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Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 09:28 AM PDT

The two percent solution

by paulpease

California, like the nation, is wilting from non-support. The wealthy among us have managed to shut off the funds we need to educate our kids. A cabal of Republicans have effectively formed a no-tax pact even though the need for more income to the state is so apparent.

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Wed Aug 27, 2008 at 09:52 AM PDT

California repugs tax plan

by paulpease

The republicans in our state legislature won't sign on to a budget that includes a tax increase of one percent on people with paychecks of more than $320,000 a year; they seem to have no problem approving an additional one cent on California's already horrendous sales taxes that add up to over 9 percent here in Torrance.

The rich protect their own; the regular folks get to pay the bills.

Time for a change!

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Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 09:48 AM PDT

Why no Bin Laden

by paulpease

I've been thinking.

We had Bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora.

The Bush war machine was getting geared up to invade Iraq.

Then somebody said, "But if we nab Bin Laden, we won't have any reason to invade Iraq. We will have won the War on Terror."

You know the rest.

I've been thinking.

We had Bin Laden cornered in Tora Bora.

The Bush war machine was getting geared up to invade Iraq.

Then somebody said, "But if we nab Bin Laden, we won't have any reason to invade Iraq. We will have won the War on Terror."

You know the rest.

Paul

Fox News--As fair as a Florida Election, as balanced as Ann Coulter when she forgets her medicine.

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I'm an educated Catholic; I studied Moral Theology as a seminarian and left to be a lay person after I'd passed all priestly studies. (Cum permissu superiorum.)

I am sure in my heart that life starts at the moment of conception. It's my belief, therefore, that abortion is wrong.

But that's my belief.

I also believe in free will. St. Thomas taught that we have an obligation to follow our conscience. If someone else can, with a clear conscience, opt for abortion, I cannot make a law that forces her not to.

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According to Flag Etiquette (quid google), it is against our law to print anything on the American flag.

Well, Fox has that flag in the corner of the screen imprinted with their logo and other words. That's a violation.

But what's worse, it's a simple subliminal message to the Great Unwashed that this is the official American station, bringing official American News!

This abomination has gone on too long.

Let's get angry. Sue them to follow our flag etiquette rules.

Get Pew to do a research project on whether or not this flag influences the audience.

Like Ailes, I was in advertising for forty years. This is a brilliant move on the part of Fox. It's time to show it for the tawdry technique it is.

Paul Pease
Retired in Beaverton

Bush for ex-president!

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Fri Aug 05, 2005 at 11:42 AM PDT

500 lb bomb on Baghdad-airport road!

by paulpease

I heard the news person read this report with no change in inflection, showing me clearly that he didn't get it.

500 POUND BOMB? How in hell do the Iraqis manage to find, lift, transport and bury a 500-pound anything on this busy road?

Don't the newspeople ever think about what they're reporting and ask some questions?

Let's make some noise about this one.

Paul

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"Social Security's assets are invested in interest-bearing securities of the U.S. Government. In 2003 the combined trust fund assets earned interest at an effective annual rate of 6.0 percent."

http://www.ssa.gov/OACT/TR/TR04/II_cyoper.html#wp94983

I'm a retired adman who earned almost a million dollars in the ten years between 1980 and 1990. A good half of that went for taxes -- Federal, State, and FICA. Being self employed, I had to pay both halves of the FICA, amounting to what I remember as being close to 15% of my roughly $100,000 per year income. California state taxes and the IRS got the rest. And a bargain, I figured, to live in this great country.

How about the money I've put away in the Social Security Trust Fund? Some ax-grinding politicians are telling the public, with the help of a lazy press, that the money is all gone. It's been spent, they say. Not so.

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