Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year-End Wrap Up

What is your choice for 2009’s biggest news story for conservatives? There are lots of options...

Spending: Barack Obama talked a lot about “change” during his campaign, but as President he’s shown himself as just another tax-and-spend liberal. Together with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid – and with plenty of help from New York’s Chuck Schumer – the Obama Administration has spent like there’s no tomorrow, saddling America with a record budget deficit in 2009 and forcing the government’s debt limit up to a whopping $12.4 trillion.

National Security: Gone are the days of a consistent, aggressive War on Terrorism. That phrase has even been banned in Washington. Now we have the Obama Administration planning to close down Guantanamo and bring terrorists to New York City to stand trial. After much dithering, the President decided to go with a mini-surge in Afghanistan, while at the same time Democrats like Barney Frank called for huge cuts in the defense budget. And then, thanks to the failed attack on Christmas Day, we were reminded that the threat of terrorism is still horribly real.

Health Care: President Obama and the Democrats expected smooth sailing as they sought to takeover all Americans’ health care choices – but all Americans wouldn’t keep quiet. Throughout the summer of 2009, citizens spoke their minds at town hall meetings and rallies across the nation – only to be branded as “un-American” by Nancy Pelosi and her minions. Madame Speaker, Harry Reid and the Democrats in Washington showed their disdain for the majority of Americans by passing ObamaCare by any means necessary.

Doug Hoffman: GOP bosses thought conservatives would play along when they chose “moderate” Republican Dede Scozzafava as their candidate in what should have been a run-of-the-mill special election to replace John McHugh. Well, she wasn’t a moderate – she was a liberal. The Conservative Party brought a principled conservative to the race – local business leader Doug Hoffman. The rest is history. The Conservative Party’s goal was to stand on principle – and to stand up to the corrupt and self-serving party bosses who could care less about the voters of New York. In doing so, we can most certainly declare victory.

The New York Senate: Partisanship, backstabbing, power plays and political posturing – all in a day’s work for the politicians in Albany. But this past summer’s Senate spectacle brought “politics as usual” to a new low, and made New York a laughing stock as the most dysfunctional state in the nation (an impressive feat after the high standard set by Rod Blagojevich in Illinois.)

Gov. Paterson: From mishandling the task of replacing Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate (and angering the Kennedy clan!) to playing the race card when he couldn’t handle the pressure of politics, Gov. Paterson repeatedly established himself in 2009 as the accidental governor. Will he end up being the big story for 2010, when he faces a tough election battle?

What do you think was the biggest story of 2009? Vote in our poll, and find out how many people agree with you. Or, if there’s something else you believe was the biggest news of the year, tell us what you think in the comments section.

Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Unfortunately, this gentleman is correct, where are the American papers saying the same?

The Heritage Foundation, former VP Dick Cheney have the courage to tell President Obama his shortcomings. However, the President seems unable to admit when he is wrong about closing GITMO. Even Sen. Diane Finestein is calling for no more detainees to be sent to Yemen!

President Obama has to learn that we are at war.

Making TSA agents unionized is not the problem.

The other problem is obviously the health care bill as Thomas Sowell writes.

New York is down to "petty cash" after dealing with a decade of debt. The budget will be very interesting next year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Homeland Security Secretary under fire, rightfully so and here also. Ralph Peters writes "Our government gets no thanks for preventing a tragedy. Only the bomber's ineptitude preserved the lives of nearly 300 innocents." Read more here.

The Heritage Foundation calls for "smarter security, not more money".

Cal Thomas thinks we got lucky also.

RedState Blog likes the way Jack Tapper took on Robert Gibbs.

Now this Administration is concerned about deficits after a year of uncontrolled spending.

Hundreds of al-Qaeda millitants planning attacks from Yemen and this Administration wants to send GITMO detainees there?

Well, thank you very much Senator Dodd, we all feel safer now! NOT!!

Is this what New Yorkers can look forward to?

Monday, December 28, 2009

We trust you all had an enjoyable Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year, and what a year it will be. If Washington and Albany continue to spend as they did this year, we may all be unable to celebrate any holiday in 2010!

ACORN is unconcerned about the future.

Mexico is very concerned about its future.

Tim Pawlenty has the right ideas for the future of his state. If only New York would do the same.

Good news, voters are paying attention and making some uncomfortable due in part to columns written by Michelle Malkin and Daniel Henninger.

Has Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano finally reached the same conclusions we have with the security failure on Flight 253 Christmas Day?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Congressman Bart Stupak apparently isn't allowed to exercise his First Amendment rights. Of course, if you believe that the democrats lost control of Congress in 1994 due to the failure to pass health care reform, as White House COS Rahm Emanuel does, you will go to any length to get a bill passed. I guess that includes keeping the Junior Senator from New York quite, despite the fact that the health care reform bill puts additional fiscal burdens on all New Yorkers who pay taxes. More here on how Obamacare will bankrupts states.

Michael Goodwin speaks for all of us when he writes how our country needs Mr. Smith.

Jonah Goldberg reminds us how President Obama has failed his words.

Congressman Murtha's is in the news again.

