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  • Lawsuit challenging buffer zones near Englewood abortion clinics dropped

    12/17/2014 11:03:42 AM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    newjersey.com ^ | December 16, 2014 | KIM LUEDDEKE
    ENGLEWOOD — A federal lawsuit challenging protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics and other health-care facilities in Englewood has been withdrawn. The plaintiffs, two anti-abortion advocates known for counseling women outside an Engle Street clinic, voluntarily dismissed the suit last month, according to City Attorney William Bailey. The reason for the dismissal was not clear. The attorney who filed the suit, Edward Gilhooly of the Legal Center for Defense of Life in Morristown, died in August. His co-counsel, Francis Manion of the American Center for Law and Justice in Kentucky, did not return calls for comment. Rosemary Garrett, one of...
  • Mercedes-Benz reportedly weighing move to Atlanta from Montvale (NJ)

    12/16/2014 8:49:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 6 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | Dec. 16, 2014 | LINDA MOSS
    The German luxury automaker Mercedes-Benz is looking to move its 1,000-employee North American headquarters from Montvale to Atlanta, several sources said Tuesday. The Atlanta Business Chronicle first reported on Tuesday that Mercedes-Benz USA is considering the move. A company spokesman declined to comment on the report, but several sources told The Record that Mercedes-Benz was indeed considering leaving Bergen County. One source within the company told The Record that an announcement on a move may come in January, at a company reception. “As a matter of policy, the company does not comment on rumors or speculation,” said Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob...
  • Ex-con shot by retired Union City police officer dies, was carrying loaded handgun, sources say

    12/15/2014 9:41:32 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    Cliffview Pilot ^ | 12-15-14 | Jerry DelMarco
    An ex-con who died of his injuries today after being shot over the weekend by a retired Union City police officer was carrying a loaded .38-caliber revolver, sources with direct knowledge of the incident told CLIFFVIEW PILOT. Authorities also are expected to announce that they've secured a surveillance video of the incident. The retired officer was working as a UPS security guard when 26-year-old Devin Grimes and another man who were in a pickup truck -- and wearing masks -- ordered him out of his Infiniti at gunpoint around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, law enforcement sources told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight. That's...
  • BREAKING: Massive Spike In Whites Setting Blacks On Fire

    12/14/2014 4:39:37 AM PST · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2014 | Doug Giles
    Did you know that there’s been a massive uptick in white thugs setting black folks on fire, yet the media has been virtually silent on this horrendous subject? Sure, we all have heard of Darren Wilson's shooting Michael Brown, but there has been no coverage of the aforementioned. Like in zero… nada… nothing… zilch. What kind of racist “news outlets” would be so heinous to cover up such gross and unspeakable evil? Why haven’t the most powerful people in our government and the entertainment industry spoken out and condemned this obvious xenophobic act of viciousness? How come there has been...
  • Rep. Steve King: ‘They Drive Wedges Between Us’

    The congressman speaks with Jim Rutenberg about the “I-word” and showing Gov. Chris Christie the ropes in Iowa. Your outspoken nature has drawn national attention, especially on Twitter. You and your wife have had some fun reading the nastier tweets in public. Any favorites? One said I smelled like “mothballs and dusty Bibles,” or something like that. (SNIP) We picked up 15 seats in the House and maybe nine in the Senate. That’s the kind of punishment I can handle. (SNIP) Whatever kind of crisis emerges, the agenda that they have long advocated for magically becomes the silver bullet for...
  • Dead Donkeys Dumped Along New Jersey Road

    12/10/2014 1:21:46 PM PST · by kimtom · 28 replies
    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff Writer
    Authorities are trying to determine who dumped two dead donkeys off a road in Jackson Township. The remains were found last week near East Veterans Highway and Bennetts Mills Road..........
  • New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages ( Follow the money )

