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Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
It could be said that 2013 was a good year to be a political junkie in New York City with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio being elected mayor, and Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner enjoying short-lived political comeback tours.
It also proved to be a bad year to be a school advocate, a Republican seeking elective office or former state Sen. Shirley Huntley.
A Ridgewood man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2012 home invasion and subsequent extortion attempts in Westchester County.
Bartek Zajkowski, a 23-year-old Polish national living illegally in the United States, barged into a couple’s Bedford Hills home on May 5 and tied up the husband with duct tape and plastic ties before shooting the wife in the stomach with a BB gun during a struggle, according to a press release from the Southern District of New York of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Re “A shot from the left,” Letters, Dec. 5:
Why, now that Obama has all but succeeded in transforming America into a socialist tyranny and America’s freedoms are dropping daily like stones in a pond, are liberals still so unhappy?
Pope Francis may attack “the idolatry of money,” and he is disturbed by a homeless person dying of exposure, but (unlike Jesus) the pope wears pure silk white underwear, hand sewn by a team of seamstresses and his summer palace could take in quite a few homeless people. Obama lives royally, while the public is reminded daily of the joys of Obamacare. Mike Bloomberg toured the United States supporting politicians who would take guns away from law-abiding citizens, but when he leaves office he’ll take the whole contingent of police who protected him with him.
What do the three have in common? They’re all wealthy and bleed publicly for the poor, but what they offer comes not from their pockets but everybody else’s.
Illegal Mexicans, who had no voice in Mexico, found their voice in and against the U.S. Illegal Cubans found their voice in Marco Rubio, who with the McCain and Schumer amnesty bill would make the U.S. another Cuba. The majority of Jews, who by now should have recognized a dictator when they saw one, didn’t. African-Americans honored Martin Luther King, but didn’t listen to him. Instead of judging a man not by the color of his skin but the contents of his mind, they voted for Obama, who judges people not by the contents of their minds, but by the color of their skin.
Redistributing wealth was tried in Russia, Cuba and Venezuela. American entertainers who love the jolly Castros go to Cuba to visit, not to live. Who wants to live in a prison?
The U.S. no longer breeds entrepreneurs, it breeds ingrates. Warren Buffet supported Obama to get the XL Pipeline killed. It would have competed with his overland oil and shipping company. Hollywood supports Obama for access to foreign markets. This sounds pretty much like the pages “idolatry of money” to me.
It’s incomprehensible that in this country immigrants voted for a man who will give them everything they or their parents came here to escape from. They forgot history. They’re going to repeat it.
For a look into the future read “1984.”
(Family Features) A German Shepherd named Kilo was shot multiple times during a gun battle in Florida between police and a man suspected of shooting at officers earlier in the night. Fortunately for Kilo, he was wearing a protective vest, which saved his life. Unfortunately, thousands of other K-9s officers across the country perform their duties without proper protective wear, putting them in harm's way.
Obama had been calling for action, or as he put it, “a shot across the bow” in Syria because Assad apparently has used poison gas on civilians and this is a violation of international law.
Wasn’t burning down churches and murdering thousands of Christian Copts in Egypt by the same “rebels” we now support also a violation of international law? Why, as a Christian, did Obama have nothing to say about that? Nor did the media see fit to comment on what is the oldest Christian community in the world now being wiped out by the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria. And when Iranian citizens rose up, Obama made no effort to help them.
Assad, like all dictators, is a monster, but this monster at least protected religious freedom. If our government is now supporting al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood fighting Assad, who exactly are our national security agencies protecting us from?
Why also did Obama seek the OK of Congress to interfere in Syria? He didn’t ask them for it when he ousted Qaddafi or Mubarak, and they were allies of the United States. There has in fact been nothing Obama has done in five years in office where he has sought the input of Congress.
The MO of this administration has been to bypass the Congress or ram through bills on Friday nights and holidays before anyone gets a chance to read them. That’s how Obamacare passed.
What happened to immigration reform? Anybody know? The running of guns by the Justice Department to Mexico in Fast and Furious? Anybody care? The IRS harassing political opponents? The NSA’s invasion of every citizens privacy? Is everyone aware that big businesses are exempt from Obamacare, as are the unions? All the Congress members who rammed Obamacare down everybody’s throats are also exempt.
Syria is no threat to the U.S. Syria is a diversion. It’s the red flag to the bull. It keeps the public’s minds off all the above mentioned catastrophes that will affect them and their children all their lives, while they nonsensically fritter away their time and energy, discussing and thinking about — where was that again? Oh, yes, Syria.
The Police Department's use of stop and frisk is an unconstitutional violation of the rights of minorities, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday.
The police are indirectly racially profiling by stopping minorities at a much higher rate than whites, Judge Shira Scheindlin said, according to multiple published reports.
It’s just silly when a bunch of Texas cowboys sign petitions saying they want to secede from the United States, as if all such questions weren’t resolved at great cost 150 years ago. Yes, they actually did that recently.
