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  • Hillary Clinton bundler pleads guilty to illegal contributions

    04/17/2014 3:44:26 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 5 replies
    Hillary Clinton bundler pleads guilty to illegal contributions By JOSH GERSTEIN | 4/17/14 5:03 PM EDT A prominent New York hotel magnate who was a top bundler for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign pled guilty in federal court Thursday to making more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions and to witness tampering. Sant Chatwal, 70, admitted using employees and vendors for his hotels as straw donors to avoid limits dictated by campaign finance law. Investigators also recorded Chatwal telling an associate not to admit that donations were reimbursed, court papers say. "Without [donations] nobody will even talk to you,"...
  • True marriage supporters ‘not welcome’ in New York: councilman

    04/17/2014 2:03:07 PM PDT · by Morgana · 58 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Catherine Briggs
    NEW YORK, April 17, 2014, (LifeSiteNews.com) – A New York City councilman has effectively told traditional marriage supporters they are “not welcome” in the Big Apple. In response to Chick-fil-A’s proposed plans to expand their business and set up restaurants in several locations, including New York City, Councilman Daniel Dromm told the Huffington Post that the fast-food chain would not be welcome in the most populous city in the country. Councilman Daniel Dromm “We don’t need bigots coming to New York City,” Dromm told HuffPost. “They are not welcome here unless they can embrace all of New York’s diverse community,...
  • NBC: Isn’t it great to have a multi-billionaire pour money into politics?

    04/17/2014 1:56:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 17, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s do a thought experiment. If Charles or David Koch got invited onto NBC’s Today show to talk about their efforts to advance their political agenda, would either or both get partnered with Savannah Guthrie for a softball interview? Would their interview include suggestions that one of them should run for President? Kyle Drennen at Newsbusters notes that two weeks prior to Michael Bloomberg’s appearance on Today, the network took a much different approach to money in politics: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The clip just provides the highlights. Newsbusters has the whole transcript up, but let me just note the tough questions asked by...
  • Major Democratic donor indicted over campaign contributions

    04/17/2014 10:52:58 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 17, 2014 | Scott Cohn
    A hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser has pleaded guilty in New York to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws. Sant Singh Chatwal appeared Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn. The candidates were not identified. Chatwal had raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama
  • Veterans Blast NY Times Op-Ed That Stereotypes Them as Potential Domestic Terrorists

    04/16/2014 3:30:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Veterans Blast NY Times Op-Ed That Stereotypes Them as Potential Domestic Terrorists By Matthew Balan Created 04/16/2014 - 5:41pm An unsigned Wednesday article in the Military Times spotlighted how veteran groups have rebuked the New York Times for an opinion piece that played up the recent shootings at two Jewish community centers as apparent proof that white veterans are susceptible to joining hate groups. Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America hammered the liberal newspaper for its "sensational, slanderous and incredibly offensive" attack on his peers. In the Wednesday op-ed, author Kathleen Belew cited a controversial 2009 Department...
  • NY Times Columnist: Republicans Right on Liberal Inner City Failures

    04/16/2014 5:42:22 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 15, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://www.frontpagemag.com - NY Times Columnist: Republicans Right on Liberal Inner City FailuresPosted By Daniel Greenfield On April 15, 2014 @ 1:29 pm In The Point | No Comments Nicholas Kristof’s article is really a bait and switch, admitting that Republicans were right about three major liberal social policy failures in the inner city… but offering only more of the same liberal social policies. “Conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points,” he writes.“STRONG FAMILIES Conservatives highlight the primacy of family and argue...
  • Freep this poll! Do you support the law that requires gun owners to register their assault weapons?

    04/15/2014 10:57:49 AM PDT · by Above My Pay Grade · 53 replies
    http://longisland.news12.com/ News 12 Long Island has a poll on "assault weapon" registration in NYS. Today is the deadline to register in NYS. The good folks at LongIslandFirearms.com have already moved it from 70/30 Yes, to 77/23 No! The poll is in the lower right hand corner of the page. Help make it a blow out! FUAC!
  • As Many As One Million Armed New Yorkers Are About To Break The Law

    04/15/2014 12:24:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 51 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/13/2014 | Frank Miniter
    This year April 15 is more than the tax deadline for an estimated one million New York State residents. It’s also the deadline to register “assault weapons” and “high-capacity” magazines. If they don’t, they’ll begin living outside the law. A lot of them have decided to do just that. They’ve decided to practice civil disobedience even though failure to register an “assault weapon” by the deadline is punishable as a “class A misdemeanor,” which means a maximum sentence of one year in prison. I put “assault weapon” and “high-capacity” in quotes because their definitions vary by state—they’re political terms. In...
  • New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's...

