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May 21, 2013 2:42 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Nationionwide Sequestration Cuts To Head Start Will Hit Home

May 21, 2013 5:11 PM
Years spent bouncing between states and continents through tours with the U.S. military caused the Mannoia family’s definition of “home” to change significantly.

Things grew even less stable after D’Angelo Mannoia and Crystal Mannoia split, leaving then 4-year-old Isabella with a distaste for school.

Until she enrolled in Head Start at Bridgehampton, that is.

“She’s doing great,” said her mom, Ms. Mannoia, an East Hampton resident, speaking recently from the Head Start location in Bridgehampton. She described her now 6-year-old daughter, who graduated from the program, as a “social butterfly,” “a very girly girl” and “very good at math.” Isabella’s younger sister Danica currently attends the program.

Ms. Mannoia is just one of many passionate advocates of the federally funded preschool program who fear the effects that recent budget cuts will have on society’s most at-risk population.

On March 1, budget sequestration kicked into effect, forcing across-the-board cuts in certain federal spending categories. For Head Start, that translated into a 5.27-percent budget cut to individual grants. On Long Island, that resulted in an approximately $800,000 cut. Long Island Head Start locations are going to be closing the program early this year, and possibly opening it later next year, to make up the cut, said Carol Burnett, the community outreach/recruitment coordinator for Long Island Head Start.

“We don’t want to have to do that,” said Ms. Burnett. “We don’t know at this point the exact date we’re closing and opening up, so it’s probably going to be earlier and later than in the past. I can tell you right now, these children are going to be in unsafe surroundings.”

The program will remain open for at least until the first week of June, according to a letter to parents penned by Debrah Garcia, the CEO/executive director of Long Island Head Start. Other impacts from cuts could include reduction to Head Start/Early Head Start enrollment, staff layoffs, administrative position reductions, cuts in contracts and lease agreements, wrote Ms. Garcia.

“We realize that these decisions will have a distressing impact on our Head Start and Early Head Start children, family and staff,” Ms. Garcia wrote. “However, these decisions must be made in order to absorb the approximately $800,000 budget cut.”

U.S. Representative Tim Bishop called sequestration a “horrible strategy.” It was implemented this year as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011. The act provided for a few things: reduction in expenses by approximately $1 trillion over the course of the next 10 years to deal with the federal deficit, and the creation of a supercommittee charged with reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. If the group failed to come up with a plan then sequestration would be the law of the land—a mandatory cut of $1.2 trillion over the next decade. That affects programs like Head Start.

Mr. Bishop said in most of his 11 years of Congress there have been efforts each year to reduce Head Start funding, with critics calling it an ineffective program, and that ongoing funding of it amounts to throwing good money after bad.

“My opinion is that this is a federal program that has worked, that students who have gone through Head Start generally enter kindergarten and first grade, and so on, with somewhat of an advantage,” Mr. Bishop said. “And if you ask any educator how do we improve high school graduation rates, their response would be early childhood, early childhood, early childhood.”

The majority of the more than 50 students at the Bridgehampton Head Start hail from East Hampton and Springs, said Tara Daniels, the center manager. The program is important to families in many ways, said Daphne Gil, formerly the Bridgehampton Head Start center manager. That goes beyond simply education—for some, the meals and snacks served at Head Start can mean the difference between eating or not. She recalls one boy who went through a huge growth spurt under the program. He entered the program underweight and malnourished, and could barely speak, she said. Now he’s in first grade, speaking English and Spanish, reading and writing, and playing soccer.

“Those are the moments,” she said. “I would look at that little boy, how he changed from someone you wouldn’t even believe lived in America to this thriving, amazing kid. That, to me, is what we do.”

