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Another case where registration type records are used for confiscating guns? Government retroactively changing its mind on what is a legal gun

by John Lott on Saturday, September 6th, 2014

This is article 560 of 572 in the topic Gun Rights
From Fox News Insider:

Joseph Palumbo, owner of the Albion Gun Shop in Albion, New York, was forced by state police to hand over 165 customer records or risk having his store raided.

Palumbo spoke to Tucker Carlson this morning on Fox and Friends Weekend and explained that the police said they were looking for anyone who had purchased a modified AR-15 rifle.

Although the police did not have a written order to seize the customer records, Palumbo said they made it clear there was the imminent threat of a SWAT team raid of his store, so he complied and handed over the records. . . .

“We had been told by the state police that this modification was legal over a year ago,” said Palumbo, who has hired an attorney specializing in the Second Amendment. . . .

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Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

by Michelle Malkin on Monday, July 14th, 2014

This is article 193 of 196 in the topic Liberalism

Screen Shot 2014-07-11 at 12.31.55 AMShooting off his mouth…again

Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away.

I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg.

The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.”

Snotty Bloomberg is as clueless about geography as he is about the Second Amendment. Colorado Springs and Pueblo are the second and seventh largest cities in the state, respectively. If we’re hee-haw, everyone’s hee-haw. (And what’s wrong with hee-haw, anyway?)

Why such vitriol and hatred for the Rockies from the man who pompously co-founded the “No Labels” movement for “civility” in politics?

Simple: Bloomberg’s still smarting from the ground-breaking losses he and his gun-grabbing East Coast elite pals suffered last fall.

Grass-roots activists — independents, former Democrats, constitutional conservatives and Republicans — successfully recalled two top gun control zealots in our state legislature.

The recall organizers were outspent by a whopping 7-to-1 margin. Bloomberg poured $350,000 into the failed effort to stave off the historic recalls.

Listen up, Bloomie: Butt out of our state and mind your own crumbling city before you bash anyone else’s infrastructure.

You were mayor of New York City for 12 years. How are your roads, bridges and utilities doing, pal?

According to the Center for an Urban Future’s Adam Forman, “1,000 miles of water mains, 170 school buildings and 165 bridges were constructed over a century ago. The city’s public hospital buildings are 57 years old, on average, and 531 public housing towers were built prior to 1950.” The center’s report documented 403 water main breaks last year. And in 2012, “162 bridges across the city—or 11 percent of the total—were structurally deficient,” and 47 of these were deemed “fracture critical.”

Take a Big Gulp of these additional fun facts:

“Thirty seven percent of all subway signals exceed their 50-year useful life, slowing the movement of trains.”

“Approximately 4,000 miles of sewer pipe across the city are made of vitreous clay, a material susceptible to cracking and blockage.”

Meanwhile, 1,500 of the 2,600 public housing buildings do not comply with local standards for exterior and facade conditions.

In Manhattan and Staten Island, less than 60 percent of roads were rated “good” by residents. A “staggering 65.9 percent of streets in West Harlem/Morningside Heights” were in “fair to poor condition.”

Highway maintenance has deteriorated over Bloomberg’s tenure. In 2012, 51 percent of highways were rated poor to fair, compared to 38 percent in 2008. “Conditions have declined in every borough except Brooklyn.”

Oh, and dare I mention to you and your city slicker clique that embarrassing time you had a few Christmas seasons ago dealing with a few feet of snow. Hundreds of ambulances were left stranded. Mass transit was paralyzed. Businesses suffered. Your bungling and AWOL jet setting (Bloomberg was flying to Bermuda while New Yorkers braced for the storm) cost taxpayers the entire $40 million snow removal budget and $30 million in city overtime.

But we’re the bumbling yokels?

Go home, Nanny Bloomberg.

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NY-22: Laughable lies of liberal Republicans

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 25 of 36 in the topic 2014 Elections

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 11.51.02 PMSupport Claudia Tenney for Congress

NY-22: Laughable lies of liberal Republicans
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

How do you spell “sidesplitting chutzpah“? In New York’s 22nd congressional district, it’s spelled: R-I-C-H-A-R-D H-A-N-N-A. He’s the liberal GOP incumbent trying to cling to public office by smearing the Marine mom, small-business owner, lawyer and conservative state assemblywoman poised to take his seat next week.

