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Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fair share of Big Oil cash so he can keep saving the planet from Big Oil greed

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

There is no “greener” lawsuit than one I don’t have to expend any energy whatsoever deciding which side to root for. Can there be an outcome where they both lose?

From the New York Times:

Former Vice President Al Gore has filed a lawsuit against the Middle Eastern media group Al Jazeera, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract in its $500 million purchase of Mr. Gore’s Current TV cable channel.

The dispute centers on Al Jazeera’s refusal to turn over “tens of millions of dollars” remaining in an escrow account and still owed to the selling shareholders of Current TV, according to a statement from David Boies, the lawyer representing Mr. Gore and a Current TV co-owner, Joel Hyatt, who are suing on behalf of all the selling shareholders.
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Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt filed the case in the Delaware Court of Chancery in Wilmington. Few other details are known, as the complaint has been sealed by the court, but Mr. Gore and the other selling shareholders have petitioned to make the case public.

Attorney David Boies represented the Goracle in 2000, meaning that we’ll know the sale and court battle has gone bad for Gore if Al Jazeera gets to keep the $500 million and George W. Bush somehow ends up back in the White House.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fair share of Big Oil cash so he can keep saving the planet from Big Oil greed

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

There is no “greener” lawsuit than one I don’t have to expend any energy whatsoever deciding which side to root for. Can there be an outcome where they both lose?

From the New York Times:

Former Vice President Al Gore has filed a lawsuit against the Middle Eastern media group Al Jazeera, accusing it of fraud and breach of contract in its $500 million purchase of Mr. Gore’s Current TV cable channel.

The dispute centers on Al Jazeera’s refusal to turn over “tens of millions of dollars” remaining in an escrow account and still owed to the selling shareholders of Current TV, according to a statement from David Boies, the lawyer representing Mr. Gore and a Current TV co-owner, Joel Hyatt, who are suing on behalf of all the selling shareholders.
[...]
Mr. Gore and Mr. Hyatt filed the case in the Delaware Court of Chancery in Wilmington. Few other details are known, as the complaint has been sealed by the court, but Mr. Gore and the other selling shareholders have petitioned to make the case public.

Attorney David Boies represented the Goracle in 2000, meaning that we’ll know the sale and court battle has gone bad for Gore if Al Jazeera gets to keep the $500 million and George W. Bush somehow ends up back in the White House.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Horror at 30,000 feet: ‘Mr. Climate’ John Kerry forced to fly commercial after private jet problems

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Among John Kerry’s stops on his recent travels abroad was a visit to the Solomon Islands to talk about the effects of climate change. Kerry of course used the state department jet for his travels — that is, until the jet decided it didn’t want to contribute to the hypocrisy one minute longer:

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Nice to see “Mr. Climate” Kerry was forced to go a little greener:

The globe-trotting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to catch a commercial flight on Thursday after his U.S. Air Force plane encountered technical difficulties before takeoff from Hawaii at the end of a nine-day round-the-world trip.

Kerry was returning to Washington after visiting Afghanistan, Myanmar, Australia and the Solomon Islands when his plane broke down at Hawaii’s Hickman Air Force Base.

He had stopped for a day in Hawaii where he delivered a speech on increased U.S. interests in Asia and the Pacific region.

“Finally some frequent flyer miles!” Kerry said on hearing the news that he would have to catch a commercial flight along with his staff and a traveling press corps.

With any luck Kerry got stuck sitting next to a colicky baby and a guy who wouldn’t stop talking about shower curtain rings.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Horror at 30,000 feet: ‘Mr. Climate’ John Kerry forced to fly commercial after private jet problems

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Among John Kerry’s stops on his recent travels abroad was a visit to the Solomon Islands to talk about the effects of climate change. Kerry of course used the state department jet for his travels — that is, until the jet decided it didn’t want to contribute to the hypocrisy one minute longer:

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Nice to see “Mr. Climate” Kerry was forced to go a little greener:

The globe-trotting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was forced to catch a commercial flight on Thursday after his U.S. Air Force plane encountered technical difficulties before takeoff from Hawaii at the end of a nine-day round-the-world trip.

