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  • Happy Birthday United States Marines

    11/11/2011 6:52:57 AM PST · 39 of 47
    StatenIsland to Michael Barnes

    My Dear Fellow Patriots;

    It was a brew house built in 1693 at the intersection of Water Street and Tun Alley near the docks, and so the wooden structure built by Samuel Carpenter and his brother Joshua was ultimately known simply as Tun Tavern.

    Over the decades, while fires of independence were being stoked that would eventually enflame all thirteen colonies, it became a favorite gathering place in that part of colonial Philadelphia known as Carpenter’s Wharf, attracting the likes of Jefferson, Washington and Franklin. So it was that when Captain Samuel Nicholas was commissioned by the Second Continental Congress on November 10th, 1775 to raise two battalions of Marines, he appointed Robert Mullen, the proprietor of the establishment, to the position of Chief Marine Recruiter.

    It must have been a raucous scene in that watering hole, night after night, as Mullen set out to attract able-bodied volunteers, though he was instructed that “no persons be appointed to office, or enlisted into said Battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve to advantage by sea when required…”

    The newly-established Continental Marines were to provide on-board security for the ship’s Captain and crew, and during naval engagements Marine sharpshooters were dispatched to the top of the fighting masts. From there, they targeted enemy officers, gunners and helmsmen.

    They wore green coats with white lapels and a distinctive high collar made of leather, designed to protect against sword and cutlass slashes. Even today, the Marine Corps dress uniform features a high collar in commemoration of those first two battalions - and they are still known as “Leathernecks.”

    I could not let this date go by without asking you to think of them. I am, as you are, intensely and rightly proud of ALL branches of our military, but I must admit that I experience a little surge of adrenalin when I read the words, “The Marines have landed!”

    They have defended our flag in God-forsaken, pestilent jungles across the globe. They have defended our liberty and independence with glory and honor, engaging and defeating enemies who may have had the advantage in numbers and guns, but could never surpass them in heart and courage.

    They have been fighting and dying for our freedom since the days when the fate of our Republic may have depended upon the outcome of the next battle. They are symbolized by men like Sergeant Dan Daly, exhorting his Marines up and over the top against overwhelming odds in bloody Belleau Wood with the words “C’mon you sons-of-bitches, do you want to live forever?”

    They are the stuff of legends.

    Happy 236th Birthday, Marines. We couldn’t have made it without you. May God bless you and keep you, and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you.

    Yours in Liberty,

    Frank Santarpia
    Staten Island, NY


    “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they’ve made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.”

    - President Ronald Reagan

  • Election 2012: Republican Presidential Primary National Poll: Cain 26%, Romney 23%, Gingrich 14%

    11/04/2011 12:48:06 PM PDT · 69 of 82
    StatenIsland to mandaladon

    Big event coming up this Saturday night, in Texas, I believe. Newt vs. Cain head-to-head, Lincoln/Douglas style. I believe C-Span picked it up...

    I KNOW Newt is great with long answers - here’s a chance for Herman to show that he can hold his own against a seasoned and well-respected wonk.

    BTW, in the spirit of full disclosure - Newt’s my guy.

    From WSJ:

    When Abraham Lincoln debated Stephen Douglas in seven counties over three months in 1858, thousands packed town squares to hear the two men face off over three hours. And no one paid a dime for the pleasure.

    Fast forward to Nov. 5th, when presidential aspirants Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain plan to meet in Texas for a one-on-one modified version of those famous debates—a chance, both of their camps say, to get beyond the quick punchlines and pointed questioning of the usual televised presidential debate.

    The verbiage may be weightier, but so will the entry fee.

    Bleacher seating at the Gingrich/Cain debate, hosted by the Texas Tea Party Patriots at the Woodlands Resort in Houston, costs a cool $200. The next step up, the $500 ticket, gets you “prime seating” and a ticket to the “Nite Cap party after the Debate,” says the group’s website. And for the really high rollers, $1,000 will get you “the best seating in the house for the debate” and “a professional picture taken with the candidates.”

