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Is it possible for Chris Christie to be an even bigger jackass than I thought? Well, sure.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to call a truce over beers with Gov. Chris Christie, but the governor said tonight he isn't having it.
The senator from Kentucky today invited Christie to "patch things up," after the Republicans — both possible contenders for the White House in 2016 — went at it in a dispute over national security and federal disaster aid that has dominated political discourse for days.
"We're going to have to patch things up," Paul told Fox News. Neil Cavuto. "If we can sit down, I'm inviting him for a beer. Anytime he would like to come down and sit down at the pub right around the corner from the Senate and have a beer."
Hours later Christie took the airwaves on his monthly radio show on New Jersey 101.5 FM and was asked if he would agree to the beer summit.
"I'm running for re-election in New Jersey. I don't really have time for that at the moment," Christie said. "If I find myself in Washington, I'll certainly look him up, but I don't suspect I'll be there anytime soon."
Yeah, Iowa beckons. And he hardly ever leaves New Jersey. LOL. Besides, Chris Christie isn't the "make nice" type anyway.
Wouldn't working with Rand Paul make more sense then trying to tear him down? They seem like natural allies, Christie and Paul, because their strengths complement each other. Christie is a fiscal hawk, but light in the foreign policy and appeal-to-movement-Conservatives department. Rand Paul brings an army of motivated activists but his economic ideas are almost as kooky as his father's.
The GOP could do worse than Paul - Christie 2016. And they undoubtedly will.
Stacy McCain doesn't mince words:
Exactly how many counts this unspeakable disgrace to the uniform of the U.S. Army was convicted of today, it's hard to tell from the Politico story, but Allahpundit says it's at least 15 counts, enough to put Bradley Manning — I pause to spit on the ground in disgust at the mention of his name — in federal prison for a long, long time.
This dishonorable piece of filth should have been shot or hanged already.
Sadly though, Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge of "aiding the enemy." So that means his pen pal Julian Assange isn't "the enemy?"
Feh. Remember a whole 10 months ago when the U.S. Government labeled Assange as an Enemy of the State?
No? Don't worry, Col. Lind doesn't remember either.
Because that, of course, was then. This is now. And thus Edward Snowden, and the execrable Julian Assange, can both breathe a sigh of relief. They're not "the enemy."
Which leads me to ask, if they aren't, who is?
C'mon, for sheer humor value alone she's an inspired choice.
Just two weeks after Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus has suggested Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston fill her spot.
A letter dated July 25 and signed by Rep. Marcia Fudge, Ohio Democrat and caucus chairwoman, urges President Obama to consider Miss Jackson Lee for the position, calling the Democrat a "voice of reason" that the agency could stand to gain, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Hey, why not put a complete buffoon in charge of an organization which never should have been created in the first place? It's the perfect plan, demonstrating once and for all just how useless DHS is.
First up, Genghis John Kerry can take her to Cambodia and along the way point out that North and South Vietnam are in fact one happy country now.
Then someone will explain, very slowly, that Lincoln freed the slaves in the 1860s, not the 1960s.
And we can be sure her TSA won't screen gangbangers anymore; after all Ms. Jackson Lee believes they're simply misunderstood victims of racist straw purchasers. Oh, and I suspect she'll order the DHS to "enforce the laws we have," just like the resolution of the same theme she introduced on the floor of the House. And of course every new secret op will require an African-American sounding name too.
Then, if somehow there is an actual incidence of terrorism on her watch, well that's obviously the fault of the sequester, just like the Boston Bombing was, right?
Instead of looking for illegal aliens here at home, she'll devote all her time to searching for the flag Neil Armstrong planted on Mars.
With any luck Sheila Jackson Lee will be an even bigger Boss From Hell at DHS than she is in Congress and all the useless bureaucrats will simply up and quit.
So yeah, Sheila Jackson Lee for Secretary of Homeland Security. Who better to
illustrate the unseriousness of that
colossal and inefficient boondoggle?
But I'll bet they're still glad they voted for Obama:
Despite consumer confidence at a six-year high, the latest AP survey of the real America shows a stunning four out of five U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, are near poverty, or rely on welfare for at least parts of their lives amid signs of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Hardship is particularly on the rise among whites, based on several measures. Pessimism among whites about their families' economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987.
"Poverty is no longer an issue of 'them', it's an issue of 'us'," as 'the invisible poor' - lower income whites - are generally dispersed in suburbs (Appalachia, the industrial Midwest, and across America's heartland, from Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma up through the Great Plains) where more than 60% of the poor are white.
More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four - accounting for more than 41% of the nation's destitute - nearly double the number of poor blacks and as one survey respondent noted "I think it's going to get worse."
Given his recent racial histrionics, I suspect Barack Obama views the dire plight of poor white folks as a feature. It's their turn to suffer, as a sort of payback for him having to hear the sound of car doors locking when he walked the streets of Honolulu on his way to meetings of The Choom Gang.
And because income inequality "frays the social fabric" dontcha know. So if he can't move everybody (or at least all of the Democrats) into the One Percent then by golly it'll be trickle up poverty instead.
The middle class used to be the mainstay of American politicians. Now we have President Obama, under whose leadership the middle class keeps shrinking, while the ranks of the poor keep growing. This is what fundamental transformation looks like: the rich keep getting richer while the rest of us keep getting poorer. If you aren't part of the 1% you're screwed.
Or as Instapundit likes to say, he'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
As for your next meal? Line up for some Government Cheese.
In the People's Republic of Maplewood, New Jersey the only permissible thoughts are progressive thoughts. So when DPW employee Sam Falcetano Jr. took to Facebook with comments exposing liberal hypocrisy he was immediately sacked, and publicly shamed.
A township employee was fired this week after writing a series of profanity-laced Facebook posts, township officials said.
Sam Falcetano Jr., who was posting on the open Facebook group, "Memories of living in South Orange, NJ or Maplewood, NJ" and identified himself as an employee of the Department of Public Works, complained that DPW workers spent hours cleaning up the "tons of garbage" left behind after the township's two-day Maplewoodstock concert. Falcetano blamed the mess on "liberals who have voted for Obama and ruined the Maplewood I grew up in."
Clean up after themselves? What did he think Maplewoodstock was, a Tea Party rally?
From there, Falcetano segued into statements criticizing teachers who "force feed their pupils a liberal agenda," abortion and gay marriage, which he said "breaks down the moral fabric of society."
"don't try and force your perverted man on man into our traditional marriage," one post read.
It's a wonder he wasn't shot for heresy.
"Without question, the township finds this individual's comments to be appalling and not in anyway representative of the beliefs, policies or practices of the Township of Maplewood," DeLuca said, reading from a prepared statement at the start of Tuesday's Township Committee meeting. He continued, "The township will continue to embrace and promote an inclusive and welcoming community."
"Inclusive and welcoming," unless you're a Conservative. Then they ride you out of town on a rail. This is of course the essence of Liberal Fascism — Groupthink is mandatory; violators will be purged.
Next time Mr. Falcetano, take care to use vulgarity only when comparing Sarah Palin to a part of the female anatomy. And if you're going to condemn homosexuality, you have to do it in the context of upholding Sharia Law; this is known as the Islamic Free Pass, and liberals would prefer that we not talk about it too much lest their hypocrisy shine through again.
