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Friday, October 5. 2012
Three innings? Not bad
To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets
One man's heroic quest: Cataloging 350,000 medal-of-valor winners
Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril - It could become illegal to resell your iPhone 4, car or family antiques
Executive Pay: How Much Is Too Much?
California Governor extends $100 million Hollywood tax credit… now it’ll be cheaper for them to make movies about the evils of corporate welfare
Why unions fear this film - Revealing truths about schools
Airline to help upset voters leave the U.S.
Left-Right Agreement on Affirmative Action?
The Road to Recovery - As Hayek taught, freedom and the rule of law drive prosperity.
McArdle: The Benefits of Business Experience
Mallory Factor: How Public Unions Exploit the Ruse of 'Official Time' - Government employees get paid to spend time on the job working on union projects that they don't disclose to managers or the public.
CNN hits hard on Libya: The only conclusion is that the White House tried to cover something up
Undecided voters in focus group swing sharply toward Romney; Frank Luntz: ‘I’ve never seen anything like this’; CBS post-debate poll shows big win for Romney
I can't believe this paragraph at Politico:
Romney spokesman - There will be a complete review of Obama DOJ under a Romney admin
Coulter On Race Tape: "He Just Turns It On & Suddenly We Got Malcolm X"
Brokaw: If Romney Performed Like Obama Did Last Night 'It Would Have Been Over'
Mika Brzezinski on Debate: “I’m Sick to My Stomach”
This administration lies whenever lying is expedient in a scheme it is trying to accomplish or an accusation it is trying to dodge.
Torture Creep - Why are more Americans accepting Bush-era policies than ever before?
Sensitive documents left behind at U.S. diplomatic post in Libya
China moves to silence journalists who offered rare taste of transparency
In Syria, Assad crosses the red lines
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The marriage penalty is fixed every few decades, alternating with the single-person penalty fix.
The mathematical problem is that you can't do both of two desireable things in a progressive tax system:
1. Couples making the same total income pay the same tax;
2. Tax law neither favors nor disfavors marriage.
The only real fix is a flat tax system.
I don't see why you can't do both things at once. If the tax liability for a two-earner couple making a total of X taxable income equals the tax liability for an individual (or a one-earner couple) also making X taxable income, there is no penalty for being or not being married.
It was not that way prior to 2003 when you had a marriage penalty. The two-earner couple had a greater tax liability than an individual (or a one-earner couple) with the exact same taxable income. According to the article, that marriage penalty is soming back.
If one of the two earners in the married household makes the X and the other zero, then tax law favors marriage. They'd pay more in total if they were not married, owing to the progressive tax code.
Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril
Its happening more and more that "copyright" holders are extending their reach into the private world and attempting to control everything even in redistribution. And the courts are letting them get away with it based on nothing more than legal gymnastics of the kind that makes "1984" look ridiculous by comparison.
I copyright all my photos that I post to the web. I learned very early on that image aggregators don't give a damn about who owns what - all they care about is "stock" imagery under what is called "fair public use". And you can't fight them - Getty images in particular is guilty of swiping images, putting their stamp on them and claiming "fair use" and they have entire teams of lawyers doing their dirty legal work.
I've even had this happen to me. I had an image on a web site that I used to post to on a regular basis - it was an Olympus camera oriented site (I'm a big Olympus fan and user). Somebody swiped it, took it into Photoshop, did some work with the metadata on the image, then had the nerve to claim that I copied her work and she tried to get me to take my image down as a copyright violation.
She screwed up fortunately - the image had been on the site for almost three years prior to her claim and when this was pointed out to her, she disappeared - but never did take down the image on her site and she still claims it as her own.
I don't put my better photos on line any more because of that reason.
Our whole system of legal copyright and fair use is screwed up royally.
Sorry - a tad off topic, but tangentially related I think.
re Your right to resell your own stuff is in peril
Looks like a nightmare to enforce. If it is enforced, hard for me to believe the electorate would stand for it.
Loopholes? Could one give away or trade items as long as they weren't sold?
What if the company that originally sold the item is no longer in business?
re Cities Lose the Helmets
Refreshing to see some entities recognize that people should be allowed to make their own choices when it comes to personal safety. A very small push back to the nanny state.
