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  • SWAT officer attracts ridicule after he’s pictured with his rifle sight on backwards

    03/16/2013 12:35:50 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 16, 2013 | DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    A SWAT team in upstate New York is being mocked as an example of the difference between military and police training after an officer was captured peering through a backwards sight on his combat rifle. As users on the military Reddit were quick to point out when the image was posted, the reverse sight makes it effectively useless. Users mocked the SWAT officers training and some went so far as to question the motives of some of the men serving in local law enforcement.
  • Woman killed, child raped in NY mall carjacking

    03/15/2013 7:33:17 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 74 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 15 March 2013 | By GEORGE M. WALSH | Associated Press
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A man previously charged with having child pornography cut an electronic monitoring device off his ankle before carjacking a woman, fatally stabbing her and raping her 10-year-old daughter, authorities said. David J. Renz abducted the school librarian and her daughter as they left a gymnastics class at a mall in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, about 150 miles west of Albany, on Thursday night, state police said Friday. Renz bound both victims, raped the girl and drove a short distance to a spot where the girl escaped and was found by a passing motorist, troopers said....
  • New York-based Muslim extremist group demands court halt publication of book

    03/15/2013 5:59:51 PM PDT · by wesagain · 25 replies
    Act for America.com ^ | Feb 25, 2013 | Brigette Gabriel
    The Muslims of America based in Hancock, Delaware County, is suing Martin Mawyer and his Christian Action Network for $3 million in federal court in Syracuse, seeking to halt the continued publication of his book, ‘Twilight in America’ – the Untold Story of Islamic Training Camps in America.” Syracuse.com (h/t Andrea K) The book takes aim at Muslims of America with false claims that have put the group’s members in fear of violent attacks from Mawyer’s followers, the lawsuit said. The co-author of the book, Patti Pierucci, is also named as a defendant. The Christian Action Network isn’t the only...
  • Jailed cop killer slinging threats and gang signs

    03/15/2013 4:41:57 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/15/13 | John Marzulli
    'Not a model prisoner,' says attorney of Ronell Wilson COP KILLER Ronell Wilson has been misbehaving in the Brooklyn jail where he's awaiting re-sentencing for killing two undercover NYPD detectives. “He is not a model prisoner,” Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Celia Cohen said Thursday. Wilson is being kept in solitary confinement because he's under “criminal investigation” by the Bureau of Prisons and another law enforcement agency, Cohen told Judge Nicholas Garaufis. Earlier this month, “a force team” at the Metropolitan Detention Center removed Wilson from a rec area after he refused to budge. He also was “threatening the staff, yelling...
  • Dow’s winning streak ends; dollar falls

    03/15/2013 2:13:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:52pm EDT | Richard Leong
    Wall Street stocks fell on Friday as a drop in JPMorgan Chase led to the end of Dow Jones industrial average’s 10-day rally, while the dollar retreated from a seven-month high despite more signs the U.S. economy is strengthening. With the pullback in U.S. stock prices, the broader Standard & Poor’s 500 index .SPX failed to make another run to break its all-time closing high, while European shares retreated from 4˝-year highs. Investors shifted some money into safe-haven gold and U.S. and German government debt ahead of the weekend. … The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI ended down 25.03 points,...
  • Woman killed, child raped in NY mall carjacking

    03/15/2013 2:12:56 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15 2013 | GEORGE M. WALSH
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York man previously charged with having child pornography cut an electronic monitoring device off his ankle before carjacking a woman, fatally stabbing her and raping her 10-year-old daughter, authorities said. David J. Renz, 29, abducted a school librarian and her daughter as they left a gymnastics class at a mall in the Syracuse suburb of Clay at about 9 p.m. Thursday, state police said Friday. Troopers said he bound both victims, raped the child and drove a short distance to a spot where the girl managed to escape and was found by a...
  • 5th Night of Protests Planned in Brooklyn for Kimani Gray

    03/15/2013 1:02:28 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 38 replies
    Demonstrators planned to protest in Brooklyn for a fifth night Friday against the fatal police shooting of a teenage boy, who officers claim had a gun when he was killed. No major clashes were reported on the fourth night of demonstrations Thursday in East Flatbush, after protests earlier in the week resulted in arrests, looting and minor scuffles with officers. Carol Gray spoke publicly for the first time Thursday, choking up as she talked about her son, Kimani Gray, who was killed Saturday in a confrontation with police. Police have said the boy had a gun, but his supporters dispute...
  • Schumer’s Transfer Tyranny “Protecting Responsible Gun Sellers Act of 2013”

