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America Our Way with Dustin Hoyt post-election style – November 6th

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When: Wednesday, November 6th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: America Our Way with Dustin Hoyt on Blog Talk Radio

What: Dustin Hoyt takes on the biggest issues of the day, advocating for smaller government, liberty, common sense, and honest politicians. His insight and witty commentary provide entertaining and provoking angles on everything from fiscal policy to the most sensational statements. With a twist of Libertarianism and Conservativism that blends well to all who support the tea party and true American values. This show taps into all the things patriotic Americans love and need to hear in the battle against the left and the expansive government we fight against.

Tonight: Yes, there were elections last night. Yes, they were at least a little bit interesting in two states – New Jersey and Virginia. Tune in to Dustin Hoyt, as he goes over post-game on Chris Christie, and the Virginia Gubernatorial race. What does it mean for the future of the GOP? What difference will it make in 2014 and 2016? What part will third parties have in coming elections? You’ll have to listen in to find out!

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Panhandling? You need a permit for that!

Dr. Colleen Morgan (CC)

Dr. Colleen Morgan (CC)

Down on your luck? Need some cash? Considering hitting the streets to beg? Well, after you’ve donned an appropriate outfit – ripped, soiled, and smelling like it hasn’t been washed in months – you’d better make sure to drop by city hall to get a free permit to panhandle. Don’t forget to bring your photo ID, because you’ll need that, too!

No, this isn’t a joke. Middle Township in New Jersey is going to require paperwork for “aggressive panhandlers.” Now, if you’re not planning on being aggressive, apparently you can still panhandle on the streets, without fear of being picked up by the police, or getting fined. It’s up to the police to determine exactly which is “aggressive” and “non-aggressive” in this situation.

Needless to say, this new law is at least a little confusing to residents – probably to panhandlers as well. If a panhandler is being too aggressive, it would be assumed that would at least merit a charge of disorderly conduct, if not some form of assault. That means the police already have the ability to put a stop to “aggressive panhandling” on the streets, and didn’t really need a new law, or the attached permit paperwork to accomplish ensuring the safety of the public-at-large. But this is New Jersey – bastion of liberal politicking, and over-regulation, right?

Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

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Five-term Senator Frank R. Lautenberg died June 3rd in a New York hospital from complications due to viral pneumonia. He was the last sitting member of the Senate to have served in World War II. The New Jersey Democrat first took office in 1982, took a short hiatus from office in 2000, and returned as a freshman lawmaker in 2002 at age 78.

Before becoming a member of the Senate, Lautenberg made a fortune building Automatic Data Processing, the payroll-processing services corporation. In explanation for why he decided to run for the Senate in 1982, he stated,

“I supported Birch Bayh, Ted Kennedy, Gary Hart, John Glenn,” he told the Trenton Times in 1982. “I thought, ‘If I’m willing to support them, why shouldn’t I support myself?’ ”

Lautenberg is survived by his second wife – Bonnie Englebardt, four children from his first marriage, two step-children, and 13 grandchildren.

Pic of Kid & Hunting Gun Prompts Police/CPS Raid on Home

boy  with rifleLast year a young friend won a .243 hunting rifle. He was thrilled and an excited mom posted a picture of the young lad with his prize on Facebook. (His face is blurred for his privacy.)

Thankfully, they do not live in New Jersey.

This week a similar aged youth received a .22 rifle for his birthday. His photograph was also shared with the family.

Imagine their surprise when an anonymous phone call alerted both police and Child Protective Services causing a police response to the family home.

 

Fortunately, the father in this incident knew his gun rights and was astute enough to get his lawyer on the phone while the police and CPS were there, leaving them with a fairly innocuous end result. But just imagine if this happened to you or me and we did not have an attorney on speed dial? Could we lose our children, even for just a day, due to an over zealous enforcement agency?

Most everyone agrees that there is much that should be done to monitor guns in the hands of children and yet this overreaction seems to indicate that there are many with a complete intolerance of guns in private homes. Perhaps it is the difference between urban and rural lifestyles or perhaps it is a knee jerk reaction to recent gun tragedies. But it also may be that the agenda of the Obama administration is to remove all guns from homes and some enforcement/protection agencies are overzealous in their desire to promote it.

 

Divided We Stand: Echoing Calls To Secede From The Union

Yes, you read that correctly. Your eyes are not deceiving you. Divided We Stand.

In less than a week since this nation re-elected Barack Obama, there are calls from numerous States to secede from The United States of America. We are no longer a United Nation. We are very much a Divided Nation. Many are standing together, calling for a peaceful divide.

