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… on Robert Durst [#Oops]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Sunday,May 1st,2016

.. uh , someone should have kept his big mouth shut .

.. judge Jeanine Pirro has been on this case since the series [ HBO’s ” the Jinx “] premiered . More so since the case and Durst originally cam from her neck of the woods 15 years ago . She originally prosecuted this guy , and somehow he managed to get off ..

.. [h/t — WashingtonComPost.com]..
.. [link] to the blog column …

.. now Durst is in jail , and is on his way back to California . May he rot in hell ….

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… Micheal Nutter should know better [#cigarette taxes]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,September 1st,2014

.. and so should the Pennsylvania legislature …

.. it seems that Micheal Nutter is going to have to learn a hard lesson …

.. he is the mayor of Philadelphia . He wants to jack up cigarette taxes in the City of Brotherly Love …

.. [h/t — HotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. a lot . I do mean a lot …

.. the mayors of New York City have learned this lesson …. The hard way …

.. they have had a massive explosion of cigarette smuggling into N.Y.C. . Those dummies sit on the state line of two states , including New Jersey …

… those states do not have to do a think to profit from this . Now , Philly is going to have to learn the lesson …

.. Cigarette smuggling pays , dummy . Especially if you are on or near a state border . It also ends up wasting a lot of police manpower and time , stuff that can be better put to use elsewhere …

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… Claudia Tenney for Congress [#NY22] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,June 23rd,2014

.. Marine .
.. Mom .
.. conservative .
.. New Yorker .

.. [h/t — LegalInsurrection]..
.. [link] to news piece …

.. just learned about her . endorsed by Laura Ingraham . Michelle Malkin , and Erick Erickson [RedState] …

.. good enough for me …

.. looks like New York found a version of Joni Ernst that they can call their own . Nice catch …

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… Nice One , Harold [Ford , Jr.] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,April 19th,2014

.. former congresscritter Harold Ford Jr. was on Meet the DePressed the other Sunday …

.. [h/t — NBCNews]..
.. [link] to the video clip ..

.. the DemoCraps have to be stewing at this . It is almost perfect to put part of this clip into a campaign commercial …

.. Harold Ford Jr. is a good guy , a fairly moderate DemoCrap (by DemoCrap standards) , and lives now in New York . He could make life interesting for someone if he ever decided to get involved in electoral politics , again …

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… No Kidding , Senator Joe ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,December 23rd,2013

.. POTUS is an aloof , arrogant , above – it – all S.O.B. .

.. [h/t http://www.theGatewayPundit.com]

.. [link] to Senator Manchin ‘ s comments , courtesy of CNN ‘ s ” State of the Union . ”

.. What leadership style ? He does not have one . He does not know the meaning of the word ..

.. It is to be thankful that (yes , amazingly) Patty Murray negotiated with Paul Ryan on the recent budget deal . Not that I am wild about it . i am not all that thrilled about it , though .

.. Tactically , it is not the best thing to happen . Strategically , though , it is , at least for the G.O.P. . The Dems are backpeddaling like crazy on ObamaCrapCare , and are forced to defend it . its problems and hiccups keep popping up every day , it seems . The Dems are dreading having to defend the bill during the election campaign , and are realizing that there will be fewer of them , and more of the GOP after November ‘ s elections .

.. the

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… Nice Going , Alec Baldwin …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 26th,2013

.. you managed to get yourself fired by that rathold of a network , pMSNBC .

Italiano: Autore : flickr user David Shankbone...

… his Royal Crankiness , Alec Baldwin … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. Baldwin has a habit of going off in public , especially at member of the media . This time , it cost him dearly . He exploded at a femaile reporter for a local New York City tv station , going off with a homophobic rant .

.. surprisingly , pMSNBC actually has  some standards . Or , more likely , it wanted to avoid the embarassment of having to  fight off  protests from  its viewer base , and then act to get rid of him …

.. It is about time … Bye – Bye , Alec , you can go back to being a abnormal jackass , now …

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… It makes me wonder [on ObamaCrapCare] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Friday,November 22nd,2013

.. this beauty of a [clip]  is from transplanted New Yorker Harold Ford Jr. .

