Transforming Northern New Jersey

In this past Sunday’s edition of the Suburban Trends, the newspaper came clean about how Bloomingdale residents feel about the impending destruction of Federal Hill. The residents, according to the report, spend five hours explaining how they feel about the project.  The town council – and the newspaper – finally admitted that it was not about increasing the town’s income but about the affordable housing mandate.  Bloomingdale was a signatory to the Sustainable Development certification back in 2009 and has since reached the first level of certification.

 

Admitting that the town’s residents had not been notified of this action, Mayor John Dunleavy promised to hold a non-binding referendum on the issue in the future. “Non-binding” means, for you residents of “Pig Town” (Bloomingdale’s 19th Century nickname for the pig towns that occupied the valley or “The Flats” as they’re most commonly known) that the town council will deign to hear your opinions, but will, after all is over, keep its own counsel as to how to proceed.

 

If Bloomingdale’s residents, and for that matter, the majority of residents of the entire Northern New Jersey area north Route 80, hadn’t heard of the New Jersey Regional Development Plan (whose website is now defunct) or of Sustainable New Jersey, Sustainable America, or ONE New Jersey or ONEAmerica, they certainly wouldn’t have heard of the original Agenda 21, the outgrowth of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro.

 

This blog has discussed this issue many times in the past. But now that the enemy has shown its face at the crest of Federal Hill, we will gladly reprint the articles of the original Agenda 21, along with many links providing additional information for your edification.  Whether you live in Bloomingdale, the already-marred Riverdale (Riverdale looks beautiful from the heights, but not so much along the Hamburg Turnpike) or the many put-upon towns in Bergen County such as Palisades Park or even Tenafly, feel free to educate yourselves.

 

Following is the original declaration, known as The Rio Declaration, by the United Nations on Aug. 12, 1992:

United Nations A/CONF.151/26 (Vol. I)

General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL 12 August 1992

ORIGINAL: ENGLISH

REPORT OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT* (Rio de Janeiro, 3-14 June 1992) Annex I RIO DECLARATION ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Having met at Rio de Janeiro from 3 to 14 June 1992, Reaffirming the Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, adopted at Stockholm on 16 June 1972, a/ and seeking to build upon it, With the goal of establishing a new and equitable global partnership through the creation of new levels of cooperation among States, key sectors of societies and people, Working towards international agreements which respect the interests of all and protect the integrity of the global environmental and developmental system, Recognizing the integral and interdependent nature of the Earth, our home, Proclaims that:

 

Principle 1 Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.

 

Principle 2 States have, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of international law, the sovereign right to exploit their own resources pursuant to their own environmental and developmental policies, and the responsibility to ensure that activities within their jurisdiction or control do not cause damage to the environment of other States or of areas beyond the limits of national jurisdiction.

 

Principle 3 The right to development must be fulfilled so as to equitably meet developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations.

 

Principle 4 In order to achieve sustainable development, environmental protection shall constitute an integral part of the development process and cannot be considered in isolation from it.

 

Principle 5 All States and all people shall cooperate in the essential task of eradicating poverty as an indispensable requirement for sustainable development, in order to decrease the disparities in standards of living and better meet the needs of the majority of the people of the world.

 

Principle 6 The special situation and needs of developing countries, particularly the least developed and those most environmentally vulnerable, shall be given special priority. International actions in the field of environment and development should also address the interests and needs of all countries.

 

Principle 7 States shall cooperate in a spirit of global partnership to conserve, protect and restore the health and integrity of the Earth’s ecosystem. In view of the different contributions to global environmental degradation, States have common but differentiated responsibilities. The developed countries acknowledge the responsibility that they bear in the international pursuit of sustainable development in view of the pressures their societies place on the global environment and of the technologies and financial resources they command.

 

Principle 8 To achieve sustainable development and a higher quality of life for all people, States should reduce and eliminate unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and promote appropriate demographic policies.

 

Principle 9 States should cooperate to strengthen endogenous capacity-building for sustainable development by improving scientific understanding through exchanges of scientific and technological knowledge, and by enhancing the development, adaptation, diffusion and transfer of technologies, including new and innovative technologies.

 

Principle 10 Environmental issues are best handled with the participation of all concerned citizens, at the relevant level. At the national level, each individual shall have appropriate access to information concerning the environment that is held by public authorities, including information on hazardous materials and activities in their communities, and the opportunity to participate in decision-making processes. States shall facilitate and encourage public awareness and participation by making information widely available. Effective access to judicial and administrative proceedings, including redress and remedy, shall be provided.

 

Principle 11 States shall enact effective environmental legislation. Environmental standards, management objectives and priorities should reflect the environmental and developmental context to which they apply. Standards applied by some countries may be inappropriate and of unwarranted economic and social cost to other countries, in particular developing countries.

 

Principle 12 States should cooperate to promote a supportive and open international economic system that would lead to economic growth and sustainable development in all countries, to better address the problems of environmental degradation. Trade policy measures for environmental purposes should not constitute a means of arbitrary or unjustifiable discrimination or a disguised restriction on international trade. Unilateral actions to deal with environmental challenges outside the jurisdiction of the importing country should be avoided. Environmental measures addressing transboundary or global environmental problems should, as far as possible, be based on an international consensus.

 

Principle 13 States shall develop national law regarding liability and compensation for the victims of pollution and other environmental damage. States shall also cooperate in an expeditious and more determined manner to develop further international law regarding liability and compensation for adverse effects of environmental damage caused by activities within their jurisdiction or control to areas beyond their jurisdiction.

 

Principle 14 States should effectively cooperate to discourage or prevent the relocation and transfer to other States of any activities and substances that cause severe environmental degradation or are found to be harmful to human health.

 

Principle 15 In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.

 

Principle 16 National authorities should endeavour to promote the internalization of environmental costs and the use of economic instruments, taking into account the approach that the polluter should, in principle, bear the cost of pollution, with due regard to the public interest and without distorting international trade and investment.

 

Principle 17 Environmental impact assessment, as a national instrument, shall be undertaken for proposed activities that are likely to have a significant adverse impact on the environment and are subject to a decision of a competent national authority.

 

Principle 18 States shall immediately notify other States of any natural disasters or other emergencies that are likely to produce sudden harmful effects on the environment of those States. Every effort shall be made by the international community to help States so afflicted.

 

Principle 19 States shall provide prior and timely notification and relevant information to potentially affected States on activities that may have a significant adverse transboundary environmental effect and shall consult with those States at an early stage and in good faith.

 

Principle 20 Women have a vital role in environmental management and development. Their full participation is therefore essential to achieve sustainable development.

 

Principle 21 The creativity, ideals and courage of the youth of the world should be mobilized to forge a global partnership in order to achieve sustainable development and ensure a better future for all.

 

Principle 22 Indigenous people and their communities and other local communities have a vital role in environmental management and development because of their knowledge and traditional practices. States should recognize and duly support their identity, culture and interests and enable their effective participation in the achievement of sustainable development.

 

Principle 23 The environment and natural resources of people under oppression, domination and occupation shall be protected.

 

Principle 24 Warfare is inherently destructive of sustainable development. States shall therefore respect international law providing protection for the environment in times of armed conflict and cooperate in its further development, as necessary.

 

Principle 25 Peace, development and environmental protection are interdependent and indivisible.

 

Principle 26 States shall resolve all their environmental disputes peacefully and by appropriate means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.

 

Principle 27 States and people shall cooperate in good faith and in a spirit of partnership in the fulfilment of the principles embodied in this Declaration and in the further development of international law in the field of sustainable development.

 

* * * * * a/ Report of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, 5-16 June 1972 (United Nations publication, Sales No. E.73.II.A.14 and corrigendum), chap. I.

This document has been posted online by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Reproduction and dissemination of the document – in electronic and/or printed format – is encouraged, provided acknowledgement is made of the role of the United Nations in making it available.

Date last updated: by DESA/DSD Copyright © 1999 United Nations

In 2009, Obama created a group called ONEAmerica to carry out these goals in the name of social justice. Among the goals were the transfer of wealth and property by transforming the suburbs into “consumer hubs” and “commuter hubs” linked to mass transportation; the transfer of businesses back into urban locations; the regionalization of suburbs, taking away municipal autonomy and incorporating into bureaucratic, non-elected government bodies; the creation of public-private partnerships to regulate utilities (i.e., water, electric, sewage, etc.); and the transformation of suburban school systems by “narrowing the achievement gap” between school systems and within school systems between high achieving and low achieving students (formerly called “Common Core” but now called “Sustainable Schools”; the rewriting of textbooks to conform with the United Nations goals of environmental and social justice; the transfer of populations from Third World to First World nations; where migration is not possible, a mandate upon First World Nations to transfer their wealth to the Third World; the international regulation of businesses considered to be a “danger” to the global environment; and the regulation of opponents of the United Nation’s agenda.

