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Saturday, March 7. 2015
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Not Just Vitamin D - The Radiation In Sunshine May Be Healthy
Genetics 'are to blame for nearly all autism cases': DNA behind up to 98% of cases, research shows
Raped on Campus? Don’t Trust Your College to Do the Right Thing
Call the cops - or don't.
How Air-Traffic Controllers Sound When They Have to Close the Airport - Since most things about the modern airline experience are so unpleasant for most of the traveling public most of the time, it's worth noticing how smoothly these professionals do their work.
If I ate three meals a day, I would weigh 300 lbs.
Yale Goes to Asia
AGs to Congress: EPA Rules Would Hurt Economy, Threaten States’ ‘Sovereignty’ - Arkansas argues EPA’s actions will give it “unfettered regulatory jurisdiction” over most of the water in state.
Fresh Out of Bankruptcy, City Announces Multimillion-Dollar Housing Project - Stockton has apparently learned nothing from its embarrassing financial boondoggle.
Why Marco Rubio Would Be the Strongest Republican Candidate
I'd guess Rubio-Walker, or vice-versa, could be strong
Hillary Applauds Pro-Aborts for Recognizing 'Importance of Making Sure All Our People Have Chance to
Including the girl who was aborted 30 years ago, who was destined to cure cancer?
Wisconsin Assembly passes Right-to-Work bill on party line vote
The Flat Tax: How it Works and Why it is Good for America (video)
I like it. 10% from everybody, no deductions, and everybody with skin in the game
Nicholas Kristof’s quasi-Apartheid imagery
Israeli maritime commandos raid ship, seize dozens of rockets allegedly from Iran
Iran is at war with Israel, as is Hamas
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RE: Flat Tax
A rich person paying an equal percentage (say 10%) as a poor person paying an equal percentage (same 10%) would be receiving the same services for different amounts of money. Ex: Police, fire, garbage pick-up etc. (Government services)
While this is an immeasurable improvement over what's existing, it still sounds a bit Marxist to me. Assuming all the tax collected went to services for all peoples, this could be viewed as "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need".
I'll settle for it, and I am not rich, but I consider it unfair to the rich. The rich owe me nothing.
The spokesman claims no deductions, then went on to describe this as Family Friendly, and showed a deduction line (I watched that segment 3 times.) I am not an accountant, but this still sounds like discrimination against single people. Did I miss something here?
So you prefer a regressive taxation where each pays the same dollar amount regardless of whether the dollar amount is 100% or more of the poor's income?
Or do you want to stick with Progressive taxation where the higher income individuals pay a larger percentage of their income than the poorer ones?
I prefer less government. My statement was not about what I prefer, it was merely an observation to point out a flat tax wasn't fair either. Better? Yes.
garbage pick-up is a "government service"?
I guess WM is just a myth, then...
In Lee County fl, Lee county gives the bill. WM is generally contracted out. To me, this is government service.
Bird Dog: I like it. 10% from everybody, no deductions, and everybody with skin in the game
U.S., with zero fiscal deficit:
Personal incomes, $13 trillion
Federal budget, $4 trillion
True flat tax, 30%
Total GDP, $17 trillion
Federal budget, $4 trillion
True flat tax, 24%
Flat tax with a deduction for minimum income would result in a somewhat higher rate. Assuming 3% deficits would mean a somewhat lower flat tax. Generally, a flat tax will mean lower tax rates for high income earners. Currently, most people pay some federal taxes, such as the payroll tax.
Marco Rubio is a smart capable congressman and in general I like what he stands for. I do believe he has a fatal flaw that should make him unacceptable for president. His personal belief is that he is Cuban. Yes he is of course an American but in his upbringing he was taught by his proud Cubam parents that he was Cuban. And that is how he would address every issue as president; as a proud Cuban American and what would be best for Cubans and other non-Americans. He gave himself away early on in his views about immigration. Basically he believes if you have a hispanic name/heritage that you should be allowed to immigrate legally or illegally because he sympathizes with you. So while immigration for millions and millions of non-Americans might well be good for them it won't be "good" for Americans. What America needs is an American president. One who puts this country first and the citizens first. Not someone who puts every issue into the context of how willit affect non-citizens.
We truly made this mistake with Barack Obama. Even dismissing the issue of where he was born, the fact is he wasn't raised as an American. You can see this in everything he does and says, whether it's his fake black accent, his totally garbled knowledge of American history and law, his preference for other countries over America, his empathy with illegal aliens rather than Americans in the alien invasions.
Part of it was he always grew up in a privileged background, so he has no concept of the real world and real world struggles.
Seriously. Obama has been president for six years, twice elected by substantial majorities, and people on the right are still arguing he's not a 'real American'.
Perhaps it's your notion of what constitutes an American that's in error.
