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  • NYC Wants to Mandate a No-Smoking Ban in Peoples’ Homes

    01/01/2013 12:34:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2012 | Sara Noble
    NYC Mayor Bloomberg is behind a secret cabal of neighborhood spies who run around convincing tenants and landlords to disallow all smoking by tenants, even within their own apartments.The community spy groups get a $10,000 bounty for their efforts. The bounty is coming out of a grant, in other words, our tax money. This is ripe for corruption to say nothing about the whole stealth factor being unethical, sneaky, and communistic. It pits neighbor against neighbor and it demonizes people.But don’t worry, it is for the common good.I’ve never smoked in my life and I don’t like being around cigarettes,...
  • Here come the crazies (Cuomo, Obama, to release more mental patients)

    01/01/2013 10:06:36 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 79 replies
    © Copyright 2013 NYP Holdings, Inc. All rights reserved. ^ | Last Updated: 12:26 AM, January 1, 2013
    The Cuomo administration is preparing to shove thousands of mentally ill New Yorkers out of supervised settings — where they can be forced to take their medication — into far less restrictive, far more dangerous “community housing.” Albany, under pressure from the Obama administration, recently ordered psychiatric facilities not to place any discharged patients in adult homes, where staff can ensure they take their meds. Instead, they’ll be placed in “community housing,” without full-time supervision. This is part of the state’s plan to essentially empty adult homes into community-based “supportive” apartments, leaving up to 6,000 people — including those with...
  • Port Authority cop accused of owning 'Newtown'-style assault rifle

    12/31/2012 4:38:43 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 122 replies
    This gun lover carries a badge. Port Authority cop Jeffrey Haner was busted on possession of two illegal assault weapons, including the same type of Bushmaster rifle used in the Newtown massacre, authorities said. Ramsey, NJ, police said they took a total of 10 weapons from Haner after his wife asked for a temporary restraining order. The 41-year-old cop, who works at the George Washington Bridge and made $175,000 last year, also had eight legal guns, including two handguns, Ramsey police said. But Haner’s .223-caliber Bushmaster and Chinese-made Norinco rifle were fitted with accessories including flash suppressors that made them...
  • Revealing gun permit holders a dumb move

    12/31/2012 12:14:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Naperville Sun (Il) ^ | December 29, 2012 | TIM WEST
    Illinois gun owners will doubtless remember a year and a half ago when the Associated Press used the state of Illinois Freedom of Information Act to try to obtain a list of the holders of Illinois Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) cards. FOID card holders objected mightily, and the Illinois Legislature passed a bill, which Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law, to exempt FOID cards from the freedom of information law and protect the privacy of card holders. Even though, as a news guy, I would of course always like to know everything about everybody, I agreed with FOID card holders...
  • NY Times Opinion Writer: ‘Give Up’ On The ‘Archaic, Idiosyncratic’ And ‘Evil’ Constitution

    12/31/2012 7:28:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 104 replies
    Mediate ^ | 12/31/12 | Noah Rothman
    Georgetown University constitutional law professor Louis Michael Seidman has just about had it with the focus of his 40 years of academic study. As he writes in the New York Times on Monday, it is the Constitution itself which has allowed for the series of legislative follies that finally resulted in the “fiscal cliff.” Seidman says that it is time for Americans to realize what lawmakers have known since the constitution’s inception – it is okay to ignore it. “As the nation teeters at the edge of fiscal chaos, observers are reaching the conclusion that the American system of government...
  • Greenwich Village couple busted with cache of weapons, bombmaking explosives: sources

    12/31/2012 6:48:35 AM PST · by bryan999 · 63 replies
    The privileged daughter of a prominent city doctor, and her boyfriend — a Harvard grad and Occupy Wall Street activist — have been busted for allegedly having a cache of weapons and a bombmaking explosive in their Greenwich Village apartment. Morgan Gliedman — who is nine-months pregnant — and her baby daddy, Aaron Greene, 31, also had instructions on making bombs, including a stack of papers with a cover sheet titled, “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,’’ sources told The Post yesterday. People who know Greene say his political views are “extreme,” the sources said.
  • Beware: 11,000 psychotics on streets (Of New York City)

