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  • Will Governor Cuomo Hear from the Concerned "Vocal Minority?" (Pro gun rally Albany NY)

    02/09/2013 4:36:07 AM PST · by Leo Carpathian · 10 replies
    Capital District Political Action Network ^ | February 8, 2013 | Garry Perry
    Will Governor Cuomo Hear from the Concerned "Vocal Minority?" Albany, NY- Thousands of concerned New Yorkers from around the state will gather on the West side of the NYS Capitol in Albany on Tuesday, February 12th from 11-2 to voice their concerns over the SAFE Act and support the Second Amendment. This event is being sponsored by many pro-Second Amendment Groups, including turn Albany Upside Down, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), and S.C.O.P.E. Many pro-Second Amendment supporters were offended to hear their concerns marginalized by Governor Cuomo as "a very vocal minority." Organizers are encouraging Governor...
  • Mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis blasts MTA for being insensitive to Asians

    02/08/2013 11:07:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | 5:26 PM, February 7, 2013 | Carl Campanile
    GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis today blasted the MTA of being insensitive to the city’s Asian community by suspending No. 7 weekend train service during Lunar New Year festivities—the most significant Asian holiday of the year. The 7 train runs from Times Square in Manhattan to Flushing in Queens, home of the city’s largest ethnic Chinese and Korean communities. The track work suspends service in Manhattan. “The MTA has no respect for the Asian people. It’s terrible,” Catsimatides said. …
  • Cuomo reacting to SAFE act backlash

    02/08/2013 7:17:16 AM PST · by NY.SS-Bar9 · 15 replies
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  • Jefferson County legislators consider resolution opposing state gun law

    02/07/2013 5:32:02 AM PST · by rochester_veteran · 15 replies
    Watertown Daily Times ^ | FEBRUARY 6, 2013 | DANIEL FLATLEY
    Disappointed with aspects of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gun control bill and frustrated by the manner in which it was passed, Jefferson County legislators are considering drafting a resolution opposing the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. The NY SAFE Act, enacted last month, includes new definitions for and regulations on assault weapons, stronger regulations on ammunition, changes to mental health reporting requirements, statewide recertification of handguns and assault rifles, universal background checks and a mandatory sentence of life without parole for killing a first responder, among other provisions. Modeled after a resolution created by Republican...
  • House...Board finds “substantial reason...” Rep. Owens (D-NY21 ) illegally accepted foreign gifts

    02/06/2013 4:57:29 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:04pm | Posted by William A. Jacobson  
    The Board of the Office of Congressional Ethics  just released findings (with extensive evidentiary supporting documents) that there is “substantial reason to believe” Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY21) violated federal law and House Rules in connection with a trip to Taiwan (emphasis added): NATURE OF THE ALLEGED VIOLATIONS: Representative Bill Owens may have accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan from an impermissible source, resulting in an impermissible gift, in violation of federal law and House Rules. Representative Owens may have accepted payment of travel expenses for an officially connected trip to Taiwan, when that trip was in some part planned,...
  • Syracuse law would restrict employers' use of criminal background checks

    02/06/2013 4:39:43 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    Post Standard ^ | 2.6.13 | Tim Knauss
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Two city councilors today proposed legislation that would make it illegal for any Syracuse employer to ask a job applicant whether he or she has been convicted of a crime -- unless the employer is ready to offer that applicant a job.... By deferring questions about past crimes until after a conditional job offer has been made, the law would give ex-convicts a better chance to impress potential employers, Bey said. “What we’re saying is, allow them an opportunity to demonstrate their talent,’’ he said.... Under the proposed law, an employee from the city’s department of neighborhood...
  • House bill could create new 'national nurse' public health position

    02/06/2013 4:05:46 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 5, 2013 | Pete Kasperowicz
    Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), Pete King (R-N.Y.) and more than two dozen Democrats have introduced legislation that would create a national nurse to work alongside the surgeon general. The National Nurse Act, H.R. 485, would designate the chief nurse officer of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) as the "National Nurse for Public Health." The bill would have the national nurse work alongside the surgeon general and "focus on health promotion, improving healthcare literacy, and reducing health disparities." "As the first registered nurse in Congress, I know from experience how nurses play a critical role in health promotion and...
  • Turkey ma’s shady pals; Hung with bad guys: feds (Drug Mule?)

