Saturday, January 23, 2010

True News Sunday Update: Opposition to Terror Trials in New York Building

Corporations Have Free Speech But Not New Yorkers

Police can to a man's home and arrested him for writting “The Jerk,” about three inches high, on a campaign poster for James P. Molinaro, the Staten Island borough president. Edward Kerry Sullivan had also letters to a newspaper and public officials, criticizing the borough president’s plans to develop part of the Staten Island waterfront. Annoying a Politician and Ending Up in Cuffs -

NYT Editorial Rejects the Ethic Bill Pasted by Legislature
Daily News Also Calls Albany Hypocrits
"Senator Liz Krueger, a Democrat from Manhattan who voted for the bill, told her colleagues, “We need to not pat ourselves on the back that much because we have further to go.”

Actually, they should not congratulate themselves at all. Gov. David Paterson was right to threaten to veto the bill, and if the Legislature sends it to him, he should do just that." Governor Paterson’s Turn on Ethics

The NYT is going after what Albany always does when it come to ethics pass weak bills full of loop holes. In 2005 the the legislature and good government groups worked together with then senate majority leader Bruno to pass an ethic bill that allowed him to steal the state blind. What the NYT editorial did not explore was why the good government groups so blindly follow what the pols want. Perhaps they should look into who funds these groups as Paterson suggested.

The NYT wants Albany to: 1) limit the use of campaign money, 2) Give the attorney general authority to enforce campaign finance laws, 3) more disclosure about the private businesses of legislators, 4) The ethics bill should create a more independent overseer for all of Albany, 5) establish public financing of campaigns, as in New York City and 6) create a nonpartisan commission on redistricting before the election this fall. In the past Albany has ignored the NYT and all the newspaper editorial as True News has reported on before The Audacity of Bruno's Corruption: Editorial Board Outrage Over the Years Leads Nowhere It is a good sign that they are going after Manhattan reformers who have become enables of Albany corruption *** Slimeball ethics: Legislators turned ethics bill into just another cynical political ploy *The Governor the Legislature and Reform (Queens Tribune

Charter Hypocrisy
H is for: Hypocrisy, one thing at which anti-charter school legislators excel " By killing a charter school expansion last week, the state Legislature blew New York's shot at $700 million in federal aid and denied thousands of parents the ability to choose better schools for their kids MORE H CHARGES Hiram Monserrate fires back against fellow Democrats, Sen. Eric Schneiderman calling them hypocrites

Sunday News Update Paterson tries to smoke out 'challenger' Cuomo
The Trouble with Barack (Newsweek) *** Starting Over: Can Obama Revive His Agenda? (Time Magazine) *** How Democrats Can Win Again - David Plouffe, Washington Post *** Source says Andrew Cuomo will announce plans to run for New York Governor in March *** Andrew Cuomo, eyeing up New York governor's chair, has built up credentials, connections *** Monserrate fires back, calls fellow Dems hypocrites *** Scott Brown: The Message is People First *** Pol's sins of the 'flash' Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's SUV was seen last week zooming through red lights *** Bernanke's Got Backers *** Obama: I am Scott Brown *** Obama Administration's Christmas Day Negligence - Washington Post Sunday Shows TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads *Fox News Sunday Panel | This Week, MTP Roundtables** xelrod, DeMint On 'This Week' .. Jarrett, McConnell On 'Meet The Press' .. Gibbs, Cornyn On Fox *** President Obama's Top Political Adviser Said 'No Regrets' After President's First Year in Office (This Week) *** Senators Menendez and DeMint on Massachusetts (This Week) *** Roundtable: State-of-the-Union Reboot? (This Week)

Open Source Democracy Are bloggers the new legislative watchdogs?

