“As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”—H.L. Mencken
“A: r u hoping ur cats live forever?
A: they probly wont
Joe: forever and ever
A: they will bury u
A: when u die
Joe: they are my special little people and they will never die
A: bury u in their backyard
Joe: we go up to heaven to live with Jesus
A: how old r they
A: and cats go live with cat jesus”—
"There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C & D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism."
The way things go with me, that seems waaaay more likely. So I call the IRS to find out what’s up with my monies.
So check it: after asking what the last two digist of my SSN were, the IRS agent on the line asks, “Did you get your money direct deposited into your account directly or did it go to someone else first?”
TURBO-TAX. YOU MOTHERFUCKERS.
I sowed the seeds of my own doom when I gave TT their $24.95 in blood money to process my NY State return and opted to have them pay themselves out of my return. In doing so, I apparently signed my money over to TT, who pay themselves, then deposit the rest of my return into my account. And because they have done this without my consent (ok, they had my consent. I was just to rushed to read the fine print or understand the implications) I will not be getting my Economic Stimulus Payment deposited in my account any time soon. IN FACT, it will not be deposited at all, at least not by Unca’ Sam. Instead, I’ll be getting some bullshit PAPER CHECK in the mail sometime in JUNE!
The upside, if there has to be one, I guess would be that I’ll come home one day and there will be a check for a couple hundred bucks waiting for me that I’d completely forgotten about.