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  • What’s Wrong With This “Speeding Bullet” Picture?

    04/22/2014 6:00:39 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 50 replies
    Every Joe ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Wil Reagan
    In case you haven’t heard, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to spend $50 million in 2014 to build a “nationwide grass-roots network” to motivate anti-gun voters. That’s right, he’s trying to create an organization to oppose the NRA. You can read more about Bloomberg’s efforts in the NY Times. While I think Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety campaign is ridiculous and a waste of money, right now I just want to focus on this image that was posted on what appears to be the Facebook page of the movement. Notice anything wrong with the photo? That’s right,...
  • Bloomberg’s New Gun-Grabber Group Wants to Invade Gun Owners’ Homes

    04/21/2014 7:52:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | April 21, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Driving on our roads is a privilege regulated at the state level through licensing. Gun ownership is a civil right guaranteed in the Constitution. Those facts in mind, let’s have a look at another of Everytown’s propaganda graphics. That graphic implies quite a lot. If Bloomberg were to get his way, police or some other government agency would be mandated to step into gun owners’ homes at regular intervals to keep tabs on the firearms and the people in those homes. We are already seeing a disturbing, even frightening, militarization of local police. Federal agencies that have no real police...
  • Pro-gun activists hijack Bloomberg’s new anti-gun Facebook page

    04/20/2014 10:13:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Biz-Pac Review ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    File this under the early bird gets the worm. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that he plans to spend $50 million of his vast wealth to create a “gun safety” group that he hopes will “outmuscle” the NRA, according to The New York Times. But the new group, “Everytown for Gun Safety,” was a little too slow on the draw when it came to getting control of the group name on Facebook, with pro-gun activists acquiring the name first, BuzzFeed reported. A Facebook page has been set up under the same name as Bloomberg’s new...
  • Bloomberg Rebuts Idea that Guns Can Be Used in Self-Defense

    04/19/2014 12:14:20 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 14 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 18 April 2014 | John Semmens
    In his continuing battle against the right of individuals to bear arms, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pooh-poohed the idea that guns might be a valid or necessary tool of self-defense. “The argument that an abused spouse might need a gun to defend herself is bogus,” Bloomberg insisted. “Very few spouses are actually totally beaten to death by abusive husbands. So, access to deadly force is seldom an appropriate response. A wife who escalates the situation by drawing a weapon will likely later regret her action. The better course is for her to lessen the beating by placating...
  • BLOOMBERG'S NEW CAMPAIGN: TAKE GUNS FROM WOMEN IN ABUSIVE HOUSEHOLDS

    04/18/2014 1:03:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 16 Apr 2014 | AWR HAWKINS
    For all Michael Bloomberg's talk about simply wanting to secure expanded background checks, his newest gun control group "Everytown for Gun Safety" is on a broader mission to take away the guns women in abusive homes could use for self defense. In an April 16th tweet posted at 6:42 a.m, Everytown came out against guns in homes where someone is abusive. They did so without recognizing that the gun may be the only thing that gives the victim of abuse a fighting chance of survival. The tweet said: "The presence of a gun makes it five times more likely domestic...
  • NBC Thrilled Bloomberg Spent Own $$ for Anti-Gun Push-After Saying Too Much $$ in Politics

    04/17/2014 7:05:26 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Media Research Center ^ | April 16, 2014 | Kyle Drennen
    Original Title:NBC Thrilled Bloomberg Using Fortune for Anti-Gun Push...After Fretting Over Too Much Money in Politics In a glowing interview with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the anti-gun activist's latest crusade: "You're putting $50 million into the effort....saying essentially this new group is going to borrow a page from the NRA's playbook. The NRA has been very successful in frightening lawmakers who oppose them....You're quoted in the New York Times this morning saying, 'We have to make them afraid of us.'" [Listen to the audio] Only two weeks earlier, NBC...
  • NBC: Isn’t it great to have a multi-billionaire pour money into politics?

