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  • CNN and MSNBC Pundit Arrested for Vandalizing Anti-Muslim Ad In N.Y. Subway System

    The New York Post reported Egyptian-American columnist Mona Eltahawy has been arrested for defacing an anti-Muslim ad in the New York subway system. The video shows her spraying pink paint on the ad while a supporter of the ad tries to block her. She's a journalist for censorship. Eltahawy, a former Reuters correspondent, has been a recent favorite of CNN and MSNBC’s weekend morning shows to discuss Egypt, and she often smears together the Islamist “right wing” and the American right wing, as she did on Melissa Harris-Perry just 11 days ago [video and transcript below]: Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/09/26/cnn-and-msnbc-pundit-arrested-vandalizing-anti-muslim-ad-ny-subway-syste#ixzz27cSJt84l
  • Jewish Democratic Assemblyman from Brooklyn Endorses Romney

    09/25/2012 2:15:38 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 3 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 9/25/2012 | Matthew
    Maybe we'll see this in the national media... The coalition that elected Barack Obama has just gotten a little smaller. Depending on different demographic groups for re-election, Obama has just lost part of the Jewish vote. Brooklyn, New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind is fed up with the President. He has broken with his party an has endorsed Mitt Romney. Further, he will campaign on his behalf. Hikind was tired of the way President Obama treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Hikind also endorsed Republican Bob Turner in the special election last year to replace Anthony "Weiner" Weiner. “Israel is under...
  • City to Add Pre-K Efforts in Poor Areas Next Year

    09/25/2012 7:29:38 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2012 | AL BAKER
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Monday that the city would open a new type of preschool in Brooklyn next year, introducing a cradle-to-kindergarten approach to education for very young children in poor neighborhoods. The school, known as Educare, will open in Brownsville and serve children between 6 weeks and 5 years old, mimicking schools that have been created in 17 other cities. The one envisioned for New York will include a “leadership institute” to carry out research in early childhood education, city officials said. “Our goal is to have every city kid arrive in kindergarten ready and prepared for a...
  • Anti-jihad 'savage' ads going up in NYC subway [Pam Geller]

    09/20/2012 7:46:09 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | KAREN MATTHEWS
    A provocative ad that equates Muslim radicals with savages is set to go up in the city's subway system as violent protests over an anti-Islamic film ridiculing the Prophet Muhammad sweep over much of the Muslim world. A conservative blogger who once headed a campaign against an Islamic center near the Sept. 11 terror attack site won a court order to post the ad in 10 subway stations next Monday. The ad reads, "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad." The ad was plastered on San Francisco city buses...
  • Bloomberg’s big-soda ban approved by NYC health board

    09/14/2012 12:12:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Lookout (Yahoo! News blog) ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dylan Stableford
    The New York City Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugar-sweetened drinks Thursday, as expected. Eight of the board's nine members voted in favor of the ban; one, Dr. Sixto R. Caro, abstained. "I am still skeptical," Caro told The Associated Press. "This is not comprehensive enough." The plan, proposed by the mayor in May, calls for a ban on the sale of all sugar-sweetened beverages—soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas, coffees and fruit drinks—in cups larger than 16 ounces at the city's restaurants, food carts, fast-food joints, movie theaters, stadiums and sports arenas. The...
  • Release of '93 World Trade Center Bombing Sheikh behind Egypt's act of war on US Embassy

    09/13/2012 2:27:00 PM PDT · by combat_boots · 3 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 9/13/2012 | Pam Geller
    I would fully expect Obama to consider release of the Blind Sheikh, who was behind the first jihadist attack to take down the World Trade Center, after he wins the election. Obama worked feverishly, from the onset of his presidency, to bring the Muslim Brotherhood into power. Not five months into his presidency, he invited the then-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to his submission speech at Al Azhar in Cairo in June 2009. The raging protests continue in Cairo, and the monstrous consequences of Obama's Islamic handover continues. In Service of the Blind Sheikh? Weekly Standard, September 13, 2012 The investigation into...
  • NYC Board of Health passes big-soda crackdown rule

