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Kansas: "Another GOP state going to hell"


what's the matter with kansas

This is why I adore John Dean. Well, one of 1000 reasons. His tweet about Kansas was spot on. Come to think of it, what is the matter with Kansas? Rhetorical. See: Brownback, Gov. Sam.

The New York Times' (and MSNBC's) Josh Barro has the story, a story that begins with the sentence, "Kansas has a problem." No kidding:

In April and May, the state planned to collect $651 million from personal income tax. But instead, it received only $369 million.

In 2012, Kansas lawmakers passed a large and rather unusual income tax cut. It was expected to reduce state tax revenue by more than 10 percent, and Gov. Sam Brownback said it would create “tens of thousands of jobs.”

Wait... don't tell me how this ends. Let me guess. GOP fail? Brownback fail? Republican tax cut obsession fail? All at the expense of hard-working people fail? Or people who wish they could work hard? People that voted against their own interests because they believed that Kansas Klown? All of the above?

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Barro explains how, if he were living in Kansas, his MSNBC income would be tax-free. Lotta good that would do Kansans. Please proceed, Josh:

While no state has gone as far as Kansas, four others — Missouri, Ohio, Oregon and South Carolina — have passed laws in the last decade that give some small-business owners lower tax rates than wage earners.

By creating this preference for some types of income over others, Kansas has run into at least five problems...

And then he enumerates the problems. Please link over to read the whole post, but here's one of my favorite excerpts:

The Kansas Legislative Research Department — the state-level equivalent of the Congressional Budget Office — issued a memo this month saying that “it appears that some of the fiscal notes associated with various income tax law changes enacted in 2012 and 2013 were understated.” Translation: It looks as if we gave out a bigger tax cut than we thought.

To quote Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

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Video- Chuck Colson, Former Watergate Figure Dies


More about Mr Colson here.
This is funny, from John Dean's Twitter.

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VIDEO: Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump's new hit: Mini-Apprenti! Put those kids to work!


Thank you John Dean for alerting me to this piece at Politico:

I'm here to offer my services, and I don't even charge.

As you can see in the video, somehow, some way, Donald Trump always manages to plug his show and tell us how wealthy he is.

After a nearly hour-long meeting at Trump Tower, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich emerged for a joint news conference, during which the former House speaker defended The Donald from slams from Ron Paul that Trump moderating a debate would create a "circus" atmosphere.

Here's what Mr. Wealth had to say, in part:

"...In very, very poor schools ... We're gonna be picking ten young, wonderful children and we're gonna make them apprenti. We're gonna have a little fun with it... It was Newt's idea..."

What a guy. Those child labor laws are silly, superfluous little annoyances, so let's get those kiddies to work, because, hey, it's fun! Why not profit off of them while they're at it? Genius! Leave it to Newtered to come up with brilliance like "Mini Apprenti."

And Donald is such a cool guy, who wouldn't want his endorsement? He's the pro's pro, a "genuine American icon," the godfather of GOP candidates, a real family man. "Who wouldn't want to hang out with him?"

Uh, me.

"We have to get a certain sense of humor in politics..." Well then, I gotta hand it to the Republicans, because their candidates are a joke.

Team Paul agrees:

"We are sure two average Americans like Speaker Gingrich and Donald Trump will have a wonderful time picking out gifts for their wives. We suggest a place called Tiffany's, we her it is quite nice this time of year and given their celebrity status they can probably get special deals and $500,000 lines of credit."


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Rupert and James Murdoch's "willful blindness"; Rupert gets hit in the face with "a plate of shaving cream"


Liveblog of  the questioning of Rupert and James Murdoch (by the Committee for Culture, Media and Sport in the House of Commons of the British Parliament):

Proceedings were interrupted when someone off-camera tried to attack Rupert Murdoch. The man was sitting a few rows back, "smacked shaving foam in Rupert's face."  In other words, said Keith Olbermann, he was hit with a plate of shaving cream.

CNN news alert: The man could be heard telling Murdoch he's "a greedy billionaire." Murdoch's wife, Wendi Deng, who was seated behind him, leaped to her feet and smashed the attacker's hand with her own, pictures from the scene showed.