Just when you are beginning to think every Member of Congress should be forcibly retired, your faith is restored that some are worth keeping, but then you realize they don't want to stay in the cesspool and hope they can make a difference before they leave.

In case you didn't check this out before, all five parts are available now. Read about the antics of the Working Family Party here then ask your legislator why they would ever consider running on that line.

Ronald Reagan's first year in the Presidency was a difficult one, yet at Christmas he still offered hope in his first Christmas address as president. Ronald Reagan reminds us in his Christmas message that all children are gifts from God; we now live within an administration that believes it is acceptable to use tax dollars to end their lives. If this is what is consider progress, most Americans do not want any part of it.

May the joy and hope of Christmas be with you all.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Democrat Congressman from Alabama who is also a doctor, cites Health Care Bill for changing his affiliation to Republican. While another democrat says all the horse-trading for the bill is "small stuff".

Politics as usual continues, no wonder President Obama's approval numbers continue to plummet.

There really is a method to their madness.

New York State Medicaid program used $92 M for improper payments, 26,000 recipients with multiple identification numbers, and this before the federal government adds more to the rolls.

Charter Schools can help New York's budget crunch.

Is Dennis Prager right? Cal Thomas seems to think so. If the Health Care Bill becomes law, will it be legal?

It's Tuesday, so it must be time for Thomas Sowell .

Monday, December 21, 2009

Politics as usual in Washington, DC, nothing has changed despite what was promised. Votes are taken in the middle of the night to pass legislation that most Americans oppose. Sweetheart deals for certain states while the taxpayers in other states will be paying for the special concessions given to the favored few, including Sen. Dodd. (Of course, Sen. Dodd is used to special deals especially for himself.)

Sen. Schumer believes the democrats will see a health care bounce. Time for a reality check for Sen. Schumer and Sen. Gillibrand, his protegee. Americans do not want this bill. Period! More on what the bill contains here and here.

What is bigger than Watergate?

A street for Sean Bell?

This Congressman is a disgrace, does he even understand our Constitution?

Human Events names its Conservative of the Year.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

Feeling generous this Christmas season? I hope so...

At the Climate Conference spectacle in Copenhagen, President Barack Obama and New York’s own Hillary Clinton are giving away the store
– all based on Al Gore’s “I think I heard somebody say something about this once” scientific process.

In Washington, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and President Obama are spending our money like there’s no tomorrow.

Here’s a great article showing the absurdity and incompetence of the big spenders in Congress.

A $100,000 earmark for a library in Jamestown, SC was accidentally given to Jamestown, CA – a town that doesn’t even have a library. And the earmark is twice what the small-town library in South Carolina asked for in the first place.

Two members of Congress – a Republican and a Democrat – joined forces to get $100,000 to build bus shelters in ritzy Bal Harbour, FL. As the Times reports, “Congress more than doubled that amount to $250,000.”

I guess it’s easy to be generous when you’re dealing with other people’s money – and when you can just dig the country deeper and deeper into debt, which seems to be Nancy Pelosi’s top priority.

Unfortunately New Yorkers don’t have to go too far for lessons in how not to govern.

It’s a strange week when I agree with Howard Dean, but... if I were a senator, I would not vote for the current health-care bill.

As Howard Dean puts it, “Real reform would significantly lower costs, improve the delivery of health care and give all Americans a meaningful choice of coverage. The current Senate bill accomplishes none of these.”

Now don’t be alarmed – Mr. Dean thinks the Senate bill doesn’t go far enough in establishing a government-controlled health care system or a “single payer” monstrosity, and with that I couldn’t disagree more. But it’s starting to seem like nobody really likes ObamaCare.

Even some labor unions are getting cold feet.

And the White House can’t get its story straight.

But hey, Bill Clinton is on board...

Believe it or not, Sheldon Silver was on the verge of making sense this week, when he seemed to express some opposition to bringing terrorists in for a visit to New York. Alas, that was too good to be true: Sheldon is happy to have Khalid Sheik Mohammed and friends in town.

Truth is, now is a great time to be a terrorist – especially when you have a U.S. President offering “Get Out of Jail Free” cards. Just ask the detainees at Guantanamo who are looking forward to a trip home to Yemen.

We’ll be updating the blog next week when there’s breaking news or if we see an interesting story you might like. We’ll be off Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, of course.

I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

From Ballot Access News:

New York Finally Releases Final Figures for 23rd District Special Election December 15th, 2009
On December 15, New York state released the final and official vote totals for the special election for U.S. House in the 23rd district. The results are: William Owens, 66,548 on the Democratic line and 6,589 on the Working Families line, for a total of 73,137. Douglas Hoffman, 69,553 on the Conservative line. Dede Scozzafava, 7,260 votes on the Republican line and 1,322 on the Independence Party line, for a total of 8,582.
The Conservative Party’s share of the vote, 45.98%, was the highest for a minor party in a U.S. House race since 1949, when the Liberal Party won a special election in New York state with 50.68%.

Politicians beware as voters are in a grouchy mood.

Sen. Schumer regrets his outburst while Sen. Gillibrand made excuses!

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is wrong on this issue.

Senator Tom Coburn is right on this issue.

Health Care has been a 70 year obsession with Democrats and we should all be thankful that their obsession has not been realized. All of the recrafting of the health care bill, will not make it right.

Does this administration understand that we cannot afford to incur any more debt?

Will the WFP survive legal scrutiny?

On a lighter note, if Santa is stopping by your home this Christmas Season, you may want him to sign this.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Seems to me that this administration is on record saying that Republicans should stop scaring the American people, if Republicans use scare tactics, what is President Obama doing here? Mr. President, we will go bankrupt with your spending!! If health care costs need to be "reigned" in, then before any change is made to the health care system, reign in the cost; get rid of the fraud and waste. Do what is right for all Americans, not just the members of your favorite union.

The WSJ reminds President Obama of his words "Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren," Senator Barack Obama said during the 2006 debt-ceiling debate. "America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better." That was $2 trillion ago, when someone else was President," as they write about the looming deficits.

This just crossing the wires U.S. National Debt Tops Debt Limit....

Ambassador John Bolton write about democracy under arrest.

Cause for concern while California continues to exacerbate the problem.

Another reason for incumbents to worry.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The good news is "Dems to Drop Medicare Expansion" while the bad news is "Gitmo Detainees" are moving to Illinois.

If Chuck Norris continues to write a few more articles like this, he may be drafted to run for political office himself.

Charles Hurt is accurate in his current column. (If you have the time, check out the comments of "Sutton542" and you will understand why our Country is in trouble.)

Rich Lowry and Michael Tanner write about the Health Care Reform Bill.

President Obama manages to call divided Dems together before his next overseas trip. Mr. President, perhaps you should listen to what the people want, and stop demanding that Congress just give you what you and the left want. Spending by your administration is out of control, Mr. President, America cannot afford your wants. "Bashing the Banks" will not resolve anything, in fact, it will lead to more financial problems.

Is Climate Change natural?

A must read for New Yorkers: "Acorn, the Working Families Party and Political Corruption" part 1.

Monday, December 14, 2009

If you are a home owner and considering the possibility of selling your home in the future, you should be aware of some of the provisions in the "Cap and Trade" bill that are not being exposed by the main stream media. (Fortunately, we are no longer dependent on the main stream media for an alysis of what Congress is doing.) Buried deep in the "Cap and Trade Bill" is a provision requiring your home to be "energy efficient" yes, your home will have to have an energy label. And if it is not up to standards, you will not be able to sell it. Learn more here. And in case you want to see the actual language in the bill, you can begin here, then search for H.R.2454.

Of course with the EPA taking the lead on regulating the earth's climate, we may breath a little easier hoping that "Cap and Trade" won't be passed.

But wait, is the US Senate about to gain greater control of our private property by passing the "Clean Water Restoration Act"?

The WSJ writes of the long term costs of long term care in the Health Care Reform Bill. The NY Post had an article in Sunday's edition on "What the Health Care Bill Means To You."

Spending is all Washington can do lately.

Albany's poor projection for income in the 2009 budget is causing major problems and a state judge compounds the situation.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

So who’s having a happy holiday season?

Plenty of federal employees, that’s for sure.
According to USA Today, “Federal workers are enjoying an extraordinary boom time — in pay and hiring — during a recession that has cost 7.3 million jobs in the private sector.”

Nancy Pelosi and her allies in Congress are feeling generous. Too bad it’s with OUR money. This is from the LA Times: “Getting into the holiday spirit, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved a spending bill loaded with goodies for the folks back home.”In all, this new spending bill contains 5,224 earmarks. Cost to taxpayers: almost $4 billion.

Funny how The New York Times can’t be bothered to give too much coverage to this latest spending spree, and the “so-called” (
as the Times puts it) earmarks we’re being forced to pay for.

The New York Post likes President Obama’s Nobel acceptance speech – well, most of it, anyway.

Read an excerpt from the speech

Charles Krauthammer
points out that third-world countries and Washington bureaucrats are loving global warming hysteria.

And instead of a partridge in a pear tree, today we have an “eco-vulture” – the infamous George Soros. Charles Hurt from the Post has the story.

I’m sure the liberals and Sen. Max Baucus are happy that the media ignore
the Democrats’ scandals.

The “mainstream” media are also ignoring the true beginnings of the Democrats’ health care agenda. The blueprint for the liberals’ “reforms” was written by Robert Creamer – a convicted felon (tax evasion and bank fraud are his specialties) while he was serving in prison.

Glenn Beck has the story. Tell us what you think about this in our new poll.

I hope you have plenty to be happy about this Christmas season. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Every family knows how difficult it is to cut back on spending when circumstances have changed the financial circumstances within the family, but a responsible family will be able to make the necessary cuts and plan for the future. Governor Paterson is trying, and for that, should be given some credit.

Karl Rove is no doubt one of the most proficient political prognosticators in the field, hopefully his assessement is too early to be accurate.

If the spending continues like this in the House, it should be easy to replace the Speaker, if we survive until January 2011. Hint to the House Majority: this is not how to solve your spending problem!

US Senators: take note! More on Health Care Reform here, here and here.

Another one for the file "Are you kidding?"

