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April 14, 2005

I Got Nothin’…

This admittedly is a poor excuse for a kr-quality post. I’m half-ashamed to even put it up, since it’s not original whatsoever. But I haven’t posted since Sunday night due to this being finals week and I’m itching to update, even if it isn’t a post of the highest quality. Don’t worry: as usual, studying often leads to my mind wandering, which often leads to ideas for future posts. I promise to have something better in a few days. In the meantime, the only normal (read: not related to memorizing useless facts) thing that I’ve done is fill out my taxes. I worked for 3 lousy months teaching the MCAT and I have to pay taxes… and I know that people my age who are working have to pay more and all that… and I know that I’ve paid taxes before in my life so it’s nothing new. But, every year, as I fill out that stupid tax form, I cannot help but feel violated.

So all I got in terms of a post are some quotes about taxes:

“But this theory of our government is wholly different from the practical fact. The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: ‘Your money, or your life.’ And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat. The government does not, indeed, waylay a man in a lonely place, spring upon him from the roadside, and, holding a pistol to his head, proceed to rifle his pockets. But the robbery is none the less a robbery on that account; and it is far more dastardly and shameful. The highwayman takes solely upon himself the responsibility, danger, and crime of his own act. He does not pretend that he has any rightful claim to your money, or that he intends to use it for your own benefit. He does not pretend to be anything but a robber. He has not acquired impudence enough to profess to be merely a ‘protector,’ and that he takes men’s money against their will, merely to enable him to ‘protect’ those infatuated travellers, who feel perfectly able to protect themselves, or do not appreciate his peculiar system of protection. He is too sensible a man to make such professions as these. Furthermore, having taken your money, he leaves you, as you wish him to do. He does not persist in following you on the road, against your will; assuming to be your rightful ‘sovereign,’ on account of the ‘protection’ he affords you. He does not keep ‘protecting’ you, by commanding you to bow down and serve him; by requiring you to do this, and forbidding you to do that; by robbing you of more money as often as he finds it for his interest or pleasure to do so; and by branding you as a rebel, a traitor, and an enemy to your country, and shooting you down without mercy, if you dispute his authority, or resist his demands. He is too much of a gentleman to be guilty of such impostures, and insults, and villanies as these. In short, he does not, in addition to robbing you, attempt to make you either his dupe or his slave.”
— Lysander Spooner
(1808-1887) Political theorist, activist, abolitionist

“The Declaration of Independence, the words that launched our nation — 1,300 words.
The Bible, the word of God — 773,000 words. The Tax Code, the words of politicians — 7,000,000 words — and growing!”
— Steve Forbes

“I just wanted to speak to you about something from the Internal Revenue Code. It is the last sentence of section 509A of the code and it reads: ‘For purposes of paragraph 3, an organization described in paragraph 2 shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501C-4, 5, or 6, which would be described in paragraph 2 if it were an organization described in section 501C-3.’ And that’s just one sentence out of those fifty-seven feet of books.”
— Ronald Reagan

“Eight decades of amendments… to (the) code have produced a virtually impenetrable maze… The rules are unintelligible to most citizens… The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law.”
— Shirley Peterson
Former IRS Commissioner

Oh yes, and this picture about a man with Kaposi’s sarcoma, one of the potential and fatal complication of AIDS. Show this to any high school/undergrad rugrat who “likes to run his/her game”… or to anyone who thinks they might be a homosexual.

Oh, I think I can fill up some space with some great Boondocks from the past week:

Finally, I think everyone needs to read what Don KZ wrote in his latest post. God bless you Kaz.

Like I said: I’m sorry, I got nothin’.

Currently Playing:
“Just a Moment”
Nas feat. Quan
Downloaded from Ares

Note: This song is amazing.


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Shabaash Kamran.  After looking at that picture, I felt wooozzzzzzyyyyy… May Allah protect us from those sort of diseases

  2. I can honestly say this post is worse than any of mine.  and i have a pretty crappy xanga.

  3. Anonymous permalink

    what am i leaving props for again?

  4. You should explain the pathophysiology of Kaposi’s sarcoma, as well as the anti-neoplastic drugs used to prevent it.  You know you want to.

  5. speaking of spoken word poetry– i found an enlightening performance of spoken word– it is dedicated to all those haters out there.  in light of the recent attacks on your name, i thought you’d be interested”you don’t envy meyou justhave low self esteem” (something like that)

  6. speaking of spoken word poetry– i found an enlightening performance of spoken word– it is dedicated to all those haters out there.  in light of the recent attacks on your name, i thought you’d be interested”you don’t envy meyou justhave low self esteem” (something like that)

  7. that picture is sooo freaky *shivers*

  8. for one of the best tax comics ever
    in reference to the pic, may Allah protect us all from such evil.

  9. i got somthin on ma xanga, check it out, you wont be disappointedkr, just because you got nothin don’t mean you have to feel low about yourself. it’s ok bro

  10. Anonymous permalink

    wow everyone’s a crook

  11. Can diseases be qualified as evil?Does it make someone bad to have such and such health condition?Should they be ostracized for having it or judged negatively?Is it fair to characterize diseases that happen mainly to “bad” people as punishments?
    HIV can infect anyone, homosexual, heterosexual, saint, sinner.I’m sure there have been good, decent, moral, monogamous, heterosexual individuals who have gotten this disease. I think it’s important not to characterize diseases as evil or to use their presence to infer that an individual “deserved it”, or his soul is equally diseased, etc.
    Would you advise that parents take out an atlas of STDs and bombard their young children with images of gonorrhea, syphillis, kaposis sarcoma, anal warts, and herpes so that they eventually begin to see these illnesses as horrid punishments for doing bad? I think people with such illnesses are no less people and deserve to be treated as people like you and me. There are many disfiguring diseases that happen to people who didn’t really do anything wrong, for example leprosy.
    When a child sees someone with leprosy they may initially be frightened and if they have been taught to equate horrid disfigurement with sin and evil then they may even feel negatively towards them. However, the child can be taught to look beyond that and see the beautiful person inside the diseased flesh. I think children should be taught to look beyond the disease to the person inside, we shouldn’t show them pictures of “bad” people with disease and say “look what they got, they were bad, don’t be bad!” and then when they meet a good person with a disease, we say “it’s so sad what happened to him, he didn’t deserve it, it’s so unfortunate, because he was a good person.” I’m not saying we should praise homosexuals and prostitutes, rather children should have an aversion to such practices as naturally as they have an aversion to the picture you put above, so that they are just as aversed by the actions of a beautiful healthy woman who is a prostitute as they are with one that has kaposis sarcoma.
    Forgive me if I’ve said anything wrong. It is just that when I see suffering, my gut response is one of love, not of hate or judgement.

  12. Mohd:
    I think you misunderstood the point of that picture. My intent was not to make the person suffering from the disease as an evil person… rather, it was simply a graphic reminder that people can use to remind themselves and others sticking to what God has ordained and not following the whims of nafs/hawa/shaytan/dunya.
    obviously, as a future physician, i cannot ostracize any patient with any disease, no matter how they got it. i’d feel sympathy for every patient, even the ones that come in with the gross diseases, such as kaposi’s sarcoma. however, maybe it’s wrong of me to say this, i do think that i’d feel somewhat less sympathy to a person who led a horrible lifestyle and got disease “x” vs. the greater amount of sympathy that i’d feel for a person simply with disease “x”. for example, while i’d feel sympathy and compassion for both patients, i’d feel more sympathy towards a patient that got AIDS following a blood transfusion vs an adult movie star or something.
    maybe im wrong on that, but thats just me.

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