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REPORT: Ukrainian Jews Forced to “Register”

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

If you want to know why I could never vote for a Ron Paul-type libertarian, Save Jerseyans, then read this exceedingly disturbing report out of a Russian militant-occupied town in Eastern Ukraine (via USA Today):

Emanuel Shechter, in Israel, told Ynet his friends in Donetsk sent him a copy of the leaflet through social media.

“They told me that masked men were waiting for Jewish people after the Passover eve prayer, handed them the flyer and told them to obey its instructions,” he said.

The leaflet begins, “Dear Ukraine citizens of Jewish nationality,” and states that all people of Jewish descent over 16 years old must report to the Commissioner for Nationalities in the Donetsk Regional Administration building and “register.”


Ukraine: Why the Silence From Hollywood?

By John Sullivan | The Save Jersey Blog

Ukrainian TankThe Hollywood community is certainly no stranger to worthy causes. From matters of free speech to human rights, members of the community have frequently made their voices heard and helped influence important change on those fronts.

This is why Hollywood’s silence on the current situation in Ukraine is both perplexing and disturbing.

Earlier this year, the Ukranian people, in a move reminiscent of the American Revolution, overthrew a corrupt leader who, in concert with a succession of cronies including his own son, had pocketed up to 40% of Ukraine’s GDP for their own personal use.


Putin Moves Against Fair Lawn

By матовый Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

En route to Fair Lawn, Russian troops arrive at nearby Teterboro Airport.

En route to Fair Lawn, heavily-armed Russian troops arrive at nearby Teterboro Airport.

In a move certain to carry dire geopolitical consequences for the world, the Russian Federation has moved troops into the 32,000-person borough of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, only days after annexing Crimea and strengthening its troop positions along the Ukrainian border.

The Kremlin also moved quickly to assert a rationale for its provocative act as Asian stock markets and Dow futures tumbled, one which the Christie Administration is labeling a “naked invasion” and “clear violation of international law as well as, most troubling of all, Governor Christie’s clearly-articulated town hall meeting rules.”


Christie Can’t Catch a Break

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Las_Vegas_at_NightWhen it rains it pours, Save Jerseyans. Like our Garden State “springtime” weather at the moment.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie knows something about that. Over the weekend, Politico says he “apologized” to GOP mega donor Sheldon Adelson after uttering a foreign policy gaffe at the gaming magnate’s exclusive 2016 candidate gathering in Las Vegas, part of the “Adelson Primary” for GOP hopefuls.


How Crimea Could Help Christie

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)

The world is on fire, Save Jerseyans. In case you hadn’t noticed. 

My fellow Americans seemed distressingly willing to give President Obama a partial pass on Libya and Syria since that portion of the globe is constantly inflamed and, after all, it’s clearly a product of George Bush’s instigation. Right?

Unfortunately for the DNC and DCCC, the unchecked resurgence of Russian territorial ambitions is a little harder to push off on their leader’s predecessor. There isn’t an American alive who can remember a peaceful Middle East. Most Americans (myself included) can remember watching the Berlin Wall crumble on live television.

Ronald Reagan liberated Eastern Europe. Barack Obama is giving it back.

Obvious points aside, our President’s weakness could be an opportunity for more than just the Putin. There’s a potential silver-lining for the GOP primary field’s hobbled former front runner, too…


Menendez, Corker Talk Crimea

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

There are two moving pieces to the Ukrainian crisis, Save Jerseyans, in the wake of Sunday’s Crimean “referendum” (at gun point): (1) the Kremlin’s troop build-up and (2) the West’s snail-paced response. There were a number of things we could’ve done immediately; there simply wasn’t the will to make it happen. The people of Eastern Europe may pay for it soon if history is any guide.

In the interim, Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) discussed our government’s less-than-inspiring machinations – and the IMF-related hold-up – on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace:

U.S. Options to Turn Back Putin’s Russia

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

View of Yalta from the Tsar's Path in Crimea

View of Yalta from the Tsar’s Path in Crimea

In the short term, the de facto annexation of the Crimea (and possibly more of Ukraine) by Comrade-Czar Putin will have little to no ramification for US national interests, Save Jerseyans.

In the long term, however, it emboldens totalitarian regimes everywhere and many, though not all, harbor expansionist dreams. One need only look at Putin’s actions in Europe to understand the totalitarian playbook of manufactured crisis and territorial expansion.

Revanchist Russia has been aiding and abetting the Iranian nuclear program, assisting the Syrian Assad regime and views itself as juxtaposed the US. Despite the billions in aid we donated to the post-Soviet Russia, the U.S. is blamed for all of Russia’s problems. That the aid we graciously gave to a former enemy was misspent is clear; that it was part of the era of rampant Russian crony capitalism is as well. What is unclear and thoroughly irrelevant to the current crisis is how Russia’s socio-economic downward spiral is ours to blame.


