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  • Andrew Cuomo’s fracking follies (NY has the resources to create an energy boom, thousands of jobs)

    11/28/2012 12:09:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/26/2012 | Brad Gill
    Last week’s news that the state Department of Environmental Conservation will miss a Nov. 29 deadline to release regulations guiding future natural-gas exploration in New York was another blow to a beleaguered industry — an industry, by the way, that has operated safely in New York for decades and isn’t asking for a dime of public money to expand here. This latest delay is necessary, according to the state, for three “experts” chosen by the state Health Department to review the potential health impacts. Never mind that these experts have already made public statements that suggest a bias against natural-gas...
  • Plan Would Provide Help to Contest Deportation Cases

    11/28/2012 7:21:56 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 27, 2012 | KIRK SEMPLE
    In 2010, a federal judge in New York City convened a task force of prominent immigration lawyers, academics and advocates to tackle a longstanding problem: the dearth of legal representation for immigrants fighting deportation.Now, after extensive debate and research, this group has developed a plan to create a network of legal service providers to represent all low-income immigrants in the region who have been detained and face deportation. The network would be the first of its kind in the country, say its proponents. “While a number of states have entered the immigration arena in ways generally hostile to immigrants, a...
  • Cuomo Dipping Toe In '16 Water With Star-Studded Hurricane Sandy PSA?

    11/28/2012 5:41:06 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 17 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Throughout his tenure as Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has chosen to maintain a suprisingly low profile. Think quick: how much footage have you seen of him in the Hurricane Sandy aftermath compared to his cross-George Washington Bridge buddy, Chris Christie? But has Cuomo finally decided the time has come to make himself more visible? A PSA for Hurricane Relief, aired on Morning Joe today, featured a star-studded cast of Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Whoopi Goldberg, Edie Falco, Michael J. Fox and Julianna Margulies and Nathan Lane. One panel, devoid of reference to the relief organization, starkly read "Join...
  • Breakaway Democrats Favor Coalition With G.O.P. in State Senate

    11/27/2012 7:06:35 PM PST · by Arthurio · 25 replies
    November 27, 2012 Top Breakaway Democrat Pushes G.O.P. Coalition in State Senate By THOMAS KAPLAN Jeffrey D. Klein has been taking calls from labor leaders and rank-and-file state senators. He ate pasta with the Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, a Republican from Long Island. And he sat down, he said, to “clear the air” with the minority leader, John L. Sampson, a Brooklyn Democrat. For three weeks, Senator Klein has been at once a sought-after and resented man in Albany. When the State Legislature reconvenes in January, he could hold the Senate’s fate in his hands: he leads a...
  • Backlash against Big Wind Continues

    11/27/2012 12:35:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    National Review Online ^ | November 27, 2012 | Robert Bryce
    The Left and the mainstream media ignore a new lawsuit against a wind-energy plant. Last month, 60 residents of New York’s Herkimer County filed a lawsuit in Albany that provides yet another example of the growing backlash against the wind-energy sector. It also exposes the double standard that exists in both the mainstream media and among environmental groups when it comes to “green” energy.The main defendant in the lawsuit is the Spanish electric utility Iberdrola, which is the second-largest wind-energy operator in the U.S. The Herkimer County residents — all of whom live within a mile or so of the...
  • Officials probe how secret confetti rained on Macy's parade

    11/26/2012 6:27:46 PM PST · by thecodont · 6 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 26, 2012, 11:40 a.m. | By Michael Muskal
    When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for. Nassau County police announced that they are investigating how some of their confidential records including social security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate, ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. “I'm just completely in shock. How could someone have this kind of information, and how could it be distributed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade?” Inspector Kenneth Lack, from the Nassau County Police...
  • Ulster count may determine NY Senate control

    11/26/2012 2:01:17 PM PST · by Arthurio · 12 replies
    ALBANY, N.Y. — The count of paper ballots in two critical New York state Senate races is in the final stages this week, with control of the chamber hanging in the balance. The seesawing leads continue in the 46th Senate District, where Democrat Cecilia Tkaczyk (KAT'-chihk) trails by about 700 votes with more than 3,000 votes yet to be counted in her Ulster County stronghold. Republican George Amedore (AM'-uh-dohr) has the lead after being behind on election night. The counting resumes Tuesday and the race could be decided by the end of the day.
  • Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, Schumer

