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Follow up on Philadelphia mother who unintentionally violated New Jersey’s gun laws

by John Lott on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

This is article 541 of 545 in the topic Gun Rights
The penalty for this mother of two children is out of all proportion to any possible harm that she did.  The point of these laws in New Jersey is to make people so afraid of violating the laws that they are worried about owning guns.  More background on the case is available here.  The new article from Fox News:

Allen, who has no prior criminal record, said she acquired the gun legally just a week prior to her arrest. She was headed to Atlantic City, N.J., in the early-morning hours to prepare for her son’s birthday party, which was being held three days later.

“I was bringing a cake and the dog to the hotel room to surprise him,” she said. “That’s what I was doing out there and I got pulled over at 1 in the morning because I was sleepy and I swerved.”

Allen purchased the gun for protection after being robbed twice in the past year, she said, adding that she never even fired it and feels somewhat snake-bitten by the entire ordeal.
“It’s definitely a freak thing,” she said. “I was trying to do a good thing and it turned out so bad — and just like that. I don’t know how to explain it, I really don’t.”

Allen reiterated that she immediately told the officer she had a gun in her 2007 Chevrolet sedan, as well as a concealed carry permit for neighboring Pennsylvania.

“The officer knew there was a gun there, she was completely honest and open,” her attorney, Evan Nappen, said. “There are no aggravating factors in this case; she’s a single mom of two, working in the medical field who was robbed twice and that’s what inspired her to get a gun license in the first place.” . . .

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Vicious cop killer honored with memorial built by Jersey City residents

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This is article 42 of 43 in the topic Memorials

Residents of a New Jersey neighborhood erected a memorial in the aftermath of a cop-killing to honor an alleged drug-addicted murderer, not the young police officer, according to local news reports on Monday.

During the weekend, when he responded to a burglary-in-progress call, Jersey City, N.J.,Police Officer Melvin Santiago was the victim of a surprise attack in which he was fatally wounded by gunman Lawrence Campbell. Upon arriving at the crime scene, in front of a Walgreen’s pharmacy, Officer Santiago’s fellow police officers fired and killed the Campbell when he refused to drop his weapon.

In a shocking demonstration of lawless bravado, residents of that Jersey City African American neighborhood created a prominently displayed sidewalk memorial not in honor of the slain young rookie cop, but to honor his killer as hero.

“This memorial says more about the residents of the city than it does about the man who ended the life of a kid who wished to protect and serve the very people honoring his killer,” said former New York police detective, Sid Franes, himself an African American lawman.

Some of the creators of the cop-killer memorial designed T-shirts that they taped to the wall on which neighborhood residents wrote messages in memory of the cop-killing Campbell.

The killer’s widow, Angelique Campbell, told a New Jersey cable television news reporter that she wishes her husband killed more police officers. While she wasn’t a witness to the shooting incident, she claimed that police officers were out to kill her husband. The cop-killer’s wife hours later apologized for her harsh language.

Angelique later apologized for her comments, but I don’t see how you can walk back something like that.

While Jersey Citydetectives continue to investigate the shooting, they claim that they were told that upon stealing the murder weapon, Campbell told a friend to watch the 11 o’clock news to see how famous he’d become.

Full disclosure: The writer, Jim Kouri, is the former director of public safety at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. Several members of the Jersey City Police Department worked for him at that Jesuit university.

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Young woman’s life likely destroyed because of NJ’s bizarre gun laws

by John Lott on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

This is article 536 of 545 in the topic Gun Rights

Fox News in Dallas-Fort Worth has this story from New Jersey:

27 year-old Shaneen Allen wanted to protect her family. She took a gun safety course, applied for and was granted a concealed carry permit and she purchased a gun.

“One of my family members, he thought it was appropriate for me to get one because I’m a single mother and I have two children and I work two jobs and I work late and getting up at that time of night I got robbed twice last year and he felt the need for me to get my license to protect me and my kids,” Allen explained.

However, while Allen, from Philadelphia, was covered to carry a gun in Pennsylvania, she made the mistake of crossing into New Jersey with the weapon and now she’s facing a mandatory minimum of three-years in jail.

Allen said that she didn’t know her permit didn’t apply to New Jersey so when she was stopped for a minor traffic offense she told the police about her gun and her permit to carry. In this case, being honest may have cost her.

“The judge tried to tell me that telling the truth messed me up, my life up and the cop said the same thing. Me opening my mouth and speaking out he said I’m one out of ten people that spoke up and was honest and that got me in trouble,” she said.

