Just a Few Things

Bernie Sanders is out there plugging for a top marginal rate of 90% – typical socialist nonsense, to be sure, but it just occurred to me: the rate doesn’t matter as much as everyone being treated the same for tax purposes. The problem isn’t in what rate we have, but who is getting special treatment. If it were really true that above a certain income amount everyone pays 90% of that to Uncle Sam, it would probably be bad…but what is worse is when some people at, say, $250,000 a year get hit with it and others making the same amount don’t. Same thing with corporations. The thing is our tax code is riddled with exceptions for various groups – over the years all manner of special favors have been written into it and so while the official rate is X, only some people pay that…others who managed to get the ear of a Congresscritter pay less. Set a rate and stick to it – no one gets a break from it, for anything. That, I think, would create the political will to ensure that all tax rates are set rationally…and, by the way, taxing 90% of someone’s income is irrational….the super rich you are theoretically going after with such a rate don’t pay that tax because they don’t make much taxable income. The extreme example is the Clinton slush fund – a “charity” which is mostly concerned with keeping Bill and Hillary and their hangers-on living a plush life. Make the top marginal rate 100% and you still won’t touch their slush fund…nor the various other slush funds built up by the super-rich to hold on to their money. 25% is probably a reasonable highest marginal rate, if we don’t got for a flat tax.

The “Iraqis” don’t want to fight for Ramadi. There’s a simple reason for that – there are no Iraqis. You see, Iraq was an administrative convenience for the British Empire…some territory they grabbed in the carve-up of the Ottoman Empire after World War One. Keep in mind that the Brits in 1918 never envisioned the end of the British Empire: those people back then fully expected British rule in Iraq to be continuing to this day. Joe Biden took a lot of flack prior to the Iraq War for suggesting a partition of the nation…in my view, it was one of the few sensible things the man ever said. I went along with Bush’s desire for a unified, democratic Iraq because that became the plan and I hoped it would work out. It actually might have, had we not abandoned Iraq under Obama. Be that as it may, the true state of Iraq is now in sharp relief: the people living in the nation of are different nationalities with not too much concern one nationality to another. At this point, trying to keep Iraq together is probably a lost cause…the Shia and the Sunni don’t like each other, the Kurds appear to want no real part of it and there are plenty of other minority peoples who would probably agree to pretty much any other arrangement than current. Whether or not some sort of Iraqi Confederation can be put together is an unknown – but the concept that a unitary Iraqi State governed from Baghdad is in the cards absent massive U.S. military intervention is almost certainly a non-starter.

Why we can’t argue with liberals – this article says that persons of color must have a “safe space” where they can discuss there issues. Such a place must have no white people in it, because that would change the dynamic once those white people are present – which is an assumption that all white people are racists and that all non-white people are fearful of white people. This, of course, would be a racist view to hold – but liberals have their “out” on that in their claim that only people with power can be racist…which is, of course, to make another racist statement that all white people have power and no non-white people have any. There’s no way for us to win this argument – so, let’s just de-fund the left, get rid of them, and go on with a rational society.

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22 thoughts on “Just a Few Things

  1. Cluster May 26, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Let’s not forget that Hillary has stated that she wants to “topple the 1%” and create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Sounds like a lovely way to create a productive society.

    And you gotta love Democrat governance. Baltimore and Chicago were crime ridden hell holes this weekend.

  2. Retired Spook May 27, 2015 / 11:52 am

    A classic from the YCMTSU file.

    At least some of the protesters who looted, rioted, burned buildings and overturned police cars in Ferguson, Missouri, last year were promised payment of up to $5,000 per month to join the protests.

    However, when the Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), the successor group to the now-bankrupt St. Louis branch of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), stiffed the protesters, they launched a sit-in protest at the headquarters of MORE and created a Twitter page to demand their money, the Washington Times reports.

    I’m shocked, shocked I tell you, that there is a lack of integrity on the Left.

    • Cluster May 27, 2015 / 12:01 pm

      Has Obama’s stash run dry ????

    • M. Noonan May 27, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      But I back the protestors in this case – if they were promised the cash, they should get it. Hope there’s a lawsuit.

      In other news from Idiocracy – LA unions which pushed for a $15 minimum wage are demanding an exemption from it…

    • Retired Spook May 27, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      Cluster, as you know from having been here a long time, GW/CC has been one of my favorite topics, but my position has “evolved” over the years. I used to enjoy the debate, particularly with those who insisted the debate was over, like 10 years ago. Maybe I’m just getting crotchety in my old age, but my first response to someone pushing the man-made GW/CC meme is to tell them they’re full of sh*t. It’s amazing how many of them just don’t have a comeback from that.

      • Cluster May 27, 2015 / 1:20 pm

        That is my response to any progressive at this point on any issue. Progressives are emotionally immature and incapable of any civil dialogue. They are second class citizens and I would trade every one of them for hard working immigrants.

