Morning Reads: Cyber Monday, Ride the Pink Pig, Kim Jong Un Attacks Sony Pictures


Attack of the North Koreans


Finally, some good news from Ferguson.

GOP staffer under fire because of comments about Obama’s daughters.

Today is Cyber Monday

Black Friday blahs


Nice job, Brookhaven PD

Forget Black Friday; now we know the Christmas season is really here.

Deal getting ready for inauguration

My friend Ralph Ellis has been following this tragic story.

Canine road rage casualty.


Julio-ooo …

Sick Bulldogs …

Happy Jackets …

Sad Panthers …

Roll, Tide …


  1. saltycracker says:

    Cyber Monday: want to get this right – if the business is paying property taxes in GA for a sales point, we have to pay sales tax but if the business is not paying property taxes, no sales tax ?
    And we need more in property taxes and special sales taxes ?

      • saltycracker says:

        Yes and roll back a bit on those toting the load – the loophole is growing like a breached earth dam

        • Charlie says:

          That’s the part that those who keep screaming “free market” don’t get. They’re setting up a separate market – one where the new and trendy don’t get taxed, and those that are already paying for the services these folks use keep getting squeezed from all ends. It’s not sustainable, and needs to be fixed.

          • Harry says:

            Extending sales tax to cyberspace commerce is a good idea but only if the beneficiaries are the consumer and local retailers, and not just bigger government revenues. The overall sales tax rate should be dropped to offset a bigger collection net. A proposal like that would sail through the political process and the only losers would be the west coast online freeloaders.

          • Raleigh says:

            “….and those that are already paying for the services these folks use keep getting squeezed from all ends.”

            Question, what services?

          • blakeage80 says:

            Like registered taxi services vs Uber & Lyft. Taxi pay fees and must be insured, resulting in a much larger overhead and more centralized service model. Uber comes along and makes money taking business away from the taxi companies and didn’t (at least in the beginning) have to pay all those fees and premiums.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Obama should be the darling of small businesses with this loophole.
    Maybe the native born workers getting the adios will be eligible for unemployment and food stamps as these new hires might not be:

    “Under the president’s new amnesty, businesses will have a $3,000-per-employee incentive to hire illegal immigrants over native-born workers because of a quirk of Obamacare.”

    Read more:

    • John Konop says:

      This has been a big point about immigration policy I have pointed out for years…any immigration bill must mandate proper insurance and taxe…..if not the people who play by the rules end up paying the bill….through increase taxes, premiums, deductibles…….McCain idea is fiscally irresponsible….to make it that nobody has to have insurance….we already know the people will end up at county hospitals emergency rooms with free and or subsidized care….

  3. blakeage80 says:

    Re: Falcons. Well, the symbol of Atlanta is the phoenix. Maybe this team rises from the ashes of the dumpster fire that is the NFC South and wins a Super Bowl! (OK, maybe that last part is a little over the top.)

      • blakeage80 says:

        Ed, I have one more argument: It’s not a very big deal when the SEC goes 4-0 against the ACC in a given weekend. This weekend was the opposite and its a huge deal. Why? Because ACC teams caught a few SEC teams on a bad weekend. 🙂 Luckily, that was the last week of regular play so I’ll have time to recycle/repackage my arguments for next fall. Bowl season doesn’t count.

    • Ellynn says:

      Lets see how they survive the cold next week (current temp of the tundra is 9 with a -7 windchill…), then talk about NFC South title (Saints have an easier schedule) and Superbowl.

  4. saltycracker says:

    While we are at fixing a few tax problems – returns: how about a baby step with overhaulin’ –

    Everyone with SS# or tax ID should be required to file an electronic return-
    even if 0 due as it will improve compliance.
    No computer ? head to the post office offering passports (trained employee) for help with the simplest returns.
    Complex ones, go get help.
    AND (drum roll)
    Eliminate Schedule A, use the standard deductions, change the tables
    This will greatly reduce the amateur cheats and eliminate a high % of issues.

      • MattMD says:

        Right, because when you slap a 30% tax on something people are just going to charge it to the game, right? I mean, there isn’t any incentive for an underground economy at that tax rate, right?

        Seriously, do you Fair Taxers ever get tired of beating that drum?

        It is never, ever, ever going to happen. Ever. Forever Ever. No.

    • Harry says:

      That’s a good start. Also address Sch. C abuse.

      Corporate tax inequity also requires serious attention. We have the world’s highest corporate tax rates yet many big corps pay virtually no tax – including Apple, Google, Microsoft, GE, the pharmas, etc. Small- and medium-sized C corps get stuck “holding the bag”.

      • gcp says:

        The international corporations take a foreign tax credit ; the same one any taxpayer can take but yea I would be ok with eliminating all deductions, credits, exemptions for everyone.

        • Harry says:

          Trust me – what the big global corporations are getting away with is a lot more than just taking the foreign tax credit, which anyone with foreign taxes can utilize. GE for example has spent over $200 million on DC lobbyists in the last 10 years. Lobbyists of big corps in effect write the tax laws and carve out exceptions for themselves. Look up terms like “active financing exception”, “double Irish arrangement”, “Double Irish with a Dutch sandwich”, “swap and assign transactions”, “Killer B”, “Deadly D”, “Outbound F”. These are “legal” techniques that small and mid-sized companies cannot afford to pursue. It gives the big guys an unfair competitive advantage. The system is corrupt, I’m tellin’ ya.

          • gcp says:

            And the individual gets the EITC, Child Tax Credit and every other kind of deduction, exemption, credit and 43% don’t even pay income tax.

            • Harry says:

              And the middle class is being squeezed out of existence by design. Soon it will be just the nobility and the serfs.

            • MattMD says:

              You are kidding, right? Did you really just compare the tax credits poor people get versus the breaks we give to well-connected corporations?

    • saltycracker says:

      Just give me one baby step to test the bipartisanship….tossing out Sched A is incredible saved hours and conflict.

      There is no one to ignore the lobbyists or lead even a few easy tweaks…..too many, well what abouts…..

      Disclosure: just fine with the mess it is….

    • saltycracker says:

      Yes but the Dawgs will be in the record book for one of the most infamous squib kicks in football history.

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