Super Bowl XLVII: New York Versus New Jersey

Super Bowl 47 is supposed to be a contest between the Seattle Sea Hawks and the Denver Broncos.  But locally, it is a titanic battle between metropolitan superpower New York City and late-night joke goat New Jersey.

When the New York Giants went looking for a new home, they signed an agreement in 1973, toe move to East Rutherford, N.J., where a new stadium complex called The Meadowlands was being built.  Up until that time, the Giants had been sharing a stadium with the New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium.  The Meadowlands is owned and operated by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA).  The team, however, retained its original name, the New York Giants

The Giants played their first game at Giants Stadium on Oct. 10, 1976, and in 1984 the Jets joined them after failing to secure a lease renewal with the city of New York to stay in Shea Stadium.  Giants Stadium was closed following the 2009 NFL Season following the construction of what is now MetLife Stadium in the surrounding parking lot. Giants Stadium’s final event was the Jan. 3, 2010 game featuring the Jets hosting the Cincinnati Bengals.  A month after the game, demolition of the structure began and was completed on Aug. 10, 2010.

New Jersey was happy to host the Giants.  But residents were furious when the team decided to keep its original name:  the New York Giants.  Garden Staters argued that the “Jersey Giants” sounded more alliterative.  New Yorkers retorted by noting that New Jersey was a pigmy compared to New York City’s status as the largest city in the United States.  New York had Broadway, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center (at the time), the Statue of Liberty (won by a yacht race around the island), the Metropolitan Opera, countless museums, five-star hotels, five-star restaurants, the elite of society, and was headquarters to most of the major media and major financial companies.  What did New Jersey have?  The New Jersey Turnpike with a spectacular view of garbage dumps and oil refineries.

Working-class New Jersey reminded New Yorkers, whom they regarded as champagne glass posers, that the Giants practiced in New Jersey and played in New Jersey.  The New York Giants admit their legal address is East Rutherford, N.J., but note that they represent the New York metropolitan area.

All the pre-Super Bowl antics have taken place in New York City, including a ski course built in Times Square.  Our area has been experiencing a Deep Blue cold wave, which is abating just in time for the kick-off on Sunday.  At blog-post time, we’re still three hours away from the official forecast and temperature, but it looks as though the temperature will be about 40 degrees by 6 p.m., with cloudy skies.  Certainly not too cold for the Denver Broncos and the Sea Hawks should be able to weather the weather.

As for the fans, 40 degrees should be tolerable weather.  The two bands playing the pre-game show, the Syracuse University Marching Band and the Rutgers University Band, are both cold- weather bands, whose musicians are used to freezing temperatures.  There will be a slight breeze of about 8 m.p.h., lowering the feel of the temperature by about 4 degrees.  It could have been a lot worse if the game had been held a week earlier.  Mother Nature must be a Super Bowl fan.

The game will wreak havoc with Sunday traffic on New Jersey’s Route 3.  New Jerseyans may be proud of the fact that the game will be played in northern New Jersey.  But it’s not a home-team game, and most seem to be perfectly happy to leave the stadium seats to those wealthy enough to be able to afford the tickets.

According to CBS News:  “Trains, buses and cars taking fans from New York and parts of New Jersey to the stadium and back again “are going to be scanned, they’re going to be checked, they’re going to be swept,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, head of the New Jersey State Police.

“Roughly 80,000 fans are expected to pack MetLife Stadium on game day.  Most fans will be relying on mass transit to get there. Officials have issued only 12,000 parking passes and taxis won’t be allowed near the stadium.  The Transportation Security Administration will be screening all bags for explosives at the Secaucus Junction Station before passengers are permitted on trains for MetLife Stadium.

“Dress warm, bring the ticket and do travel light. Do not bring packages,” NJ TRANSIT Chief of Police Christopher Trucillo said.

“NJ TRANSIT is offering expanded bus and rail service.  Amtrak will be making special pre- and post-game stops in Secaucus, where you’ll be able to transfer to MetLife-bound NJ TRANSIT trains.  A Super Bowl shuttle will run from Secaucus Junction to MetLife Stadium beginning at 1:40 p.m. Sunday.

“Those boarding will have to show their game ticket, go through security screening and adhere to the NFL bag policy which permits only clear plastic bags and small clutches.  Officials anticipate 15,000 passengers will ride trains between Secaucus and the stadium. Passengers are advised to allow extra time because of the screening.

“On the roads, highways surrounding the stadium will be open through game day, but drivers should expect extensive traffic congestion.  The state police plan to assign up to 700 troopers at the stadium on Sunday, Fuentes said.  There will be vehicle checkpoints as well as explosive sniffing K-9 units and Homeland Security agents with radiation detection backpacks.

“New York State police will also be watching out for drunk and distracted drivers over the Super Bowl weekend. The statewide crackdown on DWI and texting-while-driving violators starts Friday and runs through Monday.

“In New York City, the 13-block stretch now known as Super Bowl Boulevard means Broadway is closed between 34th and 47th streets through the weekend. Some adjacent side streets are closed as well.  In the air, Black Hawk helicopters will be patrolling the no-fly-zone above MetLife Stadium on game day.

 

 

“Early Wednesday morning, the U.S. Air Force conducted military exercises over the Hudson River in the Bronx and lower Westchester in preparation for the Super Bowl.

“At 4:30 in the morning, if you had been up, you would have seen a couple of military jets, F-15s, streaking across the skies of New York City chasing a plane. They actually drill this when everybody’s asleep so nobody sees anything that would alarm them in broad daylight,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence John Miller told “CBS This Morning.” “If an aircraft violated the no-fly zone around the stadium, how would they interdict it and so on, it’s built into the plan.”

“U.S. Customs and Border protection agents are also armed and ready to intercept any air traffic that breaches the perimeter.  Already, there are reports of suspicious powders being mailed to hotels near MetLife Stadium.”

The N.J. Star-Ledger reports: “Potential attacks on mass transit hubs around New York and New Jersey are among the chief concerns of the thousands of security personnel who will be at Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, law enforcement leaders said at a security briefing today.

“While there are ‘no credible’ or organized threats concerning the game, New Jersey State Police Superintendent Rick Fuentes said recent bombings of transit terminals and buses in Russia, the site of the Winter Olympics, have gained the attention of law enforcement.

“Sometimes contingencies don’t just happen where you think they’re going to happen,” he said.  Like northwestern New Jersey?  Why weren’t the Black Hawks flying over the New Jersey suburbs, where there are a number of airports large and small, including Newark/Liberty?  New Jersey – the “Take-Us-For-Granted State”.

“Thousands of law enforcement officials, including 700 state troopers, will be at MetLife Stadium long before kickoff on Sunday. At least 30 federal agencies, the New York City Police Department and countless New Jersey police departments will be involved in wide-ranging security protocols on Sunday, said Jeb Johnson, director of Homeland Security and a Montclair native.

“All vehicles headed to the Super Bowl will be scanned and checked before entering the stadium complex, said Fuentes. Detection devices have also been activated to counter possible bioterrorism, according to FBI officials, but they would not say how many devices were in place or where they’re located.

“This Super Bowl presents unique challenges, officials said, because the location of MetLife Stadium will force many fans to use mass transit to reach the stadium. With a crush of revelers coming in from all around New York and New Jersey, Johnson said police are urging the public to adopt a “See Something, Say Something” mentality in order to help law enforcement.

“’At a large and visible event on Sunday, security depends very much on the public also,’ he said.

“Fans will also be checked for tickets before they are allowed to board stadium-bound trains or buses, according to Jeff Miller, the NFL’s chief security officer.  Miller said fans should carry as little as possible into the stadium grounds and released a list of banned items including alcohol, backpacks, flying discs, footballs, umbrellas and cameras with lenses longer than six inches.

“On game day, 80,000 fans are expected, and parking lots will open at noon, according to Miller, who warned fans that most parking spaces will be pre-sold and urged people to travel by train or bus. At about 2 p.m., fans can begin proceeding through security checks where they will have to pass through a metal detector and a pat down.

“While officials seem confident that they are well-prepared to secure the tri-state area on game day, they know that anything can happen at the Super Bowl.

“’You don’t want to get too over confident. … You just don’t know what you might face on game day,’ Miller said.”

Let’s hope terrorists take as little notice of northern New Jersey as the rest of the country.  Mohammed Atta stayed in New Jersey…but he attacked the World Trade Center in New York City.

 

 

 

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Published in: on January 31, 2014 at 3:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ex Obamus Machina: Calling in the Marines for the 2014 SOTU Address

All that was missing in Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress for 2014 was the Super Emperor cape.  To thunderous applause, our emperor-in-chief declared that Liberty is dead, along with the representative Democracy that gives it life.  The Emperor has spoken.  His announcement is most astonishing in these words about the scientific debate on “climate change”:

“[T]he debate is settled.  Climate change is a fact.”

The Emperor has spoken.

“America does not stand still — and neither will I,” Obama said in the speech. “So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Towards the end of the Roman Republic, the Assembly, which represented Rome’s commoners was eventually dissolved.  By the time Caesar made his triumphal entry into Rome, the Assembly was history and the Senate was about to undergo a major dental extraction.

