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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Obama sneaks new appointees in before January 1st with no confirmations.

By S.A. MILLER



Last Updated: 6:56 AM, December 30, 2010



Posted: 12:45 AM, December 30, 2010



 WASHINGTON -- President Obama yesterday bypassed the Senate confirmation process with six recess appointments, including Washington attorney James Cole for the No. 2 Justice Department post, which Republicans had blocked since May over his ties to AIG before its near collapse.



Rep. Peter King (R-LI), incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, also objected to the Cole appointment because he said it continued the administration's "dangerous policies of treating Islamic terrorism as a criminal matter."



"I find it absolutely shocking that President Obama would appoint someone who has diminished the 9/11 terrorist attacks by comparing them to the drug trade and who believes that a civilian courtroom is the appropriate venue for 9/11 trials," King said.



"This may be one of the worst appointments by President Obama."



Cole, a close friend of Attorney General Eric Holder, is a partner at a private Washington law firm.


Like a theif in the night the illustreous King Obama adds new members to his administration while no
one is minding the store. This man has got to go.........................................theodore miraldi






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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Obama's New Beginning?

i must admit that it's been a breath of fresh air watching Congress and the President working side

by side after nearly two years of extreme partisanship on both sides of the aisle. our republic is at

its best when opposing parties sit down together, and do the business of the people in an honest

and self-less manner. I applaud both parties, and the President for understanding what happened

in November's vote of no confidence to the policies coming out of the Oval office.

let's just hope the new membership catches the fever to work closely with the opposition to  put

our nation back on its feet by creating an atmosphere of cooperation. Happy New Year to all!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Health Care Ruled Unconstitutional in Va Court. NY Times 12/13/10.........

Published: December 13, 2010

A federal district judge in Virginia ruled on Monday that the keystone provision in the Obama health care law is unconstitutional, becoming the first court in the country to invalidate any part of the sprawling act and ensuring that appellate courts will receive contradictory opinions from below.

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Judge Hudson’s Ruling.......

Judge Henry E. Hudson, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, declined the plaintiff’s request to freeze implementation of the law pending appeal, meaning that there should be no immediate effect on the ongoing rollout of the law. But the ruling is likely to create confusion among the public and further destabilize political support for legislation that is under fierce attack from Republicans in Congress and in many statehouses.



In a 42-page opinion issued in Richmond, Va., Judge Hudson wrote that the law’s central requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance exceeds the regulatory authority granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. The insurance mandate is central to the law’s mission of covering more than 30 million uninsured because insurers argue that only by requiring healthy people to have policies can they afford to treat those with expensive chronic conditions.



The judge wrote that his survey of case law “yielded no reported decisions from any federal appellate courts extending the Commerce Clause or General Welfare Clause to encompass regulation of a person’s decision not to purchase a product, not withstanding its effect on interstate commerce or role in a global regulatory scheme.”



Judge Hudson is the third district court judge to reach a determination on the merits in one of the two dozen lawsuits filed against the health care law. The others — in Detroit and Lynchburg, Va. — have upheld the law. Lawyers on both sides said the appellate process could last another two years before the Supreme Court settles the dispute.



The opinion by Judge Hudson, who has a long history in Republican politics in northern Virginia, continued a partisan pattern in the health care cases. Thus far, judges appointed by Republican presidents have ruled consistently against the Obama administration while Democratic appointees have found for it.



That has reinforced the notion — fueled by the White House — that the lawsuits are as much a political assault as a constitutional one. The Richmond case was filed by Virginia’s attorney general, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a Republican, and all but one of the 20 attorneys general and governors who filed a similar case in Pensacola, Fla., are Republicans. Other lawsuits have been filed by conservative law firms and interest groups.



The two cases previously decided by district courts are already before the midlevel courts of appeal, with the Detroit case in the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati and the Lynchburg case in the Fourth Circuit in Richmond.



The Justice Department, which is defending the statute, is also considering whether to appeal Judge Hudson’s ruling to the Fourth Circuit, which hears cases from Virginia and four other states. That would leave that court to consider opposite rulings handed down over two weeks in courthouses situated only 116 miles apart.



The Richmond ruling is the latest in a string of recent setbacks for the Obama administration, following the Democrats’ loss of the House in the midterm elections and last week’s intraparty mutiny over Mr. Obama’s agreement to extend the Bush era tax cuts.



But administration officials, who have been bracing for an adverse ruling, emphasized that Judge Hudson’s opinion was just one among several. They said they maintained high confidence that the law eventually would be upheld, and expressed frustration that negative rulings were attracting more attention than affirming ones.



The officials stressed that the judge’s decision to not enjoin the law would defer any actual impact for years. They noted that the insurance requirement does not even take effect until 2014, when the Supreme Court presumably will have ruled.



The administration has said that if that provision eventually falls, related insurance reforms would necessarily collapse with it, most notably the ban on insurer exclusions of applicants with pre-existing health conditions. But officials said other innovations, including a vast expansion of Medicaid eligibility and the sale of subsidized insurance policies through state-based exchanges, would withstand even a Supreme Court ruling against the insurance mandate.



“It’s our strongly held view that those provisions survive” in judicial decisions invalidating the insurance requirement, one administration official said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.



However, even state officials who support the new law said Monday’s ruling would reinforce calls by many Republican governors and lawmakers to slow down its implementation.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Clinton steals show from Obama at White House, who's in charge?

WASHINGTON -- Bubba's back in charge!




President Obama brought Bill Clinton to the White House yesterday to drum up support for his tax-cut deal with Republicans. But it seemed like it was 1995 in the Briefing Room.

After making brief remarks in a joint appearance following their private meeting, Obama graciously ceded the microphone to Clinton.

Clinton grabbed it and proceeded to hold court for the next 30 minutes in a dominating performance, leaving Obama looking like a bystander, instead of the leader of the free world.

DRASTIC TACTIC IN DEM FAMILY FEUD

Reuters

EXIT, STAGE LEFT: President Obama has apparently had enough of Bill Clinton’s scene-stealing performance at the White House’s press room yesterday and walks out. The engaging ex-president held court for a half-hour.

CHARLES HURT: 'BIG SLADE' STEPS INTO HUGE VOID AND TAKES COMMAND

VIDEO: BIPARTISAN 'BILL'

"I'm going to let him speak very briefly," Obama said, saying he had to go to "just one more Christmas party" -- and then looked on in silence as his Democratic predecessor expounded on a series of subjects.

Obama then literally looked at his watch and then left, leaving Clinton to soliloquize about taxes, Haiti, interest rates and community banking.

Clinton actually fielded over a dozen questions from the press corps.

"First of all, I feel awkward being here, and now you're gonna leave me all by myself," Clinton joked at the outset, as the pair surprised reporters in the room Clinton once commanded.

Clinton then lauded the tax deal as "the best bipartisan agreement we can reach," and sprinkled in deft lines that bested those dreamed up by Obama's speechwriters to sell the plan.

"I don't believe they can get a better deal by waiting," Clinton said of the deal.

When a reporter asked Clinton a question about what advice he offered Obama in the private White House meeting, he kicked it over to Obama.

But the president seized the moment to escape.

"Here's what I'll say. I've been keeping the first lady waiting for about half an hour. So I'm going to take off," Obama said while Clinton was in mid-sentence.

"I don't want to make her mad, so please go," quipped Clinton.

Mindful of Clinton's ability to talk and talk, Obama concluded, "You're in good hands. And [Press Secretary Robert] Gibbs will call last question" -- DC parlance for giving a speaker the hook.

