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  • Running With Predators: Liberal elites continue to condemn law enforcement & excuse inner-city crime

    04/27/2015 9:29:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2015 | Heather Mac Donald
    Starting in late summer 2014, a protest movement known as Black Lives Matter convulsed the country. Triggered by the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, the movement claimed that blacks are still oppressed by widespread racism, especially within law enforcement. The police subject black communities to a gratuitous regime of stops and arrests, resulting in the frequent use of lethal force against black men, according to the activists and their media and academic allies. Indeed, America’s police are the greatest threat facing young black men today, the protesters charged. New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio announced...
  • SEE IT: Mob of teenagers beats two high school students in Philadelphia subway station

    04/23/2015 7:04:48 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 51 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 04/23/2015 | BY Jason Silverstein
    A security video showing a mob of students brutally beating two high schoolers in a Philadelphia subway station on Tuesday is being investigated by the city’s transportation officers. “It’s an outrageous event. This is so dangerous, it’s not even funny,” Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III told Philly.com. “We have operating trains down there. There are passengers waiting for the train ... it’s horrendous.” The video, which was time-stamped around 3:15 p.m., shows about a dozen teenagers either participating in a one-minute assault on two male students, or cheering it on. One of the assailants falls...
  • Jay Feely: Tim Tebow Is The ‘Worst Quarterback’ Ever, But Do The NFL Stats Agree?

    04/23/2015 9:19:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 224 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 04/23/2015
    According to Jay Feely, Tim Tebow is a great man and a great competitor, but Feely still believes Tebow is the “worst quarterback” ever. But do Tebow’s stats agree with that assessment? In a related report by the Inquisitr, in the past some have claimed that Tebow was “blackballed” from the NFL due to Christian beliefs, not NFL stats. At the same time, Joe Theismann insists Tim “can’t throw the football” and referee Jim Daopoulus once used Tebow as an example of the uncatchable rule. Rush Limbaugh might agree that more men like Tebow are needed in the NFL, but...
  • Money-saving consultants have cost SEPTA $2.8 million, invoices show

    04/23/2015 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:08 AM | Paul Nussbaum
    Looking for ways to save money, SEPTA has paid about $2.8 million to a Boston-based consulting firm, including payments of more than $500 an hour to some specialists. In the process, FTI Consulting Inc. has used 24 of its staffers, some of whom have collected more from SEPTA than the transit agency’s highest-paid official, general manager Joseph Casey, who makes $273,000 a year. The meter is still running, with additional payments expected to continue through the end of the year. SEPTA hired FTI in February 2013 through a no-bid contract to help the transit agency reduce legal costs arising from...
  • Feminist Groups Post "No Catcalling" Signs all Over Philadelphia Featuring Cat, Crotch-Grabbing

    04/23/2015 6:35:52 AM PDT · by rightistight · 27 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/23/15 | Aurelius
    The feminist groups "Pussy Division" and "Feminist Apparel" are now posting signs over Philadelphia proclaiming that the area is a "no catcalling" zone. Signs like these are under stop and parking signs in the city: Pussy Division and Feminist Apparel are proud of their work, asking people on the signs to follow them on twitter @PussyDivision and @FeministApparel. Feminist Apparel has a picture of another mass-produced sign that they've put up, which features stick figure men yelling at a cat and grabbing their crotch: They also have another tweet about another sign featuring a cat, this time with it driving...
  • Tim Tebow joins Chip Kelly's quarterback crew

    04/20/2015 10:29:13 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 44 replies
    ESPN ^ | April 19, 2015 | Phil Sheridan
    [...] If Belichick, the best coach in the NFL over the past 15 years, doesn't see an NFL quarterback in Tebow, then that would seem to settle the issue. Except that Kelly, who worked Tebow out last month, sees the skills and the physical presence and he can't help himself. It's not just about ego. There's a challenge in finding ways to utilize a player's talents, and Kelly enjoys that challenge. [...] The point is, Bradford is the presumed starter with Sanchez as the very capable No. 2 quarterback. But if Tebow is able to click in Kelly's offense --...
  • Past time for NFL to consider 'bullpen drive-closers' as part of QB roles? [Tebow vanity]

