Video: Dem Rep On Contraception Mandate, "We’re Not Looking at the Constitution"

February 28, 2012 at 8:28 am (Abortion, Catholic Church, Constitution, Contraception, Democrats, Freedom, HHS Mandate, Kathy Hochul, New York, NY-26, Religious Freedom, Sterilization)

Politicians hadn’t been looking at the Constitution for some time, until the Tea Party came along, and even then the Democrats have continued to willfully ignore it.

Via Hot Air (h/t Brian):

This moment in constitutional cluelessness comes to us from the same townhall meeting Rep. Kathy Hochul held with her NY-26 constituents that we featured on Saturday.  The local media missed this moment in their report, however, and it was even more telling than the chorus of boos that greeted Hochul when she attempted to defend the HHS mandate on contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients.  When challenged by a reader of Freedom’s Lighthouse on the constitutionality of the mandate, Hochul’s response was rather telling:

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Planned Parenthood Offers Condoms With Sex-Tracking GPS

February 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm (Abortion, GPS Condom, Life News, Planned Parenthood, Safe Sex, Sex Tracker)

Which of course begs the question, if you need a GPS on your condom, do you really have the tools necessary to use said condom?

Via Life News:

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, makes no bones about crossing the line in an attempt to generate publicity and attention and it is at it again with condoms that allow wearers to advertise where they had sex.

As the web site GeekWire reports:

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest has begun distributing 55,000 condoms to college students with QR codes, allowing students to anonymously “check in” and boast about where they’ve practiced safe sex. A Web site dubbed chronicles all of the action, so you can see that folks are particularly frisky in Ballard or Bellevue or Bellingham.

“Did you just use a condom to protect yourself against unintended pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections? You go, tiger! Sex that (is) safe, should be shared,” declares the Web site.

The interactive map also includes comments from users. For example:

A 20 something guy and a girl whose relationship is just for fun and have already talked about safer sex and STDs used a condom in the bedroom to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. It was ah-maz-ing – rainbows exploded and mountains trembled.

Good to see funding for Planned Parenthood is being put to good use.  You know, as opposed to the 91% of pregnant women who receive abortions.

You really can’t make this stuff up.

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Poll Results: Karen Santorum Would Make a Better First Lady

February 27, 2012 at 12:30 pm (Ann Romney, Callista Gingrich, Carol Wells, First Lady, Karen Santorum, Michelle Obama, Poll)

Mental Recession readers have voiced their opinion on the ideal choice to serve as First Lady, and the winner is Karen Santorum.

We asked:

Who would make a better First Lady?

  • Karen Santorum – 44%
  • Michelle Obama – 20%
  • Ann Romney – 17%
  • Callista Gingrich – 10%
  • Carol Wells (Paul) – 6%

Thanks to all who voted!

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Surveillance of Muslim Student Associations is Justified

February 27, 2012 at 11:41 am (CAIR, College News, ICNA, Islam, Michael Bloomberg, MSA, Muslim Brotherhood, Muslim-Americans, Muslims, New York, NYPD, NYPD Intelligence Division, SUNY Albany, Surveillance, Terrorism, Times Union)

Last week, the Times Union reported on a situation which is making news nationwide – New York Police Department surveillance of Muslim students on college campuses, including the State University of Albany.

The article is dripping with sarcasm aimed directly at the police force, with little or no attempt at delving deeper into the reasoning behind the surveillance.

Leave it to the Times Union to go out of their way to interject opinion into a news article, while equally managing to keep other important facts out of their report on the NYPD monitoring of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) at SUNY Albany.

Did it ever occur to the Union that there might possibly be a history with the MSA that would prompt investigators to keep an eye on them?

According to the Investigative Project on Terrorism – the most comprehensive data center on radical Islamic terrorist groups – the MSA was founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and describes them in the following manner:

MSA has gained legitimacy on American campuses as a benevolent collegiate faith club; however, under this moderate veneer MSA advances a different agenda among impressionable college students.  Through conferences and events, publications, websites and other activities, MSA has disseminated and promoted militant Islamic ideologies on college and university campuses throughout North America.   

Now, that isn’t to say the Times Union didn’t actually see neutral postings on the SUNY Albany MSA website, but it is to say there is another side to the story.  Feel free to go with a balanced approach.

The newspaper has yet to indicate in any of their stories that the normally spineless Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has defended the actions taken by the NYPD.  Via Global Post:

Bloomberg argued it is “legal,” “appropriate” and “constitutional” for police to monitor Muslim communities since they are potential places where terrorists might hide out while they prepare attacks against American citizens, the AP reported.

