NJ to Banks: Clean em’ up

From the Courier Post:

Christie signs bill allowing towns to crack down on problem properties

Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a measure empowering towns and cities to fine banks or creditors that fail to properly maintain vacant properties in foreclosure.

The bill was approved by the New Jersey Legislature in June and signed by Christie on Friday. It authorizes municipalities to pass ordinances regulating the care of vacant properties in foreclosure and permits them to levy fines of up to $2,500 a day for violations that have not been remedied within 30 days of receiving notice.

The new law also allows towns to mandate that banks and other lenders name an in-state representative or entity that would be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of properties in foreclosure.

Sponsors of the law said it was intended to give towns teeth to address vacant homes that create blight and attract crime.

“Vacant properties are neighborhood eyesores that attract pests and criminal activity and drag down property values,” Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, D-32nd of Secaucus, said in a statement. “Municipalities will now be able to take action against creditors who create nuisance situations for neighborhoods and municipalities by failing to maintain vacant properties that are set for foreclosure.”

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97 Responses to NJ to Banks: Clean em’ up

  1. grim says:

    20% needs to be used for code enforcement, where does the other 80% go?

    Sounds like a stealth tax.

  2. anon (the good one) says:

    “Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one.

    Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans.

    Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.”

  3. Juice Box says:

    Ignore the troll today. MKAY?

  4. grim says:

    It would be a hoot to make US police dress like the UK coppers. Shirt, Tie, Slacks, funny hat, maybe even an accent! G’day Guvnah.

    Personally, I think paramilitary dress code the police have currently adopted should be banned. NJ State Police have it right. Perhaps police would be more respected by the community if they re-adopted the formal dress code that had always been it’s tradition.

  5. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:

    Vigoda>Don Pardo

  6. Ragnar says:

    I wonder how many murderers and rapists simply ran off and escaped, having no fear of a club. Having unarmed police may be a good choice, but it’s not without tradeoffs.

  7. grim says:

    I hear Taser use is through the roof in UK.

  8. anon (the good one) says:

    Ragnar, same thing in Germany, Japan, Australia as in the UK

    @billmaher: As i’ve mentioned on RealTime, police in Germany- the WHOLE COUNTRY – fired 89 shots in 2011, 49 were warning shots. Who’s the police state?

  9. nwnj says:

    #8 Comparing Ferguson to Germany, hilarious.

  10. Juice Box says:

    Ignore ignore ignore already…

  11. jj says:

    Germany has few guns and few black people

  12. Start the day with a big helping of stupid.

    Thanks, anon.

  13. Michael says:

    Housing #s beat expectations.

  14. Libturd in Union says:

    @Libturd: Lichtenstein has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Their last murder occurred in 1997. All of their police are armed. Hmmmmmm. So shut the F up Anon.

  15. grim says:

    Must be a lack of good talent in MO, I hear they have now resorted to hiring extras from as far away as NYC and California to participate in the evening film shoots.

  16. Libturd in Union says:

    Juice…you could ignore a parrot all day long, but they’ll still keep on talking. When one has the intelligence equivalent of a rock, it doesn’t matter if he is not engaged.

  17. painhrtz - whatever says:

    troll free day hooray maybe I’ll join in. Does this mean we ignore Michael as well?

  18. anon (the good one) says:

    “THE shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a reminder that civilians—innocent or guilty—are far more likely to be shot by police in America than in any other rich country.

    In 2012, according to data compiled by the FBI, 410 Americans were “justifiably” killed by police—409 with guns. That figure may well be an underestimate. Not only is it limited to the number of people who were shot while committing a crime, but also, amazingly, reporting the data is voluntary.”

    @ianbremmer:
    From @TheEconomist:

    Civilians far more likely to be shot by police in US than any other rich country. http://t.co/mOsdHd59jf

  19. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:

    FWIW, there are more legally owned guns in the euro zone than people think. You can own guns in Germany but it’s harder to get and keep them than here. Even Australia’s and Japan’s famously tough restrictions aren’t a total ban. But what it means is that gun ownership is largely a symbol of wealth and status. Defense for me but not for thee.

    Also, Japan and Australia are islands (impermeable borders compared to US) and more like police states than the US. Liberals would not stand for the civil rights laws of these countries. There are no 4th and 5th Amendments there.

    Finally, anyone who thinks there is less crime in these supposedly safe countries is dangerously deluded. Further, there is also a strong correlation between crime and “diversity” regardless of racial composition (Albania is white but hardly safe). Western European countries that haven’t experienced mass inbound migration tend to be safest.

  20. Libturd in Union says:

    Ok…going on ignore with Anon. His shallow tweets annoy the fcuk out of all of us anyhow.

    Passion Fruit might be an idiot, but he does have thick skin and I don’t think he’s a troll at all. He offers HIS opinion, which is many times less annoying than reading the tweets of ultra left wing liberals whose followers would have been the first to test the showers in WWII Germany.

  21. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:

    [19] redux

    Also, anyone who has traveled in Western Europe in the last 30 years will attest that these police are quite heavily armed. The only times I saw assault weapons on police in the US were during drills in Boston and routinely in DC. In Italy, France and Germany, I saw them frequently. Police militarization and use of tactical policing were in Europe well before the US.

