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Leaving Blue New York, Boo-Hoo
Irish Examiner USA, by Alicia Colon

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Posted By:Drive, 4/12/2013 6:44:47 AM

Only one of my six children has left New York for economic reasons but the strain of living in this expensive nanny state is weighing heavy on my other five and their families. As a native New Yorker, I´ve seen its middle class population decline over the years due to its neglect of blue collar families which is ironic since this is a Democrat city. With the recent arrests of several local politicians for corruption perhaps New Yorkers will pay more attention to those they put in office. Given their past indifference in local elections this is highly unlikely.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: clayusmcret, 4/12/2013 6:57:45 AM     (No. 9271533)

"...I´ve seen its middle class population decline over the years due to its neglect of blue collar families which is ironic since this is a Democrat city."

The democrat party stopped caring about the middle class long ago. As the number of poverty voters grows, so does the democrat voting base.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: kanphil, 4/12/2013 7:07:20 AM     (No. 9271539)

I know a number of New Yorkers in the same fix and Alicia Colon. Their kids are moving across the Hudson--sometimes a long, long way across the Hudson--because they simply cannot afford to live in NYC. In a city with a tradition of super close-knit families, this is a real tragedy

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 4/12/2013 7:09:19 AM     (No. 9271542)

And the Navy is not playing nice by keeping ships out for fleet week. Oh it is getting harder and harder for NYC to spend other people´s money. And they will not get mine as I refuse to visit the city for anything. No meetings, plays, dining, museums, nothing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: BeatleJeff, 4/12/2013 7:27:05 AM     (No. 9271555)

You know those lights were bright on Broadway
That was so many years ago
Before we all lived here in Florida
Before the Mafia took over Mexico
There are not many who remember
They say a handful still survive
To tell the world about
The way the lights went out
And keep the memory alive - Billy Joel


New York - a fun place to visit but I would never live there.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: JAN, 4/12/2013 7:29:52 AM     (No. 9271558)

She just noticed?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Black Knight, 4/12/2013 7:30:23 AM     (No. 9271559)

#3 Bingo!
Your "starve the liberal cities and business-enablers" solution will win in the end.

Let the last conservatives leaving the blue states and cities lock the door behind them.

The fat cats and dependent takers can then fight it out as they drown in taxes and squalor!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nevernaught, 4/12/2013 7:36:21 AM     (No. 9271572)

Nice column Alic1a. The new ´move your business to New York state, where we are lowering taxes, and more business friendly´ commercials on TV now are so laughable. The part they left out is ´after you get here and are established we are going to raise those taxes again´. Anyone who would move a business to NY is more than slightly touched in the head.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Fb2002, 4/12/2013 7:39:46 AM     (No. 9271579)

My family abandoned NY in 1991. We are all gone. Why pay 12% state taxes, sky high property tax, and sales taxes to support lazy dims?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trigger2, 4/12/2013 7:57:04 AM     (No. 9271603)

This typically describes any city run by a demonrat. Demonrat cities suck up every taxpayer penny they can find until finally the city goes bankrupt. That is, if you´re in a state which even allows cities to declare bankruptcy. If the state doesn´t allow it, the demonrats tax you more until finally everyone moves out to better pastures. Does Stockton, Detroit, Birmingham, etc. ring any bells?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: privateer, 4/12/2013 7:57:27 AM     (No. 9271604)

She quotes a father she interviewed: "...There is no middle class here. You have to be rich or live in the projects where you get everything for free." Just super rich elite and super poor. Sounds like feudal France, except of course, their poor worked. New York needs another million Alicia Colons.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Kerryman, 4/12/2013 8:21:11 AM     (No. 9271643)

Brendan Byrne was a Democrat who gave NJ the Income Tax. I guess compared to NY. that´s a Republican.

Semper Fi

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Reply 12 - Posted by: aliciacolon, 4/12/2013 8:28:36 AM     (No. 9271653)

Stupid me. True Bryne was a Democrat followed by Republican Kean. That´s whom I meant. Sorry

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bigken2, 4/12/2013 8:28:45 AM     (No. 9271656)

ill is just as bad chicago dims steeling every thing people leaving in droves 100000 more leave than willfair quines move in soon all thats left are dem takers good ridence to the dem hellhole

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Reply 14 - Posted by: stryker714, 4/12/2013 8:29:43 AM     (No. 9271658)

Controlling politicians are turning the state into Escape from New York. Maybe one day after the riff raff are gone, civilized rational people will return and rehabilitate it.

