FIFA's rejection of America hosting World Cup prompts blunt memo from world sports organizations that America can host sports when a presidential pitch can reach home plate.
Pelosi trumps Reid with demands to call a vote to raise taxes on top 2%, thus causing greatest economic recovery ever the "Real Dream Act."
Obama accused of living in the past as bad policies being justified with "I won" start to sound like a dysfunctional game of BINGOAdd a comment
Ladies and gentlemen, from intellect as effervescent as a week old open can of Coke, I present to you for your rhetorical displeasure The Washington Post's own Ezra Klein...
...in all likelihood, what separates a tax cut bill that's "chicken crap" from a tax cut bill that's great is its treatment of the richest 1 percent of households in Boehner's district. And $700 billion slapped right onto the deficit. If Republicans win this debate despite the unpopularity of their position and its violent contradiction to their stated concern for the deficit, it'll be one of the most impressive coups in recent political memory.
I haven't been keeping score, so someone help me out here. Is this coup "Easy minded E" speaks of BIGGER than the vote for the STILL unpopular ObamaCare that cost Democrats their power?
This guy must keep rocks in his head to make sure he doesn't float away.
Watching liberals "argue" against the tax cuts is like watching a basketball game where one team keeps drawing fouls by falling on the ground and holding their shin when nobody even touched them in the first place. The key difference being these hypothetical players aren't also certifiably mentally retarded.
I understand why liberals think extending the tax cuts would automatically explode the deficit. They think the economy lives inside a thin sheen of a bubble that is made out of the government. Everything starts and ends with Uncle Sam's bank statement.
Even though they pay taxes too, liberals to too stupid to remember (or even understand in the first place) that the government's books hinge on the health of the economy, not the other way around. They are too stupid to understand that tax cuts wont add to the deficit in the long run as much as a tax hike fueled DOUBLE DIP RECESSION would.
You know what doesn't add to the deficit, Ezra? (I'm going to use this parenthetical statement as a pause to let him take the time to check the name written on his hand so he knows I'm talking about him, I think this is long enough) Adjusting spending in a way that realistically addresses revenue. To speak to taxes in terms of what the deficit is, or will be, is intellectually dishonest if a discussion about modifying govenrment spending isn't even on the table.
Yes, the government needs money to operate, but not as much as the American people need it to jump start the economy so jobs can recover, meaning more people are making money for the government. In a perfect world this would close the deficit liberals are suddenly so concerned with after becoming the Barry Bonds of debt stacking.
As long as liberals bow to the altar of Uncle Sam first they will never understand this truism. If Klein was so right on this then why did income tax receipts go from $347 billion in 1981 to $549 billion in 1989 AFTER Reagan sent the top marginal rate through the floor...or is this website part of the vast right-wing conspiracy too?Add a comment
I received this in an email years ago, now feels like now is the right time to dust this puppy off as a reminder to those on the left who argue that extending the Bush tax cuts for only some taxpayers (or none) is a REALLY bad idea. I could post column after column with empty rhetoric and zero evidence to support my position like liberal columnists and bloggers have been doing for the past few weeks. Or I can just play WWJD and deliver this parable.
Last I checked the real author of this remains a mystery, but I don't think that matters if you have an ounce of common sense to your name. So enjoy!
The TAX system explained IN SIMPLE TERMS!
Sometimes politicians, journalists and others exclaim; "It's just a tax cut for the rich!", and it is just accepted to be fact.
But what does that really mean?
Just in case you are not completely clear on this issue, I hope the following will help.
Let's put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand.
Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner and the bill
for all ten comes to $100.
If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.
So, that's what they decided to do.
The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve.
"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20."
Dinner for the ten now cost just $80.
The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected.
They would still eat for free.
But what about the other six men - the paying customers?
How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?' They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33.
But if they subtracted that from everybody's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to eat their meal.
So, the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100 savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33 savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28 savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25 savings)
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22 savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16 savings).
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.
But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.
"I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man," but he got $10!"
"Yeah, that's right," exclaimed the fifth man. "I only saved a dollar, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than me!"
"That's true!!" shouted the seventh man. "Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!"
"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison.
