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Christie has … pushed through the smallest budget in five years in a spending-drunk state, making no major concessions to the Democrat-run legislature. And he broke with 63 years of tradition by failing to reappoint a judge (a liberal) to the state’s meddlesome Supreme Court and naming a Republican replacement.

But what really impresses conservatives nationwide is his frank, funny, in-your-face style, which he frequently deploys in unscripted, passionate defenses of bedrock conservatism. He makes little effort to sprinkle the artificial sweetener of “compassion” over his ideas.

Lots of voters are saying Christie is a bully — but they said that of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Rudy Giuliani, too. All of them laughed their way to re-election. At a moment when three-quarters of New Jerseyans are pessimistic about the future, Christie’s approval/disapproval ratings are even, at 44/43.

Christie may be the nation’s most prominent spokesman for an increasingly potent idea — that public-sector unions are ripping us off.Kyle Smith

“It’s like we woke up one morning and the world had changed. We were liked and respected, and now, overnight, people have turned against us.”—Linda Mirabelli, New Jersey music teacher


 

All hail Chris Christie!

By Kyle Smith

Who is the summer’s hottest American matinee idol? Robert Pattinson? Taylor Lautner? Or is it Chris Christie?

OK, one of them is mainly the crush of fiscal conservatives. But it’s a breathless, paste-his-picture-in-your-locker kind of frenzy. “Christie Almighty,” read the title of a blog post at National Review. Glenn Beck called a highlight reel of Christie’s most in-your-face remarks “Common Sense Porn” — and meant it as a compliment. I never would have guessed one guy could turn the GOP into the party of porn and blasphemy. But I sure am proud.

Christie has done a couple of big things — he pushed through the smallest budget in five years in a spending-drunk state, making no major concessions to the Democrat-run legislature. And he broke with 63 years of tradition by failing to reappoint a judge (a liberal) to the state’s meddlesome Supreme Court and naming a Republican replacement.

But what really impresses conservatives nationwide is his frank, funny, in-your-face style, which he frequently deploys in unscripted, passionate defenses of bedrock conservatism. He makes little effort to sprinkle the artificial sweetener of “compassion” over his ideas.

Chris Christie may look like Chris Farley, but in terms of conservative principles he’s as sexy as Christie Brinkley.

As the governor took a victory lap around the media to celebrate his budget success, it’s worth asking: How impressed should we be by his first half-year in Trenton? Can this bulldozer clean out the muck in the Garden State? What can Albany learn from Christie? And how far can he rise?

Christie became a nationwide political rock star primarily because of a pair of entertaining exchanges that became YouTube hits. In one of them, a teacher named Rita Wilson said if she were paid even a measly $3 an hour, she’d be getting $83,000 a year, a figure she said she could only dream about.

Christie replied to her rant with a casual, “Well, you know what, then? You don’t have to do it.” Christie added that the teachers’ union was making “stupid statements” in response to his proposal that educators accept a one-year pay freeze and contribute 1.5% of their salaries to their pensions. (They were used to paying zero for this benefit.)

That was a superb bit of theater, but the punchline came later when that same teacher turned out to be making $86,000 a year. Excluding benefits. For 184 days of work.

The other YouTube hit showed Christie facing down one of those reporters who, as is always the case whenever a Republican tries to do what he was elected to do instead of acting like a Democrat, accused the chief executive of being “confrontational.”

Watching Christie respond was a revelation. It was like the first time you ever saw a professional wrestler climb out of the ring and chase down a heckler. Except this showdown wasn’t phony. And instead of using a folding chair, Christie stunned the reporter with the force of his principles. “If you think that’s a confrontational tone, then you should really see me when I’m pissed,” he said.

Liberals, he added, “believe in bigger government, higher taxes and more spending. I believe in less government, less taxes and in empowering local officials who were elected by their citizens. Now, I can see where there could be a disagreement or two.”

Lots of voters are saying Christie is a bully — but they said that of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Rudy Giuliani, too. All of them laughed their way to re-election. At a moment when three-quarters of New Jerseyans are pessimistic about the future, Christie’s approval/disapproval ratings are even, at 44/43.

What lessons should the clownish leadership in Albany take from Christie’s leadership? Being tough, intransigent, stubborn — “bullying” — can work. Christie said from day one that he wouldn’t allow a job-killing, wealth-chasing “millionaire’s tax” and that he expected real cuts in spending. He got them. The New Jersey budget is now off $5 billion from its peak.

