by baldilocks

… only smellier and more pathetic.

This happened last week. Warning: gross graphics.

After left-wing activists organizing a human feces or “poop party” to intimidate FCC Chairman Ajit Pai were reported to authorities by a conservative talk show host, she found herself under relentless attack.

Stacy Washington

In an exclusive interview with Media Equalizer, talk host Stacy Washington revealed that she directed her fans to report a leftist page called “New Years Rave at Ajit Pai’s House”.

The group event was created by an individual named Andrew Kober and meant to galvanize leftists to meet at Pai’s house between 10pm and 3am on Dec. 31. (…)

Given this clear threat to Pai’s family and home, Washington felt it necessary to inform followers and law enforcement.

Ajit Pai

In retaliation, they directed their online army to write negative reviews on Washington’s Facebook page, “Stacy on the Right Show,” where dozens immediately left 1-star show reviews and vile personal smears. (…)

It’s very important to make it clear that Washington is being subjected to such vitriolic behavior from liberals because she took issue with the group wanting to charge Pai’s home and put his family in harm’s way.

Emphasis mine. The reason for the “rave” at Pai’s house? The repeal of the FCC’s Net Neutrality rule.

Commenting on this situation, a friend observed that “Leftists don’t like being exposed for returning to their night rider KKK roots.” A searing assessment that is, but I don’t think that these foot-soldiers for Leftism have the slightest bit of self-awareness or historical perspective about this proposed action against a man’s home or about harassing brown-skinned Americans for what they believe. If they did, outside of the psychopaths, they wouldn’t be participating. Then again, the group is probably composed of nothing but psychopaths. 12,000 of them.

And psychopaths don’t like being exposed. Full stop.

Were they not in Hell, old-school night-riders – who burned, bombed, raped, and lynched — would be laughing their hoods off at these Night-Poopers/One-Star Reviewers. But the latter are the spiritual and political children of the old ones. Tactics change, but the spirit of terrorism does not.

Neither does the spirit of the Democrat Party, apparently.

And it’s not outside the realm of possibility that these new-school night-riders have attracted not a few of the old-school types who may be considering doing more than fertilizing the FCC chairman’s lawn.

Because that’s what happens with mobs; they escalate in tactics – or devolve, whichever way one wants to look at it.

Terrorists must be exposed; to hear them squeal, sure. But also to be ready for them.

(Thanks to Keith A. Houchen)

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A conservative student gave me a Christmas gift I relish. The individual wrote in the course evaluation that I was one of the few teachers who allowed conservative opinions in my classes.

“Professor Harper is a breath of fresh air in the God-forsaken, liberal, biased school. Unlike almost every other professor, he didn’t push his political beliefs or personal preferences on anyone. And he didn’t make me feel less respected or validated when my opinion differed from the majority, and I expressed my conservative beliefs. He is highly intelligent and well-informed when it comes to politics and the true agenda of the media and the leftist state,” the student wrote in this semester’s evaluations.
I teach at an extremely liberal university in an extremely liberal city with an extremely liberal faculty and student body. Conservative students are often tossed to the wolves in classrooms either by the professor or fellow students.

I taught two sections of Journalism and the Law. The class can be a tough trick. The course is required for graduation, and most students admit they expect the class to be boring when I pose the question at the beginning of the semester. Moreover, the class tackles some tough issues, such as hate speech.

During the semester, I take the students through a document few people really understand: the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Without imposing my political views, I point out some important truths:

–Unpopular speech, like hate speech, is protected by the U.S. Constitution.

–Journalists have roughly the same rights as all U.S. citizens. Freedom of speech appears before freedom of the press.

–The First Amendment isn’t the most important one. In fact, the amendment was actually the third in the original draft of the Bill of Rights. The first two were defeated during the ratification process. Therefore, the right of freedom of the press shouldn’t make journalists feel so special.

–The First Amendment, however, should make journalists feel grateful.

–Privacy isn’t mentioned in the U.S. Constitution but should receive as much, if not more, protection than freedom of the speech.

–Ethics and the law are not the same. What may be ethical may not be legal; what is legal may not be ethical.

