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Friday, February 12, 2016

Mad as Hell

I make this comment knowing that my friends living in states that don't have extortionary taxes will be laughing at me, living here in the People's Republik of Kalifornia. 

Naturally, Bernie Sanders, prominent communist, would be chanting, "From each according to his ability to each according to his needs." He'd sing the Internationalle. He'd talk about his glorious honeymoon with his wife in the Soviet Union. Bernie would extoll the virtues of a new worker's paradise in the USA, bringing about the end of capital. It's what communists do. It doesn't matter whether you call it national socialism, communism, democratic socialism or some other related collectivist doctrine. Taxation is the way forward for Bernie, and all he has to do is follow the California model.
(LV Review JournalAs K. Sean Packard outlined for Forbes last week, states tax professional athletes according to their income for the calendar year. In order to calculate this so-called "jock tax," they apply what is called a duty day calculation, which takes the ratio of duty days (or days spent working) within the state over the player's total duty days for the year. They then multiply that ratio by the player's salary to determine a state's allocable income.


Technically, Mr. Newton worked for seven days in California during Super Bowl week. If the Panthers had won the game, he would have owed the state $88,000 — or a whopping 86.3 percent of his Super Bowl income of $102,000. However, since the Panthers lost, Newton has to pay $87,800 on a reduced income of $51,000. If you're doing the math at home, that works out to an eye-popping 172.2 percent. On top of that, Mr. Packard noted Mr. Newton will also have to pay the IRS 40.5 percent on his earnings for the game, as well as income tax to his home state of North Carolina. And since the Panthers are scheduled to play in California twice in the 2016 regular season, Mr. Newton will be on the hook to the Golden State for about $50,000 more in taxes this year.
The result of all this will naturally be me leaving California and the mosque down the street to take up residence in another state that will tax me far less...where people will accuse me of californicating their nice neighborhood unless I take active measures to prevent it. Fortunately I'm familiar with the drill.

I get it. I know how it goes. We Californians can play our games too.  I'll swap out my car's license plates before I move in, or I'll use one of a number of "cold plates" from previous occupational mandates that will demonstrate to the neighborhood that no, I'm not from California. I need not be shunned. Small children need not be ushered into the house when I drive past on the street. I am not the collectivist zombie that people will think I am based on the despised California license plate. I eat red meat - animal flesh - not tofu. I am carnivorous and proud of it.

I mentioned in this blog that when I visited Oregon, a friendly chief-of-police handed me cold (police) plates to put on my Toyota FJ while in Oregon so random people wouldn't throw rocks - truly. I understand their hatred and malice. Any state that would charge somebody 172% of their income, no matter how wealthy the victim is, deserves your spite!

I had a problem in Cottonwood, AZ about three years ago while pumping gas that had to do with California license plates on my rig that ended in me pulling my .45 handgun and keeping it pointed down, but available to show that while I might look like a California pussy, I grew up in Arizona (among other Western States). They got the message, backed down and drove away.

No, I don't plan to move to Oregon and the promise that is Portlandia. Portland is much like San Francisco and Austin, Texas. They don't much like me and I don't much like them either.



32 comments:

  1. California's just working on the old progleft commie principle that the more you're taxed the richer you are. I'd hurry up and move, there's an opening for a Vicar General in Texas.

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    1. I'm not sure what a Vicar General is. I have a feeling that it's not the same job that Sam Houston had...

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  2. The more CA taxes its people, the more people will move out of the state leaving room for more Mexicans to move in. They are taking their land back one house at a time.

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    1. It's Islamophobic of you not to mention the Muslims who are moving in as well, particularly in my neighborhood. They want to take it from the Muslims because of the whole jihad thing, because they plan to own the USA and push it back to 600 AD.

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    1. If you do consider North Idaho, in addition to changing your plates, remember to say "North" Idaho and not "Northern" Idaho. We don't so "northern" here. The men still hold doors for the ladies, we still wave thanks when someone lets us makes a left turn or change lanes, and we routinely talk to strangers (standing in line at Walmart could easily break out in a party.) The two busiest places are the library and the indoor gun range.

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    2. I have considered your old stomping grounds in Northern Arizona, where it's a bit warmer than up on the Canadian Border. What about that as an option?

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    3. I think I want to move to North Idaho.

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    4. Northern Arizona is rife with New Age idolaters. It's the reason we left. We're really not that cold here. It's been in the 50's for at least a week and if it wasn't raining I'd be outside working. Now - I know that's not the same as CA or AZ, but a few weeks travel in the winter solves that problem.