  22. Anon E. Moose says:

    Grim [15];

    Jobs Missourians just won’t do?

  23. grim says:

    I remember the first time I went to Europe, flew into Austria, very early 90s.

    Shocked to see military in the Airports, fully armed troops carrying loaded Steyr Augs (“Assault rifle” for the liberals)..

    As a kid I’d never seen anything like it.

  24. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:

    [20] lib

    Agreed. I don’t always agree with Michael, and he tends toward verbosity, but it is clearly heartfelt opinion. And I try not to belittle opinion.

    Anyway, I’m on vacation and will listen to Joyce more for once and not respond to HeWhoMustNotBeAcknowledged.

    Back to the beach. Once the kids wake up.

  25. grim says:

    What’s the difference in crime rates between homogeneous and diverse first-world countries? Does higher levels of socioeconomic and racial diversity always equal higher crime rates? Is there a price to be paid for economic and racial diversity? Am I a racist for even asking this question?

    I see many folks hold up the Nordics as the shining star of all things social, but the fact is, they aren’t very diverse, socially, economically, or racially. In fact, they are very closed countries, with very strict limits on in-migration.

  26. Libturd in Union says:

    Every time I go to the UK, I am astounded by their militarized police presence. It reminds me a lot of the Federales you see frequently in Mexico. I’ve been to some towns in Mexico where I feel much more threatened by the populace than the Federales.

  27. All Hype says:

    Grim (23):

    I was driving through the Austrian alps about 12 years ago when I came upon 3 police officers in the middle of the road. Two of them were holding MP-5 machine guns while the third talked. I thought they were looking for a homicidal manic when all they were doing was looking for Austrian driving sticker permits.

  28. anon (the good one) says:

    excellent questions. that’s precisely the point of my posting the info above. why is the police so much more violent here? what’s the reason for that

    in latest New Yorker Malcolm Gladwell, for example, compares the social mobility of the Italian mob vs African Americans, etc

    wish there people with more brains and less anger

    grim says:
    August 19, 2014 at 9:57 am
    What’s the difference in crime rates between homogeneous and diverse first-world countries? Does higher levels of socioeconomic and racial diversity always equal higher crime rates? Is there a price to be paid for economic and racial diversity? Am I a racist for even asking this question?

    I see many folks hold up the Nordics as the shining star of all things social, but the fact is, they aren’t very diverse, socially, economically, or racially. In fact, they are very closed countries, with very strict limits on in-migration.

  29. painhrtz - whatever says:

    Grim the polizei asked me in Frankfurt Airport why a was staring at their weapon. My response was admiring how it was set of CQB but thought based on his height the length of pull may be a bit short for him. his response in German f*cking Americans. i laughed and said I know.

    China was the place that scared the p!ss out of me, because while the Europeans carry I think for them it is a last resort and show of force. The Chinese I think would shoot you and not think twice about it.

  30. Libturd in Union says:

    Grim (25):

    You are definitely on to something there. The liberal canard that most whites are racist is woefully out of date. In a country where blacks make up 15% of the population, we pulled the lever for a black president not once, but twice.

    In my opinion, violent crime is most likely the result of a combination of bad parenting and economic diversity. Jealousy alone is incredibly powerful. Good parents teach their children how to deal with overcoming adversity in a non-physical manner. Of course, it helps if the parents are actually around to teach such principles.

    I heard an interesting interview on Bloomberg from someone who was not afraid to speak the truth about Ferguson. He echoed my sentiments almost exactly. He stated that 90% of black homicides were committed by black shooters. But there is no “news” story there. When four “real” students were executed firing line style in Newark a few years ago by a black gangbanger, where were the news agencies, protests, Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson? Where was the looting?

    A mother of a close friend of mine was a Freedom Fighter during the Civil Rights movement. She was arrested for accompanying a black man in the back of a taxi down in Mississippi. My friend showed me the actual mug shots and they are pretty damn cool. THAT, is a protest. Having Michael Moore type journalists goad the police into getting themselves arrested or threatened is not a protest at all and pretty damn cowardly. Though it sure causes a lot more politics for sport type, empty-minded Twitter followers. It helps sell books and ads too.

  31. Libturd in Union says:

    “why is the police so much more violent here? what’s the reason for that”

    http://www.odmp.org/search?cause=Gunfire&from=2014&to=2014

  32. anon (the good one) says:

    can you point to any study, scholarly or otherwise, supporting that statement?
    I would like to find a way to objectively validate your argument

    Libturd in Union says:
    August 19, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Jealousy alone is incredibly powerful.

  33. Libturd in Union says:

    I will see what I can find Anon, as long as you stop posting moronic tweets. In other news, how should the Montclair police handle this guy? Send a black cop in? Why that’s racist.

    http://baristanet.com/2014/08/two-incidents-robbery-gunpoint-last-night-montclair/

  34. Fast Eddie says:

    anon (the good one),

    What comparison was made in that article regarding African Americans vs. the Italian mob?

