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  • Apocalyptic prophecies drive both sides to Syrian battle for end of time [Sunni vs Shi'ite]

    04/01/2014 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/1/14 | By Mariam Karouny
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Conflict in Syria kills hundreds of thousands of people and spreads unrest across the Middle East. Iranian forces battle anti-Shi'ite fighters in Damascus, and the region braces for an ultimate showdown. If the scenario sounds familiar to an anxious world watching Syria's devastating civil war, it resonates even more with Sunni and Shi'ite fighters on the frontlines - who believe it was all foretold in 7th Century prophecies. From the first outbreak of the crisis in the southern city of Deraa to apocalyptic forecasts of a Middle East soaked in blood, many combatants on both sides of...
  • INTERVIEW: Pelletier Family Reacts After MA Takes Permanent Custody

    03/26/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | NA | NA
    Video at link.
  • 'DELIBERATE' TOO? Evidence of missteps by Malaysia mounts, complicating flight search

    03/15/2014 7:40:16 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 40 replies
    Malaysia Chronical ^ | Sunday, 16 March 2014 | Staff
    Sepang - The radar blip that was Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 did a wide U-turn over the Gulf of Thailand and then began moving inexorably past at least three military radar arrays as it traversed northern Malaysia, even flying high over one of the country's biggest cities before heading out over the Strait of Malacca. Yet inside a Malaysian air force control room on the country's west coast, where American-made F-18's and F-5 fighters stood at a high level of readiness for emergencies exactly like the one unfolding in the early morning of March 8, a four-person crew did nothing...
  • MH370 and UK terrorist's claim he gave explosive to M'sian terror cell, including a PILOT

    03/13/2014 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    Malaysia Chronical ^ | March 12, 2014 | Staff
    A British man convicted of plotting an Al-Qaeda plane bombing told a New York court yesterday about a separate 2001 plan for a Malaysian pilot to blast his way into a jet's cockpit. Saajid Badat, who was sentenced in 2005 to 13 years in jail as a co-conspirator in a notorious December 2001 plot to bomb US airliners, has testified about the Malaysian plan before. But his description of the apparently abandoned plot has a new resonance as investigators probe the fate of a Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board. There has been no...
  • Oil rig worker says he saw missing plane go down: report

    03/12/2014 12:33:06 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 167 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 3/12/14 | By Jessica Chasmar
    <p>ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff has obtained a letter that an oil rig worker in Vietnam wrote to his employer claiming he saw Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 go down in flames.</p> <p>Mr. Woodruff tweeted an image of the letter saying, “Oil rig worker claims in employer confirmed letter-he saw the plane go down. Vietnamese say they found nothing.”</p>
  • Pastor's AR-15 assault rifle giveaway creates controversy [ In protest of the NY Safe Act ]

    03/06/2014 7:12:07 AM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 16 replies
    Albany TU ^ | March 5, 2014 | By Paul Grondahl
    The pastor of a Lansingburgh Baptist church plans to give away an AR-15 assault rifle to the winner of a free raffle at an upcoming Sunday service. A provocative flier he distributed rallied supporters of gun rights and stirred controversy among anti-gun advocates and some who considered it un-Christian. The Rev. John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, said the service and gun raffle are aimed at "honoring hunters and gun owners who have been so viciously attacked by the antichristian socialist media and antichristian socialist politicians the last few years," according to a letter he posted on the church...
  • Syria and CIA Director’s alleged conversion to Islam

    09/04/2013 12:19:46 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 28 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | 9/4/13 | Shoebat Foundation
    Last February, during an interview with Tom Trento, John Guandolo claimed that he personally knows two people who witnessed current CIA Director John Brennan convert to Islam in the 1990's while stationed in Saudi Arabia. We posted the interview at the time but in light of the allegations made by Yossef Bodansky and Dale Gavlak – in conjunction with our own research – relative to the CIA involvement in Syria, perhaps it’s an interview worth revisiting. (...) A very interesting figure in all of this is the CIA Director himself, John Brennan. If Bodansky is correct, the CIA is actively...
  • All dork, little action: Cuomo and Bloomberg are less than a dynamic duo in Adirondack raft race

