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An activist judiciary, necessary for the triumph of evil over our Judeo-Christian heritage, shall "evolve" as fits the prevailing political winds. — a heretofore secret codicil to the First Amendment.
How else to explain the reversal of 6,000 years of precedent?
An appeals court ruled Thursday that a law that denies a host of federal benefits to gay married couples is unconstitutional.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston said the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples.
It discriminates against Kiwis too. Presumably they'll sue next.
DOMA (and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell) used to be core Democratic Party principles. Bill Clinton enacted both of them! Bill's a progressive, right? What's going on here?
Obama is going on here. Obama evolved. One more evolution and… I'll let Stacy McCain take it from here.
It's probably only a matter of time before homosexuality is declared compulsory, so that turning down an offer of sodomy is illegal "discrimination."
Oops. I can't say that, now can I. Commenter Curt might get peeved and stomp his feet. Cue the obligatory death threats too. Because as Robert Heinlein once said, violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
The First Circuit stayed their finding pending an automatic appeal to the Supreme Court. So DOMA still stands. We must pray for wisdom to prevail.
A result in search of a rationale. And of course the Tony Award winning
Memeorandum thread, soon to be performed at a high school musical near
you. Hey, they can't very well put on Jesus Christ Superstar now
Go ahead, tell me again how conservative Chris Christie is. But let me work up a big fat belly laugh first, and pardon me if the guffaws keep coming while you're spinning his latest road trip off the reservation.
Governor Christie has decided to tax the internet. Because conservatives love new taxes. And he's enlisted Amazon.com (those two-timing rat bastards!) as part of his scheme.
New Jerseyans intent on buying a big-screen TV or laptop computer should act quickly: Come July 2013, Amazon will start collecting a 7 percent state sales tax.
Thanks to a long-standing SCOTUS ruling out of state retailers don't have to collect sales taxes unless they have a "nexus" in that state. Amazon might someday build a warehouse in New Jersey, but until it's open they are under no obligation to shake down NJ residents on Christie's behalf.
Except Christie dangled some tax breaks in front of Jeff Bezos, and faster than you can say free overnight shipping the giant retailer had a change of heart.
"We will now in the state of New Jersey begin collecting sales tax at least from a fraction of the market we otherwise would not have gotten," Christie said at a Statehouse news conference.
Christie said that although forecasts differ on how much sales tax revenue the state will bring in, he put a "safe estimate" at $30 million to $40 million.
At the same time, the Seattle-based company plans to apply for tax incentives from the state Economic Development Authority, but its officials did not say how much they would seek.
We'll pay sales tax. So Amazon can get a tax break.
What's not to like?
Mark Zuckerberg has dropped out of the Top 40. Billionaires, that is. Bloomberg keeps a list. Last week he made the cut, this week as Facebook stock keeps free-falling so does his once mighty fortune.
Mark Zuckerberg's net worth took a pretty big hit the past week, as investigators reviewed Facebook's bungled IPO and the company's shares slid farther and farther below their offering price.
Shares of Facebook fell below $29 yesterday for the first time, and the company's co-founder and CEO saw his fortune tumble right along with it. According to Bloomberg, Zuck's 503.6 million shares are now worth $14.7 billion, which knocks him off Bloomberg's Billionaire's Index of the 40 wealthiest individuals in the world.
So it's no wonder Zuck's making a few cutbacks. Like, stiffing his waiter after lunch in Rome.
The owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome's Jewish Ghetto — a historic quarter in the centre of the city — were surprised when Mr Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan walked away without leaving a gratuity.
Their bill came to just 32 euros after a lunch consisting of deep-fried artichokes — a Roman Jewish speciality — fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli stuffed with sea bass and artichokes.
Waiters at Nonna Betta, which specialises in Roman Jewish cuisine, were amazed by Mr Zuckerberg's parsimony.
Geez. The guy just lost $4.4 billion dollars and you turkeys are complaining about a measly coupla euro tip? What's wrong with you! He's practically penniless now! If his bad luck keeps up he may have to ask Donald Trump for a loan.
Or maybe, which incidentally takes all the fun out of blog posts like this, Zuck was just doing what the locals do. Europeans don't tip because the service charge is built in. I remember reading that in a guidebook somewhere.
Now let me give you guys a tip.
Don't buy Facebook stock. To quote Billy Ray Valentine from Trading Places,
we still haven't cleared out all the
President Smart Diplomacy stepped in it Big Time today. After awarding a Presidential Medal of Freedom to an actual enemy of America he tried to make nice by giving one to Polish resistance fighter Jan Karski.
Except he sorta, kinda, no-doubt-about-it blew it.
"The White House will apologize for this outrageous error," Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski tweeted. Sikorski said that Polish Prime Minister Donald "Tusk will make a statement in the morning. It's a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence"...
"A Polish death camp" — Sikorski also tonight tweeted a link to an Economist story noting that "few things annoy Poles more than being blamed for the crimes committed by the Nazi occupiers of their homeland. For many years, Polish media, diplomats and politicians have tried to persuade outsiders to stop using the phrase "Polish death camps" as a shorthand description of Auschwitz and other exemplars of Nazi brutality and mass murder. Unfortunately this seems to have escaped Barack Obama's staff seem not to have noticed this"...
I'll be tweeting this post to all my New York Times reading friends; because I'm sure Pravda won't be covering such an obvious screw-up on the part of their Smartest Guy In The Room.
I mean, it's not like Sarah Palin said "Polish death camps", right?
And besides, everybody knows Polish Jews killed peaceful Palestinians by the truckload back in the day, and the UN did nothing…! Wikipedia wouldn't lie to us.
teleprompter for Propaganda Mode. Again. And get Axelrod on the horn.
See if any of those pissed-off Polacks play golf, and set something up. After
the election though. There's fundraising to be done and time's a-wastin'.
When you get your Nobel Peace Prize from a Cracker Jack box you tend to gloss over any meaningful correlation between achievement and reward. So Barry took it upon himself to pervert the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by awarding it to an avowed Socialist who's also a fan of America's enemies.
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.
Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America.
DSA describes itself as "the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International."
Huerta has claimed, "Republicans hate Latinos," and has spoken fondly of Hugo Chavez's despotic regime in Venezuela.
Yeah, Hugo Chavez is all about freedom.
And unions; independent thought is their stock in trade.
Dolores Huerta co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez and still serves as it's "Vice President emeritus." Nowadays she busies herself as an (unregistered) agent of the Castro regime lobbying for the release of a Castroite terrorist serving two life terms after conviction by U.S. juries of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder of a decorated U.S. Marine of Hispanic heritage. In the parlance of the Castro regime and their agents (on the payroll and off) this terrorist and his accomplices are known as "The Cuban Five."
Delores Huerta, she's just like Thomas Jefferson. Well, certainly Jefferson's Evil Twin.
That sound you hear is the Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves.
Made ya laugh, didn't I? Of course a one hundred dollar per hour minimum wage is ridiculous. But when you get right down to it, so is any state-mandated minimum wage.
And conversely, if you buy the arguments repeatedly trotted out in favor of raising the minimum wage — "Economic Justice" being the latest one — there's nothing in them which says a measly hundred bucks an hour would be enough.
That proverbial single mother of 2, slaving away for $7.25, her children deserve to aspire to equestrian heights! And face it, $200,000 a year still won't put her in the same league as Ann Romney.
A bump from $14,500 to $17,000? Chump change. Insulting, almost.
OK, sarcasm aside, what set me off was reading today's Star-Ledger editorial over lunch. They're urging Chris Christie to support the Democrats' latest plan to create jobs — make them more expensive by raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50.
Toward Economic Justice
If you work hard in America, you should not be poor.
Gee, right there you have a whole pantheon of socialist nonsense rolled up into one big empty platitude.
I'll counter with something my old boss once said to me. "Results, not effort."
Results count. How hard you (think) you work is irrelevant. If you're working and not getting what you want, work harder. Or work smarter. Or both.
[T]hat federal minimum is one thing in Mississippi, but quite another in a high-cost state like New Jersey. Several other high-cost states, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, have already established higher wages, as New Jersey once did. Try to imagine a single mother with two kids in Jersey trying to get by on the $14,500 annual salary today's minimum wage brings. Justice demands that we do better.
The minimum wage hike would boost the wages of 500,000 New Jersey workers, more than half of them women, lifting household income for 200,000 children. The majority are over the age of 20 working full-time.
And while they were visiting the Department Of Pulling Numbers Out Of Their Ass there was a big bold graphic printed in the paper (alas, not available online) which claimed raising the minimum wage would create 2,420 new full-time jobs.
The preposterousness of such a claim is left to the eminent Dr. Thomas Sowell.
People in minimum wage jobs do not stay at the minimum wage permanently. Their pay increases as they accumulate experience and develop skills. It increases an average of 30 percent in just their first year of employment, according to a Cato Institute study. Other studies show that low-income people become average-income people in a few years and high-income people later in life.
All of this depends on their having a job in the first place, however.
As imposed wage rates rise, so do job qualifications, so that less skilled or less experienced workers become "unemployable." Think about it. Every one of us would be "unemployable" if our pay rates were raised high enough.
There's the rub, eh? Bump up everyone's pay and they'll be expected to do more, and better work. On the flipside, the kid with no skills probably won't get hired at all. Why? Because his lack of talent isn't worth such a high rate of pay. There's a reason so many entry-level jobs are going to illegal aliens who'll work for cash. Those folks understand market realities far better than a do-gooder newspaper editorialist does.
