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The Philadelphia single mother who ran afoul of New Jersey's draconian gun laws won't be going to prison after all. Atlantic County prosecutor and anti-gun zealot James McClain has finally relented and admitted Shaneen Allen into pretrial intervention.
Shaneen Allen, the 27 year old Philadelphia single mother facing a New Jersey State Prison term for bringing a Pennsylvania licensed handgun into New Jersey has been offered entry into the Pre-Trial Intervention Program, according to a report on NBC10. (H/T Save Jersey)
Atlantic County Prosecutor James McCain issued a statement which said that, upon review, his rejection of Allen's application to the PTI program was contrary to a 2008 "Graves Act" directive, according to NBC10.
According to the clarification a defendant may "avoid conviction for a Graves Act crime by being admitted to the PTI program." The clarification also states that under New Jersey law prosecutors are "not permitted to reject categorically a defendant's application for PTI on the grounds that he or she is charged with a crime that is subject to the presumption of imprisonment or a mandatory minimum sentence."
Upon reviewing the clarification, McClain allowed Allen to enter the PTI program.
"I determined that the defendant in this case should be offered the opportunity to be admitted into the Atlantic County PTI Program and I have communicated that determination to the Court and to defense counsel," McClain wrote in a released statement. "In the next few weeks I will review similar cases that are pending within our jurisdiction and make appropriate decisions following the application of the factors sent out in the clarification."
McClain undoubtedly also "determined" he didn't have a leg to stand on once it came out that he'd admitted Ray Rice into the same PTI program he denied to Shaneen Allen. Because to the anti-gun nuts, beating your wife is less of a problem than legally owning a gun in a neighboring state.
Why do I say that? Because even though I asked some of them, my local chapter of Moms Demand Action wouldn't stand up for Ms. Allen. In fact they refused to comment on her situation at all.
And I'm sure they don't care that her life has been effectively ruined anyway.
While Allen's admission into the program is a very favorable result, she and her young sons have suffered greatly due to McClain's error in not admitting her to the PTI program when she first was first arrested last October.
MMM spoke to Allen this afternoon prior to her being informed that McClain had changed his position on PTI.
Allen spent 40 days in Atlantic County prior to making bail. Fortunately, she was able to retain her job upon making bail. Yet when he case became publicized in July, she lost her job. Allen told MMM that her rent is five months past due and that her electric had been turned off last week. Her sons have been staying with their father and she has been staying with friends.
Pathetic. Inexcusable. Un-American. That's not justice, it's thuggery.
At least there's a silver lining.
New Jersey's attorney general has agreed to clarify the PTI rules, thereby making it clear that the program should be available to those in Allen's position. This is a considerable triumph of commonsense over zealotry, and a step forward for New Jersey, which has some of the worst firearms laws in the country. Nobody should have his or her life ruined for a simple mistake — especially while exercising a basic constitutional right.
Fourteen simple words — The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed — whose meaning could not be more obvious. Unless you're a liberal.
Remember when the Obama Administration said they lost Lois Lerner's emails?
Yeah, that was a lie.
Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner's emails, indeed all government computer records, are backed up by the federal government in case of a government-wide catastrophe. The Obama administration attorneys said that this back-up system would be too onerous to search. The DOJ attorneys also acknowledged that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is investigating this back-up system.
"Too onerous to search" them?
The guys at Google could search those backup files with one arm tied behind their backs.
Of course, the guys at Google don't want to search for Lerner's "lost" emails. They're in the tank for Obama, and judging by the emails that have already been released, the stuff on those backup tapes has gotta be truly incendiary.
Fortunately there are many other search providers. Surely one of them will recognize the marketing opportunity inherent in uncovering emails the, ahem, experts, have deemed impossible to find.
Now's your chance fellas!
Rosemary Lehmberg says she doesn't have a drinking problem. Her credit card receipts tell a different story.
When going through filings he found receipts from seven different Twin Liquors stores. They show Lehmberg's credit card was used to buy more than $3,000 in vodka. The 72 bottles purchased Total more than 23 gallons.
