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Time to Do the Taxes

Saturday, January 31st, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Time to Do the Taxes

I highly, highly, highly recommend turbotax.com!!!!!! I finished my federal and state income tax forms in 14 minutes.

(Although, if you have to file more than one state income tax form, it’s less good.)

DEWEY WINS!

Friday, January 30th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

DEWEY WINS! Redux

In the South Carolina debate last night, Howard Dean scooped all the national press.
“Unfortunately, the terrorists have already won,” he said about the ‘War on Terror.’

Search for ‘sedition.’

Everything but the kitchen sink

Friday, January 30th, 2004 by Dawn Summers


Everything but the kitchen sink

I’m leaving my first real, post-college job.
I started working at ‘___ LLP’ when it was just ‘___’ and I was just a first year law student temping on the night shift.
I’ve come a long way, since the nights of waiting on the 22nd floor at midnight to be buzzed in by the secretarial staff. I made $18/hr. (more money than I ever made in my previous 22 years combined!) and at 8 a.m., I would take the a cab home, after a night of data entry, to get uptown in time for my 8:30 a.m. Civil Procedure class.

Oh, how times have changed.
NY State considers me a veteran attorney now, I have my own card key and I certainly know better than to try to go to class after working eight hours straight!
So, armed with that knowledge and three years of spiral bound training materials, I’m off!
But, first…cleaning the office. For those of you who know me…. well, you can imagine the level of difficulty.
For those of you who don’t, here’s a smattering of the items that I have uncovered.
In order of least to most weird:
10. A half used roll of ‘Nsync gift wrapping paper. (No, you didn’t read that wrong, I am starting with least weird!)
9. Opened pack of juggling balls.
8. Fourteen unopened stress balls
7. Cleats with caked on mud (and softball glove.)
6. Mostly full bottle of Italian salad dressing.
5. Video tape of first half of Buffy Season six.
4. Unopened game of 20th century Trivial Pursuit.
3. 64 CDs and 54 empty CD cases.
2. Unopened bottle of Bacardi Limon
And the weirdest thing found in my office…
1. Roller Skates.

(I didn’t think a refrigerator and microwave were too odd…)

Time to start the Diet

Thursday, January 29th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Time to start the Diet

Oh, this is just like a bad dream
I split my pants right at the seam
This is real bad, I feel oh so sad
Got to leave work before being seen

Via Rook’s Rant:

Thursday, January 29th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Via Rook’s Rant:

I WIN, I WIN, I WIN, I WIN!!!

Thursday, January 29th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

I WIN, I WIN, I WIN, I WIN!!!

OK, I’m a few days late, but there was a snowstorm in East Coco Beach.

Anyway, Kerry won, so I won.

Also, about Al Franken, there’s a few things the “no self control” post on Alarming News forgot to mention.

See them here.

Good looking out Liberosophere.

Via Mad Kane

Blog Surfing

Thursday, January 29th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Blog Surfing

One of my favorite blogs has posted a revealing anecdote.

Essentially, for those of you too lazy to click the link, it’s about what happens when people act out of fear and the FBI is authorized to investigate.

Seriously, read it.

What’s in a name

Wednesday, January 28th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

What’s in a name

I’m watching ‘Deep Impact’ with my mother the other day, we were watching the Golden Globes and got bored with one of the interminable acceptance speech “Gosh, I started out on a farm in South Africa…” Click.
Ooh, earth about to be crushed? Leave it there!
Anyway, my mom had never seen it before, so I’m explaining the premise and catching her up in the plot, when suddenly she points to the screen and says isn’t that Tea Leoni?
What? Yes. What the hell?
This is the woman that has spent more than 20 years calling her only child “girl” as in “come here… ummm, girl.”
Or “you know who I mean” as in “come here, leticia, alicia, teresa… Dammit you know who I mean. Come here.”
At first, she blamed my grandmother.
“Well, I’m my mother’s daughter” (I think she forgot grandma’s name.)
Then, I would cooly point out that grandma had seven kids, she had one.
“Well, then you know exactly who I’m talking to, so quit complaining.”
Game, set, match.
Mind you, when she’s pissed off or I’m in trouble, totally different story.
I’ve got a first, a last and two middle names.
But Tea Leoni? She’s good to go on that one at a moment’s notice.
My mom doesn’t even remember Jennifer Lopez or Brad Pitt!
Geez.

