Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Generation gap

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Evil mutant rises from the dead ...

… to threaten industry and prosperity. First, it was Waxman-Markey; then it was Boxer-Kerry; now it's Kerry-Lieberman; but it's all cap 'n' trade.

funny pictures of cats with captions

Left to right, Kerry, Obama, Lieberman. Al Gore is out of the frame.

If it passes, it will be the American economy that's the zombie. But the Chicago Carbon Exchange will be doing fine.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Monorail dog

While looking for LOLcats for the preceding post, I came across this:

Funny Pictures

which reminds me of someone.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Not opposed to immigration ...

... opposed to crime. Illegal immigration is illegal. Even LOLcats can do tautologies. Sneaky cat is sneaky:

Sneaky cat. Is Sneaky.

Illegal alien is illegal. It's not hard to understand. I'm old enough to remember when legal aliens were required to register at the Post Office annually.

Jan Brewer tells Obama that it's no laughing matter:

We are unwilling to enforce our own immigration laws. The Mexican government has much stricter immigration laws, which they enforce. J. Michael Waller in 2006: Mexico's Immigration Law: Let's Try It Here at Home.

Twitter phishing on the phone

Cory Doctorow thought he had all his ducks in a row.

Even so.

Via Jerry Pournelle's mail.

Monday, May 10, 2010

"Better late than never, dear"

The Sunday afternoon concert comes on Monday evening this week. Here's Janey Cutler, of Glasgow, Scotland. (Via Reality Rocks.)

Someone's already put up a website.

Bad language warning

I put that language warning right in the title so it would not be missed. This is ugly stuff.

Alternate title: Democrats are such lovely people.

At Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:

Voices of Hate

There are many voices of hate, but the voices most ignored by the mainstream media come not from Tea Parties or maligned conservative groups, but from the intolerant left.

After someone who did commercial voice-overs for Geico was fired for leaving threatening messages at FreedomWorks (which has supported the Tea Parties), a call went out for others to leave threatening messages.

As a result, FreedomWorks has been inundated with threatening phone calls, leading blogger Tabitha Hale, who also works at FreedomWorks, to put together this video (via Right Wing News):

In light of GeicoGate and the recent accusations from the media regarding the violent rhetoric of the conservative movement, I've taken the liberty of editing together the voicemails and emails we've received as a result of DC Douglas' call to contact FreedomWorks. Here's the result.

WARNING: This is intense. Violent language is an understatement. I haven't censored - only edited to remove names and phone numbers.

Video at the link. When they say that the Tea Partiers are racist and violent, it's projection. And, of course, deflection, distraction, and deception.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Billions of 1099 forms

Lunacy in Washington, sheer lunacy. Via Reynolds, TaxProf quotes CNN:

CNN: ObamaCare's Massive, Hidden Tax Change

An all-but-overlooked provision of the health reform law is threatening to swamp U.S. businesses with a flood of new tax paperwork.

Section 9006 of the health care bill -- just a few lines buried in the 2,409-page document -- mandates that beginning in 2012 all companies will have to issue 1099 tax forms not just to contract workers but to any individual or corporation from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a tax year.

The stealth change radically alters the nature of 1099s and means businesses will have to issue millions of new tax documents each year.

Right now, the IRS Form 1099 is used to document income for individual workers other than wages and salaries. Freelancers receive them each year from their clients, and businesses issue them to the independent contractors they hire.

But under the new rules, if a freelance designer buys a new iMac from the Apple Store, they'll have to send Apple a 1099. A laundromat that buys soap each week from a local distributor will have to send the supplier a 1099 at the end of the year tallying up their purchases.

The bill makes two key changes to how 1099s are used. First, it expands their scope by using them to track payments not only for services but also for tangible goods. Plus, it requires that 1099s be issued not just to individuals, but also to corporations.

Taken together, the two seemingly small changes will require millions of additional forms to be sent out.
TaxProf has more links. Warren Meyer has a post: Horrible New Paperwork Requirement Slipped into Health Care Bill.

In the email this morning:
I guess we had to pass the bill to find out what was in it.

I wonder who inserted this provision, and what in the world it is supposed to have to do with health care or health insurance, or anything but destroying the private sector.