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Bloomberg: Israel Can Defend Itself But You Cannot!

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

I agree with former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the “question” (how it’s up for debate is beyond me) of Israel’s right to defend itself, Save Jerseyans, an action that he’s backed up by finding his way to Israel’s second most populous city in the midst of Gaza rocket attacks despite an FAA ban on U.S. air traffic.

But the hypocrisy of America’s leading billionaire is stunning given his ongoing campaign to prevent Americans from being able to defend themselves with legally-purchased firearms… don’t ya think?

The mind of a statist never ceases to amaze and terrify me in equal measure.


Will Donkey’s Demise Mobilize Dems Behind Israel?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

DonkeyOne of my favorite bloggers is another Matt – Matt Walsh – who recently turned the faux Kendall Jones safari controversy on its head and outed liberals for caring more about animal life than human lives. ‘Situational ethics’ is the fancy way to describe their worldview. Morally bankrupt and logically inconsistent are my preferred ways to phrase it, Save Jerseyans.

Think about it: how many liberals do you know are less offended by late term abortion than Pacific whale poaching? Or “bullying”? Or Jews terrorized by terrorist rocket fire?


Comparing Their Responses

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It’s like listening to leaders of different nations, Save Jerseyans, not just different times. And is it just me, or does our President always sound inconvenienced by international events? The 40th President had an elevated view of America’s role in the world. The 44th… well, he’s got bigger fish to fry. Like socialized medicine, salads in school cafeterias and auditing tea party groups.

Listen and compare…

Reagan following 1983 Soviet Attack on a Korean Airliner:

Obama following 2014 Pro-Russian Separatist (?) Attack on Malaysian Airliner:


Is THIS What Downed MH17?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog


A newer generation of the “Buk” weapon systems family.

Thus far Russia is reportedly denying a role in the downing of a Malaysian passenger airliner over Ukranian airspace, Save Jerseyans, not all that differently from that infamous 1983 Cold War incident over the Sea of Japan. An accident scenario seems most likely, then as now, given the difficulties associated with sidearms bringing down planes and, frankly, the lack of a strategic benefit for Russia in engendering a PR disaster.

None of the above logic, however, changes the fact that Russia, directly or indirectly, may have once again violated Ukrainian airspace. 23 Americans may be dead in addition to well over 200 others. The Kremlin recently moved more troops to the border – 10,000 – and 

A scarier, uglier scenario: did Russian-developed Buk surface-to-air missile systems reach rebel hands in Ukraine’s Donetsk region? It’s no less plausible than the “mistake” scenario, and there’s plenty of evidence to support speculation…


Menendez the Liability

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Obama and MenendezFending off foreign intriguers and Communist conspirators isn’t cheap, Save Jerseyans.

According to IRS filings for the legal defense fund of Senator Robert “Hudson Bob” Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) released Tuesday, the Cuban conspiracy *cough cough* to undermine the sitting Senate Foreign Relations Chairman is a $700,000 endeavor to date.


Garrett: Israel Battling Hamas and White House

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Israeli FlagRep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) usually tells it like it is, Save Jerseyans, and he’s presently demanding that Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, apologize for questioning “[h]ow can Israel have peace if it’s unwilling to delineate a border [and] end the occupation?” in a recent speech.

“As Israel defends itself against countless rocket attacks from Hamas, it shouldn’t also have to defend itself against those in the White House,” Garrett declared in a statement released Thursday. “While the Obama administration says it supports Israel, these comments obviously stand in stark contrast to that commitment and must be retracted. My heart goes out to those who have been the victims of these attacks. I wholeheartedly support our greatest friend and ally in the Middle East as they seek to eliminate those who are perpetrating this violence.”

This latest instance of Obama Administration idiocy comes as events in the Middle East continue to spiral out of control and Israel is under attack from a punishing round of Hamas rocket assaults and threats of escalated violence. Garrett’s colleague Leonard Lance is sponsoring H.R. 4411, the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act, designed to disrupt the terror organization’s financial channels. 


