Thursday, October 25, 2012

Yael Hits Bottom With Smoking Rage And Talk Of Political "Rape Fantasies" Online



It must be election time given that Kansas City Star columnist Yael Abouhalkah is using bawdy language and advocating for higher taxes . . .

First example . . . Here's a low blow against pro-life advocacy:

"Rape fantasies from Mourdock, Akin and Ryan"

There wasn't much response to the missive that's pretty standard online hateration but I was just thinking that Kansas City mainstream media folks like to consider themselves "respectable" on the local public broadcasting networks but then go back online and drop rhetorical bombshells just like bloggers. The only difference with the editorial staff @ The Star is that they don't like criticisms of their opinions. And while I might even agree with the premise of the post . . . The harsh wording is kinda hilarious from a Kansas City Star writer who doesn't tolerate much criticism online.

And just for good measure . . . Here's Yael, once again, in favor of more taxes:

Why a higher cigarette tax is very good for Missouri

While I'm not advocating for cancer stix and I don't think anybody should smoke . . . The talk about revenue for education from this tax is laughable given Missouri's record when it comes to pilfering from sin tax funds.

Sadly, there's not much room for debate with The Kansas City Star Editorial Board that's mostly about handing down their words without taking many questions from a dwindling subscriber base.

22 Comments:

chuck said...

+1

Anonymous said...

Once Yael, Kraske, and many of the other Star "reporters" starting blogging and appearing on television and radio, they decided that somehow they had become more important than the news they are supposed to cover.
The Star thinks it's still 1950s with them in the center of the metro universe right there at 17th and Grand.
And some of the elected folks still let these would-be celebrities run them all over the map.
Kind of sad for all concerned.

Anonymous said...

Vote NO on the tax increase it will be spent on more tax credits for their campaighn contributors.

Anonymous said...

There is no one more virtouos than a reformed whore. Is Yael an ex-smoker?

He goes on and on about how bad it is that Missouri has a low tobacco tax as if higher taxes are good. Isn't it just possible that Missouri's low cigarette tax is bringing in income from Illinois and Kansas?

And no, I don't smoke. I just don't see the virtue in imposing penalties on those who do. And the woman on the pro-Prop B ad is so annoying I'd vote for anything she's against.

Anonymous said...

Agreed!

MDLQ said...

"You will live your life according to OUR religion!"..........

Signed,
The Republican Party

Anonymous said...

Here's what I don't get. People impose these sin taxes because people who don't commit that particular sin don't care since it doesn't impact them. Have we come to the point where we think it is ok to tax the hell out of people when it won't impact us so we choose so called villains and shit all over them?

Why should Missouri smokers pay an extra tax for education? I don't even get why they should pay if it is education related to smoking because I think there is already a increase related to the ciggarette makers requirement to do education since they lost those lawsuits. It's a double hit on the consumer.

I'm sure the fatty's would ise up in arms if they saw a tax on the ballot for their Big Mac's or Coke products to educate kids that they are going to be fat someday if they keep eating carry out food. What if that message was used to put a little extra into the state coffers? So it seems to me that the State and local government choose to throw out scare tactics and in this case, an easy target, to increase taxes.

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck......it's a duck.

Anonymous said...

Good point, 10:36, and we've proven in Kansas City that more money spent on education doesn't equal more or better education.

And that wmoan's voice is soooooo annoying.

Anonymous said...

Yael hitting bottom would be if he blogged for tkc.

Anonymous said...

lol!

Anonymous said...

10:36
I would agree that the money should be spent on health care rather than education, unless it is to keep youth from becoming smokers to begin with. But your other point, that it is unfair to have sin taxes, is off the mark. Non-smokers have to pay for the extra health care required to deal with smokers. How is that fair? Sin taxes in general are fair, when they are set to recoup the costs heaped on the non-sinners by the sinners. And I am a smoker by the way, and think I should be charged more for cigarettes. And I think people should have to pay more for soda as well, as we are paying extra for the health problems of the obese as well as the smokers.

Anonymous said...

I just don't get the Republican Party's obsession with rape denial. Legitimate rape, forcible rape, honest rape, emergency rape, easy rape, on and on. What the fuck is wrong with these people? Rape is rape you fucking assholes, and making a rape victim carry her attacker's baby is sick and twisted. Amazing we are having this discussion in the year 2012. You'd think it was the 1800's with these dipshits.

Anonymous said...

2:08: It all balances out. The extra health care expenses smokers cost the system is balanced by the Social Security and Medicare they don't collect.

This is all old news. A study conducted by Arthur D. Little in the Czech Republic found that smokers' early mortality and cigarette-tax revenue, outweighed the costs of health-care and lost tax revenue from early death. The study concluded through cost-benefit analysis "based on up-to-date reliable data and consideration of all relevant contributing factors, the effect of smoking on the public finance balance in the Czech Republic in 1999 was positive, estimated at +5,815 mil. CZK.

So puff away!

Byron said...

Anon 2:15 PM

Its because they don't want rape to be an exception to their goal of a total ban of all abortions. Never mind that making something illegal doesn't make it go away. There were abortions before Roe v Wade, & there will be abortions even if the Rethuglicans get their way.

Anon 2:08 PM

White smoking is becoming increasingly less socially acceptable, obesity is become more socially acceptable as more people become obese. I avoid the punitive taxes by buying long cut pipe tobacco & cigarette papers & roll my own. I get a better cigarette & save about $200 a month.

Anonymous said...

Byron your brain is smoked

Anonymous said...

Everyone on the Star editorial board and all their silly columnists should just get it over with and move to San Francisco.

Anonymous said...

Yael is an idiot.

Anonymous said...

fuck, Byron is a fucking TOOL!!!!!

Byron said...

They made marijuana illegal ...

Anonymous said...

Yeah.........1937 ! Byron you bubble snappin cumbelcher

Byron said...

Therefore, no one has smoked marijuana since 1937. Right?

Calling me names doesn't make you look smart, it makes you look stupid.

Anonymous said...

Uh...Pardon me Byron...please don't take umbrage with my advise...listen closely...Byron...please get yourself a brimming full steaming cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP