Monday, May 29, 2006

Peter King Writes a Letter

Looks like someone needs a WHAAAAAAAA-mbulance.
From Newsday May 23rd.
Newsday sings a false note
Newsday is becoming less coherent and increasingly vacuous as it careens from issue to issue. A case in point is your editorial "Officially, English" [May 5], regarding singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a foreign language.
First you grudgingly acknowledge that I was "at least partly right" in calling for our national anthem to be sung in English. That was nice of you, since my position is entirely in keeping with our traditions and represents the belief of the majority of Americans.
Bowing to shameless political correctness, however, Newsday goes on to question my motives by resorting to shabby ad hominem attacks (jingoistic) and an ultimate non sequitur (a felony provision in the immigration bill).
If Newsday believes it is jingoistic to protect our national anthem, that is your prerogative. I am content to let the people decide who is right on that.
As to Newsday's continued distortion of the immigration bill, let me say it again for the slow learners on your editorial board - 191 Democrats voted to retain the provision making it a felony to stay in the country illegally; 156 Republicans, including myself, voted to make it a misdemeanor. Clearly it is the Democrats and their accomplices on the Newsday editorial board who have the "explaining to do."
Newsday says the nation is "divided" over the immigration issue and that we would "benefit [by] ... more efforts to find common ground." Maybe Newsday could start by telling the truth, at least some of the time.

Rep. Peter King
(R-Seaford)
Washington

King tries to take a jab at the Newsday with “slow learners on your editorial board” about the felony amendment that 191 Democrats voted against. Too bad that like so many other issues, King is either ignorant or lying. The fact is that the 191 Democrats who voted against the amendment were quiet clear about their opposition. King says the Democrats have "explaining to do" but Rep. Lofgren of California said on the House floor where presumably King was for the debate “the amendment before us changes the degree of punishment, but it does not alter the underlying issue of criminalizing being alive in the country without documents.”
So what happpend is that the Democrats saw the amendment was an empty gesture and they voted against it.
There it was explained but King is either once again ignorant and lying. Two traits we don't need in a representative. Two traits which King is well known for.
Senator Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi issued a statement that said “The fact is that Congressman Sensenbrenner's amendment, if adopted, would have still criminalized an entire population for the first time in our history, rather than charging presence violations as civil offenses as provided under current law. 11 million men, women, and children, with no exceptions, would still go to jail for up to six months under the revised Sensenbrenner amendment. That is why many Democrats voted against the Sensenbrenner amendment.”
King seems to be the “slow learner” who should heed his own words and “start telling the truth at least some of the time.”
It’s funny that King complains of “shabby ad hominem attacks” using them himself like "less coherent and increasingly vacuous" and "shameless political correctness."
Perhaps King ought to stop throwing those stones because every piece of glass in his house seems to be broken already.

We've already gone over the national anthem issue. There's more to come on Kings english-first rhetoric.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Mejias Announces Wednesday

Dave Mejias makes it official this wednesday at the Nassau County Democratic Convention.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Hey Kids, Peter King Just Raised Your Taxes

It wasn't bad enough that King voted to cut federal student loan aid earlier this year, now he votes to increase taxes in 14-17 years olds.
Looking to use that investment a family member started for you to pay for college? Well, get ready to pay Uncle Sam.
The NYTimes reports "The $69 billion tax cut bill that President Bush signed this week tripled tax rates for teenagers with college savings funds, despite Mr. Bush's 1999 pledge to veto any tax increase."
King also signed that pledge.
"Under the new law, teenagers age 14 to 17 with investment income will now be taxed at the same rate as their parents, not at their own rates. Long-term capital gains and dividends that had been taxed at 5 percent will now be taxed at 15 percent. Interest that had been taxed at 10 percent will now be taxed at as much as 35 percent.
The increases, which are retroactive to the first day of the year, are expected to generate nearly $2.2 billion over 10 years, according to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, which issues the official estimates."


