In the United States, we have a tradition of honoring our losses with calls to action. This element of our American character — learning and growing from crises — provides opportunities for us to demonstrate leadership to our fellow citizens here at home and to others abroad. The losses from Hurricane Sandy are tragic, heart-wrenching and devastating. Like so many others in New Jersey, we find it hard to put into words the sincere and deep sorrow we have felt over the personal, emotional and economic toll taken on so many New Jerseyans from Cape May to High Point,
Comments: Two former liberal governors of New Jersey—"Flim Flam" Florio and Tom "Jamie Gorelick?/9-11" Kean—suggest we need a new Marshall Plan (no doubt with "federal funds") to buttress the Garbage State against the menace of global warming.
Marblemouth Kean and Marblehead Florio - - two freaking idiots.
Their glo-bull warming hurricane was followed a few days later by a freak early-November blizzard. So - - let´s just focus on the hurricane - - and ignore that inconvenient blizzard which ripped through New Juhuhuhuhuhuhsey.
Being idiots is their problem - - but when they hold our intelligence in contempt - - then they´ve got a problem with US!
Political opportunism, making partisan advantage of other people´s sorrow. Apparently any sorrow will do: I hadn´t noticed any victims complaining about unseasonable heat. If hurricanes are markers climate change then what does it mean there have been so few in recent years? These people predict everything right after it happens, and are ready with a policy prescription, always the same one. Policymaking ambulance chasers.
Google may tout itself as being a publicly responsible, green fingered, all-things-good company that touts green technology, but the companies chief executives are not setting a good example from on high. In fact, it would appear they´re flying high whilst American taxpayers foot the bill. Despite lobbying the federal government on environmental policy, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt have put 3.4 million miles on their private jets in recent years, polluting the atmosphere with 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide according to The Blaze. Forget using Google Hangouts to conduct business, the execs prefer the old-fashioned
New Jersey added 2,200 jobs in September and October, while the jobless rate ticked down slightly, giving little sign of a robust economic recovery in the first employment report released in two months due to the federal government shutdown. The state lost 2,000 private sector jobs and added 4,200 government jobs in the two-month period, according to the report released by New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The report also revised New Jersey´s previous loss of 1,500 jobs in August, to a gain of 1,400 jobs. (Snip) The jobless rate ticked down from 8.5 percent in August, to
The Port Authority will be stuffing its coffers with holiday travelers’ cash. New Yorkers heading home from the Thanksgiving weekend are going to get roasted when they try to cross the PA’s bridges and tunnels, as a rate hike is scheduled to go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 1. E-ZPass tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, and Holland Tunnel will increase by 75 cents to $11 during peak hours. Off-peak, they will increase from $8.25 to $9. (Snip) Truckers whose vehicles have six axles will pay $84 in peak hours, up from $72. Trucks with four axles
Crime figures are routinely massaged by police desperate to show that they are making the streets safer, it was claimed yesterday. Serious offences including rape, child sex abuse, robberies and burglary are disappearing in a ‘puff of smoke’, MPs were told. Police are accused of downgrading crimes to less serious offences and even erasing them altogether by labelling them as accidents or errors. One police analyst claimed that hundreds of burglaries ‘disappeared’ in a matter of weeks at the Met after managers intervened. (Snip) Chairman Bernard Jenkin said he was ‘shocked’ by the evidence. ‘What we have heard is how there
Yet another incident of violence near a PATH station occurred this afternoon, resulting in a half dozen teens being taken into custody in Hoboken, officials said. A group of what were described as high school students outside the Hoboken Terminal/PATH Station at about 1 p.m. were verbally harassing people and throwing bottles, New Jersey Transit spokesman William Smith said. When Hoboken police responded, the teens fled into the train station, where they were taken into custody by NJ Transit police officers, Smith said. The teens were then turned over to Hoboken police to be processed, said Smith, adding that it
Newark — In New Jersey´s largest city, Councilwoman Mildred Crump has returned to the council president’s seat. Crump was voted in unanimously, 7-0, at the Monday night meeting, a city official confirmed this morning. (Snip) Crump is currently under scrutiny by the state comptroller´s office, which is investigating whether she steered $17,000 in city funds to the Global Women´s Leadership Collaborative, a nonprofit group she helped found in 2008. The comptroller also cited her for directing $2,850 to the World Gospel Music Association, of which she is an active member, according to her City Hall biography. Crump has called the accusations