    03/15/2013 7:21:16 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 35 replies
    National Review ^ | Mar. 14, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    S. 374 represents a direct blow to Americans’ right to keep and bear arms without excessive government interference. The bill holds that any “transfer” of a firearm must be conducted via a middleman (in practice, a law-enforcement officer or the holder of a Federal Firearms License) and that a transferee is obliged to submit to a check under the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System. There are good-faith arguments in favor of and against this provision. But Chuck Schumer has narrowed the definition of “transfer” so strictly as to make his proposition absurd. If, for example, a gun owner...
  • Councilman urges residents to channel anger on 4th night of Brooklyn unrest (Shorten)

    03/15/2013 5:53:48 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 71 replies
    PIX 11 ^ | 3/15/13 | by Jay Dow
    For the fourth consecutive night residents, police officers, and news crews converged on East Flatbush Brooklyn Thursday to take part, respond to, and report the outrage over the fatal police shooting of 16-year old Kimani Gray. Carol Gray told Pix11, “He’s not the public’s angel. But he’s my baby. And he was slaughtered. And I want to know why. Even after the first shot, second bullet, why third bullet, why fourth bullet, why?” Gray’s mother seemed to acknowledge the negative characterizations of her son now swirling in the media. Statements made by the NYPD that Gray was armed, his gun...
  • TV-smashing, rock hurling 'candlelight vigil'

    03/15/2013 5:05:26 AM PDT · by Anila · 25 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 03/12/13 | Colin Flaherty
    Kiki Gray would never point a gun at a cop, said his family and friends. He was a “good boy.” Kiki would never even carry a gun. But if he did point it at two plain clothes cops in Brooklyn last Saturday night, Kiki would not have shot them. After all, Kiki was only 16 years old and he was a “some mother’s son.” The videos show a different picture of Kiki. A violent, lawless Kiki that perhaps his family and friends did not know. More on that in a minute. First the killing, then the riot that followed Kiki’s...
  • [NY] Attorney General challenges NFL

    03/14/2013 12:27:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 14, 2013
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman urged the NFL on Thursday to investigate whether possible draft picks were improperly asked about their sexual orientation during the league's combine, which he said would be illegal in New York. "We ask that the league immediately issue a statement that any form of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sexual orientation by league teams or players against potential recruits or players constitutes a violation of state, local and, in some cases, contractor law and will not be tolerated," Schneiderman said in a letter dated Thursday and released to news...
  • TSA sells your confiscated items

    03/14/2013 9:11:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Tucson News Now ^ | Mar 13, 2013 | Jackie Kent
    According to TSA, an average of 425 pounds of "stuff" is turned over at some of the nation's largest airports, and TSA sends it to states to make a profit. ... Pennsylvania, specifically, is turning the collected items into a profit. They have one of the largest receiving centers, which holds boxes and buckets of your personal belongings from major airports, including Laguardia, JFK and Newark. Over the past nine years, they have sold knives and other paraphenalia for nearly $900,000. Some items are sold at a government surplus store. Ten pounds of assorted black knives can be worth an...
  • 3rd straight night of rioting in Brooklyn (Over young man shot by police)

    03/14/2013 7:37:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/14/2013 | Rick Moran
    An incident involving a teenager who was shot by police after he pointed a .38 at them has enraged Brooklynites and caused three straight nights of rioting. From NY Daily News: At least 46 demonstrators were arrested along Church Ave. in East Flatbush. Police struggled to control a hostile crowd that broke away from a planned peaceful vigil for Kimani (Kiki) Gray, 16, killed by police on Saturday night. Gray's sister Mahnefeh was among those arrested. A police officer suffered a gash in the face when a tossed brick hit him, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said, and a window was...
  • To Speak of Woe That Is in Teen Pregnancy - Mayor Bloomberg dares do it, with predictable backlash

