Three Stooges Lampshade

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 22, 2010

The story below is the result of the misuse of a writing exercise. It is a work of fiction. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

The body lay festering beneath the wrinkled bed sheet. Aldo killed Gnarlene in a fit of anger, but did not count on disposing of the body. The killers of TV never worried about such details, so Aldo did not think it important. The blood stains clashed with the decor of the room, he realized as the mop gently glided over the floor. The next time he does this, more advance planning will make the cleanup easier.

The perfume bottle on the vanity was the final straw, that led to the murder. Gnarlene knew good and well that the perfume bottle looked like the mouthwash bottle, and that Aldo sometimes brushed his teeth before he put his glasses on. When he gargled “Frenchwhore”, it burned his throat, and revenge was imminent.

Before he ran away, Aldo was careful to hide the murder weapon. The lamp had never matched the rest of the living room furniture, and the shade had a picture of the Three Stooges. Aldo was appalled, but Gnarlene had gotten a good deal on that lamp, and was proud of it. The base was a recycled cocola bottle, the thick deposit kind. When Aldo smashed Gnarlene over the head with it, the game was over.

On the first day of spring, the letter of testamentary came back from the county. Aldo made sure the will was updated at every turn, and made sure that Gnarlene left all her money to him. The only reason he married her was the family fortune. Gnarlene’s father, Protrudemous, made a fortune during the last war. He sold entry visa’s to Afghans who wanted to come to America, only to have them labeled as terrorists and held in prison until they died.

Eating lunch on Monday after the last insurance policy had paid off, Aldo started to choke. The snake charmer at the circus was in the next booth at McDonald’s, but did not lift a finger to help him. He had been Gnarlene’s secret lover, and was upset that Aldo chose murder over divorce.

A flash of lightning signaled the next phase of this unseemly tale. The withered toy rocking horse blew up in the next booth at McDonald’s, killing both Aldo and the snake charmer instantly. When the stray cat came, looking for the snake charmer to feed him, the cat was disappointed and hungry.


Edna’s Candle

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 21, 2010

The following tidbits came from a lady who likes to do a Happy Dance. At least that what she says…what people say and what people do are often two very different things. The good news is, this is the internet, and what she does is unlikely to affect PG, so he can focus on what she says. There will be some counter comments from PG scattered throughout, designated by a method which has not revealed itself yet.

Smiling does not necessarily solve a problem, but it brightens the path toward a solution.//Never take for granted the time I have to spend with the people I love.//Chocolate… * Drool * (Refer back to Life Lesson #1.)//Not everybody will like me. It doesn’t mean I need to dislike them in return.//Qué será será. (Doris Day was very very different in real life from the characters she played.)//
Barbie? Sucks. (That’s not what Ken says.)//Prayers are heard and answered.(NOT)//In the “race of life” there will be times I that I fall. Falling is okay, staying on the ground is not.//Thirty sparklers and a match should never, under any circumstance, be left to my care. Ever.//Never say the phrase, “Things couldn’t be worse.”They can.// Anything worth attaining truly does take work. Lots of it.//And plenty of faith.( It is a shame that once people decided that religion was a dirty word, they started to use faith as a substitute. Now faith is about to become a dirty word, which is a shame. Faith in yourself is essential, no matter what some say. Faith in G-d can come in mighty handy. Faith in trite sayings is begging to be disappointed.)//“The flame shall not hurt thee/I only design thy dross to consume/and thy gold to refine.” (“My candle burns at both ends; it will not last the night; but ah, my foes, and oh, my friends – it gives a lovely light! “Edna St. Vincent Millay )( When you borrow a quote from someone, use quote marks and give credit to the proper author. You should think of enough clever things on your own ) ( While typing the last bit, the text started to erase what was typed in before it. This is called autotyping, and is very annoying. If you hit the insert key, it will stop. Usually. )// Never announce disinterest in the Twilight series while standing in line at a bookstore full of women holding the latest edition. Murderous stares will ensue.//There will never be enough time to read all of the books I desire to read.//A broken heart will mend.//Living in the past wastes the present. (Beware of people who criticize living in the past. They are often hypocrites.) // Learning from the past can brighten the future. ( Livestock does much better in the pasture than the future.)//“A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, ‘I survived.’” – C.C.//Never panic when trapped in an elevator with an eleven-year-old. Start singing TV theme songs instead. ( Once PG waited an hour for Sylvester Stallone to make a personal appearance. Rambo did not appear. When PG got back to the office, he was stuck in the elevator with a young lady who did not like him. The non appearance of Stallone gave him something to talk about.)//Trying to outrun a pit-bull while wearing a walking cast is a frightful (yet comical) experience.//Walking face-first into a marble pillar? Located in the city bank? It’s not the end of the world.//But change banks.//Health is a blessing. ( PG has been known to suffer from gout. When he goes for a walk, he knows what a blessing it is to walk without pain.)// Laughing is the most wonderful sound.( When someone is laughing at you, it can be annoying.)//Sometimes a good cry is all I need.//Not every story has a happy ending.//Faith is not sitting still, waiting for something to happen.//It is not all about me. (But you are important. If something is not working for you, do you really need to be doing it? The “not all about you” argument is frequently used by selfish people who do not have your best interests at heart.)// Dancing the Hokey Pokey with my nephews and nieces? Best. Time. Ever.//The little things are what matter.//“I love you.” These words mean nothing when they are just words. ( Hallmark cards is not using that line.)//Google does not know everything.//Neither does Wikipedia.//Hearing and listening = two different things.//Mind over matter. Sometimes it works.//Kermit the Frog is made of awesome.//I will always lose in a staring contest.//Gratitude is more attractive than greed.

