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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Taxes Produce Consequences

Beyond those that simply lighten the wallet's load.

What consequences derive from America being one of the most heavily taxed nations on the planet?

"Facebook Billionaire Flees America for Lower-Taxed Shores."

You may remember the name Eduardo Saverin from the movie "The Social Network."  He's the co-founder of Facebook who allegedly got dumped on by Mark Zuckerberg and Sean Parker and who will, as a result, only make somewhere around $3.84 billion when the company goes public.  The news is that he's renounced his American citizenship and is living in tax-friendly Singapore.

The reason he's given up his citizenship just before the IPO kicks off?

Three guesses.

And the first one ain't because he prefers the Singapore national anthem.

To all you 99%'ers out there; I don't expect you to understand this but, that cash that the "1%" have acquired and you think should be yours because ...  well ... because ... they're not going to give it to you without you chasing them down and stealing it.  They will do what's necessary to keep it.

And I can't really blame them.

It's too bad it's come to this.  But we are doing it to ourselves.

Way to go, you lazy, greedy bastards.

Keith Judd Has 'em Running Scared

Now why do you suppose Barack Obama and his army of really smart political handlers have suddenly decided to welcome coal - COAL! - into their aggregation of energy sources that he intends to cultivate in order to bring relief to our energy-starved land?

We'll make it a multiple choice question.  Choose the correct answer below:
  1. Keith Judd
  2. Keith Judd
  3. Keith Judd
  4. All of the Above
To what am I referring?

Doug Powers explains, in "Obama makes ‘clean coal’ a more prominent energy strategy":
Being a US president on the primary ballot in a coal producing state and losing ten counties and 40 percent of the overall vote to a challenger who’s in a federal prison 1,200 miles away will prompt you to make some messaging tweaks.

From The Hill:

The Obama campaign added a section on “clean coal” to its website this week after House Republicans alleged that the president’s “all-of-the-above” energy plan neglected the fossil fuel.

President Obama has set a 10-year goal to develop and deploy cost-effective clean coal technology,” the website now says.

The Recovery Act invested substantially in carbon capture and sequestration research, including 22 projects across four different areas of carbon capture-and-storage research and development.”

As of Wednesday, the website did not include “clean coal” in a graphic outlining the president’s much-touted “all-of-the-above” energy plan. The graphic mentions oil, natural gas, biofuels, wind, solar and nuclear.

Asked about the change, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said “clean coal” has “been an essential part of the president’s ... [blah blah blah] [link]
Sure.

And Keith Judd, jailed felon in Texas, the Democrat who came within a hair of whipping our Democrat President in a Democratic primary had nothing to do with Obama's sudden change of heart about coal.

Barack Obama changing his mind about homosexuals and coal on the same day.  Odd.

The last time he did that kind of thing ...

... there was an election coming up.

Hmmm.

What Does This Say about Me?

Or about Geraldo Rivera?

He's claiming he was "raped" by the TSA in a routine search when he was trying to get aboard a flight to Afghanistan.

Me?

I always kinda enjoyed it.

And it was free.

There were even those times when I felt like I should have left the TSA agent a tip.

And lit an "after-action" cigarette.

I think it was the "What's your name, sailor?" greeting that I got from the TSA agents before they did their "search" that made all the difference.

Geraldo felt raped.  I felt ... satisfaction.

It's all a matter of perception ...


Obama: I Still Hope

Though he won't be able to run for reelection in 2016 - unless he gets bounced this November - I can see Barack Obama making this call to action to his unreasoning sycophants:

"We've got to move forward, to the future that we imagined in 2008 and 2012."

Read that again.  I ask you, what exactly would he be "moving forward"?

That's right.  His imaginings.

A question for you Obama supporters: Wouldn't it have been prudent to demand of your hero an actual move forward - on the economic/jobs front - in 2009, rather than some "dream with me" apologia?

Or in 2010?

2011?

