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  • Smoking banned in New York City parks and on beaches

    02/23/2011 7:09:33 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/22/11 | Deborah Brunswick
    Smoking banned in New York City parks and on beachesBy Deborah Brunswick, CNN February 22, 2011 8:14 p.m. EST New York (CNN) -- Life just became more of a drag for New York City smokers after Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill Tuesday banning smoking in many public places. The new law will make smoking illegal in New York City's 1,700 parks and on the city's 14 miles of public beaches. Smokers will also be prohibited from lighting up in pedestrian plazas such as Times Square. The ban, which the city council overwhelmingly approved earlier this month, is designed to...
  • Large Cities and the Elimination of the Middle Class

    02/14/2011 4:27:31 PM PST · by Tom Rounder · 22 replies
    Metropolis ^ | February 14, 2011 | Joel Kotkin
    America’s largest cities are increasingly divided into three classes: the affluent, the poor, and the nomadic class of young people who generally come to the city for a relatively brief period and then leave. New York, the aspirational city of my grandparents, now has the smallest share of middle-income families in the nation, according to a recent Brookings Institution study, with Los Angeles and San Francisco not far behind. In 1980 Manhattan, New York’s wealthiest borough, ranked 17th among U.S. counties for social inequality; by 2007 Bloomberg’s “luxury city” was first, with the top fifth earning 52 times the income...
  • How Bad is Detroit’s Detroitification?

    01/24/2011 7:54:46 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies
    Michigan Capital Confidential ^ | January 21, 2011 | James M. Hohman
    Mackinac Center analyst Jack McHugh has called the long process of hollowing out a private economy to prop up an unsustainable government "Detroitification." Detroit's most recent comprehensive annual financial report shows just how much the title-city itself has been hollowed. The report lists the number of jobs provided by the city's largest employers, which indicates how sensitive its finances are to the actions of a particular firm. In Detroit's case, six of the top 10 employers are not private businesses at all, but government entities: public schools, the city government, the U.S. government, Wayne State University, the State of Michigan...
  • Court Allows San Fran City Resolution Condemning Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful'

    10/27/2010 12:10:42 PM PDT · by topher · 87 replies ^ | October 26, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Tuesday October 26, 2010 Court Allows San Fran City Resolution Condemning Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful' By Kathleen GilbertSAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2010 ( - The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has shakily allowed to stand a resolution by the city government of San Francisco that lambasted the Vatican as "meddl[ing]" and "insult[ing]" for reaffirming its teaching against homosexual adoption, and which urged Church officials to disobey the Magisterium.The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2006 had issued a statement clarifying that Catholic Church agencies, in line with the Church's moral teaching on sexuality, should not hand...
  • Baltimore Hands Out First Trans Fat Citation

    10/27/2010 5:23:09 AM PDT · by Abathar · 66 replies ^ | October 26, 2010 | staff
    BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore City Health Department issued its first environmental citation for repeat violations of the city's trans fat ban. The Health Department issued Healthy Choice, a food facility in the 400 block of Lexington Street, a $100 fine on Thursday. "It was the second time they were found with a high trans fat level in their ingredients," said Health Department agent Juan Gutierrez. Officials said that during inspections in July and this month, the facility was found to be using a margarine product with trans fat levels in excess of what the law allows. The law banning food...
  • Live News Feed Oakland CA.

    07/08/2010 8:45:53 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 92 replies
    KRON ^ | 7/8/10
    Live feed from KRON Oakland Ca.
  • Ex-Detroit mayor (Kwame Kilpatrick) indicted on federal fraud charges

    06/23/2010 1:16:44 PM PDT · by Justaham · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 6-23-10 | Ed White
    DETROIT (AP) - Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, already in state prison for probation violations stemming from his conviction for lying about an affair with his chief of staff, was indicted Wednesday on federal fraud and tax charges for allegedly using his charity as a slush fund. Federal prosecutors said the alleged scheme is related to the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, a tax-exempt fund that was supposed to pay for voter education and other purposes. Instead, they accuse the former mayor of taking cash payments from the fund for himself, friends and relatives. He is charged with filing false tax returns for...
  • Black Flight Hits Detroit

