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One hundred years of redistribution, control, and deception

Feb 2, 2013 10:33 PM PT

Today is the 100th birthday of the income tax.  It's not a happy birthday.  Whether or not we needed a government many times the size of the one that existed when the first 358,000 people filed form 1040 is a separate question, and one I would answer in the negative.  But the way we funded that government was an offense against our property rights, our sense of national unity, and our ability to perceive the true size and cost of the State.

Instead of paying for government as a necessary expense, we have allowed it to invade our bloodstream, and our nervous system.  We allow it to control us, blind us, and divide us.  We made it the master we all work for, instead of the burden we all carry.  And we gave it a method of nourishing itself that all but guaranteed it would grow out of all control... reaching, in our lifetimes, a new stage in which it no longer considers its available revenue to be more than a minor inconvenience to its ambitions.  We came to accept that "greed" is a sin only private citizens can be guilty of, because the State has first claim on every cent they earn.

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For All the Skeet Truthers...

Feb 2, 2013 4:40 PM PT

Earlier today, as I hadn't seen the tweets from Obama's camp saying he was shooting on August 4th of last year, I checked the pic's Exif data on Flickr—a great feature they include for photo wonks to see the aperture, shutter speed, etc. when they're checking out others' uploads. "Date taken: August 4, 2012." Okay, cool.

Later on, when people started throwing up a screen grab of some Reuters story saying that Obama went golfing that same day, I got rather pissed off. It's extremely easy to do a round of golf and a round of shooting in the same day with plenty of sunlight to spare.

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No Photoshopping? What a bunch of whiny little spoilsports

Feb 2, 2013 8:02 AM PT

In response to White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic:

It figures they'd release their big skeet-shooting photo with a snotty demand that Internet bullies may not steal their lunch money.  Does anyone know if George Bush ever successfully insisted that a publicity photo of him could not be manipulated in any way?  What happens to someone that does photoshop this - who shows up to enforce the law?  IRS?  Secret Service?  TSA?  ObamaCare commissars?

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Pull!

Feb 2, 2013 7:59 AM PT

In response to White House Warns: Don't Photoshop Obama Gun Pic:

I don't go skeet shooting as often as the President.  Actually, I've never been skeet shooting so I don't even have a photo (which I would totally allow anyone to Photoshop).  Question: Do you usually shoot them at eye-level, as the President seems to do?

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