    02/06/2013 5:21:59 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/6/13 | JOSH MARGOLIN and JEANE MACINTOSH
    FBI agents probing the murder of a Staten Island mom in Turkey said they don’t believe she was there just to take pictures — and said she hung out with a “criminal element” during the solo trip abroad. “There are a lot of open questions that need to be answered,” a source familiar with the ongoing case told The Post. Mother of two Sarai Sierra, 33, was found dead from a ferocious blow to the skull in a seedy area of Istanbul last Saturday after failing to show up for a Jan. 21 flight home to New York. “The first...
  • Court Says New York Times Doesn't Need To Know Exactly Who Owns Guns

    02/05/2013 11:52:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/05/2013 | Kashmir Hill
    In December, a New York newspaper inspired a heated debate about transparency of public records after it published a (somewhat inaccurate) interactive map showing where all the gun owners in its community lived. After much criticism, a few death threats, and some legal concerns, the newspaper pulled the map down. This week, there’s an interesting development in the ongoing saga as to whether we should be able to map-stalk people with guns. A New York appellate court ruled in a different case that the NYPD doesn’t need to provide the New York Times with the addresses of gun owners because...
  • The Unconventional Ted Cruz: He's doing precisely what he promised on the campaign trail.

    02/05/2013 6:37:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/05/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough. In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and...
  • Donor, Citing Fraud, Sues Imam Tied to Mosque Near Ground Zero

    02/05/2013 7:17:54 PM PST · by Lorianne · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05 February 2013 | Sharon Otterman
    The imam and former spiritual leader of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero is accused in a new lawsuit of defrauding donors to his nonprofit organizations of millions of dollars, using the money for personal real estate, lavish trips and a luxury sports car. The suit against the imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, was filed on Monday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan by Robert Leslie Deak, a major donor to the imam’s nonprofit organizations, the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Mr. Deak said in the suit that he donated $167,000 between 2006 and...
  • Flash Mob Mayhem: Violent Groups Of Teens Leave NYC Businesses In Ruins

    02/05/2013 8:06:40 AM PST · by TADSLOS · 167 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Feb 4, 2013 | Staff
      NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Violent, thieving mobs have been making headlines across the country for the past few years, and now they have hit New York City. And Maurice Dubois reported in this CBS 2 investigation, the teen mobs have left neighborhoods worried as businesses take matters into their own hands. Judson Bennett, 78, recently ran into a violent group of teens – often described with the once-benign term “flash mob” – as he made his daily trip to buy a newspaper at his favorite news team. “I’m approaching the newsstand, and then suddenly there is a tremendous force...
  • Man Dressed As Joker Charged With Trespassing At Applebee's

    02/05/2013 7:18:59 AM PST · by Rodamala · 21 replies
    The Post Journal ^ | February 5, 2013 | Eric Tichy
    BUSTI - A Jamestown man dressed as the Joker from the Batman films has been charged following a bizarre incident Sunday at a Lakewood restaurant. The Lakewood-Busti Police Department in a news release said Aaron A. Chase, 24, walked into the Applebee's Restaurant on Fairmount Avenue around 10:45 p.m. Police said Chase was dressed in all black, wearing a green wig and paint on his face similar to the Joker in Batman. Full article here.
  • New York's 'SAFE' Act: The 'Rape' of the Second Amendment

    02/05/2013 12:40:17 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 5, 2013 | Michael Filozof
    In January, the New York State Legislature passed the Orwellian-sounding "SAFE" (Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement) Act. The act was debated in closed session without committee hearings, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed it into law within an hour of its passage -- after waiving the required three-day public comment period. Cuomo bragged that New York now has the "toughest assault weapons ban" in the country but claimed that the law respects the Second Amendment and preserves the rights of "hunters and sportsmen." The former is true; the latter is a bald-faced lie. Even if you do not live in New...
  • Lawyers: NYPD’s Muslim spying violates 1985 pact