    04/17/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s do a thought experiment. If Charles or David Koch got invited onto NBC’s Today show to talk about their efforts to advance their political agenda, would either or both get partnered with Savannah Guthrie for a softball interview? Would their interview include suggestions that one of them should run for President? Kyle Drennen at Newsbusters notes that two weeks prior to Michael Bloomberg’s appearance on Today, the network took a much different approach to money in politics: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The clip just provides the highlights. Newsbusters has the whole transcript up, but let me just note the tough questions asked by...
  • NRA vs. Michael Bloomberg Smackdown!

    04/17/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Real Clear Policy ^ | April 16, 2014 | Robert VerBruggen
    The former New York City mayor is dedicating himself to a new group that will organize voters who support gun control; called Everytown for Gun Safety, it will subsume his existing groups (Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense), and it will focus specifically on expanding background checks. His previous approach was to fund ad campaigns in races where gun control was an issue. Here's how he matches up with his arch-rival. Money Bloomberg says he'll be putting at least $50 million into the project this year -- and according to the New York Times, he...
  • Bloomberg to spend $50 million to challenge NRA on gun safety

    04/17/2014 2:30:34 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    (CNN) -- Michael Bloomberg is investing a chunk of his personal fortune to minimize the influence of the National Rifle Association. The former New York City mayor pledged $50 million to his new group Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella organization for his two other gun control groups: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. It aims to make the political climate more supportive of gun control. The new organization plans to compete against the NRA by adopting its playbook. The NRA has built an impressive and effective organization that touts millions of members,...
  • Bloomberg's New Campaign: More Gun Control Needed for Gun-Owning Parents

    04/16/2014 7:48:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 16, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On April 16th – the same day Michael Bloomberg told NBC's Today show that his gun control push "isn't gun control" – he released a new ad targeting parents who have kids in the home yet own guns. The ad is an emotional appeal aimed at building support for new gun control restrictions on gun owners with kids in the home, specifically focused on having guns in the home locked up. In the ad, a young girl and her brother play hide and seek. The girl hides in her parents' closet and finds a pistol that the parents kept in...
  • An Inconveniet Truth

    04/16/2014 4:35:44 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 3 replies
    The Market-Ticker ^ | April 16, 2014 | Karl Denninger
    We're better than those damned Russians and their Putin; we have democracy! Well, maybe not. Quote: Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism. Lots of big words in that paragraph. Let's distill it down -- the argument presented is that America is really no different than...
  • More Attacks Coming Against the Second Amendment and the NRA

    04/16/2014 11:09:25 AM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 11 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    The midterm elections of 2014 are coming up and the anti-Second Amendment forces are starting to step up their attacks on our gun rights. The biggest offender is former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is spending $50 million to defeat pro-gun candidates and to destroy the National Rifle Association. He announced his campaign on the Today show where he continued to lie about his intentions of disarming law-abiding citizens. This anti-Constitution jerk is merging his puppet groups, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, into a new group called Everytown for Gun Safety....
  • Everytown.org

    04/16/2014 8:13:44 AM PDT · by Article10 · 2 replies
    Vanity ^ | 04/16/2014 | Article10
    Everytown.org is funded by Mike Bloomberg. The New Hampshire Union Leader has the advertisement prominently on the front web page. Time to boycott all of the Union leader advertizers
  • Hey Bloomberg, what about the woman who was violently attacked in Milburn, NJ?

