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Well, we survived our second dark and cold night at home. Went to the Cloverleaf for dinner last night. Two hour wait for a table, with a limited menu. Luckily saw a friend at the bar and crowded around his table. Ate sliders and waffle fries, then hit the Ringside to watch the news on TV.
Devastation, destruction, and mayhem. Everywhere. Ugh. Had a coupla beers and went home. Today, up at 8, headed to the office with Sophie in tow. School? Still no power there, or at home. The PSE&G brain trust is still saying 7 to 10 days before they'll get to us.
Barry's in Atlantic City today. Presumably rallying his progbot voting base. He'll get their lights on in time for the election. The Republican parts of Jersey? We're outta luck.
Caldwell has tentatively rescheduled Halloween for Saturday. Apparently the school district has to sign off on the decision, and they haven't consulted their Oracle yet. And just to make things more confusing, Governor Christie has decreed that Monday is now the day. But if we don't have power, what's the point? No kid is gonna trick-or-treat at a bunch of dark houses on pitch-black streets. My daughter sure isn't 'cause it's not safe.
AT&T cell service is still spotty. It's out completely here at the office, and intermittent at best while at home. Meanwhile Tammy and Sophie's Verizon phones are working, pretty much everywhere. They watched a Netflix movie on Tammy's Droid last night. I stared at my dead BlackBerry. AT&T says "Rethink Possible". I don't think that means what they think it means.
Nobody has ice. Shop Rite Liquors got a delivery yesterday afternoon. Word is that it was sold out in 15 minutes.
Lakeside Deli is only selling cold sandwiches. Their grill isn't working. I don't know what's up with that. The joint is still mobbed, and the sloppy joes are still outstanding.
There are lines at every open gas station. And lines for coffee at the bagel store. Gas lines. Food lines. What's next? Zombies? Welcome back Carter!
UPDATE 31 Oct 2012 14:54:
It's official, Halloween in Caldwell is Saturday November 3rd.
Here's the scoop from The Caldwells Patch:
From Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing: We moved Caldwell-West Caldwell Halloween to Saturday, Nov. 3.
And from the comments:
This is the first we have heard from Mayor Dassing and it is about Halloween??? I would like to know when I will have lights and heat again, thank you.
C'mon now. Mayor Dassing is totally focused on the important stuff. She's a public relations professional. If you haven't heard from her, that's gotta be your fault. Really. Walk on up to Town Hall and find her. She's probably glued to the fax machine, waiting for folks to fax in their forms to sign up for the Borough-wide email alert system. You know, the form you can't print because you don't have any electricity. You shoulda planned ahead. Told you it was your fault.
UPDATE 31 Oct 2012 16:40:
And The Patch took down their Halloween post. So now the status is, official communications from Mayor Dassing: 0. Lovely.
The perfidy of President Golfpants is legendary. Yesterday he had the audacity to intone, "We leave nobody behind" while shilling for storm relief votes at a Red Cross photo op.
Yeah, that musta been four nobodies at our embassy in Benghazi eh Champ?
How can you tell if you're a nobody? Smitty compiled a handy top 10 list. Keep it by your Obamaphone, in case you call for rescue and the White House tells the first responders to stand down.
"There is a rumor — I want to be clear, it's a rumor — that at least two networks have emails from the National Security Adviser's office telling a counterterrorism group to stand down," Gingrich said. "But they were a group in real-time trying to mobilize marines and C-130s and the fighter aircraft, and they were told explicitly by the White House stand down and do nothing. This is not a terrorist action. If that is true, and I've been told this by a fairly reliable U.S. senator, if that is true and comes out, I think it raises enormous questions about the president's role, and Tom Donilon, the National Security Adviser's role, the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who has taken it on his own shoulders, that he said don't go. And that is, I think, very dubious, given that the president said he had instructions they are supposed to do everything they could to secure American personnel."
The president actually said they are supposed to do everything they could to secure the votes of American personnel. Because getting re-elected is all Barry really cares about. That's why he's palling around with Chris Christie today at the Jersey shore, to shore up his own progbot base. Hey, look!, Obama's got game! He's putting the lights back on! It'll be on every news broadcast. A free campaign commercial for the Occupier In Chief.
George Bush Mitt Romney!
Speaking of Obama-related perfidy, add Mark Zuckerberg to the list of infamy. Facebook took down this meme, created by the Navy SEALS Special Operations Speaks PAC.
Zuck's minions erased all 30,000+ shares and approximately 24,000 likes, then put the SEALS in Facebook "timeout", locking them out of their page for 24 hours. Because criticism of Dear Leader is verbotten on libtard social media.
Remember, there is no low to which the Obamabots will not stoop. Even if that means dissing the very troops they claim to support. Smitty succinctly summarizes the disgust we all feel:
By next Tuesday, anybody still deciding to vote for #OccupyResoluteDesk shall have achieved "dishonorable chump" status.
And if you're still stuck on Bain, Big Bird, Binders, and Bayonets, then
"dishonorable chump" means you.
Play politics with disaster response? Yes he can!
President Obama may have suspended his campaign rallies due to Hurricane Sandy, but he managed to squeeze in his campaign slogan — intentionally or not — during a briefing Tuesday with federal emergency officials.
"The president made clear that he expects his team to remain focused as the immediate impacts of Hurricane Sandy continue and lean forward in their response," the White House said in a statement about Mr. Obama's video-teleconference that he conducted from the White House Situation Room. "Forward" is the slogan of his re-election campaign.
Barack Obama never stops campaigning. Never. Remember that, because he's coming to Jersey on Wednesday to survey the damage first hand. Why? Because he cares about us?
He cares about our Electoral Votes. And his campaign team is giddy with delight at the opportunity to politicize our misfortune. The news now is all Sandy all the time. Who's got time for Benghazi? Heck, they didn't cover it before the storm, why rock the boat with only a week to go? Obama's got leadership, baby!
You want to know just how sick the Obama people are on the storm issue? It's party hats and cake over in Chicago. High f-cking fives for them. Heard LaBolt is telling them all "We're gonna shove this storm right up Romney's ass." They already got scripts out to their media support. Gonna hammer the governor on earlier statements he made about the role of the federal government, FEMA, take things out of context and try and paint him as some uncaring assh-le at a time when the Romney campaign is limited in its ability to respond due to the temporary downtime during the recovery from the storm. Media is already pushing the governor on it right now. That means these scripts, the plan, went out yesterday while the storm was hitting. They were prepping this thing to turn it into something politically useful to Obama as people were dying.
Classy. "We're gonna shove this storm right up Romney's ass."
Of course they are. The slick anti-Romney graphics hit my Facebook feed early this morning, even before we knew the extent of the damage — "Americans want less government in their lives. Sorry New Jersey, you're on your own for Sandy." — superimposed on a decidedly unflattering photo of Mitt Romney. And of course the usual climate change crap, noting that only Obama can stop the rise of the oceans. Usually. Maybe his superpowers were out for repair last night.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney quietly pitched in with disaster relief.
Chris Christie offered a blunt lesson in Real Leadership. Not that Barack
Obama was listening.
At the height of the storm, as the wind howled and rain fell in buckets, Sophie called out to me — "Dad! Come quick!" I ran. She pointed to the back yard. A lawn chair had blown over. And an old arbor, which I'd always swore I'd get around to properly anchoring down, fell over too. That was pretty much it for damage from Hurricane Sandy at Chez WyBlog. A few branches came down, and I had to go grab a garbage can out of my neighbor's yard this morning.
We were lucky.
Lots of folks around town have big problems. Trees are down everywhere. Roads blocked, houses crushed, cars damaged. Power is out, indefinitely. Fortunately $DayJob has power and internet. And coffee! But the best estimate I heard for when I'll have power back on at home is ten days. Yikes! I sure hope that's just the worst-case scenario.
But then I read some of the news accounts and I say, New Jersey pretty much looks like the Worst Case Scenario From Hell. The devastation is unbelievable. Everywhere you look, something is destroyed.
And it looks like Halloween might be cancelled for the second year in a row.
Fortunately it isn't as cold as last time. So at least we won't freeze
in the dark. And with my FiOS out I won't have to listen to any more political
robocalls. Hey, that's one silver lining!
A half-dozen conservative bloggers have united and will all have the same post on their blogs today in an effort to help defeat President Obama. Please read this post in its entirety and be sure to go visit each bloggers site via the links. I would also encourage anyone to reblog or link this post to get the word out to as many people as possible. Romney may not be the first choice for some of these contributors, but we can all agree that Obama must go so help us spread the word! Join us to help the undecided vote to stop the destruction of America!
"Why bankruptcy is preferable to bailouts" by Spellchek
President Obama has been on a chest-thumping tour touting the success of the bailouts both in the auto industry as well as the financial industry.Supporters and critics alike have focused upon what constitutes a success.Some will calculate the cost to the taxpayers.Others will focus on the jobs saved.It is these glass half-empty/half-full arguments that highlight the crux of the problem.Bailouts v. bankruptcy is not an apples to apples comparison.
A bailout by its very nature is the epitome of a reward for past indiscretions.The idea is how best to cushion the blow and alleviate the pain.The fear card plays a big role here as witnessed a full-fledged campaign to warn us of the disaster awaiting should we decline to bailout a failing company/industry.Then to make it worse,we saw government picking the winners and losers in the fallout.
A bankruptcy is intended as a poison pill as much as a legal recourse to alleviate a failing business model.It's called moral hazard.It is painful by design so it will have a preventative effect.The path chosen by Obama eliminates this.Companies/industries know they can operate with high risk or inefficient practices when an implied guarantee of a bailout is always awaiting.
The key difference is that implied guarantee.It enables risky behavior and distorts the free market.And why not?When you know there is reward as opposed to pain available,who wouldn't engage in high risk/high reward practices?Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enabled the housing bubble accordingly.AIG and the other players in the banking sector engaged in the derivatives market with our 401(k)s and pensions as monopoly money.
Bailouts encourage and enable bad business practices.Bankruptcy penalizes it.So when you question whether or not Obama succeeded with his bailouts,you should instead be asking why he engages in a policy that promotes risky investments and inefficient business practices that will eventually require you the taxpayer to pay for it.
"The Libyan Scandal" by What Would The Founders Think
Politicians lie. There is nothing that is earth-shattering about this statement. Presidents are politicians and they generally adhere to the stereotype.
There have been exceptions to the rule, but Presidents like Washington and Garfield are few and far between.
