CAN YOU STAY AWAY FROM THE DARKSIDE?
CAN YOU STAY AWAY FROM THE DARKSIDE?
BUT NOT FOR LONG WITH MOONBEAM ON THE JOB
By Marty Carlson
1) Pennsylvania, 68.7 cents per gallon
2) Washington, 62.9 cents per gallon
3) New York, 60.72 cents per gallon
4) Hawaii, 60.39 cents per gallon
5) California, 58.83 cents per gallon
The bulk of the Golden State’s gas taxes comes from its excise tax of 30 cents per gallon. The state also collects a 2.25% sales tax on gasoline, plus applicable district taxes.
Faced with a massive failure on the state’s part to pay out pensions to public servants, California Governor Jerry Brown has opted to do what Democrats do best: raise taxes. The targets this time are gas and vehicle registration, which are expected to go up by 42% and 141% respectively. After 9 years of taxes going up by 50% in the state, it is obvious that this will do nothing but irritate Californians even further as they are penalized for Sacramento’s inability to get its act together:
“Democrat governors have been regularly spiking gas taxes and vehicle registration fees for decades. But 12 years ago, voters recalled Democrat Gov. Gray Davis after he pushed the state legislature to pass a vehicle registration fee increase from $46 to $158.
The legislature cancelled the increase and Democrats have avoided gas and vehicle increases since. When the Assembly tried to revive a gasoline tax last year, the issue was dropped after polls showed 63 percent voter opposed any increase.
Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger destroyed his popularity by pushing through the Proposition 1-A high-speed rail initiative in 2008 that added about 11 cents a gallon to the price of gasoline — for a project now referred to by Bloomberg News as a “fiasco.”
Gov. Brown’s willingness to try raising gasoline taxes by 17 cents a gallon, and on vehicle registration fees by $65, is a sign of the insolvency risk from the exploding cost of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) public pensions. Brown’s draft 2017-2018 budget already includes a $524 million increase for the public pension contribution. That amounts to an 11 percent increase over this year’s $5.3 billion cost.”
And they are always saying they want to look out for the poor and indigent.
28 YR OLD TEACHER CAUGHT WITH 14 YR OLD STUDENT
by Marty Carlson
The mother of a 14-year-old Dallas middle school student told police she tracked the source of some suspicious text messages to a teacher at her son’s school.
Dallas ISD police say a middle school teacher was being blackmailed by a teenage student she was sleeping with. Apparently, Thao “Sandy” Doan, who was a teacher at Raul Quintanilla Middle School in Dallas, and paid about $28,000 of extortion money to the student after he threatened to tell police about their relationship.
Law enforcement investigation found out the boy was receiving nude photos and sexually suggestive text from the teacher, that led to a deeper investigation into what was eventually discovered to be a sexual relationship that included multiple incident of intercourse.
One text message that the boy had sent to the teacher stated:
“AINT B’SING WATCH IMA GETTING PICS AND EVERYTHING READY TO SHOW THE COPS. RIGHT I AINT PLAYING.”
The mother said that text messages, that were also noted in court documents, tipped her off to the son’s alleged blackmail of the teacher. She later learned the teacher is accused of having sex with her son when he was 14 years old.
The mother also stated that the sun had large amounts of cash all the sudden and he started getting into drugs, drinking, and leaving the house for long periods of time. The mother said that sometimes he would just disappear and she had to go out looking for him.
The boy is not expected to face any criminal charges on his extortion activities, or his drug and alcohol binging. But my guess is he’ll be popular in school for a while before dropping out and going into a general state of perpetual dysfunction.
At 14 years, he’s got quite a road ahead of him.
WHAT THE FUCK?
Foul-mouthed people may be the most honest
by Marty Carlson
Somebody recently sent me an article from a publication in the UK citing new research suggests that people who refrain from swearing may often be the most dishonest and devious.
Others who are fond of blunt honesty through profanity are likely to be the most honest in any given group. This is per the academics at the University of Cambridge.
The study asked 276 participants to list their favorite swearword to gauge how fond they were of colorful language.
They were given a survey asking them to agree or disagree with statements such as “I never lie” and “all my habits are good” to assess their propensity for mistruths.
One of the authors of the study said the correlation may stem from constraints imposed by social convention. Citing if you’re trying to follow the short social norms than seeing what you really feel, you are saying what people want to hear.
With that in mind he states you are not being very honest.
It must be noted they did not look at extreme dishonesty such as fraud, so it is still a question there is other links to more extreme behavior.
Apparently though the findings corroborate research in the United States that states that A high level of swearing that there is an honesty level of lower crime.
Citing some states like New Jersey, with a lot of people that use profanity regularly, they were found to rank highly on this state integrity index. And states like Utah and other similar places where bad language is a relatively rarity saw higher levels of fraud or similar offenses.
One author also stated that “at least people who swear are telling you what they really think.”
He also added “if people actually said what they think all the time, would that really be a good thing?”
DAWG Fucking thinks so.
The researchers also examined 75,000 Facebook postings, and said there was a similar correlation to the findings. Citing that people who regularly posted short, simple messages were the least likely to swear.
Researchers claim simple statements are already known to be associated with dishonesty, because liars find it hard to make up complicated sentences.
In my personal experiences, I find that to be a very true statement.
The study was published in the Journal of social psychological and personality science.
So please tell me “WHAT THE FUCK” you guys think.