Kerry was returning to Washington after visiting Afghanistan, Myanmar, Australia and the Solomon Islands when his plane broke down at Hawaii’s Hickman Air Force Base.

He had stopped for a day in Hawaii where he delivered a speech on increased U.S. interests in Asia and the Pacific region.

“Finally some frequent flyer miles!” Kerry said on hearing the news that he would have to catch a commercial flight along with his staff and a traveling press corps.

With any luck Kerry got stuck sitting next to a colicky baby and a guy who wouldn’t stop talking about shower curtain rings.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Read and remember: Meet the cops who gave their lives

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

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The entrance to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. The inscription reads: “In Valor There is Hope — Tacitus.”

Meet the cops who gave their lives
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

If you’ve been watching cable news, reading Hollywood celebrities’ tweets and listening to race-hustling opportunists, you might think that every police officer in America has a finger on the trigger, hunting for any excuse to gun down defenseless youths.

This hysterical nonsense must be stopped.

The Cirque du Cop-Bashing, with Al Sharpton as ringmaster, is working overtime to exploit the deadly incident in Ferguson, Mo. That means stoking anti-law enforcement fires at all costs.

Are there bad cops? Yes. Does the police state go overboard sometimes? Yes. Do the demagogues decrying systemic racism and braying about “assassinations” know what happened when teenager Mike Brown was tragically shot and killed last week? No.

Here’s a reality check. While narcissistic liberal journalists and college kids are all posting “Hands Up” selfies in hipster solidarity with Ferguson protesters, it’s law enforcement officers who risk their lives in “war zones” every day across the country.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports that a total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year. These include local and state police officers, federal officers, correctional officers and military law enforcement officers.

Fact: Last year, 100 law enforcement officers were killed. On average, over the past decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.

Fact: New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 697 deaths. Texas has lost 1,675 officers, more than any other state.

Just this week, NLEOMF released preliminary fatality statistics from August 2013 to August 2014. Total fatalities are up 14 percent, from 63 last year to 72 this year. “Five officers were killed in ambushes, which continue to be a major threat to law enforcement safety,” the group notes.

Among the men in uniform who gave their lives this summer:

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Officer Scott Patrick and his accused killer Brian Fitch
Police Officer Scott Patrick of the Mendota Heights Police Department in Minnesota. He was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on July 30. Patrick leaves behind a wife and two teenage daughters.

Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield of the Gary Police Department in Indiana. Westerfield was shot in the head and killed in a July 6 ambush while sitting in his police vehicle after responding to a 911 call. The suspect had been previously arrested for domestic violence and for kicking another officer. Westerfield, a 19-year police department veteran as well as an Army veteran, leaves behind a wife and four daughters.

Officer Perry Renn of the Indianapolis Police Department. He was shot and killed while responding to reports of gunfire on July 5. After 20 years on the job, Renn chose to serve in one of the city’s most dangerous areas, even though his seniority would have allowed him to take a less dangerous role. “He chose to work in patrol to make a difference in the field,” Police Chief Rick Hite said at Renn’s funeral. “Every day, Perry got out of his police car.” Renn is survived by his wife.

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Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares, Jr. and his accused killervQuintylan Richard

Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares, Jr. of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. The 15-year law enforcement veteran was shot and killed on June 23 while investigating two suspicious suspects. Bares had been mowing his lawn while off-duty when he witnessed a suspicious car crash. When he went to investigate, he was gunned down. The assailants stole his truck as he lay dying. “He’s the type of person that would give his shirt off his back to anybody,” a cousin said in tribute. “Anyone that knows Allen will tell you that he was that kind of person.” Bares leaves behind a wife and two children.

Officer Melvin Santiago and his killer Lawrence Campbell
Police Officer Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Police Department in New Jersey. Santiago, a proud rookie cop who loved his job, was ambushed on July 13 by a homicidal armed robber. Santiago was 23 years old. After Santiago’s killer was shot dead by police, the violent Bloods street gang vowed to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out.”

Al Sharpton, concocter of hate-crimes hoaxes and inciter of violent riots against police, had no comment.

Related:

The war on cops

Read and remember: Meet the cops who gave their lives

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

Screen Shot 2014-08-15 at 12.05.37 AM
The entrance to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. The inscription reads: “In Valor There is Hope — Tacitus.”

