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  • What Did Lincoln Really Think of Jefferson?

    07/05/2015 3:24:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 293 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/05/2015 | By ALLEN C. GUELZO
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. — “Lincoln hated Thomas Jefferson.” That is not exactly what we expect to hear about the president who spoke of “malice toward none,” referring to the president who wrote that “all men are created equal.” Presidents have never been immune from criticism by other presidents. But Jefferson and Lincoln? These two stare down at us from Mount Rushmore as heroic, stainless and serene, and any suggestion of disharmony seems somehow a criticism of America itself. Still, Lincoln seems not to have gotten that message. “Mr. Lincoln hated Thomas Jefferson as a man,” wrote William Henry Herndon, Lincoln’s law...
  • NY Times: ISIS “is offering reliable security; providing jobs

    06/22/2015 2:18:07 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 06/20/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Ben Hubbard of the New York Times writes of the Islamic State, or ISIS, that “…the group is offering reliable, if harsh, security; providing jobs in decimated economics; and providing a rare sense of order in a region overwhelmed by conflict.” This summary of ISIS and their good deeds sounds eerily similar (and just as disgusting) to the accolades bestowed upon Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party before — and even after — the Second World War and the Holocaust. Hubbard uses the example of a nameless labourer from Raqqa who had “earned good money painting their offices,” who opined...
  • (David Creased-Pants) Brooks: Trump Comments ‘Culture War Politics of the Worst Sort’

    07/03/2015 7:40:57 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    New York Times columnist David Brooks argued Donald Trump’s immigration comments were “culture war politics of the worst sort” on Friday’s “PBS NewsHour.”
  • Scott Walker, Set for a Bigger Stage, Faces G.O.P Revolt in Wisconsin

    06/30/2015 3:54:44 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 81 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6/24/2015 | Trip Gabriel
    As Gov. Scott Walker prepares to announce his campaign for president next month, promising to bring what he calls "big bold leadership" to Washington, as he did in Wisconsin, he faces a cloud over that story line: Republicans back home are in revolt. Leaders or Mr. walker's party, which controls the Legislature, are balking at his demands for the state's budget. Critics say the governor's spending blueprint is aimed more at appealing to conservatives in early-voting states like Iowa than doing what is best for Wisconsin. Lawmakers are stymied over how to pay for road and bridge repairs without raising...
  • EXCLUSIVE: NYT Debunked: Scott Walker’s ‘I’m Not Going Nativist’ Conversation Never Happened

    07/04/2015 12:34:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    A conversation about immigration between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, reported on by the New York Times this week, never happened. “We have spoken with Stephen Moore and the conversation that was reported did not happen and he will tell you that. I would recommend you reach out to him,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong told Breitbart News on Thursday in response to an article by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman. On Thursday, the reporters wrote: “Stephen Moore, a conservative scholar at the Heritage Foundation who backs an immigration overhaul, called Mr. Walker’s embrace of a...
  • New York Times Debunked: Scott Walker’s ‘I’m Not Going Nativist’ Conversation Never Happened

    07/03/2015 7:29:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 7-3-15 | Matthew Boyle
    A conversation about immigration between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, reported on by the New York Times this week, never happened. “We have spoken with Stephen Moore and the conversation that was reported did not happen and he will tell you that. I would recommend you reach out to him,” Walker spokeswoman AshLee Strong told Breitbart News on Thursday in response to an article by Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman. On Thursday, the reporters wrote: “Stephen Moore, a conservative scholar at the Heritage Foundation who backs an immigration overhaul, called Mr. Walker’s embrace of a...
  • Scott Walker privately reassures ally: “I’m not going nativist; I’m still pro-immigration”

    07/02/2015 8:09:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 2, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Is this news? Nothing he told Stephen Moore in this account is strictly inconsistent with what he said a few months ago about reducing legal immigration as president. Walker was careful at the time to say that was something he wanted to look at, to see if current legal immigration levels are depressing wages and should be adjusted accordingly. He didn’t commit to anything, although he got plenty of excited buzz among the conservative voters he’s wooing for daring to raise the possibility. Even if he had committed to new limits, anything short of a total moratorium could, I suppose,...
  • [May 26, 2015] Obama-Netanyahu feud a problem for Hillary and Dems

