Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WED@9PM: Discussing #VAaccountability w/ CV4A's Jessie Jane Duff

Brooklyn GOP Radio continues our commitment to bringing awareness to issues and challenges concerned our veterans.  CLICK HERE TO TUNE IN LIVE ON WEDNESDAY.

1,892:  That's the number of veterans and servicemen who have committed suicide in the past year. We are failing the best and brightest of our nation, some of whom have been in combat for over a decade in defense of our nation. 

Some more sobering numbers:  A VA study from last year found that an average of 22 veterans commit suicide daily. According to a member survey conducted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, more than 47 percent of respondents said they knew a veteran who had attempted suicide after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

(l-r) Russ & Gene spoke with CV4A's Jessie Jane Duff & Amber Barno at CPAC 2014
On the show, we'll talk some hard truths with Concerned Veterans for America's Jessie Jane Duff, who served 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired a Gunnery Sergeant. Along with multiple overseas deployments and combat related exercises, "Gunny" provided logistical support during Desert Storm and the Iraq / Afghanistan wars.  Jessie has been a guest on various shows on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

100 Days Down, 1,000 More To Go

"How am I doing, Steve?"
So 100 days has passed, New Yorkers. And for the most part, we have survived Mayor Bill de Blasio’s progressive tyranny.

 A split verdict of 45% approval and 31% disapproval exists as de Blasio delivered his 100-days speech touting his major accomplishments to date. The mayor’s lack of experience in managing this complex city has been evident 100 days into this term. New Yorkers are adjusting to a new mayor along with a changing direction of policy positions.

 His speech was nothing new. The same platitudes from his previous speeches, leaving us wondering what's next in the coming 1000 days.

Friday, April 11, 2014

BUFFOONERY: Rolling Stone & Julia Louis-Dreyfus Re-Write History... On Her Back

In case you miss this past week's show, we inducted Rolling Stone Magazine and "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus is "Buffoon of the Week" for the now-infamous cover featuring a nude "Elaine" (don't stare directly at the cover...) with a tattoo of the Constitution... signed by John Hancock?

If you're going to satirize history, at least be accurate!  Fact-check your covers, Rolling Stone!  Geez!

Well, it appears that Louis-Dreyfus is doing her best damage control, tweeting out a photo of her as a baby with a Hancock-shaped "birth mark".  Clearly, a tasteful come-back.

Check out this past week's show for our discussion of this and more. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It Was All A Dream

(Courtesy:  NY Times)
Last month, the State Senate rejected a controversial bill to allow New York’s illegal immigrants to obtain financial aid for college. The bill, known as the NY Dream" Act (NYDA), would authorize undocumented students who graduate from High School in New York to apply for college financial aid for either private or public colleges. Had this bill passed, New York would have been the fifth state to enact such a "Dream" Act.

Jeff Klein, who runs the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference, pushed the NYDA to the floor for a vote without passage. The chances of any survival for it to be passed were up in the air. The bill failed 30-29, two votes shy of 32 required to pass. Democrats needed two of the 28 Republicans to jump ship to obtain their goal. Not only did that not happen, but two Democrat senators voted against the NYDA. The two Democrats were one from Rochester who sits with the Democrat caucus, while the one from Brooklyn sits with the Republican caucus.

Republican Senators cited fiscal impact and the language of the bill for the reasons of every Republican to voted no. Some Republicans argued the proposal would use state taxpayer money to help families not following immigration laws while others also argued that legal constituents are in need for TAP assistance first. If the NYDA would have passed, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimated that it would cost over $20 million to cover for financial assistance, breaking down to about $5,000 a year per student enrolled.

NYDA's failure shows weakness by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who could have made this bill a priority like he did with the SAFE Act. He even could have calling for a special election for the two vacant Senate seats earlier in the year - those two votes could have tipped the scales and NYDA would have been signed into law.  

But where was the leadership? With a weak Democrat senate that lacks commitment to enact resolutions they preach from the back benches and a tenuous "majority" coalition, a leader would have cobbled together support to reach his goal.  

Democratic weakness translates into a better chance for the Republicans to retain (or, take back as it were) control of the Senate and possibly the Governor's mansion. Republicans can use the "yes" votes against upstate Democrat as making yet another empty promise that led to failure.  

The Senators who voted against the NYDA actually understand the term "illegal" and those "illegal" immigrants don’t vote because they cannot. Why should legislators reward illegal behavior? Having NY residents paying excessive taxes to reward people for breaking the law doesn't make sense - especially when children of citizen struggle - they deserve to achieve the "dream". 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

All My Children

Photo Courtesy - NY Post
Since being sworn in as our 109th Mayor of New York City, Warren Wilhelm Bill de Blasio and his administration has decided to overturn many of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s decisions that have helped New York City prosper.

De Blasio’s latest plan of attack focuses on charter schools. The Mayor has decided to block the opening of nine charter schools from the 45 schools that were set to open this Fall. Out of the nine blocked, three are Success Academy schools, run by former City Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Heard At CPAC: CFIF: Conservatives Should Right To Protect IP Rights

Here is a photo of Tim Lee doing another radio show, because we didn't get a photo with him...
If someone claimed your car as their own, I bet you'd be jumping up and down screaming that, among other things, your rights have been violated.  So why should protecting your writings, your creations and your ideas be any different.

That's the point that Tim Lee of the Center For Individual Freedom made to me during our interview at CPAC.

Check out the interview.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Heard At CPAC: API's Karen Moreau Gives Us A Real Education On NY Hydrofracking

Listen to our interview with API's Karen Moreau - a NY attorney who has become the leading advocate for hydro fracking in the state.  (Photo by Diana Sepulveda)
I have to admit - for all the news in the past year about hydraulic fracturing - or "hydrofracking" - I did not have the first clue about the process involved.

So when Russ and I got to meet Karen Moreau of the American Petroleum Institute (API) at CPAC, I was glad to get a real education about the processes and the benefits of 'fracking.

Karen is the leading educated voice on the issue.  She is a graduate of Siena College, received her Juris Doctorate from the Albany Law School of Union University and has 25 years experience in municipal, land use and zoning law, real property tax assessment, real estate development, and the general practice of law. Her new job  catapulted her from local NY lawyer who made good into the national debate on shale gas drilling and she is widely considered to be the voice of advocates for hydraulic fracturing in New York's deep Marcellus reserves.

Check out the interview after the jump!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Heard At CPAC: "In Search Of Liberty" - A Film For Patriots, Funded By Patriots

Talking about  "In Search of Liberty" with Norm Novitsky (and Kohut hit record!)
After conquering the world of real estate, Norm Novitsky has taken on a daunting mission - a film project that brings Constitutional principles into a modern setting that is informative and entertaining all while bypassing the Hollywood "cognoscenti".

And what he came up with was "In Search of Liberty" - a project YOU can help make a reality.