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From where I sit, 2011 sucked. Then again, 2012 just might make us yearn for The Good Old Days as the death throes of our modern welfare states devolve into fascism. Is it 1932 all over again?
Read it, and weep. The outlook is indeed grim.
Smitty, who knows a thing or two about battling fascism, offers a counterweight, and perhaps a smidgeon of hope.
The big question for 2012 is whether technology can prevent a repeat of a collapse into fascism, as in 1932, and a vast war. I'll boldly predict that technology drives the problem the other way. People communicate enough to realize that the social welfare state is the biggest clay-footed idol since Nebuchadnezzar. The tricky question is how you maneuver out from under the idol before it topples and crushes you, i.e. what is the transition plan toward liberty.
His advice? "Don't worry, be busy." Yes but, busy at what? Our political class has been plenty busy and I daresay that's how we got into this mess in the first place.
I guess one way to look at it is, 2012 promises to be a great year for pessimists. Because I don't think even Superman could save us from the mess we're in.
Everything old is new again.
Looking forward, here are 40 questions that need answers. Food for thought. And reason to worry, because I don't think we'll like the answers.
In the here and now, The Daley Gator did it. They broke the one million hits mark! Bravo Gents!
And on that note, I'll see you guys next year.
The Nanny State has a message for parents: keep your teenagers on a short leash, or we'll throw you in jail.
Eight states have specific "social host" laws that say parents can get in trouble if underage guests are drinking, even if no one gets hurt, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Sixteen other states have laws that hold Mom and Dad legally responsible for underage drinking under certain circumstances — for example, if a teen who drank at their home got into a car accident, NIH said. In other states, parents can get in trouble under more general liability laws.
So, just to be clear. If your teenage daughter wants birth control pills or has an abortion, you don't have the right to know. And if you try to interfere, you go to jail.
But if your teenage daughter drinks a beer in the backyard, even if you didn't know, you go to jail.
That in a nutshell is the topsy-turvy world of liberal fascism.
Speaking of fascism, in a little over 24 hours the incandescent light bulb ban goes into effect.
What's that? You thought it was repealed? Uh, no. Congress defunded enforcement of the ban. But with the law still on the books manufacturers and retailers have decided it's prudent to comply anyway.
You only have the right to "choose" when it comes to the life of your unborn child. But you have no rights when it comes to whatever the liberal fascists have decided is best for you. Seat belts. Pasteurized milk. Recycling. Lawn fertilizer. Dish soap. Toilets and showerheads. Smoking. And now light bulbs. They mean to control everything.
The War on Drugs claimed another victim — a car.
When Pompton Lakes police seized Darren Richardson's car on a rainy September afternoon, they told him it was headed for an impound lot. When they returned it three weeks later, he says, the 2004 BMW belonged in a junk yard.
The instrument cluster and leather dashboard were gone. The caramel-colored seats were torn up. The gear shift was ripped out and stray wires hung limp everywhere. Geico, Richardson's insurance company estimated the damage at $12,636.42 . more than he paid for the car — and declared the vehicle a "total loss."
According to police reports, the damage to the black BMW 325i came in the aftermath of a traffic stop during which officers detected a "strong odor of raw marijuana" inside the vehicle. Searching for a cache of drugs, members of three different police agencies and a detective from a federal drug task force spent two days tearing the car apart, the reports said.
So what did police find after their $12,000 search?
I detect a strong odor of bullshit.
Mr. Richardson is suing the town. But the cops who trashed his car are immune from accountability. The Barney Fife squad will probably receive promotions for "diligence."
Because what's private property when the state presumes you're guilty until proven innocent?
Let's help a blogger out! Gator Doug needs about 1100 more hits to get to a
Can he get them by midnight tomorrow? You betcha! C'mon you guys,
click on over and say "hi." You know the liberals don't want you to.
There's a reason I host my own blog, on my own server, with a legacy IP address and ASN that I control, connected via redundant circuits that I pay for.
The forces of darkness can't shut me down.Shame on Wordpress for caving to the whiny terrorist-sympathizers at CAIR.
It turns out the Hamas-linked Council on American Islamic Relations launched a successful campaign to have Wordpress censor Bare Naked Islam as a "hate site." See Blazing Cat Fur, "BarenakedIslam will rise again..."
Yup, Wordpress pulled the plug on a popular blog, simply because a bunch of Islamofascists claimed it "insulted Islam." You'll recall that just last week the United Nations adopted a resolution, sponsored by the Obama Administration, calling on member states to make criticism of Islam illegal.
There are those who say It's Time to Boycott Sharia Compliant Wordpress.
Of course, if Congress passes SOPA / Protect-IP, no one will be safe. Then who will stand up for Liberty?
Bare Naked Islam is back online for now.
Wordpress is still telling BNI that they want the blog removed by January 6th.
OK, so let's see how many people can remove Wordpress by January 6th.
OK, so yeah, I skipped last week's report, it being Christmas and all. Who needs bad news on Christmas, right? I do have one anecdote though. Christmas Eve I'm in Foodtown picking up a few things. Sophie's with me and the checkout lady asks her if she's ready for Santa, and they exchange a few pleasantries. As we're leaving I say, "I hope Santa brings you some nice things too."
Her reply? "I just want Santa to bring my daughter a job. Any job."
How sad is that?
For sure her daughter won't be getting hired at Sears. They're closing 120 stores due to lackluster sales.
And thus, the unemployment numbers which dipped slightly are heading upward once again.
Heckuva job Barry! Are you enjoying that $4 million Hawaiian vacation? How are the 99% treating you these days?
Even when President Golfpants is out on the links his minions are busily working to send us deeper into debt. But hey, what's another $1.2 Trillion among friends! He was only supposed to automatically raise the debt ceiling if the Stupor Committee did its job. They didn't make any tough choices, and now neither has Barry.
Break out those credit cards kids! Uncle
Sam Barry is gonna
stimulate some more Chinese bankers.
It's Krugman approved!
Doug Ross has a handy-dandy chart showing the dismal Obama economic record. Seeing it in black and white (and red ink) is sobering indeed.
While we're doing charts, TigerHawk found one which simplifies the federal budget into numbers an average household can understand. Remember that "I'm in debt up to my eyeballs" guy from the TV commercial for LendingTree.com? This is worse than that.
So as we end 2011 here's a question for you. Are you better off today than you were last December? That's a definite "no" for me BTW.
Happy New Year.
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Debbie Wasserman Schultz Reality Check edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report: the Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Incredibly Shrinking Labor Force edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, Our Dickensian Future Edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Thanksgiving dinner is gonna cost you 13% more than last year edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the tax breaks for hiring veterans edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Jillian Barberie can't find you a job edition
Girl Scouts of America's leftward lurch continues unabated.
Think twice before buying Girl Scout cookies next year. Fox and Friends discussed how the Girl Scouts of America is now promoting Media Matters, in addition to its affiliation with Planned Parenthood.
It's only a matter of time before they start handing out copies of The Daily Worker before each troop meeting.
Our friends at DHS have come up with yet another excuse for not building a border fence. And this one's a doozy. It'll interfere with black bear migration.
A study [warns] that the border wall erected to protect the country from illegal immigration and drug smuggling would be an obstacle that blocks bears in migration. This may threaten the black bear population in parts of Arizona.
Why? Because it cuts the bears off from their natural food source — all the trash left behind by the illegal aliens who stream across the border.
I guess the government feels the bears are doing us a favor, because by picking up the garbage they're doing a job people won't do!
It figures, while on vacation in Hawaii the Obamas took the time to issue a special statement for the fake holiday of Kwanzaa, but somehow forgot to send one out for Christmas. They did mail out a "Holiday" card though, with a picture of their dog. And here I thought dogs were unclean to Muslims; he's gonna have some 'splaining to do the next time he bows to an Arab potentate…
President Golfpants played his 90th round on Christmas Day. His selfish unwillingness to devote the day to his family meant that a legion of Marines had to miss Christmas with their families.
What's the big deal, right?
Well, the big deal is that a bunch of Marines had to work—blocking roads and doing other miscellaneous security detail—instead of being home with their families.
I imagine he believes they should feel honored to be in his divine presence. That is if he even bothers to consider them at all.
All of which of course explains why they're too busy to host a parade for returning U.S. troops.
From the Oh Please God Let It Be True Department: Nancy Pelosi wants to retire from Congress.
Apparently "her donors" are begging her to stay. Donors? I'd give a buck or
two to send her packing. How about you?
Well, Well, Well… The Texas, Christmas Day Massacre Was A Muslim Honor Killing After All.
Truth be told, I quickly discounted my initial reaction that Muslims might be involved because the killer was reported to be in a Santa costume. Stupid me. The "Santa" who massacred his family on Christmas morning was a Muslim who was enraged that his daughter was dating a non-Muslim.
As usual, the media ignored the obvious honor-killing elements of this massacre. Aziz Yazdanpanah had lost control of his family. His wife had left him. His daughter was dating a non-Muslim. And he killed them all. Just as the Ft. Hood Jihadist Massacre was labeled "Workplace Violence," the Obama-subservient media are trying to pass off this mass honor killing as "Holiday Blues."
My prayers are with the victims, of which Aziz Yazdanpanah was not. He's a monster, and I'm glad he offed himself. Saves the state of Texas from the trouble of air-mailing him to Allah at taxpayer expense. He can burn in Hell with his Nigerian jihadi buddies.
But you know, you're not supposed to say stuff like that. It's "Islamophobic," or something. Feh. Sooner or later folks are gonna figure out that these psychopaths didn't go off the deep end without help. And the help comes directly from the Koran.
You know what else you're not supposed to notice? The ethnicity of those rampaging flash mobs that keep cropping up. Check out the video from the latest group of "youths" trashing the Mall of America. See if you can spot the common denominator among the "youths."
Apparently when you notice stuff like that you're a racist. Shame on you.
Do you know what else is now racist? Nonpartisan elections.
A U.S. District Court judge has rejected a challenge to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 — filed when the Department of Justice barred the city of Kinston, N.C. from holding nonpartisan elections — reasoning that lack of access to party affiliation would discriminate against minority voters who otherwise wouldn't know how to find Democratic candidates on a ballot.
The challenge was initiated after the Justice Department rejected a 2008 referendum vote in which the city of Kinston voted to stop listing candidates' party affiliations on ballots.
Because judging candidates by the content of their character is so last century.
Next thing you know Democrats might become an endangered species! Can't have that…
But speaking of endangered Democrats, Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson is calling it quits. He won't seek re-election next year, dealing a significant blow to Harry Reid's hopes for another Senate majority. You'll recall that Nelson was the critical 60th vote for Obamacare, for which he received the infamous Cornhusker Kickback in return. Enjoy your retirement, you corrupt little turd.
Today's Christmas miracle — after 10 miscarriages,
a Tennessee family brought home a healthy baby girl. Never lose faith,
and The Lord will hear your prayers.
New Jersey's lame duck legislative session ends on January 9th. A reliable source tells me that the Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act (SB 2664, aka telecom deregulation) has a chance for passage in the State Senate.
As Jean Luc Picard would say, "Make it so!"
This is an opportunity that New Jersey can ill afford to miss. Regulations written in the cord-board and pony express era are a complete hindrance to modern technologies.
I blogged about the benefits of deregulation back in March.
The usual bunch of AARP and Naderite know-nothings are aligned against it. They won't let go of the past, and thus they'd comdemn us to a luddite future.
Innovation cannot occur when the strong arm of governmental inertia is there to hold us back. The time has come to unleash the power of imagination, to boldly go where no broadband router has gone before. New Jersey can lead the way. Or we can remain a technological backwater, hamstrung by bureaucracy.
The State Senate must pave our way toward the future. All it takes is the guts to embrace real reform. The time is now. Will we remain hidebound? Or will we reach for the stars?
You may have noticed someone lurking around your street after normal business hours. No need for alarm. It's just your postal carrier.
The U.S. Postal Service is delivering mail after dark as a way to cut down on its debt.
And apparently their union has never heard of flashlights.
