Must See Video: Saratoga NY Police Officer Suspended Due To This Video


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Editor’s Note: The staff and owners of Conservative Hideout 2.0 have nothing but the utmost respect for Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders, Firefighters and the Military. We understand that the vast majority of police take up that calling to serve their fellow man and to try and make their corner of the world a better place.

However when one of the boys in blue over-reaches the bounds of his/her authority as laid out in our United States Constitution, they make the rest of the LEOs look bad. Further, when video evidence of that crosses our desk here at CH2.0, we show it in hopes that shedding light on bad behavior will help to correct it, in the long run.

Be warned, the video shown below is not safe for work, or to be viewed around little ones with big ears.


Yesterday police were contacted in regard to a video posted online which appeared to show an inappropriate interaction between an on-duty member of the Sheriff’s Office and a civilian, resulting from a suspicious vehicle complaint in the Town of Halfmoon.

The Sheriff’s Office has identified and interviewed all parties involved in the interaction and as a result, the police officer has been suspended without pay effective immediately, pending the outcome of the investigation and possible disciplinary action.

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The Sheriff’s Office takes matters such as this very seriously and does not in any way condone anything less than professional behavior from our members. Sheriff’s wish to thank the members of the community who brought this to light and cooperated fully with the investigation.

At this time, this is an internal personnel investigation as there is no criminal complaint from the involved civilian. No additional information will be released until the investigation is concluded.

Epic Times had this to say about the incident:

A recent video appears to show an inappropriate interaction between an on-duty member of the Saratoga, NY Sheriff’s Office and a civilian – the officer has been suspended without pay. Do you think he went too far?







First Ebola-Treating Health Care Worker Stopped By New NY/NJ Quarantine Now Reports Fever


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Governors Christie & Cuomo

Hat/Tip to WeaselZippers.

Score another one for states’ rights. New York and New Jersey are stepping up and doing what President Obama and his administration refuse to do – protect their citizens.

But fortunately, she’s in quarantine, thanks to Governors Christie and Cuomo. However, a doctor who came through prior to the quarantine went into effect went on from NY to California.

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A health care worker who was quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport after returning from treating Ebola patients in West Africa developed a fever and was being evaluated Friday night.

The woman was the first person quarantined under a new screening system announced earlier Friday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The woman landed at Newark after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said at the news conference. A legal quarantine was issued for the woman, who was not a New Jersey resident and was set to go on to New York afterward.

“This woman, while her home residence is outside the area, said her next stop was going to be here in New York,” Christie said. “Governor Cuomo and I discussed it before we came out here, and a quarantine order will be issued.”

At the time, she was not experiencing any symptoms. But Friday evening, she developed a fever and was in isolation at University Hospital in Newark, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Christie issued a tweet on the new development.




Manhattan Infidel: My Exclusive Interview with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand


I am NOT your girl toy!

Today at Manhattan Infidel I am pleased to have an exclusive interview with New York’s junior Senator,  the lovely Kirsten Gillibrand.

MI: Good afternoon Senator Gillibrand.

KG: You called me lovely?  You called me lovely?  I am not your girl toy!

MI: Um, sorry.

KG: Would you call Chuck Schumer lovely?

MI: Well no.  He’s quite homely.

KG: Precisely.  I am so sick of you non-Democratic men and your non-Democratic double standards of sexism.

MI: Okay, okay.  Let’s start the interview.  In your new book you talk about a senator who called your porky.  Which senator was this?

KG: I don’t remember.  I don’t remember his name.

MI: Seriously?  It’s not like there are thousands of senators.

KG: No. I don’t remember his name.  Let me just say that comments like that are so typical of Republican men and their war on women.

MI: So he was a Republican?

KG: I assume so.  I don’t remember who he was.

MI: You can’t remember a face?  He’s a colleague after all.  I assume you must have bumped into him on the Senate floor.

KG: I don’t remember.  And let me just say that comments like his are sadly not isolated.  One other senator walked up to me and took his member out and started stroking it while saying, “Come on honey.  I know you want it.”

MI: My god that’s horrible.  Who was this?

KG:  I don’t recall.  I’m hazy on the name.  All I know is he was a Republican senator from Colorado.