.. Ford Jr. is the Boy Scout of the corrupt Ford family of Shelby County , Tennessee , where he is originally from . He used to represent the 9th District (the district that Steve Cohen does now) of Tennessee , which is pretty much Shelby County , and the surronding area . It is not a minority – majority district , but it does not have to be . Shelby County is in the southwestern corner of Tennessee , and the packed – in minority population gives any Democrat , in particular a black Democrat (albeit Cohen is white) a built – in advantage and power base . This is one that the Ford family has used to its advantage for many decades . However , these idiots have gotten themselves into no end of corruption scandals , time after time .

.. At least Harold Jr. behaved himself . He even ran for the U.S. Senate , and nearly won . He did not lose by much . He is not the prototypical black Dem , being pro Socialism and anti – business . Jr. is far more moderate .

.. So , at least , even now living in New York ‘ s Westchester County , and being a now wealthy investor , the DemoCraps would be wise to listen to this guy . He is a relatively straight – arrow , as most Dems go . He is also more moderate , and is a natural candidate to run for office again , either in New York , or , if he wanted to , after his return to his native Tennessee …

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… Elections 2013 [New Jersey] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 11th,2013

.. well , Chris Christie won , and in a blowout .

.. He did very , very well in many demographics . Across the board . Women . Jews . Hispanics . Others . Even narrowed the

Governor of New Jersey at a town hall in Hills...

… Chris Christie , the re – elected Governor of New Jersey … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GOP deficits in the New Jersey House and in the New Jersey Senate .

.. Now , the speculation begins for 2016 . Can Christie win a 2016 general election ? You bet your boots he can . He can bring New Jersey and Delaware along , include Pennsylvania , and also put New York and Connecticut into play . It puts one hell of a dent into the DemoCraps ‘ playground .

.. You can also include potentially putting California into play . Potentially . If he can put New York into play , and grab New Jersey , along with Pennsylvania , California is possibly gettable . Expensive , yes . But gettable .

.. Christie now has an added year at his back . He has been re – elected (overwhelmingly , no less) , and can go out on the campaign trail , and collect chits from other candidates . He can stake out his positions before the presidential primary season , and can promote what he believes in , by who he chooses to support . From that , he can benefit quite a bit . We shall see …

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… What is This Guy doing in A Civilian Court [al Libi ?] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,October 15th,2013

… this joker was captured in Africa . He is a terrorist . He belongs in front of a military tribunal . One place that he does not belong is …

High-profile terror suspect taken to N.Y. to face trial

    Photo - FILE - This file Image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who was captured in an Oct. 5, 2013, raid and held aboard a U.S. warship, is now in the United States. He is expected to stand trial over whether he helped plan and conduct surveillance for the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. (AP Photo/FBI, File)  FILE – This file Image from the FBI website shows Al Qaeda leader Abu Anas al-Libi. Al-Libi, who…

The Obama administration Monday on transferred an alleged top al Qaeda figure captured by U.S. special forces to New York to face charges in federal court. The move is likely to revive debate about whether suspected terrorists should be tried in civilian or military courts.

.. Abu Anas al-Libi, a suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians, was captured by the U.S. Army Delta Force in Tripoli, Libya on Oct. 5. He was then whisked onto a Navy ship in the in the Mediterranean Sea where he was questioned by U.S. intelligence officials.

.. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the chief federal prosecutor for Manhattan, said the military handed al-Libi to U.S. civilian law enforcement over the weekend and he was brought directly to the New York area. He is expected to appear before a judge on Tuesday.

.. LEC again — he is the definition of a terrorist ,folks . He belongs in Guantanamo Bay , Cuba , not New York City …

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… Hey , Carlos Danger is gone ! [Weiner – schnitzel] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,September 11th,2013

.. not only that , so is Elliot Spitzer .

