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Our southern border is effectively wide open, with one big Welcome Mat on our side of the Rio Grande. Amnesty for La Raza is just a stroke of Dear Leader's pen away. And he's busily strong-arming the Congress into giving him $2.7 Billion dollars to house and feed the invaders to boot.
But if an Israeli wants to visit America? Maybe to, you know, get away from the constant barrage of Palestinian rocket attacks? He's out of luck.
US Embassy in Tel Aviv Severely Restricts Visas for Israelis
Tourist visa process cancelled until further notice, embassy announces.
The US embassy in Tel Aviv has cancelled tourist visa applications for Israelis, according to a statement on its official website, in a move it claims is a matter of staffing and security.
"Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services," the statement says. "Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis."
The statement surfaces in the midst of both souring US-Israel relations and an already-pressured visa crisis, which has seen the visa process for Israelis grow more and more difficult over the past year.
Makes you wonder about the Administration's priorities.
Or not. Because to me, their priorities seem quite clear.
When it comes to Israel, the message is FOAD.
Incompetence? From the Obama Administration? Surely you're as shocked as I am!
But really, it's true. The GAO says so.
A nonpartisan congressional investigation has concluded that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer woes that paralyzed President Barack Obama's health care program website last fall, officials told The Associated Press.
The findings are in a report to be released Thursday by the Government Accountability Office, which has spent months investigating the health law's chaotic rollout. GAO is the nonpartisan investigative agency of Congress.
The official report doesn't come out until tomorrow, but Washington insiders are already leaking it to the media. And it doesn't paint a very pretty picture of Dear Leader's minions at HHS.
Among its conclusions:
· Contractors were not given a coherent plan, and instead they were kept jumping around from issue to issue.
· The cost of the project grew by tens of millions of dollars as the contractors tried to accommodate administration requests.
· CMS, the lead agency, failed to follow up on whether contractors were doing the work assigned to them, and to review that work for quality.
· CMS sent conflicting signals, at one point notifying one contractor it was so dissatisfied that it would start withholding payments, and then quickly rescinded that decision.
· The type of federal contract that the administration selected for HealthCare.gov was open-ended, which may have encouraged costly changes.
What else would you expect from a bunch of socialists who never built so much as a dog house on their own?
Even now, almost a year later, the thing is still held together with duct tape and bailing wire. The back-end remains largely dysfunctional. HHS can't verify 1/3 of the applicants' citizenship or income eligibility. And half of the new enrollees are in Medicaid, which has created a whole 'nother kind of time bomb.
As my friend Bob used to say about bad news, "Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
In the 1950's our government built the Interstate Highway System.
In the 1960's our government put a man on the moon.
Today, not only can't they build a website, or a highway, they can't go back to the moon, or even get their own people up into space without help from the Russians.
But we've now got more Americans on food stamps than ever before.
Apparently this is "progress." If you're a liberal.
So what better way to bump his sagging poll numbers than by pretending he's under savage attack by Evil Rethuglicans?
As if anyone would actually impeach the first black president. Yeah, I can just imagine how well that'll play in Peoria. Not even The Stupid Party is that stupid.
Besides, President Biden.
John Boehner nailed the Democrats' strategy — fundraise on fear.
House Speaker John Boehner torched Democrats on Tuesday over talk of impeaching President Barack Obama, insisting that Republicans have no such plans and that Democrats are using the issue to gin up their base.
"Listen, this whole talk about impeachment is coming from the president's own staff, and coming from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Why? Because they're trying to rally their people to give money and to show up in this year's election," the Ohio Republican told reporters, in response to a question.
"We have no plans to impeach the president. We have no future plans," a visibly frustrated Boehner said. "Listen, it's all a scam started by Democrats at the White House."
I don't often agree with Cryin' John, but this time he's right on the money.
Obama needs the House to impeach him. He's practically begging them to do it. It'd be his Wag The Dog opus, the perfect ploy to deflect attention away from his myriad failures and corral recalcitrant Democrats back into his corner.
Sorry Barry. We're stuck with you, and you're stuck with us. So go play some
more golf and solidify your legacy as President Irrevelant.
Cory Booker's Newark — worse than Detroit.
Of the 150 largest cities in the country, only three have done a poorer job than Newark in recovering from the 2008 downturn in the economy, according to a new study.
The state's largest city finished 147th overall after WalletHub compiled numbers of the cities most and least-recovered.
The study used 18 key metrics — from the inflow of college-educated workers and number of new businesses to unemployment rates and home price appreciation.
Detroit beat Newark by 2 slots, at #145.
Meanwhile, the idiot voters of NJ promoted Booker to the U.S. Senate, despite his legacy of failure as mayor of Newark. Because posting pithy sayings on Twitter is like way better than solving his city's problems.
