This in today's Syracuse Post-Standard:
"At midafternoon, stickers on entrance doors to the restaurant stated,
' This property has been seized for nonpayment of taxes and is in possession of New York state.' "
Yikes! Would I love to be the lawyer representing that defendant, if the sticker posted on the premises has any bearing on the case.
So, let me parse this parsimoniously: if you want to gain possession of one of the largest states in the Union, the venerable Empire State, just stop paying your taxes?
It's a queer bit of illogical logic, but these are odd times.
Who said grammar ain't important (or impotent, pronounced with the accent on the second syllable for humorous effect)?
Talk about the -tax in syntax!