    • M. Noonan May 27, 2015 / 2:55 pm

      My view on climate change has pretty much long been settled – if its happening and it isn’t human-caused, then there’s nothing we can do about it. If its happening and it is human-caused, then there is also nothing we can do about it – we’re 7 billion people and we’ll rise to 9 billion before population peaks; even if the whole world agreed to a crash-course of CO2 reductions, the mere fact that 100 years from now 2 billion more of us will be exhaling every day makes the chance of genuine reductions in human-caused CO2 an iffy prospect…and that is if everyone gets on board. India and China seem highly unlikely to get on board…and, indeed, may not be able to get on board given the necessity of providing daily bread, collectively, for about 2.5 billion people. Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil…also large population nations with a great deal of poverty and so highly unlikely to starve their people so rich, white people in New York City can feel good about themselves.

      Given this stark reality, the main thing to be doing if climate change is real is to prepare for it…we should be building dykes and dams and other flood control mechanisms along the world’s low-lying areas…funny how no one seems to be willing to appropriate money for that…

      • Cluster May 27, 2015 / 4:22 pm

        We must force the AGW crowd to stick with their original premise and call it Global Warming. Not Climate Change as per the article. I think that is imperative. The climate is ALWAYS changing – that is a given. But warming is another issue altogether, and on that premise, they lose and they realized as much when they changed from calling it Global Warming to Climate Change a few years back. Remember Al Gore and many other alarmists have made dire predictions based on the earth warming – predictions of which are laughably all wrong. Make them own it.

      • Retired Spook May 27, 2015 / 5:23 pm

        Speaking of which, Algore’s famous 10 years left or die prediction was January, 2006, IIRC. Less than a year left. Are your affairs in order and your life insurance paid up?

  3. Cluster May 28, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds. One blatant example is the recent increase in the minimum wage in Los Angeles which was aggressively promoted by the unions yet when the issue now is on the verge of approval, the unions want to be exempt. And how about Obamacare which was shoved down our throats by Democrats in Congress, who then turned around and exempted themselves from the legislation. Well, here’s the latest. Being part of the 1% is now good – as in Hillary.

    https://www.yahoo.com/politics/democratic-presidential-candidate-hillary-clinton-120050918741.html

    Last year they were blaming the drought in TX on global warming. Next thing we know they will be blaming the floods in TX on global warming – oh wait.

    • M. Noonan May 28, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      For a while there, you could get away with anything on the left, except you had to be in favor of abortion. They’ve modified that – you have to be in favor of abortion and same-sex marriage. Other than that, you can do whatever the heck you please…you just have to say that you want this or that Progressive thing. Hillary says she wants to battle the wealthy…and her progressive supporters are lapping it up. On and on like that – but if Hillary ever made even the slightest move to in any way, shape or form restrict abortion, she’d be toast.

      It is bizarre – and its all led by people who have never had a real job, couldn’t survive in the real world and yet claim they know what’s best for everyone…

  4. Cluster May 29, 2015 / 8:27 am

    It needed to be said, and this gentleman says it very well

    The Age Of Disinformation
    I have been a professional meteorologist for 36 years. Since my debut on television in 1979, I have been an eyewitness to the many changes in technology, society, and how we communicate. I am one who embraces change, and celebrates the higher quality of life we enjoy now thanks to this progress.

    But, at the same time, I realize the instant communication platforms we enjoy now do have some negatives that are troubling. Just a few examples in recent days…

    I would say hundreds of people have sent this image to me over the past 24 hours via social media.

    Comments are attached… like “This is a cloud never seen before in the U.S.”… “can’t you see this is due to government manipulation of the weather from chemtrails”… “no doubt this is a sign of the end of the age”.

    Let’s get real. This is a lenticular cloud. They have always been around, and quite frankly aren’t that unusual (although it is an anomaly to see one away from a mountain range). The one thing that is different today is that almost everyone has a camera phone, and almost everyone shares pictures of weather events. You didn’t see these often in earlier decades because technology didn’t allow it. Lenticular clouds are nothing new. But, yes, they are cool to see.

    No doubt national news media outlets are out of control when it comes to weather coverage, and their idiotic claims find their way to us on a daily basis.

    The Houston flooding is a great example. We are being told this is “unprecedented”… Houston is “under water”… and it is due to manmade global warming.

    Yes, the flooding in Houston yesterday was severe, and a serious threat to life and property. A genuine weather disaster that has brought on suffering.

    But, no, this was not “unprecedented”. Flooding from Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 was more widespread, and flood waters were deeper. There is no comparison. In fact, many circulated this image in recent days, claiming it is “Houston underwater” from the flooding of May 25–26, 2015. The truth is that this image was captured in June 2001 during flooding from Allison.

