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June 08, 2021


Jack Lillywhite

They haven’t got mine which proves it’s fake news.

jim nj


Reposting from the old thread.

It's a polemical based on stolen IRS data. The timing is convenient.


Like the panama paper hmm.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma


Sorry, Jane. Posted and ran out to dinner. I think more people are fed up, but I'm not certain that they are channeling their anger at the right target. Too many still are under the spell of their prejudices from years ago where they were supported in their belief that the dems were the good guys. They still haven't quite wrapped their heads around how they have been bamboozled (who likes to admit they were a rube?), so they are flailing around looking for a target. Many, though, are realizing that the conservatives don't fit that bill. Orange man is still labeled as 'bad' as he, to their minds, isn't a 'real conservative.'


So we went to All Star Grill tonight for 75cent wings. The layout of the place is restaurant on the left, open air bar across the front of the building and down the right side is pool tables and darts and such. We start to walk past the restaurant to go into the open air bar (live music 6-10) and on the door to the restaurant is a sign for a meeting... Convention of States.

Turns out they meet there once a month on the second Tuesday, and the attendance tonight was pretty good. The owner, Andy, (BIG Bears fan), is very active with the COS. Totally gobsmacked. In a good way. From our interactions with him going there several times, he's a great guy, but I'm not sure I would have pegged him as a conservative. Transplant from Chicago and all that...


Plus it is a hoot to watch all the 70+ yo's shaking a leg on the dance floor. No walkers involved that I could see, but I couldn't see all the dancers.


Real news


Would the IRS rebate on paper losses?

Didn’t think so.


Im not going to follow the squirrel


Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

So let me see if I have this right; they pay large taxes as their net worth goes up on the increased value of their assets.
Do they get large rebates when those assets and net worth decline precipitously or is it a one way street? You can't tax net worth as realized wealth and then not treat it as demanding a refund as realized losses if it declines similarly. If you think a low "tax rate" is unfair imagine when the richest guys in the world get multi billion dollar refunds when the next bear market hits.
A full blown financial crisis might double the deficit simply in super rich refunds.
Of course if they are entitled to be taxed on unrealized gains and not on unrealized losses then let's just call it what it is 'commie wealth confiscation' and be done with it.
What a moronic idea.
Wanna fix the problem? Take a couple of f*cking Fed governors out and shoot them. Then tell the rest of them if they keep blowing up asset bubbles we'll blow up the Fed, with them in it. Short of that income inequality will continue to grow because it and the financialization of the economy are not causes but symptoms of vast sums of free money and vast public and private debt. The everything bubble is entirely a creation of bananas monetary policy enabling bananas fiscal policy and the ensuing distortions and total wreckage they make of private markets, price discovery, asset prices, speculation and stock buybacks instead of productive investment and the health of the overall economy and wealth stratification.
And as always, the bright boys' solution to a problem the overbearing state creates is, an even more overbearing state. What a surprise.


And mexico went green in the local elections what could go wromg?

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

“Villalobos’ election should surprise absolutely no one who followed how counties in the Rio Grande Valley swung heavily toward Trump in the last election,” says Mike Gonzalez, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
As Mr. Gonzalez notes, the auguries were there for anyone who cared to look. In 2016 Hillary Clinton carried Hidalgo County by 41 points. But in 2020, Joe Biden won by only 17 points. Meanwhile Zapata County—what the Washington Post calls “the bluest of blue counties along the river”—flipped for Donald Trump in 2020, the first victory for a GOP presidential candidate there since Warren G. Harding a century ago.
These developments have Democrats sounding the alarm. A May postelection analysis by a trio of left-leaning organizations noted that while Latino turnout in 2020 grew “dramatically” over 2016, Democrats saw a “significant dip in support in places with high concentrations of Latino and Hispanic voters.” Nor were Republicans simply sitting on the sidelines all the while. When asked by Texas Monthly what was attractive to Latinos about the Republican Party, Chuck Rocha, an adviser to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, answered this way:
“At the Republican National Convention, the party had one Latino speaker after another telling their immigration story and how they lived the American dream. And if you just sit back and watch that or read the coverage, you might think, ‘Hey, these Republicans are all right. They like immigrants. They want to build entrepreneurship. They want us to all be rich like Donald Trump.’ ”
A recent survey asked Latinos to choose between two statements. The first was unadulterated Milton Friedman : “Some people say free-market capitalism is the best form of government because it gives people the freedom to work and achieve.”
The second was what we might call the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez option: “Other people say that socialism is the best form of government because it is more fair and equitable to working class people.” Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents opted for the Friedman position, against only 17% for the AOC line. Hardly surprising, given that so many Latinos came to the U.S. in the first place to escape socialism.
~William McGurn, the Wall Street Journal


