The Democrats Want America to Go to Hell

And the Republicans have helped pack our bags.  But mainly, it’s the Democrats.

 

In an update to an earlier post about cleaning up this town of Pompton Lakes, after I entered the post, I got a call from the borough administrator.  He said that the cops had lied.  As an “individual”, I had a right to help clean up the town.  The one restriction was that I couldn’t set foot in the street or pick up any papers up out of the road.

 

“Not even a water bottle in the gutter?” I asked.  “Even if I stay on the sidewalk?”

 

“Yes,” he replied, “as long as you’re on the sidewalk.”  He was becoming angry.  “It’s up to you, as an individual.”

 

Well, I had a little problem with not being able to go into the street.  Every driver who parks on Wanaque Avenue (and it’s becoming more and more deserted as businesses shutter) has to get out on the street side.  What about them?  Are they going to stop drivers from getting out of their cars, too?

 

No.  This was about the TEA Party sign that I had on my cart.  Some of the business owners on Wanaque Avenue clearly didn’t like it and called the cops on me.  They watched me for any infraction they could charge me with.  An individual volunteer can pick up the garbage, under certain conditions.  A group has to have a permit.

 

No real Pompton Lakes Tea Party actually exists, except in my own person.  I’m a sort of one-woman Tea Party.  I like it that.  No politics.  No talk.  Just action.  But the Democrat business owners couldn’t let that happen.  I had to show them identification (all I had was my credit card).

 

Yet they would never ask any of the illegal aliens loitering on Wanaque Avenue for their identification.  Wanaque Avenue has a sidewalk.  Parts of Ringwood Avenue do not, and that’s where the litterers leave their worst garbage, over the guard rail, in the brush, inaccessible except for my metal grabber.  This is no pedestrian garbage; they were having parties along Lower Twin Lake on Ringwood Avenue, in the woods bordering the Ringwood Avenue of the Pompton Reformed Church, in the woods behind the billiard parlor on lower Hamburg Turnpike.

 

Since they’re onto me, I can no longer pick up the filth.  If I were found with one of those acetylene heroin packets, I’d be arrested.  I’m going to give it a month and let the litter collect up again.  Then I’m going to take photos of it.  (I never touched the stuff; I used rubber gloves, but just having it in my possession would have been enough for arrest).

 

You have to wonder just what the police, the borough council, and the police are thinking.  They’ll threaten a Tea Partier for cleaning up the place, but think nothing of allowing and even encouraging illegal aliens, criminals, drug dealers, to live here and wander the town wasted and drunk, leaving their whiskey and vodka bottles, their acid packets, their blunts and pot butts along the walkways and numerous river banks for children to find.  If the cops just got out of their cars, they’d see it for themselves.

The mess won’t take long to reassemble.  Already, the lowlifes are having a litter party (they must have gotten the word that my activities have been halted).  The only area I’ll clean up now is the Pompton Reformed Church.  If the rest of the town wants to go to Hell, who am I to stop them?

 

I just can’t understand how the American people can’t see that the Tea Parties are not their enemy.  We didn’t leave the trash ringing Pompton Lakes and making a horrid, filthy trail from Ringwood through and around Pompton Lakes, and on up into Bloomingdale and Butler.  The Democrat voters, mainly the Hispanics and Mexican who’ve come here, are responsible for it and, their cries of “Save the Earth!” notwithstanding, do nothing to clean the town up, and in fact, encourage and threaten anyone who tries to prevent it.

 

I am Tea Party and I’m proud of it.  I knew this was war when I began.  We’ve just gone into the next stage.  Pompton Lakes must make a choice:  clean up its act and return to the pleasant suburban town it once was.  Or go to Hell, become another Paterson, led by the Democrat Party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on September 30, 2013 at 10:23 am  Leave a Comment  

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Whenn I began picking up the litter around Pompton Lakes this past spring, I knew sooner or later the law would catch up with me and put a stop to my activities.  Someone wouldn’t like it.  Of late, because so many people asked me questions about what I was doing, I put signs on my cart, one of which read:   “Community Volunteer c/o The P.L. Tea Party – Because You’re Taxed Enough Already.”  That was in answer to why I did it for free, as a volunteer.  Pay me, and their taxes would go up.  Now, I would have to pay the town for the privilege of picking up the filth left behind by the teenagers and low-lifes in town.

Maybe I was just tired of doing it.  I lost the 20 pounds I was seeking to lose.  Since the kids have gone back to school, the streets aren’t as dirty.  But within days of putting the signs on my cart, I found the cops watching me.  Finally, they approached me this morning and said that I needed a permit to do what I was doing.  “Not that we object;” the officers said, “we love what you’re doing, but for safety’s sake, we just need to know who you are.”

What it meant was, that if someone complained, they’d know who to come after.  No problem.  I gave them my name and address.  They said go with them to the Town Hall.  But it was a long walk.  I told them I’d return in my car.

