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  • Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Spike in NYC

    06/30/2015 1:46:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 6/29/2015, 4:27 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Hate crimes have spiked in New York City in 2015, according to New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics released Sunday—particularly against Jews. Hate crimes overall rose 9%, with 127 reported crimes during the first week of June in 2015 compared to 116 at the same time in 2014, the New York Post reports. Of those, anti-Semitic attacks rose 27% during that period, with 56 over 44 last year. …
  • 'Top Gun' Sequel to Put Maverick In The Pilot's Seat Again

    06/30/2015 1:00:12 PM PDT · by drewh · 60 replies
    Yahoo nEWS ^ | June 29, 2015 | JKerrie Mitchell
    f you’re feeling the need for some speed, then you’re in luck: During the Berlin press day for Terminator Genisys last week, Skydance Productions’ David Ellison and Dana Goldberg provided some intel on the status of the sequel to the 1986 fighter-ace blockbuster Top Gun. Among the tidbits: That Top Gun 2 would take place in modern day; that it would involve Maverick, the hotshot, hot-dogging Navy pilot character that helped make Tom Cruise one of the biggest stars in the world; and that it would revolve around the increased use of unmanned drones in military aviation. “Justin Marks is...
  • Man in wheelchair robs New York bank, gets away

    06/30/2015 12:43:38 PM PDT · by dware · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06.30.2015 | Reuters
    Police on Tuesday were searching for a man in a wheelchair who is suspected of robbing a New York bank and rolling out of the building with $1,200 cash to make a clean getaway. The man, who wore a gray hoodie and appeared to be about 30 years old according to surveillance video, is accused of passing a note to a Santander Bank teller in the New York City borough of Queens on Monday afternoon and demanding money, a New York Police Department spokesman said.
  • Escaped Killer David Sweat Tells All, Throws 'Shaw Skank' Joyce Mitchell Under the Bus

    06/30/2015 12:24:48 PM PDT · by drewh · 31 replies
    The New York Post ^ | By Jamie Schram, Bruce Golding, Kevin Fasick and Larry Celona June 30, 2015 | 7:32 | By Jamie Schram, Bruce Golding, Kevin Fasick and Larry Celona
    Captured killer David Sweat gave cops a blow-by-blow of his escape and time on the run with fellow fugitive Richard Matt — revealing that their original plan was to flee to Mexico with the help of Shaw-skank prison worker Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell. Sweat claimed the lovestruck sewing-shop supervisor, who is charged with smuggling tools to the convicted killers, was the only other person who knew of their elaborate breakout plan, sources said on Monday. Sweat — who a source said was “spilling his guts” to investigators — said he and Matt planned to drive to Mexico in Mitchell’s car following...
  • Attorney in Charge of IRS’ Email Production Now in Charge of State Dep’t Emails

    06/30/2015 9:29:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/30/15 | Ali Meyer
    Catherine Duval, the attorney in charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s email production to Congress, has changed jobs: She now manages the State Department’s email production to Congress, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday, June 25. Both the IRS and State Department have come under congressional scrutiny over their email production amid suspicions that critical documents may have been withheld or destroyed. Word that Catherine Duval – also known as Kate Duval -- has worked at both the IRS and the State Department came last Thursday, when Gowdy questioned...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Softer Side Shows Up on Pinterest

    06/30/2015 9:20:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2015 | By Amy Chozick
    Cookies have played a part in previous Clinton campaigns: Like the time, in 1992, when Hillary Rodham Clinton faced a criticism when she said, in response to a question about her legal career: “I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.” Twenty-three years later, this time in her own campaign for president, Mrs. Clinton pinned a recipe for chocolate chip cookies under the Summer Style category of her brand new Pinterest page. The page also shows off a “Grillery Clinton” apron (modeled by a young campaign aide) and Iowa cherry pie with the campaign’s “H”...
  • Mayor Bill De Blasio Doesn’t Want You Smoking in Your Own Home