    11/25/2012 4:19:59 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/25/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Stopping veteran Dem retirements is top priority for Reid, SchumerBy Alexander Bolton - 11/25/12 06:00 AM ET One of the highest immediate political priorities for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Democratic political guru Charles Schumer (N.Y.) is to persuade veteran colleagues not to retire in 2014. Democratic sources identify four senators as most likely to retire: Sens. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Another possible veteran retirement is Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who has yet to announce his decision. But Democratic aides expect him to run...
  • New York Churches Facing Eviction Despite Hurricane Sandy Help

    11/25/2012 5:05:15 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    http://www.charismanews.com ^ | november 24, 2012
    The city of New York continues to seek eviction of churches meeting for worship services in public school buildings on weekends, even after many of the congregations have ministered to the communities in which they meet in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose administration has also come under fire for banning food donations to homeless shelters, has not intervened to stop his Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to oust the churches. “Churches that have been helping communities for years should be allowed to continue to offer the hope that empty buildings can’t,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior...
  • On a Largely Blue Island, an Exception: Trump Tower (91 NYC districts 100% Obama?)

    11/24/2012 11:07:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2012 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    Its black glass exterior soars high above Fifth Avenue, and its gold-tipped revolving doors have spun the likes of Bruce Willis and Anne Hathaway into its waterfall-splashed atrium. But on Election Day, Trump Tower earned a different sort of distinction: a tiny island of Romneyville amid Manhattan’s deep, blue-state sea. … Mr. Romney won a single Manhattan precinct outright, a stretch of Park Avenue near the Waldorf-Astoria, where six voters showed up and four chose the Republican. But he suffered a resounding defeat in New York, a rare outbreak of consensus in a city famous for fevered disagreement: in 91...
  • Hurricane Sandy: Staten Island Survivors

    11/21/2012 7:15:33 PM PST · by Kartographer · 79 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/21/12
    As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend, thousands of families in the northeast face a difficult holiday season. For those still reeling from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, emotions are still raw and futures are uncertain. Reuters photographer Mike Segar visited Staten Island last week, spending time with residents hard-hit by Sandy. He collected not just their portraits but their stories, as they stood amid the wreckage of what had been their homes, businesses, and places of worship. While there was anger and sadness on display, there was also a sense of gratitude for the outpouring of help from afar,...
  • Insolvency looms for NY school districts

    11/21/2012 3:20:01 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 10 replies
    BUFFALO, N.Y. — More than 40 percent of New York school superintendents say they will be unable to balance their budgets within four years if obligations and income continue on the current path, and even more say they won't be able to keep up with student instruction and services mandates. A membership survey by the New York State Council of School Superintendents shows that amid a statewide push for improved student performance, districts are depleting reserve funds and cutting staff and programs to remain afloat, even with increases in state aid. "The challenge school district leaders face is not just...
  • Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone mad: City inspectors hassling heroes who feed Sandy victims

    11/21/2012 9:34:59 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | november 20, 2012
    On Sunday, Eustace and dozens of fellow firefighter volunteers served 800 free hot meals from a steamy Army tent in this hemorrhaging beach community, where there are no longer stores or restaurants, where most people have no gas to cook with, no heat or hot water and no hot food. That afternoon, a freon-blooded inspector from the city’s Department of Health issued Eustace a notice of violation for not meeting the same food-handling standards as, say, the Four Seasons. This is beyond outrageous. This is Emperor Bloomberg’s bureaucracy gone completely mad in a time of death and destruction in the...
  • Lebanon War victims alter game of terror financing

    11/21/2012 8:54:27 AM PST · by ilcenter · 1 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/21/2012 15:33 | YONAH JEREMY BOB
    Terror groups may no longer be able to do transactions in US dollars after a groundbreaking ruling by the highest state court in New York, the New York Court of Appeals, announced Shurat Hadin, the Israel Law Center, on Wednesday. The ruling was issued on Tuesday in favor of victims of Hezbollah rocket attacks from the 2006 Lebanon War and could be a “game changer” in the global financial war on terror financing. Until now, terror financing could avoid scrutiny in the US by making fund transfers through American correspondent banks. A correspondent bank essentially serves as a middle bank...
  • How to Survive Societal Collapse in Suburbia