So, I went to the town hall.  The borough clerk said that I didn’t need a permit to pick up trash, so long as I didn’t hold onto any.  She said she’d call me back.  But I had saved some bags back to help out the Agenda 21 opponents in case they need proof of the urban blight programs like Smart Growth are bringing down upon our town, and other towns like Bloomingdale and Wayne.

I placed two of the bags in a town barrel and the third in a shopping center barrel.  Well, I was read-out by the young landscaping man who apparently empties the shopping center barrels.  Then he summoned the owner of one of the stores who used to praise me for helping out.

All good things – especially good things – come to an end.  Thus ends my career as a community volunteer.  The store owner yelled, “Don’t do dis’ again or I’ll call da cops!”  I hope he does call them.  I’d just gotten through telling the police what I’d found along the roadside, in the brush  – huge booze bottles, heroin/acid bags, etc.  I hope the police take a good look at what’s really going on in Pompton Lakes.  I hope they start paying attention.

As for the good citizens of Pompton Lakes, all I can say is, I did my best for you. 

 

Published in: on September 27, 2013 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Republican Leadership Unresponsive to Constituents

Calls to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Minority Whip John Cronyn, and Sen. John McCain, among others, went unanswered after Sen. Ted Cruz’s outstanding speech on opposing Obamacare
According to WDN.com, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who has called Cruz a “fraud” for his efforts to defund Obamacare, said Thursday supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with ‘vile’ phone calls.

“’The vehemence of the phone calls coming into the office.  I don’t care, people can call me whatever they want … I haven’t heard such vile, profane, obscene language,’” King said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday.

“’I’m not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain here in the American political psyche here, and again, the most obscene, profane stuff you can imagine all from people who say they support the Constitution,’” King said. “’I think what we have to do is reach out to his people and let them know that they’re following a false leader here.’”

“McConnell announced Monday he does not support the attempt by Cruz to defund Obamacare.

“He claims he opposes Obamacare, but refused to support Cruz’s effort to block a vote on cloture, which effectively doomed the House bill that would have defunded Obamacare.  McConnell would have needed to get only 41 out of 46 Republican senators to vote to block cloture, but he would not support the effort.

“He, and other establishment Republicans, fear they would take the blame for any government shutdown, even though the House bill is specifically designed to force Democrats to be the ones to shut down the government, should they refuse to defund Obamacare.

“That puts most Americans in the odd position of having neither the Democratic Party, nor the Republican Party, supporting their position on Obamacare.

“A CBS News poll found most Americans, 52 percent, disapprove of Obamacare.”

The people have opposed Obamacare since before its inception.  Or has the brain-damaged Sen. McCain forgotten the Town Hall Meetings of 2009, where hundreds, if not thousands, of citizens expressed their opposition to Obama’s health care plan?  Did McCain take so many beatings from the Viet Cong that he forgets what it means to be an American?  That being American means, first and foremost, being an individual?  That America was founded on the principle of small government of, for and by the people?

Even though Cruz spoke for 21 hours, the Media seemed to have been able to only record a few very convenient sound bites, taken out of context, to marginalize Cruz.  The brain-damaged McCain claimed that Cruz was opposing a bill that the American people had approved via their senatorial representatives.  Was McCain beaten so many times by the Communist Viet Cong that he’s forgotten the 2009 Town Hall Meetings in which hundreds, if not thousands, of average Americans showed up to express their disapproval of Obamacare?  Has he forgotten that we are a free nation of individuals, not a communist collective subject to the whims and dictates of a bureaucratic politik?

Nancy Pelosi’s remark about the Affordable Care Act, that we wouldn’t find out what was in it until we passed it, is a sure sign that we’ve crossed that red Communist line into tyranny.  Obama tried to persuade gullible Americans that the cost of the Affordable Care Act works out to a “mere” $328 a month.  Multiplied by 12 months, that comes to $3,936 – almost $4,000 a year.  That’s for one person.

Multiply that $3,936 by a family of four and you get $15,744.  The median household income in 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Numbers, was $51,040, down 4.5% from 2009.  The overall median personal income for all individuals over the age of 18 in 2005 was $39,403.  By 2011, that figure had gone down to $32,986 (for males).  The average between males and females brings the median income down to $27,044.

The poverty level for a family of four is $23,021.  How many self-reliant families will be reduced to that level after paying for Obamacare?  That $15,744 would bring a median income family down to $35,296.  A single male making the median personal income and supporting a household of four (including himself) alone would be brought down below the poverty level.

We can depend upon Obama to force wealthier households to pay more.  Would a family with twice the household median income – $102,000 – be expected to pay twice the Obamacare tax – $31,488?  That, in addition to the high tax rate higher income families are expected to pay.

No one really knows because Obama is playing it close to the vest with the actual costs, at least until after the election.  There is also the matter of hidden costs.  The number of doctors who will be leaving the field.  The number of hospitals that will close.  The number of older people who will be denied care for serious illnesses because they’re too old (the age line is 75).

