You'll laugh, you'll cry. It's better than Cats.
Crossposted over at Blue Jersey
Note to Jim Saxton: we don't need S-CHIP to beat you in 'o8 but you can bet the farm that your obit just got a whole lot more unsympathetic!
From: jay lassiter
To: Delma Wells
Subject: customer feedback
I live near the Haddonfield Starbucks. Usually the drinks and the staff are great. This is why I choose to spend $4+ on a cup of coffee from time to time. Unfortunately, on a recent "trash day", the staff put dozens of clear plastic trash bags on the sidewalk which were full of recyclables (and compostables) for a landfill. Again. This is a weekly issue.
Seeing the store's disregard for the environment offends me. For Starbucks to ignore its PROGRESSIVE policies in such a visible way -- right on the sidewalk --is a drag. It also contradicts the Starbucks mission statement which, according to your business card, seeks to contribute "positively to community and environment."
Whatever the reasons you are not recycling, I suggest that you revisit them. At present, the store is ill-equipped and the staff is not trained to properly dispose of its trash. Throwing everything out together on the sidewalk in clear plastic bags is unacceptable.
As neighbors, we share this burden. I am eager to help with a solution.
I look forward to your reply and i appreciate you making yourself available for feedback.
Her reply follows...
Delma Wells wrote:
After speaking with the store manager he has informed me that the Township will not pick up the recyclable from Kings Highway because it interferes with traffic flow in the A.M... I will continue to work with the town to find an answer. I hope to resolve this ASAP, and will keep you posted.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~My reply follows...~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
So what you're saying is "It's too hard to recycle."
We can not wait for the township to get its act together and make it easy for us!! You should take initiative! Anything short of this is falling short of the mission statement.
Forty bags of (mostly recyclable) trash every collection day? Can't you at least try to do better?
That email exchange happened 2 months ago. I heard nothing more from the Starbacks district manager since, despite her vow to "keep me posted.". If Starbucks can be consciencious of the plight of some far-off indigenous coffee farmer, then they can surely stop shitting all over their own neighborhood!
Democrats "want to get us out of Iraq, but they can't wait to get us into Darfur," Limbaugh said.Now it's possible that it was the OxyContin doing the talking, but still.....
He continued: "There are two reasons. What color is the skin of the people in Darfur? It's black. And who do the Democrats really need to keep voting for them? If they lose a significant percentage of this voting bloc, they're in trouble."
This video is one of the more iconic of You Tube's short history and I was pretty blown away at first blush. But what keeps me coming back is that delicate (yet throbbing) piano accompaniment by musician Carly Comando. The music in a word: Perfect.
* Bigmany in New Jersey
* Dirty bookstores in New Jersey
* Toy+Soldier+lawn ornament
* "Do black people have achilles tendons?" and finally.....
* "Let peace begin with me"
Hey, whatever floats your boat!
Of course we air every Saturday but each episode is available for download. I must confess the response to our radio show have been uneven thus far.
You guys are morons. If you feel you must continue with this little radio show thing you really should practice a little. Assholes.Or
I laughed so hard it was like a 30 minute ab workout.So take a listen and judge for yourself.
These podcasts and more are just waiting to be downloaded to your iPod. What? You didn't know you could do that? Well - you can! Just subscribe here:
Junk mail (especially those darn credit card solicitations) creates an astonishing 8,000,000,000 pounds of waste per year. Of course much of this is recyclable but it's still problematic for two reasons: 1) the trees have already been cut and 2) most people still don't recycle anyway.
If you're like me, you tear right through these bits of junk mail right away and toss it into the recycle bin. You also might ask yourself how the hell you, as a consumer, can reduce the amount of junk mail that ends up in your box.
I recommend checking out this (secure) site where you can opt out! of unsolicited credit card junk mail. It's akin to the "do not call" list, but it actually reduced greenhouse gas by saving trees and reducing the need to send stuff thousands of miles via mail.
I signed up myself a few weeks ago and was excited to share this info with you guys right away. But I wanted to wait a little while to make sure that it actually worked. I am happy to say, I haven't seen any of this type of stuff in my mailbox in over a fortnight. Heck, these pieces of mail travel a loooong way just to end up in the trash. So I am glad that it's an inconvenience I no longer have to deal with.
Every little bit counts. This suggestion isn't gonna save the planet or anything, but it's one more tool to live greenly and mindfully.
The Northeast region of the United States is the world's seventh biggest emitter of climate changing carbon dioxide gases. But, 10 Northeast states have signed up in a regional compact called "RGGI" (Reggie) the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, to set mandatory caps on carbon emissions on power plants and a cap and trade program to help industry meet the reduction goals.
