Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I wouldn't believe all that stuff you hear; about Senator Bob Menendez, being a crook.

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I know; all about, NJ State Senator Robert Menendez.

I'm from Hudson County. Bayonne, NJ. I remember Menendez from way back, when he had his first office on Bergenline Ave in Union City.

Union City is two bus rides, aprox 1/2 hour away from where I lived.

Although many people like Menendez, we don't always agree with him.

He has some antiquated ideas like about Cuban relations. But considering his and many Cuban refugees experiences with Castro, that's quite understandable.

He doesn't see; it's either the US, or Russia who's going to be Cuba's friend.

Better it's the US. Besides this will certainly be good for Cubans in America; who up until now, couldn't go back to visit family.

As for Iran. Little but progressive steps, to bring them into the 21st Century. This deal is an excellent start.

Menendez must be; more than a little annoyed at the Dept of Justice.  Going after him; for what is, essentially, very old news, in Hudson County (NJ).

Political scandal 08' by Ron Zeitlinger, The Jersey Journal, April 01 2015

44 Charged by U.S. in New Jersey Corruption Sweep by David Halbfinger, July 23 2009

 The Jersey Sting  by Ted Sherman and Josh Margolin, March 20 2015

Many innocent people; (politicians too), surrounded by lots of alleged crooks, who got caught.

Now these same crooks; as is, their way, are still lying and whining trying to make a deal.

Also; Jealousy is a real thing.

It's All About Politics. Someone, Wants To Get Rid Of Bob. 

I know Bob Menendez, been following him for over 35 years.
He's A Democrat, A Liberal, And In His Own Way, " A Revolutionary".

We Love You Bob. We Know Your Innocent.

You are entitled to your own opinions just like any other Senator, without fear of prosecution for them. (this isn't Batista's, or communist cuba, just kidding).

I know why Cubans don't like Castro. I remember.
I remember the boat people. Brave people.

I remember how always; before Castro, Cuba, was a Paradise for Western crime and corruption.

So I understand Castro too, but have not heard good things about him previously. Maybe he wants to change his ways. It's a crazy world. Not my job to understand everything. That's why you politicians, get the big bucks.

We Love You Bob, your entitled to your opinion on Cuba and Iran. That's your vote. Doesn't bother me at all.

This is just some left over junk the Justice Department, has to clear up, their books on.

Also; Senator Menendez, not everyone, is going to love you.

They tried it on; with Pres Obama, they're trying it with Hilary.

You're Just too popular.

So now;  they're trying it, on you.

People who know you; don't believe, none, of the lies they're trying to  sell.

We were there!

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Concerning The Indictment:

To break it down:
The indictment charged Menendez with 14 counts, including bribery, conspiracy, and making false statements.

I read the story before and it's full of holes.

Allegedly; Sen Menendez received bribes from Melgen. 

ie A trip(s) on Melgen's private jet (no extra cost involved). What would Menendez declare. Had a good time, priceless?

Wow; three whole nights at a five-star Paris hotel!

A round of golf at a private club in West Palm Beach and access to an exclusive Dominican resort (again Meglen owned, no cost).

Supposedly; some of these gratuities, Menendez allegedly, didn't disclose on financial disclosure forms. Seriously.  And it cost how much to bring this indictment to trial?

I don't see anything, to disclose. If there's no actual cost/what is the value? 
A trip with a rich friend, visiting with them at their home, playing golf with a rich friend?
Is a politician not allowed to have a private life? 

Menendez helped acquire visas for several of Melgen's girlfriends. Really, stretching it much?

That's all the JD's got.

Except; alleged, "influence peddling".

If Menendez wasn't so honest; I would be saying he sounds just like every politician, Democrat or Republican, I've ever heard of.

I read all about it, as it happened. I know my, NJ players.

Menencez has been friends with this Melgen, for 20 years

So Sen Menendez, took a few calls from a donor, he had a friendly acquaintance with.

First; politicians; take political donations all the time. They also; help constituents, whether they know they personally or not.

In NJ, they have a pay for play law, to allow these kinds of donations. It looks like Melgen's donations were well within those limits too.

Second; whatever crimes Melgen may have committed without Sen Menendez's knowledge, have no bearing on this case, what so ever! That's another, of many falsehoods in this story.

Finally; Menendez only got indicted, because someone wanted to get him (not Obama administration. DOJ just happens to be operating under current President, but they are an entity to themselves. DOJ decides on indictments, has nothing to do with Pres Obama).

Questions were raised. The Department of Justice (DOJ), can't appear to be biased in anyone's favor. An indictment was issued and now Senator Menendez can clear his name.

*Labor Notes

Regardless of Iran and Cuba; just a few more reasons, why Senator Menendez may not be so popular with some people, politicians, whatever.






 


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Note To NJ Governor Chris Christie: Regarding State Workers and Their Pensions

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I've been following Governor Christie, since he was State Prosecutor. Everyone liked him then.