Is There A 18 Minute Gap Also?
Patrick J. Buchanan said the AIG notes should be burned SEC Mulled National Security Status For AIG Bailout Details

Opposition to Terror Trials in New York Building

The president has reacted to the Boston Tea Party vote by attacking Wall Street, the Supreme Court ruling on giving the corporations the right to spend what they want and having hamburgers with the guys. Obama Sharpens His Populist Tone

Perhaps he should also look at what some pollsters think Brown won the campaign on. His opposition on the presidents terrorism policies. During the campaign, Brown repeatedly railed against criminal trials for terrorism suspects, took out a television ad opposing giving “rights to terrorists who want to harm us” and declared that he did not view water-boarding as torture. In his nationally televised victory speech Tuesday night, the senator-elect seized on the issue again.“I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation - they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime,” Brown said. “In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.”Brown a 'game changer on terrorism? (Politico) * Obama targets New York Obama seems intent on destroying Wall Street -- and, with it, New York. Amazingly, the state's congressional delegation appears quite happy to let him.*** Try Devil's Island instead: Terror trial doesn't belong on Governors or Manhattan *The administration reacts to the Community Board 1 vote to more the trial off Manhattan island by spinning money for Anti-terror $$ for city * As Terror Trial Security Details Emerge, Push for Governors Is. Grows * Video: Chinatown Residents Furious Over 9/11 Terror Trials * Lower Manhattan Community Board Recommends Holding Terror Trials Far Away from *** Not in My Neighborhood! Lower Manhattan Residents Fuming Over Terror Trial NBC New York

Can New York Survive the Trials and Obama War on Wall Street?
NYC's unemployment higher than country, state (Queens Crap) *** Wall Street faces pain from buyout cutback *** New York Governor Paterson defends Wall Street bonuses

Stuy Town: Which Family Controls the Pension Money The pols allow the developers to change Stuy Town from a housing development to aWall Street investment. Tishman's teetering Two Powerful New York real estate families are fighting over who will own and run Stuy Town * Stuy Town creditor seeks to fire Tishman as manager * Helmsley brokerage shut How the developers mugged a housing development as told by True News Stuy Town & Peter Cooper VillageWall Street Hijacks Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for Stuy Town. The investors in Stuy Town got $1.5 billion from Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac. Now we hear that the tax payers will pay for Fannie, Freddie Losses May Hit U.S. - Wall Steet Journal ($) Now the city is in the mortgage business to bail out good investors who have lost billions in investors and pension funds? Who decides who a good investor? City entering the mortgage business

Campaign Puppet Masters Get Stronger Obama Blasts Supreme Court Ruling *** 24 States’ Laws Open to Attack After Campaign Finance Ruling *** Executives Urge Public Financing for Campaigns *** Justices Turn Minor Movie Case Into a Blockbuster *** Court Strikes Down Vital Restrictions on Corporations - Boston Globe *** Court Vindicates Proper Understanding of 1st Amendment - OC Register *** Obama in weekly address: Hits Supreme Court campaign finance ruling *** Free Speech for Corporations - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune *** Court Strikes Down Vital Restrictions on Corporations - Boston Globe *** Court Vindicates Proper Understanding of 1st Amendment - OC Register

Election 2010 Harold Ford gets dissed by Sen. Bob Menendez *** Ford's Focus: Don't Allow Bay State Repeat - Jason Riley, Wall St. Journal *** Ford homage to 'Boss Vito' *** Ford could use an idiot's guide: Harold Ford Jr. doesn't seem to understand New York *** Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's top 15 cases since 2007 *** Q&A: Andrew Cuomo brings it back home
Gov of La Mancha Albany E.J. McMahon Grading the gov's budget *** Gov's top election mouthpiece quits *** Top adviser to Paterson, resigns after less than a year *** State Won’t Publish Race to the Top Application (GothamSchools)