    07/23/2013 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 7 replies
    INDIAN LAKE, NY — Don’t worry, New Yorkers. We’re in charge — really! Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Cuomo channeled their inner mountain men — and showed off their office tans — during a white-water rafting race in the Adirondacks yesterday to promote upstate tourism. The pair, joined by crews of assorted relatives and staffers, engaged in a three-mile contest on the Indian River, about 310 miles north of Manhattan. (...) “He called me up and I said, ‘Oh, I can’t do that.’ And he said, ‘You will come,’ ” Bloomberg said. The two-day event cost taxpayers about $175,000. But Cuomo...
  • Spitzer Heckled, Asks Public For ‘Forgiveness’ In Bid For NYC Comptroller

    07/09/2013 6:45:28 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 22 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 7/8/13 | Staff
    (...) As WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell and CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported, the former governor’s return to the campaign trail was not without hecklers, shouting things such as the following: “Spitzer, you cheated on your wife!” “You betrayed your constituents. You abandoned your wife. You betrayed everybody!” “This is about power. You just want power, man. If you want public service go volunteer somewhere!” “Did you leave your black socks on?” Spitzer appeared to take it in stride, as if he expected it. “This is what I look forward to — dealing with the public,” said Spitzer. “This is New...
  • G8: Putin rips the West for supporting Cannibals in Syria; West… has… no… Coherent… Response

    06/17/2013 5:57:37 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 40 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | June 17, 2013 | Walid Shoebat
    As the leaders of western nations remain mired in a toxic tank of groupthink that says Syria’s Bashar al-Assad must go and that if you disagree, you’re a heartless and ridiculous twit who doesn’t know anything, Russian President Vladimir Putin explained that it’s the rebels who are making Assad’s supporters heartless – by eating them in front of video cameras. What do these geniuses of elitist western thought come back with? Well, nothing, really. The seven words underlined below represent a “Bingo” moment for Putin. (...)
  • Library board rehires worker [ Was likely fired for relative's opposition to gay marriage ]

    06/13/2013 6:18:58 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    Albany TU ^ | June 13, 2013 | Paul Nelson & Dennis Yusko
    The rumble in Round Lake is over. As its first order of business, a newly appointed seven-member Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and unanimously voted to reinstate longtime librarian Theresa Marchione to her job with back pay. "Come on back, Theresa," said Bill Ryan as sustained applause from the audience filled Village Hall. Marchione, a familiar face at the Wesley Avenue facility for decades, had been terminated for shutting down the library 40 minutes early on May 29 because of a tornado warning. A powerful twister touched down later in nearby Vischer Ferry. Since Marchione's dismissal,...
  • Lawyers rail at police response to Turkey protests ("Lawyers can't be dragged on the ground!")

    06/12/2013 5:35:48 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    AP ^ | June 12, 2013 | AP
    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Thousands of black-robed Turkish lawyers stormed out of their courthouses Wednesday, shouting about the rough treatment police dished out to their colleagues amid Turkey's biggest anti-government protests in years. The rallies by clapping, chanting jurists added a new twist to the nearly two weeks of protests that started in Istanbul and spread to dozens of other Turkish cities. The protests have shaped up as the biggest test yet in the 10-year rule of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamic-rooted government. Police and protesters mostly retrenched Wednesday after fierce overnight clashes in Istanbul's Taksim Square...
  • Why Taksim Square matters to Turks [Turkey's Ottoman Past & Creeping Islamization]

    06/08/2013 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | June 7, 2013 | Susannah Cullinane
    (CNN) - It's a congested, sprawling transport hub surrounded by 1950s architecture and predominantly used by commuters or tourists to cross the city of Istanbul. But proposed changes to Taksim Square have seen it become the flashpoint for protests that have swept through Turkey in the past week, leaving thousands injured and focusing the world's attention on the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Taksim has been no stranger to violence. In 1977, at least 34 protesters died during May Day clashes with police. May 1 rallies in the square were banned in 1980 and were only allowed to...
  • America in the Midst of a Coup d'Etat

    06/08/2013 7:47:19 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 79 replies
    EIB Network ^ | June 7, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh (transcript)
    America in the Midst of a Coup d'Etat June 07, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Late yesterday afternoon I was sitting in the library at home, and I was just swamped. It seemed like every 90 seconds somebody needed something, or somebody had a question or somebody had a comment, requiring my response. It was during the period of time that I generally devote to reading my tech blogs, you know, where I abandon all of this and get away from it and start spending time on, quote, unquote, my hobby. But it was one of those days. I'm sure you...
  • CNN Turk Airs a documentary about Penguins during the hottest hours of protests