"If somebody is buying 23 gallons of vodka within 15 months' time, is caught with it, three times the legal limit all those things, being that coherent, all suggest that Ms. Lehmberg has probably had some sort of problem for a long time," O'Brien charged.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said he will vigorously fight Lehmberg's ridiculous charges.
Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry responded Saturday to the weekend indictment in which he is accused of abusing his power of office, calling it a political "farce" and vowing to explore "every legal avenue" to combat the prosecution.
Perry, a 2012 GOP presidential candidate with potential 2016 aspirations, was indicted Friday for allegedly abusing his power by vowing to veto $7.5 million in state funds for an agency run by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, after she pleaded guilty to drunken driving in April 2013 and refused to resign.
Perry vetoed the money after Lehmberg, a Democrat, videotaped acting erratically during her arrest, refused to resign.
"I think Americans and Texans who have seen the video would agree that this is not the type of individual who should be heading up an office that we want to fund," Perry said during a brief news conference in Texas. "I wholeheartedly and unequivocally stand behind my veto … I will explore every legal avenue to expedite this matter and bring it to a swift conclusion. I am confident … this farce of a prosecution will be revealed for what it is."
What it "is," is partisan demagoguery at its worst. The Travis County D.A.'s office is a hotbed of libtard progressivism. They're the bozos who hounded House Majority Tom DeLay out of office. He was, of course, exhonerated, but not before the lawfare loons had done their damage to his career.
Now they're trying the same stunt with Rick Perry, because he's in the way of annointing Hillary Clinton as Obama's Great Successor.
When Perry beats these trumped up charges, and beat them he will, because governors have the statutory authority to veto appropriations bills, the RNC should make Rosemary Lehmberg the poster girl for Democrats nationwide. To paraphrase Dean Wormer, fat, drunk, and vindictive is no way to win elections. And if Democrats want to line up behind an alcoholic megalomaniac who kicks doors and bad-mouths cops we should give them every opportunity to show America exactly what they stand for.
Oh, and until then, I suppose it's fair to ask every Democrat running for
office, how many gallons of vodka did you buy last year? I'm guessing
that Hillarity Will Ensue.
They can't stop the flood of illegal aliens waltzing in from Mexico.
And they've never caught a terrorist in an airport.
But, fear not, because Obama's crack DHS storm troopers are locked and loaded, mobilizing on a moment's notice to pounce on a threat more sinister than you could ever imagine — Old Land Rovers.
When Jennifer Brinkley saw a line of law enforcement vehicles coming up her driveway last Tuesday she didn't know what to think. "I haven't done anything wrong."
The Homeland Security agents were not there to take her away, they were looking for illegally imported Land Rover Defenders. Brinkley had bought one via the internet last year and had invested more than $60,000 into the rare vehicle.
She thought she had checked it all out and she legally owned it. "They popped up the hood and looked at the Vehicle Identification Number and compared it with a piece of paper and then took the car with them," she said.
Due process? That's only for the La Raza crowd. Regular Americans are at the mercy of Dear Leader's bureaucracy, and his EPA takes no prisoners.
She told Fox News that she was told the agents seized the vehicle because they thought it violated the Clean Air Act — though at the time, they weren't completely sure. She also said her vehicle was just one of 40 that feds seized in various locations that same day for the same reason.
Cars they'll deport.
Criminal illegal aliens, not so much.
Oh, did I mention that Obama's fascists have done this before? Ayup. They really hate Land Rovers. Curiously though, they don't go around seizing old Chevys and Vettes, presumably because Government Motors and his UAW buddies wouldn't approve.
Hey, I wonder if the
military assault vehicles he just gave Bergen County meet the EPA's
emissions standards? I'm guessing no. But that's OK, laws only apply to
the common folk. The bureaucrats can do whatever they want. Just ask Lois
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.
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?
While Dear Leader tries his best to increase the cost of electricity, there's good news on the natural gas front. Thanks to our fracking friends in Pennsylvania, PSE&G is going to cut residential gas bills by 9% for the upcoming winter.