    04/16/2014 7:38:46 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 2 replies
    4/16/14
    This morning Michael Bloomberg announced he was starting a $50 million fund to go against the NRA, alongside him on the Today show was a "stay at home mother", Shannon Watts. Shannon, go to YouTube, and punch in the search engine 'brutal attack Milburn, NJ". Watch the video and you will know why guns were invented.
  • Bloomberg to spend $50 million to “outmuscle” the NRA

    04/16/2014 7:21:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Actually, it’s difficult to choose whether to start with the first paragraph or the last paragraph in this New York Times report on Michael Bloomberg’s latest project. The first paragraph covers Bloomberg’s ongoing efforts to pass gun-control legislation after the failure of his Mayors Against Illegal Guns to move the needle at all on his agenda. Besides, several of the mayors walked out after it became obvious that Bloomberg opposed a lot more than just illegal guns … which are, of course, already illegal.This time Bloomberg wants to spend $50 million to set up a grassroots network to take on...
  • Bloomberg on his liberal advocacy: ‘I’ve earned my place in heaven — it’s not even close’

    04/16/2014 4:05:42 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4-15-2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    Say what you will about former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but don’t you dare accuse of him of being modest. The New York Times reported Tuesday that Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million of his estimated $31 billion fortune this year to combat the National Rifle Association. Speaking of his advocacy of liberal causes like gun-control and preventing New Yorkers from enjoying “Big Gulp” sodas, Bloomberg told the Times, reportedly with a grin, “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed.” “I am heading straight in,”...
  • Bloomberg to spend $50M on new gun control effort in challenge to NRA

    04/16/2014 3:34:48 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 22 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-16-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grassroots network on gun control in a direct challenge to the National Rifle Association, The New York Times reported. The new lobbying group, called Everytown for Gun Safety, will encompass other gun control groups funded by Bloomberg, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the report said. Bloomberg told the Times the strategy will focus on expanding the background check system for gun buyers at the state and national levels. He made nearly $14 million in federal campaign...
  • MIKE BLOOMBERG: 'I've Earned My Place In Heaven — It's Not Even Close'

    04/15/2014 11:13:19 PM PDT · by P-Marlowe · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 4/15/15 | BRETT LOGIURATO
    Now that he's out of office, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is stepping up his efforts to battle the National Rifle Association and expand gun control laws. Bloomberg detailed his plans in an interview with the New York Times published Monday — in which he predicted his crusades against guns, smoking, and obesity would serve him well in the afterlife. "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close," Bloomberg said....
  • Bloomberg Plans a $50 Million Challenge to the N.R.A.

    04/15/2014 7:48:01 PM PDT · by re_tail20 · 52 replies
    nyt ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those politicians who fail to support their agenda — even Democrats whose positions otherwise align with his own. “They say, ‘We don’t care. We’re going to go after you,’ ” he said of the N.R.A....
  • Forest Park mayor blasts anti-gun group

    04/08/2014 3:59:27 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 10 replies
    peachpundit.com ^ | 4-4-2014 | Jason
    Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart received a solicitation this week to join Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He didn’t just reject the offer. In his reply, Lockhart ripped MAIG and its founder, calling the group out for what it really is: I do not support your efforts. I oppose efforts to require private sellers with minimal sales (non-dealers) to perform background checks. I am proud that gun shows are regularly conducted in Forest Park. If you really want to reduce illegal gun sales, perhaps your energy would be better focused in petitioning the BATF to end its illegal gunwalking....
  • Bloomberg L.P. Buckles to Beijing: Article on corruption earns a rebuke from China.

    03/26/2014 7:02:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/26/2014 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    Over the years, Bloomberg L.P. has proven itself capable of incredible investigative journalism — which makes its recent self-censorship all the more cowardly. Earlier this week, Ben Richardson, Bloomberg’s editor-at-large for Asia news, quit, becoming the third notable journalist to defect from the firm recently. Would that Bloomberg’s corporate leaders had the same moral authority as its writers. Instead, the news outlet has shied away from investigative coverage in China, opting instead to focus on the stories that simply make money. Speaking in Hong Kong last week, Bloomberg chairman Peter T. Grauer said: “We have about 50 journalists in the...
  • Bloomberg vs. the Koch Brothers: For Harry Reid, some billionaires are more equal than others