    03/13/2013 8:33:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    City Journal ^ | 11 March 2013 | HEATHER MAC DONALD
    New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has drawn the ire of the poverty-industrial complex for launching a gutsy ad campaign against teen pregnancy. Posters in thousands of bus shelters and subways show tiny tots bewailing the bad news about teen pregnancy. “Because you had me as a teen,” cries one, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school.” Other stressed-out toddlers warn of the financial burdens their unwed mothers will face and the near certainty that their fathers won’t stick around. One little sage identifies the simplest way to avoid poverty: graduate from high school, get a job, and...
  • Posters on Teenage Pregnancy Draw Fire

    03/13/2013 7:28:00 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2013 | Kate Taylor
    The curly-haired baby looks out from the poster with sad eyes and tears dripping down his tawny cheeks. “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen,” the text next to his head reads. In another poster, a dark-skinned little girl casts her eyes to the sky and says, “Honestly Mom ... chances are he won’t stay with you. What happens to me?”
  • JUDGE BLOCKS BLOOMBERG'S SODA BAN — Calls It 'Arbitrary And Capricious'

    03/11/2013 1:38:49 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-11-2013 | Kim Bhasin
    JUDGE BLOCKS BLOOMBERG'S SODA BAN — Calls It 'Arbitrary And Capricious' Kim BhasinMarch 11,2013 A judge has invalidated New York City's ban on large sodas, which was supposed to go into effect tomorrow, saying that the limits on sugary drinks are invalid, according to CNBC. The New York City Mayor's Office said it would appeal the decision "as soon as possible" in a tweet shortly after the ruling came down. Bloomberg's new sugary drink regulations, which were supposed to go in effect Tuesday, are "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences," New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling wrote. "It is...
  • New Gun Law Facing Court Hearing (NY)

    03/13/2013 6:03:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    WENY-TV NEWS ^ | March 13, 2013 | NA
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state judge is scheduled to hear arguments challenging New York's tough new gun law by more than 1,000 plaintiffs who claim it violates the state constitution because it was passed too quickly and restricts the guns of its citizen militia. Robert Schulz, who's helping lead the effort, wants a preliminary injunction from Justice Thomas McNamara to stop further implementation of the law...
  • Officials Plead Guilty in New York Voter Fraud Case

    03/13/2013 3:12:46 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    fox ^ | 3-13-13 | Eric Shawn
    a total of four Democratic officials and political operatives have now pleaded guilty to voter fraud-related felony charges in an alleged scheme to steal a New York election. The latest guilty pleas expose the ease with which political insiders can apparently manipulate the electoral system and throw an election their way, by the forging of signatures of unsuspecting voters that are then cast as real votes.
  • Charlie Rangel Goes off the Liberal Plantation

    03/13/2013 4:58:27 PM PDT · by wesagain · 18 replies
    GodFatherPolitics.com ^ | Mar 12, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    New York Congressman Charlie Rangel was asked by MSNBC anchor and openly homosexual Thomas Roberts what he thought about the next Pope and the direction of the Catholic Church. Here was Rangel’s response: “I hope they stick by their guns on same-sex marriage and telling a woman what she should do with her body.” Wow! Where has Charlie been all these years? Let’s see if the Gaystapo go after him to force an apology out of him. It doesn’t take them long to hunt down anyone who utters a word against their so-called lifestyle choice. Liberals will attack Rangel by...
  • Shooting in Herkimer, New York kills four.

    03/13/2013 3:22:11 PM PDT · by karatemom · 37 replies
    SWAT teams have moved in on a jewelry store in upstate New York where a man accused of killing four people and wounding two others is in hiding. The Herkimer Police Department confirmed that the suspect fired shots at police officers. A black armored vehicle and a track-driven robot with a camera on top rolled up in front of Glory Days Food and Spirits in the village of Herkimer on Wednesday afternoon as officers surrounded blocks of shops topped with apartments Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/03/13/4-dead-2-injured-in-upstate-new-york-shooting-spree-manhunt-underway/#ixzz2NSeTnWRz
  • Four NY Democrats Sentenced to Community Service, Jail Time For Role in Voter Fraud Case

    03/13/2013 2:33:07 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 33 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 03/13/2013
    Four Democrats involved in an upstate New York voter fraud scandal were sentenced yesterday for their respective roles, receiving punishments ranging from hundreds of hours of community service, to jail time. The group consisted of a former city clerk, an ex-City Councilman, a Democrat operative, and a Committeeman who a year ago had declared ballot forgery in upstate New York to be “a normal political tactic“. Those sentenced yesterday were cooperating witnesses in a scheme which saw dozens of voters testify that absentee ballots had been submitted in their names during the 2009 Working Families Party (WFP) primary. Securing the...
  • Piers Morgan: People Need Dictators and Slave Masters “Occasionally”