    DETROIT—This shrinking city needs to hang on to people like Johnette Barham: taxpaying, middle-class professionals who invest in local real estate, work and play downtown, and make their home here. Ms. Barham just left. And she's not coming back. In seven years as a homeowner in Detroit, she endured more than 10 burglaries and break-ins at her house and a nearby rental property she owned. Still, she defied friends' pleas to leave as she fortified her home with locks, bars, alarms and a dog. Then, a week before Christmas, someone torched the house and destroyed almost everything she owned.
  • 5 wounded in separate shootings overnight (Chicago - 39 shootings over Memorial Day Weekend)

    06/01/2010 3:49:19 AM PDT · by raybbr · 26 replies · 832+ views ^ | 6/1/2010 | Deanese Williams-Harris
    A man was found shot in the head and back this morning on Chicago's Far South Side, one of five shootings across the city overnight, police said. He was found lying on the ground at about 3:21 a.m. in the 200 block of East 115th Street in the West Pullman neighborhood, said Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines, and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. There was no immediate information available about the victim's age or the circumstances of the shooting. In other violence: • Shortly before 2 a.m., another man was found with...
  • Stansberry: Detroit's socialist nightmare is America's future

    05/23/2010 12:18:21 PM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 49 replies · 1,593+ views ^ | October 29, 2009 | Porter Stansberry
    DETROIT'S SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE IS AMERICA'S FUTURE!One of the most important things to remember about socialism – or coercion of any kind – is it fails eventually because human beings have an innate desire for liberty and a strong need for personal property rights. In fact, the origins of government lie in the need of agricultural communities to protect themselves from violence and theft. So it is particularly ironic that in more recent times, it is government itself that has more frequently played the role of bandit. When you start taxing people at extreme rates to pay for socialist "benefits," when...
  • L.A. Teetering on Bankruptcy, Former Mayor Says

    05/05/2010 10:49:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 52 replies · 1,051+ views
    Money News ^ | 05/05/10
    L.A. Teetering on Bankruptcy, Former Mayor Says Wednesday, 05 May 2010 02:20 PM By: Dan Weil California’s finances have deteriorated rapidly since the beginning of the financial meltdown in 2007, and now it’s really getting bad. “Los Angeles is facing a terminal fiscal crisis: between now and 2014 the city will likely declare bankruptcy,” former mayor Richard Riordan wrote in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece. “Yet Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council have been either unable or unwilling to face this fact.” Riordan’s column was co-authored by Alexander Rubalcava of Rubalcava Capital Management. The basic problem: pension and...
  • FREEPER BUYCOTT all Sanctuary Cities Cancel vacations, buying products, & BUY ARIZONA

    05/01/2010 2:17:09 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 111 replies · 2,114+ views
    vanity | May 1, 2010 | steelers6
    Cities and counties that have sanctuary policies include: Anchorage, AK Fairbanks, AK Fresno, CA Los Angeles, CA National City, CA4 San Diego, CA San Francisco, CA Sonoma County, CA Evanston, IL Chicago, IL3 Cicero, IL Cambridge, MA Orleans, MA Portland, ME Baltimore, MD Takoma Park, MD Ann Arbor, MI Detroit, MI Minneapolis, MN Newark, NJ1 Trenton, NJ1 Durham, NC Albuquerque, NM Aztec, NM Rio Arriba, County, NM Sante Fe, NM New York, NY Ashland, OR Gaston, OR Marion County, OR Austin, TX Houston, TX Katy, TX Virginia Beach, VA Seattle, WA Madison, WI Currently there are two statewide policies regarding...
  • Is progressive Asheville Obama's vision for America? (unwashed hippies alert)

    04/25/2010 5:27:01 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 56 replies · 1,752+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 24 April 2010 | Partik Jonsson
    Okay, maybe the Obamas’ Asheville, N.C., trip is just a romantic getaway and a chance to grab some 12 Bones BBQ, as the White House suggests. But you know something is going on when even the local “tea party” affiliate welcomes Obama to their “mountain paradise.” Critics like Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele have complained that Obama’s “ultimate vision, he has not been very clear about.” So given that the Obama’s “kind of fell in love” with the Buncombe County burg during a debate prep visit during the 2008 campaign, could Asheville itself be a clue to what the President...
  • Dem Controlled Cities Among Most Violent in the World (N.O.; Detroit)

