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  • 81-year-old Connecticut man accused of performing sex act with shrubbery

    07/29/2015 12:12:07 PM PDT · by GoneSalt · 105 replies
    AP wkbn.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | AP
    An 81-year-old Stratford man has been charged with public indecency, accused of performing a sex act with some shrubbery. Police tell the Connecticut Post they arrested Wallace Berg Monday after a neighbor showed them a video he took of a naked Berg in the bushes outside Berg’s home. Police say the neighbor told them he confronted Berg who then stopped the indecent behavior, covered himself with a grill cover, apologized and went into his house. Berg was charged with public indecency and second-degree breach of peace. He was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in Superior Court...
  • Police: Stratford Man Performed Sex Act With Shrubbery

    An 81-year-old Stratford man has been charged with public indecency, accused of performing a sex act with some shrubbery. Police tell the Connecticut Post they arrested Wallace Berg Monday after a neighbor showed them a video he took of a naked Berg in the bushes outside Berg’s home. Police say the neighbor told them he confronted Berg who then stopped the indecent behavior, covered himself with a grill cover, apologized and went into his house...
  • Mitchell: No One Can Give Explanation For Clinton’s Server Other Than Dodging Inquiries and FOIAs

    07/27/2015 7:00:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    MSNBC host and NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell stated that when she spoke to intelligence officials at a security conference, “nobody can give an explanation for why a cabinet secretary would have a private email system other than to thwart inquiries, FOIAs” on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Mitchell said that it’s possible that the impact of Clinton’s emails on her campaign has been underestimated. She continued, “Look, you have two inspectors general, and they are referring to this to the Justice Department. Now, you can try to confuse it, and there’s been a lot of...
  • Lieberman: I Can't Believe That Schumer Will Support Iran Nuke Deal

    07/27/2015 4:29:31 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 27, 2015 | Trent Baker
    On Sunday, New York City’s AM 970 host John Catsimatidis had former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on his “The Cats Roundtable” program to talk about the Iran nuclear deal. Lieberman started off by ripping the White House for its proposed Iran nuke deal by saying, “First, it’s a deal with somebody we can’t trust. Why? Because they have said for years and continue to say even after the agreement was signed, ‘Death to America.'”
  • Principal commits suicide amid Common Core test scandal [ New York ]

    07/26/2015 8:45:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 26, 2015 | Susan Edelman,
    The principal of an innovative West Harlem public school killed herself the day after her students took the state Common Core exams — which were later tossed out because she cheated ... Jeanene Worrell-Breeden, 49, of Teachers College Community School, jumped in front of a B train in the 135th Street station ... She was pulled out from under the train and taken to Harlem Hospital, where she died eight days later. The city Medical Examiner’s Office ruled it a suicide. The leap came at 9:20 a.m., less than 24 hours after her 47 third-graders wrapped up three days sweating...
  • Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson jettisoned by Connecticut Democrats

    07/24/2015 11:55:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Last month Matt Vespa covered the story of Democrats in Virginia who were talking about changing the name of their annual Jefferson Jackson dinner because of the Dylan Roof shooting or the Confederate Battle Flag or racism or something. That may have sounded rather silly at the time, but it’s turned out to be prophetic. Democrats in Connecticut also have an annual dinner named after the same prominent early Americans – as with their fellows across the nation – and have made the decision to change the name. (Because who would want to be associated with those guys, right?)...
  • Connecticut Dems remove Thomas Jefferson from dinner name over slavery

    07/23/2015 7:02:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/23/15 | Neetzan Zimmerman
    The Connecticut Democratic Party quietly voted Wednesday night to remove references to iconic former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from the name of its annual fundraising dinner due to their links to slavery and the mistreatment of Native Americans. "Let's work together to show the rest of the state exactly what it means to be a Connecticut Democrat,'’ said freshman party Chairman Nick Balletto, according to the Hartford Courant, before introducing the resolution to rename the Jefferson-Jackson-Bailey Dinner. The resolution was unanimously approved; “Bailey,” which remains for now, honors the late Democratic National Committee Chairman John Bailey. “I see...
  • Democrats drop Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from dinner name

