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  • Conservative Student Attacked at Charlottesville Vigil in Syracuse for Wearing YAF Cap

    08/16/2017 6:53:53 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 51 replies
    Legal Insurrection, All Rights Reserved. ^ | 08.16.17 | Posted by Mike LaChance
    Caleb Slater, a conservative student and the president of the Ithaca College Republicans, recently attended YAF’s 39th Annual National Conservative Student Conference, where he received a baseball cap with the Young America’s Foundation logo and our slogan, “The Conservative Movement Starts Here,” printed on the back. Caleb chose to wear his YAF hat when he attended a vigil in Syracuse, New York, for the victims of last weekend’s violent clash in Charlottesville. “I wore my Young America’s Foundation hat to the rally as a symbol of peace,” Caleb explained. “I wore the hat to show that conservatives condemn the actions...
  • Robert E. Lee Memorial in Brooklyn to Be Taken Down

    08/15/2017 11:51:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 102 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 15, 20 | Chris Perez
    The South isn’t the only place where Confederate monuments still exist. New Yorkers need only look to Brooklyn — where a plaque honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee has been affixed to a maple tree outside a church for more than 100 years. It won’t remain there for long, though.
  • Ivan Boesky and the End of the '80s Wall Street Boom

    08/14/2017 4:19:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, August 14, 2017 | Peter Grant
    It was the 17th of September 1986, and the curtain was now coming down on the greed-is-good Wall Street boom. On the surface, nothing seemed much different in the high-flying world of leveraged buyouts, corporate raiders, junk bonds and suspendered yuppies chasing dizzying amounts of money. But behind the scenes, one of the icons of this era was cutting a deal with federal agents and an ambitious U.S. Attorney named Rudolph Giuliani in the biggest insider-trading investigation in history. Ivan Boesky, the mega-rich and super-arrogant 49-year-old king of the arbitragers, was agreeing to sing like a platinum canary to get...
  • The Barrio Congressman: Vito Marcantonio and the Puerto Rican migration

    08/14/2017 5:50:51 AM PDT · by cll · 14 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/14/2017 | Jay Maeder
    What with a depression and a war and federal quotas, the great waves of the tired, poor and huddled had dried to a trickle, and in the late 1940s there was a full generation of New Yorkers quite unaccustomed to immigrants. It was at this moment that the city suddenly found itself overwhelmed by the largest influx of human beings in 40 years. They came from the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico catastrophically overpopulated, desperately impoverished, devastated by decades of sugar company plantationism. All at once there were many thousands of them in the city, where it was said a...
  • Latest microaggression: Seats in the classroom that are ‘too small for many people’

    08/11/2017 12:33:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 37 replies
    The College Fix ^ | August 11, 2017 | by JENNIFER KABBANY
    Just when you thought all the possible microaggression scenarios humanly possible had been called out, more pop up. The latest offensives to avoid come courtesy of The New School, a private university in New York City. It has published an extensive list of “microinsults,” “microassaults” and “microinvalidations” to avoid, including ones specific to academia, like this one: “Seats in the classroom / auditorium / office are too small for many people.” Additional “academic setting” micros on The New School’s list include “food sold in the cafeteria does not include options for those with limited food budgets,” “being called ‘overly sensitive’...
  • Bronx mom vows revenge as daughter, 11, recovers from horrific burns caused by prank gone wrong

    08/11/2017 12:13:47 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 77 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 10, 2017 | Adam Shrier, Catherina Gioio, and Larry McShane
    A schoolgirl prank gone gruesomely wrong left an 11-year-old Bronx girl hospitalized with severe facial burns — and her rage-filled mom bent on revenge. Relatives of hospitalized Jamoneisha Merritt called Thursday for arrests in the scalding of the girl at her friend’s Bronx apartment. The victim’s mother Ebony Merritt appeared outside the home of Shernett Panton and her 12-year-old daughter Aniya Grant Stuart, spewing obscenities and threats. “I’m going to cut your face, you f---ing b---h!” Merritt screamed at Panton. “I’m going to burn your f---ing house down! You let this happen to my daughter!”
  • Lawmaker: NRA and its chief spokeswomen are a ‘domestic security threat’

