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  • The Dot Matrix, Reloaded - How do you ban assault weapons when you can print them?

    01/25/2013 9:06:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 45 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 25, 2013 | Daniel Foster
    Defense Distributed's Cody Wilson Cody Wilson cheerfully describes himself as a crypto-anarchist. “Crypto” modifies “anarchist” in the sense not that it obscures it but that it points to a means: cryptology, code, communication, and technology as the last, best hope for a radical freedom. You meet a few anarchists, crypto and otherwise, hanging around on the fjords and isthmuses of the conservative continent, and like most of them, Cody is young, quick, bright, and vaguely terrifying. Or rather, what’s terrifying isn’t the dude — he’s quite pleasant — but the simultaneous casualness and precision with which he lays out the...
  • STUDENTS WARD OFF HOME INTRUDERS WITH AR-15

    01/25/2013 4:00:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | 1/25/2013 | Hope Hodge
    This week, two students at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York used an assault rifle that may soon be banned by law to frighten away armed burglars who had broken into their home. Local station ABC 13 reports that the students, Christopher Boise and Raymond (no last name given) were awakened in the wee hours Tuesday morning to noises coming from the basement. Boise got up to investigate and found two men, one with a gun pointed at him, at the bottom of the stairs in the lower level of his apartment. Hearing Boises cry of alarm,...
  • 15 Long Island RR Workers Charged In Alleged Copper Theft Scheme

    01/25/2013 10:46:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    CBS New York ^ | January 25, 2013 12:20 PM | (CBSNewYork/AP)
    A New York grand jury has indicted 15 Long Island Rail Road workers and two others accusing them of participating in the theft of copper wiring. The suspects surrendered Friday and said nothing as they turned themselves in to face charges, 1010 WINS Mona Rivera reported. Eight of the defendants pleaded not guilty on Friday morning. The remainder will be arraigned later in the day. Some of the workers accused in the scheme are accused of ripping up old copper wire as it was being replaced in Jamaica, West Islip and Babylon yards and instead of handing it over...
  • Italian tourist busted at posh East Side steakhouse for forgetting wallet (Arrested in NYC)

    01/25/2013 6:58:33 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 66 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/25/13 | KERRY BURKE AND JOE KEMP
    Welcome to New York, pal now go to jail. An Italian tourist spent his second night in the city behind bars after staff at an upscale East Side steakhouse called cops when he claimed he left his wallet at a friends place. Graziano Graziussi, a 43-year-old lawyer from Naples, is a regular at Smith & Wollensky but this time, barely 24 hours into his latest two-week stay in New York, he realized he didnt have his wallet on him when a waiter presented him with the $208 bill Monday night. I forgot my wallet, the clean-cut Graziussi told...
  • $60 Billion Sandy Bill Larded with Pork ( ACORN gets $ 16 Billion ? )

    01/25/2013 6:06:22 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 16 Jan 2013 | Wynton Hall
    Efforts to eliminate pork and offset spending from the Hurricane Sandy relief package failed ... ... Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) offered another amendment that added $33.7 billion ... the Frelinghuysen amendment. According to Patrick Louis Knudsen of the Heritage Foundation: One of the most stunning elements in the amendment is $16 billion for the Community Development Block Grant, a slush fund that states and localities can hand out pretty much anywhere they choose. The amendment contains several pages of language ostensibly aimed at restricting use of the funds, but also says they can be applied to other eligible events in...
  • Norwalk (CT) Rep. Lavielle Wants Wi-Fi On Metro-North Trains

    01/24/2013 2:21:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Norwalk Daily Voice ^ | 01/23/2013 | Vanessa Inzitari
    Metro-North commuters may be able to browse the Internet from their laptops, tablets and other devices using wi-fi as they travel to and from their destinations if state Rep. Gail Lavielle gets her way. Lavielle, R-143rd Districtwhich includes parts of Westport, Wilton and Norwalkproposed a bill that would require Metro-North to provide wi-fi access to passengers. The proposed legislation would also allow a private contractor to provide the service. Our hardworking commuters travel for hours every day on Metro-North, and they want to spend their time productively, Lavielle said in a statement. Commuters have seen a steep spike in their...
  • Linda Riss Pugach, Whose Life Was Ripped From Headlines, Dies at 75