"It's crazy because you can't see the mail. It's pitch black. You can't see the mail from the street lights. You can't see where you're walking you could hurt yourself, trip like that," one postal worker said.
As for "the swift completion of their appointed rounds," there's always FedEx for that.
Uber-Liberal Democrat Steve Rothman made it official today; he's punting on a head-to-head matchup with Tea Party Republican Scott Garrett in the newly redrawn 5th district and taking his chances on a primary challenge to fellow Democrat Bill Pascrell instead.
The move sets up a primary campaign between two candidates with wide name recognition and significant amounts of campaign cash. As of October, Rothman had $1.74 million in the bank compared to Pascrell's $1.43 million. Both men were first elected to the House in 1996.
It's a pity they both can't lose.
Zilla got an Instalanche for Christmas. I got socks.
Then she did a link-around post, which included every Right-Wing blogger who's ever lived. Except me.
Because I suck.
Anyway, congrats Zilla. I got an Instalanche once. It was cool.
Lance has a slightly less conventional scheme to gin up some extra traffic. If it works it might be a tad more expensive too. Don't worry Commissioner, he's probably good for it, just don't deposit that check right away, OK?
Elsewhere in blogville, Professor Jacobson is a sucker for a pretty girl's Christmas wish.
Matt is taking nominations for Useful Idiot Of The Year. There can only be one winner, but it's a dishonor just to be nominated, and there really are so many worthy choices.
And the first one of you jokers who nominates me is gonna be sorry!
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like adherents of The Religion of Peace™ blowuing up a Catholic church on Christmas morning. We celebrate the birth of The Prince of Peace, they celebrate blowing Christians to pieces.
Allah must be so proud!
Chuck Schumer's family had a Merry Christmas. He whistled, Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez rushed to obey, and Schumer's brother-in-law found a nomination as a judge on the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in his stocking on Christmas morning.
Santa brought me some socks. But then, I'm (thankfully) not related to Chuck Schumer.
Speaking of Christmas gifts, Aewl at Reluctant Rebel has quite possibly the most esoteric Twelve Days of Christmas list ever. Assuming he actually received all that stuff, his True Love is, um, unique.
The Jets are still acting like they could make the payoffs. They have to beat Miami on the road, Tennessee has to lose to Houston, and the Bungles have to lose to Baltimore. Plus either the Chiefs beat Tim Tebow or the Bolts zap the Raiders. Oh, and Ron Paul has to admit he's a racist. Then the Jets could be the sixth seed in the AFC. In other words, Never Gonna Happen. Dust off your golf clubs fellas; you lost to the Giants at home, you don't deserve to be in the playoffs.
The Virginia primary debacle gets curiouser and curiouser. Now it appears that the rules were changed midstream by the state GOP Chairman, to the obvious benefit of Mitt Romney. The country club Republican establishment really is in the tank for Mittens and they'll stop at nothing to ensure his nomination.
The funniest thing you'll read all year — E. J. Dionne explaining why Barack Obama is a Conservative.
Luckily, for the Reality Based Community,
Smitty demolished Dionne's house of cards.
We're losing a congressional seat, that much is certain. The 2010 Census showed that New Jersey didn't keep pace with many of the lower tax and lesser regulated states. A bipartisan commission sat down to draw up a new map, and in what's gotta be a Christmas Miracle, they chose one which favors Republicans.
Eight months after losing one redistricting contest, Republicans have prevailed in another that will put U.S. Reps. Scott Garrett (R-5th Dist.) and Steve Rothman (D-9th Dist.) in one North Jersey district, to Garrett's partisan advantage.
Politico is sad.
Democrats got a pre-Christmas lump of coal Friday, when a bipartisan New Jersey panel selected a GOP-drawn redistricting plan that imperils one House Democrat and shores up several Republicans.
Under the plan, Democratic Rep. Steve Rothman, a veteran member of the House Appropriations Committee, has been thrust into a Republican-oriented district with GOP Rep. Scott Garrett, severely diminishing his reelection prospects.
Awwww. Somebody call the Waaaambulance.
I love the new map. Rodney Frelinghuysen's 11th District is expanded further into Essex County's Democratic strongholds, but not so much as to prevent his re-election. And the sizes of our three "minority protected" districts for Democrats Donald Payne, Albio Sires, and Bill Pascrell are greatly diminished.
In fact, Rothman's best chance for re-election now is to mount a primary challenge to Pascrell in the redrawn 9th District. Internecine warfare!
I'll bring the popcorn.
I suppose one could say that every day is like Festivus here at the WyBlog; airing of grievances is what we do best!
Maybe if I change my Facebook avatar to an aluminum pole @Nadz will send me one of those for Christmas next year…
Didja see the shipping label from his package?
Dude's got a wicked sense of humor. Which is one reason we became friends in the first place.
I meant to post this video yesterday — Never Hire a Gay Weatherman. Click on over, you'll be glad you did.
Government overreach isn't always confined to the EPA. In Massachusetts an 80 year old woman is facing jail time for feeding the ducks. Yes, the bureaucrats are determined to control everything.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone, you see. If we spend our lives looking around for reasons to hate people, we'll find plenty of reasons, and next thing you know we'll be like those crazy-ass commenters flaming each other in one of those Hot Air posts with 400 comments, where it gets to the point that the angry arguments in the comments have absolutely nothing to do with the subject of the post.
King of the Comment Trolls is not my idea of a worthy career ambitiion.
Blogging as therapy is an interesting concept, and I suppose some of my venting serves a therapeutic purpose, but you can't make a career in the New Media racket simply by unloading your emotional baggage onto a blog. Or at least, that's a limited readership niche, and Amanda Marcotte's already got it covered pretty good.
Life is too short to be angry all the time, constantly on the lookout for new names to add to your enemies list. It's only two days until Christmas, and the day after that I fly out to Iowa. Why should I waste time being angry because my blog didn't get linked somewhere? With so many blessings to be grateful for — including tip-jar hitters — why sit around making myself miserable?
Kinda turns my tongue-in-cheek gripe-fest idea into a sardonic pity party, eh? And who needs to read that?
It seems though that Gator Doug ain't feeling the love either. I link you Doug, that's gotta count for something, right? Right? Is this thing on?
For those of you who are wondering where the Wy Christmas Card is, well, it's late this year. Sophie rejected the picture of her that I chose. Seems pretty nice to me, but hey, I'm only the Dad. We'll try again on Christmas Eve, and you'll get a Happy New Year card. And you'll like it.
Warming the cockles of my heart: As political season heats up, Politico's Web traffic cools down. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of libtards. Their brand of vindictive "journalism" is all too common on the left, and face it, MSNBC already has that niche sewn up.
Dhimmitude in the ranks: Army to allow hijabs, turbans in Junior ROTC. They're kidding, right?
Sadly, no. And Hamas-linked CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) is ecstatic. SecDef Leon Panetta calls it "religious tolerance." I call it "infiltration." It's what you get when you put a political hack in charge of the finest military in the world. What Would Rumsfeld Do?
Donald Douglas (who I don't link often enough!) tries to make lemonade out of John Boehner's capitulation on the payroll tax cut. I think this is one of those times when I make an allusion to "the GOP clown show" and @Nadz upbraids me for disparaging the image of professional clowns. Yeah, Boehner and his crew are a bunch of amateurs.
Say what you will about Nancy Pelosi, she was no Weeper of the House.
Alright, so it's time to start cooking. We're hosting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners (for two different groups). I'm making beef bourguignon tomorrow night. And my special keilbasa and sauerkraut on Christmas. Plus a ham for Sophie, because that's her favorite meal. There'll be green bean casserole, creamy scalloped potatoes, and if I can find some, a beet and onion salad (you'd be surprised at how good it is).
I hope Santa brings you everything on your list! Because Frank Costanza sure won't.
All I want for Christmas is an Instalanche.
To almost no one's surprise, the House GOP folded like a cheap lawn chair. Barry and Harry get their pointless, and unworkable, two-month payroll tax cut extension. And we get bupkis. No accelerated decision on Keystone XL. No Medicare doc fix. No cuts in spending. And certainly no entitlement or unemployment reform.
I'd tell Santa to put coal in all their stockings, but the EPA won't let him do that anymore.
And listen up America. Don't spend that extra $40 bucks all in one place.
Anyone who's seen my Facebook profile photo will appreciate the great gift @Nadz sent me for Christmas.
My very own No Left Turn sign! It's a message to America! And I'm hanging it on the wall in my office. Because it's the best gift evah!
More EPA antics? OK! They already assert the right to regulate every puddle and birdbath in the name of the Clean Water Act. But did you know that they also claim ownership of the rain? Yup, 'tis true. Even before the water hits the ground, the EPA has their regulatory mitts all over it. If you "use" the rain in unapproved ways, like say, capturing it in barrels to water your flowers, you're in violation of a whole stack of EPA regulations.
And yes, violators go to jail. For "stealing" the rain.
By the time Obama is out of office will anyone even remember what Freedom was?
Whatever plane the president is on is automatically given the call-sign Air Force One. The VP's plane is Air Force Two. What call sign is reserved for the president's dog? Air Force Tree?
Don't you wish you could get the government to fly your dog home from Hawaii for a photo op? It's good to be king!
Who here thought Jimmy Carter couldn't sink any lower? He sent condolences to The Great Successor on the death of North Korea's Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. Carter cried for Arafat too.
Maybe the three of them can hook up for a few laughs when it's finally Jimmah's time to burn in Hell.
Worst. Ex-president. Ever.
Your feel-good story of the day, albeit with a bittersweet ending.
Two days after failing to get her CPR certification in a health class, a 16-year-old girl breathed life into a 75-year-old man who suffered a massive heart attack at a bowling alley in Rockaway Borough.
Christa Fairclough had just bowled a frame at the packed Rockaway Lanes around 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, when steps away she saw a man curled on the floor in a fetal position. He had one bowling shoe on and one off, as if he had been putting them on, she recalled.
"I just saw nobody else was doing anything," she said. "It was like I was the only one that noticed."
As her mother went for help, and other people began to gather around saying 911 should be called, Fairclough took action.
"I know CPR, I got this," she remembers telling herself as she readied herself to act.
Without a pulse and not breathing the man had turned purple, she said. But his pulse returned after about five minutes of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions, she said.
When emergency personnel arrived, the man had a faint pulse, Greuter said police told him.
Alas, the gentleman died several days later. But his grieving family is grateful to the quick-thinking teen for giving them the opportunity to say goodbye.
Angels, yeah they're everywhere.
The rules require coal- and oil-fired power plants to lower emissions of 84 different toxic chemicals to levels no higher than those emitted by the cleanest 12% of plants.
We have three years in which to comply. Then, the power plants go dark and the lights go out.
Power plants are responsible for half of the mercury emissions in the United States, the EPA says.
So where will all that mercury go? Into Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs! The very same light bulbs Congress mandated, and then "temporarily" put on hold until October of next year. Break one of those puppies in your living room and congratulations, your house is now a Superfund site.
So let's see. We can have mercury way up high in the atmosphere, where it's been for decades. Or we can bring it inside our houses, where our children play. If it's really as toxic as the econuts claim, which makes more sense?
Hah, you silly Americans, the regulations don't have to make sense! The mercury belongs in our houses, because that's how we pay homage to Mother Gaia!
Don't you feel healthier? Your government is looking out for you, you'd better feel healthier. And if you're newly unemployed, because these regulations are projected to destroy somewhere around 180,000 jobs per year over the next decade, don't worry. The rest of us will be freezing in the dark right alongside you. But Daryl Hannah will be happy, so there's that.
Also a Recommended Read at Pundit and Pundette.
Indiana's Voter ID law is constitutional. So sayeth SCOTUS, in a 6-3 decision, with the usual anarchists (Breyer, Ginsburg, and Souter) dissenting. Yup, even the Wise Latina saw the wisdom in ensuring the integrity of our electoral process.
Hardest hit? Dead voters, illegal immigrants, and Chicago machine politicians. Shucks.
Here's the perfect slogan for Tom Clancy's new video game: "Rainbow Six: Liberals -This Time it's personal!" He's managed to zing the perpetually aggrieved and give the one-finger-salute to #Occupy Wall Street while engaging in some rip-roaring fun. Good times, good times.
