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Submission + - Not paying your taxes---lose your US Passport (

mschaffer writes: Congress is going to enact a law that would deny or revoke the passports of taxpayers who owe the U.S. government more than $50,000, Being part of a highway funding bill, the law will take effect in January.

Submission + - George Lucas: 'I'm Done With Star Wars' writes: Entertainment Weekly reports that George Lucas has compared his retirement from Star Wars to a break-up – a mutual one, maybe, but one that nonetheless comes with hard feelings and although Lucas came up with story treatments for a new trilogy, those materials, to put it bluntly, were discarded. “They decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were gonna go do their own thing,” says Lucas. “They weren’t that keen to have me involved anyway. But at the same time, I said if I get in there I’m just going to cause trouble. Because they’re not going to do what I want them to do. And I don’t have the control to do that anymore. All I would do is muck everything up. So I said, ‘Okay, I will go my way, and I’ll let them go their way.’” Lucas says he was going to tell a story about the grandchildren of figures from the original trilogy. “The issue was, ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,’” says Lucas. “So, I said, all I want to do is tell a story of what happened – it started here and went there. It’s all about generations, and issues of fathers and sons and grandfathers. It’s a family soap opera.”

Although the team behind The Force Awakens acknowledges they’re taking the story in a different direction from what Lucas intended, they maintain affection for his original creations and the man himself. “Before I showed up, it was already something that Disney had decided they wanted to go a different way with,” says J. J. Abrams. “But the spirit of what he wrote, both in those pages and prior, is everything that this movie is built upon.” Some fans question why there was no “Based on” credit for Lucas in the poster for The Force Awakens. “I don’t know why it isn’t on the poster, but it’s a valid point. I’m sure that that will be a credit in the film,” says Abrams. “We are standing on the shoulders of Episodes I through VI.”

Comment Phbbbt. We don't need not stinking fact checking. (Score 0, Troll) 93

Jefferson was one of the lamest founding fathers.
Jefferson did say things like:
"All men are created equal". (Plagiarized from John Locke) Jefferson, the owner of hundreds of slaves, including the mother of his children.
"Never spend your money before you have it." Of course, Jefferson died with tremendous debt.

Comment The US Government is broken (Score 2, Insightful) 93

If this can happen, clearly there are problems with the separation of powers (i.e. the Executive is walking all-over the Congress). Unfortunately, the Congress is either too weak to regain their Constitutional rights and powers, or it simply doesn't want to.

Too bad we cannot harness the energy output from the founding fathers turning and spinning in their graves.

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.