.. Even New York City has a limit on patience for the antics of politicians and their peccadilieos . Corlourful politicians are not

, "New York State Attorney General at New...

… bye , bye Elliot !! …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

uncommon in N.Y.C. , but this much ? The answer , thankfully , is no , no thank you , and better yet ,  go away , for good .

.. Both those two idiots lost in their Democratic party primaries last night in New York City [Spitzer for City Comptroller (paymaster) , Weiner for , of course , Mayor] .

.. the Big Apple is likely , barring a miracle , heading to the left . Bill de Blasio , the current Public Advocate , is likely to be the Democratic nominee for mayor . His GOP opponent is likely to be former NY MTA transit union head Joe Lhota . de Blasio will be , as you might think , be favoured in the general election , but it will be no walkover . Lhota will likely draw significant support for Latinos and Blacks , as well as Jews , Ethnics , and the working class (for obvious reasons) . de Blasio will have to work for it , and if he is smart , he should work his fanny off .

.. Only winning 40% of the vote (and , barely , at that) in the Democratic primary is not a ringing endorsement from your own party . If he is not careful , the other candidates ‘ supporters may well cross over to Lhota , or just stay home . NYP and NYS will endorse Lhota . Newsday as well . NYDN endorsement will be helpful . Also , minority papers in jewish and black communities , such as Queens and Harlem , will be vital . NYT will endorse the Dem , but he should not court it . Lhota can use it as a “billy club” against him with the GOP and the working class voters that hate the Times ‘ guts .

, member of the United States House of Represe...

… bye – bye , Carlos !! … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At least , for now , we will not have to put up with the likes of these two characters for a long , long time .

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… in Defense of the Missouri Rodeo Clown [yea , that one] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

..The Missouri State Fair has banned for life a rodeo clown who wore a Barack Obama mask during a bull-riding competition and suggested that “Obama” might be run down by an angry bull. “Hey, I know I’m a clown,” the still-unidentified performer said. “He [Obama] is just running around acting like one. Doesn’t know he is one.” Many in the audience were amused; at least some were offended. The event was captured on home video, which quickly made the rounds of news reports.

.. In a press release Monday, the State Fair said, “the statements and actions Saturday night were inappropriate and not in

English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the...

… Barack Obama , the clown …(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

keeping with the Fair’s standards. The Missouri State Fair apologizes for the unconscionable stunt.” The organization said it had decided “to permanently ban this rodeo clown from ever participating or performing at the Missouri State Fair again.”

..The controversy over the incident seemed to have two parts. One was outrage in some quarters over the obvious disrespect and ridicule directed at the president. The other was outrage over the suggestion of violence toward Obama — in the form of an encounter with the bull — that was the premise of the act. This is the most complete video of the incident available; you can watch it to judge for yourself.

.. The lifetime ban for the clown is ridiculous .  Any president comes in for a fair amount of mockery, and what happened at the State Fair does not seem worse than the mockery of the president that occurred — without consequences like lifetime bans — during George W. Bush’s years in the White House . It is hardly necessary to recite all the insults, threats, and other offenses directed at Bush during his presidency; if you were awake during those years, you know there were a lot of them .

.. But perhaps it would be useful to list a few, and ask whether they resulted in punishment and professional exile for those involved. As far as disrespect and ridicule are concerned, in 2007, TV newswoman Erin Burnett, who then worked for MSNBC, repeatedly referred to Bush as a “monkey” during a report on an economic summit. Burnett, who later apologized, was not banned from television; she is now a prime-time anchor on CNN. Burnett was not alone; depictions of Bush as a chimpanzee, in particular, were common on the Internet during those years.

.. And not unheard of on television. In October 2009, after Bush left office HBO’s Bill Maher said on his program “Real Time,” that, “Barack Obama, an actual college professor, replaced George Bush, an actual chimp.” Maher was not banned from HBO; he is still the host of the program.