If the democrat party could be compared to a computer chip that goes in a robot, we could accurately predict the robot would max out, for a while, with a narrow set(selfish) of abilities, then the robot would break.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tinnyanko, 4/12/2013 8:33:42 AM     (No. 9271666)

It´s so easy to leave when things are bad. It takes guts to stay and fight to change things. I think that´s what Alicia is doing. More power to her.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Nimby, 4/12/2013 8:40:14 AM     (No. 9271682)

When you don´t have the smarts and keep re-electing those who rip you off things will never change.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mc squared, 4/12/2013 8:40:58 AM     (No. 9271683)

Excellent, but I would disagree with Alicia on being aligned with Republicans because she is Catholic.
12 years of my early life in Catholic schools told me they are anything but conservative.
I even remember nuns handing out JFK buttons in grammar school. The Church hierarchy is very comfortable with the Democrats.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: LZK, 4/12/2013 8:41:16 AM     (No. 9271685)

Please don´t move to Chicago.....

When the libbies leave a state they take their left/leaning ways with them and contaminate the receiving state, i.e. californians to Colorado and Oregon and Washington State.....

WE´ve got a mess here now with ranting rahm and governor idiot. Please stay away...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: plumnellie, 4/12/2013 8:41:22 AM     (No. 9271687)

We must all fight as best we can in our small towns and burbs against the unnecessary red tape and lazy bureaucrats. My builder has sent me to do the work of getting a permit to build in my small town. It is my project and since I am the General Contractor it is my responsibility. No new houses are build in my town due to the economy but also due to the red tape. I said a prayer before going to the office that I would not say anything to ruffle feathers. I ended up doing to when I thought I was helping. The woman got her back up. So tetchey. They must get their jollies sending me back and forth...then canceling appointments due to ´weather warnings´. It is not finished yet. If I decided to quit I then plan to write a letter to the editor about the experience. Might do so even if my project is successful. They do wear us down though.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/12/2013 8:41:52 AM     (No. 9271689)

New York´s decline may be gradual but it is inexorable. One measures is the number of Congressmen (based on population). They had 43 back in 1960s. Today the state is down to 27 or so.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 4/12/2013 8:47:11 AM     (No. 9271697)

I moved from a state because of bad politics and a never ending stupid democrat controled government.
When I arrived in my new found home I discovered bad politics with a different face.
You can´t escape liberals willing to ruin a city or state. I´m too old to move again but if I would it would be in the deep woods but then liberals and bad government would find you there. Like Randy Weaver and his family. Peaceful, I think not.
I see where Alicia is coming from.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: tocsin, 4/12/2013 8:55:35 AM     (No. 9271716)

#7-The ´´move your business to New York state´´ads are simply bribes to the media types. Besides only a fool would fall for them.
Has anyone else noticed all the taxpayer funded ads on television lately? More bribes with our money!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: pickle1, 4/12/2013 8:55:57 AM     (No. 9271719)

ROTFLOL They keep advertising on TV about how great NY is with the lowering of taxes, yada, yada, yada. That´s the biggest laugh I have had in ages.

Everyone knows that is a joke.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: STLstudent, 4/12/2013 9:01:44 AM     (No. 9271739)

Well-written article. It´s funny that I viewed on TV this week an advertisement produced by the state of NY that promoted how tremendously friendly NY is towards business. Just like true liberals, they don´t want to solve the real problem, rather they´ll just tell a lie.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: jimK1, 4/12/2013 9:08:12 AM     (No. 9271748)

Detroit is the poster city for Hope and Change. 50 years ago there was a lot of hope and optimism in the city, it was prosperous, well tended, people worked hard, then came the riots and Coleman Young and the black corrupt Democrats, and Detroit changed into the sewer that it is today. Now they have a state appointed manager to try to sort things out and that won´t work either. The city has changed beyond the tipping point as have Flint, Saginaw and other Democrat strongholds. Democrats and sewer those words just seem to go together.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Gloating, 4/12/2013 9:49:17 AM     (No. 9271838)

We left NY state 10 years ago for CT. It´s no better up here and getting worse.
Looking to head south to escape a super majority Demorat legislature and a Governor who is a lying angry dog.
Now the former Constitution state is looking at gun manufacturers who are packing up and moving elsewhere. Jobs lost , freedom lost. Where are you going Alicia?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Davids918, 4/12/2013 9:54:09 AM     (No. 9271847)

Republicans need to keep asking african-americans, hispanics and asians why they are following the liberal, white upper-income democrats who are doing nothing to help produce jobs.
It´s almost apartheid-like now if you think about it.

