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One of the few good things to come out of Chris Christie's quixotic quest for the presidency was his embrace of the Second Amendment. Earlier this month he issued an Executive Order relaxing gun permit and transport regulations. Because, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. And New Jersey issues fewer than 500 carry permits annually, mostly to retired law enforcement officers. Which didn't help domestic violence victim Carol Bowne, whose application for a firearms permit was held up by red tape, allowing her stalker ex-boyfriend to murder her in cold blood in her own driveway.
Well, as much as it sounds incongruous, State Senator Loretta Weinberg is OK with Bowne's murder. How else to explain her opposition to Christie's attempt to make it easier for women like Carol Bowne to legally carry a gun?
Top Democratic leaders in the state Legislature said Monday they are acting to block Gov. Chris Christie's effort to issue gun permits to anyone in New Jersey who can prove a "serious threat" against their life, saying the move oversteps state gun control laws.
Speaking at the Statehouse, state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) assailed the newly relaxed regulations as expanding "the scope of the right-to-carry well beyond what is authorized under current law."
"To put it simply, if these regulations were adopted, it would allow every cab driver, pizza delivery driver, Uber driver and anyone else living or working in a high-crime neighborhood to qualify for a firearm permit," Weinberg said.
Woah. Loretta Weinberg only wants the criminals to have guns!
Hmm. The very definition of a "high-crime neighborhood" is where the bad guys have the upper hand. Meaning, they have guns, and we don't.
Seems to me that leveling the playing field ought to cut down on crime. And cutting down on crime is good, right?
Nope. Loretta Weinberg and the NJ Democrats would prefer that law-abiding NJ residents remain victims instead of standing up for our rights.
Because victims vote Democrat. Especially when they're dead.
Because he's a constitutional scholar dontcha know, and he don't need
no "advice and consent" from no stinkin' Senate. Besides, it's
Lenin's birthday, and he can't help but feed into the symbolism of the
whole thing. So,
let the wealth transfer begin!
World leaders converged at United Nations headquarters in New York on Friday — Earth Day — to sign the historic Paris climate accord.
The U.S. and China, which together account for nearly 40% of global emissions, have said they intend to formally join the agreement this year, according to the Associated Press. Both nations' leaders signed the document Friday.
"The United States is looking forward to joining the Paris Agreement this year, and we invite our partners to do the same," said U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who held his young granddaughter as he inked his name on the pact.
Not so fast there Lurch. It's a treaty. And Jim DeMint says treaties need to be ratified by the Senate.
The Paris Agreement is certainly a treaty. I reviewed enough treaties during my time in the Senate where I served on the Foreign Relations Committee to know. But don't take my word for it. The State Department's internal guidelines make clear that the Paris Agreement is a treaty.
Those guidelines, known as the Circular 175T procedure, demonstrate that the Paris Agreement is a treaty. For example, the Agreement makes environmental commitments that affect the U.S. as a whole. The Agreement is formal and complex rather than informal and routine. The Agreement is open-ended and requires the U.S. to deliver untold billions of dollars to a "Green Climate Fund" for redistribution around the world to pay for "green projects" in foreign countries. These all indicate that the Agreement is a treaty and not a mere executive agreement, as the president claims.
Ah yes, the "Green Climate Fund." To which Dear Leader has already sent $500 million of our tax dollars as a down payment on his annual committment of $3 billion or so. Think of it as reparations for Climate Justice, but please don't call it a treaty.
The Senate ought to stand up (for once) and deny President Pen-And-Phone his legacy. Defund the EPA. Defund the State Department's travel and conference budget.
It's what Lenin would have done.
Seven years of Obama and now nobody knows what bathroom to use…
Transgender people should be able to use whatever bathroom they want, Donald Trump said Thursday.
"Oh, I had a feeling that question was going to come up, I will tell you. North Carolina did something that was very strong. And they're paying a big price. There's a lot of problems," the Republican presidential candidate said during a town hall event on NBC's "Today."
New York Values!
I'm hoping all his faux-conservative supporters are jumping with joy this morning. Phyllis Schlafly, try to spin this as "pro-family,", OK?
Only now the perverts are protected by liberals pandering to the LGBT bullies. Your pre-teen daughters? Yeah, not protected. Not one bit.
And if you object? You're the hater. You have to change your ways. You need to go find an alternative restroom, and shame on you for judging the Max Klingers of this Brave New World.
