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Saturday, April 27. 2013
That's right. He's a Connecticut Yankee in King Southern's Court.
So, lucky you, I'll be doing the morning links today and Monday. Although I appear to be the only blogger in the Western Universe who believes it, I don't think Sundays should be filled with the same bad news that the rest of the week is, so I'll skip it.
Well, I suppose we should start with what many are calling 'The Scandal of the Decade'.
I just love this picture:
I can easily see myself doing the same thing. "Well, howdy, Prez, howzit goin'?" Real geeks really are on a different plane than most people, and royalty, prestige and position simply don't carry the same weight that tight code, a quicker boot-up time and a well-designed web site do.
I hope the Koreans understand.
Under the heading of James Taranto's "Two Papers In One!", we have:
Three Cheers for the Internet Tax! - Daily Beast, 4/24/13
The Real Problem With the Internet Sales Tax - Daily Beast, 4/24/13
She's lying, of course, but this is The Daily Beast, so one would expect that sort of thing. In this case, it's a lie by omission, because what she's not telling you in the above sentence is that she's only referring to small-time online retailers, like those guys who try to make a buck reselling stuff on eBay and Amazon. And just what percentage of the industry, Ms. McArdle, is that?
1%? 2%? 0.00031%?
For further information on why this is no big deal, please read my post here.
And extremely good news from the food front:
Twinkies and cupcakes are back — and unions get screwed. It just doesn't get any better than that.
On the down side, there's bad news for the printer industry:
This whole things smacks of a 'freedom of speech' violations and I'm sure the ACLU will immediately spring into action.
And, in a recent horrific event, the nation held its breath while we awaited the outcome of the...
If you've been paying any attention to this fraud, you'll have noticed that the MSM jumped right on board, boldly touting the serious repercussions when government spending is actually lowered. If I'm reading this right, the evil Republicans caused little children to cry because their White House tours were cancelled and the odds of your being eaten by a bear at Yellowstone Nat'l Park have increased dramatically.
On the subject of 'Lying To The People', in case you didn't catch the two AGW links in my post the other day, both of them are excellent.
That damn ocean. You just can't trust any
And I highly agree with this:
If the Paparazzi Convention of 2012 gets nuked by some activist, I won't shed a tear. These have to be the scummiest people on earth. Their excuse is "But I gotta make a living!", failing to note that, at last count, there were approximately 7,304,346 different ways to make a living. All they're really saying is, "I gotta make a living... being scum." This strikes me as a serious mental disorder.
Speaking of which, I'm glad Rand Paul finally cleared the air on that drone business.
So, to review, it's perfectly okay if a drone murders someone over a crummy fifty bucks — as long as it doesn't fly over your hot tub.
This guy's coming across just like his dad; brilliant 75% of the time, a total moron the other 25%.
So there is good news coming out of Washington these days.
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Barney looked a lot happier at his pursuits. What's with the tail down?
You really need to be a tad more clear, J. At first I thought you were talking about Barney Frank, then Fred Flintstone's neighbor. Then, by process of elimination, I figured out you meant the big pink thing.
As for First Dog Bo, well, if you had 15 pounds of dog fur on the end of your tail, it would droop, too. Actually, he comes across as dumb as a fence post. But, well, "like father, like son", I s'pose.
It would be less confusing if he had a dog named Trayvon.
Thought U were talkin' abt Barney Fife (Andy of Mayberry)...?
All they're really saying is, "I gotta choose make a living... being scum."
David Deming: The real deniers of climate change... If the world were experiencing a climate crisis owing to global warming, there shouldn’t be a single record low temperature anywhere in the world.
Well, that's not true. Even if heating were even across the globe, there would still be record lows. But heating isn't even across the globe—quite the contrary. Melting Arctic sea ice can lead to cold weather extremes in northern latitudes.
Greene & Monger, An Arctic Wild Card in the Weather, Oceanography 2013.
It's admittedly been a long time since I was in law school, but I thought being able to collect sales tax from businesses over which states had no jurisdiction was a constitutional issue. Can Congress pass a law to abrogate that?
As I understand it, the Interstate Commerce Clause (or whatever the official name is) pretty much preempts everything and Constitution be damned.