Meet the cops who gave their lives
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

If you’ve been watching cable news, reading Hollywood celebrities’ tweets and listening to race-hustling opportunists, you might think that every police officer in America has a finger on the trigger, hunting for any excuse to gun down defenseless youths.

This hysterical nonsense must be stopped.

The Cirque du Cop-Bashing, with Al Sharpton as ringmaster, is working overtime to exploit the deadly incident in Ferguson, Mo. That means stoking anti-law enforcement fires at all costs.

Are there bad cops? Yes. Does the police state go overboard sometimes? Yes. Do the demagogues decrying systemic racism and braying about “assassinations” know what happened when teenager Mike Brown was tragically shot and killed last week? No.

Here’s a reality check. While narcissistic liberal journalists and college kids are all posting “Hands Up” selfies in hipster solidarity with Ferguson protesters, it’s law enforcement officers who risk their lives in “war zones” every day across the country.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) reports that a total of 1,501 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 58 hours or 150 per year. These include local and state police officers, federal officers, correctional officers and military law enforcement officers.

Fact: Last year, 100 law enforcement officers were killed. On average, over the past decade, there have been 58,261 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,658 injuries.

Fact: New York City has lost more officers in the line of duty than any other department, with 697 deaths. Texas has lost 1,675 officers, more than any other state.

Just this week, NLEOMF released preliminary fatality statistics from August 2013 to August 2014. Total fatalities are up 14 percent, from 63 last year to 72 this year. “Five officers were killed in ambushes, which continue to be a major threat to law enforcement safety,” the group notes.

Among the men in uniform who gave their lives this summer:

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Officer Scott Patrick and his accused killer Brian Fitch
Police Officer Scott Patrick of the Mendota Heights Police Department in Minnesota. He was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on July 30. Patrick leaves behind a wife and two teenage daughters.

Police Officer Jeffrey Westerfield of the Gary Police Department in Indiana. Westerfield was shot in the head and killed in a July 6 ambush while sitting in his police vehicle after responding to a 911 call. The suspect had been previously arrested for domestic violence and for kicking another officer. Westerfield, a 19-year police department veteran as well as an Army veteran, leaves behind a wife and four daughters.

Officer Perry Renn of the Indianapolis Police Department. He was shot and killed while responding to reports of gunfire on July 5. After 20 years on the job, Renn chose to serve in one of the city’s most dangerous areas, even though his seniority would have allowed him to take a less dangerous role. “He chose to work in patrol to make a difference in the field,” Police Chief Rick Hite said at Renn’s funeral. “Every day, Perry got out of his police car.” Renn is survived by his wife.

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Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares, Jr. and his accused killervQuintylan Richard

Deputy Sheriff Allen Bares, Jr. of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. The 15-year law enforcement veteran was shot and killed on June 23 while investigating two suspicious suspects. Bares had been mowing his lawn while off-duty when he witnessed a suspicious car crash. When he went to investigate, he was gunned down. The assailants stole his truck as he lay dying. “He’s the type of person that would give his shirt off his back to anybody,” a cousin said in tribute. “Anyone that knows Allen will tell you that he was that kind of person.” Bares leaves behind a wife and two children.

Officer Melvin Santiago and his killer Lawrence Campbell
Police Officer Melvin Santiago of the Jersey City Police Department in New Jersey. Santiago, a proud rookie cop who loved his job, was ambushed on July 13 by a homicidal armed robber. Santiago was 23 years old. After Santiago’s killer was shot dead by police, the violent Bloods street gang vowed to “kill a Jersey City cop and not stop until the National Guard is called out.”

Al Sharpton, concocter of hate-crimes hoaxes and inciter of violent riots against police, had no comment.

Related:

The war on cops

Oof: Head of Fraternal Order of Police says Obama ‘discussing tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful’

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama had some brief remarks today about the situation in Iraq as well as in Ferguson, Missouri. On the latter issue, Obama said Ferguson police should not be bullying journalists who are trying to do their jobs and should be more “open and transparent” (James Rosen and Lois Lerner’s emails unavailable for comment).

