Vice-president Joe Biden is in Detroit today for a big labor rally, and will no doubt be touting the administration’s role in bailing out Government Motors. One phrase that is likely to be heard – “Detroit is back”.
However, one thing that isn’t back in Detroit is the vice-president’s u-haul truck carrying his Secret Service equipment. Where did it go, you say? It was lifted from a hotel parking lot last night.
A U-Haul being used by the secret service for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to the Labor Day Rally in Detroit on Monday was stolen out of a hotel parking lot Sunday morning.
The U-Haul was stolen form the Holiday Inn parking lot in downtown Detroit on Washington Boulevard.
The hotel has declined to comment.
The U-haul is 14-feet high, has an Arkansas backdrop on the side of the truck and has Arizona plates. The plate number is: AD09406.
No word on whether or not the administration will pardon the thief by saying, “You didn’t steal that”.
On September 13th, candidates Ben Akselrod and Steven Cymbrowitz will square off in a Democratic primary for a New York state Assembly seat in Sheepshead Bay.
As such, Akselrod’s campaign sent out a mailer trying to persuade voters that he is the right, competent, detail-oriented man for the job. The mailer included an inset which criticized his opponent for ‘allowing’ crime to spike on his watch.
The flyer, which was mailed out last week, had one major problem – apparently nobody proofread the material prior to its release.
The flier reads:
I am running for Assembly because I believe the number 1 job of that office is to keep the community safe. The current assemblyman has allowed crime to go up over 50% in our negrohood so far this year. I am fighting for video cameras throughout our community to protect our seniors who are the most vulnerable and cut down on anti-semitic attacks in our community. I will also make sure the mayor gives our community more police to patrol our streets.
It’s hard to tell how the word “negrohood” could have ended up in the final print. Was it a typo, an unfortunate auto-correct? Could it have been a Freudian slip on somebody’s part?
Whatever the reasoning, it would seem in the best interest of the candidate to immediately make a statement on the poor choice of words, admit to the error, and do one’s best to rectify the situation.
Amazingly however, three days after the discovery of the “negrohood” flier, Akselrod has yet to say anything on the matter.
The campaign mailer was distributed to thousands of potential voters.
Today has been variously described as a day of silence or a day of action for conservative bloggers hoping to draw congressional attention, as well as the eyes of the Justice Department, to an ongoing fight to quell free speech.
Some bloggers have chosen to go dark, while others have decided to focus singularly on the actions taken by a domestic terrorist, Brett Kimberlin, and his band of brothers, which have included harassing, threatening, and even SWAT-ting those who they do not agree with.
Regardless of the path chosen, bloggers from the experienced and prolific, to the rookies, have chosen to stand in solidarity to fight for their right to free speech.
Michelle Malkin writes:
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative.
Malkin’s site has a list of Congressional members that you can call to voice your support or demand an inquiry today. Additionally, Grassfire Nation has a petition you can sign as well.
But to many, the seriousness of these acts is difficult to comprehend. Many do not even know what SWAT-ting consists of, or who it may effect.
SWAT-ting is essentially a very serious prank, occurring when a person contacts the local police to report a violent crime being committed at the home of the intended target. They use various means to portray the call as coming from that particular home, and on several occasions have reported the homeowner as having just shot and killed their wife.
One problem with the coverage of these SWAT-ting attacks, is that the public may be content to assume it involves a grudge match between people of differing views. But these criminal actions, aside from sending police resources on a wild goose chase, also can effect the public in far more serious ways.
One example of this is the case of Mike Stack, one of the first victims of the tactic. Stack is a prolific Twitter user and blogger who was targeted last summer after helping to expose New York’s disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
On June 23rd, 2011, the Readington Police Department received a phone call from an unknown source, indicating that they were Mike Stack, and that they had just shot their wife in the head a couple of hours ago.
A police report of the incident describes the events, indicating that Stack had to be pulled from his home, handcuffed, and the area assessed before they could even talk.
Oh what a knee-slapper we witnessed at the upstate New York voter fraud case today!
The Democrat party in this area is but a comedy of errors, day after day in court – problem being, they are the only ones who have had a laugh at the expense of poor, minority voters whose rights were being trampled during recent elections.
Anthony Renna, a long-time Democrat operative who has already been found guilty of second-degree forgery, actually had the fortitude to say the following with a straight face:
When asked why he handed ballots to former City Councilman John Brown, Renna said that he didn’t know what Brown’s intentions were and that “I wasn’t involved in any criminal procedures.”
