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John Boehner and the GOP caucus are once again poised to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They promised us $100 billion in cuts. They promised to defund NPR, PBS, Planned Parenthood, and ObamaCare.
The time is right. The Dems are on the ropes and waving the white flag.
Partisan windbag Chuck Schumer revealed the bankruptcy of their battle plan. Why isn't that sound bite circulating endlessly in attack ads? He's a puppet on a string, and on the other end of that string in George Soros. Surely there is someone at RNC headquarters who can milk that meme for all it's worth?
President Obama's approval rating is lower than that of the average used car salesman.
Harry Reid is whinging about losing the money for a Cowboy Poetry Festival. Because that's what he considers to be a vital national interest.
And instead of going for the jugular, the GOP is negotiating with these clowns? They're actually talking compromise on budget cuts?
What the fuck is wrong with you morons?
We elected you to slash and burn. So get with the program.
And no, I don't particularly care if you shut down the government. I'm pretty sure we can get by for a couple of weeks without any new regulations or intrusions into our privacy or vague promises of help from bumbling bureaucrats.
If you're smart (and from where I'm sitting that's a pretty big "if") you'll gin up some kind of continuing resolution thingy which'll keep the Social Security and Unemployment checks coming while freezing everything else. Take a page out of Scott Walker's playbook and stop all congressional and executive branch paychecks until an acceptable budget is in place. And let the government shut down!
You just might find that 90% of whatever it is the government does really won't be missed by most of us out here in the hinterlands.
And yes I realize that fact scares the living shit out of you.
At a recent town hall event somebody had the guts to ask Chris Christie about his nomination of Sohail Mohammed to a spot on the Superior Court. And Christie ducked the question.
During the question-and-answer session, Christie quickly corrected an audience member who said Mohammed, an Indian-American who has been criticized by right-wing blogs for allegedly supporting radical Islamists, had defended terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.
"If it is disqualifying for the bench to be an Arab-American in New Jersey who represents innocent people and gets them released, then this isn't the state I believe it is," Christie said.
Whack! goes the straw-man.
Nobody said Mr. Mohammed was unqualified because he was Arab, a Muslim, or because he represented "innocent people."
Sohail Mohammed is unqualified because he is a board member of the American Muslim Union — a group known to be sympathetic to terrorists. The AMU shares leadership with the Islamic Center of Passaic County where Mr. Mohammed worships. The founder of his mosque is an admitted Hamas operative. The current Imam, Mohammed Qatanani, is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Imam Qatanani also lied on his application for permanent residency, neglecting to mention that he was convicted on terrorism-related charges in Israel.
Who helped prepare Imam Qatanani's Green Card application? Sohail Mohammed.
Who defended Imam Qatanani at his deportation hearings? Sohail Mohammed.
How's that representer of innocent people thing working out for you now Governor?
Want more? OK!
Sohail Mohammed publicly stood up for Sami Al-Arian following a 2003 indictment which alleged he was a North American leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Appearing on MSNBC, Mohammed criticized the fact that it took years of investigation before the indictment was issued. "It all points out to the distrust that the Muslim community have, which is this is nothing but a witch-hunt," he said. "This is nothing but a politically motivated indictment, and all you are waiting for is the right opportunity to indict the person, the climate is right."
Ayup, sounds like a guy who's completely impartial, right?
Sami al-Arian pled guilty to one count of conspiring to provide goods and services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The evidence made it clear that al-Arian was up to his eyeballs in terrorist activity.
Mr. Mohammed also sings the praises of the Holy Land Foundation, an organization which was shut down by the U.S. government for it's documented ties to Hamas.
Mohammed told the Record of Bergen County, N.J., that the government was unjustly singling out Muslim organizations. "People see this as another example of how heavy-handed the administration has been thus far," he said.
Damn those Americans, always wanting to stop The Believers from funding terrorists!
Are we seeing a pattern here yet, Governor?
Do you really want to put a man on the bench who seems to have very little respect for our laws against terrorism? Defending innocents? Or seeing no evil?
I'm going with "seeing no evil." Why? Because Mr. Mohammed is a master at obfuscating the line between terrorists and their Islamic roots.
In addition to defending accused terrorists, Mohammed is defensive about acknowledging their motivations. He was critical of a case brought by Christie's office when the governor was U.S. Attorney. The Fort Dix defendants were accused, and later convicted, of plotting a mass casualty attack on the New Jersey military base as an act of jihad. Mohammed objected to the use of the phrase "Islamic militants" in the government's case.
"Don't equate actions with religion," he said.
Really? Don't equate "actions" with religion? Even when the Religion in Question specifically demands utterly despicable "actions"?
I'm talking, of course, about Sharia law, and it's barbaric implementation.
How does Mr. Mohammed feel about the case of a 14 year old girl who was whipped to death for the crime of being raped? Whipped to death on the orders of a Muslim holy man. Because she was raped.
Go ahead, tell me we can't equate those actions with religion.
Because that's the medieval barbarism Sohail Mohammed defends. Those are the actions for which he'll be first in line with an excuse.
In New Jersey a Superior Court judge doesn't even have to be a Muslim to enforce Sharia law:
In 2008, Judge Joseph Charles, a non-Muslim Superior Court Judge, heard a case involving a 17 year old Muslim girl in an arranged marriage who had been repeatedly beaten and raped by her husband. An Imam was called to the stand who testified that a wife must comply with her husband's sexual demands. And Judge Charles decided that the husband was acting within the norms of Muslim practice, and could not be held accountable for it.
Justice be damned!
Of course Sohail Mohammed won't equate actions with religion. He'll merely adjudicate actions according to religion. He's said as much when commenting on some very public cases. Why shouldn't we take him at his word?
I guess because taking Sohail Mohammed at his word would mean he is unqualified
to be a Superior Court judge in the State of New Jersey and Chris Christie is
having none of that.
He wants us to buy one, but Barry wouldn't be caught dead in an electric car.
A new report finds that last year federal vehicles guzzled more gas than they had in any of the last five years.
The General Services Administration's report, released this month, found that the federal fleet of vehicles -- not including military -- increased its gas consumption to 322 million gallons in 2010, up 7 percent from 301 million gallons in 2009, the largest yearly increase in the past five years.
To paraphrase Glenn Reynolds: I'll believe global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it's a crisis start acting like it's a crisis.
Until then I don't want to hear one more goddamn thing about my carbon footprint.
I knew it was too good to be true. Earlier this month, with great fanfare, Caldwell - West Caldwell Board of Education Secretary and Business Administrator Ronald Skopak announced a "no tax increase" budget.
Except that when the budget was adopted yesterday the school tax rate changed from $1.11 to $1.14.
Now it's been a long time since I was in school. And I was in school long before "the New Math." But I'm pretty sure $1.14 is more than $1.11.
So, when translated from duplicitous BoE-speak, "no tax levy increase" really means "your taxes are going up."
My record will therefore remain unbroken. I've never voted "yes" on a school budget in my life, and despite my earlier misinformed enthusiasm, I'm not voting "yes" now.
Don't piss up my back and tell me it's raining Mr. Skopak, and don't say there's "no tax increase" and then raise my taxes.
That's what us taxpayers call "lying."
The rules say to enter pics of cheerleaders from your favorite college competing in the 2011 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament.
My brackets, they be busted. I have no "favorite" team. But there is a local team competing in the Women's Division 1 tournament.
I present, Rutgers cheerleaders.
That there is from 1976, the year I entered college at RPI. If the Rutgers women have their own cheerleaders this March they need to do a better job of publicizing that fact because I couldn't find any pics via Google.
So, what to do? I'm an RPI man and we don't know from basketball. Hockey is our sport and we're damn good at it.
RPI cheerleaders? Why yes, it's an officially sponsored club!
Incidentally, there are more girls in that picture than were in my entire graduating class.
Did Carol say "sweater puppies?" I believe she did!
Let's Go Red!
And there you have it. The prettiest lady engineers you'll see all week. They may not technically be cheering for March Madness, but face it, neither are any of us anymore. Not after the shellacking our brackets took.Fortunately, Thursday is Opening Day…
Some "friend" that Belvedere fellow turned out to be, he completely ignored my obviously superior submission. So Bob, see that car out in front of your house? They'll be taking you for a little ride into the Pine Barrens. They just want to talk to you for a while. Trust me.
It's not exactly in the same league as Prince William and Kate Middleton but a royal wedding of sorts is coming to New Jersey. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, is engaged to be married to middle school teacher Amy Petitgout of Northfield.
Sorry ladies, we know what a catch he is, and now Patches is off the market.
Ms. Petitgout, who teaches sixth grade in a public school, has a 3-year-old daughter, Harper, from a previous marriage. She's quoted as saying that Patches "has become part of my family and loves my daughter as his own."
Repeat after me, "Awwwww…"
No wedding date has been set. But it's a safe bet it'll be a lavish affair and the open bar will be fully stocked.
His self-aggrandizing email announcement landed in my Spam folder.
Otherwise I might have
mocked congratulated him sooner.
I stand in awe of his clicktastic prowess. I hope it doesn't go to his head.
Like, if it went to his head, he'd try to one-up Stacy McCain on The Rules by issuing his own TrogloPoints for the Million Hits Club wannabes out there.
As I am now the recipient of One Million Hits, and therefore Better Than You, I will now deign to bless you with the collective wisdom of the last 775 days. What's that, you say? You want to get a million hits on your blog in only two years, one month, and fourteen days, too?
Then do what I say.
