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Pondering

Posted by Godefroi on March 21, 2010

Let’s say I have $20 in each of four pants pockets – Left Hip, light bill; Right Hip, water bill; Left Front, gas bill; Right Front, groceries.

Now, I’ve got my eye on a double-CD set of William Shatner’s Greatest Love Songs for the BARGAIN price of $20, but I can’t get it because all my money is already allocated.

Along comes my BFF and yours, Barry Gubmunt.  “Here…” he says.  “Here’s $20 for you, just one thingyou’re not allowed to spend it on Shatner!”

So I think about this a minute…and here’s what I’m going to do.  I’m going to take that cash from BG, and put $5 in each of my pants pockets, and at the same time, I’m going to take $5 from each of those pockets and put it in my Shirt pocket (“mad money” fund). 

Smiling, I walk down to the RecordPalooza and pick up my new treasure.

So…did Barry help me buy that CD, or not??? 

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Bald-faced Lie of the Day

Posted by Godefroi on July 29, 2009

OMG…just….OMG.

“I think Bush-bashing has been alive and well since ‘07 and, since it keeps working, why not use it?” she said. “Voters have short memories. The [Obama] administration needs to remind people that things were way worse over the last four years than in the last six months.

Are you f^&*ing KIDDING ME?!?!?

I lack the words to express my disbelief at this incredibly stupid lie.

Let’s look at the facts, shall we? (at Hot Air).

I…I….ACK!!

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Quick Request

Posted by Godefroi on July 11, 2009

If anyone has a transcript, or can point me toward one, of Rick Warren’s words delivered at the recent ISNA hatefest, please let me know.

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Flight 93 Blogburst: They ALL Knew!

Posted by Godefroi on July 11, 2009

Everyone involved with the Flight 93 Memorial knows that the Crescent of Embrace points to Mecca

Blogburst logo, petition

In 2007, Flight 93 Advisory Commission member Tim Baird told Alec Rawls (the author of these blogburst posts) that everyone at the meetings he attended is fully aware that the giant crescent, originally named the Crescent of Embrace, really does point almost exactly at Mecca. Professor Baird says they all just assume (himself included) that the Mecca orientation must be an innocent coincidence.

Pretty crazy, when they have also been told the meaning of a crescent that Muslims face into to face Mecca. Every mosque is built around a Mecca-direction indicator called a mihrab, and the classic mihrab is crescent shaped. Geometrically, the Crescent of Embrace is the world’s largest mihrab.

However honestly Project Partners believe that the Mecca orientation of the crescent must be a coincidence, this is not what they tell the public. When reporters asked Memorial Project Superintendent Joanne Hanley about the Mecca orientation, she denied it:

“The only thing that orients the memorial is the crash site,” she said.

Thinking that the Mecca orientation of the crescent must be a coincidence in no way justifies lying to the public about this explosive information. If Baird’s account is accurate—that the dozens of Memorial Project Partners all know that the giant crescent actually does point to Mecca—then the Memorial Project has a lot of explaining to do. Now an overlooked article from 2007 corroborates Professor Baird’s information.

Dr. Glenn Kashurba

It turns out that a Pennsylvania psychiatrist who has been intimately involved with the memorialization of Flight 93 (writing two books on the subject) argued to a reporter before the July 2007 Memorial Project meeting that the Mecca-orientation of the giant crescent (which he took as a given) should be seen as coincidental:

“When you calculate angles to Mecca – I’m going to be in Washington, D.C., this week, and I’m sure if I calculate angles of the monuments, at least one points to Mecca,” Kashurba said. “I don’t know if it will be the White House or the Lincoln Memorial, but at least one will. People looking for a way to support their way of looking at things will look at this in this way for ever and ever.”

If Dr. Kashurba was getting his information from the Memorial Project’s public statements, he would have denied that the crescent points to Mecca. Here is what Memorial Project Partner Patrick White told the press 9 days before the Kashurba story:

Rawls, of Palo Alto, Calif., contends that the centerpiece of the design points toward Mecca.

Rawls’ claims are untrue and “preposterous,” according to Patrick White, Families of Flight 93 vice president. “We went through in detail all his original claims and came away with nothing.”