 

As noted before, the gouged-out Rock of Riverdale, hideously hovering above the lower town, provides a splendid illustration of what is going to happen not just to Northern New Jersey, specifically northern Passaic County, but the entire nation.

 

Move, Inc., is the Internet communications consortium that will regulate all electronic messaging in the future, as Sustainable Schools will insure the brainwashing of our current and future generations. Move, Inc., encompasses both electronic communications providers, software and hardware providers, as well as communications companies.  The deputy director of the New York Times editorial page is also an advisor to the Clinton foundation.

 

If I’ve missed any items, please forgive the oversight. Please proceed to the following links to find out more about this very important issue.  Socialism simply provides the platform for the installation of Communism in our country.  We already basically have a one-party system, which is why the primary elections and the subsequent party conventions have been so rancorous and confusing.

 

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/Agenda21.pdf

 

This is the project that began the destruction of our suburbs back in 1992.

 

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/outcomedocuments/agenda21

 

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/11/19/what-is-agenda-21-after-watching-this-you-may-not-want-to-know/

 

http://canadafreepress.com/article/globalism-through-u.n.s-agenda-21-agenda-2030-and-vision-2050

 

This is an update from the 1992 Rio conference, projecting into the future to 2030 and 2050.

 

https://www.facebook.com/notes/agenders-nj/house-resolution-353-102d-congress-us-to-implement-unced-agenda-21-sustainable-d/247036708721277

 

https://buildingoneamerica.org/

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421389/attention-americas-suburbs-you-have-just-been-annexed-stanley-kurtz

 

http://www.nj.gov/njhighlands/about/calend/index.html#jan21

 

http://homes.westchestergov.com/resources/housing-settlement

 

It’s ironic that Sustainable Development’s ugly head was first noticed in White Plains in Westchester County in New York (the first county north of New York City). We were residents of Westchester County in the 1950s.  Even then, as my mother reported for Dodge Reports, developers were clear-cutting vast tracts of land for suburban homes.  This was an environmentally unsound practice which my mother wrote against.  Clear-cutting lots leads to soil erosion, flooding, and undermining of foundations, among other things.

 

Already, Westchester County was a socialist county and growing more socialist every year. Westchester is one of the most Democrat counties in the nation, as well as one of the wealthiest.  By 1959, the year I was born, only the very wealthy and the very poor could afford to live there.

 

Mount Vernon High School, in 1955, had to have security guards at all its entrances. Yonkers, its next-door neighbor, was a haven of dangerous neighborhoods.  In addition, high rise apartments were going up everywhere.  The bungalow in which my parents rented rooms was crowded in by high-rise apartments.  The hospital in which I was born burned down and was replaced by more high-density apartments.  What was left of lower Westchester was paved over by highways.

 

We moved out to the Los Angeles, where the streets were certainly not paved with gold as my uncle had promised my father but by gangs and drug dealers. Then we moved to New Jersey, with its reasonable property taxes, housing prices, and lack of crime.  However, northern New Jersey is becoming the new Westchester, or more precisely, the new Long Island, thanks to Sustainable Development.  Middle and lower middle class New Jerseyans are fleeing the state, to follow their jobs down South.

 

http://www.plansmartnj.org/

 

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/354734/regionalism-obamas-quiet-anti-suburban-revolution-stanley-kurtz

 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/08/new-hud-rule-good-intentions-or-another-government-power-grab.html

 

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/5/unequal-protection-for-taxpayers/

 

http://www.njregionalequity.org/content/building-one-new-jersey

 

This website has mysteriously vanished. This is a typical tool of the enemy; to create and then destroy platforms of information dissemination to create confusion within the public forum.  They rely on inattention, ignorance, and apathy to achieve their goals.

 

But we, the Tea Party, are here (still) to keep you informed at all times and in all events.

 

 

 

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Published in: on July 27, 2016 at 2:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mr. Cool: Willis Carrier, Inventor of the Air Conditioner

His invention has saved or prolonged the lives of millions. It’s made life easier, more comfortable, and more productive for millions more workers. It’s given millions and millions of people a better night’s sleep.

 

But John Kerry and other environmental Progressives of the United Nations School of Global Tyranny disapprove of Willis Carrier’s invention and are proposing a ban on air conditioning. Even in the middle of a prolonged, Northeastern heatwave, they are calling for people to shut off their air conditioners.  That advice might make sense in unoccupied homes.

 

Not, however, when people are in them. Especially not older people.

 

Willis Haviland Carrier (Nov. 26, 1876 – Oct. 7, 1950) was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. The son of Duane Williams Carrier and Elizabeth R. Haviland, Willis studied at Cornell University graduating in 1901 with a BS in engineering.

In Buffalo, N.Y., on July 17, 1902, in response to a quality problem experienced at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing & Publishing Company of Brooklyn, Willis Carrier submitted drawings for what became recognized as the world’s first modern air conditioning system. The 1902 installation marked the birth of air conditioning because of the addition of humidity control, which led to the recognition by authorities in the field that air conditioning must perform four basic functions:

  1. control temperature
  2. control humidity
  3. control air circulation and ventilation
  4. cleanse the air

After several more years of refinement and field testing, on Jan. 2, 1906, Carrier was granted U.S. Patent 808,897 for an Apparatus for Treating Air, the world’s first spray-type air conditioning equipment. It was designed to humidify or dehumidify air, heating water for the first and cooling it for the second.

In 1906 Carrier discovered that “constant dew-point depression provided practically constant relative humidity,” which later became known among air conditioning engineers as the “law of constant dew-point depression.” On this discovery he based the design of an automatic control system, for which he filed a patent claim on May 17, 1907.  U.S. Patent 1,085,971  was issued on Feb. 3, 1914.

On Dec. 3, 1911, Carrier presented the perhaps most significant document ever prepared on air conditioning – Rational Psychrometric Formulae – at the annual meeting of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It became known as the “Magna Carta of Psychometrics.”

This document tied together the concepts of relative humidity, absolute humidity, and dew-point temperature, thus making it possible to design air-conditioning systems to precisely fit the requirements at hand.

With the onset of World War I in late-1914, the Buffalo Forge Company, for which Carrier had been employed 12 years, decided to confine its activities entirely to manufacturing. The result was that seven young engineers pooled together their life savings of $32,600 to form the Carrier Engineering Corporation in New York on June 26, 1915. The seven were Carrier, J. Irvine Lyle, Edward T. Murphy, L. Logan Lewis, Ernest T. Lyle, Frank Sanna, Alfred E. Stacey, Jr., and Edmund P. Heckel.  The company eventually settled on Frelinghuysen Avenue in Newark, N.J.

Despite the development of the centrifugal refrigeration machine and the commercial growth of air conditioning to cool buildings in the 1920s, the company ran into financial difficulties, as did many others, as a result of the Wall Street crash in October 1929.  In 1930, Carrier Engineering Corp. merged with Brunswick-Kroeschell Company and York Heating & Ventilating Corporation to form the Carrier Corporation, with Willis Carrier named Chairman of the Board.

Spread out over four cities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Carrier consolidated and moved his company to Syracuse, N.Y., in 1937, and the company became one of the largest employers in central New York State.

The Great Depression slowed residential and commercial use of air conditioning. Willis Carrier’s igloo in the 1939 New York World’s Fair gave visitors a glimpse into the future of air conditioning, but before it became popular, World War II began. During the post-war economic boom of the 1950s, air conditioning began its tremendous growth in popularity.

In 1930, Carrier started Toyo Carrier and Samsung Applications in Japan and Korea. South Korea is now the largest producer for air conditioning in the world.  The Carrier Corporation pioneered the design and manufacture of refrigeration machines to cool large spaces. By increasing industrial production in the summer months, air conditioning revolutionized American life.

The introduction of residential air conditioning in the 1920s helped start the great migration to the Sunbelt. The company became a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation in 1980. The Carrier Corporation remains a world leader in commercial and residential HVAC and refrigeration. In 2007, the Carrier Corporation had sales of more than $15 billion and employed some 45,000 people.

For his contributions to science and industry, Willis Carrier was awarded an engineering degree by Lehigh University in 1935 and an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Alfred (N.Y.) University in 1942; Carrier was awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal in 1942; and was inducted posthumously in the National Inventors Hall of Fame (1985) and the Buffalo Science Museum Hall of Fame (2008).

With the advent of the United Nation’s 1992 Global Summit on Climate Change in Rio de Janeiro, a war has been declared on science and inventions. Any invention that benefits Man is deemed automatically to be a threat to the planet and therefore must be eliminated.