When he first got elected Governor; I left him a comment on nj.com and told him, that, NJ was a tough crowd and he better get ready. That; I hoped, he was up for the job, like that.

I'm from Hudson County, NJ. I understand Governor Christie. He isn't the worst Governor NJ has had.
It's just that the other ones were smart enough, to keep their mouths shut and didn't attract negative attention publicly.

If Christie wasn't a politician; people would  probably be saying, he's an ok guy.

After all, we all know and often admire some tough guys.

As Governor though, he's affecting the lives of many middle class and poor people who worked hard all their lives.

For instance State workers and their pensions.

Who are State Workers? Teachers, Firemen, Police, Anyone who works in a City or State Building. Like those Maintenance Folks, who keep all those bathrooms sparkling.

Pensions are not, a gift from the State. People pay into them.

Usually the employee pays half and the employer pays half.

At the bargaining table it's always understood; that the employer's half, is usually in lieu of accrued, extra benefits, (accumulated). Instead of  receiving such payments like raises, or added benefits; employees, are often offered, increases in, pension payments.

So in essence; a pension is actually,  entirely paid by the employee over the time of his/her employment. Pension plans, save the employer money in the long run.

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Many countries have created funds for their citizens and residents to provide income when they retire (or in some cases become disabled).

Typically this requires payments throughout the citizen's working life in order to qualify for benefits later on.

A basic State Pension is a "contribution based" benefit, and depends on an individual's contribution history.

Everybody complains about Christie.
They all had a chance to replace him, with that lovely lady, Barbara Buono (Democrat).  

But; NJ election turnout in 2014, was worse than ever.

In 2014, New Jersey saw 32.5 percent of eligible voters turned out to vote in the November general election.
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If Chris Christie really wanted to be popular,  he would take that money he was going to spend on running for President and donate it to some worthy causes or charities, (or even the pension fund), in New Jersey.

After all, everyone knows he's wasting his time. It's going to be a Democratic President who gets elected again, in 2016.

The Country hasn't forgotten what the republicans did last time, and the time before, and the time before, and every time, whenever they got elected.





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I Saw Aji's Post; About, Jack and Amanda (VetWife) and their family.


A Native American, Veteran And His Family Need A Hand. 

So sad. So wrong too; that Jack doesn't get the things he needs for basic survival, like help, getting needed medical care. ie VA hospital, is 75 miles away!

The kind of social services so many of us in the US count on, are almost, non-existent  in Florida ie  no medicaid,  not much energy heating/cooling assistance, food stamp benefit amounts, are minimal too.

They; so, need air conditioning in Florida, for sure! That alone must cost, a couple of hundred a month.

Having to choose between eating and paying, the electric bill, medical bills, rent, etc, should not be happening to anyone in America. Especially, to a Veteran and his family!
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Our Veterans and their families should be a top priority to our Government. They should be the first in line to receive help.


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I sent $10. Like Aji said, every little bit helps and adds up.

I have it to send; because Kossacks (Folks over at Daily Kos State Of The Nation), told me about vaporizing tobacco and helped keep me, from getting evicted too.
Now I save $300 a month, that I used to throw away on factory manufactured cigarettes.


I decided that Jack needed even more help. So I sent Aji's blog post to Pres Obama.

This is what I told Pres: (I included the link to Aji's blogspot post).

Dear President Obama,

I know you want to see this.

It's by a Daily Kos Kossack, named Aji. She's posts on blogspot too.

I wanted to share this; so, very sad story with you.

Please help Jack. He needs good and immediate medical care. Now!

It is so wrong; that one of our Veterans, exposed to Agent Orange, no less, should be so badly treated, like this. (*That goes for, the treatment of all our Veterans too).

I know you will help him.

You are doing a fabulous job Pres. They're all so jealous.

Yours truly, Hi to everyone.
Georgia A, always your friend.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

♥Saudi Arabia-Free Blogger Raif Badawi And Free Human Rights Lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair♥

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This is way too harsh a punishment.

That, he should just exile Raif Badawi. Let; Raif go to Canada, where his family already are.

Tell him; to free all the "political activists", let them all, go to Canada. 

I'm sure that; they and Mr Badawi, would promise never to return to Saudi Arabia.

This is a much better solution. One much more acceptable to the World. Who are watching.

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They charged him with insulting Islam and creating the “Saudi Arabian Liberals” website for social and political debate.

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I saw about Raif Badawi, on Facebook and felt compelled to help him.

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It is; in the best interest of Saudi Arabia, to release Raif and other, prisoners with frivolous charges, like his Lawyer, for instance and all "political" prisoners.

It would make the Saudi gov't, look good to the world.

It's time, Saudi Arabia got into the 21st century. They're always boasting, about how progressive and modern their gov't is? Then; let's see them, prove it!

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

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It's about couples; often with dependent children, who pay plenty in taxes, having equal protection under the law.

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