    03/25/2014 1:20:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/25/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Democratic Party wants the 2014 elections to be about anything and everything except ObamaCare. The depths of Hope and Change were plumbed in 2008, the War on Women was exhausted in 2012 and that leaves only the Koch Brothers. Senator Harry Reid, facing the end of his time as Senate Majority Leader, has decided to bet the farm on the Koch Brothers. His Senate Majority PAC (formerly Commonsense Ten, really “Keep Harry Reid Majority Leader”) is trying to protect Senate Democrats who are hated in their own states for voting to drive up the price of health insurance while...
  • HE’S BAAAACK: Michael Bloomberg Makes Another Appearance in Colorado

    03/22/2014 7:34:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    ColoradoPeakPolitics ^ | March 21, 2014
    After Americans for Prosperity unveiled a large media placement hitting liberal U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s Obamacare record, liberals everyone breathed a sigh of relief when the left-leaning Senate Majority PAC (SMP) revealed a $500,000 media buy against U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, who is running against Udall in the 2014 election. Not so fast, Udallites. There’s just one problem. The SMP, backing Udall, is funded by none other than Colorado’s best liberal funder, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, ... What’s interesting is that Bloomberg has given $2.5 million to the Super PAC and its most recent ad buy is...
  • Obama-Netanyahu rift is unbridgeable

    In an unprecedented breach of diplomatic etiquette, President Obama once again sandbagged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. In a carefully orchestrated interview with Jeff Goldberg, a columnist for Bloomberg, released a few hours before the prime minister’s arrival in the US, Obama reverted to his May 2011 role as an Israel basher and engaged in personal savaging and humiliation of Netanyahu. This despite Netanyahu’s intimation that Israel intended to adopt the Kerry framework, albeit with reservations. Obama accused Netanyahu of leading his country toward disaster, condemned the “more aggressive settlement construction” and rhetorically asked, “Do you resign yourself to what amounts...
  • Facebook mulling policy changes on gun-themed pages (exclusive)[Bloomberg, of course]

    03/04/2014 3:36:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    VentureBeat | March 3, 2014 | Richard Byrne Reilly
    Facebook may announce company policy changes for gun-related pages in the coming weeks, VentureBeat has learned. The social network has been under pressure from the powerful Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Moms Demand Action civic group to ban gun-themed fan pages on the site. “Talks are progressing. The discussions are ongoing; there have been positive developments,” sources close to the conversations told VentureBeat. An extensive VentureBeat investigation last week revealed that adults and children were making arrangements to buy, sell, and trade guns through the many Facebook fan pages devoted to guns and the people who use them, sometimes...
  • Boston, NYC mayors to skip St. Pat's parades

    02/27/2014 5:47:13 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    Times Herald Record(Middletown, NY) ^ | 2/27/14 | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York's mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he's been trying to broker a deal with the city's parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year's parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue. "It's 2014 - it's far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because...
  • Study showing Bloomberg lied about gun research

    02/27/2014 5:44:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Fox News
    A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades. The Crime Prevention Research Center study examined how a 1996 decision by Congress to strip funding for firearms research actually impacted the world of academia. To hear national media outlets tell it, the decision led to a drought in research from 1996 to 2013 -- when such funding was once again allowed. Stories from The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters and other outlets all have claimed that Washington, with the backing of the National Rifle...
  • North Texas Does NOT Need Anymore RINO's!

    02/18/2014 5:33:30 AM PST · by DallasBiff · 4 replies
    Unknown | Unknown | Unknown
    District 64 in North TX needs to dump Myra Crownover for a "real conservative Republican!" Ms. Crownover makes Susan Collins look conservative!
  • Bloomberg's latest stats on school gun violence ignore reality

    02/17/2014 5:17:55 PM PST · by richardb72 · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 17, 2014 | John Lott
    Are schools and colleges dangerous places, with lots of gun violence? Some groups paint a picture of these places being particularly unsafe. Supposedly both murders and firearm suicides are very common at educational institutions. Last Wednesday, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s two groups, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns, jointly released a report that received massive uncritical news coverage. They claimed that 44 shootings occurred in schools and colleges nationwide since the Newtown, Conn. massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 and Feb. 10 of this year. Out of the 44 shootings, a total of 28...
  • Former Bloomberg Ally Says ‘Mayors’ Group’s Goal Is Gun Confiscation

