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What happens when you turn public education over to a gang of anti-American unionista communist sympathizers? You get a generation of kids who've forsaken everything that made America great.
Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves "patriotic" and significantly more liberal than older generations, new research shows.
They've turned their backs on God, America, and liberty. Yeah, that's a trifecta of #win, isn't it?
What do they believe in? Big Government. And lots of it.
Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.
We've beget a nation of slackers who hate us and love the omnipresent state. At least until it turns on them.
Just more than half of millennials say they favor a "bigger government providing more services" rather than a smaller government — a polling question used for years as an index of people's attitudes toward government's role.
They've been spoon-fed decades of progressive political mush by agents of the Democratic party. So it's no wonder they vote Democrat and they're too smug and self-absorbed to bother with traditional virtues like marriage and family.
A significantly smaller share of millennials have married than among older generations at this stage of their lives. Only about one in four millennials have wed, compared with more than one-third of Generation X when they were in their 20s and 30s, and nearly half of the baby boomers.
That decline in marriage rates may reflect the lessened attachment that members of the generation have to other institutions, such as organized religion or nationalism. Almost three in 10 say they are religiously unaffiliated, nearly twice the share among baby boomers. Just less than half of millennials say that "patriotic" describes them well, in comparison with two-thirds to three-quarters of older generations.
We are witnessing the undoing of America. The rollback of everything our Founding Fathers believed in, fought for, and died defending. It was once said that the Sixties were the "me" generation. Well, let me say that Millennials are the "gimme" generation. They acknowledge no power higher than government, and they look for salvation in bureaucracy rather than in heaven. Collectivism is their watchword. Ask not what you can do for your country, expect your country to do everything for you.
A part of me doesn't want to believe this is the America my daughter will
inherit. But sadly I see the signs all around me. And it's depressing as hell.
How do you spell "fail?" Because I spell it O-b-a-m-a-c-a-r-e.
Only 10% of the uninsured, the people this law was purportedly going to help the most, have signed up to purchase health insurance. The other 90% are still uninsured. And they intend to remain uninsured.
ObamaCare appears to be making little progress in signing up uninsured Americans, one of the law's primary goals, according to two new surveys.
Only one in 10 uninsured people who qualify for private plans through the new health insurance marketplaces enrolled as of last month, according to a survey by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co., The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The McKinsey survey found that only 27 percent of people who have selected a plan on the exchanges described themselves as having previously been without insurance. That percentage is up from 11 percent a month earlier, the report said.
According to McKinsey, the most common reason for not signing up for insurance cited by both previously insured and previously uninsured survey respondents was the perceived challenges in being able to afford coverage.
"Affordable" Care Act my ass. Obamacare made everything more expensive. And the people who couldn't afford health insurance before it was foisted on us still can't afford health insurance.
Curiously, the White House isn't interested in knowing anything about that.
Gary Cohen, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services official who oversaw the insurance marketplaces through their troubled rollout, told an insurance industry conference on Thursday that the administration doesn't know how many uninsured Americans are signing up.
"That's not a data point that we are really collecting in any sort of systematic way," Cohen told attendees when asked how many of the enrollees were previously uninsured, according to The National Journal.
They don't know. And they don't care.
Obamacare isn't doing what it was designed to do. Unless it was designed to destroy the private health insurance marketplace and ultimately replace it with single-payer socialized medicine.
Which, not to put too fine a point on it, is precisely what Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel gleefully predicts it will do.
Obama lied. Your health insurance died.
Remember the fierce moral urgency of getting you onto a comprehensive Obamacare-compliant health insurance plan? You know, one that has all those great essential benefits like free birth control? Remember when it was akin to terrorism for Ted Cruz to suggest delaying Obamacare? Remember when Barack Obama cared about you?
Yeah, me neither.
Politics trumps ideology! Democrats might lose the Senate! So your old crappy plan is suddenly A-OK. But only until after the midterm elections.
Then it'll magically become substandard and crummy again. Unless Valerie Jarrett thinks Hillary might lose the 2016 presidential election…
This president disgusts me. He's a partisan hack. Everything he does is about consolidating power. Yesterday's imperatives are today's afterthoughts, The uninsured / under-insured are merely pawns in his tyrannical quest for progressive hegemony.
Either Obamacare is necessary. Or it isn't.
Barack Obama says it's necessary. But he keeps acting like it isn't.