Its alway animal farm

matt - deplore me if you must

Of course the game is rigged. Some fan of the Squad broke a cardinal rule and suddenly the tax returns are on the front pages with those same media whores making millions/year cheering them on.

Emotions rule the Left. They want to feel good about murderers like Pol Pot and Che because they were for "the people". Eno Morales and a number of other leftist Latin American politicians are up to their necks in the drug trade but they're for "the people".

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders grift their way into the upper class, but they're for "the people". The George Gascon recall effort is being portrayed as a right wing conspiracy as LA's murder rate soared 70% but he's for "the people". Not, you know, the little kids who get shot in drive bys. Those poor Crips & Bloods are just misunderstood.why he's for "the people".

The Democratic Party anthem should be Steely Dan's "Only a Fool Would Say That".

They are all in on the graft now. Opioid deaths are at an all time high. Crime is out of control. Poor misunderstood thugs are beating the hell out of old ladies. But they're for "the people".

matt - deplore me if you must

Eno Morales is Evo's musician cousin.


Did anyone in the Biden administration bother to ask what Mexican -Americans want ? I am pretty sure they aren't interested in transgender stuff, unemployment, high taxes, and destruction of the family.


Taxing unrealized gains? There goes my retirement planning. And income. Nest TM will tell us we can rely on the Social Security lox box for retirement instead.

His daughters hit him on the head with lacrosse sticks one time too many?


I know I am probably being nitpicky, but even though they have British accents, it seems a bit odd to see black villagers in Medieval England.

Guess I will work on my Kroger order.


Maybe moors but even that is a a stretch.


See if this works




No churches or priests, either. Modern PC, I guess.🙄


Thats unpossible what are you watching



I’m all in for the COS! I was invited for today’s meeting, but of course, forgot!

jim nj


jim nj



Oops who was surprised by this (hands down)


The last iteration was worse in some waya



And you said fruit was harmless dave?



TM is not endorsing a wealth tax, just pointing out their rank hypocrisy and full on ignorance.

I have plenty of time to concentrate on his tongue in cheek because I’m burning Cleo Laine & James Galway’s “Sometimes When We Touch”, a beyond forgettable’70s collaboration.



Talk about earwigs, thats one step too far whats next christophwr cross?


I’ll be rinsing my ears out with “Barney Kessel Plays Carmen” right after this one, though.


That interpretation of Bizet’s Carmen is spectacular. And pricey on EBay.

Dave (in MA)

Head of Colonial is an uptalker who needs to hire some guys with clipboards and pencils on their ears "on a go-forward basis", guys who can turn some valves instead of dicking around with their phones.


Is this youre cad


matt - deplore me if you must

But Dave, they promised us automation.



I was watching "Merlin" on Netflix.

I need to accept that no one knows the Arthurian legend and that they just like to put up something with monsters,sword fights, and British accents. This last episode had them riding off through a valley with mountains that looked like the Alps or Rocky Mountain National Park. LOL!


I think that was on the scifi channel and sometimes on pluto some time back



a bit cleaner version of the whole album, minus one track", which I'm looking for the odd man out...


Thats the real deal.


All nine are there from the recordings made on 12/19 and 12/22 in 1958.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

I may be odd but this video of a guy testing out his gigantic Cincinnati mill was pretty awesome.