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Hey Phil it was Obamas idea for sequestration. It is actually a good idea.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 23, 13 9:34 PM
Taibbi is a left wing blogger.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 28, 13 12:21 PM
of course in your mind he is. You are a left winger and he is a left wing blogger. He's preaching your gospel
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 29, 13 9:51 AM
He is so insignificant that he isnt even fact checked by an organization.
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 31, 13 11:09 AM
According to the Sullivan group (in independent accuracy group) Rush Limbaugh is factually correct 99.1% of the time. How do you feel about Rush? My point is there is typically a study that promotes every parties agenda (im sure there a studies by libs that shows he lies 99% of the time). Taibbi is so insignificant that no one even cares to check him. The fact that YOU say he's correct has zero merit
By razza5350 (1911), East Hampton on May 31, 13 4:24 PM
Taibbi is not only a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, he has also published six books, of which "The Great Derangement" was one of my favorites. If you really want an awesome look into dishonesty, corruption, and all the other brilliant D.C. behavior, then you'd really like "Smells Like Dead Elephants: Dispatches from a rotting Empire".

He's great in the tradition of men like P.J. O'Rourke, and Hunter S. Thompson whose wit and humor grant a few laughs just when you should be p****d ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 31, 13 4:41 PM
Obama Regime's initial idea, Obama's ideology keeps Washington from functioning. Now Major Scandals, mostly ignored by liberal media, hinders any chance of compromise.
By kpjc (161), east quogue on May 24, 13 6:29 AM
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with all you post you must have a lot of time on your hands. wondering if you suck off the system and dont have a job, just an obama phone and sucking off the system like the rest of the losers who vote for him!!
By J. Totta (106), Sag Harbor on May 24, 13 9:57 AM
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Crashed when Nancy P took Speaker position
By kpjc (161), east quogue on May 24, 13 11:18 AM
The republicans put forth a bill that would have let Barak the Munificent, peace be upon Him, decide where the cuts would be made. A real leader would have taken that option in a heartbeat, but unfortunately for us, the Eunich in Chief refused. We all know that there is enough waste in government to make the cuts without taking away Head Start, but that would show that the bloated beauracracy in DC can do its' job with less taxpayer funds.
Phil, why does your definition of 'comprimise' mean ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 24, 13 6:32 AM
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Sequestration doesn't even put a dent in the defecit, and Obama wanted less cuts. The man is irresponsible and taking us to a path of insolvency.but the Republicans did it Phil. LOL
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 24, 13 6:48 AM
kinda like baseline budgetting where less growth than anticipated is a cut! 15% cut across the board with the head of each department making the reccommendations on where the cuts are made, approved by our boy Barry. Let the fearless leader lead, if He can.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 24, 13 8:15 PM
Hey guys, back to the story please. What I want to know is how does a 5.7% cut in funding equal closing the program for 6 months to a year? Is this the kind of math Head Start was teaching little Isabella? I expect this kind of math from Tim (You Can't Deport 12 Million Criminals) Bishop but as for the administration of Head Start they are either incompetent or they are deliberately hurting children to justify their funding demands.
By bird (829), Southampton on May 25, 13 5:35 PM
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The math still doesn't work. 5.27% cut = close for a year? Somethings rotten.
By bird (829), Southampton on May 28, 13 8:59 PM
Why don't parents do a little co pay if they want head start to remain? All of us are paying into our retirement , and medical why can't these people chip in a little? The day of the free lunch is coming to an end, and people should really understand that children are expensive and a big commitment. Its not fair to the child or society if you think others should be burdened with your child.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 26, 13 10:28 AM
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Seems like a few years ago before the advent of head start, PARENTS took the responsibility of making sure their children were taken care of and ready to start school.
The nation is in debt , some things have to be cut in order to avoid bankruptcy, not sure this is the way to do it, but if Barry was a leader, He would have agreed to make the cuts where they would do the least harm, not just accept the blanket cuts. The buck stops with the Chump in Chief.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 27, 13 7:37 AM
Most people are suffering. We have the tax holliday repealed, higher property taxes, paying into our medical , and retirement. Of course we feel bad about children, but people need to stop having children to get benefits, and as anchor babies. Why do some people have 5 or 6 kids with no income? Is society being uncaring or is it the parents?
Please Phil stop the nonsense of your caring for children. You continually post how many people died with guns since Newtown. You seem to forget the 500k ...more
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 27, 13 10:03 AM
Its called being responsible for your actions. You pay for your actions I will pay for mine. Let these people who use Head Start pony up the few dollars necessary to keep it going. Get a job do the right thing for your children put your hand back in your pocket. Sacrifice for your children!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 28, 13 12:10 AM
Only the most ignorant, arrogant, far-right zealots could use a program that feeds and educates under-priviliged children to score political points. Head Start has a proven track record of success and, for those of you concerned about budget deficits and spending, helping kids at a young age pays off in huge savings in the future.