    04/19/2015 8:40:28 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Colofornian | April 19, 2015 | Colofornian
    Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have signed a 4th quarterback -- Tim Tebow -- and talk is being bandied about re: Tebow's potential "role player" status...perhaps a review is in order to ponder a potential paradigm shift that the NFL is perhaps beyond the need to acknowledge. And for that, we need a quick review of another professional sport: Major League Baseball...and specifically the history of pitching: 1901-1968: For the first 68 years of the 20th century, Major League Baseball didn't even track "saves" by relief pitchers. Yankees pitcher Waite Hoyt was retroactively credited with "eight" saves in 1928. But...
  • Tim Tebow reportedly agrees to deal with Philadelphia Eagles

    04/19/2015 8:04:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/19/2015
    He’s baaaaaaaaaack. At least, for some offseason workouts, and — who knows? — possibly much more. Tim Tebow, the decorated Florida quarterback whose first stint in the NFL was as brief as it was closely scrutinized, has reached an agreement to join the Eagles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Philadelphia Coach Chip Kelly has spoken highly of Tebow in the past, and apparently he saw enough of the quarterback during a March workout to add him to a depth chart that currently includes Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. The Eagles had reportedly been trying to trade...
  • Can Tebow help Eagles? Probably not

    04/19/2015 7:19:15 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 2015-04-19 | bbrookover@phillynews.com
    The roster move the Eagles are expected to make Monday shot straight to the top of the publicity charts. A lot of people might have been Tebowing that it was not true, but it is. The Eagles are adding a Heisman Trophy winner to their crowded quarterback depth chart. Oregon's Marcus Mariota remains a long shot to be in Eagles green after the NFL draft. Tim Tebow, on the other hand, will be on the practice fields at the NovaCare Complex after he signs a one-year deal with the team Monday. He'll be one of five quarterbacks on the roster,...
  • Tim Tebow Signs with Eagles

    04/19/2015 4:40:41 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2015-04-19 | Daniel J. Flynn
    The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Tim Tebow to a one-year deal. The 27-year-old quarterback joins three other signal callers, Sam Bradford, Matt Barkley, and Mark Sanchez, likely competing for three roster spots. The line behind center in Philadelphia may be long. But it’s not terribly accomplished, allowing Tebow a solid chance to make the team and, unlike his try in New England, to enjoy an opportunity on the field should injuries or ineptitude result from Bradford or Sanchez starting. Bradford, the top man on the depth chart, endured injuries and struggled to live up to his potential in St. Louis...
  • Report: Eagles reach agreement with Tim Tebow

    04/19/2015 4:09:00 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 2015-04-19 | Philly.com Staff
    The Eagles have reached an agreement in principle with quarterback Tim Tebow, according to multiple media reports Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, who first reported the news, said that Tebow will be in Philadelphia Monday to sign the contract. Glazer also reported that the Eagles are convinced he has improved since the last time he was in the NFL after spending time with his quarterback coach Tom House.
  • VIDEO: Hero jumps on SEPTA tracks to save man after fall

    04/19/2015 6:46:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    6abc ^ | April 16, 2015 11 | 6abc.
    CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Action News has obtained video of the moment a SEPTA commuter stumbled onto the subway tracks after getting too close to the edge Wednesday night. Seconds later a Good Samaritan springs into action, risking his own life to save a stranger. It happened around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on the westbound Market-Frankford El tracks at 15th Street Station. 28-year-old Charles Collins of South Philadelphia can be seen in the video wearing an Eagles jacket, walking away from the camera. Moments later an older man, identified as Alfred McNamee, is seen walking near the SEPTA platform's yellow line....
  • Huge brawl in the aisles of Philadelphia Zara store caught on camera

    04/18/2015 9:33:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 18, 2015 | By Evan Bleier
    Philadelphia might mean the City of Brotherly Love in Greek, but the sentiment of the name apparently doesn't always doesn't apply to Philly's female residents. At least five women got into a large-scale brawl that lasted for multiple minutes at a Zara clothing store on Friday afternoon. The fight broke out at a store location in the city's Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
  • Ex-drug officer says he stole cash, planted drugs many times (PA)

    04/14/2015 8:15:06 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 39 replies
    AP on MSN ^ | April 14, 2015 | Maryclaire Dale, AP staff
    PHILADELPHIA — A disgraced ex-police officer testifying against his drug squad colleagues acknowledged Tuesday that he stole drug money, planted evidence and lied on police paperwork too many times to count. Jeffrey Walker told jurors that the Philadelphia Police Department drug squad targeted white "college-boy ... khaki-pants types" who were "easy to intimidate." That matches the description of some of the drug dealers who have testified at the six-week police corruption trial that the squad stole as much as $110,000 at a time during violent, no-warrant raids. Lead defendant Thomas Liciardello always got a cut of the stolen money, while...
  • Mother arrested after 'leaving quadriplegic son in the woods for five days'

    04/12/2015 10:47:17 AM PDT · by pabianice · 50 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 11, 2015 | Gardner By Josh Gardner and Mia De Graaf For Dailymail.com
    Mother arrested after 'leaving quadriplegic son in the woods for five days' while she visited her boyfriend Nyia Parler, 41, allegedly left her 21-year-old son in woods on Monday and traveled to Maryland where she was taken into custody early Sunday Her son was found under rain-soaked pile of leaves on Friday night and police say he would have died if passers-by hadn't spotted him He was lying on the ground 10 feet from his wheelchair and a Bible A Philadelphia mother accused of abandoning her quadriplegic son in the woods before skipping town to see her boyfriend has been...
  • Police: Woman left quadriplegic son in woods, visited lover

    04/11/2015 5:51:28 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 11 APRIL 2015 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A woman has been accused of leaving her quadriplegic son in the woods in southwest Philadelphia for several days and then going to visit her boyfriend in Maryland. Authorities say the 21-year-old son has cerebral palsy. They say he was found lying in leaves covered with a blanket next to a wheelchair and a Bible near Cobbs Creek Park on Friday night. Police describe the son as severely disabled and say he was unable to communicate how he got there. Their investigation indicates he was left there Monday.
  • Teacher suspended after her 3rd-graders send 'get well' wishes to cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal

    04/11/2015 2:15:08 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | Published April 10, 2015 | Fox News
    ORANGE, N.J. – A teacher in New Jersey who assigned her third-grade class to write "get well" letters to a sick inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer was suspended Friday, the school superintendent said. Orange School Superintendent Ronald Lee said in a statement that school administrators "vehemently deny" any knowledge of Marilyn Zuniga's assignment. Preliminary inquiries found that Zuniga did not seek approval from administrators nor were parents notified, Lee said. The letters were delivered to Mumia Abu-Jamal in prison following his hospitalization last month for what his family said was treatment for complications from diabetes. The former...
  • Philadelphia "YoungLioness" Tried to Join ISIS: Feds

    04/03/2015 8:54:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Authorities say Keonna Thomas' use of social media is what led them to make the arrest. Police say she planned to link up with terrorists in Syria. NBC10's George Spencer has a closer look at the woman accused in the case. (Published Friday, Apr 3, 2015) A Philadelphia mother of two who goes by the name of "YoungLioness" on Twitter was arrested by federal authorities Friday and charged with trying to support ISIS with money and resources. Keonna Thomas, 30, appeared in court in full black dress with only her eyes showing just hours after her arrest. According to the...
  • Pro-Israel group running provocative ads featuring Hitler on Philadelphia buses

    04/03/2015 4:07:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | April 2, 2015 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA — Provocative ads showing a photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader are now appearing on Philadelphia transit buses. A federal judge last month ordered the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority to accept the ads. The agency said last week it wouldn’t appeal. The pro-Israel American Freedom Defence Initiative’s ads appearing Wednesday carry the tagline: “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran.”
  • Great White Hope: Why Some Dems Are Moving Right: Democrats have been losing ground in Midwest

    04/01/2015 3:31:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/01/2015 | JOSH KRAUSHAAR
    Republicans are debating whether their path to the presidency in 2016 runs through the blue-collar Rust Belt states, or the demographically changing new South and Sunbelt states. For Democrats looking to retake the Senate, however, the formula is more clear-cut: Win back white working-class voters, or be consigned to a longer-term minority. Most of the Senate battlegrounds run through the Midwest—Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Ohio—along with New Hampshire, which carries demographic similarities with those older, whiter Great Lakes states. To defeat the vulnerable Republican incumbents, Democrats have a challenging task ahead: Making inroads with blue-collar voters, who have been stubbornly resistant...
  • Philly Woman Sues Angie's List , Calls Service "Fraudulent,Deceptive" (Obama bot Angie is Outed )