    01/24/2013 2:04:31 PM PST · by EveningStar · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 23, 2013 | Margalit Fox
    She was 22, a sheltered, dark-haired Bronx beauty said to look like Elizabeth Taylor. He was a decade older, a suave lawyer who courted her with flowers, rides in his powder-blue Cadillac and trips to glittering Manhattan nightclubs. He was married, though not to her. Before long, tiring of his unfulfilled promises to divorce his wife, she ended their affair. He hired three men, who threw lye in her face, blinding her, and went to prison for more than a decade. Afterward, she married him.
  • Carolyn McCarthy Makes Impassioned Plea for New Assault Weapons Ban

    01/24/2013 1:36:27 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    politicker.com ^ | January 24, 2013 | Colin Campbell
    Earlier this morning, Democratic lawmakers gathered in Washington D.C. to unveil the Assault Weapons Ban of 2013, which is legislation that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. The press conference announcing the bill featured New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, the legislations House sponsor, as its first speaker. Needless to say, Ms. McCarthywhose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting spree on the Long Island Rail Roadmade it clear it wasnt going to be a speech that stuck to the script. This battle has been a very lonely battle for many, many years, Ms. McCarthy began. You know,...
  • Show of "Assault Rifle" Scares Perps in Gun-Phobic NY (Surprised this got air time!!)

    01/24/2013 12:02:09 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies
    wham1180.com ^ | 1/23/2013 | Evan White
    (13-WHAM, Evan White) Early Tuesday morning, Christopher Boise heard a noise coming from the basement. As he walked toward the source of that noise, the RIT student noticed two men standing in the downstairs portion of his apartment. "They were waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs," said Boise. One of them had a handgun trained on Boise. Read more: http://www.wham1180.com/pages/localnews.html?feed=122742&article=10722226#ixzz2IvO1OFTT
  • RIT Students Accosted By Gunmen In Their Home

    01/24/2013 3:08:47 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 22 replies
    wham13 ^ | 1/23/13 | evan white
    Rochester, N.Y. Early Tuesday morning, Christopher Boise heard a noise coming from the basement. As he walked toward the source of that noise, the RIT student noticed two men standing in the downstairs portion of his apartment. "They were waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs," said Boise. One of them had a handgun trained on Boise. Within moments, Boise screamed. His cries were heard by his roommate, Raymond. "It wasn't like a, 'I stepped by stepped on a piece of glass' kind of scream," Raymond said. "So, I instinctively went to my gun bag." Raymond owns...
  • Dream Act would provide aid to illegal immigrants

    01/22/2013 8:13:11 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    The Legislative Gazette ^ | January 22, 2013 | MICHAEL GORMLEY, AP
    Legislation to provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants is gaining political support in New York a year after the idea withered in Albany and Washington.
  • Cuomos adult-home order is crazy: critics

    01/22/2013 7:38:22 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/22/2013 | Chuck Bennett
    <p>The citys population of mentally deranged street people may explode because of new regulations signed by Gov. Cuomo last week that forbid privately run adult homes from accepting new residents, advocates warned.</p> <p>Hospitals cant discharge to us, said Jeffrey Edelman, who runs adult homes in Queens and The Bronx. Within a week, the hospitals will be starting to get backed up, and they are going to have big problems.</p>
  • Sheriff: Putnam Officials to Talk School Safety This Afternoon (County close to Sandy Hook had SROs)

    01/22/2013 5:42:22 AM PST · by FR_addict · 11 replies
    Southeast-BrewsterPatch ^ | 12/18/2012 | Southeast-BrewsterPatch
    "... By grim coincidence, even as the terrible events were unfolding in Newtown on Friday morning, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team (ERT) happened to be assembled for regular training in Carmel, and team members were at that very moment engaged in a mock scenario of an active-shooter in a school. The ERT is comprised of specially trained and heavily armed officers from the Sheriffs Office and the Carmel and Kent Police Departments. When news broke of the Newtown shooting, the Putnam County ERT commander called Newtown Police and offered to have the ERT respond to the Sandy Hook school,...
  • Sen. Schumer: NRA Fringe Group, Doesn't Represent Average Gun Owners, "Very Extreme"

    01/21/2013 2:35:12 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 57 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1-20-2013 | AWR Hawkins
    In comments made Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a "fringe group" that is "very extreme." Moreover, according to Schumer, the NRA doesn't "represent average gun [owners]." Schumer says that during the 1990s the NRA used their lobbying power to fill background checks with loopholes, thus leading to a situation where "40 percent of all guns sold in American have no [background] check." You'll recall that Obama also used this "40 percent" claim when pushing for more gun control earlier in the week. This claim goes back to a 2011 study by Mayor Michael...
  • Cops Are Outraged That New York's New Magazine Limit Could Apply to Them

