One Woman Fights Against Radical Islam

from the American Thinker:

Pamela Geller, Heroine

The horrible act in New York on Tuesday reminds us once again we are in a war.   A war with radical Islam.  A war that our prior President and most of his party has tried to lose through their juvenile, silly version of Neville Chamberlain politics.

They prevented anyone in their administration from using the term “radical Islam,” hoping that would make radical Muslims less angry.  Sure, that’ll work.  They asked our media to follow.  And for the most part, they did.  Bleating all the way.

They dismantled surveillance on the centers of Jihadism.  They gutted many of the concrete methods we had to deal with this threat.

They chided those who wanted to fight this ideology as Islamophobes, and racists. read more

Homelessness Is the Fault of Liberals

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Newsflash: America has a homeless problem. Actually, many are calling it a crisis or an epidemic. No matter which superlative one cares to use, I think we can all agree it’s a large problem and each year liberals are in charge of government, the numbers of homeless increase.

Every major city in the country has seen a dramatic uptick in homelessness and the common denominator are always leftists. Whether it is at the federal, state or local level, liberals in government are the cause of the homeless disaster.

In downtown Los Angeles, the famous homeless area known as Skid Row now spans 50 city blocks. Reverend Andy Bales is the chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission, who help those on Skid Row. He says what is happening there is, “the worst man-made disaster in the U.S.”

The Reverend is indeed correct. Rampant homelessness is entirely man-made. Oh sure, there will always be a certain segment of society that are homeless by choice. They choose not to participate in the standard societal model, for want of a better term. But in days gone by, our welfare system, such that it is, could account for them.

But now the “system” is being overwhelmed. 50 city blocks, the size of the aforementioned Skid Row is larger than many towns in America and the largest increase in homelessness is in our nation’s capital where the number of homeless families has gone up by 60%. How on earth is a city expected to accommodate a 60% rise in homeless families? read more

The Purge Three – de Blasio’s Revenge

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The city of New York is going nuts over the grand jury verdict declining to indict the New York police officer that subdued Eric Garner. Protests are breaking out all over the city and it may be just a matter of time before they morph into Ferguson type riots.

Now that all the strife is happening on the watch of lefty politicians, it seems they don’t quite know what to do. The radical rabble-rousers – the anti-establishment, authority hating leftists are now the ones in authority.

These guys who no doubt hate the military and the cops are now commanding them and it seems to be unraveling around them. I’m not sure about de Blasio, but I believe Obama wants it this way.

Anyway, none of us were there on the scene in NYC, just as none were witness to the Ferguson incident, so I can’t say what really happened. Some say it’s clearly murder while others say it was justified.

They should all just shut up. No one on TV, in print or radio knows, so they are just stirring the pot. And that includes our elected leaders. Obama and de Blasio want now to outfit all cops with “gotcha” cameras to better police the police, because there are so many bad cops out there, don’t you know. We all know that the cops just can’t be trusted. read more

More Government Please

from: The American Thinker

It is interesting to watch the aftermath of the Eric Garner Grand Jury decision coming so soon after Ferguson.  “White Police Officer Once Again Kills Unarmed Black Man – And Gets Away with It” is already the reaction in many places.  Sides are drawn and the usual suspects race-bait, pontificate, riot and ask for calm, or in Jesse Jackson’s case, donations.

Other than there being a white police officer and a black man dying while resisting arrest, these cases are not similar, no matter what many would like you to believe.  In one instance, the Grand Jury determined that Officer Wilson killed Michael Brown in self-defense.  Although so far we have not been privy to the evidence in the Garner decision, the video is fairly compelling that none of the officers’ lives were in jeopardy.  read more

Mayor de Blasio’s City-State

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is upset at the New York State government for not rubber stamping his progressive agenda. He evidently feels his city should be effectively unpinned from the state government allowing him to form, as Frances Martel at Breitbart describes, his own “City-state”, like ancient Athens.

 

De Blasio’s agenda is beginning to look like Bloomberg on steroids. He has been in office only a couple of months and has sought to institute a tax on the city’s wealthy, which he claims will pay a citywide universal pre-kindergarten boondoggle.

 

I have mixed feelings about this. Not the bogus pre-kindergarten indoctrination factories. I know that’s a worthless money pit. No, it’s the tax hike on the wealthy. On one hand I don’t wish anyone’s taxes raised, but on the other, I think he should raise them until it hurts. After all, these are the same upper West side pompous rich leftist elitists who undoubtedly voted for the commie mayor.

