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  1. Rrhain commented on Adam@Home 18 days ago

    Did Poncho have anything to do with that flying squirrel?

  2. Rrhain commented on Adam@Home 27 days ago

    I want the niblick!…whatever that is.
    It’s just a niblick, but it’s divine!
    Even if it’s a simple little niblick,
    It’s mine!

    (Stephen Sondheim, “Pour le Sport”)
    (A niblick is what we could call a 9-iron)

  3. Rrhain commented on Tank McNamara about 1 month ago

    Because none of those felony convictions of those other players are a distraction. None of the celebrity stalking of the other players is a distraction. Somehow, it’s only a “distraction” when it’s the gay player.

  4. Rrhain commented on Cathy 3 months ago

    As lightenup pointed out, there is a different tax rate for those filing as Married (either Jointly or Separately) than those filing as Single.
    However, whether or not you “pay more tax” depends upon the income the two make. If one person earns significantly more than the other, a married couple pays less tax than if they were filing as single. It is only when the two earn similar amounts that the income tax owed is larger if you are filing as Married.

    That said, there are many other tax benefits to marriage. The “pay more tax” is referring only to income tax and that is not the only tax that is paid. For example, property can be transferred from one spouse to the other without having to pay tax. Inheritance taxes are another example. And speaking of healthcare, that’s another example: If you put your spouse on your health insurance, you will need to pay an extra premium, yes, but that’s it. If, however, you put your “civil union” partner on your health insurance, not only do you need to pay the premium, but also you need to pay tax on the employer subsidy for your partner’s insurance since that subsidy is considered income at that point.

    And even with regard to income tax, there are ways to manage it to pay less tax: If property is earned, it can be claimed by the one in the lower tax bracket in order to pay less tax.

    So on an extremely naive level, yes, married people “pay more tax.” On a larger level, married people tend to come out ahead.

  5. Rrhain commented on Tank McNamara 4 months ago

    It’s a way to talk about it without running the risk of anybody thinking you’re actually trying to use the word as intended. Is it clunky? Yeah, but it ensures that the discussion is focused on the actual subject of discussion. It means people who are going to be racist can’t say, “But I didn’t mean it like that! I was just referring to the word as a word!” as a defense.

    That said, why grown adults have forgotten the lesson they learned in kindergarten about playing nice is beyond me.

  6. Rrhain commented on Cathy 5 months ago

    And she’s nuts. What if I don’t want you calling back? That’s why I left a message, so you could know what I wanted to tell you without you having to bother me to tell it to you a second time.

  7. Rrhain commented on Basic Instructions 5 months ago

    Dirty Ice Dancing

  8. Rrhain commented on Tom the Dancing Bug 5 months ago

    Um, you need to check your math:

    30 + 1000 + 29 + 30 + 410 + 1000 = 2499

    Now, ignoring the ridiculous claim that they were “exaggerating numbers” (So why be so specific and say “29” and “410”? Not to mention that Hebrew has a very solid numbering system and thus has no need to fudge anything.) the simple fact is that the numbers given in no way can come up with something in the 5000s.

    Whether it reads 5400 or 5469 is immaterial. It shouldn’t be reading 5-anything. And make no mistake, the Hebrew isn’t using letters-as-numbers and thus there was just a transcription error. It reads, “five thousand four hundred” (“chamesh ‘eleph ’arba’ me’ah”). The text writes it out as words, not numbers.

  9. Rrhain commented on Pooch Cafe 8 months ago

    There was a book, “The Fur Person,” that included many bits of wisdom for the gentleman cat, one of which was, “If you sit in front of a door long enough, it will open.”

  10. Rrhain commented on Doonesbury 8 months ago

    Because your taxes are actually lower. It’s the rich who haven’t been paying their taxes.

    And no, you aren’t rich.