Saturday, October 29, 2005

The VAT Tax, fast track to economic slavery...

Ernest S. Christian executive director of the Center for Strategic Tax Reform and Gary Robbins of the Heritage Foundation write in an article titled Tax Code Reform Should Not Include VAT Tax on Foxnews.com about the proposed VAT tax that the Presidents advisery panel has considered as a means of reforming our current ridiculous tax code. This VAT(value added tax) would be a second tier taxation along with the current system. The difference according to this article? The VAT would be for those 90% of Americans under a certain income bracket, it would only tax goods and services and payrolls, no tax filing at the end of the year any more. While the 10% or so of the remaining Americans will continue to pay taxes as usual, by filing a yearly tax return.

My question here is , will the 10% of the population that still pays taxes still be subject to this VAT? If so, then they would be double taxed, paying yearly and throughout the year through normal activities of commerce as the rest of the 90%. As I mentioned in a previous post regarding the presidential tax advisery panel, this nonsense needs to stop. It is apparent that this panel is useless and is not looking out for the American people at all, only trying to see how much more can be siphoned from our hard earned incomes. Out of all of the myriad ideas presented to this committee, the one idea that involves adding more taxes, and complicating the system even more is the one they seriously consider! Either these people are incredibly dishonest and greedy or just plain stupid! Maybe both.

What say you?

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More info on tax reform research:


Tax Reform Briefing Room

Fixing America’s Tax Code
In this series Mr. Christian points out a quite compelling point about the current reluctance to reform our tax system stating:
"...the stakes riding on successful tax reform are enormous. Because if the Congress and the President cannot (or will not) reform something so fundamental or readily fixable as the tax code, what hope is there for ever doing anything about the rest of the federal edifice, where the faults are much grander and reform is far more difficult to achieve?"
Something to think about.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Abortion and dad...

Beautiful, brilliant and true. Check it out.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Menacing Condaleeza Rice....

Lashawn Barber links to Bucktowndusty who exposed USA Today for doctoring a photo of Condaleeza Rice by making her look more menacing. Bucktowndusty even goes further using two images of O.J. Simpson, a before and after shot where in the after shot he looks far more menacing and sedicious. As a Graphic Artist I can attest to the fact that this is a common practice among politicos. I've personally witnessed such practices by local candidates out here in sunny Southern Cal. They purposely find the worst photo of their opponents, then, usually in a subtle manner after the first draft of the proof will continue to make suggestions throughout the revision process focused around the photo to make it darker, "grainier" or to fade it more, etc. Some though arent as round about or subtle and right off the bat request that their opponents photo be darker and sometimes smaller than his/her own within the campaign literature being designed. Amazing!

I did one once for a local candidate for the Los Angeles city council, who was a friend of the owner (my boss) of the print shop I worked in. He (the candidate) gave me a picture of himself and his opponent. Of course his picture was a nice 8x10 glossy 4 color headshot, but seeing how crappy the photo was of his opponent (a small almost wallet sized b/w image) I naively asked his staff for a better photo, adding that it will not reproduce properly during the press run. To my surprise I was pulled aside and clued in to what was happening by my boss. So I went ahead and finished the layout for the mailer and called it a day. Oh, in case you were wondering, this candidate was a Democrat to boot.

That was my first and last venture into political advertising. The entire process was utterly rediculous, I mean misleading and sometimes down right false information being printed in some of these flyers and mailers. I couldn't stand it. So hearing about USA Today pulling such tactics doesn't surprise me at all. Believe it or not it happens far more often then many realize. Just take a look through some political oriented mags or mailers that you receive sometime and you will begin to notice it more and more. Sort of the darkside of technology I guess.

More in-depth info on the manipulation of the Condi photo:

Michelle Malkin: USA TODAY REMOVES DOCTORED PHOTO

Monday, October 24, 2005

Rosa Parks, Dead at 92.

Considered the one responsible for inspiring the modern Civil Rights movement, by a simple yet historically imperative act of defiance of unjust laws, Rosa Lee Parks has passed away in her home at age 92 of natural causes.

Its kind of funny, I just got off of a another thread with an individual where we debated and conversed about civil rights and particularly Brown vs. Board of Ed. As soon as I was done posting, I click over to Fox news to read that Rosa Parks has died. Wow. Her actions on that day back in 1955 is a perfect example of demanding ones just rights, resisting unjust laws while still accepting the consequences of that resistance. I always believed that it was staged by the NAACP as a means of protest(not that it was a bad thing if it were), similar to the lunch counter sit-ins, but according to Mrs. Parks,
"...the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long."
Amen to that.