    03/13/2013 10:56:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 13, 2013 | Gary DeMar
    Piers Morgan and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s want to be dictators and slave masters. Regulating a person’s diet is the regulation of a person’s life. Here was Morgan’s response to a guest who disagreed with him on sugary drink control:“I think people need [these types of laws] occasionally, particularly on issues like smoking, drinking, guzzling sodas too big for them, you know, eating 16 Big Macs a day, whatever it may be, the reality is we all need a bit of nannying about that. That’s why so many people are on diets. That’s a form of nanny state.”When governments...
  • New York's Retirees and Veterans Stand to Lose $8.5 Billion with Chained CPI

    03/13/2013 9:51:11 AM PDT · by saywhatagain · 10 replies
    Heraldonline.com ^ | March 13, 2013 | By AARP New York State
    As President Obama heads to Capitol Hill to push his deficit reduction plan, AARP is urging the New York congressional delegation to oppose the so-called 'chained CPI,' which would make significant cuts to Social Security and veterans benefits in New York according to a new analysis based on data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
  • Disabled 13-year-old Brooklyn girl hurled off moving bus by bully

    03/13/2013 9:02:25 AM PDT · by Sopater · 89 replies
    Daily News ^ | March 13, 2013
    A bully tossed a disabled girl out of the back door of a moving school bus and straight into the path of oncoming traffic — an attack that easily could have ended in death. Two matrons were on the bus dealing with a ruckus, but neither was able to protect Amore-Virginia Peterson, 13, on Friday. She said that when she slammed into the pavement she thought she “was going to die” — but she managed to scramble out of the road before she was hit by the cars bearing down on her. The bipolar sixth-grader suffered a broken collarbone and...
  • “People can be convicted for thoughts”: ‘Cannibal cop’ attorney says decision will be appealed

    03/13/2013 7:48:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    PIX 11 ^ | 03/13/2013 | James Ford
    His online fantasies to kidnap, sexually torture, cook and eat women were more than just gory make believe. That’s what a jury concluded in its guilty verdict against so-called Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle that left him, his lead attorney and his family in tears. “I’m shocked!” was the terse reaction from the mother of Patrol Officer Valle as she ran out of the federal courthouse on Centre Street. Her outburst came minutes after the jury of six men and six women concluded that her son was guilty on the two charges he faced: conspiracy to kidnap and accessing a federal...
  • Democratic Congressman: ‘Capitalism By Itself Is Not What American Values Are All About’

    03/12/2013 1:16:39 PM PDT · by pacificpundit · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3/12/13 | Noah Rothman
    Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) took a swipe at American capitalism on Tuesday amid a discussion with MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts about the Catholic Church’s ongoing conclave to determine who will be the next Pope. Rangel declared that the church needs a new pontiff in order to continue their global charitable works and that Americans support that charity because Americans do not value “capitalism by itself.”
  • Cleanup in aisle 1: Teen's ‘mourners’ trash Brooklyn shops

    03/12/2013 1:09:09 PM PDT · by massmike · 32 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 03/12/2013 | KEVIN SHEEHAN, KEN GARGER and JAMIE SCHRAM
    A vigil for a teenager fatally shot by cops turned into a riot in Brooklyn last night, as a mob of outraged thugs ransacked stores, broke car windows and assaulted residents in East Flatbush. The chaos erupted after about 200 people gathered to mourn 16-year-old Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a reputed Bloods gang member who was shot after pulling a gun on police Saturday. The teen had a rap sheet that included four prior arrests, including on charges of grand larceny and possession of stolen property. Gray was a ranking member of the Bloods gang, a law-enforcement source said, and his...
  • NYC Attorney Asks Judge To Ban Jews From Accused Terrorist’s Jury

