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April 27, 2010

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Janet

That is great Pofarmer!

Just when I think I can't hate the MSM more, I read this article at Newsbusters. LUN
God bless Arizona! Thank heaven there are some citizens finally taking action.

This George Will column is good too. From the column - "Some critics say Arizona's law is unconstitutional because the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" prevents the government from taking action on the basis of race. Liberals, however, cannot comfortably make this argument because they support racial set-asides in government contracting, racial preferences in college admissions, racial gerrymandering of legislative districts and other aspects of a racial spoils system."

Pofarmer

I can see the seeds of a tax revolt in the 1099 thing. Ain't no way. I spend enough time on taxes as it is.

rse

Only in DC could they believe you can increase tax revenue by imposing new rules that shrink the GDP.

daddy

Moral Math

Pythagoras: A squared plus B squared = C squared.

Hipassus: Yes but if A = 1 and B =1, then C is the square root of 2, which is Irrational because it can't be represented as a ratio of whole numbers.

Pythagoras: What do ya' mean?

Hipassus: I mean that no matter what value you assign to anything that goes into a value of 1, if 1 is A and 1 is B, then the length of whatever goes into 1 can never ever in a gazillion years ever exactly go into the length of C. It is incommensurate with that length. There's a flaw in your math.

Pythagoras: It's immoral to say that!

Hipassus: Well immoral or not, its true. The square root of 2 is irrational, and incommensurate with A squared and B squared if they equal 1. Works great if A = 3 and B= 4, because then C = 5 and the squaring works perfect. But if its A=1 and B= 1, then you're screwed.

Pythagoras: No, your'e screwed.

Hipassus: Whad'a ya' mean I'm screwed? I just do the math.

Pythagoras: Yeah, but you just uncovered a flaw at the heart of our morality of math. Did you tell anybody?

Hipassus: Well yeah, the vintner down in Paestum , and his daughter of course with the bazoomba's, and maybe the souvlaki guy...

Pythagoras: Okay henchman, take him out in the boat, tie rocks to his feet, and dump him in the deepest part of the ocean.

Hipassus: What the Hades...crash, bang...get your hands off me..arghh, what in the name of Zeus are you doing this for?

Pythagoras: You immorally revealed the amorality of our moral math to the vintner, his daughter with the bazoomba's, and the souvlaki guy, so my moral math says your equation is faulty and I am morally justified in pronouncing that if C = the Square root of 2, then that is Irrational, and like all those other great mathematicians in the future such as Muhammed and Torquemada and Hitler and Stalin and Hamas etc, we guys in charge of doing the moral math have a little bit of leeway to fudge the numbers. Drown him boys, and feel justified doing it, since my equation says so.

Splash...blub, blub...blub. QED.

daddy

""Some critics say Arizona's law is unconstitutional because the 14th Amendment's guarantee of "equal protection of the laws" prevents the government from taking action on the basis of race. Liberals, however, cannot comfortably make this argument because they support racial set-asides..."

Great point Janet, Thanks for linking to that Will column.

nathan hale

You think we're making progress and then Foghorn Leghorn, Shelby, says on Morning Joe,
well Dodd has some good ideas, and you wonder
do they not know what the purpose of the bill, rhetorical question, I know

Danube of Thought

"While the Palestinians' military tactics are indeed morally inferior to Israel's, their motives are morally superior to the extent that Israel illegally occupies their land."

seems we have suddenly come to an agreement that some activities and intentions are, indeed, morally superior to others. Indeed, the question of Israel's tactcis vs. those of the Palestinians has now been correctlly resolved.

As to motives, it should only be necessary to point out that (a) the lands in question are not illegally occupied, (b) they are not the Palestinians' lands, and (c) they never have been.

QED

(And what's funny about "one could infer?")

Janet

Yeah, I like his point in the first paragraph too about how liberals disobey some laws...the sanctuary cities that don't enforce immigration laws,...and how about universities that don't let military recruiters on campus?
Our new Health Care law might cause conservative pockets of disobedience. I can only hope.

