Archive | April, 2006


Posted on 27 April 2006 by Ed Z

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Gasoline Prices and the State Taxes You Pay

Gasoline Prices and the State Taxes You Pay

Posted on 25 April 2006 by Ed Z

You can’t get away from the talk about gas prices, try as you might.
Expensive? Yes. Exxon’s (et al) fault? I don’t think so. Some politicians
would like you to believe that the price at the pump is a direct result of the
oil companies price gouging. Chuck Schumer believes this and has called for an
investigation. In fact, many are upset that an oil company has the gall to make
a profit! (See my post of Folk Marxism as this directly relates.)

However, did you know that New York ranks highest in state taxes on gasoline?
A report by the American Petroleum Institute shows that as of August 2005, 62.9
cents per gallon goes to taxes. Federal tax is 18.4 cents leaving 44.5 per
gallon in taxes. What are these taxes? 8 cents is the state excise tax the rest
is listed as “Other”. They include sales taxes, gross receipts taxes, oil
inspection fees, underground storage tank fees and other miscellaneous
environmental fees. Below is an excerpt from the report showing the top and
bottom 5 states for gas taxes.

Nationwide and
State-by-State Gasoline Taxes, August 2005 (Gasoline-taxes.pdf)

Maybe we should be calling for an investigation of these taxes and where that
money is going. Or, perhaps since times are tough, New York should be willing to
ease up on these taxes.

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Terrorists Rally in New York

Posted on 24 April 2006 by Ed Z

The Islamic Thinker’s Society held a rally in New York on April 17. Despite
their seemingly innocuous name, this group sends a clear message of violence and

know many government services are watching us

as the FBI…CIA…Mossad, Homeland Security…

know we are getting on their nervesAnd so are you….

we say the hell with you!

the FBI burn in Hell

burn in Hell

burn in Hell

Security burn in hell!!

will dominate the world

is the only solution

will dominate the world

is the only solution


ilaha il Allah, Muhammad-ur Rasool Allah

A member of the group was
also telling me, "we will kill you", and "next time
we will get all of NYC". A man punched me in the face,
knocking of my glasses. These were not just a group of
individuals. These people (that started the demonstration) were
men in their 20′s who were radicalized, mostly from the Mid-East,
who were controlled by one elder man. They had great discipline
that you would not see in just a mob. They were also videotaping
this whole incident, with the elder man shouting "film this,
it will get us more recruits." Any way the police came
finally. After a few minutes finding out about the incident, they
took me away alone. This even after I informed them that I was
assaulted, a fact which was verified by a few witnesses. When I
asked the officer why they did not bring the people who assaulted
me in, I was told that "since 9/11 we have to bend over
backwards for them."

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Bin Laden Tape Urges Fight vs. UN Peacekeepers

Posted on 23 April 2006 by Ed Z

Al-Jazeera released a (unconfirmed) Bin Laden audio tape in which,
among other things, urged his followers to take up the fight in Sudan
against the "crusader plunderers" aka: UN Peacekeepers. 
Apparently Bin Laden would prefer uninterrupted genocide.  

"I call on
mujahedeen and their supporters, especially in Sudan and the Arab
peninsula, to prepare for long war again the crusader plunderers
in Western Sudan. Our goal is not defending the Khartoum
government but to defend Islam, its land and its people," bin
Laden purportedly said.,2933,192729,00.html

Bin Laden also criticized the West’s decision to cut off funds to Hamas
led Palestinians.  have an in-depth look at the types of bombs used
by Palestinian suicide bombers.

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McDonald’s Commercial Follow-Up

Posted on 20 April 2006 by Ed Z

Looks like McDonald’s did pull the ad due to complaints.  

While the bleeped spot
generated a few complaints, causing the company to pull it,
Edwards said it’s pretty obvious that they are referring to a
different "F"-word. For instance, the ad copy calls for
the actors to say "for free" instead of just
"free" so that it is clear.

Once again, pushing the envelope is the excuse used for churlishness.

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Folk Marxism

Posted on 20 April 2006 by Ed Z

Leading up to and during the New
York City transit strike
, I noticed a common theme the media carried when
reporting: oppressed vs. oppressors.

 For the union the strike wasn’t just about wages and benefits, it was
also about the belief that the MTA should share its surplus with the workers.

 This worldview of ‘wealth = oppressor’ is brilliantly defined by
Arnold Kling in his essay on Folk

Under folk Marxism, the oppressed class has
inherent moral superiority to the oppressor class — recall the
quote which opens this essay. Class membership trumps individual
character in determining moral standing. It should be no surprise
that this belief could lead to tyranny and wanton murder by
government. It should be no surprise that this belief has failed
to improve the lot of those regarded as "oppressed." It
inverts Martin Luther King’s call to judge people by the content
of their character.