Now I'm not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV, but it seems to me that the First Amendment protects free speech from governmental sanction. Expressing an unpopular opinion ought not be grounds for losing one's government job. Unless the intent is to impose conformity. Which come to think of it, is precisely what liberals want the government to do.
These days it's all RINOs all the time. And with friends like these, who needs Democrats?
Karl Rove is shilling for Obamacare. He's got Mitch McConnell on board too.
John McCain is Dear Leader's new best friend. And Lindsay Graham? Blech.
John Boehner won't investigate the Benghazi fiasco, word is he's cut a deal with Dear Leader to keep it on the back burner, forever.
The House is poised to cave on the Senate's illegal alien amnesty provisions. And Paul Ryan, you remember him, he used to be a Conservative, well now he's firmly in the path to citizenship camp. Because adding 8 new Democrat voters for every new GOP voter is somehow good for America.
Not that the remaining "conservatives" in the House are any better. They're the bozos who fired Derek Khanna, the Republican Study Committee staffer who penned the first thoughtful policy brief on copyright reform to come out of US government offices in a long time. Apparently it offended Hollywood, always a perennial hotbed of GOP support.
Then yesterday we learned that the RNC is using our donations to help Eric Holder put the screws to Texas over voter ID. Yes, really. Leave it to the RINOs to screw up the one thing SCOTUS got right this year.
And the RNC wonders why I don't give them one red cent.
Finally, last but by no means least, let's not forget that presumptive 2016 presidential frontrunner Chris Christie wants us to give up on Liberty.
This is not Ronald Reagan's Republican Party. And it sure as hell isn't mine.
Wanna know another reason why I could never support Chris Christie for president? His undying love for the omnipresent police state.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday took a big swing at libertarian-leaning lawmakers in both parties, calling the ideology, when applied to national security, "a very dangerous thought." His comments come just one day after the House narrowly rejected a sweeping amendment to defund the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Addressing the bipartisan coalition that joined together to nearly push the so-called Amash amendment through, Christie told lawmakers who harbor libertarian views on the issue to explain their position to the victims of 9/11, the Washington Post's Aaron Blake reports. He also included Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in his critique.
"As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that's going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought," Christie said.
The governor proceeded to use an emotional argument to make his case, inviting "any one of them that's engaged in this" apparently dangerous "strain of libertarianism" to come to New Jersey and "sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation."
"I'm very nervous about the direction this is moving in," Christie added.
What about the raging debate regarding the balancing of privacy and national security? Some of that debate is "esoteric," according to Christie.
Uh huh. The government can do anything it wants in the name of protecting us from terrorists — because, "widows and orphans!" — but if we question who is going to protect us from the government, that's "esoteric."
Appeals to emotion are what demagogues use when they don't have an actual argument. Chris Christie used to be better than that. Emphasis on "used to."
Had he been around in 1776, I'm sure Christie wouldn't have batted an eye when King George's precursor to MI5 demanded Thomas Jefferson's email passwords.
All that freedom Jefferson wanted us to have? According to Chris Christie it's too dangerous out there for us to keep it.
Not a chance there Chief. Freedom is what made this country great. We're not gonna let tyrants and fascists take it away from us.
"I agree with Governor Christie that we must be vigilant in our defense against terrorism, and this can be achieved without sacrificing our fundamental liberties. Senator Rand Paul is defending our freedom against the overreach of our government into our lives and privacy, and the NSA surveillance scandal clearly highlights this administration's abuse of its power to invade our private lives. I support Senator Paul's efforts."
Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate. Because Cory Booker isn't gonna protect your liberty either.
You know what New Jersey needs? A card-carrying unionista in the #2 executive branch spot. Because the public employee unions don't vacuum enough money out of the pockets of our state's hard-working taxpayers, right?
And yet, Democrat gubernatorial hopeful Barbara Buono, who only trails Chris Christie by something like 974 points in the polls, went and selected SEIU VP Milly Silva as her Lt. Governor running mate.
If your first reaction was, "who?", you're not alone.
Let's break this choice down, shall we?
Comment #1, who?
OK, yeah, I think I said that. Silva is vice president of SEIU local 1199, which represents 7,000 nursing home workers in 74 facilities.
Comment #2, no respectable Democrat was available? Loretta Weinberg is doing her hair on election night? Steve Sweeney couldn't find a lame-duck freeholder to take one for the team? George Norcross declined to designate a brother-in-law who needs some state-wide name exposure? Ray Lesniak hasn't got a single snarling protege itching to be unleashed?
You know what this tells me? In Democratic Party circles, Barbara Buono is radioactive. Her candidacy is a joke. She's gonna get beat so badly not even a Lifetime TV movie could rehabilitate her tattered career after Chris Christie trounces her in the biggest landslide ever recorded.
Here's my advice Ms. Silva. Don't give up your day job.
Oh, who am I kidding, she's a unionista. They learn how to milk the system while still in the womb. "Milly Silva" probably isn't even her real name, because her first priority has gotta be making sure nothing jeopardizes her public pension. A loss in November might translate into a loss in the next SEIU veep election, and then she'll have to go back to working for a living instead of spending all her time on "union business."
Right about now, Chris Christie is laughing his ass off.
Bob Belvedere asks, "Why does Huma Abedin stay?"
I've been trying to figure this one out and haven't been able to.
I believe the answer has to lie somewhere in the midst of the information about her that Andrew McCarthy reminds us of today — please do read the whole thing and encourage others to do the same for Mr. McCarthy has put together a first-class indictment of this major security risk who is probably an agent of the Mohammedins [my opinion, not necessarily AMcC's].
If you've got any thoughts on this, I would appreciate seeing them.
Connect the dots Bob. You're almost there.
The story of Huma Abedin and the Muslim Brotherhood, so aptly detailed by Mr. McCarthy, should scare the pants off of any red-blooded American patriot.
She's not "probably" an agent of the Mohammedans; she is the Muslim Brotherhood's Number One gal in America. Given her resume and pedigree, how could she not be?
Mom's in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood. She openly advocates violent jihad and raises money for Hamas.
Dad ran a virulently anti-Semitic and sharia-supremacist organization in Saudi Arabia. When Dad died, Mom stepped into his shoes.
Huma worked for her both her parents before joining the Clinton White House.
It's all there in Andrew McCarthy's expose, plain as day.
And surely no one believes the Obama Administration's swooning over Egypt's Arab Spring and subsequent embracing of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood is merely an accident of Realpolitik. Huma Abedin was in the right place at the right time, and she influenced U.S. policy to the Muslim Brotherhood's maximum benefit.
But as you and Mr. McCarthy noted, nobody is allowed to talk about that.
Because she's married to a prominent American Jew, that's why. He's her "beard." Her cover. Her shield. Everybody knows Huma Abedin can't be working for the Muslim Brotherhood, because she's married to a Jew!
The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing, precaution, guarding." It is employed in disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking. It is currently employed in fending off and neutralising any criticism of Islam or Muslims.
Falsehoods told to prevent the denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned in the Qur'an and Sunna, including lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a "religion of peace". A Muslim is even permitted to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart.