Dear God, no. We've created a monster. And it's all your fault, you Danica-Patrick-nude-seeking-pervs you. He's spent 775 days advertising merchandise he hasn't got and still you guys fall for it every single day.
It hurts my ego to say this, but more than half of my daily hits come from people doing google searches for Gina Carano, Danica Patrick, Hayden Panettiere, and the like.
Here's where I'd cackle mercilessly, except for the fact that a substantial portion of my daily hits come from pre-teen gigglers searching for pics of Perry The Platypus. (Also "Rosie O'Donnell nude" but we won't talk about those sick folks. Nope.)
OK, snark aside, Lance does some good stuff over at his place, even if it is located down the road from East Nowhereville, Wisconsin. And now that he's The Big Cheese around those parts maybe he'll finally spring for a round of drinks (or 2) for his friends.
He does have friends, right? Who else but a True Friend would commission the creation of Official TrogloPundit Cheese?
It goes very well with Laphroaig 18. (Hint, hint…)
Or did Bill Ayers actually pen Obama's "autobiography", Dreams From My Father? The unrepentant domestic terrorist (no, not Obama, you silly goose!) says that he did:
Unprompted, Ayers also noted that while Dreams deserves its praise, Obama's second opus, Audacity of Hope, is "more of a political hack book."
Not surprisingly, Ayers retreated into irony as he ended the session. "Yeah, yeah," he said after confirming again that he wrote Dreams, "And if you help me prove it, I'll split the royalties with you. Thank you very much."
You know something? Donald Trump is asking the right questions. That's good, because only Donald Trump can get away with asking the right questions. He's an outspoken public figure with the disposition to ask and enough F-U money to not have to care what anyone else thinks.
There is still so much about Barack Hussein Obama that we simply do not know.
That's not tinfoil hat birtherism on my part; it's just an observation that anyone who's actually paying attention would make if he were honest with himself. For example the stuff we know Obama did write, his Harvard and Columbia school papers, are locked away from prying eyes. Buried under a pile of George Soros' money. And the public at large yawns.
Can you imagine Sarah Palin's transcripts being withheld like that? Hell, anybody remember Andrew Sullivan? Last I heard he was still probing the gynecological depths of Gov. Palin's confidential medical records, assisted by a legion of researchers from Pinch Sulzberger's Pravda.
Would that they devote even one percent of those resources to uncovering whatever Obama is hiding.
Then again, maybe it's better to let sleeping dogs lie. Does America really
want to know they were hoodwinked into electing the intimate associate of the
twentieth century's most notorious domestic terrorists? Is the world ready
for … President Biden?
It's amazing what you can do when you bother to obey Constitutional principles. The Bayshore Tea Party Group followed the letter of the law and devised a redistricting map for New Jersey which is truly a work of genius. No gerrymandering. No carve-outs for sacrosanct minority voting blocs. No protected turf for entrenched powerhouse politicians.
Just nice, meaningfully contiguous, well-defined voting districts which group people from the same towns and counties together. You know, so neighbors can vote for a person from their own neighborhood. Not the guy the party bosses picked because your district runs for 6 miles down the middle of I-280 so Caldwell could be an afterthought appendage bound with parts of Newark and Orange.
They call it "The People's Map." They aren't kidding. It's certainly not "the incumbent's map," Politicians have long ignored the redistricting criteria specified in the NJ State Constitution in order to serve their own selfish ends. But just because they've always had their way is no reason to continue what amounts to questionable assignments of voting districts.
The State Constitution is quite clear — districts should be as compact as possible, be all in one piece, and district boundaries must be drawn to minimize the number of times counties are split.
No redistricting map in recent history has even paid lip service to those requirements.
It's time for that to change. Tell the New Jersey Apportionment Commission to
support The People's Map.
There really is only one way to get a politician's attention. Say you won't support him for re-election. Hey John Boehner, do we have your attention yet?
When Republicans captured the House in November, vowing to slash $100 billion in federal spending from the budget year ending in September, 76 percent of Tea Party activists supported their deficit-reduction plan, according to a new Pew Research poll released last week.
But after House Republicans approved a plan last month to cut federal spending by $61 billion, that Tea Party support fell to 52 percent.
Now Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, arguably the most vocal critic of GOP leaders, is pushing for a primary opponent against House Speaker John Boehner in 2012 for breaking his campaign pledge to cut $100 billion and for what he sees as hints that he's willing to cut less than $61 billion in a compromise with Senate Democrats.
Mr. Speaker, if you need any help growing a pair of balls, try asking Michele Bachmann to show you how it's done.
I hate to break it to you Chief, but at a mere 1.42% of total federal spending $61 billion is a rounding error. Sharpen your pencils. Break out the chain saws. Cut! Cut! Cut!
Your cronies on the Appropriations Committee don't exactly have our backs either. How many of them can we target?
Enough to get somebody's attention, that's for damn sure.
So what's it gonna be Mr. Speaker? Do you want to go down as the next Mike Castle?
Man up. And no, we don't really care if we make you cry.
Last night I'm chatting with my neighbor. She's my go-to girl for all things Obamabot, and she didn't disappoint vis-a-vis Kinetic Military Action.
I stirred the pot — the guy with the Nobel Peace Prize started his own war!
"It's still one less war than he inherited."
Really. That's what she said.
All four branches of the U.S. Military have released training materials as a prelude to opening their ranks to gay service members. We don't want to hurt some pwivate's widdle fweelings in the new we-didn't-ask-but-aw-geez-you're-gonna-tell-anyway army. Yeah, it's not just a job, it's a whole new adventure…
Smitty presents a modest example, courtesy of Monty Python.
More than 2.2 million active duty service members will participate in helpful vignettes that outline what to do in situations like this:
"Situation," it begins. "You are the Executive Officer of your unit. While shopping at the local mall over the weekend, you observe two junior male Marines in appropriate civilian attire assigned to your unit kissing and hugging in the food court."
"Issue: Standards of Conduct. Is this within standards of personal and professional conduct?"
Answer: Break out in song!
For he is the Captain of the Pin - a - fore …
Other chapters are dedicated to the proper organization of the mess tent spice rack and 1001 uses for potpourri in the desert.
I hear that Armed Forces TV plans to air a new special, Foxholes and Friends (hosted by Shep Smith), in conjunction with implementation of this new Kinetic Military Action policy.
The velocity of the monstrosity is proportional to the angle of the dangle.
Hey Sailor, is that a Tomahawk in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
Kinetic Military Action rocks the motion of the ocean.
The lights were on but nobody was home…
President Barack Obama had to try a couple of doors at the White House before finally gaining access to the Oval Office on Wednesday.
Returning from a five-day trip to Latin America, video shows the president strolling up to french doors at the White House and trying the handle on a locked door. He appeared to be whistling as he made his way down to another set of doors that were open.
White House staff was apparently not informed that the President was coming back to work before his arrival.
Keep praying, one of these days he's going to stay locked out.
Imagine the scene, January 20th, 2013. A light snow is falling, and old man slowly walks up the steps to the White House.
He asks the Marine guard if he can visit President Obama.
The Marine politely explains. "Sir, Mr Obama is not the president and no longer lives here."
"Okay", the man says as he walks away.
The next day the old man asks the Marine the same question. He politely explains. "Sir, Mr. Obama is not the president and no longer lives here."
"Okay", the man says as he walks away.
The next day after being asked the same question, the Marine is a little irritated. "Sir, for three days in a row you have walked up these steps to ask me the same question. Every day I politely explain that 'Mr. Obama is not the president and no longer lives here.' Why? Do you not understand what I'm telling you?"
"Oh I understand," the man replies, "I just like hearing it."
The Marine snaps to attention and salutes him, "Then, I'll see you again tomorrow, sir?"
Senator Jim DeMint has introduced companion legislation to Rep. Michele Bachmann's Light Bulb Freedom Act.
[The goal is] to overturn the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by then-President George W. Bush. That law requires all 100-watt incandescent light bulbs to be almost 30-percent more energy efficient by Jan. 1, 2012.
Since that means higher production costs, manufacturers in America have stopped making the traditional bulbs. Some consumers have already started stockpiling the old-model bulbs, complaining that the replacements cast a unattractive light compared to the the warmth of incandescent bulbs.
Jim DeMint understands freedom.
"Americans are fully capable of choosing the best way to light their own homes and what best fits the needs and budget of their families ... it's clear the 'nanny state' mentality has gotten out of control in Washington."
Eco-nuts will paint the new standards as necessary to conserve energy. I've even heard some folks say that manufacturers are welcome to invent a more efficient incandescent bulb, presumably by repealing the laws of physics.
The government's obsession with energy efficiency has already ruined our washing machines. When the bureaucrats announced their stringent efficiency standards for washers they assured us we'd have the same range of appliance options and cleaning effectiveness wouldn't be affected.
Then reality hit. The affordable and dependable top loading washing machine is no more. In its stead we have the much more expensive front loader.
In 1996, top-loaders were pretty much the only type of washer around, and they were uniformly high quality. When Consumer Reports tested 18 models, 13 were "excellent" and five were "very good." By 2007, though, not one was excellent and seven out of 21 were "fair" or "poor." This month came the death knell: Consumer Reports simply dismissed all conventional top-loaders as "often mediocre or worse."
I oughta know — I just shelled out almost a thousand bucks for a new front loading washing machine. It was by no means a high-end model either. The days of buying a matching washer and dryer for $400 are gone forever. And it's not like I had much of a choice either, there wasn't a single top loader available for purchase.