"We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"
The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night the tenth man didn't show up for dinner, so the
nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay
the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have
enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!
And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start eating overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.
Someone gave it to me and said that if it will taste a lot better if I let it age 2 years. It gave me food poisoning! The culprit is below.
Seriously now, I'm trying to recover from a bout with real food poisoning, don't expect much from The Looking Spoon for the rest of the week, I was barely able to get this done.Add a comment
In an unusual move to avoid use of the dollar the U.S. is in talks to back an E.U. with something more stable in value, such as ivory from the horns of unicorns.
After botching the swearing in Senator Kirk aide tells Biden the hand that makes an "L" is the left hand, and that will be easier to remember when he learns to read.
Boehner's announcement to construct a women's bathroom next to House chambers is met with praise from women desperate for a place they can truly share with Democrat men.Add a comment
Inspired by an incident where Obama forced a fat staffer to eat a salad "for his own good" aides have become embolded to force on the president plates full of crow.
Biden impressed with WikiLeaks ability maintain authenticity of emails he wrote on his computer screen in crayon.
Obama vows delay Hawaiian vacation over tax cut fight until the problem reaches crisis level.Add a comment
Former President Jimmy Carter planned to meet with President Obama on Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed.
Carter had planned to meet with the White House’s national security adviser, Tom Donilon. Obama then asked Carter if he would stop by for a meeting, Gibbs told reporters on Tuesday.
Gibbs wouldn’t say if Carter’s visit was related to North Korea.
“That is all I know, and I will try to find more,” Gibbs said before leaving the briefing room.
What, are we at Defcon 0 and all the real leaders were busy washing their hair?
Obama must be desperate if he wants to consult with Jimmy Carter on dealing with North Korea (or anything). Maybe if they can rub their Nobel Peace Prizes together a genie will pop out and solve their problems:
: Hello gentlemen! I am the Peace Genie
: Oh heck, now we've done it.
: Why does he look like Ronald Reagan?
: Because I'm the Peace Genie
: More like a crazy magic warmongering no talent-
: Say what sissy?
: Nothing sir! Its not 1980, there's no place like '76, there's no place like '76
: Are you crying Jimmy?
: He'll get over it, how can I serve you today?
:Do you guys want the wish you're entitled to?
: I thought genies give three wishes
:Only liberal genies do that, it usually takes a couple of tries before they get it right.
:Are you trying to tell me magic liberals are screw ups? I find that hard to believe.
: LOOK! Do you want your wish of a lifetime or what?
: I do I do! Hot damn let me get my teleprompter!
: *SOB* I wish I could've won that second term
:Oh boy...a deals a deal
: You're STILL here?
: Ooookay, I'm back, what should we wish for? I have needed a better golf handicap for a while now or I could just ask for a better overall swing and - where did that Soviet flag come from?
: You can thank your boy over there.
: A vodka cabinet?!? Where's my MLK bust? Jimmy, what did you do?
: He wished to finish what he started
: What about my golf swing?!?
:WHAT ABOUT NORTH KOREA?
: Huh? Oooooooooh, you mean East Soviet China...
Problem solved!Add a comment
I have to be honest. I've found most of the stories coming out of WikiLeaks to be yawners. Here's Talking Points Memo's Top 5 Most Shocking Things About The Wikileaks
Nearly every country in the Middle East wants us to attack Iran.
State Department officials ordered U.S. diplomats to spy on their foreign and UN counterparts.
North Korea supplied Iran with long-range missiles.
Iran used the auspices of the Red Crescent to smuggle spies and weapons into war zones
U.S. foreign policy relies heavily on blog-ready gossip items.
Lets be honest now, is anyone shocked by any of these items? This is really the worst of it? Didn't we pretty much know all of this stuff already?
I know the government is "embarrassed" by this, but I really think they don't care, because as a world super power wouldn't we be expected to know everything? How else are we supposed to find juicy details about these people? Wait for them to tweet about it?
I think it would be more embarrassing for the world to find out we weren't spying on them....they might even be feel a little insulted to think they weren't worth our time.
If Julian ASSange wants to impress me then the future drips he's promising better have something along the lines of the following:
Nearly every country in the Middle East wants us to attack their sand.
