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  • De Blasio: Municipal I.D.’s Will Force Congress’ Hand on Immigration

    07/08/2014 8:35:20 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    observer.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Will Bredderman
    Mayor Bill de Blasio tonight called for cities nationwide to follow New York’s lead by creating municipal identification cards for all residents, regardless of immigration status–which he argued would eventually force the Republican-run House of Representatives to pass controversial immigration reform measures. Speaking at the convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens–a Latino advocacy organization–Mr. de Blasio argued that cities across America should pick up his administration’s liberal drumbeat, especially on immigration issues. The mayor predicted that the GOP-controlled Congress would continue to block efforts to grant legal status and a path to citizenship to the 11 million-plus...
  • Court Calls Out Angry Atheists for Near Supernatural Claims Against the Ground Zero Cross

    07/07/2014 8:35:59 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 21 replies
    ACLJ.org ^ | 7/7/14 | Matthew Clark
    From day one, angry atheists have made outlandish claims about the Ground Zero Cross – the two intersecting steal beams in the shape of a cross that was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Not only have they made these absurd claims in public (calling it “offensive and repugnant”), they’ve made them in federal court. Now a federal appeals court is calling them out and demanding they provide a rational explanation as to how their “offense” constitutes a constitutional claim. When the American Atheists first filed their lawsuit in state court seeking to have the...
  • Yankees fan caught sleeping on TV sues ESPN, MLB for $10 million

    07/07/2014 4:41:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 7/7/14 | Troy Machir
    A New York man who was caught sleeping at a recent Yankees game against the Red Sox on ESPN is filing a $10 million defamation suit against broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk for their "avalanche of disparaging words," according to the New York Post. Andrew Robert Rector admitted that he "briefly slept" while in attending the April 13 game between the A.L. East rivals, and when ESPN cameras caught him sleeping during the fourth inning, the Sunday Night Baseball announcers launched into what he described as an "unending verbal crusade" against him, with their "vituperative utterances" redistributed on the...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WOR AM, July 7-11, 2014

    07/07/2014 10:53:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
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  • There’s no God-given right to live in NYC

    07/07/2014 8:15:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | 07/07/2014 | Kyle Smith
    One thing we know about Mayor de Blasio is that he’s serious about creating affordable, quality housing for all New Yorkers. “This is literally the largest and most ambitious affordable-housing program initiated by any city in this country in the history of the United States of America,” de Blasio declared when he announced his “five-borough, 10-year plan” in May. “It is the largest, fastest affordable-housing plan ever attempted at a local level,” he added, vowing to “change the face of this city forever.” Hear that kids? Your rent worries will soon ease. Great news! I wonder if the new promise...
  • Court Calls Out Angry Atheists for Near Supernatural Claims Against the Ground Zero Cross

    07/07/2014 1:54:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 18 replies
    ACLJ - The American Center for Law and Justice ^ | Jul. 3, 2014 1:52 PM | Matthew Clark
    From day one, angry atheists have made outlandish claims about the Ground Zero Cross – the two intersecting steal beams in the shape of a cross that was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Not only have they made these absurd claims in public (calling it “offensive and repugnant”), they’ve made them in federal court. Now a federal appeals court is calling them out and demanding they provide a rational explanation as to how their “offense” constitutes a constitutional claim.
  • Reagan Republican Honors Ground Zero Mosque Imam

    07/06/2014 6:30:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 3, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    President Ronald Reagan’s former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane recently honored Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, tainting his former boss’s legacy in so doing. Making matters worse is that Abubaker Y. Ahmed Al Shingieti, the Vice President of the organization that hosted the event was for years a high ranking henchman in Sudan’s terrorist regime and is today a stealth jihadist who leads a Muslim Brotherhood front group. Last year, it was reported that McFarlane may have illegally represented the government of Sudan and that the FBI seized documents in a raid of his apartment. One of the...
  • When Beliefs and Facts Collide

    07/05/2014 8:16:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 07/05/2014 | Brendan Nyhan
    Do Americans understand the scientific consensus about issues like climate change and evolution? At least for a substantial portion of the public, it seems like the answer is no. The Pew Research Center, for instance, found that 33 percent of the public believes “Humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time” and 26 percent think there is not “solid evidence that the average temperature on Earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades.” Unsurprisingly, beliefs on both topics are divided along religious and partisan lines. For instance, 46 percent of...
  • Asians Bleed a Lot: Racial Violence in Rochester (Thousands attacked--Media Silent)

