Quarry Query to Include Even More Affordable Housing in Bloomingdale

With the Avalon Bay condensed unit housing development nearly complete, an ugly set of buildings squashed onto a tiny parcel of land along the very rural Union Avenue that was never an urban blight area – it was simply a woodland swamp, where incidentally, the Pompton Mutiny supposedly occurred – the regional Agenda 21 planners are working on their next project:  a piece of land officially called the Meer Tract, and locally known as Federal Hill.

The town of Bloomingdale has begun early negotiations to deed the property to the Tilcon Quarry mining operation to blast the hillside away, as it has already done to Bloomingdale and Washington Hill in the southern part of town.  Tilcon has recently been paying the taxes on behalf of the Bloomingdale Meer Estate.

Sunday’s edition of The Suburban Trends (which will have to change its name to the Urban Trends once all the Affordable Housing Projects in Wanaque, Haskell, Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes, Riverdale and Butler are completed) reports:

 “According to borough officials, the quarry company contacted the borough to inform them that Tilcon is in negotiations to purchase the Meer Tract on Federal Hill, which was the subject of a Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) Builder’s Remedy lawsuit.  Tilcon solicited the borough’s opinion about a possible use concept for the roughly 175 acres in the southern portion of the borough known as Federal Hill.

“At its June 11 meeting, the mayor and Borough Council members discussed Tilcon’s concept in executive session. When they emerged from the closed session, the Council adopted a resolution advising Tilcon that they are interested in entertaining the concept proposed by Tilcon, but are not bound by the resolution.  The preliminary concept divulged by Tilcon calls for the affordable housing portion of the site to be deeded to the borough, and a portion of the property with buffers would be utilized by Tilcon’s mining ventures.

“Although borough tax records still list Bloomingdale Meer Estates as the owner of the acreage, for the past two quarters Tilcon has paid the tax bill on the property. Tilcon paid approximately $102,700 per quarter.

“Additionally, Mayor Dunleavy said state Department of Environmental Protection issues will have to be resolved. He also said the matter will likely have to get Superior Court approval because the borough was under court order to allow the 360 “for sale” units and 72 low- and moderate-income units on the site. – See more at:

“Dunleavy noted that the Meer project is one of the only pre-approved projects in the Highlands preservation area where building is prohibited.  Recently, neighboring Wanaque was approached by Tilcon Pompton Lakes Quarry with a proposal to construct an access road to Union Avenue in Haskell in return for a substantial usage fee.  The proposal would require the relocation of Elks Camp Moore and the acquisition of several properties in Haskell adjacent to North Twin Lake.

“According to an article published in the July 10 edition of Suburban Trends, Wanaque Borough Administrator Thomas Carroll said that the quarry currently has limited hours of operation because the Broad Street access in Pompton Lakes is located in a residential neighborhood.  Tilcon wants the new Haskell access to Union Avenue so it can run a 24-hour operation, which would allow the quarry to secure night paving jobs.”

By 2020, local residents will not recognize any of the idyllic towns in which they grew up.  Stanley Kurtz wrote in his column in the National Review Online about Obama’s regionalism and anti-suburban revolution. 

“The consensus response to President Obama’s Knox College speech on the economy is that the administration has been reduced to pushing a menu of stale and timid policies that, in any case, won’t be enacted. But what if the administration isn’t actually out of ideas? What if Obama’s boldest policy initiative is merely something he’d rather not discuss? And what if that initiative is being enacted right now?

 “A year ago, I published Spreading the Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities. There I described the president’s second-term plan to press a transformative “regionalist” agenda on the country. Early but unmistakable signs indicate that Obama’s regionalist push is well underway. Yet the president doesn’t discuss his regionalist moves and the press does not report them.

“The most obvious new element of the president’s regionalist policy initiative is the July 19 publication of a Department of Housing and Urban Development regulation broadening the obligation of recipients of federal aid to ‘affirmatively further fair housing.’ The apparent purpose of this rule change is to force suburban neighborhoods with no record of housing discrimination to build more public housing targeted to ethnic and racial minorities. Several administration critics noticed the change and challenged it, while the mainstream press has simply declined to cover the story.

“Yet even critics have missed the real thrust of HUD’s revolutionary rule change. That’s understandable, since the Obama administration is at pains to downplay the regionalist philosophy behind its new directive. The truth is, HUD’s new rule is about a great deal more than forcing racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs. (Regionalism, by the way, is actually highly controversial among minority groups. There are many ways in which both middle-class minorities in suburbs, and less well-off minorities in cities, can be hurt by regionalist policies–another reason those plans are seldom discussed.)

“The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a broader suite of initiatives designed to block suburban development, press Americans into hyper-dense cities, and force us out of our cars. Government-mandated ethnic and racial diversification plays a role in this scheme, yet the broader goal is forced “economic integration.” The ultimate vision is to make all neighborhoods more or less alike, turning traditional cities into ultra-dense Manhattans, while making suburbs look more like cities do now. In this centrally-planned utopia, steadily increasing numbers will live cheek-by-jowl in “stack and pack” high-rises close to public transportation, while automobiles

fall into relative disuse. To understand how HUD’s new rule will help enact this vision, we need to turn to a less-well-known example of the Obama administration’s regionalist interventionism.”

You can read more of Kurtz’ article by clicking this link:  Obama’s Anti-Suburban Revolution

All this is about Obama’s crusade to save the planet.  Our schoolteachers are busy inculcating this blather into our schoolchildren’s vacant heads.  They’re teaching them to hate Big Corporations.  Here in Pompton Lakes, it’s DuPont and “The Plume” that is allegedly causing cancer rates to skyrocket in that part of town.  DuPont has tried to cooperate.  But since Erin Brokovich, of movie fame (she really does look like Julia Roberts), got involved, it’s been all-out war.

Which is a laugh.  Pompton Lakes is a pretty clean town as far as litter goes.  Its trash barrels are more full than not.  Still, there’s that minority mish-mash of minorities, teenagers, naughty toddlers, exercise bikers, and cargo van drivers who think nothing of leaving their trash in people’s front yards along Ringwood Avenue, the church graveyard, the sidewalks, the gutters, and the railroad crossings.  Some determined litter pigs even drive their empty bottles of whatever right into the ground.

Being still unemployed, this summer I assigned myself clean-up duty.  It cuts down on my exercise time.  However, it keeps the town a little cleaner and sends a message to the pigs:  Not on my watch.  At least until I get a job.

The biggest laugh is the Gold’s Gym in the Pompton Lakes Shopping Center.  This morning I discovered a haul of rubbish in the landscaping.  Some of it I couldn’t get to because of the shrubbery.  Ironic, that people who will pedal a stationary bicycle ten miles can’t take the trouble to deposit their trash in a can about five feet away.  Schoolchildren nod their heads about saving the planets, no doubt drawing signs in crayon and working on projects, but they leave their candy wrappers strewn from one end of Wanaque Avenue (the main drag) to the other.

“Save the planet?”  Are you kidding me?  Yet Pompton Lakes has a Business Improvement District (BID) plan, the name of which they changed from its initial moniker of “Smart Growth” to narrow Wanaque Avenue and add four story apartment buildings on each side.  After 2020, cars will no longer be allowed to park on Wanaque Avenue.

The single bag of trash I collect now will quadruple.  What will the Pompton Lakes Department of Public Works do about the already-overflowing garbage cans?  The back alleys where the riff-raff – excuse me, I mean “renters” – live are already strewn with garbage debris.  Banana peels and other fruity cast-offs are a growing source of garbage (not to mention a health hazard).

