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At this point it's probably easier to list the Republicans who aren't running for president.
Four years late, and a few scandals later, Chris Christie finally decided he's got what it takes to beat Hillary Clinton. Because apparently he says what he means and he means what he says.
That's his official campaign slogan, anyway.
In Real Life he sends a somewhat more muddled message. Unless he actually kept that promise he made to lower my property taxes, and I'm just too stupid to see how he did it. Maybe I only imagine I'm paying more than ever each quarter.
Christie is very good at talking the talk. Heck, go back and read my posts about "Governor Awesome" from 4 or 5 years ago. Because yeah, I bought into his hype. Until he let me, and everyone else, down.
Is he a better governor than Jon Corzine was? Sure.
But that's kind of like saying one root canal is better than two.
Then again, he's not the worst person running. That distinction still belongs to Donald Trump. So, since someone asked me this morning, here's how I see ranking the 2016 field.
1. Ted Cruz
2. Marco Rubio
3. Rick Perry
4. Carly Fiorina
5. Bobby Jindal
6. Rand Paul
7. Chris Christie
8. Jeb Bush
9. Rick Santorum
10. Mike Huckabee
11. Lindsey Graham
12. George Pataki
13. Ben Carson
14. Donald Trump
If as expected Scott Walker jumps in, I'd slot him at #2 and bump everyone else down a notch. Word is that John Kasich is also going to declare (hey, why not make it an even 16!) in which case he'd fall between Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum.
Quite frankly though, the GOP needs to whittle this list down PDQ. Keep the top 3 (or 4 if Walker gets in) and relegate the rest to angling for VP or a cabinet slot. Too many candidates dilutes the message. And it lets the media play them against each other instead of contrasting them with the Hilldabeest. The last thing we need is a repeat of 2012's circular firing squad, er debates. By the time Mitt Romney emerged from that guantlet he was damaged goods, and we got stuck with 4 more years of Obamunism because of that.
So my dream ticket right now is Cruz / Fiorina. Ted Cruz embodies everything our Founding Fathers stood for, and he's not beholden to the GOP establishment. Carly fights, and she doesn't come off as a bully like Christie does.
What we need is for Reince Priebus or Mitt Romney to drag the other candidates
into a room and explain the facts of life to them. Get them out now for the good
of the country. Rally the party behind a team that can win. And then
go out there and win one for the Gipper.
The devil is having a good week. Hot on the heels of legalizing homosexual "marriage," today the evil one's lackeys on the Supreme Court blocked Texas from enforcing abortion clinic restrictions.
The Supreme Court refused on Monday to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court order will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether to hear the clinics' appeal of the lower court ruling, not before the fall.
The court's decision to block the regulations is a strong indication that the justices will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case at the Supreme Court in nearly 25 years.
If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.
Can you guess that Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote?
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have allowed the state to move ahead with regulations requiring abortion facilities to be constructed like surgical centers. Doctors at all clinics also would be forced to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
There are stricter regulations on tanning salons than on the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood. Texas tried to change that. The devil made sure they couldn't.
Please pray for the souls of the innocent children. And pray that the hearts
of their murderers will be turned away from the forces of darkness. A future
ruled by evil is no future at all.
The most activist Supreme Court in history just kicked it up a notch.
God help us, but same-sex "marriage" is now the law of the land.
Let me tell you how this is going to play out.
See what the progressive fascists are doing with the Confederate flag? See how they're erasing it from every nook and cranny of America? See the defacement of Confederate monuments? Hear the calls for censorship of classics like Gone With The Wind?
You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Because the rainbow-shirts are coming. And they're coming for us.
I figure the first church burning is only hours away.
Within days it'll be impossible to say the words "homosexual" and "sin" in the same sentence anywhere in America.
So let me say it here:
Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience
an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex.
It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different
cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself
on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,
tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically
disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act
to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual
complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
— Catechism of the Catholic Church
I guarantee that within the remainder of my lifetime making the above statement in public will be grounds for arrest. Because the homofascists will not stop until every last Christian is beaten into compliance.
The State of New York recently ordered a Christian couple to undergo re-education for the crime of opposing same-sex "marriage." Do you really think the Obama Administration will do anythlng less vile nationwide?