Republicans need to promote ideas of lower gasoline prices thru increased production, and how that revenues will help fund teachers, police and fire too.

Siphon-off the moderate and conservative democrats.

Only 21% are liberal, so 79% don´t agree with their schemes and policies.



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Reply 28 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 4/12/2013 10:04:43 AM     (No. 9271862)

I second the motion, #15. No matter how hard I try, I can´t hate New York or New Yorkers. I owe the City and it´s people more than I could ever repay.

I arrived in New York in the ´50s, a young Southern boy still limping from the Korean War. I had just lost my entire family including my young wife and I was no more than a shell of a human being. I don´t think I was even sane.

What happened over the next years could not have happened anywhere else. The City, as it is referred to by people who live there, gave me back my life, gave me an education and eventually a wonderful family. I will be eternally grateful to New York and it´s good, often misunderstood, people.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 4/12/2013 10:09:18 AM     (No. 9271877)

The middle class that has a future moved out of the state leaving the losers behind. Those dumb losers keep electing the same politicians who promise to "fix" things but don´t have the capability or smarts to do so. Nanny government CANNOT work. All it can deliver is minimal "ghetto" services. The wealthy people that stay are well capable of sheltering most of their income in other states or out of the country or work with the corrupt politicians to get deals that benefit them in exchange for campaign contributions and kick backs.

Good luck Alicia but the smart people have already left the state. It´s not going to magically turn around because very few left there are willing to make it happen.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 4/12/2013 11:00:18 AM     (No. 9271990)

Colorado Springs is probably the most conservative city in the nation. But the massive influx of Californicators coming here is rapidly diminishing our conservatism.

Denver, Boulder, Ft. Collins have enough demoncrap voters that they have turned the state blue. Our dumb governor, John ChickenPooper, is trying to emulate the NY mayor Bloomberg.

The country is awash in insanity.
Colorado is now moving to become like NY.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Felixcat, 4/12/2013 11:14:54 AM     (No. 9272024)

In re #27 - the answer to why Blacks continue to support Democrats can be answered by the student at Howard University who told Sen. Paul that he wants th govetnemnt to pay for his education, etc.

The working middle class is becoming an endangered species in this country.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: MaxWedge, 4/12/2013 11:42:52 AM     (No. 9272072)

I agree #18. The locusts are also invading Nevada.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: panther361, 4/12/2013 1:46:58 PM     (No. 9272277)

I beg your pardon #18 then #32, my native state had this migration from each of your states way back when this sort of bilge moved quietly because of their relative size. Being a true friendly state we ignorantly stood by and watched as our western way of thinking was dismantled brick by brick. Then it was too late. I thought I would never move out of my state, but here I am. A current resident of Nevada, plan to stay because of medical reasons, I have seen plenty of native citizens here spout off with their lib ideas. It´s everywhere. BTW, an extreme few are more hard core conservative than me, and continue to love my country to the death. I took an oath to do so right before I voluteered for war right after. What I got for that belief is the reason I have to stick close to a VA hospital today. Also I want you to know I wouldn´t have it any other way. So please don´t poo poo on all that flee the likes of my former state.
Born in San Diego, reside in Nevada where I don´t have to apologize for my guns, and I wouldn´t have that any other way.
We are citizens with a common theme. To take back what has been stolen and drive these little blue b´tards into the ocean.
God Bless us all.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 4/12/2013 2:10:28 PM     (No. 9272329)

Every big city can be a fun place to visit - if you have the $$$$ to afford it. If not, they can be a cold dark place to inhabit.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: DoktorFranken, 4/12/2013 3:30:08 PM     (No. 9272463)

Texas!! Or, as Oliver & Lisa Douglas found, Green Acres is the place to be.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/12/2013 3:45:11 PM     (No. 9272484)

I was born and grew up in Queens. I moved away in 1970 (to California) and returned in 1989.

