They should be using an image of a leering Uncle Sam to illustrate the NSA's domestic spying on American citizens.
That the Right finds it necessary to utilize such sleaziness says far more about their personal demons then it does about Obamacare.
Oh my! Are these the same conservatives who advocate pillorying anyone who in their view are disrespectful of that other US symbol, the flag?
I think that tightening the eligibility restrictions is perhaps not the right move at this time. Despite that some people will game the system or grow too comfortable on it, I think that's just the cost of having a working safety net. Anybody's situation can change and I for one know that I would not want to starve.
There is a fair bit of food stamp fraud in my Rochester neighborhood. I've seen people trading in their food stamps to corner stores for cash - the stores pay about 50 cents on the dollar. I've been approached in Save A Lot by other shoppers asking to cash out my groceries with their food stamps in exchange for my cash, offering me a discount. I've seen tenants lend their food stamp cards to landlords as a way to cover whatever remainder of the rent was not paid by social services.
People who need food assistance and get food stamps but for whatever reason don't manage to convert their food stamps to food end up getting food mainly by working the soup kitchen and food pantry circuit. There are multiple free hot meals served throughout the city daily, enough so that you could go from one to the next all day long.
I would like to see a concerted effort to identify and reduce fraud, especially going after stores and recipients who are colluding to sell the food stamps basically for drugs. As it is, I don't see that this is happening. I have never heard about any arrests or seen any corner store's food stamp machine taken away. In the grand scheme of the overall program, the fraud may be a relatively small percentage. But in some of our city neighborhoods the fraud is pronounced. It's waste to the taxpayer and I think ends up harming the benefit recipient too. If we would aggressively tackle this fraud, I think the general public would feel better about the program and the good that it does.
Or maybe these teenagers PARENTS, the ones who are supposed to teach them how to be good adults, should give them a good whupping or teach them some manners. Don't make the town or a movie theater do the parenting.
It is difficult to understand and at the same time frustrating, for me,that after countless reviews of the recent, infamous You-Tube Video of the unfortunate incident between a Rochester Resident and the Rochester Police Department (RPD); that this incident is still being brought into the "lime light" by the NAACP and more recently Rochester City Council (RCC). This past week RCC questioned, in a public forum, Police Chief James Sheppard and his officer's actions or behavior for the method through which his officer arrested the Rochester Resident. As well, City Council is also questioning Sheppard's " insensitivity " to the event and his responces to the public over the last couple of weeks.
Granted the review process by the Mayor, RCC, civilian and police internal are needed to be fair and impartial to the police officer, at the scene, that made the arrest. Perhaps even Chief Jim Sheppard's future with the RPD. The review process will certainly generate and then recommend praise or punishment for both Police Officer and Department Chief.
In my opinion the video clearly demonstrates a very uncooperative citizen with total disregard and lack of respect for anything or anyone at the scene that day. Clearly, she did not follow any of the officer's commands to comply and submit to being hand-cuffed. Also, she punched the police officer before the video process began and also threatened the officer with pepper spray.
It is also documented in the video that the police officer did not punch the woman in the back of the head but rather using a semi-opened fist hand slapping the person in the back of the head. The officer then took the resident to the ground to be hand-cuffed. The police officer showed extreme restraint and followed Rochester Police Procedure in every possible way.
As reported by the Democrat and Chronicle: " While inside a patrol car just after the altercation, Hardaway repeatedly threatened to harm the involved police officers and used profanity, court documents allege. She also allegedly kicked the interior of the patrol car, spit inside the car and admitted she hit an officer to prevent him from arresting her brother. She’s also accused of wielding a can of pepper spray ".
" Hardaway is facing a six-count indictment, which includes two felonies — second-degree assault and attempted obstructing governmental administration by means of self-defense spray device. She is also charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, unlawfully possessing or selling noxious material, third-degree menacing and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, according to the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office. Her brother, Romengeno, was charged last week with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest and was released ".
Hardaway has been arrested, charged and indicted by a Monroe County Grand Jury of her piers for several counts but the NAACP is still asking for Chief Sheppard's resignation and punishment for the arresting officer. Please help me to understand why the NAACP is asking for Sheppard's resignation ?