Washington Times Editorial hits the nail on the head.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

If you have wondered if small businesses have benefited from the stimulus money, here is one that certainly has. President Obama wants us to spend our way out of downturn. I guess if he gives us what Mark Penn received, we could, however I doubt that will happen. Be very wary of what democrats want. Seriously, gentlemen, when has anyone ever spent their way out of debt?

John Stossel writes of the lessons in "Atlas Shrugged", maybe the stimulus money could be used to purchase each Member of Congress a copy of it. Better yet, buy one copy and read it into the record, it will take less time than the Health Care Reform bill as it has less pages.

Thomas Sowell has another column that is a must read.

If you think it is safe for your children to watch the History Channel, read this.

Is CO2 really a dangerous pollutant? (How dangerous can it be when we exhale CO2?)

Why didn't I become a teacher on Long Island?

Decisions that will have long term effects on all of us were recently argued before the US Supreme Court. It will be interesting to learn how they rule.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Let me get this right, 1200 Limo's and 140 private jets do not add to "global warming" but each family or municipality that lights a Christmas trees does. Here are some important facts.

Sen. Reid, was President Lincoln a democrat? Do you really need a lesson in history?

Sen. Joe Liberman is defending his position regarding the health care bill. CEO's have second thoughts on Obamacare. Click here to support life in the health care reform bill.

James Freeman writes of the Supreme review of the Sarbanes-Oxley law.

The NY Post gives credit to the Building and Construction Trade Council for exercising common sense!

I. Lynn Mueller writes of the need of GOP farm teams and the recent election victories around New York State. They certainly were important wins for all New Yorkers and the winning ways will continue as long as the emphasis is on cutting spending...that is what New Yorkers need most and this was the winning message.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s the Christmas season, so let’s try to be joyful. There are some developments this week to be happy about.

For one thing, traditional marriage is safe for now in New York.

Sounds like Gov. Paterson has finally gotten the message, at least for the time being:

Next up is New Jersey. It will say a lot if gay marriage can’t win support in two of the “bluest” states in the country.

I said earlier this year that we’d be seeing a taxpayer revolt in New York, and here’s the latest proof that people are fed up: The defeat of Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.

Is Gov. Paterson getting the message on that, too? He seems to be quite determined to rein in out-of-control spending in New York.

And then there’s President Obama’s decision (finally!) on Afghanistan – specifically, to send a “surge” of 30,000 troops to the region. Reaction was mixed, to say the least. We can at least be glad that the President is not blindly following his base – the surrender-happy left wing of the Democratic Party. When it comes to national security, though, I miss President Bush.

Here are some reactions to Obama’s decision...

From Peggy Noonan, who is quite impressed:

From Bill Kristol and Fred Barnes, who both see it as a lackluster speech announcing a good policy.

The Washington Times and Charles Krauthammer are not impressed at all.

What I want to know is, how can we expect the Obama Administration to keep America safe when they can’t even secure the White House?

That’s our poll question for this week. I hope you’ll give your opinion.

We can all be happy that we have the right to gather and speak out in defense of America. I know this is a busy time of year, but if there’s any way you can attend tomorrow’s rally at Foley Square to protest KSM being tried in civil court in NYC, please do. It’s from noon to 2PM.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Many of the news articles today are about yesterday's vote on same sex marriage. It certainly is interesting to read how different papers portray the vote, I fail to understand why the NY Times considers voting to keep the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman as discrimination. I have a simple question for the New York Times: If we are supposed to accept that abortion is settled law, why isn't the definition of marriage? Voters in 31 states have rejected same sex marriage and given the opportunity so would voters in New York.

The influence of the NY Times is wanning as voters are exposed to other media outlets. Many who only had time to read one newspaper find it possible to read a variety of papers on line or spend time driving listening to talk radio. Voters are becoming more vocal at the polls as a result.

We all understand this is a busy time of year, but please, if at all possible, plan to attend this Saturday's Rally at Foley Square from Noon to 2:00 PM to protest KSM being tried in civil court in NYC.

The NY Post has a few choice words for Congressman Maurice Hinchey. And John Faso opines on the "reforms" in Albany.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

How did your Senator vote on Same Sex Marriage? Click here Our sincere thanks to all of you who stood up for marriage.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Will New York State's legislators finally come to an agreement on budget cuts? John Faso had some good ideas, however, don't expect the Members to pass them.

Tom Carroll supports Mayor Bloomberg's seven point plan for New York's schools.

The Cap and Trade Bill should be given a second, third and forth look before ever being considered in light of the growing email scandel. A good analysis of the climate changes can be found here.

The Bullying method of government has its consequences and there is sure to be more as bullying becomes even more prominent in government.

Arlen Spector is at it again! Hey, Senator, the clock is ticking!

Cal Thomas brings Dr. Stephen Frasier's concers on the pending Health Care Bill to the forefront.

Some of Thomas Sowell best columns are titled: Random Thoughts

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Peter Regan's heartfelt assessment of AG Eric Holden's and the Administration's decision to hold the KSM trials in civil court, is a must read. Planning has begun for a December 5 rally in New York City at Battery Park (not yet confirmed) by interested parties, The Bravest, YAF and the families of the terrorist attacks, to oppose the trials being held in NY's civil courts. As more details are available, rest assured, we will let you know. The WSJ also opines on the outrageous decision to hold a civil trial and more here.

