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Gas prices are falling. I question the timing.
Gasoline prices in New Jersey have dropped this summer and as of today, three stations in Union and Middlesex counties were charging as low as $2.98 for a gallon of unleaded.
That marked the first time since February that a station in the state sold gas for less than $3 a gallon, highlighting what oil analysts say is a trend that should continue into Labor Day and beyond.
Yup, "beyond," to Election Day.
The $2.99 gas at two Delta stations in Rahway and one in Carteret "are more gimmicky now than anything else," Kloza said. "But in the next few weeks you're going to see more sub-$3 prices. I would not be surprised to see New Jersey average $3.10 by Election Day (Nov 4)", he said.
The illusion of an improving economy just might help Democrats keep the Senate.
So, go ahead, call me a cynic. But if they're willing to indict Rick Perry for doing his job, tell me, what won't Democrats do to maintain their stranglehold on power?
Are you going to tell me that George Norcross couldn't drop a dime and "suggest" that gas prices ease up because Jeff Bell is closing in on Cory Booker and people's all-too-reasonable fears of econut economic turmoil need to be toned down? Harry Reid's already given up on South Dakota, he can't afford to lose a deep blue state like New Jersey.
Nevermind that Booker's Sierra Club buddies are hell-bent on stopping a vital natural gas pipeline project. And that they're still tilting at bird-killing windmills, despite the guaranteed detriment to our view from the Jersey shore.
Listen up. If you think gas won't be back to $3.89 a gallon by November 10th, you aren't paying attention (or you're an Obamabot, but I repeat myself). The long-term outlook for cheap, dependable fossil fuels in this state is grim, no matter what our beloved bylined Democratic Party operatives at the Star-Ledger might try to tell you before Election Day.
Perhaps they've conveniently forgotten that gas was selling at far below $2 per gallon when the Great and Munificent Barack Obama took office. Fortunately, I'm here to remind them, and you.
Obamanomics. It's not the shiznit. So if you vote Democrat, you only
have yourself to blame.
The news out of Iraq gets worse every day.
I could blame Barack Obama, but he only did what he promised he'd do. He pulled us out, with predictable consequences for sure, but it's what a majority of (poorly informed) Americans wanted at the time.
And now his late-to-the-party half-hearted airstrikes on ISIS aren't the actions of a serious wartime president. They're CWA moves, so he can say "he tried."
No, America, and Western Civilization, have to wait until January 2017, when hopefully we have the good sense to inaugurate a president who takes the Islamist threat seriously.
Because make no mistake, the Islamists are deadly serious. And if we don't start killing them, killing a lot of them, Real Soon, they're gonna have a field day killing lots and lots and lots of Americans.
When The Pope is the guy calling for war, you'd best believe we're well and truly in dangerous territory.
I don't know who our next president should be. But I do know that whoever it is, he (or she) must single-mindedly focus on one goal — complete and utter destruction of the Islamic Caliphate.
Remember how Stephen Decatur crushed the Barbary Pirates?
Yeah, like that. That's what we need to do. I pray we're not
Rosemary Lehmberg says she doesn't have a drinking problem. Her credit card receipts tell a different story.
When going through filings he found receipts from seven different Twin Liquors stores. They show Lehmberg's credit card was used to buy more than $3,000 in vodka. The 72 bottles purchased Total more than 23 gallons.
"If somebody is buying 23 gallons of vodka within 15 months' time, is caught with it, three times the legal limit all those things, being that coherent, all suggest that Ms. Lehmberg has probably had some sort of problem for a long time," O'Brien charged.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said he will vigorously fight Lehmberg's ridiculous charges.
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry responded Saturday to the weekend indictment in which he is accused of abusing his power of office, calling it a political "farce" and vowing to explore "every legal avenue" to combat the prosecution.
Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power by vowing to veto $7.5 million in state funds for an agency run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign.
Perry vetoed the money after Lehmberg, a Democrat, videotaped acting erratically during her arrest, refused to resign.
