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  • Don Lando 7:34 am on February 19, 2010 Permalink
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    Death and Taxes 

    The final deeds of one A. Joseph Stack III beg us to consider the current dynamics between taxpayers and government. When Joe crashed his Piper PA-28 into the Austin IRS building in Texas yesterday, he resurrected terrible memories of Oklahoma City and other violent tax protests.

    In his cryptic online dispatch, Joe says: “Nothing changes unless there is a body count.”

    Was this man the unfortunate and ill-timed byproduct of an otherwise justified revolt? Or is he only the latest in a long line of public enemies, both foreign and domestic?

    More importantly, how do his deeds affect the fight for balance between taxation and representation?

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    • The Bruce 10:33 am on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it all depends on how you define patriotism, which in the United States is a very unique definition. He did indeed “express” his right to challenge his government, if you can call it that – but at the same time, by most legal standards he still committed a criminal act. Who is more justified, the policeman or the revolutionary? The Romantic will tell you the revolutionary, but in practicality we live in a society of laws and this man chose to live(die) outside the law.

  • Don Lando 5:32 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , carbon, pensioners, UK   

    Jolly good plan, mate. Pip pip! 

    Instead of heeding the advice I’ve bandied for years now, our isle-bound progenitors are taking a rather different approach.

    Tens of billions of pounds will have to be raised through flight taxes to compensate developing countries for the damage air travel does to the environment, according to the Government’s advisory body on climate change.

    Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Why solve the problem when you can just keep the problem and centralise more power?

    And while we’re sucking the blood of the witless consumer, let us take this to its logical terminus and simply eighty-six all the pensioners. After appropriating their wealth just imagine all the airtime and print space we could buy to applaud ourselves for saving the world from the evils of carbon. There might even be a few pence left for the mongrel third world!

     
    • Mein Schatz 8:44 am on September 9, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The power to control the movement of the people is one of the oldest desires of government. We have reached an age where most laws preventing free movement are deemed illegal, but there are many sneakier ways than straightforward legislation to keep people from moving about.

  • Don Lando 4:00 pm on May 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Pravda, , Weimer Republic,   

    A Slavic slap in the face to you too. 

    Let’s hand it to the author of this scathing editorial (read: blog) that was reprinted in the web manifestation of Russia’s storied Pravda newspaper, he performs a ruskie-style working over on American hubris. And his English isn’t bad, either.

    Never mind the bizarro photo links on the sidebars. They’re for decoration. An excerpt appears below:

     
    ...here comes the American Response

    The American Response

    So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a “bold” move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

     
  • Don Lando 6:01 pm on April 24, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Gulf, Kurt Cobain, , weekend weather   

    Weekend weather situation unacceptable 

    In the immortal words of Kurt Cobain, I have a new complaint.

    With regularity I find myself looking out of high rise windows onto a landscape of blue skies and, yes, urban sprawl. But just beyond that busy horizon lie the rolling plains and vast woodlands of east Texas, and the promise of the weekend. It’s a wonderful scene if a tortuous one, but I rail against the forces of nature that cloud it each weekend and pour down freedom-crushing winds and rain during what remains of my childhood recess.

    If we are so responsible for global warming, can we at least find a way to fix the weekend weather so it’s nicer? We poor saps already have to deal with Gulf coast hurricanes and we’re gonna lose our weekends too? It never ends!

    I hope alphainventions.com picks this up ’cause I want my complaint heard!

     
    • Mein Schatz 9:30 am on April 25, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I for one am looking forward to places like New Orleans and Florida sinking into the ocean. Of course then all those people would probably want to move here.

    • Don Lando 12:44 pm on April 25, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well that’s not very neighborly. Where will you come by your space exploration and cheap gasoline then?

    • Mein Schatz 11:35 pm on April 25, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tell me why it makes sense to ship crude oil from all over the continent to be processed in the one place most likely going to get mowed down by a hurricane every other year?

      And although I work with old people on a daily basis, that doesn’t mean I support an entire state of geriatric free-loaders, getting drunk and tan on my social security dollars.

    • Don Lando 8:34 am on April 26, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Crude oil refining in the US is inseparable from natural gas processing, and the Texas/Louisiana capacity for these is so high because the proven reserves and drilling activities in this area compose so large a percentage of North American totals. You’ll note that the very US benchmark is named West Texas Intermediate (WTI). It’s light and sweet and doesn’t gunk up the works like that sour Venezuelan crap.

      As for why it makes sense to ship the raw material from elsewhere, the upper Gulf is conveniently located next to the… well, the Gulf, which houses both the hydrocarbons and the medium on which to transport them. Let me also point out that while shipping costs remain in the low triple digits per metric tonne, the build costs of refineries remain in the billions of dollars before maintenance and overhauls. Once they’re built, the tendency is to keep them running rather than built new ones in distant lands.

      Face it, your quality of life is heavily dependent on the Gulf coast energy corridor, hurricanes or no. Thanks to the margins gained during periods of steady pricing and/or growth, the conglomerates in question can protect and restore these facilities after storms blow through.

      Learn more at http://www.eia.doe.gov

    • pslarkin 10:11 am on April 26, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The only redeeming quality of any of these places is the output of awesome meat treats. Other than developing delicious forms of pork, these states are disgusting. The experts of BBQ don’t even recognize Florida as being a BBQ state.

      Learn more here:
      http://www.mahalo.com/The_BBQ_Song

    • Free Radical 8:44 pm on April 30, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      If you allow the wind and rain the ability to crush your freedom then you were never free. (=

    • Mein Schatz 10:42 pm on May 2, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      isn’t freedom the right allow nature to destroy places where 2/3 of the population hasn’t seen their genitals since the 9th grade?

  • Don Lando 11:56 am on April 16, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Bush look-alike, , Hitler, , ,   

    CNN fail redux 

    In a follow-up to yesterday’s observations on CNN’s coverage of  incorrigible, tea-brandishing scofflaws comes a blog from The American Spectator, which discusses Susan Roesgen’s rather unobjective interchange with the protestors:

    …Roesgen harassed a man who had a sign in which Obama was portrayed as a fascist with a Hitler mustache. “Why be so hard on the President of the United States though with such an offensive message?” an indignant Roesgen hollered. Yet back in 2006, when she was covering protests against the Bush administration’s response to Katrina, she jokingly referred to… a man wearing a mask with devil horns and a Hitler mustache as a Bush “look-alike.”

     
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