The famous declaration for unity that you are familiar with has been attributed to Aesop’s fables, as well as John Dickinson’s Revolutionary War song, “The Liberty Song”, which was was published first in the Boston Gazette in 1768.

However, it was Patrick Henry that made the historic exclamation in what was to be his last public speech:

“Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.”

Patrick Henry’s declaration came at a very pivotal point in America’s history. It was March 1799, and Mr. Henry was “denouncing The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions”, which argued that the two states “had the right and the duty to declare unconstitutional any acts of Congress not authorized by The Constitution”.

This speech took such a toll on Patrick Henry that after the speech his “near lifeless body” was carried offstage and into the nearest tavern. He died just two months later.

We have now reached another pivotal point in this nation’s history.

In the November 6 election, the divide between the candidates was a little more than 3 million votes. Barack Obama received 61,910,594 votes, and Mitt Romney received 58,654,765 votes. When you look at the total number of votes cast, it is almost a clear cut down the middle. We are most definitely a divided nation. We can no longer stand together, when we are so obviously divided over so many issues. We have reached a breaking point that threatens to be anything but peaceful if things are not handled in a way in which every voice is heard and considered.

Citizens in Louisiana are now petitioning the White House to “Peacefully grant the State of Louisiana to withdraw from the United States of America”. The petition was created the day after the election, and has nearly 8,000 signatures in just 5 days.

It appears that this petition from Louisiana was the first of many to have been submitted to the “We The People” site on the official White House website. The site claims to be “Your Voice In OUR Government”. The question remains whether or not the Government will hear the many voices being raised. It is highly doubtful, as they have turned their noses up in arrogance towards We The People numerous times before.

It’s not just the state of Louisiana, the list of State Petitions calling to peacefully “withdraw from the United States of America” is growing by the day.

Country singer Charlie Daniel’s is suggesting that “the South” secede from The Union; however, there are Northern States that are not so happy with the government, and are also calling to leave the Union. At the time of this article’s posting, the states with open petitions are the following:

Alabama
Colorado

Florida
Georgia

Indiana

Kentucky
Mississippi

Montana
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota

Oregon
Texas 

While Louisiana appears to be the first state to start a post-election petition to actually withdraw from The United States, in 2010, Missouri’s Legislative House gave “preliminary approval to state sovereignty measure”, which asserted the 10th Amendment to the US Constitution. It was not a call to secede from the Union, but rather a stand for States’ Rights.

In Texas, Peter Morrison, “a high ranking” Republican County Treasurer, made the declaration for The Lone Star State to secede, stating:

“Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?”

The winds of change are coming. The echoing calls to seperate are growing louder and stronger.

Barack Obama claimed in both victory speeches that we are not “a collection of Red States and Blue States, but we are The United States”. These words are empty and mean nothing coming from a man who has done so much to divide this nation. The people are not happy. We are no longer united. We The People are standing, asking to peacefully divide from the albatross that is Barack Obama. If the request is not considered, it very well may come as a demand, which will not be so peaceful.

 

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Chris Christie: Vampire Hunter

Gov. Chris Christie

As a former resident of New Jersey, I’m ecstatic to see what current Governor Chris Christie is doing for the state.  New Jersey residents finally have a Governor with chutzpah and fights for taxpayers interests.  However, in an effort to continue measure to return the Garden State’s economic vigor, the dreaded Corzine Democrats has re-established themselves and are threatening to shutdown the government, which still hasn’t agreed on a budget due July 1st.  Gov. Christie has rightly called them vampires, but as we all know, Mr. Christie doesn’t go down without a fight.

For over ten years my family paid $20,000 a year in just property taxes, so when we moved to Pennsylvania, let’s just say we were relieved.  Across the river we saw the good work this governor was doing.  He signed in sweeping pension reform, which would save $122 billion dollars over the next thirty years.  New Jersey’s pension fund has a $54 billion dollar unfunded liability and the system, without reform, would have gone broke by 2018.  Now dealing with a Democratic legislature in a blue state, Mr. Christie needed to compromise, but it’s a move in the right direction for the Garden State.  The deal Gov. Christie and Democrats signed off on

 would raise the retirement age for new workers to 65 from 62, and increase pension contributions to 7.5% from 5.5% for state workers and to 10% from 8.5% for public safety officers. The legislation would also suspend annual cost of living adjustments until the fund reaches a more healthy status. This provision alone could reduce retirees’ pension value by 30% over the next decade.

