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Re: Muslim Prayer Room
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There is no reason why the college could not provide an interfaith meditation room as long as it was open to all people of all faiths including lack of religious faith. The problem comes the moment you provide for one but not another.

Posted on: 2014/5/3 20:00
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Re: WEBMASTER: Can you change back to most recent post first?
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That is configurable in your User Profile... Click on "your account" near the top of this page, then "edit profile" and go down almost to the bottom of the page for a pull down menu for "Sort Order."

Posted on: 2014/3/29 23:58
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Re: Harrington Park man pleads guilty to leaving scene of hit-and-run death in Jersey City
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This man was drunk (I know allegedly, but he refused a breathalyzer test), and he killed a person while driving. He should go away for more than 5 years. That should be at least 20 years. You shouldn't be behind a wheel when you are drunk and 5 years is just not enough of a deterrent it seems as people keep driving drunk.

Posted on: 2014/2/16 20:54
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Re: Jersey City out of road salt?
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This is neither Democrat, Republican, Healy or Fulop support or bashing. It amazes me how people cry for lowering taxes, preventing waste in government, etc etc. And then turn around and immediately scream, when government isn't prepared for the WORST case scenario. Cities and towns all over the country are low or running out of road salt. The companies that deliver it just don't have any more to distribute, or it's been spoken for. I'm sure if Fulop offered an outlandish premium for the product it could be found somewhere, but then those same people would bitch that he spent way to much for it. These people are plain old hypocrites.
I voted for Fulop, and now I'm beginning to get wary of him, especially over the ambulance issue. But to pick on him over road salt when it's an issue every municipality is dealing with, sorry, it just doesn't hold any water.

Posted on: 2014/2/16 14:20
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Re: Virile Barber Shop
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Is 40-50 dollars expensive for a men's haircut? I guess. You know what is also expensive... going out to dinner. One night out to dinner costs about the same and all you'll have the next day to show for it is a hangover and a giant dump. Or hey, spend the money on a professional haircut that will hold it's look for the next month, or two if your lucky. Now, if my standard cut consisted of a #6 clip followed by a #2 on the sides, of course I'm not going here, that's like going to Peter Luger for the fish. Everyone spends their money differently; on booze, video games, sports tickets, luxury vehicles, personal appearance or whatever. I don't read books in my spare time but I'm not fuming over WORD coming to town – maybe it's nice to have, i don't know, something for everybody?


About the lousiest analogy one can come up with. For that $50, one person is servicing me by removing my hair, which I've had done just fine for quite a bit less than that. I'm not going to get a better haircut no matter how much I spend.

On the other hand for $100, dinner for two, we're getting the services of waiter, busboy, host, bartender and others, and quality products that cost real money. Lets agree that physical space is equal in both situations, though quite frankly I'd argue that restaurants have a whole lot higher overhead costs. Oh and BTW, no hangover. I don't quite get the obsession with drinking. What I do get out of it, hopefully a great meal often trying things I've never eaten before. I really don't count the next day's toilet activity as part of my dinner out.

You are right, everyone has their own priorities. For me, admittedly mostly bald, I don't get spending more than $20 on a haircut, and I'm quite happy with my $12 haircut from someone who's been doing it probably close to 50 years. So happy that I probably do it twice a year whether I need it or not.

Posted on: 2014/2/6 0:55
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Re: Virile Barber Shop
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$50 for a haircut? No thanks. There isn't much up there to begin with. I'll take my head to an old style barber who cuts my hair for $12. He's efficient, cleans me up just fine, and nothing fancy.

Posted on: 2014/2/4 11:56
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Re: For those who are having issues with Netflix over FIOS
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Welcome to a world without net neutrality, where the ISPs and the other companies that run the internet can favor some clients over others in delivering bandwidth, all for favoring big business. Verizon just won a big court case over this.