    06/04/2013 3:51:02 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    I-report CNN ^ | June 2, 2013 | By mavinova
    Something shocking happened on Saturday night during the uprisings against Erdogan’s AKP rule in Turkey. CNN’s local news provider, called CNN-Turk, aired a documentary on penguins during the climax of the protests. Turkish people have been suffering a lack of press freedom for a while; however, this has reached to a ridiculous point in the last few days. There is a phenomenal difference between how CNN international and CNN-Turk cover the protests and the Turkish people are furious, feel mocked and betrayed, and they rightfully demand CNN international to take action. On Saturday night, people who turned on their televisions...
  • Iran support for global terror surged in 2012, administration report says

    05/30/2013 3:30:00 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    FOX News/AP ^ | May 30, 2013 | NA
    Iran last year boosted its support for global terrorism to levels not seen for two decades, the Obama administration said Thursday as it released its annual report on international trends in extremist violence. The report said the core elements of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan are headed for defeat but stressed that the network's various affiliates remain severe threats to the U.S. (...)
  • LIVE THREAD: Col. Allen West on Talk 1300 AM with Melody Burns at 4:05 pm Eastern.

    05/23/2013 11:09:40 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Talk 1300 AM ^ | NA | NA
    Col. Allen West on the Melody Burns Show at 4:05 pm Eastern.
  • Colleges as tax havens [ Same Ole tired economic policies from Cuomo ]

    05/23/2013 5:12:20 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    Albany TU ^ | May 22, 2013 | Eric Anderson and Larry Rulison
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo — calling job creation the state's "number-one mission" — on Wednesday unveiled a plan for dozens of tax-free zones on public college campuses across the state. The zones would be available to new businesses as well as to businesses that relocate from outside the state, and to those that create net new jobs. In the zones, they would face no business or corporate tax, no sales tax, no property tax, no franchise fee and no state income tax for the owner of the company or its employees. The breaks would last for 10 years. (...) One of...
  • Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence [Threaten Sheriffs speaking out against gun control]

    05/21/2013 5:23:46 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 26 replies
    Albany TU ^ | May 21, 2013 | Jimmy Vielkind
    The sheriffs thought they were being summoned to the Capitol to discuss ideas for changes to New York's gun control law, the SAFE Act. Instead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told them to keep quiet. (...) Cuomo invited its leaders to the Capitol last month, people briefed on the meeting said. The group included Sheriffs' Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe and Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. "We didn't get a response (to the analysis) from him, but we could tell after the budget was passed that none of those recommendations were taken into consideration," Moss said. "When we got there, we never...
  • Driver who thought he could time travel while driving on LSD gets prison sentence

    05/17/2013 6:08:33 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 17 replies
    The Saratogian ^ | May 16, 2013 | Emily Donohue
    BALLSTON SPA — A Ballston Lake man who thought he could time travel while driving drunk and on LSD won’t travel any further than state prison for up to three years after being convicted of vehicular assault. According to Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III, Terrence J. Rudes, 21, of Windy Hill Road in Ballston Lake was driving on Church Avenue in Ballston Spa Sept. 17 when he crossed a double yellow line and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver of that car suffered serious injuries as a result of the crash. Ballston Spa police, who responded to...
  • LIVE THREAD: Victoria Toensing, attorney for Gregory Hicks (Listen at link, 5:30 pm eastern)

    05/10/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 31 replies
    Talk 1300 ^ | NA | Host: Melody Burnes
    Victoria Toensing, attorney for Gregory Hicks will be on at 5:30 pm eastern on "Talk 1300 Albany". Listen live at the link:
  • Huntley memo names Sampson, Adams, Hassel-Thompson, others (Six Sitting NYS Senators Named)

    05/08/2013 12:29:45 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    Albany Times Union ^ | May 8, 2013 | By Jimmy Vielkind
    The seal has been lifted on the sentencing memo for ex-Sen. Shirley Huntley, who wore a wire for the FBI for several months last year. The memo says: Mrs. Huntley met with attorneys for the government and FBI agents regularly over a six-month period. (...) Ms. Huntley upon the prompting of the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI recorded and photographed the following individuals on multiple occasions: State Senator John Sampson Melvin Lowe, (former political consultant and associate of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman) State Senator Eric Adams State Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson State Senator Jose Peralta State Senator...
  • Police say liberal student activist threatened herself with rape hoax, framed conservatives