PSE&G today proposed to reduce residential natural gas bills this coming winter by nearly 9 percent, saving customers almost $15 in a winter month or about $100 for the year. In its annual filing with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, PSE&G said it would reduce its basic gas supply rate this winter to 45 cents from 54 cents — the lowest rate in 14 years.
"We are pleased to once again propose to lower gas bills for our customers during the next winter heating season," said Jorge Cardenas, PSE&G vice president of asset management and centralized services. Since January 2009, our residential gas customers have benefited from multiple rate decreases. Once this decrease goes into effect, gas supply reductions will have lowered bills 44 percent in the last five years.
"In addition", Cardenas said, "customers have enjoyed several months of bill credits this winter that saved the typical customer about $173 since last November."
Cardenas said the company has worked hard to manage the portfolio of gas pipeline and storage agreements to be able to lower gas costs for its residential customers and help keep winter heating bills affordable. The utility also continues to purchase gas from the nearby Marcellus Shale Formation, which has helped to lower supply costs.
(I see what you did there … LOL! -- Ed.)
Instead of tilting at windmills, this is a real example of how America can
become energy independent, and save money in the process. Pissing off the
ecotwits? Yeah, that's just a nice bonus.
Why work hard when hard work isn't rewarded?
America's new consumer watchdog agency has come up with a unique solution for its troubled employee-rating system: Give almost everyone a gold star.
The independent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- created under the 2010 "Dodd-Frank" financial industry overhaul to serve as a consumer watchdog -- says it's scrapping its system of employee ratings in response to concerns that it was discriminatory.
That rating system assigned workers a score of between one and five. Due to concerns with the system, everyone who scored a three or above, regardless of performance, will now be getting the top rating of five -- along with the corresponding retroactive pay raises that the top rating brings.
The retroactive payments raise the possibility that workers who slacked off could be rewarded the same as top performers.
"To give an across-the-board raise slaps the face of the people who deserve it," said Linda Swindling, author of "Stop Complainers and Energy Drainers: How to Negotiate Work Drama to Get More Done."
The changes come after American Banker found that minority employees were likely to receive lower evaluations than their white counterparts. A 2013 internal agency report found 74.6 percent of white employees received ratings of four or five compared with 65.2 percent of Hispanics and 57.6 of black employees.
Statistics 101: Correlation does not equal causation.
Except when you're looking for racism. Then everything is suspect. That's Political Correctness 101. And Political Correctness always trumps all. Including sanity.
So, rather than validate the employee rating system, perhaps demonstrating that it is indeed accurate, our government will design a new system. And of course the new system will guarantee that the "correct" proportion of minorities are given top-notch ratings regardless of their actual job performance.
How could it not? Merit is so declasse; victimology is de rigeur
now. And equality of outcome has replaced equality of opportunity. Strive for
mediocrity! And don't forget to vote Democrat; they're the guys who made your
life of leisure possible.
I guess how he decorates his locker really isn't Must See TV.
Also, nobody cleared it with the Rams or the NFL first. Oops.
The news comes amid reports that the NFL and the St. Louis Rams were unaware of Sam's docuseries plans and just two days after the Discovery-owned cable network officially greenlighted the reality show. It is unclear when OWN will revisit the project.
"After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, the untitled Michael Sam project has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team," said Erik Logan, president of OWN. "OWN is about elevating and empowering people to achieve their best. It's clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams."
So when the Jeff Fisher inevitably cuts #249, will that be spun as a "postponement" too?
They splashed his same-sex kiss on every front page in America.
NFL.com can't stop talking about his "historic" achievement.
But alas, none of that was Good Enough.
Michael Sam is still bitter. He wanted to be the #1 pick. He deserved to be the #1 pick gosh-darn-it, because he's just so damn special. If only the NFL wasn't secretly homophobic.
Michael Sam believes he should've been taken sooner in the draft.
