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Zeldin Wants More Details Before Supporting President's Call For Military Action

Well, enough of that. Hopefully my account will be restored so I can post more than twice per day. Lots going on, and we can't depend on the likes of fox news for idiots to report it all.

Boehner’s Pathetic House Can Only Pass A One Week Funding Bill For Homeland Security

"The fact that Boehner had to rely once again on Democrats to get anything done is evidence that Republicans are completely incompetent and incapable of governing. The only reason Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats swooped in was that Boehner caved and agreed to a full funding vote next week. "

Just checked House. gov.
I see that on the early version that failed that our rep voted against it.

On Motion to Instruct Conferees: H.R. 240: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015


Feb 27, 2015

House Vote #105
114th Congress



Track Votes

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers [R-KY5] on January 9, 2015, H.R. 240: Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015.

Your representative Lee Zeldin voted Nay.
" Feb 28, 15 6:24 AM

The next thing you know, republicans will pass laws that allow lobbyists to use prostitutes to influence legislators.

oh, wait a minute....

North Carolina Legalizes Call Girls For Politicians
Author: Nathaniel Downes February 27, 2015 4:52 pm

North Carolina’s State Ethics Committee has just opened up a major problem for their state — they just made it legal for lobbying firms to purchase prostitutes to service politicians. The Committee’s determination that sex had no value and that sex between a lobbyist and politician was nothing to report or in any way questionable means that a major loophole has opened up for lobbying firms. Now lobbying firms can hire people with the explicit goal to seduce and fornicate with politicians in order to garner favor.

In other terms, lobbying firms can hire people who can offer sexual services for politicians, and they don’t even need to register." Feb 28, 15 7:33 AM

Zeldin Returns To East End During First Extended Trip Home

If 100,000 teachers and firefighters are Scott Walkers enemies, what does that tell us about his friends?

Thu Feb 26, 2015 at 05:27 PM PST
Gov. Scott Walker says dealing with protesters is like dealing with ISIS. It does not go well.

If you were for some reason expecting that CPAC would be the time and place for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-NotIndicted) to cast aside his magical cloak of generalizations and start mentioning, say, an actual policy opinion here and there, keep dreaming. Admittedly, the annual conference is no stranger to vapid speeches by Republican would-be presidential candidates, efforts that sound like they took the duller Ronald Reagan speeches, put the texts in a blender, and let every candidate choose six of the resulting snippets, but true to form the prince of all things banal managed to turn in a substanceless, grey-on-grey performance that made Sarah Palin's bold ideas on loving veterans seem innovative in comparison.

Walker did, however, manage to foul up at least once. The question he was asked was what he as president (God help us) would do about ISIS. He of course could or would not offer even the barest of specific thoughts on that, but was eager to translate his Wisconsin experiences fighting unions into presumed toughness in fighting terrorism.

“We need have someone who leads and ultimately will send a message that not only will we protect American soil, but…freedom-loving people anywhere else in the world. We need that confidence,” he said. “If I can take on a hundred thousand protesters, I can do the same across the world.”

All right, so the first part of that was probably memorized off an index card, and the second part is the usual Scott Walkerism of trying to mention his fight against unions in any context in which it can possibly be wedged in, it being the only reason any of the conservative groups he speaks to give a damn about him or even know his name in the first place. Unfortunately many observers pointed out that this sounded quite a bit like Scott Walker was comparing American protesters to ISIS terrorists.

So Scott Walker had to quickly point out that no, he wasn't saying that. He was just saying he has no idea how to handle ISIS at all, or something.

"Let me be perfectly clear, I’m just pointing out the closest thing I have to handling this difficult situation is the 100,000 protesters I had to deal with," Walker said. [...]

"You all will misconstrue things the way you see fit," he said. "That’s the closest thing I have in terms of handling a difficult situation, not that there’s any parallel between the two."

