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Good Monday morning,
Our hearts go out to the people of Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin where 89 people (as of this writing) have been confirmed dead from a series of tornadoes.
Well,I'm still here. If The Rapture(tm) actually did occur last Saturday evening as it was supposed to, I wasn't close enough to Jesus to be swept up into heaven to sit by his side. And from the looks of things few of you made the cut as well.
So, welcome sinners, degenerates, homosexuals, Mohammedans, Papists, Jews and Buddhists! We're stuck here together on this lonely planet, abandoned by the heavenly father until October 20th when he comes down and destroys us all in a burning ring of fire. Until then, PARTY!
Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, May 24th, the county legislature will vote on a bill to formalize Albany's extending the county's 1% sales tax surcharge that sits on top of the New York State's 3% sales tax. It is doing so, according to the legislation itself, to ensure adequate funds for governmental services.
Sandy Galef is carrying the bill to the Assembly (A5749) and Steve Kataz is not.
Whatever. We're not going to win this one, but here are a few things to remember:
The Doctor: [The Beast] is playing on very basic fears. Darkness, childhood, nightmares, all that sort of stuff.
Danny: But that's how the devil works!
The Doctor: Or a good psychologist.
If anyone uses a payroll service for a small number of employees and you are happy with it, please let me know by dropping me a note.
Republicans are lining up behind Marriage Equality in New York State and not just the rank and file, but the Big Funders are finding it important too, as Mayor Bloomberg ($900,000 donated to the NY Senate Republican fund) said, to be on the right side of history. Rabbi's, including Assemblyman Steven Katz' own, priests and ministers of all sorts are on line with the program as well.
Where does The Senator Who Shall Not Be Named stand? He's a "definite maybe".
"The Ryan plan, recently endorsed by Congresswoman Nan Hayworth, will reduce the quality of healthcare to senior citizens. Medicare is there to assure our senior citizens that they will have good and appropriate health care in their golden years. The cost of healthcare is now too high and the problem is not getting better. The solution is not to place these costs on senior citizens. The first step to keeping costs down is to keep people healthy. Later we will all pay, in far greater amounts, for the absence of preventative care. Medicare is highly efficient, for both the patient and the health care provider, meaning much less of each dollar is spent on administration and more funds go directly to providing care for patients. Now, we need to work on ways of making the care itself more efficient. We need to work on cutting back on duplicative services, and to reduce the costs of diagnostic testing and medication costs. We must not balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. Voucher plans pay a portion of a private insurance company's yearly premium. This means seniors must pay the balance, and thus most likely will have to select a poorer quality plan, to afford coverage. It will greatly increase the cost of health care because there will be many more impoverished sick people. Medicare has been the greatest government program in our history, we need to repair it and bring it up to date, not dismantle it."
-- Cortlandt Town Councilman and cardiologist, Rich Becker
Last week Rick Santorum, once a US Senator from Pennsylvania, publicly disagreed with Senator John McCain on whether torture, ahh excuse me, enhanced interrogation techniques, are effective or not. Mr. McCain, once a POW staying at the Hanoi Hilton, said they are not. Mr. Santorum, an oaf of the First Degree, disagrees.
This is from the Wikipedia:
In August 1968, a program of severe torture began on McCain. He was subjected to rope bindings and repeated beatings every two hours, at the same time as he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries led to the beginning of a suicide attempt, stopped by guards. After four days, McCain made an anti-American propaganda "confession". He has always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, "I had learned what we all learned over there: Every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine." Many American POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract "confessions" and propaganda statements, with many enduring even longer and worse treatment; virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors. McCain subsequently received two to three beatings weekly because of his continued refusal to sign additional statements.Anyone up for putting Mr. Santorum through what Mr. McCain went through, raise your hand...
Alright, get in line!
A crappy cellphone picture from Putnam County's excellent
Hazardous Waste Drop-off day this past Saturday.
"Reconciliation is an internal affair and we reject the American intervention, and Hamas will not recognize Israel."
-- Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri, reacting to President Obama's speech
And now, The News:
As the shale gas boom sweeps across the United States, drillers are turning to a controversial legal tool called forced pooling to gain access to minerals beneath private property--in many cases, without the landowners' permission.
Forced pooling is common in many established oil and gas states, but its use has grown more contentious as concerns rise about drilling safety and homeowners in areas with little drilling history struggle to understand the obscurities of mineral laws.
Joseph Todd, who lives in rural Big Flats, N.Y., wasn't especially concerned when he learned in 2009 that his half-acre property had become part of a drilling unit. But when methane gas showed up in his drinking water well after the drilling began, he became outraged, describing forced pooling as "eminent domain for gas drillers."
"We never wanted to be a part of the drilling," he said. "To have something like this happen is beyond frustrating." Todd and some of his neighbors are now suing the company that is drilling near their neighborhood, even though no link has been proven between drilling and the contamination of their water.
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
A majority of Americans say in a new poll that same-sex marriage should be legalized, marking the first time for such support since Gallup began tracking the issue in 2004.
By Christian Livermore for the Times Herald-Record
Police are threatening students at a New Jersey middle school with child pornography charges after a naked picture of a thirteen-year-old student made the rounds of their mobile phones. But there may not really be much authorities can do.
According to the Wyckoff Patch, police and school authorities found out about the photo when students at Eisenhower Middle School got in an argument with the photo's subject. Says Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox, "Some girls learned that their boyfriends had the picture and then there was an argument between those girls and the girl that was involved. That was overheard by the staff and they investigated and ultimately learned what had taken place." Police announced a temporary amnesty: students had until Thursday to delete the photos or face child porn charges. Except: there's no good way for police to enforce this. Says Fox,
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