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BBHQ Newsletter Archive: 04/20/15

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April 20, 2015

A BBHQ Insta-Quote:

Would it not be better to simplify the system of taxation rather than to spread it over such a variety of subjects and pass through so many new hands?
    ~ Thomas Jefferson




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What the Heck Happened?:

The wet T-shirt contest was a blast! But the TSA confiscated all of our pictures. But as a consolation prize, the put us on a plan to Washington with tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Turns out, the tickets were fakes. But at least we did get to see the marvelous cherry blossoms.

Alas, we were a week too early.

We did stop by Ford's Theatre. Sadly, though, 150 years too late.

This Week with the Chicowitz

Earth Day

In January 1970, Life magazine reported one of Dr. Ehrlich’s predictions: “By 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.”

The secretary of the Smithsonian Institute wrote, “By 1995, between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”

On the first Earth Day, I pedalled my bicycle six miles to the Washington Monument to hear Senator Gaylord Nelson, the “father” of Earth Day, speak. What I got was a terrible protest song by Phil Ochs, who had flown in on a private jet, and a putrid speech by Rennie Davis, one of the infamous Chicago 7. What either of them had to do with Earth Day remains a mystery to me. On the way back, I ran over a broken beer bottle, got a flat tire, and had to walk my crippled bike four miles back to campus.

I remember saying over and over again, “Cram it, Earth day; just cram it!”

“And that’s why you never see any unicorns, to this very day.” – Irish Rovers

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I Remember... April 20, 1972

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators across the country protested... as James Dean put it, "Whatta you got?"

Mostly, of course, it was the war. But it was springtime. So...

The #1 song on April 20, 1972 was "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," by Roberta Flack.

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BBHQ Shorts
Quick Takes on Items in the News:

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03/22:  Dealing with the Devil
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03/19:  No “Coattails”
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03/18:  First: Hotels; Next: Your House
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03/17:  State Department Falls on its Sword
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03/12:  Cans Against the Crooks
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03/09:  Beware the iWatch
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03/06:  55,000 E-mails; Is That All There Is?
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03/04:  A Deal Doomed to Succeed
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03/03:  Hillary and the Law
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The BBHQ Trivia Teaser
 
Here are three questions from the BBHQ cloud:

1. First our current events question:
What is it? OK; it is lunch. But to whom was it served?
    detainees at Gitmo
    prisoners at Leavenworth
    Americans captured by ISIS
    students at a Virginia elementary school
    Bernie Madoff
    Bowe Bergdahl
    Mitt Romney

2. From a classic boomer-era song, what are the last 3 words of this lyric?
      Mama said they'll be .

3. Another boomer-era classic. Fill in the missing words:
      From the park you hear the happy sound of a carousel;
      You can almost taste the hot dogs and they sell.

There are no prizes here... it's just for fun.

Members can play all of our trivia games in The BBHQ Trivia Library.

The BBHQ Joke of the Week

We were AWOL for the big tax day. Nonetheless, we think that our traditional tax day salute is worthy of presentation even at this date:

WE ARE MET ON FORM 1040

Five score and two years ago our fathers brought forth upon this nation a new tax, conceived in desperation and dedicated to the proposition that all men are fair game. Now we are engaged in a great mass of calculations, testing whether this taxpayer or any taxpayer so confused and so impoverished can long endure.

We are met on Form 1040. We have come to dedicate a large portion of our income to a final resting place with those men who here spend their lives that they may spend our money.

It is altogether anguish and torture that we should do this. But in a larger sense we cannot evade, we cannot cheat, we cannot under-estimate this tax. The collectors, clever and sly, who compute there have gone far beyond our poor power to add and subtract.

Our creditors will little note nor long remember what we pay here, but the Bureau of Internal Revenue can never forget what we report here.

It is not for us, the taxpayers, to question the tax which the government has thus far ignobly spent. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these vanishing dollars we take increased devotion to the few remaining - that we highly resolve that next year will not find us in a higher bracket, that this taxpayer, underpaid, shall figure out more deductions, and that this tax of the people, by the Congress, for the government, shall not cause solvency to perish.


Have a great week. We'll share the fun again next Monday.

- the Boomer Crew at BBHQ

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