    06/30/2015 6:45:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/30/2015 | Liz Sheld
    The New York Post has learned that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to “ramp” up the city’s war against smoking…at home.If you live in New York, here is where you city tax dollars are going: The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke. And the result of this campaign is: …smokers would be barred from lighting up in one of their last sanctuaries: their own living quarters. Smoking is already banned in public...
  • NYPD Officer Bumps, Grinds, Simulates Sex with Gay Pride Parade Member

    06/30/2015 5:37:42 AM PDT · by ETL · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 29, 2015 | William Bigelow
    On Sunday, one NYPD officer joyfully danced with a member of the gay pride parade, bumping and grinding and letting the parade member get behind him and simulate sex on the street in front of appreciative onlookers. Afterward, the gay pride parade member gave the officer a nice hug and kiss, while the officer beamed...
  • Donald Trump Refuses To Back Down On Immigration Stance After NBC Firing

    06/29/2015 7:13:00 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 30 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | June 29 2015 | Bonnie Fuller
    Donald Trump’s not worried about hearing ‘you’re fired’ — and he’s not about to backtrack on his beliefs. Right after NBC cut all ties with him, the presidential candidate was already in a press conference, and revealed that even though NBC doesn’t agree, he still stands by the controversial remarks on Mexican immigrants. Following being dropped by NBC on June 29, Donald Trump, 69, revealed that he was not going to backtrack and that NBC was actually just mad that he was running for president. The network announced that they were ending their entire business relationship with Donald Trump, dropping...
  • Escaped Inmate Richard Matt Died From Three Shots to Head: Autopsy

    06/29/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 54 replies
    NBC NEWS ^ | June 19, 2015 | Elisha Fieldstadt
    Escaped inmate Richard Matt was shot three times in the head and died from severe skull fractures and brain injuries, according to autopsy results released Sunday. Matt, a convicted murderer, was shot and killed Friday by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer after nearly three weeks on the run while hundreds of authorities searched for Matt and David Sweat, who broke free from Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York on June 6.
  • Welfare rolls increasing, even as economy improves (De Blasio ‘Worst mayor ever!')

    03/08/2015 12:09:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/08/15 | Gary Buiso
    **SNIP** “If government dependence on welfare is rising in a good economy, what’s going to happen in a bad economy?” wondered study author Stephen Eide, who said the trend was antithetical to data dating back to around 1960. The surprising uptick, reformers say, is partly by design. De Blasio’s pick to head the $10 billion Human Resources Administration, Steven Banks, is a proponent of loosening welfare restrictions. With Banks at the helm, the HRA launched a series of sweeping changes in its state-approved Biennial Employment Plan, including changing requirements for welfare recipients with kids younger than 4 years old. Recipients...
  • Horses' future uncertain if NYC carriage rides end [de Blasio may turn them into burgers]

    02/10/2014 6:21:10 PM PST · by grundle · 29 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | February 9, 2014 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK (AP) — Time may be running out for the iconic horse carriages that carry tourists around Central Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio already has declared his intention to shut down the industry, saying it is inhumane to keep horses in modern-day Manhattan. While that debate could be over, at least one nagging question remains: What will become of the horses? In Pennsylvania's Amish country, which is the source of many of the horses that wind up working in Central Park, this oversupply plays out weekly at the New Holland Livestock Auction. Every Monday, buyers for foreign meat factories...
  • NYPD Officer Bumps, Grinds, Simulates Sex with Gay Pride Parade Member

    06/29/2015 7:37:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 29, 2015 | William Bigelow
    On Sunday, one NYPD officer joyfully danced with a member of the gay pride parade, bumping and grinding and letting the parade member get behind him and simulate sex on the street in front of appreciative onlookers. Afterward, the gay pride parade member gave the officer a nice hug and kiss, while the officer beamed....
  • De Blasio comes up short on results, clout in Albany

    06/29/2015 5:54:24 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Newsday ^ | June 28, 2015 | By Emily Ngo
    Who's afraid of Mayor Bill de Blasio in Albany? Not state Senate Republicans, who denied his request for permanent mayoral control of New York City schools, granting him one year instead. Not Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who didn't deny he and his team were the unnamed officials in news reports who belittled the mayor as "incompetent" and clueless on influencing the legislative process. Not advocates for charter schools, who won a lifting of a cap for new schools over de Blasio's opposition in the three-way agreement last week among Cuomo, state Senate Republicans and the Democrat-led state Assembly. "There isn't...
  • The NYT Doesn’t Publish Religiously Offensive Images, Except When They Offend Christians

    06/29/2015 6:14:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/15 | Jim Treacher
    The staff of a newspaper can run any images they want, or refuse to run any images they want. They’re paid to make those decisions. And when the rationalizations they give for their editorial judgments are a bunch of crap, we can point out that they’re a bunch of crap.Back in January, here’s what New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet told his public editor, Margaret Sullivan, about his decision not to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons after their staff was slaughtered by Muslim terrorists: He said he had spent “about half of my day” on the question, seeking out...
  • Diversity of New York City languages makes staying involved in kids’ education difficult

    06/29/2015 5:48:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | June 29, 2015
    New Yorkers, who come from every corner of the world, speak 180 languages. Not surprisingly, nearly half of public school students speak a language other than English at home. This makes life difficult for the city's Department of Education, which, according to federal law and its own regulations, must provide translation and interpretation services to the thousands of parents of those children whose first language is not English
  • How kids can get free meals this summer

    06/29/2015 3:44:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Teri Weaver
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. – School children who qualify for free and reduced lunches can receive free summer meals at thousands of locations throughout New York. Last year, almost 360,000 children participated in the summer meals program statewide, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office. Persons with disabilities, also can receive free nutritious meals and snacks at the summer meals sites. To find a free meal site near you, use this website. You can search the entire nation by clicking on "find sites."
  • NBCUniversal cuts ties with Donald Trump

    06/29/2015 1:25:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Brian Stelter and Frank Pallotta
    NBCUniversal, under pressure from an array of Hispanic groups, is severing its business ties to presidential candidate Donald Trump. The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the company said in a statement on Monday. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump." Speaking to reporters after...
  • Supreme Court Aftermath: Millions flood NYC and San Francisco streets to celebrate gay pride

    06/29/2015 1:21:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/29/2015 | By Peter Holley
    Two days after the Supreme Court affirmed gay marriage as a fundamental right, New York City’s pride parade began, appropriately enough, with a wedding. Presiding over the same-sex ceremony, which took place in front of the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on Sunday afternoon, was New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, according to Newsday. Cuomo, who noted he was officiating his first wedding ceremony, wed Human Rights Campaign staffer David Contreras Turley, 36, and UBS financial analyst Peter Thiede, 35, while a crowd of onlookers cheered and The Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” played, Newsday reported. The Stonewall...
  • Stop Letting the Rich Move to Puerto Rico as a Tax Haven

    04/14/2015 6:23:43 AM PDT · by cll · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/14/2015 | Edward Kleinbard
    Now that you’ve created the next great app and your investment in your startup is worth a billion dollars, at least on paper, it’s time for a really difficult challenge: how to cash out without paying capital gains taxes anywhere in the world? With no U.S. or Puerto Rican tax on much investment income of new residents, U.S. citizens now can pay zero tax on capital gains. For several hundred affluent Americans over the last couple of years (including Toby Neugebauer, a key financier to Ted Cruz) the answer has been to establish a principal residence in Puerto Rico, and...
  • Donald Trump’s Yuuge Hypocrisy

    06/29/2015 12:33:39 PM PDT · by bkepley · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | 4/25/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Dear Reader (and Sid Blumenthal who, like some albino monk in a Dan Brown novel, feels that this is your time to defend the faith from the infidel menace and their horrifying reliance on truth, facts, and logic), So this may be my last “news”letter. We had some good times, didn’t we? I’m not sure what I’ll miss more: The thoughtful e-mails from really smart people offering me insights that never would have occurred to me? We had some good times, didn’t we? I’m not sure what I’ll miss more: The thoughtful e-mails from really smart people offering me insights...
  • Fournier: Hillary Clinton Undermining Public Trust In Her and Politics In General

