I Heard

That some of y’all are gonna get some snow.

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Well, Buddy’s the Jeep’s suspension and steering may be on its last legs and ready for a tear down, but I’d be game for one more go. Even if I had to tow him home.

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Actually, that last one isn’t true. However, it’s usually follow by the phrase “I’m calling in sick to work.”

But in all seriousness, be careful folks.

And on a completely different note, any of y’all have any experience/insider knowledge about the Honda Element, good, bad or indifferent?

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Build it and they will come

Unless it’s an aircraft carrier. Because even Chinese sailors know better than to trust their countrymen to build a reliable and safe aircraft carrier.

A Hong Kong businessman wined, dined, gave away stacks of US dollar bills plus $20 million price to Ukrainian shipyard officials to bring home a disused aircraft carrier which later surfaced as the Liaoning, China’s first carrier.

How the Peoples Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) realized its blue ocean ambitions by getting an aircraft carrier at a throwaway price were revealed in an article today in the South China Morning Post. It details how the businessman, Xu Zengping contracted the unofficial deal on behalf of Chinese intelligence and was left in debt himself as the entire deal cost him US$120 million and was not paid a feng by Beijing.

The Ukrainian shipyard was led to believe that the carrier would be used as a floating casino in Macau and auctioned the ship in which Mr. Zengping was the highest bidder at US$20 million. There was no official involvement from China and the businessman contracted a Dutch company, International Transport Contractors to tow the huge vessel to Dalian port in China.

Hopefully, the US Navy won’t have to turn it into an artificial reef anytime soon.

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How my week went

Like this

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The woman who hit my truck on the 15th’s insurance company finally returned my calls on Wednesday. They have a statement from her wherein she says she was fully established in the lane and that I was driving down the shoulder when I hit her.

No officer on scene. No witnesses stopped. So, instead of believing what the physical evidence shows, they have decided to believe a story only slightly less ridiculous than “Aliens did it!”

I filed my accident report, but they are still considering it my word against hers and refusing to speak with me. Oddly, they are not asking me to pay for her damages.

My insurance company is quite happy to pay out to get my truck fixed and stick me with my $500 deductible (and probably raise my rates for being so nice to do that).

Feeling really stupid for trusting a woman my mother’s age to not shit on me and letting her get on her way to the airport and not making her wait for a police officer.

Now, if my week had gone more like this,

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I’d still feel stupid, but for different and more understandable reasons.

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But he says he cares

Soooo much about the middle class and getting people into college!

Then why did he just ask for them to be screwed?

Hoping to dominate the narrative on a holiday weekend and on the eve of the annual “State of the Union” speech, the Obama White House late Saturday night leaked some of the new tax ideas in their upcoming budget.

Thankfully, those of us with several kids and no life were home at the time, so I penned Americans for Tax Reform’s analysis of the major tax hikes in the leak before the stroke of midnight. If the intention was to have an unchallenged narrative, mission not accomplished.

One tax hike in particular was very odd, since it’s aimed almost exclusively at middle class families with kids–the exact demographic the goodies in the tax plan is targeting.

The levy in question would increase taxes on college savings accounts known as “529 plans” (after their section in the Internal Revenue Code). By definition, these accounts are really only used by middle class families. Poorer households don’t have the extra income to save (and even if they have a little, there are much higher priorities like retirement or saving for a home). Very wealthy families might use 529 plans, but it’s far more likely that they have complex trust arrangements set up for their children.

According to the Investment Company Institute (the trade association for the mutual fund industry), there was $245 billion accumulated in 529 plans in 2014. With just south of 12 million accounts open, that means there’s an average balance of about $21,000 in these plans. This is not a mechanism for rich Democrats like the Kennedys or the Gates to shelter wealth.

529 plans tend to be opened up by aspirational parents who are on the “mass affluent” side of the middle class earnings spectrum. They are an odd target for a tax increase.

But there it is buried on page 9 of the leaked document: “The President’s plan will roll back expanded tax cuts for 529 education savings plans that were enacted in 2001 for new contributions…” Note that this is right before they also announce the repeal of Coverdell Education Savings Accounts (Coverdell ESAs), another similar move against the same middle class savings targets.

Short answer, he doesn’t care. Otherwise he wouldn’t have hired policy people who would have asked for this increase.

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As well they should

Listen to the people, Cameron.

Britain is marching towards the EU exit door today after eight out of 10 people voted to leave in a historic poll.

The biggest vote on this country’s ties to ­Brussels for 40 years saw 80 per cent say they no longer want to be in Europe, the ­Daily Express can reveal.

Some 14,581 people voted – 11,706 of them want the UK to quit compared with 2,725 who want to remain part of the EU.

The mini-referendum – the first on the issue since 1975 – was organised by two senior Tory backbenchers and a prospective Tory MP.

They believe the overwhelming result, which will be presented to David Cameron today, will force him to bring forward his planned in-or-out vote on the UK’s future in Europe to next year instead of 2017.