Why does Huma Abedin stay? To further the Mohammedan cause.
Suppose Anthony Weiner does become mayor of New York. He'll suddenly be privy to reams of anti-terrorism info. How much of that info do you suppose would be useful to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas?
And, right now the NYPD leads the charge when it comes to monitoring Islamist groups here in the U.S. How long do you imagine that'll last under a Weiner Administration?
Huma's got Carlos Danger right where she wants him, and she isn't about to take her eye off the prize.
The evidence against Huma is so strong that in a sane world, she would have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of espionage a long time ago. At a minimum, documents — like her Form 86 — would have been subpoenaed by now.
Sadly, we don't live in a sane world anymore.
We can't all live in Camden, or Detroit. So the social justice planners at HUD want to bring Camden and Detroit to a neighborhood nearer to us. Because the "affordable housing" scam has worked so well here in New Jersey, right?
To ensure that "every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of," HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in.
The goal is to help communities understand "fair housing barriers" and "establish clear goals" for "improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation."
"This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of — where they have a fair shot at reaching their full potential in life," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
Not so fast there Skippy:
Why don't the people pandered to by HUD feel proud of their own neighborhoods? Because they are cesspools. Why are they cesspools? Because the people pandered to by HUD live in them. The solution is obvious: spread the seed of decay to all corners of the country, turn the entire nation into a cesspool, and we will all have equality under our liberal rulers' heels.
Imposing "integrated living patterns" means that if the federal government has its way, no one will have the option of raising their children somewhere safe from crime, violence, and degeneracy.
If the people won't move to Detroit, then by golly the Feds will move Detroit to the people!
This is the New Jersey Supreme Court's Mount Laurel "fair housing" nonsense on steroids. If you're successful, if you've built yourself a nice home in a nice neighborhood, you now have the duty to give a piece of that neighborhood to folks who haven't worked for it.
HUD calls that fairness. I call it "communism." From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
Neighborhoods don't just drop out of the sky. They were built by the people who live in them. And in some cases "built" is a relative term, because when folks don't take pride in themselves, when their interest in education is tangential at best, when their idea of success is sponging off of the government, well let's just say their first priority isn't whether or not their house is well-maintained.
And those kids on the corner selling dope? Suddenly that's a feature.
All that money we've poured into our cities, it's gone somewhere, just not into actually making our cities any better. But hey, when HUD tries the same thing in the suburbs, for sure it'll be great. Obama said so!
"Make no mistake, this is a big deal," Donovan said. "With the HUD budget alone, we are talking about billions of dollars."
Those "billions of dollars" didn't grown on trees. They were plucked from the pockets of those of us whose neighborhoods will now be reduced to slums. Is progressivism great or what?
"I think the best possible social program is a job."
— Ronald Reagan
The American Dream isn't something the government can just legislate into existence. It requires work. It requires effort. It requires desire. And yes, it requires that one conforms to the norms of the society to which he aspires, not the other way around. You don't get to live in Beverly Hills merely because you want to live in Beverly Hills. You have to earn it.
The makers of Fantastic Cigarettes, long in the leaf and short in the can, bring you Another True Story from the tattered playbook of Carlos Danger Third Leg.
Or as we like to call it, Just Another Day at the Anthony Weiner for Mayor Campaign.
Telephone Guy~ Hi, um, I'd like to order a pizza to go and no anchovies.
CD~ No Anchovies? You got the wrong man, I spell my name Danger! (Click)
It turns out that "Carlos Danger", aka Anthony Weiner, can't stop tweeting his junk. To girls half his age.
Yes there are new pictures of his third leg. And more.
Fortunately the ones I saw are strategically blurred so we can't tell if he's holding his anchovies.
The key thing to note here is these new texts are from last summer, one year after he resigned from Congress and supposedly cleaned his act up.
Please tell me the recipient of these photos wasn't named Betty Jo Bialowski!
Just a second, Danger! What about my pickle?
The race for NYC Mayor is now officially a Firesign Theater skit.
I think this video says it all.
Cory Booker's hype can't match Newark's cold, hard reality.
Remember Ronald Salahuddin? He was Booker's Deputy Mayor. Until he was convicted of conspiracy to commit extortion.
Newark's schools consistently underperform. Yet Cory Booker won't go on record supporting school choice, because he's beholden to the teachers' unions.
Steve Lonegan is working hard to expose Cory Booker's Newark record.
Debt up 57 percent, taxes up three times the cost of living, and the nation's most expensive school failing and funded by suburban taxpayers," the radio ad says.
Not to mention a 48% increase in the murder rate, in a city with stricter gun laws than 99.9999% of the nation.
But he managed to chase the Nyets to Brooklyn, so there's that. Alas he's still paying the Devils to hang around. And to his credit, the NJPAC showplace is actually a pretty nice venue, when his city's residents aren't using the patrons for target practice.
Cory Booker couldn't fix Newark. What makes anyone think he can be an effective
United States Senator? His Twitter proficiency? Feh.
Ted Cruz has him beat on that score, hands down.
I'm told that if it's raining, and the girls have gone shopping or something, our Dear Leader will take a few minutes out of his grueling Martha's Vineyard vacation schedule to talk about why our economy still sucks.
For those of you keeping score at home, it'll be his twelfth attempt to weave a silk purse out of a socialist sow's ear.
Hey, he'll try anything to distract us from the swarm of scandals swirling around his presidency! And with nobody really buying into his Temper Tantrums for Trayvon tactics, he needs a Plan B, pronto.
Didja hear? George Zimmerman is changing his name to "Ben Ghazi." Obama and the media will never mention him again!
Here's an interesting factoid:
"The President gave his first economic speech at Knox College in June 2005. At
the time, the unemployment rate was at 5 percent with 7.5 million unemployed
(BLS). When he gives his latest economic speech there on Wednesday, it will be
with an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent and 11.8 million Americans unemployed
— Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) on Facebook
Current White House and CBO projections place the unemployment above 6% through 2016.
And here's another factoid. Remember "McJobs?" Obama's got 'em. They're pretty much all he's got to offer, too.
Today, in anticipation of another litany of teleprompter cliches from President Golfpants, John Boehner created a handy-dandy graphic that's so simple even Paul Krugman can understand it.
Now, let's talk about The Elephant In The Room. Debt. Here's an ominous chart. The blue line is our total debt, and the red line is our GDP. As you can see, this chart kind of speaks for itself...
It compares the growth of U.S. GDP to the growth of total debt in the United States. Yes, U.S. GDP has certainly grown at a decent pace over the years, but our total debt has absolutely exploded. 40 years ago, the total amount of debt in our system (government debt + corporate debt + consumer debt, etc.) was about 2 trillion dollars.
Today it has grown to more than 56 trillion dollars. Our debt has grown at a much, much faster rate than our economy has, and there is no way in the world that we will be able to continue to do that for long.
The term your brain is searching for is "debt spiral."
Unfortunately, all debt spirals eventually end, and they usually do so in a very disorderly manner.
So unless Obama utters the words "Weimar America," pay no attention to whatever his teleprompter tells him to say. Up to now he's shown no willingness to acknowledge the severity of our spending and borrowing problem. There's little reason to believe he's suddenly seen the light.
