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  • Actors playing Minnie Mouse, Olaf from Frozen and the Cookie Monster arrested in Times Square [tr]

    02/11/2016 6:21:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 11, 2016 | John Hutchinson
    The actors playing Minnie Mouse, Olaf from Frozen and the Cookie Monster were arrested by police in New York for hassling tourists for money. The rather surreal scene played out in Times Square, after the costumed characters had posed for a photo with one tourist. As he moved away from the colourful characters, they began to follow him and demanded that he hand over money for the photo.
  • The Worlds Biggest/Super Planes: Trump 757 - Documentary

    02/07/2016 7:21:16 AM PST · by GilGil · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/17/2016 | Laravel5
    Biggest Planes, Super Planes, Top 10 biggest planes #Aircraft #AirPlanes #Transporters Trump 757 "Watched a program called "Great Planes" on the Smithsonian Channel. It was about the Doanld's Boeing 757 they call the "T-Bird". The program does describe the plane but more importantly it shows you a great deal about the man who owns it. It shows his attention to detail, his drive and I think maybe most of all, the way his employees and those who do work for him respect him. I recommend it as a good way to get to know the 'other side' of The Donald'....
  • New York City Is Set to Adopt New Approach on Policing Minor Offenses

    01/21/2016 6:15:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 20, 2016 | J. David Goodman
    New York City is poised to reshape how it treats many so-called quality-of-life offenses, softening its stance toward low-level infractions like public urination and drinking alcohol in public by steering those cases away from the criminal court system. A package of eight bills to be introduced in the City Council on Monday would reduce the impact of the style of policing known as broken windows that has for two decades guided the Police Department to see minor disorder as a precursor to major crime, often alienating residents in the process.
  • French-Canadian Fiddle Music in the United States

    01/13/2016 11:41:09 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 4 replies
    Library of Congress ^ | May 7, 2013 | Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux
    https://youtu.be/IJJUFH0ZyNY?t=29m59s Their dancing feet is a good principle to relate the music to the dance potential of the audience.
  • The Year Christmas Died: New York’s Fifth Avenue is a celebration of pretty much nothing

    12/24/2015 6:29:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Decemeber 23, 2015 | Daniel Henninger
    As we moved into December and what for some time has been called “the holiday season,” the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Tennessee issued a “best practices” directive for the campus to “ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.” A Christmas party in disguise? Has it come to this? Aghast state legislators got the directive rescinded, but the Christmas killers will get the last laugh. In fact, they’ve already won. This is the year Christmas died as a public event in the United States. We know this after touring the historic heart...
  • (NYC) City subways are a pervert’s paradise

    12/15/2015 6:23:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 15, 2015 | Danielle Furfaro and Frank Rosario
    Sex crimes on the city’s subways have soared by nearly 20 percent this year, due to a surge in the number of gropers, flashers and voyeurs, NYPD officials said on Monday. “I think everyone has a subway horror story,’’ said straphanger Ashley Ezparda, 27, of Jackson Heights, Queens, near the 74th Street and Broadway station. “[I saw] some homeless guy masturbating on the R train this past summer. I wanted to throw up.”
  • The Silver Fern flag that will replace New Zealand's current design if they choose to ditch [tr]

    12/11/2015 8:21:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 11, 2015 | Staff and Rachel Eddie
    New Zealanders have chosen a silver fern on a black-and-blue background as their preferred flag design if the South Pacific nation decides to dump Britain's Union Jack from its national banner, officials said Friday. The design beat four other contenders in a nation-wide referendum, according to preliminary results released by the New Zealand Electoral Commission. Simply titled 'Silver Fern (Black, White and Blue)', the design will go head-to-head with the existing flag in a second referendum in March next year.
  • Latest New Hampshire Poll-- Trump 32--Rubio 14--Christie 9

    12/08/2015 4:03:55 PM PST · by GilGil · 16 replies
    Twitter/ ^ | 12/08/2015 | staff
    Trump is currently ripping the parties to pieces. Crushing the media and obliterating the candidates who simply do not have what it takes to get in the arena with him. This month Trump is on track to add another 500,000 subscribers. No candidate can keep up with this king of growth.
  • New concerns about Syrian refugees - Canada

    12/06/2015 4:14:38 AM PST · by Dartman · 18 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Dec.5/15 | Gordon Chong
    (full title) New concerns about Syrian refugees. Just because the prime minister has extended the timeline for bringing them to Canada, doesn’t mean the public’s legitimate questions have been addressed Now that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has released more details about resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada and recalibrated its overly ambitious timetable, the exaggerated rhetoric has started to subside. Rather than ending the debate, however, it raises other policy questions, since even more than 25,000 refugees could be on their way to Canada in 2016. If not handled carefully, this has the potential of exacerbating anti-Muslim sentiment in...
  • Trump Still Leads in NH but Christie Rising; Clinton/Sanders Closely Matched

    12/03/2015 1:53:22 PM PST · by GilGil · 28 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 11/03/2015 | Public Policy Polling
    Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's new New Hampshire poll finds Donald Trump's position in the state pretty much unchanged compared to six weeks ago. He leads with 27% to 13% for Ted Cruz, 11% for Marco Rubio, 10% for Chris Christie, 9% for Ben Carson, 8% for John Kasich, 6% for Carly Fiorina, 5% for Jeb Bush, and 4% for Rand Paul. Rounding out the field in the 1% or less club are Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, and Rick Santorum each at 1%, and Lindsey Graham and Jim Gilmore with less than 1%.
  • Bill de Blasio says Andrew Cuomo is ‘posturing’ on NYC homeless crisis

    12/01/2015 7:39:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 30, 2015 | Jennifer Fermino
    New York City is more than capable of handling the homeless crisis — and Gov. Cuomo’s allegations otherwise are just “political posturing,” Mayor de Blasio said Monday. In his first comments since the governor’s office claimed he couldn’t “manage the homeless crisis,” de Blasio cited a slew of changes the city has made to deal with the problem — including $2.6 billion in funding for housing for the homeless.
  • Chilling new face of police in Britain: New counter terrorism 'robocops'

    11/17/2015 7:33:10 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/17/15 | Chris Greenwood
    Armed to the teeth and sporting military fatigues, the officers are part of a counter-terrorism unit Elite Scotland Yard squad arrived in huge armoured vehicles to throw a ring of steel around Wembley Stadium The marksmen were also toting their new lightweight, semi-automatic SIG 516 rifle for the friendly match They came out of the shadows in the wake of the massacre of 129 people in Paris on Friday Heightened terror threat was confirmed when Germany v Holland was called off due to a 'concrete' bomb threat She is the new face of British policing. Armed to the teeth and...
  • Turkey says new wave of Syrian refugees will head for Europe

    10/23/2015 6:57:25 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is preparing for tens of thousands more refugees from Syria as government forces and Russian warplanes pound opposition-held areas, and officials said many would try illegally to get to Europe. Syrian government troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, launched an offensive against rebels battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad south of Aleppo, still home to two million people, a week ago. Another offensive in Hama province, southwest of Aleppo, has also displaced tens of thousands, aid workers say. Estimates of the overall numbers on the move ranged between a U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) figure...
  • 10 CLUES TO UNDERSTANDING THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

    10/15/2015 5:19:02 PM PDT · by grumpa · 22 replies
    self | October 15, 2015 | Charles S. Meek
    The new heaven and new earth of the Bible is popularly thought by Christians to be a future world of perfect utopia. In the new heaven and new earth there will LITERALLY be no more tears, pain, or death. But watch out on this! We are given clues in the Bible that the popular view may be flawed. Thesis: The New Heaven and New Earth is a Hebraic metaphor for the New Covenant in Christ. It is not the same thing as heaven itself. The primary texts about this are Isaiah 65/66, Matthew 5:17-18; 2 Peter 3, and Revelation 21....
  • New Pluto photo.. Majestic Mountains and Frozen Plains (Wow!)