Kashurba knew better, as did Patrick White himself. The week after his public denial, a local woman asked White how he could be okay with the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent. This time White did not deny the Mecca orientation, but argued that it cannot be seen as honoring Islam because the inexactness of the Mecca orientation would be “disrespectful” to Islam.

Mecca orientation takes literally 2 minutes to verify, starting from source documents

It is not surprising that these Memorial Project insiders would know that the giant crescent does in fact point almost exactly at Mecca (1.8° north of Mecca to be precise, ± 0.1°). After all, they had by the summer of 2007 been examining Rawls’ report, and answering questions from the press about it, for over a year, and the near Mecca orientation of the Crescent of Embrace is trivially easy to verify.

Just use any of the online Islamic prayer-direction calculators to print out the direction to Mecca from Somerset PA. Place this graphic over the Crescent site-plan on your computer screen, and you will see that the Mecca-direction line (which Muslims call “qibla”) almost exactly bisects the crescent:


The green circle in this image is from the qibla calculator at Islam.com (down at the moment, but you can use the one at Qibla.com, or QiblaLocator.com). A person standing between the tips of the giant crescent and facing into the center of the crescent will be facing almost exactly at Mecca.

Patrick White knows this and deceives the press and the public about it. Dr. Kashurba knows it and stands by as White and others deceive the press and the public about it. These deceptions have been blatant.

Everything points to Mecca?

The Project even went to far as to dig up an academic fraud from Texas, willing to deny that there is any such thing as the direction to Mecca:

Daniel Griffith, a geospatial information sciences professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, said anything can point toward Mecca, because the earth is round.

Was the reporter embarrassed to ask Muslims if they can really face any direction to face Mecca? Hard to blame her. Just to ask such a stupid question is to answer it, but the obviousness of the fraud is no excuse for letting it stand.

According to Professor Baird, every Memorial Project member who saw these denials knew that they were fraudulent, yet not one of them has tried to tell the public about the Project’s dishonest cover-up. When the truth does get out to the broader public, Project members are going to have a lot to answer for, which is presumably why they are keeping their mouths shut now. They have done a very bad thing and they don’t want it exposed.

What proves Islamic intent is the architect’s elaborate repetition of the Mecca orientation

No one ever claimed that the almost exact Mecca orientation of the Crescent of Embrace proves Islamic intent. Architect Paul Murdoch proves intent in a different way: by elaborate repetition of his Mecca orientations. His first confirmation of intent is to include an exact Mecca orientation.

In Murdoch’s explanation, the flight path breaks the circle, turning it into the giant crescent. To find this thematically defined crescent, remove those parts of the full Crescent of Embrace that extend out past the point where the flight path breaks the circle. The resulting true or thematic crescent points EXACTLY at Mecca:


At the upper tip of the crescent, the flight path comes down from the NNE and symbolically breaks the circle. What symbolically remains standing is the true or thematic Crescent of Embrace, pointing exactly at Mecca.

Murdoch’s next confirmation of intent is to exactly repeat this entire multi-Mecca oriented geometry in the vast array of crescents of trees that surround the Tower of Voices part of the memorial. Setting aside the chance that an architect could in the first place design a memorial to Flight 93 out of nothing but crescents just by innocent coincidence (which must be close to zero), the odds that these crescents would by random chance manifest Murdoch’s repeated Mecca orientations are 1 in 131 billion:

The only change was to include an explicitly broken off part of the circle

The original Crescent of Embrace design included the symbolically broken off parts at the upper crescent tip. When the bare naked Islamic-crescent shape caused a public uproar, the Memorial Project added another broken off part of the circle, floating out in front of the mouth of the original crescent.

They call it a broken circle now, but the unbroken part of the circle, the symbolic result of 9/11, is still a giant Islamic shaped crescent, still pointing EXACTLY at Mecca. That makes it a mihrab, the Mecca-direction indicator around which every mosque is built. The planned memorial is actually a terrorist memorial mosque.

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Nixon Would Be Proud

Posted by Godefroi on July 10, 2009

Anyone remember what former President Nixon supposedly said about what he should have done differently?

This is shamelessly taken from Hot Air – mainly because it reminded me so much of Mr. Nixon.

