we really appreciate it…..

for veterans day, bush introduced The Fallen Patriots Tax Act. it looks to me like dying in the service won’t even buy your widow/widower a new car.

The new law doubles the benefit from $6,000 to $12,000, and makes it retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001, so it covers military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere in the fight against terrorism.

Traditionally, military death benefits have been tax-free. However, in 1991 when Congress raised the benefit from $3,000 to $6,000, it failed to exclude the $3,000 increase from taxation. The new bill increases the exclusion to $12,000, the same amount as the benefit.

talking rummy

i was just reading an article about how they will be keeping bush as far away as possible from any actual living breathing brits when he visits there this week, on the forbes magazine site, and there was this link to the talking rummy doll. phil and i were talking about the bush administration yesterday during lunch, and we decided that by far the most sinister part of it is that shadow government that dick cheney is running. they keep him away from normal people at all times, and he only speaks at ultra-conservative think tanks where the questions asked of him are not likely to be upsetting. bush himself is describing the measures being taken for his british visit as “walking around in a bubble”. wait a minute…..publicly elected leaders who are shielded as much as possible from the public. oh yeah, they weren’t elected.
my favorite bit of graffiti i’ve seen lately is on the dumpster at minna: “shave bush”…..

so this is how it ends

this is kind of cool. i just signed up for xbox live, and i so i stayed up til 4 last night checking out rainbow six 3. it takes me back to the old days of rainbow six LAN parties down in LA, with the addition of a headset and microphone. and a lot less crashing. and there isn’t any discernible lag. it’s pretty cool. this is also pretty interesting. i get a lot of hits and comments on the basis of google results associated with this site, and i am sure hoping that there are not results showing up that expose it to ferocious attacks. hmmm that being said, i think i should probably hook up a backup, it has been quite a while since i have.