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February 12, 2009

Overnight Open Thread. Outrage Edition (genghis)

Memo to 18.5% Porn Tax: ”You. Shall. Not. Pass!!!”

But try they will. A Washington State legislator has proposed a bill which would levy an 18.5% tax on that which makes life endurable. (Article from the Seattle Times)

”OLYMPIA — A Federal Way lawmaker's push to tax pornographic materials to help counter a $6 billion state budget shortfall would likely draw constitutional challenges from the highly litigious adult-entertainment industry.”

Who the hell is this right-wing fascist to tell us what we can and can’t do and view in the privacy of our mom’s basement in the middle of the night, in between commenting at AoSHQ and playing World of Warcraft “capture the flag” sessions?
”Democratic Rep. Mark Miloscia said an 18 ½ percent sales tax should be levied against Playboy and other adult magazines, as well as pornographic photographs, movies, videos, cable-television services, telephone services, audiotapes, computer programs and paraphernalia. With everyone in the Legislature struggling to find ways to solve the budget crisis, he said, he's surprised nobody else has made a similar proposal.”

"For me, it is a no-brainer," Miloscia said, adding that he hopes the tax money generated would go toward saving the General Assistance-Unemployable (GAU), a program that provides a temporary safety net for people unable to work because of mental or physical disabilities.”

Oh. Well, that sorta’ changes the metric, you see. Noble cause and all. Rep. Miloscia’s colleagues aren’t completely on board yet, but warming to the idea, if the bill can be cleaned up (I assume they mean the language and not with tissues.) Paraphernalia though? They’re gonna’ tax my right hand?
”House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam, said that an attorney for the Democratic caucus has legal questions about the measure the way it is written. But Kessler said if the bill is cleaned up before heading to committee it might have a chance to pass the House and Senate.”

"I like the concept of having a revenue stream that would be used for something we would normally have to cut," said Kessler, who is co-sponsoring the measure. "It's not like taxing motherhood and apple pie. It's such an easy target."

As a Patriot, I was gonna’ suggest an “Olympia Porn Party” where we’d dump all this taxable material into Puget Sound in protest, but, well…you know. We’ve all gone to great lengths to collect it. It is...precious to us.

Warning: Disgusting, completely unsafe for work picture below the fold. Once you have seen it, it can not be unseen.

Update: By request of filthy commenter "Gerry Owen," another truly disturbing image has been added below the fold. I hope the s.w.a.t. team roughs you up but good after kicking in your front door, for even suggesting this kind of swill be posted. During your term in prison, I'd advise staying out of the showers. Sick bastard.

Now you may go scoop your eyeballs out with whatever instrument seems best to you.

"Thanks a lot Gerry"

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