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I gotta be more like my buddy the Mind Numbed Robot. He deep-sizes the trolls the minute they rear their pathetic little heads. But me? I foolishly gave some bozo an inch.
And he took a mile.
My newest, uh "fan", is determined to prove me "wrong".
Good luck with that Chief. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.
I shoulda quit when he started including pics of his favorite trans-gender stud muffinette along with his pedantry. There's no accounting for taste.
Yeah, gack. That which is seen cannot be unseen. But I can counter with some bodacious Rule 5.
We return you now to your regularly scheduled WyBloviation, already in
News reports like this one break my heart.
More than 20,000 police officers, firefighters, teachers and other public employees put in their retirement papers last year as momentum was building for sweeping health and pension reform in Trenton, state figures show.
That is a 60 percent jump from 2009 retirements and the highest in at least a decade, according to the Division of Pension and Benefits.
Teachers whose contracts were criticized all year long by Gov. Chris Christie headed for the exits at the quickest pace, nearly doubling the number who retired in 2009.
From the Silver Lining department — now there is lots of room for new blood. And I'll wager that a good chunk of the loudest whingers are first in line for a one-way ticket to Del Boca Vista. I gotta tell ya, that Christie guy is a genius!
"There has been a direct assault on the benefits that public employees have earned and fought for over the last 40 years," said Dominick Marino, president of the state chapter of the International Association of Firefighters. "People were attracted to these jobs because of the certainty, now there is no certainty, and people are retiring."
Boo Frickin' Hoo. With unemployment over 9% I'm sure there will be no shortage of folks willing to take a chance on your pitiful definition of uncertainty. That is if your job even needs to remain a paid position. Not to put too fine a point it there Mr. Marino but most towns around here have volunteer fire departments. Saves us a lot of money, and there is no discernable difference in professionalism.
So here's my advice to you. Put in your retirement papers, STFU, and don't
let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
A former president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) was caught, wait for it, driving drunk in Florida.
Debra Oberlin, 48, was arrested around 1:00 a.m. February 18 after police say the car she was driving was swerving on Northwest 39th Street. According to the arrest report she was given two breathalyzer tests and measured .234 and .239. The limit in Florida is .08.
As Johnny Carson used to say, sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
Some of my blog friends like to post music videos on Saturday nights. It's not really my thing, mainly because I was never much of an MTV kind of guy.
But given this week's unique happenings in Trenton I felt that perhaps a song was in order. Chief NJEA honcho Barbara Keshishian sought to rally her troops by proclaiming that Chris Christie had "declared war" on the union.
I've seen war, and this isn't it. And then Life During Wartime popped into my Talking Head.
This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no foolin' around. This
ain't no nightclub, or CGBG's. I ain't got time for that now.
I'll bet you thought the TSA's "enhanced" patdown procedures could not possibly get more invasive. Think again. Beginning this summer TSA will start collecting travelers' DNA.
According to the report the Department of Homeland Security plans to deploy portable DNA scanners at U.S. points of entry. They're about the size of a desktop printer and can produce lab-quality DNA screenings in about an hour. So in addition to the full-body scanners and enhanced patdowns we'll have to stand obediently still while a TSA rent-a-cop swabs the inside of our mouth.
Or, no plane flight for you!
Why does the Obama Administration need our DNA? I don't know. But they sure seem determined to build themselves one heck of a database with all this info they're capturing. Photo ID. Date of birth. Gender. X-rays. DNA. All that's missing is a urine sample.
Customs and Border Protection, another tentacle of the Department of Homeland Security, has the authority to download the contents of your laptop and mobile phone. And into the database it goes!
Has anybody seen the Fourth Amendment recently? I think it's gone missing again. And, why do I have the feeling that if it was George Bush doing this it'd be a much bigger deal?
Here's a news item I'll bet the CWA union leaders didn't want to see in print. They're offering to pay union members to attend today's Trenton rally in support of the Wisconsin public workers.
There appears to be efforts from unions to get more members to beat the drum today in Trenton. According to an e-mail obtained by The Star-Ledger, CWA Local 1038 is preparing for the rally with boxed lunches, leaflets and ponchos because of the expected rain.
The union is also offering to reimburse wages for anyone who takes a half-day off to participate in the rally.
"You must use your own time, either vacation or AL (administrative leave), and give the local a photocopy of your paystub. Please note that the payment for lost-time wages will be mailed to you; it will not be paid tomorrow," the e-mail states.
Hey all you Tea Partiers, bring your pay stubs! Hillarity will ensue.
And he's got the scoop on just how much money the teachers unions blow through on stuff like wining and dining themselves. Because to a laid-off teacher the most important thing in her life is knowing the union bosses are eating caviar on her dime.
Better make alternate plans tomorrow for your school age children. AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka and the SEIU Purple People Beater Road Show is coming to Trenton for a rally in support of the Wisconsin public employee unions. I'm sure the NJEA membership won't miss out on a chance to ditch their responsibility to your kids so they can collect a bogus doctor's note while screaming epithets at Chris Christie and Scott Walker.
Please God, don't let them bring a camel.
This year the governor isn't sleeping with the head of the CWA. Which seems to have really pissed off at least one of Carla Katz's brothers in arms. Thugs for Social Justice has such a nice ring to it, dontcha think?
I sure hope Tabitha Hale is OK. Yes folks, Mr. Big Bad Union Dude punched out a girl because she had the audacity to videotape him saying nasty things about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
Maybe she can sue Rep. Michael Capuano (D-umbass) for incitement to violence?
It will be a perfect contrast between the "Have Nots" and the "Have Yours". State Run Media paints the standoff in Wisconsin as an epic battle between the little guy and the big bad governor who wants to sell the working man into slavery. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Public employee unions are manifestly different from their counterparts in the private sector.
Government unions negotiate salary and benefits with the very same people who
they support for election via campaign contributions. It's no accident that
former NJ governor Jon Corzine was banging the head of our state's largest
public employee union while "negotiating" a new contract. CWA cash put
Corzine in the Governor's Mansion. And he returned the favor a hundred-fold
at the bargaining
But that's what public employee unions do. They force taxpayers to fund democrats. Public employee salaries fund union dues. Union dues fund democrats' election campaigns. And once in office the democrats reward the unions with generous increases in salary and benefits.
Scott Walker (and Chris Christie and John Kasich) are out to break that vicious cycle. They're promoting the novel idea that taxpayers are more important than public employees. How? By daring to make union dues voluntary. That's right, the state automatically deducts the dues (averaging $1100 per year) from every employee's paycheck and funnels the cash directly to the union. Scott Walker's earth-shattering proposal calls for the workers to write that check themselves.
The union leaders are pretty sure that most of their members won't voluntarily cough up $1100.
It's for this that the Democratic Party has gone to the mattresses. There is no longer any doubt whose side they're on. Not ours. They aren't protecting the workers, they're hell-bent on protecting their revenue stream.
