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Barry's re-election campaign has a new slogan: Forward.
Whoa. That's deep.
The trouble with having a day job is I can't always rush out with fresh Grade A snark* on a moment's notice. So Ed Morrissey beat me to the obvious retort — "was 'Reply-All' already taken?" And via Brad Thor on Twitter we got:
Terrific slogan. Didn't the Communists have a Great Leap "Forward" that ended w/ 45 million dead? #Forward #Wecantwait
Perhaps to the Obamunists, that's a feature.
Curiously, to build on such a catchy slogan, Obama's campaign kickoff video features a look back, at that Evil Bush Dude. (Cue scary music)
It begins by blaming events prior to his taking office for the uphill battle he's facing, then blames the Republicans for blocking progress.
The video recycles the "Republicans are the party of no" theme and goes on to tout the captures of Osama bin Laden and ending of the War in Iraq as major victories.
Sigh. Yes, he caught bin Laden. Sort of. I mean, sure, he was standing by while a three-star Admiral made the "gutsy call," and I guess it was damned inconvenient for him to wait for official confirmation when the golf course was calling his name. But if he's going to dig up GWB and flog him for the past three years of national malaise, then he oughta be man enough to acknowledge all the groundwork Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al did which made the raid on bin Laden possible in the first place.
Might be kinda awkward putting that into a campaign video though. Maybe Reince Priebus can help him out with the necessary footage, or just post a remix to YouTube.
I'll be sure to #Forward it to all my liberal friends.
* Bonus points to the first person who can identify the reference in my post title.
Here are some pointers on humor in the land of liberal groupthink.
Not funny: Michelle Obama's big butt.
Funny: Chris Christie's fat ass.
Gov. Chris Christie and his weight were the target of jokes by comedian Jimmy Kimmel when he attended Saturday evening's 98th annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington, D.C.
Kimmel told the governor, "You might be misunderstanding the New Jersey state slogan. It's not the 'Olive' Garden State."Praising First Lady Michelle Obama's health initiative, which is aimed at combating obesity, Kimmel said, "They say diplomacy is a matter of carrot and sticks, and since Michelle Obama got to the White House, so is dinner."
The comedian then pointed out the rotund New Jersey governor and told the first lady, "Look, it's Chris Christie. Get him."
Christie was seen laughing. Because unlike liberals he doesn't spend his life waiting to be "offended" just to score political points. As John Hinderaker notes, our lapdog media is nothing if not predictably tedious, and hence the best jabs are always aimed at Republicans.
Even if some Democrats present, er, a bigger target.
Thanks to North Jersey's mild winter the government schools have a dilemma on their hands — what to do with "unused" snow days.
But during mild winters like the one just passed, districts sometimes do not use many, or any, of the days. That means superintendents must figure out how to use — and by that they mean eliminate — the extra days as the school year winds down.
Some districts will be closing their doors a few days early, while others will extend the Memorial Day weekend with an extra day off, or three.
They're are all working to balance the competing needs of the academic calendar, previously scheduled graduation ceremonies and other school events and, yes, the additional cost to parents of finding child care.
Apparently staying in school is not an option. The teachers union can't possibly work those extra days; it'd set a bad precedent. But they'll tell you they're professionals, except when it comes to enforcing rigid union work rules. Then they're clock-punchers.
So no, they really don't care one whit about the additional cost and
inconvenience to parents. The union says that school is in session for
exactly 180 days. And not for one minute more.
Noted homosexual activist Dan Savage recently berated a roomful of Christian students under the auspices of an "anti-bullying" program.
As many as 100 high school students walked out of a national journalism conference after an anti-bullying speaker began cursing, attacked the Bible and reportedly called those who refused to listen to his rant "pansy asses."
Well sure, if anyone knows "pansy asses," it's Dan Savage. He's undoubtedly buggered enough of them.
Mr. Savage is of course the uber-tolerant Friend of Obama who made it his mission in life to slander Rick Santorum.
Which begs the question, If it gets better, why is Dan Savage so bitter?
Thus leading Stacy McCain to ask 3 salient questions:
Isn't it time to admit that the "anti-bullying" movement is just another way to get gay-rights activism into public schools?
Yes. But it's not like they needed another avenue.
Can we also now admit that, insofar as the public education system is pro-gay, it must also be anti-Christian?
Yes. The State is the only religion admissable in our public schools.
Why aren't you home-schooling yet?
Or why aren't you sending your child to Catholic School. Catholic Schools are the last bastion against "gay rights," at least until Obama shuts them all down with his contraceptive mandate. For now we do what we can to advance Christian morality.
More from Stacy on the anti-bullying silliness:
The current "anti-bullying" crusade is another one of those Ideas So Stupid Only Public School Teachers Could Think It Was Smart. Having gone to school in the 1960s and '70s, I was a guinea pig in more than one of those "innovative" educational experiments, including an early attempt at a "gifted" program.
You know what any smart kid eventually figures out? Most of his teachers aren't very smart. Putting an obviously mediocre teacher in charge of a "gifted" program? That's really stupid.
Been There, Done That. Even further, allow me to relate the story of a young lady of my acquaintance. The daughter of a former neighbor, she tested off the charts from an early age, and was writing for publication by age 14. She entered a scholarship contest for an early admission to college and won, giving her the opportunity to skip 11th and 12th grade and attend college at the age of 16 for free.
The school district tried its damnedest to dissuade her. Why? Because by leaving high school she'd be a "drop out," and thus negatively impact their precious stats.
They didn't succeed. And now she's in graduate school, kicking ass and taking names. (Ironically she and her parents are flaming lefties but that didn't matter to the teachers union sycophants.)
Who's the bully? And thus I draw the same conclusion Stacy does:
While I am not unsympathetic to victims of bullying, most kids either have the inner resourcefulness to figure out how to deal with it, or else they are hopeless losers anyway.
Kids are smarter than the educrats give them credit for. The only reason we have things like zero tolerance policies is to absolve education "professionals" from having to think.
And more importantly it allows them to completely ignore aggressive homosexual bullying because in their estimation it's for some greater good. Dan Savage can lambaste Christianity with impunity. Indeed homosexuals are able to depredate pretty much anyone so long as they can hide behind the fig leaf of "anti-gay bias."
But my blog is of course beyond the pale.
So here's a good one. Some homosexual took the time to sign me up for just about every pro-gay propaganda newsletter and email service there is. Because his life is otherwise empty, I guess. Anyhow, Gmail filters are my friend, and the snail mail stuff makes great kindling. Yes, I burn homosexual junk mail in my fireplace! Get it? Homosexuals and flames? Sometimes I crack myself up.
These guys, they're mentally deranged. The Catholic Bandita agrees.
