Monday, March 24, 2014


Most of my family are proud members of the Grand Old Party. These are parts of some emails from them. It may be a cousin (or two), it may not – I’ll never tell.

Here are my responses. However, after I wrote them, I didn’t have the heart to send them. Just because I can be a dick, doesn't mean I have to be. 

Instead, I’m sharing them with you.

Keep in mind, they are not the entire emails. Just the political parts. And they’re about 1% of the email.

Like I said – Family.


Email #1

Family Member
Well the elections are over, I'm sure you heard Christie was re-elected even over all the bad-mouthing by BO. NJ is glad to have a Gov. who is honest and sincere and seems to care about the people, taxes etc. and is trying to do better on all the issues. Sorry for the political interjection but we can't afford another "give it away politician" [read: Democrat] in office, our taxes are WAY too high now paying for others free passes.

As for the elections, it was never in doubt that Christie would win. And Obama never said one single word about him – stop listening to FOX. Democrats didn't produce money or time or a candidate into that election that could beat him. NJ voted for a colorful, bigger-than-life cartoon celebrity. That they also overwhelmingly voted for everything he was against speaks to that fact - minimum wage hike, gay marriage, abortion rights, etc. It's perplexing. He raised your taxes. 19% property tax increase, now at a record high. He spent $123 mil more in 2012 than revenues collected - only balancing the budget after raiding the state surplus fund. Cut school funding by $1.5 billion & handed out $2.1 billion to corporations - higher than the entire past 10 years. Gutted the free lunch program for poor kids and cut funding for after school programs. Spent $24 million in your tax dollars on a separate election two weeks ago to keep Cory Booker-voting Democrats away from his election. Largest transit fare hike in NJ history - allegedly to help pay for the ARC tunnel, which he cancelled, claiming NJ couldn't afford it, which was a lie because the Fed was going to cover most of the cost and NY was going to cover the bulk of the rest. It would have been the largest job creation project in America, but now he has that fake "fiscal responsibility" tag that Republicans pretend to value. And he's used the money from the increased tolls that was supposed to go to the ARC tunnel and used it for infrastructure spending since he drained the budget - which, "coincidentally," his brother profited from. Also, Christie (and Cuomo) conspired with the Port Authority – he told them to say they were going to raise the tolls by $6, then he would publicly rail against them, then they would agree to only raise it by $4 (ending up at $4.50 – they got more than they hoped), so Christie (and Cuomo) would look great, the Port Authority would look good for compromising, and the gullible people who are happy for the $4.50 toll increase would still be screwed because their toll hike was an unprecedented increase. He vetoed tax increases for millionaires. Gave Panasonic $102 million in tax breaks to only create 200 jobs over 10 years – wow, 20 jobs a year - totally worth throwing away $102 million. Awarded a no-bid contract to politically connected AshBritt Inc, for Sandy clean-up, costing taxpayers millions more - which is currently under federal investigation. NJ poverty rate is at a 52-year high. Not counting federal stimulus, Christie needed more fund-raids and fiscal gimmicks to balance the budget than Corzine - which he could have prevented by simply not cutting taxes for millionaires. NJ unemployment rate higher than national average and job growth slower than neighboring states and the national average. I pay attention to what is done, not said. Corzine sucked. Christie is worse. He gives away free millions in hand-outs to corporations and reduces their taxes, while screwing the people by raising their taxes. Just like Republicans do. You don't mind because he has that "R" in front of his name. In his victory speech last night after the election, all he said was, 'I'm going to finish the job I started, except I'm going to quit before I finish in order to run for president in 3 years." He'll never be president. He'll never even make it through the entertaining Republican game show primaries. He did the assault weapons ban, he accepted Obamacare Medicaid expansion and let's not forget there are pictures of him shaking hands and playing on the boardwalk with a Kenyan Muslim Atheist terrorist gay anti-Christ alien, you know.


This email happened before the Bridgegate scandal blew up. 

