Another Hidden California Tax

I called my smog guy (Mountain View Smog Check Only) and explained the situation. After inquiring about the year, make, and model, he said, “120 miles, can’t all be in one trip or on the same day.”

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Water Runs Downhill

My hypothesis is that is simply confused about geography. Since most maps have north at the top and south at the bottom, he assumes that north to south is downhill.

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A Bad Corporate Tax Alternative

Short version: let’s replace the current impossibly complex tax code with another one that’s equally complex, but with the added features of (1) being unenforceable and (2) collecting far less tax revenue than Mr. Osgood supposes.

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Feeling Suicidal? Try a Dose of The New Yorker

If you have friends who are depressed and frequently talk about suicide buy them subscriptions to the New Yorker.

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Hypocrisy at the New York Times

So when will the Times editors come clean and admit that they are being hypocritical about the minimum wage? I’m not holding my breath and you probably shouldn’t either.

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The President Wants to Cut Hawai’i Loose

One of the reasons the legislation has failed in Congress is that no one has been able to produce a workable definition of a “native Hawai’ian.” Centuries of genetic intermingling have reduced the number of 100 percent pure Hawai’ians to zero according to the best estimates.

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Parents, Don’t Let Your Kids Go To Valparaiso University

Parents, don’t let your kids go to Valparaiso University. Unless, of course, you can’t see the problem here.

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San Francisco Muni Will Not Achieve Its Goal

How do hybrid buses equal zero emissions? The answer is, “They don’t.” Hybrid buses, by definition, run on their gas engines at least part of the time. Getting to zero emissions by using hybrids violates at least one of the laws of thermodynamics.

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California Versus Texas

So I decided to perform the usual market test of which state was more popular: the one-way rental rate for a standard U-Haul™ 10 foot truck between Oakland and Austin and vice-versa.

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Making Math Education Even Worse

American students are already struggling against the competition. The Common Core won’t help them succeed.

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