  35. FKA 2010 Buyer says:

    I think part of the the problem is the police hires ex-military people who grew up in Iraq, Afghanistan. These people are always on edge and always gun ready. They are trained to handle bad situations with extreme prejudice. And that culture is spreading throughout the institution.

    Between social media and the mere fact that this generation is growing up post 9/11, they are very familiar living in a world of war and violence.

  36. WickedOrange says:

    This Map Shows What $100 Is Actually Worth In Your State

    http://www.businessinsider.com/value-of-100-dollars-by-state-2014-8

  37. Libturd in Union says:

    “I think part of the the problem is the police hires ex-military people who grew up in Iraq, Afghanistan. These people are always on edge and always gun ready. They are trained to handle bad situations with extreme prejudice. And that culture is spreading throughout the institution.”

    Really? Of the police officers that I know, few have served overseas. Though I won’t deny that there are a lot of jerk off cops, just as there are jerk off coworkers in every industry I’ve ever worked. There are definitely bad cops out there too and maybe this was one of them, but I’d much rather prefer to see what other evidence comes out in this case. I find it incredulous that the media seems to be generalizing that all cops are bad and are out to shoot black men whenever they get an opportunity.

  38. jj says:

    Shoot them all let God sort them out.

  39. Libturd in Union says:

    I’m moving to Mississippi. My dad used to live in Jackson when I was a kid. You could get a lot of catfish and hushpuppies there for $100. That’s for sure.

  40. anon (the good one) says:

    tries to explain why Italian American criminals move up the social ladder, but African American criminals do not

    Fast Eddie says:
    August 19, 2014 at 12:21 pm
    anon (the good one),

    What comparison was made in that article regarding African Americans vs. the Italian mob?

  41. stu (40)-

    Coloreds still know their place in Jackson, too.

  42. Toxic Crayons says:

    Federal Statistics of black on white violence, with links and mathematical extrapolation formulas.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/federal-statistics-of-black-on-white-violence-with-links-and-mathematical-extrapolation-formulas

  43. Ragnar says:

    For your listening pleasure, the Dead Kennedys “Riot”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF7e2rgzsrU

    “Riot”
    Rioting-the unbeatable high
    Adrenalin shoots your nerves to the sky
    Everyone knows this town is gonna blow
    And it’s all gonna blow right now:.

    Now you can smash all the windows that you want
    All you really need are some friends and a rock
    Throwing a brick never felt so damn good
    Smash more glass
    Scream with a laugh
    And wallow with the crowds
    Watch them kicking peoples’ ass

    But you get to the place
    Where the real slavedrivers live
    It’s walled off by the riot squad
    Aiming guns right at your head
    So you turn right around
    And play right into their hands
    And set your own neighbourhood
    Burning to the ground instead

    [Chorus]
    Riot-the unbeatable high
    Riot-shoots your nerves to the sky
    Riot-playing into their hands
    Tomorrow you’re homeless
    Tonight it’s a blast

    Get your kicks in quick
    They’re callin’ the national guard
    Now could be your only chance
    To torch a police car

    Climb the roof, kick the siren in
    And jump and yelp for joy
    Quickly-dive back in the crowd
    Slip away, now don’t get caught

    Let’s loot the spiffy hi-fi store
    Grab as much as you can hold
    Pray your full arms don’t fall off
    Here comes the owner with a gun

    [Chorus]

    The barricades spring up from nowhere
    Cops in helmets line the lines
    Shotguns prod into your bellies
    The trigger fingers want an excuse
    Now

    The raging mob has lost its nerve
    There’s more of us but who goes first
    No one dares to cross the line
    The cops know that they’ve won

    It’s all over but not quite
    The pigs have just begun to fight
    They club your heads, kick your teeth
    Police can riot all that they please

    [Chorus]

    Tomorrow you’re homeless
    Tonight it’s a blast

  44. Juice Box says:

    Grim nothing posts at all now.

  45. Libturd in Union says:

    Test

  46. joyce says:

    19
    Comrade,
    Agreed, I wonder why those with an agenda never compare violent crime rates.

  47. anon (the good one) says:

    you guys got to stop talking out of your assesss all the time, and instead point to factual evidence supporting your arguments. not only you Nom, but most everybody just posting BS with no evidence at all.

    where are the numbers supporting your statement?

    Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:
    August 19, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Finally, anyone who thinks there is less crime in these supposedly safe countries is dangerously deluded.

  48. anon (the good one) says:

    @HuffingtonPost:
    ALERT:
    Suspect dead in officer involved shooting near #Ferguson http://t.co/hZ66UA2cmn

  49. nwnj says:

    With all of the scum that’s infiltrated that place, what it needs is a good bloodletting.

  50. Not Ebola the hillbilly cousing fkr says:

    Ebola, I know you have a problem with p3n1s envy, with your micro-thingy. But that was a low one. I’m pretty sure you still knocked up your sister!

    Anyway. What white america is now seen is what minorities dealt with. That Malcolm Gladwell article basically talks about how the mob bought all the cops (remember poor Serpico that did not play ball) and authority figures, so they got left alone and their crime money became “launderer” and lo and behold they are now upper middle class. Blacks with the drug war and the defacto legal corruption with asset forfeiture laws took away that transitory steps from street drug dealers.