    07/03/2015 8:39:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Fredric U. Dicker
    A top GOP strategist and pollster for newly re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning that New York Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, "will pay a heavy price" at the polls next year if they don't break with President Obama's policies on Israel and reject any deal he makes with Iran. "Hillary Clinton, [Sen.] Chuck Schumer, [Reps.] Nita Lowey, Steve Israel, Jerry Nadler, Eliot Engel and others are about to get a whole new wave of pressure from Republicans on whether they agree or not with Obama on Israel," New York-based national GOP pollster and strategist John McLaughlin told The Post....
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    07/02/2015 8:45:33 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 7/2/15 | VERENA DOBNIK
    Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to America ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. "We were hungry, and I cried for two days," Limnioti said. "I felt homeless in New York." The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. Their financial...
  • Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

    07/02/2015 7:18:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics The Blog ^ | June 30, 2015 | Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow, Demos
    It was a difficult marriage from the beginning. Its success was largely regional and state by state. But where it worked, it worked well, mainly the South and parts of the West. They papered over their differences for years. Now they've grown apart and a messy divorce looms. It wasn't exactly a shotgun marriage. The Wall Street/Koch Brothers crowd gleefully accepted the support of Tea Party and evangelical leaders, as long as austerity, high-end tax cuts and deregulation were part of the agenda. The cultural right needed money and legitimacy. Everybody got along. No more. The split was thrust into...
  • Brooklyn’s Obnoxious Secret Flag Burning Ends With A Whimper

    07/01/2015 9:35:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 1, 2015 | Kate Briquelet
    A Brooklyn group burned the American flag—but were too scared to show up to their own media circus. This is what happens when you try to host a mass flag burning in Brooklyn: You don't. At least not on the day advertised on social media. Because on Wednesday evening, a horde of patriotic bikers and American-flag-hoisting hotheads crawled out of the city's conservative netherworld and descended on Fort Greene Park—hell-bent on stopping a red, white and blue barbecue they tripped over on Facebook. “We’re here to [expletive] up tiny liberal punks,” one biker reportedly declared. Little did they know the...
  • The New York Times Is Confused About Protestant Denominations

    07/02/2015 11:13:15 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 20 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Mollie Hemingway
    The New York Times published a piece this week headlined “United Church of Christ Approves Divestment to Aid Palestinians.” It begins: The United Church of Christ, one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States, overwhelmingly approved a resolution Tuesday calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israel’s occupation or control of Palestinian territories, and a boycott of products from Israeli settlements. Leaving aside the divestment issue, this is an incorrect statement. The United Church of Christ is not one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States. Its membership peaked in 1960 at 2.2 million adherents....
  • What Was So Dreadful About Last Week?

    07/02/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2015 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON -- If you dutifully read the weekend newspapers and watched the Sunday morning gasbags on television, I suspect you departed the chaos with a terrible headache. Possibly you departed for the bar. Typical of the news stories was one The Washington Post headlined: "GOP Struggles For Footing As Cultural Ground Shifts Leftward." Who was doing the shifting? Well, a couple of delusional Supreme Court justices supported by a homicidal maniac seated in someone's backyard flying the Confederate flag over his puny shoulder and a narcissistic self-promoter who recently changed his/her name to Caitlyn. Such are the dynamic forces driving...
  • When it Comes to Israel, Drunk Nixon is Better than Sober Obama

    07/02/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roger Stone
    President Richard Nixon was drunk during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to veteran journalist Tim Weiner writing for Politico magazine. Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, makes the charge. The former New York Times reporter claims that a call recorded by Henry Kissinger proves Nixon was drunk on the fifth day of the crisis after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel which caught their Intelligence agency by surprise. It became clear in the hours after the 1973 Yom Kippur attack that the Arabs had surprised Israeli forces...
  • City now looking at Trump’s golf deal in the Bronx as fallout continues from inflammatory comments