Gibbs did try to cut things off, but Clinton kept fielding questions anyway, taking a total of 13.

Longtime White House observers were stunned as the former president spoke for 30 minutes with the podium to himself on live TV.

By bringing Clinton, Obama risked getting upstaged or looking desperate in his efforts to get his tax deal through.

But the extra assist could build support for the deal and steal attention away from a filibuster being waged against it on the Senate floor by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Reporters wanted to know what Clinton thought of the dissension within the Democratic party over extending the Bush-era tax cuts -- even for those earning more than $250,000 a year.

Clinton expressed empathy with House Democrats, whom he sometimes tormented while in office; but he pitched for bipartisan compromise.

"A lot of 'em are hurting now, and I get it," Clinton said. "We had an election. The results are what they are. The numbers will only get worse in January, in terms of negotiating."

Asked whether Obama had "caved" or would be a one-term president, Clinton said, "I just respectfully disagree about that."

When a reporter remarked that Clinton seemed happier giving advice than when governing, Clinton replied with a twinkle and smile: "Oh, I had quite a good time governing. I am happy to be here, I suppose, when the bullets that are fired are unlikely to hit me -- unless they're just ricocheting."

He stretched credulity on a question about the deficit when he called himself a "depression-era kid." (Clinton was born during the postwar baby boom in 1946).

And he showed his skill at portraying the political center as a sane refuge between extremes.

"The one thing that always happens when you have divided government is that people no longer see principled compromise as weakness," Clinton said.

He said it was "worth fighting" to avoid a Republican repeal of health-care legislation and worth a "ferocious fight" to avoid repealing student loan reforms proposed by Clinton and enacted under Obama.

Earlier in the day, White House aides wouldn't say whether Clinton and Obama would even appear, and the White House didn't make them available for even a photo op beforehand.

geoff.earle@nypost.com  12/11/10

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bam's wage freeze: too little, too late. NYPost 12/4/2010

*    As Charles Hurt explains, this freeze only affects a portion of the total federal workforce; it does not cut

the size of the federal government ("Obama's Freezing Forecast," Nov. 30).


    This action took two long years, and it was made in response to a citizen revolt against federal spending.

 Now, President Obama is gaming the Democrats' loss of the House by proposing this modest freeze,

although he found it easier to affect the fixed income of seniors two years in a row.

This chameleon-like behavior is Obama's forte. When push comes to shove, government employees and big

labor unions will get one of his famous waivers.

theodore miraldi


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ethics Panel: Rangel Violated House Rules

Rangel Verdict No Surprise.........and still whinning. NYPost 11/17/2010

For Charlie Rangel, it's all over but the wrist-slap.

A panel of his congressional peers found the veteran Harlem pol guilty, guilty, guilty on 11 counts of ethics violations, and now the matter goes to the full House Ethics Committee for further consideration.

Charlie wasn't buying it.

"How can anyone have confidence in the decision of the Ethics Subcommittee when I was deprived of due process rights, right to counsel and was not even in the room?" Rangel asked.

But he wasn't "in the room" when the ethics panel considered his case Monday because he had announced a boycott of the proceedings and walked out.


Ron Sachs - CNP
Charles Rangel
The petulance continued:

"I can only hope that the full committee will treat me more fairly, and take into account my entire 40 years of service to the Congress before making any decisions on sanctions."

Well, we can only hope that someday soon Rangel will 'fess up -- and just stop whining. It's unbecoming.

Yesterday's verdict made official what everyone has long known -- that Charlie Rangel is just another corrupt, old pol.

Again, he didn't even bother to contest the charges, many of which were first made public by The Post.

Rangel's violations included failing to pay taxes and to fully disclose income and assets; using a rent-stabilized apartment as a campaign office; soliciting funds from folks with business before his committee, and several others.

A weasel to the end, he now claims he was unfairly convicted.

How positively lame.

What the full committee will do now is anybody's guess.

Rangel deserves to be drop-kicked right off Capitol Hill. But Congress takes care of its own, so no one should expect more than a mild rebuke.

And even more whining from the congressman. It's what he does best.


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Earmark 'earaches': Public's heard enough NYPost 11/17/2010...

It's about time that business as usual had a sharp interruption on

Capitol Hill ("End Earmarks Now," Editorial, Nov. 15).

Earmarks cheapen the very essence of good government by allowing senators

and their states to receive billions of dollars for special-interest

projects by attaching additional dollars to legitimate legislation.

Now is the time for Congress to stamp out excess and show the voting

public that it means business. Every dollar counts and should be counted.

Sen. Jim DeMint is right: No more earmarks.

Theodore Miraldi



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Monday, November 15, 2010

Crooked UN...........

It should be apparent to all that the United Nations is a rubber-stamp organization of the third world (“Judgement of Jackals,” Editorial, Nov. 8).

It is totally out of sync with international problems that the nations that support global peace and harmony are facing.

The Human Rights Committee, with a bunch of tyrants and despots, is now judging our nation’s civil rights.

The UN should take the same route as the League of Nations. It is irrelevant in today’s complicated world scene. Let it go elsewhere and save the US taxpayers the time and money, rather than provide a pulpit of hate for these corrupt representatives.

Theodore Miraldi



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Friday, November 5, 2010

Voters to Democrats: it's payback time NYPost 11/3/2010

Though many of us may be rejoicing, these election results are by no means a rubber-

stamp approval of the GOP's way of doing business as usual.

Maybe now, for the first time since Republicans' loss of power to Sen. Harry Reid

and Pelosi, they will take the people seriously.


This "Election of 'No' " means no more spending, no more bailouts and no tax hikes

across the board. Bringing fairness back is what the American public expects --

having our leaders acting like leaders instead of children and solving our economic

woes. Americans want jobs, not a socialist welfare state.

Theodore Miraldi



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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Spirit that is the United States..........

after two tumultuous years of being told by our master obama, Americans have

told him in no uncertain terms, that this election Mr. obama is a teachable moment.

after listening to the academic drivel of someone who lived outside of his own means

for most of his adult life, the buck stops here. no more deficit spending, no more

redistribution of the nation's wealth, it's time to "sit down and shut up". now where

did i hear that? thank you, to everyone who had the mettle to swim upstream and can

pelosi's irrational gang of corruption........

Monday, November 1, 2010

Your Vote Can Make the Difference...........

Nearly two years to the date we elected a man who promised us Hope and Change, but

now a good proportion of this nation feels hopeless and trapped. This Administration

from the onset was poised to tear down this nation, financially, socially and yield

to our detractors abroad. Bush in 8 years amassed a deficit in the billions, with

his first two years in office the Obama Administration has created a deficit in the

trillions that our childrens, grandchildren will still be paying for. He preached

unity and gave us partisanship, he guaranteed transparency and has worked in

collusion with the Democrat controlled Congress and made them vote on a Health Care

Bill without time to read it, he bought votes with superfluous Executive Orders that

he was well aware had no legal standing. Obama has lied and cheated his way

through two years of spending trillions of dollars while Americans in the private

sector are still losing jobs. He's created numerous new agencies and ballooned the

Federal Budget to the point of breaking our backs.

