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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Damn You Sequester, I Was Looking Forward to the Weekend

I read books. I read Bob Woodward's book The Price of Politics when it came out. It is clear in that book that the sequester was Barack Obama's idea. Of course, according to the White House, Woodward is a senile old fool who doesn't understand anything:
"Watching Woodward last 2 days is like imagining my idol Mike Schmidt facing live pitching again. Perfection gained once is rarely repeated." - Former senior adviser to President Barack Obama (D-America), David Plouffe
Which, when translated means: "Picking on Republicans is okay, but you cross the line when you pick on us Democrats."

Then there's this little under-handed Chicago-style threat to Woodward from National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling:
"You're focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest. But perhaps we will just not see eye to eye here. ... I think you will regret staking out that claim."
Which, when translated means: "You will be proven wrong, but I'd check under your car just to be safe."

I was in Chicago this week during a snowfall of eight inches. Judging from the reporting of the hysterical Chicago media over the snow that fell during the day, those people are not as tough as we are led to believe they are. They just act like they are.

I admire Bob Woodward. Back when journalists were actual grown-up people with pride, integrity, intelligence and allegiance to the truth (and not the Democrat party), Woodward brought down Richard Nixon, the Worst President Since John Tyler. Now in the age of feckless fools like Brian Williams and Chris Matthews, Woodward is being excoriated by the kids that suck up to the Second Worst President Since John Tyler, Barack Obama.

Anyway, enough of my ranting about integrity and honor, it's not like my horrible ex-wife is going to read this piece or anything. The point is, we are all going to die tomorrow. The sequester is so bad we're all going to wish the Global Warming induced asteroid that almost killed us a couple of weeks ago (Celebrating Stupidity - February 15, 2013) had actually taken us down the path of the dinosaurs.

Here is a list of some of the things that are going to happen tomorrow. I know these to be true because Barack Obama said so:
  1. Houses across the country will burn down because firemen, who are not even funded by the federal government, will get laid off
  2. Crime will climb 318% by noon Friday because local police departments, who are not dependent on the Federal government for funding, will have to fire all of their policepersons
  3. All children born between right now and sometime during George W. Bush's second term will forever be illiterate and malnourished because Head Start, the federal program that has successfully removed the parent from the parenting equation will end
  4. Osama bin Laden will swim to the surface of the Indian Ocean (where he is supposedly buried) and, zombie-like, will lead a resurgence of al Q'aida even though Barack Obama has single-handedly rid the world of the scourge of danger
  5. Horsemeat may sneak into our food chain, and if not, then all meat sold in America after 3:00 PM EST Friday will be rotten because federal inspectors will be on a soup line in Des Moines
  6. 357,298,011 illegal immigrants will camp out on Janet Napolitano's front yard because they have no where else to go
  7. Aircraft carriers, especially the USS Ronald Reagan, will spontaneously sink sometime around 0730 hours Saturday morning
  8. North Korea will finally win the Korean War
  9. Air travel will be ground to a halt by an out-dated and over-used Air Traffic Control system and over-reaching and nasty TSA agents. Oh wait. Nevermind
  10. The Pope will retire
  11. National Parks will close, giving bears and antelope a much-needed rest from all the morons who taunt them on a daily basis with Cracker Jacks and Baby Ruth bars

Being of sound mind and reasonable body, I looked over President Barack Obama's (D-America) list and realized what he is trying to sell me is complete non-sense. Here's what is actually going to happen tomorrow:
  • $42.7 billion will get cut from defense (7.9% cut)
  • $28.7 billion will get cut from domestic discretionary spending (5.3% cut)
  • $9.9 billion will get cut from Medicare (2% cut)
  • An additional $4 billion in other mandatory cuts will take place (a 5.8% cut to non-defense programs, and a 7.8% cut to mandatory defense programs)
These are the cuts for this year, with more cuts to follow for the next six years.

This sequester will total $85.4 billion from a projected spending figure of $3.6 trillion. I can't say "budget" because the Democrats don't pass budgets anymore since that would force them to be responsible with my money.

Now would be a good time to tell you that $85.4 billion is 2.37% of $3.6 trillion. Let's look at what a 2.37% cut means:

This is a made-up chart for illustration purposes only. 2.37% is actually much smaller than indicated. I used "budget" because "expenditures" took up too much room.

For you low-information voters out there, I'll put it a different way:

Since this is the last day of America because John Boehner and Mitch McConnell weren't smart enough to cede complete control of the sequester over to the Drama Queen-in-Chief (D-America) and let him completely own what cuts were made where, I have prepared a comprehensive Official Reality-Based Libertarianism and Other Stuff Sequester Survival and Prevention List: *
  1. Stop voting for idiots

* - Note at the bottom: I'm a freaking moron and I was able to figure out that the only way to stop the political non-sense President Barack Obama (D-America) continually foists on an obtuse American public is for the Republicans to butch up and hand ownership of all of the tom-foolery to the President, who has final say on what gets cut anyway.**

** - Note at the absolute bottom: Usually the Note at the Bottom is small, but I really wanted you people to understand my point here, so I yelled it at you.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Roar to Restore the Shore - May 18, 2013

A benefit organization I am directly involved in, the Roar To Restore the Shore Motorcyle Run and Rally will be held May 18, 2013. The run starts at American Legion Drive in Keyport and will then take a 55-mile route through the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, ending at VFW Post 8667 on Adamston Road in Brick. All proceeds will go to help families rebuild their lives and recover from the storm.

Entrance to the charity run is $20.00 for riders and $15.00 for passengers. There will be vendors, food, beer and soda, and entertainment at the finish. Non-riders are also welcome to join us at the rally with a seperate admission fee.

Riders will receive a patch of the logo.

As a sidenote, the VFW post was used as a logistics clearing point for contractors and relief workers, as well as a kitchen and shelter in the weeks following the storm because of its proximity to the Mantoloking Road bridge and the devestated Shore communities on the barrier island. This Run and Rally is a great way to show that we here at the Jersey Shore are making tremendous strides every day toward our recovery.

Help us spread the word, and make sure (whether you're a rider or not) to clear May 18 on your calendar so you can help Road to Restore the Shore!