Remember David Dinkins? Yeah, Cory Booker makes him look good.
Which is why, maybe, Republican Jeff Bell is within striking distance of Booker according to the latest polling data.
On the other hand, the citizens of Newark just elected as mayor the son of the primary instigator behind the 1967 riots. Because who better to rebuild Newark than the guy whose father burned it to the ground?
Me? I'd burn it again. Check out these photos taken by my FB friend Peter Carroll. Because he captured Newark, to a T. It's where murder is commonplace. And carjacking is what passes for recreation among the "youths" of Brick City.
Remember Booker's Deputy Mayor Ronald Salahuddin? Booker would rather that you forgot, since Salahuddin is serving time for corruption. And they were such good friends, until, you know, they weren't. Because he has other friends, who may or may not have dealt drugs from inside his bachelor pad.
And here you thought T-Bone was a kind of steak.
Cory Booker failed Newark. He did nothing as mayor, except coddle criminals and pretend to be hip. The schools still suck. The crime rate is escalating. Sane people don't dare set foot in his urban paradise.
So why in the world would we re-elect him to the Senate?
Boston is the bluest of cities in one of the bluest states. They haven't voted for a Republican in something like 3,000 years. Arguments over politics hinge on who is more progressive, Che or Elizabeth Warren. Their only gripe about social programs is that government isn't spending enough money or hasn't raised taxes sufficiently yet.
So it cracks me up to see so many Bostonians turning out against the importation of illegal aliens into Beantown.
An anti-illegal immigration rally on Beacon Hill outside the State House on Saturday, July 26 was teeming with protesters.
While Bree Sison of CBS Boston estimated that the gathering drew hundreds of people, Jeff Kuhner, the host of WRKO's The Kuhner Report, who organized the rally, put the number closer to 10,000 people.
People carrying signs that said "Deport illegals," and "Americans before illegals" stood just outside the State House from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"I've never seen any kind of a backlash like this before on any issue ever. People in this state are livid. They feel betrayed by the political elite," Kuhner said of Gov. Deval Patrick's decision for Massachusetts to offer shelter to unaccompanied minors.
That's liberalism in a nutshell. They care about the less fortunate, until the less fortunate move in next door. It's the time-honored tradition of NIMBY — Not In My Back Yard — and I see it here in North Jersey all the time. The hoity-toity politically correct progressives of Montclair (Obama by 98.4%) ran a doctor I know out of town on a rail because his practice attracted "too many" low income patients whose walking through their tony neighborhood to and from the bus stop constituted a "nuisance."
But please don't call them racists, they donate to the NAACP! And they voted for an African-American feminist councilwoman with two hyphenated last names! Good thing she lives down the hill though.
The progressives of Massachusetts are no different. Check out this tweet from the uber-liberal feminists of Smith College:
Somebody should take care of undocumented immigrants, just not snooty rich girls majoring in Sociology and Gender Studies. They'll gladly wrap themselves in the flag, unless it's being waved to support our troops.
The irony? It gets lost in the sanctimony.
The tip of the ICEberg...
New Jersey's new motto on the Statue of, ahem, Liberty: "Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for Free Stuff."
Did I say "give?" I meant dump.
Because we didn't ask for 1504 new mouths to feed. Obama just dropped 'em off, behind our backs.
More than 1,500 unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally have been placed with sponsors in New Jersey this year, federal officials announced Thursday.
New statistics released by the Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families show 1,504 unaccompanied children were placed in the state from Jan. 1 through July 7. A total of 30,340 were placed nationwide.
The announcement did not indicate where in the state the children have been placed or what country they came from.
The U.S. is battling a surge in the number of children who have been crossing the U.S.-Mexico border alone, fleeing violence in Central America, thinking they will be allowed to stay. Most have come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The number of immigrant children placed with sponsors in New jersey is among the highest in the nation but far below Texas, which had 4,280 placements this year, and less than California, Florida, Maryland, New York and Virginia.
During a town hall meeting this week, Republican Gov. Chris Christie said he had not received any notice from federal officials about children being placed in the state.
The best part? Their so-called "sponsors" are more than likely illegal aliens themselves, who are now entrusted with ensuring these kids show up at an immigration hearing.
Dear Leader tried the same stunt in Texas, with predictable results.
Marcos and Crisly, Ana and Blanca, Fabiola and Maria Antonia.
The youths were among 20 from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala who were set to appear in federal immigration court Tuesday for initial deportation hearings. But they weren't there — 18 of the children whose cases were set to be heard didn't show up Tuesday for court.
It was an absentee rate that federal Immigration Judge Michael Baird said was "highly unusual," so high that he reset the hearings for Aug. 11 rather than possibly issuing a deportation order.
I wonder. If I got a traffic ticket and failed to show up for court, would the judge be as understanding?
