Fascist Police State Alert: Beware the seat belt checkpoints

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend so that means it’s time for the local Stasi to once again remind us peasants who’s in charge of our lives.

Cops from 173 departments around the state will be handing out extra tickets starting today in the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

The seat belt ticket blitz lasts until June 3, a two-week stretch in which police officers will have zero-tolerance for people caught not buckling up, the state’s department of law and public safety said in a statement.

Ah, yes, the joys of New Jersey’s annual seat belt checkpoints. It was the subject of my first rant at the old blog, and everything I said 11 years ago still holds true today, including of course the true purpose of the exercise:

Color me skeptical, but the main purpose of the whole thing is not to make us safer. It’s to raise money, $46 at a time.

Except now, since front seat “compliance” is so high, the Volkskammer decreed that back seat passengers must buckle up too. Gotta protect that revenue stream!

So the same Volkspolizei that can’t enforce “stop and frisk” to take drugs and guns off our streets will be out there hassling guys napping in the back seat on the way home in their car pools.

Remember Freedom? Yeah, we don’t have that.

While looking for seat belt scofflaws, cops also issued 498 child restraint and 6,363 speeding citations and made 976 DWI arrests during the two-week period in 2017.

More revenue enhancement!

Did you notice what they didn’t cite? Drivers who lacked licenses, registrations, or insurance cards. You know, illegal aliens. Because if you’re not wearing a seat belt you’re an Enemy Of The State. But if you’re an illegal alien, Sanctuary Phil will give you a free college education.

Somewhere the Founding Fathers are weeping.

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Public employees score another huge raise from Phil Murphy’s unionista candy store

Phil Murphy says he’s “a union man.” And boy does he love him some public employee unions. He especially loves to throw our money at them.

First up were the Jersey City teachers, who scored an average increase of 8%, retroactively. As one of the sainted Abbott districts, Jersey City gets the lion’s share of its education budget from the state. Ergo, Murphy’s buddy Steve Fulop giveth, and we pay through the nose.

Then Murphy himself wrote a blank check to the CWA, handing 35,000 unionistas retroactive raises and “step increases.” He signed the deal without knowing how much it would cost, because as he put it, it was “the right thing to do.” You know who’s on the hook for that blank check, right? Yup. You and me.

And now he’s lavishing the goodies on his inner circle.

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law Friday allowing millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded raises for hundreds of public officials in New Jersey, including judges, county prosecutors, and members of the governor’s cabinet.

Judges and county prosecutors who currently haul in around $170,000 a year will receive an increase of $24,000. County officials such as clerks and sheriffs will see a similar 14% increase because their salaries are linked to those of superior court judges. And if anyone needs a 14% raise it’s those double-dipping county sheriffs, amiright?

But Murphy saved the biggest bump for his inner circle. Members of his cabinet get an immediate $34,000 raise, from $141,000 to $175,000 per year.

That works out to almost 25%. Twenty. Five. Percent.

It’s good to be Phil Murphy’s friend!

Ah, but it’s “only” going to cost us $15.6 million a year, so what’s the big deal, right?

Except as a man once said, $15.6 million here, $15.6 million there, pretty soon you’re talking about real money.

I’ll add to that Phil Murphy’s unequivocal message to taxpayers: BOHICA.

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) is the gift that keeps on giving

As we wend our way to the 2018 midterm election, one thing is clear. A significant subset of the Democratic Party is batshit insane.

A Democratic lawmaker who has tirelessly campaigned for President Trump’s impeachment blasted House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday for undermining his effort.

Pelosi, in an interview with The Dallas Morning News, had said she wishes Democrats like Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, would not make impeaching Trump a rallying cry.

“We have elections,” she said. “Go vote if it’s a policy thing and a behavior thing. I don’t know if you can get impeached for being a jerk, but if we did, this guy would be long gone. But that’s not unifying.”

But Green, who has spearheaded the push to impeach Trump, criticized Pelosi, saying that reducing Trump to a jerk “trivializes the impact of his bigoted policies on Jews, Latinos, African-Americans, women and the LGBTQ community.”

Oh please Democrats. Please run on a platform of impeaching President Trump. Please!

I mean, it’s not like his “bigoted policies” on Jews hasn’t fostered the opening of our US Embassy in Jerusalem, and a strengthening of the US – Israel alliance, right?

Or, his “bigoted policies” on Latinos and African-Americans haven’t created more jobs for both groups than any president ever. In fact the economy is booming, except perhaps in places reflexively ruled by Democrats (yeah, I’m looking at you Seattle, and sadly, New Jersey).

And he’s so bigoted against women that he’s got more of them in high-level White House positions than any previous administration. Oh, right, he whooped Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit’s ass. Oops. Sorry, not sorry.

As for “the LGBTQ community” Congressman, Ric Grenell is on line 1, and Peter Thiel would like a word too.

Sheesh. It’s like this guy doesn’t inhabit the Real World.

Then again, in the fever swamps of NJ Democrats (alas, I don’t know much about Texas Democrats) he’s mainstream. I hear people talking impeachment All The Time. It’s their Holy Grail. The NJ.com and Baristanet comment boards are full of keyboard warriors eager to opine on how Robert Mueller’s latest fizzled “bombshell” is guaranteed to bring Trump frog-marched into the dock. They hate Donald Trump with a visceral passion, and they’re not afraid to tell us, repeatedly.

Earlier this month, Pelosi told Politico that impeachment was popular in her district.

See, what did I say?

