The day off yesterday did me a lot of good, as I slept most of the day. That has left me a bit groggy, but groggy from too much sleep is better than bleary-eyed from too little. I’m current with replies. Tomorrow looks good.
Jig Zone Puzzle:
Today’s took me 3:49 (average 4:45). To do it, click here. How did you do?
This is the first Sunday since the Ellipsoid Orb has gone dark, shedding no light to the world, and depriving the faithful of meditation. May we survive this horrid time.
From Chicago Tribune: Action film star Steven Seagal, who racks up big body counts in his on-screen battles with bad guys, took on a new role on Saturday, training posse volunteers for controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio in how to use guns to protect schools in shooting incidents.
Great! The Arizona Death Angel, Jan Brewer, and her Republican Cronies have an actor, on behalf of an idiot, teaching gung-ho militia types to use guns around kids. InsaniTEA!
From NY Magazine: In a move that’s baffled and enraged his staunchly libertarian fans, three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul has asked the World Intellectual Property Organization to confiscate two domain names currently held by his supporters: RonPaul.com and RonPaul.org. In a Friday blog post [wing-nuts delinked], the sites’ proprietors fired back at their hero by claiming that they’d already offered to let Paul buy RonPaul.com (and its 170,000-follower mailing list) for a measly $250,000. (RonPaul.org was apparently thrown in as "a free gift.") After all, that’s the proper market economy way to handle this situation … right? Instead, their beloved leader has chosen to expropriate private property with the help of a major bastion of liberal tyranny: the United Nations, which controls the WIPA.
Ron Paul is as big a hypocrite as he is a corporatist, a misogynist, and a racist. I just wish he had not littered the Senate before he left.
From Think Progress: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R), like Republican governors all across the country, aims to implement a regressive tax plan that involves cutting income taxes for the rich while, in his case, maintaining a sales tax hike that primarily hurts the poor. The sales tax increase was supposed to be temporary when it was adopted in 2010, but Brownback now wants to make permanent.
Sales taxes disproportionately impact the poor, who are more likely to spend all or most of their income. According to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Brownback’s plan will raise taxes on the poorest Kansans, but still lose hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue due to huge tax cuts for the rich.
As I have often said before, Republicans oppose raising taxes only for millionaires, billionaires, and giant corporations. They want to raise YOUR taxes whenever they can.