But hey, Obama's DREAM Act-ers get all the breaks.
Baird said he was concerned that the children may not have received proper notice of the hearings from the government. Attorney Lynn Javier, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, agreed that it was "prudent" to reset the hearings.
The judge's decision drew praise from local immigration lawyers. Paul Zoltan, an immigration attorney in Dallas, called the decision "classy," saying the children would have time to get attorneys and any mailing errors could be corrected.
Mailing errors? When the kids were picked up didn't our interpid immigration authorities hand them an appearance ticket? Traffic tickets have the where and when info for court hearings on them, why can't we do the same for illegal aliens?
Because then the kids couldn't skip through the cracks and burrow into hiding, that's why!
And just to make it even easier for grifters to take advantage of the American taxpayer, the Obama Administration is now planning to fly illegal aliens directly from Honduras into the U.S., so they don't have to waste time walking through Mexico first.
The NY Times reported:
Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.
If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds.
Administration officials said they believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.
The dictator's pen strikes again!
Meanwhile, Sgt. Tahmooressi remains unavailable for comment. I guess executive orders have their limits, especially when it comes to guys who probably don't vote Democrat.
As for where to house the burgeoning parade of kids, wouldn't it be nice if Obama set an example and invited a few of them to bunk with Malia and Sasha? They can help Michelle with the White House garden, and Malia can drive them to their immigration hearing, which ought to make for some great photo ops.
In fact, wouldn't it be awesome if every preening progressive who works in the Administration got assigned his or her own illegal alien? Take a kid home comrades, and show us how much you care! Because, quite frankly, the rest of us are sick and tired of paying through the nose for your utopian schemes.
I'm betting that within a few days of living the DREAM you'll be ready to
make our border so secure a mosquito couldn't cross over.
I imagine that somewhere in the land of unicorns and rainbows there is someone who was once helped by Obamacare.
But here in the Real World, it's been nothing but a royal pain in the butt.
And now, a new poll by those noted right-wingers at CNN confirms what most sane people already know.
Obamacare's overall approval rating remains upside-down by nearly 20 points (40/59), virtually unchanged from its March "rebound." Democrats' self-congratulatory convulsions over "eight million new enrollees" failed to move the needle. (Reasons for scare quotes here, here, here, and -- new today! -- here). Asked whether the law has helped or hurt their families, respondents shared the bad news:
I wonder if CNN asked the fake applicants what they thought…
And sooner or later everybody is gonna hate Obamacare.
Our activist state supreme court is at it again. Legislating from the bench. Penning actual legislation, and ordering that it be enacted, forthwith.
The New Jersey Supreme Court said Tuesday that the traditional privacy rights reserved for married couples — shielding their intimate conversations from public view — should no longer apply to spouses who are hatching or executing a crime together.
In a 7-0 ruling, the justices said it was time to update the state's law on criminal evidence so prosecutors can use at trial any smoking-gun communications they find between married partners. However, their ruling did not overturn the existing law.
Chief Justice Stuart Rabner wrote in his opinion that unless the change is made by lawmakers, current law could prompt criminals to team up with their spouses to avoid scrutiny by the police — a scenario that would "thwart law enforcement, and increase the risk to the public."
The justices felt so strongly about the issue they took the rare step of drafting an amendment to New Jersey's evidence law and sent it to the Legislature and Gov. Chris Christie for approval.
Well sure! Let's compel wives to testify against their husbands, just because these black-robed poobahs want to make it easier to convict drug dealers. Who needs to respect centuries of precedent, anyway? Not when spouses might decide to commit a crime together. It's almost as if they've never heard of Bonnie and Clyde…
Spousal Privilege is a time-honored tradition, going all the way back to English Common Law. It preserves the sanctity of marriage by legally recognizing the unique bond between husband and wife. They truly are inseparable in the eyes of the law, and their intimate conversations are quite rightly protected from any intrusion. The state cannot compel you to convict yourself. And likewise, it must not coerce a wife into giving evidence against her husband.
Ah, but we live now in the Age of Expediency, the Ends Justify The Means, and the state is busily chipping away at the foundation of marriage already, so what's really wrong with treating spouses as disinterested parties?
And if it takes 7 unelected judges to Show Us The Way, that's what puts the
Progress into Progressive, right?
The homosexualization of our society is accelerating. The Progressives' 11th Commandment is, Thou Shalt Celebrate Deviancy, Or Else.
So it comes as no surprise that our president has decreed religious organizations with federal contracts cannot actively live the tenets of their faith. And nevermind that SCOTUS already rejected the same sort of anti-Christian discrimination in Obamacare. The homofascists must be obeyed!
President Obama signed an executive order Monday barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — ignoring the pleas of Christian and other faith leaders to include an exemption for religious organizations.