Of course, the Times Union did the same exact thing last year, when they ran a story about a Muslim summer camp being built in the Adirondacks.  The camp was being considered by a group known as the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).  When I contacted the newspaper about the lack of information as well as the flat-out false information being printed regarding the ICNA, an editor responded that the story was evolving and would change over time.  It never did.  They never corrected it.

Interestingly enough, the MSA and ICNA do have a connection.  Both have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, both conduct events throughout the nation in conjunction with each other, and both operate under the umbrella of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT), a coalition of 11 major Islamic organizations.

Think neither of these organizations should be monitored or looked at more closely?  Here is my report last year regarding the ICNA:

One of the largest Muslim organizations in North America is considering plans to build a summer camp on 114 acres of land in the Adirondacks.  Via the Albany Times Union
“The Islamic Circle of North America, a Muslim advocacy group based in New York City, hopes to raise money to develop a camp for children and families of all religions on land donated to it last year.”
The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), based in Queens, New York, is not devoid of controversy in a history that spans over 40 years, yet there is scant mention of these controversies by the media.  The Times Union article states that, “U.S. law enforcement agencies have investigated, but never prosecuted, ICNA for terrorist connections.”  And there is coverage of a fundraiser involving speakers having made anti-American statements in the past, which is quickly justified by saying, “the meeting raised money for homeless women.”
But the ICNA has so much more to offer in the way of newsworthiness, including an event involving radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, as well as a link to the presently relevant Muslim Brotherhood.
  • In the book, American Jihad, author Steven Emerson claims that the ICNA has praised terror attacks in the past, is allied with militant fundamentalist movements, and supports the imposition of sharia law.   
  • The same book mentions a statement by Senator Mitch McConnell in 1996 that the group is allied with the Islamic Association for Palestine in North America, which has ties to the terrorist organization, Hamas.
  • The ICNA has demonstrated deep ties to the fundamentalist Pakistani political party, Jamaat-e-Islami, whose main objective is the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law.
  • Ran a series of Muslim subway ads in 2008, promoted by a Brooklyn imam whom federal officials had linked to a plot to blow up city landmarks.
  • Have expressed great reverence for such outstanding individuals as the Ayatollah Khomeini and Mahmoud Ahmadenijad, a man famous for calling the holocaust a ‘myth’, and stating that ‘Israel must be wiped off the map.’
Additionally, radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was asked to speak at a convention sponsored jointly by the ICNA and the Muslim American Society (MAS) in July of 2002.  Awlaki has been connected with three of the 9/11 hijackers, and has since praised the murderous rampage by the Fort Hood shooter that took 14 lives, and the failed attempt by the Christmas Day bomber to kill 278 innocent people.  What’s more, Awlaki spoke alongside Siraj Wahhaj, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. 
It should be noted that the ICNA released a statement denouncing Awlaki’s views – nearly eight years later – but noting that at the time of his appearance, he had not been accused of any extremist ties, and that he had only started making radical lectures after being detained in 2007.
This is, of course, a flat-out falsehood.  In fact, here’s a bit of what was already known regarding Awlaki at the time of his ICNA appearance:
  • In 1996, he encouraged a student at his mosque to fight jihad, prompting an elder to confront him, eventually leading to his departure.
  • In 1998 and 1999, served as Vice President of a charity founded by Abdul Majeed al-Zindani, an associate of Osama bin Laden and a man designated by the U.S. government as a ‘Specially Designated Global Terrorist’.
  • The F.B.I. first took notice of Awlaki in 1999 based on his relationship with militants and his role in running a ‘front organization to funnel money to terrorists’.
  • The 9/11 Commission had shown that F.B.I. investigators were divided over Awlaki’s involvement in the terrorist attacks, but had expressed concern over his role as spiritual advisor to two of the hijackers, with one detective saying he believed Awlaki ‘was at the center of the 9/11 story’.
But if you’re looking for a current piece of news regarding the ICNA, then look no further than Egypt.  Considered to be the North American branch of the aforementioned Jamaat-e-Islami, the ICNA also maintains close ties to international groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.   The Muslim Brotherhood has objectives far different than the simple establishment of a camp for various religions.  Their stated motto:
Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.
Joe Kaufman, in Front Page Magazine wrote:
“When tens of thousands of Iranian violence-driven malcontents scream “Death to America” in chorus, we Americans have a right to know who here is screaming with them. And once we find out who, law enforcement and intelligence needs to investigate and take appropriate action, so that inappropriate action is not taken upon us.”
Or, in the case of today’s media, we can simply watch them build a summer camp without so much as a cursory look at who’s behind the project.
Nothing to see here…

Let the Times Union know that it isn’t their job as journalists to interject opinion into their reporting.  But it is their job to report all of the facts.

