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Bells on cat collars are not a good idea

There's a stray cat in my neighborhood who has a bell on his collar. He's essentially wild as he's been wandering out there for a year or two. I recall seeing him last winter. Once I saw him carrying a mouse around, so he's actively hunting. But the poor guy has that bell, and you can hear him coming and going. That really doesn't improve his odds of survival. I'm guessing somebody is putting food out for him, but who knows.

It made me realize how short-sighted that bell collar was. It's common for cats to run away. It's also not difficult to imagine other scenarios where a house cat might need to remain silent, like eluding a neighborhood dog.

Charitable contribution deduction for individuals who don't itemize

Individuals, including married individuals filing separate returns, could claim a deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made to qualifying charities back in 2021. The maximum deduction was increased to $600 for married individuals filing joint returns.

This fixed an unintended consequence of the larger standard deductions. Is there any hope of getting this reinstated for 2022? It would be a force for good and the charitable holiday season is fast approaching.


Ted Budd lied to me!

He's running a TV ad claiming Biden is going to hire 87,000 IRS agents to harass the middle class. Of course, there are wild exaggerations and mischaracterizations at play here.


No malarky I say!

When will we get back to Dow 36000?


Women have the numbers to make MAGA-men pay for the Dobbs debacle

Whether they will cancel their MAGA-husbands' MAGA-votes or not in large numbers remains to be seen. Some perceive that as a kind of betrayal. I can respect that on some level.

I'm not a fan of single-issue voting, but this is the best of the single-issue voting issues. Those tend to go to the right, but not this one. If it results in a lot of anger-voting...and it should...it's all good.

"MAGA Republican" is a fitting label for Biden to use

I don't believe a MAGA-hat-wearing Republican would be immediately offended by that moniker. They are Republicans and they support MAGA. Biden even graciously qualified it by stating that most Republicans aren't MAGA Republicans. Contrast that with the mischaracterizing labels weaponized by the right: woke left, radical democrats, socialist liberals. These are fired off in a far less gracious, overly broad way. The repeated assertions form unsound rightwing media presuppositions with no actual support.

That said, there's a bit of an edge to the MAGA Republican label. It suggests that MAGA Republicans are somehow different from regular Republicans. There's a divide there. Divides can be widened and then attacked. It insults subtly without being undignified. It showcases a Democratic strength: being able to accurately characterize the Republican platform before effectively kicking at the foundations. There's no need to create straw man arguments when the real arguments can be directly dismantled.

Donald Trump's Windows Desktop

Did you ever wonder? I whipped this up for the amusement of DU.

For some reason you have to right click the image icon and select "Open image in new tab" or copy/paste the link.

There's one problem that the United States doesn't have

The United States has a lot of problems, but there's one problem that we don't have. You never hear the term "crumbling church infrastructure" used in a serious context here. Back when I lived in North Carolina, I was bored one morning and counted the number of churches and schools on my 13-mile commute. There were thirteen churches and one school, so that's a church every mile. It seems like we have really prioritized the construction and maintenance of churches in that area. So, I think we're good in that regard. We got this.

I do have to wonder though, are we perhaps diverting TOO many resources to this special interest? What if we could divert just a little of that massive pre-tax revenue stream to the schools? Roads? Bridges? Renewable energy? Would a shift towards prioritization of the natural world over the supernatural represent a better overall tradeoff for society?

The Three G's: God, Guns, and less Gov't

The Republican Party seems to attract most of the single-issue voters. The big-ticket single-issue voter issues mostly fall under the Three G's.

Democratic voters generally hold a more balanced worldview and weight the issues proportionally. Say what you will about the single-issue simpletons, they are a reliable electorate engine for the MAGA machine requiring very little in the way of maintenance.

The fall of Roe may create an uprising of single-issue voters on the left, but perhaps that is being optimistic?

The meaning of the fistbump has evolved

Pre-COVID-19: You my bro, man!

Post-COVID-19: Nice to meet you. I respect your health and well-being.

This interpretation is possible even when interacting with a Saudi crown prince. Give Biden the benefit of the doubt, NBC.
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