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I planed to wrap it up with some snark about the left having puppies over this but it takes too much energy. Instead, here's David Boaz coining the phrase Romney Derangement Syndrome. It isn't what you think it is.
After he returned from Germany, Ma's husband worked at the Pentagon for a number of years. Just a few months before his office was turned into a public crematorium, he opted for an early retirement package. We're all grateful that he did, but none more than my mother.
There are any number of fascinating back stories like Sonny's that are woven into the fabric of this tragedy. I prefer those tales of tragedy and heroism to the hype and hoopla going on at ground zero this morning.
One such back story is that hundreds didn't perish in the twin towers that day simply because they ignored official instructions to stay put and wait for help. Instead, they got the hell out before the buildings fell down. That is the American spirit. To act boldy rather than to meekly comply while waiting for further instructions.
We honor those who lost their lives & we remember because of the sheer magnitude of the carnage. But we've lost more than that. In the eleven years following September 11, 2001 our liberties have eroded at an alarming pace. We've allowed the imposition of an ever expanding police state in exchange for a little bit of government supplied Security Theater.
Kip Hawley, former head of TSA.....
.....wants us to trust that a 400-ml bottle of liquid is dangerous, but transferring it to four 100-ml bottles magically makes it safe. He wants us to trust that the butter knives given to first-class passengers are nevertheless too dangerous to be taken through a security checkpoint. He wants us to trust the no-fly list: 21,000 people so dangerous they’re not allowed to fly, yet so innocent they can’t be arrested. He wants us to trust that the deployment of expensive full-body scanners has nothing to do with the fact that the former secretary of homeland security, Michael Chertoff, lobbies for one of the companies that makes them.
Joe Bidet insists that Americans are better off today because Bin Laden is dead. That's dead. Dead wrong. A trillion-plus dollars and untold lives later, America is no safer than it was on September 10, 2001. One has to look no further than the friendly airport security line to realize that.
People try to argue that government isn’t really force. You believe that? Try not paying your taxes. (This is only a thought experiment — suggesting on CNN.com that someone not pay his or her taxes is probably a federal offense, and I’m a nut, but I’m not crazy.). When they come to get you for not paying your taxes, try not going to court. Guns will be drawn. Government is force — literally, not figuratively.
In the end, you & I know what happens to those who refuse to pay their taxes and are willing to go to the mat over it.
California is desperate for cash and as the statute of limitations for tax year 2007 expires on April 15, a rash of demand letters is unleashed on the tax paying public demanding that self-employed taxpayers, who have filed a timely return, file a business tax return.
Many of these have no basis in fact and the tax agency could easily verify that John Q Taxpayer is a sole-proprietor, filed his return, and is not incorporated, not a partnership, and not an LLC.
Like flinging dung at the outhouse wall in hopes some may stick, the tax drones waste precious state resources, scaring the crap out of innocent people, wasting taxpayer's and accountant's time, without any regard for the fact that the three weeks from now until April 15 are the busiest time in the accounting world.
Yet another example of why California is circling the drain. Yes I used that same metaphor to describe Mayor Bloomberg's policy of starving the homeless in New York because donated food might have too much salt in it.
There isn't any question that DST *is* absolutely a big fat waste of time. Americans do not use electricity in the same way they did when I was a kid. Flat screen TV's have replaced low energy AM radios, and televisions never rest, blaring day and night, often competing for our attention from several different rooms in the house.
In 1950, windows were kept open, or closed, as a hedge against the oppressive summer heat and humidity. Today, air conditioning use is connected to temperature and controlled by thermostat, and it doesn't shut off because it's still daylight at 8:00 at night. Incandescent bulbs, radio tubes, and electric fans are orders of magnitude less energy intensive than a/c and plasma screens. Whatever time the sun sets on modern America is only nominally related to energy consumption.
SIDEBAR: This is TWC's favorite antique clock. In the days of my vagrant yoot there was one just like this hanging on the wall of the Yucca Cafe (incorporated December 2, 1954), just east of the railroad tracks, in Lungcancer, Ca. Though it served a lot of cheeseburgers (dill pickle on the side with a bag of chips), the last I looked it was a dirt bike shop specializing in Kawasakis.
Seven years ago, GWB and the GOP CONgress inflicted DST upon us for several additional weeks, which begins this morning and stretches until early November. Come Monday morning, it will be pitch black when I drag my kids off to school at 6:45 AM. If one needs a flashlight to find the truck, will the sun ever come up in Seattle?
Like everything else about DC, the illusion of doing *something* about any given problem is the entire point. Whether the problem is resolved, or not, is immaterial. And so it is that we are stuck with a dinosaur, the albatross of DST, which outlived its usefulness many decades ago, yet it affects a greater portion of our lives than it ever has. That is how politcos think, my friends.