Actions speak louder than words.
Are you listening John Boehner? Repeal Obamacare. Repeal it now. Because if
Obamacare really is "the law of the land," then this president should be
obeying the law.
The moonbats at Moms Demand Action are pressuring Facebook to ban gun-themed fan pages. Because pictures of guns kill people.
This, at least, is the premise of a new gun-control petition, in which the entertainingly neurotic founder of Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, complains that "Facebook and Instagram are currently being used to facilitate sales and trades of firearms between private sellers." In consequence, Watts and her cohorts are calling for the company to "ban gun-themed fan pages on the site," technology website VentureBeat confirmed yesterday. Thus far, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a few drearily predictable celebrities, and nearly 100,000 Americans have added their names to the supplication.
To their credit, Facebook appears to be unwilling to go along. For now.
As a spokesman for Facebook noted with barely disguised irritation, "you can't buy things on Instagram and Facebook, nor can you promote the sale or use of weapons in advertising."
Ah, but the moonbats will have you believe that talking about legal behavior will of course lead to illegal activity.
Federal law enforcement sources . . . view Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms "as emerging threats for unlawful gun transactions in the United States."
Next up, Michelle Obama views Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms as emerging threats for childhood obesity, because people post pictures of their food. And everybody knows that seeing a picture of yummy buffalo wings makes us run right out and eat a plate of yummy buffalo wings. With extra sauce.
Except, you know, it doesn't. Nor do pictures of guns turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into crazed killers. Listening to Nancy Pelosi's speeches on the other hand...
The moonbat moms are losing the public opinion wars. People like the Second Amendment. They like it a lot more than they like a bunch of harpies deciding who can, and cannot post on Facebook.
But the authoritarians won't be easily deterred. They're hell-bent on control. And they're not content to impose their neurotic nonsense on their own children. No, in their minds we are all their charges, and guns are today's bogeymen. Remember Reefer Madness? Yeah, the hysteria promulgated by Moms Demand Action is even more over the top.
Pictures of food don't make you fat. And talkiing about guns won't turn you
into an extra from Pulp Fiction. The anti-gun people believe you
should live in fear. And I do. I live in fear of them.
New polls show a slim majority of New Jersey voters supports repealing President Obama's 2010 health insurance overhaul.
A poll by Rutgers University's Eagleton Institute of Politics released Tuesday found that by a 51 percent to 43 percent margin, registered voters favor repealing the health insurance law known as Obamacare.
Alas, when it comes to 2016 presidential contenders, that same majority reflexively gravitates to the decidedly pro-Obamacare Hillary Clinton.
In a hypothetical matchup in the 2016 presidential race, Clinton, a Democrat and former Secretary of State, led [Chris] Christie 51 percent to 41 percent among New Jersey voters, Eagleton found in its latest poll.
Clinton also led Christie by 36 percentage points in New York and 8 points in Virginia, according to polls taken by colleges in those states and released in coordination with Eagleton's. In all three states, however, Christie, a Republican, came closer to Clinton than two other potential candidates, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Attention New Jersey! Wake up! If you want to repeal Obamacare,
vote for Ted Cruz. Because electing Hillary guarantees it'll be
an albatross around your necks until the end of time.
Rich liberals don't like it when they're asked to pay their "fair share."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's eat-the-rich policies aren't sitting to well with the city's wealthy residents. According to Michael Goodman, a number of them are getting ready to flee the Big Apple for greener pastures, like Florida, where they won't be treated like criminals.
Maybe they shouldn't have voted for the commie in the first place. De Blasio didn't exactly keep his class warfare plans a secret. You reap what you sow kids.
Beyond taxes, the mayor's open hostility is a factor. His insulting treatment of former Mayor Bloomberg at the inauguration remains a cloud over him. As one affluent woman, a self-described liberal, told me, "De Blasio hates me, so I hate him." She doesn't personally know him, but draws her conclusion from his words and deeds.
Liberals want the government to take other people's money, not their money.
The schadenfreude, it is delicious.
The Faculty Council is stomping their feet and demanding that Rutgers rescind its invitation to Condoleezza Rice to speak at Commencement on May 18th.
She's a Republican! In one twenty minute Commencement address she could undo four years of liberal brainwashing! Well that, and the fact she's from Stamford, which is a school with a real football team.
The faculty council cited her war record and her misleading of the public about the Iraq war as reasons for their opposition.
