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Obama's Green Goons are determined to put Karo Syrup into every gas tank in America, and they don't really care how many car engines they destroy while doing it. Their latest ethanol concoction — E15 — is toxic to your engine. Which matters not one whit to the EPA; their regulations say we have to use it, and so use it we will.
We already know that E10, the current ethanol blend, gums up the works in small engines like snowblowers and lawn mowers. Now a new study proves that E15 is like Kryptonite to your car.
The fuel industry's American Petroleum Institute tested the 15 percent ethanol gas approved in 2010 and found it gums up fuel systems, prompts "check engine" lights to come on, and messes with fuel gauge readings.
"Failure of these components could result in breakdowns that leave consumers stranded on busy roads and highways," said the industry report. Worse: API said the fuel problems--not found in E5 or E10 blends--aren't always covered by auto warranties.
The industry prefers pure fuel to an ethanol mix, but the report isn't likely to slow the administration's green push, according to a Washington auto lobbyist.
It is difficult to precisely calculate how many vehicles E15 could harm. That depends on how widely it is used and other factors. But, given the kinds of vehicles tested, it is safe to say that millions could be impacted.
Remember too that every ear of corn which ends up in your gas tank is one less box of cereal for a hungry child. The EPA hates children! And cars.
Don't discount that warranty thing either. My wife's Land Rover came with a big bright sticker warning that the use of E15 fuel would void the warranty. But I suppose the EPA isn't interested in hearing about that. They're on a mission to Save The Planet. What's a few (million) ruined cars compared to that?
In 2010 and 2011, EPA gave the green light to use E15 - the 15 percent ethanol gasoline blend - in model-year-2001-and-later cars and some other vehicles. EPA's action was irresponsible. EPA knew E15 vehicle testing was ongoing but decided not to wait for the results. Why did EPA move forward prematurely? Part of the answer may be the need to raise the permissible concentration level of ethanol so that greater volumes could be used, as required by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. Most gasoline sold today is an E10 blend, but rising volume requirements under the law can't be met much longer without going to higher blends.
Perhaps this is their master plan to force people into buying a
Electric Edsel Chevy Volt from Government Motors? Because
if you were trying to turn every gasoline-powered car in America into scrap
metal, mandating E15 would be the perfect way to accomplish that.
Really, all they had to do was ask and Pinch Sulzberger would've given 'em the passwords!
But apparently for the last 4 months,
Chinese hackers have been surreptitiously rattling around inside computers
The Peoples Daily The New York Times.
Honestly, how would we even be able to tell if communist hackers had completely taken the paper over? eHarmony doesn't match like interests this well.
No wonder Thomas Friedman seemed especially chipper at the office Kwanzaa party!
C'mon now, what did anyone really expect when they re-elected the guy whose ecomomic policy is "destroy America." The Food Stamp president and his magic unicorns still haven't fixed our economy. In fact, it's gone into a nosedive. And it doesn't look like he's in any kind of hurry to change course either.
The economy in the U.S, unexpectedly shrank in the fourth quarter, restrained by the biggest plunge in defense spending in four decades and dwindling inventories as household purchases picked up.
Gross domestic product, the volume of all goods and services produced, dropped at a 0.1 percent annual rate, weaker than any economist forecast in a Bloomberg survey and the worst performance since the second quarter of 2009, when the world's largest economy was still in the recession, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. A decline in government outlays and smaller gain in stockpiles subtracted a combined 2.6 percentage points from growth.
What's their plan? More of the same!
Federal Reserve policy makers, meeting today, are projected to press on with plans to pump money into the world's largest economy.
Because, to their credit, printing money like it's going out of style has worked so gosh-darned well for what, going on four years now?
Don't blame me, I voted for the capitalist.
By a vote of 94 to 3, Senator John Kerry is now Secretary of State John Kerry.
Republican senators Jim Inhofe, Ted Cruz, and John Cornyn were the only dissenting voters, with Cornyn's spokesman offering that the senator couldn't go along with the vote because "Sen. Kerry has a long history of liberal positions that are not consistent with a majority of Texans."
Substitute "Americans" for "Texans" Senator. Don't be shy. We applaud your principled stand.
As for Mr. Kerry and his fabled magic hat, I for one can't wait for him to spend Christmas in Cambodia. Again! And should he find occasion to meet with one of our current enemies, say Iran, at least he'll have permission to be there. But who knows what he'll actually say, especially if he brings Jane Fonda along for old times sake.
But I suspect that this time it's the Israelis who will play the part of Genghis Khan.
Wanna buy an ad on Time Warner Cable? It'd better not have any scary guns in it!
In the wake of the Newtown massacre, Time Warner Cable is trying something new when it comes to the commercials it broadcasts.
"We've created a policy that effectively bans visual images of automatic weapons and visual images of weapons pointed at people," company spokesman Alex Dudley told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller on Friday.
"We felt that this, at this time, particularly in the wake of some of the recent incidents, that this was a policy that we felt strongly about," he said.
Airing right now on Time Warner channel 36, Goodfellas. Nope, no scary guns in that movie, nosirree! On channel 46? A CSI: Miami and Criminal Minds mini-marathon. Good thing there are no scary guns in shows like that either. Later today, when the kids get home from school, they can settle down to watch Law and Order on channel 16, or screen A Bronx Tale.
Curiously, Alex Dudley's sanctimonious preening doesn't extend to the TV programming his company chooses to air, complete with "visual images of weapons pointed at people."
Do you suppose WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller "forgot" to ask him about that?
Of course she did! I think that's called "journalism." Isn't it?
The economy must be really humming along now, eh? Dear Leader sacked his vaunted Jobs Council.
Now that the election is behind him President Obama no longer needs to appear to be concerned about job creation in the United States. So he's officially killing his jobs council.
Because, who needs a job when there's so much Free Stuff available just for the asking! Food Stamps for everybody! And it's past his tee time anyway.
Really. He's not even going to pretend to care about the economy anymore. The second term is All Progressivism All The Time! Gun Control! Amnesty! Tax The Rich! Nuclear Disarmament! Sharia Law! Unions! HotColdWetDry!
Are you hungry and unemployed? Eat your "Obama - Biden" bumper sticker. And
don't blame me, I voted for Romney.
Remember when Chris Christie lambasted John Boehner for holding up his precious Hurricane Sandy relief bill? Remember when it had to be Passed Right Away Or Else?
Yeah, me neither.
Here it is, four weeks later, and that very same aid bill is languishing in the U.S. Senate.
The Senate is expected to vote on a $50.5 billion emergency aid bill Monday for the states hit by Superstorm Sandy.
Some conservatives are complaining the bill will add to the nation's debt. But Northeast lawmakers in both parties are optimistic they have the 60 votes needed to pass the bill Monday evening and send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.
So is Christie slamming Harry Reid? Why, no. No, he isn't.
people aren't still freezing in the dark. Oh, wait…
Marco Rubio leading the RINO Squish Amnesty Parade? After so many conservatives personally vouched for Marco's bona fides as The Real Deal?
"Comprehensive Immigration Reform" is not a winning issue for the GOP. The Democrats own the La Raza vote. Any "path to citizenship" will be sold by the media as their triumph, and spun as a total Republican defeat. You'd have to be an idiot (or a U.S. Senator, but I repeat myself) to believe otherwise.