    07/01/2015 5:48:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    WPIX ^ | 7/1/15 | Mario Diaz
    City now looking at Trump’s golf deal in the Bronx as fallout continues from inflammatory comments against Mexicans. Hours after Macy’s abruptly ended its business relationship with Donald Trump, PIX11 News has learned that Trump’s golf course deal with the City of New York involving the much revered Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point is being examined in the fallout of Trump’s controversial remarks regarding Mexicans. Mayor Bill de Blasio telling PIX11 News the following in a statement, “We are reviewing Trump contracts with the City. Donald Trump’s remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place...
  • NEW YORK TIMES: UNTIL CATHOLICS LIKE MUSLIMS, TRY TO KILL US, WE WILL GO ON OFFENDING THEM

    07/01/2015 8:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/01/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The New York Times has a consistent position on art that offends religions. 1. Mohammed cartoons will not appear 2. Works mocking Christianity and Judaism will Briefly New York Times editor Dean Baquet pretended after the Hebdo and Garland attacks that there was some consistent policy about not offending religious people. Then it began once again featuring materials that offend Catholics. After a lot of squirming, the New York Times offered these criteria A. It's impossible not to offend anyone, so we won't offend Muslims, but we will offend Catholics "There's no simple, unwavering formula we can apply in situations...
  • Conservatives Blast NBC for Firing Donald Trump While Keeping Al Sharpton

    06/30/2015 6:18:04 PM PDT · by South40 · 16 replies
    SFGate ^ | 30 JUN 2015 | Kathy Zerbib
    “I’m calling on NBC to fire Al Sharpton, whose words & actions for decades have been hateful & demeaning,” Mark Levin tweeted Conservatives took to social media to blast NBC for a perceived double standard in cutting ties with Donald Trump Monday for his comments about Mexican immigrants while keeping Al Sharpton despite the pastor-turned-MSNBC host’s numerous controversial remarks over the years.
  • De Blasio’s attack on Cuomo will haunt him — and the city

    07/01/2015 4:46:29 AM PDT · by Mr_Moonlight · 14 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 1 2015 | John Podhoretz
    Has Bill de Blasio gone bonkers? The mayor chose to give voice to the rage he and his people have felt over the past month because they think Gov. Cuomo’s budget and policy negotiations with the state Legislature were designed to disempower de Blasio. Which is certainly true. De Blasio wanted to be given control over the city’s schools for the balance of his term; he got it for only a year. He didn’t want new charter schools; he got 25 more shoved down his throat.
  • De Blasio blasts Cuomo,accusing governor of thwarting his goals out of 'revenge'

    07/01/2015 3:44:10 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/1/2015 | ERIN DURKIN
    Mayor de Blasio lit Gov. Cuomo up Tuesday with a double-barreled blast of political payback. In stunningly frank language, the mayor accused the governor of deliberately thwarting his Albany agenda out of political pique and revenge — and hurting New Yorkers in the process. Hours before leaving on a vacation out West, de Blasio called reporters into his office and spoke calmly in a calculated decision to take off the gloves and reveal the “frenemies” were really enemies.
  • Brave new world: Mayor de Blasio bans NYC employers from asking applicants about criminal history

    06/30/2015 7:18:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m guessing this is the new face of equality. Or at least a redefinition of sanity. In any case, welcome to the Big Apple, employers! (From the NY Daily News) In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin. As crazy as this may sound, there’s actually a bit more to...
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Lashes Out at Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    06/30/2015 3:10:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 30, 2015 | Josh Dawsey
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, unleashing months of frustration on Tuesday, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo undermined his Albany agenda and wasn’t focused on New York City residents but instead cared about “deal making” and “revenge.” Mr. de Blasio said he expected more retribution from the governor, a fellow Democrat, for expressing his views Tuesday afternoon, but he said he was prepared to handle it. Mr. de Blasio also said the governor had been disappointing since the mayor endorsed him last year for re-election. ... Melissa DeRosa, a spokeswoman for the governor, said Mr. Cuomo wished the mayor well on his coming...
  • Grassroots group plans American and Confederate flag burning event in Brooklyn