"Condoleezza Rice ... played a prominent role in (the Bush) administration's effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction," according to the resolution. And she "at the very least condoned the Bush administration's policy of 'enhanced interrogation techniques' such as waterboarding," it said.
"A Commencement speaker... should embody moral authority and exemplary citizenship," it continued, and "an honorary Doctor of Laws degree should not honor someone who participated in a political effort to circumvent the law."
So, is the Rutgers faculty anti-woman, or just plain racist?
Yeah, that was a cheap shot. But so is their idiotic outrage.
Let's throw out some facts. Even the uber-liberals at Mother Jones say Barack Obama (aka "President Drone-killer") has failed to live up to his, and the Rutgers faculty's, lofty ideals. But of course the "exemplary citizenship" test only applies to Republicans. And citizens.
Or maybe they've confused Condi Rice with Susan Rice?
Because then I'd ask, which administration started more wars? Take your time, I can wait until you finish totalling Obama's body count before we compare war records.
And I think we can safely say that when it comes to misleading the American people, nobody, and I mean absolutely nobody, comes close to Barack Obama's capability for mendacity. Every word out of his mouth is a lie, including "and" and "the."
If you like your Commencement speaker, you can keep your Commencement speaker.
Or not. We'll see in 2016, if Obama accepts Rutgers' invitation to speak at their 250th Commencment.
I can't wait to hear how the Faculty Council reacts.
I plan to refuse, of course. And yes, the resistance will be blogged! I am a Citizen, not a Subject, and Dear Leader needs to be taught the difference.
Let's face it, me getting this survey from the Census Bureau is no more "random" than Lois Lerner's jihad against conservative non-profit groups. The Obama Administration is working overtime to harass their enemies, and intrusive demands for intimate details of my life is indeed government harassment.
Well guess what, I'm not going to help them build a dossier on me.
It's none of any bureaucrat's business how many toilets I have in my house.
The sole provision for data collection defined in our Constitution is for an enumeration of persons.
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers. … The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.
The Founding Fathers weren't busybodies. They believed in individual liberty, and would never have countenanced digging into the personal lives of their fellow citizens no matter what the supposed benefit might be.
Periodically counting heads is necessary to ensure proportional representation. Counting toilets is not.
And, as any schoolkid ought to be able to tell you, with the Fourth Amendment they explicitly protected us from intrusive government snooping:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.
So there is no Constitutional basis for the government demanding to know when I leave for work, what I eat for breakfast, or how long it takes my daughter to get to school. Let alone any of the other minutiae about disabilities, cost of utilities, computer and internet usage patterns, and how many burners are on my stove.
Then there's the question about fertility. Seriously? They wanna know if I'm pregnant? Curiously they don't ask how many abortions we've had. Oh, right, that's private information. Emanations of Penumbras dontcha know.
After that, they want to know whether or not I'm a citizen. But there's no box for "illegal alien." Gee, I wonder why!
And finally, as for any of their balkanized race and ethnicity questions, a pox on their quota-mongering houses. My race is American. That's all they need to know. And it's what I put on the 2010 census form. You know, the one that's (marginally) Constitutional.
Sadly, most sheeple will blindly follow orders and send the intimate details of their personal lives to Obama's storm troopers. But not me. I found this guy, who gives some pretty detailed information on how to politely and legally resist the Inquisition. I won't go quietly into that dark night!
Wish me luck. I'll keep you guys posted. Especially if I need bail money.Wolverines!
Gee, when you have a reputation for bombings and beheadings, your complaints get noticed.
An Islamic symbol has been removed from the online version of the Katy Perry music video for 'Dark Horse' after an online petition claimed it was offensive to the Muslim religion.
"At 01.15 into the video a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word 'Allah' which is the Arabic word for God," wrote Shazad Iqbal in a Change.org petition calling for the video to be removed from YouTube. "Such goes to show, that blasphemy is clearly conveyed in the video, since Katy Perry (who appears to be representing an opposition of God) engulfs the believer and the word God in flames."
Over 60,000 people signed Iqbal's petition, and apparently someone involved with the video listened. While the video has not been taken down, as the petition called for, the pendant Iqbal mentioned has now been erased.
Good thing she caved, or the Mohammedans would be engulfing Katy Perry in flames for real.