    03/28/2015 2:44:47 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 33 replies
    philadelphia magazine ^ | 3/26/2015 | Victor Firrolla
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/03/26/angies-list-class-action-lawsuit/
  • Girl, 4, sneaks out, hops bus in search of 3 a.m. slushie

    03/28/2015 9:44:48 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | 03/28/2015 | Associated Press
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old girl has grabbed her purple raincoat, slipped out of her house at 3 a.m. and hopped a Philadelphia bus in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer says the girl swung her legs in a seat as she chanted, “All I want is a slushie.”
  • Video captures man pummeled by mob at Philadelphia subway station

    03/23/2015 4:07:50 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 03/22/2015 | staff
    A violent mob ambushed a Philadelphia man while he was sitting on a subway platform in a vicious attack caught on video. Police are now searching for the dozen or so young men who are seen suddenly swarming around the unsuspecting victim Thursday evening at the SEPTA Walnut-Locust Station. One young man is seen smiling as he and several others, many wearing backpacks, comes up behind the victim around 4:14 p.m. on the northbound Broad Street Line platform. He and another suspect then leaps on him, kicking and punching from above as the rest incredibly follow suit.
  • Two 15-year-olds to be charged with murdering dog walker (and a 14 yr old)

    03/19/2015 3:49:33 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 47 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 03/19/2015 | Matt Gelb
    The three Overbrook boys, armed with a gun and fresh from a game of basketball, searched for their target, police said. It was 8:30 p.m. on a Thursday. The boys - ages 14, 15, and 15 - first eyed a man and his dog. Then Jim Stuhlman appeared on the 6400 block of Woodcrest Avenue with his labradoodle, Molly. Stuhlman, 51, was older than the first man. And Molly, the boys later told police, looked "weak or soft
  • Please don't shoot me! Business owner begged for his life...killed during botched robbery

    03/20/2015 1:30:17 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 156 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 20 March 2015 | Kahleda Rahman for MailOnline
    James Stuhlman was killed as he took his labradoodle on a walk at night Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with the married father's murder A 14-year-old arrested on lesser charges and is co-operating with police The 51-year-old pleaded 'Please don't shoot me' repeatedly, police say Usually took nightly walks with his daughter, 13, but was alone that night
  • 'Please Don't Shoot Me': Dog Walker Begs for Life Before Deadly Shooting (Philadelphia)

    03/19/2015 8:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    WCAU-TV / The Associated Press ^ | March 19, 2015 | Staff
    A high school freshman was arrested in connection with the killing of a man walking his dog last week in Philadelphia’s Overbrook section. A second teen, who police say actually pulled the trigger, is still on the loose. --snip-- A second 15-year-old, Tyfine Hamilton, fired the shot that resulted in the death of the 51-year-old husband and father, said Clark. He's still at large and considered armed and dangerous, police said. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"Get with your parent and turn yourself in before we come and get you," warned Clark during a news conference Thursday afternoon. "We know where you are." Both teens...
  • Philadelphia transit authority ordered to run pro-Israel group's Hitler ad [with Grand Mufti]

    03/13/2015 3:41:12 PM PDT · by SJackson · 14 replies
    Guardian ^ | 3-13-15
    Philadelphia’s transit system has been ordered to accept provocative ads that include a 1941 photograph of Adolf Hitler with a former Arab leader after a federal judge ruled in favour of a pro-Israel group’s free-speech lawsuit. The proposed bus ads carry a tagline saying: “Jew Hatred: It’s in the Quran”. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority believes the ads violate “minimal civility standards” and will consider an appeal. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported on Wednesday’s ruling by US district judge Mitchell Goldberg. The ad in question features a photograph of a 1941 meeting between Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini, described...
  • GOP Finds yet more evidence of Vote Fraud in 2000 Election

