RANT: The moochers and the payers


Nearly half of US households escape fed income tax
By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press Writer
Posted: Wednesday, Apr. 07, 2010

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WASHINGTON Tax Day is a dreaded deadline for millions, but for nearly half of U.S. households it’s simply somebody else’s problem.

About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009.

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Doesn’t anyone see a problem with this? Didn’t Ben ward against “comfortable poverty”? And, “those people” get to vote?

Does NOT seem fair!


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GOVERNACIDE: Are drones “moral”?


Legality of Drone Strikes Still in Question by Jim Lobe, April 03, 2010

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While welcoming an initial effort by the administration of President Barack Obama to offer a legal justification for drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas, human rights groups say critical questions remain unanswered.

In an address to an international law group last week, State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh insisted that such operations were being conducted in full compliance with international law.

“The U.S. is in armed conflict with al-Qaeda as well as the Taliban and associated forces in response to the horrific acts of 9/11 and may use force consistent with its right to self-defense under international law,” he said.

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“The question is a legal one: under what circumstances can you use lethal force at all? Our view has always been that it should be limited to zones of active armed conflict where normal arrest operations are not feasible.”

A related question involves who may be targeted. While many authorities insist lethal force can be used under the laws of war against those who are actively participating in armed conflict, the U.S. has used defined participation in very broad terms, including membership in – or even financial support of – an armed group.

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“The big issue is where the war is and whether it’s a war, and we couldn’t disagree more strongly as to the tenor of Koh’s comments,” he said. “It goes back to the idea of an unbounded global war on terror where terror is hardly defined at all.”

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Sorry, it can’t be a “war” because Congress has NOT declared it. That pesky Constitution thing. (See Lysander Spooner.)

Further, in the absence of a declared war, on who’s authority does the gooferment kill anyone?

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