Claudia Tenney is as rock-solid of a Republican as they come: pro-life, pro-limited government, pro-Second Amendment, pro-entrepreneur, pro-American worker. As one of New York’s top conservative legislators, Tenney has been unafraid to challenge the powers that be in both political parties. As an attorney, she has fought valiantly against cronyism and corruption. She has opposed the New York Democratic machine on everything from in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens to taxpayer slush funds to dirty casino-government deals.

Tenney is the insurgent challenger in the June 24 primary to unseat Hanna, who is the third most liberal GOP member of the House. Hanna is also a member of the left-wing “Republican Main Street Partnership” — the pro-bailout, pro-debt, pro-amnesty, anti-drilling group infested with lobbyists and fronted by Beltway barnacle turned Tea Party-bashing lobbyist Steve LaTourette.

Because no Democrat is running for the seat, the NY-22 primary is effectively a general race. It’s a ripe electoral opportunity for the right. Tenney has grassroots support from New York tea party activists, the New York State Conservative Party, the New York State Right-to-Life Committee, former GOP Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey, as well as the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms PAC and the conservative women’s political action committee ShePAC.

Hanna, by contrast, has the backing of deep-pocketed D.C. special interests that have thrown nearly $1.5 million into the race. The “American Unity” super PAC, funded by billionaire gay marriage supporter Paul Singer, has kicked in more than a half-million dollars on gay marriage crusader Hanna’s behalf. The group also has shoveled $125,000 to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads, whose operatives are waging war against conservative tea party primary challengers across the country. The “American Unity” super PAC’s ads absurdly slam Tenney as “not a conservative” and fudge the facts to falsely accuse her of supporting tax hikes.

Another blatant lie: tying Tenney to Democratic corruptocrat Sheldon Silver, whom Tenney was the first state legislator to call on to resign after his tax-subsidized payoffs to cover up sexual harassment claims were exposed.

A similar attack campaign by something called the “Patriot Prosperity PAC” parroted the patently false claims that Tenney supports tax hikes and called her “out of touch.”

But it’s liberal incumbent Hanna and his D.C. backers who are the elitists out of touch not only with GOP voters, but also with mainstream Americans. Hanna is a soft-on-borders, U.S. Chamber of Commerce-supported pol pushing amnesty and massive increases in foreign tech visas.

Tenney, by contrast, opposes amnesty, expansions of illegal alien benefits, and the cheap-labor tech visa racket. “Millions of Americans are out of work, and politicians in Washington, like my opponent, want to bring in millions more to take high-paying, high-tech jobs we desperately need here and for our American citizens,” Tenney says.

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Andrew Cuomo refuses to debate Rick Perry on whether New York or Texas is better to do business: You can understand his reticence

by John Lott on Sunday, April 27th, 2014

This is the second time that Cuomo has turned down the chance to debate Rick Perry.  For Cuomo this would give Cuomo the national platform that he desires, but you can understand why he wouldn’t want to do this debate.  From the New York Observer:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders he hopes to lure to the Lone Star State, and took the opportunity to reissue his debate challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo–who today declined the request.

“Yes, I’m here recruiting business. I’m don’t shy away from that. I’m very upfront about that. But I’m also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor,” said Mr. Perry, speaking to reporters after a lunch with business owners at Hill Country BBQ.

Earlier this week, Mr. Perry said he wanted to sit down with Mr. Cuomo face-to-face to debate the two states’ approaches to economic policy, which Mr. Cuomo–whose office did not respond to requests for comment–today dismissed as  “unlikely,” according to reports.

“I hope he’ll seriously consider doing it. I think it would be good for the people of New York and it’d be good for the country,” said Mr. Perry. “I’ll leave that to you all to probe him on.” . . .

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Newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily: “Michael Bloomberg, Gun Control And Fabricated Numbers”

by John Lott on Monday, April 14th, 2014

This is article 520 of 572 in the topic Gun Rights
Here is John Lott’s newest piece at Investor’s Business Daily:

No doubt, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg passionately believes in gun control. To his credit, he puts his own money — tens of millions of dollars, and possibly much more — into pushing the issue politically.