    08/10/2017 7:42:03 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2017 | Victor Morton
    A U.S. House member called the National Rifle Association and one of its chief spokeswomen a threat to national security. Rep. Kathleen Rice, New York Democrat, appeared to be responding to NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch noting that Philando Castile was in possession of marijuana when police shot the motorist dead. According to her next tweet five minutes later, that makes the NRA a “domestic security threat.” “I’m just going to say it. #NRA & @DLoesch are quickly becoming domestic security threats under President Trump. We can’t ignore that,” Ms. Rice said.
  • The Fed Has 6,200 Tons of Gold in a Manhattan Basement—Or Does It?

    08/10/2017 2:34:18 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies
    www.wsj.com ^ | Aug. 10, 2017 12:30 p.m. ET | By Katy Burne
    Eighty feet below the streets of lower Manhattan, a Federal Reserve vault protected by armed guards contains about 6,200 tons of gold. Or doesn’t. The Fed tells visitors its basement vault holds the world’s biggest official gold stash and values it at $240 billion to $260 billion. But “no one at all can be sure the gold is really there except Fed employees with access,” said Ronan Manly, a precious-metals analyst at gold dealer BullionStar in Singapore. If it is all there, he said, the central bank has “never in its history provided any proof.” Mr. Manly is among gold...
  • 640,000 NYC warrants for old summonses tossed in 1 day

    08/09/2017 10:49:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 9, 2017 6:44 PM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    In a single morning, courts on Wednesday threw out more than 640,000 warrants for New Yorkers ticketed for minor offenses years ago. The move — requested by prosecutors and hailed by the mayor — marks a sweeping step in city officials’ efforts to promote what they see as a more fair and workable approach to low-level offenses. But one of the city’s five district attorneys said the dismissals sent a problematic signal about law-breaking. […] The warrants date back a decade or longer and stem from summonses for nonviolent, small-scale offenses such as littering, open-container drinking, being in a park...
  • In New York State, a surprising flow of illegal emigrants

    08/09/2017 10:16:13 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 9,2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Seven days a week, 24 hours a day, migrants who came to the U.S. from across the globe — Syria, Congo, Haiti, elsewhere — arrive here where Roxham Road dead-ends so they can walk into Canada, hoping its policies will give them the security they believe the political climate in the United States does not. “In Trump’s country, they want to put us back to our country,” said Lena Gunja, a 10-year-old from Congo, who until this week had been living in Portland, Maine. She was traveling with her mother, father and younger sister. “So we don’t want that to...
  • Lawmaker Says Rats Are Jumping Into Strollers In Upper West Side Parks [video at link]

    08/09/2017 11:52:07 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 99 replies
    WCBS New York ^ | 9 Aug 2017 | John Montone
    Hungry rodents are apparently menacing parents, nannies and babies on the Upper West Side. There are about 2 million rats in New York City, and some have settled in Central Park and Riverside Park.
  • Newly Revealed Emails Show De Blasio Threatened, Bullied Staffers

    08/09/2017 11:06:21 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 27 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 8/9/17 | Cameron Cawthorne
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio treated his staffers poorly and often bullied them with harsh threats if they did not meet his demands, according to newly revealed emails. "What do I need to get you guys to follow a direct order? Do you need to experience consequences?" he threatened in one 2015 email, according to the New York Post. "I'm not raising this again: fix it, or I will [have] no choice but to find a way to penalize people. Not my preference, but I won't have my instructions ignored," he added. The emails show de Blasio blowing...
  • Regulating Guns

    08/09/2017 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 86 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2017 | John Stossel
    Have a gun license? Plan to bring your gun to my hometown? Don't. Mean New York authorities will make your life miserable. Patricia Jordan and her daughter flew here from her home state of Georgia. She wanted her gun nearby for protection. Jordan obeyed all the Transportation Security Administration's rules: She put her gun in a locked TSA-approved case with its bullets separate. She informed the airline that she had a gun. The airline had no problem with that. In New York City, she kept the gun locked in her hotel room. She never needed it, but her daughter told...
  • Memo to Caroline Kennedy: Stop trying to force your son on America