I have met Jim Sheppard and found him to be one of the best Police Chief's in the history of Law Enforcement in Rochester, NY. Jim worked his way from the " bottom to the top " of police ranks by reaching out to the community; by involving people in their own specific community problems; by providing solutions to take back their streets in positive ways while working with the Rochester Police Department; by helping to create a new downtown police headquarters as per the Mayor of Rochester's wishes; and countless other efforts to include and reach out to the community.
What are the issues with the NAACP ? Why are the NAACP trying to continue to embarrass the Rochester Police Dept. and undo any positive progress made to date ? Why was I taught to respect and follow commands / directions by any police officer and why wasn't Hardaway ?
When is the day that our Rochester Community will work with police instead of against police ?
May I , respectfully, be the voice of reason? First, for Richards to run, he needs a campaign organization...but does not have one, because his was the Democratic party organization. Second, he needs the money to run, and , unless he funds himself, business people from outside of the city are his funders. And, worse, all the Democrat elected officials from the Governor down, must support Ms. Warren! Which then means, he is toast!
That said, there is one unfinished piece of business...the Sienna pol. Please check the records. Since a "pol" with a political agenda, started to run the poll (which he sells to media companies who do not want to be seen as stupid), they have been wrong time and again! Please look at their poll in the Dorley-Taylor race for DA. Same pattern, I fear.
Last, why are we worrying about this anyway? Richards will exit and Lovely will be Mayor! All the rest is articulated by the song "Rosie it's you and me tonight"...
Mr. Richards should continue to campaign because he has a good chance of winning.
How Alex White changes his strategies is irrelevent. He has no chance of winning.
Replacing Joe Morelle? There are plenty of Democrats in Rochester who would be willing to do it.
Will David Gantt clean out City Hall and replace them with his people? Yes.
Will Chief Sheppard go? Yes.
Will Mr. Gantt's chief acolytes get jobs at City Hall. Yes. Many of them are already on the city payroll.
The business community? They will continue to do as they have always done. Nothing will change there.
How much influence in Rochester's government will Mr. Gantt have? Mr. Gantt will be the most powerful man in Rochester, and control it just like he has controlled his candidate's campaign with an iron fist from start until the finish.
Richards needs to throw in the towel. He was defeated this time and will be the next time if he continues. He surely does not take defeat well.
Yes, Mr. Richards should stay in the race.
He has the Independence and Working Family Party lines. Mr. Richards will probably get the support of the Republicans as well in the November election. Adding that to his already sizable Democratic base of support, Mr. Richards could probably win.
The Democratic primary didn't reflect all of Rochester. Mr. Gantt knows this, which is why his people are demanding that Mr. Richards withdraw.
But that's what can happen in a one-party town.
And a lot will depend on who the Republicans will choose to openly endorse, if they do it in the next couple of days.
If Mr. Richards stays in the race, the Republicans will decide who the next mayor will be.
Only in a strange situation like this are the Rochester Republicans good for anything. As much as Mr. Gantt and his people hate the Republicans, it wouldn't surprise me if they were making overtures to the Republican Party to enlist their support.
One is almost, ALMOST, given to feel sorry for Tom Richards.
First, after spending several years acting as Bob Duffy’s flunky, he gets rewarded with the mayor’s job only to discover he is only an “acting mayor” and has to run in a special election to become the real thing.
Next, federal officials determined that there were sufficient questions about the legality of his appointment to force him to resign in order to remain in the campaign
Then, with a re-treaded Bill “Fast Ferry” Johnson capturing 43% of the vote, Richards squeaks through to victory with less then half of the total vote.
And after unsuccessfully trying to persuade Lovely Warren not to force a primary, Richards runs an inept and lackluster campaign and goes down to an ignominious defeat last Tuesday.
Now, as the final humiliation, Richards is given two options. Pack it in now and look like a sore loser. Or run as a third party candidate and have his head handed to him (again) in November.
But of course, at the end of this sorry saga, the biggest losers will be the citizens of Rochester who, come January, will be installing their fourth unqualified mayor in 37 months.
"But this morning’s Democrat and Chronicle editorial telling Superintendent Bolgen Vargas and the school board to “reassess” was simplistic to the point of being ridiculous."
