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To almost no one's surprise low information voters are also low information consumers. Half the people in New Jersey are completely unaware of Obamacare's upcoming mandate to purchase health insurance. If I wasn't in the mood to be charitable, I'd say those folks are too stupid to vote.
Enrollment opens Tuesday in the new insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act, but a poll released today indicates that New Jersey residents are less informed than Americans in general about the law's requirement that they have health coverage starting next year.
Just over half of adults in New Jersey are aware that nearly everyone must have health insurance in 2014 or pay a fine, according to the poll. And only one in three has heard much about the health marketplaces that open Tuesday in each state.
"New Jerseyans are well behind the curve right now in understanding the individual mandate," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, which conducted the survey Sept. 6-10 and made the results public today.
Listen up Obamabots. Tomorrow is the day Freedom Dies. October 1, 2013 will go down in history as a day more infamous than December 7, 1941. Once, America rallied to repel Japanese and German fascists; today the sheeple embrace fascism with open arms, and as it turns out, empty heads.
The Individual Mandate is an abomination, one that no Founding Father could ever have envisioned, let alone sanctioned. Add in the full-frontal assault on religious liberty inherent in Obamacare's contraceptive, sterilization, and abortion mandates and you have a one-two punch to the heart of our republic.
We are no longer free to engage in commerce as we see fit.
And we are no longer free to practice our religion without interference from an over-arching federal government.
I weep for the America that we lost. The Anti-Federalists were right; tyranny
is here to stay.
Six thousand years of Judeo-Christian tradition demolished at the stroke of a pen.
A state judge today ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in New Jersey, saying gay couples would be denied federal benefits if the state kept allowing only civil unions.
Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson granted an emergency request by six gay couples, ordering state officials to begin officiating same-sex marriages on Oct. 21.
"Same-sex couples must be allowed to marry in order to obtain equal protection of the law under the New Jersey constitution," the judge wrote in a 53-page opinion.
The Christie administration is expected to appeal the ruling. Let's hope so, to protect religious liberty, which is, in case any of you forgot, an actual enumerated right.
Because no matter what all the cheerleaders say, marriage is, always has, and
always will be a sacred union between one man and one woman. No mere mortal can
change that. A fool may call a square a circle, but he can not make it round.
The headline at the top of today's Star-Ledger says it all: Obama mocks "crazy" foes of health care law. They didn't post it on NJ.com, but this Yahoo version looks pretty close to what they printed.
With just five days to go before Americans can begin signing up for health care under his signature law, President Barack Obama on Thursday ridiculed Republican opponents for "crazy" doomsday predictions of the impact and forecast that even those who didn't vote for him are going to enroll.
With polls showing many Americans still skeptical of the law known as "Obamacare," the president went back to the basics of explaining how nearly 50 million uninsured Americans will be able to buy coverage in new government-run exchanges while mocking Republicans for trying to block its implementation. "The closer we get, the more desperate they get," Obama argued.
"The Republican party has just spun itself up around this issue," Obama said. "And the fact is the Republicans' biggest fear at this point is not that Affordable Care Act will fail. What they're worried about is it's going to succeed."
What planet does this bozo live on?
And yeah, if he's gonna sling mud, then I can sling some right back. He's a bozo. A clown, and a buffoon. Worst. President. Ever.
Obamacare succeed? That's the funniest thing I've heard in years!
Nobody likes it. Nobody wants it. Nobody understands it.
It requires that you share the most intimate details of your life with a legion of unvetted federal bureaucrats. But don't worry, they pinky-swear they'll keep everything completely confidential. Really.
It's already an Information Technology disaster of epic proportions.
The delays keep piling up. Just yesterday, 5 days before they were supposed to go live, HHS "postponed" the federal Small Business Exchanges. They're "not ready."
Trust me, I'm an IT guy, none of this stuff is "ready." And it won't be ready any time soon either.
How much does this thing stink? Tally up all the exemptions! Everybody and his brother wants one. But HHS has stopped passing them out like candy, much to the chagrin of O-bozo's SEIU buddies.
Right in the law is the stipulation that Congress, the Executive Branch, and their staffs must enroll in the Exchanges. Except Congress doesn't want any part of this train wreck. So Obama exempted them, flouting his own law.
He can do that, because he's like special or something.
Obamacare will never succeed. It'll collapse under its own weight.
And when it does it'll take you, me, and the country we used to call the United States of America all the way down with it.
You wanna know what's "crazy?" Pretending it won't.
It's judicial activism on steroids. Today the NJ Supreme Court issued a ruling ordering the state legislature to enact a law. Three black-robed poobahs are now the de facto government of New Jersey. Nobody else matters anymore.
At issue, of course, is the Social Justice shibboleth of "affordable housing." Everybody deserves to have a nice house in the suburbs, even if he doesn't work for it. Because if there is a Constitutional Right to free health care, why not a Constitutional Right to a free house too?
And so our legislature is hereby ordered to create rules for imposing a slum on every town in New Jersey.
The state Supreme Court ruled today that New Jersey's affordable housing requirements for towns are too lenient and ordered state officials to write a new rulebook for the state's 565 municipalities.
In a 3-2 decision, the high court said the Council on Affordable Housing — a mostly dormant state agency that has not met for much of the past two years — must go back to the drawing board and issue new rules within five months.
Towns must have a specific number of minimum units to build, the court said, striking down a formula approved by COAH that allowed municipalities to refrain from building units in some cases.
They're movin' on up, to a dee-luxe apartment in the Skylands!
Well, free to them. It'll be paid for by you and me.
Remember when people had to work to get what they want? Yeah, that's not congruent with socialism. So if you can't afford to live in Short Hills, the socialists are gonna force Short Hills to build you your very own "affordable house."
Maybe the NJ Supreme Court should re-read the Declaration of Independence.
It espouses "equality of opportunity." Not "from each according to his ability,
to each according to his needs."