    The debate will focus on steps to rein in government spending and fix Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Cash earned from the verbal sparring match will go to support the tea party group’s “mission to organize, educate and inform our citizens regarding public policy, and to support the election of local, state and federal candidates who share our conservative values.”

  • Newt plans very, very, very important speech

    09/20/2011 11:16:43 AM PDT · 14 of 57
    StatenIsland to jageorge72

    It’s hard for me to watch Newt in a debate and NOT write a check. If his numbers continue to creep up, watch the donations start to pick up - and when that happens, Mitt and Rick better watch out.

  • Staten Island Tea Party makes room at the table for Jewish Tea Party of New York

    08/21/2011 9:57:14 AM PDT · 19 of 41
    StatenIsland to StatenIsland

    Here’s another reason why there’s a Jewish Tea Party:

  • Staten Island Tea Party makes room at the table for Jewish Tea Party of New York

    08/21/2011 9:54:41 AM PDT · 17 of 41
    StatenIsland to DManA

    Here’s why there is a Jewish Tea Party:

    Mission Statement of the Jewish Tea Party of New York:

    The Jewish Tea Party of New York has at its core the three common beliefs of the tea party movement in the United States: constitutionally-limited government, fiscal sanity and free markets.

    Our goal is to raise our voices in the defense of private property and individual liberty, one the beating heart of our sovereign nation, the other the immortal soul of our society and culture.

    And we raise our voices in staunch and unwavering support of the Jewish state, recognizing that Israel is the primary outpost of democracy in a region that is the flashpoint of the war on terror, and whose total destruction is the stated goal of the nations that surround her. We believe that America has no better friend than Israel, and that Israel should have no more reliable ally than the United States.

    To those who seek the eradication of the Jewish people and the Jewish state we say: NEVER AGAIN!

    To those who seek to impose socialism on the free and independent people of America, we say: NEVER!

  • Staten Island Tea Party makes room at the table for Jewish Tea Party of New York

    08/21/2011 8:16:23 AM PDT · 1 of 41
  • Eyewitness: Root of fair violence needs examining

    08/06/2011 4:03:35 AM PDT · 33 of 114
    StatenIsland to csvset

    “If it had been me, I’d have ran him over. “

    This is just plain wrong.

    In the past perfect tense you don’t say “would have ran,” you say “would have run.”

    I’d have run him over, too.

  • (LIVE THREAD!) Republican Presidential Debate #2 - June 13, 2011 8pm/5pm: New Hampshire

    06/13/2011 7:53:31 PM PDT · 964 of 1,316
    StatenIsland to newzjunkey

    I think Bachmann did better than I expected; Cain definitely disappointed. Newt still the smartest guy in the room - and seems to still be in it. Pawlenty disappointed. CANNOT warm up to Romney - phony as the day is long.

    Santorum? Like him, but nothing impressive tonight. Love listening to Paul, but can’t follow him out to loony land.

  • Which Candidate or Would-Be Candidate Would You Most Like to see Debate obama? (Poll to Freep)

    06/13/2011 1:00:16 PM PDT · 45 of 91
    StatenIsland to sjneuf

    Newt. It would be a beat-down of epic proportions.


    05/28/2011 8:36:47 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    StatenIsland to SWAMPSNIPER

    Support your LOCAL tea party. LOCAL! LOCAL!

    They are your neighbors and friends and members of your community. Stay away from the national orgs who DARE to speak for the “tea party.”

    Every time I hear that someone is interviewing a “national tea party spokesman” or “national tea party leader” I want to puke. What is it about the words “grass roots” that they don’t get. If they really believed in the movement they would all fade from the scene.

    WE DO NOT NEED THEM. They are no smarter than you or I, and have no right to speak for anybody but themselves. Yet somehow, they never make that clear - any of them.

  • Morgellons: A hidden epidemic or mass hysteria?

    05/21/2011 1:18:09 PM PDT · 4 of 59
    StatenIsland to Windflier

    Creepy weird. I almost wish I hadn’t read the article....

  • Gingrich To Launch Campaign Next Week

    05/01/2011 3:20:14 PM PDT · 1 of 64

    02/09/2011 3:34:57 PM PST · 2 of 56
    StatenIsland to StatenIsland

    My apologies for the duplicate post - I did a poor search. Admins, please delete.


    02/09/2011 3:33:29 PM PST · 1 of 56
    Sleaze knows no party...
  • WikiLeaks: Britain secretly advised Libya how to secure release of Lockerbie bomber

    02/01/2011 5:03:02 AM PST · 84 of 104
    StatenIsland to Wallop the Cat

    In a perfect world, complete transparency in government would be a good thing.

    But in a world where where WMD exist, and illiberal leaders rule illiberal people with designs on world conquest - secrets need to be kept.

    One-way street transparency is a dangerous thing that has been and will continue to be used against us...

  • Staten Island Tea Party to Try to Take Over Local G.O.P.

    01/04/2011 10:14:13 AM PST · 1 of 4
    Here we go...
  • Wife totalled car; Considering many models; Recommendations?

    12/31/2010 12:32:11 PM PST · 68 of 164
    StatenIsland to Thebaddog

    “Those two models don’t get speeding tickets either.”

    I dunno. They look pretty fast to me...: ))

  • Democrats Crowdsourcing To Vote Palin In Primaries

    12/30/2010 4:13:34 PM PST · 40 of 153
    StatenIsland to Smogger

    Doesn’t matter how you feel about Palin’s electability, the fact that such a scheme can be hatched, and can be effective, is frightening.

    There are many who believe that this flawed process gave us McCain, and thus Barack Obama. I’m one of them.

    The bottom line is that this primary system is BROKEN and NOTHING has been done to fix it.

  • Tea Party Group Reveals Republican Targets For 2012 (RINOs Lugar, Corker, Hatch, Snowe, Brown)

    12/30/2010 2:55:36 AM PST · 158 of 270
    StatenIsland to rabscuttle385

    This illustrates the dangers of a so-called “national” Tea Party organization. They are only as good - or as smart - as their “leaders,” and this one is dumb. A true TP leader is not a media whore with an inflated sense of self-importance, and a true TP leader does NOT make a profit from the movement.

    When we allow someone to purportedly speak for the TP movement nationally, we ALL run the risk of one of these blowhards making a stupid statement, which the media will be only to happy to report ubiquitously. That puts the rest of us on the defensive - explaining away positions and/or endorsements that reflect NO national consensus.

    All that being said, Brown and Snowe do not belong on this list - conservatives cannot win those seats, and I would rather have anyone with an (R) next to their names (IN THOSE SEATS) for counting purposes, if nothing else.

    That (R) just might result in a Senate majority, the implications of which go far beyond making a statement about RINOs. IF we had a super-majority in the Senate, we could afford to punish RINOs like those two, but until then, in some seats we have to take what we can get.

  • A Truce in Culture Wars as Voters Focus on Economy

    12/30/2010 2:25:57 AM PST · 1 of 25
    I think the question is NOT whether or not these social issues are important - they are obviously of paramount importance and speak to who and what we are as a society - but whether or not they should be addressed further down the line, beyond 2012...
  • Sugarloaf chairlift accident sends six skiers to Maine hospitals,

    12/28/2010 1:29:59 PM PST · 6 of 10
    StatenIsland to US Navy Vet

    “What happened, too many Fat A$$ masshole and New Yowkers?”

    Musta been a buncha nigras and joos, too, right Vet? Were you that bigoted when you served? Question: in the Navy, did they teach you to paint everybody from a region with the same brush, or is that something you learned on your Daddy’s knee?

    And what’s a Yowker? Did you mean Yawkuh? Please allow me to clue you in: there are plenty of good conservatives in the Northeast, just as there are many redneck a-holes in Iowa.

  • EPA, Texas go to war over carbon-emission rules (What can a state do if it loses in court?)

    12/27/2010 5:42:32 PM PST · 124 of 233
    StatenIsland to RightOnline

    With all due respect, the 10th Amendment has been ignored more times than I can count - and laws and regulations violating it have been upheld almost as often.

    You would not an honest court interpreting the constitution; one that wasn’t interested in activism. Go find one. MAYBE the SCOTUS on a 5-4 decision.

  • Obama OK in 2012?

    12/27/2010 5:52:22 AM PST · 1 of 65
  • Fun on Christmas...Vince Flynn books: Who would play Mitch Rapp?

    12/25/2010 6:30:32 AM PST · 2 of 46
    StatenIsland to CincyRichieRich

    I envy you in that you have the whole series in front of you, lol. I, too, fervently wish that there really is a Mitch Rapp arm to our government. Sadly, I don’t think so.

    I guess the wife and I don’t follow the younger crop of actors - I couldn’t even hazard a guess.

  • Is Rudy Giuliani a 2012 dark horse?

    12/22/2010 7:09:22 AM PST · 1 of 125
    Personally, I don't see this as remotely possible...
  • Bloomberg: Newly Elected Pols Can't Read

    11/08/2010 4:12:23 PM PST · 3 of 25
    StatenIsland to FTJM

    From the NY Daily News yesterday:

    “But his blunt remarks - seemingly aimed at Republicans who picked up 61 House seats and six Senate spots in the midterm elections - had conservatives calling him an arrogant elitist.

    “That’s a very foolish statement. He has no idea who these people are,” said Republican operative Ed Rollins, noting some of the incoming lawmakers are doctors and business people.

    “The world is more than just billionaires. Sometimes there is an arrogance on the mayor’s part and this just shows it.”

    Staten Island Tea Party founder Frank Santarpia also blasted Bloomberg for portraying lawmakers as provincial illiterates.

    “The mayor once again tries to portray people with common core principals as stupid. It’s so indicative of the smug intellectual elitism that defines progressivism,” he said.

    Read more:

  • Adam Lambert to play it safe for Malaysia concert

    10/12/2010 6:07:49 AM PDT · 8 of 19
    StatenIsland to chickadee

    a.k.a “gay dhimmitude.

  • Report: Recording Captures Brown Camp Calling Whitman a 'Whore'

    10/08/2010 4:03:14 AM PDT · 6 of 21
    StatenIsland to Doogle

    “...Whitman cutting a deal to protect law enforcement pensions as the candidates competed for endorsements from police...”

    If this is true, the word may be impolite but the meaning accurate.

  • Florida convenience store tax scam spanned 20 years (immigrants)

    10/06/2010 8:21:44 PM PDT · 10 of 35
    StatenIsland to dennisw

    This is why a Fair Tax will be a nightmare. Imagine if they were collecting over 20% - in cash - at the point of sale?

    That much cash will attract tax evasion schemes more sophisticated by several orders of magnitude.

  • Gingrich brands Democrats 'party of food stamps'

    10/06/2010 8:12:02 PM PDT · 23 of 35
    StatenIsland to reasonisfaith

    It was a blip on the radar screen, which had zero effect on the issue, imho. Nobody will even remember it - or care - except those who keep bringing it up.

    With everything else going on, and with nobody leading the party, why do we have to fixate on this misstep? It’s like we have a death wish.

  • Gingrich brands Democrats 'party of food stamps'

    10/06/2010 6:34:43 PM PDT · 12 of 35
    StatenIsland to reasonisfaith

    “And if you believe in the global warming fraud, support Gingrich.”

    I don’t believe in it, but I’m supporting him anyway, because the 99 1/2% I get from him is far better than anyone in the Presidential sweepstakes right now. Plus, the whole issue is being overblown, imho. Does he support Cap and Trade? Is he out there every day touting global warming?

    He has a better command of the issues than any Repub out there, and the best mind of them all.

  • Lazio drops out of NY governor's race, helping GOP

    09/27/2010 11:15:35 AM PDT · 48 of 79
    StatenIsland to Lauren BaRecall

    NYS Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long needs to get 50k votes on his line in order to HAVE a line on the ballot in two years.

    I don’t see any other choice for him BUT to invite Paladino to take the line, no way he achieves 50k without him.

  • GWU Battleground poll shows generic congressional ballot tied at 43-43 (Registered Voters)

    09/16/2010 8:25:16 PM PDT · 60 of 63
    StatenIsland to gumbyandpokey

    I’m afraid we’re overconfident and listening too much to radio guys that have an increased listenership when we’re enthused.

    Yes, we can sweep. But no - it is NOT a foregone conclusion. We will not get out of this hole in one election cycle. Millions of marchers in DC are nice, but many more millions need to turn out their friends and neighbors to achieve meaningful victory.

  • Is Beck Right or Wrong About Tea Party Outfits?

    09/16/2010 8:16:10 PM PDT · 33 of 312
    StatenIsland to Soul Seeker

    “Whether they should or not isn’t the point. Glenn can make the recommendation but he needs to leave it there and let them come to that point on their own. An evolving movement is fine but evolving for the sake of “fitting in” will sap at their passions. Let them evolve on their own accord and if they arrive at that conclusion on their own then okay.”

    Well said. Do ANY of them get it? I thought maybe he might - but sadly, no.

    Stay out of our face; stay out of our life; accept what we wear as something we do and keep your advice to yourself.

    It’s the giving of his “expert” advice that I resent.

  • To The Tea Party (And Related Organizations) [Major BARF Alert - JimRob]

    08/29/2010 9:48:20 PM PDT · 36 of 280
    StatenIsland to Lorianne

    Agree - 100%

    Every social issue that is brought into the conversation loses some fraction of the people in the movement. You may say good riddance, but you’d be diluting the impact of the movement - and the more issues you add, the more irrelevant the movement becomes.

  • Catholic commentators weigh in on Glenn Beck ‘Restore Honor’ rally and Tea Parties

    08/29/2010 12:52:54 PM PDT · 26 of 85
    StatenIsland to mlizzy

    One need only to look at the first few posts in this thread to understand why religion has no place in the Tea Party movement.

    It is a distraction that causes rifts between people who otherwise agree on the dangerous course our country has taken politically and economically.

  • Chris Matthews' 'Nightmare':'Right-wing Boys & Girls Singing Praise for Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin'

    08/28/2010 8:24:45 PM PDT · 63 of 83
    StatenIsland to reformedliberal

    “Matthew and his crowd need to realize this is 2010. The protected classes of today are not white. They are not American citizens. They certainly are not entrepreneurs or taxpayers. His nightmare was a calm sun-drenched rededication of individual faith and quiet patriotism. “

    Well said! Bravo!

  • The Battle of Brooklyn: A Barkeep’s View

    08/26/2010 7:02:14 PM PDT · 12 of 18
    StatenIsland to Pharmboy

    Well, it was the first battle after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, making it the first battle fought by the United States of America.

  • Ground Zero Mosque On The Move? (Opponents To Meet With Developers On Troubling Issue)

    08/18/2010 6:44:03 AM PDT · 23 of 36
    StatenIsland to wardaddy

    All, please understand that this “community center” may be built “as of right,” meaning that there are NO legal obstacles whatsoever to its construction.

    No permission need be asked of anyone; the last hurdle being the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which ruled that the building had no architectural or historical value that required landmark status.

    (Yes, I to would have given it historical value based on the fact the part of the landing gear from the second plane crashed through the roof of the building - but I am not on the commission.)

    If the goal is to prevent the mosque from being built, the sponsors will have to stop or move the project VOLUNTARILY; to that end, Patterson has done us a favor by opening dialogue. Also, I am not sure that state land will be given for free - I was under the impression that the state would be willing to sell the land.

    But even if it were given for free - I can live with that a lot easier than the mosque. Since they are building as of right, I think it’s the best deal we can get.

  • VJ Day Open Thread: ‘My Father Served in World War II’(Tell Your Story)

    08/15/2010 9:20:38 PM PDT · 122 of 153
    StatenIsland to PROCON

    I wrote this about my father last Memorial Day:

    April 1, 2010

    Dear Readers;

    April 1st is more than just April Fools Day - it is also the anniversary of an event that should never be forgotten, at least not by anyone who loves America.

    In 1945, April 1st was Easter Sunday. In 1945, April 1st was also L-Day in the Ryukyu Islands in the Pacific; shortly after dawn, the first wave of United State Marines would slip over the sides of their troop transports and climb down rope netting into the rocking landing craft below, known as Higgins Boats.

    The codename for the operation was Iceberg. On the morning of April 1st, 1945, the invasion of Okinawa began.

    My Dad is 85, and I consider myself blessed, and more than a little lucky, that he is still with us and enjoying life; I’m 58, so very few of my friends and relatives can say the same. But I remember them all, all the Dads of my youth; so many different personalities and styles, all of them patriotic Americans, most only a generation removed from the old country.

    They all, to a man, believed in the greatness of America, taught us to work hard, taught us that there is no free lunch, taught us to have compassion for those less fortunate and to be generous with them, taught us to struggle for a better life, and told us that having achieved it, no man could take it from us.

    Would that the men who now run this country been taught the same way.

    My father enlisted in the Marine Corp the day he turned 18, in 1943, and after a year of stateside training was shipped overseas. There, on Guam and Iwo, he trained for amphibious landings. By that time, the United States Navy and Marine Corp had island-hopped almost all the way across the Pacific – almost. There was one island to go before the invasion of Japan, and that was Okinawa.

    PFC Frank Santarpia, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division, 20 years old, went ashore with the first wave on the morning of April 1, 1945: Easter Sunday.

    There’s no time or space here for the details, but suffice it to say that Okinawa, which was in such close proximity to the home islands of Japan that it was within the prefecture of the city of Tokyo, was the most heavily defended island of the entire war.

    By the time it was secure, 12,513 brave American men were dead. Mull that number over in your mind for a moment. Twelve thousand, five hundred and thirteen. In an action that took less than six weeks.

    The wounded numbered 38,916, and my father was one of them; he was shot on April 16th, during the Battle of Sugar Loaf Hill. He received a Purple Heart, spent three weeks in a makeshift island hospital, and was sent back to his platoon before the operation was completed. His regiment, the 29th, had been thrown into a meat grinder; their casualty rate was over 90%.

    As brave as he was, and as compelling his story, he was far from unique - he did his job alongside tens of thousands of other Marines and soldiers. In the same mold as any other American fighting for freedom, past and present, his actions represented the norm, not the exception – and to this day, every detail about that battle has to be coaxed from him; he never talks about it voluntarily, and never thought it was anything special.

    In an America that teaches its children little about the greatness of our country, that teaches shame for our past rather than pride, that ignores those who are noble and heroic, yet glorifies those who couldn’t shine the combat boots of the least of the men who fought in that battle, it is time to remember.

    If, in writing this piece, I can get just a few of you spare a thought for these men today and every April 1st, I will have done my job. Maybe you could tell their story to a friend or neighbor - tell them about the men who fought and died for our flag and our freedom on a God-forsaken piece of volcanic rock that was ten thousand miles closer to Tokyo than it was to Ebbetts Field.

    Tell them. Because if you don’t, nobody will.

    Frank Santarpia
    Staten Island, NY

  • The Mosque That cannot Be Ignored

    08/15/2010 5:27:47 PM PDT · 10 of 16
    StatenIsland to ConorMacNessa

    “Yes, it is an obvious symbol of conquest - but the author is wrong on one point - The Flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi by five Marines and one Navy Corpsman.”

    Yes, I knew that, but I took some license for the sake of conciseness. I knew I would get caught here, though. I’m proud of this community for that very reason...


  • The Mosque That cannot Be Ignored

    08/15/2010 5:01:54 PM PDT · 1 of 16
  • Gondwana Supercontinent Underwent Massive Shift During Cambrian Explosion

    08/11/2010 5:50:18 AM PDT · 8 of 52
    StatenIsland to decimon

    Polar wander? My wife would kill me if she found out...

  • It’s About Sharia - Newt Gingrich resets our national-security debate.

    07/31/2010 6:15:54 PM PDT · 63 of 85
    StatenIsland to G Larry

    “Republicans don’t have anybody else that can debate any liberal at the drop of hat and convincingly crush them, on any subject.”

    G, I am with you, buddy. Ain’t NO picture of Newt with Nancy gonna change the fact that not a single R comes close to his grasp of the issues. But ‘round here - 99 1/2 WON’T DO! GOT TA HAVE A HUNNERT!

    Gingrich: Make Ground Zero ‘Battlefield,’ No to Mosque
    Friday, 30 Jul 2010 01:25 PM

    In an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich advocates declaring ground zero in New York City a national military battlefield to quash the proposal to build a mosque there.

    “More Americans were killed at the World Trade Center than in any place in the United States since the Civil War,” he said.—Ground—Zero—mosque—NYC/2010/07/30/id/366139?s=al&promo_code=A64F-1

  • National Dems licking chops at potential Vito Fossella comeback, expert says

    05/25/2010 3:14:31 PM PDT · 1 of 14
  • 9/11 Families Reject Towering Mosque Planned for Ground Zero Site

    05/25/2010 3:39:00 AM PDT · 30 of 30
    StatenIsland to pillut48

    I am a Community Board member (not that one, I’m in a different borough), and I can tell you that even if they vote against the proposed mosque, if they are building “as of right,” as the owner and the city have stated, there is nothing that can stop it.

    The CB is only an advisory organization, and their recommendation is only that - a recommendation, usually to the Board of Standards and Appeals.

    Where this MIGHT be stopped is by the Landmark Preservation Commission, who has had an application to landmark the building in process for twenty years - if you can believe that.

    If they “landmark” the building, the mosque cannot be built.

    From the NY Post the other day:

    A controversial plan to build a $100 million mosque and community center just two blocks north of Ground Zero could be undone by history.

    The 152-year-old building at 45 Park Place that would be torn down for the mosque is under the protection of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, which has had a pending application on its books since 1989 to grant it landmark status.

    A Landmarks spokeswoman said that the application had been on hold for more than two decades but that a hearing would be scheduled and a vote would follow on the designation.

    The landmarking issue is a potentially big obstacle for a project that both the city and the mosque’s backers had said could be built “as of right,” with no interference from city land use laws.

    If the commission approves landmark designation, it would be highly unlikely that the building could be torn down to make way for Cordoba House, a proposed 13-story mosque and community center.

    And until a vote is taken, the building has temporary landmark protection.

    Read more:

  • Staten Island GOP Exec Committee Nominates Fossella For Old Job

    05/19/2010 9:05:31 PM PDT · 1 of 1
    This is the old guard telling the Tea Party Movement that little kids should be seen but not heard.

    This will not stand. How can a man purport to stand for Conservative values and have two families?

    If Vito declines - no harm, no foul. If he seeks to use this recommendation as a springboard to the nomination - watch out.

  • Warning: Free Speech in the Crosshairs

    05/16/2010 9:27:30 AM PDT · 1 of 6
  • 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities'

    05/11/2010 7:28:53 AM PDT · 89 of 133
    StatenIsland to a fool in paradise

    “But we can’t consider this a MOVEMENT, it is strictly a prolonged series of non-religious based outbursts by lone nuts who may or may not be outraged by right wing talk radio... < /PresMayor Bloombergobama >”


    May 6, 2010

    Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

    You insufferable little man. You insufferable, insulting, little man.

    In your ivory-tower-skewed, elitist wisdom, you first saw fit to react to the attempted Times Square bombing by betting your twenty-five cents that the bomber was

    “…homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something...”

    While Conservatives tend to roll their eyes at the degree of overwrought political correctness in today’s society, we have nonetheless become sensitized to the much-discussed concept of “code words,” drummed, as it is, incessantly into our heads by the media and the race-baiters. So it’s not hard to imagine that your health care reference was a not-so-veiled indictment, well in advance of any investigative conclusions, of the Tea Party movement.

    I supposed you deduced this from the video of a white man removing his shirt on a hot, sticky day in crowded Times Square. Who among us could have expected that, when we overlooked your term-limit end run, we’d be electing the reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes? What astounding deductive powers.

    A question: Was your face red when you found out, a scant day later, that the perpetrator was actually a Pakistani-born Muslim, al-Qaeda trained, whose path to citizenship was to marry an American woman? My guess is that no, you were not embarrassed for having smeared tens of thousands of your constituents. Who cares what the peons think, right Mike?

    And so it was that you saw fit to admonish us immediately after the identity of the terrorist was made known. You couldn’t wait to warn us, we red-necked, thuggish, racist cretins who demonstrate in support of the Constitution. A good, hard, pre-emptive slap is good for us kids, I suppose.

    In totally misreading the good citizens of New York City of every race, religion or ethnicity, you sternly lectured that “”We will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers.” Way to go, Mike. A left jab is a good prelude to a right cross. Two insults are better than one.

    If you knew anything about the people you govern, you’d know that there are no more fair people on the planet than New Yorkers, and that we judge no man by the color of his skin, his ethnic makeup or his background. But you don’t know us well enough, do you, and so you thought we needed a talking-to by you, a small-minded little man with a Napoleonic complex and an ego that is far too large for even this, the second hardest job in America.

    How about this: next time, instead of blabbing on national television, you shut up about your opinions on who committed a crime and let the police do their job?

    How about this: next time, instead of incorrectly labeling a terrorist act as a one-off crime, you remind New Yorkers that we are a target in the War on Terror, and to remain vigilant and alert?

    How about this: next time, instead of warning us about the horrors of profiling or bias, you practice what you preach.

    How about this: next time, you take the advice of those good and proud Americans you saw fit to smear and just get lost, you creep.


    Frank Santarpia
    Staten Island, NY

  • Dumb question: How did oil get below the ocean floor?

    05/10/2010 4:59:43 PM PDT · 15 of 90
    StatenIsland to Miztiki

    Via Google:

    Oil has formed throughout much of the Earth’s history, in fact, oil is being formed in some parts of the Earth today. Almost all oil and gas comes from tiny decayed plants, algae, and bacteria. At certain times in the Earth’s history conditions for oil formation have been particularly favourable. Oil from the North Sea is mainly found in rocks that formed during the Jurassic period - about 150 million years ago, long before people appeared on Earth.

    During this time the seas and swampy areas were rich in microscopic plants and animals.

    When these died they slowly sank to the bottom forming thick layers of organic material. This in turn became covered in layers of mud that trapped the organic material.

    Oil and gas were formed by the anaerobic decay of organic material in conditions of increased temperature and pressure.

    The layers of mud prevented air from reaching the organic material. Without air, the organic material couldn’t rot in the same way as organic material rots away in a compost heap. As the layers of mud grew in thickness, they pushed down on the organic material with increasing pressure. The temperature of the organic material was also increased as it was heated by other processes going on inside the Earth.

    Very slowly, increasing temperature, pressure and anaerobic bacteria - micro-organisms that can live without oxygen - started acting on the organic material. As this happened the material was slowly cooked and altered, like food in a pressure cooker. In this was the energy first given to the plants by the sun is transferred and the organic matter is changed into crude oil and gas.