    05/02/2013 5:37:44 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 30 replies
    CAMPUS REFORM ^ | May 1, 2013 | Katherine Trimpf
    <p>A well-known female liberal blogger and radio host at the University of Wyoming (UW) is being accused by police of fabricating a rape threat against herself to appear as if it came from a conservative.</p> <p>The obscene message directed at activist Meg Lanker-Simons was posted on a college “crush” Facebook page earlier this week and immediately ignited outrage from the college community.</p>
  • EXCLUSIVE - How doctor's daughter became the Muslim convert widow of Boston bomber:

    04/22/2013 8:03:08 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 50 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 21, 2013 | Laura Collins
    Katherine Russell, the widow of Boston bomb suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was 'an all-American girl who was brainwashed' by her extremist husband according to one schoolfriend. Today MailOnline has gained the first glimpse and pictures of the early life of the woman who, according to those who knew her best, was 'totally transformed' by Tsarnaev. At high school her personal motto was 'Do something about it or stop complaining'. She dreamed of going to college and joining the Peace Corps. She urged her friends to 'lighten up and enjoy the small things,' in life.
  • NYS Troopers have "widely shared concerns" about NY Safe Act. [NYS Police PBA rejects NY Safe Act]

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

    10/25/2012 8:27:17 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | OCTOBER 25, 2012 | By Rachel Weiner
    One of the most popular and respected members of the Obama administration, Clinton faces the possibility that her legacy will be marred by the attacks in Benghazi and questions about diplomatic security. She has taken full responsibility for any security lapses and defended the administration’s sometimes confusing accounts of what happened, saying, “Everyone who spoke tried to give the information they had.”
  • Elizabeth Warren’s Great-Grandfather Reportedly Killed a Native American

    10/04/2012 7:24:35 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 4, 2012 | Mytheous Holt
    “The white man was a good shot and the bullet from his Winchester passed through the body of Yaholar.” This simple sentence, describing Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s great-grandfather, John Crawford, may finally put a bullet not simply in the long dead corpse of Native American Louis Yaholar, but also of Warren’s supposed family mythology. It comes from a turn-of-the-20th-century news story uncovered by William Jacobi at Legal Insurrection, who explains the genealogical connection between this random incident of White-on-Native-American violence and Warren’s campaign: // But, while Warren thinks she has found a safe place in her family lore,...
  • Federal Judge Enjoins Section 1021 - FY2012 NDAA [Blocking indefinite detention of US citizens]

    05/16/2012 7:03:24 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 12 replies
    Lawfare ^ | May 16, 2012 | By Steve Vladeck
    Out today, a 68-page opinion from Judge Katherine Forrest of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, entering a preliminary injunction barring the federal government from enforcing the substantive detention authority codified by the FY2012 NDAA on the ground that enforcement of the relevant provision (section 1021) might interfere with the plaintiffs’ First and Fifth Amendment rights. There’s a lot here, including the central holding (that the NDAA is not merely a “reaffirmation” of the AUMF), but I haven’t had the chance to read it carefully yet. Suffice it to say, I imagine folks will have...
  • Spain to Close Border for Summit of the European Central Bank (Fear of Protests)

    04/24/2012 8:22:45 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    Prensa Latina ^ | April 24, 2012 | Staff
    Spain will restore border controls to France on Saturday, during a summit of European Central Bank (ECB) to be held on 3 May in Barcelona, said Monday the Ministry of Interior. The measure, which will run until next May 4, will involve the temporary suspension of the Schengen Agreement on free movement of citizens among the 27 European Union countries. According to the conservative government of Mariano Rajoy, the land boundaries with France will be reinforced at the border of La Jonquera, Port Bou, Puigcerdá, Camprodon, Les and Canfranc and air borders of Girona and Barcelona airports. The Schengen Agreement...
  • DOL forcing media to use government computers

