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  • Reports Back Op-Ed Linking Vets to Hate Groups (Vets are "potential domestic terrorist")

    04/30/2014 6:48:22 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.military.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Bryant Jordan
    An op-ed column published in The New York Times that linked American troops coming home from war and the growth in white supremacist groups drew sharp criticism from veterans groups. Although writer Kathleen Belew stated in the piece that the "vast majority of veterans are neither violent nor mentally ill" and that those who turn violent are more likely to harm themselves than anyone else, veterans groups read the op-ed as an attack on military veterans. American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger described the op-ed as a "poorly researched and agenda-driven piece," and that "the New York Times should be...
  • Socialist NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is Really Good at Tax Avoidance

    04/17/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/17/2014 | Mike Schauss
    Suffering from a clear lack of intellectual honesty, the morally bankrupt progressive socialist mayor of New York City seems to have a knack for tax avoidance. (And remember: despite what Harry Reid would have you believe, tax avoidance is not a crime.) According to public records, Bill “punish the rich” de Blasio paid a mere 8 percent of his income in federal taxes. Just to put that in context for any liberal that has accidently stumbled across this paragraph: That’s less than that capitalist pig, Mitt Romney paid in prior years. Of course, to be fair, it is possible...
  • New NYC Mayor Vows to “Crush Inequality”

    01/04/2014 9:16:01 AM PST · by John Semmens · 24 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 3 Jan 2014 | John Semmens
    Newly inaugurated New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told those attending the ceremony that he would “put an end to inequality in this City. For too long we have tolerated a situation where some have had too much while others have had too little.” The first step toward Blasio’s egalitarian utopia will be the elimination of Central Park horse-drawn carriage rides, which the Mayor labeled “frivolous and degrading. First of all, horses represent an inefficient form of transportation. Anything horses can do electric cars can do better. Carriages pulled by electric cars would enable people to tour Central Park...
  • Rush Limbaugh to the rescue for Irish horse and carriage drivers in Central Park

    01/04/2014 8:10:25 AM PST · by george76 · 119 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 4, 2014 | JAMES O'SHEA
    Rush Limbaugh has come out swinging in defence of the heavily Irish horse and carriage industry in New York’s Central Park after new mayor Bill de Blasio promised to put them off the streets. Over half the drivers of the 200 horses are Irish, but they are fighting a rearguard action against de Blasio, who had major support from animal rights groups. De Blasio stated that one of his first acts would be to end the horse and carriage trade and replace it with electric car tours. "We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no...
  • The slaughter of sacred cows continues: Comrade de Blasio backing “animal rights” group up next

    04/30/2014 9:09:22 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/30/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The slaughter of Democrat sacred cows continues and writing it off as mere coincidence becomes harder. It started several weeks back with a series of FBI raids; on the Speaker of the Rhode Island Assembly, an openly Gay married bi-racial man. From there in rapid succession there were FBI raids/arrests and/or indictments of the Black mayor of Charlotte North Carolina – bribe taking; a White Illinois State Senator – child pornography; a Black New York State Assemblyman – padding his expense account; a Black female Indiana County treasurer – stealing county funds; a Chinese American California State Senator- gun running...
  • High Plains Moochers

    04/28/2014 5:21:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/28/2014 | Paul Krugman
    It is, in a way, too bad that Cliven Bundy — the rancher who became a right-wing hero after refusing to pay fees for grazing his animals on federal land, and bringing in armed men to support his defiance — has turned out to be a crude racist. Why? Because his ranting has given conservatives an easy out, a way to dissociate themselves from his actions without facing up to the terrible wrong turn their movement has taken. For at the heart of the standoff was a perversion of the concept of freedom, which for too much of the right...
  • Why Bloomberg Can Be Compared To Hitler (And I’m Standing By That)

