Daily Archives: June 4, 2009

Jon Stewart: Dick (Uncut)

Sometimes we just need Jon Stewart to put things into perspective.

Dick Cheney doesn’t recall Richard Clarke warning the White House of an imminent terrorist attack months before 9/11, but he hasn’t read his book.

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Internet Radio Host/Ultra Right-Wing Nut Job, Hal Turner Arrested

The Hartford Courant

Internet radio host Hal Turner — accused of inciting Catholics to “take up arms” and singling out two Connecticut lawmakers and a state ethics official on a website — was taken into custody in New Jersey late Wednesday after state Capitol police in Connecticut obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Turner, who has been identified as a white supremacist and anti-Semite by several anti-racism groups, hosts an Internet radio program with an associated blog. On Tuesday, the blog included a post that promised to release the home addresses of state Rep. Michael Lawlor, state Sen. Andrew McDonald and Thomas Jones of the State Ethics Office.

“Mr. Turner’s comments are above and beyond the threshold of free speech,” Capitol Police Chief Michael J. Fallon said in an e-mail announcing the warrant. “He is inciting others through his website to commit acts of violence and has created fear and alarm. He should be held accountable for his conduct.”

The remarks on the blog were a reaction to the recent controversy over a bill that would have changed the way the Roman Catholic Church is governed, taking power away from church officials and turning it over to lay members. It was pulled in mid-March following an outcry from Catholics across the state and questions about its constitutionality.

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Comment If anyone takes the time to listen to Hal Turner or read his blog postings, I think that you would agree, they are simply chilling.  I believe in the right of free speech but there are limits. Inciting others into violent acts is not free speech, it is domestic terrorism!
Comments left by readers and listeners on Hal Turner’s blog are also very disturbing, if possible those commenters  should be tracked down and questioned as to their intent. 


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President Obama Speaks to the Muslim World

The President’s speech “A New Beginning”, outlined his personal commitment to engagement with the Muslim world, based upon mutual interests and mutual respect. It discusses how the United States and Muslim communities around the world can bridge some of the differences that have divided them.

The President spoke for 55 minutes, so if you do not have time to watch the whole video, below it are excerpts taken from the speech courtesy of the White House facebook page.

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the US & the Muslim world based upon mutual interest and mutual respect”…

“I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.”…

“Our problems must be dealt with through partnership; progress must be shared.”… 

“America has a dual responsibility: to help Iraq forge a better future – and to leave Iraq to Iraqis.”…

“America’s strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable.”…

“America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”…

“America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them. And we will welcome all elected, peaceful governments – provided they govern with respect for all their people.”…

“Freedom of religion is central to the ability of peoples to live together.”…

“Our daughters can contribute just as much to society as our sons, and our common prosperity will be advanced by allowing all humanity – men and women – to reach their full potential”…

“I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country – you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world.”…

“We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.”…

“The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth.”…

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Middletown Finally Applies For Menendez Energy Grant $$

During the first week of May, I posted two columns concerning letters written by local Middletown GOP supports and hacks that attempted to give credit to Mayor Pam BrightBill and Deputy Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger for having enough foresight to apply for and secure funds from an energy grant before any such energy grant program was announced federal authorities.

My posts,  Middletown GOP, Once Again Taking Credit Where None Is Due and Middletown GOP – Liars, Lairs Pants on Fire: Update On Energy Grant, went into great detail about how the Energy Efficiency Block Grant program was set up by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and then funded through President Obama’s economic stimulus package. 

The posts contain must listen to audio clips that prove the Mayor and Deputy Mayor had no idea about the grants and were just as surprised as anyone to hear of the townships good fortune.
As an update to those earlier posts I feel it necessary to point out as further proof that the Middletown GOP takes credit where none is due, by bringing to everyone attention that the township has just this week, gotten around to passing a resolution that would officially apply for the grant money, more than a month after first being told about it.   

Below is the resolution, that was voted on this past Monday, to apply for the $610,800 that was made available in March by Sen. Menendez. This goes to show that the GOP letter writers either are out of touch with what is happening in our town or they flat out lie to take credit for something they had nothing to do with. In either case, they are just showing the public that they are incapable as leaders, unless they are trying to lead the public off a cliff:

Resolution No. 09-160
RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMISSION OF
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & CONSERVATION BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION

WHEREAS, the US Department of Energy has announced that $610,800 in grant funds have
been made available to the Township of Middletown under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, which has been provided with funding via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; and

WHEREAS, the EECBG Program, authorized in Title V, Subtitle E of the EnergyIndependence and Security Act of 2007 and signed into Public Law (PL 110-140) on December 19, 2007, will provide funds to the Township to develop and implement projects to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy use and fossil fuel emissions; and.

WHEREAS, the EECBG Program will assist the Township to develop, promote, implement,
and manage energy efficiency and conservation projects and programs designed to reduce fossil fuel emissions, reduce total energy use, improve energy efficiency in the transportation, building, and other appropriate sectors; and create and retain jobs; and

WHEREAS, the application deadline for accessing $610,800 in grant funds from the EECBG
Program has been set by the US Department of Energy as June 25, 2009.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Township Committee of the Township of
Middletown, in the County of Monmouth, New Jersey that the Mayor and other authorized
appropriate and responsible Township officials including but not limited to the Administrator, the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Planning and Community Development are authorized to submit an application to the US Department of Energy for grant funds under the EECBG Program, including all execution of all understandings, assurances and certifications contained therein, and to act as the authorized representatives of the Township of Middletown, and to provide such additional information as may be required.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Jason A. Greenspan, PP, AICP, Director of Planning and
Community Development is hereby designated as the authority responsible for applying for and receiving funding from the EECBG Program on behalf of the Township of Middletown, and is hereby authorized and directed to execute such assurances, certifications and other documentation as may be required in the EECBG Program application by the US Department of Energy.


The bottom line is is simple, Middletown residents need to be very leery of about what the see and hear from their GOP majority and it’s supporters because if you read it in print or happen to see their lips moving, they are probably lying. 

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Filed under Economic Stimulus Package, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown, Pamela Brightbill, President Obama, US. Sen. Robert Menendez