Inside City Hall
Lisberg: Morgy's finance guru takes paycut for Cy *** Playing with fire: Judge is right about FDNY discrimination, wrong about the cure *** School painters spill their guts on chem peril *** Dreams of Taking the N to LaGuardia (Second Avenue Sagas) *** Nolitan hotel violates area zoning, DOB says
New York Economic Melt Down New Yorkers will suffer most if health reform fails *** Living in NYC - on a boat! Cheaper than buying an apt.?
*** Saturday MTA throws subway riders under the bus *Revised M.T.A. Plan Would Spare Some Routes and Cut Others**Joe Lieberman says he may back a Republican for Senate - *** Brooklyn Hts. Montessori to Close Its Little Room
*** JetBlue headquarters decision pending The Queens-based airline says it will decide within several months whether to relocate its corporate headquarters to Orlando, Fla. *** A City Personal Income Tax Hike, via Albany (NY Fiscal Watch)

Law and Order
Serpico on Serpico *** 3 Are Stabbed, One Fatally, Outside Times Square Club *** He stabbed gal pal, kids more than dozen times each: cops *** Daly: Son lives life for Brooklyn cop, shot in '90 *** Arrest Made In Hell's Kitchen Homicide
More City News
Off-duty firefighter saves pair *** WTC Memorial Waterfall Tested At Brooklyn Yard *** Why Staten Island is Mocked (Slate) *** Jamaica High May Close, but Memories Will Live On *** A really dope ride: $100 buys you spin in limo - and some pot
New York Jets Jets have Super opportunity to win spot in New York sports history in AFC title game *** L.I. Jets fan takes obsession to a new levelTerrorism Report: New bin Laden tape emerges claims responsibility for an attempt to blow up a plane en route to Michigan on Christmas Day and warns the United States of more attacks ***Osama behind X-mas Day bombing attempt: report *** Al Qaeda Readies Women for Attacks
*** Saturday
Queens 'terrorist' spilled his guts: feds *** Making license plates and terrorists *** Airlines on board with O *** C.I.A. Deaths Prompt Surge in U.S. Drone Strikes *** Simulators Prepare Soldiers for Attack *** Plot Suspect Implicated Himself, Officials Say *** 'Lady Al Qaeda' booted from trial ... again *** Tough Questions for Holder on Abdulmutallab - Byron York, DC Examiner *** Obama Administration's Christmas Day Negligence - Washington Post *** Effects of London Terror Alert on NYC *** India Sees Terrorism Threats *** Foot on Bomb, Marine Defies a Taliban Trap *** Underwear clown's arrest revealed *** Schumer Seeks Visa Limits For People From "Dangerous" Countries

Haiti More Than 150,000 Have Been Buried, Haiti Says *** Miracle after search efforts end: Man found *** Haiti’s Homeless Need Tents, Aid Groups Say
*** Saturday
Haiti quake death toll reaches more than 111,000 *** Haiti’s Aftershocks Felt at a School in New York *** Telethon: Celebrities Go Low-Key *** Government Said to Declare Rescue Over *** Elderly woman rescued alive from collapsed home in Haiti *** Stars Come Out for 'Help for Haiti Now' Telethon (WNBC) *** Aid Orgs: Stop Haiti Adoptions *** Wyclef Revamps Charity *** Archbishop Dolan Arrives In Haiti For Funeral *** "Hope for Haiti Now" Telethon Raises $57M *** Haitian Survives 11 Days Under Rubble After Quake