According to Fox News:

Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State.

The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers.

“As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Kerry said that most of the substances banned in the Montreal Protocol have increased the use of HFCs and claimed that the coolant was thousands of times more potent than CO2. He added that the increase of HFCs has led to the trend of global climate change.

“The use of hydrofluorocarbons is unfortunately growing,” Kerry said. “Already, the HFCs use in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other items are emitting an entire gigaton of carbon dioxide-equivalent pollution into the atmosphere annually. Now, if that sounds like a lot, my friends, it’s because it is.  It’s the equivalent to emissions from nearly 300 coal-fired power plants every single year.”

A bigger threat to life than ISIS? Eliminating air-conditioners, refrigerators and inhalers would cause a greater loss of life than those nearly 300 coal-fired power plants and ISIS combined.  The former two inventions have saved lives for nearly a century.

 

What Kerry and the United Nations really wish to do is eliminate all those inconvenient middle class Greatest Generation people now occupying nursing homes or depending upon air conditioners in order to breathe. Not to mention all the tax-paying workers employed in offices and factories in the United States.

 

Yesterday morning, it was 101 degrees outside my window, with the sunshine bearing down upon it. It’s not global warming; it’s July.

 

Back in July of 1972, my maternal grandparents began the War of the Air Conditioner. My mother bought it for her mother to put in her bedroom window because she was suffering from diabetes and heart disease.  But seeing the July electric bill, my grandfather went into a rage and shut it off on her.

 

She’d turn it on again, he’d shut it off. My mother, and even my uncle, who worked nearby, tried to intervene.  Finally, in the midst of an August heat wave, Grandpa didn’t just shut the air conditioner off; he broke it.  Grandma had a heart attack and three weeks later, on September 5, 1972, she died.

 

John Kerry chose a particularly bad day to make a case for banning air conditioners, when temperatures rose to over 100 degrees in the Northeast. Maybe he can repair to Martha’s Vineyard when things get to hot, but for those of us who have to work for a living, drive to work for a living, or want to keep their elderly relatives living, banning air conditioning is not an option.

 

Out in Phoenix, Ariz., and Las Vegas, Nev., the temperatures soared as high as 117 degrees.

 

When Hell freezes over, John Kerry; that’s when we’ll abandon our air conditioners.

 

 

 

Published in: on July 26, 2016 at 6:05 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Balcony Scene in Munich

The U.K. Daily Mirror got it right and the increasingly politically correct Fox News got the shooting in Munich wrong:  the shooter was a Muslim by the name of Ali David Sonboly, a Muslim of German and Iranian descent who was said by police to be obsessed with mass shootings.  But even the German police are attempting to attribute the shooting to mental illness rather than what it is, unless Islamic Extremism is a mental illness.

Fox News was told by one witness that the shooter was German, and a far right-wing extremist. All the other witnesses said there were three men involved in the shooting.  But it turns out that two of the men were on a balcony, one of whom was videotaping the shooter and the other arguing with him, someone identified ostensibly as a right-wing extremist by Fox News but who, while certainly foul-mouthed, did no shooting, even of the gunman, other than with a video camera.

This is what the gunman was filmed saying on roof of a shopping center, according to the The Mirror:

Balcony man: ‘You f***ing a*****e you…’

Gunman: ‘Because of you I was bullied for 7 years…’

Balcony man: ‘You w****r you. you’re a w****r’

Gunman: ‘…and now I have to buy a gun to shoot you’

Balcony man: ‘A gun! F**k off! Your head should be cut off you a*****e’

An unidentified voice is heard to say: ‘F*****g Turks!’ before the balcony man says ‘f*****g foreigner’

The man filming is then heard to say: “He’s got a gun! He has loaded his gun. Get the cops here. He’s walking around here, the w****r.”

The gunman then says “I am German”, to which the man filming replies with “You’re a w****r is what you are. What the f**k are you doing?”

The gunman is then heard to say “I was born here. “I grew up here in the Hartz 4 (unemployment benefits in Germany) area.”

He pleads with the onlooker “please shut your mouth.”

After what appeared to be a two-hour information blackout, police revealed that the gunman’s body had been found 1km away from the shopping centre.

How he managed to escape the scene given that 100 police were in and around the shopping centre has not been revealed.

A robot was reportedly used by police to check his body for explosives before his ID could be ascertained.

It is believed he shot himself, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Why did he do it?

Information, again, is yet to fully emerge about the reasons behind the teenager’s gun attack, but pro-ISIS Twitter accounts have been widely celebrating the attack with some suggestions that the group has taken credit for it.

Germany has been on high alert since Afghan refugee Muhammad Riyad went on an axe rampage on a train in Bavaria before being shot dead by police.

Racial tensions in the country have increased since the arrival of an estimated 1.2m refugees over the past 12 months with far-right parties gaining in support.

The Media has long touted its role as the defender and champion of the people and of free speech. But even Fox News, in this instance, failed in its duty to tell the American people the truth in order to placate the politically-correct.  They should have waited until the suspect was identified before judging whether he was a right-wing extremist or an Islamic terrorist.  Thanks to The Mirror, we now know he was the latter.

The Media is portraying these “immigrants” as refugees, but apparently Germans have another word for it: “invaders.”

Whether you’re the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, or a local newspaper, you owe the people the truth, not a political agenda. If you can’t get your story in any better manner than by courting the political elite, currying their favor by copying their talking points in order to get “favorable” access for a story, and slanting your stories in their favor (just about always towards the Democrat line), then you shouldn’t be working in journalism.

You should be working for the Democrat Party’s public relations propaganda machine and identify yourselves as such, because you sure aren’t representing the people of the United States of America, your state, or your community.

News Corp, which owns Fox News, has acquired Move, Inc., which was co-founded by Roger B. McNamee, who has contributed to the Clinton Foundation. The other co-founder, Fred D. Anderson, is the Executive Vice President and CFO of Apple and Vice President and CFO of Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP).  Move, Inc., has direct ties to the ONE Campaign through board member L. John Doerr.

The ONE Campaign is an international, nonpartisan, nonprofit, advocacy, and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support ONE’s policies and programs

ONE was originally founded by a coalition of 11 non-profit humanitarian and advocacy organizations, including DATA, World Vision, Oxfam America, and Bread for the World, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2007, ONE announced that it would be merging with DATA.

Their website claims that the name ONE was inspired by the belief that one voice, coming together with many others — the political left and right, business leaders, activists, faith leaders and students — can change the world for the better. It is a membership organization of over 7 million people worldwide.

ONE is an attempt to mobilize supporters around its issues and organize them into a lobbying force, with the goal of encouraging national leaders to fund more international development and relief programs. As a campaign to fight extreme poverty and global diseases, it supports the Sustainable Development Goals.  [We’ll leave that link open for you readers to investigate; it’s what’s responsible for our Federal Hill crisis in Bloomingdale, which the town of Bloomingdale signed onto with any referendum or input from the public, who at the time were unaware of this group’s goals to destroy suburban New Jersey].

Although its central talking points center on ending extreme poverty and fighting the AIDS pandemic, ONE supports a broad variety of international development and relief issues, including debt relief, clean water, increasing the quantity and efficiency of aid, lessening corruption in the governments of the aid-recipient countries, providing basic education for all, making trade fairer, reforming the farm bill to make it fairer for farmers in developing countries, slowing deadly diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis, and increasing the international affairs budgets in the U.S., U.K, and European countries.

ONE was founded by 11 organizations: Bread for the World, CARE, DATA, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam America, Plan USA, Save the Children U.S., World Concern, World Vision.

The official launch rally was held on May 16, 2004, at Liberty Mall in Philadelphia. About 2,000 people attended, including Bono, Dikembe Mutombo, Michael W. Smith, Richard Stearns (president of World Vision), and David Beckmann (president of Bread for the World).

In December 2004, ONE announced a $3 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Corresponding with this announcement, Mark McKinnon, an adviser to President George W. Bush, and Mike McCurry, an adviser to the Kerry Campaign, appeared on CNN’s Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff in support of ONE.

In 2008 ONE merged with DATA. The merged entity was run by CEO David J. Lane [9] until his departure in early 2011 to join the Obama administration. ONE’s current leadership team includes former editor of Time magazine, CEO Michael Elliott, co-founder and executive director Jamie Drummond, and U.S. executive director Tom Hart.

During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the organization launched a campaign, called ONE Vote ’08, which was co-chaired by former U.S. Senate majority leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Bill Frsit (R-TN). Since 2009, ONE has run a series of ONE Vote campaigns around national elections, including ONE VOTE 2010 in the United Kingdom and ONE Vote 2012 in both France and the United States.

