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And now for something completely different! A WordPress replacement for my Posterous blog!
Introducing — He's pretty fly for a Jersey guy.
Please, hold your applause.
When Twitter bought Posterous I just knew they'd kill it off. Posterous was too darn useful. Simple. Clean. Fun. Now, sadly, today is its last day.
At least they had the decency to provide an "export" function. So the question became, where do I import my wisdom to?
Let's try WordPress!
However, some asshat is already camped out on wyblog.wordpress.com. He's not using it for anything, but the powers-that-be said I can't have it.
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What team wouldn't beat a path to his door, now that Jason Collins has courageously admitted that he's gay?
Pardon my cynicism, but c'mon already, it's pure marketing genius. Being homosexual doesn't make him a better basketball player. But being The First Gay Basketball Player? When he's a free agent journeyman nearing the end of his career? We're talking signing bonus, baby!
If he's not picked up, the NBA is homophobic.
If he's not paid more than his team's average salary, the NBA is homophobic.
If he's benched, or cut, the NBA is homophobic.
Plus, having The First Gay NBA Player on your roster is guaranteed to sell lots of tickets. Or the fans are homophobic.
Here's one teacher who should have paid attention in her own class.
Drunken driving charges have been filed against the Hunterdon Central High School administrator who oversees students' drug and alcohol education.
According to Lambertville Police, Sandra Chronic, 65, of Hillsborough was charged on April 21 with drunken and reckless driving, refusal to submit to breath-alcohol testing and failure to keep right.
If only there was a way to educate our kids about the dangers of drinking and driving…
She is district supervisor of health and physical education and oversees the teaching of several courses aimed to educate students in drug and alcohol abuse and in safe driving protocols.
The sophomore course PE 520/Health 10, "involves the study of the automobile in modern life and aims to develop mature attitudes and proper habits for safe driving," according to the district website. "Included in this course is a continued study of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco along with their relationship to the operation of a motor vehicle."
Ah yes, the typical nanny-state educrat — Do as I say, not as I do!
As supervisor of the large regional school's health and physical education and family and consumer science departments, Chronic's salary this year is $135,977.
Money well spent! Because $135,977 a year buys you the best role model the
NJEA can provide. They throw in the hypocrisy for free.
Maybe I'm old fashioned. Maybe I'm just one of those patriarchal oppressors determined to keep the wimmin folk barefoot and pregnant. But isn't there something just a little bit repugnant about our President saying "God bless you" to the murderers of Planned Parenthood?
And during April no less, which he has proclaimed Child Abuse Prevention Month?
Am I the only person who feels the hypocrisy?
Because if what Kermit Gosnell did isn't child abuse, then I don't know what is. And he's not unique. Not by a long shot.
In a new undercover, investigative video, a staffer at an abortion clinic in Bronx, New York is shown on film telling a customer to flush the body of a baby born alive following a failed abortion down the toilet.
Flush. Your. Baby. Down. The. Toilet. All in the name of "reproductive health care," of course.
Go ahead, tell me that's not child abuse.
Sadly our media and our culture look the other way. People don't want to know. Some atrocities don't have the proper optics.
It's very weird to live in a society where mass death is important insofar as it serves the political needs of the dominant ideology. A white male loner killing white kindergartners in Connecticut is news; a black doctor butchering black babies in Pennsylvania is not.
The usurper in the White House cheers the abortionist, then grandstands for gun control.
I wonder what "god" he worships anyway.
Perhaps he worships Allah. You know, the god of suicide bombers, beheadings, and mass murder. Infanticide fits quite neatly into that paradigm, doesn't it?
As does genocide too. You do know that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, avidly endorsed the killing of black babies as way to weed out the "inferior" race? You could look it up. And then see Kermit Gosnell for what he must imagine himself to be — the crusading successor to Ms. Sanger. He's surely weeded out his share of black babies, hasn't he?
And the silence of our elites is deafening.
Maybe someday we'll atone for the sin of abortion. Not under this president, surely. Not for a long time I'm afraid, because feminist narcissism insists life isn't sacred. But someday.
The judge in Gosnell's trial tossed out all counts involving desecration of a corpse. Dead babies aren't corpses; they're "medical waste." Just so much trash. A byproduct of Reproductive Health Care.
And so we need to build awareness that abusing a child you didn't abort is wrong. It's hard to make the distinction though. One second, inside the womb (or the toilet), it's A-OK to crush that baby's skull, rip the arms from its tiny body, and suck the life out before it's even begun. Or in Gosnell's case, walk the kid to the bus stop first, then snip the neck with scissors. That's Reproductive Health Care the Planned Parenthood way!
BTW, please do click those links. Read about Reproductive Health Care in all its state-sanctioned glory. Revel in the joys of choice. I want you to know — don't look away! — everything that Planned Parenthood and President Obama stand for.
Because I'm thinking that God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit wouldn't be blessing that sort of thing.
Abortion is child abuse. Now you're aware.
The loser sets himself up as arbiter of his successor. Surely this is a winning game plan, right?
Gov. Chris Christie may be seeking re-election in New Jersey, but a June date on his social calendar suggests he has one eye on the 2016 presidential contest.
At the personal invitation of Mitt Romney, Christie will be a featured speaker at a conference of donors and "thought leaders" the former presidential candidate is hosting in Park City, Utah.
The gathering, dubbed "Experts and Enthusiasts," will bring together bigwigs from the worlds of politics, philanthropy and policy, according to Romney adviser Beth Myers. It will be held June 6-7.
"Mitt views Governor Christie as an incredibly effective governor, one of the future leaders of the party and as a person the conference attendees would want to hear," Myers said in an e-mail message. "Many of the attendees know Governor Christie well because he was an early and solid Romney supporter."
Emphasis on was. Christie was an early and solid Romney supporter until he developed that now-famous man-crush on Dear Leader. He's an opportunist, and if you don't like his principles, don't worry, he's got others. Is he an effective governor for New Jersey? Yes. Is he the guy we want in the White House on January 20, 2017? Hell no. When it comes to a vision for America Christie is closer to Mike Bloomberg than he is to Ronald Reagan.
And really now, I am sick and tired of losers picking losers! Bob Dole begat John McCain, by way of the Bushies. And McCain beat Mitt Romney in Round 1 (with more than a little "help" from Karl Rove), only to go down in flames. Then Romney bought himself the nomination in Round 2 and look how well that worked out.
So yeah, by that kind of logic, Chris Christie is exactly who the GOP needs in 2016. If we want to lose to The Hilldabeast, that is.
Give it up Mitt. Go make a Viagra commercial and take the RINOs with you.
The only thing that'll save the Republican Party, and America, is if we
can put a Real Conservative in the White House. Chris Christie isn't on
No Congressmen and Senators, you are not better than us. You passed this turkey. You're stuck with it just like we are. And surreptitiously working to exempt yourselves from it just proves how dishonestly mendacious you bozos are.
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
Listen up Congress. You wanna know what's gonna be "extraordinarily sensitive?" Your ass. Right after I, and the rest of America, get done kicking it if you think for one minute you're exempting yourselves from even the smallest provision of Dear Leader's health care socialist utopia. You created it. You had better live with it. Or else.
Do you guys really think Obamacare shouldn't apply to you? Fine. Repeal it. Because you ain't seen political fallout until you've seen the citizenry riled up enough to depose a bunch of effete snobs who believe they're our Lords and Masters. We got rid of that shit in 1776, and we damn well don't want Royalty V2.0. Got it?
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Gator Doug continues to find amazing examples of Your Tax Dollars At Work. Yes, even in these austere times some federal programs are too important to cut.