So maybe after the rally the democrats in our state legislature can join forces with their friends from Wisconsin and Indiana. I hear that in his first act as the new mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel has set up a home for wayward democrats. Our guys and gals had better hit the road before he fills up and has to hang out the No Vacancy sign.
The whole country is broke. There is no more money. No matter how many rallies they hold or women they beat up that fact won't change. The wheels have fallen off the gravy train. Earlier this week Chris Christie said his proposed state budget represents "The New Normal". No longer will New Jersey blindly fund commitments made by prior administrations.
"Today marks the line in the sand that separates the way things used to be, and the way they are going to be," he said. "And we will not be going back."
For all their bluster the public employee unions solidly represent "the way
things used to be". Exorcising them won't be easy, or neat and tidy. But
exorcise them we must. Our children's future depends on it.
Here's a recap of an actual conversation I had last night with two friends, through-and-through Obamabots both. The TV news was on in the background and it precipated a short but telling discussion of the 2012 presidential race.
Right off the assertion is made, "Of course Obama will be re-elected in 2012."
"Because the Republicans have nobody who can beat him."
"Really," I said. "I think we have quite a few qualified candidates."
Which drew the sharp retort, "Oh yeah, name one! And it had better not be that skirt."
He was referring of course to Sarah Palin. Real classy, right? "That skirt." I guess I should be grateful he wasn't a stringer for the Washington Post.
What makes the irony doubly delicious is the tantrum these folks threw when I dared to refer to FLOTUS The 44th as "Moochelle" in a recent blog post. Because as everyone knows it's raaaaacist to makes jokes about the size of a Black woman's butt, even when she's calling our kids a bunch of lard-asses.
But then, before I could even formulate a response, out came this whopper: "Obama deserves a second term."
"You can't expect him to undo 8 years of Bush in one term. He's just getting started and you want to kick him out? Give the guy a chance to get the country back on track."
BDS, it's alive and well!
But wait, it gets better.
"No Republican is qualified to run against him because only Obama has the actual experience of being president."
Really, this is what passes for logic among the liberals. These are card-carrying progressives who worked tirelessly to evict George W. Bush after one term hoping to put John "War Hero" Kerry and John "Serial Adulterer" Edwards in the White House. I don't recall any "he deserves a second term" admonitions passing their lips in 2004!
My how times have changed.
In online parlance a "bot" is a computer program which is designed to automatically respond to pre-selected inputs. Those annoying "thanks for following me" DM's we receive 5 seconds after following someone on Twitter are the product of one such Bot.
Apparently Barry has run out of real flesh and blood Obamabots to carry his water. So he turned to perennial federal contractor HBGary to create an army of fake online profiles:
The US government is offering private intelligence companies contracts to create software to manage "fake people" on social media sites and create the illusion of consensus on controversial issues.
"The contract calls for the development of 'Persona Management Software' which would help the user create and manage a variety of distinct fake profiles online. The job listing was discussed in recently leaked emails from the private security firm HBGary after an attack by internet activist last week. According to the contract, the software would 'protect the identity of government agencies' by employing a number of false signals to convince users that the poster is in fact a real person. A single user could manage unique background information and status updates for up to 10 fake people from a single computer."
Your newest Facebook friend is a creation of Obama's Ministry of Propaganda. TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States) has hit the Big Time! And he's in your inbox.
So the next time you see a bunch of "spontaneous" Tweets supporting the Wisconsin public employee unions, think twice. They were most likely carefully crafted at the DNC, and routed through the White House to your PC.
Open the pod bay doors Barry.
Could beer be better for athletes than Gatorade™?
A Bavarian brewmeister is touting its no-alcohol beer as the latest sport drink for athletes, handing it out at the finish line of sporting events and touting its regenerative benefits.
Unlike Gatorade, Erdinger Alkoholfrei is served up with a frothy head. And it comes in one color, a golden hue, unlike conventional sport drinks.
The company touts the beverage as an isotonic, vitamin-rich, no-additive beverage with natural regenerative powers that help athletes recover from a workout. In other words, it's carbohydrate-loaded refreshment without the alcoholic buzz of beer or the jitters caused by some energy drinks.
Hey, everybody knows beer is good for you! Benjamin Franklin once said, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."
And this young lady sure does look happy. Healthy too!
His standards must be higher than mine. He's also cheesed off that I didn't acknowledge his groundbreaking research on the health benefits of beer. Sorry Dude, I was distracted by the size of the, uh mugs.
Here's a peace offering.
If she's pouring, the first round is on me.
Today's Trenton Times reports on the harsh reality of Obamanomics in New Jersey. The price of everything we buy is going up. A lot. Heating oil is now 50% more expensive than last year. Food prices routinely outpace the watered-down Consumer Price Index fudged monthly by the Commerce Department.
When George Bush was in the White House and the price of gas rose by a penny it was Big News and evidence of his close ties to evil fatcat oil tycoons. Now the price of gas is almost never mentioned by our State Run Media (even though it's higher today than it ever was under Bush). And a 50% increase in the cost of heating oil is certainly not the fault of the idiot currently in charge.
That's Obamanomics for you. Think of it as Trickle Up Poverty.
Yeah, I know. Barry's too busy
shilling for the public employee unions to worry about whether or not the
rest of us can afford to eat. And besides you just know it's all
Chris Christie's fault anyway because he won't tax the rich.
Remember a nutjob alarmist named Paul Ehrlich? Back in the early 70's he wrote The Population Bomb to warn us all of the coming food riots. Well, he's back. Or rather, his alarmism is back, and of course the cure is for more of us to voluntarily die.
A growing, more affluent population competing for ever scarcer resources could make for an "unrecognizable" world by 2050, researchers warned at a major US science conference Sunday.
The United Nations has predicted the global population will reach seven billion this year, and climb to nine billion by 2050, "with almost all of the growth occurring in poor countries, particularly Africa and South Asia," said John Bongaarts of the non-profit Population Council.
To feed all those mouths, "we will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000," said Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
"By 2050 we will not have a planet left that is recognizable" if current trends continue, Clay said.
The swelling population will exacerbate problems, such as resource depletion, said John Casterline, director of the Initiative in Population Research at Ohio State University.
OMG! We're going to run out of food! Somebody call a press conference!
"More people, more money, more consumption, but the same planet," Clay told AFP, urging scientists and governments to start making changes now to how food is produced.
Population experts, meanwhile, called for more funding for family planning programs to help control the growth in the number of humans, especially in developing nations.
"For 20 years, there's been very little investment in family planning, but there's a return of interest now, partly because of the environmental factors like global warming and food prices," said Bongaarts.
"We want to minimize population growth, and the only viable way to do that is through more effective family planning," said Casterline.
Oh yeah, that old bugaboo "Globull Warming" rears it's ugly head too.
These are, of course, the same alarmists who recoil in horror at the idea of genetically modified crops. "Frankenfood" goes against their utopian visions of Sustainable Farming. The reality is that modern biotech can produce enough food to make everyone fat and happy. The only problem is that it offends the sensibilities of well-heeled liberals who congratulate themselves for buying overpriced "locavore" tomatoes from certified organic farmers.