    12/08/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    npr ^ | December 08, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park. The legislation says that as of June 1, 2016, "it shall be unlawful to operate a horse-drawn vehicle in the city of New York or offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." ... It also boosts the penalty for breaking horse-carriage rules to a maximum of $25,000 instead of the current $500. The proposed ban was introduced one day after...
  • Obama DOJ forces city to pay Muslims $7.75 million

    12/07/2014 6:17:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    WND ^ | 12/7/14 | Pamela Geller
    A proposed mega-mosque in the pretty little town of Bridgewater, New Jersey, was rejected by the town council last year, “citing an ordinance that limited houses of worship to major roads.” Reasonable enough. Municipal officials argued that the purpose of the ordinance was to “preserve the residential character of its various neighborhoods.” But Islamic supremacists and Muslim Brotherhood organizations like CAIR called upon their lapdogs at the Department of Justice, who sued Bridgewater. The DoJ has become the de facto legal arm of terror-tied Muslim Brotherhood groups in this country. What small town can go up against the U.S. government’s...
  • Nat'l Orthodox Jewish group rejects “wholesale demonization” of Muslims after Teaneck rabbi’s blog..

    12/04/2014 6:33:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 10 replies
    northjersey.com ^ | 11.27.14 | JIM NORMAN
    The Orthodox Union, the umbrella organization for Orthodox Jewish congregations throughout the United States, has responded to an Internet blog post by a Teaneck rabbi and criticized it for what it called “wholesale demonization” of Muslims. The rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of the Bnai Yeshurun congregation, the largest orthodox synagogue in Teaneck, had posted a blog calling for a harsh response by Israel to Palestinian terrorists, including the destruction of entire villages found to be the homes of two or more attackers. “We cannot countenance a response to terror that resorts to wholesale demonization, advocates for the collective punishment of Israeli...
  • Camden caseworker released from hospital; armed guards return

    12/03/2014 4:14:44 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 4 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/03/2014 | Barbara Boyer
    --SNIP-- And union leaders are continuing to advocate safety improvements for workers in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) across the state, who say they work in extremely dangerous conditions, and who had threatened to stay home this week if things did not improve. Last month, armed guards were removed from offices throughout New Jersey
  • Chris Christie Gives Appointments to Former Harry Reid, Rahm Emanuel Aides

    12/02/2014 1:42:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 2, 2014 | Shane Goldmacher
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced a pair of unusual appointments on Tuesday, adding two prominent Democrats to the governing body of Rutgers University, including a former chief of staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Christie added both Susan McCue, Reid's former top aide, and Mark Angelson, a former deputy mayor in Chicago under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, to the Rutgers Board of Governors. Neither of them currently lives in New Jersey; both are graduates of the university. The McCue appointment is particularly intriguing as she worked for a super PAC that spent millions to try to keep New Jersey's...
  • Jersey City biggest recipient in state of surplus DoD assault rifles

    11/30/2014 2:07:03 PM PST · by SMGFan · 12 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | November 30, 2014
    Of the 894 automatic rifles municipalities in New Jersey received through a U.S. Department of Defense program, Jersey City received 170 of them -- by far the most of any town in the state and nearly 20 percent of the total amount distributed to Garden State towns, according to today's Star-Ledger.
  • Who Has the Magic Plan to Stop the New Jersey Exodus?

    11/29/2014 10:16:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/29/2014 | ROD KACKLEY
    New Jersey’s openly gay state assemblyman, who was called “numbnuts” [1] in 2012 by Gov. Chris Christie (R), thinks he can do what Christie has never been able to do, numb or not: get New Jerseyans to stay in New Jersey.Assemblyman Reed Gusciora’s (D) solution is astoundingly simple. He wants to offer state home and business owners the opportunity to slash their property taxes by 25 percent.The New Jersey Legislature would then be tasked with figuring out how to make up the difference through budget cuts.The best Christie has been able to offer is a cap on future property...
  • The Drastic Overreach of the “Rape by Fraud” Bill

