Iraq has once again taken over the headlines and the armchair warriors are valiantly fighting President Obama for not fighting in Iraq and fighting the enemy (whomever they may be) who are fighting each other as they have been historically fighting that fight as long as they have had the energy to fight.
The Iraq debacle was a war precipitated by the United States based on lies of weapons of mass destruction in their possession and a conspiracy threatening our country. The real reason is far less explosive but equally conspiratorial: The Bush/Cheney impetus.
Bush: “Watch, Dad, I’m going to break your enemy for you,” while Cheney: “Watch, Halliburton, I’m going to break the bank for you.”
In June 2008 President George W. Bush signed the Status of Forces Agreement between Iraq and the United States. It established that U.S. combat forces would withdraw from Iraq cities by June 30, 2009 and all U.S. forces would be completely out of Iraq by Dec. 31, 2011.
Wily guy, that Bush. He always had that little sparkle in his eye, but how did he know that his signing America’s complete withdrawal from Iraq back then would be blamed by some home-brewed heroes on President Obama six years later. Son of a gun. I would “enjoy a beer with him.”
On May 6, the Obama administration unveiled a national climate assessment report, which confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the country. The assessment is the result of a three-year analytical effort by over 300 climate scientists. They concluded that global warming is causing the sea level to rise and glaciers and the Arctic sea ice to melt. National Geographic reported that Greenland was “Ground Zero” for global warming.
Recently, two senators expressed opposing views. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said, “Humans aren’t to blame for global warming. Preparing for drastic specific climate change is … overreach which will cause massive layoffs and destroy our economy.”
We all know the GOP is alienated from science, but it looks like this champion of denial is playing to the GOP base and conservative corporate America.
The report stated the oceans are becoming more acidic as they absorb carbon dioxide. This fact was expressed in a Senate speech by Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. He said that the waters of Narragansett Bay have become so acidic that it has done severe damage to the state’s seafood e
conomy. For his public stand, I consider Whitehouse to be a hero for decision makers as they prepare to draft climate-change policies.
Global warming should be viewed as a “natural” security threat to America and be treated as such by … all of us!
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino launched a frontal assault on Gov. Cuomo Monday night on Cuomo’s native soil of Queens.
Astorino, the Republican nominee for governor, had acid words for Cuomo while speaking before a crowd of about 90 at the Queens Village Republican Club.
Re: the Homeless Shelter Surprise or the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Blvd. conversion to a homeless shelter (6/12/14).
At an unscripted “open mike” moment, President Obama was overheard telling then-President Medvedev of Russia to tell Vladimir Putin that when he was re-elected he would able to be more flexible. True. Obama, phone and pen in hand, has become very flexible. We’ve had …
The IRS politicized, Benghazi, a mountain of corruption and cover-up, the horrible mistreatment of veterans at government-run hospitals (precursors of Obamacare) exposed, and a defecting American soldier traded for five Taliban terrorist commanders at Gitmo. Thank heavens Obama takes vacations.
Now, because Obama gave a free pass to the children of illegal aliens, the latest “progressive” bomb to hit the American public is the arrival at the Texas border of 50,000 unaccompanied children again from Central America. Eric Holder, who before becoming attorney general worked as a lawyer defending Muslim terrorists, immediately sent 100 lawyers down to Texas to make sure the ‘children’ were not being abused.
Tent cities were surreptitiously set up deep inside the United States, where America’s new hope for the future (since the European immigrants made such a botch of it), Central America’s “Dreamers,” are now being taught English and being clothed, fed and educated. Who’s paying for all this? Why … you are.
When the next 50,000 arrive, where will the present 50,000 go to live? Since Queens has the largest population of Central Americans in the United States, no doubt, here.
Pan Am’s conversion to a homeless shelter may have come down to a surprise, but the waves of refugees, hotel conversions and legalized basement apartments coming down the pike shouldn’t be. Our borders are open. “Dreamers” should soon feel very at home here. It’ll be just like Honduras and Guatemala, but with television.
In a move that the state teacher’s union called a “reset button,” the state Legislature and Gov. Cuomo agreed to delay implementation of Common Core standards as part of teacher evaluations for two years last week — but only for poorly-rated teachers.