Along the same lines, I thought there was something about "not being taxed twice", but gasoline, smokes and liquor are all taxed twice, once by the seller plus the included tax by the feds. In other words, part of that tax you pay the retailer, based on the total cost of the goods, is actually a tax on a tax. Delve deeply enough and the Interstate Commerce Clause will rear its ugly head somewhere.
royalty, prestige and position simply don't carry the same weight that tight code, a quicker boot-up time and a well-designed web site do.
I would hope that royalty, prestige, and position wouldn't matter to any Americans. Didn't we fight a war over that?
Nerds, there is a reason that The Big Bang Theory resonates on TV. Sheldon would probably have both hands in his pockets and simply nod. Now if the Korean media is like the US media, I can see why it hit page 1. Journalists residing in the far reaches of the Vaporsphere is nothing new or news.
Here is 1 more interesting link
Tarmac Hostages: Benghazi Barry HATES us. Them as voted for him, too, less'n they got lots&Lots of $$$ to give him.
A pilot who was hitching a ride on our flight said most of the delays last week were due to snow and winds in Denver (hub) plus winds and rain east of there, especially Chicago. No number of air traffic controllers could move the airplanes and the flight crews around any faster given those circumstances.
Not sure about your Rand Paul problem. Perhaps you haven't been around human beings, being a big old proud and loud "geek" and all, but they misspeak all the time.
They talk different from how they write, and many times their writing is atrocious. Too.
But talking conveys even less information than writing, at least when converted to print.
In the interest of fairness, what is your problem if police determine there is probable cause to kill, like they have before, for instance in the case of an armed robbery suspect leaving a crime scene and firing rounds at cops as he traduces their trade, with the method the police use to kill? That was Paul's point, which he has, thanks to your likes, now stated over and over again was not up to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee's level of discourse like it should be.
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Well, it's nice to see someone speaking out for state-sponsored executions without trial.
It's good to see both sides of the issue debated.
So you want cops to let someone shoot at them without using lethal force in response.
If a robber is firing rounds at cops, instead of firing back (or using a drone as Paul spoke of) to eliminate the threat to the cops and to the civilians in the path of the shooter, what should happen so that we, as a society, aren't sanctioning the widespread slaughter of cops and then, of course, civilians?
Have you thought this through?
Is being dense your best political argument? If so, by all means, continue on.
If the robber's actually shooting at them? That's quite different than some kid running out of a liquor store just carrying a gun. Your argument is, "He's carrying a gun -- kill him!"
I think you should consider medical help.
"Internet tax" coillection - neither Mr. Gross nor Ms. McArdle mention one point, that Amazon promised lawmakers it would fight any collecting/reporting/paying etc. measure that did not exempt businesses that do less than $500k/year, and the bill actually now has a one-million-dollar floor. "Small business" - well, sometimes I suppose that is small... EBay is still fighting, probably because it is not clear whether the bill applies to those who sell there or to EBay itself.
Not that I am looking forward to this. Amazon already applies taxes (including on NON-Amazon sellers who use the Amazon resources such as their "sales cart") and most of my on-line purchasing is done there (mostly coffees - some not in local stores, and while some is and at the same price to boot it makes sense for a couple of reasons) but I am unsure of other businesses I patronise. And don't forget there is stuff I'd have to go out-of-state to buy "locally" as I have not found a "brick-and-mortar" seller within a couple of hundred miles...
"what she's not telling you in the above sentence is that she's only referring to small-time online retailers, like those guys who try to make a buck reselling stuff on eBay and Amazon"
Do you have to be so pedantic? It's obvious from the title of McArdle's article that she is referring to companies that do business on-line. However, a company doesn't have to be exclusively or even primarily an internet retailer to be affected by the proposed tax. There are plenty of small businesses where I live that do both, that is, they sell goods in their stores and they fulfill orders that come from all over the world via the internet.
The core issue here is what is the nexus for the on-line transactions the states wish to tax, that is, where does any on-line sale transaction take place? Does it occur where the seller is located? Where his HQ is located? Where his warehouse is located? Where his computer servers are located? Or does it take place in the home of the buyer who's sitting in front of a computer, ready to place an order from thousands of miles away?
