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NY-22: Laughable lies of liberal Republicans

by Michelle Malkin on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

This is article 25 of 26 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 533 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 127 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 773 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 180 of 188 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 327 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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Friday Afternoon Roundup – Snowed Under

by Daniel Greenfield on Saturday, February 15th, 2014

from The People’s Cube

The David Horowitz Freedom Center has assembled an ebook with some of my best articles from last year that have appeared at Front Page Magazine that they are making available to contributors.

As readers of FrontPageMag.com, you have become very familiar with the work of the incredibly prolific and brilliant writer, Daniel Greenfield. His lead articles and his daily blog, The Point, have propelled FrontPage traffic three fold in the last year.

Daniel exposed the terrorist fundraising past of a vice president at the Soros-financed Center for American Progress who became Nancy Pelosi’s senior advisor. He broke the stories of how Barack Obama freed violent repeat offender crack dealers and how New York’s radical mayor, Bill de Blasio, appointed Al Sharpton’s tax fraud lawyer as chief attorney for the city right after his election.

He has exposed the Hamas sympathies of the head of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a key group close to senators and congressmen pushing for U.S. intervention in Syria.

Think about this partial table of contents and you’ll understand why Daniel is regarded as one of the most talented young internet journalists in the country and why opinion makers everywhere open FrontPage first thing in the morning to see what he has uncovered.

FrontPage is already very strong with regular contributors such as Caroline Glick, Bruce Bawer, Ben Shapiro, Robert Spencer, Raymond Ibrahim. But Daniel has become the jewel in the crown. In large part because of his relentless ability to turn over the rocks where the left hides its nasty agenda, FrontPage traffic is growing every day.

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As one of our loyal readers, I want to make a very special offer to you for our new E-Book, Daniel Greenfield’s Getting The Point. This downloadable E-Book will include a selection of Daniel’s most influential articles from the past year and can be yours for a donation of just $25 or more.

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Your donation will enable us to get FrontPage, and more specially, the writings of Daniel Greenfield to a much wider audience. If the machinations of the jihadis abroad and the left here at home is the problem, Daniel is part of the solution.

I thank you for your readership, your trust and faith in our cause and hope you can help us again.

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BOYCOTT ISRAEL, NOT IRAN

If the left’s foreign policy these days had a slogan, it would be, “Boycott Israel, not Iran.” The double standard, dishonest as it is ugly, is also the motto of Obama’s foreign policy, which benevolently blesses Iran’s nuclear program with one outstretched hand in the name of peace and chokes concessions out of Israel to the terrorists with the other also in the name of peace.

Both peace plans are going disastrously according to plan.

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Covert sniper teams part of security for Super Bowl XLVIII

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, February 1st, 2014

This is article 121 of 127 in the topic National Security

In addition to the tens of thousands of police officers and federal agents deployed in New York and northern New Jersey, special operations teams and snipers will be deployed for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII in the Meadowlands, according to the local news media.

The security will be two-fold, according to former police counterterrorism unit commander, Steve Knudsen. “There will be anti-terrorism operations which are clearly visible. And then you’ll have counterterrorism which is usually classified and covert, such as intelligence gathering, undercover detectives and scout-sniper teams that include the ‘spotters’ and the ‘shooters,’” said Det. Knudsen.

Former FBI agent Jonathan Gilliam explained to WWOR TV news how snipers coordinate their tactics with those of SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams protect everyone from the players on the football field to the workers and fans at the concession stands.

“If you have an active shooter or you have anyone who may have a bomb. Snipers have a better angle then anyone who is on the ground to actually hit that target. It’s an entire team that communicates. You have individuals who are at high altitudes inside the arena and then you have individuals that are on the ground moving in and around the crowd,” he told WWOR news.

Meanwhile, according to the NYPD Facebook page, New York City will provide extra police presence as part of security measures leading up to the Super Bowl. More than two-dozen Super Bowl special events will take place in New York, where the NYPD will again work to keep fans and athletes safe, according to the new police commissioner, William Bratton.

The NYPD will utilize its teams of officers in stopping, boarding and inspecting subway trains; and subway container inspection and explosive trace detection, in which officers examine bags and other containers carried by passengers entering the subway system to detect explosives.

Squads of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit officers with heavy weapons, canines, and side officers from the Intelligence Division or the Counterterrorism Bureau conduct directed patrol at City landmarks, critical infrastructure, and transportation hubs (transit stations/ferry terminals).

Additionally, vehicle checkpoints and radiological chokepoints are conducted at targeted roadways, bridges, and tunnels around the City. Joint deployments are conducted with regional law enforcement agencies doing Multi-Agency Surges (MAS) in transit facilities and Rolling Vigilance checkpoints for truck inspections and radiological detection on highways and at bridges and tunnels, according to the NYPD public information section.

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