    09/13/2012 10:11:18 AM PDT · by matt04 · 57 replies
    New York City's health board has passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation passed Thursday puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas and other calorie-packed beverages. The ban will apply in fast-food joints, movie houses and Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias and most other places selling prepared food. It doesn't cover supermarkets or most convenience stores. City health officials say the ban is necessary to combat a deadly obesity epidemic. The restaurant and beverage industries have assailed the plan as misguided. They say the city's...
  • NYC 'Soda Ban' Decision Expected Thursday

    09/13/2012 2:06:55 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    USNews ^ | September 12, 2012
    WEDNESDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- New York City's controversial proposal to regulate restaurant sales of large sugary drinks is coming to a head, with the city's Board of Health scheduled to decide the measure's fate on Thursday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's self-appointed board is expected to pass the measure, effectively prohibiting city restaurants, delis, sports facilities, and street vendors (but not grocery stores or convenience stores) from selling sweetened beverages in servings exceeding 16 ounces. The mayor has framed the issue as an urgent public health effort to combat obesity, saying the goal is to help New Yorkers make better...
  • Elderly woman sexually assaulted in Central Park (NYC)

    09/12/2012 4:50:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/12/12 | JESSICA SIMEONE and KEVIN FASICK
    An elderly woman was sexually assaulted by a sicko during a robbery in broad daylight today in Central Park, police sources said. The 73-year-old victim was birdwatching near Strawberry Fields just before noon when the fiend stalked up to her and attacked her near Central Park West and West 74th Street, sources and a witness said.
  • Following her Finest father, who made ultimate sacrifice on 9/11

    09/11/2012 3:00:19 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 11, 2012 | LARRY CELONA
    NYPD Sgt. John Coughlin died on 9/11 trying to help people escape from the World Trade Center — and now his oldest daughter is picking up his badge. Erin Coughlin, 27, is in the current class of cadets at the Police Academy, with visions of following in her father’s big footsteps.
  • 2 tornadoes touch down in Queens, Brooklyn

    09/08/2012 7:14:17 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 8, 2012 | AP
    Two tornadoes struck New York City on Saturday, one swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.
  • Angry mob trashes Audi in Greenwich Village following argument (Obama Nation at its finest...)

    09/08/2012 5:55:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/8/12 | JESSICA SIMEONE and PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.
    A mob trashed a white Audi in Greenwich Village — with several people jumping on the vehicle and smashing its windows after the driver got into an argument with a cyclist, witnesses said. The sedan’s owner, identified by a witness as Mitchell Levine, was driving through the intersection of Broadway and Bleecker Street at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday when his car was halted by the cyclist. As the two men exchanged words, several members of the crowd — some of whom had been dancing atop other cars earlier — circled the Audi A4. Some people jumped on top of the...
  • Sex researcher's son charged with exposing self

    09/06/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    AP ^ | 9-5-12 | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
    DETROIT—A pioneering sex researcher's son who was cited for masturbating in New York's Central Park earlier this year was arrested in a rural Michigan sting operation for allegedly exposing himself to two female undercover investigators. A completely nude William H. Masters III yelled for the attention of the two female kayakers on Saturday, then made obscene gestures from the bank of the Pinnebog River, Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said. http
  • Glenn’s Labor Day weekend in NYC uncovers ugly hatred on American Airlines

    09/04/2012 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 87 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | 9/4/12 | Glenn Beck
    GLENN: I want to spend some time giving you knowledge on, you’re close to winning. In fact, you’re so close to winning, the left and the uber left doesn’t even know how to deal with it, and they’re getting very, very angry. I’ve lived in New York for, what, five years? I’ve seen ‑‑ I’ve seen New York. I’ve seen the ugly side of New York, I’ve seen the good side of New York, but I have not seen what I have seen in the last weekend. In fact, my wife said she’s never going to New York again. It...
  • Frustrated UWS (NYC) Resident Hangs "Rat Crossing" Signs

    08/30/2012 8:10:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    NBC New York ^ | August 30, 2012
    Rat infestations are a common problem in the city, but one resident is taking matters into his own hands. Joseph Bolanos, president of the West 76th Street Block Association, installed rat-crossing signs in his neighborhood on the Upper West Side. The move may be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but Bolanos thinks the signs may carry some weight and bring some attention to the problem plaguing his streets. "Now it's gotten to the point where people walk at night, and you'll hear screams and shrieks because they get startled by the amount of rats that are running across the sidewalk," he said.
  • Anti-gunners skipping the important facts, naturally(Empire shooting)