Your vote tomorrow can help to change the direction of this nation and return

our Institutions to sound, negotiated policies using what gifts God has given us;

Honesty, Integrity, and a Raional Mindset. Vote to make this message loud and

clear. We the people ARE these United States of America! Kick the bums out!!!!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Liberals are just plain miserable people....by Peter Sweizer

George Orwell once wrote that politics was closely related to social identity. 'One sometimes gets the impression,' he wrote in The Road To Wigan Pier, 'that the mere words socialism and communism draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, nature-cure quack, pacifist and feminist in England'.
Orwell was making an observation. But today a whole body of academic research shows he was correct: your politics influence the manner in which you live your life. And the news is not so good for those on the political Left.
There is plenty of data that shows that Right-wingers are happier, more generous to charities, less likely to commit suicide - and even hug their children more than those on the Left.
Come on, you miserable Lefties...Prove Peter Schweizer wrong and tell us below why Left-wingers are really more lovable. The three best replies will win a bottle of Bollinger champagne and a donation of £100 to the Red Cross appeal to help Burma cyclone victims...
Enlarge Tory joy: Conservative Prime Minister Winston Churchill shows his caring side when meeting a little girl in London in 1950

In my experience, they are also more honest, friendly and well-adjusted.
Much of this springs from the destructive influence of modern liberal ideas.
In the Sixties, we saw the beginning of a narcissism and self-absorption that gripped the Left and has not let go.
The full-scale embrace of the importance of self-awareness, self-discovery and being 'true' to oneself, along with the idea that the State should care for the less fortunate, has created a swathe of Left-wing people who want to outsource their obligations to others.
The statistics I base this on come from the General Social Survey, America's premier social research database, but they are just as relevant to the UK, as I believe political belief systems drive one's attitudes, regardless of where you happen to live.
Those surveyed were asked: 'Is it your obligation to care for a seriously injured/ill spouse or parent, or should you give care only if you really want to?' Of those describing themselves as 'conservative', 71 per cent said it was. Only 46 per cent of those on the Left agreed.
To the question: 'Do you get happiness by putting someone else's happiness ahead of your own?', 55 per cent of those who said they were 'very conservative' said Yes, compared with 20 per cent of those who were 'very liberal'.
It's been my experience that conservatives like to talk about things outside of themselves while progressives like to discuss themselves: how they are feeling and what their desires are. That might make for a good therapy session but it's not much fun over a long dinner.
Research also indicates those on the Left are less interested in getting married: 30 per cent of those who were 'very liberal' said it was important, in contrast to 65 per cent of Right-wingers.
The same holds true when the question of having children arises. Progressive American cities such as San Francisco and Seattle have become 'childless liberal boutique' cities, according to Joel Kotkin, an expert on urban development.
While 69 per cent of those who called themselves 'very conservative' said it was important for them to have children, only 38 per cent of corresponding liberals agreed.
Many on the Left proudly proclaim themselves 'child-free'. While some do not want children on ecological grounds, much has to do with the fact that they simply don't want the responsibility of having a child.
When asked by the World Values Survey whether parents should sacrifice their own well-being for those of their children, those on the Left were nearly twice as likely to say No.
'I'll have babies if you pay for them,' one Leftie blogger said on the social networking website yelp.com.
Billionaire Ted Turner, a self-described socialist, publicly regrets that he had five children. 'If I was doing it over again, I wouldn't have had that many,' he says. 'But I can't shoot them now they're here.'
All of this should not come as a surprise to anyone watching the drift of progressive thinking over the past 40 years.
Starting with British anthropologist Edmund Leach, who said: 'Far from being the basis of a good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all its discontents', feminists, progressives and others have seen the family as an oppressive force.
Feminist Gloria Steinem says on behalf of women: 'The truth is, finding ourselves brings more excitement and wellbeing than anything romance can offer.'
Linda Hirshman tells women not to have more than one baby so they can concentrate on a career. 'Find the money,' she advises. Ah, the important things in life.
Even when they do have children, research carried out at Princeton University shows liberals hug them less than conservatives. My wife thinks they're too busy hugging trees.
Most surprising of all is reputable research showing those on the Left are more interested in money than Right-wingers.
Both the World Values Survey and the General Social Survey reveal Left-wingers are more likely to rate 'high income' as an important factor in choosing a job, more likely to say 'after good health, money is the most important thing', and agree with the statement 'there are no right or wrong ways to make money'.
You don't need to explain that to Doug Urbanski, the former business manager for Left-wing firebrand and documentary-maker Michael Moore. 'He [Moore] is more money-obsessed than anyone I have known - and that's saying a lot,' claims Urbanski.
How is it possible that those who seem to renounce the money culture are more interested in money?
One might suggest those on the Left are simply being more honest when they answer such questions. The problem is that there is no evidence to support this.
Instead, I believe the results have more to do with the powerful appeal of progressive thinking.
Many on the Left apparently believe that espousing liberal ideals is a 'get out of jail free' card that inoculates them from the evils of the money culture.
Cherie Blair, for example, never lets her self-proclaimed socialist attitudes stop her making money. She is even willing to be paid (as she was in Australia) to appear at charity events.
Such progressives, sure that they are not overly interested in money and possessions, believe they are then free to acquire them.
Studies also indicate that those on the Left are less likely to give to charity or to volunteer their time to charity. When they do support charity, it is often less the sort of organisation that helps people and more one that advocates political action.
Uber-progressive Barbra Streisand gives lots of money to charity but the largest recipients are not organisations that feed the hungry - the cash goes to advocacy organisations such as The Bill Clinton Foundation.
Similarly, Michael Moore gives to film festivals and elite cultural institutions such as the Lincoln Center - but barely a penny goes to needy people.
Progressives see economic equality as the highest form of social justice, so they have become obsessed with questions of income inequality.
Can there be any surprise then that those on the Left tend to be more envious and jealous of successful people? That's what studies indicate.
Professor James Lindgren, of Northwestern University in Chicago, found those who favour the redistribution of wealth are more envious than those who do not.
Scholars at Oxford and Warwick Universities found the same sort of behaviour when they conducted an experiment.
Setting up a computer game that allowed people to accumulate money, they gave participants the option to spend some of their own money in order to take away more from someone else.
The result? Those who considered themselves 'egalitarians' (i.e. Left of centre) were much more willing to give up some of their own money if it meant taking more money from someone else.
Much of the desire to distribute wealth and higher taxation is motivated by envy - the desire to take more from someone else - and bitterness.
The culprit here is not those on the Left who embrace progressive ideas but the ideas themselves.
As John Maynard Keynes reminds us: 'The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and wrong, are more powerful than commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else.' Or, as the American theorist Richard Weaver once declared: 'Ideas have consequences.'
And it seems that today modern progressive ideas can often bring out the worst in people.
• Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. His book, Makers And Takers, is published by Doubleday.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mindless Dems Talk About Foreign Cash.......

How I enjoy reading Michelle Malkin's dissertation on the democratic party's inane crying wolf about

foreign cash flooding our political system. The comatose Democrats can't seem to remember the enormous

amounts of money from the likes of Norman Hsu and his so-called Asian patriots working towards a better, and

more honest American Democracy. Just ask Secretary of State Hillary and hubby Bill, they sure hate foreign

money don't they. The democrats have been selling off America piece, by piece in their never ending quest

to turn our nation into a dependent Third World Nation. Now we have Obama, who truly believes in the redistribution of

our wealth. Soon Americans will be selling pencils and apples. Thanks again Michelle for telling it like it is!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where's Schumer and Gillibrand now!

New York needs to have a good hard look at who's representing our State in
reference to trying terrorists in our courts and not in Military Tribunals. For
to long now our two pasty Senators have been riding the fence regarding keeping New York safe during terrorist trials. Not a peep over Judge Kaplan's decision to put
the kaboosh on the Fed case against a known murderer. Remember this while casting
your votes come November.

