The Daily Broadside


Posted on 02/07/2022 5.00 AM

JCM 2/5/2022 12:43:16 PM

Posted by: JCM

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 5:47:08 AM

Good morning, folks. Here is where we are.

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 6:08:26 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 1:
Sign here on this ballot to get your crack pipe.

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 6:10:56 AM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 2:

And I'll bet they won't even be very good crack pipes.   They'll probably be the equivalent of government-designed gasoline cans. 

vxbush 2/7/2022 6:13:46 AM

In #1 Occasional Reader said: Good morning, folks. Here is where we are.

Good Lord. 

In other news, a judge has stayed the school mask mandate in Illinois, and I'm trying to find the decision. Of course Pritzker is saying this was wrong

Pritzker had harsh words for the judge's decision and quickly urged the state's attorney general's office to appeal, suggesting the ruling could spark another surge in the virus and force schools to close their doors and revert to online classes. “The grave consequence of this misguided decision is that schools in these districts no longer have sufficient tools to keep students and staff safe while COVID-19 continues to threaten our communities — and this may force schools to go remote,” Pritzker said in a statement. “This shows yet again that the mask mandate and school exclusion protocols are essential tools to keep schools open and everyone safe.”

This of course ignores how Omicron has fired through the community and therefore everyone has pretty much been exposed. 

vxbush 2/7/2022 6:32:59 AM
I found the decision. The judge actually uses the word "evil" at one point. 
lucius septimius 2/7/2022 7:39:52 AM

Reply to vxbush in 4:

The restaurant where we had our class reunion last fall had a strict mask mandate, both state and local.  It was sort of ridiculous - in the private room we'd rented and the patio we didn't have to wear masks, but if we went to the bar for a drink we had to put one on or they wouldn't serve us.

Meanwhile, Pritzger came in with his entourage. Not a mask in sight.

I'm so sick of these soi-disant aristocrats.

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 7:41:44 AM

In #6 lucius septimius said: these soi-disant aristocrats

Well, there's a "classic" joke that seems on-point here... 

vxbush 2/7/2022 7:59:21 AM

In #6 lucius septimius said: Meanwhile, Pritzger came in with his entourage. Not a mask in sight.

That seems to be standard operating procedure for anyone in a position of authority. 

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 8:17:12 AM
Is it just me or did they make this year's tax filing absurdly complicated.  My total income is barely taxable and yet I have to file three times as many forms as I ever have in the past when my income was four times what it is now.
JCM 2/7/2022 8:31:54 AM

So in the hide the news Friday dump... Biden lifts Iran sanctions....

Iran gives him the finger....

Iran dismisses Biden’s nuke sanctions lift as ‘not enough’ for a deal

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 8:34:05 AM

Truckers Loot Nike Stores, Burn Some Cop Cars So GoFundMe Will Reinstate Them

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 8:44:44 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 9:

tax returns?! Do we have to do those again?! I did mine, like, a year ago!

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 9:01:14 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 12:

There is absolutely no way that Juan or T'airown are going to be able to figure this out.  It's the most pointlessly complicated thing I've ever seen.

The DC elites assume that everyone makes $800K and has armies of lawyers and accountants to handle everything for them.  "Out of touch" doesn't even begin to describe it.  They are living in another solar system.

JCM 2/7/2022 9:02:45 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 13:

Makes everyone a felon.

No matter what you do, you will have something wrong, it is impossible not to.

If you need to hammered down for any reason, tax audit!

buzzsawmonkey 2/7/2022 9:08:38 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 13:

Texas has Texarkana.

Washington, DC has tax arcana.

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 9:22:15 AM

In #13 lucius septimius said: The DC elites assume that everyone makes $800K

Joe, Janet & The Gang are working hard on making that a reality!  I mean, in nominal dollars, anyway.  

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 9:23:44 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 13:

As Mark Steyn pithily observed even several years back; it's a scandal that a woman who works a minimum-wage job, and supplements her income with a part-time gig cleaning houses, winds up with a tax situation so complicated that she has to hire a professional to prepare her returns.

doppelganglander 2/7/2022 9:29:35 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 17:

When I worked as an independent contractor, it was a nightmare. This year it's just two W-2s. I haven't looked at the forms yet. I use TurboTax. It walks you through all the possible deductions, almost none of which I qualify for. 

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 9:30:52 AM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 17:

Yep.  But the trolls in the IRS don't see it that way.  I have a former student who is a big mucky muck lawyer with the IRS now -- I have half a mind to ask her why this is so.  One the one hand, she did internships with the Cato Institute; on the other hand she has been a Swamp Creature for 20 years - I suspect her earlier libertarian leanings will have been extinguished by now.

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 9:36:02 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 9:

Probably things like child credit forms. When the Democrats (and a large number of Republicans) come up with a way of letting people keep more of their money, they make it complicated, because if they just lowered the tax rates, the "rich" would benefit more than the poor.