The executive order would prevent Christian and other religious organizations with federal contracts from requiring workers to adhere to the tenets of their religious beliefs. Christianity Today reports the order could impact religious non-profits such as World Vision, World Relief and Catholic Charities.
"If religious organizations cannot require that their employees conduct themselves in ways consistent with the teachings of their faith — then, essentially, those organizations are unable to operate in accordance with their faith," Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told me.
He said the president's order forces employers to put aside their principles in the name of political correctness. "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," Sprigg said.
"The mask is coming off of the homosexual movement's agenda. They really do not believe in religious liberty. They want forced affirmation of homosexual and transgender conduct to trump every other consideration in the workplace — including religious liberty."
Bullying and shutuppery, part and parcel of the homosexual agenda.
And if they force religious organizations to relinquish their mission of community service, so much the better. Because the only acceptable preaching is that of reliance on The State. Silence those pesky Christers and all that's left are the Socialists.
Listen to Joe Biden wave the rainbow flag:
"I don't care what your culture is," he said in remarks covered by Associated Press. "Inhumanity is inhumanity. Prejudice is prejudice is prejudice."
Unless, of course, it's prejudice against Christians. That's de rigeur.
The Obama administration and its militant cronies want to tell Christians whom to hire, how to run their business and how to think.
And now the president has decreed that any religious group that holds viewpoints divergent from the LGBT agenda is not worthy of federal tax dollars.
Soon we won't be worthy of our tax exemption either. Then perhaps religious broadcasters will see their licenses revoked by Obama's FCC. His pen and his phone will write a new Bible, and it shall be the only Bible authorized by his almighty government.
Their ultimate goal? Cumpulsory homosexuality, with penalties for
non-participation. Because boning you up the ass is how government lets you
know it loves you.
Rick Perry stood up today and showed Barack Obama how leadership gets done.
Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's response to the border crisis -- and who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016 -- said the state has a responsibility to act after "lip service" from the federal government.
He rejected suggestions that Texas was militarizing local communities by putting National Guard troops on the ground or that crime data along the border doesn't justify additional resources.
I had the misfortune yesterday of hearing Obamabot mouthpiece Susan Estridge tell Fox News "the border is secure." Why? Because the invaders crossing over are "immediately" caught, said she.
Except, catching them after the fact isn't border security. It's amnesty by another name.
Repelling them. That's border security.
And, spare me the "humanitarian crisis" claptrap. This whole thing was ginned by President Golfpants so he can pander to La Raza.
On Saturday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was a "down payment" to the Hispanic community before more grants of amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Speaking at the National Council of La Raza conference in Los Angeles, Gutierrez said that Obama assured him during a White House meeting with Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus last week that he would be as "generous and broad" as he can to "stop the deportation of our people each and every day."
Luis Gutierrez can kiss my ass. These gomers aren't our problem. They're the Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadoran, and Mexican governments' problem. It's not America's job to feed, bathe, clothe, and house their dregs. These are supposed to be Real Countries. They certainly act like Real Countries while bloviating against American "imperialism" at the U.N. Well then, fine. Man up, and take care of your own damn citizens.
Oh, and don't go telling me that you banana republic hotshots can't afford it. Stop stealing. You already have money. Instead of hiding it in Switzerland, invest it wisely, at home.
That's what Real Countries do.
The homofascists have taken over the NFL, because nothing is worse than hurting some couldn't-quite-cut-it dude's precious widdle feewings.
The Minnesota Vikings have suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games after an independent investigation of the organization into claims by former punter Chris Kluwe showed that Priefer made a homophobic remark during the 2012 season, the team announced Friday night.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and president Mark Wilf released a statement Friday, saying in part: "In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.
"If Coach Priefer completes this training and conducts himself in accordance with our workplace policies, we will consider reducing the length of his suspension by one game."
All coaches will think only the thoughts the homofascists allow them to think.
And, of course, they shalt grovel before the rainbow flag.
The Vikings also will donate $100,000 to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups.
Insert obligatory Viqueens joke here.
Annals of public employee unionistas — Edison, NJ Edition.
The custodian facing charges for allegedly starting a fire that burned down an Edison elementary school has retired.
Jerome Higgins confirmed by phone to The Star-Ledger that he no longer works for the school district. He declined to comment further, saying, "I'm not at liberty to speak."
Board of education members accepted Higgins' resignation at a special meeting Tuesday night, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com. The resignation was effective as of June 30.
Higgins, 48, of East Brunswick is eligible for a pension since he has worked for the district for more than 25 years. He was paid $68,708 in 2012, public records indicate.
The county prosecutor charged Higgins improperly discarded a cigarette on March 22, igniting a fire that destroyed James Monroe Elementary School. No one else was in the building when the blaze broke out on March 22, a Saturday.
