Saturday, August 05, 2006
A lady libertarian wrote many letters to the White House complaining about the treatment of a captive insurgent being held in Guantanamo Bay. She received the following reply:
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20016
Dear Concerned Citizen,
Thank you for your recent letter criticizing our treatment of the Taliban and Al Quaeda detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. Our administration takes these matters seriously and your opinion was heard loud and clear here in Washington. You'll be pleased to learn that, thanks to the concerns of citizens like yourself, we are creating a new division of the Terrorist Retraining Program, to be called the "Liberals Accept Responsibility for Killers" program, or "LARK" for short.
Cordially, your friend,
"Watch and learn," answered one of the boys from the South.
Shortly after the train began to move, one of the Southerners left their toilet and walked over to the toilet in which the Yankees were hiding.
The Southerner knocked on the door and said, "Ticket, please."
There's just no way on God's green earth to explain how the Yankees ever won the war.
Wouldn't it be great to turn on the TV and hear any US President, Democrat or Republican, give the following speech?
My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of Iraq regime has been completed.
Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.
This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.
Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China.
Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put em? Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil.
Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.
We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska - which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there. They care.
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. It is time to eliminate World Cup Soccer from America.
God bless America. Thank you and good night.
This seems to be turning into a dog/FairTax only blog, but these days, I seem to be a two topic writer lately. Eventually, I'll get back into other topics, such as politics and hurricanes.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Why is this hard?
This test is checking your brain's ability to separate the left brain functions and right brain functions. The problem is that the left side of your brain is trying to tell you to read the word, while at the same time, the right side of your brain is trying to tell you to identify the color!!!
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Will McBride, candidate for the Republican nomination to oppose Sen. Bill Nelson, announced today “my unqualified backing for the Fair Tax.
“The proposed fair tax, sponsored in the Congress by Representative John Linder and by Senator Saxby Chambliss will not only be far easier to pay and less costly to administer, most Americans -- especially the poor -- will pay less than they currently do”, McBride observed.
Will McBride noted that he has “studied the Linder-Chambliss bill and it represents a great step forward for all Americans as well as for efficiency in government. I pledge that as a member of the Senate, I will fight for the successful passage of this very important legislation.”
The Fair Tax Act of 2005 originally introduced in January of that year, has 72 announced supporters in the House of Representatives and eight in the Senate, plus 64 Representatives and 16 Senators considered by Americans for Fair Taxation [ www.fairtax.org ] as “leaning in favor and likely to vote for it”.
Seven Florida members of Congress are co-sponsors of the legislation and six more plus Senator Mel Martinez are “leaning in favor and likely to vote for it”. To date, Senator Bill Nelson and Representative Katherine Harris “will not commit”, according to Americans for Fair Taxation.
“Like all Americans, my family and my earnings are subject to taxation”, McBride commented, “and this is not ordinary taxation: it is the most complex system of taxing in the world. There is simply no need for our federal Internal Revenue Code to be some 15 thousand pages long. It is unbelievably confusing and even the thousands of accountants and attorneys whose job it is to help clients comply with the law, admit that our tax code is riddled with contradictions.
“It is an honor for me to stand with elected Florida Representatives Michael Bilirakis, Ander Crenshaw, Ric Keller, John Mica, Jeff Miller, Cliff Stearns and Bill Young in support of this critical legislation”, McBride concluded.
The above is a press release from the McBride for Senate website. I am not specifically endorsing Mr. McBride, just offering this information for your perusal.
Fixing the tax code is a popular political agenda item. Besides continually "fixing" the income tax code, there are numerous alternatives, including "Flat Tax" and "Fair tax".NDAC has studied many alternatives. Numerous factors contribute to the analysis of revenue systems. Some of these are "fairness" and equity to the tax paying population, cost of application, and performance; but the single most dominant public awareness factor is the role played by the collection agency. In fact, it is this overriding aspect taken together with the public disdain for the IRS that leads NDAC to recommend a National Retail Sales Tax to replace the income tax.Our current system was derived from a Flat Tax. It taxes income. Thus it punishes increased income.The National Debt Awareness Center (NDAC) recommends that income tax be replaced with a National Retail Sales Tax and that the IRS be dissolved.A National Retail Sales Tax gets rid of intrusive government involvement with the taxpayer's life by getting rid of the "income tax" concept. Furthermore, prediction of revenue based on sales statistics will be more accurate than prediction based on analysis of income. Analysis of personal income by a government agency would be a thing of the past.
Go to National Debt Awareness Center web site.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
There is a common English word that is nine letters long. Each time you remove a letter from it, it still remains an English word - from nine letters right down to a single letter. What is the original word, and what are the words that it becomes after removing one letter at a time?
The base word is..
-- Alexander Hamilton (Federalist No. 21)
Sunday, July 30, 2006
and now we are officially into the family brithday season. My cousins, Lynda and Tom, had birthdays on the 26th and 29th respectively, Jeff's is today, Jeff's dad (and my brother) celebrates on the 4th, his wife Judi, and their grandson Matt are the 6th. My cousin Lora (Tom's sister) is the 7th, my birthday falls on the 12th, another cousin, Jack is the 13th, niece Christie (Jeff's sister) is the 31st. And Jeff and Christie's mom, Patti, ends it all on September 2nd.
Now to be fair, I don't celebrate most of the above birthdays. And, they don't celebrate mine either, for that matter :D I would at least send a card, but I have no address for most of them. Such is the way of growing older and living different lives in different states.
When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over, but only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard. Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand.
Bob? Bob from Church? Jack sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming ticket. A cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was about to play golf with tomorrow.
Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday, a man he'd never seen in uniform.
"Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."
"Hello, Jack." No smile.
"Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and kids."
"What'd you clock me at?"
"Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"
"Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as saw you. I was barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.
"Please, Jack, in the car."
Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door. Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open the window.
The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad.
Why hadn't he asked for a driver's license?
Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack ever sat near this cop again. A tap on the door jerked his head to the left. There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a mere two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.
"Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.
Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was this one going to cost?
Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?
Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:
"Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when killed by a car. You guessed it- a speeding driver. A fine and three months in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters, all three of them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before I can ever hug her again.
A thousand times I've tried to forgive that man. A thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again. Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have left."
Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head down the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later, he too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.
Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message; please pass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully. Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.