Friday, 13 April 2012

  • Nice one!   Now we know why the Buffet Rule limit is $1 million.
    "The Obamas' rate is less than the 30 percent the president wants millionaires to pay under his proposed Buffett Rule." It's actually not millionaires, but multi-millionaires - people who ear $1million per year.
  • It's not just education that America is bad at compared to the rest of the developed world: the US is now ranks as mediocre in health care, in social mobility and a host of other measures.  American exceptionalism now means exceptionally ordinary also-ran.  Sadly, this is not just down to Obummer, We have been falling slowly behind for the past 30 years.
  • Why not raise the tax on capital gains and other unearned income and lower the tax on earned income until the two meet.  That would be a fairer way accomplish the objective: the maximum number of people being equal contributors to the funding of their government.
Economist Magazine Will 'Rue The Day' It Mocked Scotland, Alex Salmond Warns

Economist Magazine Will 'Rue The Day' It Mocked Scotland, Alex Salmond Warns

Commented 13 Apr 2012 at 22:53:32 in UK Politics

“Oooooh, poor wittle Alexi! Is it a case of no sense of humour or a reluctance to face the truth.k
huffingtonpost entry

When Is Judicial Activism Appropriate?

Commented 13 Apr 2012 at 22:45:41 in Politics

“From the Modern English Dictionary for Political Pundits:
Judicial Ativism: Any constitutional law decision that I don't like
Justice: Any legal decision that goes my way
Buffett Rule Supported By Majority Of Americans

Buffett Rule Supported By Majority Of Americans

Commented 13 Apr 2012 at 22:41:20 in Politics

“Like Warren Buffet, President Obama paid tax a lower tax rate than his secretary this year. 
He made about 3/4 of a million, she made about 95k. 
Now we know why the Buffet Rule limit is $1million
Pete Hoekstra On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: 'That Thing Is A Nuisance'

Pete Hoekstra On Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: 'That Thing Is A Nuisance'

Commented 13 Apr 2012 at 22:38:40 in Politics

“What do GOP males and Jihadis have in common? They both hate women.
Forced Marriages Undermine the Values of Islam

Forced Marriages Undermine the Values of Islam

Commented 13 Apr 2012 at 11:30:52 in UK Politics

“Of course they do, but the perpetrators of this brutal act do not follow Islam anyway. Giving Allah nothing but lip-service, they are mohareb.
World's Rudest Countries For Travelers (PHOTOS)

World's Rudest Countries For Travelers (PHOTOS)

Commented 11 Apr 2012 at 05:03:17 in Travel

“60% of respondents from the UK and you expected the survey to say something nice about the French?
Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman's Attorneys Quit, Say Client 'Disappeared'

Trayvon Martin Case: George Zimmerman's Attorneys Quit, Say Client 'Disappeared'

Commented 11 Apr 2012 at 05:00:15 in Black Voices

“Interesting that HuffPo continues to publish a 2005 photo that looks like a mug-shot, rather than the 2011 photo that is available to them. That is not even bias, just intellectual dishonesty.
Tory Donor 'Slept On Private Jet' Outside British Airspace To Avoid Tax

Tory Donor 'Slept On Private Jet' Outside British Airspace To Avoid Tax

Commented 9 Apr 2012 at 13:57:35 in UK Politics

“Anyone who deliberately did not take all of the deductions the law allows them to avoid tax may criticise, all others are merely do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do hypocrites. 
   Gotta ask, though, what the taxes would be that make it worth flying around at a couple of thousand quid an hourk
Dr Richard Stone: Police Racism 'Endemic' Says Former Member Of Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Panel

Dr Richard Stone: Police Racism 'Endemic' Says Former Member Of Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Panel

Commented 7 Apr 2012 at 19:42:07 in UK

It's true, racism is endemic in any organization that encourages a National Black Police Association and does not also encourage a National White Police Association
New Bush-Era Torture Memo Released, Raises Questions About What Has Changed And What Hasn't

New Bush-Era Torture Memo Released, Raises Questions About What Has Changed And What Hasn't

Commented 7 Apr 2012 at 19:37:31 in Politics

Bush: We'll torture anyone we feel like
Obama: We'll only torture those who really need it.
Music Teacher Billy Russell Taught For Six Years Without Qualifications (VIDEO)

Music Teacher Billy Russell Taught For Six Years Without Qualifications (VIDEO)

Commented 6 Apr 2012 at 15:26:35 in UK Universities & Education

“Oh dear. A good teacher didn't jump through all the hoops, so it's okay to remove him.
    If he did have qualifications, he would have impossible to remove, even if he were a terrible teacher.
Scotland Yard Racism Row: Ten Abuse Complaints Referred To Watchdog

Scotland Yard Racism Row: Ten Abuse Complaints Referred To Watchdog

Commented 6 Apr 2012 at 05:19:32 in UK

“How many of the complainants were white?
If the proportion of complainants is less than the proportion of whites, there may be racist bias operating.
Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV

Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV

Commented 6 Apr 2012 at 05:12:05 in Media

“So what? Why is this a lead story?
British Khat Cafes: The Next Battleground In Fight Against Terror?

British Khat Cafes: The Next Battleground In Fight Against Terror?

Commented 4 Apr 2012 at 19:01:45 in UK

“Are we against Khat because it:
    1) lets people get high legally
    2) is the main source of funds for the mohareb group called Al Shaboob
    3) far, far less than 1% of users might get recruited to the jihadi cause

I suspect it is 1) and that 2 and 3 are just excuses.

Being in love also tends to make people energetic, chatty and confident - not to mention a few sleepless nights. Should we ban that too?.
Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe: 'I Will Not Stand For Racism'

Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe: 'I Will Not Stand For Racism'

Commented 4 Apr 2012 at 03:54:03 in UK

“'I Will Not Stand For Racism'
Then disband the National Black Police Association
University Academics Losing Confidence In 'Shallow' Students, Report Says

University Academics Losing Confidence In 'Shallow' Students, Report Says

Commented 3 Apr 2012 at 23:16:06 in UK Universities & Education

“Govt: The only important measure of your school is how the kids do on tests!
Schools: Okay
Govt: Why are you teaching to the tests?
Schools: Um, you told us to?
Govt: No, No. You are supposed to teach something else - make the kids better educated
Schools: But then they won't do so well on your "only important measure" and our school will be penalised and our pay will be put at risk.
Govt: So?”