The so-called Direct Assessments, which account for most of the increase, are not ad valorem taxes. Therefore, they're unregulated. My tax bill says, "Payments made for less than the total installment due are not acceptable. Any such partial payments received will be returned to the taxpayer." Thus the entire bill, and not just the property tax, is mandatory.
The bill also says, "If the taxes are not paid ... the property becomes subject to a power of sale by the County Tax Collector and will be sold at public auction ...." This position of the tax collector is tantamount to an open declaration of actual ownership of the property. The so-called owner is actually only a renter. The so-called property tax is actually a rent payment. If the payment isn't made, the real owner will evict the so-called owner and find a new one.
If you see any way to hurt these PIGS even a little, do it. Send any bright ideas you have to the Frontiersman for publication.
by Sam Aurelius Milam III
Definition of the word fascism as of the date shown:
I expect they'll just start leaving the word out of dictionaries in the future.
Buck Hunter Shoots Off His Mouth
How can I tell if my wife's listening to me?
— Puzzled Young HusbandDear Puzzled Young Husband
If she comes back later and uses your words against you.
— Jim May
|The Right Rite|
by Sam Aurelius Milam III
Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a village. With the passage of time, the good people of this village, wainwrights, wheelwrights, and shipwrights all, came to celebrate their trades in a rite, which they called the Wright Rite. They were a reverent folk, and celebrated the Wright Rite nightly.
Eventually, there came to be a division of opinion concerning the proper location for the celebration of the Wright Rite. Some thought it could be celebrated most piously upon a bluff at the left of the village. Others favored the stream which flowed past the right of the village. So it came to pass that two Wright Rites were celebrated; the Left Wright Rite, and the Right Wright Rite.
Those who had chosen the Left Wright Rite were among the more conservative faction of the village, and they were content to celebrate the Left Wright Rite without further change. However, those of the Right Wright Rite were less settled, and soon there was another disagreement, concerning a minor detail of the celebration. A large faction decided that the way in which the Right Wright Rite was being performed was wrong, and determined to correct the deficiency. Thereafter, the Right Wright Rite was celebrated in two different ways. The dissident faction exalted their corrected Right Wright Rite by calling it the Right Right Wright Rite, and branded the original method of celebration as the Wrong Right Wright Rite. In defiance, the practitioners of the original Right Wright Rite accepted the label and continued to refer to the original Right Wright Rite as the Wrong Right Wright Rite, claiming that to call a tail a leg doesn't make it one.
With the passage of years, everyone mellowed a little, and eventually there came to be a doctrine that everyone had a right to choose any Wright Rite, and celebrate it according to his own wishes. Thus, those who celebrated the Left Wright Rite were exercising their Left Wright Rite Right. Those who celebrated the Wrong Right Wright Rite were exercising their Wrong Right Wright Rite Right. And those who celebrated the Right Right Wright Rite were exercising their Right Right Wright Rite Right.
Eventually, the village became a victim of progress, and was converted into a Right-of-Way, and became a freeway. Since nothing right is free, all that's left is a hysterical marker, labeled Right Right Wright Rite Right Site. I visited there recently and was bitten by a local dog. I call it the Right Right Wright Rite Right Site Bite, and have sued the owner. The media immediately named the case the Right Right Wright Rite Right Site Bite Fight. The judge has issued a gag order, but I do have the right to write. Perhaps I'll call myself a Writewright, and begin to write a Write Rite. Right?
its name from ancient sources. In the distant past, a mere was a
boundary or border. A keep was a sanctuary for the protection and
preservation of precious things. is
a sanctuary for the protection and preservation of precious boundaries.
Many boundaries are protected here, such as the boundaries between:
freedom and slavery; freedom and permission; rights and privileges;
sin and crime; God and religion; diversity and complexity;
law and legislation; anarchy and chaos.
A Measure of Success
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Money (the series): Acceptability and Intrinsic Value
by Sam Aurelius Milam III
Desperately you consider many possible things, and arrive at plutonium. It lasts a long time. If you don't believe it, ask the Union of Concerned Scientists. It's easily portable. If you don't believe it, ask the FBI. It's divisible without loss. If you don't believe it, ask any Third World nation. And it's available in limited quantity, at least until they get a breeder reactor going. Good deal! Take a bag of plutonium pellets down to the sporting goods store, and try to buy a Colt revolver with it. You'll be in for a surprise. You'll get a lot of attention, you won't get your Colt revolver. They won't take your plutonium. It lacks one of the characteristics of money. To be money, a thing must be generally accepted as money. Although many things will be theoretically acceptable as money, if a thing smells bad, or glows in the dark, or makes people break out in hives, it might not be generally accepted. You'll also be in for a second surprise. Unless you have a plutonium tree in your back yard, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will probably want to see your license to operate a breeder reactor.
After the trial, and your eventual release from prison, you'll probably try again to obtain money. Suppose you repair a car and the owner gives you in payment a note instructing his most trusted friend to give you some money. You take the note across town to the correct address, and when you ring the bell, the door is answered by a voluptuous redhead. This guy has some kinda friends! When you show her the note, she explains that she spent all his money. You return with the note to the man's house. He and the newly repaired car are gone. The neighbors tell you, when you ask them, that he was driven batty by his former wife, a voluptuous redhead, and sold the house to pay for the divorce. All he had left was a broken car, and he drove away the moment it was repaired. Your worthless note is an example of another of the rules of money. To be money, a thing must have intrinsic value as money. Intrinsic value is the value that derives from the inherent nature or character of a thing. In the special case of money, this means the intrinsic value must be inherent in the money, and not in the source. The intrinsic value of the note was utterly dependent upon the integrity of the man who wrote it. In itself, it had no intrinsic value as money, and therefore wasn't money.
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