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Stop worrying about ebola, start worrying about heart disease, cancer and 8 other things that are killing Americans
A recent episode of The Daily Show pointed out that campaigning politicians and talk show hosts (or, if you prefer, “pundits”) have been calling for action regarding protecting Americans from being killed by the ebola virus, which isn’t really a thing that is happening. What is killing Americans is heart disease, cancer and 8 other things at a rate that will probably never be overtaken by ebola.
There’s nothing worse than politically leaning products, but if you really want to make it clear that your catalog caters to one specific market, put your “countdown to Obama’s last day” clock near the “Ho Lee Chit” t-shirts. This way, it’s not only clear that you lean right, but we can take an accurate guess at what year you were born in based on the idea that you think “Ho Lee Chit” is funny and OK to wear on a t-shirt.
In an effort to make sure they offend as many groups as possible, here we have the “Lead me not into temptation… Oh hell just follow me I know a shortcut” t-shirt just a few inches away from the “Like a good neighbor Jesus is there.” I never took any marketing classes in college, but I’d venture a guess and just say that people who would wear the former t-shirt wouldn’t wear the latter.
It’s incredible how poor the taste can be in one catalog, but they did an amazing job of making me shake my head, laugh and point my finger at their general ignorance. Well done, catalog!
Sometimes, I think about the career of Jesse “The Body” Ventura and I get a little misty-eyed. What an amazing country the United States of America is; truly, a land of opportunity. Just look at the career path: he was a professional wrestler, then a movie star, then a governor and now he’s on his second TV show. You kinda have to wipe away a tear and say, “God bless America.” If you aren’t convinced, take a look at this and tell me that you’re not proud this man rose to the rank of Governor in the United States. Tell me. I dare you.
We learned yesterday that Nelson Mandela had passed away at the age of 95. His health had been in a state of decline for some months, but he was referred to as critical yet stable, so this is something of a shock, even at Mandela’s age. At a moment like this, it’s easy to realize how unlikely it is that someone like Mandela ever existed and how little chance there is of ever seeing the likes of him again. Read the rest of this entry
One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Abraham Lincoln made his address at the Consecration of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg. In just 10 sentences, Lincoln summed it all up. Read the rest of this entry
Another election day has rolled around and I’m pleased to say that we’ve got Jeff Boss on the ballot again – this time, for Governor. Sure, there are lots of third parties out there, but no one does third party politics quite like Mr. Boss and his "party," calling itself NSA Did 911, which may be the most subtle political party name ever. The cherry on top of the proverbial sundae is, of course, his fantastic sample ballot statement.
Gov. Chris Christie has decided that New Jersey will hold a special primary and election to fill the seat of Senator Frank Lautenberg, who passed away on Monday, rather than appoint someone to finish out his term. He will have to appoint someone to hold down the fort until after the election in October.
This is both good and bad.
GOOD: It’s good that Gov. Chris Christie isn’t going to appoint someone to finish out Lautenberg’s term. A year and half is a long to have an unelected official fill out a major seat in government.
BAD: It’s bad that this will necessitate both a primary and general election, and Christie has compounded this problem by holding a special election in October rather than adding the senatorial race to the regular November election. This will cost New Jersey tax payers an extra $11.9 million dollars.
If I was the sort of guy that got helicopter rides to little league games, maybe I wouldn’t think $11.9 million dollars was a lot of money, and in the scope of a federal budget, it’s not, but when we’re talking about New Jersey (where we’re literally checking the couch cushions for money to deal with school funding, road maintenance, state employee salaries – not to mention Hurricane Sandy clean up and a million other things), an extra twelve million bucks could go far in any number of areas.
And the reason Christie is doing this is down right despicable.
This special election in October is all about Christie making sure there aren’t an excess of Cory Booker fans at the polls on general election day in November. The theory is that if they are, those people will vote for Christie’s opponent, which is not expected to change the outcome, but merely reduce Christie’s margin of victory and hence make him look less powerful when he goes into the 2016 presidential election. He’d like to go in saying, "I won blue state New Jersey by over 10 points, I’m the guy who can take back the White House," but he’s worried that Booker will ruin that. Hence, the extra twelve million New Jersey will have to pull out of the air from who knows where.
Christie is quoted as saying, "I don’t think you can put a price tag on what it’s worth to have an elected person in the United States Senate."
Yes you can: it’s twelve million dollars. And it’s a complete waste.
I took this photo at the post office, and this sign doesn’t look new. So, we can ascertain that the federal government figured out a long time ago that it didn’t want non law enforcement personnel carrying weapons on their property… But we should discuss placing guns in schools? If there’s no room for guns at the post office, should we really surround children with guns?
I’m gonna go ahead and say no… But on the other hand, a well place police cruiser could certainly be a welcomed addition to any schools security plans.
These anti-Obama protestors clearly know that the election is over (but not that it’s winter – despite the snow – as they’re not wearing coats) as they are advocating impeachment for President Obama, but I’m going to get them a calendar for Christmas anyway. See, it’s much easier to try to swing people’s votes in a place where elections are close (presidential elections are not close in my area) than it is to pressure local citizens to pressure their representatives in congress to impeach a president. Besides, impeachment doesn’t throw an official out of office, it just puts them on trial, and if they lose the trial they could be removed from office, but they may not necessarily be kicked to the curb.
I’m just assuming that the goal of people who can’t figure out that they need a coat during winter must be more than a trial – I’d think they’d be advocating for full removal from office because they must be serious folks with a point to make if they’re standing out in the snow in February in a town with a population less than 10,000… blah. I thought about interviewing them, but my veggie delight sandwich was getting soggy, so I bounced.
As you know, President Obama has been sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. Despite the Inauguration occurring on Martin Luther King Jr Day, most of us had to work and missed the festivities. And it’s a good thing, too – Governor Christie didn’t enjoy the speech, so I’m sure that means it was a pinko commie manifesto that tarnishes this great country. Let’s take a look. Read the rest of this entry