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CDC Refusing to Divulge Where 6 Patients Tested for Ebola are in the US

August 7, 2014 | Filed Under Africa, CDC, Democrats/Leftists, Ebola, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Liberals, Nanny State, New York City, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Tuesday, it was reported that the Centers for Disease Control had tested six patients across the nation for the Ebola virus. But, even as the CDC has admitted testing these six patients the agency is refusing to inform the nation about just where all those suspected cases of Ebola are located.

After some confusion on August 5 where reports seemed to indicate that there were six patients in New York being tested for Ebola, I revealed on Breitbart that, while the CDC did say there were six patients being tested, the agency didn’t locate them all in New York. It became clear that the initial stories were incorrect and that it wasn’t six in New York but six spread out across the country.
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Illinois Has Coolest July on Record, Cool Summer Leaves New Yorkers With ‘Disorders’

August 5, 2014 | Filed Under Chicago, Climate Change, Environment, Illinois, New York, New York City, Warner Todd Huston | No Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Illinois state climatologist reported on Friday that the preliminary assessment of last month’s temperatures tied the record for the coolest July in recorded history but that as the data is further quantified it will likely break the record.

State Climatologist Jim Angel reported that the statewide average temperature in July was 70.3 degrees which tied the record low set in 2009.

July started with temperatures between 4 and 8 degrees below normal throughout the Midwest
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California’s Gun Confiscation Program Based on Faulty Gun Registry

February 6, 2014 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, California, Canada, Civil Rights, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Freedom, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Law, Liberals, Liberty, Los Angeles, Nanny State, New York, New York City, Progressives, Rights, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you need any proof at all that governments in this very country intend to use gun registries as a means to track down and confiscate our firearms, California is only the latest example to prove it.

California used its registry of guns to begin a program of confiscating guns from people they claim are “criminals.”

But the system the state has devised to identify these evil-doers seems to be quite screwed up. Just ask Bakersfield resident Michael Merritt who was confronted with this roving goon squad of cops that have been cruising the state and confiscating guns from people who may or may not be guilty of owning guns in violation of “the law.”
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New York Councilwoman Blames Jews for Knockout Game Attacks

December 6, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Jews, Judaism, Liberals, New York, New York City, Progressives, Race, Racism, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Gangs of black teens (both girls and boys) have been coursing through our big cities sucker punching white people–often the aged and many times Jews–in the so-called knock out game. These crimes are happening from coast to coast and the story is always the same; black kids attacking whites without warning. But one New York Councilwoman has an explanation for it all. It’s the Jews’ fault.

Newly elected New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo of Crown Heights thinks she knows why gangs of criminal blacks are beating up whites and Jews in obvious hate crimes. It’s those darn Jews causing all her poor black constituents to feel “threatened.”

Cumbo released a letter explaining how none of this could be the black criminals’ fault and it all has to be the Jews fault because, she says, Jews in her area has been prospering and growing of late.

“Many African American/Caribbean residents expressed a genuine concern that as the Jewish community continues to grow, they would be pushed out by their Jewish landlords or by Jewish families looking to purchase home,” this racist wrote on her Facebook page.
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Reporter: ‘Obama a Disaster as President,’ NYTimes D.C. Bureau is ‘Wimpy’

October 21, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, President, Progressives, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a new recorded interview, Gay Talese, a longtime Washington reporter, was refreshingly forthcoming about the failures of the media to properly report on the Obama administration and had some very unkind things to say about both the “disaster” that President Obama has become and the “wimpy” New York Times D.C. bureau that is reporting on him.

Talese, a reporter since the 1960s for such outlets as The New York Times and Esquire, did mention in the podcast interview at Longform.org that the Old Gray Lady is a “better paper” than when he worked for it. But it goes downhill from there.

The Times, Talese says, “doesn’t have the antigovernment tone that I want.”