ONE uses a number of highly visible methods to reach out to the general public, promote its message, and encourage advocacy actions. ONE does not ask for public donations, stating: “We’re not asking for your money. We’re asking for your voice.”

ONE is a largely Internet -based campaign and therefore has multiple online communities. As well as using YouTube, ONE has a significant presence on Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, and Flickr, and uses Facebook for its campus organizing.

ONE also has field organizers around the United States to support grassroots mobilization and advocacy. The field staff works with more than 200 local ONE groups that sponsor educational events, organize community awareness events, and lobby their members of Congress

Move, Inc.’s board of directors are largely comprised of media owners: Steven H. Berkowitz (Microsoft, Ask Jeeves); Lorna Borenstein (Yahoo, eBay), Catherine B. Whatley (clothing manufacturer Buck & Buck, which makes clothing for nursing home residents);  Geraldine B. Laybourne (Symantec, Electronic Arts, Nickoledeon, and Alloy Inc., apparently a computer data service, not to mention being an ambassador to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media); Bruce G. Wilson (director of IndyMac Bank, which was seized by the FDIC after its failure – IndyMac gave thousands to the National Housing Endowment, allowing with FreddieMac,  FannieMae, and Countrywide Financial, all defunct,  and  – and HealthNet, which has a number of lobby firms helping it out); Joseph F. Hanauer (an investor with Combined Investments LP); W. Michael Long (CEO of Healtheon, a dot-com  Silicon Valley start-up whose business plan was to streamline communication and paperwork in the United States health care system. They developed software that placed their company between physicians, patients, and health care institutions, eliminating unnecessary paperwork and facilitating networking and communication amongst the three) who has distant connections to the Rahm Emmanuel mayoral campaign; L. John Doerr (among other things, director of the Barack Obama Foundation, founding CEO of Silicon Compilers, and director of the above-mentioned ONE campaign); V. Paul Unruh (Senior Vice Chairman, Bechtel Group, member of the board directors of Symantec) and finally, Kenneth K. Klein (President of Kleinco Construction Services, and member of the board of directors of Habitat for Humanity International).

OneAmerica has expanded its reach exponentially since its founding in 2009. It has diversified into real estate, financial planning, and health care.  OneAmerica even has a YouTube news network.  OneNewJersey eventually morphed into Sustainable New Jersey.

 

The Sustainable Jersey certification program was launched in February 2009. Sustainable Jersey began as a collaborative effort between the New Jersey State League of Municipalities’ Mayors’ Committee for a Green Future and the Municipal Land Use Center at The College of New Jersey, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. In 2012, Sustainable Jersey evolved from a partnership into a non-profit organization with a Board of Directors.

Notice that no voter referendums or any public input were ever involved. Just bureaucrats.

We’ve come a long way from that balcony in Munich to the edge of the cliff in Bloomingdale. But it just goes to show that we are ONE world, after all, connected by a major media network with ties to a presidential administration determined to make us ONE world after all, where we cannot trust the bureaucrats and politicians on either side or any of the networks that report the news to us.

 

Published in: on July 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

America on the Precipice

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My friend and I were on our way to perform in a concert. We were listening to Mark Levin on WABC-AM.   Levin was defending Ted Cruz’ speech the night before at the Republican National Convention.

 

Levin said because Cruz had the next-greatest number of delegates, he had a perfect right to speak at the convention. Cruz was actually not there at Trump’s pleasure.  Although political wisdom might say otherwise, Cruz was also under no actual obligation to endorse Trump.  Levin said that Trump himself had nullified that requirement.

 

At that point, my friend snapped off the radio. I immediately turned it back on again, at my peril since it was his car we were in, not mine.   I simply felt that Cruz deserved a fair hearing, despite my friend’s enthusiasm for Trump.

 

I also meant to remind him that Melania’s speech was a complete plagiarism of a Michelle Obama speech, written by a former Hillary Clinton screechwriter. The speechwriter offered to resign, but Melania told them not to apologize, that she was a great fan of Michelle’s.

 

Good grief.

 

On the way home, we listened to Trump’s acceptance speech on the radio. It was a good speech, at least the part we heard.  He hit on all the issues that most concern average Americans – jobs (or the lack thereof), the trade deficit, crime, terrorism, and our declining influence in the world, thanks to Obama and Hillary Clinton, when she was Secretary of State.

 

Trump carefully enumerated Clinton’s mismanagement of the State Department and quoted the real statistics of the American economy and our unemployment numbers. Obama complained that Trump painted an overly-dire picture of America.

 

Did he?

 

Here are some pictures of our “neck of the woods,” or what’s left of them. Currently, it is summer and the trees, in full leaf, camouflage the very real ravages of over-quarrying our hillsides.  The quarry has left enough of the hillside to mask the “progress” they’ve made on those verdant hills:  Washington, Bloomingdale, and Federal.  Riverdale Hill, for all intents and purposes, is basically gone.  Only the ridges remain, showing the fragile façade of nature.

 

I’ve taken some liberties with the first picture (up at the top of the page), turning it into an oil painting and photoshopping in the American flag for dramatic effect. This is what is left, more or less, of Riverdale Hill.  I took this photo in November of 2012.  Obama had just been re-elected.  The photo serves as an allegory of the first four years of Obama’s administration.

 

The second picture is of the same quarry, but a different jagged precipice (attached to which is the Wal-Mart Shopping Center and a “consumer village” of condos with a grand view of the towns which the developers are destroying).

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I remember when this was still a viable hill that reached all the way down to the railroad tracks on the Hamburg Turnpike. The pass between the two hills (Washington and Riverdale) was narrow, admitting of only two lanes, with the Pequannock River on the other side of the road.

 

If you look closely, you can see the poor scraggly tree near the top (it’s somewhat blocked by the power lines), trying to hang onto life.

 

This, I maintain, illustrates the state of America since Obama took office. The quarry was supposed to cease operations some years ago, so that the entire hill wouldn’t be destroyed.  However, if all politics is local, and politics is a corrupt business, then local corruption probably played a signification role in the continuation of this devastation.

 

(It’s a bleak picture. This November, when the scenery turns bleak once more, I intend to take follow-up photos of the same sites.)

 

However, Sustainable America began almost as soon as Obama took office. The mandate was to regionalize the suburbs of large cities like New York and incorporate all those small towns into one large region.  Sustainable housing development was implemented to comply with United Nations mandates to preserve the environment.

 

You can see what a good job they’ve done. Here is an aerial map of the region where the quarrying has taken place (albeit over a period of some 60 years or more, initially).  The main area, Federal Hill, looks like a large area of land, which it is.  However, much of the green you see is hillside, which Tilcon intends to blast into oblivion.  Tilcon will do the demolition job for the town of Bloomingdale, which will then be able to build affordable housing, high-density housing units there.  At the bottom of the screen, the area that looks like the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars is what’s left of Riverdale Hill.

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The photo is about three years old. Tilcon has made considerable progress on Federal Hill or what is known as “The Meer Tract.”  Where you see the words “Bicoastal Acquisition” is where they are at now.

Last night, Trump declared that if he is elected, he will “save” America. There isn’t much of America left.  Her bedrock moral foundations have been eaten way and demolished, just like on the map.

 

The destruction has been hidden by Media dissemination. You can’t see the destruction for the rainbow flags they’ve been flying.  Trump’s daughter (I believe) introduced a gay Republican Congressman to prove his politically correct bona fides.  New Jersey’s own 5th District Congressman has taken much media flak, even from the GOP itself, for declaring that he would not support a homosexual Republican candidate, even though he had at one time done just that.

 

What happened to make him pivot? His constituents got wind of it, probably.

 

Liberal policies on social issues (illegal immigration, global warming, gay marriage, Common Core, the legalization of drugs, confiscatory taxes, damaging business regulations) have done to the United States what the quarry has done to Federal Hill and the town of Bloomingdale: introduced the seeds of destruction.

 

In the past, I’ve written about the thunder of war being wreaked upon my former hometown as I sat here in my own condo listening to the window rattle as the demolition teams blew up Federal Hill. The sound of the mountain sliding down as a result was sickening.  I said it was war and you can see the craters in the above photos.  Not to mention the cloud of iron oxide particles that have ruined the paint on all our automobiles.

 

As the quarry – and the Bloomingdale mayor and town council – ignored the protests of the residents and Tilcon went on with its merry business, so have Obama and RINOs alike ignored the protests of the American people.

 

The councilwoman leading the charge to destroy the town denied and denounced to the local reporter any charges that she didn’t “care” about Bloomingdale. They remain deliberately blind to the plight of the towns of Pompton Lakes and Wanaque, on the other side of Federal Hill, which are already feeling the effects of “affordable housing.”