Then there’s the crime rate.  Pompton Lakes has it in hand.  You can still walk the streets in the evenings, at least up until a certain hour.  Stores close early in the evenings in Pompton Lakes.  Residents of Butler haven’t been able to walk their streets at night for at least 20 years.  Butler will be celebrating National Night Out on August 6.  Our band, the Bloomingdale Cornet Band, will be performing for that mixed audience of bored teens and our senior citizen fans.  Sadly, what will be playing are odes to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Adele, and awful number called Move Like Jagger, which consists of two measures of actual melody played over and over.  The Adele number isn’t two bad.  Rolling in the Deep at least has a quasi-Indian (excuse, Native American theme to it, which is quasi-familiar). 

There’s a fire starting in my heart

Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bring me out the dark

Rolling in the deep
Finally I can see you crystal clear

Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare

See how I’ll leave, with every piece of you

Don’t underestimate the things that I will do

There’s a fire starting in my heart                         

Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bring me out the dark

The scars of your love remind me of us

They keep me thinking that we almost had it all

The scars of your love, they leave me breathless

I can’t help feeling

We could have had it all

Rolling in the deep

You had my heart inside your hand

And you played it to the beat
Baby, I have no story to be told

But I’ve heard one of you and I’m gonna make your head burn

Think of me in the depths of your despair 

Making a home down there as mine sure won’t be shared

The scars of your love remind you of us

They keep me thinking that we almost had it all

The scars of your love, they leave me breathless

I can’t help feeling

We could have had it all

Rolling in the deep.

This is what passes for lyrics these days.  No worse than John Lennon’s “I am the Walrus.”  Did you know Lennon’s middle name was “Winston.”  Born during World War II, his parents gave him the middle name of “Winston” after Winston Churchill.

An appropriate song for a town that’s selling its native people out for federal grants.  “Finally, I can see you crystal clear.”  “Don’t underestimate the things that I will do” – that’s a reminder of what all our government will be doing to us in the future.  “Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare” – uh, no, we won’t lay the ship bare but the derelicts you’ll be shipping in and housing at our expense will.

“See how I’ll leave, with every piece of you” – darned right we will, at least while we can.  You can figure out who’s going to pay for the additional law enforcement, firefighting, and welfare personnel you’ll have to add to the town budget.  You’ll have to scratch your head to find the funds to hire additional public works trucks and garbage collectors to clean up the filth that’s going to accumulate.  In Pompton Lakes, the railroad line runs across the town, but it’s mostly through woodland.  In Butler, the railroad runs the entire length of Main Street.

Local residents think the rise in drug use is increasing now, particularly heroin.  This is just the beginning.  Butler Park has always had a drug problem until the government had the truly ingenious notion for the police department to trade places with the fire department.  There was a statue of a fireman on the balcony of the old firehouse.  He’s down the street now, encased in glass.  A miniature Statue of Liberty has taken his place.  Richard Butler, the founder of the town and owner of the Butler Rubber Mill (which closed years ago, putting many locals out of work) was great friends with Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the Lady in the Harbor.  Butler even named the street on which the high school is located after Bartholdi.

How many years will it take before the Hispanic population drives out the white population and renames Bartholdi Avenue after Cesar Chavez?  If Obama’s new targeting edict – determining each town’s percentage of minorities – is implemented, there won’t be any place for the suburbanite workers to escape to.

Butler’s business district along Main Street is dwarfed in comparison to the shopping district along Route 23.  With mercantile success come subsequent robberies of all sorts, as the Riverdale and Butler Police Departments have already discovered.  Route 23 – already a six-lane highway – is notorious for its traffic jams and accidents.  The condensed unit housing doesn’t help the traffic congestion.  It probably won’t be long before the towns implement shopping buses, especially since there’s also a huge senior citizens housing complex on the southbound side of the highway.  However, the complex already offers its own shopping shuttles.

The quarry along the west side of the Hamburg Turnpike in Riverdale is a cautionary tale.  Over the years, the mountain has been chewed away.  There’s barely anything left now and will make a perfect site for even more affordable housing.  That will be Bloomingdale’s fate unless it starts raising its hackles now.  Mayor Dunleavy, in discussing Avalon Bay, insisted assuringly that it was necessary to meet the Fair Housing requirements and that it was better than building 500 units on the Meer Tract.

‘But you will build them,’ thought I, if you allow Tilcon to tear down Federal Hill.  All that has stood in the way was the slope of the hill.  The slope made it impossible to develop Federal Hill.  However, the quarry company can conveniently dynamite all of Affordable Housing’s problems away.  Roads can then be built through to Pompton Lakes and its business district, particularly the A & P.  Willard Street is the most obvious thoroughfare.  Or the old Riverdale Quarry could be built into yet another shopping mall that we don’t need.  The possibilities are simply endless.

Except, it is important to point out, since you’ll be living in high-density, material goods unfriendly units, you won’t have any place to store your treasures, which would probably be stolen anyway.

We had it all – beautiful homes, safe neighborhoods, business districts, churches, and schools, well-kept yards and gardens.  Now the government is going to have it all, unless we do something about it.

 

 

Published in: on July 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iconic 9/11 Photo Too “American” for 9/11Museum

“Citizens by birth or choice, of a common country, that country has a right to concentrate your affections.  The name of American, which belongs to you in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of patriotism more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.”    George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept. 17, 1796

According to a new book about to come out about the restoration of the World Trade Center site, “Battle for Ground Zero,” by Elizabeth Greenspan, the iconic photo of firefighters raising the American Flag in the rubble of the World Trade Center was almost excluded from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum because it was too “rah-rah America.”

The description is attributed to museum creative director Michael Shulan, who said, “I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently.”

A compromise was worked out to include Thomas Franklin’s famous photograph along with two other images showing the flag-raising from different angles.

“Several images undercut the ‘myth’ of ‘one iconic moment,’ chief curator Jan Ramirez said, and suggest instead an event from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly,” the book states, according to The New York Post.

Shulan, who was living in New York City during the 9/11 attacks, told the newspaper his aim was to “not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event.”

Only a liberal New Yorker could describe the Thomas Franklin photo as “too simple” and “too American.”  The 9/11 attacks were an attack on America.  If that’s too “American” for Shulan, that perhaps he should resign his post as the museum’s creative director (and the sooner, the better).

Many, many photos were taken that day.  Workers who’d escaped from the buildings coated in dust and ashes.  The firemen carrying the body of the dead NYC fire department chaplain (he’d been struck by a falling body).  Onlookers crying.  Evacuees crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.  The moment when the north tower fell.  The explosive fireball when the second plane plowed into the south tower.

These were all photos of the horrors of September 11, 2001, in New York City.  Certainly there were photos from the Pentagon, and a few from the field in Pennsylvania.  There was nothing to see in Shanksville because most of the plane had plowed down into an abandoned mine and the rest wound up in the woods beyond the point of impact.

Franklin’s photo best summed up the American spirit.  That no matter how horrible the attack, that (just as in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and after the attack on Fort McHenry), the flag was still there.  Americans stood together that day, agape in horror and pity for the victims and their families, but united in their dedication to freedom.

Liberals had to stand by, watching this display of nationwide patriotism in silence.  It was the wrong moment to put forth their theories that the attack was all America’s fault, that then-Pres. George W. Bush had ample warning yet allowed the attacks to happen, that it was our Middle Eastern policies that brought about the wrath of Al Qaeda.

