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New York City’s Bad Boys

by Alan Caruba on Monday, July 15th, 2013

This is article 351 of 469 in the topic Government Corruption
All great cities get compared to Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical cities known for their debauchery and immorality. In the end, God destroyed both, having found no righteous people living in either city. Surely there are enough righteous people in New York to save it from electing Anthony Weiner as its Mayor and Elliot Spitzer its comptroller. At least one can hope.
Political scandals, often involving sex, are nothing new. In a recent Wall Street Journal, columnist Peggy Noonan recounts the story of John Profumo who, fifty years ago, was Britain’s secretary of state for war and fell prey to the charms of 19-year-old Christine Keeler who, at the time was also romantically linked to a Soviet attaché, a spy. The affair only lasted a few months, but when it was revealed, Profumo first lied about it, and then resigned.
What Noonan found significant was that Profumo never again sought political office and, indeed, spent the next forty years helping the poor. He never sought to publicly exonerate himself. He let his good deeds speak for themselves even if most people were unaware of them.
To the question, when is the right time to come back from a big sex scandal, Noonan responds, “The right questions would go something like: “What can I do to stop being greedy for power, attention and adulation? How can I come to understand that the question is not the public’s capacity to forgive, but my own capacity to exercise sound judgment and regard for others? How can I stop being a manipulator of public emotions and become the kind of person who generates headlines that parents are relieved—grateful—to explain to their children?”
These are all good questions for Anthony Weiner, a former member of Congress, and Elliot Spitzer, a former state attorney general and Governor of New York, to ask themselves, but the answer they have already reached is that they can only regain their former reputations by seeking public office.
The details of their utter lack of judgment and seriously immoral behavior are, presumably, well known. Weiner sent indecent photos of himself via the Internet to young women whose interest, despite his being married, he was soliciting. Spitzer was caught hiring a prostitute though he too was married. Both, in fact, remain married to some very forgiving wives.
New Yorkers, however, need not nor should be forgiving. Putting aside the failure to make moral choices in their personal lives, the issue for voters is their judgment which, in both cases, is so egomaniacal and so flawed that putting them into either office defies common sense.
Bloomberg, a billionaire, has been elected Mayor three times. New Yorkers, one must assume, like being told they cannot make any personal lifestyle choices for themselves, whether it is smoking or drinking lots of soft drinks. He is a fanatical anti-gun opponent, so the Second Amendment is of no concern to him. When the Times Square bombing by an Islamic terrorist failed Bloomberg initially suggested the culprit might be someone who didn’t like Obamacare!
In early July Bloomberg unveiled a $20 billion plan to defend New York City from what he says will be the ravages of global warming in the coming decades. The plan will cost the average New York City household nearly $3,000.

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Obama’s “Special Envoy” Snubbed, Insulted, Humiliated

by Humberto Fontova on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

This is article 446 of 1257 in the topic International

“I am leaving Cuba most disappointed and perplexed,” said former New Mexico Governor and recent Democratic diplomatic troubleshooter Bill Richardson from Havana’s Hotel Nacional last week. “After one week (in Cuba) I have exhausted all possibilities to visit Alan Gross. I have tried all channels. All I asked was a simple humanitarian gesture. And it was denied.”

Alan Gross is a U.S. citizens and a contractor for USAID jailed in Cuba since December 3rd, 2009. His crime was bringing cell-phone and internet equipment into Castro’s fiefdom to help Cuba’s tiny Jewish community communicate more freely with the outside world. For the record: pre-Castro Cuba boasted more phones and TVs per capita than most European countries. Today Castro’s fiefdom has fewer internet users per-capita than Uganda and fewer cell-phones than Papua New Guinea. The Stalinist regime is very vigilant in these matters.

According to the AP: “The case has crippled attempts to improve relations between Washington and Havana, and destroyed what had been a warm relationship between Richardson and Cuban leaders.”

“Step aside, you squares!” Richardson had always smirked. “I’m friends with the bad**ses!—with the hoods! They really, really, like me down there in Cuba. They think I’m cool! And let me into their little gang!” We all remember such people from high-school (and probably from long afterwards.) The Beach Boys knew the feeling: “My buddies and me are getting real well known.Yeah, the bad guys know us and they leave us alone. I get around.”

