Wednesday
Jul112018

Media Research Center slams NJ Legislature for “propaganda bill”

It’s not quite Joseph Goebbels’ Reich Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda or Reichsministerium für Volksaufklärung und Propaganda (don’t all these ideas sound more at home in their original German… or Russian… or Spanish… or Chinese…???) but it’s a start in that direction.  Yep, it is bad enough that the state forces every property taxpayer to subsidize the larger state newspapers by requiring county and local governments to pay for advertisements – notices that they could put on their government websites for free – but now we have direct government funding of so-called “journalism”.  Stand by for the FAKE NEWS to fly.

Our friends at the Media Research Center hit the nail on the head…

NJ Passes State-Funded News Bill - Isn't That Called 'Propaganda?'

By P. Gardner Goldsmith

Glorious news! Following in the footsteps of the Obama-approved and promoted “Portman-Murphy Counter-Propaganda Act” of 2016, which sets aside over $150 million in federal tax funds to hand to dinosaur news media outlets, the legislature of New Jersey is finally ready to do its part! Isn’t that exciting?

Absolutely! As Joe Setyon reports for Reason, both the NJ House and Senate recently passed a bill to create the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium - state-funded news – beyond the already hair-graying public television and radio systems and state-funded colleges in the Garden State.

It’s a $5 million handout to “local press”, because, you know, when people don’t find it in their interest to purchase local newspapers or visit local news websites, they should be forced to pay for what they don’t want…

Right?

Writes Setyon:

The legislation in question creates a nonprofit group, the New Jersey Civic Information Consortium, charged with approving grant applications for local news. The bill has passed both houses of the state legislature; Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, has not yet signed it, but on Sunday he did sign a state budget that sets aside the money.

You can read the full article here: 

https://www.mrctv.org/blog/nj-legislature-passes-state-funded-news-aka-propaganda-bill

Setyon adds:

The liberal Free Press Action Fund has been pushing for such legislation for years. The group initially asked for a much larger endowment of $100 million, but it still greeted the news with pleasure. 'Never before has a state taken the lead to address the growing crisis in local news,' State Director Mike Rispoli said in a statement, calling New Jersey  a model for the rest of the nation.'

No thanks. There’s been enough of this nonsense in other areas of American culture. We don’t need it in journalism. And can one still call it “journalism” when it’s funded by the state?

Technically, the more precise term is “propaganda”.

For more information on the work of the Media Research Center, visit…

https://www.mrc.org/

Monday
Jul092018

Ralph Nader’s speech to conservatives re. crony capitalism

The American Conservative (TAC) is the publication that predicted the fall of the Bush dynasty and the rise of Donald Trump.  They wrote about the populist shift in GOP politics when most Washington-based journalists were confidently predicting that Paul Ryan was the next big thing.

The American Conservative recently held its 2nd annual conference on crony capitalism, "Cronyism in Action: Government's Cozy Ties to Big Tech & Big War." Ralph Nader gave a special address on the Military Industrial Complex entitled, "Eisenhower's Warning: Prophetic and Presently Understated."  You can watch it here:

The conference began with opening remarks by the Hon. C. Boyden Gray, former ambassador to the European Union, and a board member of The American Conservative The first panel, on the military-industrial-congressional complex, featured journalist and TAC contributing editor Mark Perry as moderator, POLITICO reporter and defense editor Bryan Bender, investigative journalist and TAC contributor Gareth Porter, Mandy Smithburger, director of the Project on Government Oversight, and Caroline Dorminey, a defense policy analyst at the Cato Institute. You can watch a video of the first panel here:

The second panel debated the role of cronyism in the technology industry and featured TAC executive editor Lewis McCrary as moderator, writer and Open Markets Institute fellow Matt Stoller, Washington Examiner commentary editor

Tim Carney, co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance Stacy Mitchell, and Information Technology and Innovation Foundation founder and president Robert D. Atkinson. You can watch a video of the second panel here:

For more information or to subscribe to The American Conservative, please contact John Burtka, at… jburtka@theamericanconservative.com

Monday
Jul092018

Pastor Brad Winship: The sin of virtue-signaling

Pastor Brad Winship of God & Country Radio delivers a weekly message from his Monmouth County church.  This week, Pastor Winship discusses the behavior called virtue-signaling. 