Strawman Cometh

Daddy,
Animal Planet, IIRC, recently showed a piece on the "mega-mammals" and their demise, brought about by a precipitous (several degrees in a few decades) rise in temperature some 11,000 years ago. They offered good evidence, ice cores and other, documenting the temperature rise. As to what caused the temperature rise, they offered, sans any supporting evidence, a large block of dry ice hitting Earth and releasing millions of tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. It was good for a laugh, but you had to be there.

daddy

Morning DoT,

You continue on a fine roll Sir!

bunkerbuster

I haven't read the Arizona law, but I will be very interested to discover what it calls on law enforcement to do as regards illegal employers.
Inasmuch as simple logic dictates that precious law enforcement resources can be conserved by targeting illegal employers, rather than illegal workers -- much as we target drug dealers, not users, and pimps rather than prostitutes -- I wonder how long it will be before Arizona's economy is ravaged by the absence of the cheap labor available in neighboring states.
On the other hand, if law enforcement does target workers and not employers that would appear to create rather destructive conflicts of interest.
This is only one of the reason law enforcement organizations opposed the law.
The main problem is of course that it eliminates the possibility that undocumented people would cooperate with police in investigating and reporting crimes. There will also be a general chilling of the relationship between Latinos of all stripe and law enforcement, given the likelihood that native born Latinos will nonetheless be routinely asked to prove citizenship.
All this in a region of the country where Mexico maintains revanchist claims and the population is well above 25 percent Latino.
The stupidity of this is unfathomable...

Janet

This is funny LUN - "Indian and Pakistani Border Guards Take Turns Trying to Out-Lunatic Each Other"

I mainly just like the title!

daddy

"Yeah, I like his point in the first paragraph too about how liberals disobey some laws...Our new Health Care law might cause conservative pockets of disobedience. I can only hope."

Janet, and don't ever forget that already Harry Reid gave us Carte Blanche when he specifically told us that ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7mRSI8yWwg"> Paying Income Tax in America is Voluntary.

nathan hale

You should have stopped at 'You haven't the law' well I guess you have to 'pass it in order to find what's in it"

Melinda Romanoff

daddy-

Excellent Greek Tragedy!

(They're still going to default, BTW. And watch out for the ""ripples".)

bunkerbuster

Dot asserts: ``(a) the lands in question are not illegally occupied, (b) they are not the Palestinians' lands, and (c) they never have been.''

Israel itself doesn't even claim a legal right to occupy the West Bank. It can't make the claim, because if it did, West Bank residents would have the right to vote in Israeli elections. And that would mean Jews would no longer be a majority and, thus, could no longer exclude everyone but Jews from power.
Are you ignorant of this, or in denial?
Moreover, neither the U.S. nor the U.N. nor any country on the face of the earth recognizes Israel's occupation of the West Bank as legal.
So let me get this straight, you not only expect the Palestinians to unilaterally disarm and disavow violence for what? If you, like radical Israeli rightists, believe the Palestinian homeland legally belongs to Israel, what possible reason can you give a Palestinian for not fighting to take it back?
By what logic do you recommend his absolute surrender in return for nothing at all?

cathyf
Our new Health Care law might cause conservative pockets of disobedience. I can only hope.
Disobedience just makes things worse. Because of all of the unique public-goods problems of health care and health insurance, our system can only exist with a strong and correct framework of laws and the moral underpinnings of society that say that you don't take advantage of your neighbors.

You can argue that the internet has basically destroyed popular music. By destroying the copyright system, there is no way that most musicians can get paid for their work, even though their customers do in fact value their music enough to pay for it (if they have to.) So now we only have hobbyist musicians (and a very few superstars). We are heading for the same thing with medical innovation. Except that instead of this being about what makes people's lives slightly more pleasant, it's about death and great suffering.

Janet

"You can argue that the internet has basically destroyed popular music. By destroying the copyright system, there is no way that most musicians can get paid for their work, even though their customers do in fact value their music enough to pay for it (if they have to.) So now we only have hobbyist musicians (and a very few superstars)."

