The James J. Howard Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Brick, New Jersey
This is partfiveof my “Bringing Jobs to South Jersey” series, Save Jerseyans. Read parts one (cutting taxes and red tape), two (natural gas), three (wind power unit production) and four (aquaculture) if you haven’t already.
For the benefit of those of you who don’t have South Jersey’s population demographics data memorized, Southern New Jersey is home to large percentage of New Jersey’s nearly half-million veterans, significantly more than most areas of the state. This is a direct result of 1) indigenous individuals from the area who serve and decided to come back and 2) veterans from other parts of the country who retire to South Jersey, often to the Shore points.
Currently, many of these same veterans must travel to VA facilities and hospitals in Delaware or Maryland for certain vital kinds of treatment, as much as 5 or 6 hours away. That’s ridiculous. And there’s a simple win-win solution staring us right in the face…
President Barack Obama is an ideological guy, Save Jerseyans. No one disputes that. And his far-left worldview makes him predisposed to blame most of the world’s problems on the colonial powers (and their progeny – like us). Consider his ill-fated backing for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammad Morsi in Egypt. Morsi’s predecessor was propped up by western powers (primarily us) and, to the President, that meant he was worthy of deposition. Look how that turned out.
So was the President mugged by global reality (or taking leave of his instincts) prior to tweeting THIS:
President Barack Obama has announced his intention to strategize another possible-to-imminent warkinetic action micro-aggressive response (?), Save Jerseyans, this time to the mounting ISIS threat. Just please don’t call it ISIS; he likes ISIL.
In any event, despite the fact that the Obama Administration also insists that ISIS is a regionally-contained threat (if true, then why are we fighting them?), Governor Chris Christie and his counterpart, Andrew Cuomo, huddled up on Monday to discuss their own independent review of regional security; referencing the President’s ISIS speech, the pair announced a bi-state survey of state police and homeland security efforts in New Jersey and New York. The findings are due in ten days:
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David Ben-Gurion (left), Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr. (center) and then-Congressman John F. Kennedy (right) in 1951.
The recent Gaza War has demonstrated that the era of bipartisan support for Israel is over. Republicans overwhelmingly sided with Israel, while Democratic leaders hemmed and hawed over every conceivable statement calculated to alienate the least amount of radical far-left, anti-Israel activists.
From Hillary Clinton’s justification of Hamas human shield tactics (“Gaza is pretty small and very densely populated”) to the FAA’s politically-motivated Israel flight ban; from the suspension of visas for Israelis to the White House condemnation of Israel for firing in the vicinity of UN-run school from which it was receiving fire; and the Obama Administration’s continued pressure on Israel to halt military operations, the Democratic Party has shown it is no friend of the Middle East’s only democracy.
On the right, even Sen. Rand Paul, the GOP’s leading proponent of “non-intervention,” voted for congressional funding for the Iron Dome defense system, which has intercepted hundreds of Hamas rockets targeting Israeli cities and civilians.
But is it good enough? In terms of what he needed to accomplish heading into a presidential cycle? As with many things in Christie World these days, Save Jerseyans, there is no honest conclusion to be states at the moment. We just don’t know. Not yet.
2016 is omnipresent, and I suspect Governor Perry would disagree with Governor Christie’s characterization of U.S.-Mexican relations, at least where the border is concerned. The comment about North American neighbors “respecting national sovereignty” was a head-scratcher.
“We are, as I said, fortunate to be in a peaceful neighborhood,” said the Governor, striking a diplomatic tone, “blessed by strong, deep, and cooperative relations with the governments and more importantly the peoples of both Mexico and Canada.” But except for that one sovereignty comment, he stayed clear away from the turmoil surrounding porous border and, most pressingly, concerns over potential ISIS infiltration.
“This partnership will serve as a facilitator in strengthening economic ties with Latin America and the Caribbean – particularly with Mexico. As New Jersey’s second largest trading partner already, we know that expanding that relationship, and building new ties with others in the region, is incredibly important for our economy moving forward,” said Governor Christie in a statement released ahead of the formal presser. “Our joint agreement will result in greater opportunities to work together by increasing access to information as we conduct business and work on economic issues among our countries.”