Sigh. Cory Booker turns out to be yet another Democrat who can't resist the allure of young tattooed "ladies" who get naked for a living. And she's got the Tweets to prove it. (Warning! VERY Not Safe For Work!)
You can read the whole sordid thing. And you can gawk at the NSFW pictures of the I-can't-believe-anyone-thinks-she's-hot Lynsie Lee.
Well, maybe she has a stellar personality.
I'm not sure why she's come forward now with these private tweets. Maybe to counter those perpetual Cory-Booker-is-gay rumors? That sounds right, seeing as how all the reliably lefty media outlets are gushing over the story.
Look! Cory's got a stripper friend! And she's a gurl!
At least she hasn't released any "selfies" from Booker. Yet. That's all we
need now, pics of Cory's T-Bone. You know, to prove he's a Real Man.
A couple of news items caught my eye this morning.
Dear Leader spoke to the U.N. He's apparently buying what Iran's shoveling.
The Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has just recently reiterated that the Islamic Republic will never develop a nuclear weapon… I want to be clear we are encouraged that President Rouhani received from the Iranian people a mandate to pursue a more moderate course. And given President Rouhani's stated commitment to reach an agreement, I am directing John Kerry to pursue this effort with the Iranian government in close cooperation with the European Union — the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Translation? "I have a Nobel Peace Prize, those terrorist thugs wouldn't lie to me!" Apparently he really does believe his own bullshit.
Unfortunately, nobody else does.
Increasingly the United States is viewed as a paper tiger on the world stage by America's enemies. The Iranians know that Obama doesn't have the stomach for the use of force against Tehran's nuclear programme, and believe he is vulnerable on the sanctions issue, and open to concessions on this front. They don't fear the Obama administration the way they feared the Bush administration. The Ayatollah and his acolytes see Obama as a soft touch, and believe they can buy even more valuable time to advance their nuclear ambitions while Washington dithers.
Dithering, it's what Obama is really, really, really good at. He gives speeches, to tell you what he isn't going to do.
A national address to say he won't invade Syria, red lines or no red lines.
A phone call to John Boehner, to say he won't negotiate on the debt ceiling.
A pledge at the U.N. to meet with Iranian President Rouhani, only to have his lackeys walk that back before he had even left the podium.
Barack Obama, International Man Of Inaction!
You know what else he won't do? Miss his tee time.
Meanwhile, as Obama babbles incoherently, John Kerry is busy nullifying the Second Amendment.
Secretary of State John Kerry plans to sign a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation on Wednesday, a senior State Department official told Fox News -- despite warnings from lawmakers that the Senate will not ratify the agreement.
The holy mantra of Gun Control needs another futile and stupid gesture, and John Kerry is just the guy to do it.
Disarm Americans. Arm Syrians and Mexicans. Makes sense to me!
Remember when America was a superpower and world leader? When Teddy Roosevelt's doctrine — Speak softly, and carry a big stick — actually helped keep the peace?
Now we have Barack Obama, eager to speak incoherently and outlaw the big stick.
This is known as Smart Diplomacy.
He's standing up on the floor of the U.S. Senate, right now!, vowing to "talk until he can't stand anymore."
"I rise in opposition to Obamacare," the Texas Republican began. This speech may go on for a while.
I wish I could stand there with him. I want him to know that I'm with him in spirit.
As it happens, at our annual block party this past weekend someone asked me why republicans like Ted Cruz are "wasting their time" trying to defund Obamacare. I said, because it's the right thing to do, it makes a statement that needs to be heard. He was unconvinced. "Pick your battles," he said. It's a trainwreck, I replied.
The reasons for making every possible effort to defund ObamaCare, as I see it, are:
Mitch McConnell is a feckless crapweasel. But you already knew that.
Maybe, just maybe, the people of New Jersey are finally seeing the real Cory Booker — all flash and no cash, all hat and no cattle, the show horse who isn't a work horse, every Tweet lacks meat. Because a new poll shows Steve Lonegan gaining ground on Booker's supposedly inevitable juggernaut.
A new poll on the U.S. Senate race suggests Cory Booker's expected blowout over Steve Lonegan may not be in the bag.
The Quinnipiac University poll shows Republican Lonegan trailing Democrat Booker by a closer-than-expected 12 points. The survey of of 948 likely voters shows Booker with 53 percent support to Lonegan's 41 percent.
Ruh roh, Booker is supposed to cruise to a 35 point win! What's going on?
Where's Cory? I dunno. Does New Jersey need a part-time senator? I think not. If Booker wants to represent Hollywood he ought to move to California. He's as phony as they are so he'll fit right in. But we'd rather have a guy who's committed to us, not his famous (and/or ficticious) friends.
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate! Because if Cory Booker can't be bothered to
show up and help Newark, what makes you think he'll do anything for the rest
of New Jersey?
Ace Ventura, please call your office.
A Riverdale condo complex plans to use DNA testing on dogs to figure out which of its residents aren't cleaning up after their pets — apparently the first in North Jersey to do so.
In a recent letter to residents, the management of the Grande at Riverdale said dogs' mouths will be swabbed for DNA. That way, any droppings found on the property can get the "CSI" treatment and be traced back to the pet owners who aren't taking care of business.
The letter cited a "small percentage of residents who have not been doing their due diligence."
Management plans to test dogs on Saturday or by appointment. Dog owners face a $100 fine if they don't bring in their pets for the testing by Nov. 1.
Afterward, any waste found on the property will be tested. Penalties will be stiff: Owners will face a $250 fine for the first offense, $500 for the second, and $1,000 for subsequent offenses.
The Grande is using PooPrints, a DNA-matching service provided by BioPet Vet Lab of Knoxville, Tenn. Eric Mayer, a company spokesman, says BioPet created PooPrints in 2010 after one of its scientists came to work fuming because she had stepped in dog waste.
"I want to know who did this," she said, according to Mayer. Since then, he said, the business has grown rapidly.
On the one hand, I'm all for punishing the assholes who don't pick up after their mutts.