Forget Bush, Miller thinks America is a miserable failure

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

Forget Bush, Miller thinks America is a miserable failure

I know, this is what I get for watching television at 12 a.m., but it was Dennis Miller and I have long had a soft spot for the old ‘that’s the news and I am outta here’-paper throwing uncaped crusader. (Almost took out a girl’s eye in seventh grade imitating his end of broadcast stunt, though)

Dennis was much more subdued than usual, but no less obtuse (who are the Plantagenats, again?) But, he has a purpose now, a mission: he wants to be headquarters for the common sense revolution.

And why?

Because, and I quote “The American experiment appears to be imploding.”

Nice, that he gives us the qualifying “appears,” but the tenor of the rest of his “monologue” was less equivocal.

Although he’s ok with two men getting married, “If a foreigner wants to blow their wedding up, a terrorist, well I expect my country to kill him before he gets the chance and if that makes me a right wing fanatic well allow me to bask in that asignation.”

Hope he’s wearing sunscreen because the assignation burns brightly.

Doesn’t Dennis realize that the homegrown nutcases like the Phelps from Kansas- based Westboro Baptist Church are much more likely to blow up the gay wedding than any “foreigner?”
But even beyond that, the notion that the United States should kill people because they *want* to cause harm, or even because they *want* to kill others is so insane, I can’t believe he actually thinks this is “common sense.”

How can we possibly know what people want to do before they’ve done it? More importantly how can we kill people for it? This kind of delusional bravado may make good applause lines, but he’s wrong if he thinks that trigger happiness makes any kind of common sense.

In Brooklyn this weekend a teenager was shot to death for opening a door. No doubt, as Miller says Bush feels about the 500 plus dead troops, the police officer’s heart is just torn up about the loss, but that’s little comfort to the dead boy’s family.

I have heard it over and over, “what good is privacy if we’re dead?” or I’d rather be safe than free or put another way “After the World Trade Center was first attacked in 1993, some of the guilty were indicted, and tried, and convicted, and sent to prison. But the matter was not settled…After the chaos and carnage of September 11th, it is not enough to serve our enemies with legal papers.”
But is it true?
Look, there’s certainly a place for war and the military, but there is also a place for the courts and our judges and the constitution — but it seems the Dennis Millers would like to see those institutions gutted, reserved for parking tickets and drug offenders.

But in Miller’s world (and I suppose the President’s world, since he’s indicated that he doesn’t think criminal courts deter crime or that courtrooms are the place to settle medical malpractice claims) common sense is the first thing out the window.
Think I’m kidding?
Not one minute after suggesting that the American “experiment” has imploded, he began to rant about Mark Gergagos and Scott Peterson. Apparantly, once you’ve been arrested for a crime, we should just go right to sentencing.
That’s not “common sense,” it’s fear and paranoia. The Muslim guy with mustache is evil (another fine moment from Miller’s show) so America kills him. 10 percent of the Islamic world agrees with bin Laden (Naomi Wolff was ignored when she asked in horror, “so we kill them all?”) You disagree with the President, you “aid and abet” our country’s enemies (direct quote from David Horowitz a guest on Miller last night…Miller didn’t disagree.) David Frum went on to suggest that the Democrats shouldn’t even be able to discuss the “war on terror” in New Hampshire, “that’s not politics, it’s national security.” He then said that politics is “what labor union gets what contract.” Really? So now courts are ineffective and politics is petty… what’s next to go? Science?

I know what it’s like to live in a state of perpetual fear. I grew up in a NYC ‘hood, was held at gunpoint when I was seven, had a cousin murdered when I was 12 and can’t remember playing outside unless my mom came with me, but violence isn’t what assuages fear.
God, family, education, governments, courts, sports, music, museums, yoga …in essence, the great American experiment does.
Believe in it, Dennis.

BOO-YA

Monday, January 26th, 2004 by Dawn Summers

BOO-YA

Federal judge declares parts of ‘Patriot Act’ unconstitutional. How many more parts to go?