    04/28/2014 7:56:04 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 4/24/2014 | Bradlee Dean
    “It isn’t gun control.” – Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City Recently, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg promoted his new $50 million gun control campaign on NBC’s “Today” show, in an aggressive financial push to combat the National Rifle Association’s influence on gun policies. Bloomberg stated that he plans to use the money to merge his Mayors Against Illegal Guns (criminals will always have guns) and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America into a new group called “Every Town for Gun Safety.”
  • Animals Are Persons Too

    04/27/2014 4:13:57 PM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 23, 2014 | Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker
    How does a thing become a person? In December 2013, the lawyer Steven Wise showed the world how, with a little legal jujitsu, an animal can transition from a thing without rights to a person with legal protections. This Op-Doc video follows Mr. Wise on his path to filing the first-ever lawsuits in the United States demanding limited “personhood” rights for certain animals, on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State. Continue reading the main story Related in Opinion Dot Earth Blog: A Closer Look at ‘Nonhuman Personhood’ and Animal WelfareJULY 28, 2013 Mr. Wise (who is also...
  • New York Times Writer Wants Human Rights for Chimps, None for Unborn Babies

    04/25/2014 9:22:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 25, 2014 | Wesley J. Smith
    The NYT is on an anti-human exceptionalism crusade. Other than columnist Ross Douthat, when was the last time the “paper of record” allowed arguments to be made in favor of the unique dignity of human life in its pages? I can’t recall a single time in recent years. But take actions to subvert our belief in the unique dignity of human life and the NYT is at your service! It has published columns arguing for “pea personhood,” that plants are the most “ethical” life form, and in last Sunday’s Magazine, a tribute to the Dark Mountain Projects’ push for “uncivilization.”...
  • NY Times Reported Bundy's Offensive Remarks 4 Days Later

    04/25/2014 12:35:38 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 4/25/14 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy made his offensive remarks about blacks and slavery on Saturday, but it took four days for his remarks to finally appear in the New York Times. According to the April 24 New York Times article, Bundy promised to continue holding a daily news conference, even after his standoff with federal agents ended: "[O]n Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and...
  • Readers weigh in on Cuomo's "extreme conservatives" comments (Your letters)

    01/22/2014 1:43:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | January 21, 2014 | Various
    Cuomo's beliefs have no place in future of state To the Editor; This is an open letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: After hearing about your recent comments concerning who is not welcome in New York, I decided to check to see if you really said it. After hearing the actual audio of the interview, it took my breath away. Your arrogance and ignorance of your own family history are amazing. Fortunately for you and your ancestors, my ancestors did not share your bigoted views of who "belongs" in New York. People have come here for many reasons, many of whom...
  • De Blasio Backs Cuomo: Wants Conservatives to Get Out

    01/23/2014 2:10:16 PM PST · by Nachum · 94 replies
    breitbart ^ | 1/23/14 | Kerry Picket
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio emphatically backed New Governor Andrew Cuomo’s controversial remarks that “extreme” conservatives – which he defined as being pro-life, second amendment advocates, or supporters of traditional marriage – “have no place in the state of New York.” “I stand by that 100 percent,” de Blasio told reporters at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. “I agree with Governor Cuomo’s remarks. I interpret his remarks to say that an extremist attitude that continues the reality of violence in our communities or an extremist attitude that denies the rights of women does not...
  • New York about to become conservative-free? (To be a New Yorker is to hate conservatives)

    01/21/2014 6:04:46 AM PST · by bestintxas · 46 replies
    am thinker ^ | 1/21/14 | Sally Zelikovsky
    New York's Governor Cuomo really stepped in it this weekend when discussing his views on the state of the GOP: "Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves," he said. "Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are." Cuomo can walk this statement back all he wants, but the fact is, when liberals speak off the cuff and...
  • GOP candidate for NY governor blasts Cuomo for telling pro-lifers they’re not welcome

