Category Archives: Law and courts

Governor Cuomo rolls the dice on even more graft and corruption for NY Democrats . . .

centernewsnetwork.com:

New York Governor Cuomo’s casino gambling gambit will allow for four casinos in New York State and their locations will be chosen by “Cuomo and legislative leaders.”

And guess what? Cuomo and the legislature will be free to accept contributions from potential casino operators despite a prior Cuomo promise to ban such gifts.

If casino gambling is beneficial to communities then why not apply such policies state-wide? It’s really very simple. Legislation and tax policies which provide benefits to all citizens yield fewer votes, political contributions and favors to Democrats than “targeted” proposals. The Democrat guiding principle is to divide us into groups, and then to threaten punishment to certain groups while offering rewards to others.

Despite the Democrats incessant bleating about “fairness,” unequal treatment of both groups and individuals is essential to Democrat electoral success. Graft, envy and anger are the keys to Democrat hope and change.

No wonder the FBI can’t find Jimmy Hoffa . . .

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The FBI office in Albany NY has apparently wasted the past year or so entrapping two morons who proposed to build a super atomic radiation-fired death ray for use on Muslims in an effort to protect Israel, on behalf of the KKK. Or something.

The completely preposterous plot is described by scientists, kindly, as not “feasible.”

What likely drew the FBI’s rapt attention and investigative overkill was one of the men allegedly belonging to a website called “Americans Demanding Liberty and Freedom” which the local “progressive” newspaper describes as a “tea party group.”

Why didn’t the FBI just refer the “tea party” x-ray terrorists to the IRS? Surely the IRS would have known how to handle them!

 

Obama: Classified “Top Secret” NSA Spying Program secretly reviewed by secret decisions of secret judge in secret court is “transparent” . . .

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“You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means” . . .

The top secret “Prism” spying program, the revelation of which has many calling for the imprisonment of Edward Snowden, is, according to President Obama, “transparent.”

Detroit defaults: “We’re tapped out,” creditors will get 10 cents on the dollar; community “blight fight” groups will get $ 500 million . . .

DETROIT (WWJ) – . . . Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr . . . sat down in a closed-door meeting with about 150 creditors, bond holders and unions to discuss the city’s fiscal situation, seeking concessions that would save Detroit millions of dollars in payments.

Perhaps the most dramatic aspect of his plan: Orr said, starting now, there will be a moratorium on debt payments for all unsecured funded debt. Creditors are being asked to take about 10 cents on the dollar of what’s owed them. Underfunded pension claims would get less.

This latest comes as Detroit continues to spend more money than it takes in as revenue. The city’s budget deficit could top $380 million by July 1, and Orr now estimates the city’s long-term debt at $20 billion.

As part of the proposal, Orr said he wants to invest $1.25 billion in the city for police and fire; and $500 million to fight blight.

“We’re tapped out,” Orr said.

Bloomberg’s “arbitrary and capricious” dictates are not limited to cigarettes, soda and guns . . .

centernewsnetwork.com:

The New York Post recently reported on appellate argument over Mayor Bloomberg’s ban on large sugary drinks. The issue is whether the law, and its many exceptions and loopholes, is “arbitrary and capricious.”

One of the judges asked Bloomberg’s attorney whether a “7-Eleven on the same block could sell the same drink [that a bodega could not sell]?”

Bloomberg’s lawyer replied, “Maybe.” Sounds arbitrary and capricious to us.

The same can be said of Bloomberg’s dictates on smoking and guns. Conservatives have no problem condemning Bloomberg on these issues.

What conservatives avoid acknowledging, however, is that Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policing policy is similarly “arbitrary and capricious” despite its undeniable effectiveness in reducing violent street crime. The arguments offered to support “stop and frisk” are not appreciably different from those arguments suggesting that Obama’s NSA “Prism” surveillance program is just fine because it protects us from the terrorists despite its intrusiveness, and, ultimately, it’s unconstitutionality.