In the Real World, if you burn down your place of employment, you're fired.
But the public employee unions don't operate in a sane universe; they only care about their own, children be damned.
Because, the union will say, Mr. Higgins will be "punished." With a slap on the wrist.
Higgins is due in court Sept. 5. He could be fined $500 and receive 30 days in Middlesex County jail if he is convicted.
He's 48 years old, and now retired. For $500 bucks, and maybe 30 days in jail, he'll live large on the taxpayer's dime for the next 40 some odd years. Meanwhile the good people of Edison will have to build a new school on top of paying for pyro-man's cushy retirement.
Your tax dollars at work.
The science is settled. You don't want to argue with science, do you?
To put it one way, small doses of hydrogen sulfide help keep cells healthy and thus help ward off maladies such as dementia, diabetes, and even cancer.
To put it another way, "smelling farts could be the best thing you do today," as per CNET. As the Independent explains, researchers at the University of Exeter discovered that while hydrogen sulfide — the stuff produced in the gut that causes gas — is toxic in large doses, it's actually quite beneficial in smaller ones.
Specifically, it preserves mitochondria, which are vital to cell life. "Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a health care hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases," say the Exeter scientists.
Hang out with me, you'll live forever!
All weekend the rumors swirled. Chris Christie was going to issue an Executive Order regarding Common Core, but no one knew what parts he was going to negate.
Well, now we know. In a sop to the teachers unions, Christie nixed the impact of standardized tests on teacher evaulations. So they'll be teaching communism, but they won't be graded on how many good like Marxists they churn out.
The Christie administration announced Monday that the state will roll back the impact of new standardized tests on teacher evaluations, in a reversal for the governor who has been a staunch supporter of the new academic standards linked to those exams. Christie also announced that he will launch a commission to study the effectiveness and impact of all standardized tests given in the state.
The two measures come amid growing criticism of new academic standards known as Common Core and the tests linked to them. Parents have complained that too much testing is harmful to students, while the teachers union has argued that the new exams have been rushed and that it's too soon to judge teachers on the results. The standards have also been assailed by political conservatives who believe the federal government is defining what is taught in the classroom.
The new measure will minimize the impact of teacher evaluations from 30 percent to 10 percent in the first year and grow incrementally from there — a move welcomed by the teachers. union.
Let's ignore for the moment how Conmon Core is yet another Obamunism Mandate. Because that alone makes it suspect. Anything that comes from the same folks who brought us Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings and the GLSEN reading list can't be good for America's children.
Chris Christie wants to be president. The teachers unions would very much like to stop that from happening. So why give them a win? What bizarre political calculus begat a relaxation of testing standards without a commensurate change in the curriculum behind the idiotic standardized tests?
This was Christie's chance to differentiate himself from Obama, and by
extension, Hillary Clinton. They're the Big Government authoritarians.
They push this one-size-fits-all top-down bureaucratic banality. In what
universe is keeping Conmon Core intact even remotely congruent with
Shaneen Allen is no dangerous criminal. She's a single mom working 2 jobs who's already been robbed twice while traveling alone at night in Philadelphia. Her family suggested that she carry a gun for protection. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit, and bought a gun.
Then she made the mistake of driving into New Jersey.
Allen said that she didn't know her permit didn't apply to New Jersey so when she was stopped for a minor traffic offense she told the police about her gun and her permit to carry. In this case, being honest may have cost her.
"The judge tried to tell me that telling the truth messed me up, my life up and the cop said the same thing. Me opening my mouth and speaking out he said I'm one out of ten people that spoke up and was honest and that got me in trouble," she said.
Allen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hallow-point bullets which were in the gun. Under New Jersey gun laws, the illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which holds a minimum sentence of three-years in prison.
I hope all you moms demanding "gun sense" are happy. Because your draconian gun laws are working. They're taking dangerous criminals like Shaneen Allen off the streets, and leaving her kids to fend for themselves.
Oh, but wait, elsewhere in New Jersey today…
Atlantic City: Shortly before noon a man was shot in the back at the corner of Connecticut and Drexel Avenues.
Camden: 2 people were shot this morning at the Regency House Apartment complex.
Winslow Township: A teen is recovering after a stray bullet hit her through a bedroom wall.
Paterson: A 19 year old man was arrested in the shooting death of 12 year old Genesis Rincon, who was killed while riding her scooter.
Newark: The homicide toll now stands at 44 after Edison Javier Vasquez Naranjo, 27, was found shot outside a home on the 200 block of 4th Street near the city's Branch Brook Park.
Putting a 27 year old single mom in prison surely would have prevented all that, right?
Of course not. Only an idiot, or a member of Moms Demand Action (but I repeat myself), could think otherwise.
