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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


Irksome Newsprint

I saw two things in the paper yesterday (the WSJ, no less) that made me curl my lip.

The first was a headline, something like "How Bush and Cheney Avoided the AMT". Well, duh, they did it the same way Mr. & Mrs. Oilman do it--they owe more under the "regular" rules. Last time I checked (although, hey, the man of the house does the taxes around here, so I could be wrong, but I DON'T THINK SO), you get to pay the greater of the AMT or the regular calculations, not the lesser. There's no "avoidance" involved. So what's up with the sensationalistic headline?

The second was a bit in an article about the new food pyramid. It might have been a quote, I don't remember, but I don't think it was. Anyhow, the sentence suggested that the new dietary guidelines were "putting the problem of obesity right back in the hands of the American people." Well, yeah, isn't that where the responsibility lies? What, you want the government to pop you on the wrist with a ruler when you eat that second donut? Heavens to betsy, people. Grow a spine and grow up.

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