State Department officials ordered that U.S. diplomats can only spy on their foreign and UN counterparts using Facebook.
North Korea supplied Iran with stockpiles of magic markers, diamonds, and Cheerios.
Iran used the auspices of the Red Crescent to smuggle Playboy magazine and pocket U.S. Constitutions into war zones
U.S. foreign policy relies heavily on competence and honest self-reflection.
In all seriousness, if I had a choice I obviously wouldn't have wanted these leaks to take place. World leaders should be able to candidly discuss extremely sensitive issues and know some blabbermouth with small man syndrome and a laptop wont out them.
In the end, to me, it's not the release of the information itself that should give us pause, but the fact the government, who got a computer worm to disable an Iranian nuclear facility, couldn't prevent WikiLeaks from doing its thing.
I sort of begs the question, of how badly they wanted it stopped in the first place...Add a comment
WikiLeaks data dump helps make smooth transition from Obama being Thanksgiving's biggest turkey to Christmas's most cooked goose.
Officials hail return of the Obama magic after initiative is unveiled to diffuse WikiLeaks's clout by having rappers overuse its name while beatboxing.
GOP responds to proposed federal pay freeze by suggesting workers could even owe the government if pay was a percentage of approval ratings.Add a comment
My post A Modest Proposal for Taxing Guilt-Ridden Billionaires got me going....Nothing speaks to why fools like Warren Buffett remain so unconcerned about the tax rate for the rest of "the rich" better than this (I HIGHLY recommend watching the whole thing, but the money shot is at 2:50)...
I don't know if THIS exchange actually happened in Hughes's life, but I'm sure it has happened somewhere, sometime, with some self-righteous rich ingrate.Add a comment
There has been a lot of hullabaloo about the leaked details of our espionage and foreign policy dealings around the world, but there are tons of juicy details that the media has been completely overlooking.
Hillary Clinton once asked Kim Jong Il if that was his rapper name.
Janet Reno was in negotiations with Angela Merkel to become president of a newly reformed East Germany
An alphabetically confused Biden insisted that the "d" in his last name be capitalized because he was tired of being reminded his name wasn't misspelled.
In addition to an iPod President Obama also presented Queen Elizabeth with a Burger King crown and asked her thoughts on this "prototype" for the American one.
An email by Robert Gibb's of a Shakespearean sonnet was passed on to scientists elated that to see it was typed successfully, and without the need to fill the room with other monkeys.
Bill Clinton was client number 10 through 16
Janet Napolitano justified her opposition to building a fence on the Mexican border by pointing to the fall of the Berilin Wall.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was considering a political comeback by running for president of the Austrian chapter of his Kennedy family fan club.
John Kerry has a Vietnamese pen pal who uses his last name as an alias while working as a shemale prostitute.
Helen Thomas once tried to patent the ugly tree
Using "find and replace" to edit the f-bombs out of Rahm Emmanuel's emails caused WikiLeaks computers to catch fire
Foreign ambassadors enjoy flying with Biden because he thinks singing "the wheels on the bus" makes Air Force 2 go
A cash strapped Klu Klux Klan turned in their costumes and started trying to sell Muslim women on the idea of keeping cool in the summer with white-detachable-top-burkas
Janet Napolitano was client number 17
The CIA has been tracking long distance phone calls by Dennis Kucinich to his brother Gollum in Middle Earth
Jimmy Carter routinely leaks state secrets from his administration to the only member of Congress he trusted unconditionally, Alan Grayson
Barney Frank once inquired about a Vietanamese hooker who went by "Kerry"
In the last 5 years the only people to obtain written transcripts of anything produced by MSNBC has been WikiLeaksAdd a comment
From the liberal blog ironically named Crooks and Liars:
Not that this will matter to the congressional Republicans, whose agenda is not actually improving the economy nor listening to economists, the wealthiest 2%, or any other American, come to that. But the country's wealthiest men, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, dismiss the calls of Republicans to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans and say that the wealthy SHOULD pay more taxes.
Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, said that the rich should be paying more taxes and that the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy should be left to expire at the end of December.