On the other hand, at $29.95 a pop to extract DNA from dog poop, wouldn't
it be cheaper just to hire a kid to clean it up?
The students at Caldwell's James Caldwell High School decided not to hold their prom at The Newark Club this year. Aside from the high cost, one of the reasons cited is the recent rash of violent crime.
The prom committee of the regional school in West Caldwell looked at the Metropolitan Room at the Newark Club as one of nine venues. The Newark Club was eliminated from the list because the facility was too pricey and the city may be unsafe because of a recent rash of violent crimes, according to Superintendent James Heinegg.
So naturally, the denizens of Newark see racism.
The decision was strongly criticized by Barbara Yeninas, a marketing consultant from the Newark Club. She said a student from the school's prom committee — a group of five seniors and a class adviser — wrote to her, saying they were told, "You can't go to Newark, it's not safe."
In response, Yeninas sent an e-mail to the Caldwell-West Caldwell school board and superintendent.
"Your quoted excuse that Newark is 'a bad place' and your so-called fear that your students would be unsafe is exactly the attitude that promotes discrimination, hate and divisiveness among our young people and continues that pattern without end," Yeninas wrote.
When you can't defend your city's crime record, cry racism. But if there are ten murders in ten days, totalling 63 this year, along with the usual plethora of muggings, car-jackings, assaults, and rapes, well maybe those fears aren't exactly unfounded. Facts don't discriminate. Statistics don't hate. And it's not divisive to decide you're safer where criminals don't congregate.
Are there decent people in Newark? Sure. Are those decent people "winning" the battle against crime? Nope. Newark may not be as dangerous as Camden or Detroit, but it's no Mayberry, RFD either.
Perhaps Newark could counterbalance the negative perceptions by charging
less than their suburban competitors? At $85 bucks a head The Newark Club
is $25 more expensive than the venue ultimately chosen by JCHS. That sounds
like the kids would be getting robbed even before they set foot inside Cory
Booker's Urban Paradise.
Sigh. Even my wife fell for the media hype. "The Pope said homosexuality is OK!"
Uh, no, he didn't.
Take it away Father Z:
As you read the interview, and media coverage of the interview, you will find — and this is consistent with Pope Francis' style of talking off-the-cuff — some truly quotable quotes, leap-out quotes that sit up and beg to be taken out of context.
Context? When has our media ever provided context? It's headlines they want! Sensationalism!
For context you have to Read The Whole Thing. That's hard work. You have to understand Church doctrine. Only then will what His Holiness really meant become clear.
It's a lot to read. And I urge you to read it. Carefully.
Then you'll understand.
To recap: People who focus just on the comments that Francis made about compassion for homosexuals and "social wounds" or about not talking about abortion all the time or that the Church has no right to "interfere" with people (as if to say that Francis thinks homosexuality is okay or that the Church should be silent in the public square or that we mustn't talk about abortion) without also underscoring that Francis was talking about things which need healing and that they are matters for confession (read: sins) have distorted his meaning.
As it happens Sophie's religion homework this week focuses on the doctrine of Redemption. And last Sunday's Gospel spoke of the Prodigal Son, but more importantly the notion that God is our ever-loving Father. And like the father in the parable, God rejoices when we turn away from sin.
In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one
sinner repenting than over ninety-nine upright people who have no need of
— Luke 15:7
That's what Pope Francis is trying to tell us. Don't focus solely on the sin. Focus on the Redemption of the sinner. Focus on healing the wounds of sin.
And, Go To Confession!
What's that? You never heard about 2 million bikers riding to DC on September 11th? Yeah, too much exposure to CNN and the NY Times will leave you uninformed.
So allow my blog friend Maggie to introduce you to Eric Zern. A self-described "ordinary" guy, who did an extraordinary thing.
I'm a very simple, blue-collar American that has a small business making clocks from logs. I live a simple life (well…I used to, anyway!). I am honest and sincere with others and strive to have a quiet and sincere walk with the Lord at all times. I rely on His wisdom and His guidance in all things.
Yes, I do have a degree from Towson State University but I guess I have the "Good ol' boy" roots, and that is where I am most comfortable.
With regards to the "2 Million Bikers to DC" event, I never meant to get as involved as I did. I managed to "get in" on the ground floor and only intended to ride in the event. They were still struggling to get this moving, and I volunteered to help organize Western Maryland. Two days later I was the Maryland State Coordinator and about a week later I was on the National Team. Admittedly, I had to step back and ask myself, "How did all that happen??"
Anyway, yes, I was very involved in this event and found myself working 17-hour days up until the day of the event itself. We were absolutely shocked at how quickly we gained momentum. It very quickly turned into a freight train running downhill. It was all we could do to keep our heads above water at that point. But, it happened. There were a few hiccups here and there but I think things turned out okay.
Yeah, it's estimated about 880,000 bikers rode into DC to honor the dead of 9/11 and to show respect for our veterans and armed forces. And aside from a few parking tickets it went off without a hitch. Because Americans peaceably assembling to petition their government for a redress of grievances is the cornerstone of our republic.
The media tried to spin this protest as "anti-Muslim," because some terrorist sympathizer nutjobs planned a "Million Muslim March" in DC on 9/11 too. It didn't work out though, I think they got maybe 20 people. And the bikers left them alone, figuring they weren't worth the trouble.
So why did Eric Zern find himself leading so many Americans into DC that day?
I had to do something. I knew that if there was going to be trouble, the "root" of that trouble would grow from the anger and outrage at what our government has allowed our great nation to become. I had to find a way to target that anger, and hold it at bay. Although the ride was to pay tribute to those that perished 12 years ago, and for our troops since called to engage terrorism, there was still that anger in the heart and spirit of every single rider.
