Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Chances of beating Pallone in 2010: Little!

Art has the scoop as MoreMonmouthMusings, Former Monmouth County Freeholder Anna Little is officially in seeking to unseat 20+ year incumbent Frank Pallone. This news is HUGE as Anna Little is a real Republican who has real experience and a real chance at defeating Pallone and I couldn't be happier to see her name appear as a candidate, unlike other names I've heard mentioned as possible candidates including:

Diane Gooch who seems to have made large monetary donations to Pallone and other Democrats, 'nuff said.

Mary Pat Angelini who voted for One Gun A Month, which is inexcusable, and she also voted to Expand NJ FamilyCare which makes me worry that she might be on board for ObamaCare if she were in Congress.

Bill Barham has also been mentioned - I don't know much about him, maybe getting on the Little bandwagon without knowing Barham (if he gets into the race) is unfair.

On this news I'll state for the record that I WILL NOT be running in this year's primary and immediately offer my support and endorsement for Anna Little over the current list of known possible candidates, if that means anything to anyone. I was CONSIDERING running again with Angelini and Gooch as the only other names in the game, but with Little stepping up, I believe there is a great candidate in a position to defeat Pallone, which I would not say about Gooch or Angelini and I can only hope that the GOP at all levels from local, county, state and national as well as the Tea Party folks, take advantage of the opportunity to strongly back a strong candidate in Anna Little in a year that Pallone is vulnerable and should finally be voted out of his cozy office.

Frank Pallone is part of the problem, he is a virus on our district. Despite Pallone's claims, he has poorly represented the people of CD6 in Congress and is part of the problem that is:
1) high unemployment, high taxes and an IRS that terrorizes and threatens citizens
2) closed forts that continue to deteriorate while jobs at those forts are lost to other states
3) polluted beaches and waterways
4) uncontrolled illegal immigration that threatens out workforce, social services and security
5) high inflation, trillion dollar federal deficits and yet decreased spending in areas like NASA and our military
6) unaffordable tuition rates for citizens while foreign students and illegal aliens get Gov't help
7) gasoline prices that continue to hover at the $3/gal mark, high energy costs (oil, gas, electric) because of regulations that prohibit offshore windfarms, offshore oil or gas drilling, onland nuclear power or onland windfarms.
8) Two ongoing wars costing the lives of young Americans and the taxpayers of America with no end in sight
9) Irrational gun laws that make criminals out of law-abiding citizens
10) FEMA requires additional flood insurance along the Jersey Shore and Frank, who wrote the healthcare bill for his pal Obama, is somehow powerless to stop them.
11) Pallone EXTORTS thousands of dollars from ReGen executives, and seems to have gotten away with it - the issue has been swept under the rug. Pallone continues to EXTORT huge sums of money from pharmaceutical and healthcare companies alike.
12) Pallone voted to continue funding ACORN

Frank Pallone bad, Anna Little good - tell a friend.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Chris Christie is Rockin' "It"

I think we've all wonder what "it" is, whatever "it" is, Christie has "it". Here is our new Gov. on CNBC hitting home run after home run.














Here is the "new" story to accompany the video.

So far I'm impressed, and Christie seems to recognize that there is much more to do, and it won't be easy, for any of us, but in the long run, I think he's right - the tough choices will pay off.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Joe Stack's Note is Fascinating, to me

First, let me state clearly: I absolutely do not condone or advocate violence and am deeply sympathetic to the family and friends of the IRS employee who was murdered today by Joe Stack. I'm equally sympathetic to the family and friends of Mr. Stack and all of the other taxpayers out there who he, seemingly, believes he died for.

With that said, I think it's worth a review of Mr. Stack's critique of the IRS, and government in general, as his writing is really quite fascinating and in many ways quite accurate, and sad.




