The Campaign For DA

5.29.2017

Random Monday Morning Thoughts


  • Who is the hardest working man in show business?
    "This guy" = Me
  • There's a Letter to the Editor in the Messenger this weekend which I almost disregarded as a crazy rant about property taxes -- until I thought about it. Stay with me here. Almost all taxes are a one time thing. You buy something and you pay sales tax. You make money for a year and you pay income tax on it. But property tax is weird. You own the same piece of land every year and you don't sell it but you get taxed on its value annually. That perpetual taxation seems wrong. 
  • Trump's back! Once he saw the TV coverage of NATO leaders laughing during  his speech when he scolded them for not paying their "fair share", he fired off this (which is a bold face lie.)
  • But there's no better Trump than Angry Trump:
  • If Mrs. LL doesn't stop videoing me when I don't know it, I'll be on Wise County CSI in a month. 
  • By the way, she went to a garage sale this weekend and came back with an inflatable boat and a trolling motor. She took it out and was met the Game Warden. 
  • Oh, she made me watch The Princess Bride this weekend. Here is a crazy movie review: I think it is like Star Wars. I didn't understand what was going on in either one of them! Is it too much to ask for a little back story?
  • A loyal reader and fan of Wise County history asked me this. Any answers?: "A long time ago near Alvord (?) . . .  . there was a country music festival. I actually prowled around the left over rotten, remaining structures years after the fact. Somebody told me Conway Twitty played there or he was supposed to play and the whole thing never got off the ground? My guess is it happened or did not happen in the 1970s?! The guy who showed it to me even reported the detail of the stars being transported by helicopter from DFW." Did it happen?
  • "I love you, Jane." How old is she?
  • Best moment at the Colonial: 
  • No one understands Trump as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She shockingly said yesterday, "“The times when we could fully rely on others [she means us] are to some extent over -- I experienced that in the last few days.We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands.” Translated: Who can depend upon that guy?
  • What a crazy crash at Indy: 

  • This picture from U2's Joshua Tree concert in Arlington on Friday is really, really great.
  • "(CNN) A [Navy Seal] of the US Navy's skydiving team was killed Sunday when his parachute malfunctioned during a team jump."
  • JFK was born 100 years ago today.

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes it did go on. I was there, actually drove my truck up to within 50 yards of the stage not many people were there in the evening when I got there. Nobody taking money to get in either. Ray Price was on stage !

wordkyle said...

"We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands." - Why is this a new or radical concept? If Trump caused them to start taking more responsibility for themselves, why wouldn't that be a good thing?

Anonymous said...


NATO does not write checks. I guess his lie about the money is pouring in is into trump's or kuschner's pockets. The lies keep getting bigger and more scandalous.

Harry Hamid said...

How can the stories on Trump be BOTH fake news made up by the media and criminal leaks warranting prosecution of the insider leakers?

Jeff Buckley drowned 20 years ago today.

Anonymous said...

As long as, after one year of paying property taxes, someone is not allowed to send kids to public schools, or drive on any public roads, or ever call the fire department, or ever use city water, or benefit at all from any ongoing service paid for by annual property taxes, I'd be fine with someone only paying property taxes for one year.

Anonymous said...

There are always a bunch of people that don't want to pay taxes, but do want to use ongoing conveniences and services that taxes fund. They just want others to pay.

Anonymous said...

The country music festival did happen in the early 1980s. Bill Mack was the promoter and did a terrible job. No crowd showed up. Some acts didn't have to perform because of contract minimums. Some did short sets and left. Don't remember all the acts, but they were a lot of A-list.

Anonymous said...

Property taxes are a pretty good deal. Think of those taxes as "dues" that you pay for all the ongoing services funded by property taxes. The system could be better, but it's what we've got after a long, long time of trial and error.

mzchief said...

I am no fan of taxation but property taxes are the fairest form of taxation in the US. The person who is being taxed actually gets to determine how much they want to spend in property taxes based on how much they ELECT to spend on their home. If someone doesn't want to pay insane property taxes, they buy a modest home in a low tax area. As for why property taxes are perpetual, people perpetually use the services paid for by their property taxes. Such as streets, law enforcement, fire protection as well as the basic cost of state, county and city government.

Property taxes are nothing more than annual dues paid, based on the value of a home, in a particular area. Property taxes are much like the monthly/annual dues paid to a Home Owners Association.

Anonymous said...

Jane is 61, and looking good.

DF Father Time

Anonymous said...

The Alvord venue was called Oak Ridge Ranch or some such. I really do not know for sure.