Posted on: 2014/1/19 12:08
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Re: Jersey City mayor meets with Obama, other leaders
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To those naysayers of the Affordable Care Act, just remember that Dewey Beat Truman. Don't count out the ACA quite yet. Actually the best outcome will be that it leads to a single payer system.

Posted on: 2013/12/14 14:49
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Re: Canning for money off 78 exit ramp
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That happens all over the place, not sure what to do about it. What I find even more disturbing is when young children fund raise for whatever group they belong to, in the middle of the exit ramp off the turnpike extension heading into the Holland Tunnel, or other street locations. No fund raising activity is important enough to ask kids to stand out in the middle of traffic.

Posted on: 2013/10/20 18:52
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Re: Sofa removal
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I had really good luck putting my couch on eBay. After not being able to give it away with a pickup via Salvation Army and various other charities, I put it up on eBay and someone paid me $60 for it. Just make sure on eBay (or wherever you post it) "Buyer responsible for picking up couch from current location."

Posted on: 2013/9/30 10:49
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Re: New Jersey's Insane Ban on Self-Service Gasoline
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I wonder if the "top offs" are more common when paying with cash. I use a credit card, and rarely do the attendants take the time to top off the fill up. There's no need to get it to an even amount to minimize the change making process. Count me as one who prefers Jersey style gas stations, as impatient as I can be, though while driving elsewhere I'll deal with doing it myself just fine.

Posted on: 2013/9/20 9:45
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Re: Star ledger editorial: Christie's Obamacare fiasco
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The clue is, that in states where exchanges were set up, Insurance rates are trending downwards. Obamacare can work if it's used properly. Why NJ has to be part of the Republican obstinance on this subject is beyond me.

Posted on: 2013/9/9 3:13
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Re: Otaiko Hibachi & Sushi (new)
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We've eaten there several times now, sitting at the Sushi Bar. Prices are fairly reasonable, and the sushi is pretty good. They just got their liquor license, so their bar is open. Parking is really easy. It's worth the trip if you have a car.

Posted on: 2013/9/7 21:24
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Re: 3 shot at Pavonia PATH station: report By Margaret Schmidt/The Jersey Journal
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Playing Devil's advocate here. What harm does Stop and Frisk cause?

Take race out of it for one second, if that's even possible for you guys.

More specifically, in an area that is rife with gun crimes (not just violent crimes, gun crimes), what are the palpable negative consequences of stop and frisk?

If you could take race out of it, perhaps you could claim it was reasonable. But since it seems to target people of specific colors, there's already a problem unless you aren't of those colors. Then there's the potential violations of the Bill of Rights. And BTW, I'm not one who is likely to be stopped and frisked, but I still think it's just plain wrong.

Posted on: 2013/8/26 13:18
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Re: Where can I get an amazing burger downtown?
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Five Guys-great fries, burgers are hockey pucks. If the meat is so great, ground fresh onsite daily, why do they refuse to offer it anything but well done?


Completely agree. Five Guys has arguably the best fries of any fast food chain. But while they've got great choices of toppings for their burgers, the actual patties are nothing more than chopped shoe leather.

Posted on: 2013/8/12 10:52
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Re: Orthopedist in Hudson County?
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Having just recently fractured my fibula while on vacation, I am using the services of Dr. Robin R Innella of Associated Orthopedics. They have offices in Union and Bayonne.
http://associatedorthopaedics.com/

I think my healing has been very routine, 7 weeks in a boot, no surgery, no need for crutches. But I have no complaints what so ever.

Posted on: 2013/7/18 11:55
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Re: Port Authority to replace Goethals Bridge, raise roadbed of Bayonne Bridge, simultaneously
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They are literally going to build the new roadway some 60 feet over the old roadway, using the same arches already in place. A very interesting process.
http://www.panynj.gov/bayonnebridge/

Posted on: 2013/5/16 11:42
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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Media Bistro is reporting the difficult times that local media is having in Little Rock concerning the current ExxonMobil Oil Spill

Media Bistro -- TV Insider Article

Little Rock Stations Grapple with Covering Local Oil Spill
By Kevin Eck on April 9, 2013 11:50 AM

As Central Arkansas news stations continue to report on an oil spill in Mayflower, just north of Little Rock, there are concerns ExxonMobil, which owns the burst Pegasus pipeline, is controlling the storyline.