Once the plan is 80% funded, new employee-employer pension governing boards would be authorized to modify contribution rates and pension formulas based on the recommendation of actuaries. This would theoretically take pensions off the bargaining table, and these boards could hardly do any worse by taxpayers than the current unholy alliance of lawmakers and the public unions that finance their re-election

However, these Corzine-ites want to stop progress at all costs.  At a recent town hall meeting, Gov. Christie warned the attendees of their resurgence and their ineffective economic policies that resulted in New Jersey residents’ taxes and fees being raised every twenty-five days for eight years.  The types of Democrats who think you’re not worthy of your hard earned money and who tax, tax, and tax some more to increase the government and regulatory apparatus in Trenton. They’re back. Mr. Christie warned of their promises of putting money away for a tax cut in January, in which Christie responded, would lead to perpetual waiting at one’s mailbox because “it ain’t coming.”

Sadly, it looks like Mr. Christie will have to take another “wooden stake and put it through this type of Democrat’s heart” in the coming weeks in order to get a budget passed and maintain New Jersey’s path to fiscal health.  A path that generated 17,600 new jobs in May, which was the largest gain in seven years.

Don’t Worry, I Got This

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Newark’s Democrat Mayor Cory Booker team up in this video produced for the New Jersey state Press Association Legislative Correspondents Club dinner.

New Jersey Church Dedicates Song To First Responders & Families of 9/11 Victims

Commemorative Song Performed Live for Expected Audiences Totaling Over 2,000 at Memorial Services Held in Three NJ Counties on September 11

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 6, 2011 — Liquid Church, which engages a variety of multi-media and arts in its programs, has commissioned a new song commemorating the sacrifice and service of first responders to the 9/11 tragedy. The song titled, “There is Hope,” is being dedicated as a gift to the surrounding communities during this time of remembrance.

Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, has envisioned the project since 9/11 last year. He enlisted singer and songwriter, Dave Pettigrew, in helping to capture the spirit of the message he wanted to bring to the people. Lucas explained, “While so many of the messages in the public square look back into the past of what has happened with 9/11, we wanted to share a gift of hope and inspiration that helps us look forward again.” The song and lyrics can be previewed at http://www.liquidchurch.com/9-11/thereishope.

Pettigrew is performing live at two Sunday morning memorial services in Essex County at the John Walker Middle School in Nutley, NJ. The venue, which seats 750 people, is the site of the church’s newest campus location, being launched on the same day in a symbolic move of hope for the community. Nearly 200 local volunteers have signed-up in various capacities for the memorial services.

3,000 free copies of the song on CD are being presented to participants at all six 9/11 services in Essex, Middlesex and Morris counties.

The song has captured very positive reception so far, including various satellite radio and Internet music stations that are adding “There is Hope” into their airplay rotations. Other churches and organizations that want to use the song and accompanying music video during local commemorative 9/11 events are invited to do so via the song’s media page.

LIVE EVENT DETAILS:

Members of the media community are invited to the live performances of “There is Hope” by Dave Pettigrew at the 9/11 Memorial Services in Essex County. RSVP to Kenny Jahng | (973) 500-8536 in advance of the event.

September 11, 2011 // 9:30am & 11:30am
John Walker Middle School
325 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110

ABOUT DAVE PETTIGREW

Singer/songwriter Dave Pettigrew was recently selected among the Top 20 new emerging artists in contemporary Christian music, has opened for the likes of Mercyme, Lincoln Brewster and Mark Schultz amongst others, and is a World Vision Artist Associate. Based in New Jersey, he actively tours with his band throughout the northeastern U.S.

ABOUT LIQUID CHURCH

Liquid Church, founded in 2001 by Lead Pastor Tim Lucas, welcomes people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey. With campuses in Morristown, New Brunswick, and Montclair, nearly 2000 people experience Liquid’s worship services every weekend in New Jersey and around the globe through its Church Online. The church exists to lead the current generation into a life-giving relationship with Jesus Christ. As a part of its global outreach, Liquid provides clean drinking water to poorest of the poor with dozens of completed projects in Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Haiti and El Salvador.

For more information about Liquid Church: http://www.liquidchurch.com/.

One of New Jersey's Largest Churches Plans Six Memorial Services Marking 10th Anniversary of September 11 Tragedy

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 1, 2011 — For the upcoming 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor at Liquid Church, is preparing a program that incorporates a variety of arts, video presentations, music and a message of inspiration and hope for the entire community participating in the event.

One of the focal points of the memorial services is to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 attacks through the presentation of hand-crafted, 40-pound, custom-made brass bells with the engraved words “Hope Never Quits” to representatives to the first responder community. The church is honoring those we loved and all who served from the New Jersey region. First responders to the September 11 World Trade Center tragedy, victims’ families, and all community members are invited to the special memorial services in Essex, Morris and Middlesex counties.