"East Side Dave" from the "Ron & Fez Show"
Mr. Stack begins his letter by invoking the cry of "no taxation without representation" and he states "These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a 'crackpot', traitor and worse". Quite accurate. Mr. Stacks points to many flaws in the IRS code and for that critique, what has the "news" done so far today? They have painted a picture of a man who is out of his mind, somehow wrong about every single one of his opinions and beliefs, without so much as a consideration for what he has written. He's called a "terrorist" by his Congressman, but from my quick efforts with Google, his Congressman has never once called the tactics used by the IRS and it's employees "terroristic". Indeed, the IRS and it's employees actions can surely be labeled "terroristic" and will continue to be, which is the problem.

Stack then goes on to note that the CEOs and executives of major corporations have been given handouts, bailouts officially, for essentially running their corporations into the ground and then accurately points to an overly complex tax-system " too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand" and again, I must agree with him.

Remember when Timothy Geithner didn't pay that $35,000 in taxes? What about Nancy Killefer who also didn't pay her taxes? Tom Daschle? These are some of our political leaders. Surely at least one of them has read the tax code? Or have they? Have you ever tried to read all of the tax code, here I'll help get you started [irs.gov]. The truth is that Mr. Stack isn't wrong about this - the tax code is thousands of pages, forms, circular references and a bit of your your IRS agent/judge/jury happens to be that day you appear in court, if you're lucky enough to have your day in court and not just have your pay, home, cars or life taken from you by another man (and by man I mean human). Not to mention that the code/law establishing the IRS and giving it authority is more thousands of pages of law. For that matter, pages of "law" don't read like a book, they read "such as", "wherein", "hereforto" and each specific word has some specific meaning, which often requires looking up the meaning in some other law.

Stack also notes "The law 'requires' a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing". Again, clearly, Obama's friend's didn't read the code, or understand what they were signing. And I personally would love to sign my tax forms this year and attach a note "I did NOT read all of the tax code and make no representations as to the completeness or accuracy of my claim beyond what TurboTax has provided for me"... but surely I would be a 'crackpot' for doing that, and would be inviting an audit from the tax man as well. To label Stack as a "crazy" for this much is still incorrect in my opinion, unless of course you think Obama's friends knowingly lied on their tax forms?

He then goes on to discuss "exemptions", which are quite interesting to me personally and Stack once again nails so many problems in so few words. Let me start by saying this, when some man purchased the Mercedes-Benz CL55AMG I now own for $130,000, he paid about $9,100 in taxes, give or take a few dollars. He also paid some title fee, a registration fee, a luxury tax, maybe a gas guzzler tax and who knows what other taxes. A vehicle history report indicates that the man who first purchased this car purchased it as a "company car" - a corporate lease, so I'm certain he "wrote it off", whatever that really means. Now I'm certain that the tax code was not intended for this. I'd like to think the idea was that my friend who runs a construction company NEEDS a 4x4 pickup in order to do work. I can absolutely assure, a CL55 AMG serves absolutely no purpose for any business use, period. MAYBE, just MAYBE, if you were a real-estate exec who needed to take a fancy client to see a fancy multi-million dollar house, you'd want your agent to have a fancy car - but certainly not a 2 door coupe with 500hp, MAYBE you wanted an S, but not a CL. Stack doesn't note the double, triple or more taxation, BUT my CL55 was sold after 3 years to someone else, let's guess they paid $60,000 for it, so the government took another $4200ish in taxes, on a car they already collected taxes for. They also took more fees for registration, title, etc. I then purchased the car a third time and paid another $2000+ in taxes, fees, title, etc. Not to mention I'm paying those sales taxes with money I have already paid income taxes on, OR that the person I bought the car from probably has to pay income taxes for the sale/profit, but I haven't read the tax code so that part is just a guess.

The next several paragraphs of his letter offer his personal story, again mostly relate-able topics. At some points he blames others for his problems, which may or may not be so, but what he says towards the end of his letter is quite interesting as well. He says, "I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are."

Out of coincidence, a friend had sent me a link to some Ross Perot quotes just yesterday. Among those quotes I was reminded of this gem: "If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes. " Again, Stack is more than right. The politicians (in his words "thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate") are already talking about how to regulate small planes, what new rules and regulations need to be put in place and how to deal with small aircraft over big cities. But where is the politician asking for a review of the IRS, the tax code or the methods used by the IRS to harass, scare and perform outright thuggery to get money from taxpayers, who probably don't have the money, while "exemptions" are made for corporations, politicians or if those companies don't have the money, the government gives them a handout.

