Archive from April, 2006
13 Apr
2006
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Disgracing Nixzmary:

Its been several months since little Nixzmary was brutally killed by a monster who doesn’t deserve to have one penny of taxpayer dollars funding his life. Many in New York have already forgotten but some people haven’t like Nixzmary’s family.

When tragedies like this happen you can choose to approach the situation in a number of ways. The most obvious and just is to make sure the city organization meant to oversee children at risk like the Administration of Children’s Services, is fixed and better controls are put in place. You can also take another route, which is the one many families do and decide to sue the pants off the city at a huge cost to taxpayers. Unfortunately this is the route some in Nixmary’s family are taking. Her grandmother has just decided to slap the city with a $150 million suit for failing to protect her. This is the third suit by a family member as her real father and father of one of her siblings has already filed one against the city as well.

Now I’m not saying that the family and its members shouldn’t have the opportunity to sue but suits in the amount of $150 million reeks of an agenda that says I’m using this little girls death to get paid in the shade. Does her grandmother really need $150 million? When you see that kind of number you have to say to yourself, tragedy or not, this woman is looking to exploit us the taxpayer.

If her motives really are to make sure something like this never happens again, which is what it should be, her family should try to make sure more money stay’s in the system not out of it. If they really feel winning such money from the city is just and will heal their pain, they should then channel that money to a productive outlet, like starting a foundation for abused children. Something tells me though, grandma will be to busy taking cruises.

12 Apr
2006
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Now that’s a website:

If you recall a couple months back I took a shot at Jeanine Pirro for failing to have her website up and functional. The seat for Attorney General is arguably the best chance Republicans have of winning and for her not to have her website up several months into the year was weak.

During that time I thought to myself that if it was taking this long to get a website going, when it does hit it better be nothing short of amazing. Well Jeanine Pirro has finally put her site up and I have to say that this thing is great.

Her tag line, “nothing beats experience” is perfect and she follows it up with a “nothing beats experience” section that describes her work in protecting New Yorkers. Smartly her website team made that tab larger then all the others just begging you to click bringing you to a section that allows you to learn about her work in everything from Medicaid fraud to sexual predators. The photos she includes in each of those sections works great and really helps carry her message.

In addition she has a couple of other tabs that are a nice touch. For instance she has a “Pirro Saftey Tips” section with advice on everything from animal abuse to Internet security. She also has an “Ask Jeanine” tab that lets you ask her a question. I love the fact that looking at her site you can’t tell if she’s running for AG or is AG.

Whoever created that site for Jeanine did a great job and should pass their number onto John Faso.

12 Apr
2006
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Speaking of Polls: The Bush Censure/Impeachment Poll

Over at The Fix, the Washington Post political blog, there’s an interesting poll going on that I thought I would bring up in light of Nick’s recent comment on polling. This poll inquired as to the level of support for either censure or impeachment of President Bush.

I encourage you to take a look at The Fix(ed)’s numbers for yourself, but here’s the Cliff Notes version of how it breaks down.

Democrats overwhelmingly support censure over Republicans, but the margin of Republicans who are against censure is wider than the Dems’ support. Women support censure more than men, though not spectacularly so. The east is more in favor of censure than the rest of the country (Gee, what a surprise!), and the South was the region that most strongly opposed it (Another surprise. Makes me think about moving.) Perhaps the most interesting juxtaposition was that better educated people and poor people supported censure, while lesser educated and richer people opposed it.

The impeachment argument was less strongly embraced. Only a third of the poll’s respondents supported the idea, widening margins across the board.

Unfortunately, I don’t think of this whole censure/impeachment debate as glibly as I used to. Feingold’s censure motion has gained a good amount of unspoken support from his colleagues, and anti-Bushies across the country are just looking for an opportunity to pounce. If the Democrats win a majority in November, you can bet the first and only item on their agenda will be to attack President Bush with everything they have.

How do we prevent this from happening, you ask? Vote Republican, silly.

11 Apr
2006
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I have a request for these pollsters:

Today we have been subjected to a new poll that says President Bush has reached an all time low in his approval ratings with 60% of the people polled disapproving of the job he’s doing.

According to the report a “total of 1,027 randomly selected adults were interviewed” and that’s it. I would like to see these pollsters give me the real breakdown. I want to know how many people in each state were called and what counties. Considering this country is evenly split to where you’re either a blue state or a red state I would hope these pollsters are calling people across all states and not stacking the deck with say people from New York and California. If they are give us the data and then I’ll start believing these polls.

11 Apr
2006
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The Government is saying it today. I said it last month:

One of the big news stories today, is the Energy Information Administration’s energy outlook for the summer. In their outlook they claim gasoline prices will increase this summer to an average of $2.62 per gallon, 25 cents more than last summer. They claim that the reason for the increase is due to:

“Increase in production and distribution costs associated with Tier 2 gasoline and the phase-out of MTBE”.

If you recall back on March 17th I posted on this blog how “gas prices will most likely rise this summer but don’t blame the oil companies”. As I said back then, gas prices should go up this summer as the governments plan to replace the unfriendly MTBE with the environment friendly ethanol. Unfortunately as with any overhaul there is a difficult transition period that must take place. In this case it will be a drop in production, as the oil industry said supply would drop by 145,000 barrels a day driving up the cost to the consumer.