Which was immediately followed by the revelation that Christie withheld funds for Hurricane Sandy relief from Hoboken unless the Mayor illegally granted development rights to Christie’s buddies.

Some more details…

And awarded $6mil of Sandy funds to build a retirement complex in a town where the Mayor endorsed him.

And gave $4.8mil of Sandy funds to a developer with strong political ties to Christie for a luxury apartment construction.

And here’s his Port Authority toll increase plan…

Oh, and here’s the latest discovery of what this fucking scumbag piece of shit was doing…

If you don't want to read, here’s a good summation of all the shit this asshole has been doing…

Christie is a petty, little, bullying, corrupt scumbag.

He will never be president.

(Not that he was going to be even before this.)

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Email #2

Family Member

One of Maxine's very best!!


We need to show more sympathy for these people.
They travel miles in the heat.
They risk their lives crossing a border.
They don't get paid enough wages.
They do jobs that others won't do or are afraid to do.
They live in crowded conditions
among a people who speak a different language.
They rarely see their families,
and they face adversity all day, every day.
I'm not talking about illegal Mexicans 


I'm talking about our troops!

Doesn't it seem strange that so many are willing to lavish all kinds of social benefits on illegals, but won't support our troops?

Wouldn't it be great if we took the $360,000,000,000 (that's billion) we spend on illegals every year, & spend it on our troops!!!

Please pass this on; this is worth the time it takes!

A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for any amount, up to and including their life.
And gave me the right to send this to anyone that I darn well please!!

Republicans love and support the veterans so much, let's look at all these bills proposed by Democrats that they blocked...

H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act became H. R. 2875. 
H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act
H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
H.R. 1172 -- Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing Scholarships for Veterans
H.R. 1293 -- Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009
H.R. 1803 -- Veterans Business  Center Act
H.R. 2352 -- Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
S. 3457 -- Veterans Job Corps Act of 2012

-GOP Voted against increased VA spending
-Michele Bachmann proposed capping increases for health care spending at the Department of Veterans Affairs and cutting disability payments "to account for (Social Security) disability payments."
-A coward Republican who chose to remain anonymous blocked Cost Of Living Adjustment on benefits for disabled veterans and spouses and children of deceased veterans
-Republicans in Texas defy Pentagon policy and refuse to process military housing allowance for active-duty gay couples
-OK Governor Mary Fallin (R) chose to deny military benefits to ALL married couples rather than allow same-sex couples receive them

As for spending $360B on "illegals," that is a completely invented lie not even slightly supported by facts. We spend in the neighborhood of $40B on "illegals" however, "illegal" immigrants contribute about $70B in taxes for a $30B net benefit to the USA. Also, "illegal" immigrants contribute 15% of their income to Social Security through their TIN, which they can never collect on.

And, your lettuce would be $25 a head if it weren't for "illegals." Construction would go up. Restaurant prices would go up. A couple years ago, Georgia did a big "illegal immigrant" sweep, and billions of dollars in fruit and vegetables rotted on their vines. Also a couple of years ago, a farmer in California held a huge job fair - no white people showed up. Mexicans can't steal jobs white people won't do.

And "illegal" immigrants are not eligible to collect public welfare benefits, no matter how many times FOX "News" lies to you that we are "lavishing all kinds of social benefits on illegal immigrants." Lavishing. Yes. Fifteen people with no health care living in a 1 bedroom apartment with no car and wait at Home Depot to see if you'll hire them for a day to dig a hole for your new pool. What a "lavish" life. Boy, I sure do wish I had it that easy. I bet one of them even has a cell phone.

I could easily quadruple this reply with more facts, but I think this is already a lot for you to ignore all at once.

