The Divide New York Debate Returns


I am sick to death of an ‘upstate’ myth in New York. There in NYC, this supposed ‘upstate’ is Albany.

Then their is ‘the rest of us’.

I reside near Rochester, home of the defined Xerox,B&L, Delco, Rochester Products, Kodak…all manufacturing jobs. This is WESTERN NEW YORK!

 

Imagine a map, if you will, that shows a prosperous and powerful city that runs everything and largely rural northern region that is, well, kind of resentful of that.

A world-shaking split occurs, leading to a civil war with dragons and — I’m sorry, that’s the plot of Game of Thrones.

But you don’t have to be familiar with Westeros to know that New York’s fault lines are split in deeply similar ways.

A push to divide the state is brewing once again, a month and a half after Democrats gained full control of the state Senate for the first time in 10 years. In today’s political parlance, we’d probably call it #upexit if such a push were serious enough.

Sen. Robert Ortt, a Republican from western New York, called for a constitutional amendment that would create something akin to an electoral college for electing the governor and lieutenant governor, giving each county three representational votes of a statewide total. The amendment is a nod to Republicans who noted that GOP nominee Marc Molinaro won more upstate counties than Gov. Andrew Cuomo did (the governor won upstate counties with large cities in them, like Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse).

The push to divide the state in large part stems not just from the political differences, but the disparity in wealth and power that’s transferred almost entirely to the metropolitan area in the last half century.

Polarization is nothing new, of course, but it’s become far more intense  with each election. And New York is certainly no exception.

The country has organized itself into a collection of blue and red states and New York is now one of the bluest of them. Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans, and the GOP voters who are left tend to be more conservative than their Rockefeller Republican predecessors.

Whether it’s the issue of gun control, the DREAM Act, taxes and spending, parity in school or infrastructure funding, or even the choice for governor, the deepening divide – cultural, economic and political – between upstate and downstate has grown more pronounced every year,” Jordan said this week. “Many are asking whether both regions would be better off as separate entities.”

Read more: The Divide New York Debate Returns

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New voting dates, policies in New York State


Cuomo Corruption Inc would ban voting if possible!

As a result of these changes, petition season is nearly here, with designating petition signing beginning on February 26!”

ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – On January 24, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law several bills changing New York State’s election law and now, the changes have been announced.

Effective immediately, Primary Elections – except Presidential Primaries – are to be held on the fourth Tuesday in June before every general election. The 2019 Primary Election will be held on June 25.

Effective March 25 2019, boards of elections across the state will transfer a registration and party enrollment of a voter to wherever they move in the state, rather than the voter having to re-register whenever they move to a different area.

Starting with the 2019 General Election (November 5), registered voters will be allowed to vote up to ten days prior to any election at designated early voting polling sites.

Effective January 1 2020, people as young as 16-years-old may pre-register to vote and be automatically registered once they turn 18. Additionally, local boards of education will be required to adopt policies to promote student voter registration and pre-registration, which may include a collaboration with county boards of elections.

As a result of these changes, petition season is nearly here, with designating petition signing beginning on February 26.

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Gas Shortages Give New York an Early Taste of the Green New Deal


The state is dependent on imports even though it sits atop the abundant Marcellus Shale.

The combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—sometimes known as the “shale revolution”—has enabled Texas, Pennsylvania and other states to produce record quantities of natural gas, some of which is being frozen, loaded onto giant ships, and transported to customers in places like Chile, China and India. Thanks to the environmental policies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has missed out on this windfall.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/gas-shortages-give-new-york-an-early-taste-of-the-green-new-deal-11550272395

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Agenda 21 – Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction


Feb 13, 2019. Agenda 2030, Agenda 21, Fluoride, G5, Geoengineering, GMO, New World Order, Pedophilia, TransgenderismDocumentary Film, News, UN Agenda 21 / 2030

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The 101 of Agenda 21

Let me get started by saying that many subscribers on this page know what Agenda 21 is and most have at least heard of Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030. Yet, recent negative posts on our Facebook page have clearly shown that many people still don’t see the connection of many daily events and the Agenda 21. Thus, here is a comprehensive write up, hoping it will help clarifying this UN Agenda.

Agenda 21 was decades in the making. The “21” in the name refers to the 21st Century.For the first time Introduced at the 1992 UN “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro, President George H. Bush and leaders from 177 other nations, signed on to this “non-binding” UN action plan that was supposedly designed to assist governments at the local, national and international level the implementation of so-called “sustainable development.”

Read more: https://noonegetsoutalive.com/news/agenda-21-the-truth-is-stranger-than-fiction

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Cuomo Corruption Inc LIED to New York and got caught.


Except, NYS taxpayers were the ones expected to front Amazon 3 BILLION, UP FRONT and Cuomo Corruption Inc KNEW Amazon would only employ 50 full time workers in the Queens facility, most from OUT OF STATE! This fictional 25,000 slaves would be underpaid, over worked delivery drivers. Look into how “great” those jobs are in the Florida region!
“New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, two normally fractious Democrats who put aside their political rivalry to support Amazon’s bid and its promise of 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion in investment.”

Another lie by media AND Cuomo, this had zero to do with socialist progressive pols and everything to do with on the street conservatives! The AOC and other socialists jumped on OUR WINNING BAND WAGON!!
“opposition by progressives, who criticized the idea of giving $3 billion in taxpayer subsidies to one of the world’s biggest companies, headed by the world’s wealthiest man, Jeff Bezos.”
Read more: https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2019/02/14/how-amazon-flunked-politics-101-in-new-york-855075

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LONSBERRY: Cuomo Just Lost The Presidency


“He can’t even get people to like him for $3 billion” Cuomo Corruption Inc.

In a thundering repudiation, the biggest of the world’s big-money progressive titans told Andy Cuomo to go eff himself today. Jeff Bezos has picked up his toys and gone home.

Source: LONSBERRY: Cuomo Just Lost The Presidency

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Anti-Semitism Has INFILTRATED Congress!


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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has made a name for herself by making anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments on a regular basis.

In the last two weeks alone, Rep. Omar has called for the defunding of DHS, and insinuated that Congress is being bribed by Jewish people to support Israel. She is unfit to serve!

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The Democratic House Leadership condemned her words on Monday, and since then Rep. Omar issued a hollow apology via Twitter that President Trump described as “lame” and insincere.

This is an unacceptable response! A slap on the wrist and a fake apology are not adequate responses to the despicable actions of Congresswoman Omar.

As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Omar is privy to classified information, including information related to our relationship with the State of Israel.

In order for our national security interests to be protected, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Leadership MUST remove Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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Armageddon…One World Order … Chrislam didn’t embed as the pope wanted so now its to the theologic government of sharia islam.


Armageddon…One World Order … Chrislam didn’t embed as the pope wanted so now it’s to the theologic government of sharia islam.

One World Religion: Pope Francis Signs Historic Covenant With Islam

Pope Francis and Islam are both steeped in Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy. The Pope’s chosen papal name honored St. Francis, who was the Islamic unifier during his lifetime. The merger solidifies the movement toward a one-world religion. ⁃ TN Editor

We know that the elite want a one world religion, but to see the most important clerics from both Catholicism and Islam make such a dramatic public push for it is absolutely stunning.

You can find the full text of the covenant that they signed on the official Vatican website. I have also reproduced the entire document below…

More: https://www.technocracy.news/one-world-religion-pope-francis-signs-historic-covenant-with-islam/

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Cuomo Corruption Inc, ILLEGAL confiscation by ATF of legal owner and registration information from dealers.


Confiscation

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“Confiscation could be an option.”— Gov. Andrew Cuomo (New York Times, 1/09/13)

“ATF has been copying FFL Bound Books for years — with or without FFL permission. During annual compliance inspections in other states, FFL dealers have reported that ATF industry operations investigators (IOI) brought in digital cameras and photographed the entire dealer ‘Bound Book’ without permission of the FFL holder. Other dealers reported investigators brought in digital scanners and scanned portions of the Bound Book — line by line. Of course, the Bound Book contains the dealer’s full record of lawful firearm sales transaction records.”