    12/30/2012 3:37:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/30/2012 | By GARY BUISO
    The city streets are teeming with thousands of mentally ill homeless people capable of psychotic acts of random violence if left untreated, experts warned yesterday. As many as 11,000 of the city’s 33,000 homeless adults have some form of mental illness, said D.J. Jaffe, executive director of the Mental Illness Policy Organization. Of that number, about 3,300 are potentially violent, Jaffe said. “When untreated, they’re capable of horrific acts,” said Jaffe. “The danger is that they’re so sick that they don’t know they’re sick, and their brain is incapable of regulating their own behavior.” He urged New Yorkers to be...
  • NY plaintiff: Gay benefits 'bigger than marriage'

    12/30/2012 2:32:28 PM PST · by bgill · 24 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 30, 2013 | Larry Neumeister
    "I feel like everybody's treating me like a hero. Everybody thinks it takes enormous courage." ... Windsor maintained that the federal government's insistence in the Defense of Marriage Act that a marriage can be only defined as a relationship between a man and a woman meant she was not entitled to a marital deduction on Spyer's estate. That meant, she said, that she owed $363,053 in taxes that she would not have to pay if the law did not unconstitutionally discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
  • Time to Contact Gannett Board For Reaction to Invasion of Privacy to Legal Gun Permit Holders?

    12/29/2012 3:09:11 PM PST · by george76 · 43 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 29, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    On Sunday, liberal New York newspaper The Journal News published the names and addresses of legal permit holders in two counties online and in print. If that wasn’t bad enough, this weekend, the Gannett owned Journal News announced that it will publish more names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits in the New York area. Enough is Enough. Two other outlets have posted names and personal contact info for the employees of this Gannett owned paper. Isn’t it about time the Gannett Board of Directors were contacted for their official reaction to this controversial practice? Do these board members...
  • A Tale of two cities: Homicides plummet in New York, leap in Chicago

    12/29/2012 11:35:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    US News ^ | 12/29/2012 | M. Alex Johnson, NBC News
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was crowing. "The number of murders this year will be lower than any time in recorded city history," Bloomberg said Friday in a statement announcing that homicides in the city this year had fallen to 414 — the fewest since it started keeping such statistics in 1963. About the same time Friday, Chicago police were trying to get the message out that their city hadn't actually recorded its 500th homicide this year, as was being reported. A few hours later, they had to backtrack and acknowledge that, yes, in fact, "the city has seen its...
  • New York newspaper to list more gun permit holders after uproar

    12/29/2012 9:43:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/29/12 | Noreen O'Donnell
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A suburban New York newspaper that sparked an uproar among gun enthusiasts by publishing names and addresses of residents holding pistol permits is now planning to publish even more identities of permit-toting locals. Further names and addresses will be added as they become available to a map originally published on December 24 in the White Plains, New York-based Journal News, the newspaper said. The original map listed thousands of pistol permit holders in suburban Westchester and Rockland counties just north of New York City. Along with an article entitled "The gun owner next door: What you...
  • The WaPo Kerry Endorsement: Curious and Curiouser

    12/29/2012 7:13:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. The editorial staff of the Washington Post, surely meant well. They wanted readers to think that Sen. John Kerry’s vast experience in foreign policy over four decades equips him to serve as Secretary of State in the second Obama administration. The editorial, titled “John Kerry: Well-suited to be Secretary of State,” gets that part right. The natty Mr. Kerry certainly looks the part of a globe-trotting senior U.S. diplomat. As to his qualifications for that role, we’re reminded of Frederick the Great’s response when he was urged to make a less...
  • Murder rate in New York City hits a record low with 414 homicides in 2012

    12/29/2012 12:18:50 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2012 | MATTHEW LYSIAK AND JOE KEMP
    <p>The murder rate in the city plunged to a record low this year — and the number of shootings plummeted to their lowest point in 18 years, officials said.</p> <p>As of Friday, there were 414 homicides investigated since the beginning of the year — about 19% less than the 471 killings reported at the same time in 2011.</p>
  • Blogger publishes names, addresses of newspaper staff after gun-permit database