    02/04/2013 9:15:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2013 6:26 PM EST | Larry Neumeister and Eileen Sullivan
    Civil rights lawyers urged a judge Monday to stop the New York Police Department from routinely observing Muslims in restaurants, bookstores and mosques, saying the practice violates a landmark 1985 court settlement that restricted the kind of surveillance used against war protesters in the 1960s and 1970s. The city responded by saying it follows the law, but some legal experts say it might be time to look more closely at police practices as the Sept. 11 attacks fade into history. … The civil rights lawyers complained that the NYPD has monitored public places where Muslims eat, shop and worship and...
  • New Shale Formation in West Texas could Dwarf the Bakken

    02/03/2013 8:23:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Oil Price ^ | January 30, 2013 | Charles Kennedy
    The US shale boom has led some to predict that it will overtake Saudi Arabia as world’s largest oil and gas producer by 2020, thanks to the massive reserves found in plays such as the Bakken Shale of North Dakota, the Marcellus Shale in New York, and the Eagle Ford Shale in Texas; even the newly discovered Tuscaloosa Shale formation in Louisiana holds large potential. However there is a new shale formation that has been discovered in West Texas which could dwarf all others being drilled in the US at the moment. The play is known as the Cline Shale...
  • New York City schools handed out 12,721 doses of Plan B last year without parental consent

    02/04/2013 3:09:53 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 4, 2013 | BEN JOHNSON
    NEW YORK, February 4, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York City schools distributed 12,721 doses of the “Morning-After Pill” to students last year, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The 40 school-based “health centers” also performed thousands of injections of long-term contraception and implanted intrauterine devices (IUDs). Under state law, schools do not need to obtain parental consent to dispense the drugs. The $2.7 million program has provided contraceptives to 22,400 teens as young as 14. Last September, the district announced that the city Department of Health had distributed Plan B to 567 teenage girls, and...
  • Western New Yorkers Stand Up for Gun Rights

    02/04/2013 12:13:14 PM PST · by imardmd1 · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 4, 2013 | Jack Cahill
    From Cashill's novel 2006: the Chautauqua Rising, which was published in the year 2000, New York State officials exploit a school shooting to strip state citizens of their constitutional rights. (snip) The gun people came first. By noon, thousands of them were on their way. From all over the East, hell, from all over America, Canada too, they converged on Western New York in pick-ups and SUVs and RVs and who knows what else, many of them bearing the banner, Chautauqua or Bust.
  • Dodge Ram's Paul Harvey ('So God Made a Farmer' 1978 FFA Speech) Wins ADBOWL XLVII

    02/04/2013 1:11:11 PM PST · by drewh · 59 replies
    Radio & Broadcasting ^ | Feb, 4 2013 | By Carl Marcucci
    An iconic radio voice took the cake, as Dodge Ram’s “So God Made a Farmer” spot with Paul Harvey as the voice over was the highest-rated commercial during Super Bowl XLVII according to ADBOWL, the original advertising ranking website for consumers developed in 2002 by McKee Wallwork & Company. It wasn’t flashy or filled with special effects, but Dodge Ram’s Super Bowl spot featuring the late radio broadcaster Paul Harvey’s tribute to U.S. farmers won the hearts and minds of viewers Sunday night. The two-minute spot featured a series of stark photos of farmers at work. Along with a montage...
  • NYC schools hand out 12,721 ‘morning-after’ pills (2011-2012)

    02/04/2013 7:03:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 02/04/2013 | By Jessica Chasmar
    New York City schools are offering young girls a full menu of birth control options, free of parental counsel, thanks to an unpublicized project by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. School nurses handed out 12,721 doses of the Plan B One-Step “morning-after” pill in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, the New York Post reports. Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, was stunned by the report. “I’m in shock,” she said. “What gives the mayor the right to decide, without adequate notice, to give our children drugs that will impact their bodies and their psyches?...
  • How one question changed an undocumented immigrant's fate

    02/03/2013 5:47:41 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 30 replies
    The Post-Standard -Syracuse.com ^ | February 03, 2013 | By Marnie Eisenstadt
    SYRACUSE -- Arely Tomas Orozco hardly ever went out.
  • Hillary Clinton was loyal soldier but no great shakes at policy

