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A Tax Too Far



There are a lot of things that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. The Pyramids of Giza, the Fjords of Norway, the Lights of Paris, The Mariners win a World Series, the Seattle City Council backing away from a tax so fast it’s dizzying. 

For all of that, one of the most surreal things I’ve ever seen now includes the President of the United States shaking hands with the leader of North Korea.

I have no clue who Ankit Panda is, but he’s forcing me to see myself and my own biases in a mirror. Why? Well… he’s already writing (on CNN, of course) that the Trump-Kim Jong-Un summit is a complete and total failure.

The City of Seattle is running away from the Head Tax faster than a vegan who accidentally walks into a McDonalds. Why? Because at the end of the day, when socialist utopian dreams meet the hard cold asphalt of reality, something has to give. While Socialism can and usually does try to force its way, even the City Council of Seattle realized that this time they’d gone a tax too far.


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A Single Life’s Worth



Recent celebrity suicides have shaken the news cycle and led to the standard discussions and pretend introspection that we all conduct after such an event. Yet, the CDC tells us that suicide rates are increasing by a factor that they struggle to explain. In other words, the more we talk about it, the more it happens. Why?

Could it be the same lowering of the threshold of acceptability? could it be the way we react to suicide which is less critique and more celebration? What is the message our next generations are getting?

And what exactly are we supposed to do to prevent it? Clearly the whole “Talk to somebody/seek help” campaign is failing…

Google has announced that they will no longer accept Political Advertising in the State of Washington. Supposedly this is because of the lawsuit filed by the Washington State Attorney General against Google (and Facebook) over “transparency” as to who is paying for the ads. More and more, this is going to become the norm. And while on the surface it seems that knowing who pays for an ad is a good thing, the real question is whether or not those organizations that pretty much live on the dollars generated by political advertising can survive.

A US Navy SEAL was killed last week. In Somalia. Again, I am not opposed to “The War on Terror.” I am opposed to the idea that we continue to commit ourselves and our treasure to an ongoing conflict with no strategic goal, no plan beyond body counts, and no national debate or Declaration of War by Congress. What is there in Somalia that was or remains worth a single US life?


 

The Message



I have informed you thusly of this over the past weeks. Nothing happens in a vacuum. So when the Colorado State Civil rights Commissars let the cat out of the bag and told the entire world that they are anti-religious bigots, savvy people immediately understood that the Supremes smackdown of their “despicable” actions was intended to send a message.

So… what was the message and for whom was intended? That’s actually pretty easy to answer.

Facebook is under fire again for sharing your data with pretty much anybody and everybody who said they had at least an idea of a reason why they should have it. Much pontificating has taken place, with bloviating politicians explaining to us that they “really mean to do something” about this.

Please… that is exactly what Facebook wants…

The Sailor convicted of taking classified pictures aboard a US Navy nuclear-powered submarine was pardoned by President Trump. He says that it is his intention to sue President Obama. His argument will be the traditional “That person did it too and you didn’t punish them, so why did you punish me?” argument. The whole thing disgusts me. Just go away and enjoy your freedom.


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