How do you write off gambling losses as a tax write-off? What’s the worst job in the world? Is taxation theft? Former IRS attorney Mark Barnes dishes out on what it’s like on the inside.
“The worst job on earth is to be the guy that’s collecting a [horse] semen sample.”
On the the legalities of writing off one’s gambling losses as a legit business expense:
“His religion, Feng Shui, was the offset to probability theory.”
“If a judge feels bad for somebody, it’s a very difficult thing to win that case, no matter how right you are on the law.”
“When a judge feels bad for somebody, they can find a way tot get there, most of the time.”
Q: Should you shed tears in the court room?
A: It depends on how realistic you can appear
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If you like Brett Veinotte, there’s a decent chance you like Jordan Peterson. I just finished reading his book, 12 RULES FOR LIFE. Fascinating. Actually, I listened to it on Audible. I love listening to books, especially when the author does their own narration, (as Jordan does on this). You should try Audible. Get FREE 30 day trial and a free audiobook of your choice. Click this banner to get started, you’ll love it.
I suit up in my finest Crossdressing Mormon Anarchist attire, brush up on my Mormon Missionary discussions, and give Brett Veinotte (Host of School Sucks Podcast) a tour of Temple Square. My goal is to convert Brett to Mormonism.
“Are you sure you aren’t confusing this with Scientology?”
“It’s like the best of all the Abrahamic religions, rolled into one”
“It’s like something you’d see on The Sopranos”
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Adam Archer, the new host of Mormon Expression Podcast, joined me in the studio today to talk about the show, life, God, and ballet.
What’s the difference between education and schooling? Mark Twain said to “…never let your schooling interfere with your education”. Was he being quaint or is there really something to it? On today’s show, I interview the founder of School Sucks Podcast, Brett Voinette, about this very subject. But wait, there’s more! I talk about why you should always hang with a friend who is expert in removing blood from white shirts in public bathrooms, getting punched in the face by my date at a black tie party, and I brag about my daughters for a few minutes.
On a more personal note:
A few years ago I worked for the Postal Service as a Letter Carrier. One of the only things that kept me sane was listening to podcasts. My friend Jason turned me onto a podcast called “School Sucks Podcast”. This was the first piece of overtly Libertarian media I had been exposed to. I was fascinated by the host, Brett Voinette, and his philosophical discourse and sometimes irreverent treatment of highly intellectual dialogues. From there I discovered a few other podcasts, namely, Free Domain Radio by Stefan Molyneaux, WTF Podcast by Marc Maron, The Adam Carolla Show, This American Life, Wait, Wait , Don’t Tell Me…
During Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 runs for president, I was both massively inspired by the increasing mainstreaming of Libertarian ideas. I was also super frustrated at how shitty Libertarians – politicians and pundits – are at marketing their ideas. I made up my mind that at some point in the future, I’d get involved in the media and find some way to put the sex back in Libertarianism. By no means am I claiming to have done that yet – but the write up on my 2013 Arty Award may hint in that direction in my own weird way.
Without getting hooked on podcasts via Brett’s podcast, I wouldn’t have become so passionate about libertarian media. Without Without the steady diet of podcasts, I would never have thought to start doing stand up comedy. Had I not done stand up comedy, I would never have started the live on stage version of The Paul Duane Show. Had I not done the stage show, I never would have been offered my own radio show. Brett Voinette is the first domino in a long line of cascading dominoes in my life, dominos that continue falling in sequence. It was a treat and an honor to speak with him on the air today.
This has nothing to do with the education…
….or does it?
This afternoon I was quietly working away on editing photos when I saw a status update on Facebook from Adam Carolla’s co-host, Alison Rosen: “I’m taking your questions on any topic with @lynettecarolla. Call 877 564 2326”
HELL YES. The chance to get a woman’s perspective on one of my life’s quandaries, by Alison Rosen and Adam Carolla’s wife Lynette?! My friends, advice seeking does not get much cooler than this. In fact, at the moment, I cannot think of 2 women I would rather ask questions of. Period. At all.
So, I dial in. A familiar assistant voice answers, “Ace Broadcasting!” I tell assistant Gary my question, he digs it, and puts me on hold for the ladies to talk to me. Soon I’m on hold, but able to hear Lynette and Alison getting the show started up. I was in fan boy mode, not gonna lie. Adam Carolla has long since been someone I admire, but over the past year of listening to his podcast every day, I’ve come to know a little bit more about him. Adam Carolla is absolutely one of my virtual mentors in life. Talking to the one woman that grabbed his attention was a huge honor.
I’ll post a link to the actual audio clip of me talking to them as soon as it comes out. In a nutshell, I asked them
if it’s unreasonable to expect that some women would be okay being in a relationship with me whilst I am doing some nude photography. Essentially, Lynette said that if the girl I’m with knows that I really am into her, and can feel it, she won’t be worried about what’s going on at work. The conversation devolved into chat about why all photographers are creepy.
Shit. I really didn’t want to go down this road.
I have a convoluted relationship with “creepy”. There is a part of me that thinks it’s funny to play myself off as creepy – because I know how harmless I really am. I also get that some people don’t see my harmless gooey center and might take the creepy thing sort of seriously – and for some reason I find a dark sarcastic satisfaction in that. There is another part of me that is just strait up bothered by any notion of being even remotely creepy. I want to be appealing – but I want to be appealing to people BECAUSE I’m living life on my own terms.
I guess that perhaps I’m already doing that… and I guess it’s unreasonable to expect everyone to see the world through my lenses and like me.
There are a number of people, places, and things that I am totally at home with, that a larger part of the population would probably be freaked out by. Fetish night, for instance. That’s good clean fun, in my mind but I guess I have to concede (though this really is a far stretch of my imagination) that some people might be overwhelmed by such a thing – even creeped out.
Anyway, during the course of the interview, Lynette asked what I look like. I gave them my website, thinking I had a photo of me on there. Gary found my twitter account and showed the ladies my photo from that.
The interview ended with Alison saying something like, “the good news is that some girls are into creepy guys”.
So, there you have it. My head was spinning just a little bit afterward. I just talked to Lynette Carolla, a national audience will hear this, and I gave out my website address including some of my deep dark insecurities about being a photographer and dating! HAHA! My first inclination was to tell Michelle what I had done. Luckily my second thought came quickly. She doesn’t need to know this yet. If we ever become a steady thing and are “dating”, one day while I’m kissing her I’ll tell her what I did, and that I’m following Lynette’s advice, as I proceed to tell her how breathtaking she is to me.
Good times. I think.
Go big or go home, right?
Next issue on the table: Will I participate in the charity auction and let myself be auctioned off as a date? Can my ego handle this? oh damn.
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Okay! The show went live today, check it out here on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/singles-edition-alison-lynette/id354082588?i=108861697 ***When you click on this link, it will just bring you to a list of all the shows. I’m on the “Singles Edition” 23 December 2011 show. ***