    08/09/2017 9:39:40 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 75 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8-9-17 | Maureen Callahan
    On Tuesday, New York magazine published an essay by a 24-year-old law student who recently paddleboarded around Manhattan for the first time. “I signed up for the race because I thought it sounded cool,” writes our participant. “Of course, when I asked around, everyone said it was really hard and I’d better start training.” The smugness, the entitlement, the painfully obvious observation — one might wonder: Who cares? Until you look at the byline and realize: Oh, of course. Another Kennedy foisted upon us. Our diarist is none other than Jack Schlossberg, grandson of JFK, son of Caroline, accomplishment-free save...
  • Fentanyl bust uncovers "enough to kill half the population of NYC"

    08/09/2017 3:14:47 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    msn /CBS ^ | August 8, 2017
    NEW YORK -- Federal agents say they seized 20 pounds of fentanyl and heroin in an Aug. 4 raid of an apartment building in New York City's Upper West Side neighborhood, across the street from Central Park, reports CBS New York. The drugs are valued at more than $3 million, according to investigators.  Drug Enforcement Administration Special-Agent-in-Charge James Hunt said that much fentanyl could prove deadly to a large population if handled improperly. Fentanyl: What you need to know about the deadly opioid "Twenty pounds of fentanyl in its purest form is potent enough to kill half the population of...
  • Kushner’s Lawyer is Part of the Fight Against Trump Immigration Policies ( Jamie Gorelick )

    08/08/2017 9:06:53 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Law Newz ^ | August 8th, 2017 | Ronn Blitzer
    The City of Chicago is engaged in a legal battle against the Trump administration over the Justice Department’s policies towards sanctuary cities, and they’ve hired a firm that’s quite familiar with the President. Well, his family, anyway. The city is being represented by the law firm WilmerHale, with one of the attorneys on the case being Jamie Gorelick. Yup, the same Gorelick who up until recently was representing Jared Kushner in the Russia investigation, and still serves as his counsel (and Ivanka Trump‘s) for issues including security clearance and ethics compliance. Gorelick also served as Deputy Attorney General under President...
  • Dem Rep Flips After Army Refuses To Rename Confederate Street Names On Base

    08/08/2017 4:36:05 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8.8.17 | Jonah Bennett
    Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke is vowing to fight the U.S. Army’s refusal to change streets named after Confederate generals at a New York base.
  • Stores Take Flight From Fifth Avenue in Manhattan

    08/07/2017 8:40:12 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 4, 2017 | Rachel Abrams
    Bergdorf Goodman. Tiffany & Company. Louis Vuitton. Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is to shopping what Broadway is to theater, defined by the marquee names that for decades have occupied some of New York City’s most prized real estate. But lately, the avenue’s glittery window displays have been changing more quickly, as retailers have streamed in and out. Tourism has slowed while online shopping has sped up, making it harder for companies to justify the cavernous spaces and sky-high rents along the shopping strip.
  • Lady of leisure: Hillary Clinton enjoys girls' day out in New York City

    08/07/2017 8:06:49 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2017 | Daily Mail
    It was a girls' day out for Hillary Clinton as she and two friends shopped along New York's Madison Avenue on Saturday. The former first lady was dressed in a navy blue ensemble, along with black flats, as she laughed and walked on the city streets with her gal pals. Flanked by three walking Secret Service agents and two Secret Service vehicles behind, Hillary was greeted by members of the public who seemingly showed support, taking selfies and giving hugs. The former Secretary of State stopped into Kate Spade, Asprey and a stationary store before getting into her car and...
  • New York mayor wants more taxes from rich for crumbling subway

    08/07/2017 10:59:02 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 40 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2017 | by Jonathan Allen
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday proposed raising taxes for the wealthiest New Yorkers to increase funding for the city's deteriorating subway system. His plan, an increase in the tax rate on an individual's income above $500,000 to 4.41 percent from 3.876 percent, would also fund half-price bus and subway rides for up to 800,000 of the city's poorest residents, he said. De Blasio, a Democrat, said his plan would raise an additional $700 million in 2018 for the subway and bus system, and that the additional revenue could be used to borrow more funding even sooner....