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May 19, 2016

The Dead Get very Active in An Election Year



                                                                          
David Deeble http://twitter.com/daviddeeble




The dead have always been very active in politics.

Cemeteries swayed election results for eons, from Arkansas to Chicago to Quebec.

In 2006, the London Free Press found 90,000 dead people on Ontario’s civic election list. Who knows how many of them voted, since no one was checking ID at polling stations.

There is more gravy than grave about Toronto politics, though many of our leaders are effectively dead from the neck up.

But in the States, 1.8 million totally dead people were registered to vote in 2012, according to the Pew Research Center. Talk about your silent majority.

Five cadavers have been elected to the U.S. Congress, not counting Strom Thurmond.

Now, the dearly departed are haunting the U.S. presidential race in other ways. Perhaps this does not surprise you, since the increasingly bizarre campaign is quickly putting American politics six feet under.

Donald Trump scares the Republican Party to death and the Democrats are self-destructing under front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Retired nurse Mary Anne Noland, of Virginia, can’t stand either candidate. Or, I should say, she couldn’t stand them. Mary Anne died of cancer last weekend, at age 68.

“Faced with the prospect of voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, (Ms Noland) chose instead to pass into the eternal love of God on Sunday, May 15,” her obituary reads.

So Mary Anne chose “none of the above.” But in the hereafter she will join partisan spirits, such as Pittsburgh chiropractor Jeffrey Cohen, who died at 70. His obit pleaded:

“Jeffrey would ask that, in lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Donald Trump.”

A week earlier, Massachusetts meat packer Carl Crocetti offered a rebuttal as he, too, checked out, at age 62. His obit said: “Carl requested in lieu of flowers that people elect NOT to vote for Hillary Clinton ... in November.” His son, Carlo, tells the website Brockton (Mass.) Patch that his father was a Trump fan and “was fed up with the direction of this country that gave him so much.”

Elaine Fydrych, of New Jersey, who died at 63 of lung cancer, chimed in earlier. Reportedly, the Benghazi debacle had turned the registered Democrat against former secretary of state Clinton. Fydrych’s obit said:

“In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.”

Add florists to the list of big losers in this campaign.

It’s a long list: Common sense, decorum, chivalry, honesty, decency, fairness ...

Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln must be rolling in their graves.

But backroom politics, the establishment, lefty media bias and other dusty relics of democracy have also been whacked upside the head.

Win or lose, by the time Trump is done with American politics, you may not recognize it, which is not a bad thing.

If I were American I’d see an opening for the U.S. Libertarian Party or another third force that embraces the best of both mainstream parties and rejects the worst. In other words:

Give me libertarian, or give me death.

(Toronto Sun)

May 12, 2016

Bernie Burns HIV Advocates



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Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders once again indefinitely postponed a May meeting with HIV/AIDS leaders, leaving them feeling “burned by the Bern,” as advocate Michael Rajner put it to MSNBC journalist Joy-Ann Reid in the news segment above.
 
The same thoughts were expressed in a press release by Housing Works, which advocates for the dual crises of HIV and homelessness.
 
In mid-March, 70 HIV/AIDS advocates sent a letter to the presidential candidates outlining priorities they’d like to see addressed to end the U.S. and global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The outreach resulted in scheduled meetings. An hour-long session with Hillary Clinton is scheduled for Thursday, May 12 in New York. Sanders’s meeting was originally planned for May 3 in Indianapolis; according to the press release, his campaign has not proposed a new date or city.
 
“This is incredibly disappointing,” said Housing Works president and CEO Charles King in the press release. “I have been a supporter of Bernie Sanders and was proud to vote for him in the New York primary. It is disheartening to see the ‘revolutionary’ candidate who claims to value grassroots organizing and visionary politics not make time in his schedule to meet with us. He is supposed to be the guy who walks the walk, but all we’ve heard the past six weeks is talk—and fairly tepid, reactive talk at that.”
 
Rajner said that Sanders’s postponement sends “a chilling message,” especially in light of the fact that Donald Trump’s campaign has said it wants to sit down with the AIDS leaders.
BREAKING NEWS: The Sanders campaign has updated its HIV/AIDS platform to include “a national goal of ending the HIV epidemic in the U.S. by the year 2025 so that HIV is no longer a public health threat to any community in the U.S. and that people with HIV are able to live long, healthy lives.”
 
In addition, the statement promises that “Bernie will also appoint people living with HIV, community and public health experts and government officials to the HIV/AIDS Task Force to develop specific recommendations on how to successfully accomplish this goal.”

December 3, 2015

The Last Mass Shooting in San Bernandino Tell Us: “GOD AINT FIXING THIS” NY Daily News

Hours after the deadly shooting in San Bernardino, California that left 14 people dead and 17 others injured on Wednesday, the New York Daily News tweeted out their Thursday morning cover.



The cover and accompanying article criticizes Republican presidential candidates for offering "prayers" as opposed to solutions when it comes to America's glaring gun control crisis.
While many GOP players conveyed their "thoughts and prayers" in 140 characters or less in the hours following the 355th domestic shooting this year, the New York Daily News' cover specifically calls out Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
The publication is echoing many of the sentiments heard across the internet today.

