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Nothing says "Mom and Dad are getting value for the their college tuition dollars" quite like a seminar at the University of South Carolina Upstate entitled How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less.
Because once you go down the path of Radical Feminism, the crazy comes out of the woodwork.
According to the school's website, theater artist Leigh Hendrix will perform her one-woman show, "How to Be a Lesbian in 10 Days or Less," to kick off the sixth Bodies of Knowledge Symposium and Conference. . . .
Hendrix encourages her audience to shout "I'm a big 'ol dyke!" in a show that is "one part instructional seminar, one part personal story, and one part wacky performance art."
Emphasis on wacky. Which is, of course, a synonym for crazy.
My man Stacy McCain takes this shit seriously — so I don't have to! — and in doing so he makes an excellent point.
Between peer pressure not to be a "homophobe" and feminist rhetoric that celebrates women's sexual aggression as "empowerment," what would be the fate of any college girl who rejects the overtures of a lesbian admirer? All the "rape culture" chatter — "No means no!" — is aimed at demonizing men. Would campus feminists defend your daughter if she complained of being harassed by an obsessed lesbian stalker? Or would they condemn your daughter as a homophobic "hater"?
You know the answer to that one.
Your daughter (and mine) is a Homophobic Hater, ever before she leaves the nest for college.
How could she not be, as she boycotts the 17th performance of The Vagina Monologues to be staged this week, and thereby crushes the hopes and dreams of her roommate's cousin's androgynous transgender dog sitter?
Feminism is lesbianism. And if your daughter is not eating at the Y, you are both bigoted enemies of Progress and Equality.
It says so in the Student Handbook.
In case you've been living under a rock (or in Mom's basement playing X-Box), today is the absolutely last day to sign up for Obamacare!
Except, it isn't. HHS extended the deadline.
So don't sweat it. Don't clog the "swamped" federal call center either. Operators are not standing by. But they'll call you back!
High call center volume right now. System will now allow consumers to leave their info to be contacted later when we can serve them.— HealthCare.gov (@HealthCareGov) March 30, 2014
They'll still respect you in the morning too.
This just in, regurgitating progressive talking points just isn't as profitable as the True Believers want it to be. MSNBC is circling the drain, and the Newark Star-Ledger isn't far behind.
Yesterday New Jersey's largest daily newspaper announced another round of layoffs, and the formation of a new media company to strategically manage their decline into irrelevance.
In a reflection of the changes sweeping across the news industry, the owners of The Star-Ledger today announced the formation of a new media company that will provide content, advertising and marketing services to the state's largest newspaper, its sister publications and NJ.com.
The new company, NJ Advance Media, will begin offering sales and marketing services for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com in June. It will begin providing news, photos, videos, features and other content by September, company executives said.
The move is expected to cost the jobs of an unspecified number of employees across most or all departments, including the newsroom. The Star-Ledger and other dailies owned by Advance Publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will continue to publish seven days a week, the executives said.
By consolidating services and eliminating positions, the company expects to see significant savings at a time of great upheaval for the newspaper industry, which has struggled to remain profitable as advertising dollars migrated to the internet or evaporated outright in the recent recession.
Hey, you know who's not losing money? Fox News.
You guys might want to wonder why that is, instead of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Company officials say the reorganization will better position the newspapers and NJ.com to survive the changes in the way consumers get their news. As an example, they said, the number of full-time reporters, columnists and photographers at NJ Advance Media is expected to be larger than the number now at both The Star-Ledger and NJ.com.
The officials did not say how those gains would be achieved. It's possible the new company will absorb staff members from other Advance newspapers or hire new journalists following the layoffs.
They're retaining the same management though, because really, who else is qualified to lead them into the abyss?
The Star-Ledger's editor, Kevin Whitmer, will remain a key figure in the news operation, serving as editor and vice president of content at NJ Advance Media. Lamar Graham, now NJ.com's chief content officer, will serve as a vice president of audience development.
Others in management positions include Barb Chodos and Steve Alessi, both of whom will serve as vice presidents of sales. Chodos is currently NJ.com's general manager. Alessi is a vice president of sales for The Star-Ledger and NJ.com.
Keep plucking that chicken fellas.
Is Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer lying? The latest Bridgegate report says "yes."
An internal investigation conducted by lawyers working for Gov. Chris Christie's office found no evidence to support claims his top people tried to strong-arm Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer into approving a development project, according to a report released this morning.
The investigators conclude that Zimmer's allegations that the administration withheld Hurricane Sandy aid in an attempt to aid a private developer were unsubstantiated, "demonstrably false" and "unbelievable."
"They are contradicted by contemporaneous documents, other witnesses' accounts, and her own prior statements," Randy Mastro, a lawyer with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, writes in the 360-page report. "In sum, the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation."
I love the Star-Ledger's spin — "lawyers working for Gov. Chris Christie's office" — which of course means they're like totally biased and not to be believed, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Except, they're not "working" for Chris Christie, they're working for the taxpayers of New Jersey. We're paying their fee.
And the reality is, no matter how hard the Democrats and their media sycophants try, they can't pin this ridiculous traffic jam "conspiracy" on our Governor.
The whole thing is a tempest in a toll booth. Every single day there is a government-imposed traffic jam somewhere in New Jersey. Look at the mess on Route 35, or the traffic nightmare that is the neverending Route 3 bridge reconstruction. Nobody bats an eye when people are inconvenienced for months and years at a time. "That's just the way it is."
But Dawn Zimmer gets her panties in a knot because she didn't get 86 gazillion dollars for Hurricane Sandy relief and suddenly she's an MSDNC media star, while Chris Christie has to prove he didn't whisper "Machiavelli" in her ear?
Enough already. Bridgegate is over. We return you now to your regularly
scheduled Obama scandal, already in progress…
It's no surprise that Obamabot Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor would be skeptical of any challenge to Holy Obamacare. But their arrogant dismissal of Hobby Lobby's religious objections is one for the books.
During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees. "But isn't there another choice nobody talks about, which is paying the tax, which is a lot less than a penalty and a lot less than — than the cost of health insurance at all?"
Sotomayor said during the presentation by attorney Paul Clement, who represents Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties, two companies that sued the federal government over the requirement that businesses provide health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs.
"Those employers could choose not to give health insurance and pay not that high a penalty — not that high a tax," Sotomayor said.
Clement said Hobby Lobby would pay more than $500 million per year in penalties, but Kagan disagreed.
"No, I don't think that that's the same thing, Mr. Clement," Kagan said. "There's one penalty that is if the employer continues to provide health insurance without this part of the coverage, but Hobby Lobby would choose not to provide health insurance at all."
"And in that case Hobby Lobby would pay $2,000 per employee, which is less that Hobby Lobby probably pays to provide insurance to its employees," Kagan said. "So there is a choice here. It's not even a penalty by — in the language of the statute. It's a payment or a tax. There's a choice."
Some choice! A tax on Christianity. Wow, there's something the Founding Fathers really fought and died for, eh? Pay the government to retain what little Freedom you have left.
It's a lot like the Jizya, the blood money Muslims demand of infidels so they'll leave us alone.
Obamacare, it's the New Sharia!
Kagan and Sotomayor will graciously grant us the permission to practice our
religion, if we bow down and submit to their munificence first. Because to
them we are all Obamacare
HHS never created a deadline it couldn't ignore, repeatedly.
And just as I predicted, the "absolute" deadline of March 31st to enroll in Obamacare for this year has been "extended."
People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone," Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said.
The White House is scrambling to meet a goal of 6 million signed up through new online markets that offer subsidized private health insurance to people without access to coverage on the job. The HealthCare.gov website got more that 1 million visitors Monday, and the administration also wants to prevent a repeat of website problems that soured consumers last fall.
Officials said the grace period will be available to people on the honor system, meaning applicants will have to attest that special circumstances or complex cases prevented them from finishing by March 31.
It's unclear how long the extension will last. Some have urged the administration to allow until April 15, the tax filing deadline. People who are due refunds may be willing to put some of that money toward health care premiums.
And guess what? This latest ploy makes Kathleen Sebelius a lying sack of shit. (But you already knew that.)
During a March 12 congressional hearing, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady that there would be no such extensions.
'Are you going to delay the open enrollment beyond March 31?' Brady asked.
'No, sir,' she replied.
Oops. Remember when lying to Congress was a crime?
I smell desperation in the air.
It reminds me of those cheesy highway furniture stores that are perpetually "going out of business." There's one on Route 46 in Parsippany that's had a huge "Everything Must Go!" sign plastered across the front windows for at least as long as I've been alive. It catches the casual observer's attention, but after a while it's just another part of the landscape, easily ignored.
Obamacare's enrollment process is like that. What's the urgency, since the deadlines are so malleable? People will be like, hey, if I don't sign up now, no sweat, they'll make another exception, right?
Of course they will. Count on it.
The website works. Sometimes. And the deadline for signing up is rapidly approaching. Again. But there's one big piece of Obamacare that's still missing.
Much emphasis has been placed on enrollment stats as the Affordable Care Act's inaugural open enrollment period comes to an end. But there's a key function on the federal exchange that remains inactive: the mechanism to reconcile payments between the government and insurance companies.
This "back-end mechanism" has been missing for the entirety of open enrollment period, which launched Oct. 1, meaning insurance companies have had to manually bill the government for subsidies and cost-sharing plans, a procedure that's being dubbed an administrative nightmare.
An insurance industry source close to the matter says insurance companies have been participating in a manual workaround over the last five months, which has been "an incredibly labor intensive process."
Right now, insurance companies are manually billing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for all subsidy and cost-sharing plans. If a person is eligible for a $250 subsidy toward a $450 plan, once he or she makes their $200 payment, the insurance company would continue to wait on the government to complete payment. The enrollee would remain insured all the while.
The check is in the mail!
Hey, they only had 3 years to get this right, so whaddaya expect?
CMS continues to work on the back-end system, although it is not yet clear when it will be up and running.
Nobody's been fired. No one is accountable. So, really, who cares when it will be up and running? There's no downside to the guys in the bureaucracy, all the pain falls on the big bad insurance companies.
And get this. The lack of a back-end is actually helpful to the Administration in the short term. How? Because it muddles the true enrollment numbers; there's no way to count how many people have actually paid their premiums. Even the folks who've paid may not have seen their subsidy applied to their account. The insurance company can't accurately bill them for the next month's premium.