The Liberals have thrown every obstacle in the path of the museum.  They ex-nayed the moniker of “Freedom Tower” for the largest building on the site.  They made such a stink about Pres. Bush’s role as president that they “forbade” him to attend subsequent memorial services on the 9/11 anniversary.  It was all politics.  Osama Bin Laden is dead, and to Obama’s everlasting disgrace, the Seal Team that found him and brought him to instant justice, was put on a helicopter with severe mechanical difficulties and then directed over the worst part of Afghanistan, where the Taliban were absolutely known to be operating.

Then there’s the matter of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s trial, which still has not taken place, ten years after his capture.  Obama and Eric Holder planned to try him in federal court in New York City.  The city, of course, objected strenuously, and now he still sits in Guantanamo Bay, probably a permanent resident of the place, where the inmates are extended every courtesy, including the right to abuse the guards.

A poem of mine was accepted into the museum’s archives.  First, it was accepted.  Then it was rejected and removed.  I then resubmitted it and it was accepted again.  There’s no such thing as “too American” or being too proud of being American.  Should we also remove the Iwo Jima memorial in Washington, along with Jefferson and Lincoln memorials (the latter of which was recently vandalized)?  The Washington Monument?  The memorial to the U.S.S. Arizona in Hawaii?  Tear down the Alamo in Texas?  These all represent either complex American heroes or events.

Any curator of the September 11th Museum and National Archives who thinks there is has no business directing that museum and they should be removed immediately.  They should also be banned from every entering those hallowed grounds.

It’s as simple as that.

Published in: on July 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Something’s in the Airwaves

Rumors have been roiling in the radio broadcasting industry that Cumulus Media, which owns key stations in over 40 cities, is looking to dump America’s foremost Conservative broadcaster, Rush Limbaugh, as well as top-rated radio talk show host, Sean Hannity.

Rush’s program is produced and distributed by Premier Networks.  Here in the metropolitan New  York City area, Rush and Sean can be heard on WABC radio, which is owned by Cumulus.  Premier Networks and Rush are in discussions with WOR-AM to give Rush and Sean a new home.

Cumulus blames Rush for low advertising sales since his Sandra Fluke comment.  Rush says it’s not his fault if Cumulus can’t see airtime.  Glenn Beck was hoisted from the New York City market and was not welcomed on any station in the New York market, much to the regret of listeners in the New York suburbs.

Is it fallen ad sales due to politics?  Well, Rush has been on the air in New York City since 1988.  That’s a long time for a broadcaster to realize that Rush is a Conservative.  Early listeners recall his Animal Updates and his Caller Abortions.  But that was in the Age of Reagan, when Conservatives reigned supreme.  No one would have given a thought to legalize marijuana, abortion, or gay marriages.

In such cases, with First Amendment rights under fire, it is essential to research the facts and see who’s pulling the strings at these broadcasting companies.

Lew Dickey, Jr. is Chairman, President and CEO of Cumulus Media.  He oversaw the merger with Citadel Broadcasting, which included some major new investors.  Age 50, he was one of the media company’s founders and initial investors.  His brother, John, is the Company’s EVP and co-COO, but not a director.

Ralph B. Everett, age 60, has served as a director since July 1998. Since January 2007, he has served as the President and CEO of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a national, nonprofit research and public policy institution located in Washington, DC.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies works to inform and illuminate the nation’s major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination, with the goal of improving the socioeconomic status of African Americans and other people of color, expanding their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas, and promoting communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation’s pluralistic society.

So there’s culprit No. 1.

Jeffrey A. Marcus, age 65, joined the board in September 2011. Marcus joined Crestview Partners, a private equity firm, in 2004, and currently serves as head of the Crestview Partners’ media and communications group. Prior to joining Crestview Partners, he served in various positions in the media and communications industry, including as President and CEO of AMFM Inc. (formerly Chancellor Media Corporation), one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies, and as founder and chief executive officer of Marcus Cable Company, a privately-held cable company.  Chancellor hired then-WABC President of Radio Networks David Kantor to run the operation.

Arthur J. Reimers, age 57, also joined the board in September 2011. Reimers has acted as an independent investor and business consultant since 2001. Prior to 2001, Mr. Reimers served in various positions with increasing seniority at Goldman, Sachs & Co., an investment banking firm, from 1981 to 2001, including as Managing Director from 1998 until his retirement in 2001. He serves on the boards of directors of FBR Capital Markets Corporation and Rotech Healthcare Inc.  His affiliation with Goldman Sachs makes him a FOO (Friend of Obama).

Eric P. Robison, age 52, has served as a director since August 1999. He is currently the President and CEO of Lynda.com, an Internet-based software and education training company, which he joined in January 2008. From 2002 to 2008, he was President of IdeaTrek, Inc., a company that provides business consulting services. From 1994 to 2002, Mr. Robison was Vice President,  Business Development at Vulcan Inc., that managed all personal and business interests for investor Paul G. Allen (co-founder of Microsoft), where Mr. Robison managed various projects and analyzed investment opportunities.

Can anyone say “Bill Gates”?

Robert H. Sheridan, III, age 49, has been on the Cumulus board since July 1998. He is currently a partner at Ridgemont Equity Partners, a private equity firm that provides buyout and growth capital to closely-held private companies and new business platforms. Prior to joining Ridgemont Equity Partners in August 2010, Sheridan served as Managing Director, and Co-Head of the Americas, for BAML Capital Partners, the private equity and mezzanine group within Bank of America Corporation, since January 1998, and was a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of BA Capital, which was formerly known as NationsBanc Capital Corp.

Bank of America.  Oh, no problem there….

David M. Tolley, age 44, has been on the board since January 2011. He is a private investor who previously was employed by Blackstone from 2000 until December 2011, most recently serving as Senior Managing Director. Prior to joining Blackstone, Tolley held a series of positions at Morgan Stanley & Co. He served as a director of Cumulus Media Partners LLC (CMP) from 2006 to August 2011, and is the former Chairman of the board of directors of New Skies Satellites Holdings Ltd.

Morgan Stanley & Company – another FOO.

Cumulus has bought up many, many smaller broadcasting companies and merged them into this powerful broadcasting behemoth.  With such investors, it’s not hard to see how Obama and his Progressives are trying to dominate the airwaves, destroy the First Amendment, and silence Conservatives voices like Rush’s and Hannity’s.  As a sop to concerned Conservative listeners, a Cumulus spokesperson suggested the network might put Mark Levin in Rush’s spot.  That would be unfortunate for many of Levin’s professional male demographic who listen to Levin on the way home from working overtime, desperate for the sound of Constitutional sanity and free market freedom.

Fortunately for Rush and Hannity fans in New York, WOR 710 is a short trip on the dial from WABC 770.  What listeners in other cities will do is still unclear.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Swamp Theory of Urban Decay

How does a great city like Detroit become blighted?  As it turns out, the same way a lake or pond can become a swamp.

The process is called “eutrophication.”  What happens is that as nitrates and phosphates are added to the water, usually through animal waste products in a forest pond, there is a corresponding increase of phytoplankton (the passively floating or weakly swimming animal and plant life of a body of water) in the water body as a response to increased levels of nutrients.  Hypoxia – the depletion of oxygen in the water occurs, reducing the population of fish and other animal populations.  Other species may experience an increase in population that negatively affects other species.

Eutrophication, or more precisely hypertrophication, is the ecosystem response to the addition of artificial or natural substances, such as nitrates and phosphates, through fertilizers or sewage, to an aquatic system.  One example is the “bloom” or great increase of phytoplankton in a water body as a response to increased levels of nutrients. Negative environmental effects include hypoxia, the depletion of oxygen in the water, which induces reductions in specific fish and other animal populations. Other species may experience an increase in population that negatively affects other species.  Species feces in the water is a natural pollutant, so humans aren’t always entirely to blame.