Obamacare will result in a dearth of doctors and longer waiting times for major surgery.  We need only to look to Canada and Great Britain to find out just how bad national health care is.  The lesson of Social Security has been lost on a generation that has watched its parents and grandparents enjoy a secure old age at their expense.  Social Security is bankrupt; there’s nothing left but file cabinets filled with IOUs.

The American people know this.  They’ve been listening.  Unfortunately, our Republican representatives have not.  Instead, they hurl invectives at Conservatives.  “Anarchists!”  “Rebels!”  “Terrorists!”

The Republicans’ bedside manner leaves much to be desired.

Published in: on September 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm  Comments (2)  

Sen. Ted Cruz: A Real Stand-Up Legislator

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to speak on the Senate floor at 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday in opposition to Obamacare. And, like Jimmy Stewart in the film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, he said he would continue to speak until he could no longer stand (or speak).  Cruz and some of his colleagues were still standing but they were cut off by a new day of Senate business at noon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Technically, it was not a filibuster, according to The National Journal.  “In a real talking filibuster, as in the Jimmy Stewart film, a senator occupies the Senate floor indefinitely so as to block the chamber from taking up any other business.  In Cruz’s case, Senate rules limit his time, and would have had to cede the floor by Wednesday morning at the latest. “

“That’s a long time, but the Senate will have to wait whether Cruz speaks or not.  As Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday morning, ‘I want to make sure everyone understands: There is no filibuster today.’”

 But it was a very, very long speech from the Texas senator who has been the center of attention in Washington’s budget fight, and the Senate leader in a doomed-to-fail movement to strip funding for Obamacare out of any resolution that Congress passes to fund the government.  If Congress fails to come to an agreement, the government will shut down at the end of this month.

Following up on his comments calling Cruz’s speech a “big waste of time,” Reid said that “any day that government is hurt is a good day” for the Tea Party.  Reid called it “the New Anarchy.” 

Marco Rubio, giving Cruz another break, spoke on why the American Dream resonates with the Hispanic community in America. He spoke specifically about how big government pushed Hispanics out of Venezuela and Cuba, and brought them to the freedom of places like Miami. 

“That’s what big government does; it traps people in the circumstances of their birth.” We should defund Obamcare because, Rubio said, “it undermines the American free-enterprise system.”

Fox News selected 21 quotes (20 of which are from Cruz; the 21st is from Harry Reid – we won’t waste your time posting it) from Cruz to sum up what he was trying to tell us:

  1. “I intend to speak in support of de-funding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand, to do everything that I can to help Americans stand together and recognize this grand experiment three and a half years ago is quite simply not working.” 
  2. “Millions of people are asking for accountability, truth, the truth about Obamacare is it’s failing the men and women of America. It is time, quite simply, to make D.C. listen.” 
  3. “Hardworking American families are struggling and their life has become harder and harder and harder. And madam president Obamacare is the biggest job killer in this country. The American people want to stop this madness and so do I.” 
  4. “I don’t know if it’s the water, something in the air, the cherry blossoms, but people get here and they stop listening to the American people.” 
  5. “When President John F. Kennedy told this country “We are going to send a man to the moon.” There were a lot of people who said it can’t be done. It’s impossible. It cannot be done. And yet John F. Kennedy had the vision to say Americans can do things whatever we set our mind too….We get to Obamacare and what do all of those voices say. It can’t be stopped. It can’t be done. We cannot defund it. Now, Mr. President by any measure, Obamacare is a far less intimidating foe than those that I have discussed. With a possible exception of the moon, the moon might be as intimidating as Obamacare.”  
  6. “Millions of Americans tune into Duck Dynasty so I want to point out just a few words of wisdom from duck dynasty…Jay said Redneck rule number 1 most things can be fixed with duct tape and extension cords, that’s actually very true.”  
  7. “It’s a late night. I’m going to venture to say most members of the United States Senate are home in bed, asleep, while America lives the nightmare.” 
  8. “I would say standing here after 14 hours standing on your own feet. There is sometimes some pain sometimes some fatigue that is involved. But you know what?  There is far more pain involved in rolling over.” 
  9. “I wondered if at some-point we were going to see a tall gentleman in a mechanical breathing apparatus come forward and say in a deep voice say “Mike Lee, I am your father” …and just like in the Star Wars movies, the empire will strike back.” 
  10. “I will credit my father; he invented green eggs and ham. He did it two ways. The easy way was he would put green food coloring in. ‘Green eggs and ham’ was my favorite book as a little boy. You can actually do it- the food coloring is a little bit cheating. But if you take spinach and mix it into the eggs, the eggs turn green.”
  11. “When Americans tried it, they discovered they did not like green eggs and ham and they did not like Obamacare, either. They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house or with a mouse. It is not working.” 
  12. “This is the first time I’ve seen when Republican leadership is actively whipping the Republican conference to support Harry Reid and give him the power to enact his agenda.  I’m quite confident that this is not what Texans expect of me.” 
  13. “You might think a camel’s hair brush must be made of camels….But a Camel’s hair brush is made of squirrel fur, and it makes you wonder; the squirrels apparently have a very bad marketing department.” 
  14.  “They want to make this about a battle of this senator versus that senator, this person versus that person. So it’s all personal. It’s like reading the Hollywood gossip pages. That’s how this issue is covered.” 
  15. “I simply want to note to the American people who have so engaged that this debate is in your hands. Ultimately, all 100 senators; all 46 Republicans, all 54 Democrats work for you. The pleas from the American people, I can tell you in Texas, are deafening. The frustration that the United States Senate doesn’t listen to the people is deafening.” 
  16. “This fight is not about personalities. Look, most Americans could not give a flying flip about a bunch of politicians in Washington. Who cares? You know, almost all of us are in cheap suits with bad haircuts. Who cares?” 
  17. “I like their little burgers. I’m a big fan of eating White Castle burgers.” 
  18. “Mr. President, if the representations that so many members of this body make to the American people were true: that Obamacare is terrific, is wonderful, then I would think the President would be eager to have it kick in before the election.  If it were a good thing, you would want the good stuff to happen before the election and not after the election.” 
  19. I think it is better for this country if this vote is at a time that is visible for the whole country so that the American people have a voice in it, and I think sticking it on a Saturday in the middle of football games disserves that objective.” 
  20. “Although I am weary,  there is still at least strength in my legs to stand a little longer….if the majority would consent to allow me speak until the conclusion of my remarks and then begin the next legislative day and have the prayer at the conclusion of those remarks.  If the majority says no, then my time will end at noon under the rules of the Senate.”

