The Candy Tax

Just like April 15th when adults learn about taxation and come to realize how much of their income has been taken away to pay the tax man, October 31st has it’s own tax based significance.

Halloween is the day many parents use to teach their children about paying taxes with the well known candy tax. For those that are unfamiliar with the candy tax, it is the day at least in my household, where my children learn what it means to pay taxes. After a long evening of going door to door collecting goodies they are required to empty their take on the kitchen table and pay their tax to the head of the sdmoderate household.

Unlike the IRS, I am usually quite easy to deal with as my tax only consists of any Butterfinger bars that might have been collected and since my kids don’t like them anyway it is usually quite painless for them.

So if anyone from Canistota is getting ready to hand out candy, please consider supporting the tax man by dropping a Butterfinger in the bag of the sdmoderate twins when they come to your door.

Happy Halloween!!

UPDATE: Looks like I am going to have to increase my tax rate to include Snickers bars as the tax collection on the Butterfingers was pretty slim…

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Text Messaging Campaign

From the Email bag.
Planned Parenthood has just launched a text messaging campaign that will allow you to keep up on the results on Referred Law 6 next Tuesday.

On November 7, South Dakota voters have the chance to overturn their state’s abortion ban. You can be one of the first to know the results! Join our Action Network and we will send an alert to your cell phone when the results of the South Dakota ballot initiative are announced. Just fill out the form at the link below or text “PP” to #75528.
Standard text messaging rates apply. Look for your confirmation message shortly! If you don’t get it text “PP” to #75528

You gotta love the technology these days…

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New Project

I have just gone live with a new project for those wanting to get into blogging. The site called BlogShifter is a free blog hosting platform that allows anyone to start their own blog without having to go through the hassle of hosting and setting up their own.

It is based on WordPress and includes all the same functionality of that popular blogging platform without the hassles of setting it up on your own. It is still in beta but if you always wanted your own blog but were afraid to start why don’t you give it a try. Oh and did I mention that it is totally free?

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Not The News Democrats Were Hoping For

With only 8 days remaining before the election, a Mason-Dixon poll sponsored by the Argus Leader of 800 likely South Dakota voters shows Governor Mike Rounds with a 22 point lead over challenger Jack Billion.

The incumbent Republican would win 57-35 with 8 percent undecided if the results of the Nov. 7 election mirror the outcome of a recent Mason-Dixon Polling and Research survey of 800 likely South Dakota voters.

The Argus Leader sponsored the poll.

The statewide results of the telephone survey, done Tuesday through Thursday, match almost exactly a late-October poll by the same firm in 2002 when Rounds ran against Democrat Jim Abbott. That poll showed Rounds up 55-36. Rounds won that election by about 15 points.

Rounds has big leads in just about every demographic other than with registered Democrats.

The Democrats finally had a viable candidate to challenge the Republican stranglehold in Pierre but for whatever reason his campaign never really got off the ground and now Billion sits 22 points behind with only 8 days remaining. I guess we can stick a fork in it…

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The Wait Is Over

South_Dakota_quarter For those in South Dakota that collect state quarters the 8 year wait to add the South Dakota quarter to your collection is just about over. At 10 am on November 13th the quarter will be officially released during a ceremony at Mt. Rushmore.

The quarter that was engraved by John Mercanti, which depicts our state bird the Chinese ring-necked pheasant flying over Mt. Rushmore, will be initially available at Great Western Bank locations throughout South Dakota which was chosen as the official launch bank for the coin.

The quarter is the 40th in the series of 50 to be released to correspond to South Dakota’s admittance into the United States.

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Morning Humor

A little humor to start your week.

A husband wakes up with a huge hangover the night after a business function.

He forces himself to open his eyes and the first thing he sees is a couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And, next to them, a single red rose!

The husband sits up in bed and sees his clothing in front of him, all clean and pressed.

He looks around the room and sees that it is in perfect order, spotlessly clean. So is the rest of the house. He takes the aspirins, cringes when he sees a huge black eye staring back at him in the bathroom mirror and notices a note on the table: Honey, breakfast is on the stove, I left early to go shopping. Love you!