    12/28/2012 4:30:58 PM PST · by autumnraine · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/28/2012 | Fox News
    <p>A blogger upset with a New York newspaper’s decision to publish an interactive map of local gun permit holders has returned the favor by posting the names and addresses of nearly every employee at the publication.</p> <p>Blogger Christopher Fountain on For What It’s Worth published names, home address and email contact information for Journal News editor Cyndee Royle, publisher Janet Hasson and reporter Dwight Worley, who wrote an article on Sunday to accompany the map that led to widespread criticism aimed at the Lower Hudson Valley newspaper.</p>
  • The Port Authority’s Cloudy Future (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)

    12/28/2012 1:25:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2012 | Nicole Gelinas
    The transportation agency has mortgaged itself to the hilt to rebuild the World Trade Center, leaving few resources for its real mission. New Yorkers have watched One World Trade Center gradually define the downtown skyline. The massive glass-and-steel building should reach its full height and be ready for tenants within 18 months. But to those tenants, One World Trade may come to symbolize not victory over terror but rather their own miserable commutes. Most of the white-collar workers who will stream into the tower depend on subways, buses, tunnels, and bridges to get to Manhattan. And over the past decade,...
  • NYC expects 2012 to have fewest murders on record

    12/28/2012 1:20:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    NEW YORK — The number of murders in New York City is expected to hit a record low this year, and shootings are at their lowest point in at least 18 years, officials said Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly credited police efforts, including the controversial tactic known as stop and frisk, and Bloomberg said the statistics showed "that the safest big city in America is safer." So far, there have been 414 homicides citywide this year, 19 percent less than last year and the fewest since reliable record-keeping for killings began in 1963. The previous low...
  • N.Y. special session on gun laws appears unlikely

    12/28/2012 10:29:54 AM PST · by neverdem
    The Ithaca Journal (N.Y.) | Dec 26, 2012 | Joseph Spector
    Here's the link.
  • Another innocent victim murdered in the subway; Cops hunt woman who shoved man to his death

    12/28/2012 9:15:20 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 54 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 12/27/12 | Matthew Lysiak
    A heavyset Hispanic woman — seen by five witnesses pacing and mumbling to herself — pushes a helpless man in front of an oncoming Flushing-bound No. 7 train in Queens. She was caught on tape while fleeing the crime scene: police. A MAN WAITING for an approaching No. 7 train in Queens died a gruesome death Thursday night when a young woman darted up behind the helpless straphanger and pushed him onto the tracks, police said. The unidentified victim was crushed by the first and second cars of the Flushing-bound train about 8 p.m, as his murderer hustled down the...
  • Video shows suspect fleeing the scene of fatal Queens subway shove (NYers let her escape)

    12/28/2012 8:41:15 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 61 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/28/12 | LARRY CELONA
    A madwoman last night pushed a stranger onto subway tracks in Queens, where he was killed by a train, police and witnesses said. It was the second such nightmare in less than a month. The unsuspecting victim was waiting at the elevated 40th Street station of the 7 line in Sunnyside at 8 p.m. “This lady, she just pushed the guy on the tracks. Then she ran away. I was screaming and closing my eyes,” said witness Tenzing Tegeng, 21, one of five people on the platform. “I knew he was gonna get hit by the train. That’s why I...
  • Ordinary folks losing faith in stocks

    12/27/2012 11:54:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 27, 2012 5:17 PM EST | Bernard Condon
    Andrew Neitlich is the last person you’d expect to be rattled by the stock market. He once worked as a financial analyst picking stocks for a mutual fund. He has huddled with dozens of CEOs in his current career as an executive coach. During the dot-com crash 12 years ago, he kept his wits and did not sell. But he’s selling now. “You have to trust your government. You have to trust other governments. You have to trust Wall Street,” says Neitlich, 47. “And I don’t trust any of these.” Defying decades of investment history, ordinary Americans are selling stocks...