But Bloomberg’s push hasn’t been just political advertising, lobbying and media appearances. He also funds studies that have gone overboard in backing up his anti-gun beliefs.

To put it plainly, they have not only exaggerated their conclusions but have fabricated numbers. And these incorrect numbers have then been used to push for more regulations.

The connections to Bloomberg are not always obvious, as he has funded several organizations, making it look like there is more widespread support. There are Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health and two organizations of which he is the primary financial supporter though they are not directly connected to his name: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action.

Over the last couple of years, studies from these organizations have received massive, uncritical news coverage, without even the slightest questioning of the numbers presented.

Take the recent report from Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action on school shootings, which was covered in more than 2,000 news stories. . . . .

The piece is continued here.

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A whole lotta Democrat corruption going on

by Michelle Malkin on Friday, March 28th, 2014

A whole lotta Democrat corruption going on
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Has Nancy Pelosi seen a newspaper lately? (Pro tip, hon: Like the Obamacare monstrosity, you have to read it to find out what’s in it.) I’d love to see her face in the wake of the veritable epidemic of Democratic corruption now sweeping the country. Pelosi’s blink count must be off the charts.

I’m going to make it easy on Pelosi and put all of the latest cases in one handy rogue’s gallery reference list. But let’s not be naive. It’s clear to me that the Barack Obama/Eric Holder DOJ is clearing the decks before the midterms. Prediction: The FBI’s GOP corruption shoe will drop right before the elections for maximum distraction and damage. For now, let’s take stock of the jackassery:

–The Dirty Democratic Mayors’ Club: Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Patrick Cannon, who bragged about partying with the Obamas to help grease the wheels for city projects, was arrested this week on federal corruption and influence-peddling charges. He’s accused of accepting gobs of cash payoffs and Las Vegas trips.

The bust follows former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s conviction in January on corruption charges; former Trenton Mayor Tony Mack’s February conviction on cash bribes for a downtown parking garage; and former San Diego mayor and serial groper Bob Filner’s disgraceful resignation after conviction on sexual harassment-related charges; former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s conviction on extortion, bribery and conspiracy charges; and former Birmingham, Ala., Mayor Larry Langford’s corruption and bribery conviction.

–California state Democratic Sen. Leland Yee, gun grabber by day, alleged arms-trafficking gangsta by night: Yee made a decades-long career out of sanctimoniously demonizing gun owners and railing against the Second Amendment. He was arrested this week on corruption charges after an FBI sting found probable cause to believe Yee had conducted wire fraud and engaged in a conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and illegally import firearms. The Chinatown pol went so far as to discuss “details of the specific types of weapons” with a prospective donor. Yee is currently a candidate for California’s secretary of state office.

–Pennsylvania state Democratic Sen. LeAnna Washington, party animal: This week, a judge ruled that the Keystone State could proceed with a trial against Washington, who reportedly forced her legislative staff for eight years to use taxpayer time and money for an annual birthday party whose proceeds were diverted to her campaign account. She is charged with felony theft of services and felony conflict of interest. More than a half-dozen former employees blew the whistle. “I am the f—ing senator,” she screamed at one staffer who objected. “I do what the f— I want, and ain’t nobody going to change me.”

–Rhode Island state Democratic House Speaker Gordon Fox, multiple-raid target: The powerful Democrat, beloved by the left for his gay-marriage activism, announced last weekend that he is stepping down from office after FBI raids on his home and work office. Fox is the target of several criminal investigations by the U.S. attorney’s office, FBI, IRS and state police. Mum’s the word so far on the nature of the alleged criminal activity involved.

–California state Democratic Sen.

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Obama contradicts Europe speech with cuts to New York’s security

by Jim Kouri on Friday, March 28th, 2014

This is article 126 of 128 in the topic National Security

When President Barack Obama cleverly told the world in his speech on Tuesday that he was more concerned with terrorists exploding a nuclear device in New York City than with Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, he didn’t appear to remember that federal funding for New York’s anti-nuclear program was slashed by more than half, according to a WCBS news story on Wednesday.

“[President] Obama said during his speech in Holland that his biggest fear was a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan. Well, apparently he’s not so afraid since his Department of Homeland Security is cutting funding to New York City’s first-responders — police, fire and emergency medical personnel,” said a former NYPD detective now a corporate security director, Nelson Landis.