    06/29/2015 10:11:07 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 29, 2015 | BY: Andrew Kugle
    National Journal reporter Ron Fournier said Monday on Morning Joe that Hillary Clinton has undermined the public’s trust in government and politics. “White House officials tell me they’re disgusted with the fact that Hillary Clinton violated their rules on foreign donations, violated their rules on email,” Fournier said. “Well, I haven’t heard the president rebuke her. I haven’t seen his State Department investigate this. So I’ve got to assume that the Obama White House is complicit in this lack of transparency and in this rule breaking and whatever else is going on that we don’t know about.”
  • NBC Cutting Ties to Donald Trump Over ‘Derogatory’ Remarks About Immigration

    06/29/2015 11:57:52 AM PDT · by John W · 107 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Cynthia Littleton
    NBC is ending its long relationship with Donald Trump in the wake of the presidential hopeful’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants. NBC said it will no longer carry the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Nor will he return to host “Celebrity Apprentice.” In a statement, NBC said: At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.
  • Univision's Attack on Donald Trump Backfires

    06/29/2015 9:33:43 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 119 replies
    http://newsbusters.org ^ | 6/29/2015 | Jeffrey Lord
    The scene comes to mind with the news that Univision has abruptly told Donald Trump that they will no longer carry the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant. Why? It seems that the network is displeased that in his announcement speech. And while all this was going on? Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos sent a handwritten note to Trump asking - yes - for an interview. Or in other words? We’re going to break your contract and call you a racist but would you like to sit down for a chat? So. As a result of Univision’s decidedly unthought-through stab at partisan politics...
  • Benghazi night call between Clinton and Obama withheld, documents show

    06/29/2015 8:36:02 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 29, 2015 | By Catherine Herridge
    New documents released by a federal court show President Obama called then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the night of the 2012 Benghazi attack -- but the contents are being withheld by the State Department. It had previously been disclosed that Clinton and Obama spoke the night of the terror attacks. But the documents offer additional information about the timing of the call -- after the initial attack on the U.S. consulate, but before the second wave where mortars hit the nearby CIA annex and killed former Navy SEALs Ty Woods and Glen Doherty. The contents of the call, however,...
  • (NY City) Cops livid over proposed ‘police reform’ measures

    06/29/2015 7:14:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | Michael Gartland
    Rank-and-file cops are fuming over several “police reform” measures City Council members plan to review this week, including bills that would force cops to get suspects’ consent for searches, imprison police for using chokeholds, and require cops to give out the Civilian Complaint Review Board’s phone number. “These pieces of legislation have been proposed by individuals who have neither the expertise nor the experience to establish policy in the dangerous business of fighting crime,” PBA President Patrick Lynch said in a statement Sunday.
  • De Blasio continues crusade against smoking at home

    06/29/2015 6:36:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    nypost ^ | June 28, 2015 | Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio is ramping up the city’s war against smoking — at home, The Post has learned. The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke. That means smokers would be barred from lighting up in one of their last sanctuaries: their own living quarters. Smoking is already banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, workplaces, sports venues and parks.
  • City ‘fixes’ grades for failing high school students ( NYC )

    06/29/2015 6:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades. Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated “out of time” Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores. The failing scores of five students who took the Regents in January were switched to passing scores of 65 or higher on their transcripts, the city Department of Education has confirmed. One junior saw his scores upped to pass two exams required for graduation — Living Environment (biology) and algebra — even though he had failed both classes. The student insisted he deserved a break on...
  • Uproar Over FDNY Activist’s ‘White Boy Privilege’ Rant

    06/28/2015 5:39:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 28, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    The leader of the city’s female firefighters has sparked outrage for blasting “white boys” and “white privilege.” Sarinya Srisakul, president of United Women’s Firefighters, is taking heat from fellow Bravest after some found her online comments. They read: ‘“These white boys crying and complaining over this because their white privilege is being messed with. Trying living a life being racially profiled!!!!”’
  • Cruz: If Hillary Was Republican Media Would Have ‘Special Prosecutor Watch’

    06/28/2015 1:02:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | Pam Key
    Cruz said, “Mainstream media is not fair and impartial. They are protecting Barack Obama and this presidency. I think no one is more ready for Hillary than the mainstream media.” He continued, “If any Republican did what she’s [Hillary Clinton] doing right now, she doesn’t take any press interviews and the press is docile … How many criminal investigations are ongoing into Hillary Clinton right now?”
  • Second Escaped Convict from Dannemora Prison Shot and Captured

