Friday, August 03, 2012

Nobody Asked Me, But...

1) Rafalca, or as I've taken to calling him "RAFLAC!", placed thirteenth yesterday as part of the US dressage team. Now, let me get this straight: on the one tax return Romney has released, he deducts $77,000 off his income for "horse expenses." That's a pretty hefty investment for the US taxpayers to make (since we lose the tax revenue, we can suppose we are subsidizing the horse's maintenance.) RAFLAC! is 15 years old and presumably the Romneys have been part owner for longer than one year, so the American people have made a substantial investment in RAFLAC! Seventh was the best this glue-pot could do?
2) And because I know I'll get at least one tax accountant reading this, I know it's a passive-loss and that Romney claimed about a million other dollars in passive-losses so this $77,000 was actually taxable income in 2010-- he might actually have recaptured something like $50 if you apportion his current-year loss-- but America is still on the hook for this loss at *some* point. It's our money and Romney wasted it on a loser. We now return you to your regularly scheduled snark...
3) If there was a Chick-fil-A near me, I'd go participate and kiss a guy even tho I'm straight. If a corporation's "free speech rights" are jeopardized by a private boycott, then the fact that corporation oppresses gays is an even more important reason to protest.
4) By the way, on the point of the protest Wednesday, how many of those delicious chicken sandwiches do you think made their way to the local homeless shelter or food bank? Imma guess "zero percent." I'm willing to be persuaded otherwise. Note: I know CfA donates their leftovers to food banks. I'm talking about those Christian "traditional Biblical marriage" types who follow Jesus' precepts when it's convenient. And sometimes, not even then (like Wednesday.)
5) Did you know Mitt was back in the US? I sure didn't. I thought he was back a while ago. Never missed the little shit. And that's all you need to know to understand why he's destined to lose this November.
6) Say, remember that stock market crash? No, not that one. No, not that one either. The one that happened in one hour Wednesday morning. This one will be worse than the one in 2008. Well, once the dust settles.
7) In losing, she won. Big time.
8) Early Monday morning, we will land on Mars. Again. Using an experimental landing technique, the Mars rover Curiousity is expected to touchdown around 1:30AM EDT. It's a rather complex landing, so suffice it to say it will not touchdown using parachutes, but thrusters, something that hasn't been done since the Apollo landings.
9) So much for the post-racial society.
10) Who knew? Elephants purr?