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Dave Mejias for Congress

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Dave Mejias was born in Nassau County and is a resident of North Massapequa. He won a seat on the Nassau County Legislature in November 2003 against a tough Republican opponent with wide-spread name recognition. Dave grew up in Farmingdale, where he attended high school and played on the football team. Farmingdale is part of the area he now represents along with Levittown, North Massapequa, Plainedge, Plainview, Old Bethpage, North Wantagh, South Farmingdale, and the eastern portion of Massapequa.
Dave is committed to improving the lives of his constituents. He believes it’s vitally important to keep the county moving forward and not give it back to the machine politicians who bankrupted the county in the first place. “Holding public office is a tremendous responsibility. I am dedicated to doing all I can to make sure things never go back to the way they were. It’s important for Nassau County residents to have a representative they can trust.” he added.
Dave serves as chairperson of the Economic and Community Development and Labor committee, as well as the Minority Affairs Committee. He also serves as a member of the Finance, Judiciary, and Health and Social Services committees. In his time in office Mejias has brought funding to his district to make it safer for families and promoted common-sense environmental legislation to protect Nassau County’s natural resources. Dave received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at the State University of New York at Albany. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Dave is proud to serve as your Nassau County Legislator and help to bring Nassau back.
In his first two years, he has passed balanced budgets with no tax increases for residents while Nassau County has received ten bond rating upgrades from independent Wall Street rating agencies—more than any other municipality in America. Nassau now has an “A” bond rating for the first time in a decade.

Throughout his first term in office, Mejias has made public safety a top priority. He has improved efforts to keep our children safe from sex offenders by sponsoring the toughest Megan’s Notification Law in New York State, and was also instrumental in the hiring of 457 new police officers since 2004, more than the previous ten years combined. Legislator Mejias is proud that in 2005 Nassau County was rated the safest place to live in America by Forbes Magazine and the FBI.
Mejias has authored several pieces of environmental legislation, including the first local legislation in America banning the sale of arsenic-treated wood for residential use. He has also sponsored a county tax exemption for home solar power systems, supported the county’s purchase of more “green” renewable energy, and dramatically increased the fines for those who use ATVs in county parks and preserves.
In an effort to bring government to the people Mejias has hosted over 40 town hall meetings throughout his district, including the first ever to be held in the Fourteenth Legislative District. These meetings are designed to keep residents informed on what is going on in their community, helping seniors with their tax exemptions and providing guidance for residents on how to challenge their assessments.
Through the Nassau County Legislature, Legislator Mejias has secured $125,000 for various projects in the Village of Farmingdale, including renovations for the Village Hall and improvements to several parks. He has also supplied $50,000 to the Farmingdale School District for gang prevention programs, and distributed close to $40,000 in community revitalization money to his local fire departments for firefighting and emergency rescue equipment, such as portable defibrillators.
Legislator Mejias serves as chairperson of the Economic and Community Development & Labor Committee, as well as the Minority Affairs Committee. He also serves as vice chair of the Public Safety Committee and Planning, Development & the Environment Committee, and is a member of the Judiciary and Rules Committees.
In the private sector, Legislator Mejias started his own law firm at the age of 26. He is now the managing partner of David L. Mejias & Associates, with law offices in Westbury and Hempstead.

Legislator Mejias was raised in Farmingdale and played football at Farmingdale High School (Class of 1988). He later graduated from SUNY Albany, where his was Vice President of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He earned his JD from Fordham Law School, where he was Vice President of the Latin American Law Student Association. Mejias currently resides in North Massapequa, and is a member of the Farmingdale Rotary Club, the Order of the Sons of Italy in America, the National Jewish Democratic Council, Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale, the Greater Long Island Running Club (avid runner), and an honorary board member of the American Jewish Committee, Long Island Chapter.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Robo-King

