We did our taxes yesterday, so this excerpt from today’s Onion (“New Poll Finds 86 Percent Of Americans Don’t Want To Have A Country Anymore”) is seeming both extra-hilarious and extra-relevant, and I just had to share:
“I already belong to a health club, a church, and the Kiwanis Club,” Tammy Golden of Los Angeles wrote. “I’m a member of the Von’s Grocery Super Savers, which gets me a discount on certain groceries. These are all well-managed organizations with real benefits. None of them send me a confusing bill once a year and make me work it out myself, then throw me in jail if I get it wrong.”
And speaking of which: The good news from tax land — or rather, the news that I’m trying to force myself to see as good — is that in 2006, I’ll be making enough money as a writer that not only will I owe taxes instead of getting a refund, I’ll have to pay quarterly estimated taxes four times a year instead of just filing in April. This is exciting. Really. Woo fucking hoo.
About the author
Greta Christina has been writing professionally since 1989, on topics including atheism, sexuality and sex-positivity, LGBT issues, politics, culture, and whatever crosses her mind. She is author of The Way of the Heathen: Practicing Atheism in Everyday Life
, of Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God
, of Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why
, of Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless,
and of Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More,
and is editor of Paying For It: A Guide by Sex Workers for Their Clients
. She has been a public speaker for many years, and many of her talks can be seen on YouTube. Her writing has appeared in multiple magazines and newspapers, including Ms., Penthouse, Chicago Sun-Times, On Our Backs, and Skeptical Inquirer, and numerous anthologies, including Everything You Know About God Is Wrong
and three volumes of Best American Erotica.
(Any views she expresses in this blog are solely hers, and do not necessarily represent this organizations.) She lives in San Francisco with her wife, Ingrid. You can email her at gretachristina (at) gmail (dot) com, or follow her on Facebook