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  • NYS inspector general probing Thruway Authority

    12/30/2014 12:36:50 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 9 replies
    NY - Daily News ^ | 12/22/14 | KEN LOVETT
    The state Inspector General’s Office is finalizing a bombshell investigation into the state Thruway Authority that is said to reach the highest levels of the organization, sources say. While the focus is unclear, two sources confirmed the Cuomo administration has already been approaching possible replacements for Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas Madison. Reps for the inspector general's office, Cuomo and the Thruway Authority had no comment. Billionaire developer Howard Milstein recently resigned as Thruway Authority chairman. One source said Milstein, a big-time donor to Gov. Cuomo, to avoid getting caught up in the controversy once the IG report is released....
  • Is The Emerging Caliph In Iraq The Antichrist? [The Making of a Mahdi]

    07/01/2014 7:08:00 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 40 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 1, 2014 | Walid Shoebat
    BYLINE: Regarding Al-Baghdadi, who claimed the Islamic Caliphate in Iraq, who is he and is he the Antichrist? Does he fit the bill of the awaited Mahdi and the last Caliph of Islam? I have had inquiries. Ok, here is what we think. Al-Baghdadi was born in Samarra, a largely Sunni city north of Baghdad, in 1971 and is well educated. His nom de guerre is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head. His real name is Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri, but now has been changed to “Caliph Abdullah Ibrahim Ibn Awaad Ibn Ibrahim...
  • ISIS: We will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia

    06/30/2014 5:16:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 90 replies
    APA ^ | June 30, 2014 | Baku. Rashad Suleymanov
    Representatives of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) stated that they will ruin the Kaaba after capturing Saudi Arabia. APA reports quoting Turkish media that ISIS wants to take control of Arar city of Saudi Arabia and start operations here. ISIS member Abu Turab Al Mugaddasi said that they would destroy the Kaaba in Mecca: “If Allah wills, we will kill those who worship stones in Mecca and destroy the Kaaba. People go to Mecca to touch the stones, not for Allah.”
  • For Jordan, a greater jihadist threat from within

    06/29/2014 10:06:45 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 29, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    BYLINE: In the Hashemite Kingdom, government leniency toward home-grown Islamists is coming home to roost The rapid advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq has set off warning bells in Jerusalem, which fears a Jihadist takeover of Jordan, Israel’s eastern neighbor and a Western ally. Former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror told Army Radio on Sunday that Israel should extend aid to Jordan in its potential fight against ISIL on its eastern border, if such assistance is requested. “We need to help with whatever they may need in order to overcome the problems developing...
  • Why 20 Years Firefighting May Be Enough For Me (Warning: Dark Content)

    06/27/2014 2:37:10 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 35 replies
    Uniform Stores ^ | Michael Morse
    Twenty years ago I thought I would do this job forever. I had a dream: work in Providence till I was 60 and they threw me out, and then move somewhere else where they have a volunteer department and I could put my experience to good use. The department offered a 50 percent pension after 20 years, we contribute 9.5 percent of our pay toward the fund, and the city contributes the rest. “That’s nice,” I thought, never considering that I would actually leave after 20. Time marches on, and 20 years passed in the blink of an eye. The...
  • Churkin advises US to use $500 million better than on Syrian rebels (Russian UN Ambassador)

    06/27/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 18 replies
    ITAR-TASS ^ | June 27, 2014 | Staff
    THE UNITED NATIONS, June 27. /ITAR-TASS/. The US plans to spend $500 million for training and outfitting Syrian rebels is a step in the wrong direction, Russian Permanent Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said on Thursday. In his words, 500 million dollars is “a very big sum of money.” “I am sure that it is possible to spend it for something more useful,” he told a news conference at the Russian Permanent Mission at the UN. “They (the United States) put the situation on the wrong track,” the diplomat said. He said with regret that the US “adds fuel...
  • Gang of men smashed American tourist's eye socket with bottle of Jagermeister [UK/Religion of Peace]

    06/24/2014 10:23:55 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 24 Jun 2014 | Lizzie Edmonds
    A gang of men attacked an American student while he was drinking in the street - grabbing a glass bottle from his hands and smashing it over his head, a court was told. Francesco Hounye, 23, from Florida, had been in Britain for just three days when he was set upon by the men while he was walking home with a friend in Shadwell, east London. Shaleem Uddin, 20, Shadhat Hussain, 19, Kamrul Hussain, 22, and Massom Rahman, 22, targeted Mr Hounye when they saw him swigging from a bottle of Jagermeister. (VIDEO) They then chased him, beat him, and...
  • Iraq Isis Crisis: Is Jordan Next? [Jordan mobilizes near boarder.]