According to several reports, the federally-funded program known as “Securing the Cities,” which had been initiated to detect and prevent a nuclear attack in cities considered likely targets, will be cut from $11 million to only $4.7 million.

New York’s Democrat U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer made certain to appear on local television to say he’s urging the Obama Department of Homeland Security stop any budget cuts to New York immediately.

According to a DHS official, the security program was supposed to only begin with large amounts of cash to make certain equipment was purchased and police officers, firefighters and medical personnel were trained in nuclear detection operations.

After the millions of dollars allocated, the DHS always planned to provide only partial local funding, according to officials.

Meanwhile, on Fox News Channel on Wednesday, former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani said, “I have a strange reaction to it, I think New York City is so resilient. I don’t think the president said anything we don’t know.”

“I hope Obama’s comments [will] help the city secure more funding from the Department of Homeland Security [not less],” said the man known as America’s Mayor.

But several current and former NYPD officers aren’t holding their breathe waiting for Obama to make good on his claim of being concerned about nuclear security in New York.

“If I’ve learned anything about this man’s [Obama's] politics its that he says whatever pops into his head that he feels will be well-received by his audience. He’s a talker, not a doer,” said former police officer Iris Aquino, who worked on several anti-terrorism operations after 9-11.

“Why is he so concerned? Didn’t he say al-Qaeda and the terrorists are on the run?” she added.

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U.S. diplomat’s Islamist killer arraigned in New York City

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, March 16th, 2014

This is article 729 of 793 in the topic Terrorism

U.S. federal law enforcement officers finally arrested a Malian Islamist who has been wanted since the end of the Clinton Administration in December 2000 for assassinating an American diplomat posted in Niger, Africa, and severely wounding one of the Marines assigned to the security detail at the U.S. embassy in Niger, according to prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York City following Thursday’s arraignment.

The now 43-year-old Alhassane Ould Mohamed, also known as “Cheibani,” was charged with the murder and attempted murder of United States Embassy personnel stationed in Niger and was officially arraigned on Thursday in a Brooklyn federal courtroom, according to the indictment.

The accused assassin had been extradited to the U.S. by the Malian government, which itself in the midst of an armed conflict with that nation’s radical Muslims that became so intense that France deployed troops to assist the Malian government in fighting the Islamist terrorists.

According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, and Special Agent in Charge George Venizelos of the FBI’s New York office, “The investigation indicates that the defendant and his confederate brazenly shot and killed diplomat William Bultemeier in Niger, and wounded U.S. Marine Christopher McNeely as he bravely risked his life to attempt to save his colleague.”

“An attack on US Government personnel, whether domestic or abroad, is an attack on the United States,” said Venizelos in an FBI press statement.

According to the federal indictment, on Dec. 23, 2000, Mohamed and his accomplice ambushed members of the U.S. embassy staffer as they left a local eatery.

Mohamed and his fellow Islamist were allegedly armed with a handgun and an AK-47 automatic rifle, and they began to shoot at Department of Defense official William Bultemeier, who was on embassy assignment, as he was about to enter his car, a white SUV with clearly visible U.S. diplomatic license plates, according to the FBI.

The defendant also demanded the car keys while he shot Bultemeier with the pistol, and as McNeely ran to his aid, Mohamed’s partner fired his AK-47 and hit both Bultemeier and McNeely.

The attackers searched the two victims’ pockets and then escaped using the embassy vehicle.

Bultemeier died, but the embassy guard, McNeely, survived his gunshot wounds, and upon retiring from the U.S. Marines he held the rank of Master Sergeant.

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The Left’s War on Horses

by Daniel Greenfield on Friday, March 14th, 2014

This is article 179 of 189 in the topic Government Regulations

At Grand Army Plaza, beneath the golden equestrian statue of General Sherman, the horses stand, lazily flicking their ears, tasting the grit of 59th street and occasionally glancing about as a yellow taxi driven by an angry Pakistani wheels around past the Plaza Hotel, brakes squealing, an Al Qaeda friendly Nasheed or a little  Atif Aslam, either sounding more unpleasant than the brakes, blaring through the open window.

