Honestly, people just don’t think things through. Case in point, this ad on my local Craigslist. Genuine ad as best i can tell, including a link to more details.
Problem? Check out the prices…
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“Everyone agrees that the recession is over.” – Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council
“Of course not.” – Outgoing Council of Economic Advisers Chairwoman Christina Romer, when asked if the recession was over.
The two senior White House economic advisers made their comments on the same day.
Late last month, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) followed through on his threat to veto a millionaire’s tax passed by the state legislature. The bill would have implemented a surcharge on income above $1 million, raising $635 million to fund property tax relief for senior citizens and the disabled (among other programs).
New Jersey Democrats are planning to hold a vote to override Christie’s veto today, but lockstep opposition from the state’s Republicans is rendering success unlikely. As the Newark Star-Ledger reported, “Republican leaders have vowed not a single GOP vote will flip.”
The end result of Christie’s veto, if it is not overridden, will be to increase taxes on seniors while cutting them for the wealthy. In fact, according to the state’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, “a retired couple living on a fixed income of $40,000 would see an increase of $1,320 in taxes under the governor’s plan while a family making $1.2 million would receive a tax cut of $11,598.”
As Citizens for Tax Justice added, “there is glaring hypocrisy in Christie using his anti-tax pledge to justify his veto of the millionaire’s tax”:
While Christie has no appetite for tax increases on the wealthiest New Jerseyans, he continues to support a reduction in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for hard-working low-income taxpayers (which amounts to a tax increase) and increases in fees in addition to his proposed suspension of property tax rebates for older adults and the disabled. And, his more than $1.2 billion cuts in aid to local governments and school districts will more than likely force local leaders to increase property taxes — the very taxes he claims he wants to “control”.
“New Jerseyans are going to need a thesaurus to decipher all the ways Governor Christie’s administration is trying to insist their budget plan doesn’t increase taxes on senior citizens and working-class New Jerseyans,” said state Rep. Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood). “Call them what they may, this budget would mean this simple fact — senior citizens, the middle class and the poor are about to pay significantly more while the wealthy enjoy a nice tax cut.”
New Jersey is facing a $10.7 billion budget deficit, which, at 37.4 percent of the current year’s budget, is the second-highest in the country behind Nevada. But failing to accept the millionaire tax is not the only way in which Christie is mucking up his state’s tax policy. He has also proposed a cap on property taxes which, if implemented, would lead to massive cuts in funding for education and other vital services, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Another GOPer saying screw the poor and disadvantaged.
THE long-held belief that there may be some men who care whether or not their partners are having a nice time during sexual intercourse is a myth, scientists claimed last night.
Research by the Institute for Studies found there was no physical evidence for the mysterious figure who shows any interest in female orgasms, erogenous zones and the idea that women are supposed to enjoy it too.
Professor Helen Archer said: “We tested 1800 pairs of male twins and each and every one of them couldn’t give a shit.”
Tom Logan, a part-time intercourser from Hatfield, said: “G-spot y’say? Sounds familiar. Isn’t it from some 1970s cartoon? Four young people, each with superhuman agility and a little mascot called Keyop who spoke complete gibberish. No, it wasn’t Defenders of the Earth, though a lot of people do often get them mixed up.
“Anyway, I really don’t see what all this has to do with fannies and such like.”
Julian Cook, from Grantham said: “Don’t be so repulsive. Why on earth would I know or care what’s up there? You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.”
And Bill McKay, from Peterbourgh, added: “I’ve got one. It’s called ‘the end of my knob’.”
Professor Archer said women could now relax knowing they were no longer under pressure to find a man who cares about the G-spot and could now treat their sexual partner as nothing more than a second-rate vibrator with a car.
She added: “I thought I had one once, but it turned out he was just trying to finish things off so he could catch the second half of The Great Escape.
“Big Steve McQueen fan.”
Here’s a list of nations we’ve bombed:
-Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War)
-Lebanon 1983, 1984 (both Lebanese and Syrian targets)
-El Salvador 1980s
-Bosnia 1994, 1995
And here’s a list of nations where our government has taken a “hands off” approach:
-1947: Greece (military aid to Greece to support right-wing forces)
-1948: Italy (CIA corrupts democratic elections)
-1953: Iran (CIA overthrows the democratically elected Mohammed Mossadegh in a military coup)
-1954: Guatemala (CIA overthrows the democratically elected Jacob Arbenz in a military coup)
-1954-1958: North Vietnam (CIA’s continuing failure results in escalating American intervention and finally the Vietnam War)
-1956: Hungary (Radio Free Europe incites Hungary to revolt by broadcasting Khruschev’s Secret Speech, The conflict kills 7,000 Soviets and 30,000 Hungarians)
-1957-1973: Laos (CIA carries out approximately one coup per year trying to nullify Laos’ democratic elections)
-1959: Haiti (U.S. military helps “Papa Doc” Duvalier become dictator of Haiti)
-1961: Cuba (CIA sends 1,500 Cuban exiles to invade Castro’s Cuba)
-1961: Dominican Republic (CIA assassinates Rafael Trujillo, a murderous dictator Washington has supported since 1930)
-1961: Ecuador (CIA-backed military forces the democratically elected President Jose Velasco to resign)
-1961: Congo (CIA assassinates the democratically elected Patrice Lumumba)
-1963: Dominican Republic (CIA overthrows the democratically elected Juan Bosch in a military coup)
-1963: Ecuador (CIA-backed military coup overthrows President Arosemana)
-1964: Brazil (CIA-backed military coup overthrows the democratically elected government of Joao Goulart)
-1965: Indonesia (IA overthrows the democratically elected Sukarno with a military coup)