“…I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.”

Aside from the risible fact that he’s responsible for creating the bureaucracy, that he’s constantly used his executive order super-powers to hinder permitting processes, particularly in the Gulf of Mexico, and that those unionized construction workers will be put to work forcing us into untenable green energy programs that have already defaulted on their loans, the words “I will act on my own” are not simply dangerous but unconstitutional.  He might as well have declared himself a deity.

His speech was full of the typical Obama lies and untruths:  “the lowest unemployment rate in over five years”.  If the numbers appear low, it’s because the numbers have been jiggered at his behest, to coincide with elections.  In order to count as “unemployed”, you have to be collecting unemployment insurance.  UI is only good for two years, and if you haven’t found work by then, or are working part-time, too bad for you.

In 2008, the civilian employment population ratio was just a shade below 63 percent (the number was nearly 65 percent in 2000).   By 2010, that number had plummeted to 58 percent. And has pretty much remained down there.

“America’s graduation rate [is at] its highest level in more than three decades.  What you don’t see is the number of students who never even make it to high school in the first place, much less graduate, particularly in the inner cities.  In Newark, N.J., the 2012 H.S. graduation rate was 33.9%; the 8th grade graduation rate was 29.9% (meaning those almost 30 percent of students did not go beyond the 8th grade.  In Union City, the rate was 29.2%/36.9%; Camden, 35.8%/34.1; and Trenton, 38.7%/27.7%.

If more students are graduating, it is because the standards have been lowered to a dismal level that will allow even the dimmest student to attend their high school graduation and receive a diploma.  But a look at those New Jersey numbers indicates that the standards must be lowered even further.  By Obama’s book, these students are failing because the current curriculum is too “Westernized”, too “male-dominated”, and “too Christian.”  Remember the Emperor’s promise to make sure America takes its proper place in the world, as no better than any other nation.  His solution is “Common Core”, an educational program that will rout current curriculums of Western, male-dominated, empire-touting literature and lower our math standards even lower than they are.

The Emperor boasted of  “A rebounding housing market.”  All underwritten by the government, or more to the point, the taxpayers.”

“A manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s.”  Since these sectors are mostly involved in green energy, they’re also laying the workers off again.  Where manufacturing is booming, North Dakota, Obama cannot really take credit for it.  He just wasn’t able to prevent it from happening.  For him, North Dakota is a failure.

“More oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world – the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years.”

“Our deficits – cut by more than half.”  A blatant lie.  Our deficit, at a balanced budget when Clinton left office and Bush took over, went back into the red during the Bush Administration.  But when Obama took over, his towering deficit dwarfed Bush’s immediately upon taking office.  The desk must have been all set up for him, the papers laid out, a fresh pen at the ready for him to start signing checks and executive orders.

“And for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is.”  A “fire sale” is what investors would call it.  Our dollar is worthless and our land, especially in cities like Detroit, for the taking.

“Last month, thanks to the work of Democrats and Republicans, this Congress finally produced a budget that undoes some of last year’s severe cuts to priorities like education.  Nobody got everything they wanted, and we can still do more to invest in this country’s future while bringing down our deficit in a balanced way.  But the budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises.”

Undoing budget cuts is hardly what the American people want.  Furthermore, it is not the government’s job to create new jobs.  The government creates bureaucracies; capitalists invest in building companies that create jobs.  The bureaucracies go on to deliberately create crises, like CORA, the Community Reinvestment Act.  A little crack in the dam during Carter’s administration 40 years ago, that resulted in a near-economic collapse in 2008.

“Over more than three decades, even before the Great Recession hit, massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good, middle-class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on.”  Straight out of Karl Marx’ Communist Manifesto.

“Across the country, we’re partnering with mayors, governors, and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality.”  The White House is partnering with lobbyist lawyers who threaten mayors, governors and state legislatures with expensive lawsuits.

“Both Democrats and Republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here, and reward companies that keep profits abroad.  Let’s flip that equation.  Let’s work together to close those loopholes, end those incentives to ship jobs overseas, and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs here at home.”  Liar, liar, liar.  Let’s see you do it.  I dare you.

But I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.

“Federally-funded research helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind Google and smartphones.   It’s not just oil and natural gas production that’s booming; we’re becoming a global leader in solar, too.  Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced.  Let’s continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.”

News reports relate countless instances of homes and businesses with solar panels catching fire and burning down the buildings.  At least we get somewhere with the alleged $4 billion to fossil fuel industries.  About all you’ll get with subsidizing solar panels is a great big bonfire for roasting marshmallows.

“A changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.  That’s why I directed my administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air.  The shift to a cleaner energy economy won’t happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way.  But the debate is settled.  Climate change is a fact.  And when our children’s children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did.”

Obama himself had to admit that the flooding from Hurricane Sandy was a freak of nature, which coincidentally gave him the opportunity to hold hands with Gov. Christie and get him re-elected.  “Climate change” is only a “fact” in that that’s the way Mother Nature rolls; it has nothing to do with Mankind.  Arctic ice may be disappearing, but it’s reappearing in Antarctica.  Our current cold streak here in the Northeast is nothing new to those old enough to remember at least two other such periods, occurring at between 11 and 20 year intervals, more related to sunspot activity (or lack thereof) than human activity.  That’s a fact.

He boasted in his speech about the “success” of his Race-to-the Top program, which baited states into accepting the federally-mandated, but state-run Common Core standards.  No CC, no $$.

“In the coming weeks, I will issue an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally-funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour – because if you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty.”

Raising the minimum wage is about the worst thing a president could do to our economy, raising the price of production and services beyond the consumer’s ability or willingness to pay for it.  The result will be the failure of businesses and a rise in unemployment.  Some fix.

“MyRA. It’s a new savings bond that encourages folks to build a nest egg.  MyRA guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in.  And if this Congress wants to help, work with me to fix an upside-down tax code that gives big tax breaks to help the wealthy save, but does little to nothing for middle-class Americans.  Offer every American access to an automatic IRA on the job, so they can save at work just like everyone in this chamber can.  And since the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again, and keeps the dream of homeownership alive for future generations of Americans”

More lies, lies, lies.  Congress is “helping” by enacting legislation that will tax our IRAs at a usurious rate, basically emptying our IRAs and making it impossible to save for retirement.  Obama wants to take that IRA money – whether private or public – and redistribute it to his loyal voting base, the Permanently Poor.  Here, he flouts SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) regulations by giving financial advice without a license.

“Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than three million Americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents’ plans.  More than nine million Americans have signed up for private health insurance or Medicaid coverage.  Now, I don’t expect to convince my Republican friends on the merits of this law.  But I know that the American people aren’t interested in refighting old battles.  So again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, and increase choice – tell America what you’d do differently.”

Who needs polls to tell you that your universal healthcare plan is wildly unpopular, particularly with the young invincibles who will bear the greatest financial burden for it.  Congress passed the bill, without reading it because Nancy Pelosi said you could only find out what was in it if Congress passed it (anybody want to buy a bridge?). Well now we know what’s in it.  Out of over 300 million Americans, 9 million isn’t a particularly impressive number and given how susceptible the ACA computer system is to fraud, the number is probably overstated.

Thanks to zero population growth, The Pill, abortion, feminism, and later marriages among the college-educated working classes, there aren’t enough “young invincibles” with enough jobs to pay the freight of their elders.  Most of those who do sign up for ACA, sign up through Medicaid.  What would I suggest doing differently?  Reduce insurance back to its original purpose:  covering individuals for hospitalization and catastrophic illnesses.  Do that, and the problem of insurers refusing coverage due to pre-existing conditions will go away.  Let citizens pay for their own general health care.  They’ll be better incentivized to take better care of themselves, eat less, exercise more, and avoid risky behavior that resulting in injury or illness.  If the Media is so anxious to spread a message, spread the message to young people to invest in a limited health care plan early in life, one they won’t have to worry about losing (and their doctor as well) if they lose their job.

“Finally, if we are serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, and law enforcement – and fix our broken immigration system.  Republicans and Democrats in the Senate have acted.  I know that members of both parties in the House want to do the same.  Independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades.  And for good reason: when people come here to fulfill their dreams – to study, invent, and contribute to our culture – they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everyone.  So let’s get immigration reform done this year.”

Immigration reform would be an outstanding idea – if our economy was booming and we didn’t have enough Americans to fill the demand for jobs.  But that’s hardly the case and everyone knows it.  What the emperor wants isn’t more workers but more voters to solidify the Progressive Democrats’ stranglehold on our government, bureaucracy, businesses and schools.  We’re already producing more unqualified workers than we know what to do with – and Obama wants to treble that number by the millions of ignorant, non-English speaking foreigners who don’t care about our country or freedom.  Their ignorance is Obama’s bliss.

The rest of his speech was typical demagoguery.  Lots of blather about the American dream for which the Emperor has no credibility whatsoever.  Some television pundit noted that Obama received 83 standing ovations.  Mostly, the Standing Os were from the Democrats.  When that didn’t suffice, Obama called out the Marines.