    06/23/2014 10:05:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 24 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 23, 2014 | By Gianluca Mezzofiore
    The swiftness of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq has raised fears that it could spill into neighbouring Jordan, which has always struggled to contain its own home-grown jihadists. In the latest developments, militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) seized the Turaibil crossing with Jordan along with the al-Walid crossing with Syria after government forces pulled out. On the Jordan/Iraq border, a reporter from the German news agency DPA reported sighting a mobilisation of troops, tanks and missiles. In a video released on YouTube, five of the group's Mujahideen pledged to take the holy war to...
  • ISIS fighters tells families "hand over your daughters for sex" after orders from cleric's fatwa

    06/23/2014 6:13:21 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 69 replies
    UK Mirror ^ | 22 June 2014 | Stephen White
    ISIS fighters are ordering terrified families in Iraq to hand over their daughters for sex. Leaflets in the captured cities of Mosul and Tikrit claim the women – virgins or not – must join jihad, or Holy war, and cleanse themselves by sleeping with militants. Those that refuse to do so are violating God’s will, it is claimed, and will be beaten or killed. ISIS fighters have been taking women captive in Syria since last year when a Saudi-based cleric issued a fatwa – religious order telling them to. Now the sick practise is happening to Iraq. (...)
  • Judge Orders Deployed US Sailor To Attend Custody Hearing Or Lose Daughter, Face Arrest

    06/20/2014 11:14:05 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    A U.S. Navy sailor from Washington State is currently serving on a submarine thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, but a judge has ordered him into an impossible custody scenario: Appear in a Michigan courtroom Monday or risk losing custody of his 6-year-old daughter. Navy submariner Matthew Hindes was given permanent custody of his daughter Kaylee in 2010, after she was reportedly removed from the home of his ex-wife, Angela, by child protective services. But now a judge has ordered him to appear in court Monday, or risk losing his daughter to his ex-wife in addition to a...
  • Iraq Crisis: Isis Launch Twitter App to Recruit, Radicalise and Raise Funds (Propagated re-Tweets)

    06/19/2014 7:10:40 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 18, 2014 | Anthony Cuthbertson
    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis), the radical islamic insurgent group that has pledged to seize control of Baghdad, has employed a sophisticated social media strategy to garner online support for its cause. The Dawn of Glad Tidings, an official Isis Arabic-language Twitter app promoted by some of the organisation's leading figures, has been used to give updates about the group and spread its message through user accounts. When the app is downloaded, Isis is able to post tweets automatically on behalf of all those who have signed up. The app has already been downloaded hundreds of times,...
  • VA's global warming tweet stokes ire

    06/17/2014 8:31:23 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/14 | By Kristina Wong
    The Department of Veteran Affairs is drawing online criticism for tweeting about the world’s oceans on Monday. The VA tweeted about how the world’s oceans are under threat from over-fishing, pollution and even climate change. Veterans Affairs @DeptVetAffairs Our ocean is under threat. Join people all over the world and make a difference. #OurOcean2014 9:02 AM - 16 Jun 2014 The tweet linked to a press release from the State Department that let people tweet out their own support for a number of ocean-related issues, such as avoiding shark-fin soup and only consuming seafood caught in a sustainable manner....
  • Churchill: Cop's road rage punishment seems like a reward

    06/17/2014 6:28:14 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Albany TU ^ | June 11, 2014 | Chris Churchill
    Let's play a game. Let's say you've done something wrong and will therefore be punished. Here's your punishment: You must retire from your job. You will receive a full pension. Your days will be free for whatever your heart desires. Hey, stop smiling. You're being punished! In the real world, of course, retirement is generally seen as a good thing, especially if the retiree will be financially comfortable. But when a cop misbehaves, retirement is treated like the guillotine. Consider the plea deal for Schenectady Detective John Hotaling. His road-rage charges will be essentially dropped if he trades his badge...
  • ISIL commander attacked, killed in Iraq's Mosul (Saddam loyalist, Bathist fugitive)

