Who says I never let y’all have fun on the weekend?

For your weekend entertainment pleasure — at least if you’re a nerd like me — I present:

Tax Reform: The Game.

Feels like it needs a bit more, huh? How about:

Tax Reform: The Game!

That’s better.

All joking aside, this is a pretty neat interactive site created by Christine Ries, an economist at Georgia Tech and member of the special council on tax reform which the Legislature created three years ago to produce reform recommendations. Reform recommendations it largely went on to ignore, that is.

But, had those recommendations not largely been ignored, there would be no reason for Tax Reform: The Game. In it, Ries has included several of the recommendations the council made. Players can mix and match them — and see how their choices would affect state revenues.

Here’s a preview of what it looks like, though you’ll have to click through one of the links above to actually play the game:

Tax Reform The Game

And if fiscal fun isn’t your idea of a good time this weekend, feel free to use the thread below to discuss other topics.

(H/t to, and more information about the game available at the site of, the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.)

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 10th, 2013
6:11 pm

“You are very good at infering, implying and hair-splitting.”

Actually, I am quite clear in my writings.

It is your lack of English comprehension that fails you at times like these, Indigo.

And in yet another incorrect assumption on your part (but par for the course), I am already retired from the corporate world on my own terms. I work now only when I want to, and to keep myself active with the public.

Your surrender on points and substance is noted and logged.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
6:12 pm

Getting back to some rock and roll, “Rain” by Johnny Winter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwTRii7GG-M

bluecoat

February 10th, 2013
6:15 pm

Even Empty Chair Eastwood feels there should be some cooperation among our leaders.AND if you can not defend then start name calling(idiot)and if you lie go over to Bookman’s site.This train bound for glory,don’t carry nothing but righteous and holy,this train.

CC

February 10th, 2013
6:15 pm

Bruno:

Enough of the rain! How about a rainbow or two? (You have to LOVE this song!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESv2aAsafbc

Dusty

February 10th, 2013
6:15 pm

Indigo

You need to catch up on your reading here. Bruno mentioned recently that he and his partner saw over one huindred patients in one day. Now would that give you a clue that he has a job and a profession in the medical field? Guess guess guess!

Dusty

February 10th, 2013
6:22 pm

Tiberius has mentioned his status away from here several times. Where have you been, Indigo?

MarkV

February 10th, 2013
6:27 pm

Dusty @ 5:59 pm

Dusty,

When it comes to homework, please do not pretend that you have done any. Yes, Kerry received
three purple hearts, a bronze star and a silver star. What are your facts? “Many veterans of that same conflict say that a purple heart every month is improbable at best.” You consider that a fact?

Let’s see what Republican Sen. John Warner, Under Secretary of the Navy at the time, said about Kerry’s silver star: “We did extraordinary, careful checking on that type of medal, a very high one, when it goes through the secretary…I’d stand by the process that awarded that medal, and I think we best acknowledge that his heroism did gain that recognition.”

And what about Commander of the United States Naval Forces in Vietnam at that time, Elmo Zumwalt, about the same: “It is a disgrace to the United States Navy that there’s any inference that the process was anything other than totally honest.”

I have done enough reading about that issue, probably much more than you. But the main point isn’t even that. The main point is that you, trying to attack everybody on the liberal side, and especially those selected by President Obama to serve this country, stoop to unfounded accusations about what a person, who went to defend his country in a very unpopular war, did forty years ago, to discredit him today. That is shameful indeed.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
6:30 pm

Enough of the rain! How about a rainbow or two? (You have to LOVE this song!)

Great pick, CC. I’m sure you’re aware that the Stones have another “rainbow” song in their repertoire called “She’s A Rainbow”. For my friend, Matz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sZLzfm0GZU

Lovers come and go, but friends are forever.

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
6:31 pm

Just checking to see how “eclectic” HD really is.

Eclectic enough to think that Jim Morrison was the least important member of the Doors. ;-)

CC

February 10th, 2013
6:31 pm

Dusty:

Please don’t confuse indigo further. She has enough trouble with factual information as it is and I fear that heaping more upon her mght be considered inhumane! We know how libs hate the inhumane!

CC

February 10th, 2013
6:37 pm

“I’m sure you’re aware that the Stones have another “rainbow” song in their repertoire”

That’s another great one, Bruno!