I will be so grateful when same-sex attraction is again recognized by the psychiatric community as a mental disorder so that these folks can get the help they need. What miserable, hateful people these "gay rights" activists are.
We say "love the sinner." And they hate us for that.
You know what the Post Office needs? Windmills. Lots and lots of windmills. And batteries. Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) recently unveiled his brilliant plan to save the Postal Service. Let's listen in.
The government builds windmills up and down the East Coast. The windmills make electricity, the batteries store the electricity, and the Post Office saves money on gas by converting their trucks to run on batteries. Is he a genius or what?
Meanwhile the Senate Inefficiency Caucus postponed the Postal Service's day of reckoning by at least 2 years with plans for an $11 billion dollar taxpayer bailout.
The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.
By a 62-37 vote, senators approved a measure which had divided mostly along rural-urban lines. Over the past several weeks, the bill was modified more than a dozen times, adding new restrictions on closings and cuts to service that rural-state senators said would hurt their communities the most.
At stake are more than 100,000 jobs. The agency, $12 billion in debt, says it could run out of money for day-to-day operations as soon as this fall, forcing it to shut down some of its services.
Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge calls this bipartisan boondoggle for what it really is, an election year gift to one of Obama's core constituencies — public employee unionistas.
[...] the first of many incremental bail outs of the US Postal Office, better known in pre-election circles as hundreds of thousands of unionized votes up for the taking, and which could be bought for the low low price of $11 billion in taxpayer money, or $110,000 per vote! And so the latest bailout of yet another terminally inefficient and outdated government entity begins.
Like Government Motors, the Post Office is at its heart a pension and employee benefits plan which occasionally performs a useful service. All while reliably delivering votes for Democrats of course.
They may as well tilt at windmills. Or bring back the Pony Express.
Another quarter of anemic economic growth, thanks to President Subprime McDowngrade.
U.S. economic growth cooled in the first quarter as businesses cut back on investment and restocked shelves at a moderate pace, but stronger demand for automobiles softened the blow.
Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday in its advance estimate, moderating from the fourth quarter's 3 percent rate.
Barry's soothsayers predicted 2.6%. Oops.
And the unemployment numbers got (cough, "unexpectedly", cough) revised upward.
Jobless claims were reported at 388,000 Thursday and with revisions, the four-week moving average rose by 6,250 to 381,750, its highest level since the week ending Jan. 7.
So what's a floundering POTUS to do? Take a break from his grueling golf schedule to attend some campaign fundraisers! But of course.
Because four more years of Obamunism is exactly what this country
needs. Well that, and a
dog in every pot.
Today used to be known as Take Your Daughter To Work Day.
Now thanks to the genius of President Barack Obama, it's Take Your Daughter To The Unemployment Office Day!
And then to the food stamp office, and the welfare office, and last but not least the voter registration office. Yes America, vote Democrat, because it's easier than explaining to your daughter why you don't have a job.
When the mafia threatens to break your legs, that's a criminal conspiracy.
When the EPA sets out to crucify anyone who gets in their way, that's good government.
Al Armendariz, a regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, explained in 2010 that he understands the EPA policy to be to "crucify" a few oil and gas companies to get the rest of the industry to comply with the laws.
"I was in a meeting once and I gave an analogy to my staff about my philosophy of enforcement," Armendariz said during a meeting in 2010. "It's kind of like how the Romans used to conquer little villages in the Mediterranean: they'd go into little Turkish towns somewhere, they'd find the first five guys they'd run into, and they'd crucify them and then, you know, that town was really easy to manage over the next few years."
The Romney Administration should crucify a few bureaucrats. Right in the middle of the National Mall.
And dismantle the EPA. Because if we don't they'll put every oil and gas producer in America out of business while promoting Popeye The Solar Cell Man to feed our need for milliwatts of power.
Doing his best Sergeant Schultz imitation the leader of the NJ State Police said no top brass were involved in approving last month's Death Race 2012 to Atlantic City. Responsibility for high-speed escorts rests solely with individual local station commanders, and by the way they typically approve "hundreds" of such requests each year.
Hundreds? Good grief!
In his first appearance since revelations of the caravans emerged Sunday, Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes also said troopers perform hundreds of escorts every year, but refused to say if those could include private groups of luxury cars, calling the question a "hypothetical."
"The permission is given at local command," Fuentes said after a hearing in Trenton. "And so we entrust our local command to authorize those escorts." He added he was unaware of the escorts before they happened.
"I see nothing!"
So let me get this straight. If you're "connected" you can get a high-speed lights and sirens escort and drive as recklessly as you want. But if you're just a regular schmuck going 5 mph over the limit the state police have no qualms about handing you a big fat speeding ticket.
Because laws are only for the little people.
Call it Robo-pot — a vending machine for "medical" marijuana.
A local company aims to make dispensing medical marijuana as simple and secure as a withdrawal from an ATM.
Aliso Viejo's Dispense Labs unveiled today the Autospense, an automated dispensary that looks like a vending machine. Founder Joe DeRobbio prefers to call it a "dispensing system." With its proprietary software and security features, he said, the Autospense bears little resemblance to a break-room snack vendor.
To use, patients must swipe a registration card, then enter a PIN number. Payment may be made with cash, credit or debit, then a door opens to release the product.
It's Cheech and Chong approved!
But I don't see a button for Twinkies or Doritos. C'mon dudes, if you're gonna be peddling dope, you gotta be ready to satisfy the munchies.
On the plus side, it probably takes EBT cards too!
Now let me ask you, what other legitimate prescription drug is available from a vending machine?
Right, none. Gee, I wonder why that is. Because if the idea made sense,
I assure you CVS would be all over it like white on rice. Yet in the
topsy-turvy world created by our "War on Drugs" I have to show 3 forms of
ID to 2 different clerks and submit to a cavity search just to buy Nyquil.
But now aging stoners can conveniently and discretely score "medical"
marijuana at any hour of the day or night? Well, unless they're too stoned
to remember their PIN number.
Did you panic over Global Warming?
Well James Lovelock, the scientist who first espoused the "Mother Gaia" theory of human pestilence, has recanted.
"The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books — mine included — because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn't happened," Lovelock said.
I guess the science isn't settled after all. Which of course has been blindingly obvious to anyone but Al Gore's misguided acolytes for quite a while now.
"The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising -- carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that," he added.
Nobody tell Lisa Jackson! She might have to let us keep burning coal for cheap electricity. Steven Chu wouldn't like that at all.
The polar bears aren't dying.
Himalayan glaciers aren't melting.
Sea levels aren't rising.
And those climate models? They aren't working.
Can we please stop pretending they are?
It's almost graduation season and you know what that means — time to find a job and start paying back those student loans. Good plan, now here's the bad news — at least half of you will remain jobless or underemployed for the foreseeable future.
A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don't fully use their skills and knowledge.
