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Lawmaker (NJ Senate Majority Leader) Sent Early Letter To Christie Alerting Him On Closures

Source: Talking Points Memo

New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D) provided a letter to TPM on Monday showing that she attempted to alert Gov. Chris Christie (R) about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in September, just six days after the lanes reopened.


The lanes were closed on Sept. 9 and re-opened again on early on the morning of Sept. 13. Weinberg, whose district includes part of Fort Lee, N.J., which saw days of traffic gridlock because of the closures, wrote the letter on Sept. 19.

The letter was addressed to William Pat Schuber, a commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which oversees the bridge, expressing her dismay about the lane closures. She also copied Christie on it.

"I am at a loss for words regarding the Authority's sudden change in the traffic flow pattern to the George Washington Bridge from Fort Lee. Reducing the number of lanes during peak traffic times has caused a significant hardship for many in the area. This decision, made with no public comment, has created significant congestion in Bergen County," Weinberg wrote.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/weinberg-letter-christie-bridge


War, what is it good for?

not even that:

Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel: ‘If they are hungry, mothers, feed them"

Pope Francis encourages breastfeeding in Sistine Chapel: ‘If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice’

During a ceremony on Sunday in which he baptized 32 children, Pope Francis implored the mothers in attendance — one of whom wasn’t married in the Church — to breastfeed their children, should they become hungry.

“Today, the choir will sing, but the most beautiful choir of all is the choir of the infants who will make a noise. Some will cry because they are not comfortable or because they are hungry,” the Pope said, according to The Independent.

“If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here.”


Sorry folks, "There's Just NOT ENOUGH MONEY To Go Around."

Ailes: Navy SEALs should “have to personally kill an illegal immigrant” as part of certification"

For more than a year, Fox News has waged an intense campaign to discredit Gabriel Sherman’s forthcoming biography of network CEO Roger Ailes. A review of the book, which Media Matters obtained in advance of its Tuesday release, reveals that the network was right to be worried.

Among other revelations, Sherman reports that Ailes agreed with Glenn Beck’s infamous remark that President Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people”; Ailes thinks Navy SEALs should “have to personally kill an illegal immigrant” as part of their certification; Ailes allegedly offered an employee a salary increase if she would have sex with him on demand; and Ailes once called a rival executive “a little fucking Jew prick.”

The first details from Sherman’s The Loudest Voice in the Room generated serious press attention this week, including the news that Ailes tried to gear Fox’s 2012 coverage to “elect the next president.”


Jim Crow Perception Of Marijuana: “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men”

Don't Believe The (Marijuana) Hype
What most people think they know about marijuana—especially media columnists—is just years of unscientific, paranoid, and even racist government propaganda.


The truth is that our perceptions of marijuana—and in fact all of our drug laws—are based on early 20th century racism and “science” circa the Jim Crow era. In the early decades of the 20th century, the drug was linked to Mexican immigrants and black jazzmen, who were seen as potentially dangerous.

Harry Anslinger, the first commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (an early predecessor of the DEA), was one of the driving forces behind pot prohibition. He pushed it for explicitly racist reasons, saying, “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men,” and:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

The main reason to prohibit marijuana, he said was “its effect on the degenerate races.” (And god forbid women should sleep with entertainers!)

Much more:

Email suggests some Extra touches to inflict Maximum traffic pain in Fort Lee

Ryan Lizza
Context here is a little unclear, but email suggests some extra touches to inflict maximum traffic pain in Fort Lee: pic.twitter.com/bn9kqUbFIa


Update: notice the word "test" is in quotes.
This by the engineers and regular staff.
They knew the jam was manufactured. And likely the misdirection of traffic as well.

Ailes Blamed Christie for Romney's Defeat

Ailes Blamed Christie for Romney's Defeat

The Huffington Post got an early copy of The Loudest Voice in the Room notes the book reports Fox News chief Roger Ailes blamed Gov. Chris Christie (R) for Mitt Romney's loss in the 2012 presidential election:

"Around 5 p.m. on Election Day 2012, Fox News chief Roger Ailes realized that Mitt Romney would not make it to the White House. 'Thank you, Chris Christie,' Ailes groused."

"Ailes was frustrated that the New Jersey governor appeared alongside President Barack Obama days earlier to survey the damage of Hurricane Sandy. When Ailes was told polling data suggested the incident hadn't hurt the Republican Party's chances, he responded: 'Well, hugging the guy couldn't help people feel good about Romney, either.'"


Christie taps into something dark in the American political soul –

Christie taps into something dark in the American political soul – a desire not just for order or efficiency, but pleasure in humiliating the weak. Is it surprising women are a frequent target of his abuse, who are pathologized in our society as weak?

Like every bully, Christie crossed the line, or a bridge in his instance. The silver lining is his presidential ambitions may drown in the brewing scandal so the whole nation doesn’t have to suffer him degrading women with blow-job jokes. But others like Christie will follow in his wake until we realize our society does not suffer from a lack of authoritarian bullies but a deficit of grassroots democracy.

the rest:

ATTN: EVERY BLACK MAN IN MORGANTOWN, WV! Don’t be suspicious, because we are onto your shit.

Scenes From a Post-Racial America
Posted by John Cole

This was actually on page 2A of the Dominion Post, the Morgantown, WV daily (Crazy ass John Raese owns this paper, too- I’m kind of amused he is not running for Senate this time around like he has basically every election since the 80′s. I guess Arch Moore and the establishment Republicans still have some clout over the teatards and cleared the primary for his daughter, Moore-Capito):

ATTN: EVERY BLACK MAN IN MORGANTOWN! Don’t be suspicious, because we are onto your shit.

This is one of those things that you see, and your jaw just drops and all you can muster is a mental “Are you fucking serious?”
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