I haven't had the use of my TV for almost 3 years, due to daughter watching in her room, granddaughter here for a while and then the Covid work-at-home thing, where my TV got hooked up as a large computer screen.

So when I find a new series I am often way behind. I was happy to find Newsmax on Pluto so that I could watch the President's speech this weekend.

jim nj


It's not just voting and Covid: How red states are overriding their blue cities

It's CNN so they make a good thing sound like a bad thing.


It was on for five seasons i guess i didnt look at it too closely

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--TM is not endorsing a wealth tax, just pointing out their rank hypocrisy and full on ignorance.--

Possible. His old link is all over the map but mostly pointing out the problems. He used a couple with a $100 million net worth that for some odd reason remains static. That is a particularly odd method at the rarified heights of PEs we now reside at.
Let's take a counter example. My good friend was worth $90 million in Silicon Valley stock in 2000. He cashed a few million in to live on and let the rest ride. It eventually bottomed out at about $5 million. He could very easily have paid more in tax than his stock was eventually worth. Does he get it back when it goes down or is it heads they win, tails we lose?
The idea the idiots who have created this distorted mess have the solution to it is like calling the guy who shot you for first-aid instead of an EMT.


Heading to bed.

Good night, all!


The 1986 tax revision on interest, helped trigger the s&l collapse the rate spike between 2004 and 2006 helped pop the subprime bubble a similar thing happened with the tech bubble in 2002,

jim nj



The results are in for the two primaries today.


So you think ciaterella can beat murphy and bring some sanity to the garden state

jim nj


Second Ghost Fleet Overlord USV finishes trip to Pacific

This gives a little more detail:


A classified Pentagon maritime drone program is about to get its moment in the sun

As I understand the program the first two ships are commercially available fast supply vessels that were outfitted to run autonomously.

No offensive or defensive systems installed. Just the ability to move cargo.

If the idea works, later ships can have weapons cargo pods installed on them.

jim nj


No. I sat out the primary because I couldn't figure out who had the best chance against Murphy.

I'm the Trumpiest won't play well in NJ, so I let others decide on the candidate.

Murphy deserves to lose, but right now I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery and moving to Florida instead.


They are a glutton for punishment then.

jim nj

Jack Ciattarelli came in second last time around running against Christie's Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagnano (sp?). So I guess he had a better organization than his competitors.

Looking around - most down-ballot races were uncontested. Maybe 1 out of 4 races were contested. A very few incumbents in both parties lost to challengers.

Probably the most interesting contest in NJ was in my own District 37. 13 towns in Bergen County that vote overwhelmingly Democratic. The democrat State Senator stepped down, after 15 years in that office, and both incumbent democrat Assembly people ran for her seat.

A black man and a white woman, both with a power base in the same city, Englewood, my old home town. The black guy won with Murphy's backing. It wasn't even close.

Neither ran in the Assembly race, so I'll have a new State Senator and two new State Assembly people. Most probably all democrats.

jim nj

Looking at the vote totals in each district in the article and not having access to the vote totals in a prior comparable primary my general impression is that a lot of people, like me, just didn't bother to vote in the primary.

jim nj



Melinda: TM is not endorsing a wealth tax, just pointing out their rank hypocrisy and full on ignorance.

Considering this is hardly the first time TM has pushed for a so-called mark-to-market capital gains tax, I think you're mistaken.

Here's a comment from a previous time, which is a repost of a comment from a response to a previous thread.


Every time TM starts flogging this mark-to-market "income" tax idea, I'm reminded of Abraham Lincoln's riddle: If I call a dog's tail a leg, how many legs does a dog have. Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.

The 16th Amendment allows for taxing income; calling something "income" does not make it income

Let me repeat what I said earlier about the matter:

TM: Mark-to-market accounting is already part of the tax code (eg, futures and index options, not to mention the charitable deduction for appreciated assets with a long term gain.) This idea side-steps the Constitutional puzzle of Warren's wealth tax.