    07/23/2015 8:36:44 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    CTPost ^ | July 22, 2015 | Neil Vigdor
    Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are history in Connecticut. Under pressure from the (NAACP) the state (Democrat Party) will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery.
  • Democrats drop Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from dinner name

    07/23/2015 5:14:37 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 68 replies
    CT Post ^ | July 22, 2015 | Neil Vigdor
    Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson are history in Connecticut. Under pressure from the NAACP, the state Democratic Party will scrub the names of the two presidents from its annual fundraising dinner because of their ties to slavery. Party leaders voted unanimously Wednesday night in Hartford to rename the Jefferson Jackson Bailey dinner in the aftermath of last month’s fatal shooting of nine worshipers at the historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The decision is believed to be unprecedented and could prompt Democrats in other states with similarly-named events to follow suit.
  • 18-Year-Old’s Gun-Firing Drone Sparks FAA Investigation

    07/21/2015 2:22:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Time ^ | 7/21
    Austin Haughwout posted a video that shows a four-propeller drone hovering as it fires four shots in a wooded areaAn 18-year-old Connecticut man may be in trouble with federal aviation officials after posting a video online that shows shots being fired from a drone that had been jury-rigged with a handgun. The FAA said Tuesday it is investigating whether Austin Haughwout of Clinton violated its regulations, which prohibit the careless or reckless operation of a model aircraft. Haughwout’s father told WFSB-TV last week that his son created the drone with the help of a Central Connecticut State University professor....
  • Obama Ordered Flags to Half Mast for Newtown, But Not 5 Military Personnel Murdered in Tenn.

    07/20/2015 2:26:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 20, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT | Brittany M, Hughes
    As of Monday morning, July 20, the U.S. flag continued to fly at the top of the pole above the White House and at the U.S. Capitol building, five days after a gunman launched attacks in which he murdered five U.S. military personnel at facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn. President Barack Obama has yet to order the flags to half-staff following this tragedy. By contrast, in 2012, President Obama did order the flags flown at half-staff on the same day as the shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. […] Federal law states: “By order of the President,...
  • It’s not Dixie’s fault

    07/20/2015 8:02:32 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 17,2015 | Thomas J. Sugrue
    Education remains separate and unequal nearly everywhere in the United States, but Confederate-flag-waving Southerners aren’t responsible for the most racially divided schools. That title goes to New York, where 64 percent of black students attend schools with few, if any, white students, according to a recent report by the Civil Rights Project. In fact, the Northeast is the only region where the percentage of black students in extremely segregated schools — those where at least 90 percent of students are minorities — is higher than it was in the 1960s. Schools in the South, on the other hand, saw the...
  • (Illegal) Immigrant accused in Conn. killing was spared deportation (2nd offense)

    07/19/2015 7:36:47 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 7 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | July 17, 2015 | Crimesider Staff
    A Haitian immigrant who was released from prison in January after serving a 17-year prison sentence for attempted murder is back in custody on a murder charge in the death of a Connecticut woman last month. The Bulletin reports that Jean Jacques's prison file was marked "Detainer: Immigration" and that Connecticut officials say he was released in January to the custody of the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but was never deported. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer tells the newspaper the law prohibits him from discussing Jacques' case. On Monday, the 40-year-old Jacques was in a Connecticut court...
  • The Empire State Building Submits to Islam

    07/18/2015 7:01:27 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 18 Jul 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Not one day – not twenty-four hours after the Chattanooga jihad mass murder – the symbol of American individualism, capitalism, and the capital of the world, the Empire State Building, one of the foremost symbols of American freedom, celebrated the Muslim “holiday” of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Ramadan is the most violent month of the year in the Islamic world, because Ramadan is the month in which Muslims renew their devotion to Allah, and violent jihad is a supreme act of devotion to Allah. All told, 2,988 people were shot, burned, blown up, beheaded, or hacked to death...
  • Cops find human body parts near Conn. train station