He had much more to say after that.
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Muslims Want to Force 9/11 Memorial Brochures to Be Written in Arabic

October 4, 2013 | Filed Under 9/11, al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, New York, New York City, Progressives, Sharia, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston


9/11 Memorial, New York City

Muslims murdered thousands of Americans on Sept. 11, 2001. Now Muslims want to force authorities that run the 9/11 memorial in New York, the one right at Ground Zero of the attacks, to reprint brochures and possibly even museum displays in Arabic.

The story came out last month in the New York Post which reported that the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a series of complaint letters to the 9/11 memorial saying that the memorial folks are “discriminating” against Muslims.

The brochures are printed in 10 different languages but not Arabic.

“Our fear is that there is a political intention behind the exclusion,” the Post says Raed Jarrar, the ADC’s director of communications and advocacy, said.
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9/11 Still Infuriates Most, But Some Want to Forget–NEVER Forget

September 11, 2013 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Islamofascism, Liberals, New York City, Progressives, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

I’ve been mulling this all day today. What should I say about the twelfth anniversary of terror attacks of 9/11/2001? I mean, everyone expects a blogger to have something to say, right?

Many people have written me to let me know that they feel I am “a good writer.” Of course, I thank them for this compliment, but sitting here all day looking at an empty word document sitting ready to be filled with my 9/11 remembrance with words coming so slowly, I practically feel that my little reputation is unearned. I’ve just found it so hard to start this piece.

But I realized why it is so hard for me to start this piece. I am still furious, feelings are still too raw, I still well up when I see video of the towers falling, my heart still stops when I see that heart-wrenching image of bodies falling from windows hundreds of feet in the air. I still get that dark feeling in the pit of my stomach, the same one I felt that morning in 2001.

It’s all still too emotional to write a mere memorial. Words fail me.
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Federal Court Says Using ‘N’ Word at Work is Illegal Even if You’re Black

September 4, 2013 | Filed Under Courts, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Liberals, New York, New York City, PCism, Progressives, Race, Racism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A court in New York has decided that even blacks should not be allowed to use the word “nig**r” at work. I have to say, at some point I have to agree with this verdict. If African Americans can oppress the free speech of white people for using the word “nig**r,” then why should they themselves be allowed to use it? If the word is bad, then it is bad no matter who uses it… right? It is a total lack of logic that has always puzzled many.

Well, a black New York businessman tried to claim in court that the infamous “N” word is a “term of endearment among blacks and that he should be allowed to say it all day long at work. A jury, though, disagreed saying that it was discriminatory no matter who said it.

Rob Carmona, President and co-founder of the East Harlem-based STRIVE–a non-profit minority employment agency–was taken to court by another African American, a woman who claimed that Carmona’s use of the word upset her and made her run to the bathroom to cry.
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‘New York Times’: Nixon Tapes Prove That Conservatives Should Give Up Principles

August 28, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, President, Progressives, Richard Nixon, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

If you want a perfect example of how the left works, not to mention another example of how the Old Media establishment is thoroughly sold out to the far left, we have but to look to an August 23 piece in The New York Times by Francis X. Clines where we are told that the Nixon tapes show that Republicans should give up their principles and accept the left’s concepts and political policies.

Clines spends most of her piece talking about the release of the last batch of tape recordings made by Richard Nixon in the White House. Nixon’s tapes are, of course, a never ending source of fascination for liberals and from time to time also reveal an interesting window into the man’s soul, so the release of this last batch nearly 40 years after the President ignominiously resigned from office–the first (and only) president to do so—is of interest.

But buried at the end of her piece, Clines also unwittingly give us a window not into Nixon’s soul but into both hers and the leftist media’s souls.
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NY Police Commish: ‘No Question’ People will Die if Stop-and-Frisk Ends

August 20, 2013 | Filed Under Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Guns, Liberals, New York, New York City, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On the August 18 broadcast of NBC’s Meet The Press, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said in direct terms that more people will face life threatening situations if the courts are successful in stopping the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program.

Host David Gregory asked Kelly directly if people will die should the policy grind to a halt.

