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  • Brooklyn: Wild melee erupts as NYPD arrests Muslim teen for allegedly taunting Jewish subway rider

    "You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers to be the Jews..." -- Qur'an 5:82 This Qur'anic dictum usually manifests itself as intense animosity on the part of Muslims toward Jews. "SEE IT: Wild Brooklyn melee erupts as NYPD arrests Muslim teen for allegedly taunting Jewish subway rider," by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh for the New York Daily News, April 18 (thanks to Twostellas): The attempted arrest of an allegedly hate-mongering teen aboard a Brooklyn subway quickly turned into a wild showdown between cops and a roiled mob, according to sources and video obtained...
  • New York Times Pulls Reporter From Daily Coverage of Gosnell Murder Trial

    04/18/2013 6:37:39 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    No sooner did the New York Times send a reporter to cover the murder trial of embattled abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell did the Gray Lady pull the reporter from daily coverage. Instead, the venerable newspaper will cover only “highlights” of the trail, which has weeks left to go. Local reporter JD Mullane of the Bucks County Courier Times, sent a tweet late Wednesday afternoon indicating the Times was pulling its reporter. “New York Times bails on daily coverage #Gosnell trial. Will cover “highlights” only,” he wrote.
  • Invitation for fraud ( Colorado same-day voter registration and )

    04/15/2013 12:18:15 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Pueblo Chieftain ^ | April 14, 2013
    A 122-page bill prepared for sponsorship by Pueblo’s Democratic Sen. Angela Giron would alter the way Coloradans vote, and its provisions are canted toward Democratic candidates. Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, opposes the bill because of four provisions it contains. They are: 1. It allows for people to register on Election Day, leaving no time to verify a person’s identification or to check whether he or she is registered in more than one county. This is an invitation for fraud on a massive scale. 2. It virtually mandates mail ballots, which are sent automatically to every registered voter....
  • A History of Liberal White Racism (By a Person of the Left)

    04/18/2013 4:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | APR 18 2013 | TA-NEHISI COATES
    Probably the most bracing aspect of Ira Katznelson's new history of the New Deal, Fear Itself, is his portrait of the marriage of progressive domestic policy and white supremacy. I knew the outlines of this stuff, but for a flaming commie like me, the extent of the embrace is hard to take: Far more enduring was the New Deal's intimate partnership with those in the South who preached white supremacy. For this whole period -- the last in American history when public racism was legitimate in speech and action -- southern representatives acted not on the fringes but as an...
  • Senators Approve Resolution to Assist Israel in Iran Strike

    04/17/2013 4:43:02 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 4/17/2013 | Elad Benari
    The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopts a resolution which stipulates that the U.S. will assist Israel in an attack against Iran. The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted on Tuesday a resolution which stipulates that the U.S. will assist Israel if it is forced to take action against Iran. The resolution, Senate Resolution 65, was introduced last month by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and was co-sponsored by 15 Senators, including Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York)...
  • Bloomberg: If You Sell a Gun to Your Son, 'There's Something Wrong in Your Family'

    04/17/2013 6:14:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 15, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – If you sell a gun to your son, “there’s something wrong with your family," says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a radio appearance on Friday, Bloomberg, a gun control activist and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, praised the legislation that is now moving forward in the Senate. The bill would require universal background checks for most sales of firearms, including those online and at gun shows. “The only thing it would not cover is if you sold a gun to your son, for example,” Bloomberg told radio host John Gambling. “Number one, I don't know...
  • Bloomberg Decries Death of Background Check Bill in Senate (Including a Crying Cuomo)

    04/17/2013 5:58:25 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    Politicker ^ | 4/17 4:52pm | Colin Campbell
    The U.S. Senate voted down a bipartisan deal to expand background checks to gun shows and internet sales today, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t happy. “Today’s vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington,” Mr. Bloomberg declared in a statement condemning both parties for their inaction. “Democrats – who are so quick to blame Republicans for our broken gun laws – could not stand united. And Republicans – who are so quick to blame Democrats for not being tough enough on crime – handed criminals a huge victory, by preserving their ability to buy...
  • Is N.Y.'s Gun Confiscation Scheme Tied to Larger Federal Plan?