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Thanks to a judge's stunning ruling, fed eral prosecutors are scrambling to salvage their case against accused al Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ghailani, charged with involvement in the deadly 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa.

Judge Lewis Kaplan's move last week to bar the testimony of the government's key witness — because his existence only became known during CIA questioning of Ghailani — may imperil the cases of other terrorists, as well.

The ruling surely put a smile on the face of Osama bin Laden — but it also presents a teachable moment for New York voters.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand & Senator Charles Schumer
To wit, where do New York's senators stand on the wisdom of holding such trials in civilian courts — where non-American defendants like Ghailani can invoke the full range of constitutional protections?

Both Chuck Schumer and his mini-me, Kirsten Gillibrand, hold to the exact same position: They want Guantanamo detainees like Ghailani to be tried — a military or a civilian venue matters little, as long as the courts don't convene in New York.

Think abdication of responsibility squared, sprinkled with a double dose of NIMBYism — just what happens when one senator steers the motorboat and the other bobs along in its wake.

Meanwhile, both senators' Republican opponents — Jay Townsend and Joe DioGuardi, respectively — believe that the only place to try accused terrorists is before a military tribunal at Gitmo.

Also groupthink?

If so, the group is huge. Polls repeatedly show New Yorkers overwhelmingly reject treating noncitizen terrorists as common criminals.

It's easy to understand why.

US criminal law is riddled with procedural and constitutional protections that are at odds with wartime realities.

Ahmed Ghailani may well wind up acquitted. Then what?

Townsend and DioGuardi understand that this would be a nightmare.

Schumer and Gillibrand? Not.



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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Bye-bye, First Amendment......

This story needs to be posted throughout this nation, of how a home-grown

terrorist, Anwar al-Awlaki, issued death threats that render our First Amendment

right null and void ("There Is No More Molly," Editorial, Sept. 27).

This man has been linked to the Fort Hood Massacre and the failed Times Square

bombing.

Molly Norris thought that by having the Bill of Rights on her side she could break

his hold on drawing pictures of Mohammed by starting "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."

Poor Molly was advised by the FBI to go hide under a rock, which she likely has

done. Her rights have been threatened by a traitor, and our government of

appeasement is bowing and kissing his hand.



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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

the emperor's edicts...........

to tell usAs a former smoker, there are elements in Bloomberg's edicts that make perfect sense, but our

illustrious mayor has gone astray. This quest of controlling our behaviors stinks of social deviance,

not by those who smoke, but by those who feel the moral superiority what, or what not to do.

The mayor himself dismisses edicts when he chooses, like running for a third term against voter approval.

Meaning well and doing the right thing can sometimes can get stuck in ones throat. While the mayor may

be counting the particulates flowing into our lungs, he overlooks the dangers of the Ground Zero Mosque

under the guise of freedom. Well sometimes you can't have it both ways, it makes one look foolish and irrelevent.

Reid's Drean Act......

Michele Malkin's reiterates just how far the Democratic party will go to hold unto power in both Houses.

Reid's open border policies are now affecting student status and the acquisition of green cards in the hope

of securing the Latino vote. This outright pandering to the Latino community is nothing more than an amnesty

for illegals. The democrats continue to disregard the will of the American Public, which clearly states hardening

immigration law and stricter control to any form of amnesty. Piggyback bills like the Dream Act should be

considered an unethical approach to legislating laws the taxpayer doesn't want. Another con game by the

democrats who, it would seem, will do whatever it takes to circumvent ethical policy proposals.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's the World Come To, If You Can't Believe the Imam. NYPost 9/16/2010

There are mass deceptions surrounding who's paying the bill to develop the

downtown property into a much-needed mosque and cultural center.

Rauf has sworn that he's a registered voter who regularly casts a ballot.

Another bald-faced lie by a man of faith.

What exactly can we believe about this entire mess?

Now it's surfaced that an imam who used to regularly shoot his mouth off at the

mosque says that 9/11 was an inside job.

This is the worst bunch of bumbling idiots that can't even keep their

disingenuous stories together.

It's time for a full investigation into what is really going on and to do

something about it.

Theodore Miraldi



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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Mosque Money Men, One Shady Group... NYPost 9/4/10

* This is sheer arrogance from the two mosque mice who are trying to pull a fast one on New York City and the families of 9/11 victims.

Heaped in debt from properties around the city, these two cheap-trick artists have gotten New Yorkers up in arms.

Back taxes and accusations of slumlord behavior have cut these two disingenuous critters down to size.

There is no money to develop this site. Guess where the money must be coming from?

Between Sharif El-Gamal and Imam Rauf, what we need to do is follow the money.

This was a sham from the very beginning. Throw in a little criminal activity, and what you have is a recipe for disaster.

Theodore Miraldi

PS: Follow the money, from an egyption businessman Hisham Elzanaty who actually funded Hamas, and got caught up in a medicaid payment scam.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mosque Khan job: there's no comparison, NY Post

Now here's some irony for you: Rauf's wife has the chutzpah to compare the hatred of Muslims in the US to anti-Semitism.

This facade of understanding has always been one-sided when you speak of Islam and the Jews.

Where was the compassion and sensitivity when Muslims built the Dome on the Rock on Temple Mount, the site of the first and second temples, sacred ground to the Jews?

This is a one-sided issue and the Muslims come out on top.

No one should think this an honest oversight by Imam Rauf and his supporters.

Since 9/11, we have heard little to no remorse from many nations and communities.

Theodore Miraldi



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Sunday, August 22, 2010

distorting the constitution.......

Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and

subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of

illegitimate government.
James Madison

Thursday, August 19, 2010

mosque money may come from states sponsoring terrorism...

Goldberg's analysis of the mosque mess points to the parties who could have turned this into a non-issue with a little foresight.

Bloomberg's trite statement for those opposed to the mosque was to "shut up already," but there are still too many unanswered questions that New Yorkers have. And Obama's two-sided message has only added to the confusion.

There is a right and a wrong to this Mosque being built so close to Ground Zero, and now 70 percent of the nation has spoken against its being built.

Regarding all the talk about separation of church and state, that clause only addresses not having state-sponsored religion.

We all hope Gov. Paterson does something to find another venue for this mosque.

Theodore Miraldi



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Friday, August 13, 2010

Crocodile Tears from Rangel..........

THE ISSUE: Rep. Charlie Rangel's House floor speech responding to charges of ethics violations.

***

"Shades of Richard Nixon" (Aug. 11) is an appropriate summary of Rep. Charlie Rangel's rant in the House chamber.

It was sad, and suggests that the 80-year-old Rangel may need some professional help from a therapist to inform him about being in denial.

What else should his colleagues feel but shame? In light of the crumbling economic woes faced by Congress, here's a grown man accused of 13 ethical violations crying like a baby.

If this is leadership, we're in for some real trouble ahead.



Charlie Rangel
Theodore Miraldi



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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

An Iman Becomes our Newest Diplomat.........

ripped from the pages of the New York Post the very same Iman who wishes to antagonize

the population of NYC has now miraculously become a Diplomat for the State Dept. Along with

his new credentials he will be on a month long journey to the Middle East explaining to

majority Muslim communities how to get along a little better. let me just review, your

taxpayer dime is paying for a man who with the help of the Obama administration will try

to teach communities on the other side of the world how to act. i would suggest if i may, in

trying to teach the Obama administration and Secretatry of State Clinton to keep their noses

out of local, State issues. the majority of New Yorkers are opposed to a Mosque and community

center just blocks away from the World Trade Center site. This administrations agenda is all

about fulfilling their own idealistic muses instead of protection the citizens of this

nation. the faster this bunch of pretenders are gone the better.