We need to all be like Rosa Parks, not in the sense of demanding civil rights but in demanding a fair, just and accountable government. Right now our freedoms are at stake, not from Jihadists, radical Muslims, or even communists-socialists but from our very own government, which continues to get bigger and bigger, and bigger. Taking away our hard earned resources in order to fund their own pet projects, initiatives, and feed their coffers. We all have to get tired of it and demand justice! I think Paul Jacob sums it up nicely in a recent op-ed on Townhall.com.

Our government, whether Republican or Democrat is not looking out for us. Most of our publicly elected officials are not in it for the best interest of the people but for their own individual interests. Mr. Jacobs article is a perfect example of this.

More Blogs on Rosa Parks:
Lashawn Barber's Corner

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Angry Blacks in Toledo Riot....

Angry Blacks in Toledo Riot tearing down their own community over white power Nazi protest.

When will the stupidity end?

The Presidents Tax Reform Panel...a waste of tax payer funds

Neal Boortz is right on in his assessment of the President's Tax Reform Panel, it needs to be terminated, wiped clean and started anew with fresh minds and ideas!

I was just watching the C-Span feed of their last meeting on this past Tuesday, I was quite hopeful at the onset when I first flipped to the channel. I thought, its about time something was actually done about this ridiculous tax system. Then, as I listened, and listened, and listened to more and more and more of the same old excuses and rhetoric regarding government growth, preserving government programs, etc. I began to lose that zeal for this committee. Then what really got my goad was the discussion regarding adding another tax structure to the existing two that we already have, making our system of taxation even more cumbersome! The fact that it was even an option on the table is appalling in itself! Then they had the audacity to discuss tax policies of other foreign nations like Canada and the U.K.! What the heck are these people smokin? I wonder if this panel has even seriously researched alternative tax policies that may run counter to what we already have in place?

I think Mr. Boortz hones in on the real motives of this panel when he cites:
"The ability to manipulate tax laws so as to buy votes and reward large campaign contributors is not something we should not expect politicians to abandon without a fight."
So, probably a bad idea appointing politicos to a panel that is charged to seek out ways of eliminating one of the very things that continue to give them unfair and misused power.

This is the crux of the matter, there has to be people appointed that truly want change and not business as usual politics. They must be men and women who understand that true wealth is generated not by over taxation of individuals but by encouraging and allowing individuals to accumulate wealth without being punished for doing so. This new panel should include more citizens, business owners, policy experts and maybe, maybe a politician or two.

I agree with Mr. Boortz, dissolve this committee and put real, independent minded, honest Americans on it next time.


Resources on Tax Reformation:

From The Heritage Foundation: Fixing America'’s Tax Code

Americans For Fair Taxation: http://www.fairtax.org/

Townhall.com's Point/Counterpoint: Fiar Tax vs. Flat Tax

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Blacks Are The Key For Change In America...

I am having sort of a brainstorm here so bare with me but I am about to make a statement that may offend some and others may agree, and yet still others will sit and wonder what the heck am I talking about?

Here it goes.

I believe that Black people can become the new moral compass for America. Meaning, in contrast, back in the day (50's & 60's, and earlier) it was considered that the "white" or "Eurocentric" culture was the dominant culture in America. Sort of a trickle down theory, whites established our societal norms if you will of what was moral and accepted and what wasn't. Then maybe midway through the Civil Rights movement there was a paradigm shift and you had the minority (i.e., Blacks) having a stronger influence on the over-arching American culture, especially in the areas of mainstream popular culture, i.e. Motown, Athletics, and even in the arts and literature, but especially in Music and Sports. America went from the Beattles to the Jackson 5, Ludacris and Kanye West, from Babe Ruth to Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan, all of a sudden the mainstream began to look more and more Black. Many of our heroes are not white any more, no more is it just the Lone Ranger or John Wayne, now it's all about the Rock, Will Smith, or P-Diddy! Yet, with this shift there is a down turn, especially with the infiltration of the negative aspects of the hip-hop culture, and gangs coupled with the growth of multi-culturalism, and moral relativism, into the white middle class, there is a decline in the strength of the family unit in both Black and White communities. There are many other factors for this to consider as well from the feminist movement, legalizing abortion and the introduction of the welfare state, to sexual promiscuity becoming more widely accepted, I could go on and on. Yet, this decline in the family structure in both Black and White communities, seems to have been spawned from first a top-bottom influence, i.e. radical feminism and multiculturalism first infiltrating middle class/upper class whites as specified before, and as a result, morality being defined downward, a relaxing of social norms takes place. It would then seem as if much of the negative aspects of "Black" or "urban" culture became more and more accepted as a result of this defining deviance down, infiltrated middle class and uppper middle class America. So, with the breakdown of the more afluent elements of society we have a natural breakdown of the less afluent, in inner-city, urban areas. Sort of the sh*t rolls down hill theory if you will.