“The short-term safety net around evaluation consequences proposed by the governor and legislative leadership should relieve anxiety while preserving a multiple measures evaluation system that includes student performance,” state Education Commissioner John King said in a statement.
(NewsUSA) - Can the man who invented an insulin pump, the iBOT wheelchair and the "Luke Arm" prosthesis help end all the handwringing about whether America has lost its competitive edge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?
Resiliency projects in and around Jamaica Bay, in parts of the Gateway National Recreation Area, received a boost from over $10 million in federal funding this week, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell was in Broad Channel to deliver the news personally.
As part of more than $100 million in post-Sandy resiliency project grants from the federal government, the Department of the Interior is allocating $4.85 million toward the $7 million restoration and renovation of Sunset Cove in Broad Channel.
With Iraq being torn apart by sectarian violence that many analysts are calling a civil war, following nearly 10 years of U.S.-led combat and occupation, the Queens Chronicle this week asked all seven members of the House of Representatives who represent parts of this borough for their thoughts on the crisis.
Five of the members were asked a series of questions over email, while one, Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) answered similar ones during an interview about his campaign.
California Chrome’s co-owner, Steve Coburn, took a lot of heat after Tonalist defeated his horse at the Belmont Stakes last Saturday. Coburn voiced his “Coward’s way out” comment to NBC Sports reporter Kenny Rice just minutes after learning that his horse would not be a Triple Crown winner as Tonalist, a horse that skipped both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, ruined what many thought would be a day of immortality for Coburn and California Chrome.
Coburn did not seem to care that Tonalist’s owners badly wanted to run him in the Derby but the horse’s sudden illness forced them to change their mind. The fact that Tonalist qualified for Belmont by winning the Peter Pan Stakes a week after the Derby enraged him.
When America is at war, our military leaves no soldier behind. This is a bedrock sacred duty. President Obama made the right decision to request the emir of Qatar to intermediate in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who became a Taliban prisoner of war in 2009.
The five exchanged Gitmo Taliban detainees will be in Qatar’s custody for one year. Despite this agreement, Republicans will accuse Obama of negotiating directly with Taliban terrorists, plus violating congressional notification.
Folks, you can be sure Fox & Friends will create a Gitmo scandal. Oh yes, the GOP House will launch a new series of hearings. This one will be GitmoGate. Obama haters love to discredit Obama.
The way Republican congressional hopefuls Stephen Labate and Grant Lally were going at each other recently, it’s hard to believe they share a party and many of the same objectives — but among them is winning the June 24 primary election and the right to take on Democratic incumbent Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) in the 3rd District race.
On more than one occasion, they couldn’t resist the temptation to cut each other off in mid-sentence during what was billed as a Congressional Primary Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Northeast Queens Republican Club at the Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse in Whitestone on May 21.
(NAPSI)—By February 2009, Ken Campbell had had enough. The Lincoln, California horse rancher caught the now famous economic “rant” by CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli, who said on national TV, “We’re thinking of having a Chicago tea party in July. All you capitalists that want to show up at Lake Michigan, I’m gonna start organizing.” Santelli didn’t start organizing a local tea party but Campbell did.
The Mets have not had a winning season since Citi Field opened in 2009, and things appear unlikely to change in 2014, based on what we’ve seen so far. While they have not been exactly world beaters, on the road the Mets have played better as the visitors than as the home team.
Last week Daily News baseball columnist Andy Martino wrote that Mets management is concerned that the players are fatigued at home because of such factors as making appearances in the community; having to deal with smaller media outlets (a self-serving claim that fits the dailies’ agenda, Andy); and the large number of visitors permitted to go on the field before a game to watch batting practice.
Those who live outside of Harlem may be unfamiliar with “Queen Mother” Dr. Delois Blakely, but the former nun has been a huge presence since she was sworn in as the Community Mayor of Harlem by then-Mayor Giuliani in 1995.
Now she is making a presence in Queens, a very big one.
Given the crisis embroiling the Department of Veterans Affairs over healthcare delays that may have contributed to dozens of deaths, President Obama’s announcement that military forces will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 could hardly have come at a better time.
