenshot-640x480Country musicians are among the last people on Earth anyone would ever expect to advocate gun control. Yet Tim McGraw, one of the biggest country music superstars out there, is headlining a concert in Hartford, Conn. on July 17 for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization dedicated to pushing gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

Breitbart first reported on this peculiarity on April 14. On April 16, Breitbart received a statement from McGraw clarifying that “he is not playing the gun control fundraiser for gun control’s sake, but for the sake of the Newtown ‘community'”:

Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far.  As a gun owner, I support gun ownership.  I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety – most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children.  I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that. Through a personal connection, I saw first-hand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and I felt their pain. The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.

As you can see, McGraw clearly mistakes Breitbart’s desire to protect the Second Amendment with total disregard for the lives of the innocents lost in the Sandy Hook shooting. This, as supporters of the Second Amendment everywhere would surely agree, is simply not the case:

For the record, Breitbart News and all decent Americans feel sadness for any family that looses [sic] a family member to a heinous act, whether that act involved firearms or not. However, feeling grief for the suffering caused by such loss ought not be used to justify headlining a gun control fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise.

It should be added that grief over suffering should not be justified as reason to punish lawful and responsible gun owners.

As to McGraw’s explanation, Mark Barden, a Sandy Hook parent, has vowed to dedicate the rest of his life to securing gun control via Sandy Hook Promise. By playing the concert, McGraw will be raising funds to help Barden achieve his goal.

Hillary Clinton drove past elderly people in wheelchairs waiting to meet her

Hillary Clinton wants to meet “everyday Americans” — so long as they’re cherry-picked and properly vetted beforehand. If Clinton really wanted to meet some everyday Americans, maybe she shouldn’t have driven right by the wheelchair-bound elderly who were waiting to talk to her at Iowa’s Kirkwood Community College:

In the now-viral clip of reporters chasing after Clinton’s “Scooby” van, the Clinton camp drove to the back entrance, surprising both reporters and many of her supporters waiting to get a glimpse of the candidate.

“I think what you don’t see in that clip, which is one of the most surprising things is there were actually a ton of people waiting for her at the front of that college,” said Financial Times reporter Megan Murphy. “There were elderly people in wheelchairs, there were people — and they just cruised right on by to the back.”

The news that Clinton symbolically drove past ordinary voters while driving their own “everyday Americans” to the event will certainly reflect poorly on the campaign. The incident draws parallels to the man Clinton hopes to succeed in the Oval Office when he drove past disabled veterans in Phoenix.

Murphy adds, “Those were the everyday Americans. Those were the everyday Iowans and guess what—they were lined up in front of that community college.” And Clinton drove right by them.

Bonus: Students were held on lockdown in the classrooms along the hallway where Clinton entered the college.

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Even if this was done for security purposes, one would think college students would have enough sense not to bum-rush a presidential candidate. Apparently Clinton disagrees.

White House fence now new and improved with iron spikes!

thWhite House fence-jumpers have been an embarrassing problem for the Secret Service in recent years, so much so that back in November 2014 Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) actually suggested installing a moat around the residence. Alas, that idea didn’t hold water (ba-dum tiss), but Wednesday a federal agency unanimously voted to add steel spikes to the top of the existing White House fence to discourage would-be jumpers:

The National Park Service and the Secret Service gave presentations to the Commission of Fine Arts on long-term security improvements to the White House grounds that have been in the works since after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

How to temporarily secure the fence was also an action item on the Wednesday agenda, Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, NPS’s National Capital Region spokeswoman, told the Loop in an e-mail.

Evidently, the spikes will only be a temporary security solution. Permanent solutions on the table include raising the height of the fence to 10 feet or adding a second fence. A permanent replacement fence is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 — and will likely include iron spikes. So, in other words, the spikes aren’t a temporary solution.

Already rejected solutions include a chain link fence, a solid wall, and an electrified fence with a moat. No word on whether that solution would have included a display of severed traitors’ heads, a la King’s Landing.