Simplistic" and "ridiculous" (or "sanctimonious”, “self-serving”, “disingenuous” , or "just plain laughable”) pretty much sums up ANY D&C editorial.
Uncommon and Rochester Prep do not limit the enrollment of special education students.
Parties other than Republican and Democrat do have primaries. In Buffalo, the incumbent Democrat mayor received the Conservative designation through "transactional" means. His Republican opponent challenged him for it in the primary, and may have succeeded (pending count of absentee and write-in votes).
That said, Presbyterians do not have primaries -- you know, predestination and all...
Ahhh, but RaChaCha, was there even a Primary Election for either of those other two parties?
And I had no idea that Presbyterians were a political party!
Richards ought to know when to quit
He's the candidate of 2 political parties, and on the ballot for the general election. I'd say "when to quit" campaigning is 9PM on election night. You know, right after everyone in the city -- Dems, Reps, Blanks, WFPs, Greens, Presbyterians, etc. -- have had the chance to make their selection.
You don't want them to have that choice--?
Frankly, if Richards continues his campaign, it will divide Rochester's Democrats even further. It also means that Richards will depend heavily on Independents and Republicans to win re-election...and the Republicans ran a surreptitious "Republicans for Johnson" campaign during the "special election."
As for what happens in City Hall once Lovely is elected, she need look no further than Richards' predecessor, Bob Duffy, for what to do. He cleaned out City Hall entirely, and that included replacing Cedric Alexander with David Moore as police chief.
As for Lovely's connection to David Gantt, what about Richards' connection to Bob Duffy?
No, Richards has been rejected by the majority of voters in the Democratic Primary, something he has feared since 2010!
Richards was appointed deputy mayor by Bob Duffy thirty seconds after re-registering as a Democrat, the sole purpose of which was for Richards to succeed Duffy on Rochester's mayoral throne.
Richards then demanded a "special election" to avoid a Democratic primary. There were several prominent Democrats in Rochester with that lean and hungry look, eying the mayoral throne. The "special election" nipped their ambitions in the bud, but Richards won with less than 50% of the popular vote.
In January 2013, Duffy tried to warn Lovely away from running for mayor, once again to avoid a primary election that would show Richards was just not all that popular with Rochester's Democrats.
This is exactly what happened when Lovely refused to back down.
Despite running her campaign on a shoestring, Lovely's people did get out the vote and soundly trounced Richards in the Primary Election this week. Richards' people were either lulled into a false sense of security by the two Siena Polls or they really lacked conviction in Richards as mayor to bother to come out to the polls in full force, which would have settled this argument once and for all.
Instead, Richards is mulling over the option of continuing his campaign, to try and get a second bite at the apple.
Richards ought to know when to quit, because his continuing to campaign in the face of his defeat at the Democratic Primary will simply mean that he never took his conversion to the Democratic Party seriously. It was simply a case of political expedience, and his continued presence in this campaign will split the Democratic Party in Rochester.
"What’s in a name? that which we call a Dem
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Richards would, were he not Democrat call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Tom, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself."
I am not at all impressed with all of this hand-wringing.
For whatever reason, the Democratic Party voters who cared enough to show up at the polls chose Lovely Warren as their mayoral candidate. It does not matter what the circumstances were - they showed up. So, Lovely Warren is the Democratic candidate, fair and square. Fine!
Tom Richards will have his name on the ballot twice - on the Independence and Working Families lines. So he is a doubly visible candidate with the incumbent's credentials. Good!
Alex White is on the ballot on the Green Party line. Another perfectly legitimate candidate whose voice and opinions have been consistent and strong in our community for years. Excellent!
Finally, the GOP has admitted that they are not a viable party, at least in the City, and are nowhere to be found. I, for one, don't miss them at all.
So, we have three visible and viable candidates, each with a fair chance and each with a dramatically different personality and vision. The voters are not so dull as to be incapable of making a decision based upon individual qualifications rather than party label.
It's time to forget the primaries and the party labels. Think of them as running under the labels Orange, Blue, and Purple if you wish, and focus on the candidates themselves.
Defeat is definitely something Howard Eagle knows a thing or two about. He's the Anthony Giordano of School Board elections.
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