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 10th, 2013
6:38 pm

“stoop to unfounded accusations about what a person, who went to defend his country in a very unpopular war, did forty years ago,”

Neither Warner nor Zumwalt witnessed Kerry firsthand. His fellow swift boat veterans did. Some paint a different picture, MarkV, so your “unfounded” claim is not only not backed up with facts, but is at least misguided.

As are your politics.

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
6:40 pm

Bruno

Good pick in Kentucky Rain. Written by Eddie Rabbitt and Ronnie Milsap on the piano (most everybody who is anybody got on an Elvis session, sooner or later). According to Milsap, Elvis himself was indirectly responsible for the signature low part on the piano. When they were working it out, they thought it still needed a little something and Elvis said, “Gimme a little thunder there Milsap”. Elvis is also responsible for “Let it bleed”, which was later taken for an album title by the Stones. Elvis liked to record everything live. He was told they would get bleed-over through the mikes and said, “Let it bleed”.

And you didn’t ask but I used to play a little mandolin, before I mangled my hand. ;-)

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
6:44 pm

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
6:49 pm

Bruno mentioned recently that he and his partner saw over one huindred patients in one day. Now would that give you a clue that he has a job and a profession in the medical field? Guess guess guess!

Between our two clinics, we saw more than 600 patients last week. Pretty amazing in this economy. But, please don’t spend too much time guessing about me, let’s just keep thing loose here.

At any rate, my true passion is in math and science, as you know. Since MarkV is so smart, and we Cons are so dumb (in his mind), maybe he can give us a quick synopsis of why Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity is presented in tensor form, rather than using ordinary vectors. Hint: In non-orthogonal coordinate systems, perpendicular projections of a given vector onto the coordinate axes do not form “components” in the same way that parallel projections do, insofar as the perpendicular projections cannot simply be recombined to reconstitute the original vector. By employing the concept of dual basis vectors, however, finding the covariant and contravariant components of a vector becomes straightforward.

I’ll give you a few years to get back to me, Mark.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 10th, 2013
6:51 pm

“Hint: In non-orthogonal coordinate systems, perpendicular projections of a given vector onto the coordinate axes do not form “components” in the same way that parallel projections do, insofar as the perpendicular projections cannot simply be recombined to reconstitute the original vector. By employing the concept of dual basis vectors, however, finding the covariant and contravariant components of a vector becomes straightforward.”

My head hurts . . .

CC

February 10th, 2013
6:53 pm

“I’ll give you a few years to get back to me, Mark.”

Mayve he will be so busy with research that he will only have time for Bookman’s blog? This could be a very nice five year respite for us!

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
6:53 pm

Eclectic enough to think that Jim Morrison was the least important member of the Doors.

LOL–I don’t think you’re the only musician who feels that way.

And you didn’t ask but I used to play a little mandolin, before I mangled my hand.

I actually remembered you mentioning that once already, HD. Damn eidetic memory at work again. ;-)

MarkV

February 10th, 2013
6:58 pm

Bruno @ 6:49 pm

Bruno,

If anybody wants evidence of the weakness of your mind, your post such an evidence. It is truly incredible that an educated person can write such a drivel.

Have I ever claimed a detailed knowledge of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity? Do you have a detailed knowledge of every issue in math and science? What about engineering? What about history?

Or are you simply so stupid to think that you have proved anything?

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
7:03 pm

Bruno

Guitar and bass were what I really played. Never was that great but sure do miss it.

Most folks probably aren’t in to stuff like this but I love watching it. There’s a reason people wind up as legends; because they’re good and they know what they’re doing. It’s more complicated than most folks realize.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNGQudbM3OQ

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
7:04 pm

“Hint: In non-orthogonal coordinate systems, perpendicular projections of a given vector onto the coordinate axes do not form “components” in the same way that parallel projections do, insofar as the perpendicular projections cannot simply be recombined to reconstitute the original vector. By employing the concept of dual basis vectors, however, finding the covariant and contravariant components of a vector becomes straightforward.”

Well, hell…….who don’t know that? :lol:

CC

February 10th, 2013
7:04 pm

Bruno:

“For you, blue eyes:”

Meant to comment on this earlier! What a great song! If there is anything relative to music that Nelson hasn’t done, I somehow missed it! He is truly legendary and has written a LOT of really great music!