    06/15/2014 6:46:28 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 27 replies
    PressTV ^ | Jun 15, 2014 | Staff
    A commander of the al-Qaeda splinter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been killed in Mosul as Iraqi forces continue slowing the militants’ advance. Media reports said on Saturday that Abu Omar al-Esseily was killed in an attack against his car in the militant-held city, which is the provincial capital of the Nineveh province. There were no immediate details about the ISIL commander’s death. Mosul, Iraq’s second city, fell to the hands of the ISIL militants in a lightning advance on June 10, which followed the capture of Tikrit, located 140 kilometers (87 miles) northwest of the...
  • Jihadists 'bulldoze berm' dividing Iraq from Syria

    06/12/2014 2:41:35 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 14 replies
    AFP/Al-Baraka News ^ | Jun 11, 2014 | By AFP
    The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant posted pictures online of militants bulldozing a berm dividing Iraq and Syria, symbolising its goal of uniting its forces in the two countries. The jihadists could be seen clearing a road through the berm, before trucks drove through as a militant stood nearby holding the group's black flag, in photos shared on websites and Twitter. Creating a cross-border Islamic state is one of the group's main aims. The first shot was dated June 10 and carried the title of the photo series, "Smashing the Sykes-Picot border" -- a reference to the...
  • The 1-Star Amazon Reviews of 'Hard Choices' Are In and They're As Unhinged as You'd Expect

    06/10/2014 7:51:39 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 11 replies
    National Journal | June 10, 2014 | Brian Resnick
    BYLINE: Compared with the five-star reviews, the one-star ones are a lot more, er, colorful. Hillary Clinton is a polarizing figure. So when she releases an autobiography, opinions on said book are going to diverge. This is especially true with her book release now, seeing as many are interpreting the media blitz surrounding the book to be a test run for a 2016 campaign. On, as of this writing, there are 19 five-star, perfect reviews of Hard Choices. And then there are 44 one-star reviews. (The most popular line being "should be listed as fiction." Zing.) There are only...
  • THE HOWIE CARR SHOW: Col Hunt On The Bergdahl Fiasco

    06/06/2014 11:02:18 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    WRKO Radio ^ | 6/5/14 | Howie Carr
    Audio at link.
  • Watervliet Fire Dept. takes donation for local veteran [VA benefits cut to $6 per month]

    05/29/2014 12:10:08 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 7 replies
    WNYT ^ | 05/29/2014 | By: WNYT Staff
    WATERVLIET - Firefighters in Watervliet spent Thursdsay morning, not fighting fires but raising money for the World War II veteran who had his benefits slashed to just $6 a month. They're hoping to raise at least $3,000 for 89-year-old Joseph Teson. As NewsChannel 13 first told you over the weekend, the Department Of Veterans Affairs told Teson he was overpaid by more than $3,000. So, they're withholding most of his benefits until they get the money back. Teson's relatives say he relies on the money and is now selling some of his coin collection just to pay the bills. “The...
  • VA cuts World War II D-Day veteran’s benefits to $6 a month

    05/29/2014 7:24:34 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 29 replies
    Conservative Read ^ | MAY 26, 2014 | CHRIS
    WATERVLIET – On this Memorial Day weekend, World War II veteran Joseph Teson is thinking about his fallen comrades – and his personal finances. Teson, a D-Day survivor, told NewsChannel 13 the federal government has reduced his veterans benefits to just $6 per month in order to recoup an overpayment. “I don’t know how they did it, but they did it,” Teson, 89, said Saturday. “I didn’t say nothing. I just let it go. Everybody else complained but me.” Teson said he used to receive about $300.00 per month in veterans benefits, about a third of which he donated to...
  • Houston Authorities Searching For ‘Serial Defecator’