Right now in this country I believe to a large extent the next shift needs to come from the Black community again and what has to happen is a shift back to the foundations that made Blacks strong, stable and even prosperous in spite of turbulent times. Times where the very laws of the land were designed to keep us subjugated under the feet of a ruling class. Now, here we are at a time where the very laws of the land are stacked, heavily (affirmative action anyone?) in favor of Blacks and yet Blacks have a deplorable record of performance within it's urban areas and even among the more afluent! 60 to 70% out of wedlock births, high divorce rates, within the church at that, high incarceration rate among Black men, and the most tragic of all, killing our own black babies at an alarming rate! What happened in New Orleans should have demonstrated several very important points to Black people; that racism is not the issue for Black folks anymore, poverty is not perpetuated by external forces, most Black leaders(you know who they are) are not looking out for the best interest of the Black community, and most importantly, relying on government aid to survive is detrimental to individuals and the greater community because it strips us of dignity and God-given freedoms.

Racism is not an issue, it never really was. The events that took place in New Orleans had nothing to do with race or class, it had to do with moral character. The leaders failed, from the white house, the governor, to the mayor, and down to the citizens trapped on roof tops or in the Superdome, all failed due to a lack of moral character which generates basic common sense(which is not so common anymore). The inability to plan for something ahead of time when you know it is coming. The inability to respond to crisis with organized thought and fortitude, the lack of patience, grace, and emotional strength in a time of great adversity, all demonstrate this point. Our own moral character is what's at stake here. Our ability to sustain our own families and as a result our communities based on the rudimentary understandings of right and wrong. This is all our fore-fathers had and yet they managed to prosper, achieving amazing successes in their lifetimes, from Garrett Morgan and Madam C.J. Walker to George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington, Blacks were able to achieve amazing things during probably the worst time in American history. Today, we still witness great success among Blacks but at the same time great despair and tragedy, why? What is different now versus then? I believe the answer lies in adversity and moral character. My personal philosophy is that Blacks of moral standing tend to strive and excel in the mist of adversity and strife. When someone says you can't, a Black man stands up and says "yes I can!" Plain old, stubborn, will to not only overcome but resist being controlled, put down and kept down is what seems to be innate to the Black person of moral fortitude. Maybe this just isn't happening enough today, where our youth are not being challenged to strive, exceed, and excel. We keep reminding them of the "struggle" but they go out and see that there is no struggle, at least not overtly, watching rap videos about 'hos and bling' bling'. You see, the struggle, to me, was never against the "white man" but against evil, the evil within ourselves. I think Blacks back in the day some how understood that basic principle, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" Ephesians 6:12(KJV)

They understood that racism wasn't a product of the white man but the product of the devil as a means of keeping Black men and women from experiencing the blessings of God. There was an intellectual assent to God's will as well as a spiritual, but where is that same volition today? I speak not of the emotionalism many witness in so many churches, this only serves to weaken people even more so. Allowing them to be controlled and manipulated by corrupt preachers.
Do Black preachers and other leaders carry the same qualities that their forefathers had?

I think there needs to be a shift back to the basic foundations of good and evil, right and wrong, God vs. Satan. Blacks on a whole and individually need to get back to the foundations of God's word, stop questioning the scripture rather than embracing it, understanding it, loving the truth. I truly believe that if Blacks get back to these basic precepts of faith, holiness, love, and truth coupled with down-home common sense, which is not so common anymore, there would be a dramatic change in the dominant culture in America. Getting back to the basics and abandoning the liberalism that got Blacks into such a mess to begin with would begin to not only change popular culture but ultimately profoundly affect governmental policies as well.

The Black community is an untapped power that is being exploited by race hustlers, political pimps, and media whores ( You know who they are). Blacks are being used and abused with no gain whatsoever. This has been happening for many years now and has gotten Blacks no where fast. This must stop, but it won't until they stand up on their own, stop the group think and begin getting back to basics. The very foundations that their forefathers stood on to get them through slavery and Jim Crow, are the very same foundations the founding fathers stood on in birthing this great nation.