    09/17/2015 5:26:37 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 63 replies
    John Hopkins ^ | 9/17/15
    Just 15 minutes after its closest approach to Pluto on July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft looked back toward the sun and captured a near-sunset view of the rugged, icy mountains and flat ice plains extending to Pluto's horizon. The smooth expanse of the informally named Sputnik Planum (right) is flanked to the west (left) by rugged mountains up to 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) high, including the informally named Norgay Montes in the foreground and Hillary Montes on the skyline. The backlighting highlights more than a dozen layers of haze in Pluto's tenuous but distended atmosphere. The image...
  • Reports of (NYC) subway assaults soar in the last year

    08/27/2015 11:13:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Danielle Furfaro, Sarah Trefethen and Jamie Schram
    Subway assaults are soaring with complaints up 24 percent this year and the worst two stations are Union Square and Prospect Park, according to crime data obtained by The Post. Reports of felony assaults rose to 151 through Aug. 16 compared with 122 over the same period last year. There were 101 subway assault arrests year to date, up from 85 during the same period last year.
  • In the New Church, masculinity is anathema

    08/11/2015 10:54:33 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 67 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | August 11, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    As this article explains: "Though the New Evangelization has been a major effort in the Catholic Church for over forty years, it has failed to stem the disastrous losses of the faithful in the U.S. The New Evangelization is faltering: since 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education participation of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, baptisms of infants has dropped by 28%, baptism of adults has dropped by 31% and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.[1] Something is desperately wrong with the Churchs approach to the New Evangelization....
  • LaGuardia Airport to Receive a $4 Billion Facelift

    07/28/2015 12:48:17 PM PDT · by C19fan · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 28, 2015 | Reem Nasr
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced a plan to completely overhaul LaGuardia Airport that comes with a $4 billion price tag for the first part. He made the announcement Monday at a luncheon detailing new infrastructure plans for his state. Vice President Joe Biden was at the meeting. Biden, who last year compared the airport to something found in the "third world," fully supports the plan which will break ground next year. Total construction will take about 18 months, Cuomo said. "It is actually happening," said Cuomo. "LaGuardia Airport is un-New York."
  • What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pics...

    07/03/2015 9:57:02 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Planetary Society ^ | June 24, 2015 | Emily Lakdawalla
    What to expect when you're expecting a flyby: Planning your July around New Horizons' Pluto Pictures (version 2) Posted By Emily Lakdawalla Wed Jun 24 2015 12:57:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Standard Time) Topics: New Horizons, Pluto, Charon, mission status New Horizons is getting close to Pluto. Pluto and Charon have enlarged from featureless dots into worlds. Pluto's surface clearly bears streaks and splotches, while Charon is beginning to show the first hints of discernible features. Excitement is building for flyby day, July 14!Key places to watch for New Horizons information: Twitter: @NASANewHorizons (official NASA feed) and @NewHorizons2015 (run by principal investigator...
  • Full Plutonian day (quick GIF, Pluto)

    07/02/2015 9:29:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies
    http://reddit.com/r/space/comments/3bvlz0/full_plutonian_day/ ^ | Unknown NASA copied by someone onto reddit
  • Experience Earth on 'Pluto Time' with this NASA tool

    06/13/2015 2:51:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    c|net ^ | 6/6/15 | Amanda Kooser
    Visit another world without ever leaving your yard. A NASA website gives you the time of day when light on Earth is the same as you would see on Pluto.You can't fly to Pluto. You will never have the opportunity to set foot on its inhospitable surface. It took NASA's New Horizons spacecraft over nine years just to get close. Don't let this deter you from experiencing a little bit of Pluto back here on Earth. NASA has unveiled a "Pluto Time" website that helps space fans replicate the light conditions on the dwarf planet from any location in the...
  • Wednesday Cable Ratings: MSNBC Hits Lowest Demo Ratings Day in 10 Years

