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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." abclocal.go.com ^ | 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
    villagevoice.com ^ | 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
    foxnews.com ^ | 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...
  • Fox News Reprimands Dick Morris For Auctioning Off Tour Of The Channel at GOP Fundraiser

    03/20/2012 5:46:22 PM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Mediabistro.com ^ | March 20, 2012 | Alex Weprin
    Fox News Channel has reprimanded contributor Dick Morris over an auction he participated in to benefit a local Republican organization. Morris was a featured speaker at an event for the Lake County Republicans in Florida recently, and he offered up a personal tour of Fox News headquarters in New York as an auction item. Media Matters (which first reported the news) noted that the tour sold for $6,000, but unfortunately for the winner, it will not be happening. Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for Fox News, told TVNewser that “The tour will absolutely not take place nor would...
  • New York: Court-Drawn Congressional Map Adopted for 2012 Elections

    03/20/2012 4:10:13 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 19, 2012 | Joshua Miller
    A federal three-judge panel begrudgingly adopted a court-drawn Congressional redistricting plan for New York, locking in lines for this November’s election after the perpetually deadlocked Empire State Legislature failed to fulfill its constitutional responsibility to update a map to reflect changes in population. On March 12, federal Magistrate Judge Roanne L. Mann released a proposed map. In today’s opinion, the three-judge panel ordered the state of New York to adopt that plan “in its entirety.” The panel made tiny tweaks to Mann’s map in a few districts that won’t materially affect any candidates or political outcomes. “[W]hen, as here, a...
  • Paul Krugman Drills Dry Hole On Oil, Gas Fracking

    03/20/2012 3:55:18 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Marcxh 20. 2012 | IBD editorials
    Energy: The economist at the newspaper of record defends the president's energy policy of Solyndra, Chevy Volts and algae while dismissing the oil boom on private lands as a small-town hiccup with no impact on price. New York Times columnist and Keynesian economist Paul Krugman asks in a recent column why gas prices are rising if we are in the middle of a domestic oil boom. Doesn't the "drill, baby, drill" crowd claim, he argues, that prices will drop "if only we would stop protecting the environment and let energy companies do whatever they want"? Without our domestic oil boom,...
  • Top New York Labor Leader Moves To Long Island, Saves $30,000 in City Income Taxes

    03/20/2012 8:58:56 AM PDT · by OddLane · 16 replies
    New York Sun ^ | March 20, 2012 | Ira Stoll
    One of America’s most powerful labor leaders, teachers union president Randi Weingarten, has quietly moved out of New York City, a decision that saved her from paying more than $30,000 in city income taxes that she would have owed if she had stayed. Discussion of people fleeing New York City in part because of high income tax rates has mostly focused on high-powered conservative commentators and billionaire hedge-fund managers. Glenn Beck moved to Dallas, and Rush Limbaugh sold his New York apartment and announced he was vacating the city. An article in last week’s New Yorker discussed the case of...
  • TENNESSEE: Blount County nurse gets no jail time for NYC gun charge

    03/20/2012 8:15:20 AM PDT · by SmithL · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/20/12 | News Sentinel staff
    A Blount County woman arrested on a gun possession charge while visiting New York City has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to the Associated Press. Meredith Graves, a registered nurse from Louisville, was spared jail time under the plea deal. She pleaded guilty Monday to criminal possession of a weapon, according to the AP. Charged with felony gun possession, Graves posted a $2,000 bond and faced a minimum sentence of 3˝ years in prison after reportedly requesting to check her loaded, .32-caliber handgun with police at the World Trade Center Memorial on Dec. 22.
  • With Guilty Verdict, Deportation is Possibility for Ravi

