95% of working families?

According to the Wall Street Journal, Obama’s tax break proposals are mostly credits, meaning they’re refunds to people who might not even be paying taxes in the first place. That’s how he figures on cutting taxes for 95% of working families.

I need to check up on the American Enterprise Institute to figure out how non-partisan they really are, but the WSJ uses a chart that the AEI put together. I can’t figure out why there’s a huge jump in tax rate at a $45,000 income level. But apparently, my taxes, under an Obama Administration, won’t go up that much. But I’m still not in the 95% who will get a cut.

Proposition 8

Joe Coarter makes a point about Proposition 8 in California. I’ve been seeing the No on 8, let anyone get married ads, as well as the Protect Marriage ads for a while now.

In the same week that the No on 8 campaign launched an ad that labeled as “lies” claims that same-sex marriage would be taught in schools to young children, a first grade class took a school-sponsored trip to a gay wedding. Eighteen first graders traveled to San Francisco City Hall Friday for the wedding of their teacher and her lesbian partner, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

That confused me when I read the Voter’s Guide. The first thing mentioned in the rebuttal by the opponents of Prop 8 is that it does not affect education. But with the recent home schooling ruling in California, it’s hard to believe that teaching curriculum won’t be required to change. And if kids are taking field trips, that’s the first step. So I think the No on 8 folks are shooting themselves in the foot.

Elizabeth Snead makes a joke and it falls flat

Elizabeth Snead at the LA Times comments on the Newsweek cover with Sarah Palin. I think she’s making a joke, when she says:

Hey, is that even the right way to hold a rifle? Can’t you shoot your foot off like that?

Much more amusing to me are all the comments to her post which correctly point out that Palin is not holding a rifle, she is holding a breech-loading shotgun. And there is no possible way for it to fire without having the trigger pulled and the stock locked. But those are details which don’t get taught out here in LA LA land.

So charitably, Snead is just a bit ignorant of firearms, nothing wrong with that at all. Too bad she tries to make a joke about one and falls on her face.

Visualizing BIblcal References

Chris Harrison has a fantastic graph, visualizing Biblical references.

Biblical arc

The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books alternate in color between white and light gray. The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc – the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.

I will be a groom

I get to be a groom after all. For a little while, it looked like I would be reduced to Person A on the California marriage licenses. As reported by CBS,

When same-sex marriage became legal in the state on June 16, the health department issued new gender-neutral marriage forms with the words “Party A” and “Party B” where “bride” and “groom” used to be.

The latest paperwork, which county clerks will be required to use starting Nov. 17, will have blank spaces for applicants’ names and personal information next to the words “First Person Data” and “Second Person Data” and boxes for checking “bride” or “groom.”

Bailout Bill Includes Other Crap

The Senate bailout bill includes all sorts of unrelated crap. I guess it makes it more likely to pass that way? What does it say about a senator when a bill has to include:

There are dozens of other highly targeted provisions helping makers of wooden practice arrows used by children, film and television productions, motorsports racetrack property and the wool trust fund.

Other provisions target fishermen affected by the Exxon Valdez oil spill, mine safety equipment, American Samoa economic development and Indian employment.

Now if I were an affected fisherman from American Samoa who bought toy bows and arrows from Indians and sold them at racetracks, I bet I’d benefit greatly from this bill. But as it is, I doubt it.

That’s just stupid. State propositions and bills sometimes have rules that say only one subject can be address in each bill. I think the Senate should have the same. Make them very specific. Don’t be so broad that every single topic under the sun gets mentioned. No wonder it’s 451 pages long!