Feathered plumes, scarlet red, sapphire blue, electric purple, matching the colors of the plush linings of their carriages, stir faintly in the wind coming off the East River. The drivers, wearing black top hats and colorful suits, chat with each other or text, waiting for a tourist from Baltimore or Beijing to take a ride. The horses stir, shaking their heads, as the Chinese artists sketch caricatures for 5 bucks a piece and the African vendors lugging sacks of fake Rolexes or pirated Fendi handbags look around suspiciously for the cops.

Most of the day the horses stand, stamping their feet, eating, dozing off in the heart of a city that never sleeps, and then when a tourist couple, a husband and wife from Seattle, a mother and daughter from London, finally comes along, they lazily trot along the curving carriageways of Central Park, while the driver points out the statue of the Irish poet Thomas Moore or the bronze statue of the Falconer with its new falcon (the old one was stolen) and then back to the curb for a bag of mash.

Like true New Yorkers, the horses of Central Park pay little attention to what is going on around them. Instead no matter what happens, they yawn, showing their teeth and showing how little it moves them. But though the bored urban equines do not know it, their world is about to change. The horse is not ordinarily an endangered animal, but if New York’s new progressive mayor has his way, the horses of Central Park will be extinct and the only equine in sight will be General Sherman’s golden horse sneering down at the parvenu jewelry shoppers of Fifth Avenue.

On the other side of 59th, at Columbus Circle, beneath the looming tower of Time Warner Center where CNN personalities chatter endlessly about the weather and the economy, pedicabs offer rides for three dollars a minute. One enterprising competitor has even cut his fare down to a measly two dollars.

The pedicab is slicker and glossier than its origins in the old Chinese rickshaws, but it is still a human powered vehicle. The drivers, mainly Nigerians, who have taken over much of the tourist trade in the city, with a mixture of other Africans and the occasional Eastern European, chatter loudly, hassling tourists and urgently calling them over. “Hey guy.” “Madam, madam, come here.”

Unlike the horses of Grand Army Plaza, there are no proposals to ban the pedicabs of Columbus Circle. The only animal they exploit is the human animal, and often it is uncertain who is exploiting whom.

Turkish pedicab driver Savas Avci was caught ripping off tourists by offering them a $1 a block ride with a $100 per person minimum written in fine print on the card. Surprised Irish and Asian visitors completed a 10 block ride and were hit with a $400 bill.

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Manhattan Madam’ in Gov. Spitzer scandal pleads guilty in drug case

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, March 8th, 2014

This is article 313 of 339 in the topic Criminal Activity

The woman known as the “Manhattan Madam,” who told the world that New York’s Democrat Gov. Eliot Spitzer was a client for whom she supplied prostitutes, confessed to illegally selling prescription drugs in a New York federal courthouse on Friday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.

Besides her position as the leader of a prostitution ring, the defendant Kristin Davis was a candidate for the office of New York City Comptroller, considered the second highest elected office in New York after the position of mayor.

Miss Davis — who claimed Spitzer was a major client in a scandal that forced his resignation as governor and ended his political career — pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute controlled substances.

She faces a five-year prison sentence, according to federal sentencing guidelines, according to the FBI.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, “Kristin Davis now stands convicted of illegally selling hundreds of highly addictive and dangerous prescription pills in exchange for cash. Abuse of illegally distributed prescription pills is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, and this office will do everything in its power to help combat this public health epidemic.”

The 38-year-old defendant confessed to Federal Judge Edwardo Ramos that during a four-month period –January-to-April 2013 — she illegally sold prescription drugs such as sleeping pills to a man who turned out to be a confidential informant for the FBI, according to the FBI’s New York office.

Davis’ plea deal stipulated that she didn’t have to confess to other charges, including the accusation that she sold amphetamines and Oxycodone, both of which are Schedule II drugs that might have led to a stiffer prison sentence.

She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Ramos on July 25 and to pay about $1,700 in restitution, as well.

In 2008, The New York Times reported the story of Gov. Spitzer patronizing an elite brothel. The scandal led to Spitzer’s resignation as governor on March 12, 2008. Spitzer allegedly visited the prostitutes from the brothel seven or eight times paying more than $15,000 for sex.

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