Years ago, the Fort Trumbull neighborhood was the type where a kid would run out of his or her back door, through the backyard, and into the home of a neighbor, Cristofaro recalled.
“That’s the kind of neighborhood that you had,” he said. “You didn’t need to worry about your kids. The neighbors looked after your kids.”
The neighborhood was filled with “working class” families, and the property owners took great pride in their homes. The lawns were well-manicured, and many of the homeowners showed off their green thumbs. Cristofaro’s dad, Pasquale, grew rhododendrons and grapes in their yard on Goshen Street.
“That’s one of the things I don’t think people realize about eminent domain,” Cristofaro said. “A lot of people say, ‘Well, it’s just a house. It’s just four walls. Move on. Go find another home and go live.’”
The city used its power of eminent domain.
Seven families who owned 15 properties in Fort Trumbull, fought back.
“When I first started this battle, it was about me and this little pink house,” Kelo told The Daily Signal. “But it grew into something much bigger than that. It turned into a nationwide battle to save the Fort Trumbull neighborhood.”
When Steffon Josey-Davis was pulled over by police along a New Jersey road two years ago, the young security guard never imagined his legally owned gun would be confiscated — and the incident would make him a convicted felon.
Josey-Davis’ nightmare began on the morning of Sept. 20, 2013 when he was preparing to leave his North Brunswick, N.J., home for a job as an armed security guard with Loomis Armored, a company responsible for transporting money to banks.
While unloading his 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun inside his car, his 6-year-old sister wandered into the family’s garage, startling Josey-Davis. He quickly tucked the firearm inside the glove compartment and out of the child’s view, according to his account.
Hours later, while driving at night with his girlfriend in Highland Park, he was pulled over. Josey-Davis says he was going below the speed limit.
But the fact that he did not yet have a permit to carry the gun — which was stored, still loaded, in the glove compartment — resulted in his arrest.
The 24-year-old now has a criminal record and is unable to secure a job — and his dreams of becoming a police officer are dashed.
“This is a case of a law-abiding citizen being turned into a criminal by New Jersey gun laws.”
– Gun rights attorney Evan Nappen
Interview with Steffon:
Josey-Davis is now seeking a pardon from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and has mounted a robust social media campaign, including a Change.org petition that has attracted more than 85,000 signatures to date.
A powerful U.S. Senate investigatory committee has launched a bipartisan probe into an American nonprofit’s funding of efforts to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the Obama administration’s State Department gave the nonprofit taxpayer-funded grants, a source with knowledge of the panel’s activities told FoxNews.com.
The fact that both Democratic and Republican sides of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations have signed off on the probe could be seen as a rebuke to President Obama, who has had a well-documented adversarial relationship with the Israeli leader.
The development comes as Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel Two television station this week that there were “governments” that wanted to help with the “Just Not Bibi” campaigning — Bibi being the Israeli leader’s nickname.
It also follows a FoxNews.com report on claims the Obama administration has been meddling in the Israeli election on behalf of groups hostile to Netanyahu. A spokesperson for Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican and chairman of the committee, declined comment, and aides to ranking Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, did not immediately return calls.
Netanyahu campaign video: A victory for the Left means an ISIS invasion:
I found this video on a site that hates Netanyahu and spun this negatively. I kinda like it. Wish we had videos of the left here like it…
But a source familiar with the matter confirmed for FoxNews.com that the probe — undisclosed until now — was both underway and bipartisan in nature.
According to the source, the probe is looking into “funding” by OneVoice Movement – a Washington-based group that has received $350,000 in recent State Department grants, and until last November was headed by a veteran diplomat from the Clinton administrations.
A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israel-based Victory 15 campaign, itself guided by top operatives of Obama’s White House runs, which seeks to “replace the government” of Israel.
OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward the two-state solution.
As I was searching the Victory 15 campaign from June of last years, all I could find was from a socialist organization in Seattle. I determined this organization was JUST about upping the minimum wage. Then again these are ALL socialists aren’t they. They all drip-drip down our throats.
“We did this. Workers did this. Today’s first victory for $15 will inspire people all over the nation,” said socialist Seattle city councillor Kshama Sawant.
This is another story but what got me was their flyer stated : Enough of ‘all the same’ capitalist politics! Dang dummies promoting Unions who by nature are getting rich on capitalism and them.
OneVoice – whose focus on Israel’s 1967 borders as a negotiating starting point reflects Obama’s thinking but is counter to Netanyahu’s – had announced its partnership with V15.
With their plethoria of donors, somewhere you will find Soros! The State Department grants constituted indirect administration funding of the anti-Netanyahu campaign by providing OneVoice with the $350,000 — even though State Department officials said the funding stopped in November JP
In his television interview, Netanyahu said the coalition seeking to oust him is generously funded by foreign donors who are also encouraging a high voter turnout among Israel’s Arab and left-wing voters in a bid to replace the existing leadership.
He characterized the campaign against him as “unprecedented.” While Netanyahu pointed the finger at “European countries and left-wing people abroad,” some observers note that he held back from openly criticizing Obama during his recent trip to the U.S. to address Congress.
No direct link has been confirmed between Obama and the anti-Netanyahu campaign in Israel, but polls have shown that a large majority of Israelis believe the administration has been interfering in the election, set for March 17.
Do you know anytime I do any of these stories, I actually feel dirty? obama has made me feel dirty JUST by trying to expose him and my hometown since he was a state senator. 18 years of fighting him and getting nowhere. Couldn’t even get anyone to listen until he was in the first year of his presidency.