    06/15/2002 12:03:13 PM PDT · by FF578 · 45 replies · 1,737+ views
    http://www.pagop.org/news.asp?FormMode=Detail&ID=729
    Click here for Detailed Report!!!! From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: GOP finds duplicate voting Friday, June 14, 2002 By James O'Toole, Politics Editor, Post-Gazette A survey by the Republican National Committee has found nearly 50,000 cases of improper duplicate voter registrations in Pennsylvania. Using the RNC's computerized national voting data base, the Republicans found 17,276 cases of individuals who were apparently registered in two different jurisdictions within the state and at least 32,000 cases where individuals were registered concurrently in Pennsylvania and another state. While the vast majority of those cases are likely to be the result of benign personal...
  • DeMarco Murray to meet with Eagles

    03/12/2015 10:17:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 12, 2015 | Staff
    Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray is flying to Philadelphia to meet with Eagles officials, with the expectation that he will join the team, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday. In the ensuing hours Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys began calling around looking for other running backs, expecting that they will lose Murray, Schefter's sources said.
  • Foles era over, Bradford coming, but is Chip done dealing? (big trade day in the NFL)

    03/10/2015 3:09:56 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 03.10.15
    The Eagles settled the long-running debate over whether Nick Foles is their quarterback of the future, as they neared completion Tuesday on a trade that will send him to St. Louis for QB Sam Bradford and what would seem to be a swap of second-round draft picks, a league source said, confirming a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bradford, 27, the 2010 No. 1 overall pick, has missed the past two seasons with ACL tears and would seem just as poor a fit as Foles for the read-option part of Chip Kelly's offense.
  • Police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia dies

    03/05/2015 7:11:02 PM PST · by PROCON · 58 replies
    6abc.com ^ | March 5, 2015
    NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia has died and two people have been taken into custody. The shooting occurred around 4:45 p.m. Thursday in a shopping center at the intersection of West Lehigh Avenue and North 21st Street. Officer Robert Wilson III, a 22nd district officer, was shot three times, once in the head, once in the chest and once in the eye.
  • Police Officer Gunned Down During Attempted Robbery Inside North Philly GameStop

    03/05/2015 7:54:02 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 10 replies
    NBC 10 Philadelphia ^ | 03/05/2015 | David Chang
    Philadelphia police are in mourning after the loss of one of their own. Officer Robert Wilson III, an 8-year veteran with the 22nd District, died from his injuries after he was shot several times from two sides during an attempted robbery inside a North Philadelphia GameStop.
  • Harrisburg residents freed from school property taxes in Wolf's budget plan

    03/03/2015 8:55:57 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 14 replies
    PennLive ^ | March 3, 2015 | Christine Vendel
    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's budget proposal unveiled Tuesday drastically changes education funding and represents a windfall for Harrisburg residents, said Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse. The new governor's proposal completely wipes out school property taxes for Harrisburg homeowners. School taxes currently represent the bulk of homeowners' property taxes. "This is news everyone in Harrisburg needs to hear," said Papenfuse, who could hardly contain his enthusiasm. Harrisburg was among several distressed cities whose residents would get to zero out their school property taxes. Specifically, Harrisburg is in line for a 155-percent property tax reduction. That means the state would provide relief representing...
  • Nutter proposes hiking property taxes by 9.3 percent Read more at

    Mayor Nutter will ask City Council on Thursday to approve a 9.3 percent increase in property taxes to fund the beleaguered School District. In his final budget address as mayor, Nutter will ask Council - in an election year - to approve a $3.95 billion spending plan that would raise property owners' taxes by hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Currently, the tax bill for a home assessed at the median of $113,000 is $1,112. If Nutter's proposal was approved, it would go up to $1,216. Details of the budget were disclosed to Council members Wednesday morning in...
  • It's a new day at the Flower Show (When Liberals Get Mugged)

    02/28/2015 8:53:09 AM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 12 replies
    Philadelphia Daily News ^ | 02/28/2015 | Ronnie Polaneczky
    I HAVE A FAVOR to ask of the union members who've been picketing the Pennsylvania Convention Center: Leave the Philadelphia Flower Show alone. As in for real, guys. If you're planning to disrupt the show the way some members of the Metropolitan Regional Council of Carpenters disrupted the Philadelphia Auto Show on Feb. 7 - don't argue they didn't; we're not idiots - please just don't.
  • Will Smith Gets Candid About Racism, Gun Culture & Hints About Hip-Hop Return w/Help From Kanye West