    07/03/2014 5:46:12 PM PDT · by equalator · 38 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 7-3-2014 | Colin Flaherty
    The former police chief, James Sheppard, who is black, told the Democrat & Chronicle the immigrants will “eventually acclimate” to their new “harsh environment.” "Any time you have an immigrant group come in they stand out, particularly in your depressed neighborhoods," Sheppard said. "They may dress different, they may talk different, they tend not to fight back and so that just made them easy victims, easy to identify and the fact that they didn't call police that just made it happen more often."
  • Violence plagues Ithaca on 4th of July

    07/04/2014 6:27:05 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Thursday night was no celebration for Ithaca Police, who responded to multiple reports of violence throughout the city. At around 12:06 a.m. Friday, Ithaca Police responded to a report of a 25-year-old Ithaca man who was severely beaten with a baseball bat in the city.... At around 12:15 a.m. that same night, police were called to the Holiday Inn on Cayuga Street to respond to a physical dispute... Later that night, just after 1:30 a.m., Ithaca Police got a report of shots fired in the 600 block of Chestnut Street. Police say two people were driving when a person shot...
  • De Blasio closes Ramadan event to press, citing sit-down meal and prayer ( NYC )

    07/03/2014 4:24:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Capital NY ^ | Jul. 3, 2014 | Azi Paybarah
    Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press office announced this morning a dinner he is hosting at Gracie Mansion tonight for Muslims will be closed press, despite initially being listed as open. The Ramadan Iftar dinner, according to de Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak, “was always designed to be closed but was erroneously listed as open” on the mayor’s schedule last night “due to an internal miscommunication.” Walzak also said, "Tonight's event is closed press because it is a sit-down dinner and there also is a praying portion. Last year and the year before this event was closed press — it historically has...
  • Shootings rise; so do lawmakers’ concerns (New York City)

    07/03/2014 4:01:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    The Queens Chronicle ^ | July 3, 2014 | Staff
    Supporters of the police tactic stop, question and frisk are getting ready to say “I told you so,” now that new statistics show a spike in shooting incidents. According to the NYPD, shootings jumped 11 percent compared to the same time last year and this past weekend, there were 21 shootings alone, causing some to second-guess Mayor de Blasio’s decision to drop the city’s appeal against amendments added to stop and frisk. “No question about it, this was the biggest mistake the city has ever made,” Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) said. Even Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he would...
  • Celebrate the Fourth of July With Benjamin Franklin — the one From the Bronx

    07/03/2014 3:17:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 3, 2014 | Chelsea Hirsch
    Jamaican native shares name with a Founding Father. They share little — except the American dreamMost Americans will be taking it easy on the Fourth of July — but Benjamin Franklin will be hard at work like he always is. Franklin - a 45-year-old Jamaican who just happens to share a name with the fabled “First American” — will sell DVDs and records at his unnamed Harlem storefront, a hard-working spirit that the inventor of bifocals and the editor of the Declaration of Independence would appreciate. “I’m a workaholic,” said the living Franklin, a father of five, ages 8 to...
  • New York's Health Insurance Exchange: Don't Pop the Champagne Quite Yet

    07/03/2014 10:58:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Paul Howard and Yevgeniy Feyman
    Obamacare advocates in New York have had good reason to celebrate. In contrast to Oregon’s and other state-based exchanges, New York’s exchange rollout was a relatively smooth, successful affair. Now for some cold water: New York still has a long way to go. New York State’s Medicaid program, already among the nation’s largest and most expensive, just grew by 10%. And 87% of the new Medicaid enrollees were eligible under New York’s generous, old rules. This means the state will be picking up 50% of the cost for much of this population—not the 10% headline rate for the newly eligible,...
  • New York Healthcare Premiums Are About To Explode ('Tithing' to support ObamaCare ain't cheap!)