And for those who don't know, Tarp was inacted by the Bush adminstration to bail out

the banks, which may i add have been turning a handsome profit for the government. name just

one policy by Obama that's doing the same.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Integrity of Our Institutions.........

the ethics committee investigating Charles Rangel took nearly two years to complete and
issue a statement that Mr. Rangel had indeed acted in an unethical manner at least 13 times.
13 times, not twice, or even five times, but a whopping 13 times. this man is a disgrace to
the people and very Institution he has served for himself. now not a day afer the committees findings we hear the outrageous statement of a reprimand, the mildest form of punishment for such serious charges. if Charles Rangel had even the slightest amount of self respect he'd step down and collect his government pension. i for one wouldn't count on it....
now on the heals of the Rangel investigation comes yet another powerful democrat who chairs the financial committee, Maxine Waters of California. Does anyone in Washington know,
or care about ethics....appparently not! Sure as hell the CBC doesn't either.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rangel's Day of Judgement..........

Rangel shouldn't be complaining, he's nearly single-handedly run roughshod over the

Harlem community for decades.

That Rangel treated the voters with his sense of entitlement was totally unbecoming

of a senior member of Congress.

If Rangel had the smallest amount of self-respect he would retire and save the

taxpayers' grief and money.

Theodore Miraldi



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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Do Nothing Feds......NY Post Opinion 7/10/10

* Why is the federal government challenging a law it enacted against illegal immigration?

The Justice Department's suing Arizona over a law it is legally responsible to enforce is just another game of smoke and mirrors by the Obama administration.

Arizona repeatedly asked for federal help for years regarding the flow of approximately 450,000 illegals to Arizona.

What is perplexing is that this is the government's duty as mandated in the Constitution.

It's the federal government that should be getting sued for arbitrarily deciding to turn a deaf ear to Arizona's requests for help.

This is a matter of national security, yet the Obama administration just wants play another game of appeasement.

Theodore Miraldi



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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Eric Holder...the Attorney General Who Shouldn't......

What would possess a man who is responsible to this nation to uphold law and

order, sue the State of Arizona? Politics, pure and simple! What Holder and company

may be facing is the biggest gaffe yet by the Obama Injustice Department. There are

serious Constitutional questions that will need to be answered before team Obama

walks away with a win. This suit may be in clear violation of the 10th. and 11th

Amendments. It would seem that this administration is working in conjunction to the

will of the Mexican government, and the yet to be establish World Order of Powerful

Financial Institutions that are making much ado about already existing Federal

immigration law. On the surface this suit is laughable. Who in their right mind

would condone Drug Cartels running our borders and killing our citizens. This very

well may be a treasonable offense by this administration.Washington is not doing the

duty it has been chargeed with in our Constitution....sealing and protecting our

borders.Nearly a 1/2 a million illegal Mexicans now reside in Arizona, or should we

say "Little Mexico".

Friday, July 2, 2010

Lawless Labor Lost: Another Cabinet Failure...

NY Post 7/1/2010


Michele Malkin's column on Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is another exposé of the socialist dogma that runs through the Obama administration ("Disolving the Border," PostOpinion, June 26).

How is it possible that a labor secretary could promote illegal immigration while employed as a public servant for the common good of all American citizens?

Solis has championed an open-border policy that would essentially annex the southern portion of this nation to Mexico.

Solis and her private little war against our nation's immigration laws shows where her true alliances are centered.


Hilda Solis
Anyone can call themselves an American, but that doesn't automatically make them a legal citizen.

Theodore Miraldi



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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Anti-American Hilda Solis.........

where else but in this wonderful nation could someone like Labor Secretary

Hilda Solis make in your face anti-American comments regarding immmigration and

Federal laws that are supposed to protect citizens from the invasion of illegals

from Mexico. Solis a long time supporter of full amnesty and open border policy

works hard to make this country appear unfair to the downtrodden. this, of course

is another Obama appointee who should be a member of the socialist party and not

a democrat. Michele Malkin has some interesting observations regarding comrade Solis

of which I totally agree.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/dissolving_the_border_R7Wky3RGA7XEHziSnJ8YEN

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Obama Gets Spiked...........

Obama's ridiculous statement about, who's ass to kick has a simple answer, his

own. After a gutter filled diatribe by Spike Lee this very un-Presidential Chicago

thug needs to pull his pants up and represent the American people in trying to find

a balanced way out of the Gulf mess. His choice of words to this nation's greatest

Ally borders on disrespectful. Obama to this date doesn't have a clue about

mustering our energies and know how to help end the destruction of many livelihoods

and natural resources. Stop with the emotional role playing and get to the business

of being Presidential.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Environmental Disaster..........Obama

THE ISSUE: Pres. Obama's attendance at White House social functions amid several crises.

***

Our delusional president thinks it's party time 24/7, which might be excusable in

better times -- but, while the world burns, President Obama sings ("President Party

Boy," John Gibson, PostOpinion, June 10).

Obama epitomizes the poor work ethic of numerous public administrators. Once they've

hooked the job, there's nothing left to do but party. Just ask the members of the

New York state Senate, who do more partying than legislating.


While the Gulf Coast is knee-deep in crude oil and private-sector jobs are still

dwindling, Obama's doing the twist with Sir Paul McCartney and the Jonas Brothers.


AP
Obama feting Paul McCartney at the White House.





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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Angel of Calcutta.......

Beyond human comprehension, or for that matter any logic or rationale, Anthony Malkin's refusal

to honor one of the greatest women to pass this way within the last 100 years shows a flaw among those

who feel that their morality is what the world is built on. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is the essence of the

selflessness we as human beings should forever strive for, it's what makes us give our own lives to save others

from harm, or even death. Mr Malkin should be ashamed of his lack of character with the false statements made to

the press regarding honoring her life at the Empire State Building. How is it any different than honoring

NASCAR, Mariah Carey and the 60th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Revolution.
The building has honored a Cardinal, O'Connor a Pope, and every year notes the

birth of the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr. Another disgrace by a so called elitist. Mother Teresa the

Angel of Calcutta," opened the first
US chapter of her Missionaries of Charity order in the South Bronx and founded the

first AIDS hospice in Greenwich
Village. What a low sense of respect for human dignity. New York has become a disgrace......

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

NY POST..Kirsten Powers 5/27/2010

It's rare that i feature an entire article to highlight the audacity of the Obama
Administrations total failure to understand what's happening with the Gulf Oil
catastrophe. The untold, and unknown environmental impact couild spell the extinction
of thousands of species living in and around the Gulf of Mexico. Where is the outrage
from the media regarding Obama's quirky responses and Agency failures?

Do something, baby, do something: That's the cry from Obama supporters and opponents alike as the oil keeps gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

The political firestorm kept growing yesterday, with supporter James Carville ranting that the administraion has been "lackadaisical" and "naive" in its response to the disaster. He urged it to rapidly "move to Plan B."

But that suggests there was ever a Plan A.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is so frustrated with the lack of response to his plan to stop the slick with sand barriers that yesterday he called on the White House and BP to either "stop the oil spill or get out of the way."

