Why the “lazy jobless” myth persists – We’re asked to believe that the 15 million jobless Americans are all George Costanzas. Some predictable responses from the right-wing trolls can be found in the comments. It is though they did not bother to read the article. Or as is frequently the case facts will not penetrate a knucklehead. Certainly some of those on unemployment are lazy. That is probably a statistical certainly in a group of people who numbers in the millions. Sense some are lazy all benefits must seize immediately. Too bad we cannot have a little more ideological consistency. If all lazy people deserve to be punished get ye corporate crones, AM radio wing-nut deadbeats, and assorted middle managers with a Napoleon complex to the public stocks immediately. It is the curse of humanity, human nature, to resent rewards for the undeserving. Unlike the old adage about watching your pennies and the dollars taking care of themselves – in the U.S. we might consider being less concerned with the pocket change that goes to the social safety net and more concerned with the shadow bankers, the environmental rapists, the social-Darwinist corporate twits who think they can play the outsourcing game forever and the fundamentalists bulldozers who fleece millions from those afraid of everything from death to atheists to Sponge Bob Square Pants.
Another thing we resent – which usually kicks in just after high school or college – is being pegged as one thing. As one-dimensional. Actors sometimes complain of being type cast. We’re all type casts to some extent. Faithful to Two Worlds: The Marines and the Artistic Life
He’s an artist on his way to his second war, and he wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He is not a Marine who paints, but a painter who fights.
[ ]…Colonel Richardson, who has been in the Marine Corps for 19 years, started college on an art scholarship, then switched to biology when he became frustrated trying to develop his artistic vision. After he graduated from Harding University in Arkansas in 1988, his mother encouraged him to paint again. He did and hasn’t stopped.
There is a slide how of his work at the link. Very structured for expressionist’s art and has a strong narrative feel.
The 9 Biggest Conservative Lies About Taxes and Public Spending. Speaking of trolls. They are almost reliable as smog in L.A. when an article about taxes goes on-line. Someone pretending to be small business owner will show up and talk about those darn liberals, taxes, uncertainty and understanding the tax code. A few times I have taken a moment to clarify some facts – facts a small business owner smarter than a slab of granite should know – and the trolls either suddenly disappear or they come back with a list of tired invectives. It is amazing how much calmly explaining the facts pisses them off.
9. Taxes on Top Earners Are Actually Taxes on ‘Small Businesses’
For years, Republicans have pushed the spin that most of the Bush cuts for the highest earners were going to “small business owners,” the proverbial lifeblood of Small Town U.S.A. Then Republican national committee chair Ed Gillespie launched the meme in a 2003 speech, saying that “80% of the tax relief for upper income filers goes to small businesses.”
Fact-check.org, the nonpartisan campaign watchdog, looked at the claim, which was cooked up by GOP staffers on the House Economic Committee, and concluded that “it’s untrue—and a classic example of a statistical distortion gone amok.” The lie is pretty simple: around 80 percent of the wealthiest Americans report some business income on their tax returns, either from private partnerships (think big law firms) or from “hobby” businesses. And the GOP committee counted everyone who reported even a dollar on Schedule C of their returns as a “small business owner.”
The reality? Less than 2 percent of tax returns reporting small-business income are filed by people in the top two income brackets. As a Washington Post analysis concluded, “If the objective is to help small businesses, continuing the Bush tax cuts on high-income taxpayers isn’t the way to go – it would miss more than 98 percent of small-business owners and would primarily help people who don’t make most of their money off those businesses.”
A moot point now that the “Obama” tax cuts have been signed into law – When Zombies Win.
Pay attention to Poppy and Nana – Emotional intelligence peaks as we enter our 60s, research suggests
Older people have a hard time keeping a lid on their feelings, especially when viewing heartbreaking or disgusting scenes in movies and reality shows, psychologists have found. But they’re better than their younger counterparts at seeing the positive side of a stressful situation and empathizing with the less fortunate, according to research from the University of California, Berkeley.