Because They Can

bush-nazi.jpgThis story “Bush Moves Toward Martial Law” on Toward Freedom has been making some noise on the ‘Net. Our President has signed into law (in a private closed-door ceremony) Public Law 109-364, or the “John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007” (H.R.5122) (2). This act allows the President to declare a “public emergency” and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to “suppress public disorder.”

The legislation is available online here, so I figured it was worth taking a look. […]

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Edu-cash-in

edu-cash-in.jpgOK … for starters … I think people trying to better themselves through getting an education and getting a better job is a great thing. A wonderful thing. Certainly better than being stuck in a dead-end job, living in a bad neighborhood, etc. etc. etc. But the good folks (they are “educators”) at places like DeVry and ITT Tech. are pushing the envelope these days. I see their ads on TV every night, and being someone who grew up with the high-tech industry, and have been working in it for twenty-five years, well, the lies get hard to watch. […]

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E3 – Cleavage Too Distracting

E3 Booth BabesWell this little nugget of news raised the bar on narrow-mindedness – fining companies for having booth-babes who are dressed too scantily. They already don’t allow anyone under 18 into E3, so you have an adult audience. Who are they trying to protect from what? And what’s the big deal with showing a little skin? This is LA. Hollyweird.

Other articles claim this is an issue of “respecting women.” Meaning they want more women to buy video games. Hey, how about rather than make the booth babes cover up, they have a few booth dudes for the women to gush over and have pictures taken with? […]

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RLS WTF

pharma fraudI saw an ad on TV last night for a “disease” known as “Restless Leg Syndrome.” RLS.

Apparently during periods of inactivity you feel like moving your legs. That’s a disease? That requires a “Restless Leg Foundation?” Are you shitting me? There’s a foundation for this? Like, people are getting paid to man the phone support lines in case your foot falls asleep?

Oh … look who sponsors these fine organizations to help the sufferers from this life-shattering ailment. Why it’s the big pharmaceutical companies. […]

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Tax Questions

IRS SuckYeah, it’s that time of year again. And everyone has “tax questions.” What can I deduct? Will I get audited? Will the IRS believe I adopted 17 kids this year?

But lets ask some more fundamental questions:

If I can book a round-the-world trip in under five minutes on the Internet, why does it take all weekend (or a professional CPA) to do my taxes? Seriously. Why does it have to be so complicated? Who benefits from this freaking nightmare of paperwork that every adult in the country is in some way saddled with? […]

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