And All Is Well
In the Cellar
Giants Do Dwell
One Fun Way
To Remove That Sting
Is To Receive
World Series Ring!
And Do Remember
It’s Still Early Spring
The Giants Will Scream
And All Is Well
In the Cellar
Giants Do Dwell
One Fun Way
To Remove That Sting
Is To Receive
World Series Ring!
And Do Remember
It’s Still Early Spring
The Giants Will Scream
He is unable to accept that the reason he struggles for acceptance is because he threatens others and behaves like a recalcitrant child.
That’s how he came to my attention.
I was happily blogging about The Wine Wankers and their false list, when Opinionated Man showed up here and commenced trolling on my blog.
Then he ran off to his blog, to continue to lie and troll. And troll and lie.
He’s well known by WordPress as a troll, and has recently conceded that he actually has to follow WordPress’ rules.
I don’t hate him. Don’t know him. Have no reason why he’d try to threaten me and bully me out of writing about The Wine Wankers.
It’s clear he’s anti social, and a threat to everyone else on WordPress as he’s simply trying to use his blog for bullying.
But I write about what I want.
Opinionated Man, while glorifying in his free speech, threatens others who utilize theirs.
For this, he earns a symbolic kick in the nuts.
If he’s your cup of tea, great. There’s an audience for everyone.
The Milwaukee Bucks need a new stadium.
Calling his plan a “common-sense, fiscally conservative approach,” Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday said new growth in income tax revenue from Milwaukee Bucks players, employees and visiting teams will generate enough money to cover debt payments on $220 million in state-issued bonds for a new arena.
Walker told members of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and media at a news conference that he would put the plan in his state budget next week.
Walker called it a “Pay Their Way” proposal.
In addition to the state bonds worth $220 million, the Bucks’ owners are providing at least $150 million. Former owner and former Sen. Herb Kohl has pledged $100 million, making the total $470 million.
Surely, as far as the poor of the NBA go, the Bucks are amongst the poorest.
The Bucks have one NBA Championship, in 1971. Their last division title was in 2001.
Overall they are 1950-1856, .512 W-L%.
They finished 4th from the bottom in attendance on the way to their 41 – 41 record this year.
They have squeaked into the playoffs, and face the Bulls.
But they were smart and hooked up with Jamie Dinan, a hedge fund trader.
I fear they will leave Minnesota holding the bag on the stadium deal.
So how do stadium deals turn out?
The Bucks historically suck. And they aren’t that exciting, and I will eat my hat if the plan that Governor Walker thinks will pay for the stadium works.
Like the university cuts, Walker announced his arena proposal before making his official budget presentation. He offered $220 million in state bonding — essentially a form of borrowing — toward the cost of the arena. Debt payments on the bonds would be repaid from growth in the so-called “jock tax” — income tax revenue from Milwaukee Bucks players, employees and visiting teams.
So let’s examine the Bucks team payroll.
The salary cap is $63,000,000.00.
The top tax rate is 7.65%
Visiting “jock tax” rate just can’t be that much. There’s only 82 games, 41 home, 41 away. Not counting playoffs.
These players are only paid when they are on the floor. I doubt they are going to otherwise spend tons of money in Wisconsin visiting.
Let’s just be completely whacky and assume they pay each $200,000.00 in total compensation, including benies.
That’s another $26,000.000.00
So total payroll is $89,000,000.00
Taxes on that is 7,120,000.00 per year.
Plus the jock tax. Uhhh. So the total salary of the NBA is 2,149,000,000.00 for 2014/2015.
Subtract the Bucks Salary = 2,091,000,000.00. With the “jock tax” 1/29th of that at a generous 7.65 percent presumed tax rate. (1/2 as only half the games are in Wisconsin.)
Or about $3,000,000.00 in taxes from visiting teams, and I’m being AMAZINGLY GENEROUS.
So, if all goes well, that’s 10,120,000.00 in taxes per year. If no one screams foul.