Sometimes presidents lie with the best of intentions. More often than not they lie to protect themselves and their careers.
But while the reasons presidents lie are probably as numerous as the lies that they tell, the depth of mendacity demonstrated by President Obama is unique in American political history. It is not merely that he will do or say anything to remain in office, but the reason he will do or say anything to remain in power - his hatred of American pre-eminence on the world stage. We have never had a president who felt it his mission to reduce the nation to benefit other nations.
It is an established fact that Obama is a devotee of Saul Alinsky - a completely amoral - "ends justify any means" individual. Obama has learned his lessons well and seeks to bring America down a peg by any and all means necessary. Obama is apparently quite comfortable with Lenin's adage, "You've got to break a few eggs to make an omelet."
It is only when one understands Obama's motivations and complete lack of morality, that one can understand how this callous president could refer to the death of an American ambassador and other Americans in Libya as "bumps in the road." One has to wonder, where does that road lead?
"Barack Hussein Obama & The Race Card" by Mind Numbed Robot
Barack Hussein Obama was swept into office by a wave of voters willing to give the new guy a shot. He offered a chance to redeem America from its original sin and at the same time promised to end the bi-partisan bickering of politics as usual in the DC beltway. He was a relative unknown on the national scene and took every advantage of that fact. After all, when a candidate doesn't have a record to campaign on, it's much easier to paint himself as the elixir for the times.
Four years later, we know a lot more about the man at the helm of our ship of state and it should be clear that Obama was either not ready for the task he was given or his prescriptions did not work as advertised. In fact, if they were meant to heal a nation of its economic malaise and draw the political parties together in some magical union of left and right then the cure was worse than the disease. The patient should switch doctors, stat.
Too many also, voted for Obama under the premise that he would close the supposed divide between the races, a flag his surrogates in the media fly on his behalf but one he seldom raises himself, as if to stay above the fray. Indeed, the subject of Obamas race is ever in play by the media and that too has had the opposite effect than what Americans were promised, namely, more division, not less.
Sooner or later Barack Hussein Obama must lose his pigment to be judged by actions and results. That time is now. Americans must look at the man without the rainbow goggles and flowery rhetoric to discern what he and his party have accomplished in 4 years. We must decide if we are pleased with the results of Obama's Transformational Vision for America:
An America that believes the Constitution is flawed and must be remade or flat-out ignored.
An America that owes the world an endless apology.
An America that is not the last bastion if freedom in the world, not that shining city on the hill, but just another third world ghetto.
My friends, America deserves and demands better than Barack Hussein Obama's dismal vision for our future. We must make that message crystal clear on November 6th in numbers that cannot be denied or ignored.
"US Relations With Islamic Countries — Another Reason To Vote For Romney" from Conservatives on Fire
Obama came into office with zero experience in anything useful. But, narcissist that he is, he was sure that because his middle name was Hussein and because he went to a Muslim school in Indonesia when he was a child and because he had dreams from his Kenyan father that he could single-handedly resolve all the problems between the Muslim nations of the world and America.
Mitt Romney, of course, has no foreign affairs experience. But, we know that he has ben a very successful businessman. So, we can expect him, like a good businessman, to surround himself with the most capable people in foreign affairs that he can find. He would never nominate a woman to be Secretary of State whose only claim to fame was that she married a sexual predator who was once President of the United States. We know that a President Romney would never make a trip to Cairo to apologize for Americas past actions in the area nor would he bow to a Saudi king. A president Romney would not have ended the war in Iraq without maintaining a large air base we had there for strategic reason just because the Iraqi government, that we helped to bring about, didn't want us there. A president Romney would never have announced two years in advance our withdrawal from Afghanistan giving the Taliban no reason to seek peace. A President Romney would have supported rebels in Iran in 2009. He would never have permitted his Secretary of State to train young Arabs from North Africa on how to organize protests against their governments. There never would have been an Arab Spring and there would still be the tenuous stability in the Middle-East held for the last forty years. Our embassies would not have been left unprotected and we would not have a dead ambassador and three of his staff in Libya. And, if there had been attacks on our people in that region, a president Romney would not have tried to place the blame on some stupid You Tube video when it was obviously a well planned terrorist attack. And, following some such attack, a president Romney would not have gone before the UN General Assembly and, at first defend our constitutionally protected right of free speech, only to turn around and say that we can't let the world be won by those who insult Islam. And, a President Romney would not be seeking emergency aid for Egypt just after their Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi, stood in front of the UN General Assembly and told America where they could stuff it.
A President Romney may not be able to bring peace to the Muslim nations, not after the mess Barack Obama has made of our relations there; but we can know that he would deal with those nations from a position of strength and not of weakness, as Obama has done. Because of Obama, the Muslim world is a more dangerous place. Ask yourself, if trouble breaks out in that region, who would you rather have as the US president?
On November 6, 2012, vote for Mitt Romney!
"Supreme Court is Another Reason to Vote Romney This November" by Motorcitytimes.com
I didn't support Romney in the primaries. However, after it became clear that he was going to become our nominee, I had an offline discussion with a smart and passionate Ron Paul supporter.
We discussed the wisdom of voting for, what amounts to, my second choice candidate. We bantered back and forth a few times then I said "no matter how bad you think Romney is, he would never nominate a left-wing lunatic like Elena Kagan or Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court." And I added, "Justice Kennedy has announced he plans to retire sometime after the 2012 election and Ginsberg is no spring chicken."
What is worse, I said this to my passionate Libertarian friend before Justice Roberts flipped his vote in the ObamaCare debacle underscoring the urgency of getting more Constitutionalist Justices on the Court.
Intellectually, I understand why some passionate Libertarians and Conservatives want to sit out the upcoming elections. They are tired of holding their noses while voting for 'the lesser of two evils.'
However, the prospect of Obama getting TWO MORE Supreme Court appointments, shifting the court even further to the left should frighten all freedom loving Americans into action.
Imagine four Obama Supreme Court Appointees blocking conservative reforms while rubber stamping every left-wing agenda item for the next 25 years.
If this happens, Obama will have succeeded in fundamentally transforming America.
"America's Need for Energy" by WyBlog
President Obama calls his energy strategy "all of the above". That's actually a good description, because he's gung-ho for everything that's above the earth and abosolutely opposed to using anything found below ground.
Natural Gas? Only if it magically rises to the surface without drilling or fracking.
But solar power is the future! Just so long as you don't put all those solar panels anywhere near an endangered species or pristine wetland. And wind turbines are all the rage, unless they'd block the Kennedy clan's view or make too much noise near Barbra Streisand's house.
The real danger with all these changes to the power grid is instability. Those coal plants provide a valuable service, keeping the flow of electricity constant in the face of varying demand. Solar cells can't do that at night (or in the rain). And wind turbines don't spin without wind. So you can't flick a switch and expect them to work on a moment's notice. We'd better get used to the idea of brownouts, and probably rolling blackouts too.
Just imagine the next hot summer day when you go to switch on your air conditioner only to discover that Obama's "Smart Grid" has decided you're not on the list for extra electricity today. Because that's what's coming if we don't replace the 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity Obama has mothballed in the cause of saving the planet.
Strangely though President Obama insists everyone should drive an electric car. I suspect he's unclear on exactly where the electricity comes from, because as the EPA shuts down many of our existing power plants the supply of electricity keeps shrinking. Hanging solar panels on lampposts won't take up the slack either.
Yet if the price of gasoline keeps going up we may have no choice. California's environmental regulations are generally held up as a model for the nation. And thanks to those regulations California leads the way in gas prices, topping $5 per gallon. They're well on their way to fulfilling Steven Chu's dream.
So what's a concerned citizen to do? The good news is Governor Romney plans to take a more practical approach to energy policy if he's elected president. Drilling for oil and gas is not incompatible with protecting the environment. American ingenuity and engineering know-how is the best in the world. We can make our nation energy independent, create good jobs, and do it safely and efficiently.
When it comes to energy the choice is clear. President Obama will ensure that we freeze in the dark. Mitt Romney can keep America working, with a balanced approach that recognizes the value in coal, oil, gas, nuclear, and yes green technologies too.
And there you have it. Six very good reasons to vote against Barack Obama and for Mitt Romney. On November 6th the choice is yours.
While watching the Jets get their butts kicked by the Dolphins I caught a press briefing from NJ Governor Chris Christie. He noted the state has drawn down lakes and reservoirs in anticipation of record flooding from Hurricane Sandy, aka Frankenstorm. And then he told local officials to "get done what you need to get done."
Commissioner Martin works directly with local officials to make sure they can do everything in their power to prepare. That means sweeping streets, clearing storm drains and basins, and desnagging rivers.
It's been one of our priorities to give these communities so ofter hard-hit by the flooding the necessary flexibility to act. So, act first, and worry about the DEP later. OK? This is one of those times you use one of my favorite sayings, it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. So, get done what you need to get done. (applause)
That's the spirit we need! Get done what you need to get done. Save lives and property. Mitigate storm damage. Worry about regulations and bureaucracy tomorrow.
Am I prepared? Is the Pope Catholic?
Milk, eggs, and bread? Check, check, and check.
I've laid in firewood, stockpiled ice, loaded up on batteries, and charged Sophie's phone. Sophie's phone? Yup. It's a basic phone so the battery lasts a week (or more). Not like my BlackBerry or Tammy's Droid which'll both conk out in under a day. And if (ahem, "when") the power goes out, my FiOS box only lasts 8 hours. Then goodbye landline.
Remember when the phone company sent you -48VDC come hell or high water? Me neither.
From a friend on Facebook:
Hurricane preparedness tip from the news...."have cash on hand in small bills". Are we all going to the strip club or something?
Well, Gov. Christie did say to do what ya gotta do!
Stay safe everybody.
What happens in Vegas gets our people killed in Benghazi.
Obama's fundraiser in Las Vegas was important. So important that he couldn't be bothered to send anyone to save Chris Stevens and his men as they fought for their lives in Benghazi.
Three times our people asked for help. Three times Obama's flunkies said "no". If this doesn't make your blood boil then you shouldn't consider yourself a patriot.
The team was in constant radio contact with their headquarters. In fact, at least one member of the team was on the roof of the annex manning a heavy machine gun when mortars were fired at the CIA compound. The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.
We already knew that Obama had direct email confirmation of a terrorist attack two hours after it started. While Ambassador Stevens and his team were still alive.