"I think Americans and Texans who have seen the video would agree that this is not the type of individual who should be heading up an office that we want to fund," Perry said during a brief news conference in Texas. "I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto … I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident … this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is."
What it "is," is partisan demagoguery at its worst. The Travis County D.A.'s office is a hotbed of libtard progressivism. They're the bozos who hounded House Majority Tom DeLay out of office. He was, of course, exhonerated, but not before the lawfare loons had done their damage to his career.
Now they're trying the same stunt with Rick Perry, because he's in the way of annointing Hillary Clinton as Obama's Great Successor.
When Perry beats these trumped up charges, and beat them he will, because governors have the statutory authority to veto appropriations bills, the RNC should make Rosemary Lehmberg the poster girl for Democrats nationwide. To paraphrase Dean Wormer, fat, drunk, and vindictive is no way to win elections. And if Democrats want to line up behind an alcoholic megalomaniac who kicks doors and bad-mouths cops we should give them every opportunity to show America exactly what they stand for.
Oh, and until then, I suppose it's fair to ask every Democrat running for
office, how many gallons of vodka did you buy last year? I'm guessing
that Hillarity Will Ensue.
President Golfpants took time out from boogying with the Clintons to unleash yet another Executive Order from his omnipresent pen. This one comes via the Secretary of Education, to helpfully remind school districts of their statutory obligation to educate all those children waltzing across the Mexican border, regardless of their "immigration status."
The Obama administration is preparing the nation's schools to accept thousands of new students who illegally crossed the southwest border and are now awaiting trials on their possible deportations.
A fact sheet from the Department of Education sent to states and schools on Monday highlights the children's right to attend public school.
It says all children in the United States "are entitled to equal access to a public elementary and secondary education, regardless of their or their parents' actual or perceived national origin, citizenship, or immigration status."
How we're suppoed to pay for educating these freeloaders, well, that's not really his concern. He dumped them in our laps, now they're our problem.
As far as we know he has already sent more than 1500 illegal alien "minors" into New Jersey. At an average annual cost of $16 grand a kid that's more than $24 million bucks New Jersey has to find before the end of the month. And it's probably gonna be way more than that considering 99.9999% of these kids don't speak one word of English and haven't ever seen the inside of a schoolhouse.
Multiply the problem by 50 states and, to quote the late Everett Dirksen, you're talking about Real Money. Atlanta is so overwhelmed they're "passing out numbers" and asking many to come back "later." Texas already spends $12.1 billion a year on illegal aliens. How much more can they be expected to give?
Obamunism 101: From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
In other words, pay up suckaz!
While Chris Christie focuses on New Jersey's underfunded and overly generous public employee pension system there is another boondoggle dragging down our state's beleaguered taxpayers. Public employee health insurance. Not only is it a Cadillac Plan, it's a fully-loaded Escalade with artificially low monthly payments subsidized by those of us with Real Jobs.
New Jersey offers one of the most expensive health benefits plans in the nation to its state workers, with average monthly premium costs running nearly 1-1/2 times more than that of the rest of the country, according to the first-ever analysis of how much state governments pay to insure their employees.
A study released this afternoon by Pew Charitable Trusts and the MacArthur Foundation, both nonpartisan research organizations, found premium costs were highest in Alaska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont and Wisconsin, and lowest in Arkansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina and South Dakota.
The national average monthly premium — the cost borne by the state and its employees — was $963, compared to $1,334 in New Jersey, according to the report.
New Jersey covered 95 percent of the tab, employees 5 percent, compared to the 84 -to-16 percent state and employee split nationally.
At $65 per month this isn't in the same league as your Obamacare Bronze plan. Even if you get a whopping subsidy, it's not 95% of your premium.
But while Chris Christie might tell us how "unsustainable" this situation is, he's not doing much to rein in the growth of NJ's public employee ranks. He's all talk and no action.
And the Democrats who run this state like it that way. Because the recipients
of taxpayer largesse always vote their way.
