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    I don't agree with Bloomberg creating a nanny state with his anti-gun laws and stupid soda ban, but I agree with him and this quote says it all.

    "If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kinds of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea," said the mayor.

    Just because you dislike what this group is saying doesn't mean their freedoms should be infringed.
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    Some times Bloomberg hits it right on the head. If the pro-israel faction wants to counter it, they can have a rally as well. There are too many people who think being anti-isreal is the same thing as being anti-semitic.
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    @Yank I wonder why so many of you who support the Palestinians "regaining their homeland" never mention that ALL of Jordan and a bit of Syria was also the Palestinian "Homeland" yet why do I never hear you complaining and griping about THAT like you do with Israel. Israel took that land in a war with the Arab world. We took the land from the Indians. Same thing. Except Israel did not ask for the war, we did. I am not Jewish nor Israeli but I can read and I know the Palestinians for who they are. They have ALWAYS been the terrorists of the Middle East. Long before there was an Israel. It is anti Semitic to be anti Israel. You're supporting Islamic terrorists. It's that simple.
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    @jessejaymes this isn't a historical who's right or wrong. The fact that Palestinians have alway been the N word of the Middle East is irrelevant to this thread. What we're talking about is Bloomberg supporting an anti Israel event to take place. at Brooklyn College. Why This is debatable mystifies me why Councilman Dov ? wants to limit dialog to only what he wants to hear on the subject is ludicrous
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    @martydotcom It's all relevant to we wouldn't allow a pro Al-queda rally/seminar/guy with a bullhorn to go off on Israel. It's the same thing with the Pali supporters. This is very little different to a KKK rally as far as I'm concerned. We have a treaty with Israel and I'm very big on keeping our treaties since we almost never do. If the govt give notice and terminates a treaty in responsible fashion I can live with that. But while we have that treaty we have an obligation to not allow the aiding and abetting of those who would destroy Israel. It's a matter of honor to me. We have a treaty. Taxpayer funding goes to that school. If they receive no taxes they have a right. if they do, they don't.
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    @jessejaymes what do you call the Israelis when the build their illegal settlements and displace the Palestinians already there? How about when they use TANKS when the Palestinians refuse to move?
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    @Vance1 - I thought this discussion was about Bloomberg, but then I remembered how you like to bring Obama-bashing into each and every comment thread.
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    Unfortunately, he also is a Billionnaire who has control of the NYC Police force, which he literally said, then retracted, that he is "in control of the 7th largest military force in the world..." Which he really feels IS true and, arguably, is! He also, given all of his money, having a good stake of several media corporations, not to mention his own, owning many legislators in various localities in NY runs more than just NYC, rather a lot of NY, itself! He also is SCARED of We, the People, being completely against our 2nd amendment Right(s), and now going out of office, is going further against OUR 2nd amendment rights. He has personal bodyguards who carry firearms, but knows that We, the People, are a PROBLEM while we are able, and have the RIGHT to be "armed." He and many other of the wealthy, elite, are very scared, and should be. However, he also has his hand in the pockets of many of the country's legislators = there is easily tyranny in the govt, brought about by people like Bloomberg, Soros, the Koch brothers, etc. Pushing their agendas and making ours (we, the people) more secondary to their interests. Yes, we get one vote, Bloomberg gets a vote, and has the money to go beyond just 1 vote, but to have, essentially, several votes, being able to PERSONALLY speak with other state's legislators & push their agendas, given their money & media influence. Btw, the guy has the RIGHT to the 1st amendment, but it is sad that he can have SUCH a powerful VOICE that speaks for the wealthy few, vs. the "rest of us." I call my congressmen weekly, if not other day at times; where as Bloomberg has the $s to sit and TALK with MY Senators, that are not either of New York's Senators, and only one wouldn't listen to him.. but, wait, he's a multi-millionaire, himself! Sorry about the run on, but Bloomberg, also in his anti-Israeli talk, actually is heard by more then just a few people, rather many, given the "power" that he holds. Lastly, you really ought to hear about his feelings, and others who are uber-weaithy, know better how "WE, the People" should be "run," along with how "they" can better run "our money" than we know how to do... I was not surprised, at all, about what Romney said regarding the 47% of Americans... Bloomberg has his own opinions beyond just trying to disarm us... Scarey, very scarey!
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    This blow hard Nanny Bloomberg is a hypocrite of the tallest order.

    He says if you want to go to university that makes the decisions for you.... blah blah blah liberal blah

