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Billionaire Sezwhat?

In Taxes on August 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm

You may have seen the New York Times article in which billionaire investor Warren Buffett asks the U.S. to “stop coddling” him when it comes to taxes. Buffett cries foul that, for all the billions that he’s worth, he paid a mere $6.6 million in taxes last year. If that seems low, you’re right.

What Buffett, the Oracle of Omaha, leaves out is the corporate taxes that have already been taken from his earnings. Let me explain:

A company makes an investment of, just to use an easy, round number, $100. For the Read the rest of this entry »

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New York Times Accidentally Tells the Truth, Quickly Rectifies Problem

In Media, Obama on April 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Via Gateway Pundit

The New York Times Economix Blog published a post analyzing the first quarter G.D.P. estimates. The opening paragraph of the post declared Obama’s economic policies a failure:

At a time when the economy should be rebounding the latest GDP number for the first quarter of 2010 shows that the Obama economic policies have failed. Read the rest of this entry »

Co-opting the Civil Rights Movement for Monetary Gain

In Tea Party, Unions on March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

It sort of irritates me when bloggers apologize for not posting. Either write or don’t, but don’t write about not writing ’cause that’s writing and now you sound goofy for saying that you’re not writing when, obviously, you are. So… I won’t do any of that but I will say that helping to start a Tea Party group, an activity that I am currently engaged in, is… time-consuming.

So, in lieu of my usually detailed and insightful fare, I offer this morsel (after the jump) from the Washington State Labor Council as a fresh target for your chagrin and mockery: Read the rest of this entry »

Individual Health Insurance Mandate Lawsuit

In health care on March 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna (R)

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna (via email):

The great federalism question of our time is whether or not it is constitutional for the federal government to force Americans to purchase a private product, in this case private health insurance. I filed suit on your behalf to challenge this unprecedented Read the rest of this entry »

Arizona Senate Approves Bill Easing Firearm Carry Restrictions

In Second Amendment on March 11, 2011 at 11:30 am

I accidentally read a post at Wonkette today bemoaning the passage of a bill in the Arizona Senate that would allow citizens to carry guns at public events. Citing the recent shooting at a “Congress On Your Corner” event at which six people were killed and a dozen wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, State Senator Linda Lopez (D- Tucson) cried to her colleagues, “have you no shame?” Such appeal to emotion may be effective if logic has been abandoned. Fortunately for Arizona, it appears that the rest of the State Senate has not.

Clearly the current, Read the rest of this entry »

Myopia

In Economy on March 6, 2011 at 9:56 am

Remember ten years ago when Democrats said it would take ten years to see any benefit from drilling the oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge? Yeah, me too.

With oil priced around $104 per barrel we’re now paying $3.65 per gallon for gas. Predictions are that oil may hit $150 to $200 per barrel. If $104 crude equates to $3.65 gasoline then $150 crude may yield $5.26 per gallon gasoline. $200 crude will have us paying $7.02 at the pump. It’s a nice thought, isn’t it?

(Thanks, Herman Cain, for the reminder)

The Koch Brothers Buy Elections. Wait… What?

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm

The headlines read like a crazy conspiracy theorist’s photocopied manifesto:

Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute

The Brothers Koch: Rich, Political And Playing To Win

The billionaire Koch brothers: Tea Party puppetmasters?

I found this over at The Looking Spoon and I feel Read the rest of this entry »

Conservative Cheerleader Syndrome

In Republican on February 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

Governor Chris Christie (R), NJ

Can we stop begging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to run for President, please? I enjoyed his smack-down of union whiners as much as the next guy and I like his no-nonsense approach to dealing with detractors and confronting facts. But these do not comprise robust conservative credentials.

It’s high time conservatives stop cheering every politician with an “R” on their jersey and take a look at what team they’re playing for. Christie supports Cap and Trade, is soft on immigration and supported RINO Mike Castle in Delaware. Christie has run campaign ads supporting a ban on “assault weapons,” using the dishonest scare words “automatic weapons.” He’s a step above John McCain in that he’s able to take a stand without equivocating, but he’s sure as hell not the second coming of Reagan he’s made out to be.

Governor Christie has made a big deal of downplaying any talk of his running for president in 2012. So much so that it’s almost anti-downplaying. Christie has jokingly threatened suicide to prove that he’s not running in ’12, but his media machine, as noted by Dan Riehl, is in high gear.

If Christie kills himself and runs anyway on the Zombie ticket I predict he’ll split the vote with Obama. If Christie runs instead of killing himself I’m going to consider that his first broken campaign promise.

Acknowledgement and Thanks

In Media on February 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

R.S. McCain, of the blog The Other McCain, does a great service to neophyte bloggers like myself in his post titled How To Get A Million Hits On Your Blog In Less Than A Year. A taste of the post:

Having promised an appropriate celebration of passing the 1-million-visitors Site Meter threshold Friday, I will do so by sharing the secret of my success. It’s the Underpants Gnome Theory of Blogging:

  • Phase 1: Get a Blogspot account.
  • Phase 2: ?
  • Phase 3: One million visitors!

Obviously, the key here is Phase 2, which has been exceptionally disorganized. Some guys work smart. Some guys work hard. Some guys are just incredibly lucky.

Headline link featured on The Other McCain

In the “How To Get A Million Hits” post, McCain sets forth a list of blogging principles, presented as rules, that all but guarantee blogging success. My site traffic is an indication that I’m not much of a rule follower (and at least one of the rules… Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘Dog Ate My Homework’ Excuse Gains Relative Moral Traction

In Democrat on February 20, 2011 at 7:48 am

Not that there’s any substance to moral relativity but… I think the teachers protesting outside the capitol building in Wisconsin owe their students a little slack.

Multiple videos depicting doctors handing out medical excuse notes to protesters have hit the internet. The notes, of course, will excuse as “sick days” the absences of teachers who have abandoned their jobs to protest with their unions. Faculty absences last week have shut down dozens of schools in Wisconsin. So noble are these public servants to which Wisconsin children are entrusted that they will cavalierly commit fraud in order to wrongfully collect taxpayer money even as they try to exert their influence to collect more taxpayer money.

Oops! Delusional progressive apologists make for great entertainment.

Progressives were quick to assert that the doctors who set up stations throughout the crowds were right-wing plants. The mere presence of Andrew Breitbart in Madison was proof enough.

The doctor interviewed in this video (after the jump), in spite of the most ardent wishes of Crooks & Liars, is quite real. He is James H. Shropshire, MD, a Clinical Associate Professor at  the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Read the rest of this entry »