Young adults with bachelor's degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, bartender, retail clerk or receptionist, for example — and that's confounding their hopes a degree would pay off despite higher tuition and mounting student loans.
The poor dears, no one told them that degree is poetry wasn't a ticket to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
What rhymes with "do you want fries with that?"
"This is a question of values," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. "We cannot let America become a country where a shrinking number of people do really well while a growing number of people struggle to get by."
Obama wants Congress to extend a law that cut interest rates on a popular federal loan program for low- and middle-income undergraduates. If the law expires, the rates will double on July 1, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday that more than 7 million students would be financially squeezed if rates were to rise, to the cost of an additional $1,000 on average.
Translation: Here's a coupon for $1,000 off your student loan — Vote for Obama!
Sadly most of these kids are dumb enough to fall for it. And it's not like they're willing to learn from another sector of our economy where cheap money, high prices, and over-extended borrowers came together in a vortex of doom. The housing crisis was born out of class warfare — everyone deserves to own his own home! — and now Obama is demagoguing the "luxury" of a college education.
"In America, higher education cannot be a luxury," Obama said. "It's an economic imperative that every family must be able to afford."
In Obamaville all the students are above average. And if he had his way, college (along with everything else) would be free. It's those meanie Republicans who keep insisting on personal responsibility. So vote for Obama and the government will take care of you, for life!
Brandon Jacobs can run fast, but perhaps not as fast as he used to run, because the Giants traded him to San Francisco. And before he headed west he needed to take a fast trip to Atlantic City. A really fast trip.
The State Police are investigating complaints that two troopers escorted a caravan of luxury sports cars at speeds in excess of 100 mph down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City last month. The occupants included former Giants running back and sports car enthusiast Brandon Jacobs, according to a source with knowledge of the trip.
In the complaints, obtained by The Star-Ledger, witnesses said that in the early afternoon March 30, they saw two State Police patrol cars with their emergency lights flashing driving in front of and behind the southbound caravan, which included dozens of Porsches, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other vehicles, all with their license plates covered with tape.
Witnesses said the cars were weaving across all 3 lanes of traffic, and blowing the doors off anyone who got in their way. The State Attorney General is now investigating the incident, and Governor Christie's office promised "swift action."
But I think this is a service the State Police should offer to all folks who are thinking about a visit to Atlantic City. I know the casinos are hurting, and "you can drive 100 mph to get here" just might be the, er ticket to luring adrenaline junkies back to the blackjack tables. I'd sign up, how about you?
Once is a joyride. But twice? Twice is a pattern. And a pattern means official sanction. Then there's the not so minor fact that the video shows other troopers writing tickets to hapless, non-elite motorists as the luxury sports cars rocket by at twice the posted speed limit. Yeah, those tickets are legit.
Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of feminuts — registrations for various Susan G. Komen fundraisers are down at least 30 percent.
Organizers of individual Race for the Cure events — 5K runs and walks that account for most of the charity's fundraising — have seen participation decline by as much as 30 percent. Most also saw their fundraising numbers go down, although a couple of races brought in more money.
Gee, I wonder what might be causing this?
Race organizers acknowledge the effect of the Planned Parenthood debacle.
Go figure, some people don't like seeing their cancer research money being diverted to infanticide. When your mission is to save women's lives it's pretty hard to justify murdering baby girls (and boys) as some sort of necessary side effect. Now that this factoid is out there Komen's message is tainted, probably forever.
So I'm sure that Loretta Weinberg is already gearing up to demand taxpayer
financing of Susan G. Komen. Hey, Planned Parenthood gets to suckle at the
public teat, why not try including the rest of their ya-ya sisterhood
sycophants too? Maybe Sandra Fluke can testify on how struggling 30-something
law students can't afford to buy all that pink swag.
The Obama campaign's perennial "Dinner with Barack" contest now includes a special guest: George Clooney.
"Any donation you make today automatically enters you for a chance to be George Clooney's guest at a reception for President Obama," the Obama campaign wrote in a fundraising solicitation called "Obama, Clooney and You."
I wonder how much you have to pay for George to leave Obama at home.
Remember, public education is all about the children.
The Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education will vote next month on revisions to the district's policies that would prevent home-schooled students from participating in interscholastic sports.
The proposed policy changes come as a result of a recent change to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's (NJSIAA) bylaws that state home-schooled students may participate in interscholastic sports if the district allows.
Superintendent of Schools Daniel Gerardi said the administration's recommendation is to be consistent with how private school students are treated by the district and not allow home-schooled students to participate in sports.
Maybe they should enact a policy which exempts the parents of home-schooled and private school students from paying the school tax. Because they definitely work overtime to ensure we don't get any services from the school district.
Sports programs are organized after normal school hours. So there is no logistical reason the home-schooled and private school kids couldn't participate. Except of course that the teachers union hates it when you don't send your kid to the government school.
Who runs the interscholastic sports programs? Members of the teachers union.
What we need here is a home-schooled black kid who's a basketball star. Then
we can watch Gerardi squirm when the kid's parents accuse him of racism for
this clearly discriminatory policy.
Never mind the pseudo "war on women," there's a real War on Prosperity, and it's being led by Generalissimo Barack Hussein Obama.
U.S. stocks retreated, as Intel Corp. and International Business Machines Corp. tumbled after reporting results.
Equities retreated as Intel and IBM, two of the computer industry's biggest bellwethers, posted the slowest sales growth in years.
Our economy is deader than a doornail. No amount of misdirection from Obama's cheerleaders in the media can disquise the simple fact that none of us are better off today than we were 4 years ago.
Take it away Jay Leno…
"President Obama released his tax returns. It turns out he made $900,000 less in 2011 than he did in 2010. You know what that means? Even Obama is doing worse under President Obama."
Oh but things could be worse.
We could be another $5 trillion dollars in debt. Yeah, that would really
suck. Wasn't there a presidential candidate who once said adding a measly $4
trillion to the national debt was
"irresponsible and unpatriotic?" Hey, maybe we should vote for that guy!
Everything old is new again.
Who here is old enough to remember their parents' Magnavox Console TV, with built-in record player and "Hi-Fi" speakers? Every family had one! I think my Aunt Jean's old black-and-white behemoth is still in my cousin's basement.
The beauty of the thing was in having all your home entertainment needs met in one all-encompassing package. And that shiny simulated wood-grain finish.
The downside of course was that when the record player broke you were stuck with keeping the TV, unless the repairman could find the right parts. Well that, and those trips to the drug store tube tester, and then hunting through the boxes to find a suitable replacement for a bad 6A7 triode. Good times, good times…
Eventually the TV got mounted on the wall and separated from the Hi-Fi, which was rebranded into Surround Sound (with a short-lived and expensive detour into Quadraphonics and Betamax). And nobody has a record player anymore. We bought giant "entertainment units" to stash all the electronics out of sight because even though the manufacturers cheaped-out and packaged everything in sleek futuristic-looking black plastic and faux-chrome deep-down we really do like the look of that simulated wood-grain finish.