You know what else gives liberals fits of apoplexy? When one of their own progressive media mouthpieces goes off the reservation.
Oops. Bad PolitiFact. You let facts get in the way of The Narrative. And in an election year! Don't you guys realize what's at stake? Did you forgot to renew your subscription to JournoList?
Heh. And for the record, no, this one event won't make me give any more credence to PolitiFact's obviously partisan leanings. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Finally for today,
Happy Winter Solstice to all the Druids, Progressives, Wiccans, Democrats
and #OWS malcontents everywhere. And for the rest of us, if you're not home
lighting Hanukkah candles, there are only 3 shopping days left until Christmas.
Any chance he gets Chris Christie will talk about how he emphasizes fiscal responsibility. And when he used his line-item veto to slash the Democratic Party's favorite slush fund from this year's budget, I applauded.
So color me confused, because yesterday he signed legislation which not only resurrects the entire $139 million "transitional aid" gravy train, but actually increases the pot of gold designated for "struggling" cities.
This year, 11 cities will split the aid, with the largest amount, $61.4 million, going to Camden, $22 million to Trenton and $21 million to Paterson. The rest will be shared by Asbury Park, Chesilhurst, Harrison, Lawnside, Maurice River, Penns Grove, Prospect Park and Union City.
How do I define "struggling?" Unable to get their fiscal houses in order, that's how. These cities live beyond their means, year after year, and expect the rest of us to pick up the tab. What do they all have in common? Democratic Party rule. They only know how to do one thing — spend, spend, spend, and then spend some more.
Camden? It's the poorest of the poor, I'll grant you that. So why did Mayor Dana Redd give whopping raises to her senior staff at the same time she was closing libraries and laying off police officers?
Harrison? With their fancy new Red Bulls soccer stadium? They emulate Newark by spending tax dollars on a sports palace and we reward them too?
Union City? Home to sleazy U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and his skeevy protege Rep. Albio Sires. And of course famous for paying their school bus drivers overtime to recharge their cell phones. Oh, and every municipal employee is entitled to a paid day off to do his Christmas shopping.
Surely that is the very definition of "struggling," no?
I could go on. Asbury Park is a founding member of the failed urban renewal project of the year club; they'll keep pouring tax dollars into holes in the ground so long as we keep the checks coming. Trenton Mayor Tony Mack is another athletic supporter, diverting school construction money to a new artificial turf football field.
You get the idea. Democrats mismanage their fiscal affairs and then run to Trenton crying poverty. It's a sham, and Christie fell for it. And for what? The Dems won big via legislative redistricting, and they're poised to win again as New Jersey's Congressional delegation shrinks by one. Word is that either Scott Garrett (one of the most conservative Republicans in the House) or Leonard Lance (also a Republican) will be out of a job when the final lines are drawn. Why give the Democrats another victory?
The urban Democratic voter isn't going to suddenly become a Christie cheerleader just because he caved on their annual slush fund. The cities see these wealth transfers as their birthright, and so long as the "transitional aid" keeps flowing there is zero incentive for them to cut back on the graft, fraud, waste, and lax oversight which permeates every layer of their government.
Meanwhile, suburban towns — you know, where the people who actually vote Republican live — are sucking wind.
Chris Christie talks a good game. Too bad he doesn't actually deliver on
There was a panhandler standing inside Dunkin' Donuts this morning. The staff made no move to eject him either. See what happens when Caldwell elects Democrats? The 99% show up looking for free stuff.
I heard that Rockin' Joe's threw the bum out. Guess where I'm buying my coffee tomorrow morning?
A pithier deconstruction of the Euroweenies' impotence would be tough to find.
Hillary's State Department rattled their sabers at Peru, and arranged a Get Out Of Jail Free Card for another lefty terrorist.
Paroled American Lori Berenson, who stirred international controversy when she was convicted of aiding Peruvian guerrillas, has arrived back in the United States this morning for her first visit home since Peruvian authorities arrested her in 1995.
"International controversy" indeed. Berenson admitted aiding the Cuban-backed Tupac Amaru terrorist organization by arranging a "safe house" loaded with guns and ammunition. These guys weren't the Girl Scouts. They murdered indiscriminately in between robbing banks and kidnapping Westerners. So naturally they became a cause celebre for a doe-eyed lefty proto-Marxist. And now she's back home, just in time to assist the Occupods with the finer points of bomb-making and political assassination. Lovely.
Presumably Berenson's invitation to lunch at the White House is already on the way.
Click if you dare, because that which is seen cannot be unseen: Barney Frank exposes his moobs on the floor of the House.
Apparently Barney had to wear a revealing T-shirt because he recently had surgery on his thumb. Really, that's what he said. Must resist making take your thumb out of your ass joke here…
Still searching for the perfect last minute gift for that loveable liberal on your list? Have we got a book for you! "Everything Obama Knows About The Economy" is 200 blank pages of sheer satirical genius. Word is that Barry read it from cover to cover, but still had to get Joe Biden to explain it to him.
Fishersville Mike picked up the Christmas Carol Parody torch, with epic results. Bravo!
And, I don't know how he finds the time, but
Bob Belvedere is counting down the days until Christmas in a way that
only he can. Thanks Bob, I needed that!
Kim Jong Il, the Original Dear Leader, is currently in stable condition in a North Korean morgue.
Has our Dear Leader given a speech claiming credit yet?
And sadly, Vaclav Havel, a man light-years ahead of any Dear Leader, has also died. At one point there was a movement to draft Mr. Havel as Secretary-General of the U.N. What a different world we'd live in today if only that had come to pass. Resquiescat in Pace.
It looks like John Boehner has put a monkey wrench into Barry's vacation plans again. House Republicans won't go along with Harry Reid's silly two month payroll tax extension. And in a blow that's really gotta smart, Boehner points out that it was Barry himself who insisted on a one-year deal in the first place.
And yet, the Democrats are crying "foul." Boo frickin' hoo. Do your damn job and enact a budget and then you won't have to play these games.
Its aim: how to integrate sustainability "as one of the key drivers within the regulatory responsibilities of EPA." The panel who wrote the study declares part of its job to be "providing guidance to EPA on how it might implement its existing statutory authority to contribute more fully to a more sustainable-development trajectory for the United States."
They're gonna use existing laws against us, and weasel their way into every room in our homes.
The adoption of the new "sustainability framework" will make the EPA more "anticipatory" in its approach to environmental issues, broaden its focus to include both social and economic as well as environmental "pillars," and "strengthen EPA as an organization and a leader in the nation's progress toward a sustainable future."
Welcome to the Sustainable Bureaucracy, sustaining its existence at our expense. Control is the goal. Control over everything we do, and of course control of what we're allowed to think.
The experience of the European Union is deemed "particularly relevant" to achieving the sustainability goal.
That European strategy involves a virtually all-encompassing regulatory vision. The study notes that its priorities include "climate change and clean energy; sustainable transport; sustainable consumption and production; conservation and management of natural resources; public health; social inclusion, demography, and migration; and global poverty and sustainable development challenges."
Now let me ask you, which megalomaniac is a bigger threat to our freedom — Kim Jong Il, or Barack Obama and the EPA?
And if you think that's bad, how about Hillary Clinton's push to make criticism of Islam a crime in the United States?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to host OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Washington, DC in mid-December 2011 to discuss how the United States can implement the OIC agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam. Cloaked in the sanctimonious language of "Resolution 16/18," that was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in April 2011, the WDC three-day experts meeting is billed as a working session to discuss legal mechanisms to combat religious discrimination (but the only religion the Human Rights Council has ever mentioned in any previous resolution is Islam).
The First Amendment, what's that?
With a Muslim in the White House, we're gonna get Sharia Law one way or another…
Alright, in keeping with my tradition of ending on an up-note, here's a little
poem for you, to help get you into the
Christmas Holiday spirit.
Celebrate Christmas The Politically Correct Way.
Christmas Holiday party weekend in the neighborhood.
Interestingly several folks approached me to say essentially the same thing
— "Will you guys* please stop screwing around and just nominate Mitt
Romney. Otherwise we'll be forced to vote for Obama again."
*I'm the token Republican in a sea of blue state leftists, so naturally they think I have some kind of direct pipeline to either GOP or Vast Right Wing Conspiracy Headquarters, or something. If only they knew…
Almost unanimously they don't like Obama. The reasons vary (alas some even feel that he hasn't driven the country far enough to the left). I heard "weak," "ineffective," "unqualified," and more than one wishful lament that a Draft Hillary movement hasn't gained any traction.
So, what do I make of this? My socialist neighborhood clearly isn't moving into the Conservative Camp. They recoil in horror at the thought of Newt Gingrich being the nominee. Ditto for Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann. Rick Perry intrigues them (as does Chris Christie) because both guys stand up for their principles, and the concept of "leadership" is a big factor among the sheeple. But their perception is that Perry is a lousy communicator and thus not "electable." I guess they're still looking for a silver-tongued messiah to lead them to the promised land. Which of course is how we got Obama in the first place.
In my mind this really seals Romney's RINO status. Liberals are comfortable with him because he's one of them. Ugh.
And in another valid point, it was mentioned that the GOP nominating process this go-round is playing right into Obama's hands. Which I totally agree with. The Debate Of The Week Circular Firing Squads do nothing to advance our cause, but they sure do provide hundreds of sound bites tailor-made for TV ads aimed at the eventual nominee. Why Reince Priebus agreed to this silliness is beyond me.
I'm intrigued by the softness of Obama's support here among the die-hard lefty faithful. And I'm sure we can do better than Mitt Romney's interpretation of Obama Lite. C'mon Rick Perry, your moment awaits.
Punt. It's what Congress does best. We have a nine month reprieve on the incandescent light bulb ban, but that's pretty worthless seeing as how it takes the manufacturers more than year to re-tool. So they're still gonna crank out truckload after truckload of toxic CFL bulbs and flickering LCD bulbs and tough luck finding any Real Light Bulbs because Amazon is out of stock.
Repeal the ban, otherwise you're just grandstanding for the cameras.
And ooooh! We got the Keystone XL pipeline in exchange for a two month extension of Barry's payroll tax cut. Or did we? As I read the bill, Barry has 60 days to decide yay or nay. He'll claim 60 days isn't enough time to "study" the issue, so "nay" it'll be.
That's we in the Real World call a pyrrhic victory. But Congress just pats themselves on the back and heads home for Christmas.
And come February we get to do this all over again! Because God Forbid that Congress actually makes a decision, or passes a budget.
Well, I actually get why Harry Reid won't pass a budget. (1000+ days and counting!) The last budget he passed included Porkulus. So in the convoluted math employed by the Congressional Budget Office, Porkulus is currently part of the "baseline." Continuing Resolutions (like the one which they just passed) build off the baseline, and if they come in at less than what was in the budget then it counts toward those mythical deficit savings numbers we sometimes hear bandied about. But when Obama signs a new budget, it becomes the baseline, and there's $787 billiion of fake savings that Congress can't pretend to cut every time they pass another Continuing Resolution.
Statesmanship. It's not on the radar down there in DC.
We shopped in town today, and I'm pleased to say we found every gift we needed to find. And the stores were filled with other shoppers, likewise loaded down with packages. It was like a scene right out of Norman Rockwell as we greeted old friends also enjoying a beautiful day along the Avenue.
Who needs the mall? You're not gonna find anything unique at Chainstores R Us.
What do you get when you mix Christmas and Congress? I don't know, because it can't be done.
Looks like the PC police have threatened members of the House of Representatives against wishing constituents a "Merry Christmas," if they want to do so in a mailing paid for with tax dollars.
Members who submit official mailings for review by the congressional franking commission that reviews all congressional mail to determine if it can be "franked," or paid for with tax dollars, are being told that no holiday greetings, including "Merry Christmas," can be sent in official mail.
"I called the commission to ask for clarification and was told no 'Merry Christmas.' Also told cannot say 'Happy New Year' but can say 'have a happy new year' — referencing the time period of a new year, but not the holiday," said a Hill staffer who requested anonymity.