I kinda disagree...the old "superstars" were just that because they were who was fed to us. The music gatekeepers highlighted who we listened to. With the internet I find all kinds of great musicians I would have never heard. So instead of a few superstars earning millions, we now have many very talented hobbyist musicians earning less, but at least getting exposure.

nathan hale

The way I read it, UN Res. 242 and 338, were written in part to nullify Israel's victory in the '67 war. One sees at the end of now Ambassador Oren's book on the subject, then
Iraqi envoy, Pachachi, lobbying for it, not long before the Baathists forced him into exiles in the UAE. In a security council where
Russia occupied all of Eastern Europe, most recently, Czechoslovakia, that rang kind of hollow.

Rob Crawford

You can argue that the internet has basically destroyed popular music.

I'm having a hard time seeing the problem.

I would never have found one of my favorite bands, without the Internet. The Internet allowed me to recover the music of a mildly popular local band from my teen years. Without having to paw through dozens of stores full of old albums, or having to place special orders and wait months to maybe get it, I can find the works of stars of the past: you can find, for example, a multi-CD collection of the Mellowmen on Amazon's MP3 store.

And, yeah, if you can't find it anywhere for sale, you can find it for download.

I don't think the music industry or copyright has been destroyed, it's just been shaken up.

daddy

Strawman,

Fine point on the dry Ice meteor. QED!

I used to think Gary Larson had it pretty much on the money with his ">http://klab.lv/users/kemune/41220.html"> The Real Reason The Dinosaurs Became Extinct, but then I realized there were no cavemen around with opposable thumbs to light their growth stunting cigarettes. Naturally then, the Global Cooling Theory of Dino Demise must maintain credibility as no cavemen likewise could have been around to stop the deep freeze by Hominid Global Warming. Thus it had to be global cooling from a lack of Dino farts etc QED.

Sorta' seems like a QED kind of day, unless of course you're a Moral Math freak.

jimmyk

Israel itself doesn't even claim a legal right to occupy the West Bank. It can't make the claim, because if it did, West Bank residents would have the right to vote in Israeli elections.

bb, you seem to be confused about the difference between "annexation" and "occupation." And it is not about the right to do either, but what is in Israel's own interest. It has the right to annex the West Bank because it gained control of it during a defensive war. It chooses not to do so. It continues to occupy it because of the genocidal tendencies of its Arab leadership and population make it impossible to relinquish control.

hit and run

Speaking of music and mixing it with politics,http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100428/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_election>here's a story from across the pond:

LONDON – A British voter has demanded an apology from Prime Minister Gordon Brown after he was caught on an open microphone calling her "a bigoted woman."

Brown was heard criticizing Gillian Duffy after he left a campaign stop in Rochdale in northern England, where he had spoken with her about pension rates and immigration.

The British leader said he was unaware that a television microphone was still live. Asked by an aide about his conversation, Brown said "she was just a bigoted woman." He suggested Duffy had questioned the number of eastern European migrants in Britain.

Duffy then asked for an apology from Brown and said she would no longer vote for his Labour Party in Britain's May 6 election.

Brown later apologized "profusely" grinning inappropriately but uncontrollably like a ventriloquist's dummy through his set of Hollywood teeth.

Editor's Note: The last 11 words may not have appeared in the original article,but rather reflect the sentiments of one of our beloved musicians and former residents of Rochdale.

hit and run

(er,uh "last 14 words". but who's counting?)

Captain Hate

You can argue that the internet has basically destroyed popular music. By destroying the copyright system, there is no way that most musicians can get paid for their work, even though their customers do in fact value their music enough to pay for it (if they have to.) So now we only have hobbyist musicians (and a very few superstars).

You could argue that but you'd be wrong. The internet has, in fact, increased the means for artists to get their work to the public if they're willing to explore the opportunity. Some are dinosaurs that sit around bitching and moaning, kind of like blunderbuster, about how sucky things are that their crummy music doesn't cut it without the bureaucratic gatekeepers in "the biz" recycling their lame garbage while restricting the ability of others with something to say to make their music available to the public. Many artists are willing to give their stuff away online to build awareness of what they do and increase the turnout for their tours, which is where they really make their jack. Bottom line: Anything that makes it easier for an artist to reach the market is a good thing.