All the feel-good legislation in the world wouldn't have stopped today's (or any other) shootings. And locking up Shaneen Allen is a travesty. She'll rot in jail just so preening soccer moms can pat themselves on the back.
Because that's what our state calls "justice" these days.
Mohammed's marauders in Iraq found some new toys at Mosul University. Because why should Iran have all the fun?
Insurgents in Iraq have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north, Iraq told the United Nations in a letter appealing for help to "stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad."
Nearly 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of uranium compounds were kept at Mosul University, Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim told U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the July 8 letter obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.
"Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state," Alhakim wrote, adding that such materials "can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction."
"These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts,T said Alhakim.
He warned that they could also be smuggled out of Iraq.
Ten bucks says they're already on their way to Mexico. Who's gonna stop ISIS from bringing a dirty bomb across the border? President Pool Shark?
It's time to restock the fallout shelter kids.
What was that line about history repeating itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce?
When you're dying of radiation poisoning, be sure to thank an Obama voter.
It's certainly be cheaper, and expedient. Sends a message too.
The Sisters of St. Francis confirmed today that federal officials are exploring the idea of using the religious order's vacant Syracuse buildings to house immigrant children awaiting deportation.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Families and Children traveled to Syracuse on Monday to inspect six buildings on the 10-acre Franciscan campus at Court Street and Grant Boulevard, said Rochelle Casella, speaking for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities.
The inspection is part of an initial site assessment to see if two former convents or the former Maria Regina College center may be suitable for temporarily housing an undetermined of children from Central America who are awaiting deportation hearings.
Assuming, of course, that all the crucifixes could be removed first. Obama hates Catholics, until he needs them to prop up his La Raza resettlement policy.
Well, we have some interesting news. My husband Eddie is on the phone with us. We live in Southern California, and we're Catholic, active Catholics in our community, and there was a town hall meeting last evening, emergency meeting called by our local parish priest, ordered by our bishop (unintelligible) and the Archdiocese of San Bernardino. They have made the decision that they're going to absorb the immigrants that are coming through because the federal government called the bishop's office on Monday and they're gonna be busing these immigrants to our communities and asking us to open our homes and to house them for up to a month. The church will reimburse us for any out-of-pocket expenses and we were told not to talk to anybody about it, especially the media.
You'll notice that none of these resettlement locations are anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The First Princesses must never rub elbows with MS-13 gangbangers or scabies and lice-infested "children" who spread tuberculosis wherever they go.
I hope the good people of Syracuse and San Bernardino have the guts to emulate the patriots in Murrieta. Because Holy Mother Church is being used by the forces of darkness. Obama doesn't care about these kids. He cares about continuing his "fundamental transformation" of America. In this case, transforming us into a Third-World hellhole ruled by his enlightened oligarch friends. They'll skim off the cream while doling out crumbs and lamenting "inequality," all to cement their stranglehold on power.
The humane thing to do is to repatriate these children, and then follow up with a foreign policy that encourages Freedom. Real Freedom like free trade, free enterprise, and free expression, not Free Stuff. Then they can remake their countries into places whey won't want to leave.
That's the American Way.
The Elizabeth, NJ school board definitely attracts the best and the brightest.
The past board president, Marie Munn, scammed free school lunches for her kids.
Now her successor got caught voting to reappoint his business partner as board auditor.
But not to worry, new board president Tony Monteiro claims he "wasn't even aware of the vote."
Apparently he was "adjusting to his role as board president" and not quite sure of what he was voting on.
I hope that statement instills as much confidence in you as it does in me.
Because that's what I look for in a school board president, cluelessness. Tony Monteiro, he'll rubber-stamp anything!
"I have an unblemished record and I will appeal even this technical violation to keep it that way," Monteiro said. "The fact is that I was found to have done nothing other than make a mistake about which resolution was before the board," he said.
Here, dude, quick, sign this contract paying WyBlog One Billion Dollars!
Because, mistakes happen, right?
New Jersey's senior U.S. Senator is back in the news. Seems that Bob Menendez (D-Salomon Melgen) is now blaming Cuba for spreading those rumors about his, ahem, "alleged" sexual transgressions.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said Tuesday he expects a full government investigation into intelligence information indicating the Cuban government may have been the source of false allegations he consorted with prostitutes.
The Washington Post first reported the existence of an intelligence report tying Internet Protocol addresses in Cuba to the anonymous tipster using the name Pete Williams, who approached watchdog groups and news outlets with reports of the trysts.
"From the very beginning we said that the accusations against us were false, that they were politically motivated," Menendez said in a brief hallway interview.
"Now, reading the Washington Post's report about government entities having information that the Cuban regime was behind some of this is, you know, really troublesome," Menendez said.
