[Taxacom] Happy Thanksgiving?

Robin Leech releech at telusplanet.net
Thu Nov 25 22:30:35 CST 2010

Hi Ken,
Well, we in Canada DID celebrate Thanksgiving in October.
We do it every year in October.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kenneth Kinman" <kennethkinman at webtv.net>
To: <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 9:25 PM
Subject: [Taxacom] Happy Thanksgiving?

> Joel,
>     I guess this is all off topic, but I'll bite since things are
> pretty slow at present.  Can a hotel actually prevent you from leaving
> the country because you can't pay your bill?  Especially from the United
> Kingdom (one of our strongest allies)?
>     In any case, it just goes to show you that unnecessary (especially
> long-distance) travel is to be increasingly avoided.  Staying closer to
> home saves inconvenience, money, time, pollution, or even being groped
> by TSA at the airport, not to mention all of the other ways air travel
> (in particular) now provides inconvenience and aggravation with little
> comfort and greater cost.  Coin-operated bathrooms on airplanes are
> perhaps the next step.  Being mugged is an additional concern depending
> on where one is going (although Wales is presumably less probletmatic
> with respect to mugging or terrorism than in many other places).
>        And how much excess radiation does one get flying into the
> stratosphere in transoceanic  flights?  Certainly more than the body
> scans that some people ignorantly avoid and prefer getting TSA-groped or
> even having urine bags punctured.  People are so pennywise and pound
> foolish when it comes to radiation and a lot of other things.
>      Even more importantly, why do we continue to have back-to-back
> major holidays during the worse possible time of the year weatherwise
> (or should I say that we are weatherdumb, and dumb in many other ways)?
> Millions will go through the same travel hysteria next month when
> another wave of travelling gets all the new headlines, because of
> weather or TSA groping or whatever.  Just pray that it doesn't end up
> with a terrorist attack that slips through the cracks because TSA is
> distracted by idiotic screening of children and their great
> grandmothers.
>       In any case, Jesus was most likely born around April, so
> celebrating Christmas in December is probably kind of inappropriate and
> stupid in the first place (and perhaps more likely based on a pagan
> holiday).  Christmas in April, and perhaps Thanksgiving in October would
> make a lot more sense and avoid a lot of weather-related deaths,
> injuries, and the spread of winter-related diseases.  Which is truly
> more important, intelligent planning or blind tradition?  And as long as
> the merchants get all their money-grubbing holidays in there somewhere,
> why should they gripe about when they occur?
>       But what would be even more helpful would be less long-distance
> travel in the first place, especially overseas.  Most "tourism" is a
> slothful and polluting waste of energy and resources by people who have
> too much time on their hands and not enough sense to spend their time
> and resources closer to home.  If we want to get serious about global
> warming, species extinction, and spreading diseases, cutting a lot of
> stupid mobility for the sake of tourism would be a major place to start.
> A lot of  tourism just caters to the slothful doing far too many
> slothful things. And even for those who are not slothful, whose needs a
> cruise ship that becomes  disease-ridden or losing power when you could
> get good food and entertainment closer to home. The grass is not always
> greener elsewhere although the commercials may try to get you to think
> otherwise.
>         ---------Thankful I am at home,
>                                   Ken
> ------------------------------------------------------ 
> Joel Hallan wrote:
>    I'm writing this with tears in my eyes,my family and I came down
> here to Wales,United Kingdom for a short vacation unfortunately we were
> mugged at the park of the hotel where we stayed,all cash,credit card and
> cell were stolen off us but luckily for us we still have our passports
> with us.
> We've been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping
> issues at all and our flight leaves in less than few hours from now but
> we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager
> won't let us leave until we settle the bills,i'm freaked out at the
> moment.
> Joel
> Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family
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