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  • 'American Idol' Winner Files Bold Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts

    01/27/2015 9:58:28 AM PST · 27 of 27
    ziravan to rktman

    I remember telling my wife that I thought Colbie Calliat had a pretty voice and maybe you can break into the recording industry based on talent alone. Then I found out her father is/was an insider.

    AI made Phillips (for anybody that doesn’t recognize him, NBC hawked one of his songs constantly during the Olympics last year). He might not like those contract terms now but those terms made him then. He was fine with those terms when they were the difference between being discovered or not.

  • NBC’s Engel: King Abdullah ‘Could Not Stand President Obama’

    01/27/2015 8:45:49 AM PST · 22 of 23
    ziravan to COUNTrecount

    Saudi is primarily Sunni. Obama (and his master Valerie) are Shiite.

    That explains the dislike.

  • Exclusive: California DMV Ordered to Overlook Identity Theft by Illegals

    01/27/2015 8:37:57 AM PST · 16 of 18
    ziravan to eyeamok

    Social Security was ordered to ignore identity theft years ago. If they tell you about the identity theft of your info, then you might fix it. If you fix it then the money coming in from the identity theft dries up.

    Social Security wants that extra money. Especially since they’ll probably never have to pay out on it. So your identity theft takes a backseat.

  • Turn Off Your Heat: Living in a cold home will make you a healthier, stronger, better person

    01/26/2015 3:04:01 AM PST · 63 of 92
    ziravan to Jack Hydrazine

    My control freak father owned his thermostat. We were cold in winter and hot in summer.

    I own MY thermostat. It’s set at 76, year round. Twice a year, I switch it from heat to cool, and vice versa. I’m an adult, I pay my utility bills, I couldn’t care less who approves or doesn’t.

  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/26/2015 2:15:01 AM PST · 87 of 118
    ziravan to onyx

    Watched it. My comparison is with Ted Cruz, the other candidate whom I watched. Compared to Ted, she rambled quite a bit. He was bangin out points, bang, bang, bang. She was having a conversation.

    In my opinion, the difference between the two highlights the different places they are in, candidate-wise.

    Ted is organizing, lining up staff and donors. He needs to show off a “stump speech”.

    Sarah is testing the waters. She need only remind conservatives that she’s there.

    There were no gaffes. Sarah was stereotypically Sarah. Yeah, she rambled a bit, but not so much as too rise to the level of the dribble that is the cited article.

    Btw, the same Byron York just wrote an article about the 2016 race that was essentially ‘Jeb, Jeb, Mitt, Crispy’ and only mentioned Cruz as a counter point to Walker. So, back to back articles: ignore Cruz, attack Palin. Yeah, yeah we get it: we should just shut up and wait until we’re told whom we must support or we’re really voting for Hiliary. Byron, blow.

  • 724 Hospitals Have Lost Medicare Funding For Avoidable Complications

    01/24/2015 1:54:41 PM PST · 6 of 54

    For the record, the POINT of tying Medicare funding to self-reported improvements in care is to report how great Obamacare has been at improving care.

    Obamacare: show us statistics that demonstrate improved care or we’ll cut your funding.

    Hospitals: our care is better and here is paperwork we provide to prove it. Don’t cut our funding.

    Obamacare: we’ve improved care.

    Media: Healthcare Improves Under Obamacare.

  • 724 Hospitals Have Lost Medicare Funding For Avoidable Complications

    01/24/2015 1:47:29 PM PST · 4 of 54
    ziravan to VanShuyten

    Sounds like those hospitals need to hire more people better at playing the paperwork game. For a few million a year each, those hospitals can find people who’ll play the game better.

    Of course, none of that money will actually improve patient care, but then, that was never the point.

  • 12 keys to the GOP presidential race right now

    01/24/2015 6:45:46 AM PST · 7 of 27
    ziravan to libstripper

    Following the current driveby meme: if we don’t mention Ted Cruz, he doesn’t exist...

    The problem with a 12 person primary is that if ONE candidate can energize the 20% base, they can run the table.

    So. The current strategy is, “Jeb, Jeb, Mitt, Crispy...” Ignore the ELEPHANT in the room. You’ll know that they’ve gone to plan B when they mock and criticize every misspeak or clunker of phrasing at Cruz’s daily stump speeches.