And I gotta wonder, if another U.S. Ambassador gets killed this week, will Obama and Hillary blame it on her YouTube video? Maybe throw Katy Perry in prison?
Some say the move is off base, and that the controversy over Perry's video spotlights a double-standard, as artists like Lady Gaga and Madonna repeatedly use Christian symbols in music videos in ways that offend some Christians.
Christians don't blow shit up.
One of the most liberal judges in New Jersey found Tony Mack's protestations unconvincing.
Convicted Mayor Tony Mack is in violation of state law and can no longer hold office, Judge Mary Jacobson ruled today.
Granting the request to remove Mack filed by the state Office of the Attorney General, Jacobson said Mack is no longer able hold office effective immediately.
"Once you are found guilty by a jury of your peers not only does the presumption of innocence disappear but with it comes the stigma and the shadow ... of being found guilty by a jury of your peers of crimes of dishonesty," Jacobson said.
Mack had argued that he should not be removed from office until he is sentenced in federal court — where he faces 20 years in prison — or until motions filed by Mack's attorney for a new trial are considered by the federal court.
But Jacobson said it would make no sense to wait for a period of several months before removing Mack from office. She said the state statute to remove him clearly says the removal would be effective at the time a jury returned a guilty verdict.
And from the Media Bias file, nowhere in the NJ.com article does it mention Tony Mack's political party affiliation. Which of course means he's a Democrat. When writing about trumped-up scandals like "Bridgegate" they always remember to put Republican after everybody's name. But Democrats never receive the same recognition.
Replacing Mack in the office of the Mayor will be City Council President George Muschal, who will hold the post until council meets to vote that either he should stay in office until the June or appoint someone else to serve the remainder of Mack's term. A municipal election is set for May when voters will elect a new mayor.
For the record, George Muschal is a registered Independent. He's also going to be the first white guy in 24 years to occupy the Trenton mayor's office. But his tenure will be short-lived because he has no plans to run for mayor in May. That field is already quite crowded, and he's not about to give up his position on the council.
And in the grand tradition of New Jersey double dippers, prior to joining the council Mr. Muschal retired from the Trenton Police Department. He's currently collecting a state pension of $59,583.72 per year, plus his council salary of $21,500. For the next few months he'll bump that up to the mayor's $126,460 annual salary.
Not bad for government work, eh?
Legalized extortion, the maritime union way.
New Jersey spent $700,000 more to have road salt shipped from Maine to Port Newark by barge than it would have cost had the federal government granted a waiver allowing a foreign vessel to deliver the coveted cargo, the state transportation commissioner said yesterday.
Shuttling 40,000 tons of salt over four trips by barge between Searsport, Maine, and Port Newark will cost $1.2 million compared with the $500,000 New Jersey would have spent if the cargo ship Anastasia S. had been permitted to take the load to New Jersey, Simpson said today after a meeting of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
It was the same message Simpson, a close ally of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, delivered on Monday after a special NJ Transit meeting.
"I've never been aggravated more in my life than about this salt issue, because this is a no-brainer for government to fix," he said at that meeting. "If we can't feel that it's in the public's interest to get salt down here, then there's no hope for anything else, as far as I'm concerned."
With the Obama Administration, when there's a conflict between "the public interest" and "union interests," the unions win, hands down, every time.
And the Jones Act exists to protect the maritime unions.
So to recap.
The good news is we got our road salt, which as, um, luck would have it, is just in time because it's snowing again as I write this.
The bad news is it took 2 weeks and an extra 700 grand to get it here.
Your tax dollars at work.
Remember when Chris Christie promised us a tax cut?
Yeah, me neither.
Remember when Chris Christie told NJ towns and school districts to cap their budget increases at 2 percent?
It's the law.
So why is he increasing state spending by more than twice that?
The $34.4 billion state budget unveiled by Gov. Chris Christie today makes modest spending increases to schools and Medicaid — and includes a $2.25 billion payment to the retirement fund for public workers, the largest in state history.
The Republican governor's new budget is 4.2 percent larger than the one he signed last year, and relies on revenue growth of 5.8 percent.
Today, the governor repeatedly highlighted New Jersey's tough financial situation and touted a series of spending increases that he managed to eke out, including "a record-setting $9 billion in direct aid to schools." That's an increase of $38 million from the current fiscal year.
"We will ensure that every one of our nearly 600 school districts receives an increase," Christie told lawmakers gathered in the Assembly chamber. He also proposed a $5 million pilot program to study longer school days in New Jersey, and another $5 million for "preschool initiatives."
