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Obama disappoints

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Yesterday, everyone was abuzz that Obama would extend benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees today.  When the actual announcement was made, it was an incredible disappointment.  Basically nothing was added that would cost the federal government any money.  This from a man who, during the election kept telling us about all the LGBT friendly […]

Marriage and Taxes

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

We got our taxes back from our CPA this week. For the first time, my state tax return has me owing, rather than getting a refund. I didn’t change my withholding from the previous year, when I did get a refund. So, what’s the difference? Starting with the 2007 tax year, California is requiring that […]

More than a step backward

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Last week Pope Benedict (I still think of him as Cardinal Ratzinger) announced that any parish is free to celebrate the old rite Latin Mass any time. There have been plenty of discussions in the media by learned theologians and others about pros and cons of this move and I certainly cannot add to the […]

Burning Questions

Friday, August 25th, 2006

It’s that time of year in SF again – everyone who is going to Burning Man asking everyone who isn’t for things to borrow. The season starts around Memorial Day, when you notice that friends start saying they can’t go to a show or dinner because they have a ‘camp meeting’; later they ask about […]

Panhandling Tips

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

San Francisco is famous for the number of panhandlers on the street. OK – it is politically correct to call them ‘homeless’, but I think that is making unfair presumptions about the person’s living arrangements. I do not know that they are ‘homeless’, but I do know they are ‘pandhandling’. Because there are so many […]

$10Billion a month?

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

The headlines in the paper today said the cost of the Iraq war is now $10Billion / month and that we will have spent $230Billion by the end of 2006. Wikipedia says that the Apollo space program (which put men on the moon, in case you don’t remember) cost $135Billion in 2005 dollars. I tend […]