"If anything, taxes for the lower and middle class and maybe even the upper middle class should even probably be cut further," Buffett said. "But I think that people at the high end -- people like myself -- should be paying a lot more in taxes. We have it better than we've ever had it."
The billionaire brushed aside Republican arguments that letting tax cuts expire for the wealthy would hurt economic growth.
"They say you have to keep those tax cuts, even on the very wealthy, because that is what energizes business and capitalism," anchor Amanpour said.
"The rich are always going to say that, you know, just give us more money and we'll go out and spend more and then it will all trickle down to the rest of you. But that has not worked the last 10 years, and I hope the American public is catching on," Buffett explained.
Read the rest here
Let me get this straight, billionaires feel like they can spare a few million more bucks via an increase in their tax rate and they want to take people making $250,000 with them? Brilliant.
Generally speaking, someone making a billion dollars will see their tax bill rise by $40 million. Their $250,000 counterpart will see a rise of $7,500.
At some point one does have so much money that the only way it can possibly be spent is by finding more creative ways to use it, such as stufifng for pillows, or toilet paper, or donating it to a charity that provides kindling for the fireplaces of rich people.
The point is someone with $40 million less of a billion dollars can STILL get everything they need and everything they don't need too, but a $7,500 hit to a family making $250,000 has a major impact on financial planning and the ability to save and pay for major life issues ranging from education to retirement.
To lump the two together like Crooks and Liars does (enabled by money bubbleheads like Buffett) shows an intellectual bankruptcy even Joe Biden could bail out.
If Buffet wants to be so cavalier about having an additional $40 million to burn why doesn't he give it to more philanthropy?
Why not eliminate the welfare middle man and just bring 160 homeless families up to his tax bracket?
Or better yet, if HE thinks HE can spare the money for higher taxes then HE can pay a higher rate while the rest of us can stay at the current one. Nobody is stopping him from cutting THAT check.
Maybe he wants the force of law because he doesn't have the intestinal fortitude to pay that much more voluntarily. Fine, I call on the new GOP congress to enact the new tax bracket for anyone who thinks the government is shortchanging itself when it comes to having their money confiscated.
We'll call it the PB & J Tax. I've already figured out the perfect ad for it...
In response to my post titled The Presidency is Too Much for Anyone? Or Just The One? a Freeper, Roscoe Karns over at Free Republic created and sent me this...
NewsWEAK definitely should've gone with this cover...Add a comment
The implant is specifically designed to be injected into the head. When properly installed, it will allow the one implanted, to speak to God.
The exact size of the implant will be selected by a well-trained and highly skilled technician, who will also make the injection. No anesthetic is required. The implant may or may not be painless. Side effects, like headaches and nausea, aches, and pains are extremely temporary.
Some bleeding or swelling may occur at the injection site. In most cases, you won’t even notice it.
Please enjoy the security we provide for you.
The U.S. Armed Forces
Oh, BTW, these are the Micro Chips.
h/t iOwnTheWorldAdd a comment
I rarely do stuff like this because I don't want it to detract from the main goal of this blog, which is to present the goings on of today in a way that is humorous and fun, but this has my blood boiling. I can't even imagine how I would feel if the TSA did this to my wife (we are expecting a little girl of our own in 3 months).
I know they have a very boring job, but you'll see in the video how these fat slobs just can't help themselves but oppress this poor woman. The most disgusting thing about all of this is this government sanctioned harassment stems from terrorist attacks done in the name of Islam, perpetrated by MEN whose M.O. could not be further from who this woman is.
I plan on sharing this, starting with everyone who sees this post. I'll also be sending this to my congressman and senators. This is nuts, its out of control, and it CANNOT stand.
h/t Andrea Shea King at The Radio PatriotAdd a comment
New opinion polls finds strongest support for Obama and Democrats among retail workers reporting for work on Black Friday and envious of nations unemployed.
Player who busted Obama's lip playing basketball confesses frustration with the president's trash talk being fed to him by his teleprompter.
Biden suggests travelers avoid time with TSA screeners by providing nude photos of themselves to prove they have nothing to hide.
