Robert Hegyes, best remembered for his role as Epstein on the 1970’s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter, passed away today in a New Jersey hospital near his home.
Hegyes, who had been in poor health for some time, developed chest pains this morning and was rushed to the emergency room at JFK Medical Center in Edison. On the way, Hegyes went into full cardiac arrest. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
Born to a Hungarian-American father and an Italian-American mother, Hegyes was raised in Metuchen, which he continued to call home throughout his life.
Getting his first big break starring in the off-Broadway play Naomi Court, it wasn’t long after that he was cast in the role that came to define his career — Sweathog Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein.
After Kotter, Hegyes made several one-off appearances on several TV shows, and later earned a recurring role on CBS’s Cagney & Lacey as Det. Manny Esposito.
He retired from acting, but remained actively involved in the craft, teaching courses and writing screenplays. Most recently, Hegyes expressed interest in directing, but his health problems kept him from realizing his ambition.
Why investors pay lower taxes…
Congress has long set a lower tax rate for investment income, citing the benefit to the economy. But 87% of capital gains are claimed by people making more than $200,000 a year.
Why do Mitt Romney and other wealthy investors pay lower taxes on the income they make from investments than they would if they earned their millions from wages?
Because Congress, through the tax code, has long treated investment more favorably than labor, seeing it as an engine for economic growth that benefits everyone.
President Barack Obama and the Occupy Wall Street movement are challenging that value system, raising volatile election-year issues of equity, fairness — and Romney’s tax returns.
Romney, who released his 2010 and 2011 tax returns this week, has been forced to defend the fact that he paid a tax rate of about 15% on an annual income of $21 million. His tax rate is equivalent to the one paid in 2011 by those making $16,751 to $68,000 who were married and filed jointly. His income, however, is 420 times higher than that of the typical U.S. household.
The Republican presidential candidate’s taxes were so low because the vast majority of his income came from investments. The United States has long had a progressive income tax, in which people who make more money pay taxes at a higher rate than those who make less. But for almost as long, the United States has taxed capital gains — the profit from selling an investment — at a lower rate than wages.
Okay, new breaking news here. Seems like a town in Iowa may have recorded the wrong number of votes for Mitt Romney. From the 2 votes he received to 22 that were recorded.
Caucus night was chaotic in many places, with hundreds of voters, candidates showing up and the throngs of media who followed. The world’s eyes were on Iowa. But in the quiet town of Moulton, Appanoose County, a caucus of 50 people may just blow up the results.
Edward True, 28, of Moulton, said he helped count the votes and jotted the results down on a piece of paper to post to his Facebook page. He said when he checked to make sure the Republican Party of Iowa got the count right, he said he was shocked to find they hadn’t.
“When Mitt Romney won Iowa by eight votes and I’ve got a 20-vote discrepancy here, that right there says Rick Santorum won Iowa,” True said. “Not Mitt Romney.”
True said at his 53-person caucus at the Garrett Memorial Library, Romney received two votes. According to the Iowa Republican Party’s website, True’s precinct cast 22 votes for Romney.
“This is huge,” True said. “It essentially changes who won.”
A spokeswoman with the Iowa Republican Party said True is not a precinct captain and he’s not a county chairperson so he has no business talking about election results. She also said the party would not be giving interviews about possible discrepancies until the caucus vote is certified.
Yes, he’s historic, alright.
• First President to Preside Over a Cut to the Credit Rating of the United States Government
• First President to Violate the War Powers Act
• First President to Orchestrate the Sale of Murder Weapons to Mexican Drug Cartels
• First President to issue an unlawful “recess-appointment” while the U.S. Senate remained in session (against the advice of his own Justice Department).
• First President to halt deportations of illegal aliens and grant them work permits, a form of stealth amnesty roughly equivalent to “The DREAM Act”, which could not pass Congress
• First President to Require All Americans to Purchase a Product From a Third Party
• First President to sue states for requiring valid IDs to vote, even though the same administration requires valid IDs to travel by air
• First President to Abrogate Bankruptcy Law to Turn Over Control of Companies to His Union Supporters
• First President to Bypass Congress and Implement the DREAM Act Through Executive Fiat
Is this subliminal advertising?
The Boston Globe joins the swelling ranks of the not-Romney crowd But who they do endorse may not have a snowball’s chance in hell of making it to the top.
(PTI) — Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa against manufacturing and selling of firecrackers, saying it was against Sharia law.
Manufacturing and selling of firecrackers is against Sharia law, and bursting of crackers is misuse of money, the fatwa said, adding that men who misuse money are the “brothers of devil.”
The fatwa was issued on a query from a man involved in the business of manufacturing firecrackers.
(no fun for the muslims. now for a fatwa that the islamics can not use explosives and ak-47s)
Notorious Australian Muslim cleric and convert to Islam, Ibrahim Siddiq-Conlon, has appeared on Australian television news announcing his plans to implement Shariah Law in a suburb of Sydney called Lakemba, which is home to Australia’s largest Muslim community.
(wonder how the Aussies will go for this one?)
Don’t wake up in a ditch.
Words from a commercial for Direct TV.
GOP ENDORSEMENT: Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) listened as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke at a Boys and Girls Club in Salem, N.H., Thursday. Mr. McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, endorsed Mr. Romney. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)
(is it just me or does mccain look like he is thinking (bwaaahhhaaaaaa) he made the wrong decision?)
Keep in mind this is the same woman who was brought to tears over fears of Tea Partiers turning violent.
Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, first female Speaker of the House
“The level of civic engagement we’ve seen from ordinary Americans in recent months has strengthened our democracy. Americans must come together to demand the change they want to see in their lives.
Women have always been agents of change, or what I like to call ‘magnificent disrupters.’ They are unsatisfied with the status quo, and always demanding progress — on behalf of their children, their families and their communities.”
(so to eliminate the tears, she backs the most violent protesters ever to come on the scene. what a dumb woman she is)
Then there is she with a very vivid imagination, either that or she has no brain and just makes up stuff like this:
House Minority Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., today attacked House Republicans for passing legislation that would allegedly “destroy 2 million jobs,” as her office claimed that the Obamacare repeal bill alone would “destroy more than 300,000 jobs,” according to her office.
“One year ago the Republican majority was sworn into office,” Pelosi said during a press briefing today in which she called for House Republicans to abbreviate their adjournment and return to Congress. “Since that time we have seen no major job agenda put forward. We have seen a budget that would break the Medicare guarantee. This is just in opposition to everything this country needs.” She added that House Republicans should be “right here in this Capitol” working on legislation such as the payroll tax cut extension.