Entries in liberals (17)

Saturday
Oct212017

The Star-Ledger asks: Are establishment liberals funny?

There is a reason why Jimmy Kimmel manages to get just around 3 million viewers a night while -- back when America had a much smaller population -- Johnny Carson got 19 million.  Jimmy's humor appeals to a much smaller audience, even though that audience owns everything, runs everything, and tells us what to eat, what to wear, and how to think.

In a recent opinion piece published in the Star-Ledger -- the house organ of the Newhouse Media Empire -- a dreary, oh so earnest lady, by the name of Jennifer The Moe, passed an insight in which she claimed that liberals were funny.  Forget the "funnier than" bit, we couldn't get past the "liberals being funny" piece. 

Sure, they used to be.  When they were actually "liberals" -- but not now, not today, they're not allowed to be.  In the world of the "establishment" liberal, humor (like everything else) is highly regulated.  And the list of "safe" things to be humorous about grows smaller every year.  And if you don't know that list by heart, you might just end up having to make an apology tour, or face social exclusion and public shamming, the loss of status, job, income, the means of life even.

Think of a guy like Phil Murphy trying to add a little humor into a speech.  Pity the poor bugger as he bounces around checking it with everyone he can think of who might be offended.  No wonder he has that thousand-yard-stare of someone with PTSD.  Trying not to offend can be debilitating.

Now here is a guy who is funny, effortlessly so, and who has made quite a career of it (and an international career, mind you).  Here, he is speaking seriously on a topic, while poking some fun at the censoriousness of modern "establishment" liberals (i.e. those who have actually forgotten what being a "liberal" means).

Here is another funny guy making the same point, but in a more directly comedic way:

Writing elsewhere, Jennifer The Moe provides this insight into the creative process:  "I mean, get real: you think that Henry James or Edith Wharton or Leo Tolstoy or Alice Adams wrote all those great books by themselves? Call it what you will—creative inspiration, God, Jesus, Buddha, the muses, Satan, flow, presence, or Zen—but the great stuff always comes out only when 'you' get out of the way and allow it to come."

Satan, huh?  What is it with Satan and these new liberals?  Hate Nazis but love Satan.  And the difference?  Didn't they realize that conservatives were just kidding when they teased them about being Satan-worshippers?  Who would have thought that they would double-down and now include Satan in all their lists of "supreme" beings?

We miss the old liberals.  They were a lot of fun -- and they joined with us in dissing both Nazis and Satan.  They weren't much good at balancing budgets, but damn did they make us laugh.  They were the yin to our yang.  We'd love to have them back -- instead of this hateful, prudish, stick-up-the-bunghole crowd that calls themselves "liberal" now.

There still are a few around though.  Bill Maher is still carrying on the tradition.  And wow does he ever nail it...

And how about this guy?  Monty Python anyone?


Friday
Oct132017

Rasmussen Poll: 67% say NO to the NFL

Americans appear to have had enough.  A new poll by Rasmussen shows 67 percent of Americans in opposition to tax breaks for NFL teams and their owners. 


Rasmussen polled this question nationally: "Do you favor or oppose giving tax breaks to NFL teams?"

 

In response, 67 percent answered "NO", just 18 percent answered "YES", with 15 percent undecided or not sure.  More women opposed tax breaks than men: 68% NO, 13% YES, 19% Not Sure. 

 

Non-white/non-African-American voters were strongest in opposition.  They answered 70% NO, 16% YES, 14% Not Sure.  African-Americans were strongly opposed however: 62%, 22%, 16%. 

There was very little difference between the parties, with Republicans and Democrats in opposition to tax breaks at 71% and 69%, respectively.

     

 

Looks like the wheels are coming off all those efforts by rich, suburban, pseudo-leftists -- who have troubled so many of our public spaces with their attempts at becoming local B-list celebrities.  Your attempt at making a fashion statement has suffered a backlash.  Congratulations!


Thursday
Oct122017

ANTIFA's Kate & Gina support Corzine-era school aid

New Jersey has the most inequitable system of education funding in America and, as a result, the highest property taxes.  The income tax -- which was passed 40 years ago on the promise of reducing property taxes -- is a failure and a scam that subsidizes the property tax bills of well-to-do professionals in places like Hoboken and Jersey City, at the expense of working families in rural and suburban towns.

 

New Jersey is rated as just about the worst place in America to start a business and the state has lagged in job creation because of a putative regulatory regime and a tax structure that compares unfavorably with the rest of America.  This inability to create employment for its citizens leads to a cycle of despair that includes high unemployment, underemployment, debt, foreclosure, record levels of poverty, and child hunger.

 

The politically-appointed, unelected state Supreme Court has destroyed the ability of suburban towns to determine their own future and it has deprived people in rural communities of the use of their land without compensating them for their loss of rights.  The unelected Court has stripped the elected Legislature of its primary role of determining how the people's money is spent and it has moved power away from the voters and into the hands of the political bosses who are responsible for their appointment.

 

And Kate & Gina... they are cool with all this.

 

At Tuesday night's debate in Ogdensburg, the ANTIFA twins drooled all over the legacy of faux-liberal Governor Jon Corzine (Democrat - Goldman Sachs).  It was Corzine, it will be remembered, who raped the working families of rural and suburban New Jersey, in order to feed the political patronage machines of urban school districts.  Under Corzine, less money made it into the classrooms, while administrative overhead ballooned. 