“Well, I think no question about it, violent crime will go up,” Kelly replied.
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More Anthony Weiner Sex Texts Revealed

July 23, 2013 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, New York, New York City, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Anthony Weiner lost his seat in Congress in 2011 because he was caught exchanging sexually explicit messages (including naked photos) with a woman that was not his wife. This year he’s running for mayor of New York City but today he’s been exposed–if you will–in yet another sexting scandal..

Weiner has admitted that it is all true, too.

Here is his statement on the new allegations:

I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress. While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I’ve apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward.

Weiner may try to characterize all this as merely being part of his earlier scandal, but it appears that the dates of this sexting scandal comes after the scandal that had him ejected from Congress.

It seems clear that he continued the very behavior that caused him to lose his seat in Congress even after he lost that seat.

What has he learned? Seemingly nothing at all.

Amusingly, he went by the false name “Carlos Danger” in these newest Tweets.


Now that right there is funny

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Green Fail: New York Metra Gives Up on Hybrid Busses

July 4, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Electric, Energy, Ethics, Green Energy, Guns, Liberals, Michael Bloomberg, New York, New York City, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a reversal of greenism, Michael Bloomberg’s New York Metropolitan Transit Agency is giving up on hybrid transportation.

The city with the mayor nicknamed “Nanny Bloomberg” may be stumping for all sorts of chic, activist causes, from the campaign to rid us of our Second Amendment rights, to the elimination of trans fats in our foods, to the downsizing of soda portions, but one cause the city is souring on is hybrid busses.

The New York Post reports that the city hasn’t bought a new hybrid buss in three years and is now moving to retrofit many of the ones it has with diesel engines.

The MTA is reporting that it will retrofit 389 hybrid electric busses with diesel engines because the hybrid engines are too unreliable and too expensive to repair.

“The electric-traction motors are burning out. They’re so expensive to replace that it’ll be cheaper to stick a diesel engine in there,” a source inside the MTA told the Post.
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Mayor Bloomberg’s Anti-Gun Group Launches Ad Campaign Against Senator Mark Pryor

May 26, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Arkansas, Barack Obama, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, New York, New York City, PCism, President, Progressives, Regulation, Senate, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Living up to his promise to attack even Democrats that he deems insufficiently anti-gun, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced an ad buy to criticize Arkansas’ Democrat Senator Mark Pryor.

Pryor, who will be running for a third term in 2014, recently voted against the Toomey-Manchin anti-gun bill drawing the ire of Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.

Bloomberg’s group has announced a $350 thousand buy for a two-week campaign.

The video ad features former Democratic staffer Angela Bradford-Barnes mourning the loss of Democrat Party chairman Bill Gwatney who was shot to death in 2008 as he worked at party headquarters in Little Rock.

No motive for the shooting was ever determined by police.

In the anti-Pryor ad, Angela Bradford-Barnes mentions Gwatney’s murder and then says that she was “disappointed when Mark Pryor voted against comprehensive background checks.”
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New York Times: IRS Scandal Ignored Because of Rush Limbaugh

May 25, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, DOJ, Ethics, Government, IRS, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, Policy, President, Progressives, Radio, Rush Limbaugh, Taxes, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

There has been much speculation in the media on why Obama’s current scandal of the IRS targeting conservative groups for attack didn’t come out last year when the initial flurry of reportage on the incident was seen. Well, The New York Times thinks it has the answer: it was Rush Limbaugh’s fault.

When the IRS finally admitted these last few weeks that it had, indeed, unfairly targeted conservative groups–most especially during the 2012 election cycle–many pointed out that this targeting was being complained about for some time. But why did the scandal just break big now, in May of 2013, when stories about it go back several years?

The paper of record pondered this very question in a May 21 piece by Michael D. Shear that places the blame on Limbaugh. It’s all because of “slutgate,” Shear claims.

The Times points out that in March of 2012, Representative Charles Boustany, Jr. (R, LA) held a hearing on the IRS targeting but the story got little traction. Shear quotes several parties to the effect that it was a “dog-bites-man story” in that the media wasn’t interested in talking about Tea Party groups complaining about the IRS.

