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This is a couple of weeks old but this ProPublica piece about the uber rich in this country and how little they pay in taxes should have been all over the news, it was largely ignored, I have to think due to the overwhelming corporate ownership of news outlets.

No one among the 25 wealthiest avoided as much tax as Buffett, the grandfatherly centibillionaire. That’s perhaps surprising, given his public stance as an advocate of higher taxes for the rich. According to Forbes, his riches rose $24.3 billion between 2014 and 2018. Over those years, the data shows, Buffett reported paying $23.7 million in taxes.
That works out to a true tax rate of 0.1%, or less than 10 cents for every $100 he added to his wealth.

A spokesman for Soros said in a statement: “Between 2016 and 2018 George Soros lost money on his investments, therefore he did not owe federal income taxes in those years. Mr. Soros has long supported higher taxes for wealthy Americans.”

Our analysis of tax data for the 25 richest Americans quantifies just how unfair the system has become.

By the end of 2018, the 25 were worth $1.1 trillion.

For comparison, it would take 14.3 million ordinary American wage earners put together to equal that same amount of wealth.

The personal federal tax bill for the top 25 in 2018: $1.9 billion.

The bill for the wage earners: $143 billion.

Kansas State Basketball / UT post game discussion
« on: January 16, 2021, 09:32:21 PM »
I really think this team would be performing better without oscar and Mike McBuckets. Mike just turns the ball over way too much and he takes really bad shots. I don't know that he's a better shooter than Dajuan. Good to finally see Luke play, wish he would have nice if he could have gotten involved in the offense.

That was a pretty incredible bad beat/backdoor cover.

I once again was encouraged by this loss. I just hope these dudes don't become losers, it's a tough way to break into college basketball.

I feel bad for this team, these young guys deserve better than having 7 or 8 available players each game. We had a walk on play more minutes than the best two players combined.

Dajuan-Solid game, this dude would be a great glue guy if we can get some talent around him. His double doubles are impressive
Petrakis- Good work kid! Offensively he's a D1 player in a slow tempo offense like ours, defensively he's super bad, like looks like he would have even been a questionable defender in high school. Good effort nonetheless.
McGuirl-We have to rely on him for offense far too much, even with that said, I think he forces too much. I'm glad he pushed the issue a bit, but I'd think he would have a better idea about shot selection. He should be a bench option, but he isn't and that's why we are what we are.
Selton- :barf: love this dudes effort, but what in the world? Will he ever develop consistency and be an all-conference level player or is this what he's going to be. That was brutal
Rudy- Probably out of shape, started great, vanished in the second half, 40 minutes is a LOT for him.
Davion-His mere presence changes the team and games, he's going to be damn near unstoppable when he learns to play without fouling.
Linguard-He's limited when he's not injured, props for giving it a go today, but he had no business on the court today. I hope his back wasn't aggravated.

Gotta get guys back and hope confidence doesn't get sapped from them because the talent is there.

Tech Support and Suggestion Board / New Button
« on: January 04, 2021, 01:40:32 PM »
If there are multiple threads marked as unread, I have the new button disappearing on some of these threads even if I don't click those threads. This has been happening for a month or two. I thought it was an issue with my cell phone, but it's doing it on my laptop too.

Rested, refreshed and back on the court after getting some home cooking, the wildkittens are going to be in ultra DOB and long ball 3 mode tonight! Get some bitches


Kansas State Basketball / Monday afternoon hoops
« on: December 21, 2020, 12:18:19 PM »
More shocking, that there's a bowl game in an hour and a half or that we have a basketball game in 45 minutes?

Kansas State Basketball / Hardwood Farmageddon Game Thread
« on: December 15, 2020, 01:04:21 PM »
I'm kicking this bitch off 7 hours early because we're going to win tonight, watch.

How is this team so comically bad at defense?

