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  • Duck Dynasty Star Kicked Out of Trump Hotel

    08/16/2013 8:01:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 16, 2013 | Todd Starnes
    Duck Dynasty star Jase Robertson was kicked out of New York City's Trump International Hotel after a staff member apparently thought he was homeless. Robertson laughed it off and said he was the victim of "facial profiling." Robertson and other members of his family were in New York City promoting the fourth season of their hit A&E reality show. The network put the family up in the swanky hotel across from Central Park. Apparently one Trump International Hotel staff member was not accustomed to seeing a fully bearded guest wearing camouflage pants. "I asked them where the bathroom was and...
  • Man Cleared in New York Rape Plans to Sue After 14 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment

    08/16/2013 2:38:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013 | Barbara Ross AND Stephen Rex Brown
    A man who served 14 years behind bars for a rape he didn’t commit has finally cleared his name — and now he wants someone to pay. Johnny O’Neal, 54, was convicted in 1984 of raping a woman at knifepoint on the rooftop of the Frederick Douglass Houses on the upper West Side. The Port Jefferson, L.I., man served his sentence and was released in 1998 — but it wasn’t until last month that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Marcy Kahn dismissed the charges against him. “It made me so happy. I just cried and cried and cried,” O’Neal said Thursday,...
  • Rudy Giuliani to co-host Christie's fundraiser in the Hamptons

    08/16/2013 1:41:45 PM PDT · by ZULU · 17 replies
    New Jersey Politicker ^ | August 16, 2013 | Jeff Goldman
    TRENTON — A fundraiser will be held for Gov. Chris Christie at the Southampton, N.Y., estate of former U.S. ambassador to Brazil Clifford Sobel, according to a report on The $3,800-per person cocktail reception on Aug. 28 will be co-hosted by Nick Loeb, the founder of Onion Crunch, and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • Firefighters put out Mahattan's Queensboro Bridge truck fire, but bridge remains closed

    08/16/2013 1:09:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    A massive fire that engulfed a 40-foot long tractor trailer on the Queensboro Bridge Friday morning has been put out, though the key passageway between Queens and Manhattan remains closed. FDNY estimates 60 firefighters responded after a truck on the outbound lower level of the bridge caught fire, WCBS TV reported. The fire was reported at 11:08 a.m. and photos from the scene showed massive flames shooting from the back of the tractor trailer. Heavy, black smoke was seen billowing from the bridge that connects Queens to Manhattan at 59th street.
  • Shadowy Dem Operative Looms Large in Recall Fundraising ( Colorado Gun Grabbers )

    08/16/2013 9:27:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    The most pivotal figure in the Colorado recall election may be an unseen Kentucky woman who’s directing the Democratic fundraising. Julie Wells, the registered agent for more than two dozen groups since 2006 raising and spending millions to benefit Democrats, is also the registered or designated filing agent for at least two committees contributing funds and airing ads on behalf of Democratic state Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse. Her latest group is We Can Do Better, Colorado, which launched a television spot Thursday accusing Republican recall candidates Bernie Herpin and George Rivera of supporting personhood, the Colorado Democratic Party’s...
  • Fire On Manhattan's Queensboro Bridge

    08/16/2013 9:28:26 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 16 replies
    A truck fire on the Queensboro Bridge has shut down traffic in both directions. FDNY was called to the lower level of the bridge at 11:08 a.m. for an all-hands, vehicle fire, fire officials told the Daily News.
  • Republicans Avoiding August Town Halls

    08/16/2013 2:51:25 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 15, 2013 | Tony Lee
    Republican lawmakers are running away from town halls in August. In a New York Times piece about the frustrations of one citizen activist in Texas, some prominent Republicans who have not held an August town hall are listed. They include: Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL); Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK); Rep. John Kline (R-MN); Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX); Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), the chair of the House Rules Committee; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who has "not announced any town halls but did participate in them in 2009."
  • Ron Paul on Eliot Spitzer: He acted badly but didn't deserve this

    03/15/2008 9:13:01 AM PDT · by pissant · 345 replies · 4,343+ views
    Politico ^ | 3/14/08 | Staff/Ron Paul
    Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), he of the quixotic GOP presidential campaign and unique policy positions, is never one to be shy about his opinions. Take the case of fallen New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), whose political career fell apart this week after his liaisons with high-priced call girls became public. Spitzer resigned his office effective Monday. Most politicians from both sides of the aisle publicly (at least) offered condolences for Spitzer and his poor family, including his three daughters, but didn't — of course — defend Spitzer's atrocious behavior. But for Paul, Spitzer's downfall at the hands of a...
  • 2016 President: Republican Outsiders Rising (From Sabato's Crystal Ball)

    08/15/2013 8:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Center For Politics ^ | 08/14/2013 | Larry Sabato
    Our most recent rating of Republican presidential contenders features a top tier of three notably different candidates: A Midwestern governor (Scott Walker) who is known best by the activists who will help decide the nomination; a leading national figure (Chris Christie) who has irked conservatives; and a firebrand senator (Rand Paul) with devoted supporters who would shake up the party’s platform and, perhaps, identity.Chart 1: Updated Crystal Ball Republican presidential rankings First Tier Candidate Key Advantages Key Disadvantages Since Last Update Scott WalkerGovernor, WI •Midwest GOP gov. in Obama state •Heroic conservative credentials •Shown political durability •Too bland? Next Pawlenty?...
  • How Government Violates the Fourth Amendment Rights of Renters (Rochester, NY)

    08/14/2013 8:30:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies
    Reason ^ | August 14, 2013 | Dan Wang
    In Rochester, New York, renting rather than buying a home is enough cause for a search warrant. Florine and Walter Nelson are grandparents who have lived in Rochester for over 30 years. For nearly a third of that time, they have resisted the efforts of city officials to inspect their home on the basis that they are renters rather than buyers. Since 2005, the city has steadily escalated its efforts to enter their house, by charging them with contempt and attempting to use “administrative” search warrants to conduct suspicionless searches.The Nelsons and other renters claim that the city is violating...
  • Will Homeschooling's Success Be Impacted By Common Core?

