Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Hall County Republicans

Well, I'm not sure he's a Republican, but he's stupid enough to be one. Maybe even be the local head of the local chapter of the "I'm dumb. I'm proud. I'm a Republican" club.

So who is he?

Jim Mewborne, author of the following letter in the Gainesville Times. (link)

US government spirals into total socialism


I strongly agree with the letter writer regarding government handouts (Saturday's Community Forum). While he referred to Alexander Tyler and democracy, it should also be noted that Tyler said democracies progress through the following sequences:

1. From bondage to spiritual faith;
2. From spiritual faith to great courage;
3. From the great courage to liberty;
4. From liberty to abundance;
5. From abundance to selfishness;
6. From selfishness to complacency;
7. From complacency to apathy;
8. From apathy to dependence;
9. From dependence back again to bondage.

If you study the history of our government, you will see that we are now at sequence 7 and bordering rather closely to sequence 8. Our government was originally capitalistic, but it has become more and more socialist and, to my way of thinking, is headed toward total socialism.

While I don't consider myself a pessimist, I am truly concerned over the direction of our government and what the future holds not only for us to more importantly, for our descendants.

Jim Mewborne
Gainesville


There is no such quotation for an Alexander Tyler.

This is one of those falsehoods that has become an Urban Legend.

Several people have debunked it, including the Library of Congress.

Here are two links to check.

Gary North

Snopes

The "Tyler" quote is very likely entirely fictitious. There was a Scottish historian/professor who wrote several books in the late 1700s and early 1800s. But, his last name was Tytler. His whole name was Lord Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler.

I wish people would fact check before writing a letter to the Editor.

Mike Parker

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Secretary Rice again caught lying to the American People

When will it ever end?

"How could anyone know terrorists were going to fly planes into the World Trade Center on 9/11? No one knew. We didn't know."

How is that a lie? The question isn't could we have known the exact to the minute planning of a terrorist attack. The question was should we, with what was known, prevented the attack by warning major airlines of terrorist chatter about airplanes and airlines?

We knew terrorists were chattering about airplanes but never warned the airlines.

Avoiding the right question, asking a ridiculous question, and then using the ridiculous answer as proof ... that is lying. Not answering a straight question is lying.

Now Rice says Carter was told NOT to meet with Hamas.

Carter says Rice is lying.

What did he really expect from Rice? The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the Truth?

No, Carter never expected that from Rice. Neither did I. Did anyone else?

Full Story at the following link. Don't bother reading it if you think Osama was living with Saddam in September 2001, or that tons of WMD got buried in the desert, moved across an international border without being seen by the CIA, or that the attacks of 9/11 were completely fabricated by Israel.

Rice lies

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Asking if Obama and Osama are brothers?

My first email of the morning hurt. The kind of hurt one feels down in the bones. That bruised bone pain that lingers for days. So let's all start our day facing the pain of Christianity and politics.

Watch this video at http://www.wyff4.com/news/15948849/detail.html

First, we should strip this 'church' of its tax exempt status. The underlying message isn't a question but a rather offensive effort to manipulate the outcome of a political contest. That political contest would be the Presidential Election.

Why is this elderly pastor questioning Obama's faith in a Christian God but not questioning the faith of John McCain?

Does the pastor think we're so stupid we think our first name or last name determines our type of faith as well as our place in Heaven?

No, we're not that stupid. But, our pastor is that stupid.

That son of a bitch should just go ahead and call Obama a Muslim sand nigger.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Government isn't the problem.

Lot's of people smarter than me have had their say about politics and the American people. Some of the curses leveled at America are worth remembering and repeating. But, as I write and research in my effort to improve politics, I want nothing from those curses. Not even to repeat them.

Until the next time I speak with a Republican. Then, all the curses of history and all the alcohol in Ireland won't improve my point of view.

My point of view at these times is quite simple. Republicans are the dumbest sons of bitches ever born into the human race.