And please don't take this as being anti-corporation or anti-capitalism, that could not be further from the truth. Love him or hate him, I recently heard Mike Bloomberg say something which I thought was kind of smart, he essentially said that we should be happy when Wall St guy get huge bonuses or paychecks - because the city can tax that money. If those Wall St. guys pay 50-60% or more of their income into taxes, fees, etc like me, then I've got to say, Bloomberg is right, I just can't imagine how taking 50% of *ONE* guys $50million bonus leaves the city in debt and needing to raise taxes even though the streets have huge potholes in them and the bridges and tunnels haven't be improved, expanded or added to any time soon and schools don't have money for textbooks, etc... hrm, must be more of that tax-code magic.

So do I think it was "ok" then for Mr. Stack, who I honestly believe is right in most of his assessment, to attack a Federal building and it's employees? I'm not going to answer directly but I'll pose this question instead, do you think it is "ok" for Federal employees to come knock on your door, shotguns in hand, to take your property?

Surely the killed IRS employee is someone's mom, dad, brother, sister, etc, do I want to explain to that employee's child, mom, etc that the employee is dead? Again I won't answer directly, but I ask this, surely Mr. Stack has a wife, kids, mom, etc, do you want to tell the IRS employee's mom, dad, child that their son, daughter or whatever threw some family out on the street over a few dollars in taxes? Or do you want to tell Mr. Stack's wife and kids that they'll be sleeping in the gutter tonight so that Uncle Sam can sell their house and property (for a loss) to the highest bidder? Do you also want to explain that it's not like the tax money is really needed anyhow because the government will just print some more money out of thin air or take a loan from the Chinese or Japanese if they need more money?

So I must say, what Mr. Stack wrote has certainly hit a sour note with me as a person and a taxpayer. I don't think he did the right thing by attacking a Federal building (and not just because it's MY tax money that'll get spent to repair the building now) and killing a federal employee (and not just because my tax money will go as some kind of "reward" to the killed employee's family), but I can also more than understand the anger and frustration that Mr. Stack feels towards the IRS and the tax system. I have little doubt that anything will change, except maybe some new regulations on small aircraft as he notes will happen, and I believe that the Tea Party folks will continue to be called 'crackpots' and the left will continue to be called 'traitors' and socialists. I'll continue to pay the majority of my earnings to the government as a tax, fee, licence, etc and continue to fear that one year I'll honestly and legitimately forget a tax form or incorrectly file a form and lose everything I have worked so hard to earn, including my two GM Pontiac Firebirds and the Benz. I'll also continue to fear that someone will somehow perceive me, through this blog or anything else, as "anti-government" and use that as a reason to take away my 2nd amendment rights, and maybe even my 1st amendment rights, and I doubt I could get a fair and speedy trial because my peers live in the same fear and would dare not question the law and be labeled a 'traitor' themselves.

It is a scary world we live in, but I'll always remember what my parents told me as a child when it was time for some test, "just do your best" and when it comes to obeying the law, since none of us can really know all of the laws and understand them all, that's just what I'll do, and it's just what I'll urge you to do. So don't go crashing a plane into a building,any building, I'm POSITIVE that much is illegal.



RAW DATA: Joseph Andrew Stack Suicide Manifesto

... I'll offer my $0.02 on this later when I get home from work and have time, but here is the rather interesting raw text (as published by FoxNews) of Joseph Stack's final note - which they call a "manifesto" but, having read about half now, I would call a reasonably accurate description of where we are... In case it disappears from the mainstream news sites sooner rather than later....