Carol Browner, former Clinton administration EPA head and current Obama White House climate czar, instructed auto industry execs “to put nothing in writing, ever” regarding secret negotiations she orchestrated regarding a deal to increase federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.

Yup…put nothing in writing, and burn the tapes.

Hopenchange!!!!

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A Bit of Truth

Posted by Godefroi on July 9, 2009

I’ve been trying to convince people of this for years, mostly without success.

Perhaps folks are more likely to believe someone who’s “been there”?

(IsraelNN.com) Fatah chief Mahmoud Abbas says the Arabs of the Galilee city of Tzfat left in 1948 not because they were driven out, but on their own volition.

Many biographies of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas imply that his family became “refugees” because of the War of Independence in 1948. For instance, a BBC profile on Abbas when he succeeded Yasser Arafat as PLO chairman in 2005 writes, “In the light of his origins in Safed in Galilee – in what is now northern Israel – he is said to hold strong views about the right of return of Palestinian refugees.” Answers.com states, “As a result of the Arab-Israel War of 1948, he became a refugee.” Wikipedia articles on the topic say the same – all giving the impression that the Abbas family was driven out and became homeless.

However, Abbas himself – co-founder of Fatah with Arafat, and known as Abu Mazen – now tells a different story. Speaking with Al-Palestinia TV on Monday, Abbas admitted that his family was not expelled or driven out, but rather left for fear that the Jews might take revenge for the slaughter of 20 Jews in the city during the Arab pogroms of 19 years earlier.

[…]

The memory of the slaughter, Abbas said, “brought [our families] to understand that the military balance had changed, and that [we] no longer had military forces in their real meaning. There were only young people who fought, and there was an initial action. They felt that the balance of power had collapsed and they therefore decided to leave. The entire city was abandoned based on this thought – the thought of their property and saving themselves.”

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A Question of Ignorance

Posted by Godefroi on March 12, 2009

Once again, I’m “inspired” by the Headline Thingy at Hot Air.

This time, it’s related to an interview of one of the early and strong proponents of embryonic stem cell usage/research, former President Clinton.  He was questioned whether the controversy will die down or not – betraying the perspective of the interviewer in the process – that is, the only way for the controversy to diminish is for (in his words) “people [to] come around”.  Obviously he thinks the hubbub is hogwash…not surprising since he works for CNN.  They hire the most interesting people.

But I digress.  Clinton’s statements included the following:

I think – the answer is I think that we’ll work it through. If – particularly if it’s done right. If it’s obvious that we’re not taking embryos that can – that under any conceivable scenario would be used for a process that would allow them to be fertilized and become little babies, and I think if it’s obvious that we’re not talking about some science fiction cloning of human beings, then I think the American people will support this….

…frozen embryos are basically going to be discarded, because they’re not going to be fertilized

…it’s a pro-life decision to use an embryo that’s frozen and never going to be fertilized

But those committees need to be really careful to make sure if they don’t want a big storm to be stirred up here, that any of the embryos that are used clearly have been placed beyond the pale of being fertilized before their use

There are a large number of embryos that we know are never going to be fertilized

…they’re not going to fool with any embryos where there’s any possibility, even if it’s somewhat remote, that they could be fertilized and become human beings[um, hello?  They ARE human — what else could they be, crocodiles?  Great tactical wording, no?]

Do you see the egregious error here?  Or, perhaps I’m giving the Honorable Mr. Clinton more credit that he deserves, and it’s not an error but an intentional misdirection.

For anyone not catching on, I’ll defer to the dictionary, to wit:

Embryo

  1. The fertilized egg of a vertebrate animal following cleavage.
  2. In humans, the prefetal product of conception from implantation through the eighth week of development.

You see, dear Reader, there is no embryo until AFTER fertilization.  I’m assuming here that Clinton does not understand that…which in itself says much about the intellectual calibre of our esteemed leaders.  I’m giving Mr. Clinton the benefit of the doubt here.

As an aside, I’d really like to quibble with the dictionary’s duration of the embryonic stage.  I’ve seen how human an 8-week-old pre-born appears…it’s dishonest in my opinion to still use a term which connotes an unrecognizable clump of cells.

