* Good news. Apparently Obama has no idea what people pay in taxes. He said he pays a lower tax rate than a teacher, which isn’t even close to being true. Of course, as we all know from people like Timothy Geithner, these people don’t even pay taxes — that’s for lesser people. And the exact rate is inconsequential anyway; all they know is it needs to be higher no matter what it is.
Of course, I’m for making sucky politicians pay 100% tax rate. You mess up the country like this, you should beg on the streets for the rest of your life. It’s only fair — and don’t they like “fairness”?
* Rick Perry sorta apologized for calling people “heartless” who oppose subsidizing illegal immigrants going to college. Yeah, we just love that. The country is going bankrupt, but we’re heartless for not wanting to help pay people here illegally to have the huge privilege of going to college. And how many hundreds of thousands am I going to need to save up to send Buttercup to college in eighteen years? How about we have illegal aliens work to pay off our student loans first, and then maybe our hearts will warm to them.
* Most Americans are opposed to giving the Palestinians their own state. I guess we need another terror sponsoring state like we need another hole in a destroyer.
Can’t we compromise and give them their own island somewhere… one they can’t get off of?
* A terrorist was plotting to hit the Pentagon with bomb-laden remote control planes when the FBI got him. I remember after 9/11 how sure we were there would be more terror attacks because it just seemed so easy: Just put a bomb in a shopping mall or even just run into a crowded area and start shooting. But instead the terrorists seem to be focusing on all these convoluted plots they can’t pull off because I guess they think that’s what they’re supposed to do. Finally a benefit of Hollywood misleading people.
* Scientists have found that magnets can make people lie. Well, there’s a great new excuse for someone caught in lie. “Sorry, I didn’t mean to lie to you honey, but… I was near refrigerator magnets.”
Magnets: We don’t know how the @#$% they work, but they’ll help us make up an explanation.
* Amazon has unveiled its own tablet PC, the Kindle Fire, and it’s only $199 — $300 less than cheapest iPad. They also have new eInk Kindles with touch screens and they start under a hundred. It was only a couple years ago SarahK bought her Kindle 2 for nearly $400. Don’t you love capitalism? Socialism has not and will not give you cheap, shiny new devices to play with.
Also, since there is now a full color screen to work with on the Kindle Fire, graphic novels are going to start coming to Kindle. And I was getting so used to reading books without pictures (based on recommendations, I’m currently reading Mistborn and quite enjoying it).
Anyway, make sure you have a nice device for reading my ebook when it comes out in November (though worse comes to worst, Amazon has a in-browser e-reader that can be used by anything that can access a website — so no excuses!).
* Along with DC comics’ big reboot, there’s a new Aquaman series which had its first issue come out yesterday — and IGN gave it a 9.0 (out of 10, not 100 — really). I haven’t read it yet; like all of DC’s new comics, it’s available the same day as print on the iPad, but I’m just pretty averse to paying $3 for a digital comic. You can’t ask print price for digital; just doesn’t work.
* Wisdom of the Day: “Rick Perry supporting in-state tuition for illegals is a lot less ridiculous than Romney’s claim that there’s nothing wrong with SS.” -Keder
* Here’s one of the best examples of real-life imitating the Onion. Here’s one of my favorite Onion videos:
And this is why satire is so hard.