After people signed up, would they pay? That was the Big Question lurking in the shadows as the White House trumpted 8 million enrollees in Obamacare.
"Trust us," said the Obamabots, "they'll pay."
Except, as you might have guessed by now, the checks got lost in the mail.
ObamaCare exchange statistics should clear up any doubt as to why the Obama Administration has been tight-lipped about enrollment since celebrating 8 million sign-ups in mid-April.
Reality, evidence suggests, could require quite a come-down from those lofty claims.
The nation's third-largest health insurer had 720,000 people sign up for exchange coverage as of May 20, a spokesman confirmed to IBD. At the end of June, it had fewer than 600,000 paying customers. Aetna expects that to fall to "just over 500,000" by the end of the year.
That would leave Aetna's paid enrollment down as much as 30% from that May sign-up tally.
Insert obligatory George Costanza shrinkage joke here.
Meanwhile, Obamacare premiums are rising by an average of 7.5%. This is, quixotically, being spun as good news.
The average national increase of 7.5 percent is "well below the double-digit increases many feared," HRI Managing Director Ceci Connolly wrote in an email.
Yeah, they screwed us over so much last year they can cut back a little.
Last time I looked nobody's paycheck went up 7.5%. But hey, Obamacare is still a bargain, right?
Me? I find out next month what my increase will be. And let me tell ya, I'm
praying it's only 7.5%. Because if history is any guide, that'll
be a bona fide miracle.
Obama golfs while the Mideast burns.
And because Martha's Vineyard is chock full of sketchy characters, he's got a SWAT team and snipers keeping watch over each and every mulligan.
Yazidis and Christians are fleeing being beheaded in Iraq, but Obama needs a SWAT team on a Vineyard golf course?
As conflict continued in Iraq, President Barack Obama waged a different kind of war during his vacation at Martha's Vineyard — on the golf course.
Obama was escorted to the Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, by a huge motorcade, which included a SWAT team and two snipers who peered out of an open trunk.
Maybe Judge Smails misread his new SketchFactor app?
SketchFactor uses crowd-sourced observations and public data to gauge the "relative sketchiness of an area."
"Google Maps does a good job of telling us where streets intersect but it gives us no information about what the experience of the street is," said Allison McGuire, 27, who co-founded the app with Daniel Herrington, 26.
The app gives users the chance to find out what they might be in for when they trek to a far-out swath of the city — from rats and rancid smells to leering homeless guys and dangerous intersections.
Well, there could very well be a gopher lurking around the 18th green…
Crime, meet journalism and a heavy dose of irony.
A WUSA-TV news van was burglarized in Washington, D.C., Friday while the news crew was interviewing locals nearby, the station reported.
The robbery happened as they were reporting about a "sketchy neighborhood" app.
The crew said they had locked their van in D.C.'s Petworth neighborhood, but someone popped the lock and absconded with "the gear of photojournalist James Hash, the backpack of reporter Mola Lenghi, and the purse of intern Taylor Bisciotti."
Stay safe out there Barry.
It seems like everybody is exempt from Obamacare, except me.
Today comes the breathtaking news that 90% of the remaining uninsured are exempt from paying the individual mandate tax penalty.
Almost 90% of the nation's 30 million uninsured won't pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act in 2016 because of a growing batch of exemptions to the health-coverage requirement.
The architects of the health law wanted most Americans to carry insurance or pay a penalty. But an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation said most of the uninsured will qualify for one or more exemptions.
Remember when John Roberts twisted the Constitution by deciding Obamacare was a "tax?"
Well, the joke's on him. It's a "tax" that virtually nobody has to pay.
The Obama administration has provided 14 ways people can avoid the fine based on hardships, including suffering domestic violence, experiencing substantial property damage from a fire or flood, and having a canceled insurance plan. Those come on top of exemptions carved out under the 2010 law for groups including illegal immigrants, members of Native American tribes and certain religious sects.