Unlike our government that tries to ignore that anger, I wanted to target that anger and bring it to the surface. I knew it was there, because I feel it, too. So that's what I did…1st, affirm the ride as being for those who perished and for our troops. Once that was established, I could then move onto the anger that was deep inside. I tried to affirm that it did exist, why it existed, and to let everyone know that it's okay for them to be angry. 3rd, I tried to reason with them and in that way, hold that anger at bay. I told them that we are Patriots. We are the best that America has to offer.
One of our biggest complaints is how the government has slowly stripped us of our Constitutional Rights. Where would we be, then, if we turned right around and stripped someone else of their Constitutional Rights? We are "defenders" of our Constitution. It doesn't matter how much we may disagree with a cause, we must respect our Constitution and respect those who have a "Constitutional Right to Assemble". I waved the red, white, and blue in front of them and said THIS is what we stand for and THIS is why we ride today! We didn't show up with chains and clubs. We showed up with red, white, and blue flags and we'll do the right thing because we're Americans!! We ride proud and we ride tall. United we stand with our brothers and we will move the eyes from those "other demonstrations" to where those eyes belong…on those that perished and on our troops.
Bravo Mr. Zern. You are a Patriot. A Citizen Soldier. Standing tall as a proud American. Defending her against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does."
— Margaret Mead.
They can't let Steve Lonegan speak. Cory Booker's goons that is. They can't let go of their hatred for all things not endorsed by their patron. So when it came time for Steve to stand in front of Booker's former row house and point out how it's emblematic of Newark's deterioriation, well the boo-birds had to have their say.
Before Steve Lonegan could begin criticizing the Newark mayor for allowing his former Court Street property to fall into disrepair, a mysterious group of men began shouting him down.
"We don't want you in Newark!" they shouted. "Go back where you came from!"
You know, if I stood up at a Booker event and shouted "Go back where you came from!" I do believe I'd be accused of racism.
But when liberals don't have an actual argument they resort to vitriol. And name-calling. Or worse.
It's who they are. It's what they do.
Now a classy candiate would repudiate these thugs. Alas, Cory Booker is not a classy candidate. He issued a mealy-mouthed attack on Lonegan instead of chastising his hired help.
Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for Booker, said the men were not sent by the campaign.
"The campaign was not involved with the protestors who showed up to object to Mr. Lonegan's attacks on Mayor Booker and the city of Newark," he said. "As for Lonegan's criticisms, as one of his supporters once said, he 'thinks if he continues to say something ong enough it's true.' This is just more hyperbole and nonsense from a desperate, extreme campaign."
Yeah, "desperate, extreme campaigns" send out goon squads to sing the "I-voted-for-Cory-Booker-and-all-I-got-was-this-lousy-crack-house" Blues.
By not condemning their actions, Cory Booker is implicitly endorsing these anti-free-speech shenanigans. He wants Steve Lonegan silenced. But in typical liberal Democrat fashion, he won't stand up with the bullies he so desperately covets. He's content to bankroll their censorship via sham "charities" established to give him plausible deniability.
As soon as Lonegan retreated Booker's goon squad decamped to the offices of Fathers Now, an offshoot of Newark Now, a non-profit group started by Booker.
Oh, and guess who now owns Booker's crack house?
Yup, Newark Now. Booker sold it to them for $1 a day before he announced his U.S. Senate candidacy. They're currently "looking for a buyer" while the property sits in ruins. Apparently none of Booker's paid hecklers knows how to use a lawnmower or a trash bag.
Here's an idea. Steve Lonegan should buy it. And clean it up. Then Steve can honestly say he's done more for Newark than Cory Booker ever will.
UPDATE 18 Sep 2013 10:20:
Via Rick Shaftan, here's video of Cory's Goon Squad:
Obama's knee-jerk reaction to another mass-shooter with severe mental illness? More gun control! Because to a liberal, believing in the Second Amendment is a mental illness.
But when it comes to arming our enemies, Barry sings a different tune.
President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to "vetted" opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.
Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad's regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.
The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would "waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction."
So let me get this straight. Guns are good, if they're given to our enemies. But guns are bad, if they're owned by American citizens?
What happened to all those liberal shibboleths on gun control? You know, the common sense stuff that no sane person could ever oppose? They don't apply in Syria?
Registration? Uh, no. All those guys are named Mohammed anyway.
Background checks? Don't make me laugh.
Magazine size limits? Whatchoo talkin' 'bout Willis?
Assault weapons? Automatic weapons? Unlimited ammunition? Sure!
Gun-free zones? Only here, in America. Or our embassies.
Won't anyone think of the children??? Oh, right, we're arming children. Syrian children. So they can grow up to wage war on us!
Hypocrisy, it's the liberal leitmotif.
If you ever wondered why they don't teach logic in the government
schools, this is why. Kids who understand logic can think critically. And
kids who think critically don't grow up to be Democrats.
Before Cory Booker quietly sold the run-down row house he perennially failed to maintain, he used it as a sort of B&B for wanted fugitive drug dealers. You know, like his good buddy T-Bone, who by the way is "totally real."
In an interview with NJTV's On The Record with Michael Aron aired yesterday, Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, insisted that T-Bone is a real person and not a composite or archetype as has been previously reported.
The mayor said the Newark police told him there are currently five people in the city using the alias "T-Bone." He went on to say that he, as an attorney prior to entering public office, and "after I became mayor" would hold meetings with drug dealers, "100's of guys involved in the narcotics trade," in his house, "even putting them up with me."
Booker said he was dealing with non-violent drug dealers. Aron did not ask him how he knew they were non-violent drug dealers.
If Booker is telling the truth in his stories, as he insists he is, it is a big deal. It seems to me that Booker is confessing to his own crimes of harboring fugitives and maybe even aiding and abetting.
Soft on crime? Or just a nice guy? Yeah, a nice guy who happens to like the company of the monsters peddling poison to our kids.
Booker seems to be confessing to taking the law into his own hands, both as an attorney before entering public office, and as a mayor sworn to uphold and enforce the law. It seems that he was attempting to start an unauthorized rehabilitation program in his own house.