We also know the White House had real-time video of the attack.
Today we learned that Hillary Clinton asked Obama for more security at Benghazi, and he declined the request.
And now we know that The Greatest President In The History Of Forever utterly failed to make another "gutsy call". Valerie Jarrett probably wouldn't let him.
Barack Obama is unfit for the presidency. He let our people die. And then he tried to blame their deaths on a YouTube video. Adding insult to injury, he apologized for that video, after arresting the filmmaker on a bunch of trumped-up charges. How's that for honoring the First Amendment?
Barack Obama has no honor. And he certainly isn't qualified to be Commander in Chief.
I saw this graphic on Facebook today.
If I had the money I'd make that into a TV commercial. I'm Chris Wysocki and
I approve this message.
An unbelievably crass new ad from the Obama campaign, aka "desperation central".
The message is clear — you let him screw you once, why not let him screw you again?
Ladies? Barack Obama thinks you're easy.
So, OK, sure, you can give it away. Again. If you're that kind of girl. Or, you can save yourself. For when it really matters.
Because you know he won't respect you in the morning. Come Wednesday November 7th he doesn't need you any more. And trust me, he's already lost your number.
UPDATE 26 Oct 2012 09:02:
Too good not to share, via reader Pseud O'Nym:
I'd never heard of "Lena Dunham" so I had to look her up. I thought she was
just a random Obamabot dug up by the campaign. But apparently she's mildly
famous as the creator and star of an HBO show called
According to Wikipedia, her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter of "overtly sexualised pop art", and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is a photographer and designer who creates "disquieting domestic tableaux" with dolls.
Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
Oops, he dropped the plan.
Meet the new plan, same as the old plan.
Reporting the release of the new Obama agenda two weeks out from the election, CNN's Jessica Yellin came out visibly annoyed: "There's not anything significantly new in here, it's just all compiled in a nice booklet now."
Bring on More Of The Same!
Because everything Obama's done for the past 4 years has worked out so well.
"We've got a long way to go, Iowa, but we've come too far to turn back now," Obama declared at a rally Wednesday in Davenport. "We can't afford to go back to what got us into this mess. We've got to stick with policies that are getting out of this mess. That's why I'm running for a second term as President of the United States of America."
The idolatrous horde burst into applause and began chanting, "Four more years!" And their idol hadn't even told them about The Plan yet. The following passage differs from the official transcript in that it has been punctuated to convey more accurately the cadence of the Lightworker's delivery: "Now, the good news is I've got a plan! That will actually create jobs! That will actually reduce the deficit! That will actually create middle-class security! And unlike Mitt Romney, I'm proud to talk about what's actually in my plan! Because my math actually adds up!"
Did someone say "math"? Because you can't ask Obama about math.
JAY LENO: When you help your daughters with their homework, is there a subject you struggle with?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the math stuff I was fine with up until 7th grade. But Malia is now a freshman in High School and I'm pretty lost. It's tough. Fortunately, they are great students on their own. And if something doesn't work I'll call over to the Department of Energy to see if they have a physicist to come over!
Physicist, Mathematician, it's all Greek to him anyway… But trust him, his math adds up. Really. Just like he added $5.5 trillion dollars to our deficit. And put 47 million Americans on food stamps. With 23 million people still out of work. All while reducing median family incomes by more than 8% as food and energy prices necessarily skyrocket.
That's his plan. More misery. But now with higher taxes!
Yeah, I can definitely see the allure, can't you?
If you're not reading Live At Five you're missing the best damn daily news summary period.
As part of my morning routine I check a few news sites for blog fodder: NJ.com, Fox, and Yahoo News being the usual suspects. And Bingo! Yahoo gets today's prize. It's a doozy, too. Top of their page, more important than Benghazi-gate (buried at the bottom), but below Donald Trump's latest idiocy:
Fauxcahontas! For President! Because one lying crapweasel in the White House wasn't enough!
Thanks fans of Elizabeth Fauxcahontas Crockagawea Lie-awatha Warren, you made me snort coffee out of my nose this morning!
Maybe he's voting for Romney. Or maybe she's a Pats fan. But whatever the reason, Eva Longoria dumped Mark Sanchez on Sunday, to concentrate on her relationsship with Barack Obama.
Actress Eva Longoria ended her romance with New York Jet Mark Sanchez last week, and the quarterback is devastated, sources tell The Post's Page Six.
The 25-year-old NFL star has been telling friends that he and the "Desperate Housewives" star, 37, decided to end things before Sunday's game, after four months of dating.
Longoria, ex-wife of San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, was absent at the Jets' loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, tweeting the Malibu sunset. Yesterday, she was campaigning for President Obama in Nevada.
She dumped you for an older man Mark. A guy who makes promises he can't keep, and who's wooing millions of other women to boot. You can do better than a floozy like that!
What kind of "girlfriend" dumps her guy hours before a big game? She couldn't wait until Monday? I guess he wanted her to be there for him, and she said "no." Mark's GQ charm was no match for Dear Leader's dedication to protecting her lady parts. He whispered "I'll tax the rich!" and she swooned.
At least now we know why Sanchez fumbled in overtime. He was missing his gal.
You can do better Mark. She was too old for you anyway. Hang with Tebow. He'll introduce you to some girls with class. The kind of girl you can proudly take home to mama.
And in the meantime, concentrate on beating the Fish, OK?
I know that perhaps I am not being entirely rational about this. I'm the father of a 10 year old daughter. Autumn Pasquale was 12, and now she's dead because two animals decided they wanted her bike.
Two teenage brothers, ages 17 and 15, have been charged with murdering Clayton girl Autumn Pasquale, whose body was found in a recycling container outside of a house on East Clayton Avenue.
The boys, who have been identified by multiple sources as Dante and Justin Robinson, have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, disposing of a body, tampering with evidence and theft. The younger boy was also charged with luring.
Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean Dalton said the teens lured the 12-year-old girl to their East Clayton Avenue home where she was killed. An autopsy conducted Tuesday morning revealed Autumn died from "blunt force trauma, consistent with strangulation," Dalton said. He added that there was no evidence of sexual assault.
Her death has been ruled a homicide.
Twelve years old. Killed for a bike. The mutts have lawyered up. They've got rights. And due process. Justice says they're juveniles, and our enlightened and isolated Supreme Court hath decreed they can't be tried as adults. And New Jersey Progressives have abolished the death penalty.
So even if they're convicted — a bigger "if" than you'd think given all the slack murder defendants get from the state, not to mention the tricks their lawyers undoubtedly have up their sleeves — these two wastes of oxygen will live out their lives coddled by our prison system. Three square meals a day. TV, internet, phone, pornography, family visits, and jobs.
All while Autumn lies six feet under. They didn't show her any mercy. Her family will never see her or hold her or talk to her again. But we have to show mercy to her killers? We have to "understand" their poor upbringing, their "broken home", their disadvantages?. Because that's justice?
I'll tell you what's justice. Put these two assholes in a room with Autumn's father for 15 minutes. Then string 'em up. Publicly. So the next malcontent with a grudge against girls riding nice bikes might think twice before luring his target to her death.
They don't deserve to live. And a system which gives them the benefit of the doubt, which tolerates their excuses (We was high, man...) shouldn't be confused with one which dispenses justice.
Justice for Autumn? Dante and Justin Robinson must die as painfully as she did. No remorse. Rid the planet of their wretched existences. Cleanse our state from the stench of their evil. Burn their corpses and dump the ashes in a sewer. Leave no trace of them. Far better for them that had never been born! Now condemn their souls to the fires of Hell for all eternity.
No, you'll say, none of that will bring Autumn back. But, I assure you of this. It'll let fathers like me sleep better at night, knowing two predators aren't busy plotting an attack on their next victim. We hug our daughters tightly tonight. We grieve with Autumn's family. And I for one stand resolutely for real justice. The kind we had before all the do-gooders and equivocators suckered us into revoking pennance from our penal system. An eye for an eye. And a tooth for a tooth. Two worthless, unrepentent lives for one which shined with light and promise.
Requiescat in pace.
Halfway through last night's debate I thought to myself, "I'm missing Monday Night Football for this?" Apparently though, Obama "won". All my liberal Facebook friends said so. Foreign policy isn't Mitt's strong suit, but then I saw this tweet from Stacy McCain.
BREAKING: Obama wins debate, according to Muslim Brotherhood focus group.— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) October 23, 2012
I also like his take on what Foreign Policy really means:
Foreign policy is really simple, yet the intellectuals and "experts" get paid to pretend we need their advice. This is all just expert rent-seeking, you see.
There are two kinds of people in the world: Americans and foreigners. And there are three kinds of foreigners:
1. Enemies who want to kill us;
2. Allies who want to help us kill our enemies; and
3. A bunch of irrelevant people who don't really need a "policy."
Simple, as I say, and once you've got the basics of who's who figured out, everything else is obvious. Yet there are "specialists" with advanced degrees from prestigious universities who need jobs telling us what to think, and I get so tired of hearing these know-it-alls, I want to stab out their eyeballs with sharp sticks.
Unfortunately sometimes one of these so-called "experts" gets himself elected President of the United States and thus we have to endure 90 minutes of deep baritone enunciations of Pock-ee-stahn. I swore, if he said Pock-ee-stahn one more time I'd poke my ears out with a bayonet. And there was something about ships where planes land and other ships that are underwater. Hopefully those underwater ships didn't sink, and if they did sink, no planes are trying to land on them.
I'm not a Navy guy, but even I know they're called "boats". The Navy has boats. Cruise lines have ships. You'd think a foreign policy expert who's trying to score hot-shot military dude points would know the difference.
Ah, cut him some slack. It was probably covered at one of those intelligence briefings that couldn't be rescheduled between golf and Beyonce. She's way more interesting anyway! But perhaps not as helpful as whatever late-night comedian came up with "the 80's called they want their foreign policy back." Maybe Obama got that zinger from Vladmir Putin. He seems like a guy who knows about boats and how to use them.
President Vladimir Putin took a leading role in the latest tests of Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal, the most comprehensive since the 1991 Soviet collapse, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
The exercises, held mostly on Friday, featured prominently in news reports on state television which seemed aimed to show Russians and the world that Putin is the hands-on chief of a resurgent power.
Tests involving command systems and all three components of the nuclear "triad" - land and sea-launched long-range nuclear missiles and strategic bombers - were conducted "under the personal leadership of Vladimir Putin", the Kremlin said.