My wife is self-employed, so we have an accountant prepare the forms. Sends a paper "Organizer" to fill in. I scan it, use some PDF software to fill it in. We still have a lot of work to get the information together.

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 9:37:13 AM

In #18 doppelganglander said:

It would be rather simple (aside from the $53 in royalties I earned, which required a separate schedule) except for the kids.  Two additional forms and a pile of worksheets only to discover that, no, I don't own anything.  The old way of calculating dependents has been completely destroyed, transformed into a bureaucratic boondoggle that would baffle the Byzantines.

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 9:39:30 AM

Reply to Kosh's Shadow in 20:

Next year I think I'll need an accountant.  I've gotten by fine without one for 25 years, but with mom's death and reshuffling my assets next year is going to be an absolute nightmare.

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 9:41:16 AM

In #18 doppelganglander said: possible deductions, almost none of which I qualify for. 

Weren't you wounded in Vietnam? 

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 9:43:48 AM
I find it interesting that you have to pay income taxes on Olympic medals.  
buzzsawmonkey 2/7/2022 10:14:26 AM
Here's a little diversion from "Murder at the Vanities," one of the last of the pre-Code movies.
lucius septimius 2/7/2022 11:12:43 AM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 25:

She had a remarkable voice.  

lucius septimius 2/7/2022 11:13:59 AM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 25:

Speaking of which, one of the things I snagged from mom's was the Rogers and Hart songbook.

doppelganglander 2/7/2022 11:57:04 AM

Reply to lucius septimius in 22:

You should probably hire an accountant or financial advisor soon, before you make any financial decisions. Better to know the potential tax implications beforehand. 

Meanwhile, I'm applying to refinance my mortgage. It appears I can cut it to 15 years, take out some cash to pay debt, and even with the higher payment save money each month.

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 12:29:41 PM

In #28 doppelganglander said: You should probably hire an accountant or financial advisor

Or a financial panther.

/yes, it's Simpsons day

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 12:49:00 PM

I have never listened to the Joe Rogan Show, or whatever it's called.

Y'all are a group of sensible conservatives; what do youses think of him? 

/note that I'm being regionally-inclusive here with my second-person plural pronouns

JCM 2/7/2022 1:48:17 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 30:

I've watched a few things with him. But not interested enough to keep watching.

What I saw struck me as too conspiratorial. Trying too hard to be edgy.

buzzsawmonkey 2/7/2022 2:03:46 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 30:

Just substitute an "R" for the "H" in this song...

Occasional Reader 2/7/2022 2:56:37 PM

Ask yourself: What have I done today to advance the cause of flannel equity?

(via Insty) 

JCM 2/7/2022 3:54:21 PM

Reply to Occasional Reader in 33:

So flannel is right!

buzzsawmonkey 2/7/2022 4:59:08 PM

The level of incompetent stupidity exhibited by the NYC MTA is beyond belief.  

This morning, there was apparently a "police investigation of an unruly passenger at King's Highway" (a stop deep in Brooklyn), with the result that trains were being rerouted to skip some 10 or 15 stops in Brooklyn at the height of rush hour.  

The subway system has both express and local tracks, and there is no reason why other trains cannot be routed onto the alternate track, be it local or express, and then back onto its proper track once it comes to another junction.  Passengers at two or three stops would be inconvenienced, but not passengers at 10 or 15.  Yet this never seems to occur to the dispatchers.

They are currently pulling the same thing because of some disturbance at another deep-Brooklyn stop, rerouting trains around far more stops than necessary.

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 5:56:26 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 35:

I wonder if the switches they need to move trains to other tracks aren't all working, so they have to divert around more stops.

Not stupidity, but lack of maintenance.

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 6:10:20 PM
It appears the COVID Nazis want to put Col. Rogan in the cooler!
Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 6:14:10 PM

Had emergency dental work done.

While they were good, it seems after work like that you feel you saw this guy

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 6:17:15 PM

In #38 Kosh's Shadow said: While they were good, it seems after work like that you feel you saw this guy

I note his office is Rm. 101. 

buzzsawmonkey 2/7/2022 6:52:27 PM

In #36 Kosh's Shadow said: I wonder if the switches they need to move trains to other tracks aren't all working, so they have to divert around more stops. Not stupidity, but lack of maintenance.

They are constantly babbling on the radio about 'switch and signal repair," but I increasingly suspect that they "repair" the switches and signals the way Democrats "maintain roads and bridges." 

They've been allegedly working on the stretch of line that I use most frequently for, oh, maybe ten years or more, and it does not do anything to diminish the delays.  It makes absolutely no sense to not leapfrog trains around a train that has been for some reason detained---indeed, one would think it was a fundamental tenet of a public-transportation system.

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 7:05:44 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 40:

Sounds like they are screwing it up. 

Kosh's Shadow 2/7/2022 7:19:15 PM

Reply to buzzsawmonkey in 40:

Full employment for subway workers. They get to work, even if the subway doesn't

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