Factoring in the new exemptions, the congressional report in June lowered the number of people it expects to pay the fine in 2016 to four million, from its previous projection of six million. Also bringing down the total: At least 21 states have opted not to expand the Medicaid insurance program for lower earners under the health law, and those residents may be exempt from the penalty.
Dear Anybody Paying The Fine: You're a schmuck.
"If your pajamas don't fit well, you don't need health insurance," said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and president of the American Action Forum, a conservative think tank. "It basically waives the individual mandate."
Yup, the catch-all exemption is "hardship."
In December, a hardship application form was released that laid out the 14 exemptions. Among other things, people could avoid the penalty if a close family member had died recently, if they were facing eviction or if they had medical expenses that couldn't be paid in the last 24 months and resulted in substantial debt.
Critics have assailed one exemption for people who "experienced another hardship obtaining health insurance" as too broad. That exemption asks for documentation if possible but doesn't require it.
Hey, I "experienced hardship obtaining health insurance!" Aetna raised our rates so high we were forced into buying a craptacular Oxford plan which is still about 20% more expensive that what we paid last year. The renewal forms should be here in another month or so, I can't wait to see what next year's premium increase will look like. Because single guys paying for maternity and pediatric dental coverage is the epitome of fairness, or something.
And spare me the whole "cost sharing" nonsense. If cost sharing was actually the goal, there wouldn't be so many damn exemptions from having to actually share some costs.
Nope, Obamacare was, and is, all about vote-buying. Exemptions exist because otherwise Democrats would have already gotten creamed in 2012, and the idea now is to soften their looming chances of losing the Senate in November. If people had to pay the true cost of Obamacare nobody would vote for Obama's duplicious cronies.
The only thing Democrats care about is Power. They've got it, and they'll do
anything to keep it. You? Me? America? We're, in the candid words of Nancy
Last week the Pentagon announced, with
great fanfare I might add, that Brigadier General Markus Laubenthal
has been appointed Chief Of Staff of US Army Europe. Which wouldn't be a
Big Deal, until you learn that General Laubenthal is currently commander
Wehrmacht Bundeswehr Panzerbrigade 12.
That's right, a German general is now in the chain of command for US troops.
What could go wrong?
Apparently this is how Smart Diplomacy™ makes up for the NSA spying on Angela Merkel. We invite one of her guys to spy on us!
So why not outsource our defense to Germany? If anybody's got experience kicking Russian ass, it's them, right? Oh, wait…
And yet, the trend seems to be catching on with his minions. California Democrat Congresswoman Julia Brownley recently sent out a political mailer to her constituents featuring a woman wearing fake military attire and a German Luftwaffe insignia.
On Monday Jeff Gorell, Brownley's Republican opponent in California's 26 congressional district, sent out a press release highlighting the congresswoman's taxpayer-funded faux pas.
The candidate claims that "concerned local veterans" brought to his attention a photograph featured along the top of the flyer — which also contains pictures of a young family, a child going to school, a vibrant classroom and other common campaign themes.
That photograph shows a young woman in a white, open-collared military uniform, wearing a white cap displaying a gold insignia and blue-and-gold trim.
Although it bears a fleeting resemblance to official attire worn by the U.S. Navy, no branch of the United States military wears a uniform like the one in the mailer. And the insignia on the cap is the symbol of the Bundeswehr Luftwaffe, Germany's air force.
I'm guessing Herr General Laubenthal would approve.
Her constituents, including the 19,000 men and women serving at
Naval Base Ventura County, probably not so much.
They can't stop the flood of illegal aliens waltzing in from Mexico.
And they've never caught a terrorist in an airport.
But, fear not, because Obama's crack DHS storm troopers are locked and loaded, mobilizing on a moment's notice to pounce on a threat more sinister than you could ever imagine — Old Land Rovers.
When Jennifer Brinkley saw a line of law enforcement vehicles coming up her driveway last Tuesday she didn't know what to think. "I haven't done anything wrong."