I'm not so sure the Constitutional puzzle is side stepped. Though it's nearly 100 years old, as far as I can tell, Eisner v. Macomber is still good law. In it, the court says regarding what is and isn't 16th-Amendment "income":

For the present purpose we require only a clear definition of the term "income," as used in common speech, in order to determine its meaning in the Amendment; and, having formed also a correct judgment as to the nature of a stock dividend, we shall find it easy to decide the matter at issue.

After examining dictionaries in common use (Bouv. L.D.; Standard Dict.; Webster's Internat. Dict.; Century Dict.), we find little to add to the succinct definition adopted in two cases arising under the Corporation Tax Act of 1909 (Stratton's Independence v. Howbert, 231 U.S. 399, 415; Doyle v. Mitchell Bros. Co., 247 U.S. 179, 185) — "Income may be defined as the gain derived from capital, from labor, or from both combined," provided it be understood to include profit gained through a sale or conversion of capital assets, to which it was applied in the Doyle Case (pp. 183, 185).

The Government, although basing its argument upon the definition as quoted, placed chief emphasis upon the word "gain," which was extended to include a variety of meanings; while the significance of the next three words was either overlooked or misconceived. "Derived — from — capital;" — "the gain — derived — from — capital," etc. Here we have the essential matter: not a gain accruing to capital, not a growth or increment of value in the investment; but a gain, a profit, something of exchangeable value proceeding from the property, severed from the capital however invested or employed, and coming in, being "derived," that is, received or drawn by the recipient (the taxpayer) for his separate use, benefit and disposal; — that is income derived from property. Nothing else answers the description.

Unless there's some wrinkle I'm not aware of, the supposed exception for the taxing on charitable deductions of appreciated assets seems to me to have nothing to do with to mark-to-market taxes on held assets. Taxing depends on the fair market value of the asset at the point it's transferred to the charity.

The claimed exception for futures contacts is somewhat closer. However the taxing is based on a specific and special aspect of future-contract accounting. Quoting a decision by the 9th Circuit court:

Section 1256 [the tax section dealing with future contracts] is premised on the doctrine of constructive receipt because the taxpayer who trades futures contracts receives profits as matter of right daily. Id. at 157, 1981 U.S.C.C.A.N. at 256. Under this doctrine, "[i]ncome although not actually reduced to a taxpayer's possession is constructively received by him in the taxable year during which it is ... made available so that he may draw upon it at any time...." Treas.Reg. § 1.451-2(a) (as amended in 1979).
. . .
Because of the unique accounting method governing futures contracts, the gains inherent in them are properly treated as constructively received.

The increase in a future contract's value is somewhat equivalent to dividends that are paid daily into the owner's account. They are immediately available for cash withdrawal. The gains (and losses) on future contracts are essentially realized daily.


I've never seem TM address the question of what happens in a year with a market crash. Does the IRS send out checks to all the investors whose stocks dropped? That ought to be great for the US budget.

Also, anyone who watches the "vintage" Antiques Roadshow episodes, \where they show episodes from past years, with updates on the prices, knows lots of antiques, craft, and art items have (to put it somewhat crudely) taken in the shorts. Will the IRS be mailing out checks?


Supposing those wise taxers decide not to "create jobs" by requiring art objects and such to be appraised each year, and so only readily-valued capital assets will be included in TM's lovely new tax, what effect on the economy will that have, when it's an advantage for the rich to hold non-readily-valued capital assets?


The name “Chertoff” means “Devil’s Own” in Russian.

Checks out.


My income doesn’t identify as income anymore. It identifies as my deceased Social Security.



No one will care about the Hunter Biden N-32word scandal


"Our administration has gone rogue and is undermining the board to create the most woke education, which the community doesn't welcome," another person said during public comment.



I mentioned yesterday, I think, that Bannon had on a German scientist who made the case for another Nuremberg trial based on the release of the Covid vaccine, the withholding of information of HCQ by Fauci, the lies and misinformation spread by WHO and others.