Nothing to see here, because Obama's got a big reset button, or something. I think Putin pushed that button, and it reset the calendar. To the 80's. If he keeps that stuff up, well, Mister we could use a man like Ronald Reagan again. Or at least a guy who remembers Ronald Reagan.
Hey, did anyone else catch Bob Schieffer's "Obama's bin Laden" gaffe? I had to rewind, twice, just to be sure I wasn't mishearing him as I laughed uncontrollably. Obama killed bin Laden you know. I can't recall if he mentioned that last night.
One thing I do remember, but seems like it needs more explanation, is something Obama said about how hiring more teachers will help us defeat al Qaeda. "Nation building at home" I believe he called it. And here I thought we already built this nation. Maybe it was back in the 80's.
Adding insult to injury, at least when it comes to my office football pool, the Bears won, 13 - 7, which sucks for me because the Lions got 6½ points. Did I pick da Bears? Of course I did. Hey, maybe if the pollsters give Obama a 6½ point spread his loyal fans can pretend he's beating Romney.
Non-union contractors are now persona non grata in Newark, NJ.
In a ceremony last week, Newark Mayor Cory Booker signed a project labor agreement guaranteeing union participation in some of the city's biggest construction projects.
After two years of negotiation over the ordinance, its passage on the city council and approval by the mayor represents a coup for the roughly two dozen trade unions that will have dibs on any tax-abated construction project worth $25 million or more and public works project over $5 million.
Because we all know that unions are always the lowest cost option when it comes to construction projects.
The little guy doesn't stand a chance when the unionistas are running the show.
Since 2010, the council has been trying to hash out a deal that guarantees any projects meeting the threshold would be required union jobs. But the council took a lot of heat from residents who felt the unions did not employ enough Newarkers.
With an unemployment rate nearly twice the national average, required union jobs would shut out workers who had not been admitted to the locals.
So what did the city do? They sold out the taxpayers and their own unemployed residents for the promise of some future job training.
But with some careful negotiation the unions are now guaranteeing a free training course for Newarkers in everything from how to wire a new building to how to go on an interview.
"This in essence gives them a leg up," said Essex County Building Trades President Marty Schwartz. "It's a positive thing for the city of Newark — for the residents of Newark. It just means that this is a door that's being opened."
The union only accepts about 20 applicants per class out of hundreds who will likely apply, so the program will not make a major dent in the city's 16 percent unemployment rate.
Twenty jobs! Wow, what a breakthrough. The residents of Newark must be ecstatic. That Cory Booker, he's the man. Meanwhile construction projects in Newark will probably cost anywhere from 12 to 18 percent more than if they were competitively bid. And of course the unions will use this payoff to generously donate to Booker's upcoming gubernatorial campaign.
It's all perfectly legal. And it stinks to high heaven.
Did Pravda let the cat out of the bag?
The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran's nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what could be a last-ditch diplomatic effort to avert a military strike on Iran.
Iranian officials have insisted that the talks wait until after the presidential election, a senior administration official said, telling their American counterparts that they want to know with whom they would be negotiating.
Now here's a question that's probably on your mind. If Iran had to spend the next 4 years "negotiating" with someone, would they like it to be President Golfpants, or Mitt Romney?
Keep in mind too that there's a foreign policy debate on Monday. Coincidence? Or a calculated ploy to enhance Obama's stature and thus retain the upper hand?
Because, you know, Barry's been so gosh-darned effective at corraling Iran for the past 3½ years.
But wait, there's more! Celebrity shyster Gloria Allred claims to have an October Surprise of her own.
Republicans are bracing themselves for Gloria Allred to make a potentially damaging revelation about Mitt Romney, just weeks before the election.
The pro-President Obama lawyer is rumoured to be preparing for her so-called 'October surprise' in which she will strike the Republican presidential hopeful's chances by unearthing some sort of secret or scandal.
To me the real surprise here is that anyone still takes this attention whore seriously.
But let's assume she's got some kind of Lilly Ledbetter lunacy to unleash against Mitt. Binders full of underpaid women! All of whom work in the Obama White House.
Oh, wait, that can't possibly be what Mizz Allred has up her sleeve.
Never mind. And in the event Barry's bylined brigade of Democratic Party operatives in the Lame Stream Media feel the need to concoct an October Surprise, Glenn Reynolds has some sagacious advice for the Romney camp.
They're desperate, so they'll try anything. And — as with the bogus McCain-affair story from the New York Times, the press will do its best to hype anything, however weak. If I were Romney, I'd have lawyers quietly informing outlets that false stories before the election will be met with libel suits — and expensive, embarrassing discovery — after the election. Whether I win or lose, guys, you'll have my lawyers trolling through your emails for years. And we both know there's a lot of stuff there you don't want anyone to see.
To borrow a phrase, this October the best surprise is no surprise.
President Obama is prepared to veto legislation to block year-end tax hikes and spending cuts, collectively known as the "fiscal cliff," unless Republicans bow to his demand to raise tax rates for the wealthy, administration officials said.
Freed from the political and economic constraints that have tied his hands in the past, Obama is ready to play hardball with Republicans, who have so far resisted a deal to tame the debt that includes higher taxes, Obama's allies say.
After the November election, the tables will be turned: Taxes are scheduled to rise dramatically in January for people at all income levels, and Republicans will be unable to stop those automatic increases alone.
If he wins reelection, Obama may finally be able to dictate the terms of a bipartisan debt-reduction deal. And if he loses to Republican Mitt Romney, Obama could make sure that tax rates rise before he hands over the keys to the White House on Jan. 20.
His veto threat challenges Republicans to a dangerous game of chicken over a fiscal event that would raise taxes for nearly 90 percent of households, slice deeply into military and domestic budgets, and probably spark a recession.
Obama's new slogan — Heads I win, Tails you lose! He'd rather destroy the country than give up on his Marxist class warfare schtick.
And no, don't try to tell me we need more revenue. We have plenty of revenue. When you've got money for robotic squirrels I'd say you're not serious about cutting spending.
Here's a chilling fact. The largest line item in Obama's budget is wealth transfer. $1.03 Trillion dollars for welfare. Taxing you to give money to him. And her. And a whole bunch of other guys too. Obamaphones for everybody! They're free!
There's the reason he wants to raise taxes. Not to cut the deficit. His goal
is to put even more Americans on the dole. And he'll gladly drive us all off
a cliff to do it.
I knew last week's dip in the unemployment rate was all smoke and mirrors. Now there's proof. Initial jobless claims spiked back up to 388,000 this week. Right where they've been for months.
Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits jumped 46,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the highest in four months. The increase represents a rebound from the previous week's sharp drop. Both swings were largely due to technical factors.
The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose slightly to 365,500, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is a level consistent with modest hiring.
Last week, California reported a large drop in applications, pushing down the overall figure to the lowest since February 2008. This week, it reported a significant increase as it processed applications delayed from the previous week.
"Technical factors" == California Democrats distorting their reports to make Dear Leader look good ahead of his anticipated "rebound" in the second presidential debate. Look! A Recovery! My "plan" is working!
No, it's not.
Obama has no plan. Obama has no clue. More of the same won't cut it. Alas, he's out of ideas.
And thus, more Americans are out of work. Again.
Recession: When your neighbor loses his job.
Depression: When you lose your job.
Recovery: When Obama loses his job!
Romney 2012! Because Obama can't print enough Food Stamps for all of America.
Aren't you glad we have a president who doesn't understand basic economics? Me too! Because then he can walk into a debate and get away with saying stupid shit like this:
Well, think about what the governor — think about what the governor just said. He said when I took office, the price of gasoline was $1.80, $1.86. Why is that? Because the economy was on the verge of collapse, because we were about to go through the worst recession since the Great Depression, as a consequence of some of the same policies that Governor Romney's now promoting. So, it's conceivable that Governor Romney could bring down gas prices because with his policies, we might be back in that same mess.
There is so much sand-pounding stupidity in that statement, I don't know where to start. Fortunately Elizabeth Price Foley guest-blogging at Instapundit schools The Smartest Guy In The Room using words even an Obamabot can understand.
Gas prices, like anything else, are a function of supply and demand. A recession or depression reduces demand. If supply stays constant, gas prices will fall. But if the supply side of the equation is also negatively affected/reduced — as, for example, the reduction of leases and drilling on federal land, as pointed out by Romney — gas prices should rise (as they have). The bottom line? Gas prices should have — probably would have — fallen in our current recession, due to decreased demand. But since the Obama Administration's anti-carbon, anti-fossil fuel policies have taken hold, the negative impact on supply has outpaced the reduction in demand, leading to significantly higher prices.
But if Obama is making sense, then when gas was 25 cents a gallon, the economy must really have been in the shitter, right? Well, Obamabots? Am I right? Or are you too young to remember?
Let's also take Obama's illogic straight on: If he's right that an improved economy = higher gas prices, then isn't he telling us that we can never expect to see gas prices fall again (because of course we all know his policies are causing a "huge recovery")? That's comforting — kind of like the statement of his Dep't of Interior Secretary Steven Chu from Feb, 2012 that the Administration's goal was "somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe" (around $8/gal.).
"Energy prices will necessarily skyrocket." I think some guy running for president said that, once upon a time. Apparently the voters didn't believe he was serious.
Here's a zinger that's making the rounds on Facebook:
Re-elect Obama. You'll wish for the good old days of $4 / gallon gas.
Thanks Elizabeth for making my job easier today.
Yeah, I'm going with the Star Wars metaphor. Romney crushed the Debt Star in the first debate, and the stage was set for an Obama comeback meme. He didn't disappoint, but then again he had a little help from his friend Candy Crowley. The Empire is well-served by the bylined Democratic Party operatives at CNN.
Watching one of these slugfests with a bunch of left-leaning Obama supporters is a sociological adventure. And yeah, I was pretty much the only Romney guy in the room. They cheered when Obama spoke and jeered at Romney's jabs. The "my pension isn't as big as yours" line went over particularly well with them.
In the end though most folks agreed it was a draw. Each man played to his strengths, and a few of the Obama supporters decried the generally softball nature of the questions. And no one had anything nice to say about moderator Candy Crowley. "Lost control" and "condescending" were common refrains.