    04/15/2014 12:50:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | April 11, 2014 | NA
    New York Officials Argue for Flexibility with Gun Law Violators… As Long as They're on the City's PayrollSome of New York's most strident gun control advocates have rushed to the defense of an unwitting traveler who was arrested at an airport for a technical violation of a draconian gun law. Has a new era of sanity arrived in the Big Apple? Not really. This defendant happens to be an NYPD officer who is alleged to have violated India's strict firearm regulations. On March 10th, NYPD Officer Manny Encarnacion was arrested when officials at the airport in New Delhi discovered three...
  • Trial of Occupy activist struggles to find jurors impartial to protest movement

    04/13/2014 4:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jon Swaine
    It is the most important question being asked of dozens of New Yorkers lined up as potential jurors for the trial of Cecily McMillan, an Occupy Wall Street activist accused of assaulting a police officer: what do you think of her protest movement? Unfortunately for those keen on the swift procession of justice, a series of Manhattan residents who presented themselves at the criminal courthouse this week declared that they strongly disagreed with it – and could not promise to be impartial about one of its members. “I’m involved in Wall Street things. I’m on the Wall Street side, not...
  • A Glimpse into the Political Future

    04/12/2014 5:47:11 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | April 11 | FRED SIEGEL
    The other great liberal political success story has been the rise of public-sector unions, which fueled both Obama’s reelection and Bill de Blasio’s victory in New York City’s mayoral race. They are now a key component of the liberal coalition. The upshot of Obama’s policies is that he has, Chicago-style, fed the top-bottom alliance of crony capitalists and the social-service state—the government-worker providers and the recipients of aid. This has left the private-sector middle class out in the cold. Chait’s rhetorical nuance leaves no room for anger at a president whose supervision of Obamacare combines the administrative failings of George...
  • Suit Against SAFE Act Claims it Allows ‘Warrantless’ Police Searches

    04/10/2014 4:50:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 4/9/2014 | Mary Lou Byrd
    The registry process of New York’s SAFE Act allows for warrantless police searches into gun owners’ homes, a violation of the Fourth Amendment, according to plaintiffs of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District.The law firm representing plaintiff Gabriel Razzano argues the registry process is “essentially secret and results in a mandatory, warrantless Penal Law 400 gun removal visit from police.”“The entire purpose of the registry is a sham to permit intrusions into a person’s home on consent without a warrant for a ‘gun removal,’” La Reddola, Lester and Associates said in a release. “The entire registry and...
  • Preet Bharara won't rule out ethics probe into Gov. Cuomo

    04/11/2014 3:41:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 10, 2014 | Ken Lovett
    <p>US Attorney Preet Bharara of the southern district Thursday did not rule out investigating whether Gov. Cuomo and his aides improperly intervened with the investigations undertaken by the governor's anti-corruption commission.</p> <p>"We're going to look at the documents, we're going to see what the facts are, and if there are questions that are appropriate to ask, as I think the public knows by now, there are strong-willed and aggressive--but fair--people in my office who will ask those questions," Bharara said during an appearance Thursday morning on WNYC public radio's "The Brian Lehrer Show."</p>
  • 50% Taxes When Alive, 50% Taxes When You Die: Why New York is the "Must Leave" State

    04/09/2014 7:46:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/09/2014 | Ronn Torossian
    I, Ronn Torossian, am a born & bred New Yorker, who raises a family here, owns a business – and loves all this city has to offer. Yet, I would be among the first to advise people not to live or move to New York if they don’t have to. If they have ambition or drive, New York isn’t the place to be. From the non-stop energy to the culture, indeed, this city deserves its title as capital of the world. Yet, from a business perspective, there are so many obstacles for living – and dying – in New York...
  • Comrade de Blasio’s smashing blows to New York City will show America what the Democrats are about

    04/09/2014 9:05:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/9/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Comrade Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, is starting to do all of the destructives things anyone with any brains could foresee. De Blasio is owned by two factions of the Left: the teacher’s union and the Working Families Party (WFP). The teachers union is closing in on an unheard of eight year contract. The teachers know they have to nail down their benefits now because things will be different when sanity returns to New York and de Blasio is shown the door. They looked at the stunts Wisconsin public service unions pulled and opted for guaranteed...
  • Republicans plan to tie Dem challenger Recchia to Mayor de Blasio in bid to keep S.I. seat(edit)