Lest you think me an alarmist, I give you an excerpt from the dissent:
"The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to 'advocate' and 'teach' their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to 'exercise' religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses."
The free exercise of religion is dead. One can no longer engage in commerce and uphold Christian morality. We must choose — penury, or sin.
Our forefathers came to these shores to escape religious persecution.
Today religious persecution has been enshrined as an official policy of the United States government.
May God have mercy on their souls.
Hey, if you're going to mangle the English language to keep Obamacare alive, why not stand the Declaration of Independence on its head too? All in a day's work for our black-robed poobahs as they socially re-engineer our republic.
The court upheld the validity of "disparate impact" lawsuits, in which statistical analysis is used to uncover supposedly unconscious racism.
The Supreme Court handed a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.
The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of intentional discrimination.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote, joined the court's four liberal members in upholding the use of so-called "disparate impact" cases.
Everybody's a racist! We've got the spreadsheets to prove it!
The ruling is a win for housing advocates who argued that the housing law allows challenges to race-neutral policies that have a negative impact on minority groups. The Justice Department has used disparate impact lawsuits to win more than $500 million in legal settlements from companies accused of bias against black and Hispanic customers.
In upholding the tactic, the Supreme Court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting. Every federal appeals court to consider it has upheld the practice, though the Supreme Court had never previously taken it up.
Writing for the majority, Kennedy said that language in the housing law banning discrimination "because of race" includes disparate impact cases. He said such lawsuits allow plaintiffs "to counteract unconscious prejudices and disguised animus that escape easy classification" under traditional legal theories.
What's discrimination? Whatever Al Sharpton says it is!
It's a helluva way to run a railroad.
"In this way disparate-impact liability may prevent segregated housing patterns that might otherwise result from covert and illicit stereotyping," Kennedy said.
Does your neighborhood have enough black people? No? Pay up!
And then drag 'em in, kicking and screaming if you have to, or you'll keep paying up. Welcome to the race hustlers' biggest wet dream ever. Get ready for a cottage industry of roving social justice warriors rolling into towns across America with census data in tow. "Nice little neighborhood you got here, now pay us to keep quiet about your unconscious racism."
Instead of working for the American dream like our forefathers did, SCOTUS
has now established it as every minority resident's birthright. Equality
of Outcome is henceforth the law of the land. No one can have more than
his neighbor, because the disparate impact of your success is de facto
proof of your guilt. And the guilty must be punished.
The greatest wealth transfer ever enacted lives on. Chief Justice John Roberts, a traitor to the Constitution if there ever was one, redefined the English language.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld ObamaCare subsidies nationwide, in the second major court victory for President Obama on his signature health care law.
In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that subsidies are valid even in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges.
Because "established by the states" actually means "established by the federal government." Really. That's the crux of his, ahem, reasoning.
"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. "The Act gives each State the opportunity to establish its own Exchange, but provides that the Federal Government will establish the Exchange if the State does not."
Also, Freedom is Slavery. War is Peace. And, Work Makes You Free.
Roberts tied himself in knots to uphold Obama's legacy, and it's Antonin Scalia's scathing dissent which should become our rallying cry for 2016.
"Having transformed two major parts of the law, the Court today has turned its attention to a third. The Act that Congress passed makes tax credits available only on an 'Exchange established by the State.' This Court, however, concludes that this limitation would prevent the rest of the Act from working as well as hoped. So it rewrites the law to make tax credits available everywhere."
"We should just start calling this law SCOTUScare.""…the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites."
A "penalty" is a "tax," except when it's a "penalty" that some people won't actually have to pay. Whatever it takes to keep this abomination limping along, sucking the lifeblood out of the productive class.
So now, having decreed that Obama can force us to purchase a product, and that now and forever he can tax me to subsidize your purchase of it, what's to stop him from expanding the Obamacare model to other liberal shibboleths? Is "The Electric Car Affordability and Environmental Protection Act" beyond the realm of possibility? Imagine a world in which every American must purchase a Chevy Volt, and tax credits are available to ensure we all do our part to Save The Planet. Because that is the world John Roberts lives in.