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police didn’t appreciate Obama’s guidance on the matter:

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

“I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation,” director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill.

“I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office,” Pasco added.

Pasco harkened back to 2009, when Obama criticized a Massachusetts police officer for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, when he was attempting to break into his own home. Obama said the officer had “acted stupidly.”

“That is one where the president spoke precipitously without all the facts,” Pasco said, adding that the current situation “is a much larger and more tragic incident.”

And if you bet that after President Obama’s statement he could get to the golf course in under seven minutes, go to the cashier’s window and collect your winnings:

Obama at Golf Course Six Minutes After Press Conference http://t.co/GhAInxaGiu

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 14, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Oof: Head of Fraternal Order of Police says Obama ‘discussing tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful’

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

President Obama had some brief remarks today about the situation in Iraq as well as in Ferguson, Missouri. On the latter issue, Obama said Ferguson police should not be bullying journalists who are trying to do their jobs and should be more “open and transparent” (James Rosen and Lois Lerner’s emails unavailable for comment).

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police didn’t appreciate Obama’s guidance on the matter:

The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police criticized President Obama Thursday for his remarks about law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo.

“I would contend that discussing police tactics from Martha’s Vineyard is not helpful to ultimately calming the situation,” director Jim Pasco said in an interview with The Hill.

“I think what he has to do as president and as a constitutional lawyer is remember that there is a process in the United States and the process is being followed, for good or for ill, by the police and by the county and by the city and by the prosecutors’ office,” Pasco added.

Pasco harkened back to 2009, when Obama criticized a Massachusetts police officer for arresting Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, when he was attempting to break into his own home. Obama said the officer had “acted stupidly.”

“That is one where the president spoke precipitously without all the facts,” Pasco said, adding that the current situation “is a much larger and more tragic incident.”

And if you bet that after President Obama’s statement he could get to the golf course in under seven minutes, go to the cashier’s window and collect your winnings:

Obama at Golf Course Six Minutes After Press Conference http://t.co/GhAInxaGiu

— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 14, 2014

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Hillary Clinton to offer Obama a re-set button on the Vineyard by ‘hugging it out’

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

It continued: “Secretary Clinton has at every step of the way touted the significant achievements of his presidency, which she is honored to have been part of as his secretary of state. While they’ve had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then. Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues. Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when … they see each other tomorrow night.”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Hillary Clinton to offer Obama a re-set button on the Vineyard by ‘hugging it out’

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

It continued: “Secretary Clinton has at every step of the way touted the significant achievements of his presidency, which she is honored to have been part of as his secretary of state. While they’ve had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then. Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues. Like any two friends who have to deal with the public eye, she looks forward to hugging it out when … they see each other tomorrow night.”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

David Axelrod says Biden, Kerry, Hagel & Hillary Clinton made ‘tragically bad decision’

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

The MSM is reporting this as David Axelrod taking a swipe at Hillary Clinton, but much of Obama’s inner circle is collateral damage.

From USA Today:

Things seem to be getting tense between the President Obama and Hillary Clinton camps.

Long-time Obama political adviser David Axelrod took to Twitter on Tuesday to apparently fire back at Clinton comments about the president’s statement that part of his foreign policy approach is “don’t do stupid stuff.”

Axelrod wrote, “Just to clarify: ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.”

The vice president, secretary of state and secretary of defense for the administration Axelrod worked to elect & re-elect also made the same “tragically bad decision.”

Hmmm:

.@davidaxelrod Why has Obama surrounded himself with people who made such a tragically bad decision?

— L (@OrwellForks) August 12, 2014

While we wait for Axelrod to answer that, here’s Joe Biden in 2010 predicting Iraq would be “one of the great achievements of this administration”:

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

President ‘I ended the war in Iraq’ now says it ‘wasn’t my decision’ to pull all troops out

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

History is always subject to change.

2012:

“The greatest responsibility I have as President is to keep the American people safe. That’s why I ended the war in Iraq.”—President Obama

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 23, 2012

2014:

Obama: 'Not My Decision' to Pull Troops Out of Iraq http://t.co/DHeoJ8btcR Follow @NRO

— National Review (@NROcorner) August 9, 2014

What leadership!

