Friday, January 10, 2014


Dershowitz: Christie Could Face Criminal Prosecution for Bridge-gate
 
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By Greg Richter
 / Newsmax
 
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could face criminal prosecution over the George Washington Bridge lane closures if it is found anyone was harmed because of them, Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz says.

Appearing Thursday on CNN, Dershowitz singled out the case of the 91-year-old woman who died after emergency personnel were slowed in reaching her because of the September lane closures. If it is shown the woman would have lived if help had arrived sooner, Christie could be charged because of "willful negligence," he said.

Christie apologized in a press conference earlier Thursday after it was revealed that two of his aides had orchestrated lane closures on the bridge leading from Fort Lee, N.J., into New York City. Text messages between the two indicated the closures were intended as political punishment for Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Christie in his re-election bid.

Though Christie has denied knowing about the action before Wednesday, critics charge the governor set a climate that would have led the aides to think he would approve. The New York Times ran a story in December on examples of people who believed Christie had taken revenge on them.

It is for that reason, Dershowitz argued on CNN, that if Christie is charged he should be tried in New York so he would not be able to take revenge on New Jersey judges and prosecutors.

"Clearly the people who originated the traffic jams and approved them are guilty and probably guilty of crimes," Dershowitz said. "Their actions led directly to very significant harms, particularly if they can demonstrate that the woman died as a result of the traffic jam."

Christie fired deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly, who exchanged messages with former Port Authority official David Wildstein over closing the lanes that backed up traffic for four days.

But Kelly and Wildstein could decide to make a deal with prosecutors to implicate Christie, Dershowitz said, even if there was only a hint that the governor created an "atmosphere" that led them to believe he would back their actions.

"There is a concept known as willful blindness," Dershowitz said. "It depends on the evidence and whether the two people he fired decide to get revenge and say, 'Wait a minute, we are not taking the fall for this whole thing.'"

As Barack Obama scrambles to eviscerate key sections of his own signature health care law, he and other Democrats are trying to shift voters' focus to another issue -- income inequality.

Unfortunately, the solutions they advocate are pitifully inadequate or painfully perverse.

Start with the minimum wage, which some Democrats see as an election-winning wedge issue in 2014.

True, raising the minimum wage polls well. But does anybody really care much about it? Few minimum wage earners are heads of households; many more are teenagers earning spare cash.

Most economists agree that a higher minimum wage costs some low-skilled workers their jobs. And the economic redistribution it produces, from fast-food consumers to fast-food employees, is pretty minimal.

Another Democratic policy is to continue extending unemployment benefits. The intellectual argument for this is stronger.

Ordinarily, extended benefits tend to discourage the unemployed from looking for work. Their skills atrophy, and finding a job later gets harder.

But in the current new-normal economy, with record long-term unemployment, there simply haven't been enough job openings for many of the unemployed. Many Republicans look open to a compromise on this issue.

In any case the redistributionist effect will be only minor and, if robust economic growth returns, temporary.

One Democrat who argues for greater change is University of Arizona political scientist Lane Kenworthy. He believes the nation is and should be headed to a European-style welfare state, with the government taxing and spending 10 percent more of gross domestic product than at present.

Kenworthy would transform unemployment benefits into wage insurance, would start early education at age 1 and would vastly expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.

That's progressive economic redistribution, but with a catch. For as Kenworthy admits, you can't get the money for this just by raising taxes on very high earners: "The math simply doesn't work."

So he looks to a federal consumption tax, like Europe's value-added taxes. That would mean shifting from the current progressive income tax toward a more regressive European-style tax regime, with middle-income workers subsidizing non-workers.

Other proposals floated by Democrats, such as Senator Elizabeth Warren's call for substantially increased Social Security benefits, would have similarly perverse effects.

Social Security is already on an unsustainable trajectory. Increased benefits would, in time, require higher taxes on the young, who have negative or minimal wealth, to finance payments to the elderly, who tend to have significant net worth.

This echoes the Obamacare provision that limits premiums on the old and sick to no more than three times the premiums on the young and healthy. Is it really progressive to have the young subsidize the old?

Another left-wing Democrat, incoming New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, wants to raise income tax rates on those earning $500,000 to pay for universal preschool for the city's children.

That would certainly amount to economic redistribution, but to whom? Research over the last 50 years shows that Head Start and other publicly financed pre-school programs have no lasting positive effect on learning.