Profiles in Courage.
At the risk of offending the perpetually offended, here's a Barack Obama Christmas Carol that's sure to become a big hit.
And finally, here's another atheist attempting to justify his lack of faith. This time it's one of Arianna's minions invading our local Patch, all to show just how unsophisticated us small town rubes really are. See, Mr. I've-Got-It-All-Figured-Out is a humanist. So he can say, apparently with a straight face, "The Best Gift Ever: Freedom From Religion."
I won't bore you with excerpts. He's got 12 principles for living his life because the Ten Commandments are outdated. Principle #3 is "Recycle," which pretty much tells you where this nutjob is coming from.
Having read the whole thing (there's 7 minutes I'll never get back) I
can safely say the gentleman doth protest too much. He's got a religion
alright. It's the Religion of "Me." Because when there's no higher power,
what else is there? Arianna Huffington? No thanks, I'll pass on that.
Whatever Debbie Wasserman Schultz is smoking, I want some of that. According to DWS the unemployment rate hasn't gone up since Barry took office. Ayup, it's what she said. On national television. Apparently it's something the DNC pays her to say.
You know what? I think we all want some of that stuff! Or a job. Yeah, we'd probably prefer a job.
The jiggered BLS unemployment stats do show a decline in initial jobless claims. But as we covered last week, that's mostly due to people giving up on ever finding a job. If you count the forlorn and forgotten, the true unemployment is 11%.
I think that's called "Hope and Change."
But the Obamabots soldier on. Their Occupy Wall Street temper tantrum is finally having an effect. On the unemployment rate anyhow. This week 91 people lost their jobs on account of the Occupods screwing with their employer. No these aren't Evil Bankers or Wall Street drones. They're restaurant workers, put out on the street because #OWS is blocking access to the place where they worked, and it went out of business.
Aren't they the 99% too? Will Miley Cyrus write a song for them?
Don't count on it.
And here's another Obama employment statistics success story. With the Keystone XL pipeline "on hold," companies which had anticipated working on it are out of luck. Wellspun Tubular of Little Rock, AR furloughed 200 workers and is completely shutting down their plant for 3 weeks. At Christmas.
Will the Obamas wave to them as they fly over Little Rock on their way to spend Christmas in Hawaii? Maybe Moochelle could air-drop a few fruitcakes along the way. You know, just to show she cares.
Liberals like Obama will tell you that taxes and regulations don't affect a company's business decisions. Colt Industries would beg to differ. They've decided to pack their bags and move, from high-tax, unionized, gun-hating CT to low-tax, right-to-work, 2nd Amendment-friendly Florida.
You know, for the life of me, I can't imagine why they'd want to do that.
Cue the NLRB unfair labor practices investigation in 3… 2… 1…
Obama has managed to fulfill one campaign promise though. Remember back in 2008 when he promised us higher electric bills? He delivered!
Electricity rates have gone through the roof, mostly due to the cost of replacing coal with green technologies. Because that worked out so well with Solyndra.
I think that's Hope and Change too.
Next up, the EPA is setting its sights on new car prices. Apparently they're too low. Not to worry though, pending regulations will add between $2,000 and $3,100 to the sticker price of every new car. Vehicles which cost $15,000 or less will essentially be regulated out of existence thanks to a new 54.5 miles per gallon fuel economy standard being phased in over the next decade.
It's small wonder then that shoppers are returning Black Friday purchases to raise cash. This year, more so than ever. What looked like a great deal during that post-Thanksgiving tryptophan haze turns out to be a white elephant we couldn't really afford.
Which of course now puts retailers' seasonal sales figures on the edge, as returns cut into already razor-thin profit margins.
Santa's bag is gonna be a little light this year.
Meanwhile across the pond downgrade fever is downright contagious. Moody's cut Belgium's credit rating by two notches. And Fitch warned Spain and Italy that they're next.
Why? Because a "comprehensive solution to the eurozone crisis is technically and politically beyond reach," that's why.
Meaning the Euroweenies are going down the tubes. And they could very well drag us down with them.
Spread the misery; it's Obamanomics!
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report: the Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Incredibly Shrinking Labor Force edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, Our Dickensian Future Edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Thanksgiving dinner is gonna cost you 13% more than last year edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the tax breaks for hiring veterans edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Jillian Barberie can't find you a job edition
This'll be quick today. I've got way too much to do and not enough time to do it. Yeah, I know, sucks to be me, right?Jon Corzine needs a bigger shovel. But then, you already knew that.
Times are changing, now the poor get fat. But the fever's gonna catch you when the productive class gets sick of the freeloaders.
In the same vein: "If a mad scientist were to repair to his laboratory to design a machine that would make white liberals uncomfortable, that machine would be Thomas Sowell."
High school football players emulate Tim Tebow, get suspended. Well sure, emulate Jerry Sandusky and they'll give you a scholarship, if you major in Queer Studies.
Archbishop asks for his parishoners' prayers, discovers "tolerance." Read the comments to see what I mean. And then ask yourself who the haters are.
Sometimes you're lost. And sometimes you're just lost in translation.
Me? I'm looking for marbles all day long.
The details are murky, but it appears that our incandescent light bulbs are safe for another year. The House and Senate agreed late last night on a $1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill to avert a government shutdown. And it includes a House-Republican-backed provision suspending implementation of the incandescent light bulb ban!
The legislation, which would avert a government shutdown, prevents funding from being used for the implementation of certain Energy Department light bulb standards. The standards would begin phasing in next year.
Let there be light!
Hopefully, we will soon have some common sense Republicans in the Senate majority, and a real president, who has actually read the Constitution in the Oval Office, so that Americans are safer from the Nanny Staters.
Now, that's a plan!
An alert Twitter follower pointed me at a recent op-ed by GOP Congressman Fred Upton of Michigan entitled "Obama's Regulatory Burden." In it he excoriates the Obama Administration for regulatory over-reach with regard to electricity markets and generation.
And I said to myself, "Self, isn't this the same Fred Upton who enacted the incandescent light bulb ban?"
Why yes, yes he is. And a finer example of regulatory over-reach you won't find.
And then I said to myself, "Self, didn't Fred Upton refuse to consider a repeal of that idiotic ban?"
Why yes, yes he did. Because he's smarter than us, and he knows what's best.
And thus I tweeted:
Congressman Fred Upton, butthead extraordinaire! And winner of the first ever WyBlog Chutzpah in Government Award.
After nearly nine years, 4,500 American dead, 32,000 wounded and more than $800 billion, U.S. officials formally shut down the war in Iraq — a conflict that U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said was worth the price in blood and money, as it set Iraq on a path to democracy.
Well if by "path to democracy" you mean "into the arms of Iran," then sure.
Congratulations Barry. Nature abhors a vacuum, our pullout leaves a gaping hole in the Mideast power structure, and guess who's salivating at the thought of waltzing into Baghdad with his Hamas and Hezbollah buddies in tow?
We shoulda busted a cap in Ahmadinejad's azz when we had the chance. Now he's the new sheriff in town. It's Smart Diplomacy!
But the Code Pinkos are happy, and that's really all that matters for Barry's re-election, now isn't it?
"In the letter FFRF sent, the suggestion is that the banner is on public property so we looked into it," said [Borough attorney Brian] Duffield. "We found out that the banner is attached on one end to the old bank — which is privately owned — and on the other end it's connected to an Atlantic City Electric or Verizon pole which the borough does not own. Also, Broadway is a county — not a borough — road. Everything related to the sign is not on Pitman public property."
The only way they could regulate it would be through enactment of a new zoning ordinance, and who knows how long that'll take. So the banner stays!
Speaking of missing the point of Christmas, there's nothing worse than a smug liberal who feels the need to broadcast her moral superiority, and shill for some sisyphean cause at the same time. I got an email from an old acquaintance which said she wouldn't be sending out Christmas cards this year. Instead she'll donate the money toward building a school for this village no one's ever heard of deep in the jungles of Bolivia. And wouldn't it be great if we all chipped in a few bucks?
Yeah, I'll do my part. I'll cross Ms. Holier-Than-Thou off my Christmas card list. You know, to save a tree.
[But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.
When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward.
But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing,
so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
Getting the point of Christmas: Secret Santas Paying Off Layaway Contracts.
In St. Louis there has been a report of secret Santas paying off layaway bills in Kmarts, and I was happily surprised to find that this is happening across the US. It is refreshing to see such great acts of generosity and I hoped that this could brighten up someone's day.
Made me smile!
Politics as blood sport — John Boehner triple-dog-dares Harry and Barry to decapitate the Keystone XL pipeline, an extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut, and Dear Leader's re-election chances, all in one convenient package.
The House passed an extension of Barry's payroll tax cut. But they tied it to fast-tracking the Keystone XL pipeline project, which Barry put on hold so as not to offend Daryl Hannah. And Boehner added som additional sweeteners (which the Democrats label "poison pills") such as an extension of long-term unemployment benefits and adjustments to Medicare reimbursement rates.
So Harry and Barry are between a rock and a hard place. Shoot the bill down in the Senate, and Democrats suddenly become the party of obstructionism and tax hikes on the middle class. (Well, duh!) Or, piss off the econuts and pass the bill on to Barry, who's threatened to veto it.
But a presidential veto makes Barry the bad guy, and pretty much ensures that next November's election is all about how he promised a payroll tax cut extension but wouldn't sign it when it hit his desk. And if he signs it? His loony-left base goes bananas.
Jon Corzine lied to Congress.
The head of the private exchange tasked with overseeing MF Global said Tuesday that Jon Corzine may have been aware of a transfer of client funds from the firm he formerly led, possibly contradicting the former governor and senator's statements under oath that he had no knowledge of the events that resulted in the disappearance of $1.2 billion in customer funds.
In a hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Terrence A. Duffy, the chief executive of CME Group, said a senior female executive of MF Global told a CME auditor that Corzine — the former chief executive officer and chairman of the firm — was aware of a $175 million loan of customer money to a European affiliate of the now-bankrupt commodities brokerage.
"Mr. Corzine was aware because our employee had heard this, on the phone—'Send back 175' — and said he was aware of this loan," Duffy told the Senate committee.
Lying to Congress is a felony. Just ask Scooter Libby.
All I want for Christmas is Jon Corzine in an orange jump suit.
From my Posterous Blog — Step 3 in the Lindsay-Lohan-ification of Miley Cyrus. Fake boobs!
Yes, there are (links to) pictures.
And since sex sells, and occaisonally brings me a few hits, here's a titillating video advertisement for the new .XXX internet name space.
Thanks Candy. I'll be sure to check out your, uh, merchandise. Purely for research purposes, of course. You guys believe in research, don't you? Just uh, don't get too concerned if my research takes a while, IFYKWIMAITYD.
Jerry Sandusky's lawyer: If you don't believe my client is innocent, call
1-800-REALITY. Which is a gay phone sex
line. You can't make this stuff up.
People still watch 60 Minutes? Bluegrass Pundit did, and what he saw on Sunday night makes me think he was really tuned in to Comedy Central.
President Obama suggested, during his recent CBS interview, that his domestic and foreign policy achievements over his first term surpass any other United States president.
Humility! It's an admirable trait. Narcissism and hubris? Not so much.
Or maybe Barry was just quoting from Frank J's book?
Also from the overly inflated impression of themselves department, Men's Health magazine has crowned Jennifer Aniston as the Hottest Woman Of All Time. Seriously.
Cue maniacal laughter here.
Rounding out their top 5? Madonna, Britney Spears, Marilyn Monroe and Raquel Welch.
Kid you, I do not.
But this thing's gotta be a parody. Because then they asked Ms. Aniston who her choice would be for the sexiest star. And she chose…
The mind reels.
From a friend on Facebook: Real Science is critical of itself, as shown by this paper published by the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University.
We are discontinuing our early December quantitative hurricane forecast for the next year and giving a more qualitative discussion of the factors which will determine next year's Atlantic basin hurricane activity. Our early December Atlantic basin seasonal hurricane forecasts of the last 20 years have not shown real-time forecast skill even though the hindcast studies on which they were based had considerable skill. Reasons for this unexpected lack of skill are discussed.
