Jim Kerr to Receive Jim Gay Memorial Award at Brooklyn Conservative’s Annual Reception November 2nd. Keynote Speaker David Keene
NYS Committeeman and Executive Committeemember Jim Kerr, well known not only for being emcee at many a NYS Conservative Party event, but also from decades as host of the Jim Kerr Rock and Roll Morning show and a storied career in broadcasting, will receive the honor of the James Gay Memorial Award at the Annual Reception of the Kings County Conservative Party on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The award is named in memory of Conservative Party stalwart and longtime NYS and Kings County Conservative Party icon Jim Gay and is awarded to individuals who possess the character and contribute to the advancement of the principles of the Conservative Party.
In addition to bestowing the honor upon Kerr, the event will feature an address by Washington Times Opinion Editor and American Conservative Union Founder David Keene. Keene founded the ACU and also served as the Director of the National Rifle Association.
The 54th Annual Reception will be held at Hunter’s Steakhouse located at 9404 4th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 7pm. Tickets are $90pp.
You may reserve by check payable to the Kings County Conservative Party and mail to 486 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209.
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American Labor Theory has Roots in London.
by Ed Farr
Public schools are indoctrination centers for the teacher’s unions. As any civics teacher will tell you, modern labor theory draws on 19th century London for its inspiration. Tales by Charles Dickens and others continue to horrify teachers and inform students.
London of the industrial revolution was a battle ground where economic freedom, or “laissez-faire economics” was discredited. It became clear that government had to step in and regulate all aspects of labor, our teachers tell us. Laissez-faire encouraged greedy manufacturers to funnel people off their farms and into tenements where they survived hand-to-mouth, suffering disease and occupational hazards only to die young and be easily replaced.
This view reflects the literature of the times. As we know, however, the view of novelists is often skewed. Dickens was a writer-celebrity, not an economist. He was good at dramatizing the problems of the downtrodden but useless at solving them. The best he and others like him could do is shout “there oughtta be a law!”
The Idiot’s Handbook of Dangerous Beliefs says that he who can proclaim the problem automatically knows the best solution. It is not true. Passing laws against social revolutions never works. It is true that horrible slums developed as people abandoned their hopeless lives in the countryside. Pleasant communities of nice little cottages also grew up near the factories though. It wasn’t all bad. Furthermore, it is not “blaming the victim” to point out that many contributed to their condition by drinking their wages and neglecting their children.
Life was rough wherever you went. Consider frontier life in North America, mining in Bohemia or sailing on a Shanghai clipper. The thing that did the most for humanity wasn’t social legislation. It was the exploding availability of useful stuff.
Think of underwear. It was one of the big innovations of the industrial revolution. Before that people wore crusty linen or nothing between skin and wool. Easy-to-clean cotton improved the lives and health of everyone, even the mill workers. So did soap, kerosene, steam, the telegraph and a million things that economic freedom delivered
No one dares speak against child labor laws. Never-the-less, one fact is observable today as it was in old London. When times are severe sometimes children are left with three choices—work, turn to crime or starve. Laissez-faire economics may not be able to rescue everyone but it will do less harm that the do-gooder who takes the first of those options away.
England was not really a Laissez-faire state. Birth control was not only illegal. It was forbidden to print information about it. There was no freedom of assembly. Labor unions were illegal. People were hanged for theft, jailed for debt and forbidden divorce by the state. The “corn laws” made food expensive or unattainable. A true laissiz-faire economy would have given people more tools to improve their lives.
The stuff we hear about 19th century London has been produced by the political left for so long we’ve come to believe it. Conservatives should be prepared to stand up to that old lie.
Disbarment Possible Against Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby.
George Washington University law professor John Banzhaf has filed a complaint, accusing Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby of filing charges only to prevent civil unrest. That is to say, Ms. Mosby is charged with allowing public opinion to rule her decision to prosecute in the Freddie Gray case.
Freddie Gray was arrested and died while in police custody. At the time, the young prosecutor c chanted Al Sharpton’s quote, “No Justice, No Peace,” before the press, adding “our time has come.” She charged six officers with career-ending offenses that appeared politically motivated to many. Recently Baltimore prosecutors failed for a fourth time to get a conviction when Lt. Brian Rice was found not guilty of all the charges.
Banzhaf holds that Mosby went forward without sufficient evidence, made false public statements, withheld evidence which weakened her case, continued to prosecute after a judge found her evidence insufficient and engaged in conduct that was dishonest.
Bringing charges for political reasons is one of the worst possible abuses of office. A State Attorney has vast resources and we pay for them. She can call on an army of police, detectives and forensic experts to build her case. Defendants must counter this at personal expense. That is one reason it is unethical and unconscionable for a prosecutor to go forward with a weak case. If evidence creates reasonable doubt in the prosecutor’s mind the case should never go before a judge.
It brings to mind the Duke Lacrosse case –a 2006 trial in which players on the University lacrosse team were falsely prosecuted. In the event, a stripper accused three members of rape. The media built a narrative of privileged Ivy League frat boys abusing a poor victim of race economics. It led to the resignation and disbarment of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong. It was also a costly and unnecessary disruption in the lives of the defendants. Had they been found guilty it would have been a lot worse. That was a real possibility given the public pressure for a conviction.
Prosecutors who succumb to the emotions of the moment and abandon their ethics do not deserve to practice law. The complaints against State Attorney Mosby are well founded and should set an example for all who put politics above their professional ethics.
In these times and as we keep in our thoughts and prayers those who sacrificed for our country, some who paid the ultimate price, some who never came home, and those currently serving in our military, it is incumbent upon us to show our colors. Let’s all fly our American flags on Memorial Day and everyday.
While you are at it, please join us at 81st and Shore Road for a very special commemoration and POW/MIA flag raising @ 10am Memorial Day. We will march in the Bay Ridge Memorial Day parade immediately following.
Join Us to Commemorate Memorial Day at POW/MIA Flag Raising followed by March in the Bay Ridge Memorial Day Parade
Friends- please join us, your neighbors, friends, scouts, elected and civic leaders, as the Brooklyn Conservatives continue our annual tradition of honoring those lost and those missing in our armed forces. We meet at the liberty pole at Look Out Point located at 81st Street and Shore Road at 10am sharp. After the commemoration and raising of new POW/MIA flag, the Brooklyn Conservatives will march in the Memorial Day Parade in Bay Ridge. Please join us for this meaningful activity in honor of those who sacrificed for our freedom.
May 30th – Memorial Day
Lookout Point – 81st Street and Shore Road
The New York City Council narrowly voted to sack the people with a plastic bag tax. State legislators such as Marty Golden, Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind are among those seeking to stop the city from burdening people with this regressive “tax” . Read about this tax and more in Jerry Kassar’s column: Common Sense: Bag the Tax in this week’s Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator at http://homereporter.com/common-sense-bag-the-tax/
SUNDAY, APRIL 24th @ Bay Ridge Manor (76th & 5th Av, Brooklyn) 12 noon. Join us at Annual event with friends, members, electeds and candidates. We will present local civic leader, veteran and advocate Ray Aalbue with the Ronald Reagan Americanism Award. We will also enjoy the always insightful E.J. McMahon of the Empire Center for Public Policy, our Key Note Speaker. Tickets only $60pp payable to Kings County Conservative Party mail to 486 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Q: Comment on the blog, or email email@example.com.
Brooklyn Conservatives’ Candidates Need Your Support: Sign Petition When we visit or by appointment at your convenience!
March 17 - Brooklyn Conservatives are knocking on doors of registered Conservative Party members to collect signatures on candidates’ petitions. The Kings County Conservative Party has a complete slate of candidates and we are collecting signatures. Please do your part. Answer your doors for our people, sign the petitions (they are grey) and only sign Conservative Party petitions.
LET US MAKE A CONVENIENT APPOINTMENT WITH YOU: Just contact us through the blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will contact you to come collect your signature at time of your choosing.