Apologies to Rosa and any of my other faithful readers who might have been left despondent and nearly suicidal by my failure to post a blog yesterday. Yesterday the ol' blog machine just wouldn't let me log on to publish anything. I'm not sure what was up with that. Probably The Man screwing with me again.
I want to wish a very happy belated birthday to Ryan "Roundball" Steans, my younger sibling and one of the most polychromatic guys I've ever met. Ryan turned 30 years young, yesterday, so it's safe to say that the best days of his life are now behind him, and there's nothing left to live for. Cheers, mate!
Britney Spears is pregnant. Just can't bring myself to care enough about that to even make a joke about it. Aren't her 15 minutes up yet?
Michael Jackson apparently offered to buy a house and to pay for college for some boy who slept with him if the kid would just appear on a videotape refuting earlier statements that had accused Jackson of impropriety. Man. If only a few of my clients had enough money to buy houses for their accusers, I bet I could work out all kinds of deals.
Last, but certainly not least, our hard working political leaders in Washington our working in our best interest again. Bills are currently working their way through Congress which would repeal the estate tax, a tax which effects only the wealthiest 2% of the population (individuals with estates larger than $1.5 million) and which largely taxes only capital gains (which will go untaxed if the estate tax is repealed). The estate tax also encourages charity by making charitable contributions tax exempt. At the same time that the estate tax is being scheduled for demolition, Congress (with help from their friends in the banking and credit industries) is looking to modify the bankruptcy laws to make it more difficult for Americans to work their way out from under crippling mountains of debt (requiring all money to be repaid to creditors, despite declaring bankruptcy). Congress is choosing to modify these laws at a time when most studies indicate that half of the people who declare bankruptcy do so because of unexpected medical care costs in a system which leaves them inadequately insured. Congress doesn't have much to say about fixing those problems with the health care system.
Anyway, I'm being cut off in mid rant because a client just came in to see me. Probably a good thing. I don't want to be too political. It upsets Crackbass.
p.s. Now this....
What is up, AMD? You're s'posed to be the friendly little Austin-based company that makes Intel look like big, evil ogres who engage in stupid construction projects (which later get abandoned). Reed and Frank, we'd appreciate it if you could prevent AMD from screwing up our groundwater. Thanks.