A reddit thread titled "Maybe praying isn't enough?" put Gov. Mike Huckabee on blast for delivering the same sentiment following every recent gun violence crisis, yet making no moves to help the problem.

September 24, 2015

If The Donald were to quit, the GOP would be in Worse dirty waters



                                                     
 The only outsider about them is their out of the logical realm outsiders
Wayne Besen who is a columnist and author of the book “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.” wrote on the Falls Church news Press about how bad the GOP is doing with the Donald but how worse it will be doing if the two candidates below him were to come to be on top. You have pure racism, bigotry and stupidity to follow the runaway train of the Donald. As much as I always disliked this man even before his outrageous remarks about immigrants and his demands for President elect Obama to produce some other Birth Certificate besides the one the state of Hawaii had made public. I do know that below him Are even worse candidates. 

I’m dumb founded this political party of the GOP continues to have its hand on its ears and eyes and continue to offer ideas from the fifties when McCarthyism was running ramped in the GOP Congress. They have gone from a commie under every american bed to substituting the commie for gay, immigrant and scientist warning about global warming.
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The Republican establishment’s collective delusion is that if The Donald exited the presidential race, the party’s adults would reclaim the limelight. In reality, the candidates trailing him are even worse.

The week began with apoplectic GOP talking heads eviscerating Trump for allowing a yahoo at a New Hampshire rally to attack all Muslims, as well as claim that President Obama is Muslim.

However, before the full weight of the party could land on The Donald’s head, the second place candidate, Ben Carson, out-Trumped Trump.

On MSNBC’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked Carson about Islam. “So do you believe Islam is consistent with the Constitution?” Todd inquired.

“No, I do not,” said Carson. “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Carson tried to clarify his remarks on Sean Hannity’s show, but only made matters worse.

“We do not put people at the leadership of our country whose faith might interfere with them carrying out the duties of the Constitution,” implying that any Muslim that would run for President was either a radical Islamist who supports Sharia Law or a “heretic” for rejecting extremism.

While Carson’s remarks further branded the GOP with the stain of bigotry and alienated, yet another, minority, at least the somnolent surgeon confirmed that he still had a pulse.

Just a week earlier, Carson managed to insult the African American community. On Fox’s MediaBuzz Carson told host Howard Kurtz that the GOP should court neglected” black voters. Carson thought that African Americans might be ready to leave the Democrats and not “just blindly follow someone because they say do what I tell you do to.”

Carson essentially called African American Democrats black sheep who follow the flock without thinking. The truth is, the rejection of the Republican Party comes from witnessing the prolific prejudice that has defined this campaign, as well as GOP voter suppression efforts. In terms of outreach to African Americans, the hyper-religious, long-shot candidates that the GOP has fielded for president – Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, and now Carson – has backfired and, if anything, further alienated black voters from the Republican Party.

The latest flavor of the week in the “anyone but Trump” sweepstakes is Carly Fiorina. For most of the campaign Fiorina has been practically invisible. The one time she briefly emerged was for the sacrilegious praise she once showered on both Islam and Hillary Clinton.

As the CEO of Hewlett-Packard in the aftermath of 911, Fiorina expressed concern for her Muslim staff members. She made sure that Islam wasn’t distorted and put the religion in historical perspective:

“There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world. It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts…its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things…the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600.”

This raised the ire of former Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann who Tweeted: “Carly Fiorina delivered this speech in MPLS praising Muslims 2 weeks after 911.”

To complicate Fiorina’s connection with the modern GOP voter, Mother Jones reported that in her 2006 book, Tough Choices, Fiorina described the soothing effect of listening to Muslim prayers when she was a teen and her family lived in Ghana. (Her father was a law professor then on a teaching sabbatical at the University of Ghana).

And there is the H-bomb, as in Hillary. In 2008 Fiorina gave an interview with BuzzFeed:

“I have great admiration for her (Hillary Clinton) because I know what it takes in some small measure to do what she has done. She is obviously incredibly intelligent, focused, tough, determined, empathetic of all the tens of millions of people that she was trying to represent in her quest to become the first woman president of the United States. Her run for the presidency was historic.”

Now that Fiorina is riding high on the hog, look for the struggling swine in the next GOP debate to use this information against her.

I salivate at the prospect of Fiorina receiving the GOP nomination. Her awful record at Hewlett Packard, which led to her getting canned, ensured that she was unable to defeat a vulnerable Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010 – losing by 10-points. There are now reports that staff she had laid off are lining up to appear in Democratic ads trashing her record at HP.

Trump, for all his flaws, is a far superior candidate to Carson and Fiorina. While the Donald may be a runaway locomotive, at least he’s not off track, like the rest of the GOP presidential wannabes.



September 21, 2015

Feds Investigate Super Mario~~After all the Governor is Just Another Politician



                                                                       
 A Politicly blind Gov and new Gov
If you think the tittle is harsh then that makes two of us but it is also true and fair. Many remember the Mario Cuomo that collected favors, made threats but kept his promise to bring same sex marriage to New York State, when it was not a popular thing to do anywhere. Finding himself short of a few votes after getting the Democrats, working families and independents on board for the same sex legislation vote in Albany he convinced a few Republicans even though it will cost them their jobs, which it did to vote with the democrats. It was a beautiful thing to see government at its best. Compromising for making it better for its citizens like it had been promised. I was proud to be a New Yorker once again!