But it’s not so silly when the Lone Star State’s governor, Rick Perry, starts running ads in New York and elsewhere in the Northeast trying to lure our best and brightest away with promises of economic dynamism and lower or nonexistent taxes. That’s something the Empire State should take seriously. Perry’s got a point, but the answer isn’t for our companies to leave, even in the rare case where that might be practical, but to improve the business climate here.
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) is celebrating her first 100 days in office as the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York and the first female member of Congress from Queens since vice-presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro.
“It is difficult to put into words how honored I am to be your congresswoman, and how excited and proud I am to represent the great borough of Queens in the United States Congress,” she said in an address given Sunday. “It is an incredible privilege to be your voice in Washington, and I cannot thank you enough for the confidence you have in me to fight on your behalf.”
Unfortunately I have to agree with Daily News Voicer Joseph Malachi when he says that “background checks will not stop someone from committing a crime. It’s unlikely a convicted criminal will attempt to buy a weapon legally.”
In the light of the NRA’s power over cowardly politicians, the empty rhetoric that politicians are slinging around is akin to going after a raging rhinoceros with a fly swatter! Some wise person has said, “There is a need to change diapers and politicians regularly ... and for the same reason!”
Some other countries severely control the manufacture, sale, distribution and importation of lethal weapons on a national level. So unless this is done, anyone who lives in a state with strict gun control laws can merely take a few hours’ drive to another state and buy guns — maybe not legally, but surely illegally! There are just too many of them being made and they are obtained too easily now without tight federal control throughout the entire country.
Please note: There are very strict laws in place now here in the United States concerning the manufacture, distribution, importation and sale of high explosives.
Some of today’s high-tech military-type weapons are reaching the same stage of deadliness as high explosives! Why in God’s name, and in the name of common sense, are we permitting ordinary citizens to have access to them with the probability that criminals or mentally unfit persons can get their hands on them?
For goodness’ sake — this is 2013, not 1821, and certainly not the 1700s. Let’s wake up and smell the gunpowder!
The last time he hosted a legislative breakfast for community leaders and the clergy, Congressman Gregory Meeks (Queens, Nassau) represented the 6th District, the Rockaways had electricity and infrastructure, and the term “sequester” was not on the evening news on a nightly basis.
“I wanted to have this a lot sooner, but a lot of things have happened since the last time,” Meeks told a crowd of about 200 community leaders at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.
Politics dominated much of the news in South Queens in 2012. With local and national elections looming, the communities were the epicenter of a hard-fought state legislative race with statewide implications.
But much like T.S. Eliot’s explanation of the apocalypse in “The Hollow Men,” the campaign ended not with a bang, but with a whimper, shoved from the top of people’s minds by the most devastating natural disaster to strike South Queens in a lifetime.
Politics in middle and southwestern Queens was the favorite sport outside of Citi Field in 2012, and the worst storm to hit the region in 74 years devastated some while causing others just a few flickers of their lights.
As the year began, the city filed an appeal of a ruling by federal Judge Nicholas Garaufus that found discrimination on the part of the FDNY against African-American firefighters in the testing and hiring process.
The City Council is considering a series of bills that we believe would be dangerous to all citizens of New York because they would hamper the Police Department’s ability to keep crime at the record low rates prevalent today.
The issue is the department’s use of stop and frisk — more correctly stop, question and frisk — to check suspicious-looking people for guns, other weapons, drugs or other contraband. Most of the bills under consideration would impose restrictions upon officers that could endanger their safety as well as that of the general public.
Perhaps no issue has been subject to more heated debate in New York City lately then the NYPD’s stop and frisk policy.
The procedure, which allows police officers to stop anyone they may suspect of having a weapon or drugs and search them, has been called a valuable tool to fight crime by many, but statistics as of late have some saying police are using the procedure to unfairly target minorities.
Six of the candidates vying to replace Grace Meng in the state Assembly’s 40th District gathered at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library on Thursday night for a candidate forum sponsored by the MinKwon Center.
More than 200 residents packed into the library’s auditorium to hear discussions on issues including taxes, small business and immigration.
I would applaud senators Gianaris’ and Peralta’s initiatives in “State senators try for tough gun control laws,” (Aug.9) — if the provisions of their laws would apply to criminals.
Law-abiding citizens and shopkeepers who want to protect their lives and those of their families or employees are the only ones who would suffer the consequences of these ill-conceived and further restrictive initiatives: more delays, more paperwork, more money. Just ask the defenseless Dominican livery cab drivers who are easy prey for criminals. Felons would continue to get their weapons easily and inexpensively.
Since the police always arrive after the crime, politicians should be held responsible for making it near impossible for citizens to protect themselves. Ironically, in countries that have strict gun-control laws, such as the United Kingdom and Australia, crime has risen significantly, whereas in a state such as Vermont that has no gun-control laws, the crime rate is the next to lowest in the United States.
I am glad that we have a Republican majority in the our Senate, endowed with common-sense, that would not pass such futile and onerous legislation. A recently released federal report shows that while the bulk of the weapons recovered from crimes in our state were traced to other states, the largest single source remains New York itself, where 1,595 were first purchased. Has anyone asked what happens to the guns confiscated by the police?