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Apologizer-in-Chief Won’t Demand Apology For Death of U.S. Soldiers

February 26, 2012 at 9:53 am (Afghanistan, Apology, Bagram, Commander-in-Chief, Courageous Restraint, Hamid Karzai, Josh Earnest, Koran Burning, President Obama, Soldiers, Troops)

The actions taken by this President regarding the Koran burning incident – a procedure which is perfectly legal in Islamic law for handling Korans that have been desecrated with extremist messages, and I might add, the same exact manner in which the U.S. military destroyed Bibles that were being used by terrorists to convey extremist messages – is nothing short of disgraceful.  Instead of investigating the procedures in-house, the President made a public spectacle of the incident, issuing a groveling apology to Afghan President, Hamid Karzai.

What did the President get for his apology?  Over a dozen deaths at the hands of rioters.

Worse, the President is unwilling to demand an apology from the same President Karzai for the deaths of multiple American soldiers.

From Beltway Confidential:

President Obama’s spokesman yesterday praised Afghan President Karzai for his response to the ongoing protests, which have resulted in the deaths of multiple American soldiers, but would not say if Obama believes Karzai should apologize for the soldiers’ deaths…
(Principal Deputy Press Secretary Josh) Earnest had been asked if “the President [is] seeking an apology from President Karzai for the fact that U.S. service personnel were killed” during protests over the inadvertent burning of Korans at Bagram Air Force Base. Two soldiers were killed at Bagram by a person in an Afghan military uniform. Two other American officers were killed in Kabul, the Afghan capital. “Local media reports said the gunman was an Afghan policeman but this has not been confirmed,” the BBC reports…
“There is no doubt that we’re working through a difficult situation there,” Earnest added in answering the question about asking for an apology from Karzai. “But we are going to stay on track of accomplishing our goal and continuing to make the significant progress that we have made in ensuring that Afghanistan cannot be a safe haven for al Qaeda or other violent extremists.”

Two opportunities to demand an apology fall by the wayside.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Earnest informs everybody that President Obama is actually happy with Karzai’s efforts:

“The President is certainly gratified that President Karzai has appealed for calm in Afghanistan, as we work through what is a very challenging situation.”

Gratified?  When American men and women are dying in spite of, and maybe actually having been encouraged by, Obama’s apology?

This is nothing short of disgraceful.  Expected, yet disgraceful.

President Obama is the man under which the phrase “courageous restraint” was ushered in.  Courageous restraint as you may recall is a medal which is awarded to U.S. troops for not firing on their battlefield enemies.  It is the model under which Obama’s foreign policy operates – courageous restraint.

Is it not time our country had a President whose platform is one of ‘courageous aggression’, holding accountable those who encourage the killing of our troops through silence, and punishing those who would harbor such terrorists?  Our men and women need to know their President will stand up and demand action against those who seek to kill them at the hands of a false Koran-burning rage.

We need a Commander-in-Chief, not an Apologizer-in-Chief.

We need a courageous President, not a restrained one.

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Albany County Executive Calls Corner Markets, ‘Haji Stores’

February 25, 2012 at 10:44 am (Albany County, Chuck Shumer, Dan McCoy, Democrat, Dunkin Donuts, Haji, Indian Accent, Joe Biden, New York, Racism, Republican, Slang, Slur, Small Markets, Synthetic Marijuana)

During a press conference on Thursday held by Chuck Schumer regarding the dangers of synthetic marijuana, Albany County Executive, Democrat Dan McCoy, referred to small businesses in the area as “haji stores”.

“In Albany County, it’s starting to be a problem and if you go into any of these little stores — these little haji stores you want to call them, or whatever you want to say they are — you do find this stuff on the shelves.”

While the term “haji” can be harmless, meaning one who has made the pilgrimage to Mecca, it has also taken on a negative connotation in recent years.  The Urban Dictionary defines it as…

n. offensive slang; disparaging term for arabs, especially those of Islamic faith.

Honestly, there isn’t much to make out of this situation other than to point out that had this been said by a Republican, the press and his or her opponent would have had a field day portraying them as an Islamophobic racist.  As it is, the Albany Times Union ran an article on Friday which was telling in two ways:

  1. The people interviewed for the piece, who are of Middle Eastern descent, have no idea why he used the term “haji”, but at the same time are unsure whether or not they should be offended.
  2. They didn’t bother to label McCoy as a Democrat.
To his credit, McCoy quickly acknowledged the terminology as possibly being offensive, taking to Twitter to state:

“I mispoke (sic) in my attempt to portray the dangers of synthetic marijuana. I used a “slang” term inadvertently when I meant (to) say Bodega” … “If my accidental use of that term offended anyone I sincerely apologize.”