Dog Bites Man

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 21, 2010

There is an old saying that if a dog bites a man, that is not news. It is when a man bites a dog…that is news.

Recently, several political/religious “leaders” have been revealed to be pathetic phonies. If you want to know the names, just look at any number of internet sites. Dog bites man.

Pictures are from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

Offends You

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 20, 2010

There is a facebook page now, If-the-American-Flag-offends-you-Ill-be-happy-to-help-you-pack. This rubs PG the wrong way.

Before you start to holler, there are a few facts to consider. PG has had a good life in The USA, and cannot imagine living anywhere else. He pays taxes without complaint. When PG was military age, America was winding down a disastrous war, and military service was not seen as a good option.

PG compares his thoughts about America with his thoughts about his hometown of Atlanta GA. He has had a good life in both places, and does not want to live anywhere else. And yet, no one is ever asked to “die for Atlanta”. That duty is reserved for the national political unit. If PG had been 110 years older, he would have had to opportunity to die for Georgia. That war is seen as wasting thousands of good men. When it comes to dying for a political unit, there is a lot of waste.

No, the Stars and Stripes, while aesthetically challenged, does not offend PG. That does not mean that our flag should be used for jewelry, or to promote products. The flag should be respected, not left out in direct sunlight for years at a time, until the red, white, and blue is pink, gray, and lavender.

A few years ago, after a Supreme Court ruling about flag burning, PG worked with someone who drove a van. There was a bumper sticker on that van, with the American Flag, and the message “Try burning this one”. That van was parked in direct sunlight every day, and the sun burned those colors off that van.

The Flag is a political symbol, a symbol of a nation. A “Pledge of Allegiance” to this symbol should not include the use of a sacred name. The word G-d should only be used for worship, and respectful discussion, not the celebration of political symbols. If you have any more questions, look at the Third Commandment.

No, the American Flag does not offend PG. However, Facebook groups that would try to bully people who don’t have the “correct” opinion about this symbol…that would seek to create conflict between citizens…that does offend PG.

Photographs are from
The Library of Congress. The flag image is by PG.

Stop Wasting Water Today

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 19, 2010

Some people think that the drought is over, and we can go back to wasting water. They are wrong.

From a water supply point of view, Atlanta is a terrible place for a city. 4 million people depend on the Chattahoochee River, an overgrown trout stream. If you look at a map of Georgia watersheds , you see what a small area is covered by the Chattahoochee.

As if that isn’t bad enough, the water is also claimed by Alabama and Florida. A nuclear power plant in Alabama uses enormous amounts of river water. The three states have been arguing in the courts over the water rights for years, and the courts have ruled against Georgia.

For decayeds decades, the developers in Metro Atlanta have built as though having a water supply was not an issue. With dozens of governments to choose from, if the developers are turned down in one jurisdiction, they merely go to another…or make another bribe campaign contribution, and another forest bites the dust.

In an era of tea parties and calls for small government, few have a plan for the water crisis. There are going to be no cheap solutions. Even if we were to have access to the Tennessee River ( a very big if), a pipeline to carry the water through the mountains to Lake Lanier is going to be very expensive. We will not get this money by cutting taxes to stimulate the economy.
Even without a water sharing agreement, we almost ran out in 2007. A severe drought cannot be predicted, and another one may start today. The nuclear plant in Alabama requires tremendous amounts of water, and was close to having to shut down.