The job which pays you something is better than no job at all.
All of us are being squeezed by increased costs. Gas prices, food prices, tolls, bus fares, health care, everything is going up. Except salaries. So the simplistic, knee-jerk liberal reaction is — raise salaries too!
But reality doesn't work that way. There's only so much money in the pot. A business that's getting squeezed on all sides isn't going to just give every employee a raise because some limousine liberal said so. More likely most employees will get the raise, and some unlucky souls will find themselves out on the street.
And the people who still have jobs? Yup, they'll have to work harder, or find out they're not irreplaceable.
Raise the minimum wage?
Try eliminating the minimum wage!
Show of hands. Who here thinks giving the UN veto power over US sovereignty is a swell idea? OK Frank Lautenberg, you can sit down now. You too Bob Menendez.
After getting back from the shore this weekend, marching in the Memorial Day parade, and enjoying some lovely barbecues with friends, I open my web browser and see the Democrats are trying to sell us out to the United Nations. Again.
A real stinker of a global conspiracy called LOST has been banging around in the US Senate since Ronald Reagan's time. LOST stands for Law Of The Sea Treaty and it's a globalist's wet dream.
Here's what the globalists are trying to do:
- Take away the right of Congress or the president to go to war unless the United Nations approves (that is unless we get Russia and China not to veto the resolutions.
- Hold American presidents and cabinet members criminally responsible for going to war without UN approval.
- Limit the right of the US Navy to keep the seas open.
- Require half of the royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling and mineral mining to go to a UN body to distribute as it wishes with no real control by the United States.
- Require us to share our offshore drilling technology with all other nations.
- Require us to assure, through registration and other intrusive methods, that none of the gun owners in America export their weapons to other countries.
- Establish international jurisdiction over firearms in the United States.
Barry and his minions have been working overtime to get this nonsense passed in the Senate. The Republicans have threatened to turn it into an election issue. Because US sovereignty isn't something we should be messing around with.
Unless you're a haughty, French-inspired, former Democratic Party presidential candidate.
Mr. Kerry said he hoped to avoid ensnaring the treaty, which is opposed by some conservatives, in the presidential election campaign.
"I do not want this treaty to become victim to that race or the politics of the moment," Sen. [John] Kerry [D-MA] said. "We will wait until the passions of the election have subsided before we vote."
Obama administration officials want ratification this year, but said a vote could be held in the lame-duck period following the election.
Ram it through when we're busy celebrating Romney's victory, and planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Just like Obamacare, only with far more sinister repercussions.
This treasonous twaddle is what passes for enlightened thinking in the salons of New York Times readers. Give Cuba veto power over our maritime pursuits. Send us hat in hand to China just to beg permission to drill for oil. Because when Obama can deflect his lapdog media away from his own failings, they'll blame high gas prices on American greed.
And I'll bet Somali pirates would just love to tell the US Navy where we can, and more importantly can't deploy our ships.
Filibuster this foolishness. Diplokooks at the Useless Nations have no business dictating to the United States of America. I hope that Mitt Romney makes LOST into an election issue. Because otherwise Stephen Decatur, John Paul Jones, Chester Nimitz, and countless other American naval heroes will have died in vain. That's not what Memorial Day is about, and shame on the Democrats for believing otherwise.
Now a soon-to-be published biography by David Maraniss entitled "Barack Obama: The Story" gives more detail on Obama's pot-smoking days, complete with testimonials from young Barry Obama's high school buddies, a group that went by the name "the Choom Gang." Choom was slang for smoking marijuana.
Maraniss portrays the teenage Obama as not just a pot smoker, but a pot-smoking innovator.
"As a member of the Choom Gang," Maraniss writes, "Barry Obama was known for starting a few pot-smoking trends."
The first Obama-inspired trend: "Total Absorption" or "TA."
"TA was the opposite of Bill Clinton's claim that as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford he smoked dope but never inhaled," explains Maraniss. Here's how it worked: If you exhaled prematurely when you were with the Choom Gang, "you were assessed a penalty and and your turn was skipped the next time the joint came around."
As one of Obama's old high school buddies tells Maraniss: "Wasting good bud smoke was not tolerated."
If only he had the same philosophy about taxpayer money that he used to have about weed, we'd be in much better shape.
Perhaps we now know what Michelle is really growing in the White House garden, eh?
Total Absorption, man. It puts you into the right frame of mind to vote for Obama. That Romney dude is such a downer, always tellin' us to work and stuff. Who wants that?
Grownups, that's who. The folks who feel betrayed by Hope And Choom.
Richard Furillo stood with his son Matthew at his son's workplace; a lifelong Democrat, he voted for Obama in 2008 but won't again. "I don't know why I did it but I cannot stand any more 'change,'" he said, referring to the president's old campaign slogan.
Think of the upcoming election this way. We now know that President Obama is really Jeff Spicoli, and Mitt Romney is Mr. Hand.
Prom bid. Check.
Rented tuxedo. Check.
Princeton High is the latest Mercer County school to implement a breath-test policy. Before its "Candyland"-themed prom tonight, licensed administrators will administer breath tests to every student, Superintendent Judy Wilson said.
You can't drink and prom anymore.
But some traditions remain. Such as the post-prom "score." Only you'd better be practicing safe sex.
One New York high school is making condoms available to students as they leave the prom.
I can see paradise by the dashboard light.
I blog for fun (mostly). Yes I'm political, and yes I'm provocative, but absent the occasional nutjob emailer I guess I'm not important enough to get the whackos really fired up. Which is fine by me.
Other bloggers aren't so lucky. Robert Stacy McCain was recently forced to flee his home, and go into hiding with his wife and children. Why? Because a left-wing "activist" named Brett Kimberlin didn't like Stacy digging into his past.
Stacy's a tenacious old cuss though, and he's taking the fight to the enemy, albeit from an "undisclosed location." Interestingly he's used the old-school spycraft technique of a "barium meal" to apparently out one of Kimberlin's online personas.
Both Patrick Frey and Aaron Worthing had expressed suspicion that Kimberlin is "Breitbart Unmasked," a site no honest person should ever link, but which has proven to be a sturdy rope with which Kimberlin has now hanged himself. Why? Because, you see, there were some elements in my small slice of this story that I have never disclosed online — key facts that only lying felon Brett Kimberlin could have known — which appeared in the false "Breitbart Unmasked" attack on me.
Given that "Breitbart Unmasked" has in recent months been used to publish smear after smear against various of Kimberlin's enemies, this attack on me therefore provides crucial evidence indicating that, while Kimberlin claimed these law-abiding citizens were "harassing" or "stalking" him, quite the reverse is true.
As Glenn Reynolds put it, trying to out-crazy Stacy McCain is not going to end well. If anything it's caused many, many bloggers to look into just who Brett Kimberlin is. And what we've found is downright scary.
Kimberlin has engaged in a prolonged systematic smear campaign against a coterie of right-wing bloggers.
Read Patterico's bone-chilling story. I'll wait.
[I]f we allow our friends to be picked off one by one, we will all be picked off. It is imperative that we stand together, and face this together as a united front.
Hang in there Stacy. The cavalry is here.
Oh those silly feminist Democrats, never practicing what they preach.
A group of Democratic female senators on Wednesday declared war on the so-called "gender pay gap," urging their colleagues to pass the aptly named Paycheck Fairness Act when Congress returns from recess next month. However, a substantial gender pay gap exists in their own offices, a Washington Free Beacon analysis of Senate salary data reveals.
Of the five senators who participated in Wednesday's press conference—Barbara Mikulski (D., Md.), Patty Murray (D., Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.), Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.)—three pay their female staff members significantly less than male staffers.
Murray, who has repeatedly accused Republicans of waging a "war a women," is one of the worst offenders. Female members of Murray's staff made about $21,000 less per year than male staffers in 2011, a difference of 35.2 percent.
Senator Murray? Lilly Ledbetter is on line 2.
I checked in with my favorite feminist, but alas no screed denouncing this abject degradation of female Senate staffers could be found. But to be fair, she didn't bat an eye when it came out that the Obama White House also devalues their female staffers. Presumably the "gee whiz" factor associated with being in the same building as The Chosen One makes up for that 18% to 35% pay differential.
Well that, and those delicious White House garden vegetables Michelle passes
out every Friday during the angry feminut coffee hour which Valerie Jarrett
organizes on behalf of Emily's List. There's a set of anti-capitalist talking
points included with every zucchini! And best of all, the lettuce is signed
by Tim Geithner. Don't
spend eat it all in one place.
You've probably never heard of him, but Eugene Polley changed your life. For the better.
In 1955 the Zenith engineer invented the first wireless TV remote control.
Polley's 1955 Flash-Matic pointed a beam of light at photo cells in the corners of the screen. This activated the picture and sound and changed channels.
Mr. Polley died of natural causes on Sunday at a suburban Chicago hospital. He was 96.
Lisa Jackson is cackling with glee. Her boss promised us electricty rates would "necessarily skyrocket" and he's delivered.
According to Phil Kerpen at Fox News, the market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity will be eight times higher than the price for 2012, and those numbers are not computer models, projections or estimates.
Get ready to dig deep.
The market-clearing price for new 2015 capacity — almost all natural gas — was $136 per megawatt. That's eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16 per megawatt. In the mid-Atlantic area covering New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and DC the new price is $167 per megawatt. For the northern Ohio territory served by FirstEnergy, the price is a shocking $357 per megawatt.