If all our food was produced according to their strictures almost nobody would have enough to eat. We're talking about farming techniques that went out of style in the early 1800s.
But then you realize that the prospect of billions of people starving to death warms the cockles of their pathetic little hearts. The goal isn't just a retread of 1970s Zero Population Growth dogma. No, it's drastic population reduction.
Why else would the eco-terrorists at the World Wildlife Fund be involved? When the people die off the animals can "reclaim" their habitat.
Here's why their solution to a lack of food isn't to find a way to grow more food. Population control means that only the elite will survive. And you can bet that all the panjandrums at conferences like this one definitely count among the elite.
Their message to the rest of us is simple. Stop having babies and die for Gaia.
I have faith in human ingenuity. We already know how to grow enough food.
What we don't know how to do is properly scoff at bogus "experts" who insist
that we don't actually know as much as we do. Eventually Ehrlich was
completely discredited because his predictions were demonstrably false.
His successors will undoubtedly meet the same fate.
Apparently "gay rights" means men and women should share public restrooms.. While singing, "L O L A, Lola, Lo Lo Lo Lola", Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed an Executive Order granting "transgender" people the right to use whatever restroom makes them most "comfortable". So now dudes can freely use the ladies room in any state facilty. Including schools.
According to Patrick there are people who are confused about their "gender identify". To which I say, look down Chief. Either you have Boy Parts or Girl Parts. Now open the door which corresponds to the parts God gave you and get on with your business. As the concerned father of a 9 year old girl I really can't see the need for some guy who's admittedly "confused" about his sexuality leering at the configuration of her nether regions.
But common sense is in short supply in Gay Town. A dude in a dress certainly has a right to pretend he's a girl. But that's as far as it should go. Pretend. He ought not have the right to take a leak with the ladies. And the last thing I want to see when I'm on a mission is some broad waiting on line for a stall.
There are already enough
perverts hanging out in public restrooms. There's no need to add in folks
who aren't smart enough to figure out whether they're a boy or a girl.
We are now into the third day of non-stop mayhem perpetrated by Wisconsin public employees in that state's capital city. There is no longer any doubt that the words "public employee" and "professional" do not belong in the same sentence.
Teachers called out sick en mass, students be damned!, to march and protest against having to contribute toward their health care and pension costs. But this was no peaceful Tea Party, no siree. Doug Ross compiled a brief review of the odious messages on display. Civility is not the watchword of the day. But if you're in the market for some Hitler imagery and death threats galore then unionized Wisconsin teachers are your kind of people.
Let's see. The supposed rabble of the Tea Party were condemned by liberals everywhere for waving American flags and peacefully petitioning their government for a redress of grievances. Now in Madison, Wisconsin union goons intimidate lawmakers' families and The New York Times embraces the notion of mob rule.
After two years of using the pages of The NY Times to lash out at peaceful health care protesters and Tea Parties, the Board of Editors of The New York Times has decided that actual violence by unions in Wisconsin is "not surprising" (emphasis mine):
"Like many governors, [Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker] wants to cut the benefits of state workers. But he also decided a budget crisis was a good time to advance an ideological goal dear to his fellow Republicans: eliminating most collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Not surprisingly, thousands of workers descended on the Capitol building, pounding on windows and blocking doors, yelling "shut it down." ...
Keeping schools closed and blocking certain public services is not a strategy we support and could alienate public opinion and play into the governor's hand. Short of that, the unions should make their voices heard and push back hard against this misguided plan."
"Push back hard." How hard Pinch? Greece hard? I'm sure Frances Fox Piven would approve!
Local protests have to accumulate and spread — and become more disruptive — to create serious pressures on national politicians. An effective movement of the unemployed [in America] will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.
Piven's protests are catching on. For sure no pregnant mothers have been burned to death (yet) in Wisconsin, but the protesters do say that they're just getting started and they don't intend to give up.
I guess it's all fun and games until Americans start getting barbecued on national television. That is what happened in Greece. People died.
Oh, but Wisconsin is so far away from the corridors at the City University of New York. It's practically a foreign country! Surely none of those brutish rioters would dare to impinge on Piven's Manhattan enclaves. That would be gauche.
Meanwhile Wisconsin's bought-and-paid-for democratic state legislators set out to do their union masters' bidding by taking a page from "Profiles in Courage". They fled to Illinois to prevent the legislature from achieving a quorum. Tea Partiers found them hanging out in a titty bar. Now I'm sure Illinois appreciates the business, they have budget troubles of their own, but it does seem ironic that the supposed champions of the little guy didn't think to keep their dollars in their own state's g-strings.
Alright, so I guess it's time I got around to making my point. Which is, public employee unions are evil.
At this point, the teachers' union and their Democratic supporters have conceded the argument. They could not defend their refusal of Governor Walker's relatively small demands and so they launched into ridiculous ad hominem, violent rhetoric (shudder!), and, eventually, cowardly flight. We should take instruction from what has happened in Wisconsin over the past two days. Public sector unions are, as I have said before, a blight on our states and nation. We should do everything in our power to rid ourselves of them entirely and make sure, by law if necessary, that they can never come back again. It would make me very happy if Governor Walker fired every single teacher who called out sick over the past two days. They let down the taxpayers of Wisconsin and, more importantly, taught their students that it's okay to lie, cheat, and steal in order to get what you want.
Remember when President Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers? That was a great day for America. Gov. Walker should put his foot down. Show up for work on Monday morning or don't bother coming back. Ever.
You'll no doubt be surprised to learn that the Father of modern progressives, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, opposed public sector unionism. He wrote, "action looking toward the paralysis of government by those who have sworn to support it is unthinkable and intolerable." I'm sure the thugs in Wisconsin will take notice just as soon as they're done paralyzing the government.
Professor Bainbridge lays out the case against public sector unions with clarity and precision. He concludes thusly:
In sum, public sector unionism lacks the economic justifications for private sector unionism. It results in significant distortions of the political process, which have real adverse consequences for the taxpayers. What's happening in Wisconsin (as ably monitored by University of Wisconsin law professor/blogger Ann Althouse) thus is quite heartening. The efforts by the Governor and the republican legislative caucus to reform public sector collective bargaining rights is an essential step towards fiscal sanity and political democracy.
Yes. The only way to save us beleaguered taxpayers is to smash the public employee unions into oblivion. Patriots like Scott Walker, John Kasich, Mitch Daniels, and Chris Christie are leading the charge. I stand with them in support of fiscal sanity. And a significant majority of Americans seem to agree with me.
(Everybody and his brother has an opinion on this judging by the size of
President Obama's new budget calls for the hiring of 81 new IRS agents who will be dedicated full-time to one task, and one task only. Enforcement of the "Snooki Tax" — a new 10 percent excise tax on tanning salons.
That is correct. 81 new bureaucrats to travel the nation to see if tanning salons are paying the 10% tax. They need to make sure that underground tanning salons don't pop up next to Meth Labs and illegal casinos. Who knows what will happen if somebody sets up a tanning bed in their basement to make some money without paying the new ObamaTax. Maybe some jail time for that ObamaCare criminal.
