Daily Archives: June 3, 2011
Re: The Anthony Weiner situation:
(btw… I don’t think it was Weiner who sent this photo to the student. I’d set my sights on Breitbart.)
James Arness, Gunsmoke‘s Matt Dillon, has died at age 88. Arness (family name Aurness which he never legally changed) and his actor older brother, Peter Graves (who died in March 2010), came to Hollywood after WWII where James ended up in the performing group that surrounded John Wayne. Wayne became Arness’ mentor and when the Matt Dillon part came up he convinced him to take it. He kept the role for 19 years … plus came back a decade later to do a few made for television Gunsmoke movies.
Arness was also a private pilot whose exploits buzzing the Gunsmoke set were legendary.
I really expected him to be gone today. When we got over to the marshy area by the runoff pond our friend started flying around us and then went from bush to bush staying just a few feet ahead of us making his clicks and chirps.
I’m getting to expect him and will be disappointed if he’s not there tomorrow. I think my dogs are getting used to him, too… especially Byron who would most likely eat him if he landed within grabbing room. Nestle looks at him and then goes back to sniffing the ground.
I’m getting really tired of these right-wing corporation kissers who are demanding MORE TAX CUTS when we are already taxing less as a percentage of GDP than we have since 1950 (and if you remember at that point, the upper 1% of rich Americans was being taxed close to 90%).
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BCA) puts it this way in it’s report:
Federal, state and local taxes — including income, property, sales and other taxes — consumed 9.2% of all personal income in 2009, the lowest rate since 1950, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. That rate is far below the historic average of 12% for the last half-century. The overall tax burden hit bottom in December at 8.8% of income before rising slightly in the first three months of 2010.
A. If we are going to cut expenses let’s bring home the troops and cut the military…
Of course, we are going to see the Republicans hang on to the Paul Ryan plan because they have all but married it. Don’t expect changes from the House then. And hope that Obama and the Senate don’t knuckle under. Just get us to the 2012 elections and eject the idiots who have made the House the non-voice of the people.
- The New GDP Data Is Bad. The Hidden Data Behind It Is Worse (freakonomics.com)
- You Think You’re Paying Too Much In Taxes? (mint.com)
- New GDP Data: There’s Bad News, Hidden in the Details (economistsview.typepad.com)
- N.J. slips to third in nation for personal income (nj.com)
- U.S. tax burden at lowest level since ’58 (usatoday.com)
- Modest growth forecast for Tennessee economy (knoxnews.com)
“I’m the death-panel-supporting, socialist, may-not-have-been-born-here president.”
The President was quoted by the Los Angeles Times, showing little sympathy to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) who accused him of “mis-describing” the House GOP Medicare plan. (Thanks to Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire.)
- Late Returns: Wacky Pataki (huffingtonpost.com)
- CNN Poll: Ryan Plan Opposed by Majority of Americans (themoderatevoice.com)
- Medicare Cuts: What’s Real, What’s Kabuki? (firedoglake.com)
- IPAB – The Obama Death Panel (bellalu0.wordpress.com)
- Republicans Disrespect Obama on Debt Ceiling (usnews.com)
- GOP prods Obama on cuts – The Detroit News (news.google.com)