And that’s what Governor Walker thinks he will lose if the Bucks leave the state.
So if all goes PERFECT, it’s revenue neutral.
No current base revenue would be used to pay the bonds; that base has been estimated at $6.52 million and will continue to go to the general fund. In 2015, that figure is expected to grow by more than 8% and increase by as much as 25% in 2017. The length of the bonds will be determined by a number of factors, including the language in the final legislation and market conditions.
So at 5% interest (taken from currrent Wisconsin bond series, Wisconsin needs $11,000,000.00.
So it’s behind on year one. And I have higher expectations than the state of Wisconsin itself at $6.25 million….
And oh my God. They expect a 25% increase in 2017…. BZZZZTTTTTTTT. Foul! 1 and 1 for the public.
Unrealistic numbers are just unsustainable. Sorry.
The math, it does not work.
Who the fuck now wants to visit Wisconsin as a visiting player? They already pay taxes in home state, so this is an accounting nightmare.
AND other states have “jock taxes” so credits are given to in state athletes to prevent double taxation.
So this money is just shifted income from one state to another, a trick of accounting.
I realize Wisconsin CAN do it, but should they?
I’m having a hard time imagining that the revenue from the taxes services the debt here.
These people are billionaires. They can afford their own stadiums.
Anything to be in the big leagues, Governor?
If the Bucks want to stay, pay to play…
I fail to see how not educating the young, while enriching billionaires is the conservative play here.
(Good luck to the Contractors bidding this… Except WE KNOW THE TAXPAYERS GET HUNG OUT TO DRY.)
Closing down the IRS doesn’t mean you won’t have to pay taxes.
Even if we move to a simple flat tax proposal, you will STILL have to pay taxes as individual filers.
We will still have to have a bureaucracy for collecting those taxes, and enforcing the flat tax in the even that you don’t voluntarily pay.
The flat tax proposals are generally at least revenue neutral.
This is because the Congress has passed the laws that require implementation by the Executive Branch.
This is spending THAT WILL OCCUR until Congress passes laws to undo what has been done.
Meaning that Ted Cruz being anti-IRS is NOT the same as being anti-tax.
He is not anti-tax. He is pro-rich.
“He’s expressing the frustration of a lot of people with the IRS. But step one is to reform or ditch the tax code, and step two is to create a more neutral or well-functioning tax authority,” said Chris Edwards, director of tax policy studies at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank. “Just calling for blowing up the IRS is maybe not starting in the best place.”
Run the math.
Let me be clear. I think Adam is a voice, and important in stressing that runaway government should be curbed, and that people should work if able. Absolutely.
However, I disagree on sending hungry kids to school hungry, and am happy to feed them a breakfast at school. And lunch, dinner if necessary.
Sorry their parents can’t feed them, but hungry kids don’t learn as well, and that leaves us with an uneducated next generation.
I have a concern for future generations. Sue me.
Ted doesn’t have an actual plan, so I will use one of the more famous proponents of a Flat Tax, Steve Forbes, example.
Steve calls for a 17% flat tax for all and a standard deduction on the first $46,000 for a family of four.
Let’s assume Adam, who is a family man, is at least a family of 4 for filing purposes.
Adam qualifies for everything! Go Team USA!
Adam has a net worth of $15,000,000.00 estimated. However there’s no information online as to yearly earnings.
He does have a highly successful podcast, and is definitely a celebrity.
I shall assign him a salary of $500,000.00. I am making this up. Completely. I don’t want to invade his privacy by getting a public tax return. I believe he’s worth that salary based on net worth, and demonstrated earnings ability. As I used to have to be able to calculate actual weekly wage as a matter of law in Calfornia workers comp cases, I think it’s a decent wild ass guess.
500,000 – 46,000 = 454,000.00 taxable at 17% = $77,180.00
According to the IRS calculator, Adam would owe:
Now let me be clear. I ran Adam at Married, filing jointly, with 2 kids. NO OTHER DEDUCTIONS.
