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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.
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.
His prosecution was politically motivated from the get-go, but it's nice to see that Rick Perry really didn't do anything wrong.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cleared Wednesday of all criminal charges against him related to allegations he misused his power while in office.
In a 6-2 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the abuse-of-power charge that had loomed over the former Republican governor -- including during his short-lived presidential campaign, which ended last September.
The charge was filed after Perry threatened — and then carried out — a veto of state funding for a group of public corruption prosecutors after the Democratic head of the unit refused to resign.
In the ruling, the court said veto power cannot be restricted by the courts and that prosecution of a veto "violates separations of powers."
Perry's lawyer, Tony Buzbee, told The Associated Press it is "a shame that it took that long to get something as weak and misguided as this to be dismissed."
In July, a lower appeals court dismissed another charge -- coercion by a public servant — against Perry.
Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, left office in January 2015 while facing the felony indictment handed down the previous summer by a grand jury in Austin, a liberal bastion in otherwise mostly deeply conservative Texas.
The process is the punishment. It's known as "lawfare," and it's how Democrats roll. Perry, and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker before him, were targeted, marginalized, and victimized, all to ensure they couldn't garner the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
You know what? It's past high time for our team to play by their rules. Let's start with Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo. Among other questionable things, he uses campaign funds to take his buddies to a Super Bowl party in Puerto Rico every year. That doesn't pass the smell test, and you and I both know it. So far he's evaded prosecution, mostly because Chris Christie appoints Democrats as Essex County prosecutor.
What's up with that?
Can't we find someone to hold the corruptocrats accountable?
And with Cory Booker's name being floated for Hillary's Veep, shouldn't we know more about his association with Linda Watkins-Brashear and the totally corrupt Newark Watershed Commission? And there's still the matter of the payments he received from his old law firm while steering city contracts their way.
Maybe that's one reason his presidential campaign failed to gain traction.
Look, I'm glad Rick Perry's nightmare is over. On the other hand, I'd be even gladder if he was still contending for the GOP presidential nomination.
The process is the punishment.
The Democrats never needed to convict him. They only needed to sow FUD.
So, they threw mud on the wall, and waited to see what stuck.
Politics ain't beanbag. And if the Democrats want to throw out the rulebook, well, why in the world are we still trying to be nice guys? Fuck 'em. Take no prisoners. Find an out-of-the-way county prosecutor to indict Hitlery. When her media sycophants cry fowl, indict them too. God knows the New York Times is guilty of violating the Espionage Act. Lock up Pinch Sulzberger and Carlos Slim and every reporter who jeopardized national security.
It's what their team does to Conservative journalists.
And Lois Lerner would be proud.
My Facebook timeline is filling up with Democrats in high dudgeon over Mitch McConnell's vow to block anyone Barack Obama nominates to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Cry me a river kids.
Because you've obviously forgotten when Chuck Schumer said the same thing back in 2007 while George W. Bush was in the White House.
"We should reverse the presumption of confirmation," Schumer said, according to Politico. "The Supreme Court is dangerously out of balance. We cannot afford to see Justice Stevens replaced by another Roberts, or Justice Ginsburg by another Alito." During the same speech, Schumer lamented that he hadn't managed to block Bush's prior Supreme Court nominations.
Notably, when he made his remarks in 2007, Bush had about seven more months remaining in his presidential term than Obama has remaining in his.
The Internet never forgets. Even when it's inconvenient for Democrats.
And if the Senate does filibuster his nominee, Obama won't be in any position to complain either. Because a certain Illnois senator named Barack Obama filibustered Samuel Alito. Which makes him the first president in U.S. history with that dubious distinction.
I'm pretty sure he hoped the Internet would forget that too.
Thanks to a Volokh Conspiracy commenter, I discovered that in August 1960, the Democrat-controlled Senate passed a resolution, S.RES. 334, "Expressing the sense of the Senate that the president should not make recess appointments to the Supreme Court, except to prevent or end a breakdown in the administration of the Court's business." Each of President Eisenhower's Supreme Court appointments had initially been a recess appointment who was later confirmed by the Senate, and the Democrats were apparently concerned that Ike would try to fill any last-minute vacancy that might arise with a recess appointment.