The Rams selected the former University of Missouri defensive standout with the 249th pick in the seventh round, which was the seventh-to-the-last pick in the 2014 Draft. The openly gay football player, who was SEC Defensive Player of the Year, thought a team should have chosen him during the first three rounds.
"From last season alone, I should've been in the first three rounds. SEC Defensive Player of the Year, All-American," Sam said during a conference call, adding that other teams chickened out on selecting him.
Boo frickin' hoo.
Several NFL team officials, though, disagreed with Sam's assessment that he should've been taken sooner. Speaking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel before the draft, they questioned whether Sam's game can transition to the league.
"Most of his production was hustle stuff," an NFC personnel official told the Journal Sentinel. "There's production, but he's short, he's not a really good athlete and he doesn't play good against the run."
He continued: "He's kind of a one-task pass rusher. Just run up the field. And they swallow him up and kind of push him around."
One NFC personnel director stated that Sam doesn't have a position in the league.
"He's not a linebacker, and he's really not a defensive end," the personnel director told the Journal Sentinel.
In other words, he's just like every other 7th round pick. On the cusp. Worth a look, but not guaranteed a roster slot.
The Rams can't cut him. Ever. If he's sent packing it'll be prima facie evidence of Discrimination. The media will go berserk. GLAAD will call for boycotts of the Super Bowl. President Obama will be forced to Make A Statement. The world may very well stop spinning on its axis.
Every statement and action by the Rams will now be scrutinized for latent homphopbia. No perceived slight will be too small, and no attempt to judge Michael Sam by his on-field activities will be allowed unless it is viewed through the lens of his sexual orientation.
That's "historic" alright. It's a historic abrogation of professional football's meritocracy. Which, if you think about it for a minute, is a damn shame.
It's nice to know our Supreme Court still believes the Constitution is constitutional. Sometimes it's hard to tell if our Founding Fathers will survive the progressive onslaught.
The 14th Amendment guarantees "equal protection" to all. Affirmative action elevates one race above all others; clearly making them "unequal." The citizens of Michigan voted to abolish race-based preferences in college admissions. Liberals went berzerk. Their brand of discrimination postulates that minority applicants are unable to compete on a level playing field.
We fought the Civil War partly because one racial group was deliberately held back regardless of their individual accomplishments.
Affirmative action advances that race at the expense of other, more qualified contenders.
Both policies are equally odious.
Discrimination today is not the answer to past episodes of racism. Equality means judging everyone on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. Regardless of the color of their skin.
What amazes me is that the decision wasn't unanimous.
The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's affirmative action ban, ruling that the state has the right to determine whether racial preferences can be considered in college admissions.
In a 6-2 ruling on Tuesday, the justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. The Supreme Court ruled that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to bar public colleges and universities from using race as a factor in admissions.
Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. Madam Justice Wise Latina opined that minorities would be "oppressed" if they weren't given preferential treatment. Presumably because she believes they can't compete on the merits. I'd like to ask her, are minority college applicants truly less intelligent? Or merely lazier? Either assumption is insulting on its face. Yet affirmative action cannot survive without making them.
Fortunately the actual scholars on the Court determined that the word "equal"
really is color blind.
I really am sick and tired of homosexuals. Their preening sanctimony brooks no dissent. The hypocrisy of their calls for "tolerance" is no longer ironic, because their totalitarian impetus has become a juggernaut.
There is now an 11th commandment in America. Thou Shalt Celebrate Buggery! Or thou shalt lose thy job.
Mozilla -- most famous for its Firefox browser -- patted itself on the back for standing up for equal rights when it forced out CEO Brendan Eich after only a week on the job.
The Mountain View, Calif.-based organization infuriated many employees and users last week by promoting Eich. The hullabaloo centered on Eich.s $1,000 donation in 2008 to support Prop 8, the California initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state.
"Equal rights." You use that term. It does not mean what you think it means.
Oh but, homosexuals don't want equality. They want conformity. They demand it. To not bend over and take it up the ass is hatred. Mr. Eich is "anti-gay," nevermind that that the homosexuals are "anti-religion."
