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Name: Steven Leser
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Hometown: New York, NY
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Member since: Tue Jan 4, 2005, 05:36 PM
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My show airs at a special time tonight! 9PM ET re: CBO/ACA and Russia intercepts US phone calls

We have changed the airtime for tonight!
Don't miss this weeks show which airs at 9pm ET tonight on Blogtalkradio.com at the below link and on Monday at 2pm Pacific time on KCAA 1050am in the LA Basin!

This week we have two featured segments. First we talk about the data coming out of the Congressional Budget Office regarding the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare that generated so much controversy this week.

Then, Russian intelligence services intercept a phone conversation between two high level US diplomats and share it with the world. In this exciting expose on the motives of Russian espionage, I take you through the reasons that led to the spying which point to some serious geopolitical maneuvering.

After that, if we have time, Google had an interesting week from a political opinion perspective, weighing in on the Russian Olympics and on Republican dirty tricks.

At the end we will have our trademark weekly hall of fame and shame for those politicians and prominent individuals who made great sense or shameful nonsense, respectively.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2014/02/10/cbo-controversy-on-jobs-russian-intelligence-intercepts-calls-from-us-diplomats-1



My show airs at a special time tonight! 9PM ET re: CBO/ACA and Russia intercepts US phone calls

We have changed the airtime for tonight!
Don't miss this weeks show which airs at 9pm ET tonight on Blogtalkradio.com at the below link and on Monday at 2pm Pacific time on KCAA 1050am in the LA Basin!

This week we have two featured segments. First we talk about the data coming out of the Congressional Budget Office regarding the Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare that generated so much controversy this week.

Then, Russian intelligence services intercept a phone conversation between two high level US diplomats and share it with the world. In this exciting expose on the motives of Russian espionage, I take you through the reasons that led to the spying which point to some serious geopolitical maneuvering.

After that, if we have time, Google had an interesting week from a political opinion perspective, weighing in on the Russian Olympics and on Republican dirty tricks.

At the end we will have our trademark weekly hall of fame and shame for those politicians and prominent individuals who made great sense or shameful nonsense, respectively.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2014/02/10/cbo-controversy-on-jobs-russian-intelligence-intercepts-calls-from-us-diplomats-1



Google makes a statement on LGBT rights with their Doodle for today...




I discuss the CBO 2 million+ jobs analysis on Your World with Neil Cavuto

My appearance on Fox today where I discuss the recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Your World with Neil Cavuto. The Congressional Budget Office says over 2 million Americans will opt not to work or to reduce their hours as a result of the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.

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JOURNALIST: Hackers Hijacked My Phone In Sochi Before I Even Finished My Coffee

Good thing Russia is teaching us a lesson about excessive surveillance by sheltering Snowden!

Oh wait...

http://www.businessinsider.com/hackers-in-sochi-2014-2

JOURNALIST: Hackers Hijacked My Phone In Sochi Before I Even Finished My Coffee

Sochi tourists, last night's NBC report is your final warning.
If you have sensitive data that you don't want stolen, then don't bring it to Sochi. And if it's too late for that, then don't talk about sensitive topics while enjoying the Olympics.

Reporter Richard Engel brought two brand new computers and a new smartphone to Sochi. He had an American security expert upload a phony identity for him so that they contained hackable data. Then they went to a coffee shop and used the smartphone to browse about Sochi.

"Almost immediately we were hacked," Engel reports. "Malicious software hijacked our phone before we even finished our coffee, stealing my information and giving hackers the option to tap or record my phone calls."

Later, Engel found that the two new computers had been hacked, and the stream of information from one of the computers was going to servers within Russia.
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If anyone needs a translation about the last part, chances are it means TO FSB

xPost from GD: Transcript from my Feb 2-3 Radio Show piece on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

http://steveleser.blogspot.com/2014/02/transcript-from-my-feb-2-3-radio-show.html

To hear this from my Radio Show Podcast, click here to hear at BlogtalkRadio.com http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2014/02/02/coverage-of-bombshell-new-evidence-and-allegations-against-chris-christie-more-1 or here to hear at KCAA http://kcaaradio.celestrion.net/kcaa-podcasts/leser/20140203.html


Folks, I was on the Kelly file hosted by Megyn Kelly on Friday night to discuss the latest allegations about New Jersey governor Chris Christie and they do not paint a nice picture of him.

If you haven’t heard, the attorney for David Wildstein, the erstwhile Port Authority director of interstate capital projects and the person most responsible for implementation of the closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge, says that he has evidence that Chris Christie knew about the scandal during the time the bridge lanes were closed, which is much earlier than Christie says he did and also that he was aware of the Patrick Foye email before he said he was.

There is a common character these scandals take when in the person at the center of them is guilty of doing something wrong and is desperately trying to hide that fact.

They come out and do a big press conference where they deny everything, they say they did nothing wrong and had no idea about wrongdoing, and then drip, drip, drip, the evidence that they did not tell the truth and that they are guilty of whatever it is they are being accused of slowly and painfully comes out. Not all at once and sometimes the first revelations aren’t exactly smoking guns, but it starts with evidence that there were things said in that big press conference that were just not true.

