July 1st, 2002


I hate my home state


The people affected include several of my friends who attend Tennessee colleges, high-school classmates who were laid off from their teaching jobs this past spring, and my mother, a secretary for the Department of Children's Service, who has been laid off this week.

I am so livid. Tennesseans in general are too fucking stupid to understand that they're paying one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, sales taxes are hardest on lower-income people, and an income tax, with a resulting reduction in the income tax, would probably save 90% of the rock-throwing horn-honking protesters outside the state capitol money. I was especially infuriated to hear they were screaming at college students demonstrating in favor of the income tax to "go get a job." Indicative of Tennessee's general attitude -- why work to improve yourself when you can drop out of high school, get a shitty job, and drink beer and watch UT thugball on the weekends?

Even worse, they're talking about booting the sales tax up to 9.25% (including food)until November, when voters will apparently vote on an income tax. Look, I believe in democracy, but it's obvious the voters are living in a never-never-land and don't understand what is necessary or even fair. Sometimes what's the best thing to do isn't the popular thing. Should we have had a referendum in the '60s to let the voters decide on integration? I think fucking not.

But then again, what do you expect from a state that spends millions to attract pro sports teams but next to nothing on education?

It's no fucking wonder Tennessee's such a joke -- and well on track to replacing Mississippi and Arkansas as the national laughingstock.
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(ten cool points if you get the reference)

The Melting Pot was divine. terracinque liked it so much he proposed to the waitress. The absolute highlight was the cheese fondue. Glenn's eyes rolled back in his head and he said he saw God. Pretty impressive for an atheist.

I have decided that the Melting Pot is so good for my mental health that I will have to cut back on something else and go there more often. And of course if any of you want to take me, I'm always a charming dining companion!
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I'm bored

It's 8:30, I'm stuck here at work, I have no AIM or chat programs and I'm really really bored. Bored stiff. Somebody entertain me, please!!
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