    04/17/2013 5:25:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    New American ^ | Wednesday, 17 April 2013 17:00 | Dave Bohon
    Is N.Y.'s Gun Confiscation Scheme Tied to Larger Federal Plan? Written by Dave Bohon A report from TheBlaze.com alleges that the state of New York is using its recently enacted NY SAFE Act as justification to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens — specifically individuals who have been prescribed anti-anxiety medication. But some Second Amendment advocates allege the scheme is part of a larger federal gun control plot. According to the Blaze, on April 1 a legal gun owner in upstate New York, later identified by a Buffalo newspaper as 35-year-old David Lewis, “received an official notice from the state ordering...
  • Albany Police Officers Union demand repeal of gun law. (AFSCME, AFI-CIO)

    04/17/2013 2:15:17 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 19 replies
    Email | 4/15/2013 | Thomas Mahar
    Albany Police Officers Union, local 2841, “We respectfully demand that you do the right thing and repeal the law.” FROM: Albany Police Officers Union, local 2841, Council 82, AFSCME, AFI-CIO, P.O BOX 6567, ALBANY, NEW YORK 12206 (518) 438-9422 To: Andrew M. Cuomo / Dean G. Skelos / Neil D. Breslin / John T- McDonald III / Phil Steck / Sheldon Silver / Jeffrey D. Klein / Cecilia Tkaczyk / Patricia Fahy Note; see the formal list of people this letter went to at the bottom. April 15,2013 Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen: The Albany Police Officers Union condemns and opposes...
  • Democratic governors push for Senate’s gun bill (Cuomo, O’Malley, Malloy)

    04/17/2013 12:36:01 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/17/13 1:49 PM EDT | KEVIN ROBILLARD
    Three Democratic governors who successfully pushed their state legislatures to toughen gun laws are asking Congress to do the same. “We need the federal government to take the lead and enact reasonable laws to reduce gun violence by, at a minimum, ensuring that more gun purchasers pass a federal background check,” Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Martin O’Malley of Maryland and Dan Malloy of Connecticut wrote in a letter to Senators on Wednesday. “The American people are clear on this issue – more than 90% support background checks prior to gun purchases. They understand that if you can’t pass...
  • Poll: Anthony Weiner already in second place in New York City mayoral race for some reason

    04/17/2013 1:24:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/17/2013 | AllahPundit
    The bad news? Between this and what’s going on in South Carolina, American voters seem to have finally jettisoned any pretense of standards for their political leaders.The good news? We’re still on track for a Sanford-versus-Weiner presidential election in 2028. Cross those fingers. According to the poll, if Weiner entered the Democratic primary today, his 15 percent would put him behind Quinn’s 26 percent but ahead of City Comptroller John Liu (12 percent), de Blasio (11 percent), Thompson (11 percent) and former City Councilman Sal Albanese (2 percent).By comparison, without Weiner, Quinn would receive 30 percent of Democratic votes and...
  • Professors Compare Pro-Life Students to Lynch Mob

    04/17/2013 12:48:21 PM PDT · by topher · 46 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-17-2013 | Todd Starnes
    Pro-Life students at the University of Buffalo came under fierce attack by a group of professors who compared them to a lynch mob. At least one professor was arrested after she launched a profanity-laced tirade directed toward the students. The professors were outraged after the Students for Life club received permission to display a pro-life exhibit that included graphic images of abortion victims along with Holocaust victims and victims of lynching. A half dozen history professors condemned the display in a letter to the student newspaper. “Anti-abortion protesters appear to have a lot in common with those who supported lynching,”...
  • Denver Public Schools fixing out remainder of controversial 2008 debt deal (Michael Bennet)

    04/17/2013 8:28:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Denver Business Journal ^ | : Apr 6, 2013 | Heather Draper
    Denver Public Schools has quietly put the rest of its controversial variable-rate bonds with swaps on the market to sell as fixed-rate debt. Five years after issuing a 30-year, $750 million school pension bond that turned into a financial quagmire for the district, DPS is selling $519.8 million in fixed-rate, refunding certificates of participation (COPs), set to price during the week of April 15, according to an announcement Friday from Fitch Ratings. ... DPS "fixed out" — or issued debt at a fixed interest rate — half of the original $750 million in debt in 2011, and paid nearly $42...
  • Weiner’s poll rising: Trails only Quinn among mayoral Dems