    11/25/2014 1:16:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Slate ^ | November 25, 2014 | Amanda Marcotte
    Here is some legitimate overreach when it comes to prosecuting sexual abuse:New Jersey state Assemblyman Troy Singleton has drafted a "rape by fraud" bill that would make it illegal to lie your way into someone's pants. From NJ.com:Earlier this month,state Assemblyman Troy Singleton(D-Burlington) introduced the bill(A3908),which would create the crime of “sexual assault by fraud,” which it defines as “an act of sexual penetration to which a person has given consent because the actor has misrepresented the purpose of the act or has represented he is someone he is not.”The bill was inspired by the case of Mischele Lewis, who...
  • The Media and Republican Insiders Lash Out against Congressman Steve King

    11/23/2014 12:42:14 PM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | 11/21/2014 | Craig Robinson
    I’m pretty sure that Iowa Congressman Steve King thought that his detractors would give it a rest for a while after he defeated his Democrat opponent by 24 points earlier this month.  Yet once again headlines like, “Stay away from Steve King,” have been published this week.  This time it’s not the liberals who are ranting and raving about King, its nameless “Republican insiders” and a conservative blogger from the Washington Post. On Tuesday, King announced that he is partnering with Citizens United to put on a 2016 presidential forum in Des Moines on January 24th called the Iowa Freedom...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 9:30:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jon Terbush, associate editor
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance. President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture. By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Chris Christie's Pig Problem

    11/19/2014 8:09:56 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 24 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/12/2014 | Conor Friedersdorf
    In New Jersey, a moral drama is unfolding. Governor Chris Christie has presidential ambitions. He'd like to be as popular as possible with Republicans voters in important primary states like New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina. He'd also like to do the right thing—or at least be seen as doing the right thing—when a piece of legislation crosses his desk, demanding a signature or veto. And those desires are now in conflict. There's an animal-welfare bill on his desk. Its premise is that slaughtering pigs to be consumed as carnitas or prosciutto or bacon or ham hocks is fine (if...
  • Half of those living in Chris Christie’s state want to leave

    11/19/2014 8:04:34 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 47 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/19/2014 | Jon Dougherty
    How do you know you are the governor of a failed state? When more residents there want to leave than want to stay. And that’s the case in New Jersey; the state’s historic high taxes are making life miserable for most and if given the chance, most would vote with their feet.
  • Feminist Judith: We Should Not Prosecute Young Black Males Who Commit Sexual Assault Because . . .

    11/17/2014 2:49:11 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    Downtrend ^ | 11/15/14 | V. Saxena
    Feminist Judith Levine, who for the record contributes to garbage outlets like AARP, Salon and the New York Times, published a piece in the radical CounterPunch magazine in which she basically argues that we should not prosecute young black males who commit sexual assault. Remember the Sayreville hazing incident? Seven minority students sexually assualted their younger teammates in what can best be described as some locker-room butt play. According to the Star-Ledger, the minority students involved in the sexual assault are all to be tried as juveniles. However, Judith disagrees with this move, because she believes that the darling students...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • New Jersey Assembly Passes Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide, Gov. Christie Promises to Veto

    11/14/2014 3:49:21 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Life News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    The New Jersey Assembly today passed a bill to legalize assisted suicide and it will now send the measure to Governor Chris Christie, who has promised to veto it.After impassioned speeches on both sides of the debate, the New Jersey Assembly passed the bill on a 41-31 vote. Since the legislation already had the approval of the state Senate, it now heads to the governor.Just days after Brittany MaynardÂ’s assisted suicide launched a national debate on the ethics of the controversial practice, the New Jersey Assembly became the first state to attempt to join others which have approved it. Marie...
  • Abortionist Who Stored 30 Bodies of Aborted Babies in His Freezer Fined, Loses License

    11/13/2014 5:31:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | 11/13/14 | Cheryl Sullenger
    New Jersey abortionist Steven Chase Brigham has been ordered to pay $420,000 to the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners to cover the cost of prosecuting him. That decision was made today at a scheduled Board meeting. “It is our hope that all of Brigham’s assets will be seized and sold to cover this order, including all the equipment in his seventeen abortion facilities,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Given all the human misery he has caused over years of botched abortions and other illicit practices, the time for leniency is long past.” Brigham’s last remaining medical license was...
  • Newborn baby's body found at a recycling plant near to blood stained dress....

