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  • Organizations exploit Trayvon Martin incident to push their COMMUNIST agenda

    03/27/2012 6:22:38 AM PDT · by ETL · 12 replies
    various sources | self
    Most of the following is from events in New York City's Union Square on 14th St in Manhattan. Workers World Party's main headquarters is 4 or 5 blocks from there. Occupy movement joins in Million Hoodie March"The deadly shooting of an unarmed teenager by a neighborhood watch captain is sparking outrage in New York and across the country, and now, the Occupy Wall Street Movement is getting involved." ^ | March 22, 2012 _____________________________________________ Note the name of the org at the bottom of the placard: "Party for Socialism and Liberation"The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) is an...
  • Priscilla Buckley, Editor at National Review, Dies at 90

    03/26/2012 11:42:12 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies · 174+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 26, 2012 | Margalit Fox
    Priscilla L. Buckley, a journalist who was the longtime managing editor of National Review, the conservative magazine founded by her brother William F. Buckley Jr., died on Sunday at her home in Sharon, Conn. She was 90.
  • Charles Barron on Ramarley Graham and Trayvon Martin: 'This Madness Must Stop'

    03/26/2012 9:39:07 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 47 replies · 206+ views ^ | March 26 2012 | Victoria Bekiempis
    As New York and the rest of the nation demand answers about Trayvon Martin's death, Councilmember Charles Barron delivered a message on the steps of City Hall this afternoon that was alternatively angry and somber. Barron, joined by Ramarley Graham's parents and the family of Jateik Reed, asked that the February killing of Graham not be forgotten in light of the Sanford, Fla. shooting. Barron, alongside councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Melissa Mark-Viverito, voiced solidarity with Martin's relatives, calling for police accountability and an end to racial profiling. But Barron, as well as the other electeds and community leaders present, delivered...
  • State University will no longer cancel classes for Christian, Jewish holidays

    03/25/2012 8:25:25 PM PDT · by massmike · 30 replies · 3+ views ^ | 03/25/2012 | n/a
    State University of New York at Stony Brook has decided to no longer cancel classes for major Christian and Jewish holidays in an effort to ensure that some religions are not given special treatment and to "afford equal support and equal respect to students and faculty from all faiths." Jewish students would be impacted on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Holy Week. Christian students would be impacted on Good Friday. The Christmas holiday is protected under a union contract and occurs when classes are traditionally not in session. "As a secular university, as a state-funded university our priority must...
  • Jury stuck on, but still mulling, 'drunk' defense in near-fatal subway shoving

    02/23/2012 12:06:32 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/12 | LAURA ITALIANO
    Does a drunken man who sent a woman flying into an oncoming subway train -- nearly killing her -- get away with it just because he was drunk? That's the question apparently hamstringing the jury in the attempted murder trial of Jose Rojas, who admits he's to blame for a fashion executive being struck by an uptown train at the Broadway and 28th Street station in August 2010. Rojas, 26, is insisting that he did not cause tall, blonde Ute Linhart to hit the train intentionally. Instead, he was stumbling drunk, his lawyers have told a Manhattan jury -- and...
  • City-funded activist group teaches homeless how to invade apartments

    03/25/2012 6:12:18 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 20 replies
    ny post ^ | 3/25/2012 | MICHAEL GARTLAND
    breaking and entering for dummies. Picture the Homeless, a Bronx nonprofit that has received at least $240,000 in taxpayer money in the last five years, is giving a crash course on squatting — and city-owned buildings are a prime target. Two weeks ago, board member Andres Perez held a teach-in on how to wrest “control” of vacant apartments. He called it “homesteading.” “The best time to enter a building is in the late hours,” he advised a group of about 20, who gathered in front of the half-empty East New York housing complex Arlington Village. “You make sure you have...
  • With fiscal crisis looming, Syracuse officials want workers, retirees to pay more for health care