Mother Jones reports on the difficulties some reporters are facing — including threats of arrest — while covering the spill. On March 29, a 20-inch buried pipeline burst in the town, releasing oil into local backyards and streets and, as one local station discovered, a nearby lake.

TVSpy checked in with several Little Rock stations to find out how they’re covering the story. We reached out to FOX and NBC affiliates KLRT and KARK, ABC affiliate KATV and CBS affiliate KTHV.

KATV news director Nick Genty says none of his reporters have been threatened with arrest, but says reporting the story has been a challenge. “Some of the issues that we have run into are that Exxon is running the show at the site. When we try to get information from local law enforcement, they direct us to the PR from Exxon.”

“We have found other ways to obtain video,” Genty says, “mostly from viewers that have sent in cell phone video from inside the neighborhood.”

“I wouldn’t say they’re controlling the county officials,” KLRT-KARK news director Austin Kellerman says. “I think the county officials are deferring to Exxon because of their experience handling events of this nature.”

Kellerman adds that guided tours of the area add to the notion that Exxon is controlling the narrative.

“I think it’s unfortunate Exxon has only allowed media in the impacted neighborhood for guided tours during times of their choosing,” he says. “However, I understand there are safety concerns with a situation like this. There have been times we’ve asked to go into the neighborhood and been told by Exxon we could not. County officials supported that decision.”

Genty’s team has taken those guided tours adding that aerial coverage is another issue. “There were some questions about the ‘no fly’ zone, but when we pushed the issue, they (the FAA) reduced the level and allowed KATV to fly over the site.”

“When we put in a request for an interview, tour of homes, etc., they’ve replied,” says Kellerman. “It hasn’t always been the response we’ve wanted, but they’re responding.”

“Getting the information out and not just being a mouthpiece for Exxon is a delicate dance,” says Genty. “We need Exxon for info. However, we can and still question what they release. Exxon said there is no oil in Lake Conway, we brought the Attorney General on to our morning show and for the first time, an official went on record to say ‘yes, there is oil in the lake.’”

“This is a story that will be going on for a long time,” says Genty. “It’s compelling, relevant and the people of Mayflower and the state of Arkansas have the right to know.”

Kellerman has invited an Exxon representative on to KLRT-KARK, “At this point, they haven’t made anyone available.”


Posted on: 2013/4/9 20:58
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Re: Buying property - Tax reassessment
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Are you sure it's the tax bill and not the tax assessment card that gets mailed every year around this time? The May 1 tax bill won't be mailed for at least another month. I know a lot of people freak out when they get that postcard every year informing them of their assessment, and they confuse the assessed value with the actual tax.


I did get the postcards showing the assesments but I also got a bill showing the new tax charges for the first 6 months due May 1. The bill for the first half of 2013 is more than I paid for all of last year.


If you got a bill for May 1 for "the first 6 months," and it was on a white sheet of paper, it is most likely A PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes), also known as a Tax Abatement. At least one community, the one I live in, Port Liberte has a 30 year abatement scheduled to end in 2017. Part of that abatement agreement was that owners would be "weaned" off the abatement in 5 year increments. The last 5 years were to be charged at 80% of the normal tax rates. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on which side of the equation you're on, someone in the tax office did not do their due diligence in checking on the abatement agreements and the 5 year escalators beginning in the 10th year were never noticed or enforced.

This year, however, the tax office noticed the error and did what it had the right to do, charge the owners at Port Lib the higher of either the Tax Abatement calculated charge, or 80% of the normal "Taxes otherwise due." What they aren't doing is going back after past taxes. Exacerbating the issue, they are assessing us at the highest value our properties ever reached during the housing bubble. For me, that is somewhere around double the actual current comparable assessed values. I like many others, am applying for a re-assessment of my property value.