Allen was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of hallow-point bullets which were in the gun. Under New Jersey gun laws, the illegal possession of a gun is a second-degree felony which holds a minimum sentence of three-years in prison. . . .

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A real-man conservative Republican running for Congress

by Lloyd Marcus on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

This is article 18 of 27 in the topic 2014 Elections

I suspect that many of you share my frustration with wimpy Republican candidates; afraid to embrace the Tea Party, afraid to stand up for conservative principles and values, afraid to stand up for the law, afraid to push back against bogus allegations of racism for not rubber stamping Obama’s fast and furious power grabs and attacks on our freedoms.

My dad taught me that a “real man” takes a stand and does the right thing, ignoring critics. He also does the right thing went nobody is watching.

Well, there is a real-man conservative running for congress in New Jersey who is not afraid. His name is Steve Lonegan. Talk about a breath of fresh air, Lonegan has been fighting the good fight for conservatism in New Jersey politics for 30 years. Yes, you heard me correctly, I said New Jersey.

Though he put up a good fight, Lonegan was defeated in his run for U.S. Senate by the overwhelmingly well-funded Democrat Cory Booker. Oprah and her Hollywood posse pumped millions into that race for Booker. Still, there was a bright spot. Despite mega Hollywood outside funding, Lonegan strongly defeated Booker in the 3rd district which is where he is now running for congress.

Now get this folks. Standing on conservative principles, Lonegan won the 3rd district by the best numbers of any Republican in the last decade. http://bit.ly/1khGiGR Mitt Romney lost that district. It is my firm belief that when presented unfiltered by liberals, boldly and confidently, conservatism wins the hearts and minds of a majority of voters.

Sadly, far too many Republican candidates and the GOP establishment drink the Left’s Kool-Aid that we must tone down our message; in essence, become Democrat-Lite to win elections. Now, ask yourself. Why would the Left want to help Republicans/Conservatives win elections?

Conservative congressional candidate Steve Lonegan must defeat the liberal New Jersey Republican establishment’s candidate MacArthur in the primary; well-funded with millions.

The New Jersey GOP establishment wants a big government liberal in office. Pure and simple.

Contrast that with Lonegan who is committed to upholding the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, low taxes and reducing the size of government. One could say that Lonegan epitomizes the liberal wing of the GOP establishment’s War on Conservatism – the GOP recruiting wealthy RINO candidates around the country to run against conservatives.

MacArthur says he supports government funded low income housing to bring diversity to neighborhoods. Sounds like Obama, right? Lonegan has no problem with diversity, but is opposed to achieving it via government social engineering programs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R83p6bR6YrU

MacArthur has called Lonegan “too right wing.” Here are Lonegan’s goals which the GOP establishment candidate considers too right wing. Lonegan will fight to repeal Obamacare, repeal Common Core’s intrusion into our kid’s education, see the repeal of Dodd-Frank and dismantle the IRS. Lonegan is in great company. Ronald Reagan was also considered too right wing.

While his opponent runs with a war-chest of millions, Lonegan is the Tea Party candidate, running on ideology. Wow, what a concept and how gutsy. When other Republicans were distancing themselves from the Tea Party, Lonegan helped to organize the first major Tea Party rally in Piscataway, New Jersey, April 15, 2009.

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Homegrown jihadist sentenced to federal prison for threatening American Jews

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This is article 749 of 776 in the topic Terrorism

A homegrown Islamist on Friday in Alexandria, Va., learned he will spend two-and-a-half years in federal prison for his creating a radical Muslim website devoted to instilling fear in American Jews on the Internet through threats of violence, according to an FBI and U.S. Department of Justice press statement on Friday.

Yousef Mohamid Al-Khattab, who changed his name from Joseph Cohen when he converted to Islam after being an Hasidic Jew, was sentenced in an Alexandria, Va., courtroom to federal prison for using his position as a leader of the “Revolution Muslim” to cause American Jews to fear serious bodily injury from Muslims who visited Al-Khattab’s websites. The websites he helped create also encouraged Muslims to support al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

According to the Justice Department, Al-Khattab, who lived in Atlantic City, N.J., and his colleague, Younus Abdullah Muhammad (a/k/a Jesse Curtis Morton) started Revolution Muslim in December 2007 in order to operate Internet message boards and websites with the purpose of encouraging Muslims in the United States and other nations to support Osama bin Laden, who was still alive at the time.