Well, Bill Richardson (and by inference, his Obama Administration handlers) “got left alone” by the bad boys alright—and during an entire week of knocking on diplomatic doors in Cuba. “Thrown under the bus,” Beltwayers might call it.

Shortly came the “he said, she said” regarding the trip. To wit:

She (Josefina Vidal, Castro regime spokesperson as related by the AP) said: “The release of U.S. citizen jailed in Cuba, Alan Gross, was never on the table during the preparations for his trip, which was made clear to Mr. Richardson as soon as he raised it.”

It WAS TOOOOO! whines Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos: “The Cubans are making flimsy excuses only after they personally invited Gov. Richardson to discuss the Alan Gross detention and only after they inexplicably stonewalled Governor Richardson.”

It WAS NOT! Answers Josefina Vidal: “His request to see the prisoner became impossible due to his slanderous statements to the press in which he described Gross as a ‘hostage’ of the Cuban government,”

It was TOOOOO! responded Gallegos: “Richardson first brought up Gross’ plight during an August 2010 visit to Havana in which he met with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez. The two spoke again about Gross the next month in New York on the sideline of the U.N. General Assembly. Then on June 20 of this year, Richardson got a call from Jorge Bolanos, Cuba’s top diplomat in Washington, who asked him to come over to the Cuban mission.”

It WAS NOT! “We explained to Mr. Richardson that Cuba is a sovereign country which does not accept blackmail, pressure or posturing.” (Josefina Vidal)

Last Tuesday President Obama told reporters: “Anything to get Mr. Gross free we will support, although Mr. Richardson does not represent the U.S. government in his actions there.” Then whoops!–the New York Times (no less!) reported that in fact Richardson would offer to remove Cuba from the U.S.

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Entitled Americans Vs. Cuban Cigar Maker

by Doug Giles on Sunday, June 26th, 2011

This is article 2 of 8 in the topic Entitlement Programs

Once again this spring my daughter Regis and I were fortunate to spend two weeks hunting bears in Alaska with four Purple Heart recipients. As God would have it, three out of the four warriors were able to let the air out of some beautiful black bears and, thankfully, we got the majority of these hunts on film for our upcoming PETA petrifying TV show. Delicious.

Before splitting for Alaska and joining the best of the best for a black bear smack down, the Padrón Cigar Company in Miami gave my friend Oscar a box of cigars to bless our guests for putting their lives on the line for our freedom, families and flag. Muchas gracias to the Padrón Family. Rest assured, Señor Padrón, they welcomed and enjoyed the cigars immensely. The gentlemen who roasted these bad boys during the trip told me to tell you, “Thank you very much!” So, thank you very much.

I have long been a big fan of Padrón cigars. I love their entire lineup of smokes from the Family Reserve, to their top shelf 1926 series, to the 1964 anniversary edition, to their Padrón series, especially the 7000. I have never had a bad Padrón; their cigars have always rocked my world, and that’s why they will have a permanent place in my beautiful humidor.

Aside from Padrón’s generosity in giving cigars to our nation’s finest during our hunt and apart from being impressed time and time again with the quality of their smokes, I was also duly impressed by the story of how Padrón cigars came to be—especially in light of the fact of how many whiners in our nation have become giant, wet-diapered entitlement clowns. Not so with José Orlando Padrón. Check it out in José’s own words:

In 1962, I arrived in Miami, an unknown city in a foreign land. I had to start from zero. At first I received $60 monthly as government aid given to Cuban refugees. I was thirty-six years old, strong and in good health. Every time I cashed that check, I felt like a burden on the country that had taken me in. For many days, I looked for a job and did not find one. Every night, I went home and thought of the future. I was determined to do something so that I could support my family.

One day, Raul Fernandez, a friend who worked in the Cuban Refugee Office, asked if I had any carpentry skills. I said I did. He gave me a gift—a small hammer—which he asked me to put to good use. The hammer made me feel I had the necessary tool to become self-sufficient and not depend on government hand-out. During the days, I worked as a gardener. At night, I did carpentry work with the hammer.

My dream was to save enough money to open a factory to make great cigars, like the ones we used to smoke in Cuba.

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