Did I say "octuple?" I meant decuple. The new price is ten times the old price. Way to go Obama!
Air conditioning. Or food. Heckuva choice, eh?
Meanwhile preening celebrities who care about saving the planet think nothing of spewing more CO2 than I would in a month just for a photo op at an Oxford Climate Change Debate.
Musician Will.I.Am has been criticised for arriving at a climate change debate in a private helicopter, producing the same amount of CO2 most people do in a month.
When he changes his name to Yes.I.Am.A.Hypocrite maybe I'll start caring about "climate change."
But until then? I love coal. It keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The way God and Steinmetz intended.
There's some hope though. The Senate could defang Obama's anti-coal jihad. The fine folks at www.WarOnCoal.com have the details. It'll only take 51 votes to restore sanity to electricity prices. Unless Obama is stupid enough to veto it. Then he'll own our poverty, and anyone who votes to re-elect him deserves to pay through the nose to recharge their iPhones with algae power.
Vote for Romney. Or Americans will freeze in the dark.
The idealogues do not want a strict-constructionist judiciary. New Jersey has the distinct (dis)honor of having the most activist State Supreme Court in the nation. Chris Christie wants to change that.
The Democrats say "no."
There are two vacancies on the NJSC. Christie's first nominee, Phillip Kwon, was sent packing amid the swirl of specious ethics charges directed at his mother. And yesterday the Democrats derailed Christie's nomination of openly-gay Chatham mayor Bruce Harris.
Mr. Harris would seem to be their perfect judicial candidate too — he's homosexual and proud, he's in favor of same-sex "marriage", and he's black. That's what the affirmative-action bean counters call a trifecta. Except for one teensy-weensy problem. Harris is a registered Republican.
Mind you, he's probably a Republican in the mold of Christie Whitman. But no matter. He's PNG with the lefty activist set. South Jersey Boss George Norcross gave him a thumbs-down. And Steve Sweeney rushed to do his master's bidding. Harris' nomination is DOA.
Elsewhere in NJ judicial news, many of our state's Superior Court judgeships remain vacant, to hear the Dems tell it, because Christie hasn't nominated anyone to fill them. Actually though it's because State Senator Ron Rice (D-Venus) refuses to come back to Earth before his obsession with space aliens taking over the public education system makes him a laughingstock. Rice gets to block Christie's executive branch nominees due to an obscure practice known as "Senatorial Courtesy."
And block them he has. En masse. Because he's afraid Klingons in cahoots with Chris Christie are out to emasculate the teachers unions. So "Acting" Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf can't get a confirmation hearing, lest the witnesses Senator Rice calls to testify fail to beam down when summoned.
The Democrats believe they're holding all the cards. Except the wheels of justice are slowing grinding to a halt. Justice denied, and all that.
I happen to believe that a governor (and a president) ought to have wide latitude when choosing judicial nominees. It's their right by virtue of their position. It's also one reason why I'm hell-bent on defeating Barack Obama in November. The right place to determine the judiciary's balance is at the ballot box; not in a smoke-filled back room.
Obama elevated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. She's barely qualified to sit in judgment on traffic court, but there she is, attempting to keep up while Antonin Scalia patiently explains the Constitution.
In my (not so) humble opinion Bruce Harris could be just as bad for New Jersey. But that's beside the point. He's become a pawn in the Democrats' power play on behalf of their public employee union benefactors. An activist judiciary keeps the social justice gravy train flowing. It forces our state to spend billions of dollars which inevitably end up in the hands of union flunkies. The money lavished on the Abbott school districts alone is enough to keep the NJEA in clover for years to come.
State Senator Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth Board of Education) has even gone so far as to demand Christie nominate two liberal Democrats in Harris' and Kwon's stead. Because that would maintain what he calls "balance" on the court. To me that's tantamount to a declaration of war; our recent Democrat governors certainly didn't nominate any conservative Republicans!
Governor Christie needs to stand firm. Pick two conservative jurists
with impeccable credentials and take their case to the people. Stand up to
Democrat bullying. The future of New Jersey depends on it.
Public employee unions do not operate in the real world. In the real world, when an employer has less work that needs doing, he reduces the size of his work force.
Enrollment in the Newark, NJ public school system is down. Way down. But their unionized teachers have tenure. And tenure says, no layoffs.
Which means there is now a surplus of teachers.
The union says they're willing to "negotiate" a work force reduction. And hey,
didn't you guys just get $100 million bucks from that Facebook dude? 'Cause
we'd very much like you to
bribe us buy out our contracts
with that money.
Meanwhile there are 300 to 400 layabouts (aka "the lowest-performing
teachers") still on the payroll. Protected by the union, until they can
be paid off. Because they care about the children.
Dr. Donald Berwick, the guy Barry chose to implement Obamacare, praises the British NHS as the "model" for a future American health care system.
An investigation was underway Saturday into the death of a baby who was born in a hospital waiting room in England's East Midlands region.
Steven Yorke and his partner Sara Proud went to Leicester Royal Infirmary on Sunday night when Proud realized she was in labor.
When they arrived, they were told to wait in a side room with other expectant parents.
When my wife went into labor we went to Saint Barnabas in Livinston, NJ. They immediately put her into a labor & delivery room. With doctors. And nurses. Our friends went to the waiting room.
But 80 minutes later, baby Kyle was born while Yorke was trying to find help.
When two midwives did come to assist, the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby's neck.
Midwives? The voodoo dancers weren't available?
An ultrasound might have detected that whole twisted umbilical cord thing.
They're in a hospital. "Trying to find help" ought not be a game of hide and seek.
Kyle was quickly delivered and rushed off in the hope of being revived, but those attempts were unsuccessful.
I guess the midwives forgot to sacrifice a chicken.
Sheesh. Kyle would have been better off with a random NYPD cop.
Even after the birth, Proud was left to deliver the placenta in the waiting room and only realized Kyle had died when Yorke told her what had happened.
Quality care! You've just given birth to an at-risk baby, and the hospital leaves you to fend for yourself in the waiting room. Maybe her insurance was expired. Oh, wait, it's single payer!
One assumes they handed her a trolly and a mop to clean up the mess by herself too.
Leicester Royal Infirmary has admitted that mistakes were made.
The "mistake" was in trusting NHS.
But our system, the one where caregivers are responsible for their mistakes, and staff are rewarded for quality care, that's the one we're going to scrap in favor of this socialist utopian assembly line with insufficient beds or staff, which the nomenklatura won't have to endure anyway.
It's a scheme only a Democrat could love! Nancy Pelosi will introduce legislation to classify stillborn babies left in waiting rooms as "late-term abortions" and also throw a few bucks at Planned Parenthood to study the medical efficacy of voodoo on pro-life politicians.
Well to be fair, their voodoo works on the media, doesn't it?
Anyone who still believes Dharun Ravi wasn't convicted of "thoughtcrime" just needs to read the sentence he received today.
Dharun Ravi will serve a 30-day jail term, beginning on May 31.
Ravi will have a three year probation sentence. He will also have to complete 300 hours of community services, and attend a counseling program relative to cyber bullying and alternate lifestyles.
He will also have to pay $10,000 to the probation department. The sum will be allotted to a facility dedicated to victims of bias crimes.
Jail is punishment for an actual crime. (Not that I'm conceding Ravi is guilty of anything, because he isn't.)
Then we get to the meat of his sentence — "…attend a counseling program relative to alternate lifestyles" — that's not punishment for anything, it's government-mandated indoctrination. The state will tell Dharun Ravi what to think.
Yessirree, the government has a monopoly on truth. Dharun Ravi will worship at the altar of homosexuality. Or else.
And last but not least, he's gotta write a $10,000 check to a gay rights slush fund, dedicated to "victims" of thoughtcrimes like his.
Presumably that includes "victims" like Tyler Joe Clementi McAllister's secret 34 year old homosexual lover whose identity was scrupulously protected by the court system. "Victim", my ass. Do you know what we call 34 year old men who engage in sex with 19 year old coeds? Perverts. Or, predators. But in the "alternate lifestyles" universe, anything goes. I'm sure the inevitable Broadway musical based on this fellow's "budding and meaningful relationship with Tyler" will explain it to us unelightened Christers.
And yet, the mob is not satiated.
Those who have oppose giving Dharun Ravi jail time have asked, hasn't he suffered enough? But we believe there's another question: Has Dharun Ravi done enough? Has he done enough to use his place in history to speak out against student bullying and to make a positive impact on millions of lives across our state and nation?
Thus far, no.
Repent, Sinner! Embrace the gay! Cheer it! Love it! Encourage it!
You mean Dharun Ravi's sentence didn't include him becoming the latest poster boy for gay rights?
Give him a few months, he hasn't been to any of his homosexual indoctrination
classes yet. Wait until he's fully up to speed on how to
vandalize churches that support the traditional definition of marriage.
Then I'm sure he'll do you guys proud.
When are these Cassandras going to give it up? None of their dire predictions have come true. Not a single one!
The polar ice caps were supposed to be completely gone by, wait for it, this is gonna be good, four months from now.
Let's go to the satellite imagery!
Wow, those are some pretty big polar ice caps we've got. Gonna take an act of Gaia to wipe 'em out by Labor Day. OK, Halloween, for sure. It's science, direct from NASA.