    01/21/2013 2:56:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 123 replies
    Reason ^ | Jan. 18, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    In my column this week, I asked why police officers should be allowed to have so-called high-capacity magazines if they have no defensive value. Since "no one needs" to fire more than X number of rounds before reloading (and assuming that "need" should define what people are allowed to possess), why not apply the same limit to everyone? It looks like the New York legislature, which this week reduced the state's magazine limit from 10 rounds to seven, did take an evenhanded approachbut only by accident. According to DNAinfo.com and WABC, the ABC station in New York, legislators were in...
  • (NY Governor) Cuomos extreme abortion bill creates a civil war with Democrats, Catholics

    01/21/2013 4:08:44 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 18, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    ALBANY, January 18, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – By promoting one of the most expansive abortion bills in American history, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has opened a civil war on two fronts: with his church and with elements of his own party. Cuomo is pushing for a massive expansion of access to abortion in the state, including lifting restrictions on third-trimester abortions, allowing non-doctors to perform the procedure, and enshrining a fundamental right to “terminate a pregnancy” in New York state law. Democrats for Life of America deemed the proposed bill “the most sweeping abortion legislation in the nation.” The Democratic...
  • Mr. President, Chicago's gun victims need you now

    01/21/2013 10:16:49 AM PST · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 jan 2013 | Thomas Bevan
    Mr. President, please come to Chicago. In Washington on Wednesday, as you rolled out a slate of gun control measures quickly cobbled together in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, you said, "If there is even one thing we can do to reduce this violence, if there is even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try." If you believe those words, Mr. President, here is a heartfelt suggestion: Come back to your adopted hometown and personally host a summit that grapples seriously with the causes of and crafts meaningful solutions to ...
  • Dream Act would provide aid to illegal immigrants

    01/21/2013 9:35:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 13 replies
    The Record ^ | January 21, 2013 | Michael Gormley
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Legislation to provide financial aid and other assistance to college-bound illegal immigrants is gaining political support in New York a year after the idea withered in Albany and Washington.
  • 60.9% of all smokes in NY go untaxed

    01/21/2013 7:41:12 AM PST · by algernon_garnock · 23 replies
    HotAir ^ | 01-19-2013 | Jazz Shaw
    With all the nonsense thats been going on in the Empire State of late especially the Governors successful gun rantings - Id begun to worry that New York was doomed for mediocrity. But for better or worse, you just cant keep the government of this state down. If we cant lead in freedom, prosperity or employment, we can at least be the capital of piracy. (Cigarette smuggling piracy, that is.) The Midland, Mich.-based Mackinac Center has released smuggling reports in 2006 and 2009, in addition to its most recent report covering 2011. In 2006, the Mackinac Center estimated that...
  • Andrew Cuomo abortion bill outrageous, says Democrats for Life

    01/21/2013 6:49:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/21/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Are there such people as pro-life Democrats? We had a few in Congress a few years back, as I recall, but then they voted for the ObamaCare bill without language that permanently protected taxpayers from funding abortions. Nevertheless, there still seem to be a significant number of Democratic voters who remain pro-life, even if there doesn’t seem to be many Democratic politicians. One group in New York, Democrats for Life of America, is outraged over a new abortion-expansion proposal from Governor Andrew Cuomo in what is already arguably the abortion capital of the nation, which would eliminate parental notification requirements...
  • Sandy auditor let go after criticizing state

    01/20/2013 9:00:44 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Times Union ^ | January 17, 2013 | James M. Odato
    Consultant hired to examine Sandy spending says his report led to dismissal. An independent consultant who examined New York's spending for Superstorm Sandy found what he believes are questionable transactions and practices, including poor oversight of the use of state credit cards, orders for a fleet of SUVs and the purchase of iPads that did not seem necessary for recovery efforts. The consultant, who was expelled by the state after issuing a series of recommendations to improve procurement practices, said it appeared from his examination that government officials bought and rented equipment that should have been stockpiled or lined up...
  • Ex-NYC Mayor Koch hospitalized with fluid buildup

    01/20/2013 2:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 20, 2013 1:36 PM EST
    Former New York Mayor Ed Koch is back in the hospital for the third time in recent months. Spokesman George Arzt says Koch went to the hospital around 10 p.m. Saturday with swollen ankles. He says tests on Sunday showed Koch also has some fluid in his lungs.
  • East Windsor gun store raided after man caught stealing rifle (is this an air rifle?)

    01/20/2013 1:02:50 PM PST · by FR_addict · 33 replies
    EyeWitness News 3 ^ | 1/17/2013 (update | WFSB staff
    East Windsor gun store under fire after man caught stealing rifle EAST WINDSOR, CT (WFSB) - A gun store in East Windsor where at least one of the weapons used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was sold was raided Thursday night. Adam Lanza had two pistols and the AR-15 when he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School Friday morning, and in just a matter of minutes, he fired multiple rounds, killing 20 children and six adults. Before the school shooting, he shot his mother four times. Riverview Gun Sales is the same store where police believe a different man...
  • Governor Cuomo tells Rev. Al Sharpton gun law also honors MLK

    01/20/2013 2:05:47 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | Kerry Wills and Jonathan Lemire
    Gov. Cuomo stood with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem on Saturday to tout the states tough new firearms laws and how they can help neighborhoods plagued by gun violence. Cuomo, in an address to the National Action Network to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day, suggested the gun control legislation was another step on the road to the slain civil rights leaders vision of social justice. We passed new gun laws, and we passed new gun laws on Martin Luther King Day, Cuomo said. Why? Because, its simple enough innocent people have died. How many times as...
  • NY Democrat pleads with Republican not to share document proposing confiscation of guns

    01/20/2013 8:41:27 AM PST · by listenhillary · 42 replies
    The commentator ^ | 1/20/2013 | The commentator
    The State of New York this week passed some of the strictest gun control laws in the United States, effectively outlawing 'assault weapons' and limiting the size of magazines. But if Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin is to be believed, the New York State Democrats would have gone further if they could have. Much, much further. In a video posted to his Facebook page, McLaughlin has shared the information of a 'secret' Democrat proposal not simply to make the purchasing of the crudely monikered 'assault weapons' illegal in New York, but also to engage in a mass confiscation programme, removing Americans'...
  • Governor Cuomo Signs NY Safe Act in Rochester

    01/19/2013 11:04:23 PM PST · by Rabin · 18 replies
    governor.ny ^ | January 16, 2013 | Andrew M. Cuomo - Governor
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today traveled to Rochester to sign the NY SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) that will give New York State the power to keep guns out of the hands of potential, felons and/or, potentially dangerous "mental health patients"... New York will ban any weapon without a magazine, as well as any magazine capable of containing a round. Also require, instant background checks on each round ammunition purchases at the time of sale.. The legislation will allow authorities to track ammunition purchases in real time to alert law enforcement , will closes a private sale...
  • Warren joins Menino push for tougher gun control laws

    01/19/2013 1:33:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | January 18, 2013 | Brian MacQuarrie
    Senator Elizabeth Warren joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Friday to press for stricter gun control and throw her support behind three Senate bills that are expected to be filed next week in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. We owe it to our children to start, Warren said at a news conference at the Parkman House, the city-owned Beacon Hill residence where Menino is convalescing after a lengthy illness. On Dec. 14, a gunman with an assault rifle and two pistols killed 20 first-graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Warren said she will...
  • Dem. Jerrold Nadler: 2 to 4 self-defense shots are enough, hes a jackass period

    01/19/2013 7:13:27 AM PST · by IbJensen · 51 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | January 17th, 2013 | Kevin Collins
    or liberals facts are never really important. Truth to liberals like Democrat New York City Congressman Jerrold Nadler is what he feels it is. Nadler has said: Hunters dont use large ammunition clips, and as far as self- defense, I mean who are you defending yourself against? If youre defending yourself against a robber two or three or four shots should be enoughperiod. Its a safe bet Nadler has never faced an assailant fueled by adrenalin drugs and alcohol. That doesnt matter, of course, since no one will ever challenge Nadler on his supposed knowledge of the danger presented by...
  • Germany creates pile of golden opportunities (repatriated gold)

    01/19/2013 12:48:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 18 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 16 January 2013 | Michael Steen in Frankfurt and Jack Farchy in London
    Germany to shift 54,000 gold bars home ___ High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. Germanys central bank is planning to shift 54,000 gold bars worth 27bn from Paris and New York to its base in Frankfurt, one of the biggest publicly announced shipments of the precious metal on record. Not to make it too easy for anyone planning a series of heists, the Bundesbank declined to say exactly...
  • US representative calls for outlawing 3-D printed gun magazines.

