Archive for April, 2006

I got your rational answer, right here!

April 24th, 2006

Iran’s whack-job president said earlier today that he would not stop his nuclear enrichment, and that those who are calling for him to stop should provide “a rational answer” why. I think I’ve got one. Yeah, I do…right here: YOU CAN’T HAVE NUKES BECAUSE YOU WANT TO WIPE 6 MILLION PEOPLE OFF THE PLANET!

Tyson Politics

Tax day brings memories of broken-promises

April 17th, 2006

Before reading any further, if you haven’t submitted your taxes, go take care of that now!

On my way to work this morning I listened to a caller gloat about not paying taxes in 14 years. No, he wasn’t exempt. He just claims that there is no law on the books that requires citizens to pay taxes, so whenever the IRS calls, he asks for the written document outlining his obligation. While I certainly don’t agree with this man (I believe we all owe taxes, because we all benefit from the government in some ways), the act of filing federal taxes is certainly not enjoyable (especially if you forgot to update your W-4 form like this genius).

There was a time not too long ago when our nation had a hope of tax reform. Our president formed a committee to research and present him a feasible tax reform option that would simplify the growing tax code. (Did you know that in the past 15 years, Congress has added an average of two lines a day to the tax code?) While I’m not a tax expert or economist, I was intrigued by the different options being thrown about. Flat tax. National sales tax. The eventual recommendations contained few earth-shattering changes, but would have simplified things considerably. That is, if Bush wouldn’t have thrown it away. Once again, Bush and Congress are too skeered to do anything constructive, adding tax reform to the team already featuring Social Security reform, national marriage ammendment, healthcare and government spending.

Oh…but good news. Pretty soon we’ll be at war with Iran! (Phhhhrhrrb!)

Tyson Politics

Google Maps improves API

April 7th, 2006

This is great news from Barry Schwartz this morning…Google has added several new features to the Google Maps API. Hopefully I can use the new features to speed up my USA Tennis Directory site, which uses the API extensively.

Tyson Search, Technology

30 years later, Cosby is still right

April 6th, 2006

Bill Cosby was right thirty years ago when he said children have brain damage. “When a child does something, and you ask the child why he did it, and he says ‘I don’t knooooow!’…that’s brain damage!”.

Last week, Cosby spoke in New Orleans and encouraged the citizens of that city to “cleanse” themselves from the moral filth they have come to know.

It’s painful, but we can’t cleanse ourselves unless we look at the wound. Ladies and gentlemen, you had the highest murder rate, unto each other. You were dealing drugs to each other. You were impregnating our 13-, 12-, 11-year-old children. What kind of a village is that?

He’s still right. We would do good to listen to the comedic yet profound wisdom from this man.

Tyson General, Politics