    03/20/2012 7:32:13 AM PDT · by OddLane · 13 replies
    WNYC ^ | March 20, 2012 | Nancy Solomon
    Now that Dharun Ravi has been convicted of 15 charges related to his use of a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, he may also face possible deportation proceedings. Ravi, 20, is a legal resident who was born in India and spent most of his life in New Jersey. Anyone convicted of a crime that is defined as involving “moral turpitude” or an aggravated felony can face a deportation proceeding. It’s up to federal immigration officials to bring the case, and an immigration judge to make the final determination. Michael Wildes, a New Jersey immigration attorney, said federal immigration...
  • NYC, Abortion Capital

    03/20/2012 6:43:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 2+ views
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2012 | By Greg Pfundstein
    Today the Chiaroscuro Foundation released an interactive map illustrating the abortion ratio by zip code in New York City from 2000 to 2009. This is a continuation of our effort to raise awareness of the extremely high rate of abortion in New York City.Much could be said about these data. While the total number of abortions, as well as the abortion ratio, is down over the period citywide, both the number of abortions and the abortion ratio increased in the majority of zip codes, indicating uneven progress. The number of live births also increased in the majority of zip codes....
  • A-listers Beyonce, Whoopi, Ben Stiller join First Lady Michelle Obama for Tribeca fundraiser

    03/20/2012 5:26:55 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 51 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 20 March 2012 | unattributed
    Michelle Obama fired up the stars in Tribeca Monday night for her hubby’s reelection bid. An A-list crowd — Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles, “The View” host Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, actors Ben Stiller, Angela Bassett and Alfre Woodard, and movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his fashion designer wife — turned out for the Obama cash bash. The fund-raiser was hosted by Robert De Niro and his wife, Grace Hightower, at Locanda Verde, the restaurant in his Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. It seemed like the only big name missing was Jay-Z, who was performing at the Darby on W....
  • Shopping cart victim says she wishes boys who injured her 'well'

    03/19/2012 7:11:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies
    nypost.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | FRANS KOSTER
    A Manhattan charity worker who was nearly killed by a shopping cart pushed over a garage railing by teenage punks in October spoke publicly for the first time today -- expressing compassion for the pranksters who dropped the cart on her head. Marion Hedges, during a walk outside her Upper East Side apartment, said she hasn’t received an apology from the evil-doers. “I haven’t heard from them, but I wish them well,” Hedges said. “I do, because I feel very sorry for them.” “I don’t know that my son would do something like that or that his friends would do...
  • Occupy Wall Street urges May 1 strike over arrests (freeloaders to have a 'don't do anything' day)

    03/19/2012 4:41:18 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/19/12 | VERENA DOBNIK
    Occupy Wall Street urges May 1 strike over arrestsBy VERENA DOBNIK | Associated Press – 29 mins ago NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street activists on Monday called for supporters to skip work on May 1 to protest what they're calling police brutality during 73 arrests in New York during the weekend. **SNIP** They're encouraging people to stay out of work and school, and to refrain from spending money. In New York, a coalition of unions and worker justice groups are planning a solidarity march through the city. Council members at Monday's news conference included Ydanis Rodriguez, a Manhattan...
  • NYC Makes Meredith Graves Gun Case Go Away

    03/19/2012 5:59:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 19 March, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    Maybe the most widely known of the out-of-towners recently snagged by NYC’s web of anti-gun laws, Meredith Graves took a misdemeanor plea deal this morning, paid a $200 fine and, do doubt, got the hell out of Dodge. Almost no one who purports to be in charge in the Big Apple wanted to see Graves, a nursing student from Tennessee, do any time. As we pointed out earlier, making a sympathetic example of her would only have provided a never-ending supply of ammo to HR 822 proponents and made it that much harder for New York to keep its crazily...
  • New York City police tighten security at Jewish sites (following deadly attacks in France)