Words no longer have meaning. Or rather, they mean whatever John Roberts says
they mean. In which case our republic is doomed.
Remember when Oliver North was prosecuted in connection with trading arms for hostages?
Ah, the good old days...
Barack Obama has now greenlighted paying ransom for hostages.
The Obama administration is being accused of giving terrorists an incentive to kidnap with its soon-to-be-announced hostage policy overhaul that is expected to allow families of U.S. hostages to pay ransom -- and even allow the U.S. government to play a facilitating role.
"This doesn't fix anything," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a leading critic of the administration's hostage policy, told Fox News. "The money that we're going to be paying ISIS is going to be used to buy arms and to buy equipment to fight Americans and to fight the Iraqis."
The White House sought the policy review last fall after the deaths of Americans held hostage by Islamic State militants. The families of some of those killed complained about their dealings with the administration, saying they were threatened with criminal prosecution if they pursued paying ransom in exchange for their loved ones' release.
In response, changes to be announced Wednesday afternoon are expected to make clear that officials will no longer threaten hostages' families with prosecution for dealing with and paying ransoms to terrorist captors. Further, the changes would allow the U.S. government to help facilitate communications with terrorists on behalf of the families, according to U.S. officials.
That's our president, a bagman for ISIS.
And he got the party started when he traded 5 senior Taliban terrorists for one low-life deserter. Word was he paid a ransom back then too, and today's action certainly lends credence to those rumors.
Throw in his cockamamie plan to give Iran all of our nuclear technology, and well, what else can you conclude except that he's playing for the other side.
Americans everywhere are less safe today. The world is less safe too.
Thanks Democrats. Thanks a lot.
In Obamaville, some religions are more equal than others.
Which is why our
Caliph Dear Leader never misses hosting
a Ramadan shindig. During which, of course,
he lectures us on religious tolerance.
President Obama stressed religious tolerance during an Iftar dinner to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, linking the murders of nine black Christians in South Carolina with the killings of three Muslims in North Carolina earlier this year.
"Our prayers remain with Charleston and Mother Emanuel church," Obama said Monday night, using the nickname of the historically black church in Charleston where nine people were killed Wednesday night after a gunman opened fire in a Bible study.
"As Americans, we insist that nobody should be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like, who they love, how they worship. We stand united against these hateful acts."
Alrighty then. So I guess HHS is going to drop their demand that the Little Sisters of the Poor must subsidize birth control and abortion?
And he's not going to force the folks at Mother Emanuel church to perform same-sex "marriages," right?
Wrong again. He's totally going to do that, just as soon as SCOTUS rams the redefinition of marriage down our throats later this month.
Because when it comes to "religious tolerance," feminists and homosexuals don't have to "tolerate" Christians. Christians are The Enemy. And in the gospel according to Alinsky, the enemy must be destroyed.
Obama and his minions will settle for nothing less than evisceration of the Christian faith. He'll begrudgingly (and temporarily) allow us "freedom of worship." But he'll insist on us renouncing our convictions in order to earn a living, go to school, or associate with the public.
Once upon a time the Constitution guaranteed us religious freedom.
Now Obama promulgates tyranny, dressed up as "tolerance," from which he'll
brook no dissent. And all of you who are cheering him on, I hope you'll remember
the words of Martin Niemöller when Obama's Muslim friends come for you.
Welcome to the Brave New World of long-distance infanticide.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that doctors can keep using a telemedicine system to dispense abortion pills because it would pose an "undue burden" on a woman's right to abortion.
More than 7,200 Iowa women have used the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland system to obtain abortion-inducing pills since 2008. The system, the first of its kind in the nation, allows Planned Parenthood doctors in Des Moines or Iowa City to interact via video with patients in outlying clinics, then dispense the pills to the women.
State regulators, appointed by Iowa's governor who opposes abortion, ruled in 2013 that the system should effectively be banned because of purported safety concerns. The ban was put on hold while Planned Parenthood appealed in court. A district judge sided with the regulators in 2014, but the Supreme Court disagreed Friday.