    07/03/2014 8:27:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 7/3/14 | Brett LoGiurato - Business Insider
    Insurance companies operating in New York State's marketplace are expected to ask for double-digit premium hikes next year, according to new filings from the companies. Capital New York reports the average requested increase was 13%. The New York Post reports that number at about 12%. But the bigger insurers are seeking a bigger premium hike — according to Capital, the six most popular plans in New York are requesting an average increase of almost 15%. The Post reports that Excellus Health Plan, which has about 24,000 customers, is requesting a 19.7% hike. MVP Health Plan, which has nearly 33,000 customers,...
  • New York insurers seek 12- to 20-percent hike in Obamacare premiums

    07/03/2014 7:56:34 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2014 | By Cheryl K. Chumley
    Insurance companies that feed into New York’s health exchange system for Obamacare are requesting hikes to patient premiums that are in the double-digits, a New York Post investigation found. The average increase that insurers are considering for 2015 is 12 percent, the newspaper reported. But a large number of these insurers actually want to boost premium payment costs on patients by 20 percent. The rate hikes are curious, the New York Post noted, given the stated goal of Obamacare to rein in runaway medical costs. Insurers, however, blamed the premium increases directly on Obamacare.
  • After Action Hillary protest/Freep report

    06/29/2014 1:20:39 PM PDT · by God luvs America · 33 replies
    6/29/2014 | Me
    It was nice to get back into the groove of Freeping today as about 4 dozen Freepers/Tea Partiers got together to tell hillary what we think of her during a book signing in her "hometown" of Chappaqua. A large crowd was expected- boy were they wrong. Yesterday my nephew, who works at a well known bakery a quarter-mile from the Chappaqua Library where the signing was held, informed me dozens of businesses in the area, including the one where he works, were warned of large crowds on Sunday due to the event. Here are the highlights:
  • Court: NY towns make final call on gas drilling

    07/02/2014 3:38:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    CNBC/Reuters ^ | 30 June 2014
    New York state's top court ruled on Monday that towns have the authority to ban gas drilling within their borders, giving a boost to opponents of the drilling method known as fracking. The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision upheld drilling bans in the Ithaca suburb of Dryden and in Middlefield, near Cooperstown, saying the laws were extensions of the towns' zoning authority. Drilling company Norse Energy USA and an upstate dairy farmer separately sued the towns, claiming the bans violated a law designed to create uniform statewide regulations on the oil and gas industry. The court disagreed, saying...
  • Nazis’ ‘perfect Aryan’ baby was Jewish

    07/02/2014 3:33:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7-2-14 | Chris Perez
    The joke’s on you! A baby in a photo chosen by Nazis as the perfect Aryan baby has been revealed to in fact be Jewish, not German. Hessy Taft, who was 6 months old when the picture was taken, found out about the photograph after an aunt recognized her on a postcard, the Telegraph reports. But apparently the Nazis had no idea that the precious baby they deemed the “perfect Aryan” was actually a descendant of the House of David. Taft lived with her parents, Jacob and Pauline Levinsons, in Berlin during the height of the Nazis’ takeover in 1935....
  • American flag given to family of firefighter killed September 11 stolen from outside their home

    07/02/2014 9:57:23 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 8 replies
    UK DailyMail ^ | July 2, 2014 | COREY CHARLTON
    The theft of an American flag from the family of a firefighter killed in September 11 is causing heartache as they desperately plead for its return... The flag stolen from the front of Melissa Brengel's Long Island property was flown over the World Trade Center during the recovery and cleanup and was later gifted to her from the September 11 Families Association. ...His father is also a firefighter and is a co-founder of Tribute WTC, which pays homage to the victims of the attack....
  • The First Crisis Hits Shale Drilling {hyperbole}

    07/02/2014 5:37:06 AM PDT · by thackney · 10 replies
    Real Clear Energy ^ | July 1, 2014 | Dave Forest
    "Crisis" may be a little hyperbolic. But shale production of oil and gas in America suddenly got a lot riskier this week. That's because of a landmark decision from one of the highest state courts in the land. Upholding the right of individual towns to regulate shale drilling, trumping state or federal regulatory regimes. The ruling came down yesterday in New York. Where the State Court of Appeals voted 5-2 to reject challenges to fracking rules imposed on the oil and gas industry by two municipalities in the state: Dryden and Middlefield. The saga started in 2011. When the two...
  • Jamie Dimon Diagnosed With Cancer