So let's project the washing machine model onto light bulbs. One thing we've got here in America is smart engineers. If it were possible to make a top loading washing machine that meets all the latest federal mandates, at a price point which keeps it competitive with front loaders, somebody would be making them right now.
But again, that would involve repealing the laws of physics.
The dream of a mythical high efficiency incandescent light bulb is just that, a dream. A fantasy ginned up to deflect us from noticing we're stuck with CFL's and their toxic components. Have you seen the official EPA regulations for dealing with a broken compact fluorescent light bulb?
Break one and you'll find it's probably easier just to burn your house down rather than attempt to clean up the resultant Superfund site.
Go with God Senator DeMint. Strike a blow for common sense. Give Americans
back their right to choose for themselves which light bulb is best.
Judge Peter Doyne, the Special Master appointed by the State Supreme Court to pass judgment on New Jersey's school funding formula, has rendered his verdict.
Gov. Chris Christie's deep cuts to state school aid last year left New Jersey's schools unable to provide a "thorough and efficient" education to the state's nearly 1.4 million school children, a Superior Court judge found today.
Judge Peter Doyne, who was appointed as special master in the long-running Abbott vs. Burke school funding case, today issued an opinion that also found the reductions "fell more heavily upon our high risk districts and the children educated within those districts."
"Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country, and that saw a significant increase in spending levels from 2000 to 2008, our 'at risk' children are now moving further from proficiency," he said.
"Despite spending levels that meet or exceed virtually every state in the country" we don't spend enough money? How much money is "enough"?
Apparently, more than $36,000 per student per year. That's what we flush down a toilet for each and every kid in Asbury Park. Thirty Six Thousand Fucking Dollars. And still Johnny and Jose and Shaniqua can't read.
You want a microcosm of what's wrong with this picture? Asbury Park's brand spankin' new Barack Obama Elementary School was just shut down by a state monitor. For what? Fiscal mismanagement and non-achievement. All the money in the world couldn't make it functional.
Throwing money at the Abbott districts merely means there's more for the entrenched education bureaucracy to steal. And what they don't steal goes directly into the coffers of the teachers' union. How exactly that helps kids is left unexplained. But it sure does fatten those pension payments.
We can already see how the State Supreme Court is going to rule. Judge Doyne pulled a number out of his ass. $1.6 Billion Dollars. Piss away another $1.6 Billion dollars and presto! all our educational problems will be solved. Really. That's what he said. $36,000 per kid is not enough.
I'd like some of what he's smoking.
If I were Chris Christie here's what I'd say:
"Peter Doyne has made his decision. Now let him enforce it."
In a little under an hour from when I'm posting this I'll be a guest on The Andre Controversa Show.
This gizmo should provide you with the live audio. If not, click here.
I'm told the audio gizmo will let you listen to the archived podcast at your leisure. If not, drop me a note and I'll send you an autographed copy on cd.
UPDATE 22 Mar 2011 22:16:
Well, that was fun!
I just got off the show and I've gotta say, "thanks!" It was really fun. And the half hour flew by. I sure hope they invite me back.
I'm also available for weddings and bar mitzvahs, reasonable rates!
The town of Belmar, NJ will no longer require you to obtain a building permit before constructing a sand castle on the beach.
Belmar has overturned an ordinance that required people to get written permission from the town council if they planned to construct something out of the sand.
But don't cheer just yet. The revised regulations obligate you to level the sand before leaving the area. Violators face the wrath of Belmar's notoriously ticket-happy temporary summer police force. "Mercy" is not in their vocabulary; revenue is their only goal. Your kid, with his bucket and shovel, is their idea of Public Enemy #1.
That will be $7 for a beach badge please. Have a pleasant day.
Obviously scraping the bottom of the barrel (<grin>), The Andre Controversa Show found me. I'll be on Blog Talk Radio tonight (Tuesday, 3/22) after Bill Jacobson and Bob Peters, probably around 9:30 PM.
The topic? Gay activists targeting Chick-Fil-A. The oh-so-tolerant gay rights guys got their hate on for a company which donated some free sandwiches to a Christian marriage conference. Way to stand up for principles doodz! You say some folks exclude you so of course the solution is to exclude as many non-gay people and organizations as possible. That there is what we in marketing call a "winning strategy."
Why did the gay chicken cross the road?
There was a Chick-Fil-A on this side!
Anyhoo… I've certainly been exposed to my share of gay tolerance. Many a card carrying poofter has pranced onto these pages to spread his patented brand of Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men. I was especially impressed by the latest light-in-the-loafers loser who undoubtedly thought he was the first guy in history to come up with the brilliant idea of subscribing me to every gay rights email list this side of Sodom and Gomorrah.
No thanks, I don't really care to hear what Pflamily and Pfliends of Pflaming Pflaggots is up to this week. I assure you, my spam filters are better than your limp-wristed mailbots. So go ahead, knock yourselves out.
Oh, but before one of you gay avengers goes and gets his pretty pink panties into a wad again, I'd like you to think long and hard about whether or not you really, really, really want to be the next Jim Shankman.
Yeah, I'm talkin' to you Regress-Boy.
Everyone else, tune in to The Andre Controversa Show. Put a voice to my debonair visage. And be sure to Eat Mor Chickin.
You had better do as you are told. You'd better listen to the radio.
(Aw geez, here he goes again with that frustrated DJ thing. -- Ed.)
New Jersey's Legalized Dope For Aging Stoners Act moved one step closer to implementation today. The state health department announced the names of the first six officially sanctioned pot dealers who are now authorized to dispense "medical marijuana".
Dr. Feelgood, you have a call on line 2.
I can't believe we're wasting our time on this charade. Just freakin' legalize it already. The high and mighty (get it? "high" and mighty?) posturing that's behind the "medical" marijuana movement is ludicrous. Smoking dope makes you feel good man… So, instead of pretending it's the 21st century version of medicinal whiskey folks just ought to admit they're seeking a legalized high.
But to the baby boomers, getting Blue Cross to pay for their dope is just their way of giving the middle finger to "the system". So they finagle their prescriptions and they gather up some crumpled singles to cover the co-pay and they head on down to Stoners-R-Us with insurance cards in hand.
You know what I want? I want the Fritos™ concession next door.
I checked Google Earth but I don't see any Code Pinkos picketing the White House. Maybe their brooms are in the shop?
So Barry lobbed a few cruise missiles at Gaddafi yesterday. For what we're still not sure. He doesn't appear to be shooting to kill. And since he's off cavorting in Rio while he orders the Navy to take those potshots he can't really be too serious about waging the all-out war necessary to fully eradicate Gaddafi's forces, can he?
Then, sure as shootin', we do what they ask and suddenly the guy the Arab League hated yesterday is not so bad after all. They've decided we're playing the "cruise missiles for oil!" game.
Already I'm taking flack from my liberal friends — you'd better support Obama now! He's waging a war you wanted! Ahem. I don't recall "wanting" a war with Libya. Iran? Sure. But Libya? Who gives a shit?
Besides a volley of cruise missiles does not a war make. I seriously doubt if Obama is in this for the long haul. I doubt he's in it for what's left of the weekend. When his little charade is over and Gaddafi is still alive who will be the bigger fool?
I'll support Obama's War when he announces his unequivocal intention to wipe Moammar Gaddafi off the face of the earth. Not "teach him a lesson." Not "beat him into submission." Not "depose him."
Otherwise I gotta believe this is just another episode of Wag The Dog. What
new domestic crisis is Barry hoping to foreshadow by diverting our attention
to the shores of Tripoli?
In a sane world a farmer would be able to take whatever measures were necessary to ensure the safety and vitality of his crops. Unfortunately we don't live in a sane world. We live in Barack Obama's World, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson is his Chief Enforcer.
So before farmers can eradicate an infestation of stink bugs which are destroying their crops they first have to play a game of "Mother May I?" with the EPA.
Apple and peach growers in seven states this year would be allowed to use an insecticide currently not permitted in orchards to fight crop damage from brown marmorated stink bugs, if scientists are able to win a federal emergency exemption by August.
If they succeed, fruit growers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia could begin spraying with products containing dinotefuran before September and October, when extensive harm from the bugs is possible, said Virginia Tech. entomologist J. Christopher Bergh.
Bergh said he is preparing a petition to submit this spring to Virginia's agriculture department and the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates pesticide use.
Now let me see if I can project how this is going to play out. First, some nature nut will come forth with a non-lethal plan.
U.S. Agriculture Department scientists also are experimenting with scented traps and Asian wasps that prey on stink bugs, but both of those potential solutions are years away.
Hey! I said "non-lethal." But what the heck, there's enough eco-FUD in those experiments to derail any plans to use insecticide. Which of course is what any tree-hugger worth his hairshirt really wants.
Wanna bet they'll claim they've got a prototype stink bug contraceptive spray in the works? You know, just like the ones they deploy so effectively against the burgeoning white tail deer population around here. I mean really, with their Planned Deer-enthood operations being so wildly successful there was no need at all for Essex County to shoot upwards of 330 deer this winter.
Are stink bugs any less deserving of our love and affection?
OK enough already, make me stop. You guys know I'm having you on. Nuke 'em from orbit, it's the only way to be sure!
You know what would be really epic? A pesticide that wiped out stink bugs
and deer. Or better yet, if we dig up some second-rate scientist
from East Bumfuck U to certify that stink bugs and deer contribute to Global
Warming we could probably get the EPA to authorize using DDT.