Governor Paterson certainly never should have signed the budget passed by the legislators, and for this he deserves criticism and should shoulder the responsibility of his poor judgement. It appears that he is trying to rectify the situation and since the Legislators are not making the necessary cuts (they are considering more taxes) they should give him the ability to cut across the board. Jacob Gershman gives some insight as to why the Legislators may be reluctant in cutting back.

Under the not surprising category: Obama shatters spending record for first year president. The poll numbers are reflecting the people's displeasure of his spending.

While spending time with your families this Thanksgiving, please take a moment to thank our Veterans for all the have done to keep our families safe. Many organizations want to help our veterans but they also need our help.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Albany politcans will be going home for Thanksgiving without resolving the budget deficits, what a surprise! They will return again on Monday, with more per-diems being paid for doing nothing. If you've received a moving violation in the last year, you know the consequences of breaking the law and more importantly you know the increas in the state surcharges.

Government deficits doing more harm on the federal level. And the housing crisis will continue to harm the economy as Thomas Sowell writes here.

John Gizzi has some insight on New York politics.

Sen. Joe Liberman digs in on the public option...(he shoud have dug in prior to Saturday's vote)

The biggest story of the day is without doubt the emails between those who would have us believe that global warming is at crisis level.

Set your VCR, TIVO or DVR's to HBO at 10:00 PM tonight for Real Sports! You won't want to miss the segment on Matt Long.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Without regard to what the people of the United States want, the 58 Democrats and 2 Independents in Congress voted to allow Senator Reid's Health Care Bill to move forward for a full debate. What a disgrace, some sold out for pork, and others just so they would have it both ways. This bill only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate now, so 9 Senators can vote no, "on principle", tell their constituents that, and hope to be re-elected. The point remains, if they had not voted on Saturday night to move the vote forward, they would have been intellectually honest. Shame on them!

In New York State, it looks like some business-minded democrats are getting fed up with the WFP. Quick, somone should tell them they will soon be just as disillusioned with the Independence Party.

More on the ACORN front.

Articles previously overlooked that certainly deserve attention here and here.

Back here in New York, Michael Goodwin is calling for the return of "Boss Tweed" which, while it is a little tounge-in-cheek, is a pathetic assessment of our Legislature. Fred Dicker writes how they "all hate each other". And if anyone thinks, AG Andrew Cuomo, is the knight in shinning armour waiting to bring New York back to its glory days, they must read this.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

We had two big national stories this week.

First off, terrorism. We saw two outstanding takedowns of Attorney General Eric Holder’s absurd decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York – one from Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and another from columnist Charles Krauthammer.

The Bush Administration saw the War on Terror as a global effort to take out the terrorists and protect America. The Obama Administration sees it as an episode of Law & Order.

And how does President Obama himself view the U.S. military?

“You guys make a pretty good photo op,” the President told a gathering of troops in South Korea.

Of course, Obama was in Asia this week. Here’s a translation website, so you can find out how Obama might say things like “I,” “I love me,” and “I’m great” in Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

The other big story: Health care.

Harry Reid has introduced the Senate version of ObamaCare – and as the Post points out, this is NOT good news for taxpayers.

Want to read it? All 2,000+ pages? FoxNews has posted it on their site. Read the whole thing, and you’ll be ahead of most Senators.

The Heritage Foundation has a look at the five major flaws of the Reid bill.

Here in New York, the Hoffman race may not be quite over...

And our state’s fiscal crisis is far from over.

Unfortunately, our elected “leaders” are following the same strategies that got us into this mess in the first place: They’re either pushing for higher taxes and more debt, or they’re just ignoring the problem and focusing on boneheaded measures like this that make government bigger and do nothing to control spending.

Even with all this bad news and frustration, we do have plenty to be grateful for. I hope that you and your family have a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Twice rejected by voters, yet President Obama wants to give him a lifetime appointment as a federal judge. Somebody in his inner circle has to educate the President about the fact that when people reject a candidate, they do not want that same candidate handed a lifetime appointment.

Another bad idea by this administration!

The Senate Health Care Bill is 2,074 pages and has to be read, and more importantly understood, in just 34 hours?

Both Houses have worked on the health care proposals all year, but the question remains, if passed will it be constitutional?

The NY Post Editorial has it right.

Is Rudy running for office, if so which office?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sen. Harry Reid plans the first vote tonight (to more the bill) on the Senate version of the health care reform bill. So much for public review. The government continues to blunder payments and suffers from extreme mismanagement in agencies, yet we are to believe that health care will be different. Health Care Reform, as proposed, must be stopped; our health will not survive the mismanagement government creates at every level.

Political dissent is okay in China and not in the United States?

John Stossel makes his argument against Bill O'Reilly. Chalk this one up for Stossel.

Walter E. Williams has a very timely history lesson for us; one that we must come to terms with. Will we continue to be a country run by its people or have we already ceded to the elite?

