Maggie’s Teatime Links

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

(Thanks to Radley for the first four items, to Amy Alkon for the fifth and to Mike Siegel for the sixth.)

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31 Responses to “Maggie’s Teatime Links”

  1. #1 |  Jay | 

    I think that should be Bowling Green, Ohio not Kentucky.

  2. #2 |  Bob | 

    The IRS demands $40 million in inheritance taxes for an item which is literally worthless.

    But the IRS needs this money! The pile they already have burning is starting to die down. Quick, Ben! Switch the presses to turbo mode! We need more!

  3. #3 |  M | 

    Darn, if it was Kentucky, I’d finally have an excuse to tape my kids’ mouths shut when we visit grandma.

  4. #4 |  StrangeOne | 

    I read the cracked article this morning. It’s good to see criticism of police action popping up in places that don’t normally talk about police issues. That means the issues are making headway into the mainstream and reform (if at all possible) becomes politically viable.

  5. #5 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    Simply because something can’t be sold doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a value. Trust funds have all kinds of things which can’t be sold, and you now want them zero-rated for tax purposes?

  6. #6 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Is it just me, or does it seem to anyone else that if the IRS insists that an inheritance has a value in excess of what it can be sold for, the IRS should be required to accept the item in question as payment for that much in taxes?

  7. #7 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Leon Wolfeson,

    Since I believe that one of the biggest problems with our government is that it gets its paws on entirely too goddamned much money, yes.

  8. #8 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #1 – Oops, sorry about that. Fixed! At least it’s not as bad as the time I confused Ottawa, Ohio with Ottawa, Canada. Ohio needs to stop naming its towns after more famous ones in other places! ;-)

  9. #9 |  burgers |

  10. #10 |  Jeff R | 

    From the IRS story, based on the excerpt of the law cited, it appears that possession of that piece of artwork is also a felony.

  11. #11 |  R. Pointer | 

    Normally I click one or or two links; after clicking the first four in new tabs because of the headline, I wonder if you are just a great headline writer or the world is going to shit.

  12. #12 |  Jeremy |

  13. #13 |  R. Pointer | 

    They should give that bald eagle as a donation to the IRS and let them sell it and pay the taxes. FUUuuuuuuuuuuuccccck

  14. #14 |  Lefty | 

    to think an assault victim would get a worse punishment than her attackers is the very opposite of justice.

  15. #15 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    #11 – Credit where it’s due: The fourth one is verbatim from Radley’s “tweet” on it, and the third is pretty close. The others are all mine, though. :-)

  16. #16 |  Fascist Nation | 

    Goat man? Did he have a flute?

  17. #17 |  celticdragonchick | is a little bit like the Daily Show. You laugh, and then you realize that the joke is meant to point your attention to something really, really fucked up.

  18. #18 |  John C. Randolph | 

    If you own something worth $65M and the government won’t let you sell it, that’s a “taking” under the fourth amendment definition, and the heirs should inform the government to deduct any tax owing from the compensation that they are due.


  19. #19 |  Robert Chambers | 

    More puppycide:

  20. #20 |  qwints | 

    So who is currently possessing the eagle? I don’t think the estate can plausibly argue that it’s worthless because it’s illegal to possess and then proceed to possess it.

  21. #21 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @7 – Ah, well sure, you want the rich to be able to avoid tax, sorry, no brainer. Shame about the rest of us.

  22. #22 |  C.E. | 

    Holy cow. I have no respect for Mitt Romney, or even Republicans in general, but I will be happy when Rep. Pelosi inevitably loses her seat in Congress.

    We should have a hypocrisy clearing house to track this sort of nonsense. I wonder how many politicians would not be represented on such a list.

  23. #23 |  Other Sean | 


    You’ve been coming here long enough to know the strict libertarian position on this matter.

    The only thing that should be taxed is the dreams of poor people, and the only thing government revenue should be spent for is to drain the lifeblood of the workers, preferably though a series of needless wars.

    Killing endangered species to fill our art collections is merely a lifestyle option exercised by some libertarians. It is not what defines us.

    I’d be glad to explain this further, but I’ve got a party meeting in 15 minutes, and tonight is my turn to lead the group in cartoonishly evil laughter. They’re counting on me. I can’t let them down.

  24. #24 |  Rick H. | 

    Other Sean,

    Your comment was so humorous, my monocle nearly toppled into a snifter of orphans’ tears.

  25. #25 |  Leon Wolfeson | 

    @23 – Yes, and it’s radically different to your Corporatist views. (And that’s only right-Libertarian, NOT left-Libertarian, for that matter).

    I’m taking you literally, of course.

  26. #26 |  Burgers Allday | 

    Yeah, Other Sean can bring teh funny. I luv him the way old T. used to luv that funny blogger who went away around 2005 (spacing on the name — I seem to recall that he made up a lot of words and was surreal). Not IOZ. Years before that. Maybe Mr. Balko ‘members.

  27. #27 |  Stephen | 

    That cracked article was great. Especially the part about dry counties. I’ve always said that dry counties and zoning laws are killing people and that there should be a bar on every street corner. People always look at me like I’m crazy when I say that. Good to see some numbers that support what I see as obvious.

  28. #28 |  Gentry Semper Fi | 

    Story of Savannah Dietrich: Good for you, “You Go Girl” Stay Strong and Good Luck.. May the POS Scumbags and the Plea Dealing Prosecutor get everything thats coming to them and a “Special Place” in HELL AS WELL!!

  29. #29 |  Hal 10000 | 

    I went to college in a town with two schools — one dry, one wet. The dry campus had a HUGE problem with students going into town, getting smashed and driving back. And an even bigger problem with RA’s not knowing how to deal with drunk students.

  30. #30 |  Maggie’s Wednesday Links | The Agitator | 

    […] the first item, Radley for the next three, Furry Girl for the fifth, and Agitatortot Robert Chambers for the sixth.) Digg it |  reddit | |  […]

  31. #31 |  fwb | 

    People. EVERYONE misses the point of the $40 million tax and penalty. The federal government MUST grant just compensation for EVERY penny they take. In this case, the feds need to prove what the just compensation is that these heirs are receiving. This requirement is in the 5th amendment, an amendment that circumscribes EVERY conflicting power granted in the prior Constitution. So I’d like to see a written statement of what the government is doing special for these folks that the government is not doing for the rest of us. Before you argue, note the 5th amendment is about PRIVATE property, which is much more than simple real property.

    AND the federal government has no constitutional authority to assess tax penalties. IF the feds have the power to penalize in the area of taxes, which is a power granted in Article I, Section 8, WHERE does that power derive from? If you say, “Implied” or “Necessary and proper”, WHY were the specific punishment grants that occur in Article I, Section 8 necessary? If the power to punish nonpayment of taxes through a fine just exists because, the same claim would apply to the power to punish counterfeiting, yet the Framers RECOGNIZED that there was no punishment power even WITH the necessary and proper clause.