Also, no, I don’t play the mandolin. I’ve played around for years on a two-stack harmonica, though, just for my own amusement. Not that good with it . . .

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
7:05 pm

LOL @ Ti and CC.

The concepts which Einstein drew upon to form both the Special Theory of Relativity along with the General Theory of Relativity aren’t that hard to grasp, although expressing those ideas in precise mathematical form is rather daunting. In fact, he had to rely on outside help from some mathematician friends to do that.

In simple terms, Einstein started with the presupposition that there is no “absolute” universal frame of reference ( = coordinate system) by which to measure position or velocity unambiguously. Expressing position and motion in terms of indexed “tensors” avoids the difficulty I mentioned above in which the components of vectors using a non-orthogonal coordinate system don’t “add up” to give back the original vector. BTW, the word “orthogonal” simply refers to the tradition “right angle” coordinate systems we all grew up with in math class.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
7:08 pm

Have I ever claimed a detailed knowledge of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity? Do you have a detailed knowledge of every issue in math and science? What about engineering? What about history?

I’m not sure, but I do know that you’ve mouthed off several times here about how smart you and the rest of your Lib buddies are, and how uninformed Cons are. So, now it’s time to put up or shut up.

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
7:13 pm

I’ve always liked this song and the drums are played by Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominoes fame, etc). It isn’t noted for that but this is some of the best “for the song” drumming you’ll ever hear, in my opinion. Really nice cymbal work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9iJ1sUDF6g

MarkV

February 10th, 2013
7:17 pm

Bruno @ 7:08 pm

You are only continuing to show your stupidity. First of all, I have never “mouthed off several times here about how smart” I am. So you are starting with a lie right there. If you want to claim that, present the evidence. And most certainly I have never claimed the type of knowledge of the topic you have suggested. Give me one good reason why I should answer you idiotic question. So you now put up or shut up.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
7:21 pm

I’ve always liked this song and the drums are played by Jim Gordon (Derek & the Dominoes fame, etc). It isn’t noted for that but this is some of the best “for the song” drumming you’ll ever hear, in my opinion. Really nice cymbal work.

One of the most talented drummers I ever saw live was Andy Ward, who made his name in the group “Camel” in the mid 70s, and played briefly in the group you and I both like called “Marillion”. He didn’t play as many beats per seconds as some more well-known drummers, but he had a great touch, striking the drums and cymbals with just the right amount of force.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsBWLGdDHkw

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 10th, 2013
7:26 pm

“And most certainly I have never claimed the type of knowledge of the topic you have suggested.”

But you did claim detailed knowledge of Kerry’s actions in Vietnam “I have done enough reading about that issue, probably much more than you”, yet can’t seem to find any facts from people who actually witnessed them to corroborate your alleged “knowledge” of same.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
7:28 pm

Kinda long, but this live version of “Lady Fantasy” by Camel is great:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAfhNaJ9b68

I was lucky enough to see Camel at the Roxy in LA in 1978.

MarkV

February 10th, 2013
7:28 pm

Tiberius @7:26 pm

“But you did claim detailed knowledge of Kerry’s actions in Vietnam.”

Tiberius lying again. No surprise there.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 10th, 2013
7:29 pm

MarkV is desperately flailing again.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
7:30 pm

I gotta say, Kyle should be impressed with us upon his return on Monday. In addition to burying Bookman’s blog, we ran the musical gamut from Eno to Camel to songs about the rain. ;-)

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
7:33 pm

he had a great touch, striking the drums and cymbals with just the right amount of force.

Can’t remember who it was but I once heard somebody say a good drummer “should be felt and not heard”. I tend to agree with that.

Ward was good at that.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 10th, 2013
7:42 pm

The only thing I know about drummers is:

KRUPA !!!!

h/t to the Muppets Animal . . . ;)

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
7:53 pm

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
7:55 pm

CC

February 10th, 2013
7:59 pm

Tib:

“The only thing I know about drummers is: KRUPA !!!!”

I had the opportunity to see/hear Krupa in NYC. He was truly a great drummer!

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
8:01 pm

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
8:03 pm

One more Camel song. Long live prog-rock.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBWGjT-XV6g

md

February 10th, 2013
8:04 pm

“Kind of like Gore’s out-of-sight electric bills and frequent use of his private jet while simultaneously lecturing everyone else about the dangers of fossil fuels??”