    05/14/2015 5:26:35 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 53 replies
    Mediate ^ | 05/14/15 | Mediaite Staff
    Not only did The Ed Show hit a new low of 30K viewers in the 25-54 demo on Wednesday, but MSNBC had its lowest total day ratings in close to 10 years with 49K average viewers in the demo over the course of the day. The last time MSNBC saw demo ratings this low was on July 20, 2005 when it had 45K in total day. In primetime, MSNBC also came in third place with just 76K in the demo compared to 337K for Fox News and 196K for CNN.
  • Congratulations, New York, Youre #1 in Corruption

    05/07/2015 10:28:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | May 5, 2015 | Alan Greenblat
    Other states have plenty of corruption, but its hard to beat New York when it comes to sheer volume. The criminal complaint Monday against Dean Skelos, the state Senate majority leader, and his son Adam came just three months after charges were brought against Sheldon Silver, then the Assembly Speaker. Having the top leaders in both chambers face criminal charges in the same session is an unparalleled achievement, but Skelos is now the fifth straight Senate majority leader in Albany to face them
  • NYC City Council in talks to decriminalize minor offenses like open container and public [ed tr]

    04/20/2015 9:23:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | April 20, 2015 | Sarah Ryley
    A potential showdown is looming over a pair of City Council proposals that would decriminalize a host of offenses including fare-beating, drinking on the street and public urination in an overhaul that could dramatically impact the NYPDs broken windows approach to policing. The measures, still the focus of ongoing negotiations, could pit some Council members against Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who raised questions about the potential changes just last month. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viveritos office is working on a proposal that would make some of the most common criminal court summonses civil charges instead. Violators would get...
  • New Israel Fund Paid Millions To Undermine Israel Via State Department

    03/09/2015 11:06:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 3/9/15 | Pamela Geller
    According to Edwin Black on The Daily Caller today, the New Israel Fund received more than $1 Million dollars in funding from the State Department. As Black noted, Vocal critics in both the U.S. and Israel charge that the New Israel Fund has knowingly financed groups that support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and worked to get Israeli soldiers prosecuted for so-called war crimes. Benny Yanay of an Israeli military organization called Consensus, representing some 3,000 members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), stated, The New Israel Fund acts against Israel against the soldiers of our country....
  • Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks: Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives?

    02/13/2015 6:01:14 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 13, 2015 | Sam Creighton
    Her bizarre New Age views on topics such as reincarnation and UFOs have often left the public baffled. Now Shirley MacLaine has provoked widespread fury by claiming the victims of the Holocaust may have brought their fate upon themselves. The veteran Hollywood actress suggests the six million Jews and millions of others systematically murdered in Hitlers death camps in the 1940s were balancing their karma for crimes committed in past lives. She also suggests that cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking may have subconsciously given himself his debilitating motor neurone disease.
  • Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Faces Arrest on Corruption Charges

    01/21/2015 9:19:46 PM PST · by iowamark · 31 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/21/2015 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM, THOMAS KAPLAN and SUSANNE CRAIG
    Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with knowledge of the matter said, in a case that is likely to throw Albany into disarray. The investigation that led to the expected charges against Mr. Silver, a Democrat from the Lower East Side of Manhattan who has served as speaker for more than two decades, began after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March abruptly shut down an anticorruption commission he had created in 2013. Details of the specific charges to be brought against Mr. Silver...
  • ALBANY: Sheldon Silver to be arrested (Dimocrat accidentally nailed by Cuomo)