    04/13/2012 9:34:53 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 11 replies
    Wash Examiner ^ | April 13, 2012 | byMark Tapscott Executive Editor
    Unrest is simmering in some quarters of the Washington news universe regarding changes in the way the Department of Labor (DOL) manages its pre-release media “lockups” on sensitive data like weekly jobless benefits and unemployment. For years, journalists participating in the lockups have shown up at DOL at the appointed time, then entered a limited-access area to receive the new data and prepare news stories for release as soon as official embargoes end. The system insures that major news organizations get the data as soon as possible and allows journalists covering the release get a jump on providing analyses and...
  • Cuomo's man Dicker to write Cuomo bio [boot licker Fred Dicker]

    04/13/2012 11:42:46 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 6 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 4/13/12 8:29 AM EDT | By DYLAN BYERS
    When the New York press corps wants to know what Gov. Andrew Cuomo has to say, on the record, it looks to Fred Dicker -- morning radio show host, New York Post columnist, and so-called "dean" of the Albany press corps. With few exceptions, Dicker, a Cuomo friendly, gets exclusive on-the-record access to the Governor's thoughts. Now, Dicker has signed a deal to write a Cuomo biography. Dicker is believed to have made a six-figure deal with HarperCollins, according to a report by the Post's Keith Kelly, putting him in direct competition with Vanity Fair's Michael Shnayerson, who signed his...
  • New York Democrats Shield Election-Rigging, Convicted Felon [mic cord pulled during public meeting]

    04/10/2012 2:38:46 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 10, 2012 | Rusty Weiss
    (...) Question by Premo: “And you said a few minutes ago that you realize you committed crimes in this case. Is that correct?” Answer by McGrath: “I have been told, yes.” This candid admission according to Gordon, "is in clear violation of the Troy City Charter due to his “disorderly conduct” as outlined in Article VII, subsection C-31." (...) Video of the incident can be seen below, with the relevant portion beginning at 28:33. As Gordon begins reading his letter, McGrath can be seen sitting to the left of the viewer's point of view, and is seen motioning to Kopka...
  • Obama's Officious Opinions

    04/04/2012 3:26:59 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 4.4.12 @ 6:11AM | By Ross Kaminsky
    On Tuesday afternoon, in a stunning rebuke of President Obama, Judge Jerry Smith of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided he had heard enough of the president's incessant hyper-partisan rhetoric challenging the independence of the federal judiciary. (...) He then ordered the Justice Department to respond to the court by noon on Thursday with a letter (minimum three pages, single-spaced) explaining with specificity the DOJ's position on "judicial review, as it relates to the specific statements of the president, in regard to Obamacare and to the authority of the federal courts to review that legislation." (Audio of the relevant...
  • The Bloody Fingernails of David Soares [Albany County District Attorney]

    03/28/2012 2:55:43 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    Soares Spot ^ | March 26, 2012 | Prudently Anonymous
    Everybody knows we like to laugh it up here on SoaresSpot on any number of different topics. But this is not one of those times. What I'm about to write below compels nothing other than sober awareness for Albany County voters. That's because there is no funny or jovial element to this story, no appropriately humorous images or photoshopping--absolutely nothing about this incident can be processed and construed that way. Notwithstanding our comprehensive absence of faith in everything about David Soares, this is truly stunning--even for him. In my lap I've this package somebody sent my way the other day....
  • Free to attend public meeting (Perviously threatened with arrest)

    03/01/2012 6:02:11 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    The Saratogian ^ | Thursday, March 01, 2012 | By LUCIAN McCARTY
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — A local resident under threat of arrest if he steps on public housing property will be able to do so after all — to attend a public meeting. A trespass notice had been issued against John Tighe based on a complaint made by Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Executive Director Ed Spychalski, who has been the target of criticism in Tighe’s blog. The banishment also made a controversial January meeting of the authority off-limits. But it turns out such a notice won’t lead to the arrest of someone who is merely attending a public meeting on the property....
  • Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists

    01/14/2012 5:00:08 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | January 9, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that emerged from the Department of Homeland Security in November, Washington has written permission to collect and retain personal information from journalists, news anchors, reporters or anyone who uses “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.” According to DHS, the definition of personal identifiable information can consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” RT adds: "Previously established guidelines within the administration say...
  • Frozen fetuses part of doctor's troubles [Uncharged for same in 1996.]