"If you have a foreign government trying to interfere either with the result of an election or the position of an individual in the United States Senate, that has to be really worrisome, so I would expect that those findings would be fully investigated," he said.
Gee, I thought all those bogus allegations were cooked up by a Right Wing website? Which is it Bob, a Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, or your fellow travelers in the commie Left? And just what do you expect Dear Leader to do if the Cubans really are out to get you? Invade the Bay of Pigs?
But sure Bob, if you really want an investigation, let's have ourselves an investigation.
Influence peddling ring a bell Bob? Because I'm sure you remember Salomon Melgen and that Dominican Republic port cargo x-ray contract you helped him out with. As I recall it was right around the time he made a sizeable donation to your re-election campaign. Hmm. Can you think of any reason why Eric Holder shouldn't investigate that?
Yeah, me neither.
So let me save you some time Bob. The Cubans lost their emails. Sorry. That
kind of stuff just seems to happen when you least expect it.
Because nothing will energize his progressive moonbat base better than a fake Indian princess feminut. Fauxcahontas 2016!
Ed Klein reports that Obama is using Valerie Jarrett to urge Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary in the primary to protect Obama's transformation of the nation into something of which he and Michelle can be proud.
Warren will protect Obama's, ahem, achievements, Hillary can't be trusted to do that.
It's entirely believable. Whether it's true remains to be seen.
I can see it being true.
There's no love lost between the Obamas and the Clintons.
And it gives Valerie Jarrett the opportunity to play, er, Queenmaker.
President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging rebuke to his nemesis Hillary Clinton, sources tell me….
Obama has authorized his chief political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, to conduct a full-court press to convince Warren to throw her hat into the ring….
He believes that the populist Warren is the best person to convince the party faithful that Hillary is out of touch with poor Americans and the middle class. Warren, in his view, would carry on the Obama legacy after he leaves the White House….
"Barack, Michelle, and Valerie have been talking about Elizabeth Warren for quite some time," says an Obama administration source. "Valerie has told Warren that Obama is prepared to throw a great deal of money and organizational support behind her….
"Both Valerie and Michelle Obama have convinced the president that Elizabeth Warren is his Mini-Me," said a person who has discussed the issue with Jarrett.
Yup, two unqualified peas in an ideological demogogic pod, they are.
And with Warren at the helm we'll surely see this country fall into the Abyss.
Which, of course, is Jarrett's plan. She is the progressives' Maleficent, cursing freedom with every breath, and sowing havoc upon the land. Who better to fulfill her vision of malevolent misanthropy than the self-professed intellectual inspiration for the gimme-gimme-gimme goons of Occupy Wall Street?
Someone please tell me that this is all a bad dream.
Stand beside her, and guide her, through the night with a light from above.
And Happy Fourth of July.
Recovery Summer Episode VI, Revenge of the Part-Timers.
In the new landscape of the American labor market, jobs are easier to come by but hours remain in short supply.
New government data released Thursday showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June — the fifth straight month gains have topped the critical benchmark of 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, down more than a percentage point over the past year.
But there's a gnawing fear among some economists that the improving data provides false comfort. The number of people in part-time jobs jumped by more than 1 million in June to 27 million, according to the government's data, making it one of the corners of the labor market that has been slowest to heal. That has led to worries that the workforce may be becoming permanently polarized, with part-timers stuck on one side and full-time workers on the other.
"What we're seeing is a growing trend of low-quality part-time jobs," said Carrie Gleason, director of the Fair Work Week Initiative, which is pushing for labor reforms. "It's creating this massive unproductive workforce that is unable to productively engage in their lives or in the economy."
The spike in part-time work since the recession has been largely involuntary. These workers may have had their hours cut or are unable to find full-time jobs, earning them the official designation of "part-time for economic reasons." In June, their ranks swelled by 275,000 to 7.5 million. In 2007, 4.4 million people fell into this category.
So the good news, if you're an Obamabot, is the economy added 288,000 new jobs last month. The Real News though is that 275,000 of those jobs are part-time.
Hope and change!
And then there are the drop-outs; folks who've given up on ever finding a job, even a "low-quality part-time" job.
The US unemployment rate dropped to 6.1% in June the lowest level since September 2008.
However the number of people not in the labor force also rose to a fresh record high of 92,120,000 up 111,000 since June.
In fact, there are more than 7 million fewer people in the workforce than when Obama took office. Add them back in to the mix and the unemployment rate tops out at over 12 percent.
All of this should come as no surprise, unless you're living in a bubble.
When you raise taxes dramatically and roll out tons of burdensome regulations, a contracting economy is only a surprise if you're an idiot. Or a member of this Administration and the press. But I repeat myself.
Sadly this Administration envisions no changes to its disruptive policies. Because they can't, or won't, admit they're wrong. So, as long as they keep shoving in the same inputs, we'll keep seeing the same abysmal outputs.
