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Saturday, September 26, 2021

It seems the IRS takes a dim view of donating your house for a fire department controlled-burn exercise, and then claiming the ashes as a mortgage-sized deduction:

Lured by the prospect of free demolition, homeowners around the country sometimes offer their houses to the local fire department for training purposes. The department burns down the house, clearing the way for the owner to build a bigger and better home. In court cases in Ohio and Wisconsin, the IRS is arguing that because such houses are already slated for demolition, donating them for fire training isn’t an act of charity.

Who knew that state-sanctioned arson could be so lucrative?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/26/2009 07:06:37 PM
Category: Business, Creative, Society
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These days, the phrase “hard and fast” only comes up, to my knowledge, when referring to some rule or condition in place. Even then, it’s only used to qualify or negate the degree, such as declaring that “these are not hard-and-fast rules”.

The expression was originally a 19th-Century nautical term. I wonder what the code was for the opposite condition, i.e. a ship that was indeterminately adrift at sea. The opposite words do suggest themselves…

Therefore, to extrapolate back to the modern day: If rules are not so hard and fast, as we often attest — can they be said to be “soft and slow”? Like the rest of everyday existence?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 09/26/2009 06:33:04 PM
Category: Wordsmithing
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