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Citizen's Guide to Avoiding Being Taken Out By An Obamadrone

According to the US Army newspaper Stars and Stripes, on June 24, 2012, Sheriff Kelly Janke of the Nelson County (North Dakota) Police Department "entered the 3,000 acre Brossart family farm looking for six cows that were reported missing when three men brandishing rifles chased him off the property. Upon retreating to safety, he immediately called for backup, which included a SWAT team, a bomb squad and a Predator B drone.

"The next morning the drone scoped out activity from overhead and found that the three men had left the farm in an all-terrain vehicle and were unarmed, enabling police officers to swarm the suspects without the risk of a deadly confrontation."

Luckily for the three men, Sheriff Janke was after, Janke didn't decide to load up his Predator B drone with a fragmentation missile and take the varmint cattle rustlers out without having any of his deputies do anything dangerous, like actually confront them.

This is the first recorded instance of a U.S. police department using a drone to arrest a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil.

The Obamadrone program has so far killed 4,700 people world-wide, including U.S. citizens who were self-proclaimed enemy combatants against the United States.

The ACLU has recent;y filed suit against the Federal government to compel them to release documents about the CIA Obamadrone program. The DOJ is pushing back claiming that the very existence of the documents in question, or lack thereof, is classified, and is therefore protected by statute from disclosure.

I for one am not a big fan of drone strikes against our enemies because of the incredible trouble it stirs up in terms of our foreign policy and how we are perceived in areas of the world that could turn violently against us at a moment's notice. We are perceived throughout the Middle East and into Asia as a country that diabolically uses drone technology to kill whenever and wherever we please. The removal of the human element while killing people we don't like is troubling to me.

During his confirmation hearings last week, CIA chief nominee John Brennan refused to say whether the Federal government has the power to target American citizens for execution without charges even on U.S. soil.

If you are not chilled by this you are a danger to yourself.
Remember when anyone in the mainstream media in this country said the following?
Such flagrant abuse of secrecy power is at once Orwellian and tyrannical. It has the effect of blocking even the most minimal transparency on the most consequential question: the government's claimed authority to execute anyone it wants without charges, far from a battlefield, in total secrecy. It yet again demonstrates that excessive government secrecy is an infinitely greater threat than unauthorized disclosures. This is why we need radical transparency projects and aggressive whistle-blowers. And it's why nobody should respect the secrecy claims of the Obama administration or believe the assertions they make about national security. What else do they need to do to prove how untrustworthy those claims are? - The UK Guardian, February 14, 2013
The answer is: Of course you don't, you're too busy being told that the Oscar Pistorius murder-by-gun violence-case is somehow important because he was an Olympian and the Olympics are on NBC, and poor Oscar he has prosthetic legs and he is worried about his future, instead of paying attention to the rat-hole the Democrat Establishment in this country is sending us down. 

You're also too busy being told that Rand Paul, the only Congressperson with the nerve to talk negatively in public about the Obamadrone program is a freak because of his haircut and the fact that he is Ron's son.

Here's what Democrat hack and Defense Secretary Leon Pannetta had to say about the drone program in 2010 when he was in charge of the CIA:
"I think it does suffice to say that these operations have been very effective because they have been very precise." The CIA drone program in Pakistan is "the most aggressive operation that CIA has been involved in in our history."

Here's what the Department of Justice had to say about the alleged Obamadrone program in a letter from DOJ attorney Sharon Swingle dated February 13, 2013:
"...plaintiffs [the ACLU] identify no statement in which Mr. Brennan [in his confirmation hearings] allegedly confirms purported CIA involvement in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for “targeted killing.” Rather, plaintiffs cite instances in which members of Congress mentioned “targeted killing,” and general discussions of “targeted killing” that do not address the involvement of any particular agency."

The DOJ is using this strategy to avoid disclosing documents about CIA involvement in the Obamadrone program, for reasons that are not yet clear. The Obama Administration and members of Congress of both parties hail the Obamadrone program, but when pressed to be transparent, the DOJ plays the game that there is no proof it even exists, and even if it did, there's no proof the CIA is involved.

I'm not one to generally buy into conspiracy theories but the fact that the Obama Administration is playing so coy with the existence of a program it lauds as wildly successful gives me pause.

In the event I see one of these flying over my head, I'm want to be able to defend myself. That being said, I went to the experts on defending themselves against unmanned attacks by Obamadrones, al Q'aida, and boned up on their handy guide to surviving an attack from something the government doesn't admit exists but  has done a great job of killing people (according to the government) without that good old fashioned human interaction that makes war so difficult to continue to perpetrate:
  1. A Russian-made “sky grabber” device ($2,595 USD) will infiltrate the drone’s waves and the frequencies. The "one who operates it should be a computer know-how."
  2. Use a Russian-made RACAL to "disconnect the contacts and confuse the frequencies used to control the drone.”
  3. "Spreading the reflective pieces of glass on a car or on the roof of the building."
  4. "Placing a group of skilled snipers to hunt the drone, especially the reconnaissance ones because they fly low, about six kilometres or less."
  5. "Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using the ordinary water-lifting dynamo fitted with a 30-metre copper pole."
  6. "Jamming of and confusing of electronic communication using old equipment and keeping them 24-hour running because of their strong frequencies and it is possible using simple ideas of deception of equipment to attract the electronic waves devices similar to that used by the Yugoslav army when they used the microwave (oven) in attracting and confusing the Nato missiles fitted with electromagnetic searching devices."
  7. "Using general confusion methods and not to use permanent headquarters."
  8. "Discovering the presence of a drone through well-placed reconnaissance networks and to warn all the formations to halt any movement in the area."
  9. "To hide from being directly or indirectly spotted, especially at night."
  10. "To hide under thick trees because they are the best cover against the planes."
  11. "To stay in places unlit by the sun such as the shadows of the buildings or the trees."
  12. "Maintain complete silence of all wireless contacts."  
  13. "Disembark of vehicles and keep away from them especially when being chased or during combat."
  14. "To deceive the drone by entering places of multiple entrances and exits."
  15. "Using underground shelters because the missiles fired by these planes are usually of the fragmented anti-personnel and not anti-buildings type."
  16. "To avoid gathering in open areas and in urgent cases, use building of multiple doors or exits."
  17. "Forming anti-spies groups to look for spies and agents."
  18. "Formation of fake gatherings such as using dolls and statutes to be placed outside false ditches to mislead the enemy."
  19. "When discovering that a drone is after a car, leave the car immediately and everyone should go in different direction because the planes are unable to get after everyone."
  20. "Using natural barricades like forests and caves when there is an urgent need for training or gathering."
  21. "In frequently targeted areas, use smoke as cover by burning tires."
  22. "As for the leaders or those sought after, they should not use communications equipment because the enemy usually keeps a voice tag through which they can identify the speaking person and then locate him."
The American Sheeple, in particular the low-information Obama voter, have been tricked into believing that Barack Obama has won the war on terror and that al Q'aida is on the run and operations are winding down. It's too bad the people who came up with al Q'aida's "Twenty-Two Ways to Survive an Obamadrone Attack" aren't in the loop.