Al-Khattab and Muhammad also encouraged Muslims to give their support to American jihadist Anwar Al Awlaki, the al-Qaida terrorist network, the Taliban fighting the U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, and other groups or individuals engaged in violent terrorism, the prosecutors said.

On Jan. 8, 2009, Al-Khattab posted a video on the Revolution Muslim website that urged viewers who supported the Palestinians in Gaza to assist them by locating the leaders of the Jewish Federation in the U.S. and face them directly where they and their families lived. For example, Al-Khattab posted the names and addresses of synagogues in New York and the location of another Jewish organization in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Al-Khattab’s website also contained a hyperlink to the website that posted “The Anarchist Cookbook,” which is a manual for building improvised explosive devices (IEDs). On Jan. 23, 2009, Al-Khattab’s Revolution Muslim website displayed a video that accused the Jewish Federation of funding Israeli military operations against innocent Palestinians and called on viewers search for leaders of Jewish organizations in the United States, according to the Justice Department.

On June 22, 2012, Revolution Muslim founder Younus Abdullah Muhammad was sentenced to more than 11-years in federal prison. On Feb. 24, 2011, Revolution Muslim administrator Zachary Chesser was sentenced to 25-years in prison. Muhammad and Chesser were arrested for making terrorist threats against the producers of the “South Park,” a hit animated television series that poked fun at Muslim terrorists, according to an Examiner news story.

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“Friendly Fire” Clears Chris Christie; Meanwhile, Federal Grand Jury Gears-up for RINO H

by John Lillpop on Monday, April 7th, 2014

This is article 428 of 450 in the topic Government Corruption

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made big news last week by releasing a report which appeared to exonerate the husky RINO of wrong doing in the Bridge Gate kerfuffel.

Trouble is, the report was prepared by a private law firm hired by Christie; thus, rendering the results essentially worthless, except in the mind and soul of the desperate governor who is struggling to remain viable among potential GOP candidates for the presidency in 2016.

Christie’s long-shot prospects were not helped in the least by the federal government, mostly still the exclusive province of Barack Obama and deeply-partisan liberals, all of whom would savor the opportunity to send Christie across the Washington Bridge en route to federal prison, just in time for the November, 2016 election.

Even though Hillary Clinton may not be the donkey of choice for some liberals, she is still far and away preferable to Christie whose brand is irreconcilably tainted by the detestable R next to his name.

Thus, the federal government has targeted Chris Christie for a fate worse than water-boarding, as reported:

A federal grand jury is investigating NJ Governor Chris Christie’s involvement in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal and heard hours of testimony Friday from Christie press secretary Mike Drewniak.

The US Attorney in New Jersey is taking the investigation extremely seriously, and recently increased the number of investigators on the case from three to 10, sources told the Post.

Drewniak’s lawyer, Anthony Iacullo, said the aide wasn’t a target of the investigation.

“We’re here to answer questions and that’s what Michael did today,” Iacullo told ABC.

The convening of a grand jury means the “Bridgegate” probe has progressed from a preliminary inquiry into the criminal phase of the investigation.

Ex-Christie aides allegedly ordered the shutdown of two traffic lanes near the bridge last year, causing gridlock in the nearby town of Fort Lee, to retaliate against the Democratic mayor who didn’t endorse Christie in his re-election bid.

Christie’s office is also being probed by a state legislative panel.”

Many conservative Republicans regard Christie, and his moderate-to-left views, as dangerous for America and would prefer to see the Governor fighting government indictments rather than doing battle with conservative candidates for the 2016 nomination.

For such folks, the glad word to the federal grand jury is, “Happy Hunting!”

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Air Force fighter jets to assist with Super Bowl security

by Jim Kouri on Thursday, January 30th, 2014

This is article 120 of 127 in the topic National Security

Sunday’s Super Bowl location may become the safest place on the planet with federal, state and local law enforcement joining the U.S. intelligence community and Armed Forces to enhance public safety during the Denver Broncos-Seattle Seahawks championship football game, New Jersey police officials told the Examiner on Tuesday night.

According to Lt. Anthony Gracia of New Jersey’s North Newfield Police Department, U.S. fighter jets from the Continental United States Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR) are aready preparing to protect the skies above and around MetLife Stadium in New Jersey’s Meadowlands, which is the site of Super Bowl XLVII on February 2.

In fact, the air defense exercise flights in the area of the stadium are scheduled to begin at about 4:00 a.m. EST and will continue for about one-hour.

