Tuesday, August 23, 2011

James is not the only vain one....

After the big boy had his bath, brushed his teeth and got into his summer jammies...he said "i look at myself" and he moved over to the big mirror and then said "i handsome !"

.....and modest ;-)

New Addition

I think it's a Manchurian Ash....next will be a small little flower bed with some interesting stuff.....yes...I've gone from playing in a band, drinking beer and chasing girls to planting trees and landscaping....

Why are these homies dissin my girl....

Weezer, still rockin' it out !

Monday, August 15, 2011

Buffet says Tax the rich...and I think everyone agrees....except the US Government...wtf

Here's some info on Buffets opinion about taxation of the wealthy in the USA. It's hard not to agree with him...and here's the 3 trillion dollar question...why won't the US government increase taxes on the rich ????

Billionaire Warren Buffett urged Congress to raise taxes on the nation’s wealthiest individuals to help cut the U.S. budget deficit, saying it won’t inhibit investment or job growth.

“My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress,” the chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK/A) wrote in an opinion article published in the New York Times. “It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.”

Buffett’s advocacy of higher taxes for the “mega-rich” may reinforce President Barack Obama’s call for an end to tax breaks for corporate-jet owners. In the op-ed, the 80-year-old investor said his federal tax bill last year, or the income tax he paid and payroll taxes paid by him and on his behalf, was $6,938,744.

“That sounds like a lot of money,” Buffett wrote. “But what I paid was only 17.4 percent of my taxable income -- and that’s actually a lower percentage than was paid by any of the other 20 people in our office. Their tax burdens ranged from 33 percent to 41 percent and averaged 36 percent.”

A 12-member panel, formed in the Aug. 2 law that raised the nation’s debt ceiling and averted a possible default, is charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings.

Democratic Representatives James Clyburn, Chris Van Hollen and Xavier Becerra will join Republican counterparts Dave Camp, Fred Upton and Jeb Hensarling. The Senate team includes Republicans Jon Kyl, Pat Toomey and Rob Portman and Democrats Patty Murray, John Kerry and Max Baucus. Murray, of Washington state, and Hensarling, of Texas, will be co-leaders.

Buffett said that for those making more than $1 million -- there were 236,883 such households in 2009 -- he would raise rates immediately on taxable income in excess of $1 million, including dividends and capital gains. For the 8,274 taxpayers who made $10 million or more, he said they should get an additional increase in the rate.

“While the poor and middle class fight for us in Afghanistan, and while most Americans struggle to make ends meet, we mega-rich continue to get our extraordinary tax breaks,” Buffett wrote.

He cited Internal Revenue Service data showing that the tax burden on the nation’s wealthy had fallen for the past two decades.

In 1992 the top 400 American earners had aggregate taxable income of $16.9 billion and paid federal taxes of 29.2 percent on that amount, he wrote. In 2008, while the aggregate income of the highest 400 had soared to $90.9 billion, the rate paid had fallen to 21.5 percent.

Hiring, Investment
Buffett said the notion that high taxes discourage hiring and investment is false.

“I have worked with investors for 60 years and I have yet to see anyone -- not even when capital gains rates were 39.9 percent in 1976-77 -- shy away from a sensible investment because of the tax rate on the potential gain,” he said.

“People invest to make money, and potential taxes have never scared them off,” he said. “And to those who argue that higher rates hurt job creation, I would note that a net of nearly 40 million jobs were added between 1980 and 2000. You know what’s happened since then: lower tax rates and far lower job creation.”

The U.S. unemployment rate has averaged 9.5 percent in the past two years, dropping to 9.1 percent in July from 9.2 percent a month earlier, a government report showed Aug. 5

Breakfast in Whitefish Montana

The best place for breakfast in Whitefish Montana. Period.

Big Boys First Movie

I took the big boy to his first movie yesterday. He was quite excited...I don't think he had any idea what we were going to do, but he gets excited whenever he's off on an 'adventure'.

We went and saw Winnie the Pooh...it was a perfect length for a guy who's 3...just about 1 hour (it had a short at the beginning)...the whole thing was VERY Disney (as I remember it as a kid).

He seemed pretty impressed with the whole thing (the big chair was quite a fun thing to play with) and he only got up a couple times to say hi to everyone in the theater and tell me that the light was coming out at the top...other than that, he enjoyed his movie and smarties....

I think the overall story/theme of the movie was lost on him, but he did start saying 'bother' like Pooh when we left.

I don't think that this will be a regular thing for him just yet...but the next Toy Story or Cars that hits the screens we'll probably check out.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Recent Movies

Quick reviews of 3 movies:

Green Lantern: What was the problem with this ? It wasn't that bad (maybe it's 'cause I'm not a huge GL fanboy)....Blake Lively sucks (her best role was cracked out chick in The Town), many jokes fell flat, Easter egg ending didn't make sense in the context of the movie...I get that Sinestro was power hungry, but it wasn't that clear in the main body of the movie...I'd give it 2.5 fancy boy rings out of 5

Captain America: It was pretty good, skinny Steve Rogers effects were very good, good balance of serious and comedy...not enough fight action between Red Skull and Cap...over all, worth seeing...I give it 4 flag wavers out of 5

Cowboys & Aliens: Wow....great cast, bad movie...why are technologically advanced aliens always vicious bug like beings ?? Seems all the jokes fell flat on this one...not worth it, wait for it on T.V. for free...I give it 1 bandit with amnesia out of 10

I still have to see Bridesmaids, Terrible Bosses, Harry Potter and a few others....

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The View From My Office

The engaging saga of pictures from my chair....just mucking with the settings on the hipstomatic