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We Salute You 146
PSYCHIATRY of SEINFELD
SAY IT AGAIN MR.PRESIDENT
Hands up, don’t shoot
STARTING OFF STRONG
Who you gonna call? Stressbusters! If you weren’t expecting that, you’re going to love this: our lovely University has arranged for a team of happy, hands-on trainers to beat stress. Students and staff will promote healthy behavior, calm and connect with support services, and rub our backs. I know I want my free quiet time. The atrium was too noisy, anyway. A laurel goes to the soft hands of strangers during finals week, when nothing really matters anyway.
Stage Left, a popular restaurant located in downtown New Brunswick, will offer a new cocktail Wednesday as part of a nationwide campaign to raise money for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Van Gogh Vodka invented the cocktail, called a “Give a Damn Martini,” for their “Cocktails without Prejudice” campaign. The restaurant will donate $1 for every martini sold. We think this is a unique and creative way to raise money for an admirable cause. We laurel Stage Left for their participation in the campaign, and we encourage all those of legal age to get on down there and “give a damn” with one of their martinis.
A building superintendent in New Brunswick stumbled upon an alarming scene on June 2, 2009 — a room full of expensive spy equipment and Islamic fundamentalist propaganda. The landlord immediately called 911 with the belief that he had come into contact with a direct threat. He was right, of course, but not in the way that he thought. The threat that was discovered that day was not in the form of a terrorist plot, but rather a police spy ring, threatening not our safety but rather our society itself.
Rick Santorum has said some pretty outrageous things during his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. Latest in this long list of sometimes offensive and sometimes irrational statements was his claim that prenatal testing results in abortion. Well, this, along with his argument that federally provided education was “anachronistic,” and that President Barack Obama’s policies are not “based on the Bible.” Santorum’s statements are so removed from reality that we’re astonished he’s still vying for a presidential nomination. We dart Santorum and each one of his outrageous remarks.
The recent preservation of one of the largest remaining undeveloped properties in Raritan Township has been a serious accomplishment, according to town officials. After years of effort, a 108-acre portion of property consisting of farm fields, forests and scenic waterfalls has been set aside for recreational use. “There aren’t many chances to preserve a property in Raritan Township where you can go for a walk through woods and fields,” said Kate Buttolph, director of land acquisition and stewardship at Hunterdon Land Trust. We’d take it a step further and argue that there are not many chances to do this anywhere within the Garden State. For this, Raritan Township deserves a laurel. Land preservation is a top priority for many townships throughout New Jersey — and the preservation of this property is a step in the right direction.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich told a crowd in Florida last week that by 2020, he would have an American moon base established. He also told that crowd that he would like to see the development of commercial space industry. While Gingrich has received a lot of criticism for these outlandish ideas — including a jab from competitor Mitt Romney, in which he stated “If I had a business executive come to me and say they wanted to spend a few hundred billion dollars to put a colony on the moon, I’d say, ‘You’re fired’” — he’s sticking steadfastly to them. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” yesterday, Gingrich reasserted his belief in establishing colonies on the moon. While we admire his confidence, we have to give Gingrich a dart for turning his eyes to the moon while a sizable portion of us languish here on earth.
As the 2012 presidential election approaches and candidates continue down the campaign trail, it’s important that voters know exactly what’s fact and what’s fiction. So when politifact.com, a project that fact-checks statements by politicians, mischaracterized a statement from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night, it’s unsurprising that the organization has since received criticism. During his speech, the president described both the damage done to the economy and the job increases that followed. Politifact took issue with this, claiming that he “went too far when he implicitly credited his administration policies” for the growth. However, critics argued that he was simply stating the facts and not, in fact, crediting the successes to his administration. The organization has since changed their ruling on the truthfulness of the quote. We give Politifact a dart for inaccurately assessing the statement.