Eutrophication can be human-caused or natural. Untreated sewage effluent and agricultural run-off carrying fertilizers are examples of human-caused eutrophication. However, it also occurs naturally in situations where nutrients accumulate (e.g. depositional environments), or where they flow into systems on an ephemeral basis.

Eutrophication generally promotes excessive plant growth and decay, favoring simple algae and plankton over other more complicated plants, and causes a severe reduction in water quality.  Phosphorus is a necessary nutrient for plants to live, and is the limiting factor for plant growth in many freshwater ecosystems.  The addition of phosphorus increases algal growth, but not all phosphates actually feed algae.  These algae assimilate the other necessary nutrients needed for plants and animals.

When algae die, they sink to the bottom where they decompose and the nutrients contained in organic matter are converted into inorganic form by bacteria. The decomposition process uses oxygen and deprives the deeper waters of oxygen which can kill fish and other organisms. Also the necessary nutrients are all at the bottom of the aquatic ecosystem and if they are not brought up closer to the surface, where there is more available light allowing for photosynthesis for aquatic plants, a serious strain is placed on algae populations.  

Enhanced growth of aquatic vegetation or phytoplankton and algal blooms disrupts normal functioning of the ecosystem, causing a variety of problems such as a lack of oxygen needed for fish to survive. The water becomes cloudy, typically colored a shade of green, yellow, brown, or red. Eutrophication also decreases the value of rivers, lakes, and estuaries for recreation, fishing, hunting, and aesthetic enjoyment. Health problems can occur where eutrophic conditions interfere with drinking water treatment.

Detroit could be thought of as a once healthy lake or pond.  But the by-products of intense industrialization attracted an influx of non-native species.  Feeding on Detroit’s bounty, the plankton began eating up the nutrients other Detroit species needed.  That portion of the population began to die in the face of marasmus.  As the decay increased, all the nutrients fell to the bottom and more harmonious plant life that could bring oxygen back to the water were deprived of oxygen through the decomposition process.  They couldn’t reach the light for photosynthesis.

The fish – the workers of the pond – could not survive and other animal species could not live on the polluted waters.  Ultimately, the denizens of Detroit were driven away, leaving only the bottom-dwellers.  Detroit became, in a space of about 60 years, a swamp.

That is why it’s so important to note the degree of decay, litter and garbage in a city.  Like a pond or lake, a city must be periodically dredged of its physical litter and its economic impediments or it will eutrophy instead of gentrify.

Next time you see a piece of trash on the ground, take responsibility for it, even if it isn’t your job to pick it up, even if you didn’t put it there.

 

Published in: on July 26, 2013 at 12:13 pm  Comments (1)  

Mayor Danger

This whole episode with Anthony Weiner, which began with his escapades as a voyeurstic, camera-toting Congressman has degenerated into a decidedly unfunny comic book drama, with Weiner only recently (within the last two months) having been exposed as “Carlos Danger,” secret sex agent.

He’s like the Bill Paxton character out of the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, True Lies, with Paxton’s character trying to seduce Jamie Lee Curtis, a bored but married legal secretary, with tales of his secret identity as a secret agent.

Everyone thought Weiner had learned his lesson when he lost his Congressional seat.  But once a weiner, always a weiner.  We warned New Yorkers over a year ago, when the first scandal broke, that this man was not fit to be mayor of the largest city in America.

However, New York City brushed it off.  In a city where the Gay Pride Halloween Parade is an annual event in The Village, it’s a mere bagatelle that the next Democrat-hopeful candidate for Mayor prides himself on the invention of “sexting” and thinks nothing of trading salacious photos over the cellphone with like-minded young ladies.

New Yorkers can tolerate a sex addict, even a pervert.  But not a dork.  “Carlos Danger” has done Weiner in at last.  Lurid photographs are one thing.  Taking on an idiotic alter ego is quite another.  No one wants an idiot for a mayor.  No wait; they had Mayor Dinkins.  But he was black and he never took on a fantasy pseudonym.

Many are calling for Weiner to take himself out of the race.  He’s standing firm, though, with poor, quaking Huma (his wife) at his side, as all idiots do.  If idiots have one thing in common, it’s stubbornness.

New York City deserves what it gets.  Maybe they’ll still vote for him, as polls prior to “Carlos Danger” indicated.  If we follow the True Lies mold, we can look forward to exchanges like this:

GF:  Hey, Carlos.  Whatcha doin’?

CD:  Hey, Baby!  I’m just sittin’ here, pickin’ my navel lint.  Check it out!

GF:  Ooooo.   It looks like caviar.

CD:  (Laughing).  Yeah, it is.  I snuck a scoop of it into a plastic baggie at the luncheon we had this morning with the Spanki-Banki.

GF:  Who is she?  Have you picked up a new girl?

 CD:  Ban Ki-Moon, doll.  The head of the United Nations.

GF:  You mean that guy from North Korea?  Ill Man in the Moon?

CD:  No, no, no.  That’s Kim Il Sung.  He’s the head of North Korea.

GF:  Oh. 

CD:  I’ll be visiting him in September.  But it’s a super-secret meeting, so don’t tell anyone.  He’s promised to donate to my campaign for mayor.

GF:  Oh wow!  He must be really rich.

CD:  Oh yeah.  Loaded.  [Another phone rings].  Hey, can you hold on a minute?

GF:  Forever, Carlos!

CD:  Yeah!  Yeah?  Yeah.  Well, Huma wants me to take the baby for a stroll in the park.  Yeah.  Uh-huh.  Good for my image, huh?  How high do I have to climb?  Don’t they have stuntmen for that?  I know I have an unusual face but…   All right, all right, but just two floors with the Spiderman stuntman.  And make sure they have a net!  I’ll be there in ten.

Hey, babe, you there?!

 GF:  Of course, Carlos!

CD:  I just got a call from Police HQ.  They’ve got a burglar stuck on the outside of the 30th floor of the Grace Building.  I gotta go to Midtown and rapel off the roof to bring him in.

GF:  [Gasps]  Oh Carlos!  That’s so dangerous.  You’re so brave and fearless.  You’re gonna make the greatest mayor of New York City ever!

CD:  You know it, baby!  I’ll talk to you later.  [Cell phone beeps off].

Well, New York, there’s a scenario of your next mayor:  Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner.

Good luck with that!

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm  Comments (2)  

HUD Two, Three, Four; We Will Make You Support the Poor

Even as Detroit crumbles, a victim of its own government programs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a new map-targeting program that will use census data and the latest technology to determine the demographic make-up of every town and city in the United States.  Where it determines that there are too many white people and not enough Black, Hispanic or Asian, the government will displace the white people and move the minorities in.  Or just as likely, simply move enough minority people in until the town has the “right percentage” of minorities; their fair share.

CNSNews.com first broke the story, which was later reposted by The Blaze:

“To ensure that ‘every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of,’ HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in.

“The goal is to help communities understand ‘fair housing barriers’ and ‘establish clear goals’ for ‘improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation.’

“’This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they have a fair shot at reaching their full potential in life,’” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

“’For the first time ever, Donovan added, ‘HUD will provide data for every neighborhood in the country, detailing the access African American, Latino, Asian, and other communities have to local assets, including schools, jobs, transportation, and other important neighborhood resources [read “taxes” or “welfare”] that can play a role in helping people move into the middle class.”

“According to HUD, long-term solutions include ‘helping people gain access to different neighborhoods and channeling investments into under-served areas.’ The mapping tool may guide development and zoning decisions, for example.

“In a July 16 speech to the NAACP, Donovan said the American Dream still isn’t within equal reach of all communities. He lamented the lack of diversity in America’s boardrooms, schools, and the nation’s ‘strongest neighborhoods.’