    06/28/2015 1:46:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 28, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The Plattsburgh Press-Republican is reporting that David Sweat, 35, the second convicted killer who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, has been shot and captured in the town of Constable, New York, near the Village of Malone, just a few miles south of the Canadian Border. According to tweets from Press-Republican editor Lois Clermont, Sweat has been taken to a local hospital and is in stable condition.Here is the report from the Press-Republican: 4:05 p.m.: Sweat is alive, Sheriff Kevin Mulverhill tells Press-Republican. 4:04 p.m.: Sweat rolled in on stretcher, IV poles showing. Sheriff’s deputy wearing bulletproof...
  • David Sweat shot by trooper, bleeding badly

    06/28/2015 1:00:10 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 169 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | June 28, 2015
    MALONE – David Sweat was shot by a state trooper in the Town of Constable Sunday afternoon, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation said. Sweat is bleeding badly, according to the source who called his wounds “life-threatening.” The Press-Republican also reported that David Sweat was shot. The paper said he is seriously wounded. Constable is just north of Malone, where Matt was shot Friday afternoon, and just south of the Canadian border. More than 1,300 federal, state and local officers were hunting for Sweat in the dense woods of Franklin County in the northern Adirondack Mountains. More...
  • Residents of upstate New York town arm themselves as police search area for 2 escaped prisoners

    06/10/2015 6:38:48 AM PDT · by HammerT · 23 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | June 9, 2015 | Edgar Sandoval , Glenn Blain , Corky Siemaszko
    Terrified residents of a small upstate New York town grabbed their shotguns Tuesday after the two killers who staged a dramatic escape from a nearby state prison were tracked to their burg. They armed themselves even as legions of cops and corrections officers descended on tiny Willsboro, N.Y. in hot pursuit of escaped convicts Richard Matt and David Sweat. “My husband I both have conceal carry (licenses) and we have our guns loaded and they’re here in the house,” said Teresa Sayward, a former Republican Assemblywoman whose farm is located near where the wanted men were spotted. “Hopefully we won’t...
  • Source: Escapee Matt shot, may be dead (It's official, he's pining for the fjords)

    06/26/2015 1:25:15 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 54 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 6/26/15 | Maki Becker
    MALONE – Richard Matt has been shot and may be dead near Malone, a source has told The Buffalo News. Tweets from the Plattsburgh Press Republican said that several trooper cars with lights flashing were headed west in Malone of Fayette Road about 4 p.m..
  • Mayor de Blasio Poised to Hire Nearly 1,300 Police Officers

    06/28/2015 12:41:47 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | 22 June 2015 | Michael M. Grynbaum, Matt Flegehheimer
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a sharp shift from his initial objections, is poised to hire nearly 1,300 additional officers for the New York Police Department, a surprising addition in a $78.5 billion budget deal announced by city leaders on Monday night. The mayor, who has pledged to improve police-community relations, has long been hesitant to hire more officers, saying he felt comfortable with the city’s near-record-low level of crime. But his administration has come under intense pressure in recent weeks after a notable increase in homicides and shootings compared with the same period last year.
  • For Broadway's Audra McDonald And Others, Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Is A 'No-Brainer'

    06/28/2015 10:30:18 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    LATimes ^ | June 28, 2015 | DAVID NG AND DEBORAH VANKIN
    For Broadway's Audra McDonald And Others, Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Is A 'No-Brainer' By DAVID NG AND DEBORAH VANKIN Prominent members of the performing and visual arts professions have voiced their approval of Friday's ruling by the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage around the country. Their reactions are perhaps not surprising for a community, including Broadway, that has long supported same-sex marriage and that counts many gay individuals both behind and in front of the curtain. Many states had already decided to legalize same-sex marriage, but Friday's decision means that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states....
  • SCOTUS ruling on same sex marriage mandates nationwide concealed carry reciprocity