  • While You Were Sleeping, Lehman Just Happened...

    01/21/2015 5:59:09 PM PST · 20 of 25
    ziravan to eyeamok

    Next time you buy, take the loan. You can probably negotiate a better deal if the dealer is counting interest payment kickbacks as part of the deal (and he is). Then pay off the loan.

    You’ll negotiate a better deal that way.

  • iPhone 6 hands Apple record share of Samsung's home market

    01/21/2015 5:44:14 PM PST · 10 of 35
    ziravan to Swordmaker

    Traded in my Galaxy S3 for a 6 plus last week. I love it. I would have never bought an I phone with the itty bitty screen that was too small for me to read.

  • Sen. Cruz Presents Measure to Strengthen, Improve Legal Immigration

    01/20/2015 9:08:00 PM PST · 140 of 223
    ziravan to SoConPubbie

    I agree that once we close the border and get illegal immigration under control, we can consider some limited expansion of legal immigration in order to let off some steam from a sealed border and to defray the issue some.

    First, the border must be sealed.

    I oppose a focus on STEM jobs, there is already enough foreign pressure on those jobs.

    Finally, I’m going to point out my biggest quibble with Ted Cruz. I’m not trying to give EEE, who has an agenda, ammo, but this is FR and we should support the truth and vet our candidates

    The link below is a 2 minute video of Ted Cruz, shot in Waco, TX during the 2012 Senate Race (when there were nine primary candidates before the runoff). By means of background, this was after a forum of several of the Senate candidates where Dewhurst did not attend. Cruz got himself into the runoff by going to these events and sitting down with anybody who would talk to him. I met him three times during this three month period. This video was shot by a group whose goal is increasing Hispanic support in the GOP (GOPisforme) and the video is regarding birthright citizenship. In it, Ted Cruz states that birthright citizenship is part of the Constitution and uses his credibility as a Constitutional lawyer to support that claim.

    You listed on your points about Sen Cruz that he opposes birthright citizenship. Here he is saying not so.

    I’ve been accused several times here on FR of drinking the koolaid when it comes to Cruz. I think he’s by far the best choice, even the best choice on immigration. But. He’s not perfect. Neither was Reagan.

    I’ll take him, flaws and all over what the establishment hopes to foist on us.

  • Texas Police Pull Over Woman So Fellow Officer Can Propose

    01/20/2015 3:22:39 PM PST · 29 of 33
    ziravan to WhiskeyX

    I had a real problem with the idea of cops pulling over random people to give Christmas presents. The right to detain me isn’t a power given lightly nor should it be used that way.

    This is different. This isn’t the police state abusing their discretion. It’s her boyfriend presumably soon to be fiancé. If she objects, she can take it up with him, not ‘the system “.

    I personally wouldn’t play on the emotions of my hopeful fiancé like that, but whatever. (Although I would darn sure pull over a kid with a new permit...)

  • Witches tie the knot in UK’s first same-sex Pagan wedding

    01/19/2015 3:18:13 PM PST · 6 of 38
    ziravan to Olog-hai

    Fairly pretentious of them to claim or believe that they are the first such “ceremony” in King Arthur’s Kingdom.

  • Obama plans to increase taxes on couples making more than $500,000 to 28% to 'help middle class'

    01/18/2015 5:47:11 PM PST · 30 of 35
    ziravan to Libloather

    If I were Obama, I’d issue an executive order deeming a tax increase passed by Congress, and then I’d sign it into law.

    They’d probably let him get away with it.

  • Ted Cruz looking ‘very seriously’ at presidential run

    01/14/2015 7:15:46 AM PST · 127 of 136
    ziravan to Ray76

    Didn’t say that. Neither did Jim Rob.

    What HE did say was that birther troll comments regarding Sen Cruz are to be placed in those same categories.

    Surprises me. I looked at your posting history. You’re a prolific poster that normally avoids that particular discussion. The only recent comment on the subject by you I could find was a cryptic correction on Mark Levin’s analysis. Cryptic because you didn’t explain the import of the law change you were suggesting.

    More than accusing you of anything, I’m curious why you would suggest that Cruz is ineligible here, at the end of a thread, late at night. Especially when you’ve avoided the topic in the past.