MI: Colorado doesn’t have a Republican senator. He must have been a Democrat.

KG: No. You must be mistaken. A Democrat would never do that.  Democrats have respect for women and female reproductive freedom. They aren’t part of the partisan war on women waged by Republicans.

MI: Yes. Of course.

KG: And another time a colleague brought me into his office.  I thought he was going to discuss a bill.  But instead he sat me on his couch and started pulling my dress up.  “Trust me” he kept saying.  “I’m a senator.”  Well he had me.  I was taken against my will and violated sexually.

MI: Who was this?

KG: I don’t remember. He was a Republican from Connecticut.

MI: Again, Connecticut doesn’t have a Republican senator. He must have been a Democrat.

KGIsn’t that just like right-wing bloggers such as yourself.  Always trying to make partisan points instead of talking about the important things, like Republicans and their medieval attitude towards women. It’s a war.  They want all woman barefoot, pregnant and tied to the stove.

MI: I don’t think  that is quite accurate.

KG: Oh and I almost forgot. One time a senator said I looked “chipper.”

MI: Chipper?  Is that all?

KG: Yes but it’s the deeper meaning of chipper that bothers me. He called me chipper because he didn’t think of me as an equal.

MI: Right. I suppose you don’t know who this was either?

KG: Oh yes I know who it was.  It was Marco Rubio.  A Republican.

MI: Right.

KG: So typical of Republicans.

MI: Well that’s about all the questions I have time for.  

KG: Are you dismissing me?

MI: Um, well, I guess you could say that.  The interview’s over.

[Gillibrand starts yelling.]

KG: You Republicans are all alike.  You use women and toss them aside.

MI:  Jesus all that’s happening is the interview is over.

[Gillibrand starts to unbutton her blouse.]

KG: I’m going to have to sleep with you aren’t I?  I am tired of being used by right-wingers!

MI: Right  Bye.

KG: Please. Please. I beg you. Don’t leave me.

And that was the interview.  The bitch is crazy.


New York Government Tries To Force Christian Farmers To Host Same-Sex Marriage


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We have covered this issue before on Political Realities. Our government seems insistent on forcing the homosexual agenda down our throats at a rapid pace. We have seen this happen, time after time. Homosexual couples want to get married. They then proceed to accost Christian business owners, attempting to force them to participate in their perverted version of marriage, providing services to a wedding they can not agree with, in good conscience. We are told that this is not really happening, but OK Politechs has a list of several times this has happened. We can now add one more instance of Christian business owners being sued, fined, and otherwise punished for acting on their beliefs. It comes to us from New York.

The Daily Signal – Here’s the back story. In 2012, Melissa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy contacted the Giffords to rent the family’s barn for their same-sex wedding ceremony and reception. Cynthia Gifford responded that she and her husband would have to decline their request as they felt they could not in good conscience host a same-sex wedding ceremony at their home. The Giffords live on the second and third floor of the barn and, when they host weddings on the first floor, they open part of the second floor as a bridal suite.

The Giffords have owned and operated Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York for over 25 years. Like many small farm families, they often open the farm to the public for events like berry picking, fall festivals, and pig racing.

They also open their home for weddings and receptions. When the Giffords host weddings, they are involved in every aspect of the wedding planning and celebration: they greet and drive guests in their farm trolley, decorate the barn, set up floral arrangements, arrange fireworks displays, and provide catering. As the Human Rights Commission ruling even points out, “the only wedding-related service Liberty Ridge Farm does not offer is providing the official for the wedding ceremony.”

As many brides know, planning a wedding requires hours of careful work to organize in order to pull off the celebration—hours during which family businesses operating venues like the Giffords’ actively participate in the weddings they host. The Giffords believe that as free citizens running a business, they should have the right to decline to participate in an event that does not reflect their values.

Unfortunately, New York’s Human Right’s law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation thattrump the rights of business owners. Because the Giffords’ family farm is open to the public for business, New York classifies it as a “public accommodation” and then mandates that it not “discriminate” on the basis of sexual orientation.

Of course the Giffords were not engaging in any insidious discrimination—they were acting on their belief about the nature of marriage. They do not object to gay or lesbian customers attending the fall festivals, or going berry picking, or doing any of the other activities that the farm facilitates. The Giffords’ only objection is to being forced to abide by the government’s views on sexuality and host a same-sexwedding. The Human Rights Commission has now declared this historic belief about marriage to be “discrimination.”