    03/12/2013 11:48:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    CBS New York ^ | March 11, 2013 7:56 PM
    A New York attorney is taking the complicated process of picking a jury to a new extreme. He represents a suspected terrorist and asked a judge to keep Jews off the panel. Inside Brooklyn Federal Court, attorney Frederick Cohn told Judge Eric Vitaliano, “I’m not wild about having Jews on the jury in this case,” CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported. Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, a Muslim, is charged with making false statements in connection with a terrorism offense. His attorney told the court he didn’t believe his client could get a fair trial if Jews are on the jury. … For...
  • Veterans Affairs will not follow a provision in New York’s gun law

    03/12/2013 11:03:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    WWTI, ABC 50, Watertown NY ^ | March 12, 2013 9:36 AM | Nathan Lehman
    The federal Department of Veterans Affairs says it won’t follow a provision of New York’s gun law which would require them to report the names of patients they believe may be a danger to themselves or others. …
  • Mississippi comes to defense of large sodas with ‘anti-Bloomberg’ bill

    03/12/2013 10:13:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 12, 2013 at 11:44 am | Sarah Kliff
    A New York judge isn’t the only one taking aim at New York City’s ban on large, sugary drinks. In a move to prevent such regulations from taking hold elsewhere, Mississippi legislators have passed an “anti-Bloomberg bill” that bars counties from passing and enacting laws that require calorie counts to be posted or caps the size of beverages or foods. You can read it here. The legislation is now on Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk and NPR reports that he is expected to sign it. Mississippi, it’s worth noting here, already has the highest obesity rate in the country. …
  • Approval Rating: Obama drops 10% in one month. In… New York?

    03/12/2013 7:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2013 | Jazz Shaw
    What with the recent changes to various regulatory aspects regarding the lives of American citizens I was expecting a bit of backlash against President Obama, but I certainly didn’t see this coming. President Barack Obama’s approval rating in New York fell precipitously in the past month, according to a poll released Monday, and three-fifths of the state’s registered voters now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.Obama’s approval rating remains high in New York, at 56 percent, with 41 percent disapproving, according to the Siena College poll.But the president’s approval rating was at 66 percent last month, with...
  • 'Fortune' Editor Boosts Nanny Bloomberg: 'Sometimes You Have To Take People By The Hand'

    03/12/2013 6:50:20 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    You'd think someone who works for "Fortune" magazine would have more have more respect for free people and free markets. But on Morning Joe, today, there was "Fortune" editor Leigh Gallagher boosting Michael Bloomberg's nanny state. Gallagher approvingly quoted Mayor Mike to the effect "sometimes you have to do not what people want you to do. You have to take people by the hand and lead them." Gallagher also, incredibly, confused the ability of entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs to offer products that people, exercising their free will, find appealing with the ability of politicians to use the force of law...
  • Billionaire John Paulson may be eyeing move to Puerto Rico to pay lower taxes: report

    03/12/2013 6:04:36 AM PDT · by cll · 24 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/11/2013 | Erik Ortiz
    Could big-money billionaire John Paulson be ready to bolt from New York and into a palatial Puerto Rico penthouse in the name of lower taxes? A Bloomberg News report says the Queens-born hedge fund heavyweight — worth $11.2 billion — has looked at property in the wealthy Condado neighborhood of San Juan. The $5 million penthouse he reportedly eyed is 8,379 square feet, occupies three floors and includes six underground parking spaces, according to the Trillion Realty Group listing. ~ snip ~ Paulson’s potential move to the commonwealth would save the 57-year-old from paying tax gains on the $9.5 billion...
  • Mayor Vows To Press On After NYC Soda Rule Nixed

    03/12/2013 5:25:39 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/ ^ | March 12, 2013 | Jennifer Peltz
    NEW YORK (AP) - Eateries from corner delis to movie concession stands have gotten a last-minute reprieve from the nation’s first ban on big sugary drinks. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging them to shrink their cups and bottles, anyway.
  • Two people related to Fort Hood shooting speak in Rochester ( Hasan )

    03/11/2013 10:14:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    whec tv ^ | 03/11/2013
    Kerry Cahill and Nader Hasan spoke at the University of Rochester as part of the season for nonviolence. Nadar Hasan's cousin, Nidal, is the accused shooter. ... The two are scheduled to speak to high students at Nazareth College Tuesday.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs: We Will Not Comply With New York’s Gun Law