If you are by some chance a resident of Port Lib you should have heard about this, it's being discussed all over the community. The Condo Association publicized the issue and had a night with attorneys who are willing to help with re-assessments. If you are not a Port Lib resident, I would call Maureen Cosgrove in the Jersey City tax office and discuss the issue with her. They seem to be very helpful.

One other point, this has nothing to do with the city wide ReVal that is happening as we speak and which will not take affect till at least next year.

Posted on: 2013/2/27 20:35
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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Quite frankly, I happen to disagree with Dolomiti, and I am as against this pipeline as anyone. But even worse than the pipeline is the way you are all attacking him. He is as entitled to his view as you are to yours. Question his views, that's fine, but don't attack him personally for having them. Unless you know who he actually works for, or who he's related to, you have no right to make some of the statements you folks are making. The old adage about this country still should be in place, but it gets lost way to often in this day and age, "I might disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." You should all be ashamed for the comments you are making about him.


...and challenging someone's motivation doesn't fit your definition of freedom of speech?

Why don't you just follow Spectra and FERC's example? Give everyone an opportunity to speak, ask questions and pass comment. Then simply ignore it.


I didn't see just a "challenging of motivation," I saw insults and insinuation, very little of which was based on fact, about the gentleman. And that's what takes it to a lower level.

Posted on: 2013/2/24 23:58
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Re: HUGE GAS PIPELINE COMING - through Jersey City
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Quite frankly, I happen to disagree with Dolomiti, and I am as against this pipeline as anyone. But even worse than the pipeline is the way you are all attacking him. He is as entitled to his view as you are to yours. Question his views, that's fine, but don't attack him personally for having them. Unless you know who he actually works for, or who he's related to, you have no right to make some of the statements you folks are making. The old adage about this country still should be in place, but it gets lost way to often in this day and age, "I might disagree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." You should all be ashamed for the comments you are making about him.

Posted on: 2013/2/24 18:01
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Re: New Jersey will start charging surcharges on Visa and MC credit cards
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This is one of the more poorly written topic headers I've seen in quite a while. New Jersey isn't charging anything. It should read "Stores in New Jersey and Other States to Will be allowed to Begin Charging Extra Fees on Visa and Mastercard Purchases." New Jersey isn't charging anyone anything with regards to this topic.

Posted on: 2013/1/28 1:18
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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I'm very happy with CooCoo. It comes as an iPhone app, I believe as an android app, and you can text to it if you don't have a smartphone.

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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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Three times in the last week or so I've been bombarded, yes I say bombarded with an aural assault of CRAP music on my ride home... Some idiot with a boom box walks into the car, turns up his boom box and starts rapping the virtues of Christ... Christian Rap... CRAP, not what I need to hear on my ride home. How can this be stopped?

Posted on: 2012/8/28 21:53
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Re: Person in condo association won't pay fees--any suggestions?
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Financial and legal information regarding an owner in a condominium is confidential. The condominium board can find itself in a lot of trouble if it arbitrarily or otherwise releases names of those in arrears. Many in our condo have asked for the names of those in in arrears and the board and management companies have stated over and over again that they just can't do it. They best they can do is deny certain amenities to residents and owners of the units. In our case, they are not allowed to use the pool or gym. However enforcement of those restrictions can be tough. And the security guards can only inform the tenants to deal with the landlords visa vis their inability to use the amenity.

Posted on: 2012/8/24 22:00
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Re: Person in condo association won't pay fees--any suggestions?
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I can't speak with any real authority, but I know that in our Condominium we have similar issues. Ours is a much larger association of around 400 units. Our board has discussed this at open meetings and I believe that they've said that they can after a certain level of legal proceedings, get to a point where they wind up collecting the rent from the tenants. You really need to have an attorney involved at this point.

Posted on: 2012/8/23 23:12
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Re: PATH (pathetic attempt at transporting humans)
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i think you people are complaining far too much,Its public transportationand thats what you get,the public a bunch of selfish idiots that dont care about one another.