    06/30/2015 9:13:02 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    pix11.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Ayana Harry
    FORT GREENE, Brooklyn — The Confederate flag controversy continued Monday. Republican Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush weighed in from the campaign trail on the heated debate. “The symbols are racist and if you’re trying to lean forward rather than live in the past, you want to eliminate the barriers that create disagreements,” Bush said. PIX11 has learned a new survey of South Carolina legislators shows there is enough support to remove the Confederate battle flag from their statehouse grounds if lawmakers vote on the issue. Over the weekend, activist Bree Newsome illegally scaled the pole bearing the Confederate flag in Columbia,...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Softer Side Shows Up on Pinterest

    06/30/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Amy Chozick
    Cookies have played a part in previous Clinton campaigns: Like the time, in 1992, when Hillary Rodham Clinton faced a criticism when she said, in response to a question about her legal career: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.” Twenty-three years later, this time in her own campaign for president, Mrs. Clinton pinned a recipe for chocolate chip cookies under the Summer Style category of her brand new Pinterest page. The page also shows off a “Grillery Clinton” apron (modeled by a young campaign aide) and Iowa cherry pie with the campaign’s “H”...
  • NYPD Officer Bumps, Grinds, Simulates Sex with Gay Pride Parade Member

    06/29/2015 7:37:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 29, 2015 | William Bigelow
    On Sunday, one NYPD officer joyfully danced with a member of the gay pride parade, bumping and grinding and letting the parade member get behind him and simulate sex on the street in front of appreciative onlookers. Afterward, the gay pride parade member gave the officer a nice hug and kiss, while the officer beamed....
  • Welfare rolls increasing, even as economy improves (De Blasio ‘Worst mayor ever!')

    03/08/2015 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/08/15 | Gary Buiso
    **SNIP** “If government dependence on welfare is rising in a good economy, what’s going to happen in a bad economy?” wondered study author Stephen Eide, who said the trend was antithetical to data dating back to around 1960. The surprising uptick, reformers say, is partly by design. De Blasio’s pick to head the $10 billion Human Resources Administration, Steven Banks, is a proponent of loosening welfare restrictions. With Banks at the helm, the HRA launched a series of sweeping changes in its state-approved Biennial Employment Plan, including changing requirements for welfare recipients with kids younger than 4 years old. Recipients...
  • Horses' future uncertain if NYC carriage rides end [de Blasio may turn them into burgers]

    02/10/2014 6:21:10 PM PST · by grundle · 29 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 9, 2014 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK (AP) — Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio already has declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan. While that debate could be over, at least one nagging question remains: What will become of the horses? In Pennsylvania's Amish country, which is the source of many of the horses that wind up working in Central Park, this oversupply plays out weekly at the New Holland Livestock Auction. Every Monday, buyers for foreign meat factories...
  • De Blasio comes up short on results, clout in Albany

    06/29/2015 5:54:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Newsday ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Emily Ngo
    Who's afraid of Mayor Bill de Blasio in Albany? Not state Senate Republicans, who denied his request for permanent mayoral control of New York City schools, granting him one year instead. Not Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who didn't deny he and his team were the unnamed officials in news reports who belittled the mayor as "incompetent" and clueless on influencing the legislative process. Not advocates for charter schools, who won a lifting of a cap for new schools over de Blasio's opposition in the three-way agreement last week among Cuomo, state Senate Republicans and the Democrat-led state Assembly. "There isn't...
  • The NYT Doesn’t Publish Religiously Offensive Images, Except When They Offend Christians

    06/29/2015 6:14:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/15 | Jim Treacher
    The staff of a newspaper can run any images they want, or refuse to run any images they want. They’re paid to make those decisions. And when the rationalizations they give for their editorial judgments are a bunch of crap, we can point out that they’re a bunch of crap.Back in January, here’s what New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told his public editor, Margaret Sullivan, about his decision not to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons after their staff was slaughtered by Muslim terrorists: He said he had spent “about half of my day” on the question, seeking out...
  • Jeb Bush Enlists Family in Cash Appeal (but Not His Brother) “ˇTodos por Jeb!”