    04/24/2014 2:58:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 24, 2014 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor of New York WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY, April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Rob Astorino is in his fifth year as county executive of Westchester County, New York. And he says he's the right man for the job of governor of New York State, a position currently held by Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Astorino, who was recently in Washington to solicit support and fundraising dollars from the Susan B. Anthony List, defended the right to life in an interview with LifeSiteNews. He also criticized Cuomo, who said in January that conservatives "who are right to life...
  • Cruder Than Alberta Tar Sands

    04/24/2014 7:28:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    According to experts cited by The New York Times, President Barack Obama's eventual decision on the Keystone XL pipeline -- last week, the administration once again postponed a decision -- "will have a marginal impact on global warming emissions." The global economy releases lots of greenhouse gas -- 32.6 billion metric tons of carbon in 2011. The Keystone XL pipeline would add 18.7 million metric tons. In the global greenhouse gas picture, it won't make a dent. To the working men and women of America, however, the project represents "a lifeline to good jobs and energy security," according to Terry...
  • Interfaith Panel Denounces a 9/11 Museum Exhibit’s Portrayal of Islam

    04/23/2014 10:24:22 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | APRIL 23, 2014 | SHARON OTTERMAN
    Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks. The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda attacks spanning decades. Interspersed with his voice are explanations of the ideology of the terrorists, rendered in...
  • (New York) City public school kids may get free lunch in proposed budget

    04/23/2014 11:25:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 2:30 AM | Erin Durkin
    The City Council’s proposed budget to be unveiled Wednesday will push for two big priorities: free lunch for all public school kids and 1,000 new cops. The Council is asking for $24 million to provide lunches regardless of how much money kids’ families make. They’re also seeking $94 million to boost the police force to more than 36,400 cops, among other changes proposed to Mayor de Blasio’s budget. …
  • Cuomo: ‘I was not saying anyone should leave the state’

    02/12/2014 8:18:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 12, 2014 | Caroline May
    People misunderstood New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he said conservatives “have no place in the state of New York,” the Democratic governor explained Wednesday. “I was not saying anyone should leave the state, right? And anyone who heard the comments knows that’s not what I was saying,” Cuomo said when asked about his comments at a press conference. “To the extent people want to have a political dialogue, that’s what it is.” Cuomo came under fire from conservatives last month when he said “extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the state of...
  • Is Bill de Blasio Trading Horses for Money?

    01/07/2014 8:37:19 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 15 replies
    The New American ^ | 06 January 2014 | Selwyn Duke
    They used to hang horse thieves — now they elect them mayor. As many know, New York City’s new commandant, Bill de Blasio, has sworn that one of his first acts upon taking office will be to ban Central Park’s iconic horse-drawn carriages. He claims that forcing horses to work in downtown Manhattan is inhumane, but is he really just kowtowing to a big real-estate developer who heavily supported his campaign? Interestingly, there was a time when de Blasio was more blasé about these animal-rights concerns. In fact, when he had the chance as a City Council member to support...
  • Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

    04/22/2014 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues. […] What changed? For one, a media blitz led by actor Liam Neeson has portrayed the horse-drawn carriage industry as an iconic, romantic part of New York that provides about 400 jobs, many to...
  • New York Won’t Name Street After Cop to Avoid Offending Muslims

    04/21/2014 3:50:13 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    FrontPageMag ^ | 04/21/2014 | by Daniel Greenfield
    --snip-- A plan to honor a Harlem cop killed by Nation of Islam radicals is drowning under a flood of racial tensions created more than four decades ago, but no one wants to throw it a lifeline — not even the NYPD’s new top cop. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is distancing himself from the controversial push to get the street in front of the 28th Precinct renamed in honor of Officer Phillip Cardillo, who was shot and killed inside a mosque run by Louis Farrakhan in 1972 — noting that the community should make the final decision.
  • Democrats Confront Vexing Politics Over the Health Care Law