Of course, in addition to having already been charged, Renna and a cohort in the scandal, Anthony DeFiglio, told police that, “voter fraud is an accepted way of winning elections, and faking absentee ballots was commonplace.”
Fraud and forgery must not register as illegal in the mind of Democrats.
Earlier this month we reported on another statement made by Renna:
Renna explained that the process of handing in forged ballots and fake votes ensures that “ballots are voted correctly.” He adds, “‘Voted correctly’ is a term used for a forged application or ballot.”
It would appear that Renna still isn’t aware that forgery is indeed a criminal procedure. Of course, that might be because he and the Democrats in New York had been getting away with it for some time.
Testimony today revealed that one of the defendants in the case, Edward McDonough, one of two Democrats facing a litany of charges involving forgery and falsifying documents, had provided State Police with evidence that Renna himself had forged ballots in the 2007 general election, as well as the 2009 primary.
At one point during his testimony, Renna was challenged by defense attorney Brian Premo, “You committed many felonies of voter fraud over the past 20 to 30 years, isn’t that right?”
Renna denied that was the case, but as we reported earlier in the trial, a State Police Investigator stated that DeFiglio had referred to the voter fraud scheme as a ‘normal political tactic’ that had been taking place for ’25 years’.
Th crux of the defense’s argument was that long-time operatives in the Democrat party such as Renna were actually the ones who had developed the forgery scheme throughout the years, and had simply showed newcomers the ropes.
All told, Renna admitted to forging ten ballots on the stand Wednesday.
He also made statements suggesting that he may have tried to get DeFiglio out of the area to, as in the words of the defense “tamper with the witness”. The exchange as reported by the Times Union:
Premo also asked Renna if he tampered with evidence during the investigation by suggesting that Democratic operative Anthony DeFiglio leave the state when the fraud case broke.
Renna said McInerney sent him to DeFiglio with a job offer in Vermont.
“You wanted to tamper with the witness, right?” Premo asked.
“It all pertained to him not having a job at that time,” Renna said.
“In fact, they did not want him to talk to investigators, right?” Premo asked.
“There was a feeling he might be better off leaving the area,” Renna said.
Renna frequently came off as inept during his testimony, making statements that were not made during previous interviews or testimony, and forgetting names and individuals involved in scenarios when cross-examined.
Premo believes the inept act to be just that – an act.
“In fact you are just play acting for this jury, acting like you are slowed by illness when in fact you’re very streetwise, right?” he asked.
At least the city of Troy can rest easy knowing that Renna and the other Democrats still don’t believe what they did could be considered ‘criminal procedures”.
Occupy Albany getting a bad reputation? The Times Union to the rescue…
The headline makes the case:
Actions of a few make woes for Occupy Albany faithful
The article then goes on to discuss more than a ‘few’ problems, including hundreds of arrests, multiple assaults, and a protestor creating a wanted poster of a police officer. That poster was created by one of Occupy Albany’s most vocal leaders, and included private information which lead to the harassment of the officer’s family.
That’s not a few. That’s a plurality.
After an Occupy Albany demonstrator posted a “wanted” poster on the group’s Facebook page in December seeking the home address and telephone number of an Albany police officer who pepper-sprayed protesters, other Occupy activists were quick to condemn the posting while emphasizing that it was done independently and not by the consensus of the movement as a whole.
The post was quickly removed, but the damage was done as Occupy Albany was implicated in a public backlash to the post that many people deemed intrusive and inappropriate.
The incident is an example of a problem faced by not only Occupy Albany, but also by other arms of the anti-corporate movement: How to keep the actions of a few from staining the image of many.
It’s funny that the Times Union makes a case that only a ‘few’ bad eggs are ruining the movement’s reputation, while simultaneously reporting on ‘hundreds’ of incidents.
Let’s answer the question though – Why does the Occupy movement in Albany have a bad reputation?
Maybe it’s the threatening of a police officer’s family.
Maybe it’s the reported assaults, or the hundreds of arrests.
Maybe it’s the protestor using his child as a pepper spray shield.
Perhaps it’s the $30,000 in property damage.
And why does the Occupy movement in general suffer from a bad reputation?
Maybe it’s the 5,877 arrests to date.
Or the other elements of greed, sloth, wrath, etc.
Whatever the reason, it most certainly is not just a few isolated incidents. But the Times Union finds it necessary to make excuses for those actions. Much like the movement itself.
The Occupy Albany movement amounts to nothing more than making excuses. Excuses that legitimize a platform of laziness and entitlements, excuses to act in a lawless manner, and excuses for snubbing basic principles of civil discourse.
On a side note, last I checked the running tally of arrests at Tea Party rallies still stands at zero.