Chief, you speak very loudly of things which you clearly know very little, perhaps that is just a trick to hide your ignorance, but I would suggest you do a ...more
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 28, 13 12:55 PM
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There are a lot of other programs that could have been cut instead of Head Start. But our Chump in Chief, Barak Hussein Obama , peace be upon Him, wants us to feel the pain of a miniscule cut in the federal budget. Why? The narrative put forward by the left requires an ever growing government to take care of us from the cradle to the grave, no cuts allowed, especially to social programs. A real leader would have taken the deal offered by the opposition thah would have allowed Him to determine where ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 29, 13 6:29 AM
Right we need to keep that revenue coming in so guys like this can keep working ...

NY Union Workers Fed Up with Boss's Two-Hour Work Day
by William Bigelow 28 May 2013

If you've ever been in trouble for sleeping on the job, take heart: you can still achieve upward mobility in a local union.
Take, for instance, Mark Rosenthal, the president of Local 983 of District Council 37 in New York. Rosenthal makes $156,000 a year and apparently spends only two hours a day at work--much ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on May 29, 13 8:33 AM
Phil instead of cutting and pasting your comments why don't you think of ones of your own. Municipal unions are dangerous to this country,and have a tendency to be corrupt. That is basically what Roosevelt said about public unions. You know Roosevelt he was the first liberal president, your hero.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 29, 13 10:08 AM
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By lucy2 (63), Southampton, NY on May 29, 13 7:34 AM
Liberal war on women ... She is a well known nut job in the circles you run in. I respect the women and thank her for her service and dedication.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on May 29, 13 9:42 PM
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Joe, we know you're sad that the queen of lunatics has abandoned you, but you'll be able to see her on FOX soon. Until then, you'll have to make due with the well-worn magazine photo
By progressnow (556), sag harbor on May 29, 13 10:14 PM
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No one is safe when the thirst for power and influence is so prevalent.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 30, 13 12:02 AM
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Hah! You nailed it, progressnow! The right is so far gone they cannot even admit that the queen of the lunatics is actually a lunatic! Michelle Bachmann is one of the most far-out, space cadets in all of politics! In the republican party that makes you a hero.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on May 30, 13 8:36 AM
Chris Matthews thought he felt that tingle down his leg too at the Bachmann news But that was just the crap S dribbling down his leg after he saw the latest ratings !!!!

I really don't understand why the MSNBC is surprised by their poor ratings, They have become nothing more than a bully pulpit for RACIST COMMENTATORS. Ones like Michael Dyson, Toure, Soledad O'Brien, Roland Martin, Al Sharpton, Melissa Perry, etc. there isn't a thing that is going to fix that except to get rid of these ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on May 30, 13 10:00 AM
People like Michelle Bachman are the reason why people walk away from the Republican Party.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on May 30, 13 10:05 AM
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War against Intelligent, independent, pretty women ! Put your money where you mouth is and give us an example of one of the reasons she has offended you so much and why the progressive crowd is so obsessed with her. Liberals become hysterical when conservatives go against their assigned gender’s political orthodoxy. YES, Most women know in their hart abortion is murder get over it!
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on May 30, 13 10:56 AM
Liberals seem to hate all women who don't agree with their liberal agenda
especially ones with law degrees and god forbid, sexy as well. a smart and gutsy woman who doesn't buy in to the liberal propaganda that big government and socialism is a better alternative than capitalism and a free market system. Yes, it seems they cannot stand strong women.

The War on Women continues!

By 27dan (2854), Southampton on May 30, 13 10:57 AM
Iran Candidate Jalili Says Women’s Rights Are as Mothers
Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili said his nation must defend the rights of women as mothers and resist the approach of Western nations where they are counted as anything more
“Women’s core identity lies in motherhood and her role should be defined within that framework, Jalili, who’s also Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator.
I would like to hear your opinion on this war on women seems the MSM ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 30, 13 11:40 AM
Lipstick on a collar?