I wouldn’t sit up all night watching the results like I did during the Scotland Out Yes/No vote. The results wouldn’t be that shocking.

A useless currency and a library’s worth of insipid rules. For what benefit?

F-U to the EU

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One of these things is not like the other

Gas prices drop to around $2 per gallon

Unemployment rate falls to the high fives.

Majority of US school children living in poverty

If you listen to the media, the first two were because Barack Obama is president. The third is because eevviill Republican politicians are sucking the education system dry.

The first isn’t because of market forces overcoming obstacles set in front of them because of the Executive and Legislative branches. Nope. The Messiah.

The second isn’t because the labor market participation rate is smaller now than durign the last years of the Carter Administration. Nope. It was Obama’s golf swing.

And the third isn’t a combination of the first two along with multiple other forces causing the economy to get bogged down. It’s just greedy politicians from THAT party.

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Stupid Human Tricks

Alternate Title: Socialist Hires Other Socialists to Help Push Socialist Agenda. Socialists Rejoice.

Even with the Republicans in control of the Senate, Senator Bernie Sanders (Idiot-VT) gets to keep his seat on the Senate Budget Committee. He also gets to hire his own staff.

Sanders has hired well known progressive operative and writer Matt Stoller to advise the committee on Wall Street and other economic issues. Stoller started last Monday as senior policy adviser on financial services, trade and economic issues, a spokesperson confirmed to msnbc.

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Stoller, who most recently held a similar job under liberal firebrand Florida Rep. Alan Grayson, rose to prominence during the Bush era as a widely read progressive blogger and has gone on to have a varied career in politics and media. That included stints producing for msnbc’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” and co-starring in the first season of FX’s “Brand X with Russell Brand” as the British actor’s political analyst.

Sounds like a winner. He can probably tell you how, sometimes, 3+3 actually equals giraffe.

The Independent self-described Democratic-socialist also recently named academic Stephanie Kelton as his chief economist.

Kelton, the chairwoman of the economics department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, who used to tweet under the handle “@DeficitOwl” (as opposed to a “deficit hawk”) is a leader in a school of thought known as Modern Monetary Theory that advocates for some deficit spending as a means to grow the economy. This year, she gave a lecture titled “A Heartwarming Tale of Debt and Deficits in the Modern Economy.”

You can tell that a large number of her thoughts on economics are false, because in her stories about nations spending their way to prosperity she always skips the part about “and then a lot of people died.”

I’m sure that with his on again/off again thoughts of running against Hillary in 2016, the media will be giving Red Bernie and his staff lots of airtime this year.

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Teacher of the Year

Sorry, that should read Worst Teacher of the Year.

When you’re this stupid, no amount of higher education is going to make you into a teacher.

A high school teacher wanted share an important life lesson with his students.

But a dull lecture just wouldn’t do. So he planned a simple interactive exercise. All he needed was some scrap paper for each student and a recycling bin at the front of the room.

He set up the exercise by telling the class that they represent the country’s population and everyone has a chance to get rich. But there was a catch:

“To move into the upper class, all you must do is throw your wadded-up paper into the bin while sitting in your seat.”

The results were about what you’d expect. Most of the students in the front made it into the bin, and most of the students in the back didn’t.

The teacher explained: “The closer you were to the recycling bin, the better your odds. This is what privilege looks like.”

Understandably, the only students who complained about fairness were those in the back of the room.

Students in the front of the room, however, focused only on the task at hand with little consideration for their advantage — their privilege.

That’s how privilege works. It can give us clearer insight into both our present and future. But it can also distract us from the challenges people behind us face in pursuit of the same goals.

In that sense, people with privilege can themselves be an obstacle to social mobility for the underprivileged.

Wow. The stupid is strong with this one. There are many holes in his idea, the most blatant of which is seating arrangement: Did he choose where everyone is sitting, or did the students?

If he chose the seating, then he is the granter or said “Privilege.” And is therefore the one responsible for the downfall of his theory.

If the students did so, they they are the ones at fault for their lack of having an “advantage” over the students further back.

And since students who sit up at the front of the class are already more likely to study harder and get better grades to earn this so called “privilege”, and the students at the back more likely to half-ass their free public education and be stuck behind the “middle-class” in terms of living standards, then they are the only ones holding themselves back.

In either case, all this teacher has done is show folks who don’t worry about something as asinine as “privilege” that the whole purpose behind the idea is to divide people and cause those less successful to be jealous and angry at the more successful.

Which should be grounds for stripping this “teacher” of his credentials. Using class time to make one group of students hate another group is not what he is getting paid for.

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Good on them

It’s about time an employer did this

Papa John’s Pizza stands by employee who shot armed robber in self defense

Now if they would only quit putting laxatives in their pizza sauce, I’d probably start ordering from them.

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Usually

The wife complains about the fireworks our neighbors, both near and far, set off after a Seahawks win.

Not so much this afternoon, because , as she just put it, “what the fuck?”

Go Hawks!

UPDATE:

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