    02/24/2015 2:11:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Atlanta Black Star ^ | February 15, 2015 | Taylor Gordon
    As the nation continues discussions about police brutality and how it pertains to racism, acting veteran Will Smith is also addressing the way America’s overall obsession with gun culture is leading to many early deaths in the Black community. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has also sparked rumors that he may be making a return to the music business with the help of one of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Kanye West. Smith has spent more than 25 years in the acting business, something that often leaves big stars disconnected from the issues impacting people who don’t benefit from fame and...
  • Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia Dies at 70; A 'Hero' and 'Villain'

    02/16/2015 11:00:28 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 59 replies
    NyTimes.com ^ | July 17, 1991 | DENNIS HEVESI
    Famous "Night-Stick in Cumerbund Shot" Mr. Rizzo was one of those seemingly larger-than-life figures, destined to be hero to some and villain to others. One view was that the former Police Commissioner and two-term Mayor was the last bastion against threats to middle-class residents of the city's row-house neighborhoods. The other view was that Mr. Rizzo was a barely educated former police officer who used a hard line on crime and tactics bordering on the dictatorial to suppress opposition and keep blacks out of middle-class neighborhoods. 'Tough Cop' Image That he was a "tough cop" -- an appellation that particularly...
  • Bill De Blasio’s NYC Too Corrupt to Host DNC

    02/12/2015 12:00:38 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-12-2015 | Brent Scher
    February 12, 2015Bill De Blasio’s NYC Too Corrupt to Host DNCBrent ScherNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bid to play host to the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 convention was derailed by corruption scandals surrounding Democrats such as former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York Post reports.Democrats announced on Thursday that they would be holding the convention in Philadelphia despite de Blasio’s full-scale campaign to bring the convention to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.The Post reports that a major reason Democrats passed on New York City was a fear that more federal corruption charges could be on the way. One national...
  • Dems pick Philly for '16 convention

    02/12/2015 7:06:53 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | February 12, 2015 | Mike Allen and James Hohmann
    Philadelphia has been chosen as the host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, party officials announced Thursday. The decision is a huge disappointment for New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio had made a major effort to land the convention for Brooklyn. The city had put together a rich financial package to lure the Democratic National Committee.
  • Want To Start A Blog in Philadelphia? You’ll Need A $300 License For That!

    02/11/2015 4:07:01 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 87 replies
    Libertarian Republic ^ | February 11, 2015 | by Grant Phillips
    Licensing regulations reduce economic freedom by creating barriers to market entry. For example, in my current home of Philadelphia, bloggers are required to obtain a $300 permit from the city. Blogging is by no means a lucrative business. In fact, an estimated 80% of bloggers will never make more than $100 from their work. A city official ironically says Philadelphia “loves the self-employed”. These permit-happy bureaucrats fail to grasp basic economics: occupational licensing can be detrimental to the economy.
  • Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

    02/06/2015 6:54:19 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. "We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. Boehner is Catholic and extended the invitation for the pope to speak to lawmakers. During his planned trip next fall, Francis is also expected to visit the White House as well as speak at the United Nations in New York and participate in a...
  • The Newburgh Incident George Washington Stops A Mutiny

    12/15/2014 10:41:34 AM PST · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 9 replies
    Ciolonial Williamsburg Journal ^ | Autum 2014 | by Ed Crews
    In 1783, with the Revolutionary War nearly over, the American dream of an independent republic almost died at the hands of the army that fought for it. While Continental Army officers waited in camp at Newburgh, New York, for negotiators to end the conflict, their long-simmering frustration with Congress finally boiled over. Anger swept through the corps from the lieutenants to the generals. These men had had enough—enough of inedible rations, inadequate clothing and supplies, and, most important, years of foregoing pay. A coup was in the making. Even the British knew it. As one of their spies reported, military...
  • Pelosi gropes for a game plan