Let’s not forget the irony of the tidy profit he just made selling Current TV to……..drum roll please……an entity partially funded by the oil rich State of Qatar…….

It’s estimated that he will make about $70 million, of which how much is directly related to oil???

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
8:05 pm

They have introduced preferred pharmacies for Medicare Part D patients that advertise lower co-pays or eliminates them.

In my profession, waiving copays or deductibles is illegal.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
8:10 pm

It all makes quite a bit of difference, though less now than it might have just before the election. Clinton’s response was so loaded with explosive potential, it’s a mystery why no one on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attempted to provide an answer.

Most important is the possibility that those four American lives might have been saved. More prosaically, it is possible that President Barack Obama’s re-election might not have been assured had possible incompetence at the highest levels been highlighted sooner rather than … now.

HD–I have no doubt that our response, or lack thereof, was politically motivated. So close to the election, Obama most likely just wanted the whole affair to go away.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
8:14 pm

Bringing it all back home, here’s “Rain Dances” by Camel. Even if you don’t like the music, Rain Dances features one of the sexiest album covers of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPrK6i3nOGw

md

February 10th, 2013
8:14 pm

“So close to the election, Obama most likely just wanted the whole affair to go away.”

And our non reporting media outlets responding accordingly…….

CC

February 10th, 2013
8:18 pm

“And, as now-retired Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said to congressional questioners during her appearance on Capitol Hill: What difference does it make?”

“Those words, uttered impatiently, came in response to a question from Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., about what the administration knew and when. Specifically, he asked why the administration sent U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice around to Sunday talk shows with talking points that we now know were incorrect.”

Those words uttered by Hillary Clinton, “What difference does it make?” are the sum and substance of the current administration. In my opinion, the feeling of Obama and his appointees is that it is permissible to intentionally mislead, conceal or lie about anything and everything to the American people.

Bruno

February 10th, 2013
8:18 pm

Looks like the Grammys just got started. I read where they warned the ladies to not show too much skin this year. Whoever came up with that policy needs to be shot. My only hope for this year is that the no-talent Nicki Minaj isn’t given any air time.

Catch you guys on Monday.

Hillbilly D

February 10th, 2013
8:20 pm

Bruno

Mail order meds is a pet peeve of mine. At least in my experience, you have to buy from the mail order place or insurance won’t pay. At least in some cases, the insurance company owns at least part of the mail order place. I’ve had my own local pharmacist show me that the mail order place is charging retail price, less than he would charge. However, you buy from him, you pay it all yourself or buy from the mail order place and the insurance pays minus a co-pay. It’s a friggin’ racket.

On Hilary’s testimony, I thought the Senators let her get away with a deflection. She trotted out the “anger” and the “what does it matter?” and never answered the question. The whole thing was done under perfect control. It was a grand performance and nobody called her on it.

I agree it was all politically motivated. It went against the “everything in the Middle East is under control” story line that was being pushed. And to admit it was a planned attack, which they knew from almost the beginning, would’ve looked bad for the narrative. I realize these things can happen, any time, any place but on 9/11, of all days, every outpost in the world should be on high alert. Second, the “it was the movie” nonsense was just that. That was a total dodge. Even I knew from day one, it was a planned attack. You don’t drop mortar rounds on a safe house, without some pre-planning and co-ordination. The attack had been in the planning for some time, obviously.

CC

February 10th, 2013
8:21 pm

HD:

Both were good articles. I’m afraid the days of the local drugstore are numbered and they will go the way of the local hardware stores and general stores in the wake of Home Depot and Wal-Mart. I, for one, am sorry to see these changes . . .

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 10th, 2013
8:22 pm

Obama most likely just wanted the whole affair to go away.

It pretty much did, you have to hand it to him, he knows how to get away with things. Maybe it is just lots of experience, with getting away with things, Choom Gang and all.

md

February 10th, 2013
8:22 pm

” In my opinion, the feeling of Obama and his appointees is that it is permissible to intentionally mislead, conceal or lie about anything and everything to the American people.”

And evidently it is true as the man was just re-elected. I’m not sure how to interpret that…are his supporters also just turning a blind eye or are they just tuned out to what is really happening around them?