    11/13/2014 7:44:44 AM PST · by Morgana · 10 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 13 November 2014 | James Nye for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Newborn baby's body found at a recycling plant near to blood stained dress, sparking frantic search for mother Police in New Jersey have appealed for help after the body of a newborn infant girl was found at a recycling facility on Tuesday and blood stained clothing found nearby. The as-yet unidentified remains were uncovered when an employee of the ReCommunity Recycling facility on Railroad Avenue in Farmingdale began cleaning up trash. Police say the infant's umbilical cord was still attached and they have appealed for any information in finding the baby's mother.
  • Tom Tancredo Targets Chris Christie With New PAC

    11/09/2014 12:04:13 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Greg Campbell
    Former two-term gubernatorial candidate and Congressman Tom Tancredo is forming a political action committee to “stop Chris Christie” from getting the GOP nod for president in 2016. (SNIP) “I have never liked the guy… [B]ecause he was concerned that I would, in fact, go against the [United States] Chamber of Commerce position on immigration and make it a big deal, and I might win, he chose to … spend a quarter of a million dollars of Republican money…to attack me, here, in Colorado. And launder the money through Attorneys General Association.”
  • 2/3rds of NJ voters back Christie’s decision to quarantine Ebola nurse Kaci Hickox

    11/07/2014 8:12:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/7/2014 | Noah Rothman
    If you only watched the pressÂ’s coverage the week before suspected Ebola carrier nurse Kaci Hickox determined to make a martyr of herself by refusing to abide by even voluntary quarantining regulations in her home state of Maine, you would have thought she was a political prisoner of the aspiring Caesar, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Hickox became a media celebrity when she insisted that her mandatory quarantine amounted to a violation of both her human and constitutional rights, and that Christie, her implicit abuser, could be subject to legal action as a result. The press, as they are...
  • Jon Stewart sells his Tribeca penthouse for $17.5M (The De Blasio effect?)

    11/06/2014 3:55:19 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/06/2014 | Jennifer Gould Keil
    The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart may mock the 1 percent, but he is one of them — and now he’s even richer, thanks to a Tribeca real-estate sale. The political funny­man and social critic just sold his sprawling downtown duplex penthouse at 161 Hudson St., on the eighth and ninth floors, in what appears to be an off-market deal for $17.5 million. --SNIP-- Like other members of America’s super-rich, Stewart hid his ownership of the penthouse behind an LLC, according to public records.
  • A dozen travelers being monitored for Ebola in Trenton

    11/04/2014 4:38:32 AM PST · by wtd · 20 replies
    ABC 6 ^ | 11/03/2014 @ 6:20PM | Nora Muchanic
    A dozen travelers being monitored for Ebola in TrentonTRENTON, N.J. (WPVI) -- Officials in Trenton, New Jersey have confirmed that they are monitoring a number of travelers who have recently returned from the west African nations fighting the Ebola crisis. And the news has raised some concerns among emergency responders in the city. Health officials won't say exactly how many are undergoing this 21 day monitoring right now, but they do say no one is showing symptoms. The fire department raised some concerns after learning that there is a list of those being monitored, but that first responders didn't know...
  • Tape measure falls 50 stories, killing man at construction site

    11/04/2014 5:37:32 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 04, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    A man delivering drywall to a New Jersey construction site was killed Monday when a tape measure fell 50 stories, striking him on the head, authorities said. The 1-pound tape measure became dislodged from the belt of a worker on the 50th floor and struck construction equipment about 10 to 15 feet from the ground, according to Carly Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Jersey City's Department of Public Safety. It then ricocheted and struck Gary Anderson, 58, who had just stopped to speak with another worker who was in a pickup truck just before 9 a.m. in the city's downtown section....
  • NJ, Tea Party Vote "NO" to the Ballot Questions, 11-04-14

    11/03/2014 10:31:23 AM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies
    Important Questions on the ballot, next Tuesday, November 4 There are two State questions that are proposed constitutional amendments. One relates to your right to bail and pretrial release, and the other is on Open Space. If you are in Morris County, there is a third question that is also about Open Space.   Please use this information to inform your friends and family, and tell them it is critical for them to get out to vote! Public question No. 1 - End the Right to Bail !!!! A “yes” vote on this constitutional amendment would END your current right...
  • Dems hold onto hope in Arkansas [“Everyone realizes this is our last stand here."]