LUN for what may be Thomas Frank's worst column ever. I defy anybody to identify a coherent point he makes.

Bill in AZ

"I haven't read the Arizona law..."
followed by paragraphs of useless drivel.

You must be an MSM teleprompter reader. None of them bothered to read the law either.

With news that San Francisco and other places are boycotting AZ, the 70% approval is sure to go up. And most folks "boycott" AZ once the temperature goes up, and in a couple weeks when Phx starts hitting 100+, the protesters will lose interest. The whole MSM "viral" meme is , err... yawn... tiresome.

Wot's da matta wid Thomas Frank?

Good one, c; my sediments exactly.
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jimmyk

Israeli forces have killed hundreds of times more innocent civilians than the Palestinians have. That cannot be left out of the equation.

What also cannot be left out of the "equation" (whatever equation you are trying to make) is that Israel's enemies commit the war crimes of not wearing uniforms and concealing themselves among those "innocent civilians." Consequently, given that Israel (in contrast to its enemies) isn't targeting the civilians directly, those civilian deaths are the responsibility of the war criminals.

Pofarmer

Disobedience just makes things worse. Because of all of the unique public-goods problems of health care and health insurance, our system can only exist with a strong and correct framework of laws and the moral underpinnings of society that say that you don't take advantage of your neighbors.

Screw that. A LOT of the Frogs are getting tired of the heat being turned up. At SOME point you have to jump out of the pot. Will that create some waves? Certainly, but there is discontent, and it is GROWING. Our elected officials aren't helping, so, it just might be time for citizens to take some direct action. Unfortunately, everything that we might do is pretty much illegal sooooo.......

nathan hale

He never fails to miss the point, does he Capt, makes Cockburn almost coherent by comparison, maybe that's why they keep him
around

Danube of Thought

Israel itself doesn't even claim a legal right to occupy the West Bank. It can't make the claim, because if it did, West Bank residents would have the right to vote in Israeli elections.

Truly daffy. Israel's status in the West Bank is that of a lawful "belligerent occupier," and confers no voting rights on non-Israeli occupants except as Israel may elect to grant them. The West Bank has never been the sovereign territory of anyone called "Palestininas"or anything called "Palestine," and it is territory held after it was seized in a defensive war in which Israel was attacked from that very territory by the predecessor sovereign, Jordan.

Captain Hate

nh, at least Cockburn was an entertaining writer in a Hunter Thompson kind of way (not that Thompson didn't do his part to ruin journalism by spawning a generation of third-rate acolytes). Frank is just a boring whiny dweeb; kind of like Al Hunt without the name-dropping.

Danube of Thought

Moreover, neither the U.S. nor the U.N. nor any country on the face of the earth recognizes Israel's occupation of the West Bank as legal.

Error. You are confusing the lawful occupation with the disputed settlements.

Janet

The Internet allowed me to recover the music of a mildly popular local band from my teen years.

Me too Rob. For me it was Shake Russell and the song "Deep in the West". Just lovely.
LUN for a poorly filmed little snippet.

Jack is Back!

Not only is the default disease spreading to Portugal but if Nick Clegg and his Lib Dems come in 2nd in UK elections, the UK could end up with a splintered government which may be even more unsettling than the PIIG fever.

Janet

Not sure where that Shake Russell vid was filmed, but I think I spent many a evening there...the plywood looked familiar.

nathan hale

Yes, he is a Stalinist from the crib, but he does have a certain style, the Peter Fallows character in Bonfire is reputed based on him, he's occasionally right on AGW for instance.

Melinda Romanoff

JiB-

UK will default before Spain, mark my words.

Danube of Thought

So let me get this straight, you not only expect the Palestinians to unilaterally disarm and disavow violence for what? If you, like radical Israeli rightists, believe the Palestinian homeland legally belongs to Israel, what possible reason can you give a Palestinian for not fighting to take it back?

