Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Frontier passenger allegedly touched 2 flight attendants breasts, then screamed his parents are worth $2 million, before punching a flight attendant. Frontier suspended the crew for duct taping the passenger to his seat as they landed in Miami. 22 yr old Max Berry is in custody. pic.twitter.com/4xS9Rwvafx— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) August 3, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021
A hugely successful state senator who won again and again in a sprawling suburban district, Diane Allen is a proven vote getter. Like Jack himself, she knows how to win over independents and Democrats. She's demonstrated that over and over. And, in New Jersey, let's face it: you've got to do that to win and you've got to WIN to govern. Let me repeat this: Republicans can't run the state until they WIN the state. And Diane Allen knows how to win.
I've known Diane Allen for a long time. I met her years ago when I worked in public relations in Philadelphia and she was a journalist and television news anchor. She's a true trailblazer. She rose to the top -- first in journalism and then in politics -- at a time when both those professions were totally male dominated. She did it by being smart, savvy, hard-working, tenacious, sensible and goal oriented.
Diane Allen is not an ideologue. She's a doer, a bridge-builder and a common-sense problem solver. And here's one of the most important things; she knows how to relate to ordinary people. She relates to them and their everyday problems. She understands their aspirations, their frustrations, their needs and concerns. And, being a lifelong professional communicator, she knows how to talk to people in clear, concise, everyday language.
Diane Allen will be a real partner with Jack Ciattarelli. They will work as a genuine team. Be sure of this: Diane Allen wouldn't be doing this is she wasn't sure she would be a full partner. And she wouldn't be doing this unless she thought she could win. Remember: at this point in her life and her career, she doesn't need this. She's done it all. She's doing this because she wants to to it, because she obviously believes in Jack and because she loves this state. And isn't it wonderful that Jack is the kind of guy who welcomes a strong, smart, sensible woman as his working partner? Isn't that the kind of governor and the kind of leader we want?
This is also great news for South Jersey because Diane Allen will be a big draw here in the suburban Philadelphia market where she is not only instantly recognized but actually beloved. She will give the ticket a big boost in Burlington County (which is key) and her drawing power will extend all the way to the Jersey Cape and even into border counties like Monmouth and Ocean.
Senator Allen also brings a bit of media goodwill with her. The media respect and admire her and that certainly won't hurt the ticket.
Plus, this woman has a reputation for integrity that is unmatched. There's never been even a hint of impropriety attached to her. Never! That's rare indeed in New Jersey politics.
The choice of Diane Allen speaks well of Jack Ciattarelli and gives us the best of New Jersey Republicanism. It signals a capacious, welcoming party that hears the people of New Jersey; that understands their hopes; that cares about their concerns and embraces their dreams. This gives us an action-motivated, can do team that's not only ready to fix our state but that's fully equipped to get to work on on day one.
This is a magnificent choice!
🚨🚨🚨 NEW REPORT ➡️ The violence against the brave men and women of law enforcement continues. Ambush-Style Attacks on officers are up +126% from 2020 (YTD). So far this year:— National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) (@GLFOP) August 2, 2021
⚠️ 185 Officers Shot
⚠️ 35 Officers Killed by Gunfire
⚠️ 67 Officers Shot in 52 Ambush-Style Attacks pic.twitter.com/4rK28VI5Kj
New Jersey state Senator Kristin Corrado today called on the Murphy Administration and Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo of the troubled New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to address systemic failings within the department after a scathing evaluation by University of Chicago researchers.
In a comprehensive review of all 50 states, the team released a report Friday concluding that New Jersey is the worst state in the nation for residents seeking assistance with unemployment insurance and other programs.
“Unfortunately, I could have told them that without conducting the survey,” said Corrado (R-40). “New Jersey is the bottom of the barrel. It’s a disgrace, an embarrassment. Clearly the labor department’s priorities are coming up short, and New Jersey residents are suffering because of it.”
Researchers tested the response rates of each state, conducting a sampling of 2,000 calls for assistance. In New Jersey, less than 20 percent of those calls reached labor department representatives.
Every other state performed better, and researchers cited several states where more than 80 percent of calls were handled adequately.
“Those states have endured the same COVID-related hardships and challenges, but the results are dramatically different,” the Senator said.