    05/08/2014 12:19:27 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 52 replies
    CBS ^ | Staff
    HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Deputies with the Harris County Precinct One Constable’s Office say a man has been terrorizing a neighborhood in the Woodland Heights area of Houston by going to the bathroom in several yards at night. “We’ve had reports from six to eight neighbors out there that someone is actually coming into their yard and defecating — generally on their driveways,” said Sgt. J.C. Mosier. Authorities believe the unknown man is committing the act between 1:00 and 4:00 a.m., but a motive for crimes has not yet been established. “I think the neighbors are laughing about it, but that’s...
  • Judge to Bruno: No press talk [ Surrender Free Speech for Your Health ]

    05/02/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888
    Albany TU ^ | May 1, 2014 | Robert Gavin
    The working day in the retrial of former state Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno will be shorter — as long as the former political powerhouse is not too talkative outside of court. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Gary Sharpe conditionally ruled on Thursday that the trial, which begins Monday, will start at 10 a.m. and last until 4:30 p.m. each day. He said Bruno, 85, of Brunswick requested the shorter days for medical-related reasons. (...) But Sharpe said his view will change if he sees Bruno outside the courthouse speaking to reporters about the trial. The longtime Republican senator...
  • Cuomo seeks immediate action on oil-train safety issues [Warren Buffett shakedown]

    05/01/2014 7:00:13 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    Gannett ^ | April 30, 2014 | Brian Tumulty
    WASHINGTON — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged the White House Wednesday to give "immediate attention'' to safety issues involving the increased use of freight trains to transport crude oil. He made his comments just hours before the latest derailment in Lynchburg, Va. Cuomo later said the accident and other recent derailments are "a startling pattern that underscores the need for action." "In addition to steps that states like New York are taking, the federal government must overhaul the safety regulations, starting with taking DOT-111 trains off the rails now," he said in a statement. "These trains travel through populated...
  • Rick Perry Challenges Andrew Cuomo to Debate on Jobs

    04/22/2014 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 15 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 04/22/14 | By Jill Colvin
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who will be arriving in New York this afternoon for a trip trying to lure businesses to the Lone Star State, offered a Texas-sized take-down of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s record on job creation this morning and challenged him to a debate. “I’d be more than happy to sit down and have a thoughtful conversation, a debate with Gov. Cuomo over the issues that face us as a state and talk about the economic policies and compare New York to Texas,” said Mr. Perry, speaking on New York Post columnist Fred Dicker’s Live from the State Capitol...
  • ‘Mass exodus’ from Cuomo administration expected post-election

    04/22/2014 10:42:52 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 21, 2014 | By Pat Bailey
    <p>ALBANY — A “mass exodus” is expected from the Cuomo administration after November’s election, according to several sources.</p> <p>“They all want out,” one source said of top Cuomo staffers. A former staffer said the rush has been spurred by the work environment.</p>
  • Analysis: Finland and Sweden debate NATO membership

    04/21/2014 6:01:04 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Lithuania Tribune ^ | April 17, 2014 | Editor
    The West’s standoff with Russia over Ukraine is triggering debate over the adequacy of defence spending and cooperation to confront a more assertive Russia across Europe. In Finland and Sweden, an important element in this debate is whether the two countries should join NATO, STRATFOR reported. While the events in Ukraine strengthen the argument for NATO membership, general support for the idea is still lacking in both countries — such a step would represent a big shift from Finland’s and Sweden’s strategy of avoiding too strong a military alignment with the West in order to prevent any conflict with Russia....
  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time [Sunni vs Shi'ite]

    04/01/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/1/14 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of...
  • INTERVIEW: Pelletier Family Reacts After MA Takes Permanent Custody

    03/26/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | NA | NA
    Video at link.
  • 'DELIBERATE' TOO? Evidence of missteps by Malaysia mounts, complicating flight search

    03/15/2014 7:40:16 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 40 replies
    Malaysia Chronical ^ | Sunday, 16 March 2014 | Staff
    Sepang - The radar blip that was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did a wide U-turn over the Gulf of Thailand and then began moving inexorably past at least three military radar arrays as it traversed northern Malaysia, even flying high over one of the country's biggest cities before heading out over the Strait of Malacca. Yet inside a Malaysian air force control room on the country's west coast, where American-made F-18's and F-5 fighters stood at a high level of readiness for emergencies exactly like the one unfolding in the early morning of March 8, a four-person crew did nothing...
  • MH370 and UK terrorist's claim he gave explosive to M'sian terror cell, including a PILOT