Let's have a show of hands. Who's gonna cough up fifteen bucks to read The New York Times online?
Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
Because their first paywall worked out so well Pinch Sulzberger is back with Times Select, The Sequel. Starting March 28th it'll cost someone dumb enough to want to pay it $15 bucks to read four weeks of DNC talking points online. And, make that twenty bucks if you're on an iPad.
Take that you iBots! (Hey, "The Daily" is only a buck!)
Does anybody really believe they'll succeed? Ok, does anybody care if they succeed?
With apologies to Roger Waters, here's Another Brick in the Paywall:
We don't need no online access,
We don't need your idiot patrol,
No dark dementia from Paul Krugman,
NYT leave us alone.
Hey, Pinch, leave us patriots alone!
All in all you're just another prick with a Wall.
All in all you're just another loser behind The Wall.
The Hopewell, NJ Township Committee is about as sharp as a pound of wet liver. They've introduced a new ordinance which limits the mating of roosters and chickens to 10 times a year. And only if the rooster doesn't crow. At all.
Male fowls would be allowed into the henhouses 10 days a year under an ordinance introduced by the township committee Monday night. No rooster would be allowed to stay more than five consecutive nights and any crowing would be strictly prohibited.
Probably won't let 'em smoke afterwards neither…
"That's a joke, I say, that's a joke, son."
Sorry Foghorn Leghorn, you're not welcome in Hopewell Township. You make too much of a racket chasin' Barnyard Dawg all over tarnation.
Under the law, up to six hens would be allowed on half-acre lots; but mature roosters would be forbidden.
"They make too much noise," beef farmer John Hart said. "They'll be out there crowing at a full moon."
The male fowls would be allowed limited time on the property "for purposes of fertilization" but they'd have to keep quiet while they were there. Any rooster caught crowing for a prolonged period of time would subject the property to a two-year moratorium on all rooster visits.
What happens if the rooster breaks out in song? "Doo dah, doo dah" is off limits too?
You'd think the lumpheads running Hopewell Township would have better things to do with their time. They remind me of Paul Revere's ride - a little light in the belfry.
Ole Foghorn's not takin' this lyin' down.
"Okay, I'll shut up. Some fellas have to keep their tongues flappin' but not me. I was brought up right. My pa used to tell me to shut up and I'd shut up. I wouldn't say nothin'. One time darn near starved to death. WOULDN'T TELL HIM I WAS HUNGRY!!"
Ayup, I think it's time for him to give these wiseacres a piece of his mind.
"Any of this getting through that little old blue bonnet of yours?"
To a nanny state Democrat anything which might be bad for you must immediately be banned, regulated, or taxed. Well, almost anything. Abortion is most certainly bad for the baby but don't count on a Democrat to care about that any time soon.
A mentally ill young man recently murdered his gilrfriend. Tragic to be sure. Then it came out that he abused bath salts by either inhaling or smoking them. You know, Calgon really took him away.
New Jersey legislators in both houses say they will introduce legislation aimed at banning the sale of "bath salts," legal powders that give users a high not unlike that of meth.
The measure will be sponsored by Assembly Deputy Speaker John McKeon (D-Essex) and Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D-Union), as well as state Senator John Girgenti (D-Passaic).
News of the bill comes after the slaying of a Rutgers University senior allegedly killed by her long-time boyfriend — a Cranford man whose mother says her mentally ill son was using "bath salts" in recent months.
And here we go again. When Tyler Joe Clementi McAllister jumped off the
Tallahatchie George Washington Bridge the rush to "do
something about bullying" echoed across the land.
Now another disturbed individual does the unthinkable and the immediate reaction is to regulate something (anything!) to make sure that "it never happens again."
Not to put too fine a point on it, but psycho-killer boyfriend wasn't exactly playing with a full deck. Does that really mean we have to make bubble bath a controlled substance?
It does if you buy into the Tyler-Clementi-nobody-has-to-take-responsibility-for-his-own-actions model. Which I'm pretty sure is a permanent plank in the Democratic Party Platform.
So, as long as we're playing the ancillary factors contribute to asocial behavior game let's try this thought experiment on for size. Clementi was a Rutgers student. Psycho-killer and his girlfriend were both Rutgers students. Maybe Rutgers itself is to blame! The mere fact that your child attends this accursed school is reason enough to be wary.
Hey, it's no stupider an idea than anything Linda Stender or John McKeon
has come up with. It might even get traction, if I was a Democrat.
I totally stole this from Theo Spark but it's too good not to repost. And it's particulary appropos today here in New Jersey. A group of Wisconsin Whinger Wannabes is bringing their "spread the wealth" road show to an Assembly Budget Committee meeting being held in Montclair.
So before the egalitarians start chanting "Tax The Rich" they might want to review this list.
The top 10 ways to tell if you might be a member of a public sector union:
10.) You take a week off to protest in Wisconsin and your office runs better.
9.) On a snow day, when they say "non-essential" people should stay home you know who they mean.
8.) You get paid twice as much as a private sector person doing the same job but make up the difference by doing half as much work.
7.) It takes longer to fire you than the average killer spends on death row.
6.) The worse you do your job, the more your boss avoids you.
5.) You think the French are working themselves to death.
4.) You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe.
3.) You spend more time at protest marches than at church.
2.) You have a Democratic congressman's lips permanently attached to your butt.
And the #1 way to tell if you might be a member of a public sector union:
1.) You pay more in union dues than you do for your health insurance…
Now get back to
work goofing off!
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission recently enacted new rules that extend the time allowed for storing spent fuel at nuclear power plants from 30 years to a new standard of 60 years past the licensed life of a reactor. The NJ Department of Environmental Protection is throwing a hissy fit and joining a lawsuit against the feds to protest the new rules.
The challenge, filed with the U.S. Appellate Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, contends the Nuclear Regulatory Commission acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in developing the new 60-year rule, and failed to perform an environmental impact statement as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
"Arbitrary and capricous?" Well yeah, if you're talking about Harry Reid.
He killed Yucca Mountain, the place where all spent nuclear fuel was supposed to be stored for the next 10,000 years, to curry favor with his casino buddies and the No Nukes Nuts.
Because of the U.S. government's failure to provide a permanent repository for the used nuclear fuel from its plants, PSEG Nuclear — like other reactor operators around the country — is turning to alternative methods to store the spent fuel on the site of its plants.
"The issue of spent fuel is a big challenge for the nuclear industry," said PSEG Nuclear Spokesman Joe Delmar. "We had a legal agreement, as did other plant operators, with the federal Department of Energy. We believe the federal government has an obligation it still needs to address."
Don't hold your breath, Joe. Harry spread the FUD and Barry voted "present" and the NRC broke out the mothballs at Yucca Mountain. The projected 10,000 year lifespan for the containment vessels wasn't good enough for the NIMBYs. Because you see, science and engineering won't advance one iota in 100 centuries. So, if we can't be 100% sure right now then we can't move forward.
So here's an idea. Harry Reid created this problem. Let's get him to solve it. To help him get an idea of just how big a problem it is I propose that New Jersey and all the other states mail their spent nuclear fuel to his office.
Address the packages to:
Future Nuclear Waste Disposal Facility
c/o The Not So Honorable Senator Harry Reid
522 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Yes, I realize that the humorless drones in DHS will probably frown upon my
plan. But for sheer comic value you can't beat the sight of Harry Reid up
to his petulant ass in nuclear waste.
Advocates for the homeless say there is indeed a Constitutional Right to free housing. They're suing to force Ocean County, NJ into providing free shelter to all comers.
This is, of course, nonsense on stilts.
I suppose they're hiding behind the "general welfare" clause, which has been elasticized so far beyond it's original intent that the Founders wouldn't recognize it if they fell over it. By what passes for logic in Liberal-land a free house is just the next compassionate step after free food (food stamps and government cheese), free money (welfare, refundable tax credits, lifetime unemployment benefits, Social Security), free health care (Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare), and free school (even for illegal aliens).
Fortunately the good Burghers of Ocean County don't see it that way. They're quite reasonably asserting that a myriad of existing public and private social services agencies are more than up to the task of finding homeless people a place to live.
Ocean County insists it has no constitutional obligation to operate a homeless shelter.
Lawyers for the county made that assertion in court Monday in response to litigation filed by homeless advocates against the Board of Freeholders and its Board of Social Services.
"Quite frankly, we feel the programs we currently provide through the Department of Human Services and the Board of Social Services more than satisfies all the requirements to assist the poor and needy in Ocean County," Ocean County general counsel John C. Sahradnik said after Monday's hearing.
An existing, and incidentally illegally sited, "tent city" on public land off Route 88 continues to grow, despite assurances from these very same "advocates" that it would not.
That's the funny thing about free stuff. Everybody wants it. Make the free stuff too attractive (cough, funemployment, cough) and pretty soon it becomes impossible to stop giving it away.
The Route 88 tent city is no Ritz Carlton. But I can't see how replacing it with free apartments or taxpayer-paid motel rooms will reduce the population of homeless people looking for a place to live.
What we have here is yet another bunch of limousine liberals deciding that equality of opportunity needs to be replaced with equality of outcome. That's not How Life Works, and to prove it these guys ought to be reading the children's book I reviewed yesterday. The moral of the story is quite clear:
"Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime."
It's a valuable lesson; one which I sincerely hope the judge overseeing this
case has taken to heart.