    04/09/2014 2:29:57 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | April 9, 2014
    WASHINGTON — Republican strategists have settled on a new strategy in their fight to a keep Staten Island’s lone congressional seat in GOP hands: tie Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia to Mayor de Blasio at every turn.
  • New York rich face tax surprise when they die: Tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates

    04/08/2014 2:20:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    CNBC ^ | 04/08/2014 | Robert Frank
    If you're a New York multimillionaire, you now have another incentive to stay alive. A change this month in New York's estate tax, which was billed as tax relief for the wealthy, contains a hidden wrinkle that could leave some multimillionaires with a much bigger surprise tax upon their death. Certain estates could even wind up with a tax rate of 164 percent on portions of their estates, according to one tax expert. The changes were intended to ease the tax bill for wealthy New Yorkers and prevent them from fleeing to lower-tax states. A report from the Tax Foundation...
  • NYC’s tanning salons inspected more regularly than abortion clinics

    04/07/2014 8:56:52 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 04/07/2014 | Carl Campanile
    The state Health Department is failing to inspect many of New York’s abortion clinics — with some facilities escaping scrutiny for more than a decade, bombshell documents obtained by The Post reveal. Health inspectors regulate 25 diagnostic and treatment clinics and surgery centers that provide abortion services — though pro-choice advocates say there are 225 abortion service providers in New York state. Eight of the 25 clinics were never inspected over the 2000-12 span, five were inspected just once, and eight were inspected only twice or three times — meaning once every four or six years. A total of just...
  • Bill O’Reilly on Bill de Blasio: ‘I Want to Beat Him Up’

    04/04/2014 5:08:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 4/4 | Joe Coscarelli
    Today, in fights we would pay to watch, Bill "Papa Bear" O'Reilly, who's listed at six-foot-four, has challenged New York City Mayor Bill "Sandinista" de Blasio, who has a slight edge at six-foot-five-and-seven-eighths. Or rather, O'Reilly has guaranteed victory in what could be the first battle of the coming class war. In front of a friendly home crowd at Long Island's Church of Saint Mary, O'Reilly, along with fellow Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Brian Kilmeade, delivered a rousing three-part sermon before taking audience questions, Gawker's J.K. Trotter reports. "Have we reached the point where there are more people...
  • New Yorkers Boo Bill de Blasio as he Throws Out Pitch for Mets (VIDEO)

    04/01/2014 8:11:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    <p>No, they weren’t happy to see him. And they couldn’t have made it any clearer or yelled it any louder.</p> <p>New York Mayor de Blasio was booed at Citi Field on Monday, even before he had a chance to throw out the first pitch.</p>
  • Vandalism of Harlem church sign being investigated as a hate crime (ATLAH)

    03/25/2014 4:56:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:04 PM | Michael J. Feeney
    The tables have turned. Police are investigating the vandalism of the inflammatory sign at ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem over the weekend as a hate crime. The unlikely situation stands to paint the church’s controversial pastor, James David Manning, who frequently adorned his marquee with blatantly vicious messages, in a sympathetic light. …
  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it. Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to "reach out" is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black "leaders" like Jesse...
  • Anthony Weiner's 'brashness' just got him a new job

    03/24/2014 10:31:29 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | 3-24-14 | Jon Terbush
    Former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner — who has been looking for a new gig ever since he twice torpedoed his political career by sexting random women on the internet — has finally found a job. Beginning this week, Weiner will write a monthly political column (creatively titled, "Weiner!") for Business Insider.
  • Silence of the Left

    03/15/2014 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The topic du jour on the left these days is inequality. But why does the left care about inequality? Do they really want to lift those at the bottom of the income ladder? Or are they just looking for one more reason to increase the power of government? If you care about those at the bottom then you are wasting your time and everyone else’s time unless you focus on one and only one phenomenon: the inequality of educational opportunity. Poor kids are almost always enrolled in bad schools. Rich kids are almost always in good schools. So what does...
  • Quinnipiac: NYC Mayor de Blasio's Approval Ratings Plunge