Much of the rain in Georgia comes from the Gulf of Mexico. This Gulf is currently becoming an open air reservoir for crude oil. What will happen when the remaining sea water evaporates, and becomes rain? Will the water have a helping of crude oil derivatives? At least this water can be used in a nuclear power plant.

Rain water is held in a reservoir until it is needed. For metro Atlanta, this is Lake Lanier. A water reservoir is not like a bank account, where the money earns interest. Water in a reservoir shrinks over time…water on the surface evaporates. When there is a drought in August, with 100 degree temperatures every day, water usage increases, evaporation increases, and there is no fresh rainwater going into the lake. This is how a water problem becomes a crisis.

There are a few, common sense, ways to save water now. Just because we are not in a drought does not mean we need to start wasting water. The water we save now will (mostly) be waiting for us when ( not if) another drought starts.

When you brush your teeth, fill a cup of water up first. Use part of this to rinse your mouth, and use the rest to clean your brush.

If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.

Get a stopper for the bathroom sink. If you shave, save water in the sink to clean your razor.

Keep a jug of water in the fridge if you like cold water. Don’t let the water run until it gets cold.

Take a “navy shower”. Get wet, turn the water off , lather up,  turn the water back on, rinse.

Only run dishwashers and washing machines when they are full.

There are many, many more ways to save water. The less we use now, the longer our reserves will last. The water shortage will never be over in Atlanta.

Pictures from The Library of Congress.

Anglo Persian Oil Company

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 19, 2010

People are saying more and more about the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. TomDispatch has a fascinating paragraph about one of the key players, British Petroleum (BP):
“Originally known as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (later the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, still later British Petroleum), BP got its start in southwestern Iran, where it once enjoyed a monopoly on the production of crude petroleum. In 1951, its Iranian holdings were nationalized by the democratic government of Mohammed Mossadeq. The company returned to Iran in 1953, following a U.S.-backed coup that put the Shah in power, and was finally expelled again in 1979 following the Islamic Revolution.”

If you look at the problems of the world in the last forty years, so many are affected by Iran. The 1953 revolution left great resentment, which became manifest in the 1979 revolution. Soon Iraq…whose border with Iran was clumsily drawn by the British…decides to attack Iran. A gruesome eight year war is the result, with the USA supporting both sides ( as well as possibly encouraging Iraq to attack Iran). The idea was, if they are fighting each other, they will leave Israel alone.

After this war is over, Iraq has a problem with Kuwait over it’s war debt. Another war is the result, with the USA involved. Iraq is vanquished, but some in the USA are not satisfied, and after a few years the USA invades Iraq again. That war is still raging.

The biggest winner of the US-Iraq war (aka World War W) is Iran. This new influence in Persia is very troubling to Israel, which is loudly rattling it’s nuclear saber. While Israel is making noise about Iran, it takes attention away from the Palestinian tragedy.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

It Is Always Something

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 18, 2010

There are two days in every week that we should not worry about, two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is yesterday, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed. Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said – yesterday is gone! The other day we shouldn’t worry about is tomorrow, with its impossible adversaries, its burden, its hopeful promise and poor performance. Tomorrow is beyond our control. Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise. And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow, for it is yet unborn. This leaves only one day – today. Any person can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday and tomorrow that we break down. It is not the experience of today that drives people mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something which happened yesterday, and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us, therefore, live one day at a time! The poem is from cyberrecovery Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

AM Radio 1966

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 18, 2010

Here is a feature about what is quaintly called “nudism”. It is a radio show from 1966, on a mainstream AM station in “Chicagoland”(spell check suggestion:Chicanery). The tapes include the commercials and news, and are a trip back in time.

AM radio used to have a lot of shows like this. TV was established, FM radio was on the way, and AM radio was adjusting. While the music stations were popular, most towns had stations which played mainstream music, and tried to appeal to as many people as possible. In Atlanta, the equivalent would be WSB. In those days, you added FM or TV…if you just saw the call letters, it was assumed to be AM radio.

PG had quite a time with these files. He tried to listen to them on the site, but could not pause, or adjust the volume. PG then dragged the files into a window, double clicked, and an mp3 appeared in the window. The fun started when he tried to play them in “Winamp”.