I got a funny call this past week. One had not been expecting. It came from - as my Caller ID showed - US Government Office. It was a 516 number.
The call came from Peter King. It wasn't him personally of course because the call wasn't a string of curses. I would expect my number to be on a black-list.
The call was an automated "robo-call" from King talking about his stance on immigration and singing the national anthem in english.
This is the first time King has done something like this and it came a day after Dave Denenberg announced his intention to run for congress.
What can we make of this?
King tells Newsday "Congressmen have an obligation to communicate with their constituents. This is especially true on Long Island, where despite dwindling circulation, Newsday has a near monopoly on news reporting and is intellectually and morally incapable of providing honest coverage on issues such as illegal immigration... I will never allow an iron curtain of censorship between me and my constituents."
What a whiner.
King has been on every cable new channel and he is quoted in Newsday on this issue everytime they do a story. Is King saying that Newsday is distorting his direct quotes? Why doesn't he make an issue of that? The fact is, Kings position is clear and just because he gets some flack doesn't mean the LIBERAL!!!!!! media is out to get him.
When has Newsday censored King? I'd love to see examples of that.
The "intellectually and morally incapable" bit is classic King. All righteous anger and bluster followed by a whole lotta nothing.
Lets not forget that every couple of months at taxpayers expense, King sends his "Special Report from Washington" newsletter full of pictures of him and a few captions. This mailing of a glossy, full-color newsletter is more of a "Look at me and who I'm in a picture with" than really communicating what is going on. The cost of such a mailing district-wide isn't cheap. Why doesn't King use his direct-mail piece to communicate his positions better?
Back to the call....
The call came from Kings office 516- 541-4225 and asks that we call that number to give King our opinion.
Who paid for the call? Was it Kings congressional office budget?
If it was paid for by his campaign money calling from a government-owned line, that's a big no-no.
And why did King need to make the call?
He assured Deborah Orin from the New York Post a two weeks ago that "phone calls are 99-1 favorable and he's getting even more calls on this issue than on the failed Dubai ports deal." and he tells Newsday the same thing "My phone was ringing off the hook yesterday, and 99 percent of the callers were against the demonstrators,"
What is making King nervous?
He was so confident with that 99% number but then needs to run a robo-call to find out what his district is thinking?

And We Come Full Circle Again to Dave Mejias

Remember back in the end of last year and the early days of this year when we were looking at the possibility of Legislator Dave Mejias running against King?
A Challenge to the King
King Opponent Emerging
That ended rather abruptly as Dave Denenberg picked up the torch and eventually put it back down.
In the past week we've heard rumblings of a "Draft Suozzi" campaign which we also brought up here.
Word is that Suozzi has no plans whatsoever to leave the New York governors race and is not entertaining the idea.
Is that a bad thing? Sure, Suozzi would be a formidable opponent of King.
Does that mean a "Draft" campaign is over? No.
Which brings us back to Dave Mejias.
The long and short of it is that each of the almost-candidates Bishop, Mejias and Denenberg would have made great candidates against King. Beating Peter King was and still is real.
Yes, it looks sloppy to be still looking for a candidate this late in the year but it's better than rushing to line up behind a candidate who won't be the right person.
And again back to Dave Mejias.
Here is a legislator who has a proven track record.
The battle is to get the national Democratic party to see that King will be beat and get Dave Mejias back in the race as soon as possible.
Want Dave Mejias in the race?
Call him at (516)571-6214
email Dave at davemejias@aol.com
Want the DNC to pay attention to the 3rd CD?
Call 202-863-1500

We're still raising money through ACT BLUE for the race and whoever takes the nomination.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Draft Suozzi Gets a Website

Today a new website sprang up which has nothing to do with the blog. www.draftsuozzi.blogspot.com is online.
Seems there are more people who really want to see this happen.
We wish the best of luck to the new blog and its writers.

UPDATE 3/14/06:
The website www.draftsuozzi.com is registered through a third party.
Registrant:
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Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
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Registered through: GoDaddy.com (http://www.godaddy.com)
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Created on: 13-May-06
Expires on: 13-May-07
Last Updated on: 13-May-06

Friday, May 12, 2006

More Talk of Suozzi Entering Race

But the people talking aren't him or his campaign. Yet.
There seems to be a growing number of Democrats across the 3rd CD who believe Suozzi should make the run.
What do you think? Comments section is open.

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Just Saying

With a $4million warchest ready to go and alot of popularity in the district, the congressional race would be a no-brainer.
Draft Suozzi?

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Despite Setbacks, Fundraising Starts

Denenberg might be out because of health reasons but we will have a candidate. Through Act Blue, we will start grass-roots fundraising for the general election.









NY-03 General Election Fund
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Denenberg is OUT

For reasons yet to be explained, Denenberg is dropping out of the race.

Going Postal

The Hill Newspaper asked House and Senate members "What is the most embarrassing job you’ve ever had?"

Sen. Isakson (R-Ga.) said “There’s no such thing as an embarrassing job. Work is a responsible, good thing to do. I’ve worked in real estate, construction. I’ve waited tables. I’m proud of all the jobs I’ve had.”

Rep. Green (D-Texas) said “I’ve never had an embarrassing job. All work is good work. The best job is always the one that you’re still looking for.”

And Peter King says "I worked in the post office, seasonal work."

So working in a Post Office is embarrassing?
Tell that to the men and women who get our mail delivered.

Monday, May 08, 2006

King Gets a Republican Opponent

And this year it's not Robert Previdi.
Since 1996, King has had to fend off a primary challenge from Manhasset resident and fellow republican Robert Previdi.
The primary is a mere formality for King but with such a low turnout, it's possible that a motivated candidate with money to spend can upset King. It would take alot for that to happen though. King got his highest numbers in the 2002 primary which of course was the first national election after 9/11. It was also the highest numbers Previdi got. The numbers are at the end of this post.
We don't know if Previdi is stepping into the breach once again this year but there is a Rocco Calise from West Babylon who has filed papers with the FEC to run as a republican. His first filing listed Independence Party as affiliation which was changed to Republican in an amendment. We don't know much about Calise yet except that his campaign treasurer is Rose Calise.
Can Rocco Calise do what Robert Previdi could not? Will Previdi also run to make it a three-way primary?
It;s only May and things are getting interesting. Let's see where Calise for Congress is going.

King vs. Previdi Primary Numbers
1996
King 7,345
Previdi 979
1998
King 6,521
Previdi 1,819
2000
King - 8,651
Previdi - 2,495
2002
King - 22,696

Previdi - 6,442
2004
King - 6,642
Previdi - 918

Photos From Dave Denenbergs Announcement

Dave Denenberg had a good day sunday when he declared his run for congress. The race is on and it's time to get a real representative for the 3rd Congressional District.

Photos by Joel Peskoff....
More to come

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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Peter King is Just a Liar

In today's Newsday in the story about Dave Denenbergs announcement that he is running for congress, there was this gem "Before he goes to sleep every night, Peter King thanks God that George Bush is president," Denenberg said, referring to a sentence King wrote in a recent letter. "Ask him if he thanks God when he fills up his gas tank."
In an interview, King, a Republican, said his letter -- sent to a Democratic constituent who had criticized the congressman's support of Bush -- merely quoted former Democratic New York City Mayor Ed Koch's words to the same effect. In 2003, King attributed the same statement to Koch during an episode of the MSNBC talk show "Scarborough Country."

So, King "merely quoted" Koch?
No, he didn't just "merely quote," he agreed with Koch.
First, a Newsday article goes unchallenged on Kings own website "...and even once declared in a letter to a constituent: "I thank God every night that George Bush is our President. You should do the same."
And the FULL quote from the letter King sent is "Like Ed Koch I thank God every night that he is our President. You should do the same."

King isn't just quoting Koch, he agrees Kochs' thanks to god for Bush.
Why is King running away from his own words?
What is he afraid of?
King is tied to Bush no matter how he spins it.

King went on to say in the article "I've supported strongly on the war against terrorism, but I've disagreed with him on issues like the Dubai ports and immigration... The voters know I'm independent and they'll elect me on my record."

Will a rooster crow if King denies Bush one more time?


Dave Denenberg is IN

As of this afternoon, Nassau County Legislator David Denenberg is in the race for congress.