What better way to get an audience on its feet than displaying a wounded veteran from one of the wars Obama initially approved as a Senator and amplified during his administration, in Afghanistan.  Why were we there, we wail?  Well, to clear the Taliban out of the way so China could set up its mining operations in the Afghan mountains for rare earth minerals, the minerals that go into the production of all our electronics.  As we went to Vietnam to battle for the right to drill for oil off the Southeast Asian coast, we went to Afghanistan to pave the way for China to mine rare earth minerals.  And gold.

Maybe the audience was standing up for the wounded Marine.  But it was Obama, jutting out his chin like the Emperor he believes himself to be, at the podium.  The Marine had to share his camera time with the Emperor.  Obama was responsible for sending that soldier to Afghanistan in the first place, for a spurious, decidedly political reason, and then he had the nerve to use him to get Congress to perform another Standing O.

Over the preceding weekend, C-Span 3 played the State of the Union addresses in the ‘4 years from the past 50 years.  I missed Johnson’s 1964 speech, which introduced the concept of the Great Society and set us on this course.  But I was able to tune into Nixon’s 1974 speech (ten years later) warning us of the dire peril we were in due to the introduction of socially progressive programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the like.  He was right on every count.

“Overall,” he said, “Americans are living more abundantly than ever before, today. More than two and a half million new jobs were created in the past year alone. That is the biggest percentage increase in nearly 20 years. People are earning more. What they earn buys more, more than ever before in history. In the past five years, the average American’s real spendable income—that is, what you really can buy with your income, even after allowing for taxes and inflation—has increased by 16 percent.

“We will break the back of the energy crisis; we will lay the foundation for our future capacity to meet America’s energy needs from America’s own resources.

“—And we will take another giant stride toward lasting peace in the world—not only by continuing our policy of negotiation rather than confrontation where the great powers are concerned but also by helping toward the achievement of a just and lasting settlement in the Middle East.

“—We will check the rise in prices without administering the harsh medicine of recession, and we will move the economy into a steady period of growth at a sustainable level.

“—We will establish a new system that makes high-quality health care available to every American in a dignified manner and at a price he can afford.

“—We will make our states and localities more responsive to the needs of their own citizens.

“—We will make a crucial breakthrough toward better transportation in our towns and in our cities across America.

“—We will reform our system of federal aid to education, to provide it when it is needed, where it is needed, so that it will do the most for those who need it the most.

“—We will make an historic beginning on the task of defining and protecting the right of personal privacy for every American.

“—And we will start on a new road toward reform of a welfare system that bleeds the taxpayer, corrodes the community, and demeans those it is intended to assist.

“—And together with the other nations of the world, we will establish the economic framework within which Americans will share more fully in an expanding worldwide trade and prosperity in the years ahead, with more open access to both markets and supplies.

“Turning now to the rest of the agenda for 1974, the time is at hand this year to bring comprehensive, high quality health care within the reach of every American. I shall propose a sweeping new program that will assure comprehensive health insurance protection to millions of Americans who cannot now obtain it or afford it, with vastly improved protection against catastrophic illnesses. This will be a plan that maintains the high standards of quality in America’s health care. And it will not require additional taxes.

“Now, I recognize that other plans have been put forward that would cost $80 billion or even $100 billion and that would put our whole health care system under the heavy hand of the federal government. This is the wrong approach. This has been tried abroad, and it has failed. It is not the way we do things here in America. This kind of plan would threaten the quality of care provided by our whole health care system. The right way is one that builds on the strengths of the present system and one that does not destroy those strengths, one based on partnership, not paternalism. Most important of all, let us keep this as the guiding principle of our health programs. Government has a great role to play, but we must always make sure that our doctors will be working for their patients and not for the federal government.

“One measure of a truly free society is the vigor with which it protects the liberties of its individual citizens. As technology has advanced in America, it has increasingly encroached on one of those liberties—what I term the right of personal privacy. Modern information systems, data banks, credit records, mailing list abuses, electronic snooping, the collection of personal data for one purpose that may be used for another—all these have left millions of Americans deeply concerned by the privacy they cherish.

“And the time has come, therefore, for a major initiative to define the nature and extent of the basic rights of privacy and to erect new safeguards to ensure that those rights are respected.

“I shall launch such an effort this year at the highest levels of the administration, and I look forward again to working with this Congress in establishing a new set of standards that respect the legitimate needs of society, but that also recognize personal privacy as a cardinal principle of American liberty.

“Many of those in this chamber tonight will recall that it was three years ago that I termed the nation’s welfare system ‘a monstrous, consuming outrage—an outrage against the community, against the taxpayer, and particularly against the children that it is supposed to help.’

“That system is still an outrage. By improving its administration, we have been able to reduce some of the abuses. As a result, last year, for the first time in 18 years, there has been a halt in the growth of the welfare caseload.  But as a system, our welfare program still needs reform as urgently today as it did when I first proposed in 1969 that we completely replace it with a different system.

“In these final three years of my administration, I urge the Congress to join me in mounting a major new effort to replace the discredited present welfare system with one that works, one that is fair to those who need help or cannot help themselves, fair to the community, and fair to the taxpayer. And let us have as our goal that there will be no government program which makes it more profitable to go on welfare than to go to work.”

Nixon committed one “crime” – obstructing a Congressional investigation – which cost him his presidency.  The current White House occupant has a long trail of scandals for which he has not been held accountable, or resists being held accountable for, and yet he is still in office.  He still represents us as President of the United States, even as he uttered those immortal words:  “I will act on my own.”

was what he was recorded live on television as saying.    So apparently he said it twice, just for good measure.

Most presidents are remembered for saying something famous (or infamous).  “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”  “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  “I am not a crook.”  “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”  “A government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this Earth.”  “Government isn’t the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”  “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.”

Of all the words, famous and infamous, that any President of the United States has ever spoken, “I will act on my own” have to be the most infamous words ever uttered, the most unconstitutional, and the most impeachable.

Published in: on January 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

No More Darth Vaders?

Glenn Beck deserves a round of applause for his broadcast this morning, analyzing Obama’s empirical State of the Union speech.  “This is how liberty dies –  to the sound of thunderous applause,” indeed.

 

He said that Star Wars is still really just a sci-fi fantasy, which is true, and that there are no “Darth Vaders.”  I beg to differ though.  There are indeed Darth Vaders; there have been and will be.

 

The Nazis of Germany did not spring up overnight.  The Germans began as innocently as young Anakin Skywalker in the movie (as a mechanic).  Over the centuries, after The Plaque had finished claiming its victims and The Enlightenment began in Europe, Germans become noted as clock-makers, toymakers, and instrument makers, especially mechanical instruments like music boxes.  The Italians were noted for the stringed instruments, but it was the Germans who hammered out the brass instruments.

 

Eventually, they also became noted auto makers.  The first car was invented in Germany, not the United States (Obama, take note).  The Germans were renowned for their industriousness, their precision, their work ethic, and their cleanliness.  But that precision and orderliness also bred the perfect soldier, obeying orders without question.

 

As you noted on your program, the Germans spent the latter half of the 19th Century making one war after another, culminating in the horrors of the Second World War.  Many 19th Century Germans fled the country for America because they didn’t want their sons dragged into and dying in wars of conquest and empire.  They wanted their own plot of land to live peacefully, farm and raise families.

 

How does someone become a “Darth Vader?”  Notice in the movie, that young Anakin has no father.  A father figure, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) adopts him, taking him away from his mother at the age of 9 or 10 to become an apprentice.  But the father figure dies in battle, and Anakin loses his role model.  The too-skeptical Yoda refuses to allow him to enter the Jedi training, so the father-figure’s apprentice takes on the role of mentor.

 

If Anakin is too young or too old, so is Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The Jedi ethic is somewhat questionable, even to a Star Wars fan.  Particularly troubling is their use of mind-control.  They justify the means by the end; it’s all for the good.  Or is it?

 

The Jedi masters are rather harsh on poor little Anakin simply because Qui-Gon had pronounced him “The Chosen One” who would bring “balance” to The Force.  He’d have been better off staying on the desert planet, Tattoine, and becoming a mechanic.  Instead, thanks to distrust, lack of encouragement, scolding, doubt, and finally, an underlying fear of loss and death, he becomes mechanical, confused, and angry.

 

Anakin becomes easy prey for the future Emperor’s mechanizations and ambitions.  He lures Anakin with a promise of providing him with the magic trick for preventing death.  But instead of preventing death, he causes it; lots of it.  Palpatine has created his Frankenstein, his minion.  The easier it is for Darth Vader to murder, the more mechanical he becomes in dispatching people who get in his, and the Emperor’s, way.  Supposedly, it is all for the greater good.  But of course, it isn’t.

 

Anakin’s only real hope lies in Padme.   In a conversation on Padme’s home planet, Anakin discusses his distrust of politics and says that people should talk things over and get things done.  Padme protests that that’s what they do in the Senate.  But she admits that people don’t always agree or do the right thing.  Anakin argues that they should be “made” to do the right things.

