Thursday, June 21, 2007


Kind of a double-headed post, as some students - the under 18 crowd - are done with another school year. Some students will continue to go to school until they get whatever they are studying to be complete. Today I picked up a student of that sort, a young man I know who is in the EMS program at Springfield College. It's a 4 year program that combines a public administration/management program with Paramedic school. He's gotten all of his Paramedic requirements completed as well as his in-hospital clinical time. He'll be with me in the field until mid-August, and during that time I'll give him the best I have, as far as what I know and how things are done.

Other students, as I said, are out of school, including my kids. They have gotten a jump on their summer, which I am glad for. I don't know what I will be doing with them this summer because I don't know what my availability will be. We'll see.

Being a student of history myself, I took great interest in this CNN article about Ed and Elaine Brown. They are the Plainfield, NH, couple whose home is surrounded by law enforcement because of their having been sentenced in absentia for income tax evasion and fraud. It's interesting; the Browns believe that taxation is unconstitutional, which is why they haven't paid income taxes in the first place. This belief they have is sorely misplaced as the 16th Amendment of the Constitution says the following:

Passed by Congress July 2, 1909. Ratified February 3, 1913.
Note: Article I, section 9, of the Constitution was modified by amendment 16.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.

Pretty clear, I think. And if the Browns weren't so ignorant and actually read the Constitution, they would see that taxation, after all, is indeed constitutional, not to mention that it is Federal Law.....

Idiots. Personally, I will have no sympathy for them when they are finally taken into custody.


Anonymous said...

I agree about the Browns. I think they are going to try to turn it into a showdown though, and drag the authorities into a confrontation. I personally think the feds should let them stay there, not let any outsiders in..Eventually they will run out of milk and bread. :) In reality they are in jail already. How much fun can that be to be stuck in the house like that? Send them a couple of teenagers..They will come running out after a few days!! :-)) Jay

manchmedic said...

I should just send him mine.....