    02/06/2014 6:02:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 6, 2014 | Staff
    A former member of Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group claimed this week that the group’s objectives are far more radical than it has let on. John Tkazyik, the mayor of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., said he quit the former New York City mayor’s group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, after he realized its objective was outright confiscation of firearms from law-abiding citizens. “Under the guise of helping mayors facing a crime and drug epidemic, MAIG intend[s] to promote confiscation of guns from law-abiding citizens,” Tkazyik wrote in a Wednesday column in the Poughkeepsie Journal. I’m the mayor of one of the largest cities...
  • The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page

    02/04/2014 2:50:46 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | 2/4/2014 | KEN KURSON
    IT’S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal. What’s less well known—and about to break into the open, threatening the very fabric of the institution—is how deeply the liberal-leaning reporters at The New York Times resent the liberal-leaning editorial page of The New York Times. The New York Observer has learned over the course of interviews with more than two-dozen current and former Times staffers that the situation has “reached the boiling point” in...
  • Ex-NY mayor Bloomberg named UN climate envoy

    01/31/2014 11:30:20 AM PST · by ColdOne · 9 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 1/31/14 | EDITH M. LEDERER/AP
    U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Bloomberg will assist the U.N. chief in his consultations with mayors and other key parties "to raise political will and mobilize action among cities as part of his longer-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change."
  • Exclusive: Bloomberg tapped to be U.N. cities, climate change envoy - sources

    01/30/2014 6:15:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | January 30, 2014 | Michelle Nichols
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been tapped to be U.N. special envoy for cities and climate change, sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday. Barring any last minute changes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon - who is seeking to re-energize the global climate change debate and boost the United Nations' role - could make the announcement as early as Friday, the sources said on the condition of anonymity. Bloomberg, a billionaire philanthropist who left office last month, made combating climate change a key focus during his 12 years leading the United States most populous city. He also...
  • Michael Bloomberg: Amnesty Needed to Prevent 'National Suicide'

    01/27/2014 5:58:17 AM PST · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Brietbart ^ | January 26, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it was not an "exaggeration" to say America would be committing "national suicide" if it does not pass amnesty legislation. “Our current immigration laws are national suicide,” Bloomberg said on Friday at an immigration summit in Washington. “I don’t think that’s an exaggeration.”
  • Bloomberg to GOP: Don’t snub immigration reform

    01/26/2014 1:01:53 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/14 | Geoff Earle
    He’s now a private citizen, but that isn’t keeping Mike Bloomberg from giving lawmakers in DC a piece of his mind on immigration reform. “If you are against the fastest-growing voting blocs in this country, you and your party don’t have a future. And the public overwhelmingly wants some of these common-sense things,” the ex-mayor said at the National Press Club Friday. It was a message aimed squarely at Republicans — at a pro-immigration-reform event that also included Michigan GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and a top Chamber of Commerce official.
  • Bloomberg to Push G.O.P. For Immigration Action

    01/17/2014 7:52:54 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/17/14 | ASHLEY PARKER
    Former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York will be in Washington on Friday to pressure Republican lawmakers to take up an overhaul of immigration laws. The meeting, his first major public policy event since his term ended, is pegged to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Jan. 28. The meeting will include prominent Republicans and U.S. Chamber of Commerce representatives.
  • Is New York’s New Mayor De Blasio Really a Lefty or Just Another Progressive Poseur?