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Email #3

Family Member
Tonight is going to be 14 degrees, tomorrow is going to be 13 degrees and Thurs. is going to be 5 degrees. The lowest temperature recorded on EARTH was recently recorded in Antarctica, 135.5 BELOW ZERO, beating the old record of 128 degrees BELOW ZERO, recorded many years ago. I guess this is all part of Global Warming, DUH, did they ever hear of weather cycles? 10,000 years ago NJ/NY/PA/ Mass/Me/RI and all the northern and some southern states were under a mile of ice, if it's Global Warming it's been going on for a long time with only natural carbon dioxide and the smoke from Eskimo fires (ice is hard to light). I certainly think we should continue to conserve, but don't blame EVERYTHING on us poor humans, Nature acts in strange ways.

That's not how science works. Do you alternately support global warming during all the now-common record-breaking summer heat waves? Most of the rest of the world is experiencing record-breaking heat right now. Stop judging life based on only what you personally experience. The term "Global Warming" while true, is a misnomer, picked up as a nice, easy buzzword by the media in the early 1980's. It's actually "Climate Change" even though the globe is actually warming - unnaturally. The anthropogenic climate change is increasing temperatures globally, and drastically changing climate patterns while doing so. Normally dry places are wetter, wet are dryer, hot are cooler, cold are warmer - and hot are hotter; cold, colder; wet, wetter and dry, dryer. This pattern of extremes is obvious everywhere on the planet. A record-breaking cold day in winter does not disprove decades of scientific study on climate patterns - it actually supports it. Also, we've had a few dozen superstorms - not caused, but fueled by warmer temperatures - over the past decade that were considered 'once in a century' storms - Katrina, Ike, Sandy, Ivan, Haiyan, Sidr, Nargis, Ida, Agatha, Bopha, Washi - to name a few. How's that for climate change? Earth has now experienced 344 consecutive months with temperatures higher than the 20th century average. It's not naturally occurring, as science has proven. In the 150 year period from 1750-1900, 12 gigatonnes of carbon were released unnaturally by man into the atmosphere. Over the next 100 years, we released 334 gigatonnes. You seriously think that has had no effect? All the while cutting down forests & rainforests, which could have helped absorb that extra CO2. Rainforests alone used to cover 14%, now they're at 6% and projected to be gone by 2060. Plus, the warming of the oceans will take up less carbon because higher temperatures lead to smaller phytoplankton, which take less carbon to the bottom of the ocean when they die. Warmer oceans also means more evaporation, putting more moisture into the atmosphere, causing the increasing sizes of storms. Warmer weather has caused massive glacier reduction, which, with less white ice cover to reflect heat, absorbs it instead and increases the temperature. Plus, the added benefit of possible increased occurrences of earthquakes in Alaska due to less pressure on tectonic plates, according to historical analysis. It's an anthropogenic climate altering chain reaction.

You are repeating part of the heavily funded misinformation campaign supplied by Oil, Gas & Coal companies and the Republican politicians they pay to protect their profits. Yes, some Democrats take O,G&C money, the ones in O,G&C producing districts. But nearly 80% of their bribes, I mean "contributions" go to Republicans. 97% of climate scientists in the world support anthropogenic climate change, the 3% that oppose mostly work for O,G&C companies. Are you really suggesting that 97% of scientists are wrong, and that the 3% that work for the companies supplying the climate change material are correct? If 97% of the doctors you saw gave you the same prognosis, would you balk and say the 3% were telling the truth? The global warming misinformation campaign is literally run by the same people who ran the "Science hasn't proven that tobacco causes cancer" profit-protecting campaign (they had a good run, but they eventually lost) and is massively funded by the O,G&C industry. Comparatively, the environmental movement spends little $ on information and mostly on developing technology - which is also bashed by O,G&C. Of the 13,950 peer-reviewed papers written on the climate between 1991-2012, only 24 rejected global warming.

Yes, climate has natural cycles. Never has it changed so rapidly - except when something big geologically happens - hit by meteors or massive volcanoes erupt or barriers holding back huge bodies of water suddenly break or massive earthquakes alter the biosphere. With the lack of any of these major Earth-altering trigger events, all we're left with is man's influence. Otherwise, the climate would take several thousand years to change, not a few decades.

Because science.

Notice global temperature highs compared to lows:

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