New York Gov. David Paterson, for all of the theater in his vetoing a three-foot stack of budget bills this week, has no authority and not much in the way of principle. He’s a born compromiser who has allowed $9 billion in tax and fee hikes in the last two years. The final budget passed this year will be higher than last year’s — and that one leaped 10%.

Some conservatives (and some liberals who are already worried about Christie’s rising stature) say that Christie couldn’t get nominated for national office because he isn’t a real conservative.

You could have said (as many did) that Ronald Reagan wasn’t a real conservative because he famously liberalized California abortion law. Christie has opposed Arizona’s new immigration law. Yet as a former prosecutor, he will not readily be tagged as a softie on crime. When it comes to immigration, he talks about a [sic] “an orderly process . . . for people to gain citizenship” as well as “securing the border.” But similar stances were taken by the last two Republicans nominated for president. Supporting President Obama’s cap-and-trade plan last year is something Christie is more likely to regret, but it’s not hard to imagine ways he could distance himself from it.

How much of a fiscal conservative is he? He has been saying he closed the budget deficit without “any new taxes,” but that’s questionable. He reduced the Earned Income Tax Credit for low earners, which means they’ll be paying more, and eliminated a property-tax rebate for many homeowners. Bus and train fares jumped. All of this can be forgiven if New Jersey’s economy starts to outperform.

A leader is perhaps most impressive when he changes minds. Christie may be the nation’s most prominent spokesman for an increasingly potent idea — that public-sector unions are ripping us off.

Ask any teacher in New Jersey which side’s tactics are working. As Linda Mirabelli, a music teacher in Livingston, told a NJ.com reporter, “It’s like we woke up one morning and the world had changed. We were liked and respected, and now, overnight, people have turned against us.”

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The Civil Rights Commission wants the Justice Department to investigate allegations made by former Justice attorney J. Christian Adams. Adams testified that the Justice Department abandoned the voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party for racial reasons. He also said that the Department had instructed DoJ attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore voter intimidation cases that involve black defendants and white victims.

On Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, Buffo Bill O’Reilly and Alan Commie Combs were in a tête-à-tête over the Justice Department’s handling of the Black Panther voter intimidation case. Commie Combs called the Panther voter intimidation issue minor, not long term and Buffo Bill agreed entirely.

Both Murdoch pundits would be quacking apoplectic if the issue involved a citizen’s militia group that had deployed two of its members dressed in military garb to spew invectives and harass potential Obama voters outside an Alabama polling station.

Picture if you will, Buffo Bill and Commie Combs frivolously dismissing voter intimidation charges as minor and not long term against an anti-Semetic, racist, white-supremacist militia group that had called for the murder of blacks and their babies. Can you see it happening? I didn’t think so.

Now tell again how Buffo Bill has any credibility among patriotic Americans who want to save their country from the totalitarian left?

Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered – am I

Kane


 

Civil Rights Panel to Renew Subpoenas, Pursue Federal Probe in Black Panther Case

From Fox News

The bipartisan panel investigating allegations that the Justice Department wrongly abandoned a case against the New Black Panther Party plans to issue a new round of subpoenas and call for a separate federal probe following explosive testimony from an ex-Justice official, a commissioner said.

As the case heats up, members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights may even travel to South Carolina to track down one witness.

Former Justice attorney J. Christian Adams on Tuesday testified before the commission that his former employer not only abandoned the voter intimidation case for racial reasons, but had instructed attorneys in the civil rights division to ignore cases that involve black defendants and white victims.

Commissioner Ashley Taylor said the panel will send out a letter as early as Wednesday calling for the Justice Department to open an investigation into the charge. The letter will go to Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, who in May told the panel to bring any such claims “to our attention” if there’s evidence.

“I think (the testimony) provided the evidence of the policy he said he was unaware of,” Taylor said, calling Adams’ allegations “serious” and “shocking.”

Further, after Adams repeatedly urged the commission to pursue testimony from former voting section chief Christopher Coates — whom the Justice Department is accused of shielding — Taylor said the commission will renew its subpoenas for Coates and others. He expressed optimism that the attention and interest building in the case would put pressure on Justice to free Coates to testify.

“I could tell just from the reaction of the other commissioners, we want to hear from him,” he told FoxNews.com on Wednesday. “I am confident that if we just keep asking the right questions … all the facts will come out.”