I do not want them unilaterally to disarm, nor to disavow violence. I want them to employ violence, if they feel they must, in accordance with the laws and customs of war in lieu of blowing up tennage dances and pizza parlors. Those unable to field armies capable of waging war against an adversary do not thus acquire a right to murder innocents.

what possible reason can you give a Palestinian for not fighting to take it back?

You cannot "take back" what was never yours. As refugees in a war that was launched, with your support, from territory where you lived (but were not sovereign) and in which your side lost, your appropriate course is to do as hundreds of millions of refugees have done in the past century-plus: relocate elsewhere.

(Do South Vietnamese refugees living in the US and elsewhere have a "right" to take back South Vietnam? Do the White Russians in east Asia have a right to take back Russia?)

Danube of Thought

All this in a region of the country where Mexico maintains revanchist claims and the population is well above 25 percent Latino.

I am not aware of Mexico voicing any such claims, but if they were to do so it would be appropriate to consider them on their merits. I would begin and end the argument with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo and the Gadsden Purchase.

Danube of Thought

Minus 10 at Raz today.

nathan hale

Cameron/Clegg that sounds as appetizing as that MacDonald/Baldwin duet back in the 30s

Danube of Thought

David Freddoso in the Examiner::

Ethics in government is suddenly a big deal for voters -- more important than the economy. I wrote about this today in the context of Congress, but Rasmussen has polled voters on President Obama's ethics.They find that 37 percent believe Obama is more ethical than other politicians, while 35 percent believe he is less ethical and 25 percent believe he is about the same as most. The number who believe he is less ethical has grown from 16 percent in January 2009.
Jane

Editor's Note: The last 11 words may not have appeared in the original article,but rather reflect the sentiments of one of our beloved musicians and former residents of Rochdale.

That was teh best part!

Captain Hate

Ethics in government is suddenly a big deal for voters -- more important than the economy.

I don't agree with this at all in a time like this; Clinton and his minions got it right with "it's the economy, stupid" imo. Although it's not an either/or situation.....

Threadkiller

"I wonder how long it will be before Arizona's economy is ravaged by the absence of the cheap labor available in neighboring states.",


"Cheap labor" is doing a job "Americans won't do!"

Bryan

caro

CH
IT

What does the sign say, Po?

Janet

Change it Back

anduril

Public Service Message: Question: Why switch to Linux or a Mac? Answer: Because, you can't keep Windows secure even if you do the right things. Contains specific and cost saving recommendations.

nathan hale

Megan McCain has piped on the Arizona bill, anybody want to guess her commentary?

Rob Crawford

I wonder how long it will be before Arizona's economy is ravaged by the absence of the cheap labor available in neighboring states.

I wonder how long it will be before the unemployment rate in Arizona plummets, as Americans can finally compete for the jobs they were previously undercut by "cheap labor". Will that labor cost more? Perhaps a bit -- but only because previously the criminals were able to avoid laws lefties claim to like, such as minimum wages, safety and health regulations, unemployment insurance, taxes...

And how long until lefties -- who deliver long lectures about external costs when it comes to pollution -- understand that the "cheap labor" isn't all that cheap, when you total up the costs of crime, fraud, and native unemployment.

Rob Crawford

Megan McCain has piped on the Arizona bill, anybody want to guess her commentary?

Does it matter? I can't think of her without imagining the wind whistling through her ears.

Threadkiller

"Megan McCain has piped on the Arizona bill, anybody want to guess her commentary?"

Did she suspend her campaign over this important crisis?

caro

Thanks, Janet. I should have puzzled it out.

Janet

On those "too big" pictures you can right click on the picture and then click "view image"....then you can see the whole thing.

centralcal

Heh, Threadkiller!

Hit and Run, I loved your last 11 (or was it 14) words!

anduril

Stratfor has a compelling analysis of the Afghan Situation: Three Points of View: The United States, Pakistan and India. It goes over background in detail. Two of the conclusions:

Ultimately, with long experience bleeding the Soviets in Afghanistan, the United States was inherently wary of becoming involved in Afghanistan. In recent years, it has become all too clear how distant the prospect of a stable Afghanistan is. A tribal-ethnic balance of power overseen by Pakistan is another matter entirely, however. The great irony is that such a success could make the region look remarkably like it did on Sept. 10, 2001.