These guys should give lessons to Phil Jones and Michael Mann.
Nonetheless, the Globull Warming scare continues to collapse under the weight
of its own irrelevance. Just this week
Canada deep-sixed the Kyoto Protocol, and the Durban
Conference Beach Party
failed to reach any agreement on anything.
Mother Gaia was unavailable for comment.
Not that this blog is all science all the time, but here's one more item. Researchers working at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva claim to be on the verge of isolating the elusive Higgs Boson, the so-called "God Particle" which is thought to be the building-block of the universe.
The Higgs Boson is believe[d] to have emerged from the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago and have brought much of the rest of the flying debris together to form galaxies, stars and planets. The element is a crucial component of the "Standard Model" — the all-encompassing physics theory of how the cosmos as we know it works at its basic level — one that scientists have spent decades and billions of dollars hunting for.
Be careful though fellas. If you do find the "God Particle," be prepared for angry atheists to demand that you either change the name, or postulate a complementary "Solstice Particle" and fund its discovery with an equal amount of tax dollars. To be fair.
OK, back to politics. Because what would one of these stream-of-consciousness posts be without a guest appearance by Jon Corzine? He wass back on Capitol Hill today, with two of his henchmen in tow, but still doing his best Sergeant Schultz schtick — "I know nuh-think, nuh-think!, about your missing money."
How long he can keep up this charade is anyone's guess. But he's a master equivocator, and a Friend of Barry, so sadly the answer is probably "as long as he wants to."
Finally for today (and if you could believe, I started this post at 8:30 this morning, but then work and life got in the way, and the next thing I know it's almost past my bedtime…), here's your feel-good story of the week — bystanders lift SUV that ran over 5 year old girl (with video). It happened last week in Wenzhou, China. Miraculously, the little girl emerged unhurt.
Because it's Christmas, and a time for miracles.
Ban all cell phones in cars. That's the unanimous ruling today from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The recommendation, unanimously agreed to by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.
Bureaucrats run amok! Because there's already a law against texting and driving, and another law banning cell phones for drivers under age 21, but sometimes those laws don't work.
The board made the recommendation in connection with a deadly highway pileup in Missouri last year. The board said the initial collision in the accident near Gray Summit, Mo., was caused by the inattention of a 19 year-old-pickup driver who sent or received 11 texts in the 11 minutes immediately before the crash.
Why don't they just mandate we install the Cone of Silence in every car?
It'd be about as effective as all their other bans.
If only we could ban human stupidity…
But in an unfortunate juxtaposition of headline and post text, it reads:
Chris Wysocki …
OK, it really says, "Chris Wysocki presents …" Meaning, of course, that I'm pointing out the Marxist Moron Of The Day. Still, to a casual reader...
Oh hell, any publicity is good publicity, right?
In Pitman, NJ the local Knights of Columbus hung a banner across Main Street. "Keep Christ in Christmas," it said.
Simple. Poignant. Offensive?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted Mayor Michael Batten Friday requesting the banner be moved to private property claiming it "unmistakably endorses the Christian faith."
"It offends non-believers and Jews and Wiccans and Americans of any religion," said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation which aims at protecting the First Amendment, which includes the principle of separation of church and state. "It sends the wrong message ... It's a devotional sign. If it just said Merry Christmas, we wouldn't be writing that letter, but it says 'Keep Christ in Christmas.' It's taking a sectarian point of view."
Waaah! Somebody call the Waaambulance!
Freedom of religion does not equate to freedom from religion.
Jesus is the reason for the season!
Well, unless you're an atheist kill-joy.
According to the letter, not relocating the banner to private property should create a public forum and the borough should be expected to accept banners displaying all points of view.
"If the borough agrees this is an open forum and allows the Christ banner to remain, then FFRF would like to hang a banner, too," the letter read.
The foundation's banner would read:
At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are not gods, no devils, no angels, nor heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds. Freedom From Religion Foundation.
Oh please, please hang that banner in my town. Please!
Then we can mock you. Relentlessly. According to the article there are only 300 members of your organization here in New Jersey. Please identify yourselves. I plan to walk up to each and every one of you, shake your hand, and say "Merry Christmas." Just to watch you squirm.
You wanna be attention-whores? Then by golly you're gonna get some attention. How sad and pathetic you sound. Empty and lonely too. "Only our natural world?" Do you not wonder how it was created? Are your lives so devoid of meaning that you would deny pleasure and spirituality to others? Does it perhaps make you feel inferior when forced to confront your myopic worldview?
For no, you are not all there is. Not by a longshot. And to pretend otherwise is the ultimate in hubris.
See Christmas through the eyes of a child. See it through the eyes of the child who would sacrifice his life to save the world.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for
— John 15:13
See beyond your own selfishness. For that is the True Meaning of Christmas.
Or you could howl at the moon on the Winter Solstice, if that's what really keeps you warm at night. No Christian will stop you. Honest. Even if you did it in the middle of Main Street.
UPDATE 13 Dec 2011 20:45:
Sad, pathetic, and oh so predictable.
For 57 years churches in Santa Monica, California have placed nativity scenes in a local park. But this year, an out-of-town group demanded "equal access."
Which they got. To be fair. And they promptly used it to denigrate religion.
You know what, I don't care. Just give me "equal access" to the next Gay Pride parade. I'll denigrate homosexuality. And I don't want to hear peep one from any "free speech" or "tolerance" advocates. Because if the government says the atheists can piss on my cornflakes at Christmas, then by golly I'm gonna piss on a liberal sacred cow. To be fair.
But if you don't like how that works out, then maybe you should tell the Santa Monica atheist usurpers to get stuffed.
Live and let live. Give it a shot.
Well, it was sort of like War of the Worlds, except without Orson Wells or actual Martians. Verizon sent out a cell phone text message emergency alert today telling everyone in Central New Jersey to "take shelter" before 1:24 PM.
But alas, Grovers Mill is safe. It was a false alarm.
State police said the bogus text urging people to .take shelter before 1:24 p.m.. was sent out at 12:26 p.m. Monday to residents in Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Ocean counties.
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said the message was marked as an "extreme alert" stating there was a "civil emergency" in the area.
Verizon said the alert was supposed to say "test message." Residents have been told to ignore the alert.
This is the second failure of the Obama Alert System. They ran their first nationwide test on November 9th and it failed spectacularly.
Now Verizon scared the bejesus out of most folks in New Jersey and the best they can do is say "sorry?"
Well, whaddya expect when you put Janet Incompetano in charge!
But don't worry America. Once Dear Leader's cell phone alert system is fully operational, it will absolutely only interrupt your day in the event of an actual, bonafide emergency. You know, like if it looks like he might lose the 2012 election. "Report to re-education camp." — No, this is not a test.
Remember, you only have 19 more days to legally purchase 100 watt incandescent light bulbs in Comrade Obama's People's Republic of Amerika. Stock up now!
Border security? What's that? Obama Administration plans unmanned Texas-Mexico border crossing:
This hardly seems a time the U.S. would be willing to allow people to cross the border legally from Mexico without a customs officer in sight. But in this rugged, remote West Texas terrain where wading across the shallow Rio Grande undetected is all too easy, federal authorities are touting a proposal to open an unmanned port of entry as a security upgrade.
By the spring, kiosks could open up in Big Bend National Park allowing people from the tiny Mexican town of Boquillas del Carmen to scan their identity documents and talk to a customs officer in another location, at least 100 miles away.
"Security upgrade?" More like a welcome mat. I'm guessing Boquillas del Carmen is about to become the next Mexican boom town — Gateway to Texas, and beyond!
From the People Who Need A Life Department. Dude followed me on Twitter sometime on Saturday afternoon. He unfollowed me last night, because I didn't follow him back. Pardon me for not being tied to my laptop 24x7!
Let's see a show of hands. Who has 37
Trees in their house?
OK, Mrs. Obama, you can put your hand down now.
"We have 37 Christmas trees here at the White House--37!" Michelle Obama excitedly told a recent group of visitors. "That's a lot, right?" Yes, that's a lot of trees. "And we also have a 400-pound White House gingerbread house."
Some Americans don't even have a real house. But Michelle Antoinette is damned proud of her nearly quarter-ton (presumably organic, and solar-powered) gingerbread house.
Oh, who am I kidding. The homeless are invisible when there's a Democrat in the White House. Watch for the media to rediscover them sometime on the afternoon of January 20, 2013.
How's this for "higher education?" Go to college and join the circus!
Yes, "Circus Arts" is a real academic class at Bloomfield College, a private four-year school in Essex County. The popular elective course, which is offered to undergraduates of all majors, teaches students the basics of circus life — from tightrope walking to juggling to riding a unicycle. While it looks like silly fun, professors say the graded class teaches students important lessons about teamwork, conquering fear and overcoming obstacles.
But if you think that's nuts, just wait.
There's "'South Park' and Philosophy" at Monmouth University, "Gender, Sexuality, and Pop Music in the 1980s" at the College of New Jersey, "The Harry Potter Phenomenon" at Rowan University and "History of Hip Hop and Rap" at Ramapo College. Rutgers University offers "Wine Insights," an introduction to wine-tasting class, and Fairleigh Dickinson University has "The Psychology of Fine Dining," which includes a "food sampling" lab.
Hey, we had a "food sampling lab." It was called "the cafeteria."
School officials dismiss criticism that the classes are a waste of students' time or tuition money. Though the topics may be unusual, the freshman seminars are designed to teach time management, college-level writing and other key skills.
Yes, because math and science and history are so over-rated.
Bring back the
Trivium. And the Quadrivium. Then perhaps those Liberal Arts degrees might
be worth more than the paper they're printed on.
If you're gonna stir up a hornet's nest, you'd better be ready for some big stingers. Newt Gingrich lobbed a grenade into the biggest metaphorical hornet's nest a U.S. president ever stepped in, and he came out smelling like a rose.
Yes America, "the Palestinians" are in fact an invented people.
They're Jordanians, or more accurately they were Jordanian Arabs before Lord Balfour drew some lines on a map and launched the quandry that's confounded statesmen for almost 100 years.
The real issue is, the Venn Diagram of "statesmen" and "Palestinians" does not intersect.
Whereas the Venn Diagram of "terrorists" and "Palestinians" is a tautology.
Newt Gingrich dared to say that which we all know to be true. And in last night's debate Diane Sawyer asked him to "clarify" his statements, and he he came this close to drawing the obvious conclusion. Peace can only be achieved when the "Palestinians" are repatriated to Jordan, Judea and Samaria are restored to Israel, and Gaza is bull-dozed with salt strewn upon its accursed land.
Then there will be "peace."
Rick Perry also stood up for Truth last night — "Newt Gingrich is not the problem, Obama is the problem." Somebody needs to put that on an index card for Mitt Romney. I'm really starting to re-warm-up to Perry. Once you look past the manufactured gaffe-gates the media loves to hype he's got some real substance in what he says.
And not for nothing, but it's bad enough having the lame-stream media piling on our candidates, so I'm especially disappointed when respected conservative bloggers feel the need to gin up more fake controversy. This time it's Stacy McCain recycling the Is-Rick-Perry-Gay non-story just in time for the Iowa caucuses.
Look, I realize McCain is on the rebound with Rick Santorum after Herman Cain left him at the altar, but c'mon already. Talk your guy up, if he's so swell. Don't throw mud at the front-runners just to make your latest crush seem more like the real deal.
IIRC Santorum has some "gay problems" of his own, IYKWIMAITYD. Bachmann too.
Let's talk about the issues and leave the yellow journalism to the supposed experts at MSNBC, OK? You just might discover that gay people (and lots of other folks) care about high taxes and poor employment prospects and regulatory mandates about as much as we do. There is no harm in opening the lines of communication to any voting bloc when there are areas of mutual interest.
Remember Mark McKim?
Barry bought him a beer about a year ago. Mark's unemployed, and it made a nice photo op as the Job-Killer in Chief pretended to empathize with a bonafile unemployed American worker.
The thing is though, Mark McKim is still unemployed. Nice going Barry.
