"Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens - and then everybody disagrees." - [Boris Marshalov]
"You know, you almost got to be a homosexual to be recognized in the entertainment industry anymore." [Jerry Falwell, founder and chairman of the Moral Majority Coalition, on how to get ahead in Hollywood] (Media Matters)
UN FORCES TO ROUND UP ALL FLAGS BY JULY 4, SET THEM ON FIRE… JANE FONDA AND BARBARA STREISAND GET GAY MARRIED IN FLAMING STARS ‘N’ STRIPES-THEMED CEREMONY… KOS TO BLAME…
"CLASS WAR"? BRING IT ON...
"Yeah, I'm talking 'class war' as a solution to poverty and rising inequality." -[Barbara Ehrenreich] in Slate "IS WAL-MART GOOD FOR THE AMERICAN WORKING CLASS?"
Congress weighs estate-tax break for wealthy
Christian Science Monitor
BOSTON AND WASHINGTON – More than $40 trillion in personal wealth is expected to change hands in America during the next five decades, as baby boomers and their children transfer wealth to heirs. Congress has to decide how big Uncle Sam's share will be.
Republican lawmakers hope to permanently reduce the estate tax this summer. The move could allow more of that $40 trillion to escape the tax.
Those who stand to reap the big gains are billionaires, millionaires, and their heirs. But every taxpayer has a stake in the outcome. An estate-tax overhaul could affect the nation's social structure and the tax burden on ordinary Americans for years to come.
"The revenue involved is not trivial," says Joel Slemrod, a University of Michigan economist. "What makes it more important, though, is this is by far the most progressive tax we have. [A large reduction] would certainly change in a substantial way who is bearing the tax burden."
And - "Any drop in estate-tax revenues has some effect on virtually all Americans," he adds. "Either they're going to have to cough up more taxes or see a decline in what the government provides." ...
Rant, Rev - Rant! ECONOMIC FAIRNESS...
THAT's the issue on which the Dems need to hammer away to clear the decks in the next two elections. IGNORE the WMDs - "Weapons of Mass Distraction" - gay marriage and flag desecration amendments! We MUST elect representatives who will RESTORE economic democracy to this country - beginning with restructuring tax codes for progressivity. It's unconscionable that wage workers continue to vote in ignorance for representation bought and paid for by the wealthy elite. EVERY tax loophole for those whose income does NOT come from wages - must be made up in one of three ways:
1) increased tax burden on middle-class wage-workers;
2) cuts in programs, services and/or entitlements that primarily impact the
3) Spiraling national debt to maintain an era of comparative "good
feeling" and continuing wars for empire for an indefinite period of years
until financial collapse and the end of the Republic.
YOU CAN TAKE THE HEROIN OUTTA THE HILLBILLY -
Rush Limbaugh Busted for Inadequacy,
Mocking Laughter Echoes Thruout Blogosphere
Ahem… What WAS Rash Limbo doing in the Dominican Republic - the single man's paradise where the pimps are reported to roam free - with a bunch of Viagra pills that had someone else’s name on the bottle?
BLOGGING THE BIBLE @ Slate is David Plotz's musings as he reads the Bible thoughtfully for the first time. He finds some surprising things that made him wonder and I was goin', "Hmmm..." right along with 'im:
First murder—that didn't take long. I never realized there was a vegetarian angle to Cain and Abel. Cain offers God the fruit of the soil as an offering, while Abel brings the choicest meat. God scorns Cain's vegetarian platter, so Cain jealously slays his brother...
This chapter makes the Jerry Springer Show look like Winnie the Pooh. The Sodom business is worse than I ever imagined. Two male angels visit Lot's house in Sodom. A crowd of men (Sodomites!) gathers outside the house and demands that the two angels be sent out, so the mob can rape them. Lot, whose hospitality is greater than his common sense, offers his virgin daughters to the mob instead. Before any rapes can happen, the mob is blinded by a mysterious flash of light. The angels lead Lot, his wife, and daughters out of the city, and God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah with brimstone. Lot's wife looks back and is turned into a pillar of salt. (... What of all the innocent children murdered in Sodom and Gomorrah? What of Lot's innocent wife?)
But the chapter's not over. After the attempted mass gay rape, the father pimping, the urban devastation, uxorious saline murder, it looks like Lot and his daughters are finally safe. They're living alone in a cave in the mountains. But then the two daughters—think of them as Judea's Hilton sisters—complain that cave life is no fun because there aren't enough men around. So, one night they get Lot falling-down drunk and have sex with him. Chapter 19 poses what I would call the Sunday School Problem—as in, how do you teach this in Sunday school? What exactly is the moral lesson here?
Ignoring Moses' entreaties for the Israelites, God distracts the prophet by saying He wants to grant Moses' wish that he be allowed to see God. God says He can't let Moses see His face, because "man may not see Me and live." (Um, let's just ignore how this contradicts the description of them meeting "face to face" just a few verses ago.) God has Moses stand in a rock crevice. God then carefully arranges Himself so Moses can see only His back. (As one e-mail correspondent put it to Plotz, this is the scene when God "moons" Moses.)
On Tuesday, Star Jones made her long-expected announcement that she will be leaving ABC's "The View" in mid-July, but what looked like it was going to be an amicable split has turned icy. Jones, in an interview with People that appeared online after the show aired, announced that she found out that her contract hadn't been renewed and decided to leave the show early. "I feel like I was fired," she told the magazine -- which, as it turns out, is basically true.
"The network decided long ago not to renew her contract," Barbara Walters, the show's driving force, told Lowdown yesterday. "There are very strong reasons why [ABC execs] felt she had lost the audience. I had then decided, along with [executive producer] Bill Geddie, that whatever she wanted to say - that she had a new job, that she was starting a new chapter - we would back her up." Now, a source tells People, the network has asked Jones not to come back at all: "ABC has asked her not to return to 'The View' tomorrow morning." (Lowdown, People)
Da Rev never watches The Kaffeklatsch - er - The View. I find Rosie O'Donnell to be ALMOST as obnoxious and boring as STAR - except Ms. Jones-Reynolds is a RELIGIOUS BIGOT. She's said that atheists shouldn't be able to run for office... Not only that - skinny or fat - she's REFUGLY!!
Ah, it's a beautiful summer day here in Metro Fairborn. We moseyed out to the Last Chance Garage and fired-up this CHERRY '48 PLYMOUTH CONVERTIBLE!
Good fortune. COMMENT!! Please spread the meme. Don't smoke in bed...