...

But now, U.S. and Pakistani interests not only appear aligned again, the two countries appear to be laying groundwork for the incorporation of elements of the Taliban into the Afghan state. The Indians are concerned that with American underwriting, the Pakistanis not only may be about to re-emerge as a major check on Indian ambitions, but in a form eerily familiar to the sort of state-militant partnership that so effectively limited Indian power in the past. They are right. The Indians also are concerned that Pakistani promises to the Americans about what sort of behavior militants in Afghanistan will be allowed to engage in will not sufficiently limit the militants’ activities — and in any event will do little to nothing to address the Kashmiri militant issue. Here, too, the Indians are probably right. The Americans want to leave — and if the price of departure is leaving behind an emboldened Pakistan supporting a militant structure that can target India, the Americans seem fine with making India pay that price.

Pofarmer

Comments from a CPA tax accountant from Newagtalk.com.

I just received two technical explanation books from Commerce Clearing House on the tax elements of the Health Care law, and related ...........over 800 small print page each.

The requirement for payments to corps being documented by 1099's (except to attorneys) is the new item........and I have not yet read that, but have been told it is in there.

The apparent objective is for the Govt to be able to accumulate the results of all categories of transactions (total payments for goods and services from XYZ to ABC)........the apparent result is to then computer-add all of ABC's receipts per 1099's, and then computer-match that against ABC's tax returns.

Massive, massive amount of computer time.........obviously.

The problem with things like the 1099's..........differences between names and id numbers, and the proper reporting entity.

Typical example...........Charlie incorporates his business. His suppliers/customers, with whom he has been doing business for years........continue to send 1099's on Charlie's old id number or social security no.

The IRS computers look for 1099 income on Charlies personal return........not there........and, it has been properly reported in the corp return.

Lots of correspondence between IRS and Charlie..............with IRS starting with notices of tax due because of the missing income................usually through Charlies tax person, ie third party fees accumulate.

When we note the 1099 errors, we usually attach a statement to both tax returns describing/listing the information...............so far, where we have done that, IRS has not contacted "Charlie" or his corp.

This problem can get real serious..............incorporated a trucking outfit several years ago.............mis-sent 1099's resulted in a tax assessment of over 80,000............

We had to go thru corp's books, accumulate all transactions per corps books related to each payor, and try to tie that amount to the 1099's that IRS said were missing from client's personal return..........in other words, we had to show IRS that each of the "missing 1099's" were properly reported in the other entity------the corp.

Such things as errors when payors prepared the 1099's, plus some name changes by payors and related name differences in corp books resulted in a bunch of time being accumulated.

We finally were able to show IRS that all was ducky..........and of course the client got skinned by fees.

I don't see the benefits of the 1099 system anymore. In this day of computers, etc the IRS has a multitude of methods available to it to determine if a business/tax return needs to be examined...........all of which would not require massive accumulations of documents which have no direct linkage to anything within a return that could trip a trigger.

Compare the 1099's to the W-2s.............a copy of a w-2 is attached----in some form-------to the tax returns of even states. And, the number of w-2's per taxpayer/per return is relatively nominal compared to the number of 1099's that a return might be linked to.......so, using the W-2 to make sure a taxpayer is reporting the bulk of his income-------ok, not the most efficient, but relatively efficient. The data is in front of the reviewer, and it only takes a couple of additions to tie into total wages.

In direct contrast to that.......numerous 1099's might add to the sales that are listed in a business Sch C........or just some 1099's might be part of the composition of, say, raised products, in Sch F........................just how are the govt computers going to computer match the 50 1099's on Charlie the Farmer against his sales income??

1099's----------bah, humbug.

Pofarmer

CH
IT

What does the sign say, Po?

Change it Back.

25amonth

CIA station chiefs are highly valued. It mentions his trainer as saying he was not good at his job. Ame's trainer had the same answer. Plame's never spoke up. It's usually the trainer who sets them up.

He got set up for sex and I think it was a DSS agent or something that reported him. I don't think the Russians would do that, but a DSS agent is pretty valuable too even if they have five year contracts.