That smacks of desperation...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 30, 13 12:01 AM
Just another glaring example of the intolerance of the left for those with a different opinion. Awfully insecure bunch of leftists. Phil: how can you use the phrase 'war on women' when you champion the killing of hundreds of thousands of babies, half of them girls.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 30, 13 6:30 AM
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Eric Holder on Eric Holder...

What Eric Holder has done is so troubling to everyone, including Eric Holder, that President Obama has ordered a review of Justice Department policy — to be undertaken by the single most appropriate man for such a task: Eric Holder. Eric Holder has a tight July 12 deadline to report back on Eric Holder. Let’s hope he can manage to be fair-minded to Eric Holder,

By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on May 30, 13 1:22 PM
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Standing up for the rights of the unborn is not waging war on the rights of women there Champ. Perhaps in the addled minds of the uber left where infanticide is a 'right' but not in the real world.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 30, 13 5:53 PM
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I honestly want an answer from you on this.

Do you believe that "plan B" is wrong?
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 30, 13 6:34 PM
Plan A is better IMO and in reality, "Plan B" is an inaccurate name for the product because in reality, there is probably plan B to D before you get to "Plan B".

And Phil, do you ever get tired of politicizing Sandy Hook? How low can you continue to go.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on May 30, 13 7:03 PM
Thanks Snerdley, et al.

I don't have enough bread crumbs to get the [expletive deleted] home.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 30, 13 9:39 PM
Your full of it, You don't care about children your the biggest proponent of infanticide on the blog. You just want the guns so the abuse of gov power can continue and equalize the wealth through you social programs with out the fear of liberty getting in the way. When half the country is not paying any taxes of coarse they are going to vote for "fundamentally changing the country and the redistribution of wealth and you want to make sure the 2nd amend.does not get in the way of your plan.
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 30, 13 9:19 PM
Phil you either cut and paste or make childish comments all day. Get a job and get off the dole.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on May 30, 13 11:41 PM
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Now that I have long since run out of bread crumbs, I hope the broken saplings may guide me home...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on May 30, 13 9:41 PM
I hear you Mr Z, perhaps a homing device implanted in Phil would help!
Hey Phil, how about the rights of the unborn? If a pregnant woman gets hit by a drunk driver and her unborn child dies , that's considered manslaughter, even if she was on the way to an abortionist to have her baby killed! Can't have it both ways, now get a job!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on May 31, 13 6:17 AM
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Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare To Increase Individual Health Insurance Premiums By 146%
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on May 31, 13 8:41 PM
Actually, its transparent b.s. It compares the premiums of private plans that have enormous deductibles, high co-pays, and numerous exclusions, and which accept only vigorously healthy individuals with spotless medical histories - to Affordable Care that accepts everyone without any of those provisions. When private individual plans with identical policy terms are compared to Affordable Care, Affordable Care is cheaper.

Your assertion that bureaucratic overhead drives Affordable Care ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 1, 13 8:37 PM
to Captn America:

Your response utterly ignores the fact that the Forbes article compared the premium of a private individual health insurance policy which is only offered to people in excellent health and which is restricted by high deductibles and co-pays and numerous exceptions to an Affordable Health Care policy that is thusly unrestricted.

It isn't surprising that a plan is offered cheaply when its utility is so constricted.

Affordable Care offers realistic minimums ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 2, 13 1:24 PM
to Captn America:

You are mistaken.

The Forbes article said that Affordable Care premiums would be higher than the cheapest premiums currently available to individual insurers. THAT'S what it SAID. It lied by omission in neglecting to mention that those private premiums were for inferior policies issued only to the healthiest of individuals.