So when you see the report in the news today remember the NYYRC Blog had told you first.

10 Apr
2006
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Seymour Hersh Goes Out on a Limb…And Comes Back

Seymour Hersh is a respected columnist in many circles, but then again, anyone gets respectable if they live long enough and get published enough. His article in this week’s New Yorker about the Bush administration’s plans for Iran has caused a bit of a stir among the liberal literati who frequent the NY-DC corridor. And that’s too bad, because it doesn’t offer much that isn’t already known by anyone even casually following the situation.

First off, to treat the fact that the White House is considering a military solution to Iraq’s nuclear ambitions as an exposé is like the New York Times doing a five-banner headline on the fact that the sun rose in the east this morning. The military option has to remain on the table if we are to ever hope to get Iran to give up its nuclear program. Time and again history has proven that dictatorships only understand force. Anything short of that, including what we Westerners pride as diplomacy, is interpreted as a sign of weakness.

Second, Hersh’s story is so puffed full of air that my ears popped just reading it. Virtually all his facts are gleaned from faceless “Pentagon officials,” unnamed “policy experts,” and anonymous “military sources.” I understand that some people will only speak candidly about a subject if they can be guaranteed anonymity, but when you’re talking about a subject of this magnitude, I want to see some names. I want statements being made about our considerations of using nuclear weapons to be attached to a specific person. I want accountability. Otherwise, you’ve got nothing more than armchair generals blithely speculating about possible conflicts and potential threats.

The Hersh piece is worth taking a look at, even if only to get a sense of the scope of our plans to take out Iran should they continue to misbehave. But I wouldn’t spend too much time on it, and I certainly wouldn’t go quoting it at dinner parties.

10 Apr
2006
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And Then There Were Two

Randy Daniels has bowed out of the race for Governor and thrown his support behind John Faso. It’s an interesting, albeit unsurprising, event that comes just weeks before the New York State GOP convention, and now it’s all about Faso and Bill Weld. May the best man win.

The one sore spot about it all was that there was a lot of talk about Daniels running for Governor for a good couple of years now. He was dedicated to a run for the office and possesses an intellect not often found in this thing of ours. On two separate occasions I’ve heard both Faso and Weld recognize Daniels’s brilliant mind and great speaking skills. And having heard Daniels during the times he has spoken to the NYYRC, I heartily agree with that assessment. Randy Daniels truly is a classy guy, to paraphrase Weld, and I hope we have not seen the last of him.

9 Apr
2006
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Bin Laden loves the U.S. press.

This morning I was watching a great documentary on the Discovery Times Channel about Bin Laden and why it’s been so difficult in capturing or killing him.

During the documentary Richard Clark stated very clearly that the biggest problem was that in 1998 the U.S. media had leaked that the U.S. was tracking Bin Laden on his satellite phone. It was this tracking method that allowed us to come close to killing him in the 1998 Tomahawk missile attack on his camps.

Unfortunately after learning from the U.S. media how we were tracking him, Bin Laden stopped using a satellite phone making the tracking of Bin Laden “impossible”.

Good job press! You do an amazing job of putting the interest of the United States first.

7 Apr
2006
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France: Eat your heart out!

Well the jobs report for March has come out and once again the U.S. economy is rolling! The U.S. Department of Labor is reporting that the U.S. economy generated 211,000 jobs in March with the unemployment rate coming in at 4.7%.

These statistics show two things. First immigration is not an issue as there is plenty of jobs being created and without immigration we would have a dramatic labor shortage leading to high inflation.

Finally it shows that our system of capitalism works. Free markets, low barriers to entry, low tax rates and flexible labor markets make an economy go. France should take note!

6 Apr
2006
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The Cynthia McKinney Chronicles

Witnesses to Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s smackdown of a Capitol Hill police officer will be testifying to a grand jury today that will ultimately decide whether to bring charges against the firebrand Georgia Democrat for striking a man for doing his job.

McKinney had breezed through a security checkpoint at the Capitol without proper ID and was told to stop by the Capitol Police. When she didn’t, the policeman grabbed her arm and she struck him in the chest. Then she went on to interpret the incident as one provoked by her race and her gender. A classic liberal victimology ploy. It’s the move that only someone with a chip on their shoulder and an inflated ego would ever pull.

It’s also symbolic of something larger among the liberals – a complete lack of concern for the security apparatus that keeps this country safe and an utter lack of respect for the men and women who run that apparatus as our nation’s last line of defense against terrorism. McKinney and her acolytes – former entertainers Harry Belefonte and Danny Glover among them – are unconcerned about her utter respect for people trying to do their job, which is to protect her and her congressional colleagues.

It’s a pretty sad state of affairs when you have an elected representative in office who is so blatantly self-absorbed that she will spin an incident in which she was totally in the wrong to make it appear that The Man is keeping her down. If she’s the pride of her congressional district, it has to make you wonder about the people who voted for her.