    07/01/2014 9:50:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | July 1, 2014 | Katie Lobosco
    JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon said Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with a curable throat cancer, but will remain working while undergoing treatment. The prognosis from doctors is "excellent" and it was caught quickly, he wrote in a memo to colleagues and shareholders. Dimon, 58, will receive radiation and chemotherapy treatment over the next eight weeks at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Although he will curtail his traveling, the bank CEO expects to be actively working during that period. He made the announcement just before he was about to leave on a previously scheduled trip to five...
  • Police: Pizza Delivery Man Beaten Badly in Possible 'Knockout Game'

    07/01/2014 6:07:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    WWLTV ^ | July 1, 2014
    A pizza delivery driver was severely beaten with a baseball bat while making a delivery Tuesday morning in the former B.W. Cooper housing project, according to the NOPD. The driver got out of the car in the 1300 block of South Prieur Street around 2 a.m. After asking a man waiting outside if he placed the order, the driver was beaten with a baseball bat. Nothing was taken, which has authorities wondering if the incident was a pizza delivery version of the ‘knockout game.’ The victim had to have staples put into his head and Domino’s has said it won’t...
  • Cuomo’s Republican Ally Charged With Lying to the FBI

    07/01/2014 5:54:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | July 1, 2014 | Caroline Bankoff
    It took just four days after the resignation of State Assemblywoman Gabriela Rosa for another New York lawmaker to be accused of corruption. This time, it's Thomas Libous, the State Senate's second-highest-ranking Republican and a close ally of Governor Cuomo. The New York Times reports that Libous and his lawyer son, Matthew, were charged in separate indictments on Tuesday. Senator Libous, who represents Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Tioga Counties, allegedly lied to the FBI about promising to direct business to a law firm in exchange for the firm giving Matthew a job. He also allegedly instructed a lobbying firm to...
  • N.Y. top court says cyberbullying law violates free speech

    07/01/2014 8:54:23 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 21 replies
    WHBL ^ | 07/01/2014 | Daniel Wiessner
    New York's highest court said on Tuesday that a law designed to criminalize cyberbullying was so broad that it violated the First Amendment, marking the first time a U.S. court weighed the constitutionality of such a law. . . . The Court of Appeals in a 5-2 decision said it was possible to pass a law outlawing bullying via social media or text message that respected free speech rights, but the county's statute went too far. . . . “The problem is, it’s going to be really tricky to write a law that is comprehensive in its coverage of bullying...
  • ‘Cannibal Cop’ expected to be freed if conviction is overturned

    07/01/2014 3:17:08 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 1, 2014 | Joe Tacopino
    In a stunning reversal, infamous Cannibal Cop Gilberto Valle will likely have his conviction for a bizarre kidnapping conspiracy scheme overturned on Tuesday after a judge decided to revoke the guilty verdict in the flesh-eating fetish plot, a source said. The disgraced NYPD veteran, who was convicted of hatching a “heinous” plan to cook, kill, and eat several women — including his own wife — was facing life in prison for the crime. But Valle will likely have the major charge of conspiracy overturned and the sentence vacated with only a misdemeanor charge of using police computers to track down...
  • Sean Hannity Show,M-F,3PM-6PM,EDT,WOR AM, June 30-July 3, 2014

    06/30/2014 11:59:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    Sean Hannity Show ^ | June 30-July 3, 2014 | Sean Hannity
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  • New York top court OKs local gas-drilling bans

    06/30/2014 7:36:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT | Michael Hill
    New York’s top court handed a victory to opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas Monday by affirming the right of municipalities to ban the practice within their borders. The state Court of Appeals affirmed a midlevel appeals court ruling from last year that said the state oil and gas law doesn’t trump the authority of local governments to control land use through zoning. […] The court in a 5-2 decision stressed that it did not consider the merits of fracking, but only the “home rule” authority of municipalities to regulate their land use. The court said the towns of...
  • NYPD Analyzing Consequences Of Decline In Stop-And-Frisk

    06/29/2014 6:50:59 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 12 replies
    CBS New York ^ | June 26, 2014 5:39 PM | Marcia Kramer
    According to CompStat figures, 129 people were shot last month — a 43 percent increase over the same period last year.
  • New York to provide free legal aid, IDs to undocumented immigrants

