Monday, February 28, 2011

Is There a Way Out of the Mess in Wisconsin?

American Thinker has an op-ed piece by Cliff Thier offering 2 possible solutions to the stalemate in the Wisconsin state government.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Movie Award Few Bother to Collect

To the surprise of no one, "The Last Airbender" swept yesterday's Razzie Awards with 5, according to MSNBC. "Sex and the City 2" took 3 awards, and Ashton Kutcher was picked as worst actor for "Killers" and "Valentine's Day."

Policemen, Firefighters Go Over to the Dark Side in Madison, WI

Glenn Beck's The Blaze has a disturbing report of off-duty police and fire personnel joining the substance-fueled protest at the Wisconsin state capitol.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports:

Hundreds of off-duty police officers and deputies joined protests today against Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill that would strip most collective bargaining powers from about 170,000 public employees....

EDITORIAL NOTE: Although policemen and firefighters are exempted from Gov. Walker's proposed legislation, it appears they fear that if what they perceive as "union-busting techniques" prevail, they will be targeted next.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Text of Proposed Senate Resolution

EDITORIAL NOTE: This may be just a set of words, and the Senate hasn't passed it yet, but, as they say, words have power.

Proposed Senate Resolution calls for “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) last week sponsored a resolution designating March 30 as “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day” The proposed resolution S.RES. 55, presently has 5 cosponsors. It states and resolves that the Senate:

(1) honors and recognizes the contributions of veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces in Vietnam during war and during peace;

(2) encourages States and local governments to also establish `Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'; and

(3) encourages the people of the United States to observe `Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day' with appropriate ceremonies and activities that:
(A) provide the appreciation Vietnam War veterans deserve, but did not receive upon returning home from the war;
(B) demonstrate the resolve that never again shall the Nation disregard and denigrate a generation of veterans;
(C) promote awareness of the faithful service and contributions of such veterans during their military service as well as to their communities since returning home;
(D) promote awareness of the importance of entire communities empowering veterans and the families of veterans to readjust to civilian life after military service; and
(E) promote opportunities for such veterans to assist younger veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in rehabilitation from wounds, both seen and unseen, and to support the reintegration of younger veterans into civilian life.

Source: TREA (The Retired Enlisted Association) Washington Update

Three Cartoons = 3,000-Word Blog Post

Still in the Fight: America's Most Wounded Soldier Refuses to Quit

Capt D.J. Skelton (left) with his first sergeant, Sgt 1st Class James O. Bishop at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA.

The Daily Mail (U.K.) has run a story about Capt. D.J. Skelton, who was nearly killed by an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004.

Since then he has endured 60 surgeries, wears a glass eye and a prosthetic for the roof of his mouth, and has only partial use of his left arm and left ankle. Instead of asking to be medically retired, he learned Chinese Mandarin, graduated from West Point, and personally body-pierced the women's soccer team. Now he is eager to rejoin his unit (the 2nd Stryker Cavalry) in a few months.

"The body is resilient. The body is amazing," Capt Skelton said. "I can either dwell on what happened and be miserable and pissy and complain or I can look at what I do have left and figure out how to make the most of my new life... how to make what I have work while always looking for creative ways to make up the difference."

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Is Muammar Gaddafi Losin' It?

The Drudge Report has been running all kinds of strange news out of Libya, which is in a state of civil war. Gaddafi has found a scapegoat for his woes: Osama bin Laden! He claims that the protesters have been drinking Nescafe spiked with hallucinogenic drugs. We know that other cities have joined Benghazi in breaking away from his regime, supported by members of the Libyan military who refuse to fire on their fellow countrymen and brother/sister Muslims, so Gaddafi has been relying on Chadian and other mercenaries to fight for him. Meanwhile, foreign affairs analyst Nile Gardiner condemns the Obama administration for not even bothering to vote "present."

More Evidence of the Media's Fixation on Race

This story ran on ABC News:

At 17 months, Triniti and Ghabriael are chubby-cheeked twins, born 11 weeks early at three pounds each and now healthy and a joy to their parents.