The president’s plan is to reduce the number of forces still fighting the nation’s longest war to just under 10,000 next year and to have nothing but embassy staff and security there by the end of 2016, the end of his presidency. There were more than 100,000 servicemen and women deployed to Afghanistan at the height of the war launched in 2001 in response to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
(NAPSI)—The rise of the high-tech classroom has been clearly documented. Districts and schools in the area and around the country are incorporating new technology into the classroom, and technology companies are investing millions in programs providing technology to schools, most in the forms of tablets or laptop devices.
(NewsUSA) - In the current job market typified by stubborn unemployment rates, there are areas where available jobs outnumber those applying for them: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In his May 8 letter to the editor, “The Obama recovery,” reader Anthony Pilla mentioned the continued improvement in the unemployment rate.
In order to put that in perspective it is necessary to note what impact any change in the Federal Reserve Participation Rate may have exerted. That rate is a measure of the number of people actively involved in the labor markets. A decline will have a downward effect on the unemployment rate.
The Participation Rate has dropped a significant 3.2 percentage points from 2009 until April 2014 because so many people have given up looking for work, and that has played a major role in the drop of the unemployment rate.
Mr. Pilla predicts the unemployment rate will drop to 5.5 percent by the end of Mr. Obama’s second term, and that may well happen, but not necessarily because things have improved but because more people have dropped out of the work force.
Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) have different reasons for co-sponsoring a resolution they hope will result in the city being able to set its own minimum wage and have markedly different beliefs on how the city should proceed should the state Legislature grant the authority.
Dromm, a retired school teacher, believes the current state rate of $8 per hour should increase to the $15 that fast-food workers have been asking for in a recent series of one-day job actions.
Officer Joseph Koch
After 18 months of Benghazi-Benghazi-Benghazi and 13 hearings by eight GOP House committees, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) decided to appoint a select committee to investigate — Benghazi! Why pay lawyers more tax dollars for another merry-go-round of political theatrics? Boehner said a new email smoking gun will reveal new light. I think not!
Just a side note. Under Bush-43 many embassies were attacked, with numerous killings. Why did the GOP Congress avoid hearings?
Folks, when you look past the smoke and mirrors, the Republican House plans reveal two political strategies.
1) Destroy Hillary Clinton’s chances to become America’s 45th president.
2) Revenge! Republicans want to link Obama to a new political scandal — Benghazigate!
This would allow, for the third time, a GOP House impeachment of a president. (Andrew Johnson and William Clinton). By removing Barack Obama from office, they would get even for what the Democrats did to Richard Nixon over his 1972 election: Watergate scandal!
Kudos to Congressional Democrats for their decision to not “partake” in Speaker John Boehner’s clever political ruse!
An NYPD officer from Queens who was shot last June coming to the aid of a beating victim while he was off duty was honored by President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Officer Joseph Koch was one of 53 Top Cops selected for the honor by the National Association of Police Organizations.
“How do you download the power of the federal government into the district you represent?”
That’s a key question Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) has been asking himself and trying to answer as he serves his first term in Congress.
Religious fanatics should be ashamed and embarrassed, criticizing Obama and asking why he wasn’t at the canonization of Pope John Paul II — a “man” (not a saint) who presided over the Catholic Church during nearly three decades of a gruesome pedophilia scandal and a grotesque cover-up.
What did John Paul do to deserve being named a saint? Was it giving sanctuary to Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, a horrendous enabler of child abuse who resigned in disgrace in 2012 as Archbishop of Boston? Was it defending Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, a pedophile, womanizer, embezzler and drug addict? Perhaps defending him because he was the greatest fundraiser for the Catholic Church and equally its greatest criminal?
The church is giving its biggest prize to the person who could have fixed the spreading stain of pedophilia and did nothing. Nothing! Instead the thousands of betrayed, damaged victims are thought of as a fading asterisk. All those fools buying last-minute tickets to fly to St. Peter’s Square, all to fawn over an institution that allowed molestation to continue for decades, protecting pedophile priests instead of their victims.
It’s too bad God, heaven and hell don’t exist because there would be nice warm seats waiting for all of them.