"This study will illuminate the capabilities of the human larynx and inform the relationship between voice production and perception," states a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant, awarded to George Washington University. "The long term goal of this research is to inform and provide new directions for Transgender (TG) voice care, thereby improving the lives of TG people who feel their voice is a great obstacle to living as their preferred gender."
Presumably, improving the lives of the traveling public is less important. So if you're stuck in an airport waiting for the sequester to end, and you happen to encounter a transgender person, please by all means feel free to ask how the voice lessons are going.
The health department sparked some controversy when it debuted the three characters, all penises but in different hues, back in 2002. But the penis costumes — worn by health department staff and aimed at encouraging gay and bisexual men to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases — became popular and have been copied in San Jose and Cleveland.
You'll have to click-through for a picture. Because it ain't a parade without a 6 foot penis leading the band. Did I mention they pass out penis-shaped "stress relievers" too? You know, those squishy things you can pick up at trade shows, emblazoned with a company's logo, except, uh, anatomically correct.
Well hey, if you're gonna screw the taxpayer, you might as well do it with
your very own souvenir rubber penis. Bring it along on your next trip to
the airport, to relieve the stress of waiting while your flight's delayed.
Your weekly food bill is about to get a lot bigger.
Be prepared to dig a bit deeper into your pockets in the weeks and months ahead because food prices for a family of four are expected to increase more than $4 a week this year, according to an analysis by an Upper Saddle River-based trade association.
Meat prices will face the biggest jump, accounting for nearly a quarter of the projected increase, but prices of all foods consumed at home will be higher, The Food Institute reported.
It's basic economics, said Brian Todd, president and chief executive of The Food Institute.
"Since civilizations began farming, we have been beholden to nature for good and bad crops, and even though agricultural is integrated globally, that continues to be the case," Todd said.
The projected increase this year is certainly due to higher costs for raw product being passed through the system as result of drought last year, as well as related costs for things like energy (even with recent drops in fuel prices) and labor, he said.
The survey, released Monday, is based on an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It shows that overall expenditures for food-at-home will increase $4.16 a week, to about $108, while food consumed away from home will rise $2.40 a week.
The increase is greater than in 2012, when retail food prices rose about 2.5 percent W about $2.80 a week on average — but well below 2011, when retail food inflation neared 5 percent, Todd said.
And if prices do rise 3 percent to 4 percent, as projected by the USDA this year, the increase would be greater than the prior 10-year average of 2.8 percent.
It's an Obama World. And we're stuck with the bill.
Maybe, and I'm just pointing out the obvious here, maybe if we didn't divert more of our corn crop to the ethanol boondoggle than we use for animal feed, the price of food just might not keep going up so much.
It's insane to burn corn in order to deliver meat and cornflakes to your local supermarket. Then burn more corn to bring the groceries home.
If only there was a humongous domestic supply of dino-juice, maybe in North Dakota, that we could tap into with a new pipeline connected to our network of refineries in Texas and Louisiana.
But instead we burn corn. And the price of energy is double what it was when
President Planet Protector took office. I'm amazed that's only translated into
a 4 percent increase in food prices. Which must be an average across
the nation. Because around here the prices are ridiculous.
Louis Freeh has had it with Jon Corzine's stalling. The MF Global bankruptcy proceedings are supposed to be in "mediation," but the talks are dragging out. So now it's time to put Corzine in the hot seat.
Jon Corzine, a former U.S. Senator and governor from New Jersey, has been sued for his role in the failure of brokerage firm MF Global Holdings, the eighth largest bankruptcy in history.
The trustee overseeing MF Global's bankruptcy, former FBI chief Louis Freeh, filed the papers against Corzine and two other top MF Global executives late Monday in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan.
The other two executives named in the suit are former chief operating officer Bradley I. Abelow and former chief financial officer Henri J. Steenkamp, both close Corzine allies.
The suit alleges that Corzine, who served as CEO of MF Global until the firm collapsed in October 2011, and his fellow defendants "dramatically changed" the business model of the company, shifting it away from a commodities brokerage into a full-blown investment bank.
The suit says Corzine and the others did so with little regard to the risks inherent to such a move.
The executives, in particular Corzine, in their haste to build a world-class investment bank, ignored "systemic weaknesses" in MF Global's operations that eventually led to the firm's bankruptcy, according to the suit.
According to the complaint, which seeks an unspecified amount in damages, MF Global lost more than a billion dollars in value between Corzine's arrival at the firm and the start of bankruptcy.
Freeh said in the suit that Corzine, Abelow and Steenkamp breached their fiduciary duties, accusing the trio of being ultimately responsible for MF Global's downfall. Their actions "culminated in the business collapse of the company and the bankruptcies of the debtors."
Take Corzine for every cent he's got. It's not as good as seeing him
frog-marched in handcuffs and leg-irons, but penury is a fitting penalty
for his colossal arrogance.
That $40 bucks a month he started swiping from your pocket in January? It's merely the beginning. Open your wallets kids, because Barack Obama is coming for your money.
President Barack Obama rarely misses a chance to call on upper-income Americans to pay more taxes.
But his annual budget is doing more to target middle-class taxpayers than any of his previous proposals, calling for caps on deductions, changes in the way some tax benefits are calculated and a big hike in cigarette taxes — all proposals that would make middle-class Americans pay more.
"It's a new paradigm," said Bob Williams, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. This is the first budget he's presented that has proposed raising taxes on people below the $250,000 thresholds he's maintained over the past five years."
It also has some Democrats worried, especially those who represent districts where their constituents make a good salary but don't see themselves as rich stand to get hit.
"It's a concern," Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a Pennsylvania Democrat who represents some of Philadelphia's suburbs, told POLITICO in reference to Obama's proposed deduction cap. For many people, the mortgage tax deduction is your biggest deduction. It's very significant. And just as the housing market is coming back, there's a question about the timing of that."
What's funny is that the story is from Politico, a "news" organization which up to now has never missed a chance to cheerlead for Obama and the Democrats. But it's OK, he's safely re-elected, so a few well-rehearsed potshots will surely re-establish their credibility with all you low-information voters, right?
And if these new taxes start to hurt the middle class? They'll just blame it on Republicans. Again.
My job will be to remind you folks of who really screwed you over.
Do you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit? You'll get a smaller check this year. Smoke cigarettes or drink flavored vodka? The tax man wants a few more bucks from you. Deduct your mortgage interest or property taxes? Sorry, those deductions will be severely limited now.
Pay up suckaz. You voted for this clown. You deserve all the misery your Dear
Leader can dish out.
President Drone Killer hath decreed: The surviving Boston bombing "suspect" won't be classified as an enemy combatant. Because he's just a run-of-the-mill murderer now, certainly not a Muslim terrorist hell-bent on winning one for Allah.
Or so his court-appointed lawyer will argue. He's a kid dontcha know, led astray by his Islamist older brother. All Dzhokhar ever wanted to do was emulate his brother's success in the boxing ring. Then he was duped into taking a walk, not realizing the backpacks his brother told him to leave behind were in actuality anti-personnel bombs.
Hey, that "who me? I was just taking a shower" nonsense worked for Kathy Boudin, right?. And Obama mentor Bill Ayers famously proclaimed himself "guilty as sin and free as a bird." Bombings? What bombings? And dead cops? What dead cops? It's all good when you spout the appropriate lefty talking points.
Mark my words. Sooner or later Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will end up as a professor at
Columbia too. Or better yet, he'll land a Cabinet slot in the Michelle Obama
Administration. Because Islam is a Religion of Peace. And Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
a peaceful kid who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. There's already
petition saying just that. What more "proof" do you need?
