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Subpoenaed Christie Staffer is Wife of Gas Co. Pres. Behind Big NJ Pipeline Project

“This project was being fast-tracked and was being pushed aggressively by the Christie administration,” Doug O’Malley, director of Environment New Jersey, an advocacy group, said. “There were multiple red flags that this was violating the Pinelands Commission’s mission and the administration was recklessly moving forward with it.”

TRENTON — An aide to Gov. Chris Christie who resigned Friday is married to a top executive of a company that tried to build a controversial gas pipeline through the environmentally sensitive Pinelands region — a plan the governor's office unsuccessfully sought to get approved.

The relationship has drawn fire from environmentalists who call it a conflict of interest -- and say the Christie administration forced an anti-pipeline Pinelands Commission member to recuse himself from a vote on the project because they alleged he had a conflict.

Christina Genovese Renna, who had been director of intergovernmental affairs for Christie, is married to Michael J. Renna, president and chief operating officer of South Jersey Industries, the parent company of South Jersey Gas, which wanted to build the pipeline.

The 22-mile pipeline between Maurice River Township and Beesleys Point was rejected after a deadlocked 7-7 vote by the Pinelands Commission last month. Environmental advocates had said it was being rushed through. and accused Christie administration officials of trying to strong-arm opponents.


The sorry bastards-in-power in Sochi have ordered the murder of 1000s of stray dogs

Sochi City Hall Orders Killing Of Stray Dogs


SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.

But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new visitors — or even wander into an Olympic event.

Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya Services, told The Associated Press that his companyhad a contract to exterminate the animals throughout the Olympics, which open Friday.

Sorokin described his company as being involved in the "catching and disposing" of dogs, although he refused to specify how the dogs would be killed or say where they would take the carcasses.




GOP New Plan For The Middle Class (Timely Tole's Toon)


The Middle Class Is Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.
The post-recession reality is that the customer base for businesses that appeal to the middle class is shrinking as the top tier climbs higher.

WSJ: Christie ally prepped official (for 5 days prior to) bridge testimony

Source: UPI

TRENTON, N.J., Feb. 3 (UPI) -- A lawyer tied to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepped an official who lied George Washington Bridge lane closures were for a traffic study, an official said.

Philip Kwon, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's deputy general counsel, spent parts of four to five days helping Bill Baroni prepare for testimony before a New Jersey legislative committee Nov. 25, the official told the Wall Street Journal.


State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, co-chairwoman of a legislative special committee investigating the scandal, said she would try to get an an explanation of Baroni's preparations.

"What concerns me is why the Port Authority or any member of the Port Authority staff, if the allegation is true, would have to spend four or five days preparing somebody who told this story that is obviously incorrect," she told the Wall Street Journal.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/02/03/WSJ-Christie-ally-prepped-official-before-bridge-testimony/UPI-75301391411120/#ixzz2sG4fziSo

Rubio Rising in GOP as Christie Falls

Until they ask him what he thinks of the Coke ad…


Mars and Orion over Monument Valley Be embraced, Millions! This kiss for all the world!

Mars and Orion over Monument Valley

Be embraced, Millions!
This kiss for all the world!
Brothers!, above the starry canopy
A loving father must dwell.


Um, “congratulations”?

Um, “congratulations”?

The Seahawks just destroyed “the greatest offense of all time.” Complete, praeternatural destruction. Of the “greatest quarterback of all time.” This isn’t “congratulations.” This is the Death Star vs. Alderaan. This is LBJ vs. Goldwater. This is Bob Beamon in the ’68 Olympics. This is Secretariat in the Belmont.

Jesus. “Congratulations.”


Letter on behalf of the 99 percent ----Dear Tom Perkins:

Letter on behalf of the 99 percent

Dear Tom Perkins:

I’m writing to apologize. I do this on behalf of the 99 percent of us who are not multimillionaires. You, of course, are, having made a pile as a venture capitalist and co-founder of the firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

I admit, I’d have thought a guy like you had little to complain about. But that was before you wrote that tear-jerking Jan. 24 letter to The Wall Street Journal revealing the pain, the oppression, the abject sense of vulnerability and fear, that go with having a net worth equal to the GNP of some developing nations.

In your letter, you decried the “rising tide of hatred” you’ve experienced at the hands of progressives waging “war” against your people. Your examples were heart-rending. You mentioned popular anger over rising real-estate prices. And “outraged” public reaction to dedicated buses ferrying tech workers to their San Francisco-area jobs. And the people who have called your ex-wife, novelist Danielle Steel, a “snob.”

Oh, the humanity.

There are, you said, parallels to Nazi Germany and its treatment of another oppressed minority, the Jews. “This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking,” you warned. “Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?”

You’re right. How could we have missed it? Calling Danielle Steel a snob is exactly like that turning point on the road to Holocaust when anti-Jewish riots broke out across Germany, 7,500 Jewish homes and businesses were vandalized, 30,000 Jewish men were sent to concentration camps, 91 Jews were killed and the Nazis, blaming the Jews themselves for the carnage, fined them about $400 million in 1938 U.S. dollars.

You’ve been criticized for what you wrote, but we both know the only thing wrong with it is, you didn’t go far enough. You didn’t mention how one day the rich may be forced to stitch yellow dollar signs to their clothing or have their net worth tattooed on their forearms.

Being forced to pay taxes for the upkeep of schools your children wouldn’t be caught dead attending? That’s exactly like slavery.

Zoning laws that limit you to one measly helipad on your very own land? No difference between that and the Trail of Tears.

Where will it end? Will they make you fly commercial? Buy off the rack? Golf on a public course? Might as well hitch up the boxcars and pack you in.

I confess to having been blind to the suffering of the Affluent-American community. But you’ve opened my eyes. How awful it must be, forced to live in segregated neighborhoods like Brentwood and Star Island in constant fear of metaphorical beatings and rhetorical lynching if you dare get out of your place and whine about the travails of your life of vulgar excess.

Well, sir, thanks to great Affluent-American leaders like you, I have a dream that one day your children will not be judged by the content of their offshore accounts.

You are as human as anyone else. Your manservant puts your pants on one leg at a time just like the rest of us. So I apologize to you on behalf of the 40-year-old man with a college degree struggling to raise his son on a McSalary, the little girl trying to concentrate on algebra while her stomach growls with missed-meal cramps, the Walmart employees collecting food for co-workers, the homeless family praying the social worker will find them shelter for the night as temperature and snow fall steadily.

You know, until I read your letter, I thought they were the ones most deserving of my empathy and concern, these victims of wealth inequality, a tilted playing field and the sheer greed of rapacious money pigs. But you’ve set me straight, and I want you to know I’m with you all the way.

I mean, now that I know who the real victims are.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/31/3905733/letter-on-behalf-of-the-99-percent.html#storylink=cpy

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