    08/14/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 15 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Aug 2013, | Dr. Susan Berry
    Parents and educators in New York were shocked last week when student test scores plummeted following the state’s adoption of the Common Core national standards. Even prior to the adoption of the new standards, however, test results were, to many, still unacceptable, suggesting that despite billions of dollars of taxpayer funding, American students have little to show for it.
  • The New York Times takes down the Clinton Foundation. This could be devastating for Bill and Hillary

    08/14/2013 11:52:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/14/2013 | Tim Stanley
    Is the New York Times being guest edited by Rush Limbaugh? Today it runs with a fascinating takedown of the Clinton Foundation – that vast vanity project that conservatives are wary of criticising for being seen to attack a body that tries to do good. But the liberal NYT has no such scruples. The killer quote is this: "For all of its successes, the Clinton Foundation had become a sprawling concern, supervised by a rotating board of old Clinton hands, vulnerable to distraction and threatened by conflicts of interest. It ran multimillion-dollar deficits for several years, despite vast amounts of...
  • MSNBC Map Puts Every City in the Wrong Spot

    08/14/2013 12:17:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 58 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/14/3013 | Dan Amira
    There are four cities on this map of President Obama's upcoming bus tour of New York and Pennsylvania, which was shown on MSNBC's Martin Bashir yesterday afternoon. And all four cities are in the wrong place. They're not even close! Here's where those cities are actually located: Bashir later called the errors an "honest geographic mistake" (obviously?), but he doesn't explain how this map turned out so terribly inaccurate. Did they literally just guess? You shouldn't just guess.
  • New Poll Suggests That de Blasio Is Now First Among Voters (NYC Mayor)

    08/13/2013 1:12:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 8/13/13 | DAVID W. CHEN
    In a jolt to the Democratic campaign for mayor, a new poll suggests that Bill de Blasio, the most liberal of the leading candidates, has vaulted into first place among likely voters. With one month to go until the Sept. 10 primary, Mr. de Blasio has now passed Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, who had led in most polls for months, although her lead had already narrowed. Until a month or so ago, Mr. de Blasio had been mired in fourth place, about 10 points behind Ms. Quinn. He was then overtaken by former Representative Anthony D. Weiner,...
  • Anthony Weiner documentary could be in the works

    08/13/2013 4:44:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | August 12, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Anthony Weiner, the beleaguered sexting scandal-plagued New York City mayoral candidate, may be trying to boost his poll numbers with a new documentary about his campaign. The New York Post reported that MTV filmmaker Josh Kreigman — who also used to work as Mr. Weiner’s congressional district director — has been following the candidate around his campaign trail, filming and recording every step of the way. He rides with the candidate. Meanwhile, Mr. Weiner always carried a black microphone box in his back pocket, The Post said. Campaign officials are coy about the taping, saying only that it’s not for...
  • NYPD's 'stop-and-frisk' practice unconstitutional, judge rules

    08/12/2013 2:37:27 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 12, 2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A U.S. judge ruled on Monday the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" crime-fighting tactic was unconstitutional, dealing a stinging rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who vowed to appeal the ruling. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin called it "indirect racial profiling" because it targeted racially defined groups, resulting in the disproportionate and discriminatory stopping of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics while the city's highest officials "turned a blind eye," she said. "No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life," Scheindlin wrote in her...
  • Judge in ‘stop-and-frisk’ case cites Trayvon Martin’s death

    08/12/2013 1:03:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies ^ | August 12, 2013 | Adam Serwer
    <p>The judge who ruled that New York’s “stop-and-frisk” practice violated the Constitutional rights of the city’s citizens seemed to have had Trayvon Martin on her mind.</p> <p>Judge Shira Scheindlin references his death three times in her ruling in which she found the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy amounted to racial profiling. Scheindlin refers to Martin as “a black teenager” in the body of the opinion, but then cites his name in the footnotes as she quotes directly from three sources, including President Obama’s remarks following the verdict. She references Martin as a touchstone for the pain and frustration experienced by black men facing constant suspicion by the authorities.</p>
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    08/12/2013 10:21:11 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
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  • Anthony Weiner aims to be top banana at Dominican Day parade in New York

    08/12/2013 8:35:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 8-12-13 | Erin Durkin
    Thousands of spectators decked out with Dominican flags and blowing whistles lined Sixth Ave. for the boisterous annual celebration. Almost every candidate for New York citywide offices showed up to court the large Dominican vote.
  • Breaking: Federal judge rules NYC’s “stop and frisk” unconstitutional

    08/12/2013 8:06:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    A federal court handed a big defeat to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York Police Department today, ruling that the controversial “stop and frisk” program infringed on constitutional rights. Judge Shira Scheindlin appointed a federal monitor to oversee the NYPD and “reform” the practice, although that might prove impossible: A federal judge appointed an independent monitor Monday to oversee changes to the New York Police Department’s contentious policy known as stop, question and frisk, a significant judicial rebuke for what the mayor and police commissioner have defended as a life-saving, crime-fighting tool. …Four men had sued saying they were...