Partisan hack, was my take. Because when she "corrected" Gov. Romney's characterization of Obama's Rose Garden speech on Libya, the crowd at the Cloverleaf went wild. No moderator in the history of presidential debates has ever refereed the candidates, thrown a penalty flag, and issued a ruling after booth review. Yet there was Crowley, sanctimoniously proclaiming Obama to be right and chastising Romney for daring to contradict him. The liberals ate it up. I cringed.
In years past the Obama - Crowley tag team would have carried the day. But the internet is a wonderful thing, and fact-checkers quickly rushed in where Journolists failed to tread. Faced with actual transcripts of Obama's Rose Garden speech Crowley was forced to walk-back her shilling.
Candy Crowley, the Replacement Ref of presidential debate moderators!
Kudos to Mitt. You could see that hours of preparation that went into this debate on display. That the topic would come up was fairly obvious. But the delivery was polished, and Obama's body language and shout to Crowley for a lifeline were sweet, sweet tells. Romney should have ended his exchange with Crowley by saying "Thank you, Madame President."
Say whatever else you want about the debate: seeing Romney have the sack to call out Obama for lying, to his face, was pure chewing satisfaction.
Let's see, what else? I took a bunch of notes. Obama neatly sidestepped the question on gasoline prices — I doubled fuel economy standards so hey, you're only using half as much gas! — but didn't say anything really new. Romney fumbled the opportunity to hit him hard here, it's not as if Obama wasn't hammering George Bush for high gas prices back in 2008. And not everyone can afford a new car or wants to buy a Chevy Volt. But Obama didn't do himself any favors by refusing to say if $4 / gallon gas is "the new normal." Because if Obama is re-elected we'll think back on $4 / gallon gas as "the good old days." Romney should have said that.
On the taxes question we saw Obama once again try very hard to put words in Romney's mouth. "Here's what Governor Romney will do…" followed of course by Romney saying "no, I won't." And the inevitable, "yes, you will." It was childish, but what else can Obama do, run on his record?
I like these supposed "undecided" voters, NOT! What a bunch of phonies. Question for Romney, "do you blame Bush?" Gimme a break. Tailor-made softball for Obama to "rebut." Can't win issue for Romney. But Candy Crowley's not biased, honest!
Then of course one of the three aging feminuts who still burns her bras nightly showed up to agitate for "equal pay." Another softball for Obama, and Romney's tepid response was probably the best he could do but it didn't play well at all with my new liberal friends. Will rehashing the "war on women" swing female voters back to Obama? Romney should have noted that Obama's own White House pays their female staffers less than the men. Take notes ladies, watch what Obama does, don't listen to what he says.
Did anybody count how many times Obama glibly interjected "I killed bin Laden"? At one point I snarked, "how, with a golf club?" Got cold stares from the crowd.
And did anybody count how many times he claimed "I saved Detroit"? Someone needs to ask the 20,000 guys (formerly) at Delphi about that "saved" thing. Obama saved the UAW. Non-union workers, not so much.
When Romney was asked about illegal immigration there was Crowley again to shill for Obama, whacking Romney about "self-deportation." I defined "self-deportation" — it's when Paul Ryan has to wash dishes. The crowd, it was not amused. C'mon, that was funny!
Obama saved his two biggest whoppers for the end. "I believe in self-reliance." And, "The commitments I've made, I've kept." Well, except for the ones that were too hard. He's "still working" on those.
He must think we're all idiots. Maybe he can print that nonsense on all the
food stamps he passes out. Or text it to every Obamaphone. (Another jibe
that elicited cold stares from the peanut gallery). Some people will
In a little over 4 hours I'll be surrounded by Obamabots at the Caldwells Patch.com debate-watch party. The editor's a friend, and she asked nicely if I'd come, so I said "yes." I'm pretty sure I'm gonna be the only Romney supporter there, so if you're in the neighborhood come on down to the Cloverleaf and cheer Mitt (and me) on.
We're gonna need the help. Candy Crowley's got delusions of grandeur, on top of her blatant anti-Romney bias. So Mitt's outnumbered, 2 - 1. The liberal media (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party) considers that "fair."
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"
— Chesty Puller, USMC
My Facebook friend Barbara Espinosa set her Wayback Machine for Hofstra 2008, where then-Senator Obama met up with John McCain in a similar presidential debate. Mr. Obama made some pretty impressive promises that day. Called 'em guarantees, he did. So imagine Barbara's surprise when she realized that none of those promises actually came true.
Obama 2008: Promised that those making less than $250,000 would not see "One Dime" of tax increases. Yeah, America fell for it. Too bad Congress had to pass Obamacare for us to find out there were 21 separate middle class tax increases buried inside it. And that the Obama tax 'em 'til they bleed machine was just getting warmed up.
Obama 2008: Pass Obamacare and it'll lower health care premiums by $2,500 per year. Dude, where's my savings? Average health insurance premiums have increased by over $3,000 per year. And that's before the rationing kicks in.
Obama 2008: Investments in Green Energy will create 5 million new jobs. Reality didn't even come close, and Obama's "investments" seem to be destined to fail. He's really great at picking losers. Creating jobs? Not so much.
Obama 2008: Promised to cut the deficit in half in 4 years. Instead he presided over the largest deficit increase in history, but conveniently "forgot" how much when joking about it with David Letterman. Besides, it's all Bush's fault anyway. Obama's just a spectator on the rollercoaster to fiscal oblivion.
Now if I were one of the "random" voters selected to question the candidates tonight, I might ask about those broken promises. But since Candy Crowley and CNN are doing the selecting we can be certain they'll weed out anyone who isn't star-struck by Dear Leader and thus leave us with the usual assortment of Democratic Party plants masquerading as "concerned, undecided" citizens. That's called journalism. Or something.
Thankfully my blog bud Kim came up with
a debate drinking game. I hope it eases the pain.
So much for my circular firing squad theory. While most of America (including me!) was watching Peyton Manning's second half dismantling of Philip Rivers and the Bolts Hillary Clinton played the responsibility card.
The President and Vice President are not involved in security decisions.
Unless you mean securing a tee time. I'm sure they're involved in that.
While Obama was scrounging around for someone (anyone!) to blame, Hillary stepped up and said, "blame me". She comes off as the adult in the room and paints Obama and Biden as weak and disengaged. They flew to Vegas; Hillary manned-up. She also quite neatly takes Benghazi off the table as an election issue. The answers are in, time to move on to something more important.
Like say, the feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.
Obama's all over that one, like the True Statesman that he is. Maybe he
can tackle the NHL lockout while he's at it. I'm sure some dingbat at tonight's
townhall debate will ask Mitt to weigh in on both.
It was inevitable, as soon as Team HopenChange tried to throw Hillary Clinton under the Benghazi bus, you just knew she wouldn't go quietly.
A confusing array of contradictions concerning the murders of four Americans, one of which was a U.S. ambassador, was made worse by Vice President Joe Biden's remarks during the debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Thursday evening.
Today the confusion only worsened yet again when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that her agency was not the source of misinformation concerning the attacks, charging instead that the White House was the source of the false mantra that the murders were spurred by an anti-Muslim film made in the United States.
Clinton told reporters that when Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her rounds on every Sunday morning news show to claim the film motivated the attacks, the information had been fed to her by the White House and not the intelligence community in the State Department or the CIA.
Not only does Clinton's statement contradict early White House accounts but directly contradicts statements made by Vice President Biden during the debate.
In a war between the Clinton Clan and Obama bin Biden, I know who my money's on.
If Obama thinks he's gonna throw Hillary Clinton under his bus, he's going to find out the hard way his bus ain't big enough. He's not looking too good in the polls lately — even PPP has him trailing Romney in Florida now — and rather than playing the Good Soldier in his doomed re-election campaign, why shouldn't Hillary kick off her 2016 campaign by helping expose Obama's bungling?
Heh. And as Henry Kissinger famously said about the Iran - Iraq war, "It's a pity they both can't lose."
Democrats turning on each other like rabid dogs. Three weeks before the election! Warms the cockles of my heart.
It's always "blame Bush." Easier than taking responsibility. Or solving the problem. The thing is though, Joe Biden was right there cheering along with everyone else when those two wars were approved.
Biden pointed to Ryan and blamed the recession on "this man voting to put two wars on a credit card…" The only problem with this assertion is then-Sen. Joe Biden voted for those "two wars on credit cards" too. He doesn't want you to know that, but it's absolutely true.
Oops. Talk about an inconvenient truth.
Then there's the equally inconvenient fact that when it comes to putting stuff "on credit cards" Obama makes Bush look like a piker. Here's my favorite chart again:
Notice anything different between 2008 and 2009? Take your time, look closely, you wouldn't want to draw the wrong conclusion.
Yeah, pretty obvious, right? In 2008 the deficit was a little north of $400 billion. Yet only a year later it zoomed to $1.41 trillion, a three-fold increase.
What major historical event occured between 2008 and 2009?
Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?
Yes, you in the back. Barack Obama took office? Ayup, I believe you're on to something. And then Congress passed his ginormous boondoggle stimulus package? Right again, that's exactly what they did.
Notice anything else, perhaps about 2010, 11, and 12? I'll give you a hint. See those White House Estimate and CBO Estimate lines? Care to guess why the Actual Deficit bar always turns out to be way bigger than anything Obama's minions have estimated?
The country ain't running on Hopium, that's why. I'd say Obama's been spending money like a drunken sailor, except that's unfair to drunken sailors. They stop spending when their money runs out. Obama calls up TurboTax Timmy Geithner and he prints up a few billion new stacks of hundred dollar bills. Backed, of course, by the Full Faith and Credit of the Bank of China.
Now consider this. For the last three years Obama's deficits have outpaced his own deficit estimates. Then take a look at how the estimates not-so-slowly start getting bigger and bigger and bigger.
Kinda makes you wonder if Obama's got what it takes to tame this deficit monster, doesn't it?
You Obamabots don't have to answer that if you don't want to. The numbers speak for themselves. They scream actually, for new leadership.
Mitt Romney for president! Because the credit card bills just came due,
and raiding our grandchildren's piggy banks is not an option.
Of course they let her resign rather than suffer the ignominity of being fired. But at long last Rocio Rivera has forfeited her government job.
A clerk at the Essex County Sheriff's Office resigned her job this week more than a year after agreeing to forfeit the post as part of a guilty plea to voter fraud.
The employee, Rocio Rivera, "resigned her position with this department on Tuesday," Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Lynch confirmed today.
