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Sunday, February 14th, 2010
7:21 am - PostSecret - A Valentine Video

Happy International Singles Awareness Day! ;-)

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Thursday, February 11th, 2010
11:51 pm - Puente for Congress

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11:51 pm - The Angle "On the 2010 State of the Union"

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
1:51 pm - Moroni Resident Tracks Rep. Chaffetz on “JasonWatch” Website
http://kcpw.org/blog/local-news/2009-07-29/moroni-resident-tracks-chaffetz-on-jasonwatch-website/

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
5:47 am
Of all the things to classify, this is what the Bush administration chose to keep secret. Not because it threatened national security, but because it threatened a political policy to deny the reality of climate change. This from the people who like to say, "All the science isn't in yet." Now we know what happens when the science does come in. They slap a classification stamp on it and bury it.

Revealed: the secret evidence of global warming Bush tried to hide |
Environment |
The Observer


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Friday, July 24th, 2009
9:18 pm - The Angle "On Facebook" (and Jason Chaffetz)

The irony is not lost on me that this isn't exactly a short response to Jason's complaints about the "quantity" of my comments. Yeah, it's a bout 9 1/2 minutes long... but worth every second! ;-)

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Sunday, July 5th, 2009
8:32 pm - The Angle "Reaction to Palin's Announcement"

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Sunday, June 21st, 2009
2:43 pm - JasonWatch.org

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
1:31 pm - The Anglə On Assignment "Why the Moon?...

Follow me on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/joepuente

http://www.nasa.gov/

Space Shuttle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle

Sally Ride
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sally_Ride

John Glenn back in space:
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/missions/sts-95/mission-sts-95.html

http://www.nss.org/resources/library/shuttlevideos/shuttle92.htm

Project Constellation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Constellation

Virgin Galactic
http://www.virgingalactic.com/

Single Stage to Orbit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SSTO

Want to visit the International Space Station?
http://www.spaceadventures.com/

China to the Moon:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_space_program#Moon_landing

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1:27 pm - The Anglə Follow-Up: "On Jason Chaffetz' YouTube Comments"

I might have caught the Congressman in another fib.

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12:25 am - The Anglə "On Dick Cheney and Self-Fulfilling Prophecies"

Dick Cheney has been criticizing the Obama Administration. But his choice of words could potentially have disastrous effects.

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Saturday, May 23rd, 2009
12:16 am - The Anglə "On Guantanamo Detainees"

Follow me on Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/joepuente

Executive Order to close Gitmo Detention Facility:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/closureofguantanamodetentionfacilities/

Chaffetz: Utah won't be Gitmo North:
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_12310388

Joe's Overnight Stay at Sanpete County Jail:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC9iAwihWeE

How Joe Got Screwed by "The Man":
http://www.joepuente.org/cvmc/

Supreme Court: Guantanamo Detainees Have Rights in Court:
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/SCOTUS/story?id=5048935

FBI Archives 1993 World Trade Center Bombing:
http://www.fbi.gov/page2/feb08/tradebom_022608.html

BBC "On This Day" 26 February:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/26/newsid_2516000/2516469.stm

U.S. May Revive Guantánamo Military Courts:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/02/us/politics/02gitmo.html

Orwell's "Two Minutes Hate":
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Minutes_Hate

The GOP's "One-&-a-half Minutes Hate!":
http://www.gop.gov/detainees/video/safer

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12:16 am - The Anglə "On Jason's 'Climate Tax' Pledge"

Follow me on Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/joepuente

Follow Jason Chaffetz' on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/jasoninthehouse

Jason's Signed "Climate Tax" pledge:
http://chaffetz.house.gov/no%20climate%20tax%20pledge.pdf

Americans for Prosperity:
http://www.americansforprosperity.org/

Obama reverses course on alleged prison abuse photos:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/05/12/prisoner.photos/index.html

Obama Administration wants to monetize carbon credits:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Gaggle-by-White-House-Press-Secretary-Robert-Gibbs-aboard-Air-Force-One-4/22/2009/

2009 Stimulus Package:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Recovery_and_Reinvestment_Act_of_2009

Read my lips...:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Read_my_lips:_No_new_taxes

Citizen's Guide to the Federal Budget: Fiscal Year 2001
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/usbudget/fy01/guide04.html

Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) is asked for a GOP alternative for healthcare... and fails to give an actual answer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubBfxpzMHHs

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Saturday, May 16th, 2009
7:44 pm - The Anglə "On Financial Literacy"

Congressman Jason Chaffetz takes a moral stand on FInancial Literacy in the face of ballooning deficits. But was he this concerned when deficits were running amuck under a Republican controlled government?

Sources:

Chaffetz on Financial Literacy:
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_12254700

Pay As You Go:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PAYGO

OBRA '90:
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c101:4:./temp/~c1012YhHwG::

Homeland Security Act of 2002:
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/hr_5005_enr.pdf

MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG, IMPROVEMENT, AND MODERNIZATION ACT OF 2003
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=108_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ173.108

U.S. Federal Budget Over Time:
http://www.supportingevidence.com/Government/fed_budget_over_time.html

Total outlays in budget submissions since 1962:
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/100xx/doc10014/HistoricalMar09.xls

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7:44 pm - The Angle "On The National Day of Prayer"

Some people took offense at the Obama Administrations decision to scale back White House plans for the National Day of Prayer.