Today I received in the mail a delightful new children's book, The Fisherman's Catch by Thomas Wright. Mr. Wright emailed to ask if I'd review his new "Conservative Bedtime Story" and of course I said yes.
I let Sophie read it first. She was immediately thrilled by the absolutely amazing artwork. Each vibrant illustration helps the story leap from the pages. And to her credit she got the point of the story right away.
Han is a simple fisherman and each day he catches a few fish and brings them back to his village. He keeps a couple of fish for his family and trades the rest with the villagers. They give him many things for his fish because it takes so much time and effort to catch each one.
One day Han perfects a new way to catch fish. And he suddenly is catching more fish than ever before. So much fish in fact that he can now sell them to everyone in the village, even the poorest people. A plentiful supply of fish means Han can charge much less for each one.
Everyone is happy! Well, almost everyone. The village Chief notices that Han is far more prosperous than everyone else. "Why," the Chief asks, "does Han have so much while others have nothing?"
Sound familar? But no, even though the story is set on a island very much like Hawaii, it doesn't mean the Chief is played by Barack Obama. Maybe a cousin or a nephew…
Anyway, Big Chief Compassion takes it upon himself to tax Han half his daily catch. The line in the book is "for the good of the village." Sophie's voice was dripping with sarcasm as she read it. That's my girl! And when the Chief seized the fish over Han's objections she exclaimed "that's not right!"
You can guess what happens next. Even though the Chief swore he would only give fish to the truly needy it turned out that a lot more people decided they were "needy" than he had anticipated. Pretty soon most of the villagers are lounging around waiting for their daily delivery of free fish.
Yeah, that Chief is sounding a lot more like Lyndon Johnson…
One day Han Galt decided he'd had enough. A friendly traveler told him of a distant village, a land of opportunity, where nobody confiscates anyone's fish and everyone helps each other to succeed. Han packs his bags and leaves the village.
The Chief is not amused.
Mr. Wright delivers a powerful lesson in a format that is suitable for all ages. People work hardest when they're working for themselves! And of course, layabouts never get ahead.
By the end of the story the village where Han and his new friends now live is thriving. Han's old village is deserted. And the Chief is totally befuddled because his Social Security checks keep bouncing.
The Fisherman's Catch ought to be required reading in the White House and the halls of Congress. There are no big words so even a Democrat who went to public school should be able to understand it. Mr. Wright helpfully includes some thought-provoking questions for discussion at the back of the book, too.
We had a lot of fun talking through them over dinner. You will too. Buy this book for the kids in your life. Buy this book for the politicians in your life too. It's a message that we all need to hear, delivered via a fantastically fun and enjoyable story.
The Fisherman's Catch : A Conservative Bedtime Story
by Thomas Wright
illustrated by Heather Dixon
Available for $15.95 (plus s/h) from the publisher here.
FTC Disclaimer: The publisher sent me a free copy of the book to review.
Today is Pi Day! The date is 3/14. Get it? 3.14 = π?
What kind of nerds are you guys anyway?
To celebrate Pi Day I present the Official Pi Song recorded live by Kevin Ferland and Bill Calhoun, as performed by The Derivatives.
3.14159 / Circle
Looks like it's also frustrated DJ day here at the WyBlog…
Of course there is an appropriate T-shirt.
As much as I'm a fan of technological progress, complete with telecom deregulation and free-market competition in all its glory, that doesn't mean I can't be a little nostalgic for the salad days of long distance operators and person-to-person. The days when "he's on the other line" really did mean there was an actual other line. And "it's long distance" meant you dropped everything and ran to the phone.
What kid today would even understand the premise of this song?
Yeah, I know it's a cover, but I like this version best. Even better than Chuck Berry's. So sue me.
I'm not a regular at these weekly memes or anything. But, Blog de KingShamus
some pure win courtesy of Ted Nugent and since this song was bouncing
around in my head after
yesterday's post I figured "what the heck."
In a little over a week the NJ State Senate will vote on a bill to eliminate century-old regulations on telephone and cable television companies. It has already passed in the Assembly, by 66 - 7. The "Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act" (SB 2664) removes requirements for the Board of Public Utilities to micromanage every telecom business decision. Thanks to archaic rules established back when Marconi was an apprentice lineman the BPU has to approve even the smallest change to any phone or cable service offering.
Naturally AARP and the usual cornucopia of lefty "consumer" groups are lined up against deregulation. That alone ought to be reason enough to support it! (Grin) Their main objection seems to be that only the government can ensure the price of basic cable and landline telephone service remains low. Because as I'm sure you remember, back when the government regulated long distance charges it was so much cheaper to call California than it is now.
Government always adds to the cost of doing business. Always.
Those BPU approvals don't come cheap. There are lawyers fees, filing fees, document fees, not to mention the cost of the time wasted petitioning a collection of political patronage hacks for permission to run a business as the owners see fit. It probably didn't even make sense back when NJ Bell was the only game in town.
The days of Mabel and her cord board are over. They're not coming back.
But try telling that to luddites who won't give up their rotary phones. They're determined to ensure the rules requiring new telecom companies to negotiate seperately with every township, municipality, and duchy in the state remain in effect. Even worse the current rules mandate that a new competitor has to offer every single one of the services which are provided by the incumbents.
Yeah, that'll foster innovation.
Vast swaths of New York City are now being wired for municipal WiFi. You couldn't do that here in NJ. A system which might pass muster in Caldwell is almost certain to be incompatible with objections put forth by the Essex Fells techophobe brain trust. (Think I'm kidding? Let's talk about cell towers, the Trotter Tract, and the Ionizing Radiation Bogeyman sometime.)
The "Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act" merely removes those types of unreasonable roadblocks. It won't double your phone bill. It won't let Comcast stop including PBS in basic cable. And it won't stop you from still receiving top quality telephone and cable service. In fact you just might find a better service provider is lusting after your business at a lower price.
Support Senate bill S2664. You'll be glad you did.
Remember when candidate Obama promised us "the most transparent Administration in history?" Who bought that line of BS? You? Shmuck.
Remember when the chattering classes went berserk because Dick Cheney held a "secret" meeting with oil company executives? The Democrats said they'd never do something like that. Oh, you bought that line of BS, too? Moron.
Remember when President Obama promised that negotiations over his health care overhaul would be carried out openly, in front of TV cameras and microphones? How'd that work out for you? Rube.
Obama to Congress: No White House meeting minutes for you!
Republican congressional investigators got the brush-off this past week after pressing for details of meetings between White House officials and interest groups, including drug companies and hospitals that provided critical backing for Obama's health insurance expansion.
Complying with the records request from the House Energy and Commerce Committee "would constitute a vast and expensive undertaking" and could "implicate longstanding executive branch confidentiality interests," White House lawyer Robert Bauer wrote the the committee.
Obama's secrets are so secret he can't even tell Congress how many secrets
he's got. That must be how Democrats define "transparency."
I got a call the other day from a GOP fundraising organization. I politely explained that I no longer support the RNC, or NRSC, or NRCC. "Why?," I was asked. Because they don't adhere to conservative values. The nice lady was dumbstruck. "Senator Cornyn is a staunch conservative," she said.
Uh, huh. Sure he is.
Riddle me this Batman. Why did the NRSC go to the mattresses for Lisa Teh Loozah? 'Cause she's way worse than the Bimbo Twins from Maine.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has come out in opposition to the House's attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, making her the first Republican senator to specifically support the beleaguered organization.
"I believe Planned Parenthood provides vital services to those in need and disagree with their funding cuts in the bill," Murkowski wrote in a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Vice Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). "I ask you to consider these programs going forward to determine if there is room for allowing continued funding."
We coulda had a conservative in her seat. That is until the NRSC sold out Joe Miller.
And if by chance a tsunami swept Lisa Murkowski out to sea? I wouldn't shed a tear.
My governor is hotter than your governor.
According to Debra Nicholson of Sparta, NJ that Bieber kid has got nothing on Governor Awesome. When it comes to heart-throbs Chris Christie's leadership makes him "hot and sexy."
And, she really did write that letter to his wife, starting off with "Your husband asked me to do this."
Christie-fever is apparently contagious — a recent national poll labeled him America's Hottest Politician.
Like most school districts in New Jersey the town of Montclair is facing some tough budget choices. One option on the table is the outsourcing of teacher aides.
The union doesn't like that idea very much. So the teachers did what any reasonable adult would do — they made their students write letters to the local paper opposing the move.
This week, Watchung Elementary School's 4th grade students were asked to write letters to the Montclair Times expressing their feelings over the proposed outsourcing of teacher aides in the district.
Betsy Thomas, Watchung's school secretary, said the project was a writing assignment and that children were not told what to say.
"They were not told what to write but the issue of the aides was talked about because the students all know about it anyway and they all know [the outsourcing] may happen," she said.
Indeed, union members held a rally in support of the aides outside Watchung, as well as outside other schools, one that was seen by students.
Sure, they weren't told what to say. The issue was merely "talked about". While a boisterous anti-outsourcing rally was going on outside. I'm thinking fourth graders can connect the dots.
And that's just what they did.
One letter published in the Montclair Times was from a student named Kyle McLaughlin, who said he believed "that teacher assistants should not get cut from school budgets. One reason they should not be cut is because when kids are bad at a subject, teacher assistants take you into a group and help you."
He said that if aides are cut, children might get a worse education.
Another student, Erin Buckley, wrote that the "teaching assistant inspired me to go to school and learn more and more everyday. This is why I think that you should not cut teaching assistants from schools."