“’We have got to shape a future where ladders of opportunity are available for all Americans,’ Donovan said. ‘For African Americans, this is critically important.  Historically, for this community, the rungs on these ladders have been too far apart -– making it harder to reach the middle class.’

“Donovan said HUD’s new neighborhood mapping tool, which uses Census data, will ‘expand access to high opportunity neighborhoods and draw attention to investment possibilities in under-served communities.’

“’Make no mistake, this is a big deal,’ Donovan said. ‘With the HUD budget alone, we are talking about billions of dollars. And as you know, decades ago, these funds were used to support discrimination. Now, they will be used to expand opportunity and bring communities closer to the American Dream.’

“Under the Fair Housing Act, HUD requires grantees, such as cities, that receive federal housing funds to ‘affirmatively further fair housing.’

“Under the proposed rule, the neighborhood data provided by HUD will be used to evaluate patterns of integration and segregation, racial and ethnic concentrations of poverty, and access to ‘valuable community assets.’  HUD wants to know if existing laws and policies — such as zoning, financing, infrastructure planning and transportation — create, perpetuate or alleviate segregation.

Translated, this rule will allow the government to seize any property and take control of it, and raise taxes to drive out homeowners and replace them with minority residents.  Homeowners are being taxed on the sale of their house at the present time (under Obamacare, of all things).  The new HUD ruling takes us a step closer to the China plan, where residents only own their homes as long as they live in them.  They can make a trade, but they cannot leave their property to their descendants.  Well, according to my niece-in-law, no one actually owns any land, only apartment or condo units.  But even these, she cannot inherit.

All this harkens back to Agenda 21.  As early as 1993, according to Myron Orfield in “Metropoltics:  A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability,” Progressives were already plotting the remapping of suburban neighborhoods.  In 1993, the Metropolitan Community Stability Act was passed in Minnesota, encompassing six regional reform bills for fair housing, metropolitan structural reform, reinvestment, land use planning, transportation and transit, and well fare.  A tax base-sharing bill was introduced in 1994.  All the bills except the reinvestment bill were voted on and passed both houses of the state legislature…

“The centerpiece of the three bills that formed the deconcentration-reinvestment leg of the MCSA was the Comprehensive Choice Housing Act” designed to force the suburban communities to “meet their fair share” of the unmet need for affordable housing in the Twin Cities area.”

“Three requirements were imposed:  to reduce unreasonable barriers to affordable housing in its zoning codes, development agreements, and development practices; to comply with the efforts of public or private developers whose projects would help the city achieve its goal; and to ensure that the affordable housing remained affordable.  This last requirement addresses a common ‘subterfuge’:  building affordable housing but later turning it into expensive units at market rates.

David Rusk, author of “Inside Game, Outside Game:  Winning Strategies for Saving Urban America,” published in 1999, quoted Christopher B. Leinberger, then the managing partner of Robert Charles Lesser & Company, “the largest independent real estate advisory firm in the country.”  Leinberger expected “suburban-character, third-generation metro cores to decline slowly.  Part of the reason is racial.”

“Research has shown that the white population has an aversion to shopping or living in a community where there is more than a 20 or 25 percent minority population,” wrote Leinberger.  “Whenever a community or shopping center goes over the line, it becomes virtually 100 percent minority very rapidly.  This kind of change generally affects a metro core in the demographics of the shopping centers and malls and then the rental apartment housing stock.  Both can change very quickly…In an overbuilt local rental apartment market, for example, owners can offer minority occupants low rents in a better neighborhood than they live in.  Where this has occurred, the new minority residents have tended to have children who attend the local elementary schools initially.  White flight from the district occurs, generally in a rolling fashion as the minority children get older and enter junior and senior high school.  The impact on the surrounding single-family housing, which almost exclusively will have a majority white population, and the office market is delayed.  There has not been enough experience around third generation metro cores to document this impact or how fast it occurs.  Conventional wisdom, however, suggests that there will be a decline in values, white flight from the neighborhoods, and a movement of office users to alternative metro cores when their leases, which generally average five years in length, expire.”

HUD’s website posted an announced on its Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3.  Guess the first two were failures, programs that included billions of dollars to Detroit.

“The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 provided an additional $1 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) that was originally established under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.  HUD will award grants to 270 states and selected local governments to mitigate the negative impact of the nation’s economic decline and housing market collapse and to stabilize and revitalize communities/areas hit the hardest. The regulations for NSP3 can be cited at 75 FR 64322.

NSP3 funds were allocated by a formula based on the number of foreclosures and vacancies in the 20 percent of U.S. neighborhoods (Census Tracts) with the highest rates of homes financed by a subprime mortgage, are delinquent, or are in foreclosure. The minimum grant amount was $1 million for non-state grantees and the basic allocation is adjusted to ensure that every state receives a minimum of $5 million. The net result is that these funds are highly targeted to communities with the most severe neighborhood problems associated with the foreclosure crisis.  To find information on individual NSP grantees, including action plans, quarterly performance reports, and contact information click here.

Target- Area Mapping Widget

This tool assists NSP3 applicants to prepare data to submit with their grant application by allowing applicants to draw the exact location of their target neighborhood. The tool will then calculate the number of housing units, Neighborhood NSP3 Score, and State Minimum threshold NSP3 score of the area drawn, and produce a report that the grantee will receive via email within 24 hours. The report will contain all necessary data for the NSP3 application, along with information HUD can use to confirm the intended program area. The applicant should then submit this document with their grant application. This report also provides local housing market and economic data for the target area that can help guide grantees’ NSP3 program development and implementation. Data downloadable by state showing the foreclosure risk score, LMMI area benefit, address vacancy, and other information for each block group can be found here.

Under NSP3, grantees have 2 years from the date HUD signed their grant agreements to expend 50% these funds and 3 year to expend an amount equal to these allocations.

This is the ultimate in socialist engineering:  mapping every town and city and determining where residents may or may not live.  If this be not Communism, then nothing is.  Decent, hard-working citizens will be forced to live in dangerous, run-down, litter-strewn ghettos.  If Mohammed can’t bring the citizens to the ghetto, then he’ll bring the ghetto to the citizens.

The rubble that is the once-great city of Detroit is our future.  Even middle-class Blacks wouldn’t live there.  According to Glenn Beck, the number of vacant homes in Detroit isn’t 78,000; it’s 99,000.

Here in the suburbs of New Jersey, the minority population has doubled in a short space of ten years.  While litter has been around forever, you don’t notice until it begins to grow exponentially, like a town’s poverty-level population.  At 40 miles an hour, you don’t see it.  When you’re jogging at 3 m.p.h., it’s hideous.

When I started out on my jogging/walking exercise program, I intended to simply do some running, then walk for awhile until my oxygen intake resumed, then run again for awhile.  As I jogged along, I kept losing my concentration.  As I ran, I passed piles of garbage along my route:  discarded water bottles, soda cans, beer cans, tiny liquor bottles, cast-off candy wrappers, newspapers, sales circulars.  Yuck.

I kept running past it, trying to concentrate on my exercise regimen.  But there came a time when I just couldn’t ignore it any longer.  I began picking the stuff up, a little at a time, until I reached the nearest trash can.  There are no trash cans along Ringwood Avenue or the Hamburg Turnpike.  But every few feet, there are trash barrels along Wanaque Avenue, Pompton Lakes’ business district.

The east side of the street was a disaster.  So was the bus stop near the bridge over the Wanaque River.  I’d made a project of cleaning up that area earlier and it seems to have remained fairly clean once I trashed the trash.  I figured what was good for the New York City bus stop was good enough for the entire route.