.. As far as the use of violent imagery and the president is concerned  , George W. Bush ‘ s years saw imagery much more serious than that for a bump from a bull. For example, the 2006 film “Death of a President” was a faux-documentary that told the story of a fictional Bush assassination, including a graphic depiction of the Bush character being shot in the chest. After its premiere at the Toronto film festival, where it won the International Critics Prize, “Death of a President” was handled by a major American distributor, Newmarket Films, and was reviewed, seriously and on its own terms, by the Washington Post, New York Times and other major press outlets. The film’s makers were not banned for life from the movie industry or anything else .

.. In June of 2006, Alan Hevesi, then the comptroller of the state of New York, delivered a college commencement address in which he paid tribute to Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer by calling him “the man who, how do I phrase this diplomatically, who will put a bullet between the president’s eyes if he could get away with it.” Hevesi later apologized, explaining that he merely intended to praise Schumer’s courage and toughness. Hevesi was not banned from office; he was, in fact, re-elected as comptroller later in 2006. (He didn’t stay much longer, resigning when he was indicted on corruption charges.)

..It’s just to ask: Why should the Missouri rodeo clown be banned for life? Couldn’t his employers have demanded an apology instead? Could the employers be banned , instead ??

… the video link is [here] . click on it , and see for youself …

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… Smart Move by the Taxpayer …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

.. but we the taxpaying public get screwed ..

[h/t — aei-ideas.org & carpediem.com]

In the video above, Jeffrey Punton explains how he spent $42,000 in 2009 installing 20 solar panels on his Rochester NY home – he used $12,000 of his own money, and the other $30,000 was paid for by state and federal government taxpayer subsidies and tax credits. Over the life of the panels, Mr. Punton says he’ll be lucky to even get $8,000 to $10,000 back in reduced utility bills, which won’t even cover his own investment, much less cover any of the $30,000 in taxpayer subsidies and tax credits.

About solar energy, Mr. Punton said “I liked the idea, but when I looked into it, it was clear that the only way it made sense was with these inordinate government subsidies. And after pondering that for awhile, I decided I would install the solar panels to educate people about what the cost of the subsidies is to them as taxpayers. I’d say at least one person a week I discuss it with as they stop by, so I think I’ve reached quite a few people.”

Let’s hope Mr. Punton reaches a few more people through this video and media coverage.

Note: Even in the year 2040, more than a quarter-century from now, the EIA estimates that renewables including: a) landfill gas, b) biogenic municipal waste, c) wind energy, and d) photovoltaic and solar thermal sources COMBINED will only contribute about 3.5% of the total energy consumed in the US. And that is probably assuming the the massive and wasteful subsidies for solar and wind energy, illustrated above by Mr. Punton’s experience, will continue unabated.

… LEC here — i am going to include the link , and then the story from his local paper . When you realize where he is from (Rochester , NY) , then you understand how idiotic that the idea of solar power is , especially in the Northeast . No wonder tax rates need to be so sky high in New York state , in order to pay for idiocy such as this ..

.. the link is in the local news article . skip the ad , and watch the video . Do not blame the guy . He is using the installation as a teaching tool . He is not dumb , and i do not blame him .

[h/t — the (rochester) democratandchronicle.com]

The 20 solar panels Jeffrey Punton installed in the backyard of his Weldon Street home won’t ever generate enough electricity to cover their cost. Which is the whole point.

He means them as a cautionary tale, one that Punton said cost him $13,000 and received another $29,500 in state and federal subsidies and tax credits.

He installed the panels in 2009, and they work: he has generated about 15,000 kilowatt hours of electricity in four years, saving several hundred dollars a year on his energy bill.

That’s a lot of savings, but barely enough to recoup his initial investment over several decades, and not enough to cover the public money involved. It’s that public money that chafes him, evidence of governmental intrusion in the marketplace.

It’s a message that runs counter to the prevailing trend, especially in Monroe County. Greece recently lured a solar manufacturer from California, a coup local and state officials are touting as part of the region’s future.

Punton doesn’t buy it — at least on the consumer scale. And spending $13,000 of his own money on a project he predicted would fail doesn’t bother him.