How proud NY felt particularly after having no Governor for 4 years thanks to a very horny Governor who kept flying tot Washington DC to see a bunch of super expensive Prostitutes. He left us with the man he chose. A politicly blind man who only knew how to make deals and follow others. At the Governors chair he did the same and accomplish nothing. Not even promises he’d made a few months before they sat him at the helm he would not remember nor dare to keep. He even veto the legislation that passed to have same sex marriage in New York. A democrat in name only who turned Republican to collect personal favors and keep the whole government from splitting in every direction due to his mistakes and inaction. Still there was no dance party in NY they did not attend and they just had a good old time on the tax payers money. Then came Cuomo.

After the same sex marriage vote Mario started running high numbers of approval if for nothing else for having the balls to try to accomplish something. The problem was he forgot other promises he’d made for the same reason other politicians before him forgot their promises.

In education instead of helping the new elected mayor in New York City he took advantage of a new and sometimes naive mayor. He went against him in giving New York more money to hire new teachers and increase their numbers. Instead he wanted to keep the church happy, the church he belongs to and pissed off when he went for same sex marriage. Now he was going to make them happy at the expense of poor kids whose parents could not afford private school. He gave the money that should have gone to the Dep. of Education to state vouchers to the parents for private schools benefiting the Catholic Church at crunch time for them and the city kids. One would think that when the choice in the budget to allocate money to a hurting Dept. of Education than to Private school he would recognize that is not right for parents and their kids in public school to pay with their taxes and also would have to subsidize the private religious sector. When the private sector is in the scale of money to be allocated the public sector be education or any other program, then the scale has to be tipped on their side. It’s a public government we pay for not a private one to just private interests. This part always gets lost on politicians and it’s the single worse thorn in a democracy such as ours.

Mario thought he pulled a fast one by blaming the new mayor of New York City for not being smart enough to “know how Albany works.” In other words the mayor should have known how to play ball with the governor before running for mayor. That is naked politics at its worse but the part that really hurt is that the mayor is a democrat elected by those poor and lower middle class parents. Where was Cuomo? He was no where but smirking fromAlbany telling the Mayor Im smarter than you! Who gained on this game of chicken? Cuomo did but by going against his own backers and against his promises. For what? To win a fight? May be it ran deeper than that but it was just offensive to have talking mouths from Albany speaking for the governor and saying how naive the mayor was.

When the year was up for rent controlled apartments again Cuomo played the same game of chicken. This time he sided with the landlords and school vouchers instead of helping fix and renew laws due to expire. The laws did expire waiting for a compromise and some action by the governor. There was only silence from Mario. Again he is blaming the city on this issue. Everyone had to rush on knee jerk legislation passing laws in a rush so the city would not loose thousands upon thousands of rent control apartments. Problems were not fixed just band aid and the laws were extended having them come up again in a few years. 

Cuomo missed a golden opportunity to help the city with its bulging population problem which clearly helps Albany and at the same time keep some from loosing their apartments and having the city and the state subsidize them for shelters and hotel rooms. Which is cheaper? More Humane? Smart in the long run and now? No wonder Politicians don’t like dealing with it. 

Many wonder how can a family of 3 afford a two bedroom rent control apartment in Queens,  paying $2600 a month with an income of $45k year before taxes? and that’s being under rent control.
This family is going to keep after taxes around $26k [for Education expenses, commute, food, clothes, insurance, utilities??] That is living month to month with no room for an emergency or sickness.

What about someone disabled or retired on SSDI getting $1400. a month and paying  a studio for 1100 + utilities do the math there. I personally know lots of people in that bracket. Who helps them? They have one foot on being homeless in it happens many times a month in NYC. Where is Mario??
Pure politics and pure politics breeds pure corruption. When you start forgetting why you were elected and start planning for when your four years are up, like if when you were elected you were promised to come out super richer than when you went in, with super friends that will sling you where ever super place you want to be.

It would seem that’s where the Cuomo administration is brought us now. Pure politics at the Albany show place. Back to the days of the blind and the do not care of the problems of the poor and lower middle class. When You have NYCHA constructing expensive condos on the playgrounds of the people that live there which by the way they have to wait 3 years for a repair; it becomes a breading ground to separate New Yorkers from each other. Who would think about such stupidity? Someone who doesn’t know the problems that will pop up because they are looking at a ledger of numbers and don’t see that behind those numbers are human beings.
                                         

                                                                     