For a government agency that's supposed to protect consumers, it sure seems like we're gonna need some protecting from them. The autocrats at Obama's CFPB are busy vacuuming up the details of your credit card transactions, checks you write, loans you apply for, and mortgage payments you make. All to "study" how Americans use credit. Uh, huh.
The new U.S. consumer finance watchdog is gearing up to monitor how millions of Americans use credit cards, take out mortgages and overdraw their checking accounts. Their bankers aren't happy about it.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is demanding records from the banks and is buying anonymous information about at least 10 million consumers from companies including Experian.
While the goal is to sharpen enforcement and rule-making, banking executives have questioned why the bureau is collecting so much without being more specific about the benefits.
Trust your government! They always have your best interests at heart. Really.
Sendhil Mullainathan, the consumer bureau's assistant director for research, said the agency is committed to protecting the privacy of consumer information and doesn't collect personally identifiable data such as Social Security numbers. He described himself as "very sympathetic" to the reaction some consumers might have to massive data repositories.
"I understand that people don't want firms doing it, so why would you want the government doing it?" he said. "It seems invasive."
Why is the government doing it? Because Shut Up, that's why.
Cordray has said the bureau hopes to publish its data to promote research outside the agency.
"To the extent the public can help us do our work, that's a good thing," he said in July. "If it helps us to have this information, I'm assuming it would help the public as well."
Oh, so not only are they collecting it, they're making the intimate details of your financial life available to anyone with a PC and an internet connection! I'll bet the guys doing "research" into identity theft can't wait to "help the public," right?
Together with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the consumer bureau is also building a mortgage database that will integrate consumer credit information with loan and property records.
Here's a newsflash. They can't "integrate" those databases without your personally identifiable information. So much for their illusion of privacy. It's a charade, designed to fool low-information voters.
Big Brother knows where you live. He knows what you buy. He knows how much money you make, and what debts you have. Big Brother Richard Cordray knows all. And you can be absolutely certain that the urge to mine that data for "your own good" will be too strong to resist.
What could go wrong?
At churches throughout Caldwell today parishoners were asked to pray for new and stricter gun control laws. I did not join in. Not because I am pro-violence; but because I am a realist.
Here's their spiel:
Enhanced regulation of guns by state or federal law will promote the saving of lives and the promoting of loving relationship within a healthy community.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law places the highest priority upon preventing the loss of life.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law accepts the fact that media saturated gun violence diminishes the dignity of the human person.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law acknowledges a dire need within a society prone to suicide by guns and accidental death by guns.
Enhanced regulation of guns by law is mandated for a society in love with its children and their healthy, safe upbringing.
Except… Cities and states with the most onerous gun control regulations also have the highest rates of gun violence. Surely my brothers and sisters in our religious community could look this up. Chicago. Detroit. Camden. Newark. It's virtually impossible for a citizen in one of those cities to lawfully purchase a gun. Yet a day when 4 people are brutally gunned down in the streets? Those cities call that "Tuesday."
Alas, the perpetrators of gun violence do not lawfully acquire their firearms. So why is it that when a criminal commits a violent act the first reaction of supposedly reasonable people is to restrict my rights?
Furthermore, in states where the Second Amendment is respected, gun violence is significantly lower. As Robert Heinlein said, an armed society is a polite society. Think about it. If gun shows really are magnets for psychopaths and serial killers, how does anyone get out of one alive?
Today's anti-Second-Amendment proclamation is signed by 18 good and decent men and women of God. And to a one I believe they are sincere. But I have to ask, where were they when Kermit Gosnell was murdering babies by the truckload? Where is their statement condemning the practioners of abortion? Compared to the 55 million slaughtered in the charnel houses of Planned Parenthood, the victims of gun violence are a drop in the bucket.
Save the children? Stop abortion. Yet the proponents of gun control wouldn't dream of restricting the invented "right" to abortion. It's only my enumerated right to keep and bear arms which attracts their opprobrium.
Or, as I saw once on Facebook, if guns kill people and cause crime, mine must be defective.
For that matter, when it comes to "a society prone to suicide" you folks might want to regulate trains. Because it seems like every week I read about some tortured soul who walks in front of one.
My point is this. Violence happens. It's not dependent on access to guns. In fact there are numerous situations where gun owners have prevented violence. Yes, really. The gun itself is not evil. It's just an object. Evil takes many forms. As a priest once told me, brother Devil is always there, ready to pounce on our weakness.
Consider — the Boston bombers were not legally authorized to purchase firearms. The existing laws worked. Yet somehow they acquired guns, and bombs. Which of these proposed new gun control measures would have stopped them? And will our churches now call for regulation of pressure cookers too? How about backpacks?
It takes more than slogans to stop evil.
Remember, the Disciples carried swords. It is not a sin to defend your family or your friends. There is such a thing as Just War. And unilateral disarmament is a sure-fire route to extinction.
When the Jets first drafted star cornerback Darrelle Revis NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg dubbed Manhatan "Revis Island." That was then. This is now — the Jets voted Revis off his island in a trade with Tampa Bay.
The Jets have traded unhappy cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for the Buccaneers' first-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional fourth-round pick next year that could turn into a third-rounder, according to the Buccaneers.
Revis has agreed to terms on a new contract with the Buccaneers, according to his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who tweeted that news.
Truthfully Revis has always been a thorn in the Jets' side. When he's good, he's very good. But he's prone to holdouts and injuries and the idea of "waiting" or "hoping" he'll step up this season really isn't that appealing. Not with the team obviously rebuilding this year. They're already released or traded so many of their starters I had one friend snark at my Jets t-shirt: erase the "J" and "S" 'cause they got traded too.
Ha ha. Real funny. We're still stuck with Mark Sanchez. And Tim Tebow.
Thank God for NFL Sunday Ticket. I can watch the Niners while the Jets
go 4 and 12.
Chris Christie really ought to switch parties. Because he's giving Republicans a bad name. Again. Late Friday, since stuff is less likely to be noticed when it's released late on a Friday, our civil-liberties infringing governor issued sweeping new proposals for more regulation of gun ownership in the Garden State.
The plan calls for expanding New Jersey's already strict gun control laws, expanding government-funded mental health treatment, making it more difficult for kids buy or rent violent video games, requiring that would-be gun owners show government-issued IDs and bolstering penalties for gun-related crimes.
Ah yes, another photo ID requirement. When is he gonna propose showing a photo ID to vote? I'm not holding my breath.
"It's hard for me to sit here today and say, 'If all these things got imposed we'd see an 'X' percentage drop in gun violence in this state.' I don't know," said Christie. "Bad people are going to do bad things and so, would greater penalties deter people? You hope they do."
Because all the laws and penalties we have now are taking a bite out of crime. Oh, wait…
He's also going to institute stricter background checks, including searching of medical and mental health records. So if you ever saw a shrink, or took Prozac, or maybe just confided in your family doctor about some stress or anxiety? Sorry, no gun for you!
What part of "Shall Not Be Infringed" is so hard for Chris Christie to understand? New Jersey doesn't need stricter gun laws, New Jersey needs to respect the rights of honest, law-abiding gun owners. And maybe focus on catching criminals, you know, the guys who don't follow the law now, and won't follow these new laws either.
Feh. It's easier to say you're "doing something" if you just create a whole
new class of criminals and then crack down on them. I expect that nonsense
from Democrats. I don't want it from the guy who thinks he'll be the
Republican presidential nominee in 2016.
That light at the end of the Obamacare tunnel? It's an oncoming train.