Why is the Obama Administration insisting on secrecy, and why is the Democrat Establishment in this country such willing partners to Obama's obfuscations?

What would the Democrat Establishment's outcry be like if a Republican president were acting so fast and loose with the truth and the security of American citizens?

Why is CIA nominee John Brennan unable to say without reserve that American citizens on American soil will not be targeted by the American government's Obamadrone program?

I don't think the Obama Administration is plotting to wipe out people like me who criticize them, and I'm not buying into the garbage from the extreme Right that the government is plotting martial law and a restriction of our rights, but a government that refuses to be transparent over how it kills our enemies is not to be trusted.

That the Democrats as whole and a great deal of Republicans in general don't have a problem with this is troubling in the extreme.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Using Data Collected Before She Started, Michelle Obama Ends Childhood Obesity With Just A Few Jumping Jacks

Luckily, kids in America aren't fat anymore.

Hey! Norman! Put down that Klondike
Bar! I'm trying to save the world here!
Never again am I going to have to wait fifteen minutes for some little chubby kid to waddle out in the street to fetch the Kaiser roll he was playing with while rushing home to eat my Big Mac before it gets cold.

Sears will no longer need to stock "husky" sizes in its children's clothing department.

Hungry Hungry Hippo will once again be just a fun childhood game instead of an elementary school lunch-line taunt.

We have Michelle Obama to thank for this.

Here is a statement from the White House trumpeting Mrs. Obama's fabulous "Let's Move" program that has ended the national crisis of childhood obesity, while at the same time making sporty do's with girlish bangs de rigueur for Lefty fashionistas everywhere:

Mrs. Obama launched Let’s Move! on February 9, 2010 to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives.  Since then parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children. 
Thanks to these efforts, families now have access to more information to make healthier decisions for their children. Young people now have more opportunities for physical activity in their communities. Food in schools has been dramatically improved. More Americans now have access to healthy, affordable food closer to home. And the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, and even declined in some cities and states.
Please note: The snarky red highlights of the extremely insulting words specifically inserted to excite Democrats and Leftist dingbats everwhere are mine, not the White House's.


Don't call me Norman...

Except Of Course the Data They Are Using Is From Before the Let's Move Program Started

If Laura Bush had thought of this instead of worrying about childhood literacy, (studies show that 103% of all children who were children during the Bush years are either incoherent or illiterate), all of the fat kids would have been sporting skinny jeans while emo was still cool.

Now that we've heard the spin for the low-information voters, let's look at some facts from a JAMA report dated December 26, 2012:
  •  The prevalence of extreme obesity:
    o From 2003 through 2010, decreased slightly from 2.22% to 2.07%
    o From 1998 through 2003, increased from 1.75% to 2.22%

  •  The prevalence of obesity:
    o From 2003 through 2010, decreased slightly from 15.21% to 14.94%
    o From 1998 through 2003, increased from 13.05% to 15.21%
This tells us that kids were so worried about Bush being president that they lost weight, and that kids during Bill Clinton's time in office were eating double-Whoppers (just like Bill) and wondering exactly what blue dresses had to do with the stork bringing babies to their moms.

It also tells us that the White House is lying to us when they assert that they've fixed obesity because Michelle Obama did a few jumping jacks.

  • The prevalence of extreme obesity from 2003 through 2010 decreased in all groups except American Indians/Alaska Natives; and the greatest decreases were among Asian/Pacific Islander children.
This tells us that Michelle Obama doesn't care about fat kids on reservations or in Sarah Palin's home state.

  •  From 2003 through 2010, the prevalence of extreme obesity decreased among low-income children aged 2 years, 3 years, and 4 years; the greatest decrease was among 2-year-olds.
This tells us that, according to the White House, a whole bunch of chubby two-year-olds saw Michelle and changed their eating habits even before they were born, or something.

  • Hispanic boys, aged 2 to 19 years,were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white boys, and non-Hispanic black girls were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white girls. 
This tells us that Michelle Obama doesn't like fat Hispanic kids and non-Hispanic black girls, which blows my mind because as far as I know Barack Obama is the only politician to ever do anything nice for Hispanic people, and well, damn, if Barack had a daughter she'd look like Michelle.

It also blows my mind because the data was taken during the George Bush presidency, but unlike Bush's terminal destruction of the economy, the ending of the obesity scourge in this country is Michelle's doing, even though she was still just a disbarred lawyer in Chicago when everyone suddenly got skinny.

The Point of This Piece In Case You Haven't Gotten It Yet

The data the White House is touting to congratulate Michelle Obama for her hard work was collected before Obama started her Let's Move campaign. The White House is using incorrect data under the assumption you are too stupid to understand it.

So what's worse, me making fun of chubby kids, or the White House using them to make themselves look like they've actually done something when in reality, they haven't?

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Disclaimer at the Bottom: I like chubby people. They are generally jovial, enjoy a belly-laugh now and then, cook wonderfully, and I know if I walk behind them on a rope bridge over a raging river I'm okay as long as they are okay. That being said, I apologize without reserve to everyone I offended in this piece. Specifically:
  • overweight people
  • chubby people
  • people who are volume challenged
  • kids who waddle when they walk
  • Democrats
  • Hispanic boys who are mucho grande
  • black girls who are big for their sizes in spite of Barack Obama being the first almost completely black president
  • low-information voters for pointing out that they are in fact stupid, not just poorly informed
  • people who lost weight during the Bush years but couldn't take credit for it until Michelle made it cool to be skinny
  • hungry, hungry, hippos 
  • two year olds, not because they are fat but because this piece will obviously insult their collective intelligences
  • American Indians and people from Alaska
  • disbarred lawyers from Chicago
  • emo lovers in skinny jeans
However, when you people all stop just accepting the complete and utter bullshit that dribbles out of the White House like ice cream from the soft-serve machine at a Dairy Queen in El Paso, Texas on a July night, then I will stop making fun of you.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