If you’re reading this, you’re no doubt asking yourself, “Why did this have to happen?” The simple truth is that it is complicated and has been coming for a long time. The writing process, started many months ago, was intended to be therapy in the face of the looming realization that there isn’t enough therapy in the world that can fix what is really broken. Needless to say, this rant could fill volumes with example after example if I would let it. I find the process of writing it frustrating, tedious, and probably pointless… especially given my gross inability to gracefully articulate my thoughts in light of the storm raging in my head. Exactly what is therapeutic about that I’m not sure, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

We are all taught as children that without laws there would be no society, only anarchy. Sadly, starting at early ages we in this country have been brainwashed to believe that, in return for our dedication and service, our government stands for justice for all. We are further brainwashed to believe that there is freedom in this place, and that we should be ready to lay our lives down for the noble principals represented by its founding fathers. Remember? One of these was “no taxation without representation”. I have spent the total years of my adulthood unlearning that crap from only a few years of my childhood. These days anyone who really stands up for that principal is promptly labeled a “crackpot”, traitor and worse.

While very few working people would say they haven’t had their fair share of taxes (as can I), in my lifetime I can say with a great degree of certainty that there has never been a politician cast a vote on any matter with the likes of me or my interests in mind. Nor, for that matter, are they the least bit interested in me or anything I have to say.

Why is it that a handful of thugs and plunderers can commit unthinkable atrocities (and in the case of the GM executives, for scores of years) and when it’s time for their gravy train to crash under the weight of their gluttony and overwhelming stupidity, the force of the full federal government has no difficulty coming to their aid within days if not hours? Yet at the same time, the joke we call the American medical system, including the drug and insurance companies, are murdering tens of thousands of people a year and stealing from the corpses and victims they cripple, and this country’s leaders don’t see this as important as bailing out a few of their vile, rich cronies. Yet, the political “representatives” (thieves, liars, and self-serving scumbags is far more accurate) have endless time to sit around for year after year and debate the state of the “terrible health care problem”. It’s clear they see no crisis as long as the dead people don’t get in the way of their corporate profits rolling in.

And justice? You’ve got to be kidding!

How can any rational individual explain that white elephant conundrum in the middle of our tax system and, indeed, our entire legal system? Here we have a system that is, by far, too complicated for the brightest of the master scholars to understand. Yet, it mercilessly “holds accountable” its victims, claiming that they’re responsible for fully complying with laws not even the experts understand. The law “requires” a signature on the bottom of a tax filing; yet no one can say truthfully that they understand what they are signing; if that’s not “duress” than what is. If this is not the measure of a totalitarian regime, nothing is.

How did I get here?

My introduction to the real American nightmare starts back in the early ‘80s. Unfortunately after more than 16 years of school, somewhere along the line I picked up the absurd, pompous notion that I could read and understand plain English. Some friends introduced me to a group of people who were having ‘tax code’ readings and discussions. In particular, zeroed in on a section relating to the wonderful “exemptions” that make institutions like the vulgar, corrupt Catholic Church so incredibly wealthy. We carefully studied the law (with the help of some of the “best”, high-paid, experienced tax lawyers in the business), and then began to do exactly what the “big boys” were doing (except that we weren’t steeling from our congregation or lying to the government about our massive profits in the name of God). We took a great deal of care to make it all visible, following all of the rules, exactly the way the law said it was to be done.

The intent of this exercise and our efforts was to bring about a much-needed re-evaluation of the laws that allow the monsters of organized religion to make such a mockery of people who earn an honest living. However, this is where I learned that there are two “interpretations” for every law; one for the very rich, and one for the rest of us… Oh, and the monsters are the very ones making and enforcing the laws; the inquisition is still alive and well today in this country.

That little lesson in patriotism cost me $40,000+, 10 years of my life, and set my retirement plans back to 0. It made me realize for the first time that I live in a country with an ideology that is based on a total and complete lie. It also made me realize, not only how naive I had been, but also the incredible stupidity of the American public; that they buy, hook, line, and sinker, the crap about their “freedom”… and that they continue to do so with eyes closed in the face of overwhelming evidence and all that keeps happening in front of them.

Before even having to make a shaky recovery from the sting of the first lesson on what justice really means in this country (around 1984 after making my way through engineering school and still another five years of “paying my dues”), I felt I finally had to take a chance of launching my dream of becoming an independent engineer.

On the subjects of engineers and dreams of independence, I should digress somewhat to say that I’m sure that I inherited the fascination for creative problem solving from my father. I realized this at a very young age.