    03/19/2012 1:27:11 PM PDT · by xzins · 20 replies
    msnbc ^ | 19 Mar 12 | Reuters
    NEW YORK — New York police ramped up security at synagogues and other Jewish institutions citywide on Monday following the deadly attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. "Although there is no known specific threat against New York City, the NYPD has taken the precaution of stepping up coverage of Jewish neighborhoods and institutions in the city," Browne said in a statement. "The NYPD's counter-terrorism posture is informed by events abroad, including the fatal attack on the Jewish school in Toulouse today," he said. New York, home to more than 1.4 million Jews, has the largest Jewish population of...
  • No Kugel for you! (Big Brother Bloomberg bans food donations)

    03/19/2012 1:31:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 19, 2012 | JEFF STIER
    So much for serving the homeless. The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans. For over a decade, Glenn Richter and his wife, Lenore, have led a team of food-delivery volunteers from Ohab Zedek, the Upper West Side Orthodox...
  • Uniformed TSA screener busted in drug raid

    03/19/2012 7:22:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    nypost ^ | March 19, 2012 | PHILIP MESSING and JOSH MARGOLIN
    <p>A TSA screener at Newark Airport was recently busted in a major heroin den near her workplace — still wearing her spiffy, government-issued uniform, authorities said.</p> <p>She’s accused of helping to distribute the 1,400 packets of heroin, stamped “Green Lantern” and “P Dope” in green ink, confiscated from the apartment, according to court records.</p>
  • NYT's Charles Blow Tells Mormon Romney to 'Stick That in Your Magic Underwear'

    02/24/2012 7:36:43 AM PST · by RatherBiased.com · 66 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Matthew Sheffield
    In an apparent fit of rage against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow took to Twitter to tell him to "stick that in your magic underwear" for supporting the idea that society ought to concern itself with the large numbers of children born outside of wedlock. That sentiment apparently set off Blow who tweeted the following at 8:56pm ET on the 22nd: "Let me just tell you this Mitt 'Muddle Mouth': I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear." Judging from a tweet Blow sent earlier in...
  • "Former New York mayor Ed Koch backs President Obama"

    03/16/2012 9:46:46 PM PDT · by Politics4US · 44 replies · 1+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | March 13, 2012 | Alison Gendar
    "Former Mayor Ed Koch is back on President Obama’s side and will be by his side during a fancy White House bash Wednesday with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Koch said he scored an invite to the swanky soiree in honor of Cameron and his wife, Samantha. Koch, a Democrat, raised eyebrows and ire last year when he backed Republican Bob Turner over Democrat David Weprin in the special election to replace disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner in a Queens-Brooklyn district. Koch said the cross-party endorsement was to send a message to Obama to be a better friend to Israel —...
  • Steve Israel:: Cuomo, legislators lied to us, cut deal

    03/16/2012 4:13:32 PM PDT · by SJackson · 4 replies
    Times Herald-Record ^ | 03/16/12 | Steve Israel
    Governor Cuomo caved. Our lawmakers lied. After more than a year of fresh air in Albany — led by a governor who passed gay marriage, reformed ethics laws and capped property taxes — the state capitol again stinks. After midnight on Thursday, and behind closed doors, the proverbial three men in a room — Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos — cut a deal carving legislative election districts that virtually assures the lawmakers who approved it will be running things for years. Instead of forming an independent panel to create districts that actually represent the...
  • Eric Holder’s Travesty of Justice

    03/16/2012 9:12:44 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    NewsMax ^ | March 16, 2012 | Ronald Kessler
    Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. — By now, we are used to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s nonsensical testimony to Congress. Holder testified that he opposed Arizona’s illegal immigration legislation but had not read the new law. Holder testified that he believes the CIA’s enhanced interrogation methods such as waterboarding constitute “torture,” but he said he had not read the classified reports detailing what those techniques entail. After reopening Justice Department investigations into the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation, Holder said that he had not read the memos of his own department’s lawyers explaining why no criminal laws had...
  • Sen. Schumer tells Clinton to pressure Saudi Arabia to pump more oil (but no drilling here)

