These special privileges are how the Post Office is still clinging to life


Originally posted on Rare:

The Washington Examiner reports that billions of dollars’ worth of special privileges from the government are what continues to prop up the perpetually failing Post Office despite the success of its far more competent private competitors:

Special privileges and tax subsidies from federal and state governments add an estimated $18 billion advantage against private sector rivals like FedEx and UPS in addition to the United States Postal Service’s First Class mail delivery monopoly.

The $18 billion comes through tax breaks and other privileges such as exclusive usage of mailboxes, giving it huge advantages over its private competitors, according to a report made public Wednesday by Sonecon, an economic advisory firm founded by former Undersecretary of Commerce Robert Shapiro.

Of course, the USPS has been going out of business for basically as long as I can remember, perpetually hiking prices and even seeking congressional bailouts to maintain its monopoly on letter delivery.

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Someone is handing out free glasses full of stupid in the District of Colombia.


Brad S.:

The world would be a much safer place if DC were quarantined. It should be done when congress is in session, and involve a thorough delousing.

Originally posted on The Pissed Off Tree Rat:

RE: Boehner: Obama is an ‘anti-war president’

RE: Hillary supporters warn reporter against using ‘sexist’ terms: Polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, inevitable, entitled, over confident…

RE: Indiana now a ‘right to discriminate’ state—and what that means

RE: Obama aide compares coverage of Netanyahu relationship to ‘Dr. Phil’

It’s got to be something in the District of Colombia’s water supply. Maybe the entire Federal Government should be moved to 20 miles north of Belle Fourche South Dakota, the geographic center of the United States, until such time as it’s determined what is the root cause, and cure for, the DNCRNC brain melting virus. It’s virulent. A travel advisory should be issued for all those passing though, working in, or in the proximity of, the Capital Beltway.

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If You Just Turned 70, Check Your Retirement Account to Avoid IRS Fines


If you turned 70-and-a-half-during 2014, and have never withdrawn money from your traditional IRA or 401(k), you’re about to get fined by the IRS. The fine will be half of what you should have withdrawn. You have until April 1st to avoid it.Read more…

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Ted Cruz wants libertarian and tea party votes in 2016, but he shouldn’t get them


Originally posted on Rare:

When Sen. Ted Cruz first came on the national political scene during his 2012 U.S. Senate election, I was cautiously intrigued. Cruz’s campaign netted the endorsement of former Rep. Ron Paul, and he soon garnered the support of many libertarians, tea partiers and constitutional conservatives who were attracted by his obvious intelligence and much-vaunted support for the rule of law and the Constitution.

That crowd of supporters included many of my friends and colleagues, quite a few of whom donated to or worked for his senatorial campaign. But when the Texas senator announced his candidacy for president yesterday, my Facebook newsfeed was filled less with excitement for Cruz 2016 and more with enthusiasm for the Rand Paul supporters who silently protested Cruz’s announcement to an unwillingly captive audience at Liberty University.

For me, watching Cruz the last three years has eroded any support I might have mustered for his presidential…

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The Other Housing Data the Media Will not Share


by John Galt February 18, 2015 21:00 ET While the Bubblevisions continue their unrelenting used car tactics to convince grandma and grandpa that the $0.70 per share biotech stock is where their retirements should be, the selective propaganda from the various entities which provide financial news have agreed with the US government to use contrived…

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Glenn Beck unloads on Karl Rove in a tirade like no other


Brad S.:

Beck’s always been a bit slow to catch on. I’ve been this way since “Read my lips. No new taxes!”

Originally posted on Rare:

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck has been criticizing the Republican party for a while now. But when consultant Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s “architect,” called him old news, he unleashed a fury like no other.

“You want to rumble Rove? Come on to my show and let’s have it out.
Bring it on,” he says in the opening of the letter.

But the ranting didn’t stop there.

“You guys have the spine of a worm, the ethics of whores, and the integrity of pirates. (My apologies to worms, whores and pirates),” he wrote.

Read the full letter:

(H/T Mediaite)

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1934, 2015 – A Tale of Two Februaries


Brad S.:

History may not repeat, but it often rhymes.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

In New England, we could be chanting “We’re almost #1″ except we’re exhausted from February.

Climate division rankings for February 2015. Climate division rankings for February 2015, click for full size image.

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Vox Popoli: Mailvox: writing sociosexuality


Aspiring writer? Don’t confuse your own predilections with those of your characters – otherwise, they will be quite mundane. You need to understand clear definition in order to make for engaging fiction.

It is harder for men to differentiate between the different male classes as we tend to gravitate towards writing our own perspective large on all the male characters.

Vox Popoli: Mailvox: writing sociosexuality.

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Can we stop the doom mongering?


Brad S.:

Hysterics are all for doing “something” in the face of every perceived crisis. If you don’t want to do that “something”, you are branded a “denier” or “conservative”. Sometimes doing nothing is the safest and most expeditious course!

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

A letter to the editor which appeared in the Norman, OK Transcript on Tuesday, February 17th, reprinted here with permission of the author, Dr. David Deming:


I write in rebuttal to the Feb. 12 letter by Nancy Smart advising us to “listen” to climate scientists. According to Ms. Smart, climate science is “settled.” Instead of thinking for ourselves, she recommends we obsequiously follow the dictates of “our most respected and highest level scientific agencies.”

Whenever someone asserts that a scientific question is “settled,” they tell me immediately that they don’t understand the first thing about science. Science is never settled. Science is not a dogmatic body of doctrine. It is an open system of knowledge that establishes probable truths that are subject to continual revision. The entire history of science is one of established theories being overthrown. Astronomers once believed the Sun revolved around the Earth. Naturalists maintained that…

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Inconvenient study: Seafloor volcano pulses may alter climate – models may be wrong


Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

New data show strikingly regular patterns, from weeks to eons

seafloor-volcanoes This topographic map of Earth’s ocean floor in the Atlantic ocean reveals thousands of sub-oceanic volcanoes along the mid-Atlantic ridge. Source: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/346/6205/32.summary

From The Earth Institute at Columbia University:

Vast ranges of volcanoes hidden under the oceans are presumed by scientists to be the gentle giants of the planet, oozing lava at slow, steady rates along mid-ocean ridges. But a new study shows that they flare up on strikingly regular cycles, ranging from two weeks to 100,000 years–and, that they erupt almost exclusively during the first six months of each year. The pulses–apparently tied to short- and long-term changes in earth’s orbit, and to sea levels–may help trigger natural climate swings. Scientists have already speculated that volcanic cycles on land emitting large amounts of carbon dioxide might influence climate; but up to now there was no evidence from submarine volcanoes.

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