New Jersey FTMFW!!!11!!ELEBNETY!!1!!1111!!!!

A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray.

After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents.

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Councilman Ras Baraka attempted to speak but was not recognized by Councilman Anibal Ramos, who was serving as acting president. Instead Ramos proceeded with the nomination of Speight.

Baraka, Councilwoman Mildred Crump, and Councilman Darrin Sharif walked off the dais in protest, and Booker came in cast the decisive vote, as laid out in state statute.

The move was planned by Booker’s chief-of-staff, Modia Butler, to scuttle the appointment of James’ son John Sharpe James, an avowed Booker opponent, in favor of Speight. Butler had the mayor at the ready in case of a tie or if there was no quorum.

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But when Speight was escorted by police to be sworn in, a group of residents, led by SEIU Local 617 President Rahaman Muhammad, stormed the dais and appeared to lunge toward Speight and her grade-school-age son.

Police restrained the group as they toppled a podium and residents were caught in the rush. When Muhammad would not give way, an officer doused him with pepper spray, along with residents, reporters and at least one other officer.

Awesome shitte, right!?!?!?

Why Would Anyone Pay Good Money To A Rich Asshole Like This Just To Be Treated Like Crappe?

Rihanna’s multinational tour also ran into trouble last night (18 November) at Berlin’s E-Werk venue when a late start led to booing crowds. The audience, many of whom had been waiting since 8pm for her scheduled 9pm start, were disgruntled to still be waiting for the pop star’s arrival onstage at 11.30pm. DJs Congo Rock and Reflex had long since finished and the crowd were subjected to taped songs by artists including Jessie J.

Fans started chanting Rihanna’s name but the stage remained empty. “Check your watch,” heckled one fan. “Get on the fucking stage,” said another. When the singer arrived, counted in by a special 777 promo, the mood quickly turned in her favour for what was one of the best-sounding sets of the week. “Berlin what’s popping, how you guys doing tonight?” she said, without an apology for the late arrival.

Fucke these greedy asshole “pop stars”. Their music is lowest-common-denominator corporate marketing swill, they can’t even hold back the disgust with which they regard their credulous fans, and there are plenty of local venues in every city in the world hosting live music by decent acts.

Political Journalism At Its Finest

It is fucken hilarious that blue-eyed granny-starver Paul Ryan and his grim rage-drunk rich asshole running-mate got fucken *destroyed* in Ryan’s own goddamn motherfucken home town.

But what’s even more interesting to me is the following sentence from the LA Times article:

Ryan, a rising Republican star despite last week’s vice presidential loss, frequently invoked his Janesville roots during the campaign.

How has the author of this piece determined that Ryan is “a rising Republican star despite last week’s vice presidential loss”? Has the author measured the trajectory of Ryan’s Republican star both before and in the one week after the election and determined that the trajectory continues to rise? And if so, how does the author know it is “despite” the electoral trouncing? Maybe it is because of the electoral trouncing.

What the fucke ever happened to journalists questioning assumptions, instead of just credulously repeating them?

Fucke The Motherfucken New York Times

The New York Times has a pretty good article out today about the effect of the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule on student life in the military academies. But when the fucken fucke are the goddamn shittewadde editors gonna get it through their thicke motherfucken skulls that everything that has anything to do with non-white non-hetero non-d00dly shitte doesn’t automatically go in the goddamn motherfucken Fashion & Style section?

And they have been doing this fucken shitte since fucken forever.

Your “Liberal Media” At Work On The “Fiscal Cliff”

If the two sides do not reach a deal by the end of the year, tax rates on income and investments will rise for all Americans and government programs from the military to education will face deep, across-the-board cuts. A broad range of business tax breaks for everything from wind power to research costs would expire as well.

That could cause the economy to shrink by 0.5 percent and push the unemployment rate up to 9.1 percent by the end of next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The current unemployment rate is 7.9 percent.

The deadline comes from years of dysfunction as lawmakers and presidents have postponed tough decisions on fixing the nation’s finances.

No. The deadline comes from four years of America-hating intentional destruction of the economy by the GOP in their hopes that the electoral blame would be pinned on Obama and the Democratic Party.

Penne Bolognese

one pound smooth penne
three fourths pound of ground pork/veal/beef mix
half cup diced pancetta
half cup diced onion
half cup diced carrot
half cup diced celery
eight large garlic cloves, diced
olive oil
fresh-ground black pepper
fresh-grated nutmeg
one cup dry white wine
three fourths cup veal or beef stock
two thirds cup whole milk
one large can crushed san marzanos
two tablespoons butter
handful chopped basil plus more for garnish
quarter cup grated parmigiano reggiano plus more for garnish

Render down the pancetta on low heat in a little bit of olive oil until you have melted fown almost all of the fat.

Sautee the carrots in the pancetta until they start to soften, with generous black pepper and nutmeg.

Add the celery and continue to sautee for a few minutes.

Add the onions and continue to sautee for a few minutes.

Add the garlic and sautee until all the veggies are nice and soft.

Add the meat and sautee until it is fully cooked and just starting to brown a bit.

Turn up the heat to medium high and deglaze with the wine, reducing until all the alcohol is gone.

Add the stock and continue to reduce until most of the liquid is gone.

Add the milk and reduce until almost all the liquid is gone.

Add the tomatoes and one bay leaf, bring to a boil, and then turn down to low and simmer with the lid on, stirring every fifteen minutes or so.

Sauce is pretty much done, and we were hungry. Longer is always better for a bolognese, however.

Add about one half cup of pasta water after boiling the pasta to very molto al dente in salty water and the drained pasta, and finish for about a minute or so with stirring. Turn off the heat and add the grated cheese, basil, and butter, and stir to incorporate fully.

Plate, sprinkle, grate, and eat!