But if you can't tell who's paid, how can you tell who's insured?
Everybody! Everybody is insured! Enrollees have to stay on the enrollment roll for 90 days, even if they don't pay. So presto! Full enrollment!
Now, I happen to know a thing or two about back-end systems for insurance companies. Especially billing and premium payments. First off, they're far and away the least sexy systems to work on. There's nothing particularly creative about them, there's no cool user interface, and each state has a zillion bizarre rules about what the bills can look like and how the verbiage needs to read.
Coding and maintaining the software is indeed mind-numbing.
It's also the two areas that are most visible to upper management. If money isn't coming in, they want to know why. If bills aren't going out, they really want to know why, because no bills going out equals no money coming in.
Believe me, when the billing cycle abends, I stay up all night to fix it.
So I gotta wonder why HHS didn't put a higher priority on this function for Obamacare. Insurance doesn't work if people aren't paying their premiums. They oughta know that. Then again....?
Your health care is in the very best of hands.
When Democrats investigate themselves, it's good government.
But when Chris Christie hired an independent law firm to investigate Bridgegate, the Star-Ledger says it's a travesty.
It cost New Jersey taxpayers at least a million bucks, but here's what we finally know for a fact: Gov. Chris Christie's lawyers think he's innocent.
He knew nothing — nothing! — about those controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September. That's the official conclusion of their internal investigation, the actual content of which we have yet to see.
What we know already, though, is that it involved 70 interviews, none of which was with any of the three people at the center of the scandal.
Bridget Kelly, who infamously wrote, "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee"; Bill Stepien, the governor's former campaign manager; and David Wildstein, Christie's appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, all refused to be questioned.
But no matter. The governor's lawyers may not have talked to the right people, but they talked to a lot of people, which makes this a "comprehensive and exhaustive review," they say.
Spare me the sanctimony.
Tom Moran's band of bylined Democratic Party operatives would have a lot more credibility here if they'd ever thought to call out their president for doing essentially the same thing.
Remember when Eric Holder investigated himself, and exonerated Eric Holder?
Crickets from Moran's mental midgets.
Barack Obama investigated his own role in Benghazi, and pinned the blame on an obscure YouTube video.
Moran cheered for Nakoula Basseley Nakoula's imprisonment.
And don't forget how Dear Leader appointed a key donor to investigate the IRS targeting scandal, and to almost no one's surprise she found no evidence of wrongdoing.
Yet Tom Moran says nothing.
Chris Christie is merely taking a page from the Barack Obama playbook. Yes, I realize liberals don't like it when we use their own tactics against them. But, if they had any decency, they wouldn't be liberals in the first place.
Hey, like some tough guy once said,
punch back twice as hard.
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.
Away from the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is quietly seeking a foothold in Latin America, military officials warn.
To the alarm of lawmakers and Pentagon officials, Putin has begun sending navy ships and long-range bombers to the region for the first time in years.
Russia's defense minister says the country is planning bases in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, and just last week, Putin's national security team met to discuss increasing military ties in the region.
Gen. James Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command said there has been a "noticeable uptick in Russian power projection and security force personnel" in Latin America.
"It has been over three decades since we last saw this type of high-profile Russian military presence," Kelly said at the March 13 hearing.
I'm sure you'll be shocked to learn that Obama is asleep at the switch.
According to Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), there are 10 countries in Latin America that currently have no U.S. ambassador because they either haven't been nominated yet or confirmed, a sign that the region is seen as a low priority.
And when Dear Leader does nominate an ambassador, the guy is a moron.
President Obama has nominated yet another totally unqualified fundraiser to be a US Ambassador. This one is his pick for Argentina, who admitted he's never been to the country.
Priorities, dontcha know. Because his real enemy is the Koch brothers.
This president is determined to nullify U.S. influence in world affairs, and now he's abandoned our oldest foreign policy initiative. James Monroe ensured the Russians would stay out of the Americas for almost 200 years. Barack Obama has reduced the United States to a spectator, powerless to influence events in our backyard, while Russia openly mocks us and taunts our joke of a president.
Putin's beachhead is a harbinger of disaster for America.
Thanks Obamabots. The 1980's called, to remind you of when we were a superpower.
Because public employee pensions are bleeding our state dry.
A major credit-rating agency on Wall Street lowered its outlook on New Jersey's debt from stable to negative today, citing a perfect storm of rising debt, ballooning costs, questionable budgeting practices by Gov. Chris Christie and an economic recovery that has lagged the rest of the country in recent years.
In December, another agency, Moody's Investors Service, also lowered its New Jersey debt outlook to negative.
Both agencies and a range of economic experts who study the state say the big question is how New Jersey will cope with higher pension payments every year.
The state's long-term debt, including financial obligations for retirement benefits, rose to a record $78.4 billion in 2013, an increase of $6.6 billion from the previous year and driven mostly by pension and health-benefit costs for public workers, according to a Treasury report last month.
Chris Christie's latest budget proposal fully covers the state's pension obligation for fiscal 2014, barely. But it relies on gimmicks and one-shot revenues to do it. With $78 billion in debt floating out there, he's rapidly running out of options, gimmicky or otherwise.
