Monday, November 6, 2017

I hope this thuggishness never happens in Miller Place...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I do not think Charles Bronson was miscast.

Death Wish: Mr. Bronson's Planet

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I lie low for a while and then something pops up that makes me ask myself:  why is it that politicians, usually democrats but (all too) often republicans, wake up each morning and ask themselves "how am I going to boss someone around today?"

Case in point, local division:

Bonner proposes vape and hookah ban to curb drug use in youth

A quote from the story above:  

"During last week’s Rocky Point Drug Forum, Brookhaven Councilwoman Jane Bonner (C-Rocky Point) announced her new step to combat drug use, with a ban regarding hookah lounges and smoke and vape shops in Brookhaven Town.
If the town approves and implements the councilwoman’s proposal, prospective shop owners cannot establish their businesses within 1,000 feet of family- or child-oriented institutions or various public places. These locations include educational and religious facilities; non-degree granting schools, like ballet and karate studios; and swimming pools. The ban won’t apply to existing lounges and shops that have proper permits and certificates of occupancy."

Though not a smoker any more (I stopped around the same time I quit busting punk's jaws with sockfuls of quarters), I have no problem with people partaking in legal smoke and drink.  Nor do I have a problem with the lawful sellers of such.  As long as a person is old enough to fight for our country they should be able to have a drink and a smoke, and it is nobody's business.  Why do some with the power they are given (supposedly) by us, the voters, desire to regulate every fiber of our beings?

On a side note, hookah and vaping should not be considered one and the same.  The FDA, to the chagrin of nannies everywhere, even (grudgingly) came out and said that it is relatively harmless and it has the added benefit of weaning people off of more problematic cigarettes.  Hookah is taking in tobacco smoke, so it is not harmless.

If this is what our local pols are worried about, they should shut down the whole legislature because if this is the most pressing thing they have to deal with then they are not needed.

Friday, October 21, 2011

It's been a while....

...but here I am again.  So, who said this?

"....  also criticized America's education system, saying it was "crippled by union work rules," noted Isaacson. "Until the teachers' unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform." X proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year."

Hint:  A liberal hero.

Monday, April 18, 2011


I have a picture in my mind (or used to) of Wisconsin being populated by polite and well-mannered people.  Like Miller Place.  Now, look at this video posted by Ann Althouse on her blog of Sarah Palin's Tax Day/TEA Party speech in Madison, WI on Saturday:

About 2 minutes in there is extensive video of a guy screaming "shame, shame" while hiding his face and attempting to stop the filming.  The crowd is doing it best to drown out Palin.  They only want one viewpoint heard -- theirs. So much for free speech.  Heck, so much for common courtesy! 

This is what the left and the unions do -- they shout down, browbeat and attempt to intimidate their opposition.  They use these tactics rather than debate because their positions have very little merit.  Will we see this type of behavior in Miller Place?  We are starting to.  At the last board meeting, the teacher's union president spat out a "thank you' to one of the board trustees who had the temerity to point out that maybe the deal worked out with the teachers was not a good one for the district's long-term fiscal health.  Rather than counter his detailed arguments she accused him of bad faith, said that she was not about to take a vow of poverty (I don't remember that be discussed), and then stormed away from the microphone, to the applause of the teachers assembled in the auditorium.

The country/state/county/pick one is BROKE.  There is no more money.  The public employees must realize that the people who pay their salaries, pensions and benefits are tapped out.  They don't want to hear it, though, let alone understand that it is true. So, the public employee unions are channeling their inner two-year-olds and covering their ears and yelling  I CAN'T HEAR YOU (just like in the video).  In the long run it is not going to work, but we are in for a few years of this stuff.  Madison is now; Miller Place is teed up for the (near) future.