A senior Democratic senator who helped write President Obama's health care law stunned administration officials Wednesday, saying openly he thinks it's headed for a "train wreck."
"I just see a huge train wreck coming down," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., told Obama's health care chief during a routine budget hearing that suddenly turned tense.
Normally low-key and supportive, Baucus challenged Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at Wednesday's hearing.
He said he's "very concerned" that new health insurance marketplaces for consumers and small businesses will not open on time in every state, and that if they do, they might just flop because residents don't have the information they need to make choices.
"The administration's public information campaign on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act deserves a failing grade," he told Sebelius.
Maybe he should've found out what was in it before he passed it. Because only an idiot would believe that the same people who brought us the Post Office and the DMV could ever manage our health care system.
And I might even believe that Baucus was being sincere, except he's up for re-election next year and the folks back home in Montana hate Obamacare with a white-hot passion. So I suspect Baucus's faux-outrage is nothing more than political kabuki, a smokescreen to fool low-information voters.
Dear Montana, please don't fall for his theatrics. Signed, America.
The Senate delivered a devastating blow to President Obama's agenda to regulate guns Wednesday by defeating a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks.
It failed by a vote of 54 to 46, with five Democrats voting against it. Only four Republicans supported it.
The totally not good: Alleged McConnell Bugger Visited White House
The head of a group accused of illegally taping private meetings of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign visited the White House days before the group's Twitter account began actively attacking the Kentucky Republican, according to White House visitor logs.
Oops. So much for that "no Democrats were involved in this fiasco" theory, eh Barry?
Sixty Minutes Barry. Once they dig in their claws they don't let go. Yes, even if all the evidence points to you. Because the mothers of the four men killed in Benghazi could be reached for comment, since by now Darrell Issa has them on speed dial.
Funny how they never got a radio address to call their own. A
"Sinty Minutes" gig? That's better. Unless you're Barack Obama.
Because I'm sure he'd
rather be golfing.
Immigration reform is back in the news. Sigh. The only "reform" I want to see is discounted one-way bus tickets.
Anyway, Fox News has a handy-dandy comparison of the failed 2007 immigration reform proposal with Marco Rubio and The Gang of Eight's new and improved "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act."
That old one died because it was too lenient on illegal alien lawbreakers, and it failed to protect our borders. So what did Rubio's merry men come up with this time? Something worse.
Last time: Go back home and do it the right way.
This time: Automatic "Path to Citizenship," and here's your Green Card! Don't forget to vote Democrat.
Last time: The border must be secured first.
This time: Janet Incompetano has six months to come up with a border security "strategy."
Last time: Up to 200,000 "guest workers" eligible each year, for 5 years.
This time: Welcome Braceros!
It installs a new "W" visa for up to 200,000 low skilled immigrants, and another 120,000 "merit based" visas annually for extremely talented immigrants. It removes any caps for extremely talented individuals in the arts, education, sports and sciences. It also increases from 65,000 to as many as 180,000 visas for U.S. businesses, known as H1Bs.
Last time: All employers have to use E-Verify prior to the start of any guest
This time: All employers are required to sign up for E-Verify within 5 years. The guest worker thing starts immediately.
Last time: No federal benefits (except Obamacare, ugh) for guest
This time: Obamacare and in-state tuition for everybody, federal welfare eligibility after 13 years, and MarcoPhones!
According to the newly filed bill, immigrants who are allowed to enter the United States under a work visa, will be 'granted' a taxpayer funded cellular phone. Move over "Obama phone," we present the new 'Hola, Como Estas?!' MarcoPhone.
And to what I'm sure is your utter surprise, the company which makes these new MarcoPhones is based in Rubio's district.
Thanks Mr. Conservative Hispanic Wonder-Republican. You're just the kind of
guy we need; if by "we" you mean "Democrats." With friends like you, La Raza
has already won.
I guess he's too busy golfing.
"Barack Obama, who sent an official delegation from his administration to Venezuela for socialist dictator Hugo Chavez's funeral, won't send one to Margaret Thatcher's," writes Matthew Burke. One of Marxist Obama's first shamefully embarrassing, classless acts as president was to return a bust of the great British leader, Winston Churchill, a gift from Britain to the U.S. which was displayed in the White House. It was such a disgusting act that the Obama propaganda machine originally lied about it, calling the story "100% false." Finally, they had to admit it was true, but like all decisions made by "Dear Leader" Obama, it was largely ignored by the mainstream media. It should have been a strong warning to Americans about Obama's ideology.
Not to worry, two former Reagan Administration officials will pay our nation's respects.
Two former Republican Secretaries of State — James Baker and George Shultz — will lead the U.S. delegation to the Thatcher funeral on Wednesday.
Ah, remember the days when America had a Real President?
The kids at school had already heard by the time I picked Sophie up from aftercare. Their teachers were in a somber mood and led the children in a short prayer for the victims of yesterday's Boston bombing.
"Why Daddy?", Sophie asked. She was born 3 months after 9/11. This is her first realtime exposure to terrorism. It probably won't be her last. When Fox News reported the first confirmed death was an 8 year old boy she lost it, and cried.
Anyway, Stacy McCain is right — at this stage of the investigation we don't know anything yet. Motive? Unknown. Perpetrator(s)? Unknown. Potential followups or copycats? Unknown, but it's prudent to be wary.
Of course we can probably rule out disgruntled Yankees fans, even though the Sawx were playing less than half a mile away at the time. And right on cue followers of The Religion Of Peace™ started cheering the carnage. It's what they do, it's who they are. Then they scream bloody murder when the NYPD puts their secret mosques under surveillance. Yeah, show a little respect, capiche?
There's a 20 year old Saudi national being questioned by the FBI. Chances are he's not a recently converted Born Again Christian, IYKWIMAITYD. And they raided what is probably his apartment in a run-down Section 8 hellhole. It's the kind of place where nobody asks too many questions and there's so much illegal activity going on that one more shady character would fit right in. In other words, it's the perfect terrorist safe house.
Hey, if CNN can speculate about Right-Wing Extremist Groups, or Nick Kristof of The New York Times can blame Congressional Republicans blocking Barry's ATF nominee, while the ever-demented Chris Matthews fulminates against imaginary anti-tax hysteria, then I can hypothesize too.
Except, I don't know anything yet. And neither do they. I just hope we catch
the bastards who did this, and fry 'em.
"Blog" is not a Four Letter Word, and citizen journalists are every bit as worthy of First Amendment protection as professional reporters. It's nice to see a court recognize that!
In a decision that could impact bloggers across New Jersey, a Superior Court judge ruled today that a self-declared citizen watchdog who writes stinging critiques of Union County government has the same legal protections as a professional journalist.
While questioning the quality and tone of the writing in Tina Renna's blog posts, Judge Karen Cassidy concluded Renna "obtained material in the course of professional newsgathering activities" with the aim of disseminating it over the internet.
As such, Cassidy wrote in her opinion, Renna should be covered by the state's shield law. Under that law, one of the most powerful of its kind in the country, journalists generally cannot be forced to reveal their sources or other sensitive information to law enforcement or grand juries.
The judge's ruling quashed a subpoena served on Renna by the Union County Prosecutor's Office, which wanted the names of 16 county employees Renna claimed had improperly used county-owned portable generators after Hurricane Sandy. Renna made the allegations in a December blog post but did not name the employees.
This ruling must be devasting to Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine. His contempt for bloggers knows no bounds, because we haven't paid our dues in the ink-stained trenches or something. He really hates bloggers cum "pundits" like Glenn Reynolds, sneeringly referring to them as "pundints". And the few times I've tried to engage him in a dialog he's dismissed me out-of-hand as a "whackjob."