Anyway, the same grace offered to Mr. Clinton can not, however, be extended to Mr. Gupta…or rather DR. Gupta.  Yes, he’s a PHYSICIAN.  Obviously he’s quite aware that an embryo does not exist without fertilization.  Since he did not offer a correction, he must be willingly propagating the misinformation, presumably to further the agenda to which I alluded above. 

All this leads to the “question” in the post title.  How many of those who support the idea of embryonic stem cell research believe that the cells are actually harvested from some kind of free, unfertilized tissue that no one would have use for anyway?  Would they still be supportive if they understood that these ARE “fertilized and [would] become little babies”?  And how much effort is there to keep the truth of the humanity of these embryos hidden?

Just how ignorant are we?

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A Dose of Truth

Posted by Godefroi on February 3, 2009

Published at Smooth Stone.

So many nations and anti-Israel organizations thrive on the intentional use of false data in order to sway world opinion against Israel. For example, their rhetoric is littered with concepts, mostly mythical, intertwined with words like “East Jerusalem”, “”Palestinians”, “West Bank”, etc.

For example, the concept of “Palestinians” is one that did not exist until about 1948, when the Arab inhabitants, of what until then was Palestine, wished to differentiate themselves from the Jews. Until then, the Jews were the Palestinians. There was the Palestinian Brigade of Jewish volunteers in the British World War II Army (at a time when the Palestinian Arabs were in Berlin hatching plans with Adolf Hitler for world conquest and how to kill all the Jews); there was the Palestinian Symphony Orchestra (all Jews, of course); there was The Palestine Post; and so much more.

The Arabs who now call themselves “Palestinians” do so in order to persuade a misinformed world that they are a distinct nationality and that “Palestine” is their ancestral homeland. But they are no distinct nationality at all. They are the same – in language, custom, and tribal and family ties – as the Arabs of Syria, Jordan, and beyond. There is no more difference between the “Palestinians” and the other Arabs of those countries than there is between, say, the citizens of Minnesota and those of Wisconsin.

What’s more, many of the “Palestinians”, or their immediate ancestors, came to the area attracted by the prosperity created by the Jews, in what previously had been pretty much of a wasteland.

The nationhood of the “Palestinians” is a myth.

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Flight 93 Blogburst: CAUGHT!

Posted by Godefroi on February 2, 2009

Caught on video: shameful cover-up of the crescent-topped Tower of Voices

 

Background

For three years, the Flight 93 Memorial Project has been relentlessly dishonest, publicly denying damning facts like the Mecca orientation of the giant crescent while making excuses for these facts in private.

Example:

Before the 2007 Memorial Project meeting, Project Partner and Flight 93 family member Patrick White was asked by the press about claims that the giant Crescent of Embrace points to Mecca . He said that all of the claims about what is in the design had been thoroughly investigated and been found to be untrue and “preposterous.”

In private conversation at the meeting itself, White acknowledged the Mecca-orientation of the crescent and made excuses for it, arguing that the almost-exact Mecca orientation cannot be seen as a tribute to Islam because the in-exactness of it would be “disrespectful to Islam.”

It is difficult enough to comprehend how Flight 93 family members can know that the giant crescent does indeed point almost exactly at Mecca, as critics are claiming, and still be okay with it. But White and the other Project Partners are going even further. They are knowingly covering up this damning information, and even flat lying to the public about it.

Whatever the explanation, this is what we are up against. Memorial Project participants know that the press will only cover our denunciations of the crescent design in those rare instances where we are able to mount a substantial public protest. Since the press never checks the facts, Project partners just issue whatever denials will get them through that news cycle, no matter how dishonest.

The above video

An example of this shameless misdirection was caught on video at last summer’s Memorial Project meeting. Alec Rawls , who made the trip to Somerset PA along with Tom Burnett Sr. (father of Flight 93 hero Tom Jr.), directed public attention to the crescent-topped Tower of Voices . A full-color advertisement in the Somerset newspaper showed the public what the Memorial Project and the press would not: that the Tower of Voices is topped with an Islamic shaped crescent, soaring in the sky above the symbolic lives of the 40 heroes:

 Tower of Voices top

At the meeting, Patrick White castigated Rawls for showing the meeting this artist’s rendering of the crescent topped tower, even as this very same graphic was on display by the Memorial Project itself just outside of the courtroom where the meeting was taking place.