He considers the $29,500 the government gave him a foolish investment — throwing good money after bad  — and misses no opportunity to point it out.

“It’s a billboard to talk about it to people as they come by,” he said. “It’s disappointing how little people know about the economics of it. … I don’t think it’s a smart investment to pay someone three times what they’re putting in.”

About $17,000 of the money for Punton’s panels came directly from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

In an email, a NYSERDA spokeswoman did not address Punton’s financial concerns but said solar power “plays an important part in New York state’s diversified renewable energy portfolio, which was created to reduce electricity use from fossil fuels and increase the amount of electricity from renewable sources.”

Punton, 60, works as a certified public accountant and has lived in the 19th Ward since his days as a University of Rochester chemistry student in the 1970s. He’s a libertarian and self-taught tinkerer with a half-dozen projects contributing to the disarray in his yard at the corner of Weldon and Custer streets

There’s the biofuel conversion setup, in which fryer grease from a Chinese restaurant is cooked, separated out and percolated through a 15-foot PVC column full of woodchips before filling the 40-gallon jugs that line the pathway to Punton’s porch, the concrete steps for which he poured and molded himself.

There are the two 55-gallon compost drums, the output of which he scatters on asparagus, chard, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, peppers, scallions, quinces and herbs tucked among piles of sand, broken up pavement and coils of wire. It’s an impressive urban homestead for someone who considers much environmental advocacy “stupid.”

There’s the two-seat airplane he started assembling 30 years ago but abandoned because of an allergic reaction to the epoxy that turned his arms bright red. The components are still scattered through his house, and rumors of a new type of adhesive have piqued his interest.

But it’s the solar panels that dominate the property. They’re mounted on a pergola he built himself that tilts to follow the sun and provides shade for plants beneath.

It’s a fine example of a person making a small difference for the environment — except the person doing it doesn’t approve at all.

“Overall,” Punton said, “the project just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”

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… the Perverted Party …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. how anyone can tolerate such infantile and immoral behaviour out of candidates for office , or out of sitting office holders , is beyond me ? Yet , the DemoCraptic Party continues to do so . The latest examples are currently on public display .

..Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather a matter of dishonesty —  deliberately ignoring some facts, and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform the public by portraying to them a politically falsified view of
events and personalities. If there were ever any honest person employed by the  New York Times (one can stipulate the hypothetical), that person would have been obligated to quit Thursday morning, when the banner headline on the front page of the paper should have been: “ANDREW BREITBART WAS RIGHT.” (An appropriate subhead might be, “Anthony Weiner Is a Typically Dishonest Democrat Dirtbag.”)

.. Cheating a great man out of his posthumous vindication is, however, just small change in the vast franchise of journalistic dishonesty of which the New York Times is the flagship enterprise. The fundamental falsehood of the whole Big Lie business is that Democrats are virtuous simply because they are Democrats, which is the only reason any fool ever could have
thought a wretched human stain like Anthony Weiner worthy of admiration. . .

.. Whatever anyone might say about that incident, it certainly was not a coincidence, nor was it coincidental that liberal media organizations were perfectly willing to assist in Weiner’s political rehabilitation. There was a reason, after all, that Weiner’s young cybersex partner told her tale to a gossip blog, rather than to any major newspaper or TV network. If a conspicuously married Democrat politician is engaged in sleazy shenanigans with a 22-year-old, no respectable liberal journalist wants to break that story. In 2011, it was Andrew Breitbart who turned Anthony Weiner’s sordid secrets into a national drama that drove the New York congressmen to resign in disgrace. Breitbart died last year, and so the latest revelations came from Nik Richie at TheDirty.com, because none of the “mainstream” reporters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, NBC, ABC, CBS or CNN showed the least bit of curiosity about the other young girls who had been objects of Weiner’s perverse attentions. Exactly
how many others there were we probably will never know, because there has been a rigorous journalistic commitment to knowing as little as possible about the online erotic adventures of “Carlos Danger,” as Weiner sometimes styled
himself. If Watergate had been reported in the manner of WeinerGate, Ben Bradlee never would have let Woodward and Bernstein go so far as to mention the name of E. Howard Hunt in the pages of the Washington Post.