 

Gov. Cuomo is none too pleased with the Mayor. Fox news reported that Cuomo called the idea of making rich neighborhoods fund themselves separately from the rest of the state “repugnant”.

 

 

Oh, and I almost forgot. The Mayor also wants to raise the minimum wage in the city, separate from the rest of the state.

 

Where is my head at. I also forgot to mention de Blasio’s plan to give criminal aliens (illegals) city government issued ID cards, allowing them to access city services and open bank accounts and the like. read more

Mayor de Blasio Isn’t Socialist Enough

by: the Common Constitutionalist 

Good news for those who live and work in New York City. Mayor de Blasio has been in office for just about a month and already things are changing.

 

The New York Post reported that the murder rate in New York City is up 33% in one month, since comrade de Blasio took office.

 

A source within the city’s police force told the Post, “This is the residual effect of de Blasio’s backlash against stop and frisk. Cops aren’t stopping people and taking guns off the street, which emboldens the criminals.”

 

However, the good news is that robberies are down 15%. Another police source explained that, “Robberies are down because it’s too damn cold to go out and rob someone. When it warms up, the number of robberies will go up too.” Ah, spring in New York City. Can’t wait!

 

Want more good news from the Big Apple? On Monday de Blasio declared that the city’s public schools will be closed for at least two Muslim holy days. Wonderful! And typical of liberal short-term thinking – I’m sure no thought was given to this decision – other than the feel-good political correctness of the gesture. read more

Mayor de Blasio to Ban Horse Carriages?

Is this the new Tammany Society?  Is Steve Nislick the new “Boss Tweed”?

from TheBlaze:

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced recently that he’d make banning the city’s horse-drawn carriages his first priority, a lot of people were left asking, “Really?”

Could This be the Reason De Blasio Decided to Go After Horse Carriages in NYC?

A horse drawn (Getty Images)

Indeed, for all the problems de Blasio claims the city struggles with, it would seem horse-drawn carriages would take a back seat. But they haven’t and he’s pursuing the ban. read more

New York Mayor Takes Advice from Ex-Cons

Be careful what you wish for. New York City deserves a mayor like this.

 

from the Daily Mail:

New York mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has been  given policing advice by ex-cons – who think the system should be softer on  them.

Thousands of New Yorkers have helped shape  the Democrat’s policy since his landslide victory over Republican Joe Lhota on  November 5.

And among them were 50 ex-criminals brought  together in a think tank run by the billionaire investor George Soros, the New York Post reported.

Speech: Mr de Blasio pictured in the Talking Transition tent in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday. One event held has part of the campaign involved 50 ex-criminals - who suggested the mayor-elect should be softer on them
Speech: Mr de Blasio in the Talking Transition tent in  downtown Manhattan on Wednesday. One event held has part of the campaign  involved 50 ex-criminals – who suggested the mayor-elect should be softer on  them

 

The event was held by Talking Transition, which urges New Yorkers to write down what they want changed
The event was held by Talking Transition, which urges  New Yorkers to write down what they want changed

 Advice: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with his wife Chirlane McCray, daughter Chiara and son Dante after his victory

Advice: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with his wife  Chirlane McCray, daughter Chiara and son Dante after his victory

 

The newspaper interviewed several of the  attendees – whose crimes ranged from manslaughter and robbery to identity  theft.

Arthur Castillo, 38, who was convicted of  assault and possessing stolen property, said: ‘Cops won’t leave us alone. Newly  released prisoners are watched by the police and a lot of us  don’t feel we have  an opportunity to readapt to normal life because we  are treated as criminals  even though we are free.’

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Bloomberg’s Ban

Bloomberg’s ban prohibits 2-liter soda with your pizza and some nightclub mixers

 

SODA Ban

 

Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop.

Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families.

Say goodbye to that 2-liter bottle of Coke with your pizza delivery, pitchers of soft drinks at your kid’s birthday party and some bottle-service mixers at your favorite nightclub.

They’d violate Mayor Bloomberg’s new rules, which prohibit eateries from serving or selling sugary drinks in containers larger than 16 ounces.

Bloomberg’s soda smackdown follows his attacks on salt, sugar, trans fat, smoking and even baby formula.

LESS SODA, MORE DOUGH: If you order a pizza, you cannot get a large bottle of soda delivered with it. Already, Domino’s locations across the city are doing away with 1 and 2 liter bottles of soda, deliveryman Philippe Daniba says. They’ll sell smaller bottles instead — costing you more money and increasing plastic waste.