White House Obama Moves to Centralize Control Over Party Strategy *** White House Is Confident Bernanke Will Be Confirmed *** After the Massachusetts MassacreNeither in action nor in message is Barack Obama in front of the anger roiling the country over the dysfunctional economy and corrupt business culture (Rich NYT) *** Obama Team Reunites *** Obama Turns Up Heat Over Ruling on Campaign Spending *** Gates Sees Fallout From Troubled Ties With Pakistan *** Bam calls Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling 'devastating' *** Bam calls Supreme Court's ruling 'devastating' *** Krugman Denies Interest In Fed Chair *** Massachusetts Changed Everything - Michael Goodwin, New York Post *** President Cool Gets Hot - John Heilemann, New York Magazine *** More Populism Isn't the Answer for Obama - Nolan Finley, Detroit News *** Earth to President Obama - Sherman Frederick, Las Vegas Review-Journal *** Mandate to Moderate - George Will, Washington Post *** Adviser Says Obama Is Pursuing Health Care Changes ABC News *** Obama aides dismiss shakeup talk, but enlist help Reuters *** An Independent Who Regrets Voting for Obama - Jill Dorson, RCP
*** Saturday Obama blasts Supreme Court campaign-finance ruling *** Bam plays offense *** Geithner on the outs with Obama *** Here’s How to HelpIf President Obama wants to avoid a double-dip recession caused by another wave of foreclosures, then he should do more to help keep at-risk families in their homes (NYT Ed) *** A Good Fight China’s response to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s speech calling for an end to Internet censorship showed that its government is getting nervous (NYT Ed) *** In Ohio, Obama Vows to Keep Fighting on Health Care *** Obama, With Defiant Tone, Vows to Push Agenda *** Obama vows to continue to fight against economic woes *** Obama asks Congress for new job-creation bill ***Obama, With Defiant Tone, Vows to Push Agenda - Sheryl Stolberg, NYT *** President Obama and the Long View - Sasha Abramsky, The Nation *** Obama's Cross of Arugula - Tom Bevan, RealClearPolitics *** Biden holds key talks on Iraq election dispute *** Marines End 7-Year Baghdad Stay *** Obama Calls Team From 2008 for Races in Fall *** White House caught in Dem crossfire*** Clinton years hold clues for Obama *** Biden Says U.S. Will Appeal Blackwater Case Dismissal *** Preview: What To Expect From Obama's Upcoming State Of The Union SpeechCongress How Dems May Solve Health Care Problem - E.J. Dionne, Washington Post *** What HC Debate is Really All About - James Capretta, Witherspoon Institute *** Exchange With Bachmann May Haunt Specter - Andrew Malcolm, LAT *** Democrats Consider Setting Larger Health Goals Aside Wall Street Journal *** The first senator of the reality show era *** McCain Nudges Obama Toward His Party’s Health Plans *** These Justices Are on Another Planet - Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press *** In Massachusetts Win, a Lesson on Taxes & Spending - Larry Kudlow, RCM
*** Saturday The Case for a Climate BillA bill that puts a price on greenhouse gases would benefit the environment, increase our role in the clean-energy market and improve the nation’s credibility (NYT Ed) *** Hope for change meets reality on Capitol Hill (Wash Post) *** Can Healthcare Reform Be Saved? (Nation) *** Grayson: SCOTUS Decision "Worst Since Dred Scott"(Mother Jones *** Lieberman says he may back a Republican for Senate - *** Senator-elect Brown, wife share sexy modeling past *** Rep. Dingell on Dems' Healthcare Options - Ezra Klein, Washington Post *** Dems mum on how to keep pushing health overhaul *** Top Banks Waged Costly Lobbying Crusade During Financial Crisis - The Hill *** Panel receives Geithner call logs *** Wall Street's $26m lobbyists gear up to fight Obama banks reform The Guardian *** Making Sense of Political Anger - Sam Tanenhaus, New York Times

Pay to Play Congress
Biz to pols: $top calling! Dozens of current and former corporate executives have a message for Congress: Quit hitting us up for campaign cash.

Political Party Ruling Backs Palin’s Use of Private E-Mail for State Work *** Independents Are Calling the Shots - Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times *** How to Attack the Republicans - Steve Benen, Washington Monthly *** G.O.P. Seeks to Widen Field of Play in Fall Elections*** Saturday Republicans Strain to Ride Tea Party Tiger *** They Still Don’t Get ItThe Democrats seem not just helpless to deal with the crisis, but completely out of touch with the hardships that have fallen on so many Americans (Herbert NYT) *** How Democrats Can Win Again - David Plouffe, Washington Post *** Time to Hide, Liberals - Jay Ambrose, San Francisco Chronicle *** Despite Liberal Disdain, Voters Pick GOP - Meghan Gurdon, DC Examiner *** The Rejection Election Barron's *** David Plouffe - November doesn't need to be a nightmare for Democrats - *** Anger at Dems Fueled Brown Win *** Right cheers Air America's demise