Yeah, that's sustainable.
Smaller government in New Jersey? Fuggedaboutit! Not content to remain lean and mean, and really, when have you seen an understaffed bureaucracy anyway, local governments all across New Jersey are hiring again.
All across New Jersey, local governments are doing something almost unheard of just a few years ago.
After losing workers to layoffs and a record number of retirements during a poor economy, local governments have added 12,100 jobs in the past 12 months — inching closer to pre-recession employment levels, state Labor Department records show.
The preliminary numbers for June show 436,400 people working in municipalities, counties and school districts, from teachers and cops to county social workers and tax collectors. That's just shy of the decade-high of 440,900 local government employees in the months before Gov. Chris Christie was elected. During his 2009 campaign, Christie vowed to shrink state government and get tough with all public employee unions.
Those who neglect the lessons of Detroit are doomed to follow in its footsteps.
The rational for all this hiring is interesting. It boils down to "hey we're a coupla bucks in the black, let's bulk up!"
Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi said Christie's moves to cap arbitration awards and shift health and pension costs onto public employees is bringing greater financial stability.
He said the city's financial position has improved after what he described as "the worst times since the Great Depression." It was just several years ago when his administration closed a fire station and required worker furloughs.
The city recently swore in a group of new officers, some poached from the unemployment line. Anzaldi said it's easier to hire someone who was laid off in another town because less training is required.
Gee, I guess taking pity on Clifton's beleaguered taxpayers isn't in Mayor Anzaldi'sgame plan. Nevermind that the municipal pension system is still broke; let's add more beneficiaries anyway! It's like these guys learned nothing from the last downturn. As soon as there's a glimmer of financial solvency they go right back to their profligate ways.
Laissez les bon temps roulez!
Which of course is
French bureaucratese for
"Detroit, we like your style."
Asymmetrical warfare, the bureaucracy way.
People who fire guns at drones are endangering the public and property and could be prosecuted or fined, the Federal Aviation Administration warned Friday.
The FAA released a statement in response to questions about an ordinance under consideration in the tiny farming community of Deer Trail, Colo., that would encourage hunters to shoot down drones. The administration reminded the public that it regulates the nation's airspace, including the airspace over cities and towns.
A man's home is his castle, but go 6 inches above the roof and the government says you're trespassing on their domain. And of course they regulate how high we can build, the better to keep us under their hegemony.
OK then, camouflage netting it is. They've got no business spying on me. And they damned well aren't gonna get a shot off in my direction. Not if I can help it.
Because my response might be something just a little more effective than a
sternly worded letter.
Offendeditis, it's contagious, virulent, and coming to a city near you. Al Sharpton is riding a nationwide Trayvon Martin "No Justice, No Peace" Express into town on Saturday July 20th.
Here in New Jersey the Usual Suspects will gather at the Same Old Places.
Camden City Hall Plaza
Jersey City, NJ
William T. Brennan Courthouse
583 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Contact: Florence Holmes
On the corner of Broad & Walnut St.
Contact: Steffie Bartley
Patriots would be well-advised to avoid these locations. Unless you like being a magnet for senseless violence.
"People all across the country will gather to show that we are not having a two- or three-day anger fit. This is a social movement for justice," Sharpton said as he announced the plan outside the Justice Department with several ministers.
So far though, Crown Heights isn't on Sharpton's list of protest sites. Not yet, anyway.
Let's pray Sharpton's shenanigans don't turn July 2013 into a repeat of July 1967.
Today's Star-Ledger featured a front page story: Smile! Your car's on camera — and it's destinations are being logged daily.
Of course they didn't post it to their web site. So I found a version at CNN:
Police around the United States are recording the license plates of passing drivers and storing the information for years with little privacy protection, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday.
The information potentially allows authorities to track the movements of everyone who drives a car.
The ACLU documented the police surveillance after reviewing 26,000 pages of material gathered through public records requests to almost 600 local and state police departments in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
Police are gathering the vehicle information with surveillance technology called automatic license plate readers, and it's being stored -- sometimes indefinitely -- with few or no privacy protections, the ACLU said.
"The documents paint a startling picture of a technology deployed with too few rules that is becoming a tool for mass routine location tracking and surveillance," the ACLU said in a written statement.
The license plate readers alert police to an automobile associated with an investigation, "but such instances account for a tiny fraction of license plate scans, and too many police departments are storing millions of records about innocent drivers," the ACLU said.
To astute WyBlog readers this doesn't come as any surprise. I broke this privacy violation back in January of 2008. It's nice of the ACLU to finally notice.
Sadly though, even I didn't envision the extent to which the technology could be employed.
The growing collection of data allows police to create "a single, high-resolution image of our lives," and the constant monitoring "can chill the exercise of our cherished rights to free speech and association," the group said.
"If not properly secured, license plate reader databases open the door to abusive tracking, enabling anyone with access to pry into the lives of his boss, his ex-wife, or his romantic, political, or workplace rivals," the ACLU said.
The NSA is reading your email.
The IRS is tracking your credit cards.
The EPA is spying on your dog house.
The Post Office is scanning your mail.
Privacy is an illusion.
So godammmit, let's fight back. Instapundit posted an excellent suggestion:
Since there is no expectation of privacy while in public, and it is obvious it is legal to record the police (and by extension all other government officials) I believe a proper citizen response to the license plate imbroglio would be to ask people to install private scanners, and upload info collected to a central database, where the movements of all manner of government vehicles may be permanently tracked, stored and downloaded to drivers. That way the location of every government-owned vehicle would be known, and in real time. This will no doubt reduce crime statistics, such as speeding, to which the authorities couldn.t object. We'd be able to quantify trips to Dunk'n Donuts or the local adult store. Let's do it for the children!
Yes! Let's do it!
I have some expertise in database creation. And I have access to a shitload of storage, all connected to servers I personally control. Yeah, they're VMS, but that's probably a plus given that the Feds pwn Microsoft. If you guys want to help me build this database, I'll host it.
They're tracking us, let's see how happy they are when we start
tracking them. My guess is "not very happy," but that's OK. More
than a dozen of my neighbors are lawyers, and I've got 'em all on speed dial.
It's 94 degrees outside, with a heat index of 101.
Who's in the mood for ice cream?
Um, let's try that again.
Ah, that's better!
Man, I love ice cream.
Unionized teachers in Parisppany, NJ are hopping mad.
Teachers' unions plan to hit the ground in Parsippany Thursday to protest the proposed privatization of paraprofessionals and teachers' aides in the school district.
"Basically, (the Parsippany-Troy Hills Board of Education) is looking to let go of the paraprofessionals in the district because they don't want to deal with the ramifications of the Affordable Healthcare Act," said Vickie Walsh, UniServ Field Representative for the NJEA.
You know, I do believe she said that like it's a bad thing.
Walsh said the Parsippany-Troy Hills Educational Support Association, the union representing teachers' aides and paraprofessionals, received word on Monday evening during contract negotiations that the board of education planned to pass a resolution Thursday exploring privatization of at least 185 positions and outsourcing those jobs to a private company. Walsh said negotiations dissolved Monday over the district's responsibility for healthcare coverage.