Yippee ki yay, more money for the teachers union!
Christie's budget plan is also notable for what it doesn't include: a tax cut that the Republican governor had sought for years.
Well sure, he's been hanging out with Obama, so he learned how to play the game.
First, he promises us a tax cut to get our votes. Then, after he's safely re-elected he forgets who we are while thumbing his nose at our wallets.
Tell me again why people call Chris Christie a "conservative?"
New Jersey's public pension system is $47 billion in the hole. But that doesn't derail the gravy train.
In 2010, 992 retired New Jersey public employees pulled in a pension of at least $100,000 per year.
By the end of 2013, that figure had swelled to 1,731 — an increase of about 75 percent.
A new report from New Jersey Watchdog goes into detail on exactly who is getting a six-figure annual payout in retirement, although some still hold other tax-payer funded positions.
Two retirees are each receiving $195,000 per year — former Jersey City school superintendent Charles Epps and retired Essex County College president A. Zachary Yamba.
Perusing the list one thing immediately jumps out. Under the "Retired From" column on line after line you see "BD OF ED" — Board of Education — especially at the very top where the highest payouts are shown.
Our public schools pay well, and they guarantee a very cushy retirement.
Also well represented, "Judiciary." Retired judges, living well. You'll recall these are the underpaid public servants who petulantly refused to contribute toward their own health care, requiring us to pass a state constitutional amendment compelling them to pony up.
Feel bad for them, I do not.
Rounding out the list, at slightly less than half (45%) of the 6 figure club, retired police and fire. Which stands to reason given that NJ has the highest paid police officers in the nation, and that's before the all too common overtime padding games they play to boost their pension payouts.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney (a Democrat, natch) has threatened to shut down the government if Governor Chris Christie tries to rein in even one dime of these lavish pensions. Because "public workers have given up too much already." So Christie's new budget will probably include draconian cuts to education and social services just to keep the public pension plan in clover.
Your tax dollars at work, buying pina coladas for guys sitting around a pool
in Miami Beach.
Why should she? Because, to coin a phrase — what difference, at this point, does it make?
To here her tell it, she was only passing along the lies Hillary and Obama told her.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday she has no regrets over what she told the American public about the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks in the immediate aftermath of the deadly strikes.
Rice did a round of Sunday TV interviews a few days after the attacks, in which some of the information she gave was later proven incorrect.
"What I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best information that we had at the time," Rice told NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory on Sunday. "The information I provided … was what we had at the moment."
Rice said "No," when Gregory asked whether she had any regrets about her statements.
Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith were unavailable for comment.
And Makoula Basseley Makoula spent a year in jail to make sure Rice's story couldn't be disputed.
I suppose nobody in this administration "regrets" that either.
I'll bet you didn't know that up to now Barack Obama has been the very model of "austerity." Ask him, he'll tell you it's true.
Try not to laugh, OK?
Because I guess putting us $17.2 trillion dollars into debt isn't considered profigate in his universe. I wonder what he's smoking.
Anyway, now he says increasing our deficit by more than 60% since he took office hasn't been enough. He needs to spend more money. A whole lot more money.
President Obama's forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits.
With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the midterm elections.
That policy being "throw money at people who vote Democrat."
Sadly, it seems to work. At least in the short term. Eventually their kids will have to pay that money back. Right now every man, woman, and child in America owes the Chinese $54,000. Make you check payable to the Peoples Liberation Army and try not to grimace when they become the world's #1 superpower.
As part of that strategy, Obama will jettison the framework he unveiled last year for a so-called grand bargain that would have raised taxes on the rich and reined in skyrocketing retirement spending. A centerpiece of that framework was a proposal — demanded by GOP leaders — to use a less-generous measure of inflation to calculate Social Security benefits.
The idea infuriated Democrats and never gained much traction with rank-and-file Republicans, who also were unwilling to contemplate tax increases of any kind.
He's gonna print more money! Which'll really ratchet up inflation. Hence the need to abandon any pretense of keeping entitlements in check. Social Security payments will have to jump up just to keep pace. Hungry geezers don't vote Democrat!
"Over the course of last year, Republicans consistently showed a lack of willingness to negotiate on a deficit-reduction deal, refusing to identify even one unfair tax loophole they would be willing to close," said a White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe the budget before its official release. "That is not going to stop the president from promoting new policies that should be part of our public debate."
How quickly they forget that the Bush tax cuts expired.
Obama got his tax increases. Taxes are higher now than they've been in 3 decades. Yet, we never got one thin dime in budget cuts.
"Negotiate?" This president doesn't know the meaning of the word. He dictates. He demonizes anyone who dares to disagree with him. That's not a negotiation. That's petulance.
You know, this is why Ted Cruz is right. The GOP never should have given Obama a "clean" debt ceiling vote. Because as soon as Obama gets what he wants he demands more. He's never satisfied. He just keeps whining and complaining and blaming everyone else for his failures.
Who's he gonna blame when the U.S. goes the way of Venezuela?
Oh, right, George Bush.
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
Yesterday's conspiracy theory is today's Homeland Security reality.
The LED light bulbs in Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport are spying on you. Yes, the light bulbs.
Whether or not you pay any attention to the lighting overhead, the lighting may be paying close attention to you.
There are cases when a LED light can spy by covertly listening and then send that audio over 300 meters away to the eavesdropper. But this time, it is the LED fixtures that are the "backbone" of a new surveillance system scrutinizing and recording us. The New York Times reported that 171 LED fixtures inside Terminal B at Newark Liberty International Airport are "watching" us.
Using an array of sensors and eight video cameras around the terminal, the light fixtures are part of a new wireless network that collects and feeds data into software that can spot long lines, recognize license plates and even identify suspicious activity, sending alerts to the appropriate staff.
It's not the "green" side of saving energy by automatically turning the lights off and on that has the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey excited and "already talking about expanding it to other terminals and buildings." Instead, the excitement comes from the mountains of data captured by sensors and analyzed by software about "the habits of ordinary citizens."
As LED lighting becomes more ubiquitous, so does the government's capability for surveillance. And because they're programmable, the spy technology is built-in to every Philips Hue bulb ever manufactured.
This is why we can't have incandescent light bulbs. "Saving energy" is just a distraction. The capability to spy on us and mine all that data is the Real Prize.
Let's get real. The light fixtures and LEDs at Newark Airport are not about saving energy … it's about watching us, analyzing data about us and storing it for who knows how long. As Justin Brookman from the Center for Democracy and Technology told the Times, "There are some people in the commercial space who say, 'Oh, big data — well, let's collect everything, keep it around forever, we'll pay for somebody to think about security later.'"
The irony is they're doing this at an aiport named "Liberty."
The danger is that pretty soon they'll be doing it in your living room.
And before you call me crazy, it isn't paranoia when
the government really is out to get you.
Remember when America didn't negotiate with terrorists?
Yeah, that was when we had a Real President.
Now we have Barack "I love the Muslim Brotherhood" Obama, and he's busy making new friends, with the Taliban.
The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.
Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.
The Post reported that senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the release of all five prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been formally made.
It makes me sick. How much more humiliation can this poor excuse for a president impose on my country?
Five bad guys will go free, to plot murder and mayhem again, because he's too weak and dilatory to effectively project American power. And yes, it's important to get our guy back in one piece. But not at the expense of emboldening the regime which helped Al Qaeda attack us on 9/11.
The next time they snatch an American they'll demand the release of 50 bad guys. And why not? Give in to one terrorist, and pretty soon every terrorist in the world is gonna want to get in on the action. It'll be open season on America.
Islam literally means "submission." And Barack Obama has repeatedly shown that he's more than willing to submit.
What's next? Unconditional surrender? I wouldn't put it past him.
As I reported yesterday, NJ desperately needs rock salt. And we could have had 40,000 tons of it by now, if the Obama Administration is willing to buck the maritime unions and allow for a waiver of the Jones Act.
Today we got their answer — an emphatic "no."
With salt stockpiles dangerously low, the state transportation commissioner said yesterday New Jersey is just one snowstorm away from possibly closing major roadways — and he blames the federal government.
"A lot of the counties and municipalities are out of salt," Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson said yesterday. "If we have one more storm, New Jersey is going to have to close its interstates."
Simpson said he has been trying to get the federal government to grant a waiver allowing an empty ship already in Maine to bring 40,000 tons of road salt to Port Newark.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied his request, he said, and the salt remains in Maine.
Close the interstates Jim. Close 'em today.