    07/17/2015 1:40:27 PM PDT · by dware · 48 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.17.2015 | Fox News
    Connecticut cops have reported making a grim discovery near a commuter train station: severed human arms in a plastic bag and nearby in a separate location severed legs with sock-clad feet. The human limbs were found Wednesday near the Metro-North State Street Station in downtown New Haven. The arms contained no hands. The feet had socks on but no shoes.
  • Immigrant who is a convicted felon accused in fatal stabbing

    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A Haitian immigrant who was released from prison in January after serving a sentence for attempted murder is back in custody on a murder charge in the death of a Connecticut woman last month. ... His crimes also included the illegal use of a gun during a 1996 deadly shooting, qualifying him for deportation to his native Haiti, the newspaper reported. ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer told the newspaper federal privacy laws prohibit him from discussing Jacques’ case. .... Norwich Police Chief Louis Fusaro Sr. said it was discomforting that Jacques wasn’t deported after his prison...
  • Police Called After Nazi, Confederate Memorabilia Seen At Flea Market (Video)

    07/13/2015 10:13:12 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 28 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | July 13, 2015 | By Tony Tran,
    Law enforcement officials in Connecticut were called into a flea market over the weekend after someone called in to report a person selling Confederate and Nazi memorabilia. Despite the controversy surrounding the nature of the objects, nobody was arrested since no laws were technically broken, WTNH reported (video below). The items were being sold on private property, according to the chief of police. William Moore is the co-owner of Military Specialties Inc. in Newington, Connecticut, which sells authentic objects from Nazi-era Germany, Civil War-era United States, and reproductions. He told WTNH that such items can often be found in Connecticut.
  • Dem senators call for executive action on gun control

    07/12/2015 7:37:39 AM PDT · by pabianice · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/12/15 | Bolton
    Connecticut Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both Democrats, have called on President Obama to take executive action to close a “loophole” in federal gun control legislation. The so-called “default to proceed” rule under the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act allows firearm dealers to sell a weapon to an individual if they have not been notified by the FBI of a buyer’s criminal background within three business days. If the background check has not been completed within three days, the dealer has discretion to sell the firearm. The rule allowed Dylann Roof, the alleged killer of nine people at a...
  • [CT] Wallingford police called after Nazi, Confederate merchandise found at flea market

    07/11/2015 11:22:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    WTNH ^ | 7/10/15
    Over the weekend, Wallingford police were dispatched after someone called them to say there was a merchant selling Nazi and Confederate memorabilia at flea market, which some had found deeply offensive. The police chief says no one was arrested because no laws were broken; the items were being sold on private property. It’s not clear if the items that were being sold were authentic, but they’re easy to find in Connecticut. Military Specialties, Inc. in Newington sells a variety of historical military objects, including those produced by the Third Reich and Confederate reproductions. “It’s here and you’re likely to see...
  • Police recover baby's body after dad jumps off bridge into Connecticut River (seems like an illegal)

    07/08/2015 3:06:36 PM PDT · by lulu16 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | July 8, 2015 | Ed Payne and Ashley Fantz
    (CNN)Connecticut police have recovered the body of a 7-month-old baby, who died after his father allegedly jumped off a bridge with him. Aaden Moreno was found Tuesday evening in the Connecticut River near the town of East Haddam, miles downstream from where Tony Moreno leaped from the Arrigoni Bridge in Middletown, police said. Moreno was listed in critical condition at Hartford Hospital. Authorities said he was alert and stable. No charges have been filed against him, but Middletown Mayor Daniel Drew told CNN that the state's attorneys office is investigating and charges are expected.
  • Nursing home money must be divided evenly among union, nonunion facilities (Ct corruption)

    07/07/2015 9:31:58 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 5 replies
    Journal Inquirer ^ | 07/07/2015 | Mike Savino
    Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration will need to recalculate how it divides additional money in the budget for nursing homes to ensure the allocations comply with federal law. . . . (Rep) Wood questioned why the state would give an additional $9 million to 60 unionized homes across the state, while the 170 facilities that aren’t unionized would need to share the remaining $4 million.
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,July 6-August 2, 2015,WTIC AM

    07/06/2015 4:41:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | July 6-August 2, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Rebranding Tradition

    07/02/2015 8:22:40 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 2, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Here’s the problem with getting rid of standards you find outdated, such as the Ten Commandments or traditional morality: In the chaos that inevitably results from their absence you wind up trying to concoct something to replace them with without calling it by the same name. Consequently, you wind up trying to disguise the original guidelines. David Brooks fumbled around with this in a recent column and Yale has created an entire center devoted to bringing back self-control and discipline without ever once using that old-fashioned terminology. “Put aside a culture war that has alienated large parts of three generations...
  • Do your neighbors believe in global warming? New map has answer

    06/26/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Kelly House
    Multnomah County has the state's highest percentage of global warming believers, according to new figures from Yale University. According to the university's national climate change opinions map, 74 percent of residents believe global warming is happening, while 13 percent don't buy it. The newly released figures are based on a complex statistical analysis of public perceptions about climate change in every state, congressional district and county across the country. Washington, D.C. residents led the nation in climate change affirmation, with 81 percent of residents. Floridians' title as the nation's biggest climate change deniers. Curious what your neighbors think about global...
  • Hillary Clinton to fundraise with "Anti-Christ" (No Joke)

    06/30/2015 6:14:26 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 11 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 30, 2015 | Andrew Stiles
    Hillary Clinton will attend a fundraiser in New York on Tuesday hosted by Facebook millionaire and vertically integrated media company caretaker Chris Hughes, who recently described himself in a Vanity Fair profile as “the Antichrist, or something pretty close to it.” Hughes is best known for being Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate at Harvard and for pioneering the “poke” button feature on the popular social media website Facebook. His husband, Brown graduate Sean Eldridge, was the worst candidate of the 2014 election cycle. Eldridge ran for Congress in New York’s 19th Congressional district after Hughes bought him a mansion there. He ended...
  • Puerto Rico’s governor on need to postpone debt payments for years: ‘It’s about math’

    06/29/2015 4:16:46 PM PDT · by mojito · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/29/2015 | Michael A. Fletcher
    The governor of Puerto Rico said in a televised address Monday that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal bond market and lead to higher borrowing costs for governments across the United States. “This is not about politics,” said Puerto Rico’s governor, Alejandro Garcia Padilla. “It’s about math.” “The first step is to revive economic growth...We will never get out of this vicious cycle,” said Garcia Padilla. “But we need to do more—much more—to return to riches and to become more competitive and have an...
  • Diversity of New York City languages makes staying involved in kids’ education difficult

    06/29/2015 5:48:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | June 29, 2015
    New Yorkers, who come from every corner of the world, speak 180 languages. Not surprisingly, nearly half of public school students speak a language other than English at home. This makes life difficult for the city's Department of Education, which, according to federal law and its own regulations, must provide translation and interpretation services to the thousands of parents of those children whose first language is not English
  • Jeb Bush Supports Chapter 9 for Puerto Rico

    06/29/2015 1:40:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/29/15 | Courtney Coren
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said that he supports Puerto Rico filing for bankruptcy in the face of the massive debt the Caribbean island is facing. When Bush visited Puerto Rico, which is a U.S. territory, on a campaign stop in April, he told a crowd that the public agencies in Puerto Rico should be able to seek bankruptcy under Chapter 9, according to the Puerto Rico Report.
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Eight Things We Think We Know About Puerto Rico

