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Barack Obama's open borders are closed until further notice.
Don't expect them to re-open any time soon either.
First there was The Wall, then President Trump signed an Executive Order today suspending visa entry into the U.S. from seven countries known to harbor radical Islamic terrorists: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen.
Naturally the usual suspects are aghast.
American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero blasted Trump's plan as unconstitutional.
"'Extreme vetting' is just a euphemism for discriminating against Muslims," Romero said in a statement issued moments after the signing. "Identifying specific countries with Muslim majorities and carving out exceptions for minority religions flies in the face of the constitutional principle that bans the government from either favoring or discriminating against particular religions."
The "minority religion" of which he speaks is, of course, Christianity. Lefties hate Christians. And Barack Obama's government prevented persecuted Christians living in majority Muslim countries from entering the U.S.
President Trump vows to reverse that punitive and ill-conceived policy. Because "extreme vetting" should apply to the populations that breed terrorists, not to the folks who are victims of Islamic terrorism.
In an interview with CBN, Trump said persecuted Christians from Syria would get priority.
"They've been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States? If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible."
And right on cue, a slowdown on Muslim immigration is labeled as a "ban."
"These actions taken by Donald Trump are tantamount to a Muslim ban," Abed A. Ayoub, the legal and policy director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. "This is the Muslim ban that was promised by him on the campaign trail."
Yo Abed, quick, who's the policy director for the Saudi-Christian Anti-Discrimination Committee?
I'll give you a hint. If he existed, he'd already be dead.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees that you, your gutter religion, and your pedophile prophet's ramblings are free to associate anywhere, anytime, anyhow. No one is "banning" Muslims. No one is shutting down your mosques or taxing your congregants. There are no "Christianity police" forcing hijab-wearing women to don bikinis.
And if you report a crime, you don't need to find 4 Christian witnesses before the police will take a report.
So tell me again how persecuted you are.
The plight of Christians in Muslim lands is real, and heart-breaking.
The "plight" of Muslims in the U.S. is known as the American Dream.
Pardon me if I don't feel bad for you.
And I won't apologize for wanting President Trump to help the thousands of
Christians your co-religionists are persecuting day and night. You wanna
help Muslim refugees? Call the Saudi embassy. Or call the Iranians, I hear
they're flush with cash thanks to your buddy the former president. But don't
expect us to take in any more Muslims; we've already done are part. If you
don't like that, well, you're free to go back to Mecca.
The thing that struck me most about today is how President Trump kept saying "we" and "us." Not "I." And not in the context of "this is not who we are" either.
He's genuinely proud to be an American. He's ready to work for us.
As one of his first 3 official acts he signed an Executive Order proclaiming a National Day of Patriotism. Pride in America is something we haven't seen in at least 8 years. It's a nice feeling to have it back. Because America is the greatest country on earth. America is special. America is that shining city on a hill.
To borrow a phrase, it's morning in America again.
The sun is shining. The birds are singing. And President Trump spoke eloquently.
Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one Administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
This presidency isn't about him. It's about us.
He made it clear that he sees power in The People, not in Washington, DC, and certainly not in himself.
January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
He spoke with conviction. And sincerity.
A nation exists to serve its citizens.
Such a simple, and yet immensely powerful truth. Has our nation served her citizens? Or special interests? I think you know the answer.
And he issued a new decree, "to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power" — America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
America First. Write it down. Remember it.
Then he let us know that we're all in this together. That he will be the president for all Americans.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.
The Bible tells us, "how good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity."
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
Again, simple words. Yet immensely powerful words too. America will be unstoppable. America will be great again. Because The People will be united.
Donald Trump is the captain of our ship. And once a long time ago during my childhood I watched a TV show where a different ship's captain captured the essense of We The People.
It is called Kirk's greatest speech, even if the episode itself is corny and contrived. It's a speech that I believe Donald Trump would heartily endorse, because I heard echoes of James T. Kirk from him today.
This was not written for chiefs. (general consternation) Hear me! Hear this! Among my people, we carry many such words as this from many lands, many worlds. Many are equally good and are as well respected, but wherever we have gone, no words have said this thing of importance in quite this way. Look at these three words written larger than the rest, with a special pride never written before or since. Tall words proudly saying We The People.
There's what this administration will proudly be all about. We. The. People.
God Bless America!
Donald Trump is determined to slash government spending. A lot. A preview of what's to come reads like a conservative activist's greatest fantasies. And why not? Most of it comes directly from our friends at the Heritage Foundation.
Every federal department will soon see its budget slashed and major programs eliminated. And get this, the first step will be to privatize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and completely abolish the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities!
Yes my friends, no more taxpayer-subsidized lefty propaganda masquerading as "news" on NPR. No more cowboy poetry or homoerotic line drawings. "Artists" and "journalists" who want to produce that kind of crap will have to find a sympathetic liberal billionaire to subdisize their sophistry.
The goal is to reduce federal spending by $10.5 trillion over 10 years.
To get there the State Department will say goodbye to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and funding for the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Justice Department will shed the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Violence Against Women Grants, and the Legal Services Corporation. They'll also see huge reductions in funding for their Civil Rights, Environment, and Natural Resources divisions. And the Energy Department will roll back most funding to 2008 levels while dropping the Office of Electricity, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and the misleadingly named Office of Fossil Energy which is actually dedicated to phasing out fossil fuels. Frack, Baby, Frack!
Four corporate welfare boondoggles are also on the chopping block: the Minority Business Development Agency, the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.
That there is what those of us in the Drain The Swamp section call A Great Start.
But wait, it gets better! Because Trump has also pledged to reduce the entire federal workforce through attrition by implementing a hiring freeze. The unionistas are apopleptic of course. They consider every single federal job to be critical for government to function. Guess what? They're wrong.
There's a new sheriff in town and his two favorite words are "you're fired."
When it comes to our bloated federal bureaucracy that's music to my ears.
Reality took a back seat to social engineering today when the New Jersey state Supreme Court again unanimously ruled that every town in our fair state is required to provide "affordable housing." And after consulting their abacus they set forth a number to be built forthwith — 200,000 units, paid for, of course, by you and me.
New Jersey has to build thousands more units for its low-income residents to make up for the 16 years that the state didn't address those needs, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
In a decision addressing New Jersey's long-stalled regulations governing affordable housing, the state's highest court said towns must take into consideration the need for housing that existed within their borders between 1999 and 2015. That's the so-called gap period when the Council on Affordable Housing failed to adopt new rules.
The 6-0 decision, the latest in decades of Mount Laurel rulings governing affordable housing in New Jersey, rejects the assertion that only 37,000 units are needed and that the gap period calculations are not necessary because that need no longer exists.
Remember when Chris Christie was going to rein in our activist judiciary?
Yeah, me neither.
The premise of "affordable housing" itself is blatantly absurd. The social justice warrior crowd unilaterally decided poor people "deserved" to live in whatever town they wanted, regardless of whether or not that town's real estate market was priced out of their reach. Because "fairness."
Apparently working for what you want takes too long, and equality of outcome is better than equality of opportunity anyway. So, free houses for everybody! Ain't socialism grand?
Is everyone entitled to a nice car and fancy clothes too? How about golf club memberships and Disney vacations? Where does all this "fairness" end?
Time was people bought starter houses. Or they rented apartments and saved their pennies. And if you couldn't afford to live in Maplewood or Montclair you settled for Newark or East Orange until you got a better job. That's how my grandparents did it.
But nowadays folks want handouts, not a leg up. And why shouldn't they get to live in Short Hills without paying what everyone else who lives there paid? Our black-robed poobahs agreed, and decided to put a slum in every neighborhood. Except theirs, of course.
So COAH is reincarnated, and high-density, low-quality, traffic-inducing, school-overcrowding tenements will be foisted on us all. And not to put too fine a point on it, but the inhabitants of these housing projects are not always the most stellar of citizens, and they're not known for taking pride in their surroundings. Plus they expect certain "services" to be readily available, and I'm not just talking about check-cashing outlets and cash-for-gold storefronts. Think exotic pharmaceuticals and short-term female companionship, IYKWIMAITYD.
All of which slaughters property values and quality of life for those of us who were here first.
But the affordable housing activists don't care about that. They don't even actually care about "affordable housing." What they do care about are votes, and even in this deeply blue state there are pockets of Republicans to be infiltrated and subverted. Hence the imposition of affordable housing, and the Democrats who inhabit it. Import enough new voters and even the most conservative towns will flip to the Free Stuff side. And then the tax gouging can really begin because hey, this is where the rich guys live.
One of my Facebook friends is a former NJ resident who relocated to North
Carolina. Every time he sees another story about how NJ is screwing the
middle class he immediately adds the #GetOutNow hashtag. He has a point.
Once the slums arrive it'll be too late.
Here we go again. Liberal fascists scored another "victory" when the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover group, reneged on their contract to play at the New Jersey State Society's inaugural ball. Why? President Trump, that's why.
The band announced the decision on Monday, after it said the planned appearance "generated a storm of national news, from New York to Los Angeles, particularly given Bruce Springsteen's clearly articulated feelings about President-elect Trump."
"Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band," founder Will Forte, said in a statement.\
Naturally they're being applauded by All The Right People for their bravery. Even as the organizers of the inaugural ball have to scramble to find a replacement. But that's no biggie, right? Trump's illegitimate!
So riddle me this Batman. Why couldn't Memories Pizza decline to cater a same-sex "wedding?" Why couldn't the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa show respect for their religious beliefs by politely referring a homosexual couple to another bakery? Why can't a Christian wedding venue freely choose which weddings they'll host without fear of lynch-mob reprisals?
You know, the same tolerance that ran Milo Yiannopoulos off the campus of UC Davis last week. And the same tolerance that forced Memories Pizza and Sweet Cakes by Melissa to close their doors for good.
To the fascist Left, tolerance means death threats. Tolerance means enforcing GroupThink. Tolerance means never having to associate with someone whose views are different from their own.
The rank hypocrisy is pathetic. When progressives stand up for their principles, it's bravery, just ask Meryl Streep, one of the Bravest Of The Brave, to hear her tell it.
But when Christians and conservatives stand up for their principles, it's Hate Speech.
Which of course is just one more reason why Trump won.
When your two US Senators are Democrats you're bound to be repeatedly embarrassed by their antics. But sheesh, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez really outdid themselves today.
Booker broke with 228 years of tradition and became the first sitting US Senator to publicly speak out against the confirmation of his colleague Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Why? Because he's running for president in 2020, and he's a horse's ass.
As Democrats look to regroup after their unexpected loss to Trump, Booker's name has been floated as a potential front-runner to lead the Democratic Party's presidential bid in 2020. Publicity is likely a big motivator behind Booker's commitment to thrust his own views of Sessions into the spotlight.
He's gotta appear to be more radical than Lizzie "Fauxcahontas" Warren. And face it, the libtard wing of the Democratic party eats this shit up. Too bad he's an empty suit, with little appeal outside of New Jersey and other coastal enclaves. And then there's the small matter of his entanglement with the rampant corruption in the Newark Watershed Commission, where his protege Linda Watkins-Brashear pleaded guilty to multiple felonies involving bribery and official misconduct. Not to mention his sweetheat deal with his old law firm of Trenk, DiPasquale wherein they continued to pay him a salary when he was mayor of Newark while he steered lucrative no-bid city contracts their way.
It's like the Clinton Foundation, only without the foreign "investments." (Ah, give him time, I'm sure he can rustle up a few checks from the United Arab Emirates. -- Ed.)
Cory Booker won't be president. Of that I can assure you.
Meanwhile, his partner in mendacity, Bob Menendez, was busy making a fool of himself questioning Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson. Bob wanted to know why Tillerson supported Trump's border wall with Mexico.
I also want to point out that the last time a country tried to wall itself completely from its neighbor was in Berlin in 1961, and that wall was constructed by communist East Germany.
Yo Bob. The Berlin wall was created to keep East Germans in. Trump's wall is gonna keep illegal aliens out. But other than that, the two walls are like totally the same.
Try reading a book Bob. You might learn something.
Hey New Jersey. You elected this bozo? Shame on you.
Oh BTW, he's under indictment. It's gotta take a boatload of corruption for a Democratic administration to indict a US Senator of their own party. Heck, the case must be ironclad, or political hack Paul Fishman wouldn't have put his John Hancock on it, because Fishman didn't touch Jon Corzine and you'd have to be blinder than Stevie Wonder not to see his guilt.
Sorry Bob, but your credibility is shot. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
Completely unrelated, but fun to point out, the Feds raided Orange city hall today in an ongoing fraud investigation. Is Orange, NJ run by Democrats? Is there a mustache in Mexico? Yes to both! But you already knew that.
Cory and Bob, your ineffective and unsuccessful attempts at character
assassination are noted, and rejected. Sit down. Shut up. Jeff Sessions
and Rex Tillerson will both be confirmed. And then the Real Fun will begin!
Today is my lucky day! The daily $5 lunch special at Lakeside Deli cost me a whole penny less, because Chris Christie's sales tax cut kicked in!
Yup, 'tis true. NJ's 7% sales tax is now, drum roll please!, 6.875%.
A whopping 1/8 of a percent less!
Which means last week's $5.35 lunch bill is now $5.34.
Of course my euphoria is short-lived, because we only got this massive sales tax cut in exchange for a 23 cent per gallon hike in the gas tax. And I've already been paying that new tax for a few months now.
See how that works? Raise one tax by 23 cents. Cut another tax by 1/184th of that much. Because, fairness, or something.
So I guess I should save this penny for posterity. Or until the next time I need to buy gas, whichever comes first.