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Mike Bloomberg for ….President???

Yea …I can scratch my head on this one….

But Leonard Levitt, the guy that rides the NYPD hard, has this analysis,  that may no be far off the mark when you step back and look at it……..


The Times Square bomb scare has revealed a new Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

He’s now a terrorism shtarker. That’s Yiddish for tough guy.

In the days following the botched plot, the new Mayor Mike has:

Publicly criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement for not immediately flagging bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad when he boarded a United Emirates plane after paying for his ticket in cash.

Called on Congress to ban the sale of explosives and firearms to people on the Terrorist Watch List.

Rescinded the planned cuts of 900 police officer jobs.

Presided with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly over a Memorial Day ceremony honoring 12 fallen officers, 11 of whom died of illnesses they developed at Ground Zero following the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the past, Bloomberg was criticized for his lack of support for Det. James Zadroga, the first NYPD officer to die of respiratory disease attributed to his work in the rubble.

So why is Bloomberg — who in his two terms as mayor ceded virtually all law enforcement authority to Kelly — now becoming a Terrorism Tough Guy?

Even to a political amateur like Your Humble Servant, the answer seems obvious. He wants to be President.

Talking Tough on Terror is good politics for a presidential candidate.

Talking Tough on Terror also allows Bloomberg to carve out positions that separate him from President Obama and the Washington establishment.

That, too, is important for Bloomberg’s presidential plan.

Although his chances may seem ridiculously slim to those of us lacking the illusions that billions of dollars can buy, Bloomberg may be imagining a repeat of his somewhat quixotic mayoral run in 2001.

Virtually unknown, he won a Republican primary against a longtime city politician, Herman Badillo, then defeated the favored, but flawed, Democratic candidate, Mark Greene, in the general election.

For lightning to strike twice……

More……..

This the same guy who spend $130 million to just bearly win his third term as NYC Mayor…..

He’ll never make it to the white House …even if he spends a BILLION dollars!

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 5 Comments

Bloomberg vs Schumer on the Wall Street Financial Bill…..

A rift as big as Wall Street is dividing the two most powerful politicians in New York -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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This one is a no brainer……

Mike Bloomberg the Mayor of the City of New York…and the Owner and Founder of the Bloomberg Business Network is damn well going to fight for Wall Street

on this one….He ain’t gonna be Mayor for ever…..and the Bill could affect his bottom line….

Chuck Schumer has got to make his bones…..

Even though he represents all the Wall Street types that live in New York City …..and has received campaign money from them…..

He could become the next Majority Leader of the Senate…..and a tough line on Wall Street isn’t gonna hurt him at all when the count the votes if Reid doesn’t get reelected and he Democrats still own the Senate……

Besides …Bloomberg has be picking on his girl Gillibrand…his President Obama and him over the last year…..


Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who has been a central GOP negotiator on the Wall Street bill, said he’s had only one meeting with Schumer — and that was on the issue of proxy access, which would give shareholders more power to nominate directors to serve on a corporate board, a task delegated to him by Dodd.

Corker said his scores of other meetings have been with Dodd and Sens. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).

Corker said Schumer “hasn’t been that visible in these negotiations.”

But Democrats insist that Schumer has been working behind the scenes to shape the bill — although even some of them admit privately to being surprised that Schumer has not been trying to make the bill more palatable to the banks or Wall Street’s interests.

“Otherwise, it’d hurt him with the caucus,” said one senior Democratic aide. “He’s trying to thread the needle.”

Indeed, with polls showing Reid losing soundly in November, Schumer could very well be in a race for majority leader in the fall — and if he sided with Bloomberg and the banks, he could be tarred by many of the more liberal Democrats eager to crack down on Wall Street.

Schumer’s chief opponent for the majority leader job, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, also has ties to financial interests — with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange based in his home state. But the CME could stand to gain big if the bill results in an enormous increase in trading volume — giving Durbin even more latitude to rail against Wall Street.

Durbin said his party’s interests haven’t conflicted yet with his home state’s interests.


Also……

Even though Bloomberg and Schumer still get along — and the senator’s wife, Iris Weinshall, recently kibitzed with the mayor at City Hall — the two haven’t had one of their one-on-one dinners in months.

The race for Clinton’s old seat has been a sore spot.

Schumer supporters say Bloomberg political operatives Kevin Sheekey and Brad Tusk actively encouraged ex-Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford Jr. to run and backed the strategy of labeling Gillibrand a Schumer puppet.