The rest of your post is irrelevant dicta to the question of the veracity of the Forbes article, and replete with tendentious ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 2, 13 3:28 PM
That's right Phil, keep sleeping through the destruction of our nation as we know it. Do you pay pay for your own insurance? Any idea how much it costs for those of us who pay our own way? The People's Republic of Kalifornia has implimented much of Obamacare care to respond to the increased insurance rates there? Keep on sleeping , the Demokrat Party is couting on the low information voter turnout!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 1, 13 6:42 AM
Thank God the Republicans in Congress have stood up against Barak Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm, if He was allowed to rule without impediment, our great nation would be in even worse shape than it is now! Without opposition, He and His band of Chicago thugs would have shredded the constitution by now.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 3, 13 6:12 AM
I find the abuse of power deplorable. On CNN's State of the Union on Sunday. It came out that IRS employees were told by Washington to target Tea Party groups, Darrell Issa revealed new testimony from IRS employees according to transcribed excerpts released by the Committee, Cincinnati IRS employees made it clear they were told by Washington, D.C. personnel to give extra scrutiny to Tea Party groups:

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 3, 13 9:04 AM
Why does it really surprise you, Its how they operate, on the down low,


Obama to Sign UN Gun Treaty During Summer Recess
In a sneaky attempt to avoid public scrutiny, President Obama plans to sign the controversial United Nations gun treaty in August, when Congress is in summer recess.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 4, 13 8:39 AM
What lucky Democrat will Democrat Chris Christie appoint to Sen. Frank Lautenberg's seat
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 3, 13 9:06 PM
to philathome:

I agree, but I also think that Christy will use the appointment to draw a distinct line between himself and the crazies in the Republican Party who brought it so low in 2012. His national political aspirations require Republicans and all Americans to be assured that he is NOT ONE OF THEM.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 4, 13 12:31 AM
According to Republican insiders Christie is so eager to avoid appearing on the same ballot as Booker that he is considering two alternatives to a Nov. election for Lautenberg’s successor.
The option that is being pushed by many would be to name a Republican to hold the seat and then delay an election on a replacement until 2014. This would give a reliable vote in the Senate for a year and a half, at least. from a state that has not elected a Republican to the upper house in 41 years.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 4, 13 1:15 PM
There's not a Democrat governor alive that wouldn't have seized the opportunity to appoint a Democrat senator, no matter what the status. As a matter of fact, in some states, they might even go try to sell it and get rich off it, as they did in Illinois.

But all Christie had to do is appoint a Republican. That's the correct move for him to make. Now, I put it down as debilitating stupidity, because the first rule of politics is don't lose the friends you already have for the friends you're ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 4, 13 10:32 PM
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By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 4, 13 6:12 AM
The continued use of foul language (which was just removed above) should result in the termination of the PRIVILEGE of posting on 27east, in my personal opinion.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jun 4, 13 8:13 AM
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We would have 5331 fewer posts to read
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 4, 13 8:15 AM
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and 1519 more if we outlawed the pompous support of child molesters,
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 4, 13 8:25 AM
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to joe hampton:

... and 1348 if we required members to pass a basic test of mental health, literacy and reading comprehension. That would put an end to confabulated posts about fictitious support for imaginary "child molesters".
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 5, 13 12:53 AM
Senator Ted Cruz
Mr. President, if your #1 priority is fixing the problem, let's abolish the #IRS and ensure it NEVER happens again!

“I think we ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax where the average American can fill out taxes on postcard,” he explained in a Fox News interview over the weekend. “Put down how much you earn, put down a deduction for charitable contributions, home mortgage and how much you owe. It ought to be a simple one-page ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 4, 13 8:14 AM
I have to wonder how he plans to deal with all the investment vehicles, and specialized casino betting on Wall Street which are in him quite a bit of his income...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 4, 13 12:33 PM
Why a deduction for charitable contributions. The federal government is subsidizing tax avoidance for generally the very wealthy. If you are giving to charity why should you expect something for yourself in return? Tax loopholes weren't created by the middle class or poor.
By Mets fan (1501), Southampton on Jun 4, 13 9:15 AM
You just want to control our $ and have BHO distribute it the way you see fit! I do not want to donate to the UN , labor unions or planed parenthood. I want to donate My $ to charities I trust. Sad truth is supporters of obama don't want to know the truth, The same way it was in 1972, When Nixon quit, 30% of the country didn't want him to. Shulman was at the White house 157 Times ! WHY? I'll tell you why...To fundamentally change the country though the redistribution of wealth. remember BHO said ...more
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 4, 13 9:56 AM
The country HAS been changed through a fundamental change in the redistribution of wealth from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. Open up your eyes and take a look at the ever-widening income disparity gap! I can pretty much guarantee that you are not in the top 3% of earners in this country but you will never freaking admit that Obama's policies will help you more than republicans. You are blinded by your own ignorance, 27dan
By witch hazel (224), tatooine on Jun 4, 13 10:30 AM
There has been a massive redistribution of wealth in this country.