However you define the location of the seller, shouldn't it be where the SELLER not the BUYER is located? Look, if BD goes to NYC and buys something there, he pays what NYC levies in sales tax(es), not the sales tax he would pay at home. So why is a sale over the internet any different? If I buy an item on-line from an out-of-state company that's "located" half way across the country, say it's in Missouri, why should it be my home state's sales tax rather than Missouri's sales tax that's applicable to the sale? And why should MY state receive the tax from the sale rather than Missouri? After all, if I had actually been in Missouri to make the purchase IN PERSON, I would have paid the Missouri sales tax, not my home state's sales tax. And the tax revenue would have gone to Missouri, not to my home state. So why should the fact that I placed an order electronically make a difference? And BTW, will the law also now require out-of-state orders that are placed over the PHONE to be treated the same way those as that are made via the Internet? Should the law treat phone orders any differently than on-line orders?
The truth is that each state that's in favor of this new tax is seeking to tax "foreign" companies, by which I mean businesses in OTHER states, while hoping that their own local businesses won't be affected all that much. It's an effort of pure greed to extend their taxing authority beyond their borders in order to grab money that's been beyond their reach since the founding of the Republic. If the law is passed, I think it will be interesting see what happens if some states discover their local businesses are affected so much by it that the state ends up with a net loss of tax revenue. And good luck, BTW, with the states collecting taxes from Chinese companies that sell on eBay! They will be big winners if the law applies to individual sellers rather than eBay itself (as John A noted in his post, an issue that remains unclear).
"Do you have to be so pedantic?"
When it comes to any article on The Daily Beast, Slate or Politico, yes.
And that's get to be, not have to be.
Agent Cooper has it right.
When I buy something in the non-internet world, I typically pay the sales tax in the seller's location. Why not apply this "rule" to internet transactions?
In keeping with the ruse that this is about "fairness", what's fair about imposing an economic burden on internet sellers to keep track of sales tax for and remit taxes to 9600 different jurisdictions ? That's a cost not born by local retailers. The so-called fairness act treats internet sellers in an unfair (by your and the proponents of the bill definition).
If we want a "fair"(by your definition) bill, the tax applied should be that of the seller's location and it should be remitted to the seller's jurisdiction. That gives states and local authorities an incentive to keep their taxes and services in line in order to keep businesses there.
"If we want a "fair"(by your definition)"
Given that I didn't use the word "fair" up above, that's quite the accusation.
I used it in the original article, but only in regards to a tax of any type, not how it was going to be implemented, which is what you and Agent Cooper are droning on about.
The point of the original article had nothing to do with 'fairness' and everything to do with priorities. From a buyer's perspective, fretting over a 7% online sales tax while paying half the cost the local store wants is just silly.
Excuse me, but I resent that bitter remark. I add valuable nuance to your exceedingly simplistic posts (LOL). In any case, this is the second long post you've offered on the same topic, so IMO you're as guilty of droning as Obama. Now, as it happens, I agreed with you in the course of your first post (heavens! how did that happen?), where I wrote:
"An on-line sales tax will not change many of our buying habits. An on-line national sales tax isn't an effort by local governments to "level the field" for local retailers. It is a naked grab by politicians for more money, which is intended to help them stave off the hard choice of downsizing government bloat and making local government more efficient."
Many states, including NY and NJ (IIRC) have a tax—I think its called a use tax—which obligates citizens to pay a sales tax on items bought in other states and transported home equal to the difference between the sales tax in NY and the sales tax in the other state.
On the Korean handshake: Peoples’ obsession with status, pecking order, social slights and the like are one of their least attractive traits.
In a way, the Korean president might have been grateful that finally(!) someone didn't bow and scrape before her. For a down-to-earth politician with a normal background (which she appears to be), all the fawning and false adulation must get quite tiring after a while.
Steven F. Hayward: Equally problematic for the theory, one place where the warmth might be hiding—the oceans—is not cooperating with the story line. Recent data show that ocean warming has noticeably slowed, too.
Zach - As you noticed, I deleted the comment with the embedded pic in it the other day. We don't allow that here (few sites do because of the possible porno problem), and I was surprised the webmaster hadn't already removed the 'img' command. It certainly wasn't anything personal.
She's lucky he shook her hand. See point # 2 at
"He is smart enough, and health-savvy enough, not to waste time with handshakes at the beginning of meetings. People as productive as Gates should not be required to shake hands, and the same can be said for people less productive than Gates."
Tyler Cowen is silly at times; this is a good example.