An NYPD vehicle sat conspicuously on the corner of 118th Street and 97th Avenue in Richmond Hill as the sun rose Monday morning. On the front steps of the ornate building on the corner, uniformed cops stood guard, glancing to their left and to their right.
There was no specific threat to the building which houses the city’s largest gurdwara — the name Sikhs give to their houses of worship — but the day after a gunman opened fire at a gurdwara outside Milwaukee, Wis., the police were taking no chances.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) plans to propose five gun control bills this week in an effort with other Democratic state senators to stop gun violence. New York State is the fourth toughest state on gun control, Gianaris said, but these bills would close many gaps and make the state No. 1.
The theater shooting in Colorado and the mass murder of Sikhs in Wisconsin has many politicians taking a look at gun legislation. Gianaris began working with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which ranks each state according to the strength of its gun control laws, after the Colorado shooting on July 20. Additionally, New York City has seen a 12 percent uptick in gun violence in the year to date, spurring Gianaris to introduce this package.
Declaring that he wants New York State to have the toughest gun control laws in the country, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) is introducing a series of bills that he said are based on "criteria established by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence."
Since I am not a gun enthusiast my opinions on the subject of guns are personal.
Studies have shown that the number of homicides in a country is directly in proportion to the number of guns. The United States has the dubious honor of being fourth in the world in the number of gun-related deaths per year (9,369), only behind such distinguished company as South Africa (31,918), Colombia (21,898) and Thailand (20,032). Conversely, all other advanced industrialized countries fare enviably better, such as Germany (269), Canada (144), Japan (94) and England (14).
Hunting is a passion for some. They enjoy trekking through the woods with their rifles, legally licensed to shoot at birds and other animals. The same applies to pistols and those wanting to be prepared to ward off a home invasion. These rights are guaranteed by the Second Amendment and are therefore perfectly legal. But what in the world is the need for military-style assault weapons that fire repetitive rounds with the mere flick of a finger? If it takes someone that much firepower to kill a deer or quail or whatever needs killing, that hunter is a danger even to himself.
The AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle is a converted version of the militaryís fully automatic weapon. It utilizes high-capacity magazines with clips holding as much as 100 rounds, which could be fired off in a minute without reloading. One does not need an assault weapon to shoot a deer or protect oneís family. No one should own an assault rifle except our soldiers in the military and the law enforcement officers who protect us.
In 1994 Congress passed a 10-year ban on assault weapons and President Bill Clinton signed it. Unfortunately, it was allowed to expire. During his 2008 campaign, President Obama promised to reinstate the ban, and Mitt Romney signed an assault weapons ban as Massachusetts governor. It is time to reinstate the ban. But itís not quite that easy.
One enormous hurdle of course is the omnipresent NRA. They are as much of a danger to the safety of our citizens as are the assault rifles themselves. They will do whatever is necessary to defeat such a common-sense ban; they will distort, lobby and spend as much as is necessary, as they always have. Their paranoia that the government is going to steal their weapons is idiotic but has rubbed off on a large portion of our citizenry who actually believe it. Let us hope that facts conquer fears.
Your article ìWhatís an AK-47 doing in Queens?î (July 12, multiple editions) contains a number of inaccuracies and misleading statements.
The original AK-47, developed by the Soviet military soon after the end of World War II, is a selective-fire rifle, that is, it can fire in a semiautomatic (self-loading, one shot with each pull of the trigger) or fully automatic mode (shots are fired continuously once the trigger is pulled and while the trigger is held or until the magazine is empty). The functioning of this rifle is no different from that of our own battle rifle, the M16/M4.
There are very few fully automatic versions of the AK-47 (or our M-16 and others) in civilian hands because of the strict regulation of machine guns under the Federal Firearms Act of 1934 and the subsequent Gun Control Act of 1986. Only machine guns registered prior to 1986 can be legally possessed according to strict rules administered by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The penalties for violations are severe and the agency is vigilant.
The possession of self-loading rifles is legal provided there is compliance with existing local, state and federal laws. Imported AK-47 rifles must be of the self-loading type and contain a number of U.S.-made parts to be legal. Many are entirely manufactured in the United States, as are the self-loading versions of our own M-16.
The Clinton-era Assault Weapon Ban was a well-meaning but totally foolish attempt to control the possession of rifles. There is no functional difference between a military assault rifle (Sturmgewehr, a term coined by the Wehrmacht in WWII) and a civilian version of the same rifle, except for military requirements, such as threaded barrel and bayonet lug, and cosmetics. Our military calls our infantrymenís main weapon a battle rifle.
The caption under the picture of an AK-47 in your article is also misleading, as the rate of fire of 600 rounds per minute applies to a fully automatic AK-47, not that it matters much in terms of results in the shooting. It does, however, reveal demagoguery on the part of the author.
Editorís note: The article's author was instructed to include how many rounds per minute an AK-47 can fire by her editor.