    01/26/2015 5:25:26 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1-26-2015 | Lauren French & Anna Palmer
    Pelosi gropes for a game plan Heading into a retreat in Philadelphia, House members say Democrats have no message and no clear strategy to retake the majority. By LAUREN FRENCH and ANNA PALMER 1/26/15 5:36 AM EST Nancy Pelosi has big problems in her ranks. The California lawmaker is facing some of the most serious unrest she’s ever seen in her dozen years as the leader of the House Democrats: Members complain that the party has no message and no clear plan to retake the majority, despite good news on the economy that should have brought rewards at the polls....
  • Israel Bissell outrode Paul Revere, yet didn't get a poem

    04/14/2007 4:23:19 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 45 replies · 4,383+ views
    Associated Press WHDH ^ | 4-14-07 | Anon
    BOSTON -- Paul Revere gets all the glory for his midnight ride. After all, it was a stirring tale of patriotism told by a great storyteller. But one young messenger who called the colonists to arms during a remarkable five-day dash across five states is a mere footnote -- a man mentioned in historical documents that didn't even get his first name right. They called him Trail. His name was Israel Bissell, and he is one of the Revolutionary War's most unheralded heroes. Bissell, a 23-year-old postal rider when the war broke out on April 19, 1775, rode day and...
  • Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

    01/18/2015 3:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan....
  • Chris Christie in hot water with New York football fans after celebrating NFL playoff victory for

    01/05/2015 6:39:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 65 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2014 | Thomas Burrows
    New Jersey governor Chris Christie has landed himself in hot water after he was caught enthusiastically celebrating a victory for the Dallas Cowboys. Christie was filmed hugging Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones and his son Stephen in a garish orange sweater after Dallas defeated Detroit Lions in a match yesterday. A native of New Jersey, Christie follows the Cowboys despite his team having a long-standing rivalry with the New York Giants in his own state as they play in the same NFL conference every year. He also cheers for the Cowboys ahead of his state's other NFL team, the New York...
  • 10 leaders of Ironworkers Local 401 charged in racketeering indictment(THUGS)

    02/19/2014 4:48:54 PM PST · by Kid Shelleen · 18 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 02/13/2014 | Jeremy Roebuck
    They called themselves "the Helpful Union Guys" - "THUGS" for short - and woe awaited any contractor who dared cross them by hiring non-organized workers. For, federal authorities alleged Tuesday, this "goon squad" of members of Ironworkers Local 401 set fires, started riots, and took crowbars to the competition in an effort to protect union jobs. FBI agents arrested 10 of the union's leaders Tuesday morning, including longtime head Joseph Dougherty, in a racketeering conspiracy case that appeared to affirm long-standing business complaints over the tactics employed by Philadelphia unions.
  • Ironworkers boss faces trial alone after pleas

    01/02/2015 3:39:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 4 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | January 2, 2015 | Associated Press
    <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former ironworkers boss is the only man left standing as a union racketeering trial gets set to start Monday in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Federal prosecutors say a dozen Ironworkers Local 401 members threatened and sabotaged non-union contractors and rival unions in the Philadelphia area.</p>
  • Second Piece of Historic Ship Discovered at WTC Site

    08/06/2011 5:14:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    DNAinfo, Digital Network Associates ^ | August 4, 2011 | Olivia Scheck
    Archaeologists helping to excavate the World Trade Center site have uncovered a second piece of the more than 200-year-old ship that was discovered there last summer. The find, made last Friday, came as workers began digging up the east side of the construction area, which once housed the World Trade Center complex... Archaeologists first noticed remnants of the ship -- curved pieces of wood buried 25 feet below street level -- last July and spent two weeks excavating the artifact, which turned out to be a 32-foot-long section of the boat's hull. The piece that was found last Friday belongs...
  • WTC Ship Gives Up Lucky Coin

    09/10/2010 7:06:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Friday, September 10, 2010 | James William
    Lucky coin? Ever since the 2nd century B.C. -- not long after Romans began minting coins -- shipbuilders have been slipping a coin into the structure of their ships. It's a tradition that continues today. In fact, the USS New York -- made partially from steel recovered from the World Trade Center towers -- did it as well (see "What is Stepping the Mast?"). For the ancient Romans it was likely a continuation of religious customs. Now it's just a tradition and done for good luck. So we didn't find it during the five days we were actually excavating it....