There have already been 64 murders in Newark this year. Most of them related to the drug trade. Is Booker sure that not even one of the "literally hundreds of guys" he hosted at his erstwhile B&B weren't somehow involved? Is he really, really, really sure?
Is Cory Booker Above The Law? Inquiring minds want to know!
Because, to quote some prominent liberal Democrats, if it could have saved just one child's life, Booker had an obligation to turn those wanted fugitives over to his police department. And the fact that he didn't tells me he's more interested in coddling criminals than in catching or punishing them.
UPDATE 17 Sep 2013 11:38:
A little Twitter humor:
You're gonna love this one. It's even better than the silly "don't hurt the other team's feelings" rule that I mocked yesterday. Call it the "if you're gonna win, don't win by too much" rule.
Ayup, in 6th grade it's unfair to be better than the other team. An email we received last night included this little nugget:
Mercy Rule: If at any time in the game a team goes up by more than 5 goals, it is the coaching staff's responsibility to adjust their lineup, both on offense and defense, to promote fair play.
If a team wins by more than 8 goals during the regular season, the following steps will be taken.
1st offense — Team Warning
2nd offense — Forfeit of the game
3rd offense — Forfeit of the game and will not be allowed to participate in the playoffs.
Good grief! You can "win." But you can't win by too much??? "Fair play" means having to pretend you suck?
What totalitarian nightmare is this? Competition is bad! Success is punishable by enforced failure! If you're "too good" at soccer they're gonna cut you down to size!
Harrison Bergeron, please call your office.
Sophie just shook her head when I read it to her. She already mocks the obligatory trophy she gets at the end of each season. Her team doesn't win. Ever. But they still get the exact same shiny piece-of-shit trophy the team that did win gets.
"We're the Best Losers Ever!" she sneered.
I suspect someone thought they were "helping" her team when they dreamed up this rule. Last year her team didn't win a single game, and lost by double digits almost every time.
But you know what? It didn't faze them. Not one bit. Every girl still showed up to every game, determined to try harder. They weren't looking for pity, they wanted to win.
And when they scored the odd goal, man, you'd think they won the World Cup the way they cheered and high-fived each other! They were proud of scoring, even in certain defeat. And we made sure to treat them to ice cream whenever they did score. That was their "victory." And they'd pose for pictures in their uniforms holding their ice cream with the biggest smiles on their faces you've ever seen. That ice cream was way better than any stupid "participation" trophy, because it meant they'd accomplished something together and it felt good.
And in that moment, it didn't matter if the score was 19 to 1. It mattered
that everyone had done her best. Which is what I thought youth sports was
supposed to be all about. Doing your best. Not pulling up lame in
some misguided attempt to prevent hurt feelings.
That precious little snowflake on the opposing team might be a big fat candy-ass weenie, but if you call him a "big fat candy-ass weenie" you're gonna get ejected from the game.
Followed on Monday morning with a formal investigation by the NJ Division on Civil Rights in the state Attorney General's Office to determine if you should be charged with a hate crime.
No more trash talk, New Jersey just made it illegal.
New Jersey this season is believed to be the first state in the country to institute new biased-language rules for high school sports. Officials are carrying laminated cards in their pockets outlining what will be considered crossing the line between competitive back-and-forth banter and discriminatory language.
Whoop and shout after delivering a big hit and you might get a warning.
But drop the "N-word" and you're not only finished for that game and the next, but referees must report the infraction to the state's governing body for high school athletics, which then passes the player's name and the violation on to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights in the Attorney General's Office.
Calling an opponent a "faggot" also will end a player's day immediately. In fact, any verbal, written or physical conduct related to race, religion, ethnicity, gender, disability or sexual orientation is grounds for disqualification. After that, it can get a little tricky. In some instances, using the "F-word" is sure to get you tossed; in others, referees seemingly will have leeway to chalk it up to good-natured trash talking.
The new rules apply not only to football but every high school sport that uses officials. They also extend to fans in the stands, who often will be read a similar statement about biased language and behavior over the loudspeaker before games.
We're raising a nation of wimps. How can we instill toughness in our young men if the assumption is they'll break into tears at the first taunt? If you're so fragile, maybe you belong on the A/V squad instead of the gridiron.
Who dreams up this idiocy? The girly-man who got picked last in gym class? Or a bunch of feminut whackjobs high on "Queer Theory" and gender-bender gobbledygook? Year after year we're subjected to ever escalating erasure of traditional masculine personality traits. Where did all the tough guys go? They've been feminized, wimpified, castrated, and marginalized. That's not what Real Life ought to be about. And it's no way to raise manly men.
Here's my advice to all the kids who can't handle a little needling on the field. Suck it up snowflake. Because you can't live in a bubble forever. Not if you want to be something more than a coddled crybaby hiding behind mommy's skirt.
Wanna quiet the bullies? Beat them. Win the game. Show them your skills.
Earn respect. Winners never quit, and whiners never win.
So much for a vibrant marketplace offering consumers a wide array of choices. Aetna, like just about every other health insurance company in New Jersey, has decided to say "no thanks" to participating in the Feds' Obamacare exchange.
Aetna announced today that it no longer plans to offer health insurance on the new health care exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act.
The announcement comes just weeks before hundreds of thousands of New Jerseyans will begin enrolling.
"This decision was not made lightly and it is important to note that our existing business in the state is not impacted," said Susan Millerick, a spokeswoman for the health insurance company. "We came to this decision as part of our ongoing review of Aetna's overall company strategy, including the impact of the Coventry acquisition which closed in May, after the original exchange filings were submitted for both companies. We are taking a measured, multi-year approach to exchanges and we will continue to assess our ability to participate on NJ's exchange in 2015 and beyond."
So, who's left?
That leaves three options for New Jerseyans to choose from when enrollment on the new exchanges begin Oct. 1 — Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, AmeriHealth New Jersey and Health Republic Insurance of New Jersey.