… despite the prohibition in 18 USC 923(g)(1)(D) which specifically prohibits anyone in the Justice Department from ‘seiz[ing] any records or other documents other than those records or documents constituting material evidence of a violation of law.’”…. nowhere does the law or the rules and regulations of the ATF permit the agency to require gun stores to simply turn over these records en mass as a matter of course. The gun stores in Anchorage are not being told that their records are being requested as part of a criminal investigation of any kind….The agency is telling the stores that it wants all of these records, in totality, going back to 2007.”

Read more: https://gunowners.org/news02042013c/

But there’s more!

H.R. 8 – “Universal Background Check” bill with dozens of trap doors that could, if enforced to the letter, put millions of gun owners in prison.

Specifically, the bill outlaws the “transfer” of a firearm without a Brady Check. While this includes private sales, it by no means is limited to that.

The term “transfer” is nowhere defined, but it’s clear from the bill that handing your gun to a neighbor for as little as one second is a “transfer” unless you’re covered by one of the bill’s so-called exceptions.

Firearm Owners Protection Act of 1986 CURRENTLY prohibits a national gun registry. And yet, the ATF is not interpreting that prohibition from preventing it from doing what it’s already doing.

So if the current prohibition isn’t effective, why would anyone suppose that putting it in the law a second time would make any difference?

Read more: https://www.ammoland.com/2019/02/pelosi-wants-send-you-to-prison-for-showing-off-your-gun-to-a-neighbor/#ixzz5fQ29VmoK

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NY Governor Cuomo calls for emergency meeting with President Trump! guess what he is furious about? Higher taxes


Cuomo Corruption Inc on the defensive…

And get this, the man who cannot murder children fast enough not only wants Trump to change the dedu – https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/ny-governor-cuomo-calls-for-emergency-meeting-with-president-trump-guess-what-he-is-furious-about-higher-taxes/

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Kentucky Sheriff Suspends Law Enforcement Activity: ‘Lock Your Doors, Load Your Guns’


According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, Sheriff John Kirk told county officials at meeting on Monday that he would be ceasing law enforcement activities in the county due to a stark lack of funding.

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John Kirk
about a week ago

I want to address the citizens of our county. I have been your Sheriff for over four years now. It has been a struggle to try to keep 24 hour protection for you and your family. I have had to operate the last little bit with just myself and one other paid deputy. There are volunteers that help when they can. I am going to have to cut even more tomorrow. I have no choice.

One of the big factors that Kirk cited is the $75,000 he should have received from the fiscal courts in January. He claims to still not have gotten that money.

Exacerbating matters, Kirk claims that his department is now responsible for paying for its own workers’ compensation insurance, retirement, and Social Security benefits. According to Kirk, those benefits and various other expenditures amount to another $99,000 the department must spend.

Due to what he felt was a ridiculous financial burden, Kirk announced that he was officially ceasing all law enforcement services from his office, at least temporarily.

Read more:https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/kentucky-sheriff-suspends-law-enforcement-activity-lock-doors-load-guns/

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Gun grab happening across the nation. Another example


Twenty-nine sheriffs in New Mexico oppose new gun law proposals under consideration by the state legislature, KOAT-TV reports.

“You’re just taking guns out of law-abiding citizen’s hands,” Lea County Sheriff Corey Helton told the TV station. “This is not going to affect the criminals out there. They’re going to be able to get guns and they do not follow the law.”

Helton is one of the sheriffs who signed a statement by the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association that says that four proposed and related gun bills would be ineffective.

They include:

  • House Bill 83, which would allow law enforcement to temporarily take away guns from people who are considered an imminent threat.
  • House Bill 87, a plan to prohibit people under a protective order from buying guns.
  • House Bill 130, a mandate for gun owners to store guns safely around children or face penalties.
  • Senate Bill 8, which would require background checks for private firearms sales.

“I’m proud to say I’m a constitutional sheriff and I’m just not going to enforce an unconstitutional law,” Helton said. “My oath prevents me from doing that.”

Read more:https://www.theblaze.com/new-mexico-sheriffs-gun-control

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Inside the secret Republican plot to take down Trump in 2020


Renegade Republicans determined to eject President Trump from the White House in 2020 share a commitment to the cause but are split on strategy and realistic about their long-shot prospects.

Former John McCain aides, members of Evan McMullin’s independent 2016 presidential campaign, disgruntled neocons, and establishment GOPers — the only thing they agree on is a loathing of Trump.

No primary challenger has yet come forward. John Kasich, former Ohio governor, has said he couldn’t beat Trump. Jeff Flake, who stepped down as a senator for Arizona when it became clear he would be beaten by pro-Trump forces in his primary, has taken himself out of the running.

Mostly based in Washington, the “Never Trump” crowd comes in roughly three factions. First is those convinced fielding a primary challenger is the most viable game plan. Second is those inclined to back an independent candidate. A third group advocates for a unifying center-left Democrat — similar to the sort of centrist who captured suburban Republican voters in the midterm elections.

But the blocs are friendly, with some key operatives moving back and forth between them and willing to back whichever approach emerges as the most feasible. Meetings often hosted by Niskanen Center, a conservative think tank that has positioned itself as a headquarters for Republicans opposed to Trump.

Veteran Republican consultant Mike Murphy is among them. “I’m talking to some ‘Never Trumpers’ about an alert-effort to make sure Republican regulars are paying the attention they ought to, so that they start thinking pragmatically about a wipeout in 2020 and what we ought to do about it,” Murphy told the Washington Examiner.

More here: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/inside-the-loose-knit-cabal-plotting-to-oust-donald-trump

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Venezuelans’ Warnings To The U.S.: “Socialism Is A Big Lie!”


Lured in by the lies socialists tell about how great it would be to have government control every aspect of everyone’s lives, Venezuelans are now disgusted with how much they have suffered. Some are even warning the United States about their horrific daily lives in socialist Venezuela.

Venezuela is a perfect example of a democrats dream “democratic socialism.” However, people are starving and digging through trash cans in order to find the least rotten food to eat. “You do not ever want anything close to socialism,” one Venezuelan protestor told Campus Reform, a college news website. During a recent rally at Washington, several other Venezuelan victims of socialism also warned against the dangers of bringing the disastrous form of totalitarianism socialism onto American soil.

The Epoch Times reported that another Venezuelan said: “People are eating from trash cans in the streets, so how has socialism helped?” another protestor said.
“Socialism is a big lie to people who are disadvantaged. It actually makes them worse off.” But politicians bank on being able to convince people to give them more power under the guise of taking care of them, and historically, people continue to fall for the lie and become starving slaves to the government.

Read more: https://freedomoutpost.com/starving-venezuelans-warnings-to-the-u-s-socialism-is-a-big-lie/

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Hey, Democrats, I’ve lived in a socialist country with income ‘equality’ and it was miserable


The Democratic Party’s lurch to socialism led to a presidential rebuke at the State of the Union on Tuesday night. From Sen. Bernie Sanders’s call for “Medicare-for-all,” to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal of a “Green New Deal,” to Democratic presidential hopefuls’ hankering for stiff tax hikes, prominent members of the Democratic Party seem unwilling to miss any opportunity to advocate for greater government control of the economy.

Yet as Democrats justify grandiose proposals by decrying income inequality, many of us who immigrated to the United States from socialist countries see great irony. After all, unending income equality is what drove us to leave our native lands in the first place.

My family left post-Mao Communist China in the mid-1980s precisely because there was so much equality to go around. As a child, I lived in Guangzhou, the third largest city in China. Everyone in my city was equal in having no running hot water, no modern toilet facilities, no refrigerator, no washer, no dryer, and no color television.