    01/13/2012 2:36:35 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Thursday, January 5, 2012 | By BRENDAN J. LYONS
    Doctor now facing murder owned Colonie clinic where 17 fetuses found in '96 COLONIE — A New Jersey doctor charged with murder last week for performing several late-term abortions in Maryland had once operated an abortion clinic in Albany County at which state investigators discovered 17 frozen fetuses in 1996. The discovery was part of a broader investigation by the New York attorney general's office, which declined to pursue criminal charges related to allegations that late-term abortions, in violation of New York's fetal homicide law, were being performed at the Colonie clinic then owned by Dr. Steven Chase Brigham. At...
  • Shen sex-ed policy shift still a mystery [Can't answer simple questions about Planned Parenthood]

    01/11/2012 4:31:25 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 1 replies
    Albany TU ^ | January 11, 2012 | By DENNIS YUSKO
    CLIFTON PARK — Those wondering why Shenendehowa schools recently discontinued sexual education lessons taught by Planned Parenthood left Tuesday's Board of Education meeting disappointed. More than 200 people piled into the Gowana Middle School to speak or learn about the school district's decision to sever its longtime relationship with Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. Planned Parenthood educators had for two decades discussed abstinence, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy and other topics with district middle and high schoolers as part of its health education curriculum. But the district told Planned Parenthood in October to stop sending the guest speakers after it received...
  • New York State legislature prohibits companies from doing business with Iran

    01/10/2012 5:56:16 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    NDTV ^ | 10 Jan 2012 | PTI
    Federal law authorises state and local governments to divest from companies whose interests in Iran's energy sector directly or indirectly support its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The New York state legislature has passed a bill prohibiting companies doing business with Iran's energy industry from entering into contracts with the state. The bill called the 'Iran Divestment Act' was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. It would prohibit companies that provide goods, services or credit worth USD 20 million or more to Iran's energy industry from entering into or renewing state and local government contracts. "The Senate's swift action shows...
  • Obama Microeconomics: Guns are Butter

    01/09/2012 5:41:55 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 4 replies
    right now | vanity
    In November 2011 there where 1.5 million background checks for gun purchases and in December 2011 there were even more. A total of 3+ million gun sales in 60 days. (Merry Christmas!) Let’s play with these numbers based on gross statistics, neglecting multiple gun purchases (no stats) per person we have: Roughly, 1 in 100 persons in the US bought a gun in 60 days. 1 in 194,000 persons bought a Chevy Volt in those 60 days. 10,000 Chevy Volts was the 2011 production target for Government Motors and they fell short of that target. 10,000 guns were sold every...
  • Albany Police Chief on Occupy [want-a-be community maven police chief finally fight-in back]

    01/05/2012 10:46:15 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 7 replies
    Fox 23 ^ | Torie Wells
    "On Thursday, the 22nd, I was pepper sprayed. I was grabbed by the back of the neck and thrown to the ground by police officers," said Colin Donnaruma, an Occupy Albany member. We have heard stories like that since the December day occupiers were told it was time to leave Academy Park. The Albany Police Chief and City answered questions about what they say happened leading up to the police and protester clash. "The initial police presence was minimal because I did not want to create a confrontational atmosphere. As more protesters arrived at the park and the crowd began...
  • Occupier targets police officer

    01/03/2012 2:35:01 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 30 replies
    Fox 23 News ^ | 12/30/2011 | Reported by: Paul Merrill
    The wanted poster asks for Albany Police Officer Richard Gorleski's address, phone numbers, and email address as well as a map to his home and a picture of it. Occupy Albany member Bradley Russell admits he made the poster and posted it on Facebook. "I have made no threats and I don't want any threats made," Russell tells FOX23 News. "I have no intention of going after this man. On the other hand, if a peaceful drum circle were to show up at his house one day and protest his actions individually [...] I think that would be a legitimate...
  • Debate over Tempered by Memory sculpture set aside to reflect on the 10th anniversary of 9/11

    09/12/2011 6:47:47 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Saratogian ^ | Monday, September 12, 2011 | By MICHAEL CIGNOLI
    GANSEVOORT — There’s been a great deal of debate about the ideal location for Tempered by Memory, the 25-foot-tall sculpture made from World Trade Center steel. Some feel the sculpture should be placed on the lawn of the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, others at the Lake Avenue firehouse, and others think it doesn’t belong in Saratoga Springs at all. For one day, however, the debate stopped. Saratoga Arts held a private ceremony in Gansevoort Sunday to recognize the efforts of volunteers and donors who made the sculpture possible. Those honored included sculptors John Van Alstine and Noah Savett, local iron...
  • Controversy delays 9/11 memorial 'Tempered By Memory'