The program went crazy. You could not minimize, open another window, adjust the volume, or anything. PG tried to close the program, and nothing worked. Finally, the only way to get the program to close was to cut the power off to the computer. This is a crude way of turning off the machine, and is only used as a last resort.

When PG tried to cut the machine back on, it would not start. After unplugging/replugging the wire, hitting the circuit breaker, and saying a few cuss words, PG found a toggle switch on back of the tower. After turning this switch off and on, the computer started back.

Pictures are from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

Ronnie James Dio RIP

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 17, 2010

…c_in take the…A out and pu tht eT there…ccian…job 11:3 and job 13. they use those thigns to make it look like there enemy sare drunk on there own blood….c tin say tin…that be what you ge twhen thty epu thtose htgins in side of yall the same thign babylonians get…some of them…god told me to tale yall servnats he declined yall sacrifice to him which be me…. you no the one ind aliek terry shravo wiht all the brain tumors in th ebrain yall stole th emri’s an deeg’s to….eeg’s to….swtiched them out an dgav ethem to a looka like…what do yall think cains offer to the lord was…it be abel his sarifice…that crap is over thou…many yrs…. they take the eyes off of me they are jsut simply taking the eyes off of me they had to do it for another reason. they say. now if these thgns in the house finish off there sacrifice no there s but theres then they had nothin gto do wiht it…. they were usign my birth certificate as they were using battry charger son my brains. to keep me ou tof the public eye and mak ei t where i was nto all coheirant cuase i saw some fishy things going on everytitm ei started to figure out what they were doing. they use battery charger sit was non of my buisness man shalll rule ove rothers…and yes he had more than one compannion…he had to use a look laiek daddy to rule ove rme an dhis other copanions at the same time… the other servants are sayin gthey are helping some htigns out they beelive in forgivness. of couse they do they were in on it. they were the ones using my birth certificate. and witneses a tthe clubs an dstuff….private partys…it is michaels little ghost rider writer.,…poked at the dragon an dhe poked back…war roke out in heaven…. ti is given to everyman to carrry his own load so i was gettin gthe work ou tas they were collecting rewards yall… it is fair in there book…eyefor an eye a tooth for a tooth…they belive in whats fair they fogot to tale yall thye had a little buddy in my lap for over 20 yrs, and the police new about it an dthe sheriff to. they just thought ti was fair that swhen thye let c_in an dthose thngs43’s of there finsih there joba as they help them out. soe not lal of them…Pictures from The Library of Congress.

Sarah Palin Tells Redneck Jokes

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 16, 2010

Sarah Palin recently spoke at the NRA convention in Charlotte, NC. She told redneck jokes.

“Some of these animal activists are just…crazy,” she said. “They think we’re killing Bambi’s mother. I love animals, but in Alaska, Bambi’s mother is dinner.”

“You’re a redneck if you’ve ever had dinner on a ping pong table.”

“You’re a redneck if you’ve ever had a custody fight over a hunting dog. Well, Todd and I haven’t, but we’ve got friends who have!”

“You’re a redneck if your honeymoon was a hunting trip. That was us!”

“You’re a redneck if you’ve ever used a fishing license as ID.”

“You’re a redneck if you’ve ever slept in the back of a pickup rather than pay for a hotel.

“You’re a redneck if you’ve ever said to your husband, ‘Honey, move the transmission so I can take a bath.’

“And you’re a redneck if you think the last words of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ are ‘PLAY BALL!”

“You’re a redneck if your daughter’s babydaddy calls himself a f*****g redneck on facebook.”

Thank you Matt Taibbi and the NY Daily News. Mrs. Palin did not really say all of those things.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Ansel Adams took pictures of Japanese Americans, in a World War Two internment camp. The ladies in the bridge game are Aiko Hamaguchi, Chiye Yamanaki, Catherine Yamaguchi, and Kazoko Nagahama.

The SCOTUS Flap This Year

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 15, 2010

One big news story this week is the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. SCOTUS is something that PG usually ignores. Yes, it is important, but PG is not a lawyer, and knows little about the arguments. In addition, Georgia is represented in the senate by two notorious republicans, who seldom think about ITP Atlanta. PG has little say so in this matter.

That did not stop a radio preacher from sending PG an email about Miss Kagan. It seems as though the Miss Kagan did not want military recruiters working Harvard Law School. The radio whiner was offended by this.

PG had gotten annoying emails from this clown before. It seems like once, in 2007, PG heard something offensive on the radio show, and wrote an email about it. The address got on the email newsletter list. PG never asked to receive the email newsletter.