This tweet has a powerful 2-minute video by Robert F. Kennedy, Junior on the vaccination of children:


These children between five and 11, who fly through COVID-19 if they even get it, ARE not old enough to give informed consent. We promised after World War II that we would NEVER do this again.

This violates 10 of the Nurenberg Charters.@AP REPORT IT FOR GOD’S SAKE! https://t.co/x1qC0VTrEl pic.twitter.com/54LvDHNzSM

— NANCY (@9NewsNancy) June 8, 2021

Catturd ™
Macron got slapped - Kamala made face cookies - and Hunter dropped the n-word ...

... and it's only Wednesday.


Eric Matheny 🎙
The ease and comfort with which Hunter Biden casually uses the N-word strongly indicates he heard it at home growing up. Racism is a learned behavior.
A good point, and probably why the White House doesn't let Biden go off script much.


Israel appeals to Britain's Prince Charles over terminally-ill Israeli girl http://reut.rs/2TSQDI9
Despite the parents deeply-held religious faith, a court has ruled that a brain-injured 2-year old should be withdrawn from any further treatment. Israel has offered to take her and has appealed to Prince Charles.

Given what we have seen from the British medical community, why should the parents' wishes be denied, and why should they believe the doctors?

Furthermore, if the parents were part of the elite class and titled, instead of Orthodox Jews, I do not think the situation would be the same.


Thomas Massie
Fire everyone at the top of @CDCgov. I don’t care if they were appointed by Trump or Biden or if they’ve been there for decades.



Laura Ingraham explaining the 2010 Rockefeller Foundation report that explain the exact same pandemic as Covid step-by-step but 10 years earlier.

You know... like a plan or blueprint.

Rockefeller LockStep Document:https://t.co/zcuPtfvnsq pic.twitter.com/rVpvGRAFLm

— Teresa 🗣 “Joe, you know Trump won.” (@thorsome2) June 9, 2021

This guy has become a network-approved stalker:

Brian Stelter
First block of "Fox & Friends:" VP Harris trip was a "disaster;" VP "faces growing pressure to visit the border;" Mara Gay; "texts show Hunter Biden using racial slur"

Second block: "Flashback: media narratives gone wrong" and "impact of Twitter trends on media smear campaigns"


Didn't get the memo on goalpost moving so I won't.


Got to go. Granddaughter (the older one) just called and said she was stopping by and I am not even dressed yet!



On your link above, it is the supposedly 'conservative' think tanks that are spreading the falsehood that CRT is synonymous with Equity, when that contradicts virtually every ed webinar I am on, except something manufactured by heritage or a member of the state policy network. By the way, the chair of SPN is the current head of the bradley Foundation, which has, of course, published a helpful 'textbook'.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/06/fighting-back-against-critical-race-theory.php is an example of pushing the CRT=Equity when the LDH link I put up yesterday on the malleability of the brain is what she says over and over as what Equity is getting at.

I said over and over there was a pincer action going on and lo and behold this am Fordham announced "a solution to the civics and history wars" just like I had intuited, proposing the solution that I had intuited. As happened with the Common Core, the think tanks and their affiliated blogs and institutions are playing the parents straight out of the various civil society handbooks that Bradley has also funded. Like OBE and CC, parents are being conditioned to believe that they acted politically and 'won', when actually they were lied to and the real agenda continues unimpeded.


I will note the founder does own a volcanic island in Hawaii.

Oracle’s Endeca Information Discovery technology that was used by the Chicago Police Department to spy on NATO protesters in 2012. According to the reports, Oracle's Endeca technology merged crime records, 911 calls, and other police information with protesters’ tweets to identify them. Oracle acquired Endeca in 2011.

Oracle had marketed its software for use by police and military-linked clients in China and maintained ties with brokers selling surveillance technology to the Chinese government.



rse, we're doomed. I get that. Except when parents find out what is going on...




