SHMOOZE NEWS: Poverty & Taxes! The Musical!

1. Happy Tax week, y’all!
SATP tax deductibleTurns out we’re way better off than we think we are — or rather, this whole drama over how much we pay in taxes is kinda misguided: we Americans pay WAY less than our industrialized nation brethren.  Just sayin’.
SATP OECD-taxes-chart
2. But the real story of the week: rap and country, together at last!  Those polarizing music genres have birthed a love child that everyone’s loving to hate this week: the song “Accidental Racist” by Brad Paisley feat. LL Cool J has sparked a conflagration of Deliberate Snark in the journalistic and twittertastic realms since the song’s release.  The New York Times ran multiple responses to its provocative/offensive lyrics, which suggest (among other things) that the secret to Southern whites & blacks getting along is a gentlemen’s agreement: “If you don’t judge my gold chains/I’ll forget the iron chains.”  Oh, man.  As comedian John Fugelsang notes, their original title was probably “Well-Intentioned But Totally Ignorant Institutionalized Racist.”  Oh, and then there’s this one:

Screen Shot 2013-04-12 at 7.50.33 AMBut while we ponder what SHOULD be done to evolve when it comes to matters of race in this land that doesn’t always feel like it was made for you & me, let’s assume the answer doesn’t lie in this dude talking down to Howard University students (thank you, Jon Stewart for giving Rand Paul the ol’ Daily Show/Seinfeld treatment!) but rather more in a bend toward justice.  Please watch when you have 20 minutes, for reals, guys — this brilliant TED talk speaker says “the opposite of poverty is justice.”

3. And finally, in honor of Jay-Bey’s trip to Cuba (wait, did I just make up that portmanteau?  Surely I can’t be the first) — which highlights how rare & weird restricted travel is for US citizens — here’s some UH-MAZING images of celebrities photoshopped in the other direction thanks to artist Danny Evans.  It’s making the rounds this week among us normal-looking people for totally obvious & delicious reason.  I mean:

SATP jay beyAnd here’s a few more.  Happy weekend, y’all!  Spread the Smarty love 🙂


Quote of the week:

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