Just How Embarrassed Are Democrats of Their New York Delegates? Check Out This Seating Arrangement

September 4, 2012 at 7:53 am (2012 Election, Barack Obama, Brooklyn, Chuck Schumer, Democrat National Convention, DNC, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York, Sheldon Silver, Vito Lopez)

Jazz Shaw of Hot Air recently wrote a piece about the corruption being unveiled in New York politics these past few weeks titled, “Something Rotten in New York”.  In it, Shaw writes about the taxpayer funded cover up of sexual assault claims made against one of Brooklyn’s most powerful Democrat politicians.  A payment to sweep sexual assault allegations under the rug to avoid an ethics inquiry was authorized by New York State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver.

Last week we wrote:

… what was once praised as a swift response, has been a proven case of pandering to members of government with a penchant for sexual misconduct.  In a stunning revelation, the New York Times reports that Silver attempted to keep previous Lopez harassment issues swept under the rug, authorizing a secret payment to two other victims for an eye-popping $103,080.

Sadly, this wasn’t the first time that Silver had paid a victim of sexual harassment and/or assault taxpayer funded hush money.

In 2003, Silver was criticized for a slow response to a case involving his former aide, J. Michael Boxley, who was accused of rape and later pled guilty to sexual misconduct.  Three years later, the Assembly agreed to pay $500,000 of taxpayer money to settle the case.

How badly must it undermine the Democrats entire mantra of Republicans waging a “War on Women” when one of New York’s most powerful politicians has been caught – twice – paying women who have been sexually assaulted to keep quiet?

So indeed, something does smell rotten in New York.  Up here in these parts, we just call it politics as usual.  When you live so closely to the sewage waste plant that is New York politics, you become fatigued of the stench.

Not so for the national scene however.

Silver you see, is one of the members of New York’s delegates set to appear at the Democrat National Convention this week, where he will once again have the honor of announcing that they are endorsing Barack Obama for president during the Democratic convention.

At the DNC, amongst people that aren’t used to such a level of rancid politics, Sheldon Silver’s presence with the New York delegation has created some controversy.  Silver has been pressured to cede his role to somebody else at the convention, to no avail.

But just in case you weren’t clear on just how awful the stench is coming from New York, the faction that ranks behind only California in size, which includes powerful Democrat Chuck Schumer, and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been targeted for a possible presidential run in 2016, has been placed about as far away from the podium as humanly possible.  

Take a look at these seats…

Via YNN:

CapTon executive producer Michael Johnson took this shot from the podium of the New York delegation’s seating area, which is aaaaaalllll the way in the back of the Time Warner Cable Arena.

It’s far worse a location than the Republicans had at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last week, even though they’re just about as low on the party totem pole as the Democrats are here in Charlotte. 

… 

Democrats who have made it inside to see their seating have been overheard grousing about their poor placement, especially considering how much campaign cash Obama has raised in NYC.

There is most definitely something rotten in New York, and now Democrats in North Carolina have distanced themselves as far away as possible – literally.
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Banner Weekend For NY Democrats – One Punished For Sexual Harassment, Another Announces They’ll Be Arrested

August 27, 2012 at 7:00 am (Andrew Cuomo, Brooklyn, Democrats, Ethics, Governor Cuomo, Grants, Harassment, New York, New York City, Non-Profit, Queens, Sexual Harassment, Sheldon Silver, Shirley Huntley, Taxpayer Money, Vito Lopez)

It’s been a very active weekend for Democrats, with a pair serving in the boroughs of New York City being part of some very rare activity over the weekend.

First off, Brooklyn Democrat Assemblyman Vito Lopez has been handed some very severe punishment stemming from what is being called “blatant instances of sexual harassment”.

The Standing Committee on Ethics and Guidance not only stripped him of his Housing Committee chairmanship, and cut off resources and funding from the Assembly, but his guilty actions prompted a ban prohibiting Lopez from hiring interns or any other employees under the age of 21.

That is the equivalent of a sexual predator being kept from that which tempts them.

The letter from Assembly Majority Speaker Sheldon Silver pulls no punches, providing such details as how Lopez harassed one woman forcibly kissing her and putting his “hand as far up between her legs as you could go”.  He also forced two women to continuously write to him about how much they loved their jobs and cared about him.