Democrats and their media allies are determined to make coed bathrooms the next bastion of "tolerance." Hillary Clinton is enthusiastically on board. And ESPN just fired baseball great Curt Schilling for the unpardonable crime of stating the obvious. Because apparently women are totally vulnerable to sexual assault on college campuses nationwide, except when they walk into a coed restroom or locker room. Then they're completely safe! Honest!
So who's the one candidate willing to stand up for our moms' and daughters' restroom privacy?
'Men should not be going to the bathroom with little girls,' Cruz said during a taping of an MSNBC town hall today. 'As the father of daughters I'm not terribly excited about men being able to go alone into a bathroom with my daughters.'
'That is a perfectly reasonable determination for the people to make,' he told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd.
Of course it's perfectly reasonable. So naturally Democrats, and Donald Trump,
are opposed to it. They won't be satisfied until every societal more is ripped
to shreds, sacrificed on the alter of "tolerance." Except the one thing they
refuse to tolerate is dissent from their totalitarian worldview.
In Newark, NJ the price of Liberty is $10 million dollars.
Because that's how much Uber agreed to pay in exchange for the "right" to operate there, after the city council threatened to impound drivers' cars unless they each paid $1,000 a year for a "Liberty License."
Hours after announcing the deal that will allow Uber to continue operating in the city, the office of Mayor Ras Baraka on Saturday released details of the tentative agreement.
Under terms of the deal, Uber will pay the city a $10 million fee to operate at Newark Liberty International Airport for the next 10 years.
The company has also agreed to provide $1.5 million in liability coverage for all drivers in its network, conduct background checks of each one and to install and enforce a zero-tolerance drug and alcohol abuse policy.
Gangster government at its, uh, finest.
Oh, by the way, this agreement means Baraka sold out his taxi driver buddies.
Lionel Leach, president of CWA Local 1039, the union that represents nearly 300 taxi drive and has pushed for regulations to "level the playing field" between taxi and rideshare companies said the agreement fails to meet that goal.
"This is an agreement for $10 million that benefits the city and the rideshare companies, not the [taxi]drivers. "Based on what I see right now, the only thing that it creates an unfair balance."
Of course it "fails to meet that goal," because Uber coughed up more protection money than you did.
See, that's the problem with buying politicians. They never stay bought.
Remember when the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) was investigating Essex County Executive For Life Joe DiVincenzo's blatant misuse of campaign funds?
And remember how that investigation suddenly ground to a screeching halt, which of course the media spun as a "victory" for Joe D?
Wanna know who swept the mess under the rug?
Walter Timpone, the Democrat
Steve Sweeney Chris Christie
just nominated to sit on our state supreme court.
Surprise, surprise, surprise!
The long and the short of it is this. Earlier in his career, Timpone reached out to Joe D for a favor, because his nephew needed a job. Joe D found the kid a spot, as a field representative in the Essex County Citizen Service Office at $45,000 a year.
Fast forward a dozen years, and Timpone is the lone Democrat on ELEC when Joe D's alleged misuse of campaign funds comes to light. Rather than move the investigation forward, Timpone recused himself, citing that favor Joe D did for his nephew.
State law says ELEC must have at least one member from each party, so no Timpone, no investigation. Which works out nicely for Joe D, seeing as how he and Timpone are both good friends with Chris Christie.
Now you may ask yourself, why are there only 2 people sitting on ELEC, one Democrat and one Republican, when there should be 4?
Ah, you can thank Chris Christie and Steve Sweeney for that one. Christie didn't appoint a second Democrat to the commission after the previous guy died in 2011. In retaliation, Sweeney is blocking Christie's second Republican nominee, which Christie then cites as his reason for not appointing a second Democrat.
Yeah, the whole thing stinks to high heaven. Because a cynical guy like me might see Timpone's nomination as a thank-you for him helping Joe D. And a cynical guy might further notice that once Timpone is confirmed, ELEC will be effectively defanged, right before a presidential election this year, and a gubernatorial election next year in which Sweeney hopes to prevail. Not to mention that whole Bridgegate thing…
Welcome to New Jersey. Please hold your nose.
On Tuesday an administrative law judge ruled that Ted Cruz is a "natural born" citizen, eligible to run for president.
The Trumpanzees promptly appealed the ruling to Lt Governor Kim Guadagno, in her role as Secretary of State.
And today she told them to get stuffed.
In her four-page decision, Guadagno, who doubles as New Jersey's secretary of state, said she reviewed the record and the objections raised to Judge Jeff Masin's initial ruling.
