The prospect of Charles Barron on Capitol Hill ought to send a shiver down the spine of every decent New Yorker. The man is a hater and a bigot whose only redeeming quality is his candor: The man makes no attempt to hide his loathing of white people, Israel, his colleagues and anybody else who doesn’t share his demented views.
Staten Island’s Michael Grimm emerged from obscurity two years ago to win a seat in Congress based in part on his compelling personal narrative. Mr. Grimm is a former Marine and a onetime FBI agent. At a time of national anxiety over global terrorism, he was able to address security issues based on his experience and expertise.
But Mr. Grimm’s clean-cut persona has taken a hit in recent weeks amid reports of fund-raising irregularities that should attract the attention of his onetime colleagues in law enforcement. The allegations, it should be noted, concern not just his campaign’s actions, but Mr. Grimm’s personal contacts, fund-raising methods and slippery business practices.
There seems to be a growing consensus that the SOPA and PIPA may be DOA. That’s OK by us.
The recent Internet-led protest movement against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act clearly has had a profound effect on support for these chilling pieces of legislation. What’s astonishing is that the protests appear to have caught Washington by surprise. According to a report in PC World, neither supporters nor opponents of the bills “anticipated the response by Internet users.” Likewise, the rallying effect of protests led by Wikipedia, Google and other companies stunned the nation’s lawmakers.
Sadly, it is clear that Washington remains firmly entrenched in the 20th century
Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in an assassination attempt that took 6 lives and injured 12 others, has decided to step down from the House. While Giffords’s recovery from her injuries was remarkable, there have been questions all along as to whether she would be able to return to her position. In an affecting video posted Sunday on Youtube, Giffords gave a brief statement thanking her constituents and explaining her decision:
In a “breaking news” story in The Onion this morning, the satirical newspaper reported Congress took a group of touring school kids hostage in the Capitol rotunda, demanding $12 trillion by 6 p.m. or they’ll shoot a kid every hour. For once, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) are cooperating to reduce the deficit.
It would almost seem that the stars had finally aligned. After weeks of stalled talks and contentious meetings between House Republicans and Democrats that escalated into a public spat between Speaker John Boehner and President Obama, a bill finally made it through the House and into the Senate, where it was speedily approved Tuesday morning Read More
The proposals being bandied about Congress to aid the financially foundering Postal Service widely include the ending of Saturday mail delivery (as well as closing “unprofitable” post offices–not ours, we hope!–and, in the case of Rep. Darrell Issa, allowing the Postal Service to default on its obligations before a major restructuring). Weekends just got a Read More
Former Congressman John Hall, a one-time front man for the rock group Orleans, will be returning to the stage this weekend for a show at The Town Crier Cafe in Pawling.
Hall was defeated by Nan Hayworth in 2010. This Sunday’s show marks his first live performance since leaving Congress.
“It’s good therapy for Read More
A reader pointed us to the following article in The Suffolk County Liberty Report– online news site that says it is “Long Island’s #1 source for Conservative, Republican, and Tea Party News”–in which the local Conservative Party appears to throw its weight behind Randy Altschuler in his bid to take on incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop Read More
Earlier this week we took note of a Roll Call report which said that Republican Randy Altschuler is exploring a re-match against incumbent Tim Bishop for a Suffolk County congressional seat.
This morning we received a fundraising solicitation from Bishop with the subject line “Deja Vu All Over Again,” which uses the prospect of Read More