The grass isn´t greener elsewhere.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: chicodon, 4/12/2013 3:47:53 PM     (No. 9272488)

#30
You´re right. The same thing is happening all over the country. They also get involved in local politics and poison the well.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: flowerladytoo, 4/12/2013 5:50:59 PM     (No. 9272674)

We are contemplating a move from Minnesota, where it has become absolutely insufferable. We are taxed to death. They took away our homestead exemption (for everyone) a couple years ago, and our property taxes, doubled. The state taxes are through the roof. Utilities are eating us alive, even our water/sewer bill is over $100 a month. Hubby has a possible chance to transfer to Virginia. It sure can´t be any worse than Minnesota, and would most likely be better. We are seriously thinking of putting our house on the market, getting whatever we can, and fleeing this extremely blue state!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: Hazymac, 4/12/2013 6:57:55 PM     (No. 9272726)

FTA: (Bloomberg) faked being a Republican to get elected in 2001 but he has always been a liberal Democrat.

Back in 2001 after the election to determine the successor to America´s Mayor--Rudy Giuliani--a member of my extended family (who owns a seat on the NYSE and has known Bloomberg personally for many years) said precisely what Ms. Colon wrote: that Bloomberg has always been a liberal Democrat. And for me not to get my hopes up that he´d be anything like Giuliani.

Here in Florida in a space of two years the orange-skinned tergiversating ex-governor Charlie Crist has been a Republican (to oppose Rubio, hoping in vain for a majority), then an Independent (to oppose Rubio a second time, hoping in vain for a plurality), and now like a potted plant reversing its growth cycle, growing back into the soil, disappearing below ground, and reverting back to seed, has returned to his real home: the Democratic (sic) Party. Someone tamp down that dirt!

Our esteemed hostess in Manhattan. Mrs. G., is in the same frustrated minority as Ms. Colon: New Yorkers who probably will never live to see political sanity return to the great City. We out here in the red or purple hinterlands send along our sympathy and our encouragement, knowing that common sense principles will ultimately prevail in America.

After the meltdown.

All of this political largesse comes with the heftiest of price tags. Come what may, the ruling Democrats are going to ride this steer right into the dirt.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: oldvlc, 4/12/2013 7:24:02 PM     (No. 9272737)

The problem is that they are like locusts, coming to a new state to destroy the good and demand free stuff. I am a life long Virinian, and New Yorkers and other assorted liberals have tipped the scales by moving to the Virginia DC suburbs, making what was a reliable conservative state into a toss up. If it were not for Fairfax, Arlington and Loudoun Counties, we would be a free state.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 4/12/2013 8:47:09 PM     (No. 9272816)

My family came from one of those blue collar neighborhoods(and we were proudly blue collar, working to build everything from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Empire State Building to JFK airport). Our neighborhood was safe and clean. People washed their front stoops and looked out for their neighbors. Our schools were good, producing even some Nobel Prize winners. But we saw a great city be ruined by hoards of welfare takers and the politicians that fed them, with our taxes.

Only a couple of family members still remain there.

But Alicia, if you´re reading this, many blue collar folks didn´t register Republican, even if they voted that way. New York has closed primaries. They registered Democrat, and then in the primary voted for the most conservative Democrat, knowing that a Democrat would almost assuredly win the general election.


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Reply 42 - Posted by: balogreene, 4/12/2013 9:45:00 PM     (No. 9272870)

I loved NYC, lived in midtown Manhattan for 10 years, from 88 to 98, the Giuliani years. It was a wonderful, vibrant, exciting city. I left for family reasons. Now I realize, I couldn´t or wouldn´t afford to live there again. It was a great experience I wouldn´t change for anything.

But, it has become a nanny state, it is so much worse than when I lived there. Thank you Rudi, I got to enjoy a wonderful city, while it was better than it was both before and after your mayoralty.


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Reply 43 - Posted by: Pinchem, 4/12/2013 11:01:53 PM     (No. 9272943)

One of the bad things about Liberals moving out of Liberal/Marxist States to Conservative States, is they are taking their low class Liberal slime with them.

I read where they are trying to get as many as they can into Texas so that they can turn Texas "blue". If Honorable Texans allow that to happen then they deserve to live in the Liberal Marxist slime.