Imagine a world without Whole Foods, Safeway and Walmart, or the plethora of products stocked on their shelves. Imagine no Vitamin Water, no Gatorade, no Starbucks, no Panera Bread, no candy bars and no sea salt potato chips. Now imagine instead being allotted food stamps from the government, indicating how much your family can eat.

There was abundant equality in the dearth of economic opportunities as well. The state told us where to live, where to work, what to buy, and for how much. Worse yet, my fellow citizens who lived in the countryside were even more impoverished.

When the state runs the economy and its citizens’ lives, there will be plenty of equality in scarcity, poverty and hopelessness.

After decades of totalitarian rule and grand socialist experiments, China had a meager per capita GDP of less than $200 in 1980. By comparison, America’s was $12,500 that year.

Around that time, China decided enough misery was enough. It embarked on historic economic reforms and opened up the country to the world. Liberalization introduced market prices, allowed for the return to household farming from collectivization, created Special Economic Zones in coastal areas that attracted foreign investment and promoted exports, exposed state-owned factory production to profit incentives, and opened up the market to private firms and entities.

Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/hey-democrats-ive-lived-in-a-socialist-country-with-income-equality-and-it-was-miserable

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Con Ed could run out of natural gas before moratorium starts


Of course it will, disarmed, desperate people will accept Cuomos brand of socialism.

Westchester County Executive George Latimer “I asked if delaying the start of the moratorium is a possibility, and they said it’s supply and demand and at some point the supply will run out,” Paulin said. “And that could happen before March 15.”
More: https://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/westchester/2019/02/06/paulin-gas-moratorium-con-ed/2792942002/?#_=_

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We’re not socialists, Democratic leaders say in response to Trump state of the union speech


BALDFACED LIARS! There are videos in the archive of this blog SHOWING Dem leaders receiving merit awards from dsausa.org Trotsky Socialists! O’Keefe has them also! Look it up…

“Ocasio-Cortez and Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both newly-elected members of the House, are both members of the Democratic Socialists of America.” dsausa.org

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-hakeem-jeffries-steny-hoyer-democrats-not-socialists-20190206-story.html

“In the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump said, as Republicans rose to their feet and cheered him on, chanting “USA! USA! USA!”

“America was founded on liberty and independence — and not government coercion, domination and control,” he said. “We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

Several lawmakers, including freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), (there are MANY others) identify as democratic socialists.

What? “There’s no issue about socialism, that we want to leave the free market capitalist system. I don’t think that’s an issue in the Congress. I don’t mean that everybody has 100 percent agreement,” Hoyer said” WHAT???

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SOCIALIST: GA Democrat Stacey Abrams Joined Socialist Group For Keynote Speech in Atlanta


Read it here: https://bigleaguepolitics.com/socialist-ga-democrat-stacey-abrams-joined-socialist-group-for-keynote-speech-in-atlanta/

A radical leftist candidate for Georgia governor headlined an event for the Democratic Socialists of America, the militant left-wing group who vows to abolish all police. Stacey Abrams was actively working with self-proclaimed socialists, back before she the dreams of the Governor’s mansion (or even the White House) were in sight.

Though socialism has increased in popularity in America since Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) ran for president in 2016, Abrams spoke at the event way back in 2011, proving just how far-left Abrams wants to take Georgia.

The group promoted Abrams appearance with the following message:

Metro Atlanta DSA – First 2011 membership meeting – Open to all!
Representative Stacy Abrams to speak on our current fiscal crisis

WHEN — 11 am, Saturday, February 19, 2011
WHERE — AFSC headquarters, 60 Walton St. NW (three blocks from the 5

A radical leftist candidate for Georgia governor headlined an event for the Democratic Socialists of America, the militant left-wing group who vows to abolish all police. Stacey Abrams was actively working with self-proclaimed socialists, back before she the dreams of the Governor’s mansion (or even the White House) were in sight.

Though socialism has increased in popularity in America since Sen Bernie Sanders (I-VT) ran for president in 2016, Abrams spoke at the event way back in 2011, proving just how far-left Abrams wants to take Georgia.

The group even notes in the comments of the announcement, “Rep. Abrams fights the good fight!”

Showcasing Metro Atlanta DSA’s radicalism, they hosted an event in March advocating for the disarmament of the police and the military, along with “white supremacists,” which presumably means white Republicans.

“Solidarity with the students organizing and taking action against gun violence today,” the event description said. “We need a comprehensive, systemic approach towards gun violence that acknowledges the role of the NRA in reinforcing white supremacy and capitalism.”

Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America

about 11 months ago

The group also shared an animated video of two black men bulldozing white men off of a cliff with their car.

“It’s just two dope boyz in a Cadillac running slave owners off the side of stone mountain #tearthemdown,” the accompanying post read.

Apparently, Stacy Abrams would be perfectly fine with the brutal murder of white people. Sounds like a strong gubernatorial candidate for anti-white racists.

Every 15th of the month, the group protests for a $15 minimum wage, which has been tried and has failed in Seattle (just like socialism has failed literally everywhere). Yet Abrams and her socialist friends ignore all empirical data and continue on their quest to make the lot of the ordinary person worse.

The group also fights to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Abrams made headlines when Big League Politics reported on an ad run by Georgia Gun Owners, detailing her plans to strip Americans of their firearms.

A new political ad by Georgia Gun Owners torched Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams for her radical anti-gun positions. “Ban, confiscate, destroy,” the ad says. “That’s the Stacey Abrams radical agenda for Georgia gun owners. Stacey Abrams isn’t just a leftist. She’s a Bloomberg-Soros ‘hate America’ leftist.”

The ad then details Abrams’ plan to ban AR-15’s and confiscate carry pistols, and encourages viewers to call Abrams to tell her to “keep her hands off our guns.”

Is this who Georgians want as the top elected official in their state?

More Big League Politics coverage on radical leftist nominee for GA Governor, Stacey Abrams:

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Video: Robert Spencer speaks at the Christian Rights and Freedom Institute, explains why Muslims persecute Christians


https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=BLpiRz9ycw8

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Rise up, New York Republicans: Democrats have already gone too far and are about to go further still


Rise up, New York Republicans: Democrats have already gone too far and are about to go further still

Going too far. (Darren McGee / Office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

Read it here: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-rise-up-new-york-republicans-20190131-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1VvOPJIpN4J_rxZO84zjhH__7uRS_sGYX7RtiYoaPE8d-u2Esp8zOxD6U.
New York is a month into one-party rule and the Democrats have already outraged millions of New Yorkers by passing indefensible bills that were long stymied by Republican control of the state Senate.

Let this be a warning: If the Republican establishment doesn’t wake up, unify, organize and channel the outrage to its electoral advantage, total and permanent GOP irrelevance in this state is assured.

This absence of checks and balances will hurt every New Yorker. What’s happened so far?

Both houses of the Legislature have passed a bill that essentially makes abortion legal up until the moment of birth for virtually any reason. Gone are the requirements that a doctor perform the abortion and the requirement that the doctor treat an aborted baby born alive. The bill even takes away protections for the unborn in the penal law.

Not that long ago, the mainstream pro-choice position was abortion should be legal, safe and rare. Democrats have just ensured that abortions will be less safe and more common.

There is a lot of truth to the conventional wisdom that Republicans are being driven out of the suburbs. But Albany Democrats just handed Republicans an issue in the so-called Dream Act, tailor-made to drive Republican resurgence on Long Island and throughout the Hudson Valley, if the powers that be in the GOP act.

With the average student loan debt at $39,400, Democrats passed legislation to allow those in the country illegally to participate in the Tuition Assistance Program.

Illegal immigrants already get in-state tuition rates at SUNY and CUNY, but now they will get grants that don’t have to be paid back.

Note: In 2009, New York got rid of TAP for postgraduate students. It still hasn’t been restored.

The citizen or legal resident who wants to be a teacher, doctor, lawyer or CPA, for example, gets no help from New York State.