The significance of independence, however, came much later during my early years of college; at the age of 18 or 19 when I was living on my own as student in an apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. My neighbor was an elderly retired woman (80+ seemed ancient to me at that age) who was the widowed wife of a retired steel worker. Her husband had worked all his life in the steel mills of central Pennsylvania with promises from big business and the union that, for his 30 years of service, he would have a pension and medical care to look forward to in his retirement. Instead he was one of the thousands who got nothing because the incompetent mill management and corrupt union (not to mention the government) raided their pension funds and stole their retirement. All she had was social security to live on.

In retrospect, the situation was laughable because here I was living on peanut butter and bread (or Ritz crackers when I could afford to splurge) for months at a time. When I got to know this poor figure and heard her story I felt worse for her plight than for my own (I, after all, I thought I had everything to in front of me). I was genuinely appalled at one point, as we exchanged stories and commiserated with each other over our situations, when she in her grandmotherly fashion tried to convince me that I would be “healthier” eating cat food (like her) rather than trying to get all my substance from peanut butter and bread. I couldn’t quite go there, but the impression was made. I decided that I didn’t trust big business to take care of me, and that I would take responsibility for my own future and myself.

Return to the early ‘80s, and here I was off to a terrifying start as a ‘wet-behind-the-ears’ contract software engineer… and two years later, thanks to the fine backroom, midnight effort by the sleazy executives of Arthur Andersen (the very same folks who later brought us Enron and other such calamities) and an equally sleazy New York Senator (Patrick Moynihan), we saw the passage of 1986 tax reform act with its section 1706.

For you who are unfamiliar, here is the core text of the IRS Section 1706, defining the treatment of workers (such as contract engineers) for tax purposes. Visit this link for a conference committee report (http://www.synergistech.com/1706.shtml#ConferenceCommitteeReport) regarding the intended interpretation of Section 1706 and the relevant parts of Section 530, as amended. For information on how these laws affect technical services workers and their clients, read our discussion here (http://www.synergistech.com/ic-taxlaw.shtml).

SEC. 1706. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN TECHNICAL PERSONNEL.

(a) IN GENERAL - Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection:

(d) EXCEPTION. - This section shall not apply in the case of an individual who pursuant to an arrangement between the taxpayer and another person, provides services for such other person as an engineer, designer, drafter, computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work.

(b) EFFECTIVE DATE. - The amendment made by this section shall apply to remuneration paid and services rendered after December 31, 1986.

Note:

· “another person” is the client in the traditional job-shop relationship.

· “taxpayer” is the recruiter, broker, agency, or job shop.

· “individual”, “employee”, or “worker” is you.

Admittedly, you need to read the treatment to understand what it is saying but it’s not very complicated. The bottom line is that they may as well have put my name right in the text of section (d). Moreover, they could only have been more blunt if they would have came out and directly declared me a criminal and non-citizen slave. Twenty years later, I still can’t believe my eyes.

During 1987, I spent close to $5000 of my ‘pocket change’, and at least 1000 hours of my time writing, printing, and mailing to any senator, congressman, governor, or slug that might listen; none did, and they universally treated me as if I was wasting their time. I spent countless hours on the L.A. freeways driving to meetings and any and all of the disorganized professional groups who were attempting to mount a campaign against this atrocity. This, only to discover that our efforts were being easily derailed by a few moles from the brokers who were just beginning to enjoy the windfall from the new declaration of their “freedom”. Oh, and don’t forget, for all of the time I was spending on this, I was loosing income that I couldn’t bill clients.

After months of struggling it had clearly gotten to be a futile exercise. The best we could get for all of our trouble is a pronouncement from an IRS mouthpiece that they weren’t going to enforce that provision (read harass engineers and scientists). This immediately proved to be a lie, and the mere existence of the regulation began to have its impact on my bottom line; this, of course, was the intended effect.

Again, rewind my retirement plans back to 0 and shift them into idle. If I had any sense, I clearly should have left abandoned engineering and never looked back.