Taylor said the Coates subpoena would go out within the month, and that commissioners may even travel to South Carolina, where Coates has been transferred, to issue the subpoena. The rules require that the commission be within 100 miles of a witness in order to issue one.

Adams, who has been accused by the Justice Department of distorting the facts and promoting his own “agenda,” repeatedly claimed Tuesday that Coates would be able to corroborate his story.

The department abandoned the New Black Panther case last year. It stemmed from an incident on Election Day in 2008 in Philadelphia, where members of the party were videotaped in front of a polling place dressed in military-style uniforms and allegedly hurling racial slurs while one brandished a night stick.

The Bush Justice Department brought the first case against three members of the group, accusing them in a civil complaint of violating the Voter Rights Act. The Obama administration initially pursued the case, winning a default judgment in federal court in April 2009 when the Black Panther members did not appear in court. But then the administration moved to dismiss the charges the following month after getting one of the New Black Panther members to agree to not carry a “deadly weapon” near a polling place until 2012.

In a statement Tuesday, a Justice spokesman said the civil rights division determined “the facts and the law did not support pursuing claims” against the two other defendants and denied Adams’ allegations.

“The department makes enforcement decisions based on the merits, not the race, gender or ethnicity of any party involved. We are committed to comprehensive and vigorous enforcement of both the civil and criminal provisions of the federal laws that prohibit voter intimidation,” the spokesman said.

Taylor, a Republican, served as Virginia’s deputy attorney general from 1998 to 2001.

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On Election Day 2008, King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson of the New Black Panther party stood in front of a Philadelphia polling station dressed in military-style garb, yelling racial slurs, as one waved a billy club. Party Chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz confirmed that the Panthers’ deployment was part of a nationwide effort to place members at polling locations on Election Day.

The following video is footage of Shabazz and Jackson outside the polling station during the 2008 presidential election.

“Security” patrols stationed at polling places in Philly 1:21 Video


The Philadelphia voter intimidation case against the Panthers was dropped by Eric Holder’s Justice Department, only Shabazz was found guilty of voter intimidation, and was ordered to stay away from city polling places until 2012.  Holder’s Justice Department decided to administer a slap-on-the-wrist punishment and drop the charges rather than enforce the Voting Rights Act; i.e., protect the abusers instead of the voters. The National Geographic Channel’s Inside Report on Shabazz and the New Black Panthers reveals the caustic and virulently racist core of the organization protected by Brother O and Eric Holder.

The New Black Panther Party PT.2 10:14 Video

Below is a partial transcript from the NATGEOTV.COM video:

SAMIR SHABAZZ:  I hate white people — all of them. Every last iota of a cracker — I hate him. Because we’re still in this condition, man.

NARRATOR:  Samir will use any opportunity to shout his message. Even at a festival to celebrating African heritage.

SAMIR SHABAZZ:  We didn’t come out here to play today. There’s too much serious business going on in the black community to be out here sliding through South Street with a white, dirty, cracker whore (expletive) on our arms. … We keep begging white people for freedom. No wonder we’re not free. Your enemy cannot make you free, fool. You want freedom? You’re going to have to kill some crackers. You’re going to have to kill some of their babies. Let us get our act together.

NARRATOR:  The New Panthers firmly believe that as long as the races mix, blacks and whites will never achieve equality. They believe that blacks are the original people, and see themselves and the kings and queens of the world. They oppose interracial dating and marriage and work to preserve the purity of the black race. The only way they believe they can achieve their aims is to obtain social and political control.


I observed a speech given by Khalid Muhammad [former New Black Panther leader] where he said that you should not just go into white people’s houses and just kill the white man and his wife. He said you should go into that bedroom and find that little white baby and stab him in his chest.” Ahmad A. Rahman, PhD, Historian

“I said if we’re going to be merciful we give ’em [whites] 24 hours in South Africa to get out of town by sundown. I said if they don’t get out of town; we kill the men; we kill the women; we kill the children; we kill the babies; we kill the blind; we kill the cripple; we kill the crazy; we kill the fagots; we kill the lesbians; I said goddamnit, we kill ’em all.”—Khalid Muhammad    

Khallid Muhammad Calls for White Extermination! (Farrakhan/Obama/Wright)San Diego Tea/Coffee Party) 10:30 Video

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