AG Eric Holder defends the indefensible.

And Bob McManus defends our troops!

While the Working Family Party continues to harm New Yorkers.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The book tour begins for Sarah Palin who mentions the 23rd CD in her interviews.

With all of the problems in the federal government, why would anyone trust them with health care, especially when gimmicks are being used. And problems down the road. Does Congressman Weiner even know there is a problem?

And what about the Stimulus Bill in non-existent congressional districts?

Here in New York State, Bill Hammond writes of Albany's Hot Air. And the NY Post writes of job killing.

Thomas Sowell says it well once again. Cal Thomas writes of the problems in having KSM brought to New York. Larry Kudlow writes of the economic conundrum that the administration faces in China.

Monday, November 16, 2009

It may be that the outcry from drivers has eliminated the requirement for new license plates, but I would not count on it yet. If this article is correct, it is obvious that certain members of the Legislature have not learned that the only way to resolve the financial crisis is to CUT SPENDING, NOW. E. J. McMahon addressed the Council of Industry with some solutions over the weekend.

Despite what is being written about the federal deficit and that the current administration will focus on cutting it in 2010, I'm not the only one who has doubts about their resolve.

Those in charge of Congress certainly seem poised to destroy our health care system. Is there a doctor in the house?

No doubt this time, it certainly was a bow!

Michael Goodwin writes that "This trial is an error" and more on that bad decision here.

The field is growing for the 2012 presidential elections and the Guardian UK writes of "firebrand" women who strike fear into liberal America.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

As Shaun Marie noted yesterday, more votes are showing up for Doug Hoffman.

We’ll be watching that story over the weekend and through next week. In the meantime, let’s think about what else turned up this week...

We discovered new reasons to suspect that the Ft. Hood massacre didn’t have to happen – that somebody, somewhere should have realized the threat posed by Nadal Malik Hasan.

We’ve found out about the PowerPoint presentation, and the gunman’s contacts with radical cleric Anwar al Awlaki. This should have raised some serious red flags.

We found new reasons to suspect that the “pro-life” provisions of Nancy Pelosi’s monstrous health care legislation can’t be taken seriously.

Pro-abortion Democrats are already vowing to eliminate any limits on public funding of abortion – and there are ways they can do it... which gives conservatives even more motivation to fight this bill in the Senate and make sure it never gets close to passage.

We found a new appreciation for the extraordinary leadership of President Ronald Reagan, as we celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall... and a new realization, unfortunately, that Barack Obama seems to think everything is all about him.

President Obama didn't go to Berlin to commemorate this important victory for freedom - but, as The Washington Times notes, that might be for the best.

We’ll be posting any new information we receive on the 23rd congressional district vote tally. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The New York Post Editorial poses a question that we would like answered as well. And to think these are the people shaping the minds of our children in college.

Two thirds of people surveyed believe the stimulus bill is a flop.

More problems in the House health care reform bill. Economic booby traps hidden within the bill will continue to harm any hope of an economic rebound soon.

Karl Rove writes about what the 2010 elections and if it will be a referendum on the Obama Administration.

File this under "are you kidding me"?

The horriffic actions of Hasan must be fully understood to prevent anything like that from happening again.

Will Doug Hoffman run again? The numbers are narrowing since election night.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day ~ 2009

"It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country ... in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives -- the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their country, for us. All we can do is remember." --Ronald Reagan

We thank you for your service, for the sacrifices you and your families make on our behalf and you are always in our Prayers. May God bless you and keep you safe so you can return home to the safety you have provided to all in the free world.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

We commend Congressman Bart Stupak for getting his amendment to prohibit federal funds for abortions passed, however, it is far too soon to celebrate. If the Senate passes a bill to reform health care, we have no guarantees that the conference committee will honor its passage. How did your Representative vote? Newly minted Congressman Bill Owens voted against it, what a surprise!

Is the health care reform bill truly about health care or government dependency?

How far is the Obama Administration willing to push the envelope? And deny what really happened at Fort Hood? Who will ask the question, how many returning service men and women did he harm in his counseling sessions? Why is the press determined to make him a victim? Because Dr. Phil believes he is? Instead of listening to Dr. Phil they should be listening to Rich Lowry and Ralph Peters!

Can Conservatives Win?

NYer's will ultimately lose if legislators fail to make necessary changes.

Thomas Sowell has the quote of the day "If politicians stopped meddling with things they don't understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocates." Read the rest of his article here.

Happy Birthday US Marine Corps ~ Semper Fi

Monday, November 9, 2009

In case you haven't heard, newly-elected Congressman Bill Owens broke 4 campaign promises in his first hour in Congress. If only the voters had a crystal ball.

The Senate Democrats are at it again. Please contact your legislator and tell them the time to CUT SPENDING is NOW!!!

The Buffalo News agrees and calls on you to take action.

Some are reporting that Health Care is DOA in the Senate, don't believe it. We must make certain our voices are heard, loud and clear, that we do not want government run health care, this year or ever. The WSJ on Line writes of Saturday's House vote.

Why is the President too busy to be in Berlin today? Is Michael Goodwin shedding some light on the President's problems?

