Supremes Uphold Nuns Habits

Per the Supremes… Nuns won’t have to pay for libidinous employee’s bad habits. The Supreme Court extended an injunction in place since Dec. 31 preventing several religious nonprofit organizations from needing to fill out paperwork in order to be exempted from the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. In order to receive the benefits of the injunction, the Friday court order detailed, however, that applicants must “inform the Secretary of Health and Human Services in writing that they are non-profit organizations that hold themselves out as religious and have religious objections to providing coverage for contraceptive services.” With so many health reasons connected to why so many women take birth control, I find this so disheartening:  

Springsteen and Fallon Mock Christie as He Struggles to Distance Himself from Scandal

On Tuesday, Bruce Springsteen released “High Hopes,” his 18th studio album. Springsteen also took to the stage on “Late Night” with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to mock New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in the wake of Christie’s BridgeGate Scandal: Christie’s intial explanation, “that it was a move to punish a Democratic mayor who had refused to endorse Christie’s reelection bid,” is being met with a lot of skepticism as “two special legislative committees” begin investigations into the scandal on Thursday. The panels will have subpoena power, which means that in the coming weeks and months, a parade of former and current Christie administration officials — as well as many of the governor’s closest political associates — will be called to testify. … Continue reading

The New Yorker Hits Christie with Hard Cover

Governor Christie is getting hit on all sides, including Barry Blitt’s hard hitting political cartoon on the cover of the new issue of the New Yorker: “I’m hoping this cartoon diverts a lot of traffic to my Web site,” Barry Blitt says about “Playing in Traffic,” the image of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he penned for next week’s cover. Read the latest from the NY Times on the Christie scandal: Bridge Scandal Documents Indicate Effort to Hide Political Motive: Officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey went to elaborate means to make it appear that the September closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., was part of a traffic study, even though … Continue reading

Here’s the Rub on Christie’s BridgeGate

Note the last line in the quote below and understand why the Christie BridgeGate scandal will not go away… Someone died… Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department. The woman later died, borough records show. More here. I don’t buy for a second that Christie “knew nothing about this.” Into the political abyss for Christie.

Christie Throws Aid Under the Bus, On the George Washington Bridge

Talk about your dirty, old school politics… This is ugly, just plain ugly: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denied knowing about a scheme orchestrated by his administration to bully a local political rival, calling the reported actions of a top aide “unacceptable.” He vowed to hold members of his administration accountable. Christie said he was previously unaware of apparent actions taken by his deputy chief of staff to orchestrate the controversial closure of local access lanes to the congested George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., in the midst of a re-election campaign. The action prompted massive traffic gridlock in the city on its first day of school. Christie is claiming to have no prior knowledge of the scheme, thus … Continue reading

Colorado’s Pot Sales Are High

Business is booming for Colorado pot dispensaries in their first week  of legal recreational sales. The Huffington Posts reports, “Owners of the 37 new dispensaries around the state reported first week retail sales to The Huffington Post that, when added together, were roughly $5 million.” Wow… “That’s a lot of green for Colorado’s legal weed.” As all eyes are on Colorado as the first state to sell recreation weed, what many are seeing is the tax revenue potentional for Colorado and other states that folllow in their path of ending the pot prohibition and reaping in the taxes. Bloomberg reported last week, prior to the January 1st opening of dispensaries allow to sell for recreational use: Colorado projects $578.1 million a year in … Continue reading

No Area Safe From Fracking

  by Walter Brasch At the time New Jersey established a ban on fracking, it seemed symbolic, much like the moratorium in Vermont, which has no economically recoverable natural gas; the Marcellus Shale, primarily in New York and Pennsylvania, doesn’t extend into New Jersey. New York has a moratorium on fracking until a health impact statement is completed. Pennsylvania. rushing to compete with groundhogs in digging up the state, has no such moratorium. Nor does the state have any plans to conduct extensive research into the health effects of fracking—Gov. Tom Corbett, the gas industry’s cheerleader, cut $2 million from the Department of Health to provide for a public health analysis. As it is, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie exercised … Continue reading