Well, it's time to go cry in your
fancy-pants microbrew beer Paul. It'll help you wash down that helping of
crow you'd better be eating. Bloggers are journalists too!
In the now legendary anecdote, Barack Obama accused candidate Mitt Romney of paying a lower tax rate than Warren Buffett's secretary, as if this was proof Romney was cheating on his taxes. The MSNBC brain(less) trust had a field day with that, of course.
So wouldn't it be nice if Obama himself paid a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett's secretary? Um, not so much.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid $112,214 in federal income taxes in 2012 on adjusted gross income of $608,611, an effective rate of 18.4%, the White House said Friday.
According to my accountant my effective tax rate is 24.2%, mostly because of the Alternative Minimum Tax.
Alas, Obama says I'm still not paying "my fair share," and his proposed budget includes the "Buffett Rule" which calls for even higher tax rates.
But mendacious WaPo libtalker Kirsten Powers says those rates shouldn't apply to Obama. He's special.
Barack Obama would have condemned my daughter to death. No, that's not an exaggeration. If he'd railroaded Obamacare through before she was born, it's quite likely she'd have died when she contracted a virus called RSV.
New guidelines issued by one of his Medicaid advisory boards eliminate payment for RSV treatment, calling the vaccine "unnecessary," because it costs too much. And when Medicaid speaks, insurance companies and doctors listen.
While there is no vaccine for RSV, there is an FDA-approved treatment available. When it became available in 1997, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued evidence-based guidelines for its use, recommending that the treatment be administered once per month during outbreak season (an average of five months total).
But in 2009, with no clear medical evidence for doing so, the AAP both shrunk the pool of eligible infants and reduced the number of RSV treatments that would be made available — for some babies down to 3 doses, while for others as low as 1 dose. The only clear reason given was cost.
Unfortunately, the AAP s guidelines are widely implemented by Medicaid and insurance providers, who in turn followed suit and greatly reduced coverage.
Sophie got RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) soon after she was born. It was touch-and-go for a few days but she pulled through. Sleeping on the floor next to her hospital bed we did a lot of praying and a lot of worrying.
Left untreated, RSV causes pneumonia and weakens the heart and lungs. It hit Sophie hard, at first she could barely breathe, and the hospital had her on pure oxygen for days. Her doctors immediately prescribed a series of shots, along with inhaled steroids, for as long as she was susceptible to RSV.
Those shots saved her life.
And now Obamacare says paying for those shots isn't worth it. Really. Not. Worth. It. Because his kids never caught RSV? Or because he just doesn't care? There's no bloody shirt to wave for RSV victims. No RSV-control laws to browbeat Republicans with. Just 14,000 kids who die from it every year, none of whose parents were ever invited to the White House for a photo op.
So today a baby in her position probably won't get the same lifesaving treatment.
But remember, there are no Death Panels in Obamacare. There's just a cruel heartless asshole president who wouldn't lose 5 minutes of sleep even if his grand experiment in socialized medicine had killed my baby girl.
And to all you smug Democrats who re-elected him, I have to say "thanks." What's one more dead kid compared to your free birth control pills, right?
I hope all you liberals are happy. And I pray that your messianic lightworker
pinko president doesn't eventually decree something that could kill one of your
children. But you'll forgive me if I continue to do everything I can to ensure
that Sophie never, ever becomes a Democrat. Or marries one.
What is it with Pennsylvania Republican senators and the urge to sell out? Snarlin' Arlen was an epic failure, and now Pat Toomey has picked up the habit of folding like a cheap suit at the first sign of bad press.
Is there anything more disgusting than a Republican senator in bipartisan compromise mode? Bloomberg's anti-gun group starts running ads in Pennsylvania and Pat Toomey folds like a cheap suit. Say the magic words: Bipartisan compromise!
Compromise my ass. It's everything DiFi and Mayor McCheese wanted, including the holy grail of a national gun registry. Yup, "universal" background checks == entries in the NICS database == a de facto gun registry.
And once they've got a list of all the gun owners, they can take our guns away, for pretty much no reason at all.
What a disappointment Toomey turned out to be. I like Instapundit's take: "Toomey seems to think he's there to get things done. As a Republican in the current Senate, his chief role is to stop bad things from happening."
Subjecting the Second Amendment to
an up / down vote is a Very Bad Thing. You'd think a guy who touted
himself as a Tea Party Conservative would know that.
This just in, The Affordable Care Act is unaffordable. Also, water is wet.
Health insurance premiums more than doubled over the last decade, driving employers to drop coverage and discouraging employees from signing up, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study released today.
Nearly 60 percent of private employers in New Jersey provided health coverage to their workforce in 2011 - a 4 percent decline from 2001, the study found.
Business owners who offered insurance required employees to shoulder a larger share of the cost. In 2011, workers paid $1,154 in premiums for an individual policy and $3,714 for a family - more than 2-1/2 and three times, respectively, than they paid a decade earlier.
If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance! That is if you're
independently wealthy, or win the lottery. Otherwise, not so much.
If you aren't encrypting your email, the IRS is probably reading it right now.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people's emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.
In a 2009 handbook, the IRS said the Fourth Amendment does not protect emails because Internet users "do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in such communications." A 2010 presentation by the IRS Office of General Counsel reiterated the policy.
Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, government officials only need a subpoena, issued without a judge's approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old.
The deck is stacked against you. "Privacy" is an illusion.
In 2010, a federal appeals court ruled that police violated a man's constitutional rights when they read his emails without a warrant.
Despite the court decision, U.S. v. Warshak, the IRS kept its email search policy unchanged in a March 2011 update to its employee manual.
In an October 2011 memo an IRS attorney explained that the Warshak decision only applies in the Sixth Circuit, which covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
If you live in one of the 46 other states, you're fair game for the revenuers. Because there's no such thing as due process when you're dealing with the IRS. You're guilty until proven innocent. And the government is holding all the cards. Rights? You don't have any rights where the income tax is concerned.
Oh, don't forget, they're snooping on your Facebook page too.
For those of you who are old enough to remember Freedom, prior to 1913 the government managed quite nicely without an income tax. They built roads, conducted diplomacy, fought wars, delivered the mail, and balanced their budget. What they did not do was transfer wealth from the productive to the unproductive.
The IRS changed all that. They've got what it takes to take what you've got.
Then Congress gives it to slackers, who of course vote to re-elect
their benefactors. And if you protest, you're the one being unreasonable.
The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors has officially rescinded their decision to cut Saturday deliveries. They didn't really have a choice; Congress inserted language into last month's spending bill which prohibits them from changing their delivery schedule.
But they're not a Government Agency, right? Because every "independent" business has to do whatever Congress tells it to do.
Oh, wait, Obamacare. Sorry. Nevermind. We all belong to the government.
And so, neither rain, nor snow, nor crippling deficits and exponentially
escalating pension payments will stop these couriers from the plodding
postponement of their appointed rounds.
What will happend to broadcast TV if they stop actually broadcasting? We may soon find out.
News Corp.'s Fox network will go off the air and become a cable channel if U.S. courts don't stop Internet start-up Aereo Inc. from retransmitting shows like "The Simpsons" without permission, said Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey.
Fox and its affiliate stations would stop broadcasting and serve only pay-TV customers to protect the billions of dollars spent annually on programs, along with advertising revenue and hard-won fees from pay-TV systems, Carey told TV executives today in Las Vegas. A U.S. appeals court last week rejected broadcasters' pleas to shut down Barry Diller's Aereo.