"After full consideration of the record, as well as Judge Masin's thorough and well researched initial decision and the exceptions filed with my office, I, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, as secretary of state and chief election official of the state of New Jersey, adopt Judge Masin's initial decision in its entirety," Guadagno said.
Trump's birther bozos also lost in Texas yesterday, when a federal judge laughed them out of court for lack of standing.
They're now 0 for 9. In addition to New Jersey and Texas, New York, New Hampshire, Utah, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Alabama have all ruled in favor of Cruz's eligibility.
Will the Trump slappies give up on this silliness now?
Don't count on it.
They're still whining about getting their butts kicked in Colorado's caucuses because they forgot to read the rules. And I hear they're setting themselves up for a similar whooping in California, again because complaining is easier than working on a competent ground game.
Oh, but take heart Trumpaholics, Karl Rove is "warming up" to your lord and master. And we all know how effective his endorsement has been lately, right?
Incidentally, I watched Ted and Heidi Cruz on CNN's townhall last night, and I gotta tell you guys, they both came off great. Ted was relaxed, confident, and well received. Heidi really completes him too. She's one dynamite lady. And their kids? Cute as buttons. The whole hour was focused on "family" so there were no policy questions, but that's OK because seeing and hearing the human side of a candidate is equally important.
I've heard people say that Ted's demeanor is off-putting and "prosecutorial." Well, that certainly wasn't the case last night, which bodes well for his candidacy.
Ted Cruz: Cleveland or Bust!
Ted Cruz is a "natural born citizen." No matter what Donald Trump's misguided minions may say to the contrary.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas meets the criteria for a "natural born citizen" and can run in New Jersey's Republican presidential primary on June 7, an administrative law judge ruled Tuesday.
Would you believe the Trumpanzees tried to convince the judge otherwise?
Would you believe they're still not giving up?
Hey, nobody ever accused Trump's supporters of being rocket scientists.
Judge Jeff Masin's decision now heads to the desk of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who in her capacity as secretary of state can choose to accept the opinion in full or in part, or reject it.
Victor Williams, one of the two challengers who questioned Cruz's eligibility to run in the New Jersey primary, said he had "full confidence that Kim Guadagno will do the right thing and reject Mr. Cruz's falsified ballot petition and certificate." If she fails to do so, Williams said he would appeal.
Mr. Williams also undoubtedly has "full confidence" that the moon is made of green cheese.
A similar challenge was rejected by the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court late last month.
But don't count on sanity permeating the Trump cult. One of their biggest Internet cheerleaders, Jim Hoft of Gateway Pundit, posted this headline after today's defeat: New Jersey Judge Rules Former Canadian Ted Cruz Can Appear on State Ballot.
Dude, the whole point of Judge Masin's ruling is that Ted Cruz is not a Canadian, former or otherwise. Try to keep up, OK?
These clowns are doing one potentially useful public service though. By repeatedly pushing this birther foolishness now they're taking the issue away from Hillary and the Democrats. By the time the nominations are sewed up all these frivolous lawsuits will have played themselves out, which means she can't relitigate them in the fall.
Do I think the Trump slappies are smart enough to have thought of that?
Nah. But it's fun to watch them spin their wheels and stomp their feet. The comments over at Hoft's site are, uh, bizarre, to say the least. Upping their medication is probably in order.
And if nothing else, their hysteria reminded me to send Ted a few more bucks.
Which ought to make them even more mad. Oops.
Steve Sweeney is now officially the governor of New Jersey. In deed, if not in name.
And Chris Christie is exposed as the feckless, unprincipled hack his detractors told us he was.
Christie's six-year charade to "remake" New Jersey's activist Supreme Court ended with a whimper yesterday as he surrendered to Sweeney's demand that only a liberal democrat can be nominated to fill the court's last vacancy.
Gov. Chris Christie nominated a New Jersey Democrat to the state's Supreme Court on Monday, effectively ending his years-long battle to reshape the composition of the bench.
The GOP governor, flanked by state Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), nominated former assistant U.S. Attorney Walter Timpone to fill a vacancy during a Statehouse news conference.
The surprise announcement came about a month after Christie said he would re-nominate a veteran Republican Monmouth County judge, David Bauman, he unsuccessfully pushed for the bench nearly four years ago. At the time, he vowed "ramifications" for Democrats who blocked his appointment.
But Christie, who called Bauman an "extraordinary individual," gave his nod to Timpone after it became clear the Democratic-controlled Senate would only approve a fellow Democrat.