The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discrimination re-education classes and procedures for their staff.

Now, I know perfectly well what the response will be from the supporters of same-sex marriage. They will say a business owner has no right to insert their religious beliefs into their public life as a business owner. We have heard that line of illogical thinking before. It is how they always justify trying to force a business owner to go against their beliefs. Isn’t it funny how those business owners always seem to be Christians?

Anyone who says Christian business owners have no right to express their religious beliefs in how they conduct their business is far off the mark. Christianity is not something we wear, only when at home or at church. It is part of who we are. To be expected to cast that off, just because we own a business, is ludicrous. To claim it is discrimination to refuse to host or participate in a same-sex marriage because of our religious beliefs is even more ludicrous.

How much longer must our Christian beliefs be assaulted, before we realize Christianity really is under attack in America? They are seeking to marginalize Christians in every way possible. In lawsuits and rulings such as the one evidenced in New York, they are trying to criminalize the way we act on our religious beliefs. Maybe we should remove our heads from the sand and realize just how serious this assault on our religious freedom really is.


#Ferguson: Autopsy Shows all Shots Fired From Front


In more #Ferguson news, another piece of the leftist narrative, that Michael Brown was shot in the back, has been debunked.  SooperMexican has more…

From the New York Times [emphasis added]:

Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.

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One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.


Funny, Funny, Funny: New York City Bus Passenger Schools Angry Female Passenger, Hilarity Ensues


It seems a passenger in a wheel chair delayed a New York City bus. A female passenger is angry because she is going to be late. Listen to the guy, also a passenger, explain why the bus is late, and give her several suggestions as to what she can do about it. Hilarious. This is so New York.

Here’s a small snippet of flavor: (Obvious Language Alert)

New York City Bus Passenger Schools Angry Female Passenger
New York City Bus Passenger Schools Angry Female Passenger

You know what it is? You upset because you got a bulls**t a$$ job, and you late to your bulls**t a$$ job. You can’t buy a car, so you got a bulls**t a$$ job…Ask your boss for a raise, by a car. You won’t have to ride the f**king bus.



Middle School Girls in NY Forced to Ask for Lesbian Kisses as Part of ‘Anti-Bullying’ Lesson


school_crossing_signOf course, for the left, “anti-bullying” lessons would involve bullying children-it’s too predictable.  In a NY Middle School, 13-14 year-olds were forced to ask one another for a lesbian kiss, because that somehow prevents bullying.  Christian News, via Gateway Pundit has more…

A recent anti-bullying presentation at a middle school in New York that focused on homosexuality and gender identity has angered parents after their daughters have come home to tell them they were forced to ask another girl for a kiss.

According to reports, the session occurred last week at Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, New York, near Poughkeepsie. A group of students from Bard College led two workshops for the youth, separated by gender.

During the workshop for girls, the 13 and 14-year-olds were told to ask one another for a lesbian kiss. They were also taught words such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.”

Parent Mandy Coon told reporters that her daughter was very uncomfortable with the exercise.

“She told me, Mom, we all get teased and picked on enough; now I’m going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,’” she lamented.

Coon stated that she was especially irate over the matter because parents were given no warning about the presentations, nor an opportunity to opt out.

Now, if Christians students were talking about Jesus, even if it wasn’t part of a curriculum, and a lesbian student felt “very uncomfortable,” it would be bullying, and the students involved would be censored, if not punished.  However, because the school district decided the indoctrinate children and desensitize them to homosexuality, it’s “education.”  And if they feel bullied by it, then they are bullies.

Oh, and you parents, you have no right to argue, complain, or open your mouths.  According to the leftists…

All your children are belong to us. 

Because the liberals say so!


de Blasio Announces Five-Year Plan for New York City

My new economic plan will collective the city!

My new economic plan will collectivize the city!

Bill de Blasio, the mayor-elect of New York City has announced a five-year economic plan to revitalize the city.

“My New Economic Policy is what this city needs to move forward” declared de Blasio.

