January 19th, 2003

Scorpion

The FAQ Question of the Day

The word "includes" is also defined by the Internal Revenue Code. According to section 7701(c), "The terms 'includes' and 'including' when used in a definition contained in this title shall not be deemed to exclude other things otherwise within the meaning of the term defined." The states of the United States are within the normal meaning of the word "State," and so a definition that says that "State" shall be construed to include the District of Columbia does not exclude the states of the United States from the meaning of "State."

A definition of "State" that equates "State" with "District of Columbia" turns the definition of "United States" into gibberish, because the definition then becomes a statement that "United States" "includes only the District of Columbia and the District of Columbia."

The definition of "State" includes the District of Columbia "where such construction is necessary to carry out the provisions of this title." What happens if the construction is not necessary? If "State" does not include the District of Columbia, then references to "states" in the Internal Revenue Code would apply to nothing at all. Which is absurd.

-from The Tax Protester FAQ
(Courtesy Sailor Tork.)
Scorpion

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Goblin and Decore came over for dinner last night; it was quite fine seeing people from the outside world. I cooked the spaghetti dinner, and while I realize it isn't the most complicated of dishes, I think it went well if I do say so myself.

However, last night was terrible. Zoe would *not* go to sleep, and I was already tired when I got upstairs. She didn't fall asleep until *6 frikkin' am.* Which is, yeah. Ugh. I'm exhausted, but I can't get to sleep now. I was cursing up a storm, I tell you. Every time I put her down, she would wake right up again, etc. I don't have RQ's gift for calming her, it seems. Unpleasing.

Stalin tried to steal a diaper off the changing table yesterday, which cracked me up.

Allow me to take two minute to compliment the hell out of how well Cartoon Network is doing. Last night was a block of classic G.I.Joe, Batman Beyond, Superfriends, and the old awful Fantastic Four show. Add in Justice League, Samurai Jack, Batman and Superman, and the whole shebang of Adult Swim (including Lupin the Third next week) and man, I can't get over it. And I didn't even mention Futurama. Or Hamtaro.

Diablo 2 aside: I got rushed through normal by a very kind personage today, through Diablo. However, I still can't create new HC characters. Do I need to finish Act 5? I didn't think I did before, but, yeah. I need to get me some HC mules, yo.