If Women Weren't So Touchy-Feely And All Caught Up In Their "Emotions" We Might Be Okay With Them Having Guns, Or, Just Because You 'Feel' You're Going to Be Raped Is No Reason To Pop A Round In Somebody's Ass

Colorado Democrat State Representative Joe Salazar (D-Colorado) who is a Democrat recently let us know a few things about his personal thoughts about the fairer sex:
  1. He doesn't have a mother.
  2. He doesn't have a wife.
  3. He doesn't have a daughter.
  4. If he does have any combination of numbers 1 through 3, he has very little in the way of a relationship with them and most likely makes them sleep in the kitchen and walk ten feet behind him when they go on a family outing to the mall.
  5. He thinks call boxes, whistles and safe zones are effective ways to prevent rape.
  6. He thinks women are too, shall we say, caught up in their emotions (you know because they're emotional) to know whether they are going to shoot a guy who is ready to rape them or they are just going to pop a round in some innocent guy who just happens to be making them feel like they are going to be raped.
  7. He is a complete and utter moron and jackass.
  8. The liberal Democrat party-run corporate media in this country agrees with Salazar's horrendously repulsive comments about women, or they would have come out and repudiate his words, much like they get their leopard-print boxers all twisted up when a Republican moron candidate says something utterly stupid and reprehensible about rape.
Watch the video:

If you're not repulsed by Salazar's medieval view of women, then you're either:
  1. Salazar's dad or one of his troglodyte drinking buddies who leer like 8th graders when a girl walks int he bar
  2. A Democrat
  3. An Islamofacist
There, I said it.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I Speak For Myself and This Is What I Mean When I Say What I Say.

Disclaimer: I am not a member of the Libertarian Party, I am a libertarian. The views here are my own, they are not part of a party platform. However, in terms of philosophy, the Libertarian Party is closeest to my own.
 If you agree with anything you read here, you may just be a Reality-Based Libertarian too.

Rand Paul is starting to get some serious attention by folks in the corporate media. Even that rattle-trap of Republican electoral humiliation, Karl Rove, has come out with his typical sideways endorsement of people who are way smarter than he is but not as well-known. Based on Rove’s miserable performance in supporting middle-of-the-road Democrat-lite Republicans over the past two decades, his endorsement should be a meaningless waste of good air to those of us who actually have some beliefs left. Unfortunately, you Republicans out there are still paying attention to him. And Dick Morris.

Let’s ignore Karl Rove for a moment and take a look at twenty things this libertarian stands for, and what he believes the Republican Party should stand for.

Domestic Policy

1.     A flat-tax of 15% on earnings if we are not smart enough to implement a tax on purchases only. You want to make pencils? You pay a tax on graphite, balsa wood shavings, little metal eraser holders and little rubber erasers. You want to buy a pencil, you pay a tax on it. Taxation is not hard. Stop letting the CPA’s of the world destroy our economy so they can protect their jobs.
2.     Means and drug testing for welfare applicants with a strict one-year limit on benefit eligibility. If you can’t get your act together in a year why is it fair for you to be my problem for the rest of our lives? The Foodstamp program should be moved from the Department of Agriculture to the IRS.
3.     Complete repeal of Obamacare.
4.     Strict four-term limits for the House of Representatives and two-term limits for Senators.
5.     Repeal of drug laws and prostitution laws. You cannot outlaw activity that people will engage in because you believe it is immoral.
6.     Expulsion of immigrant law-breakers coupled with a common-sense approach to migration [sic] of workers.
7.     A Federal policy that oil and energy exploitation is in the nation’s best interest along with a complete moratorium on political support to any one energy consortium. The market will decide what energy we need.
8.     Disbanding the Department of Education (that is a State issue), removing regulatory powers from the EPA, ATF, Homeland Security and DHS.
9.     Abolishment of all labor unions government employees.
10.  Abolishment of the Republican and Democrat practice of naming “csars” for any extra-Cabinet post.
11.  End to Federal involvement in any and all “morality” issues and legislation. Those issues are only solved on the local level.

Foreign Policy

  1. Immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  2. Reduction in the amount of military bases we have on foreign soil.
  3. Insisting Congress applies foreign aid to countries based on each country’s willingness to ally with the US and an immediate removal or reduction of foreign aid to those countries deemed as anything less than a complete ally.
  4. Twenty year limits on all Department of State personnel.
  5. Ten per cent reduction in Department of Defense spending. I’ll take President Eisenhower’s words on the dangers of the military-industrial complex.
  6. Strict passport control for persons traveling from countries deemed hostile.
  7. Enforcement of the need for a Declaration of War by Congress before engaging US troops on foreign soil.
  8. Dropping all trade barriers with Cuba.
  9. Closing the border with Mexico until Mexico gets its own borders under control.

In addition:
    • an immediate end to the practice of legislating by regulation for all Federal agencies. We have become a nation of regulations simply to ensure the job security of the regulators.
    • Enforcement of the myriad “gun control” laws already on the books.

The Republican Party has lost the ability and the will to communicate these basic tenets of liberty simply because of its infatuation with its big brother the Democrat Party. That’s why Barack Obama has 54% approval even though he is an inept, inexperienced faux intellectual.

Folks, it’s your fault for supporting Republicans like Chris Christie, who is a good conservative for the Democrat rat-hole known as New Jersey, but will be a giant repeat of stupid Democrat policies on the national stage.

If you agree with a majority of what I have written here, and still support the national Republican Party as it currently exists, you have no right to complain when the RNC hands us another frustrating defeat in 2014.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Celebrating Stupidity: CNN's Deb Feyerick, Asteroids, Hot Chicks and a Baked Potato

When I am getting yelled at by liberals (who obviously do not understand libertarian politics) I am often told that I should:
  • Stop watching Fox News
  • Watch something other than Fox News
  • Turn off Fox News
As a public service to my detractors I have asked the art department to come up with an easy-to-read graph illustrating where I get my news from:

Being the firm believer in equal time that I am, I also had the art department put together this handy pie chart illustrating where liberals get their news:

In other news a meteorite hit Russia today, injuring dozens and scaring the crap out of hundreds more.