 

“And who’s going to make them?” she asks.  “You?”

 

He laughs and blushes.  “No, not me.  But somebody powerful.”

 

Padme notes that what he’s suggesting sounds an awful lot like a dictatorship.

 

“Well, if it works,” he says.

 

There’s a point, after killing one of the Jedi masters, Anakin realizes he’s gone down the wrong path.  But by then, he’s committed to the Sith cause and is only saved by his son three movies later.  That’s how someone becomes Darth Vader.

 

The mystery of how Princess Leia became who she was (a firecracker), being nothing like her mother or father, is a Stars Wars puzzle for another day.  For today, we must worry about our electronic generation, who are being weaned on violent video games, drugs, nerve-wracking, monotonous music, premature sexual relationships, and political propaganda.

 

They are as disconnected from the world as Darth Vader is inside his insidious black mechanical body armor.  They don’t see, they don’t hear, they don’t listen, and they don’t (seem to) feel anything beyond their own self-involved lives.  That’s probably true of most adolescents since time began, but these are being cocooned in a nearly-impenetrable wall of carefully constructed, or rather deconstructed, culture and values.

 

You know we are in trouble, you know they are becoming Darth Vaders, when they applaud someone like Miley Cyrus, and the representatives they elected thunderously applaud when the president of a republic (whom they also elected) declares that he’s going to completely ignore any legislative opposition to his plans and do it his way; that the debate on a questionable form of “science” is closed.

 

Can’t you just hear The Darth Vader March?

 

 

 

 

Published in: on January 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Explorer of the Seas and the Super Bowl – A Disaster Waiting to Happen

The Explorer of the Seas, a cruise ship on which 600 hundred passengers and crew members fell ill, is due back in the Bayonne, N.J., the port it departed from last week.  In five days, East Rutherford, N.J., will be hosting the Super Bowl

A spokesman for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the Explorer of the Seas is due to dock Wednesday afternoon (as in THIS afternoon) in Bayonne.   The Royal Caribbean ship had to cut short a 10-day cruise after more than 600 passengers and crew members fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea.

Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call to investigate the illness. But tests have not yet confirmed the cause.  The ship’s medical team has said the symptoms were consistent with norovirus.  The ship left Bayonne Jan. 21.

Ordinarily, at this time I would be discussing Obama’s State of the Union address.  However, New Jersey is five days from hosting the Super Bowl at Giants Stadium (or whatever its corporate name is) in East Rutherford, on Feb. 2nd.  We can discuss Barackus Obamus’ haughty speech another day.

Does anyone besides myself see a bit of a problem with this?  Thousands of people are flocking to the New York metropolitan area to see this game.  In fact, many are already here.  And the Port Authority is about to unleash 600 very sick people into the area with an extremely contagious virus into the area.  East Rutherford is four exits north of Bayonne on the New Jersey Turnpike.

The passengers and the crew of the Explorer are to be greatly pitied.  Nothing like a stomach flu to ruin your vacation.  Undoubtedly, they want to get off that ship and go home.  But surely they can find some other port than one in Northern New Jersey which is about to host hundreds of thousands of people for the biggest game of the year.

Why can’t the ship dock in Philadelphia, instead?  What is the Port of Authority and the Center for Disease Control thinking?  Have they looked at the calendar?  Have they looked at a map of northern New Jersey.  Do they realize how close Bayonne is to East Rutherford, not to mention New York, where many of the pre-game parties and television specials are being held? And, too, many of those passengers will be flying out of Newark/Liberty International Airport – the same airport the Super Bowl fans will be flying into. Has the Port Authority considered that?

Will somebody, for mercy’s sake, speak to the authorities and reconsider what they’re doing?

Published in: on January 29, 2014 at 10:07 am  Leave a Comment  

The State of Obama, 2014

According to news reports, sources close to the White House predict that Obama’s 2014 State of the Union speech tonight will be all about him.  No, it’s not about a speech filled with “I’s” – although there’s a great probability there will be.  It’s about his failure to breach the ideological chasm in Congress to get things done his way.

You have to give the guy a lot of guts – standing up tonight before the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and telling them that he’s simply going to circumvent them if they don’t do things his way.  He’ll executive-order himself around them.

Obama will have a hard time making a case for 2013 and the many disasters it held for him:  a continuing recession, high unemployment, the on-going Benghazi scandal, the ghost of which still haunts him from 2012, Fast and Furious, the blight of the Arab spring, and a number of unfulfilled Progressive goals including gun control and immigration reform.

Expect him to announce, by executive order, job training, retirement security, and more assistance for the long-term unemployed.  He will suggest creating a new retirement savings plan tailored for workers whose employers don’t offer such plans.  He will also announce an increase in the minimum wage, again, by fiat.

He certainly can’t claim victory in Iraq or Afghanistan, at least not in the American sense.  These losses are very much within his Progressive agenda of weakening America’s standing in the world, the ability to trade in the Middle East or anywhere else for that matter.  For him, loss is victory.  The losses don’t help him much in the polls, but polls are not particularly relevant to a lame-duck president.

His poor ratings matter to his Democrat allies in Congress, however, whose elections this coming November depend very much upon distancing themselves from Obama.  Therefore, he will oblige them by governing by executive order.  Executive order this, executive order that.  O has nothing to lose by being criticized as a tyrant or dictator.  The Democrats will have the luxury of throwing O onto his own altar and burning him in effigy, all the while allowing him to pass their legislation for them.

The blueprint for Obama’s reign can be found in its entirety in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar.”  The first scene shows Roman soldiers chasing Roman commoners out of the public arena, the common artisans who may not travel about without a sign about their necks declaring their particular vocation (i.e., cobbler, carpenter).  The cobbler and the carpenter are out in public on a “laboring day” (a work day) in order to celebrate Caesar’s triumphal entry into Rome.

Marullus, one of the tribunes, asks the commoners just what it is about Caesar that they are celebrating.

“What tributaries follow him to Rome

To grace in captive bonds his chariot wheels?

You blocks, you stones, you worse than senseless things!

O you hard hears, you cruel men of Rome,

Knew you not Pompey?

Marullus reminds them how they cheered Pompey on in his day, for greater triumphs, Caesar’s only triumph being that he came home with Pompey’s blood on his hands.  Which isn’t true; it was the King Ptolemy who had Pompey murdered for Caesar’s sake.  Caesar denied the charge and was said to rue his predecessor’s (and son-in-law’s) death.  But Pompey’s followers don’t believe it.

The city’s idolic images are wreathed in laurel leaves for the coming of Caesar and the other tribune, Flavius, orders them removed even though, as Marullus reminds him, it is the Feat of Lupercal (the feast of purification in honor of Pan).  They are later executed for this blasphemy against Caesar. The feast was marked by races around Palatine Hill, with the runners bearing whips, beating anyone who got in their way.  Women who were lashed so were said to be cured of infertility.

Caesar has himself declared a god.  But he is a weak god, blading, deaf in one ear and suffering from “the falling sickness” (epilepsy).  Yet the crowds hail him anyway.  A deft politician, he has his best general, Antony, offer him the empirical crown of Rome three times, which he refuses.  Each time he turns it away, the crowds cheer more loudly.  Even when he falls down in an epileptic seizure, once he recovers they hail him again.

The Roman Senate is not so fawning.  They are angry, particularly Cassius (whom Caesar fears; “Yond Cassius,” he says to Antony, “has a lean and hungry look.  He thinks too much.  Such men are dangerous.”)  who relates personal experiences of Caesar’s many failings, in physical pursuits and illnesses.

Cassius also notes that the Romans themselves are at fault if Caesar is about to become their tyrant.

“And why should Caesar be a tyrant, then [If every bondsman has it in his power to free himself]?” Cassius asks his companion, Casca.

“Poor man, I know he would not be a wolf,

But that he sees the Romans are but sheep;

He were no lion, were not Romans hinds (female deer and also Shakespearean for menial servants).

Caesar is warned many times that he is in danger if he addresses the Senate to declare himself their emperor.

But he tells his wife, Calpurnia, “Caesar shall forth.  The things that threaten’d me

Ne’ver look’d but upon my back.  When they shall see

The face of Caesar, they are vanished.”

Caesar, who will that day declare himself a god, tells Calpurnia, “What can be avoided whose end is purpos’d by the mighty gods?

Yet Caesar shall go forth; for these predictions

Are to the world in general as to Caesar.

Cowards may die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,

It seems to me most strange that men should fear,

Seeing that death, a necessary end,

Will come when it will come.”

Yet he’s willing to abide by his wife’s pleadings.  Decius, who has come to escort him to the Senate, tells him that the Senate is ready to crown him emperor.  But if he doesn’t come, they will think him cowardly.  Caesar accedes to Decius’ advice and goes to his fate.