The science is full of the joys of spring.
So pardon me if I don't get excited about the latest pronouncement from Al Gore's chicken little friends.
Humans will need two Earths to support our lifestyles by 2030 because we are draining the world's resources so quickly, a new report has warned.
Two Earths! Do we get the second one from Amazon.com? What can we do if it's out of stock?
That's what we have to do. We all must die. To save the Earth.
Well actually, almost all of us. The enlightened elite, the Gaia-worshipping ecowarriors, they've been chosen to remain alive. They know what's best. And it ain't the good old U S of A.
"The United States symbolises the worst ideologies in the world: growth and freedom."
There's the impetus behind the modern environmental movement. They'll say it's about polar bears and redwoods; it's not. It's about control. With eco-fascists running the show, forcing humanity to live like savages while they jet off to Kyoto to opine from on high about how cow farts are killing the delta smelt.
And frankly I'm sick of it. I'm sick of Al Gore and Michael Mann and James Hansen and all the doomsayers. Hire some friggin' engineers already. Put 'em to work. We can fix anything if we put our minds to it.
You say carbon dioxide is like cyanide to Mother Gaia? Design a machine that eats carbon dioxide. Oh, wait. God already did that; it's called a tree.
Johnny Appleseed, please call your office.
Every time I hear the name Rachel Carson I want to vomit. She is directly responsible for more than one million dead African children each year. The environmentalists call that "a good start." I call it genocide.
Bring back DDT. Unless you don't like children?
See what I mean? Every time humanity brushes up against the environmental movement it's up to humanity to step back. In their book worms get more respect than people. Weeds too. They love weeds. Maybe that's really why the liberals made it so hard for us to buy antihistamines; they're hoping we'll all die from allergies.
Here's the thing. We've done our part. The bad stuff we used to dump willy-nilly? We don't do that anymore. The air is clean, the water is pure. And both are getting better, every year.
The econuts are quibbling over parts per billion of obscure chemicals and pretending they pose the same danger as raw sewage pumped into bottles of Poland Spring water. Because it's all they've got.
If they weren't on a power trip they'd quit while they were ahead. But
saving the planet isn't as much fun as controlling our lives.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…"
The Founding Fathers didn't say "Obama shalt not decree" and thus our First Gay President is determined to force military chaplains into officiating at same-sex "marriage" ceremonies.
The Obama Administration said it "strongly objects" to a pair of amendments to the 2013 defense authorization bill that would prohibit same-sex marriages on military property and would also protect the religious freedom of military chaplains and service members who are opposed to same-sex marriage.
The two amendments passed the House Armed Services Committee and are expected to be voted on Friday, said Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).
Akin authored an amendment that would protect military personnel who object to homosexuality based on their moral beliefs. He said military chaplains have faced censorship for their opposition to gay marriage.
"There is a war on religious belief in the military," Akin said. "Chaplains and service members should not face recrimination or persecution in the military for standing strong on their religious beliefs in opposition to homosexuality."
Akin's amendment creates a statutory conscience protection clause for members of the military — and specifically military chaplains.
"It says that chaplains who don't believe that it's right to have same sex marriage won't be forced against their conscious to perform those ceremonies and furthermore — they won't be punished because of their religious convictions."
Alas our enumerated First Amendment protection for religious liberty is no match for the invented "right" to unnatural marriage.
The Office of Management and Budget issued a statement Wednesday condemning the amendments, saying the Obama Administration "strongly objects" to the amendment — stating that it would "inhibit the ability of same-sex couples to marry or enter a recognized relationship under state law."
And get this, they base their objection on religious liberty grounds!
The OMB said the amendments are "potentially harmful to good order and discipline" and said any attempt to deny service members access to facilities for religious ceremonies on the basis of sexual orientation is "a troublesome and potentially unconstitutional limitation on religious liberty."
Homosexuality is a religion now?
You have to stick your head pretty far up your ass to view forcing chaplains to endorse homosexuality as a "limitation on religious liberty."
"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
It's part and parcel of the radical homosexual agenda to destroy religion. Morality is the only thing standing between them and eternal hedonism. So moraility must be eradicated lest any smidgeon of guilt creep up into what's left of their consciences.
If it feels good, do it. If it feels really good, do it in public. And denounce anyone who complains.
Should Obama succeed in defeating Rep. Akin's amendment I can only imagine what's next. Adam and Steve demanding to sashay down the aisle at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. With the full force of government staring down Cardinal Dolan to either allow it or lose his tax exempt status.
"Tolerance" for thee,
but not for me.
I haven't read Jonah Goldberg's new book yet, but after seeing this interview he did with John Hawkins I think I'm going to run out and pick up a copy.
There's one part that really caught my eye.
The question involved the youth vote, with Goldberg's observation that most 18 year olds are "really dumb" prompting Hawkins to ask if the country should raise the voting age.
If I got to make policy, I would keep the voting age at 18 or maybe I'd raise it to about 25. But one thing I would definitely do is make everybody take a test. We don't say that when you turn 16 you can drive, we say when you turn 16 you're eligible to drive, which means you have to pass a test in order to be able to drive. Immigrants have to take a test and know the three branches of government, who the Founding Fathers are; they have to know about the Bill of Rights. They have to know those things. It seems to me that if immigrants have to know that stuff to become citizens and be able to vote, then I don't see any principled objections why citizens who are born here shouldn't have to take a similar test to be able to vote. I generally think that voting is too easy in this country and that if people want to value their citizenship, we should make it a little harder because things that are harder, we value more.
Now before you start screaming "Fourteenth Amendment!" and "Voting Rights Act!", allow me to explain.
The stuff he's talking about? We used to teach it in school. Yup, back before political correctness and the need to protect little Johnny's feelings became the paramount mission of our school systems it was necessary for kids to learn actual American history. Warts and all. Responsibility wasn't a dirty word. Hard work was expected. There was a seriousness amongst the citizenry which seems to have gone almost completely lacking today.
There's a whole host of reasons why our youth have devolved into a bunch of jabbering ignoramuses ("ignoramii?") — the sixties, feminism, drugs, free love, Comedy Central, the list goes on. And of course the media's complete abdication of their traditional watchdog / adversarial role.
Somewhere along the line we stopped teaching kids how to think and just started telling them what to think. And therein lies the road to totalitarianism. Express the "wrong" opinion today; see how far it gets you.
On the other hand, try going through life with a deficit of critical thinking skills and you might end up in a roadside ditch.
P.J. O'Rourke once wrote, "Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." Giving those teenage boys a ballot and telling them to pick a government is equally as bad.
In terms of the youth, we have a popular culture that exalts young people simply because they're young and I have a deep and abiding contempt for youth politics, certainly as it's practiced on the Left. I like and work with a lot of young conservative organizations, but you know one of the things that the Young America's Foundation does is actually teach kids why they should have a healthy respect for the past. The assumption that we have to cater to young people because they're young and they're the future and all that kind of stuff is just a naked form of power worship. It assumes that since they're going to run everything one day, we might as well cave into them now. This completely turns the idea of civilization on its head. Hannah Arendt once said, "Every generation, Western civilization is invaded by barbarians — we call them 'children'." If then the logical extension of this argument that we should lower the voting age even more, why not just, you know, lower it to the age of three and then toddlers can all elect Elmo president….
[Hawkins:] He'd do a better job.
He may well, but we assume that simply because you're young and you don't know anything that somehow you have this better insight into the world, than if you've lived a little and you had real experience and you're educated. At some point, society is going to have to straighten that out. Young people get a huge break anyway. They're young, they're having fun, they look better than old people, their bodies don't hurt, and they're having a good time. We don't need to also say that they're the best political philosophers and adjudicators of policy in the country because they're not. Let them have fun being young people, but don't tell me I have to defer to them simply because they know less than I do.
Or to put more directly — where have all the grownups gone?
Our society is infantilized. And the ruling elite likes it that way.
I'm currently reading a historical account of Cicero's tenure as Consul of Rome. It's fascinating, not just for the political intrique, but for how much serious effort the Romans put into their elections. Soaring oratory! Debates which were more like duels, except with words. There was dignity in voting, it being a solemn duty not lightly exercised. It took time, you had to travel, and stand on line. All day.
We Americans fetishize the ability to vote far more than we value the wisdom which comes with understanding what it is that we are voting for. Early voting. Internet voting. Absentee voting. Might as well be afterthought voting for all the deliberation most folks put into it.
Just look at the brouhaha over voter ID laws. Getting an ID is too hard! Well you know what? Tough. You can't visit your congressman without a photo ID, why on earth should we let you choose a congressman before proving you're at least intelligent enough to navigate the bureaucracy at the DMV? At a minimum the trip will give you an appreciation of just how ridiculous most of the legislation and regulations that congressman imposes on you really are.
David Brinkley once suggested we move election day to April 15th. I'll take it one better, only citizens who actually pay taxes should be allowed to vote. If you're living off the public teat you don't get to vote yourself a bigger piece of my pie. In the U.S. of Wy the only voter ID needed is a W-2 and a tax return.
Serves to focus the mind, it does. Add in Jonah's citizenship test and we're back on track to an informed and responsible electorate. When you expect more from yourself, you'll demand more from those you've chosen to represent you.
Note that I didn't say "lead you."
We are the leaders. We The People. Three simple words, with two
centuries of proud and noble tradition behind them. Pray that we are up
to the task.
Five years. Five years ago today I started this blog.