What de Blasio's proposal would do is to put a lot more unionized teachers on the city payroll. The redistribution here goes from the very rich to the public employee unions and their allies in the Democratic Party.

Liberal pundits are hailing de Blasio and his politics as a harbinger of the political future and a return to the liberal tradition of Franklin Roosevelt and his political ally New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

But in 1944, the heyday of FDR and La Guardia, the five boroughs of New York City cast 7 percent of the nation's votes. In 2012 they cast only 2 percent of the national vote.

It's interesting that New York, which has had more liberal and redistributionist public policies than almost anywhere else in the nation over those 68 years, also has one of the nation's highest rates of income inequality.

High tax rates and high housing costs (exacerbated for many years by rent control) have squeezed middle-class families out of New York. They have migrated in the millions to lower-tax, lower-housing-cost places such as Florida and Texas.

The Obama Democrats did reduce economic inequality somewhat by raising the top income tax rate back to 39.6 percent. The proposals they're talking about now are either small potatoes, or moves to have the working middle-class subsidize non-workers or the young to subsidize the old -- redistribution, but not very progressive.
What do George Soros, labor unions and money-grubbing former GOP Rep. Steven LaTourette all have in common? They're control freaks. They're power hounds. They're united against tea party conservatives. And they all have operated under the umbrella of D.C. groups masquerading as "Main Street" Republicans. 

LaTourette heads up the so-called "Main Street Partnership," which claims to represent "thoughtful," "pragmatic," "common sense" and "centrist" Republican leadership.

Reality check: The pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group founded by former liberal New York GOP Congressman Amory Houghton includes three liberal Senate Republicans (John McCain, Mark Kirk and Susan Collins) and 52 center-left House Republicans. LaTourette himself is a self-serving Beltway barnacle who held office for nearly two decades. Now he's leveraging his new tea party-bashing platform to benefit a family-operated lobbying business.

The New York Times shed light on LaTourette's tangled web of GOP establishment outfits last week.

But that story just scratched the surface. As the paper reported, the Main Street Partnership is a nonprofit group that charges members up to $25,000 per year to rub elbows with Washington's rich and powerful. The Main Street Advocacy Fund and the Defending Main Street SuperPAC are political satellites planning to amass $8 million to bolster Republican liberals and moderates facing tea party challengers in 2014. McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies is LaTourette's lobbying firm.

The Times notes that "corporations and lobbyists" fund the Main Street Partnership. But far-left donors provided seed money for these affiliated K Street fronts. Who's behind the Defending Main Street SuperPAC? Big Labor. National Journal's Scott Bland reported last month that "two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers' International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October.

Main Street says it has raised roughly $2 million total between its super PAC and an affiliated nonprofit group so far -- and that means labor has supplied at least 20 percent of those funds."

Along with the anti-tea party U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the "Main Street" fat cats and union leaders have banded together to help President Obama push through illegal alien amnesty. The payoff: cheap labor for big business, cheap votes for the Democratic Party.

Main Street Partnership's chief operating and financial officer is Sarah Chamberlain Resnick. She also serves on the partnership's board of directors and previously served as an officer of the soft-money-raising Main Street Individual Fund. The MSIF is yet another spinoff group that received $50,000 from progressive billionaire George Soros in 2002 soon after it was created. Soros also dangled a "seven-figure contribution" in front of the Main Street Partnership, but Resnick said the group declined that one. The MSIF accepted a separate $50,000 Soros donation during the 2004 election cycle. It was mysteriously returned in November 2005 after I called attention to it.

These various groups are legally independent entities on paper, but have shared staff and legal resources. When I reported on the "Main Street" farce eight years ago, the partnership's counsel sent me a threatening letter baselessly claiming I had made "libelous" statements about its network. My sin? Exposing the radical environmental funders of "Main Street" Republicans who had sabotaged House conservative efforts to open up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The "Main Street" Republicans back then gloated over their successful campaign to force squishy GOP leaders in D.C. to cave in to the left. There's nothing principled about their agenda. It's not about "common sense." It's about the Benjamins. These statists in populist clothing are running a Washington incumbency protection racket. Same as it ever was.

Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever -- 400 miles across heart of Middle East

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer

"Al Qaeda has been decimated...Al Qaeda is on the path to defeat..." -- Barack Obama, November 2012

"Al Qaeda controls more territory than ever in Middle East," by Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland for CNN, January 7 (thanks to Jerk Chicken):

Click on link to see video:
http://www.jihadwatch.org/2014/01/al-qaeda-controls-more-territory-than-ever----400-miles-across-heart-of-middle-east.html
(CNN) -- From around Aleppo in western Syria to small areas of Falluja in central Iraq, al Qaeda now controls territory that stretches more than 400 miles across the heart of the Middle East, according to English and Arab language news accounts as well as accounts on jihadist websites. 
Indeed, al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history.
The focus of al Qaeda's leaders has always been regime change in the Arab world in order to install Taliban-style regimes. Al Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri acknowledged as much in his 2001 autobiography, "Knights Under the Banner of the Prophet," when he explained that the most important strategic goal of al Qaeda was to seize control of a state, or part of a state, somewhere in the Muslim world, explaining that, "without achieving this goal our actions will mean nothing."
Now al-Zawahiri is closer to his goal than he has ever been. On Friday al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq seized control of parts of the city of Falluja and parts of the city of Ramadi, both of which are located in Iraq's restive Anbar Province.
Anbar is home to predominantly Sunni Muslims, who feel that that the Shiite-dominated Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki treats the Sunnis as second-class citizens.
Sectarian tensions in Anbar recently burst into several all-out revolts against the government, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), as the al-Qaeda affiliate there is known, quickly seized the opportunity to notch some battlefield victories....

Report: John Kerry is behind European boycott threats on Israeli products and companies

From Jihad Watch / Posted by Robert Spencer


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Under Barack Obama, the U.S. is as reliable an ally of Israel as Pakistan is of the U.S.

"Report: Kerry is Behind European Boycotts," by Ari Yashar for Israel National News, January 7:
Governmental sources report that US Secretary of State John Kerry is behind the European boycott threats on Israeli products and companies operating in Judea, Samaria, eastern Jerusalem and the Golan Heights. 
The EU published its guidelines last July, boycotting Israeli companies operating over the 1949 Armistice lines.
At the moment, Kerry is making sure the threats stay in check, but as soon as the peace talks fail he intends to open the floodgates and spur on full-blown international boycotts on Israel, reports Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio).
Palestinian Authority (PA) officials reported last September that Kerry was putting pressure on the EU to delay boycotts so as to give him an opportunity to push Israel into peace talks. That report also appears to support the new revelations regarding Kerry's manipulation of anti-Israel boycotts.
Defense Secretary Moshe Ya'alon said Tuesday that Israel was trying to extend the peace talks beyond the determined 9 months.
"It is clear to us that there are large gaps [between us] - and this is not new - but it is certainly in our interest to continue negotiations and to continue to work to stabilize the situation in the relationship between us and the Palestinians," remarked Ya'alon.
Meanwhile for the PA's part, a senior official recently was interviewed on Syrian TV admitting that any agreement will simply be the "first stage" in wiping Israel out completely.
Israel has not been consistent in confronting the threat of boycotts.
While Israel initially warned it might boycott the EU Horizons 2020 research program over the boycotts, eventually the government compromised by attaching a section to the program agreement saying the declared boycott guidelines are not recognized by Israel as legal precedent.
Former MK Aryeh Eldad, head of Professors for a Strong Israel, accused the government in mid December of inviting more boycotts, such as that of the American Studies Association (ASA), by caving in on Horizons 2020.
"Do they expect that if we continue to give in, then the boycotts will stop?" remarked Eldad, noting that leftist professors in Israel have been active in encouraging international academic boycotts.
"Israel has been negligent up until now and dragged its feet when the first signs of a boycott of products from Judea and Samaria emerged. It declined to indict those factors who called for the boycotts, and now we are paying the price," charged Eldad.

Op-ed: 
A nomination so vile the Senate must say NO 
By: Diane Sori 

Well folks he's gone and done it again...Barack HUSSEIN Obama...the man who does NOT stand by our troops or their mission...the man who swept Fast & Furious and Benghazi under the rug...the man who shoved ObamaCare down our throats...the man who thinks spying on Americans is the new norm...the man who bows down to those out to kill us as he lets the enemy (in the guise of the Muslim Brotherhood) into our halls of government...that very man who is well-known for appointing the absolute worst people possible to fill government positions, has now nominated Debo Adegbile...a man with a radical record on racial issues and who defended convicted muslim cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal...to head the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division and he sees NOTHING wrong with this. In fact, Obama hopes this nomination will help take the focus off both his ObamaCare fiasco and Robert Gates' very damaging tell-all book.