By law Blue Cross is New Jersey's "insurer of last resort." They can't turn you down, but their rates are hardly what anyone would consider "competitive." So that really leaves us two choices.
Meanwhile, uncertainty about Obamacare is forcing Barnabas Health, New Jersey's biggest hospital network, to lay off employees.
"Healthcare reform, in combination with Medicare cuts, more patients seeking outpatient care and decreasing patient volumes" a spokeswoman for Barnabas said in a statement. "As a result, we have made the difficult decision to reduce our workforce."
Obamacare, it's The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread! Really!
You know, I'm surprised that I'm still surprised by guys like these two. Because corruption is a Way Of Life among NJ Democrats. Still, you'd think after the parade of convicts leaving their caucus for a vacation in an orange jumpsuit the word would get out to be more careful. Ethical, even.
Nah, who am I kidding? These guys never think they'll be the next one to get caught!
So meet Essex County Assemblyman Al Coutinho, who stole from his own family.
Assemblyman Al Coutinho (D-Essex) pleaded guilty today to theft and falsifying records, admitting that he cashed checks from his family's foundation for his own benefit and never disclosed the income on state financial disclosure forms.
While Coutinho faces up to six and half years on the charges, the state Attorney General's Office is recommending probation.
Probation? But of course. Al's one of Joe DiVincenzo's boys. And Joe's tight with Chris Christie. So Al gets to resign his seat to "spend more time with his family." You know, the family he stole from. Thanksgiving's gonna be a little awkward in the Coutinho house this year, eh?
Party bosses quickly gathered together in one of their usual haunts and annointed Eliana Pintor Marin (who?) to replace Coutinho.
"It's overwhelming because of the person I will be replacing," Pintor Marin said as she accepted the nomination. "I hope I can prove to be half of what Albert was."
Half a crook is still a crook. Or am I missing something here?
Meanwhile, Bergen County, not wanting to be left out of all the fun, indicted former county Democratic leader Joseph Ferriero on multiple racketeering charges yesterday.
Joseph A. Ferriero abused his power and influence as the chairman of Bergen County's Democratic Party by engaging in bribery, kickback and shakedown schemes, including a plot to extort $1.7 million from a prior developer of the Meadowlands retail and entertainment project now known as American Dream, a federal grand jury alleged Wednesday.
Ferriero, 56, once among the state's most powerful political leaders, was indicted on federal racketeering charges, accused of soliciting monthly bribes of $35,000 from a Virginia-based real estate investment trust that developed the Meadowlands project, formerly known as Xanadu.
The trust made the payments through its Teaneck law firm from 2002 to 2006 in exchange for Ferriero's help in securing endorsements and official support, and to prevent him and others from opposing the project, the indictment alleges.
To be fair, Ferriero kinda, sorta beat this rap once already, on a technicality after SCOTUS decided "theft of honest services" wasn't an Actual Crime. So the Feds are back with a New And Improved indictment.
All in all, it's just another day in the swamps of Jersey…
Woo hoo! Cory Booker's latest budget cuts Newark's property taxes by 13.6%. That's freakin' unbelievable! He's a fiscal genius!
Ayup, that's what he'd like his low-information constituency to think. And the Star-Ledger is all too glad to help him out with their breathless reporting.
So let's go to the WyFactCheck meter.
Fact: Municipal spending in Newark will rise by $51.9 million dollars to a whopping $639.5 million.
Fact: Property taxes only make up a small portion of Newark's revenue stream, most of it comes from state aid, aka "you and me" via the income tax.
Fact: "Emergency" federal aid of $50 million fell into Booker's lap.
Fact: Booker enacted a slew of alternative taxes including a new "rental car tax."
Fact: A recent property tax revaluation shifted the lion's share of the tax burden onto commercial properties.
Fact: Booker sold off a bunch of city assets, further inflating his sources of one-shot revenue.
Conclusion? Smoke and mirrors!
It's awfully convenient that Booker's buddy Obama sent him a check for almost the entire amount of his budget increase. It's pretty easy to look like a hero when you don't have to actually raise any new revenue. And next year, when the one-shot money fails to materialize, it'll be somebody else's problem to take the heat. Assuming, of course, Booker succeeds in his bid for the U.S. Senate.
And that 13.6% tax reduction only applies to residential properties. Like I noted earlier, overall tax collections are up because commercial property owners got hosed. They generally don't live (or vote) in Newark though, so eff 'em, right?
Meanwhile, the state (there's "you and me" again!) pays for Newark's schools. Essex County (me, and maybe you…) covers Newark's court system, prosecutors, judges, jails, and morgue. And the feds are always shoveling money at some boondoggle or another, while also paying "rent" for the use of Newark Airport.
A third-grader could cut taxes with a pot of money like that. What's freakin' unbelievable is that it took Booker seven years to finally figure out how to do it.
"Fiscal genius" my ass.
Wonder of wonders, Obama was on time. There's a first for everything!
Woulda been nice though if he'd hung an American flag anywhere within camera range.
So his argument for maybe, someday, possibly bombing Syria? Dead children.
"Children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor."
That's his characterization of chemical weapons.
You know, exactly the same as chemical weapons like saline solution, injected into an unforn baby, to celebrate the holy sacrament of abortion. She writhes in pain. Her body lies still on a cold hospital floor.
Whaddaya gonna do about that dickhead, bomb Planned Parenthood?
Here's Brit Hume's take:
"He came in support of a resolution he doesn't want you to vote on."
Russia got a Reset Button. Now he's giving Congress a Pause Button.
You know what America really needs? An Eject Button. To send Barry's
sorry ass into orbit.
In 1986 Guy Tozzoli "negotiated" the sweetest deal in the History Of Deals.
He paid ten dollars for the rights to the name "World Trade Center."
And ever since he's been raking in the dough, licensing the name back to the guys who built, and are now rebuilding, lower Manhattan.
For more than four decades, the World Trade Center — whether standing majestically over lower Manhattan, lying in the ruins of a terrorist attack, or awaiting resurrection in a new form — has been one of the world's greatest public landmarks.