And the intransigence of our unionista-loving Democrats won't help matters. They're dead-set against any additional pension system reforms, and their majorities in both houses of the legislature mean they can thwart Christie at every turn. Then again, he hasn't exactly been Mr. Fiscal Responsibility either, but at least he doesn't instinctively scream "raise taxes" every five minutes.
Not that it would help, because
raising taxes chases wealth away, and nobody has $78 billion sitting
around in his couch cushions anyway. So sooner rather than later the pension
system will collapse. Promises that can't be kept won't be kept. New Jersey
is headed the way of Detroit, no two ways about it.
Obamacare is almost 4 years old. And unlike wine, it's not improving with age.
A new Pew Research poll quantifies the failure.
Only 41% of Americans "approve" of Obamacare, and a mere 26% "strongly approve" of it. Meanwhile, 53% of us dispprove, and more than 3/4 of that number strongly disapprove.
As the four-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, the law remains unpopular with the public. Currently, 53% disapprove of the 2010 health care law while 41% approve of the law.
There is substantially more strong opposition than support for the health care law. Overall, 77% of those who disapprove say they feel this way very strongly (41% of public); 64% of approvers hold this view very strongly (26% of the public).
Across most demographic groups, strong opposition to the law is greater than strong support. Moreover, while 79% of Republicans strongly disapprove of the law, a much smaller share of Democrats (53%) strongly approves of it.
Among young people — who split on the law generally (50% approve, 47% disapprove) — about twice as many say they strongly disapprove (32%) as say they disapprove not so strongly (15%); among approvers, roughly equal shares hold this view strongly (27%) as not strongly (23%).
Most men disapprove of the law (57%) while 39% say they approve. Women are more closely divided with 44% saying they approve and 50% saying they disapprove.
No matter how you slice it, Obamacare is wildly unpopular. Except among partisan Democrats.
There continue to be deep partisan differences over the Affordable Care Act — 72% of Democrats approve of law compared with 37% of independents and just 8% of Republicans.
Interestingly, in the survey's demographic breakdown, Democrats and Independents outnumber Republicans by about 3 to 1. Which makes the overall negative perception even more glaring, because Democrats are the only group still pretending to love Obamacare. If Pew had sampled an equal number of Republicans the results would look even worse.
Remember when Debbie Wasserman Schultz proclaimed that by trumpeting Obamacare
Democrats would sweep the 2014 midterm elections?
Good luck with that Deb.
In New Jersey the Attorney General is appointed by, and serves at the pleasure of, the governor. So when NJ AG John J. Hoffman speaks, it's with Chris Christie's full and enthusiastic support.
The New Jersey Attorney General has filed a brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a challenge to New Jersey's handgun-carry restrictions.
The brief, filed Friday, asks the nation's highest court to dismiss the arguments of John Drake, a Sussex County business owner who says he needs to be armed because he carries large amounts of cash for his ATM business.
The state's gun laws are "a careful grid of regulatory provisions" that only allow carry permits when there is "special danger to the applicant's life," wrote John J. Hoffman, the attorney general.
I must have missed that "special danger" clause in the Second Amendment. Perhaps one of the lurking liberals around here can point it out to me.
"New Jerseys Legislature, long ago, made the predictive judgment that widespread carrying of handguns in public would not be consistent with public safety because of the inherent danger it poses," Hoffman wrote, citing laws as early as the 1790s in restricting firearms in the Garden State.
We used to have laws restricting who could vote, not to mention laws which regulated the buying and selling of African Americans. Would AG Hoffman defend those laws by citing their colonial pedigree?
I should hope not.
Second Amendment rights are no less sacrosanct, regardless of prior misguided legislative tomfoolery. DC v. Heller made that fact abundently clear. Even the uber-liberal Ninth Circuit agrees, you have a Constitutional right to carry a gun.
Mr. Hoffman, and his boss, need to get in sync with the Constitution. Otherwise somebody might get the idea that Chris Christie wants to abolish the Second Amendment. And then I assure you, no gun-grabber RINO is ever gonna get the GOP nomination for president.
Why do you suppose an IRS worker needs the personal information for 20,000 current and former employees and contractors on his home pc? Insurance?
An Internal Revenue Service employee took home personal information on about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release, the agency said Tuesday.
The employee took home a computer thumb drive containing names, Social Security numbers and addresses of the workers, and plugged the drive into an unsecure home network, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an email to employees.
"At this point, we have no direct evidence to indicate this personal information has been used for identity theft or other inappropriate uses," the IRS said in a statement.
Mr. Koskinen also swears Lois Lerner did nothing "inappropriate" either. Really. Trust him, and his boss, the guy who said there's "not a smidgeon of corruption" at the IRS. Honest.
You'll notice they don't name and shame the offender. It's called Circling The Wagons, and it's emblematic of a culture that believes it's not accountable to anyone, least of all you or me. So Chairman Issa, haul this guy, his boss, and his boss's boss up in front in Congress, asap. Put 'em on the hot seat.
Ten bucks says they take the Fifth. Because the IRS has nothing to hide.
Chris Christie's patented "Jersey Comeback" may need to be rebranded as a plea — "Come Back, please, and bring your money with you." Because despite his attempts to reduce our state's tax burden, the exodus of our wealthy residents continues to escalate.