We all know Barack HUSSEIN Obama places NO value on white American lives, and especially NO value on those who serve the public whether through military service or as public servants like the police. And to nominate Debo Adegbile...who's mixed-race background is similar to his in that he was raised by a single mother in the absence of his Nigerian father (a fellow muslim perhaps)...when there are so many others more qualified to choose from, it becomes in-your-face obvious that this president is just nominating Adegbile because he is black...as with Obama everything is about race...NOT because Adegbile is the best person for the job.

And what a liberal agenda this man brings to the table...something we do NOT need any more of.

Currently Adegible, a regular guest on MSNBC (says a lot huh), a staunch affirmative action supporter who is opposed to criminal-background checks by employers, and is a supporter of extreme racial-hiring quotas, is currently senior counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee (how he got that position is something that should NEVER have happened either), who for the last decade worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), a civil rights law firm independent of the NAACP.

But most disturbing is that when this man served as Director of Litigation under LDF President John Payton (and who took over the presidency when Payton died in March 2012), he voluntarily took on the case of thug Mumia Abu-Jamal knowing damn well that this man was guilty of killing police officer Daniel Faulkner in an act of pre-meditated, cold blooded murder.  Remember, there were multiple eye witnesses who saw that when Faulkner tried to arrest Abu-Jamal’s brother, Abu-Jamal shot the officer once in the back and then stood over him and shot him four more times at close range, including once directly in the face...overkill to say the least good unrepentant muslim that he was and still is.

Briefly, Abu-Jamal was a former member (due to his incarceration) of the Black Panther Party and had connections to the Philadelphia based separatist organization MOVE when Adegible represented him. And while Abu-Jamal was found guilty and sentenced to death for the December 1981 murder of officer Daniel Faulkner ...who like I said above had pulled over Abu-Jamal’s younger brother for a routine traffic stop...Abu-Jamal's death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2012 when Adegbile...true to liberal bleeding heart form would NOT accept the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's appeal rejection, and continued fighting...and still does so...for this unrepentant piece of human garbage until his sentence of death was overturned.

And by gaining his commutation, both he and Abu-Jamal are now seen as leftist celebrities of sorts, because while Abu-Jamal is seen as the poster boy for America's supposed oppression of people in Philadelphia who look like him (meaning black), Adegible is heralded as the hero who beat both 'the man' and whitey.

Sad isn't it...

But did you really expect anything different as the final outcome when our liberal courts get involved with an ubber liberal lawyer...so let's all thank Obama's nominee Debo Adegbile for allowing we taxpayers to pay even more to keep alive this stain on humanity even longer than the 32 years we already have while NO justice is served for Daniel Faulkner's family. And this is who Obama wants to head the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ...can you imagine the race-baiting that will go on if this man is actually appointed...a scary thought indeed.

And what does Maureen Faulkner, the widow say about the man Barack HUSSEIN Obama is nominating to such an important position...she is outraged and rightly so as this nomination "is like spitting on all of our officers and our federal agents throughout America...and to nominate him to the Department of Justice, it's a disgrace," Faulkner said.

In addition, the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) is vehemently opposed to Adegbile's nomination and has promised to do everything in their power to stop this appointment from getting approved. “This nomination can be interpreted in only one way: it is a thumb in the eye of our nation’s law enforcement officers...Adegbile will certainly exacerbate the growing division and distrust between law enforcement and minority communities," they wrote in an angry letter to Obama for Adegbile has a history of race-baiting...just the type of person Obama wants to add to his race-baiting trio of friends...Jackson, Sharpton, and Farrakam...while sending a message to the Republicans, the Conservatives, the TEA Partiers, and 'We the People that he intends to continue on with his radical racial policies and with his radical appointments to positions of power.

So now those in the Senate have their work cut out for them...that is if they can muster even an ounce of guts and courage to say NO to this most reprehensible of nominations of a man who by his actions is a cop killer advocate, for truth be told all Barack HUSSEIN Obama is trying to do with this nomination is to continue stacking the deck for the 2014 mid-term elections...and of course to add fuel to the racial fires of his 'hate whitey let's start a race war' underlying goal.