A popular buzz word today is the term “Virtue Signaling.”  By rhetoric, those who are lawless seek to create an appearance of virtue.  In His Sermon on the Mount, even Jesus addressed the sin of “virtue signaling.”  If we are to understand our times, we should know the personal and political dimensions of this behavior. 
  
Scripture References:  Matthew 23:5-6 , 6:1-2 , 5:16 ; 2 Kings 9:30-31 ; Isaiah 65:5 ; 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Radio Program #349 -- “Virtue Signaling” 

http://godandcountryradio.org/Audio/349%20-%20Virtue%20Signaling%20-%2007-08-2018.mp3 

YouTube #34 -- Virtue Signaling

Pastor Winship can be heard at the following times:

  Bridge Christian Radio - Sunday 9 pm 
        89.7 FM - Monmouth / Ocean Counties, NJ 
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Listen anytime at http://godandcountryradio.org/   * Click on Program (Left click - The audio should begin playing) (Right click - To save to your computer or device) 

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Monday
Jul092018

QUESTION: Does the NJ Herald have a conflict?

On Sunday, the NJ Herald ran an editorial titled:  Franklin caught on a slippery slope.”  The newspaper contended:

“By voting again on an already approved ordinance, Franklin officials surely are taking the issue down a slippery slope that is bound to slide right into a courtroom. 

Before the Borough Council on Tuesday will be an ordinance that sets stricter requirements against disturbing steep slopes for developments, something that by all indications and records the council already approved last November.

At issue is whether the developer of a proposed 300-unit apartment complex on Munsonhurst Road can proceed using the previous, less-restrictive slope requirements or if the project will need to adhere to the new and soon-to-be-reaffirmed set. 

Records seem to indicate the steeper slope requirements were indeed recommended by the Planning Board and approved by the Borough Council, but those changes did not get codified, and the previous slope formula remained in the borough's online code book. 

Using the less restrictive slope requirements, JCM Investments presented plans for its apartment complex to the Planning Board in May, and in early June the board ruled the applications complete. No objections to the involved slopes were raised. Only later, at a public hearing in June, was it pointed out that the slopes formula used in the plans was no longer in effect. 

That began a slew of head-scratching, finger-pointing and legal action foreboding that led to the difficult-to-understand move to pass the stricter slope requirements again. 

Doing so can only further muddy waters that are already murky. 

Should the council approve the ordinance, it could be interpreted that the previous attempt wasn't done correctly, so the previous requirements were still in effect. 

On the other hand, if the council votes down the ordinance, does that negate the previous vote? And what effect would that have on the apartment project? 

The Herald continued:

The developer contends he acted in good faith, though it can be argued that ignorance of the law is no excuse. 

However, if the intent of the stricter requirements was to allow for greater discussion and review, that has already been accomplished. At a late November meeting, Planning Board member Jim Williams said, "We are reasonable people here. You want more than 10, 5 and 2 (the stricter set of slope requirements), come tell us why. We might say, ‘Yeah, that makes sense.' "

Without knowing it, they may have done just that when the plans submitted to the Planning Board and presumably reviewed by professional planners and engineers were deemed complete. No comments were made that too many slopes were disturbed. 

If the stricter slope requirements are ruled as applicable to the proposed development, a variance should be approved allowing the project to proceed to the next step. The borough code should be updated and let's move on. (A reprimand may be in order for the responsible party who failed to make the approved change to the code.)

That is, unless the failure to record the changes to the requirements will be used as an excuse to now stop the project.

Regardless of what happens on Tuesday, the matter will most likely need to be sorted out in court.

That’s the story, as reported in the NJ Herald.  

So we are curious as to why the NJ Herald is getting involved in this issue, without disclosing the involvement of its own attorney – who is also the new Sussex County Attorney – Mr. Kevin Kelly.  The Herald must be aware of Mr. Kelly’s involvement, as they have reported on it numerous times: 

Franklin accepts plans for 300 apartments - New Jersey Herald -

www.njherald.com/20170516/franklin-accepts-plans-for-300-apartments

May 16, 2017 - Photo by Jake West/New Jersey Herald — Attorney Kevin Kelly speaks to ... to the proposal by Silk City LLC, a subsidiary of JCM Investments. 