Now Adam is a highly successful businessman, and I would assume would have some itemizations.
So with Ted’s plan, which doesn’t shrink the government because a bureaucracy IS STILL NEEDED to collect the taxes, the rich get richer.
Does Adam plow that back into his business? Reinvest in new business or save? I don’t know. Probably some of all. And spend that money he earned on fun stuff.
What I don’t think is that he could hire one new employee with that savings, or that he necessarily would.
I assume Adam has plenty of fun now, however.
How does a family of 4, with $100,000.00 do?
$100.000.00 – 46,000 = 54,000.00 X 17% tax rate = 9,180.00 due.
And imagine that. Nearly the same. A savings of $600.00 to save, perhaps. College fund!
No child care deductions claimed, no itemizations which could reduce tax liability somewhat.
How about $65,000?
$65,000 – 46,000.00 = 19,000.00 x 17% tax rate = $3,230.00 tax due.
So, the 65k family of 4 saves 1300.00 in mad, mad money! Wheeeeee!
If that same family paid $2500 in child care and takes the credit they owe $2000.00 less.
This is why we have a progressive tax rate IN THE FIRST PLACE.
Kids are household budget busters, lol.
The rich get richer, and the middle class? Left behind.
Just say no to Ted Cruz and his plan to eliminate the IRS.
He still wants your money, he just wants to spend it on things he supports. Bigger military, and God only knows what all.
Only 19.9% of households earned over $100,000.00. Meaning the vast majority see no great improvement in their household budgets.
Many happy returns.
*When and if Ted Cruz provides specifics I will rerun the numbers.
Obviously we have a major problem here in the Executive Branch bureaucracy.
Bureaucrats are increasingly politicizing their actions. With the IRS scandals, a runaway DOJ sending guns to Mexico which end up killing Americans, federal agencies with what amounts to a federalized private police force, this is untenable.
Thus I have a modest proposal.
A Cabinet level Inspector General that the IG’s of the various departments report to.
And that office will closely coordinate with a newly formed Congressional committee and staff as a matter of law.
With the concept of “Congressional Oversight” drilled in so the “Hillary Defense” of just ignoring a letter isn’t possible.
From my perspective, Chairman Issa failed in oversight as well. Apparently he didn’t have a diary system in place to follow up with his request for information.
Obviously contempt for Congress, the Constitution and the law starts at the top.
I cannot believe Hillary has the gall to run for President.
I have read that the Southern Poverty Law Center has opened an “extremist” file on Dr. Ben Carson.
Although they are a private information, and well within their rights to host such files, use of language is critical.
The SPLC uses the color of law, their very position as a trusted source of information as presumed legal experts to brand those they oppose.
In labeling someone as an “extremist” with the simple criteria that “most” would conclude a statement is extreme is littler more than a Scarlet Letter and Brand of ostracization that is being placed by this law office.
We’ve also come to the conclusion that the question of whether a better-researched profile of Dr. Carson should or should not be included in our “Extremist Files” is taking attention from the fact that Dr. Carson has, in fact, made a number of statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are extreme. They are described below.
Clearly the SPLC is well known, and their research carries weight. I use it myself to see where gangs are located.
The SPLC has provided various statements by Dr. Ben Carson as explanation for why they have publically branded the gentleman.
“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA [North American Man/Boy Association, a group advocating pedophilia], be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”
—Interview on Fox News’ “Hannity,” March 26, 2013
Clearly homosexuals hate the slipperly slope argument, however many who believe that sex between men is not “natural” have the same fears about redefining marriage.
“I think people have completely taken the wrong meaning out of what I was saying. First of all, I certainly believe gay people should have all the rights that anybody else has. What I was basically saying is that as far as marriage is concerned, that has traditionally been between a man and a woman, and nobody should be able to change that.”
—Quoted on The Baltimore Sun, March 29, 2013, apologizing for remarks made three days earlier (above)
Is clarifying the remark extremist? Apparently simply opposing gay marriage is now “extremist” same as any violent organization.