    ..... and not 1 mention of him making decisions for all of New York on how much soda they can drink and how they can protect themselves.
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    City politics have no business in International politics. A good example of this is Santa Monica California and Berkley California. Those two cities are virtual bastions of DICTATORSHIPS to their common citizens but yet have the audacity to take the rest of the world to task for being "repressive". Bloomberg is wrong.
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    I don't get Bloomberg. On one hand he says if you want government to control your life, you should go to N Korea. On the other, come to New York and attempt to buy a large soda. Where's the consistency?
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    It is obvious only to the beholder, millions voted for him, how then can they be wrong? It is a democracy right??? Sometimes I think I live on an alternative planet...possibly an alternative universe. Stupidly seems to rule universally because nobody wants to think beyond their own back door!
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    Wait a minute. I do support the first amendment. But isn't this racist hate speech? How can public money be used for that? Would he let the kkk have a rally there? Or a prayer group?whatever you do you have to be consistent.
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    How is it racist or hate speech? Not supporting Isreal and calling them to task for their human rights record (while hypocritical) is not anti-semitic.
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    @Yank I don't know. Racism has gotten confusing lately. It's ok to hate Israel? But racist to hate Jews? So as long as I hate Palestine and their terrorist offshoots its ok. But to hate Palestinians? If I support Israel am I racist toward Palestinians? If being anti Israel isn't racist then the first amendment protects them.
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    "How can public money be used for that?" What public money? What money, period? How much does it cost to gather and walk around carrying signs and listening to speeches?
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    Love how when Israel defends themselves they are the bad guys, Palestine shoots rockets at them, Israel responds and Israel is the big bad bully. These kids are idiots and Bloomburg is an anti-semite.
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    Bloomberg supports any group that is anti-American,an example, his support for a Muslim mosque to be built right next to 9/11, twin-towers where 3,000.Americans were murdered.
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    How about a boycott for rounding up africans including children and holding them in camps for deportation?
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    I'm pretty sure the $3 billion we give Israel every year will help them withstand the awful prospect of being criticized by a one-time panel in an obscure university over its maintenance of an enormous open air prison for Palestinians.
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    You posted,"I'm pretty sure the $3 billion we give Israel every year will help them withstand (the awful prospect of being criticized by a one-time panel in an obscure university..." You mean, like he was only a obscure Communist in the State Department, What could he, being there, hurt, Or It was only a small decision,up-held by the Supreme court,ie,presedent after presedent,used to rule on other similar cases.
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    Bloomerleg is another P.C. ass clown. He is just another liber. Now if it was somebody protesting the the brother hood or if it was. Protesting illegals he would be the first one to put a stop to it
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    When Israel was first established, it was supported by "the Soviet Union, the Communist Party, labor unions, radical university professors, progressive entertainers and others whose knees automatically jerked in a leftward direction."
    Now supporting Israel is a right-wing cause and criticizing it is left-wing. Why is that?
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    That is something I simply do not understand. When I was young the right win HATED Israel and all the liberals were in LOCKSTEP with Israel. Now it's exactly the opposite. There is no rhyme or reason for this.
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    @jessejaymes Though the republican party hasn't changed that much in the last 50 years or so, the democratic party sure has. Both my parents were staunch, working, union supportive democrats. Remember Mom crying that fateful day in Nov, 1963 (I was 7 yrs old). They never would believe that their working Democratic party has changed to this. The Repubs are for the rich, the Democrats are (now) for the poor (entitled). We need a 3rd party for the working middle class before that class disappears. Maybe the United Workers Party (think the Chinese would sue for copy right infringement?)
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    @stepped_in_it I honestly don't think this country can be saved. Between the ultra rich owning both parties in congress and the side social issues that the Dems are willing to spend 10 million per person trying to enforce legislating people's minds, I think we're done.
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    Don't care for bloomberg but in this case he is sticking up for the 1st amendment, wish he was man enough to do the same for the 2nd amendment. Chances are he will chamge his position when something is said that he does not want promoted.
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    A thought for you to ponder. Do you think a a common sense, practical person with principal and a commited sense of responsibility could ever make it in politics?
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  • #116
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    Look The truth is, Israel has actually aided the US on several operations involving military that allowed us to come in and do what we needed to do in certain regions.
    They have literally GIVEN us technology and some is in the works right now that we could actually manufacture and sell around the world. Israel is the only stabalized country over there and we must stand with them as they have stood with us.....OF COURSE...we never heard about any of it....I just happened to know this....first hand....
    Most of us don't know anything about Israeli and US relations...behind the scenes! it is anti semetic and unwelcome anywhere! We wouldn't allow such bantoring against, say, Palestine. We must not join in this wrongful destruction of a friendly, democratic nation....
  • #102
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    Will theTea Party separate itself from the republican party....
    The Tea Party has seemed to becoming to a cross-roads and may have to make a decision whether to stay with the republican party or separate itselfs from the party for good and join another political party to make its opinions and its candidates opinions count.
    The Tea party conservatives and independents are beginning to believe that they have misplaced their loyalities when they joined the republican party thinking that the republican party stood for the same conservative principles as they did only to discover that there is a core group of establishment republicans whos beliefs are more in line with the liberal democrat party than the conservative values.
    The Tea Party which strongly believes in the importance of family values, patriotism, and the importance of political office holders to have a sense of moral integrity in carrying out the duties of their office while representing us are beginning to have doubts about the repubicans having the same principles.
    Perhaps the Tea party will become a independent 3rd. political party believing that both major political parties fail to truly represent the American people any longer and the voters will cast their votes for a party that does.
    Karl Rove, supposedly speaking for the establishment republican's liberal elite, has declared the parties intentions to disown the Tea Party hoping to gain the votes of the liberals and the minorities. This shows a character flaw in the establishent republicans that they're now willing to throw the Tea Party out to win office when they welcomed them when they wanted and needed their votes.
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