Developer considers next step after Franklin denies apartment plan ...

www.njherald.com/20170707/franklin-denies-apartment-plan

Jul 7, 2017 - Newton Attorney Kevin Kelly said he is reviewing the borough's ... Daurio is a principal of JCM Investments which has developed and manages ... 

Apartment developer seeks Franklin meeting - New Jersey Herald -

www.njherald.com/20170922/apartment-developer-seeks-franklin-meeting

Sep 22, 2017 - FRANKLIN -- The attorney for JCM Investments, the firm that wants to build ... attorney Kevin Kelly said there are issues for consideration by the ... 

Franklin Planning Board endorses new steep-slope rules - New ...

www.njherald.com/20180706/planning-board-recommends-new-steep-slope-rules

3 days ago - JCM Investments and its subsidiary, Silk City Rentals, which owns the ... at Thursday's hearing by attorneys Kevin Kelly and Autumn McCourt. 

Franklin Planning Board OKs zone recommendations for Munsonhurst ...

www.njherald.com/article/20171102/ARTICLE/311029966

Nov 2, 2017 - Nick Daurio, a principal in JCM Investments, seated at center, listens along with his attorney, Kevin Kelly, seated behind him, and engineer Eric ... 

Franklin Planning Board rejects major housing complex - New Jersey ...

www.njherald.com/article/20170706/ARTICLE/170709995

Jul 6, 2017 - As presented by Nick Daurio, a principal in JCM Investments, the ... After the vote, Kevin Kelly, a Newton attorney hired by JCM Investments, ... 

Franklin OKs rezoning for apartment complex property, but keeps an ...

www.njherald.com/.../franklin-oks-rezoning-for-apartment-complex-property-but-kee...

Nov 30, 2017 - On Wednesday, attorney Kevin Kelly, who is representing the developer, JCM Investments and its subsidiary, Silk City Rentals, said he has not ... 

Franklin Council agrees to settlement, property to be rezoned to allow ...

www.njherald.com/.../franklin-council-agrees-to-settlement-property-to-be-rezoned-to...

Sep 27, 2017 - ... the developer's attorney Kevin Kelly argued in a letter last week, actually favored Silk City's proposed Milly's Court development on 71 acres.

This recent photograph, appearing in the NJ Herald, contains this caption:  Nick Daurio, a principal in JCM Investments, seated at center, listens along with his attorney, Kevin Kelly, seated behind him, and engineer Eric Snyder, seated in front of him, as the Franklin Planning Board begins its meeting on Wednesday.” 

So why is the NJ Herald formally putting its weight behind this project in an op-ed that reads like a threat of legal action against the town and taxpayers of Franklin?  Is it the newspaper talking… or is it the attorney talking through the newspaper?

Given his new role at the county – as county government’s top attorney and legal advisor – Mr. Kelly should avoid the appearance of such conflicts.  Given its role as the arbiter of elections and the host of political campaign debates and such, so should the NJ Herald.

Friday
Jul062018

William J Hayden: Do you agree with President Trump that Americans should come first?

**William J. Hayden is the Vice President of Skylands Tea Party**

In society we protect what we love and care for. 
Our families are protected at night by a minimum of a locked door. And by possibly a weapon of some type.
The rich and connected, have fences, security systems, and armed guards.
And in all instances, we want to know who we are letting in, before they come in, for our protection. 
Our banks, and government buildings all protected as well. And in many instances again, you have to show who you are, or at least show you are not a threat.

So why would we let people into this country without knowing who they are?  
After all, this country is our collective home. We all live here, we should all know that those coming here are at least not a threat. 

Here is a stat that should put things into perspective as to why we want to know who is here.

95% of foreign nationals in federal prison are illegal aliens 

Actually 23% of all federal inmates are illegal

Your safety should be #1 and illegal immigration is unsafe