So, what stories did hold the media’s attention during Boustany’s 2012 hearing? Rush Limbaugh’s media manufactured “slutgate.”

It was during the first week of March that Rush Limbaugh ridiculed abortion mill supporter Sandra Fluke for being a “slut” because she wanted the U.S. government to pay for her contraception.

The media, of course, went into a feeding frenzy on “slutgate” to the point that Rush eventually apologized for his over-the-top characterization of the abortionist. It was all the media could talk about at the time.
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Feds Killing Off Private Bus Lines Based on Fraudulent Study

May 15, 2013 | Filed Under Bill of Rights, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chuck Schumer, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Free Trade, Freedom, Jobs, Liberals, Liberty, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The story of the coming demise of Chinatown bus lines in New York City is a tale of multiple failures in both government and the media and shows that both have a bias against entrepreneurs that kills new, start up ideas with unfair regulations, faux public advocacy, and dismal reporting.

A “Chinatown buss” was a new idea in the late 90s pioneered by Chinese immigrants in the Big Apple. These were private buses that cruised the streets looking for fares like cabs do, picking customers up at curbside, not having fixed bus stops or routes, and going where ever the customer wanted to go within a defined area of the city. Because they originated in New York’s Chinatown area, they became known as “Chinatown busses.”

Unfortunately, their success led to their downfall when nosey politicians like Senator Chuck Schumer began to take notice of them. Schumer and other New York pols began to call for a crack down on the busses and started looking to hit them with an avalanche of stifling regulations meant to “save lives.”

To assist Schumer in that jobs-killing endeavor the National Transportation Safety Bureau jumped to conduct a “study” of the safety records of Chinatown busses and purported to have found that these busses had a death rate “seven times higher” than that of other services.
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Bloomberg Assembles Leftist Cartoonists to Attack Second Amendment

May 3, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Children, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, Media, Michael Bloomberg, New York City, NRA, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is touting his newest effort to cancel the U.S. Constitution and the Second Amendment with a gathering of cartoons by 21 cartoonists who have taken a stand against our Constitutional right to self-protection.

As Bloomie has it, they are “the nation’s best loved cartoonists.” But what Bloomberg doesn’t mention is that this gathering isn’t just a bunch of cartoonists goaded to sudden action by current events, but is a list of artists many of whom are well known as left-wing activists. One is even a La Raza activist and is in favor of giving the southwestern US “back” to Mexico.

Far from just a handful of “beloved cartoonists” who found that recent events have proven that a new approach to the Second Amendment is warranted, these folks are long-time left-wingers that have attacked traditional American principals for decades.

The artists are gathered together under the rubric “Cartoonists Demand Action to End Gun Violence” as sponsored by Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
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NY Mayor Bloomberg Blames State’s Mess on Gov. Cuomo

April 8, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, Liberals, Michael Bloomberg, New York, New York City, President, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at it again, this time going off on Governor Cuomo and many other state legislators claiming they aren’t fit for any job in the private sector.

In a recent interview on a New York TV station, Bloomberg slammed the state’s legislators saying, “The average legislator who has to make policy on things that influence our lives, our kids’ lives, our future, would they ever get a job in the private sector making policy on big things? No, not a chance.”

Bloomberg also slammed Gov. Cuomo for his frequent practice of attaching a “message of necessity” to bills sent to the legislature. This practice forces quick votes on bills and prevents lawmakers from having enough time to fully consider them before being expected to cast a vote.
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Arianna Huffington Being Sued for Trashing NY Apartment

April 4, 2013 | Filed Under Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Huffington Post, Liberals, New York City, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The owner of a tony New York apartment building is suing liberal media queen Arianna Huffington for what he claims is wide spread damage to a loft she rented in Chelsea. Huffington rented the showy space to give parties and entertain business partners and guests visiting the Big Apple.

Building owner Eric Steel claims that Huffington left the 4,400 square foot, seven-story apartment in rough shape causing $275,000 in damages and he is suing to recover his losses.