Our own Caesar, Emperor Obama, goes to his political death tonight, knowing he has achieved all he can by guile and art.  He must ascend to a deified status in order to continue to exert his will.  He vows he will rule by fiat, by executive order.  He is already dead (in the political sense) and so can act with infinite impunity.  Upon his “death”, he will be succeeded by the bureaucracy which he and his forbears (Roosevelt, Johnson, Clinton) have carefully constructed.

Congress, the representatives of the people, will be rendered impotent.  In Caesar’s last will, he leaves all his considerable property to the people of Rome.  Having seized our property, Obama will leave it to the people whose votes he purchased and who have loyally supported him.

Those loyal followers include many RINO Republicans.  As Mark Antony shook hands with his assassins over Caesar’s body did he say,

“Alas, what shall I say?

My credit now stands upon slippery ground.

That one of two bad ways you must conceit [judge] me,

Either a coward or a flatterer.

That I did love thee, Caesar, O, ‘tis true!

If then they spirit look upon us now,

Shall it not grieve thee dearer than they death

To see they Antony making his peace,

Shaking the bloody fingers of thy foes –

Most noble! – in the presence of thy corpse?”

Later on in the play, Antony utters the most famous eulogy in all of theater:

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.

I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him

The evil that men do lives after them;

The good is oft interred with their bones.

So let it be with Caesar.  The noble Brutus

Hath told you Caesar was ambitious.

If it were so, it was a grievous fault,

And grievously hath Caesar answr’d it.”

But he goes on to note all the good that Caesar did for Rome (or seemed to do, for the public).  The Conspirators saw ambition; his friend, Antony saw good will.  Less sophisticated than the Roman Senate, Antony brings the crowd to tears (“My heart lies there in the coffin with Caesar), showing them Caesar’s mutilated body.

The murderers are hunted down to the last.  Brutus kills himself to atone for the murder.  Caesar’s murder is avenged.  But the damage that he set in motion carried forward.  With his deification after death, his successors go on to rule as tyrants.  The Roman Assembly (representing the Commoners) is abolished and the Senate is toothless.  Ultimately, the Roman Empire bankrupts itself trying to conquer foreign lands beyond its means to financially support the drive.  Rome itself is corrupt, drowning itself in wine, women, and song, until it is too weak and flaccid to deliver itself from the hordes at its gates, the very militias of other countries that it conquered.

Rome’s capital city is moved several times to accommodate the broader empire and its multicultural citizens, until Rome itself finally collapses sometime in the 5th Century A.D.

Some have wondered for the last 50 years, since the Johnson Administration, and some since FDR’s rule, whether we are following in the footsteps of the Roman Empire’s decline.  With Obama ruling by fiat, surrounded by lackeys, protected by a Constitution-proof bureaucracy and judiciary, and supported by two classes, one, ignorant and immoral, and the other, ambitious and arrogant, and both lacking conscience and excessive in their greed, we would appear to be sliding down Palatine Hill’s slippery slope.

We are no more a republic now than Rome was after Caesar’s posthumous deification.  What transformed Rome was another, greater king, born not long after Caesar’s death, who suffered a similar fate for making a similar claim.

“The poor and the deceitful man meet together; the Lord lighteneth both their eyes.”

Proverbs 29:13

Published in: on January 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Perils of Rattling Family Closet Skeletons

In a media investigation worthy of the character Benedict Cumberbatch plays in the BBC series, “Sherlock!”, the media has been working overtime to drag the skeleton’s out of the handsome and successful actor’s closet, just as his star is ascending.

 

The rumor-mongers began here across the pond when it was revealed that Stacey Cumberbatch, New York City’s new commissioner of administrative services and Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor known for playing Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC series, and for his turn as a plantation owner in the Oscar-nominated film, “12 Years a Slave” may have a common ancestor.

Stacey Cumberbatch told The New York Times that her ancestors were slaves in Barbados, and probably took their distinctive last name from their white owner.  That owner may have been Benedict Cumberbatch’s fifth great-grandfather, Abraham Cumberbatch, who founded the family fortunes on a sugar plantation in Barbados.

The actor has talked in interviews about his paternal ancestor’s ownership of a plantation in Barbados in the 18th Century.  Benedict described his role as emancipation campaigner Pitt the Younger in Amazing Grace as an “apology” for his ancestor

His grandfather, Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, was a decorated submarine officer of both World Wars and a prominent figure of London high society.  His great-grandfather was Queen Victoria’s Consul General in Turkey, Henry Arnold Cumberbatch, who was a member of the Order of St Michael and St George for his services to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.

Additionally, Benedict’s great uncle, Henry Ventham, a farm hand, was accused of stabbing to death his friend, Frederick Betteridge.  The story appeared in the Hampshire Advertiser on Saturday, 18 November 1893, with the headline The Romsey Stabbing Case.

It details how Henry, 14, was defended by a barrister called Bullen, the Recorder of Southampton, on the instructions of the judge, Mr. Justice Hawkins.  

Henry and Frederick were out gathering nuts and blackberries one afternoon when it was thought they had an argument – and Frederick was stabbed.   Henry’s story, supported by a third boy, was that there was no quarrel and that Frederick suddenly ran against him and the knife went into him.

A jury accepted Henry’s version that it was an accident and found him not guilty of both murder and manslaughter.  The Hampshire Advertiser concluded its report with the comment: ‘His Lordship … was quite content with the view they had taken of the case (applause in court).’  The comment in brackets suggests the jury’s verdict was a popular one.  The intriguing story was unearthed by family history website, findmypast.co.uk.

The 21st Century Benedict has worked in theatre, television, film and radio. His breakthrough on the big screen came in 2004 when he portrayed Stephen Hawking in the television movie Hawking (2004). He was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Actor for his performance. In 2010, he became a household name as Sherlock Holmes in the British television series Sherlock (2010), which is in its 4th season here in America, receiving his third BAFTA nomination. In 2011, he appeared in two Oscar-nominated films – War Horse War Horse (2011) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Star Trek:  Into Darkness, as the villain, Khan (2013), and he provided the voice of Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit series, which stars his Sherlock co-star Martin Freeman.

 

Cumberbatch has offered the requisite apologies.  He has made no secret of the fact that five-time great-grandfather in the 18th Century owned slaves on a Barbados plantation and has atoned for it dramatically in two different films and at least one interview?

 

Will that be enough for the ravenous paparazzi and White-Guilt media?  Cumberbatch’s family is also quite wealthy and well-connected.  He’s also extremely talented, a talent he has inherited from his parents (who play Sherlock’s parents in the BBC series).  This is an actor who is in his prime.   A fan of extreme sports, with chiseled good looks, and a tall, athletic frame, he could well be in line to become the next James Bond (if he wants to).

 

Prince Charles suffered a similar dilemma of ancestral prejudice.  He would have married Camilla long ago, but the Queen Mother, Elizabeth, objected because one of Camilla’s ancient ancestors was said to be the king’s mistress.  Such a bloodline put the otherwise very eligible Camilla out of the running for the future Queen of England.  The result was the disastrous marriage between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, pretty, seemingly quiet, and virginal, but too young for the royal responsibilities for which she was not raised and not trained, and as it turned out, unsuited in temperament to be a Queen. 

 

Poor Diana herself was the issue of a broken marriage.  Initially shy and, as it also turned out, willful, she disliked being in the public spotlight.  Hardly a trait for such a very public role.  Her ancestry was of an English family even older than the Windsors and purer in English blood, which undoubtedly caused some resentment on the part of the Spencers.

 

Peering too far into the past caused nothing but misery for Diana, Charles, their children, the Windsors, the Spencers, and is still causing for the unfortunate Camilla who was not responsible for the actions of some grandmother in the 15th Century.

 

In the entertainment world, it would be unfortunate for our culture if Mr. Cumberbatch’s career was scuttled for the sins of some long ago great-grandfather.  In a time of decadent American cultural idols like Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber and ridiculous reality-show fare like “Here Comes Honey-Boo-Boo”, it’s refreshing to tune into the better-written stories and shows coming from England like “Downton Abbey” and “Sherlock!”, and watching actors like Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman and company.

 

Here in America, we have a saying, “TMI – too much information.”  It’s actually very rude to open closets and cabinets in other people’s homes.  Cumberbatch has nothing to hide and nothing to apologize for.  The other day, I was poking around YouTube and came across an episode of the Sixties’ comedy, “Gomer Pyle, USMC” where Jim Nabors gives an incredible performance of “The Impossible Dream.”  His vocal range was so tremendous that the song went through several key changes in order to take advantage of that range.  Nabors had a marvelous voice.  But he was also gay (he married his partner last year when Washington State legalized gay marriage), knowledge of which probably hindered his singing career.  He did record several albums but by that time, the standards of music had changed.  The only standards singer to survive the times was Frank Sinatra, who was determined to do it his way (“My Way,” one of the last songs he recorded).  Sinatra was known to have ties to The Mob and organized crime.