Only then will Blacks become a key for change.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Multi-Culturalism equals Moral Relativism

What was Yahoo! thinking when the company decided to cooperate with the Chinese government in digitally tracing the whereabouts of a Chinese citizen who attempted to send a message to the "outside world" regarding the communistic conditions in his country? Thanks to Yahoo this person, Shi Tao, will probably spend at least 10 years of his life in prison!

What was Yahoo's response as to why they cooperated? Their stance is that they must obey local laws and customs of a host country. No matter what those laws and customs are, regardless of the consequences.

Since Multiculturalism dictates that all cultures are equal in value, this type of reasoning makes perfect sense. Not to mention this is a clear example of corporate greed run amok, using Multiculturalism as the framework to justify such actions, moral relativism. Microsoft has been accused of such treachery as well. Listen to what one of their reps was quoted by the BBC News saying in defense of their policy of cooperation with a communist government:
"Microsoft works to bring our technology to people around the world to help them realise their full potential," said a Microsoft spokesperson."
How backwards, this guy completely contradicts himself, how can Microsoft be for developing a people's "full potential" and at the same time assist in squelching the very freedoms that would allow said potential to develop? I guess greed makes you confused.

(hat tip: Paul Jacob)

Other related links:

Bear To the right: Pagan priests in prison, say that about five times.

The Australian;

IHT, International Herald Tribune

Saturday, October 01, 2005

No one is looking out for us.....

Our leaders in government and the courts in particular are not looking out for the well being of the citizens of this country at all. Case in point just the other day I read that federal judge Alvin Hellerstein ordered the government to release more pictures of the Abu Ghraib abuse. In spite of the fact that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told this idiot judge during proceedings that the pictures would put our soldiers fighting over seas and maybe even right here in even more danger from terrorists! Not to mention, the chairman also mentioned that there is nothing new to be revealed in the photos anyway. Just more of the same that we've all seen before. Yet this judge ruled to release the picts under the guise that the American people have a right to know under the freedom of information act. This even though it is of an absolute certainty that if such information is released violence against our troops and civilians will most certainly ensue as was evident from the Newsweek Quoran debacle. What is worse is that there has been no outcry from anyone in the white house nor the pentagon regarding such a bone-headed ruling.

Now read the following and see just how screwed up our court system really is, Mark Tapscott over at Townhall.com writes about a recent decision by the courts to NOT release certain information regarding illegal (undocumented for you PC folks) convicted criminals. Apparently some journalists began to see a pattern with some of these criminals in that they were both illegal and many were guilty of violent crimes yet were released into society after time served rather than being deported as Federal law requires. In addition, it begs the question of whether any of these illegals are potential terrorists in waiting. So under the freedom of information act these journalists decided to investigate and have the files of these illegals released to the public citing that the American people have a right to know if the Federal government is doing its job of enforcing our laws. Well, guess what? The judge presiding over this case ruled that the right to privacy of the illegal convicts outweighed the need of the public to know whether or not our government is doing its job! Amazing!

The irony here is hard to miss and it becomes apparent that our government is screwed up beyond belief given that the judge in the illegal alien case was appointed by the current administration! Utter and complete chaos indeed. The decisions made in both scenarios defies logic and common sense! One can only hope that both of these decisions will be overturned upon appeal. It is almost as if these people want to put our national sovereignty in jeopardy, as if they want innocent Americans to suffer at the hands of terrorists. One can only wonder.

RELATED: Michael the ArchAngel blogs about another court ruling in Oregon regarding strip clubs, prostitution and "free expression", he poses some intriguing questions.
I live in Chatsworth California and over time I've come to find out that this city is considered the porn capital of the U.S., maybe even the world. Yet, driving down the street you wouldn't know it right off. Took me a couple of years through freelancing as a Graphic Designer to realize an unusual amount of video/dvd transfer companies, design companies who "specialize" in dvd menus for porn movies and print shops who print quite a bit of adult dvd wraps. For a couple of shops I 've found out that adult entertainment is about 90% of their business! Sad indeed.

As an aside, As a freelance Graphic Designer I always refuse to work on porn related material, period. I've lost out on quite a few job offers where after coming in for an interview I see that particular company does a great deal of porn. I always ask if I will be expected to work on porn related material and it is always yes. So I turn the project/job down. Some job leads don't always specify if you will be working on porn material, I've come to find that the ones who need dvd authoring, menu creation/design, or a great deal of photo retouching are the porn oriented graphic firms. I have come to simply ignore those.