There’s finally a campaign promise he actually kept and he has to deny it?

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For the record, here’s a time lapse of the entire era of “Hope & Change”:

It’d be funnier if we weren’t all in the car.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Obama’s endorsement of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie pays off big… for Abercrombie’s opponent

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

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President Obama endorsed Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, who faced a primary challenge from David Ige, a state senator. Obama even appeared in ads like this for Abercrombie:

So how did that go for Abercrombie?

While you were sleeping: Hawaii's governor got absolutely crushed in his Democratic primary http://t.co/04nXGbOmCV via @Pacificbiznews

— Colin Campbell (@BKcolin) August 10, 2014

“Change”:

Hawaii Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, in a historic loss, was soundly defeated in Saturday’s primary by a state senator, while the island’s marquee U.S. Senate race remained too close to call.

Abercrombie’s loss to state Sen. David Ige makes him the first sitting governor in state history to lose a primary for reelection. It came amid concerns about tax hike proposals and his leadership style.

With 99 percent of the precincts reporting, Ige had received 67.4 percent of the vote to 31.5 percent for Abercrombie.

To sum it up for Abercrombie:

If Obama was political kryptonite for some Dems up to now, just wait until we get closer to November.

(h/t Twitchy)

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Pompous, high-flying global warming alarmist John Kerry draws a red line on new farmland in Africa

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in DC had its moments, but perhaps none was more idiotic than John Kerry citing starvation and malnutrition statistics in Africa and using that as evidence that they need to halt the creation of new farmland to combat the global warming that’s the cause of the hunger problem, or something.

Un-freakin-real:

During the Africa Summit “Resilience and Food Security in a Changing Climate” panel, Secretary of State John Kerry told an audience that “8,000 children die every day” and in sub-Sahara Africa, one in four suffer from chronic hunger.

Then a few minutes later, he stressed how creating new farms would cause too much carbon pollution so they need to discourage more farm land.

(video h/t TPNN):

null Instead of starting new farms, Kerry instead suggested that Africa try the sturgeon caviar at Topper’s on Nantucket because “it’s exquisite.”

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Michelle Obama gives up self-awareness for the greater good: No one really cares what you had for lunch

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 14:50

**Written by Doug Powers

The next thing you know President Obama will be saying “everybody knows you did build that.”

From CNS News:

First lady Michelle Obama said something Wednesday that seems preposterously ironic to many American school kids: “No one really cares what you had for lunch.”

“I tease my kids,” Michelle Obama said at a White House event on women’s empowerment with Laura Bush. “I tell them I want them to use Instagram to take a picture of something really important rather than their food… I mean, no one really cares what you had for lunch.”

No, FLOTUS doesn’t care about that at all:

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

The novels of Carole Malkin

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:51

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As some of you may know, my beloved mother-in-law Carole Malkin is an acclaimed Jewish novelist. In 1981, she wrote an extraordinary book based on the life of her Russian immigrant grandfather. “The Journeys of David Toback” earned a New York Times book review cover story rave.

Carole completed two more novels and has now self-published them. Both are striking and trenchant coming-of-age narratives. Here are links and details:

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The novel is about the transformation and redemption of a Berkeley juvenile delinquent who is sent to an Israeli Yeshiva to be rehabilitated. Karl’s story—he later adopts the name of Baruch—is intertwined with that of his hippy mother, Lisa, a supporter of drug experimentation and promiscuous sex. The novel contrasts her search for personal freedom with Baruch’s search for structure—and eventually his ability to find a flexible blend of both.

THE LIFE AND ART OF GARY GECKLEMAN

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“The Life and Art of Gary Geckleman” is a coming-of-age novel. Gary must not only make the transition from boy to man, but to being an artist, and to become an American. Born on the Lower East Side and raised in the 1950’s, he comes from a family uprooted by the Holocaust. To be Jewish seems sad to him, full of loss and death. He prefers the glamour of the movies to his family to teach him what life is about, and how he should act.