    11/20/2012 7:39:58 PM PST · by dynachrome · 66 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11-16-12 | KEITH O’BRIEN
    On a clear morning in May, Ron Douglas left his home in exurban Denver, eased into his Toyota pickup truck and drove to a business meeting at a Starbucks. Douglas, a bearded bear of a man, ordered a venti double-chocolate-chip Frappuccino — “the girliest drink ever,” he called it — and then sat down to discuss the future of the growing survivalist industry. The fact that Douglas not only told me where he lives but also invited me to visit him would be considered a huge mistake by many in the prepping world. Revealing your location runs the risk of...
  • Roger Ailes: ‘My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal.’

    11/20/2012 1:29:08 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 19 replies
    TV Newser ^ | Nov. 20, 012 | Chris Ariens
    When Roger Ailes was a kid he used to watch Roy Rogers movies. He used to love the part where “the cattle would all start heading toward the cliff in a stampede. And one poor son-of-a-bitch had to go out there and ride on a horse and ride into the middle of it and try to turn the whole herd.” That’s how the 72-year-old co-founder of Fox News sees himself today. “If someone’s got to go in there and turn the herd at least I’m willing to wade in and try it,” Ailes told TVNewser during a lengthy interview in...
  • NYT Once Again Unaware of Terrorists in Gaza See no terrorists, hear no terrorists

    11/19/2012 6:09:30 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    free beacon ^ | 11/19/12 | staff
    The New York Times once again appears to be unaware of the presence of terrorists in the Gaza Strip. In a new report on developments in the latest round of Israel-Hamas violence, the Times says: On Sunday, Israeli forces attacked two buildings housing local broadcasters and production companies used by foreign outlets. Israeli officials denied targeting journalists, but on Monday Israeli forces again blasted the Al Sharouk block, a multiuse building where many local broadcasters, as well as Sky News of Britain and the channel Al Arabiya, had offices. That attack, which struck a computer shop on the third floor,...
  • Can Mitt Romney Save Hostess?

    11/19/2012 1:19:44 PM PST · by drewh · 57 replies
    Long Island Poltics ^ | Fri, Nov 16, 2012
    Could Mitt Romney save Hostess? Like him or not, if you have ever shopped at a Staples and/or Sports Authority, you have Mitt Romney and his Bain Capital buddies to thank. And now that Mr. Romney is not running — well anything, maybe he can shift his energy towards an endeavor greater than saving the nation from the “looming fiscal cliff” … and rescue my favorite cakes from extinction. Sure President Obama may have saved the auto-industry, but bring back Ho Ho’s, Sno-Balls and Wonder Bread and Virginia, Minnesota & Michigan become easy wins in the next presidential election. Wanna...
  • Is Rush Limbaugh’s Country Gone? (NY Slimes Super Barf Alert)

    11/19/2012 1:07:19 PM PST · by drewh · 39 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 18, 2012, 11:14 pm | By THOMAS B. EDSALL
    The conservative talk show host, who had been an upbeat, if initially doubtful, Romney supporter throughout the campaign, was on a post-election downer: In a country of children where the option is Santa Claus or work, what wins? And say what you want, but Romney did offer a vision of traditional America. In his way, he put forth a great vision of traditional America, and it was rejected. It was rejected in favor of a guy who thinks that those who are working aren’t doing enough to help those who aren’t. And that resonated. Limbaugh echoed a Republican theme that...
  • A Picture Worth $13 Billion?

    11/16/2012 6:18:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 16, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    How do you know when government is broken and rife with incompetence? A good indicator could be when Federally managed workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are lining up for food handed out by an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Sandy. Last week, FEMA shut down its New York centers set up to respond the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy because of… bad weather. This left a disaster aid void that was filled by independent volunteer groups, including Occupy Sandy. Many residents in the region reported feeling abandoned by the Federal helpers sent to aid them....