    01/19/2013 12:44:11 PM PST · by carriage_hill · 63 replies
    NBC News Technology ^ | 1/19/13 | Devin Coldewey , NBC News
    U.S. Representative Steve Israel (D-Huntington, N.Y.) plans to propose a ban on creating gun magazines with 3-D printers. The bill is still in the drafting stage, but Israel intends to make sure existing legislation includes consideration for this new kind of homemade firearm. Last month, Rep. Israel proposed to renew the Undetectable Firearms Act, which was adopted in 1988 and will expire in December of this year. Israel suggested that the act, which requires all guns to be detectable by such devices as X-ray machines and metal detectors, is more relevant than ever.
  • Dunham Needs Third Girls Season To Air New Sex Positions (HBO airing basic cable porn)

    01/18/2013 1:09:42 PM PST · by drewh · 37 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | January 18, 2013 | 12:23 | Media Research Center -Katie Yoder
    According to Lena Dunham, HBOs Girls television show needs a third season to explore new sex positions. Writer and actress Lena Dunham appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Thursday to discuss her recent Golden Globe awards earned from her work with Girls. After Stewart questioned Dunham about the latest season of Girls, Dunham admitted she hopes for a new third season: Im already kind of like trying to conceive of some new demented ideas some sexual positions we havent yet covered. Stewart replied, Well, Im 50 so dont tell me what they are. Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/katie-yoder/2013/01/18/dunham-needs-third-girls-season-air-new-sex-positions#ixzz2IMaJ605o
  • New York Mayor Warns Of "Waco-Style Standoff" Over Gun Control Laws (King-R)

    01/18/2013 11:31:15 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 81 replies
    RCP ^ | 18 JAN 13 | staff
    "Most people are law-abiding citizens and may go ahead and sell those or turn those over, but you're going to have a fraction of people that are going to take a stand, and I can just predict a Waco-style standoff in some rural area and it's not going to end well," Gloversville, New York Mayor Dayton King (R) said about New York state's new gun control laws that Gov. Cuomo recently signed into law.
  • Democrats Vote to Exclude Non-Union Construction Workers for Hurricane Sandy Work

    01/18/2013 7:56:13 AM PST · by illiac · 24 replies
    FoxNation ^ | 1/18/13 | Labor Union Report
    A bill that was authored by an Ironworkers union organizer to expand union-only Project Labor Agreementsto include Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstructionpassed the New Jersey Senate on Monday along party lines 23-13. The Ironworkers union organizer who drafted the pro-union bill, Steven Sweeney, also happens to be the president of the New Jersey Senate and recently accused New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of praying for Hurricane Sandy to hit New Jersey. As it turns out, though, unions must be counting their blessing with the New Jerseys Senate passage of S. 2425 which adds to an already-existing discriminatory PLA laws in...
  • What Does It Mean to Say That a Gun Law Is Tough?

    01/17/2013 8:43:08 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    The American ^ | January 16, 2013 | Lee Harris
    Perhaps the best that can be said about the New York gun law is that it is a modern updating of the old principle of apotropaic magic. The state of New York has just passed what has been called the toughest gun control law in the nation, the first such law to go on the books since the Newtown massacre shocked and horrified the nation. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has championed the new law, has virtually dared both other states and the federal government to do something equally tough about gun violence. Tough here is the operative word, as you...
  • Oh, by the way: New York forgot to exempt cops from its new ban on high-capacity magazines (Ooops)

    01/17/2013 8:15:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    Via Mark Levin, here's what happens when Doing Something is more important than knowing what you're doing. You've got a governor here who's facing reelection in 2014 and may well end up being the national frontrunner for his party's nomination in 2016 if Hillary doesn't run. He's feeling political pressure not just from above, in the form of a president who's vowed to drum up Do Something fever among Democrats nationally, but from below in the form of a rich, high-profile nanny-state mayor for whom this is a pet issue. One of his top national rivals is also scrambling to...
  • Andrew Cuomos Brave New 'Roe' (Catholic governor pushes on-demand abortion leg)