But when their mother, Khristi Cunningham of Akron, Ohio, takes them in public, the babies get a lot of second looks and questions.

Triniti has ebony-colored skin and all the classic dark features of an African American, but "Gabe," as his parents call him, is ivory-white with steely blue eyes and blond hair. He's now 10 pounds heavier than his sister, but it's their racial identity that gets people scratching their heads....

EDITORIAL NOTE: This can happen in any mixed-race marriage, but black-and-white siblings, for some reason, receive the most attention.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Heartwarming Story of a Soldier Who Refused to Quit

"Extreme Makeover Home Edition" has built a new home - and arranged a wedding - for SSG Patrick Zeigler, who nearly lost his life during the Fort Hood massacre. His fiancée, Jessica Hansen, loyally stood by his side and gave him a powerful incentive to keep fighting each step of the way on the road to recovery. She maintains a blog: "Turning Tragedy Into a Love Story: Patrick & Jessica."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nine Candidates for Mayor of Colorado Springs Hold a Public Debate

First group of 5 candidates

Candidate Mitch Christiansen, recovering from a bout with pneumonia

Second group of candidates

The 9 candidates for what could be one of the most important elections in the history of our city, answered some tough questions on a variety of topics ranging from the SDS (Southern Delivery System) to the fate of Memorial Hospital. The people of Colorado Springs voted to institute a full-time strong mayor system, so whoever gets elected will be setting precedents and writing a new chapter in our history.

The Colorado Springs Gazette ran a summary of the debate. News First 5 (KOAA-TV) recorded the proceedings for later rebroadcast.

All but one of the candidates have set up Web sites for you to find out where they stand on the issues. We encourage you to visit all of the following links:

Steve Bach [commercial real estate broker] -

Brian Bahr [owner of Challenger Homes] -

Mitch Christiansen [general contractor, real estate broker, and consultant] - Withdrew his candidacy on 16 March and endorsed Steve Bach.

Kenneth Duncan [“recently laid off”] -

Tom Gallagher [city council member] -

Buddy Gilmore [CEO of Shape Technologies] –

Phil McDonald [owner of the Uniform Shop] - Withdrew his candidacy on 9 March 2011 and threw his support to Steve Bach.

Dave Munger [retired educator and small business owner/volunteer] -

Richard Skorman [independent businessman, former city councilman and vice mayor] -

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Case of Anti-Military Bias at Columbia University

Once again universities betray themselves as one of the last refuges of bigotry in American society, according to this New York Post article.

Columbia University students heckled a war hero during a town-hall meeting on whether ROTC should be allowed back on campus.

"Racist!" some students yelled at Anthony Maschek, a Columbia freshman and former Army staff sergeant awarded the Purple Heart after being shot 11 times in a firefight in northern Iraq in February 2008. Others hissed and booed the veteran.

Maschek, 28, had bravely stepped up to the mike Tuesday at the meeting to issue an impassioned challenge to fellow students on their perceptions of the military.

"It doesn't matter how you feel about the war. It doesn't matter how you feel about fighting," said Maschek. "There are bad men out there plotting to kill you."

Several students laughed and jeered the Idaho native, a 10th Mountain Division infantryman who spent two years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington recovering from grievous wounds.

Maschek, who is studying economics, miraculously survived the insurgent attack in Kirkuk. In the hail of gunfire, he broke both legs and suffered wounds to his abdomen, arm and chest.

An op-ed piece in Washington Times points out that this long-standing anti-military policy was never about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" or anything else connected with the armed services.

What's Good Enough for You Ain't Good Enough for Me

Check out this Washington Times article to see how much confidence public school teachers have in their own system. Here's a list of major cities and the percentage of teachers who send their children to private schools:

Philadelphia - 44%
Cincinnati - 41%
Chicago - 39%
Rochester NY - 38%
Baltimore - 35%
San Francisco/Oakland - 34%
New York City/NJ Suburbs - 33%
Milwaukee/New Orleans - 29%
Washington DC - 28%

Both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers refused to comment on the study that yielded these statistics.

“Across the states, 12.2 percent of all families — urban, rural and suburban — send their children to private schools,” says the report, based on 2000 census data.

Muslim Cleric Planning White House Protest

There's a FOX News story about Anjem Choudary, who once said “the flag of Islam will fly over the White House.” The cause he has been pushing is to impose Sharia law over the United States.

John Hawkins at Right Wing News says "Bring 'em on!"

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Libyan Protesters Pay a High Price, but Gain Benghazi

New York Daily News reports that many demonstrators have been killed by machine-gun and anti-aircraft artillery fire, but, with the help of military forces in sympathy with them, have taken Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya. Reuters has more information about this escalating uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

UPDATE1: The Sydney Morning Herald ran an AFP article describing fighting in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, where the opposition has seized control of some military bases and tanks.

UPDATE2: The Daily Mail (U.K.) says that Gaddafi has fled the capital, and that protesters have torched the parliament building. An Associated Press article says that action is being taken to evacuate foreign workers.

UPDATE3: BBC News reported that Gaddafi appeared on state television to tell the public that he had not skipped the country to seek political asylum in Venezuela and was still in Tripoli. How long he can maintain his grip on power remains to be seen.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Outnumbered but Defiant

Power Line Blog provides some of the best coverage of the pro-Gov. Walker rally organized by Americans for Prosperity and other conservative organizations in Madison, Wisconsin today. The picture on the right is that of Andrew Breitbart addressing the crowd.

Personal Memoir of a Teacher's Strike in Arizona

Beverly Gunn at American Thinker has just described her own experience as a substitute teacher when the NEA went on strike in Sierra Vista, AZ in 1980. This article is particularly timely in light of the ongoing wildcat teacher's strike in Wisconsin.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Czars Take Note: Peasant Revolt in Sector 2

House Votes to Dethrone Obama’s Czars


Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the architect of a daring GOP attempt to strip congressional funding for nine executive branch “czars,” says it’s only the first salvo in a much larger battle to reverse “radical policies” promulgated by the Obama administration. “Under President Obama, we’ve seen a proliferation of czars,” he told Newsmax the day after the House passed his amendment to block spending any federal funds on nine “special presidential advisers....”

UPDATE: Human Events reports that this amendment passed the House by a vote of 249 to 179.

Rep. Womack Suggests Defunding Obama's Teleprompter!

Is nothing sacred? asks the Politico article:

A blizzard of House amendments aimed at cutting $100 billion from the federal budget included one from Rep. Steve Womack, an Arkansas Republican, to cut funding for President Obama's beloved teleprompter.

Womack told Fox News that it's about tough love: "We're asking people to do more with less. And I think the president ought to lead by example. He is already a very gifted speaker. And I think that's one platform he could do without," Womack said....

Womack later pulled his amendment from consideration, saying he couldn't get a read on how much it would save.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wisconsin Teachers Cram Capitol to Protest Anti-Union Bill

FOX News reports that "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, called on the 14 Senate Democrats who fled the state instead of voting on a controversial anti-union bill, to return and do their jobs. They may be hiding out in Rockford, IL, and have just enough people to deny the state senate of a quorum.

"Wisconsin's measure would end collective bargaining for state, county and local workers, except for police, firefighters and the state patrol. Unions still could represent workers, but could not seek pay increases above those pegged to the Consumer Price Index unless approved by a public referendum. Unions also could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized."

See more coverage of the demonstrations at Hot Air and Pajamas Media.

UPDATE: The All Politics Blog of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel announced that a counter-demonstration is scheduled for Saturday.

Steve Jobs' Days Are Numbered, Say Doctors

CNews reports that Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and visionary leader who revolutionized the computing, telecommunications, and music industries, has terminal cancer. One doctor said that he may have only 6 weeks to live.

Why the Deafening Silence on "Project Gunwalker?"