Something told me when Governor Christie held his January 9th press conference where he denied participating in or in fact all prior knowledge of any wrongdoing in his administration regarding Bridge-gate, that this was not going to be the end of his problems with that issue.

For starters, the suggestion that Christie, who claims to be this extraordinary leader and manager and is in fact a micromanager and bully and who portrays himself as this guy who is on top of everything but on this one issue issued a couple of dozen denials that he knew what was going on until way after it was over, those two versions of Christie that he wanted to feed us seemed incongruous non credible.

He claimed in his press conference that he didn’t begin to know something was wrong until press reports began to surface about Patrick Foye’s email. Patrick Foye is the Executive Director of the Port Authority and his forceful email on September 13th, the fifth day of the George Washington bridge lane closures is what ended the lane closures.

The bridge closures occurred from September 9th to September 13th. Press reports about Patrick Foye’s email didn’t start coming out until October 1st. That is when Governor Christie says he realized the lane closures were some kind of issue.

What I want to make sure everyone understands is that the dual level George Washington Bridge which connects Manhattan and New Jersey and serves 102 million vehicles per year is the most heavily trafficked bridge in the world.

This bridge is arguably the most important piece of infrastructure in a metropolitan area with a lot of important infrastructure. In order for someone to believe Christie, you would have to believe that the Governor of a state would ignore a massive ongoing five day crisis with the most important piece of infrastructure in his state and wouldn’t look into it at all.

Honestly, who would believe that? Obviously the justice department doesn’t believe that which is why a Federal investigation complete with the FBI having agents involved is currently going on with regards to bridge gate.

I want to talk about some of the important reasons I think that Governor Christie is guilty of wrongdoing in Bridge gate, but before I talk about that, I think it’s important to remind you all that there is a second federal investigation going on regarding the Christie administration concerning the Christie administration’s use of the Superstorm Sandy funds and there are several allegations involved.

The first is that Christie improperly chose between two bids for marketing the relief efforts. There was a bid that would cost $2.5 million dollars and a bid that would cost $4.7 million dollars and again this was just for marketing, not actually rebuilding anything. The costs would come right out of the relief funds. Christie chose the $4.7 million dollar effort and here is the kicker, the $4.7 million dollar plan involved advertisements featuring Christie and his family. The lower priced campaign did not.

Also, as reported by NJ.com, Gov. Chris Christie helped channel $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy recovery dollars to a project conceived years before the storm struck, in an Essex County town that was not particularly hard hit, records show. The funding, pushed for personally by the Republican governor, was announced less than two weeks before the town’s Democratic mayor Raymond Kimble formally endorsed him for reelection. The development is an $18 million senior center and housing complex in Belleville called Franklin Manor. One third of the cost — $6 million — is being paid for by a $1.8 billion pot of federally funded Community Development Block Grants to help the state recover from Sandy.
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Transcript from my Feb 2-3 Radio Show piece on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

http://steveleser.blogspot.com/2014/02/transcript-from-my-feb-2-3-radio-show.html

To hear this from my Radio Show Podcast, click here to hear at BlogtalkRadio.com http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lesersense/2014/02/02/coverage-of-bombshell-new-evidence-and-allegations-against-chris-christie-more-1 or here to hear at KCAA http://kcaaradio.celestrion.net/kcaa-podcasts/leser/20140203.html


Folks, I was on the Kelly file hosted by Megyn Kelly on Friday night to discuss the latest allegations about New Jersey governor Chris Christie and they do not paint a nice picture of him.

If you haven’t heard, the attorney for David Wildstein, the erstwhile Port Authority director of interstate capital projects and the person most responsible for implementation of the closed lanes on the George Washington Bridge, says that he has evidence that Chris Christie knew about the scandal during the time the bridge lanes were closed, which is much earlier than Christie says he did and also that he was aware of the Patrick Foye email before he said he was.

There is a common character these scandals take when in the person at the center of them is guilty of doing something wrong and is desperately trying to hide that fact.

They come out and do a big press conference where they deny everything, they say they did nothing wrong and had no idea about wrongdoing, and then drip, drip, drip, the evidence that they did not tell the truth and that they are guilty of whatever it is they are being accused of slowly and painfully comes out. Not all at once and sometimes the first revelations aren’t exactly smoking guns, but it starts with evidence that there were things said in that big press conference that were just not true.

Something told me when Governor Christie held his January 9th press conference where he denied participating in or in fact all prior knowledge of any wrongdoing in his administration regarding Bridge-gate, that this was not going to be the end of his problems with that issue.

For starters, the suggestion that Christie, who claims to be this extraordinary leader and manager and is in fact a micromanager and bully and who portrays himself as this guy who is on top of everything but on this one issue issued a couple of dozen denials that he knew what was going on until way after it was over, those two versions of Christie that he wanted to feed us seemed incongruous non credible.

He claimed in his press conference that he didn’t begin to know something was wrong until press reports began to surface about Patrick Foye’s email. Patrick Foye is the Executive Director of the Port Authority and his forceful email on September 13th, the fifth day of the George Washington bridge lane closures is what ended the lane closures.

