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Blog Tax

Philly requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a business license.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

“The real kick in the pants is that I don’t even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous,” Bess says.

It would be one thing if Bess’ website were, well, an actual business, or if the amount of money the city wanted didn’t outpace her earnings six-fold. Sure, the city has its rules; and yes, cash-strapped cities can’t very well ignore potential sources of income. But at the same time, there must be some room for discretion and common sense.

Instapundit notes:

Reader Trent Nix thinks it’s about more than money:

“One thing that you didn’t mention on Philadelphia requiring bloggers to pay $300 for a “license” is that it has the side effect of giving the city a weapon to use against those pesky anonymous bloggers. If you don’t pay, they have empowered themselves to go after you, attempting to ensure nobody is going to lob any grenades behind the veil of anonymity.

The losers who put this nonsense in place should have their pictures plastered everywhere as enemies to free speech. City politics tend to be the place where the nexus of stupidity and vanity are at their greatest.”

This is one of the reasons that I don’t have tip jars or advertisements, or sponsored Amazon Links.  Not much money involved and despite claims from other bloggers. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to keep a blog running. Not at this bandwith yet.

The blogosphere isn’t what it use to be

Everything changes, and anything as dynamic and shapeless as the blogosphere can only be expected to change and adapt.  The blogosphere was once a network of excitement, where ideas and thoughts were unconstrained. Brilliant thoughts spread virally with links and services like Technorati and Bloglines measured the impact of our words.  The Rathergate exposé led by Powerline and  Little Green Footballs, was the blogging community’s  finest hour, when they exposed a corrupt 60 minutes 2 as corrupt and biased.  The blogs by exposing CBS’s and Dan Rathers fraud had stopped the MSM from stealing the election.  

It was fun being a part of all of this, blogs had earned a certain respectability.  During the Hurricane Ike mass evacuation,  Blogs became the go to means to find out was happening.  The MSM didn’t have the means to get to the evacuation points to  find out how people were doing, and where the problems were. The MSM were coming to us to find out what was happening. Even this humble blog was referred to by the MSM.

So what has happened? Why have blogs moved out from such prominence? I think it’s a number of factors,  Many blogs have moved on. Little Green Footballs is now a host for guest bloggers, who are now a collection of leftist. Other bloggers have simply gone away. Other Blogs have gone comercial. individual bloggers compete for readership with conglomerate blog sites such as the Huffington Post.

What does it all mean? I don’t know. I’ll continue to post on a regular basis, but today its not about the blogosphere. Its about the reader who stops by and happens to read an article or perhaps leave a comment.

Thank you dear reader for stopping by, I hope you find something interesting, entertaining, or pause for thought.

Eating Gulf Coast Seafood

Doug Suttles says he would eat Gulf Coast seafood. I’m not sure that his appetite will be enough to restore the Gulf Coast fishing industry to its former self.

When asked by a reporter whether he’d eat the Gulf’s bounty, Suttles didn’t flinch.

“I absolutely would,” he told reporters after joining a flight over the Gulf to track the oil, which he insisted has dissipated dramatically.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of testing done by NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the state agencies and the FDA and others. They’re not going to open these waters to either sport fishing or commercial fishing if it’s not safe to eat the fish,” he said.

“I have a lot of confidence in those agencies and I trust their recommendations and I would eat their food — the seafood out of the Gulf, and I would feed it to my family,” he said

Maybe he was asked the wrong question, Should he have been asked,” Would you serve Gulf coast Seafood to your pregnant wife or small children?”  While we haven’t seen much oil here in Texas, and I have no qualms about eating our delicious shrimp and other seafood, I will ask where the oysters are from before I devour platefuls of Half shelled oysters, or offer Redfish to my young nieces.