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Jindal: Bloomberg and Holder Are ‘Surprised We Can Tie Our Own Shoelaces’



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A particularly delicious segment of Governor Bobby Jindal’s remarks to the NRA Leadership Forum at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this afternoon:

We must not let our opponents redefine what it means to be an American, and what it means to trust in the decision making of individuals. If you want to see their vision for America, just have a conversation with Michael Bloomberg or Eric Holder — if you can stand it, that is.

They think government should pick your soft drink, your snack food, your vices, your home security system, your health insurance, your electricity source, and your children’s school. They think we’re too dumb to order pizza and too dangerous to protect our land.

They take perhaps the most pessimistic view of Americans we have ever seen from national leaders in our history. If you listen to them, you get the feeling they’re surprised we can tie our own shoelaces without government intervention They probably think that’s why we wear cowboy boots. 

Tags: Bobby Jindal , Eric Holder , Mike Bloomberg , NRA Convention 2014

Time to ‘Fold It Up,’ Mayor Bloomberg?



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“For Mayors Against Illegal Guns, if they lose even one of these seats, they might as well fold it up. And they understand that.” — state senator Angela Giron, Colorado Democrat, one month ago.

Last night, Giron and state senator John Morse both lost their seats, as voters approved the recall of the two lawmakers and elected pro–Second Amendment Republicans to replace them.

As noted below, Bloomberg spent $350,000 opposing the recall.

Tags: Colorado Recalls , Mike Bloomberg , Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Do Democrats Still Think the NRA’s Clout Is a Charade?



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Senator Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, April 11, 2013:

The NRA’s Supposed Clout Is a Charade

He was right in one sense; the NRA doesn’t spend as much as its rivals. It just gets more for its money, it seems.

Above, the illustration on NRANews.com this morning.

The NRA spent $361,703 on the two recalls.

The Denver Post, yesterday:

FOR RECALL

Total raised: $540,000

Itemized donations in Colorado: $147,000

Itemized donations outside of Colorado: $368,000

Some top donors

•NRA: $360,000

•I Am Created Equal: $56,800

•Colorado Citizens Protecting Our Constitution: $29,800

•Victor Head, Pueblo resident: $5,800

•Dianna Harris, Colorado Springs resident: $4,500

AGAINST RECALL

Total raised: $3 million

Itemized donations in Colorado: $1.5 million

Itemized donations outside of Colorado: $1.5 million

Some top donors

•Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy: $620,000

•Michael Bloomberg: $350,000

•DLCC Unincorporated Individual Acct: $300,000

•Eli Broad: $250,000

•Mainstream Colorado: $211,800

Tags: Chris Murphy , Mike Bloomberg , NRA , Colorado Recalls

Mark Pryor: I Don’t Take Orders From Mayor Bloomberg



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Boy, Democratic senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is really running scared of his vote against the Toomey-Manchin background-check bill, huh? Here’s his first campaign ad of this cycle:

Why, it’s almost as if Pryor expects President Obama’s Organizing for Action and most liberal commentators to fall in line . . . it’s almost as if he fears no challenge in the Arkansas Democratic primary . . . it’s almost as if he thinks that most Democrats give lip service to the issue of gun control, and care most about keeping folks with a “D” after their name in office.

Oh, and it’s almost as if Mike Bloomberg’s activism is actually counterproductive to the causes he prefers in the red states.

Tags: Mark Pryor , Mike Bloomberg

Bloomberg’s Big Spending in an Illinois House Primary



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Former Democratic representative Debbie Halvorson, who is running in the extremely crowded primary in the special election in Illinois’s second congressional district, tells Breitbart.com:

There’s a commercial that everybody knows about, that runs, I think every seven minutes. The mayor of New York (Michael Bloomberg), Mr. Nanny State himself, is trying to come into Illinois and buy himself a seat, and I feel it’s backfired on him. Because, everywhere I go now, I’m swarmed by many many people who are saying “you’ve got my vote.”

Halvorson is A-rated by the NRA and opposes an assault-weapons ban. The Independence USA political action committee, which is controlled by New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, is running the ad, which doesn’t endorse anyone; it just tells people to vote against Halvorson.