    03/11/2013 5:15:34 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 3 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 03/11/2013
    Citing a pesky little thing known as the Constitution of the United States, the Department of Veterans Affairs has vowed that they will not comply with a provision in the New York SAFE Act that requires doctors to alert authorities to people they deem “likely” to pose a threat. Via New York World: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said it will not comply with New York State’s new law requiring mental health providers to report potentially dangerous individuals to state authorities. The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act, the sweeping gun-control law that goes into effect this week,...
  • Mayor Bloomberg: "We're Not Banning Anything; It's Called Portion Control"

    03/11/2013 1:25:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 93 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/blog/ ^ | March 11, 2013 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the large soda ban set to go into effect this month at city restaurants, street vendors and movie theaters is how government tells the public what’s in their best interest. “We're not banning anything. It's called portion control,” Bloomberg said Sunday on CBS’s "Face the Nation." “It's a typical way that companies use to and governments use to explain to people what's in their interest and what isn't.”
  • Judge Halts New York City Soda Ban

    03/11/2013 12:41:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 106 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March11 , 2013 | MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL
    <p>A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.</p>
  • What, this? Kin say teen killed by cops owned no gun

    03/11/2013 9:32:26 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 41 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 11, 2013 | REUVEN FENTON and KIRSTAN CONLEY
    <p>Distraught relatives of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy shot dead by cops claimed yesterday that the teenager didn’t own a gun and they’re “skeptical” about the cops’ version of how the incident went down.</p> <p>“He got shot six times, and the police didn’t get shot once,” fumed great-aunt Brenda Nunez of the shooting of Kimani “Kiki” Gray of East Flatbush.</p>
  • Arms Trade Treaty Pre-Conference Executive Brief Released

    03/11/2013 8:11:33 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 1 replies
    ammo Land ^ | MaR. 11, 2013 | Ammoland Staff
    New York, NY --(Ammoland.com)- This e-brief “Unlikely Consensus” discusses the coming UN Arms Trade Treaty and the possible splinter organization that is forming and helps people make sense of what’s going on, in relation to export-minded firearms business, marketing shooting, hunting, or security products or services abroad. If things go one way, it looks like major regions of the world are going to close their doors to American exports in the form of follow-on non tariff barriers. The e-brief summarizes key context and factors, and estimates various scenarios and their probabilities. The research and analysis is based on insights from...
  • One Day Left: NYC Super-Sized Sugary Drink Ban Goes Into Effect Tuesday

    03/11/2013 6:24:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/ ^ | March 11, 2013 | CBS New York
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Monday is the last day New Yorkers will be able to buysuper-sized sugary drinks in New York City. The cola crackdown goes into effect on Tuesday. The new regulation puts a 16-ounce limit on sugary drinks sold at city restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and street carts and applies to both bottled and fountain drinks.
  • City will now be armed with 17-ounce cups to make sure eateries aren't selling oversized beverages

    03/10/2013 9:07:04 PM PDT · by algernon_garnock · 44 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 03-10-2013 | Tina Moore
    New procedures give restaurant inspectors cups that can hold 17 fluid ounces and they'll be instructed to issue a violation only when a cup is found to 'clearly exceed' 16 ounces. There will be no SWAT teams policing Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial new ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks starting Tuesday, but city inspectors will be armed — with 17-ounce cups. The Health Department plans to use regular restaurant inspections to make sure eateries are not selling sugary beverages in servings larger than 16 ounces. But the inspectors will have specially ordered cups to help them enforce the new...
  • NYC sex workers avoiding condoms due to fear of getting caught for prostitution

    03/10/2013 6:45:58 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 68 replies
    DNA ^ | March 6, 2013 | ANI
    New York - Carrying condoms has resulted in arrest for a growing number of women in New York. Experts said that the issue may be contributing to a public health crisis in which sex workers are beginning to use condoms less frequently. In an incident cited by Vice magazine, a New York woman was arrested and charged with “loitering for the purpose of prostitution” after an officer found a condom in her purse, the New York Daily News reported. The unnamed woman was wearing jean shorts and a “tight” shirt and had been standing outdoors for about 30 minutes. After...
  • Liberty from big soda (NY liberal nanny statism)

