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These little dudes emerged for the first time today. There are three of them, leetle baby Sumatran tigers. They were born January 2 at Chester Zoo.

I’m fobbing you off with this cuteness on account of I am doing my taxes tonight. This is relatively easy, mostly because I make next to nothing, but it does include freelance monies from several different sources.

Math, in other words. Fucking math.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: January 27, 2015, 10:13 pm

Taxes. Arrgh. That is why I hire an accountant. Hated doing them and would sell a kidney to have a pro do them. Not *my* kidney, but a kidney nonetheless.

I got my Dick-winnings over the weekend, Sweasy! AWESOME! Can’t wait to frame them. Interestingly, we adopted a Borzoi (extra goofy personality breed of dog) from a friend on the same weekend that I receive extra goofy dog artwork from you. Thanks for the cool art on Ellypoo paper!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 27, 2015, 10:25 pm

You would think my taxes would be easy to do….I own nothing and owe nothing. Money in, money out. It takes me a full day, a lot of alcohol and a trip to a priest afterward to cleanse my soul and my mouth. My MA tax form was 29 (fucking 29!) pages long last year.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 27, 2015, 10:30 pm

Oh, I’m so glad, Lester. I don’t know who’s dog people and who’s cat people and I had no idea who I was fobbing that goofy-ass dog off on.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 27, 2015, 10:46 pm

I grab a handful of old forms and tables from my tax guy and then go to the gun range (he joined me this year). This is on tongue-in-cheek advice from my doctor, but there’s nothing tongue-in-cheek about the cathartic and stress reduction effect of blowing tax paperwork into confetti. Highly recommended for those who don’t live under the control of an authoritarian regime that has disarmed its subjects.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 27, 2015, 10:48 pm

I cannot help but admire the equanimity with which cats, especially large cats such as these gorgeous creatures, gaze upon us humans. I imagine it is because somewhere in their DNA memories is the knowledge that their ancestors used to eat our ancestors.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: January 27, 2015, 10:54 pm

We went from 4 cats to 1 cat over the past couple of years. They just got old (18, 14, & 13); Reaper came a callin. Always loved dogs too, but chose to enjoy them vicariously through the plethora of them around us. Finally succumbed and brought this one home ‘cuz we’ve known him since he was born (helped friend bottle feed him) and he wasn’t doing well socially for the last year w/his pack (9 other borzoi). We’re tickled silly to have him.

Your art describes/visualizes his actual personality: Be goofy, run fast! Weird co-inka-dink or kismet or whatever.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 27, 2015, 11:02 pm

The goofy-ass dawg I sent to LesterIII:

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 27, 2015, 11:14 pm

Taxation is theft.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 27, 2015, 11:30 pm

@Uncle Badger:

Taxation is theft.

Yes, yes, yes. And an ordinary thief is honest (!) enough that he doesn’t try to convince you that he’s doing you a favor or somehow protecting you (using some definition of “protect” that I can’t find in my OED).

Only filthy govt thieves have such hubris.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: January 27, 2015, 11:49 pm

I agree, Cousin Badger! Because I refuse to buy Health Insurance, just because the Government says i must, i was fined $250.00.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 27, 2015, 11:51 pm

I agree, Uncle Al.

Funny thing is, as people get older, a lot seem to drift to the soft, squidgy Left. As I’ve got older, I’ve got more and more convinced that politicians have absolutely no moral right to take my money to spend on the furtherance of their beliefs.

I doubt there are many conservative tax collectors.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 27, 2015, 11:56 pm

Scandalous, Cousin Scott. I find it deeply depressing that the USA, a country I have always looked up to as a bastion of plain common sense and individual liberty, has been sucked into this whirlpool of socialism.

We were a lost cause decades ago, but seeing you go the same way is just miserable.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 28, 2015, 12:17 am

Fear not Uncle Badger! Despite the results of the last 2 elections, the vast majority of the US votes red. The problem is that they vote red as a protest against a blue candidate that is more repulsive that red candidate. For some reason, this nation that overwhelmingly identifies itself as CONSERVATIVE continues to elect the likes of McCain, Boehner, McConnell. I take solace in the ousting of Cantor. One step at a time.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 28, 2015, 12:53 am

I would merely note that, in areas that used to be under Mafia control, if you paid your Mafia taxes, they actually would PROTECT you.

Comment from gromulin
Time: January 28, 2015, 2:34 am

Due to the recent ass-rapery the State of California and San Mateo County have done to me in the past year of relocation and mortgage encumbrance, I’m actually looking forward to filing taxes for the first time in decades.

Have-fucking-at-you, tax return. All outta bubble gum. Gimme my shit back!

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 28, 2015, 4:19 pm

We were a lost cause decades ago, but seeing you go the same way is just miserable.

1996 US presidential elections were the harbinger.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: January 28, 2015, 7:55 pm

From what I understand, the IRS is of the opinion that US citizens and expatriate former US citizens still are under their purview for all their income regardless of where earned or where resident. SWeasel, do you have to file both for Obama and the Inland Revenue?

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: January 28, 2015, 10:46 pm

Haha! Chuckie wants us to put a sword to his throat & force him to sign a document limiting his powers? Snicker-snack, as they say.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 28, 2015, 10:54 pm

Subotai: this vexes me terribly. Yes, I am supposed to file with Uncle Sam for the rest of my life. No, I haven’t done it. I am told this can Cause Problems, but I’ve never been sure exactly what.

I can’t believe they’d be very serious problems, because the amount of money I earn is minute. Way, way below the amount that would leave me owing anything to the UK, let alone the US.

The truth is, I’m not really sure how to do it. Our tax years are different. I don’t know what forms I need. And obviously, if my income is tiny, I’m not inclined to pay someone else to do it.

It’s one of those *shove it in the back of my brain and worry about it at three in the morning* things.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 28, 2015, 11:17 pm

But Sweas, you should understand that you might be eligible for Earned Income Credit:

Comment from mojo
Time: January 29, 2015, 1:08 am

Taxation without representation is theft. I heard that somewhere.

If the people you elect keep taxing you more, elect others.

Comment from mojo
Time: January 29, 2015, 1:26 am

Hell, just apply for a green grant. They’re giving money away.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: January 29, 2015, 1:46 am

Sweas: if you should find yourself on this side of the pond again, and find yourself fleeing the Reven-o-o-ers; keep in mind that there are places in Colorado that resemble the “strangers” verse in Rocky Top. 😉

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