Especially bad were the easternmost entrance to the A&P Shopping Center, which took me three days to clear of all the debris, and all the soda and beer cans in the sewer grating across the street from the bus stop at the river.  In total, I hauled about five bags of trash.

People stopped and stared.   You could see it on their faces:   “Ewww!  What’s she doing?!”  Well, I don’t want the litterbugs to feel at home.  The main culprits are our Mexicano population.  But teenagers play a large share in the blame, too.  They’re particularly fond of the local Wendy’s.

Once I cleaned up a section, it stayed clean.  This week, the local Wendy’s began sending its crew outside to clean up the mess the teenagers made.  What is it with the teens?  I thought they were all about saving the planet and proud of their basketball skills to boot?  Yet, though the trash barrels were there, the soda cups and hamburger wrappers, ketchup packets and straws, were everywhere but the trash barrel.

Since I embarked upon this clean-up journey, I’m finding less garbage and more business owners cleaning up their parts of the sidewalk.  The A&P has now sent its crew out to sweep its parking lot.  One of the teenagers gave me a dirty look.

The message we want to give here is:  Pigs Are Not Welcome in Pompton Lakes.  It’s the minority population that’s main responsible for the cigarette butts littering Wanaque Avenue, a thing I absolutely refuse to pick up.  Think I’m “profiling.”  The discarded junk mail I picked up off the street this morning was a mighty big clue, addressed to an Hispanic litterbug on Cannonball Road (where there’s a big apartment complex).

Pompton Lakes wants to build more of these complexes.  In fact, they want to increase the rental units along Wanaque Avenue by a factor of four.  And the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has just passed a new law to help the Hispanics and whatever other low-life chooses to occupy our once clean little town.

At present Pompton Lakes’ minority population is at about 5 percent.  At that rate, we can handle.  Increase the population to 25 percent, and the garbage will mount to the point that it can no longer be managed.  There won’t be just solitary piece of garbage in front of the Pompton Lakes Business District sign across the street; there’ll be a mountain of garbage.  More poor minorities, bringing their bad habits with them.

Some whites, rich enough to afford to do so, will flee.  The government will allow just enough of them to leave to “balance out the population” until the minorities are a minority in name only – 49 percent.  The rest of the white people will virtually be imprisoned in the town in order to support the minorities and their government enablers.

Every town and city will be Detroit.  There will be no escape, no “white flight” this time, nowhere for decent people to live.  Property values will plummet.  There won’t be any place to move to because the next town will be the same graffiti-marred, crime-ridden, garbage dump slum that you moved away from.

The city was founded in 1701 by French officer Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac as a settlement called Fort Ponchartrain du Detroit.  The city’s name originates from the Detroit River (French: le détroit du Lac Érié, meaning the strait of Lake Erie).  The irony is that France offered free land in an effort to attract families to Detroit, which grew to 800 people in 1765, the largest city between Montreal and New Orleans. By 1773, the population of Detroit was 1,400. By 1778, its population was up to 2,144 and the third largest city in the Province of Quebec.

The Pompton area was founded by refugees from the city of Newark, Puritans and Puritan converts to other Protestant religions, who fled when, as the city grew, they found themselves facing an increase in strangers, stragglers and squatters, and a commensurate increase in criminal activity.

The government can try to hold us hostage to parasites.  But freedom will prevail, even if we have to build a spaceship to get away.

Published in: on July 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm  Comments (2)  

Vindication for George Zimmerman

On July 13, a six-woman jury acquitted George Zimmerman on all charges of murdering 17 year-old Trayvon Martin.  The jury determined that Zimmerman had acted in self-defense in the shooting of Martin.

Crowds of blacks gathered in protests and riots, burning and looting stores, and demanding the Department of Justice open up an investigation into charging Zimmerman with violating Martin’s civil rights.  “Justice for Trayvon” signs were everywhere.  The Media was amazed and agreed that it appeared Zimmerman had gotten away with murder.  This weekend, Obama went on television to say that he could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago.

But four days after his acquittal, Zimmerman had what the News Service Reports called “a new run-in with Seminole County authorities, as a Good Samaritan.”  Yet somehow, that news didn’t get reported until after Obama spoke on Sunday about being like Trayvon Martin.

Zimmerman, along with another man, helped rescue a family of four from their rolled-over Ford Explorer on Wednesday, July 17.  The accident happened less than a mile from the Twin Lakes community where Zimmerman served as a volunteer community watchman.  Yet Attorney General Eric Holder says that the Justice Department is continuing its investigation of Zimmerman.

Obama says he could have been Trayvon Martin years ago.  If so, either Hillary Clinton or Mitt Romney would be president right now.  Preferably, Romney – someone we could trust.  Think of the alternate universe possibilities.  Millions of people would be gainfully employed.  We’d be able to purchase affordable health care.  Our debt would be considerably lower.  Marijuana would still be illegal and so would gay marriage.  The Trayvon Martins of the world would be behind bars, where they could neither kill nor harm anyone nor be killed themselves, except by other inmates.

Those of you who have sons:  who would you rather have your son be like?  Trayvon Martin, who was expelled from his high school for tardiness, truancy, and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as stolen goods?

Or George Zimmerman, a concerned citizen trying to protect his community who ran to the scene of an accident to rescue the victims?  One of the anchorettes on Fox News called the action “bizarre.”

The proper word is “heroic.”

 

 

Published in: on July 23, 2013 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Prince of Cambridge: An Astrological Photo Finish

Princess Kate’s mother, Carole Middleton, was said to have predicted that her grandson would be born a Leo, rather than a Cancer.  Grandma Middleton lost that bet by this much.  Born at 4:24 p.m., London time, Baby Cambridge’s Sun is placed at 29 degrees 59 minutes Cancer.  One more minute would have put him into the sign of Leo.

Professional astrologers say that Carole Middleton missed her bet by 34 minutes.  It’s been a long time since I calculated a chart.  A half an hour later, and the boy would have been a flamboyant, generous, if somewhat egotistical, Leo.  A happy future King.  Instead, his Sun is in the very last degree and very last minute of Cancer. 

What a squeaker.  However, in normal cases, birth times aren’t always exact.  Nurses are busy helping the doctor deliver the baby.  Their eyes aren’t on the clock and often the nurse will write down whatever time she sees when she looks up at the clock to fill out the form.  We can be sure, in regard to the Prince of Cambridge, that someone was tasked with the job of watching the clock and nothing else to be sure that the birth time was exact to the last degree.

The most interesting aspect of Baby Cambridge’s chart is that Mars is conjunct Jupiter in Cancer – in his case in his 8th house.  He shares this trait with such luminaries as JFK and Winston Churchill, and Hugh Hefner.  More importantly, the trait seems to have been passed down from his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.  The aspect doesn’t appear in any of the notable royal charts down to King Henry VIII; it seems to have been something peculiar to Elizabeth.  She passed it on to her son, Charles.  What did appear in her father’s chart (King George VI) was Mars in Sagittarius trine Jupiter in Leo.  Any positive aspect of Mars and Jupiter is a sign of optimism, courage and perseverance. 

No doubt, the young Princess Elizabeth admired her father’s struggle with a speech impediment and his courage in assuming the throne, a job for which he was not prepared, when her uncle abdicated.  Elizabeth apparently absorbed the optimism which this parental example provided, and it astrologically fused into a conjunction so powerful that it passed on to her son, Charles, and to her great-grandson, the future king of England.