In still other news, an asteroid is going to fly very close to the earth today. Science people are excited, regular people just want to go out for Margaritas and Appletinis after work, and news anchors are visibily shaken, even more so than they were about the cruise ship that drifted aimlessly for three months in the Gulf of Mexico after being hit by a Japanese torpedo or was capsized by an angry blue whale or something (I'm not real sure of the details, the news department hasn't gotten back to me yet).

But what I do know is that CNN hires anchors who believe that asteroids are drawn to the Earth because the Earth is getting so damned hot due to Global Warming or Climate Change or something.

To try to replicate CNN anchor Deb Feyerick's assertion that asteroids are drawn to the Earth because the Earth is so damned hot now thanks to Al Gore pointing it out to us, and in honor of the new Dark Age our intelligentsia has drawn us into, I did some experimenting about this.

Thesis: Hot things attract less-hot things
Experiment: I baked a potato in the microwave for 8 minutes then put it on a plate. On the same plate, but way on the other side, I put a half-dozen pieces of chopped up scallions.
Expected Result According to CNN Anchor Deb Feyerick: The scallions will be pulled by the heat of the potato saving me the trouble of spooning them on the potato myself.
Result: Nothing happened.

Thesis: Hot things repel not-hot things
Experiment: I stood next to a hot chick at Starbuck's this morning while waiting for my Grande Caffe Misto.
Expected Result According to CNN Anchor Deb Feyerick: The hot chick will be repulsed by my cold and indifferent attitude toward her.
Result: Thesis partially proved, as this result may have occurred because I am so frigging old and I was wearing a Cheap Trick tee-shirt with dried doughnut sprinkles on it. (Disclaimer about this experiment: Those of you worried that my wife may be upset by this experiment can relax, she doesn't read this blog so much under the theory that she has to listen to me actually spout this non-sense in person, so having to read it as well is just too much for her to bear.)

The results of my experiments are at best inconclusive, so like all good liberals everywhere, if CNN says it's true, then it must be so:


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Is It Possible Race or Politics Played a Role In The Media Infatuation With Christopher Dorner?

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for your misunderstanding or misinterpretation of this piece. If you are not able to think beyond your knee-jerk reaction to it it would be better for both of us if you switched back to the Huffington Post.

Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner was killed by authorities in California after a murderous rampage that ended the lives of four people, and wounded three others. One was wounded in a case of mistaken identity when officers in California stopped a truck that matched the truck Dorner was driving and mistakenly shot a 71 year-old woman in the back.

Frank Cardiel Shantel Cardiel show their support for Christopher Dorner.
Chris Dorner had a grudge with the LAPD after being fired four years ago. For unknown reasons, he decided to act on that grudge in the past two weeks. The media has portrayed Dorner as a model officer who was highly trained and who was a tactical expert and a skilled and highly trained marksman.

Former LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman, painted a different picture of Dorner yesterday saying his time on the force was difficult and that he had a "troubled" career with the LAPD. A training officer who wished to remain anonymous last week out of fear of reprisal from Dorner remarked on his strength but acknowledged that training officers gave Dorner a hard time because of his weight. Officers who trained with Dorner stated that he had a history of "getting in your face" in an aggressive manner that Dorner claimed was just his way of having fun.

According to a report in the LA Times Dorner was labeled a "hot-head" and had a history of filing complaints against fellow officers. Dorner's complaints included:
  • Accusing other officers of using racial slurs against him
  • Accusing another officer of urinating on his uniform jacket
  • Accusing a female training officer of kicking a mentally ill man in the head
These complaints were all found to be unjustified and Dorner was eventually fired.
"During an LAPD Board of Rights hearing into the case, Sgt. Sherrielyn Anderson argued that Dorner 'lacks the integrity necessary' to be a cop and 'should receive the harshest penalty for violating the trust of his peers, his department and the public he was sworn to serve,' according to a transcript of the hearing." - From the LA Times
It has not been widely reported - as it is in the case of killers who have Right-leaning politics that Dorner had a very Left-leaning set of political beliefs that he espoused in detail in his manifesto. It is not out of line to note here that the corporate media also did not report on the political leanings of the Aurora theater shooter (OWS supporter and Democrat volunteer) Jared Loughner (stated visceral hatred of George W. Bush).

Here is a list of Dorner's "high value targets":
  • White officers who pick assignments in black neighborhoods solely to mete out street justice on minorities
  • Hispanic officers who "victimize their own ethnicity because they are new immigrants to this country and are unaware of their civil rights."
  • Lesbian officers who "go to work day in and day out" with the sole intention of degrading male officers
  • Asian officers who stand by and observe everything I previously mentioned other officers participate in on a daily basis but you say nothing, stand for nothing and protect nothing. Why? Because of your usual saying, " I......don't like conflict".
There were also fifteen individuals who were specifically named. 

Here are Dorner's unreported political shout-outs:
  • Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) for her calls to re-instate the assault weapons ban
  • Lengthy defense of President Obama against people who question him
  • An attack of George W. Bush for being a 'C' student while an under-grad
  • "Off the record, I love your new bangs, Mrs. Obama."
  • "Mr. Vice President, do your due diligence when formulating a concise and permanent national AWB plan. Future generations of Americans depend on your plan and advisement to the president. I've always been a fan of yours and consider you one of the few genuine and charismatic politicians. Damn, sounds like an oxymoron calling you an honest politician. It's the truth."
  • "Hillary Clinton. You'll make one hell of a president in 2016. Much like your husband, Bill, you will be one of the greatest. Look at Castro in San Antonio as a running mate or possible secretary of state. He's (good people) and I have faith and confidence in him. Look after Bill. He was always my favorite President. Chelsea grew up to be one hell of an attractive woman. No disrespect to her husband."
  • "Gov. Chris Christie. What can I say? You're the only person I would like to see in the White House in 2016 other than Hillary. You're America's no shit taking uncle. Do one thing for your wife, kids, and supporters. Start walking at night and eat a little less, not a lot less, just a little. We want to see you around for a long time. Your leadership is greatly needed."
  • "Wayne LaPierre, President of the NRA, you're a vile and inhumane piece of shit. You never even showed 30 seconds of empathy for the children, teachers, and families of Sandy Hook. You deflected any type of blame/responsibility and directed it toward the influence of movies and the media. You are a failure of a human being. May all of your immediate and distant family die horrific deaths in front of you."
  • "Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Pat Harvey, Brian Williams, Soledad Obrien, Wolf Blitzer, Meredith Viera, Tavis Smiley, and Anderson Cooper, keep up the great work and follow Cronkite's lead. I hold many of you in the same regard as Tom Brokaw and the late Peter Jennings. Cooper, stop nagging and berating your guest, they're your (guest). Mr. Scarborough, we met at McGuire's pub in P-cola in 2002 when I was stationed there. It was an honor conversing with you about politics, family, and life."
  • "Willie Geist, you're a talented and charismatic journalist. Stop with all the talk show shenanigans and get back to your core of reporting. Your future is brighter than most."
  • "...give Piers Morgan an indefinite resident alien and Visa card. Mr. Morgan, the problem that many American gun owners have with you and your continuous discussion of gun control is that you are not an American citizen and have an accent that is distinct and clarifies that you are a foreigner. I want you to know that I agree with you 100% on enacting stricter firearm laws..."
In his rambling manifesto, Dorner also praised Ellen DeGeneres, Charlie Sheen, Larry David, Anthony Bourdain, Jefferey Toobin, David Gergen, Lisa Lampanelli, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, Dave Chapelle, Jon Stewart, Wanda Sykes, Dennis Miller, and Jeff Ross.