Enter IKEA. Their Swedish engineers came up with the brilliant idea of building the electronics directly into the entertainment unit!
Already the one-stop shop for smart and compact home furnishing, IKEA has launched yet another product for your living room: the IKEA TV.
The new furniture range, named UPPLEVA, the Swedish word for experience, integrates an LED TV, a sound system with wireless bass speakers, an internet connection and CD, DVD and Blu-ray players -- all in one piece.
They should have named it "iKEA TV." But I suppose Apple would object.
This being IKEA, it comes flat-packed, and you'd better be an allen-wrench-ninja because there's definitely some assembly required. But the modular design hides all those ugly cables, there's a pre-programmed universal remote, and the designers left plenty of room inside the cabinet to add your own components. And yes, there's an iPod jack.
The simulated wood-grain finish appears to be optional though.
Did you write a nice fat check to Uncle Sam today? I did.
As a sort of consolation prize, today is also Tax Freedom Day, meaning we've now earned enough money to cover our federal, state, and local taxes for the year, a bill which averages out to 29.2% of our income.
In other words, for the first 111 days of the year, everything you earned went straight to Uncle Sam. Compare that to back in 1900, when Americans paid only 5.9% of their income in taxes and Tax Freedom Day came on January 22.
Jesus asks for 10 percent. Barack Obama, who thinks he's Jesus, demands 3 times that much.
Oh wait, did I say three times? I meant four. Because next year the the largest tax increase in the history of the universe kicks in. Barack Obama's Taxmageddon is a dagger aimed at the heart of America's productive class, designed to finance a vision of wealth transfer so vast it makes European socialists green with envy.
We're talking $494 billion dollars in new taxes, all of which falls on folks not named Warren Buffett. That's an average tax increase of $3,800 for every household in America.
You'd think they'd be a natural Democrat constituency, right? But as he notes, angry people are more likely to vote and people who just wrote a big check to the government are angry. They're unlikely to be sympathetic to weath redistribution marketed as the Earned Income Tax Credit.
There are a large number of Americans who get a tax refund totaling more than they actually paid!
Most of the time these are through the use of credits.
And the Earned Income credit is nothing more than the governments way of spreading the wealth. The government even touts EIC as a major tool against poverty!
The EIC actually pays more the less you work, with a bonus for each additional child. And it's designed to penalize traditional families in favor of single motherhood. It's "compassion" wrapped in a blanket of destructive social policy.
Lose the husband, have a boatload of kids, and sit back while the government takes care of everything. They should rename it the Nadya Suleman credit.
I like to buy everything I can online, usually from Amazon.com. Why? Because shopping in an actual brick-and-mortar store is unbelievably painful. Maybe I should subtitle this post, how I wasted an hour on Sunday afternoon trying to buy something that costs $15.
Our mission — look for a new patio table. Last October's freak snowstorm destroyed our old one when a tree fell on it. So off we went along Route 10. Our first stop, the Fortunoff Backyard Store.
Everything there is a "set." Table, umbrella, chairs, cushions, all rolled into one not-so-low price. But we only want a table. So the hovering saleslady has to manually look up the table prices because they're not posted anywhere.
Of course she can't do this from any old workstation. Nope. She has to use the one she's logged in to, which of course is located all the way on the other side of the store. We quickly learn that Fortunoff isn't the place for us, because the average price for 3 ft by 6 ft table is twelve hundred dollars. With of course an additional delivery charge.
In their defense, they do sell some pretty nice patio furniture.
Anyhow, along the way I noticed they had a rather extensive inventory of Weber grill accessories. I was planning on cleaning my grill when we got home, and I'm out of the odd-sized, custom made aluminium foil drip pans that fit my grill, and lookee here Fortunoff has them right there on the shelf. They're $13.99.
I decided to buy them. What could go wrong?
Tammy and Sophie said, "we'll meet you in the car," and off I headed to the front desk to buy my grill pans. A dour and frumpy looking woman is pounding away on the PC as I approach.
"Can I help you?"
I'd like to buy these pans.
"Who's your salesperson?"
Huh? Salesperson? I took them off the shelf.
"One minute, I'll find an available salesperson."
You mean I can't buy them from you?
"I'm the manager."
Like that's some kind of badge of honor or something. So I mention that there was a lady helping us look at tables, and she says, "That's Marina, I'll get her."
Off she goes. And I'm waiting, and I'm waiting, and I'm waiting, and finally "Marina" approaches the desk.
I'd like to buy these pans.
"Oh." Big sigh.
Then to Manager Lady, "Can I use this workstation?"
Manager lady walks away. Sales lady has to log in.
She scans the bar code and then says, "Phone number?"
What is this, Radio Shack?, I thought, but OK, I'll play along. I give her my office number.
Um, I just want to buy the pans, OK? Is this really necessary?
"We can't issue a receipt without a name and address."
Two desks over there's a guy just sitting there. He helpfully pipes up, "Use the store phone number."
To which sales lady replies, "I don't know it!"
He tells her. She types it in. "Fourteen Dollars, Ninety Seven cents."
I hand her a twenty dollar bill. She recoils in horror.
"We don't have change."
Now this is getting ridiculous!
Helpful dude wanders over, "Sure we do, it's in the safe."
"I don't have the key," says sales lady.
"It's in the drawer."
She rummages through the drawer. "No, it's not."
"Wait, I'll get the manager," and off he goes. A minute or two goes by. I'm smiling, watching her squirm.
Finally he returns with the key and opens the safe. Carefully they both extract a five dollar bill and meticulously count out 3 pennies. Then they place my twenty securely in the safe, lock it up, and breath a sigh of relief.
Sales lady hands me my change, and then a two page 8½ x 11 printed "receipt."
Finally, I've successfully transacted my purchase!
We checked a few more stores, but didn't see any tables which caught our eye.
Later at home I logged into Amazon, typed in "patio table", and on my screen was page after page of tables — no chairs, no umbrellas, no cushions — just tables, with prices.
Prices I might add, which are significantly lower than $1200.
For example, there's this one, which looks remarkably like one we saw in Fortunoff. Amazon's price? $429.99. With free two-day shipping via Amazon Prime.
I bought it with One-Click. It'll be here Wednesday.
So this morning, when I saw an entry on Instapundit noting
The End Of Retail, I
had to smile knowingly. Retail is dead. They just won't admit it yet.
Finally, a flag liberals won't burn!
Surprisingly, someone objected to the Central Committee's reconfiguration of Betsy Ross's masterpiece.