    11/02/2014 2:27:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 1, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Democrats may be making their last stand in Arkansas. At the beginning of the cycle, Democrats touted a dream ticket that could help rally the party back to relevance after a series of stinging losses in the state. They cheered Sen. Mark Pryor’s (D) centrist profile and strong family name. In the governor’s race, they hoped former Rep. Mike Ross’s long string of successes in conservative southwest Arkansas would boost him. But months later, Pryor has trailed freshman Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) for much of the summer in the Razorback State and former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) has had a...
  • Kaci Hickox Was A ‘Disease Detective’ For The CDC

    11/01/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | November 1, 2014
    Kaci Hickox was a “disease detective” for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a widely overlooked part of her op-ed for the Dallas Morning News. While Hickox did not fail to disclose this information to readers — or rather, the Dallas Morning News didn’t — Conservative news sites have recently taken notice and commenced calling her out on the connection. Hickox has received much criticism from the Right and the Left for her defiance of a mandatory quarantine order. A Maine judge recently upheld that defiance, allowing her to come and go as she pleases for...
  • Gonzalez: Quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox is bravely fighting policy not based in science

    10/31/2014 3:49:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Juan Gonzalez
    Hickox isn't backing away from challenging the home quarantine that's been forced on her in Maine. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo won't reveal the number of health care workers who have been subjected to the policy upon their arrival from West Africa.Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel has defended countless victims of government abuse over the years, including people swept up in another hysterical call for health quarantines during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. But even the grizzled Siegel has been struck by the bravery and eloquence of Kaci Hickox, the 33-year-old nurse who telephoned him Saturday from a makeshift tent...
  • FEMA conducts pandemic training in NY, NJ

    10/31/2014 6:26:15 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 3 replies
    WND ^ | 10/30/14 | Aaron Klein
    Talk about timing. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is currently in the middle of a two-year pandemic training exercise with New York City and northern New Jersey. Titled “2013-14 Pandemic Influenza Continuity Exercise Strategy,” the FEMA training simulates a global pandemic of influenza that spreads from person to person, including in the U.S.
  • 100 N.J. residents with no Ebola symptoms being monitored at home, state says

    10/31/2014 6:08:13 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    NJ.COM ^ | 10/30/14 | Susan K. Livio
    TRENTON — There are “approximately 100” people in New Jersey who are under “active monitoring” for Ebola, although no one has shown symptoms of having contracted the potentially deadly virus, a spokeswoman for the state Health Department confirmed tonight. Newark Liberty International Airport is one of five airports in the nation accepting travelers from the three West African countries hardest hit by the virus. Those countries are Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York is the second closest airport.
  • New Jersey’s First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

    10/29/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/28/2014 | Angela Delli Santi
    The AFL-CIO national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the state’s first labor-led naturalization and community center.The We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center officially opened on Oct. 28 in Jersey City. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for the opening ceremony, along with Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan...
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox says she won't obey Maine's Ebola quarantine: I won’t be 'bullied by politicians'

    10/29/2014 3:35:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    NBC News' Today Show ^ | October 29, 2014 | Eun Kyung Kim
    Nurse Kaci Hickox — who remains symptom-free after spending three days in a New Jersey isolation tent after flying home from Ebola-stricken West Africa — remains under quarantine at home in Maine, but for only another day, she tells TODAY's Matt Lauer. “I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I remain appalled by these home quarantine policies that have been forced upon me, even though I am in perfectly good health and feeling strong and have been this entire time completely symptom free,” said Hickox, who wouldn’t emerge from Maine’s 21-day voluntary quarantine until Nov. 10. “I truly believe...
  • Who should or shouldn't be quarantined? (i.e., concerning Chris Christie's NJ quarantine rules)