He called Cardinal Mahoney a "predator" and wished him a "slow and painful death."

He had high praise for the hacker group "Anonymous."

* * *

A curious thing happened during Dorner's run from justice - he became a folk hero. A post on one of Dorner's biggest fan sites on Facebook on Tuesday summed it up:
"The spirit of Chris #Dorner will live on forever in our hearts, as an eternal flame - symbolic of the will to stand up in an attempt to eradicate those who would seek to oppress us, by any means necessary, when no one else would."
One Facebook page I visited had 4300 + 'Likes' as of this writing. I won't link to it out of respect for the human beings Dorner murdered in cold blood.

* * *

This leads me to wonder why an obviously mentally ill man with a bloodlust and a narcisstic need to enact revenge on every perceived slight he ever suffered (he named his fourth grade teacher for accusing him of stealing) has become a hero. The media bias, with very few exceptions, has clearly left us with the impression that Dorner had a legitimate beef with the LAPD and that at some level Dorner's actions were justified as those of a man who had been pushed to the precipice.

I am left with two questions:
  1. What would the mass media and social media response had been if Dorner was a Republican or a self-avowed Conservative?
  2. What would the mass media and social media response had been if Dorner was white?
Think of me what you will, but someone has to ask these questions.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The State of the Union From the Viewpoint of Someone Who Thinks They're All Jackasses.

I didn't watch the State of the Union address last night. Here's what I did instead:
  • Fed the dogs
  • Skyped with my daughter who is in London
  • Spoke with my wife on the phone (she is away for the week)
  • Put the dogs out
  • Did the dishes
  • Looked at kitty pictures on Facebook
  • Watched American Pickers, Pardon the Interruption and the rest of a Saturday Night Live special courtesy of my DVR
  • Read an indictment of the crookedness of the NCAA
  • Put the dogs out
  • Went to bed

Even though I refused to watch the SOTU for the same reasons I refused to watch the Grammies (they're both tiresome retreads of the same old crap), I can pretty much recite word-for-word what President Obama had to say:
  • Tax the rich so things are fair
  • Spend more government money to build things no one wants in order to look like we're doing something
  • Education
  • Windmills
  • Julia
  • Republicans are holding things up
  • Osama bin Laden is dead and al Q'aida is a non-factor anymore except where it is a factor
  • Drones make killing people easier 
  • I want to work for all Americans, especially those who agree with me
  • Poor people need a shot but shouldn't be expected to do it on their own
  • Gun violence is bad and Michelle even went to Chicago to pander to it because I couldn't ignore it anymore after a kid who was at my Inauguration got shot after a year of ignoring the endless violence in my hometown
  • Gabby Giffords
  • Joe Biden is not as dumb as your lying eyes and ears claim he is
  • Beyonce
  • God Bless America
Here's what the Republican standard-bearer had to say:

The rest of the Republican response was pretty much:
  • President Obama is borrowing too much money
  • Hispanics should vote Republican
Don't get me wrong, I like Marco Rubio but what did he actually say? Did he say anything we didn't expect him to say? Did he say anything that tears at the roots of the weeds strangling our economy?


Rand Paul said a few things worth noting in the Tea Party Express response but he got no air time because the Tea Party allowed itself to be painted as racist and crazy:
  • "Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses."
  • "What the president fails to grasp is that the American system that rewards hard work is what made America so prosperous." 
  • "What America needs is not Robin Hood but Adam Smith."
  • "If Congress refuses to obey its own rules, if Congress refuses to pass a budget, if Congress refuses to read the bills, then I say: Sweep the place clean. Limit their terms and send them home."
  • "I have seen the inner sanctum of Congress and believe me there is no monopoly on knowledge there. If they will not listen, if they will not balance the budget, then we should limit their terms."

The difference between the Democrat and Republican parties in 2013 America is the difference between your ex-wife the brunette or your ex-wife after she goes blonde: deep down inside she's still a horrible person who is trying to screw you over.

Maybe it's time that those of serious about the future of America started looking elsewhere for our "leaders."

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cell Phones: Everybody Wants One, No One Can Really Afford One, Some People Get The Rest Of Us Buy Them One

Remember the days when you didn’t have a cellphone? Life was easier and cheaper then. We had less stress. We had to plan our days around whether we needed to stop for milk and bread on the way home, and if we got home and found out our spouse forgot to call us at the office to ask us to stop and get milk and bread, we’d grumble a little, put our parkas back on (this was also pre-Climate Change / -Global Warming) and run down to the Wawa to get us some milk and bread. We also didn’t have to worry about the Shannon’s and Jeremy’s of the world crashing into us while they texted with the BFF's about the latest Foster the People CD on their way home from the library.

I loved those days.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Department of Labor released figures last fall indicating that spending on phone services rose more than 4% in the previous twelve months, the fastest rate since 2005. Even though most of us have had to drastically cut back on our spending and household budgets over the past four years, most of us are now spending $200 every twelve months for the latest Smartphone and then spending around $100 per phone a month (few families have only one cell phone, with most family members having their own phone). You are probably thinking right now "I can't live without my cellphone," but you actually can, you just chose not to live without it. According to the same DOL report, the average household's annual spending on telephone services rose to $1,226 in 2011 from $1,110 in 2007, when Apple Inc.'s iPhone first appeared.

