Tag Archives: Big Brother



Ugh… April 15, how I hate you.

And March 15. I hate you also. That’s the day corporate taxes are due.

Our corporate taxes are never a problem. They have pretty much been the same since the first year. Plug-and-play. Here’s the numbers. File.

Our personal taxes are another story. With both the Husbear and I each having our own personal businesses, then our personal “non-business” finances that we have to file separate thanks to not being a recognized couple, figuring out who gets to claim what and what gets claimed where is a real pain in the ass.

I’ve been working on our taxes for over a month. And yet I was up until 3:30 AM last night/this morning finalizing the Husbear’s taxes. Which he owed. And I just now finished my own. Which I also had to pay in.


I know I could let Accountant do it. But for years I’ve done the taxes “just because”. And I paid Accountant to do the taxes also. And the numbers always matched. So why the Hell was I paying Accountant that much money to do all the taxes if I can do them myself?

I’m really surprised there hasn’t been a revolution yet, just over the tax code. Someone needs to work on that. I would totally vote for you to make it a flat 10% tax for everyone. But make that happen first. Then I will vote for you.

Until next time...

Pic a Day in May: Day 22

Today is the Arkansas Preferential Primary & Non-Partisan Judicial General Election.

While I was at the polling place, I noticed everyone there was a geriatric, at best. One of the election officials even seemed “surprised” that a younger voter (i.e., me) was even there. That, or she was startled about my tattoos. I’m guessing probably a little of both.

Lens flare added with the LensFlare app.

Jim of Jim’s Stuff started his own version of the “Pic a Day in May” challenge. So I thought I’d go ahead and give it a shot. It’s not like I can really think of anything to blog about these days anyway. So we’ll go with my life in pictures. There’s that whole “a picture is worth a thousand words” thing anyway, so that just means I need to write less. 😉

Other bloggers that I know of who are playing along:
Jim of Jim’s Stuff
Sean of Idle Eyes and a Dormy
Kelly of Rambling along in life…
Sean of Just a Jeep Guy
BuddyBear of One Step at a Time

Until next time...

There comes a time when a house has been so damaged by termites that you must not only kill the termites but demolish the house and build again.
—Sisko, “Our Man Bashir”, Deep Space 9

I am by no means a revolutionary. But sometimes one has to wonder if there really is any way to fix our broken systems, short of deleting the whole thing and starting again.

Only 214 more days to go until the political commercials stop….

Stop SOPA and PIPA!

My site will go dark on January 18 in protest of the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA).

On January 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill—PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House—to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.

I personally feel very strongly about freedom of expression. I believe strongly not only in people’s self expression, but in the free form of that expression.

Help fight against internet censorship. Call your congress person and express your commitment to the free expression of ideas, as protected by the U.S. Constitution. Learn more at SOPAstrike.com and AmericanCensorship.org.

Until next time...

Walmart Shoppers are… Big Brother?

I don’t know how many of you saw this press release called “Secretary Napolitano Announces Expansion of “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign to Walmart Stores Across the Nation“.

I’ll quote it in it’s entirety here:

Washington, D.C. – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country – launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.

More than 230 Walmart stores nationwide launched the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign today, with a total of 588 Walmart stores in 27 states joining in the coming weeks. A short video message will play at select checkout locations to remind shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

The public service announcement will air in all Walmart stores equipped with checkout video screens.

Over the past five months, DHS has worked with its federal, state, local and private sector partners, as well as the Department of Justice, to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign and Nationwide SAR Initiative to communities throughout the country—including the recent state-wide expansions of the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign across Minnesota and New Jersey. Partners include the Mall of America, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Amtrak, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, sports and general aviation industries, and state and local fusion centers across the country.

In the coming months, the Department will continue to expand the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign nationally with public education materials and outreach tools designed to help America’s businesses, communities and citizens remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping the country safe.

Something about this concept scares the bejeezus out of me.

Remember that Sesame Street game of “One of These Things Is Not Like The Other”?

I still think that was an early training tool teaching how to profile individuals.

And that also scares me.

But now the government is asking the shoppers of Walmart to point out anything they find suspicious.

Umm… have you seen shoppers at Walmart? If you’ve never been in one, there’s a website dedicated to fun pictures of Walmart shoppers. Go check it out. Totally worth it.

I’d be on the phone with DHS the entire time I was on Walmart property!

I’m all about being aware of your surroundings. And I’m all about getting the local authorities involved if I know something to be not totally right.

But why do I feel like I’m Dr. Miles Bennell in some modern version of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” when I read this article?

And why do I feel like we, as a country, are rapidly moving into a similar place that resulted in the creation of the Gestapo or the NVKD in times past?

I’m starting to think Orwell had it right in 1984:

From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:

Updated 2011.09.28: Replaced embedded video with YouTube video.

Until next time...