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In an effort to keep my blogging income under $250,000 this year so that Obama will not confiscate all my property and ship my children to the forced-labor farms, I have decided to post a little essay at Crooked Timber instead.  Ha!  Foiled you again, Barack Hussein Karl Marx al-Obama!!1!11!  Total win.

Besides, the pressure to join (or not join) Facebook was getting too intense around here.  Surely at CT there won’t be any of that nonsen . . . OH GOD IT’S COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!

Posted by on 03/03 at 02:39 PM
  1. Surely at CT there won’t be any of that nonsen . . . OH GOD IT’S COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE!

    Hey!  If this is anyone other than Steve Allen, you’re stealing my bit!

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  04:36 PM
  2. Borrowing.  Borrowing your bit.  And you can have it back when I’m done.

    There.  Just as good as new.

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  04:39 PM
  3. I don’t have an answer for this, but maybe it would have been more rhetorically effective for Obama to say he was raising taxes on incomes of over $250,000 a year, rather than on people making more than that figure?  I guess he wanted to personalize things for the under $250,000 incomes, but it sounds like he personalized things for the overs, too.  To the point that they apparently think that they, rather than their incomes, are going to be taxed.

    Of course I don’t discount conservative stupidity, paranoia, OR ratfucking on this one.

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  04:44 PM
  4. Any pressure to join/not join FB is entirely self imposed. The said FB group is thriving with/without you.

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  04:56 PM
  5. There.  Just as good as new.

    No, now it’s all tainted with dangeral...ness...tion.

    With all that money for nothing you get from Pennsylvania taxpayers, you had to borrow one of my two running “jokes”?

    And I think it would have been more rhetorically effective for Obama to say he would tax all foreigners living abroad.

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  04:56 PM
  6. BetsyD, I think even if Obama had said “incomes” instead of “people,” these nimrods would still think that their entire income will be taxed at the higher rate, not just their income over $250,000.  We’re talking about decades of economic illiteracy in the US, compounded by severe tax nuttiness and a lot of soggy teabags.

    Any pressure to join/not join FB is entirely self imposed.

    Oh, right. Like I haven’t read Foucault.  Jodi Dean to the white courtesy phone.

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  05:03 PM
  7. With all that money for nothing you get from Pennsylvania taxpayers, you had to borrow one of my two running “jokes”?

    Yes, yes I did.  And I will need another $30 billion in jokes by the close of business today.

    And I think it would have been more rhetorically effective for Obama to say he would tax all foreigners living abroad.

    Oh, great.  Then we’d have to see all these 200-person-strong “tea parties” in the major cities of Othercountriestan.

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  05:22 PM
  8. I suppose some asses do need a good John Galting, but please don’t get too carried (captcha) away with the anti-Derrida screed.

    When next the Mr Answer-Man cometh, may he please elucidate upon the new budget’s providing of ponies and vans for everyone?  Where are we all going to nurture our free range ponies in these gawd-awful cities????

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  05:47 PM
  9. You have to love the fact that there are attorneys who are too stupid to understand a progressive tax structure yet are still able to pull down 250 plus grand a year. Is this a great country or what?

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  08:51 PM
  10. Michael! Get your hands offa mds’ schtick! You don’t know where it’s been!

    (bow wow chicka bow wow etc.)

    Captcha: returned. Good as new.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  03/03  at  09:34 PM
  11. Hey there! Hope I’m not bothering you, and if I am…just hit that delete button smile I don’t mean to spam you, which is kind of what I’m doing but I mean no harm! My friend has launched a site called AFaithfulSoldier.com honoring our country’s military. Its basically a community for anyone related to or in the military and in it she sells Dog Tags (Personalized) for a great cause. 15% of all the sales goes to Soldier’s Angels charity which helps the families of people in the military or injured soldiers that come back.

    Not trying to convince you to buy anything…BUT if you do have a free minute to take a look at the site and find that you like it...I was hoping and going out on a limb here to ask if you could perhaps place a link somewhere on your site or make some minor mention anywhere, it would be such a great help! Of course, in return I’ll have your link added to the site as well. Also, Soldier’s Angels will be releasing a press release about AFaithfulSoldier, so it would be great to get as many supporters for this great cause as possible! Let me know your thoughts if you have any on the matter, and again, if I bothered you, I apologize!!! I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for a good cause. You have a great site btw, keep up the great work!

    Site link:  http://afaithfulsoldier.com/
    Description: AFaithfulSoldier honors everyone in the US military all around the world. We sell personalized Dog tags, of which 15% of all proceeds goes to a notable charity- Soldier’s Angels (http://soldiersangels.org) which helps injured soldiers or families of those that lost their lives in the military.

    Take care wink

    Irene

    Posted by Irene  on  03/03  at  10:05 PM
  12. (bow wow chicka bow wow etc.)

