Below are a few odds and ends filched during recent excursions on the net. The video is a real-time reconstruction of Captain Sully’s ditching of his passenger jet in the Hudson River.
H/T to Tom & Dave
Reposted from Godfather Politics. Soak the rich, and the next person to take a bath will be you:
The rich often get a bum rap. Liberals are incensed when it is suggested that “the rich” get any type of tax reduction even though the top 50% of wage earners pay 96% of all income taxes. Since they spend more money, the rich also pay a disproportionate amount in sales, property, entertainment, and excise taxes. Without the rich, most people would not have jobs.
The first computer my company purchased in the mid-1980s cost $7500. That’s about $21,000 today. It was huge and could only perform a few simple tasks, mostly word processing. The floppy disks were the size of dinner plates and held very little data (360k). Almost overnight, computer prices dropped and performance levels increased dramatically.
The first portable computer built by Compaq was the size of a sewing machine, but it was a vast improvement over what was then available. The hard disk capacity was 10 megabytes. Today’s laptops have multi-gigabyte drives (terabyte drives are available and needed for backup), super thin monitors, built-in modems, CD/DVD drives that can play music and movies, and much more, all in a 2 to 4 pound package that can be carried with you.
The first cell phones were the size of a small backpack. It didn’t take long before this monstrosity (by today’s standards) became the size of a brick. Now, when folded, they they are smaller than a half-pack of cigarettes and can do extraordinary work that wasn’t even conceived ten years ago. They are so cheap to own and operate that many people have given up using conventional (land-line) phone service.
What made these performance gains and price reductions possible? People with lots of money purchased the first high-priced items. They had the financial ability to lay out “excess” capital for what most people would consider luxury items. Cell phones are now so cheap that even homeless people can afford them.
The research and development costs of any new technology are enormous. That’s why the initial entry of new products into the market is expensive. But over time, when the initial investment of capital is recouped and production increases, costs and prices fall. We saw this with CD and DVD players. Today, music can be purchased online and stored on a device that can hold tens of thousands of songs. People with money made these leaps in technology and price reduction possible.
Slamming the rich by contending that they should pay more in taxes to equalize income is the sin of envy. Envy is not the same as jealousy or covetousness. The covetous person says, “I wish I had what he has, and I’m miserable that I don’t have it.” Envy is quantitatively different. This how the envier reasons:
I’d like to have what he has, but I know I can never get it. Nobody should be allowed to have it or at least that much of it. If I can’t have it, neither should anyone, and if I can’t make this happen, I’ll make sure it costs him a lot of money to own it. I’ll work to destroy people who can afford these things. Maybe I can get the government to make it illegal to own or too expensive to keep.”
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What Roger L. Simon writes in Pajamas Media (Palin, the Flotilla, and the LA Times Khalidi/Obama Tape) is probably true of the rest of the MSM rags, all of which are in the tank for Obama:
[…] Though better written than the lefty blog, the L.A. Times is barely three degrees to the right of the Daily Kos and many times more stodgy. The Times admits mistakes less often than Markos Moulitsas. And I suspect their editorial board would rather see the return of the McNamara Brothers, who dynamited the Times building in 1910, than do anything that might possibly harm the reelection of Barack Obama.
One thing about socialists–they’re as persistent as athlete’s foot, and even harder to eliminate (‘Eliminate’ being merely a metaphor, of course. The dear little Reds among us are as entitled as anyone to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as long as they pursue it on their own dime). The amnesty proposals for illegal immigrants via the Dream Act and other nightmarish legislation are Democrat ideas that have been shot down more than Hans Rudel, the ace Nazi fighter pilot who plummeted to earth due to enemy fire some 32 times. Still, the Progs keep trying, apparently hoping that one day they’ll find the rest of us asleep on guard duty:
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and six Senate Democrats introduced a beefed-up immigration reform bill Wednesday, legislation they hope will appeal to hawkish Republicans who have pushed for tougher laws.
Of course, what the Dems mean by “tougher laws” and what you and I mean are two very different things. To wit, from the Washington Blade, which bills itself as “America’s Leading Gay News Source”:
[…] On Wednesday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes a family reunification provision for gay couples.
Menendez’ legislation, which seeks to enhance border security and offers a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, contains language similar to standalone legislation known as the Uniting American Families Act, which would enable gay Americans to sponsor their same-sex partners for residency in the United States.
And what would a day be without a shake-your-head-in-disbelief utterance from our Head Red:
President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked U.S. lawmakers to forego their vacations and instead concentrate on solving the nation’s problems, especially debt reduction, as he did in the recent past dealing with bin Laden and others.
“They’re in one week, they’re out one week and then they’re saying, “Obama’s got to step in,” the president said, adding, “You need to be here. I’ve been here. I’ve been doing Afghanistan and Bin Laden … Greek crisis. You stay here. Let’s get it done.”
This, from the man who spends every weekend on the golf course, from whence he was hurriedly summoned to observe the very bin Laden operation of which he now incessantly boasts? Has Obama decided to take his own advice and cancel his upcoming holiday at Martha’s Vineyard? I hope not. The nation is safer when this president is off duty, and much safer when he’s out of the country entirely.