The perversions are back and it can't be Noriega cause they moved him to France. It's pretty cool to see OIGs(newagencysuperspies) and DSSs go bad. It's like they hate the work they have to do and for some reason it's them. Horrible and sad. Real Americans doing their job in spite of the personal costs!

nathan hale

Does nobody edit Stratfor, I ask because you can't realistically come up with a more asinine conclusion, on September 10th was when AQ decapitated the head of it's primary
opposition, Massoud, where a puppet of the ISI,the Taliban, ruled Afghanistan, and was the base from which September 11th was organized. If that's our objective, you might as well give up right now. I was surprised in re reading Kaplan, Bonner, and a host of others, how clueless we seem to have been in our previous adventure in the Hindu Kush

Jack is Back!

Melinda,

That is what I tried to allude to in my comment. Brown has wasted time and pounds while the "old crickey" slips away. Cameron is a light-weight tory (sort of like a young McCain) who's wife may not even vote for him.

Melinda Romanoff

Po-

If you were to introduce a VAT, wouldn't you need a document stream to slap it on?

Hence the 1099.

2th

O says that you will have to carry ID if you look funny. We all know about his.

Melinda Romanoff

JiB-

Worse, Cameron is Lindsey Graham.

Jane

I wonder how long it will be before the unemployment rate in Arizona plummets, as Americans can finally compete for the jobs they were previously undercut by "cheap labor".

Utah and Texas are about to follow suit.

It seems like half the country is getting ready to secede. I guess I will have to move.

nathan hale

I'd say Lincoln Chaffee, who, exactly.

Pofarmer

If you were to introduce a VAT, wouldn't you need a document stream to slap it on?

Hence the 1099.

I'm thinkin' we're going to have to starve the beast of information.

Melinda Romanoff

nh-

Two sides of the same coin.

Rob Crawford

I'm thinkin' we're going to have to starve the beast of information.

Just keep all transactions below $599. If necessary, make large purchases by-the-piece. For convenience of delivery, the pieces may just come assembled.

Janet

LUN a Bryan York column What America is Michael Gerson Living In? ...about the new Arizona law.

Jane

OT - but if you guys are interested there are some pix at You Too of Scott and Caro and Scott and I. (adult warning - just kidding)

Melinda Romanoff

S&P just downgraded Spain's sovreign debt.

Hie

EU police just did a raid.

Pofarmer

More on the IRS 1099 thing.

Last time I checked--- 50. penalty per 1099 that should have been filed.......

the problem with this kind of "stuff"---------it's getting just too expensive to ignore anymore. (I think the penalties are more now..........but the name of the game is to merely avoid them.)

I recently late filed one of my own S corp returns........I knew there were new penalties in place..........I knew the amount........but I "got busy", and knew I was not crapping on the IRS since there was no tax due, so I just didn't pay attention until it was "convenient"--------over 600 fine.

Well, no more late filing..........not funny anymore.

Often husbands forget to file W-2's on salaries to wives..............never much worried about it in the past...........not any more.........

1099's on rent to parents..............big deal...............ya, it is now.......need to be filed................all it takes is for one party to be examined, and the agent will ALSO assess the failure to file penalty for the 1099...........even if there is no problem with the reporting of the income/expense within tax returns.

This should be an affront to every American.

Captain Hate

What America is Michael Gerson Living In?

At first I thought it was just a random quisling like Scott McClellan that screwed up GWB's administration; but now that I read this douche and that pudgy twat Rove weighing in on this I'm getting pretty disgusted with what Bush surrounded himself with.

Nice pix, Jane.

e

We need to tie the VAT tax to the GDP/GNP tax like the universal health care we promise for the world. Maybe we can use the new health care IT stuff for the data stream?


Is it true that the German Jeep GP was called the googlevagan?

Clarice

Barone--possible 70 seat tsunami in House for republicans.
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/A-70-seat-tsunami-92316694.html>Let it be

Jane

Does anyone know how much stimulus money has yet to be paid out?

And why isn't anyone demanding that it be repaid to the deficit instead of Obama's cronies?