    03/24/2012 7:28:20 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 14 replies · 2+ views
    The Post-Standard ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012, 2:00 AM | Tim Knauss
    Syracuse, N.Y. -- After 33 years of driving a snowplow, picking up garbage and working as a dispatcher, James DiNicola retired last year from the Syracuse public works department. One of his retirement benefits is cheap, high-quality health insurance. DiNicola, 55, pays $180 a year for individual health coverage that costs the city, on average, $6,000 per person. Scott McClurg, a retired firefighter, pays $900 a year for a family health plan that costs the city more than $15,000. McClurg, 62, retired in 1998, after 20 years. Free or cheap health care has always been a perk of city employment....
  • Detective in 50-shot killing of NYC man is fired

    03/24/2012 9:05:14 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 03/24/212 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — An undercover police detective who fired the first bullets in a 50-shot barrage that killed an unarmed New York City man as he left his bachelor party has been fired and three other officers involved in the slaying will resign, ending a disciplinary process that dragged on for nearly 5 ˝ years. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly made the decision to push the four officers out Friday, four months after a department administrative trial judge concluded that detective Gescard Isnora acted improperly in the 2006 killing of the would-be groom, Sean Bell. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said...
  • Congress seeks more U.S. aid for Iron Dome

    03/23/2012 7:36:46 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/23/2012 | UPI
    Key leaders of the U.S. Congress want U.S. President Barack Obama to provide funds to help Israel, should it request it, to produce more batteries of the Iron Dome counter-rocket system. Israel's air force has three batteries deployed to protect cities in the southern Negev Desert against rockets fired by Palestinian militants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip but budget problems mean it can't fund more batteries needed to shield the rest of the country. Iron Dome, which racked up a 90 percent kill rate against Palestinian Qassam and Grad rockets in recent weeks, was developed by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems...
  • DIRTY LIBS ARE BUSTED – Robocall Scandal About to Break Wide Open – Extent of Scandal Has National

    03/23/2012 6:45:09 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    gateway ^ | March 23, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Two weeks aga a shady liberal group (they don’t even have a website) calling themselves the “Women of the 99%” made tens of thousands of illegal robocalls across the US attacking Rush Limbaugh and Republican lawmakers in battleground districts. We now have three recorded videos of the illegal robocalls from districts in Illinois, Wisconsin and California. Kevin G. sent in the latest video of one of the illegal robocalls from Rep. Dan Lungren’s district in California: The calls were placed in at least 25 Congressional districts in at least 12 different states across the US. ... The organization “Occupy Women...
  • NYPD Spied on Liberal Groups: Report

    03/23/2012 8:58:46 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Village Voice ^ | March 23, 2012 | Victoria Bekiempis
    The NYPD didn't just spy on entire Muslim communities -- a new report by The Associated Press reveals that cops also surveilled liberal political groups. The AP (via CBS) notes that undercover cops went to liberal political groups' meetings, building intel files on activists and protesters. The newswire says that interviews and docs collected during the investigation "show how police have used counterterrorism tactics to monitor even lawful activities." The AP points out that the NYPD used these same tactics in 2004, when the department monitored church, environmental, and anti-war groups in the U.S., claiming these policies were necessary to...
  • Report: Prostitute working for 'Monroe madam' had sex with John Edwards in 2007

    03/22/2012 10:52:47 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 15 replies · 1+ views
    NEW YORK -- A prostitute working for alleged "Monroe madam" Anna Gristina told investigators she was paid to have sex with former Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards while he was on a fund-raising visit to New York, local news website DNAinfo reported Thursday. The prostitute alleged that she slept with Edwards at an Upper East Side hotel in 2007 and that it was arranged through an Edwards aide with the assistance of a New Yorker familiar with Gristina's network, the report said. An attorney for Edwards issued a statement denying the allegations Thursday and asked DNAinfo to retract the story....
  • Suspension upheld for Montgomery boy over violent crayon drawing

    03/22/2012 10:47:22 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NEW YORK – Acknowledging school violence nationwide, a federal appeals court on Thursday upheld the suspension of a 10-year-old boy for a crayon drawing expressing a desire to blow up his school and its teachers. But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan was not unanimous in rejecting the First Amendment claims of his parents. Judge Rosemary Pooler said the drawing by the fifth grader at a Montgomery, N.Y., elementary school in Orange County was obviously the work of a class clown. “It was a crude joke,” Pooler wrote. “But the First Amendment should make us hesitate before...
  • What’s Next for Gun Rights?