.. Did anyone mention that Anthony Weiner is a Democrat? Republican politicians have occasionally survived sex scandals, but only a Democrat could expect to survive after being caught twice . And only a Democrat could, after such a humiliating revelation, hold a press conference and say that his plan was to “move forward,” bringing along the wife he had so deliberately betrayed, expecting her to stand beside him and avow her continued devotion to him. (How smooth, indeed.) Democrats have managed to convince a lot of Americans that there is no real danger to our society from creeps and perverts and rampant promiscuity. No, say the Democrats, the real danger is that those reactionary Republican bigots might “turn back the clock” and deprive America of such glorious pleasures as abortion, sex education, pornography and casual hook-ups arranged on the Internet.

.. It is interesting how Democrats are permitted this double standard: They defend the “right” of people to do what Anthony Weiner did (and do much worse), yet pretend they are not actually in favor of them doing it. Therefore it is best, from the liberal perspective, that no one make too much of the lurid details of Weiner’s antics, nor examine the effort to intimidate Weiner’s critics, nor suggest that Weiner’s persistently abnormal appetites are closely related to his status as a loyal Democrat. Any decent parent would be outraged at the thought of married middle-aged men secretively sending Internet messages to ask if their daughter’s crotch is “smooth,” and no decent parent would ever vote for the Pervert Party.

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… Earth to ” Three Musketeers ” … [bad boy politicians]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. Get Out of here .

.. Especially you , Anthony Weiner .

.. Bob Filner & Elliot Spitzer are bad enough . Both of them should get out of politics . Filner is a current office holder , being the current Mayor of San Diego . It goes without saying that he should resign his job . He is a serial sexual harasser , fondler , and likely , a sexual assaulter and rapist . He needs to go . Spitzer should withdraw from the Comptroller ‘ s race , today .

.. However , Anthony Weiner is in a class (below) of his own , by himself . The New York Times editorial board declared Tuesday evening that amid more sex scandal accusations, former congressman Anthony Weiner should withdraw from the race for New York mayor.

The board suggested that “the serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”

Accusations against Weiner surfaced Tuesday from nightlife website “The Dirty.” The site claims Weiner sexted with a young woman both before and after his resignation from Congress in 2011; screenshots of their alleged online conversations were also posted.

As The Times points out, it is the timing of this newest revelation that matters, “as it would for any politician who violates the public’s trust and then asks to have it back.”

During a press conference on Tuesday, Weiner acknowledged that some of the reports were accurate, and though his problem continued into 2012, “the behavior is behind me.” He plans to continue with his campaign.

The board declared Weiner’s statement “ridiculous.”

LEC again —  anyone suffering from the overexposure like that below (these pictures) should have the decency , dignity , and sanity to withdraw . I rarely quote from the Slimes , much less want to use their material . Today , I do .  Take your dirty laundry , Anthony , and  GO  ! …

weiner press gaggle

... how disgusting is this ...

… how disgusting is this …

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… the Consequences of ObamaCrapCare , continued …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,July 11th,2013

Wegmans Food Markets

Wegmans Food Markets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. well , ObamaCrapCare has struck again ! ..

.. It appears that there is a well – known regional grocery chain , known as Wegman ‘ s . It is well – known in its local area , especially where it is apparently based in upstate New York , near Buffalo .  A lot of their people supported ObamaCrapCare , until …

[Wegmans Grocery Chain Cuts Benefits, ObamaCare Blamed]

[h/t viralread]

.. An upstate New York grocery chain that had been praised for offering health insurance to its part-time employees will eliminate those benefits as a result of the federal health-care law passed in 2010.

.. “Several Wegmans employees confirmed part-time health benefits had been cut and said the company said the decision was related to changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act,” the Buffalo News reported late Wednesday. Under the so-called ObamaCare law, “part-time employees are not eligible for health insurance subsidies if their employer offers insurance,” the newspaper noted. By eliminating the employer-provided benefit, Wegmans makes its part-time employees eligible for government coverage funded by taxpayers.