New Jersey's high taxes may be costing the state billions of dollars a year in lost revenue as high-earning residents flee, according to a recent study.
The study, Exodus on the Parkway, was completed by Regent Atlantic last year but held for publication until after the November 2013 elections. The study stated it "intentionally" held its results "as 2014 is not an election year for state legislators" and it will "hopefully encourage a serious and objective dialogue aimed at addressing and solving the challenges that New Jersey currently faces."
The study shows the state has been steadily losing high-net-worth residents since 2004, when Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey signed the millionaire's tax into law. The law raised the state income tax 41 percent on those earning $500,000 or more a year.
That millionaire's tax is still on the books. Oh sure, Chris Christie promised us a tax cut. Several times, actually. He just never bothered to deliver on it.
Meanwhile, the Democrats in our state legislature are scheming to double the gasoline tax. All while property taxes and death taxes remain sky high.
No wonder "tax migration" is on a lot of people's minds.
Alas, one can't just move away peacefully. You gotta pay the Exit Tax first. Because there's no way New Jersey can resist one last trick to separate us from our hard-earned money.
We can sweat it out in the streets of a runaway American dream. But champs
like us, baby we were born to run.
Starting next year, the UN will control your domain names and ip addresses.
U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move that pleased international critics but alarmed some business leaders and others who rely on the smooth functioning of the Web.
Pressure to let go of the final vestiges of U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet has been building for more than a decade and was supercharged by the backlash last year to revelations about National Security Agency surveillance.
The change would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a California-based nonprofit group. That contract is set to expire next year but could be extended if the transition plan is not complete.
"We look forward to ICANN convening stakeholders across the global Internet community to craft an appropriate transition plan," Lawrence E. Strickling, assistant secretary of commerce for communications and information, said in a statement.
Ah yes, "the global Internet community." Including, say, Russia, where cutting off pro-Ukraine websites is just another day at the office? Or China, where censoring the internet is mandatory, and ruthless? And don't forget Obama's Mohammedan brothers, they're just itching to decree defamation of Islam as a capital offense, and they'll deep-six your website faster than you can say "bacon."
Then, with the U.N. involved, can a global internet tax be far behind?
U.S. oversight of the internet may not be perfect. But it's a heckuva lot better than any of the alternatives. Or do you like the idea of North Korea having a say in what you can post?
This move cannot stand. Obama cannot be permitted to jettison the greatest tool for freedom and liberty since the printing press. Tyrants worldwide would jump at the chance to censor and control the web. Because free speech is antithetical to dictatorship, and the internet is the last bastion of free speech left. Maybe some of you are too young to remember when information was jealously guarded and rarely disseminated. I'm not.
Think too of the innovation that would be stifled by an EU-type bureaucracy, with their idiotic "right to be forgotten" and bizarre "tracking cookie" regulations. Nevermind the Brits and their obsession with white-listing web sites, all to protect "children" from viewing pornography of course.
It's just a short step from all that into a ban on "unsavory" or "extremist" web sites. I've been called "extreme." How long do you think this blog might last after the Euroweenies get their hands on the keys to the net?
The internet is a uniquely American invention, because no other nation's
culture embodies freedom and liberty the way ours does. Only Americans can
ensure that the internet remains free. Congress must act, now. Jimmy
Carter giving away the Panama Canal was a disaster, but that's nothing
compared to the catastrophe of Barack Obama giving away the internet.
I guess it's time for President Golfpants to make another one of his patented "pivots" to the economy. Because people still ain't buyin' what he's shovelin'.
Consumer confidence unexpectedly dropped in March to a four-month low, indicating household spending may be slow to pick up from a weather-related setback earlier this year.
The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of sentiment fell to 79.9 this month from 81.6 in February. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for the measure to increase to 82.
Consumers surveyed were more pessimistic about the outlook for the economy, indicating bigger payroll gains that lead to faster wage growth are needed to propel spending.
And lo, Obama so loved the poor that he made millions more of them.
And by standing firm on Obamacare, even after his union buddies discovered it'll reduce wages by as much as $5 per hour.
Meanwhile, he's dumping billions more into green energy boondoggles, which unfortunately doesn't help anyone find a job. But it sure does reward his campaign bundlers, so there's that.
I don't know if I can make it through three more years of this. Can you?
It's not like they had 3 years to figure this stuff out. Oh, wait, yes they did!
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act has clogged the system for nearly all types of health insurance in New Jersey, causing frustration and delays for consumers, agents and policyholders say.
Lingering backlogs have left thousands in limbo, unsure of whether they're covered and unable to reach anyone to find out. Some people who completed applications late last year — before the deadline for coverage to begin on Jan. 1 — are still waiting for insurance cards.
And so are those who have signed up for N.J. FamilyCare, the state's newly expanded Medicaid program, and private policyholders.
The paperwork chaos has real-world consequences, said insurance agent Susan Goodman, director of group benefits for New Agency Partners in Parsippany.
Her clients report pharmacies don't know how much to charge for prescriptions, hospitals are asking for credit cards upon arrival and pre-certifications for special services can't be obtained.
"It's truly, truly a disaster," she said. "I've been doing this for 30 years and I've never seen anything like it."