No need to worry Mr. McCoy, you’re a Democrat.  You can get away with such comments, it will not be your ‘Macaca Moment‘.  Actually, perhaps this can be a springboard to a better career in politics.

After all, it was vice-President Joe Biden, who once stated, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

Or maybe you can start pulling out actual Indian accents at your speeches.  Like this one, again by Joe Biden, when describing a call center:

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Weekend Recession: (Video) Announcer’s Stool Collapses During Basketball Broadcast

February 24, 2012 at 7:05 pm (Basketball, Breaks, CBS Sports, College, Dayton, James Bates, NCAA, Stool, Xavier)

Weekend college basketball?  Check.

Big time rivalry game?  Check.

Stool made out of toothpicks and duct tape?


From Yard Barker:

Last weekend, the CBS Sports Network was covering an Atlantic-10 men’s college basketball game between Xavier and Dayton. For the game, they sent the team of Steve Wolf and play-by-play announcer James Bates. As they started the telecast, Bates is seen notably shifting in his stool which gives way during the live broadcast.

CBS couldn’t afford a real chair for the man?

Have a great weekend all!

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Former Dem City Clerk Admits to Forging Ballots, And Then Some

February 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm (Ballot Fraud, Democrats, Harry Tutunjian, Kevin McGrath, New York, Troy, Voter Fraud, William McInerney, Working Families Party)

Last week, the voter fraud case in Troy, New York saw embarrassing testimony from a current member of the city Council, Kevin McGrath, who relayed fears of running for public office because of his history of substance abuse, and “the fact that he is a convicted felon”.  More shameful was McGrath’s willingness to make light of his felony conviction, stating that he “didn’t make much of a profit”, a comment that prompted an apology from the judge presiding over the case.

Yesterday brought testimony from the former city clerk who allegedly spearheaded the operation, William McInerney.  The Democrat admitted his own guilt in the forgery case, while implicating others as well.  McInerney testified to preying on people living in public housing saying, “I went to the projects to see if voters would sign the applications and if not I’d forge them.”  McInerney officially pled guilty to forgery back in August.

The admission prompted the former mayor of Troy, Republican Harry Tutunjian, to post a scathing statement on Facebook.  

I sat in on the voter fraud trial today.  I was disgusted to hear the former city clerk admit that he has been forging and voting absentee ballots since at least 2007. What is more disturbing is that he admitted that other council members also forged and voted ballots. They all knew what they were doing. So what did they do when they got caught? They blamed Bob Mirch, they blamed me, and they blamed everyone else.

This gang of admitted and accused criminals made the last two years of my term very difficult. They accused me and members of my administration of criminal acts, bullying, thuggery, you name it. I am not ashamed to say I feel a certain sense of satisfaction in hearing they actually did far worse than what they accused me of. It is a shame that the people of Troy were represented by true criminals that stole the votes of unsuspecting residents for many years.

Bear in mind that eight members of the Democrat party have been indicted, charged, or implicated in the voter fraud scandal. The reference to Mirch coincides with statements from the Democrats in which they tried to collaborate with the Working Families Party to draft a press release which blamed the voter fraud on the former Republican Public Works Commissioner.

Little could Tutunjian have known how prescient his statement would be.  “They actually did far worse” played out in an incredible way during today’s courtroom drama.  Defense attorney Brian Premo at one point suggested that McInerney could have been charged with several hundred felonies, despite having pled to only one.  McInerney was sentenced to 90 days in a Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department work program to avoid jail time.

Several hundred felonies in exchange for testimony and a 90 day slap on the wrist?

Adding insult to injury, McInerney also testified about a drunk driving conviction, had to answer questions about a sexual harassment claim which led to his termination at a job with the New York State Legislature, and having an order of protection issued for stalking his ex-wife.

From the Times Union:

William McInerney, the former city clerk who spearheaded a scheme to steal votes and cooperated with the prosecution of two other Troy Democrats accused of ballot fraud, admitted he was accused of stalking women.
“An old girlfriend stated something along the lines of that,” McInerney said during questioning by Brian Premo, who represents Edward McDonough, one of the two men on trial for allegedly forging ballots in the 2009 Working Families Party primary.
Premo also asked McInerney about an allegation that he stalked his ex-wife. McInerney admitted an order of protection was filed for the alleged stalking.