    01/22/2015 6:14:23 AM PST · by Liz · 7 replies
    nypost,.com ^ | 1/22/15 | Joe Tacopino
    Feds subpoenaed Manhattan Democrat Silver's records in a probe of undocumented payments he received from a law firm. He is reportedly to be charged via an investigation sparked when Gov. Cuomo abruptly shut down his 2013 anticorruption commission.....Silver's arrest was related to money he received from a small real-estate tax law firm that Silver failed to list on his official financial-disclosure form. The FBI and Manhattan US Atty's office are looking into exactly what Silver did to earn the money. Silver is a personal-injury lawyer associated with the high-profile law firm Weitz and Luxenberg. Goldberg & Iryami, w/ only two...
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver: New Yorks biggest Dem powerbroker will be arrested today

    01/22/2015 7:28:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/22/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I will apologize in advance to our readers if this looks like coverage of a “local story” but it actually may be a harbinger for the kind of state and local level change which is required for real progress in America. The New York Times is reporting that today an arrest will be made in Albany, the state’s capital. The suspect is question is none other than the Speaker of the state Assembly, Sheldon Silver. Federal authorities are expected to arrest Sheldon Silver, the powerful speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption charges on Thursday, people with...
  • Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (NY) in federal custody in Manhattan on corruption charges

    01/22/2015 5:53:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kenneth Lovett and John Marzulli
    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was taken into custody Thursday in Manhattan on corruption charges, The Daily News has learned. The impending arrest of Silver, who has been one of the most powerful men in Albany for more than two decades, was first reported overnight by The New York Times. While its unclear exactly what charges Silver could be facing, The Times reported the rap is linked to payments the powerful Manhattan Democrat received from New York City lawfrim Goldberg & Iryami that he did not disclose publicly, as required by law.
  • [Vanity]Good News!

    01/21/2015 8:17:06 AM PST · by TBP · 35 replies
    Meeeee!!!! | Today | Moi
    Two years from yesterday, we'll have a new President.
  • Escape From New York Remake Rights Deal Won By Fox

    01/15/2015 8:41:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 97 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | January 13, 2015 | Mike Fleming Jr
    EXCLUSIVE: Snake Plissken is back! Fox has emerged from competitive bidding and closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Carpenter-directed cult classic Escape From New York. Andrew Rona and Alex Heinemans The Picture Company will produce. The original was released by Avco Embassy, and the rights were owned by Studiocanal. Carpenter will be an executive producer and will exert creative influence over the project. Foxs Mike Ireland brought it in and will steer. The hope is to reinvent the property with an eye toward launching a new franchise.
  • Why Black New Yorkers Like Me Are Celebrating the NYPD Work Slowdown

    01/08/2015 7:05:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 7, 2015 | Aurin Squire
    For the second consecutive week, New York City police have virtually ceased writing tickets and arresting people for many nonviolent crimes, on the order of a 90 percent drop from a year earlier. After perceived slights by Mayor Bill de Blasio, civil protests against police brutality, and the murder of two officers by a deranged gunman, the New York Police Department is fighting back by not doing its job. Or rather, police appear to be using their resentment as an organizing incentive to skip certain non-essential cop duties. The police seem to be trying to teach a lesson to a...
  • Pope Francis: Toward a New Religion for the forward thinking

    01/03/2015 6:55:01 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 36 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 3, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    During the Jubilee Year (on March 6, 2000), Cardinal Giacomo Biffi asserted what I had been saying since the mid 1990s, that the Antichrist is walking among us. Cardinal Biffi said the Antichrist was not the beast with seven heads described in the Book of Revelation but a "fascinating personality" whose outward charm and plausibility had deceived his enemies. The cardinal said the Antichrist espoused vegetarianism, pacifism, environmentalism and animal rights. He also identified the Antichrist as an expert on the Bible who nonetheless promotes "vague and fashionable spiritual values" rather than the Scriptures. He advocates ecumenical dialogue between the...
  • Is New Years Eve the Worst Holiday?

