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Comment: Re:Fly your plane into the IRS bldg? (Score 1) 583

by tekrat (#46758495) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

That *did* happen to me. I owed the IRS $40,000 on taxes where I hadn't even made $40k in my life thus far. It was for taxes when I was working as a freelancer right out of college and was making less than $16,000 per year, and living out of my parents house.

I could not get it settled with them until I refinanced my mortgage 10 years later and added what I owed on my mortgage to what I owed the IRS and essentially folded that debt into the mortgage. While it worked out for me in the end because I was able to sell my condo at the height of the real-estate boom, it still smarts that I owed the IRS more than I ever made during that period.

Comment: Fly your plane into the IRS bldg? (Score 1) 583

by tekrat (#46756083) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

And then we wondered a few years back why that dude flew his airplane right into the IRS building after having an argument with them over taxes.

Seriously, if a lot more people were willing to do that, we might have some change for the better in this country -- except that the usual response is to clamp down even harder on the people.

Same old same old, the banksters get away with stealing billions on a daily basis, Occupy Wall Street did zero to change things, even the outrage after the financial crisis did zero to change things -- wall street is back to the same old tricks with no oversight that caused the last collapse, and we are swiftly headed for another.

Meanwhile our rights are stripped away bit by bit, and we're too sheeple to care. But hey, as long as Kim Kardashian gets in a tabloid this week, we're fine with whatever happens. Americans get what they deserve.

Comment: Just think, you could have had universal healthcar (Score 1, Interesting) 719

by tekrat (#46717527) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

Just think, you could have had universal healthcare, single payer, provided by the government, like Canada and every other industrialized nation on earth, but the moment that was proposed by Obama, the GOP had a cow, the Tea Party starting bringing guns to Town Hall meetings and Fox News screamed bloody murder that Obama was denying insurance companies their god-given right to make a profit at the expense of the American people, and the democrats caved in and let the heritage foundation proposed Romney-Care become the model for Obamacare. Wow that was a long sentence.

So you can thank Republicans for the current state of Obamacare, a plan they championed as a replacement for the original proposal, and then right after it passed into law, attempted to repeal it 51 times.

Comment: Re:Fox News Style Outrage (Score 1) 672

by tekrat (#46713681) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

Wow... have we fallen that far? I thought that when I wrote "Where in the Bible does it say that Girls should code?", I thought it was *obvious* it was satire, but I guess thanks to Colbert, there are people who really do believe he's a right wing-nut.

Either that or the conversation has become so extreme that writing anything, even *UFO aliens did it*, is considered legitimate debate from a CNN contributor. Wow. Seriously Wow.

Comment: Fox News Style Outrage (Score -1, Troll) 672

by tekrat (#46713287) Attached to: Google: Teach Girls Coding, Get $2,500; Teach Boys, Get $0

What is this "War on Boys" started by Google? Between President Obama (who has not yet proven he's even an *american*), pushing for equal pay for women and now this sort of blatent sexism that ostracizes males from even getting a decent education, our country is going downhill.

Where in the Bible does it say that girls must code? Our country was founded by Christian Males, and males are now under attack by the socialist liberal forces now prevalent in government!

Comment: Still working on one... (Score 1) 169

by tekrat (#46682871) Attached to: Fifty Years Ago IBM 'Bet the Company' On the 360 Series Mainframe

Although these days the hardware is System 390/Z-series, but I still login via TSO, I review COBOL code with comments going into 1980 (and yes, they all have Y2K patches)... The financial industry *never* throws anything away (especially if it's still making them money). Except programmers. Those they throw away.

Comment: Re:Cosmos (Score 1) 509

by tekrat (#46661097) Attached to: The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

The other reply you are castigating has a point, and I'm open to his suggestion that we keep our minds open. As soon as they provide CONCRETE EVIDENCE of such a "magic man in the sky", then I can be turned to their postulation.

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and so far they haven't provided much. When there's proof of god published in a scientific journal, along with repeatable experiments garnering repeatable results, then I'm ready to accept that as theory.

Comment: So that would include President Obama, right? (Score 1) 274

by tekrat (#46638629) Attached to: NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

After all, he was palling around with a known terrorist.

In fact, given the 6 degrees of separation factor, almost *every* American has an association with a terrorist, and even if not, the definition of terrorist can be widely expanded to make sure that you're an associate of a terrorist. Think about how many names are on that no-fly list...

Comment: Rebublican Conservative?? (Score 4, Insightful) 138

Why does every one of these people campaign on a platform of "government is the problem, reduce the size of the government!", and then once in office, immediately create bills that INCREASE the size of government, pry into your personal life such as who you sleep with, and if you're a woman, even when you can have sex, and generally make it so that government *is* indeed the problem because *they* made it so?

"If John Madden steps outside on February 2, looks down, and doesn't see his feet, we'll have 6 more weeks of Pro football." -- Chuck Newcombe