The justices decided 6-0 that the Iowa Board of Medicine's rule violated women's rights under the state and federal constitutions. The court noted that telemedicine is being used to provide many other types of health care. But the medical board only focused on telemedicine's use for abortion when it imposed a requirement that doctors personally perform physical exams on patients, the justices wrote. "It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the board's medical concerns about telemedicine are selectively limited to abortion."
Yeah, because killing your unborn child is no different from getting some antibiotics for strep throat.
Would they allow brain surgery via email too?
Meanwhile in the Netherlands, children are being given the right to assisted suicide.
Terminally ill children in unbearable suffering should be given the right to die, the Dutch Paediatricians Association said on Friday, urging the suppression of the current 12-year age limit.
"We feel that an arbitrary age limit such as 12 should be changed and that each child's ability to ask to die should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis," said Eduard Verhagen, paediatrics professor at Groningen University who is on the association's ethics commission.
Children in the Netherlands aged 12 or over can request euthanasia if they are terminally ill, suffering unbearably, able to express their will and have parental approval.
So Planned Parenthood can say the fetus was asking for it, right?
How depraved is our society? We throw away children with nary a whimper, and no inconvenience is too small to stand in the way of feminism's holy sacrament.
Yet the very same proponents of abortion on demand refuse to allow imposition of the death penalty on convicted murders. They value the life of a monster like Dylann Roof over those of the tens of millions of unborn children sacrificed on the alter of "choice."
I can't get my mind around that.
Pray for the children. And pray for the souls of their murderers.
Underemployment, it's the dirty little secret behind those shrinking unemployment statistics touted by the Obamabots. Sure people are finding work, but they're not finding full-time work.
Roughly a quarter of the more than 26 million people working part-time in the United States want a full-time job but can't find one, a reality that has left those workers struggling to pay their bills, according to a new study.
The Rutgers University survey called a "A Tale of Two Workforces: The Benefits and Burdens of Working Part Time" found that nearly a third of workers stuck with part-time jobs described their financial condition as poor. Less than 10 percent of people who choose to work part-time put themselves in that category, according to the survey.
Carl Van Horn, a co-author of the study and the director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, said the large pool of workers who are stuck working part-time because they cannot find a full-time job is a signal of weakness in the economy.
"There's two million more people in the United States than before the recession that are in that category even though the unemployment rate is down," he said.
Those workers, which the report calls "involuntary workers," fare worse financially than their "voluntary" counterparts who prefer to work part-time.
The survey found 63 percent of people working part-time for economic reasons faced a financial hardship related to their job situation in the past two years that required many to borrow from family or friends, rack up credit card debt or sell off possessions to make ends meet. Only 29 percent of voluntary workers said they faced a financial hardship due to their part-time work.
Welcome to Obamaville, population: you.
It's not really a recovery if people aren't able to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. And it's not like wages are growing either, because they're not. How's that for a one-two punch when you're already down on your luck?
Yeah, I know, it's still Bush's fault and I'm a racist.
Just don't blame me when things get even worse under Hillary.
It's not enough that Obama's minions have made our currency look like Monopoly Money. The new bills are uglier than sin, and more often than not they're mistaken for Canadian money. And don't get me started on how they've ruined pennies and nickles. But now it's time for the coup de grace. The Obamabots have decided to dump all the Dead White Guys in favor of newer, presumably more "hip" portraits.
First to be redesigned? The ten dollar bill.
Out is Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury.
In is ... Rachel Dolezal?
The Treasury Department is preparing to announce that they are putting a woman on the $10 bill, as a source has confirmed what appears to be a premature tweet.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce Thursday that the Bureau of Engraving and Printing will put a woman on the bill as soon as 2020.
Presumably this woman will be selected because she's the lesbian single mother who created the Camanche nation's first central banking system. Or something.
Close enough, because according to the Official Feminut Website driving this idiocy, these are the 4 finalists:
Rosa Parks, and
Truthfully, when I first saw this, ahem, movement on Facebook a few months back I didn't take it seriously. I figured it had as much chance of success as the guys who want to put Ronald Reagan on Mount Rushmore.
But I was wrong. Obama took 'em seriously. Because fundamentally transforming America means detaching us from our history. More importantly, it means writing new history.
