RANT: Lowering the corporate tax rates is important

Sunday, November 19, 2017

I don’t think that anyone is fairly or correctly assessing the lowering of the corporate tax rate.

It’s generally acknowledged that “corporations don’t pay taxes; only real people do”. By taxing corporations, “We, The Sheeple” don’t “see” exactly how much tax they are paying on a can of beans.

When you consider the effect of corporate taxes on capital goods (i.e., the truck to deliver the can of beans) or intermediates (i.e., the gas to power the truck to deliver the can of beans), it’s impossible to calculate the true cost of taxes “buried” in the can of beans.

By lowering the corporate tax rate, perhaps that insight will be brought from “behind the curtain”.

Like moving tax day to the day before election day lowering the corporate tax rates is important, I’d like to see more people “see” just how much they are taxed.

Just my humble opinion from a fat old white guy retired injineer who’s now a poor old senior citizen on a fixed income and no expert on “ekky-nomics”.

But I know I’m getting screwed.

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RANT: Guess this summarizes why the “religion of peace” is against Western civilization

Friday, November 10, 2017

https://youtu.be/8WiCG7oRze0?t=14m55s

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Very dangerous realization.

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RANT: Watching MNF online sucks

Monday, October 30, 2017

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Sorry but it’s not like watching on TV.

Argh!

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RANT: Gooferment Komputer Systems barfs

Monday, October 23, 2017

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Got DMV renewal for caddie. Put all my info in, got part way, and system barfed. Argh! Now I have to wait 30 minutes to try again. Stupid Gooferment!

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RANT: Amazon Breaks Up With … …

Monday, October 16, 2017

Amazon Breaks Up With FTL!

Amazon apparently didn’t like us telling you that shopping through the links at shop.freetalklive.com helped Free Talk Live, so last week they dumped us. Seems like a pretty lame excuse to end an agreement that had lasted for more than a decade, but that’s what happened! (To be clear, we’ve only been dumped by Amazon US. The affiliate links for the UK and Canada Amazons are still working.)

If you want to do online shopping with Free Talk Live, go ahead and bookmark our Walmart link: walmart.freetalklive.com

Also, you can still use cryptocurrency like bitcoin to get deep discounts on everything you buy at Amazon and a small part of your purchases at SaveatPurse.com do benefit FTL.

So, even without Amazon US, there are still plenty of ways for you to buy and benefit Free Talk Live. Thanks for helping us while helping yourself to the stuff you need and want!

Also, thanks for listening to Free Talk Live,
Ian

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I’m upset with Amazon. Maybe if I complain?

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RANT: Twitter suspension is political?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/twitter-suspends-rose-mcgowans-account-1048018

Twitter Suspends Rose McGowan’s Account
11:00 PM PDT 10/11/2017 by Abid Rahman , Jackie Strause

The actress, who has emerged as a Hollywood voice in the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, revealed the news on her Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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Seems like twitter is afraid to offend the Hollywood establishment?

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RANT: Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests — another abuse by the Gooferment

Saturday, October 7, 2017

https://reason.com/blog/2017/09/28/bogus-stoned-driving-arrests-highlight-t

Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of ‘Drug Recognition Experts’
A lawsuit by three sober drivers who were busted for DUI questions the pot-detecting abilities of DREs.
Jacob Sullum|Sep. 28, 2017 3:40 pm

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To the untrained eye, Katelyn Ebner seems completely sober during her 28-minute roadside encounter with Cobb County, Georgia, police officer Tracy Carroll, who has pulled the 23-year-old waitress over for ailing to maintain her lane as she made a left turn. But Carroll, who was designated a “drug recognition expert” (DRE) after undergoing 160 hours of special training, perceives “numerous indicators” that Ebner is under the influence of marijuana. Ebner repeatedly assures him she does not “smoke weed” or “do any of that stuff” and volunteers to prove it by taking a drug test. “You’re going to jail, ma’am,” he replies. “I don’t have a magical drug test that I can give you right now.”

Carroll does not need a magical drug test, because he is a magical drug test—or so the Cobb County Police Department would have you believe. But the experiences of innocent motorists like Ebner, who were arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana based on Carroll’s hunch, only to be cleared by negative blood tests, suggest otherwise. This week three of them, including Ebner, filed a federal lawsuit that casts doubt on the drug-detecting abilities of DREs like Carroll.

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The lawsuit argues that Ebner and her two co-plaintiffs, Princess Mbamara and Ayokunle Oriyomi, both college students, felt they had no choice but to submit to drug tests, especially after Carroll told them that state law required them to do so and that their driver’s licenses would be suspended if they refused. Under the circumstances, the complaint says, the consent was not genuine, and since there was no warrant the blood tests violated the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. Ebner, Mbamara, and Oriyomi also argue that Carroll had no “justifiable basis” for subjecting them to sobriety tests and no probable cause to arrest them.

“Defendant Carroll’s pattern and practice of enforcing DUI-drug infractions,” the complaint says, “was to arrest an individual based on nothing more than a hunch, which would be invariably ratified by the results of an ad hoc smattering of tests he administered, which were divorced from any rigorous methodology and were without the foundational underpinning necessary to amount to legal justification to arrest….The way that Cobb County Police Officers such as Defendant Carroll are taught to and do administer their testing for the detection of impairment by drugs is designed to make innocent behavior appear incriminating and to make exculpatory behavior appear irrelevant.” The ACLU argues that the Cobb County Police Department licensed, endorsed, and encouraged such pseudoscientific methods, “allowing officers artificially knighted with ‘Drug Recognition Expert’ status to falsely believe that they have a special and unique ability to detect marijuana use.”

Even after blood tests confirmed that Ebner, Mbamara, and Oriyomi were telling the truth when they denied being under the influence of marijuana, the Cobb County Police Department defended Carroll’s methods. Amazingly, the complaint notes, his superiors “continued to state that even if Defendant Carroll had known of the negative results of Plaintiff Ebner’s blood test at the time she was arrested, nonetheless there would have been probable cause for her arrest.”

Who are you going to believe? Some fancy lab test or Officer Carroll’s gut?

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Yet another reason to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and restrain the police in their pursuit of “revenue”.

I’ll take their federal suit one step further. I’d restrain the police action to only case where there is property damage or personal injury. After all, where is the “victim” in touching or going over a line painted by a Gooferment bureaucrat?

Argh!

When I pass on maybe I’ll finally understand, but as of now I just don’t see it.

Even when I see an idiot speeding down the road and cutting in and out — never a cop around then; to busy sleeping or collecting revenue like highwaymen of old — I never get upset because I ask myself “where’s the victim”. Now if the impolite jerk causes an accident, then they should throw the book at him. (It IS usually a “him” based on my unstatistical observations.)

Sigh!

When, if ever, will the Sheeple aka Clovers ever wake up?

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