    04/19/2014 12:33:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 19 April 2014 | Jonathan Martin
    When Franklin D. Roosevelt established Social Security, he created generations of loyal Democrats. When Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, he built on that legacy, particularly with older Americans. And when George W. Bush instituted a new prescription drug benefit for Medicare, it helped reclaim elderly voters for Republicans. But President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the $1.4 trillion effort to extend health insurance to all Americans, is challenging the traditional calculus about government benefits and political impact. Even as Mr. Obama announced that eight million Americans had enrolled in the program and urged Democrats to embrace the law, those...
  • American Politics: Not Just for White People

    04/18/2014 3:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/18 | Jonathan Chait
    U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a visit to Bladensburg High School April 7, 2014 in Bladensburg, Maryland. Last weekend, I appeared on Melissa Harris-Perry’s weekend MSNBC show to discuss my cover story on racial politics. It was … not quite what I expected. The segment lasted 12 and a half minutes, and Harris-Perry spent almost half that time on an extended soliloquy about how I am wrong, only allowing me to join the discussion about my story for the second half. There was also a panel following that segment, consisting of four panelists who agree with Harris-Perry and none...
  • 'Close Observers of History' Hate Ollie North

    04/18/2014 3:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 18, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Editor's note: This column was co-authored by Tim Graham. For its second season, the creators of the FX series "The Americans" have chosen a new source for insight into the Cold War during the Reagan years -- one Lt. Col. Oliver North. It's a dramatic reversal from the first season, and it has infuriated some hard leftists. The show began with the shocking promise from creator Joel Weisberg that the series' heroes would be KGB agents: "We're making them the sympathetic characters. I'd go so far as to say they're the heroes." It quickly became apparent that these characters could...
  • Hillary Clinton bundler pleads guilty to illegal contributions

    04/17/2014 3:44:26 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    Hillary Clinton bundler pleads guilty to illegal contributions By JOSH GERSTEIN | 4/17/14 5:03 PM EDT A prominent New York hotel magnate who was a top bundler for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign pled guilty in federal court Thursday to making more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions and to witness tampering. Sant Chatwal, 70, admitted using employees and vendors for his hotels as straw donors to avoid limits dictated by campaign finance law. Investigators also recorded Chatwal telling an associate not to admit that donations were reimbursed, court papers say. "Without [donations] nobody will even talk to you,"...
  • True marriage supporters ‘not welcome’ in New York: councilman

    04/17/2014 2:03:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Catherine Briggs
    NEW YORK, April 17, 2014, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple. In response to Chick-fil-A’s proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country. Councilman Daniel Dromm “We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Dromm told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community,...
  • NBC: Isn’t it great to have a multi-billionaire pour money into politics?

    04/17/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s do a thought experiment. If Charles or David Koch got invited onto NBC’s Today show to talk about their efforts to advance their political agenda, would either or both get partnered with Savannah Guthrie for a softball interview? Would their interview include suggestions that one of them should run for President? Kyle Drennen at Newsbusters notes that two weeks prior to Michael Bloomberg’s appearance on Today, the network took a much different approach to money in politics: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The clip just provides the highlights. Newsbusters has the whole transcript up, but let me just note the tough questions asked by...
  • Major Democratic donor indicted over campaign contributions

    04/17/2014 10:52:58 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 17, 2014 | Scott Cohn
    A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws. Sant Singh Chatwal appeared Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn. The candidates were not identified. Chatwal had raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama
  • Veterans Blast NY Times Op-Ed That Stereotypes Them as Potential Domestic Terrorists

    04/16/2014 3:30:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Veterans Blast NY Times Op-Ed That Stereotypes Them as Potential Domestic Terrorists By Matthew Balan Created 04/16/2014 - 5:41pm An unsigned Wednesday article in the Military Times spotlighted how veteran groups have rebuked the New York Times for an opinion piece that played up the recent shootings at two Jewish community centers as apparent proof that white veterans are susceptible to joining hate groups. Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America hammered the liberal newspaper for its "sensational, slanderous and incredibly offensive" attack on his peers. In the Wednesday op-ed, author Kathleen Belew cited a controversial 2009 Department...
  • NY Times Columnist: Republicans Right on Liberal Inner City Failures