    04/19/2010 7:39:23 PM PDT · by TigerBait · 18 replies · 922+ views
    Urban cityscapes uniting large and vastly diverse populations have long been sources of great inspiration, commerce and community spirit, but for as long as they have existed, cities have also been beset by their own dangers. While it's a fair to say no city, where humans interact freely, is spared the scourges of violence and criminal activity, it is also evident that some are far more affected than others. It's a tall order to quantify these problems and rank cities in terms of the most dangerous, particularly in countries so ravaged by conflict and chaos that day-to-day safety is only...
  • Spike in murders, shootings shakes New York

    04/10/2010 4:50:17 AM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 671+ views
    z news ^ | 4/10/10 | t news
    A rampage by gun-slinging youths through New York's Times Square this week underscored a surge in murders and shootings that has some New Yorkers fearing a return to the city's dark past. The European-style pedestrian zones, bicycle lanes and flower pots of Times Square epitomize Mayor Michael Bloomberg's clean and tourist-friendly Big Apple.
  • Los Angeles Faces Threat of Insolvency (because of renewable energy)

    04/10/2010 5:00:04 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 14 replies · 895+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 9, 2010 | Peter Sanders
    A bitter political dispute between this city's elected leaders and its powerful municipal utility threatens to push the city into insolvency as early as next month. Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel warned this week that the city's general fund could run out of money and fall $10 million into the red by May 5 unless the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power transfers a planned $73.5 million payment it has so far said it would withhold. Without the payment, the city would need to dip into its reserve fund, leaving that contingency dangerously low in the event of...
  • LA faces insolvency without using $90M in reserves

    04/05/2010 6:25:45 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 11 replies · 762+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Monday, April 5, 2010
    The Los Angeles city controller has warned the mayor and City Council that the city will not be able to make payroll next month if it doesn't dip into its reserve fund. In a memo to officials on Monday, Controller Wendy Greuel said the city faces its most urgent fiscal crisis in recent history after the council blocked a proposed electricity rate hike last week
  • Engaged Couple Killed in NJ Carjacking

    04/05/2010 11:07:09 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 40 replies · 2,084+ views
    aol news ^ | 4/4/2010 | unknown
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (April 4) - An engaged couple returning to their northern New Jersey home early today were fatally shot in what authorities believe was a botched carjacking. Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said 27-year-old Michael Muchiaki and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Nia Haqq, were both shot twice in the head. They were found near their car, which was not taken. The couple had attended a party in New Brunswick and returned to their Jersey City home around 3 a.m., DeFazio said.
  • Philadelphia to ease marijuana penalty

    04/05/2010 6:28:09 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 10 replies · 429+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 04/05/2010 | Craig R. McCoy, Nancy Phillips, and Dylan Purcell
    The city's new district attorney and the state Supreme Court are moving to all but decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use in an effort to unclog Philadelphia's crowded court dockets. Under a policy to take effect later this month, prosecutors will charge such cases as summary offenses rather than as misdemeanors. People arrested with up to 30 grams of the drug - slightly more than an ounce - may have to pay a fine but face no risk of a criminal record
  • 54 arrested, 3 shot in Times Square riot (3 shot as police dispel gang thugs)

    04/05/2010 5:03:17 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 122 replies · 4,540+ views
    Scores of gangbangers marauded through Times Square and nearby streets last night, storming businesses and harrassing pedestrians as three people were shot in possibly related violence. Hundreds of cops struggled to disperse the youths. One man was shot in the ankle on West 41st Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Early this morning two people were shot at 34th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Their conditions were not immediately known. Twenty young men were seen fleeing the scene. * * * At least 30 people, including seven juveniles, were arrested by early this morning. In past years, the NYPD...
  • All DC Police Radios Down Citywide

    03/29/2010 7:11:08 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 72 replies · 2,889+ views
    My Fox DC ^ | Mar 29, 2010
    <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. - D.C. Police sources tell FOX 5 that radio communications are down citywide in the District, and police officers on the street have no way to receive or respond to calls via radio.</p>
  • Two friends fatally stabbed aboard No. 2 train (NYC murder rate up 22% this year)