This still was not satisfactory—let's face it, it makes Walker look like a moron, or at least like someone who quite literally has no idea what to do about ISIS other than they're probably like those people who hurt his feelings, someone for whom being able to see Russia from his house would count as foreign policy notch on the belt in comparison—so it was up to his team to craft another, more formal response, less horrible response. And I defy you to find any statement by any politician that has less substance.

Governor Walker believes our fight against ISIS is one of the most important issues our country faces. He was in no way comparing any American citizen to ISIS. What the governor was saying was when faced with adversity he chooses strength and leadership. Those are the qualities we need to fix the leadership void this White House has created.

Now that's Walker-talk, right there. "When faced with adversity he chooses strength and leadership." That's how he'll beat ISIS, by so peppering them with hyper-generic catch phrases that they all kill themselves in an attempt to make it stop.

I swear, this man's entire candidacy is based on a PowerPoint presentation. Or has been cribbed from patriotic fortune cookies. Or was stolen outright from a junior high valedictorian's speech on what America Means To Them. His mind is a blank wall painted eggshell white: Gather 'round, primary voters, and watch it dry." Mar 1, 15 7:05 AM

Zeldin Wants More Details Before Supporting President's Call For Military Action

It's a minority of radical republicans in the house that oppose immigration reform; apparently its more important to them to than funding the DHS when ISIL is threatening to attack American malls and kill American people.
After failing to pass the DHS funding bill with wording that would gut the presidents immigration plan, it took Nancy Pelosi and the democrats to assure that DHS would be funded for at least another week. Then the fight starts over again. It's apparent that if the DHS shuts down, it will be because the republicans are playing politics with the safety of the country.

" Mar 1, 15 7:35 AM

Zeldin Returns To East End During First Extended Trip Home

So you do believe in practicing discrimination, since the exercise of your free will to selectively discriminate would limit the access of products and services by excluding certain sectors of the public at the discretion of the business owner based on nothing but their preference for certain races, religions and affiliations.
Selectively distributing public access to is discrimination. " Mar 2, 15 9:42 PM

Re read what I wrote- I said business owner. He didn't say whether he supported limiting access in public buildings, he said "essential services"- which leaves the determination of what is essential up to whomever controls access, which makes it a discriminatory decision.
" Mar 2, 15 10:10 PM

I don't think you know what discrimination means.
Denying access to a building to the handicapped isn't a "bad business decision"; it's a violation of the law. So is refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple, as was ruled in Colorado. What you think or believe has nothing to do with it, and to want to roll back the laws that state that would fundamentally change this country. Another radical change by the right based on nothing more than spiteful arrogance toward a minority group and the constitution that we keep hearing about.
What if we called it equal access? Would you understand that, or should we try to find a simpler description? Or is it just that you don't really understand the topic?
" Mar 3, 15 6:04 AM

Zeldin Amendment Would Allow New York To Opt Out Of Common Core

Common core is designed to develop critical thinking skills. It teaches kids to solve problems without using the short cuts and tricks to get answers without doing the work. It helps build understanding and problem solving skills." Mar 3, 15 7:23 PM

Zeldin Returns To East End During First Extended Trip Home

You can like or not like whatever you want. The law is intended to assure fairness. As long as whatever it is you don't like isn't infringing on somebody else's rights, you're free to demonstrate your bigotry as you have done all along." Mar 4, 15 6:53 AM

Officials: US report finds racial bias in Ferguson police

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson, Missouri, police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with its findings.

The report, which Ferguson city officials said would be released Wednesday, marks the culmination of a months-long investigation into a police department that federal officials have described as troubled and that commanded national attention after one of its officers shot and killed an unarmed black man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, last summer.

It chronicles discriminatory practices across the city's criminal justice system, detailing problems from initial encounters with patrol officers to treatment in the municipal court and jail. Federal law enforcement officials described its contents on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly before the report is released.

The full report could serve as a roadmap for significant changes by the department, if city officials accept its findings. Past federal investigations of local police departments have encouraged overhauls of fundamental police procedures such as traffic stops and the use of service weapons. The Justice Department maintains the right to sue police departments that resist making changes.