I wonder if Mark's unemployment insurance is about to run out. Because according to Barry, more jobs are created by extending unemplyment insurance payouts than could be had from building the Keystone XL pipeline.
Well sure, if you're counting jobs for bureaucrats. But Mark's a construction worker. You know, the kind of guy who'd probably fit right in on a pipeline project.
Mark shoulda had that beer with John Boehner.
(I gave Jillian the month off. In her stead, Chloe and some of Santa's other helpers will pinch hit.)
And looming on the horizon, ObamaCare, the job-killing menace.
In 1941, Carl Karcher was a 24-year-old truck driver for a bakery. Impressed by the large numbers of buns he was delivering, he scrounged up $326 to buy a hot dog cart across from a Goodyear plant. And the war came.
So did millions of defense industry workers and their cars. And, soon, Southern California's contribution to American cuisine — fast food. Including, eventually, hundreds of Carl's Jr. restaurants. Karcher died in 2008, but his legacy, CKE Restaurants, survives. It would thrive, says CEO Andy Puzder, but for government's comprehensive campaign against job creation.
CKE, with more than 3,200 restaurants (Carl's Jr. and Hardee's), has created 70,000 jobs, 21,000 directly and 49,000 with franchisees. The growth of those numbers will be inhibited by — among many government measures — Obama-care.
When CKE's health-care advisers, citing Obamacare's complexities, opacities and uncertainties, said that it would add between $7.3 million and $35.1 million to the company's $12 million health-care costs in 2010, Puzder said: I need a number I can plan with. They guessed $18 million — twice what CKE spent last year building new restaurants. Obamacare must mean fewer restaurants.
And therefore fewer jobs. Each restaurant creates, on average, 25 jobs — and as much as 3.5 times that number of jobs in the community. (CKE spends about $1 billion a year on food and paper products, $175 million on advertising, $33 million on maintenance, etc.)
Diverting money to ObamaCare means they can't spend it on job creation.
Puzder laughs about the liberal theory that businesses are not investing because they want to "punish Obama." Rising health-care costs are, he says, just one uncertainty inhibiting expansion. Others are government policies raising fuel costs, which infect everything from air conditioning to the cost (including deliveries) of supplies, and the threat that the National Labor Relations Board will use regulations to impose something like "card check" in place of secret-ballot unionization elections.
But of course a bunch of academics who've never created anything in their lives couldn't possibly know that. Their postulates must be true — Paul Krugman said so in The New York Times.
Maybe Krugman should try running an actual business. One that has to make money, unlike the farcical failure Pinch Sulzberger pretends is his father's legacy.
Sooner or later Pinch will run out of Carlos Slim's money. Then Krugman will get mugged by Reality. Please God, let that one be televised.
Do you know what happens when Barry's policy of surrender and appeasement trickles down into the ranks? The army cuts 8,700 soldiers. that's what. Because there aren't 8,700 expendable pencil-pushers in HHS, EPA, or DoE.
Frances Fox Piven is smiling.
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Incredibly Shrinking Labor Force edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, Our Dickensian Future Edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Thanksgiving dinner is gonna cost you 13% more than last year edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the tax breaks for hiring veterans edition
My Weekly Obama Jobs Report, the Jillian Barberie can't find you a job edition
Meet the new activists, same as the old activists:
When Occupy Newark came to town, they looked like kindred spirits to Newark's home-grown protesters.
Union leader Rahaman Muhammad brought the occupiers sandwiches. City Councilman Ras Baraka pitched a tent in Military Park. Donna Jackson, a vocal member of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, stood vigil.
But soon the old guard saw the Real Faces of #Occupy Newark, and they didn't like it. Not one bit.
But six weeks later, tensions between Newark's native activists and the occupation have devolved into accusations, shouting matches and threats of eviction.
"There's been drinking, drugging … They offered my son some marijuana," said Rahaman Muhammad, president of the SEIU Local 617. "There's really no code of conduct down there."
And this is a surprise?
The Occupods are defiant. They invaded a City Council meeting.
Occupy members have declined to provide their full names, but one woman, Angela X, spoke on behalf of the group at yesterday's city council meeting, despite Jackson and others trying to shout her down.
Wait for it, it's gonna be good!
"You've been protesting in Newark for 30 years," she said. "We're still starving."
Thirty years of ineffective protests … and the solution is?
Oh, but the Occupods are different. They have drum circles.
Belief, it is suspended.
Jon Corzine: I don't know nuthin', and I'm sad.
Eric Holder: I don't know nuthin', and look, it's Elvis!
Real Men stand up for their actions. Corzine and Holder are small, and getting smaller every day.
What if Donald Trump threw a debate party and nobody came? One can dream…
From Fred Thompson on Facebook:
Less than 12 hours after opening, the Obama administration's "virtual embassy" in Iran was blocked by Tehran's digital gatekeepers.
At least they didn't take virtual hostages and humiliate our virtual President Carter.
Give 'em time Fred, they're working on it.
Also from Facebook:
"One of the problems we have in this country is that too many adults believe in Santa Claus, and too many children don't."
Those "adults?" We call 'em "Democrats."
Chris Christie: 1,
#OWS "mic check" morons: 0.
Governor Awesome summed up the #Occupy idiocy in two sentences:
"They believed this President when he said he was going to be a transformational figure in our country. And so now they're angry but they're not mature enough to know they should be angry with themselves."
How about Chris Christie for Veep? Because soundbites like this don't grow on trees.
Meanwhile, NYU plans to offer classes on the Occupy movement. College classes. On how to Occupy Zuccotti Park. Parents will pay for this. Or kids will take out loans they can't afford, and then learn why it's bourgeois to expect them to get a job.
You know what the hash tag for that is? #FAIL
The Drama Queens are apoplectic — Rich Perry is "anti-gay!"
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's newest television ad criticizing the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell …
And the Memeorandum thread screams "Rick Perry's anti-gay Iowa ad!"
Talk about missing the point. He "criticized" Obama's anti-religious policies. He didn't demean homosexuals at all. Here's the ad:
Am I the only guy who heard the word "but?" "But" does not mean "repeal DADT." Really. It doesn't.
…There's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas…
He's making a comparison — tolerance is for gays, but not applicable to Christians. I guess the liberals don't understand metaphors. And besides, bashing Christianity is pretty much always OK in their book.
I'm with Rick. It's not OK.
You want "tolerance?" Fine. Tolerate some Christmas. We gotta put up with your in-our-face homosexual advocacy 24x7x365. You can look the other way for a few weeks when a Christmas tree goes up in town hall.
As president … I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.
Hate to break it to you guys, but that's not an "anti-gay" message.
It's a pro-Christian message. That religious heritage? It's who we are.
California recently mandated that all school curricula include "positive" examples of contributions by gay citizens. Yet the Christianity upon which our nation was founded is buried, hidden, and ridiculed.
Were there gay people who helped shape the America we know and love?
Were their contributions even 1/100th of those made by the legions of pious Christian men who sacrificed all they had to establish a bastion of religious freedom upon these shores?
Now I'm not advocating tyranny of the majority here. There's room enough for
all of us, gay and Christian alike. But the homosexuals have to stop asserting
that any pro-Christian message is automatically "anti-gay." Because that's
nonsense. And demeaning to those of us who actually practice tolerance as it
was intended. Live and let live, OK? Is that really so hard?
Imagine if The Virgin Mary had been a modern feminist, or St. Joseph embraced his inner Democrat. On the way to Bethlehem they make a quick detour into Planned Parenthood and, sorry Jesus, but no Messiah for us.
I'm thinking there are more than a few people in the country who'd be OK with that.
On this Feast of The Immaculate Conception there is actually some rare good news on the pro-life front. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA and declined to make the morning after pill available to teenagers without a prescription. It's the first time the Obama Administration has gone against the demands of pro-abortion groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood.
A small miracle, for the season of miracles.
New news on the Jon Corzine front — he doesn't know anything about the missing money. Well sure, he was only the boss, how could he be expected to keep tabs on all those errant staffers when there was fundraising for Barry's re-election that needed to get done?
Not that I think Corzine is lying or anything. But he's only going to read a prepared statement in response to those congressional subpeonas, and then take the Fifth. What? You expected him to come clean?
You know who else is up on Capital Hill today, lying through his teeth? Eric Holder. If I was on that panel I'd ask him just one question. "Suppose I say I'm a Mexican drug lord, will you give me an AK-47?" Oh, and launder my money. I'd be eternally grateful if he'd launder my money.
Hey, Timmy Geithner doesn't pay his taxes, why should I?
Eric Holder, and by extension Barack Obama, are complicit in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. "Justice" demands that they be assigned a cell next to Rod Blagojevich and Tony Rezko. Fat chance of that. Remember when the press cared about corrupt Justice Department officials (cough, John Mitchell, cough) who broke the law?
Alright, enough doom and gloom for one day. Here's the Really Important News, just in time for all those Christmas parties and New Years Eve celebrations you're planning to attend.
It's called "Blowfish," and it's apparently the hangover cure we've all been waiting for. While it hasn't officially been approved by the FDA, it is composed entirely of FDA-approved drugs and substances, which is really like the next-best thing. Just take two tablets, plop in water and fizz, and drink the magic juice that will allegedly make your dreams come true. Or you know, your headache go away. According to their website, each tablet contains: 500 mg aspirin, 60 mg caffeine, plus other sciencey-sounding things like Acesulfame Potassium, Anhydrous Citric Acid, Aspartame, Docusate Sodium, Flavors, Mannitol, Povidone, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Bicarbonate.
It's on CBS News, it's gotta be true. There's "sciencey-sounding things"
inside! I'll have to try it. You know, for science.
To her credit, Sophie knew the answer to the question "do you know what day it is?" when I asked her this morning before school. Of course it helped that she recently read I Survived The Bombing Of Pearl Harbor. And that her grandfather (Tammy's Dad) really did survive the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he was five years old. (R.I.P. Alika.)
"Who won?" she asked. We did. "Yea us!" And a high-five.
Patriotism meant something back then. The country was united. But what if the isolationists had prevailed in 1940? Imagine a Charles Lindbergh presidency. By 1940 FDR's popularity was on the wane, and "Lucky Lindy" was the most famous man in the world. He was also vehemently anti-war (proving yet again that Ron Paul's head-in-the-sand foreign policy ideas are neither new nor unique.)
America would be a vastly different place today if we hadn't soundly defeated the Axis Powers in 1945. Almost like the America of 2020 should we re-elect our first Muslim president and he completes his Islamization of the Middle East.
"I'm Caliph Barack Hussein the First, and George Soros approved this message."
Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them.
Pat Austin links some survivor's stories. Listen to them, and learn.
John Carey: A Date Which Will Live In Infamy.
And Matt compares some "before" and "after" photos of Pearl Harbor.
In the immortal words of Bob Belvedere — Wolverines!
Will the cheerleaders have to wear burkhas?
Pakistan-born Muslim businessman Shahid Khan is the new owner of the NFL's
Jaguars Jihadis. Interesting name he's got there;
"Shahid" is the Muslim word for "suicide bomber." I'm sure it's only a happy
And yet the NFL said that Rush Limbaugh was unfit to buy the Rams. Go figure.
"Voters don't think he's an evil man who' s out to change the United States" for the worse—even though many of the same survey respondents agree that his policies have harmed the country, Thompson said. The upshot, Thompson stressed, is that Republicans should "exercise some caution" when talking about the president personally.
This election isn't personal? Then why is Newt Gingrich surging in the polls? Because he's the only guy willing to confront Obama head-on!
Do you remember which 2008 presidential candidate told his supporters to "get in their faces"? Here's a hint, it wasn't John McCain.
Maggie says, let's get in Barry's face:
I suggest we talk about the things that make Obama a poor President. Let's talk about the fact that he has never set foot on Israel's soil, and treated Netanyahu like his personal servant while a guest of the White House. The fact that his administration has refused to enforce U.S. Law — the Defense of Marriage Act, and Immigration. Let's talk about this President suing an American state, Arizona, a border state drowning in crime by illegal aliens. Let's ask him if the Rule of Law matters to him. Presidents are sworn to protect the Rule of Law.