 

As Christians, we want to adhere to the teachings of the Bible.  As humans, we seek beauty in art and music as a refuge from the horrors and evils of the world.  The Dadaist progressive movement in the early 20th Century turned all that on its head.  What are we to do as humans, in our weakness and poor judgment when a gifted singer whose voice makes the hairs on your arm stand on their heads turns out to have what is considered one of the worst human failings?  When another, popular singer – since deceased – is also associated with criminals and murders?  When the future queen of England, initially banned from consideration for the sins of an ancestor, commits sin herself, but then finds herself in line to become Queen (Consort) after all?  When a new, young actor, talented and handsome, takes to the screen, only to be hectored for the racist acts of a great-great-great-great-great-grandfather?

 

Do we forgive?  Do we forget?  Do we make the sons pay for the sins of their great-grandfathers?  Do we discard God-given talent for the private weaknesses of the bearers of that talent?  Shall the English spit on a future Queen who, in all likelihood, will make a better queen than her predecessor because she wasn’t as virtuous as that predecessor?  Do we boycott a marvelous television series in an Age when good writing and acting are wonting for something its star didn’t do yet revere the blatantly and publicly obscene whose talent is as questionable as their taste?

 

There’s a difference between admiring talent and revering the talented as though they were gods when, in fact, no matter how much money – or talent – they have, they still have feet of clay, just like the rest of us.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on January 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Losing the Battle of Federal Hill

Bloomingdale, N.J., is about to become the new Paterson.  Long ago, my mother predicted that this would happen; that it was inevitable, given population growth.

According to The Suburban Trends, the Bloomingdale Borough Council adopted a resolution at its Jan. 7th meeting to authorize Burgis Associates of Westwood to prepare an ordinance that would establish an Affordable Housing (AH) Zone District at Federal Hill.

Bloomingdale Mayor Dunleavy stated that the town is under a court order to build 360 fair market units and 72 low- and moderate-income units on what is known as the Meer Tract, also known as Bloomingdale Hill Farms.  The tract was the subject of a Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) builder’s remedy lawsuit.

The professional planning fees associated with the drafting of the ordinance will be paid by Tilcon Quarry, which is the contract purchaser of the tract.

“Tilcon is willing to subdivide the property and give the borough development rights to meet its court-ordered obligation on a portion of the 175-acre tract located in the southern portion of the borough, known as Federal Hill.  The balance of the property would be retained by Tilcon for quarry operations. The borough will eventually look to market the property,” according to The Trends, “where it has development rights and sell it to a developer, which will build the units as dictated by the Superior Court.”

Note the reporter’s use of the word “dictated”.  The Trends has a rather Liberal bent, but even they recognize this move for what it is:  the usurpation of state and municipal rights in the interest of empowering the government.  Bloomingdale is a Republican town.  Once these units are built and occupied, it almost certainly will turn into a Democrat district.

One wonders if the Trends knows its geography.  The southernmost hills are Washington, Riverdale and Bloomingdale hills, the last time a map was consulted.  Federal Hill is at the northern end of the ridge and where the Federal Hill mutiny sign is located (Washington’s New Jersey Division, unpaid, unclothed, and unfed threatened to mutiny and march on Philadelphia; Washington got wind of the mutiny and ordered the mutineers to execute their leaders), on Union Avenue, almost directly across from that other urban abomination, Avalon Bay-Bloomingdale.

The hills were always considered too steeply sloped for building.  Tilcon Quarry will take care of that by completely blasting the entire ride of hills away, flattening them until you can walk directly from Bloomingdale to Pompton Lakes without having to go around the hills.

Bloomingdale will become the new Paterson.  The signs are already there, as the towns of Ringwood and Wanaque are already ahead of the Affordable Housing game.  A mounting stream of garbage (the whiskey bottles and heroin packets are particularly disturbing) lines Ringwood Avenue from the Ringwood border all the way down to the Hamburg Turnpike in Pompton Lakes.  The trail then turns both east and west, up towards Riverdale and all the way down to the Wayne border.  The trail continues on through Wayne, which is fighting its own Affordable Housing battle.

Long-time residents can’t help wondering which will be worse:  the low-income, welfare residents who will bring with them drugs, crime, and trash or the urbanized homeowners who will cut down every tree in the Hilltop Lane development as well as the new Federal Hill development, displacing every annoying bird and squirrel, and wail in terror at the sight of bears, coyotes and coywolves who come to feast on the overpopulation of deer, then shriek when hunters come to kill the deer and their prey?

Those kind of people really don’t belong in houses, I’m sorry to say, much as I approve of every American’s right to own property.  Owning it is one thing, despoiling it is another.  Clear-cutting property is against the law for developers, but there’s nothing to stop ignorant homeowners from doing so.  What the homeowners don’t realize is that in hilly places like Bloomingdale, if you cut down all the trees, there will be nothing to stop your entire property from mud-sliding into your basement and into the road.  Some people, especially city people, are just too stupid to own a piece of woodland property.

This isn’t an environmental plea; the trees will grow back.  At least they could if we don’t pave everything over in concrete (which is what will happen).  In the 18th and 19th Century every tree in northwestern New Jersey was cut down for the charcoal that went into the process of making iron.  Old photos show New Jersey looking as barren as a desert.

In the end, the catastrophe is the rise in drugs, crime, filth and redistribution of wealth that will come with these Affordable Housing units.  The last of New Jersey’s wage-earners will beat a path for safer climates.  We will become like Westchester County; only the very wealthy and the very poor will be able to afford to live in northern Passaic County.  We will have a one-party system here, which will make this a communist state.  Southern New Jersey is already talking about secession from Northern New Jersey.

Since the new shopping malls and box stores (Wal-Mart, Target) went up along Rt. 23, crime has increased, particularly shoplifting.  Riverdale and Butler have had to increase their police forces.  Traffic at rush hour is a nightmare.  Well, it’s been a nightmare for years since they replaced the traffic circles with lights – and that was never a really great situation.  Now it’s worse.  Just like the Cross Bronx Expressway in New York City, the last place you want to be at the evening rush hour is northbound on Rt. 23.

This is all part of the Regionalization plan to force New Jerseyans into communal living.  Regionalization is fine for those who prefer and probably deserve to live that way.  However, it’s a betrayal of the native and early NYC “immigrants” into the area who came to this area for its safety, its beauty, and its peacefulness.

Mom said that one day the hordes would break Bloomingdale’s “edenseque” bubble; we wouldn’t be able to keep them out forever, and she was right.  That day has come.  Start locking your doors, Bloomingdale, and taking careful measure of your property lines.  Say a fond farewell to your favorite shade trees, for you will certainly be forced to prune them within an inch of that property line, destroying their beauty and ultimately killing them.  Watch your pocketbooks and watch your kids both for criminals and speeders.

One suburbanite went speeding down Rafkind Road the other day, beheading a hapless wild turkey that stuck its neck out from between two parked cars.  The body circled around its head for awhile wondering what to do before finally collapsing.  The impatient driver lived at the far end of the extended development and was speeding because it’s a long way from the end of the development to the nearest major road.  It could have just as easily been a kid for all that driver would have known – or cared.

So take care, Bloomingdale – the encroachers coming.

Published in: on January 24, 2014 at 10:04 am  Leave a Comment  

The New “Cold” War

Have you ever noticed how quiet the world gets during a snowfall?  Not a howling blizzard that freezes your ears off and robs you of your breath.  Just a nice, soft gentle snowfall.

Here in the Northeast, we have a saying during winter: “Is it cold enough for you?”  The answer of course, is yes, it’s cold.  It’s too cold.  It’s way too cold.  Of course, cold is a relative term.  In Florida, 55 degrees F is “too cold”.  In Philadelphia, 20 degrees might be “too cold”.

In Southern California, they don’t even know what cold is, being in a Mediterranean-style climate.  Fairbanks, Alaska, is experiencing a relatively warm period.  Today’s high temperature is supposed to reach 31 degrees.  That’s pretty warm for Alaska in January.  Meanwhile, in Fargo, N.D., the high today will be 3 degrees; the low, -2.  But it will be even colder tonight in Burlington, Vt.:  -11 degrees, with a high of 6.  But Minneapolis, Minn., gets today’s “Is it cold enough for you?” award with a high of -4 degrees and a low of -7.  Only Montreal, Canada, has a colder low (in terms of the civilized places of the world) of -13.

It’s not like we’ve never known cold before.  It’s just been awhile; pretty much along the lines of the sunspot cycle.  The last Super Blizzard was in January 1996, with northern New Jersey receiving between 20 and 30 inches of snow.  We’ve had a number of technical blizzards but they were minor in comparison.  The snow has to come up to your car door for Super Blizzard status.  These latest snowstorms we have didn’t even come up to my hubcaps.

People remember the Blizzard of February 1978, which primarily affected Long Island.  But 1996 was the real whopper for the Garden State.  That was 18 years ago, the year I moved into my condo.  I hadn’t moved in yet, luckily.

According to solarscience.msfc.nasa.gov, we’ve experienced a high sunspot cycle, but the forecast indicates that the sunspots are disappearing, cooling down again, which means we’ll be cooling down.  Although the Climate Changers will claim victory, sunspots run in cycles of about 11 years.  They have nothing to do with man, or the ozone layer, or minnows (whose legal protection is causing a drought in California’s San Fernando Valley).

