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  • 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 · 65 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 · 20 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 · 53 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...
  • Micro-Apartments Could Be Hazardous to Your Mental Health

    12/21/2013 7:50:31 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 59 replies
    observer.com ^ | 12/20 5:13pm | Vincent Mancuso
    Even though Mayor Michael Bloomberg has championed the micro-unit, some experts are concerned that living in 250 to 370 feet spaces could be risky. “Sure, these micro-apartments may be fantastic for young professionals in their 20’s,” Dak Kopec, director of design for human health at Boston Architectural College, told The Atlantic. “But they definitely can be unhealthy for older people, say in their 30’s and 40’s, who face different stress factors that can make tight living conditions a problem.” According to Mr. Kopec, the space-saving trend of tiny apartments can lead to increased claustrophobia, domestic abuse, and alcoholism.
  • Three dead in pre-Christmas carnage across NYC

    12/21/2013 2:00:28 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/21/13 | Daniel Prendergast
    Three people died and at least three others suffered gunshot wounds as a wave of pre-Christmas carnage swept the city on Friday night and Saturday morning, authorities said. The violence kicked off in the Bronx around 7:30 p.m. when 19-year-old Edward Melina was killed by a gunshot wound to his torso. Melina was shot in a dispute that unfolded on East Tremont Avenue near Crotona Avenue. He was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital but could not be saved. The bloodshed continued in Brownsville, Brooklyn when police found a 36-year-old man shot to death at the Kingsborough houses at around 2...
  • Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Gun Control Merges with Grassroots Group (MAIG + Moms)

    12/19/2013 4:54:43 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    At the end of one of the gun control movement’s most active year in recent history, two of its most high-profile organizations are joining forces. Billionaire and outgoing New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action announced Thursday that they were merging. “We started this movement as just 15 mayors committed to protecting our cities – and we’ve since been joined by more than 1,000 mayors and more than 1.5 million Americans from big cities, small towns, and all different walks of life,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Gun violence is, unfortunately, an issue...
  • Pilot Study Finds Ways to Better Screen, Recover Guns from Domestic Violence Offenders

    12/15/2013 7:46:47 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 18 replies
    Science Daily ^ | December 13, 2013 | Science Daily
    More intensive screening to identify firearm owners among individuals who are subject to domestic violence restraining orders, and streamlining processes to recover guns at the time those restraining orders are served could help enforce existing laws that prohibit these offenders from having firearms, a pilot study conducted by violence prevention experts at the University of California, Davis, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found. SNIP "This study represents a step in the right direction, but larger-scale studies will be needed to determine optimal procedures for screening and recovering firearms, assessing the incidence of adverse events and...
  • Mayor Bloomberg: Mandatory Flu Shots For NYC Pre-Schoolers Will Save Lives

    12/14/2013 5:20:40 PM PST · by Innovative · 49 replies
    Ny Daily News ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Jennifer Fermino and Celeste Katz
    Mayor Bloomberg on Friday defended the new city mandate that kids under five who attend pre-school or daycare get annual flu shots -- a rule critics say is just another nanny-state move by Hizzoner. Opponents of the compulsory shots -- including autism activists suspicious of vaccination complications -- protested on the steps of City Hall Tuesday, calling the requirement intrusive and absurd. As for parents who say it's their call as to whether kids should get the flu jab, Bloomberg said, "Your kid can impact other kids by transferring a disease and bringing it home...
  • Bloomberg: Nothing Has Changed in Washington Since Newtown

    12/13/2013 3:52:27 AM PST · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 13, 2013 | Marina Koren
    In his final weeks as mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg is getting his last word in on local legislation, from tobacco sales to public Wi-Fi. Bloomberg has a few words left for Washington, too. The mayor called on Congress to "end the national epidemic of gun violence" during a Thursday press conference, two days before the one-year anniversary the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed innocent 26 lives. "It's important that we remember all those that we lost and their families. The anniversary will obviously be a very painful time for them and a painful time,...
  • Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

    12/10/2013 12:05:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Politicker.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Colin Campbell and Jill Colvin
    Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren.On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs.“Young children have a high risk of developing severe complications from influenza. One-third of children under five in New York City do not...
  • $22.33 PER VOTE: Amendment 66 Backers Break the Bank ( Colorado Unions, Bloomberg & )

    12/06/2013 6:51:47 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | December 6, 2013
    The final numbers are in for the 2013 ballot initiatives and, surprise!, the pro-Amendment 66 campaign spent a ridiculous amount of money. But, they raised less than what they hoped as some cited $12 million as a target. They raised (and presumably spent nearly all) $11,079,408 to garner only 496,151 votes or 35% of the votes. That’s $22.33 per vote, which is more than either of the presidential candidates in the 2012 election. Not shocking, but the largest contributors to the effort were the Colorado Education Association and the National Education Association (aka the teachers unions). Each contributed two million...