    04/16/2014 5:42:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - NY Times Columnist: Republicans Right on Liberal Inner City FailuresPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 1:29 pm In The Point | No Comments Nicholas Kristof’s article is really a bait and switch, admitting that Republicans were right about three major liberal social policy failures in the inner city… but offering only more of the same liberal social policies. “Conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points,” he writes.“STRONG FAMILIES Conservatives highlight the primacy of family and argue...
  • Freep this poll! Do you support the law that requires gun owners to register their assault weapons?

    04/15/2014 10:57:49 AM PDT · by Above My Pay Grade · 53 replies
    http://longisland.news12.com/ News 12 Long Island has a poll on "assault weapon" registration in NYS. Today is the deadline to register in NYS. The good folks at LongIslandFirearms.com have already moved it from 70/30 Yes, to 77/23 No! The poll is in the lower right hand corner of the page. Help make it a blow out! FUAC!
  • As Many As One Million Armed New Yorkers Are About To Break The Law

    04/15/2014 12:24:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/13/2014 | Frank Miniter
    This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison. I put “assault weapon” and “high-capacity” in quotes because their definitions vary by state—they’re political terms. In...
  • New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's...

    04/15/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 11, 2014 | NA
    New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's PayrollSome of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law. Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple? Not really. This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations. On March 10th, NYPD Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested when officials at the airport in New Delhi discovered three...
  • 'Double Dealing': How Pakistan Fueled War in Afghanistan [Blame Bush as BO's Foreign Policy Fails]

    04/14/2014 5:39:52 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    KABC.com ^ | 4/14/14
    What if the United States has been waging the wrong war against the wrong enemy for the last 13 years in Afghanistan? Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Carlotta Gall, who's spent more than a decade covering Afghanistan since 2001, concludes just that in her new book, The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014.
  • Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to protest movement

    04/13/2014 4:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jon Swaine
    It is the most important question being asked of dozens of New Yorkers lined up as potential jurors for the trial of Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer: what do you think of her protest movement? Unfortunately for those keen on the swift procession of justice, a series of Manhattan residents who presented themselves at the criminal courthouse this week declared that they strongly disagreed with it – and could not promise to be impartial about one of its members. “I’m involved in Wall Street things. I’m on the Wall Street side, not...
  • A Glimpse into the Political Future

    04/12/2014 5:47:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | April 11 | FRED SIEGEL
    The other great liberal political success story has been the rise of public-sector unions, which fueled both Obama’s reelection and Bill de Blasio’s victory in New York City’s mayoral race. They are now a key component of the liberal coalition. The upshot of Obama’s policies is that he has, Chicago-style, fed the top-bottom alliance of crony capitalists and the social-service state—the government-worker providers and the recipients of aid. This has left the private-sector middle class out in the cold. Chait’s rhetorical nuance leaves no room for anger at a president whose supervision of Obamacare combines the administrative failings of George...
  • Former U.S. Marine Hekmati retried, convicted in Iran: report

    04/12/2014 12:16:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 11th, 2014 10:01pm EDT | Will Dunham
    (Reuters) - Iranian-American Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine whose previous death sentence in Iran on espionage charges was overturned, has been secretly retried, convicted of collaborating with the U.S. government and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the New York Times reported on Friday, quoting his lawyer. The newspaper quoted lawyer Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati, held since 2011, was not told by Iranian officials about the retrial, conviction or prison sentence. The Times quoted Tabatabaei as saying Hekmati was retried by a revolutionary court in December and convicted of "practical collaboration with the American government." :snip: The...
  • Suit Against SAFE Act Claims it Allows ‘Warrantless’ Police Searches