Jay Lassiter used to write Internet posts flecked with profanity that lacerated New Jersey lawmakers. He described the actions of one legislator as “nincompoopery” and called another “a bully.” Last fall, he accused Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark of “pimping” for Joseph I. Lieberman, the senator from Connecticut.Continue reading here.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the State House, which Mr. Lassiter now covers as a blogger. “I don’t find myself launching firebomb campaigns anymore,” Mr. Lassiter admitted in a recent interview. “This whole exercise has kind of mellowed me out. These people in here, they seem like they’re doing their best.”
?For all intents and purposes, an attack on Philadelphia is an attack on South Jersey. The communities across the river from Philadelphia need to be prepared, the first responders need to be equipped, and the funding distribution should reflect this reality.
As the nation's 5th largest city, Philadelphia is considered a "high-threat" city and is allotted millions of dollars per year from Homeland Security to prepare and equip first responders in the event of an attack. (If areas of PA ~50 miles outside the city limits are covered, then so should we be. That was Menendez' basic premise.)
Center City Philly -- replete with skyscrapers -- lies just a few thousand feet across the Delaware River from Camden's commercial pier district. The two cities are inextricably linked to be sure, but New Jersey doesn't get a dime of the Federal assistance afforded our neighbors, should the sh*t hit the fan.
Try this on for size: I live in Cherry Hill, a scant 7 miles from Philly. Now imagine living 7 miles from Ground Zero (or the Pentagon) on 9/11. Don't you think that given the proximity, our local "first responders" would be pressed into action in the unlikely event that -- God forbid -- tragedy strike the city of brotherly love?
If Philly is the target that Homeland Security suggests, then our first responders need to be TRAINED and EQUIPPED for the task. That simple.
Sen. Menendez was quick to point out that South Jersey shouldn't be left to fight with Philly for the slice of the Federal pie but that the slice needs to be larger. To include us.
Chertoff's past record heeding warnings is dubious -- (Katrina? anyone?) -- but Menendez is on the money this time. It was particularly poignant that Senator Menendez -- who as Congressman represented the district adjacent to Manhattan on 9/11 -- would be showing solidarity with South Jersey folks like me who are most affected by Homeland Security's curious preparedness policies thus described.
Post script: upon arrival at the Camden piers where Menendez' press conference took place I was met with a large placard which read "ELEVATED RISK, significant risk of attacks."
Spc. Marlon P. Jackson was a quiet young man of simple pleasures: basketball, Chinese food and Caribbean music. From Iraq, he asked family to send music magazines and sports clippings. And he never forgot to say thank you. "He always thanked me for everything I did. He was so appreciative," said Vanessa Selby, his self-described stepmother. He was stationed in Vilseck, Germany. He is survived by his mother, Lois La Grenade, and father, Leighton Jackson. Before joining the Army in 1999, Jamaica-born Jackson attended community college. He had become a big brother to Selby's son Khabir, 22, and tutored him in his free time. "He was just becoming a young man, trying to be responsible," Selby said.I was also touched by the tombstone dedicated to Marine Major John C. Spahr who's from my hometown of Cherry Hill. (see last pic) Needless to say it's sad and moving to consider the toll the Iraq War has taken on the great state of New Jersey.
When he arrives for his admission interview with God, and finds that Godself has decided to appear as a black woman.Moreover, according to Nancy, "Falwell was his own worst enemy while alive. He missed out on meeting a lot of good people and going to a lot of good parties, and for what? The joy of pursing his lips and tsk-tsking at the world. Jesus hung out with all sorts of characters, and even provided the booze once, but Falwell only wished to dine with "the elect". Too bad for him."
Falwell: Where's God?
God: Here - and everywhere else.
F: I don't see God.
God: That's YOUR problem. You've got to lighten up a little and appreciate the afterlife - you screwed up down below, biggest pain in the posterior for a whole lot of people. So chill and open your eyes. Don't blame me if you get an ulcer in the afterlife.
F: I don't appreciate joking about this very serious matter!
Now take me straight to The Old Man, NOW!
God: Oh, all right.
(God escorts Falwell to elevator, pushes button gets out with Falwell.)
God: Here's The Old Man. (gesturing toward seated impressive-looking old man with white beard)
F: FINALLY! (stalks off in a huff, towards T.O.M. At the same time, God turns and starts walking toward the elevator)God (shouting over Her shoulder to T.O.M.): Thanks, Nick! See ya later!
I have nothing against people getting rich, but our economy is only as strong as the middle class. As president I won't just pass laws that favor workers, I'll use my "bully pulpit" to be a friend to working men and women.--Sen. Obama, click to enlarge
The campaign -- which looks to engage rank and file members in Labor's endorsement process -- is a series of town hall-style forums with each of the Democratic presidential candidates in different cities throughout the nation.
