"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."

"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."

"I thank all Police, you are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages. America is surely at the tipping point."

Just a few quotes (in case it’s hard to read) from that collection of donation messages for Darren Wilson.

Does anyone else want to say it’s not about race?

"I wouldve donated double this amount but you missed his accomplice" I swear to fucking god…

And another thing that is really starting to tick me off: “The media is not covering what’s going on in Ferguson. The newspapers are ignoring these stories.”

Uhhhhh, to decide what the newspapers are and are not covering requires you to actually read the newspapers. These stories are being covered quite thoroughly and well, actually. Remember the journalists being arrested and such? Yeah, they were covering what’s going on in Ferguson.


You almost have to evade taxes, you’re expected to. Smart businesses evade taxes; responsible Americans evade taxes. It’s the responsible thing to do.

This is essentially what I heard a Republican talk show host say on the radio today. The only reason I’m not putting it into quotation marks is that I don’t remember exactly how he said it, except that “It’s the responsible thing to do” is an exact quote. I remember that crystal clear because I’ve been absolutely furious FURIOUS about it all day.

Look, I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat or Green or a member of the tea party, etc., YOU DO NOT ENCOURAGE BREAKING THE LAW. That is not, nor will it ever be, the “responsible thing to do.” You don’t agree with the tax system? Then you fricking finance and vote for a politician who campaigns on tax reform pledges, like a responsible American. THAT is “the responsible thing to do.” Don’t you dare enjoy the plentiful benefits of living and doing business in this country, then break the law and leave your fellow countrymen to carry your bill. You people who say things like “I don’t want to pay for your health care” and “I don’t want to pay for some welfare queen’s six babies” or “I don’t want to pay for anyone’s drug addiction” — Well, I don’t want to pay for fricking corporations enjoying massive profits and then refusing to pay their fair share of taxes; I happily pay my taxes on what meager living I make only to see someone who makes 400% more than I do try to sneak out of paying their fair share. You corporations that don’t want to pay to help keep your government running, you should think about not paying your CEOs millions of dollars even if they run you into the ground (J.C. Penney, I’m looking at you. Big banks that built up the housing bubble and allowed it to fester and burst, I’m looking at you. General Motors, I’m looking at you). Evading taxes is the LEAST responsible thing to do. It’s downright sleazy. Hell, the Supreme Court recognizes corporations as people when it comes to campaign financing now, thanks to Citizens United; why don’t you use your dollars to push some politicians to reform the tax system. It would cost you in the short term but, as they say: no pain, no gain.

This proud American happily pays her taxes and votes. I still happily paid my taxes when a Republican was in the White House, even though I didn’t agree with his administration’s policies; and I’ll do it again in the future because THAT is “the responsible thing to do.”

Burger King's purchase of Tim Horton's is to avoid paying taxes on global profits



Overall, people should care a lot less about who owns Canadian corporations, but about whether their workers are paid a living wage. Canadians like to get righteous about Americans owning Canadian corporations, but they’d do a lot more good getting angry at Canadian companies for mistreating and exploiting the labour of their employees in the first place.

Big news this week that Burger King, a U.S. company, is planning to buy Tim Hortons, a Canadian one. This is another in a string of “tax inversion” deals where U.S. corporations move their corporate headquarters from the U.S. to elsewhere to avoid U.S. taxation. They don’t actually change anything or move anyone outside of their accounting fairyland. Instead, they just check some different boxes on their income tax forms and “poof” — save millions in taxes.

But the loss of U.S. taxes from BK is Canada’s benefit right? Turns out, not so much. The only reason why this particular accounting trick works is because American corporations are taxed on worldwide profits, Canadian companies (and most other countries companies) are not. What that means is that American corps pay the American government taxes on all their profits no matter which country they are made in. Canadian companies only pay the Canadian government on profits made in Canada.

So the BK move to Canada would mean that BK will stop paying taxes on profits it makes in Kuwait to the U.S. government. However, since no Canadian company pays taxes on profits made in Kuwait in any event, Canadian governments would bring in no additional revenues. In BK’s case, this would save them in the neighbourhood of $12 million a year in U.S. corporate taxes. Of course, Canada sees none of that money and essentially gains nothing from this deal.


In the end, many corporations want to pay $0 in income taxes and have the rest of us pick up the tab for health care and infrastructure that we all benefit from. “Tax inversion” is just one of the many accounting tricks that makes regular people pick up the tab for corporations that abuse tax rules or lobby governments to pay less and less every year.

why I’m mad

This is a prelude.


I would like to  dedicate this post to all those ladies of the frontier, those who needed to learn how to shoot and face every danger that men did, in addition to providing every aspect of everyday needs for their families. Also, to those women who dropped everything to follow after their soldier husbands, trudging over all manner of country, facing all manner of hardships, only to have people try to deny their very presence 200 years later.

Top picture (I didn’t take it, but I wish I had; just look at it!):

Kristi Heasley is passionate about frontier history and participates in re-enactments and educational events in her spare time. 


The bottom images are mine and they are from one of my favorite monuments I’ve ever encountered. It stands at Fort Ontario in Oswego, N.Y.

"From the hearth of America comes the heart of America."

(Inset at base) “This hearth is dedicated to the women and children of all races who lived and died on the colonial frontier. It was built by their grateful descendants in the bicentennial year of our Lord, one thousand, nine hundred and seventy six. Where they walked, the United States of America began.”