    Even more especially since that wasn’t the topic of discussion; you brought it up de novo.

    Maybe I misunderstood your intent.

  • Magazine "Top Gear" Reveals Secrets (Russian Submarine)

    01/14/2015 1:41:30 AM PST · 15 of 19
    ziravan to arbitrary.squid

    Length, displacement, screw configuration, e-lint antennas can give away some of those capabilities, sometimes what’s not there speaks louder than what is...

  • Ted Cruz looking ‘very seriously’ at presidential run

    01/14/2015 1:01:52 AM PST · 125 of 136
    ziravan to Ray76; Jim Robinson

    A message for you, from this board’s owner:;page=101

    “FYI: This website supports tea party constitutionalist Ted Cruz for president to the hilt. Those who join with the libs, RINOS and GOP-e to openly work against us on this will be considered our political foe and will be treated accordingly. FR will not be used to harm his chances. Take your birther trolling elsewhere.”

  • Ted Cruz looking ‘very seriously’ at presidential run

    01/13/2015 8:41:23 PM PST · 117 of 136
    ziravan to EternalVigilance

    In 2009, I sat on a stage with four other GOP candidates for US Congress. When asked the question, Is abortion a State or Federal issue, four candidates said it was a States Rights issue.

    Only one, me, said its a federal issue. Specifically, it’s a Natural Right from God to be born, and that right is acknowledged (not granted) by the 5th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution.

    Don’t lecture me about morals.

    We have strayed far from the Constitution. We don’t have a wayback machine. We can’t blink our government back into its Constitutional box. It’ll have to be walked back, through unsavory grounds.

    The standard you have to hold candidates to for office isn’t will every vote be strictly Constitutional. No candidate can give you that unless they vote NO on every vote. No. The question is will every vote walk us back towards the Constitutional box. There is no slippery slope there. Standing up for the Constitution means fighting to get us back to that standard.

    It means something more than wishing and then complaining about unfulfilled dreams.

    I tell you that there are no more abortions in my community and call that a victory. You call it a so-called victory. We don’t disagree on principles. We disagree whether those principles are worth engaging in a fight, not on some ideal sacred ground, but where we are. Today.

    The thread is about Ted Cruz. You dissed him because he doesn’t support your weird philosophy that morality dictates we not fight at all.

    I want a candidate not nearly so easily disarmed as you.

  • Ted Cruz looking ‘very seriously’ at presidential run

    01/13/2015 8:19:34 PM PST · 113 of 136
    ziravan to EternalVigilance

    There is no candidate that will ever live up to your standards, but you.

    Every viable candidate has to court votes. You draw a line that hold candidates liable for working around Roe AS IF those limitations are their personal viewpoints. Your bar is too high for anybody, except you.

    A candidate that would advocate splitting the hairs you split wouldn’t get very many votes, something you might know something about (and as a failed candidate for office myself, I don’t suggest that lightly).

    The anti-lifers certainly would not support a pro-life candidate and the pro-lifers won’t accept a candidate that refuses to fight for life on philosophical grounds. Your view would alienate every vote, on both sides of this issue, except your own.

    You should run again. It’s the only way your viewpoint that reducing abortions is supporting abortions will be represented.

  • Ted Cruz looking ‘very seriously’ at presidential run

    01/13/2015 8:02:34 PM PST · 110 of 136
    ziravan to EternalVigilance

    “The main one is the same primary problem I have with virtually all of the presumed candidates, and that is their support for what I would characterize as “and then you can kill the baby” bills such as NRTL’s “fetal pain” legislation.”

    The laws you refer to chip away at abortion rights within the realm of Roe. Unless you’re advocating revolution as a cure, it isn’t these laws allowing abortion, it’s Roe.

    You opposed HB2 in a Texas on the SAME grounds (the Bill Wendy Davis filibustered) and in part because of that bill, our local abortion clinic shut down.

    Praise God, there are no abortions happening in my community any longer. You oppose that.

    You would oppose that because conservatives voted for laws that allowed some abortion, not on principle, but to chip away at Roe as much as possible. I can’t fathom your all or nothing approach that would rather see more abortions as preferable to anything but none at all.