 

At Tuesday's debate, "Dishonest Kate" Matteson explicitly defended the Corzine era-school funding formula -- specifically praising the corrupt and essentially unaudited free lunch program and the program that provides extra-funding for non-English speaking children.  Matteson defended the fact that the so-called Abbott school districts absorb most of the available state school funding, even though half the state's economically disadvantaged children live outside the Abbott districts.  In so doing, "Dishonest Kate" Matteson merely confirmed that she is, in fact, no different than any other urban Democrat in wanting to screw over the taxpayers of Sussex and Warren Counties.

 

Meanwhile, the other ANTIFA twin -- Gina Trish -- attacked her Warren County neighbor, Senator Mike Doherty, and his Fair School Funding plan, which would which cut property taxes in Sussex and Warren Counties by backing up every school child in the state with enough school funding to cover the basics -- instead of a few urban districts getting all the money to fund a bloated administration, political patronage, and non-educational bells and whistles.  ANTIFA Trish is fine with the current formula that makes working families in Sussex and Warren Counties subsidize the property taxes of rich one-percenters in Hoboken and Jersey City.

 

Senator Mike Doherty says ALL CHILDREN'S LIVES MATTER.

 

The ANTIFA twins Kate & Gina support the current Democrat mantra that wants to keep the subsidies going to rich one-percenters, political patronage hacks, and well-connected corporations -- at the expense of people like us.

Thursday
Oct122017

"Dishonest Kate" Matteson gets confused at debate

At Tuesday night's highly choreographed debate in Ogdensburg, Democrats Kate Matteson & Gina Trish followed the script provided them by their handlers from the office of Democrat Assemblyman Tim Eustace.  But at times, Kate & Gina -- affectionately known as the "ANTIFA twins" because of their involvement in those pro-Sanctuary State/ pro-Muslim/ illegal immigration/ anti-Trump rallies held on Newton Green -- appeared to make statements that belied a lack of historical knowledge of the recent political history of New Jersey.


For instance, Matteson made the statement that "only a decade ago, Sussex County was  booming" and then attempted to blame the lack of it today on the Republicans in the Legislature.  In fact (and as anyone with even the slightest knowledge would know) Sussex County's current economic difficulties are the result of the Highlands Act, which was pushed through against the objections of the county and its property owners by Democrat Governor Jim McGreevey.

 

The Highlands Act was major Democrat Party legislation that created a regulatory nightmare for the people who reside on 859,000 acres in Sussex, Warren, Morris, Hunterdon, and Passaic Counties.  This Democrat legislation took away the property rights of thousands of people and made the government their masters.  The late Senator Bob Littell fought to get exemptions for certain towns within the Highlands Region, and Jim McGreevey acknowledged this in his book covering his time as Governor. 

 

Since being signed into law on August 10, 2004, by Democrat Governor Jim McGreevey, the Highlands Act has been responsible for suppressing the economy of Sussex County.  Economists agree that because of the regulatory hurdles imposed by state legislation like the Highlands Act, it took New Jersey longer to recover from the Great Recession than neighboring states.  According to the Pew Charitable Trust, New Jersey lagged behind most states (and all of its neighbors) in economic growth since the Great Recession.  One reason for that is the fact that its largest undeveloped land mass has been locked-up and quarantined to economic growth and job creation.

 

And let's be clear:  The Democrats did that.  Kate & Gina's political party. 

 

At Tuesday's debate, "Dishonest Kate" Matteson said that Sussex County needed to be more "inviting to business."  That's true, but you  will first have to get rid of all the disinviting regulations passed and put into place by her party -- the Democrat Party.  Because of Democrats like ANTIFA twins Kate & Gina, the Tax Foundation rates New Jersey as the worst state in America for its business climate.

 

So don't let the ANTIFA twins fool you with their talk of "growth" and "jobs". 

 

They support the destructive Highlands Act.  The only "growth" they are looking for is bigger government and more regulation of our lives -- our businesses, what we eat, what we say, and how we think.  The only "jobs" they want are more political patronage jobs for their buddies.  More government jobs -- less free market.


Sunday
Oct012017

Bill Maher's response to liberals like Meghan Gill

Liberals like Montclair's Meghan Gill are attempting to bring Berkeley-style political correctness to Sussex County.  Their vision is to make Sussex County one big politically correct "safe zone" in which your private conversations are policed by agents of a local Stasi, armed with recording devices.


If you want to know who the Stasi were, check out Wikipedia:

 

On 8 February 1950, East Germany saw the establishment of the Ministry for State Security (Ministerium für Staatssicherheit), commonly known as the Stasi.  The Stasi sought to "know everything about everyone". Its annual budget has been estimated at approximately $1 billion.  Out of a population of 16 million, the agency kept files on nearly 6 million of its citizens.  

The Stasi had 90,000 full-time employees who were assisted by 170,000 full-time unofficial collaborators (Inoffizielle Mitarbeiter); together these made up 1 in 63 (nearly 2%) of the entire East German population. Together with these, a much larger number of occasional informers brought up the total to 1 per 6.5 persons.  

People in East Germany were subjected to a variety of techniques, including audio and video surveillance of their homes, reading mail, extortion, and bribery.

 

Gill, a Democrat Party operative and Montclair State college instructor, questions the idea of a private conversation.  If you are out and about, she apparently believes that you should be monitored and that anyone has the right to invade your privacy, and post it on the Internet. 

 

She demands that you are offended, even if you are not offended.  Like the two Democrat women who were actually party to the conversation Gill wants you to be offended about.

 

And like most modern "liberals," Meghan Gill is so politically correct, so breathlessly offended, so serious in her need to find and take offense, that she appears to have not just misplaced, but lost her sense of humor.  That's a pity.  Perhaps if she looks real hard for it on campus, she will find it again.  But we doubt it.