Read the rest. Then get in their faces.
Another day, another liberal pissing on Christmas. This time it's Matt Damon, co-opting Santa Claus.
Pathetic. But entirely predictable.
I rue the day my office switched to Gmail.
Because now we have no control. None.
First Google decided to de-support their BlackBerry app. It's an Android World kidz, and if you don't like that, well, I hear Facebook might be developing a phone. Someday.
Except I'm a BlackBerry guy. Always have been.
Anyone use Google+? Anyone? Didn't think so. Guess you don't upload videos to YouTube then, because now you can't do that unless you sign up for Google+. I had a YouTube ID. They "helpfully" converted it to something inacessible. But here's the best part, my Google identity is tied to my corporate email address, and Google doesn't allow corporate users to have access to Google+.
Oh sure, I can log out of my corporate email, log in to a dummy Google account I had to create for Google+, and upload a video. If I remember the password.
You know what else got lost in that translation? All my Google Reader bookmarks. Guess I didn't need them, right? People tell me the new Reader interface sucks donkey piss anyhow, but I wouldn't know 'cause I can't get to it.
But wait, there's more sanctimonious Google paternalism! Today I log in to my corporate email and discover, "You've been upgraded to the 'New Look'." No warning. No ability to opt-out. They're re-arranged my screen, because Google knows best!
Have I mentioned how much I rue the day our CEO became a Google Fan Boi? He drank the friggin' Kool-Aid, and the rest of us have to suffer with the consequences.
I. Hate. Google.
Read it and weep: 12 Extremely Disappointing Facts About Popular Music.
Then thank John Derbyshire for being right: Pop Culture is Filth.
What, you think things are any better on planet Kepler-22b? Don't count on it!
I must apologize for running a clip from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer on Sunday. According to at least one liberal who thinks deep thoughts and pontificates regularly on important social issues of the day our friend Rudolph is actually the object of cruel childhood bullying.
But that's nothing. Just look at what happened when the EPA got ahold of our red-nosed friend:
Santa and Rudolph are gonna be in for a whopping tax bill if the denizens of Durban get their way. The climate change cretins are pushing a global tax on foreign currency transactions, imported goods, and international travel. The money will, of course, be used for a U.N. Green Climate Fund aimed at promoting a radical anti-corporate, hairshirt econut agenda. Barry is said to be all for it, because it effectively implements most of the job-killing Kyoto Protocol without having to bother with seeking congressional approval first.
On the other hand, Santa and Rudolph may be headed for the unemployment line. The College Republicans have a new ad out — How Obama Stole Christmas — and Stacy McCain says it has to go viral.
Can we send Obama to the Island of Misfit Presidents? Yes We Can!
Once again, Jon Corzine is in the news. Months before MF Global imploded the former NJ Governor hired none other than Bill Clinton to help "improve his image."
A former MF Global employee accused former president William J. Clinton of collecting $50,000 per month through his Teneo advisory firm in the months before the brokerage careened towards its Halloween filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Teneo was hired by MF Global's former CEO Jon S. Corzine to improve his image and to enhance his connections with Clinton's political family, said the employee, who asked that his name be withheld because he feared retribution.
"They were supposed to be helping Corzine improve his image as a CEO—I guess you can tell how that went," he said. Corzine resigned as CEO and chairman November 4.
Money well spent!
Pumping up the deficit: Medicare Has Spent A Quarter Of A Billion Tax Dollars On Penis Pumps.
According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare has spent more than $240 million of taxpayer money on penis pumps for elderly men over the past decade, and will surpass a quarter of a billion dollars this year for costs since 2001.
When the moment is right, you'll be ready. And the country will be broke.
Tracy Postert is the exception which proves the rule. She went down to Occupy Wall Street to protest corporate greed, and promptly landed a job with a Wall Street financial services firm.
The Upper West Sider, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical science specializing in pharmacology, was unemployed and had all but given up on finding work in her preferred field of academia when she joined the movement in October.
She held signs that read, "Reagan sucks," and, "I'll vote after the revolution."
But she said she still needed to get a real job. So she made a new sign.
On the front, she wrote, "Ph.D. Biomedical Scientist seeking full time employment," and on the back, "Ask me for my resume."
Her initiative paid off. Wayne Kaufman, chief market analyst for John Thomas Financial Brokerage walked by Zuccotti Park and was intrigued. He called Ms. Postert in for an interview, and offered her a job as a junior analyst evaluating medical companies as potential investments.
She jumped at the opportunity. No surprise there!
Don't take this as any kind of omen though. There isn't a whole lot of demand on Wall Street for puppet wranglers, no matter what the nice lady at the student loan office might have said.
Nonetheless, other opportunities abound. Surely one of the brainiacs crapping in the street is able to solve this puzzle? A stint at Bletchley Park awaits…
Jon Corzine really doesn't want to talk. To anyone. He's still in hiding, but his lawyer is burning up the phone lines in an attempt to postpone upcoming congressional hearings into the demise of MF Global. But Congress isn't budging, at least publicly, although Corzine's status as a former U.S. Senator ought to entitle him to a little courtesy, if he asks nicely.
The word is though, Corzine will plead the Fifth. And since he's something like Barry's Numero Uno Wall Street Fund Raising Dude, anything he does say will be used by the Republicans to paint Obama as cozy with the very same fat cats he's agitating against in sympathy with Occupy Wall Street.
Thanks Santa, all I want for Christmas is Jon Corzine in an orange jumpsuit.
Speaking of Barry's re-election. How's this for a winning slogan?
"I'm Barack Obama, and George Soros approved this message."
The merger between the Obama White House and the Soros-funded Think Progress slime-machine website is now complete.
A senior Obama campaign official now runs CAP and Think Progress. A senior CAP strategist now helps run the 2012 campaign from inside the White House. The full embrace of CAP and Think Progress by the White House is just another sign that 2012 will be the nastiest campaign ever, with the truth the first victim.
You saw what Politico (another bunch of lefty cheerleaders masquerading as a "news" site) did to Herman Cain. That was just the warmup. Barry can't run on his record. So into the muck he'll go, lower and dirtier than any campaign in history, with his sycophants in the media leading the way. Count on it.
Our job is to ensure that he gets a permanent
Hawaiian vacation. Call it a "one lei" ticket to retirement.
We may not have to give up our 100 watt incandescent light bulbs after all. No, Congress hasn't repealed their idiotic law, which is still scheduled to go into effect in a mere 26 days. But a South Hackensack, NJ company seems to have found a loophole in the upcoming ban — "rough use" standards.
Larry Birnbaum, owner of the Light Bulb Store in South Hackensack, thinks he has a bright idea. He developed the Newcandescent bulb, an incandescent bulb that meets new federal standards for so-called "rough" use (like in a moving car or truck) but that he wants to sell for everyday use. He compared it to a doctor prescribing a drug for one condition, even though it was originally developed for another.
Tell me more!
He hopes to start selling the new bulbs in January. They will go for about $1.65 each, compared with about 60 cents for current incandescents and about $2.25 to $3.50 for compact fluorescents that give the equivalent of 100 watts of light.
I bet that price will come down as he ramps up production.
Birnbaum made a few changes to the typical "rough-use" incandescent to meet new federal standards, including using krypton gas to make it last 10 times longer. But he acknowledged that they're not as energy-efficient as LEDs and compact fluorescents.
"People want a choice," said Birnbaum, whose family has been in the lighting industry for three generations (his grandfather knew Thomas Edison). Along with selling light bulbs in his small store, Birnbaum also imports, develops and manufactures them. His company employs six people in South Hackensack and 60 at a factory in Indiana.
Of course we want a choice!. Nobody would willingly endure LED flicker or the harsh industrial glare of CFL bulbs over the warm soothing hues of traditional incandescent light. If energy-efficiency truly made for a better light bulb it wouldn't be necessary to mandate their use.
And wow, his "Newcandescent" bulbs are American-made? It's our patriotic duty to buy them!
And Parkway Rest Stop graciously links. They've been following this issue since 2007, with a timeline of warmist atrocities.
Thank you Gentlemen!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We bought the tree (a nice 12 foot Frasier Fir) and got it into the stand. Lights will go on one night this week, and then the ornaments. My tacky lighted plastic Santa is planted on the front lawn next to blinking Frosty The Snowman, and there's a wreath on the door too. Now if I could only get the last of the leaves bagged and out to the curb…
It was a good day for football. Jets 34, Redskins 19. Why couldn't these guys play like that back in September? The floundering Giants came within a field goal of defeating Green Bay, but close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades. And Tim Tebow did it again, confounding his critics, which made me smile. Oh, and the Niners clinching the NFC West was just the icing on the cake.
So the Post Office has come up with a plan to stop losing so much money. Crappier service.
Facing bankruptcy, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing ahead with unprecedented cuts to first-class mail next spring that will slow delivery and, for the first time in 40 years, eliminate the chance for stamped letters to arrive the next day.
I remember an old SNL skit — You get less than half the value at more than twice the price! — poking fun at those ubiquitous late night infomercials. Seems appropriate here.
The changes would provide short-term relief, but ultimately could prove counterproductive, pushing more of America's business onto the internet. They could slow everything from check payments to Netflix's DVDs-by-mail, add costs to mail-order prescription drugs, and threaten the existence of newspapers and time-sensitive magazines delivered by postal carrier to far-flung suburban and rural communities.
Unfortunately people still want to believe that the Post Office is in the business of delivering the mail. Wrong!. The Post Office is in the business of delivering health benefits and pension checks to its retirees. They pretend to deliver the mail so we'll keep buying little pieces of paper to stick on to envelopes, because that's more politically palatable than having Congress just directly appropriate money to pay their astronomical benefit costs.
Speaking of SNL skits, they mocked Dear Leader last night. Watch out guys, you don't want to get audited.
I got a call from an extremely over-zealous RNC fundraiser lady on Saturday. She wouldn't take "no" for an answer. Then she started insulting me for wanting to back individual candidates instead of the national party organization. In her universe, only the RNC can successfully put someone into the White House and it's a waste of my time to donate to the candidate of my choice. I hung up when she started screaming that Obama would be re-elected if I didn't renew my RNC membership.
I think Reince Priebus needs to work on his messaging. Because I'm pretty sure that insulting voters (and potential donors) isn't a winning strategy.
Another day, another idiotic public school which suspended a pre-teen boy for alleged "sexual harassment." This time it's a nine-year-old from North Carolina who dared to call his teacher "cute."
A district spokeswoman said she could not go into detail, but said the boy was suspended for "inappropriate behavior" after making "inappropriate statements."
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was unavailable for comment.
Watch out Clarice, or the educrats will come for you next.
Today must be my lucky day. In my email was an Official Notice, from some lawyers I'd never heard of, announcing with great fanfare the favorable settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought on my behalf against Ticketmaster.
Apparently it's a Real Thing, because it made the news.
Anyway, I'm entitled to some coupons! For a dollar and fifty cents each! Which I can use if I decide to buy more tickets from Ticketmaster sometime in the next 4 years.
I shouldn't get too excited though, I think I bought 2 (or maybe it was 4) tickets since 1999 when these shenanigans started. Six bucks! I'm rich! And I can only use two coupons at a time, so that means I'll have to buy from Ticketmaster twice if I want to collect my windfall.
Feh. Class action lawsuits aren't about remedying any "harm" which I may, or more likely may not, have endured. They're about enriching the lawyers. I get some coupons; the lawyers get $16.5 million dollars. And the two knuckleheads who originally complained get 20 grand each for fronting the lawyers' greed.
What a racket. And one more reason why we desperately need tort reform in this country.
It took eight years for this nonsense to wend its way through the court system. And for what? Ticketmaster didn't admit any wrongdoing, probably because they didn't do anything wrong. They're going to keep charging the same fees. The whole thing is a farce.
I'd object on principle but the game is rigged in their favor. The hoops to jump through are onerous and designed to ensure their little racket can't be derailed. Here's the best part:
Any counsel retained by you in connection with an objection shall identify all objections they have filed to class action settlements from January 1, 2008 to present, and identify the results of each objection, including any Court opinions ruling on the objections. Objector's counsel shall also identify if they have ever been sanctioned by a Court in connection with filing an objection.