The Homeland Security agents were not there to take her away, they were looking for illegally imported Land Rover Defenders. Brinkley had bought one via the internet last year and had invested more than $60,000 into the rare vehicle.
She thought she had checked it all out and she legally owned it. "They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car with them," she said.
Due process? That's only for the La Raza crowd. Regular Americans are at the mercy of Dear Leader's bureaucracy, and his EPA takes no prisoners.
She told Fox News that she was told the agents seized the vehicle because they thought it violated the Clean Air Act — though at the time, they weren't completely sure. She also said her vehicle was just one of 40 that feds seized in various locations that same day for the same reason.
Cars they'll deport.
Criminal illegal aliens, not so much.
Oh, did I mention that Obama's fascists have done this before? Ayup. They really hate Land Rovers. Curiously though, they don't go around seizing old Chevys and Vettes, presumably because Government Motors and his UAW buddies wouldn't approve.
Hey, I wonder if the
military assault vehicles he just gave Bergen County meet the EPA's
emissions standards? I'm guessing no. But that's OK, laws only apply to
the common folk. The bureaucrats can do whatever they want. Just ask Lois
Our southern border is effectively wide open, with one big Welcome Mat on our side of the Rio Grande. Amnesty for La Raza is just a stroke of Dear Leader's pen away. And he's busily strong-arming the Congress into giving him $2.7 Billion dollars to house and feed the invaders to boot.
But if an Israeli wants to visit America? Maybe to, you know, get away from the constant barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks? He's out of luck.
US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis
Tourist visa process cancelled until further notice, embassy announces.
The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security.
"Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis."
The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and an already-pressured visa crisis, which has seen the visa process for Israelis grow more and more difficult over the past year.
Makes you wonder about the Administration's priorities.
Or not. Because to me, their priorities seem quite clear.
When it comes to Israel, the message is FOAD.
Incompetence? From the Obama Administration? Surely you're as shocked as I am!
But really, it's true. The GAO says so.
A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama's health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press.
The findings are in a report to be released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, which has spent months investigating the health law's chaotic rollout. GAO is the nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress.
The official report doesn't come out until tomorrow, but Washington insiders are already leaking it to the media. And it doesn't paint a very pretty picture of Dear Leader's minions at HHS.
Among its conclusions:
· Contractors were not given a coherent plan, and instead they were kept jumping around from issue to issue.
· The cost of the project grew by tens of millions of dollars as the contractors tried to accommodate administration requests.
· CMS, the lead agency, failed to follow up on whether contractors were doing the work assigned to them, and to review that work for quality.
· CMS sent conflicting signals, at one point notifying one contractor it was so dissatisfied that it would start withholding payments, and then quickly rescinded that decision.
· The type of federal contract that the administration selected for HealthCare.gov was open-ended, which may have encouraged costly changes.
What else would you expect from a bunch of socialists who never built so much as a dog house on their own?
Even now, almost a year later, the thing is still held together with duct tape and bailing wire. The back-end remains largely dysfunctional. HHS can't verify 1/3 of the applicants' citizenship or income eligibility. And half of the new enrollees are in Medicaid, which has created a whole 'nother kind of time bomb.
As my friend Bob used to say about bad news, "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
In the 1950's our government built the Interstate Highway System.
In the 1960's our government put a man on the moon.
Today, not only can't they build a website, or a highway, they can't go back to the moon, or even get their own people up into space without help from the Russians.
But we've now got more Americans on food stamps than ever before.
Apparently this is "progress." If you're a liberal.
So what better way to bump his sagging poll numbers than by pretending he's under savage attack by Evil Rethuglicans?
As if anyone would actually impeach the first black president. Yeah, I can just imagine how well that'll play in Peoria. Not even The Stupid Party is that stupid.
Besides, President Biden.
John Boehner nailed the Democrats' strategy — fundraise on fear.
