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To Get The Rebate, You Have To File

CNNMoney has an important piece of information on the rebates that Congress passed: Wanna tax rebate? You gotta file first.

If you know someone, especially someone on Social Security, or possibly a student who only has a part-time job, who doesn’t normally file a tax return because they don’t make enough to pay taxes, if they made $3,000 last year they may be eligible for a rebate, but they won’t get it unless they file.

They are apparently handling this through the Internal Revenue Service, and they don’t “know” you exist unless you file the form.

There are usually groups in a community that offer free help with filling out the forms, so you don’t need to go to a tax preparer and spend a chunk of the rebate to file.

Spread the word, you have to file.

February 13, 2008   6 Comments

Don’t Read Blogs

Just, don’t read them, because if you read them you will find out things you really don’t want to know and that just really tick you off.

For example, via Turkana at the Left Coaster I found a Jerome Anderson piece on Rule 11A, the rule that Florida and Michigan violated. The problem is that I found out that the penalty was to lose half your delegates until the DNC used its “discretion” and stripped both states of all of their delegates, and I found out that Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina also violated the same rule with no penalty.

It ought to be an interesting challenge for the Democratic Presidential candidate to start out 44 electoral votes in the hole, but I can’t imagine anything that the party can do that will get normally Democratic voters in either Florida or Michigan to bother to go to the polls. They have once again found a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Actually, it is possible that a Democratic candidate may not even appear on the Florida ballot unless they apply through the independent process of a filing fee and petitions, because the Florida Democratic Party has no part in the process. I guess they could certify Clinton, even if Obama wins the nomination, since she is the winner of the Florida primary, where the process ended.

I don’t really care, I won’t be using that line on the ballot anyway.

February 13, 2008   8 Comments

Dear Torture Supporters

I heard Justice Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States on the radio yesterday attempting to justify torture with hypothetical scenarios of when it might be useful.

I would request the esteemed Justice and the other brain dead individuals in this country whose thinking can’t make it out of the twelfth century to review the incident of September 11, 2001 and answer one question:

EXACTLY WHAT PART OF THE PHRASE “SUICIDE MISSION” IS TOO COMPLEX FOR YOU!!!

Thank you.

February 13, 2008   2 Comments