PG was in the middle of a frustrating afternoon, involving car care issues, and was in no mood for unwelcome rhetoric. He sent a reply email to the radio preacher. The next time PG checked the email, there was another message from the preacher. Expecting to find a reply to his comments, PG found a second copy of the original email. PG was upset by this point, and sent a strongly worded message to the radio preacher.

When the preacher sent a reply, there was no word on why he sent the original email twice. Instead, he proceeded to insult PG.
“Get some logic and thinking skills of your own and then respond to my letter. Do not send me other people’s thinking that is watery and poorly thought through. You have no point. You merely call names and parrot others.”
PG sent a reply. The preacher’s answer was, you can unsubscribe at any time.

There is a good bit of chatter about Miss Kagan at the moment. To paraphrase a bloggingheads diavlog that did discuss the Harvard recruiter affair, this is what the chattering class does. The BH diavlog referred to felt that the business of the recruiters at Harvard was a minor, symbolic affair, that was not a good tool to “Judge” Miss Kagan by. PG agrees, and said as much in one of the emails to the preacher. This is another point the preacher ignored.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.
“The Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between ca. 1905 and 1915.” The pictures shown today are digital composites, made from negatives between 1905 and 1915.

The Return Of The “Fair Tax”

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 14, 2010

It started at Peach Pundit, with an open thread about the “fair tax”. PG felt obligated to make a couple of comments.

“One of the good things about writing a blog is you can express yourself. You can write something longer than a few words. No one will interrupt you…a major problem in vocal conversation. And, once you have expressed yourself, you can move on to something else.
Back when my blog was still on Blogspot, I wrote a piece about the “fair tax” . A certain loudmouth radio entertainer is still flogging this donkey, but some of us have moved on.”

“So much for being consistent. The miracle of advanced search has found another “fair tax”post . This one compares the FT to a Presidential candidate. The candidate is living in the White House.”

To the second comment, Lady Thinker added “Scary isn’t it?”.

OK, reader(s), we have a treat for you today. We are reposting three commentaries about the “fair tax”. To help with the eyestrain, we are publishing pictures from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. The pictures are better focused than most of the chatter about the “fair tax”.

There is an issue these days called the “fair tax”. There are lots of folks in favor of this, and at times I wish I could join the party. However, there are many things to think about.

The Camel Syndrome A camel is a horse made by a committee. This is how laws are made, by committees and general assemblies. The process is often compared to the procedure that converts hog parts into sausage.

The “fair tax” might sound like a good idea at this stage. Congress has not enacted it into law, however. If this were to happen, there would be amendments. There would be a house version and a senate version, which would be cobbled into a single entity. The Frankenstein stitches would be in full view, though probably ignored by the media. At all stages of the journey, the lawmakers will be hearing from those who finance them, with “suggestions” about this new tax scheme. If the “fair tax” ever goes to the President for his signature, you can rest assured that it will be very different from the proposal that Squeal uses to sell books. In fact, it will be as different from the original proposal as Joe Camel is from Secretariat.

The law of unexpected consequences The American economy is a marvel of history. Our economy has given the United States a lifestyle unique in the history of the world.

Now, free market “conservatives” don’t want to tell you this, but the role of the Government in this economy is huge. Many business decisions are guided by the tax implications. Government spending, often with borrowed money, is a driving force behind many industries.

The truth is, we don’t know how the “fair tax”would affect the economy. And we won’t know until it is put into place, at which point it will be too late.

Who do you believe? Neal Boortz, aka Squeal, enthusiastically supports the “fair tax”. An Atlanta based talk show host with a national audience, he co wrote a book about the “fair tax” with republican congressman John Linder.

Squeal has a disclaimer on his web page:
ALWAYS REMEMBER Don’t believe anything you read on this web page, or, for that matter, anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show, unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your satisfaction. This is known as “doing your homework.”
Squeal is an entertainer, and a cynic. I cannot prove it, but I don’t think Neal Boortz really believes in the “fair tax”. This is the star he has hitched his wagon to, and it has taken him places. You can always get attention by trashing the taxman. But can you provide a good alternative?

There is a blog called Deer Hunting with Jesus , where Joe Bageant shares his view of the world. He compares the world view of the media to a hologram…you can see it, it appears real from a distance, but if you try to slap it your hand keeps on going.

Squeal, much as he may deny it, is a creation of main stream media.(Cox Enterprises is mainstream media.) He is a creation partner of the hologram, and I think he knows this. This smokescreen talk about a “fair tax” is just another game.