Instead I got busy working 100-hour workweeks. Then came the L.A. depression of the early 1990s. Our leaders decided that they didn’t need the all of those extra Air Force bases they had in Southern California, so they were closed; just like that. The result was economic devastation in the region that rivaled the widely publicized Texas S&L fiasco. However, because the government caused it, no one gave a shit about all of the young families who lost their homes or street after street of boarded up houses abandoned to the wealthy loan companies who received government funds to “shore up” their windfall. Again, I lost my retirement.

Years later, after weathering a divorce and the constant struggle trying to build some momentum with my business, I find myself once again beginning to finally pick up some speed. Then came the .COM bust and the 911 nightmare. Our leaders decided that all aircraft were grounded for what seemed like an eternity; and long after that, ‘special’ facilities like San Francisco were on security alert for months. This made access to my customers prohibitively expensive. Ironically, after what they had done the Government came to the aid of the airlines with billions of our tax dollars … as usual they left me to rot and die while they bailed out their rich, incompetent cronies WITH MY MONEY! After these events, there went my business but not quite yet all of my retirement and savings.

By this time, I’m thinking that it might be good for a change. Bye to California, I’ll try Austin for a while. So I moved, only to find out that this is a place with a highly inflated sense of self-importance and where damn little real engineering work is done. I’ve never experienced such a hard time finding work. The rates are 1/3 of what I was earning before the crash, because pay rates here are fixed by the three or four large companies in the area who are in collusion to drive down prices and wages… and this happens because the justice department is all on the take and doesn’t give a fuck about serving anyone or anything but themselves and their rich buddies.

To survive, I was forced to cannibalize my savings and retirement, the last of which was a small IRA. This came in a year with mammoth expenses and not a single dollar of income. I filed no return that year thinking that because I didn’t have any income there was no need. The sleazy government decided that they disagreed. But they didn’t notify me in time for me to launch a legal objection so when I attempted to get a protest filed with the court I was told I was no longer entitled to due process because the time to file ran out. Bend over for another $10,000 helping of justice.

So now we come to the present. After my experience with the CPA world, following the business crash I swore that I’d never enter another accountant’s office again. But here I am with a new marriage and a boatload of undocumented income, not to mention an expensive new business asset, a piano, which I had no idea how to handle. After considerable thought I decided that it would be irresponsible NOT to get professional help; a very big mistake.

When we received the forms back I was very optimistic that they were in order. I had taken all of the years information to Bill Ross, and he came back with results very similar to what I was expecting. Except that he had neglected to include the contents of Sheryl’s unreported income; $12,700 worth of it. To make matters worse, Ross knew all along this was missing and I didn’t have a clue until he pointed it out in the middle of the audit. By that time it had become brutally evident that he was representing himself and not me.

This left me stuck in the middle of this disaster trying to defend transactions that have no relationship to anything tax-related (at least the tax-related transactions were poorly documented). Things I never knew anything about and things my wife had no clue would ever matter to anyone. The end result is… well, just look around.

I remember reading about the stock market crash before the “great” depression and how there were wealthy bankers and businessmen jumping out of windows when they realized they screwed up and lost everything. Isn’t it ironic how far we’ve come in 60 years in this country that they now know how to fix that little economic problem; they just steal from the middle class (who doesn’t have any say in it, elections are a joke) to cover their asses and it’s “business-as-usual”. Now when the wealthy fuck up, the poor get to die for the mistakes… isn’t that a clever, tidy solution.

As government agencies go, the FAA is often justifiably referred to as a tombstone agency, though they are hardly alone. The recent presidential puppet GW Bush and his cronies in their eight years certainly reinforced for all of us that this criticism rings equally true for all of the government. Nothing changes unless there is a body count (unless it is in the interest of the wealthy sows at the government trough). In a government full of hypocrites from top to bottom, life is as cheap as their lies and their self-serving laws.

I know I’m hardly the first one to decide I have had all I can stand. It has always been a myth that people have stopped dying for their freedom in this country, and it isn’t limited to the blacks, and poor immigrants. I know there have been countless before me and there are sure to be as many after. But I also know that by not adding my body to the count, I insure nothing will change. I choose to not keep looking over my shoulder at “big brother” while he strips my carcass, I choose not to ignore what is going on all around me, I choose not to pretend that business as usual won’t continue; I have just had enough.