"You guys in the media, this is 2011. This is not 1995 or 1980. You're dealing with a public that is far more informed than you think they are because they know what you're not reporting." ~ Rush Limbaugh

Gun Rights Examiner has been one of the few news sources to report on a story that could put Attorney General Holder's job on the line.

"We reported that ATF whistleblowers had a story about management “allowing” guns to be walked to Mexico. Now a United States Senator is investigating just that, and has produced strong documentation to bolster that claim...."

More details are to be found at the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Brown Family Reveals Dark Side

The 5 Browns, a talented piano quintet, has been dazzling audiences by reviving the old tradition of presenting music on multiple pianos. Sadly, their wholesome image has been marred by revelations that their father, Keith Brown, has been sexually abusing 3 daughters. The Salt Lake Tribune reported the sisters could remain silent no longer when they learned their father had plans to manage child musicians.

UPDATE: Deseret News reports the breaking story that Keith Brown, 55, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual abuse on his own children in a Provo court today [17 February].

Now It's Time to Worry About the Muslim Brotherhood

When ex-President Jimmy Carter vouches for the Muslim Brotherhood, which is in the process of organizing a political party in Egypt, I get suspicious. Check out the video featured at Glenn Beck's The Blaze.

Another Reason Why You Can't Trust Your Life to GPS

Hat tip: Reader's Digest

Uh-Oh! FBI Says There Is a 100% Probability of WMD Attack

NewsMax is running this story, but not many other news sources.

"The probability that the U.S. will be hit with a weapons of mass destruction attack at some point is 100 percent, Dr. Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, tells Newsmax.

"Such an attack could be launched by foreign terrorists, lone wolves who are terrorists, or even by criminal elements, Majidi says. It would most likely employ chemical, biological, or radiological weapons rather than a nuclear device...."

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

ATF's Gangsta Behavior

More disgusting news from Moonbattery:

ATF Gives Guns to Mexican Drug Cartels to Undermine Second Amendment

Posted by Van Helsing at February 15, 2011 2:09 PM

Oh what a tangled web bureauweenies weave when they attempt to use their power to acquire still more power by supporting statist canards with phony data. This time we're not talking about NASA and the global warming farce, but the ATF's practice of smuggling guns across the border so that it will look like the Second Amendment's fault that Mexican drug cartels are violent:

A brewing scandal at the Department of Justice involving an illegal scheme to pad statistics on U.S. guns in Mexico threatens to erupt as U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of the Senate Judiciary Committee begins an investigation. ATF agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — a DOJ agency — allegedly smuggled U.S. guns into Mexico in order to bolster the Department's disputed contention that Mexican drug cartels are armed primarily with U.S. guns. Whistleblowers within the ATF contend that one of these guns was used to kill Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry in December of 2010.

Readers will remember Terry as the underarmed Border Patrol agent killed while providing free police protection to the illegal aliens colonizing Arizona.,,,

Monday, February 14, 2011

G. Norman "Buddy" Bishop Obituary

We regret to inform you that one of our staunchest supporters, G. Norman “Buddy” Bishop, Jr. passed away on February 4th, 2011 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Florida. He was 75 years old. Buddy was the son of the late George Norman Bishop and Louie Johnson Bishop of Athens.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Wood and their children Norman Ray “Tho” Bishop, Tyler Johnson Bishop and Tiffany Jem Bishop of Panama City, FL.

Buddy is also survived by his loving daughters Anne Bishop Gay (Edward) and Carolyn Bishop Miller (Craig) and their mother, Kathleen Bishop; Grandchildren: Kate May (Robert), Amber Miller, Megan Miller Low (Tad), Ben Miller, Hamilton Miller, Mallory Miller, Alex Miller, Carson Miller; Great-Grandchildren: Anne Elizabeth, Lucy and Carolyn May.

Buddy’s illustrious life began in Elizabethton, Tennessee, but his heart was always in Athens with his “brother”, Col. Merritt Pound, where he graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism. The former U.S. Air Force pilot covered the Civil Rights movement for NBC before entering into politics, working on Bo Callaway’s 1964 Congressional Campaign. Buddy would go on to become Communications Chairman for the GOP in 1972. His most recent position was as Consultant for Congressman Spencer Bachus, Chairman for the Committee on Financial Services.