As a nation, why do we want to bring in people to collect welfare, food stamps, end up on disability and generally take more than they give? Yes, that's not every illegal immigrant, but it is a good description of the majority of illegals and we're being told we essentially have a choice between "all" or "none." Again, there's nothing wrong with any honest job, including picking oranges and strawberries, but as a nation we'd benefit much more from bringing in scientists, engineers, and computer programmers than people who bring nothing of significance to the table other than a willingness to break the law in order to do manual labor at below market labor rates.
Here's my idea of immigration reform. Enact Mexico's immigration law. Word for word. If it's a good enough system for how they can treat us, why can't we use it as a blueprint for how we treat them?
Oh yeah, because people who cry "racism" can't be racists themselves. Sorry,
Get ready to pay 4% more for your purchases if you use a credit card in New Jersey and 39 other states. Starting today retailers are permitted to add a "checkout fee" to your bill, to cover the merchant fees banks charge them on credit card transactions.
And who do we get to blame for this? Why the Dodd-Frank financial regulation reform law, of course. It's one of the many "consumer friendly" provisions instituted by Senator Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren's Consumer Financial Protection Board in response to a class-action lawsuit recently settled by Visa and MasterCard.
Visa, MasterCard and the nation's biggest banks have agreed to pay $7.3 billion to millions of merchants to end a seven-year dispute over credit card "swipe" fees. The settlement includes at least $6.05 billion in payments to some 7 million merchants for past damages and a temporary reduction in fees valued at $1.2 billion.
The settlement agreement also would give merchants new rights to impose a surcharge on credit transactions, subject to a cap and other limitations. The rules governing such surcharges likely would be implemented in early 2013. Merchants also would be allowed to band together to try to negotiate better rates on the so-called interchange fees.
Here's the best part:
"Over time, the reforms induced by this case and in this settlement should help reduce card-acceptance costs to merchants, which in turn will result in lower prices for all consumers," said K. Craig Wildfang, a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, and co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs.
Plaintiffs attorney Martin Lueck, chairman of the executive board of Robins, Kaplan, said the allowed "surcharge" is actually a pro-consumer provision of the settlement.
"Really it's a discount that the merchants are now allowed to offer for the less expensive form of payments," he said.
Only a lawyer could spin a surcharge as a "discount." And only our "looking out for the little guy" betters in Washington, D.C. could enact a pro-consumer law that ends up costing us money.
It will be interesting to see how this new surcharge plays out.
Smaller stores are typically charged higher merchant fees, so it stands to reason they'll be the ones levying the new checkout fee. Yet a major lament, especially around Caldwell and other small towns, is that people don't "shop local." Jacking up prices by 4% probably won't encourage folks to stop driving to the mall.
Or, everyone large and small will charge 4% more to credit card users. That seems more likely to me. All it'll take is one airline or hotel chain to start doing it and the rest will follow suit. It's not like you can easily pay cash for that kind of stuff anyway. So you're stuck.
Want a little good news? There are 10 states which outlaw credit card
surcharges — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas,
Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas. As for everybody
else, it's time to relearn the old adage: Cash is King.
The Senate is often called the "millionaires' club," but some of its members would feel the pain if a blown budget deadline costs them their paychecks.
Provisions in the "No Budget, No Pay" debt ceiling bill that is headed to the Senate floor would impound senators' salaries if the upper chamber doesn't approve a budget by April 15.
For most of the upper chamber, the loss of the $174,000 annual salary would be no hardship. Many senators are millionaires many times over, having earned substantial fortunes outside of politics.
But for a small group of senators whose net worth is measured in thousands instead of millions, the passage of .No Budget, No Pay. would put their very livelihoods at risk.
"We're not all millionaires," Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) told The Hill. "When I splurge, it's on a Ravens t-shirt."
Instapundit: "To be fair, they charge extra for XXXL."
I mean seriously, you hosers screw with our livelihoods every day. It's about damn time we returned the favor.
"As much as I love my job and my constituents, I have bills to pay," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Gee Lisa, if you really cared about your "constituents" you wouldn't have screwed over Joe Miller. You remember Joe Miller, don't you Lisa? He's the guy your constituents chose fair and square in the primary election. Maybe you can take out a mortgage on your big ego to pay some of those bills.
Oh, and here's a thought. Do your job.
"As a non-millionaire senator, I am certainly in a different spot than someone who is independently wealthy," Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said.
Debbie's got the time to cavort with Rachel Ray. And she's a central planner on a scale that would make the old Soviet Politburo proud. Which I suppose doesn't leave her a heckuva lot of room in her schedule to worry about trivial stuff like the National Budget.
Hunger focuses the mind Debbie. Take it from the residents of Detroit, where 50 years of Democrat rule has pretty much ensured everyone there is hungry. Except for the Ruling Class, of course. You guys always manage to take care of yourselves first.
Think of what John Boehner and the House did as leveling the playing field.
The day New Jersey instituted the position of Lieutenant Governor pretty much sealed Dick Codey's political fate. As former president of the State Senate, he was next in the gubernatorial succession line. "Acting Governor" was the state constitution's term. And there was Dick, always waiting in the wings, until the day Jim I-am-a-gay-American McGreevey dumped his job, wife, and kids for a boy-toy back in 2004. Codey milked that fiasco for all it was worth, and he's been flirting with a run for the governor's mansion ever since.
But now, with Chris Christie's popularity riding higher than ever, Dick sees the writing on the wall — running for governor is a lot harder than falling into the job. And so he'll sit this election out.
After months of speculation, state Sen. Richard Codey told The Star-Ledger this morning he will not run for governor.
Which is actually bad news for me and the town of Caldwell. Why? Because Codey recently moved his funeral home business here, and he often spends his days hanging around town hall sniffing for trouble and sticking his nose into township affairs. All in the name of trying to "help," of course. As in, helping to oust the current Republican mayor and council so he can replace them with Democrats loyal to him.
So yeah, it's fun to watch the mighty fall. But it sucks when they fall on me.
Starting next year health insurers can charge smokers 50% more.
Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama's health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.
The Affordable Care Act — "Obamacare" to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1.
For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.
Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed last fall by the Obama administration. But older smokers could face a heavy hit on their household budgets at a time in life when smoking-related illnesses tend to emerge.
And if you thought that the health insurance tax credit Dear Leader promised you would help here, you're sadly mistaken.
First, the law allows insurers to charge older adults up to three times as much as their youngest customers.
Second, the law allows insurers to levy the full 50 percent penalty on older smokers while charging less to younger ones.
And finally, government tax credits that will be available to help pay premiums cannot be used to offset the cost of penalties for smokers.
So let's see. Health insurance premiums are already doubling. And a 50% surcharge on smokers really puts the affordable into the Affordable Care Act! Aren't you glad they passed the bill so you could find out what's in it?
Hey, remember all the folks who lost their homes in Hurricane Sandy? Yeah, I'm lookin' at you Barack Obama. You promised them "assistance." And you too, Chris Christie. You said you'd cut red tape.
So why are thousands of people still freezing their butts off in the dark?
Arctic air gripped parts of the United States on Thursday, making life miserable for people still without heat months after superstorm Sandy.
In Brooklyn, New York, where about 200 homes slammed by Sandy in October remained without heat, "It's just getting colder and colder," said Doreen Greenwood-Garson, chief of the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department.
Nightly, the volunteer department has loaded its ambulance with donated space heaters and free hot meals and delivered them to shut-ins, said Greenwood-Garson, a real estate broker. Already it has given away a total of 60 space heaters and each night about 50 meals, she said.
