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  • Michael Bloomberg: 'Nothing' can make me run for president

    12/09/2010 11:05:05 AM PST · by speciallybland · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/09/2010 | Jennifer Epstein
    Just hours after delivering what sounded like a stage-setter for a presidential run, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted he will not join the race. “There’s nothing” that would compel him to run in 2012, Bloomberg told CBS News. “I’m not going to run for president,” he said. “Period. End of story.” But interviewer Katie Couric persisted: “Ever?” “I think at my age, ever is the easy thing to say,” said the 68-year-old Bloomberg.
  • Salsa-music legend Willie Colón predicts GOP victory tomorrow

    11/01/2010 8:21:52 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 20 replies
    Primera Hora (Spanish-language article) ^ | November 1, 2010 | Hiram Guadalupe Pérez
    (English-language translation) New York - Salsa artist Willie Colón's political prediction for tomorrow's congressional elections in the United States is that the Democratic Party will lose most of its seats. He says this will be so as a consequence of the disappointment Americans, and the Hispanic community in particular, feel because Barack Obama's administration has not been capable of delivering what was promised. "The Democrats will suffer many losses. They promised a lot and have done nothing. The economic situation is difficult, and unemployment keeps wreaking havoc," the artist stated during an interview with the Inter News (INS) agency. To...
  • US GOVERNMENT COMMUNISTS

    10/30/2010 8:26:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    ResistNet and CommieBlaster ^ | October 29, 2010 | Asst Natl Dir Mellie
    Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Maoists and Islamics are in the US Government. They all believe in a government that’s opposed to the US Constitution and, thus, the America our founders created. They want America to give up its sovereignty and to become a member of a one-world socialist government. For simplicity, let’s call them all “commies”. We began researching Obama and other commies in US Government and Media about 18 months ago and were shocked. Here’s the high-level overview of what we learned, which is chronicled in great detail at CommieBlaster.com: - America has been at war with communism for over...
  • Paladino Calls Senator Gillibrand ‘Schumer’s Little Girl’

    10/29/2010 7:12:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | MICHAEL BARBARO and DAVID W. CHEN
    There he goes again. Carl P. Paladino, the Republican candidate for governor, promised he would be politically incorrect. He wasn’t kidding. On Thursday, during a rally in Hicksville, N.Y., he called the state’s junior United States senator, Kirsten E. Gillibrand, “Schumer’s little girl.” It was an apparent reference to Ms. Gillibrand’s close relationship with Senator Charles E. Schumer, but Mr. Paladino’s dismissive description of the only woman to hold statewide elected office in New York jolted the political world. His comments were reported on the Web site of Newsday and by NY1. Mr. Paladino, a businessman from Buffalo, has previously...
  • CNBC's Kudlow: 'Serious Insider' Says NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Next Treasury Secretary

    10/01/2010 12:52:55 PM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 1, 2010 | Jeff Poor
    With what appears to be a devastating election looming for his party, is President Obama attempting to follow in the footsteps of one of his predecessors and moderate toward the center? Not if choosing Pete Rouse to replace chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is any indication, according to CNBC’s Larry Kudlow. On the Oct. 1 broadcast of “The Call,” CNBC Washington correspondent John Harwood predicted Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner wasn’t going anywhere, but Obama would take a pro-business tack with the leadership of Department of Commerce. However, Kudlow, citing a “deep political insider,” had a different forecast. “The Commerce thing...
  • Rumors Grow That Michael Bloomberg Is Going To Be The Next Treasury Secretary

    10/01/2010 9:57:36 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/01/2010 | Gus Lubin
    Larry Kudlow just insisted on a rumor we've heard several times: Michael Bloomberg is going to be treasury secretary. Kudlow says he heard from "deep insiders" that the pick has been made and it's Bloomberg. Of course this also confirms rumors that Tim Geithner, currently the Treasury Secretary, is gone after November.
  • CBS Affiliate: 'Cuomo Caught Lying About Voting for Bloomberg?'