The top one percent of its population now hold in excess of 40 percent of its wealth.

Most of which one should bear in mind has been printed out of the clear blue sky...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 4, 13 12:35 PM
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The only "revolving door" which matters is the one between the "market makers", and "enforcement".

There are two sets of rules in this country.

One for the "well heeled", and the other for the rest.
Jun 5, 13 9:21 PM appended by Mr. Z
“They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.” ~ Khalil Gibran
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 4, 13 9:21 PM
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Tea Party organizer Becky Gerritson gave a riveting testimony detailing her abuse by the IRS on Tuesday's Congressional hearing... Bravo madam....Bravo for your articulate testimony and your hart felt emotion and your courage
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 4, 13 1:53 PM
The Republican party is a joke, as are the Dems. Our political system is in shambles because it panders to SIG's. A politician's only concern is re election, not serving his or hers constituents in a manner that betters this country. Won't change anytime soon either.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 13 8:31 PM
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Oh I know Phil, because only the Republicans are bad at what they do. Keep your blinders on you hack.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 4, 13 9:33 PM
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 4, 13 10:20 PM
mister president, your distractions are not enough:
you are cynically ignoring the use of the irs, and therefore of the executive under you, to intimidate and persecute selected citizens groups: government persecution of us citizens.

your ever-protective staff keeps much developing news from you, so you will not appear to be involved. or so you tell us. so let me summarize some recent developments:

numerous scapegoated irs employees have testified under oath that they were ...more
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Jun 4, 13 10:28 PM
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Sorry, but the real "scandal" (and "misuse of power") is how "civic groups" engage in exploitation of the tax code so as to hide the identity of their donors and cover up the fact that they are actually fund raising groups.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 5, 13 5:57 AM
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to fairwind:

You should have stuck to inane (and blessedly brief) elliptical posts. Your longer efforts reveal your ignorance and puerility.

The Marxist Labor Party of 1903 (by which I presume you to mean "The Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labor Party"), Bolsheviks and Communists are NOT synonymous. I invite you to cite just one of those historians that you mention who "repeatedly record[]" that they are.

The marchers to the winter palace in 1905 held aloft religious ...more
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Jun 5, 13 12:37 AM
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Well, I've actually read the "Communist Manifesto". I found it wordy, and poorly thought out.

The Republican extremist these days remind me of Chetniks. They want power, want to be in charge, but whatever power they obtain they have not the wisdom or the ability to wield it properly, amicably, or peacefully.

"Pater Familias" died at the end of the Roman Empire, but it's mentality lives on...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 5, 13 4:38 PM
POST DELETED??!! Barak Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm is not allowed? Saying that His band of Chicago thugs would shred the Constitution if left unchecked got deleted?! Calling abortion the TRUE war on women got deleted? What's up with that?
Labor unions being tax exempt makes your point Mr. Z, most are nothing more than money laundering operations for the Demokrat Party.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 5, 13 6:41 AM
Real - News flash -

'Liar' Replaces 'Leaker'
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 5, 13 9:09 AM
National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, who is widely suspected of being the source of critical leaks from the White House, is resigning and will be replaced by UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who played a key role in misleading the American public about the Benghazi terror attack in Sep. 2012. The NSA post does not require Senate confirmation; Rice withdrew her candidacy as Secretary of State due to the difficulty of confirmation.
The Associated Press reported the shuffle early Wednesday morning, ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 5, 13 2:42 PM
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By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 5, 13 2:47 PM
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By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 5, 13 6:26 PM
Barack Hussein Obamas approval rating took a hit amid three controversies surrounding his administration, including an investigation into the Internal Revenue Service unfairly targeting conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, a new poll showed.
In particular, Obama plunged among independent voters. Only 37 percent of independents approve of him while 57 percent disapprove,
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 6, 13 12:32 AM
Check out Phils posts at 5 am, 7 pm, 9 pm. It looks like Phil has no job and is obsessed with this site. Phil get a grip and stop blaming others for your misfortune and laziness.
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jun 6, 13 7:26 AM
$ 16,855,537,084,633
Jun 6, 13 8:44 AM appended by 27dan
17,000,000,000,000 Party at Phils House BYO everything
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 6, 13 8:44 AM
It's no small irony that “1984” was published 64 years ago today...

NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily

Congress still fails to answer core IRS scandal questions

Top secret court order requiring Verizon to hand over all call data shows scale of domestic surveillance under obama... promts ACLU to condem as Orwellian.

Obama administration collecting phone records of millions daily...
Secret court order requires ...more
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 6, 13 11:38 AM
Joe welcome to the era of Bush-Obama,
A 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency. After the war against a "terrorism" and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election, It made little difference.

Despite his clear and popular promises to the contrary, Obama has not shifted the balance between security and freedom to a more natural state. If anything, things have ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 6, 13 12:09 PM
OK Spanky, you're playing the same old song by calling infanticide on demand a women's health issue, you remain 27 east's own champion of murder.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 6, 13 5:25 PM
Phil, let's see if you can go one week without using the word hate. I doubt it. Geez, project much?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 6, 13 9:28 PM
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By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 7, 13 9:28 PM
Killing her baby is a HEALTH DECISION Champ? That's delusional
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 7, 13 7:03 AM
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By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 7, 13 8:24 AM
In such case red ink was applied allow me to rephrase myself.

When I was a kid I had a cousin who's wife became pregnant. In the beginning of her pregnancy was discovered that she had cancer. It was actually the pregnancy that led to the discovery of said cancer. You actually remind me of him givien your attitude towards society. You convinced her that God ( and for his own personal, selfish reasons) that terminate the pregnancy would be wrong.

She carried the child the full ...more
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 7, 13 12:21 PM
In that case I would say it is her choice, for a reason other than convince. why is it so complicated for you? you have presented a different scenario than phil
Jun 7, 13 1:25 PM appended by Erin 27 E
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Jun 7, 13 1:25 PM
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@ Erin:

It's not complicated.

Plan B acts no differently than a woman's body might. Medical necessity is prudence.

I realize now it really might be hard to see a man like me through all this smoke.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 8, 13 1:57 AM
The Gig is Up...

NSA, FBI secretly mining data from Internet firms...
Top-secret PRISM program...
Vast Data Trove...
Billions of Phone Calls...
PAPER: Obama agenda lost in firestorm...
New app claims to prevent government eavesdropping on cell phones...
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 7, 13 3:36 PM
Because he is trying to turn America into Sweden, thats why. dummy
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 7, 13 8:39 PM
captn, I just read this do you think this is true. it is very disturbing to me.

The journalist who broke the news that the government is monitoring vast quantities of American phone records is claiming the U.S. is building a “massive” snooping apparatus committed to destroying privacy worldwide.

“There is a massive apparatus within the United States government that with complete secrecy has been building this enormous structure that has only one goal, and that ...more
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Jun 7, 13 8:48 PM
People care they are just scared to speak, I am old and will be dead soon and I guess that is what they are waiting for people who remember that government is supposed to work for us not control us. I feel sorry for your generation dear 1984 is finally here. Good luck to you sweetheart you will need it.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 7, 13 8:56 PM
Why, because he is inept?
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 7, 13 9:25 PM
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Homeland Security is a product of 9/11. You're blaming the wrong enemy, in typcial liberal fashion.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Jun 7, 13 9:32 PM
We know why you want to protect Barack and it is because he is black. Judge a man not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character, and we're seeing plenty of his character, and lack thereof.
By Mr. Snerdley (397), Southampton on Jun 7, 13 10:12 PM
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 7, 13 10:41 PM
BOOM ! obama Down in the polls and out comes the race card

Tingle down his leg said this and P brings up the rear

Matthews said

"We don't have any African Americans in the United States Senate, which I think is a disgrace, You know the reasons why". NO sorry Chrissy we don't. Care to say it out loud and make an ass out of yourself as well.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 7, 13 10:50 PM
Rand Paul: Obama Admin Needs "Remedial Education" About The Constitution
"I think it would be remedial education for those who are doing this. They need to go back and read the Constitution, read the Fourth Amendment, and understand that our records are private. You know, some of the court decisions have gone the wrong way," Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said about the Obama administration's justification for surveillance of phone lines.

