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It goes without saying, we Americans love parades. However, there is one parade which has no cheering crowd, only whispers of shame. To give this “Parade of Shame” a sense of reality, it will consist of three units, each led by a GOP president, followed by their “criminal” aides.
Since all parades have a grand marshal, I selected Spiro Agnew. Why? Because as Baltimore county executive, he was accused of illegal activities. Agnew plea bargained a nolo contendere and resigned as vice president!
The first unit is led by Warren Harding carrying a banner “Teapot Dome Scandal.” Several of Harding’s Ohio boys who were convicted in this corrupt oil scandal are now marching behind him.
Unit two, the mother of presidential scandals, is led by Richard M. Nixon, who is proudly wearing his bold printed banner “Watergate!” This ill-advised endeavor resulted in indictments, trials, convictions and incarcerations of 48 Nixon aides, including Bob Haldeman and John Ehrlichman. They are all walking behind the Nixon banner.
The final unit in our shame parade is led by the “Teflon” president, Ronald Reagan. His banner reads “Iran Contra Affair.” Congress ruled it illegal to provide arms to the Contras. Reagan violated the law by secretly selling arms to Iran in exchange for cash to buy arms for the Contras. Two Reagan aides — John Poindexter and Oliver North — worked through CIA and military channels. Reagan admitted he supported the sale. Ten officials were convicted. They are now marching proudly behind their “Teflon” president.
Epilogue: Fox and friends have been beating their drums while shouting that the Barack Obama presidency is not only anti-American but the worst ever. Folks, you will never see Obama lead a fourth unit in the Parade of Shame!
(BPT) - Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
President Barack Obama speaks to the nation about the Joint Plan of Action, an agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is designed to reduce its nuclear production efforts for the next six months.
(NewsUSA) - While consumer spending has been slow over the past year, at least two consumer markets have held their own in republican-voting states -- home improvement has stayed steady, and entertainment has risen.
Can we please get past the partisan politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare? This law — passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by the Supreme Court — will provide health insurance for more than 30 million people.
The news media reports the current House of Representatives hearings on the Affordable Care Act website as if they were a newsworthy event with some deep historical meaning rather than another mean-spirited attempt by the fanatic fringe of the Republican Party in Congress to sabotage this new law.
Governments across the world cannot understand why Republican elements of the United States Congress would risk a possible worldwide economic collapse because they disagree with a particular law that they helped pass.
This hyperventilating group worked to shut down the government for two weeks and brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe because of their hatred for the Affordable Care Act and any initiative put forth by President Barack Obama. If they worked this hard on jobs and the economy, just think of where the country could be.
The Pathways in Technology — or P-Tech — college preparatory program that is causing so much controversy at Martin Van Buren High School was praised in person last Friday by Educator-in-Chief President Barack Obama.
The president visited the P-Tech campus in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, which was co-located in the Paul Robeson High School building in 2011.
Two area military veterans have been selected to serve as grand marshals of this year’s Queens Veterans Day Parade set for noon on Sunday in Middle Village.
The honorees are Julius Freeman, who served as a medical technician with the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, and Danny Wisotsky, a 22-year Marine Corps veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm.
A journey around the world begins with a single step into the Maria Rose International Doll Museum and Cultural Center, according to founder and curator Naida Njoku.
A walk through the crowded six-year-old museum on Linden Boulevard in St. Albans reveals a large and diverse collection of figurines dressed in intricate designs to represent cultures from around the world — more than 500 figurines Njoku has collected.
The United States should not rashly attack Syria over its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons, and President Obama should ask Congress to approve any strike on the country before launching one, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said in a statement issued Friday.
Maloney’s statement appears to be the first released by any of Queens’ federal representatives on the possibility of the United States launching air strikes against Syria.
The Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. as their first pick in last Thursday’s NBA Draft. If the name rings a bell, it is because he is the son of former Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat star guard Tim Hardaway. The junior Hardaway is seven inches taller than his dad, but the Knicks are undoubtedly hoping that his outside jump shot is as good as his father’s and that he is a better rebounder and defender.
The following day Hardaway made an appearance at Citi Field, where he tried his luck at the Mets’ indoor batting cage. His swing was awkward but he kept making solid contact. He admitted that he wasn’t much of a baseball fan and did not play Little League.
Last week, Robert La Rosa naively wrote that the answer to our energy needs is solar energy (“The solar solution,” Letters). He asserted that the major oil companies pay billions of dollarsto lobbyists to stop the advancement in alternative energy.La Rosa’s letters are always one sided and provide as much information as a three-minute segment on MSNBC. Both Republicans and Democrats receive millions in campaign donations.