    10/29/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 23 replies
    10/29/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Even though Amber Vinson has been declared Ebola-free, and has left Emory University Hospital, if this nation is to quarantine those (be they symptomatic or asymptomatic) who came into contact with someone like Thomas Duncan, then should those who have come into contact with Amber Vinson (be it on day 1 to the day she left the hospital) be quarantined? If Kaci Hickox is "obviously ill," per Chris Christie, then she would obviously be symptomatic according to Chris Christie. If she is symptomatic, then Chris Christie would not only have to quarantine her, but anyone who came into contact with...
  • New York Magazine: Chris Christie Is Trying to Fight an Ebola Panic That Doesn’t Really Exist

    10/28/2014 10:23:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 10/28/2014 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Over the weekend, a strange and revealing episode of political theater surfaced. An American nurse named Kaci Hickox, who had just returned to the United States from West Africa where she had been working with Doctors Without Borders to help patients afflicted with Ebola, was quarantined against her will in a tent inside a Newark hospital. To public-health officials, this seemed an extreme overreaction: There was no reason to think that Hickox, who was completely healthy, had Ebola, and soon she began to protest the absurdity and inhumanity of her circumstances. Among other indignities, she was provided no shower. That...
  • White House warns Cuomo and Christie over Ebola quarantine rules

    10/28/2014 6:57:58 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/27/14 | Dominic Rushe and Lauren Gambino in New York and Dan Roberts in Washington
    White House officials warned the governors of New York and New Jersey of the “unintended consequences” of quarantining all medical workers returning from west Africa, as a political crisis deepened on Sunday over how to counter public fears about the spread of Ebola in the US.
  • Daily Beast Column: New York & New Jersey’s Ebola Quarantines Are an Insane Overreaction

    10/27/2014 10:21:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 10/27/2014 | Kent Sepkowitz
    With the West African Ebola epidemic still raging out of control, killing 20 people a day in Sierra Leone alone, Americans, confronted with their first few cases, are taking on the tough questions: Can Ebola be transmitted by a bowling ball? What about co-location in a hipster coffee bar near the High Line? And—OMG—what about Uber-based transmission? Right on cue, as if in an attempt to push the discussion ever further toward irrelevancy, the twin towers of presidential posturing, Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, agreed to hog the spotlight together in order to get presidentially tough over an issue...
  • New Jersey Releases Nurse Quarantined for Suspected Ebola [Christie Reverses Course]

    10/27/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/27/2014
    The nurse forcibly quarantined in New Jersey after she came home from treating Ebola patients in West Africa will be released Monday, state officials said. Kaci Hickox has been held against her will in a tent outside a New Jersey medical center since she was taken off a flight, flushed and distraught, Friday. Hickox has hired a lawyer and spoken out publicly against her quarantine. “Since testing negative for Ebola on early Saturday morning, the patient being monitored in isolation at University Hospital in Newark has thankfully been symptom free for the last 24 hours,” New Jersey health department officials...
  • New York mayor criticizes New Jersey's 'disrespect' of Ebola nurse

    10/26/2014 5:11:17 PM PDT · by Karl Spooner · 64 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/26/2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the treatment of a symptom-free nurse quarantined in New Jersey after she returned from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa, saying, “What happened to her was inappropriate.”. De Blasio’s remarks came during a news conference at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital, where a doctor infected with the deadly virus remained in serious but stable condition Sunday, showing slight improvement. Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned from a stint with Doctors Without Borders in West Africa, where he treated Ebola patients. Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. The mayor spoke during...
  • White House Presses States to Reconsider Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders (You read that correctly)