    The murder clinic in my community was forced to close down in the past year. I don’t give a rat’s crap about your intellectual posturing. IT’S A VICTORY.

  • Rick Santorum: Electing an amateur in 2016 is unthinkable

    01/12/2015 10:00:57 PM PST · 59 of 89
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    I keep hearing that we don’t want another inexperienced President like Obama.

    Can someone point out to me how a lack of experience is his problem instead of his ideology? I think he’s done exactly what he (Valerie) wanted to do, experience be damned.

    I’ll take a conservative with the exact same level of experience who’ll move the ball as far in this direction.

    And that’s the problem, isn’t it? Name me any of the potential GOP nominees willing to play offense. I can only think of one.

    Experience be damned. I want a fighter, not a squish.

  • IDC: Apple continues to outgrow the PC market, No. 3 in U.S. market share, No. 5 worldwide

    01/12/2015 7:53:11 PM PST · 5 of 16
    ziravan to roadcat

    Win8 explains erosion in PC market.

  • Enjoy The Ride On The Inflation/Deflation Rollercoaster

    01/12/2015 7:44:33 PM PST · 3 of 19
    ziravan to ClearCase_guy

    When it does crash, just like GM, those bailed out will be parties preferred by the government, AKA, the donor class, including corporations.

    I’m not anti-corporation. I’m anti-corporate-government alliances.

    There is no separation of church/state. But. There OUGHT to be a separation of free market/state.

  • Ted Cruz Courts Liberty Movement in Iowa (Rand taking his dad's supporters for granted?)

    01/12/2015 4:07:16 AM PST · 6 of 17
    ziravan to ziravan

    I mention the above because it’s relevant to the article. Rand Paul is in a position to tell them he’s “One of them”. But, given things like his support for McConnell and his desire to distance himself from his father, the Liberty Caucus is having some doubt.

    Their doubt is directly related to concerns that Rand Paul is saying things just to get elected. Maybe he’ll closely resemble his father if elected, but this is a group highly resistant to the ‘say anything to get elected’ argument.

    So. I do think Cruz has an opening, but he can’t come across as saying anything to get elected. He has to be frank about his differences.

    I think the liberty group could give some on alignment on every issue IF they believe that in return they’ll get someone who’ll stand up and fight where they campaign that they do agree. Wouldn’t you?

  • Ted Cruz Courts Liberty Movement in Iowa (Rand taking his dad's supporters for granted?)

    01/12/2015 3:55:26 AM PST · 4 of 17
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    When you run for office, every vote counts, so you want to say yes to everyone.

    It takes fortitude to say no.

    Of course, it’s not lost on me that that’s probably a good reason I’m not elected.

    I’ve gone to endorsement meetings where the other candidate promised to vote however they wanted. I made no such promises. Guess who they endorsed?

  • Ted Cruz Courts Liberty Movement in Iowa (Rand taking his dad's supporters for granted?)

    01/12/2015 3:23:01 AM PST · 2 of 17
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’ve run for office before and as a Constitutionalist, I was often confused as a Paulite.

    I had this guy heckle me (live and in social media) for weeks that not supporting legalized marijuana made me a bad conservative. “No,” I repeatedly pointed out, “That made me a bad libertarian.”

    I agree that if you can get that element of the tea party on your side, they can be fiercely loyal. They can have a place in a coalition of support. It’s a fine line to walk. You absolutely cannot hedge about where you disagree because not being clear about your differences is tantamount to supporting their viewpoint in their book.

    It’s a neat trick for a politician to get you to say yes to them while you’re saying no to them.

    Often times, both libertarians and even FReepers are accused of being purists. I disagree. The issue isn’t whether we agree on everything. The issue most of us have with politicians is that they SAY they believe what we do to get elected, but really don’t. Every Republican is a severe conservative come Primary Day.

    If Cruz can address their concerns where they agree while not caving on the differences, engaging the Liberty Caucus is smart politics.

  • It’s been 8 years since the iPhone was unveiled. Look how terrible the first one was

    01/12/2015 12:46:37 AM PST · 11 of 56
    ziravan to Swordmaker

    I agree with fireman, I’m a sprint customer so my evolution curve on smart phones ultimately went through android. Android only took me so far, I’ve switched my last three phones back to GS3.