    06/28/2015 11:10:19 AM PDT · by RKBA Democrat · 15 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 6-26-15 | Bob Owens
    If you’re following any of the various media outlets this morning, you’re probably aware that the U.S. Supreme Court has just extended gay marriage to all 50 states. The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. The outcome is...
  • Donald Trump: Jeb Bush Sees Me as a Threat

    06/28/2015 9:26:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/28/15 | ERIC MORATH
    New York real-estate developer and reality television star Donald Trump says Jeb Bush, the front runner for the Republican presidential nomination, views him as a serious political threat. “Trust me, he takes me seriously,” Mr. Trump, who launched a bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this month, said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” -snip- At a Saturday event in Nevada, Mr. Bush said in Spanish, “I do not agree with his words. They do not represent the values of the Republican Party and they do not represent my values,” according to a...
  • Critics begin hard look at Clinton Foundation donations (tool for Clinton wealth and power)

    06/28/2015 6:15:09 AM PDT · by Liz · 21 replies
    Bay Area Examiner ^ | 6/27/15 | Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
    The Clinton Foundation is billed as a philanthropic organization that mobilizes wealthy power brokers w/ a mission to solve global problems. It's raised an incredible $2 billion for an eclectic range of programs...fighting elephant poaching, improving schools, and raising AIDS awareness in Latin and African countries. The Foundation is under intense criticism...the watchdog Sunlight Foundation charges donations from individuals, corporations, and foreign governments, are conflicts of interest b/c these entities give Bill Clinton exorbitant speaking fees......that millions in honoraria lead to Hillary's State Dept approving contracts and treaty agreements. The Clinton Foundation's lengthy list of foreign donors is where most...
  • Clinton says Supreme Court has a message for GOP: 'Move on' (barf alert)

    06/28/2015 3:53:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 47 replies
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | June 27, 2015 | Lisa Lerer
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday praised the Supreme Court's ruling declaring same-sex couples have a right to marry and suggested that her Republican opponents were being left behind by history. In one of her most partisan speeches since announcing her presidential campaign, Clinton criticized the field of more than a dozen Republican candidates for opposing gay marriage, gun control, immigration reform and women's reproductive rights. "We can sum up the message from the court and the American people in just two words: Move on," she said in a fiery speech to Democratic activists gathered in Northern Virginia...
  • Monica Lewinsky Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes: I Was 'Patient Zero' of Cyber-Bullying [VIDEO]

    06/27/2015 12:13:16 PM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 89 replies
    mrc-tv ^ | June 25, 2015 | Jeff Dunetz
    Speaking to the some of the most creative advertising people in the world, Monica Lewinsky received a standing ovation after she recounted how she was treated after her infamous scandal with former President Bill Clinton and saying, “public shaming as a blood sport must stop.” Ms. Lewinsky gave the Ogilvy & Inspire keynote speech Thursday at the Cannes Lions festival in France, which bills itself as the world's biggest annual awards show and festival for professionals in the creative communications industry. According to the NY Post Page Six website, the former White House intern gave a speech similar to the...
  • Inmate: 'Shaw-Skank' Had Closet Sex With Killer At Least 100 Times

    06/27/2015 1:14:55 AM PDT · by drewh · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6/26/15 AST | By Jamie Schram and Bruce Golding
    Prison worker Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell had sex at least 100 times in a sewing-shop storage closet with one of the convicted killers she helped spring, a former inmate told The Post — hours after her clueless husband insisted she never could have bedded the escaped criminals. Mitchell spent her jailhouse days giggling, chatting and showering gifts on convicted cop-killer David Sweat in the Clinton Correctional Facility workplace she was supposed to be supervising, said the former prisoner, Erik Jensen. She would routinely end her shift by disappearing into the 8-foot-by-15-foot stockroom with the 35-year-old Sweat for at least a half-hour...
  • Richard Matt and David Sweat, Convicted Murderers Who Escaped Prison, Have Grisly Past