A South Jersey man has come up with what he hopes is a solution to a controversy over the American flag that he flew in his yard — a flag bearing the image of President Barack Obama in place of the field of stars.
Once he became aware of their objections, Kennedy worked out his own solution.
He's taken the flag down and replaced it with two separate flags — one, the standard stars and stripes, and the second a picture of Obama.
Oh, I see. It's OK if he puts up a regular American flag next to a visage of President Zero. Because just like in North Korea, all of Dear Leader's subjects are required to display his likeness. And genuflect whenever they encounter it.
I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of Obama,
And to the dictatorship for which it stands,
One Banana Republic, under Dear Leader,
With servitude and perpetual indebtedness for all.
At least they didn't name him Caeser.
Dan the baboon sits in front of a computer screen. The letters BRRU pop up. With a quick and almost dismissive tap, the monkey signals it's not a word. Correct. Next comes, ITCS. Again, not a word. Finally KITE comes up.
He pauses and hits a green oval to show it's a word. In the space of just a few seconds, Dan has demonstrated a mastery of what some experts say is a form of pre-reading and walks away rewarded with a treat of dried wheat.
Dan is part of new research that shows baboons are able to pick up the first step in reading — identifying recurring patterns and determining which four-letter combinations are words and which are just gobbledygook.
The study shows that reading's early steps are far more instinctive than scientists first thought and it also indicates that non-human primates may be smarter than we give them credit for.
"They've got the hang of this thing," said Jonathan Grainger, a French scientist and lead author of the research.
Sure, this week they give him some dried wheat. Next week? Next week he gets a rifle. The French immediately surrender. Then we find out Dan's real name is Dr. Zaius.
Where's Charlton Heston when you need him?
Humanity is doomed!
In Englewood, NJ, crime pays. And keeps on paying. Antoinette Galluzzo embezzled $50,000 in funds earmarked for a kids summer camp. The city fired her, so she cashed in her public employee pension. Then she went on unemployment.
But the best part? Superior Court Judge Eugene Austin ruled that she doesn't have to go to jail, but yes, she has to pay back the $50,000. Well some of it anyway. At $10 per month. Only for the three years of her probation though. After that, if the kids who got screwed want to recoup the remaining money they'll have to sue her in civil court.
So let's do the math. Ms. Galluzzo stole $50,000. Then she cashed out a pension worth at least that much, because prosecutors wanted to garnish it for restitution. Judge Austin put the kibosh on that plan seeing as how she's "unemployed." (Yeah, and the kid who murdered his parents deserves mercy because he's an orphan…) Since she's no longer working she collects $1,881 per month in unemployment benefits. Times 99 weeks that's another $46,500 bucks. Making her total haul at least $150 grand.
And in exchange she has to write the children of Englewood a check for $360.
Not bad for a life of crime, eh?
Can you just imagine Obama Spokesmodel (and SOPA lobbyist!) Hilary Rosen starring in a movie about clueless stay-at-home moms?
Nah, it's only funny when feminists mock men. Or conservative women. Because according to feminist dogma, Ann Romney, who stayed at home to raise 5 boys, has never worked a day in her life.
An actual stay-at-home mom would beg to differ. I got tired just reading all that stuff she does every day.
Oh, but what Hilary The Feminist Crusader meant to say was, Ann Romney never had to care for her kids and earn a paycheck. Unlike say, Michelle Obama!
Once Michelle and I had our girls, she gave it her all to balance raising a family and pursuing a career. And something that, could be very difficult on her, because I was gone a lot. Once I was in the state legislature, I was teaching, I was practicing law, I'd be traveling. And we didn't have the luxury for her not to work.
Because Michelle's $300,000+ per year job in "community outreach" was so gosh-darned important that it was abolished when she left to become First Lady.
See? Only rich fat-cats can afford the "luxury" of not working a no-show job!
My favorite feminist blogger has her knickers in a twist, too. Not because of what Hilary Rosen said, but because of what Ann Romney's plutocrat husband stands for.
This isn't about an inartful comment made by a talking head on a cable news show. The real issue is whether the Romney campaign wants to understand what women want to focus on in this election year. If it does, he'll stop talking about how his wife is acting as the female voter go-between on the economy and start talking to real women himself. Oh, and he might want to brush up on the Lilly Ledbetter Act, too.
What? Ann Romney isn't a Real Woman? Because I'm pretty sure she's not one of those transgender Canadian beauty queens. NTTAWWT.
And it's funny that the feminists should keep flogging good old Lilly Ledbetter. Because if anyone needs to "brush up" on Lilly's eponymous legislation it's Barack and Michelle Obama.
Female employees in the Obama White House make considerably less than their male colleagues, records show.
According to the 2011 annual report on White House staff, female employees earned a median annual salary of $60,000, which was about 18 percent less than the median salary for male employees ($71,000).
Oops. Maybe they'll blame George Bush.
Which is to say, not fair at all.
Imagine the consequences if George Zimmerman is acquitted.
Then tell me his trial will be "fair."
Chris Christie: The stubborn, arrogant, self-centered strong leader who's on your side!
Governor Awesome's latest approval rating is just shy of sixty percent.
Gov. Chris Christie is more popular than ever, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.
The poll, conducted from April 3 to 9, found 59 percent of voters approve of the governor's performance in office, while 36 percent disapprove.
"Whether Gov. Christopher Christie is traveling the nation, campaigning for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, or traveling to Israel to tout New Jersey business, his job-approval rating at home in Trenton continues to climb," said poll director Maurice Carroll.
Christie's poll numbers are approaching the highest Quinnipiac has measured for an elected governor since it began polling on New Jersey governors in 1996.
Nobody tell Rachel Maddow!
So, who are the other 36% anyway? I don't think we have that many public employees. Not any more…
Mitt Romney, are you listening? Strong, decisive leadership wins respect,
even for a Republican in a Blue State.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the neighbors who band together can make their voices heard. There's a busy street between our neighborhood and the local park. The speed limit is 25, but that doesn't stop the NASCAR wannabes around here from zooming down the straightaway at twice that speed.
So last year the town put in stop signs at 2 of the 3 cross streets. Ours wasn't one of them. What's a resident to do? Stand up at a council meeting!
My wife took the lead, along with a few other moms, brought the kids along for visual effect, and soon the wheels of democracy were spinning in our favor.
Yes, even as a new councilman, one who ran on a platform of removing all the stop signs in town, was somehow elected. He got the speed demon vote, I guess.
But one naysayer wasn't enough to overcome a determined group of moms! This morning I was delighted to see that our little corner is now graced with its very own stop sign. And a brightly painted crosswalk to boot.
Thank you Mayor Dassing! Thank you Councilmen Coyle, Hauser, Murray, and O'Donnell. Thanks also to former councilmen Norton and Piazza for your guidance and support. The children are delighted, and us parents are a lot less worried about them walking to the park.