Darn that Internet, exposing Democrats' rank hypocrisy since 1960!
There's also a New Jersey angle to all this, Democrat State Senate President Steve Sweeney has avoided holding confirmation hearings on Chris Christie's NJ Supreme Court nominees for more than 3 years now. But that's not a crisis, because a "temporary" Justice, who just happens to be a flaming liberal, serves as a placeholder.
None of these facts will stop Democrats from whining of course. Nor will they
stop Obama from invoking every Alinskyite dirty trick in the book in pursuit
of putting another far-left progressive onto the Supreme Court. "The ends
justify the means" is their motto, except when it's Republicans who are
using their rules against them. Mitch McConnell had better be ready, and
Texans overwhelmingly don't want boys in the ladies' room.
An ordinance in Houston that provided far-reaching nondiscrimination rights for gay and transgender people went down in flames on Tuesday night — and it wasn't remotely close.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance — Proposition 1 on the local ballot would have extended bans on employment and housing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national original and other classifications to gay people, bisexual people and transgender people.
Foes of the law focused like a laser beam on the transgender aspect of the law. They characterized it as the "bathroom ordinance," saying it would allow men who wear women's clothes — and sexual predators — to use public women's bathrooms. They also said the ordinance would conflict with religious liberty and generate a raft of litigation against Houston's small businesses.
By the wee hours of Tuesday morning, 95 percent of the ballots had been counted and 61 percent of voters opposed Proposition 1, according to The Texas Tribune.
Common sense, right?
But in a topsy-turvy world where Bruce Jenner can put on a dress and be crowned "Woman of the Year" it's only a matter of time before the forces of depravity rise up again to promote the transgender insanity.
In fact, they're already doing just that in Chicago. A boy, pretending to be a girl, demanded to use the girls locker room in his high school. The school, not wanting to be labeled "trans-phobic" (whatever the bloody hell that means!) bent over backwards to accommodate him. To which Obama said, "not enough."
President Barack Obama's Department of Education has ordered a suburban Chicago school to allow a boy who claims to be a girl into the girls' locker room, whether or not the girls or their parents like it.
The federal decision about who gets to use each toilet and shower in a distant Chicago school came after a male student sued a high school in Palatine, a northwestern suburb of Chicago. The suit claims that the student's civil rightsT were violated by a school rule which provided the two sexes their own restrooms and locker rooms.
The school offered this singular student a special area for changing clothes and using the restroom. But the boy and his lawyer instead demanded that school officials submit to his claim that he is female and so can use the girls' facilities.
A boy who says he's a girl is either (a) mentally ill, or (b) a pervert looking for cheap thrills. Or, quite possibly, both. But we aren't allowed to say that in public, because the Social Justice Warriors have decreed that whatever anyone "feels" is automatically valid, no matter how idiotic or repugnant it really is.
Coming soon, Abdul brings his pet goat to the prom. It's the love that dare not speak its name, yet. Because remember, Love Wins!
Sanity? Yeah, sanity lost a long time ago. And everyone has to be inconvenienced
just so one Special Snowflake can have his 15 minutes of fame. If that isn't
tyranny, I don't know what is.
A prominent Black Lives Matter activist has offered a defense of violent looters who plundered U.S. cities like Ferguson and Baltimore in a lecture series delivered at Yale.
DeRay McKesson, 30, was invited to the prestigious school to lecture on the movement, which began in earnest after unarmed black teen Michael Brown was killed by a white cop in Ferguson. Missouri.
McKesson was hired for a two-part series, and as part of the preparation for the for-credit course at Yale's School of Divinity, he told students to read an article which describes looting as a 'righteous tactic'.
When challenged on his inclusion of the material by Fox News, McKesson doubled down by drawing a comparison between looters and patriots at the Boston Tea Party.
He told the news outlet: 'The relationship and tension between protest and property destruction is something that America has grappled with since the Revolutionary War and the Boston Tea Party.'
'The reading... allowed us to explore all sides of the American historical relationships and tensions present in protest.'
The statement implies the recent looters, who caused millions of dollars of damage and were roundly criticized by political leaders, are part of the same tradition as the Sons of Liberty, who launched the Tea Party protest and eventually ushered in an independent United States.
