Quick Thoughts

News organizations bail on Holder’s briefing

The Department of Justice announced it will hold an off-the-record meeting with news outlets this week to discuss how it deals with journalists who work with leakers.

For some reason, the Associated Press has decided not to attend. Maybe it has to do with the fact that everything THEY did was on-record with the DOJ. AP spokesperson Erin Madigan stated, “If it is not on the record, AP will not attend and instead will offer our views on how the regulations should be updated in an open letter.”

Seems like an appropriate response.

More on Breitbart. Note: Breitbart.com has pop-up ads and automatic playing videos.

UPDATE: In addition to the AP, the New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, and FoxNews have all also declined to attend the off-record briefing due to its being off record. Among those planning to attend are the Wall Street Journal, Politico, and the Washington Post.

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Roads and bridges built without income taxes!

Guess what, ladies and gentlemen? I have discovered something shocking — it doesn’t take income taxes to run a government!

itemized vehicle registration receipt

Breathtaking, I know. I renewed one of my vehicle’s tags online today, and noticed there was a fee in it to pay for roads and bridges.

Apparently, it is possible for government offices to function without the institution of an income tax! How amazing! This is just another reason why we would be perfectly fine without an income tax or the IRS. In the wake of the scandal involving the IRS targeting conservative groups for their political views, it is important to continually point out reasons we do not need this institution.

The government does not need to know how much money you make, and what those sources of income are.

The Internal Revenue Service has the power to shut down businesses for making the slightest mistake or miscalculation in their taxes, shouldn’t they be held to the same standard?

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Tax Day Tip: Move

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Happy Tax Day! It’s been a rather rough day for a lot of us, even if you don’t live anywhere near Boston. The bombing was horrible and tragic. Today was also tax day, and as I was watching the news and (finally) filing my taxes, I found something interesting.


This wonderful bit of information was on my online tax preparation service website:



State and local general sales tax can be deducted instead of actual state and local income taxes paid. Generally, this deduction will benefit taxpayers in states that impose a state or local sales tax but state or local tax is not withheld from income. States that do not have income tax are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. New Hampshire and Tennessee limit their state income tax to only interest and dividend income. You may also benefit by using the general sales tax deduction if you had a large amount of purchases including a motor vehicle, boat, aircraft, or major home renovation. The amount of tax allowed for the purchases is limited to the general sales tax rate.

So there you go. Looking for a place to move? There’s your income tax-free states all lined up! Not ready for that extreme form of liberty? Then try New Hampshire or Tennessee for the lite version.

On a side note, it’s pretty ridiculous that you can’t deduct ALL the taxes you pay from your income. Yet another reason why our tax code needs changing (how about making all states income tax-free, for a start?)


Goodnight, Twitter – Rutgers Resignation

Goodnight, Twitter. The slightly-longer-than-a-tweet end of the day thought from me, @FoaRyan.

The Rutgers coach abuse video thing is being grossly over-dramatized. Yes, the coach was an idiot and deserves to lose his job, but because it’s a slow news week, the story is getting so attention like no coach has ever uttered the word “fag” before. But, resigning was the right thing to do for the athletic director. He only fired the coach after the video from last year leaked, No matter what HR process you have, firing can be handled in one week.

It is respectable that he stepped down, now let’s all move on with our lives and go to bed. 🙂


Morning Memo: Cyprus Bank Bailout

empty wallet held openGood morning, it’s time for a memo from that collective body we all know as, ‘the government.’ You know, the all-encompassing body that controls our day-to-day lives. Today’s message applies primarily to citizens of Cyprus, but rest assured, it can be applied to you as well.

The government of Cyprus has decided that in order to fund the bailout of their financial system, citizens will be liquidated as if they were assets of a company. It’s okay, though, I’m sure they’re just paying their “fair share” in order to help out those less fortunate than themselves.

Here’s your memo:

Hi, I’m ‘the government.’ Remember that bank account you thought was your own personal property? Well sorry, you were wrong. It actually all belongs to us (‘the government’), and we decide how much you get to keep. We couldn’t do this overnight, so we started by directly taxing your income, as opposed to raising tariffs and sales taxes (it took a Constitutional amendment to get away with it in America because of their pesky adherence to that ancient document – it’s SUCH a hurdle to take over their personal lives!).
Now that everyone is generally accustomed to having their hard-earned, or not so hard-earned, incomes levied, it’s time for an even more direct approach. Namely, your bank account. If you kept cash at home, there would be no record of it, but since you conveniently put it in an account that can easily be monitored with or without your knowledge or consent, it’s much easier to tax. Thanks!

‘the government’

So this is to be taken somewhat jokingly, but let me just remind you that you could be next. It has been 100 years since the income tax was implemented in the United States, prior to which time if you earned a paycheck, it was the fruit of your labor. At one point the income tax was set at 91% for those making more than $200,000. I’m sure that was just a fair share.

Watch out for yourselves! Have a great Monday!

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Horse Manure

Did you know that the Oklahoma House and Senate both passed bills ending a ban on slaughtering horses last week? Both bills would legalize the practice and make way for slaughter houses, and the Senate version would even make it okay to sell the meat. This is garbage! Apparently only one House member even debated against the bill. I guess when people can’t afford their horses anymore, they just shoot the things.


By the way, horse slaughtering has been illegal in the State of Oklahoma since 1963, by which time apparently 19th century cowboys became a minority.

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