Join Jim and Greg as they welcome NPR’s admission that it failed listeners in its favorable interview of a radical author who thinks property ownership is a form of white supremacy, although they wonder why such a person was ever invited onto NPR in the first place. They also roll their eyes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warns President Trump he would need an army to return safely to New York City. And they try to figure out why Nancy Pelosi decided to launch a conspiracy theory about her flouting of the San Francisco COVID restrictions instead of just letting the story die.

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  1. Arahant Member

    We need to “set up” more Dems.

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    • September 3, 2020, at 11:56 AM PDT
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  2. WilliamDean Coolidge

    DeBlasio can’t run again next year due to term limits. Rumor is his wife will run.

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    • September 3, 2020, at 11:59 AM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    I guess it’s possible that Jesse Helms said something like that about Obama, but he died 4 months before Obama was first elected, 6 1/2 months before Obama took office.

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    • September 3, 2020, at 12:21 PM PDT
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  4. kedavis Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    DeBlasio can’t run again next year due to term limits. Rumor is his wife will run.

    They must really want to stay in that mayor’s mansion.

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    • September 3, 2020, at 12:21 PM PDT
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  5. Seawriter Contributor

    kedavis (View Comment):

    They must really want to stay in that mayor’s mansion.

    It’s rent controlled.

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    • September 3, 2020, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  6. kedavis Member

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    They must really want to stay in that mayor’s mansion.

    It’s rent controlled.

    Probably $0/month for the mayor and the mayor’s family, right? Maybe including mistresses etc too.

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    • September 3, 2020, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  7. Seawriter Contributor

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    They must really want to stay in that mayor’s mansion.

    It’s rent controlled.

    Probably $0/month for the mayor and the mayor’s family, right? Maybe including mistresses etc too.

    Where else could you get such a sweet deal on Manhattan housing?

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    • September 3, 2020, at 1:35 PM PDT
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  8. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    So Nancy Pelosi’s defense on being caught at a hair salon – is that she is so out of touch, that she didnt know the world has been closed for 6 months?

    Does she not realize the importance of the paperwork that crosses her desk? Does she actually read any of it?

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    • September 4, 2020, at 5:59 AM PDT
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  9. kedavis Member

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    So Nancy Pelosi’s defense on being caught at a hair salon – is that she is so out of touch, that she didnt know the world has been closed for 6 months?

    Does she not realize the importance of the paperwork that crosses her desk? Does she actually read any of it?

    That’s what servants…. errr, staff…. are for!

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    • September 4, 2020, at 12:02 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Andrew Cuomo should be careful what he wishes for, lest he receive it. I believe it’s still true that a few very wealthy individuals and families pay a big share of the taxes for NY as a whole and NYC in particular. Trump is one of those. If many more of them flee to Florida or elsewhere, NY and NYC are going to have problems that Cuomo – and De Blasio – will be unable to fix.

    It’s like the story of the men going to lunch:

    Suppose that every day, ten men go out for lunch and the bill for all ten comes to $100.

    If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

    • The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
    • The fifth would pay $1.
    • The sixth would pay $3.
    • The seventh would pay $7.
    • The eighth would pay $12.
    • The ninth would pay $18.
    • The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

    So, that’s what they decided to do.

    The ten men ate lunch in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve ball.

    “Since you are all such good customers,” he said, “I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily lunch by $20.00.” So lunch for the ten men would now cost just $80.

    The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six men? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his fair share?

    They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to eat his lunch.

    So the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by a higher percentage the poorer he was, to follow the principle of the tax system they had been using, and he proceeded to work out the amounts he suggested that each should now pay.

    • And so the fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% off).
    • The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33% off).
    • The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28% off).
    • The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% off).
    • The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% off).
    • The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% off).

    Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat lunch for free. But, once outside the bar, the men began to compare the amount they got off.

    The sixth man said, “I only got $1 off out of the $20 while the tenth man got $10 off!”

    continued due to word count…

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    • September 4, 2020, at 1:58 PM PDT
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  11. kedavis Member

    “Yeah, that’s right,” exclaimed the fifth man. “I only got $1 off, too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more benefit than me!”

    “That’s true!” shouted the seventh man. “Why should he get $10 off, when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!”

    “Wait a minute,” yelled the first four men in unison, “we didn’t get anything at all. This new tax system exploits the poor!”

    The nine men surrounded the tenth and told him they they were angry that he got so much off while they each got very little.

    The next day the tenth man didn’t show up for lunch, so the nine sat down and had their lunchs without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have enough money amongst all of them for even half of the bill!

    And that is how our tax system works. The people who already pay the highest taxes will naturally get the largest benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start eating overseas, where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

    For those who understand, no explanation is needed.

    For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.

    If enough Trumps and people like him, flee New York, it’s going to be bad for New York.

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    • September 4, 2020, at 1:58 PM PDT
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  12. Full Size Tabby Member

    Although he has not previously threatened physical violence, Gov. Cuomo has for years has been using his official position to tell those of us who do not agree with him that we are not welcome in the state. I used to live in New York state. He thinks he is emperor who can decide who is and who is not to be permitted to enter the state and participate in civic life. The implicit threat against the President (or any other individual) is only a small step from his previous position. 

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    • September 4, 2020, at 3:36 PM PDT
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  13. kedavis Member

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Although he has not previously threatened physical violence, Gov. Cuomo has for years has been using his official position to tell those of us who do not agree with him that we are not welcome in the state. I used to live in New York state. He thinks he is emperor who can decide who is and who is not to be permitted to enter the state and participate in civic life. The implicit threat against the President (or any other individual) is only a small step from his previous position.

    Maybe if he ends up with a state full of non-tax-payers he’ll realize something. Or, maybe not.

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    • September 4, 2020, at 3:45 PM PDT
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