January 8, 2018

AP Dispatch on New Tax Law Withholding Reductions Significantly Downplays Impact

A Friday afternoon item at the Associated Press by reporter Marcy Gordon was supposedly meant to educate American workers about changes coming to their net paychecks next month. Instead, Gordon understated the likelihood that people will see increases in their take-home pay, played the tired class warfare card, and acted as if the currently legislated expiration of the individual tax cuts eight years from now is a sure thing.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010818)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Would-be robber’s ‘rifle’ fails to fool gas station employees, customers

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Akron, Ohio (HT Bearing Arms):

Published: December 26, 2017 – 2:09 PM | Updated: December 27, 2017 – 8:44 AM

Derringers are a popular style of pistol, but a faux rifle made by a man with the same name wasn’t nearly as effective when it was used in an attempt to rob a local Circle K Christmas afternoon.

On Monday, police arrested Jeffrey Derringer, 48, of Akron after they say he tried to rob the convenience store at Main Street and Tallmadge Avenue with a homemade fake rifle.

Police said at about 2 p.m., Derringer, who is a known customer at that Circle K, entered the store with a hooded sweatshirt over his head waving what appeared to be a rifle.

According to police, Derringer demanded everyone get down on the floor and empty the cash register.

One employee ran to the back of the store to call police.

In that time, another employee got a closer look at what Derringer actually had — a makeshift rifle fashioned out of a pipe, a fake scope, a spring and two table legs clamped together as the stock.

The latter employee ran around the counter and confronted Derringer. Three customers in the store joined the employee.

Derringer took off running.

An employee and three customers chased Derringer into an empty parking lot next door, where they detained him for less than five minutes until police arrived. …

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