To see Folk Marxism in action, check out NewsBusters piece on Good Morning
America’s class warfare against Dr. William McGuire, head of UnitedHealth Group.

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Common Sense Takes a Back Seat

Posted on 19 April 2006 by Ed Z

Crime is unavoidable, that’s a fact. It’s going to happen, sometimes more
often than not, but no matter what we do to prevent it, we can only reduce the
frequency, not eliminate it all together. One way of reducing the frequency is
to remove ourselves from situations where the likelihood of crime is high. Avoid
dark alleys, don’t talk to strangers, and never hitchhike are common pieces of
advice our mothers told us.

Common sense will keep us out of trouble in a lot of cases. Ann Coulter, in
her recent article, discusses some of the behavior involved in the Duke lacrosse
rape case, Natalee Holloway vanishing in Aruba, and Imette St. Guillen’s murder.
I agree with her when she writes, "Everyone makes mistakes, especially
young people, but the outpouring of support for the victims and their families
is obscuring what ought to be a flashing neon warning for potential future

Not very long ago,
all the precursor behavior in these cases would have been
recognized as vulgar — whether or not anyone ended up dead, raped
or falsely accused of rape. But in a nation of people in constant
terror of being perceived as "judgmental," I’m not sure
most people do recognize that anymore.

It shouldn’t be
necessary to point out that girls shouldn’t be bar-hopping alone
or taking their clothes off in front of strangers, and that young
men shouldn’t be hiring strippers. But we live in a world of Bill
Clinton, Paris Hilton, Howard Stern, Julia Roberts in "Pretty
Woman," Democratic fund-raisers at the


and tax deductions for entertaining clients at strip clubs.

Nobody deserves the crime committed on them, but we’re obligated as a
society to speak up and warn others of actions which may put the odds in the
criminal’s favor.

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Suggesting Concervative Books a No-No at OSU

Posted on 17 April 2006 by Ed Z

I am continually amazed at the hypocrisy of the left, though I know I
shouldn’t be. We’re bombarded daily with images of people likening our
government to Nazis, constant reminders of our shrinking civil liberties, and
the insipid chanting of how the right will lead us to our doom. Yet, time after
time, it is these fist shakers that want to keep you from speaking, reading and

Scott Savage is a reference
librarian at OSU Mansfield and a member of the school’s First
Year Reading Experience Committee. After suggesting that students
read “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian, “The
Professors” by David Horowitz, “Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis”
by Bat Ye’or, and “It Takes a Family” by Sen. Rick Santorum,
Savage was put under “investigation.”

The Alliance Defense Fund
reports that three professors filed a complaint of discrimination
and harassment against Savage because the list of books he
suggested made them feel “unsafe.”

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McDonald’s Changes “Obscene” Commercial?

Posted on 15 April 2006 by Ed Z

Have you seen the McDonald’s commercial where two men are discussing the
economic benefits of meals at the fast food establishment? The shtick is that
when the characters say they got something for "free" it is bleeped
out as if it was another four letter word. After this exchange of maybe ten
bleeps the punch line is "so good a deal, it’s obscene". I actually
first heard this commercial before seeing it, being in another room while the TV
aired it. My first reaction was that they were actually censoring out some
questionable language, but after seeing it a second time I got the joke.
However, I was kind of put off by it; tasteless at best. I’ve never been a fan
of pandering to the lowest common denominator. Recently, I’ve seen the same
commercial with the faux censoring removed and the tagline changed. Did
McDonald’s change this due to complaints? I haven’t heard a peep out of the
media on this. I suspect they did and wanted to keep it low key. Drop a line if
you know anything more about this.

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Comedy Central Won’t Show Muhammed

Posted on 13 April 2006 by Ed Z

The controversial episode of South Park, in which a depiction of
Mohammed was to appear, in the end was edited for broadcasting on Wednesday
night. At the critical moment a black screen appeared with text that read, “Comedy
Central has refused to broadcast an image of Mohammed on their network.”

Parker and Stone were
angered when told by Comedy Central several weeks ago that they
could not run an image of Muhammad, according to a person close to
the show who didn’t want to be identified because of the issue’s

The network’s decision was
made over concerns for public safety, the person said.…

Lesson learned: Violence, rioting, death threats, burning buildings, and
terrorism are the way to go when you don’t want something on TV.

Links for more info:

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