    03/13/2012 11:19:37 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    NRO ^ | 13 mar2012 | Robert VerBruggen
    To gun-rights supporters, the Supreme Court’s District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago decisions may have felt like a dream come true — the Court recognized an individual right to keep and bear arms, and applied that right to state and local governments. Going forward, handgun bans are off the table in the U.S. But judging by a conference hosted by the Fordham Urban Law Journal last Friday, the two sides of the gun-control debate have simply regrouped, recalibrated their expectations, and lined up for battle once again. As definitive as Heller and McDonald may seem, they offer...
  • Billionaire Peter Lewis leaves Democracy Alliance, the liberal donor network

    03/21/2012 5:38:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 03/21/2012
    Peter Lewis, one of the Democracy Alliance’s founding billionaires, has dropped out of the influential liberal donor network... Lewis, the eccentric and reclusive founder of the insurer Progressive Corp., is one of the biggest donors in Democratic and liberal politics. He invested $25 million in the failed effort to oust President George W. Bush in 2004, making him one of the biggest donors in American political history. He coordinated his giving that year with billionaire George Soros, who gave $50 million.
  • GOP on brink of Brooklyn upset

    03/21/2012 12:37:35 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 9 replies
    Even though no one is declaring victory yet, the math of the special Senate election in Brooklyn strongly favors Republican David Storobin. In fact, the odds of Democrat Lew Fidler turning around his 120-vote deficit look very long. -snip- If Storobin’s lead holds, it will be a shocking win for Republicans and a stunning defeat for Democrats. The district was always considered solidly Democratic and the seat was held for years by Democrat Carl Kruger, until he resigned shortly before being convicted on corruption charges in December.
  • Of Muppets and Manhattan (Goldman Sachs' woes reflect the woes of New York City)

    03/21/2012 6:25:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    City Journal ^ | 03/21/2012 | NICOLE GELINAS
    Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein woke to a headache yesterday. One of his vice presidents chose to resign via the New York Times opinion page, saying that he no longer wanted to take unfair advantage of the firm’s customers. But the people who should go to bed worried tonight are New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Goldman’s PR crisis is New York’s fiscal crisis. Goldman veteran Greg Smith wrote that he was leaving the company after nearly 12 years because its culture was “as toxic and destructive” as he’d ever seen. He claimed that Goldman’s business model...
  • Both Sides Declare Victory in Brooklyn Senate Race

    03/20/2012 10:35:07 PM PDT · by OddLane · 7 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 21, 2012 | Liz Robbins
    Wackiness turned to nastiness and back again in the short but bitter special election in South Brooklyn to replace a state senator who had pleaded guilty to corruption charges. But the biggest twist of the race was its outcome — or lack thereof when election night ended. With all precincts reporting unofficially, according to the New York City Board of Elections, the Republican upstart candidate, David Storobin, 33, held a tenuous 120-vote lead over Lewis A. Fidler, the Democratic city councilman for the 27th District seat. But there were still at least 757 paper ballots outstanding, and those would not...
  • Storobin-Fidler Race (Preliminary Results)

    03/20/2012 8:32:20 PM PDT · by OddLane · 3 replies
    Daily News Politics ^ | March 20, 2012 | Celeste Katz
    #SD27 PERCENTAGES: 50.28% David STOROBIN, 49.72% Lew FIDLER. Stand by for more updates! NYDN Daily Politics ‏ @DNDailyPolitics Close PER BOARD OF ELECTIONS: #SD27 PAPER: 2090 ABSENTEE BALLOTS DISTRIBUTED, 1194 RETURNED, 437 INVALID, 757 VALID
  • Too dumb to check: Bloomberg blocks food donations for homeless due to … salt and fat content

    03/20/2012 6:46:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/20/2012 | AllahPundit
    I really did think it was too dumb to check. I saw this column in the Post yesterday and passed on blogging it because I figured it’d turn out to be an exaggeration. Nope. That’s what I get for giving the benefit of the doubt to a guy who worries about people on food stamps buying sugary drinks.You might die cold and hungry on the streets of New York, my friends, but at least you won’t have to worry about high salt intake. In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently...