In Newark, NJ The Police Will No Longer Respond To “Minor” Crimes

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In the city that gave us Cory Booker the police don’t want to know if you get mugged.

A newly instituted policy for city police officers may force them to deliver a less than ideal response to victims of assault and other minor crimes looking to make a complaint: Take it to court.

In an Oct. 23 memo obtained by NJ Advance Media, Chief Anthony Campos informed officers that they should refer any victim complaining about crimes such as \simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment to file complaints in municipal court, rather than compile an incident report themselves.

The strategy was instituted “in order to streamline operations and make better usage of police resources”, Campos said in the memo.

It also covers disorderly persons offenses such as improper behavior and offensive language, as well as complaints about bad checks and false information provided to police.

If you come to Newark, please try to only get mugged between the hours of 8 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Friday, otherwise the courthouse won’t be open for you to stagger into and file a complaint. I guess you could camp out on the steps if you’re really banged up, or go home and try phoning it in tomorrow.

Welcome to the exact opposite of Rudy Guiliani’s “broken windows” policy. He cleaned up New York by focusing on quality-of-life crimes, because a city that won’t tolerate squeegee men is one that’s obviously inhospitable to muggers, rapists, and murderers too.

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But Mayor Ras Baraka has a different approach to crime. He writes letters requesting leniency for notorious gang bosses. He asks criminals not to murder people anymore, politely, of course. And he hangs up cutesy posters reminding his constituents not to commit crimes.

But what he won’t do is send a cop when your car gets stolen or your house is burglarized. You gotta go to the courthouse and fill out a form for that. And somebody will get back to you. Honest.

All of which has worked out so well, violent crime in Newark is at an all-time high.

Maybe they should give you one of those posters to hang up each time you have to fill out your own police report. Or a cardboard cutout of a cop to put on your porch. And if you contribute to his re-election fund, Baraka will text one of his gang-banger buddies and ask him not to rob you again.

Your tax dollars at work.

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NBER Reports That The Housing Bubble Was Government’s Fault, via the Community Reinvestment Act

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Since the financial collapse brought on by the housing bubble and the casino playing Too Big To Fail banks in 2008, many of us in the blogosphere put the blame government policies, which pumped air into the sub-prime mortgage market. The government of Barak Obama, of course, put the blame entirely on the Wall Street bankers and the unfunded wars of Bush II. Now, nearly five years later, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finished their review of what happened and puts the blame squarely on the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). You are unlikely to hear about the NBER report from the MSM because it doesn’t fit with their liberal feel good agenda. But, paul Sperry at Investors.Com shares the news:

Democrats and the media insist the Community Reinvestment Act, the anti-redlining law beefed up by President Clinton, had nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis and recession.

But a new study by the respected National Bureau of Economic Research finds, “Yes, it did. We find that adherence to that act led to riskier lending by banks.”

The Community Reinvestmentt Act was the brain child of Mr. Feel Good himself, President Jimmy Carter. But, like most things associated with Carter, nothing much happened. Presidents Reagan and Bush I also managed to keep a lid on CRA; but unfortunately, they didn’t kill it. Then came Mr. I Feel Your Pain, President Bill Clinton, and he with the help of the likes of Barney Frank had Fanny and Freddy put the CRA on steroids. Take a look at this graph:

 
And then there is this:

The strongest link between CRA lending and defaults took place in the runup to the crisis — 2004 to 2006 — when banks rapidly sold CRA mortgages for securitization by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Wall Street.

CRA regulations are at the core of Fannie’s and Freddie’s so-called affordable housing mission. In the early 1990s, a Democrat Congress gave HUD the authority to set and enforce (through fines) CRA-grade loan quotas at Fannie and Freddie.

It passed a law requiring the government-backed agencies to “assist insured depository institutions to meet their obligations under the (CRA).” The goal was to help banks meet lending quotas by buying their CRA loans.

But they had to loosen underwriting standards to do it. And that’s what they did.