There truly is nothing which Obama won't tax. If he could figure out a way to do it he'd tax the sun. Like the beach badge checkers those 81 new IRS agents could soon be patrolling the sand collecting their tanning tax from one and all. Don't forget to ask about their low weekly and seasonal rates!
Or, maybe they can charge on a sliding scale based on the Snooki Tan Index.
I guess I shouldn't give them any ideas, right?
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is closing schools, shuttering fire houses, and slashing his budget to the bone. Or so he'll have you think.
Meanwhile, his health department passes out 36 million free condoms each year. And now they've launched an iPhone / Android "app" which makes it easier to locate the nearest supply when you're in the mood for some casual sex.
The New York City Health Department on Monday unveiled a smartphone application that will help users locate the nearest place in the area giving out free condoms.
"We want New York City to be the safest city in the world to have sex," said Dr. Monica Sweeney, the city's assistant health commissioner. "A lot of people come here for that, so we want them to practice safer sex."
And here I thought they'd cleaned up Times Square. Silly me! Sort of puts a whole new spin on "I love New York" doesn't it? Come for the hookers, stay for the orgies! They've got you covered.
The application, available for download on the iPhone and Android phones, taps into the city's database of over 1,000 different locations which offer free condoms.
It uses GPS technology or an address input to give users directions to the nearest five places in the city that are giving out free condoms.
Because every cash-strapped American city should give out free condoms. I'm sure there was something about that in the Articles of Confederation. It must have been lost in all the excitement over George Washington's second term.
So you guys know I've been a big Chris Christie fan. He's kicking ass and taking names in Trenton. Which is good. The public employee unions need to be castrated, and he's just the guy to do it. But look under Gov. Christie's (metaphorical) hood and, well let's say I'm glad we're still kicking the tires.
Ann Coulter has already sanctified Chris Christie as the GOP nominee for president in 2012. And Ann is a smart gal, a highly-paid pundit, and someone who knows her way around the conservative world. I'm just a nobody from New Jersey with a blog.
But, I gotta disagree with her.
Chris Christie has too many liberal policy positions which place him squarely at odds with most conservatives.
Dhimmitude, for starters. He's awfully chummy with Islamists. He nominated Sohail Mohammed, board member of the radical American Muslim Union (AMU) and defender of Hamas' man in Passaic, to a Superior Court Judgeship. Mr. Mohammed and the AMU are closely tied to the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which was founded by a Hamas operative named Mohammed el-Mezain. And the current Imam Mohammed Qatanani is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Imam Qatanani also pled guilty in Israel to being a member of Hamas, a fact he conveniently left off his application for permanent US residency.
Who defended Imam Qatanani at his deportation hearing? Sohail Mohammed.
So what, you say. That's what lawyers do, they advocate for their clients in court. But Sohail Mohammed advocates for Islamists out of court too. It's pretty much all that he does. He spoke up in defense of Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami al-Arian and dismisses any evidence that the Holy Land Foundation funnels money to terrorists as a "witch hunt".
But hey, Sohail Mohammed is no Bill Ayers, so everything's cool, right?
Wrong! Chris Christie courted the Muslim vote. And Imam Qatanani delivered. It's not really a stretch to view elevating Sohail Mohammed to the bench as some kind of quid pro quo. And if along the way a little Sharia gets injected into New Jersey law, well why would you oppose that you intolerant bigot you.
Because if you want further evidence that Chris Christie has a soft spot for Islam in all its glory check out how he's driving the PC train for "tolerance".
"I knew he was going to be fired, and I had no problem with it," Christie said during a Statehouse press conference. "And I still don't have a problem with it."
"That kind of intolerance is something I think is unacceptable. So I don't have any problem with him being fired," Christie said. "You've got to make decisions in this job. I made one."
Sure, let's not be intolerant, especially toward radical Islam. Next thing you know people will be opposing contruction of the Ground Zero Death To America Victory Mosque. Which by the way, Christie endorses. Gotta love that tolerance!
I sort of expected a guy who prosecuted terrorists to understand a little more about Jihad. How about you?
Moving along, let's talk about Chris Christie and Obamacare. Curiously he has not joined forces with the 26 states suing to block its implementation. In fact, his Attorney General, who would file such a lawsuit, is Essex County Democratic operative Paula Dow, a close crony of County Executive Joe DiVincenzo (also a Democrat). "Joe D" is the Robert Byrd of Essex County, nary an underpass gets built without his name being plastered all over it.
Not to mention that any governor serious about eliminating government waste would surely question the propriety of spending $4.8 million taxpayer dollars to construct a safari-themed mini golf course. Yet Chris Christie lauds Joe D as a model of fiscal responsibility! What's up with that?
What about other national issues? Glad you asked! Chris Christie has strong opinions about illegal immigration. He's for it, and has called for establishing "a path to citizenship". Gee Governor, how do you spell amnesty?
On Gun Control, Chris Christie walks in lockstep with anti-gun zealots like NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. He supports the so-called "assault weapons ban", praised Jon Corzine's one gun a month purchase limitation, and strongly opposes any attempt to enact a concealed carry law in New Jersey.
So that means he's not a fan of either the First (by preaching the Gospel of "tolerance") or the Second Amendment. How many conservatives can get excited about that?
Not me. And apparently I'm not alone. Mark Levin ism't jumping on the Chris Christie for President bandwagon either.
On the plus side, Christie insists he's not interested in running for president. Which suits me just fine.
You know, I just might do that. Thanks Doug!
Just when I think Chris Christie "gets it" on fiscal responsibility he goes and does something really lame-brained like dumping another $584 million dollars we can't afford into the fiasco that is the Schools Development Authority.
Gov. Chris Christie today will announce approval of $584 million for the construction or renovation of 10 schools through the Schools Development Authority, according to an administration official.
The projects in the state's poorest districts will range from new schools to site improvements and will include an additional $100 million for emergencies, like broken ceilings or heating systems, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the plan and requested anonymity.
The Newark School District alone has identified 54 emergency projects that would cost $250 million.
Here we go again. Newark had $200 million dollars, and they blew it on a hockey arena for one of the wealthiest owners in the NHL. There's your school right there kids. We'll bus you in. And too bad if it's not exactly the kind of facility your teachers would prefer. Maybe next time your parents won't vote for morons.
Hockey, or education? It shouldn't have even been a question, right?
So why in hell am I stuck supporting people who made bad choices?
And what's the deal with $100 million for "emergencies"? Don't these guys have a plan? Because last time, they didn't have a plan. And they blew through $8 billion before anybody noticed that they didn't have a plan.
I've got an emergency. It's called "tax relief". C'mon Governor, we elected you to put an end to wasteful spending. You said that you would.
Ten new schools at $58 million each doesn't sound very fiscally responsible
Our state-run media is cheering the new Obama Austerity Program. There's only one problem — he's increasing overall spending. Really. Last year's budget was $3.6 Trillion dollars. This year it's $3.7 Trillion. That's an increase.