Obama is turning us into a part-time nation. Deal with it.
Since the paraprofessionals and teachers' aides work 32.5 hour per week, they're considered "full time" employees and thus subject to the Employer Mandate. The dictrict does not currently provide them with health care benefits, but could be required to do so starting next year.
That costs money, probably a lot of money, and the Board of Education is constrained by a 2% spending cap. Ergo the choice is layoff some folks and provide health insurance for the rest, or outsource everybody and cut their hours to 29.5 per week.
It's a scenario that's playing out all across America. In companies big and small. And in cities and towns with vocal, and oftentimes militant, unionized workforces.
The unions are finding out the hard way that there ain't no such thing as free health insurance.
And it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of
whiny Obamabots either.
All over New Jersey people are lying to get free lunches for their children.
Yeah, I know, you're shocked.
In a survey of 15 school districts a state investigation turned up 109 public employees who under-reported their income in order to qualify for free food.
An investigation into New Jersey's school lunch program by the Office of the State Comptroller found "widespread fraud" among district employees and their families, who allegedly lied about their income so their kids could eat for free.
The investigation, which officials said was sparked by a series of reports by The Star-Ledger into similar lunch program abuses in the Elizabeth Board of Education, found false information on lunch program applications submitted from the households of 40 school district employees — as well as six elected school board members in Pleasantville, Newark and Paterson.
Overall, state Comptroller Matthew Boxer said his office was referring for criminal prosecution the names of 109 public employees, their spouses or family members who provided false information about their income on free lunch applications. The total amount of underreported income was $13 million.
"What we learned in this investigation is that because of the way this program is structured, there is minimal oversight, resulting in people frequently lying on program applications about income amounts," said Boxer. "In short the free lunch program has been compromised by widespread fraud."
Wow. Widespread fraud in an entitlement program! Who'da thunk it?
And this was only an investigation into school employees; I can imagine the fraud rate among the rest of our population is equally appalling. The districts presumably know how much their own people earn, and yet they didn't bother to cross-check the free lunch applications. You can bet they're not checking applications from anybody else either.
Now, where did I just read about another subsidy program where people were going to certify their family income on the honor system? And the feds won't be checking to see if the numbers we submitted were correct?
Oh, right, Obamacare!
lie about that, right?
According to Eric Holder, Rosa Parks had a duty to retreat from her seat on the bus. And Martin Luther King had a duty to retreat from the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Because in his speech to the NAACP today our esteemed Attorney General said this:
"But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely," Holder said. "By allowing -- and perhaps encouraging -- violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety."
Oh, wait. That's probably not what he meant. White People have a "duty to retreat" when confronted by a Son of Obama. But Holder's homies? He's got their back.
Now listen up. I'm going to talk about ideas here, so the Rachel Jeantels of the world might not be fully capable of grasping my arguments. But I'll soldier on anyway.
A man's home is his castle. That's a doctrine enshrined in English Common Law since the days of Magna Carta. So when a thug invades your personal space and starts beating your head into the pavement, there's no "duty to retreat" in your repertoire. Unless you're Eric Holder.
Then again, he warrants Secret Service protection, so his "duty to retreat" is covered by one or more flanking maneuvers. The rest of us aren't so fortunate.
And yet, he'd rather we sat back and enjoyed the beating. Oh, sorry, it's not a "beating." Miss Jeantel described it as a "whoop-assssssssssssss." Some kind of African-American cultural ritual. Totally harmless. And undoubtedly fun for the whole family.
If only our post-racial president had explained these things! Us creepy-ass crackers would know when to retreat and when to just sit back and offer up our skulls as reparations for centuries of racial inequality. Too bad he's busy playing golf.
So much for Senate Republicans standing on principle. Mitch McConnell's cretinous caucus doesn't have any principles. They could have called Harry Reid's bluff. They could have stood up for Senate rules. They could have waved the filibusters of John Bolton, Miguel Estrada, and Robert Bork in Dear Leader's face.
But, no. They appointed John McCain of all people to "negotiate" with Harry Reid over the nuclear option. And our favorite RINO promptly caved to Dingy Harry's threats. So instead of Mutually Assured Destruction, we get neutered and Obama gets to push his socialist agenda into high gear.
Richard Cordray, the man Obama illegally appointed to head Elizabeth "Fauxcahontas" Warren's Orwellian Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, can keep his job. Seventeen RINOs followed McCain into the abyss on his behalf.
The National Labor Relations Board will remain a fully-paid subsidiary of the SEIU.
Race hustler Thomas Perez, Eric Holder's right-hand-man at Justice and protector of New Black Panthers stoking violence, will now use his penchant for blaming whitey for all of life's ills to ensure the Department of Labor is completely fair to every American worker.
Last, but not least, Gina McCarthy, the one econut more radical than Lisa Jackson, will permanently succeed "Richard Windsor" as EPA Administrator and champion of CO2 Warriors Against Job Creation.
And the NRSC fundraising lackeys who call me wonder why I laugh in their faces.
And since someone asked, here's the roll call on the cloture vote to confirm Cordray.
RINOs voting "aye":
Primary every single one of 'em. Please.
Your tax dollars at work, propagandizing for Obamacare.
Hey, a runaway train is "on schedule" too.
Someone should remind these twits that coverage does not equate to care.
Unless sitting around in a waiting room makes you feel better. Or did Obama multiply the population of doctors while I wasn't looking? Someone has to treat all these freshly minted patients just itching to turn their snazzy new affordable coverage into a physical doctor visit. Or else seeing an actual doctor will become akin to Elvis sightings.
I guess Obamacare's next ad will tell us how great rationing is for America.
Or, we could introduce free-market competition into health care services.
For most Americans, the cost of undergoing surgery can cost anywhere between $1 and $1,000+ dollars. The prices vary as all sorts of factors affect the final price.
That is, the price of surgery is a total mystery unless you go to the Surgery Center of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. They post their prices online.
Founded nearly 15 years ago by Dr. Keith Smith and Dr. Steven Lantier, the clinic has thrived on its promise of "price transparency," KFOR-TV reports.
"What we've discovered is health care really doesn't cost that much," said Smith. "What people are being charged for is another matter altogether."
The company started posting its all-inclusive surgery prices online four years ago:
"When we first started we thought we were about half the price of the hospitals," Dr. Lantier said. "Then we found out we're less than half price. Then we find out we're a sixth to an eighth of what their prices are. I can't believe the average person can afford health care at these prices."
The price of health care has no basis in reality. Subsidizing those prices with tax dollars won't change that. In fact, taxpayer subsidies will most likely lead to higher prices as the cost of compliance with government regulations kicks in.
Yet The Surgery Center of Oklahoma's pricing model works.
Patients like what they see and they are demanding price-matching — much to the chagrin of some hospitals.
"Hospitals are having to match our prices because patients are printing their prices and holding that in one hand and holding a ticket to Oklahoma City in the other hand and asking that hospital to step up," Dr. Smith said. "So we're actually causing a deflationary effect on pricing all over the United States."
Now imagine if more clinics and hospitals took this common sense approach?