I'm guessing they'll impose the Mankiller woman on us. Why? Because aside from her extensive background in community organizing, her name exhibits everything modern feminism extolls. In their dogma, men are superfluous. Lower than dog excrement. Brutes, unworthy of inclusion in their utopian society. Because a great warrior chief has feelings dontcha know. And trolling for federal dollars is how they measure success.
Conan, she's not.
Still, I suppose it could be worse. Imagine this new sawbuck landing in your wallet:
Then again, why not just cut to the chase, and put Hillary Clinton on all the money?
Don't laugh, it'll probably be her first presidential decree.
Experienced, adult political operatives who want to do grassroots work for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign currently have no choice but to work as unpaid, full-time interns, raising new questions about how the White House frontrunner runs her own labor force as she prepares to double down on young people's role in the American economy.
The Clinton campaign is currently in the midst of what multiple Democratic sources described as a "hiring freeze" for paid organizing positions in the early campaign states where the former Secretary of State is laying the foundations of a massive national staff, with few if any paying jobs available for field operations.
Clinton's camp has made headlines about its frugality and a hard sell on its fellowship program, which allows aspiring politicos between the ages of 18 and 24 to spend this summer as full-time campaign volunteers. The result, however, is the human-resources reality of a campaign — one scheduled to hold at least 26 fundraisers this month alone — that isn't just taking on college students with political science degrees but expecting political veterans to gamble their careers on her without pay.
Clinton, according to her would-be employees, has left full-time organizers with little choice but to criss-cross the country and work as "free help".
That's Hillary. Talking the talk, but not walking the walk.
Now, on the one hand, if you're stupid enough to donate your time to Hillary, you deserve to be poor. And of course there's always welfare and food stamps and Section 8 (or a nearby couch) and Medicaid to see you through. Or family money if you're part of the limousine liberal crowd she seems to attract so easily.
On the other hand, isn't this exactly what she accuses employers like Walmart of doing to their employees — paying next to nothing and then asking the taxpayers to foot the bill for their supposed reluctance to honor a "living wage?"
Why yes, yes it is.
Because "hypocrisy" and "Democrat" go hand-in-hand.
So try not to laugh too hard the next time Bill or Hill charges two or three hundred grand to bloviate about how Americans need a $15 per hour minimum wage.
At Team Clinton the minimum wage is zero. And the lemmings like it
Here's the saddest statistic you'll read today.
New Jersey is among only 10 U.S. states where more than half of children live with their married, biological parents.
Barely "more than half." 54% to be exact, with Utah, Minnesota, and Nebraska only slightly edging NJ out at 57, 55, and 54 percent respectively.
Somehow that's being spun as a Good Thing, and vindication of the "blue state model." (Nonwithstanding that Utah and Nebraska aren't "blue states.")
New Jersey fits into "the blue state model" offered by the study's authors, sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas Zill, a psychologist. Under that theory, residents of some Democratic-leaning states are more educated and earn a higher income. Those people are more likely to get married and stay married, the report says.
And of course there's the knee-jerk swipe at those conservative, redneck states.
The states with the lowest percentage of children being raised in two-parent households where the adults are the kids' birth parents are Mississippi (32), Louisana (36) and Arkansas.
So many children, far more than half of all kids, stuck in broken families, dependent on The State to fulfill the role of Dad, Mom, or both. It's a damn shame. And an indictment of our society.
How did we get here? Pick one, or all: No-fault divorce. Free love. Feminism. Welfare. Antipathy to religion. Mix 'em all together, add in abrogation of personal responsibility and denigration of shared sacrifice, and you get a society on the decline, where the whims of the supposed adults outweigh the tedious but necessary work required to properly raise their offspring.
And why not? Dads are marginalized. Family courts almost never award them custody of the children, but mercilessly force them into penury via onerous child support payments. Meanwhile a plethora of government handouts ensure Dad isn't needed in the first place, because essentials like food and shelter are just a welfare check away. So what if he's also not there to provide a comforting hug or some words of wisdom? Feminist dogma obviates his necessity anyway, while Mom's lesbian lover fills her head with platitudes about empowerment.
You know what's really empowering? Watching your kid grow up into somebody you'd want to be friends with. Celebrating their successes. Picking them up after their failures. Guiding their maturity and sharing the joys and the tears with the woman who bore them. Yeah, that's so not hip, and it's a boatload of hard work, but it's how the world worked for thousands and thousands of years.
Until now, when our society sefishly took the easy way out. "It takes a village" became their excuse to let "the village" do all the heavy lifting. As soon as they found out there were no repercussions to narcissism the decline of the nuclear family was inevitable. It's no accident that children raised by Big Brother are enmeshed in a culture of dependency. People dependent on the government vote Democrat, because the Democrats are the party of government. So it behooves the government to create as many Democrats as possible.
It's a vicious cycle, and one that won't easily be broken. The allure of Free Stuff trumps the core values of personal responsibility and shared sacrifice any day. The politicians know that, and they don't particularly care that they're destroying everything the Founding Fathers fought and died to establish. Not so long as they get to maintain their stranglehold on power.
There's the legacy of the welfare state in a nutshell. Its soft tyranny
devastates the hopes and dreams of the most vulnerable among us, our children.
They'll inherit a nation worse off than the one our fathers and mothers created
for us. And they'll grow up believing there's nothing they can do to help
themselves escape from it.
The one thing everyone can agree on is, New Jersey's public employee pension system is broke. Dead, flat, broke.
And for the past 4 years the public employee unions have implored Governor Chris Christie to plug the shortfall by raising taxes. He's wisely refused to do that, one of the few things he's done right lately. So with that avenue closed, the unionistas sought relief from NJ's notoriously activist State Supreme Court.
But in a ruling yesterday that quite frankly left me speechless, the court uncharacteristically refused to legislate from the bench in support of the unions.
"That the state must get its financial house in order is plain. The need is compelling in respect of the state's ability to honor its compensation commitment to retired employees," Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, an independent who was appointed by Gov. Christie Whitman, a Republican, wrote for the majority. "But this court cannot resolve that need in place of the political branches. They will have to deal with one another to forge a solution to the tenuous financial status of New Jersey's pension funding in a way that comports with the strictures of our constitution."
My jaw hit the floor when I read that. Because dictating legislative outcomes is what this court does best, and with alarming regularity. From education funding to affordable housing to gun control to redefining marriage, NJ's State Supreme Court has earned its distinction as the most activist court in the nation.
What prompted them to pull back from the brink? Beats me. But I'm damn glad they did.
Alas, the joy is not being felt in the union halls. Nosirree. They're hopping mad. Spitting fire. Ready to go to the mattresses. And who's their designated savior? State Senate Presidend Steve Sweeney.
State Senate President Stephen Sweeney joined a group of union leaders Tuesday to bash the state Supreme Court's ruling that Gov. Chris Christie has the legal right to slash billions in public worker pension payments, calling it an "outrageous" decision that hurts hundreds of thousands of government employees.
"We're not done fighting this," Sweeney (D-Gloucester) said at a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton hours after the ruling was released. "The court gave us a lousy decision. I respect the courts, but they are so dead wrong on this thing."
No Mr. Sweeney, it is you who is "dead wrong."
Government does not exist for the benefit of its employees. And it's politicians like you who created this monster by promising those employees gold-plated benefits packages in exchange for their votes. You knew all along that the pension system was unsustainable. There isn't enough money in the world to fund the lavish benefits you promised to deliver.
But a Democrat's gotta pander, and Sweeney panders with the best of them.
Sweeney vowed once again Tuesday that the Democratic-controlled state Legislature will introduce its own budget proposal that includes the full pension payment.
He introduced a measure last month to pump more money into the pension system by raising taxes on New Jersey households with income of more than $1 million. If passed, the proposal would generate $675 million in the coming year, Sweeney said.
Do the math. The pension shortfall is $1.57 trillion this year, and $1.8 billion for next year. Sweeney's millionaire's tax, a tired old retread of a failed bad idea if there ever was one, might bring in $675 million. Leaving him $2.7 billion short.
Ah but bad math is what's driven this pension fiasco from the get-go. The Democrats throw around a few big numbers, they raise some taxes, and promptly spend 4 times what they brought in, leaving the bill for our grandchildren.