Yeah, I know, journalists (and JournoListas) suck at math.
So, how exactly can Barry claim he's "cutting" spending? Two ways. First is the old Washington trick of saying you want to up the funding for the Frozzbot Initiative by say $10 billion, settle for a $6 billion increase, and then trumpet a $4 billion dollar "cut". Yes folks, there is a lot of that in Barry's budget numbers.
The other way to make "cuts" is the Jon Corzine cut-the-stuff-that-really-hurts ploy. Every year at budget time Corzine would close the state parks. Hey, there's no money! In NJ the budget is due July 1st so shutting down the beaches on the Fourth of July weekend was, ahem, wildly unpopular. And our spineless legislature always caved in a matter of hours because of that.
So Barry took the ax to Pell Grants for college students. All the Kool Kidz who drank the Hopium and Changeba Kool Aid are in for a rude awakening. No more free money for you!
Well, at least until they show up in DC and start breaking stuff. Then who knows, but it's likely the money will magically be found asap. If it was up to me though I'd say, "fuck 'em." TANSTAAFL. Work for your own damn education (I did), you'll appreciate it more.
And in a sop to his greenie ecowarrior constituency Barry lopped billions off of home heating assistance for the poor. "But Chris, how is that a green initiative?" I hear you cry. Well, with Globull Warming ramping up faster than ever people won't need to heat their homes anymore. Just ask Al Gore, he did predict that by next year the Arctic would be ice-free. And we all know that Al is the World's Foremost Authority on all that Climate Change Stuff. It's simply not possible for him to be wrong…
And finally of course Mr. I-never-raised-taxes-once has inserted beaucoup tax increases in his budget too. Soak the rich! It's so predictable that it's not even worth commenting on.
House Republicans have their own proposals. They contain actual, bona fide spending cuts. But not nearly enough for my tastes. Why not a complete 5% across-the-board cut. Spare nothing. Not defense, not foreign aid or farm subsidies or transportation or Amtrak or student loans or Fannie Mae, and certainly not entitlements.
Go ahead and tell me with a straight face that there is a government program which doesn't waste more than 5% of its budget. Because you know what, you can't.
And then let's do the same thing next year. And watch that deficit disappear!
NJ State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) knows what's important. When she's not shilling for Planned Parenthood she focuses like a laser on the issues that really matter to the people of New Jersey. You'd think that would be the nation's highest property taxes, or record unemployment, or spiraling budget deficits and underfunded pensions, right?
Wrong! Loretta Weinberg is on a mission to stamp out sexism in old, unenforceable laws dating back to the Nineteenth Century.
Times change, but the language of the law is sometimes slow to catch up. So after noticing the antiquated and at times demeaning references to women still contained in laws that date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Weinberg recently introduced a bill (S2665) striking such language from the books.
Quick, get the Governor on the line! A husband might try to contest The Married Woman's Property Act! There's not a moment to lose.
It cracks me up that the people we send to Trenton have the time to devote to these trivialities but they're unable (or more likely unwilling) to confront the problems which actually affect the vast majority of their constituents.
It's the illusion of accomplishment. And unfortunately it is a bipartisan
For the second year in a row Texas Congressman Ron Paul has won the CPAC Presidential Straw Poll. You know what really scares me though? Mitt Romney came in second. It's a twofer of stupidity. (Via Memeorandum)
Doug Ross deconstructs the Ron Paul Narrative. Not that any of his earnest young acolytes would ever bother to read it. The Paulestinians are True Believers, and woe unto him who dareth to contradict their Lord and Master, even if the Gospel According to Ron Paul means you sorta, kinda have to endorse the White Supremacists at Stormfront, not to mention the 9/11 Truthers. The Crazy Train definitely stops at Paulville.
I'd say it was akin to Obama-worship, except you know, when Donald Trump has to whack you with a clue-by-four you're pretty much in break-out-the-insanity-defense territory already.
So yeah, Ron Paul is nuts. There, I said it. And put it on the Internet.
But before you go talking about "victories" at CPAC, take a gander at Doug Ross's charts. The Ronulans mustered 30% of the vote, which does indeed sound impressive. Until you see that just over 3,000 votes were cast in total. Now here's the thing, close to 12,000 people attended CPAC this year. So Ron Paul managed to energize just under a third of one quarter of the attendees. For those of you who are weak at math it equates to a 1/12 approval rating among committed, motivated conservatives.
Barry polls better than that. Yes, even among the sane.
Here's the truth. Ron Paul is the Ralph Nader of the right-wing set. He's so far out there we need a map and a compass just to locate the timezone where he was last spotted. Like Nader he's a master at exploiting a loyal following for his own self-aggrandizement. I guess he gets a rush out of poking a stick in the eye of every candidate who actually has a snowball's chance in Hell of being elected to the presidency.
Does Ron Paul have a roll to play? Perhaps. I'd say he could be a servicable Secretary of the Treasury, except his unfettered support for the whole return to the gold standard nonsense scares the daylights out of me. You wanna destroy the US economy? Just replace the greenback as the world reserve currency. Which of course is precisely what returning to the gold standard would do.
Which isn't to say that Paul's "audit the Fed" idea is without merit. But then,
even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Which come to think of it is the
perfect metaphor for Ron Paul. He's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
PEOPLE reports that Cyrus will host the late-night variety show, which often parodies her in sketches, on March 5. Despite Cyrus' hit music career, she will not serve as the musical guest on the episode she hosts.
Sophie has already begged me to set the DVR.
The former Disney star, whose salvia-smoking video shocked fans earlier this year, may show viewers an edgier side when she takes to the 'SNL' stage in March. Cyrus recently told Marie Claire of her less-than-wholesome behavior, "I've always said, 'I'm gonna make mistakes.' I know this. And I think that that is one of the reasons why people related to me."
Uh oh. I think we've already seen enough of the "edgier" Miley to last us a lifetime. So I guess I'll have to pre-screen the recording before letting my nine year old daughter watch it. Great.
And it's not like she can't be wholesome either. Hannah Montana was quite successful, much more so than her later, "edgier" stuff. And she can dress tastefully when she wants to.
One thing's for sure though, Miley Cyrus is good for the hits. And not just the singing kind of hits either!
So a Facebook friend of the liberal persuasion puts up on his status, "When is the media going to realize that Sarah Palin is yesterday's news?"
You know me, I couldn't resist. I commented:
How about the day after she completes her second term as President in 2021, and Chris Christie is sworn in?
He blocked me. Wanker!
Ah, whaddaya expect from the "tolerant" left anyway?
Happy Birthday Governor Palin! Live Long, And Prosper.
Have you mentioned Sarah Palin's birthday to a liberal today?
Has the Spaghetti Taco craze run its course? Probably not since Sophie keeps nagging me to make them for her. But now the world of hand-held Italian food just got a little wackier.
The cupcake craze is moving from dessert to main course. Meatloaf. Turkey, spinach, and mashed potatoes. Lasagna. Individually baked, and meant to be eaten with your hands.
It really is cupcakes for dinner.