    02/27/2012 1:14:27 PM PST · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    the hill ^ | 2/26/2012 | By Ben Geman
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) wants Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s dominant oil producer, to boost output as rising prices are hitting consumers at the gasoline pump. A letter to Clinton on Sunday from Schumer, a top political strategist for Senate Democrats, comes as Democrats are trying to blunt constant GOP attacks over soaring gasoline prices. “These skyrocketing fuel prices are directly linked to the global energy market, particularly Iran’s recent efforts to manipulate oil prices and the worry of impacts on supply from an escalation of regional hostilities,” Schumer writes.
  • NY- Dem ACKERMAN WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION EITHER! [UPDATED]

    03/15/2012 5:10:12 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    Cityand State ^ | March 15, 2012 | Chris Bragg
    Wow. On the heels of his possible congressional opponent, Rory Lancman, bowing out of a run for Congress, Queens/Long Island Rep. Gary Ackerman is now bowing out too, according to a press release I just got from Ackerman’s office. I am told the Queens Dems are meeting tomorrow to nominate congressional candidates, but two people I’ve spoken to close to the Queens Dems were unaware of Ackerman’s retirement. I also have heard rumors that Rep. Joe Crowley would be interested in this seat, since this would be a favorable district for him, but I have no idea if that’s actually...
  • The Daily Rattle-Immigration News Summary For March, 2012

    03/15/2012 3:23:17 PM PDT · by OddLane · 8 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | March 15, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    In today’s Rattle, we cover everything from the Obama administration’s continued dismantling of border security and immigration enforcement, to the trivialization of the Civil Rights Movement by the open borders left, to congressional oversight into Attorney General Eric Holder’s obstruction of justice in the Fast and Furious probe. But first, we look at the increasingly misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center, which continues its progressive slide into buffoonery with a report into the national security threat posed by purportedly misogynistic weblogs. As Mark Krikorian explains in The Corner, the SPLC has adopted new hate objects now that its demonization of patriotic...
  • In New York, a Pep Talk to Big Donors (Romney tries to reassure donors: 'Don't worry, I'll win')

    03/15/2012 6:43:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | 03/15/2012 | ASHLEY PARKER and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
    A day after losing Mississippi and Alabama to Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney took his campaign to a state where he had no public schedule, no time carved out to mingle with voters, and no rallies or town halls. While Mr. Santorum and Newt Gingrich hunted for votes in Puerto Rico and Illinois, Mr. Romney traveled to New York City to raise money and reassure top Republican donors — a constituency that favors his candidacy, and one perhaps most rattled by his inability to win the confidence of the party’s conservative base. Mr. Romney has raised more than $63 million, twice...
  • Schumer: Saudi Arabia's plan to increase oil supply will lower gas prices (RATS need more!)

    03/14/2012 6:16:52 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Schumer: Saudi Arabia's plan to increase oil supply will lower gas pricesBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/14/12 01:28 PM ET Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y) applauded Saudi Arabia’s plans to increase oil output to make up for potential losses from Iran, arguing the move will lower gas prices. “I was pleased that Saudi Arabia declared that it would fill any oil gap as a result of an Iranian embargo,” Schumer said Wednesday during a speech on the Senate floor, adding that the move is the best short-term solution for lowering gas prices. Reuters reported Wednesday that Saudi Arabia, the only OPEC producer...
  • King Announces Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland

    03/14/2012 6:05:32 PM PDT · by Cindy · 23 replies · 1+ views
    SNIPPET - quote: King Announces Hearing on Iran/Hezbollah Threat to U.S. Homeland MAR 14, 2012 Issues: Counterterrorism Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced that on Wednesday, March 21 he will convene an investigative hearing to examine the terror threat that Iran poses to the U.S. homeland. The hearing is entitled: “Iran, Hezbollah, and the Threat to the Homeland.” King said: “The disruption last fall of an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States at a popular Washington restaurant was a wake-up call for all...
  • Afghan helicopter deal to be ended if Russia continues to arm Assad's Syria

