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updated 4/11/2005 11:43:26 AM ET 2005-04-11T15:43:26

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I’m not a techie, and that doesn’t bother me.  The cool kids go rollerblading with their I-pods or chat it up on their onesies, or whatever you call the palm and phone and blackberry combo.  I have no jealousy.  No PSP envy.

But to be mocked by an octogenarian wearing three different plaids at once, that’s where I draw the line.  He’s my accountant, or at least he is now.

Saturday was a beautiful day in New York, and unfortunately it was also the day I set aside to do my taxes.  I propped myself up by my window pretending to concentrate on my 1040 but I started to feel like the kid with chicken pox who can’t go out and play.  Fed up, I grabbed the phone book and called George, the first accountant listed who was in walking distance.

“How did you find out about me?” He asked, as though this were a drug deal.

When I told him he actually laughed.  I can’t possibly be the only person who still uses a phone book, the only kid on the block who doesn’t run to Yahoo or his PDF to find a number.  Still, if shame could be itemized I’d get a much bigger refund.

Today on the show, a look at John Bolton, the man President Bush has nominated for the position of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.  Democrats are rallying to block him, thinking he is not the right guy to bridge the divide that is growing between the U.S. and Europe.  Others say that this is the logical extension of a much broader plan for Bush.  Wolfowitz to the World Bank and Bolton at the U.N. begin a process of branching the neo-conservative strategy beyond the battlefield.  We’ll discuss.

Also today, some Republican lawmakers have openly chastised Tom Delay over allegations that he accepted trips from lobbyists and engaged in other questionable behaviors.  The Delay dilemma has actually been going on for a while, although it was just this weekend that GOP members came out on it.  The real story here is that the Democrats are nowhere to be found on this issue.  The President’s approval ratings dipped over the Schiavo controversy, and they said nothing.  Delay might be involved in some pretty unethical behavior and it took Republican Chris Shays to step up to the plate.  Where are the Democrats?  Former Clinton aide Mickey Ibarra and Ron Christie, a former aide to Dick Cheney, will debate.

Plus, an update from the ground in Baghdad by NBC’s Richard Engel and a clever look at the highlights of Charles and Camilla’s nuptials from humorist Martin Lewis.

It’s a jam-packed show.  Join us, and send me your thoughts.

Send your thoughts to Maciulis@MSNBC.com, or Connected@MSNBC.com

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