Meanwhile, yesterday, Obamacare officially jumped the shark.
Your health care is in the very best of hands.
Feminists have now succeeded in convincing a New Jersey judge that fathers are indeed irrelevant. Yesterday Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed decreed that a woman's "right to privacy" trumps fatherhood, and thus a mother can bar the father of her child from being present at its birth.
Sit in the hall chump. You're not important.
You still gotta write checks for the next 18 years though.
A woman preparing to give birth can bar the father of their child from entering the delivery room, a New Jersey judge has ruled in one of the first cases of its kind nationwide.
The ruling settled a legal dispute that was argued the very day the woman gave birth. Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed said all patients — and pregnant women especially — enjoy strong privacy protections that let them decide who can be at their hospital bedside.
Fathers, on the other hand, have no established legal right to be present at the birth of their children, the judge wrote.
"Any interest a father has before the child's birth is subordinate to the mother's interests," Mohammed wrote. "Even when there is no doubt that a father has shown deep and proper concern and interest in the growth and development of the fetus, the mother is the one who must carry it to term."
The kid doesn't need to bond with dad. The kid just needs to bond with dad's wallet.
The mother's privacy rights won the day, the judge wrote, because of a pair of landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions on abortion — Roe v. Wade from 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey from 1992. The high court established in those rulings that an expectant mother has a stronger right over her body and over her unborn child than the father. A court majority in Casey ruled that women are not even required to tell their spouses about abortions, Mohammed noted.
In light of the court rulings, Mohammed wrote, it strains logic to ask a pregnant woman to notify the father when she goes into labor.
The height of feminism. Her body. Her child. Your money.
Yeah, that strains logic too.
Bruce Eden of Dads Against Discrimination called the ruling "another example of New Jersey's anti-male discrimination in the family courts."
Most custody awards and divorce settlements favor the mother or wife, and courts have found fathers have many financial obligations in rearing children, but not the same level of rights, he said. "It takes two to tango," Eden said. "Why are they allowing only the mother?"
In New Jersey, fathers have no rights. Only responsibilities.
Remember, feminist dogma says a woman needs a man like a fish needs a
bicycle. A very expensive, high-maintenance bicycle. Paid for by the man.
During the all-night Senate speech about climate change, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said he drove to Hawaii as a teenager.
"I just do want to say that right after I turned 17 and got my New Jersey driver's license, one of the earliest places I drove was a trip — the only trip I have ever taken was to Hawaii," he said on the floor at about 3:00 a.m.
Maybe T-Bone was his co-pilot… LOL.
In his next breath Cory tried to convince us that "climate change" is equally believable. That's what his speech was supposedly all about. How he was able to drive to Hawaii, but now if anyone else tries to do that they'll be selfishly contributing to Global Warming.
So give up your car, move to a high-rise micro-apartment in a green-energy
sustainably-grown transit village, walk to Whole Foods to buy organic arugula,
and for Gaia's sake recycle your old toilet paper. Oh, please pay your carbon
tax before you spend that money on something frivolous, like a vacation.
Only the Obamas
walk on water are allowed to spew millions
of tons of greenhouse gases jetting hither and yon in pursuit of relaxation.
You peasants need to know your place.
To paraphrase Instapundit, I'll believe globull warming is a crisis when the
people telling me it's a crisis start acting like it is a crisis. Until then,
see you in Hawaii Cory!
You really can't understand the depths of feminist depravity until you fully think through the idea of setting aside a day to "thank an abortion provider."
Today is a good day to thank an abortion provider. In 1996, March 10th was declared National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day. It's one day, during Women's History Month, for those of us who believe in a woman's right to choose an abortion to give thanks to those make that choice a safe one.
A safe choice for whom?
Not to put too fine a point on it, but it's never a good day to thank the guy who murdered your child.
Abortion is infanticide. Abortion providers are mass murderers. Their death toll stands at 57 million, and counting.
It's heartbreaking to contemplate. And it makes me sick to my stomach to know there are people out there celebrating today. The stench of that paean to "abortion providers" is nauseating. If you feel the need to read it, hug your children first. Then hug them again.
Pray for the souls of the abortionists. And weep for their victims.
I'll leave you with these words from Mother Teresa:
"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."
What side of the poverty line do you live on?
Even when Congress tries to rein in spending, the welfare-state wealth-transfer machine finds a way to keep the gravy train rolling. Last month lawmakers thought they had killed the "heat and eat" scam, where $1 of state-funded "home heating assistance" triggers inflated federal food stamp benefits.
But now three states have upped the ante. In effect, they'll see your dollar, and raise you $20.
States are using what critics call a "perverse" legislative maneuver to partly undo congressional cuts to food stamps, despite efforts by some U.S. lawmakers to stop it.
The Washington Post reported Monday that three states so far are finding a way to avoid or minimize the cuts. The bill passed by Congress last month was supposed to save $8.6 billion over the next decade in food stamps. But New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania have figured out how to trigger additional spending anyway.
The trick, as many states have discovered, is for them to devote a relatively modest amount of funding to home-heating assistance. Under the law, states that give a certain amount to families could then qualify those families for additional food stamp money.