White angrily denounced any suggestion that the approved plans for the memorial were indicative of what would actually be built, clearly implying that the crescent topped tower is no longer part of the planned memorial. Yet White had asserted exactly the opposite just three months earlier, when he and other family members involved with the Memorial Project declared that they would fight to build the design as approved:

Commission Chairman John Reynolds said he anticipated that people who opposed the memorial design would present a petition to throw it out.

But family members yesterday said they will work tirelessly to have the monument completed according to the design by the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

“We’re standing up and saying, ‘Enough.’ We’re proponents of the winning design,” said Patrick White, whose cousin, Louis “Joey” Nacke II, died on Flight 93.

Mr. White said his group rejected any wholesale change to the design but allowed that it would have to be modified as it shifts from paper to reality.

However, Mr. White added, “They’re not going to be changed based upon the idea that someone sees crescents everywhere.”

This was shortly after our blogburst group started hitting hard on the crescent-topped tower, which the Project Partners are known to have been angry about. In effect, White was directly insisting that the Tower would not be changed just because people were upset about its crescent shape.

The press ignored White’s implied denial that the crescent shaped tower will be built

If the crescent shaped tower is actually to be removed, or changed to some other shape, that is a significant concession, and should have been widely reported, at least by the western Pennsylvania press, but it was not mentioned in any newspaper.

Has the blatant Islamic-Supremacist symbolism of the crescent-topped tower actually penetrated the thick skulls of Patrick White and his cohorts? That is doubtful. When they only faced blogosphere pressure over the crescent-topped tower, their response was angry insistence that the design would NOT be altered. The difference in August was that everyone they had to deal with face-to-face had just seen the crescent topped tower in the local newspaper. The difference was exposure.

Since the press went on to cover up what we worked so hard to expose, there is no reason to think that the Memorial Project will change the design at all. They managed to sneak their cover-up through one more news cycle, which is all they have ever cared about.

Not that any tweaking of the design could ever make it anything but a terrorist memorial mosque in any case. The Tower, for instance, will still be a year round accurate Islamic prayer-time sundial, regardless of any change to the Tower’s profile. (The Memorial Project knows about this too, and makes utterly dishonest excuses for it.)

Better stand up and fight America , or there WILL be a terrorist memorial mosque on the Flight 93 crash site.

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Flight 93 Blogburst: Odds

Posted by Godefroi on January 19, 2009

1 in 131 billion: the movie

Set to another Ennio Morricone masterpiece.

Synopsis

Architect Paul Murdoch split his giant Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 into two separate arcs at the top, in effect creating two separate crescents:

Flashing Entry Portal Walls, Small

Detail view shows the pair of thousand foot long, fifty foot tall, Entry Portal walls. Both walls roughly follow the line of the circle that is symbolically broken by the flight path (seen coming down from the NNE).

The crescent defined by the end of the inner Entry Portal Wall points 1.8° north of Mecca , ± a tenth of a degree. The crescent defined by the end of the outer Entry Portal Wall points exactly at Mecca (± 0.1°):

Exact and inexact Mecca orientations Sm

The hidden exact Mecca orientation of the giant crescent is only one of the ways that Murdoch proves he pointed the crescent towards Mecca on purpose (making it a mihrab, the Mecca direction indicator around which every mosque is built). He also proves intent by exactly repeating both of the Mecca orientations of his giant central crescent in the crescents of trees that surround the Tower of Voices part of the memorial.

That two different crescent structures would by chance turn out to have this exact same multi-Mecca oriented geometry is 1 in 131 billion.  Just run the numbers (with some help from Mr. Morricone):

FondaHarmonica

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Obama and my Gun

Posted by Godefroi on December 9, 2008

Mr. Obama has already told us, over and over, that he is NOT anti-gun ownership by private citizens (he is against concealed carry however – you can have one as long as whomever is going to attack you knows you’re carrying…and he supports banning handguns), he is NOT anti-2nd Amendment (though he does support restrictions infringements on ownership), and that he is NOT going to come after our guns…or more accurately, that he’d LIKE to, but lacks the votes.