They should shame those folks and make them go back where they came from.

As for New York, I think having Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck move their broadcasts out of New York to other States should tell intelligent people something. Perhaps not moving out they may be gluttons for punishment.

Oh I know Loyalty to home is strong and admirable. But then I would never live where I was born, in Louisville KY either. It´s become a Marxist city with a Newspaper owned by Marxist Gannett.

We must remember the original plan of both the Communist Party USA and the Democratic Socialist of America was to take over our schools, universities, media, and government at all levels.

You don´t suppose they were successful, do you and who allowed it to happen?


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On March 13, after weeks of rumors, Pacifica Radio´s board of directors voted to fire its executive director, Summer Reese, during what was essentially a conference call. But nothing is as simple as all that in the oldest and oddest public radio network in the country. ”We desperately need adult supervision.” -Ian Masters Four days later, Reese sent an email to the entire Pacifica staff announcing that she was not recognizing the board´s authority: "I want to assure you that I am in possession of a signed and valid contract for three years of employment from the board of directors and that

14-year-old arrested for
deadly bus shooting
Fox News, by Luke Funk    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/21/2014 8:57:10 AM     Post Reply
NEW YORK - A 14-year-old boy is in custody in connection with a shocking shooting on an MTA bus in New York City. A 39-year-old passenger died after he was shot in the head while on a B15 bus in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, authorities said. Police say the teen was on the bus near Lafayette Boulevard and Marcus Garvey Boulevard around 6:20 when he got into an argument with a rival. He began firing shots on the bus. He missed his intended target but hit the victim, who was another passenger on the bus, police said. Police recovered

Putin: no need for further
retaliation against US
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/21/2014 8:04:25 AM     Post Reply
MOSCOW — There is no need for Russia to further retaliate against U.S. sanctions, President Vladimir Putin said Friday as Russia´s upper house of parliament endorsed the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Moscow made its first retaliatory shot on Thursday by banning nine U.S. officials and lawmakers from entering Russia, but Putin indicated that Russia would likely refrain from curtailing cooperation in areas such as Afghanistan. Moscow appears to hope to limit the damage from the latest U.S. and EU sanctions and avoid further Western blows.

Daredevil stunt reveals there are
no working cameras in WTC tower
New York Post, by Philip Messing, Kenneth Garger*    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 3/21/2014 8:01:24 AM     Post Reply
The Freedom Tower, America’s top terror target, doesn’t have a single working surveillance camera inside — a stunning security lapse that let a New Jersey teen roam the top floors undetected for two hours, The Post has learned. The video system for 1 World Trade Center “won’t be operational until the building opens later this year,” said a source familiar with the security plan. That means there is no footage of Justin Casquejo, 16, as he slipped by a sleeping guard to the antenna of the 1,776-foot-tall building Sunday morning. “This place has a big bull’s-eye on it, and I don’t even want



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The climate change deniers have won
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Observer (U.K.), by Nick Cohen    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/23/2014 8:27:15 PM     Post Reply
The American Association for the Advancement of Science came as close as such a respectable institution can to screaming an alarm last week. "As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do," it said as it began one of those sentences that you know will build to a "but". "But human-caused climate risks abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes." In other words, the most distinguished scientists from the country with the world´s pre-eminent educational institutions were trying to shake humanity out of its complacency. Why weren´t their warnings leading the news? In one sense, the association´s appeal

No Justice Department Charges
Against Ohio Woman Who Voted
Six Times for Obama

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Breitbart´s Big Government, by J. Christian Adams    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/23/2014 8:20:09 PM     Post Reply
Last week Al Sharpton embraced convicted vote fraudster Melowese Richardson at a “voting rights” rally in Cincinnati. The United States Department of Justice under Eric Holder has done nothing to Melowese Richardson 410 days after she admitted on camera that she committed multiple federal felonies by voting six times for President Obama’s reelection. Federal law makes it a felony to vote more than once for President. In fact, 42 U.S.C. Section 1973i(e) subjects Richardson to twenty-five years in federal prison for her six votes for Obama. The lack of DOJ action against an unrepentant federal vote fraudster combined with Richardson’s lionization by

