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06 February 2007
05 February 2007

JUST WHEN I THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO


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uy my cigarettes over the Internet from the Indian Reservations...

Brick resident Craig Mathews, 57, quit smoking last April, but not before racking up a $10,426.11 sales-tax bill for buying cigarettes over the Web for years.

New Jersey residents who buy their cigarettes over the Internet are experiencing a big reason to quit: huge sales-tax bills.

The state is cracking down on residents who buy their smokes online to avoid state sales tax, a development that has caught many Garden State smokers by surprise.

Tim Nolan, 52, received a sales-tax bill from the state of New Jersey for $4,115.28 for the Pall Mall cigarettes he purchased online from July 2003 to March 2005.

Both men said they bought the cigarettes over the Internet to save money and didn't know that they had to pay sales tax to the state of New Jersey.

"We should have gotten a warning," Nolan told the Asbury Park Press in yesterday's editions. "We were ignorant of the law."

A professor at Rutgers School of Law, Mark Weiner, said that under a federal law called the Jenkins Act, tobacco companies that sell their products to out-of-state consumers must report sales information to the state where the consumer lives.

Observations and Questions
This is just crazy... Cigarettes they want people to quit... buy you can still carry that trusty firearm.

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1848 Belle Starr [Myra Belle Shirley] US female outlaw (wild west). And in the death notices in 1973 L C William Nolde last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Finland : Runeberg Day (1804)
Japan : Japanese Martyrs Day (26 martyrs-1597)
Mexico : Constitution Day (1857 & 1917)
Roman calendar : Nonae Februarius
San Marino : Liberation Day
Tanzania : Birth of the Afro Shirazi Party
02 February 2007

WHEN WILL THE


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adness end? I swear to God, I wish lawmakers would honestly announce their intentions and take an IQ test before running for office.

Parents beware: Miss a meeting with your child's teacher and it could cost you a $500 fine and a criminal record.

A state lawmaker from Baytown has filed a bill that would charge parents of public school students with a misdemeanor and fine them for playing hooky from a scheduled parent-teacher conference.

Rep. Wayne Smith said Wednesday he wants to get parents involved in their child's education.

"I think it helps the kids for the parents and teachers to communicate. That's all the intent was," Smith said.

Parents could avoid prosecution if they have a "reasonable excuse" for not showing up. State education officials or local school districts would probably be responsible for defining reasonable.

Observations and Questions
Be honest now... is it me?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1948 Jessica Savitch Kennett Square PA, news anchor (NBC). And in the death notices in 1995 Donald Pleasance English actor (Halloween), dies at 75.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
US : Groundhog Day
01 February 2007

WHEN "STARS" CRASH...


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ars. The other day Brandy... recording artist, crashed her 2007 Land Rover, into the back of another woman's car, a Toyota, and killed her. The impact caused the Toyota to slam into the rear of another vehicle and then careen toward the center divider, where it was struck by 1988 Acura. Awatef Aboudihaj, 38, died later that day of injuries sustained during the wreck.

California Highway Patrol officials have recommended the filing of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges against the R&B singer (full name: Brandy Norwood) in connection with the December 30 crash on the 405 Freeway.

Aboudihaj Ahmed and Labridi Zohra, the parents of the dead woman has filed a $50 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against Brandy.

It will be interesting as hell to see the outcome of this one... not the wrongful death suit... I mean when Brandy goes before the Judge and is sentenced.

Observations and Questions
Love to hear your comments...

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1968 Lisa Marie Presley Keough Jackson Memphis TN, (Elvis' daughter). And in the death notices in 1851 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley novelist (Frankenstein), dies at 53.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Malaysia : Federal Territory Holiday (1974)
Nicaragua : Air Force Day
US : National Freedom Day
China : Chinese New Year-The Year of the Pig (1995/4693) End of Sexageney
China : Chinese New Year-The Year of the Ram/Sheep (2003/4701)
30 January 2007

LET'S SAY I BREAK


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nto your house... Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely.

Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests. Let's say I break into your house. Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, "I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors; I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).

According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family 's insurance plan, educate my kids, and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my right to be there.

It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm hard-working and honest, um, except for well, you know.

And what a deal it is for me!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice and being an anti-housebreaker. Oh yeah, and I want you to learn my language so you can communicate with me."

Observations and Questions
Why can't people see how ridiculous this is?

Breaking News!

This morning, from a cave somewhere in Pakistan , Taliban Minister of Migration, Mohammed Omar, warned the United States that if military action against Iraq continues, Taliban authorities will cut off America 's supply of convenience store managers. And if this action does not yield sufficient results, cab drivers will be next, followed by Dell and AOL customer service reps. and Motel 6 managers.

It's getting ugly!

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1931 Gene Hackman California, actor (Bonnie & Clyde, Under Fire, Superman). And in the death notices in 1838 Osceola chief of Seminole Indians, dies in jail .

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
England : Women Peerage Day (1958)
Kentucky, Virgin Islands : Franklin D Roosevelt Day
29 January 2007

PANCAKE MAKERS UNITE!


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ow you folks know me... I rarely complain. Okay, maybe I'm stretching it a bit there. Anyway, how many of you eat pancakes out there? Come on now, raise your hands... ok, I see one, two, five, a lot of hands.

The box I have are the kinda instant, water and mix type. When I use to make pancakes for the kids years ago, I did it from scratch with flour, etc. Now that I have reach advanced laziness I but almost prepared stuff.

Anyway, the directions on the box for 6-9 pancakes are 1 cup of mix and 3/4 cup water.

First of all this does NOT make 6 to 9 pancakes, unless you want pancakes the size of a 25 cent piece. If I like normal size pancakes, this recipe makes 2.5 cakes. Plus there is something majorly wrong with the recipe! If you follow the directions closely using 1 cup of water or milk and 3/4 cups mix... these pancakes are so friggin' thick I have to use a spoon to get the mix onto the griddle... and they take forever to cook on one side. What am I doing wrong?

The directions couldn't be wrong, so it must be me. Below the directions is a note: For thicker pancakes use less water. Holy crap, I'd have to use a jack-hammer to get the stuff onto the griddle.

Every box of mix I look at in the store has the same measurements. I honestly think the ingredients need to be reversed... 1 cup of water/milk and 3/4 cup mix. That way they are a little bit thinner and more manageable.

Observations and Questions
Does anyone else have this problem? Or is it just me?

Birth Announcements and Dusty Death Notices
Born this date in 1880 W C Fields [William Claude Dukenfield] Philadelphia PA, "on the whole, he'd rather be in Philadelphia"/actor (My Little Chickadee, Bank Dick). And in the death notices in 1980 Jimmy Durante New York City NY, singer/comedian (Ink-a-dink-a-doo, Palooka, The Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86.

Holidays and Special Dates Today Around the World
Kansas : Admission Day/Kansas Day (1861)
Australia : Australia Day (1788 - 1993)
China : Chinese New Year-The Year of the Tiger (1998/4696)
China : Chinese New Year-The Year of the Dog (2006/4704)