    03/29/2010 4:54:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies · 2,151+ views
    Pals heading home from a Midtown nightclub yesterday tossed their trash out a subway door, setting off a senseless slashing rampage that left two of them dead -- and added to the explosive spike in homicides around the city. The carnage erupted at around 5 a.m., shortly after the 10 Brooklyn friends -- who had been at the trendy Cellar Bar in the Bryant Park Hotel -- boarded a southbound No. 2 train at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, police said. One of the men had a bag of trash and tossed it out the door as the train stopped...
  • City to douse lights Saturday for Earth Hour [to fight global warming]

    03/26/2010 9:42:20 PM PDT · by freespirited · 71 replies · 991+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 03/26/10
    Cambridge will turn off all nonessential lights in municipal buildings for one hour Saturday, starting at 8:30 p.m., in support of Earth Hour. Turning out the lights for Earth Hour is intended to serve as a call for action on climate change and to symbolize a positive impact can be made by working together. The city will turn out non-essential lights for one hour, and residents are encouraged to do the same Saturday at 8:30 p.m. This year is the third year of the Earth Hour event which attracted more than 80 million participants in the U.S. last year, and...
  • Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a month

    03/25/2010 10:11:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies · 748+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 3/25/10 | Mike Riggs
    Average cost of sheltering a single homeless family in D.C.: $2,500-$3,700 a monthBy Mike Riggs 03/25/10 at 9:33 AM According to a study released today by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and reported by USA Today, it’s cheaper to put homeless families in real homes than it is to house them in shelters: Many communities probably don’t know that they are spending as much “to maintain a cot in a gymnasium with 100 other cots” as it would cost to rent an efficiency apartment, says Dennis Culhane, a University of Pennsylvania professor who studies housing policies. “We are...
  • Report finds rise in D.C. poverty to nearly 1 in 5 residents

    03/25/2010 7:42:08 PM PDT · by quesney · 58 replies · 1,317+ views
    Nearly one out of five District residents lives at or below the poverty line, a statistic that helps expose a widening gap between the rich and the poor in the nation's capital, according to a study released Tuesday by social justice organizations gearing up for the 2010 elections. Based on unemployment rates and other data, the coalition estimates that the city has 106,500 residents -- up 11,000 in a year -- living at or below the poverty rate, which in 2009 was $21,800 for a family of four. "With D.C.'s unemployment rate of 12 percent, it's very likely poverty is...
  • Detroit wants to save itself by shrinking

    03/08/2010 8:09:59 PM PST · by cajuncow · 41 replies · 229+ views
    msnbc ^ | 3-8-10 | Associated Press
    DETROIT - Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is drawing up a radical renewal plan that calls for turning large swaths of this now-blighted, rusted-out city back into the fields and farmland that existed before the automobile. Operating on a scale never before attempted in this country, the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods. Roughly a quarter of the 139-square-mile city could go from urban to semi-rural.
  • Most Americans Don't Believe Cities Can Prevent Citizens From Owning Handguns

    03/06/2010 5:23:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies · 484+ views ^ | 5 March, 2010 | na
    A new Rasmussen Reports survey released Friday showed that most Americans do not believe that city governments have the right to prevent citizens from owning handguns. According to the survey, 69% of Americans do not believe cities can prevent citizens from owning handguns. Only 25% believe that cities do have such a right. The survey comes as the Supreme Court is wrestling with a major case questioning whether Chicago's handgun ban violates the Second Amendment. The high number stems from the fact that the survey found that 70% of Americans believe that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of an...
  • Detroit school board president struggles to write a coherent sentence; does it matter?

    03/04/2010 8:47:15 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 44 replies · 1,685+ views
    DetNews ^ | 3/4/10 | Jonahton Oosting
    In a column today, Laura Berman of the Detroit News shared a couple of email messages indicating just how poorly Mathis writes. •If you saw Sunday's Free Press that shown Robert Bobb the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, move Mark Twain to Boynton which have three times the number seats then students and was one of the reason's he gave for closing school to many empty seats. •Do DPS control the Foundation or outside group? If an outside group control the foundation, then what is DPS Board row with selection of is director? Our we mixing DPS and...
  • Washington, DC becomes sixth place in United States to legalize gay marriage

    03/03/2010 5:39:27 PM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 27 replies · 689+ views
    This morning, same-sex couples began lining up in the United States capital to apply for marriage licenses, as Washington, DC became the sixth place in the country where gay marriages can take place. Same-sex marriages are also officiated in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
  • Same-sex marriage becomes legal in D.C.