But as of last month, illegal immigrants will have millions of dollars from taxpayers per year to go to college. But wait, there’s more!

The Dream Fund portion of the bill sets up a taxpayer-subsidized not-for-profit that will raise private money for higher education-related expenses. Only those who have at least one parent who is an immigrant are eligible.

Up next is a total state takeover of health care, the Holy Grail of liberal policymakers. When the Democrats say single-payer, they mean it. The New York Health Act, a bill that’s immensely popular in both houses of the Legislature, would seek to replace all existing health insurance.

They are confident they will even be able to get permission to replace Medicare, Veterans Administration and other federally run health care programs.

The Democrats are not hiding the fact that under this legislation, if you like your doctor, you won’t be able to keep it. The same people who couldn’t deliver tax rebate checks in a timely manner are going to be the only show in town when it comes to delivering health-care coverage. The tax increases to institute single-payer will be epic.

Non-citizen voting, sanctuary state status, more spending, more taxes, more mandates, more regulation and a slew of other destructive policies are close to becoming reality. It is the responsibility of Republicans to stop this.

The time for grumbling, finger-pointing and waiting for some other leader or institution to step into the breach are over. The cavalry isn’t coming. Either we lick our wounds, begin to turn back the tide immediately or we all eventually get driven out of the state we love by the policies we hate.

Lalor represents Dutchess County in the New York State Assembly.

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NYS Money Must Flow To Public Indoctrination Centers. Close Charter Schools Now.


Throughout his tenure, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been a strong advocate for charter schools, now he wants to Close them and funnel $$$ to government funded indoctrination centers called schools.
Read more: http://www.gothamgazette.com/state/8253-as-cap-on-charter-schools-in-new-york-city-is-about-to-hit-little-talk-of-extension-in-albany

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LONSBERRY: Time to End NY Fusion Voting


“In New York, “fusion voting” is an interesting practice in which one political party will endorse the candidate of another – cross endorsement writ large. In 47 states, it’s illegal. In New York, it’s insidious.”
Read more: https://wham1180.iheart.com/featured/bob-lonsberry/content/2019-02-05-lonsberry-time-to-end-ny-fusion-voting/

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Racist NY senator given pass – Ethics? ‘Wrong Party’? There are none!


Kill yourself!’: Senate Democrat’s tweet targets GOP aide, Senate GOP communications staffer Candice Giove.

ALBANY – A Brooklyn senator’s tweet to a female a Senate GOP communications staffer, Candice Giove,  a senate staffer, to commit suicide,  won’t be subject to review by the chamber’s ethics committee.

State Sen. Kevin Parker, a Democrat, will be spared a formal probe by the Senate Ethics and Internal Governance Committee, according to a spokesman for Chairwoman Alessandra Biaggi, who ignored women’s issues because of party affiliation.

Reinvent Albany, a good government group, suggested the committee should look into the matter.

Don’t just bury your head in the sand,” he said in a statement. “Despite their talk, it looks like the new Democratic Majority doesn’t really care about ethics after all.”
“The first focus of the ethics committee is dealing with the issue of sexual harassment and ensuring that New York state is a leader in making sure everyone is safe at work,” Neustadt said. Except when they aren’t…she is anti-women based on party affiliation, race, and religion.
Ream more: https://m.timesunion.com/news/article/Senate-Ethics-committee-foregoes-review-of-13587460.php#item-85307-tbla-3

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Rochester, NY – Gaddy, Errigo indicted on multiple charges by federal grand jury


February 4th 2019

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Robert Scott Gaddy (Left) and Joseph Errigo (Right) have been indicted by a federal grand jury

The former assemblyman, Joseph Errigo, and the lobbyist, Robert Scott Gaddy, were both arraigned on charged of conspiracy, receiving a bribe concerning programs receiving federal funds, honest services wire fraud and using a facility in interstate commerce to carry on and facilitate unlawful activity.

Gaddy was arraigned Monday afternoon. Errigo is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

Read the charges: https://13wham.com/news/local/errigo-gaddy-indicted-on-multiple-charges-by-federal-grand-jury

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Projected income tax revenues for the year just dropped $2.3 billion, does NOT include 500 million from this year.


New York state’s income tax take is dropping rapidly, but its leaders don’t seem interested in truly facing the implications.

Cuomo partly gets what’s going on: “‘Tax the rich! Tax the rich! Tax the rich!’ We did. Now, God forbid, the rich leave,” but it is the middle class fleeing oppresive income, property, school, town, city, county taxes and mindnumbing fees, expensive regulations on homes, cars, parking, you name it, if they can charge for it, there is a fee to use it.

The middle and lower classes are heading for lower-tax states.

The gov blames President Trump, But the exodus started long before the SALT.

The Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon has cited census data showing New Yorkers fleeing to Florida, Arizona and other low-tax states for years BEFORE Trump even considered a run for office!

Cuomo is talking about cutting back the $176 billion spending plan he released last month, calling the tax shortfall as “serious as a heart attack.”

But he’s not raising the issue of long-term reforms to address the problem — other than vowing to “fight the loss of the SALT deduction and do everything possible to protect taxpayers.” Everything, that is, except taxing them less so they don’t leave.

Read more and weep for New York: https://nypost.com/2019/02/04/new-york-has-a-giant-tax-problem-its-leaders-dont-want-to-face/

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ITS THE MIDDLE CLASS STUPID – Gov. Cuomo said wealthy individuals are moving or shifting official residence to lower-tax states, causing a revenue shortfall


FALSE – N.Y., NJ Governors Blame Shrinking Revenue on Federal Tax Changes

ALBANY—Northeast states governed by Democrats are blaming recent revenue shortfalls on the 2017 federal tax law and its changes to the deductibility of state and local taxes.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy have both regularly attacked the provision of the tax overhaul that capped the deductibility of state and local taxes, or SALT, at $10,000.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/ny-nj-governors-blame-shrinking-revenue-on-federal-tax-changes-11549321915

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‘Serious as a heart attack’: Cuomo warns of falling state revenue


“This is the most serious revenue shock the state has faced in many years,” DiNapoli said.”

Cuomo’s fiscal aides first began seeing warning signs in December. That’s when estimated state income tax payments began to sharply slide.
Cuomo said it also is when wealthy people would ordinarily make estimated tax payments. Many did not, because they will be feeling the brunt of the federal tax law that restricts the ability of New Yorkers to deduct state and local taxes, such as their property taxes, on their federal forms.

One percent of tax filers – end up paying 46 percent of the personal income taxes the state collects each year.
“Tax the rich. Tax the rich. Tax the rich. We did that. God forbid the rich leave.”
Cuomo declined to say what spending might have to be trimmed to accommodate the lower tax revenue numbers.”
It will mean tax hikes, or freezing the of a middle-class income tax cut that began several years ago.

“Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Bronx Democrat talked with Cuomo but it is uncertain precisely what’s behind the revenue drop,”
(smh, they are all fiscally stupid)

“I’m just not sure what is actually causing it,” he told reporters outside his Capitol office.”

Read more: https://buffalonews.com/2019/02/04/serious-as-a-heart-attack-cuomo-warns-of-falling-state-revenue/

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TRUTH…YOU’VE BEEN LIED TO SINCE BEFORE 1973 ROE V WADE!!!


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Huge List Of Companies Using Fetal Cells From Aborted Babies To Flavour Products


“What is hidden from the public who are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce these receptors,” said Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director of Children of God for Life, a pro-life organization and ethics which monitors the use and amount of aborted fetal material in medical and cosmetic products (per year).”

Read More: http://www.thenatemaxproject.com/2017/03/19/list-of-companies-using-fetal-cells-from-aborted-babies-to-flavour-products/

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Suspect in fatal NYC subway shooting tied to notorious MS-13 gang, police say


A suspect arrested in connection with a weekend fatal New York City subway shooting that was caught on video “is a member” of the notorious MS-13 gang, police said Monday.