    03/13/2012 9:53:07 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Avio News ^ | 03/13/2012
    Afghan helicopter deal to be ended if Russia continues to arm Assad's Syria Washington, USA - Senators against this purchase due to Moscow's ambiguous policy (WAPA) - Despite Russia sent humanitarian aids to Syria its role in the tragic situation the Country is living is still ambiguous. In fact, 17 US' senators have sent a statement to Pentagon declaring the US' Department of Defense should drop a 900 million dollars contract to supply a Russian Mi-17 helicopter fleet to Afghanistan, since Moscow seems to be arming the regular Syrian Army, led by president Bashar al-Assad. John Cornyn, US senator, also...
  • Staten Island Man Finds California Kingsnake In His Toilet Bowl

    03/14/2012 11:26:26 AM PDT · by Scythian · 33 replies
    CBSNewYork ^ | 3/14/2012
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s the stuff urban legends are made of. A Staten Island man got quite the shock after a snake showed up in his toilet. Allen Shepard was brushing his teeth in his Granitville apartment around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when he looked down at the bowl saw a California Kingsnake staring back at him. Shepard told the Staten Island Advance he grabbed a bottle of Clorox Greenworks and began spraying the snake but that wasn’t enough to deter his unwelcomed guest. He ended up calling building superintendent Karen Genco who didn’t buy his story.
  • Janitor blast kills grocery store punk (shotguns burglar in NYC, no charges)

    03/14/2012 8:38:37 AM PDT · by dead · 29 replies · 1+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 14, 2012 | GEORGETT ROBERTS, LARRY CELONA and BOB FREDERICKS
    Meet the bravest custodian in Queens. Supermarket janitor Angel Candido grabbed a shotgun early yesterday and fatally blasted a burglar who tried to clean out the store in the middle of the night, cops said. Candido, who was working an overnight shift at the Met market at Jamaica Avenue and 173rd Street, was taking an authorized catnap in a crawl space below the store’s office when he suddenly awoke up at 2 a.m. to see two men drop from the ceiling. He watched silently as the burglars, who had cut a hole in the roof, made their way to the...
  • No Charges After Worker Allegedly Shoots Would-Be Burglar At Jamaica Store

    03/14/2012 7:07:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | 13 March, 2012 | Derricke Dennis.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Queens District Attorney has decided not to prosecute a grocery store worker in the shooting death of a would-be burglar in Queens. The 54-year-old worker was stocking shelves alone inside the Met Supermarket on Jamaica Avenue when two men cut a hole in the roof above the cash registers and lowered themselves inside the store around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday, reports 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria. The worker told police that one of the suspects came at him with a blunt object in hand. Police say the worker grabbed the store’s registered shotgun and opened fire. One...
  • Poll: Most New Yorkers say Muslims treated fairly

    03/13/2012 1:11:12 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 13, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT | CHRIS HAWLEY
    Most voters in New York City have no problem with the way the police department has treated Muslims, a poll showed Tuesday, despite weeks of criticism leveled against the NYPD's counterterrorism program by Muslim activists and out-of-state politicians. A series of articles by The Associated Press has revealed how the police department conducted surveillance of Muslim communities, infiltrating student groups, monitoring the Web activity of college students, taking notes at mosques and eavesdropping at cafes and grocery stores. A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University after the latest stories found that 58 percent of city voters surveyed believe the department has...
  • Homosexual activists demand removal of Chick-Fil-A from college campuses

    03/12/2012 8:11:52 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 112 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | March 12, 2012 | Christine Dhanagom
    The fast food chain Chick-Fil-A, which has come under attack in the past for the conservative Christian values of its owners, is now fighting homosexual activists who want to see the restaurant kicked off college campuses across the country. According to a Baptist Press report, the company has been at the center of controversy on at least nine campuses, including Duke University, Northeastern University, and New York University (NYU). Students who want to see the restaurant kicked off campus or blocked from coming point to its donations to conservative Christian charities as evidence of its “anti-gay” agenda. According to IRS...