NANNY MIKE’S CAN’T-DO ATTITUDE

The city Health Department last week began sending brochures to businesses that would be affected by the latest ban, including restaurants, bars and any “food service” establishment subject to letter grades.

And merchants were shocked to see the broad sweep of the new rules.

“It’s not fair. If you’re gonna tell me what to do, it’s no good,” said Steve DiMaggio of Caruso’s in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. “It’s gonna cost a lot more.”

And consumers, especially families, will soon see how the rules will affect their wallets — forcing them to pay higher unit prices for smaller bottles. Continue Reading

Not Your Local Watering Hole

Inside the speakeasies of the 1920s

Prohibition bars are all the rage in New York City.

But today’s over-priced, often pretentious, watering holes are nothing like the speakeasies of the 1920s and ’30s they’re trying to recreate.

Ninety years ago, there were hundreds of illegal drinking spots in New York, and the speakeasies – which were often just a hidden room with barely drinkable booze – were mostly run by gangsters.

While many of today’s incarnations will disappear as quickly as they’ve popped up, some of the infamous night spots of the prohibition era have stood the test of time, making an unforgettable mark on the fabric of New York.

 
Cotton CLub
The Cotton Club, pictured, was a famous jazz music night club located in Harlem, New York City, and
operated from 1923 to 1940

 

 
Cotton CLub
Yankees star Joe DiMaggio dined at the Cotton Club after the opening game of the 1937 World Series

 

 
 
Cotton Club
Cab Calloway leads the band at the New Year’s celebration of 1937 at the Cotton Club

 

 
Cotton Club
After prohibition, celebrities and New York’s elite flocked to the Cotton Club to be seen

Two of the Big Apple’s most popular speakeasies were The Cotton Club in Harlem and the Stork Club, which was originally on 58th Street in Manhattan then moved to 53rd Street.

After prohibition ended in 1933, the bars became magnets for movie stars, celebrities, wealthy New Yorkers and showgirls. 

Chumley’s on 86 Bedford Street in Manhattan was also a popular speakeasy, opening in 1922, three years into prohibition, on the site of a former blacksmith shop.

When warned of a police raid, the Chumley’s staff were told to send their customers out the Bedford Street door. For some reason, the police would always enter through the Pamela Court entrance, allowing the customers to escape without being seen.

 
Stork Club
The popular club was owned by Sherman Billingsley, pictured in 1945

 

 
Stork Club
Nancy Davis and Ronald Reagan enjoy a drink at the Stork Club before their marriage in the early 1950s

 

 
Stork Club
A young Elizabeth Taylor was photographed at the Stork Club flanked by her mom and dad in 1949

 

 
 
Stork Club
Mrs. Ernest Hemingway, Mrs. Leland Hayward, film star Spencer Tracy, producer-actor George Jessel,
and theater-tv-movie producer Leland Hayward enjoy dinner and a chat at the New York night club in 1953

 

 

Stork Club

A taxi pulls up to the entrance of The Stork Club as people standing under the awning watch

Chumley’s became a favorite spot for influential writers, poets, playwrights, journalists, and activists and was even mentioned in an episode of ‘Mad Men’ as a destination for after-work drinks. It sadly closed in 2007 when a chimney collapsed in its dining room.

Connie’s Inn on 7th Avenue and West 131st Street gave the Cotton Club a run for its money, booking jazz acts like Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Fletcher Henderson. But the bar shut down as soon as prohibition ended, seeing no fun in selling booze legally.

Landmark Tavern opened its doors in 1868, long before the government banned the booze. The tavern, located on what was then the waterfront of the Hudson, started as an Irish saloon and the family who ran it lived on the second and third floors.

When prohibition was imposed, they had to transform the third floor into a speakeasy in order to support themselves. The bar was never raided and has been open consistently since 1868.

 

Chumley?s ? 86 Bedford Street

Chumley’s on 86 Bedford Street in Manhattan was also a popular speakeasy, opening in 1922 on the site of a former blacksmith shop

 

 
Chumley?s ? 86 Bedford Street
The New York City favorite, pictured, closed in 2007 when a chimney collapsed in the dining room

 

 
Connie?s Inn ? 7th Avenue and West 131st Street
Connie’s Inn on 7th Avenue and West 131st Street gave the Cotton Club a run for its money

 

 
Connie?s Inn ? 7th Avenue and West 131st Street
Connie’s Inn, pictured, booked jazz acts like Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Fletcher Henderson

 

 
 
 Casa Blanca
Larry Fay of New York’s Gangland, was killed New Year’s night 1933 at the bar the Casa Blanca

Attribution:  Helen Pow