    02/03/2013 12:50:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 31 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 3, 2013 | Trudy Rubin
    When Hillary Clinton took office, much of the world had been alienated from the United States by the policies of the Bush administration. Expectations were high that President Obama's team would change the tone, and Clinton delivered. She put a glamorous, smart, politically astute face on American policy. Yet Clinton produced no diplomatic breakthroughs nor any new strategic doctrine. And when it comes to issues of war and peace - in the Mideast, South Asia, and North Asia - she leaves a minimal legacy.In large part, that's because policy-making was tightly controlled by the White House. It's hard to know...
  • New York State Resistance - "... prime for something like that." 1/29/13

    02/03/2013 11:07:12 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | February 1, 2013 | AFMTDR
    "Uphold the Constitution!" "What are the penalties?" "Time to form local militias."
  • Ed Koch Said He Despised Jimmy Carter More Than Any Other Living Person

    02/02/2013 12:02:55 PM PST · by george76 · 44 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 1, 2013 | Walter Hickey
    One of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch's last interviews before his death on Friday came in Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire. The most interesting part of the Q&A came when he was asked who was what living person he "most despise[s]." ... Which living person do you most despise? Former president Jimmy Carter.
  • Bomb Hoaxer: Proud Ithacan

    02/02/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    FingerLakes1.com Local Network ^ | 5:00 PM, Jan 30, 2013 | Raymond Drumsta
    Though the suspected bomb in a box turned out to be a book, an Ithaca man may wind up behind bars for creating a scare last fall on The Commons. Following his arrest in October, Matthew Whitney, 37, told Ithaca Police and FBI investigators that he placed a brown cardboard Nike box marked “Bomb” on The Commons to promote his “free energy cause,” according to court records. The package was found just before 3 p.m. Oct. 11 outside the Bank of America building on The Commons. Ithaca police evacuated The Commons, and several businesses in the downtown area were forced...
  • Non-Compliance Evident at Buffalo vs New York State Q & A Forum

    02/01/2013 7:35:34 PM PST · by little jeremiah · 33 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan 30, 2013 | youtube
    This is the whole meeting (other than what the man with the camera couldn't catch due to full memory), 33 minutes long. It is very energetic and contentious and well worth watching and sharing. These men are angry, outspoken, and not afraid. Here's a link the a 4 minute video of excerpts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU
  • Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

    02/01/2013 6:59:53 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    Anytime a U.S. senator is forced to go on the record to deny liaisons with Dominican prostitutes, it’s probably not a good week for him. That’s what happened to New Jersey’s Bob Menendez (D), who, after the FBI raided the office of a donor with whom he had grown close, unleashed this gem of a statement on Wednesday: “Any allegations of engaging with prostitutes are manufactured by a politically-motivated right-wing blog and are false.” Oof.
  • New York Resistance (unSAFE Act - Video)

    02/01/2013 4:41:14 PM PST · by FreedFromNY · 26 replies
    Great video. Despite reports to the contrary, not all New Yorkers are liberal. And not all are going to go down without a fight. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BTdhVxva5KU
  • Cornell 2nd Amendment experts see issue headed for Supreme Court

    02/01/2013 4:37:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies
    pressconnects.com | Jan 29, 2013 | NA
    Here's the link.
  • Governor Andrew Cuomo Seizes Your Gun Rights Overnight with Secret Deals, Procedural Shortcuts...

    02/01/2013 4:06:29 PM PST · by neverdem · 49 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | January 15, 2013 | NA
    Governor Andrew Cuomo Seizes Your Gun Rights Overnight with Secret Deals, Procedural Shortcuts and Midnight Votes in Albany Public Input Prevented on Gun Control Debate to Advance Agenda and Political Career Governor Andrew Cuomo, in stunningly brazen fashion, took a hatchet to gun rights in New York with lightning speed. By cutting secret deals behind closed doors, eliminating public input and circumventing normal legislative processes, the Governor and state Senate passed sweeping anti-gun measures just before the stroke of midnight yesterday. Within 24 hours, Cuomo had his new gun control laws. Cuomo utilized a rarely-used executive trick, a "message of...
  • Ed Koch’s grave marker is inscribed with journalist Daniel Pearl’s last words