    03/13/2014 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    Malaysia Chronical ^ | March 12, 2014 | Staff
    A British man convicted of plotting an Al-Qaeda plane bombing told a New York court yesterday about a separate 2001 plan for a Malaysian pilot to blast his way into a jet's cockpit. Saajid Badat, who was sentenced in 2005 to 13 years in jail as a co-conspirator in a notorious December 2001 plot to bomb US airliners, has testified about the Malaysian plan before. But his description of the apparently abandoned plot has a new resonance as investigators probe the fate of a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board. There has been no...
  • Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane go down: report

    03/12/2014 12:33:06 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 167 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/12/14 | By Jessica Chasmar
    <p>ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff has obtained a letter that an oil rig worker in Vietnam wrote to his employer claiming he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 go down in flames.</p> <p>Mr. Woodruff tweeted an image of the letter saying, “Oil rig worker claims in employer confirmed letter-he saw the plane go down. Vietnamese say they found nothing.”</p>
  • Pastor's AR-15 assault rifle giveaway creates controversy [ In protest of the NY Safe Act ]

    03/06/2014 7:12:07 AM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 16 replies
    Albany TU ^ | March 5, 2014 | By Paul Grondahl
    The pastor of a Lansingburgh Baptist church plans to give away an AR-15 assault rifle to the winner of a free raffle at an upcoming Sunday service. A provocative flier he distributed rallied supporters of gun rights and stirred controversy among anti-gun advocates and some who considered it un-Christian. The Rev. John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, said the service and gun raffle are aimed at "honoring hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years," according to a letter he posted on the church...
  • Syria and CIA Director’s alleged conversion to Islam

    09/04/2013 12:19:46 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 28 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | 9/4/13 | Shoebat Foundation
    Last February, during an interview with Tom Trento, John Guandolo claimed that he personally knows two people who witnessed current CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam in the 1990's while stationed in Saudi Arabia. We posted the interview at the time but in light of the allegations made by Yossef Bodansky and Dale Gavlak – in conjunction with our own research – relative to the CIA involvement in Syria, perhaps it’s an interview worth revisiting. (...) A very interesting figure in all of this is the CIA Director himself, John Brennan. If Bodansky is correct, the CIA is actively...
  • All dork, little action: Cuomo and Bloomberg are less than a dynamic duo in Adirondack raft race

    07/23/2013 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 7 replies
    INDIAN LAKE, NY — Don’t worry, New Yorkers. We’re in charge — really! Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo channeled their inner mountain men — and showed off their office tans — during a white-water rafting race in the Adirondacks yesterday to promote upstate tourism. The pair, joined by crews of assorted relatives and staffers, engaged in a three-mile contest on the Indian River, about 310 miles north of Manhattan. (...) “He called me up and I said, ‘Oh, I can’t do that.’ And he said, ‘You will come,’ ” Bloomberg said. The two-day event cost taxpayers about $175,000. But Cuomo...
  • Spitzer Heckled, Asks Public For ‘Forgiveness’ In Bid For NYC Comptroller

    07/09/2013 6:45:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 22 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 7/8/13 | Staff
    (...) As WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell and CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported, the former governor’s return to the campaign trail was not without hecklers, shouting things such as the following: “Spitzer, you cheated on your wife!” “You betrayed your constituents. You abandoned your wife. You betrayed everybody!” “This is about power. You just want power, man. If you want public service go volunteer somewhere!” “Did you leave your black socks on?” Spitzer appeared to take it in stride, as if he expected it. “This is what I look forward to — dealing with the public,” said Spitzer. “This is New...
  • G8: Putin rips the West for supporting Cannibals in Syria; West… has… no… Coherent… Response