Stats — 2385 posts, a little over 800,000 hits, almost 1,300 Twitter followers, and my Networked Blogs / Facebook "likes" stuck at 99. Would it be too much to ask for one more Facebook liker? Just one. Please?
Click the damn button!
Or maybe it's stuck at 99. Kinda like the odometer on an old Pinto.
I used to obsess about my stats. Now I'm calmer. Or so the voices in my head tell me.
Rambling, I am.
Glad you're here though. Five years is a long time. On the internet it's an eternity, considering the click-click-click and click some more mantra of most web surfers. (Do we still call people "web surfers?" Or is there a new, hip term now? Nobody ever accused me of being hip!) So thanks for sticking around, and coming back.
Know what's cool? When someone comes up to me in the supermarket and says "love your blog." Alas there's also the "Wysocki, you ignorant slut!" contingent as well; but enough about my wife.
I'm kidding dear!
Looking ahead to the next five years, I hear there's an election coming up. Maybe I'll look into that, in between keeping tabs on Tim Tebow and the Jets. Superbowl here we come! Hey, it'll be in the Meadowlands in 2014; maybe I can score a ticket. I was worried about freezing my butt off since there's no dome, but the Global Warming dudes tell me winter's been canceled until every American buys a Chevy Volt and lives in a solar-powered yurt.
So long as the yurt has WiFi, you'll still have WyBlog.
The Obamessiah failed U.S. Budgeting 101. The plan he touted during his State of the Union speech, the economic framework he's counting on for Hope And Change V2.0, his hand-crafted schematic for debt reduction and massive tax increases, can't pass muster with even a single Senator.
It went down in flames today, 99 to 0.
President Obama's budget suffered a second embarrassing defeat Wednesday, when senators voted 99-0 to reject it.
Coupled with the House's rejection in March, 414-0, that means Mr. Obama's budget has failed to win a single vote in support this year.
Republicans forced the vote by offering the president's plan on the Senate floor.
They don't teach budgeting (or economics) in Community Organizer school.
Harry Reid doesn't have any Democrat alternative, so he'll use parliamentary tricks to ensure Paul Ryan's sound, sensible, serious plan never makes it to the floor.
It's been more than 1100 days since the do-nothing Senate has passed a budget.
Democrats call that leadership.
We call it SCOAMF.
I imagine she's got a good head for business. Former escort Ashley Dupre is going legit, with an upscale lingerie and swimwear boutique in Red Bank, NJ.
Ashley Dupre, the former escort from New Jersey whose tryst with former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer created a blockbuster political scandal that led to his resignation, is back in the Garden State and starting a new chapter in her life.
Dupre has opened a lingerie and swimsuit shop in the trendy town of Red Bank and says she is moving forward with her new career and not regretting the past, according to a report by RedBankGreen.com.
There's a website — Femme by Ashley — although pictures of the one-time Playboy model won't be featured.
A reporter from the hyperlocal website landed a rare one-on-one interview with the former call girl, who said she likes to maintain her privacy and refused to allow any photos or videos during the interview.
"I'm very private. People don't believe that, but I'm a very private person," Dupre told the website. "I don't want that life. I'm not looking to be in the press. I'm just looking to get on with my life."
Dupre told the website her Red Bank business venture "is almost like the beginning of the rest of my life... I made a bunch of mistakes when I was younger, and I feel like, for the first time in my life, I'm growing into an adult, and I'm really excited about that."
Everyone deserves a second chance. But I suppose if Eliot Spitzer shows up with his new girlfriend things might get a little awkwward.
And on the plus side, a quick 5 minutes of Internet research turned up one interesting fact about the new and improved Ms. Dupre. She's a Jets fan!
Some of my libertarian friends are proudly proclaiming their intent to vote "not Romney" come November. They're standing on principle dontcha know. Since the Republicans didn't nominate Ron Paul nobody else is good enough for their tastes.
Um, OK. Line up behind Gary Johnson. He won't win. There, I said it. Gary Johnson will never be president of the United States. Neither will Ron Paul. They took their shot during the primaries. They lost. In the general election they'll get creamed.
I was a Rick Perry guy. He lost too. Should I take my marbles and go home? Or should I try to influence the presumptive GOP nominee to listen to Governor Perry, and weigh his advice?
In other words, which of the two candidates is more likely to seek out and consider conservative (and libertarian) viewpoints?
Every vote for Johnson or Paul (or Nader or Donald Duck) is one less vote for the only guy who stands between us and four more years of Obamunism. All those things you guys say Romney might do? Allow me to let you in on a little secret — Obama is already doing stuff that's worse. In a second term he says he'll have "more flexibility." Trust me, that's not going to be good for America.
Doesn't the idea of a further leftward shift scare you guys even a little?
Because it terrifies me.
Barack Obama's war on the Catholic Church has claimed its first scalp.
Franciscan University appears to be the first casualty of the new Obama HHS mandate that requires Catholic colleges, groups and businesses to pay for drugs that may cause abortions and birth control for their employees.
Although President Barack Obama declared "If you like your health care coverage you can keep it," when it came to passing Obamacare, a Catholic college in Ohio has determined it will no longer offer a student health insurance plan.
"The Obama Administration has mandated that all health insurance plans must cover 'women's health services' including contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing medications as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)," the university says in a new post on its website. "Up to this time, Franciscan University has specifically excluded these services and products from its student health insurance policy, and we will not participate in a plan that requires us to violate the consistent teachings of the Catholic Church on the sacredness of human life."
Kathleen Sebelius was seen cackling hysterically as Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman Schultz danced a jig under the Capitol dome. Their evil plan is working.
Soon Catholicism will be marginalized, and Americans will worship the one true Obamessiah, provider of the free stuff and champion of the Hollywood sodomite elite. In his name they will supplicate, and upon his visage they will gaze as their liberty is suborned to the power of the Democratic Party.
A new messenger of perpetual dependency has emerged — Patricia Henry (played in the never-ending Obama biopic by Sandra Fluke) — proclaiming "give me free birth control or give me death!"
Alas in the land of eternal narcissism, death is reserved for the unborn.
And thus it was written: As Dear Leader hath decreed, so shall it be done. Thou shalt have no savior but Obama. Honor thy Independent Payment Advisory Board and thy unionized caregiver political action committee. Keep holy the solstice. And remember, Thou Shalt Not Vote Republican.
And of course coveting thy neighbor's wife is encouraged, and thy neighbor's goods so long as he is vilified as a member of the 1%.
Our children will never know freedom. They'll never know responsibility
either. And what they don't know can't derail the dystopian future our
Obamunist overlords hath established.
I had a fellow come up to me over the weekend, he's a die-hard Democrat, big Obama booster, never voted for a Republican in his life. First thing out of his mouth — what the hell was Obama thinking with this gay "marriage" thing? To say my friend is pissed off would be an understatement. He knows the issue's a stinker.
The latest CBS News / New York Times poll shows he's not alone in thinking that.
According to the survey, conducted May 11-13, 46 percent of registered voters say they would vote for Romney, while 43 percent say they would opt for Mr. Obama. Romney's slight advantage remains within the poll's margin of error, which is plus or minus four percentage points.
Except when you drill down into the data the really interesting numbers come out.
Romney is up with Women? But…but we've been told that Romney, Rush Limbaugh, and the GOP HATE women!
You mean this poll has more democrats than republicans, In fact 70% of the poll (75% unweighted) respondents are not republicans and not only is Ronney leading but he is leading among women?
Meanwhile Gallop released their state-by-state presidential approval numbers, and translating them into an electoral map spells D-O-O-M for our first gay president.
Gallup released their annual state-by-state presidential approval numbers yesterday, and the results should have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue very worried. If President Obama carries only those states where he had a net positive approval rating in 2011 (e.g. Michigan where he is up 48 percent to 44 percent), Obama would lose the 2012 election to the Republican nominee 323 electoral votes to 215.
So naturally last night Obama doubled down on unnatural marriage, calling for repeal of DOMA while wooing LGBT donors in Manhattan.
When that doesn't work, and unless you live in a New York Times induced bubble you know it's not going to work, he'll probably dump Joe Biden in favor of Jim "I am a Gay American" McGreevey. Hey, once you go gay, you may as well go all the way!
They could call their campaign "Modern Bromance". Or,
with a nod to Chris Matthews, "Hope and Evolve".
Henry Kissinger got groped by the TSA.
The man who once advised U.S. presidents on foreign affairs — Henry Kissinger — became the latest passenger to trip the Transportation Security Administration's radar, when he was subjected to a pat-down at New York City's LaGuardia airport.
The former Secretary of State was asked for his name while passing through an airport scanner on Friday before he was taken aside for a search, the Washington Post reports.
A freelance reporter who recognized Kissinger, 89, said he was subjected to "the full Monty" of groping.
Because if Henry Kissinger isn't viewed as a potential threat, the terrorists have won.
TSA is a joke.
Sadly, the joke is on us.
Solar energy in New Jersey needs a bailout.
The market that New Jersey officials set up to subsidize solar energy needs a rescue or there will be disastrous layoffs in the industry, business leaders, politicians and regulators say.
Those in the industry say if the government doesn't step in to raise subsidy prices paid to solar panel owners, a bust in the market will kill jobs created in the last few years as New Jersey's solar capacity has more than doubled, putting the state second only to California.
A "market?" Yes, a market for subsidies. Which of course translates into higher electricity prices for you and me.