    02/01/2013 9:52:31 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 26 replies
    Poynter ^ | 2/1/13 | Julie Moos
    Former New York City mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88. He plans to be buried in Manhattan, the three-term mayor said in 2008. His headstone and a memorial bench, placed at Trinity Church Cemetery in 2009, evoke his faith and his admiration of a murdered journalist. Koch explained his plans to the Associated Press: The marker will bear the Star of David and a Hebrew prayer, “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.” It also will be inscribed with the last words of journalist Daniel Pearl before he was murdered by...
  • Amish Men Accused of Animal Cruelty Defend Their Actions ("In the Amish it’s acceptable")

    02/01/2013 6:15:09 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 100 replies
    WHAM News, Rochester NY ^ | 1/31 11:40 pm | Reported by: Jane Flasch
    Clyde, N.Y. - Two Amish men from Wayne County are accused of killing a litter of healthy puppies and their mother. “This is simply a case of animal cruelty,” says Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy who intends to charge the pair. The nine dead dogs were discovered in a compost pile and reported to police January 17th. Merlin Schumacher who owns the dogs says he was trying to breed Australian Red Heelers, but when he couldn’t sell the dogs and they became “too big” he asked an employee to shoot them. Jonathan Eicher agreed to put the dogs down....
  • “A deliberate attempt to bypass the Constitutional process” NY Sheriff’s PBA blasts Cuomo,

    02/01/2013 5:31:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    bob-owens.com ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Bob Owens
    In an extraordinary January 24 letter directed at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and top New York state legislators, the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff’s Police Benevolent Association has ripped into New York’s rogue government for the tactics they used to unconstitutionally ram the NY SAFE Act through the state legislature into law, intentionally subverting the democratic process. Read the letter in it’s entirety, and gain an understanding of how insurrections and revolutions start. Dear Governor Cuomo, Senators Klein, Marchíone, Skelos, Stewart-­Cousins, and Chairman Cox: By this correspondence, the Saratoga County Deputy Sheriffs’ Police Benevolent Association (SCDSPBA) would like to announce...
  • Breaking: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dead at 88

    02/01/2013 3:35:10 AM PST · by Zakeet · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 1, 2013
    Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often confrontational mayor who helped to lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, has died. He was 88.
  • Gun group attacks gun control lobbyist who fired assault rifle(In CO Working for Bloomberg)

    01/31/2013 8:47:02 PM PST · by Red Steel · 5 replies
    kdvr ^ | 1:18 pm, January 31, 2013 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER — In the brewing battle over guns and gun laws, even the lobbyists are fair game. Dudley Brown, who directs Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, Colorado’s most strident defenders of gun rights, opposes any and all efforts to expand background checks or ban weapons. And, in a Facebook post published on the group’s site Wednesday, Brown is calling one of the Capitol lobbyists spearheading the charge for gun control a “hypocrite”. Adam Eichberg, who along with Headwaters Strategies partner Will Coyne has signed a contract to represent “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”, the group led by New York City Mayor Michael...
  • DC v. Heller Attorney: NY Gun Law “Clearly Unconstitutional”

    01/31/2013 7:59:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 31, 2013 | Patrick Burke
    Attorney Alan Gura, who successfully represented plaintiff Dick Heller in the Supreme Court case DC v Heller, which struck down a ban on handguns as unconstitutional, said the new gun control law in New York signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is “clearly unconstitutional.” Speaking at a discussion on Jan. 29 at Cornell University Law School, Gura specifically mentioned the law’s seven-round bullet limit for gun magazines as unconstitutional. … Gura added that plaintiff Dick Heller’s gun—which was illegal under the unconstitutional handgun ban in the District of Columbia—would also have been illegal under the New York law because of...
  • Tawana Brawley served with court order to pay man she accused of rape in 1987