Who am I kidding? People who vote for Obama believe that only government can
solve problems, and besides they're afraid the doctors running a free-market
clinic might make "too much" money. We can't have anyone getting rich on the
backs of sick people! Well, except for the bureaucrats. The bureaucrats
always get rich.
Attorney General Eric Holder, faced with the need to do something, cobbled together a press conference today. He's launching a federal search for "compassion" and "truth."
Nevermind that the FBI cleared George Zimmerman of racial animus.
You say toe-mah-toe, I say witch hunt.
Al Sharpton called Zimmerman a racist. And if anyone knows racism, it's Tawana Brawley's main squeeze. So pardon Eric Holder if he feels the need to re-open an investigation into a violation of Trayvon Martin's civil rights.
Besides, Charlie Rangel has weighed in, and everyone knows he's a paragon of integrity. If he sees racism, then by golly there's racism. Somewhere. Maybe among the staff at Charlie's Dominican Republic villa. He'll ask Bob Menendez to check on that the next time Salomon Melgen's plane just happens to make a pit stop in New Jersey.
But while we're waiting, fry Zimmerman! "No justice, no peace" and all that. Even if "justice" comes from a gang-banger's unlicensed gun.
See, the left can push gun control, stoke white guilt, and assert the need for racial preferences, all because Trayvon Martin is dead. In fact, he's more useful to them dead than he ever would have been if he hadn't crossed paths with George Zimmerman.
We used to call that "waving the bloody shirt." Now Eric Holder calls it
Go for it Harry. Make my day. Run roughshod over the Republicans and lay bare your anti-American agenda for all to see. Pass card check. Cap and Trade and Gun Confiscation too. Enact 90% tax rates. In fact, cram in as many progressive shit sandwiches as you can between now and November 2014.
Then the GOP will easily retake the Senate by mocking every ridiculous policy and legislative initiative you railroaded through. The shambles you'll make of our economy and nation will leave the voters no choice but to run your caucus out of town on a rail.
And then our first order of business will be to repeal Obamacare. Followed by privatizing Social Security, passing tort reform, and mandating welfare-to-work and stringent limits on entitlements. Culminating with the piece de resistance, a Constitutional Amendment enshrining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
All with 51 votes while you and every other progressive pinhead stews in oblivion.
I can't wait.
I always thought "not guilty" meant your troubles were over.
But the race-baiters have a new trick up their sleeves, civil rights charges.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has called on the Obama administration to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.
BREAKING: Zimmerman acquitted on all charges.We will update you as we work to pursue civil rights charges against Zimmerman through the DOJ.— NAACP (@NAACP) July 14, 2013
The NAACP also tweeted out a petition urging the Justice Department to "open a civil rights case against George Zimmerman."
"Attorney General Eric Holder," the petition reads, "The Department of Justice has closely monitored the State of Florida's prosecution of the case against George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin murder since it began. Today, with the acquittal of George Zimmerman, it is time for the Department of Justice to act."
"The most fundamental of civil rights — the right to life — was violated the night George Zimmerman stalked and then took the life of Trayvon Martin," the NAACP wrote. "We ask that the Department of Justice file civil rights charges against Mr. Zimmerman for this egregious violation."
Nonwithstanding that the jury found Zimmerman innocent the NAACP insists on twisting the facts to suit their prefered outcome. There was a time when they were on the side of the angels, fighting injustice and corrupt prosecutions. Now they aid and abet the very travesties they once fought against.
And dollars to donuts Eric Holder will do their bidding.
How can he not, when he's already inserted himself into the frenzy, using the DOJ to gin up pre-trial racist animosity against George Zimmerman.
Judicial Watch revealed documents today that proved what Breitbart News reported in April, 2012: that Eric Holder's Department of Justice took an active role in racially charged rallies in Sanford, Florida and that the Community Relations Service helped force the temporary resignation of Sheriff Bill Lee. That resignation made it appear that Sanford authorities were suspect and possibly complicit in covering up something. . . .
So George Zimmerman will go to trial again. They'll hound him until they get the verdict they want. Even if that means a third trial, for "wrongful death."
The purpose of filing a civil lawsuit in this case will not be about money. It is unlikely that a successful civil verdict against Zimmerman would result in the Martine family collecting any money, despite any amount a jury would award as compensation for their loss.
Yeah, the "purpose" of filing a wrongful death lawsuit is to financially destroy George Zimmerman. He's already on the hook for hundreds of thousands in legal fees for his criminal defense. Two more trials will ensure a lifetime of penury.
But I suppose Eric Holder and the state of Florida won't be too interested in investigating that sort of thing.
UPDATE 14 Jul 2013 13:58:
Email from a reader in Canada:
Now that Zimmerman has been aqcuited will he sue NBC, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the New Black Panther racist Party in civil court for trying to deprive him of his rights to a fair and just trial?
Please don't laugh too hard. If you spit your coffee out it's your fault.
With interest rates at or near zero what could be better news than surging inflation?
U.S. producer prices rose more than expected in June, pointing to an apparent increase in inflationary pressures that could make the U.S. Federal Reserve more comfortable about reducing its monetary stimulus.
The Labor Department said on Friday its seasonally adjusted producer price index increased 0.8 percent last month.
A Reuters survey of economists had forecast prices received by the nation's farms, factories and refineries rising 0.5 percent last month.
A jump in gasoline prices fueled much of the increase and could weigh on consumers by leaving them less money to spend on other things.
But don't worry America, the Keynesian Kooks say this is good news.
The 12-month reading for core inflation at the wholesale level rose to 1.7 percent from 1.6 percent. That actually could be good news for the economy because rising core inflation could be a signal of firming demand from consumers.
Higher prices and devalued money is actually good for you! Write it down so you don't forget while you're struggling to pay your bills each month.
It's a good thing Ben Bernanke is smarter than a 3rd grade economist.
But really, he's not. Because if he was honest about the inflation rate, if he calculated it the same way Arthur Burns did for Richard Nixon, he'd be touting an inflation rate of about 8% right now.
And so unemployment stubbornly stuck at record highs coupled with anemic economic growth the addition of high inflation creates a classic case of stagflation.
Pay no attention to the man behind the printing press, we're smack dab
in the middle of Stagflation II, Bernanke Boogaloo.
The market for beat-up Fiats just got a whole lot brighter.
Inspection — The Pope declared war on the Vatican's luxury cars. First, he attacked wastefulness, underscoring that "it bothers me when I see a priest or a sister with a brand new car." Then, a few days later, he put into practice what he had stated during a meeting with seminarians: on Wednesday he made an inspection of the Vatican parking lot. It isn't the first time — already in the past days Pope Francis, on his way to lunch with a cardinal friend, visited the place where some cardinals usually park their cars.
Father Z, who provided the above translation, asks the Holy Father to please see the forest for the trees.
This whole topic is a phenomenal waste of time. I post on it because, mark my words, people who can barely scrape three brain cells together, are going to latch onto the vague moralism of "think of the poor" when looking at the local priest's car. There are some people who think that if the priest isn't licking up water from puddles on the sidewalk and rubbing gravel through his hair, he is a bad priest who doesn't care enough about las ovejas pobres.