    05/12/2015 6:44:14 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    Summary •Puerto Rico's borrowings represents an exceptionally complex set of credits in the (already arcane-enough) municipal bond market. •The Legislature's recent rejection of the Governor's tax reform proposal leaves fewer options to balance the budget and raises liquidity concerns. ~ snip ~ Puerto Rico released its most recent quarterly financial report on May 7. The report's list of risk factors includes the possibility of the Commonwealth running out of cash and defaulting on debt payments as soon as September. As organizations go, state and local governments are hideously illiquid. Even in the best of times, their political constituents do not...
  • If you like the Greek debt crisis, you'll love the Puerto Rico meltdown

    06/29/2015 6:43:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/29/2015 | Rick Moran
    The governor of Puerto Rico told the New York Times that the island cannot pay back it's $72 billion debt and will seek permission from its creditors to defer payments. The news precedes an address by Governor Alejandro Garcia to the Puerto Rican legislature, where he will unveil a budget that cuts about $670 million from a $9.8 billion budget, while setting aside another $1.5 billion to pay the debt. Fox News: Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared...
  • Puerto Rico now belongs to Wall Street [Governor Admits Debts Cannot be Paid]

    06/29/2015 9:27:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/29/2015 | LINETTE LOPEZ AND SHANE FERRO
    The governor of Puerto Rico has admitted that it can't keep paying down the over $72 billion worth of public debt obligations. As a result, it finds itself in a uniquely awful position. It can't go into bankruptcy according to its own laws, so now it has to deal exclusively with its creditors to restructure its debt. That means it has to deal with Wall Street. "I think the surprise was that it happened this quickly," said Brian Kelly, CEO of Connecticut-based fund Brian Kelly Capital. "We thought it would take 6 months to a year... the solution is a...
  • Puerto Rico governor warns public debt not payable

    06/29/2015 4:51:26 AM PDT · by cll · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/29/2015
    Puerto Rico's governor believes the U.S. territory will not be able to pay back its $72 billion public debt, a spokesman told the Associated Press late Sunday. Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's spokesman, Jesus Manuel Ortiz, confirmed that the island's government is seeking to defer payments while negotiating with creditors. He confirmed comments by Garcia that appeared in a report in The New York Times published late Sunday, less than a day before Garcia is scheduled to deliver a public address amid debate on a $9.8 billion budget that calls for $674 million in cuts and sets aside $1.5 billion to...
  • Puerto Rico is America’s Greece

    06/23/2015 4:41:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 06/23/2015 | By Richard W. Rahn
    Like Greece, the Puerto Rican government has more debt than it can service, and some are calling for a bailout by U.S. taxpayers. The major Puerto Rican state-owned or controlled enterprises are all losing money, including the power authority which is insolvent. Puerto Rico is an American territory that was acquired from Spain in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. The island has a population of about 3.6 million, which is declining as many Puerto Ricans emigrate to the U.S. mainland or elsewhere because of the continuing economic stagnation. Puerto Ricans are American citizens, but their per capita income is about...
  • After setback, Puerto Rico governor lays out recovery agenda

    05/01/2015 6:25:31 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/30/2015
    Fresh off a setback on his tax reform plan, Puerto Rico's governor laid out a recovery roadmap on Thursday for the U.S. commonwealth's struggling finances. In his state of the Commonwealth address, Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla chastised the Puerto Rico House of Representatives for rejecting tax changes critical to his financial recovery plan, saying it made recovery harder but not impossible. Padilla said he will form a group of financial experts charged with improving Puerto Rico's liquidity and another to take on a reorganization of the government. He also released an agenda that calls for spending cuts in all government...
  • Puerto Rico on the Brink (Leftists wail for more money)

    04/30/2015 8:03:04 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    Puerto Rico is in trouble, after years of bad policies, mismanagement, excessive debt and bad luck. Its economy has been shrinking or stagnant for a decade and the unemployment rate sits at nearly 12 percent. The commonwealth and its utilities have a debt of $73 billion, its public pension funds are woefully underfunded and one state agency has warned that the government could be forced to shut down soon because it might run out of money. Lawmakers in Washington and San Juan need to come up with a plan that addresses the financial and economic problems of the territory, which...
  • Puerto Rico bank warns of imminent government shutdown