It took 17 months for Sheriff Armando Fontoura's wheels of justice to catch up to one of his own employees. Because even though she was convicted of voter fraud, it was all in a good cause — re-electing one of Fontoura's boss's henchwomen to the NJ State Senate. And nobody ever said Joe DiVincenzo doesn't take care of his friends. Seventeen months of paychecks you're not entitled to kinda eases the pain.
And I'm sure it's just a happy coincidence that self-appointed taxpayer advocate
Phil Orphanidis was at last week's Freeholder meeting raising a big stink over
Ms. Rivera's immunity from the consequences of her felony conviction. Yup. A
little sunlight works wonders!
I watched the VP debate on tape delay because Sophie had a school project that was due and then there was Thursday Night Football. You know, important stuff.
On the other hand, Stacy McCain called it for Ryan before the debate even started. That's one reason he's the Gonzo Reporter Of The Century, doing the job our lame-stream media won't do. Of course it helps that he was right.
It's clear that Biden was advised to be aggressive, to bulldoze, interrupt and filibuster, to treat Ryan with contempt. The astonishing thing (or, maybe not) is how moderator Martha Raddatz is enabling that strategy.
Martha Raddatz is a partisan tool. Her questioning of Ryan bordered on sneering. And interjecting that gotcha abortion zinger at the end, then hounding Ryan about his answer, was completely unprofessional. But par for the course. Biden needed a solid "win" issue to fire up the progbot feminut base and she handed one to him on a silver platter.
Then again, Biden did manage to insult millions of devout Catholics by claiming "my religion defines who I am." Really? He must thing we're all idiots. Look up Canon 915 Joe, and then get back to us.
And the smirking. VP Smirky McSmirkerton and his malarkey detector! He's had a lot of practice… Just goes to show you though, the White House is laughing at your problems.
Were you laughing? I wasn't. This shit's serious. Guy oughta show some respect. If not for Mr. Ryan, then for the 23 million Americans who are out of work. Didn't Joe recently say the middle class has been hosed for the past 4 years? Who's been running the show all that time Joe?
But when you've got nothing, you bloviate, obfuscate, equivocate, and prevaricate.
Biden said someone who makes 50K a year pays more in taxes than Mitt Romney. Math #fail Joe. Romney paid $4.3 million in taxes last year, that's like a gazillion times more than your mythical 47 percenter's entire paycheck. That guy making 50K? He's not the issue Joe, nobody is going to tax him into oblivion. Well, except you and Obama when Taxmageddon hits on January 1st.
Mitt Romney's gonna do his best to make sure that doesn't happen.
Somebody buy Joe Biden a map — Syria might be "a completely different country" from Libya, but it sure as hell ain't 5 times bigger.
Benghazi. Biden tried very hard to deflect that one. Threw the intelligence community under the bus. Then not 5 minutes later he assured us that those same intelligence dudes had the Iran situation completely under control. So which is it? They can't see actual terrorists killing our Ambassador while watching it happen live on CNN, but they've got super-duper x-ray vision to peer directly into the bowels of Iran's nuclear weapons facilities?
Gee, I seem to remember another president who relied on crappy intelligence and Biden et al vilified him for it. What was that guy's name again?
You know how I know Biden lost the debate? Two ways. The Star-Ledger is running a "who won" poll. It's currently at Ryan 56%, Biden 44%. If the liberal echo chamber in New Jersey thinks Biden didn't win, well, Biden didn't win.
And second? My Obamabot facebook friends are silent. Except for the anti-Mormon bigot. She's posting idiotically mendacious graphics like a maniacal banshee. More than 100 of them, all night long. She didn't even take time to sleep. That's some seriously deranged desperation, like she needs to rhythmically reinforce her devotion to Dear Leader, otherwise doubt might creep in, take root, and destroy her entire house of cards.
It's desperation time in Progville. We knew they were going to play the Mormon Card at some point, and now it's here in all its ugly heinousness.
I won't link to it, but popping up in my Facebook feed is a disgusting anti-Mormon video, along with hate-mongering commentary:
I'm sorry I don't want a man in the White House who believes he is a god and will repopulate a far off planet with his multiple wives. I also don't want a man who thinks that the angels who were neutral in the battle of God vs. Lucifer, are the source of the negro race. Don't believe me? Watch this video that mormons actually show their children. Is this a man you want in the White House? I don't think so. If he's a god, he can't die when we go to war, or have famine... Couple this with the monster that is Paul Ryan and well we're screwed America.
Why not post The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion while you're at it, you bigoted little twit.
And not for nothing, but the problem with the guy we have in the White House now is that people like you think he's god.
Unfriend her, right? She's the twenty-something daughter of an old college chum, who I know to be a decent, rational, and analytical fellow even if we disagree politically. Sadly she hasn't lived up to her patrimony. The kid's never had an original thought in her life, which is painfully obvious to anyone viewing her timeline. It's filled with repost after repost of mendacious anti-Romney / anti-Republican graphics from the far-left fever swamps of the net. And Farmville.
Up 'til now I've used her ravings for comic relief. And I've tried (and tried and tried…) to engage her in dialog, but she never responds. No critical thinking skills, just mental masturbation. Which has now veered into full-blown derangement.
So since she likes cartoons so much, here's one I found.
In a way I feel sorry for her. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
The Commission on Presidential Debates is non-partisan and impartial. Honest. It's just a coincidence they keep selecting debate moderators who are sycophantic admirers of Democratic candidates.
Remember Gwen Ifill? She wrote a fawning biography of Barack Obama before moderating the 2008 Vice Presidential debate.
ABC's Martha Raddatz does Ifill one better. She was impartially selected to moderate Thursday's VP debate. But it turns out Raddatz is pretty chummy with Barack Obama. How chummy? He was a guest at her wedding.
President Barack Obama was a guest at the 1991 wedding of ABC senior foreign correspondent and vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz, The Daily Caller has learned. Obama and groom Julius Genachowski, whom Obama would later tap to head the Federal Communications Commission, were Harvard Law School classmates at the time and members of the Harvard Law Review.
Isn't that special? Her husband works for Obama. There's an incentive to ask the tough questions! Well, tough questions for that woman-hating, granny-killing, Christer Paul Ryan. But put Amtrak Joe in the hot seat? Not. Gonna. Happen.
Media bias? Seems more like incest to me.
He's 43 years old, he still lives with his parents, and he expects the government to provide his sustenance even though he's perfectly capable of earning a living on his own.
No wonder Big Bird made an ad for Obama. He's the quintessential Obama voter!
Hook Big Bird up with Sandra Fluke and you've got the perfect Democrat couple.
Meanwhile, some fictional characters manage to succeed on their own.
It looks like President Obama picked another loser.
President Obama touted it in 2010 as evidence "manufacturing jobs are coming back to the United States," but two years later, a Michigan hybrid battery plant built with $150 million in taxpayer funds is putting workers on furlough before a single battery has been produced.
Workers at the Compact Power manufacturing facilities in Holland, Mich., run by LG Chem, have been placed on rotating furloughs, working only three weeks per month based on lack of demand for lithium-ion cells.
There is a silver lining though. Every time one of those furloughed workers heads back in for his three week shift the Labor Dept counts him as another new job! LG Chem might not be able to make batteries but they sure can create fake new jobs better than anyone. What else was all that Stimulus money for but to ensure Obama gets re-elected, right?
Energize the unemployment picture while wasting taxpayer dollars on pretending
to make batteries for a car nobody wants to buy. It's the Chicago Way.
It's a sunny Saturday morning. Your garage sale items are all lined up, neatly arranged on tables waiting for the first customer. And then the black Suburbans pull up. Federal Copyright Agents swoop in, confiscating everything made outside the USA, and slapping handcuffs on you and your children.
Sound farfetched? It isn't. A case headed for the Supreme Court later this month could make it illegal for you to resell pretty much anything you own, unless it is 100% made-in-the-USA.
At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.
Under the doctrine, which the Supreme Court has recognized since 1908, you can resell your stuff without worry because the copyright holder only had control over the first sale.
Put simply, though Apple Inc. has the copyright on the iPhone and Mark Owen has it on the book "No Easy Day," you can still sell your copies to whomever you please whenever you want without retribution.
That's being challenged now for products that are made abroad, and if the Supreme Court upholds an appellate court ruling, it would mean that the copyright holders of anything you own that has been made in China, Japan or Europe, for example, would have to give you permission to sell it.
Since virtually nothing is made entirely in the US these days this case has the potential to kill secondhand sales nationwide. No more used cars. No iPods on EBay. No used books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, or computers.
The greed of the publishing / entertainment / electronics industry is breathtaking in its audacity. The thing is though, lower courts have already ruled in favor of the copyright police. See, it's "not fair" that they could lose out on an additional sale. The guy who can't buy your used copy of Das Kapital will almost certainly drive on over to Barnes & Noble to purchase a brand new edition. Honest.
Will SCOTUS see reason? Don't count on it. Chief Justice John Roberts pulled Obamatax out of his ass. There's no telling what he might do with his newfound power to fuck over American citizens with the stroke of a pen. No one sells used SCOTUS opinions, right? What does he care if he makes garage sales illegal?
Freedom. It was fun while it lasted.
I'm all for teaching our kids to conserve energy. Electricity is expensive. Oil and gasoline is obscenely expensive. Turn off the lights when you leave a room. Don't leave the car running while you duck into the store. Keep the thermostat set at 70 in the winter and 78 in the summer. They're not just good ideas, they're practical too.
So why am I complaining about a new EPA initiative to push those ideas into our children's heads? Because the program they've created isn't about educating kids to use less energy. Oh no, in typical liberal fascist fashion it's mostly about snitching on "energy wasters".
Get ready for legions of ten-year-olds armed with clipboards and door hangers, sent forth to harangue the over-illuminated, gas-guzzling, too-cool-for-school air-conditioned Gaia-abusers out among the hinterlands. Because the EPA is ready with everything your school needs to get started. Today!
"Educate students and staff about how their behaviors affect energy use. Some schools have created student energy patrols to monitor and inform others when energy is wasted."
For example, the Arizona Public School's website provides information for setting up energy patrols. The website states "emphasize social action through environmental education gives students a chance to do something about environmental problems instead of just hearing about them."
The APS website says that patrol members can be provided with ID tags, vests and clipboards. Their responsibilities include leaving reminders to better conserve energy in rooms they find that have the lights on but are unoccupied.