    03/03/2010 1:33:50 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies · 768+ views
    AP via ^ | 03/03/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Couples waited in line for hours Wednesday to apply for marriage licenses on the first day same-sex unions became legal in the nation's capital. Cheering erupted from the crowd when the first couple signed in at the city's marriage bureau inside the Moultrie courthouse, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
  • EDITORIAL: Learning from the D.C. handgun ban--Getting rid of gun bans leads to less crime

    03/02/2010 11:48:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 992+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 2, 2010 | Editorial
    The year after the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and gun-lock requirements, the capital city's murder rate plummeted 25 percent. The high court should keep that in mind today as it hears oral arguments about a Chicago handgun ban. Gun controllers screamed to high heaven that impending disaster would follow the court's decision to junk some of the district's gun controls. One of those screaming the loudest was Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, who incorrectly predicted more gun freedom would lead to more death and Wild West shootouts. Instead, in Washington, murder rates rose when...
  • More Guns, Less Crime (DC Murder Rate Drops 25%)

    03/01/2010 2:01:51 PM PST · by Falcon28 · 9 replies · 888+ views ^ | March 1 2010 | John Lott
    The District of Columbia’s murder rate plummeted by an astounding 25 percent last year, much faster than for the US as a whole or for similarly sized cities. If you had asked Chicago’s Mayor Daley, that wasn’t supposed to happen. The Supreme Court’s 2008 decision to strike down DC’s handgun ban and gunlock requirements should have lead to a surge in murders, with Wild West shootouts. The Supreme Court might keep Daley’s predictions in mind today as they hear the oral arguments on Tuesday in the Chicago handgun ban case. Everyone in DC now knows that murder rates rose after...
  • I Really Didn’t Need to See That (Republican Memorabilia Fatal When Real Estate Agents Show Houses)

    02/22/2010 3:24:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 1,676+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | Feb 14, 2010 | S.Jhoanna Robledo
    Nearly every apartment-shopper has had it happen. You’re walking through a new place. You like what you see. And then … something goes awry. Terribly, uncomfortably awry. Broker Samantha Kleier Forbes tells this story: She was taking clients through a very chic Upper East Side co-op when she brushed against a desk, jostling the computer’s mouse and awakening the screen from its sleep mode, revealing a hard-core fetish-porn site. “I think we’re done here,” the buyers said quietly—and bolted. The deal-killers are not always quite so dramatic, of course. Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Darren Sukenik saw open houses at a downtown...
  • Los Angeles to cut 3,000 city jobs (4,000)

    02/20/2010 1:16:00 PM PST · by dragnet2 · 53 replies · 1,342+ views ^ | Feb. 19, 2010 |
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Facing a $212 million deficit and threats of a credit downgrade, the Los Angeles City Council ordered city agencies to eliminate 3,000 jobs, officials said. Agency heads have been told to eliminate the jobs by July 1 "by any means necessary, including layoffs," the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. The downsizing is in addition to 1,000 job cuts already planned....
  • Judge: Seattle gun ban is illegal

    02/12/2010 5:35:39 PM PST · by NavyCanDo · 83 replies · 5,489+ views
    KOMO News ^ | 2-12-10
    SEATTLE -- The Kent man who took the city of Seattle and former Mayor Greg Nickels to court over the city's gun ban has won. King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer on Friday ruled in favor of Robert C. Warden, declaring the city of Seattle's gun ban to be in direct violation of Washington State's firearm pre-emption law. Last year Warden filed a complaint against Nickels and the city, alleging the city's gun ban defies his constitutional right to bear arms.
  • Crime wave compounds bankrupt Vallejo's woes

    02/09/2010 7:37:14 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 842+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/9/10 | Chip Johnson
    Times are tough in Vallejo these days, a city with more street violence than nearby Richmond, and a rapidly shrinking police department. In the last week alone, the city has witnessed two homicides, a knife attack that injured three people, the shooting of an ice-cream vendor and a mob assault on a city employee - an incident captured on video at a local gas station. One of the homicide victims was Matthew Allen Hicks, the father of one of two teens suspected in the attack near the gas station. Hicks was found shot in the head early Monday. "It has...
  • Gay Marriage, Marijuana Rx, Obama? Yes, DC Says