In Long Beach on New York's Long Island, the Martin Luther King Center, a community gathering spot, ran out of donated space heaters, said James Hodge, a city employee who is coordinating relief efforts there and is without heat in his own home.
"I even gave out my own personal heaters that I was sleeping with," Hodge said.
He and his two brothers have been sleeping in several layers of clothes under piles of blankets near pots of hot water, their breath still visible in the cold of their home.
The center has been hosting more than 100 people during the day who needed a warm place to stay for a few hours, particularly school-children, who are being provided hot food, Hodge said.
There are more than 2,600 homes on Staten Island still without heat. Three months after the hurricane hit. And long after Dear Leader and his celebutard buddies packed up their "relief" vans and moved on to the next cause. Gun Control is where it's at now! If you're still freezing in the dark, they don't have time for you anymore. Unless you need a gun to protect what's left of your house. Then they'll say "no."
Remeber when George Bush was vilified for sending a bunch of trailers to New Orleans after Katrina? Yeah, I suspect Staten Island would welcome a few of those trailers right about now. Too bad Dear Leader sold 'em for scrap.
Like I've said all along: we're on our own up here. If you rely on the government to come to your rescue, you'll be one lonely dude. Thank God for guys like Mr. Hodge. Although, given Dear Leader's track record, it's only a matter of time before the EPA shows up to put a stop to the space heater give-aways. After all, those things contribute to Global Warming.
We have a contact in Staten Island who is operating a "Tent City" and has
reached out for the following items:
> Paper Towels
> Toilet Paper
There are many people suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy and are still not in their homes.
If you can donate any of the above items, please bring them to Notre Dame by 10:00 tomorrow. Friday, January 25th. We will be making a delivery in the morning.
Is FEMA the best, or what?
Rives Miller Grogan is a pain in the ass.
That's not illegal. Until now.
Rives Miller Grogan has something to say. The way he says it keeps getting him in trouble at the U.S. Capitol.
Now, after the 47-year-old Californian allegedly climbed 40 feet up a tree near the Capitol reflecting pool and tried to shout down President Obama's inaugural address on Monday, a judge has ordered him to stay away not only from Capitol building but from the District entirely.
Banished. From the entire city of Washington, D.C. For exercising his First Amendment rights.
Who wants to bet me that Mr. Grogan would be in the same boat if he'd been agitating for gay "marriage." Or gun control?
I recall a high school history teacher describing a Soviet practice that declared dissidents "Minus 1", meaning they couldn't enter the city of Moscow. Or "Minus 10", which banished them from the 10 largest cities in Stalin's Workers' Paradise. "Minus 50" effectively gave you a one-way ticket to Siberia.
Obama's Amerika has it's first "Minus 1" dissident.
I'd like to imagine that if George Bush had declared a protester, Cindy Sheehan perhaps?, as persona non grata in our nation's capital it just might have made the evening news.
But chances are you've never heard of Rives Miller Grogan. Until you wake up one day and discover that he's your cell mate. Don't say I didn't warn you.
New Jersey Democrats are selling "transparency." Sometimes. Mostly when it comes to corporate political donations to candidates and causes they don't like. So they've concocted a scheme which would force all businesses in the state to report their political donations to the government.
The proposal has been led by Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Maywood. He said the effort was designed to avoid secret political influence and stemmed from the 2010 Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court that rejected restrictions on corporate giving and eased certain limits on union contributions.
The new oversight would take two forms: Reports on a corporation's giving would be required with any application for tax breaks or development grants of any kind worth more than $25,000. Those reports would be compiled by each applicant, including donations for the past two years, and routinely updated to include new information.
A second layer of supervision would be put in place through the Treasury, which would have to file an annual report detailing political giving toward candidates or contributions to influence ballot questions, no later than four months after the fiscal year's end.
Among the kinds of donations that would be under additional scrutiny would be amounts given to candidates but also toward advertising or advocacy for or against a ballot measure.
Pretty much every company applies for tax breaks or state grants. Who doesn't appeal their property taxes at some point? And when you do, you'll have to wear your political affiliations on your sleeve.
Why do you suppose they want this information? To decide whether or not you're worthy, of course.
Assemblywoman Linda Stender, D-Union, the committee chairwoman, said the bill had particular focus on incentives from the Economic Development Authority, and would require the authority to look at the official disclosures as part of its considerations.
Contribute to the "wrong" candidates or causes, and no grants or tax breaks for you! In the interest of transparency.
I gotta wonder though, why no transparency for unions? Or non-profits? They get tax breaks and incentives too, don't they? Oh, but they're safely in the Progressive camp. So there's no need to scrutinize their political donations! Because why would they contribute to the "wrong" causes!
Yeah, the Democrats are so transparent, aren't they?
A fake National Anthem for a fake coronation.
Beyonce Knowle's flawless performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the inauguration was entirely lip-synched, Page Six has confirmed. A rep for the United States Marine Band revealed that she decided to perform to a pre-recorded track at the last minute.
I'm not sure how "flawless performance" and lip-sync go hand-in-hand, but then
I'm just a blogger and not an Important Main Stream Media
It figures though. Dear Leader's potemkin presidency is personified by an artificial star's inability to honor the country we all know they both loathe.
And of course from now on anyone who actually sings the National Anthem will immediately be labeled a racist by the MSNBC idiot patrol.
It would appear we've finally reached the "twilight's last gleaming" part of our
Today is the 3rd annual "Ask Them What They Mean When They Say 'Choice' Day." Each year pro-life heroine Jill Stanek organizes this rebuttal to NARAL's "Blog For Choice Day" (put on because, hey "celebrating" abortion is liberating, or something.) It's a way for us to highlight the inherent contradiction in the feminist mythology. Abortion doesn't make you un-pregnant. Abortion makes you the mother of a dead baby.
Of course, pro-choicers don't like to talk about that part. They're all about flowers and clouds and privacy (although I wonder just how "private" your privacy really is when you're dancing around town in an I-had-an-abortion T-shirt).
So Jill's idea is to get them talking about what "choice" really means. To show them what "choice" really means. If they'll listen.
We have our work cut out for us.
Joanne Bamberger, aka PunditMom, joined the 9Rules politics community a few years after I did. And it turns out that no one could be more "pro-choice." In fact, she's put up two posts this week already "celebrating" the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, both lamenting that there aren't enough abortions being performed.
It's the ultimate feminist sacrament, abortion is. Apparently you aren't really a woman until you've vacuumed at least one child out of your womb. And Ms. Bamberger is determined to ensure that every women in America is afforded the joy of watching that unwanted clump of cells splosh into the slops bucket.
In her eyes, any attempt to prevent an abortion, any suggestion that a woman might want to reconsider her decision and keep her child, any chance that a woman might want to treat having an abortion as something more important than having a hangnail removed, well that's completely unacceptable.
With 40 years of judicial precedent that has incrementally rolled back abortion access to work with and a panel of Supreme Court justices who appear more willing than ever to re-open an issue that is considered settled law, women's reproductive rights have never been more vulnerable. And thanks to a handful of state legislators determined to make their political names and reputations by advancing legislation meant to crumble those protections offered by Roe, we may fragment into a new Confederacy of pro- and anti-women's health states sooner than anyone could have imagined. To prevent that from happening, we need to move away from just defending a woman's right to choose and back to an aggressive stance where we once more demand that bodily autonomy belong to all woman, regardless of their race or class.
