The Land of the Free????

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Michael Ramirez is the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for Investors Business Daily

Am I living in America, the “land of the free”?? Every day that I “put two feet on the floor” and turn to the news, I am astounded at the speed with which our country is changing……and not for the better!! In just the past few days, we have a major news network suggesting without one speck of verification that the shooter in Aurora had a “possible” link to the Tea Party. Is this the new journalism? I would dare to say that there is more than sufficient evidence to suggest that it is. Then, we have the Mayors of two U.S. cities, Boston and New York responsible for these ridiculous words and actions: 

By Michelle Malkin  •  July 25, 2012 04:17 AM

It’s one thing for Hollywood moppets and television Muppets to protest Chick-fil-A over the fast-food chain president’s support for traditional marriage. They’re private citizens and entities. But when an elected public official wields the club of government against a Christian business in the name of “tolerance,” it’s not harmless kid stuff. It’s chilling.

This week, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino declared, “Chick-fil-A doesn’t belong in Boston.” He recklessly slandered the company by accusing it of “discriminat(ing) against the population.” And he warned ominously: “If they need licenses in the city, it will be very difficult — unless they open up their policies.”

Drawing on the city’s history, he railed against the restaurant empire’s plans to build a franchise near a famed path: “We’re an open city. We’re a city that’s at the forefront of inclusion. That’s the Freedom Trail. That’s where it all started right here. And we’re not going to have a company, Chick-fil-A or whatever the hell the name is, on our Freedom Trail.”

Poverty is on track to rise to the highest nationwide levels since the 1960s. Boston’s jobless rate has been stuck at 6 percent. The city’s May employment numbers were revised downward for the second month in a row; in June, the city shed 2,600 jobs. Chick-fil-A employs some 50,000 workers across the country at 1,500 outlets in nearly 40 states and the District of Columbia. The company generates more than $4 billion in annual revenues and serves millions of happy customers looking for affordable food in a family-friendly setting.

Menino must have a darned good reason for meddling with government licensing decisions and turning away one of America’s most successful private employers, right?

Wrong. Menino’s beef with the beloved chicken sandwich supplier is as full of holes as Chick-fil-A’s trademark waffle fries. It’s Menino who is engaging in blatant viewpoint and religious discrimination against an out-and-proud company whose leadership embraces biblically based principles and values.

In an interview with the Baptist Press last month, Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy talked about his personal support of traditional family values and fidelity. “(Guilty) as charged,” he told the reporter. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”

As I reported last year, the Cathy family’s commitments to “glorify God” and “enrich the lives of everyone we touch” have made them public enemies of the progressive left. Never mind that the company’s community service initiatives have supported foster care, summer camp scholarships and marriage enrichment. Never mind Chick-fil-A’s family-strengthening and faith-enhancing decision to forgo profits and close every Sunday to give workers a day of worship and rest.

Anti-Christian organizers have been staging boycotts and smear campaigns against “anti-gay” Chick-fil-A for the past year. An activist lesbian reporter for The New York Times poured fuel on the fire. The proprietors of The Muppets are just the latest to take a public stand.

It’s their right. It’s also the right of Chick-fil-A supporters to organize social media campaigns, exercise their free speech and exercise the power of their pocketbooks to back the company.

What’s disturbing is the flippant schadenfreude with which Tinseltown starlets such as actress Eliza Dushku are cheering Menino’s threat to Chick-fil-A’s First Amendment rights. “That’s right, B!” she tweeted along with a link to Menino’s attack. What’s galling is the self-serving smugness of PC police such as Menino, who defended his vendetta against Chick-fil-A by bragging, “We’re a leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.”

Social justice and economic opportunity “for all” — as long as you hold the proper political and social views. This is ugly repressive civility enforced with government brass knuckles. Boston’s Founding Fathers must be steaming in their graves.

And then there are these next three gems from New York’s Mayor Bloomberg as also reported at Michelle Malkin.com:

Bloomberg: Maybe cops across the country should go on strike until tougher gun control laws are passed

By Doug Powers • July 24, 2012 03:28 PM

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the Aurora shooting by immediately calling for stricter gun control measures, but his follow-up to that is one of the more ridiculous and irresponsible things I’ve heard a politician say in a while — and considering I spend a great deal of time listening to Joe Biden, that’s saying something.

Transcript by way of John Hayward at Human Events:

“I don’t understand why the police officers across this country don’t stand up, collectively, and say: ‘We’re gonna go on strike. We’re not gonna protect you unless you, the public, through your legislature, do what’s required to keep us safe.’ After all, police officers want to go home to their families, and we’re doing everything we can to make their job more difficult – and more importantly, more dangerous – by leaving guns in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, and letting people who have those guns, and letting people who have those guns buy things like armor-piercing bullets,” Bloomberg complained.

