Saturday, February 16, 2013

Thoughts and Food

It is merely one man's opinion but....

....when advocates for those who are physically disabled and/or physically handicapped strive to point out all of the things that a person is still capable of doing irrespective of a disability the type of example that they want to call to mind is that set by this young man - and not the one allegedly set by this one.   

....Carnival Cruise Lines is far more likely to continue to use this laugh-out-loud funny spot regarding vacation horrors in their advertising than any footage from the recent voyage of the ironically-named Carnival Triumph.   In fairness to their PR and marketing folks, if you christened a ship "Carnival Festering Cauldron of Sweat and Shit" it would be pretty damn hard to get anyone to book a voyage on it regardless of the rate.  

....no group of human beings appears to have a less firm grasp on the distinction between "citizenship" and "residency" than those occupying elected office.  The latest case in point from here in the State of Concrete Gardens came earlier this week courtesy of Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.  In the wake of Frank Lautenberg's announcement that he shall not seek re-election to the United States Senate when his term expires in 2014, various Democrats have been preparing to stake their claim to his turf.  One of them is Newark Mayor Cory Booker.   At a press event earlier this week, Speaker Oliver declared herself "well-prepared" to seek her party's nomination for the Senate and added, "Mayor Booker will have to compete for the support of the citizens of New Jersey."  He shall not - of course - have to do so.  Why?  Regardless of her qualifications or his or anyone else's who might seek the nomination, none of them shall compete for the support of New Jersey's citizens.  We have none.  We have residents.  We have residents who are citizens of the United States.  We have residents who are citizens of countries other than the United States.  We have exactly ZERO residents who are citizens of New Jersey.  Never have had any.  Pretty safe to bet that as long as this nation remains a Republic we never shall.  

....if learning that earlier this week Peter J. Ganci, III was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the FDNY does not bring a smile to your face, a tear to your eye and a lump to your throat with equal alacrity then you are just not wired correctly.  Ganci's father, Peter Ganci, was the FDNY's Chief of Department in 2001.  On September 11 he was one of the 343 members of the FDNY who died in the line of duty.  At the time Chief Ganci was the FDNY's highest-ranking uniformed officer.  In earning the promotion to Lieutenant this week, Peter joined his younger brother Chris who was promoted to the very same rank last year.  The Brothers Ganci have a third member of their family who also attained the rank of Lieutenant this week:  their brother-in-law Bryan Cowan.   


-AK

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