 

Bloomingdale’s mayor and town council are counting on “ratables” from the new development. Only they gave a tax break to the Avalon Bay developer.  They plead the case of the Mount Laurel ruling, which requires towns to build affordable housing and take into their municipalities residents who will contribute nothing to the town and cause the cost of social and municipal services to rise.

 

They claim the town will enjoy lower property tax rates. Residents will also see their property values reduced.  Bloomingdale must be delusional if they think their town will attract responsible homeowners.  Its schools have some of the most deplorable suburban test scores in the state.  Its schools are horrible.

 

The residents of Avalon Bay are transplants from Long Island with no families or children. They’re renters, furthermore, and by law, pay no municipal taxes.  The only hope is that they’ll frequent businesses that will magically spring up in Bloomingdale and Pompton Lakes.  I haven’t seen any signs of businesses blooming along Wanaque Avenue in Pompton Lakes, for all the affordable housing that has been built in the last 20 years that I’ve lived here.  Businesses are closing up shop, in fact.  Our own condos have lost some serious value, for all the taxes we pay to live here.

 

Future residents will not pay property taxes for property with no property. They’ll simply rent and leave the taxes – and the tax breaks – to the developing property owner.  Neither will the illegal aliens flooding into the United States pay any taxes.  They will not assimilate.  They have no intention of trying to get along, as a whole.  They will do what they did in Mexico – sell drugs.  Drugs are the only business that is booming in this area of northern New Jersey.

 

Future residents will be only too happy to buy cheap consumer goods (particularly electronics) from China or any other country where labor is cheaper. They’re sitting pretty on the top of the hill.

 

Riverdale Hill is already a splendid example of the Socialist/Communist society into which Obama has already transformed our nation. At the top of what’s left of the hill, expensive condos are perched with spectacular views of the river valley below.  When the destruction is complete, the low-income housing will arise into which the illegal aliens, the drug dealers, and what’s left of suburban, Middle Class America will be squashed.

 

Our property values demolished, it follows that modest houses like my mother’s (already outdated – we couldn’t afford to expand the house) will also be demolished. Larger mini-mansions with greater acreage will take their place on that hill for the high and mighty to Occupy Bloomingdale, looking down from the Knolls Road curves upon the hoi polloi who have voted them into power.

 

Only the very rich and the very poor will be able to afford to live in New Jersey, much like the Long Island the Long Islanders are now fleeing to live here. Good luck to them on the curves of Knolls Road.  As boulders crashed down onto Jeffrey Drive below almost 60 years, I predict over-sized SUVs will now crash down the hill, since Long Islanders are notorious for their unwillingness to slow down.  Not even the enormous barrier that has been constructed on those curves will prevent them from going over the cliff.

 

Pity the poor Trumpsters who trust Trump to protect America from this onslaught. He’s a real estate developer, for Pete’s sake.  He’d be the first to approve of tearing down Federal Hill.  The site where the infamous mutiny occurred is already history.

 

At this point, Conservatives now have no choice but to vote for him. He’s not a monster by any means.  I don’t approve of the #Never Trump movement.  #Never Trump means #Forever Hillary.  Still, the level-headed must shake their heads at the notion of a former casino owner becoming President of the United States (and a former centerfold model who venerates Michelle Obama, the First Lady).

 

One consolation, from living in the metro New York area and thus listening to his political views on local radio stations, is that I believe he’ll keep his word about national security. His promises about illegal immigration are questionable.  His promises to get America Working again are at least hopeful.

 

Maybe Trump does mean well. But take the condition of Federal and Riverdale Hills as word for it:  Obama hasn’t left him much to work with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 22, 2016 at 5:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

Cruz’ 2016 RNC Speech: What’s In a Name?

Ted Cruz, in his speech last night to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, mentioned Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump’s name. Once.

 

He acknowledged Trump’s existence. But after that, he didn’t endorse him.  He didn’t attack the candidate, but he didn’t praise him, either, as Trumpsters had hoped.  Cruz praised the policies for which Trump is most noted:  building a border wall, fighting terrorism effectively, balancing America’s trade with other countries, particularly China, and bringing jobs back to America.

 

But he didn’t endorse him.

 

Trumpsters spent half the speech on tenterhooks, waiting with bated breath for the mention of their hero’s name. Instead, Cruz said, “I urge everyone in November to vote their conscience up and down the ballot.”

 

The response reminded me of a scene from the 2001 film, The Lord of the Rings, in which the character Bilbo Baggins tells his birthday party guests: “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”  Author J.R.R. Tolkien tells us further:  “This was unexpected and rather difficult.  There was some scattered clapping, but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment.”

 

Trumpsters fumed as they looked from one to another in perplexity. All this time, they thought that Cruz’ endorsement of Trump was guaranteed with his congratulations of the nominee and agreement with his main policies.  They were beyond disappointed.

 

Instead, Cruz went on to talk about such noxious and incomprehensible ideas as liberty, freedom, and the U.S. Constitution. What did he mean by suggesting that anyone who didn’t support the U.S. Constitution is not worthy of the voters’ consideration?  He called for holding public officials accountable for failing to listen to the American people.  Trump admits himself that he’s not very good at listening.

 

Some of Cruz’ comments were obviously aimed at Hillary Clinton, but for some reason the Trumpsters confused her with their own, beloved candidate and took as a personal insult criticisms more likely meant for her than Trump.

 

Delegates – the New York delegation, it turns out – booed Cruz when he suggested voting for a candidate who stood for “shared principles,” “freedom,” and the U.S. Constitution. Imagine that:  booing the U.S. Constitution.

 

The New York delegation began chanting, “Endorse Trump!!” and “We want Trump!!” Ever the gentleman from Texas, Cruz told them he appreciated their enthusiasm.  They booed even louder.

 

Right on cue, at the end of the speech, Donald Trump appeared at the back of the room, drawing attention from the end of Cruz’ speech both from the delegates and the Media. He waved and made love to the frenzied crowd, as Cruz was booed off the stage.  That’s what divas do. That’s what famous First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy admitted doing, a lesson she learned at Vassar, going to the center of a room to draw everyone’s attention to her.  In this case, Trump upstaged the speaker by appearing at the farthest point from him, forcing everyone to turn completely around, essentially turning their backs on Cruz.

 

Cruz gave a solid, patriotic speech. Compare that with Melania, whose speechwriter had at one time worked for Hillary Clinton, it is said, who plagiarized one of Michelle Obama’s speeches word for word.

 

The only explanation for the crowd’s reaction to Cruz is a more general criticism on his part of the Republican Party in general and his legendary fights with RINO Republicans in the Senate. They hate him passionately for this reason and are now willing to countenance a candidate they scarcely gave a thought to 13 months ago, if only because Trump exercises a brutal sort of campaign tactics that make him popular with the very masses they themselves have angered and betrayed.

 

Politics makes odd bedfellows , indeed. The GOP soundly denounced Cruz today and predicted his career ended last night with this “ungracious” speech of his.  The singular man who rows against the tide never reaches the shores of popular opinion, where ravens caw from the safety of gnarled trees.  Behind those trees hide the populist voters who know no more of the U.S. Constitution than their pugnacious candidate.

 

Cruz’ speech about freedom, the Constitution, and responsibility were absolutely Reaganesque. Much good those words will do, though, if Democrats succeed in shutting down our borders to allow illegal alien voters, from a country noted for its communist history, into the country, guaranteeing their support for the Democrat dependency platform.

 

Or if more Middle Eastern refugees are allowed onto American shores, with no hope of vetting them. A Texas court just voted that it is illegal for the Texas State Police to report illegal aliens whom they’ve stopped for traffic violations.  Or something like that.

 

Or if our country continues to bleed jobs because of our onerous federal and state taxes and regulations on business. Favoring China may bring consumers more cheap goods, but no matter of how cheap they are, if you don’t have a job, you won’t be able to purchase much more than bread and butter.

 

Words, words, words, Trumpsters are so sick of words and false promises from RINO politicians. But wait a minute.  Cruz is a Conservative, not a RINO.  Yet they’re booing him at the behest of RINO politicians, including party chairman Reince, the RINO, Preibus.

 

Conservative voters, as well as the non-commital strongman voters looking for a hero, not a president, there’s not much choice now other than Trump. Staying home, or voting for a Third Party candidate, will only guarantee that Hillary will win in November.

 

We’re stuck over the same barrel we’ve been stuck since the late 1980’s when George H.W. Bush, a decidedly moderate candidate, caved in to a solidly Democrat Congress and raised taxes, thereby losing the 1992 election to Bill Clinton. As a result, Clinton decimated the border patrol (doesn’t ANYBODY remember that?!), allowing millions of Mexicans to take up residence in the United States.