JUST Shaking Head. ~ JP
We get it; they don’t get it. But why again do our Southern Baptist leaders not grasp that? – Todd Starnes
What is not cool is that in the last few days, the SBC’s International Mission Board has scrubbed all articles relating to Coptic Christians and their status of being unreached, lost, or in need of evangelism
A Jewish journalist walking around Paris in traditional Jewish garb, secretly recording a barrage of anti-Semitic hatred, threats and epithets — many from Muslims, including a little boy who asks his hijab-clad mother: “Doesn’t he know he will be killed?”
Older men were recorded telling Klein, “Go f— from the front and the back,” “Viva Palestine” and “Hey you, with the kippa, what are you doing here?”
Welcome to Paris 2015, where soldiers are walking every street that houses a Jewish institution, and where keffiyeh-wearing men and veiled women speak Arabic on every street corner. Walking down one Parisian suburb, I was asked what I doing there. In modern-day Paris, you see, Jews are barred from entering certain areas.
You know they were inudated with complaints, but did the apology make MsM, the same way they vilified Ben?! Doubt it.
“This week, as we’ve come under intense criticism for doing so, we’ve reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it.”
Though the SPLC apologized for putting Carson on the list, it maintains Carson has “made a number of statements that express views that we believe most people would conclude are extreme” and said “we believe that his views should be closely examined.”
SPLC is on Ben for marriage, they posted an article on me (Look for JUST Piper) in 2003. Yes, Patriots, I have been fighting illegal immigration for 13 years. Under Bush. Boy was I ever reamed by Bush Bots See my post here from 2010.
Don’t worry about them Ben. WE support you. SO many of us do. They are ignorant. YOU are sublime
Last Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, indicated that he expected a decision “fairly soon” on whether the Army will court martial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan, or has cleared him, paving the way for separation from the service and back pay in excess of $200,000. Moreover, a decision to clear Bergdahl may well open the door for him to be designated a former prisoner of war, ensuring him substantial monthly pay, medical and educational benefits for the rest of his life.
Thanks to Freedom outpost for image and magazine image…
~ If they do declare him a POW, instead of the traitor he IS, we need to demand the report, unredacted! The FOX news producer sitting next to Jennifer , Justin Fishell, questions ‘WHY are they holding the report?!’
The president was interrupted for about five minutes by a couple of very vocal hecklers yelling criticism and questions at him at the Copernicus Center on the Northwest Side. The outburst came after he stressed that the new executive orders he put in place last week would target “felons, not families.”
My maternal grandparents lived there. I grew up in that Polish neighborhood. They are turning over in their graves that male is in the WH. They fled communism and would have recognized his and his islamic sympathies in a heartbeat.
All four of my gradnparents fled it and ALL came here legally and pridefully. Only English was allowed in my maternal grandmother’s home. She would not even acknowdlege her own husband if he spoke to her in Polish. This video shows illegals are not willing to assimilate.
In the very theater he desecrated when he spoke there, served as a movie theater my entire life. My grandfolks had a brick dedicated in their names in 1985 with the rebuilding of this very theater.
I have so many memories of it. Our children were raise there and we all lived there until 2008. We took them to fairs there. The Polish Fest was our favorite.
It was where I embarassed my kids when I confronted Rahm Emmanuel about carpet bagging and his true political intenyions, And in comes waltzing barry.
All I can say, is I am so glad I moved because I couldn’t write this from jail after ‘I’ protested all that he has done to my grandparents adopted home. And my country!
In a meeting on Tuesday, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she would be naming the first Muslim congressman to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) was the one indicated by Pelosi to be named to the position in her weekly caucus meeting.
Carson, only the second Muslim to be elected to Congress, represents the seventh district of Indiana.
The intelligence committee will most likely tackle a series of high-profile international crises during the 114th Congress, including the threat of Islamic militants and Ukraine. – Politico
Does anyone in their right mind think this is a good idea?
What’s important to note is who Carson is and what he has promoted.
Congressman André Carson in BBC’s “Muslims in America”
Jan 29, 2009
BBC-America broadcast a short news segment about Muslims in America. The progressive Democratic Muslim Congressman André Carson of Indianapolis, Indiana, was prominently featured.
~ What I got out of this segment was not the kumbayah moments, I paid attention to the islam symapthizers…
* This is the same man who stated that the Tea Party would “love” to see black Americans “hanging on a tree.” That’s actually closer to those of his own party, who promote the genocide of blacks in America via abortion.
Rep Andre Carson says Tea Party Wants Black Americans ‘Hanging On a Tree’
“America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged and where the foundation is the Koran,” he said. “America must understand that she needs Muslims.”
Brigitte Gabriel on Modeling US Schools After Madrassas
US Congressman Andre Carson’s statement that American schools should be modeled after Madrassas with their foundation as the Koran
Freedom Outpost previously reported that during his election bids in 2008 and 2012 he was funded by several Islamic organizations. For instance, PACs with ties to the terrorist designated and unindicted conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding case, the Council on American Islamic Relations provided Carson supported him in 2008 with $5,000. The Arab American Leadership Council PAC two months later provided him with $2,000.
Is this really a man that we want on a United States House Intelligence Committee? Really? I think not, but apparently it doesn’t matter to those in the federal government as they have been installing these lovers of Sharia in key positions of national security for some time now. I believe it’s past time to clean out Washington and decentralize government, ridding us of its corruption and tyranny.