But the tension between Schumer and Bloomberg stretches back to the mayor’s successful reelection bid last fall. At the time, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wanted to lend support to Bloomberg’s reelection campaign, but Schumer — who supported Democrat Bill Thompson — intervened and urged him not to, according to people familiar with the matter.

That Bloomberg griped with McConnell is telling; the GOP leader has been chilly toward Schumer since 2008, when Schumer’s DSCC steered attacks toward him for his support of the wildly unpopular Wall Street bailout bill.

But now faced with a bill that will arguably have more effect on New York City than any other piece of legislation this Congress, Schumer is taking a low-profile role — despite serving in Democratic leadership and on the Senate Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over the issue.

More……..

April 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments

New York Politics…..Sen. Gillibrand trys to figure out why Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t like her and will help anyone who wants her job…..

Mayor Bloomberg met with Sen. Gillibrand during his trip to Washington on Wednesday.

Mike has his arms folded in the above picture….
Kirsten Gillibrand is smiling……Bloomberg seems to be saying ‘nope’…and sticking to  that……

What’s that saying?….’a picture is worth a thousand words’?…….

Kirsten Gillibrand while being accepted in most of the state of New York…..really has has her work cut for her downstate….
And while Harold Ford, Jr. got taken out by the democratic liberals, progressives and the media…The New York City Mayor…Mike Bloomberg is too old  and rich to be effected by those three……..

And he doesn’t really think much of the Junior Senator from New York State in the US Congress…..

The last two men who got up and announced that they where going to run against her got sit-downs and initial help from Bloomberg or his staff…and Bloomberg offered each money if they decided to run against Gillibrand…..

……Like I said …Bloomberg doesn’t care for Gillibrand….

Maybe he thinks she isn’t helping New York City enough?…..( well she IS from Upstate …right? )
Maybe it’s her 180 degree turn on everything she once stood for?……(Ford tried that and fell on his face )
Maybe the specific policy is guns……(she supported gun rights until she became a US Senator..then backed away from them…..maybe Bloomberg doesn’t trust her on this? )

Anyawys…Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City…isn ‘t her friend…..Nope…and his arms..are crossed…..

Here’s some of the piece on the two from the New York Times….

Which seems to have it in for politicians these days…..

He gripes about her in private conversations with his aides and her colleagues on Capitol Hill. He has yet to take up her invitation to sit down for dinner. And his political team is constantly shopping for potential candidates to oust her.

As New York experiences a tumultuous election season, one question is captivating political insiders: Why does Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg so dislike Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand?

It is more than a passing concern for Ms. Gillibrand, who is still working to win over New York voters, especially downstate. The mayor’s top political advisers, with Mr. Bloomberg’s tacit support, worked behind the scenes to assist her biggest potential Democratic rival, Harold E. Ford, Jr., as he considered challenging her in the Democratic primary.

If that were not provocative enough, the mayor met with one possible Republican opponent, the billionaire Mortimer B. Zuckerman, to discuss his running, and his top political strategist sat down with another, Dan Senor, to talk about his potential campaign.

After Mr. Ford and Mr. Zuckerman decided not to run, Mr. Bloomberg — as if to taunt Ms. Gillibrand — declared that they both could probably have beaten her.

Such behavior has puzzled Ms. Gillibrand and outraged some prominent Democrats.

“I don’t get it,” Ms. Gillibrand said in a recent interview, when asked about the efforts of the Bloomberg team on behalf of her possible challengers.

Those who know both the mayor and the senator say there is a personal dimension to Mr. Bloomberg’s unhappiness with Ms. Gillibrand: Ms. Gillibrand, 43, is a relentless — and often successful — striver, eager to please and highly solicitous of potential supporters. She grew up in a political family and learned old-school campaigning early on, from her grandmother, a Democratic leader in Albany. Mr. Bloomberg, 68, can be chilly and dismissive, professes a disdain for traditional politics and favors directness over diplomacy.

For more…….

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

New York Politics…..Sen. Gillibrand trys to figure out why Mayor Bloomberg doesn't like her and will help anyone who wants her job…..

Mayor Bloomberg met with Sen. Gillibrand during his trip to Washington on Wednesday.

Mike has his arms folded in the above picture….
Kirsten Gillibrand is smiling……Bloomberg seems to be saying ‘nope’…and sticking to  that……

What’s that saying?….’a picture is worth a thousand words’?…….