Carey is threatening to upend traditional broadcast TV to counter the peril posed by Aereo, a company backed by Diller, the former Fox network founder. If CBS, NBC and ABC follow, it would and mark an end to television as it's been known since "The Honeymooners" aired in the 1950s. Fox and other networks are evaluating what to do next after the appeals court ruling.
"We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content," Carey said. "This is not an ideal path we look to pursue, but we can't sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal. We will move to a subscription model if that's our only recourse."
There is so much wrong with that last statement that I don't know where to start. Aereo isn't "stealing" anything. The essence of broadcast TV is the ability to actually receive a broadcast. Aereo merely moves the antenna to a location where the signal is good, vs trying to pull in the new digital TV signals with rabbit ears in your living room. Yes, it's a bizarre technical solution to a silly legal problem, but it's really no different from how TV signals were delivered for decades before cable.
And their "hard-won fees from pay TV systems" are only on the table because of those broadcast signals. It's the FCC's "must carry" rule — cable and satellite systems are required to retransmit broadasters' programming and to compensate them accordingly. That's not true for pure cable channels which have to compete on price and content.
How many people would willingly pay to watch the crap put out by Fox and the other networks? As the "Zero TV" movement gains steam my hunch would be "not as many as they'd think."
Good luck Fox. I hope you think this one through. Maybe you could embrace
innovation instead of trying to maintain your anachronistic 1950s business
model. Try leading instead of hindering. You might even make some
money in the process.
Think that only your friends care about the pictures you post to Facebook? Guess again. The IRS could be snooping on you.
You have until April 15th to file a return - and the IRS will be collecting a lot more than just taxes this year.
According to several reports, the agency will also be collecting personal information from sites like Facebook and Twitter.
It says the effort is to catch people trying to beat the system, but some say it goes too far.
Attorney Kristen Mathews warns to be careful with what you say on social media platforms.
Take those warnings seriously.
Your whole life is on Facebook. The new car. That 12 day cruise up the Nile with 8 friends. Dinners at fancy restaurants. The IRS sees it all, and then asks, whaddaya mean you're only reporting $25,000 in income this year?
Or, much more likely, conservatives who regularly criticize Dear Leader will find themselves subjected to enhanced scrutiny. You know, guys like me. We could start being hauled in for proctological audits. All it takes is for them to scour social media sites and the next thing we know we're on a list.
I'm not being paranoid either. He "joked" about doing just that back in 2009. And then Tea Party groups were coincidentally audited in record numbers.
So watch what you post online, and always remember the IRS motto: "We've got
what it takes to take what you've got." Now you'll have to excuse me as I
go double-check my friends list.
The Democrats have to run someone against Chris Christie for governor. State Senator Barbara Buono is the designated sacrificial lamb. And her endorsements? They lack enthusiasm.
Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage doesn't plan on expending his blood, sweat and tears for state Sen. Barbara Buono's gubernatorial campaign, PolitckerNJ reports.
The veteran mayor of Elizabeth said he has "no history with her (Buono) and I don't see any plan from her campaign other than attack Christie."
"I'm voting for her, but I"m not inspired," Bollwage said in the report as he campaigned on behalf of the reelection campaign for his friend state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) Friday night. "If I see a plan, I'll reassess."
With friends like these, well, Babs needs all the friends she can get, right? So imagine my surprise when she blew off the Italian-American Police Society.
The Italian-American Police Society of New Jersey was set to honor Buono as "Woman of the Year" two weekends ago. But The Auditor hears the senator's campaign staff apparently told the group she only wanted to stop by and deliver a 15-minute campaign speech — and it didn't go over well with the 5,500-member organization.
The Auditor was told the group decided to honor Buono at its annual dinner dance because of her legislative record in support of police — and before she had decided to challenge Gov. Chris Christie.
After the group learned Buono only wanted to stop by for a brief speech during the cocktail hour, it decided to honor her some other time and rescinded the dinner invitation.
"If you're running for governor as a Democrat in New Jersey ... Italian-American civil servants is a base you might need," said one member of the organization who requested anonymity.
The society's president, William Schievella, stressed the group hasn't backed Buono in the race.
C'mon fellas, a gal's gotta wash her hair. You know how it is.
Yeah, most of you guys don't give a rat's ass about Rutgers. But it's Big News here in Jersey! And when Tim Pernetti resigned yesterday I wondered why he bowed to pressure so quickly, because it looked like he did what he was told to do at every step of the Mike Rice controversy.
Well it turns out he was offered $1.2 million very good reasons to take the fall.
Pernetti — under a settlement agreement obtained by The Star-Ledger — will be paid more than $1.2 million in return for his resignation.
And now he also has $1.2 million reasons to avoid answering the obvious question — "what did Rutgers President Robert Barchi know and when did he know it?"
Two major donors are "reconsidering" their commitments to Rutgers. Not because of what Mike Rice did, but in light of how Tim Pernetti was given the bums rush.
Daniel Wheeler, a founding member of the Society of Queens College, where membership requires a minimum of $1 million donated over a lifetime, said he was upset the school ignored the persistent pleas of prominent donors to keep Pernetti.
"Everybody who supports Rutgers Athletics in a big way -- with the exception of one person I spoke to -- made it clear they wanted Pernetti to stay," said Wheeler, also a member of the school's Board of Overseers, which governs Rutgers' fundraising arm. "I won't say numbers, but I've given over seven figures, and like a lot of people who have done the same I support Tim Pernetti. We all stood up for Tim and the school ignored us."
"How can I write Rutgers another check? I have a big one due in June. How can I write that when they completely ignored us?"
Good question. With their upcoming move to the Big Ten, Rutgers is gonna need all the big money donors they can get. Instead it looks like they could lose the naming rights deal for their football stadium too.
Tom Mendiburu, the co-founder of High Point Solutions, said he wanted to review his options before making a decision. High Point Solutions is approaching the third year of a 10-year, $6 million naming rights contract for the school's football stadium.
Mendiburu said there is an opt-out clause in the contract "for situations like this."
"I'm not sure what we're going to do, because our relationship was with Tim Pernetti," he said. "That's the reason we signed this deal. We'll have to look at things and decide. But it's very disappointing to see this happen to Tim Pernetti."
Maybe the boys from
Garden State Equality will step into the breach.
Rutgers rushed to fire Mike Rice, because the Gay Mafia demanded his head on a platter for uttering the word "faggot." And now it turns out there are a million reasons Rice should have kept his job.
As Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi repeated today, Mike Rice was fired without cause. The former coach was fired Wednesday, after video surfaced of him physically shoving players, throwing basketballs at their heads and yelling slurs.
"The coach was not fired for cause," Barchi said today during his press conference.
"The outside counsel says that could not be done...I fired him. Not for cause. I just fired him."
Similarly, in his letter of resignation as the school's athletic director, Tim Pernetti wrote that "following the review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal."
According to the contract, if Rice had been fired for cause, then Rutgers would not owe him any of his remaining salary. Because he was not, he is owed 75 percent of his remaining base salary and additional guaranteed compensation. That total is $1.45 million, meaning Rice is owed $1.0875 million over the last two years of his deal.
As Doctor Evil would say, "One Meeel-yun Dollars!"
A contract is a contract, regardless of how many knots the boys at Garden State Equality tie their panties into.
Last year when this incident first came to light the lawyers said not to fire him. They specified a series of remedial actions, which according to all accounts Rice fulfilled. Then a disgruntled former employee decided to inflame passions by releasing a heavily edited tape recording of some basketball practices. And as soon as the perpetually aggrieved honchos of homosexual hysteria heard him say "you fucking faggot" it was all over for Coach Rice.
Except, it turns out, for his iron-clad contract.