Oh, and here's a special message to NJ.com forum mavens NotOnMYlawn and LocalCaddy — Pffffft!
And the last man standing is … Mitt Romney!
Please, hold your applause.
The good news is, now we can concentrate on defeating Barack Obama. Remember him? He's the guy who's busy screwing up the country.
It's our job to make sure Barack Obama loses his job.
Mitt Romney for President!
Because he's not Barack Obama.
And that's enough.
America the Dependent. One nation, under government, with handouts and lifetime entitlements for all.
Gov. Chris Christie said the country is becoming a "paternalistic entitlement society" this morning in a speech at a conservative conference headed by former President George W. Bush.
Addressing Bush and other national Republicans, Christie said he hasn't seen a less optimistic period in the country in his lifetime.
"Government's telling them stop dreaming, stop striving, we'll take care of you," he said at a theater at the New York Historical Society. "We're turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally."
"We'll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check," Christie said.
You couldn't sum up the modern welfare state more succinctly if you tried.
I don't think this is the future the Founding Fathers wanted for their children.
But it's precisely what Barack Obama and the Democrats are busy creating for ours.
I guess conservatives have better consciences. Or more likely they still respond to shame. Pity that liberals embrace neither.
In a more enlightened age Voltaire said, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
Rich Lowry is no Voltaire. He's no Bill Buckley either. He kicked John Derbyshire to the curb without so much as a fare-thee-well.
Meanwhile Bill Maher, who says absolutely vile things about conservative women pretty much every week, remains a headliner at HBO. It's not sexism to call Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann despicable names, after all they deserve it, because they oppose abortion.
And need I remind you of David Letterman, who waxed poetic over his desire for members of the the New York Yankees to engage in the gang rape of Sarah Palin's daughters? He's funny. And she can see Russia from her house. Besides, CBS hasn't got anyone else who can fill his time slot.
I've long since let my National Review subscription lapse. And I watch neither Maher nor Letterman. So Derb's firing is of no consequence to me one way or the other. But Lowry's cowardice is a win for the forces of evil. The libtalkers will be emboldened — they scored a conservative scalp — and there's no telling what Ed Schultz or Keith Olbermann or Rachel Maddow will say next, secure in the knowledge that their sinecures are untouchable, because liberals don't turn on their fellow travelers. You can drown a woman, cheat on your wife, mock Jews, even dress up in blackface and still be one of their heroes so long as you preach the Gospel of Abortion.
The faux outrage is tiresome. Chris Rock has said essentially the same things as Derb, only he gets a pass because he's black? Of course. People line up to see Chris Rock say a word Derb would never use. It's entertainment.
At least one person at NRO is unbowed; Mark Steyn retains his testicular fortitude.
For what it's worth, I regret the loss of John Derbyshire to National Review. Short version: Didn't like the piece, but don't think NR should have hustled him into the drive-thru guillotine on the basis of 24 hours of hysteria from the Internet's sans-culottes.
You'll want to read the longer version while you can. Presumably Lowry will fire Steyn within a fortnight. White people can't talk about race; not unless it's from a position of obeisance to systemic guilt. My ancestors who never lived in America are nonetheless responsible for slavery. Yours too. Jesse Jackson says so.
And thus a "white hispanic" who shoots an unarmed black teenager is prima facie evidience of institutional racism. The New Black Panthers marching on "Kill a Cracker For Trayvon Day" is apparently "social justice."
Because black people can't be racist. Ever. Even when they're beating the living shit out of a tourist as their homies stand around and laugh. And then a black journalist can tell his teenage son that sooner or later a white person is going to hate him for no reason whatsoever.
That's proof of what, exactly? Nothing as far as I can tell. Extrapolating from those anecdotes is just as ignorant as all the rushes to judgment made in the wake of Trayvon Martin's shooting. The difference is that preening liberals can feel good about themselves for condemning the former while engaging in the latter. It's a win-win!
The people who delight in pointing the accusatory finger — racist! sexist! homophobe! — are generally engaged in an exhibition of moral narcissism, trying to fill the "hole in their soul" with self-righteousness by gestures intended to prove their own superior virtue. Not only are they not racist (or not sexist, etc.), but they are anti-racist (or anti-whatever) and are courageously donning their shining armor and mounting their horses to lead a crusade against the Evil Menace.
Heroism on the cheap, as it were.
I am acquainted with more than a few liberals who fit that description to a T, blinded by their own self-righteousness and all too quick to proclaim J'Accuse…! at anyone who deviates from progressive ideological groupthink.
White racism is the Original Sin of progressivism. They told me that Barack Obama was going to lead us down the path to a colorblind society. I suspect they were misinformed.
"Sentence first, verdict afterwards."
So President Golf Pants has given Iran the go-ahead to pursue a "peaceful" civilian nuclear energy program. Because to really incinerate Jews you need an oven that goes all the way to 2,000,000 degrees. And Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is just the guy to build one. Peacefully, of course.
Meanwhile on the home front, our civilian energy policy revolves around algae. And sunlight. With the occasional wind gust thrown in. But nuclear power? Not in Barry's plan. Might piss off the econuts. Because The China Syndrome really was a documentary. Jane Fonda said so!
Maybe he's hoping to buy electricity from the Middle East too? They
could ship it over in giant super-capacitors. Which will, of course, be built
Laurie Penny, a British journalist, tweeted about the incident after it happened ("I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened") and posted several follow-ups about how annoyed she was that people were talking about how Ryan Gosling is some kind of a hero.
Feminuts hate it when their white knight doesn't have two X chromosomes. Literally.
Now, Penny has penned a lengthy, smug and anti-American explanation of her thoughts about the incident and the subsequent media meltdown over at Gawker. If the first two paragraphs alone don't make you want to throw up in your mouth, we don't know what will. . . . So basically, she nearly got hit by a cab because she was thinking about Super Important issues that the rest of us aren't aware of. Penny then turns the fascination with the fact that Ryan Gosling kind-of-sort-of saved her life into an intolerable piece about feminism and how this exemplifies everything that is wrong with American culture.
And having read that, the first thing that literally popped into my mind was: Edith Keeler must die.
Except I literally can't see either Kirk or McCoy falling in love with the
likes of Laurie Penny. But a sanctimoniously smug leftie windbag screwing up
the future? Yeah, that's literally not much of a stretch.
I stopped posting my Weekly Obama Jobs Reports because they got too repetitious. Week after week Obama did nothing to create jobs, and our economy is hardly what any sane person would label "robust." I ran out of mockery.
Chagrin? Why you partisan hack Wysocki! How dare you deny President Golf Pants his due!
Eh, it's quite easy, actually. The country only added 120,000 new jobs in March, hardly enough to produce anything close to a meaningful "recovery." The 8.2% unemployment figure is a fiction. A farce. Totally contrived.
