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Comment Re:No, they handle 1.2% of all retail sales (Score 1) 62

True, but if you talk to the brick&mortar stores or listen to the politicians (who want the tax revenue), you'd think that online sales are at 90% of all retail sales and climbing.

Amazon recently "reached an agreement" with my state. Starting next month Amazon will collect 8% sales tax on purchases made from my state. The problem is, my state sales tax is only 4%. Who gets the rest? My guess is Amazon, maybe with some kickback to the politicians who agreed to the deal. I have no proof; I just know how politicians are.

It looks like my days of ordering tons of stuff from Amazon are over. I may order a few items, IF the price +tax is better than other online retailers who still don't charge sales tax.

My thought has always been that sales tax should be collected at the point of purchase. If it were, online companies would be moving to states with lower sales taxes. That might be just the incentive that high tax states need to lower their damned taxes.

Comment Re:That would be the real game changer (Score 1) 124

Vacations. Really? I know lots of people who drive more than 300 miles on their jobs. They're not commuting; they're working. For example, one of my friends reads meters once a month. The meters are radio read, but you still have to drive to within range. He drives 350 miles in that one day of reading. Stop to charge a battery? Hell, he doesn't even stop for lunch.

My job involves traveling long distances twice a week. I'm not commuting daily; I'm just going to where I'm going to be working during the week. If I have to be in another state 300 or 400 miles from home in a reasonable amount of time, I have to have a vehicle that can get me there. Sure, it would be nice to have an electric-powered pickup truck, but where do I find a motel in a small town in the middle of nowhere with charging capability?

Comment This borders on being a general warrant (Score 3, Interesting) 365

The one thing the Founders wanted to guard against was general warrants. This warrant gets pretty close to being one. It was limited to a specific building, but next time it could be limited to a specific block, or even a specific city or county. I think they're building precedent for doing such things. If they get away with this one, then what's to stop them from going further?

Comment Re:Good for India (Score 1) 813

So, you agree with me that John Podesta is a crackpot, because that's exactly what he said.

"John Podesta: I think Teddys idea scratches the itch, is pretty safe and uncomplicated.
On the picture ID, the one thing I have thought of in that space is that if you show up on Election Day with a drivers license with a picture, attest that you are a citizen, you have a right to vote in Federal elections."

Last year over half of the drivers' licenses issued in California were issued to "undocumented aliens". John Boy thinks they should be able to vote using that license.

Comment What kind of tv does he have?!? (Score 1) 198

My television, cable box, and surround sound system are EASY to use. I have a DVR with an external hard drive and I've never had any problem finding what I've recorded. And choosing what to record is so easy a six year old can do it.

What is Eddy's problem? Is he just that dense or does he want to hype a new product from Apple?

Comment Re: Uneducated voters, yay! (Score 1) 409

I'm beginning to doubt that simply having a college degree equates with "being educated". I see journalists with college degrees who can't write an article without a misspelled word or bad grammar, teachers who can't teach their subject matter (maybe because they don't know it?), and even some college graduates who can't read above an 8th grade level.

What passes for "educated" today would have barely been acceptable for a high school diploma a few decades ago. So go ahead and feel smug if you wish; the rest of us know better.

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