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  • The End Of COBIS In New York!(gun law)

    04/04/2012 10:01:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 April, 2012 | NSSF
    NEWTOWN, Conn --( On Friday evening, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the state budget into law immediately eliminating the Combined Ballistics Identification System (CoBIS), the state’s ineffective ballistic identification database. Just as important, the budget did not contain a microstamping provision sought by anti-gun legislators. This is a major victory for manufacturers, retailers and law-abiding firearms owners throughout New York. NSSF thanks the governor and Senate Republicans for protecting New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights. The CoBIS was put in place in 2000 by then Gov. George Pataki. In the words of the New York Post today: “Trouble is, the...
  • L.I. Cheating Scandal Prompts Sweeping Security Changes For SAT, ACT

    04/04/2012 8:52:43 AM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    cBS ^ | March 27, 2012 8:00 PM | Mona Rivera
    MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Officials announced new security measures for standardized test-takers on Tuesday aimed at preventing another testing scandal like the one that rocked Long Island. Students taking the SAT and ACT from now on will first have to pass an identity test, which includes state-of-the-art photo recognition, enhanced handwriting analysis and more testing at home school sites, among others. The changes come after a cheating scandal put 20 former and current students in handcuffs and exposed some major weaknesses in the system, particularly when it came to verifying the identity of students taking the test. The new security...
  • War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned ..

    04/04/2012 8:44:45 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 35 replies
    CBS ^ | Mar 26, 2012
    War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests 'Dinosaur,' 'Birthday,' 'Halloween,' 'Poverty,' 'Divorce' Among Those Suggested March 26, 2012 7:04 PM The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests. Words that suggest wealth are excluded because they could make kids jealous. “Poverty” is also on the forbidden list. That’s something Sy Fliegal with the Center for Educational Innovation calls ridiculous There are banned words currently in school districts nationwide. Walcott said New York...
  • NY police probe death of top French academic

    04/04/2012 7:02:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    A prominent French academic, Richard Descoings, was found dead naked in a New York hotel room on Tuesday afternoon and New York police opened an investigation into the circumstances of his death. New York City Police said that the body of Descoings, 53, director of the prestigious Institute of Political Studies or "Sciences Po" in Paris and a member of France's Council of State, a government advisory body, was found in his room at the Michelangelo Hotel on 51st Street in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Rep. Owens supporting bill to protect firearms transportation (NY)

    04/04/2012 6:42:41 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 3 April, 2012 | NA
    The incumbent North Country congressman is cosponsoring legislation the National Rifle Association has put forward that will strengthen protections for people who want to check unloaded firearms onto airline flights. 23rd District Rep. Bill Owens has signed on as an original cosponsor of a bill that would protect law-abiding gun owners from what he says have been incidents of inappropriate detention. The bill, H.R. 4269, bolsters both the Second Amendment and the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) by ensuring that no state regulation will impede the lawful transportation of firearms. “The Second Amendment protects law abiding gun owners against the...
  • Judge Refuses to Order Changes to Report on Inmate Suicide

    04/02/2012 6:37:37 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 4 replies
    New York Law Journal ^ | 04/02/12 | Joel Stashenko
    ALBANY - A judge has refused to order a state commission that monitors conditions at county jails to rewrite its final report on the suicide of an inmate at the behest of Ontario County officials who argued, in part, that the findings would make it harder to defend themselves against a civil suit filed by the prisoner's widow. The Commission of Correction acted within the powers given it by state law when it adopted the report on the 2009 suicide of Bruce Morgan in the Ontario County Correctional Facility in Canandaigua, Acting Supreme Court Justice Richard Platkin in Albany. The commission's...
  • Rare Victories for Gun Owners in New York

    04/02/2012 7:53:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 30 March, 2012 | NRA
    New York gun owners finally have something to celebrate -- a rare double victory in the Empire State. The New York state budget was signed today by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and it eliminated CoBIS, the costly state ballistic identification database that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars while failing to solve a single crime. The final budget bill also struck a microstamping provision that had been included in an earlier Assembly version of the state budget. After the state Assembly passed microstamping earlier this session, the Senate Codes Committee moved S675C, by state Senator Jose Peralta (D-13), to the Senate Rules...
  • Wrong house raided during drug search; police admit mistake

    04/01/2012 5:32:48 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 66 replies
    Fred Skinner, 76, of Victory, was caught off-guard on Tuesday when police officers broke through his front door during a drug raid, only to find out they had the wrong house Skinner said at least six police officers broke into his house, smashed through his porch door, and then his front door. The house at on McNeely Road was raided for drugs for over five minutes before police realized they had the wrong house by looking through his mail. After the police realized it was the wrong house, they took the handcuffs off him and left. Auburn police officers were...
  • Report: Spitzer Tipped Off Escort Madam to Investigation