Solarscience tells us:

“In 1610, shortly after viewing the sun with his new telescope, Galileo Galilei (or was it Thomas Harriot?) made the first European observations of Sunspots. Continuous daily observations were started at the Zurich Observatory in 1849 and earlier observations have been used to extend the records back to 1610. The sunspot number is calculated by first counting the number of sunspot groups and then the number of individual sunspots.

“The ‘sunspot number’ is then given by the sum of the number of individual sunspots and ten times the number of groups. Since most sunspot groups have, on average, about ten spots, this formula for counting sunspots gives reliable numbers even when the observing conditions are less than ideal and small spots are hard to see. Monthly averages (updated monthly) of the sunspot numbers (181 kb JPEG image), (307 kb pdf-file), (62 kb text file) show that the number of sunspots visible on the sun waxes and wanes with an approximate 11-year cycle.

“(Note: there are actually at least two ‘official’ sunspot numbers reported. The International Sunspot Number is compiled by the Solar Influences Data Analysis Center in Belgium. The NOAA sunspot number is compiled by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The numbers tabulated in spot_num.txt are the monthly averages (SSN) and standard deviation (DEV) derived from the International Sunspot Numbers)

The Maunder Minimum

“Early records of sunspots indicate that the Sun went through a period of inactivity in the late 17th Century. Very few sunspots were seen on the Sun from about 1645 to 1715 (38 kb JPEG image). Although the observations were not as extensive as in later years, the Sun was in fact well observed during this time and this lack of sunspots is well documented. This period of solar inactivity also corresponds to a climatic period called the “Little Ice Age” when rivers that are normally ice-free froze and snow fields remained year-round at lower altitudes.  There is evidence that the Sun has had similar periods of inactivity in the more distant past.  The connection between solar activity and terrestrial climate is an area of on-going research.

“Detailed observations of sunspots have been obtained by the Royal Greenwich Observatory since 1874. These observations include information on the sizes and positions of sunspots as well as their numbers. These data show that sunspots do not appear at random over the surface of the sun but are concentrated in two latitude bands on either side of the equator. A butterfly diagram (142 kb GIF image) (184 kb pdf-file) (updated monthly) showing the positions of the spots for each rotation of the sun since May 1874 shows that these bands first form at mid-latitudes, widen, and then move toward the equator as each cycle progresses.

The Greenwich Sunspot Data

“The Royal Greenwich Observatory data has been appended with data obtained by the US Air Force Solar Optical Observing Network since 1977. This newer data has been reformatted to conform to the older Greenwich data and both are available in a local directory of ASCII files. Each file contains records for a given year with individual records providing information on the daily observations of active regions

Sunspot Cycle Predictions

                       

“MSFC Solar Physics Branch members Wilson, Hathaway, and Reichmann have studied the sunspot record for characteristic behavior that might help in predicting future sunspot activity. Our current predictions of solar activity for the next few years can be found at this link. Although sunspots themselves produce only minor effects on solar emissions, the magnetic activity that accompanies the sunspots can produce dramatic changes in the ultraviolet and soft x-ray emission levels. These changes over the solar cycle have important consequences for the Earth’s upper atmosphere.”

Meanwhile, National Review and its columnist Mark Steyn are fighting a lawsuit against them brought by Dr. Michael Mann, of “Hockey Stick” fame, a theory from the late 1990s which holds that global warming is due to man-made activities, including the production of CO2 which is caused by breathing.

Steyn mocked Dr. Mann on his website and Mann countered with a “SLAAP” which stands for “Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation”, or as a couple of professors from the University of Denver called it in their book, SLAPPs:  Getting Sued for Speaking Out.

As of this date, anti-SLAAP laws have been enacted in 28 states, Washington, D.C., and one territory.  Steyn says that the suit, and the ensuing legislation to put a stop to such lawsuits (in which defendants are also barred from criticizing judges), has received no attention from the Media.  Even the National Review, he says, has remained mute on the subject, on advice from counsel.

“If you are only a print subscriber (as opposed to an Internet reader), you will have no idea that National Review is in the midst of a big free-speech battle,” Steyn notes, “on one of the critical public-policy issues of our time.  There have been no cover stories, no investigative journalism, and no eviscerating editorials.  NR runs specialized blogs on both legal matters and climate change, yet they too have been all but entirely silent.  I assume, from this lonely outpost on NR’s wilder shores, that back at head office they take the view that it’s best not to say anything while this matter works its way through the courts.  In other words, a law explicitly intended to prevent litigious bullies from forcing their victims to withdraw from ‘public participation’ has resulted in the defendants themselves voluntarily withdrawing from ‘public participation.’

Have you noticed how cold and silent the world has become since the inception of political correctness back in the 1990s?  Very different from the howling protests of the 1960s when “students” burned draft cards, bras, cities, and the American flag in the summers and blizzards regularly dumped heavy mounds of snow on the Northeast in the winters?  If you were alive back then, you remember those very hot summers and very cold winters.

In the winter of our political arena, the temperature has very nearly reached absolute zero, the point when activity even on the molecular level ceases.  This phenomenon is absolutely man-made and Progressively driven.  When national columnists like Mark Steyn are sued for challenging conventional scientific “wisdom” in a country where it should be the height of summer, you know we are being taken back to the Winter of 1816.  A volcano had erupted in the Pacific that year that spread a cloud around the Earth, blocking out the sunshine for full year.

They experienced snowstorms in June.  Crops were ruined from Europe to North America.  Settlers began moving farther West, not because of Manifest Destiny, but because they’re crops in Western New York State had failed.  They said it was the year without a summer.

The year before, the conqueror Napoleon had been defeated at Waterloo.  But the autocrats of Germany were just gearing up in that 25 years for a half century of war that would send thousands and thousands of Germans to America, where their sons, who were needed to help work the land, wouldn’t be impressed into The Kaiser’s (that’s German for “Caesar”) military.

No one needed a scientific doctorate to know why the crops had failed or that the European monarchies were corrupt and omnipotent.  There was no government bail-out for the farmers and no exemptions for the poor from the Germany army.  They simply came into the fields and dragged you off.  The British raided American ships in the same fashion, in order to fight a naval war against their own country.

In the America of the time, you could vote out corrupt politicians.  You could go right to the town square, without a permit, and speak your mind.  You could write to the local newspaper or print your own, if they didn’t hold with your political view and refuse to print your letters.  You could start your own business; you could speak for or against a war; you could debate the scientists of the day; you could experiment on your own without needing a university to confirm your work (as long as you kept good notes explaining your procedures and methods).

In America, the pen was mightier than the sword.  Today, the pen has been replaced by the computer keyboard and the computer has been frozen by a government that has made free speech a one-way street, particularly for professional Conservative writers like Steyn and magazines like National Review.  There isn’t just a chill on free speech.

We’ve just entered a new “Little Ice Age.”

Published in: on January 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Emperor Cuomo’s Empire Statement

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo set a new low for state tourism slogans.  According to the Albany Times-Union, he spoke with Susan Arbetter on the New York Public Broadcasting radio show “The Capitol Pressroom,” about division within the state’s GOP.  He compared the rift to legislative gridlock in Washington, D.C.

“It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington,” he said. “The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans. It’s more about extreme Republicans versus moderate Republicans.”

And then he told “extreme” Republicans that they were unwelcome in New York State.

“Who are they?” the governor asked. “Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Who is Gov. Cuomo to say who may live in, enter, or merely pass through the Empire State?  Has he taken the state nickname too seriously and declared himself Emperor of New York.  Start spreading the news, you Conservatives are leaving today?

I’m a native New Yorker; I was born in Yonkers.  My older brother was born in Mount Vernon, and my parents were both born in the Bronx, which is about as “New York” as you can get.  We left New York in 1959 because the state was already becoming unfriendly to middle class Conservatives.  Westchester County was becoming gentrified.  Only two classes could live there:  the wealthy class and the welfare class.  Westchester’s taxes were incredibly high, even for 1959.

My parents were obviously pro-life and pro-family; they had us, after all, and our younger brother as well, who’s a Jersey Boy.  My father had a permit to carry a gun because of his job as a security guard.  One day, there was a brouhaha.  Some woman, seeing what a cute toddler my older brother was, decided to get up close and personal.  She didn’t see our family dog, Brownie, under the lawn chair.  Brownie’s keen eyes followed the woman’s hand and when Brownie decided the woman had gotten close enough to Brother B, her jaws snapped.

Brownie didn’t bite the woman.  However, it was a close call.  Soon the woman’s husband came out of the house, yelling and carrying on.  An off-duty copy himself, he declared he was going to get his gun and shoot Brownie on the spot.  My father tried to reason with him.

“I have a gun, too,” Dad said.  “What are we going to do?  Shoot it out right here in the parking lot?  Why don’t we just settle this like reasonable men?  My dog only snapped at your wife because she doesn’t know her and she got too close to the baby.”

The man heard nothing beyond “I have a gun.”  The next thing they knew, my parents were in court for allegedly threatening the other couple with violence.  Reason won the day, however.  The man blustered, the woman shrieked, while my college-educated parents explained the matter to the judge quietly.  The upshot was that the judge threatened the other man with revoking his gun permit if he ever threatened anyone with his gun again.