Pursuits outside of politics included a devotion to the Episcopalian Church in which he waged a 3 decade campaign in support of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. With his passion for causes such as attempting to rescue POWs left behind in Vietnam, bringing democracy to the Central American country of Belize, fundraising efforts for medical research to eliminate Alzheimer’s, honoring our “Greatest Generation” – World War II veterans, his life personified a quote from Virgil: "Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito. / Do not give in to evil but proceed ever more boldly against it".

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Brits Lead the Way in Creating Rights for Criminals

The Telegraph (U.K.) has this sad tale:

After shredding the long-standing doctrine that a man's home is his castle, the British government continues to coddle criminals by warning homeowners to avoid using wire mesh to improve security in their storage sheds, lest they invite lawsuits by burglars!

Thomas Cooper, of Tatsfield, Surrey, used wire mesh to protect three of his garden sheds after two break-ins over the past four years. He decided to take action after reports of a rise in garden raids in the area.

Mr Cooper said: “I reinforced my shed windows with wire mesh, but was told by the police I had to be very careful because thieves can actually sue you if they get hurt. It is ridiculous that the law protects them even though they are breaking it.”

Reader reactions range from "Britain is the most spaztard nation on earth. why don't you all just kill yourselves??" to "In this particular case the advice given probably was wrong, but it's only advice and the PC never claimed to be a solicitor. If you want good legal advice, pay for it from a solicitor [lawyer]. If you won't do that then you are free to ask the police, the CAB or a randon stranger in the street but there isn't much point in complaining if it turns out the advice is wrong."

Kevlar Underwear Enhances Blast Protection

FOX News has an article about Blast Boxers, which have been made in the U.K. for the past 6 months and will now be manufactured in the United States. This is expected to become a hot item for our Soldiers and Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Friday, February 11, 2011

A New Chapter in the History of Borders Bookstores - Chapter 11

MSN Money is the bearer of this bad news: Borders Group Inc. is struggling to stay alive in the face of the e-book revolution, it has been delisted from the New York Stock Exchange (which does not deal in penny stocks), and the firm may be forced to close 200 stores.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

There Is Only One F-150, Declares Ford has the tale of a lawsuit filed by Ford Motor Co. against Ferrari, which was about to call its latest race car the F-150. Now Ferrari has decided to call this model by its full name, the "Ferrari F150th Italia," to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy.

Saudis Give Obama His Marching Orders

This just in from the Times of London:

...In a testy personal telephone call on January 29, King Abdullah told President Obama not to humiliate Mr Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the US withdrew its aid program, worth $1.5 billion annually. America’s closest ally in the Gulf made clear that the Egyptian President must be allowed to stay on to oversee the transition towards peaceful democracy and then leave with dignity. “Mubarak and King Abdullah are not just allies, they are close friends, and the King is not about to see his friend cast aside and humiliated,” a senior source in the Saudi capital told The Times.

UPDATE1: FOX News says that Hosni Mubarak will resign sooner rather than later, perhaps as early as tonight (10 February). A military junta will run Egypt until further notice.

UPDATE2: MSNBC News describes a speech by Mubarak, in which he said he would delegate some of his powers to Vice President Suleiman, but has no plans to step down anytime soon. He also announced his intention of remaining in Egypt.

UPDATE3: A FOX News article reports the latest wrinkle in the convoluted story of the crisis in Egypt. Mubarak has resigned after all, and left control of the country to the military.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Super Granny to the Rescue!

This YouTube video shows a 75-year-old woman, armed only with a handbag, driving robbers from a jewelry store in Northampton, England.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

At Least He Brings Name Recognition

It is our duty to report that ex-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann has found a new job at Al Gore's Current Media, according to Glenn Beck's The Blaze.

Tea Party Movement to Start New Magazine

USA Today has an article about a Tea Party magazine, Tea Party Review, that will be published by Higher Standard Publications.