Wow. How much sophistry can she cram into one paragraph? A new Confederacy! Brought to you by men hoping to make abortion a political issue! As if the most pro-abortion president in history wasn't just re-elected by politicizing vaginas and attacking the Catholic Church as "anti-woman."
Planned Parenthood performed more abortions than ever last year. 55,000,000 to date. To Ms. Bamberger, that's merely a good start.
Now I could do as Jill suggests and go on over to PunditMom's site to ask her about "choice." But Ms. Bamberger has admonished me against commenting there. She doesn't like my questions. And I respect her wishes. It's a free country. She's entitled to cocoon herself within the confines of her narrow little mind.
But hey, I've got a blog. And pixels are free. So I've put my comments here. If Ms. Bamberger or any of her ya-ya sisters want to come on in and explain "choice," I'll listen. And I'll suggest they watch The Silent Scream.
Because that's what feminists mean when they say "choice."
You can't destroy America on an empty stomach.
The ceremonial lunch President Obama and his former congressional colleagues are eating Monday tops out at 3,000 calories, according to a website that has tallied up the luxurious menu of lobster, bison and apple pie.
HealthyFoodRecipe.net posted the full menu, complete with its calorie count, and said it was "unsatisfactory" to see such an unhealthy spread, given first lady Michelle Obama's push for healthier eating.
Let 'em eat cake!
The first course is lobster tails in a New England clam chowder sauce. The second course is bison with a red potato horseradish cake. The dessert is apple pie with sour cream ice cream.
Although Obamacare requires restaurants to post calorie counts for all their menu items, Dear Leader's inaugural luncheon got a pass. It's good to be king!
Of course, if you tried to serve this lunch in your local high school cafeteria, Moochelle would have you arrested.
And if you tried to serve it to the homeless in New York City, Obama surrogate Nurse Bloomberg would force you to dump it in the trash, because you forgot to put a label on each plate noting the transfat contents therein.
As for the 47 million Americans on food stamps, many of whom will wonder tonight where their next meal is coming from (hint: not the White House!), they nonetheless voted for this horse's ass. Serves 'em right.
Nothing says "give up" quite like a 62% tax rate. And so golfer Phil Mickelson is thinking about calling it quits. Why work hard when you only get to keep 38 cents of every dollar you earn?
Once football is over Mr. LC likes watching golf. Well, thanks to the big taxing democrats there may be one less American golfer for him to root for. Phil Mickelson says that he needs to re-think his career thanks to the tax code. Not only is he a victim of the federal tax code, but also California's. The man's been through a lot in the past few years, who can blame him for thinking it's a waste of time to keep it all up?
Not me. You'd have to be an idiot to want to live in California. And Phil Mickelson is no idiot.
PHIL MICKELSON: Well, it's been an interesting offseason. And I'm going to have to make some drastic changes. I'm not going to jump the gun and do it right away, but I will be making some drastic changes.
Q. Meaning leaving from California?
PHIL MICKELSON: I'm not sure.
Q. Moving to Canada?
PHIL MICKELSON: I'm not sure what exactly, you know, I'm going to do yet. I'll probably talk about it more in depth next week. I'm not going to jump the gun, but there are going to be some. There are going to be some drastic changes for me because I happen to be in that zone that has been targeted both federally and by the state and, you know, it doesn't work for me right now. So I'm going to have to make some changes. …
PHIL MICKELSON: Yeah. I'll probably go into it more next year or next week. But if you add up, if you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate's 62, 63 percent. So I've got to make some decisions on what I'm going to do.
Q. How do you balance that against the Tour's retirement plan which by all standards is the best retirement plan in sports?
PHIL MICKELSON: I don't understand. What do you mean?
Q. Well, I mean I understand the 60 percent part of the equation, but in the Tour's plan, you guys put about as much money aside as you want. It's treated differently under tax laws than most anybody else's tax plans. Where most people can only put away $45,000 or $50,000, you guys can put as much away as you want. And so at the end you guys end up with a much larger pot of gold than most people can.
PHIL MICKELSON: But when it comes out, it's still taxed at the same 62 percent rate.
My liberal friends like to pretend that people don't make life and career decisions based on tax policy. Tell that to Phil Mickelson, and all the other folks who are fleeing California. Sorry golf fans, John Galt called, and the PGA Tour's favorite lefty is no leftist. Phil Mickelson values freedom over indentured servitude.
You da man, Phil.
Nothing saddens me more than to see well-intentioned people championing the "right" to abortion. Because they have to know what it is. They have to know it's murder. And they don't care. I don't want to believe that proponents of abortion are evil. But I can't help but notice that they turn a blind eye to evil.
Abortion should be "safe." That's their refrain. Safe for whom? Certainly not the child. Almost every abortion results in a dead baby. I imagine if you could ask the baby about that, she'd say it wasn't particularly "safe."
Child molesters have more "rights" today than an unborn baby. Our society has all but disavowed the death penalty as "cruel and unusual." Except for abortion, of course. One death penalty is a Constitutional right. It's a contradiction that is perhaps lost on Roe's cheerleaders.
So here's today's Star-Ledger — Happy Anniversary, Roe.
Hey, let's make a cake! And blow up some balloons too. Throw a party, to celebrate 40 years of legalized infanticide. It's the ultimate in feminist nirvanna, the mothers who eat their young. "Mothers" who are taught to live for themselves, and to ignore the need to nurture future generations. They call it "choice." In reality, it's selfishness.
Bearing a child is the ultimate act of love. And of sacrifice. But our hedonistic society eschews personal sacrifice. And so a woman can discard her inconvenient child in the morning and go out dancing at night.
Today I came across a pro-abortion image that made my skin crawl. There was no blood, no little aborted baby parts, no image of death. Instead it was a photo of Gloria Steinem, smiling, arms raised in a celebratory pose, wearing a t-shirt that read, "I had an abortion." Beneath her it asked, "Do you really need to inconvenience yourself for the next 18 years?"
Where to begin?
As a post-abortive mother of four, this infuriated and disgusted me on many different levels.
Firstly, it rekindles my anger toward the "Women's Liberation" movement that has so emasculated our men and destroyed our society with things like birth control and abortion on demand until a child's day of birth. Why is it that men are afraid to speak up for their children as they drive their child's mother to the abortion mill? Because society has spent the last 40 years telling them that the ultimate display of respect and equality to their female counterparts is the freedom and constitutional right that is killing her child at her simplest whim, as if she were having a tooth or a wart removed. Shut up and let me do what I want.
And going one step further, consider the utter selfishness of the question posed in this graphic. Why inconvenience yourself with a child? Kill it so you can continue your promiscuous lifestyle with no regrets. Tell me, please, the last time you heard a mother say she regretted keeping her child. Women do not regret the children they have; they regret the children they didn't have.
Read the whole thing. Her evidence suggests that post-abortion trauma is very real.
That's feminism's Big Lie. That abortion is just a "choice." Like what to have for dessert. Choose cake, or pudding. Choose motherhood, or not.
Who will weep for the children? Who will mourn the 55,000,000 dead?
I will. And if you don't have a heart of stone, so will you.
Are the police above the law? Do they get the "David Gregory Exemption?" Because in his haste to Do Something New York Governor Andrew Cuomo forgot to exempt them from his draconian new gun control law. That's right, if a cop is carrying more than 7 bullets, he's breaking the law.