But in a quiet deal nearly 30 years ago, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey sold off the rights to the iconic buildings' name to a non-profit organization established by one of its powerful executives.
The price was $10.
Until his death this year, the former executive, Guy Tozzoli, earned millions primarily by licensing the name through the group, the World Trade Centers Association. And the Port Authority is among the hundreds of licensees around the world paying thousands of dollars each year for the privilege of using the words "World Trade Center."
And pay is the operative word. Two hundred grand up front, plus $10,000 bucks a year. Forever.
Not bad for a ten dollar "investment," eh?
But wait, it gets worse.
Now, with the Port Authority hoping to sell branded souvenirs and merchandise next year after the new One World Trade Center skyscraper opens, the World Trade Centers Association is requesting free office space worth more than $500,000 a year in exchange for use of the trademark.
Need I remind you of who paid for the original Twin Towers? The taxpayers of New York and New Jersey.
And of who's paying for the Freedom Tower? Yup, me and you.
So why should we also pay this con artist to use the name of a building we own?
Because that's how backs get scratched and hands get washed in New York and New Jersey. But please, don't call it "corruption."
Tozzoli was the political hack put in charge of overseeing the original WTC construction project. And his proteges wanted to ensure a cushy retirement for their capo. So they set him up in business.
The sale of the trademark turned out to be perhaps the biggest financial benefit of Tozzoli's long, accomplished career during which he oversaw construction of the Twin Towers. In 2011, his last year as president of the non-profit, according to WTCA tax filings, Tozzoli received $626,000 for working an average of one hour per week.
The Port Authority charges you $13 bucks (soon to be $15!) to drive into Manhattan.
Now you know why.
My liberal neighbors are gonna be pissed. Their president wants to bomb Syria. They want their president to bomb Syria. And they're totally in favor of having our Congressman, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, provide their president with the necessary political cover so he can bomb Syria.
Alas, Rodney isn't going to play along.
A week after President Barack Obama said he would seek Congressional approval to take military action against Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, New Jersey Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) said the president's plan lacks clarity and he will not vote to authorize a strike.
"Like all Americans, I am horrified by the deaths of so many people who lost their lives in the sarin gas attack," said Frelinghuysen in a press release. "But I do not believe that the President's plans will change the course of this civil war and I cannot vote to authorize his military strike."
It really boils down to a complete lack of confidence in this president.
After visiting the region last month, Frelinghuysen said, "My visit confirmed that a clear lack of Presidential leadership has left our policies in this vital region in shambles: this Administration has virtually destroyed a valuable 30-year friendship with Egypt, allowed Iran to continue its march to a nuclear weapons capability, threatened the stability of Jordan and left our best friend in the region, Israel, incredibly vulnerable."
His foreign policy, far from a dismal failure, is a brilliant success as measured by what he intended all along to accomplish. The accomplishment would not have been possible if the intention had been too obvious. The skill lies in how effectively he has used rhetorical tricks to disguise it.
The key to understanding what Mr. Obama has pulled off is the astonishing statement he made in the week before being elected president: "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America." To those of us who took this declaration seriously, it meant that Mr. Obama really was the left-wing radical he seemed to be, given his associations with the likes of the anti-American preacher Jeremiah Wright and the unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, not to mention the intellectual influence over him of Saul Alinsky, the original "community organizer."
Don't forget Obama's father's strong "anti-colonialism" either. Like father, like son, when it comes to how they view America's place in the world.
As a left-wing radical, Mr. Obama believed that the United States had almost always been a retrograde and destructive force in world affairs. Accordingly, the fundamental transformation he wished to achieve here was to reduce the country's power and influence. And just as he had to fend off the still-toxic socialist label at home, so he had to take care not to be stuck with the equally toxic "isolationist" label abroad.
This he did by camouflaging his retreats from the responsibilities bred by foreign entanglements as a new form of "engagement." At the same time, he relied on the war-weariness of the American people and the rise of isolationist sentiment (which, to be sure, dared not speak its name) on the left and right to get away with drastic cuts in the defense budget, with exiting entirely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and with "leading from behind" or using drones instead of troops whenever he was politically forced into military action.
The consequent erosion of American power was going very nicely when the unfortunately named Arab Spring presented the president with several juicy opportunities to speed up the process. First in Egypt, his incoherent moves resulted in a complete loss of American influence, and now, thanks to his handling of the Syrian crisis, he is bringing about a greater diminution of American power than he probably envisaged even in his wildest radical dreams.
Barack Obama was nurtured as a liberal academic, and the anti-American claptrap which guides his foreign policy is part and parcel of every major university's core curriculum. America is the root of all evil in the world. We created slavery. We perpetuate racism. We exploit the poor and underprivileged. We steal natural resources only to leave behind polluted air and dirty water. We hoard wealth while billions go hungry.
In his presidency our transnational progressive left has achieved the embodiment of their innermost desires — a severely weakened America which fosters a worldwide resurgence of communism. As America loses prestige, Russia and China are held up as Saviors of the underclasses, and they're all too willing to fill the void left by our retreat.
The fact that widespread misery and despair will surely follow is of no concern to the elites in our nomenklatura; their sinecures are secure, their motives pure, they're confident that their smug intellectual superiority guarantees them a seat on the politburo, to sit in perpetual judgment of the racist redneck masses.
Barack Obama, Sr. dreamed of a world without the British Empire.
Walking in his father's footsteps, President Barack Obama is methodically and purposefully creating a world without America.
We can only pray that the hole he will go on digging will not be too deep for his successor to pull us out, as Ronald Reagan managed to do when he followed a president into the White House whom Mr. Obama so uncannily resembles.
I fear Mr. Podhoretz is being far too optimistic. The end of America is already here.
The latest group to be spared? Anyone still suffering the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The biggest change in health care in 40 years begins to unfold next month when 44 million uninsured Americans — including about 1 million from New Jersey — begin shopping for health coverage they must have by the end of March or face a fine at tax time.