Naturally this will entail change and change will always be painful to the entrenched capitalist interests.  The first part of the plan will a necessary decree on property. Under this decree stores in New York City will be collectivized.  Store proprietorship will be abolished forthwith without any compensation to the capitalists.

de Blasio then gave the details of his progressive economic plan.

  • Stores and church land and everything pertaining thereto shall be placed at the disposal of the property committee of the New York City Soviet Peasant’s Deputies.
  • All damage to confiscated property, which henceforth belongs to the whole people, is proclaimed a grave crime punishable by the citizen’s revolutionary courts of New York City.
  • Private ownership of stores, condos and apartment buildings shall be abolished forever.
  • Persons who suffer by this property revolution shall be deemed to be entitled to public support only for the period necessary for adaptation to the new conditions of life.
  • High-level stores shall not be divided up but shall be converted into model stores to be turned over for exclusive use to the City or to the communes depending on the size or importance of such stores.
  • The question of compensation shall be examined by the City Soviet Peasant’s Deputy Committee.
  • The employment of hired labor shall not be permitted.
  • Peasants who owing to old age or ill health are permanently disabled and unable to cultivate former property of capitalists shall lose the right to the use of it but shall be entitled to receive a pension from the city.
  • All property when alienated shall become part of the City property fund.
  • Should the available property fund in a particular district prove inadequate for the needs of the local population, the surplus population shall be settled elsewhere.
  • Resettlement shall be effected in the following order:  landless peasants desiring to resettle, then members of the commune who are of vicious or capitalist habits, deserters and so on, and finally by lot or agreement.

“This plan shall ensure a dominant future for our beloved city” said de Blasio.

By eliminating private property we shall eliminate the class struggle.  What could possibly go wrong?

The New York City Soviet Peasant’s Deputy Committee shall have its first meeting next week.

Original Post: Manhattan Infidel


Global Warming Alert: Parts of US get 30 Inches of Snow Over Memorial Day Weendend!



I usually don’t do much political posting on Memorial Day, but in some parts of the lower 48, residents are having their holiday barbecues in snowdrifts!   Global warming must be up to it’s usual tricks! The Atlantic Wire has more…

According to Weather Underground, a couple of other mountain peaks in Vermont reached 18 inches of snow, while some towns with higher elevations clocked in at about 7 inches of snowfall this weekend. To figure out how unusual the snowfall this weekend was, Weather Underground had to go back to 1816:

Most famous of all cold and snowy late season events would have to be the infamous 1816 ‘Year without Summer’ and the snowfall in June that occurred in the eastern U.S. and Canada. Between June 6th and June 8th accumulating snow was observed as far south as the Catskills in New York (where one inch was reported) and highlands of central and northwest Pennsylvania. Snowflakes were seen at sea level as far south as ten miles north of tidewater on the Hudson River just above New York City. 

But, they note, snowfall in the north east this late in the season hasn’t been unheard of since then: the area tends to get some late season snowfall every 5-10 years. Just not nearly as much as this time.

So, let’s insert this into the global warming/climate change The Big Lie model…

Human activity, in burning fossil fuels, is causing the earth to warm, and warming causes more cold and snow.  If you disagree with that, you’re stupid.  The science is established, you know!

Here is video…

So, they have to go back to the 1816 “year without a summer,” to find a similar weather event.  Apparently, those racist white guys that founded this country must have had SUV’s in order to make the Earth warmer, so it could get colder.  The science is established, don’t ya know?


Gun Control by Default: Make Them too Expensive to Own



I’ve often noted that while liberal love to ban things, like guns, God, the Bible, large soda’s, and salt shakers. They are just as apt to make the targeted item so expensive that that only a few people can afford them.  Typically, the people able to afford said items will be themselves, and their donors/supporters.  Of course, de-facto gun control could be achieved by that same means.  For the latest example of that, let’s go to Gateway Pundit…

A bill proposed by New York Democrat Felix Ortiz will force gun owners to carry one million dollars in liability insurance.
Guns Save Lives reported:

From, A bill was introduced in the State Assembly by Felix Ortiz (D-Brooklyn) that would require citizens of New York to acquire liability insurance as a condition to gun ownership.

Bill S2353 will require all gun owners in NY to obtain and “continuously maintain” insurance coverage of at least $1 million, or they will suffer “immediate revocation of such owner’s registration, license and any other privilege to own” a firearm.