"Ramifications?" Yeah, that's Christie-speak for "capitulation."
"I wanted to get something done. People of this state give us these jobs expecting us to get stuff done," Christie said.
Ye gads, what utter hogwash. We expected you to "get done" the stuff you promised you'd get done. Like reining in judicial activism, not ensconcing it. Like standing up to bullies instead of getting rolled. We expected you'd have principles. We expected you go be made of sterner stuff.
And you sold us out.
No wonder you're backing Democrat-turned-Republican-of-convenience Donald Trump for president. He's the only guy with fewer scruples than you.
Wait, I take that back. You and Trump are two peas in a pod.
Thanks for leaving New Jersey worse off than when you started.
The fever swamps of the left have found a new Civil Right, and appointed Bruce Springsteen to make it the defining issue of the 2016 presidential race.
Bruce Springsteen is canceling his North Carolina concert in response to the state's new LGBT law.
That measure prohibits transgender individuals from using the restroom of their gender identity.
Springsteen, along with others on the far left, have derided the move as an attack on the LGBT community.
Men in the ladies room, or no concert for you! Because, #BathroomEquality!
Or, as Ed Driscoll put it, Semi-retired former rock star turned tool of the one percent ruling elite screws working class fans to send PC virtue signal to his political masters.
I hope Hillary Clinton and the democrats add this nonsense to their party platform front and center, because then Ted Cruz will win all 57 states.
Maybe she'll even tap Annise Parker, Houston's loony lesbian coed-bathroom-loving mayor as her Veep.
Reasonable people might say, why not just create single-occupancy restrooms for the folks who can't figure out if they're a boy or a girl? Hah! That's "discriminatory," worse even than the Jim Crow South's notion of "separate but equal," and totally unacceptable to the Obama administration.
The Obama administration is suing yet another school district for refusing to allow a biological teenage male to use the girls' locker room, restroom, and shower facilities.
Yesterday, the federal government found a the school in violation of a new interpretation of Title IX, a 1972 law designed to prevent sex discrimination.
A male student who identifies as female sued Township High School District 211 in 2014 for access to the female locker room.
The district said the student could use a separate, private room instead.
This wasn't good enough for the ACLU, however, which represented the male student in a complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Education (DoE)'s Office for Civil Rights.
John Knight, the LGBT and HIV Project Director of the ACLU of Illinois, called the decision "blatant discrimination."
"We're talking about somebody who is being denied fair and equal treatment as compared to the other students, only because she [sic] is transgender," he said.
Please tell me his name isn't Lola…
Obama's EEOC is likewise "ready" to jump into action the first time a North Carolina man is denied access to a womens bathroom.
The federal agency that enforces anti-discrimination laws in workplaces told BuzzFeed News it "stands ready" to investigate complaints from transgender employees in North Carolina — where a new law bans transgender people from government building restrooms that match their gender identity.
That sort of restriction in workplaces is prohibited by federal law, said Chai Feldblum, one of five members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
The agency held last year that banning a transgender employee from restrooms matching their gender in workplaces with 15 or more workers violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Feldblum and another EEOC official told BuzzFeed News that federal law supersedes local and state laws.
Congress never listed "transgender" as a protected class in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but hey, when has what a law actually says affected what Obama's progressive pinheads feel like they can do? Find a sympathetic judge to legislate from the bench and presto!, a new "right" is born.
The LGBT fascists are fired up. "Bathroom Equality" is their new rallying cry. PayPal publicly signalled their progressive bona fides by being the first major corporation to boycott North Carolina. Nevermind that they're simultaneously expanding into Cuba, where homosexuality is illegal and "LGBT rights" are non-existent.
(And I'm sure Bruce Springsteen would rather forget that he once played concerts in LGBT-unfriendly Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast, during his ironicly-named "Human Rights Tour.")
That was then. This is now. And now is the time for coed bathrooms.
Fortunately, the voters in Houston overwhelmingly defeated Mayor Parker's bathroom bill last November. Because they're, you know, sane.
And this year citizens all across these United States will likewise see that a
vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote for coed bathrooms. That's why I want this
issue to remain in the spotlight, because it'll guarantee that sanity will
prevail and Ted Cruz will be our next president.
The mafia called it "protection money."
We knew it as "extortion."
But in the Orwellian land of Newark, New Jersey, the city council calls it a "Liberty License."
The Newark City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to advance a measure that would require that app-based ride share drivers pay to the city an annual fee of $1,000 for a "Liberty License" to operate within city limits.