The city of Ferguson released a statement acknowledging that Justice Department officials supplied a copy of the report to the mayor, city manager, police chief and city attorney during a private meeting Tuesday in downtown St. Louis. The statement offered no details about the report, which the city said it was reviewing and would discuss Wednesday after the Justice Department makes it public.

The investigation, which began weeks after Brown's killing last August, is being released as Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to leave his job following a six-year tenure that focused largely on civil rights. The findings are based on interviews with police leaders and residents, a review of more than 35,000 pages of police records and analysis of data on stops, searches and arrests.

Fatal shooting of teenager sparks protests in …
A protester takes shelter from smoke billowing around him Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Freguson, Mo. …
Federal officials found that black motorists from 2012 to 2014 were more than twice as likely as whites to be searched during traffic stops, even though they were 26 percent less likely to be found carrying contraband, according to a summary of the findings.

The review also found that blacks were 68 percent less likely than others to have their cases dismissed by a municipal court judge. And from April to September of last year, 95 percent of people kept at the city jail for more than two days were black, it found.

Of the cases in which the police department documented the use of force, 88 percent involved blacks, and of the 14 dog bites for which racial information is available, all 14 victims were black.

Overall, African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, about 10 miles north of downtown St. Louis. The police department has been criticized as racially imbalanced and not reflective of the community's demographic makeup. At the time of the shooting, just three of 53 officers were black, though the mayor has said he's trying to create a more diverse police force.

Brown's killing set off weeks of protests and initiated a national dialogue about police officers' use of force and their relations with minority communities. A separate report to be issued soon is expected to clear Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, of federal civil rights charges. A state grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November, and he resigned from the department.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for the Brown family, said that if the reports about the findings are true, they "confirm what Michael Brown's family has believed all along — and that is that the tragic killing of an unarmed 18-year-old black teenager was part of a systemic pattern of inappropriate policing of African-American citizens in the Ferguson community."

In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers …
In this Nov. 25, 2014 file photo, police officers watch protesters as smoke fills the streets in Fer …
The report says there is direct evidence of racial bias among police officers and court workers, and details a criminal justice system that issues citations for petty infractions such as walking in the middle of the street, putting the raising of revenue from fines ahead of public safety. The physical tussle that led to Brown's death began after Wilson told him and a friend to move from the street to the sidewalk.

The practice hits poor people especially hard, sometimes leading to jail time when they can't pay, the report says, and has contributed to a cynicism about the police on the part of citizens.

Among the report's findings was a racially tinged 2008 message in a municipal email account stating that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because "what black man holds a steady job for four years."

The department has conducted roughly 20 broad civil rights investigations of police departments during Holder's tenure, including Cleveland, Newark, New Jersey, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Most such investigations end with police departments agreeing to change their practices.

John Gaskin III, a St. Louis community activist, praised the findings, saying, "Ferguson police have to see the light in how they deal with people of color.

"It's quite evident that change is coming down the pike. This is encouraging," he said. "It's so unfortunate that Michael Brown had to be killed. But in spite of that, I feel justice is coming."

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Zeldin Returns To East End During First Extended Trip Home

the far right is trying to distract from the republican screw up of undermining foreign policy.
They don't want to talk about it.

"Look at the shiny thing over there!"
Another non-issue that the right fabricated to distract from their treachery.

from the NY Daily News-

Un-patriot games: GOP senators' letter to Iran is a treacherous betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 12:58 AM





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Underhanded undermining

Regardless of President Obama’s fecklessness in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran, 47 Republican U.S. senators engaged in treachery by sending a letter to the mullahs aimed at cutting the legs out from under America’s commander-in-chief.

We join GOP signatories in opposing the pact as outlined, but we strenuously condemn their betrayal of the U.S. constitutional system.

The participants represented the bulk of the Republicans’ 54-member senatorial majority, vesting their petulant, condescending stunt with the coloration of an institutional foreign policy statement.