Of course, the Senate Majority Leader said, “No.”  During his 21-hour speech, Cruz also referred to his favorite novel, “Atlas Shrugged.”

There are plenty of senior citizens out there who are scared of this bill.  Senior premiums in Tennessee are said to have risen 291 percent; premiums which are already astronomical.  Senior citizens over the age of 75 will be denied care for many serious illnesses including cancer and diabetes.

The government doesn’t care if Ted Cruz’s legs fall off, and it doesn’t care if Grandma’s legs fall off.  Members of Congress managed to get themselves exempt from this universal health care plan that they’ve foisted off on us, with fines and even prison as a penalty for not complying with it.

Affordable Care will bankrupt our nation.  It’s so expensive, that companies are already changing their full-time employees to part-timers, or simply terminating them altogether.  The American taxpayer will be paying for everything from simple pain-relievers to major surgery for illegal aliens and minorities.  Supposedly, premiums will be affordable, but the Administration is loth to provide any damning details.  Nancy Pelosi told us we would have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.  Well, Congress passed and we still don’t know what we’re in for.

 

                                             

 

Published in: on September 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Raising Taxes Won’t Improve Main Street

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In this past Sunday’s edition of the Suburban Trends, Butler, N.J., residents have been complaining about the declining condition of Main Street.  Some merchants have suggested forming an Economic Development Condition (EDC),  while the article quoted Borough Administrator Jim Lampmann taking issue with the complaints about garbage piling up the street, saying the Department of Public Works is on the job every day, trying to keep up appearances.

 

The declining economy and day laborers have not helped downtown Butler’s image.  Neither has the competition from highway stores.  Lampmann boasted of Butler’s status as a Morris County town, meaning that it did not have to tax its property owners to support blighted cities the way Passaic County towns like Pompton Lakes have done, in addition to using the taxes to perform aesthetic improvements.

 

Despite the improvements, Pompton Lakes is still losing downtown businesses, and remaining businesses in the town must take up the tax slack.

 

As for Butler, it’s taken a long time for the borough council to notice that its downtown area has a problem.  As far back as the early 1990s, with an influx of mainly Mexican immigrants, downtown Butler was an unsafe place to roam at night.  Residents could not make a drop at the Main Street mailbox for the loiterers hanging out outside the bar next door.  They loitered in a number of streets around Butler, and at late hours, it could hardly be assumed that they were “day-laborers” in search of work.

 

Raising taxes will only drive more small businesses out of downtown Butler.  Increasing the police presence will help residents feel safer, but that will almost certainly mean a tax increase for property and business owners. 

 

We need to support a pro-business economic policy in our country, secure our borders against illegal aliens, and make it less feasible for businesses to hire them.  We must also oppose the President’s plan to wipe out the suburbs by forcing towns to increase their minority, and in particular, low-income populations.  Our town councils and zoning boards must stop taking the bait of federal money for allowing high-density housing.  High-density housing brings high-density populations and high-density problems like garbage, crime, and drug use.