                           
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is probing the process by which three developers who are Gov. Cuomo donors came to get the bulk of a billion dollars in state contracts to develop major projects in Buffalo. Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, the president of which, Alain Kaloyeros, oversees the Buffalo Billion program. The program is supposed to generate thousands of upstate jobs through the tech, clean-energy, and pharmaceutical facilities the Cuomo cronies were tapped to build with $855 million in taxpayer money. 
Pressed earlier this summer by a reporter for Buffalo's Investigative Post who was seeking details of the bidding process and faced illegal stonewalling across multiple state agencies and state-run nonprofits, Kaloyeros said, "We are not political operatives nor do we respond to perceived threats and terrorism." That "terrorism" apparently consisted of repeated phone calls, emails, and Freedom of Information Law requests.
Still, little is known about the selection process. What is clear, according to the Investigative Post, is that developer McGuire Development scored the $55 million contract to renovate skyscrapers in Buffalo to accommodate IBM, then three months later, donated $25,000 to Cuomo's campaign. The firm LP Ciminelli scored a heftier $750 million contract to build a solar-panel factory. Its president, Louis Ciminelli, is one of Cuomo's biggest donors in the region, having contributed $96,500 to the governor's two campaigns. Until competitors balked, the request for bids was written with the requirement that bidders have 50 years experience working in Buffalo, which only LP Ciminelli did. That company and Ciminelli Real Estate, run by Louis Ciminelli's brother, won the $50 million contract to build drug research space at a Buffalo medical campus. Paul Ciminelli's $10,500 to Cuomo and $5,000 to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul cannot have hurt.
The New York Post, which first reported the subpoenas, notes that Kathy Hochul's husband Bill is U.S. Attorney for the district centered in Buffalo, and Bharara seems to be stepping on his toes in a big way. In a recent speech, Lt. Gov Hochul said that before the Buffalo Billion program, "people had given up hope." 
Asked on Friday about the investigation, Cuomo told the New York Times, “Yeah, I don't know anything about that."

July 2, 2015

Cuomo to City renters: DROP DEAD, Mayor Responds


                                                                              


Where are the promises of the Governor to the City? This rent control thing is being one sided towards owners as far as Albany is concerned. Does the Governor thinks that the blocks of voters who handed him the elections, which was a coalition of, city dwellers, blacks, hispanics and gays will not remember when is clearly evident that those groups are being hit in the wallet by his don’t touch approach, which translates to let them die approach.. He can’t hide behind the mayor which is customary or the legislators because people know that he controls Albany. This is Mario Cuomo sr. all over again and if you remember when his father left office there was a sign of relief. He had lost the backing and respect of most voters, again for going his way and not caring about what his mouth had articulated compare to his actions.  There the Governor is saying one thing and doing nothing or the opposite.

This Governor allowed the rent control law to expire because he wanted money out of public schools and into the Catholic and Evangelical [rabidly anti gay and teaching it so] schools. He didn’t care. It was right in the open and it was reported and still he did nothing to have a deal done because of the worse reason a governor could have. Defending public schools by mouth but taking their money and giving it to more wealthy parents who decided that public schools was not good enough for them. Yeah, I understand but that was their choice.  What right does the government have to subsidize those schools on the tax payers dime? Actually I have been waiting for the mayor to say something because it was just ridiculous how he was being undermined. It was like if Cuomo had appointed the mayor and now he was going to let him out to dry. He kept throwing the mayor under the bus, garbage trucks and school buses.

Finally de Blasio did something more than just saying something. He exploded and verbalized the game the Governor has been playing. The governor likes to take chances, that’s how he got here by betting all or nothing. In this particular game he was not just trowing the mayor under the bus but the poor and lower middle class city dwellers. I have been a supported of Cuomo but just like his father before him he is showing he is just your typical politician saying one thing and doing the other or just plain doing nothing. It hasn’t hit him that on his games of chess which he is an expert, he is playing with the lives of people that can least afford to play the game because they just don’t have the money to play.  

The actions of this Governor reminds me when Gerald Ford denied NYC what he had done for Chrysler and his friend Lee Iacocca, the CEO of Chrysler. He gave him loan guarantees to keep the car maker afloat and away from bankruptcy but when NYC asked for a similar thing with even less risk, he said NO! It was the outcry from NYC and its friends that had the foot in mouth Ford make a U turn. Typical;  Pay the favors to the CEO and screw the city…same with Cuomo, pay back to the private schools for their support and screw the renters. The thing is he chose the worse way to do it. I guess he thinks the poor don’t have the power or the memory to remember come election day. I don’t trust politicians but this one I liked..no more, he is not special but typical on how he goes about, his mouth never catching up to his actions.

Mayor Bill de Blasio left town for a family vacation out West on Tuesday. He left behind one enormous piece of baggage, which he dropped with a thud on his way out.

In an interview with the City Hall press corps, he unloaded on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, accusing him of sabotaging the city’s interests, being blinded by political scheming and showing no interest in honest policy making. He said he expected the governor to seek revenge, but added that he wasn’t taking it any more. “I started a year and a half ago with a hope of a very strong partnership,” Mr. de Blasio said. “I have been disappointed at every turn.”

The surprise attack — there is hardly another way to describe it — came days after the end of a discouraging session for the mayor in Albany, in which major pieces of his agenda were eroded, upended or ignored, too often at the hands of his fellow Democrat, the governor.

The immediate analysis focused not on the truth of what the mayor said, but on whether he was a fool and a noob for saying it, or whining, or showing weakness at playing Albany chess against a grandmaster.

The important point is that everything he said is true. By any fair reading of the events of the last Albany session, the governor has acted disgracefully toward the 8.5 million people of the city Mr. de Blasio leads. Though Mr. Cuomo poses as liberal and reform-minded when it suits him, his indifference to the city’s needs, and his poorly disguised disdain for the mayor, are further discrediting an already disheartening second term.