Lasagna cupcakes, or individual lasagnas in the shape of cupcakes, are the creation of Heirloom-LA, a catering company based in Eagle Rock, a town near Silverlake. About 18 months ago, Matt Poley, a partner in the company, said a parent had requested macaroni and cheese for a children's party, "but doesn't a big dish of macaroni and cheese look so unappealing?" he asked on a recent visit to his kitchen. "So we made individual macaroni and cheese, and we realized we could do this with every type of lasagna."
"The truth is," Mr. Poley went on, "it's kind of hard to dog on a lasagna cupcake. As long as they aren't scalding hot, you can eat them with your hands. In fact, we encourage it. You might get some spillage, but not a lot."
See for yourself, they do look pretty appealing.
I'm gonna have to make some for our next party.
Monday's post on the Obamavision "upgrade" to our nation's Emergency Alert System drew an interesting reaction. Reader CFL wrote:
The article talks about running a test to see if the EBS really works for a Presidential message. What's wrong with that? After all, it wasn't until President Bush was airborne on 9/11 that everybody suddenly noticed there was no way for him to address the nation from there. Seems sensible to me.
That's what they want us to think.
Allow me to don my Conspiracy Theorist Hat for a moment. Imagine if you will the fulfillment of Rahm Emanuel's adage, "never let a crisis go to waste."
Most of the State Run Media (NYT, WaPo, ABC, CBS, NBC, etc) already echoes the Official Obama Administration Line. Only Fox is independent (Bill O'Reilly's Super Bowl tongue bath for Dear Leader nonwithstanding) but for how long? Activate Obamavision and Fox is off the air.
At the same time a recent backroom Congressional deal requires all portable electronic devices sold in the US (iPods, MP3 players, PDA's, PC's) to include an FM radio chip. EAS Activiation switches those radios on automatically. Your President is in your earbuds.
Just as you pick up your cell phone an urgent, non-interruptable SMS message requires your immediate attention. EAS Activiation also takes control of the nation's text messaging infrastructure. The federal Broadcast Message Center has important information for you.
But wait, it gets creepier.
FCC Net Neutrality regulations require Internet companies to carry traffic that may not mesh with their business model. That's supposed to "protect" consumers. But suppose this "must carry" provision is extended to include Obamavision? Hey, the president needs to address the nation, doesn't he? What's the harm if YouTube "temporarily" overrides all video streams with the Obamavision Emergency Broadcast?
And they've saved the best for last. The Department of Homeland Security now has the unfettered ability to seize web sites at will. That's way better than an Internet Kill Switch!
Why? Because they can redirect the seized web site to what they want you to see. Even to a clone of what you expected, virtually indistinguishable from the original, except the content has been carefully redacted by agents of the Administration. Google searches would only return results approved in advance. News reports could be edited by an army of earnest young progressive censors, indoctrinated from birth via the public schools, and enlisted in the ObamaCorps "National Service" program.
And then the takeover is complete. Barack Obama is the King of All Media. Our socialist overlords have total control over what we see and hear. For our own good of course. They're experts, they know best. We must trust them.
You do trust them, don't you?
We have entered The Obama Zone. There is no escape.
According to his sources the FCC has mandated the installation of a hard-wired override box at every radio and TV transmitter in America. At the activation of EAS the Obamavision signal will replace every broadcast nationwide. And it can't be switched off.
Truly scary stuff.
In an uncharacteristic move for the lefties at POLITICO they've put together a short compilation of departing White House Press Secretary Bob Gibbs greatest hits. Usually they fawn over anything said by an Obama functionary, but I guess since he's headed for the exits "Baghdad Bob" is now fair game.
As Robert Gibbs prepares to leave the White House, POLITICO has put together a must-see video that takes a look back at all of the things Robert Gibbs has said he's NOT at the briefing room podium... such as a 'Chinese historian,' 'a Parliamentarian,' a 'member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee,' a 'document veracity person'...It's pretty funny.
All of which reminded me of "Bones" from Star Trek. "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor not a ..."
Of course, Dr. McCoy was (a) more convincing, and (b) always able to "be"
whatever he claimed he was not.
The nation's Emergency Alert System is getting a makeover. In place of the familiar "duck call" warbling sound and calming tones of an anonymous announcer will be ... a message from the President of the United States.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Obamavision!
Everybody has heard the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). Those familiar "duck calls" that reassure listeners "THIS is a test… this is ONLY a test…"
The FCC is planning an upgrade to the tests by including presidential announcements in the system.
"The primary goal is to provide the President with a mechanism to communicate with the American public during times of national emergency."
Because what every American needs to hear in our hour of trial is the reassuring voice of Dear Leader.
Yeah, that's exactly what we need.
Also a Recommended Read at Pundit & Pundette.
According to his sources the FCC has mandated the installation of a hard-wired override box at every radio and TV transmitter in America. At the activation of EAS the Obamavision signal will replace every broadcast nationwide. And it can't be switched off.
Truly scary stuff.
From @roscoe_karns on Twitter:
Christina Aguilera's butchering of our National Anthem was really bad. B. A. D. Bad.
She flubbed the lyrics! "What so proudly we watched"? I cringed.
Really now, don't these performers practice?
It's unbelievable to me that Christina Aguilera was the best they
could do for the Super Bowl. What, Roseanne Barr wasn't available?
Four-star Army Gen. Peter Chiarelli — the No. 2 general in the U.S. Army — says he is absolutely not offended that Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett mistook him for a waiter at a fancy Washington dinner this week and asked him for a glass of wine.
It could have happened to anybody, Chiarelli tells CNN.
"It was an honest mistake that ANYONE could have made. She was sitting, I was standing and walking behind her and all she saw were the two stripes on my pants which were almost identical to the waiters pants — REALLY. She apologized and will come to the house for dinner if a date can be worked out in March," Chiarelli wrote in an e-mail.
Yeah, when you're hobnobbing with the Obamas you don't have the time to keep the bit players straight. But that doesn't stop the libtards over at Taegan Goddard's Political Wire from feigning outrage over any blog post which reflects badly on Ms. Jarrett. Like for example the one I wrote. Apparently I'm supposed to "get over myself" for pointing out that the Obamabots aren't exactly cognizant of the protocols associated with respect for our military officers.
I wouldn't conceive of mistaking a four star general for a waiter. And I wouldn't be so eager to excuse a bimbo who did. If anyone needs to "get over" herself, it's Valerie Jarrett. She's an unelected panjandrum who's contrived her way into the corridors of power yet she has no appreciation whatsoever for the niceties due to those who honorably serve our nation.
Of course General Chiarelli can be gracious toward his erstwhile Commander in Chief's bimbette du jour. He's Been There and Done That and gotten the chestful of medals to prove it. She's just another Washington dilletante, the flavor of the month, soon to be a footnote to an inglorious administration.
Like Curly from City Slickers, he craps bigger than her.
Man, what I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall when Ms. Hot Stuff shows up for dinner at this Real Man's house. His wife is gonna eat her alive.
