Alas, we are not limited to windows, nor to cats. If the front door is open, pretty much every animal in the house likes to gather to look out the storm door:
At least none of the cats is lying on Jeb, which has been known to happen.
When the City of Seattle passed a tax on all sales of guns and ammunition, the measure was hailed as a way to defray the rising costs of gun violence.The igno-liberal who brought this tax to the table thought it would generate $300,00 to $500,00 per year in tax revenue. Oddly, enough, that didn't happen, as gun stores in Seattle promptly move outside the city limits. Why? The law made it too expensive to do business in city limits:
But since the tax took effect, those costs have only risen as gun violence in the city has surged. And the tax has apparently brought in much less than city leaders projected it would.
Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess introduced the tax in 2015. It puts a $25 tax on every firearm sold in the city and up to 5 cents per round of ammunition. The measure easily passed and took effect January 1, 2016. Comparing the first five months of 2017 with the same period before the gun tax went into effect, reports of shots fired are up 13 percent, the number of people injured in shootings climbed 37 percent and gun deaths doubled, according to crime statistics from the Seattle Police Department.That's a lot of extra cost. People can go where those extra costs are not imposed in a case like this, with a city tax. Just go to a store in the county where the tax does no apply. Simple. Apparently, city officials never contemplated this possibility. Libtards always do their tax-impact analysis on a static basis, as if increased taxes will not affect behavior. All evidence shows that higher taxes on a particular activity will result in less of that activity, but libtards keep pretending otherwise. Predictably, higher taxes never produce the revenue expected, and this case was no different:
In selling his gun tax to the public, Burgess predicted it would generate between $300,000 and $500,000 annually. The money would be used to study the root causes of gun violence in hopes of reducing the costs to taxpayers.Please note that there is only one large gun dealer left in Seattle. I assume his lease is too hard to break for him to leave the city. But he knows how much he pays in taxes, and I'll bet he can figure out how much the remaining small dealers pay under this (probably unconstitutional) tax. So if this guy says the city is collecting closer to $100,000 that $200,000, I believe him. I also believe the tax is failing to do anything except drive gun stores out of Seattle. It isn't driving guns out of Seattle, just the stores where law-abiding citizens can buy guns. Not sure how that is supposed to be a good thing.
Seattle officials refuse to say how much the tax brought in the first year, only giving the number “under $200,000.” Gun rights groups have sued to get the exact amount.
But Mike Coombs, owner of Outdoor Emporium, the last large gun dealer left in Seattle, said the actual tax revenue is almost certainly just over $100,000, a figure based on information he says the city shared with his lawyers.
Coombs said storewide, sales are down 20 percent while gun sales have plummeted 60 percent.
Fiji, . . . officially the Republic of Fiji, is an island country in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean about 1,100 nautical miles (2,000 km; 1,300 mi) northeast of New Zealand's North Island. Its closest neighbours are Vanuatu to the west, New Caledonia to the southwest, New Zealand's Kermadec Islands to the southeast, Tonga to the east, the Samoas and France's Wallis and Futuna to the northeast, and Tuvalu to the north.
Fiji is an archipelago of more than 330 islands, of which 110 are permanently inhabited, and more than 500 islets, amounting to a total land area of about 18,300 square kilometres (7,100 sq mi). The farthest island is Ono-i-Lau. The two major islands, Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, account for 87% of the population of almost 860,000. The capital, Suva on Viti Levu, serves as Fiji's principal cruise port. About three-quarters of Fijians live on Viti Levu's coasts, either in Suva or in smaller urban centres like Nadi (tourism) or Lautoka (sugar cane industry). Viti Levu's interior is sparsely inhabited due to its terrain.Mostly they do tourism and sugar, but Fiji is pretty well off as South Pacific island nations go. Lots of natural resources, plus the tourism thing is huge. A former British colony, the island nation was given independence in 1970. There were some rough spots between now and then, with a couple military coups and shit, but nothing that made the country anything less than a tropical paradise. All in all, not bad. Got to like this:
Kind of cool tonight
Someone has a fireplace lit
Is it really June?
New job doesn't suckThat's what I'm talking about.
Got some overtime, at least
Got a real good seat
"So after about our second year [together], finally I said I just gotta know. So, I said, 'Ty, I gotta ask you a question.' And Ty was about as goofy as I was. He says, 'What's that?' I said 'What's a nickel defense?' He gets real quiet. He says 'Are you serious?' I said 'yeah, I'm serious.' He says 'Well, they basically take out a linebacker and bring in a DB.' I said 'that's it?' He said 'That's it.' I said 'Who gives a s---?'"I'm sorry, but this just makes me love him more.
Got a job, at last.Yeah, we'll see.
About motherfucking time.
We'll see for how long.
|A Short History Of A Failed Philosophy|
|Year||Prediction||How It Turned Out|
|1962||DDT Would Destroy The Ecology||Rachel Carson in her book Silent Spring triggered the move to over regulate pesticides and in particular banning DDT. How did it turn out ? Well we use more pesticides now than we have ever before, the big threat to birds these days are Windmills and most people are living longer than ever. Negative Results: Deaths in third world countries are estimated in the 10s of millions from diseases carried by insects|
|1968||Population Bomb||Paul Ehrlich’s prediction of Malthusian apocalypse for humanity. Overpopulation was predicted to exhaust all the earths resources, and completely exhaust our ability to feed ourselves. If we were lucky by that far future decade of the 1980s we would be living in a Mad Max desert scrabbling for buried canned goods. How’d that one turn out ? Well I see people trying to lose weight all over the place, and I have made a hobby of ordering foods I have never tried from strange places.|
|1970s||Global Cooling||Don’t let them snow you this was a real unreal thing. During the 70s and early 80s there were widespread predictions of a coming ice age* and we would all be moving south or living under glaciers. This was a bad prediction but a good look at how the greens use scare stories. Carl Sagan was one of the proponents of the original idea which he expanded into his Nuclear Winter scenario. The goal was to force disarmament on the U.S.|
|1972||Limits To Growth||Resource exhaustion: Collapse of world civilization by mid 21st century. Give them credit the people that came up with this one made sure they would never be called on it. 45 years in though it doesn’t look good. We have actually had several collapses in the price of basic commodities due to oversupply since the book was written. The U.S. is well on it’s way to being energy independent again (thank you fracking) and we are still eating more than we should and exercising not as much as we should|
|1980||Global Warming||Global Warming, climate change, man bear pig, is the follow up scare story to global cooling. This time around literally hundreds of predictions are being made. A cynic would characterize this a strategic decision to prevent it from being discredited. How has it done ? Well we have had no warming for nearly the past 20 years. (Well excepting that which comes from adjusting the temperature record up)|
Got an interview.So maybe I'll be back to work soon.
It's see lightning, hear thunder
But a job's a job.
Went to FloridaYeah, not perfect. Lately, there has been more project activity, but I still haven't landed one. Liquor store owners should be getting nervous.
Weather was good, beach was nice
Came home to no job.