    03/21/2014 9:08:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 03/21/2014
    The honeymoon is over for New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, with a poll showing that the liberal Democrat's approval ratings tumbled dramatically as he entered his third month in office. Just 45 percent of voters approve of the job he is doing, while 34 percent do not, says the survey released Tuesday by the independent Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The findings are a major setback for de Blasio, who became the city's 109th mayor on Jan. 1 after a campaign that portrayed him as the progressive alternative to his predecessor, billionaire media tycoon Michael Bloomberg. A Jan....
  • De Blasio planned ‘snow shoveling’ shows at home

    03/19/2014 2:48:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Yoav Gonen and Beth DeFalco
    Mayor de Blasio’s attention-drawing turns as an average Joe shoveling snow in front of his Park Slope home in January were premeditated, records show. Hizzoner’s schedule, obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, shows the snow clearing was blocked out beforehand — and even planned from the outset to include his popular son’s cameo. “7:00 – 7:20 am: Snow Shoveling Front of Residence with Dante de Blasio,” reads the mayor’s schedule on January 3. A separate entry on January 22, following another blanketing of the city, shows a shorter shoveling shift was planned: “7:00-7:15 AM SNOW...
  • New York City’s rich get blasted for doing good

    03/19/2014 2:12:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/19/2014 | Charles Gasparino
    <p>Consider what passes for a scandal in New York City these days: The rich, conservative Koch family funding a wing of a city hospital. Wall Street types financing charter schools for poor kids in the South Bronx and Harlem. Non-union Walmart trying to open a store in a low-income neighborhood, which would deliver both cheaper goods and jobs to the locals.</p>
  • Large explosion, fire in East Harlem; at least 11 hurt

    03/12/2014 7:05:25 AM PDT · by GRRRRR · 97 replies
    WABC, FOX ^ | 03/12/14 | WABC
    <p>Fox news reporting a large explosion in Harlem, possible building collapse etc.</p>
  • Local coverage of reported building explosion in NYC

    03/12/2014 7:24:00 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | FoxNews.Com
    Live video feed. Prayers for those affected.
  • Bill de Blasio Attacks New York City’s Charter Schools

    03/19/2014 2:06:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Hannaford
    After assuming office in January, Mayor Bill de Blasio wasted no time mounting his assault on New York City’s charter schools. His recent decision to pull the plug on three previously approved charter schools has drawn praise from teachers unions. However, some supporters have accused him of not going far enough. This view displays an ignorance of school choice and a misguided understanding of the purpose of public education. Nothing exemplifies this ignorance better than the response made by Brooklyn City Councilman Vincent Gentile. Referring to one of the 14 charter schools that were permitted to move forward by de...
  • Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone likens Mayor de Blasio and liberals' arguments to Nazis

    03/19/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 3/18/14
    One of Gov. Cuomo’s top Republican supporters ignited an uproar Tuesday by comparing populist appeals targeting income inequality to arguments made by Nazis in pre-war Germany. Kenneth Langone, the billionaire co-founder of The Home Depot and a chairman of Republicans for Cuomo, made the remark when asked by Politico how the rich view the political arguments made by Mayor de Blasio and other liberals.
  • De Blasio agrees to $98M FDNY discrimination suit settlement (entrance exams)

    03/19/2014 8:22:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 18, 2014 | 12:27pm | Selim Algar, Philip Messing, Beth DeFalco and Bob Fredericks
    Abandoning a legal battle hard-fought by his predecessor, Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday agreed to have the city shell out more than $100 million to a group of 1,500 minority firefighter applicants who sued over FDNY entrance exams that were found to be biased. De Blasio made no secret of his desire to settle the controversial case upon taking office in January and the Vulcan Society and its lawyers took full advantage, scoring $98 million out of a $128 million cap on the city’s financial exposure. The generous settlement amount doesn’t include at least $3.7 million more the city will...
  • NYC to pay $98 million to settle case alleging FDNY discriminated against minority applicants

    03/18/2014 4:18:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | March 18, 2014
    New York City reached an historic settlement with the Vulcan Society of black firefighters, agreeing to pay $98 million in back pay and benefits to minority FDNY applicants without acknowledging intentional discrimination at the fire department.
  • Greenfield: The Black Hitler of Harlem

    03/09/2014 10:44:30 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 15 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Saturday, March 08, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Saturday, March 08, 2014 The Black Hitler of Harlem Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog The Black Hitler was a Chicago community organizer who moved to New York. Somewhere along the way he picked up a gold lined cape, a purple turban and a stepladder on which he used to stand while giving speeches outside the stores of Harlem's dwindling Jewish community.  The cape and the turban were combined with Nazi style military shirt and jackboots, for the quixotic uniform of a man who is remembered today as a pioneering labor leader-- but was known back then...
  • Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. tossed in jail after conviction on bribe charges (NYC)