Here is a copy of the letter:
Vito Lopez Letter 8-24-12

Lopez has left a long trail of slime in Brooklyn, with rumors that other charges may be coming down the pike.  He has been the subject of multiple federal investigations as well as blatant instances of extreme cronyism.

Several Democrats have pushed for Lopez to resign as a result of these egregious charges, with the most damning perhaps being from the governor of New York himself.  Andrew Cuomo on Sunday joined a growing list of elected officials calling on Lopez to step down.

Next up on the list of corruptocrats from southern New York, is Sen. Shirley Huntley from Queens, who took the rare step of announcing her own impending arrest on Monday.

Huntley held an “emergency press conference” over the weekend to announce that she expects to be arrested on Monday.

She did not indicate what charges may be involved, though four employees of hers had been arrested last year based on an investigation of a non-profit organization in which Huntley had steered tax-payer funds.  The four who were indicted included a top aide and a niece of Huntley’s.

Leave it to city Democrats to get involved in a year’s worth of scandal in one weekend.

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Common Sense Victory: Child Porn Viewing Once Again Illegal in New York

June 18, 2012 at 7:56 am (Brooklyn, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Child Porn, Court of Appeals, James Kent, Joseph Lentol, Marist College, Martin Golden, New York, Victoria Graffeo)

You may be wondering, does that headline imply that child porn viewing was actually legal at one point in New York state?  The short answer is, yes.

Viewing child porn online, as opposed to actively downloading or distributing it was actually deemed a legal activity recently by the New York Court of Appeals.

Last month, we reported that one could freely surf the web for child pornography, as long as they do not print or save the images.

We also mentioned the proposed law to fix the child porn ruling at the time:

Via MSNBC:

Viewing child pornography online isn’t a crime, the New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the case of a college professor whose work computer was found to have stored more than a hundred illegal images in its Web cache.

The court dismissed one of the two counts of promoting a sexual performance of a child and one of the dozens of counts of possession of child pornography on which James D. Kent was convicted. The court upheld the other counts against Kent, an assistant professor of public administration at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

“Merely viewing Web images of child pornography does not, absent other proof, constitute either possession or procurement within the meaning of our Penal Law,” Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote for a majority of four of the six judges.

“Rather, some affirmative act is required (printing, saving, downloading, etc.) to show that defendant in fact exercised dominion and control over the images that were on his screen,” Ciparick wrote. “To hold otherwise, would extend the reach of (state law) to conduct —viewing —that our Legislature has not deemed criminal.”

In other words, “the purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York,” Judge Victoria A. Graffeo wrote in one of two concurring opinions that agreed with the result but not with the majority’s reasoning.

One can now freely surf the web for child pornography, as long as they do not print or save the images.  

To be fair, it doesn’t appear that the judges ruling was incorrect regarding those charges.  Rather, the wording of the law is the culprit here.

Now, two Brooklyn lawmakers are seeking to change the law in New York, saying they will introduce a bill within the next few weeks that would prohibit “knowingly accessing” child pornography “with intent to view.” 

A day after the state’s top court found that simply viewing child pornography wasn’t a crime in New York, two legislators said Wednesday that they would soon introduce a measure to make it one.

That measure has now come to fruition…

Via the Associated Press:

New York leaders have agreed to a bill that will again make viewing all child porn online illegal under state law, a measure needed because of a high court ruling that shocked the bill’s sponsor.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and leaders of the Senate and Assembly on Sunday said they reached agreement on legislation making all viewing of child pornography online illegal. It is in response to a Court of Appeals ruling in May that said New York’s law was outdated, technologically, because it required a viewer to download or otherwise directly access child porn for it to be considered possession.

Today’s video streaming and other internet advances no longer require that action to, as the law defines it, “possess” child pornography.

“Today, just a month from the time that citizens of New York and our nation were shocked and offended by a loophole that prevented the appropriate prosecution of individuals who view child pornography, we have effectively changed the law,” said Sen. Martin Golden, a Brooklyn Republican.

Congratulations on a victory for common sense, and for updating some badly outdated laws.

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Muslim Files Discrimination Lawsuit Against NYPD, Claim They Won’t Hire Him Because He Discriminates Against Gays, Which is Discriminatory

June 13, 2012 at 7:06 am (ACLU, Brooklyn, CAIR, Discrimination, Farhan Doe, Homosexual, Lawsuit, Muslim, New York, New York City, NYPD, Police)

Got all that right?