The other thing I don't understand about the property case is how an interest can be decreed for a third party in my property after the fact (purchase), without compensating me for it?
Guess that is why I am a feeble minded peasant and not a brilliant lawyer.
Feebs, maybe you're going at it from the wrong direction. For example, imagine your power --and the 'tribute' that would flow to you --if you could simply label everyone in the world an 'enemy of the state' and then just punish or exonerate whenever and whomever happened to attract your attention?
It sure worked for the ancient kings of Mesopotamia!
Jet Blue: WHY, oh why, a round-trip ticket? They want to leave, not take a vacation.
Agreement on Affirmative Action? Maybe the lefties are learning? Nah, gotta be an evil plot.
Politico: Is there any reason that I should believe what they tell me, or should I just go with my lying eyes?
Reviewing the DOJ is a good place to start. Look at ALL departments.
The MSM was complicit in foisting Obama on us. Still, why did it take this long to unearth this video? Likely because it was hard to find.
Stewart and Rendell: I think that Obama expected the Romney he's read about in the NYT and WaPo. He didn't, per Patton's line in the movie, read Romney's book. Clueless, to mention another movie.
re Cycling sans helmet
To an extent I agree that squawking about a helmet all the time, particularly if you're cycling at low speeds, or on back roads with little car traffic, is counterproductive. I never wore a helmet when I rode by bike as a kid. Sure, I crashed; we all did. But the instinct to preserve the brain box is so strong that you will literally sacrifice the rest of you to keep it from hitting the pavement.
Flash forward to now: I wear a helmet when cycling because I live in a dense, urban environment, and I am mixing it up in traffic with cars, buses and other cyclists, all at much higher rates of speed. Now, instead of puttering along for the fun of it, I'm out for exercise. But, I will hop on my bike without a helmet now if I'm just going to the store or down to the beach.
As an aside, I've taken up figure skating and spend a good amount of time on the ice. I see a lot of kids (and adults) who are strapping on helmets and IMHO it makes no sense. Figure skating is all about balance and body position. Adding a helmet to the equation throws off that delicate balance and ruins peripheral vision. You need that when 99% of the jumps you complete are from a backwards position. And spins are difficult enough without adding more bulkiness to your head. Those I see with helmets on appear more tentative and skittish on the ice as compared to their non-helmeted mates.
Full disclosure: I first laced up skates when I was four. I skated all through my childhood and quite often as an adult. Lessons have been a different matter. I fall quite often. However, most of my injuries are to my knees, shoulders and hips. Helmets don’t help with that.
This link goes to one of those online reference checks:
This administration lies whenever lying is expedient in a scheme it is trying to accomplish or an accusation it is trying to dodge. Bad Link.
How much executive pay is too much? One dollar more than the shareholders are willing to pay.
excerpt from the doctor's viral video link (bolding mine):
“I had no idea I was being videotaped,” Bellar told FoxNews.com. “I meant it as a light opener to a more serious issue. It did take on a life of its own."
But Bellar, who is running for office for the first time, has strong feelings about ObamaCare, which she considers an “erosion” of rights. She is seeking to succeed Edward Maloney, who is retiring from the district, which includes Chicago's 19th Ward, and has picked up the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune.
The title of senator would be just the latest entry on an interesting and lengthy resume. Bellar was a Benedictine nun for nearly five years, although she left before she completed her final vows. She is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, runs a family medical practice, teaches part time at both Benedictine and DePaul universities and practices law.
“I’ve been fortunate," Bellar said. "I’m just a life-long learner and have always wanted to help serve others.”
Of the upcoming election, Bellar says that she plans to shake up the statehouse where President Obama got his start in politics.
“They will not know what hit them,” she said.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/02/doctor-seeking-illinois-senate-seat-offers-brutal-diagnosis-obamacare-in-viral/#ixzz28RwB6CRZ
Kinda buried in all these links is the one that I think is great - Armstrong buried at sea. I do find it rather fitting that a great man known for his going into outer space is buried in the depths of the ocean. Thanks for the link.