Yes, the teaching assistants are so helpful and inspiring they even made sure one kid got his story straight:
P.S. A teaching assistant even helped me write this letter.
Fortunately the union's mendacity was so egregious even some of the ultra-liberal (Barack Obama by 97.3%) Montclair parents were appalled.
"I believe children should not be used as pawns for political gain," said resident Joseph Fischer. "Teacher and principals allowing this to happen should be fired."
"That is so incredibly wrong on so many levels," said resident Mary Emanuelli. "Manipulating children, who really don't understand and are being told to do something by a teacher?"
Wake up Ms. Emanuelli, manipulating children is what unionized public school teachers do each and every day. In case you haven't noticed, they're really quite good at it.
"Keep the pressure on with letters, emails, and phone calls," the flyer said. "Tell them they made the wrong decision when they chose to outsource paraprofessionals."
The parents need to show up at this rally and give these goons a piece of
their mind. Perhaps some
"I ♥ Scott Walker" T-shirts would be in order. The union isn't engaged in "teaching"; it's more like brainwashing. And it's time for that to stop.
That's Tori, my new Blog Assistant. She's helping me clean up a few things.
At least I think she's helping.
You are reading my Posterous Blog, aren't you? Well, why the hell not! It's chock-full of good stuff. The cool thing about Posterous is I can post via email. Have BlackBerry, will blog!
Once that's out of the way Tori will be working on converting the mostly static but occasionally changeable stuff like the blogroll into dynamically updating iframes. Don't panic if you don't know what that means, because the important thing is that Tori does know. It said so right on her resume which I assure you I vetted very thoroughly...
The heart of WyBlog is Blosxom, a Perl script that has a ton of flexibility and is really easy to use. Unfortunately it's not exactly a speed demon. I overcame the speed problem by implementing a static cache. But then of course every time I need to add somebody to the blogroll I have to regenerate all the cached entries.
Once the blogroll is done Tori will turn her attention to cleaning out the archives. I've been at this blog thing for almost 4 years now and I'm sure there's a whole lotta dust and stuff buried in there.
Tori's a tough gal though. She'll find a way to keep this old boy's musings properly indexed and readily accessible.
Here she is, hard at work on her computer.
I think I'll go lend her a hand.
Rule5Wombat, where are you....?
Your cell phone doesn't work. The power is out. Planes can't land. Trains won't move. The ATM is unable to dispense cash.
No, it's not the after-effects of a modern day Carrington Event.
And the EMP from a high-altitude nuclear burst isn't necessary to wreak all that havoc on our lives.All that's required is a $30 gadget readily available on the Internet and a little bit of luck. Well, that's not entirely true. The luck is optional.
You see, if someone jams the signals from the constellation of GPS satellites overhead all hell will break loose. GPS controls everything.
GPS has become an "invisible utility" that we rely on without realising. Cellphone companies use GPS time signals to coordinate how your phone talks to their towers. Energy suppliers turn to GPS for synchronising electricity grids when connecting them together. And banks and stock exchanges use the satellites for time-stamps that prevent fraud. Meanwhile, our societies' reliance on GPS navigation is growing by the year.
You'd think that such a vital system would be protected 3 ways from Sunday, with multiple redundant backups.
You'd be wrong.
All it takes is a simple, commercially available jammer to render the whole thing completely ineffective.
Though illegal to use in the US, UK and many other countries, these low-tech devices can be bought on the internet for as little as $30. Sellers claim they're for protecting privacy. Since they can block devices that record a vehicle's movements, they're popular with truck drivers who don't want an electronic spy in their cabs. They can also block GPS-based road tolls that are levied via an on-board receiver. Some criminals use them to beat trackers inside stolen cargo.
Last year one trucker brought Newark Airport to a standstill twice daily for three months. He installed a GPS jammer in his truck to defeat the EZ-Pass system on the NJ Turnpike. And each time he drove past the airport his jammer crippled their operations.
Abdul the terrorist is green with envy. Aside from its civilian applications the U.S. military is totally reliant on GPS.
You know what kills me? There used to be a non-jammable backup system called Loran-C. It utlized ground-based radio towers to provide similar information to GPS, but with a completely dissimlar infrastructure.
He said it was no longer necessary because ubiquitous GPS systems rendered it obsolete.
You know what really kills me? That we have a Commander in Chief who can't comprehend the need for tactical redundancy.
Abdul the terrorist is smiling.
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
More than one third of all the income "earned" in the U.S. is actually the result of government wealth transfer payments. Uncle Sam taketh, and Uncle Sam giveth away.
Government payouts — including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance — make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn't taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement.
Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
No wonder that fat slob Michael Moore is so anxious to get his grubby mitts on our wealth. It's the only way to keep the welfare state chugging along.
"The U.S. economy has become alarmingly dependent on government stimulus," said Madeline Schnapp, director of Macroeconomic Research at TrimTabs, in a note to clients. "Consumption supported by wages and salaries is a much stronger foundation for economic growth than consumption based on social welfare benefits."
He'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
Social welfare benefits have increased by $514 billion over the last two years, according to TrimTabs figures.
Yikes. And the Baby Boomers really haven't started retiring in droves yet.
Almost every problem facing the Western world, from self-detonating jihadists to America's own suicide bomb — the multi-trillion dollar debt — has at its root a remorseless demographic arithmetic. In the U.S., the baby boomers did not have enough children to maintain their mid-20th century social programs. I see that recent polls supposedly show that huge majorities of Americans don't want any modifications to Medicare or Social Security. So what? It doesn't matter what you "want." The country's broke, and you can vote yourself unsustainable quantities of government lollipops all you like, but all you're doing is ensuring that when, eventually, you're obliged to reacquaint yourself with reality, the shock will be far more devastating and convulsive.
How long can the charade go on? One of these days the tax payers are going to decide it's not worth getting up in the morning to support the tax eaters. Then what?
We have to drastically cut entitlement spending. We don't have any other option. The biggest entitlement of all is Social Security. And no matter what your grandmother told you, it really is a Ponzi scheme. There is no "lockbox". There are no "accounts". The entire system is built on air.
Does anybody remember the "notch babies"? Thanks to a quirk in the formulas folks born between 1917 and 1922 receive less in Social Security benefits than anyone else. For a while there it seemed like every other day Congress was on the verge of having to "do something" about this "travesty".
Then a funny thing happened. The notch babies died.
The Baby Boomers aren't getting any younger you know.
If they want money for nothing let 'em play the guitar on the MTV.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. And even Barack Obama can do the right thing at least once in his presidency. In this case his Fierce Moral Urgency of Change met the intractable problem of the mutts locked up at Gitmo and...
President Obama on Monday reversed his two-year-old order halting new military charges against detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, permitting military trials to resume with revamped procedures but implicitly admitting the failure of his pledge to close the prison camp.
Those "revamped procedures"? They're a George W. Bush retread too!
By executive order, a new panel will now also conduct a "periodic review" of detentions. But the bipartisan Military Commissions Act of 2006, or MCA, had already included "administrative review boards" dedicated to the same goal.
I'd like to be there when
Frank Askin's head explodes.
So, who wants the President of the United States to speak at their high school graduation this year?
C'mon, there's gotta be somebody!
The White House is ramping up an effort to promote a nationwide competition to decide which high school wins a commencement speech by President Obama.
An internal White House memo indicates that the White House is facing a shortage of applications less than a week before the deadline.
The competition was extended from the February 25 deadline until Friday, March 11 after few schools met the original application deadline. CBS News has learned a White House Communications Office internal memo dated February 22 noted "a major issue with the Commencement Challenge."
"As of yesterday we had received 14 applications and the deadline is Friday," the memo said. The memo also urged recipients to, "please keep the application number close hold."
A follow-up memo on February 28 reported receipt of 68 applications. Noting the competition among more than 1,000 schools last year, the memo said, "Something isn't working." It called on staffers to ask "friendly congressional, gubernatorial and mayoral offices" to encourage schools to apply.
Lance brings the snark:
So even those thousand-plus schools that applied last year decided: nah, let's not just re-submit the photocopy of last year's application.
Nope. Not even Barack Obama Green Charter High School in Plainfield, NJ; they went with Cornel West and some dude named "Dr. Funkenstein."
DaTechGuy figures it's gotta be about racism. (Isn't everything bad about Obama ultimately about racism?)
Think about it, In just one year the number of schools that would like Obama to speak at their high school graduation has dropped by more that 93%. You would think that any high school would want a president to speak at it.
Ah DaTechGuy, it's because of Racism. Has to be right? Tell me, I'm not an expect but I'd be shocked if there were not 68 majority black high schools in New York City alone.
I'll go one better. There are probably 68 high schools within spitting distance of Washington, DC which would jump at the chance to have Sarah Palin speak at their graduation.
Barack Obama is yesterday's news.
I guess in some twisted way this constitutes increased domestic production. President Obama is likely to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in order to combat the latest spike in gasoline prices.
The Obama administration is considering releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help Americans facing a spike in oil prices as a result of unrest in the Middle East, Obama Chief of Staff William Daley said Sunday.
"The issue of the reserves is one we're considering. It is something that only is done -- and has been done in very rare occasions. There's a bunch of factors that have to be looked at. And it is just not the price," Daley said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
"I think there is no one who doubts that the uncertainty in the Middle East right now has caused these tremendous increases in the last number of weeks. ... All matters have to be on the table when you ... see the difficulty coming out of this economic crisis we're in and the fragility of it," he added.