    06/17/2013 5:57:37 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 40 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | June 17, 2013 | Walid Shoebat
    As the leaders of western nations remain mired in a toxic tank of groupthink that says Syria’s Bashar al-Assad must go and that if you disagree, you’re a heartless and ridiculous twit who doesn’t know anything, Russian President Vladimir Putin explained that it’s the rebels who are making Assad’s supporters heartless – by eating them in front of video cameras. What do these geniuses of elitist western thought come back with? Well, nothing, really. The seven words underlined below represent a “Bingo” moment for Putin. (...)
  • Library board rehires worker [ Was likely fired for relative's opposition to gay marriage ]

    06/13/2013 6:18:58 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    Albany TU ^ | June 13, 2013 | Paul Nelson & Dennis Yusko
    The rumble in Round Lake is over. As its first order of business, a newly appointed seven-member Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and unanimously voted to reinstate longtime librarian Theresa Marchione to her job with back pay. "Come on back, Theresa," said Bill Ryan as sustained applause from the audience filled Village Hall. Marchione, a familiar face at the Wesley Avenue facility for decades, had been terminated for shutting down the library 40 minutes early on May 29 because of a tornado warning. A powerful twister touched down later in nearby Vischer Ferry. Since Marchione's dismissal,...
  • Lawyers rail at police response to Turkey protests ("Lawyers can't be dragged on the ground!")

    06/12/2013 5:35:48 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2013 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their colleagues amid Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in years. The rallies by clapping, chanting jurists added a new twist to the nearly two weeks of protests that started in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other Turkish cities. The protests have shaped up as the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-rooted government. Police and protesters mostly retrenched Wednesday after fierce overnight clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square...
  • Why Taksim Square matters to Turks [Turkey's Ottoman Past & Creeping Islamization]

    06/08/2013 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 7, 2013 | Susannah Cullinane
    (CNN) - It's a congested, sprawling transport hub surrounded by 1950s architecture and predominantly used by commuters or tourists to cross the city of Istanbul. But proposed changes to Taksim Square have seen it become the flashpoint for protests that have swept through Turkey in the past week, leaving thousands injured and focusing the world's attention on the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Taksim has been no stranger to violence. In 1977, at least 34 protesters died during May Day clashes with police. May 1 rallies in the square were banned in 1980 and were only allowed to...
  • America in the Midst of a Coup d'Etat

    06/08/2013 7:47:19 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 79 replies
    EIB Network ^ | June 7, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh (transcript)
    America in the Midst of a Coup d'Etat June 07, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Late yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the library at home, and I was just swamped. It seemed like every 90 seconds somebody needed something, or somebody had a question or somebody had a comment, requiring my response. It was during the period of time that I generally devote to reading my tech blogs, you know, where I abandon all of this and get away from it and start spending time on, quote, unquote, my hobby. But it was one of those days. I'm sure you...
  • CNN Turk Airs a documentary about Penguins during the hottest hours of protests

    06/04/2013 3:51:02 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    I-report CNN ^ | June 2, 2013 | By mavinova
    Something shocking happened on Saturday night during the uprisings against Erdogan’s AKP rule in Turkey. CNN’s local news provider, called CNN-Turk, aired a documentary on penguins during the climax of the protests. Turkish people have been suffering a lack of press freedom for a while; however, this has reached to a ridiculous point in the last few days. There is a phenomenal difference between how CNN international and CNN-Turk cover the protests and the Turkish people are furious, feel mocked and betrayed, and they rightfully demand CNN international to take action. On Saturday night, people who turned on their televisions...
  • Iran support for global terror surged in 2012, administration report says

    05/30/2013 3:30:00 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    FOX News/AP ^ | May 30, 2013 | NA
    Iran last year boosted its support for global terrorism to levels not seen for two decades, the Obama administration said Thursday as it released its annual report on international trends in extremist violence. The report said the core elements of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan are headed for defeat but stressed that the network's various affiliates remain severe threats to the U.S. (...)
  • LIVE THREAD: Col. Allen West on Talk 1300 AM with Melody Burns at 4:05 pm Eastern.