Murdoch was hit full in the face, and stunned but not injured...

A few Keith tweets:

C'mon, Goober, you're on TV! Joel Klein just pulled something out of his ear and then looked at it. Twice!

Nice that Rupert just defended his "family company" by noting his father's great reporting of Gallipoli. Unfortunately that was in 1915-16

OOPS: James Murdoch just confirmed NewsCorp has paid some legal fees for phone hacker Glenn Mulcaire #SmokingGun

Jim Sheridan Q: do you accept that you're ultimately responsible? Murdoch: No. #CheckPlease #MurdochMelts

John Dean's take:

It went as I expected. Rupert had very little knowledge, James was more of the protagonist, the hands-on executive. Father only deals with the big issues, smaller details don't reach his attention. They're clearly well-rehearsed. They know how they can give half-answers to some questions, take the UK version of the Fifth Amendment... They're doing a good job, handling themselves well... This is all being guided by their attorney. This is crisis management in action.

"Willful blindness" is a well-known term, and when James was asked about it, he acted as if he didn't know what it meant, but Rupert jumped right in and said, "We haven't engaged in that."

I took down some random quotes, and added snark as necessary. This whole Murdoch "show" reminds me of the Cheney holding George Bush's hand testimony back in 2004:

There was clearly a blue suit memo, although tie colors do vary.

One of the first quotes I caught was, "We were advised to tell the truth." They had to be advised to do that? Then again, when one is unaccustomed...

James Murdoch, who has taken to clutching his chest for dramatic effect, has taken on the feigned sincerity persona of "Leave it to Beaver's" Eddie Haskell. Some quotes are verbatim, some are slightly paraphrased, and anything not in quotes is my interpretation of his statements:

"This is a serious matter of regret, a violation of trust to our readers."

"This is a matter of real gravity." (Meaning they're about to collide with reality with a big bang)

"Bad things happened YEARS ago.... only came to my attention when it was reported in the press.  It came as a total shock."

I am appalled, shocked, angry, dumbfounded, stunned, surprised, sickened! Oh, and did I mention we're blameless?

"We're trying to understand these allegations that come as a complete surprise to us. It's appalling that any of our employees would do such a thing!"

We CARE, we're compassionate. This is all so... regrettable.  Did I mention we're sorry for the misdeeds of others that we knew nothing about?

I understand everyone's pain and all the skepticism. I have enormous sympathy.

"I have no firsthand knowledge." Hey, I'm merely the chief executive.

"I'm happy to follow up on that."

"I'm so happy you asked that!" (Then he never answered the question.)

"I'm happy to go back and look at that."

"I don't have direct knowledge. I'm not aware. I'm so glad you asked...! These are serious matters. We take them seriously. We are cooperating with full transparency."

Did I mentions we're fully cooperating? I know nothing of what my underlings do, say, whisper, or perpetrate. Now, allow me to obfuscate...

"People who are lawbreakers should be held to account."

Rupert has a very annoying habit of thumping the table for emphasis. Some takeaway Rupert moments:

"This is one of the most humbled day of my life." Thump.

Take it, James. Thump.

We can't be bothered with teeny weeny little things like our own newspapers.  Editors? What editors? We have editors? Who hacked into phones? What phones? What hacking? There were cash settlements of a million pounds? What cash? What pounds?  Thump.

Nobody told us anything. Conversations between my employees and me consisted of, "What's doin'?" "Nothing special." Football, sure, but a million-pound payoff? Nah. Kthxbye. Thump.

We meant no harm when we published damaging headlines, honest! We'll watch that from now on, honest! Trust us! Thump thump.

The second we found out about the sleazeball illegal activities, we reported them. Immediately! Thump.

"We're a very big company. It wouldn't be surprising that there are people who are trying to please me." Thumpthumpthump.

"There is no excuse for breaking the law at any time." Thump.

"Sorry, I was told not to gesticulate."

Short version-- James: Yipyipyip yip yip! Yip yip yap yip!  Rupert: Woof. Thump.

And thank you for playing, "Throwing Your Employees Under the Bus"!