Monday, January 22, 2018

Tax the rich! Tax the rich!

“In 1916, 206 families or individuals filed returns reporting income of $1 million or more.” Enter President Wilson’s wartime tax. In 1917, 141 returns noted income of $1 million or more. By 1921, 21 families reported a million-dollar income.

In the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said she would pay for her free college proposal by going where the money is; that is, taxing wealthy Americans even more.

What happens when there are no more wealthy people to tax?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Mental Police need to find this guy

Or girl, whichever.

Internet Poster: “I am mentally dating you.”

It’s at “L(heart)”

It might be a porn site, so I’m not looking.

He was against gun ownership …

… until a robber pointed one at him.

"Young said six to seven people witnessed the attack, but no one tried to help him while it was going on. Two people called 911 after it was over and the “rest of the folks walked off.”

“'They just stood by and watched as I was yelling for help. ‘Help, I’m being robbed!’ They stood by and watched,' recalled Young.

"Now, he said he absolutely plans to apply for a concealed carry permit in D.C., but it won’t be easy. The District is one of the toughest places in the country to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

“'When you’re in an instance where there’s a gun is pointed at you and your life is being threatened for your property and no one’s going to help—and now I know that no one’s going to help—I want to feel more secure. I want to feel safe, and I have something to defend myself with,' he said."

Link at

Man shoots woman 10 times in argument over scrambled eggs

"An argument between a woman and her neighbor's boyfriend about a skillet of scrambled eggs led to the first homicide of 2018, Louisville Metro Police say.

"Michael Renee Hamblen, Jr. was arrested Wednesday, 11 days after Jasmine Newsome, 26, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Hamblen, 21, is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Police say shortly before Hamblen killed Newsome at her home, the two fought at her neighbor's house.

"She had cooked scrambled eggs while there and the suspect, who police say was Newsome's neighbor's boyfriend, argued about the breakfast food. No other details about the argument were provided.

"Later, Newsome and her roommate were at Newsome's home when Hamblen came over with a skillet of scrambled eggs. He dumped them on the floor and demanded Newsome clean up, according to an arrest warrant from Louisville Metro Police.

"Hamblen then came over a second time and walked in without permission, before firing a weapon at Newsome. Police say 10 shots were directed at her "pelvis and vagina area." The weapon has not been recovered.

"The shooting took place on the 2300 block of West Ormsby Avenue, near the Park Hill and California neighborhoods, police said.

"Hamblen was previously convicted of domestic violence in 2017. In 2014, he was also charged with domestic violence but pleaded guilty to a lower charge of harassment with no injury. He also plead guilty to charges that include fleeing police and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

"Hamblen entered a not guilty plea to his charges in connection with Newsome's death at his arraignment Thursday morning. He's being held on $500,000 bail."

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cleaning 5.6 metric tons of copper coins

Archaeologists in China have begun “the daunting task of cleaning, derusting, classifying weighing, cataloging and studying 5.6 metric tons of coins.”

The coins were found Oct.13, 2007, during construction work on a house in Chalian Village in Jiangxi Province and date from the Song Dynasty, 960-1279.

The process is expected to take at least two or three years.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Greenfield, Oklahoma

Here is a link to a satellite photo of the Greenfield area:,-98.4718936,19679m/data=!3m1!1e3

Those white dots are oil fields.

Greenfield is the only town in the picture. At the 2010 census, the town’s population was 93. The highest population was 303 in 1940. The racial makeup of Greenfield in 2000 was 88.6% white; 9.7% Native American; and 1.6% African American. Twenty percent of families and 17.6% of the overall population lived below the poverty line.

Greenfield was established April 19, 1892, “when the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation was opened for non-Indian occupation.”

That same entry says Greenfield serves “as a ‘bedroom’ community.”

Last January, the “partially burned body” of a 30-year-old mother of four, was found in an open field west of Greenfield. The woman’s father found the body during a search by family members worried about her safety. The woman’s 35-year-old boyfriend was later questioned at a hospital emergency room. Police said the boyfriend had been in an altercation with several of the dead woman’s family members after the body was found. Police said the man’s hands had been burned. After an investigation lasting several days, the boyfriend was charged with murdering the woman. The boyfriend told police he was angry because the woman had gone out with another man.

The whole story here:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Everything is politics

To newspaper opinion writers, anyway. (Who to a large degree wouldn’t know an “average American” from a fire plug.)

Hallmark movies -- a Red State idea, not to be exported to Blue States.

“(S)erving the Trump voter is turning out to be a big winner, as Crown Media’s family networks, the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, have proved. Amid declining viewership and revenue at many TV networks, the Hallmark channels are on a roll.

“In 2016, viewership for the Hallmark Channel was up 36%, while the Movies & Mysteries channel notched a 46% gain. The momentum continued into 2017, with a big payoff coming during November and December, when both networks show wall-to-wall Christmas movies, including dozens of new productions and favorites from the Hallmark archives. In mid-November 2017, the Hallmark Channel was the third most-watched network on cable television, averaging more than 2 million viewers per day. Only ESPN and Fox News did better.”

What is Hallmark’s secret?

Movies and Mysteries does not depend on gore and violence to hold an audience. Romantic movies “have happy endings.” Or, as the LA Times writer admits, programs “that once defined mainstream television.”

Hollywood has a warped sense of America. We are not sex-crazed, nor drug addicts drugs. We treat people nice because it’s the right thing to do. We don’t look for payback when doing a good deed. And, we do good deeds.

Hollywood works on power, drugs and sex. Hollywood would not exist were it not for people who abuse power, who see people as a sexual necessity. Hollywood props up much of the illegal and legal drug industries.

Hollywood could learn lessons of financial success from Hallmark. But, as the LA Times writer notes, Hollywood prefers and promotes “dark shows,” such as “American Horror Story,” “True Blood” and “The Walking Dead.”

Those shows reflect the way Hollywood sees the rest of America, when, in fact, those shows are reflective of the Hollywood establishment.