My first question is if this “strike” Bloomberg’s calling for would include those officers in the NYPD who are a part of the Big Gulp Crusader’s personal security detail. I think I already know the answer to that.

And now for the inevitable mention of the law of unintended consequences: If people are led to believe that all law enforcement officials might up and abandon their jobs and the public will be completely on its own in an increasingly anarchic environment, what item will find its way onto many shopping lists? Think it through, Mr. Mayor:

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air sets Bloomberg straight:

Perhaps Bloomberg missed a couple of civics lessons in school (which would explain more than a few of his initiatives), but police don’t get to write their own laws and impose them by force on the populace. Neither do they get to decide whether and when they will enforce the law or let criminals run rampant in order to terrorize our communities into complying with their idea of what the law should be. In America, the people create the law, and the police uphold and enforce it. If individual police officers don’t like the law, they can work through the democratic process to change those laws, or they can find another line of work.

Ditto for politicians willing to try to use public safety and fear as pawns for their legislative wants.

Update: The walkback got underway quickly, possibly after somebody informed Bloomberg that he was, you know, encouraging people to break the law:

Mayor Bloomberg appeared to distance himself Tuesday from comments he made on a talk show suggesting that the nation’s police officers should “go on strike” to demand tougher gun laws.

“I didn’t mean literally go on strike,” he said at a Tuesday event about the economic impact of same-sex marriage. “In fact, in New York, they can’t go on strike. There’s a law against it.

So, The Nanny wants police to go on a figurative strike?

Oh, but wait…………………………….there is even more from Mayor Bloomberg:

Mayor Bloomberg launches contest to develop NYC apartments roughly the size of Altoids boxes

By Doug Powers  •  July 10, 2012 10:05 AM (Michelle Malkin.com)

Bloomberg’s thinking here is obvious: People will be far less likely to buy a Big Gulp if they know the cup won’t fit in their apartment:

And you thought your apartment was small.

Mayor Bloomberg launched a contest Monday to stir development of teeny-tiny apartments — called micro units — for young singles willing to cram themselves into shoebox-sized digs.

The new closetlike flats will be just 275 to 300 square feet — larger than a jail cell but smaller than a mobile home — and will have special permission to ignore city rules requiring newly built apartments to exceed 400 square feet.

“The city’s demographics have changed,” Bloomberg said. “It used to be the average household was a family, a couple of adults and some children.”

That meant that the city was filled with larger dwellings, leaving just 1 million studios and one bedrooms — not nearly enough for the 1.8 million one-and two-person households.

At a news conference Monday, the mayor announced a contest seeking a developer for about 80 micro units at a city-owned parking lot on E. 27th St. in Kips Bay.

No word yet on when Sardine Estates (featuring hot and cold running nannies) will be available for people to rent.

The NY Daily News features a comparison between one of the mayor’s places and a proposed unit in Bloomberg’s Claustrophobia Meadows:

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Bloomberg owns 11 homes, and from all appearances I’m guessing none of them have even a bathroom that’s less than 275 square feet.

And, then, apparently Mayor Bloomberg just can’t help himself as this article from today at Michelle Malkin.com seems to suggest:

Mayor Bloomberg setting nanny sights on alcohol now?

By Doug Powers  •  July 25, 2012 11:32 AM

Ask and ye shall receive:

Having attacked smoking, trans fats and sugary drinks, the Bloomberg administration is ramping up its campaign against alcohol abuse, The Post has learned.

The city Health Department will be conducting a massive, 50-question telephone survey of New Yorkers to get a better handle on the level of alcohol abuse in the city.

“We routinely conduct surveys about important health issues to learn more about them, and underage and excessive drinking are serious health issues,” said Health Department spokesman Sam Miller.

The Nanny has been known to enjoy a beer from time to time, and there’s a good chance he was staring at a frosted mug of the stuff when he asked himself, “hey, how come I’m not trying to control how much of this everybody can have?” If the mayor is unhappy with the results of the survey, look for Bloomberg to encourage guards at city drunk tanks to go on strike.

Sources at Bloomberg’s Health Ministry tell me that any New Yorker who can make it through all 50 questions without having to go to the bathroom will be deemed to not have a drinking problem — and then the salt, soda, smoking habit and air conditioning usage portions of the interrogation can proceed. 

Oh my dear beloved Yankess………………………………………………..get the heck out of New York before Bloomberg has you all wearing a suit of armor to ensure your safety and encases the stadium in protective glass or steel bars so that none of your fans gets hit by an errant ball!!!!!

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