    08/27/2012 5:41:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 August, 2012 | Dave Workman
    In their zeal to exploit Friday’s shooting near the Empire State Building in New York City, anti-gunners are deliberately overlooking some facts and adding their own agenda items instead. Kudos to the Seattle Times for not picking up on the rhetoric in its selection of stories about the incident to publish. Then, again, one might wonder if the Times is just playing down the event because the “mass shooting” that had initially been reported now has been revealed to have been caused by police gunfire, not dead gunman Jeffrey T. Johnson. His pistol was an old Star .45-caliber semi-auto, a...
  • NYPD: 9 shooting bystander victims hit by police gunfire

    08/25/2012 1:50:12 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 86 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-25-2012 | AP
    NEW YORK – All nine people wounded during a dramatic confrontation between police and a gunman outside the Empire State Building were struck by bullets fired by the two officers, police said Saturday, citing ballistics evidence. The veteran patrolmen who opened fire on the suit-wearing gunman, Jeffrey Johnson, had only an instant to react when he whirled and pointed a .45-caliber pistol as they approached him from behind on a busy sidewalk. Officer Craig Matthews shot seven times. Officer Robert Sinishtaj fired nine times, police said. Neither had ever fired their weapons before on a patrol. The volley of gunfire...
  • Cardinal Dolan, we beg you, please avoid the appearance of scandal!

    08/25/2012 1:04:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 25, 2012 | Judie Brown
    Today's commentary teaches the true meaning of the word scandal, not merely what pop culture would have us believe. Through an insightful and enlightening discussion of the Church's teaching on the meaning of the word, Judie Brown explains why President Obama should not dine with Church leaders at an event to benefit Catholic charities. Read on to discover why this is so. Scandal, according to Moral Theology by John A. McHugh, OP, and Charles J. Callan, is derived from a Greek word signifying a snare or trap prepared for an enemy, or a stone or block laid in the road...
  • Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers

    08/25/2012 9:17:40 AM PDT · by carriage_hill · 198 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat Aug 25, 2012 | David Ariosto, CNN
    New York (CNN) -- All nine people injured in Friday's shooting in front of the Empire State Building were wounded by police gunfire, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Saturday. The officers unloaded a total of 16 rounds at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he shot and killed a co-worker and engaged in a gunbattle with police, authorities have said. Police said an investigation is under way after one officer shot nine rounds while another shot seven. Three victims suffered gunshot wounds, while the remaining six were hit by fragments. The gunman, who served in...
  • In pictures: Scenes of chaos after New York shooting

    08/24/2012 1:51:45 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 25 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Friday, August 24, 2012 | Reuters
    Two people were killed and at least 10 were injured in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City on Friday, according to a New York police source. One of the dead was the shooter, the source said, adding that there was no apparent link to terrorism. Attention: The following pictures contain scenes of death and violence
  • Fake Celebrity Pranks New York City

    08/24/2012 12:47:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 21, 2012 | World Talk LIVE!
    On the night of July 27th, 2012, a huge prank was pulled in New York City and this is the video of what took place. Brett Cohen came up with a crazy idea to fool thousands of pedestrians walking the streets of Times Square into thinking he was a huge celebrity, and it worked! ...
  • Empire State Building Shooter Lost His Job As A Fashion Designer A Year Ago

    08/24/2012 9:31:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 81 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/24/2012 | Ashley Lutz and Eric Platt
    Details are emerging about the man who opened fire at the Empire State Building today, killing his former boss. Mayor Michael Bloomberg identified the shooter as 53-year-old Jeffrey Johnson. According to NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Johnson worked as a women's accessories designer for Hazan Imports Corporation. But he apparently lost his job a year ago when the company downsized. The New York Post reported that Hazan stalked his former boss down the street and shot him. According to a company profile on ZoomInfo, Hazan Imports employs between 50 and 100 people and focuses on budget handbags. It's located at...
  • Gunman kills coworker & bystander at Empire State Building, wounds 7 others