Free Stuff Matters!
Which, of course, is the heart and soul of progressive politics, from FDR to Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton. So I guess it's refreshing to hear someone say it so clearly. Usually they obfuscate, talking about a "living wage" or a "helping hand" or "public assistance," occasionally lapsing into "wealth redistribution."
Well then, looting is the ultimate in "wealth redistribution," isn't it?
Take what you want, when you want, how you want. And why not? There were no consequences. No one was arrested. No property was reclaimed. Sure, most of the destroyed businesses didn't rebuild, but that's no skin off Mr. McKesson's back; he's moved on up to a cushy sinecure at Yale.
But please, spare us the sanctimony.
To believe that the looters in Ferguson who walked off with TV's, food, drugs, and liquor are the same as the patriots who dumped British tea into Boston Harbor might be the most idiotic analogy I've ever heard. Those looters in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere were uninterested in politics and totally concerned with their own personal gratification.
If Black Lives Really Matter, where are the protests in Chicago and Newark and Detroit and Camden? Black lives are snuffed out there with alarming regularity. Oh, right, they're being killed by other Black people, so their deaths can't be so easily exploited to advance a false narrative of police brutality and racism.
Instead, the hypocritical world of progressive politics somehow postulates that the Black killers of other Blacks are the Real Victims, because, wait for it, racism, or poverty, or something.
And in Mr. McKesson's group's worldview the cure is revolution. Which I
suppose is how he came to adopt that inane analogy with the Boston Tea Party.
Sadly though, their revolution is intended to resemble the trainwreck of
Zimbabwe built on the ashes of Rhodesia rather than the greatness of America
erected by our forefathers on the foundation of equality.
The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
The nation's second most influential court handed a partial win to Dick Heller on Friday in a case challenging Washington, D.C.'s gun laws.
Heller is best known for winning a landmark Supreme Court case in 2008, in which the court ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to bear arms for self-defense.
In a 2-1 decision Friday, a three-member panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld the city's requirements that force gun owners to register long guns, get fingerprinted, photographed and appear in person when registering a gun, pay a registration fee and complete a firearms safety and training course.
The court then struck down four requirements that force gun owners to bring the gun they're registering with them, re-register a firearm every three years and pass a test on D.C. gun laws. The court also did away with a rule that prohibits gun owners from registering more than one pistol within a 30-day period.
Chris Christie take note! New Jersey also has that ridiculous "one gun a month" law. Given today's ruling, our governor should revisit its troubling affirmation last year by the Third Circuit. A split decision between two circuit courts is grounds for appeal to SCOTUS, and this is one area where our rights are clearly being infringed.
Another Second Amendment issue SCOTUS needs to address is carry permit reciprocity. It's idiotic that a gun registration in one jurisdiction is invalid everywhere else in America. Drivers licenses don't work that way. Same-sex "marriages" certainly don't work that way either. And a diploma from East Nowhereville High School is just as good as one from Sidwell Friends, accepted by any college or employer nationwide.
NJ police have established quite the cottage industry in targeting and arresting legal gun owners from out of state whose only "crime" is driving on one of our highways. The insanity has to stop.
Remember too that
Detroit recently loosened their draconian gun laws with no adverse effects.
It's high time the rest of America followed suit.
Yes, the lottery is a tax on the mathematically challenged.
People still play it. And sometimes, they win.
Except in the state of Illinois, the winners don't get paid.
Danny Chasteen and his girlfriend, Susan Rick, thought they had gotten their big break last month when Chasteen won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery. Instead, they got an IOU.
The Chicago Tribune reported that disbursements of Illinois Lottery winnings of more than $25,000 have been halted because the state doesn't have a budget.
Under state law, checks for such winnings must be cut by the state comptroller's office and, since lawmakers have yet to approve a budget, the office cannot release those funds, the newspaper said.
But you can bet your bottom dollar the state is still collecting money, budget or no budget. Just try telling them you can't pay your taxes because you haven't adopted a household budget yet. I'm sure they'll be extra sympathetic.
And here's another sure bet. Illinois is still paying government workers' salaries. And retired public employees' pension checks aren't being held either. Bureaucrats protect their own. It's you and me who they don't give a shit about.