This is a Democratic primary with 16 candidates, and most of the highest-profile contenders are liberal, inner-city, black cogs of the Chicago political machine — in a district that stretches out to the southern suburbs. With about 15 of the Democrats competing for the same group of voters, Halvorson could well end up with the largest share of the vote on Primary Day.

Tags: Debbie Halvorson , Illinois , Mike Bloomberg , Special Elections

Bloomberg: I’m Giving Cash to Candidates, but Won’t Reveal Which Ones



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A reader had asked for more congressional-race coverage here on Campaign Spot, and so I will attempt to oblige, but note that there has been some excellent coverage of House and Senate races around NRO lately.

Today Charles C. W. Cooke examines Republican Andy Barr’s effort to unseat Democratic incumbent Ben Chandler in Kentucky’s sixth district, a rematch of one of the closest finishes in the 2010 midterms.

Betsy Woodruff looked at the Massachusetts Senate race and Elizabeth Warren’s legal work, earning big bucks defending a corporation against the claims of asbestos victims.

And in today’s Jolt, I took a quick look at New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to spend $10 million to $15 million to help out his favorite candidates, focusing most on those who strongly support gun control, a.k.a., gutting the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Mike Bloomberg’s Secret List of Favorite Candidates

New York City Mike Bloomberg likes the idea that he can send millions to the candidates he prefers and not tell anyone until he’s legally required to by the Federal Election Commission.

Now, lefties and righties may disagree pretty strongly on whether there ought to be limits on what individuals, corporations, unions, etc. can spend in advocating their causes — the Right tends to believe that if you limit the amount of money that can be used on political speech, you’re limiting speech itself — but there once had been something of a bipartisan consensus in favor of disclosure. Let everybody know who’s giving to whom, as quickly and easily as possible, and let the public draw their own conclusions about the candidates and their donors.

Instead, Mike Bloomberg likes the idea of announcing he’s spending millions, and he’ll tell you who he’s going to try to help later — after the checks have cleared.

Today Mayor Bloomberg aptly dismissed as “gibberish” the presidential candidates’ attempts to explain why American civilians have access to AK-47s. Now Bloomberg is backing up his words with his wallet. The mayor will be spending roughly $10 to $15 million to back between six and twelve candidates in U.S. senatorial, congressional, and local races — with gun-law reform Bloomberg’s main priority…

The recipients of the new Bloomberg boost will be a mix of incumbents and challengers, Republicans, Democrats, and independents.To increase the tactical edge — and to avoid turning his favorites into targets for opponents — Bloomberg won’t identify the candidates he’s planning to bolster, though the beneficiaries should become obvious as the money starts to flow. Some will get help because they’re in agreement with the mayor’s views on public education, gay marriage, or bipartisanship. The biggest issue, though, will be tightening access to illegal guns.

My buddy Cam quips, “Bloomberg’s gun control proposals are so popular he’s refusing to identify the candidates he’s giving millions.”

Tags: Andy Barr , Ben Chandler , Elizabeth Warren , Mike Bloomberg

Keeping Abreast of Nanny State News in New York



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The first Morning Jolt of the week examines former Vice President Dick Cheney’s assessement of a recent GOP running mate,  coverage of Romney’s trip to Israel, and then this bizarre development in New York City:

Mayor Bloomberg, Regulating the Space between Babies and Breasts

Remember, women, the important thing is that progressives respect you and your right to make your own choices about your body.

Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.

Starting Sept. 3, the city will keep tabs on the number of bottles that participating hospitals stock and use — the most restrictive pro-breast-milk program in the nation.

Under the city Health Department’s voluntary Latch On NYC initiative, 27 of the city’s 40 hospitals have also agreed to give up swag bags sporting formula-company logos, toss out formula-branded tchotchkes like lanyards and mugs, and document a medical reason for every bottle that a newborn receives.

While breast-feeding activists applaud the move, bottle-feeding moms are bristling at the latest lactation lecture.

