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Feeding Frenzy


When you place the phrase “feeding frenzy” into Google you get over 28,000,000 references. The first several references apply to an online game in which you play a fish and you eat other fish to become the “big fish”. Once you scroll past the games, you come to a video in which a diver is caught in the middle of a shark feeding frenzy. This is kind of what we watched on Friday. The IRS was caught in the middle of a conservative feeding frenzy. When you think about it, there are few things that conservatives love more than beating up the IRS. If you can’t actually cut taxes, the next best thing has to be pummeling the IRS.

Representative Dave Camp, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and a Republican from Michigan, is in conservative nirvana. He had a relatively long set-up in which he talked about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and then he got to his main point, “Mr. Miller, with all due respect, this systemic abuse cannot be fixed with just one resignation, or two. And as much as I expect more people need to go, the reality is this is not a personnel problem. This is a problem that the IRS being too large, too powerful, too intrusive, and too abusive of honest, hard-working taxpayers.” He continues, “There isn’t a person I come into contact with at home or anyone in this country, frankly, who does not fear the IRS. They fear getting something wrong in their tax filings. And they fear the IRS’ ability to audit them and wreak havoc in their lives, especially when all they are trying to do is improve their lives, let alone, God forbid, try to make America a better place to live, which is what the IRS targeted them for.” (more…)

By |2013-05-22T21:12:23-04:00May 20th, 2013|Obama administration, Party Politics, Taxes|Comments Off on Feeding Frenzy

16-year-old sails into trouble and parents should be ashamed

Hey, my 15-year-old son does a high wire act. I think it would be a great idea for him for walk on a high wire without a net between a couple of New York’s tallest buildings. That’s a great idea. Oh, course, I’m not going to push him. It is something that he wants to do. Oh, and my 14-year-old daughter wants to swim the English channel with electric eels and sharks chasing her because she has loved electric eels and swimming. My 13-year-old niece would like to fly around the world in a biplane upside down. This is something that she really, really wants to do.

Of course, all of these scenarios are made up. If someone would let their son or daughter do the above stunt there would be outrage. So, where is the outrage at letting a 16-year-old girl sail around the world? The craziness should bring international condemnation. The parental excuse is that she is a great sailor at age 16. Really? Since when does a 16-year-old have judgment in crisis situations? BTW, who is going to pay for her rescue? I just don’t understand.

From the World of Crazy:

Abby’s bid to circumnavigate the planet in a sailboat was cut short on June 10 when a massive storm destroyed her 40-foot-long sailboat “Wild Eyes” in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean, nearly 2,000 miles west of Australia. The ensuing search for the intrepid teen sailor attracted worldwide attention.

Zac, who completed his own solo navigation last summer at 17, flew to Reunion earlier this week to bring his sister back to the family’s home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

He arrived on the island with a backpack for his sister filled with clothes, makeup, a hairbrush and an iPod to replace the one that got destroyed by seawater during the fateful storm that crippled Abby’s boat.

“I’m really disappointed that things didn’t go as planned,” Sunderland told reporters after coming to shore. “I was on an adventure. You can only plan so far.”  (more…)

By |2010-06-27T08:09:20-04:00June 27th, 2010|Domestic Issues|Comments Off on 16-year-old sails into trouble and parents should be ashamed
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