Riding public transit is one of the least selfish acts. People who drive on the publicly funded highways -- highways we all pay for whether or not we use them -- are far more selfish. Drivers are a higher risk of accidentally killing someone. They spend tax dollars on emergency response when their vehicles crash. Per mile traveled, they cost taxpayers more in new capital projects and maintenance. They use a high portion of global resources. So really it seems to me that the people riding transit are the ones who deserve the praise for their selflessness.


I agree with both statements here. Those of us who do ride mass transit are costing society the least to get from point A to point B, in almost all cases. On the other hand I hear a ton of whining going on, especially on sites like this. The name of this topic includes "PATHETIC" and if there's one thing I have to say about PATH, it is far from pathetic. It may not be perfect, but it is consistently well run most of the time. Most of the time when there are delays, they aren't really all that bad. When you consider the system was built over 100 years ago, and not designed with express tracks or alternate routing in mind, it's amazing how reliable it is.

Quite frankly, most of my problems with my daily PATH commute are some of the A**holes riding it. You know the ones who feel it's their right to block the doors. Or those who refuse to move further into the cars. Or those who hold the car doors. That being said, we have less of these issues then the New York Subway.

Again, the systems isn't perfect, but I can count the days on one hand over the last 17 years that I've been using it, that it has failed to get me to work in a reasonable time frame.

Posted on: 2012/7/27 19:39
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Re: Thirty Acres
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Search for another thread on this forum, it has already been extensively covered.

I can tell you several things. First the name "Thirty Acres" has nothing to do with the cuisine, it's a reference to an arena that was put up for a boxing match early last century in Jersey City. Second, the chef worked for the Momofuku chain of restaurants in New York City. Third, while the individual items we had were pretty good, I found the menu very limiting and we were hard pressed to find things we wanted to eat when we ate there. Based on many things I had read on this forum, I was eagerly anticipating our dinner there. I feel no compelling reason to return. JMHO.

Posted on: 2012/6/17 11:20
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Re: NJ Residents will have to pay sales tax on Amazon.com purchases
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These aren't "more" or "new" taxes. These are sales taxes that were owed to the state all along. I know no one pays them, but that is tax evasion.


It's still more taxes, though. How is that a good thing?

Simple... you want things from government, taxes are needed to pay for those things... I want police, fire protection, schools with good teachers, properly paved roads, and all the other things that we expect from government, and I'm willing to pay my fair share.


Problem is, you're not getting any of those things from the government. Are you blind?


We were, I'll grant you it wasn't perfect. But the moment a certain Grover Norquist, and a whole party decided to make cutting taxes their only mantra, things really started going downhill.


Taxing will only get you so far, friend.

You are going to run out of other people's money.


As Mr. Chester says, these aren't new taxes, they're just stronger way of collecting those that were already in place. But even more important, my recollection of the national economy is that the country was doing a whole lot better 14 years ago prior to the Bush era tax cuts'; that the nation's strongest economic growth occurred under even higher tax rates. And that even the republican god, Ronald Reagan raised taxes when they were needed. So yea... I do believe that having the wealthy pay their fair share will get us a whole lot further.

Posted on: 2012/6/7 23:41
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Re: NJ Residents will have to pay sales tax on Amazon.com purchases
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These aren't "more" or "new" taxes. These are sales taxes that were owed to the state all along. I know no one pays them, but that is tax evasion.


It's still more taxes, though. How is that a good thing?

Simple... you want things from government, taxes are needed to pay for those things... I want police, fire protection, schools with good teachers, properly paved roads, and all the other things that we expect from government, and I'm willing to pay my fair share.


Problem is, you're not getting any of those things from the government. Are you blind?


We were, I'll grant you it wasn't perfect. But the moment a certain Grover Norquist, and a whole party decided to make cutting taxes their only mantra, things really started going downhill.

Posted on: 2012/6/7 11:09
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