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40+ year old former teacher, linguist, interrogator, soldier, and lastly convict. We all do stupid things every once and awhile. I am an economic conservative and a firm believer in civil rights. Starting a new life now and frankly not sure what I am going to be doing.

17 July 2007

Back again

Ok, after a fairly long vacation I am back. A week spent in Miami for the Fencing National championships, (no, I didn't win but I did reasonably well) then a week of just doing not much at all. But here I am to start the task that Blue Girl left me. I was tagged to choose what I consider to be my four best and four worst posts. I am not doing that today because I have to go back and actually read all of my old posts. I have a few ideas on best ones, for the worst I am not at all certain. Please feel free to leave nominations for either category.

On to one of my favorite topics, stupid people, I went tot he movies today. Transformers, certainly not high art but entertaining. A really kind of weird mix between kids movie and action flick. Fun movie. I was in the Mugs and Movies section where you can order snacks and such to eat while watching the movie. There eas a family in front of me and the parents had two pitchers of beer. After the movie I saw them all go out and Dad hops in the car to drive home. Now unless wifey is lush and drank it all herself he had at least two mugs of brew, probably more like three. Nothing like proving you love your kids by impairing yourself before driving home.

Another example of stupid people can be found in the Brown family of Plainfield New Hampshire. These wonderful folks owe in the area of one Million dollars in back taxes which they refuse to pay They say there is no law requiring them to pay income taxes. I know there is a rather large movement out there that claims the income tax is unconstitutional and such. Click HERE for some of their reasoning. At any rate, these people were sentenced en absentia to about 5 years in prison for tax evasion. They have holed up in their Victorian style home (build of solid concrete with a tower with 360 degree field of fire) and said they will not be taken out alive. Their phone and power lines have been cut but the house is a marvel of green engineering with solar panels and wind generators built in and supporters bring the cell phones and supplies. (Although they are said to have several years worth of food stashed in the place as well as weapons0
These supporters include such luminaries as Randy Weaver. (Google Ruby Ridge)

Needless to say the U.S. Marshals are proceeding very carefully in this action to avoid something like Ruby Ridge or Waco from happening here.

Stupid people keep life so interesting for the rest of us........

4 Comments:

Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

While I pay my taxes and no, I don't cheat my taxes, what gets me is withholding from my paycheck. That's just wrong. Just trust me to pay my taxes before 4/15 at least instead of treating me like a kid. That's all I ask.

9:01 PM  
Blogger exMI said...

So when You fill out that little form when you get a job check the box for not withholding anything. I haven't done one of those in awhile but there used to be that option.

12:00 PM  
Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

I never did that. Is that what it does? I better talk to an accountant before doing that.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can adjust withholding for income tax. There's no way to stop FICA (Social Security) or Medicare.

Note that you have to pay penalties if you're under-withheld by more than $500 at the end of the year. (There are a couple of safe-harbor clauses that let you off the hook -- e.g., were over-withheld the previous year, or were under-withheld but within 10% of the previous year's taxes.) In most cases you need to have withheld pretty close to what you're going to owe.

9:29 PM  

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