Democrats already understand this point of view.

Republicans don't understand anything.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

John McCain and his gas holiday

Today, Iraq is a war zone, more so than before our 'act of liberation' also known as an invasion in real terms.

Future President McCain has a specific reaction to this problem.

A 'gas tax holiday.'

I'd try to ridicule this idea but I can't say that I need to pile on anymore.

The GOP will continue to 'buy votes' with tax cuts while borrowing money from China and the Middle Eastern oil sheiks.

A gas tax holiday will yield nothing to a child in school but will make sure we have to borrow more money from China to buy more gas from Arabs.

A pimp is not a leader.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Just a fishing story

While I was vacationing, I decided to go deep sea fishing.

I went out about 25 miles to the 600 fathom line and suddenly hooked into something BIG! Man, I thought it might be a nuclear submarine! It really put up a fight.

But, when I forced it to the surface, it was just an old Russian diesel sub.

I should have cut my line at that point but the Capitan popped up on the deck. He said a few words in Russian that I can't translate here. Then, to punctuate it all, he gave me the International salute with both hands.

Well, I tied off my fishing line to the back of my boat and grabbed the oars.

I pulled his little diesel submarine around backwards for about 20 minutes. Now that really pissed him off.

He got up on deck and started shooting at me with one of those Kalashnikov rifles.

I wasn't scared none. I had stirred up the ocean so bad with my oars that the little diesel sub was bobbing up and down like a yo-yo.

But, all good fun has to end so I cut my line and headed for the beach.

Sure enough, that Russian captain decided to chase me. And, it looked like he might until he ran up on a sand bar about a quarter mile from shore.

I just laughed and rowed up on the beach. I did a little happy dance and gave him a flag salute of my own.

Then, I waded back out to the sand bar and pushed him back into the ocean.

After all, I'm a catch and release kind of fisherman.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Tommy Sandoval and the Gainesville Times

I thought I'd revisit Mr. Sandoval's essay on how George Bush has cut taxes for ... all the middle class.

His hypothetical example, a married couple making $40,000 before taxes, with two children under age 17, who lived at home with mom and dad, would have gotten a 96% tax cut from George Bush.

That's very hypothetical and I sincerely doubt Mr. Sandoval knows all the assumptions.

I did the math using a 1040 and my personal situation. I still would have paid several hundred dollars in income taxes if I had two 17 year kids. Not at all close to the $46 claimed by Sandoval.

To be very honest, I could redo all the numbers so that the mythical married couple get no additional benefit from the Child Tax Credit.

But, I would have to assume several things.

(1.) Two wage earners making $10 an hour.

That's very possible in this economy.

So two people working a combined 4,000 hours a year.

(2.) Two children in daycare.

That seems very reasonable as well. My son has two children in daycare. And, he pays dearly every week for that service. But, he gets a nice tax credit for his daycare expenses. In the Gainesville area, daycare costs around $140 per child. In my example, I use $155 per week for 2 children or about half the going rate in Gainesville, Georgia.

Tax credit for my hypothetical couple? $2,450!!!!!!!

Now what are those boring numbers?

Real Income .............................$40,000
Minus the standard deduction (not itemizing) ............................-$10,700
New balance for taxable income ............................ $29,300
Minus the exemptions for dependents and self ........................... -$13,600
New balance for taxable income ........................... $15,700

The tax liability for income of $15,700, married filing jointly? $1,576

Credit for childcare expenses? $2,450.

Net tax liability? ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!

How much did the family of four get from the George Bush tax cuts?

ZERO!

Now, we should ask one more question.

How much would a family of four with earnings of $100,000 get from the Child Tax Credit?

$2,000.

So in reality, Sandoval is very, very wrong.

A family making $40,000 gets no benefit from the changes in the Child Tax Credit but a family making $100,000 gets $2,000!

Yes, the Bush Tax Cuts go to the richest members of society.

Mr. Sandoval should be ashamed.