    03/08/2014 5:43:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, March 7, 2014 12:33 PM | John Marzulli
    Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. was convicted of extortion and soliciting bribes by a federal jury Thursday and immediately tossed in jail. The corrupt Brooklyn Democrat closed his eyes and held his head with both hands as the jury foreman pronounced him guilty of all 21 counts in the indictment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Capers then told the judge that Boyland, 43, broke the law even while on trial. FBI agents surveilled him driving in Brooklyn and Manhattan recently despite the suspensions of his license, registration and auto insurance. …
  • New York City Mayor de Blasio has a Twisted need to Punish the Rich

    03/08/2014 10:47:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2014 | David Lawrence
    Mayor de Blasio is not interested in children’s getting a better education. If he were, he would endorse the charter schools and allow Cuomo to fund them. But he couldn't care less about quality education – otherwise, why turn against the charter schools that are educating minorities better than any of the other schools? De Blasio’s whole desire is to tax the rich. He has some twisted need to punish them. He has the communist hatred of wealth. He is a man who emotionally identified with the communists when he traveled to Cuba, Russia, and Nicaragua. He is a big...
  • 64% of White New York Voters Rate Bill de Blasio Negatively

    03/07/2014 7:14:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/07/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It seems New Yorkers are not particularly fond of incompetence, abuses of power and the aimless fights that have characterized William Wilhelm Jr.’s administration.While the media is still playing defense for the radical leftist politician, the public has lost patience with Bill de Blasio’s antics. Thirty-nine percent of registered voters in New York City approve of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job performance two months after he took the reins of the nation’s largest city, a poll from The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist showed Thursday.According to the poll, the first WSJ-NBC-Marist survey of his tenure, 10% of voters described...
  • Astorino Jumps Into N.Y. Governor's Race

    03/06/2014 12:15:15 PM PST · by NoKoolAidforMe · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-06-14 | Erica Orden
    New York's gubernatorial race got its first declared GOP candidate on Wednesday in the form of Rob Astorino, the Westchester county executive who announced via Web video that he would challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in this year's election. "I'm tired of listening to the fairy tale that everything is just great when it's just the opposite. I'm tired of watching New York's decline," Mr. Astorino said in the six-and-a-half minute video. Mr. Astorino, 46 years old, emerged as a likely contender after winning re-election in November in heavily Democratic Westchester with 56% of the vote. The former radio host, however,...
  • Before long, New York’s Bill de Blasio will be a major embarrassment to Democrats

    03/03/2014 10:41:25 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/3/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The election of Bill de Blasio as New York’s mayor was a dream comes true for America’s progressives. Not only has one of their own grabbed the top job in the country’s biggest city, but his Working Families Party has total (48/3) control of the City Council to support him. There is now no progressive program de Blasio cannot put into place. He is limited only by his own imagination. Sure those “meanies” in Albany can throw a few road blocks in front of him and briefly stall his plans, but in the end he’ll get his way. The far...
  • NYC mayor marches in gay-friendly St. Pat’s parade

    03/03/2014 12:02:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 2, 2014 10:34 PM EST
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who plans to skip the nation’s largest St. Patrick's Day parade because participants are banned from carrying signs or banners identifying themselves as gay, joined the gay-friendly St. Pat’s For All Parade Sunday, saying it honors the traditions of the city by celebrating inclusion. “This is a parade that celebrates inclusion. … That is what the city is about. That is what has made this city strong,” De Blasio said after arriving at the parade, an annual tradition in Queens that attracts a few thousand participants. In a nod to those who started...
  • Mayor de Blasio Kicks 700 Kids Out of Over-Performing Schools

    03/02/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Elite New York Democrats are waging a war on children. Well… At least that’s how it appears when the progressive Democrat mayor kicks 700 students out of high-performing schools, because… Well… He doesn’t really have a good reason. Ostensibly, it’s because he doesn’t want charter schools (public education facilities that govern their affairs with autonomy from New York public education directives) to share space with underperforming school districts. Proving that there are worse things than a Bloomberg-run city, de Blasio has decided to kick at least three charter school programs out of their co-location agreements with traditional public education facilities....
  • Study showing Bloomberg lied about gun research

