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links for 2010-07-18

  • Quote:"In a Monday letter, even Democratic Senators Mark Begich (Alaska), Ben Nelson (Nebraska), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) and Evan Bayh (Indiana) denounce this new "burden" on small businesses and insist that the IRS use its discretion to find "better ways to structure this reporting requirement." In other words, they want regulators to fix one problem among many that all four Senators created by voting for ObamaCare.

    We never thought anyone would be nostalgic for the tax system of a few months ago, but post-ObamaCare, here we are.

  • // Kagan is not in good company in this poll.
    (tags: scotus polls)
  • Quote:"Any person of faith knows that religious exercise is about a lot more than freedom of worship. It's about the right to dress according to one's religious dictates, to preach openly, to evangelize, to engage in the public square. Everyone knows that religious Jews keep kosher, religious Quakers don't go to war, and religious Muslim women wear headscarves-yet "freedom of worship" would protect none of these acts of faith."
  • Quote:"Josephus Daniels (18 May 1862-15 January 1948) was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. Among his reforms of the Navy were inaugurating the practice of making 100 Sailors from the Fleet eligible for entrance into the Naval Academy, the introduction of women into the service, and the abolishment of the officers' wine mess. From that time on, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships could only be coffee and over the years, a cup of coffee became known as "a cup of Joe".
  • Quote:"His group says street closures and other security measures for the RNC disrupted the lives of many Twin Cities residents, causing them to lose business and wages.

    // Not sure if this is a left or right thing; but I agree. The RNC was very disruptive and probably cost as much as it brought in. However, I would still love to cover another National Convention.

    (tags: twincities)
  • Quote:"It's a common sight in communist Cuba. Here, nearly everyone works for the state and official unemployment is minuscule, but pay is so low that Cubans like to joke that "the state pretends to pay us and we pretend to work."

    Now, facing a severe budget deficit, the government has hinted at restructuring or trimming its bloated work force. Such talk is causing tension, however, in a country where guaranteed employment was a building block of the 1959 revolution that swept Fidel Castro to power.

    // Remember, when a communists says "guaranteed employment" he really means "you're a slave to the state.

  • Quote:"Vice President Joe Biden has a warning for the pundits: Democrats are going to shock everybody with how well they do in the November election.

    And he's paraphrasing Mark Twain in saying reports of the Democrats' demise "are premature."

    "We're going to win the House and we're going to win the Senate," Biden told ABC's "This Week" in an interview that aired Sunday. "I don't think the losses are going to be bad at all. … We're going to be in great shape."

    // Oh Joe. Someone forgot to send you on an internation funeral tour.

  • Quote:"When Congress required most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, Democrats denied that they were creating a new tax. But in court, the Obama administration and its allies now defend the requirement as an exercise of the government’s “power to lay and collect taxes.”

    And that power, they say, is even more sweeping than the federal power to regulate interstate commerce.

    Administration officials say the tax argument is a linchpin of their legal case in defense of the health care overhaul and its individual mandate, now being challenged in court by more than 20 states and several private organizations.

  • // MSavage is right, this is the president of trickle up poverty.
    (tags: obama)
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