    Flood events in 2009, 2006, 1998, 1994, 1989, 1983, and 1979 brought higher water levels to most of Houston, and there were many very serious flood events before the 1970s.

    On the other issue, the entire climate change situation has become politicized, which I hate. Those on the right, and those on the left hang out in “echo chambers”, listening to those with similar world views refusing to believe anything else could be true.

    Everyone knows the climate is changing; it always has, and always will. I do not know of a single “climate denier”. I am still waiting to meet one.

    The debate involves the anthropogenic impact, and this is not why I am writing this piece. Let’s just say the Houston flood this week is weather, and not climate, and leave it at that.

    I do encourage you to listen to the opposing point of view in the climate debate, but be sure the person you hear admits they can be wrong, and has no financial interest in the issue. Unfortunately, those kind of qualified people are very hard to find these days. It is also hard to find people that discss climate without using the words “neocon” and “libtard”. I honestly can’t stand politics; it is tearing this nation apart.

    Back to my point… many professional meteorologists feel like we are fighting a losing battle when it comes to national media and social media hype and disinformation. They will be sure to let you know that weather events they are reporting on are “unprecedented”, there are “millions and millions in the path”, it is caused by a “monster storm”, and “the worst is yet to come” since these events are becoming more “frequent”.

    You will never hear about the low tornado count in recent years, the lack of major hurricane landfalls on U.S. coasts over the past 10 years, or the low number of wildfires this year. It doesn’t fit their story. But, never let facts get in the way of a good story…. there will ALWAYS be a heat wave, flood, wildfire, tornado, tyhpoon, cold wave, and snow storm somewhere. And, trust me, they will find them, and it will probably lead their newscasts. But, users beware…

  5. Retired Spook May 29, 2015 / 9:15 am

    The last time I told a climate alarmist that I had an open mind if he could show me scientific proof that the actions of man play a significant part in global temperature and/or climate change, he sent me an article from (I’m not making this up) Rolling Stone. The sad part was that he was serious. This debate has been going on since the late 70’s or early 80’s, and quite seriously since the late 80’s, and there has yet to be any serious breakthroughs on the alarmist side that are not tied either to false or manipulated data or models based on that data. And if all the hacked emails from climate scientists in Climategate I, II and III weren’t enough to cast doubt on the “science”, the divergence of the rising level of atmospheric CO2 with global temperature nearly 2 decades ago pretty much put the nail in the alarmist coffin.

    • M. Noonan May 29, 2015 / 10:14 pm

      What I really like about it is that the Warmists are saying that the “pause” in AGW is because of other factors in the climate! No, duh! There are always other factors…the basic thrust of AGW is that there was this static Climate which once existed and was thrown out of whack by rich, white, male racists who built factories. It never seems to dawn on them just how complex the environment is.

  6. Retired Spook May 29, 2015 / 9:47 am

    Meanwhile, the “economic recovery” just keeps roaring along.

  7. Retired Spook May 29, 2015 / 11:42 am

    But those eeeeevil corporations just keep making money hand over fist.

    • M. Noonan May 29, 2015 / 10:10 pm

      Have you bought your copy of A Republic No More? Seriously – some conservative zillionaire should order 300 million copies and send it to every American. It will wake up anyone who reads it…a lot of the corporate profits of the Obama era, now declining, were merely the result of nearly free money from the Fed combined with salary and staff cuts…Obama’s America: where you’re in bad shape unless you’re a former President and his wife able to extort $500,000 from a charity…

      • Retired Spook May 30, 2015 / 7:43 am

        Something we haven’t seen in a while — investigative journalists doing their job. I suspect the half mil from Petra Nemcova’s charity is just the tip of the iceberg. This family of Arckasas grifters also extorted a half mil from Arizona State University. This article doesn’t say how much the Clintons’ appearance raised, but according to The Arizona Republic:

        “while the university has lobbied the State Department, university officials claim the lobbying occurred after Hillary stepped down from the position. The CGI U website also boasts that more than 1,100 students attended the event to raise $60,000 and participate in a ‘Day of Action’ in the community.”

        I would think that would anger even the most die-hard Democrat, especially one that has a son or daughter attending ASU.

      • Cluster May 30, 2015 / 12:12 pm

        This line in the article caught my eye:

        “…which school officials couched as an investment in — not a donation to — …”

        So they are not donating the money. They are investing it. In what? Access? Maybe a little political favor down the road? How America doesn’t see the blatant corruption and influence peddling in this Foundation is beyond me.

      • M. Noonan May 31, 2015 / 1:19 am

        Apparently, it was a bit of a bust as a fund-raiser – no surprise as Bill took half a million of the take. Who demands a charity pay for a guest speaker? Clintons’, that’s who – corrupt to the bone.

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