We the new paradigm is this. We can have "free speech." Just so long as we don't say anything that gets the buggery boys all hot and bothered. Then it's off with our heads.
Well, I'll tell you what.
If they can get a guy fired for speaking out for traditional marriage, for believing in the Judeo-Christian definition of "family" instead of their warped view in which Heather has two mommies, then I can damn well refuse to do business with the next homosexual who shows up demanding "equality."
Yeah, don't sue me, because you made the rules. You created the heckler's veto. I'm just following your lead.
Take your "equality" and shove it up your ass. I heard you like that.
Why do you suppose an IRS worker needs the personal information for 20,000 current and former employees and contractors on his home pc? Insurance?
An Internal Revenue Service employee took home personal information on about 20,000 IRS workers, former workers and contractors, putting the data at risk for public release, the agency said Tuesday.
The employee took home a computer thumb drive containing names, Social Security numbers and addresses of the workers, and plugged the drive into an unsecure home network, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an email to employees.
"At this point, we have no direct evidence to indicate this personal information has been used for identity theft or other inappropriate uses," the IRS said in a statement.
Mr. Koskinen also swears Lois Lerner did nothing "inappropriate" either. Really. Trust him, and his boss, the guy who said there's "not a smidgeon of corruption" at the IRS. Honest.
You'll notice they don't name and shame the offender. It's called Circling The Wagons, and it's emblematic of a culture that believes it's not accountable to anyone, least of all you or me. So Chairman Issa, haul this guy, his boss, and his boss's boss up in front in Congress, asap. Put 'em on the hot seat.
Ten bucks says they take the Fifth. Because the IRS has nothing to hide.
Rich liberals don't like it when they're asked to pay their "fair share."
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's eat-the-rich policies aren't sitting to well with the city's wealthy residents. According to Michael Goodman, a number of them are getting ready to flee the Big Apple for greener pastures, like Florida, where they won't be treated like criminals.
Maybe they shouldn't have voted for the commie in the first place. De Blasio didn't exactly keep his class warfare plans a secret. You reap what you sow kids.
Beyond taxes, the mayor's open hostility is a factor. His insulting treatment of former Mayor Bloomberg at the inauguration remains a cloud over him. As one affluent woman, a self-described liberal, told me, "De Blasio hates me, so I hate him." She doesn't personally know him, but draws her conclusion from his words and deeds.
Liberals want the government to take other people's money, not their money.
The schadenfreude, it is delicious.
Legalized extortion, the maritime union way.
New Jersey spent $700,000 more to have road salt shipped from Maine to Port Newark by barge than it would have cost had the federal government granted a waiver allowing a foreign vessel to deliver the coveted cargo, the state transportation commissioner said yesterday.
Shuttling 40,000 tons of salt over four trips by barge between Searsport, Maine, and Port Newark will cost $1.2 million compared with the $500,000 New Jersey would have spent if the cargo ship Anastasia S. had been permitted to take the load to New Jersey, Simpson said today after a meeting of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
It was the same message Simpson, a close ally of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, delivered on Monday after a special NJ Transit meeting.
"I've never been aggravated more in my life than about this salt issue, because this is a no-brainer for government to fix," he said at that meeting. "If we can't feel that it's in the public's interest to get salt down here, then there's no hope for anything else, as far as I'm concerned."
With the Obama Administration, when there's a conflict between "the public interest" and "union interests," the unions win, hands down, every time.
And the Jones Act exists to protect the maritime unions.
So to recap.
The good news is we got our road salt, which as, um, luck would have it, is just in time because it's snowing again as I write this.
The bad news is it took 2 weeks and an extra 700 grand to get it here.
Your tax dollars at work.
Why should she? Because, to coin a phrase — what difference, at this point, does it make?
To here her tell it, she was only passing along the lies Hillary and Obama told her.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday she has no regrets over what she told the American public about the 2012 Benghazi terror attacks in the immediate aftermath of the deadly strikes.