    06/29/2015 1:48:09 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/29/15 | Alan Rappeport
    Fund-raising is a family affair for former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. But not the whole family. Facing a Tuesday deadline to raise cash for the first quarter, Mr. Bush’s campaign has enlisted his wife, son and father to solicit donations from supporters in the last two days. There has been no such pitch, however, from the 43rd president, who is his brother. “It’s not the same as when I ran for office, now a single email can raise millions, and every fund-raising deadline is scrutinized,” his father, the first President Bush, wrote in an email. “That’s why Jeb needs...
  • New York bans fracking after years of "exhaustive research"

    06/29/2015 1:28:12 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 18 replies
    Oneida Dispatch ^ | 6-29-2015 | AP
    <p>New York has formalized its ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing for natural gas after a seven-year environmental and health review.</p> <p>Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the "only reasonable alternative" after "years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts."</p>
  • Jeb Bush and His Friends Have Spent a Lot of Time Explaining His Bad Business Deals

    06/29/2015 1:33:03 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 6/29/15 | Jaime Fuller
    The Washington Post has a story today about 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush's unfortunate habit of getting involved in business deals destined to crumble and make him look bad. The problem is widespread enough that his career is littered with a graveyard of hilariously halfhearted explanations for his mistakes from friends, staffers, and Bush himself. In 1998 — shortly before he became governor of Florida, Bush told the St. Petersburg Times, according to the Post, “I’m 45 years old. I have to have better radar.” Bush's running mate in his failed gubernatorial bid in 1994, Tom Feeney, argued that the...
  • Supreme Court Aftermath: Millions flood NYC and San Francisco streets to celebrate gay pride

    06/29/2015 1:21:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    Two days after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding. Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to Newsday. Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played, Newsday reported. The Stonewall...
  • 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...
  • Mayor de Blasio Poised to Hire Nearly 1,300 Police Officers

    06/28/2015 12:41:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 22 June 2015 | Michael M. Grynbaum, Matt Flegehheimer
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a sharp shift from his initial objections, is poised to hire nearly 1,300 additional officers for the New York Police Department, a surprising addition in a $78.5 billion budget deal announced by city leaders on Monday night. The mayor, who has pledged to improve police-community relations, has long been hesitant to hire more officers, saying he felt comfortable with the city’s near-record-low level of crime. But his administration has come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a notable increase in homicides and shootings compared with the same period last year.
  • For Broadway's Audra McDonald And Others, Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Is A 'No-Brainer'

    06/28/2015 10:30:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    LATimes ^ | June 28, 2015 | DAVID NG AND DEBORAH VANKIN
    For Broadway's Audra McDonald And Others, Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Is A 'No-Brainer' By DAVID NG AND DEBORAH VANKIN Prominent members of the performing and visual arts professions have voiced their approval of Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage around the country. Their reactions are perhaps not surprising for a community, including Broadway, that has long supported same-sex marriage and that counts many gay individuals both behind and in front of the curtain. Many states had already decided to legalize same-sex marriage, but Friday's decision means that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states....
  • Andrew Cuomo to officiate same-sex marriage before Gay Pride Parade