Wall Street Bankers’ Sense of EntitlementBankers should stop trying to avoid paying a fee to the government for its efforts to save the economy from their reckless behavior (NYT Ed) *** More (Steve) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, JobsWe need to start an Innovation Movement to create good jobs by spawning more Steve Jobs — entrepreneurs who will invent new products and services (Friedman NYT) *** Burger King to sell beer at fast food joints *** Google Founders $5 Billion Pay Day *** Push-back stalls market rally (Wash Post)

The Naked and the Dead Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new understanding of the rhythm of American politics and why leaders have struggled in their attempts at big changes (Dowd NYT)
*** Saturday English-only at Conn. bookstore sparks controversy *** Public Employee Unions Are Sinking California - Steven Greenhut, WSJ *** Ill. House Speaker’s Public Actions Benefited Private Clients - Chicago Trib

Afghanistan Postpones Elections for Parliament *** Israel Poised to Challenge a U.N. Report on Gaza *** Netanyahu Says Some Settlements to Stay in Israel New York Times
*** Saturday Pakistan Hesitates, AgainPakistan cannot afford to give the Afghan Taliban a pass and Washington must make sure that Islamabad faces up to that reality (NYT Ed) *** Supplier Accused of Bribes for U.N. Contracts *** Drones Slam Pakistan

Environment Eco-Park to Restore Canarsie Wetlands (Freshkills Park Blog) *** A Celebrated Scout Camp on Staten Island Is in Jeopardy *** PCB toxin deal between city, feds will stir up big problems *** U.N. Climate Change Panel Was Wrong *** U.N.: Don't stop warming battle *** The Real Story Behind Glaciergate - Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph

Media and New Tech In Search of Fatter Wallets at Sundance *** A gaggle of Google bully suits *** Inglourious Basterds Wins SAG Award *** A Modest Proposal for the Media (Hackshaw)
*** Saturday GE loses Peacock pride * David Perel: How the Enquirer Exposed the John Edwards Affair ** Google guys to sell stock *** New Nielsen ratings merge shows' TV, online views *** With Kindle, the Best Sellers Don’t Need to Sell Tonight Show With Conan gone, late night TV is getting personal *** Conan O'Brien ends 'Tonight Show' and takes the higher road by thanking NBC for 20-year career *** Leno to Speak at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner *Original 'Tonight Show' host had dark side* Basically Everyone in America Watched Conan's Last Show * Conan says his last good 'Night' and thanks NBC *Conan's Last Show Spends $500,000 On Tom Hanks** See Kimmel, Letterman, and Fallon pay tribute to Conan last night *** O'Brien Ends Run On 'Tonight' Show After 7 Months (WCBS) *** Kimmel Unveils The Taliban's Catchy New Ad Campaign (VIDEO) *** Blockbuster Ratings for O’Brien’s Final ‘Tonight’ *** MSNBC President's Memo To Network Hosts: Stop Fighting With Each Other *** Pope to priests: For God's sake, learn to blog, 'friend' people!Page 6 The two John Edwardses (NYP Ed) *** Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie break up? Brangelina meet with lawyers to talk money, kids: report *** Glorious win for 'Basterds' at SAG awards 2010 *** Wintour freeze *** Annie Leibovitz’s Hollywood Covers (Vanity Fair)
*** Saturday 'Jersey Shore' stars want big bucks *** Polanski Denied Sentencing in Absentia *** Mistress of Oracle exec warned men of marriage in '04 essay *** New book: John Edwards' wife was a 'crazywoman'*** Jilted Oracle exec mistress warned men of marriage in '04 *** Perv Oscar-winner accused of faking sick to skirt sex rap *** VIDEO: Senator-elect Brown, wife share sexy modeling past *** From Baseball to Priesthood *** Fawcett's Estate Sues Documentary Maker