Obama's minions can do that you know. Fudge the numbers. It's one of the few things they're actually good at. And before the rise of New Media they'd get away with doing it too.
Here's a dose of Reality. The official unemployment rate is so low because Obama only counts people who are actively looking for work. In other words, optimists. Or fools. (Optimists vote Republican, fools vote Democrat.) He conveniently leaves out the discouraged, the early retirees, and the part-timers.
1. If the size of the U.S. labor force as a share of the total population was the same as it was when Barack Obama took office—65.7% then vs. 63.8% today down from last month—the U-3 unemployment rate would be 10.9%.
2. But what if you take into the account the aging of the Baby Boomers, which means the labor force participation (LFP) rate should be trending lower. Indeed, it has been doing just that since 2000. Before the Great Recession, the Congressional Budget Office predicted what the LFP would be in 2012, assuming such demographic changes. Using that number, the real unemployment rate would be 10.5%.
3. Of course, the LFP rate usually falls during recessions. Yet even if you discount for that and the aging issue, the real unemployment rate would be 9.4%.
4. Then there's the broader, U-6 measure of unemployment which includes the discouraged plus part-timers who wish they had full time work. That unemployment rate, perhaps the truest measure of the labor market's health, is still a sky-high 14.5%.
5. The employment-population ratio dipped to 58.5% vs. 61% in December 2008. An historically low level of the U.S. population is actually working.
The real, unadulterated unemployment rate is at least 9.4%, and could be as high as 14.5%. And hardly anybody actually has a job.
Is that the Hope? Or the Change?
God our Father loves us even more than this man loves his son.
The story of Patrick Henry Hughes is one of love, inspiration, and talent that you will most likely never forget. He was born without eyes and wheelchair bound for life, yet he overcomes all with the love of his father.
We can overcome anything with the love of God the Father.
Young or old, rich or poor, there is joy in life. And magic. Because you are never too old. At the age of 90, married 62 years, this couple embraces life to the fullest.
"For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son."
And the prayers of a child symbolize the Resurrection.
Miracles surround us.
I'll bet Google doesn't pull this shit on liberal sites.
Many of you who've visited the blog recently have seen an ominous warning.
No, I'm not some evil malware site. I might infect your brain with common sense, but I won't infect your PC with viruses or trojans or worms or herpes simplex ten.
I had a Blogarama badge. Which has sat happily on my sidebar since 2007. They're a blog directory. I'm listed in it. Pretty benign.
Until one day, unbeknownst to me Google decided Blogarama is evil. Maybe they let someone download one of Viacom's copyrighted movies once. Or something.
So Google goes and tags me as evil just for linking to them. And then says, well we told Blogarama, what's your beef?
Thanks, assholes. Do you tag yourselves? 'Cause you jerks still link to Blogarama too in your search results. Funny how those links don't bring up the Red Warning Screen Of Doom instead of Google.com!
Have I mentioned recently how much I hate Google?
A big hat-tip to Hugh at The Laughing Conservative for giving me a heads-up on the Don't Be Evil crew's ridiculously silly blocking of my blog. They hosed Chicago News Bench too. He notes that probably thousands of blogs may be affected by Google's heavy-handed smear campaign. Yippee Kai Ay.
The death throes of a dying business model, revisited. Verizon's wireline unions tried the militantly defiant approach, and the world yawned. Eventually they went back to work with their tails between their legs after it became apparent Verizon wasn't going to keep paying them top dollar to maintain yesterday's technology.
Tonight at AT&T it'll be Act II, with their 4 wireline unions preparing to go to the mattresses rather than contribute 5 cents toward their health insurance.
Many AT&T union employees will be cleaning out their desks after work today to prepare for what could be a strike this weekend.
Last week, 94 percent of the Communications Workers of America members nationwide voted to authorize a strike if negotiations with the telecommunications giant aren't resolved by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, when four contracts expire.
About 470 workers in New Jersey would be affected from the contract with the Legacy AT&T unit, which includes 5,700 employees across the country who work on landlines, said AT&T spokesman Marty Richter. Negotiations do not affect people who work with AT&T's mobility divisions, he said. AT&T employs 9,700 people in New Jersey.
It's less than 10% of AT&T's business. With market share declining every year. Landlines are so last century.
The debates center around wages, benefits, pension and work rules.
The union is concerned about a new three-tier pension structure, job security as more positions are sent overseas, and how much employees contribute to their health care plans, said Laura Unger, who is on the union's bargaining committee and was previously president of Local 1150 in New Jersey and New York.
Once again unionistas fail to recognize they're lucky to still have a job. It's always gimme, gimme, gimme with these guys. They're stuck in the 1950's, blinded to the reality of today's market forces.
Oh, but to hear the union tell it, AT&T is rich and the company owes them.
The average network technician in these contracts makes $133,000 in wages and benefits and the average AT&T call center representative makes $107,000.
I'm thinking you guys can cough up a few more bucks towards your benefits. But if you don't want to, there's gotta be 470 unemployed New Jerseyans who'd jump at the chance to land a six-figure job.
Good thing you're packing up your desks; I don't think you'll be back. Enjoy
your retirement. Say "hi" to the air traffic controllers for me.
They're two of the sleazeballs behind "Rachel from Cardholder Services," and now they're out of business.
Last week, in a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge in Rochester, N.Y., ordered defendants behind a deceptive robocall scheme to pay $30 million in civil penalties and give up more than $1.1 million in ill-gotten gains for violations of federal telemarketing sales rules.
The penalty was, by far, the largest ever imposed for unlawful calls to consumers on the do-not-call registry, the FTC said.
That court order came five days after the agency put another robocall operation out of the telemarketing business under a settlement to resolve 2-year-old charges. That company allegedly bombarded consumers with more than 2 billion calls — including some from the infamous Rachel of Cardholder Services — pitching a variety of products and services, including worthless extended auto warranties and credit card interest rate-reduction programs.
Alas "Rachel" lives on, tormenting hapless Americans with her relentless pitch, hiding behind spoofed caller ID. I'm sure her new employers are on the FTC's radar, with any luck they'll be caught too.
But enough with the fines and judicial sanctions. Clearly they don't work, because "Rachel" keeps calling me, and new slimeball robocallers seem to pop up like dandelions.
So I say we round up all the telemarketers and strap them one by one into the
electric chair. Who here wouldn't want to be first in line to throw the switch?
I don't think there's any chance of Keystone XL going bankrupt.