Now in 2012:

"We've got to move forward, to the future that we imagined in 2008."

If that's good enough for you, get off my boat.

Here's Something You Didn't Know

Something that 1.6 million Muslims would deny to their last breath:

"The religion [Muhammad] founded began as a classic millennial cult comprising Jews, Christians and Arabs driven by an apocalyptic belief in the end of the world, with Jerusalem as its original focus. The purely Arabian provenance attributed to Islam and its prophet were later inventions by pious scholars who tried to curb the power of the caliphs by using the memory of Muhammad, with its iconic moral authority. The empires of the caliphs are long gone, but the sunna of the prophet—his custom and example—endures."

From "A Startling Thesis on Islam's Origins."

So "Heaven's Gate" and Islam have a shared point of origin.  As did Muhammad and Charles Manson.

Doomsday.

Who knew?

Our DOJ, Doing What It Does Best

Hassling those who are simply trying to enforce the law.

You saw, I'm sure, the news that Eric Holder's Department of Justice is suing Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County office for "racial profiling."

Like it doesn't have better things to do.  Really serious things.

Anyway, the news reminded me of a political cartoon I'd seen not long ago (click on it to enlarge it):


Funny.

Yet not.

Come on, Holder.  What say you start doing YOUR job and let the Democratic party hacks do theirs.

There's Always Reason For Hope

A true story, I hope:
A little girl went to her bedroom and pulled a glass jelly jar from its hiding place in the closet. She poured the change out on the floor and counted it carefully. Three times, even. The total had to be exactly perfect. No chance here for mistakes.

Carefully placing the coins back in the jar and twisting on the cap, she slipped out the back door and made her way 6 blocks to Rexall's Drug Store with the big red Indian Chief sign above the door.

She waited patiently for the pharmacist to give her some attention, but he was too busy at this moment.

Tess twisted her feet to make a scuffing noise. Nothing. She cleared her throat with the most disgusting sound she could muster. No good. Finally she took a quarter from her jar and banged it on the glass counter. That did it!

'And what do you want?' the pharmacist asked in an annoyed tone of voice. I'm talking to my brother from Chicago whom I haven't seen in ages,' he said without waiting for a reply to his question.

'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered back in the same annoyed tone. 'He's really, really sick....and I want to buy a miracle.'

'I beg your pardon?' said the pharmacist.

'His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my Daddy says only a miracle can save him now. So how much does a miracle cost?'

'We don't sell miracles here, little girl. I'm sorry but I can't help you,' the pharmacist said, softening a little.

'Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn't enough, I will get the rest. Just tell me how much it costs.'

The pharmacist's brother was a well dressed man. He stooped down and asked the little girl, 'What kind of a miracle does your brother need?'

' I don't know,' Tess replied with her eyes welling up I just know he's really sick and Mommy says he needs an operation. But my Daddy can't pay for it, so I want to use my money.'

'How much do you have?' asked the man from Chicago.

'One dollar and eleven cents,' Tess answered barely audible.

'And it's all the money I have, but I can get some more if I need to.'

'Well, what a coincidence,' smiled the man. 'A dollar and eleven cents---the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.'

He took her money in one hand and with the other hand he grasped her mitten and said 'Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let's see if I have the miracle you need.'

That well-dressed man was Dr. Carlton Armstrong, a surgeon, specializing in neuro-surgery.

The operation was completed free of charge and it wasn't long until Andrew was home again and doing well.

Mom and Dad were happily talking about the chain of events that had led them to this place.

'That surgery,' her Mom whispered. 'was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost?'

Tess smiled. She knew exactly how much a miracle cost....one dollar and eleven cents ... plus the faith of a little child.
Nice.

Mocking the 99%

TV personality Jason Alexander, admittedly one of the "detested" 1%, punks - ever so gently - those 99%'ers out there who think so much of themselves but haven't a clue. Funny.  Watch:




He's slamming them and they don't even know it.

Good stuff.