    04/10/2014 4:50:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 4/9/2014 | Mary Lou Byrd
    The registry process of New York’s SAFE Act allows for warrantless police searches into gun owners’ homes, a violation of the Fourth Amendment, according to plaintiffs of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District.The law firm representing plaintiff Gabriel Razzano argues the registry process is “essentially secret and results in a mandatory, warrantless Penal Law 400 gun removal visit from police.”“The entire purpose of the registry is a sham to permit intrusions into a person’s home on consent without a warrant for a ‘gun removal,’” La Reddola, Lester and Associates said in a release. “The entire registry and...
  • Preet Bharara won't rule out ethics probe into Gov. Cuomo

    04/11/2014 3:41:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ken Lovett
    <p>US Attorney Preet Bharara of the southern district Thursday did not rule out investigating whether Gov. Cuomo and his aides improperly intervened with the investigations undertaken by the governor's anti-corruption commission.</p> <p>"We're going to look at the documents, we're going to see what the facts are, and if there are questions that are appropriate to ask, as I think the public knows by now, there are strong-willed and aggressive--but fair--people in my office who will ask those questions," Bharara said during an appearance Thursday morning on WNYC public radio's "The Brian Lehrer Show."</p>
  • VIDEO: Woman Hurls Ketchup Bottles After Being Shushed for Talking on Cell

    04/09/2014 2:41:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 9, 2014 | Heather Holland
    A woman trashed a Flatiron diner — smashing glass ketchup bottles against a mirror and TV in a videotaped rampage — after a manager asked her to leave for screaming into her cellphone for 30 minutes, the NYPD said. Latima Brown, 22, was having a loud, profane phone conversation when she entered Malibu Diner at 163 W. 23rd St. with a friend about 5:10 a.m. April 2, police and owner Alex Grimpas said. “She was yelling and very upset and very verbal,” Grimpas, who wasn't present at the time, said about the incident caught on the restaurant's surveillance cameras. “We’re...
  • Seventh-Grade Girls Hospitalized After Drinking Booze in Class, DOE Says

    04/09/2014 2:25:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    DNAinfo ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nicholas Rizzi
    Eight middle school students were hospitalized after they were caught drinking booze out of a water bottle and an AriZona ice tea bottle inside a classroom, a parent and the Department of Education said. The seventh-grade girls were passing around the alcohol-filled bottles inside at William A. Morris Intermediate School, 445 Castleton Ave., on Wednesday afternoon, the DOE said. The water bottle smelled of alcohol, but the DOE did not say what kind. "We're going to really discuss this," said Makishan Brown, of West Brighton, mother of one of the girls. "I have zero tolerance about this." Brown said the...
  • 30,000 Old Photos Released By The City's Department Of Records (NYC)

    04/09/2014 5:14:18 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 12 replies
    TheGothamist ^ | Apr 8, 2014 | Jen Carlson
    The New York City Department of Records and Information Services (aw, DORIS) has announced the addition of 30,000 photographs to its online gallery. The latest photo dump includes images from the NYPD's "Alien Squad," car accidents, airplane crashes in Park Slope, the Hindenburg crashing, the demolition of the 2nd Avenue El train, explosions... you know, fun stuff. Here's a sampling for now, and we'll be revisiting more specified areas of their archives in the future.
  • 50% Taxes When Alive, 50% Taxes When You Die: Why New York is the "Must Leave" State

    04/09/2014 7:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/09/2014 | Ronn Torossian
    I, Ronn Torossian, am a born & bred New Yorker, who raises a family here, owns a business – and loves all this city has to offer. Yet, I would be among the first to advise people not to live or move to New York if they don’t have to. If they have ambition or drive, New York isn’t the place to be. From the non-stop energy to the culture, indeed, this city deserves its title as capital of the world. Yet, from a business perspective, there are so many obstacles for living – and dying – in New York...
  • { } woman hurls ketchup bottles after loud, profane cell phone conversation. (Video)