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 7, 13 11:15 PM
Phil, nobody plays the race card better than you.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jun 9, 13 8:28 PM
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By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 7, 13 10:56 PM
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Joe, Dummy & Matthews were actually a day late.

MSNBC’s Martin Bashir is actually played the race card first 2 days ago with the IRS scandal. According to Bashir, those who raise legitimate concerns about the IRS’ treatment of conservative groups are racists who just want to get a “Black Man” out of the “White House”.

How predictable, Marching orders have been posted!

By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 7, 13 11:06 PM
Now this is encouraging stop the problem where it begins...

Homeschooling Growing Seven Times Faster than Public School Enrollment

As dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system grows, apparently so has the appeal of homeschooling. Educational researchers, in fact, are expecting a surge in the number of students educated at home by their parents over the next ten years, as more parents reject public schools.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 8, 13 6:30 AM
Once again it's our resident bigot, our own Champion who injects race into the discussion. Predictably and right on cue, well done Spanky, well done! The liberals feel that minorities can't succeed without the government intervening on their behalf, pitifull and blatantly racist. Tthe reason Barak Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm is incompetant has nothing to do with race but everything to do with His contempt for the nation and the way it was founded. The buck stops with Him and the fact that His administration ...more
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 8, 13 8:07 AM
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Shep Smith: "FOX News Can Now Confirm There's No More Privacy"
Jun 9, 13 1:17 AM appended by They call me
It's time to appoint a scandals czar.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 9, 13 1:17 AM
Z, Link to video: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things' and tell me what you think...Seriously curious of your opinion.

Phil not concerned with yours so please refrain from giving one.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 9, 13 7:12 PM
Liberals Who Now Support Surveillance Need To Apologize To Bush
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 11, 13 10:26 PM
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I know you are more of a libertarian Joe but thanks for pointing that out,

And by the way,In a Gallup tracking poll released Tuesday, former-President George W. Bush currently stands with a favorability rating of 49%, compared to 46% who see the 43rd president unfavorably. Meanwhile, another Gallup poll shows President Obama with only a 47% approval rating, with 44% disapproving.
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 12, 13 9:42 AM
Have to give Glenn Greenwald's decision to break a number of stories surrounding Obama's historic surveillance state points for consistency. This stuff infuriated Greenwald when Bush did it and he is just as infuriated today.
Can't say the same about for the rest of the media and Phil for that matter, Greenwald is recognizing among his left-wing media comrades. When it comes to a choice between principled consistency and circling the wagons to protect obama, we all know which way most of the ...more
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 12, 13 3:06 PM
Hello everyone what a nice day it is, I have no opinions about anything nothing to see hear... Whistle Whistle so how about those mets. nice weather we are having. I am just a happy citizen going routinely about my day... Whistle Whistle... I feel safe Its a good thing what theve done.
Jun 11, 13 10:19 PM appended by joe hampton
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 11, 13 10:19 PM
So another round of investigations loom. We now add this sordid situation in Benghazi, the IRS, spying on reporters, and the possible spying on calls and e-mails made by American citizens. What's next? Breaking into a Washington hotel?

It's clear the Obama administration is under siege with all these allegations. And the President himself must step up and stop the chaos.

Surely he knows what happened in Libya by now. So he should tell us who ordered Ambassador Rice to mislead the ...more
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 12, 13 9:59 AM
Thank God finally somthing to stop the evil,

House panel approved legislation that would ban almost all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The bill, named the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act"
By 27dan (2854), Southampton on Jun 12, 13 2:58 PM
i noticed phillup is ignoring you he just posted a few minutes ago but chose to not notice your comment by design dan. it is a great day and this is long over due. cheers
By Erin 27 E (1281), southampton on Jun 12, 13 4:02 PM
Toooo Funny , You got him to put down his bowl of pop corn during the Martin Bashir propaganda hour LOL
By Undocumented Democrat (2065), southampton on Jun 12, 13 4:33 PM
leave the dummy alone he has had a rough week coming to terms with reality.
By They call me (2826), southampton on Jun 12, 13 4:04 PM