May 12, 2008

Dur Stupid News!

Like American Gladiators, only without the tights.*

Proposed ballot question would abolish state income tax

Did you know that the income tax is largely a formality now, since Massachusetts has learned how to create money from thin air? That's how government programs are really funded. The money they collect from your income tax is actually spent on tea, which is then dumped into Boston Harbor amid cries of "No representation without taxation!" So, why have an income tax at all?

In 2002, we voted this same measure, and 45% of the public bit. This is our second attempt at pulling the rug out from our government and throwing the Commonwealth into chaos.

Lakeville woman charged with assault in cinema

A woman is charged with assault after allegedly attacking another woman during a showing of "Baby Mama" in Taunton. It's Taunton. Is anyone surprised?

It's thought that the attacker was provoked by the sound of laughter. Since it couldn't possibly have been related to the film, she assumed she was the target of derision and the ensuing melee involved her 16 year-old daughter as well. For the win, Mrs. Crocker. If you were worried you were being laughed at then, you are now officially "The Dangerous-Crazy Lakeville Woman Who Attacks Mirthful People."

ITEM!

JENNA BUSH WEDDING PHOTOS RELEASED! causing a massive earthquake in China.

The next one is for Chuck:

Life Immitates Art.

Dennis Farina arrested. In an airport. It almost doesn't matter why. Serrano's got the disks! He's got the disks!

Jimmy Serrano aka. Dennis Farina

Warning, NSFW language and Midnight Run spoilers:

Bonus video: Midnight Run the "WARNING NSFW LANGUAGE, I'M REALLY SERIOUS" version

Oddest Choice of Photo Award

... goes to this story in the Sunday Times Online. Lebanon tense after Hezbollah power grab. In a stunning leopard print and jazzy golden minidress.

Really Loco Local

In Somerset, we're voting in one of the least-talked-about races of this political season. I'd tell you all about it, but then I might be held responsible for tragic asleep-at-the-keyboard mishaps. Don't surf tired!

[* Not in the way you thought I meant that. Actually, this is nothing like American Gladiators.]

Posted by James at May 12, 2008 9:45 AM
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My mother gave me two issues of "SoCo" magazine yesterday; I'm not sure why. (I'll refrain from commenting on the tone and content of the magazine itself, which I'll leave as a fun surprise for anyone who wishes to peruse it.)

In SoCo, I found an ad explaining that we'll end up with an extra $3600 (average) in our pockets each year if we abolish the state income tax. I did not find any explanation of how the state's existing expenses would be funded, or any acknowledgment of what would have to happen to other taxes, such as sales and property taxes, as a result.

(I also found a quote from our friend Keri in an article about the Broadcasting Fairness Doctrine. That was cool, but unfortunately not cool enough to offset the rest of my reading experience.)

Posted by: Julie at May 12, 2008 10:36 AM

"I did not find any explanation [...]"

Apparently, SoCo is the place to go for in-depth analysis.

I'm going to have to seek this magazine out; I think they have it at No Problemo, because I know I've picked up a copy before. If the tone and content are as good as this implies, I smell a recurring blog feature!

Posted by: James at May 12, 2008 11:13 AM

The letters to the editor in the April issue were particularly good. (Actually, the editorial replies were the real source of entertainment.) I'll bring it next time I see you.

Posted by: Julie at May 12, 2008 12:58 PM

Thank you, thank-- I though you were putting it out?

No, I'm not. I'm not putting it out.

Why aren't you popular with the Chicago Police Department?

Posted by: Chuck S. at May 12, 2008 1:47 PM

"...I smell a recurring blog feature."

Ooh! Like Patrick Bryant, host of WMBR's "Subject to Change" show, reading selections from "Somerville Speakout" each Saturday (usually around 2:30 or so).

People call the Somerville Journal and leave comments, rather than writing letters. The comments are published and are often crazy ramblings about illegal immigrants, those lousy kids, parking, etc. HI-larious (he has the best voice when he reads these).

Dig it via the InterWeb any time you please:

http://www.wmbr.org/www/sched-sat#change


Posted by: Patti M. at May 13, 2008 11:52 AM

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