If it seems that Charles doesn’t quite have that fearlessness of his mother, it’s because the two planets, while very close, are not in actual conjunction, being 9 degrees apart (the widest two planets can be said to be in conjunction is 5 degrees).  His planets are in Sagittarius, which would confer a love of hunting and sport, while his mother’s conjunction is in Aquarius.  Elizabeth II is optimistic about trying everything new, all the while being a traditional queen.  This configuration would confer (and confirm) her love of the outdoors and nature, particularly the wilderness.

The aspect, not being strong with Charles, bypassed his son William, whose Jupiter is retrograde like his great-grandfather’s.  William’s retrograde Jupiter is in Scorpio, which accounts for reports that he was a very naughty little boy.  But with his Sun and Moon in close conjunction in Cancer in the very public 7th house of public service, the public will undoubtedly forgive their popular king his youthful transgressions.

William has a very small 11th house, which rules the general public.  His Uranus is in a good position in the 11th house in Sagittarius, conferring some popularity.  But as it’s a small house and his Uranus is retrograde, his shyness and well-known dislike of the press may backfire on him.  Neptune is also retrograde, right on his ascendant, in Sag, giving him a movie-star mystery, but also shyness and reticence.  As he grows older, he will look more and more like his father, as most of his first house is occupied by Capricorn.  Not to worry, though; as Saturn is in Libra, he’ll retain his good looks.  Probably he’ll just appear more majestic.

As for Baby Cambridge, he’ll be a very good-looking prince, indeed.  He will have some of his late grandmother Diana’s sultry looks.  But he will remain youthful-looking all his life.  Along with inheriting the queen’s powerful optimism, he will also inherit some of his mother’s love of adventure and danger.  Oh, she had it in spades.  Her eighth house was quite full.  BC’s Sun, Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter are all in Cancer in the 8th house.  He’d best take care on the water.  And around the castle.

Like his parents, he’ll likely meet his mate in college.  By the way, don’t take the Duchess of Cambridge on her looks alone; her Mercury and retrograde Venus are in her 11th house in Aquarius.  How someone as beautiful as the Duchess could have a retrograde Venus is practically unthinkable.  She’s aided in her beauty by Mars (physical appearance) in Libra.

King George VI had an unusual configuration in his 8th house, with Neptune and Pluto conjoined, retrograde, in Gemini in the 8th house.  This is not normally the sign of a heart attack.  At best, it could be said to be an indication of pneumonia.  George VI was a heavy smoker all his life and was diagnosed with lung cancer.  Gemini certain rules the lungs, as Gemini is an air sign.  Pluto is a secondary ruler of cancer and Neptune is a direct ruler of cigarettes.

Poor George VI had one other very unusual aspect in his chart – a solitary Moon in Scorpio, in the second house, making one, and only one aspect, to Uranus, the planet of strangers.  According to the film, The King’s Speech, he was abused by his nanny who favored his brother David.  She starved poor Bertie and verbally abused him until his parents finally learned of the cruelty and discharged the nanny.  With Venus in Scorpio, ruling his 7th house of marriage (and service), his wife, the Queen Mother, was clearly a very strong influence for the positive in his life, although with a retrograde Jupiter squaring his Venus, the couple were not without their problems.  Still, having peaceful Taurus on the 7th house, his marriage probably gave him some much-needed security.

I haven’t surveyed every single monarch of England, but in every chart I have pulled, there’s some planet either near the chart’s midheaven or in the 10th house to indicate the monarch’s future as the leader of England.  Baby Cambridge’s chart has no such markers, much as King Edward VIII’s chart did.  Edward VIII abdicated in 1936.  The Duchess of Cambridge has more going on in the midheaven and the 10th house than her first-born son does.

Baby Cambridge was born under a full moon, the Moon being in solemn Capricorn, opposed to his sensitive Cancer Sun (and Mercury, Mars and Jupiter).  With Pluto in the second house, he will inherit great wealth (as all his predecessors have).  His mother and his late grandmother, Princess Diana, were both ambitious women.  Diana sought it through marrying royalty, and with a retrograde Saturn on the cusp of the second house (money) her 7th house Sun, she failed to achieve it.  Her 10th house Neptune indicates Diana was idealistic, a dreamer, but retrograde Jupiter in the 2nd house was unkind to her.  Diana’s Cancer Sun in the 7th house made her personally likeable to the public, but public service wasn’t her Sun focus; it was marriage and family.  Cancers are notably shy (that’s why the crab, pulling back into its shell, is the sign for Cancer).  A Cancer sun is going to have a hard time in the public limelight.  Diana’s son William has a similar configuration (Sun and Mercury on the cusp of the 7th).  He’s finding it just as difficult to reconcile public duty with his shy nature.

But never fear.  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is definitely up to the job.  With her Sun at the very top of her chart in Capricorn and Jupiter and Uranus in Scorpio and Sagittarius, respectively, she was practically born to be a duchess and ultimately queen.  Jupiter in Scorpio, while a little cruel in its humor and fatalistic in its philosophy, and Uranus in Sag, make her better suited for the job of greeting the public.  She’s about as different from Princess Diana as a princess can get.  She’ll make just as good a mother as Diana, but will be able to separate her maternal duties from her official job.  She’s older and more than mature than Diana was and has more poise and confidence.

As for her son, the newly-minted Prince of Cambridge, he has a grand trine, always a greatly valued configuration in an astrology chart, between his Saturn in Scorpio in the 12th, his Neptune in Pisces in the 3rd, and that wonderful Mars-Jupiter conjunction in the 8th.  Saturn in the 12th means he’s got his act together.  Psychologically disciplined, his ambitions are subordinate to his service as Prince and future King.   At least, that’s the positive way of looking at it.  On the other hand, someone with Saturn in the 12th is not much given to seeking power or displaying any sort of ambition.  On yet another hand, Saturn is in Scorpio and he just may not choose to make his ambitions public.  Since Saturn and Pluto are mutually dispositive, especially with Pluto in the second house, he may very well not have much ambition to rule, but he will still be attracted to the power, status, and wealth of the throne.

 

With Neptune in its native sign of Pisces in the 3rd house, he should make a most poetic, idealistic speaker, and with those two planets connected to the Mars-Jupiter conjunction in the 8th house, he should make quite a dynamic yet compassionate leader, especially with his Sun in the 8th house of power, one astrological minute away from kingly Leo.

 

 

Published in: on July 23, 2013 at 2:35 pm  Comments (2)  

Motor City Runs Out of Gas

Yesterday afternoon, the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection.  The city cannot pay its bills.  The filing means Detroit has become the largest municipality to ever file.  New York City came close in the 1970s, when then Pres. Gerald Ford famously told the Big Apple to (in the words of the New York Daily News) “Drop Dead!”

Detroit’s downfall has been long in the making, with many factors contributing to its failure:  union wages and benefits that made the auto companies unprofitable in comparison to foreign competition; a huge bureaucracy with unionized municipal workers with fat pension systems of their own; a high crime rate; high tax rates; urban and suburban residential flight; and commercial flight.  No companies, no jobs.  No jobs, no residents.  No companies or private sector residents, no taxes.  No taxes, no jobs for government workers.  No government workers, no essential city services.

The fat union pensioners, both from the auto industry and government, are sitting pretty with their life-long benefits.  But the city of Detroit is a disaster, physically and financially.

Here’s the picture, from the Wall Street Journal’s report of the Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s assessment:

“Detroit’s bankruptcy petition paints a bleak picture for the Motor City: more than 100,000 creditors, more than $18 billion in accrued obligations and a homicide rate that is at its highest level in nearly 40 years.

“Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday afternoon, becoming the largest ever municipal bankruptcy case. It becomes the latest in a small but high-profile list of municipalities to file after the recession. The cities of Stockton and San Bernardino in California filed last summer and Jefferson County, Ala., did so in November 2011.

“The city was steered into bankruptcy by an emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, who did not secure agreements with enough bondholders, pension funds and other creditors to restructure the city’s debt out of court. The Wall Street Journal previously reported that creditors such as Bank of American and UBS AG were in discussions with the city.

“The decision to declare bankruptcy ‘comes in the wake of 60 years of decline for the city, a period in which reality was often ignored,’ Gov. Rick Snyder wrote in a memo authorizing the case, which was filed with the bankruptcy petition.

“’I know many will see this as a low point in the city’s history,’ Mr. Snyder continued. ‘If so, I think it will also be the foundation of the city’s future—a statement I cannot make in confidence absent giving the city a chance for a fresh start, without burdens of debt it cannot hope to fully pay.’

“Mr. Snyder said the city cannot meet obligations to its citizens or its creditors. He noted that citizens wait an average of 58 minutes for the police to respond to their calls, compared to a national average of 11 minutes. Only 8.7 percent of cases are solved, compared to a statewide average of 30.5 percent.

“About 40 percent of the city’s street lights were not functioning in the first quarter of the year, and only a third of its ambulances were in service. Its population has declined 63 percent from its peak and there are about 78,000 abandoned structures.

“As a result, Mr. Snyder said, even if the city could raise taxes to pay its obligations, its citizens would not be able to afford it. In any event, Detroit tax rates are at their current legal limits.

“’The citizens of Detroit need and deserve a clear road out of the cycle of ever-decreasing services,’ wrote Mr. Snyder. ‘The city’s creditors, as well as its many dedicated public servants, deserve to know what promises the city can and will keep. The only way to do those things is to radically restructure the city and allow it to reinvent itself without the burden of impossible obligations.’

What does Gov. Snyder want from Detroit’s creditors?  Obama already bailed out the city once.  Now the taxpayers of the United States are expected to bail this city out of its $18 billion hole.  Again.  If he wants Detroit to rise from the dead, the first thing he and the Michigan legislature are going to have to do is designate Michigan a Right-To-Work, non-union state.  What are the unions going to do?  Burn down Detroit?  It’s a little late for that.

Speaking of fire, Detroit’s going to have to have a fire sale.  The city’s going to do what many failed companies have had to do:  downsize and sell of whatever assets, in terms of land, it has left.  Shrink the city’s limits and sell off its outermost suburbs.  Push the one-third of its poorest citizens (Detroit’s current population is about 700,000 – that’s still a sizable city, about the size of San Francisco, and still bigger than Boston or Miami) in towards the center.  Then build a wall around it.

That many destitute residents (about 240,00 – the size of a city like Boston or Miami) is a tall order for Detroit’s suburbs to support.  Because the unions wanted it all, wanted to live the high-life, they helped run the city into bankruptcy.  Businesses and workers fled.  You don’t have to have been in Detroit to know where the borderlines are.  Where the county college marks end and the country club flags and mall squares start is where the taxpayers are.  Where are the 78,000 abandoned houses located?  According to a Reuter’s article, there are a number of them on Detroit’s east side.  One-fifth of Detroit’s residence are unemployed.  That would be, what – 150,000 unemployed workers.  And then there are their families.

The murder rate is at its highest in 40 years.  The fact that 40 percent of its streetlights don’t work can’t help.   Detroit’s fire engines and ambulances are ancient.   If you call the police, you’ll have to wait an hour for them to respond.  Residents say that political corruption is also a major problem.  No surprise there.

Of course, there are urban professionals who see a bargain in converted lofts.  Think the West Side of Manhattan.  There’s a lot of money there.  The poor were pushed out into the hapless suburbs – first, the Bronx, then Brooklyn.  Queens and sections of Staten Island are now under the gun, as are the counties in Long Island.  There is no end to the reach of blight once it starts.  Uniondale, N.Y., is a splendid example.  Camden, N.J., is another blighted city that had to throw in the towel and merge its police department with the state police.  Camden had some of the lowest school scores in New Jersey.  There’s just so much charity can do to help.

Detroit, a once (and still) massive city has just about crumbled to the ground.  Don’t think that the unions or their Communist backers are crying in their beer or white wine.  They’ve been working for decades towards Detroit’s destruction because it was always such a symbol of America’s industry, ingenuity, and inventiveness.  Detroit was the center of industrial power during World War II.

This is a sad day for Detroit.  But a great day for Tax-and-Bankrupt Progressives.

 

 

Published in: on July 19, 2013 at 11:32 am  Comments (2)  

New Cover Boy for Islamic Terrorism

Look out, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  A new terrorist cover boy is on the block to steal your thunder.  He’s young, he’s hip, he’s Americanized, and he’s on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine.

What were the editors of Rolling Stone magazine thinking when they decided to place a stylized photo of 19 year-old Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its magazine?  The title of the story is “Jahar’s World” and the caption under the cover photo poses the rhetorical question:  “How a Popular, Promising Student was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.”

Rolling Stone is famous for placing glammed-photos of monsters on its cover page and ruining the careers of innocent people.  Charles Manson and Gen. McChrystal come to mind.  How do young, impressionable teenagers become monsters?  Well, they start by listening to the kind of heavy metal music Rolling Stone promotes, for one thing.  They listen to cult culture fanatics like Charles Manson (or Islamic culture icons like Osama Bin Laden) and try to emulate them.

They do drugs.  They commit and try to justify violence.  They embrace social justice.  They blame society for all their problems.  They blame their teachers.  They blame big corporations.  They blame Western civilization (with help from their communist professors).  They learn how to make bombs, just like Bill Ayers and company did a generation ago.

Civilized society is outraged that this killer’s photo is on the cover of the magazine.  Retailers and newsstands are refusing to sell the magazine.  Consumers are talking about boycotting the advertisers.  Rolling Stone claims that the article is critical, journalistic piece.  But with a glammed up photo of Tsarnaev, a semi-sympathetic caption underneath leading to the conclusion that it was someone else’s fault that Tsarnaev killed people, and an article entitled, “Jahar’s World,” it’s not likely RS is going to hold the killer to account but make excuses for him.

Meanwhile, teenie girls’ hearts are throbbing over his picture.  Teenage girls are not the best judges of character (witness Trayvon Martin GF Rachel Jeantel, who couldn’t read the cursively written letter to Martin’s mother about his death).  A few years ago, the raggedy scarfs worn by Palestinian terrorists were all the fashion with hip, teenage girls.  These are girls who were reading Tiger Beat magazine when they were 11 and 12. 

Who’s next for Rolling Stone’s cover?  Trayvon Martin (or has he already been there?  I’m not a reader of RS)?  Or perhaps George Zimmerman, whom the black world, at least, considers a monster?  What would happen to the stores that sell RS if George Zimmerman’s picture wound up on the cover?  We know the answer:  they’d be firebombed.  There’d be riots in the streets and ritual magazine burnings.

Rolling Stone is supposed to be an entertainment magazine (if you happen to consider heavy metal rock “entertainment”), not a political journal.  But then, neither is Playboy Magazine and they supposedly publish relevant articles about current events (whether anyone bothers to read them is another matter).  RS is known for controversy, which is what rock n’ roll is all about, so it shouldn’t be surprising that yet another monster has made the cover of their magazine.

Rolling Stone didn’t care that Charles Manson killed people when they featured him on their cover, essentially idolizing him.  Why would RS care that Dzokhar Tsarnaev has? 

 

 

Published in: on July 18, 2013 at 9:55 am  Leave a Comment