Kansas State Football / So...LSU
« on: November 17, 2020, 11:35:39 AM »
A lot of people on this board and around the Big 12 got real loud about Baylor, someone is going to need to tell me how this is different, other than the fact that all people involved at LSU won't get fired like they did at Baylor.

This is gross

Kansas State Football / Fragile Footballers in a fake season
« on: November 11, 2020, 02:13:36 AM »
While making one of the biggest plays of the game, Sammy Wheeler got his clavicle broken and is out for the year. Then there's this


The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Wichita Republicans raising the bar
« on: October 27, 2020, 09:00:14 PM »
This is long, I worked hard on it, please read it.

I can't believe this hasn't come up yet, our Wichita contingency is at an all time low. This probably should go in the applause for Kansas or the Republicans being pieces of crap thread but honestly, the depravity showed here deserves its own unique place in history. This is what happens when three Aaron Coleman's get elected.

So here's the story. There was a Wichita mayoral election last year. The incumbent mayor was a republican. There were three Wichita officials; one city councilman, one county commissioner, and one state representative, who conspired to make an ad against the democrat running for mayor. The ad was called Protect Wichita Girls and it was paid for by Protect Wichita Girls LLC. The ad had women make allegations of sexual harassment against the democratic candidate. The only problem was that the exact allegations in the ad were made against a republican state senator two years earlier. The ad was almost immediately debunked, it blew up in the republicans faces, and they lost the mayoral race.

The newly elected mayor, Brandon Whipple, found who shot and produced the ad and sued him. Well this dude is just some poor schlub and we wanted no part of the lawsuit so he told the attorneys and the media who paid for the ad and who gave him the script and told him what to shoot. You guessed it, the the stooges. After it seemed like these idiots, along with a gentleman named Dalton Glasscock, a 25 year old, first openly gay chairman of the Sedgwick County Republican Party, were on the brink of being caught, the stooges tried to frame Glasscock to take the fall, solely. Well the idiots were in the presence of the videographer and he recorded them. The recording has them talking about the ad, about the scheme to frame Glasscock, and amongst other things, one of them Michael O'Donnell, the biggest piece of crap of them all, saying that he wasn't regretful that George Tiller got shot, but he was glad that he wasn't the person to shoot him.

There are also other things that are definitely going to come to light with this lawsuit, for example O'Donnell buying and serving alcohol to Glasscock and his buddies in Glasscock's frat at Wichita State when some of them were underage. Or the hundreds of dollars O'Donnell paid to Glasscock and others for "election services."

This is absolutely going to become a Bad Principal type of movie one day. If you are familiar with O'Donnell this is sending up a billion red flags, if you are not it's probably sending up millions of them.

BTW, O'Donnell is the only one up for re-election next week. He's running against a woman named Sarah Lopez and conveniently enough, as the mayoral ad scandal was getting legs O'Donnell made a since proven false claim against her stating she doesn't live in the district.

If you want to read up on and listen to this, and I think it's worth your time, here are some links.

The first link is from the Garden City Telegram detailing O'Donnell plowing these frat guys with food, drinks, and money. He got caught because of a Snapchat photo taken at a trump rally in '16. Looked pretty stupid at the time, looks like something different today.

The rest of these are simply about the video and the following scandal, in order of when they happened, dating back to October of last year.

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / 10/22 debate thread
« on: October 22, 2020, 08:13:12 PM »
Has there ever, in the history of American debates, been anyone else lie in the very first sentence of a debate?

Trump has pulled his ads in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Ohio.

I think the only real significance here is that he's broke. Super pac ads are still running and at this point I really question the effectiveness of campaign ads. When there's literally 3-4 campaign ads running every 2 minute break, I'm certain where we're to the point where the ads become white noise.

I'm much more interested to see the other ways in which their lack of cash will effect the campaign.