“If they put pressure on me, I would get annoyed,” said Lynn Sidnam, a Staten Island mother of two formula-fed girls, ages 4 months and 9 years. “It’s for me to choose.”

Under Latch On NYC, new mothers who want formula won’t be denied it, but hospitals will keep infant formula in out-of-the-way secure storerooms or in locked boxes like those used to dispense and track medications.

With each bottle a mother requests and receives, she’ll also get a talking-to. Staffers will explain why she should offer the breast instead.

This is raising hackles outside of conservative circles. “Gothamist Executive Editor Jen Chung, mother of one, shared her mixed feelings with us: “For many women, breastfeeding is HARD, that’s why there are lactation consultants who charge like $175/private visit or $35 for a 15-minute phone call after you leave the hospital. And when the breastfeeding isn’t going well, it really makes the mom depressed. For some moms and babies, it’s easy, for others, it’s harder. I definitely think moms should give it a try for as long as they can but they shouldn’t feel like terrible mothers if they can’t or that the hospital/medical professionals won’t support them. Keeping formula ‘locked up’ is also weird — moms could just make their partners/friends buy it from the drug store.’”

Doug Johnson sees echoes of national policy to come in Bloomberg’s decision: “Hardly anyone disagrees that breastfeeding is what new babies need, and the formula (while safe and effective) does not match breast milk in providing what babies need. Still, this is the kind of bureaucratic overreach that government control of health care famous that we are in store for. Your future under Obamacare is playing out right in front of your eyes in New York City…”

Is anyone else dumbfounded that the most draconian of food and health laws are being enacted in “hey, fuggedaboudit” New York City? This is the city of pugnacious tabloids, the mafia, Archie Bunker, Tax Driver, Joe Namath – this city used to define its identity through toughness, and defiance, and independence, and disregarding authority. And now some pint-size billionaire has decided he’s the city’s healthy living messiah, sent to save us from ourselves, to use the power of government to force us to make what are considered the healthy choices…. today.

Phineas writes at Sister Toldjah’s site: “That’s the essence of liberal fascism, of the nanny-state, of arrogant would-be Czars like Mike Bloomberg: there is no limit, no point at which they say they control enough. Every minute aspect of your life –how much salt you use, how much soda you drink, how you feed your baby– is subject to the state’s direction. Every. Single. Bit.”

“Just image if the poor babies need more than 16 ounces of formula,” fears the Jammie Wearing Fool.

Tags: Mike Bloomberg

How Will Bloomberg Deal With a Union Snowplow Slowdown?



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If New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is the tough-minded, results-oriented pragmatist that his fans in the media keep telling us he is, here’s his moment to shine:

Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.

Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.

“They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.

Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department — and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan — at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.

The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said. “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.”

New York’s Strongest used a variety of tactics to drag out the plowing process — and pad overtime checks — which included keeping plows slightly higher than the roadways and skipping over streets along their routes, the sources said.

The snow-removal snitches said they were told to keep their plows off most streets and to wait for orders before attacking the accumulating piles of snow.

A public sector union just refused to perform their duties in a snow emergency to make a point about a contract. If Bloomberg has any desire to run for national office — I think he doesn’t really want to run — he has to show that he can stand up to public sector unions with unrealistic expectations.

How do you deal with a union with unrealistic expectations and no sense of duty to the public? Well, this comes to mind…

Tags: Mike Bloomberg

No Labels: No Specifics, No Coherence, No Point.



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If I didn’t know better, I would think the whole “No Labels” movement was a giant, self-parodying prank.

I tuned in to the webcast of the group’s kickoff to hear a woman saying, “You just have to look to Arizona to see extremists who are trying to divide us.” I guess I know how the group feels about the Arizona immigration enforcement law. Of course, I thought the point of the group was to stop labeling people; but I guess it’s okay to label the overwhelming majority of Arizonans “extremists.”

Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, introduced himself  “a proud Democrat… who is also proud that he grew up in a no-labels house in a proud no-labels town.” He continued to sing the joys of the label-free lifestyle in a manner that probably should make his constituents look to their shoes in shame: “The most important place I go every day is the House gym. Because there are no labels in the House gym.”

