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  • Pastafarianism Suffers Legal Setback

    There's a reason why the United States is often accused of hypocrisy when it comes to human rights. For how can we look at the speck that is in our brother's eye, but not notice the spaghetti strand in our own?

    Motor vehicle workers in Dayton [New Jersey] called police on a man who insisted on wearing a pasta strainer on his head during the taking of his driver’s license photo, according to a police report.

    The man, Aaron Williams, 25, who gave an Egg Harbor Township address, told motor vehicle workers the strainer was a religious head covering and he had a right to wear it in his driver's license photo.

    The treatment of Williams at the hands of the New Jersey DMV is in sharp contrast to the case of Austrian Niko Alm, who in 2011 won the right to appear on his driving license with a spaghetti strainer on his head, as befits a member of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    The faith boasts "millions, if not thousands of devout worshipers," and entered public consciousness in 2005, when self-proclaimed prophet Bobby Henderson demanded that the religion receive equal time in Kansas schools after the state's school board called for the introduction of "intelligent design" into the curriculum.

    May it one day find as much acceptance among our local government bureaucracies as any other religion. Amen. Ramen.

    Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images

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    Tags: Austria, Cars & Vehicles, New Jersey, Religion
  • Chris Christie Is the Most Popular Republican in the World

    Conventional wisdom would have us believe that after Mitt Romney got his ass handed to him by Barack Obama, thanks to the allegedly treasonous behavior of Chris Christie, things were all but over for the New Jersey governor. His 2016 chances were gone, along with his hopes for re-election.

    Well, conventional wisdom can be pretty stupid sometimes

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    Tags: Chris Christie, New Jersey, Polls
  • Joe Biden Explodes All Over the Web

    Do you hear that? It's the sound of seventy motorcycle mamas revving their engines in unison to honor birthday boy Joe Biden.

    His blue eyes put the 'ice' in 'vice', his smile puts the 'id' in 'president', and he repeatedly puts his foot in his mouth. In spite of his snafus, he's beloved by all. Or at least bedeviled, bemused and bemoaned by most.

    Here are some tributes to the man whose hairline refuses to go quietly into that good night. May you continue to do the same, Papa Joe…

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    Tags: Joe Biden, New Jersey, The Onion
  • Joe Biden Is a "Homeboy" Who "Gets It"

    joe bidenAnd then, once again, Joe Biden opened his mouth with predictable results

    Seeking to reassure victims of Hurricane Sandy following a tour of the damaged boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J., Vice President Joe Biden told residents Sunday that he spent a lot of time on the New Jersey shore while growing up and that they’ve got a "homeboy" in the White House who "gets it."

    That, I believe, is the very definition of self-negating statement.

    Photo by Ng Han Guan/AFP/Getty Images

    Tags: Hurricane Sandy, Joe Biden, New Jersey
  • New Jersey Could Extend Election Until Friday

    Imagine, if you will: Obama has taken Nevada, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, and Romney has taken Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Florida. You would think that Obama would win with 281 electoral votes. And normally he would.

    Except there's one state that will be allowing a number of its voters till the end of the week to cast their ballots. So, it is technically possible the election, along with all of its negative ads and stump speeches could last until Friday. Except it would all be happening in New Jersey

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    Tags: Election Day 2012, New Jersey