 

In Pompton Lakes, there’s a small park past the Pompton Falls on the other side of the Hamburg Turnpike on Riverview Road.  It was once a nice little park, but urban blight befell it.  Or perhaps it was Hurricane Sandy.  But the picnic table that was once there, with a view of the falls, now lies in a heap in a gully, with only one bench left.  The stone banks above the Ramapo River are regularly filled with soda cans, liquor bottles, and candy wrappers (a certain sign of drug use).  Sloan Park in Bloomingdale has been usable since the storm wrecked the bridge.  Butler Park’s gazebo is locked up, no longer usable by the public.

 

Butler’s problems won’t be solved with a president in office who has an agenda to destroy the suburbs, force residents into high density housing, and spread urban blight across the landscape.  But residents can help themselves by helping to pick up the litter wherever they see it, rather than just stepping over it.  If Butler residents want their nice little town back, they’re going to have to fight the bureaucracy for it, pay more attention at zoning meetings, and vote for representatives who really have their best interests at heart.

 

Published in: on September 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

Common Core Decorum

If you’re a parent planning to attend an “information session” regarding Common Core in your town or county, be aware of the rules before attending, or you might find yourself facing over 10 years in prison, as a Towson, Md., father discovered when he protested against the implementation of Common Core in the Baltimore County School District.

 

Understand that in these sessions, only those on the panel or at the podium will be permitted to speak.  The Liberal/Progressives learned their lesson at the Town Hall Meetings of 2009 in protest of Obamacare.  You will sit politely and listen and bobble your head.  If you stand up and protest, the police will arrest you for disrupting school operations.

 

You will be permitted to write down your questions – and they accept questions only, not comments – and the panel may read your question.  Or it may not.  If you’re opposed to Common Core, the chances of your question being read are as good as, or maybe not even as good, as winning the Powerball Lottery.

 

Be aware that you will be outnumbered by “ringers” brought into bolster the agenda for Common Core.  They are there to applaud when a pro-Common Core comment is made by some member of the panel and hoot down anyone who dares to protest even sotto voce (muttering).

 

Billions of dollars have been invested in this plan.  You parents are rank amateurs against these snake oil salesmen and women.  They’ve rehearsed these meetings down to a nicety.  They know exactly what you’re going to say and when you’re going to say and have the pro-Common Core answer to humiliate you into silence.  If that doesn’t work, they have the unionized police working in their favor.

 

The American Colonists of the 18th Century had the same problem, so don’t feel bad.

 

Glenn Beck’s “The Blaze” reported the story a few days ago.  The parent “was arrested last Thursday night at a ‘public forum’ [my emphasis] after vocally expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to use Common Core standards in its curriculum.”

 

“Robert Small, a concerned father, was forcefully removed from the meeting by a police officer after he interrupted Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dallas Dance during the question-and-answer portion of the forum.”

 

“The meeting apparently didn’t allow parents to stand up and ask questions or comment. Parents and other attendants were instead asked to write their questions on a piece of paper and officials would read them.

 

“However, Small began speaking out against the district’s use of Common Core, prompting a security guard, who was also a police officer, to approach him and order him to leave. “Let’s go!” he said sternly.

 

“When Small didn’t immediately comply, the officer began pulling his arm and pushing him towards the exit. Some audience members gasped at the cop’s use of force.

 

“’Don’t stand for this,’ the father said as he was dragged out. ‘You are sitting here like cattle! Is this America?’

 

Small also urged other parents to demand answers on Common Core and the curriculum being used to educate their children.

 

“As the Baltimore Sun reports, the officer then “pushed Small and then escorted him into the hall, handcuffed him and had him sit on the curb in front of the school.”

 

“Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer and faces a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years in prison. He was also charged with disturbing a school operation, which carries an additional $2,500 and up to six months in jail.

 

“Small attempted to push the officer away when he first approached him, the police report claims. There is a video.  Watch it and decide for yourself if Small assaulted the officer:

 

“Despite some opposition from parents, the Maryland State Department of Education reportedly plans to go forward with its implementation of Common Core standards, joining 45 other states and Washington, D.C., in adopting the standards for the first time this year.

 

“’Look, I am being manhandled and shut down because I asked inconvenient questions,’ Small told the Baltimore Sun after the incident. ‘Why won’t they allow an open forum where there can be a debate?  We are told to sit there and be lectured to about how great Common Core is.’”

 

Common Core advocates have no intention of allowing an open debate on their program.  Like Obamacare, it’s simply going to be passed through and implemented.  Period.  Individual opinions are of little importance to collectivists.  Western literature will be eliminated and replaced with government manuals and pornographic literature, meant to “educate” the young about the dangers lurking in the wide world, dangers the Progressives have themselves unleashed.

 

Your children will no more be considered your property any more than your house or car.  That is the “transformation” Obama boasts of and has paved the way for.  He will transform their little minds into government propagandists who will report every infraction of progressive, communal law that occurs within your household.  They will be taught to recite the Three E’s:  Environment, Equity, and Equality (as in Social).  Creativity will be trampled, individualism rooted out, and ambition trampled.

 

Mr. Small was an example for anyone with the impertinence to think they can interfere with Obama’s “transformation” of America.  Hey, fear worked for Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Ho Chi Minh, not to mention Caesar, Caligula, and Nero.

