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News Roundup: Chris Christie, Fort Lee and more Chris Christie

If I were thinking of running for president and I were, let’s say, a governor… I would make sure that to be seen as a guy who gets things done. I would also want to be seen as someone who gets along with R’s and D’s. I’m 100% sure that I wouldn’t have my aides do any political retaliation until after I’d lost the presidential bid.

From NYT:

In a somber and humbling news conference in Trenton, Mr. Christie said he was “blindsided” when he learned of a series of emails that showed intimate involvement by close associates to punish a Democratic mayor who had declined to endorse the governor for his re-election.

Mr. Christie’s comments came after weeks of steadfast denials by the governor that his administration was involved. (more…)

By |2014-01-11T00:29:26-04:00January 9th, 2014|Party Politics|Comments Off on News Roundup: Chris Christie, Fort Lee and more Chris Christie

Another false controversy

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For the last 20 years, if not more, we’ve been embroiled in an us versus them controversy. Whether it is abortion or the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, universal healthcare or even the auto bailout, this has been perpetrated in the media as us versus them. Many of these controversies have been extremely petty. Currently, we have some folks who are incensed that Republican Governor Chris Christie has decided to fly the flag at half mast in honor of Whitney Houston. There are some who believe that such an honor should be reserved only for fallen officers and fallen military personnel. Okay. You can believe that, but it’s not based on anything written in stone. I have a problem with people who get mad simply to get mad. These people want to be outraged all the time. These are the people who scream at you through their car windows while driving 80 miles an hour through bumper-to-bumper traffic spilling their hot coffee on themselves.

The decision to fly a flag at half mast is usually up to the governor of that state, or to the president. The decision is relatively arbitrary. It is simply a sign of respect. Whitney Houston was beloved by millions of fans all over the world. She had an amazing voice. Unfortunately, she was consumed by demons both real and imagined. Personally, I find great sadness in her death. It seems to me that someone who flamed out so publicly could’ve been saved by somebody. She had mentors. She had followers. She had handlers. She had friends. Yet through this vast network of people, nobody pulled her out of her tailspin. To me, that’s the real tragedy. I don’t think flying the flag at half mast dishonors our troops or fallen police officers. Whatever Governor Chris Christie had decided would not have changed my mind about Whitney Houston’s career or her death.

Finally, if we want to get mad about something, we need to get mad about how we are treating our troops. These guys are real heroes. Whether you believed in their missions or not is not germane. The fact is that these young men and women stepped up and answered the call when our country asked them to. They need universal health care for life. They need better post-traumatic stress treatment. They need better services available for them so that they can reassemble into society with a minimum of disruption. They need better pay. There should be no family of active duty servicemen on food stamps. There’s no excuse. If we truly want to honor our troops, we need to take care of them like the heroes that they are.

By |2012-02-22T09:24:12-04:00February 22nd, 2012|Domestic Issues, Military|Comments Off on Another false controversy

Monday Evening News Roundup

I was working really late last night and I didn’t get home until about nine o’clock this morning. I was kind of exhausted. Now, finally, I think the cobwebs have cleared…

I don’t know about you, but I find it funny that Mitt Romney several Republicans have decided that they are champions of American manufacturing. Remember, Mitt Romney has made millions of dollars by dismantling American manufacturing and sending the pieces overseas.

For me, one of the problems with Rick Santorum is that he doesn’t make any sense. Last week, he decided that he was going to jump on the social wars bandwagon. He was going to attack Barack Obama and his administration for their “war on religion.” He stated that Barack Obama followed a theology that was “not based on the Bible.” First of all, I truly hate playing the game I’m more Christian than you. Because truly the only one who can ultimately decide whether you are playing the game right or not is God. The rest of us are simply guessing. Santorum then went on the CBS Sunday morning talk show and said, “I just said when you have a worldview that elevates the earth above man and states that we can’t take those resources because were going to harm the earth – things like that are not scientifically proven like the politicization of the whole global warming debate.” What? How does that even come out of your mouth? I guess he got an A in gobbledygook.

I truly don’t understand Governor Christie’s stance on same-sex marriage. It seems to me that he wants to have his cake and eat it, too (pun intended). Basically, he stated that he believes in same-sex marriage, but that he’s going to veto a bill that’s been passed by the New Jersey Legislature legalizing same-sex marriage. He’s going to veto the bill because he believes that this issue needs to be brought up as a referendum. Really? Isn’t the issue as simple as either you believe in equality under the law or you don’t? To me, in the eyes of the state, this is a civil rights issue. From a religious standpoint, you and your pastor figure it out. From a legal standpoint, I just don’t see how any state can continue this legalized discrimination.

Conservative Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu, who has been thrown in the national spotlight has decided that he is going to openly support gay marriage. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it hard to wrap my mind around any sentence that includes Arizona, conservative, gay and Sheriff.

Under the heading Lying with Data, George Will looked at the following data and stated that there was no recorded evidence of global warming for more than a decade.

When you step back and look at the data (below), the trend is clear. I would like to congratulate George Will on a fabulous job of lying with data.

Nuclear officials are traveling to Iran to meet with Iranian leaders to see if they’re building a nuclear weapon. No, seriously. Stop laughing. Okay, I can’t help it. I’m laughing, too. What a waste of time. We know that Iran is building a nuclear weapon. The question is what to do about it. Nobody seems to have any reasonable answers.

Joan Baez met with protesters before her concert. This is clearly an example of people talking to each other instead of, as we do most of the time, talking past each other. Very nice to see.

Here’s a nice list for PC Magazine of 10 apps that you need for your android phone.

By |2012-02-20T20:30:23-04:00February 20th, 2012|Business, Civil Rights, Economy, Environment, Iran|Comments Off on Monday Evening News Roundup
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