So, why play the lottery if you're not gonna get paid? That's the big question!
... if the delays stretch on indefinitely, Smith said, word will spread — especially if it affects people who play regularly.
"If that news just continues to go viral, and it goes back to their neighborhoods and people are talking about it, I think it could have an impact," Smith said. "And even if it affects sales by a percent or two, that's bad for the lottery."
How bad? Total collapse of the whole blue-state social model bad.
Now, about the Illinois fiscal follies, this is only going to get worse, friends. Not only is Illinois a high-tax-and-even-higher-spending state, but its public employee pension obligations are completely unmanagable and the state is headed for either a default, a bankruptcy or a desperate plea for some sort of bailout. The slow budgeting process is part of the problem here too. It's not only lack of money. But it's not that hard to pass a budget when you know what you have to spend and you're willing to stick to it. Here in Michigan, Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican legislature regularly pass budgets not just months ahead of time, but years ahead of time. Why can't they do that in Illinois? Because Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is trying to bring fiscal sanity to the state and the Democrat legislature is resisting with all its might.
How many other states are sitting on budgetary time bombs? California. New York. And of course, New Jersey, just to name 3.
Can you imagine how people here will take it if the NJ lottery stops paying winners because Steve Sweeney decides to write a $5 billion dollar check to the teachers union pension fund?
Stiffing lottery winners is like eating your seed corn. Once word gets out the state won't pay, the players will find other outlets for their gambling fix. Perhaps ones where making sure they pay taxes on their winnings isn't exactly a high priority, if you know what I mean. Add that drop in tax revenue to the drop in lottery sales, and the pain at the state treasury just got a lot bigger.
Ergo, if Illinois thinks they have problems now, just wait a few more months.
At some point they're gonna stop paying guys who matter, and then the jig
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.
Atheist killjoys have lost another round.
The phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the rights of those who don't believe in God and does not have to be removed from the patriotic message, a Superior Court judge has ruled.
In dismissing a lawsuit brought against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District, Superior Court Judge David Bauman said the reference to God in the pledge is more of a declaration of patriotism than it is of religious beliefs.
Bauman, who heard arguments on the issue in November, also noted that the word "God" is such an integral part of New Jersey's constitution that it has become a recognition of the state's history, not religion.
"The Pledge of Allegiance, in this historical context, is not to be viewed, and has never been viewed, as a religious exercise," Bauman wrote in his 21-page decision issued on Wednesday.
He said the pledge is a way to "transmit core values of duty, honor, pride and fidelity to country."
The ruling comes after the American Humanist Association sued the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District on behalf of an unidentified family claiming the phrase "Under God" violated the protections given to atheists and others who don't believe in God or gods.
It's also the sixth time the American Humanist Association has lost its attempt to have the phrase removed from the pledge by filing suits in various federal and state courts.
They came venue shopping to New Jersey, hoping our famously activist judiciary would be sympathetic to their pettiness.
That's because another student, 18 year old Samantha Jones, a senior at Highland Regional High School, fought back.
Jones fought back, telling Fox News last November that the phrase "acknowledges that our rights don't come from the government but from a higher power, so they can't take away the rights."
She described America as a country of many beliefs and claimed all of those beliefs — including those of atheists — are protected by "one nation under God."
"I don't think that it's as much about religion as it is about our rights. Everyone has the right to remain silent but they don't have the right to silence everybody else," she told Fox News.
After the school district and Jones won their case, she said in a statement released Friday that "I'm so grateful the court decided that kids like me shouldn't be silenced just because some people object to timeless American values."
"Ever since I was little, I've recited the Pledge of Allegiance because it sums up the values that make our country great. The phrase 'under God' protects all Americans-including atheists-because it reminds the government that it can't take away basic human rights because it didn't create them," she said.
Bravo Miss Jones, bravo!
No one has the right to tell us what, or what not, to say.
Sadly though, the American Humanist Association vows to appeal. They can't
let this go, because they won't be happy until everyone is as miserable as
Last night when I heard that the Grand Jury cleared Officer Darren Wilson of all charges in the shooting death of "gentle giant" Michael Brown I immediately had one thought — like Ray Donovan, which office does Darren Wilson go to to get his reputation back?