    01/17/2013 1:44:17 PM PST · by NYer · 56 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 16, 2013 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is flexing his political muscle to give abortion advocates their biggest state victory in 40 years since Roe v. Wade: a sweeping expansion of abortion law that, if enforced, would put Catholic hospitals and many state-funded ministries out of business. Cuomo’s approval ratings have topped 70% for six straight months, and, with just two years in office, he has already pushed through controversial same-sex “marriage” legislation and the most restrictive gun-control law in the nation. Cuomo, who is Catholic, now is setting his sights on succeeding where governors for the past six...
  • 'Turmoil' For Many Parents As NYC School Bus Drivers Strike

    01/17/2013 10:04:22 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    npr.org ^ | 1/16/13 | MARK MEMMOTT
    It's been a rough morning for many parents and their children in New York City, where about 8,000 school bus drivers and monitors have gone on strike meaning about 152,000 students had to get to school some other way... It's going to be chaotic," New York City school's Chancellor Dennis Walcott tells NY1 as his system and the city head into Day 1 of a strike by school bus drivers. About 152,000 students, one third of them with special needs, rely on the yellow buses to get back and forth to school each day. According to our colleagues at WNYC,the...
  • Shame, Shame On The New York Archdiocese

    01/17/2013 7:03:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Irish Examiner USA ^ | 1-15-13 | Alicia Colon
    I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I'm not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure. I met the affable Cardinal at the 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church but that didn't stop its inner-city school from being targeted. Clearly the archdiocese has abandoned its educational mission for the needy which was established hundreds of years ago. Instead the economic bottom line seems to count more than educating minority children in the neighborhoods with poor performing public schools and few alternatives....
  • Alleged mobsters arrested in investigation into mafia ties to New York's garbage companies

    01/17/2013 6:22:36 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | January 17, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Thirty-two arrests of suspected mobsters or mafia associates were made in dawn raids across New York and New Jersey today as part of an ongoing investigation into mafia control of the private garbage-hauling industry. Suspected members of five key criminal families in the area were arrested, according to ABC News. They said figures known as 'Papa Smurf,' 'Uncle Sonny' and 'Joe Cali' in the criminal underworld had been detained and charged with running an extortion racket. It is the lastest operation in the joint FBI and police investigation investigating illegal ties between waste disposal and the mafia. U.S. Attorney for...
  • Orkin: Chicago the worst city for bed bugs

    01/16/2013 9:36:29 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Tribune ^ | January 15, 2013 | Samantha Bomkamp
    Chicago has moved to the top spot of a list no city wants to be a part of: the most treatments for bed bug infestations. Pest control company Orkin said Tuesday it did more business in Chicago than any other city last year. Chicago had been second on the list in 2011 behind Cincinnati. ... Chicago in 2012 was ranked just ahead of Detroit, Los Angeles and Denver
  • Brett Baier's All Star Panel Comments on NRA ad

    01/16/2013 5:07:22 PM PST · by FR_addict · 163 replies
    Fox News Brett Bair Special Report ^ | 1/16/2013 | Brett Baier
    FoxNews Bret Baiers All Star panel, Charles Krauthammer, Juan Williams, and Steve Hayes, all called the NRA ad a mistake, vile and repugnant. I guess they all believe that the elite should have armed protection for their children, but not for ours. Krauthammer even went so far as to say, of course the President's children should be protected because of who the President is and out kids don't need that type of protection. What about kids of policemen, judges, FBI, ATF, correctional officers, etc? Their children may be targets because of who their parents are. Don't they deserve armed protection...
  • Petition Urging Repeal of New York's Gun Law Gets 40,000 Signatures In One Day

    01/16/2013 3:35:25 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 11 replies
    Yesterday we reported on only two Republican state Senators here in New York having the courage to stand up against Governor Cuomo's political gun grab legislation. One of those Senators, Kathy Marchione, had started a petition on her website in an attempt to demonstrate "strong public support for preserving our Constitutional freedoms". The support is indeed strong, with reports indicating that signatures are being placed on the petition at a clip of over 1,300 per hour. Since yesterday, the petition - found here - has received over 40,000 signatures in total. Marchione posted this on Facebook earlier this afternoon: "40,402....
  • Lena Dunham Wont Get Married Until Gay Marriage Is Legalized (Obama Virgin Voter Girl)

    01/16/2013 3:19:40 PM PST · by drewh · 50 replies
    Discover Inquisitr With Your Friends Explore news, videos, and much more based on what your friends are reading and watching. Publish your own activity and retain full control. To get started, first Login With FB Lena Dunham Wont Get Married Until Gay Marriage Is Legalized Posted: January 14, 2013 Girls Looks like Lena Dunham is on her way to being a huge advocate to the LGBT community, or at least get major props for what she had to say last night at the Golden Globes. It was a huge night for the series creator, writer, actress, and executive producer of...
  • Thirty-Two Individuals Charged in Manhattan Federal Court