    12/31/2014 4:41:02 AM PST · by C19fan · 83 replies
    Richocet ^ | December 30, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    As a kid, New Years Eve fascinated me. It was a night when grown-ups dressed up, drank fancy cocktails and danced across ballroom floors. Granted, my parents only went out a time or two, but I had seen the movies. Most adults had the times of their lives and I couldnt wait to join them. We kids would fight to stay up late, bang pots and pans and light the illicit firework or two, but it just wasnt the same. Once I hit drinking age, I spent several New Years Eves at college bars or block parties where I could...
  • Three-card monte scam artists return to midtown

    12/27/2014 6:47:28 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 26, 2014 | Philip Messing and Steve Cuozzo
    Is this Christmas 2014 or 1974? A stark reminder of New York Citys bad old days appeared on the streets of Manhattan Thursday , as three-card monte dealers turned out in force on Fifth Avenue. An army of the shady gamblers offering both crooked card and shell games set up between West 53rd and 56th streets, fleecing Christmas tourists like hapless rubes in an old-time movie.
  • Wrongly Pointing Fingers (Reply: You Got Nailed by Google)

    12/23/2014 6:32:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2014 | Eugene Robinson
    It is absurd to have to say this, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Al Sharpton and President Obama are in no way responsible for the coldblooded assassination of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday. Nor do the tens of thousands of Americans who have demonstrated against police brutality in recent weeks bear any measure of blame. A disturbed career criminal named Ismaaiyl Brinsley committed this unspeakable atrocity by himself, amid a spree of insane mayhem: Earlier in the day, he shot and critically wounded a woman he had been seeing; later, on a subway platform, he...
  • REPORT: PROTESTERS YELL AT NYPD AT SLAIN OFFICER MEMORIAL

    12/23/2014 4:29:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 22, 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    CNN Correspondent Sara Ganim reported that a small group of protesters were yelling at police officers who had gathered to pay their respects at a memorial to slain NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Monday. While Ganim said that most of the people who had showed up were paying their respects to the officers, she added I do, just in full disclosure, want to say that in the last couple of minutes, for the first time today, weve seen protesters come out here and start yelling at groups of police who are mourning their slain police officers.
  • Shock in Southern Tier of New York as Hopes of Gambling and Fracking Both Die

    12/22/2014 7:18:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jesse McKinley
    To get a sense of the deep disappointment felt by many here at the twin killings of two potentially lucrative dreams, hydraulic fracturing and a new luxury casino, one needed to look no further than the front-page headline of Thursdays edition of The Press & Sun-Bulletin. It was two letters, in red type: NO! That cry could seemingly be heard all along New York States Southern Tier, which borders Pennsylvania and has long been one of the states most stubborn economic laggards. In recent years, both hydraulic fracturing known as fracking and casinos had been posited as potential...
  • Email circulated among cops: 2 cars respond to every call (70s style policing)

    12/22/2014 7:11:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jamie Schram, Kirstan Conley and Ben Feuerherd
    The first assassination of an NYPD officer since the 1988 ambush of Edward Byrne has rattled the rank-and-file and prompted cops to adopt drastic wartime policing tactics not seen since the 1970s. At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be, an e-mail widely circulated among cops advised Saturday night.
  • Bratton: Tensions in NYC like 1970s

    12/22/2014 6:52:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | December 22, 2014 | Lucy McCalmont
    New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton said Monday that tensions in the city are echoing those in the 1970s a fear he expressed only days prior to the ambush killings of two police officers. Who wouldve ever thought dj vu all over again, that we would be back where we were 40-some-odd years ago, Bratton said in an interview on NBCs Today.
  • New Yorkers souring on how Bill de Blasio has run the city

    12/12/2014 5:21:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 12, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    With only weeks before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasios first year in office comes to a close, the Big Apples voters are starting to sour on their famously progressive mayor. While a majority of voters continue to approve of the job the mayor has done in office (52 percent, according to the latest New York Times/Siena poll), a figure that remains largely unchanged from an April Siena poll, voters are turning on how the city is managed. 52 percent say that de Blasios New York City is on the wrong track. Only 41 percent disagree. That is a...
  • New York Citi Bike program accused of shoddy maintenance and poor cleanliness