    02/27/2014 5:44:22 PM PST · by richardb72 · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2014 | Fox News
    A forthcoming study is challenging claims, repeated over and over in the media, that federal restrictions effectively froze gun research over the last two decades. The Crime Prevention Research Center study examined how a 1996 decision by Congress to strip funding for firearms research actually impacted the world of academia. To hear national media outlets tell it, the decision led to a drought in research from 1996 to 2013 -- when such funding was once again allowed. Stories from The Washington Post, NBC News, Reuters and other outlets all have claimed that Washington, with the backing of the National Rifle...
  • Boston, NYC mayors to skip St. Pat's parades

    02/27/2014 5:47:13 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 40 replies
    Times Herald Record(Middletown, NY) ^ | 2/27/14 | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON (AP) -- Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is threatening to boycott the St. Patrick's Day parade unless organizers allow a group of gay military veterans to march, joining New York's mayor in protesting parade policies on gay groups. Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, said Thursday he's been trying to broker a deal with the city's parade organizers to allow a gay veterans group sponsored by MassEquality to march in this year's parade. He said allowing gay groups to participate is long overdue. "It's 2014 - it's far beyond the time where we should be even having this discussion because...
  • Judge tosses out SAFE Act charge against Lockport man - Says police violated Lockport man’s rights

    02/27/2014 5:52:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    The Buffalo News (NY) ^ | February 26, 201 | Thomas Prohaska
    LOCKPORT – Lockport police violated Paul A. Wojdan’s constitutional rights by counting the bullets in his gun and charging him with violating New York’s SAFE Act, Lockport City Judge William J. Watson ruled Wednesday. Watson dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Wojdan, filed because the magazine of his 9 mm Ruger handgun contained 10 bullets, more than the limit of seven bullets per magazine under the Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. On Dec. 31, 2˝ months after Wojdan’s Oct. 12 arrest, Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny ruled that the seven-bullet rule was unconstitutional, the only portion of the...
  • Liam Neeson chides NYC mayor on horse carriages

    02/28/2014 10:51:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 28, 2014 8:34 PM EST
    Liam Neeson says he’s “a little bit pissed off” at Mayor Bill de Blasio for wanting to shut down the horse-drawn carriage industry in New York City. The actor made the comment during a Wednesday appearance on “The Daily Show”. …
  • (Socialist) De Blasio starts his war on charter schools

    02/28/2014 2:46:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Frank Rosario, Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor de Blasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • American Studies Association President-elect holding 'secret' anti-Israel conference at NYU

    02/23/2014 8:06:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Israel Matzav ^ | 2/23/14 | Carl in Jerusalem
    If you're not busy this weekend, Lisa Duggan the President-elect of the American Studies Association, is holding a 'secret' anti-Israel conference, the agenda of which she published (above) on her Facebook page. But the most curious part is that this conference is supposed to be a secret.... And for those of you - like me - who are solicited multiple times each year for donations to NYU, the university is apparently sponsoring this conference. It is unclear whether this conference is officially sponsored by NYU itself. The registration webpage says all questions should go to NYU, implying that this...
  • 2011 Flashback - Community Reinvestment Act: Separating Fact From Fiction

    02/23/2014 4:39:41 PM PST · by Son House · 13 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | 03/29/2011 | Staff
    FACT: The toothless 1977 regulations fully expired in July 1997, when President Clinton rewrote them to toughen CRA enforcement as part of a crusade to close the "mortgage gap" between blacks and whites. For the first time, banks were required to show results. One of the five performance criteria in the "lending test" — the most heavily weighted component of the CRA exam — was adopting "flexible lending practices" to address the credit needs of poor borrowers in "predominantly minority neighborhoods." Banks that didn't bend their underwriting rules risked flunking the exam. Ex-Federal Reserve Board Gov. Lawrence Lindsey, a staunch...
  • NY Times: The Stimulus worked! (Almost verbatim White House talking points)

    02/23/2014 11:37:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/22/2014 | Rick Moran
    Here's an editorial in the New York Times about the beneficial effects of the $832 billion stimulus bill passed in 2009 that could have been written in the White House: Of all the myths and falsehoods that Republicans have spread about President Obama, the most pernicious and long-lasting is that the $832 billion stimulus package did not work. Since 2009, Republican lawmakers have inextricably linked the words "failed" and "stimulus," and last week, five years after passage of the Recovery Act, they dusted off their old playbook again."The 'stimulus' has turned out to be a classic case of big promises...