And come 2017 it's gonna be deja vu all over again with a unionista feeding frenzy following the ascension of either Sweeney or his tax-and-spend liberal buddy Steve Fulop to the governorship. The unions want "what's theirs" and both Steves are gonna be fighting to be annointed their messiah. The promises will get more outrageous by the week, and what's sad is the greedy unionistas will eat it all up, and expect a cherry on top too.
Government of the unions, by the unions, and for the unions won't be pretty.
But with any luck, it will soon vanish from the face of this earth, in a
calamitous burst of bankruptcy that'll damn 'em all to hell.
It's no secret that Obama hates Israel.
It's highly likely he's a Muslim anti-Semite too, and he'd like nothing better than watching Iran wipe Israel from the face of the earth in an orgy of nuclear devastation.
Alas, one sad consequence of those proclivities is he can unilaterally deny that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, because the Constitution gives him that power.
The Supreme Court struck down a disputed law Monday that would have allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to list their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports in an important ruling that underscores the president's authority in foreign affairs.
The court ruled 6-3 that Congress overstepped its bounds when it approved the law in 2002. It would have forced the State Department to alter its long-standing policy of not listing Israel as the birthplace for Jerusalem-born Americans and listing only "Jerusalem."
The policy is part of the government's refusal to recognize any nation's sovereignty over Jerusalem, until Israelis and Palestinians resolve its status through negotiations.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said in his majority opinion that the president has the exclusive power to recognize foreign nations, and that the power to determine what a passport says is part of this power.
"Recognition is a matter on which the nation must speak with one voice. That voice is the president's," Kennedy wrote.
"Jerusalem" is not a country. It has no embassy. It has no flag. To pretend otherwise is dangerous foolishness which gives credence to the barbarism of malevolent terrorists.
Israel is a Real Country. Israel says Jerusalem is their capital. Ergo, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Period, the end.
Unless, of course, you believe in the mythical country of "Palestine." And if you think people who've started and lost 4 wars still have some sort of legitimate right to disband the state of Israel via protracted and duplicious "negotiations." In which case you might be a Democrat. Or a loon like Jimmy Carter.
But because we respect our Constitution, the only way to fix our foreign policy
is to elect a president who's not afraid to stand up to Palestinian thugs. End
the charade. Recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, move our embassy
there, and tell the "poor, pitiful" Palestinians to go pound sand. They lost.
Their Arab brothers lost. So let the Arabs pick up the pieces of the mess
they created and relentlessly perpetuate. It's not our job to fix their
wounded pride. Although, if they stop trying to destroy things and start
working to build themselves up, they just might find that we're the best
friends they never knew they had.
Apparently Hillary's Hordes can't afford the rents in New York City on the meager salaries she pays them. I think there's a campaign slogan (or 3) in there somewhere, but I suppose irony is lost on Democrats.
Anyway, if you're a big Hillary booster, and you've got a spare room or an extra couch, you're invited to "host" one of her staffers, for free.
Hillary Clinton wants your cash -- but her staffers just want a place to crash.
Apparently facing a space crunch at their new 2016 headquarters in New York City, the Clinton campaign has started asking supporters to pony up their Big Apple pads for the cause. An email sent Wednesday asks them to sign up to "host" Clinton campaign workers arriving to the city.
"Do you have a spare room — or just a spare couch! — where a new staffer could stay?" Marlon Marshall, director of State Campaigns and Political Engagement at Hillary for America, asks in the email.
Marshall, who did not respond to requests by FoxNews.com for comment, said in his email pitch: "You and I both know that finding a place to live in New York can take longer than an afternoon of apartment hunting." But he wrote that the campaign needs its to start "right away" at the Brooklyn HQ.
He then promised that the to-be bunkmates will most likely "be working long days, so they really just need a place to sleep, and they'll be so grateful to be staying with someone who shares their beliefs and their goals."
I think they're just grateful to finally be out of mom's basement.
And hey, isn't there a big old house up in Chappaqua with lots of extra space?
But really, what could be better than a zealot for Hillary haranguing you day and night? I'm expecting all my progressive friends to sign right up, just for the chance to rub elbows with someone who works next to a guy who met Hillary once, and promptly got sent to the back of the line.
