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Comment Re:Dead wrong on 2 of 3 but I'm still voting for h (Score 1) 412

I have no vote. Both Hillary and The Donald are absolutely unacceptable. I will not vote for either of them under any circumstances.

Since I live in Calipornia, where Hillary is guaranteed 65%+ of the vote even if she spends the rest of the campaign holding Black Masses and sacrificing toddlers to Molech on the steps of the Capitol building, who I vote for is quite irrelevant anyway.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 760

That was just an example.

As far as I know, there isn't a way to "get out of paying taxes" that results in you keeping the money you would have paid in taxes. Generally, it costs more than the taxes you get out of.

Taxes are not an end in themselves. Taxes are taken to fund things that are considered to be social goods.

Deductions are allowed for money spent on some things that are considered a social good, such as various charities. They tend to accomplish things that otherwise the government would have to, and they do it for far more good accomplished per dollar than the government does. So the total social good accomplished per dollar is higher than if it the money were taxed and used to pay for that social good, minus the overhead of a whole lot of government bureaucracy.

Some people make the argument that private charities are a bad thing, and all should be done by government alone. If that's your position, I have nothing to say to you.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 760

There's no way to tell without examining exactly why those households paid no tax on their income.

Was it because their income was all from tax-free municipal bonds? They are, in a sense, getting taxed, because those bonds have a lower yield than taxable bonds. Plus, it's an incentive to provide cities with money at lower interest rates.

Was it because they gave their entire >$1M income that year to a bunch of homeless shelters?

Details are important.

Comment Minus the Bering Strait bit... (Score 3, Informative) 81

Well that's the last I ever saw of my murderous little toy

It might be dead but I hope it's not, 'cause it filled me full of joy

They say it reached the Bering Strait, and crossed the icy floes

The Russian Army ain't killed it yet, but it keeps them on their toes

It went ZAP! when it fired; it cursed when it missed

And whirred as it took aim

It didn't know if we were friend or foe

It attacked us just the same

Comment This is why "Three Strikes" (Score 1) 56

Spamford is one of those career criminals who has proven, over and over and over again, that he will never "go straight", that the moment he is released, he will go back to committing criminal acts. At some point, you have to say "That does it, we've given you a whole lot of chances which you treated with pure sociopathic contempt. Now you go in a cell, and you never get out. Never."

Comment Re:Islam is unique (Re:An easier sollution) (Score 1) 1144

How many people have the supremely disgusting Westboro cultists actually murdered? An actual number with references, please.

I mean, Fred Phelps bodaciously deserves to be deep-fat-frying in Hell for all eternity, but has his evil cult actually committed any murders?

Let's keep a bit of perspective here.

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