    02/08/2010 4:04:58 PM PST · by mgist · 13 replies · 402+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/11/2010 | By Asha Beh
    When it comes to "the progressive, activist social agenda being pursued by the D.C. Council," District residents are on board -- at least in the majority-white areas, according to a Washington Post poll conducted last month.
  • 10 ‘least religious’ states

    02/08/2010 7:14:33 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 53 replies · 1,905+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/07/2010 | Source: Gallup Poll; (
    1. Vermont 2. New Hampshire 3. Maine 4. Massachusetts 5. Alaska 6. Washington 7. Oregon 8. Rhode Island 9. Nevada 10. Connecticut
  • The Super Bowl Saints, Katrina and CorruptionFeel-Good Stories Won’t Rebuild A City

    02/08/2010 6:49:01 AM PST · by grace522 · 61 replies · 1,347+ views
    7 Feb 10 | CHRIS FREIND
    Off the bat, let’s get a few things straight: 1) New Orleans is a one-of -a-kind city. It should be on everyone’s list to visit at least once. 2) The Saints played a great game, setting off a massive party in the nation’s greatest party city. 3) Despite the fact that the Colts will always be Baltimore to me, I rooted for Indianapolis in the Super Bowl. And not because I was a Manning fan, but due to the nauseating media coverage that if and when the Saints won the Big Game, that will somehow heal all wounds from Hurricane...
  • Oakland CA City Council Bans Sales Of Gun & Ammo; California Gun Owners Fights Back

    02/03/2010 11:46:23 AM PST · by .454Puma · 4 replies · 578+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 02/03/1010 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    .........."But the California gun owners are fighting back. And who would have thought? California, long regarded as a lost cause because of the most restrictive gun laws passed an imposed over the years against its law abiding citizens is nowadays on the forefront of the fight to restore the Second Amendment rights for the entire country. These days a grassroots organization of gun rights enthusiasts formed around the hugely popular Internet forum is spearheading the counterattack. The name of the organization: the Calguns Foundation". Read the entire story at the link.
  • Dave Barry: If you're a Super Bowl tourist, Do NOT go outside

    02/03/2010 11:44:17 AM PST · by sig226 · 23 replies · 1,282+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 2/2/10 | Dave Barry
    Dear Super Bowl Visitor: Welcome to Miami! Get ready for a fun Super Bowl week, because you're going to see some serious partying ``Miami Style'' -- people eating, drinking, singing, shouting, fighting, discharging firearms, sacrificing animals, sinking motor yachts and dancing naked around burning buses. And those are our police officers. But don't worry! You are perfectly safe. Miami has been hosting Super Bowls for more than 150 years, and in all that time no harm has ever come to a visitor who didn't do something stupid such as venture outside the hotel. So have fun! Here are some tips...
  • Every Teacher's Nightmare: Culturally "Relevant" Curriculum That Promotes Racism

    02/03/2010 7:08:01 AM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 36 replies · 2,046+ views
    Facebook ^ | 2/3/'10 | Rabbi Nachum Shifren
    Los Angeles — My classroom lay in ashes. The acrid smell of asbestos permeated the thick air in the "C" building, where police had cordoned off the area with bright yellow tape, forbidding the entry of staff and students. The entire wing of our language building would be closed for an entire six weeks. Collateral damage done to the adjacent classrooms meant that a slew of teachers would be "traveling", juggling books, tests, overhead transparencies, and supplies, like gypsies, bivouacking through lunch areas, track bleachers, even lawn areas of the senior quad. Why was an entire school put on hold,...
  • 10.6%: What's behind New York City's horrific unemployment rate

    01/30/2010 6:44:20 PM PST · by Lorianne · 31 replies · 1,194+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 24, 2010 | Steve Malanga
    But the short term gains to our coffers mean nothing if businesses flee at the first sign of economic trouble. Just last week, JetBlue threatened to move 800 jobs from Queens to Florida because of lower taxes. Real estate taxes only begin to tell the story of New York’s competitive disadvantage, however. A 2007 Independent Budget Office study of the overall tax burden in America’s largest cities calculated that the local tax bite in Gotham is 90% higher than the average in America’s other large cities. Taxes on business make up a large part of the difference. Even more troubling...
  • Atlanta Tops Gayest-Cities List