    09/12/2011 6:17:34 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Sunday, September 11, 2011 | By TOM KEYSER STAFF WRITER
    As the country unites to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Saratoga Springs remains divided over a memorial of that historic and horrific day. A 25-foot-tall sculpture made of twisted steel from the World Trade Center was to be dedicated today at a prominent location on Broadway, the city's main street. Instead, the artwork, "Tempered By Memory," stands in a Gansevoort steelyard, homeless, after objections to where it was to be installed, criticism of its artistic merit, accusations that City Council members were playing politics and heated rhetoric that led to a public apology. The mayor has...
  • Wild party not Trinity's doing [4 stabbed, gun fire, at "stop-the-violence" party]

    08/31/2011 7:48:29 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 5 replies
    Albany TU ^ | Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST Staff writer
    ALBANY -- A "rogue" now-former security guard at the Trinity Alliance was behind a large party that erupted into a brawl and ended early Saturday with four young men stabbed, a Trinity official said. Trinity CEO Harris Oberlander said the so-called stop-the-violence party -- which was advertised on fliers and on Facebook using the organization's former name, the Trinity Institution -- was "totally, totally a fraudulent operation that had nothing to do with any of us." Oberlander said the party organizer, whom he declined to name but said had worked at Trinity for more than a year, has been fired...
  • Federal Officials Reject City’s Plan to Ban Food Stamps for Soda [Bloomberg’s diabetes epidemic]

    08/19/2011 7:08:33 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 48 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 19, 2011 | By PATRICK MCGEEHAN
    Federal officials on Friday rejected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to bar New York City’s food stamp users from buying soda and other sugary drinks with their benefits. (...) Tom Vilsack, the secretary of agriculture, said in a statement that the United States Department of Agriculture “has a longstanding tradition of supporting and promoting incentive-based solutions that are better suited for the working families, elderly and other low-income individuals” who rely on food stamps. “We are confident that we can solve the problem of obesity and promote good nutrition and health for all Americans and stand ready to work with...
  • Relaxing Obama hits bookstore with Malia and Sasha

    08/19/2011 2:13:32 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 59 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 19, 2011 | NA
    EXCERPT: After going upstairs and looking around the store, Obama was seen holding five or six books, including "Brave New World" and "The Bayou Trilogy." He went to the cashier after Malia and Sasha had picked out some books of their own, but disagreed with the $32 price he was quoted, which seemed low for the size of his stack. He paid by credit card, telling the cashiers that he uses it only about three times a year. (...)
  • 9/11 monument causing controversy in Saratoga Springs

    08/17/2011 6:14:23 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 4 replies
    Fox 23 News ^ | August 16, 2011 | Reported by: Torie Wells
    The sculpture that is creating so much controversy is a memorial made out of steel from the World Trade Center. The original plan was to place the sculpture at the Saratoga Springs City Center. But as it was built it became clear that area wouldn't be big enough to display it. Some people suggested it be placed at the fire house instead. "I have a public safety concern because I don't want visitors in the driveway," said Mayor Scott Johnson. Safety concerns were raised by some, size concerns were raised by others. The visitor center lawn was brought to the...
  • CONFIDENTIAL: Sexual Harassment Investigation [Dem Legislator’s husband a childcare provider.]

    08/17/2011 5:20:00 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 8 replies
    Google Documents ^ | NA | AMTRAK Dispute Resolution
    See scanned documents detailing the Elijah Willingham Sexual Harassment Claim (Google Documents):
  • Berlin Wall Is Gone, but Mental Barriers Remain [German Left to praise the Berlin Wall.]

    08/15/2011 2:36:06 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 8, 2011 | Judy Dempsey
    (...) The delegates, many of them former East German Communists but also younger people, will debate an extraordinary motion put forward by some members: They want their party to declare that the building of the wall was an inescapable necessity. If that leaves any doubts about the Left party’s nostalgia for a wall that imprisoned 17 million people for nearly 30 years, a newspaper survey published this month by The Berliner Zeitung showed that 75 percent of that party’s supporters in Berlin thought the wall was justified or partly justified. (...) Respondents said the wall was necessary to stop the...