Archives for the month of: November, 2014

Hey Jersey City! You’ve heard our new slogan “Make It Yours”, but I bet you haven’t heard the other slogans that were considered …

01. Jersey City: Medium Pimping.
02. Bada Bing Bada Boomtown.
03. As Good As It Gets Without WholeFoods!
04. Our Mayor Probably Isn’t Going to Jail This Time!!
05. YOU CAN SEE NEW YORK CITY FROM YOUR HOUSE!!!
06. Make It Yours Toll Brothers.
07. The 666th Borough.
08. Any Trendier You’d Vomit in Your Mouth a Little.
09. Good Jails, Bad Schools.
10. Home of the US Political Corruption Wall of Shame (City Hall, main chamber, back wall)
11. I Got Mines!
12. I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Crackhouse Anymore!
13. I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Whorehouse Anymore!
14. I Can’t Believe It’s Not a Crackwhore’s House Anymore!
15. We Have Two of the Most Amazing Theaters You’ll Never Set Foot In.
16. We Have A World-Class Science Museum! [really? have the intern fact-check this one]
17. Amazon.com Was Supposed to Build a Warehouse Here But They Were Too Afraid it Would Get Turned Into Condos in a Year.
18. You’ve Ridden The G Train on a Weekend, Right? You’ll Do Fine …
19. You’ll LOL All The Way To Maplewood!
20: On Track To Become The Largest City In New Jersey. [wait, convene a focus group to verify people view this as a positive and not a Dante stage of hell]

#MakeItYours ain’t so bad then, right?

Movies & music, yes, since about the late 1990s. Theater (the non-Broadway “Smash Hits”) and visual arts not as much. I’ll take his word about it in fiction.

Also, what about blogs? Arguably they have taken over the spot once held by protest songs and socially conscious short stories; but blogs aren’t art per se. Actually maybe the internet with its instant communication is doing the heavy lifting of protest work, but again not as art necessarily?

Maybe protest and socially conscious, slice-of-the-bad-life art is obsolete? I mean no one really needs to write a song about the Ferguson shooting, we all know exactly what happened and what larger picture it draws. Bob Dylan need not sing about it, right? And if he did he’d probably be criticized as an opportunist taking advantage of the situation in a “too soon” way.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/arts/is-our-art-equal-to-the-challenges-of-our-times.html?smid=nytcore-iphone-share&smprod=nytcore-iphone

Holy cow, what the fuck is wrong with the Republicans?  Lawsuits, impeachment, shutdowns, anarchy, and violence?  How about doing what Congress is supposed to do, pass laws?  That’s the way out of every single issue Congress and Republicans have with Obama.  Republicans, you now control both houses of Congress, the House and the Senate, yet you act like you have no power to change the direction of America except to impeach Obama.  Why not write and pass laws that nullify Obama’s executive actions?  You can do that, you do have that power.  Obama is begging you to do it even.  Get two-thirds majority of the House and the Senate on your proposed laws and Obama cannot veto them, they become law automatically without his say or input.  That’s how the Constitution works guys, not when you sit there and do nothing.  I don’t think the Founding Fathers ever envisioned that a political party or a branch of government would EVER sit back and do nothing and have no interest in governing.  There’s no real mechanism to deal with it.  That’s the real Constitutional crisis.

And American’s, please pay attention and get passionate about this stuff!  It’s so ridiculous, petty, and immature to see your average America care more about organic vegetables and Kim Kardashian’s ass than how our government acts (or doesn’t act).  Only 47% of us even vote.  WTF?  That sucks too.

People think I am weird and odd for getting so concerned about this stuff.  To that I say: FUCK YOU!  It’s weird and odd that you’re not. Democracy places a burden on its citizens to get and stay engaged in civics, ducking that responsibility is nothing to be proud of.  It’s not cool, or hip, or punk, or any of type of fashionable irreverence.  It’s fucking lame as shit.  All you have to do is read a dedcent newspaper for 10 or 15 minutes every day.  Hell, even every other day.  Is that too much too do?  Apparently so.

I’m figuring Obama knows a lawsuit would not succeed, that a government shut down would be a disaster for Republicans, and impeachment proceedings would fail too.

This feels like a chess game where Obama has set a trap for Republicans, allowing them to show their true racist colors to further alienate Hispanics (and others) and look even more like clueless, old, angry white men. Which plays well into the changing demographics of the US and will probably have the net effect of increasing and solidifying the Democrats’ base of minorities and rational white people.

I mean it must be killing *KILLING* these white guys that a black president is prioritizing which Hispanics (and others) get deported or not.

Relax, Obama isn’t handing out green cards or any other type of citizenship or even a pathway to citizenship. Just work permits and protection from deportation for illegal immigrants (that will still be illegal) that have already been living in the US without a criminal record for five years. These immigrants will not get any federal benefits, but will continue to pay state and federal income taxes. Almost nothing will change on a practical level, other than ignoring the situation.

Of course, we have to wait until Thursday night’s speech to see what’s up, but it appears that this is what Obama is going to do.

Legally, it appears that the changes will be legal with the president’s authority on how to punish, or not, lawbreakers and with his power as administrator of laws and powers over the Department of Labor.

When asked a while back about immigration law when Obama said he can’t act like an emperor he was talking about implementing laws in a bill that the House had passed but the Senate had not. That would be illegal, the president cannot write or change laws, but is empowered and responsible to administer them and set penalties for breaking them.

Reagan gave about four million illegal immigrants green cards and no one accused him of overstepping his powers. AND he did it because he said Congress had failed to act.

Obama has deported more people than any president in US history. If any of the illegal immigrants he’s about to offer work permits and deportation relief to ever commit a crime, they can and will most likely be deported. That can’t happen to a US citizen.

The dangling widow washing basket on the Freedom Tower was an inside job. A false-flag operation by the government to take away our First Amendment right to wash windows. Wake up people!

There’s no way a SINGLE cable can hold an entire basket like that. The tower’s glass is engineered to withstand bullets and an impact with a small airplane. You think a fireman with an axe can break it from the inside? That’s what they want you to believe. Don’t be a fool!

Have you noticed the date? It’s 11/12/14. Notice that 13 has been skipped. Need I say more … ?

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