Kansas State Football / Other games thread 2020, YES THERE ARE GAMES!
« on: September 12, 2020, 10:41:18 PM »
I know we're wallowing in misery while laughing at KU and flood aggie but This Texas Tech game is shocking. They're up 2 late in the 4th against Houston Baptist. HBU is 18-56, all time, in the FCS. Tech was favored by 45.

Tech Support and Suggestion Board / Sig pic
« on: August 15, 2020, 09:58:10 PM »
I need one of you mods to shrink this bitch, thanks.

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Defund Prosecutors
« on: July 09, 2020, 12:39:17 AM »
I've been on this one for years, DAs offices have much more power in the criminal justice system than cops do, and have ruined far more innocent lives by being biased, lazy, incompetent, agenda driven, headline craving, stat driven, etc. They don't face even the smallest bit of scrutiny. If there weren't rampant issues with DAs essentially everywhere they could function as a check and balance in the law and order universe, but they are not. The criminal justice system has become nothing more than an extremely effective path to prison for citizens of this country.

This was on the nightly news tonight, discussing a study of bias in jury selections. This little nugget was in the piece. It was from a UC Berkeley study done of cases in California from 2006-2018

Appeals of non-death-penalty verdicts involving peremptory strikes
Prosecutors struck Black jurors in 72% of the cases studied, while striking white jurors in 0.5% of the cases. Yes, the decimal point is in the correct place.
It's a shame the focus is on the cops, the prosecutors are the real problem with the criminal justice system.

Kansas State Basketball / Build your team
« on: April 13, 2020, 05:34:22 PM »
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Kansas State Football / 4 free for tonight
« on: November 30, 2019, 12:31:29 PM »
My wife came down with the flu this morning so we can't go to the game. I have 4 tickets, section 3 row 11, but you have to contact me by 3 otherwise I can't transfer the tickets.

Essentially Flyertalk / University bribery scandal
« on: March 13, 2019, 09:42:32 PM »
If I missed the thread about this please forgive me and merge but how amazingly layered this thing is.
1. Are there really people out there clamoring for the FBI to devote the resources they did to this? Rich people using their money to get their kids into universities is the least shocking thing ever.
2. What an amazing racket the ringleader had. Someone paid him $1.2 million dollars to give a coach a $400,000 bribe. Holy crap, this guy made the easiest money ever. It will be waiting for him after he does his 16 months in club fed.
3. Who in the world bribes someone to get their kid into Texas Tech? WTF?
4. Why didn't these people just walk into the chancellor's office and offer to build a building?
5. Lori Laughlin getting a million dollar bail for $500,000 in bribes is rough ridin' outrageous. How does that make any sense?

The Democrat Party is filled with gutless, paid for, cowards. It's amazing to me that people are using the phrase anti-Semitism to describe this.
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So now you can't disagree with Israeli foreign policy without being branded as an anti-Semite? Nancy Pelosi and the rest of these democrats are no better than the Republicans they look down their noses at. They get to Washington and then their only goal is to stay in Washington, it's gross.

Other Sports (Tiger's Back) / Big 12 champion murdered
« on: September 18, 2018, 01:48:48 AM »
The 2017 Big 12 Women's Golf Champion was murdered in Ames on Monday morning, on a golf course. Her name is Celia Arozamena and she's from Spain. She completed her eligibility last year but she was finishing her degree, she was going to graduate in December. She was murdered on the 9th hole at around 10am Monday morning.

The dude that did it lived in a homeless encampment between the golf course and a multiplex theatre just east of campus.

Turner Gill also won back to back games.
Their last conference road win was October 4, 2008 at Iowa State.

Kansas State Football / Got two, who wants them
« on: September 07, 2018, 08:40:57 PM »
My wife is sick and is staying home keeping one of the tax credits with her, anyone want to hang with me and my 10 year old?

Kansas State Basketball / They're wildin' out in Centralia
« on: March 10, 2018, 07:37:45 PM »
Maybe the dirtiest foul you've ever seen didn't result in an ejection or benching.



The KSHSAA seems to be cool with it though

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