    04/23/2015 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 4/22/15 | DANICA COTO
    Puerto Rico's Government Development Bank warned Wednesday that it is very likely the U.S. territory's government could be forced to shut down in the next three months because of a lack of funds. The bank made the warning in a letter made public a day after it was sent to Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and the presidents of the island's Senate and House of Representatives. "The island's financial state is extremely uncertain," the letter said. "A government shutdown would have a devastating impact on the economy, with salary and public service cuts, and a long and painful recovery."
  • Puerto Rico officials: Our government is likely to shut down and it will be devastating

    04/23/2015 7:58:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/23/2015 | EDWARD KRUDY, REUTERS
    Puerto Rico's top finance officials said the government of the US territory will most likely shut down in three months because of a looming liquidity crisis, and they warned of a devastating impact on the island's economy. In a letter to leading lawmakers, including Gov. Alejandro Padilla, the officials said a financing deal that could potentially salvage the government's finances looked unlikely to succeed. It warned of laying off government employees and reducing public services. "A government shutdown is very probable in the next three months due to the absence of liquidity to operate," the officials said. "The likelihood of...
  • Treasury Officials Increase Efforts With Finances of Puerto Rico

    04/14/2015 6:12:19 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/13/15 | Michael Corkery and Mary Williams Walsh
    Antonio Weiss, the former Wall Street banker who became a top adviser to the Treasury secretary this year, has made two trips to Puerto Rico in recent weeks. Kent Hiteshew, who runs the Treasury Department’s office of state and local finance, has also met with government officials in San Juan multiple times this spring. The Treasury Department is quietly stepping up its involvement in Puerto Rico, indicating that the island’s financial problems, which have been simmering for years, are reaching a critical point. High-ranking officials have been shuttling between Washington and Puerto Rico, advising commonwealth officials as they try to...
  • Professors for Empty Prisons

    06/29/2015 8:40:26 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 28, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Professors who rail against the imprisonment of blacks rarely show as much interest in black victims of crime. “In 1980, there were 500,000 Americans in prison or jail,” Jason Stanley writes in The Chronicle Review. “By 2013, there were more than 2.3 million.” “The explosion in incarceration has fallen disproportionately on the descendants of slaves. White Americans are 77 percent of the U.S. population, and black Americans 13 percent. Yet more blacks are incarcerated than whites.” Stanley is a philosophy professor at Yale. His conclusions resemble those of 20 scholars who recently completed a study under the auspices of the...
  • City ‘fixes’ grades for failing high school students ( NYC )

    06/29/2015 6:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades. Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated “out of time” Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores. The failing scores of five students who took the Regents in January were switched to passing scores of 65 or higher on their transcripts, the city Department of Education has confirmed. One junior saw his scores upped to pass two exams required for graduation — Living Environment (biology) and algebra — even though he had failed both classes. The student insisted he deserved a break on...
  • Dodd: Administration pushed for language protecting bonuses (Dodd Throws Obama under The Bus)

    03/18/2009 5:56:04 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 159 replies · 8,510+ views
    CNN ^ | 3-18-09 | Ed Hornick Kristi Keck
    Dodd acknowledged his role in the change after a Treasury Department official told CNN the administration pushed for the language. Both Dodd and the official, who asked not to be named, said it was because administration officials were afraid the government would face numerous lawsuits without the new language. ---snip-- "I agreed reluctantly," Dodd said. "I was changing the amendment because others were insistent."
  • As Medicaid grows, will there be more cuts to provider payments?