Read More: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/suspect-fatal-subway-shooting-new-york-tied-notorious-ms-13-n966741

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New York state lawmakers are getting a major pay raise while taxing the middle class out of NYS!


New York state lawmakers are getting a major pay raise!

State senators and Assembly members will see their salary increase by $50,500, bringing them from $79,500 to $130,000 a year. They have received their first bump to $110,000, but there’s a caveat if they want the rest of the money – a new 15 percent cap on outside income starting in 2020.

State legislating was previously considered a part-time gig, now it’s highway robbery!

Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick has even filed a lawsuit arguing that the commission doesn’t have the legal authority to set salary.

Many rake in tens or even hundreds of thousands of extra dollars a year from their other jobs.

Read More: https://www.cityandstateny.com/articles/politics/new-york-state/new-york-state-legislatures-top-outside-earners.html

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Democratic Socialists of America, dsausa.org Campagn champs for ‘democrats’, hold fundraisers for 2020 elections though only *’in office’ for 3 months!


*They have only been ‘in office’ for only a couple weeks. The rest of the time they are partying, collecting HUGE speaking fees(AOC), and just fμ©king US over.

“The Post obtained the fundraising lists kept by put-upon donors who are repeatedly hit up for campaign cash.”

“Leading the way is the newly emboldened Democratic majority in the state Senate. Democrats wrested control of the chamber in last fall’s elections and now hold 40 of 63 seats. The Democrats also hold a 2-1 majority in the 150-seat Assembly.”

“Senate Democrats in particular are cashing in on their new power, one government watchdog said.”

“The new Senate majority is trying to strike while the iron is hot. Money is still the mother’s milk of politics,” said John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany. “The pay-to-play culture is alive and well as long as Albany plays under the current rules.”

“Albany fundraisers depend on big checks from people reliant on government actions: public employee unions, insurers, the real estate industry, health care providers, business interests and not-for-profit groups, as well as lobbyists seeking access for their clients.”

Read More: https://nypost.com/2019/02/04/new-york-state-lawmakers-have-already-started-fundraising-for-2020/

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Yes, yes and yes! If this New York lawmaker gets his way, the state would be split in two


BUFFALO, N.Y. —

A New York lawmaker has introduced a referendum that would divide the state of New York into two.

Assemblyman Steve Hawley, who represents parts of Genesee, Orleans, and Monroe counties in the western part of the state, wants to divide New York in two.

“It has become abundantly clear in recent years that the New York City voting bloc has forgotten upstate and is imposing their radical left-wing agenda on all of us, whether we like it or not,” Hawley said in a letter to Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie on January 29th .

Read More: https://www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/n-y-assemblyman-calls-for-vote-to-divide-state-in-two

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Former Tesla workers paint grim picture of Buffalo, NY plant


In exclusive interviews with News 4 Investigates, former workers described a gloomy picture of the Tesla’s Gigafactory II plant in Buffalo, formally known as Solar City.

They said taxpayer-funded equipment constantly broke down that resulted in production goals never being met and a work atmosphere in which some employees spent more time on personal cell phones than their jobs.

It’s a wake-up call,” said Dale Witherell, who was among the 50 employees that Tesla laid off in Buffalo, part of a larger 7 percent reduction of its global workforce.

“I don’t know how Gigafactory II has been going on this long without any checks and balances or any government officials or politicians actually monitoring or watching and holding them to some standards.”

Read More: https://www.wivb.com/news/investigates/former-tesla-workers-paint-grim-picture-of-buffalo-plant/1754568826

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Cuomo’s Cold Weather Tax His natural-gas blockade is raising costs across the Northeast


Cuomo policies are hurting upstate and leaving New York City’s suburbs out in the cold.

Read More: https://www.wsj.com/articles/cuomos-cold-weather-tax-11549325868

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New York State: As revenue drops, concern about the proposed state budget rises


Cuomo says he will have to revise his proposed budget as personal income tax collections drop $2.8 billion.
With a “$500 million drop in revenues for December” and as more tax-weary New Yorkers flee the state “poor performance in January have created a $2.3 billion drop in anticipated revenues”.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said “I fear it’s going to get worse before it gets better, its a matter of very, very serious concern.” Early indicators are not good.
amendments to Cuomos budget, which came in at $175.2 billion, serves notice to the Senate and Assembly, which for the first time in most of a half-century is controlled by Democrats.

Cuomo will no longer have Senate Republicans as an ally for fiscally conservative measures.
One percent of taxpayers pay almost half of New York’s taxes.

Moody’s noted that New York taxpayers were encouraged to pay their 2018 taxes early, by Dec. 31, 2017, before the new federal deduction cap became effective, or the budget gap would have been significantly larger.
NOTE:
“Cuomo noted states dominated by Democratic voters, like New York, New Jersey and California, are hit by the loss of deductibility but lower-wage, lower taxed states in the Midwest and South — which voted for Trump — enjoy the tax break unscathed.

Cuomo said he and his administration are blameless. He said the continued exodus of residents from the state are not his heavy taxes so feels blameless” (CLUELESS AND EVIL I SAY!)
“We did everything right from a tax point of view,” Cuomo said.

State operating funds spending will grow by 3.4 percent — the third year in a row that Cuomo exceeded his 2 percent cap, said David Friedfel, director of state studies at the independent Citizens Budget Commission.

Cuomo uses “gimmicks” in accounting such as reclassifying some spending to be exempt from the spending total used for the cap and shifting costs to other fiscal years.

Read more: https://www.newsday.com/news/region-state/state-budget-revenue-decline-1.26892647?fbclid=IwAR2FZKgxGdZhq68sdmr3aEdRWUMeU3ail-68cOpA_t5fxlNcZvHxGspYj6M

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Australia PM adviser says climate change is ‘UN-led ruse’ to establish new world order


By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney

Tony Abbott’s business adviser says global warming a fallacy supported by United Nations to ‘create a new authoritarian world order under its control’

Climate change is a hoax developed as part of a secret plot by the United Nations to undermine democracies and takeover the world, a top adviser to Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, has warned.

Maurice Newman, the chief business adviser to the prime minister, said the science showing links between human activity and the warming climate was wrong but was being used as a “hook” by the UN to expand its global control.

“This is not about facts or logic. It’s about a new world order under the control of the UN,” he wrote in The Australian.

“It is opposed to capitalism and freedom and has made environmental catastrophism a household topic to achieve its objective.” Born in Ilford, England, and educated in Australia, Mr Newman, a staunch conservative and former chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange, has long been an outspoken critic of climate change science.

Read More: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/11591193/Australia-PM-advisor-says-climate-change-a-UN-led-ruse.html

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SMALLPOX INVADING WITH ILLEGALS AT SOUTHERN BORDER


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More than 2,100 people lost their jobs in a media landslide so far this year


WE ARE THE NEW MEDIA! WE ARE DONE BEING LIED TO BY CORRUPTED ‘MAINSTREAM’ CORPORATE FLUNKIES!! BRAVO!!

Read More: https://www.businessinsider.com/2019-media-layoffs-job-cuts-at-buzzfeed-huffpost-vice-details-2019-2

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US ARMY FILM 1945 – This film shows the results of Democratic Socialism.


This film shows the results of Democratic Socialism.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zC8fcjLvid8
Presented here for historical purposes, this film was released by the United States Department of War in 1945. It’s purpose was to educate the German people about atrocities committed by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. It contains footage of various liberated concentration camps, including the Majdanek death camp, the first of its kind to be liberated during the war. As this film was produced Department of War, which was a United States federal agency (its known as the defense department today), this film is in the public domain per 17 U.S.C. § 105

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Ret. Army Colonel: Trump ‘Needs to Act’ on Authority to Declare Nat’l Emergency to Secure Border


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi3F7BMW7M4&feature=em-uploademail
Check out this article from Fox News Insider:

Army Col. Douglas MacGregor (Ret.) said Friday that it’d be “absolutely” wise for President Trump to declare a national emergency in order to secure the U.S. border.