    Now, Sprint has royally hacked me. My last android phone, an HTC OneX, turned into a brick during a software upgrade and Sprint blew me off when I complained. (switched back to GS3.)

    After 14 years of being a Sprint customer, I’m changing to Verizon (best cell at my rural home per several neighbors). I may even buy my first IPhone. Time and availability will tell...

  • It’s been 8 years since the iPhone was unveiled. Look how terrible the first one was

    01/12/2015 12:03:42 AM PST · 7 of 56
    ziravan to ziravan

    We have three computers in house. IPad, my wife’s Win7, and my piece of garbage Win8. My wife wants to drop her Win7 for an IPad.

    We both agree, like it or not, we have to keep the Win8 for storage and stick drive maker.

    If Apple would just reconsider a USB port, I could ditch windows forever. I know this is a thread about IPhones and how far they’ve come....

    But. If Apple could just come this little bit further with the IPad......


  • It’s been 8 years since the iPhone was unveiled. Look how terrible the first one was

    01/11/2015 11:57:05 PM PST · 6 of 56
    ziravan to Swordmaker

    If I could just get a USB port on my IPad, it’d be awesome. I’m not sure why Apple insists on no data interface.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 8:34:42 PM PST · 84 of 121
    ziravan to Swordmaker

    For the record I have no particular bent against Apple. I’ve been using an IPad for my primary surfing for awhile now. Just yesterday my wife stated that she’d like one as well.

    I hadn’t heard the gigantic commercial linked above. I don’t watch very much TV. The only reason I saw this “change” ad was that I watched the NFL playoffs this weekend (the only games I’ve watched so far this season). This commercial was played heavily during the games.

    Both commercials to me shows that Apple is pushing the boundaries of their dual-messaging: we’re cool if you’re part of the in crowd. It’s like knowing how to order from In-N-Out: it’s a whole other layer of branding than what’s on the surface. One time is a questionable mistake. Two is a trend.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 8:12:03 PM PST · 78 of 121
    ziravan to ReignOfError

    The comments on the youtube made me LOL. I hadn’t seen that one before.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 7:59:56 PM PST · 74 of 121
    ziravan to Swordmaker

    I disagree that Apple can only be held to what wasn’t left on the cutting room floor. Their intended primary audience, the cool kids, know what is in that song.

    Maybe the older generation doesn’t, and that’s fine.

    But this is a classic example of sending different messages to different audiences. The animation studios have been doing this for years. “Shrek” has many very different connotations and punch lines for 40 year olds than it does for 8 year olds. On purpose.

    And this song is also sending different messages to different groups. On purpose. No, those words weren’t in the message you heard. But they were darn sure part of the messaging being sent to a particular segment of the commercial’s audience.

    The commercial didn’t say those words to you. But, it’s certainly and purposefully there.

  • Romney Formally Expresses Interest In Third Presidential Run, Puts Donors On Hold

    01/11/2015 7:27:02 PM PST · 29 of 51
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    I call BS.

    If he wanted to be President, he’d have gone after The One as hard and consistent as he went after conservatives in the primary.

    IF he has done that, he’d be the hands down nominee this time because parties don’t normally primary their sitting Presidents.

    I voted for this chuckleberry last time around. That was my last ‘better of two evils’ vote.

    I just wanted to call him out on saying he wanted to be President. Actions speak louder than words.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 7:14:46 PM PST · 69 of 121
    ziravan to dayglored

    I only noticed it because the sound is very much like the sound for the made up band in the movie, “If I Stay”.

    So I looked. This song is on the motion picture soundtrack for that movie.

    While looking up the song, I came across the lyrics...

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 6:39:06 PM PST · 66 of 121
    ziravan to dayglored

    I started this thread, on my IPad. I’m certainly not an Apple hater. My posting history shows I save my computer vitriol for Win8, the reason I own an IPad in the first place.

    It was a poor choice in music to flagship their latest project.

    You don’t have to be an Apple hater to see (admit) that.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 4:43:27 PM PST · 21 of 121
    ziravan to cyn

    They edited out the reference to both burning the flag and the dis of the military in the commercial. But this is the song they’re promoting.

    I’m sure the ad wouldn’t have been approved with those words in it. Shoot, the execs that approved the ad probably didn’t know the rest of the words.