In a lawsuit recently filed against the New York Police Department, a man only identified as “Farhan Doe”, claims it is discriminatory for him not to be considered for hiring on the force just because he openly discriminates against homosexuals.

On an application for the job, Doe responded in the affirmative to the following question:

“Do you believe that homosexuals should be locked up?”

The fascinating part here is that Doe currently works as an auxiliary cop in Brooklyn.  Perhaps they should be reviewing his application for signs of trouble now?

The New York Post reports that Doe magically changed his mind the following year when he re-applied, and was startled to learn that the Department wasn’t buying it (emphasis mine).

“They pro forma denied him again — saying he couldn’t possibly be a police officer,” the lawyer said. “The First Amendment is very clear, saying that you can’t discriminate against someone because they have a view you do not like,” he said.

While the NYPD could take action if he acted out in an anti-gay manner, they can’t bar Doe from the force for anti-gay thoughts, the lawyer said.

And yet, Doe would like to lock up gays because they have a view he does not like.

First, this sounds like he intentionally went back to apply the following year knowing full-well he’d be denied, but also knowing full-well his intent to file suit.

Second, it will be interesting to see if CAIR or the ACLU jumps aboard this lawsuit.  Imagine the outrage had the NYPD hired someone who answered yes to the above question if the word ‘homosexuals’ was replaced by ‘Muslims’.

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New York Court Says Viewing Child Porn Online is A-OK

May 10, 2012 at 10:06 am (Brooklyn, Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick, Child Porn, Court of Appeals, James Kent, Joseph Lentol, Marist College, Martin Golden, New York, Victoria Graffeo)

Fortunately, downloading child porn is still frowned upon.  Viewing it online does not constitute a crime however, in New York State.

Via MSNBC:

Viewing child pornography online isn’t a crime, the New York Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday in the case of a college professor whose work computer was found to have stored more than a hundred illegal images in its Web cache.

The court dismissed one of the two counts of promoting a sexual performance of a child and one of the dozens of counts of possession of child pornography on which James D. Kent was convicted. The court upheld the other counts against Kent, an assistant professor of public administration at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

“Merely viewing Web images of child pornography does not, absent other proof, constitute either possession or procurement within the meaning of our Penal Law,” Senior Judge Carmen Beauchamp Ciparick wrote for a majority of four of the six judges.

“Rather, some affirmative act is required (printing, saving, downloading, etc.) to show that defendant in fact exercised dominion and control over the images that were on his screen,” Ciparick wrote. “To hold otherwise, would extend the reach of (state law) to conduct —viewing —that our Legislature has not deemed criminal.”

In other words, “the purposeful viewing of child pornography on the internet is now legal in New York,” Judge Victoria A. Graffeo wrote in one of two concurring opinions that agreed with the result but not with the majority’s reasoning.

One can now freely surf the web for child pornography, as long as they do not print or save the images. 

To be fair, it doesn’t appear that the judges ruling was incorrect regarding those charges.  Rather, the wording of the law is the culprit here.

Now, two Brooklyn lawmakers are seeking to change the law in New York, saying they will introduce a bill within the next few weeks that would prohibit “knowingly accessing” child pornography “with intent to view.”

A day after the state’s top court found that simply viewing child pornography wasn’t a crime in New York, two legislators said Wednesday that they would soon introduce a measure to make it one.

Wednesday, two lawmakers from Brooklyn —Sen. Martin Golden, a Republican, and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, a Democrat —said they planned to introduce a bill within the next few weeks that would prohibit “knowingly accessing” child pornography “with intent to view.”

“Federal regulations are already in place to see that those who access child pornography face the stricter standards of the law,” Golden told Reuters on Wednesday. “New York must adopt these same policies.”

Let’s hope they adopt those policies sooner rather than later.  It is clearly long overdue.

In the meantime, some are calling on state authorities to step in on any cases involving child porn until this issue can be resolved.

Patrick Trueman, president of the conservative institute Morality in Media and director of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the U.S. Justice Department during the Reagan administration, called on state authorities to take over all child pornography cases “until this opinion is overturned.”

Until then, maybe the New Colossus adorning the Statue of Liberty should be amended to include the words, ‘Give me your tired, your perverted…’.

