NJ Democrats, another day, another tax, this time on plastic grocery bags

These guys never run out of things to tax.

In the battle against litter in the Garden State, plastic bags have been public enemy number one.

Several municipalities, mostly along the Shore, have acted on their own to limit plastic bag use either through fees or bans. But for years, efforts for statewide regulation of the bags has failed to gain traction.

Now, state lawmakers have decided that it is time to move forward.

A new fee on plastic and paper shopping bags is being pushed through the state legislature: The bill cleared budget committees in both the Assembly and Senate on Tuesday and could be passed as early as this Thursday. Legislative leaders expect the proposal to generate $23.4 million, and according to the bill that money will go toward getting lead out of schools and homes.

Why ban ’em if you can tax ’em! It’s for the children!

Lead paint hasn’t been used in going on 60 years now. But gosh-darn-it we need a new funding stream to “eradicate” it once and for all. Or maybe somebody’s brother-in-law needs a new side gig and … spins the wheel … lead paint, that’s the ticket!

The econuts are actually opposed to this tax, not because they’re sane, but because they want an outright ban statewide. And the grocery stores aren’t too keen on socking their customers with a new fee either. Oh, and here’s the best part, the tax won’t apply to anyone on welfare or food stamps. How’s that gonna work? Do they get little “my bags are free” cards? Who thinks of this shit?

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WyBlog, The Sequel?

I’m thinking of restarting the blog. Maybe not WyBlog, it’s old and cranky and slow and it ran its course. But Instapundit recently suggested that folks need to get off social media and back to blogging, because face it, Facebook and Twitter and Google hate conservatives. Really hate them. I mean “us.”

So what’s a guy to do? Well, I’ve got this site, languishing from the last blog platform upheaval (anyone remember Posterous?) and it’s either resurrect this, or shudder!, move to Tumblr.

WordPress is still cool. Tumblr, isn’t.

So, here goes. No guarantees. I probably won’t post every day. Or I might post 10 things in a row. Who knows? I do have a cool new phone (Samsung Galaxy S9+) and it’s got a convenient “share to WordPress” button that looks interesting. I could blog on the bus! I could blog during meetings! And maybe while I’m on conference calls! I could blog on the can! (TMI, dude…) I could blog while I eat green eggs and ham! (Uh, no thanks) Or just during lunch.

Yeah, lunch. that’s the ticket. Watch out for mayo stains on your comments. Always remember that objects in mirror are closer than they appear. And the Man From Wy is back on the air.

 

In a stunning lack of self-awareness, Hillary asks “Why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else?”

Uh, maybe because “everybody else” who’s ever mishandled classified information like you did has gone to prison?

Which, alas, isn’t what she was talking about.

Hillary Clinton pushed back on questions over the transcripts of her paid speeches during a televised Democratic town hall Tuesday, asking, “Why is there one standard for me and not for everybody else?”

The former secretary of state has been criticized for her paid speeches, including three for Goldman Sachs that earned her $675,000. During a town hall in Nevada last week, she said she would release transcripts of the speeches “when everybody else does the same.”

Clinton echoed that promise again during CNN’s town hall on Tuesday, saying she’d release the speeches “if everybody does it, and that includes the Republicans.”

There’s a double standard for her alright, and she knows it. In fact, she’s counting on it. And her media lapdogs will do everything they can to perpetuate it, hoping against hope that they’ll be able to drag her over the finish line and into the White House.

Chris Christie defends the ineptitude of the TSA

Hot off his 9th place finish in Iowa Chris Christie took his tough guy act to New Hampshire.

During a campaign stop in Epping, New Hampshire on Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took issue with one man’s complaints about getting through airport security.

He also didn’t try to sugarcoat it.

“You know what else is inconvenient?” Christie asked. “Getting blown up on a plane.”

Except, if you’re expecting the TSA to prevent you from getting blown up on a plane, well, you might want to buy that extra life insurance, just in case.

The Department of Homeland Security said Monday that the acting administrator for the Transportation Security Administration would be reassigned, following a report that airport screeners failed to detect explosives and weapons in nearly every test that an undercover team conducted at dozens of airports.

According to a report based on an internal investigation, “red teams” with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General were able to get banned items through the screening process in 67 out of 70 tests it conducted across the nation.

Oops.

Take a clue from Schmuckabee Chris. Pull the plug. Come back to Jersey. This isn’t your year.

I’ll take “Dumb Laws Debuting in 2016” for $200 please Alex

In California, what is “Everybody gets a diploma?”

In Illinois, what is “Grow ‘exotic weeds’ such as bush honeysuckle, olive, salt cedar, poison hemlock, oriental bittersweet, teasel, knotweed and giant hogweed?”

In New York, what is “Ban tigers from taking selfies with people?”

In New Jersey, what is “Show photo ID to buy cough medicine?”

And because why should New Jersey have all the fun, in New South Wales, what is “Every bike rider needs photo ID?”

Get your Federal Drone License by Feb 19, 2016, or pay a $27,000 dollar fine

If you own a drone, or if Santa is putting one under your tree this Christmas, you’d better be aware of Barack Obama’s latest regulatory overreach.

Every drone owner in the United States is required to register for a Federal Drone License by February 19, 2016. Failure to register could result in a penalty of $27,000, and/or 3 years in jail.

The online registration would apply to owners of small drones weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras, according to a statement by the FAA.

The new rules would require drone owners to pay a $5 registration fee. Penalties go up to $27,000 for civil violations, $250,000 for criminal acts with up to three years behind bars.

It’s for your own good, of course.

“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiasts are aviators and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”

Uh huh. Nothing says “innovation” quite like the heavy hand of government.

As in the same “government” that completely botched the Obamacare website rollout. But trust them, the FAA drone licensing website will be totally secure, honest! Just give them your credit card number, your drivers license number, your home address, your social security number, your mother’s maiden name, and probably about 27 other items of personal information, and in return they’ll issue you a shiny little card that says “Official Obama Drone Operator.”

Make sure you renew it every 3 years too. Because once the government gets their claws into you, they never let go.