I'm pretty sure that "Liberty" and "License" don't ever belong in the same sentence. Unless you're a protectionist hack, bought and paid for by the taxi unions.
But the license would not allow drivers to pick up passengers at Newark Liberty International Airport or Newark Penn Station, two areas that have been at the center of a turf war between Uber and city cabbies.
Have you ever stood in the taxi line at Newark Airport? At 1 AM on a cold January night? And waited over an hour for a dirty, smelly, loud, fume-belching cab driven by a guy who doesn't understand English and has no clue where he's going?
Because I have.
And it sucks.
Contrast that with Uber. I punch in my destination address and click a button. The app tells me the fare (always less than the cab fare, which seems to go up every other week). It tells me when the car will arrive, so I can stay warm inside the terminal. When the driver arrives he texts me and I walk out to his clean, comfortable car. His GPS guides him effortlessly to my destination. I can watch our progress on an interactive map if I'm so inclined. And when we arrive there are no unexpected hidden charges for "tolls" or "extra baggage handling."
Taxi drivers complain of losing business to Uber drivers who connect with passengers through a smart phone app.
No shit. I'll never take another cab again.
Uber is the essence of "Liberty."
I'm liberated from a complacent, inefficient monopoly.
And the drivers are liberated to earn a living as they see fit, unencumbered by meddlesome bureaucrats.
So naturally the bureaucrats, and their campaign contributors, hate it.
The Newark city council has lost its' collective mind. Our Founding Fathers would never have envisioned anything remotely resembling a "Liberty License." It's completely antithetical to anything Liberty stands for.
Then again, the Founders never thought the downside to Freedom was that it presented insufficient opportunities for graft.
[Uber] has been expanding rapidly throughout the most densely populated areas of the state and says it now has about 13,000 drivers in New Jersey, including 2,000 who live in Newark.
That's 2,000 Newark voters who are going to lose their livelihood when they can't afford to pay the vig. Nice going Mayor Baraka!
On the other hand, Baraka and his council cronies will continue to reap big
fat checks from the taxi companies, so there's that.
Dear Leader issued two new decrees yesterday. Because, Racism!
The Obama administration released a warning Monday telling the nation's landlords that it may be discriminatory for them to refuse to rent to those with criminal records.
The Fair Housing Act doesn't include criminals as a protected class, but the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says refusing to rent based on a criminal record is a form of racial discrimination, due to racial imbalances in the U.S. justice system.
Affirmative Action for felons! Except I guess you'll be OK if you refuse to rent to a white guy with a criminal record. They're still not a "protected class" in Obamaville.
Then there's this — Bad credit, no problem! Obama says banks still gotta lend you the money to buy a house. Because that worked out so well last time, right?
The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics say could open the door to the risky lending that caused the housing crash in the first place.
President Obama's economic advisers and outside experts say the nation's much-celebrated housing rebound is leaving too many people behind, including young people looking to buy their first homes and individuals with credit records weakened by the recession.
Nevermind that "young people looking to buy their first homes" are already saddled with mountainous student loan debt. Let's pile on more!
In response, administration officials say they are working to get banks to lend to a wider range of borrowers by taking advantage of taxpayer-backed programs — including those offered by the Federal Housing Administration — that insure home loans against default.
Housing officials are urging the Justice Department to provide assurances to banks, which have become increasingly cautious, that they will not face legal or financial recriminations if they make loans to riskier borrowers who meet government standards but later default.
Go ahead, buy more house than you can afford, the taxpayers have got your back!
It's all part and parcel of Obama's wealth transfer plan. Why settle for a free phone when you can get a free house?
The administration's efforts come in the midst of a housing market that has been surging for the past year but that has been delivering most of the benefits to established homeowners with high credit scores or to investors who have been behind a significant number of new purchases.
"If you were going to tell people in low-income and moderate-income communities and communities of color there was a housing recovery, they would look at you as if you had two heads," said John Taylor, president of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, a nonprofit housing organization.
And there it is. "Communities of color." Which of course is Obamaville code for the belief that expecting people to actually repay their mortgages is racist.
Obama is fond of saying, "elections have consequences."
Well guess what? People's actions have consequences too.
If you've lived a life of crime, you might not be the best prospective tenant.
If you've neglected to pay your bills, you might not be the best prospective borrower of a large sum of money.
That's life. Not racism.
But people who're told they're victims make better Democrats. So there's that.