    08/24/2012 7:31:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/24/12 | JAMIE SCHRAM, LARRY CELONA, ISABEL VINCENT and DAVID SEIFMAN Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/new
    A disgruntled worker stalked a colleague down a Midtown street, shot him dead and then turned his weapon on random pedestrians outside the Empire State Building — killing at least one innocent bystander and shooting up to seven others before he was cut down by a cop on foot patrol, sources told The Post. -snip- The gunman followed his victim down 33rd Street before opening fire outside Legend’s Bar. the sources said. With his target dead, he then headed over to the Empire State Building and did the unthinkable — unleashing a fusillade of shots in the heart of the...
  • Several people shot outside Empire State Building

    08/24/2012 6:53:58 AM PDT · by Fighting Irish · 14 replies
    NJ Herald ^ | 8-24-2012 | staff writer
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say several people have been shot outside the Empire State Building and that the gunman is dead.</p> <p>City police say three or four civilians have been wounded in the Friday morning shooting and that the shooter is dead.</p>
  • Shooting outside Empire State Building

    08/24/2012 6:33:36 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 175 replies
    MYFOXNY ^ | Aug 24, 2012 9:17 AM EDT | MYFOXNY
    There are reports of multiple people shot outside the Empire State Building. FOX 5 News has learned that at least three people have been shot. The scene is chaotic as people make their way to work in the heavily trafficked area. One person is in police custody. FOX 5 News and SkyFoxHD are headed to the scene. MyFoxNY.com is updating this story
  • Bomber’s plea: Man behind ’93 WTC attack wants prison rules eased

    08/23/2012 4:39:12 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 8/22/12 | Robert Gearty
    The mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing has apparently grown tired of all those pesky rules at a maximum-security prison known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.” Ramzi Yousef, 44, serving a life sentence plus 240 years at the so-called Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., is asking an appeals court to soften restrictions at the lockup. Yousef lives in solitary confinement in a 7-foot-by-11-foot cell and says he no longer poses a threat. His lawyer, Bernard Kleinman, says the government has never explained why Yousef is still being held under special administrative measures, also known as SAMs. “They...
  • Box Office Report: Anti-Obama Doc Drawing Big Crowds, Even in New York City

    08/22/2012 7:35:29 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 45 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 21, 2012 | Pamela McClintock
    An anti-Obama documentary based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza’s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage will expand nationwide this weekend after doing notable business in select markets across the country -- including in liberally minded New York City. Overall, 2016: Obama's America grossed an impressive $1.2 million last weekend as it upped its theater count from 61 to 169 for a total gross of $2 million, the second-best showing of the year for a documentary after Bully ($3.2 million). That doesn't include nature documentaries Chimpanzee ($29 million) and To the Arctic ($7.6 million). It's already the No. 12 political documentary...
  • Harlem Then and Now (Thomas Sowell)

    08/06/2012 12:15:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 7, 2012 | Thomas Sowell
    Books about the history of Harlem have long fascinated me — my favorite being "When Harlem Was in Vogue" by David Levering Lewis. However, a more recent book, titled simply "Harlem" by Jonathan Gill, presents a more comprehensive history — going all the way back to the time when the Dutch were the first settlers of New York, and named that area for the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands. Most of us today think of Harlem as a black community, but it was not that for most of its 400-year history. John James Audubon, famed for his studies of...
  • NYPD Hate Crime Investigation After Bacon Found At End of Ramadan Celebration

    08/20/2012 11:30:09 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies
    Conservative Nation News ^ | August. 20, 2012 | FreeThinkerNY
    Pork: The other white meat. Staten Island, NY (silive.com) -- It's being investigated as a hate crime -- someone scattered pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where the borough's Muslim community celebrated the end of Ramadan Sunday morning. But that act of desecration failed to ruin what organizers described as a successful celebration -- about 1,500 worshipers gathered at the John D'Amato Field at New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue, unaware of the early morning police investigation that preceded the ceremony. "Everything went smoothly," said Dr. Mohamed Sadeia, president of the Muslim American Society on Staten...
  • Old School Mobster And Gay Bar King Matthew "Matty The Horse" Ianniello Is Dead At 92