Kirsten Gillibrand while being accepted in most of the state of New York…..really has has her work cut for her downstate….
And while Harold Ford, Jr. got taken out by the democratic liberals, progressives and the media…The New York City Mayor…Mike Bloomberg is too old  and rich to be effected by those three……..

And he doesn’t really think much of the Junior Senator from New York State in the US Congress…..

The last two men who got up and announced that they where going to run against her got sit-downs and initial help from Bloomberg or his staff…and Bloomberg offered each money if they decided to run against Gillibrand…..

……Like I said …Bloomberg doesn’t care for Gillibrand….

Maybe he thinks she isn’t helping New York City enough?…..( well she IS from Upstate …right? )
Maybe it’s her 180 degree turn on everything she once stood for?……(Ford tried that and fell on his face )
Maybe the specific policy is guns……(she supported gun rights until she became a US Senator..then backed away from them…..maybe Bloomberg doesn’t trust her on this? )

Anyawys…Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City…isn ‘t her friend…..Nope…and his arms..are crossed…..

Here’s some of the piece on the two from the New York Times….

Which seems to have it in for politicians these days…..

He gripes about her in private conversations with his aides and her colleagues on Capitol Hill. He has yet to take up her invitation to sit down for dinner. And his political team is constantly shopping for potential candidates to oust her.

As New York experiences a tumultuous election season, one question is captivating political insiders: Why does Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg so dislike Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand?

It is more than a passing concern for Ms. Gillibrand, who is still working to win over New York voters, especially downstate. The mayor’s top political advisers, with Mr. Bloomberg’s tacit support, worked behind the scenes to assist her biggest potential Democratic rival, Harold E. Ford, Jr., as he considered challenging her in the Democratic primary.

If that were not provocative enough, the mayor met with one possible Republican opponent, the billionaire Mortimer B. Zuckerman, to discuss his running, and his top political strategist sat down with another, Dan Senor, to talk about his potential campaign.

After Mr. Ford and Mr. Zuckerman decided not to run, Mr. Bloomberg — as if to taunt Ms. Gillibrand — declared that they both could probably have beaten her.

Such behavior has puzzled Ms. Gillibrand and outraged some prominent Democrats.

“I don’t get it,” Ms. Gillibrand said in a recent interview, when asked about the efforts of the Bloomberg team on behalf of her possible challengers.

Those who know both the mayor and the senator say there is a personal dimension to Mr. Bloomberg’s unhappiness with Ms. Gillibrand: Ms. Gillibrand, 43, is a relentless — and often successful — striver, eager to please and highly solicitous of potential supporters. She grew up in a political family and learned old-school campaigning early on, from her grandmother, a Democratic leader in Albany. Mr. Bloomberg, 68, can be chilly and dismissive, professes a disdain for traditional politics and favors directness over diplomacy.

For more…….

March 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , | Leave a comment

For Mike Bloomberg…it just gets worst……

The New York City Mayor got around the voter’s… to get a third term…..now he’s paying for it….His poll numbers are steadily dropping…..

Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating has fallen to its lowest point in the last 4-1/2 years - just one of the elected officials to feel the wrath of New York voters.

We Feel for you…….Well, Not really!…….

This from the New York Daily News……

Mayor Bloomberg’s approval rating has fallen to its lowest point in the last 4-1/2 years – just one of the elected officials to feel the wrath of New York voters.

Voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, support Bloomberg’s plan to balance the budget by freezing city workers’ wages, but are mixed on his push to trim city services instead of raising taxes.

Just 43% of voters would raise taxes to balance the budget, down 10 points from a year ago.

About 45% would cut services, up 6 points from a year earlier. While 63% of voters would support a wage freeze, 63% are also opposed to laying off city workers.

Bloomberg’s proposed budget eliminates raises for most city workers, and lays off 834 of them.

Just 61% of New Yorkers surveyed approve of the job Bloomberg is doing, down from 67% in September and 75% in October 2008.

The last time he was at that level was July 2005, when he had a 60% approval rating heading into his first re-election bid.

Bloomberg won re-election last fall by a 4.4-point margin, and said he was hurt by the same anti-incumbent sentiment that has tossed pols from office around the country.

Quinnipiac pollster Mickey Carroll said the voter dissatisfaction is real – and Bloomberg has suffered from it.

“For Mayor Mike, 60 is the new 70,” Carroll said. “The man who cruised through his second term with 70 percent approval ratings should be happy if he can stay above 60 percent in his third term.”

The survey of 1,195 registered New York voters has a 2.8-point margin of error.