Trump said Friday that there is a “good chance” he’ll make such a declaration if funding for a wall along the border cannot be agreed to.

Government funding is set to expire on Feb. 15, and lawmakers have until then to reach a border security agreement or be faced with another potential shutdown.

https://insider.foxnews.com/2019/02/02/douglas-macgregor-donald-trump-needs-act-his-authority-secure-border?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share-buttons&utm_medium=email

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INFANTICIDE: After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?


https://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261

Since Bill and Killery Clinton’s reign and Obama’s Death Zcar ruled, infanticide is the one goal to be achieved by the ‘democrats’.

Abstract

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/medethics-2011-100411

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Introduction

Severe abnormalities of the fetus and risks for the physical and/or psychological health of the woman are often cited as valid reasons for abortion. Sometimes the two reasons are connected, such as when a woman claims that a disabled child would represent a risk to her mental health. However, having a child can itself be an unbearable burden for the psychological health of the woman or for her already existing children,1 regardless of the condition of the fetus. This could happen in the case of a woman who loses her partner after she finds out that she is pregnant and therefore feels she will not be able to take care of the possible child by herself.

A serious philosophical problem arises when the same conditions that would have justified abortion become known after birth. In such cases, we need to assess facts in order to decide whether the same arguments that apply to killing a human fetus can also be consistently applied to killing a newborn human.

Such an issue arises, for example, when an abnormality has not been detected during pregnancy or occurs during delivery. Perinatal asphyxia, for instance, may cause severe brain damage and result in severe mental and/or physical impairments comparable with those for which a woman could request an abortion. Moreover, abnormalities are not always, or cannot always be, diagnosed through prenatal screening even if they have a genetic origin. This is more likely to happen when the disease is not hereditary but is the result of genetic mutations occurring in the gametes of a healthy parent. One example is the case of Treacher-Collins syndrome (TCS), a condition that affects 1 in every 10 000 births causing facial deformity and related physiological failures, in particular potentially life-threatening respiratory problems. Usually those affected by TCS are not mentally impaired and they are therefore fully aware of their condition, of being different from other people and of all the problems their pathology entails. Many parents would choose to have an abortion if they find out, through genetic prenatal testing, that their fetus is affected by TCS. However, genetic prenatal tests for TCS are usually taken only if there is a family history of the disease. Sometimes, though, the disease is caused by a gene mutation that intervenes in the gametes of a healthy member of the couple. Moreover, tests for TCS are quite expensive and it takes several weeks to get the result. Considering that it is a very rare pathology, we can understand why women are not usually tested for this disorder.

However, such rare and severe pathologies are not the only ones that are likely to remain undetected until delivery; even more common congenital diseases that women are usually tested for could fail to be detected. An examination of 18 European registries reveals that between 2005 and 2009 only the 64% of Down’s syndrome cases were diagnosed through prenatal testing.2 This percentage indicates that, considering only the European areas under examination, about 1700 infants were born with Down’s syndrome without parents being aware of it before birth. Once these children are born, there is no choice for the parents but to keep the child, which sometimes is exactly what they would not have done if the disease had been diagnosed before birth.

Abortion and after-birth abortion

Euthanasia in infants has been proposed by philosophers3 for children with severe abnormalities whose lives can be expected to be not worth living and who are experiencing unbearable suffering.

Also medical professionals have recognised the need for guidelines about cases in which death seems to be in the best interest of the child. In The Netherlands, for instance, the Groningen Protocol (2002) allows to actively terminate the life of ‘infants with a hopeless prognosis who experience what parents and medical experts deem to be unbearable suffering’.4

Although it is reasonable to predict that living with a very severe condition is against the best interest of the newborn, it is hard to find definitive arguments to the effect that life with certain pathologies is not worth living, even when those pathologies would constitute acceptable reasons for abortion. It might be maintained that ‘even allowing for the more optimistic assessments of the potential of Down’s syndrome children, this potential cannot be said to be equal to that of a normal child’.3 But, in fact, people with Down’s syndrome, as well as people affected by many other severe disabilities, are often reported to be happy.5

Nonetheless, to bring up such children might be an unbearable burden on the family and on society as a whole, when the state economically provides for their care. On these grounds, the fact that a fetus has the potential to become a person who will have an (at least) acceptable life is no reason for prohibiting abortion. Therefore, we argue that, when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.

In spite of the oxymoron in the expression, we propose to call this practice ‘after-birth abortion’, rather than ‘infanticide’, to emphasise that the moral status of the individual killed is comparable with that of a fetus (on which ‘abortions’ in the traditional sense are performed) rather than to that of a child. Therefore, we claim that killing a newborn could be ethically permissible in all the circumstances where abortion would be. Such circumstances include cases where the newborn has the potential to have an (at least) acceptable life, but the well-being of the family is at risk. Accordingly, a second terminological specification is that we call such a practice ‘after-birth abortion’ rather than ‘euthanasia’ because the best interest of the one who dies is not necessarily the primary criterion for the choice, contrary to what happens in the case of euthanasia.

Failing to bring a new person into existence cannot be compared with the wrong caused by procuring the death of an existing person. The reason is that, unlike the case of death of an existing person, failing to bring a new person into existence does not prevent anyone from accomplishing any of her future aims. However, this consideration entails a much stronger idea than the one according to which severely handicapped children should be euthanised. If the death of a newborn is not wrongful to her on the grounds that she cannot have formed any aim that she is prevented from accomplishing, then it should also be permissible to practise an after-birth abortion on a healthy newborn too, given that she has not formed any aim yet.

There are two reasons which, taken together, justify this claim:

  1. The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus, that is, neither can be considered a ‘person’ in a morally relevant sense.
  2. It is not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in the morally relevant sense.

We are going to justify these two points in the following two sections.

The newborn and the fetus are morally equivalent

The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual.

Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’. We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value such that being deprived of this existence represents a loss to her. This means that many non-human animals and mentally retarded human individuals are persons, but that all the individuals who are not in the condition of attributing any value to their own existence are not persons. Merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life. Indeed, many humans are not considered subjects of a right to life: spare embryos where research on embryo stem cells is permitted, fetuses where abortion is permitted, criminals where capital punishment is legal.

Our point here is that, although it is hard to exactly determine when a subject starts or ceases to be a ‘person’, a necessary condition for a subject to have a right to X is that she is harmed by a decision to deprive her of X. There are many ways in which an individual can be harmed, and not all of them require that she values or is even aware of what she is deprived of. A person might be ‘harmed’ when someone steals from her the winning lottery ticket even if she will never find out that her ticket was the winning one. Or a person might be ‘harmed’ if something were done to her at the stage of fetus which affects for the worse her quality of life as a person (eg, her mother took drugs during pregnancy), even if she is not aware of it. However, in such cases we are talking about a person who is at least in the condition to value the different situation she would have found herself in if she had not been harmed. And such a condition depends on the level of her mental development,6 which in turn determines whether or not she is a ‘person’.

Those who are only capable of experiencing pain and pleasure (like perhaps fetuses and certainly newborns) have a right not to be inflicted pain. If, in addition to experiencing pain and pleasure, an individual is capable of making any aims (like actual human and non-human persons), she is harmed if she is prevented from accomplishing her aims by being killed. Now, hardly can a newborn be said to have aims, as the future we imagine for it is merely a projection of our minds on its potential lives. It might start having expectations and develop a minimum level of self-awareness at a very early stage, but not in the first days or few weeks after birth. On the other hand, not only aims but also well-developed plans are concepts that certainly apply to those people (parents, siblings, society) who could be negatively or positively affected by the birth of that child. Therefore, the rights and interests of the actual people involved should represent the prevailing consideration in a decision about abortion and after-birth abortion.