Hey, it's what Dear Leader did with the National Parks. Shove the Jones Act right back into his unionista-loving face.
The whole thing is absurd. There's a ship ready to get the salt here within 2 days. But it's homeported in the Marshall Islands and thus prohibited from carrying cargo from one U.S. port to another.
We're supposed to wait three weeks while they find a suitable U.S. registered ship.
On Thursday, Simpson said, he received a note amounting to a denial of the waiver and was informed the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration was trying to locate a U.S. vessel that could bring the salt to Port Newark.
They found barges, he said. One that carries 10,000 tons and one that carries 5,000 tons and would get the salt to New Jersey in about three weeks, leaving more than half the load in Maine.
"Tell me how this is in the public interest — to deny New Jersey the ability to protect its own people?" Simpson said. "It's appalling. It's malfeasance."
It's sabotage by cabotage.
Thomas Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, the voice of the nation's domestic maritime industry, said a U.S. vessel will deliver the salt to New Jersey.
"The maritime industry is working to ensure that the state has the resources it needs to meet its seasonal demand," Allegretti said. "Despite short notice by transportation officials, maritime operators are moving to accelerate a request for additional salt and will deliver a new shipment to New Jersey before it is needed again."
Translation? The check is in the mail.
So if Chris Christie wants to make a point, he'll close the interstates
until it gets here. Three weeks of turning trucks back at the Pennsylvania
border ought to get somebody's attention. Let's see the Teamsters union
fight the maritime unions. I'll bring the popcorn.
New Jersey is out of rock salt. And our roads are slick with ice.
There's a ship in Maine with 40,000 tons of rock salt. It could be here in two days.
Getting the shipment to Port Newark has been frustratingly slow because of the state's inability so far to obtain a federal waiver of the 1920 Maritime Act, which requires that the shipment arrive on a vessel flying a U.S. flag.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Joe Dee said Sunday that state officials have been unable to obtain a waiver of what is known as the Jones Act, which requires that shipments from one U.S. port to another be carried by ships flying under a U.S flag.
More accurately, it has to be a U.S. built ship, owned by U.S. citizens, flying a U.S. flag, with a unionized crew of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
The closest such ship is a month away.
Absent such a waiver, the state will have to send smaller and slower-moving barges to bring the shipment to New Jersey, Dee said.
A spokesman for Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said Sunday that his office and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have been in touch with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state Department of Transportation in an effort to resolve the situation.
Don't hold your breath.
On the plus side, we've finally found an immigration law he's willing to enforce.
Socialist Andrew Cuomo wants to ban guns.
Communist Bill De Blasio wants to arrest anyone who's ever owned a gun.
By voting for these two morons the citizens of New York have shown their disdain for the Second Amendment.
So when Remington needed to choose a state in which to create 2,000 jobs, they didn't choose New York.
Because in Alabama, Freedom still means something.
"High level sources have informed Yellowhammer News that Remington, one of the world's largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in announcing that they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama. The company is viewing the move into Alabama as an expansion, but it will likely impact their Ilion, NY plant as well. The New York facility currently employs around 1,200 people. It is expected to stay open, but with a reduced workforce."
Apparently New York didn't learn from Colorado's mistake.
"I make this announcement with mixed emotions," Phillip Howe, president and CEO of HiViz, said in a statement. "Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base."
Alas, "Recall Cuomo" is a non-starter. So Remington voted with their feet.
And they join a proud tradition of freedom-loving Americans thumbing their noses at socialism.
Big Labor suffered a "devastating defeat" Friday when workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga voted against joining the UAW.
Even better, it was a kick in the nuts to Dear Leader.
President Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.
That's funny. The only folks voting here are average Americans, and they rejected the Democratic Party's line.
The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen did not even oppose the unionization drive. The union's defeat — in what was one of the most closely watched unionization votes in decades — is expected to slow, perhaps stymie, the union's long-term plans to organize other auto plants in the South. . . .
Standing outside the Volkswagen plant, Mike Jarvis, a three-year employee who works on the finishing line, said the majority had voted against U.A.W. because they were persuaded the union had hurt Detroit's automakers.
Unions are a cancer on America.
As are the anti-liberty policies of blue state politicians like Andrew Cuomo.
Fortunately we still have the ability to self-correct, and route around the
problem. Good jobs are leaving the socialist enclaves. And any taint of the
progressive stench is unwelcome where freedom reigns supreme.
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