You can watch it right here (below the fold) without commercial interruption or annoying commentary:
Governor Chris Christie leaves for Mexico on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, undertaking a 3-day trip to described to the press as a “trade mission” but, if we’re being honest, is intended to double as yet another opportunity to showcase New Jersey’s Republican chief executive as an international name ahead of the GOP presidential primaries (the first debates, believe it or not, are likely on about one year away).
The ever-present specter of America’s immigration crisis will undoubtedly shadow the official proceedings…
Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)
An international search for New Jersey student Aharon Sofer ended tragically on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, after the 23-year old Lakewood resident’s body was reportedly found in the Jerusalem Forest.
Governor Chris Christie, attending political and public events at the Shore today, paused to weigh in and offer condolences.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of Aharon Sofer on their unthinkable loss,” the Governor said in a statement released by his office. “As parents, Mary Pat and I cannot imagine the sense of grief and sadness that engulfs them at this moment. We add our thoughts and prayers to those of so many in New Jersey and around the world for this family and the community of Lakewood. Together, we can help them deal with this awful tragedy.”
The young man had been studying at a yeshiva in Israel.
NJ-05 Democrat challenger Roy Cho just returned from a trip to Israel, Save Jerseyans, a foreign excursion designed to bring attention to the young attorney who has raised an impressive amount of cash but nevertheless remains out-gunned by his opponent — and under-loved by the DCCC — in his quest to topple Rep. Scott Garrett. It’s the kind of thing a top tier presidential contender is expected to do; it’s a little bit strange for a bottom tier House candidate.
I admire his effort. And hey, maybe he is genuinely concerned about Israel. I’ll take his word for it.
Here’s the problem: Cho’s election would aid Israel’s enemies.
Daniel’s Answer to the King Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1615)
I just finished interviewing Lea Carawan, Executive Director of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. Check out the interview here. We discussed religious freedom and some of the recent attempts to neutralize Christianity in America, such as the Veterans Administration in Michigan removing all symbols of Christianity in their chapel. The discussion led me to consider the topic a little more broadly, especially in light of the Christian persecution going on in Iran at the hands of ISIS. I wondered how prevalent Christian persecution of any type was in the rest of the world?
After just a short time digging, I found some pretty startling information. For instance, did you know that Christians are currently the most persecuted religious group in the world?
Robin Williams wrestled with demons and addictions throughout his adult life, Save Jerseyans. He nevertheless found a millions ways to make millions of people happy through his performances; those persons included thousands of U.S. military service members whom he entertained over the years as an active USO participant despite his consistently left-wing political outlook.
Governor Chris Christie is going to Mexico in September, Save Jerseyans. Some say it’s part of his bid to run for president in 2016. We’ll see.
Immigration remains the topic de jour; the Governor’s people say he’s going to discuss trade relations. That being said,I hope he keeps in mind there’s a decorated US Marine by the name of Andrew Tahmooressilanguishing in a Mexican prison.
While he visits, I would love to see the Governor privately ask the Mexican president to find a way to pardon and release him. In fact, I hope he already has that planned.
Following the near decimation of the Jewish People in the mid 20th Century, they were returned to THEIR ancient homeland my partition of The U.N. to a small sliver of land no larger than the state of NJ in 1948. They were immediately attacked on all sides by hostile Arab counties but managed to survive. Arab forces massed on their borders again in 1967 and the Israelis again fought them off in rather convincing fashion acquiring greater swaths of land in the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights, and Sinai.
Again in 1973, on their holiest day of the year, Israel was attacked and once again fought off their numerous Arab enemies.
Since then, the people of Israel have endured terrorist bombings, Intifadas, and rocket attacks deliberately attacking civilian centers
Understandably, Israel defends itself by moving into Gaza to destroy the tunnel networks and rocket sites utilized to terrorize and murder its population, the only peoples living in a health Middle Eastern democracy, all the while proving humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza. Wouldn’t we do the same if, hypothetically, Canadian terrorists began raining rockets down on Michigan tomorrow?
Amazingly the West’s answer isn’t universally affirmative.