BS, USNA, Annapolis, 1959; MSA, The Geo. Washington U., 1975; Submariner, Commander, USN, 1959 - 1981; Aerospace battery engineer & mgr., 1981 - 1999; Political affiliation: Mainly of the Democratic persuasion but not a fan of the extremes on either side.
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"The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind."
-- William Blake, A MemorableFancy
I love to doubt as well as know."
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.
-- William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
"We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don't know."
-- W. H. Auden
"Without contraries is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence."
-- Wiliam Blake, The Argument
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
-- Herman Melville, US novelist & sailor (1819 - 1891)
"It’s better to believe in what you know than to know what you believe in."
-- HL Gaskins
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?” – Epicurus circa 300 BCE
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Category Archives: Taxes
On Forks In The Road
NPR is commonly considered to have a liberal bias, but having of late listened to many of its products I would now disagree. Of course, that might have something to do with a drift politically leftward, but I prefer to … Continue reading
Confessions of an Amateur Tax-preparer
Not long after I retired from my civilian job I was looking for a pastime activity that would keep my brain active and I decided to try being a volunteer tax preparer with the organization, VITA. It has always seemed … Continue reading
Hidden On A Rock
A cruise can be both relaxing and informative. Mollie and I have been fortunate since our retirement to be able to afford a few cruises, including, just lately, to Bermuda, out of New York City where we sailed past Lady … Continue reading
A Taxing Subject
In today’s Joplin Globe, Robert Reich makes his case that, “. . . rather than depress economic growth, higher taxes on the rich correlate with higher growth.” He adds, During almost three decades spanning 1951 to 1980, when the … Continue reading
Please, Stop Me Before I Do It Again!
Today’s (11/04/10) Joplin Globe is right about San Francisco and Happy Meals. The junk food is outrageously fattening and bad for kids, but I have to agree that making government (San Francisco) tell a company (McDonald’s) what not to market … Continue reading
Dutch Sandwich, Anyone? Yum, Yum
According to ABC News Friday evening, reporting on research by Bloomberg writer Jesse Drucker, Google, Microsoft and other corporations are using a financial strategy called the “Dutch sandwich” to legally avoid corporate taxes in the United States. ABC News said … Continue reading
Taxing On Your Heart
On May 25, 2010, the Center for Science in the Public Interest released its annual XTREME EATING AWARDS. At the top of the calorie chart was The Cheesecake Factory’s Pasta Carbonara at 2,500 calories and 85 grams of saturated fat. … Continue reading
What Are Sales Taxes? — Death By A Thousand Cuts?
Sales taxes sprout like weeds. Every little cause wants it’s cut, but are the cuts painless? Voters must judge. Continue reading