    08/20/2012 5:17:49 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 17 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/20/12 | Friends of Ours
    Matthew "Matty The Horse" Ianniello, the one-time acting boss of the Genovese crime family who was involved in the gay bar industry in New York City from the 1950s through at least the mid-1980s has died at his Long Island hiome in Old Westbury, NY as reported by Anthony M. DeStefano for Newsday. According to former Daily News reporter and editor Thomas Collins Jr. in his 2002 memoir NewsWalker, Ianniello "was sponsored into the Genovese crime family by Frank 'Funzi' Tieri." Ianniello perhaps is most infamous for the dozens of gay bars and discos he was behind during New York...
  • Chick-fil-A flap embroils N.Y.U.; Vote on fall menu

    08/19/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by scottjewell · 48 replies
    The Villager ^ | Aug 19 2012 | Gary Shapiro
    A local food fight is causing a lot of squawking in the Village. The ruckus began when Dan Cathy, president of the Atlanta-based restaurant chain Chick-fil-A, criticized gay marriage. N.Y.U.’s Weinstein Residence Hall, which is currently closed for summer break, serves food from this company. The Village location is the only Chick-fil-A franchise in the city. Hillary Dworkoski, a former student at N.Y.U.’s Gallatin School of Indi-vidualized Study, caused a lot of clucking by circulating a petition at www.change.org, urging N.Y.U. to stop doing business with Chick-fil-A. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, stirred the pot...
  • ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ Truck Rolls Through NYC, Offers Answers With DNA Tests

    08/17/2012 11:29:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 9 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Aug 15, 2012 | news
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It is a sign of the times — getting a quick DNA test is now as easy as walking up to a truck. The “Who’s Your Daddy” recreational vehicle is selling DNA tests, mostly to fathers who suspect their children may not actually be theirs. “They flag us down, they pull us over, they talk to us,” owner and operator Jared Rosenthal said Wednesday. . . “There’s a lot of difficult situations and tough moments and heartbreak,” Rosenthal said, adding that there are happy endings as well. “There’s a lot of good news that we’re...
  • Poll: NYers tell pols to keep beaks out of Chick-fil-A business

    08/15/2012 6:56:16 AM PDT · by DallasBiff · 26 replies
    New York Post ^ | 8/15/12 | David Seifman
    An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers don't want politicians grilling Chick-fil-A. A Quinnipiac University poll being released today found that voters by a lopsided 83-11 percent margin feel elected officials shouldn't try to discourage people from patronizing the fast food chain just because its CEO openly opposes gay marriage. By a similar 82-12 percent margin, they called on pols not to interfere in the government permitting process for the popular chicken sandwich shops. "New Yorkers may disagree with what you say, but they defend your right to sell chicken," said poll director Maurice Carroll. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who...
  • City officials pull the plug on vibrator giveaway, leaving thousands dissatisfied

    08/10/2012 9:50:52 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 9, 2012 | Amber Sutherland, Jennifer Bain and Todd Venezia
    They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way. City officials pulled the plug on a vibrator giveaway by the Trojan condom company yesterday, disappointing potentially thousands of pleasure-seeking women who hoped to get their hands on some no-cost sex toys.
  • Cops: 7 Shot in Three Boroughs Overnight (NYC)

    08/08/2012 5:28:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    NBC 4 NY ^ | 8/8/12 | Katherine Creag
    At least seven people were shot in three boroughs across New York City overnight, police say. Three teenagers were shot in a Bronx playground at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Police say a 17-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen, a 14-year-old girl shot in the left thigh and an 18-year-old boy hit in the upper chest.
  • Cops hunt slasher in Bronx

    08/07/2012 7:25:10 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/7/12 | HELEN FREUND
    A man and a woman were randomly attacked in the Bronx in separate incidents after a knife-wielding madman walked up to them and slashed them across the face and neck, cops said. The suspect approached both victims within 24 hours of each other on the same street in Williamsbridge. He never said a word to either victim and didn’t try to steal anything, cops said.
  • GOP POLS: Bring NYC Chik-fil-A (pols outraged at