One of the things I cherish most about my relationship with my mother-in-law is the loving, graceful, and penetrating way in which she has continually exposed our children and me to her passionate love of literature — while inculcating a deep appreciation of the commonalities of our cultural heritages. Her themes are universal: the struggle for identity, the embrace of the American Dream, remembrance of the past, reconciliation with the present, and hope for the future.

My life has been immeasurably blessed by Carole’s words, thoughts, heart, and soul — and I hope yours will be, too.

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More: Carole appeared in a fascinating documentary about the Red Star Line. Watch an extended trailer here.

The novels of Carole Malkin

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:51

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As some of you may know, my beloved mother-in-law Carole Malkin is an acclaimed Jewish novelist. In 1981, she wrote an extraordinary book based on the life of her Russian immigrant grandfather. “The Journeys of David Toback” earned a New York Times book review cover story rave.

Carole completed two more novels and has now self-published them. Both are striking and trenchant coming-of-age narratives. Here are links and details:

PAPER BRIDGE
jpeg

The novel is about the transformation and redemption of a Berkeley juvenile delinquent who is sent to an Israeli Yeshiva to be rehabilitated. Karl’s story—he later adopts the name of Baruch—is intertwined with that of his hippy mother, Lisa, a supporter of drug experimentation and promiscuous sex. The novel contrasts her search for personal freedom with Baruch’s search for structure—and eventually his ability to find a flexible blend of both.

THE LIFE AND ART OF GARY GECKLEMAN

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“The Life and Art of Gary Geckleman” is a coming-of-age novel. Gary must not only make the transition from boy to man, but to being an artist, and to become an American. Born on the Lower East Side and raised in the 1950’s, he comes from a family uprooted by the Holocaust. To be Jewish seems sad to him, full of loss and death. He prefers the glamour of the movies to his family to teach him what life is about, and how he should act.

One of the things I cherish most about my relationship with my mother-in-law is the loving, graceful, and penetrating way in which she has continually exposed our children and me to her passionate love of literature — while inculcating a deep appreciation of the commonalities of our cultural heritages. Her themes are universal: the struggle for identity, the embrace of the American Dream, remembrance of the past, reconciliation with the present, and hope for the future.

My life has been immeasurably blessed by Carole’s words, thoughts, heart, and soul — and I hope yours will be, too.

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More: Carole appeared in a fascinating documentary about the Red Star Line. Watch an extended trailer here.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke beats back Nanny Bloomberg’s big bucks

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:24

I told you the other day about NYC gun-control freak billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to unseat pro-Second Amendment Democrat Sheriff David Clarke in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

Colorado beat back Bloomberg’s big bucks. And now, Milwaukee County has, too. Congratulations, Sheriff Clarke:

Just after midnight on Wednesday — race results at FOX6Now.com showed 100% of precincts reporting — Clarke with 52% and Moews with 48%.

Later Wednesday morning, the race results at FOX6Now.com showed Clarke marked as the victor in the race — with 59,191 votes (52%). The results showed Moews with 54,549 votes (48%).

Sheriff David Clarke, in an address to the crowd at his election night gathering said he would have more to say later Wednesday.

Chris Moews challenged incumbent Sheriff David Clarke in the Democratic primary.

The race saw a lot of interest and spending from outside groups — questioning Sheriff Clarke’s position on issues like gun control.

Clarke is in his 12th year as Milwaukee County’s Sheriff. At times, he has been a controversial figure.

Clarke cast his ballot in private on Tuesday. His election night party was held at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites. About 50 supporters were expected at the party, along with Sheriff Clarke’s family.

Clarke ran as a Democrat, but is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights and is known for his outspoken radio ads.

Clarke was honored in 2013 with the “Sheriff of the Year” award from the Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke beats back Nanny Bloomberg’s big bucks

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:24

I told you the other day about NYC gun-control freak billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to unseat pro-Second Amendment Democrat Sheriff David Clarke in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.

Colorado beat back Bloomberg’s big bucks. And now, Milwaukee County has, too. Congratulations, Sheriff Clarke:

Just after midnight on Wednesday — race results at FOX6Now.com showed 100% of precincts reporting — Clarke with 52% and Moews with 48%.

Later Wednesday morning, the race results at FOX6Now.com showed Clarke marked as the victor in the race — with 59,191 votes (52%). The results showed Moews with 54,549 votes (48%).