Hereis a list offailed solar energy/green energycompaniesthat received U.S. tax dollars.Most of these companies have already filed for bankruptcy and the rest of them are failing miserably. Evergreen Solar ($25 million), Spectra Watt ($500,000), Solyndra ($535 million), Beacon Power ($43 million), N
evada Geothermal ($98.5 million), SunPower ($1.2 billion), First Solar ($1.46 billion), Babcock and Brown ($178 million), EnirDel’s ($118.5 million), Amonix ($5.9 million), Fisker Automotive ($529 million), Abound Solar ($400 million), A123 Systems ($279 million), W & K Solar Group ($700,981 thousand), Johnson Controls ($299 million), Brightsource ($1.6 billion), Ecotality ($126.2 million), Raser Technologies ($33 million), Energy Conversion Devices ($13.3 million), Mountain Plaza ($2 million), Olsen’s Mills ($10 million), Range Fuels ($80 million), Thompson River Power ($6.5 million), Stirling Energy Systems ($7 million), Azure Dynamics ($5.4 million), Green Voltz ($500,000), Vestas ($50 million), LG Chem’s ($151 million), Nordic Windpower ($16 million), Navistar ($39 million), Satcon ($3 million), Konarka Tech ($20 million).
All these companies were given U.S. tax dollars the way aventure capitalistfirm would invest in a company. The difference is a venture capitalfirm uses private money and does its “due diligence” to determine whether or not the investment is worth it. These companies didn’t raise money privately. Your government, headed by your president, Barack Obama, took it upon itself to pick winners and losers with your money, and they failed miserably.
La Rosa should consider educating himself. Our government, on both sides of the aisle,is failing us miserably while we preoccupy ourselves with the Kardashians and “American Idol.” The Democratic Party is now the Progressive Party (Socialist/Marxist). The Republican Party of today is like the Democratic Party of 50 years past. If our country has any chance of remaining a republic, the readers of this paper better start paying attention and vote for constitutionally conservative candidates, whether they have a D next to their names or an R. Wake up, people!
(NAPSI)—When asked to name America's oldest ally, many would be surprised to find the correct answer is the Kingdom of Morocco.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) thought issues like unemployment and foreclosures would dominate his first 100 days in office, if he was to win the 8th Congressional seat.
Then Hurricane Sandy happened, and then a gunman killed 26 people —including 20 children — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut a month later.
Curtis Sliwa, — a man of many hats figuratively — the anti-crime activist, founder of the Guardian Angels, radio talk show host and partner of Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz — and one red beret literally, came to the Forest Hills Community and Civic Organization last week to speak “truth” about power and extol civic involvement.
Sliwa opened his wide-ranging presentation with, “As a new resident of Forest Hills, this is a community that has its act together” and closed with, “I would be proud if my two sons live in a neighborhood where Melinda was born and raised.”
In the March14 issue, Robert LaRosa reached a new low in his attempt to make a case for the Democrats (“Republicans are repulsive...”). In his first paragraph he wrote that Obama was “the one responsible for dragging this country out of the ditch Bush and the GOP put us in.”
I would like to present Mr. LaRosa with some facts I havenoted before on this page but no onehas been able to address.The Sept. 30, 1999 New York Times stated that “Fannie Mae, the nation’sbiggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people.” In the same article PeterWallison of the American Enterprise Institutestated, “From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us.If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.”
When George W. Bush became president, he did nothing since home ownership was rising. The Democrats with their mantra of “affordable housing” had no problems with what was going on.I suggest Mr. LaRosa go to You Tube and search “2004 Fannie Mae Hearings” to see for himselfthat I am telling the truth.
Then-Sen. Barack Obama received over $111,000 from the Fannie Mae PAC, which was one of the highest amounts received by anyone in the Congress.Obviously Fannie Mae appreciated the senator’s support.At this point, Fannie Mae has cost taxpayers way over $100 billion.
To solely blame Republicans for the housing collapse is not supported by the facts.If Mr. LaRosa believes I am wrong let him respond.However, he has to be specific and not level charges without backing them up.
Mr. LaRosa finished his letter by writing “the Republican ‘children’ in Congress cry about losing a presidential election, twice, to a black man.” To bring up the race card to imply that Republicans are racists is itself racist, and a despicable thing to write.The only thing that is repulsive is Mr. LaRosa’s letter.
I must take issue with your Feb. 14 editorial “Gov’t must be there for us.” There are too many conclusions here that are just flat out wrong.
First, you praise the president’s comment at the State of the Union speech when he said “We can’t just cut our way to prosperity.” I would suggest that Barack Obama is the last person we should be asking for directions on how to get to prosperity. We are suffocating under unprecedented deficits and national debt. Government spending is higher than at any time since World War II. Obama called this “stimulus.” What exactly has been stimulated? Economic growth is on life support at less than 1.5 percent, job creation is stuck in neutral, more than 12 million Americans have simply stopped looking for work, and all Obama can offer is a laundry list of who’s to blame, other than his own policies. The president is clueless on how to get to prosperity. If he knew, we’d be there by now.
You then make the absurd comment that “Obama’s approach recognizes that government cannot solve all problems.” That’s precisely the problem. He does not believe that. Obama and his party want an ever growing, ever more intrusive, ever more expensive government that dictates and micro-manages Americans’ lives from cradle to grave. What do you think Obamacare is all about? A panel of unelected presidential appointees will decide what and how much medical care we’re all entitled to.
Your most ridiculous point is where you set up the false choice between getting the streets plowed and tax rates that are now consuming 25 percent of our national wealth. I’m supposed to sit around and say, “Oh well, I want trash collection and police protection, so I guess the price is confiscatory taxes.” We can get the streets plowed, and flood insurance and other appropriate functions of government without a giant beauracracy that blasts through $180 million an hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Singers, dancers, musicians and public officials celebrated Black History Month at a special event at Queensborough Community College’s Performing Arts Center in Bayside on Feb. 2. It was a time to remember African-American leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.
“This has been an historic time for people of color,” City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said in a prepared statement. “Having just witnessed President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, we must take this time to reflect on where we came from, envision where we are headed, and celebrate those who sacrificed so much.”
I congratulate President Barack Obama for winning a second term as our president.
As a Muslim-American, I am particularly grateful that he supports religious freedom.
I emigrated from Pakistan, and there was I prevented from even calling myself a Muslim merely because I belong to a minority group, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Here in America, I can worship and visit my mosque without harm. I passed my worst 28 years in Pakistan and was mentally upset, but nowI am feeling myself as a newborn child and growing with freedom of life.
I pray that visionary leaders like President Obama influence the rest of the world toward the same freedom of religion that I now enjoy here in my new home.
The writer is a member of the Muslim Writers Guild of America.
New Year’s Day marked the 150th anniversary of the enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which freed all slaves in the rebelling Confederate states during the Civil War, and marked a pivotal turning point in the history of the nation. The fact is not lost on African-American leaders here in Queens.
“He was a man of incredible courage to even propose something like that,” said Elmer Blackburne, a Democratic district leader for the 29th Assembly District. “He is a hero.”
That ol’ “Fiscal Cliff” is progressively looming ... or rather dooming. Both sides are increasingly anxious and the closer we get to the edge, the greater is the anxiety.
It’s like a bladder condition: the closer one gets to the source of resolution, the less likely it seems that it will be reached in time. I believe it will not be; that is, if our clueless Republican freshmen installed into the House of Representatives after the 2010 election disaster have their way and force us over.
The last time they managed to lower our credit rating. Perhaps this time they will manage to more completely destroy our country’s credibility ... of course, not coincidentally, during the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. And it may very well work. Initially it will be obvious that the fault was that of our horse-blindered right-wing Congress, but history books will have it occurring during our president’s tenure, and after all is said and done, that is the goal. And that’s from those “values” exclaimers.
One would think that first and foremost, America’s standing in the world would be of the greatest importance to any patriotic citizen, but clear thinking has not been on the front burner of that group. Nor has it been on the frontal lobe on the “things to do” brain of our Congress. That gray matter seems to have been replaced with Earl Grey, the “Tea,” that is.
Fatiha Kabir, 4, wrapped in the American flag, celebrates the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) joined the chorus of legislators lambasting potential cuts to funding for the Zadroga Act through a sequestration deal cooked up by Congress last winter to shove the nation toward a balanced budget.
The oft-lambasted forced cuts to federal spending would slash $38 million from the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, hitting programs such as Elmhurst Hospital’s WTC Environmental Health Center.
With Election Day just around the corner, about 100 middle and high school students came to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria on Friday night to learn about political ads and kick off the museum’s new after- school program, Ad Lab.
The students, many of whom came from Long Island City and Jamaica, were part of the YMCA of Greater New York’s program Teens Take the City. In this program kids learn to look at local policies and think about what they want to see change, said the director of the YMCA’s citywide teen programs, Dana Mantella.
A sly disposition matched with hubris; mixing talk of nuclear energy technology with stop and frisk. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is the sort of guy who can arrest your attention by crossing oceans of topics, and he wants to take that ubiquity to Congress in a run for the open 6th Congressional seat.
To say Halloran’s reputation precedes him is an understatement. The councilman has had public run-ins with every major power broker at the City level and a whole host of agency and community figureheads who have managed to draw his ire. He brings the same principled hubris to his Congressional candidacy. Halloran is a bit more casual about it.