We are busting our family budgets so we can guarantee constant, annoying contact for ourselves, our spouses and our collective Jeremys and Shannons at the same time we are spending $2.2 billion a year to provide cellphones free to other people.

Families with more than one Smartphone are now paying up to $4,000 a year for their cell service – far eclipsing our cable and Internet bills and in some cases our other utility bills as well.

Carriers like Verizon and AT&T count on increasing speeds to drive business knowing that as the technology improves the public’s demand for the next big thing will remain insatiable. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, US wireless carriers brought in $22 billion in revenue selling services such as mobile email and Web browsing in 2007. By 2011, data revenue had jumped to $59 billion. By 2017, UBS expects carriers to be pulling in an additional $50 billion a year.

Families across the country are cutting back on other life-style choices like vacations and dining, and in some cases even necessities like food and home repair because of increased spending on what is little more than luxury. Seriously, who really needs a Smartphone? Driven by relentless advertising, we have enslaved ourselves to the gadgets in our pockets. I know what you're thinking but that was a different decade, and we didn't have cellphones so we actually had to engage with people face-to-face.

Now a report in today’s Wall Street Journal states that the “US government spent about $2.2 billion last year to provide phones to low-income Americans, but a [review] of the program shows that a large number of those who received the phones haven't proved they are eligible to receive them.”

Your family budget makes Democrat spending on pork look frugal so Jeremy and Shannon can text their BFF's and post pictures of the weather to Instagram, while you and mom take pictures of the Appletini you are drinking to chase down your Xanax as you make witty, stream of conscious comments to your 48 followers on Twitter. We are busting our family budgets so we can guarantee constant, annoying contact for ourselves, our spouses and our collective Jeremys and Shannons at the same time we are spending $2.2 billion a year to provide cellphones free to other people.

After the FCC tightened its requirement rules last year, the agency estimated that 15% of participants would be weeded out. However, a review of the program by the FCC at the request of the Wall Street Journal showed that 41% of their more than six million subscribers either couldn't demonstrate their eligibility or didn't respond to requests for certification.

The program is administered by the non-profit Universal Service Administration (U.S.A. for those of you not fully paying attention) and participants qualify if they are on food stamps, Medicaid or other assistance programs. The U.S.A. program pays carriers $9.25 per month per customer toward free or discounted wireless service. Proponents of the plan say it is necessary now that phone booths have gone the way of a prosperous American economy, and that without the free cellphones disadvantaged people would not be able to call police in the event of an emergency.

The program is funded by private cell phone subscribers (you and me) who are hit with a surcharge that averages of $2.50 per month, per household.

As a country, how broke can we be if we are paying up to $4,000 a year to stay connected to kitty pictures and the tipsy musings of middle-aged adults on another lonely Saturday night on Facebook while we are subsidizing the same unnecessary wastes of time and money for those who would rather not pony up for their own phones? 

We're either broke and stupid, or not broke and comfortable whining about being broke.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Power of the Individual: Robin Hood Announces $6,000,000 in Privately Raised Grant Money To Assist Sandy Recovery Efforts.

On February 7, the Robin Hood foundation announced the details of $10.5 million in relief grants to people who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Robin Hood has received more than $67 million in donations for Sandy Relief from around the world and has so far granted $45 million.

"Robin Hood is working diligently to get Hurricane Sandy relief funds into the communities that are struggling to rebuild from the storm," said David Saltzman, executive director of Robin Hood. "We have already granted 100% of the funds we raised prior to 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief, and we are on track to grant all concert funds within 100 days of 12-12-12."

Robin Hood was founded in 1988 and is New York's largest poverty-fighting organization. The Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund has granted tens of millions of dollars to organizations throughout the region that are helping families and individuals recover from the affects of Hurricane Sandy. Robin Hood’s board of directors pay all administrative costs allowing the foundation to donate 100% of the monies received through private donations directly to those affected by the storm.

In this latest round of grants, New Jersey will receive $6,860,500. Here is a listing of agencies receiving monies:

Ocean County Long Term Recover Group:  $2,200,000
Monmouth County Long Term Recovery Group: $1,500,000

Long Term Recovery Groups were established to help people affected by Hurricane Sandy bridge the gap between available resources and their long-term needs. Help includes mental health support, donated goods and cash assistance for rebuilding efforts.

Borough of Belmar: $150,000 to help 50 families receive assistance in returning to their storm-damaged homes.

Little Egg Harbor Volunteer Storm Relief Committee: $300,000 to help the residents of the 150 storm damaged homes in the township purchase materials, tools, and safety equipment as well as providing rental assistance.

Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund: $960,000 for demolition costs and materials for enclosing 60 homes for the winter. $725,000 will go to purchase and furnish four new manufactured homes to replace homes lost in the storm. This part of the grant will serve as a demonstration project for rebuilding homes throughout the region.

Jewish Renaissance Foundation – Middlesex County: $175,000 to purchase gift cards for replacing furnishings, appliances and other household goods, plus the salaries for 2 case managers to help families who suffered losses from the storm in the Perth Amboy area.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance of West Jersey: $175,000 for labor and building supplies in Atlantic, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester, Burlington, Cape May and Camden counties.

Portlight Strategies – NYC and New Jersey: $125,000 to help repair wheelchair ramps and other support services for disabled person affected by the storm.

Jewish Family Service of Central NJ – Union County: $75,000 to enable the JFS to provide direct grants of up to $1,000 to affected individuals and families in need.

Love In the Name of Christ – Monmouth County: $55,000 to help 50 low-income Bayshore residents who were displaced by the storm.

Youth Consultation Services – Bergen County: $40,000 to help repair the damage the YCS George Washington School in Hackensack received in the storm. YCS provides in-home and residential services to children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center – Browns Mills: $375,000 for laboratory testing, physician screening, a portable X-Ray unit and outreach efforts to those at risk for mold exposure.

Legal Services of New Jersey: $510,000 to continue funding for legal services for low-income residents affected by Sandy.

AARP Foundation – Atlantic County: $8,000 to fund tax preparation for working seniors.