    04/17/2013 5:34:01 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 37 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | April 17, 2013 | By CARL CAMPANILE
    Anthony Weiner is on a roll. A week after floating his name as a possible mayoral candidate, the disgraced former congressman finishes second when he’s included in the field of Democrats, a new poll reveals. Weiner — who resigned from office in 2011 after getting caught in a sexting scandal — said he’s mulling a political comeback by running for mayor.
  • JFK passenger detained after talking about 'bomb' sandwich

    04/16/2013 5:10:54 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | 4/13/2013 | PHILIP MESSING and NATALIE O’NEIL
    His lunch was “the bomb.” Airport officials detained a traveler who mentioned an explosive device at JFK — only to discover he was actually talking about food referred to as The Bomb, TSA sources said. Jason Michael Cruz, 29, was on an escalator in Terminal 7 Thursday when a TSA officer overheard him tell a friend he “had the wrong kind of bomb” just after 1 p.m. She reported the conversation to her supervisor, Robert Haddok, who sent officers to a security checkpoint to question the pair. Officials ushered Cruz and his friend, Matthew Okumoto, to a holding area, where...
  • Bloomberg: If You Sell A Gun To Your Son, "There's Something Wrong In Your Family"

    04/16/2013 12:28:29 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 55 replies
    http://cnsnews.com/ ^ | April 16, 2013 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) – If you sell a gun to your son, “there’s something wrong with your family," says New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In a radio appearance on Friday, Bloomberg, a gun control activist and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, praised the legislation that is now moving forward in the Senate. The bill would require universal background checks for most sales of firearms, including those online and at gun shows.
  • NYS Troopers have "widely shared concerns" about NY Safe Act. [NYS Police PBA rejects NY Safe Act]

    04/16/2013 12:20:09 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    Syracuse.com ^ | April 16, 2013 | Teri Weaver
    Syracuse, N.Y. -- The union representing New York State Police say they believe the state's stricter gun laws could put law enforcement officers at risk. In an email release on Monday, the New York State Troopers PBA said its 6,000-member group "holds widely shared concerns" about the NY Safe Act. Nonetheless, the union takes exception to some state lawmakers accusing the troopers of failing to enforce the law. "The individual members of this union did not write the terms of the bill nor vote on its passage," the release said. "We urge the citizens of New York state to remember...
  • New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Links Boston Explosion to GOP, Others Pile On

    04/15/2013 6:11:05 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 14 replies
    Never let a tragedy go to waste. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on Monday quickly used the explosions in Boston for political gain, linking the Republican Party to the horrific act. At 4:10pm, Kristof tweeted, "explosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment." [SECOND UPDATE: More journalists are politicizing the tragedy. See below.]
  • Court avoids gun rights dispute (U.S. Supreme Court)

    04/15/2013 5:53:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    SCOTUSBLOG ^ | April 15th, 2013 | Lyle Denniston
    The Supreme Court, following a pattern that is now quite well established, chose again on Monday to remain on the sidelines as the national debate over gun ownership heats up in the political realm. Without comment, the Justices denied review of the latest attempt to test whether the Second Amendment right to have a gun extends beyond the home. The denial of review in Kachalsky v. Cacace (docket 12-845) was the latest in a series of denials of attempts to get the Justices to explore the reach of the Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, recognizing a...
  • USFS plans forums next week on ski resorts, water ( Stealing water rights )

    04/15/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | 04/11/2013
    Dozens of resorts with permits to operate on national forests have bought or acquired rights to use nearby bodies of water for snowmaking. The Forest Service had adopted a clause that said those resorts had to transfer their water rights to the federal government ... After the National Ski Areas Association sued, a judge ruled last year that the agency violated procedure in not seeking public comment before adopting the clause. The agency now plans open houses April 16 in Lakewood, Colo., on April 17 in Salt Lake City, and April 18 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., to get input.