    01/31/2013 8:42:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/13 | CHUCK BENNETT
    Infamous hoaxster Tawana Brawley — whose outrageous rape lie 25 years ago inflamed racial tensions nationwide — yesterday was finally slapped with a court order to settle a hefty defamation case against her. “For at least 25 years, she has been living a major lie,” said former Dutchess County prosecutor Steven Pagones, who was falsely accused of raping Brawley in 1987 and finally tracked her down, thanks to The Post. “To me, this has always been about responsibility and accountability,’’ added the former ADA, who won the $190,000 defamation lawsuit against Brawley, 40, now a nurse in Virginia, more than...
  • Dems: Staten Island's Malliotakis using 'immigrant children as scapegoats'

    01/31/2013 6:50:21 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Silive.com ^ | January 30, 2013 at 9:30 PM, updated January 31, 2013 | Tom Wrobleski/Staten Island Advance
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The plight of Hurricane Sandy victims has become a flashpoint in the Albany debate over the DREAM Act. Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn) is taking flak from Democrats for linking taxpayer-funded tuition aid for college-age illegal immigrants with Hurricane Sandy victims. Ms. Malliotakis says that Albany lawmakers should be more focused on helping storm victims than providing taxpayer-funded tuition aid to the children of illegal immigrants. "This should not be the focus of the Assembly or the state Legislature," she said. "There are more pressing issues in the state right now." Among those issues, she said,...
  • Obama's jobs council shutting down Thursday

    01/31/2013 6:35:00 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    FoxNews ^ | January 31, 2013 | Molly Henneberg
    As new weekly jobs numbers emerged Thursday showing a jump in unemployment claims and a report released the previous day showed the economy shrinking in late 2012, President Obama is effectively laying off his jobs council. ... To understand the abysmal nature of our economic recovery, look no further than the president's disinterest in learning lessons from actual job creators," spokesman Brendan Buck said. "Whether ignoring the group or rejecting its recommendations, the president treated his Jobs Council as more of a nuisance than a vehicle to spur job creation ... the council's primary purpose was to create the appearance...
  • Schumer’s False Fire - His analogy is a dreadful one.

    01/31/2013 12:22:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 31, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    With a dreary predictability, Senator Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) shared with yesterday’s Senate hearing his “fire in a theater” argument for gun control. Schumer, as anyone who follows his exploits will be aware, is fond of this line. Adumbrating his opposition to the allegedly pernicious influence of Citizens United, the senator made the underlying point explicit: “I believe there ought to be limits because the First Amendment is not absolute. No amendment is absolute.” In an op-ed on December 23 of last year, he moved his attentions a little farther down the Bill of Rights: “While the First Amendment...
  • POLL: Gov. Cuomo Suffers 15 Point Drop in Approval After Passing New Gun Laws

    01/31/2013 11:21:24 AM PST · by CNSNews.com · 12 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo experienced a sharp drop in approval after pushing through tough new gun laws, according to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac University. Cuomo, who last month had an all-time high job approval of 74 percent, saw that number drop to 59 percent. The Quinnipiac poll also shows: Voters in non-gun homes approve of the governor 68%-19%. Voters in households with a gun disapprove 50%-40%. Thirty-four percent of all voters say the gun-control package signed by Gov. Cuomo this month goes "too far" in restricting gun owners' rights while 30 percent say it does not go far...
  • NYPD Handcuffed 7-Year-Old & Interrogated Him For Hours Over Missing $5, Family Claims

    01/31/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by fractionated · 31 replies
    http://gothamist.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jen Chung
    A fight over $5 between Bronx school children escalated to the point where the police were called and a seven-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and kept in custody for 10 hours, according to the child's family, who is threatening to sue the city for $250 million. When Wilson Reyes' mother Frances Mendez arrived at the 44th Precinct, she was shocked to see her son handcuffed to the wall. Mendez said, "My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized... Imagine how I felt seeing...
  • Political Power Needs to Be Used

    01/31/2013 5:07:12 AM PST · by Phlap · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 01/30/2013
    If ever there were a moment for Democrats to press their political advantage, this is it. Their message on many of the biggest national issues — taxes, guns, education spending, financial regulation — has widespread support, and they have increased their numbers in both houses of Congress. But after years of being out-yelled by strident right-wing ideologues, too many in the Democratic Party still have a case of nerves, afraid of bold action and forthright principles.
  • NY Times says Chinese hacked paper’s computers

