Archive for August 22nd, 2007

Bo-ring.

Hey, you know how conservatives are always saying that we liberals are out-of-touch ivory-tower elitists, and they’re the party of the common man of the heartland, the party of Main Street America? Well, about that…

The White House said the fact that average incomes were smaller five years after the Internet bubble burst “should not surprise anyone.”

The growth in total incomes was concentrated among those making more than $1 million. The number of such taxpayers grew by more than 26 percent, to 303,817 in 2005, from 239,685 in 2000.

These individuals, who constitute less than a quarter of 1 percent of all taxpayers, reaped almost 47 percent of the total income gains in 2005, compared with 2000.

People with incomes of more than a million dollars also received 62 percent of the savings from the reduced tax rates on long-term capital gains and dividends that President Bush signed into law in 2003, according to a separate analysis by Citizens for Tax Justice, a group that points out policies that it says favor the rich.

(…)

[White House spokesman Tony] Fratto said the fact that nearly all of the growth in incomes was among those in the upper reaches of the income ladder and that the majority of investment tax breaks went to those making more than $1 million “is not a very interesting story.”

I guess it depends on just where you are on that ladder…

(h/t Sirota)

1 comment August 22nd, 2007 at 10:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Economy,Republicans,Wankers

Inaugural DC Architectural Photoblogging

As promised, here is the first batch of photos from the National Museum of the American Indian, in DC:

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I really dig the concentric circle pattern of the ceiling.

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Everyone looks like ants when you have an ultra-wide-angle lens…

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It’s a bit Guggenheimish, really. On the inside, at least.

August 22nd, 2007 at 06:09pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: NMAI,Photoblogging,Washington DC

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

This week, the WWN reports on the ultimate in romance:

English entrepreneur William Boughton has undertaken a bold enterprise that will interest newlyweds with lots of cash.

“It occurred to me that if married couples began their union by sharing something truly out of this world, it might hold them together through rough times,” said the billionaire. “The honeymoon is the perfect occasion to form that bond. That’s why I’m working on sending newlywed couples on a trip they’ll never forget.

“To the moon!”

For the past two years, Boughton’s Vestal Enterprises has been constructing a state-of-the-art space cruiser that will be making round trips to the moon by 2010.

The Honeymooner will seat ten couples in specially designed love seats,” smiled Boughton. “I’m working hard to keep the cost of the trip down. Tickets will be one million dollars for each couple. That’s relatively cheap for space travel. I hope to make up for the cost of the project by never having down time.”

Boughton’s plan is to have The Honeymooner land on the moon and allow the husbands and wives to experience the breathtaking views and one-sixth gravity for the day. “I’m guessing there is nothing more romantic than watching an earthrise.

“We’ve designed space suits that will allow them to venture onto the lunar surface, though those will cost another half-million each,” he added. “The insurance liability for that activity is astronomical. The good news is they will be able to enjoy a picnic on the lunar surface.

“The challenge was finding a way for them to feed themselves without being exposed to space. The solution was steamed vegetables pumped into their oxygen supply. And by that I mean vegetables that have been reduced to steam. It’s not exactly a picnic basket, but the good news is – no ants.”

Now if he could just figure out how to steam potato salad and chicken…

4 comments August 22nd, 2007 at 11:48am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

Been There, Done That

Scarecrow suggests that we trade Bush and Cheney (plus cash and some incompetents to be named later) to Iraq for al-Maliki, whose incompetence is a lot less… vigorous.

I just don’t see it happening – the last thing the Iraqis want is another narcissistic, sadistic dictator who gets them invaded again.

Besides, I hear al-Maliki has a totally ironclad no-trade clause.

2 comments August 22nd, 2007 at 11:15am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Cheney,Iraq

Comment Of The Day

By Hugh, from the NY Daily News’ Giants blog:

Pretty deep at linebacker? What, are they deep thinkers or something?

PIERCE: “Pray, give me your thoughts on the nature of God and duality of man.”

MITCHELL: “I cannot, for my soul cries out.”

BOB PAPA: “And there goes Ryan Moats for 17 yards. First down, Eagles.”

Heh heh heh.

Admittedly, you probably have to be a football fan…

August 22nd, 2007 at 07:45am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Quotes,Sports


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