.. The Rochester-based Wegmans issued a statement to the News: “As a private company, we don’t share specifics of our employee benefits programs. It’s a given that health care reform will result in some changes to our benefits program, but it will not change our commitment to meeting the needs of our employees.”

.. Wegmans employs more than 40,000 people at 81 stores in six states, including more than 4,000 workers in upstate New York

and , from the Buffalo News

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… Andrew Cuomo is Nuts …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,May 25th,2013

.. Andrew Cuomo is currently Governor of the State of New York . Governor . Not Dictator . He may well have some power to remove the sheriff of an individual county in New York . However , this is New York State .

.. Nothing is quite that easy in this state . He likely either has to answer to the legislature , or to the Circuit Court of Appeals , New York ‘

English: Andrew Cuomo, 11th United States Secr...

Andrew Cuomo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

s highest court . Even if he can remove them on his own , without them , he cannot just do so without repercussions . Moral , as well as political . Especially in the affected county .

.. The county could act and remove the appointed sheriff , since New York State counties are all home – rule . They have an elected executive , with a county legislature . Also , the counties are not small . It would affect at least 1 or more State Senate Districts , and 2 or more State Assembly Districts . And both chambers would not like the precedent , either .

.. It would also destroy his law-and-order chances at re-election time . If one were indeed a sheriff , they should call his bluff . They enforce the law . They understand the law , ususally , far better than a Governor does . Whether it will work , or not . New York ‘ s century-old Sullivan Law is a big enough headache . SAFE is much worse . To be honest , if seriously challenged , both the Sullivan Law and SAFE are unconstitutional .

… from PJM tatler (bryan preston) …

Tyrant: Cuomo Threatens to Remove Sheriffs If They Publicly Oppose His Gun Law

Posted By Bryan Preston On May 24, 2013 @ 7:42 am In Politics | 5 Comments

As the saying goes, scratch a liberal and you’ll find a tyrant underneath. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo is but the latest example. He shoved a very restrictive and ill-considered gun law through the state legislature in the dead of night. Among its flaws, the law criminalized police officers who tote firearms with magazines that hold more than seven rounds. Sheriffs around the state have objected to the law. Cuomo summoned them to the state capitol under what appears to be a false pretext, and used the meeting to threaten them into silence.

Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss.

“We didn’t get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration,” Moss said. “When we got there, we never got to the contents of the letter.”

Instead, Cuomo pushed the sheriffs to stop publicly speaking out against the act, Moss said.

“The governor was of the opinion that the sheriffs around the state should not be interjecting their personal opinions in reference to the law,” Moss said, adding that Cuomo said sheriffs can’t do that and enforce the law.

One person briefed on the meeting said Cuomo threatened to remove sheriffs from office, a little-used power afforded the state’s chief executive under the state constitution.

That would be an abuse of power. It would also not be out of character for Cuomo or, for that matter, Democrats writ large. Two of the three major Obama scandals — snooping on the press and the IRS — involve rampant abuses of power. Cuomo’s own tactics in passing the SAFE Act could be construed as abuses of power, as he used emergency provisions to waive the normal three-day public examination period. Legislators were not even afforded enough time to read the law they were voting on. The SAFE Act was not a response to any real emergency, but it did fulfill Cuomo’s wish to get a landmark bill through as quickly as possible.

and … [h/t Liberty News Network]

Cuomo to State Sheriffs: Shut Up About Gun Law or Risk Termination

On May 21, 2013, in Andrew Cuomo, Gun Control, New York, by Rusty Weiss

What many had assumed would be a meeting regarding New York State Sheriffs’ Association

concerns about New York’s strict new gun laws, turned into a verbal scolding from the

Governor which included the threat of some people’s jobs if they didn’t toe the line

and shut up about the SAFE Act.

– See more at: http://menrec.com/coumo-to-state-sheriffs-shut-up-about-gun-law-or

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