    Of note is that the asset forfeiture laws were started by prosecutors here in NJ (Somerset & Middlesex County), and both went on to steal the money, one in jail other suicide as fugitive. As always NJ is on the forefront of embezzling.

    Now, as the abuse of police power and cover up using whatever political angle you want keeps up. We are going to go the Latin America way. The cops are seen as another criminal gang, just one associate with the power that be. If anything happens is handled at a personal level (you kill my kid, I’ll kill your kid), and they get no support from the public because they are just another criminal gang in the eyes of jose6pack.

    Ebola for Palestine says:
    August 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    stu (40)-

    Coloreds still know their place in Jackson, too.

  51. chicagofinance says:

    Opinion

    Has Anyone Seen Last Year’s Promising Freshmen?

    Every fall, they arrive with open minds and eager to learn. Then comes the classroom indoctrination.

    By James K.A. Smith

    Dear College Sophomore,

    A lot can change in a year, right? At this time last year, you were a wary and excited freshman. Moving into the residence hall brought both the thrill of newfound independence and nervous dislocation from home and family. But you soon settled in and focused on why you were here: to learn.

    Sometimes going to those first-year classes felt like drinking from a fire hose. But you couldn’t get enough of the new worlds that your instructors invited you into: Homer’s Greece, Augustine’s Rome, John Locke’s England, C.S. Lewis’s Oxford, Toni Morrison’s Kentucky.

    And trust me, we noticed. You are the student that teachers dream about, the one we talk about in the faculty dining room, the one who “gets it.” You didn’t just treat your freshman classes as an inconvenience, the price of admission to cheap football tickets and fraternity parties. You signed up for the adventure of intellectual exploration that college is meant to be.

    Yet I couldn’t help but notice a change in you already last spring. And now that classes are starting up again, I see a familiar shift in your stance toward the world.

    If the past is any guide (and it is), I worry that this is the sophomore you might become:

    It’s not just that you’re a year wiser; you carry the air of the newly enlightened. Your curiosity has hardened into a misplaced confidence; your desire to learn has turned into a penchant to pronounce, as if wisdom were a race to being the quickest debunker. You used to wonder about the social vision behind Philip Larkin’s poetry, or whether Thomas Aquinas’s notion of natural law could really work in a secular age, but now you seem more intent on unmasking “micro-aggressions” and detecting colonial prejudice in a canon that you increasingly disdain.

    I’ve seen it before—I see it every year. And I know where it is coming from.

    I know those colleagues who confuse teaching with advocacy—those colleagues who think they are broadening your horizons and opening up your world and disabusing you of your former narrowness. Teachers who delight in debunking “traditional” values that your parents espouse, teachers for whom cultural criticism consists of scoffing at anything “conservative.”

    They were my teachers, too. I know how it feels to be invited into this exclusive club. I understand the joy ride of liberal enlightenment. But what if they’re asking you to trade one sort of narrowness for another?

    It might feel like they’re making your world more expansive, but they’re actually closing it off. Dangling the badge of maturity and knowingness, they subtly replace teaching with indoctrination. Sharing the ironic distance that shores up this self-perception, they swap laughs with you in the morning about the latest takedown by Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert (wink, wink, we are the ones who know how things really work!).

    Unlike during those first few months of freshman year, your thinking on almost any subject now is becoming easy to predict. The causes you’re passionate about, while not without merit, are almost clichéd. You seem less interested in mining the complexity of problems and more interested in making a hasty display of moral outrage and coming down on the correct side of any debate—because of course there’s only one right way to think.

    That didn’t used to be the case. Last fall I could see the wheels turning for you. I could almost sense when your mind was swirling with discovery, entertaining unfamiliar ideas, forging a sense of yourself and your commitments—questioning some prior beliefs, to be sure, but with a sense of maturing conviction that didn’t shut itself off from reality. You were coming to appreciate both the complexity of the world and the range of wisdom available to us from our forebears. That’s a laudable posture, not just for college but for life.

    So don’t buy the story that the really smart people on campus are the ones who parrot the platforms of progressives. Bring a little suspicion to those who delight in their hermeneutics of suspicion. Punch through the posturing and self-congratulation and ask the questions you were asking last fall—the ones that forced me to consider my own thinking anew.

    You’re too smart to settle for ideology, and it’s too soon to stop learning. We’re just getting started.

    Mr. Smith is a philosophy professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the editor of Comment magazine. He is the author, most recently, of “How (Not) To Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor ” (Eerdmans, 2014).

  52. Libturd in Union says:

    I don’t use this credit card at all, but I had to laugh at the headline of the following email I received:

    We are making changes to the Ultimate Rewards℠ Program to meet the evolving needs of our customers.

    Rewards Program Changes

    After the closing date on your December 2015 billing statement, you will no longer earn the extra 10% annual bonus that you get on the cash back you’ve already received for new purchases. If you have an open Chase checking account on that date, you will receive your final 10% annual bonus award in early 2016.