He stumbles to the kitchen and sure enough, there is hot breakfast and the morning newspaper. His son is also at the table, eating. The husband asks, Son, what happened last night?

Well, you came home after 3 am, drunk and out of your mind. You broke the coffee table, puked in the hallway and got that black eye when you ran into the door.

The husband asks, So, why is everything in such perfect order, so clean, I have a rose and breakfast is on the table waiting for me?

His son replies, Oh, THAT! . . . Mom dragged you to the bedroom and when she tried to take your pants off, you screamed: Leave me alone, woman, I’m married!!

Broken table–$200

Hot breakfast–$5

Red rose bud–$3

Two aspirins–$.25

Saying the right thing, at the right time . . . PRICELESS!

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10 Points

According to a new poll conducted by the Argus Leader, a 10 point majority would vote against passage of the abortion ban.

According to the statewide poll conducted for the Argus Leader, 52 percent of voters polled would vote to reject the ban; 42 percent would vote to keep it.

Another 6 percent were undecided.

What is really telling and what even many pro-life supporters have been saying all along is the fact that if the authors of this bill weren’t so set on trying to have it all at once by not including exceptions for rape and incest, just adding those exceptions would have all but guaranteed that the ban would have passed.

56 percent of those who said they would vote against the ban or were undecided said they would vote for the ban if it had a clear exception for rape and incest, while 32 percent said no and 12 percent were undecided.

Compromise might not have been the best option for ban supporters but their unwillingness to find a middle ground looks like it will be the reason if the ban does indeed fail as this poll suggests.

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Quotes Of The Week

Crooks and Liars has the video from Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” where Letterman rips O’Reilly on his ratings in which he jokes that he can never find O’Reilly’s show because everytime he tunes into Fox all he can find is “The Simpsons” and numerous other items including the following quotes of the week.

In response to O’Reilly’s suggesting that Letterman believes “Bush is an evil liar” and that “America is a bad country”.

“You’re trying to put words in my mouth just the way you put artificial facts in your head.”

And finally Letterman closes with the following wise-crack to close the interview.

“I have no idea what I’m talking about but I don’t think you do either”

Even throughout the Letterman digs, O’Reilly still found a way to plug his books, priceless…

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Back To Work

Well my week long trip to the east coast is over and it is good to be back. It will take me a few days to catch up on what has been happened here over the past 6 days but even with all the issue ads on local TV I must say it is still somewhat calm compared to the negative campaigning I witnessed in Massachusetts. It’s almost refreshing to get back to seeing Bruce Whalen harp on Stephanie Herseth’s pro-choice record as if it is the only issue South Dakotans face or to read up on whether the special session that has been called on South Dakota’s own version of “Pagegate” should be open to the public or not.

On a somewhat politically related note regarding South Dakota’s economy, If South Dakota in general and Sioux Falls in particular ever wants to become even remotely more attractive to business, something will have to be done about airfare prices for those wanting to travel in and out of the area. I was involved in training with several other individuals from as far away as San Jose California and in every case, the airfare I paid (company reimbursed, thank goodness) was at least twice as much as others paid. Any business that requires extensive air travel would turn and run away as fast as possible when confronted with those kinds of travel costs and good luck getting back to the area if your scheduled flight is canceled for some reason.

So what else has been happening while I was away?

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Adelstein Continues To Piss Off The Big Tenters

Just a real quick drive by tonight from Boston but I found it quite interesting to read the post over at the War College regarding the “esteemed” Republican Senator Stan Adelstein’s letter sent out asking Republicans from his home district to vote for the Democrat running in District 32 ,Tom Katus.

Adelstein is going through the same withdrawls many in the South Dakota “big tent” party have been experiencing over the current one dimensional focus in the party and some of the SDWC readers are giving him a hard time about it.

Stan is currently the most visible opponent of the Republican agenda in Pierre, and the reaction to his outspoken opinions just proves how small the Republican tent actually is. It is quite obvious that the Republicans will continue their dominance in state politics through this election cycle but if things don’t change pretty soon, his voice is sure to be joined by many others.

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