House Speaker John Boehner torched Democrats on Tuesday over talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, insisting that Republicans have no such plans and that Democrats are using the issue to gin up their base.
"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.
"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it's all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
I don't often agree with Cryin' John, but this time he's right on the money.
Obama needs the House to impeach him. He's practically begging them to do it. It'd be his Wag The Dog opus, the perfect ploy to deflect attention away from his myriad failures and corral recalcitrant Democrats back into his corner.
Sorry Barry. We're stuck with you, and you're stuck with us. So go play some
more golf and solidify your legacy as President Irrevelant.
Cory Booker's Newark — worse than Detroit.
Of the 150 largest cities in the country, only three have done a poorer job than Newark in recovering from the 2008 downturn in the economy, according to a new study.
The state's largest city finished 147th overall after WalletHub compiled numbers of the cities most and least-recovered.
The study used 18 key metrics — from the inflow of college-educated workers and number of new businesses to unemployment rates and home price appreciation.
Detroit beat Newark by 2 slots, at #145.
Meanwhile, the idiot voters of NJ promoted Booker to the U.S. Senate, despite his legacy of failure as mayor of Newark. Because posting pithy sayings on Twitter is like way better than solving his city's problems.
Remember David Dinkins? Yeah, Cory Booker makes him look good.
Which is why, maybe, Republican Jeff Bell is within striking distance of Booker according to the latest polling data.
On the other hand, the citizens of Newark just elected as mayor the son of the primary instigator behind the 1967 riots. Because who better to rebuild Newark than the guy whose father burned it to the ground?
Me? I'd burn it again. Check out these photos taken by my FB friend Peter Carroll. Because he captured Newark, to a T. It's where murder is commonplace. And carjacking is what passes for recreation among the "youths" of Brick City.
Remember Booker's Deputy Mayor Ronald Salahuddin? Booker would rather that you forgot, since Salahuddin is serving time for corruption. And they were such good friends, until, you know, they weren't. Because he has other friends, who may or may not have dealt drugs from inside his bachelor pad.
And here you thought T-Bone was a kind of steak.
Cory Booker failed Newark. He did nothing as mayor, except coddle criminals and pretend to be hip. The schools still suck. The crime rate is escalating. Sane people don't dare set foot in his urban paradise.
So why in the world would we re-elect him to the Senate?
Boston is the bluest of cities in one of the bluest states. They haven't voted for a Republican in something like 3,000 years. Arguments over politics hinge on who is more progressive, Che or Elizabeth Warren. Their only gripe about social programs is that government isn't spending enough money or hasn't raised taxes sufficiently yet.
So it cracks me up to see so many Bostonians turning out against the importation of illegal aliens into Beantown.
An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.
While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO's The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.
People carrying signs that said "Deport illegals," and "Americans before illegals" stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"I've never seen any kind of a backlash like this before on any issue ever. People in this state are livid. They feel betrayed by the political elite," Kuhner said of Gov. Deval Patrick's decision for Massachusetts to offer shelter to unaccompanied minors.
That's liberalism in a nutshell. They care about the less fortunate, until the less fortunate move in next door. It's the time-honored tradition of NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — and I see it here in North Jersey all the time. The hoity-toity politically correct progressives of Montclair (Obama by 98.4%) ran a doctor I know out of town on a rail because his practice attracted "too many" low income patients whose walking through their tony neighborhood to and from the bus stop constituted a "nuisance."
But please don't call them racists, they donate to the NAACP! And they voted for an African-American feminist councilwoman with two hyphenated last names! Good thing she lives down the hill though.
The progressives of Massachusetts are no different. Check out this tweet from the uber-liberal feminists of Smith College:
Somebody should take care of undocumented immigrants, just not snooty rich girls majoring in Sociology and Gender Studies. They'll gladly wrap themselves in the flag, unless it's being waved to support our troops.
The irony? It gets lost in the sanctimony.
The tip of the ICEberg...
New Jersey's new motto on the Statue of, ahem, Liberty: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for Free Stuff."