While the White House dithers, the damage has begun: Veterinarian Heather Nevill washing a pelican soiled with oil from the Gulf spill.
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"Plug the damn hole," President Obama reportedly barked at staffers in frustration after the explosion. That's right up there with "Heckuva job, Brownie" in terms of clueless statements uttered by presidents in the midst of nationally televised disasters.

Meanwhile, White House regret over Obama's politically expedient embrace of the "Drill, baby, drill" trope is growing faster than the vast oil slick.

Back on March 31, Obama announced -- to the horror of many of his supporters -- that he was expanding offshore drilling along the coastlines of the south and mid-Atlantic and in the Gulf of Mexico. Worse, he painted a (too) rosy scenario of offshore drilling being eminently safe.

True, it is rare that a full-blown environmental catastrophe results from an offshore oil well. But it can happen -- and a Democratic president who's embracing drilling ought to know the risks, and be prepared for the worst. But rather than planning for a spill, Obama parroted McCain-Palin talking points about how safe offshore drilling is.

Turns out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration back in 1994 drafted plans for responding to a major Gulf oil spill, a response called "In-Situ Burn."

Ron Gourget, a former federal oil-spill-response coordinator and one author of the draft, told the Times of London: "The whole reason the plan was created was so that we could pull the trigger right away." The idea was to use barriers called "fire booms" to collect and contain the spill at sea -- then burn it off. He believes this could have captured 95 percent of the oil from this spill.

But at the time of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the federal government didn't have a single fire boom on hand. Nor is there any evidence that the government required BP to have any clear plan to deal with a massive spill. How is this OK?

The administration's chief response so far was to send out Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to do his best impersonation of a totalitarian thug, proclaiming that the government would "have its boot on the throat of BP."

(Fun fact: While in the Senate, Salazar backed an increase in oil and gas leases in the Gulf Coast region by promoting and voting for the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.)

Since the "blame BP" strategy isn't working, Obama will today announce tougher safety requirements and more rigorous inspections for offshore drilling operations. Sounds nice -- except the problem isn't a lack of safety requirements, it's that the experts at the US Minerals Management Service ignored the existing requirements.

In fact, it was under Salazar's reign that the MMS approved BP's drilling without getting the permits required by law for drilling that might harm endangered species. The agency routinely overruled warnings regarding the safety and environmental impact of drilling proposals in the Gulf.

None of this was a secret.

It also shouldn't be a secret that no matter how many inspections and safety requirements you have, you can't ever completely prevent disasters like this one. If you're going to permit offshore drilling, be prepared to respond to a spill.

If he promised us anything, Obama promised us competence. Instead, we've gotten the Keystone Cops.


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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Does Yeats confirm our greatest fears?

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) THE SECOND COMING..............
Turning and turning in the widening gyre . The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the ... See Moreworst ,Are full of passionate intensity. Surely some revelation is at hand; Surely the Second Coming is at hand. The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out . When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand; A shape with lion body and the head of a man, A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it , Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds. The darkness drops again but now I know ,That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Monday, May 31, 2010

Our Children's Sacrifice...........

Today we pay homage to all the men and women who through their personal sacrifice and sense of honor have made this nation, one of the few that stands for freedom and prosperity for over 200 years. There is no way to show
how grateful each citizen of this nation's heartfelt admiration goes out to all
serving in nations all over the world. and be as it must, if not for the evil amongst
men our children would be spending this holiday with the ones they love. Although
separated by nations and continents they are always closest in our hearts.
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Saving New York.......NYPost 5/26/2010

THE ISSUE: AG Andrew Cuomo's announcement that he is running for governor of New York.


I applaud Andrew Cuomo's courage and his view of the job ahead of him -- he is the

most qualified and trusted public official we have in New York ("Enter Andrew,"

Editorial, May 13).

His enormous experience on the national scene while running HUD gives him the

credentials to take on Albany, and his respect for the private sector will help

solve the most difficult problems.

More than ever, New York needs a public figure who's not embroiled in some slimy

behavior that has continually dashed the hopes of all New Yorkers.

Make no mistake, in a state so corrupted by unions and special interests, Cuomo

has a solid plan for effective and efficient management.

Theodore Miraldi



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Monday, May 24, 2010

Mexico's president complains about Arizona....

The latest shameless display by Congressional members standing ovation for Mexico's forked

tongued President Felipe Calderon is the worst demonstration of Anti-Americanism in this country's

history. Having a Foreign leader demand that the democratic will of Arizona's citizens be admonished for the right of

illegals invading our nation is sickening. By his own words on CNN, Calderon established what good immigration

policy is, no illegals in Mexico without proper documentation, no jobs and immediate deportation. Funny how this

sounds like US Immigration Law spoken by the Mexican President. It's clearly established that our own president

should be following Calderon's lead and enforce Federal Immigration Laws. How Un-American and shameful can

this administration get? The Federal Government's arbitrary enforcement of the law is criminal by any standard.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Hazing Arizona............

One might , at times seriously consider why we have a Federal Government at all, numerous times in

my lifetime the Feds only step in when a State enacts a law by legislative measure, or referendum only to

see the Feds put an injunction and stop its enactment cold. So here's my question, Arizona a state with its own

Constitution becomes fed up with what amounts to an all out invasion from its drug running, murderous neighbor

Mexico. So what seemed rational in a nation whose laws we hold to be fair and just, enact SB 1070 to discourage

and deter unlawful(that means against the law) entry from illegal immigrants. No brainer. It just so happens SB 1070

mirrors Federal laws on the books already. Who would have thought the Feds had already written a law long on

the books Title 8, Section 1304 of US code which requires all aliens to carry identification papers. The audacity

of AG Holder who actually threatened a lawsuit hadn't even read the Federal Statute. Attorney General Holder

is a disgrace to the office he occupies. Instead of insuring the safety of the American public by upholding his oath

of office Holder through some grandiose verbiage is telling the rest of us to mind our own business. Sorry Holder,

it is our business. Start doing your job.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Obama's Immigration Rules...............

Obama's aunt gets asylum
AP
Posted: 2:41 AM, May 18, 2010


A US immigration court has granted asylum to President Obama's African aunt, allowing her to stay in the country, her attorneys announced yesterday.

The decision was mailed Friday and comes three months after Kenya native Zeituni Onyango, 57, the half-sister of Obama's late father, testified at a closed hearing in Boston, where she arrived in a wheelchair and two doctors testified in support of her case.

Onyango plans to apply for a work visa and can apply for a green card after she gets it, her attorneys said.

Onyango moved to the United States in 2000. Her first asylum request was rejected, and she was ordered deported in 2004. But she didn't leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston.

ZEITUNI ONYANGO Moved to the US in 2000.Onyango's status as an illegal immigrant was revealed just days before Obama was elected in November 2008. Obama said he did not know his aunt was living here illegally and believed laws covering the situation should be followed.


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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Supreme Politics...........NYPOST

Kagan and the Court: Call it 'Supreme politics'
Last Updated: 4:44 AM, May 13, 2010

Posted: 12:16 AM, May 13, 2010


Elena Kagan has an impressive academic portfolio and a career of achievement that

warrants a look, but there also seems to be a marked propensity toward political

connections that may cloud her judgment in the high court ("The Kagan Nomination," Editorial, May 11).

The essence of the Supreme Court is appointees who have experience behind the bench,

not behind the desk.

Kagan has served under two presidents whose ideologies are somewhat elitist. In

times of so much uncertainty, the American people are looking for some stability --

Kagan's politics just don't fit the bill.