(The campaign culminates in August with a multi-candidate forum in Chicago. The AFL-CIO's endorsement will follow shortly thereafter.)
How lucky are we to get Senator Obama here in the Garden State? Several NJ Union members each got a chance to talk to the the Senator about what's on their mind.
A steelworker asked Obama how he might handle future trade negotiations.
Obama said he'd start by enforcing trade policy against counties like China for example, which manipulates its currency.
This not only makes Chinese goods artificially cheaper on the export market, it also puts American imports out of reach for most Chinese consumers. God knows if we had 1.2 billion Chinese buying American-made good, that would be a helluva lot of manufacturing jobs, huh?
Obama's observations on healthcare were compelling. Reminding the audience that only 5 cents of every health care dollar (all 2 trillion of 'em) is spent on preventative care, he wondered how this would be better allocated if so many people weren't uninsured to begin with.
Access to affordable health care would keep many from having to rely on the emergency room for their primary medical care, he noted. Chances are by that point, patients are a lot more expensive to treat. Which is money wasted.
By the end of the forum, Obama had hit all the right notes on issues like healthcare, retirement security, and good jobs with freedom to form unions.
Judging from the crowd's reply, Obama was a huge hit. I counted several rousing ovations. I even got goosebumps a few times.
(Crossposted over at Blue Jersey)
All in all, Sen. Obama looked sharp and well-rested. His connection to the audience was apparent and I suspect when he and his campaign look back on today's event, they'll be very satisfied indeed.
We send our prayers to the Snow family in this, their hour of need. This is just one example of how the new Democratic majority has abandoned real Americans. If Tony Snow were an illegal immigrant, Democrats would be kicking Barbara Streisand in the ass to make her pay for his treatment. Instead, his poor insurance company will be forced to dig into its deep coffers and pay reduced rates for his care. This could result in the reduction of executive bonuses by as much as one-half of one cent. Democratic policies such as this are destroying the country and shipping our jobs overseas. The only way to save Tony Snow is to send another ten thousand troops into Iraq where they can be blow halfway to bits in return for $800 a month in food stamps for their families. If Nanci Pelosi and Harry Reid have their way, all Americans will have their colons removed and have to poop in bio-degradable bags to "save the planet". The sad thing is that this could have been avoided if we'd just maintained a Republican majority.Image courtesy of Kirk Waters
Anti-war groups are planning to protest the conflict over the next several days, at events in Washington, D.C., and around the country. But the anti-war movement, while enjoying broader support than anti-war protests of the Vietnam era, is struggling to reach mainstream America. Activists are organizing Web campaigns to pressure members of Congress. And Move On, a leader in the anti-war movement, has its own political action committee. Apparently, marching on the Pentagon with flowers is considered to be passe.The (podcastable) clip is only a few minutes long and it's worth a listen, especially since the reporter raises the question of where the netroots fits into the anti-war equation.
"I believe that homosexual acts between individuals are immoral, and that we should not condone immoral acts. I do not believe that the armed forces are well served by saying through our policies that it's OK to be immoral in any way, not just with regards to homosexual acts"No word yet about what Gen. Pace has to say about he morality of war, but that's another blog for another day anyway. I decided to call my dad, a retired Marine whose perspective I value more and more the older I get. What did dad think about the General's remarks?
Free meals, hotel rooms, golf games, train rides and Philadelphia Eagles tickets — those were some of the offerings enjoyed last year by New Jersey legislators. But the days of lawmakers enjoying food, lodging, entertainment and travel paid for by lobbyists may soon be over.Find out why.
Airman 1st Class Carl J. Ware Jr. was to return from his six-month deployment to Iraq in time — if barely — for the birth of their second daughter in January. Instead, Carl Ware came home months early in a flag-draped casket, the victim of an alleged fratricide July 1 at the hands of his roommate, friend and squadron-mate at Camp Bucca in southern Iraq.Of couse the story took a gut-wrenching turn. And just when you think this tale couldn't get any more twisted, this little nugget emerged from the military grand jury hearing to determine whether to charge fellow Airman Kyle Dalton with murder:
What is clear from documents released by the Air Force is that there were at least two, and possibly three, separate incidents during a one-month period in which Dalton allegedly brandished a firearm toward Ware. The first and second, for which Dalton has been charged with assault, occurred around June 1 and June 30, according to Air Force documents. Christine Ware, who said she just recently learned of those incidents, told Air Force Times that Dalton allegedly pointed a loaded firearm at the feet of (her husband) and another airman. Christine Ware, who said she just recently learned of those incidents, told Air Force Times.Sounds like some red flag should have been raised to avoid the inevitable. “I have, like, 18 different stories on how it happened,” Christine Ware said, “but not so much why it happened.”