Understanding the ISIS Crisis

By Joshua Sotomayor-Einstein | The Save Jersey Blog

“Yet today, with Sunni jihadists pushing towards Baghdad, Iraq looks less like a Middle Eastern “City on a Hill” than a sectarian thugocracy, rapidly degenerating into a dystopian hellscape.”

- Gene Healy, Washington Examiner

“…there’s little reason that America should get involved in Iraq’s ongoing sectarian war yet again.” 

- Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

Sunni protests in Iraq

Sunni protests in Iraq

Isolationist on the Right and Left are rallying to the ISIS banner celebrating the disintegration of Iraq as vindication of their foreign non-policy of “disengagement.” Engaging in a campaign of brazen historical revision, they seek to erase the last two plus years of our hands-off relationship with Iraq, the relative calm and stability of the troop surge, and the Anbar Awakening from the public record.

Yet the truth remains that the sectarian blood bath Iraq has become is a direct result of the very “disengagement,” i.e. retreat, for which isolationists on the Right and Left advocated.

The Mashrek (Arab world east of the Nile) is in the throes of a war in which Sunni fundamentalists control not only a huge swath of territory but the very WMD stockpiles that our de rigueur intellectual class claimed never existed (Saddam had WMD’s – we subsidized his WMD program during the Iran-Iraq war; only one dictator [Qaddafi] has ever voluntarily given up his WMD’s, and that was a result of and after our toppling of Saddam). Complicating the situation is the involvement of Shia fundamentalist and an expansionist power – Iran.


Hillary the Serial Prevaricator

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

Hillary's infamous Benghazi testimony

Hillary’s infamous Benghazi testimony

During the Watergate investigation, Save Jerseyans, Hillary Clinton lied in a legal brief and later removed evidence from public access that would’ve documented her conduct for conspiring to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee, and the rules of confidentiality in a scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation.

Never knew that? It was just the beginning of her long career of deceit.

Since then, she has lied about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, she misrepresented her record opposing the Iraq War, she misrepresented her role in the Irish Peace Accord, and she misrepresented the extent to which her daughter was in danger on 9/11, fallaciously stating that Chelsea was jogging around the Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 (when, in fact, she was home in bed watching it on TV).


The Dangerous Rise of Drones

By Joe Sinagra | The Save Jersey Blog

MQ-9 Reaper CBP drone‘Unmanned Aerial Vehicles’ or UAV’s; you know them as drones, Save Jerseyans.

They can fly with payloads including still cameras, video cameras, infrared detectors, thermal detectors, and they can even be used to fertilize farms, spray pesticides and, more nefariously, for chemical warfare.

Currently, drone snooping can be conducted without a warrant and the FAA estimates 30,000 drones could be flying in U.S. skies by 2020. High-tech cameras can scan entire cities, or zoom in and read a milk carton from 60,000 feet. They can also carry Wi-Fi crackers and fake cell phone towers capable of determining your location or intercepting your texts and phone calls. Far too many Americans still fail to appreciate the problems they pose, sometimes in ways which the average commentator hasn’t even contemplated.


The Infuriating Iraq War Miseducation of an Obamaphile

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

FallujahThere’s plenty that I find utterly and depressingly confounding about ideological liberalism, Save Jerseyans, but nothing makes me reach for the Aspirin so quickly in recent days as when I hear an Obamaphile try to explain (or rationalize) what’s transpiring in Iraq.

***Slams head on desk.***

Who are these people?

Well, like their leader, they violently and loudly opposed the 2007 Iraq War troop “surge” which, in case you’ve forgotten, was President George W. Bush’s controversial answer to a dramatic increase in insurgent activity; approximately 20,000 U.S. troops were sent to supplement the efforts of other American armed forces and Allied-trained Iraqi security forces.

It worked, though at a high cost. What happened – or didn’t happen – in Iraq since the surge is the issue at hand and, as the great Charles Krauthammer recently explained in his characteristically direct manner, “[w]e can debate forever whether those costs were worth it, but what is not debatable is Obama’s responsibility for the return of the Islamist insurgency that had been routed by the time he became president.”


Who’s Ready to Apologize to Mitt?