According to the lawsuit, destruction ranged from “gouged, stained and otherwise damaged” walls, “scratched, punctured” wood floors, bloodied mattresses and broken appliances.
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Pro-Palestinian Group Buys Anti-Israel Ads on New York Metro

March 30, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Chicago, Christianity, Democrats/Leftists, Hezbollah, Islam, Islamofascism, Israel, Jews, Jihad, Judaism, Koran, Liberals, Los Angeles, New York, New York City, Palestinians, Progressives, Religion, Sharia, Society/Culture, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A pro-Palestinian group has commissioned a new billboard ad now appearing at some New York Metro Stations. The ads attack Israel, U.S. foreign policy, and calls for an end to “Israeli Apartheid.”

American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), an Illinois-based advocacy group, bought space at 25 stations on the New York City Transit Authority’s Metro North line and will run these placards for a month before the campaign moves to another city.

AMP calls itself “a national grassroots organization educating the public about Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage.”

The placards quote South African Catholic Bishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu: “I’ve been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa.”


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The ad also says: “Americans give Israel $3 billion per year! End Apartheid NOW! Stop U.S. Aid to Israel.”

The ad features a silhouette photo of a gun-toting soldier and a small, crouching boy surrounded by prison-like concrete walls and towers.
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Race Card: New York Times Distorts NYPD Commander’s Words

March 27, 2013 | Filed Under Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Race, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a front page story, The New York Times intimated that race was a deciding factor in how the New York Police Department determines who to stop in it’s proactive stop and frisk policy that has helped drive crime down to its lowest rate in many decades. The Times reports the words of a police commander secretly recorded during an evaluation with a patrolman but “the paper of record” distorts his words and leaves key parts of the recording out of its analysis making the commander seem to be basing his criteria solely on race.

In the March 21 piece, the Times sonorously informs readers that, “a recording suggests that, in at least one precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped,” and goes on to selectively report what is on that recording leading readers to think the policy is all about race.

This recording was played during a class action lawsuit questioning the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, a tactic that NYC officials in both the police department and city government credit for the huge drop in crime across the Big Apple. The suit also alleges that there are racial quotas in the policy that “encourage officers to stop people unlawfully.”

The Gray Lady, reports that the police commander, Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormack, urged the officer, Patrolman Pedro Serrano, to stop and frisk “the right people at the right time, the right location.”

The criteria for this policy, the Times leads readers to believe, is race-based.
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Piers Morgan: We All ‘Need The Nanny State Occasionally’

March 13, 2013 | Filed Under Bill of Rights, Britain, CNN, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Nanny State, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Socialism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

CNN’s Piers Morgan sees no reason why America shouldn’t turn into a nanny state. During his March 11 broadcast, Morgan insisted that, “people need the nanny state occasionally.”

With guest Christine Quinn, on his late evening CNN talk show Morgan lamented what he felt was a bad decision by a New York judge who shut down Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s soda ban. Morgan was all in for a politician deciding for all of us what we are and what we aren’t allowed to eat.

During the discussion, Quinn said she disagreed with banning foods saying that the focus should be on expanding choice for healthy foods not just having government “say no” to the supposed bad choices. Interestingly, Quinn is a Bloomberg ally, a Democrat, and the President of the New York City Council, yet was still arguing against this particular nanny state action.

Regardless, Morgan, a British citizen, disagreed with his guest.

“This is where I disagree with you. I think people need the nanny state occasionally. Particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas that are too big for them, you know, eating sixteen Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that that’s why so many people are on diets. That’s a form of nanny state,” Morgan said.

The CNN talker also took to Twitter to ask why Mayor Bloomberg’s nannyism is such a bad thing.

“If a Mayor can’t do things to make his city’s populace healthier – what’s the point of his job? Bloomberg’s 100% right on supersized soda,” he Tweeted on March 11.

Just as the soda ban was to kick in, New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling put a halt to the rule saying Bloomberg’s new ban was illicit because he went around the City Council to implement it.

The ban, Judge Tingling said, would “not only violate the separation of powers doctrine, it would eviscerate it.”