The old threshold was one dollar. Congress upped it to $20, thinking that would stop the abuse. Nope. New York simply increased their home-heating assistance by a measly $6 million dollars, thereby triggering more than $500 million in extra food stamp funding this year. A more than 80 to 1 return! Not bad for government work…
Connecticut and Pennsylvania are playing the same game. Other states are expected to follow suit.
And just like that, poof!, $8.6 billion in budget savings gets wiped out.
The welfare state will never be sated. Not even after it devours every last dime we have. The culture of dependency is too ingrained, its proponents too entrenched. It perpetuates perverse disincentives no matter what the cost because its success is measured by how many people are "served" by it, not by how many are elevated out of poverty into self-reliance.
And of course it helps that those who are "served" religiously vote for the politicians who fervently proclaim the need for even more benefits.
keeps saying, they'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier
What happens when you turn public education over to a gang of anti-American unionista communist sympathizers? You get a generation of kids who've forsaken everything that made America great.
Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves "patriotic" and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows.
They've turned their backs on God, America, and liberty. Yeah, that's a trifecta of #win, isn't it?
What do they believe in? Big Government. And lots of it.
Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.
We've beget a nation of slackers who hate us and love the omnipresent state. At least until it turns on them.
Just more than half of millennials say they favor a "bigger government providing more services" rather than a smaller government — a polling question used for years as an index of people's attitudes toward government's role.
They've been spoon-fed decades of progressive political mush by agents of the Democratic party. So it's no wonder they vote Democrat and they're too smug and self-absorbed to bother with traditional virtues like marriage and family.
A significantly smaller share of millennials have married than among older generations at this stage of their lives. Only about one in four millennials have wed, compared with more than one-third of Generation X when they were in their 20s and 30s, and nearly half of the baby boomers.
That decline in marriage rates may reflect the lessened attachment that members of the generation have to other institutions, such as organized religion or nationalism. Almost three in 10 say they are religiously unaffiliated, nearly twice the share among baby boomers. Just less than half of millennials say that "patriotic" describes them well, in comparison with two-thirds to three-quarters of older generations.
We are witnessing the undoing of America. The rollback of everything our Founding Fathers believed in, fought for, and died defending. It was once said that the Sixties were the "me" generation. Well, let me say that Millennials are the "gimme" generation. They acknowledge no power higher than government, and they look for salvation in bureaucracy rather than in heaven. Collectivism is their watchword. Ask not what you can do for your country, expect your country to do everything for you.
A part of me doesn't want to believe this is the America my daughter will
inherit. But sadly I see the signs all around me. And it's depressing as hell.
How do you spell "fail?" Because I spell it O-b-a-m-a-c-a-r-e.
Only 10% of the uninsured, the people this law was purportedly going to help the most, have signed up to purchase health insurance. The other 90% are still uninsured. And they intend to remain uninsured.
ObamaCare appears to be making little progress in signing up uninsured Americans, one of the law's primary goals, according to two new surveys.
Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new health insurance marketplaces enrolled as of last month, according to a survey by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The McKinsey survey found that only 27 percent of people who have selected a plan on the exchanges described themselves as having previously been without insurance. That percentage is up from 11 percent a month earlier, the report said.
According to McKinsey, the most common reason for not signing up for insurance cited by both previously insured and previously uninsured survey respondents was the perceived challenges in being able to afford coverage.
"Affordable" Care Act my ass. Obamacare made everything more expensive. And the people who couldn't afford health insurance before it was foisted on us still can't afford health insurance.
Curiously, the White House isn't interested in knowing anything about that.
Gary Cohen, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official who oversaw the insurance marketplaces through their troubled rollout, told an insurance industry conference on Thursday that the administration doesn't know how many uninsured Americans are signing up.
"That's not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way," Cohen told attendees when asked how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured, according to The National Journal.
They don't know. And they don't care.
Obamacare isn't doing what it was designed to do. Unless it was designed to destroy the private health insurance marketplace and ultimately replace it with single-payer socialized medicine.
Which, not to put too fine a point on it, is precisely what Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel gleefully predicts it will do.
Obama lied. Your health insurance died.
Remember the fierce moral urgency of getting you onto a comprehensive Obamacare-compliant health insurance plan? You know, one that has all those great essential benefits like free birth control? Remember when it was akin to terrorism for Ted Cruz to suggest delaying Obamacare? Remember when Barack Obama cared about you?
Yeah, me neither.
Politics trumps ideology! Democrats might lose the Senate! So your old crappy plan is suddenly A-OK. But only until after the midterm elections.
Then it'll magically become substandard and crummy again. Unless Valerie Jarrett thinks Hillary might lose the 2016 presidential election…
This president disgusts me. He's a partisan hack. Everything he does is about consolidating power. Yesterday's imperatives are today's afterthoughts, The uninsured / under-insured are merely pawns in his tyrannical quest for progressive hegemony.
Either Obamacare is necessary. Or it isn't.
Barack Obama says it's necessary. But he keeps acting like it isn't.
Actions speak louder than words.
Are you listening John Boehner? Repeal Obamacare. Repeal it now. Because if
Obamacare really is "the law of the land," then this president should be
obeying the law.
The moonbats at Moms Demand Action are pressuring Facebook to ban gun-themed fan pages. Because pictures of guns kill people.