"This morning, coach Rice was fired," Troy Stevenson, the executive director of Garden State Equality, said at a news conference Wednesday. "That's not good enough."
You know what's "not good enough" to me? Knee-jerk appeasement that puts the taxpayers of New Jersey on the hook for a million bucks. But then I'm supposedly out of touch with the scourge of anti-gay discrimination. It's worse than racism, or so a liberal friend told me last night. Because every time I ride the bus the gays have to sit in the back, and I guess I'm not supposed to let them use the same water fountains as me anymore.
Just what I need, more rules for how to maintain my hegemonic status as a scion of the oppressive patriarchy. It really is getting hard to keep up with all the ways I'm supposed to be sabotaging the advancement of those inferior races and peoples and genders.
Yeah, I'm rambling, and the sarcasm-impaired gay goons don't like it when I ramble. So I'll leave you guys with this, via my pal Bob Belvedere. Mike Rice shoulda called his players "Beta Males." It's the new and improved, PC-approved, feminzed pejorative that instantly conveys the light-in-the-loafers affectation you know is necessary while maintaining plausible deniability regarding anyone's proclivities for belting out show tunes.
Now drop your man-purse and give me twenty.
Strike up the band Obamabots! The unemployment rate is down to its lowest mark in four years — 7.6% as 88,000 new jobs were created last month. Oh, wait, that's not such good news…
U.S. employers added just 88,000 jobs in March, as hiring slowed and tens of thousands of people stopped looking for work -- in a reminder of the job market's shaky health.
After a burst of strong hiring, the number of positions added in March marks the slowest pace in nine months. The Labor Department said the jobless rate actually dipped last month from 7.7 percent to 7.6 percent. While that is the lowest in four years, the rate fell only because more people stopped looking for work. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively looking for a job.
Every silver lining has a cloud, eh? And the cloud is getting pretty damn big. There are now 90 million people who've given up on ever finding a job. One quarter of our workforce is no longer actively looking for work.
They're livin' in Obamaville, gettin' by on food stamps and government cheese.
Would you like some really depressing statistics?
The youth unemployment rate for 18 to 29 year olds stands at 11.7%.
The youth unemployment rate for 18 to 29 year old African-Americans is 20.1%.
The youth unemployment rate for 18 to 29 year old Hispanics is 12.6%.
The youth unemployment rate for 18 to 29 year old women is 10%.
Hey, didn't all those groups overwhelmingly vote for Barack Obama's re-election?
Well as the man said, elections have consequences! So I suppose it'll really make those kids feel good about their vote to know that if the labor force participation rate was anything near what it should be, that is if all of the youths who want a job were actually looking for a job, then the youth unemployment rate would be 16.2 percent.
Happy days are here again.
On one hand, Dear Leader is actually creating some jobs. On the other hand, they're government jobs. Hundreds of thousands of new government jobs are now open for Obamacare "navigators." At a starting salary of $48 an hour. And only unionistas and community organizers need apply.
Tens of thousands of health care professionals, union workers and community activists hired as "navigators" to help Americans choose Obamacare options starting Oct. 1 will be paid up to $48 an hour, more than six times the federal minimum wage of $7.25, according to new regulations issued Wednesday.
The 63-page rule covering navigators, drawn up by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, also said the government will provide free translators for those not fluent in English - no matter what their native language is. [...]
Does that include Klingon? Because I'm gonna insist that my "navigator" speaks Klingon.
Obamacare, it's so great you need a trained professional to explain it to you! Who's gonna explain it to the "navigators," Nancy Pelosi?
The rules allow navigators to come from the ranks of unions, health providers and community action groups such as ACORN and Planned Parenthood. They are required to provide unbiased advice.
Notice who's missing from that list? Religious organizations. Because the only religion allowed in Obamacare is Liberalism, and abortion is its sacrament.
Planned Parenthood will provide "unbiased advice?" I just shot coffee out of my nose.
Wanna guess what this is gonna cost? Because California alone wants 21,000 of these "unbiased" Oracles Of Obamacare. So let's say Barry hires 250,000 of his best and brightest party apparatchiks. That's $25 Billion dollars a year just in salaries, plus benefits, office space, management, oversight, etc, etc, etc.
Tell me again how Obamacare was supposed to save us money?
The official report is in. MF Global bankruptcy trustee Louis Freeh lays all the blame for the firm's collapse at the feet of former NJ governor Jon Corzine.
Former MF Global Holdings Ltd. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon S. Corzine's risky business strategies and mismanagement helped accelerate the futures brokerage's demise, according to a report by bankruptcy trustee Louis Freeh.
"Corzine and his management team failed to strengthen the company's weak control environment, making it almost impossible to properly monitor the liquidity drains on the company caused by Corzine's proprietary trading strategy," lawyers for Freeh wrote. The 124-page report details how Corzine initiated an "aggressive trading strategy" at the futures brokerage, investing heavily in European sovereign debt, according to the filing today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan.
"Based on the Trustee's investigation, the actions and failures of key members of MF Global's management, in particular the former Chairman and CEO Corzine, the former COO Abelow, and the former CFO Steenkamp contributed to the losses suffered by Holdings Ltd. and FinCo," lawyers for Freeh wrote.
Joe Biden once called Corzine "the smartest guy I know" and the Obama Administration's "go-to guy" for financial advice.
Explains a lot, doesn't it?
Remember the subprime mortgage meltdown? It was in all the papers. No one in his right mind would want to go through that again, right?
Which of course is why Barack Obama says it's exactly what this country needs.
The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.
President Obama's economic advisers and outside experts say the nation's much-celebrated housing rebound is leaving too many people behind, including young people looking to buy their first homes and individuals with credit records weakened by the recession.
In response, administration officials say they are working to get banks to lend to a wider range of borrowers by taking advantage of taxpayer-backed programs — including those offered by the Federal Housing Administration — that insure home loans against default.
Housing officials are urging the Justice Department to provide assurances to banks, which have become increasingly cautious, that they will not face legal or financial recriminations if they make loans to riskier borrowers who meet government standards but later default.
What could possibly go wrong?
But wait, there's more! Still can't qualify for one of Barry The Banker's new subprime mortgages? How about a subprime car loan instead?
Thanks largely to the U.S. Federal Reserve, Jeffrey Nelson was able to put up a shotgun as down payment on a car.
Money was tight last year for the school-bus driver and neighborhood constable in Jasper, Alabama, a beaten-down town of 14,000 people. One car had already been repossessed. Medical bills were piling up.
And still, though Nelson's credit history was an unhappy one, local car dealer Maloy Chrysler Dodge Jeep had no problem arranging a $10,294 loan from Wall Street-backed subprime lender Exeter Finance Corp so Nelson and his wife could buy a charcoal gray 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara.
All the Nelsons had to do was cover the $1,000 down payment. For most of that amount, Maloy accepted Jeffrey's 12-gauge Mossberg & Sons shotgun, valued at about $700 online.
Bad credit? No credit? No problem! The taxpayer's got you covered!
Because naturally Mr. Nelson defaulted.
In the ensuing months, Nelson and his wife divorced, he moved into a mobile home, and, unable to cover mounting debts, he filed for personal bankruptcy. His ex-wife, who assumed responsibility for the $324-a-month car payment, said she will probably file for bankruptcy in a couple of months.
I'm sure that nobody could've seen that coming.
But it's all good, Exeter packages those car loans into bonds. Those bonds get sold to "investors" like Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo. And as we've already seen, those Too Big To Fail banks are backed by the Full Faith And Credit of the United States Government. Which, in case you don't realize it, is you sucka!