Did I say "give?" I meant dump.
Because we didn't ask for 1504 new mouths to feed. Obama just dropped 'em off, behind our backs.
More than 1,500 unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally have been placed with sponsors in New Jersey this year, federal officials announced Thursday.
New statistics released by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families show 1,504 unaccompanied children were placed in the state from Jan. 1 through July 7. A total of 30,340 were placed nationwide.
The announcement did not indicate where in the state the children have been placed or what country they came from.
The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of children who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, fleeing violence in Central America, thinking they will be allowed to stay. Most have come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The number of immigrant children placed with sponsors in New jersey is among the highest in the nation but far below Texas, which had 4,280 placements this year, and less than California, Florida, Maryland, New York and Virginia.
During a town hall meeting this week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he had not received any notice from federal officials about children being placed in the state.
The best part? Their so-called "sponsors" are more than likely illegal aliens themselves, who are now entrusted with ensuring these kids show up at an immigration hearing.
Dear Leader tried the same stunt in Texas, with predictable results.
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren't there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn't show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was "highly unusual," so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
I wonder. If I got a traffic ticket and failed to show up for court, would the judge be as understanding?
But hey, Obama's DREAM Act-ers get all the breaks.
Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was "prudent" to reset the hearings.
The judge's decision drew praise from local immigration lawyers. Paul Zoltan, an immigration attorney in Dallas, called the decision "classy," saying the children would have time to get attorneys and any mailing errors could be corrected.
Mailing errors? When the kids were picked up didn't our interpid immigration authorities hand them an appearance ticket? Traffic tickets have the where and when info for court hearings on them, why can't we do the same for illegal aliens?
Because then the kids couldn't skip through the cracks and burrow into hiding, that's why!
And just to make it even easier for grifters to take advantage of the American taxpayer, the Obama Administration is now planning to fly illegal aliens directly from Honduras into the U.S., so they don't have to waste time walking through Mexico first.
The NY Times reported:
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds.
Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.
The dictator's pen strikes again!
Meanwhile, Sgt. Tahmooressi remains unavailable for comment. I guess executive orders have their limits, especially when it comes to guys who probably don't vote Democrat.
As for where to house the burgeoning parade of kids, wouldn't it be nice if Obama set an example and invited a few of them to bunk with Malia and Sasha? They can help Michelle with the White House garden, and Malia can drive them to their immigration hearing, which ought to make for some great photo ops.
In fact, wouldn't it be awesome if every preening progressive who works in the Administration got assigned his or her own illegal alien? Take a kid home comrades, and show us how much you care! Because, quite frankly, the rest of us are sick and tired of paying through the nose for your utopian schemes.
I'm betting that within a few days of living the DREAM you'll be ready to
make our border so secure a mosquito couldn't cross over.
I imagine that somewhere in the land of unicorns and rainbows there is someone who was once helped by Obamacare.
But here in the Real World, it's been nothing but a royal pain in the butt.
And now, a new poll by those noted right-wingers at CNN confirms what most sane people already know.
Obamacare's overall approval rating remains upside-down by nearly 20 points (40/59), virtually unchanged from its March "rebound." Democrats' self-congratulatory convulsions over "eight million new enrollees" failed to move the needle. (Reasons for scare quotes here, here, here, and -- new today! -- here). Asked whether the law has helped or hurt their families, respondents shared the bad news:
I wonder if CNN asked the fake applicants what they thought…
And sooner or later everybody is gonna hate Obamacare.
Our activist state supreme court is at it again. Legislating from the bench. Penning actual legislation, and ordering that it be enacted, forthwith.
The New Jersey Supreme Court said Tuesday that the traditional privacy rights reserved for married couples — shielding their intimate conversations from public view — should no longer apply to spouses who are hatching or executing a crime together.
In a 7-0 ruling, the justices said it was time to update the state's law on criminal evidence so prosecutors can use at trial any smoking-gun communications they find between married partners. However, their ruling did not overturn the existing law.