It is true that a particular moral status can be attached to a non-person by virtue of the value an actual person (eg, the mother) attributes to it. However, this ‘subjective’ account of the moral status of a newborn does not debunk our previous argument. Let us imagine that a woman is pregnant with two identical twins who are affected by genetic disorders. In order to cure one of the embryos the woman is given the option to use the other twin to develop a therapy. If she agrees, she attributes to the first embryo the status of ‘future child’ and to the other one the status of a mere means to cure the ‘future child’. However, the different moral status does not spring from the fact that the first one is a ‘person’ and the other is not, which would be nonsense, given that they are identical. Rather, the different moral statuses only depends on the particular value the woman projects on them. However, such a projection is exactly what does not occur when a newborn becomes a burden to its family.

The fetus and the newborn are potential persons

Although fetuses and newborns are not persons, they are potential persons because they can develop, thanks to their own biological mechanisms, those properties which will make them ‘persons’ in the sense of ‘subjects of a moral right to life’: that is, the point at which they will be able to make aims and appreciate their own life.

It might be claimed that someone is harmed because she is prevented from becoming a person capable of appreciating her own being alive. Thus, for example, one might say that we would have been harmed if our mothers had chosen to have an abortion while they were pregnant with us7 or if they had killed us as soon as we were born. However, whereas you can benefit someone by bringing her into existence (if her life is worth living), it makes no sense to say that someone is harmed by being prevented from becoming an actual person. The reason is that, by virtue of our definition of the concept of ‘harm’ in the previous section, in order for a harm to occur, it is necessary that someone is in the condition of experiencing that harm.

If a potential person, like a fetus and a newborn, does not become an actual person, like you and us, then there is neither an actual nor a future person who can be harmed, which means that there is no harm at all. So, if you ask one of us if we would have been harmed, had our parents decided to kill us when we were fetuses or newborns, our answer is ‘no’, because they would have harmed someone who does not exist (the ‘us’ whom you are asking the question), which means no one. And if no one is harmed, then no harm occurred.

A consequence of this position is that the interests of actual people over-ride the interest of merely potential people to become actual ones. This does not mean that the interests of actual people always over-ride any right of future generations, as we should certainly consider the well-being of people who will inhabit the planet in the future. Our focus is on the right to become a particular person, and not on the right to have a good life once someone will have started to be a person. In other words, we are talking about particular individuals who might or might not become particular persons depending on our choice, and not about those who will certainly exist in the future but whose identity does not depend on what we choose now.

The alleged right of individuals (such as fetuses and newborns) to develop their potentiality, which someone defends,8 is over-ridden by the interests of actual people (parents, family, society) to pursue their own well-being because, as we have just argued, merely potential people cannot be harmed by not being brought into existence. Actual people’s well-being could be threatened by the new (even if healthy) child requiring energy, money and care which the family might happen to be in short supply of. Sometimes this situation can be prevented through an abortion, but in some other cases this is not possible. In these cases, since non-persons have no moral rights to life, there are no reasons for banning after-birth abortions. We might still have moral duties towards future generations in spite of these future people not existing yet. But because we take it for granted that such people will exist (whoever they will be), we must treat them as actual persons of the future. This argument, however, does not apply to this particular newborn or infant, because we are not justified in taking it for granted that she will exist as a person in the future. Whether she will exist is exactly what our choice is about.

Adoption as an alternative to after-birth abortion?

A possible objection to our argument is that after-birth abortion should be practised just on potential people who could never have a life worth living.9Accordingly, healthy and potentially happy people should be given up for adoption if the family cannot raise them up. Why should we kill a healthy newborn when giving it up for adoption would not breach anyone’s right but possibly increase the happiness of people involved (adopters and adoptee)?

Our reply is the following. We have previously discussed the argument from potentiality, showing that it is not strong enough to outweigh the consideration of the interests of actual people. Indeed, however weak the interests of actual people can be, they will always trump the alleged interest of potential people to become actual ones, because this latter interest amounts to zero. On this perspective, the interests of the actual people involved matter, and among these interests, we also need to consider the interests of the mother who might suffer psychological distress from giving her child up for adoption. Birthmothers are often reported to experience serious psychological problems due to the inability to elaborate their loss and to cope with their grief.10 It is true that grief and sense of loss may accompany both abortion and after-birth abortion as well as adoption, but we cannot assume that for the birthmother the latter is the least traumatic. For example, ‘those who grieve a death must accept the irreversibility of the loss, but natural mothers often dream that their child will return to them. This makes it difficult to accept the reality of the loss because they can never be quite sure whether or not it is irreversible’.11

We are not suggesting that these are definitive reasons against adoption as a valid alternative to after-birth abortion. Much depends on circumstances and psychological reactions. What we are suggesting is that, if interests of actual people should prevail, then after-birth abortion should be considered a permissible option for women who would be damaged by giving up their newborns for adoption.

Conclusions

If criteria such as the costs (social, psychological, economic) for the potential parents are good enough reasons for having an abortion even when the fetus is healthy, if the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the foetus and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn.

Two considerations need to be added.

First, we do not put forward any claim about the moment at which after-birth abortion would no longer be permissible, and we do not think that in fact more than a few days would be necessary for doctors to detect any abnormality in the child. In cases where the after-birth abortion were requested for non-medical reasons, we do not suggest any threshold, as it depends on the neurological development of newborns, which is something neurologists and psychologists would be able to assess.

Second, we do not claim that after-birth abortions are good alternatives to abortion. Abortions at an early stage are the best option, for both psychological and physical reasons. However, if a disease has not been detected during the pregnancy, if something went wrong during the delivery, or if economical, social or psychological circumstances change such that taking care of the offspring becomes an unbearable burden on someone, then people should be given the chance of not being forced to do something they cannot afford.

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Featured article After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?


https://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261

Abstract

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

READ MORE: https://jme.bmj.com/content/39/5/261

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Kill babies, that’s their answer


Virginia Late-Term Abortion Debate Erupts Over Viral Video | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics/Virginia-late-term-abortion-debate-erupts-over-viral-video-505092292.html?_osource=mobilesharebar

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How Barack Obama ruined NASA space exploration


From TheHill.com

One of the tasks that President Donald Trump has before him, is restoring America’s space exploration program to its former glory.

https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/322918-how-barack-obama-ruined-nasa-space-exploration

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The Democratic Promise of Ocasio-Cortez, Warren and Sanders


dsausa.org SOCIALISM!

Economic power corrupts, and absolute economic power corrupts absolutely.

emerged in American politics, one that holds concentrated wealth, and perhaps American capitalism itself, as inimical to the democratic society we want to build.

The basic idea holds capitalism as at best an uneasy partner with our democratic values. At worst, it erodes them completely, undermining the social and material basis of republican citizenship as envisioned by the American revolutionaries.

Since the start of the new year, this thinking has become especially prominent. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, came out in favor of high marginal tax rates on the rich, arguing last week that “a system that allows billionaires to exist” while others live in extreme poverty is “wrong.”

This thinking is also present in a new proposal from Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to tax the nation’s largest fortunes. The plan, which would impose an annual 2 percent wealth tax on fortunes greater than $50 million and a 3 percent tax on ones greater than $1 billion, is geared as much toward protecting democracy as it is toward raising revenue. It’s an attempt to arrest the many types of economic inequality that threaten political equality — the ability of everyone to have something like an equal say in the democratic process.

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SAFE Act reloaded: NY decides 8 gun-control laws; here’s what could change


Who decides…disgruntled, malicious, vindictive or lefty ‘family or friend’s…
“A “red flag” bill first proposed by Cuomo last year will set up a process where courts can issue orders to temporarily seize firearms from people considered at risk of harming themselves or others.” “The new law would allow family members, schools, police and prosecutors to seek a court order blocking those deemed an “extreme risk” to others or themselves from buy or possessing a firearm for up to one year. Courts could also renew the order. ”

Read More: https://www.syracuse.com/expo/news/g66l-2019/01/b918a7b951814/safe-act-reloaded-ny-decides-8-guncontrol-laws-heres-what-could-change.html

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Lawmakers May Go Further On Gun Control After Today


The most fascist State in the Union guts US Constitution, the NYS Constitution and both 2nd Amendment Rights…

“The package of gun control measures that state lawmakers are set to approve today and Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign won’t be the last of the new Democratic majority in the state Legislature, officials indicated on Tuesday.