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 6 Comments

Bloomberg gets 'cold feet'…….Maybe the terror trials shouldn't be in New York?

Wow!….who could have seen this coming?……

Right after he asks the fed’s for $75 million to host the trials in downtown Manhattan….The New York City Mayor  (a closet Republican) changes his mind and muses out load maybe the trials shouldn’t be in the City after all…...What’s with this?

Is this politics.?……or does he just want to keep the money and tell the Fed’s to go scratch?

The Obama administration on Wednesday lost its most prominent backer of the plan to try the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in Lower Manhattan when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the trial should not be held in New York City.

The mayor’s reversal was a political blow to the White House’s efforts to resolve a landmark terror case a few blocks from where Al Qaeda hijackers rammed planes into the World Trade Center, a trial that the president saw as an important demonstration of American justice.

Mr. Bloomberg said that a more secure location, like a military base, would be less disruptive and less costly. His remarks echoed growing opposition from Wall Street executives, the real estate industry and neighborhood groups, who have questioned the burdens that such a trial would bring to a heavily trafficked area of the city.

“It’s going to cost an awful lot of money and disturb an awful lot of people,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a news conference in Brooklyn. “My hope is that the attorney general and the president decide to change their mind.“

Or…could it be this?…….

Mr. Bloomberg had steadfastly supported the location of the trial. When the news broke two months ago, he declared, “It is fitting that 9/11 suspects face justice near the World Trade Center site, where so many New Yorkers were murdered.”

But over the past few weeks, he has heard from scores of business and community leaders who urged him to reverse course. Real estate brokers argued that security restrictions would dampen the market for apartments in Chinatown and TriBeCa; small-business owners feared a severe drop-off in customers; and residents worried that they would be unable to use their local streets.

The Police Department has said that in preparation for the trial, the area around the courthouse would be flooded with uniformed police officers, in cars and on horseback, and surrounded by 2,000 interlocking metal barriers.

“I believe it would destroy the economy in Lower Manhattan,” said Steve Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, which represents property owners. He has urged the mayor’s office to speak out against holding the trial in the city.

The city estimated it would spend more than $200 million a year on security for the trial, making it one of the most expensive security operations it would ever take on.

City Hall aides said that the complex trial could drag on for years, eventually costing the city close to $1 billion in the middle of a deep recession, though most of that is expected to be shouldered by the federal government.

Raymond W. Kelly, the city’s police commissioner, while publicly supporting the mayor’s earlier position, has also expressed alarm over the impact of the trial on the Police Department, which has shrunk significantly since Mr. Bloomberg took office in 2002. Providing security for the court case, he has told city officials, would “suck the oxygen” from the department and leave it little flexibility to pursue new initiatives, according to people told of the conversations.

On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg said the city could ultimately handle hosting the trial, but said it would be better if it were held outside the city.

“Can we provide security? Yes. Could you provide security elsewhere? Yeah,” he said. “The suggestion of a military base is probably a reasonably good one.”

Mr. Bloomberg added, with a hint of sarcasm, “It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will.”

The Dog says…….Hummmmm?

Update………

President Obama has not changed his view on whether the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks should face trial in New York City, a White House spokesman said today, despite fresh criticism from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that the proceedings should be moved from Manhattan.

“The president is committed to seeing that he’s brought to justice. He agrees with the attorney general’s opinion in November that he and others can be litigated successfully and secured in the United States of America,” Mr. Burton said. “Currently our federal jails hold hundreds of convicted terrorists and the president’s opinion has not changed on that.”

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, September 11, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Bloomberg gets ‘cold feet’…….Maybe the terror trials shouldn’t be in New York?

Wow!….who could have seen this coming?……

Right after he asks the fed’s for $75 million to host the trials in downtown Manhattan….The New York City Mayor  (a closet Republican) changes his mind and muses out load maybe the trials shouldn’t be in the City after all…...What’s with this?

Is this politics.?……or does he just want to keep the money and tell the Fed’s to go scratch?

The Obama administration on Wednesday lost its most prominent backer of the plan to try the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in Lower Manhattan when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the trial should not be held in New York City.

The mayor’s reversal was a political blow to the White House’s efforts to resolve a landmark terror case a few blocks from where Al Qaeda hijackers rammed planes into the World Trade Center, a trial that the president saw as an important demonstration of American justice.

Mr. Bloomberg said that a more secure location, like a military base, would be less disruptive and less costly. His remarks echoed growing opposition from Wall Street executives, the real estate industry and neighborhood groups, who have questioned the burdens that such a trial would bring to a heavily trafficked area of the city.