Even better, if a cop brings a gun to a school, he's breaking the law.
The NY SAFE Act, which was championed and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, bans all magazines that hold more than seven bullets and pre-1994 high capacity magazines, and prohibits the carrying of guns on school grounds.
But because no loophole for law enforcement was included in the law, every police officer in the state is technically in violation of the statute even though the prohibition is unlikely to be enforced, according to New York Assemblyman Al Graf.
Graf — a former New York City police officer and the ranking Republican member of the assembly's powerful Codes Committee — says that the ban could even impede the efforts of officers to respond to a school shooting.
"The language is unclear, and to go further, a cop cannot go on school property with a gun," Graf told The Daily Caller. "They weren't exempted from that, either."
There was actually a story that was relayed to me the other day about a New York City police officer who went to a school the other day to pick up his kid, and the security guard told him that if he came to the school with his off-duty gun he would be arrested," Graf continued.
Arrest the cops! I'd pay to see that. And to see the egg on the faces of the
stupid liberals who created this mess in the first place. Knee-jerk liberal
idiots, turning everyone into felons — even the police!. For
the children of course.
Barack Obama, gun salesman of the millenium!
Here in the bluest of blue states, where lily-livered liberals recoil in horror at the sight of nerf guns, more people than ever are applying for firearms permits.
Statistics show the surge was seen across New Jersey last month, a reaction law enforcement officials attribute to the worry that more stringent firearm regulations will take effect in the wake of the Dec. 14 school shooting.
"No doubt in my mind," said Capt. Roy Hoppock of the Woodbridge Police Department, where officers even handled gun permit applications on Christmas Eve.
New Jersey's gun laws are already among the strictest in the nation, with a ban on automatic weapons, high-capacity magazines and other components. But it appears residents fear the passage of even stricter measures.
FBI statistics on gun purchases bear out the increase.
In December, the number of point-of-purchase background checks on gun buyers stood at 10,047, up 45 percent from December 2011, when 6,941 checks were conducted, according to the National Instant Criminal background check System, or NICS. The NICS check is the final review before a gun store owner may hand over a weapon.
For all of 2012, New Jersey gun stores filed 85,851 request checks through the NICS system, compared to 60,256 in 2011, a jump of nearly 25,500, or 42 percent.
Firearms rights advocate Frank Jack Fiamingo said concerns about tougher regulations reached a tipping point after the Connecticut shooting, driving many people to file for gun permits.
"I'm sure of it. I'm positive of it," said Fiamingo, 63, an Ocean County resident who serves as president of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society.
Residents seeking permits for the first time often wait months to get approvals, Fiamingo said. New regulations would further deprive people of their rights, he contends.
It takes months before the government will, maybe, graciously
allow you to exercise your Constitutional rights. And Dear Leader wants to make
it even harder. Somehow though I think his plan might be backfiring.
Your doctor is spying on you. And depending on what you tell him, he'll rat you out to Dear Leader faster than you can say "Second Amendment." Because it's now his duty to ask you about your guns.
Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker started us down the fascist trail by offering a $1,000 bounty to folks who turn in their gun-owning neighbors. Dear Leader took it one better. Your doctor can't tell you if your teenage daughter asks for birth control pills. But now he's required to tell the feds if you own a gun.
Remember when asking librarians to report "suspicious" reference requests was tantamount to detonating the pillars of our civilization? Me neither.
Yeah, so much for that patient confidentialty and "right to privacy" thing. It only applies when it doesn't conflict with progressive groupthink. Like I said, fascism.
Because the goal isn't to prevent the next school shooting. The goal is to disarm the populace. So he can control us.
I wonder if he'll make us build our own camps.
And, just to hammer my point home, here's some graphics that are making the rounds on Facebook.
Nothing says "winning business model" quite like providing less service at a higher price. On the other hand, it doesn't take an army of highly paid reporters to reprint DNC press releases as "news."
The jobs of 34 Star-Ledger employees — including nearly 10 percent of the newsroom — are being eliminated in the first large-scale layoffs in the history of the state's largest daily newspaper, publisher Richard Vezza said this morning.
Eighteen part- and full-time staffers in The Star-Ledger's newsroom of 195 employees are expected to be laid off today, along with 16 positions in other departments. The totals include 19 full-time employees and 15 part-time positions.
In a letter posted shortly after 8 a.m. today throughout the newspaper's Newark offices, Vezza called it a difficult day, and blamed the dramatic cuts on continuing financial pressures and the lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy, in an industry already hard hit by a steady decline in readership and sinking ad revenues.
Yeah, about that declining readership thing. Stop raising the price! The Ledger just sent out a letter announcing a home delivery price increase to $7 per week. A dollar a day. For left-wing propaganda I could get from DailyKos for free. And sports. Is it worth $365 a year to read about the Jets while I'm on the can? I'm thinking "no".
In an interview this morning, Vezza said he does not foresee any other big changes to the newspaper in the near future.
"This is not a foreshadowing the demise of the paper," Vezza said. "We have no plans for further layoffs."
Which is exactly what Vezza said last time, in 2008, when he axed 304 people, including 151 from the newsroom.
But I'll bet he's keeping senior editor Tom Moran. Gotta continue spewing that gay-marriage-cheering, gun-controlling, abortion-on-demand, tax-the-rich agitprop!
You know, thinking about their declining revenues, maybe Vezza should implement
Moran's tax ideas as a pricing model. Wealthy towns should pay more for the
paper! Sell the Ledger for a quarter in Newark, but charge $10 in Alpine. It's
not like they can't "afford it," right? Practice what you guys preach. I'm
sure the dollars will really roll in.
Tomorrow he's going to announce that you and I won't be allowed to have guns anymore. Ever. Maybe he needs more guns and that's why he's taking ours? He did recently sign an order granting himself and his entire family the right to armed security for life. They'll probably have to use a lot of guns for that.
Oh, did I mention that he'll also be surrounded by
children while making this announcement?
Fox is reporting that this gun ban will be
announced as Dear Leader Obama is surrounded by sweet-faced
Sweet innocent children. Telling you why you can't have guns. While they're protected by guns. Temporarily, anyway. When they leave the sanctuary of the White House though, no more guns! Except for the criminals of course. The criminals always have guns.
And what happens when the criminals figure out that no one else but them has guns?
victims voters — when seconds count, the police
are only minutes away.
From the "sucks to be you" file:
What's more important? Affordable higher education or health care coverage?
That's the question lawmakers are weighing as they consider controversial legislation that would eliminate New Jersey's requirement that all college students have health insurance in order to attend class.
College officials are pushing lawmakers to kill the law because the implementation of Obamacare is driving up the cost of the basic health insurance plans offered to uninsured students by their schools. The jump in premiums — from a few hundred dollars this school year to more than $1,700 next year in some cases — could force some students to drop out.
Most students use their their parents' plans, which cover children up to age 26. But a large number, especially low-income students and older county college students, purchase low-cost health care plans through their colleges to comply with the state law.
Those minimal-coverage plans, which currently cost $100 to $600 for bare-bones coverage at some schools, are being phased out as the country prepares to switch over to the new federal healthcare regulations championed by President Obama.
Raising the price of a basic health care insurance plan by $1,000 to $1,500 more a year will be enough to keep some students from attending college, school officials testified at the assembly hearing.
Hey, that individual mandate's a bitch, ain't it?