    06/27/2014 7:26:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CSM ^ | 06/27/2014 | Harry Bruinius
    NEW YORK — As Congress remains gridlocked by the partisan wrangling over the issue of illegal immigration, New York City this week approved two separate plans that advocates say could signal a sea change in the ways cities handle undocumented workers and their families. On Wednesday, the New York City Council earmarked $4.9 million of the city budget to give legal assistance to foreign-born New York residents facing deportation. This makes New York the first city in the US to provide lawyers for low-income immigrants detained by federal authorities. The city will provide such aid both for undocumented immigrants and...
  • Unprepared grads — the scandal New York’s pols ignore

    06/27/2014 6:50:25 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 24, 2014 | Bob McManus
    the state’s ability-to-function-in-a-modern-economy rate among graduates hovers at a dismal 37 percent. That is, according to the state Department of Education, only 37 of every 100 students who entered high school in 2009, and stayed long enough to graduate, learned enough by last June to do college-level academic work — or to enter the workforce in any meaningful way. And in New York City, the ratio was one in four. So let’s cut to the chase: If 75 percent of New York high-school seniors get diplomas, but only 37 percent are academically or economically functional ... Per-student spending — just...
  • NYC creates public defender system for immigrants (illegals)

    06/27/2014 2:01:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 27, 2014 1:58 AM EDT | Deepti Hajela
    Poor New York City immigrants who otherwise would have faced the complicated immigration system with its threat of deportation on their own will now get legal representation to help them in a program advocates say is the first of its kind in the country and one they hope the federal government will ultimately take on. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will cover all eligible immigrant city residents detained in the system and appearing in immigration courts in New York City or the New Jersey cities of Elizabeth and Newark. Lawmakers approved $4.9 million for the initiative as part...
  • City Jails Ignored Safeguards to Save Suicidal Inmates

    06/27/2014 1:46:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/27/14
    In one case, a mentally ill New York City inmate hanged himself from a shower pipe on his third try in three days. During that stretch, orders to put him on 24-hour watch were apparently ignored, along with a screening form that said he was “thinking about killing himself.” Another inmate hanged himself with a bedsheet from an air vent in a solitary-confinement cell after repeatedly telling guards he was suicidal.
  • Drunken NYPD cop punched Bronx woman 20 to 30 times after breaking into her apartment

    06/27/2014 12:29:53 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    A Bronx woman who has accused an NYPD cop of breaking into her apartment during a drunken early morning attack told investigators that he viciously beat her in her bed, punching her more than 20 times. Officer Eugene Donnelly, clad only in his underwear, eventually fled — but not before taking a drink of milk from her refrigerator, a source familiar with the woman’s account told the Daily News. The woman told investigators she was awakened at 5:30 a.m. by a boom — the sound as Donnelly busted her front door open, according to the source familiar with her account....
  • Forgotten ethnic factor helped Rangel win

    06/27/2014 12:44:06 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | Michael Benjamin
    Charlie Rangel won re-election Tuesday, despite the ethical cloud still shrouding him, because all politics is local. Rangel’s censure by Congress in 2012 has been all but forgotten by his voters, and those who recall that embarrassing episode believe that “Charlie was shafted by Congress” for doing what other members have long gotten away with. (SNIP) If Puerto Rican pols backing Espaillat couldn’t move their bloc to him, one has to question their utility as endorsers. Former Bronx state Sen. Israel Ruiz says, “Puerto Ricans voters do not like Dominicans — especially Dominican politicians . . . perceived as cocky...
  • Inside the jealous feud between the Obamas and ‘Hildebeest’ Clintons

    06/21/2014 4:05:20 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06/21/2014 | Edward Klein
    Outwardly, they put on a show of unity — but privately, the Obamas and Clintons, the two power couples of the Democrat Party, loathe each other. “I hate that man Obama more than any man I’ve ever met, more than any man who ever lived,” Bill Clinton said to friends on one occasion, adding he would never forgive Obama for suggesting he was a racist during the 2008 campaign. The feeling is mutual. Obama made ­excuses not to talk to Bill, while the first lady privately sniped about Hillary.
  • Appeals Court Ends City’s Fight to Curtail Size of Sugary Drinks