    10/26/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | Marc Santora and Michael D. Shear
    The Obama administration has expressed deep concerns to the governors of New York and New Jersey and is consulting with them to modify their orders to quarantine medical volunteers returning from West Africa as President Obama seeks to quickly develop a new, nationwide policy for the workers, according to two senior administration officials. One administration official said the federal government has been pressing the governors to back off their decisions, which quarantine all medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients. But another official said the administration has not specifically asked the governors to reverse their policies. Mr. Obama held...
  • NJ Nurse in Quarantine Whines About the Way She Was Treated

    10/26/2014 12:13:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/25/2014 | Rick Moran
    I read this account of Kaci Hickox, a nurse for Doctors without Borders who returned from West Africa and was placed in quarantine as a result of the new policy adopted by New Jersey, with a growing sense of outrage and disgust.She says there’s “disorganization” and “fear.” She says people treated her “like a criminal.” She says she worries that other health workers returning from Africa will also be put upon.The fact that all four cases of Ebola in America are directly connected to returning health care workers from Africa doesn’t seem to penetrate; that the routine screening done...
  • #Ebola Nurse Complaining About Quarantine is Left-Wing Democrat, CDC Employee WITH UPDATE

    10/26/2014 8:15:55 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 66 replies
    Got News ^ | 10/26/14 | Charles C. Johnson
    The nurse currently quarantined in New Jersey is an employee for the Centers for Disease Control and a registered Democrat with a history of left-wing advocacy, Gotnews.com has learned. Kaci Hickox’s ties to the CDC were not disclosed in a controversial anti-quarantine column she wrote for the Dallas Morning News. The CDC opposes quarantines or travel bans from Ebola infected countries.
  • N.Y. official: Ebola policy 'a real stunner'

    10/25/2014 5:00:56 PM PDT · by xzins · 61 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 25, 2014 | Ray Sanchez and Elizabeth Cohen
    A mandatory 21-day quarantine imposed by New York and New Jersey on health care workers returning from West Africa caught local and federal officials by surprise and spurred a heated debate on handling the spread of Ebola without cutting the flow of medical aid to the hardest-hit West African countries. The policy of isolating medical personnel and others arriving from Ebola-affected countries zones was abruptly implemented Friday by the governors of New York and New Jersey, Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie. The announcement came one day after a New York doctor who treated patients in Guinea became the first Ebola...
  • Chris Christie Rebuts Perry Comparison of Homosexuality To Alcoholism

    06/13/2014 9:46:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2014 | MARK Z. BARABAK, CHRIS MEGERIAN
    Chris Christie Rebuts Perry Comparison of Homosexuality To Alcoholism MARK Z. BARABAK, CHRIS MEGERIAN New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes questions at San Francisco flower shop GOP's Chris Christie pays a visit Facebook headquarters in California New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who signed legislation barring "gay conversion therapy" in his state, said Friday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry's comparison of homosexuality to alcoholism was wrong. "I disagree with him, and I don't believe that's an apt analogy," Christie said during a San Francisco appearance alongside Neel Kashkari, the GOP candidate for California governor. Christie was appearing with Kashkari in his...
  • Chris Christie stumps for Neel Kashkari in San Francisco (Christie ignores Astorino)

    08/17/2014 7:51:22 PM PDT · by Sun · 19 replies
    Mercury News ^ | June 2014 | Josh Richman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.... (snip) in town to raise money as chairman of the Republican Governors Association ,," "Kashkari riled the GOP when he admitted he had voted for Obama in 2008, ..(snip)
  • New York, New Jersey to start high-risk Ebola quarantine [Preempting the federal government]

    10/25/2014 5:05:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/25/2014 | By Sarah Ferris and Elise Viebeck
    Anyone considered “high-risk” for Ebola flying into New York or New Jersey will be quarantined for three weeks, the states’ governors announced Friday. “A voluntary Ebola quarantine is not enough. This is too serious a public health situation,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said during a late afternoon press conference with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). The federal government already stipulates that passengers arriving from Ebola-affected areas self-monitor their temperature every day for three weeks. Under the new policy in the two states, all travelers from high-risk areas will be interviewed about any contact with Ebola patients. If...