And so the indoctrination begins. Learn from the State, report noncompliance back to the State, get rewarded by the State. It's the cycle of socialism, the natural order of the Progressive leviathan. Subvert the children, and the parents will soon be irrelevant. It takes a village to promote energy efficiency.
Security at Newark Liberty International Airport is an illusion. That's not my opinion, nor the opinion of the hundreds of thousands of travelers the TSA needlessly hassles every year. Nope. It's the conclusion of a scathing report issued by an undercover TSA Red Team which goes around the nation trying to beat airport security.
At Newark Airport, beating TSA is so easy even a terrorist could do it.
Screeners at Newark Liberty International Airport are properly executing standard pat-downs of passengers only 16.7 percent of the time and they identify and take appropriate action on prohibited items in only a quarter of all cases, according to a secret internal report.
Yeah, I can imagine why they'd want to keep this stuff a secret. Three quarters of "prohibited items" breezed on through screening. Not your toenail clippers though. Or an 88 year old veteran's Congressional Medal of Honor, TSA always confiscates those "prohibited items". Just not the stuff that could actually bring down an airplane.
Because we don't have a system for protecting air travel, we have a system for annoying people. And as it turns out the drones tasked with annoying us aren't very good at their official job (but yeah, they're great at the "annoying" part).
But have no fear America! The union rep for TSA screeners says the problem lies not with the people but with their training.
Mecca Scott, a former Newark screener who is now a national organizer with the Association of Federal Government Employees, the union representing 44,000 screeners, said scrutiny comes with the territory.
Stacy Bodtmann, another AFGE union official who is still a screener in Newark, said the evaluation points to the need for more training.
Translation: You can evalute us, you can critique us, but you can't fire us because we've got a union and you didn't tell us how to properly do our jobs.
Janet Incompetano, you're the greatest Secretary of Homeland Security Evah!
Here's another interesting statistic. 0.0 percent. That's right, zero. Zero is the number of times unionized TSA bozos at Newark properly informed passengers of their right to opt out of a full-body scan in favor of a pat-down.
"There are certainly anecdotal reports, in addition to this, that people who elected not to go through the scanner and have elected the pat-down have been patted down much more aggressively."
In case you were wondering, "patted down much more aggressively" is bureaucrat-ease for "sexually assaulted." Because that's what they do. They grab your private parts and squeeze. Hard. I think that's called flying the friendly skies.
Our country is in the very best of hands.
Poor Big Bird. Mitt Romney wants to throw him under the bus. That's what my liberal Facebook friends are saying. Romney will deregulate Wall Street and crack down on Sesame Street.
Oh, the humanity.
How about some facts?
Shows like Sesame Street are multi-million dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 -- nearly a million dollars -- in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, "Sesame Street" made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales.
Big Bird makes a cool $50 million a year. And thanks to PBS being a nonprofit organization, he doesn't pay a dime in taxes. I think that's known as "Economic Patriotism". Or something.
So go ahead, tell me again why we need to borrow money from China to subsidize a fictional character who's richer than Mitt Romney.
Occupy Sesame Street! Because Big Bird isn't the 1%. He's the 0.001%. And it's
about time he paid his "fair share".
The fix, it is in. Obama's Labor Department issued it's September jobs report today, and whaddaya know, the unemployment rate has dipped below 8% for the first time in nearly 4 years.
The monthly jobless rate dipped below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years, according to new economic data that could give President Obama a campaign-trail lifeline after a disappointing debate performance.
The September report showed the unemployment rate falling to 7.8 percent. The number of jobs added was still a modest 114,000, and many of them were part time -- but the president's campaign will surely use the lower rate to boost its argument that the economy is heading in the right direction.
Part time jobs, eh? That's his "recovery"?
Well then. Since many of my liberal friends have developed a newfound affinity for Math (you should see all the silly Photoshops they've been posting on Facebook accusing Romney of using voodoo a-rith-me-tic during the debate) let's show them some actual figures.
Looking at the internals, there were few true bright spots, but at least it wasn't as bleak as the last couple of months. The U-6 number, which captures unemployment and underemployment as well as the marginally attached, stayed the same as in August at 14.7%. The civilian population participation rate rose a tenth of a point to 63.6%, exactly where it was in the 1982 midterm election, and only missing the 31-year low set last month.
The number of unemployed dropped 456,000 last month, while only 114,000 jobs got added. That either means that 342,000 people left the US, or they left the work force in one way or another. In the household survey, though, the number of people with jobs rose by 873,000 — a very strange outcome that makes it appear that more than one tweak has been done to previous data. (The +873K is in the seasonally adjusted number, by the way.)
Obviously in this case "seasonally adjusted" means election season adjusted. Obama's toadies fudged the numbers to make Dear Leader look good. They invented 759,000 newly employed Americans (873,000 - 114,000) out of whole cloth.
And I'm sure all of those fictional workers are already registered to vote in a battleground state near you.
Tyler Durden, who probably knows more about this than I do, has a different, but no less abysmal take.
We already noted the absolutely stunning surge in reported Household Survey jobs which "added" 873,000 jobs, or the most since 2003 and the second most in the past decade, which was just a little bit off the Household Survey used in the monthly NFP jobs changes, which came at 114,000, or about 8 times less. But what was the reason for this epic jump in Household survey jobs? Simple, and those who have read our series on America's transition to a part-time worker society know the answer. The reason is that the number of part-time people employed for economic reasons soared by 582,000 to 8,613,000, the most since October 2011, and the largest one month jump since February 2009, when "restoring" confidence in the economy was all the rage... and just before the Fed announced the full blown QE1 in March of 2009. Odd symmetry.
So putting it all together, what does this mean for the true state of the US economy? Recall back in September one of our Charts of the Day was the number of Unemployed and Underemployed for the month of August, which was 25.8 million. Readers may be surprised to learn that when putting it all together, in September this number increased to 26.2 million.
Now I realize all this math is probably giving the Obamabots in the audience a headache. So bear with me as I explain it in terms you guys can understand. The unemployment rate went down because millions of Americans have given up on finding Real Work and resigned themselves to a life of saying "do you want fries with that."
There's your "recovery".
McJobs. No future, just grim determination. Hope and Change?
More like Despair and Monotony.
Here's a Fun Fact.
Standing up for his health care law during last night's debate President Obama cited the Cleveland Clinic as a "model" for how Obamacare should be implemented nationwide.
I think it deserves to be highlighted, maybe in an ad from the RNC. Because it's a doozy.
The Cleveland Clinic is owned by doctors. But thanks to Obamacare it's illegal for doctors to own hospitals.
Section 6001 of the health care law effectively bans new physician-owned hospitals (POHs) from starting up, and it keeps existing ones from expanding. It has already halted the development of 24 new physician-owned hospitals and forced an additional 47 to struggle to meet the deadline to complete construction, according to the Physician Hospitals of America (PHA).
You couldn't build the Cleveland Clinic today if you wanted to.
And linked by Larwyn!
The real loser last night? Jim Lehrer. Seriously, could he have looked any more hapless and impotent, vainly trying to cut Romney off while feeding response lines to Obama? Lines I might add that Obama failed to pick up, probably because he kept looking down at his shoes. When he snarled "I had five seconds before you interrupted me!" that pretty much sealed our peevish president's fate.
Your time is up Barry. Go home.
Stacy McCain's doing his Happy Dance. And why not? Obama got Mitt-slapped. It left a mark.
Nobody — and I mean, nobody — expected such a one-sided ass-whupping.
That's what happens when you're used to softballs on The View instead of substantive questions about your policies and record. Romney hit Obama hard, and often. "Trickle-down government" is destined to be a classic line. A bureaucrat in every house, car, boat, school, factory, office, restaurant, supermarket, and playground! Obama would regulate freedom out of existence if he could, and he just might if he gets a second term. Romney made that point abundantly clear.
Romney's best line of the night, on taxes: "You said you get a deduction for taking a plant overseas? Look, I've been in business 25 years, I have no idea what you're talking about. I think you need to get a new accountant."
Maybe Obama relied on TurboTax like Tim Geithner did. It's just "a-rith-me-tic", right? Obama said a-rith-me-tic with such disdain I wonder if he even knows how to tally up his own scorecard on the golf course. Obama-math! That's when you add $6 trillion dollars to the deficit after promising to cut it in half and then accuse Romney of only wanting to cut it by $4 trillion.
I think the voters are smart enough to see through that. Well, the non-Obamabot voters anyway.
Obama tried to rally on health care, embracing the term "Obamacare". But he dug himself into a hole there too.
Obama: They're not "Death Panels," they're just panels made up of expert doctors who'll decide if your treatment should be paid for.
Because the Cleveland Clinic is a model for what medicine should be. And gosh-darnit he's gonna make every doctor's office in America a clone of the Cleveland Clinic! One size fits all, just like Moochelle's school lunch debacle. When Romney pointed out the obvious fact that the Cleveland Clinic succeeds because it's a private institution free to do things however it sees fit you could just see the wind go out of Obama's sails.
Voters notice stuff like that too.
So of course we have to brace ourselves for the lapdog media's inevitable "Obama, the Comeback Kid!" narrative. Don't buy it. What's he going to come back to? Four more years of the same failed policies?
Romney 2012! Because the business of America is business.
The other shoe just dropped on the "indefinite detention" power Obama gave himself via the National Defense Authorization Act. Now we know where dissident Americans will go when they're whisked away by Obama's brownshirts — Thomson Correctional Center in Illinois.
Eric Holder just bought it for him, for the low, low price of $165 million. Payable in two convenient installments of $99 million and $66 million. Your tax dollars at work!
The federal government will pay that amount to convert the facility, built in the 1990s but never opened because the state couldn't afford to staff it, into a maximum-security prison.
Oh, I know who'll he'll get to staff it. The Obama Truth Team! They'll be looking for something else to do after the election, and they're well-versed in Dear Leader's dialectic dogma. Posted about the door to your cell: Re-education begins here. Or, work makes you free. Maybe he'll let us choose.
And of course the very first political prisoner Obama sends there will be Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. The future does not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam dontcha know.
My new home?
Ever wonder why DHS is
stockpiling ammo? Wonder no more! They're coming for us. There's
no bigger threat to Obama's socialist utopia than people who love freedom. So
it's off to
Lubyanka Thomson for a little R&R —
Re-education and Reprogramming.