McGarry looks better than she did in her droopy drunk mugshot from 5 years ago. She looks ok for a women her age now. Maybe she attended the Laura Bush Driving Academy.

Anonymous said...

Is ambulance service provided in our county taxes? If I need an ambulance will they also charge my insurance or myself if uninsured?

Anonymous said...

Yeah Barry, Merkel is a real genius. She committed cultural suicide by allowing the immigration of hundreds of thousands of middle easterners into Western Europe.

Anonymous said...

Almost all taxes are a one time thing. You buy something and you pay sales tax. You make money for a year and you pay income tax on it. But property tax is weird. You own the same piece of land every year and you don't sell it but you get taxed on its value annually. That perpetual taxation seems wrong. 

Just now figuring this out, are you?

Beyond wow!

Anonymous said...

Breaking News:

Tiger Woods arrested for drunk driving.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/police-tiger-woods-arrested-florida-dui-155007069.html

wordkyle said...

I'm not disagreeing with anyone about the property tax thing, but aren't all those services also used by folks who don't pay property taxes?

Anonymous said...

Jane McGarry in a leather skirt kicking it back in Italy? Somebody pack me in ice before I combust in flames. Hot!

DF Mike Snyder

ps - that's 61 years of lusciousness

Anonymous said...

Monsieur Trump had better be careful. I will break his hand next time, not just bruise it.

DF President of France Macron

Anonymous said...

10:29 AM wow, Jane is 61? She does look great..I would have guessed early 50's. Bet she still likes her wine too...I would really miss her if I didn't quit watching TV news.

Anonymous said...

Well, WK it is clear you don't understand the concept of mutual aid. We'll make note of that if we ever get a call regarding a home fire at your address. You can look after to your own situation.

DF Lubbock Volunteer Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Those boys looking to sell those Indy 500 cars? I'll even sweep up the little pieces.

DF Red's Wrecking Yard and Parts Depot

wordkyle said...

BG, which part of Trump's tweet are you calling a "bold faced lie?"

Anonymous said...

That concert series was July 2nd through July 4th, 1982 at the Oak Ridge Ranch near Alvord. Among the artists that were booked were: Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Jr, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Michael Martin Murphey, The Sons of the Pioneers, Faron Young, Mel McDaniel, Bill Monroe, and Jerry Clower. Below is a link to Billboard magazine from June 1982 with details.

Billboard Magazine June 1982

Anonymous said...

Former director of national intelligence James Clapper reiterated on Sunday that he saw no “smoking gun” evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government

“I have to say, at the time I left, I did not see any smoking gun certitude evidence of collusion."

Will you liberal weenie snowflakes now focus you attention on Obammy spying on Trump?

Anonymous said...

It's been almost 8 years since Ted Kennedy has had a drink.

Anonymous said...

I've been posting since 10:00 this morning. I guess the hardest working man in show business took the rest of the day off.

Anonymous said...

Property taxes....

Kinda funny? Did you REALLY think about it Barry?

Anonymous said...

To Wordkyle...

You keep using big words like responsibility, accountability you will surely be banned from this handicapped liberal daily blathering.

Keep up the good work my friend!

Anonymous said...

Nancy Pelosi said it...of course Barry failed to report it.


Paraphrasing: (Difficult to generate an exact quote from this blundering idiot)

"If you vote Democrat in the mid terms and we get a majority...I GUARANTEE we will pass legislation to up the minumum wage to $15 an hour in the first 100 hours of taking over."

What a lunatic....you own her you liberal losers!!

Triple Fake... said...

"Is it too much to ask for a little back story?"
It's been a while since I've seen it, but don't they explain the crap out of everything that's happening, including V.O. narration provided by the storytelling grandpa? What else do you need to know?

"We Europeans must really take our destiny into our own hands"
There's no translation necessary for that. They're a powerful economic and political bloc. And they should take the lead in defense of their region, with US as backup in NATO (including the cost), instead of the other way around

Anonymous said...

If about a year's worth of Russian election meddling occurred most of it was during the Obama administration. If you believe it happened, why aren't you pissed that they were all too busy siccing the IRS on conservatives and Grubering you about Obamacare to notice this flagrant invasion of our sovereignty?

Barry, you are truly an idiot to be swallowing all this Russia jazz at this point"

Anonymous said...

You know that "a" should be an "i" , right?

wordkyle said...

1149 - Why the hostility?

Anonymous said...