It is what he says and what he does that telegraphs to everyone that he is not simply "not" American but in fact hates America. He got elected as a result of race politics and a corrupt Democrat machine. The Democrat base would vote for Hitler, Benidict Arnold, Judas or Hillary Clinton if they thought it meant more "free stuff". In my humble opinion Obama is the Manchurian candidate placed in this position exactly to do what he is doing; destroy the country. We may never be able to undo the harm he has wrought. He was born a foriegner (even if you believe the fiction that he was born in Hawaii), he was raised a foriegner in a foriegn country and he was mentored by a communist who hated America and Americans. He was "placed" in prestigious schoools and his records expunged in a way that has never happened before in our history. After literally years of demanding a legitimate birth certificate the white house produced one and it was palpably and provably fake. He had and used a phony SS number and has never answered for it nor has the media asked about it. This emporer has no clothes, no history, no records, no experience, no nothing. Who put him where he is today? He is a post turtle, a puppet and someone has pulled the stings behind the curtain. Valerie Jarret is his keeper, his contact, his controller but who does she work for? Someday, maybe long after Obama has left the presidency, some, perhaps many of these questions will be answered. But for now the left leaning MSM will not touch this and will continue to participate in the coverup. But after he leaves office the pressure to keep this all secret will wane and some intrepid reporter will break the true story about Obama. I predict that when that happens Obama will say that he didn't know about it until he read it in the paper.
GoneWithTheWind: He was born a foriegner (even if you believe the fiction that he was born in Hawaii), he was raised a foriegner in a foriegn country and he was mentored by a communist who hated America and Americans.
Obama was raised by his maternal grandparents. During WWII, his grandfather was with Patton's army in Europe, while his mother worked building B-29s.
But wow. Just wow.
When I was 13 I applied for part time work at a car wash. I was told that I needed to have a SS #. So my friend and I went to the local SS office and got one. That is how most Americans got a SS # until they began mandating them for babies. How did Obama get his?
An investigation has revealed the identity of the man whose Social Security number (SSN) is being used by President Obama: Jean Paul Ludwig, who was born in France in 1890, immigrated to the United States in 1924, and was assigned SSN 042-68-4425 (Obama's current SSN) on or about March 1977. Ludwig lived most of his adult life in Connecticut. Because of that, his SSN begins with the digits 042, which are among only a select few reserved for Connecticut residents.
Obama never lived or worked in that state! Therefore, there is no reason on earth for his SSN to start with the digits 042. None whatsoever! Now comes the best part! Ludwig spent the final months of his life in Hawaii , where he died. Conveniently, Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, worked part-time in the Probate Office in the Honolulu Hawaii Courthouse, and therefore had access to the SSNs of deceased individuals. The Social Security Administration was never informed of Ludwig's death, and because he never received Social Security benefits there were no benefits to stop and therefore, no questions were ever raised. The suspicion, of course, is that Dunham, knowing her grandson was not a U.S. Citizen, either because he was born in Kenya or became a citizen of Indonesia upon his adoption by Lolo Soetoro simply scoured the probate records until she found someone who died, who was not receiving Social Security benefits, and selected Mr. Ludwig's Connecticut SSN for Obama.
Now that is a "WOW"!
Recently when we got custodial care of our grandchildren we needed to get their birth certificates to register them in school. We drove to the appropriate state office, showed the appropriate documentation and waited for and received three birth certificates. Pretty simple really. But where is Obama's birth certificate? First we were supplied a newspaper clipping that announced his birth. But the address given in the newspaper about Obama’s birth gave his mother’s address as: 6085 Kalanianaole Highway in Hawaii. But President Obama’s parents, did not live at that address. Barack Obama Sr. maintained his own separate apartment at 625 11th Ave. in Kaimuki. Again this looks faked and an address was choosen that would make it appear that Obama’s mother was living in Hawaii at the time of his birth. The people who did live at that address had no connection with Obama's mother and father. It was 100% phony. Probably the notice of birth was placed in the paper by Obama's grandparents who understood better then his mother did how important it was to make it appear that Obama was born in the U.S. So began the great fraud that is Obama. Since then a couple of times Obama's minions have tried to produce a birth certificate for Obama. They were proven to be false and not issued by the state of Hawaii!! How could that be? Certainly Obama could get a copy of his real birth certificate if there really was one. I have my children's birth certificates. I have my wife's and my birth certificates. I even have three of my grand kids birth certificates. Where is Obama's birth certificate?