So, in order to quell the ensuing enthusiasm for guns that his “win” has engendered, now he’s asking us not to stock up on those guns that he (sort of) favors.

As gun sales shoot up around the country, President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that gun-owning Americans do not need to rush out and stock up before he is sworn in next month.

“I believe in common-sense gun safety laws, and I believe in the second amendment,” Obama said at a news conference. “Lawful gun owners have nothing to fear. I said that throughout the campaign. I haven’t indicated anything different during the transition. I think people can take me at my word.”

All the better to round them up later, you see.

The NRA responds thusly:

“Prior to his campaign for president, his record as a state legislator and as a U.S. Senator shows he voted for the most stringent forms of gun control, the most Draconian legislation, gun bans, ammunition bans and even an increase in federal excise taxes up to 500 percent for every gun and firearm sold,”

Is anyone really fooled by Obama’s doubletalk?

As an aside, an interesting observation in the comments at the Sun Times site.

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Mythbusting

Posted by Godefroi on October 30, 2008

Courtesy of Randall Hoven at AT.  Too good not to share.

I’ve excerpted – go to the article itself for full details and commentary.

If you look at the data in just that one IRS table, you can debunk virtually every myth that Democrats have been propagating about taxes for at least the last eight years.  (For reference, AGI is adjusted gross income; it is how much you make before deductions.)

Myth 1:  Rich people don’t pay taxes.

Fact:  Yes they do.  And be glad they do.  Those making over $200,000 in 2004, though being only 2.3% of all tax filers, paid 47% of all individual income taxes.

Myth 2:  But that’s only because the rich make so much more money.

Fact:  That same group of tax filers accounted for only 26% of individual income (AGI).  Repeat: they made 26% of the money but paid 47% of the taxes.

Myth 3:  But the rich don’t pay as high a percentage as the rest of us.

Fact:  Those making over $200,000 paid an average of at least 21% in income taxes on average, while those making $30,000 or less (over half of all filers) paid 5% or less.

Myth 4:  Bush’s tax cuts only benefitted the super-rich.

Fact:  Go to that same column labeled “Income Tax as Percent of AGI.”    That column shows average tax rates in 2000 (before Bush’s tax cuts) and 2004 (after the cuts).  Note that the tax went down for every single income group

Myth 5:  We should cut taxes for 95% of the people.

Fact:  If 95% of people do not even pay income taxes, how can you cut their income tax?  Not every one even has to file a tax return.  Of those that did, the lowest 18% paid zero income taxes.  Zero.  By the time you chop off the “rich” (those making over $200,000 in 2004), you have less than 80% to play with.

By the way, when George W. Bush cut taxes, he cut them for 100% of the people who paid them.  (Check the IRS table.)

Myth 6:  The really rich know how to get out of paying taxes; they don’t show up in these tables.

Fact:  Even if true, those who made over $100,000 (that they couldn’t hide) paid 68% of all income taxes while comprising less than 10% of all tax filers. 

Myth 7:  But cutting taxes reduces revenues and therefore increases deficits and our debt load.

Fact:  In 2006, after Bush’s tax cuts were in full effect, the federal government took in 18.4% of Gross Domestic Product.  Now look at averages prior to 2000. 

As the top marginal rate on individual income varied between 28% and 92% over the last 60 years, the amount of federal revenue has consistently hovered around 18% of GDP that whole time.  In fact, revenues were generally less when the top rate was peaking at 91% and 92% (1951-1963).

Myth 8:  The “rich” are somebody else.

Fact:  Not if the person saying that is a Congressperson.  A rank-and-file Congressperson makes $169,300 per year in 2008 in salary alone.  Nancy Pelosi, as Speaker, makes $217,400.  Even if they and their spouses make no other income, they are still in the top 5% and are all above Joe Biden’s threshold of $150,000.  In fact, of 435 Congressmen, 123 of them made $1 million or more in 2003 (that is income, not net worth)

Myth 9:  The Communist Manifesto’s second plank is, “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.”

Fact:  That’s not a myth.

Clear enough?

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