    01/10/2014 10:18:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    This Can't Be Happening! ^ | January 6, 2014 | Dave Lindorff
    Time to invite Occupy back to Wall Street. There is no question but that New York’s new mayor, Bill De Blasio, owes his landslide victory in the November election to the Occupy Movement. It was Occupy Wall Street’s minions, hemmed in by thug-like NYPD officers armed with sidearms, clubs and pepper spray cans, who in 2011 abruptly changed the national conversation about capitalism, introducing the concept of “We are the 99%,” and focusing attention on the enormous enrichment of the top 1% of Americans at the expense of the other 99% over the past several decades, as a direct result...
  • Bloomberg Puts Up Cash for Democratic Senators

    01/07/2014 5:57:38 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/7/14 | THOMAS CATAN
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $2.5 million to a super PAC dedicated to retaining Democratic control of the U.S. Senate, and aides hinted he could plow more of his estimated $31 billion fortune into this year’s races. The contribution went to the Senate Majority PAC, which is run by former aides to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.).
  • In NYC: De Blasio is All Ready to Make Bloomberg Look Great

    01/04/2014 11:46:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/04/2013 | Michael Schaus
    Looking for advice on how to improve the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning to the experts in violent crime and criminal activity. . . Ex-convicts. And not the white collar Bernie Madoff convicts. De Blasio’s transition think tank (bankrolled by the liberal billionaire, George Soros) listened to the concerns of convicted criminals when it came to the NYPD’s policies and policing efforts. The message was pretty much what one would expect from convicted kidnappers, killers, thieves, and other NYC scum: “Get Soft on Crime.” According to the NY Post, “A group...
  • The Complete List of Everything Banned by Mayor Michael Bloomberg

    01/02/2014 11:35:09 AM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 27 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 12-31-2013 | Alissa Walker
    Michael Bloomberg leaves office tomorrow after 12 years as New York City's mayor. No mayor in recent memory has added so much to a city. Or taken so much away. To remember him properly, here's a list of everything Bloomberg banned during his time in office. •Smoking in commercial establishments like bars and restaurants (2003) •Smoking in public spaces (2011) •Cigarette sales to those under 21 (2013) •Sales of "flavored" tobacco products (2009) •Smoking e-cigarettes in public spaces (2013) •Cigarette in-store displays (2013) •Cars in Times Square (2009) •Cars from driving in newly created bike lanes (2007-2013) •Cars causing congestion...
  • Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg Didn’t Just Put Money into New York, He Also Took it Out

    01/01/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The hagiographic New York Times article paints a picture of Bloomberg as a selfless philanthropist mayor. The reality is a good deal more complex. In the past, the city paid its mayor; Mr. Bloomberg paid to be the city’s mayor. That much is true only because Bloomberg did spend a lot of money on elections. But he wasn’t the first billionaire to run for office that way. An analysis by The New York Times shows that Mr. Bloomberg has doled out at least $650 million on a wide variety of perks and bonuses, political campaigns and advocacy work, charitable...
  • Iowa gubernatorial candidate Tom Hoefling: ‘Go back to New York, Bloomberg’

    12/31/2013 3:17:04 PM PST · by Steve Schulin · 45 replies
    Tom Hoefling for Governor ^ | December 31, 2013 | Tom Hoefling
    "A well regulated Militia, being NECESSARY to the security of a free State, the RIGHT of the people to keep and bear Arms, SHALL NOT be infringed." -- The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution Recently, we got the news that Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York City, has set up a new political action committee in our state, in preparation for the 2014 and 2016 elections, for the purpose of advancing his anti-Right to Keep and Bear Arms agenda. I know I speak for many Iowans when I say to him, simply, “Go back to...
  • Cost of Being Mayor? $650 Million, if He’s Rich

    12/30/2013 1:55:25 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2013 | Michael Barbaro
    Michael R. Bloomberg loves tropical fish. So when he was elected mayor, he installed two giant aquariums in City Hall.The cost to him for having the tanks cleaned out every week for the past 12 years: around $62,400. The mayor likes to nosh, too. So he paid to feed his staff daily a light breakfast (coffee, bagels, yogurt) and a modest lunch (tuna salad, PB&J, sliced fruit). The bill for his entire mayoralty: about $890,000.
  • Crime is down, but NY neighborhood doesn’t feel it (Brownsville, Brooklyn)