One hundred years ago today one of America's greatest citizens was born. Ronald Wilson Reagan epitomized the ideals of America. Self reliance, patriotism, enthusiasm, life. Ronald Reagan lived life. Fully and completely. And in the process he set the standard by which we as a nation can aspire to greatness.
Carol at No Sheeples Here compiled a moving video tribute to our 40th president.
Mark Steyn's reflections on the Reagan legacy — We need him now.
Pundette reminds us that President Reagan was unabashedly pro-life. Calvin Freiberger quotes Reagan's 1983 essay Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation. Yes, once upon a time our leaders cared about innocent life.
Matt from Conservative Hideout finds inspiration in Reagan's speech to the 1964 Republican National Convention.
Donald Douglas links a few memorable Reagan clips.
Clifton posted three more of Reagan's Greatest Hits.
Bob Belvedere rounded up some other blog tributes to the Gipper.
This is too great not to post: The Ronald Reagan Super Bowl XLV Tribute.
America's greatest days are indeed ahead of her.
Mister we could use a man (or
woman) like Ronald Reagan again.
Former President George W. Bush won't be attending a Jewish charity gala in Geneva next week. He was scheduled to be the keynote speaker at Keren Hayesod's annual dinner on February 12th. But then a bunch of moonbat protesters announced plans to arrest him for allegedly "torturing" inmates at Guantanamo Bay and the Euro-weenies in the Swiss government got squeamish.
This is being hailed as some sort of "victory" or something.
Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against Bush in the Swiss city on Monday for alleged mistreatment of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. naval base in Cuba where captives from Afghanistan, Iraq and other fronts in the so-called War on Terror were interned.
Leftist groups had also called for a protest on the day of his visit next Saturday, leading Keren Hayesod's organizers to announce that they were cancelling Bush's participation on security grounds -- not because of the criminal complaints.
But groups including the New York-based Human Rights Watch and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said the cancellation was linked to growing moves to hold Bush accountable for torture, including waterboarding. He has admitted in his memoirs and television interviews to ordering use of the interrogation technique that simulates drowning.
"He's avoiding the handcuffs," Reed Brody, counsel for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters.
You know, I'd take these "human rights" poseurs a lot more seriously if they paid more attention to the guys who actually make a career out of violating human rights. But of course monsters don't care what a bunch of lefty whingers have to say. On the other hand, a decent fellow like George W. Bush would probably try to engage them in dialog, which unfortunately isn't what they're looking for.
They want headlines, and free publicity for their idiocy. USA = BAD, and downtrodden "freedom fighters" = David against Goliath. In their sophomoric minds the little guy is always right.
Where's their outrage when Mahmoud Admadinejad comes to town? Or Robert Mugabe? They gave Yasser Arafat a freaking Nobel Peace Prize and he's the father of modern Islamic terrorism! (Or, as Reuters views it, "so-called" terrorism. It's nice to know they're objective JournoListas.)
We need look no further than our neighbors to the north to see the utter idiocy emblematic in the international "human rights" movement. When a microwave oven is an instrument of discrimination subject to the jurisdiction of their kangaroo courts then indeed the entire concept of basic human rights has lost all meaning. The notion of "human rights" is now nothing more than a cudgel with which to club the unsupecting Westerner into submission to the idealistic visions of earnest young agitators.
In other words, only a truly enightened brand of idiot can transcend common sense to such a degree that he can condemn George W. Bush as a war criminal while extolling the virtues of an ascendent Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
They aren't pro-human rights. They're just anti-American.
(Yup, there's a Memeorandum thread.)
On the Asian lunar calendar it is the Year of the Rabbit.
Yum, rabbit. Braised, in nice red wine sauce.
What's that? You like rabbits but you'd prefer Snow Bunnies? Sounds good to me!
It's snowing again, who's up for some winter fun?
Just in time for a snow bunny snowball fight!
Let's see. Pretty girls. Rabbits. There's gotta be a joke in there somewhere, right? Certainly a double-entendre or two...
Stop me before I link to a hip-hop video... (Get it? Hippedy hop, like a rabbit? Ah, whaddya you know from funny!)
Is there such a thing as a slow blog day? Here I am cruisin' the Intertubes on another exciting Friday night, and... I got nothin'.
But Lance gets mail. And it's funny. ROFLMAO funny. I'm guessing she doesn't say, "pull my finger."
And while I'm on a roll, how many Chinese Rednecks does it take to make deep fried chop suey?
See? What did I tell you? That was funny too!
OK, one more. Al Gore walks into the Super Bowl...
Ah, whadda you know from funny?
Gov. Chris Christie today vetoed a bill that would have expanded the Medicaid program to more women seeking family planning services, saying it would be "financially irresponsible" to spend more on a program running a $1 billion deficit.
The doomed bill, (A3273), would have directed the state to apply to the federal government to expand its Medicaid program to include women earning as much as twice the poverty rate -- $29,140 for a family of two -- to provide birth control, cervical exams and other family planning services. Abortions would not be paid with this money, sponsors said.
New Jersey cannot afford to expand Medicaid, which already serves 1.3 million people, according to Christie's veto statement. "In Fiscal year 2012, it is anticipated that the state's Medicaid program faces a budget shortfall of $1.1 billion," according to the statement. Expanding Medicaid to more people "does not make sense from an overall fiscal and health care policy perspective."
Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Infanticide) forgot to recalibrate her irony meter before launching into a tirade against the governor.
"On one hand he says he's not opposed to birth control, but yet he shows up at a rally last week and joins a group speaking against women being trusted to make their own decisions about their reproductive health care," said Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union) a bill sponsor. "He has also said that this issue is purely about money we don't have, but all this bill would have done is leveraged the money already being spent in our Medicaid budget to obtain additional federal dollars to expand access to health care services for low-income women."
"Women being trusted to make their own decisions?" You mean like the women who found their way to the offices of Dr. Kermit Gosnell? The ones he strapped down to forcibly vacuum the life from their wombs? How about 14 year old girls being coerced into "family planning services" by their pimps? Or, perhaps you intend these funds to replenish the supply of dirty forceps and rusty crochet hooks employed by Metropolitan Medical Associates of Englewood in their butchery? (Don't click that link unless you have a strong stomach.) How much ad time for LateTermAbortions.Net can $1.1 million buy anyway?
Thank God that Chris Christie vetoed their funding. The ugly truth behind the Abortion Industrial Complex is too sickening to comprehend. Every day Pundette posts about a new level of depredation. It's gotta be hard for her to do, just reading her posts leaves an ache in my soul. These are the stories that the purveyors of "choice" don't want you to read.
But read them you must. And then ask yourself this — why was there so
much righteous indignation over what Michael Vick did to a couple of dogs while
the horror of abortion continually flies under the radar? What does that say
about the priorities of our society? Shouldn't a baby have at least as much
right to life as a puppy?
Five years ago former President Jimmy Carter wrote a book. Apparently someone finally read it, and to almost no one's surprise found that it contained "numerous false and knowingly misleading statements intended to promote the author's agenda of anti-Israel propaganda and to deceive the reading public instead of presenting accurate information as advertised."