Exercise Amalgam Virgo 14-01, a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) air-defense exercise, will be conducted in the East Rutherford, N.J., area so that interagency partners can practice procedures for responding to airspace violations, according to the American Forces Press Service.

The exercise is a series of training flights in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the FBI, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Civil Air Patrol, the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, and the CONR’s Eastern Air Defense Sector.

“There are a lot of interagency partners involved in the air defense of this year’s Super Bowl,” said Air Force Lt. Gen. William H. Etter, CONR commander.

“With multiple agencies involved, coordination between all air-defense partners is crucial. This exercise allows all of the interagency partners to come together before the game to hone their air defense skills and ensure communications are working properly,” he noted.

These exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure CONR’s rapid response capability, officials said. CONR has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the United States since the start of Operation Noble Eagle, the command’s ongoing response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, officials said in a press statement.

“On Super Bowl Sunday and every other day, the men and women of the Continental U.S. NORAD Region are on watch, making sure our skies are safe,” Etter said.

Since 9/11, CONR fighters have responded to more than 5,000 possible air threats in the United States and have flown more than 62,500 sorties with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System and air-to-air-refueling aircraft for Operation Noble Eagle, officials said.

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Christie’s Crisis

by Alan Caruba on Monday, January 13th, 2014

I watched the 107 minute press conference by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Thursday, but I must admit that I almost fell asleep towards the end. What struck me at the time was that I had not seen anything comparable from President Obama regarding the many scandals such as Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting of Tea Party and comparable groups, Benghazi, and the Obamacare debacle.

Gov. Christie didn’t just offer a prepared statement, take a few questions, and leave. He stayed on. He took full responsibility for the closing of lanes to the George Washington Bridge by over-zealous staff, announced the firing of two top aides, and promised a further investigation of what occurred and why. Then he answered a barrage of questions.

The focus on the event is the result of countless predictions that he would face Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The Governor has become a celebrity politician as the result of his personality and dramatic reelection in a state that is heavily Democratic. He gained a lot of attention for facing down the powerful teacher’s union and addressing the state’s fiscal problems.

He also gained attention for his “style” of governance. A former U.S. District Attorney for New Jersey, he had put a lot of politicians in jail and, as Governor, often challenged those who questioned those who challenged him and showed his toughness on the issues. “I am not a bully,” he said in the press conference, but his assertive nature was, for many New Jerseyans, part of their support.

Did his staff and appointees absorb some of that “attitude”? Brigid Harrison, a professor of political science and law at Montclair State University (NJ), said, “It is not too much of a logical leap to connect the rhetoric that the governor has used with the tone of public servants in his administration, and I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that the disdain that is evident in these documents comes from the top down.”

Those thousands of documents, however, reveal no connection to the Governor.

Born in New Jersey, grown to maturity, and a resident here, my interest in the Governor stems in part from watching him over the many years he has been a public servant. This is the first time he has faced such a crisis and he took full responsibility. That is quite a contrast with Obama who has never taken responsibility for anything and often stated he was unaware of them until he read about it in the newspaper, something that occurred to Christie when a New Jersey daily revealed the content of emails regarding the lane closures subpoenaed by the state legislature.

I voted for Christie twice, am a registered Republican, and am politically conservative. I never voted for Obama. That doesn’t mean I have been happy with his politics that includes an antipathy toward gun ownership, an inclination to believe the environmental nonsense about global warming or some energy-related issues.

What is occurring, however, is a huge effort by the liberal mainstream press to discredit and eliminate him from being a potential Republican presidential candidate to oppose Hillary Clinton.

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Home stretch: lot happenin’ for Lonegan

by Lloyd Marcus on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

This is article 359 of 369 in the topic Elections

Thanks folks, you have been awesome. In these last few days before the Wednesday, October 16th special election for the New Jersey U.S. Senate seat, the Lonegan campaign has skyrocketed with national attention and activity. Rush Limbaugh said Lonegan will win. http://bit.ly/1cd5j4I

Sarah Palin is campaigning for Lonegan. Tea Party Express hosted a rally for Lonegan; keynotes were Sarah Palin and Mark Levin. http://bit.ly/GUNQ6u

Suddenly, Lonegan t-shirts are hot, figuratively worn by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and supporters across America.

My Conservative Campaign Committee has been pounding the drum for several months for Lonegan. We are running Lonegan radio and TV ads. We are most excited about our Lonegan ads running during Sunday Night Football and the pre-game show.