Obama Flies to a Europe
Shaken by Putin´s Bold Strategy

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NBC News, by Tom Curry    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/23/2014 8:09:45 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama flies Sunday to a Europe shaken by Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea and his threats against eastern parts of Ukraine. At a summit conference at The Hague on preventing nuclear terrorism – scheduled long before the Ukraine crisis – Obama will confer with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders. On Monday afternoon Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping of China, Russia’s neighbor and sometime rival. Putin has forced the United States and Europe to refocus on the origins of the modern transatlantic alliance -- the 1949 NATO defense partnership designed to prevent a

Romney slams Obama for
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Associated Press, by Kevin Freking    Original Article
Posted By: toledo- 3/23/2014 10:17:36 PM     Post Reply
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Why churches should brace for
a mass exodus of the faithful

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The Week, by Damon Linker    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 3/24/2014 9:30:28 AM     Post Reply
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hierarchical and stratified societies of the ancient world, Jesus Christ taught the equal dignity of all persons, proclaimed that the meek shall inherit the earth, and declared that the last shall be first and the first shall be last. The Western world has been working out the logic of these subversive teachings ever since, with the institutional transformation of marriage being the latest, though surely not the last, example of its social, moral,

Stay cool, Sasha! First daughter cuts a
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Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 3/23/2014 12:46:59 PM     Post Reply
First daughter Sasha Obama cut a stylish figure in jeans and shades as the Obama girls visited the Great Wall of China today. Michelle Obama, Malia, 15, and Sasha, 12, were left alone to explore the Mutianyu section of the historical landmark in the northern Beijing suburbs though Chinese police officers looked on protectively. The three walked a stretch of the wall that looks out to a massive rock inscription on a hillside that reads in Chinese: ´Loyal to Chairman Mao.´ The country has been fascinated by Mrs Obama´s ´elegance´ during the weeklong visit to the country to promote educational

Can Liberals Trust John Roberts
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New Republic, by Tom Donnelly    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/24/2014 3:28:38 PM     Post Reply
Most Supreme Court watchers are fixated these days on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby—the important challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate scheduled for argument Tuesday. And why wouldn’t they be? With its potent mix of religion, sex, Obamacare, and prayerful corporations, it’s the blockbuster case of the term. It is also a crucial test of Chief Justice John Roberts’s leadership on the Supreme Court. Just two years ago, Roberts cast the deciding vote to largely uphold the Affordable Care Act. While the country remains divided over whether he acted like a traitor or a statesman, all would have to agree

De Morgen apologises for Obama cartoon
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De Redactie*, by Michael Torfs    Original Article
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The Flemish daily De Morgen has offered apologies for the Obama cartoon that was shown in its satirical section "The Daily Herald" on Saturday. The digital collage compares the Obamas with monkeys and triggered numerous international reactions. De Morgen says they made an error of judgement.

Ellmers berates constituents
for opposing amnesty ´You
don´t have any damn facts´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Tony Lee    Original Article
Posted By: Fiesta del sol- 3/23/2014 9:55:10 AM     Post Reply
In a constituent meeting gone awry that was captured on shaky, amateur video, embattled Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) berated a group of local activists who oppose amnesty legislation, suggesting they were racist and saying they didn´t have “any damn facts.” “You´re telling me what people have told you? You don´t have any damn facts!” Ellmers exploded at one of the activists when he said that employers – who often claim a labor shortage to argue for amnesty – frequently don´t post job openings in that region.

Boxer: Obamacare ´Is a Huge Success´
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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
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The president’s pointless
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New York Post, by Amir Taheri    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 3/24/2014 3:31:57 PM     Post Reply
As President Obama prepares to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday, many in the Middle East are wondering why he is making a trip with no discernible purpose. No one is quite sure what Obama is supposed to do while in Riyadh. According to the White House, in addition to a one-on-one talk with 90-year-old Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, Obama hopes to attend a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council. But there may be no summit — since the GCC is now badly split. The council’s members are Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar. One bloc — the

Obama to Kill Tomahawk,
Hellfire Missile Programs

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Washington Free Beacon, by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 3/24/2014 5:28:07 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades. The Tomahawk missile program—known as “the world’s most advanced cruise missile”—is set to be cut by $128 million under Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal and completely eliminated by fiscal year 2016, according to budget documents released by the Navy. In addition to the monetary cuts to the program, the number of actual Tomahawk missiles acquired by the United States would drop significantly—from 196 last year to just 100 in 2015. The number


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