Ten students from Overbrook High School in West Philadelphia were taken into custody after a massive fight broke out, according to a report from CBS. The fight was captured on cell phone video and allegedly began because of a post on a social media site, the report said. Two students suffered minor injuries, the report said, along with a school administrator. An employee at the school who asked not to be identified told CBS that this type of behavior isn’t uncommon. “It’s mayhem. Students are in the hall, they’re smoking in the bathroom; cigarettes, marijuana,” the worker said. “We can’t
A Jersey City department director who earns a six-figure salary claims to live in College Towers, an apartment complex on the West Side that caters to low- and middle-income families. Michael Razzoli, who runs the city Department of Public Works, says he resides in one of the co-op’s College Drive buildings. But an application to College Towers says a resident’s household income must not exceed $64,000. Razzoli, whose name is misspelled on the apartment’s doorbell, makes $117,048 as the DPW director, in addition to a $65,085 annual pension as a retired firefighter. (Snip) “It’s a good crashing place,
Union Township — A top Kean University administrator has left the school after being accused of plagiarism, according to campus documents and school officials. A complaint filed last week said Katerina Andriotis, the university’s associate vice president for academic affairs, copied nearly nine pages of a 15-page campus enrollment management report from two documents found on the internet. (Snip) "This was not some midlevel administrator," said Castiglione, an associate professor of physics. "The violations of the Academic Integrity Policy were by the second in command in the Office of Academic Affairs, the very office tasked with enforcing academic standards." Reached via
President Barack Obama told a conference-call audience of 200,000 progressive volunteers on Monday evening that ´more than 100 million Americans´ – in a nation of less than 314 million – have successfully signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act. A weary-sounding Obama made the gaffe during a call hosted by Organizing For Action, the nonprofit successor to his campaign organization Obama For America. ´I just wanted to take a few minutes to speak to everybody because you guys are the ones who are in the trenches, day-in, day-out,´ Obama said, complaining of ´misinformation´ that has circulated
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has a long list of reasons why its customers aren´t spending as much as hoped: the expiration of the payroll tax cut in January, the November rollback of food-stamp benefits and continued uncertainty in Washington. Now, the world´s largest retailer is hinting at a new one: the looming individual mandate to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The company attributed a third consecutive drop in U.S. comparable-store sales to a laundry list of macroeconomic headwinds when it reported earnings last week. Wal-Mart, which forecast continued gloominess through year-end, told analysts
Abuja — In the gloom of a hilltop cave in Nigeria where she was held captive, Hajja had a knife pressed to her throat by a man who gave her a choice - convert to Islam or die. Two gunmen from Boko Haram had seized the Christian teenager in July as she picked corn near her village in the Gwoza hills, a remote part of northeastern Nigeria where a six-month-old government offensive is struggling to contain an insurgency by the al Qaeda-linked Islamist group. In a new development, Boko Haram is abducting Christian women whom it converts to Islam
It´s no secret that Sarah Palin is mighty steamed at MSNBC and Martin Bashir over his despicable remarks about the abusive treatment he imagines for her. And now she´s doing something about it. The former Alaska governor and Fox News contributor was scheduled to sit down with Matt Lauer for a Christmas season interview. That´s now toast. Palin has now canceled Lauer´s scheduled trip to Wasilla, a source close to her tells me. It´s not because Palin is upset with Lauer or the "Today" show, but as a protest against NBC for not taking action against Bashir. In fact, Palin once sat
´´Knockout´´ attacks have been reported in several states around the country and now investigators believe three people have been attacked in our area. Police in Lower Merion are investigating two attacks in the area, and Philadelphia detectives are investigating an attack in Northeast Philadelphia. It’s a violent crime that in other parts of the country has proven fatal. Videos from cities around the country show people being punched and beaten at random.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on a conference call organized by Karl Rove’s Crossroads organization for large donors and their advisers on Oct. 30 that the Tea Party movement, in his view, is a “nothing but a bunch of bullies” that he plans to “punch … in the nose.” On the call, according to a donor who was on it, McConnell personally named Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) as Tea Party conservatives he views as problematic for him. “The bulk of it was an attack on the Tea Party in general, Cruz in particular,” the source, a