    06/28/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by delchiante · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/28/2015 | kenneth lovett, Larry mcshane
    ALBANY - Days after getting the right to marry people, Gov. Cuomo will officiate a same-sex marriage Sunday morning an hour before marching in the city gay pride parade. Cuomo will marry David Contreras Turley, 36, and Peter Thiede, 35. "It’s hard to believe everything that’s happened in the last 24 hours,” Turley told the Daily News on Saturday night. “The opportunity arose for us to get married by the governor, and we couldn’t be happier.” Longtime gay rights activist Edie Windsor, who was part of a landmark Supreme Court decision, will deliver the opening remarks at the ceremony, which...
  • Allen Weinstein, Historian of Alger Hiss Case, Dies at 77

    06/23/2015 6:40:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 20, 2015 | WILLIAM GRIMES
    Allen Weinstein, a historian of Cold War espionage whose 1978 book, “Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case,” marshaled a mountain of new evidence to argue that Alger Hiss was guilty as charged in one of the most famous spy trials of the postwar era, and who served as the ninth national archivist of the United States, died on Thursday at a nursing home in Gaithersburg, Md. He was 77. The cause was pneumonia, his son Andrew said. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for several years. Making use of newly available F.B.I. documents totaling tens of thousands of pages, Mr. Weinstein...
  • Video maker sues so it can promote Muslim film in NY subways

    06/25/2015 10:06:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 25, 2015 1:03 PM EDT | Mike Balsamo
    Two Muslim filmmakers have filed a lawsuit against the operator of New York subways claiming the agency rejected their advertisements under a rule that prohibits disputed political views. They argue the ads have nothing to do with politics and should not be banned. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, the filmmakers, Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, claim the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is violating their First Amendment right to free speech. The two created the advertisements to help promote their 2013 film, “The Muslims Are Coming.” They say the overall message of both the ads and the film...
  • Al Sharpton to protest Brooklyn street named for Confederate army leader

    06/25/2015 10:05:27 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 25, 2015 | Hunter Walker
    The street, which runs through the center of Fort Hamilton, New York City's only US military base, was named in honor of Robert E. Lee, who led the Confederate troops during the Civil War
  • Muslim Reformist M. Zuhdi Jasser Blasts New York Times: ‘Indistinguishable From Islamist Media’

    06/25/2015 5:00:07 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 06-25-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    As our own Rick Moran reported yesterday, liberal media have used a new study by the New America Foundation to pretend that white Americans pose a bigger threat to national security than Muslim radicals. Rick explains that this conclusion can’t be drawn from the report at all: it’s only possible to say so when one ignores the failed terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. If those are included, Islamists are far more dangerous than “white Americans.” However, that didn’t stop Mediaite from publishing an article blasting white Americans (as I wrote two days ago, white self-hate is now officially politically correct)....
  • Gunman at large after shooting 4 in Harlem deli

    06/24/2015 2:36:57 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/24/15 | Larry Celona and Shawn Cohen
    Four people were shot at a Harlem deli Wednesday afternoon, police said. The gunman opened fire inside the 20 Stars deli on East 132nd Street near Madison Avenue around 3:30 p.m., cops said. A 25-year-old man was shot in the head and a 17-year-old man was shot in the torso. The chaos then spilled outside, with the shooter letting off several more shots
  • Cops as ‘punching bags’: Video showing NYPD officers getting pummeled by onlooker during arrest

    06/21/2015 9:21:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 24 replies
    Facebook user Seth Torres-Campbell posted a video to his page early yesterday morning that shows two NYPD officers getting punched multiple times by an angry onlooker during what looks like the arrest of a young woman.The woman getting arrested can be seen trying to grab the female NYPD officer’s gun numerous times during the altercation.
  • Russell Simmons: De Blasio is pushed around like a b–ch

    06/21/2015 3:04:52 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/21/2015 | Laura Italiano
    Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons has started a rap-worthy feud with Mayor de Blasio, calling him a “punk” and a “bitch” for not standing up to Gov. Cuomo and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on police reform. “Our police commissioner is bullying our punk mayor” into not appointing special prosecutors to investigate police abuses, Simmons said on WQHT 97.1 FM, Hot97, radio Thursday, in remarks first reported by Capital New York. “He got the police commissioner pushing him around like he’s a bitch,” Simmons railed.
  • The New York Times wrote a brutal takedown of Chelsea Clinton's husband's hedge fund