Why isn't AG Andrew Cuomo looking into the blatant misuse of public funds and trust?

Kudos's to the NYPD, where are the State Police on this?

Ralph Peters had the courage to speak the truth in this article! Our prayers are for the deceased, their families and for those who witnessed the actions of a deranged man and must live with the horrific memories. Never again!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The US House of Representatives is about to vote on the most expansive, expensive legislation to change our health care, today, Saturday, November 7, 2009. From all analysis, the "Brad Ellsworth Amendment" is a sham and even NY Democratic Congressman McMahon stated in today's NY Post that "he is troubled by its tax hikes, cuts to Medicare, impact on small businesses and failure to control soaring health-care spending."

What you need to know about the Pelosi Health Care Bill:


Friday, November 6, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been a busy week here in New York, and there’s already been plenty of analysis of the 23rd District, and what it all means.

You’ve probably read most of it, and at this point you might even be tired of hearing about it – and as you’ll see from this week’s wrap-up, there are plenty of important issues still in play... which means there’s not much time for endless Monday morning quarterbacking.

I said this after the votes were counted: Conservatives didn’t lose the seat, the Republican Party lost the seat by picking and allowing and funding a candidate that wasn’t in any way, shape, or form respectful of Republican policies and principles.

If Republicans had nominated a true conservative – a real Republican – in the first place, that seat would be Republican today.

Bottom line is, it’s not our job to blindly follow any party establishment. Our job is to promote and defend conservative principles. That’s what we did this past Tuesday, and that’s what we’ll continue to do. I’m proud of our efforts.

And conservatives have a lot to celebrate in
Virginia (, New Jersey ( and Maine (

(And of course, some New Yorkers are very happy right now:

But more than anything, remember this: Our fight is far from over.

There could be a big battle this weekend, as Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama are desperate to get a Saturday vote on their health care “reform” proposal:

This government takeover of health care will raise taxes and cost jobs – and as the latest unemployment figures show, that’s something we can’t afford. Unemployment is now up above 10 percent:

And you know all the promises and all the facts and figures we’ve been hearing from the Obama Administration about the liberals’ health care agenda – how their plan won’t cost too much, how it will provide coverage for all? Think you can trust them? Think again.

Just look at how they’ve fudged the numbers about the stimulus bill, and how many jobs were “created or saved” by this massive spending spree:

You can trust the Conservative Party to take on the political establishment and the liberals, and to do what’s right for New York’s taxpayers.

Thanks for all your support, and have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Somebody please explain to me why the Democrats are selling Health Care Reform as if every second counts when it come to protect citizens, yet have a six month wait for "uninsurables" The Heritage Foundation writes how to do Health Care Reform the right way: While Rep. Steny Hoyer predicts the House will pass the Pelosi bill now that AARP has embraced it. Perhaps none of the changes will matter since it may be impossible to get an appointment with a doctor if Congress is successful in changing the health care system:

Karl Rove analyzes Tuesday's elections: and Daniel Henninger has a good article as well:

Bob Bellafiore writes of a "2010: A perfect voter storm" in the NY Post and John Faso writes of "NY's tax revolt"

What is frightening is that I agree with Tom DiNapoli when he says to lawmakers stop treating New Yorkers like ATM's

Thomas Sowell has three articles on health care...; and here

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thank you all for all you did to help on the 23rd Congressional District Race. We certainly made a huge difference for the citizens of New York, meet hundreds of dedicated people who will stay involved and brought national attention to conservative voices. Can you hear us now? You bet they can and will continue to do so. We thank Doug Hoffman for giving the Conservative Party a voice and for making us proud. Doug was fed up and took the bull by the horns and made a difference which should give everyone who reads this blog and the rest of America the courage to do the same thing. You may not be a candidate in one of the most exciting races of this decade, but if you follow Doug's example, you will make a voice at a time.

Kudos's to all who helped, who traveled to the 23rd, who donated time and money, who prayed, who called with encouraging words, who emailed positives ideas, you all make us work that much harder.

The 2010 Campaigns have begun and we are ready!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Today is the day to have your voice HEARD. We have an opportunity to change the way things are accomplished in Washington, DC (in the 23rd Congressional District) and around the country at the local level. We can Take America Back one vote at at time beginning with yours.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Things are happening so fast in the 23 CD, that by the time something gets posted it could have changed already. What has not changed is that liberal Dede Scozzafava endorsed liberal Bill Owens and the question is WHY?

The latest Siena Poll has Hoffman with a 5 point lead and here: (the PPP polls for democrats) With your help and assistance it will be much greater when the polls close at 9:00 PM Tomorrow. Now is the time to send a message to Washington, DC on all the issues near and dear to Americans.

While the 23rd CD is dominating the news, we must be vigilant about other important matters. Lord Christopher Monckton (a climate change expert) cautions the world on the treaty the world is positioned to sign in December. Watch the video here:

The WSJ is calling the Congressional version of the Health Care Reform Bill the worst one ever:

No matter how the Administration tries to spin the stimulus and job creation, the bottom line is the unemployment rate: and here

We salute all who serve on the USS New York (as we do all who serve our Country) but sill mourn the fact that she had to be built. May God watch over and protect all who have answered the call to protect us.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

Big news this week in New York...