But Obama's history is a mystery We haven't seen:
Obama/Dunham marriage license -- Not released
Soetoro/Dunham marriage license -- Not released
Soetoro adoption records -- Not released
Fransiskus Assisi School School application -- Not Released
Punahou School records -- Not released
Selective Service Registration -- Released but proven by some to be Counterfeit
Occidental College records -- Not released
Passport (Pakistan) -- Not released
Columbia College records -- Not released
Columbia thesis -- Not released
Harvard College records -- Not released
Harvard Law Review articles -- None (maybe 1, Not Signed)
Baptism certificate -- None
Medical records -- Not released
Illinois State Senate records -- None (Locked up to prohibit public view)
Illinois State Senate schedule -- Lost (All other Illinois state senators' records are intact)
Law practice client list -- Not released
University of Chicago scholarly articles -- None
Doesn't all this strike you as odd? I mean "WOW" just "WOW".
"During WWII, his grandfather was with Patton's army in Europe"
But what else did Obama's grandfather do? Obama’s grandfather had an FBI file because of his close association with a known communist Frank Marshall Davis who was a member of the CPUSA (Communist Party USA). Davis was a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii (CPUSA # 47544). He was under FBI surveillance for 19 years and was placed on the Bureau’s “Security Index.” This list identified people considered dangerous enough to be summarily arrested in case of war with the Soviet Union. Davis founded and edited the CPUSA’s Chicago Star newspaper; where he regularly wrote the virulently anti-American “Frank-ly Speaking” editorial. Movie producer Joel Gilbert exposed Davis’s seedy side in his new film, “Dreams from My Real Father – A Story of Reds and Deception.” He revealed that Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, posed nude for a series of photographs taken by Davis, and was one month pregnant with Obama at the time. Gilbert’s thesis is that the child carried by Dunham was in fact Davis’s son. The evidence Gilbert presented in this film makes a very strong case for his thesis. All evidence indicates that Barack Obama was raised and indoctrinated by Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party propagandist, during his formative years. And all evidence indicates that Barack Obama, his entire life, pursued the dreams from his real father. And what are those dreams? They are the dreams of a forced imposition of a classic Stalinist/Marxist agenda upon America at home and abroad.
Ref 3 meals
hmmmm ... breakfast is racist and unnecessary? Has anyone told Michelle that her advocacy of (government selected and supported) breakfast for all students is racist and unnecessary?
RE: ATF to become convenience store?
"The bureaucracy's attempt to ban ammunition may pave the way for doing just that." -Surber
The bureaucracy is not banning anything on their own initiative. The bureaucracy is carrying out the will of President Obama.
"The FBI would assume the ATF's duties." -Surber
What possible benefit to American citizens would follow a F.B.I takeover of the A.T.F's duties? Do you really think that the F.B.I would have more concern for your Second Amendment rights or any of your other rights than the A.T.F?
"Maybe something will come of this."
Explain to me how you are optimistic that the "Party of Surrender" AKA the Republican Party will come to the rescue of American gun owners? Do you really feel after six years of Republican surrender to the unconstitutional agenda of the Obama Administration, that there is any ideological disagreement between the Democrats and the Republicans? If so, explain how a strategy of non-winning will protect your rights.
A caller to Rush Limbaugh compared the Republican party to the scripted loser in a WWF match. The loser puts on a good show but never had any intention of winning. We are in a post-Constitution United States. Wake up and smell the Tyranny.
My prediction is the Democrat ticket will be Elizabeth Fauxchohantas Warren for president, Barack Obama for Vice President. Once elected, Warren will resign and Obama will then become President by succession. He will then nominate Warren as Vice President, but the Congress will refuse to confirm. He will then make Warren Vice-President by executive order, since Congress has refused to act. They can then keep on playing that scenario for all succeeding elections.
skin in the game
Skin in the game is an assault against constitutional conservativism. I'm appalled how the ostensible right rolls this tripe out time and again.
The only fair tax is not surprisingly the Fair Tax, a national sales tax. Preferably levied by the States, it and it alone taxes voluntary use of the economy.
The Fair Tax and only it solves two problems: Funds government (via the States, we'd hope) and alleviates liability to the individual. "Skin in the game" by other means is not only logically meaningless, it's philosophically inverted and morally wrong.
From the column titled Next!
"The law does not really apply at the top — Lois Lerner and the rest of the criminals at the IRS aren’t going to jail, they’re cashing six-figure checks, with bonuses, for pity’s sake. When Obamacare hits the skids, the president just makes up new law as he goes along. Hillary Clinton runs amok with no real consequence. On the larger scale, the federal government spends a generation failing to enforce its immigration laws and, once the problem has become large enough, simply decides — presto-change-o! — that that which was a serious crime is retroactively hunky-dory.
It’s easy to enforce the law on people who are inclined to be law-abiding, which means those of us in the middle, mainly.
But millions of illegals can flout the law with impunity — and their well-off enablers in Washington can flout the law with impunity, too. When the law does not apply to the lawmakers and law-enforcers, you are not being governed: You are being ruled. And we are ruled by criminals."