“I have said it before: If the Department of Labor was a business, they would be out of business. This study proves what millions of people across New Jersey already knew. The department’s performance has been, and continues to be, abysmal,” continued Corrado.
“After almost a year and a half of sub-standard performance, it is time to re-evaluate procedures and do whatever is necessary to clean up the mess,” said Corrado.
Months ago, the Senator called on the Department of Labor and the Murphy administration to open unemployment offices for in-person sessions so unemployed workers can have their claims settled, and introduced legislation requiring the New Jersey’s walk-in unemployment offices, closed since the start of the pandemic, to reopen immediately.
“It’s an undeniable fact that New Jersey’s unemployment system continues to fail thousands of people who have been unable to resolve claims over the phone or through the website,” Corrado said in a release announcing the bill.
“Even with expanded call centers, people get stuck in an endless loop where they’re bounced around and nobody takes responsibility for resolving their claim. It’s a lot harder to do nothing when the person who needs help is sitting in a chair in front of you. That’s why we’ve been pushing so hard to force Governor Murphy to reopen government offices that serve the public.”
Now, as many residents have returned to work, unemployment fraud has become an unmanageable problem for the labor department.
“We have received hundreds of calls from constituents who remained on the job throughout the pandemic but discovered their identities had been hacked to place fraudulent claims,” Corrado said. “They are dismayed and angry when they learn they can’t call a number to report the fraud, and they will have to jump through hoops on the Department of Labor web site.
“New Jersey residents deserve better, and it is up to the Governor and the commissioner to figure out what other states are doing and make it happen here.”
We're so tired of all the mask BS and we hate having to run this but what the hell . . . . MORE contraditcions!
Joe Biden’s top covid advisor just went on CNN and admitted the masks people are wearing don’t work against covid. As I’ve been saying, this is all just cosmetic theater. pic.twitter.com/bB58Up5GXN— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 2, 2021
Sunday, August 1, 2021
And it's occurred to me that I've lived through the JFK assassination, the Vietnam War, the fall of Saigon, racial riots, Nixon, the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, Nixon's resignation, the pardon of Nixon, rampant inflation, the energy crisis, gas lines, stagflation, the Iran hostage crisis, the collapse of the Carter administration, Reagan, the 1987 stock market crash, the Iran-Contra affair, the fall of the Soviet Union, the Gulf War, the White House travel scandal, Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, the first and only impeachment of an elected president, the 2000 presidential election cliffhanger, September 11, the second Gulf War, Obamacare, Benghazi, the VA scandal, the Clinton e-mail imbroglio, Trump's triumph, the COVID pandemic, the murder of George Floyd and the riots that followed, the second and third impeachment of an elected president, the 2020 election, Biden, Harris, rampant inflation again, "Help Wanted" signs everywhere, huge government handouts and creeping socialism. I'm sure I haven't included everything but that's more than enough.
And I haven't even touched upon the Walkman, cassettes, CDs, VCRs, iPads, iPhones, laptops, the Internet, social media, flat screen TVs, electric cars and so much more.
If I had to pick three seminal events that stand out they would be the Kennedy assassination, which occurred at such an impressionable age for me, the Vietnam war, which deeply impacted every member of my generation and September 11. For me, the pandemic and nearly everything else pales by comparison to these mammoth events.
I've been though 13 presidents, seven popes and more decades than I care to mention. I've witnessed so much that at this point I sometimes doubt anything would shock or even surprise me. And yet, we never know what tomorrow will bring.
So, as long as I'm able to, I'll be here to continue to witness it all and share my observations with you. And I hope you'll be here to join me every day. Avanti!
Saturday, July 31, 2021
Hey, @GovMurphy the @Yankees played Miami tonight. The game you’re pretending to watch was played Tuesday. Dare I say: If being a phony is your thing, maybe we’re not your state. And, by the way, work on that tan. Jersey Shore beaches are beautiful. https://t.co/ZKqFWQApse— Jack Ciattarelli (@Jack4NJ) July 31, 2021
The following is from catholicvote.org:
A RealClear Opinion Research poll found majorities of both Republican and Democrat voters support school choice. 74% of voters support school choice, including 83% of Republicans, 70% of Democrats, and 69% of independents, according to the poll, which was conducted in June. A majority (66%) of both Republican and Democrat poll respondents also supported giving public education funding directly to parents, rather than the education system, “to use for home, virtual, or private education expenses.”
