by John Watts Vice President Joe Biden is planning to continue his efforts at expanding background checks after the Manchin-Toomey gun control bill recently failed in the Senate. According to Politico, the Vice President has yet to let his boss know about his plans. The gun control advocates are not retreating from the push to [...]
While New York City Councilman Daniel J. Halloran might be well-known downstate, those of us in Upstate America can be forgiven for a certain ignorance of the libertarian Republican who is alleged by federal prosecutors to have negotiated Wilson Pakula certificates in exchange for bribes, and kept roughly $20,500 for himself.
Here are a few handy biographical facts about the figure who according to recordings said, “You can’t do anything [in politics] without the f—ing money.”
1. He’s the guy responsible for the allegation that city workers engaged in a work slowdown after the December 2010 blizzard, although a subsequent city report found no evidence of such a job action and Halloran has refused to identify who told him it happened.
2. He worships the ancient Norse gods. Raised in an Irish Roman Catholic household, Halloran has been profiled as “America’s Top Heathen” by the Village Voice due to his role as a prince of New Normandy, a “theod” that worships the pre-Christian gods of the North. A 2009 Voice article includes a photo from New Normandy’s now defunct — dammit — website showing Halloran in an outdoor worship service that resembles an outtake from the Led Zeppelin concert-fantasia “The Song Remains the Same.”
3. Like our own Jimmy Vielkind, he is an Eagle Scout who no doubt follows the Boy Scout oath:
“On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
4. Libertarians feel like he betrayed them. After Halloran edited his online persona to dial back his enthusiasm for Libertarian poster boys Ron and Rand Paul, he took heat from what some saw as a missed chance to leverage the philosophy during his abortive 2012 Congressional run against Democrat Grace Meng. Here’s video of a Halloran interview with one such disappointed libertarian:
5. He was a major opponent of the Park51/”Ground Zero Mosque” project. Although some would expect members of what Halloran himself calls “a very minority religion” to veer away from taking stances that broad-brush another faith, Halloran — who lost a cousin in the attack on Lower Manhattan — joined the opposition to the plan to build a Muslim community center close by the former site of the World Trade Center. Here he is addressing a rally opposed to the project:
6. He hates it when President Barack Obama sweeps into Manhattan to hobnob with “the special-interest crew that he’s bailed out on Wall Street,” as he puts it in this tour of his Queens neighborhood.
Examiner.comRon Paul, cybersquatting, and the UN; Supporters try to dispell mythsExaminer.comWhile the fundamental story remains the same, I did report that Ron Paul was suing the owners of RonPaul.com over trademark infringement. This is not true. The…
By John Watts This week the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new report projecting budgetary and economic trends for the next ten years. The CBO does not officially represent either the Democratic or Republican factions of the ruling coalition in Washington, and thus is considered “non-partisan.” However, by its very nature as a [...]
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