Rice did a round of Sunday TV interviews a few days after the attacks, in which some of the information she gave was later proven incorrect.
"What I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best information that we had at the time," Rice told NBC's "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory on Sunday. "The information I provided … was what we had at the moment."
Rice said "No," when Gregory asked whether she had any regrets about her statements.
Chris Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty, and Sean Smith were unavailable for comment.
And Makoula Basseley Makoula spent a year in jail to make sure Rice's story couldn't be disputed.
I suppose nobody in this administration "regrets" that either.
As I reported yesterday, NJ desperately needs rock salt. And we could have had 40,000 tons of it by now, if the Obama Administration is willing to buck the maritime unions and allow for a waiver of the Jones Act.
Today we got their answer — an emphatic "no."
With salt stockpiles dangerously low, the state transportation commissioner said yesterday New Jersey is just one snowstorm away from possibly closing major roadways — and he blames the federal government.
"A lot of the counties and municipalities are out of salt," Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson said yesterday. "If we have one more storm, New Jersey is going to have to close its interstates."
Simpson said he has been trying to get the federal government to grant a waiver allowing an empty ship already in Maine to bring 40,000 tons of road salt to Port Newark.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security denied his request, he said, and the salt remains in Maine.
Close the interstates Jim. Close 'em today.
Hey, it's what Dear Leader did with the National Parks. Shove the Jones Act right back into his unionista-loving face.
The whole thing is absurd. There's a ship ready to get the salt here within 2 days. But it's homeported in the Marshall Islands and thus prohibited from carrying cargo from one U.S. port to another.
We're supposed to wait three weeks while they find a suitable U.S. registered ship.
On Thursday, Simpson said, he received a note amounting to a denial of the waiver and was informed the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration was trying to locate a U.S. vessel that could bring the salt to Port Newark.
They found barges, he said. One that carries 10,000 tons and one that carries 5,000 tons and would get the salt to New Jersey in about three weeks, leaving more than half the load in Maine.
"Tell me how this is in the public interest — to deny New Jersey the ability to protect its own people?" Simpson said. "It's appalling. It's malfeasance."
It's sabotage by cabotage.
Thomas Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership, the voice of the nation's domestic maritime industry, said a U.S. vessel will deliver the salt to New Jersey.
"The maritime industry is working to ensure that the state has the resources it needs to meet its seasonal demand," Allegretti said. "Despite short notice by transportation officials, maritime operators are moving to accelerate a request for additional salt and will deliver a new shipment to New Jersey before it is needed again."
Translation? The check is in the mail.
So if Chris Christie wants to make a point, he'll close the interstates
until it gets here. Three weeks of turning trucks back at the Pennsylvania
border ought to get somebody's attention. Let's see the Teamsters union
fight the maritime unions. I'll bring the popcorn.
New Jersey is out of rock salt. And our roads are slick with ice.
There's a ship in Maine with 40,000 tons of rock salt. It could be here in two days.
Getting the shipment to Port Newark has been frustratingly slow because of the state's inability so far to obtain a federal waiver of the 1920 Maritime Act, which requires that the shipment arrive on a vessel flying a U.S. flag.
State Department of Transportation spokesman Joe Dee said Sunday that state officials have been unable to obtain a waiver of what is known as the Jones Act, which requires that shipments from one U.S. port to another be carried by ships flying under a U.S flag.
More accurately, it has to be a U.S. built ship, owned by U.S. citizens, flying a U.S. flag, with a unionized crew of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.
The closest such ship is a month away.
Absent such a waiver, the state will have to send smaller and slower-moving barges to bring the shipment to New Jersey, Dee said.
A spokesman for Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said Sunday that his office and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have been in touch with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the state Department of Transportation in an effort to resolve the situation.
Don't hold your breath.
On the plus side, we've finally found an immigration law he's willing to enforce.
Socialist Andrew Cuomo wants to ban guns.
Communist Bill De Blasio wants to arrest anyone who's ever owned a gun.