    09/22/2010 6:27:10 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 22, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Flying Pigs Alert!The gubernatorial campaign of Andrew Cuomo has such a poor credibility problem that even the local New York City CBS affiliate is asking: "Cuomo Caught Lying About Voting for Bloomberg?" And what caused such an aspersion to be cast upon Cuomo's veracity? Check out this video in which Cuomo asserted that he voted for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. However, as the CBS affiliate pointed out, it didn't happen: But for all his actions as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, Cuomo did have a little problem with telling the truth about his election box support for Mayor...
  • Mayor Bloomberg Is Apparently Being Floated As Tim Geithner's Replacement

    09/01/2010 9:58:32 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/01/2010 | Business Insider
    Apparently New York's Mayor Bloomberg was on the short list to be named Secretary Treasurer back in 2008, and now the White House is revisiting the idea. From the NYPost: "It's been the focus of a lot of discussion," said one Democrat. "He's very well-liked and well-respected on Wall Street." At least the second half is probably true. The roots of this rumor are in Martha's Vineyard. Asked about last weekend's four-hour golf game with President Obama on Martha's Vineyard, Bloomberg told reporters yesterday, "The economy was the main subject, other than discussing golf."
  • 'Mosque' Debate Is a Red Herring

    08/21/2010 11:14:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies · 2+ views
    The Cato Institute ^ | August 17, 2010 | Gene Healy
    By 2012, our national debt will be larger than the entire U.S. economy, according to the International Monetary Fund. So what's on the front burner in Washington these days? Zoning issues in lower Manhattan! Is it OK to put a Muslim community center close to Ground Zero? I don't know, but local authorities don't seem to mind. That should settle it, but what Sarah Palin calls the "9/11 mosque" has somehow become a headline-grabbing controversy. On Friday, President Obama insisted that Muslims have the "same right to practice their religion as anyone else" and can build a mosque near the...
  • Michael Bloomberg's Dirty Money?

    08/20/2010 6:52:21 AM PDT · by truerepublican of the west · 13 replies
    New York Observer ^ | 8/20/2010 | New York Observer
    This article in the NY Observer indicates Michael Bloomberg, Mayor and businessman, just may have broken the law in his last campaign.
  • Poll : Bloomberg's ratings drop below 50 percent (for First Time in 5 Years)

    08/10/2010 8:55:38 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 10, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A new poll finds that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approval rating has dipped below 50 percent for the first time in five years. The Marist College survey was released Tuesday. It found that 49 percent of registered New York City voters think the billionaire mayor is doing either an excellent or good job. The poll said 33 percent rate him as doing a fair job, 16 percent said poor and 2 percent weren’t sure. The last time Marist asked this question, in April, 56 percent of voters rated him excellent or good.
  • New York's Daddy Czar

    07/20/2010 8:22:35 PM PDT · by JimPrevor · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 20, 2010 | Jim Prevor
    ...they do something almost totally irrelevant, such as hire one person to coordinate with different city agencies in ways that will help fathers or fatherhood or something kind of like that. In reality, of course, these efforts only distract attention and steal resources from efforts that might actually help -- say, improving the public schools, so more fathers who go to school can graduate, gain productive employment, feel as though they are making a contribution, and be valued by their wives and girlfriends for making a contribution.
  • Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion

    06/07/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT · by MollyKuehl · 34 replies · 168+ views
    Washington Post ^ | ANN SANNER
  • Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation

    05/18/2010 4:15:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 55 replies · 1,099+ views
    Times ^ | 24 May 2009 | John Harlow
    Some of America's leading billionaires have met secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the world's population and speed up improvements in health and education. The philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and religious obstacles to change. Described as the Good Club by one insider it included David Rockefeller Jr, the patriarch of America's wealthiest dynasty, Warren Buffett and George Soros, the financiers, Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, and the media moguls Ted Turner and Oprah...
  • Iowahawk: The Case of the Purloined Pathfinder

    05/05/2010 2:46:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies · 412+ views
    Iowahawk | May 5, 2010 | David Burge
    The Case of the Purloined Pathfinder A Bloomberg Holmes Mystery by Sir David Conan BurgeContinued
  • NYC Mayor: Bias Will Not Be Tolerated in Wake oof Times Square Car Bomb Arrest [PC Alert]

    05/04/2010 11:27:37 AM PDT · by freespirited · 63 replies · 1,448+ views
    Examiner ^ | 05/04/10
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City "will not tolerate any bias" following the arrest of a U.S. citizen from Pakistan in the Times Square car bombing attempt. Bloomberg said Tuesday that also applies to potential backlash against Muslim New Yorkers. The mayor said there are "a few bad apples" among any groups. He also cited New York's long history of accepting cultures from the around the world.
  • VIDEO: Bloomberg: NYC Bomb Suspect Someone With A "Political Agenda" Against Health Care Bill

    05/03/2010 3:47:23 PM PDT · by ianschwartz · 31 replies · 1,200+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 3, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg tells CBS' Katie Couric that the Times Square car bomber was someone who is "mentally deranged" with a "political agenda" that didn't like the health care bill.
  • Bloomberg to Obama: Get Going on Taking Guns Away

    03/29/2010 10:38:16 AM PDT · by bamahead · 98 replies · 3,665+ views
    GunReports ^ | March 25, 2010 | GunReports
    (GunReports.com)--A report from a national coalition of mayors urges President Obama to adopt dozens of gun registration and confiscation measures, including the creation of a federal interstate firearms trafficking unit. After months of waiting in vain for gun control supporters in Congress to take aggressive action against semi-automatic firearms, gun shows and NRA-supported restrictions on the abuse of instant background check records and firearm trace information, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging President Obama to make 40 changes to federal gun law interpretation and enforcement on his own-without congressional approval. Bloomberg conveyed his recommendations to the president through...
  • Bloomberg's Girlfriend Courted for Senate Run as Gillibrand Feud Festers

    03/15/2010 3:23:14 PM PDT · by Justaham · 40 replies · 1,082+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-15-10
    Not only is New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- known to have some kind of score to settle with Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand -- showing interest in Gillibrand's potential challengers, but now his long-time girlfriend is popping up as a sought-after GOP candidate. The New York Senate race is getting personal for Big Apple Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Very personal. Not only is the registered independent -- known to have some kind of score to settle with Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand -- showing interest in Gillibrand's potential challengers, but now his long-time girlfriend is popping up as a sought-after GOP...
  • Update On Bogus “Poll” Of NRA Members

    02/23/2010 11:14:47 AM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 588+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | February 19, 2010 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Update On Bogus “Poll” Of NRA Members   Friday, February 19, 2010   On Dec. 11, 2009, we noted that a poll paid for by anti-gun politician-activist Michael Bloomberg, claiming to show that NRA members support gun control, was conducted by a pollster who has been reprimanded and censured by two professional polling organizations, and who (of course) doesn’t have access to NRA’s confidential member list. Since then, gun control supporters have cited the poll in numerous newspaper editorials, opinion columns, and letters to editors, all attacking NRA’s opposition to gun control. Recently, however, Bloomberg’s...
  • First They Came for the Marlboros - The hazards of Michael Bloomberg's paternalist utopia.

    09/19/2009 10:40:12 AM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,166+ views
    Slate ^ | Sept. 19, 2009 | Jacob Weisberg
    Last Monday dawned clear and bright in the nanny state of New York City. The newspaper brought word that the city's new health commissioner was working on ways to get residents to exercise more. That same morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his latest assault on unhealthy behavior. By 2012, the mayor hopes "to lower the proportion of adults who drink one or more sugar-sweetened beverages each day by 20 percent." Tuesday's news was about plans to forbid smoking at public parks and beaches. If the past pattern holds, initial gasps of outrage at such bureaucratic interference will sputter into acceptance....
  • NRA takes aim at Akron mayor - Had joined group that opposes illegal guns (Akron, PA)

    09/16/2009 1:28:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 922+ views
    Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) ^ | Sep 16, 2009 | KIMBERLY MARSELAS
    Akron's Republican mayor has resigned from a national organization opposing illegal weapons after the National Rifle Association launched a mail campaign labeling him "anti-gun." Mayor John McBeth joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns several months ago, but he announced at a borough council meeting this week that he has left the group following an NRA mailing and a flurry of phone calls from concerned constituents in early September. McBeth said he was looking for new anti-crime ideas when he joined the 450-member association, which combats illegal gun possession and is not opposed to legal gun ownership. "It's not an organization that's...
  • U.S. Cities Consider Congestion Pricing

    07/14/2009 6:11:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 689+ views
    National League of Cities ^ | July 13, 2009 | Matt Bradley and Julia Pulidindi
    The social and economic costs of lost productivity and wasted fuel from traffic-choked streets are estimated to be $87 billion a year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2009 Urban Mobility Report. So far, federal, state and local efforts — focused mostly on expanding road capacity — have been largely unsuccessful at slowing the growing congestion on U.S. roads. Transportation experts now advocate a different approach, changing the emphasis from increasing supply to reducing demand. To reinforce smart growth policies, plug mounting transportation funding gaps and achieve immediate traffic relief, London, Stockholm, Singapore, Milan and three cities in Norway have...
  • Bloomberg Finances Gun-Control Ad in Virginia Race

    04/13/2009 10:06:35 AM PDT · by freespirited · 15 replies · 874+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | 04/13/09 | David W. Chen
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is getting involved in an election other than his own this November, thanks to an issue he has long cared about: gun control. Hoping to make a splash in the Virginia governor’s race, Mr. Bloomberg showed up here Monday to unveil a new commercial criticizing former Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, the presumptive Republican nominee, who is a strong gun-rights supporter. Mr. Bloomberg was joined about a dozen people, including survivors of the Virginia Tech shootings, their relatives, and Tatyana Timoshenko, the mother of Police Offcer Russel Timoshenko, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop...
  • Smith Wants Israel Stopped

    01/09/2009 5:07:22 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies · 753+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    We all know that for months, Harry Smith has been demanding that the international community force Hamas to stop shooting thousands of rockets into civilian areas of Israel. So Smith speaks with unique moral authority now in calling for Israel to be stopped. Oh, wait. As far as I know, Smith never uttered a peep of protest over the Hamas bombardment of Israel. But that didn't prevent the Early Show host from demanding this morning that someone in the US stand up to stop Israel from doing what no one else could or would. Smith served up some heaping hyperbole...
  • New York City orders churches not to shelter homeless

    11/22/2008 2:44:31 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 31 replies · 1,204+ views
    the canadian press ^ | Nov 22, 2008
    NEW YORK — Twenty-two New York City churches have been ordered by the city to stop providing shelter to the homeless. With temperatures below freezing Saturday, the churches had to follow a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week or not at all. Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a non-profit organization that serves as a link between city officials and shelters, delivered the news to the churches several weeks ago that they no longer qualify. As a result hundreds of people now won't have a place to sleep, he...
  • Obama presents ad in final days of fierce congressional race

    11/01/2008 7:58:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 397+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | 11/1/2008 | Joseph Ryan
    With just days left in the campaign, Democratic challenger Dan Seals is landing an assist from Barack Obama while U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk rallies supporters under the banner "independence matters." The Democratic presidential nominee has figured prominently in the hotly contested 10th District race, a battle that could play a role in determining the makeup of Congress under the next president. Seals, who is making his second run at Kirk in the North suburbs, made his TV debut this campaign season with a one-night broadcast ad that aired during Obama's historic nomination speech in Denver. With the ad that begins...
  • Bloomberg 527 attacks, backs GOP congressmen on guns

    10/31/2008 6:34:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 602+ views
    news.yahoo.com ^ | Oct 28, 2008 | Ben Smith
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is financing a new group that will be active in five congressional races this week, supporting gun control and other measures, a spokeswoman said. The billionaire mayor's new group, Americans United for Safe Streets, is sending out mailings attacking three Republican congressmen who oppose most gun control, Tom Feeney of Florida (above), Steve Chabot of Ohio, and Joe Knollenberg of Michigan, for their votes against gun control measures, including tightening restrictions on sales at gun shows and the restrictions on gun dealers who have lost their licenses. The group is also lobbying for funding for...
  • George F. Will: (Mayor Bloomberg's) Dispensable Arrogance

    10/12/2008 12:26:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 676+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 12, 2008 | George F. Will
    Unimpressed by Charles de Gaulle's droll observation that the graveyards are full of indispensable men, Michael Bloomberg, New York City's 108th mayor, has decided that he is indispensable. So the law limiting mayors to two terms must be revised to allow three terms. "It's not that anyone is indispensable," said Bloomberg when announcing that the term-limits law, which was enacted by referendum and then reaffirmed by a second referendum, is an intolerable impediment to his continuing as mayor for another four years in what he calls "tough times." He was referring to Wall Street's troubles, which will shrink the city...
  • Barack Obama`s 10 Point Plan to "Change" The Second Amendment

    07/31/2008 4:41:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 95 replies · 1,019+ views
    NRA ILA ^ | 28 July, 2008 | Wayne LaPierre
    For the Brady Campaign, Violence Policy Center, Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Schumer, U.N. gun-ban extremist Rebecca Peters and her globalist billionaire sugar-daddy George Soros, for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his horde of big-city politicians—in fact, for all those individuals and organizations who would harm or destroy our Second Amendment rights—Barack Obama’s mantra of “change” means their agenda will be harnessed to the total power of an aggressive, activist and radical federal government. “Change” means gun owners will be under siege like never before. Especially for NRA members who fought through the never-ending threats of the Clinton-Gore administration, the...
  • GOV BLASTS 'NASTY' MIKE ( Mayor Bloomberg )

    06/16/2008 7:28:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies · 112+ views
    NEW YORK POST ^ | June 16, 2008 -- | fredric dicker
    Mayor Bloomberg is a nasty, untrustworthy, tan trum-prone liar who "has little use" for average New Yorkers - like the 1,500 workers who would have lost their jobs had OTB closed, a furious Gov. Paterson has said privately. "He appears to be self-destructing," the governor said. According to a source with firsthand knowledge of Paterson's comments, the governor said that during talks last week on OTB's future, Bloomberg threw the same kind of bizarre tantrums that disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer had been known for. "He has the same kind of anger that reminds you of Spitzer," The governor charged...
  • Corzine hypocrite to cry highway robbery

    04/09/2008 1:05:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 118+ views
    The Home News Tribune ^ | April 8, 2008 | The Home News Tribune
    What is good for the goose evidently isn't so good for the gander when it's New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine doing the honking about New York City's congestion-pricing plan. Leading up to yesterday's deadline for New York state lawmakers to vote on the proposal, Corzine weighed in last week by saying that he was dismayed by the scheme and would bring suit against New York if it went ahead with the proposal to charge motorists $8 and truckers $21 to drive into the most heavily trafficked parts of Manhattan; the N.J. governor was angry as well that the fees...
  • Bloomberg, Other Mayors to Launch Illegal Gun Database

    02/14/2008 9:23:09 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 13 replies · 188+ views
    WINS-1010 News ^ | 2/13/08 | n/a
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- In a new tactic against urban crime, the mayors of several East Coast cities, including New York, plan to launch a database that will allow them to share information on known gun offenders. The database, expected to be operational later this year, will pool data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with information collected by local agencies, including ballistics information and intelligence gathered from debriefings of gun offenders. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and other urban leaders said Wednesday that the first-of-its-kind database will make it more difficult for...
  • Mike's one 'L' of a candidate [Potential Bloomberg candidacy]

    02/10/2008 2:12:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 170+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | February 10, 2008, | Michael Goodwin
    To most political observers, the near-certainty that John McCain will be the Republican nominee ends any prospects for a Michael Bloomberg candidacy as an independent. Alas, Bloomberg begs to differ. He reportedly sees the current state of play as another opening for his presidential dreams. After telling friends he believes Hillary Clinton will be her party's nominee, Bloomberg said at a recent event, "Hillary should pray I get in the race because that would help her," according to a source quoted in the Daily News gossip column Rush & Molloy. Bloomberg, whose office would neither confirm nor deny he made...
  • Calls Grow for Bloomberg to Make Up His Mind

    01/11/2008 4:07:40 AM PST · by King of Florida · 15 replies · 162+ views
    NY Times ^ | DIANE CARDWELL and RAY RIVERA
    Nearly every day a tiny new development trickles out from the stealth presidential campaign of Michael R. Bloomberg, the billionaire mayor of New York. He has talked with Chuck Hagel and Sam Nunn, potential running mates. He has delivered a tart critique of the presidential field. He is conducting intricate polling to test his appeal in all 50 states. Mr. Bloomberg’s dalliance with the idea of running for president has stretched on and on, with his enthusiastic approval despite the public denials. But even before actually entering the contest, Mr. Bloomberg may have already risked losing something: people’s patience. The...
  • Bloomberg Begs to Differ With Giuliani on Gun Suit

    09/25/2007 5:32:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 138+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 25, 2007 | Diane Cardwell
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took a rare, veiled swipe at his predecessor yesterday, challenging Rudolph W. Giuliani’s assertion that a lawsuit Mr. Giuliani filed as mayor against gun manufacturers had changed so much that he may no longer support it. Saying that the case had “not changed at all” since its inception, Mr. Bloomberg told reporters at a news conference at City Hall, “We believe that it’s a good case, and we hope to win it.” Last week, Mr. Giuliani, a Republican candidate for president, told the National Rifle Association that the suit had “taken several turns and several twists...
  • Ex-ABC consultant said to fake interview

    09/14/2007 12:25:50 AM PDT · by crazyshrink · 17 replies · 887+ views
    Yahoo News via Drudge ^ | Thu Sep 13, 7:53 PM ET | By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer
    A former ABC News consultant fired last year because he couldn't authenticate academic credentials is at the center of a new dispute over apparently faked interviews with Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Bill Gates and others. The consultant, Alexis Debat, quit the Nixon Center, a Washington think tank, on Wednesday after Obama's representatives claimed an interview with the senator appearing under Debat's byline in the French magazine Politique Internationale never took place. The interview quoted the Democratic presidential candidate as saying the Iraq war was "a defeat for America." Pelosi, Gates, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, former United Nations Secretary-General...
  • Guns in The Big City (Fred versus Rudy)

    08/28/2007 3:19:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies · 1,487+ views
    Race42008.com ^ | August 21, 2007 | Tommy Oliver
    I have been hesitant to comment on this, as it will likely cause some readers to get a little worked up, but it needs to be commented on, and I will try to be fair minded. Today in an article online, Fred Thompson took issue with gun control laws in New York City, going back to the early 1990’s. He had this to say about the policy taken during this time period, and the quick reaction provided by the Giuliani camp, courtesy of the hill: “Now, the same activist federal judge from Brooklyn who provided Mayor Giuliani’s administration with the...
  • [New York City]Council Seeks New Ban on Smoking by Parents in Cars

    08/15/2007 12:00:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies · 1,511+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | August 15, 2007 | GRACE RAUH
    Smokers have already been banned from New York bars and restaurants, and soon they could be prohibited from lighting up in cars carrying minors, an idea giving added fuel to critics who say the city has become a nanny state. A City Council member of Queens who is chairman of the council's Environmental Protection Committee, James Gennaro, said he is planning to introduce the smoking bill next week. "I am just seeking every opportunity I can to denormalize smoking and to try to put it out of the reach of kids," Mr. Gennaro said. "I've lost family members to lung...
  • Sex Harassment Allegations Could Haunt Bloomberg

    07/29/2007 5:30:27 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 48 replies · 857+ views
    1010wins ^ | Sunday, 29 July 2007
    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks his mind and that is a big part of his cachet in anything-goes New York. But a sexual harassment lawsuit he settled in 2000 and other racy comments over the years show how his blunt style could prove a liability if he runs for president as an independent. Before his election as mayor in 2001, Bloomberg was the target of a sexual harassment suit by a female executive who accused him of making repeated raunchy sexual comments while he was chief executive of his financial company, Bloomberg LP. Bloomberg denied...
  • Why I'm Backing Rudy Guiliani (Burt Prelutsky's Conservative Case For Mr. Mayor Alert)

    07/24/2007 11:52:02 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 88 replies · 1,362+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 07/25/2007 | Burt Prelutsky
    Because I'm convinced that, come November of 2008, Hillary Clinton will be the presidential candidate of the Socialist Party, so I think it's particularly important that the Republicans nominate Rudy Giuliani. I will admit that I have been waiting to see if Fred Thompson was going to toss his hat in the ring, but I finally got sick and tired of waiting. The guy's about 6-foot-5 and probably weighs 280; which doesn't hurt when he's portraying a New York City D.A., but he's simply not cut out to play a coquette. There are other attractive candidates in the GOP, but...
  • The Field Is Set (Election 2008)

    07/24/2007 3:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 756+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 23, 2007 | Reid Wilson
    Note: For the purposes of this column, we will assume that former Senator Fred Thompson is, for all intents and purposes, in the race for president. The field of 18 candidates - eight Democrats and ten Republicans - can only shrink, for several reasons. First, next year's presidential election looks to have genuinely captured the attention of the American public. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that fully 70% of Americans say they are following the race at least somewhat closely, 20 points higher than at the equivalent time in 2003. Among those respondents, 83% of Democrats say they...
  • Gun rights advocates poised for big victory in Congress

    07/22/2007 2:16:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies · 1,802+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 21, 2007 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    Copyright 2007 Hearst News Service House expected to renew law that makes it harder to trace firearms used in crimes WASHINGTON — Gun control advocates cheered when Democrats took over the House and the Senate this year, sure that the change in leadership meant a more friendly environment for new restrictions on the sale and ownership of firearms. But supporters of tighter controls are on the verge of losing the first big battle of the year over gun policy. The House is expected to pass legislation this week renewing a 4-year-old law that makes it harder for police to track...
  • Mayor linked to anti-gun bullying

    07/13/2007 11:37:29 AM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 1,202+ views
    newsday.com ^ | July 13, 2007 | AARON CAHALL
    WASHINGTON - Mayor Michael Bloom- berg's aides threatened to run negative ads against House Appropriations Committee chairman David Obey if pro-gun legislation opposed by the mayor was passed in that committee, Obey claimed yesterday. The mayor's office denied the charge. Speaking during a committee session, Obey (D-Wis.) said Bloomberg aides told his staff that TV ads painting him as anti-law enforcement would be run in his district if the provision, known as the Tiahrt Amendment, restricting police use of federal gun checks, was passed. "The Mayor's staff came into my office, and rather than discuss the merits, they simply did...
  • Mayors press Congress over gun trace law

    07/11/2007 2:05:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 906+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jul 10, 2007 | Claudia Parsons
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 200 U.S. mayors urged Congress on Tuesday to stop "pandering" to the gun lobby and repeal an amendment that they say makes it harder for police to trace illegal firearms carried between states. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent mentioned as a possible presidential contender, helped lead the uphill bid to eliminate the amendment ahead of a vote on it this week by the House Appropriations Committee. The Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, which says it has more than 225 mayors representing 50 million constituents, wants Congress to strike down the Tiahrt Amendment, a...
  • Poll: Bloomberg Takes From Giuliani (Against Hillary)[Another reason to nominate Fred]

    07/05/2007 5:37:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 674+ views
    Breitbart ^ | July 5, 2007
    THE RACE: Support for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Clinton in a theoretical general election matchup in New Jersey, with and without an independent candidacy by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. ___ THE NUMBERS - WITHOUT BLOOMBERG Rudy Giuliani, 47 percent Hillary Clinton, 44 percent ___ THE NUMBERS - WITH BLOOMBERG Rudy Giuliani, 36 percent Hillary Clinton, 36 percent Michael Bloomberg, 18 percent ___ OF INTEREST: If Giuliani were to become the GOP nominee for president, he might look to New Jersey as a place to pick up electoral votes that have gone to Democrats in...
  • The Anti-Perot - Michael Bloomberg is no populist.

    06/29/2007 2:19:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 496+ views
    City Journal ^ | 26 June 2007 | Fred Siegel
    When Mayor Michael Bloomberg flees New York for his weekend retreats in Bermuda, his neighbors are Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian prime minister, and Ross Perot, the independent candidate for president who shook up the 1992 election. They are, aptly enough, the two men who have limned the political path that he hopes to follow. Berlusconi, one of the wealthiest men in Italy, used a media empire even grander than Bloomberg’s to win power as the head of a coalition whose only goal was to elect Berlusconi. But careless pundits more often compare Bloomberg to Perot, even though the differences...
  • NRA Challenges Gun-Control Democrats

    06/28/2007 12:55:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 910+ views
    abcnews.go.com ^ | Jun 27, 2007 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    Associated Press Senate Democrats Fight Uphill Battle Against the National Rifle Association For the first time since taking control of Congress, gun-control Democrats are taking on the National Rifle Association. The NRA seems to be nipping the effort in the bud. At issue is whether Congress should loosen restrictions on local law enforcement agencies' ability to gain access to gun-purchasing data to trace the movement of illegal guns around the nation. The restrictions on such "trace data" began almost four years ago when Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., succeeded in limiting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, or ATF, from...
  • Will Bloomberg Swift-Boat Hillary? (Pat Buchanan Alert)

    06/28/2007 5:48:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 1,063+ views
    Human Events ^ | June 26, 2007 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    The presidential candidacy of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is already a smashing success. A mere change of registration from Republican to independent has garnered him a cornucopia of free and favorable publicity some candidates do not receive in a year of campaigning. The mayor has replaced Fred Thompson as the most talked-about non-candidate since Mario Cuomo in 1992 and Colin Powell in 1996. Gov. Cuomo and Gen. Powell, after scouting the terrain, declined to engage. That may be good advice for the mayor. Enjoy and exploit the media frenzy you will create between now and decision day, but think...
  • Shocker! Bloomberg Quits Republicans (Joseph Farah On The New York City RINO Turned Turncoat Alert)

    06/25/2007 10:41:23 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 19 replies · 558+ views
    W ^ | 06/26/2007 | Joseph Farah
    Stop the presses! New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has officially quit the Republican Party! I couldn't believe it. Why am I so shocked? I was surprised to learn he was a member of the Republican Party. I was surprised to learn the party of Ronald Reagan would permit him to join. I was surprised to learn that, having made such as mistake in associating with the likes of Michael Bloomberg, the Republican Party didn't have enough discretion to quit him first! This guy's record is remarkable only in its extremist divergence from any principle ever held – in word and...