Threadkiller

Janet, good one. I have linked to Gerson's alter ego.

Michael Gerson Had no problem showing disgust when Obama said “America has too often been selective in its promotion of democracy”

Looks like Gerson is selective in his memory.

Yorks article.

Bryan.

Threadkiller

If the local police aren't supposed to help the Border Patrol, should the Border Patrol stop ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtGtVWvaSxc"> assisting the Police?

Bryan.

centralcal

Threadkiller - look at you with all those pretty in-comment links!!!!! Are you mastering html or did you download Firefox? (Makes no difference really.)

Pofarmer

Does anyone know how much stimulus money has yet to be paid out?

Don't know, but there have been new stimulus programs announced here this week.

anduril

If one compares Stratfor's presentation to that of our military:

Afghanistan mess

Stratfor comes out ahead, not only IMHO but also in the opinion of Gen. McChrystal, who said: 'When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war.'

 centralcal

Clarice: I also liked the link Barone provided to another blog post, especially this quote from Democrat William Galston:

...90 percent of the electorate is not Hispanic, and 85 percent is not young. Relatively modest shifts in voter sentiment outside these two groups could easily swamp increased turnout within them and turn all-but-certain Democratic losses into a rout of historic proportions.


nathan hale

I needed anti nausea medication reading that slide. I tried to find the center and in Keat's words 'the center cannot hold'

Threadkiller

Centralcal, Thank you for your help. I am using html and it seems to be working.

Again, I appreciate all who have helped me on this site.

Thank you.
Bryan.

 centralcal

lol, nathan.

nathan hale

Now, you might say, well that's probably the way I think, but there is a center there, it's just the tangents that go off track.

Either the Afghan Government or the Coalition forces should be at the center, this looks like that diagram of the health care apparatus

Clarice

More funny stuff at Fannie Mae..
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columns/Fannie-Mae-owns-patent-on-residential-_cap-and-trade_-exchange-91532109.html>Franklin Raines knows how to clean up bigtime while wrecking the US

Jack is Back!

In Florida news, Charlie Crist is going to try to make a run as an independent. This is going to be more fun than watching Harry Reid become the second consecutive majority leader to lose his Senate seat. All Crist has is the teacher's union (he thinks) but they are going to vote down the line for Meeks (if he in fact wins the Dem primary). Not only did Charlie hug Obami in Ft. Myers back in February but he also pissed off every republican, independent and blue dog dem when he vetoed the education bill. He wont be able to carry his home county or city. Goodby Charlie, my regrets for voting for you.

Clarice

Whoppee--Now the Kerrys and the Kennedys will have to live with it--AP:
OSTON - The Obama administration has approved what would be the nation's first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, two government officials briefed on the decision confirmed Wednesday, inching the U.S. closer to harvesting an untapped domestic energy source—the steady breezes blowing along its vast coasts. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because they were not authorized to speak publicly ahead of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's announcement scheduled for noon Wednesday in Boston. Salazar's decision on the controversial Cape Wind project clears the way for a 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

anduril

nate, i think it demonstrates how, as stratfor claims, we got back to the starting point.

Jane

Clarice,

That Fannie Mae article would suggest that Obama will do anything to not allow the regulation of Fannie. Republicans must insist on it in any financial services bill.

I understand Goldman's stock is soaring today - after everyone saw what morons our senators are yesterday.

Clarice

I'd rather own stock in GS today than in the Dem party, Jane.

BTW how embarrassing was it that Waxman and the no-thing aides on his staff got an expensive public lesson on corporate accounting and disclosure requirements?

Melinda Romanoff

Up 3 bucks is not soaring, and a bit under $3 between the high and low of the day. and still down $30/sh since the headline.

Pagar

LAUGH of the Day: Politico Reports

"Obama and the media actually have a surprisingly hostile relationship"

I take that to mean that some reporter,somewhere in America, failed to report the latest Democrat propaganda release- word for word.


Melinda Romanoff

pagar-

That must mean the media use teeth, now and again.

nathan hale

This may be a spoof, we can't tell anymore, in the LUN

Clarice

HEH

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