The poor dears. They rallied for Obama. The believed his mendacity. They never bothered to learn the sad truth — exhorbitant premiums for young people isn't a bug, it's a feature. Using the young and healthy to subsidize the sick and elderly is a central tenet of Obamacare's Marxist mandate. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
You've got the ability. Geezers got the need. Pay up suckas.
Once again, the Obama White House fails to produce a budget on time.
The White House has informed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that it will miss the legal deadline for sending a budget to Congress.
Acting Budget Director Jeff Zients told Ryan (R-Wis.) late Friday that the budget will not be delivered by Feb. 4, as required by law, a House aide said.
"Late Friday evening, Deputy Director Zients confirmed that for the fourth time in five years, the president's budget will not be submitted in compliance with the law," the aide said.
"Zients did not indicate how late the administration will delay its submission, simply noting 'We will submit it to Congress as soon as possible,'" the aide said.
Under the law, Obama must submit a budget by the first Monday in February, but he has met the deadline only once. The annual budget submission is supposed to start a congressional budgeting process, but that has also broken down. The Senate last passed a budget resolution in 2009.
But trust him, he'll just keep borrowing and spending and everything will be totally hunky-dory. Really. Because asking Dear Leader to follow the law is like holding a gun to his head. Or something.
And besides, if he submits a budget, those evil Rethuglicans will use it against him!
It may also be the case that the administration does not want the budget to be taken as an opening offer in the coming fight over raising the nation's $16.4 trillion debt ceiling.
Republicans are demanding Obama propose sharp spending cuts to offset any increase in the ceiling.
Obama in a press conference Monday though reiterated his stance, pressing lawmakers to raise the debt limit without tying it to cuts or entitlement reform.
How dare the Republicans play politics with our nation's financial system! Only
Democrats are allowed to
As surely as the sun will rise in the east, Obamacare's "cost cutting" promises will come up short. Converting every doctor's office in the known universe to electronic medical records was supposed to save us $81 billion a year. At least that was the theory. Reality? Not even close.
The report predicted that widespread use of electronic records could save the United States health care system at least $81 billion a year, a figure RAND now says was overstated. The study was widely praised within the technology industry and helped persuade Congress and the Obama administration to authorize billions of dollars in federal stimulus money in 2009 to help hospitals and doctors pay for the installation of electronic records systems.
"RAND got a lot of attention and a lot of buzz with the original analysis," said Dr. Kellermann, who was not involved in the 2005 study. "The industry quickly embraced it."
But evidence of significant savings is scant, and there is increasing concern that electronic records have actually added to costs by making it easier to bill more for some services.
Officials at RAND said their new analysis did not try to put a dollar figure on how much electronic record-keeping had helped or hurt efforts to reduce costs. But the firm's acknowledgment that its earlier analysis was overly optimistic adds to a chorus of concern about the cost of the new systems and the haste with which they have been adopted.
And lest you think I'm parrotting some Right Wing Rag, the link above goes
Pravda The New York Times. You know, the Official Media
Outlet of the Obama Administration, where they print all the news that's
approved by the DNC.
Wanna guess who paid for that overly optimistic RAND report?
Did you say "the electronic medical records industry?" You did? Bingo!
RAND's 2005 report was paid for by a group of companies, including General Electric and Cerner Corporation, that have profited by developing and selling electronic records systems to hospitals and physician practices. Cerner's revenue has nearly tripled since the report was released, to a projected $3 billion in 2013, from $1 billion in 2005.
Ain't crony capitalism grand?
It's flu season. Cue the media hysteria!
Influenza is rampant across the nation, and New Jersey is smack in the middle of what local physicians are calling an epidemic.
Phew, for a minute there I thought it was a pandemic.
"It's here. Big time," said Dr. Thomas Birch, president of the medical staff at Holy Name Medical Center. "When the virus comes into a community with susceptible individuals, it will literally spread like those wildfires in California that burn everything in their path."
The onslaught of the illness marks the first time in about a decade that influenza is so prevalent this early in the year — 41 states are reporting widespread flu activity. More than 2,200 people nationwide have been hospitalized and 18 children have died, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Eighteen children have died! Why hasn't Joe Biden convened a White House task force yet? I demand a sensible germ control program!
So many people are sick that St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson on Monday treated a record number of patients — 514 compared with about 420 it normally sees, said Dr. Mark Rosenberg, chairman of emergency medicine at St. Joseph's Healthcare System, which has hospitals in Paterson and Wayne.
The city hospital admitted 90 patients, up sharply from the 60 to 65 typically kept for treatment on any given day.
The flu is spreading fast — and it's virulent, doctors said.
"This has a ferociousness I've never seen before," Rosenberg said. This is the worst I've seen as far as how quickly it came on."
Got that? Worst. Flu. Ever.
Better hide in a cave until it blows over.
OK, sarcasm aside, yes we should take the flu seriously. But overwrought hysteria just scares the children. Last night Sophie went out with a friend, and her friend's mom was glued to the radio reports, hushing the two girls when they wanted to talk about something other than Death!, Doom!, and Infection Vectors!
Scared the crap out of her, she did. Especially the tearful, wrenching admonition to Get A Flu Shot Before You Die! Um, OK. Please don't terrify the children. Thanks. Really. Sophie was pretty upset. "Am I going to die, Daddy?" No, Sophie. We'll get you a flu shot. "Thanks Daddy! Can I have a hug?" Sure!
Adding to the fun, it's a new flu.
This winter has been worse than previous years because of the type of influenza. It's a new strain (H3N2) and few people have built up an immunity.
Physicians say it is not too late to get a flu a shot and this year's vaccine is well suited to the strain they are seeing. The state's Department of Health says the best way to combat the problem is by getting the flu vaccine, and offers a Find a Flu Shot Locator on their website.
Whew. There's a flu shot clinic right across the street. I'm saved!
The rest of you. Feel free to panic. Just not in front of my daughter, OK?
You reap what you sow. Chris Christie sucked up to Dear Leader during Hurricane Sandy, then bashed House Speaker John Boehner, and now the Democrats are swooning over the big guy.
Republican Gov. Chris Christie is more popular with Democrats nationally than with members of his own party, according to a poll released today.
The poll, by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found 51 percent of all respondents view Christie favorably while 23 percent see him unfavorably.
Among Democrats, 52 percent have a favorable impression of Christie while 23 percent have an unfavorable one. Among Republicans, 48 percent have favorable view and 27 percent have an unfavorable view. From last month, Christie's standing among Democrats has improved by 12 points, while his standing among Republicans has declined by 11 points, according to pollster Tom Jensen.
Is there an acronym for "Democrat in all but name only"? Because if Chris
Christie is supposed to be some kind of standard-bearer for the GOP, well,
the GOP is doomed.
The same people calling for restricting Second Amendment rights have no qualms with celebrating the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood. Feminism is a religion, and abortion is its sacrament.
Parenthood Federation of America's latest annual report for 2011-2012 says that its affiliated clinics performed 333,964 abortions in fiscal 2011.
That works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.
It's the equivalent of a Sandy Hook massacre every 41 minutes.
You disagree? Then you just might be a liberal. Tell me, if "choice" is so sacrosanct, why can't I "choose" to drink a 32oz soda in NYC? Or eat fois gras in California? Or wear a seal fur coat?