    04/09/2014 7:48:07 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 58 replies
    www.drudgereport.com ^ | 4/9/14 | Heather Holland
    FLATIRON — A woman trashed a Flatiron diner — smashing glass ketchup bottles against a mirror and TV in a videotaped rampage — after a manager asked her to leave for screaming into her cellphone for 30 minutes, the NYPD said. Latima Brown, 22, was having a loud, profane phone conversation when she entered Malibu Diner at 163 W. 23rd St. with a friend about 5:10 a.m. April 2, police and owner Alex Grimpas said. “She was yelling and very upset and very verbal,” Grimpas, who wasn't present at the time, said about the incident caught on the restaurant's surveillance...
  • Comrade de Blasio’s smashing blows to New York City will show America what the Democrats are about

    04/09/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/9/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Comrade Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, is starting to do all of the destructives things anyone with any brains could foresee. De Blasio is owned by two factions of the Left: the teacher’s union and the Working Families Party (WFP). The teachers union is closing in on an unheard of eight year contract. The teachers know they have to nail down their benefits now because things will be different when sanity returns to New York and de Blasio is shown the door. They looked at the stunts Wisconsin public service unions pulled and opted for guaranteed...
  • Israel ‘Deeply Disappointed’ by Kerry’s Remarks on Peace Talks

    04/09/2014 6:02:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    nytimes ^ | 4/9/2014 | ISABEL KERSHNER
    In an unusually pointed rebuke of its ally, Israel said on Wednesday that it was “deeply disappointed” by Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks a day earlier that appeared to lay primary blame on Israel for the crisis in the American-brokered Middle East peace talks.
  • Republicans plan to tie Dem challenger Recchia to Mayor de Blasio in bid to keep S.I. seat(edit)

    04/09/2014 2:29:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 9, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Republican strategists have settled on a new strategy in their fight to a keep Staten Island’s lone congressional seat in GOP hands: tie Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia to Mayor de Blasio at every turn.
  • Al Franken, Seriously (NYT puff piece)

    03/19/2004 3:13:11 PM PST · by Pokey78 · 16 replies · 1,443+ views
    The New York Times Magazine ^ | 03/21/04 | RUSSELL SHORTO
    I'm in a rental car with Al Franken, and we're driving across New Hampshire on the Sunday before the nation's first primary, heading to a John Edwards rally. The Democrats are in a kooky mood following the sudden collapse of Howard Dean in Iowa, and Franken -- comedian, celebrity, scourge -- is spending two days in the state not in any official capacity but as a sort of good-will representative from the party's satiric wing. He is not, as you might think from the outrageous trappings of his comedy, an extreme lefty but rather a devout party man, one who...
  • Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree.

    04/08/2014 1:39:02 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com ^ | 4-3-2014 | Leonie Haimson
    Liz Phillips, Brooklyn principal: I have never seen a worse ELA exam. Other principals agree. See below comment from Liz Phillips, principal of PS 321 in Brooklyn, who was scathing about the 2012 exam as well, but says this one was as bad or worse. One would think with all the controversy and parents opting out, NYSED and Pearson would be careful to construct a better set of exams. But perhaps they are simply incapable of doing so. PS 321 PARENTS--Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have just completed three days of the New York State English Language Arts Exam....
  • New York rich face tax surprise when they die: Tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates

    04/08/2014 2:20:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04/08/2014 | Robert Frank
    If you're a New York multimillionaire, you now have another incentive to stay alive. A change this month in New York's estate tax, which was billed as tax relief for the wealthy, contains a hidden wrinkle that could leave some multimillionaires with a much bigger surprise tax upon their death. Certain estates could even wind up with a tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates, according to one tax expert. The changes were intended to ease the tax bill for wealthy New Yorkers and prevent them from fleeing to lower-tax states. A report from the Tax Foundation...