 

All right, class.  Who is the current President of the United States?

“Oh – baa – aaah – maaaah!”

 

 

 

Published in: on September 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Victory for the Stupidest Generation

According to CBS New/D.C., the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has passed a bill that would defund Obama’s health care law but fund the federal government through Dec. 15.

The House voted 230-189 in favor to defund “Obamacare” in order to avert a government shutdown.  This sets up a confrontation with the Democratic-led Senate that promises to strip the “defund Obamacare” provision from the bill next week.

The White House has stated that Obama would veto the measure in case it reached his desk.

“They actually did it: The House just passed a resolution that risks a government shutdown to defund Obamacare.  #EnoughAlready,” the president’s Twitter account, run by Organizing for Action, posted.

House Speaker John Boehner called the vote a “victory for common sense.”

“This is hurting our constituents, it’s hurting the American people,” he said.

There’s even less certainty now about how Obama and Congress will resolve a feud over raising the nation’s borrowing limit to head off a first-ever default on the nation’s debt.

But don’t start celebrating just yet, Tea Partiers.

Moderate Republicans, led by Karl Rove, have been chiding Conservatives and members of the Tea Party for pushing Congress in what they call a hopeless effort to derail Obamacare.  Their defeatist language –  “it’s hopeless;”  “give it up;”  “The Senate’s going to strip the defunding language out of the bill and even if they don’t, Obama will veto it” – serves only to confirm Conservatives’ opinions that Moderates are sell-outs.

Boehner’s bill does lip service to Conservatives, while making it a simple matter for the Democrat-led Senate to simply strip the bill of the defunding measure.  The House doesn’t get blamed for shutting down the government, and the Senate and Obama get their Obamacare.

Had Boehner summoned the courage to shut the government, Obama and the Senate would have had to call his bluff.  Yes, Boehner would have been blamed for the shutdown of the government.  The government could use some shutting down.  Instead, he’s taken the middle road (as usual) and we’ll have a mock showdown between the House and Senate, but in the end, the Obamacare tag will be stuck on America’s toe.

Which is what Obama wants.  He freely admits that the Constitution is a nuisance and an obstacle to what he wants to do, namely turn the United States into a Communist country.  He sounds like a teenager who’s been told he has to turn off his Ipod and wear his seatbelt while driving, and call his parents to let them know where he’s going.

Boehner calls his bill a “victory for common sense” but common sense only as moderates define it.  For them, there’s never a right time to fight against those who would destroy the country.  They label Conservatives “extremists” for wanting to preserve individual freedom, as though the country is a collective of high school teenagers determining who’s cool and who’s not.

You’d think young adults would be up in arms over Obamacare, since they’re the ones who will be paying the freight.  They’re not called “The Stupidest Generation” for nothing.

Published in: on September 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Fighting Common Core and Agenda 21 in New Jersey

New Jersey finally has some legislators on its side to fight Common Core and Agenda 21.

N.J. Sen. Anthony Buocco and his son, Assemblyman Anthony Buocco (Jr.) are taking up the fight against the Abbott Decision, which allows the government to take funds from wealthier communities and send it to urban cities.  Father and son are sponsoring bills in the N.J. Senate and Assembly to fight this bill.  The N.J. Parental Rights and Property Tax Reduction Act will allocate the same amount of money per pupil no matter what school district they live in.

Abbott districts are school districts in New Jersey that are provided remedies to ensure that their students receive public education in accordance with New Jersey’s state constitution. They were created in 1985 as a result of the first ruling of Abbott v. Burke, a case filed by the Education Law Center. The ruling asserted that public primary and secondary education in poor communities throughout the state was unconstitutionally substandard.   There are 31 “Abbott districts” in the state, which are now referred to as “SDA Districts” based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

Prior to 2011, the State of NJ did not release the total amount spent per pupil on schooling. Since the Abbott original ruling in 1985, New Jersey increased spending to such a degree that Abbott district students received 22 percent more per pupil (at $20,859) vs. non-Abbott districts (at $17,051) in 2011.

The Senate bill number is:  S-2674

The Assembly bill number is:  A-3875

When speaking with your representative, remember to include the bill’s name in your reference.

Many thanks to Senator and Assemblyman Buocco for their assistance in this matter.

In June of 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the common core state standards (CCSS) to replace the core curriculum content standards in language arts literacy and mathematics. This bill establishes the Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force to evaluate the implementation of the CCSS.

The task force would include 19 members as follows: the Commissioner of Education or a designee; eight members, appointed by the Governor, five upon the recommendations of the American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and the New Jersey School Boards Association, one member who is a representative of a nonpublic school, and two public members who are the parents or guardians of a student enrolled in a New Jersey public school; two members of the Senate, appointed by President of the Senate; two members of the General Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; two individuals, one each appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who have expertise in language arts literacy instruction and curriculum; two individuals, one each appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who have expertise in mathematics instruction and curriculum; and two public members, one each appointed by the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the General Assembly, who are the parents or guardians of students enrolled in a New Jersey public school.