If the citizen fails to obtain the insurance, then by simply owning the firearm, they will be in violation of the law.

It is estimated that the required $1 million liability policy would cost a holder $1600-2000 annually.

If the bill is passed, gun owners will have 30 days to get the insurance.

Jim Hoft, who still hasn’t linked this site, has more, including the actual text of the bill. 

Of course, this has nothing to do with crime, mass shootings, or has any actual value, other than to punish law abiding gun owners, and prevent many of them from being able to afford a firearm.  Then again, gun control has nothing to do with crime-it has everything to do with control.


Setting the Stage: Making Criminals out of Law Abiding Citizens



I think we might be seeing a coordinated effort to make criminals out of law abiding citizens.  For the set up, Gateway Pundit has more…

This is not a coincidence. It is a concerted effort.

Missouri Democrats are pushing a bill to confiscate guns giving gun owners 90 days to turn in their weapons.
Minnesota Democrats are pushing the same bill.

Dana Loesch has more details.

Here is the language:

4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:

(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;

(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or

(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.

5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.

Then there’s this…
Minnesota Democrats are pushing similar legislation using nearly identical language as the Missouri bill.

MN H.F. No. 241, as introduced – 88th Legislative Session (2013-2014)
Posted on Jan 31, 2013

Any person who, on February 1, 2013, legally owns or is in possession of an assault weapon has until September 1, 2013, to do any of the following without being subject to
prosecution under Minnesota Statutes, section 624.7133:

(1) remove the weapon from the state;

(2) surrender the weapon to a law enforcement agency for destruction;

(3) render the weapon permanently inoperable; or

(4) if eligible, register the weapon as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 624.7133, subdivision 5.

EFFECTIVE DATE.This section is effective the day following final enactment.

Basically, these laws stand to turn thousands of law abiding citizens into criminals.  Considering the popularity of “ugly guns,” the number could be in the tens of thousands.

Now let’s consider the consequences.  It seems that there are simply quite a few people that are flatly refusing to comply with these laws.  Here is what was discussed when NY passed their new restrictive law…

After Democrats in New York rammed a sweeping assault on the right to keep and bear arms through the legislature that failed to exempt police officers from the draconian restrictions, gun owners and even some lawmakers are planning what has been dubbed potentially the largest act of civil disobedience in state history. According to news reports, gun rights activists are urging everyone to defy far-left Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new registration mandate while daring authorities to “come and take it.” 

Preparations are already being made for mass resistance. “I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,’’ said President Brian Olesen with American Shooters Supply, among the biggest gun dealers in the state, in an interview with the New York Post.

Threats of imprisoning gun owners for up to a year and confiscating their weapons are already being issued by governor’s office, headed by a rabid anti-Second Amendment extremist who suggested before the bill passed that “confiscation” of all semi-automatic rifles was being considered. If tens or even hundreds of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens refuse to comply, however, analysts say New York would either have to start raising taxes and building a lot more prisons, or give up on the scheme that experts say will do nothing to reduce violence and that lawmakers say is aimed at eventual confiscation

So yes, different states are engaging in gun confiscation.  We, as a people, are divided as never before, and the spirit of freedom against tyranny is at an all time high.  The real question is if the governors of these states  are willing to imprison or even kill, tens of thousands of their own citizens?  I would say that if they are hard core liberals, they will see thousands of deaths as a small price to pay for the power they seek.

What do you think, are they intentionally trying to provoke a response, or are they naive gun grabbers?

Consider this an open thread.


What Happens When You Turn Law Abiding Citizens into Criminals?


What happens when you turn law abiding citizens into criminals?  In some cases, they refuse to play along with their new role.  For an example, check out the following video, via American Thinker…

When rights are taken away, and citizens are turned into criminals by legislative fiat, there will be eventual resistance.  In a sense, governments are setting down a showdown with the citizens whose rights are to be protected by government.  Instead, the state is setting up a situation in which not only are they stripping people of their rights, but the government will eventually have to deprive those same people of their lives to keep their new-found power.  In other words, some people are not going to take being made into instant criminals, and will not cooperate.  And, to enforce compliance with their illegal new laws, the government is going to have to use force against these newly minted criminals.