Turmoil in the Middle East? How about Barry's green energy delusions that are keeping his offshore drilling ban in place. Could that have something to do with gas hitting $3.50 a gallon?
Maybe if we drilled for our own oil we wouldn't be so hamstrung by the never-ending "uncertainty" in the Middle East!
Meanwhile the Russians are moving in where Obama fears to drill. Right off the coast of Cuba, well within the Gulf of Mexico.
So we'll end up paying Vladmir Putin for oil we could have taken for ourselves.
Heckuva energy policy there Barry.
Who was that yo-yo who said we need to stop focusing on social issues? Yeah thanks Mitch Daniels, I appreciate the advice. Too bad it's wrong.
Today is Girl Scout Sunday. Churches across America are celebrating the accomplishments of our fine young women and their scout leaders. I had the honor of presenting the Mother of God Medal to Sophie during Mass. Eight Brownies in her troop worked very hard with Monsignor Desmond to earn this award. I know, because I was right there with them, having volunteered to lead the program. Their scouting values of duty to God, reverence, and faithfulness were evident to all.
Meanwhile at the national level, Girl Scouting has taken a decidedly different path. Duty, Honor, and Country are so old-fashioned. The new paradigm is Healthy, Happy, and Hot.
The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations [in March 2010] where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled "Healthy, Happy and Hot." . . . The brochure claims, "Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse. But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself." . . .
I'm thinking the "right way" for a girl to have sex is with her husband, after they are married.
In the same vein, pretty much anything advocated by Planned Parenthood is the wrong way. Probably would help drum up business for them though.
The Girl Scouts, along with the YWCA have been co-moderating a young women's caucus that included an "Intergenerational Conversation" side event on "universal access" and "reproductive health." One recent Girl Scout project "aims at securing the right of women, men and adolescents aged between ten and twenty-five, to better reproductive and sexual health."
I'm certain Monsignor Desmond doesn't have a medal for that.
Well, now that I'm hooked up with providing for Sophie's troop's religious
education, I think our next project will be a Launch Party for
The Catholic View for
Women. It's exactly the kind of
program the national Girl Scout Council really needs. And sadly, it's
one which they will never endorse.
Looks like it's deviancy in education week here at the WyBlog. Everywhere I turn the mainstreaming of homosexuality is being presented to our children as the essence of normalcy. Even worse, explicit sexual imagery now permeates elementary school curricula nationwide.
Let's start today with a peek behind the curtain as an entire school prepares for Gay Pride Day. Yes, kindergarten isn't too young for indoctrination into the cult of the San Francisco Handshake:
But, you'll say, the school is just emphasizing tolerance. Sure they are. They could do that well enough though without having to explain buggery to 5 year olds. Did you catch the wide-eyed look on some of the younger children? And given the manner in which the subject was presented how could every kid not want two mommies! They made it seem like a family with only one mom was somehow abnormal. And of course after watching hop-along-soccer-dude's act I can only imagine that no boy would dream of running onto the field unless his two dads were card-carrying members of Poofters R Us.
Is this really what we want to be teaching our impressionable children?
The National Education Association says "yes".
"Oral sex, masturbation, and orgasms need to be taught in education," Diane Schneider told the audience at a [United Nations conference] panel on combating homophobia and transphobia. Schneider, representing the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers union in the US, advocated for more "inclusive" sex education in US schools. . . . She claimed that the idea of sex education remains an oxymoron if it is abstinence-based, or if students are still able to opt-out. Comprehensive sex education is "the only way to combat heterosexism and gender conformity," Schneider proclaimed, "and we must make these issues a part of every middle and high-school student's agenda.. . . . A panel sponsored in part by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) advocated for "comprehensive sex education" not only as a tool to combat "gender oppression," but also as the key to achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals.
Sheesh. It's like I'm a voice in the wilderness, crying out against the mainstreaming of deviancy. Is it really the job of our public schools to "combat heterosexism and gender conformity" instead of teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic? Today's lesson — boys will be girls!
Typically during "Mix 'n' Match Day," at Ramapo High School in Spring Valley, N.Y., students might wear polka dots with stripes, said Diane Schneider, a teacher who is a chairwoman of the Hudson Valley chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. But this year, she said, "about 50 kids came as cross-dressers."
If you're thinking "that can't happen," think again. In suburban Chicago a film depicting nudity, child rape, and suicide was shown to 9 year olds, with the blessing of the school board and administration.
The issue came to light after Patrick Livney and three other parents of Greeley School fourth graders complained about the film.
Livney said it's had scarring effects on his daughter and other students at Greeley.
"Now we've got a situation where there's demonstrable damage done to 9-year-olds' brains. We have fourth graders talking about depressing classrooms, depression. Boys going around talking about 'rape dogs.' Are you kidding me?" Livney said. "After five great years at Greeley, (my daughter) doesn't want to go to school."
He said some boys now don't want to go into the water "because this movie shows sharks devouring slaves who were purposely thrown overboard."[snip]
The film was about slavery, with graphic depictions of the horrors inflicted on the victims of the slave trade. So naturally any parent who suggested that it might have been more appropriate for older children is automatically a racist.
About 20 million Africans were taken from homes and families and sold into slavery to work plantations in North and South America. More than half died. But the real tragedy, really and seriously, is that a privileged little girl from Winnetka had to see some scary pictures of it. That's serious, long-lasting damage.
For the record, I wouldn't want my third grade daughter watching a graphic film about Auschwitz either. Does that make me anti-Semitic as well as racist?
Why aren't parents permitted to define the parameters of their own child's "safe learning environment"? Anne Leary at Backyard Conservative asks:
Who is politicizing education? For the children. Who is treating children as pawns for their agenda? Is this a "safe learning environment"? Causing some children to cry until midnight and have recurring nightmares and fears?
I think we know the answer to that one. The radicals who control our schools. They're taking children in their formative years and deliberately traumatizing them in service to a socio-political agenda. The goal is to desensitize our children to morally repugnant behavior. And it's working.
"They don't follow the same curriculum standards" is one of the loudest
objections voiced against giving vouchers to children attending Catholic
schools. To which I say, if these are the curriculum standards they're
talking about, thank God for Catholic education. It truly is a light
in the darkness.
Why let a corruption conviction be an impediment to collecting your public salary and benefits? This is New Jersey!
Former state Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Middlesex) is a convicted felon. Last year he was found guilty of federal corruption charges, and he pled guilty to state charges as well.
When Vas' indictment was announced then-Speaker Joe Roberts suspended him without pay from his Assembly seat. Vas subsequently chose not to seek re-election and concentrate on his other public job as Mayor of Perth Amboy while unsuccessfully fighting charges including money laundering, misuse of his mayor's office, mail fraud and illegal campaign contributions.
Today a judge decided the suspension was unwarranted and that Vas is entitled to collect all his back pay and benefits.
Cha-Ching! Crime does pay! Appellate Judge Anthony Parrillo says so!
Judge Parrillo was appointed to the bench by Jim Florio in 1990. So we have one Democrat taking care of another. And if his name sounds familiar it's because Judge Parrillo is the doofus who recently ruled that bloggers aren't journalists.
So by his logic a convicted felon is entitled to keep his public salary and benefits and if I write about that I'm still just a nobody who's stuck paying taxes to support both their sorry asses. But that's OK I guess. Because if I was a "journalist" I'd have to be shill for the Democratic Party.
Where's the fun in that?
Sigh. Yes boys, it is indeed a hoax.
The article referred to above was not printed in The New England Journal of
Medicine or any other major medical journal. It is, in fact, a slight reworking
of a piece that has run on at least two occasions in that celebrated tabloid
Fountain of Truth, the Weekly World News (13 May 1997 and 21 March 2000) and
has escaped into the wild. Although the Weekly World News occasionally slips
up and prints a true story, we suspect this one belongs in the "HOW TO TELL IF
YOUR DOG WORSHIPS SATAN!" and "NEW REMOTE-CONTROL DEVICE GIVES WOMEN ORGASMS
- AT UP TO 80 YARDS AWAY!" class.
I always wondered why that gadget I bought from late night TV never seemed to work…
Take it away Jillian!
Yeah, my sentiments exactly.
New Jersey has the highest paid police officers in the nation with a median salary in excess of $90,000 per year. But that doesn't stop them from demanding more and more while everyone else is being forced to make do with less and less.
More than 15,000 police and firefighters rallied in Trenton today to protest Governor Chris Christie's proposed cuts in public employee benefits.
The phrase, "more nerve than cheap veal cutlet" comes to mind.
Their lament is always the same. Any cuts in police salary or benefits will "compromise public safety". But Chris Christie isn't scared of their bluff.
"That's the card they always play and that's why they have $47,000 in benefits and $90,000 in average salary because they scare people," Christie said.
10-4 on that "scare people" meme. According to their brother officers in Ohio, "Funny thing about cops, they hold grudges."
It's almost like they're getting ready to protect and serve themselves.
Funny thing about us taxpayers though. We don't have infinite money. Sooner or later the well will run dry. So, it's their choice — accept some modest reductions now, or get ready for the day when the checks simply stop coming.
At a news conference in his office, Christie reiterated his personal respect for the police officers and firefighters but insisted that the costs of their pensions, health care costs and other fringe benefits must be put in check.
"However, that does not mean that they are entitled to continue to receive the benefits at the level they are receiving," Christie said.
Ultimately the pace of such costs will bankrupt the pension and health care funds, he said. "We simply can not afford it any longer," he said.