      Besides, if it was nice all the time, I'd never get anything else done because I'd always be working outside.

      I think LSP's town is very charming in a rough and ready sort of way. I'd live there.

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    5. Hillsboro is not THAT rough and ready. Texas (don't let them know that I said it) is somewhat settled. Look at places like Young, AZ (home of the last of the serious range wars in the USA) and even more remote than that and it's more Old West, but that's not necessarily what I am looking for. North Idaho is nice, as are spots such as Cody, WY, Silverton/Durango area of CO, etc. I'm preparing a bit of a junket, looking at different places and options. I may take photos and post them here.

      I do have LSP looking for a spot for me in Hill Country TX where I can have a rifle range, dig a bass lake if one's not there in the first place, etc. There is an appeal for having my gun shop with a roll-open garage door where I can sit on the work bench and shoot targets. It's a lazy man's approach. I could do that in North Idaho too.

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  4. Reminds me of the people who ran from the usurious taxation of Massachusetts and settled in the then tax friendlier environs of New Hampshire. What did these intellectual giants do then? They began to vote in the same usurious tax laws they ran away from. Oy!

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    1. It's the same insidious evil that Californians do when they leave the cancer that they were raised in.

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  5. I like rural Nevada.

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    1. Dayton is nice, Anonymous, but I'd have to learn cowboy poetry and put Kipling and Robert W. Service aside. I don't know how that would work out.

      Barbwire Bill (poetry) doesn't resonate in the Nevada desert.
      http://www.poemhunter.com/best-poems/robert-william-service/barb-wire-bill/

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  6. Durango is essentially a one road town (US 160) East to West. Ouray to Grand Junction has better scooter weather and fewer trust funders. Easy shot to Moab and better transportation links.

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    1. Good friends sold their place here last summer and moved to Durango. They are sportsman/woman that have lived all over the US. Spent considerable time looking before they decided on Durango. They are loving it. Can hardly wait to go visit and check it out.

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    2. I go there almost every year, and farther north into Silverton and Ouray. I'm very familiar with that part of the country, north of Cortez.

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  7. I'll be sooooo happy when my wife retires and we can leave this once golden land......

    I moved out here in 1980 to work in the aerospace industry, and I'm stunned at how for downhill this state has gone.

    Every time we get back from Colorado, the first thing that strikes me is all the GARBAGE alongside the roads, blowing across parking lots, and even on city streets.

    I've seen people dump a bag from MacDonald's on the ground when there was a trash can not five feet from their car!

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    1. I don't think that there is much of an option other than to find a little corner of the nation where the flag still flies with pride I can be at peace.

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    2. I'd rather go to Wyoming, but the wife wants to be near her son and daughter-in-law in Fort Collins.

      Being a "College Town", Fort Collins has a huge section of hip, trendy shoppes, and a bunch of out-of-state students who are too hip for their own good.

      However, we don't want to live in the city of Fort Collins, but North of it, which is predominantly rural, and much more to our liking.

      And yes, we plan on getting Colorado plates for our cars ASAP!

      And I can even get a new Ham radio callsign with a "0" replacing the "6" in my existing callsign....

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    3. Our brand spanking new overpass over I-90 has TWO huge night lit flags flying on each side of the top. Beautiful sight!

      http://www.idahopanhandler.com/2015/11/13/dual-pair-of-u-s-flags-illuminate-the-night-on-i-90-over-greensferryrev1/

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    4. and you have Wolf Lodge for some of the best steaks west of the Mississippi...

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    5. The Great Wolf Lodge near Disneyland???

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    6. Wolf Lodge, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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    7. So what you're saying is that you prefer the original to the theme park in SoCal?

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    1. But they don't have rodeos, you can't put a shooting range in your back yard and there is no bar-b-que in Monaco. Just a bunch of fops and effeminate men pretending to be cool. I do admit that the place is a magnet for beautiful trophy women, so that in and of itself has an appeal. Being the only heterosexual man in an entire country might have its advantages.

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  9. Being from Oregon, that California-hating thing has been around for a long, long time. Back in the 1970s, the James G. Blaine Society was all the rage for Oregonians: Mr Blaine was a GOP candidate for president in 1892, and campaigned in every state except one that year: Oregon.

    I think the motto of the James G. Blaine Society is 'come visit Oregon, spend money, and then leave, unless you are from California then don't come at all'

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    1. I seem to remember seeing bumper stickers that said "Don't Californiacate Oregon" back in the early 1980's....

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