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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!
(NAPSI)—More and more Americans are looking forward to the holidays—and other occasions—as a way to look back.
Photo courtesy of the Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Interviewing a friend or family member about his or her life can be a terrific holiday tradition, especially if the interviewee is a veteran. A free kit can help. (NAPS)
(NewsUSA) - Amid excitement over 3D printing, there is caution.
“I think we let Iran off the hook,” said City Councilman-Elect Rory Lancman, echoing similar reactions other Jewish leaders representing Queens had about the new nuclear agreement between the United States and Iran.
On Saturday, President Obama announced the Joint Plan of Action a deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China) to greatly reduce Iran’s nuclear activity for the next six months. Iran will have to permit inspectors daily access to its facilities while the P5+1 countries will curtail its sanctions in certain areas including the auto industry, oil and gold exports.
SJ Jung, second from left, talks to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in Washington, DC during an ongoing fast to push for immigration reform in Congress.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if it is constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property are not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superseded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles; individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable.” The ash heap of history is littered with governments that plundered and enslaved their citizens.
We have reached the point in America where the government is unconstrained to do anything it pleases while citizens may act only by permission.
The following remarks are in reference to David Rivkin’s Nov. 14 letter “The ignorant Left.” We Democrats may be ignorant on some issues, however, the stupid GOP right is always on the wrong side of history. Just compare our domestic legislation to their “just say no” legislation.
David you wrote, “Readers should also realize that filibuster of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in keeping with all filibuster speeches ever recorded in the senate ...” Our Senate is the only legislative body in the world that allows filibustering as an obstructionist tactic to defeat legislation favored by a majority.
Here is a tragic example why the Senate should end Senate 22 rule. President Wilson asked Congress on Feb. 26, 1917 for authority to arm merchant vessels in the hope of deterring German subs from attacking. The House passed the bill 403-14, and 75 senators signed a statement that they would vote for it if given the opportunity. In the Senate, a “little group of willful men” (as Wilson characterized seven Republicans and five Democrats) filibustered the bill until the end of the session. The tragic action prevented the measure from coming to a vote — thus killing the bill!
Twenty-first century America needs to end old parliamentary rules which cause the wheels of government to turn into a “horse and buggy” era.
And to the Chronicle, hooray for 35 years of service to Queens!
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Americans everywhere are bracing for the opportunity to feast on their favorite holiday entrÈe: the turkey. Millions of turkeys will be purchased and eaten throughout the country without hesitation. But, before this festive bird is consumed at the Thanksgiving table, it was a living creature that had to be killed so that diners could enjoy its meat. And this is where all the trouble and abuse begins.
Contrary to popular belief, today’s turkeys are not raised on spacious farms with lush green grass, where they frolic merrily with other happy turkeys. Furthermore, many believe the turkeys are killed in a humane manner once their time comes to be served as dinner. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
The overwhelming majority of turkeys produced in the United States are raised inside filthy, crowded factory farms in inhumane conditions. Turkeys in factory farms are housed indoors in dark rooms, crunched together with other turkeys. The animals have very little space and are given very little med
ical attention. Outrageously, the agricultural industry has gotten Congress to exempt them from the Animal Welfare Act. This exemption allows unspeakable abuses to occur, including painful death through horrible slaughter methods. Anyone that does not believe large scale animal abuse on this level can occur need only to Google factory farms online. If one chooses to do so, please be prepared to be outraged and saddened at what occurs to these historic animals, as well as other farm animals.
SJ Jung, president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action in Flushing, was forced to end his eight-day fast in Washington, DC to promote immigration reform due to deteriorating health.
He and other proponents have been at a Fast for Families Tent on the National Mall near the Capitol Building. Participants are only drinking water.
(StatePoint) Local communities nationwide are feeling a negative impact from funding cuts to national parks, which are hurting local businesses.
The Affordable Care Act is less about healthcare and more about collecting fees, taxes, personal data and promoting a single payer system. The schemes and machinations inflicted on Congress to facilitate the passage of Obamacare have prompted many to ask if is it constitutional for the government to make any law it wishes for the sake of society, grant exemptions and exceptions to those who wrote the law and their constituents and, in the process, limit freedom and confiscate wealth?
A society that can give you everything you need is able to take everything you have. For almost 100 years, our politicians have been trying to persuade us that wealth and property is not individual but communal. The traits of charity and benefaction have been superceded by the notion that everyone, no matter their value to society, should have everything that everyone else has, simply by virtue of existing. If everyone owns everyone else’s wealth collectively, political campaigns are merely never ending conflicts about who gets what. If a person does not own what he or she produces, then who does?
The contentious issues generated by Obamacare are symbolic of the basic conflict in the world today. It is between two principles: individualism and the sanctity of private property and collectivism, where man lives for the sake of the group or collective. History books are a testament to George Washington’s prophetic declaration and admonition that “private property and freedom are inseparable”.
Residents of the Sixth Congressional District, which encompasses much of the west, central and northeast sections of the borough, had the chance last week to meet one-on-one with Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) at the Bayside Library during the congresswoman’s fourth “Congress on Your Corner” event.
Those who took advantage of the opportunity discussed issues ranging from lack of jobs and affordable healthcare to overcrowded classrooms and uneven sidewalks.
(NAPSI)—Many veterans have found that a sudden physical disability can change the course of their life. However, that change can often be as fulfilling as the path the person was on before the disability.
Before Paul Simon even wrote a song for his 1987 Grammy-winning album, “Graceland” was already making headlines, but not in praise of its music. Instead, he got criticized for flying to South Africa at a time when the UN had a cultural boycott against the country’s apartheid regime. Twenty-five years later, the album was again in the news thanks to the documentary “Under African Skies,” which chronicled the controversy and Simon’s journey back to South Africa. The album was a pivotal moment in Simon’s life, marking an extension to a career that began when he was just a teen.
For many years, Simon’s musical career was intertwined with Art Garfunkel, whom he had first performed with in sixth grade. Simon played the White Rabbit and Art the Chesire Cat in the play, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Growing up blocks apart in Kew Gardens Hills, the
pair saw they shared a passion for music and at 15 were performing as Tom and Jerry. Inspired by the Everly Brothers, they wrote “Hey, Schoolgirl,” which reached the Top 50. With no immediate follow-up they took a hiatus, with Simon attending Queens College and Garfunkel Columbia University. Later, the folk scene at Greenwich Village got them performing together again.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
“Oh, my God.”
It was a little after 9 a.m., Nov. 16, 2011.
Before I refute his “facts” I have a few questions to ask letter writer Ed Konecnik (“Save the Republic,” Letters, Oct. 24).
During the “so-called” (his words) government shutdown, in which the Teabaggers in Congress made us the laughingstock of the world (even Iraq’s government is paying its bills, never shutting down despite wars, revolutions and elections) did we not lose the “so-called” amount of $24 billion from our economy? Was that not an amount that could have paid for Obamacare for every previously uninsured American twice over? Were “so-called” children with “so-called” cancer not denied treatment during the “so called” shutdown?
Let’s turn our attention to Ted Cruz. Recently a court stenographer was hauled off the House floor and to the nuthouse after ranting about God, country and Freemasons. Where were the men in white coats when future GOP presidential candidate Cruz, who while addressing Congress during his historic 21-hour filibuster, uttered words that will go down in history with those of Jefferson, Washington, Adams and Franklin? Quote: “I do not like green eggs and ham ...”
And if Cruz and the rest of the GOP had so much confidence Obamacare was going to fail, why are they putting so much effort into stopping it? Because it’s really going to help people. That’s why. Americans have waited 70 years for affordable healthcare, but now if the website makes you wait an hour Republicans want to scrap the whole thing. The immorality of Republicans, trying to convince young people into not buying health insurance!
As for the debt: Where was all the Republican outrage when Duh-bya and the GOP were running up this debt? They left Obama this mess, and fought everything he did from day one! The reason people are out of work is because the top 2 percent ship jobs overseas! Food stamp enrollment is at a record high because billionaires need to buy a new yacht every year.
Typical Republicans, blaming Democrats for the problems Republicans caused. As for calling Konecnik a racist? Where did that come from? Perhaps he has a guilty conscience. Finally, I would’ve gladly accepted his challenge to refute his facts. Sadly, his letter didn’t contain any.
As for us living in a Constitutional republic? Since when are Republicans concerned with the Constitution? We live in a democracy!
And to Larry Penner, funny how you mention $147,000 going to Frank Lautenberg’s widow (“Let them vote cleanly,” Letters, Oct. 24) but neglect to mention the $3 billion (that’s billion) Mitch McConnell stuck in at the last second for his state.
Those concerned over the possibility of massive flood insurance rate hikes can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now.
Congress unveiled a deal struck last week to postpone the rate hikes that started taking effect last month because of the Biggert-Waters Act, a 2012 law that sought to put the cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on more solid financial footing.
(NAPSI)—According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 150,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native veterans throughout the United States. The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress invites these men and women to share their unique stories of military experience.
A house under construction in Breezy Point is elevated on a concrete platform. Residents in flood zones, including all of the Rockaways, Broad Channel and Howard Beach, would have to raise their homes or face higher flood insurance rates.
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.
After Hurricane Katrina demolished so much of New Orleans, the federal government promised to step up and build better, stronger levees to protect the city against future storms. And it followed through, spending $14 billion on the project, which now has the Big Easy resting easier than ever before when it comes to storm preparedness.
After Hurricane Sandy damaged much of South Queens, other parts of the city and the region, similar promises of financial support and rebuilding were made. The mayor announced a $20 billion “resiliency” plan to repair bulkheads on Jamaica Bay, replenish lost sand in the Rockaways and do other projects around the city to protect it from whatever Mother Nature might throw at us. The projects’ short-term goals are being met, he says.
Community activist Mandingo Tshaka is again taking the Department of Sanitation to task, complaining that residents’ garbage cans are not being put back where they belong in his neighborhood of Bayside.
He says leaving them in the street demonstrates a lack of concern for the community.