The other issue, as we discussed the last time this came up, is that a lot of the "gains" are just inflation. This is already a problem with interest income, and was a big issue in the 70s when interest rates were 15% and inflation was also around 15%. That "income" is really non-existent, but you have the privilege of sending a chunk of it to Uncle Sam. Even now, if you sell a stock that's gone up 50%, but inflation has been 40% over the same time period, that 20% cap gains is really more like 100%.


cap gains *tax*, that is.


Except that they are not really finding out what is going on, henry. When you plan to no longer teach history as a body of knowledge, it's not really a dispute about what history to teach. If Action Civics is OK as long as it is taught in the context of Ideals and those abstractions ahve been redefined so that suddenly and unbeknownst to parents, Equality, Liberty, and Justice all fit with Marx's Human Development Society vision and that is the consciousness the kids will inhale and learn to act on in Civics and History, it matters that parents believe that if 1619 Project has been held to be off limits and no one can utter the phrase "white supremacy' that parents will have relaxed.

Meanwhile all the actual Equity intentions, which were also laid out in the Playbook released yesterday by the SoLD Alliance are busy rewiring the brains of all children, of every ethnicity and skin color. The Fordham statement even mentioned the hype a few years ago over the Advanced Placement American History Framework. I wrote at the time it was manufactured and I couldn;t understand why Stanley Kurtz with his background in anthropology from Haverford iirc was acting like a conceptual framework was not itself a fundamental change in the nature of history.

Now I better understand from subsequent webinars from think tanks that kurtz has a boss at EPPC who has a PhD from the Committee on Social Thought and nothing must interfere with the desired consciousness K-12 is actually sculpting. Oh, and if irate parents angry about CRT seek a port in the storm at a charter school run by patrons of the think tanks lying to them about the real template, the patrons make money, the parents feel relieved, and the new school gets to still use the neural altering, change the heart and soul as well template with no one the wiser because they never mention Howard Zinn and have much more euphonious synonyms.


Dems are so predictable.

“You know, a town with money’s a little like the mule with a spinning wheel,” says Phil Hartman’s smooth-talking conman Lyle Lanley in a classic episode of “The Simpsons.” “No one knows how he got it, and danged if he knows how to use it!”

As the crowd laughs, a confused Homer Simpson looks around and, not quite getting the joke, chuckles to himself, “heh heh, mule.”

The residents of Springfield ultimately spend their unexpected windfall on a monorail Lanley sold them on, and now that Wisconsin suddenly finds itself with a $4.4 billion spinning wheel, state Democrats seem hellbent on making the same mistake.

Donkeys, mules, neither one seems to get it.


Old Lurker

Like Mel, I think TM is well on record over the years in favor of a wealth tax and has never, ever been able to think it through with all of the problems and ramifications that presents.

At root, like the NYT, he thinks government just needs more of the people's money by whatever device they can create, and like all Progs, grabbing wealth from rich people (as defined from day to day) is low hanging fruit.


I’m not inclined to hire a graduate from one of America’s elite universities. That marks a change. A decade ago I relished the opportunity to employ talented graduates of Princeton, Yale, Harvard and the rest. Today? Not so much.
As a graduate of Haverford College, a fancy school outside Philadelphia, I took interest in the campus uproar there last fall. It concerned “antiblackness” and the “erasure of marginalized voices.” A student strike culminated in an all-college Zoom meeting for undergraduates. The college president and other administrators promised to “listen.” During the meeting, many students displayed a stunning combination of thin-skinned narcissism and naked aggression. The college administrators responded with self-abasing apologies.
Haverford is a progressive hothouse. If students can be traumatized by “insensitivity” on that leafy campus, then they’re unlikely to function as effective team members in an organization that has to deal with everyday realities. And in any event, I don’t want to hire someone who makes inflammatory accusations at the drop of a hat.



Matthew S. DePerno, Esq.


1. We have been lied to.

The Antrim County election management system (EMS) was REMOTELY and successfully logged into anonymously on 11/05/2020 at 5:55 PM and again on 11/17/2020 at 5:16 PM.




