Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Obama Man Can

Well Done!


Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Going Galt

Maryland increases income taxes on the rich. The rich leave. Maryland collects fewer taxes on the Rich. Students of Reaganomics an Ayne Rand aren't surprised.

Maryland couldn't balance its budget last year, so the state tried to close the shortfall by fleecing the wealthy. Politicians in Annapolis created a millionaire tax bracket, raising the top marginal income-tax rate to 6.25%. And because cities such as Baltimore and Bethesda also impose income taxes, the state-local tax rate can go as high as 9.45%. Governor Martin O'Malley, a dedicated class warrior, declared that these richest 0.3% of filers were "willing and able to pay their fair share." The Baltimore Sun predicted the rich would "grin and bear it."

One year later, nobody's grinning. One-third of the millionaires have disappeared from Maryland tax rolls. In 2008 roughly 3,000 million-dollar income tax returns were filed by the end of April. This year there were 2,000, which the state comptroller's office concedes is a "substantial decline." On those missing returns, the government collects 6.25% of nothing. Instead of the state coffers gaining the extra $106 million the politicians predicted, millionaires paid $100 million less in taxes than they did last year -- even at higher rates.

Could this happen on a national level?

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Congress Goes After Hostile Bloggers

They would like to toss into the clink for a couple of years any of us who “coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person.” Isn't that the whole idea of those who political blog, or blog on social commentary. Wired expounds:

Proposed congressional legislation would demand up to two years in prison for those whose electronic speech is meant to “coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to a person.”

Instead of prison, perhaps we should say gulag.

The proposal by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Los Angeles, would never pass First Amendment muster, unless the U.S. Constitution was altered without us knowing. So Sanchez, and the 14 other lawmakers who signed on to the proposal, are grandstanding to show the public they care about children and are opposed to cyberbullying.

The meaasure, H.R. 1966, is labeled the Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act. It’s designed to target the behavior that led to last year’s suicide of the 13-year-old Meier.

Yeah, it was wrong what they did to Megan Mier, but it is traitorous what Linda Sanchez is attempting to do with the first amendment

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

RKBA and theTexas Legislative session.

Its not all that clear to me, but it looks like we have made some progress in forwarding gun rights in Texas.

Parking lot bill, will allow us to keep guns locked up in our cars at our workplaces. Hunters should be able to appreciate this also. Won't be able to keep them in schools or Oil and Chemical plants, though maybe in 2011. We can fix this.

Knife laws got clarified. Some courts had mudied the water calling assisted knives switchblades.

Campus carry git kiled. Was pretty devious wasn't allowed to come to vote cause they knew it would pass.

Nothing is certain yet but at least these seem to be likely.

Open Ofice 3.1 Released 3.1 is released and seems to be rock solid. I am using the Language Tools extentions with it. Pretty kewl Language Tools adds some grammar checking. Its pretty crude, but it can help find errors. I believe it isn't just as good as MS Office but actually better.

What's Up

Been pretty busy lately. Went to El Paso last week and I like it there. Interesitng at the dry land border.
Haven't done much shooting recently. Ammo is pretty hard to find. Need more Ammo.

House is comming along nicely. We will be moving in a few weeks.

I have a Facebook account under name Liberty Spirit. I use it to keep track of friends and family. Haven't quite figured out what I will do with it in the long run. I will be posting house pictures there.

Anyone use dropbox ? The neatest cloud appliction I've found. If your looking for a way to share or move data around, this is pretty kewl.