Republicans are Wrong on Russia

By Jordan Rickards

Russian ChurchOne of the first rules of politics is that one should never waste a good crisis. With that no doubt in mind, and Russia’s planned annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea seemingly all but inevitable, Republicans are pouncing on this latest opportunity to criticize President Obama for his ineffectual leadership, demanding, as they are, results without really proposing any viable solutions.

This, incidentally, has become a Republican trademark.

Forgetting for a minute that it used to be conservatives who would caution against playing global police officer, it is fair, regrettably, to observe that not more than a month ago, in the days leading up to the Sochi Olympics, the Obama Administration seemed much more concerned with Russia’s treatment of gays than in the fomenting civil discord in the Ukraine. Even when the Administration voiced its support for the protesters, it was hard not to see the irony (or double standard) in an administration lauding anti-government protests overseas, when it has so vocally and with great antipathy denounced Americans attending rallies calling for smaller and more responsive government as unpatriotic and un-American.

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Menendez Gets It; His President Doesn’t

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.

For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions: 

Dictators are never satisfied, folks. Enough is never enough. We’ll see if Menendez’s call for sanctions (and Ukrainian aid) picks up any steam…


Obama’s Flexibility Dooms Ukraine

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog 

The Baltic States in 1944. Hungary 1956. Czechoslovakia 1968. Afghanistan 1979.



Ukraine 2014?

That’s what it looked like on Friday evening, Save Jerseyans, as reports of Russian troops invading Crimea leaked to international media outlets. Grim portents indeed. War is brewing.

And yes, it was all preventable. Western weakness invites eastern aggression. Every. Damn. Time. Yet the Left never learns its lesson because its adherents are too busy trying to rewrite history than learn something of value from it.


The Sound of Silence

Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

~ Simon and Garfunkel

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

USArmySoldiersIs it not okay to die in one war because it was George Bush’s but okay to die in another because it’s Obama’s war, Save Jerseyans? Why is this not an electoral issue? Have Obamacare, illegal immigration, and gay rights turned everyone’s attention away from the fact there is still a war going on?

When the last U.S. combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaeda and an Iraq; two years later, al-Qaeda had seized major cities where hundreds of U.S. troops died. Even as we drawdown in Afghanistan, as was proven with Iraq, any gains made by the United States will be quickly lost under the wrong leadership.


The Little Republican

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple starring together in 'That Hagen Girl'

Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple starring together in ‘That Hagen Girl’

A heartbroken country is mourning the loss of Shirley Temple this morning, Save Jerseyans, the childhood film star who stole the nation’s hearts – and kept people smiling – throughout the most difficult depths of the Great Depression.

What does it say about contemporary America that today’s downtrodden, hopeless, jobless, and health care-less citizens have to rely on Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus? But I digress…

Shirley Temple ventured onto an entirely different stage as she grew older and left Hollywood behind: the realm of electoral politics and foreign policy.


Reasonable Doubt for Hudson Bob?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Reid and Menendez PresserExcessive TV consumptive may have led you to mistakenly believe that Chris Christie is the first “bully” in American political history, Save Jerseyans.

Buy Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) a drink or tweet him at an off hour and maybe, just maybe, he’ll tell you about the time Barack Obama’s OFA put the fear of God into him. This is, after all, the same Administration known for turning a blind eye to IRS profiling of tea party groups. The former secretary of state’s own campaign kept a revenge list! You don’t mess with these Obamacrats or Clintonites and not expect retaliation. They won’t simply close your bridge lanes.

They’ll bury you under the bridge without batting an eye.


“Decimated” Al Qaeda is Back

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FallujahIn case you missed it, Save Jerseyans, Al Qaeda militants have captured the Iraqi cities of Fallujah and Ramadi.

You know: the same infamous terrorist network that President Barack Obama allegedly “decimated” prior to his reelection.

Oops! As it turns out, they were never gone…


A Dose of Deutschland

OPINION: The World (and Especially Europe) Needs Germany to Step Up

By Joshua Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

GermanyDear Germans,

Often times I read in international magazines and newspapers articles about a new German film, art show, or historical exhibit that has you examining the Nazi past from a new angle.

While it is true that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it, those who tread water in its great currents condemn themselves to drown.


Is The Pope Against Capitalism And Free Markets?

By Dan Cirucci | Dan Cirucci’s Blogspot

Pope FrancisThere is growing concern about what appear to be recent attacks on free markets and on capitalism itself by Pope Francis.

Mary Anastasia O’Grady has analyzed all this quite objectively in the Wall Street Journal. Here’s part of what she has to say:

In the document released last week he [Pope Francis] admonished those who defend “trickle-down theories, which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.” There is no empirical evidence for this, he wrote. It is instead “a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”

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