Just don't ask him to talk. P.S. We're going to get back in the habit of having a daily open thread where folks can drop in nuggets and tidbits that might not otherwise have a natural place to fit. James's blog Comments Good....I need a place to gripe ....a neighbor shot our cat last fall. He is an outdoor working cat and we need one to control the rats out here in the country. Now he's been attacked by either a dog or coyote. I keep oral medicine syringes to help irrigate bites, cuts and abscesses on him with water and hydrogen peroxide and I've been doing this long enough to know when it is time to go to the vet. But, I have finally had enough. We have taken advantage of his weakened state to go cold turkey turning him into an indoor cat. Unfortunately, he is feeling better today and I think he is rummaging in the garage for the materials to stage a breakout. Maybe I can raise the money on Go Fund Me to build Max a screened in porch! Heh! *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. Your neighbor shot your cat? We need us some stand your ground laws! James Protzman I suspect I know which one real winners out here in hicksville. *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. Jaws Agenda For Cats And Betty Maybe I can raise the money on Go Fund Me to build Max a screened in porch! Heh!*Betty Forget that! You need a bigger Cat! A Las Vegas Casio will ship you free a bigger Cat to solve your problem with the Neigbors and other assorted Republicans busybodies.. A Tiger left over from a disfunt Casio Animal Show where one of the Performers was eated or chew on.. His name is "White Putin" Remember in mortal combat with Republicans and Rednecks, they only understand one thing, Total Power and a name to promote your Agenda which makes Pussies out of them.. Mobile homes vs. yachts Just in case you've forgotten about Republican budget priorities, the tax on a $75,000 doublewide home is $3500. The tax on a $3.5 million yacht is $1500. Yep. You read it right. James Protzman Taxing by the mile From the Charlotte Observer - a state committee is asking the NC DOT to consider a plan to tax motorists by the mile. A pilot study was done awhile back in the Triangle. Drivers thought it was fair, but creepy, since GPS devices were used to calculate the mileage and where you drove. States have floated the idea because if electric or other alternative fuel autos become widely available, the gasoline tax will be moot, leaving states and the Feds figuring out how to cover the cost of highways and maintenance. Of course, if such a tax took off, the Republicans in the legislature would figure out a way to tax both gasoline and your mileage. What about weight? I thought weight was the biggest factor in the need for road maintenance. Electric cars are unusually light ... seems like they should be encouraged, not penalized. My answer is to just raise taxes in general so that we have a progressive, graduated system. Then we could get rid of all these chicken-shit taxes, including sales taxes, and simplify life for people and businesses alike. James Protzman Trucking industry will be all over that one They already pay very hefty taxes and fees. Maybe apply this to personal vehicles or vehicles with a certain number of axles. It makes sense to me to have trucks and SUVs paying more. They pay more in gas tax. Your second paragraph needs a "like" button. *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. Even living way out in the country That would work for me. I drive about 6000 fewer miles each year out here in the boonies. Now....I don't get out much. :) buuuuut.... I like watching my garden grow. The sad thing is that even taxing by the mile won't make up for an increased use of public transportation. We have to maintain our roads whether cars run on gas or not, so I hope they will take the opportunity to look beyond a bandaid fix for this. When there are fewer drivers because of an increased availability and use of public transportation, taxing by the mile won't make sense. So, what's the next step? *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. On the other hand I drive about 20k - 30k miles a year, so this idea isn't very appealing to me. Other states have vehicle taxes in place of gas taxes. Maybe it's time to take another look at that side of the problem as well. _______________________________________________ "...the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be." Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail Is that really me? A rare public appearance for this resident recluse. James Protzman Wow! I love it! Maybe its the chapeau, but I think you look younger. My return will add the years back in a hurry....just ask my husband! :) *************************** Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own. I always look younger when my shiny bald head is covered. :) James Protzman Taxing by the mile will Taxing by the mile will really hurt lower income folks who live in Roxboro, Burlington or Wake Forest and work in RTP--There are not enough jobs in some of our rural counties and their residents are forced to drive to find work. Often the work they find is at the lower end of the RTP pay spectrum. They cannot afford housing prices in RTP that would shorten their commute. This will hurt those people who pursue classes at our universities while working, adding an extra fee to the cost of higher education. It can impact those who enjoy driving to the next town for dinner out or a concert or a Moral Monday gathering. How many will give up a weekend trip to the beach or the mountains? And yet, those who transit our state via interstate highway systems will no longer be paying a tax on gas they buy here. How much could be lost because out of state travelers are no longer paying a tax on gas purchased along I-95? Or during their stay at our beaches? Can anyone track gas purchases by NC residents vs. visitors to NC? It will all depend on the rate of mileage tax verses the current gas tax. Rural areas Rural areas of the state are another problem. Several away from the metro areas had a build-up and expansion of roads when the counties had a more thriving economy and bigger populations, back in the 60s through the 80s. Now, if you look at census data, the populations in these areas are growing older and the population base is smaller, with less people to pick up the tab with a gas or mileage tax. There are fewer manufacturing and other businesses in these areas, so younger people will still be migrating out to urban and suburban areas to find work over the next few decades. I just heard a very interesting piece on NPR Terry Gross (fresh Air) just ran this show. The first paragraph on the website is below. "The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "It's rigged for the benefit for really a handful of insiders. It's rigged to ... maximize the take of Wall Street, of banks, the exchanges and the high-frequency traders at the expense of ordinary investors." I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you? FBI is investigating Reports from the WSJ and other outlets late today noted that the FBI is investigating high-speed trading by brokerage firms.