Mikie Sherrill’s minions are gung-ho for impeachment too. They see Russians under every bed Trump sleeps in. Of course they failed see the actual Russian spies who lived for decades in her Montclair neighborhood so I’m skeptical about their newfound Rooskie Radar, but hey, whatever keeps them warm at night. And when they’re not beating the impeachment drum they’re marching for gun confiscation so you can be sure the crazy runs deep around her campaign.

Which of course is Good News for Jay Webber, and Steve Lonegan too. That Blue Wave is looking more and more like a ripple, if that, meaning that as long as the Al Green Wing keeps talking Nancy Pelosi’s chances of grabbing the gavel keep diminishing. God Bless America.

Two months ago it snowed, now Phil Murphy wants the feds to pay for the “cleanup”

Phil Murphy has money for Planned Parenthood. And he’s got money to give free lawyers to illegal aliens. Free college for them too. But apparently snow plowing isn’t something he budgeted for.

Gov. Phil Murphy has asked President Donald Trump for federal assistance to help the state clean up after the March winter storm, and the entire New Jersey congressional delegation has lined up behind his request.

Because snow is unusual in New Jersey, or something. And as I look out my window today, I don’t see a whole lot of snow that still needs cleaning up. I guess Phil’s been too busy tilting at liberal windmills to notice.

In the letter, led by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., the delegation said the price tag for the storm, which dropped more than two feet of snow in some locations, neared $20 million.

You know, $20 million isn’t all that much, maybe Bobby can hit up his old pal Sal for it instead of begging from the Feds.

And if you add up all the free stuff Phil’s passing out to illegal aliens it comes to way more than $20 million. So I can’t see how it’s President Trump’s problem to find money for the basic stuff Phil should be doing instead of playing SJW for the cameras.

Besides, there’a Real Disaster going on in Hawaii right now. One that a few extra snow shovels isn’t going to make much of a dent in. So let me save you some time and a stamp Phil. The answer is “no.”

Montclair public schools nix Dem gun-grabber Mikie Sherrill’s speech when GOP demands equal time

Montclair Democrat Mikie Sherrill is hoping to replace retiring Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen here in NJ’s 11th district. She’s a far-left loon running on the usual gun-grabbing, tax-hiking, abortion-loving, anti-Trump platform favored by Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and of course Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit.

She’s hooked up with Dick Codey (our former Acting Governor In Waiting For Life) on a tour of local schools where she’s holding “conversations” about “gun violence” with “students.” In other words, campaign rallies, with kids as props, pushing the Moms Demand Action anti-gun agenda.

Caldwell and West Orange already fell for it, but in Montclair of all places the local GOP said “wait a minute, if she gets to speak, so do we.” That’s only fair, right? Equal time, since the primary is only a few weeks away and quite a few of the high school students are over 18 and eligible to vote.

What could be better than presenting both sides of a complex issue that’s currently a big part of our national news? Uh, how about silence. Because the Montclair school district decided to disinvite Sherrill rather than let a Republican speak in favor of the Second Amendment.

On Monday, newly appointed Superintendent Kendra Johnson sent an email to Byrne and the local media, stating that the event on Tuesday with Sherrill was canceled.

The decision was made “pursuant to the recommendation of our board attorney,” Johnson wrote.

Uh huh.

Let me translate her statement for you: We can’t dare let our kids hear from someone who believes in Constitutional Rights. They might learn something!

The Dems are of course screaming “foul,” and calling this a “sad victory” for the GOP. But it wasn’t their idea to cancel Sherrill’s talk, it was the school board’s. Republicans simply wanted a chance to address the same students, and present them with a differing viewpoint. A viewpoint which, alas, is not welcome in the uber-progressive Montclair public schools.

And that my friends is what’s really sad.

Now that winter is finally over, it’s Obamacare Rate Hike Season

April showers bring May flowers. And May flowers bring … Obamacare rate hikes!

Maryland Obamacare insurers CareFirst, BlueCross, and BlueShield plan to raise rates for an HMO plan on the law’s exchanges by 18 percent, and 91 percent for an extended network, or PPO, plan.

Yikes. Ninety One Percent. Dude, go all out and make it an even 100, the math is easier.

A few days ago Virginia’s insurers also announced double-digit rate increases. Because Virginia is for broke lovers.

Remember when we were all gonna save $2500 per year? Yeah, that’s not funny anymore.

Obamacare is a disaster. President Trump, please make it go away.

The Phil Murphy Effect: “My Clients Are Fleeing NJ Like It’s on Fire.”

Well, I guess the guys at Allied Van Lines like Phil Murphy. Everyone else, not so much.

That headline arrives via email from a money manager in northern New Jersey. The Garden State already has the third largest overall tax burden and the country’s highest property tax collections per capita. Now that federal reform has limited the deduction for state and local taxes, the price of government is surging again among high-income earners in New Jersey and other blue states. Taxpayers are searching for the exits.

In the financial industry of course it’s not just the clients who are looking for greener pastures. One hedge fund manager moving his office to a southern state reports that his new home on a golf course will be more than double the size of his house in Chatham, N.J. while generating just one third of the current property tax bill.

Others are staying out of necessity, but that doesn’t mean they want to bet on a Jersey comeback. “The apartment market in New Jersey is booming because nobody wants to own here. As soon as people are not tied to the area for business reasons, they leave,” says Jeffrey Sica, founder of Circle Squared, an alternative investments firm. “We structure real estate deals for family offices and high-net-worth individuals and at a record pace those family offices and individuals are leaving the TriState for lower-tax states. Probably a dozen this year at least,” he writes via email.

Last one to leave, please turn off the lights.