    03/23/2015 8:29:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/23/2015 | Julia La Roche
    The New York Times totally threw shade at Bill and Hillary Clinton's son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky. Matt Goldstein and Steve Eder wrote an article in The New York Times suggesting that Mezvinsky —who is married to Chelsea Clinton —had been able to gain access to investors with ties to the Clintons for the hedge fund he cofounded that has had "underwhelming returns."About a month ago, The Wall Street Journal published a report about the fund's underperformance since its inception. The Times' report focuses primarily on Mezvinsky and his role in fund-raising and strategizing for the fund. Back in 2011, Mezvinsky, now...
  • Clinton confidant cuts ties with the formidable family (now selling bridges in Brooklyn?)

    06/21/2015 6:59:15 AM PDT · by Liz · 15 replies
    NY POST.COM ^ | 6/20/15 | Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein
    Doug Band's exit...marks the end of a complicated relationship w/ Band’s controversial company, Teneo. The Clinton Foundation is under fire for pocketing $$millions in donations for access, but Teneo’s role is less well-known.....described as a vast money-making machine. “...not just emblematic of how "Clinton Inc." works, it's the political and financial mess that's been created,” author Halper said. The New Republic noted the suspicious nature of Band’s work in 2013. “...an undertow of transactionalism in the glittering annual dinners, the fixation on celebrity and a contingent of donors whose charitable contributions and business interests occupy an uncomfortable proximity. Even more...
  • 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...
  • In First Batch of Released Cheney Papers, a Peek at a Polarizing Figure

    06/20/2015 12:24:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 46 replies
    NYTimes ^ | June 19, 2015 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — In February 2008, an aide sent a news article to Vice President Dick Cheney reporting that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell might vote for a Democrat for president. Sections were highlighted in yellow, and someone had circled a quotation from Mr. Powell in which he said America had lost “a lot” of prestige around the world. Mr. Cheney recorded no reaction, but one can imagine some consternation at what the vice president presumably deemed disloyalty to the administration that both of them had served. Mr. Powell had been the vice president’s chief internal adversary during President...
  • Hilarious: NY Times chronicles Hillary's problems hiding her wealth and elitism

    06/20/2015 6:47:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/19/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    I have got to hand it to Amy Chozick of the New York Times for her deadpan article on Hillary Clinton’s “quandary” over what to do about the Hamptons this summer. You see, she and Bill have for years vacationed there, among the show business and Wall Street elites who rent or own fabulous mansions along the shore of eastern Long Island, mingling with one another. It takes a lot money:  In 2011 and 2012, there was the eight-bedroom, 12,000-square-foot East Hampton rental with a heated pool that the couple took for part of August, the kind of house...
  • Undocumented Immigrant Faces New Obstacle to Bar Admission

    06/20/2015 1:40:10 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 06.22.15 | Andrew Dennwy
    An undocumented immigrant who was cleared by a Brooklyn appellate court to practice law in New York has run into a potential obstacle to joining the bar after an Iowa state judge sentenced him to one year of probation for trespassing during a political rally held on private property. Cesar Vargas, 31, participated in a demonstration over immigration policies at a rally for Republican presidential candidates and others in Des Moines. He and other demonstrators sat among about 1,500 attendees on the private property. At one point, he rose and disrupted a speech by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, asking...
  • That was quick: NY State moves to ban e-cigarettes indoors

    06/20/2015 12:57:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    It wasn’t too much of a surprise when New York City moved to ban the use of e-cigarettes (or “vaping”) right before Christmas last year because it looked too much like smoking. After all, Gotham bans everything they can lay their little regulatory hands on if it looks like somebody might be enjoying themselves. (Foie gras ban, anyone?) But the state government tends to be at least somewhat slower on the trigger. Not in this case, though. Albany has already taken the next step towards banning vaping indoors all across the state. The fate of a bill banning electronic cigarettes...