Sunday, January 20, 2019


Hogg deserves Harvard

According to the Orlando Sentinel, despite the fact that he is completely unqualified academically,  because of the movie Risky Business.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Breweries and the shutdown

Back on January 10, I had posted that breweries could not release any new brews during the government shutdown. It turns out that this is because the labels must be approved by ATF. The breweries, with the help of Alan Gura, have decided to sue ATF claiming that the restriction on new labels is a violation of the First Amendment rights of the brewery and stating that just because the government is shut down for lack of funding does not eliminate the rights of the citizens.

The complaint can be found here.

Bad Law

The family of Adrian Diaz, an 18 year old man, is pressing the state to prosecute people for not calling 911. It seems that the 18 year old illegally obtained alcohol, became heavily intoxicated, and went for a swim in a pond where he drowned. The man's grandmother is blaming a witness who says that he saw Diaz lying in the grass near the pond, apparently drunk. No word on how much blame she places upon her grandson for illegally obtaining alcohol and getting drunk, nor is there word on the blame she places upon the "friend" who provided that alcohol.

State Representative Jon Cortes has filed House Bill 147, which will require bystanders render aid in an emergency. The text of that bill can be found here. If you read the text, I don't think that this bill would have helped in Diaz's case, but who knows how the state will look at it. This is a bad law.

Notwithstanding subsection (2), a person who is at the 16 scene of an emergency and who knows that another person is exposed to or has suffered serious bodily injury shall, to the extent that he or she can do so without causing danger or peril to oneself or others, provide reasonable assistance to the exposed or injured person. Reasonable assistance includes contacting, obtaining, or attempting to contact or obtain aid from law enforcement or medical personnel. For purposes of this subsection, the term "serious bodily injury" has the same meaning as provided in s. 790.155. A person who violates this subsection commits a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
What is reasonable? It says it includes calling for aid, but note that it does not say ONLY calling for aid. I am a paramedic. Will it be reasonable for me to render medical assistance? Do they really intend on making it a requirement to call 911 every time I see a drunk? I don't like this at all.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Legally purchased?

One of the reasons that antigun forces give for demonizing gun owners is the statement that all guns start out as legally owned firearms until irresponsible gun owners or unscrupulous dealers sell them to criminals.

In October of 2018, sixteen pallets of Ruger handguns were stolen from a UPS shipping facility. Hundreds of handguns were stolen in what the ATF described as one of the largest single gun thefts the agency has investigated. Two guys pulled a UHaul up to a UPS facility, loaded it up with hundreds of handguns and drove away.

Their only mistake was in trying to sell them out of the back of the truck in a store parking lot on a Sunday afternoon. With rocket science like this going on, they must have had inside information or help.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The rich don't pay taxes

There is a lot of hot air being blown about, claiming that the rich don't pay taxes. That is completely false.
The top marginal rate in 1960 was 91 percent. However, there were so many tax deductions that the effective rate was much lower at 42 percent.

Compare that to today. The richest 1 percent make an adjusted gross income of about $435,000 or more. My wife and I are in that one percent. For 2018, we are paying an effective rate of 30 percent, even though my marginal rate is 37%.

Compare this to a couple that each earn the national average income, thereby having an AGI of $80,000. Their marginal rate would be 12%, but the taxes paid would be $24,500, making their effective rate 16 percent.

Now compare this to a married couple making just over Florida's minimum wage. Their annual income would be about $35,000 a year, and their marginal rate would be 10 percent, resulting in about $3,800 in taxes. That means their effective rate would be just under 11 percent.

I pay a tax rate that is 3 times higher than minimum wage, and in total dollar amount, my wife and I are paying more than 60 times as much.

Don't tell me that we are not paying our fair share. 

Government shutdown: Day 26

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Breweries affected by shutdown

So the story goes that breweries can't release new brews until the ATF reopens after the government shutdown. It seems to me that, if the ATF is closed, there isn't a whole lot they can do if you just release the beer anyway, and if they CAN stop you from releasing the beer, that simply proves that the government shutdown is a kabuki theater farce.