    But the ad writers surely knew what they were doing. Including this particular song is certainly designed to send the message of the song:

    We’re cooler than thou rebels.

    By using this song, Apple is incorporating the tone and meaning of the song in their ad. They can’t have it both ways:

    Look how cool we are but we really didn’t mean that it was OK to burn the flag just because we alluded to our hipness with a song that advocates just that...

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 4:23:15 PM PST · 9 of 121
    ziravan to Norm Lenhart

    Meh. I posted this on an IPad. If anything, my posting history here is critical of Win8, the piece of garbage software that led to me buying this Apple product in the first place.

    Still. Very poor choice in music for an ad.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 4:15:44 PM PST · 3 of 121
    ziravan to Westbrook

    This is the song from the current Apple Commercial on TV.

  • Apple Commercial: You Better Burn That Flag...

    01/11/2015 4:14:14 PM PST · 1 of 121
    Also in the song:

    You better join the army I said: "no thank you, dear old uncle Sam!"


    01/11/2015 1:26:14 PM PST · 32 of 258
    ziravan to freedumb2003

    He was clearly making a football move to reach for the endzone.

    MAYBE there’s not enough evidence to overturn an incomplete call on the field. But enough evidence to reverse?

    No way.

    Dallas was robbed (says the guy who’s rooted against Dallas since Roger Staubach).

    You can dismiss it all you want. Game MAP was the replay official for the horrible call.

  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 2:31:51 PM PST · 99 of 142
    ziravan to LogicDesigner

    “They were nice while they lasted, but the tax credits available to hybrid gas-electric cars bit the dust on Dec. 31, 2010. The incentives that President George Bush signed into law, as part of The Energy Policy Act of 2005, had granted up to $3,400 as a tax credit for the most efficient hybrid cars—and $4,000 for a compressed natural gas vehicle. They are gone, with little prospects for returning.

    Instead, legislators have jumped to the next technology breakthrough: tax credits for plug-in hybrids and electric cars. A combination of local and national credits—up to $7,500 at the federal level, plus a $2,000 credit for charging equipment installation, plus state-based incentives (of $5,000 in California)— represent so far the largest bundle of incentives ever for private purchasers of green electric-drive vehicles.”

    Pres Bush signed a similar law for hybrids, now expired. The Stimulus didn’t continue an EV credit, but replaced the hybrid credit signed by Pres. Bush.

    So. I’ll concede that the original idea was first enacted by Pres. Bush in 2005. The current version is identical in form, it just applies to EVs instead of hybrids, at a rate of 200,000 models per manufacturer instead of 60k.

    All manufacturers combined sold 100,000 last year (per article starting this thread), and by all accounts, it’s a banner year. No manufacturer is near their 200,000 phase out.

  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 1:51:08 PM PST · 95 of 142
    ziravan to cyclotic

    I disagree with the tax credit.

    But. Put into perspective, you’re also paying for more than a few people to buy houses (interest deductions), and to subsidize almost every child in America.

    I disagree with those tax devices as well. I also claim them. I’m all for paying as little in taxes as legally allowed.

    Such is the nature of the tax code.

  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 1:32:33 PM PST · 93 of 142
    ziravan to LogicDesigner

    The tax credit was part of the 2009 porkulus package. It might have been an idea germinated by Pres. Bush, I don’t recall, but he didn’t enact it.

    “$2,500 to $7,500 tax credit, depending on size of battery (4 kWh to 16 kWh), for electric-drive vehicles (EVs and PHEVs) sold after December 31, 2008. This is the best and biggest new incentive brought on by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus bill), and applies to at least 200,000 units per vehicle manufacturer before it begins phasing out.”

  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 1:17:40 PM PST · 91 of 142
    ziravan to LogicDesigner

    “I think a better solution would be to read the odometer whenever you get your car inspected, calculate the miles driven since last inspection, and tax you accordingly. “

    The hell you say. It’s not the governments business how much I drive.

    Liberals have been pushing for this kind of tax for a long while because it would be a phenomenal new corporate tax. What kinds of vehicles are on the roads the longest?

    Plus, any said tax would be in addition to, and not in place of gas taxes. That’s the best of both worlds, we can be “fair” in the socialist sense of the word, AND we can encourage less gas use. It’s a twofer.