“We want your CRA loans because they help us meet our housing goals,” Fannie Vice Chair Jamie Gorelick beseeched lenders gathered at a banking conference in 2000, just after HUD hiked the mortgage giant’s affordable housing quotas to 50% and pressed it to buy more CRA-eligible loans to help meet those new targets. “We will buy them from your portfolios or package them into securities.”

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Housing analysts say the CRA is the central thread running through the subprime scandal — from banks and subprime lenders to Fannie and Freddie to even Wall Street firms that took most of the heat for the crisis.

And, this little tid bit is interesting:

Banks that didn’t meet Clinton’s tough new numerical lending targets were denied merger plans, among other penalties. CRA shakedown groups like Acorn held hostage the merger plans of banks like Citibank and Washington Mutual until they pledged more loans to credit-poor minorities.

Even if Obama and friends refuse to admit the role of CRA in the Great Recession, one would think they would be very prudent about continuing to push for more sub-prime mortgages. One would be wrong!

Obama officials, who are cracking the CRA whip anew against banks, insist the law played no role in the mortgage meltdown.

“CRA loans performed substantially better than subprime loans, and the CRA has been around for decades,” argued senior Justice Department official Thomas Perez.

Yes, the same Thomas Perez that is now Obama’s nomination for Secretary of Labor.

It truly is an asylum in which we live. Reagan was right. Government isn’t the solution; it is the problem.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your  thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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For Those of You That Thought ACORN was Done with Voter Fraud, Think Again

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We are all aware of what ACORN was.  It was the regressive juggernaut that mastered the flooding of the voting registration system-jamming so many false registrations into the system that it would be overwhelmed, and not be able to track them, all.  They did it all, from flooding voter registrations, to harassing and intimidating people, or just jamming things up with failure, ACORN was the place where the rent-a-mob gathered.

Then, after being repeatedly exposed as the criminal enterprise that they were, ACORN dissolved itself.  The media declared them dead.  The left said that the investigations and exposes were all racist, but now ACORN was no more, and no one should ever look into anything ever again.

However, it wasn’t the end of ACORN.  Instead of going bust, all of the state and mission specific divisions reopened the next day with new names. In most cases, they were in a new building, and with the same staff.  Accuracy in Media has a great article with the following image included…

As you can see. ACORN really didn’t go out of business.  They changed names, and killed off the well known parent organization.  That’s all.  And, how much do you want to bet that they are up to the same illegal activities?

I don’t think I need to answer that.  At any rate, read the rest of linked article, as it shows how all aspects of the voter fraud scheme interacts.

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Group Formerly Known as ACORN "Alinsky's" the Wrong Bank

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Well friends, the name has changed, but the idiocy (useful and otherwise) remains the same.  If you recall, this blog, among many others, reported that ACORN wasn’t going away.  Instead, their local operations were re-branding, often in the same offices, and with the same staff.  In other words, they were making it more difficult to track their operations, as each would be it’s own entity.  Obviously, it’s a lot harder to track dozens, if not hundreds, or little ACORNS, than one big, centrally controlled one.

However, that name change didn’t cure the stupid, because one “group formerly known as ACORN” went to protest a bank.  However, there was one rather big problem…

They trashed the wrong bank!  

Nobody ever said all the criminal street thugs at ACORN were bright.

The left-wing astroturfers of ACORN’s new front group in California, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), were behind a garbage-dumping stunt at a branch of Wells Fargo bank in San Jose, Calif.

The video cannot be embedded, but is available here.

News reports consistently depict the players as angry homeowners who spontaneously erupted in a spasm of righteous indignation.

As if.

These “homeowners” were reportedly unhappy about the upkeep at a foreclosed property they thought Wells Fargo was responsible for so they decided to dump uncollected garbage at the bank. The problem is that while Wells Fargo is listed as a trustee for the property, it is actually owned by Bank of America, a longtime ACORN ally. (In recent years Bank of America Charitable Foundation Inc. has given $5 million to the mortgage bubble generators at ACORN Housing Corp.)

Well, the name has changed, but the organizations formerly known as ACORN are going to be a well spring of future posts.

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