Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tax Freedom Day 2014

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Tax Freedom Day 2014 for the state where you live may differ from the national average. What is your state's Tax Freedom Day 2014?

Fundamentalist Islam Rising

Hat tip to Infidel Bloggers Alliance (Click directly on the image to enlarge it):

"It's the will of Allah!" cry the ummah.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crows: As Smart As A Seven-Year-Old

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Remember Aesop's fable "The Crow and the Pitcher"?

It turns out the some crows can indeed solve certain puzzles involving principles of physics.

From the Washington Post:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Break!

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After a grueling winter, both academically and meteorlogically, I am sooooo ready for this break, which lasts from today through April 21.

My students feel the same way as I, I'm sure.

The Long Arm Of The Federal Government

There is something very creepy about this.

Whatever happened to the filing of and IRS's acceptance of the estate return — and the 10 year limit on liabilities such as those explained in the article?  Read an excerpt from the article below the fold.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1000 Years in Five Minutes

As a footnote, I want to say that the “bad old days” are still with us. We refer to the Cold War as a thing of the past, but it is still with us today. Conflicting ideologies continue to exist between east and west, we remain conflicted about what constitutes national interest, and we continue to suffer the plague of government incompetence. Our failure to learn any lessons from history is that we end up electing fools to high office, and they in turn somehow manage to murder our children. While this is going on, we the people look on and smile.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hypocrisy On Display

At the March 2014 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference, those claiming to be tolerant and inclusive bully female conservative reporter:

If Satan ever laughs, it must be at hypocrites; they are the greatest dupes he has; they serve him better than any others, and receive no wages. Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cicero (?) Was Right

Nabbed from the sidebar of Diary of a Right Wing Pussycat (Kid's site):

The Cicero entry at Wikipedia

Cicero was exiled for opposing Julius Caesar's tyranny.

Authentic money quotes HERE. Worth considering.

Note (addendum): A commenter has rightly pointed out that there is no evidence that Cicero actually said or penned the words in the above graphic. See comments section of this blog post.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Curing Income Inequality

Consider the following excerpt from Were your parents rich? Maybe you should pay more in taxes, published in the Washington Post on March 28, 2014, and written by Yo Jeremijenko-Conley, a freshman at Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and Dalton Conley, a professor at New York University:

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Break From Politics

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Remember the Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A.A. Milne?  The first volume of those delightful stories was published in 1926.

From this recent article in the Daily Mail comes this 100-year-old photo of the bear cub Winnipeg, the real Winnie-the-Pooh:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Always The Last Place!

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Was I ever in a state of agitation this morning! For at least thirty minutes, I was in an absolute frenzy.

I couldn't find the vouchers needed to pay the April 2014 federal estimated tax payment! I knew that our accountant had provided the papers, but they were nowhere to be found.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Learning the hard way ...

by Sam Huntington

I’m actually not much of a conspiracy theorist, but I have to admit that I do enjoy a good mystery. For example, I enjoy the puzzle surrounding the disappearance of a Boeing 777 aircraft. I mean, come on ... this 70-ton aircraft was there, and then suddenly no one had a clue about its location.  As I said, puzzling —but from a multidimensional standpoint. Not only is this airliner missing, but we also have college-educated journalists proposing, among other things, that possibility that extraterrestrials may have snatched it out of the air, or that the aircraft flew into a black hole. Admittedly, both ideas would be excellent grist for the History Channel.

I feel sorry for the people trapped on this aircraft. I feel sorry for the pain and suffering of their relatives. But maybe there is a lesson here, or at least an alarm bell for the tens of thousands of sheep inured to doing whatever the airlines tell them. Perhaps it is time that the people who pay to ride in these Goliath airbuses begin participating in their own safety. For example, what is the name of our pilot today? What? Zaharie Ahmad Shah? And his co-pilot is Fariq Abdul Hamid? Oh ... okay. Well, uh ... who do you have scheduled for tomorrow’s flight?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BREAKING: Active Shooter(s) On Fort Hood Army Base

Right now, at the time of the publication of this blog post, Fort Hood is on lockdown with shelter-in-place instructions.  At least one is dead, and there are multiple injuries.

Thought For Today

As I have mentioned at various locations in the blogosphere, my mother-in-law is in the final stage of Alzheimer's Disease. She is a pitiful creature, and all who love her are more than ready for the Lord to call her home.

Before she was diagnosed as having Alzheimer's, she was very difficult.  The word difficult doesn't begin to convey her personality.