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(An open letter to Hillary Clinton)
History has honored significant contributions of women as chiefs of state. Examples: Spain had Isabelle, queen of Castile and Aragon. Russia had Catherine the Great, empress of Russia. England had Queens Elizabeth I and Victoria, and today has Queen Elizabeth II. Also Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Israel had Prime Minister Golda Meier. The chancellor of Germany is Angela Merkel.
The time is now for America to join the honor roll of nations with distinguished women as head of state. Hillary, you proved your leadership ability while serving as our secretary of state. You and Madeleine Albright have an excellent record of accomplishments in foreign relations. You both have earned the admiration and respect of world leaders as America’s two outstanding secretaries of state.
Hillary, seize the moment! You are the woman to have America represented on the honor roll. Please “throw your hat into the ring.” The Democratic National Convention in 2016 will enthusiastically nominate you by acclamation. As madam president, you could continue the positive image the world has of both presidents ... Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
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.”
I’m not a fan of organized religion but this new pope is “The Man”! How will Republicans respond to him basically calling them scum? Francis attacked the “idolatry of money” and beseeched politicians (Republicans) to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.”
He asked, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?”
He added, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
And finally: “I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians [Democrats] who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”
I’m waiting for the GOP response. “Palin and Cruz call for impeachment of socialist pope!” “Demand recount of Papal Conclave!” “Obama to blame!”
Here is why Republicans are the biggest hypocrites in the world, Rush Limbaugh supported drug treatment as opposed to incarceration only after he got arrested for possession of pain killers. Nancy Reagan only supported stem-cell research after Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer’s. Dick Cheney started supporting gay rights only after his daughter came out as gay. Megan Kelly of Fox News was against paid maternity leave, that is until she had a baby. Then her views miraculously changed. Once it happens to them their opinions change. Perhaps they wouldn’t vote against food stamps if a member of their family was poor.
Finally, the Democrats smacked the GOP in the face. Changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority (the way it should be). The GOP can cry all they want, but the fact is that in all of American history there were 12 filibusters until 1992, when Clinton became president. Clinton took over and in his term alone there were 12. Obama is in the beginning of his second term and it’s already 82! When Lyndon Johnson was the majority leader of the Senate he had to deal with three GOP filibusters. Harry Reid has dealt with 4 ... hundred!
Could it be only because Obama’s a Democrat? Or does his “tan” have something to do with it? Mitch McConnell threatened future retaliations of obstruction, or as the GOP calls it-business as usual.
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.
“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.
This Thanksgiving, New York’s wind energy has given us a lot to be grateful for.
A new report by Environment New York, “Wind Power for a Cleaner America,” shows that wind energy in New York is already avoiding carbon pollution equivalent to taking 382,203 cars off the road. In addition to reducing global warming pollution, wind energy in the state is also avoiding 1,724 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides which contribute to asthma, and 2,130 tons of sulfur dioxide which is a major component of acid rain. These benefits have made wind power a key component of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which seeks to reduce global warming pollution 17 percent by 2020.
Federal incentives for wind–the investment tax credit and the production tax credit–are largely responsible for wind’s success, but are set to expire at the end of 2013. To curb global warming pollution and prevent future extreme weather events like Sandy, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand should continue to be champions for clean energy, and I call on our House delegation to do everything within their power to extend these critical clean energy incentives before the end of the year.
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.
During a nearly three-hour Community Board 13 meeting held Monday night at Deliverance Baptist Church on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, several issues were presented, including a proposal to establish a community residential facility in Queens Village for six adult males with developmental disabilities.
The plan was voted down unanimously, with one abstention.
(BPT) - As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.
Before there was Donald Trump the reality TV star, or Donald Trump the Republican presidential hopeful, or Donald Trump the skeptic of President Obama’s birthplace, there was Donald Trump the entrepreneur.
Trump was the epitome of the wildly successful, superrich business magnate in the go-go ’80s. Hotels, casinos, an airline, the gleaming new Trump Tower in Manhattan — he owned it all. His 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal,” sold millions of copies and topped the New York Times’ nonfiction best seller list for weeks on end. It seemed everything The Donald touched turned to gold.
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.
A shameful political event took place on Sunday, Oct. 13 in front of a Washington, DC memorial. Veterans were prevented from entering the memorial, it having been fenced off due to the government shutdown or more precisely, the GOP Government Shutdown.
And who would ironically, one might say dishonestly, show up to “commiserate” with the disheartened veterans? None other than the very ones primarily responsible for initiating the unnecessary and destructive action which they championed and cheered when they succeeded.
They were Ted Cruz, his echo Mike Lee and the ever-ready opportunist, half-governor Sarah Palin. They soulfully decried with repeated speeches the horrible injustice at hand, much to the cheers of the vets, while of course blaming it on President Obama. There was also the Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman doing Trump’s ever-popular “Obama the Muslim” shtick, and all with the Confederate flag as well as the infamous Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag held proudly aloft.