By voting for these two morons the citizens of New York have shown their disdain for the Second Amendment.
So when Remington needed to choose a state in which to create 2,000 jobs, they didn't choose New York.
Because in Alabama, Freedom still means something.
"High level sources have informed Yellowhammer News that Remington, one of the world's largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in announcing that they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama. The company is viewing the move into Alabama as an expansion, but it will likely impact their Ilion, NY plant as well. The New York facility currently employs around 1,200 people. It is expected to stay open, but with a reduced workforce."
Apparently New York didn't learn from Colorado's mistake.
"I make this announcement with mixed emotions," Phillip Howe, president and CEO of HiViz, said in a statement. "Colorado is a beautiful state with great people, but we cannot in clear conscience support with our taxes a state that has proven through recent legislation a willingness to infringe upon the constitutional rights of our customer base."
Alas, "Recall Cuomo" is a non-starter. So Remington voted with their feet.
And they join a proud tradition of freedom-loving Americans thumbing their noses at socialism.
Big Labor suffered a "devastating defeat" Friday when workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga voted against joining the UAW.
Even better, it was a kick in the nuts to Dear Leader.
President Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.
That's funny. The only folks voting here are average Americans, and they rejected the Democratic Party's line.
The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen did not even oppose the unionization drive. The union's defeat — in what was one of the most closely watched unionization votes in decades — is expected to slow, perhaps stymie, the union's long-term plans to organize other auto plants in the South. . . .
Standing outside the Volkswagen plant, Mike Jarvis, a three-year employee who works on the finishing line, said the majority had voted against U.A.W. because they were persuaded the union had hurt Detroit's automakers.
Unions are a cancer on America.
As are the anti-liberty policies of blue state politicians like Andrew Cuomo.
Fortunately we still have the ability to self-correct, and route around the
problem. Good jobs are leaving the socialist enclaves. And any taint of the
progressive stench is unwelcome where freedom reigns supreme.
Those officials being VP Joe Biden and Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland.
Vice President Joe Biden, never one to hide what he's thinking, said Thursday that New York's LaGuardia Airport feels like "it's in some third world country."
"If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2:00 in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said 'where do you think you are,' they'd say, 'this must be America, it's a modern airport,'" Biden said during a speech on infrastructure in Philadelphia.
"But if I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport in New York, you must think, 'I must be in some third world country.' I'm not joking," he added as the audience broke out in laughter.
Hell to the yes! LaGuardia is a pit. Newark and JFK are only marginally better. Why? No competition. The Port Authority runs all 3 (along with Atlantic City Airport and Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY). So there's no incentive for any of our airports to woo travelers because they'd just be competing with themselves.
What do you get when you have a captive audience at the mercy of a monopolistic bureaucracy? A level of mediocrity that would make Bangladesh blush. I've seen South American bus stations with better ambience than Newark's Terminal B. And although it's been a few years since I've had to trudge through LaGuardia or JFK I can't imagine they've aged gracefully.
Adding to Joe's crediblity on this one — he rides Amtrak, so presumably he's seen the hellhole that is Newark Penn Station. If he thinks LaGuardia is worse than that, yikes.
Then we have Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, heard on tape saying, "Fuck the EU."
Yeah baby! A bigger bunch of whiny self-important pretentious overbearing nanny-state bureaucrats can't be found. (Except perhaps at the EPA…)
Nuland's criticism of the EU comes in the context of praising United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for picking an envoy to deal with the political crisis.
Nuland argues that the U.N. envoy will "help glue this thing and to have the U.N. glue it. And you know, f--k the EU," she adds.
"Exactly," Pyatt can be heard replying. "And I think we got to do something to make it stick together, because you can be sure that if it does start to gain altitude the Russians will be working behind the scenes to torpedo it."
So she's one for two. Because Ban Ki-moon and the Useless Nations aren't measurably different from the Bozos in Brussels.
But hey, any day where I can agree with something an Obamunist says? Either
I'm getting soft, or these guys are finally finding a clue.