Monthly Archives: January 2014

Governor Chris Christie apologizes for the wrong thing

chris christieMost of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s nearly two hour long news conference yesterday was spent on apologizing for the wrong thing.  Christie correctly apologized and disavowed (over and over) the alleged political shenanigans which closed a bridge and inconvenienced thousands of people in New Jersey and New York over a four day period last year. He deftly navigated questions by reporters with the appropriate amounts of humility, anger and humor. 

Christie rightly apologized for the closure of the George Washington Bridge but then left that issue to obsess about how ‘sad’ he was his aides lied to him. He should be sad. He should be angry. To share those emotions with the country displayed a refreshing authenticity. But it eventually came off as self indulgent. YOU hired these people,  Governor. The two staffers you dropped from the GW Bridge yesterday were a symptom of an apparent mindset at your office. 

There’s an old maxin: Personnel is policy. The people you employ become the embodiment of your choices and priorities. This is something Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and President Obama should be held to account for as well.

Christie has made the right moves. He’s apologized, stanched the political bleeding and gone, hat-in-hand, to the Mayor of Fort Lee to grovel and ask for forgiveness.  

Politico notes GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway’s reaction to Christie’s presser on the pages of National Review,

“Christie made a mistake, apologized, promptly removed those who erred, and resolved to make right a horrible situation,” she wrote. “After eight years of a president who displays no such skills, Americans may hope for a different kind of change.”

True enough. President Obama has set a very low bar for executive skill, grace and decorum in public life. But Christie has no business emulating the president’s well documented personal is policy disasters (Van Jones, John Podesta, Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Holdren to name just a few). If  Christie is shocked by his aides’ alleged actions, he needs to find out why people of apparently such low character were in his employ in the first place.

 

Rees Lloyd: God versus the ACLU, LA Edition

CROSS TO BE RESTORED TO CHURCH ON L.A. COUNTY SEAL; ACLU THREATENS SUIT 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SEALThe Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which represents a population greater than a number of States, has voted 3-2 to restore the cross to the Mission church on the L.A. County Seal in order to accurately depict the Mission which now appears on the County Seal.

 

The motion, filed by Supervisor Michael Antonovich, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of The American Legion, and Supervisor Don Knabe, was supported by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, a political Liberal who once headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in L.A. and was once a member of the Board of the ACLU of So. California. Supervisors Zev Zarovslosky and Gloria Molina voted against the motion, as reported by the L.A. Times

 
Attorney Peter Eliasberg of the ACLU, which reacts like Dracula to the sight of a cross and has become the intolerant Taliban of American progressive liberal secularism, immediately threatened to sue, to no one’s surprise. CROSS ACLU DRACULA
Eliasberg is the ACLU attorney who spent ten years fanatically suing to destroy the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial cross. One has to drive to that desert cross honoring veterans to be offended by it — it is bolted atop a rock outcrop some some twelve miles off the highway on a two-lane desert road. But that didn’t deter Eliasberg and the ACLU secular extremists from a decade of litigation trying to destroy it, all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  
 
Alas, the cross-destroying crusader Eliasberg then made a fool of himself before the U.S. Supreme Court when he made a misleading misrepresentation about the memorial in response to a question from Chief Justice Roberts. Eliasberg was later embarrassingly admonished by Roberts during oral argument for Eliasberg’s  misrepresentation to the Court when staff presented the Chief Justice with the true facts pertaining to his question.
 
The Supreme Court ultimately rejected the ACLU’s arguments. The cross honoring veterans has been restored to the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial. However, possessed of massive amounts of chutzpah if not tolerance for expression of America’s religious history,  the secular extremist ACLU continues into its 24th year of litigation to destroy the cross honoring veterans at the Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial.
 
Now Eliasberg and the ACLU threaten to sue the County for putting the cross back on the Mission church, just as that Mission appears in real life. That is, the ACLU is contending that the depiction of the Mission as it actually exists must be falsified by the County in order not to violate the Establishment of Religion Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. 
 

The absurdity of ACLU anti cross lawsuits has made it the butt of social media jokes.
The absurdity of ACLU anti cross lawsuits has made it the butt of social media jokes.

The irony of this is that the Mission is on the current County Seal only because the ACLU threatened to sue the County’s former Seal — and to seek thousands upon thousands of judge-ordered, taxpayer-paid attorney fee “awards” in litigation. That former Seal, designed by the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, so liberal and politically correct he would make Obama appear conservative. 

 
The ACLU threatened lawsuit (and a claim for taxpayer-paid attorney fees) because Hahn’s seal  depicted the Hollywood Bowl with a tiny cross appearing  above the arch over the stage. That happens to be what audience members actually see at the Bowl because the large, brightly lit cross is on a hill behind and overlooking the Bowl on private property  (The cross is not “floating” above the Bowl arch as if arbitrarily stuck there by Hahn, as the L.A. Times reporters wrote. 
 
Thus, as Joseph Stalin wiped his political enemies out of  Communist Soviet Union history by airbrushing them out of photos in repeatedly  re-issued history books by his Communist Party after each Stalin-ordered execution, so the ACLU and its intolerant liberal lawyers like Eliasberg march forward —  “on the right side of history,” as proud progressive liberal Barack Hussein Obma likes to say– wiping out  from the public square and and consciousness  all symbols and expressions of America’s own religious history and heritage, almost always the cross. 
 
Stalin would be pleased at the acts of his emulative progressive liberal successors in the contemporary ACLU.
 
(Rees Lloyd, a longtime California civil rights attorney who was once an ACLU staff attorney before it was Talibanized into secular-cleansing extremism,  is a veterans activist and a member of the Victoria Taft Blogforce

Black fathers under microscope

There’s a right way to raise a child and a wrong way. Guess which is which in two stories making news today.

And then there’s this guy,

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“Don’t get me wrong here — it’s a very cute picture, and it’s cool when people say so. However, I start to get a little uncomfortable when people want to start planning parade routes for me because of it. Somewhere there’s a dad doing the exact same thing for his daughters. Somewhere there’s a dad who put his foot down with his boss and refused to attend an ‘urgent staff meeting’ so he could leave work early to attend his daughter’s dance recital. Somewhere there’s a single dad successfully getting his three sons ready for school.”

#2 House Dem Steny Hoyer calls for more unemployment

Hitting the food bank for a basket of goodies, selling what’s left in the jewelry box, cashing in what you dare of retirement savings and ‘Craig’s Listing’ possessions have become a regular part of Americans’ survival plans. The horrible economy and onerous regulations such as the Democrats’ Dodd-Frank and ObamaCare have killed jobs. That fact is confirmed in the numbers of jobs going part time and the nine million workers who sit on the sidelines but who are no longer counted as unemployed. People are trying to survive until things get better. Sadly, the Democrats have announced plans to make things worse.

Instead of stanching the economic bleeding of hurting people, the number two most powerful Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer, is calling for expansion of the programs that exacerbated our economic problems. And, as he does,  he once again blames Republicans.  The net effect is, Nancy Pelosi’s consigliere would rather have more unemployment than retreat from their failed plans: 

https://twitter.com/WhipHoyer/status/420607051979845633

“Undermining” ObamaCare is precisely what is needed to stop the job bleeding. In fact, it’s precisely the one thing for which Americans are now clamoring. But Hoyer would prefer to extend the misery by throwing more borrowed money at their created problem:


And here Hoyer calls for more of the same:


Gee, Steny, what’s the definition of insanity again?