Friday Funny – Josh of the month club

Yes, you too can be a member of the “Josh of the month club”.

You may have read at the Bishop Hill blog that Josh made a 2013 Calendar that was offered there. That got a lot of interest, but problem was it was only available in the UK. Now that problem is solved with Josh authorizing me to produce a USA edition.

I just got the first sample back from the printer and it looks fabulous. The cover:

Here’s what the inside page looks like:

And it has some special days marked on the calendar too.

Each calendar is $19.99 plus $5 shipping (plus $1.25 packaging -total $6.25) plus tax for your state (sorry, can’t escape that one) and will be shipped direct to you. Josh and I split the profit.

  • Printed on durable, matte cardstock
  • Hanger hole punched at the top
  • Measures 8½” x 11″ closed, 17″ x 11″ open
  • Delivery by US Mail (delivered in 5-10 business days)

ORDERING: You can place calendar orders here

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Also, there are still a couple dozen of the limited edition annular solar eclipse prints left from the summer should you want them.

To order the print,  go here and then choose quantity.

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32 thoughts on “Friday Funny – Josh of the month club

  1. The Calendar looks Great! . . . but there is no “quantity” option when placing an order. I really want to give these as gifts to a couple of friends. I just know it will ____ them off.

  2. Just a concern about collecting state sales taxes. You are required to have a state sales tax certificate to legally collect and remit state sales tax. My concern is not about paying the tax but rather that you may be putting yourself in serious hot water if you have not obtained the proper certificates for all states and do not remit the taxes collected to each state as required. I do not believe your are required to collect out of state sales tax on internet items, being only liable for collecting state sales tax for purchases originating within the state you are shipping from.

    REPLY:
    Thanks for your concern, but the sales tax is collected by the printer when I do drop shipping orders, and they handle all that because they have outlets in every state in the USA – Anthony

  3. REPLY @ 5:34 am
    That’s a great way of handling such a messy issue. Look at this:

    http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/salesandusetaxrates/lookupataxrate/

    Anyway, the States and local taxing districts are going to solve this very soon because they are NOT getting substantial amounts of money they believe they are legally entitled to. See Quill Corp. v. North Dakota for the history of this issue. After 1994 (Amazon.com) this problem grew slowly for awhile and, more recently, took the shape of a hockey stick and is beginning to hurt local tax receipts. Expect it to get solved in 2013.

  4. I already got the print, one for each over the pond relative (they’re going to Oslo next month), so I guess I should get the calendar, too. :)

  5. From John F. Hultquist on November 30, 2012 at 8:59 am:
    Anyway, the States and local taxing districts are going to solve this very soon because they are NOT getting substantial amounts of money they believe they are legally entitled to. (…) Expect it to get solved in 2013.

    Here in Pennsylvania they’ve theoretically always had their solution, as the full item is called the Sales and Use and Hotel Occupancy Tax. If you buy something from an out-of-state business or internet vendor that you should be paying PA sales tax on but that seller isn’t collecting it, as an honest taxpayer you are expected to collect it from yourself and dutifully send it off to Harrisburg. From the Department of Revenue’s Use Tax page:

    From an enforcement standpoint, when the Department of Revenue receives information on purchases where use tax is owed but was not paid, it will assess the purchaser for not only the tax, but also penalty and interest for late payment.

    With millions of scofflaws violating the law perhaps hundreds of times a year, enforcement is challenging. Presumably other states with sales taxes have similar laws on their books, from your link I found out Washington has Use tax, most likely all are equally effective.

    I suspect the planned Big Solution around 2013 or whenever will involve big internet companies from Amazon to eBay having to surrender all transaction records to a federal database accessible by the state and local Revenue offices, citing the interstate commerce clause and threatening those companies with prosecution for facilitating criminal enterprises (avoiding sales taxes). If Congress won’t do it because it’ll hurt struggling families and individuals, Barry will mandate it because it’s only asking big rich companies to pay their fair share, even though companies are well aware of Use taxes and already comply by default.

    Then hundreds of millions of Americans will be dreading the expected notices by mail and phone.

    BTW, I just noticed a cute quirk of the Washington law:

    Goods are purchased in another state that does not have a sales tax or a state with a sales tax lower than Washington’s. For example, items you purchase in Oregon that are used in Washington are subject to use tax.

    So if a Washington resident on vacation buys a trinket in PA and pays the 6% sales tax, and brings it back to Washington, if the sales tax rate in Washington is higher then they have to pay Washington as well?

  6. I don’t see a quantity button in Firefox or IE 8.
    If I click on Paypal it will show 1 order w/ tax.
    No chance to order more than one :-(
    Jim

  7. Anthony said:
    Also, there are still a couple dozen of the limited edition annular solar eclipse prints left from the summer should you want them.