In other words, the beatings will continue until morale improves.
Today's Star-Ledger business section reprinted this article from Sunday's Washington Post.
When Martin Hines takes his 8-year-old daughter for a weekday lunch at the Chili's Bar & Grill in Timonium, Md., this summer, he s looking for quick service so he can return to work.
Instead of waiting for an employee to bring his check, he prefers to swipe his credit card on an electronic tablet placed at each table, which also prints his receipt. During the meal, his daughter usually plays games on the tablet for a flat fee of 99 cents — a price Hines is willing to pay to keep her entertained.
During the past few months, Chili's has installed 45,000 tablets at more than 800 locations across the United States. Though customers are still visited by a human waiter, they can use these devices to order certain items — desserts and drinks, once the waiter has verified their age — as well as to pay checks or play games. The tablets are intended to alleviate the burden on wait-staff by automatically relaying orders to the kitchen, and expediting payment, according to Chili's.
As I kept reading it occurred to me that something must be driving this change.
Table-side tablets are proliferating in fast-casual restaurants. In December, Applebee's announced it would install 100,000 tablets at its restaurants in the United States by the end of 2014. Ziosk, the Dallas-based tech company that builds tablets for Chili's, is also working on similar devices for Uno's Pizzeria and Red Robin, among other chains.
"We recognize that although the industry aggregates a phenomenal number of people, [restaurants face] rising food costs, rising labor costs [and] rising health-care costs,:" said Ziosk chief executive Austen Mulinder.
Rising food costs. Directly attributable to Obamanomics.
Rising labor costs. Because all the right-thinking people believe in the mythical "living wage" chicanery.
Rising health-care costs. Holy Obamacare Batman!
Congratulations Progressives, you've succeeded in eliminating even more entry-level jobs. But the Important Thing is you feel good about yourselves, so there's that.
Don't forget to tip your robot.
From Hope and Change to disappointment and shame.
Poll after poll shows President Obama's approval rating dipping recently, and one new Quinnipiac University Poll finds that voters say Mitt Romney would have been a better choice in 2012.
With Mr. Obama deploying military troops to Iraq, failing to find compromise with Congress and seeing major defeats in the Supreme Court, voters continue to sour on him.
Quinnipiac found 45 percent of voters say the country would have been better off if Mr. Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, had been election, while just 38 percent say Mr. Obama remains a better choice.
Even Democrats aren't so sure — just 74 percent of them told the pollsters Mr. Obama was clearly the better pick in the last election.
Voters also rate him the worst president since World War II, topping even his predecessor, President George W. Bush, who had left office with terrible ratings.
Historians will spend years wondering how Obama fooled so many for so long.
Even the ultra-liberals in New Jersey are souring on their Dear Leader.
If a poll released today is any indication, voters in New Jersey have slightly soured on President Obama.
About 51 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed last week disapprove of Obama's performance, according to the Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll. Another 45 percent approve of the work he's doing.
That's a downturn since April, when the president had a 49 percent approval rating; 47 percent gave him a thumbs down at that time.
The only poll that matters, of course, is in November. And sadly the same folks who have opened their eyes to the Real Obama are still enamored with his lapdog Senator.
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has the early lead in New Jersey's U.S. Senate race, but a poll shows uncertainty among voters.
Today's Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll finds 43 percent of registered voters surveyed support Booker compared to 23 percent who back Republican Jeff Bell.
However, 15 percent say they would vote for another candidate and 17 percent are undecided.
Poll director Patrick Murray says the early preference for none of the above indicates a simmering distrust of the two major parties.
Booker's approval rating of 48 percent remains mostly unchanged from previous surveys in April and February.
And with the GOP doing their best to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory I am not at all optimistic that we'll see a course correction this year, let alone in 2016.
Please America, prove me wrong.
One of the nation's most powerful labor unions could face a costly onslaught of lawsuits seeking tens of millions of dollars in dues, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the money was collected improperly, legal experts said.
In a ruling Monday, the high court held that Service Employees International Union cannot force people who care for loved ones to be union members and deduct dues from the government checks of those they care for. The practice has gone on for several years in a handful of states, creating a lucrative stream of cash for the powerful labor organization, which represents more than 2 million workers and takes in about $300 million per year.
"The whole point of the decision was that the folks milked by the SEIU weren't really public employees and should not be forced to pay union dues at all," said Hans Bader, senior attorney for the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "So they should be able to sue for refund of their compelled union dues back as far as the statute of limitations will allow."
"It could have a large effect," he added.
Every dime refunded to these hard-working folks is money that can't be used for promoting Democrats at the ballot box. And any day when public employee unionista power gets curtailed is a good day for America.
What's not to like about that?