“[I]f we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire.”
—America the Beautiful: Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great, 2012
A slippery slope argument. Hardly extremist.
“If you look in the writings of a lot of the neo-Marxists, when they talk about the New World Order, they say there’s only one stick in the mud: the United States. How do you get them out of the way, or how do you change them? And they said there were two fundamental things, their Judeo-Christian faith and their strong families. Those were the things that had to be attacked and those things have been systematically attacked over the last several decades.”
––Speech to the National Organization for Marriage, June 19, 2014
Is his statement even debatable? Really? It’s extremist to note the attack on traditional families?
“Obamacare is really the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery. And … in a way, it is slavery.”
—Values Voter Summit, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 2013
Stupid, but not extremist.
“I mean, [our government and institutions] are very much like Nazi Germany. … You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they really believe.”
—Quoted by Breitbart News, March 12, 2014
I don’t know about you, but I consider the militarization of the police, and the strengthening of ties between corporations and government as strong elements of national socialism.
When you tie in the fact that black people seem to be killed with relative ease by police in growing numbers, this is a worrying trend.
National Socialism itself is the strong partnership between government and corporations along with hate.
That hate was labeling “others” as the enemy, and in need of eradication.
In our society, ostracization and condemnation as “extremist” is evidence of that hate…
Using SPLA’s non existent definition of extremism, I consider the SPLA extremist.
I believe that the SPLC is haphazard in their application, and should use a more stringent standard, perhaps “preponderance of the evidence” or “beyond a reasonable doubt”.
In the wrong hands, the SPLC can be used for extremist or biased political goals.
I believe the SPLC is not beyond needing watchdogged, and have opened a file to monitor whom the publically brand, and why.
In a country that legally allows you to believe ANYTHING, using such language must be carefully watched.
The SPLA seems little more than a political tool.
The orgnaizations they list, though I agree with most, are telling for who they leave off. Their bias is palpable.
The SPLC is overreaching, and is a danger to Free Speech.
Hillary’s 4 legged campaing strategy is 3 pieces of brilliance.
She’s running as Jerry Falwell and Focus on the Family.
Clinton … articulated four pillars of her still-to-come campaign platform; four “big fights” she foresees on the horizon: building “the economy of tomorrow, not yesterday,” strengthening families and communities, fixing “our dysfunctional political system and get[ting] unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment,” and protect[ing] our country from the threats that we see, and the ones that are on the horizon.”
1. Building the economy of tomorrow.
Check. A healthy economy is important to everyone.
In order to draw contrasts with Hillary Republicans are left on saying that they won’t actively build (done through grants for R&D, tax policy) , but will otherwise allow people free reign to build new, or simply continue on with the old.
Pump more oil! Yay! More fracking in neighborhoods! Even Texas towns want to ban that shit.
Oops, the Texas Regulator isn’t honoring the towns ban. So much for local control in Texas. That’s Big Earl at work there, fellas. Remove your hats.
Smog causes birth defects? Tough shit.
2. Strengthening our families and communities.
In order to draw contrasts Republicans will have to state who it is they don’t consider as part of America’s family or community.
We all know who that is. But we like to hear the Republicans express their hate. Each time they do, they shed prospective voters who don’t want to associate with virulent hate.
Have the courage of your convictions, fellas. Stand up for your right to exclude!
3. Fixing our dysfunctional political system.
Sounds good. Tis impossible in a free country, sorry. But even Republicans have to be for fixing something.
Republicans are currently intent on running moderates out of the policy, so I don’t think they want to fix anything.
Both parties are largely in divide and conquer mode right now, not bipartisanship mode.
4. Getting unaccountable money out of the system.
And here’s Hillary’s weakness. Her community property is largely unaccountable. Get on that shit, Republicans. Gonna have to exploit something, and this is it.
Hillary is positioned so far to the right, that she’s to the right of the right. And that leaves the whole left to her, cause Republicans will probably try to out right here, which leaves them in crazy town.