Friday, July 30, 2021
The ZOA opposes the expected nomination of Emory University lecturer Deborah Lipstadt to be the U.S. Combating Antisemitism Envoy, because of her statements displaying partisan left wing bias. Lipstadt obscenely and falsely likened President Trump to Nazi murderers and propagandists; helped promote a video that wrongly did the same; promoted the Charlottesville Hoax (despite President Trump’s clear condemnation of neo-Nazis and white supremacists); and falsely called President Trump (the grandfather of Orthodox Jewish children) an “antisemitic enabler.” Lipstadt’s abuse of false Nazi and antisemitism charges against those with whom she disagrees politically should disqualify her from serving as the U.S. Combating Antisemitism Envoy.
Lipstadt’s primary focus is antisemitism on the right (both real and imagined), at a time when the major threat is Islamist and far-left antisemitism. We are concerned that Lipstadt will ignore and/or give far too little attention to antisemitism from groups such as the Black Lives Matter organization, and leftist and Islamist BDS groups and Israel-bashing NGOs.
President Biden promised to heal and bring all Americans together when he assumed office. Nominating and confirming Lipstadt would increase partisan divides. The Combating Antisemitism Envoy is a sensitive position that requires someone non-partisan, who will honestly and strongly address all real forms of antisemitism, from the left wing to the right wing, and who will not make inaccurate charges of antisemitism to defame political adversaries. Lipstadt is a bad choice.
Below is a reprint of ZOA’s previous statement about Deborah Lipstadt’s promotion of the false, obscene comparison of then-President Trump to Nazis:
ZOA Condemns Holocaust Lecturer Deborah Lipstadt for Defending & Promoting Biden’s Obscene Comparison of Trump to Nazi Goebbels
October 7, 2020
Note: The ZOA does not endorse, oppose, or recommend any political candidates.
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein and ZOA Chair Mark Levenson, Esq. released the following statement:
ZOA strongly condemns left wing Emory University lecturer Deborah Lipstadt’s horrific and absurd defense of Joe Biden’s obscene statement likening pro-Jewish, pro-Israel, Noble Peace Prize nominee President Donald Trump to Nazi monster propagandist Joseph Goebbels. As “Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War,” “Reich Minister of Propaganda,” and Hitler’s appointed successor, Goebbels was a prime architect of the Nazis’ “total war” and the Nazis’ massacre of six million Jews. Yet, sickeningly and wrongly Trump-hater Lipstadt tweeted that Biden’s outrageous analogy was “historically apt.”
Last week, ZOA demanded that Joe Biden must apologize for his outrageous analogy of President Trump to Nazi monster Goebbels. (See “ZOA to Biden & Jewish Democratic Council of America: Apologize/Retract Offensive/False Analogy of Trump to Nazis,” Sept. 29, 2020) Biden has still not apologized. Lipstadt should join ZOA in demanding that Biden must apologize, instead of defending Biden’s despicable Nazi analogy.
There is nothing “historically apt” about Biden’s analogy. In fact, President Trump has a long record of combatting and condemning antisemitism and white supremacy, including: Trump’s prosecution of Charlottesville white supremacists (all of the white supremacists that were charged eventually pleaded guilty and received prison sentences); President Trump’s December 2019 “Executive Order on Combatting Antisemitism” to protect Jewish students facing growing campus antisemitism (also see here); and Trump’s decision to end previous administrations’ payments to the Palestinian Authority. By ending these payments, President Trump ended indirect American support for the PA’s official program paying Arab terrorists to murder Jews and Americans.
ZOA and Morton Klein, as a child of holocaust survivors, strongly opposes the abuse of Holocaust analogies by anyone, because this demeans the unmitigated horror perpetrated by the Nazis on the Jewish people and many others. However, it is especially disgraceful that Deborah Lipstadt defended Biden’s false analogy. Lipstadt, as a public debunker of Holocaust deniers, has a special obligation to maintain her credibility, and to not defend Biden’s false Holocaust analogy.