At our Conservative Party 2009 Fall Reception, Doug Hoffman picked two more endorsements – from Gov. George Pataki, and from Ambassador John R. Bolton, who also received our Charles Edison Memorial Award at the packed event.

Here’s a YouTube video of Gov. Pataki’s endorsement:

Here’s some coverage of the Pataki endorsement:

From The Washington Times:

From CNN:

From the New York Daily News:

From Politico (a Capitol Hill paper):

These two endorsements come on the heels of many more earned by Hoffman this week – and all of these endorsements are in addition to new evidence that GOP leaders are “seeing the light and going conservative.”

In other news from the 23rd, Bill Owens picked up that most coveted of endorsements – a seal of approval from Gov. David Paterson. Trick or treat, Mr. Owens might ask. We’ll find out:

Big news (literally!) this week in Washington...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled the enormous House health care bill that, according to Politico, “runs more pages than War and Peace [and] has nearly five times as many words as the Torah.” This new bill is a whopping 1,990 pages, with about 400,000 words. “With an estimated 10-year cost of $894 billion,” the folks at Politico note, “that comes out to about $2.24 million per word.”

And even that may be a conservative estimate, so to speak. According to this report, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) tags the total cost of the bill as over $1 trillion before the Democrats throw in some accounting gimmicks to drive the cost down to “only” $894 billion.

And according to the CBO, any cost estimate of this bloated bill is “subject to substantial uncertainty.”

Here’s what is certain: This health care “reform” initiative is a terrible idea that must be stopped. We need people in Congress that will vote against this monstrosity. Hopefully Tuesday voters in the 23rd Congressional District will elect Doug Hoffman and send some much-needed common sense and responsibility down to Washington.

Next week will be a busy and exciting one – that’s also for certain. Stay tuned here for the latest news and info. And have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Five days left and the excitement is truly building for a Hoffman WIN in the 23rd CD and Just heard from Facebook link that Plattsburgh's Breakfast Event was fantastic and "Doug made an effective presentation concerning the taxpayer and business friendly policies he will promote as a Congressman and answered questions honestly and responsively, to frequent applause."

Check out the latest at Be a part of history!

From James Tarento ( ) WSJ on line "the DCCC has written off Scozzafava and now sees this as a two-man race between Hoffman and Owens. If the view we have imputed to the committee is correct, there's a very good chance Hoffman will pull off a victory."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Add Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to the ever growing list of Congressman who have endorsed Doug Hoffman! Hoffman is sprinting to the finish line and the campaign offices are as busy as can be. If you can offer some time to help out, it would be most appreciated. Less than one week to go and the reality is Doug CAN win! You know he is ahead when the desperate left starts running ads like this: Even the New York Times writes about the race: and Fred Dicker of the NY Post follows up on yesterday's Editorial endorsement: Stop by his website to keep up to date and assist any way you can. Thank you!

In other news... Chicago Politics sinks even lower but what would you expect from a political base that only knows hardball

New York's financial crisis is getting worse ( ) as people move out of state and tighten their own finances. While the Governor called for a November 10th Session, it hardly seems likely that necessary cuts will be made. Instead of cutting spending they passed foolish ideas (requiring new license plates next year) and didn't expect a back lash. Well New Yorkers are fighting back: One realistic way to help the situation would be to collect the cigarette taxes sold to non-Indians

More NY State financial problems:

More on Health Care Reform: and here and

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The political talk is still dominated by the 23rd Congressional District. With so much focus on the race, including the NY Post endorsement today and Gov. Tim Pawlenty's ( ) appearance on Neil Cavuto tonight, as well as his appearance on Fox and Friends this morning, its best if you stop by Doug Hoffman's website ( to keep as up to date as possible. The LA Times covers the grassroots effort Here is a link to Doug's appearance on Glen Beck yesterday. Go Doug....!! Check out Fred Thompson's new ad for Doug Hoffman:

The Heritage Foundation reviews the most recent changes in the proposed Health Care Reform bill

It certainly isn't surprising to anyone who follows this blog that New Yorkers are fleeing: The full report can be found here:

Thank you, Thomas Sowell, for telling it like no one else can Read this article and please pass it on to other fellow Americans before American is dismantled!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Despite what the press would have you believe, health insurance companies profits are not that fat:

Did you see this? Harry Reid says paying taxes are voluntary and this is what they are doing with those "voluntary" taxes:

Did you know there was another Congressional race in California this November? There is, but it certainly is not getting the coverage that NY's 23 is getting.

Doug Hoffman writes about taking back the party in Sunday's New York Post Op-Ed piece: and the UK's Guardian writes about the race: International coverage on the New York race that is sure to make history when Doug Hoffman wins it. According to Club for Growth, Doug Hoffman has surged to the lead (sent to our email subscribers earlier today) Click here to read about it and check out Mike Huckabee on Neil Cavuto at the same time.

Click here to watch Chairman Mike Long on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

Dick Armey ( ) National Review ( ) American Thinker ( ) all write positively on the campaign! Keep tuned into the most exciting race in the country....