In regards to the sexual harassment incident, the Union also reported that:

Premo questioned him about his termination from a job at the state Assembly. Premo suggested McInerny lost the job because he accused a female co-worker of getting a job because she performed a sex act on their boss. Premo noted when a gay male co-worker objected to his remark, McInerny told the man he was upset because the man wasn’t involved with the boss.

It is quite the cast of characters that were running the city of Troy between 2007 and 2011.

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Meet Wendy Long, Vying to Replace New York’s Most Liberal Senator

February 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm (GOP, Judicial Confirmation Network, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Republican, Sotomayor, Wendy Long)

What’s the antidote for the nation’s most liberal senator?  Perhaps it’s conservative candidate and Republican lawyer, Wendy Long.

Via Capitol Confidential:

Wendy Long, a Manhattan lawyer who has served as chief counsel to the right-leaning Judicial Confirmation Network, circulated a letter late last week to Republican county leaders signaling her intention to run against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Long officially announced her intent last night at the Manhattan GOP’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

New York Republicans will choose between Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, the other active declared candidate, on March 16th.

According to Capital New York, Long stated that she “was seeking to replace Gillibrand in order to return the country to its roots of limited constitutional government.”

And she attacked Gillibrand as “our former moderate upstate congresswoman” who entered a “political witness protection program” upon being appointed to the Senate, and “emerged as the most doctrinaire liberal in the Senate.

“Senator Gillibrand has been a compliant ‘yes’ vote for the liberal orthodoxy in Washington,” she said. “That is, unless she’s complaining that the orthodoxy isn’t far left enough.”

Gillibrand should never be accused of moderation, having voted along party lines at a rate of 97%.  Long concurs, labeling Gillibrand as an ‘extremist’.

So what makes Long a better option for her district?  She said…

“I’m basically running on the economy and jobs and the skyrocketing national debt and the failure of Gillibrand and other members of the liberal establishment to get the budget under control,” she said of her campaign platform.

She also mentioned the Keystone Pipeline, and the “heavy hand” of government regulation.

In her letter to Republican county leaders, obtained by the Times Union, she writes:

“I am the most effective advocate to take the fight to Gillibrand on behalf of all of us New York Republicans and Conservatives,” Long writes. “I look forward to calling on the many friends that I have made in my work in politics and the law at the highest levels, both in New York and nationwide, for their support in my campaign. I have signed on the best talent in the country to run my campaign. I understand the monumental task of running against a Democratic incumbent in the state of New York. We will have to run fast and fight hard, but we can win. We need to use new messages and new strategies to win New Yorkers who are used to voting “D” over to our side.”

John Brodigan at the Right Hook, offered his thoughts on Long last week:

“I’m not sure about any business/economic background she has, but she seems to have a strong legal mind, is media savvy, and (angers) the left with her support for the confirmations of Roberts and Alito, and opposition to Sotomayor.”

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Kirsten Gillibrand Named ‘Most Liberal Senator’

February 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm (Democrat, GOP, Kirsten Gillibrand, Liberal, New York, Partisan)

It was just a few weeks ago that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, was criticizing ‘partisan gridlock in Washington’.

A report in early February – when Gillibrand announced a visit to the capital district – read:

Gillibrand’s plan for future economic growth includes building new transportation infrastructure, investing in manufacturing, encouraging research and development, and ending the partisan gridlock in Washington.

We were quick to point out that being non-partisan to Gillibrand involves voting along party lines nearly 100% of the time.

And when she says partisan gridlock, she is absolutely not referring to her voting record… which consists of party-line votes at a rate of nearly 97%. Only Republicans cause gridlock.

Now however, it is official – Gillibrand has been handed the title of one of the most partisan senators in the country.  She has been named ‘Most Liberal Senator’.

From the National Journal:

“The issue that has brought Gillibrand the most attention by far is her call for repeal of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay military service members. She introduced legislation in July 2009. In National Journal’s 2010 survey, she was tied with fellow Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York as the 10th most liberal member of the Senate.”

The New York Daily News added:

The Republican party today teed off on Gillibrand for, among other things, changing her tune after having portrayed herself as a “gun-toting centrist” when first appointed by then-Gov. David Paterson to replace now-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She “makes Chuck Schumer look like Bill Buckley,” NYSGOP Chairman Ed Cox says.

“Our junior senator has veered so far off the mainstream path to curry favor with left-wing Washington leaders that the average New Yorker can hardly recognize her anymore. Ms. Gillibrand’s candidacy has been a bait and switch: She ran as Calamity Jane but governs like Jane Fonda.”

Congratulations Senator Gillibrand, and good luck New York.

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