Because baby seals are more important than baby humans, that's why. Right? Go ahead, tell me how baby seals are worth protecting but your own species, your own flesh and blood, isn't! And Big Gulps are Bad. Not as bad as Sopher Clamps, but Mike Bloomberg wouldn't dare ban the tools of the abortionist. Ban AR-15s instead!
You create a culture which devalues life. That says life is not worth protecting. Where the unborn are disposable. And children are an inconvenience.
Then you wonder why a guy walks into an elementary school and opens fire.
Here's a thought. He learned everything he needed to know about respecting life from Cecile Richards and her henchwomen at Planned Parenthood.
Indoctrination. There's no other word to adequately describe what the public schools do to our children. Day after day, they indoctrinate impressionable young minds into the cult of Progressivism. And we let them. Because they smile and nod and assure us how noble and benevolent they are.
But once in a while the mask slips.
Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis recently gave a speech at the Illinois Labor History Society's "Salute to Labor's Historic Heroes from the History Makers of Today." She didn't disappoint the crowd. At one point Lewis talked about killing the evil rich people.
"Do not think for a minute that the wealthy are ever going to allow you to legislate their riches away from them. Please understand that. However, we are in a moment where the wealth disparity in this country is very reminiscent of the robber baron ages. The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just — off with their heads. They were seriously talking about that."
"Kill the rich." So you can take their money. Because apparently, and this is how insidious the progressive worldview really is, you can't "legislate their riches away from them."
Working to get rich? That thought doesn't enter their puny little minds. Bill Gates is evil because he got rich. W.E.B. DuBois is a hero, because he embraced communism and denounced capitalism.
Yes, that's what they're teaching your kids.
When is a kilogram not a kilogram? When it puts on weight while hanging out in the lab!
The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shaped hunk of metal that defines the fundamental unit of mass, has gained tens of micrograms in weight from surface contamination, according to a new study.
As a result, each country that has one of these standard masses has a slightly different definition of the kilogram, which could throw off science experiments that require very precise weight measurements or international trade in highly restricted items that are restricted by weight, such as radioactive materials.
From the Stuff That Makes You Go Hmmm Once You Find Out About It File — there are about 40 of these platinum-iridium cylinders, which were created in 1875, and distributed to countries who signed on to the Convention of the Meter. The problem is, over time the cylinders became slightly different due to disparities in how they're handled and cleaned.
To clean them, a skilled technician will rub the cylinders with chamois leather dipped in alcohol. But because every country cleans their kilograms differently and at different times, each kilogram in the world is off by a different, unknown amount.
To solve the cleaning problem scientists developed a nifty new gadget that uses ozone and ultraviolet light to really get those cylinders shiny and bright. It also has the added bonus of providing a uniform cleaning procedure, so the fundamental unit of mass could soon be more consistent.
Long-term though the world needs to get away from defining the kilogram based on what is essentially a glorified beer can. What happens if the cleaning guy drops it? You can't really order a new one from Amazon...
One possibility is to use a fundamental law of nature instead. A precision electromagnetic device could be created to produce a uniform amount of force, from which mass can then be calculated. Of course adopting such a procedure will entail years of international negotiations so we're pretty much stuck for now.
So… The next time your scale says you've packed on a few pounds, you
can probably get away with blaming it on "inconsistencies" in the international
definition of a kilogram. I mean, if Real Scientists say they aren't sure, how
can that el-cheapo bathroom scale possibly be right!
Dear God, you mean this isn't a joke?
Crazy as it is, however, it's not a joke: Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) on Friday re-introduced as H.J. 15 the same bill he offered last year, "Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment." — i.e., to end the two-term limit on the presidency, enabling Obama to be "President for Life."The Twitchy Team is all over it, but as Barbara points out, there's not a snowball's chance in hell this this thing could ever pass the ratification process. Of course, the Democrat Party's contempt for the Constitution is so complete, they don't care. They'd declare martial law, prohibit dissent as a "crime against the people" and govern by decree if it weren't for the fact that conservatives are armed to the teeth.
Kinda makes you see all this "gun control" hoopla in a new light, doesn't it?
I mean, if conservatives are somehow no longer "armed to the teeth," well…
…Hello President For Life!
That's crazy talk? Yeah? Says who! Mike Bloomberg did it in NYC, and he's not half the narcissistic megalomaniac Barack Obama is. There was no army of "Bloombergbots" ready to rumble for his cause either. But faster than you could say "term limits," there was Mayor Mike, "re-elected" to a third term.
So, do you like the 22nd Amendment? Then you're a racist. Only a racist would deny the First Black President his due. In fact, you're a racist if you think he even needs to go through the charade of another election. You know that no one but a racist would vote against him, and you're not really a racist, are you?
Don't worry, they have camps to help you get over that. I'm the guy in the
3rd cell on the right.
And for the second year in a row too!
Oh yeah, I am the man!
Thanks Zilla, when it comes to Awesomeness In The Dextrosphere, you are the
awesome-est! I'm honored to be listed in
such good company. And I owe it all to you guys, my loyal fans, who keep
me honest and put up with my crazyness day after day. You're cheaper than
therapy, and whole lot more fun too!
A friend forwarded this memo from his HR department:
Subject: 2013 Payroll Taxes
To: All Employees
We have received a number of inquiries regarding changes to 2013 payroll taxes. As a company we must deduct payroll taxes as directed by the government. Our payroll provider has provided detailed information that you may use as you review your first paycheck of 2013. You can find this at the following link: http://www.adp.com/tools-and-resources/legislative-updates.aspx
Apparently a lot of people were complaining about their paychecks being unexpectedly smaller.
Here's the explanation from ADP:
The reduced 4.2% rate for employee Social Security taxes that was in effect for 2011 and 2012 has expired. The employee Social Security tax rate will return to 6.2% for 2013 wages up to the taxable wage limit of $113,700. Consequently, employees' net pay under the taxable wage limit will decrease accordingly. The maximum Social Security tax that an employee would pay will be $7,049.40 for 2013.
And as it turns out, workers making $30,000 will take a bigger hit on their pay than those earning $500,000!
Middle-class workers will take a bigger hit to their income proportionately than those earning between $200,000 and $500,000 under the new fiscal cliff deal, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
Earners in the latter group will pay an average 1.3 percent more - or an additional $2,711 - in taxes this year, while workers making between $30,000 and $200,000 will see their paychecks shrink by as much as 1.7 percent - or up to $1,784 - the D.C.-based think tank reported.
Overall, nearly 80 percent of households will pay more money to the federal government as a result of the fiscal cliff deal.
Silly Obama voter, you believed Dear Leader when he said he gave you a tax cut.
Sucks to be you!
In 2009 VP Joe Biden touted it as a sure-fire way to create 2,500 green jobs. Today the Fisker Automotive plant in Wilmington, Delaware sits idle. But its bills keep on piling up. And thanks to crackerjack Obama Administration planning, Delaware taxpayers are ultimately on the hook.
Delaware taxpayers appear to be getting soaked twice under a deal in which the Democratic governor loaned $21.5 million to a hybrid electric carmaker to set up shop in the state. The company has yet to produce a car in Delaware, and taxpayers are footing the electric bill for the idle plant.
The deal was enthusiastically announced in 2009 by Gov. Jack Markell and Vice President Biden -- formerly Delaware's senior senator -- as a way to bring as many as 2,500 green jobs to the state. But California-based Fisker Automotive Inc. has since suffered a series of setbacks that have compounded its shaky financial situation.