Sheriff David Clarke, in an address to the crowd at his election night gathering said he would have more to say later Wednesday.

Chris Moews challenged incumbent Sheriff David Clarke in the Democratic primary.

The race saw a lot of interest and spending from outside groups — questioning Sheriff Clarke’s position on issues like gun control.

Clarke is in his 12th year as Milwaukee County’s Sheriff. At times, he has been a controversial figure.

Clarke cast his ballot in private on Tuesday. His election night party was held at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites. About 50 supporters were expected at the party, along with Sheriff Clarke’s family.

Clarke ran as a Democrat, but is a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights and is known for his outspoken radio ads.

Clarke was honored in 2013 with the “Sheriff of the Year” award from the Constitutional Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association.

The K Street president

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:19

The K Street president
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2014

Wonder of wonders: The Washington press corps woke up.

Finally, mainstream journalists are onto Barack Obama’s game. Their breaking-news shocker? Turns out all that “hope and change” stuff was just hot air. A new report from the D.C.-based press shows that — gasp — the White House is infested with Beltway lobbyists.

Good morning, sleepyheads!

According to Politico’s analysis published on Monday, the “Obama administration has hired about 70 previously registered corporate, trade association and for-hire lobbyists. And many of these former lobbyists work at the highest levels of government.”

Wait, there’s more. The “most transparent administration ever” is playing disclosure-dodging renaming games to hide lobbyists’ grubby paw prints. By officially de-registering as corporate lobbyists and morphing into “consultants,” “counselors” or “advisers,” Obama’s K Street operators can maintain the fiction of upholding the Great Agent of Change’s grand ethics pledge.

Remember: Back in the day, candidate Obama assailed the K Street crowd with righteous (or rather, left-eous) zeal. “I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over,” he thundered in 2007. In one of his first executive actions, he declared that the White House had closed “the revolving door that allows government officials to move to and from private sector jobs in ways that give that sector undue influence over government.”

But the reform-peddling candidate soon found it impossible to practice what he so sanctimoniously preached. Now, Obama depends on their “strategic advice” and Beltway wisdom. Here’s the White House’s chortle-inducing rationalization for elevating Broderick Johnson (husband of friend of the Obamas and NPR anchor Michele Norris, and longtime Democratic lobbyist for Microsoft, Pearson, JPMorgan Chase, Comcast, Fannie Mae and FedEx) as a top aide:

“The pledge does not bar anyone with prior lobbying experience from serving in this administration,” an Obama spokesman told Politico.com. “Broderick has substantial experience working in the Clinton administration, on the Hill and in the private sector in a variety of capacities, as well as on the president’s campaign. We welcome that mix of experience.”

That “mix of experience” also includes veteran Beltway lobbyist Cecilia Munoz, formerly of the National Council of La Raza and consultant to the Mexican government, who is now assistant to the president and director of the Domestic Policy Council — along with revolving-door beneficiaries Melody Barnes, Marc Berejka, Bradley Gillen and Sean Kennedy, all lobbyists turned Obama bureaucrats turned lobbyists again.

When Republicans hire lobbyists, it’s a culture of corruption and influence peddling. When Obama hires lobbyists, it’s a celebration of experience diversity.

Of course, these double standards and this double talk were clear from the outset. As I pointed out in my book “Culture of Corruption” five years ago this summer, the business-as-usual writing was on the wall from Day One. As soon as he was elected, Obama threw open his doors to the nation’s leading lobbyists and professional D.C. back-scratchers:

Attorney General Eric Holder was registered as a lobbyist at Covington and Burling. Tim Vilsack, former Iowa governor and Obama’s first agriculture secretary, was a registered lobbyist for the National Education Association. Ron Klain, Vice President Joe Biden’s first chief of staff, was a lobbyist at O’Melveny and Myers. Leon Panetta was a lobbyist-lite who raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars from corporations in “consulting fees.” Former Goldman Sachs lobbyist Mark Patterson served as chief of staff to former Treasury Secretary-turned-lobbyist Tim Geithner.

But now the K Street president is news?

Like the old saying goes: There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.

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