If unions do not compromise now, the state will head into a "financial abyss," he said. "There's not going to be a pension for them to collect," he said.
There seems to be a disturbing trend brewing in which the distinction between the police and the police unions becomes blurred. And as that distinction is erased people will start to ask why we should respect the police when they don't respect us.
Surely the rank-and-file police officers still understand that we are all
taxpayers and we're all hurting. It would behoove them to impress that fact
union leaders (and their patrons in the Democratic Party) before it's
Little Miss Attila is such a successful blogger that she is able to employ her own stunt double. Stunt boobies to be exact. Why would she need stunt boobies? Well, according to a recent bonafide medical study which she has helpfully emailed to all of her male blogging friends, men who stare at women's breasts live longer and healthier lives.
According to Dr. Karen Weatherby, a gerontologist and author of the study, gawking at women's breasts is a healthy practice, almost at par with an intense exercise regime, that prolongs the lifespan of a man by five years.
She added, "Just 10 minutes of staring at the charms of a well-endowed female, is roughly equivalent to a 30-minute aerobics work-out."
Hot damn, I'm gonna live to be 120.
Here's to our health!
Free Speech is only important when the speaker isn't pro-life.
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the excrable Fred Phelps and his demented Westboro Baptist Church can freely protest at military funerals. The dignity of honoring those who gave all in service to our nation is no match for his "right" to freedom of speech.
Meanwhile, New York City has issued another gag order against pro-life crisis pregnancy centers. Their freedom of speech is no match for NARAL Pro-Choice New York's desire to ensure every pregnancy is terminated with extreme prejudice.
Int. No. 371 forces pregnancy centers to post and orally state a disclaimer regarding the services they do not offer, namely abortion and contraception, and stating whether or not a medical provider is on site. The bill also opens up the center to costly lawsuits by providing a private right of action by aggrieved persons. The bill, notes Care Net, is part of a nationwide campaign by abortion industry advocates to publicly attack and ultimately shut down entities like pregnancy centers that support abortion alternatives.
Forcing someone to say something which they normally would not say is just as odious as preventing them from speaking at all.
NYC can get away with this crap because
SCOTUS has never been particularly sympathetic to pro-life speech. So
maybe the solution to the Fred Phelps problem is to hold military funerals
inside an abortion clinic. Yeah I know that's a totally off the wall idea.
But abortion clinics are apparently the only place in America where the First
Amendment doesn't mean what we all were taught it means.
This week Rep. Michele Bachmann introduced legislation to repeal the idiotic incandescent light bulb ban enacted in 2007.
Bachmann said her "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act" is needed because "government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy."
"In 2007, Congress overstepped its bounds by mandating that only 'energy efficient' light bulbs may be sold after January 1, 2012," she said. "This mandate has sweeping effects on American families and businesses and needs serious consideration before taking effect."
We've already seen how the reality of CFL bulbs can't match the hype. I hate 'em. But the econuts don't want to give me a choice.
If freedom means anything, it means I can buy the product I want to buy. It's not like the good old incandescent light bulb is really going away anyhow. They've been reborn as Heat Balls.
Probably at twice the price though.
Enough already with the hairshirt environmentalism. If (and that's a big "if") the CFL and LED light bulbs could produce the same quality of light as the ubiquitous GE Soft White™ that would be one thing. But they don't even come close. You can't dim most CFL's and their glow is best classified as harsh industrial. And LED's flicker.
Meanwhile Thomas Edison's incandescent filaments have served us well for more than 100 years. Thanks to Rep. Michele Bachmann we can soon be assured that one of the greatest inventions of the modern age won't be consigned to the ash heap of history any time soon.
I had to check the URL three times to make sure I wasn't reading The Onion.
'Tis true though. The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education's proposed 2011-2012 budget provides for NO increase in the tax levy. None.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell School District presented a proposed budget for the 2011-12 school year at a special meeting Monday night that includes zero cuts to programs, zero staff reductions and a 0% increase in the local tax levy.
The $40,282,889 proposed budget, according to Ronald Skopak, business administrator and secretary of the Board of Education, is the result of "very tight budgeting."
Skopak called the budget "historic" on Tuesday, saying it is the only 0% increase in the tax levy since he started with the district in 1979-80.
That's 31 years for those of you keeping score at home. Thirty-one straight years of knee-jerk tax increases. And now they've seen the light!
Hot damn, I do believe that Christie fellow is having an effect.
And so, on Wednesday April 27th I'm going to do something which I have never done before in my 52 years on God's green earth. I'm going to vote "yes" on the school budget.
In a totally unrelated development, the Earth's magnetic poles are poised to reverse — North will be South, and South will be North.
Nope, the two events can't possibly have anything to do with each other…
Dear Mom and Dad, Thanks for choosing Rutgers University for your daughter's education. Her new roommate is a 6' 4", 280 lb lineman for the Scarlet Knights. But don't worry, Rutgers has an aggressive anti-bullying policy in place. Signed, Activists for Same-Sex and Trans-Gender "Equality".
Today, with great fanfare, Rutgers University introduced their new coed dorm policy. Coed dorm rooms.
Starting this fall, Rutgers University will allow male and female students to live in the same dormitory room for the first time in a pilot program designed to make the New Brunswick campus more welcoming to gay students.
Yeah, swapping their bright red banners for a rainbow flag clearly wasn't enough. Presumably redesigning the football team uniforms to look more like tutus won't do the trick either.
More than 100 undergraduates in Demarest Hall, New Gibbons and Rockoff Hall will have the option of selecting a roommate of the opposite sex, campus officials said. The pilot program will allow gay, lesbian and transgender students to choose either male or female roommates. Heterosexual students will also be permitted to live in co-ed rooms with their boyfriends, girlfriends or platonic friends of the opposite sex.
The new option — called gender-neutral housing — was created at the request of gay, lesbian and transgender students who objected to Rutgers rules that require undergraduates to choose roommates of the same sex.
These days, everything is for Teh Gays. They're here, they're queer, and they're always crying in their beer about something.
Nice that Rutgers threw a sop to the normal kids though. Orgies for everybody!
"I'm really glad they did it, although I wish it wouldn't have taken as long," said Aaron Lee, a Rutgers senior who is a self-described transgender student. "We live in a world where in order to be considered a human being you have to be male or female, and not everyone fits into that kind of binary. It's important to have spaces where people don't necessarily have to worry."
Jeez Louise, here we go again.
Oh yes, It's important that the weirdos don't necessarily have to worry. The poor schmuck stuck rooming with him/her/it? Not so much.
The halls will include gender-neutral bathrooms, where men and women share bathing facilities.
What could possibly go wrong?
I'm reminded of a bad 70's era soft porn flick. The Harrad Experiment chronicled the "sexual awakening" of an innocent young girl who arrived at fictional Harrad College to discover her assigned roommate was a budding Charlie Sheen. While he's busy tagging every coed (and female faculty member) on campus the instructors are methodically replacing her uptight puritanical morality with the mantra of free love. Yes, of course she succumbs in the end. Otherwise we wouldn't get The Message, now would we?
Fast forward 40 years, replace free love with "buggery is the new normal", plunk down your $23,466 in tuition, and join the party kids! At Rutgers, anything (and they do mean anything) goes.
Well, maybe not anything. God, for instance. I'm sure at least 17 of those anti-bullying regulations deal with the dire consequences to be meted out to any poor schlub who interrupts his roommate's latest re-interpretation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to talk about Jesus. They've got all semester to rehash the lunatic ravings of the latest sophomoric intellectual icon, but not 5 minutes for God.
See, Rutgers is subsidized with tax dollars. So they can't possibly break
that wall of separation between Church and State. Someone might complain.
Because we can always believe everything TSA says.
Yet, no black helicopters are circling my house.
Which can only mean I'm too insignificant for them to care about. In other words, I suck.
Or it could just be typical bureaucratic incompetence. Yeah, that's gotta be it. They can't even catch guys wearing "I'm a terrorist" T-shirts, it's no wonder they missed an obvious Right Wing Extremist like me.
I think this calls for another nice pair of sunglasses.
Ahhhh. I feel better now.
Anarchy. Or worse.
Prof. William Jacobson has a very disturbing video. In it a policeman (presumably off-duty but wearing what looks like a police-issue sweater with insignia) swears fealty to the protesters' cause and threatens disobedience against state government.
"[...] This is not a budget issue! This is a CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE! [...] Mr. Walker! [...] We know pretty well now who you work for! [applause] Let me tell you who WE work for! [points to self and police emblem] We work for all of these people! [applause] We are not here, Mr. Walker, to do your bidding! We are here to do their bidding! [...] Mr. Walker, this not your House! This is all of our House! [camera pans 360°]"
When the legislatively imposed 4 PM Sunday deadline came the police did nothing. They refused to clear the building. That's insurrection.
Governor Walker thought he could avoid a showdown with the police by leaving them out of his collective bargaining reforms. But that seems to have backfired. It established the precedent that the police are above the law. And now they're channeling their inner Judge Dredd.
There are ominous signs that the malady is spreading. The union representing LAPD rank-and-file officers fired a shot across CA Gov. Jerry Brown's bow by announcing their solidarity with the Wisconsin union mob.
America has been put on notice. The armed tax-feeders are ready and willing to protect and serve themselves. It is unfortunately probably too late to do anything about that. Their unions are too strong, their sycophants and apologists too numerous.
So I ask again. What happens to America when the police turn on the taxpayers
and resort to demanding their piece of the pie at the point of a gun?