Jersey Dems Push… Rain Tax!

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Nowhere for the water to go… but another tax will fix it!

(Thanks to “thewhiterabbit” for the news tip)

Closely watching events in Virginia, I missed this story here in my home state: New Jersey Democrats–having just upped the minimum wage to $15 an hour–are looking to enact a “rain tax” (

Cross the weather off the list of things you thought the Democrats would never tax.

What they want to do is set up a “stormwaters utility” that would assess property owners according to how much of their property is paved over. When it rains, the water can’t soak through the pavement and so wends its way into our streams, our bays, etc., picking up all sorts of pollutants–like herbicides–on the way.

So they want to solve a problem that they created in the first place by paving over every square foot that wasn’t paved over already.

Uh, solution to excessive runoff and ensuing pollution… Stop paving!

If you think this report is a satire–well, it’s not. Republicans are already predicting the next caper will be a snow tax.

In my home town, the disease of building is reaching a crescendo. Vacant lot full of gorgeous wild tulips? Pave it! Put up another high-rise! Imagine the number of people we can jam into this little space, if we just stack them on top of one another! ‘Cause the more people you’ve got crowded into your town, the bigger a big-shot you can be in the Democrat Party. And the more people you’ve got available to tax! It’s going to look like a set from The Hunger Games by the time they’re done with it.

But what do they care? They can afford to wall off their mansions and swimming pools against the unpleasantness outside.

So Who’s the ‘Tribal Bronze Age Mythology’ Guy?

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Baal in bronze

Last night some yoik on my chess page described our religious beliefs as “tribal Bronze Age mythology.” It’s obvious he had no idea what he was talking about–but hey, atheists are always the brightest bulb on the tree, and we ought to consider it an honor to be insulted by them.

“Tribal Bronze Age mythology…” Well, now–that would be, I think, creating something with your own hands, like that bronze statue of Baal in the picture, and then bowing down to it, worshiping it, and thinking it can somehow save you. The Bible describes this in many places. For instance, in Jeremiah 2:27, “Saying to a stock [of wood], Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth… Arise, and save us.” Those who worship things carved out of wood are as wooden-headed as their idols.

So, let’s see… worshiping your own creation… Now, who does that? Christians?

Oh, wait! It’s not Christians! Like, what are the biggest man-made idols around, nowadays? That would be Science and the State, right? And who worships these creations, Science and the State? I mean, really–who actually believes in Global Warming, and that Government will save us if only we can make it big and powerful enough?

How about that? Those are secular humanist beliefs, not Christian! All those people who say they’re not superstitious, they’re the ones whose heads are still in the Bronze Age, still worshiping idols.

Idolatry has been around forever. Worshiping that which is created, instead of the Creator. Professing themselves to be wise–and boy, do they ever profess themselves to be wise!–they become fools. (“Yeah, but our idols have microchips! Our idols are smart!” Pathetic, really.)

Welcome to the Dark Ages.

Scientific Study (LOL) Says Conservatives are Better-Looking then Liberals

Even in 1952, Science had the answers

Hey! No nasty cracks about Maxine Waters or Michael Moore!

A “scientific study”–please remember that Science has all the answers–finds that conservatives tend to be physically more beautiful than liberals ( “Numerous studies have shown that Colgate is an effective decay-preventive dentifrice–” oops! Wrong study.

“Numerous studies have shown that good-looking people are more likely to earn more, and that people who earn more are typically more opposed to redistribution policies, like the progressive taxes and welfare programs favored by the left.” Boooo! Hiss! Good-looking people are just naturally mean and selfish! Ugly people are so much nicer. Just ask any scientist.

Other “numerous studies” find that “the more attractive people believe themselves to be, the lower their preference for egalitarianism, a value typically associated with the political left.” How selfish can you get! Imagine, not wanting to punish someone for working hard and achieving something by grabbing his money and doling it out to ne’er-do-wells who sit around and play video games all day–but keeping most of it for the government.

Sorry: but to me, “egalitarianism,” at least when promoted by leftids, looks a lot like envy. It looks like one crab trying to climb out of the  basket and the others pulling him back.

The Washington Post concludes, “[L]ife is easier for those who have won the genetic lottery.”

But see, that’s why we need an all-powerful government with huge bureaucracies, so they can make everybody like totally equal and identical despite life’s lottery, because the genetic lottery isn’t fair, goldarnit,  and yeah, sure, they’ll have to break a few hundred million eggs as they try to make the omelet… but it’s gonna turn out fantastically great like we can’t even describe to you, so please just take Comrade Schumer’s word for it–”

I know some of you out there believe this bilge.

And shame on you.

We Don’t Want It Anymore!

Let me say this to the nooze media, the political establishment, the academics, and the whoopee crowd. This is what this year’s election is all about.

We don’t want your kind of government anymore.

We don’t want you consuming our wealth and wasting our labor, all the while inventing new ways to gum up our lives. We don’t want you swanning around Davos with the Open Borders gang, gleefully planning to swamp the electorate in a flood of illegal immigrants to feed your fetish for “diversity” as an end in itself. And incidentally to keep yourselves in power for as long as the earth revolves around the sun.

We don’t want you catering to special interest groups at our expense, writing us off as flyover country while you use the courts to redefine marriage and the family.  It has to stop, and stop now.

And we’re sick of you prating about Saving the Planet from our air conditioners while you zoom from one of your mansions to another in your private jets.

This election is about getting you off our backs, out of our hair, and out of our paychecks.