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Abusing 9/11

The tragedy of 9/11 lives in all NYers. You can probably ask any stranger on the street and they could tell you they knew someone who died in the attacks. That's why when someone like Peter King uses 9/11 to give himself some cover it is just that more disgusting.
We have been talking about port security here and how nothing has been done in the 5 years since 9/11 and how the new proposed legislation isn't enough.
King very readily envokes 9/11 and he is doing it again. In the immigration debate, King brings up 9/11 and how terrorists can cross the "southern border" (no mention of northern border) and kill us.
The fact is, the terrorists who carried out the attacks didn't enter via Mexico swimming across the Rio Grande, they flew in legally. Will building a wall across the US-Mexico border stop terrorists from entering the country? Not at all. As long as the terrorist entering via airliners have a clean record to get a visa, they are in.
Look at the "shoe bomber" Richard Reid. He was flying to the US and no red flags were raised when he boarded the plane in England.
When it comes to apprehension of non-Mexicans entering the US, "the Border Patrol reported capturing a total of 946 persons from the seven nations attempting to enter illegally. However, only 320 of those were caught at the Mexican border, where the ad's sponsors want to build a fence. Nearly twice as many were caught coming in from Canada and other points. In all, 472 were apprehended at the Canadian border, and 154 were apprehended in the Miami, New Orleans and Puerto Rico regions of the Border Patrol."
So the northern border is more dangerous than the southern border. Where is the call for a wall to protect us from Canada?
We need real debate on immigration reform and border security without the cheap abuse of the 9/11 tragedy. King hopes that no one remembers that our border with Mexico and illegal immigration had nothing to do with 9/11.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Happy Cinco de Mayo Peter King

err... Happy Fifth of May.
Sorry Peter.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Who Needs Reminders?

King says one thing and then says another to suit the situation. We've pointed that out quite a few times already and here is just one more example.
During todays debate on the port security legislation, Rep. Markey from Boston held up a cargo container lock to illustrate why the legislation does not go far enough to check every container. King in his usual bluster said that his district lost 150 people on 9/11 and "I don't need visual aids to remind me what happened on Sept. 11.''
King plastered 9/11 photos all over the commitee offices and told The Hill "The photos are there so that every day, every staff person knows that the only reason this committee exists is because almost 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11th,”
What makes King so special?

We'll have more on the port security bill coming up.....

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

What a Pleasant Person to Work For

From The Hill newspaper

Homeland Security’s hallway of photos: Any nightmares yet?
To keep them focused on the job at hand, staffers at the House Homeland Security Committee coming into work each day see large, searing images of melting towers and an aerial view of the Pentagon on fire.
The new photographs, which were the idea of committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.), are part of their new digs in the Ford Office Building — they moved there a few weeks ago — that include new carpets and furniture.
The photographs are part of a timeline along the main hallway, two from when the tragedy first happened and 10 of the recovery effort. However unpleasant the images are, King says he believes they need to be there as a reminder.
“The photos are there so that every day, every staff person knows that the only reason this committee exists is because almost 3,000 Americans were killed on September 11th,” King said. “It is our job to prevent another attack from happening.”
By press time, the cost of the photographs was not provided.

Having Solved All of the Nations Problems, King Moves on to the National Anthem

I am reassured that since the federal deficit has been turned into a surplus, inflation is under control, our ports are fully secure, we have an energy policy in place that frees us from fossil fuels and all our other problems have been solved, King can set his sights on making sure the national anthem is sung only in english.
Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) has introduced H.RES.793 Affirming that statements of national unity, including the National Anthem, should be recited or sung in English. King is a co-sponsor and tells Newsday "Throughout our history, the English language has been the glue that binds us together as Americans. It is only proper that the National Anthem be sung in our common language, English."
This whole thing comes as a knee-jerk reaction to a recent recording of the national anthem is spanish and the faux-outrage it created. This is nothing more than another "Freedom Fries" moment for congress.
Is this really necessary? The funny part is that the Think Progess website reports that in 1919 the United States Government commissioned a spanish version of the anthem and the US government website currently has the national anthem in spanish.

Do we need this kind of legislation when there are so many more important things we have to deal with? What will the penalties be if the anthem is sung in a different language?
One has to wonder if this would have come up if the anthem had been done in German or Italian or Celtic.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Dave Denenberg to Announce Sunday May 7th

D a v e D e n e n b e r g
cordially invites you to join him for

an “Afternoon with Family and Friends”

On Sunday, May 7, 2006

At 3:30 p.m. at

TACKAPAUSHA PARK
At the Tackapausha Museum

In Seaford

for an important

* * * A N N O U N C E M E N T * * *

Directions: Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway to Exit 1E Merrick Road. Go east on Merrick Road to Washington Avenue and take a left on Washington. Takapausha Museum/Preserve will be on your right.

RAIN OR SHINE


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