  53. Libturd in Union says:

    It’s funny. The troll is asking for facts, yet takes every progressive tweet as the gospel. Most of which a ten-year old could easily figure out what necessary data was intentionally left missing.

  54. FKA 2010 Buyer says:

    Not saying all cops are Vets but the police force is becoming a viable job for our troops when they come home.

    https://www.myarmyonesource.com/syn/article/id/fe2a513f28928310VgnVCM100000480a000aRCRD

    Under the Justice Department’s COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) program, 629 of the 800 police jobs funded for the next three years – all the newly hired officers – must go to veterans who served at least 180 days’ active duty since 9/11. This is the first time the 18-year-old COPS program has required cities and counties seeking grants to hire veterans exclusively.

  55. homeboken says:

    For our buddy Anon – Headline only:

    BREAKING REPORT: Officer Darren Wilson Suffered “Orbital Blowout Fracture to Eye Socket” During Mike Brown Attack

  56. Michael says:

    Exactly. This is the bottom line!!! Why is it only a story when a white guy shoots an African American? Why? I’m embarrassed by the actions of the citizens in ferguson. These aren’t Americans. Americans don’t destroy their neighborhood and ruin people’s property. They help their neighborhood and take care of people.

    Look at how much garbage is in the streets and parks of ghetto areas. Why is there no garbage on the lawns and streets of nice suburban communities? It’s easy. One group cares and the other doesn’t give a damn about their community or country. F them. It’s not that hard to care about the place you live. You don’t have to be rich, just take care of it. Meaning don’t throw your mcdonalds wrappers on the street after you are done eating, throw it in the garbage you lazy ass. They think the nice areas stay nice because they are rich? No, they just care about the community in which they live. Just like they care about their education and their children’s education. Fast Eddie, this is why it costs more to live in a nice community, so you are not surrounded by trash that just ruin everything they touch. Done with my rant.

    “I heard an interesting interview on Bloomberg from someone who was not afraid to speak the truth about Ferguson. He echoed my sentiments almost exactly. He stated that 90% of black homicides were committed by black shooters. But there is no “news” story there. When four “real” students were executed firing line style in Newark a few years ago by a black gangbanger, where were the news agencies, protests, Al Sharpton or Jessie Jackson? Where was the looting?”

  57. grim says:

    When I heard the Obama statement yesterday, I was pretty sure he knew that Wilson was innocent. The way he spoke, and the way he framed his statements were indicative of someone attempting to distance themselves from the issue in a politically correct manner. Has nothing to due with justice and due process.

  58. Libturd in Union says:

    Grim,

    Felt the same way too. He definitely changed his position from earlier in the week.

  59. Michael says:

    Nom and lib- thanks for not calling me a troll. Maybe, you day you won’t think I’m an idiot. Lol

  60. Juice Box says:

    re: # 58 – Let’s see if Holder has an armed detail tomorrow, how many will be carrying full auto under their coats?

  61. FKA 2010 Buyer says:

    Why? I’m embarrassed by the actions of the citizens in ferguson. These aren’t Americans. Americans don’t destroy their neighborhood and ruin people’s property. They help their neighborhood and take care of people.

    I agree, I’ve never understood why people destroy their own neighborhood. You look like absolute idiots out there. Like when the kids at Penn State rioted after Joe Pop had to resign or when the Red Soxs beat the Yankees.

  62. Juice Box says:

    Not the Onion!

    http://www.reuters.com/

    Latest Headlines:

    Egypt urges U.S. restraint over Missouri unrest

    (Reuters) – Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri – echoing language Washington used to caution Egypt as it cracked down on Islamist protesters last year.

    U.S. foes Iran and Syria also lambasted the United States, but while they are frequent critics of Washington, it is unusual for Egypt to criticize such a major donor. It was not immediately clear why Egypt would issue such a statement.

    Ties between Washington and Cairo were strained after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters following the army’s ousting of freely elected President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013.

    The Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s statement on the unrest in Ferguson read similarly to one issued by U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration in July 2013, when the White House “urged security forces to exercise maximum restraint and caution” in dealing with demonstrations by Mursi supporters.

    The ministry added it was “closely following the escalation of protests” in Ferguson, unleashed by the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman on Aug. 9.

    Human Rights Watch said in a report last week Egyptian security forces systematically used excessive force against Islamist protesters after Mursi was ousted. Egypt said the report was “characterized by negativity and bias”.

    In a second day of Twitter messages about the disturbances in Ferguson, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the United States as “egotistical and unreliable”.

    He also sought to link the unrest to Washington’s support of Israel, sworn foe of Tehran.

    “Brutal treatment of black people isn’t indeed the only anti-human rights act by U.S. govt; look at US’s green light to #Israel’s crimes,” he wrote on Monday, adding Washington was the world’s “biggest violator” of human rights.

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Takht Ravanchi on Monday accused Washington of “racist behavior and oppression”, the Fars News Agency said.

    In Syria, another U.S. adversary, a bulletin from state news agency SANA accused police in Ferguson of “racist and oppressive practices”.

    Pro-government media in Turkey, where the authorities came under U.S. criticism for a heavy-handed clampdown on weeks of protests around Istanbul’s Gezi Park last year, also took a swipe.