Together with everyone who gathers, the church will hear a message that honors those who died, including firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel in a way that connects the past and future. Lucas explained, “The message we want to bring to our communities is that our future is secure, because hope never quits.”

In addition, the church has commissioned a new song written specifically for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as a gift to all those affected by the WTC tragedy. Dave Pettigrew & Frank Di Minno’s special arrangement, “There is Hope,” is now available to preview online at http://www.liquidchurch.com/9-11/thereishope. Free copies of the CD will be given to participants of all six memorial services.

EVENT DETAILS

Morris County // 9:30am & 11:30am
Hyatt Morristown
3 Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Middlesex County // 9:30am & 11:30am
The Heldrich Hotel
10 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Essex County // 9:30am & 11:30am
John Walker Middle School
325 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110

Chris Christie: None of Your Business

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tells a constituent that it’s “none of your business” when she asks why he sends his kids to private school.

Gov. Chrisitie nails the voter in a 3 point argument:

Christie pays property taxes for a system he doesn’t even use

Gov. Christie and his wife pay $38,000 annually in property taxes but don’t use the services. He helps fund the system and therefor has a say in how they function – whether he uses them or not. This is the argument for school vouchers so that parents could choose whatever kind of school they want and use the money they pay into the system (or not) to fund it.

Christie and his wife want religion in their children’s education

Christie chose a private parochial school because they wanted their children to have their faith involved in their schooling.

Governor Christie is the Governor of the Whole State

Chris Christie has to make the right decisions for all children in the state, not just his own. What if he had no kids? Would that make him unqualified to make decisions on how best to fund the public school system?

The constituent was going for a gotcha moment and got gotcha’d by the governor. Perhaps a teacher herself, or at a minimum a liberal, she didn’t think her point all the way through. A governor (or any executive) makes decisions that impact the entirety of their office. Does he have to be a truck driver to sign legislation on trucking safety? Does he have to be a manufacturer to entice factories to come to his state? No. He also does not have to have children in public school in order to improve the decaying system. In fact, his exposure to private schools might bring new ideas to a 1960’s era system that is stuck in a mode of abject failure.

Mortgage Banking Giant Agrees to Pay Homeowner $30,000 as Part of Settlement Agreement

With pending counterclaims of fraud and predatory lending, Deutsche Bank agrees to pay defendant $30,000 and issue a letter to correct credit to settle a New Jersey foreclosure action

PHILADELPHIA, June 14, 2011 — Shaffer & Gaier, LLC announced today that its client has agreed to a $30,000 cash settlement with Deutsche Bank in an action filed by the banking giant to foreclosure on a New Jersey investment property worth approximately $65,000.00. As part of the terms of the settlement, the homeowner is entitled to retain the property and collect rental income for an expected period of 15-18 months, free of mortgage payment obligations, after which time he will walk away from the underwater property. The bank has also agreed to issue a letter to correct credit to the defendant, which will be distributed to the three credit bureaus to repair any credit blemishes caused by the suit.

Deutsche Bank, the plaintiff in this case, was acting as the trustee on behalf of Morgan Stanley ABS Capital Inc., Trust 2006-NC5, Mortgage-Pass Through Certificates, Series 2006-NC5, the mortgage pool that claimed to own the defendants loan. While the bank was able to produce an assignment dated and recorded prior to the filing of the foreclosure complaint, one of the most commonly raised foreclosure defenses, defense counsel was able to challenge the bank on several other issues of standing, but ultimately it was the counterclaims of fraud and predatory lending that drove the settlement.

Although predatory lending and fraud claims are common allegations in the foreclosure defense arena, foreclosing banks are usually successful at overcoming the charges with a “holder in due course” defense, hiding behind a securitization process that serves as smoke and mirrors for the true parties to a mortgage transaction. Michael Gaier, partner at the Philadelphia-based law firm of Shaffer & Gaier, LLC, with the help of his partner Michael Shaffer, and a team of mortgage experts, paralegals and associates, has dedicated the last two years of his life to crafting a legal argument that has survived summary judgment motions, overcome protective orders to depose high-level banking executives and gained nine dismissals or settlements in the last 10 weeks alone. “I’m especially pleased with the outcome of this case,” said Mr. Gaier. “This was not the most compelling story of our cases. It was an investment property that was purchased with a limited down payment and has been earning income for the last two years. The issue is that my client never should have been approved for this loan in the first place. The lenders grossly inflated his income on the application, and then hid that from him, and disclosed a rate and payment vastly different from what he ended up with at the closing table and pressured him to close with the threat of forfeiting a deposit. Bottom line is fraud is fraud. I anticipate there will be many more settlements going forward.”

 

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