    Yes, that was my only other joke.  Thanks for underlining my irrelevance, Mister Clarke.

    And Irene of the possibly-to-be-removed comment spam, I kept hitting the delete button, just as you instructed.  Nothing happened to your comment, but I did get a call from a woman in Germany.  She said, “Cut it out.”

    Posted by  on  03/03  at  10:19 PM
  13. 15%??? Fifteen fucking %???  What? You have to be kidding me?  Irene, the average administrative, operating and overhead costs of the California Teachers’ Association is less than 28% returning the bulk of the revenue into services and chapter support.  I suspect the AAUP is similar, though i don’t know for sure.  But contributing only 15% of the profits to the group of people you intend to support is a travesty.  That eighty-five percent of the tag is required to cover the costs, operation capital, administrative support, etc., is just sheer ripping people off.

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  04:57 AM
  14. Bush=boat anchor.

    Posted by Grover  on  03/04  at  08:28 AM
  15. Who is this “Bush”?

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  09:04 AM
  16. Chicka-Wow Chicka-Wow Wow!

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  09:29 AM
  17. Irene,

    Since we’re all about transparency here. What is your percentage?

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  09:54 AM
  18. Come on!  Blogging to FB is like going from heroin to schlitz.  And like schlitz, you’ll only have like forty sips a day but you’ll still be fine to do regular work. Not dangeral at all. Don’t you want to know what’s happening back on the midwest ranch?

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  02:43 PM
  19. Actually, things are pretty much the same.  But still, the joy of knowing what your best friend in 7th grade had for breakfast this morning should not be discounted.

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  02:48 PM
  20. You know, I’m not sure Irene is coming back now that you all have been so rude to her.  Maybe if I join Facebook we can talk about this “percentage” thing.

    Mmmmmmmm . . . heroin with Schlitz.

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  02:59 PM
  21. "I love Irene, God knows I do
    I’ll love her till the seas run dry
    And if Irene turns her back on me
    I’d take morphine and die

    Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
    Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
    I’ll see you in my dreams”

    Posted by  on  03/04  at  03:41 PM
  22. Any pressure to join/not join FB is entirely self imposed. The said FB group is thriving with/without you.

    Speaking for myself and not Michael, I wouldn’t want to be part of a club that wants me as a member.

    That’s why I’m suspicious of the whole FB thing. It’s not about pulling a defiant John Galt and withholding my human capital.

    Posted by Pedro  on  03/04  at  04:07 PM
  23. Hmmm.  I retired at the end of November.  They paid me to go away.

    Did I “go Gault” without even realizing it?

    Damn!  Why am I always the last one to know?!?

    captch: stage, as in the next _____ of life.

    Posted by jazzbumpa  on  03/05  at  12:57 AM
  24. Irene’s enterprise is a sure sign of the coming recovery, as is Michael’s clever diversification.  Some day we’ll tell the grandkids how we got through the Depression by re-using old blog comments.

    Posted by  on  03/05  at  04:06 AM
  25. we’ll tell the grandkids how we got through the Depression by re-using old blog comments

    And you try and tell the young people of tomorrow that, and they won’t believe you.

    Posted by  on  03/05  at  08:17 AM
  26. John Galt would probably vote Demo now. He might object to union power, and to urban-leftist rabble rousers, but since he’s ueber-wealthy he lives in some gated community away from the ‘hood. He has a team of financial advisers who protect his savings in tax shelters, and safe, PC investments, and he even gives to worthy charities (as AR advocated at times).

    Like his creator the Divine Ayn, Galt’s no biblethumper, or supporter of the Hucklebee-hick GOP populism (or, Osiris forbid, papists); he chuckles reading some Sam Harris rant featuring Holy Maria in a soft-porn lez scene.  Galt probably uses an Apple now, and drives like a Lexus hybrid, lives in some leafy private community around Palo Alto: the JobsoCrat.

    Galt and his pals at the country club were probably pulling for Hillary, but then shifted to BO, maybe when Obama, Harvard boy, praised Reagan for his entrepreneurial spirit. When BO agreed to the Paulson/GOP bailout, Galt knew he’d made a prudent choice.

    Posted by Ezra Hound  on  03/05  at  12:38 PM
  27. WHEN you finally get around to joining FB, you can join the group “Go Galt Go!"--it was started by some dude named Henry Farrell; name sound familiar?--and express your solidarity with the urgings of “"Dr. Helen,” Glenn Reynolds, and Michelle Malkin” to “[refuse] to blog for the ungrateful masses and withdrawing to a secret compound until the world capitulates to their demands! Only a universal wingnut blogging strike can bring the moochers to their senses.”

    C’mon.  You can do it.  It’s just a couple extra sentences on the Press Release, so give me five minutes warning.

    --Press Secretary (CN)

    Posted by Ken Houghton  on  03/05  at  02:45 PM

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