Unfortunately, Lipstadt also seriously damaged her credibility, reputation, and even dignity by promoting the false, offensive Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) video ad analogizing President Donald Trump to Nazi murderers. On the day that the JDCA released its horrific split-screen ad, showing President Trump side-by-side with Nazi scenes, the JDCA held an accompanying briefing by Professor Lipstadt. Lipstadt was one of the only Jewish voices endorsing this horrendous JDCA ad. The JDCA has also ignored ZOA’s demand that the JDCA must retract and apologize for this ad, and other widespread condemnation of the ad. Even the leftist ADL condemned the JDCA ad (after ZOA urged the ADL to do so).
Moreover, these are not isolated incidents. Prof. Lipstadt has been dishonestly maligning President Trump for some time, in a similar manner. In her 2019 book, “Antisemitism Here and Now,” Lipstadt wrongly calls President Trump an “antisemitic enabler” and falsely and misleadingly claims that Trump equated “neo-Nazi, KKK, and white supremacist marchers with those who had come to protest against them” (the infamous Charlottesville hoax). As we and many others have often noted, President Trump’s “very fine people” statement solely referred to peaceful protestors who had differing views about removing a Robert E. Lee statue, and President Trump specifically excluded and absolutely condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists in the next sentence.
In the very same breath as his “very fine people” statement, President Trump said: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.” (See here (includes video) and here and here.)
During her speech at Tufts University in September 2019 (video), Lipstadt again falsely and negligently perpetrated the “Charlottesville hoax” about Trump’s statements. At minute 26:40, Lipstadt clearly referring to her misinterpretation of Trumps statement that there were “fine people on both sides,” she declared: “Nice people don’t march in Charlottesville chanting Jews will not replace us. Nice people don’t come to marches sponsored by the alt-right, an overtly racist antisemitic entity. And they certainly don’t march with tiki torches, which is a direct linkage back to the Third Reich.”
But in fact, Trump condemned the neo-Nazis and KKK members who marched with tiki torches, chanting that Jews will not replace us, and Trump never called neo-Nazis or white supremacists “nice people” or “fine people.”
Furthermore, would Donald Trump ever dream of praising as fine people the Jew-hating, murderous neo-Nazis when his daughter is an Orthodox Jew, his grandchildren are Orthodox Jews, and his son in law is an Orthodox Jew? This is beyond ludicrous, ridiculous, and obscene!
And at minute 40:25, Lipstadt reiterated her absurd claim that the president is an “antisemitic enabler” and “makes people believe it’s okay to put a swastika on the door.” Lipstadt claimed that, although the president wasn’t “involved” with the Pittsburgh and Poway shootings, “but when you read their stuff, they [the shooters] all think he’s [President Trump’s] on their side.”
Wrong Ms. Lipstadt! In fact, when you read the “stuff” written by the neo-Nazi white supremacist shooters at Poway and Pittsburgh, it is clear that they hated President Trump, because of the President’s love for the Jewish people and the Jewish state, and because of Trump’s condemnations and prosecutions of the Charlottesville neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
An hour before shooting innocent worshipers at the Poway Chabad, shooter John Earnest posted a screed on 8chan calling President Trump “that Zionist, Jew-loving, anti-White, traitorousc-cksucker.”
The Pittsburgh synagogue shooter, Robert Bowers, hated Trump for being surrounded by Jews. The shooter wrote on Gab: “There is no #MAGA as long as there is a kike infestation [in the Trump Administration].”
The Pittsburgh shooter also posted an anti-Trump image depicting a man in a yarmulke giving Trump orders, while Trump replies, “Yes, sir.”
The Pittsburgh shooter also agreed with a Gab post that claimed that Trump “betrayed Americans in Charlottesville, by comparing them with a violent mob.” Bowers responded: “For the record I did not vote for Trump, nor have I owned, worn, or even touched a MAGA hat.”
Bowers also shared a post criticizing Trump for having federal prosecutors bring federal charges against Charlottesville white supremacists.
ZOA again reiterates that we do not endorse or oppose any candidates. In light of the fact that many ZOA members are children, descendants, or relatives of Holocaust survivors or victims, we simply cannot abide by the abusive Holocaust analogies and false antisemitism portrayals espoused by Joe Biden, the Democratic Jewish Council of America, and Deborah Lipstadt.