    12/12/2014 10:13:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    New York Citi Bike riders are at risk according to a new audit exposing spotty maintenance checks, poor cleanliness and defective docking stations. Comptroller Scott Stringer released his report Thursday looking at if New York City Bike Share, which manages the scheme, is in compliance with its Department of Transport contract. According to maintenance data, only 28per cent of the 6,000 two-wheelers in Manhattan and Brooklyn were inspected in November 2013, 34per cent in December 2013 and 38per cent in January 2014.
  • Obama on Garner: 'My Tradition is Not to Remark on Cases'

    12/04/2014 11:02:16 AM PST · by upbeat5 · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 3, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    In his remarks Wednesday on the non-indictment of the New York police officer who allegedly choked Eric Garner to death during a routine arrest, President Barack Obama claimed that he does not involve himself in such controversies. "My tradition is not to remark on cases where there may still be an investigation," he said. The opposite is true: from Skip Gates to Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown, Obama nearly always weighs in. Even more bizarre was the fact that Obama upstaged New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The news networks had all been awaiting the mayor's press conference at...
  • Pope Francis: 'God is not afraid of new things'

    10/20/2014 7:18:44 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 43 replies
    Courier Journal - USA Today ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric J. Lyman
    <p>"VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council's vast changes, called on the church to adapt to "changing conditions of society."</p>
  • Apple mops up iOS mess with new update

    09/26/2014 11:58:41 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    CNET ^ | 09/25/14 | Jon Skillings
    One day after a bungled iOS update disrupted key features on thousands of iPhones, Apple on Thursday issued a follow-on version of the software to set things right. The newest update, iOS 8.0.2, is available immediately. The bruise to Apple's public image -- also dinged in the last few days by the discovery that its iPhone 6 Plus can be bent -- may take longer to heal.
  • Batman, Spider-Man Arrested Following Brawl With Man In Times Square

    09/15/2014 6:45:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    CBS New York ^ | September 14, 2014 | Staff
    Two crime-fighting characters in Times Square have landed in the spotlight, and its not for saving lives. The NYPD told 1010 WINS two men, one dressed as Batman and another dressed as Spider-Man, were arrested after a brawl with another man at the Crossroads of the World Saturday night. Police said the fight started on 44th Street and Broadway after 23-year-old Thomas Rorke heckled the superheroes, CBS 2s Matt Kozar reported.
  • Times Square characters want to unionize

    08/13/2014 5:39:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    myfoxny ^ | August 12, 2014 | Stacey Delikat
    Times Square is quickly becoming the costume capital of the world. They seem to be everywhere. City officials have said they want to crack down, but now the people who wear the costumes also want to take action and organize to protect their jobs. You know them as Elmo, Cookie Monster and Woody, but the people who wear these costumes decided to take on a new name: Association of Artists United for a Smile New York City.
  • Not News in NJ: Cop Claims Police Don't Have to Follow Constitution Because Obama Doesn't

    08/06/2014 11:08:31 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 15 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 6, 2014 | P. J. Gladnick
    1 1/2 minute video at link. Obama has decimated the freakin Constitution, so I dont give a damn. If he doesnt follow the Constitution, we dont have to. So who made this claim? Some crazy guy drunk on beer? Nope. More like an on-duty New Jersey cop drunk on power. As you can see in this video (and after the jump) he was not at all reticent about making this claim. Pretty shocking stuff and the video is now going viral on the Web. However, don't check for it at NJ.Com which covers New Jersey news in such detail that...
  • Maine Governor Aligns State Policy With Federal Ban on Aid to Illegal Aliens

    The Administration of Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) will implement plans to eliminate state support for illegal aliens who apply for or receive General Assistance benefits. Although the plan is consistent with a federal ban on aid to illegal aliens, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills (D) said the move may be unconstitutional. Since December, LePage has sought to prohibit state aid from flowing to illegal aliens to bring General Assistance standards in line with qualifications for federal aid such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and food stamps.