This is why so many Americans look askance at immigrants like Morgan. They come here and bring their socialist ideas with them from their armpit countries instead of coming here to learn how to be an American. Go back to Britain, Piers. Your socialist, nanny-state nonsense is not wanted here.

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“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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Bloomberg Businessweek Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Magazine Cover

March 5, 2013 | Filed Under Banks, Bloomberg, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Hispanics, Journalism, Liberals, Magazines, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Progressives, Race, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s media group has apologized for its February 21 cover of Bloomberg Businessweek over complaints that it used racist imagery to illustrate the feature story on the housing market.

With a title of “The Great American Housing Rebound: Flips. No-look bids. 300 percent returns. What could possibly go wrong?,” the cover illustration featured Latino and African American American caricatures awash in a sea of government money.

The image was criticized as racist by several organizations and media outlets.

Ryan Chittum of the Columbia Journalism Review praised Bloomberg Businessweek for being “edgier than its predecessor,” but went on to say that the February cover was over the line.

“The cover stands out for its cast of black and Hispanic caricatures with exaggerated features reminiscent of early 20th century race cartoons,” Chittum wrote. “Also, because there are only people of color in it, grabbing greedily for cash. It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process.”
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New York Times Complains ‘Austerity’ is Already Here ‘Killing’ Gov’t Jobs

March 1, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, President, Progressives, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Despite that no real cuts to government spending have yet occurred as a result of sequestration and that government spending is actually increasing, The New York Times is fearful that “austerity” has already come and it is “killing” government jobs.

Binyamin Appelbaum, opens his February 26 piece claiming that the federal government is already “cutting back at a pace exceeded in the last half-century only by the military demobilizations after the Vietnam War and the cold war.”

In keeping with his past support for growing government in times of economic downturn, Appelbaum went on to claim that government spending can “expand the nation’s economy, just as private sector transactions do.”

Even as Appelbaum characterized these policies as “austere,” several paragraphs down he did offer a counter point to the theme.

Total government spending continues to increase, but those broader figures include benefit programs like Social Security. Government purchases and investments expand the nation’s economy, just as private sector transactions do, while benefit programs move money from one group of people to another without directly expanding economic activity,” he wrote. (My bold)

Even with sequestration, federal spending is on track to increase by $5.9 trillion by 2023.

Appelbaum repeatedly uses the word “austerity” to describe the cost-cutting measures being considered–or merely threatened–in Washington. The definition of austerity is “enforced or extreme economy.” But proposed cuts to growth in federal spending amounts to as little as 2.3 percent. These are hardly draconian or “extreme” cuts.
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“The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it.”
–Samuel Johnson

Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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Whole Foods Apologizes for ‘Racist’ Sign Showing Obama Selling Chicken

February 23, 2013 | Filed Under Barack Obama, New York, New York City, PCism, Race, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

After many complaints, a Whole Foods store in New York City took down a sign featuring an artist’s depiction of President Obama selling whole organic chicken.

The drawing appeared on a chalk board placed on the sidewalk outside the store located at Columbus and 97th Streets on the city’s Upper West Side.

Some customers and neighbors complained that using the President’s image to sell chicken was an offensive racial stereotype.

On Thursday, Channel 4, WNBC in New York, interviewed a man that lives in the neighborhood of the store.

“There are certain things that have been used to put down black people,” Woody Henderson told reporters.
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Nanny Bloomberg Cajoles 21 Companies to Remove Salt from Products

February 13, 2013 | Filed Under Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Health, Liberals, Michael Bloomberg, New York, New York City, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On Monday, February 11, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proudly announced that he had succeeded in cajoling 21 companies to remove more salt from some food products.

Companies such as Butterball, Heinz, Starbucks, Oscar Mayer, and Kraft Foods have committed to taking more sodium out of products ranging from popcorn, to cold cuts, to breakfast sandwiches.

Bloomberg announced that 21 companies out of 24 agreed to the changes.