The task force’s evaluation of the common core state standards would include: 1) a description of actions taken by the State to date to implement the new standards and a timeline for additional actions to be taken; 2) a comparison of the common core state standards to the academic standards that they replaced; 3) an estimate of the of full cost for school districts to implement the common core state standards, including those already incurred and those to be incurred in the future; and 4) an analysis of student performance on the State assessments before and after the adoption of the common core state standards. The task force is also directed to study and evaluate the issue of student and family personal data mining and a student’s right to privacy.

The task force is to issue its final report no later six months after it organizes. Prior to issuing its final report, the task force is to conduct at least four public hearings to gather information. The bill stipulates the Department of Education will not administer assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) until after the final report of the task force has been submitted. The department currently intends to administer the PARCC assessments beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

N.J. Senate Bill S-2973 establishes a Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force; delays use of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers until the task force can assess its purpose, methods, and goals.  Right now, the bill has been referred to the N.J. Senate Education Committee.

At this point, it is uncertain if there is a bill before the Assembly.  The purpose of the task force is to free New Jersey from any obligations to the Common Core standards.  Common Core has received $160 million in funding from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation and $300 million from the Federal government.

Implementation of Common Core would degrade the education of our students, decreasing their abilities to the lowest common standards.  So far, Common Core has only taken on the subjects of English and Mathematics, but they have an agenda for transforming History and Science as well, promoting anti-Americanism and climate change to vulnerable young minds.

Common Core’s agenda is the Three E’s or The Three Pillars of Sustainability:

  1. Environment (climate change; carbon taxes; elimination of private property ownership)
  2. Social Equity (meaning everyone gets the same as everyone else regardless of whether they’ve earned it or not)
  3. Social Justice (redistribution of wealth and populations)

Call your legislators as soon as possible and encourage them to oppose Common Core and Agenda 21/Smart Growth.  Don’t be afraid of them using derisive laughter against you.  Those are grade school tactics and you’re adults.  There are copies of Agenda 21 and the U.N.’s 1993 environmental conference in Rio de Janeiro.  Proof is abundant.  In fact, it’s all around you.  Purse snatchings and other crimes have already occurred along the commercial strip on Route 23 in Riverdale and Butler.

Don’t wait until you find yourself in a hold-up on Ringwood Avenue or a carjacking at the corner of Berdan Avenue and the Hamburg Turnpike.  Contact your legislators now.

Published in: on September 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Watch Out, Wayne, for Negative Ratables

Watch Out, Wayne, for Negative Ratables

Riverdale and Butler have already gone negative.  Wanaque has thrown itself wholesale into negative ratables (and it shows).  Bloomingdale has signed onto a deal with Tilcon Mining to destroy a beautiful, virgin woodland hillside in order to throw itself into the negative hole.

Now the Wayne Township Planning Board has begun the process of revaluating their 2010 master plan.  Town Planner John Szabo’s proposed reinvention of Wayne from a suburban township to the city of Wayne (making it nothing more than an extension of neighboring Paterson) reads like a page from the Agenda 21 playbook: 

  1.  “Promote growth and economic development in a manner that will protect environmentally sensitive areas of the Township while directing investment to redeveloping existing, underutilized developed properties and areas.”
  2. “Promote mixed-use development between residential and commercial uses to balance growth.”
  3. “Promote connectivity between all areas of the Township to enhance community integration, amounting to “Live-Work-Play.”
  4. “Promote and maximize mass transit connections with land use to a) promote connectivity among areas within the Township; b) provide for multi-modal means of transportation to reduce road traffic and our dependency on vehicles and c) reduce carbon emissions and the environmental consequences associated with higher vehicular use.”

And while no one can disagree that Wayne and the entire nation are facing tough economic times, the adopt of Agenda 21 principles and the creation of 1,800 new multi-family units spread across town (including Packanack, Pines, and Lions Head Lakes, the Mountain View section of Wayne [which is a flood zone], and Wayne Hills Mall [already so dangerous that you don’t dare shop there after sunset], increasing the town’s population by an estimated 4,500, according to Mr. Szabo’s estimates, is not the answer.  Likely, the increase will be at least double that amount.

The proposal will transform Wayne Township into the City of Wayne, forever changing the town’s suburban character, raising property taxes, lowering property taxes, and increasing crime, drug use, and truancy.  Additionally, it also does not address the question of how the proposed increase in residential development will affect our town’s COAH Affordable Housing obligation, leaving the unintended consequences of an additional 1,000 units a very real possibility.

Right now, according to the 2010 Master Plan, 3 percent of Wayne’s property is zoned “Commercial”, generating 30 percent of our revenue.  What will happen to Wayne’s long-term health if its commercial properties are permanently replaced with negative ratables?