The bridge closures occurred from September 9th to September 13th. Press reports about Patrick Foye’s email didn’t start coming out until October 1st. That is when Governor Christie says he realized the lane closures were some kind of issue.

What I want to make sure everyone understands is that the dual level George Washington Bridge which connects Manhattan and New Jersey and serves 102 million vehicles per year is the most heavily trafficked bridge in the world.

This bridge is arguably the most important piece of infrastructure in a metropolitan area with a lot of important infrastructure. In order for someone to believe Christie, you would have to believe that the Governor of a state would ignore a massive ongoing five day crisis with the most important piece of infrastructure in his state and wouldn’t look into it at all.

Honestly, who would believe that? Obviously the justice department doesn’t believe that which is why a Federal investigation complete with the FBI having agents involved is currently going on with regards to bridge gate.

I want to talk about some of the important reasons I think that Governor Christie is guilty of wrongdoing in Bridge gate, but before I talk about that, I think it’s important to remind you all that there is a second federal investigation going on regarding the Christie administration concerning the Christie administration’s use of the Superstorm Sandy funds and there are several allegations involved.

The first is that Christie improperly chose between two bids for marketing the relief efforts. There was a bid that would cost $2.5 million dollars and a bid that would cost $4.7 million dollars and again this was just for marketing, not actually rebuilding anything. The costs would come right out of the relief funds. Christie chose the $4.7 million dollar effort and here is the kicker, the $4.7 million dollar plan involved advertisements featuring Christie and his family. The lower priced campaign did not.

Also, as reported by NJ.com, Gov. Chris Christie helped channel $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy recovery dollars to a project conceived years before the storm struck, in an Essex County town that was not particularly hard hit, records show. The funding, pushed for personally by the Republican governor, was announced less than two weeks before the town’s Democratic mayor Raymond Kimble formally endorsed him for reelection. The development is an $18 million senior center and housing complex in Belleville called Franklin Manor. One third of the cost — $6 million — is being paid for by a $1.8 billion pot of federally funded Community Development Block Grants to help the state recover from Sandy.
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DeBlasio drops NYC Appeal of ruling ordering changes to "Stop and Frisk"

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/01/30/mayor-de-blasio-drops-nycs-appeal-of-ruling-ordering-changes-to-stop-frisk/

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration filed court papers Thursday seeking to drop an appeal of a judge’s decision ordering major reforms to the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy.

The papers filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the city was seeking to return the case to a lower court for 45 days “for the purpose of exploring a full resolution.”

A judge ruled last year that the New York Police Department had discriminated against blacks and Hispanics with how it went about stopping, questioning and sometimes frisking people on the street. The judge ordered major reforms to the department’s implementation of the policy.

Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed the decision. But de Blasio, who took office at the beginning of the year, is now seeking to drop the appeal.
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Billie Jean King Q&A on her participation in the delegation to Sochi

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303277704579348812282634316.html?dsk=y

Billie Jean King is among the gay former athletes who will head to Sochi as part of the U.S. delegation named by President Barack Obama, their presence a symbolic poke at a controversial Russian law banning "homosexual propaganda."

The Russian law outlawing "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" mandates stiff fines and jail terms for holding gay pride events, speaking in defense of gay rights or to saying gay relationships are equal to heterosexual ones. Although ostensibly intended to protect minors, the bill is written so broadly that it effectively amounts to an outright ban.
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WSJ: How do you feel about going to Russia given the law and environment toward gays and broader security concerns?

King: The law is so broad; people feel pretty free to do what they want against gays and get away with it. You hear about gays getting attacked, getting spit on. The polls say 80% of Russians are against gays, but I have personally never encountered it. The Russian people could not be nicer. I am in a privileged position. As a gay person, you are a little more alert about safety. I am sure the U.S. is going to worry about that. You have to be alert. I just hope everybody is safe and everybody gets home.
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There is no Republican war on women. Rand Paul says so, because his niece and sister are doing well

Rand Paul = Ron Paul lite. Ron Paul was terribly wrong but at least he talked a good game. Rand doesnt even have that going for him.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/01/27/rand_paul_on_the_war_on_women_women_have_won_because_my_niece_goes_to_cornell.html



Rand Paul grabbed headlines on Sunday by claiming on Meet The Press that "if there was a war on women, I think they won." While it would be a delightful change of pace if that was Paul's way of announcing a desire to see conservatives cease with the relentless attacks on women's rights, in context, it's clear that Paul was basically offering up a justification for continuing the war on women:

PAUL: This whole sort of war on women thing, I’m scratching my head because if there was a war on women, I think they won. You know, the women in my family are incredibly successful. I have a niece at Cornell vet school, and 85% of the young people there are women. Law school, 60% are women. In med school, 55%. My younger sister is an OB-GYN with six kids and doing great. I don’t see so much that women are downtrodden. I see women rising up and doing great things. In fact, I worry about our young men sometimes because I think the women are outcompeting the men in our world
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