Mr Maguire, are you saying that the wealthy don't pay far more than anyone else???? Write a chuck sir. I can send you a pen.


The database has to be connected, but the voting machine cannot be for obvious reasons

Jim Eagle


In re: Your 1043 last night.

I did a 6 month Engineering co-op at Cinncinati Milling Machine (not Cincinnati MiliCron) back in 1963. They make the most awsome machines in the World. LeBlond is also in Cincinnati.

Manuel Transmission

Ig: Wanna fix the problem? Take a couple of f*cking [ miscreants ] out and shoot them.

I shout this out at least a dozen times a day whenever I read or hear yet another case of some moron in an undeserved position of power leading the prog army over our rights and freedoms. My homies automatically chime in with my now obsolete phrase “the $0.30 solution” given that benchmark is prolly over a buck now.

Jim Eagle

...Not s/b Now...


I think we need to tax people MOAR, so we can give more cash to border jumpers.
I'd like to hear LEG'S UP and her take on this.



I think TM is more of the "limit the deductions and tools available once you cross $X line" as opposed to my thought where Corporate rates should have a floor, scaled to inflation even, where any and all tools don't matter. "Carried Interest" and "Energy development costs" certainly go by the wayside if changed to a front loaded scale and a sunset.

Then the income taxes on individuals will matter less, tariffs more, and foundation distributions can be honestly discussed, in a patently transparent fashion.

And lookie there, it makes a lot of lobbying useless.

Simplify the process, and the sale of line items by both the revolving door and the elected removes the purchasing power of the sound byte.


This crew wants to broil the chicken and fry the egg. Dont let the.

Jim Eagle

Our newest Ocean, now up to 5:


Old Lurker

Mel, TM has weighed in more than a few times about the appeal to him of taxing unrealized capital gains, he never has explained what happens when that worm turns down, and every single idea he has results in more money from people being handed over to government.

That cannot be glossed over by tweaking the formulae and fine print.


Just reading it a bit differently, that's all. Off to appts.

Manuel Transmission

Lookie what I found under Clarice and Narc’s link to the pipeline article:

Well spake MLR.
1. Alexander Ocasio-Cortez the Killer
2. Al Gore. My friend Peter Bock once said if Al’s hair were set on fire it would provide enough heat and light for a small English village.
3. Nancy HarPelosi, I scream.
4. Michael ‘Piltdown’ Mann, treed with ring in Mordor.


Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, ratified 15 December 1791, states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The creators of the Bill of Rights clearly believed in the power of the negative - the word "no" and all its formulations indicating things the government may NOT do.

There is an obvious reason that the Founders specifically indicated that Congress was to make NO law with respect to these negative rights. It is because true liberty can only be achieved through the absence of law, not the presence of it. This is the very reason that John Adams said that our Constitution could only govern a “moral and religious people” – the “laws” required to maintain our Republic are not those passed in the various legislative bodies, the required laws must reside in our own bodies, in our hearts and minds.

There is an oft noted quote of James Madison referencing “voluminous laws” but citing only this small excerpt from Federalist #62 does a great disservice to the wisdom of Publius.

What comes after is at least equally as important:

“The internal effects of a mutable policy are still more calamitous. It poisons the blessing of liberty itself. It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?

Another effect of public instability is the unreasonable advantage it gives to the sagacious, the enterprising, and the moneyed few over the industrious and uniformed mass of the people. Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue, or in any way affecting the value of the different species of property, presents a new harvest to those who watch the change, and can trace its consequences; a harvest, reared not by themselves, but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow-citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few, not for the many.”

How true it is that laws are made for the few, not for the many, that it has become acceptable for laws to be selectively created to advantage this group or that, while trespassing on the rights of the majority to do so.

I do not argue that there should be no laws, as that would imply anarchy – but I while I do understand that laws to protect basic rights and liberties are necessary (prohibiting murder for example), I also understand that laws that seek to govern all aspects of human interaction are like fractures on the surface of a frozen lake, radiating out from the initial point of stress in infinite and random directions. Their magnitude and reach are impossible to predict as is the degree of destruction and weakness they impart to the ice. You may be able to cross without falling though, you may not – and with every step you take, the fractures spread further and in even more unpredictable directions.