Patriots go in, Obamabots come out. If we come out. There's a whole
lotta empty space around Thomson. Plenty of room to bury the dead. Who's gonna
complain? The bylined Democratic Party operatives in our lapdog media?
Apropos my "plead guilty, keep your government job" post from earlier today, self-appointed Taxpayer Advocate Phil Orphanidis released the following statement:
In March of 2012 Essex County Sheriff's Clerk Rocio Rivera was sentenced to third-degree absentee ballot fraud. As a part of plea deal, Rivera was to resign her position as the Clerk of Essex County Sheriff's Office. That never happened.
Phil Orphanidis is taking a hardline stance on corruption in Essex County saying, "There's no question that Rocio Rivera should immediately step down from her position as the Clerk of Essex County Sheriff's Office. She committed serious voter fraud and made a deal to stay out of jail in return for 3 years' probation and stepping down from her position. It's time Essex County residents, the legal system, and the political system holds her to her side of the deal."
"It's not right that Essex County residents have to stomach this kind of news. There's a better way to governing than this."
Phil camps out at Freeholder meetings, trying diligently to hold county
government's feet to the fire. I'd love to see him get up at the next meeting
and ask the board to comment for the record on this latest travesty.
It's almost as if the politicians don't take vote fraud seriously. Why should they? It always benefits Democrats, and whaddaya know they're all Democrats around here.
Still you'd think someone who pleads guilty to a felony and agrees to forfeit her government job wouldn't still be working in law enforcement, right? Nah! It's Essex County, Joe DiVincenzo's personal fiefdom, where laws don't matter because he makes the rules!
Meet Rocio Rivera.
Rocio Rivera pleaded guilty to voter fraud last year when she admitted to fraudulently submitting absentee ballots in an effort to elect Teresa Ruiz to the state Senate for Essex County in 2007. As part of a plea deal, Rivera agreed to resign from her job as a clerk in the Essex County Sheriff's Office.
She never did.
In March, a judge sentenced the 52-year-old Rivera to three years' probation for third-degree absentee ballot fraud. Still, Rivera did not resign from the sheriff's office, where she has worked for 15 years.
Rivera remains in the civil division that processes foreclosures, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura confirmed Tuesday afternoon. The sheriff said he never received notice from the state ordering Rivera to forfeit her position.
Imagine this, you're the County Sheriff, elected by the voters as the chief law enforcement officer in the county, and you're unable (or unwilling) to police your own employees, because nobody told you to do your job.
That's some mighty fine police work there
The Democratic Party machine takes care of its own. The circle of fraud surrounding State Senator Teresa Ruiz keeps expanding but accountability remains elusive. Another one of her henchmen was found guilty just last week. Her husband was the ringleader for gosh-sakes, but we're supposed to believe she's squeaky clean, completely unaware of the dirty dealings going on right under her nose.
And why not? The Sheriff's got her back. And Joe D's got his back.
What's a little vote fraud among friends?
Let's all fly down to Puerto Rico to watch the Super Bowl and pretend
we're "campaigning." Rules are for suckers. And vote fraud is a
Remember the movie My Cousin Vinny? Joe Pesci is a scrappy new lawyer defending his nephew in a capital murder case deep in the heart of Alabama. The pennultimate scene features him presenting a series of photographs to Marisa Tomei on the witness stand while asking "does the prosecution's case hold water?"
The answer is "no", and the nephew goes free.
Unfortunately that's not how municipal court works in Edison, New Jersey. Even if you prove your innocence, the judge says "guilty!" Justice? That's a myth. It's all about the money.
In March 2010, Lauren Morosoff packed her stuff into her 2008 Scion TC and moved from Kendall Park to Colorado for a job opportunity.
Unsure of how long she'd stay in Colorado, the 27-year-old kept her New Jersey driver's license and license plates.
So when she received a red-light ticket from Edison dated August 2011, she knew there must be a mistake. Her car hadn't been in New Jersey for 18 months.
Ah yes, the red light camera scam. Just another way to fatten municipal coffers at our expense.
Morosoff called Edison Township.
"I dealt with one of the most rude individuals ever," she said. "She laughed at me and said that I need to pay and it's not that much money and to stop lying to her. It ended in her actually yelling at me and hanging up on me."
Unionized public employees in action. They don't have to care, because nobody can fire them!
Undeterred she tried again, and eventually received paperwork to dispute the ticket. Which she sent back.
Can you guess that the unionistas in Edison "lost" her paperwork? Of course you can! If they "lose" your paperwork your fine gets bigger!
Fast forward to a year later. Lauren received a notice from the Motor Vehicle Commission that her driving privileges were revoked because she failed to appear in court.
To get her license back, she would have to pay a restoration fee of $100.
And thanks to something called the Driver's License Compact her suspension is nationwide. (Aside: why can't gun licenses, a Constitutional Right!, be valid nationwide too?) So Ms. Morosoff was screwed.
The MVC clown show wouldn't help either. Edison wrote the ticket. Edison initiated the license suspension. It's up to Edison to fix the mess.
Good luck with that.
So Terri Morosoff called Edison, which said its records showed Lauren's license was suspended for "failure to appear."
Morosoff explained that Lauren pleaded not guilty by mail a year ago, but Edison said it didn't have it in its records. It said it would look further.
"They called back and said that there was an error and they had received my daughter's not guilty plea, but that the papers had been misplaced and were never submitted to the judge," Terri Morosoff said. "The rep said the prosecutor would be given all the info and things should be cleared up."
Lies! All lies! Edison never presented anything to a judge. Meanwhile the fines kept adding up. So the Morosoffs did some investigating on their own.
We reviewed the ticket, and the numbers on the photographed license plate are quite blurry.
We also compared the ticket photos to online photos of the 2008 Scion, and based on the shape of the tail lights and the rear of the car, they look like different vehicles.
We took it to several automotive experts. They said the car photographed for the ticket has tail lights that are made of two parts — one that's built into the trunk, and the other, the rear quarter panel. The 2008 Scion, though, doesn't have a trunk, but a lift-gate, and it has a one-piece tail light that's built into the quarter panel.
They said the photo could be of an Avalon or a Lexus, which both have two-piece tail lights, but not a Scion.
Photographic proof! Open and shut case. Justice demands that Morosoff's ticket be dismissed.
Did I say "justice"? Not in municipal court.
After months of delay the automatons in Edison finally presented the ironclad photographic evidence to a judge. He found Ms. Morosoff guilty anyway.
If she wants her license back, she has to pay the fines. Which she reluctantly did.
Face it, traffic laws aren't about safety. And municipal courts don't dispense justice. They're profit centers. Very lucrative profit centers. Judges who find people "not guilty" don't make money for the town. And since the judge is paid by the municipality, it's in his best interest to keep those fines rolling in.
Or they'll get somebody else to play judge.
So you're guilty even if proven innocent.
And people wonder why I have no respect for the law.
President Golfpants is preparing to debate Mitt Romney. On the back nine.
President Barack Obama arrived in Nevada last night to begin three days of debate preparation at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort, a luxurious golf community just a few miles from the Las Vegas strip.
I swear, if Obama could convince the Army Corps of Engineers to turn the National Mall into a golf course he'd do it. In a New York Minute.
Romney should walk into Wednesday's debate swinging a 5 iron, turn to Obama and say, "Here, you dropped this in the hallway." The look on Dear Leader's face would be priceless.
Last week Newark Archbishop John J. Myers issued a pastoral letter to provide us with spiritual guidance on the tendentious issue of same-sex marriage. Sadly too many in the media are framing his letter as "anti-gay", "hateful", or gasp! "electioneering".
Which of course misses his point entirely.
The purpose of his letter is not to decree how we should vote.
The purpose of his letter is to inform the faithful on the consequences of deliberately acting in opposition to Church teaching. Because when you sin, and make no mistake, supporting same-sex marriage (or abortion or contraception) is a sin, you endanger your immortal soul and close the door to eternal life in the Kingdom of God.
And when you sin you cannot receive Holy Communion until you have faithfully and prayerfully completed the sacrament of Confession. Which as any second grader knows requires that you promise to not sin again.
People don't like to talk about sin. They'd rather offer up platitudes about "fairness" or divert our attention (look, clerical sexual abuse!). But God isn't interested in excuses. And the Church's first mission is to save our souls. You heard me. Salvation is Job One. Not soup kitchens. Not "outreach". Not health care or poverty or world peace.
Yes those issues are important. But they're part of the secular world, and not unique to the primary mission of Holy Mother Church. Anyone can give alms. Anyone can tend to the sick and the lonely and the dying. Only the Church can ensure our salvation and entrance to Heaven.
Of course we've got to want salvation. That's where adherence to Church teaching comes in. Adherence to all Church teaching. Not just the easy lessons. Not just the parts we're comfortable with. When it comes to spirituality there is only one Magisterium, headed by His Holiness Benedict XVI, and communicated to the Faithful via our bishops and priests.
Hence the pastoral letter.
At yesterday's 9 AM mass Monsignor Desmond described the canonical meaning of the word prophet. A prophet does not foretell the future. A prophet interprets the present. A prophet speaks the Truth. Alas many times the Truth makes people uncomfortable. Hence prophets weren't the most popular guys in the bible.
Archbishop Myers is a prophet. He speaks the Truth.
People who equivocate for a living don't like Truth. They like gray. Lots and lots of gray. Gray means you can slide by. Gray means you can ignore that queasy feeling, and stay inside the nice little bubble you've made for yourself. The one where you rationalize your sin. It's no big deal, right? Because you're a good person, and good people can take communion. You've always done it and nothing bad has happened. Why mess with what works for you?
That kind of thinking leads to another word Monsignor Desmond defined for us. Scandal. Scandal in its biblical form isn't what shocks us; scandal is an impediment, an obstacle to our salvation. Scandal is when we turn away from the Church and set ourselves above God and His annointed Disciples.
Scandal makes us no better than Henry VIII. He didn't like Church teaching so he made his own church. When we turn away from the Church, when we decide our limited and secular worldview trumps the teachings of the Magisterium, then we too create a different church. A church which is catholic in name, but not in deed. A church where Holy Communion is mere bread and wine, not the Pascal Sacrifice and Eucharistic Feast handed down to us by Jesus Christ. A church which mocks the very foundations of that which we swear we worship. A church which cannot grant us salvation.
The path to eternal life is not meant to be easy. But we have been given the keys to the Kingdom of God! They are ours, if only we want them.
Archbishop Myers shows us the way. Follow him.