    06/26/2015 2:54:58 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 8, 2915? | Erin McClam
    He [Richard Matt] killed a 76-year-old businessman by breaking his neck, then cut up the body and threw the pieces into a river. (snip) The victim was a food broker named William Rickerson who had hired and then fired Matt. (snip) On Dec. 4, 1997, according to the trial testimony of an accomplice, Matt beat Rickerson with a knife sharpener, bound him with duct tape, tossed him in the trunk of a car, and then drove around for 27 hours looking for a place to kill and bury him. At one stop on the drive, Matt opened the trunk, broke...
  • Sources: NY Jail Escapee Richard Matt killed in shootout near Malone

    06/26/2015 2:06:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    BUFFALO NEWS ^ | 06/26/2015 | By Maki Becker
    MALONE – Richard Matt has been shot and killed near Malone, two sources have told The Buffalo News. The sources said that a shootout occurred and that Matt was killed. At least one of the two fugitives shot at a camper, which brought a quick response team to the area, the source told The News. The FBI and other law enforcement were involved in the incident. No police were injured. David Sweat is believed to be in a nearby wooded area, and a furious ground search is underway, one source told The News. Sweat is believed to be armed. Canine...
  • One of the New York Prison Escapees, Richard Matt, Is Fatally Shot [Sweat Shot Caught]

    06/26/2015 1:43:47 PM PDT · by Syncro · 104 replies
    nyt ^ | JUNE 26, 2015 | WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and BENJAMIN MUELLER
    Richard W. Matt, one of the convicted murderers who staged an elaborate escape from New York’s largest prison nearly three weeks ago, was killed on Friday in a burst of gunfire by federal agents, two people with knowledge of the situation said.
  • DNA of Killers Confirmed, Net Tightening

    06/22/2015 10:01:34 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 55 replies
    Press Republican ^ | June 22, 2015 | DENISE RAYMO, JOE LoTEMPLIO and JUSTIN TROMBLY
    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Police have confirmed that DNA evidence proves two escaped killers are in the Mountain View area, sources tell the Press-Republican, and searchers are closing in on them. A break-in and sighting of a man Saturday at a remote hunting camp prompted police to begin searching in and around Mountain View, near Malone. The small community is located about 20 to 25 miles from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, from which Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 35, escaped on June 6, launching a massive manhunt that has had area residents living on edge for 17 days. BOOTS,...
  • Escaped Killer Richard Matt shot and Killed by Police

    06/26/2015 1:40:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/26 | Jamie Schram and Selim Algar
    Escaped killer Richard Matt was shot and killed by the State Police deep in the woods of upstate New York on Friday afternoon, law enforcement sources told The Post. The other fugitive, David Sweat, was being hunted by the cops in the wilderness area around Lake Titus — about 50 miles west of the Dannemora prison from which they escaped on June 6. Earlier in the day, authorities confirmed Matt’s DNA was discovered in a cabin in Malone, NY, about 10 miles north of the shooting scene.
  • Top Clinton Advisor Dodges Question On Protecting Tax Status For Churches Opposed to Gay Marriage

    06/26/2015 10:19:06 AM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/26/15 | John Nolte
    Karen Finney, a top advisor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, declined to answer if she believes churches that refuse to perform same sex marriages should lose their tax exempt status. Responding to a question from Breitbart News, Finney dodged with, “honestly today just thinking about what this means for my LGBT friends.”
  • State rep wants to rename ‘General Lee Avenue’ in Brooklyn

    06/26/2015 1:17:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/24/15 | Marisa Schultz
    New York City has its own issue with the Confederacy. The main thoroughfare of Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton, the city’s only active Army installation and one of the oldest such facilities in the nation, is named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. General Lee Avenue has been overlooked for years — but that changed suddenly with the massacre of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white gunman who had posted pictures of himself with the Confederate flag.
  • Hillary Clinton’s Big Diss to Bill de Blasio

    06/26/2015 12:59:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ian Mohr
    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett brought down the house at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday night. But Democratic insiders were also buzzing over who wasn’t in the high-powered house — Bill de Blasio. SNIP Clinton gave an “informal speech.” But witnesses said the biggest moment of the night was a symbolic kiss-off by Clinton to de Blasio when Public Advocate Letitia James — who’s first in line of succession to the mayor — was given the “most coveted speaking spot of the evening,” introducing the singers. SNIP