Indeed. The very idea of Clunkers for Clerics seems absurd to me too. A priest needs reliable transportation. He should be tending to his flock, not constantly prowling around for low-budget car repairs. A fellow who could get called out at any hour of the day or night needs to know his car will start, and that it'll get him wherever he's going and safely back home again.
An automotive hairshirt does not meet that requirement.
If not that, I'd say "take the bus," but Papa Bergoglio just might believe I
was being serious.
Ronald Reagan once said, "A government agency is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth."
He was never more right than when it comes to COAH, the dreaded and draconian Council on Affordable Housing. Created by the NJ legislature in response to a state supreme court ruling that mandated a slum in every town, COAH's mission is to stifle development by imposing onerous "affordable housing" requirements and "developer impact fees" on any new construction. These fees then subsidize rents for low-income families, or go toward building housing to be sold below market rate.
COAH even taxes people who rebuild their homes after a fire. That's right; in addition to putting your own life back together after a disaster, COAH demands that you subsidize a local layabout too. That's their idea of "fairness."
Governor Chris Christie tried to abolish COAH, rightly believing that equality of outcome isn't guaranteed by the Constitution. COAH is a Bolshie's wet dream, supposedly eliminating socio-economic disparities at the stroke of a pen. Presto!, anyone can live in Beverly Hills, all we gotta do is tax the rich folks to pay for it.
Sadly our activist state supreme court agreed with that "logic" today; they ruled Christie can't shut COAH down. Bureaucracy is forever.
Municipalities have a constitutional duty to provide some affordable housing for their residents. Real estate values [have] grown so much in some communities that poor residents would be priced out if not for the state's help.
And so the heavy hand of government will maintain its stranglehold on the
housing market. COAH won't be happy until every single one of New Jersey's
566 municipalities has its very own ghetto.
Life without AdBlock Plus is a never-ending gauntlet of pop-ups, pop-unders, flashing widgets, and autoplay annoyances. It's arguably the best Firefox extension ever created. With it the web is usable. Without it you're bombarded by hucksters 24x7.
And now it's gone and sold out.
AdBlock Plus, a popular browser extension, blocks most pop-up, video and banner ads. But according to a German news site, Google, which controls the largest online advertising network, has paid the makers of the software not to weed out some of its ads.
AdBlock Plus seems to have been quietly changing its model from blocking all ads to policing which ads are "annoying" and which are "acceptable." The larger ad networks have been funding its policing efforts by paying its German parent company, Eyeo, not to filter out some of their "nonintrusive" ads, including Google's AdWords.
AdBlock Plus. The ad blocker that doesn't actually block ads. Making the web
suck more since 2013.
It's the beginning of the end for plain old telephone service (POTS). Hurricane Sandy wiped out all the copper telephone wires in Mantoloking, New Jersey, and now Verizon has decided it won't bother to replace them.
Cell phones are the presumed alternative. Or a gizmo Verizon calls "Voice Link" which turns your home phone into a cell phone.
But the box doesn't work with remote medical monitoring devices, home alarm systems or faxes. It can't accept collect calls or connect callers with an operator when they dial 0. It also can't be used with dial-up modems, credit-card machines or international calling cards.
Other than that, it's just like your old phone. Uh huh.
I sympathize with Verizon. Replacing all those copper wires is costly. And with Comcast already laying coaxial cable and providing phone service, there is a viable alternative. The demand for POTS is decreasing every year. Like the party lines of old, its time has definitely passed.
Heck, the federal Universal Service Fund, which used to subsidize POTS lines in hard-to-serve areas, has already switched gears. They pass out Obamaphones now.
But technologically any true replacement for POTS needs to provide equivalent service. And that means supporting modem tones for things like fax machines, credit card terminals, alarm systems, and emergency medical devices. Verizon has the necessary capacity; their 4G LTE network regularly provides data speeds in excess of 10 mbps. So piggybacking a 56K modem signal ought to be a piece of cake. The cellular network can route 911, so presumably it can route 0 to an operator service and calling cards to the long distance company of your choice too.
Their FiOS gear handles all that stuff seamlessly, so there's no reason the Voice Link gizmo can't do it either.
Well, there is one reason. Marketing. A Voice Link box that supported those features might cut into FiOS revenues.
The knee-jerk reaction to all this is, of course, a call for government regulation. Force Verizon to rewire the POTS lines! Feh. I'm no fan of government interference in the free market. I see the demise of POTS as an opportunity for an enterprising young engineer to develop a Voice Link replacement box. One that offers all the features of POTS. And has more than a few hours of battery life too.
Beat Verizon at their own game. That's the American way.
The IRS mistakenly posted the Social Security numbers of tens of thousands of Americans on a government website, the agency confirmed Monday night. One estimate put the figure as high as 100,000 names.
The numbers were posted to an IRS database for tax-exempt political groups known as 527s and first discovered by the group Public.Resource.org.
An IRS spokesman told FoxNews.com on Monday the agency was alerted about a "substantial number" of Social Security numbers posted on the site and removed web access to the information "out of an abundance of caution." The spokesman also said the IRS is now "assessing the situation and exploring available options."
Public.Resource.org. founder Carl Malamud told FoxNews.com on Monday night that roughly 100,000 Social Security numbers were exposed.
Betcha can't wait until the IRS has control of all your sensitive health insurance information! I'm sure they'll guard it with the utmost care. Barack Obama promised they would, and he never, ever breaks any of his promises, right?
I mean he promised the Employer Mandate would go into effect next year, oh, wait…
Well but he promised the Insurance Exchanges would totally root out fraud and, um, nevermind…
The first law of real estate is "Location, Location, Location."
Except, apparently, in New Jersey. Our activist Supreme Court has decided an ocean view isn't actually worth anything.
Oceanfront homeowners can't get paid for their lost view if a piece of their property is seized for a dune construction project, the state Supreme Court ruled today.
The ruling by the state's highest court is a win for communities worried they would have gone broke trying to pay their share of dune construction by having to compensate the homeowners sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars for the strips of land needed for the projects.
Under current eminent domain laws, homeowners are allowed to recoup money for the negative effects a beach replenishment project may have on the value of their property.
So you pay millions for an oceanfront beach house. Your property taxes reflect the value of your house's location. But when the town decides to seize the beach in front of your house, suddenly the location of your house is irrelevant! Land is land, and swamp land next to the garbage dump is now just as valuable as that oceanfront beach.
Yeah, that makes sense.
The towns argued they couldn't afford to adequately compensate homeowners for their lost ocean views. Who here wants to believe the towns won't turn on a dime and claim oceanfront property is always inherently more valuable the minute a homeowner tries to appeal his property tax assessment?
Yeah, me neither. They'll gleefully tax you on the value of that ocean view.
They just don't have to pay you for obstructing it.
And get this. Some views are worth protecting. The view of The Palisades for instance.
The view of the Palisades, just north of the George Washington Bridge, is a breathtaking panorama, a visual respite from the over-development that has plagued both sides of the Hudson River.
That's why passions are running high about the new corporate headquarters of LG Electronics in Englewood Cliffs. The current plan for the $300 million building would see it rise to 143 feet, twice the height of the existing Palisades tree line, forever changing the landscape. Environmentalists and politicians on both sides of the Hudson have weighed in against the current design, including four New Jersey governors.