    08/07/2012 5:32:29 AM PDT · by Liz · 30 replies
    NY POST ^ | 8/7/12 | CARL CAMPANILE
    “I look forward to enjoying a Chick-Fil-A sandwich in Brooklyn,” wrote Russell Gallo, state Assembly candidate , saying he was “outraged” that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (who just "married" a female) used her influence to bash CFA. Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) said, "I give Chick-fil-A a thumbs-up.”
  • Christine Quinn Tells Chick-Fil-A to Get Out of NYC (Barf Alert)

    08/01/2012 8:03:50 PM PDT · by MCH · 14 replies
    The Village Voice ^ | July 29, 2012 | John Surico
    Yesterday, we reported on the Chick-fil-A controversy that has been brewing across the country. Well, it looks like this story's heating up a bit. As the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Fran all demanded for the organization to get the hell out of Dodge, our urban boss, Mr. Michael R. Bloomberg, took the side of the fast-food chain that echoes its $2 million worth of donations to anti-same-sex-marriage groups. He argued that the government has no right to tell a business what to believe or interfere with its enterprise based on ideological judgment. Enter City Council Speaker Christine Quinn....
  • Powerful NYC pol says she blasted Chick-fil-A as a citizen - but she used official letterhead

    08/01/2012 3:18:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 75 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 01, 2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has mayoral aspirations, sent a letter to New York University president John Sexton on Saturday asking the school to immediately end their contract with the fast food restaurant. The Atlanta-based company's sole New York City outlet is in the school's food court. "I write as the...
  • NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn asks NYU to evict Chick-fil-A

    08/01/2012 11:36:16 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-1-2012 | Perry Chiaramonte
    A powerful New York politician claims she was just speaking as a private citizen when she tried to run Chick-fil-A out of town, but she used her official letterhead and even invoked her position as City Council speaker to apply pressure on the embattled chicken chain. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has mayoral aspirations, sent a letter to New York University president John Sexton on Saturday asking the school to immediately end their contract with the fast food restaurant. The Atlanta-based company's sole New York City outlet is in the school's food court. "I write as the...
  • Speaker Quinn: NYC Should Totally Ban Chick-Fil-A

    07/29/2012 9:34:33 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 51 replies
    http://gothamist.com ^ | 7-29-2012 | By Jen Chung
    Just as it was a total shock that Sarah Palin likes Chick-fil-A, Speaker Christine Quinn, NYC's first gay City Council Speaker, dropped this "bombshell": She thinks the anti-gay fast food chain should be banned from NYC until it changes its stance on gay-marriage. Actually, it is sort of surprising from Quinn, since she usually agrees with Mayor Bloomberg, who thinks a Chick-fil-A ban is a "bad idea." But given that Chick-fil-A's president has emphasized that the company is against gay marriage and that Quinn was married to her partner earlier this year, it's natural that Quinn would ask NYU to...
  • Mayor Bloomberg: Chick-fil-A Ban ‘Not Going to Happen’ in NYC

    07/27/2012 11:48:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Politicker ^ | 07/27/2012 | Colin Campbell
    Despite Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s advocacy for a healthier diet and strong support for gay marriage, he’s cold on the idea of banning Chick-fil-A within the five boroughs. As mayors around the country — including Boston’s, Chicago’s and San Francisco’s — are backing efforts to keep the fast food chain out of their cities due to the company’s president, Dan Cathy, spending millions to push back against gay marriage, Mr. Bloomberg said it’s “a bad idea and it’s not going to happen” on John Gambling’s radio show this morning. “They’re all friends but I disagree with them really strongly on this...
  • NYC Mayor: Chick-fil-A Flap Over Gay Marriage Is None of Government’s Business

    07/27/2012 11:21:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, July 27
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says a fast food chain’s opposition to gay marriage is none of “the government’s business.” Bloomberg said Friday that he strongly disagrees with the mayors of Boston, Chicago and San Francisco in that regard. SNIP The billionaire businessman-turned-politician called the three “good mayors” but disagrees with them in this case. He says cities should not ask about political beliefs before issuing a permit. SNIP
  • New NYC Beach with Nanny Police-Statism in Action