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Governor Cuomo Accused of ‘Overreaching’ Power Grab

February 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm (Albany, Andrew Cuomo, Assembly, Brooklyn, Budget, Capital, Democrats, Governor Cuomo, Inspector General, James F. Brennan, New York, President Obama, Richard L. Brodsky)

Governor Cuomo seems to be following the path blazed by his colleague in the White House, riding a wave of popularity that he incorrectly perceives as a mandate to consolidate more power in his own hands.  And even Democrats are wary of these dangerous actions…

Via the New York Times:

In his proposed budget for next year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has inserted language that would allow him to move money between state agencies without legislative approval.
He has included a clause that would allow him to give out some contracts without the customary review of the state comptroller. And he added another provision that some budget experts fear could expand his authority to borrow money for construction projects.
Riding high after a string of successes during his first year in office, Mr. Cuomo is now taking an expansive, and expanding, view of the role of governor, in the name of reining in the state’s sprawling bureaucracy.
But even some of Mr. Cuomo’s fellow Democrats are raising questions about what they view as a power grab. And suddenly a staple of civics class — the notion of checks and balances between different branches of government — is the talk of the Capitol.

One fellow Democrat calls it an overreach:

“I think many of us, including myself, feel that there is overreaching proceeding down the path by our new governor, and that it is ultimately not healthy for there to be excessive power in the executive branch, even though he’s popular,” said Assemblyman James F. Brennan, a Democrat of Brooklyn.

This of course comes on the heels of another power grab yielded by the Governor, in which the entire New York State Inspector General’s Office was granted the authority to snoop into the tax returns of not only the state employee workforce, but anyone they deem to be relevant to an investigation.  At the time, this level of investigative power was being labeled ‘unprecedented’, something even the State Attorney General has not been granted.

Cuomo brushed off any questions regarding this consolidation of powers in the executive branch as “basic competence”.  But another Democrat Assemblyman claims it will undo years of efforts to improve government accountability.

Richard L. Brodsky, a former Democratic assemblyman who wrote legislation to improve accountability of the state’s public authorities, said the provision would undo safeguards that lawmakers had put in place with some difficulty.
“It goes to the heart of the reform efforts that took six years, three governors and two attorneys general to get done, and it’s extremely important,” Mr. Brodsky said.

Read the rest…

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Pastor Who Had Laptop Stolen By Occupiers Now Has $12,000 Holy Vessel Stolen

January 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm (Bob, Brashear, Brooklyn, John Ruberry, New York, Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party, Theft, Urination, Vandalism)

Those damn Tea Partiers stole my …  wait, what?

Last week we reported on a pastor who had his $2,400 laptop stolen by the very Occupiers who he had provided shelter.  Seems the pastor still hasn’t learned his lesson – that he is clearly part of the 1%.

Via the New York Post:

There’s no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that’s sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.

… Rev. Brashear walked into the church for a morning service to find the 18-inch-diameter bronze basin and lid missing from the baptismal font’s 800-pound base. Holy water — straight from the River Jordan — had been poured from the missing basin insert into the base’s bowl.

He told the occupiers that even when the 100-year-old Upper West Side church extended help to addicts during the 1980s drug scourge, no visitors touched its $12,500 sacramental instrument.

That’s because this brand of degenerates and vandals are more than just addicts – their addicts with a sense of entitlement.
John Ruberry at Marathon Pundit responds to the incident:

The pastor at the church, the Rev. Bob Brashear, still doesn’t get it. He rightly called out the jackals, but dressed it in OWS lingo. “It was like pissing on the 99 percent.” The Post called it a “fire and brimstone message” from Brashear.

Here is my message to Brashear: You should be preaching to the 100 percent.

That would be the percentage that still believes vandalism, theft, and urination are still unacceptable forms of protest.  Normal people in other words.

Why did I bring urination into the mix?  Ruberry reports on another incident at a separate church:

Down in Brooklyn, the Post is also ecumenically reporting that a rabbi has washed his hands of the Occupy movement after he learned that an OWS protester urinated inside a Brooklyn Presbyterian church. “The Park Slope church housing occupiers was desecrated when an occupier peed inside the building and the pee came into contact with a cross,” the rabbi bemoaned in a letter.

But hey, they’re just like the Tea Party…

Image:  New York Post

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