 

We were told to pity them, that they were simply seeking work. But the work in which they engaged as the cultivation and sale of illegal drugs in makeshift meth factories in our woodlands and suburbs.  They need more clients.  That’s one reason why our suburbs are being torn down and replaced with “Affordable Housing,” a business proposition from which it would not be surprising to find that Trump himself will benefit.

 

We cannot protect the U.S. Constitution if we cannot physically, morally, legally, virtually, and practically secure our country from our enemies, both foreign and domestic. Without that security, the Constitution won’t be worth the paper on which it is written.  Obama and the Supreme Court have already done a thorough job of shredding it these last seven years.

 

Still, some of us do care about the rule of law (which our law enforcement officers and military do a better job of protecting than our elected representatives). Cruz’ speech last night was the speech Trump should give tonight (but probably won’t; hearing his name chanted seems to suffice in his opinion for substantive support).

 

Reince Preibus and others accused Cruz of narcissism in his speech. Are they kidding?  He used some personal examples, which is simply standard speechwriting, not egotism.  Of course a speaker uses personal anecdotes, as well as third-party stories, sometimes quotes from authors, a few cultural references, and maybe a joke or two.

 

Mix all that into the foundation of your speech and you’ll keep your audience’s attention. You need to use a few more words than “amazing!” “fantastic!” and “great!” and insults to satisfy an intelligent audience.

 

If Trump truly wants the rest of us to listen and not simply chant his name, as Cruz so aptly observed, he might consider “plagiarizing” Cruz’ speech from last night.

 

Word for freedom-loving word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Raising Our Standards While Honoring Law Enforcement Officers

The five Dallas police officers who were murdered on July 7 had scarcely been buried – one funeral procession stretched for at least a mile – than three more officers were murdered in Baton Rouge, La., on July 17 in an ambush by a crazed, ex-Marine member of the Nation of Islam.

Our hearts sank in sorrow and dismay as our national emblem was once again lowered.

The United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, also known as the Flag Code, contains no proscription against civilians or civilian organizations flying the flag at half-staff – exactly. Generally, the code states that only the President of the United States may order the flag flown at half-staff for various government officials and even certain foreign dignitaries.

However, under subsection “m”:

“ m) The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff. By order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory. In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential instructions or orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law. In the event of the death of a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that State, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff. The flag shall be flown at half-staff thirty days from the death of the President or a former President; ten days from the day of death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice or a retired Chief Justice of the United States, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives; from the day of death until interment of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory, or possession; and on the day of death and the following day for a Member of Congress. As used in this subsection –

(1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;

(2) the term ‘executive or military department’ means any agency listed under sections 101 and 102 of title 5; and

(3) the term ‘Member of Congress’ means a Senator, a Representative, a Delegate, or the Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico.

No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.”

During the Vietnam War, the flying, and particularly, the destruction of the American flag, was a sensitive issue.  Ultimately, the Supreme Court decided in 1966 that the destruction of the flag was considered a right protected the First Amendment.  Flags were also being flown at half-staff for fallen soldiers, especially those from small towns.  Members of the military considered this to be not quite a proper use of the American flag, as provisions had been made for the flying of the flag at half-staff on Memorial Day and Veterans Day to specifically honor all those who had served and died as well as veterans of the Armed Services.

This way the flag would not have to be flown perpetually at half-staff, destroying morale and permanently lowering, in effect, our national emblem and standard. In the 1990s, May 15 was declared Peace Officers, or Law Enforcement Officer, Day, to memorialize those who served and died in that capacity.

In 1970, Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of POW/MIA Families, recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs.  Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Florida, Times-Union, Mrs. Hoff contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice President of Annin & Company, which had made a banner for the newest member of the United Nations, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as part of their policy to provide flags of all United Nations member states.  Mrs. Hoff found Mr. Rivkees very sympathetic to the POW/MIA issue.  He and an Annin advertising agency employee, Newt Heisley, designed a flag to represent our missing men.

Following approval by the League’s Board of Directors at a meeting held January 22-23, 1972, POW/MIA flags were manufactured for distribution.  Wanting the widest possible dissemination and use of this symbol to advocate for improved treatment for and answers on American POW/MIAs, no trade mark or copyright was sought.  As a result, widespread use of the League’s POW/MIA flag is not restricted legally.  The large volume of commercial production and sales now required to meet demands of federal and state laws does not benefit the League financially, though Annin & Company did contribute a modest amount on one occasion.

On March 9, 1989, an official League flag – flown over the White House on National POW/MIA Recognition Day 1988 – was installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda as a result of legislation passed overwhelmingly during the 100th Congress.  In a demonstration of bipartisan Congressional support, the leadership of both Houses hosted the installation ceremony, at which League Executive Director Ann Mills-Griffiths delivered remarks representing the POW/MIA families.

The League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever displayed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda where it stands as a powerful symbol of America’s determination to account for U.S. personnel still missing and unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.  On August 10, 1990, the 101st Congress passed U.S. Public Law 101-355, which recognized the League’s POW/MIA flag and designated it “the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation.”

The importance of the POW/MIA flag lies in its continued visibility, a constant reminder of the plight of America’s unreturned veterans.  Other than “Old Glory,” the League’s POW/MIA flag is the only flag ever to fly over the White House, displayed since 1982 in this place of honor on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Passage by the 105th Congress of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act required that the League’s POW/MIA flag fly six days each year: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day.  It must be displayed at the White House, the US Capitol, the Departments of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, the headquarters of the Selective Service System, major military installations as designated by the Secretary of Defense, all Federal cemeteries and all offices of the US Postal Service.  In addition to the specific dates stipulated, the Department of Veterans Affairs voluntarily displays our POW/MIA flag 24/7.  The National Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans and World War II Memorials are now also required by law to display the POW/MIA flag daily.  Most State Capitols have adopted similar laws, as have local governments nationwide.

League policy on POW/MIA flag display was adopted at the League’s 32nd Annual Meeting in June, 2001.  Members present overwhelmingly passed the following resolution:   “Be it RESOLVED that the National League of POW/MIA Families strongly recommends that state and municipal entities fly the POW/MIA flag daily to demonstrate continuing commitment to the goal of the fullest possible accounting of all personnel not yet returned to American soil.”

Meaning no disrespect to our law enforcement officers, if we are not to yield our sovereignty, our domestic tranquility, and the rule of law to the mobs, can we really afford to leave our national flag in a perpetual state of mourning? Can we come up with some other answer to the problem of expressing our sorrow, outrage, and determination to support our law enforcement officers, as well as our military, without surrendering our flag?

The promoters of the POW/MIA flag recognized this dilemma.

Are there any enterprising designers out there who could design, perhaps, a general national flag of mourning that could answer to immediate purposes without having to resort to lowering the American flag at every individual, personal loss? Or one to recognize any one of the various civilian services affected by a crime or disaster?

Would the American people support the issuing of such a flag and would our legislative representatives propose the necessary legislation for making such a flag official, concomitant with the regulations regarding the display of said flag? Now, the POW/MIA flag is already officially flown on national holidays.  But there’s nothing to say that this new flag couldn’t be flown on other days (which generally don’t occur on holidays).

Since police officers are killed in the line of duty nearly every day, we speak more specifically of those murdered. Even so, we can expect to see this proposed flag flying nearly every day.

But at least we’d see the American flag restored to her place of dignity and reverence, unsullied by the acts of criminals who have robbed law enforcement officers of their lives and citizens of their freedom and protection by said law enforcement officers.

It’s just my opinionated opinion, but the flag should never have been permitted to be lowered for anyone, other than our fallen military on Memorial Day and Veterans Day (those who served and survived, but died later in life), and yes, our fallen law enforcement officers on May 15, and the President and Vice President of the United States, in the event of their death. That should be it – on those specific dates.  On Memorial and Veterans Days, incidentally, the flag is only flown at half-staff until noon, at which point, it is raised again.

Pardon me, I’d excluded D-Day, September 11th, and Pearl Harbor.  Those were notably tragic days in U.S. history and rightfully should be commemorated by the flag flying at half-staff.  Let us hope we don’t have too many more days like those days.

Otherwise, we might as well take Old Glory down and not have a flag at all, least of all a flag that’s supposed to represent freedom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 20, 2016 at 11:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Trump for President: A Fait Accomplis

Never Trumpers, you gave it your best try, but last night, the Republican Party nominated Donald J. Trump as their candidate for president in the 2016 election. It’s not the end of the world – necessarily.  Or perhaps it will be.  Whatever, the case, you have little recourse now but to vote for The Donald, vote for a third party candidate, vote for Hillary Clinton, or stay home, which is pretty much the same thing as staying home or voting for Third Party.  Or for Hillary.