“It’s going to cost an awful lot of money and disturb an awful lot of people,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a news conference in Brooklyn. “My hope is that the attorney general and the president decide to change their mind.“

Or…could it be this?…….

Mr. Bloomberg had steadfastly supported the location of the trial. When the news broke two months ago, he declared, “It is fitting that 9/11 suspects face justice near the World Trade Center site, where so many New Yorkers were murdered.”

But over the past few weeks, he has heard from scores of business and community leaders who urged him to reverse course. Real estate brokers argued that security restrictions would dampen the market for apartments in Chinatown and TriBeCa; small-business owners feared a severe drop-off in customers; and residents worried that they would be unable to use their local streets.

The Police Department has said that in preparation for the trial, the area around the courthouse would be flooded with uniformed police officers, in cars and on horseback, and surrounded by 2,000 interlocking metal barriers.

“I believe it would destroy the economy in Lower Manhattan,” said Steve Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, which represents property owners. He has urged the mayor’s office to speak out against holding the trial in the city.

The city estimated it would spend more than $200 million a year on security for the trial, making it one of the most expensive security operations it would ever take on.

City Hall aides said that the complex trial could drag on for years, eventually costing the city close to $1 billion in the middle of a deep recession, though most of that is expected to be shouldered by the federal government.

Raymond W. Kelly, the city’s police commissioner, while publicly supporting the mayor’s earlier position, has also expressed alarm over the impact of the trial on the Police Department, which has shrunk significantly since Mr. Bloomberg took office in 2002. Providing security for the court case, he has told city officials, would “suck the oxygen” from the department and leave it little flexibility to pursue new initiatives, according to people told of the conversations.

On Wednesday, Mr. Bloomberg said the city could ultimately handle hosting the trial, but said it would be better if it were held outside the city.

“Can we provide security? Yes. Could you provide security elsewhere? Yeah,” he said. “The suggestion of a military base is probably a reasonably good one.”

Mr. Bloomberg added, with a hint of sarcasm, “It would be great if the federal government could find a site that didn’t cost a billion dollars, which using downtown will.”

The Dog says…….Hummmmm?

Update………

President Obama has not changed his view on whether the self-described mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks should face trial in New York City, a White House spokesman said today, despite fresh criticism from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that the proceedings should be moved from Manhattan.

“The president is committed to seeing that he’s brought to justice. He agrees with the attorney general’s opinion in November that he and others can be litigated successfully and secured in the United States of America,” Mr. Burton said. “Currently our federal jails hold hundreds of convicted terrorists and the president’s opinion has not changed on that.”

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, September 11, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , | Leave a comment

The other shoe drops on NYC Mayor 'Money Mike'….get used to the word "NO"……

After his high cost squeaker over Bill Thompson…New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is not so big these days……first he tried and failed to wrestle money from the Manhattan D.A. Morgenthau ….and lost….. now his City Council is turning on him…..welcome to real world!…..where money ain’t everything……

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | | Leave a comment

The other shoe drops on NYC Mayor ‘Money Mike’….get used to the word “NO”……

After his high cost squeaker over Bill Thompson…New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is not so big these days……first he tried and failed to wrestle money from the Manhattan D.A. Morgenthau ….and lost….. now his City Council is turning on him…..welcome to real world!…..where money ain’t everything……

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Politics | | Leave a comment

New York City Mayor……'Money Mike' Bloomberg……..

Here’s his bio from Wikipedia……..

The important part……

In March 2009, Forbes reported Michael Bloomberg’s wealth at $16 billion, a gain of $4.5 billion since the previous year, which makes him one of the most successful billionaires in the United States during the recession, and the world’s biggest increase in wealth in 2009. At that time, there were only four fortunes in the U.S. that were larger (although the Wal-Mart family fortune is split among four people). Bloomberg moved from 142nd to 17th in the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires in only two years (March 2007 – March 2009).

Hence the well-earned name ‘Money Mike’

Listen…the guys has his own business network, his own  plane, he owns several houses around the world….and over the last six months he spend over $125 million to bearly beat his democrat opponent in the race for Mayor…..oh, yea…the people of the City of New York voted against any Mayors having another third term….so he went to City Council and they said ok…forget the vote against the third term, and they let him run….

‘Cash, Money…… Dollar Bills’…….

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Politics, The Economy | , | Leave a comment