I can’t help but notice that the Republicans involved all lost primaries or fled the party: Bob Inglis, Mike Castle, Charlie Crist, Michael Bloomberg.

Tags: Charlie Crist , Mike Bloomberg , Mike Castle

Paterson: Bloomberg Is Running but Can’t Say It



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It’s unlikely he would be in a position to know, but departing New York governor David Paterson is convinced Michael Bloomberg is still thinking about running for president:

Gov. Paterson isn’t backing away from his belief that Mayor Bloomberg is keeping his options open about run for the White House in 2012, reports our Glenn Blain . . .

Paterson told WOR’s John Gambling this morning that Bloomberg’s big speech at the Brooklyn Navy Yard yesterday was just the sort of thing a wannabe presidential candidate/mayor should be doing to prepare the ground for a presidential campaign.

“He can’t say, ‘I’m thinking about it,’ because once he says he’s considering it, he gets treated like a candidate — he can’t govern as mayor,” Paterson said during his weekly spot with Gambling.”So what I think you do is you say, ‘I’m not interested,’ but you say all the right things,” the governor continued.

I suspect speeches by Mayor and Potential Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg get a lot more national attention than speeches by Just The Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Tags: David Paterson , Mike Bloomberg

Turncoat Refuses to Endorse Traitor, Cites Disloyalty



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If Mike Bloomberg Couldn’t Buy Political Offices, His Career Would Be in Trouble Now



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Today’s Jolt is more or less in the “we’re protected by the very best governing class” vein:

Bloomberg’s Probably Still Wondering if the Taliban Opposes the Health Care Bill

Yeah, anybody who picked “domestic terrorist” in the pool really should pay double now: “American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant groups could deliver at least a glancing blow on American soil.”

Bill Roggio: “The administration’s admission that Shahzad and the attempted bombing link back to Pakistan marks a departure from its early view that the attack was likely a purely domestic incident. One day after the attack, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the attack as a ‘one-off’ and ‘amateurish,’ and over the next two days administration officials continued to downplay or deny possible links to international terror groups, despite early clues suggesting such involvement . . . But evidence that the Pakistani Taliban may have played a role in the attack emerged almost immediately after firefighters and police dismantled the crudely-made bomb in Times Square on the evening of May 1 . . . The reasons for the administration’s decision to quickly discount a foreign connection remain unclear, but the end result was that partisans feuded over phantom domestic terrorists while the Taliban accepted responsibility.”

(Naturally, Bloomberg has gone from accusing health care opponents of planting the bomb to going after gun owners. He wants to keep those who are on a federal terrorism watch list from purchasing a firearm, which seems sensible at first glance until you learn that there are tens of thousands of names on the no-fly-list, and a significant number of those folks are on it because they share a name with an actual bad guy. The most famous “how did his name end up on the list” story was Ted Kennedy, but let’s put him aside since he’s actually responsible for an innocent person’s untimely death. Marines returning from Iraq have been held off planes. The controversial name: Daniel Brown. Apparently there was fear that the plane could be harmed by a wildly overhyped hack novel full of inaccurate history. And, of course, the alleged Times Square bomber actually got on the plane. Bloomberg’s idea would do nothing to restrict gun crime or hijackings, endlessly hassle innocent people, and further advance the idea that certain parts of the Bill of Rights are optional if the richest guy in New York doesn’t like them.)

Allahpundit, writing at Hot Air: “Pakistan’s reportedly pinched more than a dozen people related to the plot, most of them linked to Jaish-e-Mohammed. JeM tends to focus on attacks against India to ‘liberate’ Kashmir, which makes sense here: Shahzad is of Kashmiri descent, so he probably hooked up with them for that initially and then got steered around towards attacking the U.S. given the advantage he had in (re)entering the country. Read Roggio’s post for a brief primer on how incestuous the Taliban, JeM, Lashkar e-Taiba, and other jihadbot outfits in the area are vis-a-vis training. Oh – JeM was also the group that got in contact with the five Americans from the D.C. suburbs who went looking for jihad in Pakistan last year. Funny how they keep finding our citizens, and vice versa.”

