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Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Posted 4:17 PM by

How Machiavellian are you?

You Are Somewhat Machiavellian

You're not going to mow over everyone to get ahead...
But you're also powerful enough to make things happen for yourself. You understand how the world works, even when it's an ugly place.You just don't get ugly yourself - unless you have to!

How Machiavellian Are You?


Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Posted 5:27 PM by

What I would ask Alito

Be very glad I'm not a senator, Sammy.I swear the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have no balls.

They should be using their face time on national TV during Judge Samuel Alito's confirmation hearing to score some points with potential voters, rather than lobbing softballs to a guy whose going to the bench no matter happens.

For instance, I would have asked Alito about a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling today that says cops still have to obtain a warrant to search a suspect's home even if they already have him in custody.

If he agrees, I would have asked him if he favors warrants in the use of wiretaps as well. You do? Then what if the President suddenly decided he could go against the Constitution and bug the phone calls of Americans in the name of national defense.

I would ask him if he believes starting a war under false pretenses is grounds for impeachment under the Constitution?

I would ask Alito if he thinks the Geneva Conventions or the Constitution should be applied to prisoners of war or if our government has the right to kidnap citizens of a foreign government if they're suspected of terrorism.

I would ask him if he thinks our country is safer now than it was on Sept. 10, 2001?

Finally, I would ask Alito if he thinks a country whose executive, judicial and legislative branches are dominated by one party is a dictatorship?


Monday, January 09, 2006
Posted 8:25 PM by

Lame duck soup tastes terrible

Like kids cramming for a test, New Jersey Assembly members were busy Monday trying to pass a bunch of important new laws before the two-year session ended.

On the table were two gay rights bills (Thanks Jim McGreevey), a bill to end all state executions, a state-wide indoor smoking ban, and a new law that declares Acting Gov. Richard Codey a real governor.

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to do the public's business, lame duck jerks.

Take a hint from your neighbors to the West, don't do anything stupid before adjourning - like say approving state-wide gambling and a pay raise for youselves - without at least allowing public comment.

Who do you think you are, Pennsylvania?

Over here, we're just now starting to learn who might benefit from the 14 slots parlor licenses up for grabs and which 75 lawmakers took their pay raise in advance only to be forced to pay it back. (Yes, Vince Fumo is on that list)

We still don't know who isn't coughing up the money, though.

Meanwhile, some voters are balking at the high cost of new voting machines and want the mandate put to voters on a referendum - using the old machines, of course.

Sigh. A new year, same old shit.


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