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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 --(Ammoland.com)- 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
    northcountrynow.com ^ | 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
    nydailynews.com ^ | 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
    courthousenews.com ^ | 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
    villagevoice.com ^ | 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 shows...in 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." 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...