    06/25/2015 3:28:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | June 25, 2015 | By: ARIELLE LEVIN BECKER
    Dr. Gary Dee figured the state’s fiscal troubles would lead radiologists like him to face a cut in their Medicaid payment rates. But he wasn’t anticipating the 42.5 percent cut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration imposed this spring. Now, Dee’s private practice has stopped taking new Medicaid patients. “The reimbursement is to the point where we can’t take care of these patients. They’re going to lose access,” said Dee, president of MidState Radiology Associates in Meriden. The result is that it could become harder for the more than 725,000 state residents with Medicaid to find specialists to treat them, undermining...
  • Property Rights: Kelo v. City of New London Ten Years Later

    06/23/2015 4:43:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/23/2015 | by RICHARD EPSTEIN
    Ten years ago, on June 23, 2005, the United States Supreme Court dropped a judicial thunderbolt in Kelo v. City of New London. By a narrow five-to-four margin it rejected a spirited challenge that Susette Kelo and her neighboring landowners had raised against the ambitious land-use development plan put forward by the City of New London, Ct. The formulaic account of the holding is that a local government does not violate the “public use” component of the Constitution’s takings clause — “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation” — when it condemns property that will...
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12NOONPM,EDT,WTIC AM, June 22-July 3,2015

    06/22/2015 4:57:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | June 22-July 3,2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...
  • Why is Obama giving up on gun laws?

    06/21/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 june 2015 | Clarence Page
    Witnesses say the white gunman who killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people. Sylvia Johnson, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of three ministers killed in the church, said a survivor of the horror told her the shooter muttered, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go." In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary Facebook photos and other evidence suggest...
  • Connecticut's strict gun licensing law linked to steep drop in homicides? Not really

    06/16/2015 1:33:36 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2015 | John R Lott Jr
    A new study in the American Journal of Public Health claims that the state of Connecticut’s 1995 gun licensing law has reduced firearm homicide rates by 40 percent. But this just released study gives academics a bad name. Not surprisingly, anti-gun activist and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the left-wing Joyce Foundation funded the research. The study cherry picks which states with gun licensing laws are examined, which years are looked at, and the type of crime to study. Any normal researcher would look at all the states in the country that have passed a similar law...
  • Is Barack Obama secretly a white person like Rachel Dolezal?

    06/15/2015 6:19:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015
    Now that we know that race is a state of mind, rather than a genetic inheritance, the question must be asked: is Barack Obama secretly a white man? Perhaps, like Rachel Dolezal, he tells people that he is black, but he is actually white. Again, black is an attitude, a state of mind. Sure, it helps if you braid your hair into long ropes and tie it on top of your head like Dolezal did, or have an afro during your pot- and cocaine-using days like Obama. But what really counts is what is going on inside your mind. And...
  • Civil rights activist who posed as black 'sued university for anti-white discrimination'

    06/15/2015 1:56:08 PM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 70 replies
    THE TELEGRAPH ^ | 15 Jun 14 | David Lawler
    Rachel Dolezal sued historically black Howard University for discriminating against her because she was white, according to a report The woman who resigned today as head of a civil rights group after being "outed" as white by her parents sued a university for discriminating against her for being white, according to a report by The Smoking Gun website. Rachel Dolezal, 37, has stepped down today as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Spokane, Washington after it was revealed that she had pretended to be black for several years:
  • Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich,M-F,9AM-12PM,EDT,WTIC AM, June 15-19, 2015

    06/15/2015 5:17:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Sound Off Connecticut With Jim Vicevich ^ | June 15-19, 2015 | Jim Vicevich
    Listen Live: Sound Off Connecticut with Jim Vicevich 9 a.m. to noon ET (Daily Thread)Sound Off Connecticut is a popular conservative/libertarian call in talk show hosted by Jim Vicevich weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon ET. Although based in Connecticut, the show welcomes callers from all over the United States! This is your chance to sound off America! Call into the show toll free (800) 966-9842! Listen to the LIVE AUDIO STREAM at http://wtic.com - it's free and NO registration is required! If you're in southern New England listen over the air to WTIC 1080 AM, the 50,000 watt...