Satire: ‘The Government Can’

I don’t usually post music videos that aren’t hymns, but I’ve made an exception for this brilliant satirical ditty by Tim Hawkins–taking off on the old Sammy Davis Jr. hit, The Candy Man. One of my esteemed colleagues posted this on my chess page, and I’ve just gotta share it!

State DMV Goes Ballistic over ‘KUMQUAT’ License Plate

Kumquats–somebody’s idea of politically incorrect fruit

Further proof that government, at all levels, has too much of our money, can’t think of constructive uses for it, and needs to be cut back:

A woman in North Carolina with a vanity license plate that said KUMQUAT, as in the fruit, was warned by the state’s Motor Vehicle Dept. that they had received “complaints”–note the plural–“that the plate is offensive and in poor taste.” ( ) The driver was given 30 days to notify the state, in writing, “what the word ‘kumquat’ means to you,” and it had better be good or else we’ll revoke your license plate.

The state has a policy of threatening anyone whose plate is the object of a complaint, no matter how idle, frivolous, baseless, moronic, or unfounded the complaint may  be. “Policy” is bureaucrat-speak for “We check our brains at the door.”

In this case the state of North Carolina withdrew the threat when it was proved to them that “kumquat” really is just a fruit, and not a term of racist or homophobic or whatevuh abuse.

Actually, they do taste pretty bad.

The Problem of Poverty: Solved!

Nice sidewalks make for nice neighborhoods!

Thanks to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, we finally know the chief cause of poverty in America.

Is it fatherless homes? Nah. Endemic drug use? Uh-uh, not even close. Is it the presence of a persistently criminal subculture? Really lousy education? Crooked politicians? None of the above.

The chief cause of poverty, sez the Sec, is… lack of sidewalks ( ).

See, you can’t achieve the American Dream–whatever that is, anymore–unless you’ve got nice sidewalks in your neighborhood. Because sidewalks, Foxx babbled, are not just a means to get you from one place to another. Sidewalks are about “getting you to a better life.”

Augh! It’s gotta be a dream, please can I wake up now…

(Thanks to Linda for calling this news item to our attention.)

Which is Stupider, Government or Public Education?

The Oklahoma legislature is considering a bill which, if enacted into law, is supposed to combat school bullying ( ) by giving classroom teachers the authority to fine bullies and their parents.

The way they will get rid of bullying is with more bullying.

No one in Oklahoma has bothered to define “bullying,” which they now propose to make punishable. (“Community service,” by the way, a nice name for forced labor, is one of the punishments that could be handed out. Another punishment is “counseling.” Notice how things that once had positive connotations are now punishments.) Perhaps some questions are in order.

Is it bullying when one atheist can demand that the whole community cancel its Christmas festivities?

Is it bullying when the schmendrick from the ACLU shows up at the school board meeting and vows they’ll “bankrupt this town” if anything but Evolution is taught in science classes?

Is it bullying when Christian children are forced to read homosexual fairy tales and create Kwanzaaaa cards in art class?

Is it bullying when all the children are told they’d better believe in Man-Made Global Warming, or else?

Is it bullying when white students are ordered to “check your white privilege” and “defer to minority students”?

Oh, I see! It’s only “bullying” when some non-progressive does it! For libs and their Cherished Minorities, it’s open season on everybody else.

And so once again Big Government and Big Education compete to see which of them can be the first to change, by coercion, some fundamental aspect of human nature.

Bullying isn’t bullying when they bully you for your own good.

New Executive Order: ‘Target Behavior’

One of the helpful space aliens from the classic Twilight Zone episode of 1962, “To Serve Man.”

Okay… at the count of three, I’m going to wake up and none of this has really happened, it’s all just been a dream. One… two… three…

No! No! This is not happening! Say it ain’t so! But I’m afraid it is so, kid.

Remember when we used to be the United States of America, and we used to get new laws when our elected representatives publicly debated and then voted on them? When we weren’t herded around like cattle by a combination of judicial rulings and executive orders?

Well, President *Batteries Not Included has a new executive order, this one ordering government agencies to use “behavioral science” to “target” groups of citizens so they can more effectively be rounded up into various government programs ( ).

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Says the Community Organizer-in-Chief’s latest executive order, “behavioral science insights–research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them–can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.”

Uh-uh. Sort of like the aliens in that old Twilight Zone episode, “To Serve Man.” They came to our planet “to serve man”–serve him up for breakfast, lunch, supper, or a midnight snack.

Listen. This has been said before. Maybe this time you can hear it.

Our government is too damned big, too damned powerful, too damned costly, and has its nose stuck into too damned many places.

God will eventually destroy it. Unless we come to our senses and cut it down to size.

Public School Cuisine

There are at least 10,000 reasons not to send your kids to public school, and here’s one of them–the food is awful ( ).

Yep, the new menus suck every bit as much as last year’s. This is thanks to the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act–honestly, if you were in Congress, would you dare vote against kiddies being healthy and hunger-free?–which gives Worst Lady Michelle Obama, whom no one voted for, a way to get involved in what other people’s children eat.

Bear in mind there is nothing intrinsically wrong with this food, and that it is a sin to waste it. The problem is, it’s just not food that any normal kid would eat. I wouldn’t choose to eat it, either. And when they give a big fat wing-ding at the White House, paid for by the hapless American public, you can bet your eyes they don’t serve any of this stuff.

When they’re not busy renaming major geographical features, cramming illegal aliens into the country, and making confetti of the Constitution, the pair in the White House like to poke their noses into everybody’s private business.

But don’t take my word for it. Click the link and see the pictures of what will confront America’s public school children when their summer furlough is over.

Would you eat it?