    12/30/2013 12:01:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2013 2:23 PM EST | Tom Hays and Colleen Long
    Year-end boasts by Mayor Michael Bloomberg that New York is the safest big city in America can ring hollow in Brownsville, a Brooklyn neighborhood where the cycle of violence, silence and retribution feels entrenched and where crime seems immune to strategies that have brought record lows across the city. A burst of gunfire on neighborhood streets this past summer typified the frustrating cycle. A baby boy was struck in the head by a stray bullet and killed as he sat in his stroller. His father, who police believe was the intended target, refused to help police identify the gunman. […]...
  • Tourists robbed at gunpoint in Central Park

    12/28/2013 2:28:24 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/28/13 | Natasha Velez
    A tourist from Pittsburgh and his Brooklyn pal were robbed at gunpoint, at 12:30 am today in Central Park, cops said. The victims were on West 64 St. near West Dr. when they were approached by two men. “Don’t move, don’t make noise or I’ll kill you,” one of the suspects said as he pulled out a gun, cops said. “What you got? Don’t move, give me your money,” a second suspect asked.
  • Bloomberg Says Administration ‘Literally’ Saved 9,200 Lives

    12/28/2013 7:38:04 AM PST · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Conservative Happenings ^ | December 28, 2013 | Conservative Happenings
    With just four days left before his 12-year tenure in City Hall comes to an end, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is celebrating what he views as one of his crowning achievements: the record-low homicide rate across the five boroughs.
  • Gov. Mary Fallin issues ban on electronic cigarettes, vapor devices due to potential health effects

    12/26/2013 3:18:32 PM PST · by DallasBiff · 80 replies
    AP, KJRH Tulsa ^ | 12/24/13 | AP
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order that bans the use of electronic cigarettes and vapor devices on state property, saying the potential long-term health effects of the products are unknown. snip Fallin is an anti-smoking advocate and says that electronic cigarettes and similar products emit vapor that contains chemicals and can impact bystanders
  • Bloomberg, Moms Demand Action: Background Checks Don't Work, Pass More Background Checks

    12/24/2013 9:45:24 AM PST · by rktman · 17 replies
    Bretibart.com ^ | 12/24/2013 | AWR Hawkins
    On December 23, Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense America's (MDA) Shannon Watts co-authored an op-ed claiming criminals circumvent our current background check system; ergo, the United States needs more background checks.
  • Gun advocates blast Bloomberg’s ‘arrogance of power’

    12/24/2013 6:17:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 15 December, 2013 | S.A. Miller
    WASHINGTON – A gun-rights leader Sunday blasted Mayor Bloomberg for planning to spend $25 million in next year’s elections to boost gun control, saying Americans reject his “arrogance of power.” “I’m not sure the amount of money that billionaire Bloomberg has is going to be effective,” Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, said on “Fox News Sunday.” He predicted a repeat of this year’s recall election in Colorado, where Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns spent $350,000 backing two gun-control lawmakers who still got booted from office. “He outspent the candidates that won in Colorado enormously and he...
  • Bloomberg leaves rich public health legacy in NYC (barf alert)

    12/21/2013 7:48:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2013 6:28 PM EST | David B. Caruso
    Michael Bloomberg steered New York City through economic recession, a catastrophic hurricane and the aftermath of 9/11, but he may always be remembered, accurately or not, as the mayor who wanted to ban the Big Gulp. After 12 years, Bloomberg leaves office Dec. 31 with a unique record as a public health crusader who attacked cigarettes, artery-clogging fats and big sugary drinks with as much zeal as most mayors go after crack dens and graffiti. And while Bloomberg’s audacious initiatives weren’t uniformly successful, often leading to court challenges and criticisms he was turning New York into a “nanny state,” experts...