    06/26/2014 5:25:25 PM PDT · by John W · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead. The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and dashing the hopes of health advocates who have urged state and local governments to curb the consumption of drinks and foods linked to obesity. In a 20-page opinion, Judge Eugene F. Pigott Jr. of the New York State Court of Appeals wrote that the city’s Board of Health “exceeded the scope of its regulatory authority” in enacting the proposal, which was championed by former Mayor Michael R....
  • Brooklyn College Turns Down $10 Mil from Koch Brothers, Will Go On Taking Taxpayer Money

    06/26/2014 6:51:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 06/26/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No Koch Bros wanted at B.C. Brooklyn College, part of the disastrous and dysfunctional City University of New York sinkhole, has a $60 million endowment. A drop in the bucket compared to CUNY’s horrifying $3 billion budget.46% of its wildly inflated budget comes from New York State. New York City taxpayers kick in another 10%.With so much taxpayer money, involuntarily extracted, they just aren’t in need of any dirty Koch Brothers cash. Brooklyn College’s liberal politics are keeping grants and progress from faculty and students, one frustrated CUNY professor told the Observer.The CUNY college has turned down a $10 million...
  • 'Too big to jail' [Why Obama's DOJ won't REALLY go after Wall Street]

    06/26/2014 7:45:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 6/14/14 | Warren Cole Smith
    .... Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer seemed to hit hard in December 2012 when he announced that global banking giant HSBC would pay the government a fine of $1.9 billion.... In March 2013 Breuer’s boss, Attorney General Eric Holder, went before the Senate Finance Committee to explain why HSBC wasn’t indicted for these crimes. He said some banks may be too large to prosecute without wrecking the economy. Holder’s “too big to jail” comments caused an immediate uproar. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “big bankers know that if they commit financial...
  • Julius Rudel, Longtime City Opera Impresario, Dies at 93

    06/26/2014 8:45:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2014 | Robert D. McFadden
    Julius Rudel, the Austrian-born conductor who raised the New York City Opera to a venturous golden age with highbrow music for the masses and a repertory that, like him, bridged the Old and New Worlds, died on Thursday at his home in New York. He was 93. His death, announced by his son, Anthony, came eight months after his beloved and financially struggling City Opera filed for bankruptcy and closed its doors.
  • Hillary made a secret deal with Huma to keep Weiner quiet

    06/26/2014 5:19:17 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 40 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 25, 2014 | Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
    Hillary Clinton has a “secret deal” with her top aide Huma Abedin to keep her troublesome husband Anthony Weiner out of the spotlight, sources tell Page Six, as the former secretary of state mulls a run for president. Clinton aides have insisted Weiner “stay out of public life for two years,” and that he “avoid causing any further embarrassment to Huma or Clinton,” according to our sources.
  • Hillary made a secret deal with Huma to keep Weiner quiet

    06/26/2014 5:12:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    NY Post -- Page Six ^ | 6-26-14 | Emily Smith and Ian Mohr
    Hillary Clinton has a “secret deal” with her top aide Huma Abedin to keep her troublesome husband Anthony Weiner out of the spotlight, sources tell Page Six, as the former secretary of state mulls a run for president. Clinton aides have insisted Weiner “stay out of public life for two years,” and that he “avoid causing any further embarrassment to Huma or Clinton,” according to our sources. The former sexting pol has been noticeably absent at recent public events attended by Abedin, including the Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner in Manhattan earlier this month. Nor has he appeared at the...
  • NY homeless angry at China tycoon 'publicity stunt'

    06/26/2014 2:19:00 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 26, 2014
    A three-course lunch hosted by an eccentric Chinese millionaire for 250 homeless New Yorkers in a posh restaurant degenerated into fury when guests were denied $300 cash handouts.
  • VA nurse alleges agency turned on her after she reported abuses

    06/25/2014 10:56:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 25, 2014 | Robert Gearty
    A Veterans Affairs nurse who spent 28 years at the embattled agency's facility in Albany, N.Y., says when she came forward to report abuse including stolen drugs and mistreatment of patients, her supervisors turned on her instead of trying to fix things. Nursing manager Val Riviello, 55, was considered an outstanding employee at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center until last November, when she reported that doctors had restrained a patient for seven hours in violation of VA rules. Now she has been banished to an office cubicle, stripped of her nursing duties and supervisory role and faces a 30-day...
  • A breakdown of New York’s Obamacare numbers