Mr. Cuomo’s hand was acutely evident when crucial goals for Mr. de Blasio — like extending mayoral control of the New York City schools, repairing crumbling public housing, investing in mass transit — became needless struggles. An important deal that Mr. de Blasio struck with the real estate industry this spring, to reform a tax break for developers called 421-a, would have added many thousands of units of dearly needed affordable housing. In Albany it was nearly sabotaged. Efforts to extend and update rent-control laws governing more than one million city apartments were similarly undermined.

When the governor wasn’t playing Tommy Lee Jones in the upstate manhunt for two escaped killers, he was saying it was too late to fix 421-a, although it was not, or challenging the mayor over managing wage rates for construction workers or costly disability-pension giveaways to police officers and firefighters. Mr. de Blasio said the governor’s vindictiveness had even extended earlier in the year to surprise state inspections of city homeless shelters.

Mr. de Blasio’s many critics say he was foolish to go on the attack and are waiting for Mr. Cuomo to bury the hatchet, in Mr. de Blasio.

But really — what should he have done?

State law gives the Legislature and governor far too much control over New York City’s business, and whenever the mayor — any mayor — takes his petitions to Albany, he has to beg, wheedle, cajole and bargain.

For a year and a half, Mr. de Blasio — maybe naïvely, maybe cunningly, maybe because he had no other choice — played nice with Mr. Cuomo, stressing their decades-long acquaintance and going out of his way not to pick fights. Sometimes it worked, as when the mayor won funding for a huge expansion of prekindergarten. Sometimes it didn’t. He was never going to eliminate longstanding mayor-governor tensions. But he has seemed to be making an effort to get past the nonsense, with a steadfast focus on policy over personality and power plays.

Some are now wondering whether Mr. de Blasio’s stand-up-to-the-bully tack will backfire. If it does, it will make clearer than ever who the bully is. 



May 2, 2015

A Corrupt Government belongs to a Corrupt Electorate



                                                                         
 We went back to sleep now

Government is Corruption:
      Corruption; an impairment of integrity, virtue, or moral principle; depravity.
   To govern is to corrupt. We only have our own experiences and morals from which to make any judgement. Using this formula throughout life, as we all do, every decision is corrupted by the beliefs and morals, we were taught.  Our decisions are then further corrupted by our own experiences. Government, by its very design, is corrupted by the compounding of the individuals that comprise it. 

   The corruption I speak of is in all forms unintentional, yet some can be as simple as something a grandfather says to his grandson. Any time we hear a story start with, "When I was a boy," that is in itself just a story. It is a corruption of the future really. It is the ones about religion and government that corrupt the most.
  I am corrupted from being born here. Was I given a choice of religion, or was one chosen for me. Our parents start the first of the one sided view of life. Then we go into the political that starts young also. You know how your parents political views  are passed down to you. They where doing it right . Then it went bad when the other side gets power or control.

  These corruptions all start early in life. But 200 years into stories and little unintended corruptions. It has come full circle. We are no longer free. We have got to where we want to legislate morals based on one's beliefs. Each corruption was small and harmless, yet compounded over the years. This has proven to be detrimental to society as a whole.

The corruptions, small and unintended, are really our own fault. We have allowed them to continue to grow. Over the years, each past corruption guided us one way just a little more until the next generation of new little corruptions.  To the precipice we are at now. Do we take that last step and let our people be ruled by a religion, or belief, or do we say no to our own corruption. Stop telling our children our way was the better way. We need this government to run with and for us, not by a god of belief. Why you ask? Because we once believed in witches and people were murdered for others beliefs. That is very detremental to a society in any form.

Brad Forschner

Obtained by J Allen Hale, West Coast Desk adamfoxie blog




My associate on the west coast posted that article to illustrate something some of us don’t see or refuse to see. That is the reason government in some instances does not work the way intended. On every election cycle we see the same slogans going back to when we first started using radio, TV and the Internet to cover politics. Everybody is critical of the government and wants an opportunity criticize  it or become part of it.  Others just give up like if was the thing to do on a boat taking on water.

With few exceptions they get elected and either they make matters worse, joined the status quo or start working for themselves and making a scam to make money or more money. Strangely we had people come to politics rich and they become many times folds more rich.

The point of these words are not just to say that they are bad politicians but that the electorate is bad. That is something we seldom complaint about. Who ever occupies what ever the seat was put there by the electorate. 
I am not blind to know that corporations have been given the reward by the Supreme Court to make them people when giving money to politicians. That is a problem.  But worse than this issue is the misinformed electorate. 

This electorate either votes without knowing who they are voting for or vote for the person the union or the civil org is told them to vote or they vote simply on them selves. They want to feel winners so they vote for the one they feel is going to win or worse they vote for the one they think that can fix their money issues instead of voting on elections for the person that is best for the community at large( which includes that particular voter). Until we learn to behave as a community we will always get a divided government or a united government that will sell us on unnecessary wars and bridges to no where.

We came out of 8 years being part of the worse decade we’ve ever had since the civil war. An attack on our land killing thousands, on a depression that was weird enough the only people that made money was the people that created the depression then invested in the companies that were going to do well. The bankers did well, not their employees in many cases but the companies did very well. The ones that were penalized by the feds with  a few millions fines, resulted like UPS being ticketed for parking issues (happens thousands of times a year). It’s part of doing business and when you ship a parcel you pay for those tickets. Same with the bankers. 

On the national elections following those years with the exception of the Presidency which aaas given to a man with a good heart that should have been a college professor or a Justice on the Supreme Court but for the white house he had no experience in government  more than that no heart for the politics of this age. I have no criticism for him really but the electorate that went ahead and reelected the same people that were mainly responsible or at least in the drivers seat when the depression and bombings in the WTC. Even if you disagree with everything Ive said so far; To reelect the people in the drivers seat and many cases in the pockets of the banks and Wall St?? There was a national outcry and mainly young people came to Wall Street to protest and take over. 

My heart was with these mainly young people but I wonder how many of them voted on the following national election. I have to say not many! How do I know that? If they were so against Wall Street, why reelect and elect people that were in Wall Streets pockets?

 They did not looked stupid to me so my guess is they did not vote. Whatever the reason.  Disappointed with the system? They had a chance to not change the system overnight but to put it on the right path. Today we have the same chances as before of the same thing to happen if the same principles come to play. Life is chemistry and the same actions always produced the same or similar results. 

Insurance 

We have given so much power through our representatives in government that insurance companies look at your credit report, arrest record and more!!~ before approving your application for insurance in your house, on your pet, fishing boat or car. Now some of them advertise they will forgive those that have accidents(1 or 2) to drum up some business but if you are behind a college loan they will deny you or just put you in the high risk categories and you will pay for those ‘ forgiven’ and every body that have accidents no matter how bad drivers they are. I don’t mind paying more if I have an accident but I don’t want to pay for my neighbor and his best friend having  1 or 2 accidents.  One is got a bad eye and the other one is a drunk. They have good credit reports and never been arrested for anything. 

When we see wrong things coming from the government we forget is our government and we should find out who our representatives are and how they vote.  Do they vote for 30 story high ferris wheels in a hurricane zone A??  Because of the pressure put on them by peers and business community, real estate and construction communities? I might only vote for that calamity if there were studies that guarantee if the wheel comes off on a hurricane it will just  dance it’s way to the ocean and not destroyed everything around it like a bomb exploded by terrorists.

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June 3, 2014

Christie Buried in $3 Bill.PA Heist!



                                                                       


Two former close aides to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Jeffrey Chiesa and Deborah Gramiccioni, both of whom worked with Christie when he was the US Attorney in New Jersey before becoming governor, have been subpoenaed in an investigation into what looks to have been an illegal maneuver to secure a cool $1 billion in Port Authority funds to rebuild a roadway in New Jersey. And it’s this, if it has legs, and not the lane-closing scandal, that could end up doing the real damage to Christie’s political future.
Acting as though Bridgegate and other scandals are behind him, Christie sought to recharge his efforts as head of the Republican Governors Association last week, making appearances and organizing fundraisers to help the re-election efforts of three GOP governors. All of it, of course, is aimed at renewing his 2016 presidential hopes. But the possibility that the bubbling scandals will burst to the surface and derail those hopes mounted as federal and local prosecutors expanded their investigations behind the scenes.
Christie hosted a fundraiser in New Jersey on May 28 for Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who is running for re-election in the first caucus state, then started a two-day trip to New Mexico to stump and raise money for the re-election of Governor Susana Martinez, who, as Christie Watch noted, has been touted as a potential vice-presidential contender on a Christie ticket. He stopped off to help Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam on his way back. The week before, he was campaigning with the embattled Florida Governor Rick Scott.
But while Christie has been promoting his fellow GOP governors elsewhere, back home federal and state prosecutors, the SEC and state legislators are expanding their investigations. Tomorrow the special New Jersey legislative committee investigating Bridgegate hears testimony from a commissioner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, William Pat Schuber. Back on September 19, committee co-chairwoman Loretta Weinberg sent a letter to Schuber raising concerns about the previous week’s lane closures, CCing Christie, and demanding to know why it occurred. She received no reply, and now she wants to know why.
The committee was also supposed to query Port Authority Executive Director Patrick Foye. Last fall, it was Foye who reopened the lanes on the George Washington Bridge closed by Christie’s aide and who warned that laws had been broken. Foye’s testimony was delayed at request of US Attorney Paul Fishman.
This is the second time that Fishman asked the legislature to delay Foye’s testimony. Fishman wanted it postponed in May, according the Bergen Record, because he wanted Foye to testify first to the grand jury investigating the lane closures. It appears that Fishman has more to glean from Foye than what he has already said.
It is unlikely that Foye knows much about why the lane closures happened, but he can shed light on other aspects of the scandal. Back in December he testified under oath to another legislative committee that he did not know about the lane closures until they happened, and didn’t discuss it afterwards with the Christie politico who ran the closures, David Wildstein. But he did say they were not closed as part of a traffic study, as Christie confidante and former PA deputy executive director Bill Baroni stated before the same committee. Foye also testified he saw the lane closures as illegal, violating numerous state and federal laws. Why he allowed Baroni to claim to the committee that the closures were a traffic study, and why he allowed a top PA lawyer and Christie appointee Philip Kwon to prep Baroni for several days on how to package his testimony, are questions Fishman and the committee likely want answered. Another issue is whether Foye was subjected to any intimidation after he re-opened the lanes, as some of the e-mails released by the committee indicate.
So far the committee has heard from three witnesses, and committee co-chairman John Wisniewski said the panel would call about ten more people to testify and issue a report in the fall, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The grand jury has heard from at least six Port Authority employees, and maybe more: last week the Port Authority acknowledged it is paying the legal bills of at least fifteen employees.
A parallel investigation by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance is expanding too. And it is this one that could be the most devastating to Christie’s career, as Christie Watch has indicated.
Vance has now subpoenaed two more top Christie administration officials regarding his investigation into Christie’s money-grab of Port Authority funds when the governor abruptly cancelled the multibillion-dollar ARC tunnel project in late 2010. Christie wanted to use the $1.8 billion that had been allocated to New Jersey by the PA for the proposed New Jersey–New York tunnel to fund road and bridge projects in New Jersey without raising taxes to pay for them.
Most importantly, Christie wanted the money to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway, a link between New Jersey’s largest city, Newark, and the Holland Tunnel to New York. But there were problems. The PA can only finance roads, bridges and tunnels considered part of its transportation network, and for historical reasons the PA doesn’t have jurisdiction over roads to the Holland Tunnel. And PA lawyers warned this made it nearly impossible to steer PA funds to the Pulaski Skyway project, according to an investigative report by Shawn Boburg at the Bergen Record:
Chris Hartwyk, former deputy general counsel at the Port Authority, wrote that justifying the projects by claiming the roadways were connections to the Holland Tunnel, as the governor previously stated, would be “difficult if not impossible” because of the wording of existing laws.
PA lawyers were pressured to find some other justification to use PA money for the Skyway. So they did, linking it to the Lincoln Tunnel, miles away. But they had major concerns, as theRecord also noted:
“It can be argued” that the four roads feed into the Lincoln Tunnel, McIntyre (PA assistant general counsel) wrote in a memo on March 28. “However, it is important to note, that this statutory construction is not without doubt and may raise questions in the minds of some. The looser the statutory construction means the greater the risk of a successful challenge by the bondholders and the investors,” she wrote.
This past January the PA issued $1 billion in bonds, calling the Pulaski Skyway “a Lincoln Tunnel Access Infrastructure Improvement,” in the issuing documents. This wording implies that Lincoln Tunnel tolls will help repay the bonds. Vance’s probe, and another by the Securities and Exchange Commission, are scrutinizing the legality of linking the Pulaski Skyway and the Lincoln Tunnel.
If investigators find the state road repairs were mischaracterized in bond offering documents as “Lincoln Tunnel Access Improvements” to make the projects appear as though they’re legally permitted, it would constitute a knowing, intentional material misstatement in violation of federal, state and securities laws and constitute fraud. Such fraud would also mean that the bonds issued and outstanding for fixing state roads would no longer be tax exempt opening another whole can of illegal worms according to a source familiar with such investigations.
Pressing the investigation, Vance has now subpoenaed the two top officials inside Christie’s administration who were most involved with the handling of the Pulaski Skyway characterization, Jeffrey Chiesa and Deborah Gramiccioni.
When Vance issued his subpoenas, US Attorney Paul Fishman also started looking into it, meeting with the SEC about their investigation and speaking with PA General Counsel Darrell Buchbinder.
The two officials now subpoenaed by Vance have been close associates of Christie and key players in his government. Chiesa was Christie’s first chief counsel and then was appointed attorney general. Now he works at former Port Authority Chairman David Samson’s law firm. Chiesa has been tied to Christie since the two first worked together at a law firm in 1988.
As chief counsel to Christie, Chiesa was directly involved in getting the PA lawyers to redo existing financing documents to allow the PA money to flow for the Pulaski Skyway. According to Main Justice, there was a meeting in Trenton with Baroni, Chiesa and PA assistant general counsel Carlene McIntyre. “Chiesa arranged the meeting to review the governor’s proposed changes, people familiar with the situation said.”
The other subpoena went to Gramiccioni, former head of the state’s Authorities Unit, who has worked with Christie since his US Attorney days. Last year Christie chose Gramiccioni, then his deputy chief of staff, as a replacement at the PA for Baroni, a friend of hers from law school. She was brought into the Pulaski Skyway funding issue as head of the Authorities Unit. Christie has made the Authorities Unit his eyes and ears at the various independent agencies, boards and authorities, such as the PA. The unit’s lawyers read board minutes, attend meetings and in various ways try to impose the governor’s policies on the independent entities.
feature on Gramiccioni in The Philadelphia Inquirer when she headed the Authorities Unit made clear she was an enforcer for the governor:
“We’re asking more questions than ever before, and that is taking a number of these authorities by surprise,” said Gramiccioni, who talks in rapid-fire bursts punctuated by wide smiles. The result? “Angry defiance has become the norm in my world…” Gramiccioni is most like her boss in one way: She relishes a good rumble. “I have very thick skin, I’m prepared for a fight, and I know how to go on offense when necessary,” she said. “I go to sleep at night knowing the next day is going to be another battle. And I look forward to it.”
The PA lawyers’ concerns about the Pulaski Skyway funding, according to the Record, were passed on to Gramiccioni, who passed them on to the attorney general, at the time Paula Dow, who also later went to the PA. After a number of months and rewrites from PA lawyers, documents okaying the PA money for the Skyway were finally ready for sign-off from the attorney general. And who was that attorney general, newly appointed? The selfsame Jeffrey Chiesa, and he clinched the deal.

May 14, 2014

Obama Fights His own party to appoint an anti gay anti woman’s rights Judge


                                                                              
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This is a posting from Irin Carmon at msnbc.com. But before that let me just give it a little introduction as steam comes out of my ears. 

Obama again proves he is not a progressive but a conservative. Can any democrat or independent tell me why the president would pick a fight with his own party to appoint a socially conservative judge who is been opposed to gay rights and a woman’s right to choose just to name the top two?

As we well know the wrong judges appointed to the federal or district bench have so many bad 
implications for so many years. They are not part of the cabinet that goes home when the president goes. They stay and they have more power than the president or any congressman on domestic matters that come to their court. I wish the president was fighting this hard for social security or not cutting medicaid and food stamps for the poor. Now there he is going against his party and the people that elected him to pay back some  unknown political favor. In 2004 this homophobe was fighting for the santity of marriage!  Nothing good will come out of this, not for the president legacy not for the people that elected for him. A dirty shame! The President just fucked us for years to come.

Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee grilled a district court nominee Tuesday on his views on abortion rights, the Confederate flag, and gay marriage.
The nominee, Georgia state court judge Michael Boggs, has been fiercely opposed by progressive groups, largely because votes he took and remarks he made on those issues while serving in the state legislature.


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“There is a question among many of my colleagues whether an activist conservative can become a judge that is not an activist judge,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein. 
Boggs repeatedly said he would respect precedent and the rule of law, including on abortion rights, and that it would be “inappropriate” for him to state a position on such issues.
He did repudiate a vote to put detailed information about abortion providers online, one that was of particular interest to several senators, who said it would have exacerbated violence and harassment. “There could clearly be public safety implications for these doctors if you put this detailed information about them online,” said Senator Amy Klobuchar. 
Boggs said the vote was “ill-conceived, I believe, in hindsight.”


“Do we work with Republican senators to find a compromise, or should we leave the seats vacant?… We believe it would be grossly irresponsible for the president to leave these seats vacant.”
WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL KATHRYN RUEMMLER
On his vote to keep the Confederate flag imagery in the Georgia state flag, Boggs said the decision was “terribly agonizing” but that he had voted in accordance with the “overwhelming majority of my constituents.”
“If someone is accusing someone of being a racist, how do you disprove that? I think the best evidence I would have is that the people who know me best don’t believe that of me.” He pointed out that African-American Democratic officials had later supported him in a primary: “They know me. They know that that vote was not indicative of any bias I held towards anyone.”
LGBT groups are also opposing Boggs’ nomination, citing his support for a state amendment banning gay marriage. Boggs gave a floor speech urging his colleagues to “stand up for things that are common-sensical, things that are premised on good conservative Christian values, and in this instance in particular, to support the sanctity of marriage.”
In the hearing, Boggs was ambiguous about gay marriage, saying at one point that his views “may or may not have changed.”
President Barack Obama nominated Boggs as part of a slate of nominees put forward by Georgia’s Republican Senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, in an attempt to chip away at longtime judicial vacancies. White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler defended the pick to the Huffington post in February: “Do we work with Republican senators to find a compromise, or should we leave the seats vacant?… We believe it would be grossly irresponsible for the president to leave these seats vacant.”
There’s a reason the process has stalled even after filibuster reform: The Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Sen. Patrick Leahy, has maintained the informal “blue slip” tradition, which essentially gives Senators veto power over their states’ judges. Leahy told msnbc in November that he won’t budge on the tradition unless he thinks it’s being abused. But opponents of Boggs’ nomination think it is proof of just that, with Republican senators getting too much sway over the nominees of a Democratic president. Georgia’s five Democratic congressmen have also raised concerns about the deal that led to the nomination, saying their input was ignored.  
Lower court judges have a crucial role in deciding whether the cascade of anti-abortion legislation in the states violates Supreme Court precedent in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey. This month alone, two district court judges in Alabama and Wisconsin will consider the constitutionality of laws passed in those states that threaten to shut down several of the states’ abortion clinics. 
It is rare for progressive groups that generally agree with President Obama on the issues to oppose one of his judicial nominations. (They have spent far more time lamenting that he was slow in his first term to nominate judges at all, after the Bush administration made it a priority.) It remains to be seen how seriously the senators will take those concerns, particularly after Boggs’ generally smooth deflection of their questions. But in addition to Klobuchar and Feinstein, Senators Al Franken, Richard Blumenthal, and Mazie Hirono all raised concerns. 
“For me I have to make a judgment, whether you mean what you say,” said Feinstein, “or whether it will be just like Supreme Court justices who pledged to us diligent pursuance of stare decisis” – or judicial precedent –  ”and it just didn’t happen.”

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