A teen playing the "Knockout Game" in Lansing, Michigan unwittingly targeted a concealed carry permit holder and was shot twice. He survived and is now in jail. As Breitbart News previously reported, the "Knockout Game" thrives in areas where victims are unarmed. In the "game," teens approach a stranger on the sidewalk or in an alley and punch the stranger in an attempt to knock him or her out. A punch that results in a knockout scores one point. WILX in Lansing reported that teenager Marvell Weaver, who is black, tried to knock out a father who was standing at
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid´s finger is hovering over the big red button that will launch the Democrats´ nuclear attack against the United States Senate. By which we mean that, having secured 51 votes, Reid reportedly plans to advance a change to the body´s voting rules that would facilitate the approval of presidential nominees. KABOOM. That rules change, the much-discussed "nuclear option," is not an insignificant move for Reid. It´s not as bad as what happened in, say, Hiroshima in 1945, but it upends a long-standing tradition in the chamber. The problem in the Democrats´ view, as we´ve noted before,
WASHINGTON -- Democrats quickly enjoyed the first fruits of a milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama´s nominations: They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial selections and prepared to do the same for two others. Over the longer term, they might regret what they did and how they did it, Republicans and others are warning. When Democrats muscled the changes through Thursday over the opposition of every GOP senator, it helped heighten Congress´ already high level of partisan animosity. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., used a process that
Today, President Obama and the Democrats are faced with the opportunity to take a timeout – a timeout from ObamaCare. I believe that they should delay ObamaCare for six months to a year. America’s health care system isn’t something that can be pieced together on an ad-hoc basis amidst failing websites, party infighting, bickering insurers and a confused American public. Since the website launched last month, it has become increasingly clear that the policy – and indeed the mechanics – weren’t ready yet. And while I, along with the rest of the American people, would’ve preferred that it had worked
Joining the hosts of MSNBC’s The Cycle on Friday, legendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw previewed a special on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination that will air on MSNBC that night. Recounting his experiences from that day, he said that the reaction to JFK’s assassination, “mostly in conservative states,” was encapsulated by his interaction with one man who expressed satisfaction over the president’s killing. “This was unusual but it was not unheard of,” Brokaw told the MSNBC hosts, prefacing a conservative’s reaction to JFK’s killing. “As I came running out of the announce booth, the chief engineer,
To the average American, ObamaCare is part web site disaster, part shattered campaign promise writ very, very large. Millions of Americans have already been forced out of their existing health care policies, a number that may skyrocket in the new year. Russell Simmons sees it differently. The hip-hop mogul says ObamaCare is already so successful it´s saved thousands, if not millions of lives. Yes, we initially wanted single payer, and we had to compromise back in 2009 for the Affordable Care Act. But, it is a damn good piece of legislation that has already saved hundreds of thousands, if not millions of lives. So,
Appearing shell-shocked by the Harry Reid’s abrupt move to pass the “nuclear option” through the Senate, Republicans there issued ominous warnings to reporters outside the chamber. “When you start, it’s like wars — there’s no end to this. I don’t know where it goes,” says Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “In my view this is the most important and most dangerous restructuring of Senate rules since Thomas Jefferson wrote them at the beginning of our country,” Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says. Democrats have been open about wanting the change so President Obama’s regulations, executive actions and other unilateral decisions enjoy a
“Congress is broken,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday before holding a party-line vote that disposed of rules that have guided and protected the chamber since 1789. If Congress wasn’t broken before, it certainly is now. What Reid (Nev.) and his fellow Democrats effectively did was take the chamber of Congress that still functioned at a modest level and turn it into a clone of the other chamber, which functions not at all. They turned the Senate into the House. Democrats were fully justified in stripping Republicans of their right to filibuster President Obama’s nominees — yet they will
For the White House, November has been the cruelest month, with increasing worry among Democrats that a year from now could mean another midterm electoral disaster, similar to the results in 2010 when Republicans picked up over 60 House seats to gain control and netted six Senate seats as well. Each day produces a new poll with terrible numbers for the president and his policies. The Obama approval level has dipped below 40% in several surveys in recent days, and yesterday hit an all-time low of 37% in a CBS poll — a survey that in the past has often