No rabble-rousers need apply. There's
money to be extorted
fees to be earned so you'd better not upset the class-action jackpot-justice
gravy train. Sixteen point five million dollars. For nothing, and
a couple of coupons. What a waste.
No surprise really. Herman Cain has suspended his presidential campaign.
He's moved on to "Plan B."
Isn't that the name of the "morning after" pill? I think there's a metaphor
in there somewhere…
It's good to be King!
OK, really. Could Dear Leader be any more out of touch with Reality? A seventeen day Christmas vacation, scheduled for "crunch time" at the end of the year when a whole lot of important stuff needs to get done? Stuff he insists is a top priority? Is he kidding?
How anyone can take Barack Obama seriously is beyond me.
Here's another interesting question. What is Jon Corzine hiding and where is he hiding it? Because, when is the last time anybody saw him? He can't be in the Witness Protection Program, since Congress is looking for him too.
He sure isn't busy raising money for Barry's re-election. We woulda noticed. Maybe he's hiding out in Hawaii?
And I'll say it again. No matter what Corzine did, U.S. Attorney Paul "see no corruption" Fishman doesn't have the balls to prosecute him for it.
Common sense, it's in seriously short supply in our public schools. Don't believe me? Then read this:
If we are to take this Boston Globe story at face value, first graders at the Tynan Elementary School in South Boston are no longer allowed to physically defend themselves. If they do so, they may be accused of "sexual harassment" and their families investigated by the Department of Children and Families.
"Any kind of inappropriate touching would fall under that category," Wilder said. "The school administration is conducting a full investigation that has not concluded yet. Certainly, once that investigation is through, we'll then make a final conclusion as to who will be disciplined and how."
According to the child, the "inappropriate touching" was a kick to the groin to stop the other boy from choking him.
Nope, don't defend yourself, otherwise it's "sexual harassment" and a cadre of unreasoning and inhuman state agencies will make your life a living hell. They're determined to turn us all into sheep. But they refuse to do anything about the wolves in our midst.
You know what the kid who started it (and got kicked in the nuts for being a bully) really needs? A whack on the ass from Sister Mary Margaret's ruler. It would probably do him a world of good.
Over at Government Motors the Chevy Volt ought to be renamed The Electric Edsel:
General Motors today raised the white flag on its goal of selling 10,000 Chevy Volts this year.
GM said it tallied 1,139 Volt sales in November. That brings the year-to-date total to 6,142. There's no chance of a 4,000-unit sales boom this month, so GM cried uncle.
The UAW's pension plan even offers
a money-back guarantee (on top of whopping tax credits) and they still
can't give those lemons away? Must be one helluva
Dr. Malcolm? John Hammond is on line two — Japanese and Russian Scientists May Be Able to Clone Mammoth.
Japanese and Russian scientists might be able to clone a mammoth after confirming the presence of well-preserved bone marrow in a mammoth thighbone found in Siberian permafrost, Kyodo News reported.
The scientists from the Sakha Republic's mammoth museum and Kinki University's graduate school will begin research next year to regenerate the huge mammal, which became extinct about 10,000 years ago.
They will transplant nuclei from the bone marrow cells into elephant egg cells whose nuclei were removed through a type of cloning. The process can create an embryo that can be planted into an elephant womb for birth.
What could possibly go wrong?
Good News Comrades! The November unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage points to 8.6%. Here are the relevant stats:
In November, the unemployment rate declined by 0.4 percentage point to 8.6 percent. From April through October, the rate held in a narrow range from 9.0 to 9.2 percent. The number of unemployed persons, at 13.3 million, was down by 594,000 in November. The labor force, which is the sum of the unemployed and employed, was down by a little more than half that amount.
From "Hope and Change" to "Despair and Same Old, Same Old" in just three short years. Is that Obama guy a genius or what?
Here are seven reasons why the November jobs report is "better," but still terrible. Yes, this stuff is gonna be on the final exam, so you'd better read it. The numbers don't lie.
Look, I know statistics are boring. But this stuff is important. The unemployment rate went down because the labor force got smaller. Fewer folks actively searching for jobs means the number of "unemployed" Americans is now lower. Because folks who aren't actively looking for a job aren't technically "unemployed." They're just off the radar. Probably living in a box, somewhere under a bridge, eating cat food. But our government doesn't count them, so why should anyone care, right?
Well that sounds good in theory anyway…
Wait, it's … No, c'mon it can't be! … But it is! An actual jobs initiative from President Obama!
With former President Clinton at his side, President Obama today announced a $4 billion effort to improve the energy efficiency of government and private-sector buildings aimed at boosting the economy and creating jobs.
"Making our buildings more energy-efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways for us to create jobs, save money and cut down on harmful pollution," Obama said of the initiative, which is part of his continuing "We Can't Wait" executive action campaign. "This is an idea whose time has come."
An idea whose time has come! And gone. Solyndra on steroids, it is. And we all know how well that worked out.
But still! It's an actual idea! From the guy who said 17 weeks ago that he'd have one idea a week for creating jobs. One idea every seventeen weeks is almost the same thing, if you factor in all the time he has to devote to the really important stuff like golf. Oh, and killing Bin Laden. Can't forget that. He definitely took his mind off jobs that week!
The rest of this week's economic news is grim. Food stamp use doubled in NJ during last 4 years. And almost half of us are worried we can't afford our Christmas shopping. Mall Santas are now trained to "manage expectations" when junior asks for something which is clearly beyond the family's reach.
It's not a bad angle, really: "So you see, Billy, Santa's helpers passed a North Pole stimulus and the elf union bosses ended up with most of the toys I was going to bring you. Then I loaned your stocking stuffers to Yukon Cornelius for his solar startup that just went bankrupt. Sorry… Ho! Ho! Ho!"
Sadly, many times Billy just asks Santa to bring his Dad a job.
Look, there's a reason Jillian's looking pensive this week. The good news is an
Federal officials here in New Jersey are looking out for illegal aliens. But not in the way you might think. They're offering to educate "undocumented workers" on the hazards of phony immigration scams. And the best part is, they promise not to deport anyone who comes forward to report an unscrupulous "notario." Your tax dollars at work:
The campaign, the first of its kind, is aimed at educating undocumented immigrants to avoid everything from unlicensed service providers to websites that imitate those of government agencies.
In New Jersey, only attorneys or accredited representatives can provide immigration services or counsel. But fraudulent "notarios" — a term commonly meaning "lawyer" in South America and simply "notary" in English — prey on immigrants across the state. Fear of deportation silences most victims from filing complaints.
John Thompson, Newark district director of immigration services, said the primary goal is to end the scams — not to deport the people who help stop them. But Thompson acknowledged the laws are complicated when it comes to deportation. "Each case is reviewed on a case-by-case basis," Thompson said. "I'm not ICE, but I know the priority remains to remove criminal aliens first."
Boggled, I am. Here's the head of immigration services essentially saying he's not interested in deporting illegal aliens, because "the laws are complicated." This is your job Sport. So uncomplicate it. If you really want to enforce the laws you can. The trouble is, you don't want to. And your bosses don't want to. And Dear Leader closes his eyes and says it's OK to ignore our immigration laws.
You know, there's probably a whole bunch of laws I'd like to ignore. How about you guys? Got any ideas for laws we should just pretend are too "complicated" to be enforceable? Because if we're not going to be a nation of laws then I want to be first in line to make my own rules.
How about we start with zoning laws, and see how much fun we can have!
Maybe when the Feds are done coddling illegal aliens they can spare a few more of our tax dollars to take care of this fine upstanding young mother — I Got 15 Kids & 3 Babydaddys-SOMEONE'S GONNA PAY FOR ME & MY KIDS!!! Geez Louise, what hath the Welfare State wrought?
Still not sure your tax dollars are being spent unwisely? Try this one on for size — Prepare to have that puddle in your backyard regulated by the EPA. The Clean Water Act applies to "navigable waterways," and the Supreme Court has specifically ruled that "wetlands" are not "navigable waterways." No matter. EPA Commissar Lisa Jackson is teaming up with the Army Corps of Engineers to redefine the word "navigable." Because no puddle is too small to evade the long arm of the Federal Government.
So yesterday we discovered The Scent of Snooki, and not to be outdone by her diminutive co-star, today brings news of Jenni "JWoww" Farley launching her own signature fragrance. Battle of the Eau du Jersey Shore starlets anyone?
Finally for today, two words: Bacon Nativity.
What could possibly top that?
There was a rally in Trenton today to support the Opportunity Scholarship Act. The folks at Generation Opportunity sent me a press release about it. They were there, along with about 1,000 other folks.
More than one thousand enthusiastic New Jersey education reform supporters — including students, parents, teachers, legislators, and leaders representing the faith, Hispanic, and African-American communities — stood in front of the New Jersey State House in Trenton today to support the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA). The legislation would allow for greater school choice in the Garden State by allowing low-income children to receive scholarships to attend a non-public or an out of district public school. Speakers emphasized the need for urgent action by the New Jersey General Assembly in order to ensure that every child has the chance to access a quality education.
Should be a no-brainer, right? We do want our kids to receive the best possible education, don't we?
Uh, no. Not all of us anyway. Protecting teachers union hegemony overrides any concern for quality education. Our public schools are great!, says the NJEA. Sure they are, they send your members checks, what's not to like?
But really. Why should an accident of geography dictate where my kid goes to school? Some bureaucrat drew lines on a map, the district boundaries got carved in stone, and that's that. Based on your address they assign you to a school. Show up, or else.
Well sure, you could "choose" to pay tuition to a private school. In this economy who can afford that? Nope, most parents are stuck with the public school they've been assigned.
Which, if it was applied to any other service, would be an unacceptable travesty. What if supermarkets were run like public education?
Go ahead, read the analogy and then tell me you'd stand for that kind of nonsense.
So why aren't we given an equal choice when it comes to the education of our
The perfect Christmas gift for the Jersey Girl in your life:
Smitty has more news from the gifts-you-can't-believe-aren't-fake front. Secret Santas everywhere, take heed.
The Solar Energy boondoggle is finally fizzling out.
The once high-flying solar power sector is headed for tough times, as a combination of slack demand and massive oversupply is leading to plummeting prices and profits for solar panel makers…
Without massive taxpayer subsidies solar energy just isn't profitable. Plus there's the whole "it doesn't really work too well at night" thing which sort of limits its usefulness. Sorry Steve Chu, you shoulda invested in clean, efficient, reliable nuclear power.
Charge up your Flux Capacitors and set the Large Hadron Collider for 1.21 gigawatts.
A would-be saboteur arrested today at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland made the bizarre claim that he was from the future. Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.
Mr Cole was seized by Swiss police after CERN security guards spotted him rooting around in bins. He explained that he was looking for fuel for his 'time machine power unit', a device that resembled a kitchen blender.
Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would not reveal his country of origin. "Countries do not exist where I am from. The discovery of the Higgs boson led to limitless power, the elimination of poverty and and Kit-Kats for everyone. It is a communist chocolate hellhole and I'm here to stop it ever happening."
They still have communism in the future? Sigh.
Mr Cole was taken to a secure mental health facility in Geneva but later disappeared from his cell. Police are baffled, but not that bothered.
Hello, McFly? Anybody home?
From the how-cool-is-this (and maybe I'm just a little green with envy) department: Mark Steyn, filling in for Rush Limbaugh on the radio, quoted Pundette. Mark Steyn reads her blog! That there is mighty awesome. And well deserved. Congratulations!
If you're not reading Pundit & Pundette every day you're missing out on some first class bloggeriffic goodness. Jill's got skillz!
What's big and shiny and goes "Kaboom?"
Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran.
The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was "no accident".
Major-General Giora Eiland, Israel's former director of national security, told Israel's army radio that the Isfahan blast was no accident. "There aren't many coincidences, and when there are so many events there is probably some sort of guiding hand, though perhaps it's the hand of God," he said....
Then let's give God a hand! Remember, He helps those who help themselves…