Not Eric Holder's Justice Department. They're marching down the path to double jeopardy, finalizing federal "civil rights" charges against Officer Wilson.
Not the newsrooms of our media barons. I made the mistake of listening to George Stephanopolous this morning, parroting the Brown family's attorney blaming "the system" for failing to indict Wilson. "The family hoped 'the system' would work." Followed by, "'the system' let them down."
Here's a newsflash George. "The system" worked. Just like it did when O.J. Simpson was found "not guilty" by a jury of his peers. You may not like the result, but we are a nation of laws* and it's time for everyone to remember that.
(*Arguably the funniest thing I heard all night, and a welcome respite from watching Buffalo put the beatdown on my hapless Jets.)
Instead, we get "justice" through … looting. And, of course, rioting. Because smashing a window to grab a bag of chips and a couple of forties is exactly like courageously refusing to sit in the back of the bus.
The real irony? "Protesters" robbing Ferguson Market and Liquor, again, even though it was plastered with pro-Michael-Brown posters. The mob doesn't care who's livelihood they destroy. And our supposed "leaders" play them like pawns.
I'm thinking, if you wanted to set race relations back 50 years, you couldn't do a better job than the organizers behind these "spontaneous" demonstrations.
Oh, wait, read
this statement from the Congressional Black Caucus. Then weep for America.
In the city that gave us Cory Booker the police don't want to know if you get mugged.
A newly instituted policy for city police officers may force them to deliver a less than ideal response to victims of assault and other minor crimes looking to make a complaint: Take it to court.
In an Oct. 23 memo obtained by NJ Advance Media, Chief Anthony Campos informed officers that they should refer any victim complaining about crimes such as \simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment to file complaints in municipal court, rather than compile an incident report themselves.
The strategy was instituted "in order to streamline operations and make better usage of police resources", Campos said in the memo.
It also covers disorderly persons offenses such as improper behavior and offensive language, as well as complaints about bad checks and false information provided to police.
If you come to Newark, please try to only get mugged between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, otherwise the courthouse won't be open for you to stagger into and file a complaint. I guess you could camp out on the steps if you're really banged up, or go home and try phoning it in tomorrow.
Welcome to the exact opposite of Rudy Guiliani's "broken windows" policy. He cleaned up New York by focusing on quality-of-life crimes, because a city that won't tolerate squeegee men is one that's obviously inhospitable to muggers, rapists, and murderers too.
But Mayor Ras Baraka has a different approach to crime. He writes letters requesting leniency for notorious gang bosses. He asks criminals not to murder people anymore, politely, of course. And he hangs up cutesy posters reminding his constituents not to commit crimes.
But what he won't do is send a cop when your car gets stolen or your house is burglarized. You gotta go to the courthouse and fill out a form for that. And somebody will get back to you. Honest.
All of which has worked out so well, violent crime in Newark is at an all-time high.
Maybe they should give you one of those posters to hang up each time you have to fill out your own police report. Or a cardboard cutout of a cop to put on your porch. And if you contribute to his re-election fund, Baraka will text one of his gangbanger buddies and ask him not to rob you again.
Your tax dollars at work.
Do you have Ebola? The Obama Administration wants you to come for a visit!
The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise that the U.S. will be the world's medical backstop.
Some countries "are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances" before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed by The Washington Times.
"The United States needs to show leadership and act as we are asking others to act by admitting certain non-citizens into the country for medical treatment for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during the Ebola crisis," says the four-page memo, which lists as its author Robert Sorenson, deputy director of the office of international health and biodefense.
Great. Just great. Bring 'em here, and let 'em pretend to self-quarantine.
The city's first Ebola patient initially lied to authorities about his travels around the city following his return from treating disease victims in Africa, law-enforcement sources said.
Dr. Craig Spencer at first told officials that he isolated himself in his Harlem apartment — and didn't admit he rode the subways, dined out and went bowling until cops looked at his MetroCard the sources said.
Hey, flouting the rules worked for NBC's Nancy Snyderman, right?. These doctors, they're smarter than us.