Theodore Miraldi



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Thursday, May 13, 2010

pencil pushing justice........

Kagan and the Court: Call it 'Supreme politics'
Last Updated: 4:44 AM, May 13, 2010

Posted: 12:16 AM, May 13, 2010

Elena Kagan has an impressive academic portfolio and a career of achievement that

warrants a look, but there also seems to be a marked propensity toward political

connections that may cloud her judgment in the high court ("The Kagan Nomination,"

Editorial, May 11).

The essence of the Supreme Court is appointees who have experience behind the bench,

not behind the desk.

Kagan has served under two presidents whose ideologies are somewhat elitist. In

times of so much uncertainty, the American people are looking for some stability --

Kagan's politics just don't fit the bill.

T. Miraldi



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Friday, May 7, 2010

first democracy unrest......

the economic and social unrest is just the beginning in a sharp adjustment in

what has been seen as runaway fiscal responsibility in several European Union

nations. Greece, the world's first democracy has compiled an enormous debt with no

real means of payment. passing on the debt from one fiscal year to the next with

more social policy give aways to both unions and public employees. An already

jittery world market is watching what happens in greece after the moves on

accountability are fully realized. could we be looking into a mirror of our future?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

AZ fights back.......

editor,

Let's put this illegal alien issue in its proper prospective, we now have approximately 12 to 15 millions

illegal aliens residing in this nation who are undocumented. In most cases larger than standing armies in

most other nations, and where do their loyalties truly reside? They have already willingly broken US immigration

laws and are a significant population within our prison and welfare systems. My question is where is enforcement?

The Border Patrol is a federal law enforcement agency and a component of Homeland Security. the 20,000 or so

agents are responsible for border enforcement. their duty is to prevent terrorists from entering our nation and deter,

and apprehend illegal human and drug trafficking. It's about time the federal government put a stop to the human

invasion of our southern borders. There is no social investment being made by those who are here to work the system.

Arizona and other border states have stood by silently while State resources are no longer able to care for its

own residents. Tighter laws and deterrence is a first step.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Arizona's war on illegals...........

Arizona is finally doing what the federal government has turned its back on, stemming the flow of millions of illegals mainly from mexico and central america.
And i for one say, it's about time. U.S. Customs and Border Protection are primarily
responsible for immigration and border law enforcment as codified in the Immigration
and Nationality Act. For years now the State of Arizona has asked the Federal Government to take the front line, of what for all intent and purpose be called an
invasion. With growing fiscal problems making it harder to run local, state and federal programs relieving the nation of the burden of social services for millions of illegals is the prudent option to take. This nation was built on law and order, and so it shall endure. Make no mistake immigrants play an important part in the fabric of the American experience. How about making that experience a legal one.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

SECRET PAPERS REVEAL OBAMA CONSPIRACY

Secret papers reveal Senate 'talks' between Obama and Blagojevich
Secret papers reveal 'talks'
By CHARLES HURT Bureau Chief

Last Updated: 8:00 AM, April 24, 2010

Posted: 2:46 AM, April 24, 2010



WASHINGTON -- Sections of court papers filed by scandal-scarred former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that were mistakenly made public show a deeper involvement by President Obama in picking his Senate successor and call into question the president's public statements on the case.

According to passages in the papers filed Thursday by Blagojevich's lawyers -- which were blacked out under a judge's order but made visible by a computer glitch -- Obama, then president-elect, spoke directly to the disgraced governor on Dec. 1, 2008.

But just one week later -- on the day Blagojevich was indicted -- Obama told reporters flatly, "I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so we were not -- I was not aware of what was happening."

The allegation is just one of a host of thorny claims about Obama that were apparently inadvertently revealed when a blogger found it was possible to read the redacted lines by simply copying and pasting them into a regular text file.

Blagojevich is set to go on trial in June on charges that he tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by Obama. The judge had ordered large sections of the defense team's filing to be blacked out.

The newly revealed sections also contradict Obama's claims that he never discussed favorable legislative action in exchange for a large campaign contribution with his former neighbor, fund-raiser and key supporter Tony Rezko, who has since been convicted of fraud.

Blagojevich's lawyers charge that Rezko has told the feds that, indeed, he did have such conversations with a "public official." The defense believes the official to be Obama.

Also contained in the unredacted papers is a claim that, contrary to his denials, Obama did push longtime friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett for his old Senate seat using a union official as a go-between with Blagojevich.

The filing indicates that the union official has testified to federal investigators about a phone call he had with Obama on the day before he won the presidency in which he indicated that Jarrett "would be a good senator for the people of Illinois and would be a candidate who could win re-election."

The White House has refused to comment on the case.

churt@nypost.com




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Friday, April 9, 2010

Ready, aim, disarm: O's terror-friendly plan

What could Obama be thinking in telling the hatemongers that if they threaten the

safety of the American public with bugs, gas and weaponized computers, we'll just

sit idly by, falling like flies, with no threat of nuclear retaliation?

Here's my advice: If you feel your throat getting scratchy and your arms and legs

moving in opposite directions, quickly get to Canada and get some quality health

care.

Theodore Miraldi



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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

In the Context of the Constitution..........

Michael Barone's analysis in the NY Post is a true picture of the nature of our nation's political dilemma which

became the very catalyst to American Independence. Progressives have always contended that

without massive government the lives of the working class would never fully realize the American Dream.

While on the other hand Adam Smith's economic principle, holding that the greatest benefit to a society is brought

about by individuals acting freely in a competitive marketplace in the pursuit of their own self-interest is the

un-intented result of what Smith coined, "The Invisible Hand." It is within our nature, not codified with any law

that we lend this "Invisible Hand" to those in need. The generosity of the American spirit comes from knowing

what is right. Of this there is no argument, no debate greater than our history, and self sacrifice as individuals,

and as a nation. As one progressive once stated, 'ask not what your country can do for you.....'

theodore miraldi

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Easter Celebration...........

as a child Easter was a time for family and having to wear that stiff new suit and shoes that made you so uncomfortable you wanted to cry. conflicted
as i was with being just a child not being able go out and play, Easter was a serious happening so i would just put on my game face. on the LES parent's took pride indressing their otherwise little monsters who went around terrorizing each other on every other day but Christmas and Easter.i for one could only wish that i had appreciated what this effort really meant.Before Jesus was turned into a sales slogan and chief saleman he had a very special message for us all. Not necessarily to livethis perfect ideology, but to take pride in everything we said and did, and finally realize that with this crazy world spinning around in our heads we still have and needed each other to live a successful life. And this simple message has seemed to reach far and wide mouth to mouth, ear to ear and guided what has been classified as the best of human nature. So shut off the the damn cell phone and disconnect the
Ipod and look into the faces of those who will really matter when all the chips are
down.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Time for truths........

it may be time for both sides to stop the rhetoric and adhere
to several truths. No one spoke more of the decay of liberties
than Thomas Jefferson:

“The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.” ... See More
Jefferson

"Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”
Jefferson

“I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.”
Jefferson

“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither”
Jefferson

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
Jefferson


Protesters on both side of this issue have a passion to protect
the liberties that have been paid for by our predecessors. fear of consequences are felt by both sides. this union we
enjoy is being torn apart by special interests who no longer seek unity, but power.Democrats and Republicans need to
return to civil discourse regarding the future of OUR nation.
those who cannot and do not are committing a dis-service
to their own integrity and the integrity of this nation.
in the final analysis this ship will be set right by those who will
again sacrifice self interests for the interest of our nation.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Health-Care Remedy?