That market works because electric companies must buy solar credits, called SRECs, from panel owners, or produce their own solar power.
Gee, government holds a gun to their heads, and thus the "market works."
But when you subsidize something, the Law of Unintended Consequences rears it's ugly head.
But SREC prices dropped dramatically in the last year after a boom in solar panels produced a glut of the solar credits, which are traded on a market.
The credits, once valued at over $600 each, cost a little over $100 on the spot market last week, according to Flett Exchange.
Who'da thunk it? Subsidize solar panels and you get too many solar panels!
"Many, many jobs being lost, many good companies going out of business, and we don't know why," warned Lyle Rawlings, head of the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association, which represents more than 100 companies in New Jersey.
Of course you know "why." The subsidies dried up, because solar energy is not cost-effective. It can't compete in an open marketplace.
So, what's a regulator to do?
With the rallying cry of jobs, Board of Public Utilities head Robert Hanna said either the state Legislature or the BPU must step in soon to raise demand for SRECs.
"(SRECs) are at a level where they will not sustain the solar market going forward, so we do need a legislative solution," Hanna said this week.
Hanna said the BPU could take action, but he hopes the Legislature does first.
"A legislative solution would be much longer-lasting and much more comprehensive, and I think it will send the signal we want to send to the solar industry," Hanna said.
What "signal" is that? One that says we're not fans of the law of supply and demand? There's a glut of solar panels. So naturally the solution is to pass a law forcing people to buy more solar panels.
The bill would have raised SREC prices by increasing the number utilities are required to buy, speeding up a planned increase already unfolding through 2026.
There's the heavy hand of government, requiring folks to buy a commodity that in actuality no one wants to buy.
Here's a better idea. Let solar compete on the merits. Either it turns a profit,
or it doesn't. Yeah, I know, that's crazy talk.
Monsignor Desmond gets two thumbs up for printing this joke in today's bulletin:
A layman walked up to a Franciscan and a Jesuit and asked, "How many novenas must I say to get a Mercedes Benz?" The Franciscan asked, "What's a Mercedes Benz?" The Jesuit asked, "What's a novena?"
Father Z would approve!
Georgetown University, I think they're talking about you.
What hath feminism wrought?
Quite possibly the irreversible decline of Western Civilization.
The 55,000,000 babies murdered since Roe v. Wade were unavailable for comment.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.
A blind Rockaway, NJ gun collector can keep his guns. NJ Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan ruled that the Second Amendment does indeed apply to all Americans, even blind gun collectors.
A blind gun collector can keep his gun permit and will have the weapons previously seized from his house by police returned to him, following a judge's order handed down Friday in Superior Court in Morristown.
Steven Hopler, 49, of Rockaway Township won the latest battle in an ongoing war over his Second Amendment rights. The Morris County Prosecutor's office had asked Judge Thomas Manahan to revoke Hopler's firearms ID card and seize all guns in his possession, arguing Hopler abused alcohol and posed a danger to others by being a gun owner.
The anti-gun zealots really put Mr. Hopler through the wringer. An avid collector all his life, he lost his sight to diabetes in 1991. The authorities immediately moved to revoke his Second Amendment rights, the beginnings of a vendetta which culminated in this latest victory for Mr. Hopler. At stake here were the firearms police seized in 2008 when he accidentally shot himself in the shin while cleaning one of his guns.
The drunkard charge was bogus from the get-go, based solely on the hearsay testimony of a convicted burglar. Trumped up charges are good enough for the gun-grabbers, but alas not particularly relevant when compared to Mr. Hopler's Constitutional rights.
In his written decision handed down Friday Manahan said he believed Hopler, who completed an NRA Home Safety Course, is well-versed in how to handle a firearm. He also noted two Superior Court judges previously permitted him to purchase firearms.
In 2004 Hopler successfully challenged the Rockaway Township police chief's refusal to give him a gun permit because of a municipal court conviction for being unruly in a bar.
And in 1994 when the township police revoked a gun permit after learning he was blind, Hopler appealed and was allowed to keep his permit on the condition he fire weapons only in the presence of an adult trained in the use of firearms. This condition still stands.
Guns aren't scary. Having your Constitutional rights stolen by bureaucratic fiat, that's scary. It shouldn't require three separate court decisions to affirm the equal protection of the Second Amendment. But sadly, there are no "emanations of penumbras" at the Brady Campaign.
Fortunately the Constitution has a friend in Judge Manahan.
It turns out that National Offend A Feminist Week is so darn much fun even Mitt Romney is getting in on the action. His latest ad, entitled "Mothers Day", got my favorite feminist's knickers in a twist.
Wishing America's women a Happy Mother's Day by reminding them of this episode and putting Ann on that motherhood pedestal — five boys, cancer, multiple sclerosis and then being attacked for "never working." I hate to break it to the GOP, but reminding Americans of the comments of a DNC adviser and a comedian aren't going to resonate as families across the country buy moms flowers and take them out for dinner and, hopefully, letting them skip one day of laundry duty.
Yup, that's the main purpose of Mothers Day, so PunditMom can skip one day of laundry duty. Does the washing machine even fit onto her motherhood pedestal?
Works her fingers to the bone, she does.
Well, maybe when she's not carping about Republicans being mean to Michelle Obama, aka SuperMom. Sarah Palin's wardrobe was fair game, but notice Mrs. Obama's five hundred dollar sneakers and you're a racist as well as a misogynist. And Ann Romney wears fancy blouses!
But here's the best part. PunditMom is really upset because calling out slimy attacks on Ann Romney is a distraction.
They forget that people tire of these distractions, especially when it's about candidates' spouses. They're not the one's we're electing, so maybe they should save their campaign dollars and leave these two high profile moms out of it on Mother's Day.
Distractions are only OK when it's her team doing the distracting. (cough, gay "marriage", cough)
Romney's ad is effective precisely because it dramatically illustrates just how divergent the two camps' views of motherhood really are.
On the Republican side we have Ann Romney, raising five boys without complaint, joyfully nurturing them through the pain of her own personal trials.
On the Democrat side they have Sandra Fluke, demanding free birth control so as to eliminate her need to contemplate motherhood at all, while she cavorts recklessly with whatever partner suits her fancy.
Yeah, I can see how pointing out the futility of the feminist ethos could be a major bummer when they're trying to garner the soccer mom vote.
So I stand in awe of Mitt Romney, who hands down wins the title of Feminist
Offender Of The Week, just because he dared to praise motherhood. I can't wait
for his next ad, extolling the virtues of baseball and apple pie. There's
gotta be some kind of Title IX angle in it that'll drive the feminuts even
Imagine you were designing a standardized test for 3rd graders. One that every public school has to administer, with the results tabulated by unionized bureaucrats in the state Department of Education.
Times tables? Sure.
Name the fifty states? Probably.
Measure reading comprehension? Of course.
"Reveal your deepest, darkest secret, and tell why it's hard for you to keep?"
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
Yes, that is an actual question on this year's NJ ASK exam. An exam developed by the finest minds our public education system can muster.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Education says any question that goes on the NJ ASK test is first developed with a test group -Measurement Inc.- they administer the NJ ASK test….then it's reviewed by a New Jersey Department of Education expert — a content expert — and then it goes through a teachers advisory group — to see is it appropriate, etc — if it passes through that, they do test groups — for a couple of years — field testing — they review the results, and if it passes then it goes on as an actual test question…
Nothing is left to chance. Nothing.
So what possible educational rubric necessitates exposing a child's secrets to Big Brother? And how will his teacher, his principal, and the educrat thought police use the revelations?
Only for the child's betterment, of course!
As an added bonus they're conditioning our children to erase the bounds of privacy. The state should know all. You don't want to fail the test, do you? Tell us everything. What 3rd grader is going to disappoint his teacher?
Yeah, creepy doesn't begin to cover it.
In theory the idea of a health insurance exchange sounds intriguing. Who doesn't want to save money, right? But when you have to pass the bill to find out what's in it, sometimes the stuff you find out isn't copacetic.
In states that implement an Obamacare insurance exchange employers are whacked with a $3,000 per employee tax. Hey, somebody's gotta pay for the occupods' treatments for TB and scabies! But taxing hiring? In a recession? Only a Democrat would do that.
So today NJ Governor Chris Christie vetoed New Jersey's Obamacare exchange.
I do believe that VP slot is within reach.
Serendipity comes to National Offend A Feminist Week.After a scant two days "Rush Babes For America" has more followers than the feminuts at the National Organization for Womyn.
On Tuesday Rush Limbaugh launched the "Rush Babes for America" Facebook page. The group was organized as a counterweight to the far left National Organization of Women, who are behind a boycott of the Rush Limbaugh radio program.
The nattering nags at NOW are not amused. Which might be relevant, if they weren't a bunch of hapless harridans harping helplessly. Perhaps NOW could step back from the abortion abyss long enough to recognize the 53,321,000 women who've given up on looking for work in Barack Obama's America.
The stench of curruption surrounding U.S. Senator Bob Menendez still hasn't ensnared him. But with friends like Joseph Bigica he's definitely skating on thin ice.
A major supporter of Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez pleaded guilty today to using straw donors to funnel nearly $100,000 in illegal contributions to the Menendez campaign.
The federal investigation targeted Joseph Bigica, 46, a politically connected North Jersey insurance broker with tens of millions of dollars in no-bid municipal insurance contracts who also admitted to $2 million in tax fraud.