Community Health Law Project: $125,000 to fund direct legal representation for 100 Sandy-affected individuals. This representation will focus on housing issues, FEMA and insurance issues, and appeals for denied benefits.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice: $100,000 to provide legal assistance, staffing for legal clinics, a legal hotline and full-time staff for the 1,500 clients seeking legal aid in the wake of Sandy.

Mary’s Place By the Sea – Monmouth County: $25,000. Mary’s Place by the Sea is a respite center for women with cancer. The grant will help them continue to deliver meals to former guests as well as food deliveries and gap funding to 60 storm-affected families.

Long Beach Island School District: $25,000 to cover payroll and supplies to enable the district to continue free Kids Care (a before and after school program) for an additional 6 months.

 A look at the grant recipients in New Jersey gives a feel for the enormity of the scope and need in our area, a need that is not going to go away any time soon.

Click here to donate to the Robin Hood's Hurricane SandyRelief Fund.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Fear-Mongering and Loathing In The Path of Nor'Easter Nemo

We're All Going To Die. Not Today Probably, But Someday

Dari Alexander, the newsreader on the 10 o'clock news on Channel 5 (Fox) here in New York called the approaching blizzard "unprecedented" last night.
un•prec•e•dent•ed: [uhn-pres-i-den-tid] adjective
without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled: an unprecedented event.

Dari says snow is "unprecedented."
So according to Ms. Alexander, what is going to happen here today and tonight has never happened before. This is a frightening prospect.

Ms. Alexander is an irresponsible fool who either doesn't understand her own language or understands it and chooses to use it against her audience. It has snowed here before – a lot. The difference is, as a region we are still trying to recover from the blow dealt by Hurricane Sandy, so it’s easier to whip up fear.

This morning, the preeminent clown of morning news, Al Roker, stood in Boston Common in a parka and fur-lined hat with a water-proof bib to hold the tablet strapped around his neck. It wasn’t raining, and a pedestrian walked through his shot with a sweatshirt on, but that’s not the point. My God, I thought, what a moron, which was not the response Mr. Roker was aiming for. Apparently the point NBC was going for--utter fear of the impending doom--was lost on me. Their goal was to make us all very, very afraid of what was to come. And also that we should tune in non-stop for further updates.

Al Roker is geared up and ready to face the blizzard.

Cantore is buff and ready to scare.
The Weather Channel has named this storm “Nemo.” Nor-Easter Nemo. “Nemo” is Latin for no man, or it is in reference to a Jules Verne character who was a captain, or it refers to a Disney fish. The Weather Channel hasn’t said definitively, but it has put us on notice that it is going to try to change the culture from one of adult people dealing with life into a miserable sulking mass of people afraid to confront anything without Jim Cantore telling them how hard the wind is blowing on a beach somewhere.

Feeding Off the Real Fears of Real People

I opened my Facebook account this morning to see the latest pictures of kitties and to catch up on what people were having for breakfast and I saw the following post from an acquaintance who suffered greatly during Hurricane Sandy:
Can our house and property take any more damage?

These nine words put the fear and lingering shock into perspective. There are real people who are affected in reality, and the breathless fear-mongers in the media don’t want to deal with that, because that is way too hard. It’s easier to stand in a rest area on the New Jersey Turnpike and talk about the coming traffic jam than it is to understand what a real person may have to confront.

A great number of people who weathered Sandy and the snowstorm that followed a week later are rightfully skittish about the weather we are expecting. That is completely normal and very sad. The problem is, this actual and real fear is being manipulated brilliantly by the people we – as a society – have handed our good sense and independence. As a community, it’s our responsibility to help our neighbors who have been affected by natural disasters. To run around afraid that it is going to happen to us every time the weather turns ugly is childish, selfish, and irresponsible.

A person with compassion and a semblance of common-sense would not minimize the palpable fear of a property owner who is still recovering from last fall's hurricane as they batten down in preparation for a fairly serious winter storm. They wouldn’t capitalize on it either.

A person who is greedy and narcissistic at their core would prey on those fears and endlessly proclaim our impending doom in order to a) sell products, or b) further their own self-aggrandizement.
  • Social media has been awash for four days with forecasts and predictions of doom on the snow storm to come this weekend from everyone, whether they knew what they were talking about or not
  • Local television news broadcasts are leading with five minute segments on the validity of the European Model versus the American Model. Reporters are standing out on streets breathlessly reporting that those same streets are going to be covered in snow...soon!
  • People are glued to their radios, televisions and Facebook timelines, waiting for someone to tell them definitively what is going to happen so they can plan accordingly

Should our elected officials make common-sense statements regarding limiting travel and preparing for the weather? Absolutely. Should everyone else be acting as if this has never happened before? Seriously, you need me to answer that for you?

The weather sucks sometimes. Bad things result from bad weather all the time. While I truly feel for the people who suffered great damage and are afraid they are in for another round, I despise the fear mongers who are manipulating that fear. We minimize the suffering of people when we maximize the threat of every single weather event we are confronted with. If you are paying attention you cannot help but understand that disasters and suffering are good for business, and therefore, the more people are frightened out of their minds over what might happen, the more people tune in to listen. Social media, and the availability of a platform for everyone – regardless of what they actually know – has only exacerbated the problem.

In the area around the immediate Jersey Shore we are expecting three to 7 inches of snow and tides running 3 feet above normal. This is a regular winter event. Are some properties more vulnerable because of the erosion caused by Hurricane Sandy, and is it possible that some people already reeling from that storm are going to be affected more than usual? Yes, but no one seems to be really concerned about them. The concern we are being spoon-fed is the massive regional destruction that is going to take place from this "unprecedented" storm. That is not helpful it is sick.

A blizzard is a snowstorm with winds blowing at a minimum speed of 35 MPH and visibility of less than one-quarter mile for three hours, it does not automatically mean we are going to eleven feet of snow everywhere. The word has been changed to mean that terrible things are going to happen to us all. The weather professionals know what a blizzard actually means, but their unquenchable thirst for ratings prevents them from being truthful and responsible about it. Boston is going to take the brunt of the blizzard to come, but how can a right-thinking person honestly say that Boston has never dealt with two feet of snow before?

Who's fault is all of this?

It's our fault. We buy the products. We ask the questions of the amateur meteorologists, hoping they will be wise enough to make our decisions about our plans for the weekend for us. The best way to know what havoc a storm may or may not wreak on our lives is to responsibly prepare and then wait. It seems that as a society we are incapable of doing either anymore.

The people at Maine Meme's get it.