 

Many players are to blame for what you consider a travesty of the electoral process. The Electoral College, which allows electors too much leeway in casting their votes for a candidate other than the one voters elected them to select.  The Republican Party, for nominating, year after year, unelectable candidate after unelectable candidate who drives down the middle of the road, which lately has been more or less in the middle of the Left lane.

 

You can also blame indoctrinated Millennials who have drunk the Progressive kool-aid (and smoked the Woodrow Wilson Weed) and voted for social-issue Republican candidates who in favor of illegal immigration, abortion, raising the minimum wage, gay marriage, green energy, reducing the military, and not following through in the Middle East. They also favor higher taxes on everyone, including themselves and legalizing their favorite, brain-melting recreational drugs, which accounts for their laxity in electing Liberal Republicans.

 

We know the Media is to blame. They’ve served as the Progressive Propaganda machine for decades, when television was still in black and white, ladies and gentlemen wore hats (women wore gloves as well), and computers were the size of small houses.  The Internet has been both a boon and a bane to average citizens.  They can get more public information, unfiltered by a biased media and immediately with the click of a mouse, but at the hazard of their personal information.

 

Beware you who believe that you are safe if you simply sign-off the Internet and work off-line or even turn off your computer altogether: as long as the Internet wire is plugged into your modem, a hacker can (and will) invade your personal computer and all the firewalls in the world will be of no avail.

 

Let us not overlook, either, the role cross-over Democrats have played in the primary elections. In open-ballot elections, where Democrats could vote, Trump won.  In closed elections, he either didn’t win or didn’t win enough to keep the other contenders from gaining electors.  Nor should we overlook the contribution of illegal aliens who, in some states, are given open (and even welcome) access to the voting booth.  So much for our patriotic firewall.

 

Will Trump keep his campaign promises? Have any of them?  Does he mean business when talks about national security?  I believe he does.  Being a denizen of the New York metropolitan area, I’ve listened to him many mornings on WOR-AM 710, with the now-retired John Gambling.  He’s been very consistent on this message.  He even wanted to rebuild the Twin Towers as they were.  Cooler heads, fortunately, prevailed on that matter.  His intentions were good, but would have had a devastating effect on grieving family and friends and on the general populace of the Metro-New York and New Jersey area, who watched the Twin Towers fall in person.

 

I still don’t buy that stuff about Atlantic City. Although it’s true that he was over-leveraged in A.C., Atlantic City had many problems and many failures.  To place all those problems and failures on man’s shoulders without examining the whole of Atlantic City and its history is an unfair burden to place on a single individual.

 

A more legitimate problem is his financial support of his now-opponent, Hillary Clinton. Unless Congress and the FBI do a turnabout, or the general populace wakes up to her greater and much more serious character flows, the Democrat Party will nominate her as their presidential candidate.

 

Alas, that the Trumpsters did not listen to the Tea Party back in 2009. Alas that the GOP RINOs were able to inflict so much damage on the nascent Tea Party (if they’d listened to me, it wouldn’t have happened) that their reputation was ruined and their chances of effectiveness reduced.  I told you so, guys.

 

The Trumpsters trust him, however. He sounds like a tough guy and that’s who they want.  Maybe this is the kind of president we need.  The other kind certainly hasn’t worked:  we’re the laughingstock of the world.

 

In any case, Trump more or less won the primaries legitimately. The GOP did well (I guess) not to challenge him.  Personally, I can’t help thinking this is not going to end well.  But if the illegal alien drug dealers can be sent packing, the Islamic terrorists sent to hell, and the Iranian nuclear deal sent to the furnace, it’s about the best we can hope for.

 

So once more, Conservative voters must dip their feet into murky political waters and trust that they won’t be betrayed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 20, 2016 at 10:19 am  Leave a Comment  

The Islamic War on the West

With each Islamic terrorist attack, the state of war in which we find ourselves becomes more apparent. Last night, Bill O’Reilly and Charles Krauthammer were debating whether Obama “understands” the nature of this conflict.

 

Krauthammer claimed that while Obama understands it, he underestimates it in terms of past historical world wars. O’Reilly dismissed all claims that Obama simply doesn’t understand that this is a religious war, which the Islamists started.

 

Theories of relativity are useless to the victims of Paris, Brussels, Orlando, San Bernardino and countless other cities around the world and their families. They’re dead and the President of the United States shrugs.

 

Obama mumbles words of sympathy, makes token signs of showing strength in the face of Islamic terrorism, then orders our free press not to use phrases such as “War on Terror” or “Islamic Terrorism.”

 

Take Obama for what he is: an anti-Western, anti-Capitalism (in other words, Communist), anti-White, anti-Suburban, anti-military tyrant.  He’s of the firm view that the United States and its gas-guzzling, energy-consuming (tax-paying) consumers are responsible for all the problems in the Middle East.

 

He can’t say so of course, but he secretly believes the West is getting what it deserves. Just ask any of his bureaucratic minions, with Liberal jobs-for-life.  They’ve got nothing to lose by expressing these very sentiments for him.  Just ask his Chicago buddy, William Ayers.

 

Two brands of Muslims are fighting one another, the Sunnis and the Shias. Think of the Shias as the city-dwellers.  They’re the Persians (now Iranians) who want to see a worldwide caliphate.  The Sunnis are the camel-riders.  They believe they’re descended from the original followers of Mohammed.  The Shias want to institute Sharia law.  Actually, so do the Sunnis.  Both want to institute their brand of Islam.

 

There are said to be two Qu’rans. The one was a peaceable tome written to appeal to the Jews and the Christians of Mecca.  After they rejected Mohammed’s offers and drove him out of Mecca (where he wrote the original Qu’ran), he wrote a second version, more violent than the first, in which he urged the killing of infidels.

 

Until these two books can be reconciled, there will be no religious peace in the Middle East, or anywhere else. That is how a Muslim can claim to be “peaceful” and another shout “Allah Akhbar” and run down crowds of families at a fireworks display in Nice, France.

 

That is how Obama gets away with excusing such atrocities by claiming that “that’s not Islam.”

 

Given the dual nature of Islam’s founder, the fact is both brands of Islam are “Islamic.” Both sects want to see a caliphate.  One simply wants the quick and dirty way, while the other prefers the boiled frog method.

 

Some media are trying to blame this incident on a bout of depression over a failed marriage. The only trouble is, as the police fired on him (in the cab of the truck), his last words were, “Allah Akbar!”

 

So yet another city (again, in France, not known to be a particularly religious country) mourns its dead, and another city trembles in fear lest it be next on the Terror Hit list. Word is that Ankara, Turkey, is already that next city.  It may even be a coup.

 

ISIS is on the march through the Levant. Innocent people are dying at the hands of jihadists.  Police departments and intelligence agencies are on high alert.  Yet Obama is oblivious to the fact that Islam is at war with the world.

 

When someone declares war on you, you’re at war whether you want to admit it, whether it’s politically convenient, or whether it’s constitutionally viable or not.

 

 

 

Published in: on July 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Farewell to Federal Hill

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Bloomingdale’s bubble has burst.

 

My mother predicted its demise as safe, quiet suburban town decades ago. An experienced construction trade reporter, she scorned the local residents who prided themselves on their non-urban town.

 

“One day, their bubble is going to burst,” she declared. “Then they’ll see.  You can’t keep out progress forever.  There’s too much money and corruption to hold it off indefinitely.”

 

Yet that’s exactly why my parents moved us to Bloomingdale in August of 1961. They were city people.  They moved here to get away from the crime, the drugs, the overcrowding, the pollution, the filth and urban decay.  Even then, the quarry owners were pounding away at Federal Hill.  The demolitions were so strong that they drove the snakes out of Federal Hill and onto our hill.

 

On Tuesday, I went to visit my 92 year-old mom. Next month, she’ll have lived in Bloomingdale for 55 years.  In her 15 years as a construction reporter, she’d seen many pristine woodlands denuded to make way for suburban tracts as well apartments.  She always deplored the clear-lot method of developing (cutting down all the trees).  She warned that such practices would lead to soil erosion and flooding.

 

She chose the Jeffrey development because she’d researched the developer and found he held her view on not cutting down the forest for the keys. I remember riding in our station wagon up Jeffrey Drive before it was completely paved.  The road was a switchback road because the grade was so steep.

 

The road was also completely muddy and we got stuck a few times before we reached the top. It was winter.  We passed the built houses and drove on into the ongoing development.  Our house was merely a frame at the time.  We were there because the house was built atop an enormous rock formation.  The developer feared to blast any more of the rock away because it might bring down the other houses.

 

So we settled for a half-basement and crawl space.