    “You were sounding off when Gezi was happening … You crook with double standards,” wrote Ahmet Sagirli, a columnist in the Turkiye newspaper.

  63. FKA 2010 Buyer says:

    On a lighter note, anyone participating in the Ice Bucket challenge?

  64. Michael says:

    64- Great, now you have other countries taking advantage of the situation.

    Thank you to the idiots protesting the killing and making it into a racial issue. You all are a bunch of winners!!!

  65. Not Ebola the hillbilly cousing fkr says:

    The elephant in the room, which many cable news outlets have tried to gloss over, is the racial divide that exists at the center of the stand-off between protesters and police.

    The city of Ferguson is 67% African American. The Ferguson police force is 94% white.

    Because that statistic alone isn’t evidence of racism, it’s important to compare the Ferguson protests to others that we’ve seen recently in America.

    For example, take the Bundy Ranch showdown in Nevada from earlier this year.

    When federal authorities threatened to take Cliven Bundy’s cattle because he hadn’t paid grazing fees for over 20 years, a far-right, anti-government militia rushed to Bundy’s defense, pointing sniper rifles at government forces and vowing to “take them down” if they dared to proceed.

    And what did the federal agents do when threatened with violence by an all-white militia?

    They backed down, of course.

    But in Ferguson, unarmed African Americans protesting the death of a teenager are tear-gassed, assaulted and arrested.

    The stark contrast between how authorities are treating the Ferguson protests versus how they handled the Bundy Ranch showdown is painfully obvious.

    When confronted with white, heavily armed anti-government militias, the police walked away. When confronted with unarmed, peaceful African American protesters with their arms in the air shouting “hands up, don’t shoot,” they bombarded them with tear gas, rubber bullets and a military force fit for warfare in Baghdad.

  66. 1987 Condo says:

    #52..my kid is studying accounting in North Carolina…..no threat of that….

  67. jj says:

    wait while we are talking crazy, what about FEMA Death Camps? I heard they exist.

  68. painhrtz - whatever says:

    i would argue that if they were confronted with a well armed black militia they would back down also

  69. Juice Box says:

    re # 71 – Just a warm up. Good ole Al will be out Saturday with the teachers union protesting police. I doubt his brother from another mother DeBlasio is gonna allow another Freddie’s Fashion Mart.

  70. Michael says:

    67- You are comparing apples to oranges in that comparison.

    Why does every job have to be equally represented by the general population? What the hell ever happened to the best man getting the job? No, there is nothing racist about giving a lesser candidate a job or college acceptance letter based on the color of their skin or nationality. Oh you get in or get the job over better candidates because we need this much of so and so to make our demographic stats acceptable to idiots, and you fit the profile. Nah, that’s not racist because it benefits you.

  71. clotluva says:

    A lot of impotent rage and half-baked rhetoric on display the past couple days.

    I think the trolls are winning, because some of the regulars keep taking the bait.

    Reminds me of the saying, “The amount of energy required to refute BS is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.”

  72. anon (the good one) says:

    good analysis. very factual

    Not Ebola the hillbilly cousing fkr says:
    August 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The elephant in the room, which many cable news outlets have tried to gloss over, is the racial divide that exists at the center of the stand-off between protesters and police.

    The city of Ferguson is 67% African American. The Ferguson police force is 94% white.

    Because that statistic alone isn’t evidence of racism, it’s important to compare the Ferguson protests to others that we’ve seen recently in America.

    For example, take the Bundy Ranch showdown in Nevada from earlier this year.

    When federal authorities threatened to take Cliven Bundy’s cattle because he hadn’t paid grazing fees for over 20 years, a far-right, anti-government militia rushed to Bundy’s defense, pointing sniper rifles at government forces and vowing to “take them down” if they dared to proceed.

    And what did the federal agents do when threatened with violence by an all-white militia?

    They backed down, of course.

    But in Ferguson, unarmed African Americans protesting the death of a teenager are tear-gassed, assaulted and arrested.

    The stark contrast between how authorities are treating the Ferguson protests versus how they handled the Bundy Ranch showdown is painfully obvious.

    When confronted with white, heavily armed anti-government militias, the police walked away. When confronted with unarmed, peaceful African American protesters with their arms in the air shouting “hands up, don’t shoot,” they bombarded them with tear gas, rubber bullets and a military force fit for warfare in Baghdad.

  73. Grim says:

    So what, we’ve established that middle America is populated with idiots?

  74. anon (the good one) says:

    sadly true

    Grim says:
    August 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm
    So what, we’ve established that middle America is populated with idiots?

  75. Libturd at home says:

    “When confronted with unarmed, peaceful African American protesters with their arms in the air shouting “hands up, don’t shoot,” they bombarded them with tear gas, rubber bullets and a military force fit for warfare in Baghdad.”

    Facts or Hyperbole?

    What about the Branch Davidians? Explain that one. These are not facts. This is hyperbole.

    Keep on swallowing the gross generalizations. It really makes you look stupid.

  76. Michael says:

    Thought this was worth sharing. Never thought of this angle.