    01/16/2013 12:13:39 PM PST · by RitchieAprile · 4 replies
    FBI ^ | January 16, 2013 | U.S. Attorneys Office Southern District of New York
    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York; George C. Venizelos, the Assistant Director in Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and George N. Longworth, the Commissioner of the Westchester County Police Department, today announced the unsealing of charges against 32 individuals as part of a multi-year investigation into organized crimes alleged continuing control of large aspects of the commercial waste-hauling industry in the greater New York City metropolitan area and in parts of New Jersey. The main indictment charges 12 defendants under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt...
  • Constitutional Analysis of the Cuomo Gun Ban

    01/16/2013 5:47:10 AM PST · by wredlich · 25 replies
    Stop Wasting Money ^ | 1/15/2013 | Warren Redlich
    NY Governor Andrew Cuomo's so-called SAFE Act (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act) is unconstitutional. The law explicitly goes after "military-style" firearms while purporting to protect hunting and sporting purposes. The Second Amendment is not about hunting and sporting uses of arms. Despite all the disputes about the phrasing, there can't be any question that it refers to "militia" and "the security of a free state." Neither of these has anything to do with hunting or sports. The key language in the ban shows that the legislative intent is to discriminate against "military-style" features, and favoring (in a relative sense)...
  • Boycott State of New York, pull money out of Wall St, cancel trips, don't buy anything made NY.

    01/15/2013 10:18:12 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 48 replies
    If the gunowners in this country simultaneously pulled money out of NY Stock market, cancelled trips to New York, refused to buy products manufactured in New York it would affect Bloomturd, Cuomo, Sliver and the rest of the Constitution burners in that wretched state. The following listing includes the most prominent national corporations that have lent their corporate support to gun control initiatives or taken position supporting gun control. Courtesy of the NRA-ILA & SCOPE Misinformed Moms March Sponsors They removed their page: http://www.millionmommarch.com/html/march2000/sponsors.html, but we saved the list. A & M Records Al Cafaro, Chrm. & CEO 595...
  • Gun buyers racing new law - Purchasers load up on weapons, ammo in hours before state bill signed

    01/15/2013 11:59:48 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Mark McGuire
    MALTA The sign at Zack's Sports says store hours are 11-8, but the doors were opened on Tuesday well before that. By 11 a.m., customers could barely navigate the store packed with people. A dozen deep lined up for the register, while the parked cars along Route 9 extended 100 yards in each direction from the filled parking lot near Round Lake. "You will have to wait," a man behind the counter told a customer. "I ran out of toner." By 11:15 a.m., a tide of customers swamped the front vestibule. By lunchtime a line snaked 10-deep outside into...
  • New gun law offers reply to mass killings

    01/15/2013 10:05:42 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    timesunion.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Casey Seiler
    ALBANY "We are fighting back," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said before signing a sweeping gun control bill at the Capitol just an hour after the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act was approved by the state Assembly. The measure expands the definition of banned assault weapons, creates a state database for pistol permits, reduces the maximum number of rounds in a magazine and requires background checks on all gun sales, including those between individuals. "You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense," Cuomo said Tuesday afternoon in the Red Room, which was filled with...
  • Many Upset over New York Gun Law

    01/15/2013 9:58:20 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    wkbw.com ^ | January 15, 2013
    BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The passage of the NY SAFE Act into law Tuesday has caused a stir for many New York residents. "The people who woke up this morning and found out some of the weapons they have or some of the magazines they have are now illegal," said Rus Thompson of TEA NY, a local grass-roots group focused on the Constitution and limited government. Many say the new law, which enacts some of the harshest gun restrictions in country, is an infringement on the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. A right that allows and encourages law-abiding Americans...
  • Therapists worry NY gun law may hinder therapy

    01/15/2013 9:26:50 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 24 replies
    9wsyr.com ^ | December 15, 2013
    <p>Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The goal of a new statewide database in New York is to keep guns out of the hands of unstable people.</p> <p>Mental health professionals are supposed to report patients who are considered a threat to themselves or others. Family therapist Theressa McMorris worries good intentions may be too broad since several of her clients could be considered temporarily suicidal.</p>