-1965: Dominican Republic (A popular rebellion breaks out, promising to reinstall Juan Bosch as the country’s elected leader. The revolution is crushed when U.S. Marines land to uphold the military regime by force)
-1965: Greece (With the CIA’s backing, the king removes George Papandreous as prime minister)
-1965: Congo (CIA-backed military coup installs Mobutu Sese Seko as dictator)
-1967: Greece (CIA-backed military coup overthrows the government two days before the elections)
-1968: Bolivia (CIA-organized military operation captures legendary guerilla Che Guevara)
-1969: Uruguay (right-wing forces previously used torture only as a last resort, CIA convinces them to use it as a routine)
-1970: Cambodia (CIA overthrows Prince Sihanouk, who is highly popular among Cambodians for keeping them out of the Vietnam War)
-1971: Bolivia (CIA-backed military coup overthrows the leftist President Juan Torres)
-1971: Haiti (“Papa Doc” Duvalier dies, leaving his 19-year old son “Baby Doc” Duvalier the dictator of Haiti. His son continues his bloody reign with full knowledge of the CIA)
-1973: Chile (CIA overthrows and assassinates Salvador Allende)
-1975: Australia (CIA helps topple the democratically elected, left-leaning government of Prime Minister Edward Whitlam)
-1975: Angola (CIA backs the brutal leader of UNITAS, Jonas Savimbi)
-1979: Iran (CIA fails to predict the fall of the Shah of Iran, a longtime CIA puppet, and the rise of Muslim fundamentalists who are furious at the CIA’s backing of SAVAK)
-1979: El Salvador (military officers, repulsed by the massacres, overthrows the right-wing government. However, the U.S. compels the inexperienced officers to include many of the old guard in key positions in their new government leading to new massacres)
-1979: Nicaragua (CIA-backed guerilla war against the Sandinista government throughout the 1980s)
-1981: Iran (CIA’s Freedom Fighter’s Manual disbursed to the Contras includes instruction on economic sabotage, propaganda, extortion, bribery, blackmail, interrogation, torture, murder and political assassination)
-1983: Honduras (CIA gives Honduran military officers the Human Resource Exploitation Training)
-1986: Haiti (CIA tries to strengthen the military by creating the National Intelligence Service (SIN), which suppresses popular revolt through torture and assassination)
-1989: Panama (U.S. invades Panama to overthrow a dictator of its own making, General Manuel Noriega)
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Number One Idiot of 2008.
I am a medical student currently doing a rotation in toxicology at the poison control centre.
Today, this woman called in very upset because she caught her little daughter eating ants. I quickly reassured her that the ants are not harmful and there would be no need to bring her daughter into the hospital. She calmed down and at the end of the conversation happened to mention that she gave her daughter some ant poison to eat in order to kill the ants… I told her that she better bring her daughter into the emergency room right away.
Number Two Idiot of 2008.
Early this year, some Boeing employees on the airfield decided to steal a life raft from one of the 747s. They were successful in getting it out of the plane and home.
Shortly after they took it for a float on the river, they noticed a Rescue Helicopter coming towards them..
It turned out that the chopper was homing in on the emergency locator beacon that activated when the raft was inflated.. They are no longer employed at Boeing..
Number Three Idiot of 2008.
A man, wanting to rob a Bank of Queensland, walked into the Branch and wrote ‘Put all your muny in this bag.’
While standing in line, waiting to give his note to the teller, he began to worry that someone had seen him write the note and might call the police before he reached the teller’s window.. So he left the Bank and crossed the street to the NAB Bank.. After waiting a few minutes in line, he handed his note to the teller She read it and, surmising from his spelling errors that he wasn’t the brightest light in the harbour, told him that she could not accept his stickup note because it was written on a Bank of Queensland deposit slip and that he would either, have to fill out a NAB deposit slip or go back to Bank of Queensland ..
Looking somewhat defeated, the man said, ‘OK’ and left..
He was arrested a few minutes later, as he was waiting in line back at the Bank of Queensland.
A guy walked into a little corner store with a shotgun and demanded all of the cash from the cash drawer.
After the cashier put the cash in a bag, the robber saw a bottle of Scotch that he wanted behind the counter on the shelf..
He told the cashier to put it in the bag as well, but the cashier refused and said, ‘Because I don’t believe you are over 21.’ The robber said he was, but the clerk still refused to give it to him because she didn’t believe him..
At this point, the robber took his driver’s licence out of his wallet and gave it to the clerk..
The clerk looked it over and agreed that the man was in fact over 21 and she put the Scotch in the bag…
The robber then ran from the store with his loot..
The cashier promptly called the police and gave the name and address of the robber that she got off the licence. They arrested the robber two hours later..
Number Five Idiot of 2008
A pair of robbers entered a record shop nervously waving revolvers.
The first one shouted, ‘Nobody move!’ When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.
Number Six Idiot of 2008.
Seems this guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he’d just throw a brick through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run.
So he lifted the brick and heaved it over his head at the window.
The brick bounced back knocking him unconscious. It seems the liquor store window was made of Flexi-Glass…
The whole event was caught on videotape.. Perth WA
IDIOTS IN FOOD SERVICE:
My daughter went to a local McDonalds and ordered a burger.
She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’ He said he was sorry, but they only had iceberg..
Happened in Surfers Paradise!!!
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ”Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?? To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know??’ He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’
Happened in Melbourne.
JUST AN IDIOT :
When my husband and I arrived at a car dealers to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.
We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the drivers side door.
As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.
‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘its open!’
His reply, ‘I know – I already got that side.’
This was at the FORD dealership Dubbo.