Lawmakers will approve bills banning the sale and possession of bump stocks, an extension of the waiting period for background checks, block teachers and other school employees from having firearms on school grounds and a “red flag” bill barring the possession of a gun for those deemed to be too dangerous.”

Read More: Lawmakers May Go Further On Gun Control After Today

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All Smoke and Mirrors – Parsing the players in New York’s marijuana plan


Smoke and mirrors…

https://www.crainsnewyork.com/features/parsing-players-new-yorks-marijuana-plan

“Recreational marijuana is poised to become a major industry in the Empire State. A report last year by city Comptroller Scott Stringer estimated sales could total $3.1 billion annually, including $1.1 billion in the city. But the rules that Albany lawmakers hash out could be influenced by these key stakeholders.

ACTIVISTS. The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, started in 1970 with funding from Playboymagazine, represents the old guard of legalization advocates. But in recent years NORML has adopted the social justice rhetoric and priorities of newer groups. Its New York leader, David Holland, has reservations about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act. It fails to expunge the records of those convicted under current laws, bars individuals from growing any amount of their own weed, centralizes power and discretion in the Office of Cannabis Management and leaves apparent “wiggle room” for large national and international firms to dominate the market by establishing operations that grow, distribute and sell the product.

BLACK AND HISPANIC LEADERS. When actress-activist Cynthia Nixon pitched legalizing marijuana as a form of “reparations” during her gubernatorial campaign last year, Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference and a Cuomo ally, dismissed the idea, saying, “We don’t need pot shops in our communities.” In an interview, Dukes reiterated her concern that dispensaries could become concentrated in low-income black and Hispanic neighborhoods, which has happened with liquor stores and homeless shelters. But she simultaneously expressed optimism that the governor’s proposal would provide jobs, tax dollars and business opportunities for individuals and areas disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs. The struggle to attain this balance will take place not only in Albany during the spring, but also when outlets begin to seek licenses, assuming legalization passes.

LIQUOR STORE OWNERS. In the past decade, Jeff Saunders and his group, Last Store on Main Street, held off repeated legislative attempts to let grocery stores sell wine. Now the liquor store leader intends to bring the same ferocity to a new battle: to let booze merchants offer cannabis products. Saunders cited studies finding or forecasting a drop in alcohol sales in states that have relaxed strictures on marijuana consumption and declared the matter an existential issue for his industry. He further posited that he and his compatriots are ideal marijuana sellers because they are already vetted and licensed to sell a restricted product to people over 21 and could immediately begin reaping revenue for the state. Moreover, he said, liquor store owners in the five boroughs are overwhelmingly nonwhite. But some advocates and policy experts are squeamish about having two intoxicants under one roof, and sources suggested this might prove the toughest legalization-related fight of all.”

“MEDICAL-MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTORS. MedMen, the California-based medical-marijuana giant led by CEO Adam Bierman, gave the maximum, $65,000, to Cuomo’s re- election campaign during the summer—just months after it opened a high-end pharmaceutical weed dispensary on Fifth Avenue. Why such generosity? Sources told Crain’s the company and its competitors want to preserve and expand their share of the market under the new legal regime, particularly in the production of smokeless extracts. The draft of Cuomo’s bill says at least 10 sites could distill marijuana essences, but only four retail outlets could wholly belong to the owners of those distilleries. It sets no limits on partially owned stores, though. While the legislation bars cultivators of recreational cannabis from owning dispensaries, growers registered under the 2014 medical-marijuana law could seek an exemption. That could give some 10 seed- to-sale operations economies of scale with no middlemen.”

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Legal weed is coming, but how will the market work? | Crain’s New York Business


The governor’s budget plan puts legal pot atop the state’s agenda. How the market would work—and who would benefit….

Crain’s New York Business

NY gov. Cuomo locks the pot business to his own, private corporate pocket!

https://www.crainsnewyork.com/features/legal-weed-coming-how-will-market-work

Cuomo passed prohibitive laws against all smoking and now gaping to profit from legal pot monopoly!
“The governor’s bill would limit those operators to companies already licensed as a cannabis retailer. Krueger’s and Peoples-Stokes’ bill would be more expansive, extending the right to run a smoking or vaping establishment to the small operators known as microbusinesses. (Any legislation involving consuming cannabis in a commercial setting would also have to address the state’s and city’s laws banning indoor smoking and vaping.)”

He also will sell ‘right to sell to ‘Big Pharma’ pocketing the corrupt cash and bribes disgusised as “political contributions”.

“At the discretion of the Office of Cannabis Management, the medical companies also could submit bids in an auction to earn an exemption to that restriction and become the only operators in the market licensed to grow and sell recreation marijuana.” “We think there is a real potential for dominance by the [medical operators],” he said. “They are big, basically out-of-state corporations, some of which are publicly traded, and they don’t represent the communities that need to have equity in the industry, not just an opportunity for jobs or job training.” “Cuomo wants to keep the market tightly controlled to avoid the explosion in production and sales that has led to a price collapse in Oregon and Washington state.”

So he, himself can enrich his personal profits!

“Pricing is key to a successful legalization program, experts say. If taxes and regulations push the retail cost too high, customers will continue to use the black market,”

Thus, Cuomo can EXPAND his profits from the archaic ‘prison for profit’ schemes!!

“If prices fall too low, legal weed can retail for as little as $2 a gram, roughly seven times cheaper than typical black market prices—the state misses out on tax revenue.”

Cuomo can’t allow that. He is in a continuous Empire building mode.

“Cuomo expects the legal weed market eventually to generate annual tax revenue of $300 million, starting with $83 million in 2021, when the program is fully implemented.”

He is giving up a run for Presindent this cycle to meads BILLIONS from pot, to finance the next cycle!!

“Through a recently formed trade group, the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association, which represents six of the 10 distributors, they have been campaigning for a central role.”

Cuomo funded and place effectively!

“They argue that their established infrastructure and trained staff is critical”

It’s not!

“up to 1.5 million potential recreational customers”

Certainly the incentive for Cuomo to pocket enough to break even New York States bounds of Corruption Inc records!!

“The medical providers span a range: from ‘women-owned’, Westchester-based Etain to publicly traded, Manhattan-based Acreage Holdings, which counts John Boehner, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, as a board member. But they share a reluctance to being characterized as wealthy outsiders set on dominating the industry.” “My partner and I started this at my kitchen table in New York City, with $250,000 scraped together from friends and family,” said Hadley Ford, chief executive of Manhattan-based iAnthus Capital, which went public on the Canadian Securities Exchange in 2016 and has a market cap north of $360 million.””Last year the firm, which now has pharmaceutical cannabis licenses in 11 states, bought New York provider Citiva Medical. It recently opened Brooklyn’s first medical dispensary, on Flatbush Avenue near the Barclays Center. “I consider us to be a small business,” Ford said”

Just totally unbelievable that ‘millions’is considered by Cuomos partners to be ‘small’ buisiness…

MORE CRIMINAL INTENT BY CUOMO AND HIS PARTNERS! “Raising money in Canada was a necessity, he added, because federal law prohibits U.S. banks from doing business with cannabis companies.” “Ford, a former health care executive who does not belong to the industry’s trade group” of course not, he’s Cuomo stooge!

“For purely commercial reasons, he is interested in working with underground dealers like Eric. “Why wouldn’t I sit down with somebody who’s already been successful and has taken greater risks than I have and figure out how to bring them into the legal business?” he said. “I don’t have an answer yet, but it is a cool concept.”

There you go, make your own decisions. I laid it out for you. Are you going to crown the king of New York, or arrest and try him?

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