This, at least, is the premise of a new gun-control petition, in which the entertainingly neurotic founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, complains that "Facebook and Instagram are currently being used to facilitate sales and trades of firearms between private sellers." In consequence, Watts and her cohorts are calling for the company to "ban gun-themed fan pages on the site," technology website VentureBeat confirmed yesterday. Thus far, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a few drearily predictable celebrities, and nearly 100,000 Americans have added their names to the supplication.
To their credit, Facebook appears to be unwilling to go along. For now.
As a spokesman for Facebook noted with barely disguised irritation, "you can't buy things on Instagram and Facebook, nor can you promote the sale or use of weapons in advertising."
Ah, but the moonbats will have you believe that talking about legal behavior will of course lead to illegal activity.
Federal law enforcement sources . . . view Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms "as emerging threats for unlawful gun transactions in the United States."
Next up, Michelle Obama views Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms as emerging threats for childhood obesity, because people post pictures of their food. And everybody knows that seeing a picture of yummy buffalo wings makes us run right out and eat a plate of yummy buffalo wings. With extra sauce.
Except, you know, it doesn't. Nor do pictures of guns turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into crazed killers. Listening to Nancy Pelosi's speeches on the other hand...
The moonbat moms are losing the public opinion wars. People like the Second Amendment. They like it a lot more than they like a bunch of harpies deciding who can, and cannot post on Facebook.
But the authoritarians won't be easily deterred. They're hell-bent on control. And they're not content to impose their neurotic nonsense on their own children. No, in their minds we are all their charges, and guns are today's bogeymen. Remember Reefer Madness? Yeah, the hysteria promulgated by Moms Demand Action is even more over the top.
Pictures of food don't make you fat. And talkiing about guns won't turn you
into an extra from Pulp Fiction. The anti-gun people believe you
should live in fear. And I do. I live in fear of them.
New polls show a slim majority of New Jersey voters supports repealing President Obama's 2010 health insurance overhaul.
A poll by Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics released Tuesday found that by a 51 percent to 43 percent margin, registered voters favor repealing the health insurance law known as Obamacare.
Alas, when it comes to 2016 presidential contenders, that same majority reflexively gravitates to the decidedly pro-Obamacare Hillary Clinton.
In a hypothetical matchup in the 2016 presidential race, Clinton, a Democrat and former Secretary of State, led [Chris] Christie 51 percent to 41 percent among New Jersey voters, Eagleton found in its latest poll.
Clinton also led Christie by 36 percentage points in New York and 8 points in Virginia, according to polls taken by colleges in those states and released in coordination with Eagleton's. In all three states, however, Christie, a Republican, came closer to Clinton than two other potential candidates, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Attention New Jersey! Wake up! If you want to repeal Obamacare,
vote for Ted Cruz. Because electing Hillary guarantees it'll be
an albatross around your necks until the end of time.
Rich liberals don't like it when they're asked to pay their "fair share."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's eat-the-rich policies aren't sitting to well with the city's wealthy residents. According to Michael Goodman, a number of them are getting ready to flee the Big Apple for greener pastures, like Florida, where they won't be treated like criminals.
Maybe they shouldn't have voted for the commie in the first place. De Blasio didn't exactly keep his class warfare plans a secret. You reap what you sow kids.
Beyond taxes, the mayor's open hostility is a factor. His insulting treatment of former Mayor Bloomberg at the inauguration remains a cloud over him. As one affluent woman, a self-described liberal, told me, "De Blasio hates me, so I hate him." She doesn't personally know him, but draws her conclusion from his words and deeds.
Liberals want the government to take other people's money, not their money.
The schadenfreude, it is delicious.
The Faculty Council is stomping their feet and demanding that Rutgers rescind its invitation to Condoleezza Rice to speak at Commencement on May 18th.
She's a Republican! In one twenty minute Commencement address she could undo four years of liberal brainwashing! Well that, and the fact she's from Stamford, which is a school with a real football team.
The faculty council cited her war record and her misleading of the public about the Iraq war as reasons for their opposition.
"Condoleezza Rice ... played a prominent role in (the Bush) administration's effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction," according to the resolution. And she "at the very least condoned the Bush administration's policy of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' such as waterboarding," it said.
"A Commencement speaker... should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship," it continued, and "an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law."
So, is the Rutgers faculty anti-woman, or just plain racist?
Yeah, that was a cheap shot. But so is their idiotic outrage.
Let's throw out some facts. Even the uber-liberals at Mother Jones say Barack Obama (aka "President Drone-killer") has failed to live up to his, and the Rutgers faculty's, lofty ideals. But of course the "exemplary citizenship" test only applies to Republicans. And citizens.
Or maybe they've confused Condi Rice with Susan Rice?
Because then I'd ask, which administration started more wars? Take your time, I can wait until you finish totalling Obama's body count before we compare war records.
And I think we can safely say that when it comes to misleading the American people, nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, comes close to Barack Obama's capability for mendacity. Every word out of his mouth is a lie, including "and" and "the."
If you like your Commencement speaker, you can keep your Commencement speaker.
Or not. We'll see in 2016, if Obama accepts Rutgers' invitation to speak at their 250th Commencment.
I can't wait to hear how the Faculty Council reacts.