    “I have a prof friend that I meant at the dog park. yeah I know, but while the dogs are having fun we talk. he was one of the first in the country to set up outsourcing in India. He spent many a year over there. wishes now that he hadn’t done it.

    You see, if you think the chinese are bad about copying patents and products, it isn’t anything compared to India according to him. they are so anxious to get business they will steal anything they can.

    so question is, if that is true, is that a good move. just repeating what he has to say. very very smart man, of course his political views are 180 from mine, but doesn’t mean he doesn’t alway know what he is talking about. pretty much that one topic, politics where we disagree. strangely we get along all the time even when we disagree with each other. respect I guess.

    anyway would put India in a question mark based on his knowledge.”

  77. chicagofinance says:

    I was at Sesame Place yesterday with my kids…….I think it is clear that African-American men are G-ds gloryful gift to fat white women.

  78. chicagofinance says:

    I was trying to convince my son to take the ALS Bucket challenge in this manner….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-AgA0Ktwro

  79. Ragnar says:

    Chifi, 52,
    This is why I’m afraid to send my kid to an Ivy League school,
    I think anon is the one with the yin yang tee shirt in this clip.
    http://southpark.cc.com/clips/154822/college-know-it-all-hippies

  80. anon (the good one) says:

    @AP:
    Florida woman shoots 7-year-old grandson after mistaking him for an intruder, sheriff’s office says
    http://t.co/133QJmDd8Y

  81. NJT says:

    RE: (pun intended) the leading article…

    If they’d just ‘relax’ the rules (mortgages) for buying non-owner occupied rental properties this would be a reel (pun again) boom for the handy, ‘little guy’, active investor with ties to the community who lives in the area where these houses are.

    Of course municipalities (I know of two, personally) months ago picked the contractors that will be responsible for upkeep. Still, lotta money to be made all ’round (so many anlges).

    Some ‘bagholders’ (banks ect.) will probably be forced to ‘gift’ the properties (depends on the municipality, of course).

    There is and will be corruption and graft, no doubt, but, at least it’ll be locally.

    FINALLY some progress from Chubby.

    By no means is this a panecea but it’ll put some people to work and clean up properties that have been dragging places down for years.

    IMHO A win for everyone even if only done half right (can’t expect more than that).

    Best RE news I’ve heard in years!

    Now, how do I profit from it? Hmm…

  82. All Hype says:

    Hey Lib and Gator:

    The Montclair NJ Transit train just derailed at Bay Ave. The other track is open but every train is now delayed.

  83. Libturd at home says:

    All Hype:

    Saw that. Have Clever Commute. Will keep on driving for now and will continue to pray to the transit gods on Fridays.

  84. not ebola (51)-

    Get my e-mail from grim. I can direct you to some excellent classes where you can learn English.

  85. NJT says:

    HELOC as a ramp up to equity and positive cash flow (will it happen again?) and a story.

    Bought my first house in 1990. Had NO credit score as I’d paid cash for eveything up to that point (cars, school ect.). Yeah, dumb, but, I had NO debt and more than enough for a 20% downpayment on somthing less than $300,000.

    Wanted to keep the payments as cheap as possible so, settled for an updated, small cape that needed nothing (eccept interior paint – weird colors). Bonus was a jet-tub! (owner was an independant contractor).

    Despite the 20% down and it not bing a gift from anyone the bank was leary (I”d had accounts there since 1979!). Finally agreed to a loan IF I could prove (with receipts) I’d paid my school tuition on time when it was due AND an officer of the corporation I worked for would personally vouch that I was an employee in good standing in writing and over the phone (the guy laughed and told me he’d write and say whatever I wanted him to, after reviewing it, of course – whew).

    Flash forward a few years.

    Married and planning on children, needed a bigger place but didn’t have enough cash for a substancial downpayment (Some of yous know how rough those first few years are in your first house in your twenties – everything that can go wrong, will).

    Was talking to my boss over lunch oen day and he says: “Take an equity loan, use it as a downpayment and rent your old house out….”. Went to the bank the next day asking for X. NASTY old woman said: “FINE, after we have an appraiser visit and you present us with estimates from three contractors” (premise was home improvement). At that point my credit was near perfect and told her: “FINE, I’ll go somewhere else”. Got the loan two days later with ‘sourpuss’ overseeing everything.

    Fast forward again…

    What seemed to be a too good to be true local ‘fixer upper’ was availalable and not yet listed (long story but it really was a deal – IF the person that bought it was ‘handy’). Went back to the bank and applied for a HELOC again. This time the wicked witch was wearing a fairy costume and granted the loan two hours later. Wha?

    Over the next few years I did it again and again until, they gave a mortgage to anyone.

    Sold them all over the necx few years (can’t all at once) as tenant quality plunged.

    Slowly getting back into the LL business again. Gimme easy investor/landlord HELOCS!

  86. not ebola (67)-

    Last I heard, Cliven Bundy’s defenders didn’t wait until cover of darkness to riot and rob liquor stores.

  87. Michael says:

    Good stuff!!! That’s what I’m talking about!!

    NJT says:
    August 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm
    HELOC as a ramp up to equity and positive cash flow (will it happen again?) and a story.