Authorities said Bigica lived in wealthy Franklin Lakes, drove a Lamborghini and a Ferrari and vacationed in the Virgin Islands, but claimed he did not have a dime to pay his taxes.
What is it with Democrats and tax evasion? An insurance broker, eh? Maybe he's getting ready for when Barry appoints him to run the Obamacare exchange for New Jersey. Lots of opportunity to evade taxes in a lucrative gig like that.
The Menendez campaign claimed they were "victims" of Bigica's fraud. Uh huh. A guy shows up with $100 grand in checks and they're too busy slapping him on the back to worry about where those checks came from. Come on in Joe, have a cigar, and let's talk about what we can do for you!
That's how the game is played. And Bob Menendez is a master at the
A: Shut up.
When Mitt Romney is inevitably hounded for a reaction he ought to point that out.
"No, we aren't better off today than we were four years ago. Next question!"
As for Barry's gutsy "evolution" on the issue —
he supports it "personally" but leaves it to the states —
well let's just say
hooray for North Carolina.
Smartphone battery life isn't what we'd like it to be. My BlackBerry Torch barely lasts a whole day before I'm cozying up to a wall wart. My wife's Droid Razr needs a mid-day recharge or it's dead before bedtime.
And face it, when your phone is tethered to the wall, so are you. Somebody should market a coiled USB cable so we can at least pretend to harken back to the halcyon days of wall-mounted princess phones while our lithium ions absorb their daily dose of electrons.
Enter Lilliputian Systems and their portable butane fuel cell pocket charger.
Retailer Brookstone will sell a portable fuel cell able to charge smartphones a dozen times before running out.
Fuel cell maker Lilliputian Systems today announced that Brookstone will be the first retailer to carry its portable USB power source, which will be sold under Brookstone's brand. The fuel cell device is about the size of a thick smartphone, and the lighter fluid-filled cartridges are about the same size as a cigarette lighter.
The new fuel cell will charge any device that has a USB cable.
Lilliputian's fuel cell will be able to fully charge, for example, an iPhone 4 between 10 and 14 times with one cartridge. That can mean a couple weeks of use for many people.
Who knew your dad's old Zippo could be reborn as an iPhone juicer?
It's the perfect Mothers Day gift for your sun-worshipping beach-babe mom.
The John Boehner action figure wants her number.
On Tuesday it was reported that the White House visitor's bureau required pregnant women to register an unborn baby into their security system.
It is interesting that the Obama White House, a place where everyone thinks a pre-born baby is just a lump of "unviable cells" and not really a person, is now insisting that pregnant mothers must register themselves and their unborn baby on the visitor log when they visit the White House.
Well, HuffPo now has a "clarification".
Max Milien, a spokesman for White House Secret Security, said it's not accurate to say that fetuses are counted as people on White House tours.This notation device "simply serves as a placeholder for the baby once it's born," Milien said. "All White House guests are required to provide information at the time of their request for the tour, including for children and infants, and those expected to be on the tour once born."
So, if you're pregnant, and you sign up for a White House tour, and you think
you might give birth between now and then, Barack Obama will count
your unborn child as 3/5 of a person. Or something.
Blame America First, it's the Obama - Biden way!
"When we took office, let me remind, there was virtually no international pressure on Iran. We were the problem," the vice president said. "We were diplomatically isolated in the world, in the region, in Europe."
Joe Biden, Gaffe-bag. Five U.N. resolution, countless diplomatic efforts, and a strong U.S. presence in the region. Yeah, that's "virtually" no pressure on Iran.
The mind reels.
Who gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the go-ahead to pursue "peaceful" nuclear development? Hint — it was Joe Biden's big effin friend.
But at least Smart Diplomacy has led to new tougher sanctions and a unified international community, right? Right?
The visiting Iranian trade delegation started its first round of discussions with Indian representatives for increasing trade and commerce between the two countries, while overcoming the US and European sanctions against Iran.
Maybe Joe thinks they're talkin' about
Yesterday my favorite feminist gushed like a giddy schoolgirl over this Funny or Die clip.
You know, I thought Funny or Die was a comedy site, but it turns out they are going to a major political player this election year. In a mere two and a half minutes, Kate Beckinsale and some of her friends have summed up the entire Republican world view!
I've never been a huge Kate Beckinsale fan, except for the movie Serendipity, but that was more because of my love for John Cusack (yes, I'm looking at you, Bossy!) But I am totally rethinking that stand after this political statement!
I filed it away, because it is National Offend A Feminist Week after all, and how better to offend my favorite feminist than with logic and facts?
But then Smitty went and beat me to it.
What a creepy, sick, Orwellian world these feminists live in. Remind me again why any mature, masculine male would want to be in the same room as these abattoir-vaginas, much less offering them any essence to destroy? I guess I should say "choose to destroy".The sickness of the government-worship implied in this clip is only exceeded by the crypto-incest of talking about their dads and their vaginas at the end, if you can make it that far.
"Ye are the sodium chloride of the Earth," to paraphrase the Sage. He did not follow up: "And if the chlorine hath lost its mind, and formeth not the good salt of a family with the sodium, then it shall have lost its savor to feminism, and be fit for going under the wheeled conveyance* of history, with the rest of a godless culture." And why was such an addendum unnecessary? Because a couple thousand years ago, people weren't post-Modern crack-addled Feminist nitwits, that's why.
And as he notes, the good news is that feminists are unlikely to reproduce, thus
reducing the long-term prospects for their dementia. But only if we stand up now
to deconstruct its obvious shortcomings, lest such feminist writings lead future
generations to repeat the mistakes of their bitter spinster ancestors.
Did somebody say "War on Women"? OK, we're not actually anti-woman. More like, anti-Women's Studies majors. Which is why, for the fourth consecutive year, we are pleased once more to inaugurate this annual festival of fun, quoting the immortal words of our charter:
Nothing warms the cockles of a feminist's heart quite like seeing girls playing on boys' sports teams. Female place kickers on the varsity football squad? You've come a long way, baby. Title IX rulez!
But when there's a boy who wants to play field hockey? Well let's just say that gender equality is definitely a one-way street.
Keeling Pilaro has been told that after two years as a member of the Southampton High School girls' team, he is now too skilled to qualify for an exemption allowing him to compete with, and against, girls next season. There are no boys' field hockey teams on Long Island.
He's too good. Feminist lawyers hate that.
Keeling's chances of winning on a Title IX argument are slim, said Joanna Grossman, a law professor at Hofstra University, because the law was established to benefit those who claim their opportunities to compete are underrepresented. Most of the time that favors women or girls, because schools provide more opportunities for boys to play athletics.
Who cares if there's no boys' field hockey team? He's got "more opportunities" to play athletics. Pick up a basketball kid and leave the little lasses alone. They might start thinking they aren't as good as you if you keep showing them that they aren't as good as you.
So in honor of National Offend A Feminist Week, here's a picture that's sure to boil the blood of every Womyn's Studies major on the Eastern Seaboard.
A boy playing field hockey. Truly an example of the right-wing War
Socialist Francois Hollande is the new president of France. He takes the reins of power from Nicolas Sarkozy with the expectation that austerity will be a thing of the past.
As will sanity, apparently.
Socialism is the belief that you can live forever on other people's money. And the French left is joyfully singing "Jours Heureux Sont Ici A Nouveau." Why not? They're not gonna pay for it.
How long the Germans will put up with that remains to be seen. They're the only country in Europe with money, and they've already tired of bailing out the Greeks. Not to mention the Portuguese, Spaniards, and Italians. A bunch of greedy Frenchmen aren't exactly their dream date.
The world is one giant step closer to the European Union's demise. And Vladmir Putin is licking his chops in anticipation.
Hey, where did all those cheering throngs go? Barry kicked off his re-election campaign at Ohio State University yesterday, and pretty much everyone had better things to do. The seats, they were empty.
That didn't stop
Pravda The New York Times from
gushing over how "rock star" Obama brought "the techno-dazzle of an Apple
Yeah, it must have been for that new iFail gizmo we keep hearing about.
Did I mention there were empty seats?
It's a campaign faux pas to hold an event in a room that isn't full; to promise the media a more-than-capacity crowd then fall this far short of that promise is utter incompetence. In 2008, Obama ran a near-flawless campaign, buoyed by enthusiasm and effective organizing. But it's not 2008 any more, and on day one of the 2012 campaign, Team Obama has already made an embarrassing blunder.
In 2008 he didn't have a record to run on.
And he didn't have to compete with three huge reasons to party hearty.
Karl Marx's birthday. All the commies were crowded into gloomy coffeehouses, scowling menacingly at the bourgeois tea drinkers.
Cinco de Mayo. Get your drunk on! Barry can wait until tomorrow.
And ... Super Moon!
There's a reason we call Obama's most passionately clueless supporters moonbats you know. And obviously they felt the pull of their harsh mistress, which left (almost) no one to turn out for Dear Leader's recycled pep rally.
You cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
The White House fired a shot across the Supreme Court's bow this week, warning they'll have to Throw Grandma From The Train if Obamacare is overturned.
The Obama administration warned the Supreme Court this week via papers filed with the Court that if Obamacare is struck down, there will be an "extraordinary disruption" in Medicare. Medicare was not discussed during the Supreme Court arguments, since it was not a Constitutional issue. This is a practical argument, not a legal one; it.' the Obama administration applying pressure to the Supremes.