 

The residents of that time were just as unhappy as the current residents are now. The Jeffrey hill had once been a favorite picnic spot.  From the very top, they said you could see the New York skyline.  There were brooks for fishing and meadows for romping.  We used to romp in the meadows of the Federal Hill tract (Washington Hill, actually).  So did the Nazi youth, World War I arms smugglers, derelicts, and hippies.  We had Brownie, the Rhodesian Ridgeback with us, though, so we were safe enough.  The hapless mutineers of the New Jersey militia, who simply wanted food and clothing, met their fate there.

 

For 55 years, I’ve gazed with pleasure at the Federal Hill ridge. But always my mother’s warning was in the back of my mind.  One day this whole place would be nothing but apartment buildings, derelicts, criminals, and garbage.  Lots of garbage.

 

The drug dealers settled into the woods of upper Passaic County some 20 or 30 years ago, when Bill Clinton decimated the Border Patrol, allowing illegal immigrants to take up residence in our woods and ply their trade. The woods are said to be the home of meth factories.  The “workers” board N.J. Transit 196 or 197 and “commute” to their “factory” jobs in the morning.

 

Then they come home in the evening and peddle their wares in our own neighborhoods at night. Thank you, Millennials.

 

In addition to influx of drug dealers, we’re also be invaded by over-crowded New Yorkers, specifically Long Islanders who can no longer afford the cost of living on the island. They have plenty of money; that’s who Mayor Dunleavy thinks of in terms of “money”.  They don’t give a hound’s tooth about mowing lawns, keeping homes, or growing gardens.

 

Life, in their view, is getting in their expensive cars, speeding, tailgating, and weaving in and out of traffic on Routes 23 and 287 at high speed. Union Avenue residents, many of whom have “No Quarry Expansion” signs on their lawns evidently don’t realize their danger.  I tried to point it out at a town council meeting (which the Suburban Trends did NOT cover) when I asked them whether Union Avenue would be expanded.

 

What a panicked reaction I got from this question. The council members had to whisper to one another before one final whisper from Mayor Dunleavy brought forth this answer:  “Oh you mean right in front of Avalon Bay?  Well, yes, Union Avenue will have to be expanded there in order to create turning lane.”

 

That’s not what I meant, I told them. So Mayor Dunleavy pointed out that it was a county road over which Bloomingdale had little jurisdiction.  Never fear though.  As easily as the town and whatever bureaucrats were involved to get that tract of land declared an “urban blight zone,” those current homes on Union Avenue will be cleared away, by court order if necessary, for the good of the town to build a road for a development the residents never wanted in the first place.

 

The Trends reported on Wednesday that the town council has magnanimously granted a two-week extension for residents to display the sign; an extension of rule no one can find on the books, apparently. But it’s already two weeks.  In another two weeks, Tilcon will have already cut through the woods right down to Union Avenue, creating a direct path between Bloomingdale and its crime-ridden neighbor, Pompton Lakes.  Anything to make life for the drug dealers easier.

 

Federal Hill will be gone. Tilcon will be gone, counting its money.  The town council will probably be gone.  The red crane on top of Federal Hill on Tuesday was Tilcon (and by association, the Bloomingdale mayor and town council) giving the residents of Bloomingdale the middle finger.

 

May the ghosts of Federal Hill haunt them and those who live there for eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stopped in the Name of the Law

He wasn’t the biggest police officer in the room. But he was certainly the loudest, as a wise-cracking young boy discovered during a local community’s Junior Police Academy.

 

The officer called for silence in the cafeteria. However this boy, about ten, prattled on.  In what seemed like an instant the cop was leaning across the table, right in the kid’s face.

 

“Do I have your attention now!?” the officer roared.

 

The little cafeteria rang with the question and the junior police officers lined up in their squads, boys and girls alike.

 

Alton Sterling, who was fatally shot by two Baton Rouge, La., police officers at a local convenience store, didn’t look like he was “trouble.” However, according to various news accounts published by online source Snopes:

 

Sterling did indeed have a criminal record. The East Baton Rouge Parish’s Sheriff’s Office listed Sterling as a “Tier 1” offender due to a 2000 conviction for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. This conviction, as well as arrests for domestic violence and weapons charges, were noted in reports about his death by mainstream media publications such as CNN and  the New York Daily News:

 

Sterling was a registered sex offender, after a 2000 conviction for carnal knowledge of a juvenile, records show. The circumstances of the case were not immediately clear. Records say he was released for his offense in October 2004.

 

He was previously arrested for aggravated battery, criminal damage to property, unauthorized entry and domestic abuse battery, records show. In 2009, he was sentenced to five years in prison for marijuana possession and for carrying an illegal weapon with a controlled dangerous substance.

 

According to CNN: Sterling was selling CDs early Tuesday outside the Triple S Food Mart in Baton Rouge, a source said, when a homeless man approached him and asked for money.

 

The man was persistent, and Sterling showed him his gun, the source said.

 

“I told you to leave me alone,” Sterling told the man, according to the source.

 

The homeless man then used his cell phone to call 911. The police arrived and a struggle ensued. The cops appeared to have him on the ground, finally, and one officer pulls his gun out and shoots the suspect.  After Sterling was shot, a cop removes Sterling’s gun from his pants’ pocket.

 

As for the hapless Philando Castille, shot by a suburban police officer multiple times near St. Paul, Minn., late Thursday night, the authorities said Mr. Castile, a 32-year-old cafeteria supervisor at a St. Paul school, had been killed by multiple gunshot wounds, and the medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. State investigators identified the officer who shot him as Jeronimo Yanez, a four-year veteran of the St. Anthony Police Department.

 

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating his death, said the shooting happened after Officer Yanez and another officer, Joseph Kauser, pulled Mr. Castile over Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul that St. Anthony police are contracted to patrol.

 

Investigators gave few details about what had happened, but they said that Officer Yanez had approached from the driver’s side and Officer Kauser from the passenger’s side, and that Officer Yanez eventually opened fire. State officials said a gun was recovered from the scene, though the Facebook Live video suggested Mr. Castille might have had a permit to carry a gun legally. State officials said they were barred by law from saying whether Mr. Castille had a concealed-carry permit.

 

When the officers approached the car, Castille shouted out that he had a licensed gun. Castille also had a record, according to CNN, of having been pulled over 52 times in a period of four years.  His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who was in the car with him, has YouTubed herself smoking bongs in the car with her 4 year-old daughter in the back seat.

 

“We got pulled over for what allegedly was supposed to be a broken taillight,” Reynolds said.

“[The police officer] let us know that we had a broken taillight. He asked us, were we aware of it and we said, ‘No.’  As we said ‘No’, he tells us to put our hands in the air.”

 

According to Reynolds, she and Castille complied with the order, at which point the officer at the driver’s side window asked Castille for his license and registration.

 

“My boyfriend carries all his information in a thick wallet in his right side back pocket,” Reynolds said. “As he’s reaching for his back pocket wallet he lets the officer know, ‘Officer, I have a firearm on me.’ I begin to yell, ‘But he’s licensed to carry.’ ” According to Reynolds, the officer started firing shortly after.

 

In the case of Alton Sperling, he menaced another person with a gun and the homeless called 911. The two police officers wrestled around with Sperling, who wrestled right back, and at least one of them wound up shooting him.  Did the cop think Sperling was reaching for his gun?  The cop was on top of him and probably felt the shape of the gun as he knelt on the suspect.

 

Only an investigation will tell us whether Sperling had a conceal-and-carry permit. But given that he was a convicted felon, that’s not likely.

 

The unfortunate Mr. Castile is, to be sure, a more tragic figure. But any of the 10 year-olds at the junior police academy could have told Mr. Castile that if you have a gun, it’s not something you yell out to the police.  In fact, the less you say to a cop, the better.  Let the police officer do the talking.  In trying not to get shot, instead of simply handing over his wallet and keeping his hands on the steering wheel (or the dashboard), Castile got himself shot for a broken tail light.

 

Because of these two incidents, now five Dallas police officers are dead. They were killed by a black Army reservist who wanted to kill white people and white police officers at a Black Lives Matter, anti-police rally.  Billed as a “peaceful” protest, the Dallas police were ordered not to wear riot gear, bullet-proof vests, or any other gear that could make the protesters feel ‘intimidated.’  This order made the Dallas police officers sitting ducks.

 

Nobody should be surprised at the gulf between the black community and law enforcement. Community activists insist that law enforcement needs to work on their community communications skills.  But perhaps the black community should consider attending junior police academy to learn what police do and why they do it.

 

Any ten year-old – at least any suburban ten year-old – could tell you that when it comes to law enforcement, there are no “buts.” You have the right to remain silent when questioned by the police and you should take advantage of that right.

 

 

 

Published in: on July 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm  Leave a Comment