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Where’s Mr. T?

February 27, 2005 at 11:15pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

This weekend was very eventful. Saturday - woke up late. Then watched hoops. Did laundary. Watched more hoops, and then hoops. Then went to bed. Sunday - woke up early and exercised. Then watched hoops, and then more hoops. Then went to Taco Inn for a burrito and flour chips. Then returned to watch hoops - Nebraska beat Iowa State. Now I am watching more hoops. This evening…watch more hoops, then maybe that movie award thing.

I did actually manage to get in a few hours of writing this weekend. I’m currently working on the 3rd of a series of articles about extraterritorial jurisdiction of Council of Europe nations, the first two of which should be in print within the next month or two. This latest one focuses on the Al-Skeini case recently decided by the High Court of England and Wales, in which the Court spent quite a bit of time wrestling with recrifying the famous Bankovic case (NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia) with the recently issued case in Issa v. Turkey (alleged killing of Iraqi Kurds by Turkish military in Iraq).

Taxes

February 13, 2005 at 9:31pm By: Mr. T Posted in Mr. T's Den

I did my federal (and state) taxes this weekend and came off better than last year. Perhaps because I was really socking away $ in my IRA last year? Or it could have been because of the 2004 deduction for state and local taxes? In anycase, I owe the feds $155 (and the state of Nebraska owes me $250). I would rather have owed Nebraska a bit for time value of money reasons, but it is fun to get $ back.

So speaking of tax breaks, how wise are they given the nation’s current deficit of over 400 billion dollars? 

Well as the theory goes, the more tax breaks = more $ to spend = more $ back in the economy. Well I did put money back into the economy…the BRAZILIAN economy…after purchasing a new rice cooker made in sunny Brazil to replace my old burnt out one. Let’s tango!

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