    Free promo gifts with annual membership in the Surfacestations Supporters Society (SsSS), $100 level, while they last.

    $50 gets you a printout on 8.5×11″ heavy paper of a special photo of Kenji unavailable anywhere else, suitable for framing.

    After the eclipse prints run out, Kenji photo autographed with paw print or the Josh calendar.

    Do it, Anthony, it’d be great.

  8. RE: Tom in Florida says: November 30, 2012 at 5:34 am

    REPLY: Thanks for your concern, but the sales tax is collected by the printer when I do drop shipping orders, and they handle all that because they have outlets in every state in the USA – Anthony

    Ok, but the sales tax showing on my order is incorrect. Sarasota County Florida sales tax is 7% not 8.25% as shown on the PayPal invoice.

  9. DCA – “OT….Greenland, Antarctica ice melt speeding up, study finds“.
    It has been reported in WUWT “Tips & Notes”, and what is notable about it is the rate at which the melting ice caps are contributing to sea level rise – 11mm in 20 years is equivalent to just over two inches per century.

  10. Anthony….what about your neighbours to the north? I know at least 20 of us Canucks want one.Do I have to smuggle one? :):)

  11. You anti-tax folks really need to think about consequences. If you starve the states of revenue, you’re GUARANTEEING that the Feds will take over even more functions from the states. Most states are fairly competent and fairly responsive to the people. When any task passes into Fed hands, it immediately becomes incompetent and unresponsive.

  12. I got the quantity issue fixed, strange how the merchant doesn’t make that obvious. It was deeply buried option. Thanks Josh for the help!

  13. Something funny that happened on Friday:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/valerie-jarrett-climate-activist-speech-grassroots-organizers_664311.html


    “White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was heckled during a speech on Friday by an activist demanding that President Barack Obama do more to address climate change,” reports the Huffington Post.

    “Jarrett was about two-thirds of the way into her speech at RootsCamp, a conference for grassroots organizers being held in Washington, D.C., when Brad Johnson, campaign manager of Forecast the Facts and former editor of ThinkProgress Green, stood up and interrupted her.”

    Such a noted “climate activist” as Brad Johnson of Forecast the Facts doesn’t have White House access, and has to pounce on staff to beg his message is heard.

    Question: Is he really that pathetic, or was it a staged event to prove Obama still cares about climate change and is willing to listen?

  14. polistra says:
    December 1, 2012 at 6:49 am
    “You anti-tax folks really need to think about consequences. If you starve the states of revenue, you’re GUARANTEEING that the Feds will take over even more functions from the states.”

    The states aren’t the ones initiating the fight to tax sales from the internet. It is the owners of companies who have physical store locations. They feel that they are losing customers as more and more people find shopping on the internet saves them money by not having to pay sales tax. Keep in mind that the SELLER is responsible for paying the sales tax, and only through tradition are they able to get away with passing that tax along to the buyer. It is amazing to me that sellers can pass onto the buyer a tax that the seller is required to pay and then be allowed to keep a percentage of the tax due as payment for collecting it from the buyer. (For big retailers this can be quite a large amount of money.)

  15. I attempted to buy a calendar, but PayPal wouldn’t take my credit card. Following is what I sent them as query/bitch about their operation.
    “There is no way I would EVER recommend PayPal to ANYONE, including my worst enemy !
    I attempted to use my US Bank Mastercard to purchase a 2013 calendar from the WUWT site. I do not have a PayPal account, and so used the “guest” payment option. At the end, you rejected my credit card (no reason, just “cannot be used.”) This is the second time in 3 months PayPal has rejected the card (previously with PalmDr.com). This card is fully functional in ANY store that accepts Mastercard and on other online sites (most recently 20 Nov 2012 with Victor Machinery Exchange, Brooklyn, NY.). This smacks of a scheme to force EVERYONE to open a PayPal account or not do business with vendors. I wonder of your vendors understand they are loosing customers ? A copy of this is being sent to the vendor I attempted to buy from.”
    Donn [name] [email]

  16. Donn Baker says:
    December 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I attempted to buy a calendar, but PayPal wouldn’t take my credit card. Following is what I sent them as query/bitch about their operation.
    “There is no way I would EVER recommend PayPal to ANYONE, including my worst enemy !

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    Me too, seconded.

    Steve T

  17. Donn and Steve, any problems with payment if it is the UK version from http://www.cartoonsbyjosh.com please email me. I am sure we can work out a way to do this! If you want the US version I am sure Anthony will work something out too. You can email me using: Josh (at) cartoonsbyjosh.com

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