I think my hypocrisy meter just maxed out at 11.
Remember when Barack Obama promised Chris Christie he'd cut red tape?
Yeah, not so much.
Call it a $6 billion problem of "the check is in the mail."
Some 250 days after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New Jersey, only a portion of the billions in federal aid earmarked for the state has been delivered, according to a Star-Ledger analysis of data from federal and state agencies.
The newspaper's analysis found only an estimated $816 million of the $6.1 billion — or roughly 13 cents of every dollar — had made its way inside the Garden State's borders as of last week. What's worse, relief officials said, is the fact more delays are likely.
Urgency. A word that's not in the government's vocabulary. People are still suffering and the red tape is more voluminous than ever.
But later this year when the government is in charge of your health insurance I'm sure everything will be handled efficiently, expeditiously, and easily. No red tape. No delays. No hassles.
And if your doctor has to take 13 cents on the dollar, he'll understand, right?
Nice yacht John-boy. The Fourth is always a perfect day for a jaunt around Nantucket!
It's not like anything important was happening yesterday, right?
Besides, Kerry's boss has the situation well in hand. Morsi today, Morsi tomorrow, Morsi forever!
Because tyrants gotta stick together dontchaknow.
Yay Smart Diplomacy! Aren't you guys glad that cowboy Bush isn't still around to really screw stuff up?
I can't wait until these eggheads try to fix Syria!
...it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
Ed over at The Daley Gator posted the Declaration of Independence today. And this afternoon Mayor Dassing read from it at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Ice Cream Social.
I had half a mind to usurp her, to put new meaning into that sacred text, and stand athwart History yelling Stop.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. —That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Walk like an Egyptian!
To view democracy as a principle — as a litmus test of governmental legitimacy without regard for what any elected regime may do — is the kind of nonsense that political science professors may claim to believe, but this ignores the horrors that have been inflicted upon innocents by democratic governments. For example, Detroit…
Can anyone doubt that beginning with Woodrow Wilson, culminating in the ascention of Barack Obama, our Democracy has failed? For starters, there is Ben Franklin's apocryphal admonition. Upon being asked what sort of government the Continental Congress had selected for the new nation he replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it."
I daresay the NSA, the IRS, the TSA, indeed all the alphabet soup agencies of our federal leviathan, along with political correctness, speech codes, zoning laws, and reams of ridiculous regulations promulgated by nanny-state ninnies have all served to enslave this Republic far more strenuously than George III ever could have dreamed of.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Such has been the patient sufferance of we, the people.
The history of the Progressive Hegemony is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
When the White House has to put out propaganda talking points lauding a merciless poliitcal flack, Caesar has crossed the Rubicon as it were.
The specifics have changed, but the echoes of our Founders complaints are clear and deepening.
Refusal to "Assent to Laws" and having "utterly neglected to attend to them"
"Unusual, uncomfortable, and distant" convening of public bodies so as to make the process of self-governance more difficult and more amenable to a manipulative top-down will
Manipulation of "the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners" as a means of manhandling the balance of political power
Making "judges dependent" on the "Will alone" of political bodies
"A multitude of New Offices," sending "hither swarms of Officers to Harrass our people, and eat out their substance"
"Standing Armies" kept among us, in times of peace.
Contriving "to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution," giving "Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation"
"Abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments"
"Declaring" the altered forms to be "invested with power to legislate us in all cases whatsoever"
All of which apply to our modern, progressive governmental overlords.
Go ahead, I dare you to tell me otherwise.
Alas there are those among us who consider the abuses perpetrated by the bureaucracy to be necessary and proper. Their goal is power, not justice, for justice would evince a government not beholden to the vicissitudes of one political party at the expense of all others.
Make no mistake. There is nothing this government won't do, nothing its legions of minions won't say in order to arrogate, accrue, and accelerate their power.
Barack Obama is Mohammed Morsi, admittedly with better PR. And a compliant press.
No wonder then that Dick Durbin, one of Obama's more vicious attack dogs, has broached the subject of regulating journalism.
"I am constrained by a system our founders put in place."
— Barack Hussein Obama
The Constitution is in their way. For now.
"Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns,
why should we let them have ideas."
Dick Durbin Josef Stalin
Little by little, bit by bit, step by step, they crush our ideals. Conformity of thought is encouraged as ridicule is heaped upon those of us who refuse to toe the party line. Dissent, once the highest form of patriotism, is an insect to be crushed at all costs, buried by the hammer of public shaming.
"Homophobia," "Islamophobia," note how dissent is cleverly classified as a mental disorder. There is a Syndrome for everything. Dissention from Obama is racism. Refutation of the welfare state is cold-heartedness. Objection to onerous taxation is now considered un-patriotic by no less a luminary than our sitting Vice President.
I wonder then, how many more July Fourths remain before celebration of "health independence" completely replaces recitation of Jefferson's ode to Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. Not too many, I'm afraid.
In their hour of struggle the Egyptian people recognized, nay yearned for the founding ideals of America. They clearly saw the inherent incompatibility between Freedom and Obama.
It's high time that we Americans did the same.
Obamacare's new slogan: Health care reform when we get around to it. And not a minute before, even if the law says we have to.
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying a major provision in the health care overhaul, putting off until 2015 a requirement that many employers offer health insurance.
The announcement was made late Tuesday by the Treasury Department, at the beginning of the holiday week while Congress was on recess. It comes amid reports that the administration is running into roadblocks as it prepares to implement ObamaCare.
The change in the employer mandate is arguably the most significant concession the administration has made to date.
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., a critic of the law, seized on the delay as a "clear admission" that the law is "unaffordable, unworkable and unpopular."
"It's also a cynical political ploy to delay the coming train wreck associated with ObamaCare until after the 2014 elections," he said.
Of course they're delaying the pain until after the midterm election.
Or, since they're barreling along with the anti-Catholic part, it's more likely they just can't figure out how to get the employer mandate up and running. They've only had almost four years to get it right; you can't expect government bureaucrats to work that fast. Besides, the helping Democrats get re-elected feature is a nice bonus.
The law is unworkable, and they know it. The plan is to hide that fact for as long as they can. With a little finesse they might even keep the low information voters hoping for change up through 2016, and then the trainwreck is Hillary's problem.
Instapundit posted this as his Tweet Of The Day:
Obamacare was so popular it had to be passed in the dead of night and delayed until after two elections.— Kristina Ribali (@KristinaRibali) July 2, 2013
Get I get another "Well, duh!"?
Obamacare: When you absolutely, positively have to have health care reform,
It's all over the news this morning. Student loan interest rates doubled today, supposedly because Congress "did nothing" to prevent it.
Because Dear Leader needs the revenue from that interest rate hike to fund Obamacare, that's why.
The Affordable Care Act is set to cost students enrolled in the government's loan program $8.7 billion in extra interest over the next decade, according to a report published by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
If savings were kept inside the loan program, instead of transferred to Obamacare, they could allow the Department of Education to lower student interest rates to 5.3 percent from 6.8 percent, according to the CBO.
Hey all you idealistic Obamabot youths, it's time to pay up.