And she's not about to spend her foundation's millions on something as mundane as a few motel rooms. Unless Bill can visit with the more comely lasses...
Then can you imagine how Hillary could expand this "hosting" program once she's elected? Everybody gets his own illegal alien! Bring them out of the shadows and into your living room, where they'll share their beliefs and goals, and hopefully not help themselves to the silverware.
In other news, it's time to dust off the Third Amendment. Because one more
thing Hillary's homeless hordes don't have are brown shirts and fancy arm
bands. Yet. Those will be issued after her coronation, when it's
too late for America.
Maybe we should rename it The Unaffordable Care Act. Because the claims experience data is in, the insurers have crunched the numbers, and your premiums are going to go through the roof next year.
Health insurers are proposing to raise Obamacare rates more than in the past — some by more than 70 percent — now that they are finally equipped with all the information they need to price those plans.
Plans wanting to raise rates by at least 10 percent next year posted the proposed increase online Monday, as required by the 2010 healthcare law. Insurers are allowed to raise rates each year, but they must publish significant increases ahead of time.
Insurers have sold plans in the law's new insurance marketplaces for two years in a row. But the difference in 2016 is that for the first time, they have a full year of claims data from enrollees that tells them how high or low to set the price tag.
While plans and rates vary by state, a look at rate increases published Monday on healthcare.gov shows many hovering around 10 to 30 percent in many states.
But there's also a sprinkling of even bigger hikes. Blue Cross wants to raise its most expensive "platinum" plan in Alabama by 71 percent next year. Aetna wants to charge 59 percent more for one of its small group plans in Virginia. Time Insurance Co. is proposing a 64 percent hike for an individual plan in Georgia.
Hey, didn't that Obama fellow promise us savings of $2,500 per year?
Why yes, yes he did. Numerous times, too.
The phrase "lying sack of shit" seems appropriate here.
Because it turns out the people signing up for Obamacare are older and sicker than the Obamabots said they'd be.
Until now, insurers have had to mostly guess at who would enroll in Obamacare plans. If the enrollees tended younger and healthier, they could price plans lower. But if they ended up being older and sicker, prices would need to be higher.
And with year two of Obamacare enrollment concluded, there are more older enrollees than younger ones. Almost half were older than age 44, according to final enrollment data from the Obama administration.
Experts are predicting rates will escalate faster next year than in the two years prior, as insurers take a close look at who is enrolling in Obamacare plans to get a good sense of the overall picture.
But wait, there's more. Bad news, that is. Remember all those mandates for "free" coverages? They cost money too.
The national group representing insurers quickly jumped to their defense Monday when asked about the big increases. Clare Krusing, a spokeswoman for American's Health Insurance Plans, said there are many reasons for the increases — including taxes and fees and the fact that more insurers are phasing out plans that do not comply with Obamacare's rules.
"Premiums cannot be viewed in isolation," Krusing said. "It's critical to look at the individual market dynamics that impact how much consumers pay for their health care coverage and the factors, like provider consolidation and exploding prescription drug prices, that drive up premiums across the country."
So next year, when you can't afford your health insurance, be sure to thank a
Democrat. Because no matter how much you disliked the old system, nothing says
"you're gonna get screwed" quite like the government trying to make it "affordable."
The TSA is great at hassling little old ladies and 3 year olds. What they're not great at is actually stopping people from smuggling weapons onto planes.
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation's busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News learned exclusively.
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General's report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
In one test an undercover agent was stopped after setting off an alarm at a magnetometer, but TSA screeners failed to detect a fake explosive device that was taped to his back during a follow-on pat down.
So what did Obama's crackerjack Homeland Security Department do? They held a meeting. Where they were frustrated.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was apparently so frustrated by the findings he sought a detailed briefing on them last week at TSA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to sources.
So, did anyone get fired?
Of course not. They're going to "improve their procedures" instead.
Which, as I'm sure you're aware, is TSA-speak for "make our lives even more miserable." But as for stopping terrorists? Don't make me laugh.
Yes the TSA is a joke. But the joke's on us.