    01/21/2010 11:54:03 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 42 replies · 2,015+ views
    Newser ^ | 1-21-10
    Newser) – Using criteria like the number of same-sex-couple households per capita, gay elected officials, gay bars and gay films among Netflix favorites, the Advocate crowns Atlanta as the gayest city in the US. Some reasons why, and the rest of the top five: 1. * Though “Georgia isn’t the most gay-friendly state,” Mike Albo writes, “Atlanta guys are hunky, the ladies are gracious, the gay sports leagues are seriously well organized, and its housewives (and their gay BFFs, complete with handbags and heels) are now camp icons.” 2. * Burlington, Vt.: Hub of the state’s gay-rights efforts, and “nearby...
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton defends Harry Reid, warns Republicans

    01/10/2010 11:38:44 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 97 replies · 2,501+ views ^ | Jan. 10, 2010 | JAKE SHERMAN
    D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is warning Republicans against trying to make hay out of Harry Reid's comments about Barack Obama's skin color and lack of a "Negro dialect." The non-voting member of Congress said Reid's opponents “will not find a welcome mat in the black community” if they try to seize on his remarks. Norton, a black woman who represents one of the most heavily African American cities in the country, said Reid will enjoy support from the black community because he has “earned it with long support of civil rights and many other issues that matter most to...
  • Why Jews Like Me Hate Sarah Palin

    01/07/2010 10:11:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 224 replies · 5,670+ views
    Jewschool ^ | January 7, 2009
    Yesterday I was on the subway, and I didn’t get a seat. This happens often. As I hung onto the bar, I threw up a little in my mouth. Why? The woman sitting right in front of my waist was reading Going Rogue. Why would a Black woman from Harlem or the Bronx (my stop on the express train is the first after it passes through the Bronx and Harlem) be reading Sarah Palin’s stupid book? There was a post on Gawker today, by Pareene, asking “Why do the Jews hate Sarah Palin so much?” I dug a little deeper,...
  • Liberal Media Bias Shows Up in the Strangest Places (Even in their "100 Best Places" list)

    01/07/2010 8:19:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 1,349+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 01/07/2010 | Warren Cole Smith
    The mainstream media love lists. On almost any day, open up the paper or log on to your favorite news website, and there's some sort of list: The Richest Americans. The Best Colleges. The Most Powerful Political Leaders. Whatever. These lists are designed to look like valid studies. They may even tout a rigorous methodology. But most of these lists are generated using arbitrary -- and often ideologically driven -- criteria. The lists that I find most frustrating are those that rate cities. The Happiest Cities. The Best Cities to Raise a Family. And this week's entry: "The Best U.S....
  • Promised The World For Decades … Detroit Left In Ruins

    01/06/2010 2:59:22 PM PST · by Biggirl · 49 replies · 1,551+ views ^ | January 6, 2010 | Steve McGough
    This is what happens when the Democrats are trusted. New video from Steven Crowder at PJTV. Crowder visits some of the worst sections of Detroit in this video and the basic question -- as always -- is how did Democrats who have been in almost total control of for almost 50 years bring the city to its knees. Before the video, a quick story from Jim Geraghty at the Campaign Spot about the Michigan lieutenant governor dropping out of this year’s race for governor. Description from PJTV…
  • Detroit’s Socialist Nightmare Is America’s Future

    01/01/2010 6:18:53 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 71 replies · 2,736+ views
    Whiskey and Gunpowder ^ | 11/2/09 | Porter Stansberry
    One of the most important things to remember about socialism – or coercion of any kind – is it fails eventually because human beings have an innate desire for liberty and a strong need for personal property rights. In fact, the origins of government lie in the need of agricultural communities to protect themselves from violence and theft. So it is particularly ironic that in more recent times, it is government itself that has more frequently played the role of bandit. When you start taxing people at extreme rates to pay for socialist “benefits,” when you start telling them which...
  • Washington slaps fee on plastic shopping bags

    Residents of the US capital may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets when they go grocery shopping once the city slaps a five-cent levy on each plastic bag issued at the checkout line. The measure, which takes effect on January 1, 2010 and is the first such initiative in the United States, seeks to make consumers bear the brunt of clean up costs for the bags which currently are dispensed for free with a customer's purchases.