Hickox's lawyer insisted Tuesday that she was not under quarantine and said she was seeking time to decompress at an undisclosed location in Maine. Steven Hyman of the New York law firm McLaughlin & Stern told the Bangor Daily News that Hickox will not comply with Maine's requirements to remain under quarantine for 21 days.
"She doesn't want to agree to continue to be confined to a residence beyond the two days," Hyman told the Daily news.
Hickox's other attorney, New York civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel, called Maine's quarantine "unconstitutional."
"The conditions that the state of Maine is now requiring Kaci to comply with are unconstitutional and illegal and there is no justification for the state of Maine to infringe on her liberty," Siegel explained to the Daily News.
Here's an idea. If she's gonna be out and about, why don't we give her the job of escorting all of Obama's newly imported Ebola-infected foreigners on their jaunts around town? We can't very well keep them locked up when his own people aren't taking this thing seriously, can we?
And not for nothing, but where is "Ebola Czar" Ron Klain? He's like the invisible man, nobody's seen the guy, ever. Here's a pro tip Ron. If Chris Christie is the Voice Of Reason, you're doing it wrong.
Then again, screwing up is the hallmark of this administration. If something
is bad for America, you can bet your bottom dollar they're for it.
Which is why they're so gung ho to bring Ebola patients to your town. Just
like all those illegal alien kids with Enterovirus D68, who knows where these
foreigners will end up. It's insane. And damned scary too.
Your president "shook hands with, hugged, and kissed Ebola nurses."
"I want to use myself as an example just so people have sense of the science here. I shook hands with, hugged and kissed, not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients."
You know, nurses like the two who are now sick and dying.
I can't believe anybody thought this was a good idea. Here you have one of the deadliest viruses in the world, and you have the president of the United States. Yeah, by all means, let's see if he can't get infected!
Because, um, science. All hail science! And let's hope that vaccine thing works out. Soon.
And for the record, I'm being sincere here. I wouldn't wish Ebola on my worst enemy. Or Barack Obama.
When I posted this link on Facebook, one of my friends replied, "If I had to guess, Joe Biden."
Well, yeah, that certainly meets the definition of "idiot."
By choosing to Do Nothing today, the Supreme Court has escalated the homosexual war on religious freedom. The same-sex "marriage" juggernaut is now cleared to run roughshod over Christians nationwide.
Many if not most observers expected the Supreme Court to take at least one of the cases for which review was sought in which the issue of whether same-sex marriage bans were constitutional was squarely presented.
None of the Supreme Court's decisions in DOMA or the Prop. 8 litigation decided that issue.
But the Supreme Court did not take any of the cases, leaving in place Court of Appeals decisions that seem to clear the way for same-sex marriages in numerous states.
Like the man said, "if you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."
Jonathan Adler writes that the Supreme Court might still take a case in the future, but I don't see how that is realistic considering how expansive the pending cases were in terms of geography. In the states for which review was sought there will be marriages undertaken, a complicating factor if the court were to rule in the future that same-sex marriage bans were not unconstitutional.
Which means that in at least 30 states now, refusal to embrace same-sex "marriage" on religious grounds is punishable as a matter of law. And it's only a matter of time before religious freedom is eradicated nationwide.
"You can practice your religion," they'll say. Except you can't earn a living while practicing it. That there is the antithesis of Freedom and a crime against Liberty. No Founding Father would have countenanced such a result.
Yet here we are, at the mercy of militant homosexuals, an intolerant minority if I ever saw one, dictating de facto fascism under the guise of "equality."
Wanna bet the polygamists aren't salivating right now, with the pederasts and incest-obsessed in tow? Licentiousness is all the rage, and if you cling to some outdated notion of morality it's you who has the problem because the law is no longer on your side.
You know what's coming. Catholic priests who refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies will be subject to fines and vilification, because the homofascists hate them even more than they resent the odd Christian baker, florist or photographer. Adam and Steve want to sashay down the aisle at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, and woe unto him who stands in their way.
Our First Amendment — "Congress shall make no law respecting an
establishment of religion" — was intended to give equal stature to
all religions. Alas in our now, ahem, "enlightened" age, up is down,
right is wrong, left is right, and only approved religions that comply with
the diktats of homosexuality are still permissable.
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