 Many questions Wayne residents have remain unanswered:

 What implication will the proposed “build-out” have on Wayne’s COAH obligation?

How can the assumption that new housing will not add more students to our schools be made?

What are efforts are being made to attract new businesses to town?

Before adopting what will be the most dramatic and potentially devastating changes to Wayne Township’s Master Plan, it is imperative that these questions be answered and other options be considered.  Wayne is already dealing with the consequences of past poor planning.

They cannot afford to make the same mistakes again.

 Guest speakers at last night’s North Jersey Regional Tea Party meeting included Carroll County (Maryland) County Commissioner Richard Rothschild, a fierce opponent of expanded government control of land use and defender of property rights.  Rothschild was one of the first to remove Agenda 21 from his county.

Bader Quarment is a former N.J. candidate for the U.S. Senate, a current faculty member of the County College of Morris, who shared his perspectives on the indoctrination of college students, as well as an education advocate, opposed to Common Core and instrumental in supporting N.J. school legislation that reduces property taxes and gives parents the right to school choice.

Commissioner Rothschild advised anyone preparing to challenge their town’s planning board not to use the phrase Agenda 21.  Agenda 21 activists are either members of these boards or have trained members in how to counter public opposition to Agenda 21.

A Wayne resident asked what they could do to refute Agenda 21 arguments that the town planners are making.  The Commissioner advised them to address the issues of ratables.  Building high-density housing, he told the audience, would not increase revenue but actually decrease it, creating negative ratables.

But if any residents in our area want prove to refute town planners’ assertions that Agenda 21 will be good for the environment, they’ve only to walk around one of the towns such as Wanaque or Pompton Lakes for the necessary evidence.  The unemployed residents of these towns don’t use cars, it’s true.   They walk instead.  They just walk from town to town, fast food joint to fast food joint (as I’ve pointed out in other posts), leaving a trail of trash, liquor bottles, syringes, acid bags, and marijuana blunts in their wake.

They’re especially fond of littering our lakes and rivers, which Agenda 21 claims to be so worried about.  If they’re so concerned about the environment, bringing Affordable Housing pedestrians into our suburban neighborhoods is the worst thing they could do.  It will only be matter of time and an increase in minority and illegal alien population before crime follows.

In my rounds around town, picking up after these pigs, I notice young people who would normally be in school.  A good guess is these children and teens are not legal residents, hence their absence from the schoolroom and their presence in and around town.

The garbage is the best evidence we have.  There’s plenty of it.  Take photos of it, then bag it up and bring it to the next town planning board meeting, wherever you live.  Let them try to refute heroin bags, syringes, and Jack Daniels.

 

 

Published in: on September 18, 2013 at 11:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Naval Yard Shooting Wrong Time for Campaign Speech

Having been busy most of yesterday morning, I tuned in late to the news about the Washington Naval Yard shooting.  Around noon, tuning into Rush Limbaugh, I finally heard the news, and turned onto the television.  But, tuning in first to Fox News, then CNN, and CNBC, instead of news about the shootings and video coverage, there was the Imperial One with two women dressed in black behind him.

He briefly acknowledged the shooting, then with a dismissive wave of his hand, and an angry scowl, pronounced the event as a simple “workplace shooting” and that in time, we’d learn the rest of the details.  Now back to his campaign speech, pinning medals on himself for restoring the economy and bashing the GOP for causing it.

People were dead.  A possible second shooter was running around the nation’s capital, and we should listen to Obama’s campaign speech on the anniversary of the 2008 economic meltdown.  Finally, I found actual coverage of the shooting on BBC America.  I had to go to BBC America to find out what was happening in my own nation’s capital.  Eventually, Fox News returned to covering the incident.

What was O thinking?  Well, we know what he was thinking.  What were those cable networks thinking?  They need to straighten out their priorities (we know what Obama’s priority is).  We could go on for pages and pages about how the decline of the American economy was primarily the fault of the Democrats, going all the way back to the 1970s and Jimmy Carter.

But today, our prayers are with the 12 families of those murdered in what turns out was a senseless workplace rampage by a deranged, lone gunman.  According to his father, 34 year-old Aaron Alexis became unhinged after doing rescue and recovery work at Ground Zero in 2001.

He suffered from paranoia, was hearing voices, and suffered from insomnia.  He received a general discharge from the U.S. Navy in 2011, which cited misconduct on Alexis’ part.  Mental health specialists declared that he was mentally ill, yet he was still able to obtain a security pass to the Washington Navy Yard where he shot at workers having their morning breakfast in the building’s cafeteria.

He’d had run-ins with the law before.  His father said he had “anger management” issues and took minor incidents, like noise in the apartment above him, too seriously.  We’ll never know what made him snap.  It’s very likely he had some dispute as a contractor with someone in the Navy Yard.

Our prayers go out to the injured and the families of the dead.  And we can add one more checkmark to Obama’s incompetence as President of the United States.

 

 

Published in: on September 17, 2013 at 9:54 am  Leave a Comment