I cringed hearing my fellow veterans being duped by these outright liars, who were taking advantage of their grief and making fools of them merely to further their very own political ambitions. Perhaps there are still enough of the old-guard Republicans left to be Tea-ed off at this cyst festering in their party and lance it once and for all before it infects the entire party. There is the old adage of the elephant being terrified by a mouse. Let us hope that it is merely an anecdote and that the true symbolic Republican figurehead displays greater courage.
(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 bipartisan deal has been struck in Congress that aims to avoid the hikes in flood insurance rates under a 2012 law that could lead to some residents paying thousands of dollars a year in flood insurance premiums.
The bill, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, was introduced this week by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) in the House of Representatives and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in the Senate. Waters is the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee and co-sponsor of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, the law the new bill seeks to change.
The Big East conference has undergone some seismic shifts in the past few years as it has seen many members, such as Syracuse University, Boston College, the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, bolt for the greener TV and licensing grass of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Last year, the Big East, which has been home to St. John’s University since the league’s formation in 1979, underwent its biggest reorganization as the seven Catholic universities without football teams — St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Providence, and DePaul — broke away from the nonsectarian schools that do, such as Louisville, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut. The football schools are now in a conference called simply The American, while the basketball-only colleges retain the Big East name. The new Big East added Xavier, Creighton and Butler to make it a 10-team league.
Re Anthony Pilla’s “Passing Medicare Part D,” Letters, Oct. 3:
Anthony Pilla took issue with me on my comment that Obama’s MO was to bypass Congress, bunch a lot of bills together and on Friday nights and holidays ram them through before anyone even reads them (Obamacare is now 2,800-plus pages long and nobody’s read it all, but who’s counting?). He was good enough to point out that Bush’s Medicare Part D prescription drug bill was passed the same way ... between 3 and 7 in the morning.
A modus operandi is the way a person operates, and for Bush it was unusual. For Obama, it’s been the way he operates since he became president. It’s his MO. Pushing laws through against the will of the people is tyranny, and because it is a policy somebody happens to believe in it doesn’t make it right. By the time Bush left office, he was despised by Democrats and conservatives alike. (Can Mr. Pilla and I be on the same side here?) Bush’s high-handedness was also unappreciated.
Obama became president running against Bush and things his supporters seem to have forgotten ... his promises of a transparent government and shovel-ready jobs. Both promises were repeated endlessly because he knew that was what the people wanted to hear. And every time he makes another promise, his supporters forget about the ones he made before.
The U.S. used to be a country governed by the rule of law. We’re destroying that. Many times Obama has overridden the law for what he thinks is right, but where you have no law, you have anarchy. Anarchy benefits no one. And there’s not one dictatorship that didn’t start out with a messiah promising hordes of people things they wouldn’t be able to get by their own efforts. Socialism doesn’t move money from the rich to the poor. Socialism moves money from all the people to those in power.
When you control a people’s health, you control their lives. There will be no benefits, Medicare or otherwise, for the people in Obamacare, and they will never be free again.
We are living in a country that was the greatest in the world. We still have freedoms other people only dream about, which once gone will never return. Nobody starves here; the problem here is obesity. The secret of happiness is to be satisfied with what you have and not to envy those who have what you can’t. I’d like to have Barbra Streisand’s voice, but I don’t. Why would I deprive her of it?
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.
If it wanted to, the House Republican majority could immediately end the government shutdown it has caused. While Americans wait, over 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed; millions more are working without pay; vital services, programs, facilities, parks and monuments have been suspended or closed; intelligence and law enforcement agencies are understaffed; communities where federal facilities are located and the tens of thousands of small businesses with federal contracts and the hundreds of thousands of workers they collectively employ are being hurt. Some of these businesses may not recover.
Constituents ask: How much longer is the shutdown going to affect me? Why did things come to this and who’s responsible for this mess? What needs to be done to reopen the government?
South Road in Jamaica soon could be renamed for a group of warriors who overcame bigotry and segregation to become some of the toughest and most respected fighter pilots in World War II.
Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Oct. 3 joined Dabney Montgomery and Wilfred DeFour of Manhattan as the Council’s Parks Committee held hearings on a measure to rename the street Tuskegee Airmen Way.
It is unfortunate that the Republicans in Congress are such an incompetent, self-centered and disingenuous group. These self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives do not hesitate to spend millions of dollars on senseless votes to defund Obamacare 42 times rather than tackle the issues that truly affect their constituents.
This holier-than-thou crowd, which defends the unborn with such zealousness, does not give a hoot about the children who are already here. These so-called “leaders” who have access to top-notch medical care and who have never experienced economic frailty or hunger can easily thrust aside the concept of “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This should be a wakeup call to all who sit by the sidelines … we must learn from history, and not relive Martin Niem…ller’s message of decades ago:
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out —
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Ted Cruz and the Tea Party clan hate Obama more than they love this country, and as a result, they are willing to do anything, regardless of the harm it might cause, in order for the president’s efforts to fail. They are willing to shut down the government, allow the country to default on its obligations, eliminate the Affordable Care Act and cut food stamps, as well as derail gun control efforts and immigration reform. When is outrage going to set in?