Archive for April, 2010


American Ex-Pats Giving Up Citizenship

More and more expats are giving up their citizenship. This is not a good thing, but I had no idea we still had to pay Federal taxes when living abroad, nor did I realize that various recent (post 9/11) laws make it very difficult for us to live abroad, especially if we just happen to need a bank.

Stringent new banking regulations — aimed both at curbing tax evasion and, under the Patriot Act, preventing money from flowing to terrorist groups — have inadvertently made it harder for some expats to keep bank accounts in the United States and in some cases abroad.

Hopefully something is done about this in our government, but I’m certainly not holding my breath. It makes me rather happy I earned so little money (relatively speaking) when I was in Prague; they can’t come after me for tax evasion!

2 Comments | Catergorized: political


Gustav Skippone

I don’t normally drool too terribly much over motorcycles… Well, fine, I drool a lot if the machine is worthy and the Gustav Skippone from Yuri Shif is definitely… Worthy. If anyone wanted to get me something nice, now you have an idea.

Gustav Skippone

Via Bike EXIF, one of the best sites about motorcycle design.

2 Comments | Catergorized: motorcycle


Obama and Some Polls

I’m not a big fan of polls. However, some that aren’t designed to weigh in on whether a person should do a thing but rather what a population’s perception of the person is can be illuminating. This Harris poll is rather scary, because they are all about how Americans view President Obama.

He is a socialist (40%)
He wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (38%)
He is a Muslim (32%)
He wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government (29%)
He has done many things that are unconstitutional (29%)
He resents America’s heritage (27%)
He does what Wall Street and the bankers tell him to do (27%)
He was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president (25%)
He is a domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitutions speaks of (25%)
He is a racist (23%)
He is anti-American (23%)
He wants to use an economic collapse or terrorist attack as an excuse to take dictatorial powers (23%)
He is doing many of the things that Hitler did (20%)
He may be the Anti-Christ (14%)
He wants the terrorists to win (13%)

Unsurprisingly, the percentages for Republican are much higher than these averages, as are the percentages for the less educated.

I’ll refrain from extensive editorializing aside to say: What a freaking pack of idiots we have in this country.

2 Comments | Catergorized: grrr  political


Here We Go

I’m just minutes away from a super exciting and very mysterious weekend. Early bachelor’s party. No idea what my best man has cooked up. Wish me luck!

1 Comment | Catergorized: food-drink  friends  life
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