North Korea blasts American Media for Palin's "allies" gaffe, points out they've been under the same impression since Democrats took power.Add a comment
I didn't note Sarah Palin's verbal screw-up when she called South Korea North Korea in an interview with Glenn Beck. Why? Because in context it seemed like a simple verbal slip-up, the kind everyone makes from time to time. Yes, when you listen to the whole thing, there's a weird, nervous-laughter defensiveness about her recognition that she got something wrong, but she gets the benefit of the doubt in my book.
What's really fascinating is her response. It's a merciless, grammar-free, sneering compilation of Obama verbal gaffes. It's like a blog-post from some Malkin clone:My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…
This may be a smart-ass retort; it may be useful innoculation against a potentially damaging gaffe; it may even be a well-researched blog-post, but what it isn't is anything approaching the kind of character we expect in a president. A simple respect for the office she seeks would not reflect itself in these increasingly callow, sarcastic, cheap jibes at a sitting president. But sadly, like so many now purporting to represent conservatism, there is, behind the faux awe before the constitution, a contempt for the restraint and dignity a polity's institutions require from its leaders.
There is no maturity here; no self-reflection; no capacity even to think how to appeal to the half of Americans who are already so appalled by her trashy behavior and cheap publicity stunts. There is a meanness, a disrespect, a vicious partisanship that, if allowed to gain more power, would split this country more deeply and more rancorously than at any time in recent years. And that's saying something.
The game never ends for these idiots does it? The echo chamber in Andy's own brainless head is clearly preventing him from realizing this CLEARLY isn't about Barack Obama. This is about the news media's treatment of her.
All of the gaffes she outlines in her post were said by Obama and received not one iota from attention from the same ignorant bastards who attack her with the same kind of glee Kim Jong un probably had when ordered the North Korean attack on the North....I mean South.....uh oh :-(
She's not allowed to point that unbelievable and shameful hypocrisy out? She's being immature?
Do these news monkeys think THEY are the adults in the poo flung mess THEY created? Are high school students ghost writing for these fools or what?Add a comment
Everyone knows about Sarah Palin's "North Korea allies" gaffe but if you haven't heard it you can check it out here.
I'm not interested in entering the unbelievably ridiculous fray that is going on with this. Except I will say that you lefties damn well know she meant South Korea, she said "North" a number of times before that (in the correct context) and when it came time to talk about South Korea she still had North on the brain. We all have done this before, and to pretend she didn't know the difference...
...is about as childish as it gets. You should really knock it off, because on its face thinking people wont ever believe your take on this.
It's not like she believed there was television in the 1920's when FDR was president like Vice President History Major up there.
That said where's the media on all the gaffes liberals make on a regular basis? Including, but not at all limited to:
God Bless America - talk about a violation of the separation of church and state (which is in the constitution if some hippie with magic markers finally got near it long enough to write it in). Don't even get me started on the ignorance behind such a jingoistic statement, as if God would only bless America were he to exist.
The Pledge of Allegiance - Why are you putting your hand over your heart? It better be to make sure there's still nothing there...
We must work to make abortions rare - Oh yeah, that's exactly what Planned Parenthood endorses Democrats and pays its lobbyists to argue for, irrelevance.
Fighting for working families - Nothing shores up your voting base better than making sure those who provide the revenue stream for their handouts are tricked into thinking you care
Peace is patriotic - Why? Because you don't like war? So basically reacting to things we don't like is patriotic? I fast for 3 days so I can make dry heaving noises when I know I'm going to listen to Obama speak...is THAT patriotic?
I oppose Prop 8 AND gay marriage - Except in cases of rape or incest...huh? Wait...time out, nose is bleeding.
That depends on the meaning of "is" - Let help liberals out on this by using it in a sentence....Is you smart enough to be in charge of the health care system?
If you're liberal and you're infuriated by this I want to make something clear. Not ALL liberals think this way, but ONLY liberals think this way.
If you're that exception then you're probably actually conservative...food for thought.
h/t to iOwnTheWorld for the imageAdd a comment
I received this in an email. Snopes says this is real. The last picture is the money shot.
More than speaks for itself...
Random thought: I think all Democrat graves are empty and that's where zombies come from.