    01/30/2013 10:54:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 31, 2013 1:29 AM EST
    The New York Times says Chinese hackers repeatedly penetrated its computer networks over the past four months, stealing reporters’ passwords and hunting for files on an investigation into the wealth amassed by the family of one of China's leaders. … The attacks coincided with a Times’ investigation into how the family and relatives of Premier Wen Jiabao built a fortune worth more than $2 billion. …
  • New York’s Sandy Scorecard

    01/30/2013 9:11:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2013
    What worked, what didn’t, and what the city should do when future storms threaten The storm that tore up New York’s coastlines on Monday, October 29, was no longer a hurricane when it hit land, but a weaker post-tropical cyclone. Nor did Superstorm Sandy, as it came to be called, directly hit the city; it made landfall more than 100 miles south, near Atlantic City, New Jersey. Sandy “wasn’t the big one,” says Nicholas K. Coch, a professor of sedimentology and coastal geology at Queens College. But it was big enough. As New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed out,...
  • A Chilling Effect - N.Y. comptroller trying to force disclosure of political spending by...

    01/30/2013 9:46:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 29, 2013 | Lachlan Markay
    N.Y. comptroller trying to force disclosure of political spending by corporations to cut off funding for conservativesNew York state is quickly becoming ground zero in the fight over free speech and corporate political spending as a top state official with ties to left-wing campaign finance reform groups attempts to pressure private companies into making their political contributions public.New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is the state’s top accountant and is spearheading the campaign, cites the importance of transparency.Observers warn that “shareholder activism” in pursuit of political disclosure represents the first stage of coordinated intimidation campaigns against private companies conducted...
  • New York Congresswoman Leads Opposition to Release of Terrorist Who Killed Israeli Diplomat

    01/30/2013 5:14:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 15 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 1-30-13 | Zach Pontz
    U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) announced Sunday that she has spearheaded a bipartisan letter calling on the French government to cancel plans to release a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of an American and an Israeli diplomat. The letter, which was sent to France’s Ambassador to the United States, urges French officials to stop the release of George Ibrahim Abdallah, the former head of the Lebanese Armed Revolutionary Brigade who was convicted in 1987 of killing an Israeli diplomat and a U.S. military attaché. The U.S. State Department has also expressed its opposition...
  • Repeal NY Safe act petition

    01/30/2013 4:08:56 PM PST · by snarkbait · 4 replies
    Senators website ^ | 1/15/13 | SENATOR KATHLEEN MARCHIONE
    Help Senator Marchione Repeal and Replace Restrictive New Gun Control that Weakens the Second Amendment Constitutional Rights of Law-Abiding New Yorkers! In a vote held in the state Legislature last night – Monday, January 14, 2013 – the Second Amendment Constitutional freedoms of New Yorkers were weakened with passage of restrictive new gun control. I strongly opposed this legislation that was rushed through both houses of our state Legislature without a single public hearing or the proper time to carefully review the bill.
  • CAIR Member Seeks Seat on New York City Council

    01/30/2013 3:46:56 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva, ^ | 1/30/2013 | Elad Benari
    Zead Ramadan, head of the New York branch of Hamas-affiliated CAIR, to run against Jew for seat on New York City Council. ... Ramadan is a Palestinian Authority Arab who was born in Kuwait and immigrated to Washington Heights with his family, including seven siblings, as a kid and quickly assimilated, the report said. He is, among other things, the president of the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), which has a long history of anti-Israel rhetoric, accusing the Jewish state of perpetrating genocide and of being a terrorist state.
  • Modesty in Ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn Is Enforced by Secret Squads

    01/30/2013 4:11:39 AM PST · by KantianBurke · 66 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 30th, 2013 | Joseph Berger
    In the close-knit world of ultra-Orthodox Judaism, community members know the modesty rules as well as Wall Street bankers who show up for work in a Brooks Brothers suit. Women wear long skirts and long-sleeved, high-necked blouses on the street; men do not wear Bermuda shorts in summer. Schools prescribe the color and thickness of girls’ stockings. The rules are spoken and unspoken, enforced by social pressure but also, in ways that some find increasingly disturbing, by the modesty committees. Their power is evident in the fact that of the half dozen women’s clothing stores along Lee Avenue, only one...