    05/23/2013 11:09:40 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Talk 1300 AM ^ | NA | NA
    Col. Allen West on the Melody Burns Show at 4:05 pm Eastern.
  • Colleges as tax havens [ Same Ole tired economic policies from Cuomo ]

    05/23/2013 5:12:20 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    Albany TU ^ | May 22, 2013 | Eric Anderson and Larry Rulison
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo — calling job creation the state's "number-one mission" — on Wednesday unveiled a plan for dozens of tax-free zones on public college campuses across the state. The zones would be available to new businesses as well as to businesses that relocate from outside the state, and to those that create net new jobs. In the zones, they would face no business or corporate tax, no sales tax, no property tax, no franchise fee and no state income tax for the owner of the company or its employees. The breaks would last for 10 years. (...) One of...
  • Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence [Threaten Sheriffs speaking out against gun control]

    05/21/2013 5:23:46 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 26 replies
    Albany TU ^ | May 21, 2013 | Jimmy Vielkind
    The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York's gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet. (...) Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. "We didn't get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration," Moss said. "When we got there, we never...
  • Driver who thought he could time travel while driving on LSD gets prison sentence

    05/17/2013 6:08:33 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    The Saratogian ^ | May 16, 2013 | Emily Donohue
    BALLSTON SPA — A Ballston Lake man who thought he could time travel while driving drunk and on LSD won’t travel any further than state prison for up to three years after being convicted of vehicular assault. According to Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III, Terrence J. Rudes, 21, of Windy Hill Road in Ballston Lake was driving on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa Sept. 17 when he crossed a double yellow line and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver of that car suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. Ballston Spa police, who responded to...
  • LIVE THREAD: Victoria Toensing, attorney for Gregory Hicks (Listen at link, 5:30 pm eastern)

    05/10/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 31 replies
    Talk 1300 ^ | NA | Host: Melody Burnes
    Victoria Toensing, attorney for Gregory Hicks will be on at 5:30 pm eastern on "Talk 1300 Albany". Listen live at the link:
  • Huntley memo names Sampson, Adams, Hassel-Thompson, others (Six Sitting NYS Senators Named)

    05/08/2013 12:29:45 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | May 8, 2013 | By Jimmy Vielkind
    The seal has been lifted on the sentencing memo for ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire for the FBI for several months last year. The memo says: Mrs. Huntley met with attorneys for the government and FBI agents regularly over a six-month period. (...) Ms. Huntley upon the prompting of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI recorded and photographed the following individuals on multiple occasions: State Senator John Sampson Melvin Lowe, (former political consultant and associate of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman) State Senator Eric Adams State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson State Senator Jose Peralta State Senator...
  • Police say liberal student activist threatened herself with rape hoax, framed conservatives

    05/02/2013 5:37:44 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 30 replies
    CAMPUS REFORM ^ | May 1, 2013 | Katherine Trimpf
    <p>A well-known female liberal blogger and radio host at the University of Wyoming (UW) is being accused by police of fabricating a rape threat against herself to appear as if it came from a conservative.</p> <p>The obscene message directed at activist Meg Lanker-Simons was posted on a college “crush” Facebook page earlier this week and immediately ignited outrage from the college community.</p>
  • EXCLUSIVE - How doctor's daughter became the Muslim convert widow of Boston bomber:

    04/22/2013 8:03:08 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2013 | Laura Collins
    Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston bomb suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was 'an all-American girl who was brainwashed' by her extremist husband according to one schoolfriend. Today MailOnline has gained the first glimpse and pictures of the early life of the woman who, according to those who knew her best, was 'totally transformed' by Tsarnaev. At high school her personal motto was 'Do something about it or stop complaining'. She dreamed of going to college and joining the Peace Corps. She urged her friends to 'lighten up and enjoy the small things,' in life.
  • NYS Troopers have "widely shared concerns" about NY Safe Act. [NYS Police PBA rejects NY Safe Act]

    04/16/2013 12:20:09 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies ^ | April 16, 2013 | Teri Weaver
    Syracuse, N.Y. -- The union representing New York State Police say they believe the state's stricter gun laws could put law enforcement officers at risk. In an email release on Monday, the New York State Troopers PBA said its 6,000-member group "holds widely shared concerns" about the NY Safe Act. Nonetheless, the union takes exception to some state lawmakers accusing the troopers of failing to enforce the law. "The individual members of this union did not write the terms of the bill nor vote on its passage," the release said. "We urge the citizens of New York state to remember...