Our staff is organizing volunteers to phone-from-home for Lonegan, as voter turn out is hugely important. To participate please email: phonefromhome@conservativecampaign.org

But folks, I just want to take a moment to express my deepest thanks and appreciation of you. Your support and contributions have made Lonegan surge from 30 points down to single digits. Remarkable!

Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg threw $1 million to Lonegan’s opponent’s campaign. http://bit.ly/1afuykF

Grassroots efforts for Lonegan simply do not have that kind of money to throw around.

You know me by now folks, I always look for the blessing.

Ours is a We The People movement, working together, united. As grassroots patriots, we make the best with what we have, using our creativity, skills and talents. We spend wisely. We are united in our common goal to restore America.

I spoke on the phone with a Lonegan supporter yesterday who said, “I’m 67. I miss my constitutional America.”

Sending rock-solid constitutional conservatives such as Lonegan to DC is step one.

Also folks, there is a stirring in the air, a new rebellion brewing against overreaching regulations, government purposely making the shutdown as painful as possible and the overall dysfunction of DC. Truckers organized a protest. Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz led the charge as veterans rallied in DC. http://bit.ly/1aBPwKL Yes, something is happening.

More than ever, we need politicians on our side who will not blink; refusing to back down simply because Democrats and liberal media call them bad names.

Conservative Republican Steve Lonegan running for U.S. Senate New Jersey is one such politician. We are in the home stretch with only a few days left, folks. Let’s get this “good guy” elected. http://bit.ly/1cd5j4I

Thanks again and God Bless.

Lloyd Marcus, Proud Unhyphenated American
Chairman: http://www.conservativecampaign.org/
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Sarah Palin, football and Lonegan equals tea party victory!

by Lloyd Marcus on Monday, October 7th, 2013

This is article 358 of 369 in the topic Elections

Quoting the Pointer Sisters’ song, “I’m so excited!” Sarah Palin has endorsed Steve Lonegan for U.S. Senate New Jersey.

“Steve Lonegan will fight to preserve our Liberty against government regulations like Obamacare that seek to limit our prosperity. Let’s come together, turn out, work hard, and elect conservative Steve Lonegan to the U.S. Senate on October 16!”

– Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Folks, not only am I excited about Palin’s endorsement, I am most excited about Steve Lonegan, the man. Cut from the same cloth as Sarah Palin, Lonegan boldly articulates the benefits of conservatism and why it is the best route for all to achieve their American Dream. Like Palin, Lonegan is a proud fiscal and social conservative. http://fxn.ws/17ySu3E He is also strongly pro-gun and pro-life.

We in the Tea Party have had very little to cheer about over the past few days since the government shutdown. Democrats with the full support of their sycophant media have been demonizing the Tea Party and Republicans 24/7. Such was expected.

How could decent hard-working Americans rejecting Obamacare, their president’s lawless tyrannical attempt to fundamentally transform America; usurping unconstitutional power over every aspect of their lives, prompt such vitriolic hate from the media and Democrats? This is our nightmarish reality in America today.

President Obama rewrites Obamacare at will, changing the rules; 19 times thus far. http://bit.ly/19JcWOl He awards opt-outs and special deals to his homeys. Could you ever imagine a federal law that those on the president’s “good side” would be allowed not to comply? And yet, the media and Democrats have deemed the American people the villains; racist who refuse to go quietly into socialism.

Steve Lonegan’s remarkable surge coming from over 30 points to only 3 behind liberal Democrat Cory Booker is cause for celebration. http://bit.ly/175Cm6a Beating Obama clone Booker will be a huge boost to gaining a majority in the Senate and inspiring our base.

Also, endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Rick Perry, momentum for Lonegan continues to build.

Conservative Campaign Committee has placed TV and radio ads supporting Lonegan. We are running ads on the NBC affiliate in New Jersey on Sunday Night Football and the pre-game show. Thus, reaching a broader audience of voters for Steve Lonegan!

The Lonegan vs Booker race is David vs Goliath. Booker is propped up with a huge war chest from Oprah, Ben Affleck and a plethora of Hollywood heavyweights. Against all odds, Lonegan supported by We The People has risen from not-a-snowballs-chance to reducing Booker’s lead to only 3 points. It is truly amazing what can be achieved when We the People come together. http://bit.ly/GC5bjR

Here is the link to the Money Bomb to purchase airtime for Lonegan ads. https://secure.donationsafe.com/loneganmb/lm

Lonegan himself is pretty outspoken about the national implications of his October 16th battle with Booker; Conservatism vs Liberalism; We The People vs Hollywood.

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