I "paid off" my house last year, except I still pay about 650 dollars in taxes and insurance...paying your house off is overrated. What about renting? you don't have to worry about pesky taxes and insurance, that seems to be a pretty good deal...

Anonymous said...

Roads were mentioned as a service for paying taxes. Has anybody drove thru Decatur or Bridgeport on the residential streets? That's where the tax payers live. It took the city over 2 months to repair one intersection right down from my house. It did rain once and was supposed to rain another time but didn't and I know that adds 2 weeks to each repair. If you don't want to pay taxes RENT and don't Lease.

Anonymous said...

Here is a crazy movie review: I think it is like Star Wars.

I do not think it is like what you think it is like.

- DF I. Montoya

Harry Hamid said...

6:41: Renters do have to pay those things. Property taxes are passed onto renters through the cost of rent. I've been renting a townhouse for years, and I can predict how much my rent will go up by looking at appraisal ditrict increases and dividing it by 12.

And most rental agreements require renters to have renter's insurance.

Anonymous said...

Actually worked security at the concert . Had horses and had a good time ! Bill Mack was a promoter but had just thrown his fit and got blackballed ! Roy Clark was also there . Willy and Waylan were in were in Kansas or somewhere up that way !Hell of a setup !About ten of Wise county's money men invested in it ! Bob Bowen was the landowner !Music was continous from about nine till way after midnight !

Anonymous said...

Some simpletons here seem to think you can avoid property taxes by renting. Please note that your landlord pays the taxes but his costs are passed on to the renter. If you live here, you pay the taxes one way or the other.

Anonymous said...

About time Europe started standing on their own....we shouldn't be their baby sitters, time to pull ALL of our troops out of the middle east and Korea too.

mzchief said...

REALLY! People actually believe renters don't pay taxes? Who the HELL do you think pays the taxes? Taxes and insurance are a portion of the cost of rent. Do you dolts actually believe the property owner rents their property for less than it costs them to insure, maintain and fund the taxes of the rental?

How do some of you people make it through life with ZERO critical thinking skills? You have to be the same people who haven't figured out that paying $15.00 minimum wage raises the cost of EVERYTHING everyone purchases because employers just pass the cost on to the people who purchase their goods and services just like property owners do to renters.

Just a FYI! EVERYONE who pays a mortgage or rent pays property taxes because the cost of taxes is included in their monthly payment.

wordkyle said...

Okay, logic seems to have left the building. Using the "renters pay property taxes" argument means everyone pays for everything. Yes, our economic system is intertwined and a complex matrix of codependent transactions. But come on. The renter moves away, the property taxes on that property still have to be paid. If it sits empty, the property taxes still have to be paid. The renter can move away from the tax; the property owner can't.

Anonymous said...

Why must we pay a sales tax every time we sell a used car?

Why does a volunteer fire dept not use red diesel?

Anonymous said...

WK, think about it this way:
The most basic regularly repeating overhead costs of doing business as a landlord are: property taxes, insurance, and property maintenance. Landlords subtract those costs from rents collected to calculate their net profit. In commercial property leases, many landlords pass on those costs to their tenants overtly, in the form of "triple net" leases. I cut the checks to the taxing entities, insurance company, and landscapers, dumpster provider, etc., but I send my tenants a copy of all the those statements, and they each pay their pro-rata share of those bills. I don't believe that is common practice in residential property, but those costs are most certainly included in the rent charged to tenants, and are subtracted from rents collected before a landlord calculates their profit for the property. As in your example, while the property sits vacant, the landlord has no one to pass the cost to, and the property shows a negative cash flow (loses money on the investment) for that time. The renter can move away from the tax on the property they previously inhabited, but they will pay tax on whatever they move to, whether they rent or purchase.

wordkyle said...

620 - Think about it this way:

Your observation confirms what I said earlier -- Everyone pays for everything. The income from the renter pays the owner's property taxes, his income taxes, his medical bills, his insurance, his groceries, his child's education, his vacations, his mortgage, and so on and so on. Walmart shoppers pay for Walmart shareholders' property taxes, income taxes, medical bills, etc. You eat a Big Mac, the same result.

You send, you say, tenants a list of select items that you choose to share. Do you also send them your grocery bill? Your pet's vet bill? The hotel bill from where you spend your vacations? They're also paying for those. Rent paid to the landlord is fungible.

Ultimately, though, if you don't pay your property taxes you, and you alone, lose the property. The dilution of the renter's contribution, along with the lack of responsibility and accountability for the property taxes (as a natural consequence of the transaction; the renter paid for and received what he agreed to) is the point of my statement.