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The Tax Man Transferreth April 15, 2016

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The Tax Foundation presented their calculation of Tax Freedom Day, but other than the upward trend over the past few years, it doesn’t actually look too bad:

It doesn’t look too bad, that is, until you consider that the services taxpayers are getting are being crowded out by transfer payments (social services payments) to non-taxpayers:Federal Transfer Payments Through 2014

Yeah, that’s 2 trillion smackers by 2014, or 3X the defense budget.

So basically the amount of time you work to pay taxes hasn’t changed a whole lot in 50 years, but you’re seeing more and more of your money used to support those who aren’t working.

I.e., you see less and less benefit from paying those taxes.

For Rosetta April 13, 2016

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He was one of the funniest, sweetest men ever.

It was my privilege to call him my friend. As it was for so many of us. His mirth, I’d call it a gift of mirth was infectious and upbeat. Bigger than life, gregarious, loving. He always made you feel like the most important person ever.

We used to laugh with one another (I mean all of us) about being “fake internet friends” but we’re not.  We built friendships without ever having seen one another until many of us decided “hey, we’re actual friends, let’s meet one another.”

So this guy I never met but I’d been laughing with for five years on the blogs, for the first time we met at a gathering of more friends we had never met.

We did not shake hands. He opened his arms and hugged me like a brother and damn near lifted me up off my feet. That was real. Friends who cared about one another sharing the joy of just finally getting to laugh and care in person.

Damn I’m gonna miss those hugs. They were epic.

This is real too, and my heart is broken for us all tonight. Sometimes the cost of loving is losing the ones you love (or them losing you), and tonight it does hurt. I’d still choose to love each and every one of you. You made my life better. He made my life better.

I’m glad we loved you Rosetta, and I’m glad you loved us back. Goodbye my friend.

 

For all of you who feel this ache too, I pray you’ll find some comfort soon. You are heavy on my heart and I love you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling Beer Bottles April 13, 2016

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In the best possible way.

Prank Zombie Apocalypse April 13, 2016

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Older brothers convince younger sister that the Zombie Apocalypse has happened.

Integrating Islamic Immigrants April 11, 2016

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This Breitbart article on the awakening of a very liberal fellow to the problems caused by massive Muslim immigration in the UK is worth reading in its entirety. Here are some highlights:

The former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, has admitted he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim immigration in a damning new report on integration, segregation, and how the followers of Islam are creating “nations within nations” in the West.

Phillips says his new data shows “a chasm” opening between Muslims and non-Muslims on fundamental issues such as marriage, relations between men and women, schooling, freedom of expression and even the validity of violence in defence of religion.

“It’s not as though we couldn’t have seen this coming. But we’ve repeatedly failed to spot the warning signs,” he admits.

“Twenty years ago… I published the report titled Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, we thought that the real risk of the arrival of new communities was discrimination against Muslims. Our 1996 survey of recent incidents showed that there was plenty of it around. But we got almost everything else wrong.”

“For a long time, I too thought that Europe’s Muslims would become like previous waves of migrants, gradually abandoning their ancestral ways, wearing their religious and cultural baggage lightly, and gradually blending into Britain’s diverse identity landscape. I should have known better.”

Our president could use a little of this insight – hopefully gleaned more quickly than the 20 years it took Mr. Phillips.

A Million-And-One Uses for Aluminum Foil April 10, 2016

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Add this one to the list: bank robbery:

These are the two resourceful thieves who decided to wrap themselves in thin foil to stop the alarm system from going off.

CCTV footage shows the two men crawling on the floor of a bank in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina in the early hours of Sunday.

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If they’re caught, I’m sure they’ll get time to reflect on their actions.

The German April 8, 2016

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Interesting little 10 minute film.

Oh Ye of Little Math April 8, 2016

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Colin Holtz, a young acolyte of Van Jones, gets incensed at the thought of the ill-gotten gains of the global elite:

…while working and middle-class families pay their taxes or face consequences, the Panama Papers remind us that the worst of the 1% have, for years, essentially been stealing access to Americans’ common birthright, and to the benefits of our shared endeavors.

The Tax Justice Network estimates the global elite are sitting on $21–32tn of untaxed assets.

His plan, of course, is to tax this money to provide free money to everybody:

A larger income, to ensure that no American fell into absolute abject poverty – say, $12,000 a year – would cost around $3.6tn. That is a big number, but one that once again seems far more reasonable when considered through the lens of the Panama Papers and the scandal of global tax evasion.

Let’s ignore the fairness, the question of the accuracy of his numbers, the creation of a permanent poverty class, and the inflationary pressures caused by handing $12,000 out to every adult American. Let’s just take his addlepated proposal at face value.

First, how much does the Tax Justice Network calculate is owed in taxes by the eeevil rich folk?

Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion (20 trillion pounds) of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.

Uh-oh. Seems like that $3.6 trillion is out of reach.

And don’t forget that a large fraction of that money belongs to people who are not US citizens.

So when you get down to it, there’s only probably $100 billion/yr available for his universal income plan.

When faced with these unpleasant realities, libs always say, “Well, they probably cheated to get the money, so let’s just take it!!”

This ignores the fact that the money is not sitting idly – it is an active part of the global economy, whether it’s being taxed or not. Taking it away kills investment, which kills economies.

But aside from that, even if you took all of the offshore money from the entire world and selfishly used it to pay only for Americans, you’d get about 7 and a half years of handouts before the well ran dry.

Good plan, Colin.

Suspect pulls Knife April 7, 2016

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This went bad quickly. NSFW language.

Fainting Goats vs. the KKK April 7, 2016

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A sad story:

On Monday, students at Indiana University Bloomington mistook a priest for a Ku Klux Klan member, taking to social media to express their fear of the alleged Klansman, who they claimed was carrying a whip, and dressed in “white robes.”

But even sadder when you consider this:

While there is a lot of present concern over the Klan, the group is in reality incredibly small and irrelevant. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the KKK only boasts about 3,000 members.

To put this in perspective, far more people believe they have been abducted by aliens than claim allegiance to the Klan.

Yet despite the tiny constituency and powerlessness of the KKK, colleges have managed to create an environment where students become hysterical over the “threat.” Ironically, they’ve empowered the KKK, giving it influence it couldn’t acquire itself.

Can’t keep track of which nickname applies to the current generation of college students, but “Fainting Goat Generation” comes to mind.

BEA Exports Report – Suckage Continues April 7, 2016

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President Obama continues to tout meaningless and misleading statistics such as “consecutive months of job growth,” despite the reality that all the actual economic stimulus policies he implemented have been failures. His plan to double exports within 5 years (a key part of his economic recovery plan), for example, was an embarrassment.

And it continues to embarrass:

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Pundits wondered how he could make such a promise, when he had no power to keep it. Well, as with all President Obama’s promises that don’t involve increasing spending/income redistribution, that was just pillow talk, baby.

The White Room April 5, 2016

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What questions would YOU ask?