The following was originally posted January 7, 2008.

The original concept was for this post to be about either the “fair tax” or Barack Obama. The more I think, the more similarities I see between the two.

I can start with Mr. O. With his rock star looks and charisma, and the fact that he is not Hillary, his train seems unstoppable. It would be a symbolic moment if a dark skinned man were elected President, even if he is not the descendent of slaves. Yes, he has always been opposed to the War in Babylon.

Maybe he is just a photogenic front man, without any substance. The same could be said of Ronald Reagan, and America really didn’t do too badly under him. Just who is pulling the strings on this puppet with star quality?

My main question with the man is how is he going to deal with the military machine. We now have an agreement with the Iraqi Government. This treaty that isn’t a treaty has our troops supporting the Iraqi Government, in exchange for first access to the vast oil riches in Mesopotamia. What is the Junior Senator from Illinois going to do about that?

There is also the matter of this video. Do women really dance out of his mouth?

An Obama Presidency is a great idea, with some serious questions about the implementation. Which brings us to the “fair tax”. (We are awaiting a call from the Umpire whether it is fair or foul, or maybe a sacrifice bunt).

Nobody likes the I.R.S. Calls to do away with it will always find an audience. Maybe the “fair tax” will be enacted, and maybe it will do all that it’s supporters claim.

I suspect the “fair tax” is a good idea, with serious questions about the implementation. And no, I have not read the book.

1- I only have so much time to read, and I prefer to read fiction. OK, some of you say the “fair tax” book is fiction.
2- I don’t trust the men who wrote it. One of them is a radio whiner who says every day, in effect, Don’t believe anything I say unless your own experience goes along with it. The other is a Republican congressman. I suspect that neither of them really believes in the “fair tax”, but know a good gimmick when they see one.
3- I am aware of the power of rhetoric, sophistry, and the clever word processor. (See Mr. Obama above). You can make grand arguments in favor of a lot of things that are not completely true.

I hear a lot about the “fair tax” on the Whiners radio show. It seems like the more I hear, the more I don’t like. Here is an example from today. The concept of the “fair tax” is that a thirty percent sales tax would replace the income tax, and other Federal Taxes. (I know there is more than that, before you start to say, “Read the Book”. For today’s illustration, that nutshell is sufficient)

As our example, lets say that we have a book selling for Ten Dollars. The book was written by a bald headed radio whiner, and says rude things about Liberals. Now, on the surface, with the “fair tax”, the book would cost thirteen dollars, that is, the cost of the book plus the thirty percent tax.

Today’s whine was about embedded taxes. According to the whiner, there are embedded taxes in the ten dollars. These are the corporate taxes paid by the publisher, and other taxes that are passed along to the consumer as part of the ten dollar price. I understand this concept, and realize that this is a big reason why many American goods are not competitive in the marketplace.

But then the whiner said something that I simply don’t believe. He said that once the embedded taxes were removed, the cost of the book would go down. This cost would go down so far that the book would still sell for ten dollars, even with a thirty percent tax markup.

One, who is to say the publisher would not just keep a bit of those taxes in the form of added profits? Are the embedded taxes enough to lower the price so that a thirty percent markup wouldn’t matter? I am not an economist. Maybe the book has answers to this, and maybe they are not just clever words. Chanting “Read the Book” only goes so far.

Ok just one more repost . Promise, at least for today. The title is ” A fair tax for cigarettes”
Carl Hiassen takes timeout from writing novels about weirdos to produce a column for the Miami Herald. It comes out on Sunday, and lately has been every other week. He usually makes more sense than many can handle.

This week the subject is a proposed cigarette tax. Some grinches want a dollar a pack state tax added onto cigarettes. The tax would raise revenue, and hopefully some folks will quit the vile habit.

However, there is opposition. A legislator is looking out for the convenience store owners, who stand to lose a bundle if fewer people buy cancer sticks.

PG has smoked roughly two cigarettes in his life. That is, by his own choice. The second hand smoke adds up. There is also the “it’s legal” sense of entitlement that the tobacconists are well known for. PG has an answer to the matter of how much cigarette tax to assess.

Cigarettes should be taxed so that a pack of cigarettes costs as much as an ounce of marijuana.

Ciggies will still be legal. You will not have to be them from criminals, who will turn you on to “hard drugs”. You will not lose your job if you fail a urine test. Your house cannot be confiscated for possession.The cancer sticks would still be legal, but with a reasonable tax.