They are an embarrassment to the Senate and to the nation.
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How the executive and legislative branches come to terms in the event that Obama presents his version of a done deal to America will be of grave national and international concern. There will be no place for juvenilia, and there should not have been at this expectant juncture.


Rather than offer objections domestically in robust debate, as is their obligation, ringleader Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and his band trespassed on presidential turf by patronizing Iran’s leaders with the suggestion “that you may not fully understand our constitutional system.”
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A future President, they wrote, “could revoke” any deal not approved by Congress “with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

All true, and unquestionably not news to Iran’s leaders, who may be murderous zealots, but are by no means morons.

The plain intent was to sabotage Obama by pushing the Iranians into balking at a deal out of fear that a turn of the U.S. political wheel could doom the pact in the not-so-distant future.
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Horrendously, every member of the Republican Senate leadership signed the letter, as did GOP presidential contenders Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. Only seven Republicans showed sense enough not to go along.

The Senate and House have the power to pass judgment on an Obama pact. The two bodies need only to pass legislation claiming the privilege.

The House is set to do so, but the Senate is three votes shy of a veto-proof margin at the moment. Pushing the count over the top will be crucial to subjecting Obama’s handiwork to the considered will of America’s representatives, as is sanctioned by the Constitution.

Quite possibly, Senate Democrats will block review of what would be the most consequential treaty entered by an American President in many a year.

While the Democrats would be grossly wrong to prevent congressional oversight of an agreement that promises to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East and endanger Israel, the process should play out as envisioned by the Founding Fathers, not as executed by faith-breaking frauds.

" Mar 10, 15 7:01 PM

Grifters Gotta Grift: 'Tehran Tom' Cottons Up To Defense Industry
By Susie Madrak

So this cotton-picking Iran-letter-writing traitor is really sucking up after those fat defense campaign contributions! We are so very surprised! Via Lee Fang at the Intercept:

[...] Cotton will appear at an “Off the Record and strictly Non-Attribution” event with the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors.

The NDIA is composed of executives from major military businesses such as Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, ManTech International, Boeing, Oshkosh Defense and Booz Allen Hamilton, among other firms.

Cotton strongly advocates higher defense spending and a more aggressive foreign policy. As The New Republic’s David Ramsey noted, “Pick a topic — Syria, Iran, Russia, ISIS, drones, NSA snooping — and Cotton can be found at the hawkish outer edge of the debate…During his senate campaign, he told a tele-townhall that ISIS and Mexican drug cartels joining forces to attack Arkansas was an ‘urgent problem.'”

On Iran, Cotton has issued specific calls for military intervention. In December he said Congress should consider supplying Israel with B-52s and so-called “bunker-buster” bombs — both items manufactured by NDIA member Boeing — to be used for a possible strike against Iran.

Asked if Cotton will speak about his Iran letter tomorrow, Jimmy Thomas, NDIA Director of Legislative Policy, said, “[M]ost members…talk about everything from the budget to Iran…so it’s highly likely that he may address that in his remarks.” According to Thomas, the Cotton event was scheduled in January, “but certainly we bring people to the platform that have influence directly on our issues.”

Here's the kind of teabagger scoundrel Tom is. Despite his Harvard Law degree, he proposed this blatantly unconstitutional law back when he was still in Congress, because FREEDOM:

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Wednesday offered legislative language that would "automatically" punish family members of people who violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, levying sentences of up to 20 years in prison.

The provision was introduced as an amendment to the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013, which lays out strong penalties for people who violate human rights, engage in censorship, or commit other abuses associated with the Iranian government.

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Cotton also seeks to punish any family member of those people, "to include a spouse and any relative to the third degree," including, "parents, children, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, grandparents, great grandparents, grandkids, great grandkids," Cotton said.

"There would be no investigation," Cotton said during Wednesday's markup hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "If the prime malefactor of the family is identified as on the list for sanctions, then everyone within their family would automatically come within the sanctions regime as well. It'd be very hard to demonstrate and investigate to conclusive proof."

Oh, and Jonathan Chait calls him "the perfect Republican."
" Mar 10, 15 7:04 PM