For anyone who believes this bill will soothe what ails you, you might want to

have your head examined while you can still get an appointment.The proposed cost of

his debacle should get anyone with any sense sick. Anyone who could somehow believe

that adding 32 million uninsured people will bring down the deficit should be in

therapy(long term). And for those who don't get it, well are any of you interested

in a bridge?

No less than 13 state AG's have already filed suit against this bill as being

unconstitutional by mandating that every american must buy health insurance...let's

face it what's next, we all have to wear diapers? Now none of this would warrant any

type if the feds could do anything with any measure of ethics, or efficiency. Like

Medicare, Medicaid, or even Social Security...all busted, all federally run.

Wouldn't it have made more sense to fix what's broken first?

Friday, March 19, 2010

Politics as Usual.......

It's time for the feds to start looking into the systemic corruption that has permeated New York politics for too long.

Meeks is a crook, and he knows it.

Their overwhelming sense of entitlement allows those who perpetrate these criminal acts to have no fear of any consequences, and, in many cases, they never suffer punishment.

New York politics has become a cesspool of arrogant, self-centered criminals who make up the rules as needed.

As a native New Yorker, I am ashamed to witness the lowest standard of behavior of my lifetime.

From Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Joe Bruno, and from Meeks to state Sen. Malcolm Smith -- what a disgrace.

Theodore Miraldi



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Saturday, March 13, 2010

More Health-Care Rhetoric..........NYPost March 10, 2010

Obama is trying to do outside the Capitol what he hasn't been

able to accomplish within his own party -- shove this monstrous,

toxic health-care bill down our throats.

Dr. Desperate has blamed everyone but himself for why this

bill is on life support. Congress seems to be just healthy enough

to recognize a budget-buster and career-ending piece of legislation

for what it is; poor policy-writing. No one is in more of a panic than

the doctor who may be losing his residency.

Theodore Miraldi



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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

no memory, no job.......

Which ever the case may be Charlie Rangel isn't fit to hold an office that

requires memory or telling the truth. His deadpan denials of any knowledge regarding

dirty dealings, corporate gifts and taxpayer reimbursements shows the level of

complicity necessary to pull this off for such a long time. Rangel's ethics

violations reads like a rap sheet when coupled with the ongoing investigations into

his sense of entitlements. Rangel needs to step down and allow someone with a memory

and a little integrity to chair the powerful Ways and Means Committee. Where's the

leadership in the party?

the trouble with charlie.......

It's quite possible that what Rep. Charles Rangel really smells is the odor emitting from his illegal activities ("What Rangel Smells," Editorial, Sept. 23).

There's nothing worse than looking like a two-bit crook in a $300 suit.

There is an abundance of "do as I say" politicians who point fingers at everyone else. It's a poor excuse for dishonesty and a lack of integrity.

Where's the leadership of the Democratic Party? Why is it OK to be a tax evader, yet be the person responsible for writing those very tax laws?

Theodore Miraldi



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NY Post....whether Rangel should resign 9/20/08

THE ISSUE: Whether Charlie Rangel should resign as Ways and Means Committee chairman.

"Step Down, Charlie" (Editorial, Sept. 17) is what the public should demand.

The tangle with Rep. Charlie Rangel is his sense of entitlement - he thinks that he's the only person ever to make it out of the ghetto.

Rangel's real problem has been his own constituents, who feel some sense of pride by allowing this guy to run roughshod in Harlem for so many years.

We can't have two sets of standards.

If ethical behavior is the cornerstone to good government, why is it that we seem to be going backward?

Throw the bum out.

Theodore Miraldi
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

family values.........

I don't normally go off course on my blog, what I do for the most part is discuss
political issues that touch most of us. So bare with me here because I need to vent.
FAMILY, what was once the very essence, or glue that held this country, and the world
together for a least a millenium is on life support, at best. there isn't a day that goes by that you won't read in you local paper some horror story regarding the abuse
caused by one family member against another. Some abuses are subtle not always showing intent, others are brutal with maximum violations on someones human dignity.
Both to be sure are hurtful and in some ways more disruptive to what those with rational minds would be considered within the realm of acceptable social integration.
We live in a world that requires some level of responsibilty not always to the other, but to ones very self. As Socrates stated, self examination, looking at our behaviors and asking some simple questions; how would i feel if someone did something to me that makes my feel less valuable as a person, or outside the group. Apparently this happens alot in a society where ego and greed prevail above compassion, forgiveness or even love. It's a story unfortunately read too many times, experienced too many times by an ever growing number of individuals within families. So for anyone on the dishing end of a most serious, and life changing result of your bad behaviors toward loved ones, take pause, for the most part a little love goes a long way, and an occasional stop in front of the mirror may soften
your lust of abuse. Being open minded has no place for labels or judgements. So for
those of you with good families who stick together through thick and thin, keep up the good work! For the rest just keep trying to get it right.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The liberal mantra of PC has not only mired the macro management of Federal

policies which may seem a distant problem, but hiring convicted murderers as

chaplains within our prison systems just looks like plain old "stupid". The

management of our institutions needs to be highly scrutinized so the prisoners

aren't running the prisons. Radicalizing an already disgruntled population is

conter-productive social change. What is most sad are the hundreds and possibly

thousands of men and women who get the wrong message from so-called figures of

authority, and continue their criminal behaviors when released. How unfortunate

that serious ethical problems exist among those who should be beyond reproach.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Lawyers and the demise of democracy......

Thomas Jefferson warned us of the impending erosion.....


"It has long been my opinion, and I have never shrunk from its expression,... that the germ of dissolution of our Federal Government is in the constitution of the Federal Judiciary--an irresponsible body (for impeachment is scarcely a scare-crow), working like gravity by night and by day, gaining a little today and a little tomorrow, and advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction until all shall be usurped from the States and the government be consolidated into one. To this I am opposed."

- Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Obama's campaign rhetoric.......

I can hardly wait to hear Obama's delusional rhetoric about how he's going to make
us all better off than we were during the previous administration...One year later
and trillions spent on special political bargains that hasn't created a green industry, or anything else that has made a dent in the unemployment rate.
What has changed for the better is the democrats lose of Ted Kennedy's throne in
Massachusetts ending a year long debacle in congress by the likes of Pelosi and Reid.
Now the ever morphing Obama has been hit by the lightening of reason and in his endearing way has gone from FDR to Reagan in an instant.
What will we hear in his first State of the Union will be how hard he has worked to
overcome the excesses of the Bush Administation and in doing so has misread the will
of the people, as if he has no will of his own. How after millions of people have lost their jobs and homes Obama finally gets it. To little to late.............
Again we will hear his soaring oratory about him fighting for the little guy while
padding big business and government programs at the taxpayers expense. Obama's
elitist socialist agenda is out of step with the national interest.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Massachusetts Takes The Lead......

This enormous win by Scott Brown was not a win for the Republican Party, but
the tip of a spear that will change the course of the political landscape for years
to come. This election is a referendum of poor policy choices and a complete breakdown of ethical and political decorum. Our institutions work best when there is
dialog and compromise among the parties and the people. Even with a 60 vote majority
in the Senate the democrats seem to be more interested in biased media coverage
than hammering out comprehensive Health-Care Reform. No one would deny change is
greatly needed to curtail the spiraling cost of coverage. But by no means did the
urgency of this Bill make it necessary to exclude the minority party from the debate.
After all we do live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.