But the Obama administration may be willing to relax that deadline for thousands of New Jerseyans affected by Hurricane Sandy, according to the fine print of the Affordable Care Act.
A recent memo from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says those who can't afford health insurance because they have "experienced financial or domestic circumstances, including an unexpected natural or human-caused event" may be considered for a "hardship exemption" to the law for up to a year.
The federal officials who will operate New Jersey's health exchange — the online hub on which people will shop for coverage, seek subsidies to help them pay premiums, or apply for Medicaid if their income is low — "seem to have a lot of flexibility" to grant exemptions, said Danielle Liss, the centers' spokeswoman.
Liss said the exchange's operators will be sensitive to the lingering stresses from the monster storm.
And who's gonna be "sensitive to the lingering stresses" of complying with
Obamacare's byzantine regulatory behemoth? Not the Danielle Lisses of the
world, that's for sure. They need as many
as they can get. Somebody's gotta pay for "free" health insurance, right?
But why does it always have to be me?
U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August and much fewer in July than previously thought. Hiring has slowed from the start of the year and could complicate the Federal Reserve's decision later this month on whether to reduce its bond purchases.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped to 7.3 percent, the lowest in nearly five years. But it fell because more Americans stopped looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed. The proportion of Americans working or looking for work fell to its lowest level in 35 years.
I'd make a snide comment but my sarcasm well has run dry. Sorry. Five and a half straight years of Hopey-Changey schadenfreude will do that to a guy. But know this — if you're still an Obamabot and you don't have a job, my sympathy well is dry too.
July's job gains were just 104,000, the fewest in more than a year and down from the previous estimate of 162,000. June's figure was revised to 172,000, from 188,000. The revisions lowered total job gains over those two months by 74,000.
Gee, who'da thunk it, another downward revision. I sense a pattern, don't you?
Hey, you know what would be great right about now? If we added 12 million newly anmestied illegal aliens to the job market! That's right, while Dear Leader slouches toward launching World War III, Catholic Bishops have taken up the mantle of "immigration reform." This Sunday they'll preach for amnesty at every Mass.
Because we don't have enough people chasing too few jobs.
On the other hand, if President Golfpants does invade Syria with his Nobel Peace Prize in tow, he'll be needing some guys for cannon fodder. Wouldn't it be a stroke of genius, the Army paints Damascus or Bust! on the back of their trucks and drives 'round to Home Depot to collect every Juan, Domingo, and Jose they can find. You're in the Army now! Bwahahaha!
Whaddaya know, my sarcasm well wasn't dry after all.
August was a great month, if you're the guy printing Pink Slips. Otherwise, not so much.
The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms surged in August to their highest in half a year, with industrial goods manufacturers the hardest hit, a report on Thursday showed.
Employers announced 50,462 layoffs last month, up 33.8 percent from 37,701 in July, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
The August job cuts were up 57 percent from the same time a year ago.
I know I sound like a broken record, but I keep forgetting whether this is
the Hope or the Change. Could one of you Obamabots help me out?
Because a federal jury has just ruled that using the "N word" between two African-Americans is inappropriate.
A federal jury has ruled against an employer who said he used the N-word in an affectionate way toward black colleagues, effectively saying the incendiary word is unacceptable at work under any circumstances.
Rob Carmona, 61, was sued by a former employee who said that Carmona's use of the word during a "tirade" over workplace attire and professionalism was inappropriate.
The jury ruled that Carmona's March 2012 four-minute "rant," was "hostile and discriminatory" and awarded plaintiff Brandi Johnson $250,000 in damages. The jury is now deciding whether to award punitive damages as well.
"I was offended. I was hurt. I felt degraded. I felt disrespected. I was embarrassed," Johnson, 38, who recorded Carmona's comments, testified during the trial.
When asked to explain how he has used the word in a positive manner, Carmona explained, "That means my boy, I love him, or whatever." And Carmona said that was his intention with Johnson.
The exchange between Carmona and Johnson, both of whom are African-American, has raised the question of whether use of the N-word has different legal connotations when used by someone who is black and someone who is not.
You damn skippy!
Listen up, either that particular word is offensive, or it isn't.
There is no "just between us homies" exemption. No matter what the various hip hop recording artists will tell you. In their, ahem, "music" they throw around "the N word" with abandon, and they get a pass because they're black. Or liberals.
So let me ask you. If Hip Hop Harry hired a white employee (yeah, stop laughing already), and if that employee was subjected to having to hear, and perhaps repeat, that word on a daily basis, would it constitute a "hostile work environment" as defined in federal employment law?
Personally I think having a double standard on something like that is even more racist than using the N-word when refering to a black person. Why? Because it assumes that the black person is too unsophisticated or unintelligent to develop a non-offensive vocabulary.
And not for nothing, but I really hate having to explain to my daughter why a word she regularly hears in her dance class soundtracks is verboten in our home. The school is pretty good about using G-rated remixes, but somehow she always finds the unredacted version on YouTube while practicing.
Can you say "cringe-worthy?" Sure, I knew you could.
Driving to the beach on Saturday we listened to the radio with trepidation, would Obama take us to war in Syria? 1:15 came and went. No Obama. He was late for his own declaration of war?
And then, Field Marshall Hussein punted! He threw the whole mess into Congress's lap, and went out to play golf. It's Leadership, the Obama way!
So OK Congress. Vote.
No to war in Syria.
And No Confidence in Obama.
The lack of confidence in Barack Obama. There's no doubt the president has been extremely reluctant to take action in Syria. He also showed terrible judgment by painting himself into a corner with his 2012 "red line" comments on chemical weapons. For those reasons, and more, some Republicans will argue that they simply cannot entrust special warmaking powers to a president who they believe is not competent to use them.
Send this megalomaniac an unequivocal message: You're on your own.
Let's see him
bullshit his way out of that.