By Ophelia on Crushing Debt Drove Me to Kosovo — And Then to Iraq

@Miss Havisham@twitter Yeah. I spent a month in Iraq as the communications person on a contract working to salvage Iraq's agricultural sector. I did come out (slightly) on top, money-wise (as I received danger pay and had no expenses), but I don't consider myself a war profiteer. I have a lot of friends who spent several years working in Afghanistan on community development projects, and similarly, while they did get paid well for their work, they also came back with deep ties to the people they worked with on the ground and accomplished some pretty amazing things while they were there. The way I've always thought about it is: sometimes the US Government gets involved in conflicts I don't agree with. Iraq is one of those. But if we do screw things up, it's also our responsibility to put them right. We can (and should) have a conversation about whether our attempts to put them right have been successful.

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 1:06 pm 2

By selenana on Crushing Debt Drove Me to Kosovo — And Then to Iraq

@oiseau Or just worried for his safety and about people spewing bile at him and calling him a war profiteer.

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 10:02 am 2

By Greg Barto@facebook on How to Owe the Government $6,452

Did you come up with $2,000 because that's what I said casually in a gchat a few hours ago? ... That's concerning.

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm 4

By RosemaryF on How to Owe the Government $6,452

I swear to all that is holy, her posts are turning me into my Republican father.

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm 6

By punkahontas on More Than $1K Worth of Clothes I'll Never Wear Again

I honestly feel like 1K out of 200K on clothes is pretty responsible, it's just that there were some bad choices in there. Aren't there ALWAYS bad choices though?

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm 2

By Choire Sicha@facebook on More Than $1K Worth of Clothes I'll Never Wear Again

@fletchermurdock Oh she's poor (now), I've seen her apartment.

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm 6

By Jolie Kerr on More Than $1K Worth of Clothes I'll Never Wear Again

Bluing and/or OxiClean for the yellowed areas.

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 2:24 pm 3

By liznieve on I Did My Taxes Three Times for You

Or, if you're lazy like me, you use H&R Block every year, because they save your info, and then just import your W2, probably forget some deductions / things you could totally get money for, but FUCK IT, you're done in 15 minutes, and poof. $70 out of your return, but hey, you're on the right side of the law again, and it feels good.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm 1

By Logan Sachon on I Did My Taxes Three Times for You

So, just to recap: Number of times Mike has done his 2011 taxes: 3 Number of times I have done my 2011 taxes: 0 Weeeeeeeee.

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm 4

By cherrispryte on Drinking While Broke, Funded By Other Broke Drunks

Um, Billfold? You are knocking this shit out of the park. Seriously impressive first few days of posts.

Posted on April 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm 2