–Anonymous sources must be chosen carefully and infrequently. The U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t provide much protection for journalists if they decided to use such sources. Journalists must testify before grand juries about anonymous sources and must pay damages to sources if reporters break the agreement for confidentiality.

By the time the class is over, the students are generally grateful for the course in how to work as a journalist under the law. More important, the students have a greater understanding about the rights they have as a citizen and how precious those rights are.

The student evaluations do provide some constructive criticism when I go over the top. During the class, I rant about the amount of government intervention especially the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC is one of the most powerful government bodies, which regulates broadcasting, satellite transmission, wireless telephones, and myriad aspects of our daily lives.

Moreover, the FCC is one of the few government entities that has the powers of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches all rolled into one. To me, the agency is what’s wrong with government.

One student called me out in the evaluations: “Maybe a small amount less of his opinions on government restrictions.”

 

 

 

Via Kirk’s Market Thoughts

Russ DeKuyper: You know how much I gotta make to keep $300 cash in our tax bracket? I gotta make 800, maybe $1000. That’s why I want that check. Now, you give me that $1000.
Archie Bunker: Why, you copper-plated phony, you. You’re money nuts. When this was just a raggy fur, you couldn’t care less about it. Now it’s $300, your whole world lights up.
Russ DeKuyper: You bet it does. You really bet it does. Three hundred bucks tax free is really illuminating.

All in the Family Edith gets a Mink 1972

We are hearing a lot of complaints from people like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi about the new Trump Tax law. I don’t blame them, it’s one more brick supporting the individual democrat welfare states removed.

Because of the deductablity of state and local taxes, when itemizing (which people of means generally do as they can almost always find more than the standard deduction in write offs) tax increases in state taxes and local taxes while annoying were not prohibitive for people living in high tax states. So when Democrats make pitches like this one described by Chris Christie back in 2012 while he was stumping in Atkinson NH…

35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NJ no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”

…they knew they could mitigate the effects for the rich who would be getting the biggest hit because that 2% tax which would became 9% along with those high property taxes they were already paying, would come right off their federal taxes.

Now think of states like California where all the celebs are all anti-trump all the time. If you are doing a TV series and making say $100K an episode. California’s 13.3% tax rate costs you $13,300 per episode, BUT because of federal deduction for state taxes, that adds up to 5253.50 right off the top of your federal tax bill.   Over a 26 episode season that’s $136,591 a year in taxes you aren’t paying to the feds.  It’s like getting paid for an extra episode tax free!

As Archie Bunker might say: “Dat ain’t happenin’ no more.”

Starting in 2018 California’s 13.3% income tax really costs 13,300 per $100,000 made and New Jersey’s 9% tax rate really costs 9000 per 100,000 and if you are a person with a Million dollar property a 5% property tax really costs $50,000 a year.

And it’s not just states, there are plenty of cities that have their own income taxes like Washington DC , Baltimore, Denver,  NYC,

And since the people getting these deductions are by nature the most mobile,  suddenly you have the prospect of the slow exodus of such people to low tax states and cities becoming a stampede that you have to somehow curb.

In other words you have to compete!

No longer will it be a gimme for liberals to buy off activists or pack state bureaucracies the feds aren’t going to subsidize these vote buying schemes anymore.

Now you have to give the voters a reason to stay while at the same time explaining to your base that if you don’t there will be no gravy train left to ride on.

This is why not a single Democrat voted for this tax bill, they knew that if it’s passed their overwhelming democrat legislature would face a day of reckoning.  That day has now arrived.

Welcome to the free market folks!

I should add one caveat to this.  All of these states and cities have one advantage that their worried counterparts in Germany and Australia don’t.  The Trump boom that these tax cuts will produce increased revenues that might, just might, give them enough wiggle room to make these needed changes to their tax codes over time and thus less painful.

But their window of opportunity is going to be a very slim one, will they open said window or push it closed and wait for these tax cuts expire?

Update:  I’ve gotten emails asking about NH & Tennessee listed as 5% & 6% respectively when they don’t have a state income tax, however both Tennessee and NH both tax dividend and interest income and thus those taxes would be deductible in the examples above, full details here.