Not long afterwards, we left New York for equally liberal California.  Mom missed New York.  She missed her days as a reporter in the City and Westchester.  She missed the museums and the theater, and the great New York City Public Library.  But my parents didn’t miss the crime, the taxes, or the progressive politics.

Conservative residents and businesses have been leaving New York City by the droves since 9/11.  Many companies moved their back offices across the Hudson to Jersey City, although the taxes here are no better.  In the last ten years or so, wealthy residents and businesses have been leaving New Jersey in droves as well, despite the state having a Republican governor.  A Republican governor isn’t much good if you have some of the nation’s worst blighted cities within your borders and a Democrat legislature to keep them that way.

Not only was I born in New York, but worked in the City for a time.  I was glad to get away finally.  Every day when I emerged from the train tunnel, and eventually from the Lincoln Tunnel, I felt a tremendous relief.  Later, because I knew the city so well, I was elected to go into the City to photograph company events in the evenings.  I went to only the best hotels:  the Hilton, the Marriott, even the Waldorf-Astoria.

But, Gov. Cuomo, I wouldn’t trade any of them for the good ol’ Galaxy Diner on Rt. 23.  Only the very wealthy can afford to live in your city, or dine there, or go to the theater.  Thanks to Rudolph Giuliani, the streets are much safer than they were.  But with you and Mayor DiBlasio in charge, that probably won’t last for long.

What hypocrisy to order the lucky living out of your city because they believe in defending life, within the womb or out of it.  No one wants to see the Sodomy Laws restored (take note, Glenn Beck:  they were ruled unconstitutional back in the Sixties).  Conservatives even then felt it was wrong to arrest someone for doing something that didn’t hurt anyone in their own homes.

We aren’t anti-gay; we’re anti-gay marriage.  We have a little problem with forcing the clergy to perform gay marriage ceremonies or for anyone in the wedding industry to cater to them against their religious beliefs.  “Discriminating” against gay marriage isn’t quite the same as discriminating against someone for their skin color, religious beliefs, nationality or ethnicity.  A gay couple can always find a willing pastor somewhere or a justice of the peace.  To ask a clergy, or someone in the wedding industry, to perform a service directly related to the act of a homosexual marriage, is the height of unconstitutionality.  They shouldn’t be legally compelled to marry a homosexual couple any more than they should be forced to legitimize bigamy or polygamy.

Glenn Beck should know that the high school teacher from 1962 (not 1961; according to the screen behind him read “1962”) was factually correct.  In those days, homosexuals could be arrested, right out of their homes, for sodomy.  The law was wrong, but the teacher was right, at least by the book at the time.  Since then, homosexuals have been given back their civil right to live with and love whom they please.  The Bible says what they’re doing is a sin.  That’s God’s problem, not ours.  Jesus would not want them stoned, I would guess, but neither would he want one of his disciples to be legally forced to perform the marriage ceremony for them (though Christ might want the pastor to pray for their souls).  Or bake a cake to celebrate the occasion.

As for Gov. Cuomo’s edict that Conservatives are not welcome in his state (a command which he has since retracted):  I love New York.  But I’m sure glad I live in New Jersey, although I’d much rather live in a Conservative state and probably will someday.

  

 

 

 

Published in: on January 22, 2014 at 11:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Racism “Lynches” O’s Ratings?

In an interview with The New Yorker magazine celebrating Obama’s fifth year in office, he blamed his sagging approval ratings on his skin color.

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president,” Obama said in the article.

“Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president,” he said.

The Gallup organization declared Obama’s fourth year in office was tagged by Gallup as “the most polarized” on record.  In Obama’s first few months in office, CBS News reported his approval rating was close to 70 percent.  Five years later, his approval rating is at 39 percent, according to Gallup.

The idea that we hate the half-black Obama, if “hate” can accurately describe Conservative feelings towards him for it is a very strong, emotional word, is so 1963.  If he is right, you would expect to see women walking down the street wearing wool coats, medium-heeled shoes, with a couple of children in tow, the girls dressed in crinoline skirts and the little boys in short pants.  Men would be sporting hats, skinny ties, and black-framed glasses.

Restaurants and public places here in the Northeast (yes, here!), would have separate rest rooms for black and white people.  Separate dining rooms.  You’d only see white women typing at manual typewriters and few women bosses; certainly no black managers, and certainly no black female managers.  Here in the Northeast, the separation was voluntary.  In the South, it was legal until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the South didn’t take the federal action peacefully.

Today, we are relieved of such barriers.  Those of us who are peaceful no longer have to be dragged into racist conversations, for fear of finding our cars or our homes vandalized, or being generally ostracized from older society.  They are a breed whose number is diminishing.  They keep their “hatred” to themselves these days.

Still, if Obama wants to be seen as “hated”, we have plenty of reason for hating him.  He has declared himself an enemy of freedom and liberty.  We “hate” him because he’s an anti-Capitalist communist.  We “hate” him because he’s ruined our economy.  We “hate” him because he’s shoved a communal, expensive and redistributive healthcare insurance system down our throats.  We “hate” him because this healthcare system will bankrupt average families.

We “hate” him because we’ve watched him countless times bow to tyrannical potentates.  We “hate” him because he’s aligned himself with the most ruthless tyrants and alienated our allies.  We “hate” him because he’s making one-sided deals with Iran and North Korea and given the bum’s rush to our only true ally in the Middle East, Israel.  We “hate” him because he’s taken the wrong side and the wrong policy in every conflict in which he’s involved us.  We “hate” him because we believe he knew what was going down in Benghazi, and far from being ignorant of the situation, allowed it to be played out, ordering our military to stand down, and denying that Al Qaeda played a role in the attack, despite all proof to the contrary.  We “hate” him because he got our ambassador to Libya, and three others, killed.  We “hate” him for Benghazi most of all because he lied to us.

We “hate” him because he’s deliberately ruined our economy.  We “hate” him because so many workers are unemployed on account of his fiscal policies.  We “hate” him because our country is so deeply in debt, yet he sends foreign aid to enemy countries.  We “hate” him because he’s anti-business.  We “hate” him because he’s a hypocrite who didn’t mind helping out companies that gave him generous donations for his election campaign.

We “hate” him for sending the IRS out to harass legitimate TEA Party groups.  We “hate” him for supporting abortion and gay marriage, issues that affect our country at its very roots, far beyond petty politics.  We “hate” him for forcing religious groups to pay for the consequences of the immoral behavior of others.

We “hated” him long before he was elected for his Chicago-style politics, intimidating opponents with the threat of exposing private information.  We “hated” him for his pronounced and rather decided racist attitude of his own regarding white people and suburbia and the working class.

We “hate” him for Fast and Furious, the gun-running scheme that, it turns out, was fueled by the U.S. military’s sale of weapons to the corrupt Mexican military, which in turn sold the weapons to the Mexican drug cartels.  Legitimate gun stores on the southern border had nothing to do with it.

We “hate” him for his desiccation of our immigration laws, allowing illegal immigrants to overwhelm our borders and charging our immigration law enforcements with criminal acts for arresting them.  We “hate” him for telling our youth that there’s nothing wrong with smoking marijuana.  (Tell that to my former next-door neighbor who was struck by a car whose teenage driver was high on pot; mercifully, the woman has moved to Colorado).

We “hate” him for saying that America is nothing special and that he’s a “citizen of the world.”  We “hate” him for targeting us with his drones.  Don’t let him fool you with his lies and claims that the drones are for catching terrorists.  The drones and the NSA tapping are yet another attack on our freedom of speech.  Woe to the telephone caller who says the politically incorrect thing over the phone to a relative or friend.

We “hate” him for hating America.  We “hate” him for hating freedom, liberty, and true justice.  We “hate” him for hating free speech.  We “hate” him for hating the U.S. Constitution.  We “hate” him for his narcissism and for his endless Executive Orders that countermand the will of the American people.  We “hate” him for so arrogantly announcing that if Congress thwarts him (the Supreme Court is already in his pocket), he will do whatever he wants anyway.

We “hate” him for using racism as both weapon and shield against those who oppose him.  We “hate” him for hating America and trying to change it.  We “hate” him for Sustainable Development, which will destroy suburbia and force American citizens into surrendering their private property rights.  Instead, we will live in “communal harmony.”

We “hate” him for Common Core, in which he baited states with Federal aid money in exchange for a decidedly anti-American, anti-Western, anti-learning curriculum.  We “hate” him for opposing the Second Amendment, without which all our other rights are defenseless against a bureaucratic government.  We “hate” him for engorging that bureaucracy, one that enables him to carry out his agenda without any legal repercussions or any challenge from Congress or the American people.

We “hate” him for hating America.

We “hate” him for hating us.

May God forgive us for hating him, but that’s the way it is.  May God forgive Obama for hating America.

Don’t you just hate being a foregone conclusion?

Published in: on January 21, 2014 at 12:23 pm  Leave a Comment