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The Taxman

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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The Beatles, no Conservatives, didn’t like high taxes

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With the tax deadline tomorrow and a never-ending debate on taxation that goes back at least to the Roman Empire, it might be instructive to consider The Beatles’ position on taxes as expressed by the lyrics of their song Taxman:

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
‘Cos I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman

Should five percent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
‘Cos I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet
Taxman
‘Cos I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman

Don’t ask me what I want it for
(taxman Mr. Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more
(Taxman Mr. Heath)
‘Cos I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
‘Cos I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me
Taxman.

-I.M. Windee

A Father’s Vindication

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I can pardon my family for many transgressions but I will never, ever forgive them for making me sound like my father.

-I.M. Windee

Maybe fathers like Mike Brady were really right after all, no matter how cramped they sounded

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Writers

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I.M. Windee looks into the mirror and sees…….himself

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Writers are people who don’t want to work.

Good writers are people who really don’t want to work.

Great writers are people who never work.

And lazy writers are people who write dribble like this.

-I.M. Windee

Give Blood or Your Time!

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

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Giving blood helps others

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As I celebrate my 100th donation to the Central Jersey Blood Center this weekend, I feel compelled to ask others who are not already doing so to consider giving what is called “the gift of life.”

The blood you donate is used to treat premature babies, burn and trauma victims, cancer patients, and those who depend on blood for survival. In short, when you donate blood, you are profoundly helping others.

You will also get a mini-physical and will find out important information like your blood pressure and hemoglobin.

While not everyone can give blood for any number of reasons, there is also the option of being a volunteer and serving in the registration procedure and the refreshment area following the blood donation process.

There are donation centers located throughout the country and likely there is one within a reasonably short drive from you. To find a location near you, please go to http://www.americasblood.org/go.cfm?do=NBDR.ShowForm.

I thank you for considering making this invaluable gift..

-I.M. Windee

Veteran’s Day: President Lincoln Weighs In

Friday, November 11th, 2011

The following is a letter from President Lincoln sent to the mother of men who died in the Civil War:

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Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln