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Sheldon Silver, Democrat Speaker of NYS Assembly, Arrested For Corruption

By on Jan 22, 2015 | 0 comments

A Democrat arrested on corruption charges?!  The devil, you say! Hell has apparently frozen over, because one of the biggest corruptocrats to hit New York since Boss Tweed has finally been put in cuffs and hauled off to jail for “using the power and influence of his official position to obtain for himself millions of dollars of bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income.” Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, was arrested Thursday morning on corruption charges.   Silver showed up at 26 Federal Plaza in downtown Manhattan at 8 a.m. where he was arrested by FBI agents.   He’s set to make his initial appearance before a federal judge Thursday afternoon.   Silver’s spokesman, Michael Whyland, declined comment before the arrest.   US Attorney Preet Bharara scheduled a press conference at 1 p.m. to detial the charges.   The...

Obama’s ‘Zinger’ Was An Expression Of His Petulance

By on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Do you know how you can tell somebody has a good sense of humor? When they can be self-deprecating. Not just when they choose to do so, but when somebody else gets in a good jab or tells a joke at their expense. The whole point of having a good sense of humor is that you can laugh at yourself from time to time. President Obama doesn’t know how to do this. Sure, he’ll joke about himself but anybody can do that. That said, whenever somebody else makes a joke at President Obama’s expense and he’s there when it happens, it always looks like he suddenly had a lemon shoved in his mouth. He doesn’t like it. That was on full display during the State Of the Union Address. At one point he was speaking and said: “I have no more campaigns to run.” There was scattered applause from some Republicans. It was a light moment and the President could have seized...

School Choice – The Next Civil Rights Battle

By on Jan 21, 2015 | 26 comments

Our public education system, by and large, is a failure. And although many pine for the days when it used to be great, it actually never really was that great. In the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s, public schools only needed to churn out average students, most of whom would go on to work in manufacturing or other lines of work which only required a high school diploma. Today, employers are having a difficult time filling jobs because too many Americans lack the skills and/or education needed to perform those jobs effectively. We have more and more people going to college these days, but they are completely unprepared to do so. In New York City for example, nearly 80 percent of high school graduates who choose to attend CUNY (City University of New York) need to take remedial courses. That means they need more instruction in basic subjects such as English and Math, before they...

Next Window Please: Big Government, Little Help

By on Jan 16, 2015 | 0 comments

The federal government is not supposed to be in the business of helping individuals with much at all. Delivering the mail, administering passports, protecting your inventions (if you have any), maintaining a currency that everyone can exchange: these are the legitimate responsibilities the federal government has that puts it in direct contact with individuals. Or, at least, the federal government was meant to be held to that minimal level of interaction. “The Constitution’s articles, and the subsequent Amendments, specify the prerogatives of the Feds. They are listed in Article I, Sec. 8; Articles II-V; Amendments XIII-XVI, XIX-XX, XXIII-XXVI. These prerogatives belong to one of the following categories: 1) Defense, war prosecution, peace, foreign relations, foreign commerce, and interstate commerce; 2) The protection of citizens’ constitutional rights (e.g the right to vote) and...

Foreign Policy, Not The Economy, Could Be the Republican Issue in 2016

By on Jan 16, 2015 | 0 comments

With last month’s news that the U.S. economy grew by 5% in the last quarter, we may be coming close to the point at which the Great Recession is no longer the primary concern on voters’ minds. It is, of course, possible that the upturn won’t last, considering how weak the recovery has been to this point. Republicans also have a strong point that President Obama cannot take credit for the growth; that the economy ought to have recovered more quickly and that gridlock, partly due to Republican opposition, prevented more harmful “stimulus” plans from going into effect. However much truth there may be to those arguments (I think a lot), it will be harder for 2016 presidential candidates to make the case that the country needs Republicans to fix the economy. Falling gas prices and growing job markets will ease voters’ concerns and Democrats will then argue that now is not the time to change...

Feminist Demands 2015

By on Jan 15, 2015 | 7 comments

Recently, feminists– those well-intentioned champions of all that is socially just, who advance their left-wing agenda without the support of powerful and well financed lobbies, and a complicit media superstructure– yes, their back is really against the wall– got a really hardfought column published in the Washington Post, documenting what they want to see for feminism in 2015. I imagine the fight to find page space in the Washington Post resulted in nearly Pyrrhic casualties, with many women made into martyr waffles beneath the tank treads of sexism. Verily, a mushroom cloud of sexism rains down across all of the mainstream media and public life. Sexism weaves itself amid all things; it is like the force in Star Wars, or that bonding agent that adheres barcodes to household products for eternity. It animates all the things, and it is so weaved into the fabric of...

Anti-Semitism At CNN

By on Jan 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Is it just me or does it seem like every time Islamic extremists commit a heinous act, anti-Semites crawl out of the woodwork? That very scenario happened last night when Jim Clancy went on a completely incoherent anti-Israel rant after the world was rocked by Islamic extremists murdering 12 people after storming the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, beginning with this ridiculous tweet: The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet. They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention. — Jim Clancy (@clancycnn) January 7, 2015 And his anti-Semitic shame spiral took off from there. @OrenKessler Hasbara? — Jim Clancy (@clancycnn) January 7, 2015 Seriously, though, who doesn’t immediately think “pro-Israel propaganda,” when their tweet is criticized? .@clancycnn I call you out on your total unfamiliarity with the facts, and that’s your...