The only question is, how many people are they willing to kill to make this happen?  If history is a good teacher, the answer is millions.


Chuck Schumer Channels Nazi Germany, Goes After Americans Attempting to Escape Taxes


We’ve talked about taxes quite a bit here.  We covered that when Maryland passed a special tax on millionaires, one third of their millionaires disappeared, and the state ended up losing money.  When NY passed oppressive cigarette taxes, New Yorkers found ways to evade it, and the state missed their income projections by several country miles.  And, we covered that the early 90’s luxury tax cost tens of thousands of jobs, and then the government ended up paying more for unemployment benefits than they collected in revenue.  In short, tax increases kill jobs, and result in the creation of new and different means to evade them.

I’ve often joked that the liberals will eventually want to “build a wall” to keep people from escaping their “paradise.”  Apparently, Chuck Schumer (Douchenozzle, NY) has taken this a bit too seriously, and has proposed legislation to create a “tax wall,” of sorts.  God Father Politics has some more…

For centuries, millions of Europeans came to the United States to escape the oppression of tyrannical regimes. Others came for expanded economic opportunities. With the rise of Nazism in Germany, many Jews saw the handwriting on the wall and got out with their possessions before it became illegal to do so. Most didn’t. Gary North’s comments put a fine edge on the point:

The hypothetical Jewish family in question should have done a lot more than sew gold coins into their clothes in 1939. The head of the household should have sold his house and his business. He should have transferred all of the family’s assets to Switzerland, England, or the United States. Then he should have directed the family to pack their bags and follow their money. After August 31, 1939, this became illegal. World War II broke out.

Sen. Chuck Schumer and some of his fellow Democrats want a new law placed on the books. It’s called “Ex-PATRIOT”: “Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy.” The proposed law is in reaction to Eduardo Saverin’s decision to renounce his American citizenship which Democrats like Schumer believe is a “scheme” to “help him duck up to $67 million in taxes.”

So then, Mr. Saverin wants to escape taxes in the era of Obama’s class warfare.  Then, just as he’s about to get away, Schumer wants to consfiscate his wealth, just like the Nazis did with the Jews.

Isn’t it funny, in a tragic, history-is repeating-itself kind of way?  The administration, as well as OWS, creates the class warfare to vilify people that create wealth-just like the Nazi’s did with the Jews.  Then, Schumer proposes legislation to does just what the Nazi’s did to the Jews.  Once again, we see that the 30’s are being repeated before our eyes.

And, then again, OWS doesn’t like Jews either.

Linked at Doug Ross.  Thanks! 


New Yorkers Fight Back Against Smoking Ban


We Americans are a rebellious lot, and we definitely do not like being told that we cannot do something.  This fine tradition rears it’s head whenever the nanny state passes a new and more odious edict.  New Yorkers are no different, and seem to be waging a war against the smoking ban in that city.  Reason TV, via Big Government highlights this in a recent video…

As you can see, particularly in the case of the retired cop, New Yorkers are not taking kindly to this, and nanny staters like Bloomberg should be aware of that.  Of course, the mafia already, and I have to wonder if their tax revenue has either dropped, or failed to meet targets dues to the government creating a situation too tempting for organized crime to not exploit.


Hurricane Irene Update 8-28-11: New York is next, CH 2.0 Bunker is Soggy UPDATED


For the latest on Hurricane Irene, here is the radar image for the Northeast at approximately 1:15 AM.

As you can see, much of  Eastern Pennsylvania is in Irene’s outer bands.  As the morning continues, the storm will make it’s closest approach to NY City.  And, as you might guess, the CH 2.0 bunker is under that blotchy yellow and red.  We’re getting some wind gusts, and some steady rain, but we have power, and the Direct TV is working about 1/2 the time.

As the day unfolds, we’re getting some ideas about the scope of the storm, as well as the damage.  Here is some more from Bill Deger of Accuweather…

1:10 a.m. EDT SUN: The eye of Hurricane Irene is located just to the east of Ocean City, Md., and moving north-northeastward. Wind gusts to hurricane force (74 mph or greater) will continue to be experienced from the center north and northeastward, along with a damaging storm surge. Doppler radar estimates over 19 inches of rain has fallen in parts of North Carolina and extreme southeastern Virginia with confirmed reports as high as 15 inches.