Of course Palestine Peace Not Apartheid is a work of fiction. Unfortunately it was marketed as historically factual and this has resulted in a lawsuit against Carter and his publisher.
In a press release issued by one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner stated: "The lawsuit will expose all the falsehoods and misrepresentations in Carter's book and prove that his hatred of Israel has led him to commit this fraud on the public. He is entitled to his opinions but deceptions and lies have no place in works of history."
Anything which serves to ridicule our Worst Ex-President Evah! is OK by me. And Carol of the Mad Photoshop™ Skillz has created another masterpiece.
Yet, why call attention to a load of tripe which has long since been relegated to the bottom of the remainder tables? Carter's opinions are indeed odious. But, his scribblings are not likely to be misinterpreted as scholarship, are they? He is at best a formerly Useful Idiot, and Arab propagandists have already wringed about as much out of him as they can.
History will not judge Jimmy Carter kindly. That is if anyone bothers to consider him at all. Indeed, this brand of lawsuit is just the kind of censorship his Muslim acolytes love to utilize. There is no need to try Jimmy Carter's ideas in a court of law. The court of public opinion has already found him lacking in any redeeming qualities.
Being the official mouthpiece of the Obama Administration has its drawbacks. Quarterly profits at The New York Times are down another 26 percent. Ayup, both of their advertisers keep cutting back as circulation numbers continue to tank.
Boy, that Pinch Sulzberger sure knows how to run a newspaper into the ground, doesn't he? People just aren't as willing as they once were to pay for leaks of classified information wrapped up in the pitiful yammerings of has-been columnists. And it must really be disappointoing to go and do all the heavy lifting associated with publishing millions of sensitive diplomatic cables only to see a web site get nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rumors that NYTimes.com would soon redirect to WikiLeaks.org could not be confirmed at this time. But you can bet your bippee that more newsroom layoffs are iminent at One Walter Duranty Place. Cue the MoDo lamentations over the dearth of Journolista job opportunities in 3, 2, 1...
Meanwhile, Rupert Murdock's News Corp saw their profits rise more than 150 percent. Ad revenues at Fox News and The Wall Street Journal are up. The Daily, their new iPad news app, seems to be a big hit.
(Hey, wasn't NYTimes.com supposed to slink off behind a paywall sometime this month? Did anybody notice? Could you let me know if you've seen it?)
Alas, we can
never underestimate the ability of a discredited institution to linger.
Like mohair subsidies and that 3% tax on our phone bills to fund the Spanish
American War, The New York Times has outlived its usefulness. How much
longer they can hang on while pissing through Carlos Slim's money is anybody's
guess. But someday "All the DNC Talking Points that's fit to print"
will be but a forgotten punch line on Jeopardy! Fox News will cover it
Ruh roh. House Speaker John Boehner is waffling on the debt ceiling. Which unfortunately doesn't come as too big of a surprise given his track record. The Man With The Orange Tan has never been much of a conservative, fiscal or otherwise.
But we're stuck with him as Speaker, so maybe we need to whack him with a clue-by-four before he does something dumb. And I've got just the man to do it — Chris Christie.
Cut spending. It's easy if you try. Congressional Republicans need to stand up to the spendthrifts in Washington. The debt ceiling is the line in the sand needed to show that you're serious about cutting up the national credit card.
Contrary to popular belief, if the debt ceiling is not raised the world will indeed keep spinning on its axis. Uncle Sam does not have to default on his obligations.
Let's remember that the Treasury still rakes in quite a bit of money in revenues — it took in $604 billion (seasonally adjusted) in the third quarter of 2010. In FY 2010 the annual debt service was some $414 billion, working out to an average of about $104 billion per quarter. Although the numbers won't be quite the same going forward, the debt service will soak up only about one-sixth of the incoming revenues.
So there is plenty of cash flow for the Treasury to honor its existing debts, if a default would really be that catastrophic. Also keep in mind that even if the debt ceiling weren't increased, the Treasury could still roll over its debt as existing bonds matured. The only thing the Treasury couldn't do would be to issue more debt.
How about it Mr. Speaker? Take a page out of the Chris Christie playbook. Just Say No to more borrowing and more spending. It is time to start living within our means. You know, like all of us regular Americans you were elected to represent.
To White House Advisor and uber-feminazi Valerie Jarrett all men look alike, and exist primarily to serve her.
During an exclusive dinner hosted Monday by the Alfalfa Club, Obama adviser Valerie Jarret had just such a moment. And were it not for an irritated tipster, Jarret might have walked away from the dinner unblemished.
According to our tipster, Jarrett was seated at the head table along with several other big-name politicians and a handful of high-ranking military officials. As an officer sporting several stars walked past Jarrett, she signaled for his attention and said, "I'd like another glass of wine."
Garçon!White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, who was seated next to Jarret, began "cracking up nervously," our tipster said, but no one pointed out to Jarrett that the man sporting a chestful of medals was not her waiter.
"The guy dutifully went up and got her a glass of wine, and then came back and gave it to her and took a seat at the table," our tipster said. "Everyone is in tuxedos and gowns at this thing, but the military people are in full dress uniform."
Waiter, General, whatever... A uniform's a uniform, right?
You can take the girl out of the slums of Grove Parc, but oh heck, pretty much any gal with an ounce of class wouldn't treat a military officer like her personal servant. Which of course is why Jarrett is such good friends with Moochelle Obama and Nancy Pelosi. They're 3 peas in a pod.
The only man the Obamas' favorite slumlord admires is her partner in real estate ripoffs, convicted felon Tony Rezko. Yup, there's a guy who sets her heart aflutter as they rob from the poor to give to the DNC! Would she ask him for more Ripple? Don't bet on it.
Yeah, like that's gonna happen.
According to my Ronald Reagan wall calendar, today is National Freedom Day. Established in 1948 by President Harry S. Truman, National Freedom Day commemorates the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment by President Abraham Lincoln.
But Freedom is so much more than the abolition of slavery. We no longer buy and sell men and women like cattle. We are told that each person is guaranteed his or her Freedom. Yet, are we really and truly "free" in 2011 America?
I think not. We are beholden, not to an overbearing taskmaster, but to the federal behemoth. The nameless, faceless, soulless bureacracy saps our strength and erodes our will. There is no aspect of our life which is too trivial for the government to regulate.
President Reagan spoke to our disappearing freedom during one of his weekly radio addresses to the nation.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction," he said. "We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
It is up to us to impart the love of liberty to our children. Government schools won't do that; they teach conformity and obeisance to the state. Why? Because being a sheep is easier than choosing to chart one's own course. And so the erosion of our freedom continues. To counter it we must stand firm, resolute in the face of progressive pressure, because in the end the claimed benevolence of our masters will inevitably devolve into tyranny.
Every day ought to be National Freedom Day. Our freedom is too precious to be
trotted out for merely one day a year, exhibited like a curiosity before being
tucked away for safekeeping. Use it, or lose it, and remember above all that
Freedom isn't free.