    Bought my first house in 1990. Had NO credit score as I’d paid cash for eveything up to that point (cars, school ect.). Yeah, dumb, but, I had NO debt and more than enough for a 20% downpayment on somthing less than $300,000.

    Wanted to keep the payments as cheap as possible so, settled for an updated, small cape that needed nothing (eccept interior paint – weird colors). Bonus was a jet-tub! (owner was an independant contractor).

    Despite the 20% down and it not bing a gift from anyone the bank was leary (I”d had accounts there since 1979!). Finally agreed to a loan IF I could prove (with receipts) I’d paid my school tuition on time when it was due AND an officer of the corporation I worked for would personally vouch that I was an employee in good standing in writing and over the phone (the guy laughed and told me he’d write and say whatever I wanted him to, after reviewing it, of course – whew).

    Flash forward a few years.

    Married and planning on children, needed a bigger place but didn’t have enough cash for a substancial downpayment (Some of yous know how rough those first few years are in your first house in your twenties – everything that can go wrong, will).

    Was talking to my boss over lunch oen day and he says: “Take an equity loan, use it as a downpayment and rent your old house out….”. Went to the bank the next day asking for X. NASTY old woman said: “FINE, after we have an appraiser visit and you present us with estimates from three contractors” (premise was home improvement). At that point my credit was near perfect and told her: “FINE, I’ll go somewhere else”. Got the loan two days later with ‘sourpuss’ overseeing everything.

    Fast forward again…

    What seemed to be a too good to be true local ‘fixer upper’ was availalable and not yet listed (long story but it really was a deal – IF the person that bought it was ‘handy’). Went back to the bank and applied for a HELOC again. This time the wicked witch was wearing a fairy costume and granted the loan two hours later. Wha?

    Over the next few years I did it again and again until, they gave a mortgage to anyone.

    Sold them all over the necx few years (can’t all at once) as tenant quality plunged.

    Slowly getting back into the LL business again. Gimme easy investor/landlord HELOCS!

  88. Michael says:

    Even though you hate my guts, you are the man!

    Ebola for Palestine says:
    August 19, 2014 at 8:57 pm
    not ebola (51)-

    Get my e-mail from grim. I can direct you to some excellent classes where you can learn English.

  89. Michael says:

    Police found nothing but trash and a smattering of personal belongings on Thursday when they arrived at a Boca Raton mansion where Andre “Loki Boy” Barbosa has reportedly been squatting.

    The 23-year-old Brazilian made international headlines when he moved into the $2.5 million foreclosed waterfront house owned by Bank of America. Watch the WSVN 7 video above.

    He claimed the right to live in the empty home under Florida’s ‘adverse possession statute.’

    Emory University law professor Frank Alexander told the Associated Press the law means that “if the squatter remains there and no one complains for seven or more years, then the prior owner may indeed lose their rights to it. [But] at any time, Bank of America — if it’s the owner — can evict that current squatter.”

    And last week, the bank pursued legal action on Barbosa, who they claim has been trespassing on the property since December.

    “They come and go at night like rats, scurry in and scurry out,” neighbor Michael Aviron told CBS Miami of Barbosa and his friends.

    Aviron told NBC 6 he once entered the home to ask the squatters what they were doing. He said one of the men present told him, “I’m here to assess this building to establish an embassy for our mission.”

    Local 10 reports that neighbors have reason to believe that Barbosa is a member of an anti-government group called ‘Sovereign Citizens.’ He reportedly displayed political messages on the home’s front door and garage.

    Thursday police cleared the house and changed the locks, but will not pursue Barbosa.

    Boca Raton police told the Broward News Times, “If he comes back after we have told him he’s trespassing, then that’s illegal and we can file criminal charges. But if he doesn’t come back, that’s it.”

    In a statement, Bank of America said:

    “We appreciate the assistance of local authorities and the patience of neighbors as we worked to have the trespassers removed. We take trespassing seriously and, in the interest of the community, we will take appropriate legal action to protect this and all properties we service.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/08/andre-loki-barbosa-boca-evicted_n_2646456.html

  90. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:

    [51] not Ebola

    Hey, glad to see you made it out of the ICU. Just saw that story about you; it’s a wonder you survived.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/wayne-carter-threw-intestines-at-officers-stabbed-self-new-jersey_n_1554126.html

  91. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:

    [69]. JJ

    If you are looking for batshit crazy, get a load of this guy:

    http://truthernews.wordpress.com

    I swear, I am dumber now for having read it.

    If there is a way to get anon, not Ebola, and some guys like the truthers in a room together, I’ll bring the deadbolts and gasoline (I would have said Zyklon B but I know Stu still reads this).

  92. Comrade Nom Deplume, a.k.a. Captain Justice says:
  93. Toxic Crayons says:

    There’s no comparison. There was no looting or rioting in Nevada.

    anon (the good one) says:
    August 19, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    good analysis. very factual

    Not Ebola the hillbilly cousing fkr says:
    August 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The elephant in the room, which many cable news outlets have tried to gloss over, is the racial divide that exists at the center of the stand-off between protesters and police.

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