Such is the nature of law.

Publius (Madison) ended Federalist #62 thus:
“No government, any more than an individual, will long be respected without being truly respectable; nor be truly respectable, without possessing a certain portion of order and stability.”

The stability of which good Publius speaks is necessary for liberty.

Contrary to our modern propensity to regulate all, Publius and the other Founders understood that since laws are made for the few, there is an inverse relationship between the amount of law and such stability.

The downfall of the American Republic lies in too many laws, not too few. It lies in the substitution of government control for self-control. I think this is what Ben Franklin meant when in response to the question of what type of government we created, he said:

“A Republic, if you can keep it.”

More laws augur less stability and therefore, less liberty. An irrefutable truth is this: that which governs best is that which governs least.


lovely metaphor: now we're insects (noted as the future of food).

Try thinking of people as hives that band and disband as needed, and consider work as a task to be accomplished, rather than always as a skill to be hired on an individual basis.



When you’ve lost the Daily Beast …

America’s Overdue to Unfriend Mark Zuckerberg
The tech boss is finally being recognized as the American villain he is, rather than the folk hero he’s tried to present himself as.

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

Michael Smith
Every now and again, I think about ancient civilizations and how many seem to have just disappeared - vanished without a trace. Even those leaving a historical record reveal what a true fallacy it is to believe that everything around us now, everything we enjoy, is somehow fixed in permanence.

There is evidence of technologically advanced civilizations, some with technologies of which we cannot explain today, so it appears that technology alone is not an effective hedge against destruction.

Given the direction we seem to be headed, the serial destruction of the past is likely a precursor of our future – and that is likely a future of self-destruction. While it seems absurd and illogical that the greatest period of human well being, the most widespread prosperity and yielding the greatest decree of individual liberty is met with such all-consuming distaste, disgust and anger, here we are.

People have had it easy for so long, they are so steeped in falsity that our contemporary ease is permanent, that they have no idea how thin the line between civilization and savagery truly is. Some believe society will simply decline, that we will be forced to accept a lower standard of living, but it is just as likely that society will simply collapse.

We have had a little taste of what that looks like during the first months of the pandemic lockdowns - the grocery shelves became bare after about three days and within a week, there were items that weren't available at any price. We saw reports of panic and fistfights - items we would have considered inconsequential - if they were considered at all - suddenly acquired such importance as to be worthy of violence.

Now imagine what that would be like if the power grid completely fails or the oil and gas industry crashes - there is food in inventory, it just is rolling in trucks on our highways, trucks that depend on fossil fuels. When electricity and fuel stop, the food stops rolling.

Western civilization is clearly on a path to destroy itself and return to savagery to start it all over again. There are no end-times, we only reset every several thousand years so that humans can be reminded of what true reality looks like.

But any decline is a choice – we have the power to stop it – even if history is apparently not on our side. History notes that civilizations in ascendance survive, those in retrograde do not. History is not necessarily predictive, we change our personal history every day for better or worse by our choices.

The signs of regression are all around us – but the answer is in there – WE HAVE A CHOICE.


Text messages between Hunter Biden and his lawyer (via @DailyMailUK) with Hunter Biden repeatedly using a racial slur.


New York Times Publishes Then Deletes Article Claiming Watermelons Were Found on Mars
"Authorities say rise of fruit aliens is to blame for glut of outer space watermelons."

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Try thinking of people as hives that band and disband as needed, and consider work as a task to be accomplished, rather than always as a skill to be hired on an individual basis.--

The sane [and small] hire skilled individuals because they can be counted on to work together with others in a manner beneficial to the company.
The stupid [and large] have no problem hiring diversity boat anchors that can be pulled along by everyone else and their incompetence and inability to work with others concealed by the hive.


COVID, the tyranny that never ends.


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