    03/10/2013 1:00:22 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | march 10, 2013 | marion nestle
    Barring any late legal surprises, Mayor Bloomberg's 16-ounce cap on sugary sodas goes into effect on Tuesday, March 12. After that, restaurants, movie theaters, sports venues and food carts will not be permitted to sell extra-large portions of sugar-packed drinks. Stay calm. This does not signal the end of democracy in America. This is not the nanny state gone out of control. If we want Americans to be healthy, we are going to have to take actions like this - and many more - and do so soon -snip So-called "nanny-state" measures - like bans on driving while drunk, smoking...
  • After $10 million campaign, Rep. Dan Maffei says it's time to take money out of politics

    03/10/2013 11:11:27 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies
    © 2013 Syracuse Online LLC. All rights reserved ^ | March 10, 2013 at 7:05 AM | By Mark Weiner | mweiner@syracuse.com
    Washington -- Rep. Dan Maffei, after winning the most expensive campaign on record for a Central New York congressional seat, says it is time to take the big money out of politics. Despite the millions of dollars in special-interest money spent on his behalf, Maffei says he's ready to change the system and back it up with tough legislation.
  • VIDEO: ‘Elevator Murder Experiment’ Goes Viral

    03/10/2013 10:01:50 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 35 replies
    Time ^ | March 07, 2013 | Erica Ho
    Video LinkWhat would you do if you accidentally stumbled upon a man getting strangled in an elevator? If this video, produced by ad agency Thinkmodo, is any indication, most of us would pretend to look the other way. As a marketing stunt for a new action thriller, Dead Man Down, starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace and Terrence Howard, the company staged a mock murder-in-progress in a New York City elevator and films the reactions of unsuspecting people trying to board. Though you have the odd person attempting to beat the attacker with a newspaper, some bystanders clearly pretend they didn’t...
  • Obama Must Condemn NY Times Race-Baiting Tactics, Black Group Says

    08/08/2009 7:45:36 PM PDT · by adanaC · 32 replies · 1,498+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Aug 7 2009 | Bob Parks
    The Project 21 black leadership network, New York Times liberal columnist Paul Krugman Obama Must Condemn NY Times Race-Baiting Tactics, Black Group Says Washington D.C. — The Project 21 black leadership network is condemning New York Times liberal columnist Paul Krugman for scurrilously pinning racist motives on critics of President Obama’s health care proposals. The group is calling upon President Obama to condemn all efforts to derail legitimate public debate, specifically including this effort to stifle debate with race-baiting tactics. “Paul Krugman is the one with race on the brain,” Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie charged. “Specifically, he is using...
  • Racist madman to rot

    03/09/2013 10:09:28 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    nypost.com ^ | March 9, 2013 | LAURA ITALIANO
    You’re just a vicious racist, a Manhattan judge said in sentencing a psychotic gunman to 240 years in prison for holding 15 white patrons of an East Village wine bar hostage 10 years ago. Steven Johnson — an AIDS-infected, unemployed Brooklyn barber — had burst into Bar Veloce on Second Avenue just before closing time on a June night in 2002, dousing everyone with kerosene and shouting, “White people are going to burn tonight!” One decade, one mistrial and one overturned verdict later, Johnson was up to his old tricks again at his sentencing yesterday — ranting about the economic...
  • Upstate Counties Lead Opposition to NY SAFE Act

    03/09/2013 9:26:28 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 18 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | March, 9th, 2013 | Timothy Knight
    Ever since its hurried and likely unconstitutional passage into law, the NY SAFE Act has faced considerable opposition from supporters of the second amendment in various forms: seven thousand marched on Albany, scores of lawsuits have been filed questioning its legality, and dozens of county governments have supported anti-SAFE Act resolutions. In fact, forty of sixty-two county governments within the State of New York have passed laws opposing the SAFE Act and calling for a repeal of its most egregious parts: such as limiting magazine capacity to 7 rounds, prohibiting the ownership of "assault weapons," and even limiting how many...
  • Lawmaker With Past Ties to Chávez tops U.S. Funeral Delegation

    03/08/2013 9:51:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 08 Mar 2013 09:01 AM | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Rep. Greg Meeks will head up a U.S. delegation attending the funeral Friday of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, a decision by President Barack Obama that is drawing attention because of the congressman’s previous ties to Chávez. … Former Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt is also part of the U.S. funeral delegation. Like Meeks, Delahunt drew criticism in 2005 for meeting the Venezuelan dictator to discuss a deal for discounted heating oil to help low-income residents of Massachusetts. …