Conservatives must be careful not to casually accept limiting liberty for security when it seemingly only affects some “other” citizens or groups of citizens.

For liberals/progressives, government failure always requires the same solution: Spend . . .

From the Center:

Rahm Emanuel reminded us early in the Obama Administration that Democrats never let a “crisis go to waste . . . it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” Government by continuing crisis, whether fact-based or by press release, is the Democrats preferred political strategy. The activists and their mainstream media allies demand that the government “do something!” When that “something” fails we are told that “it would have been worse” and we now must “do more.”

For Democrats, doing something about governmental failures invariably means spending and hiring more publicly paid employees.

Sen. Chuck Schumer is never at a loss for new hiring and spending ideas to “do something” about a failure of previous bad ideas. In December 2011 he called for training and appointing TSA advocates to be available to passengers who feel they are being harassed at airport checkpoints.

NYC Mayoral candidate (and, sadly, former Comptroller) Bill Thompson offers a similar proposal to the politically troublesome issue of NYC school administrators dealing with the suspension from school of unruly or dangerous students. Thompson’s solution? Hire “safety agents” to spare administrators the responsibility of making decisions as to which students should or should not be suspended.

The Center suspects that when the “safety agents” solution inevitably fails, an enterprising Democrat will suggest hiring “safety agents reviewers” to “do something” about the problem.

Unfortunately, Sen. Rubio, in pushing his Amnesty Bill, is playing the “do something” canard to convince Americans that “legalization” of illegal immigrants must come before border security because “you have to do something with the people who are here illegally so we know who they are.”

Sorry, Sen. Rubio. We don’t have to “do something” about illegal immigrants other than enforce the existing law.

Cuomo’s “crony capitalism” tax-free communities proposal follows Democrats divide and prosper strategy . . .

Governor Cuomo’s latest crony capitalism scheme, called the “Tax-free Communities” bill, adheres to the progressives long-time political strategy.

According to Cuomo’s Bill Memo, it would allow favored entities, primarily public universities under state control, to “bring [business] ventures to these communities by offering new businesses and expanding businesses that create net new jobs the opportunity to operate completely tax-free – including no income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax while partnering with higher education institutions.”

If tax-free zones are beneficial to communities then why not apply such policies state-wide? It’s really very simple. Legislation and tax policies which provide benefits to all citizens yield fewer votes, political contributions and favors to Democrats than “targeted” proposals. The Democrat guiding principle is to divide us into groups, and then to threaten punishment to certain groups while offering rewards to others.

Despite the Democrats incessant bleating about “fairness,” unequal treatment of both groups and individuals is essential to Democrat electoral success. Envy and anger are the keys to Democrat hope and change.

“Kermit’s Law” protecting late term abortionists is popular in NY; Once Dr. Gosnell is paroled, Governor Cuomo can appoint him Commissioner of Health . . .

Albany Times-Union:

A poll released Thursday morning by Quinnipiac University finds two-thirds of New Yorkers surveyed back Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to create an affirmative right to an abortion and codify in state law federal court rulings that allow women to have a late-term abortion for health reasons.

Pollsters told 1,075 voters that New York law currently allows an abortion if a woman’s life is at risk, and notes the latest proposal allows a later-term abortion “when necessary to protect a woman’s life or health as determined by a licensed physician.”

Liberals and their reliance on “studies” . . .

From the Center for the Center:

Democrats invariably support their legal and public policy proposals and positions by citing “studies” emanating from academia or democrat “think tanks.” These often counterintuitive studies are offered as received scientific wisdom from our self-proclaimed intellectual betters.

This practice flourished with the Progressive legislative movement of the early 20th century. Its legal aspect is observed in the “social briefs” pioneered by progressive activist lawyer Louis Brandeis. The reason for the democrat reliance upon social science “studies” is clear: Progressive (liberal) policies usually conflict with common sense, human nature and real world experience . . .