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Mitt Romney’s eerily prophetic foreign policy pronouncements up through the 2012 Election stand in stark contrast to Joe Biden’s long history of being wrong about ev-er-y-thing, Save Jerseyans. I can’t help wonder where we’d be today if we had a leader in the White House who knew how to negotiate his way around a tricky situation that wasn’t reducible to a bracket.

Check out Romney’s take on the fate of Iraq back in 2007…

#TBT: Uncle Joe’s Big Baghdad Oops Clip

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

That time back in 2010 when Joe Biden said Iraq was one of President Obama’s ‘Great Achievements’… in light of what’s going on today in the outskirts of Baghdad…

70th D-Day Anniversary

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

It was 70 years ago today, Save Jerseyans, when roughly 156,000 sons of the West landed on the heavily-fortified shores of Northern France to liberate a continent, defeat an evil empire and quite literally save the world.

They weren’t Bowe Bergdahl. They were my Grandpop Rooney’s contemporaries. Thank God for it or we’d all be speaking German or Japanese today….

Remember, commemorate and emulate:

Sabato: CD3 Now Leans GOP

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

Tom MacArthur at the Ocean County Convention

Tom MacArthur at the Ocean County Convention

Veteran Virginia-based political prognosticator Larry Sabato is changing his rating of the race to replace Jon Runyan, Save Jerseyans, citing the outcome of Tuesday’s primary contest:

New Jersey: The most watched Garden State race of the night was in NJ-3, a potentially competitive district in the fall. With Rep. Jon Runyan (R) retiring after two terms, Republicans picked former Randolph Township Mayor Tom MacArthur over 2013 Senate nominee Steve Lonegan, 60%-40%, nominating the candidate widely seen as the stronger general election choice. MacArthur will now face Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard (D), who easily won her party’s primary. With MacArthur’s nomination victory, we’re moving this race from Toss-up to Leans Republican as Tuesday’s result makes it more likely that the GOP will be able to retain the seat. However, Democrats love Belgard and plan to compete hard for the swing seat.”


Lobo Pitches VA Privatization Plan

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

lobiondo press conference“This legislation would allow any veteran to make the decision of whether they want to go to a VA facility as is currently mandated or to be able to go to the doctor or hospital of their choice.”

It’s amazing this hasn’t happened sooner, Save Jerseyans. With those words, Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ02), who was accompanied by frosh legislator and political ally Sam Fiocchi (R-1), announced on Tuesday his intention to introduce legislation that would, as he stated, permit U.S. military veterans to obtain health care services from local hospitals in lieu of facilities operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA (as it’s colloquially known) has come under intense scrutiny for documented cases of fatal neglect and, apparently, a subsequent cover-up.

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL) made a similar announcement last week, and the VA itself is allegedly exploring the private option independent of Congress. It’s a damn shame that American heroes needed to die before anyone in D.C. bothered to act...


Hudson Bob vs. the Chamber

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

bob menendez is austin powersI occasionally surprise myself by agreeing with Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador) when he’s letting his inner foreign policy hawk hang out, Save Jerseyans, but sometimes the Caribbean’s top American tourist goes a little overboard.

Case in point? When he’s criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for taking a relationship-building trip to communist-controlled Cuba.

“I would like to reiterate my concerns about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s trip and the desire to strengthen its relationship with the Government of Cuba – a government that jails foreign business leaders without justification, violates international labor standards, and denies its citizens their basic rights,” Sen. Menendez complained in a letter to the Chamber’s current president. “Such conditions hardly seem an attractive opportunity for any responsible business leader.”


A Privilege Won By Their Sacrifice

By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog

christie militaryHere’s your Memorial Day 2014 message from Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans:

“Today, we honor the brave men and women who have defended our country’s freedom throughout history with bravery, courage, and selflessness. Their service to our state and to our nation is unequaled and sets an example for all Americans. We will never forget the sacrifice and commitment of our veterans and their families who support them every single day. This Memorial Day, I encourage all New Jerseyans to join me in thanking these men and women for their love of our country and their willingness to serve in order for us to secure the lives and freedoms that we’re privileged to have as Americans.”

Governor Christie has no public schedule for Memorial Day; Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno participated in an American Legion Post 351 Memorial Day ceremony in Seaside Heights.