I say, Get over it. We don't all have to wear our faith on our sleeves.

http://tinyurl.com/obama-day-of-prayer

For the lighter side of the issue:

http://tinyurl.com/redstate-update-obama-prayer

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7:43 pm - The Angle "On Judicial Activism"

Conservatives claim to be against activist judges; but considering the type of Supreme Court Nominee they would prefer to have in the current political climate, their words just don't ring true.

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7:43 pm - The Anglə "On Whole Body Imaging"

Featured on CNN.com
http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-249417

This post is in response to a "cot-side chat" by my Congressman, Jason Chaffetz, who is sponsoring legislation regarding the TSA's use of Whole Body Imaging technology. Whole Body Imaging seems a bit TOO invasive of airline passengers' privacy so the Congressman would like to pull the plug on using the technology at airlines to screen passengers. I think this is a great idea!

Here is Jason's "Cot-Side Chat":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raklPo9vnmg

And I would like to cite "fair use" for the inclusion of footage from the 1990 movie "Total Recall" since I use it in both an expository context and in a short parody. "Total Recall" is available for purchase in the U.S. through 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment... Here's hoping they'll appreciate my pimping their movie and not sue. ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

"Total Recall":

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100802/

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7:40 pm - The Anglə "On Paying Taxes... And a Pitch!"

First, here are my sources on the U.S. Tax Burden:

http://www.newsobserver.com/622/story/1482447.html

http://www.taxfoundation.org/

These are the web sites that zipped by too quickly to read:

http://www.joepuente.com

http://www.joepuente.net

http://www.utahfilmworks.com

My Resumes:

http://www.joepuente.com/jlpresume.pdf

http://www.joepuente.net/jpresume.pdf

And here are the details on my little pitch (the fine print, if you will):

Yes, I am totally serious.

What's the point of making such a proposition? To show people in the upper brackets that even after taxes they're doing much better (assuming they're living within their means) than the other 95% of Americans who are much more seriously effected by taxes even at lower rates.

But let's review the basic components of my proposal so I can clarify my use of certain semantics.

I speak of putting "your money where MY mouth is," services "that I can offer," a promise that "I pay all appropriate federal and state taxes," that "I will donate a portion of that money...reducing MY net proceeds to 50%" and that "I won't claim a deduction," "Leaving ME with $100,000" but you will note that I do not use the word "income" in reference to ME.

When I do contract work of any kind--videography, writing, acting, etc.--I operate through my non profit, Utah FilmWorks. All proceeds, either through contracts or direct donations, go toward fulfilling the organization's mission. I DO NOT draw a salary (my personal income is unrelated to my efforts with the organization) BUT I do make all decisions regarding how organization funds are spent so, in that sense, it certainly feels like "my money" even though technically it isn't; though when the organization has no funds in its bank account, I will often make certain purchases (MiniDV tapes, travel, equipment, etc.) for which I can be compensated later. I have also invested a great deal of my own money over the years into the purchase of equipment and overhead costs. Utah FilmWorks has a board of Trustees, including myself (I also serve as President), and a Vice President but I run the organization on my own making periodic reports to my V.P. and the other Trustees. Utah FilmWorks is a registered "non profit corporation" in the State of Utah but does NOT have tax exempt status under 501(c)(3) statutes THUS it is still subject to corporate taxes on funds received for services rendered.

That being said, I want it to be understood that my use of the words "I," "Me" and "My"--within the context of the proposal--are essentially stand-in pronouns in reference to Utah FilmWorks (which is essentially MY organization). But I also want it to be understood that my continuing investment of time, energy and capital into Utah FilmWorks also makes it a very PERSONAL project. I benefit through personal satisfaction and having the opportunity to use Utah FilmWorks' equipment for my own projects (that are within the stated mission of the organization).

So, I do not want anyone to think that I'm not making a sacrifice just because the money doesn't go directly to me where it can be taxed as income. That's why I am offering to make some cash donations to cover any differences between corporate tax rates and those on personal income to the point of reducing the net proceeds by 50%.

Why am I doing this instead of accepting payment directly?

Utah FilmWorks is my passion and since my personal needs are already met, I would like to see it continue to serve my community. I've accomplished quite a bit since the organization started out as Utah Filmmakers in 2002 and did it with very little money. Having learned from day one to be frugal with our resources, $100,000 would go a long way to doing good for the community.

As for the donations in fine arts education, there are two schools that I have worked with closely over the years, North Sanpete High School and Wasatch Academy, that I would like to show my appreciation to; specifically their drama programs. There's also a contemporary art gallery in my community that I have close ties with and would like to contribute to as well.

http://www.nsh.nsanpete.k12.ut.us/

http://www.wacad.org/

http://www.cuartcenter.org/

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7:40 pm - The Anglə "On Same-Sex Marriage"

My two cents on Same-Sex Marriage and why religious Americans don't have to feel threatened if Same-Sex Marriage becomes the law of the land.

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7:39 pm - The Anglə "On 'Socialists' in Congress."

Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) claims there are 17 socialists in Congress. For a U.S. Congressman, he sure has a lot to learn about basic government and economic theory.

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/capital-commerce/2009/04/10/spencer-bachus-and-the-17-socialists-in-congress.html

Just what is Socialism?:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism

How about Capitalism?:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

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