    06/25/2014 4:19:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Capital New York News ^ | June 25, 2014 | By Dan Goldberg
    Nearly 275,000 New Yorkers were eiligible for more than $700 million in federal tax credits to help them pay for health insurance, according to a new report from the state Department of Health. That's roughly $2,500 per person, and demonstrates how expensive health care coverage can be in New York even after the Affordable Care Act reduced rates on the individual market. Wednesday's report is the fullest picture yet of exactly who enrolled in the state's health insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. Most New Yorkers were eligible for a federal subsidy that helped them defray the cost...
  • The Show Will Go On: New York Met to Produce Anti-Semitic Opera

    06/25/2014 3:39:24 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Breaking Israel News ^ | 6/25/14 | Ahuva Balofsky
    “I will set no base thing before mine eyes; I hate the doing of things crooked; it shall not cleave unto me.” (Psalms 101:3) he New York Metropolitan Opera has decided to cancel the simultaneous broadcast of controversial opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” during its upcoming season but has agreed to host the show in the upcoming season. The American opera, by composer John Adams and librettist Alice Goodman, portrays the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro passenger liner by the Palestine Liberation Front, during which Jewish-American hostage Leon Klinghoffer was murdered and thrown overboard. The English-language opera has been...
  • Diane Sawyer to Step Down from ABC's 'World News,' David Muir to Take Over

    06/25/2014 9:41:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 49 replies
    www.hollywoodreporter.com ^ | 6:03 AM PDT 6/25/2014 | by Marisa Guthrie
    UPDATED: Muir will take over Sept. 2, while George Stephanopoulos becomes chief anchor at ABC News. After five years in the World News anchor chair, Diane Sawyer will step down at the end of the summer, clearing the way for David Muir, who anchors the program's weekend edition, to assume her role on Sept. 2. Sawyer, 68, an ABC News star who previously anchored Good Morning America and newsmagazine Primetime and who has conducted some of the news division's most-watched interviews, will head her own unit and continue to produce and anchor specials. Additionally, George Stephanopoulos, once thought to be...
  • A bad night for Democrats

    06/25/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT · by topher · 105 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 25-June-2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    A BAD NIGHT FOR DEMOCRATS If you can divine a national trend from a runoff election in Mississippi, be our guest. But rather than pondering the motives of 3,188 Mississippi voters who made the difference in a bitter, hyper-local election, there’s a more useful consideration today. What’s at stake nationally this year is control of the U.S. Senate, and Republican chances of taking the majority went up significantly Tuesday night. [During New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel’s victory speech, the stage nearly collapsed. Rangel asked “heavier people on the stage… to take safety over ego” and step down.]
  • Stabbing Victim Walks Into Queens McDonald’s With Knife In His Back

    06/25/2014 6:27:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    newyork.cbslocal.com ^ | June 24, 2014 9:00 PM
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It was a harrowing scene at a McDonald’s in Queens after a man walked into the restaurant with a knife sticking out of his back. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McDonald’s on Sutphin Boulevard and 91st Street in Jamaica. The victim was stabbed in the back, but managed to walk down the block and into the restaurant, witnesses said. “I heard everybody screaming and it was a lot of commotion,” witness Tromaine Yancey told CBS 2′s Don Champion. “The guy came and he was standing there with a knife in his back...
  • Man walks into McDonald’s with knife sticking out of his back

    06/25/2014 4:23:02 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 26 replies
    nypost.com ^ | june 24, 2014 | jamie schram
    A man shocked the breakfast crowd at a Queens McDonald’s Tuesday when he strolled in with a knife stuck in his back while chatting on a cellphone. Andrew Hardy, 53, his shirt drenched in blood, appeared remarkably composed as he paced about the Jamaica restaurant at around 10 a.m., witnesses said. “He was cool and calm. But you could tell he was shaken up,” said Hardy’s pal, Michel Green, 43, of Jamaica. “I went to pull the knife out, but someone said, ‘No, no! It might have hit an artery!’ ” Another customer said Hardy seemed to be saying his final...