An "extraordinary disruption?" To reset the Medicare rules back to what was in effect prior to March 23, 2010? Perhaps they don't remember the old rules? No worries, I'd imagine Google has a copy of them somewhere.
I'm an IT guy. Every project we implement has a "backout plan," a set of steps which revert back to the prior version in case there's a major problem.
The Medicare folks can't come up with a backout plan? Why? Aren't they smart enough?
In effect Obama is telling the Supreme Court, "We're too imcompetent to undo
the damage we did." Yeah, that's a convincing argument.
Will the last person to leave The New York Times please turn off the lights?
More than 50 people were laid off on the corporate side. The layoffs include George Freeman, one of their well-known in-house lawyers. The worry is this is just the begginning of cuts — and that the company is putting pressure on the unions. Several of the people who were laid off were minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics.
Ooh, they're sacking minorities, including African Americans and Hispanics now. And lawyers! Things must really be serious over there.
The entire legal floor is in shock.
I love the smell of schadenfreude on a Friday afternoon…
Yes, amazingly enough, printing nothing but Obama White House propaganda does not actually result in any jobs created or saved.
A Real Newspaper might want to report on a story like that.
Tomorrow Barack Obama officially kicks off his re-election bid. Because even though he's held more fundraisers than the past 5 presidents combined he hasn't really been campaigning yet.
May 5th is also Karl Marx's birthday. We're supposed to believe that isn't a coincidence.
Exhibit A: Obamunism, the movie.
Surely, this is already a parody; why, I doubt that even David Kahane could have created its combination of myopia, stupidity, mendacity, effrontery, and misandry so artlessly — although I suspect he will soon give it a go. "Julia" appears to have no males — certainly not a husband when, at 31, she "decides to have a child" after disporting herself sexually consequence-free in previous years, thanks to the wonders of Obamacare. (Where did "Zachary" come from — a test tube?)
"Julia" is the Obama vision for America's future. One in which
cradle-to-grave socialism has replaced the American dream. Why do for
Uncle Comrade Sam can do it for you? Julia is
the New Soviet American Woman — at each milestone in her
life there's Dear Leader to guide her along the path, and of course pick up the
tab for her every need.
Left Coast Rebel piles on the mockery, complete with a more realistic alternative ending.
Barack Obama's patronizing view of America is one which is all to common among our new nomenklatura. The Marxist professors and structural feminists who control our colleges and universities make sure to inculcate a visceral hatred of traditional American values into every student they encounter. And so each May a fresh crop of automatons emerges from campus eager to join the battle against our greedy capitalist oppressive patriarchy.
No wonder Obama is so gung-ho to have every student attend college. What amazes me is that parents willingly shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars in pursuit of a diploma which is in reality nothing more than a certificate of progressive brainwashing. Drink the bio-degradeable Kool-Aid and pick up an application for Food Stamps on your way out.
Curiously though in all those classes on fairness and gender equality and the evils of global capitalism they never seem to mention communism's body count. American imperialism is what ails the world, not forced poverty, mass sterilizations, centrally-planned famines, and more than 100 million deaths.
Stupid kulaks, we don't know what's good for us. That's why we need Barack Obama to show us the way.
Exhibit B: Seen on Facebook.
I can't count how many times I've actually heard that "argument" from a liberal.
If Mitt Romney can't philosophically annihilate such sophistry, if the American people fail to see there's no future along the road to serfdom, if somehow the siren song of socialism lures the country into four more years of Obama, then we no longer deserve the legacy of Ben Franklin's republic.
It's now or never. Will we wake up on November 6th to a rebirth of freedom and liberty, or will we blindly have sold our children into bondage?
The choice is ours. I pray we choose wisely.
That bright spot? It's named "Spot."
Just in to the WyBlog news desk — the demand for dog meat is now at an all-time high. The country's solitary Indonesian grocery store has seen their online sales take off like a beagle chasing a jackrabbit after it was revealed that President Obama eats dogs.
Bo the White House dog was unavailable for comment. But Administration spokestool Jay Carney did say there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that President Obama's Cinco de Mayo luncheon menu will feature Chihuahua Chimichangas.
Elsewhere today, retail sales sank to a new low last month as consumers held back on spending amid renewed worries about the nation's economic outlook. However sales of a new Obama bumper sticker seem to be picking up.
Adding to the gloom U.S. worker productivity dropped by the most in a year as companies continued to muddle along with their existing workforces rather than hire additional employees.
Of course the Obama spin machine (aka "the media") wants you to pay no attention to the bad news behind the curtain. They'd rather we read about Ann Romney's "expensive" blouse (cheaper than Michelle Obama's ugly sweater!) and Young Obama in love, wearing a sarong while reciting poetry to his composite girlfriend.
And if the country goes to the dogs, Que Sarong, Sarong.
When a dog bites a man, that's not news. But a woman who bit a dog? That's news!
A 19-year-old Chicago woman is being charged with animal cruelty, domestic battery and underage drinking after she allegedly bit her English bulldog and scratched, hit and bit her mother in a drunken rage.
Analise J. Garner reportedly returned to her home early Sunday morning and bit the 80-pound dog several times. Police said the bulldog finally bit her back in self-defense, but had puncture wounds visible against its fur.
Garner's 37-year-old mother was also bit on her right hand, police said.
Instapundit's gotta link this, right? His favorite snarky line is "dog bites man." Well today, woman bites dog.
And, a 19 year old has a mother who's 37? That family puts the "fun" in dysfunctional!
Barack Obama was heard to say, bulldog goes better with mustard.
Rutgers University player Eric LeGrand's on-field football career ended on October 16, 2010 when he was paralyzed from the neck down after making a tackle on special teams.
His dreams of playing in the NFL ended that day, but LeGrand will still be part of an NFL roster. His former coach Greg Schiano signed him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday to honor LeGrand and help bring attention to the issue of spinal cord injuries. LeGrand wants to raise money to help find a cure.
"Leading up to the draft, I couldn't help but think that this should've been Eric's draft class," said Schiano. "This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance. The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men."
LeGrand had a media conference call on Wednesday to talk about the signing. He was composed, upbeat, and deeply appreciative of the gesture.
"It came out of nowhere," LeGrand said. "He told my mom about it I believe Monday night. Didn't tell me until Tuesday . . . I said I don't even know what to say right now. This is amazing, coach, thank you. Dreams do come true if you really believe."
Classy move on the Bucs part. Godspeed Eric.
President Obama, who personally waxed Osama bin Laden with his bare hands, took his re-election campaign on a victory lap around Afghanistan today.
The White House tried (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) to keep the visit under wraps. Woulda worked too, except for Brave Sir Barack's prime-time address to the nation from Bagram Air Force Base.
An address that no U.S. military personnel were permitted to attend.
He took Air Force One halfway around the world to spike the football in an empty stadium, because the video will look good in his re-election campaign commercials.
I wonder, did he bring his faux Grecian columns? Because the photo op with the faux Grecian columns seems like it'd be too good to pass up.
I didn't think it was possible for me to (a) be more cynical, or (b) have any less respect for the empty suit who pretends to be our military's commander in chief. I was wrong.
Fortunately Smitty, who's Been There And Done That in Afghanistan, posted a video which puts Brave Sir Barack's pathetic little stunt into the proper perspective.
Barry didn't even have the decency, nay he didn't even think that it mattered, to include the men who put their lives on the line so he could take the credit. He spoke to an empty room. The backdrop was more important to him than the heroism of our troops.
Barack Obama is a disgrace to the very notion of America. He isn't only unworthy, he's an insult to the men and women who serve this nation with honor. How could he even understand their ethos, when his only brush with sacrifice is having to make due with arugula from Whole Foods when Michelle's garden comes up short?
Smitty crowned him #OccupyResoluteDesk. And it's true. Barack Obama is unfit
for command and undeserving of our respect. That's why he kept the military at
bay while he preened for the cameras; because they'd mock him and deep down
he knew they'd be right.
May 1st. Exactly one third of the year is behind us. And here in New Jersey we've finally earned enough money to pay our Federal, State, and Local tax bills for the year.
Only Connecticut is worse; they have to wait until May 5th before the government leviathan is satiated.
We're #2! We're #2!
Ironically, today is also International Moochers Marching Day, otherwise known as the Occupy Mom's Basement Day of Protest for "the 99%." And in certain lefty quarters it's Let's Celebrate Communist Murderers Day too.
Ayup, the slackers are marching for more!, more!, more! on the same day I can finally relax and stop paying for their X-Box subscriptions. Some people are never satisfied.
And just to put us in the mood, last night Obama's commie-wannabe compadres got off to a bang-up start in San Francisco, smashing store windows, torching cars, and making a general nuisance of themselves. Because they're just like the Tea Party. And all they want is Justice, man.
Closer to home the Occupods promised to disrupt the morning commute into New York City with "massive" protests. But they're a little unclear on the concept of "working hours" because as of 10 AM they still hadn't roused themselves out of bed; 1010 WINS is reporting only sporadic protest activity.
There were no major disruptions as about 100 protesters gathered in Bryant Park Tuesday morning. The group then dispersed to picket in front of banks and other businesses throughout Manhattan.
Organizers had called for protesters to block bridges or tunnels into the city to disrupt commuters as well as other "creative disruptions against the corporations who rule our city," according to an Occupy website, but so far, no incidents of blocking traffic have been reported.
To be fair, it is raining, so perhaps they've rescheduled for tomorrow.