Pound national security and emails also. I still can’t believe she has the gall to run after what she has done.
I was trolling Rupert Murdoch today on Twitter.
Not really. I was responding to some of his tweets as I thought I’d see was the old fuddy duddy was up to, given my criticism of Fox yesterday.
And he had a tweet where he indicated that he saw a musical about Alexander Hamilton.
I thought this was a great idea, and I have set about to revision the Constitutional Convention of 1787 as imagined by Conservatives of today.
Without further adieu:
Many men in wigs, dressed in flamboyant manner like Prince. Not a Prince. Prince, the musician.
A large hall, perfect for song and dance routines, decorated with lots of bunting and frilly decorations. Perfect acoustics. It’s as if Queer Eye for the Straight Guy designed the costumes and set.
Washington: “This convention shall come to order, our first priority, seal our borders, our resources, we are now hoarders, corporations, shall enforce ruthless order!”
Jefferson: “I second the great Washington, of the Gays, keep them on the run, they are enemies, as bad as Prussian. Of your guns, never set to stun!”
Franklin: “No marriage unless your straight. I’m sorry, I’m late for my date. I am seeing Princess Kate, and her various chambermaids. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.”
Hamilton: “We must have Central Bank, a stable currency, a required state. To guarantee prosperity, unless in your mattresses, your money do you keep.”
Burr: “Hamilton, do shut your face, you have no human grace, you are eyes without face. Banks are evil, evil places to save!”
Patrick Henry “Give me liberty, or give me death. Of you, your thoughts are to far left. I fear you are conscious bereft, uncommon cause, irreversible cleft, love it or leave it, you propose theft!
Hamilton “I only did propose a bank! I am for giant tanks. Our sovereignty, enforced on the go, our military, not just for show. I hope that I have made amends. Of one thought! We must not bend.”
Burr: “Hamilton, I have my eyes on you. Of pure ideology, you are not true. Someday, some way your bill will come due. But for now, I suffer you!”
John Hancock “I have mastered calligraphy, my flamboyant signature, all will see!
Burr: “Hancock! Get thee gone! Your garish signature mars Declaration!”
Samuel Adams: “Of giant Navy and Marines, we may have to storm Tripoli. Tax the people, for this to pay. Even tax the inconsequential gays! Deny them marriage, this I say! Write it down! In Constitution to stay!”
John Adams: “Of their welfare, I don’t give a fuck. I want all my hard earned bucks. Unless it’s policy I support. Then for that I will pay, forevermore. So of a giant military, that I shall pay for. But of health care? Nuh uh, no way, I don’t fear return of black plague! I will wear mask, and for foodstuffs? Send out my slaves…”
Washington: “Then we are all agreed. Of this Constitution, fait accompli. We shall go down in History, as guardians of our own Liberty!”
About a week ago quite a few of my friends Klout scores plummeted.
They quickly began referring to this event as the #Kloutmassacre.
I am unsure why some people’s scores dropped precipitously, but @klout does adjust their algorithm from time to time.
And I concur with her as to the “don’t panic” message.
What is important to remember is that Klout is an online measurement of your influence, yet you are in competition with everyone else on social media for that score.
AND, the klout algorithm is a curve.
Meaning the higher you get, the higher it is to go higher.
Why is this?
Because amazingly enough we all are in competition with everyone else.
And that includes all the major celebrities, etc with a major social media presence.
AND that includes people you may not have heard of or otherwise follow.
People like International Fitness Models whom my friend Nicolina Wroblewski hangs out with on Facebook.
And through Nicolina I’ve noticed a large coterie of Fitness models. And boy do they get the interactions.
I’ve seen over 30,000 comments, likes and shares on one photo…
So, all of my friends up in the 78’s, 79, 80’s, remember, it’s rarified air even at 78. That’s a top score, out of 620 million people.
Climbing that hill is hard, and there’s powerful competition out there.
And I need to work out a bit more I guess…
There’s some fierce competition on the mean streets, yo.
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