This Politico story suggests that you can only spin near-misses as great successes so many times: “During both Q-and-A sessions Tuesday and Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s press secretary fielded more than 75 tough questions about things that nearly went awry – and about several missteps that nearly allowed the 30-year old naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan to slip the dragnet . . . Gibbs’s grilling reflects a larger dilemma of the Obama administration in selling the public on the idea that they are waging a successful war on terror – especially after discarding of the uppercase ‘War on Terror’ label coined by the Bush administration. Making that argument even harder: The increasingly unpredictable and asymmetrical nature of the evolving threat of Islamic terrorism – and the administration’s change-on-the-fly approach to fixing holes in their own anti-terrorism policy.”

In other words, maybe terrorism policy looks tougher when you’re actually making the calls at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue than when you’re writing up speeches for unions and local Democratic groups in Des Moines and Manchester.

Tags: Barack Obama , Mike Bloomberg

Everybody Who Had ‘Domestic Militia’ in the Pool, Pay Up



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In today’s Jolt, a look at the late-breaking news of the Times Square arrest . . .

Manhunt

This is how I like my counter-terrorism: No casualties and the good guys seem to be hot on the trail of the bad guys. As of this writing, we don’t know precisely who placed that car with various sundry incendiaries Saturday night, and the first 48 hours offered everyone a chance to suspect their favorite foe – Islamists, South Park critics, militia members, lone nuts, and in the case of New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, health care bill critics.  

But now, a few details are starting to come to light. Fox News informs us: “Federal authorities have identified a person of interest in Saturday night’s Times Square bomb attempt — a naturalized American citizen who was in Pakistan for several months and returned to the United States recently, investigative sources told Fox News. The latest developments seem to support investigators’ suspicions that there was a foreign connection behind the failed car bomb attempt in New York City, senior Obama administration officials told Fox News, shedding light on the growing body of evidence.”

Late-breaking update: “Authorities arrested a suspect in the attempted weekend car bombing in Times Square, NBC News’ justice correspondent Pete Williams reported early Tuesday morning. A U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, Shahzad Faisal, was arrested Monday night on Long Island, Williams reported.”

Robert Stacy McCain: “When someone pointed out that the bomb was parked near the New York headquarters of Viacom (i.e., Comedy Central), I figured the perp might be a Muslim trying to avenge the “South Park” Mohammed episode, but I didn’t blog that hunch – or anything else about the Times Square bomb attempt – because I didn’t want to jump to a conclusion in the absence of evidence. And I still don’t want to jump all the way to a conclusion. Ace of Spades notes that NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg guessed “somebody with a political agenda that doesn’t like the health care bill or something.” And who knows? Maybe there are lots of Pakistani-Americans upset about the health care bill. “Or something,” as Mayor Bloomberg said.”

More from Fox News: “Sources say that evidence includes international phone calls made by the person of interest, who has not been identified publicly. The Associated Press identified the person as a man of Pakistani descent, citing unnamed law enforcement sources.”

Somehow I can’t picture your typical militia member, if there is such a thing, making a lot of international calls. “Hey, McVeigh, I’m all ready to blow up the theater showing ‘The Lion King,’ but I’ve got to call Buddy first; you know he’s still wintering on the Riviera.”

At Hot Air, they offer video of Charles Krauthammer making an obvious point that many of us probably hadn’t thought of yet: Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s trial in New York City looks pretty darn unlikely now, huh?

It’s tough to begrudge lawmakers who know very little and who want to sound reassuring, but in retrospect, these early assessments look a little foolhardy: “On Sunday morning, less than 15 hours after a car bomb had been found in a sport utility vehicle in Times Square, the homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano, appeared on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” and said, “You know, at this point I have no information that it’s anything other than a one-off.”  Ms. Napolitano said almost the same thing on the ABC News program “This Week.”  A couple of hours later, Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, stood in front of a CNN camera in Times Square and said, “The odds are quite high that this was a lone wolf.”

I suppose we should be thankful that we were spared any declarations that ‘the system worked.’

Tags: Janet Napolitano , Mike Bloomberg

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