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When tuning a radar system, the operator sets a detection threshold. It a signal does not reach that threshold, no detection event occurs. Not wanting to miss any real returns, an operator might increase the sensitivity (decrease the threshold) so that any real radar returns will exceed the threshold and show up on his screen.

The problem with that is that a lot of noise will also exceed that threshold and show up his screen too.

This is exactly the problem with oversensitive progs, who see normal differences in everyday life and their racism, sexism, and poor-poor-pitiful-me-ism detectors go off.

Black people get arrested more than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks commit more crimes. Black people make less money than Whites, so it must be racism, not the fact that Blacks tend to do less well in school. They see women getting paid less than men, so it must be sexism, not the fact that women are less likely to go into engineering, math, and real sciences, and are less likely to work overtime.

On the other side of the coin, I suspect my bullshit detector is too sensitive, since it seems that everything the progs say sets it off.

It’s getting a bit stale now, having been released in January of 2015, but I am sure they will come out with a new steaming pile soon. Anyway, allow me to present Who Pays? (5th Edition) A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All Fifty States. Even the title is wrong, since they include the District of Columbia, but I digress.

While complaining, as progs are wont to do, that the State tax systems are not “fair,” they never actually bother to define the word FAIR. Be that as it may, when we get down to the section on real estate taxes, we have this:

Renters do not escape property taxes. A portion of the property tax on rental property is passed through to renters in the form of higher rent — and these taxes represent a much larger share of income for poor families than for the wealthy. This adds to the regressivity of the property tax.

This is quite reasonable. If the property-owner is to make a profit, he needs to pass his tax burden on to his renters. But the authors then follow up with this:

The business tax component reduces the regressivity of the property tax as it generally falls on owners of capital….

That’s right. Somehow, one type of business (rental property) is able to pass the cost of taxes to its customers (renters), but other types, such as retailers and manufacturers, cannot. This simply makes no sense.

The authors want to emphasize their assertion that lower-income people pay a higher percentage of their income to State and local taxes than higher-income people do. To do that, they say that property taxes on rental property are passed through to the renters. However, if they admit that retail and manufacturing business can do the same, and pass their property taxes on to their customers, then they must also admit that businesses can also pass on to their customers the cost of corporate income taxes, and thus the corporate income taxes are as regressive as sales taxes are. This they cannot do.

This really is one of the dumbest articles I’ve ever seen from “The Economist”, and that includes the one where they neglected the fact that twice a year one gets THREE bi-weekly paychecks in a month!

Germany has a trade surplus, and according to “The Economist”, this is a Bad Thing:

For a large economy at full employment to run a current-account surplus in excess of 8% of GDP puts unreasonable strain on the global trading system. To offset such surpluses and sustain enough aggregate demand to keep people in work, the rest of the world must borrow and spend with equal abandon. In some countries, notably Italy, Greece and Spain, persistent deficits eventually led to crises. Their subsequent shift towards surplus came at a heavy cost. The enduring savings glut in northern Europe has made the adjustment needlessly painful.

Germany did not force Italy, Greece, and Spain to spend more than they made. Germany did not force Italy, Greece, and Spain to borrow money to buy what they could not afford. They chose to do that all on their own. If one group of people, collectively, spend more than they make, then some other group must make more than they spend.

Old (and I feel every day) ACT has been working 14 to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week for far longer than I can remember. I lose track of the day and month at times and the seasons are about the only thing that give me some semblance of the time. Not looking for sympathy here. Someone has to do the work and I thought when I retired 7 years ago that things would be different. Probably the reason God tells me not to make plans cause I only need to worry and live for today. What keeps me working is my circumstance, one of my grandbabies, and a tie that I just can’t seem (or don’t want to) let go of. Well now I am local for awhile so I can play here for a while. The object of the text is work.

I keep hearing that there is no work. Kids today are looking for those high paying, meaningful jobs like pro sports player, psychologist, actor, web designer and such. Whatever happened to meaningful work? My organization is staffed well but my company has had vacancies for years. Good work that takes brains and thinking on your own. For some reason we get no prior experience or those that want a paycheck without putting forward any effort. Needless to say, we have lots of vacancies. Now because I have been doing what I do for eons (I helped invent the square wheel) I am given projects to do alone, doing 3 or 4 individual jobs, only because I make things happen and organize well, including being everywhere at once. My body hates me and my mind has been playing cruel games. It is called old age. Shoot, I couldn’t remember the name of that dumb blonde that wanted to give oral gratification ( subjective at best) to any guy that voted for Hillbilly. I mean I really considered taking my gov’t money back and relaxing, contemplating my naval. Unfortunately I just can’t up and leave the company or organization without knowing my void has been taken care of. Where are those up and comers? Where are those eager beavers? Where is that next generation; anxious to take the feigns and make a mark in the world? It used to be companies wanted to dump the old for the young. Now they are looking for the old and experienced for less money and benefits because the young aren’t all they were cracked up to be. Maybe they need a new class in academia: work ethics. Novel idea. I know that some of us elders would appreciate the company and relief.

More and more Sterling gets to be a hot bed for illegals. It is getting pretty old. When I heard on the news the other day that an escaped deportee got away from ICE, I was happy he was found (right at my job site by coincidence). Then I heard on a later report that he had assaulted his guard to escape. Figured he would get some jail time first but it doesn’t appear that way. Matter of fact, he has been deported back to Salvador 5 times in the past 10 years. What? I remember something about being caught a second time in the country illegal and you were barred from coming back for um-teen years. How did he get by with 3 more times after that? If he gets deported again, what is to stop him from coming back? Can’t we give these guys a mandatory 5 year sentence working double shifts in a coal, uranium or mercury mine somewhere? It would definitely curtail this repeat border jumping, that’s for sure. Just a thought.

I am having a hard time watching the news and talk shows anymore. I really like Tucker Carlson because he calls a spade a spade. He can somehow sucker just about any dumbass liberal on his show and then make them look like the total fools that they are. The sad part is that these “guests” have no fear because they really believe the lies they tell. When shown videos of down right criminal and disgusting behavior, these liberals spin their lies and just blow off what you just heard and saw with your own eyes, like you didn’t see anything at all. The 1st Amendment is now dead for everyone but them and the rest of the Constitution can be found, wrapped around a cardboard tube, in their bathrooms. It is ok to assault anyone with physical force, destroy personal property and sue without cause because it is Trump’s and the “alt-right” fault. Condoning this behavior is abhorrent but denying it altogether is mental. I get tired of seeing this day in and day out EVERYWHERE in the U.S.

I remember not too long ago when, on this very site, the criminal left talked about sane folk as being disingenuous and witch hunting when they commented. That was when O’Bummer was doing his lying and criminal thing. Now it is this “alt-right” group, whoever they are, causing all the woes in America. The examples of pea brain leftist activities are so numerous; all I can say is Google it and you will see a plethora of examples that will keep you busy reading for years. Depressing. The lid is about to blow off and when frustration finally rains down as doom on the liberals, well, they only have themselves to blame. A sane society cannot survive when the rabble give no quarter. Arm yourselves cause it is getting very ugly out there and will be coming into your life real soon.

This will probably be a surprise to most of you. After many lawsuits for information and years of stonewalling by the McAwful regime, the information has finally surfaced showing that there is and continues to be voter fraud in Virginia. The fraud is Dem backed and condoned. Look at the things McAwful vetoed to prove the point. Don’t say it is just a small percentage because 1) small percentages make the difference in elections here as has been proven and 2) these findings are only from the self incriminating ones. How about the ones who do it continuously and covertly? I smell a dead fish and it is the Dem party. Anyone for voter ID law?