5 to 10 inches of rain has already been recorded over the Tidewater of Virginia and parts of the southern Delmarva. Rainfall was increasing rapidly across Long Island and southeastern New York state at this hour. Some locations across eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey have already picked up 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the last 12 hours.

Power outages have had an impact on data collection across the mid-Atlantic. Over 3/4 of the Dominion Power customers in the Richmond Metro area are without power at the present time with nearly 2 million people total in the mid-Atlantic in the dark.

Rain bands moving onshore across the Delmarva, southern New Jersey, and southeastern Pennsylvania have been showing signs of rotation over the last few hours and numerous tornadoes have been reported. One tornado was reported just south of Wilmington, Delaware with another damaging 30-40 homes near Lewes, Delaware earlier in the day.

Winds have gusted to 62 mph in Cape May, N.J., 76 mph in Williamsburg, Va. and 71 mph in Richmond, Va., and to 66 mph at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, 74 mph in Elizabeth City, 70 mph in Morehead City, 74 mph in New Bern, and 88 mph at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Downed trees were blocking southbound I-85 near Petersburg, Va.

A gust of 115 mph was recorded at Cedar Island, N.C., which was in the northeastern eyewall at time of landfall around 8:00 a.m. Dare County Shoreline Management Commission reports that a new inlet may have been created on Hatteras Island, N.C.

Tropical storm-force winds continue to move north, and now extend from southeastern Virginia north to near New York City. Rainbands from Irene will continue to cause severe flooding and may even spawn a few tornadoes.

If I lose power, I won’t be able to post.  I will try with my “smart phone,” but for a smart phone, it rides the little bus.  I don’t think it’ll happen, so I hope I don’t have to find out.

On a more whimsical note, many people have been mistakenly thinking that “Irene” is “Eileen.”  Let’s set the record straight…

Yes, I know people are making parodies for Irene, but let’s remember the classic song.

BTW, it took me nearly 45 minutes to post this-it should not have.  The six-year-old Dell froze a bunch of times.  Hit the freaking tip jar!

Update 2:30 AM:  The wind and rain is picking up here.  Otherwise, we’re still in business.  Also, here is a title for a blog post…

Global Warming Kills Florida Surfer UPDATE: Thousands Without Electricity or WiFi; Bloggers Hardest Hit by Storm UPDATE: New York Braces for Irene; Women, Minorites, NFL Fans Hardest Hit

That’s simply magical.


Historical Perspective: New England Hurricane of 1938


Since Hurricane Irene will be striking towards New York City, and then further north into New England, it’s worth taking a look at another notable storm that hit the same area.  Before Hurricanes were given names, a killer storm hit that area in 1938.  Here is some newsreel footage, via the Wall Street Journal…

Here is another video. It is much longer, with more extensive footage of the disaster. However, the entire second half is a propaganda piece for the New Deal Era WPA.

Obviously there are two significant differences between then and now.  One is that Irene is not as powerful as the 1938 storm.  Also, modern detection and warning systems have allowed us to track Irene from it’s inception as a tropical wave of the coast of Africa.  In fact, Henry Margusity from Accuweather was calling for the possiblibilty of an East Coast storm since the 17th…

The system to watch is the one off Africa. That system will move across the Atlantic and northern Caribbean, and I believe it will become a hurricane. It will be either Irene or Harvey depending on what happens with the first system in the Caribbean.

Now I am going to stick my neck out and say that folks from Florida to New England need to be watching what is going on with this system. The path and upper-level pattern will take the storm, not into the Atlantic but toward the East Coast of the U.S. by late next week. I don’t think it’s a Gulf of Mexico storm, but one that could just plow into the Southeast or even come up the I-95 corridor. Again, I don’t want to hype the situation up, but the pattern is leading to that type of a path for the storm.

Technology is going to allow for a lower loss of life.  We should be thankful for that.


Hurricane Irene Update: 8-26-11


Hurricane Irene continues of it’s course to strike the East Coast of the United States.  Here is the latest from the Weather Channel…

Here is the time frames for Irene’s impacts…

More later. In the meantime, make whatever preparations you need to make, and stay safe!