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote in his opinion that unless the change is made by lawmakers, current law could prompt criminals to team up with their spouses to avoid scrutiny by the police — a scenario that would "thwart law enforcement, and increase the risk to the public."
The justices felt so strongly about the issue they took the rare step of drafting an amendment to New Jersey's evidence law and sent it to the Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie for approval.
Well sure! Let's compel wives to testify against their husbands, just because these black-robed poobahs want to make it easier to convict drug dealers. Who needs to respect centuries of precedent, anyway? Not when spouses might decide to commit a crime together. It's almost as if they've never heard of Bonnie and Clyde…
Spousal Privilege is a time-honored tradition, going all the way back to English Common Law. It preserves the sanctity of marriage by legally recognizing the unique bond between husband and wife. They truly are inseparable in the eyes of the law, and their intimate conversations are quite rightly protected from any intrusion. The state cannot compel you to convict yourself. And likewise, it must not coerce a wife into giving evidence against her husband.
Ah, but we live now in the Age of Expediency, the Ends Justify The Means, and the state is busily chipping away at the foundation of marriage already, so what's really wrong with treating spouses as disinterested parties?
And if it takes 7 unelected judges to Show Us The Way, that's what puts the
Progress into Progressive, right?
The homosexualization of our society is accelerating. The Progressives' 11th Commandment is, Thou Shalt Celebrate Deviancy, Or Else.
So it comes as no surprise that our president has decreed religious organizations with federal contracts cannot actively live the tenets of their faith. And nevermind that SCOTUS already rejected the same sort of anti-Christian discrimination in Obamacare. The homofascists must be obeyed!
President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.
The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities.
"If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith — then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith," Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.
He said the president's order forces employers to put aside their principles in the name of political correctness. "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," Sprigg said.
"The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement's agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace — including religious liberty."
Bullying and shutuppery, part and parcel of the homosexual agenda.
And if they force religious organizations to relinquish their mission of community service, so much the better. Because the only acceptable preaching is that of reliance on The State. Silence those pesky Christers and all that's left are the Socialists.
Listen to Joe Biden wave the rainbow flag:
"I don't care what your culture is," he said in remarks covered by Associated Press. "Inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
Unless, of course, it's prejudice against Christians. That's de rigeur.
The Obama administration and its militant cronies want to tell Christians whom to hire, how to run their business and how to think.
And now the president has decreed that any religious group that holds viewpoints divergent from the LGBT agenda is not worthy of federal tax dollars.
Soon we won't be worthy of our tax exemption either. Then perhaps religious broadcasters will see their licenses revoked by Obama's FCC. His pen and his phone will write a new Bible, and it shall be the only Bible authorized by his almighty government.
Their ultimate goal? Cumpulsory homosexuality, with penalties for
non-participation. Because boning you up the ass is how government lets you
know it loves you.
Rick Perry stood up today and showed Barack Obama how leadership gets done.
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis -- and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 -- said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.
He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.
I had the misfortune yesterday of hearing Obamabot mouthpiece Susan Estridge tell Fox News "the border is secure." Why? Because the invaders crossing over are "immediately" caught, said she.
Except, catching them after the fact isn't border security. It's amnesty by another name.
Repelling them. That's border security.
And, spare me the "humanitarian crisis" claptrap. This whole thing was ginned by President Golfpants so he can pander to La Raza.
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."
Luis Gutierrez can kiss my ass. These gomers aren't our problem. They're the Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Mexican governments' problem. It's not America's job to feed, bathe, clothe, and house their dregs. These are supposed to be Real Countries. They certainly act like Real Countries while bloviating against American "imperialism" at the U.N. Well then, fine. Man up, and take care of your own damn citizens.
Oh, and don't go telling me that you banana republic hotshots can't afford it. Stop stealing. You already have money. Instead of hiding it in Switzerland, invest it wisely, at home.
That's what Real Countries do.
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