“These companies have demonstrated their commitment to removing excess sodium from their products and to working with public health authorities toward a shared goal — helping their customers lead longer, healthier lives,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
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Gun-Owner Outing Newspaper’s Map Was Wildly Inaccurate

January 31, 2013 | Filed Under 1st Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, Progressives, Regulation, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It was bad enough that a New York newspaper published the names and addresses of thousands of New York’s legal gun owners putting many of them in danger, but now it has been discovered that much of the information on the map was wildly inaccurate. Worse, the Journal News didn’t make any effort to verify the information it published.

When the Journal News posted the interactive, Internet map it was supposed to reveal the names and addresses of thousands of legal gun owners in the county in which the paper is published and that it did. But as it happens, the information provided by the county also contains much data that is years out of date.

As both Instapundit and HotAir reported on Tuesday, the gun permit holder information that Rockland County supplied to the paper is filled with addresses and names of people who may no longer even be among the living.
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Donald Trump Looking to Buy The New York Times?

January 25, 2013 | Filed Under Business, Donald Trump, Jobs, Journalism, Media Bias, New York City, Newspapers, The New York Times, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

There are reports that Donald Trump is looking at a new way of influencing the media, this time by trying to buy The New York Times. If he pulls it off it’ll be huuuuge.

Trump has spent years getting media attention for one thing or another. From multiple marriages, to hit TV shows, to rumors of running for President, “The Donald” has been an expert at insinuating himself into the news cycle. But now it seems he wants to write the news instead of just being written about.

Rumors abound that Trump’s making an effort to buy the paper. But he isn’t the only high profile millionaire around whom such rumors swill. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also rumored to be looking into buying the paper.

Trump’s office has refused comment on the rumors of his interest buying in the “paper of record” and so is The New York Times. But one can’t imagine that the Sulzberger family, owners of the Times, would find it a cozy fit with Donald Trump!
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Wash.Post Slams Gun Owner-Outing Paper for ‘Cowardice’

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston, Washington Post | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Now that the Journal News has removed the names and addresses of New York’s legal gun owners from its online map, at least one other newspaper is slamming the gun-outer for its “cowardice.”

In a Friday piece at the Washington Post, columnist Erik Wemple slammed the Journal News for its latest move in this gun owner-outing incident.

Wemple spared no effort to bash the statement issued by Journal News publisher Janet Hasson, calling it “cowardly” and ridiculing the conceit that New York paper used to justify its posting of the gun owner’s names and addresses in the first place.
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Gun-Outing Newspaper Removes Gun Owner’s Names From Map

January 20, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Anti-Americanism, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Gun Control, Guns, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, New York, New York City, Progressives, Regulation, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New York newspaper that made itself infamous for publishing an interactive, Internet-based map revealing the names and addresses of thousands of New York’s law abiding gun owners has now disabled the feature that allows viewers to see those names and addresses.

The Westchester area newspaper caused outrage among New York’s legal gun owners with its anti-gun stunt as the story surged across the country. Citing public safety issues, as late as last Tuesday a group of 50 current and former law enforcement officials gathered to demand that the Journal News remove the names.

As soon as the map became an issue, legislators began efforts to change the state’s laws to make it illegal to out gun owner’s names. Even though such a law has yet to be put in place, the Journal News has decided to remove the names and addresses on its own citing the “spirit” of the laws under consideration as well as a provision in the state’s latest anti-gun law that passed earlier this week.
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New York Fires Auditor Who Found Abuse of Federal Hurricane Sandy Funds

January 19, 2013 | Filed Under Budget, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, Government, Liberals, New York, New York City, Progressives, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

No good deed goes unpunished in New York as the state has abruptly cut off a contract with the independent auditor who found that the city and state had been wasting federal money meant to be spent on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

Thomas Sadowski, the fired consultant, told the Times Union that he was escorted out of the building when he visited the New York Office of Emergency Management shortly after he filed his report on November 17.

The state hired Sadowski for his extensive experience in emergency procurement management with the federal government. The certified public accountant also did similar work for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Interior’s Inspector General’s office. Sadowski also trained the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Fire Service, National Interagency Fire Center, Colorado Wildfire Academy and other government agencies.
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