Richard Holbrooke 1941 – 2010

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers”

— Matthew 5:9

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  1. TempeBev

    It’s too bad about Richard Holbrooke. We certainly don’t have a guarantee on our time on earth.

    I am so sick of all the crappy political arguing about taxes from both sides, we’ve given up on watching KO and Rachel. We get our news from Stewart and Colbert. So, not many opinions about what’s going on in. I will always have something to say about McGramp and his constant flip flops. I assume you have heard that the “death panels” have come true – in AZ.. Gov has cut off medicaid transplants – she is the death commisioner in AZ.

  2. TempeBev

    Don’t worry, I’m not – you could be an AZ Cardinals fan. They both suck! 🙂

  3. dog's eye view

    I didn’t fully appreciate Richard Holbrooke during his lifetime. He seems to have tried his best, in challenging arenas, and that’s more than you can say for most of us.

    RIP.

  4. dog's eye view

    Hmmm. Bruce the Economist’s challenge:

    “What do Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Bernie Sanders, and Barney Frank have in common with Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Jim DeMint, and Michele Bachman?”

    Umm. Going for the low hanging fruit:

    1) They’re white.
    2) They have well paid jobs that come with a public microphone.
    3) They all have excellent healthcare, but differ on whether the rest of us should share that privilege.
    4) We know who they are, unfortunately for us, in the cases of DeMint and Bachmann, who have both risen to stations in life far above their intellectual ability and skillset. It’s a great country for telegenic white people.
    5) They all have herpes? No!!

  5. dog's eye view

    Bev’s comment:

    “I am so sick of all the crappy political arguing about taxes from both sides, we’ve given up on watching KO and Rachel. We get our news from Stewart and Colbert.”

    Yep. Other good sources of info, though: the PBS Newshour (can watch or read online after the fact, to save time) and BBC America’s Evening News, which presents lots of international news in addition to well reported U.S. news.

    If BBC is hanging on Sarah Palin’s every twitter, I have missed it.

  6. dog's eye view

    Found this while clicking on Brian’s Al Franken HuffPo link:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-moore/why-im-posting-bail-money_b_796319.html

    Michael Moore: “WikiLeaks exists, in part, because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility. The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible for good journalists to do their job. There’s no time or money anymore for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don’t want those stories exposed. They like their secrets kept … as secrets. … I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago.”

    Moore cites passengers unaware Bin Laden wanted to hijack planes, that Cheney was able to lie during runup to Afghanistan, even that top US officials knew the Gulf of Tonkin issue didn’t happen quite that way.

    Still don’t know what to think, but it’s inarguable our U.S. press has been cowed, with small exceptions, and that the outlets with major reach are timid and careerist. They fear lack of access to “newsmakers” more than they care about accurately reporting factual news.

  7. Dooty

    question with regard to $250k tax issues. Doesn’t this mythical figure take into account that this is the net amount of income after all the deductions have been taken? Most all the people making that sort of income would naturally file the long form to take advantage of the tax exemptions before paying their taxes. So, what is the real ceiling for income that can be made and still fall under that $250k figure?

    • dnd

      Doots, I’m not sure either, but I can’t imagine it’s not the adjusted gross income.
      I think the $250k figure comes from census stats where they break down family income into brackets. They only have one bracket above $250k because so few families fall into that bracket. Of course this is total family income so it’s not directly correlated to AGI. So it’s all kind of arbitrary.

      I read somewhere that if they ticked up the tax rate the 4% everybody is squabbling about for only those making over a million, and only on income above a million, that would net almost as much as setting the line at $250k.

      And I’m sure Rangers fans would like to see Cliff Lee taxed at 90% 😉

  8. dog's eye view

    Good question Doots. No idea here, but there seems to be lots of ways one can lessen income. A reason health savings accounts are so popular with GOP legislators, while in practice they don’t work well for those without more disposable income.

    Would bet you’re right; that with (legal!) deductions one could be pulling in a lot more and declaring $250K as taxable base. Not sure how legislation defines the $250k benchmark.

  9. Tax bill just passed the Senate and looks it’s going to pass in the house too. This will be a big political win for the prez regardless how you feel about the bill itself.

  10. dog's eye view

    For that I will be happy, Brian.

    I am concerned this gives extra impetus to defeat him in 2012 and make those tax cuts permanent. I worry this could be a pyrrhic victory, and the situation has to get way worse before those not paying attention wake up.

    Money rules.

  11. dog's eye view

    shorter dog: he might have been safer if he insisted on letting the cuts for the wealthy expire.

    Although who knows if that would have happened, with the careerist Democrats in the Senate.

  12. I think the prez will move to rewrite the tax code next years.

    • dnd

      I’m watching CNBC interviews with business execs who met with the prez today. All of them are raving about their meeting.

      Brian, I think you’re right. Reduce rates, get rid of loopholes.

  13. Dooty

    Rangers fans are still looking for hernia belts to correct the kick to the stomach the other day. Philly is gonna have a very good rotation this coming year.

  14. dog's eye view

    Do you think they can close enough loopholes to make up for raising rates on those who are skating on taxes now?

    Clue: am not discussing those with low income.

    Will the Chamber of Commerce allow this?

  15. Well here’s the thing as I see it. the GOP has been bitching about the tax code for years, so now they have to put up or shut up. By rewriting the tax code everyone has to put their cards on the table. Political gold mine for the prez, a way for him to regain the middle class.

  16. dog's eye view

    Vote breakdown for today’s tax cuts package vote.

    http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/senate/2/276

    Lame duck tally: 6 for, 3 against. The 3 no’s were Democrats Byron Dorgan and Russ Feingold and Republican George Voinovich.

    Other GOP nos were movement conservatives: Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, Jeff Sessions. Period.

    The Democrats voting no are all pretty smart and pragmatic types. See what you think.

    So I still don’t know what to think of the tax package.

  17. Dooty

    The House has voted to overturn the DADT today. How will it do in the Senate?

  18. Opps, didn’t see doots post.

  19. dog's eye view

    dog’s fantasy: The Senate passes DADT and conservatives are about to scream — until Saint David Petraeus drops his sham marriage.

    Well. A girl can dream.

    • dnd

      Can someone explain to me why Joh Kyl thinks Harry Reid is disrespecting Christians by forcing the Senate to work through Christmas? Zillions of Christians work on Christmas. And besides, the most holy day for Christians is Easter, not Christmas.

  20. dog's eye view

    But is there a War on Easter?

    SQSA.

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