World's Largest Solar Plant, With Second Largest Ever Department of Energy Loan Guarantee, Files For Bankruptcy
Solyndra was just the appetizer. Earlier today, in what will come as a surprise only to members of the administration, the company which proudly held the rights to the world's largest solar power project, the hilariously named Solar Trust of America ("STA"), filed for bankruptcy. And while one could say that the company's epic collapse is more a function of alternative energy politics in Germany, where its 70% parent Solar Millennium AG filed for bankruptcy last December, what is relevant is that last April STA was the proud recipient of a $2.1 billion conditional loan from the Department of Energy, incidentally the second largest loan ever handed out by the DOE's Stephen Chu. That amount was supposed to fund the expansion of the company's 1000 MW Blythe Solar Power Project in Riverside, California.
How many carbon credits can you redeem for failing to build a ginormous solar array boondoggle?
As Bloomberg notes: "The company joins Energy Conversion Devices Inc., a U.S. solar manufacturer that suspended production last year; LSP Energy LP, the owner of a natural-gas-fired power plant in Mississippi; Ener1 Inc., maker of lithium-ion batteries for plug-in electric cars; solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC; and energy storage company Beacon Power Corp. (BCONQ) in bankruptcy."
There's always room for one more failure under the electric bus to green energy nirvana.
Meanwhile proven technologies, you know those awful coal-fired power plants, keep getting scuttled. We derive 45% of our electricity from coal. Non-existent solar arrays are hardly capable of taking up the slack. Maybe the algae fairies are working overtime. Otherwise, we're screwed.
Forgotten in all this is a nice big pipe, one that would move oil from Canada to U.S. refineries. It's tied up in regulatory and demagoguery knots. Obama's econuts fast-track pie-in-the-sky experimental stuff, which invariably flames out spectacularly. But bread-and-butter energy projects are stymied at every turn.
If I had to summarize Obama's energy policy it'd go something like this — America needs to freeze in the dark so his cronies can keep laughing all the way to the bank.
Because if opposing Barack Obama's re-election is wrong, I don't want to be right.
The first lady tried to enlist "Families for Obama" at an event with tickets starting at $500 a pop at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Friday.
The pool reporter estimated that there were a couple dozen kids in the audience of about 350, and Michelle Obama spent much of her speech talking to them.
"I mean, I can't tell you in the last election how many grandparents I ran into who said, I wasn't going to vote for Barack Obama until my grandson talked to me, until my great-grandson talked to me, and talked about the future he wanted for this country," she said.
"You can get out there with your parents. You guys can knock on doors. I had one young lady who brought me a petition — she's already working. You can convince wrong people. Sometimes we don't listen to ourselves, but we will listen to our children."
Listen to the children, indoctrinated into the Cult of Obama. Because, "In America, the young are always ready to give to those older than themselves the full benefit of their inexperience."
You know who else were the wrong people? The Founding Fathers.
Maybe Michelle Obama could read up on them in all that free time she'll
have after November.
Ten-year-olds need unfettered access to birth control and abortion services. That's the official position of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He's formed the Commission on Population and Development in partnership with International Planned Parenthood to pursue "sexual and reproduction health and rights" for children as young as ten.
Organizations like International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) and IPAS, staunch advocates for the sexual and reproductive rights of minors internationally and at the United Nations, have already issued official reports to the conference bureau supportive of rights language including contraception and abortion. They are also using the conference as an opportunity to attack parental involvement in the sexual health of their children.
For organizations like IPPF, parents are the biggest obstacle to minors accessing services like abortion and contraception, and they hope to secure language at the conference that will marginalize their role.
Nobody is going to marginalize my role; not when it comes to what my daughter learns about life, and sex. Can you see why I get so fired up about the insidious nature of Planned Parenthood? They view my involvement in Sophie's life as an "obstacle."
To which I can only say, to coin a phrase, You Damn Skippy. They ain't seen "obstacle" until they show up to "marginalize" my parental values. Ban Ki-Moon won't know what hit him.
The UN and Planned Parenthood can go to hell. Any parent worth his stripes
would say the same.
AFA Foods filed for bankruptcy protection this morning. They're the second producer of LFTB — Lean, Finely Textured Beef — to be put out of business by the relentless media crusade against "pink slime."
Last week Beef Products, Inc. sent 650 workers to the unemployment line after demand for their signature ground beef product fell dramatically as consumers and retailers swore off a safe and nutritious food they've been purchasing for years.
And for what? So prissy tofu-eating liberals can feel good about themselves? Or so ABC News can ride another faux-scandal ratings wave?
Various beef industry trade groups peg the eventual job losses at more
3,000. In the midst of the longest recession in history. But it's no
biggie, all those jobs are in flyover country and
Lord knows Democrats don't care about them, right?
If the LFTB boycott holds look for beef prices to start soaring. Our insatiable appetite for hamburger will require adding somewhere around 1.5 million more cows to our annual cattle drives to replace the mechanically harvested meat.
Hey, wait a minute, don't cow farts contribute to Global Warming? All those cows will be prodigious producers of flatulence. Think of the polar bears! And rising sea levels! Who knows how bad it'll get!
Face it liberals, if we stop eating "pink slime," Mother Gaia will die.
One way or another the socialist utopians will force us out of our cars.Overall automobile usage is down 7% since 2004 as more Americans turn to mass transit in the wake of escalating gasoline prices and loss of buying power due to the Great Recession.
"I think we're going through a signature transformation that is quite different from the suburban-dominated lifestyle of the last century," said James Hughes, dean of Rutgers' Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Hughes and other experts say the Great Recession played a part in the shift by cutting Americans' and New Jerseyans' incomes, but that only accelerated existing demographic trends related to work, home and relationships that were already curtailing driving habits.
Stack 'em and pack 'em. Makes us easier to control. Because we can only go where the urban planners decide they want us to go. If you've got no car, and mass transit doesn't go there, your destination may as well be on the moon.
This is why Steven Chu and the Obama Administration are leading the charge for higher gas prices while they prevaricate on the need for "green energy." To an urban planner the car you don't drive is the best car of all. They've been fighting for years against "sprawl" and "congestion" and "McMansions." And they're winning.
The people who brought us the housing projects of the 1960s infected academia and now their ideological progeny can't wait to remake the American dream. Out with the white picket fence, smiling kids, and two-car garage; in with third floor walk-ups, no pets, and a bus stop on the corner.
That's right, in the central planner's urban utopia children are optional.
"The break points where people have kids has been moving up meaningfully over time," said Steven Polzin, a research professor at the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research.
Polzin said delaying child-rearing puts off the peak driving period in the American life cycle, which includes dropping children at day care and, yes, soccer games.
Single or married, college graduates choose cities with mass transit over the suburbs, Rutgers' Hughes said.
They act like delayed marriage and a declining birthrate are a good thing.
It's not, of course. It's the sign of a society in decline. A society which is focused on the here-and-now instead of one that builds for tomorrow. The future belongs to the people who show up. Alas there's no pot of gold at the end of the bike path.