    03/08/2012 12:03:43 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 8, 2012
    The Manhattan-based madam, Anna Gristina, arrested last week for running a high-end escort service was warned of an impending crackdown on escort services by her client Attorney General Elliot Spitzer in 2005. Kristin Davis, who ran a Manhattan call-girl service used by disgraced former Gov. Spitzer, said she shared a booker, Winnie Wong, with Gristina. Davis said she once spoke to Wong, who told her that Spitzer alerted Gristina to a 2005 investigation. Davis has taken and passed a lie detector test regarding her conversation with Wong in which Wong declared that Spitzer had given Gristina the warning.
  • Mayor Bloomberg: Trayvon Martin Shooting Makes The Need For Gun Control All Too Clear

    03/29/2012 9:14:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 74 replies ^ | March 26, 2012 | Celeste Katz
    Since gun control has been a personal cause of his for years, it's no surprise to hear that Mayor Bloomberg says the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin should be a sharp reminder about the need to regulate who has access to firearms. Here are some of the remarks Bloomberg made when asked today about the killing, per our Reuven Blau: "Your heart just has to go out to the parents. I just pray for the deceased, but this really just struck a nerve in a lot of people across the country. "We should be perfectly clear about this...
  • NYC Gun Owners Misfire in Legal Challenge

    03/29/2012 5:52:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies ^ | 28 March, 2012 | ADAM KLASFELD
    MANHATTAN (CN) - As dusk settled over the city Monday, a federal judge ruled that New York City won its showdown with handgun owners who challenged a $340 residential licensing fee as unconstitutional. A city attorney applauded the ruling, saying the fees were needed to do the exhaustive background checks that keep New York City safe. "The city has some of the strongest laws in the nation to ensure that guns do not fall into the hands of criminals," Michael A. Cardozo said. "Today's decision rejects a constitutional challenge to home handgun application and renewal fees, upholds our ability to...
  • Tebow in Babylon

    03/29/2012 4:12:11 AM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/27/12 | Ross Douthat
    The Prophet Jonah was sent to Nineveh. St. Paul was sent to Athens, Macedonia, Rome. And now Tim Tebow has been sent to New York City. There was a moment last week when it looked as if the trade shipping Tebow from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets might somehow fall through - that Tebow might end up a Jacksonville Jaguar instead, with a guaranteed starting job, a heavily evangelical fan base, and none of the insanity involved in eclipsing Jeremy Lin as the most famous Christian athlete in Babylon-upon-the-Hudson. O ye of little faith. Did you think...
  • War On Words: NYC Dept. Of Education Wants 50 ‘Forbidden’ Words Banned From Standardized Tests

    03/28/2012 7:10:42 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    The New York City Department of Education is waging a war on words of sorts, and is seeking to have words they deem upsetting removed from standardized tests. Fearing that certain words and topics can make students feel unpleasant, officials are requesting 50 or so words be removed from city-issued tests. Among Those Suggested: Birthday celebrations (and birthdays),Cigarettes (and other smoking paraphernalia),Expensive gifts, vacations, and prizes,Hunting,Religion,Religious holidays and festivals (including but not limited to Christmas, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan),Slavery,Terrorism....
  • Mike Bloomberg: Having An Illegal Gun In New York Isn't Quite As Bad If You're From Out Of State.

    03/28/2012 4:37:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 27 March, 2012 | James King
    Last week, we told you about a former United States marine who was sentenced to 10 hours of community service for possessing a gun that wasn't registered in New York state. We noted that Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who's led the charge in calling for stricter gun laws across the country (despite his jurisdiction extending no further than the five boroughs, the mayor's taken it upon himself to investigate gun Arizona), hadn't made a peep about the seemingly light sentence for the marine -- which seemed a little strange considering how vocal he was about wanting to throw the book...
  • Schumer: ObamaCare "Off The Table" For Romney As Campaign Issue

    03/28/2012 2:52:04 PM PDT · by Fred · 36 replies
    RTTNews ^ | 032812 | RTTNews
    A top Democrat in the Senate took a rare direct shot at GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney on Tuesday, arguing that Romney's past support of health care reform means the issue is "off the table" during the fall elections. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Conference vice chairman and former head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, blasted Romney during an outdoor press conference near the Supreme Court. The court is spending this week reviewing the constitutionality of the 2010 health care reform law that is President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement. Schumer said Romney's support of a...
  • Mayor Bloomberg to homeless, 'No kugel for you!' (Charities cannot donate 'unapproved' food in NYC)

    03/28/2012 6:42:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/28/2012 | Ethel C. Fenig
    In a perverse variation of Marie Antoinette's, "Let them eat cake!," Jeff Stier, writing in the New York Post, relates that New York's fussy Big Brother Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has now decreed "Let them starve!" to the city's homeless. Excess, left over food from lavish Jewish weddings, Bar Mitzvahs (coming of age ceremonies for Jewish boys when they reach 13) or even kiddushes (food served at the post service social hour) has been donated to city shelters for over a decade, similar to programs offered by churches and other institutions. But freshly cooked, nutritous and delicious food good enough for...
  • 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...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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>