Katrina Pierson of the Dallas Tea Party, who will be national grass roots director for Tea Party Review, says that the magazine is aimed at "reflecting the values" of the small-government, anti-tax movement.

"This magazine is a response to demands from Tea Party members across the country for a magazine that we can call our own," Pierson says. "People are weary of the distorted version of the Tea Party movement that we see in most of the media."

The new magazine will be launched at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) later this week in Washington.

Monday, February 7, 2011

An Amazing Purchase by AOL

In the Los Angeles Times we read that AOL will be purchasing the Huffington Post for $315 million! At that rate this smaller but much more civilized blog must be worth at least $50 million. ;-)

In a bid to make itself relevant again, struggling Internet pioneer AOL Inc. announced late Sunday that it would buy the Huffington Post, the well-known news and opinion site, for $315 million in cash and stock.

As part of the deal, Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington will oversee a new group responsible for bringing together all editorial content from both companies including news, technology, music and local media websites....

Sunday, February 6, 2011

5 Best, 5 Worst Places for Conservatives to Live

Megan Fox at NewsRealBlog explains why these 10 states are suitable or unsuitable for conservatives. The picture above is reason enough to link to her article.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Obama's Reaction to Egyptian Crisis

Source: Michael Ramirez at IBD Editorial Cartoons.

Gov. Sarah Palin taunts Obama by saying that the "3 a.m. phone call went to an answering machine."

Once Again, Controversy Sells: "Tiger Mom" Becomes a Conversation Piece

The Time Magazine article has this to say:

Even before Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Chua's proudly politically incorrect account of raising her children "the Chinese way," arrived in bookstores Jan. 11, her parenting methods were the incredulous, indignant talk of every playground, supermarket and coffee shop. A prepublication excerpt in the Wall Street Journal (titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior") started the ferocious buzz; the online version has been read more than 1 million times and attracted more than 7,000 comments so far. When Chua appeared Jan. 11 on the Today show, the usually sunny host Meredith Vieira could hardly contain her contempt as she read aloud a sample of viewer comments: "She's a monster"; "The way she raised her kids is outrageous"; "Where is the love, the acceptance?"

One reader made this comment:

1. You can have a social life and good academics at the same time.
2. Most Chinese parents are stricter and emphasize academics, but few I know go to Amy Chua's extremes.
3. None of the successful Asians I know, including myself, was brought up with these abusive measures. I'm fairly certain all of us make more money than her pianist daughters.
4. Amy Chua is not "China" or "Chinese mom". She's a Filipino-American with Chinese roots married to a Jewish husband with half-Jew kids. The 1.4 billion people on the mainland are nothing like this.
5. Amy Chua just made a ton of money with this controversy because Americans can't see the middle ground between two extremes.

Friday, February 4, 2011

“Après Moi le Déluge”

In an interview with ABC's Christiane Amanpour, President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt said he intended to retire, but not right away. This will not be enough to appease the crowds that are demanding his immediate resignation. He said he had no plans to run his son for the presidency, and wanted to "die on Egyptian soil."

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Having Solved All of New York City's Problems, Mayor Bloomberg Goes on a Fishing Expedition in Arizona

Here's what Van Helsing of Right Wing News has to say:

New York's Mayor-for-Life Michael Bloomberg's lust for totalitarian control over other people's lives knows no bounds, so you could hardly expect him to limit himself to attacking the Second Amendment liberties of those unfortunate enough to live under his jurisdiction. Now that all problems have been resolved in NYC, he has been conducting sting operations in Arizona:

Weeks after the shooting in Tucson, sellers at an Arizona gun show allowed undercover investigators hired by New York City to buy semiautomatic pistols even after they said they probably couldn't pass a background check, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. …

Bloomberg has authorized similar sting operations around the country as part of a push for tougher federal laws to help keep guns off the streets of New York.

But in the sensitive aftermath of the shooting Jan. 8 that killed six people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the mayor was questioned about the time and place of his hidden-camera investigation, a $100,000 operation conducted almost clear across the country....