I can only hope that the numbers quickly get too big to be white washed and ignored that the American zombies wake up and revolt; it will take nothing less. I would only hope that by striking a nerve that stimulates the inevitable double standard, knee-jerk government reaction that results in more stupid draconian restrictions people wake up and begin to see the pompous political thugs and their mindless minions for what they are. Sadly, though I spent my entire life trying to believe it wasn’t so, but violence not only is the answer, it is the only answer. The cruel joke is that the really big chunks of shit at the top have known this all along and have been laughing, at and using this awareness against, fools like me all along.

I saw it written once that the definition of insanity is repeating the same process over and over and expecting the outcome to suddenly be different. I am finally ready to stop this insanity. Well, Mr. Big Brother IRS man, let’s try something different; take my pound of flesh and sleep well.

The communist creed: From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

The capitalist creed: From each according to his gullibility, to each according to his greed.

Joe Stack (1956-2010)

02/18/2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Poll Says: People Who Didn't Vote, and Republicans, Are Unhappy With the Federal Gov't

The Washington Post is claiming that a new poll indicates that two-thirds of Americans are unhappy with the way that the federal government is working. Shocking. The dummies at the Post then go on to try to claim that this means that two-thirds of people should get involved with the Tea Party and/or start to like Sarah Palin, or Republicans in general, since the Democrats are the ones, perceived to be, in power.

The problem with their little poll seems to be that they don't make a note that reminds the reader that ONLY about 130 million voted in the 2008 elections that made Obama president and solidly put Democrats in charge of the Senate and House. I stress the word ONLY because 130 million people really is ONLY about one-third of the population, meaning that the same two-thirds of the population who didn't bother to vote, either way, in 2008 are likely the same two-thirds who aren't happy with the direction of the federal government, which we can blame on Democrats but shouldn't forget that we do have some "Republicans" (like Chris Smith D4, Leonard Lance D7, and Frank LoBionda D2) sitting in Congress voting for Cap and Trade. so the Rs are certainly not all blame free either.

In my humble opinion, if two-thirds of the population doesn't feel inclined to vote for either party, and is unhappy with the direction that the government has taken, then it can only mean that one party or the other, or a new party, is in a prime spot to actually represent the people and change the course of our nation. The conservative wing of the Republican party seemingly represents a large portion of that two-thirds of the population, but I have to say, Sarah Palin is certainly not the spokes-person for the conservative wing of the party, nor is Rush (or, believe it or not, me).

The Tea Party Movement is a worthy effort, but if anyone intends to really change the way our federal government operates, the Tea Party folks must stop presenting themselves to the public at large as a fringe organization full of anti-government, ultra-right-wing militants who are just loud Republicans. I know that the Tea Party Movement is much more than that, and I am happy to see the Tea Party movement still making waves and gaining momentum, but they too must recognize that for any "change" to happen, they must reach that two-thirds of the population who are dissatisfied with the government, AND didn't vote before.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Solution to Illegal Immigration


This comic is sadly funny in an awfully true way... or maybe border patrol should order 60 Remington 870s?


The IRS is Buying Guns, and So Should You

It seems as if the IRS is in the market for sixty (60) Remington 870 shotguns. I don't know about the exact cost of the specific model the IRS intends to purchase, but for what it's worth, you can head over to your local Dick's Sporting Goods and purchase a Remington 870 Express 5 round, 12 gauge for yourself (with your FID of course) for about $300 after taxes.

I'm not sure why the IRS needs shotguns to collect income taxes, maybe because they recognize that gun sales means a more peaceful society, but I will say that I know firsthand that the Remington 870 is a great weapon and I would recommend having one, just in case someone ever tries to illegal break into your home looking for money or some other personal belongings... and by someone I mean like a gang or some other group of thugs, not the IRS of course... For a few dollars, you can also learn how to safely and properly handle such a firearm and use it in a defensive situation which I also recommend.