We're throwing money at guys like Jeff Nelson because it's what socialists do — redistribute wealth. Since it's not Obama's money, why should he care if the Nelsons of the world don't pay it back? Government Motors sold a car! Isn't that what really matters?
Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. The first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.
We are way beyond farce by now.
Atlantic City's bread and butter is day-trippers. And these days the charter bus trade is circling the drain.
Fewer people are traveling to Atlantic City, especially on casino buses.
The South Jersey Transportation Authority says the number of casino buses and passengers has dropped for the past 24 months.
The Press of Atlantic City reports 140,000 people rode the buses in February, the latest month statistics were available. That represented 30 percent fewer than February 2012 and about half the number of passengers two years ago.
Who's got money to gamble when gas, food, and shelter are so expensive? Contrary to anything the White House might tell you, the economy has not improved.
In Decemeber, a government report showed that the government is spending almost $170 a day per household on those who are under the federal poverty line and receiving welfare. That's $1,190.00 per week or almost $62,000 per year that was taken from someone more likely to invest in and build the economy.
I'm sure these two statistics are just a coincidence, right?
There is one bright spot though. The Obamas bravely party on. No expense is spared in their relentless pursuit of top quality entertainment and exotic vacation travel. Through thick and thin they courageously live high on the hog, presumably inspiring us all with their stoic disregard for the trials and tribulations of ordinary Americans.
We can eat cake.
Remember when Men were men? Yeah, me neither. Now they're whiny pansies.
Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice can be heard spewing profanities, including gay slurs, and seen firing basketballs at players' heads and bodies, kicking basketballs across the court and making physical contact with several players -- shoving, grabbing -- on a tape the school showed today. The same tape showed today to reporters, it is believed, was obtained by ESPN and portions were aired this afternoon.
The tape in question, approximately 40 minutes long and covering practices at Rutgers Athletic Center over Rice's first three years as Rutgers' coach, was the basis for the school's suspension of Rice in December for three games and fining him $50,000.
Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said specifically the gay slur was "at the core of the suspension."
In the video, Rice is shown calling a player a "(expletive) fairy" and "(expletive) faggot."
Said Pernetti: "It absolutely concerns me. It is not acceptable."
Gimme a break. He used a gay slur! Call the waambulance.
Rutgers men's basketball sucks. That's what should be "not acceptable." The only way these faggots can get to the NCAA championship is if they buy a ticket. The last time they made it to the Final 4? 1976, when they got their asses kicked by Michigan and UCLA.
I'm thinking a little tough love isn't exactly out of line here.
And before you jump my shit consider this. Every one of their scholarships comes out of my ass in the form of NJ state taxes. We subsidize these losers. You'd think the least they could do is win a championship every 30 years or so.
But no. And Pernetti is moving Rutgers up, from an also-ran in the Big East to what will undoubtedly be a slot as perennial cellar-dwellers of the Big Ten.
I hate to break it to the Rice-haters, but in the Big Ten everybody doesn't get a trophy. Maybe Coach Rice (or one of his predecessors) already tried the sweetness and light approach and the team still sucked. The "bombshell" tape is incomplete so we'll never know. Its purpose is to sensationalize events which were undoubtedly taken out of context.
Man up fellas. And if you want to stop Coach Rice from screaming at you, try winning.
If you buy a CD, or a DVD, or a book you can offload it a garage sale whenever you're done with it. But according to a District Court judge, iTunes downloads are yours forever.
Capitol Records has won a court ruling against a store that sells "used" digital song files.
ReDigi infringed Capitol's copyright by allowing users to buy and sell tracks originally bought on Apple's iTunes store, said District Judge Richard Sullivan. The decision is a set-back to the idea of a used digital marketplace, similar to that for physical goods like CDs or books.
The service, which started in October 2011, allows people to buy and sell tracks for as little as $0.49 and takes a cut from each sale. The site says it gives 20 percent from each sale back to the original artist.
It also monitors its users computers to ensure they have not kept hold of any songs they have sold on.
But Judge Sullivan ruled that ReDigi "infringes Capitol's reproduction rights" because, crucially, a new unauthorized copy of the file is made when a sale takes place.
ReDigi denies that claim and instead says it "migrates" the same file between users.
Our copyright laws suck. That new "unauthorized" copy nonsense is a distinction without a difference. Otherwise you'd have to buy a new "copy" of every song whenever you switched to a new iPod or iPhone.
The company's planned roll-out to Europe now looks to be in serious doubt after some scathing comments. The Manhattan judge labelled its business model "fundamentally flawed" and said the "first sale" principle, which lets people sell on copyrighted works, does not yet apply to the digital world.
If this ruling stands, the repudiation of "first sale" doctrine within the digital world is a huge blow to property rights. You may have bought a copy of that song, but you don't really own it. You're merely renting. Nevermind that it's the same price as a physical copy (a fact that is especially true for digital books).
Did I mention that
our copyright laws suck?
Meet Professor Obama, he knows how to budget responsibly.
I thought this was an April Fool's Day joke momentarily, but apparently, it's for real. The White House has declared that this is the month to give advice to young people on how to budget responsibly.
Borrow. Borrow some more. Send the bill to your grandchildren. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
"I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices," Obama said in an official proclamation released Friday.
"My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions."
Really. Those are his exact words. As he takes every opportunity to demagogue a modest reduction in the rate of spending growth. As we still await his federal budget. As he prints money like it's going out of style, and borrows more than all other presidents combined.
This just in, May will feature Mark Sanford and John Edwards starring in Be Faithful to Your Wife Month. June marks the 37th annual National Diet Month featuring Michael Moore and Rosie O'Donnell, with a special guest appearance by Oprah Winfrey. And in July we'll learn the basics of sensual shower massage from Jerry Sandusky.
All of which are, sadly, more believable than pretending that Barack Obama
knows thing one about budgeting.
The sky is falling in Geezerville. Dear Leader plans to cut Medicare by 2%, because the Sequester has really gotta hurt. Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth begin!
Hospitals and physicians across the state are bracing for a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payments, which take effect Monday.
The Medicare cuts are part of the sequester - the automatic spending cuts put in place by Congress.
Ah, the good old Star-Ledger, never failing to forget that it was Dear Leader Himself who dreamed up the Sequester. Really. They could look it up.
What does it mean for New Jersey?
The New Jersey Hospitals Association estimates that this will cost the state's hospitals about $70 million in 2013. Nursing homes will be out about $21 million.
"One might argue that anyone should be able to cut 2 percent from their budget, but in healthcare, provider margins are already razor thin," Betsy Ryan, president and CEO of the NJHA, wrote earlier this month. "A 2 percent reduction in payment may mean the difference between breaking even or having a small margin, or operating in the red."
With one-third of New Jersey's hospitals already operating in the red, the cuts could mean the loss of thousands of jobs.
Wait, I thought Obamacare was supposed to bring rainbows and unicorns for everybody. Now they're telling me it's The End Of Hospitals As We Know It? All because of a 2% cut? You guys voted for him, so I should feel bad when he screws you over?
Speaking of pain, every year I spend
Cesar Chavez Day with a gaggle of liberal Obama voters. Consider it a
fitting final penance to cap off 40 days of Lent.
This year there was much discussion of economic woes. "My hours got cut," "my job is asking everyone to accept a pay freeze," "my health insurance premiums went way up," "my insurance didn't cover all my lab work and I got a huge bill," and my personal favorite, "my 2 grown sons can't find a job and they won't move out."
Not a one made the connection between their Divine President Lightworker Unicorn Healer and the sad state of their personal econonic outlook.
I held my tongue. But I was laughing hysterically on the inside.