    Threefer actually, because you can bet that a mileage tax would be progressive, with higher rates the more miles you drive. We wouldn’t want to punish the poor with a mileage tax, don’t you know. Besides, the rich can easily afford to pay more, and only rich people can afford long commutes to the suburbs.

    No, thank you.

  • Plug-In Electric Car Sales Continue Rise In 2014: 100,000-Plus Last Year

    01/10/2015 1:04:08 PM PST · 88 of 142
    ziravan to RFEngineer

    The EV cars aren’t necessarily lighter. I bought a Ford Fusion Energi Hybrid/PHEV. The Energi weighs in at 3913 lbs, curb weight vs 3431 lb curb weight for a regular fusion and 3720 for a hybrid.

    The batteries weigh quite a bit. The fusion is almost 500 lbs heavier than a non fuel battery version.

    The Ford CMax is comparable with the EV curb weight being 3859 and hybrid being 3607.

    The volt is 3786 curb weight.

    The first 20 mile is a charge that costs about $0.60, still a bargain at today’s gas prices, and a phenomenal bargain when gas is twice current prices. My local power plant, just down the road, is coal-fired. I couldn’t care less. It’s cheaper.

    And the EV version of the Fusion is cheaper, too. It cost $4880 more than hybrid alone, but that comes with $6507 in government money: $4007 federal tax CREDIT on my 204 taxes, and a $2500 rebate check from the Texas TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality).

    I don’t agree with those tax policies, but I’m danged sure going to make my tax footprint as small as legally possible. I don’t care how big my environmental footprint is: coal is cheaper.

  • Luetkemeyer didn’t like challenge to Speaker Boehner

  • Sen. Ted Cruz Reports for Jury Duty

    01/09/2015 4:11:55 PM PST · 37 of 40
    ziravan to Timber Rattler

    He had an out, too.

    Being an elected official is an official grounds to self defer in Texas.

  • Texas Legislators Are Spending Fast And Loose With Your Contributions

    01/08/2015 9:54:36 PM PST · 9 of 11
    ziravan to Theodore R.

    4 of the last 5 legislatures have had special sessions, but that’s just a quibble. The legislature in Texas meets ~about a half year out of every two, five to seven or so months depending on special sessions.

    As a side note, HB2, the pro-life bill in the last legislature had to be passed in special session because the Texas House Speaker, Joe Straus, isn’t pro-life. His wife sat on the board of planned parenthood and he routinely stifles pro-life legislation.

    The Gov calls special sessions and sets the agenda. Give Perry this prop: he called the special session that created HB2. (There were three special sessions last time, one to deal with the pro-life and transportation issue - this was the special session where Dewhurst allowed Wendy Davis to filibuster and run out the clock, a second session for the pro-life bill to pass, and a third to raid the rainy day fund for transportation).

  • No 'Squish' : Boehner Says He's 'Most Anti-Establishment Speaker' Ever

    01/08/2015 4:05:23 PM PST · 14 of 40
    ziravan to 2ndDivisionVet

    Mr. Speaker, I don’t want to quibble while you’re busy pontificating, but out in flyover country, we see “regular order” as the problem.

    Why do you think we keep sending people to disrupt regular order, and just why do you think we’re so outraged when they fall in line at the trough?

    “I’m for the regular order status quo” is not exactly hard proof against being part of the establishment...

  • Texas Legislators Are Spending Fast And Loose With Your Contributions

    01/08/2015 3:00:47 PM PST · 6 of 11
    ziravan to thetallguy24

    If I give 50 bucks of my hard earned money to promote my beliefs and they stuff it off to their family members or otherwise blow it on pet projects, that’s practically criminal, if not actually so, but that’s besides the point.

    The problem here is that the guys actually elected (this report apparently isn’t looking at failed candidates) are getting big money from big special interests. Those donors don’t care if elected officials use a million bucks to support their daughters, etc.

    But we should care, because it amounts to little more than bribery.

    If THIS isn’t why the TEC exists, to stop this sort of behavior, then why have a TEC at all? (I do know the answer, the TEC serves as a barrier to running; having to comply with onerous regs keeps the playing field smaller for the previous winners, and they write the laws.)