By sending more soldiers, the U.S. government could "help the Iraqis secure the capital." This, in turn, could provide "political breathing space" for Iraqi politicians to do the work of "reconciliation." Those were (Bush's) words. The quivering lip, the just-woke-up manner, the movement of the eyes, were saying something different. Here was a man who knew that the great gamble of his life had not paid off. He knew the people watching him knew it. He was proposing another roll of the dice at odds none too good, but that postponed admitting a major mistake.I've boiled the debate down to one talking point to answer the critcs of the resolution: this debate was about stopping the presdident's ill-advised escalation, NOT about turning turds into diamomds, as the Bush apologists would like the world to believe.
Former NBA center John Amaechi, who is the first basketball player to come out of the closet showed class and focus when asked to respond to the mind-blowing comments of fellow former player Tim "I hate gay people" Hardaway."His words pollute the atmosphere. 'It creates an atmosphere that allows young gays and lesbians to be harassed in school, creates an atmosphere where in 33 states you can lose your job, and where anti-gay and lesbian issues are used for political gain. It's an atmosphere that hurts all of us, not just gay people."Amaechi's response on Sporting Life:"Finally, someone who is honest. It is ridiculous, absurd, petty, bigoted and shows a lack of empathy that is gargantuan and unfathomable. "But it is honest. And it illustrates the problem better than any of the fuzzy language other people have used so far."A great report with Hardaway's outrageous, ignorant original statement, was covered on ESPN's Outside the Lines yesterday (see below), including coverage of the NBA's decision to drop him from public appearances. It also features an interview with Dan Le Batard, the radio host who sat in disbelief as Hardaway spewed the bile in the interview, and reactions and comments from Amaechi about Hardaway's remarks.
No doubt this debate is just heating up. So stay tuned.
The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission is reviewing the plan to dispose of the low-level radioactive rocks and dust by burying it and capping it with dirt, grass and stone. If approved in October 2008, it would become the first official nuclear waste dump in New Jersey.How are those solar panels looking right about now?
The small, exclusive club of openly gay professional male athletes has a new member. Former NBA center John Amaechi, who spent five seasons with four teams, on Wednesday became the first NBA player to publicly come out. Amaechi details his life in his autobiography Man in the Middle, which will be released Feb. 14.Hey, baby steps still mean progress. So bravo to Amaechi for coming out.
"For real? He's gay for real? Nowadays it's proven that people can live double lives. I watch a lot of TV, so I see a lot of sick perverted stuff about married men running around with gay guys and all types of foolishness."Then an olive branch perhaps:
"As long as he don't make any advances toward me I'm fine with it. As long as he came to play basketball like a man and conducted himself like a good person, I'd be fine with it."That's the nastiest comment i could find surrounding Amaechi's coming out. So if Hunter's remarks represent the the most inherently homophobic sentiments in the NBA, then we are in pretty good shape in the big picture.
"As long as you don't bring your gayness on me I'm fine," Randolph said. "As far as business-wise, I'm sure I could play with him. But I think it would create a little awkwardness in the locker room."
"With teammates you have to be trustworthy, and if you're gay and you're not admitting that you are, then you are not trustworthy," James said. "So that's like the No. 1 thing as teammates -- we all trust each other. You've heard of the in-room, locker room code. What happens in the locker room stays in there. It's a trust factor, honestly. A big trust factor."Keep in mind, LeBron is widely considered the future on the NBA, Jordan's heir aparent. Sounds like his criticism is valid. Living in the closet does create trust issues.
The fitness of same-sex couples to parent is very much part of the political debate thanks to the GOP and the Christian bigots that make up its lunatic “base.” You’re a Republican, Mary, you worked on both of your father’s campaigns, and you kept your mouth clamped shut while Karl Rove and George Bush ran around the country attacking gay people, gay parents, and our children in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006. It’s a little late to declare the private choices of gays and lesbians unfit for public debate, Mary.Sounds about right to me. Anyway, thanks to Dan Savage for his pitch perfect analysis of this issue.
And so long as your party insists on making the fitness of homosexuals to marry or parent—or, hell, exist—a subject of public debate, Mary, your decision to become a parent is germane and very much fit for public discussion and debate. The GOP’s selective embrace of some pregnant dykes—only knocked-up lesbians with powerful connections will be treated with respect—is a disconnect that demands answers. From you, from your father, from your venomous mother, from the idiot president you helped elect. Is that fair? Maybe not. Want to blame someone? Go look in the mirror—and then come out swinging, Mary—for yourself, your partner, and your child.