Delaware reportedly has paid at least $400,000 in utility bills since about April, when Fisker halted operations and laid off dozens of workers at the 142-acre, Wilmington-area facility. Markell staffers told The News Journal the payments are part of the grant deal and necessary to at least keep Fisker's small-scale operation on life support.
When are these Green Dreamers gonna realize that it's the taxpayer who's on "life support"?
Fisker's success was dependent on batteries from another Obamunist failure — A123 Systems — the remnants of which were recently bought up by the ChiComms at fire sale prices. No A123? No Fisker.
But not even the Chinese are dumb enough to buy out Fisker. Nope. Only a bunch of fellers like the Obama Administration, who've never actually owned a Real Business in their lives, would put their money on something so ridiculous.
Except of course, it isn't actually their money. It's ours.
Flushed down the Green Jobs toilet. Aren't you glad they just raised
your taxes to pay for this shit?
To disseminate propaganda of course!
He's gotta keep his army of Know-Nothing Libtard Progbots foaming at the mouth dontcha know!
And so, even before the ink is dry on his odious Tax The Rich for Wealth Redistribution Act of 2013 our Dear Leader has Reichsminister of Public Enlightenment Jim Messina circulating another salvo in the neverending War on Success.
President Obama cut a video, distributed by his reelection, to reiterate his belief that the wealthiest Americans still aren't paying their "fair share" of taxes and to outline a second-term agenda ranging from environmental policy to gun control.
Obama started by celebrating the tax increases — "making our tax code more progressive than it's been in decades," he said — that will take place because of the fiscal cliff deal.
"Obviously, there is still more to do when it comes to reducing our debt," Obama said in the video. "And I'm willing to do more, as long as we do it in a balanced way that doesnt put all the burden on seniors or students or middle class burdens but also asks the wealthiest Americans to contribute and pay their fair share."
"President Obama recorded a video to update supporters like you on what's in the agreement and what it means for you," Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina said in an email today.
And yet, at the explicit insistence of Dear Leader Himself, "the wealthiest Americans" somehow does not include any of these guys:
General Electric, Citigroup, Diageo (makers of Puerto Rician Rum) Citi, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, American Wind Energy Association and The Motion Picture Association of America.
Also NASCAR track owners and the guys behind StarKist Tuna.
They all got their taxes reduced. Curiously though, that little fact
was left out of Herr Messina's agitprop. Which almost makes me think the whole
"fair share" thing is a load of malarky.
Who's side is Chris Christie on? Because the Democrats will surely turn his tirade against John Boehner and the GOP into must-see-TV in the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections.
Gov. Chris Christie ripped into House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today for delaying a vote on billions in federal aid for recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
"There's only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: The House majority and their speaker, John Boehner," said Christie at a press conference this afternoon.
Christie, who gave the keynote address at the Republican National Convention last summer, said Congress traditionally puts politics aside for disaster relief but that House Republican leadership had put politics "before our oaths to serve our citizens."
"For me it was disappointing and disgusting to watch," said Christie, who praised New Jersey's own House delegation. "Last night the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state."
All the DNC needs to add to those quotes is, "I'm Nancy Pelosi and I approve
This just popped into my Inbox. It's too good not to share!
2013 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
I resolve to lie less frequently than Senator Harry Reid.
I resolve to take responsibility for my actions more than President Obama and David Gregory.
I resolve to be more faithful than Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, General Petreaus and John Edwards.
I resolve to take less credit for the work of others than President Obama.
I resolve to live within my means more than the collection of idiots in Washington.
I resolve to cheat less than Timothy Geithner.
I resolve to be less smarmy and condescending than Jay Carney and Bob Costas.
I resolve to not confuse winning an election with winning an argument, or confuse doing what's popular with doing what's right.
I resolve to have more character and stronger principles than everyone in the main stream media.
Someone please forward this list to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell. Stat.
Mark Levin asks, Is the Democrat Party becoming a fascist party?
I'm starting to think the Democrat Party should rename itself the Fascist Party. Its love of an all powerful, centralized government, and contempt for independent, successful individuals, are traits of a fascist mentality.
Nice Deb answers, yes.
I no longer wonder how so many people who lived during Hitler's evil reign of terror could have gone along with the unimaginable inhumanity of Naziism. I used to wonder about it. Not anymore.
I see horrifyingly evil "opinions" expressed by fellow Americans every day on Twitter, and in comment sections of blogs. They don't just disagree with conservatives — they want us to shut up, lose our jobs, be financially ruined, or to drop dead. They actually root for Republicans to die, and when they do die, the ghouls celebrate their deaths. Not just one or two weirdos engage in this behavior — huge packs of them do.
Their hatred of all things conservative is real and unhinged and it's stoked by a Commander in Chief who's M/O is to divide and conquer, and who never misses an opportunity to demonize his political opposition.
Many of Obama's most loyal subjects would volunteer to drive the cattle cars - they would operate the ovens for free.
His minions in the media have spent the last five years ruthlessly race-baiting anyone who disagrees with their precious first black President. No, I won't call him my President. I didn't vote for him, and I oppose everything that he stands for. In twenty years, when people wonder what the hell happened to our freedoms, our quality of life — our dignity — I'll be able to say, I had nothing to do with it — I fought it every step of the way.
The full-court press against Liberty is on.
Madam Justice Wise Latina refuses to read the First Amemdment as protecting religion from the excesses of government, unless that religion is Islam.
The United States Senate is openly calling for fingerprinting, photographing, and mandatary registration of all gun owners. The media yawns.
Newspeak abounds. The Bush Tax Cuts, which until last month the fascists had derided as the ultimate evil — cutting taxes created massive deficits and prolonged a deep recession — were suddenly the centerpiece of their triumphal "deficit reduction" plan. Because $47 of new revenue paired with $1 of phantom spending cuts "reduces" the deficit by adding $4 trillion to it.
Day by day Big Government inserts itself into every nook and cranny of our lives.
The rest of us should consider the contemptible behavior of people like Hoyer as we watch the expansion of politics into every area of our lives. The government grows; the private sector diminishes; everything becomes a political act. Soon you will see the phrase "none of your business" become an antique aphorism, as quaint as telling someone to "dial" a telephone number. Everything is everyone's business now. That's what Big Government means.
That's what America signed up for by re-electing Barack Obama, who is more dedicated to the contraction of the private sphere than any predecessor in living memory. He appears to sincerely believe that government control is necessary to achieve virtue. But the conduct of our political leadership doesn't seem terribly virtuous, does it? It's not even very polite.
Fascism is neither virtuous or polite. It's driven by the desire to control. Control what we say, what we do, what we eat, what we drink, the things we buy, where we go, and when we die. They've planned our lives, because they sincerely believe we cannot be trusted to plan life for ourselves. It's tyranny of the intelligentsia; they're smarter than us and they know what's best.
Really, you can't imagine how many Libtards on Twitter start out by telling me how smart they are, and thus I'd better listen to them. Because I'm just a dumbass Rethuglican who gets up and goes to work every day hoping he can earn enough money to keep the doors open until tomorrow. It's my duty to bow before Dear Leader and accept the wisdom of his benevolent munificence. And write checks. Big fat checks to lazy-ass takers so they can opine on the virtues of Class Struggle while feasting on the fruits of my labor.
Yup, these fascists are smart alright. Alas, they still haven't figured out how to make the trains run on time.