    07/20/2012 4:13:40 PM PDT · by varyouga · 9 replies
    7/20/2012 | me
    Hello FRiends I visited Cedar Grove Beach in the Staten Island borough of NYC a few weekends ago and saw this ridiculous display of police-statism. There are 3 lifeguards and a NYC parks ‘ranger’ with a dedicated ATV at all times. The beach is open 10-6 and is chained after hours with multiple cameras. Keep in mind this beach is maybe 500ft long and maximum number of people I saw on the beach was maybe 10. This was a 90+ degree sunny weekend day. Also, to add insult to injury, this was a private bungalow beach village until last year....
  • Gay Curriculum Already Out Of Closet And Into Some City Classrooms

    07/19/2012 6:54:29 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 58 replies
    With the ink barely dry on New York's same-sex-marriage law, city summer-school teachers are already discussing same-sex nuptials in their civics classes, The Post has learned. And the head of the state Board of Regents said lessons on gay marriage will soon make their way into New York's official curriculum...
  • McCarren Park Pool mishap of the day: NYPD cops use pepper spray to subdue brawling bathers

    07/18/2012 5:52:33 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/17/12 | CHRISTINA BOYLE AND HELEN KENNEDY
    Cops had to use pepper spray to subdue brawling bathers as yet another fight shut down Williamsburg’s star-crossed McCarren Park Pool on Tuesday. A YouTube video of the incident shows a chaotic melee, with shouting, swearing youths surging and pushing towards a cluster of cops who have a suspect on the ground. One officer can be seen dispersing the increasingly aggressive crowd with pepper spray, sending people running and then shaking the can as if to ready another shot of spray. -snip- It was the fourth incident at the gleaming 37,950-foot WPA-era pool, which reopened June 28 sporting a $50...
  • Daffy's closing - 1,300 jobs lost - 51 years in business

    07/16/2012 1:37:19 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 78 replies
    Crains ^ | 7/16/2012 | Adrianne Pasquerelli
    Daffy's Inc., a staple of the New York shopping scene for 51 years, is closing its doors. The Secaucus, N.J.-based discount retailer, which had been rumored to be in financial turmoil, said Monday that all its stores will be shuttering over the next few months, as part of a company liquidation. In a statement, Daffy's said it "deeply regrets that this action was necessary due to the impact on its business of the uncertain economy and weak consumer spending and a lack of viable financial and business alternatives." The discounter employs 1,300 people and operates a total of 19 locations,...
  • Disgraced pol Weiner eyes mayor or public advocate run

    07/16/2012 5:03:47 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 15 July 2012 | Annie Karni
    Anthony Weiner’s not shrinking from elected office. The disgraced former congressman — who’s sitting on a $4.5 million campaign war chest — is mulling a bid for citywide office next year and “seriously considering” a mayoral run, multiple sources told The Post. The cocky pol is also open to the post of public advocate as a backup plan, said sources, who described the Queens Democrat as “desperate” to get back into politics. ... “The general feeling is that you can’t text pictures of your penis to a girl, then lie about it, then get kicked out of the House and...
  • Thugs mug 3-year-old boy sitting in his stroller

    07/14/2012 11:43:20 AM PDT · by Robwin · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 14, 2012 | IE SCHRAM and DOUGLAS MONTERO
    A cruel thug ripped a $400 gold chain off the neck of a 3-year-old boy who was sitting in his stroller and being pushed by his mom in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn on Tuesday, law-enforcement sources said. The crook and an accomplice attacked tot Harvey Hernandez in the lobby of his family’s Malcolm X Boulevard apartment building at 11:45 p.m. after following him, his teenage brother and mom Riyana Guerrero home from a Laundromat.
  • Payphones become WiFi hotspots

    07/13/2012 11:04:16 AM PDT · by null and void · 7 replies
    EDN ^ | July 13, 2012 | Suzanne Deffree
    Clark Kent  may have to find another place to change into his Superman getup because phone booths are about to get used again. Payphones in major cities like New York have become less and less a public resource as mobile communications continue to grow. This New Yorker can’t remember the last time she used a payphone terminal, other than to duck out of the rain. Looking to once again make these kiosks valuable, the Big Apple’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) this week made available the city’s first payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots. The pilot program began on Wednesday and...