Sunday, September 30, 2012

President Obama praises Pentagon Papers Publisher, but not War Crimes Whistleblower

Obama eulogizes NYT publisher Sulzberger ; Still Persecuting Whistleblower Manning

After the death of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was announced yesterday, President Barack Obama praised the courage of Mr. Sulzberger throughout his journalism career.

Although President Obama didn't mention Mr. Sulzberger's risky -- but legal -- decision to publish the Pentagon Papers, President Obama acknowledged the important role that Mr. Sulzberger has played in improving our democratic form of government.

"He was a firm believer in the importance of a free and independent press -- one that isn't afraid to seek the truth, hold those in power accountable, and tell the stories that need to be told," Mr. Obama said.

But Mr. Obama made no connection between his praise for Mr. Sulzberger, but his continued campaign to prosecute the government whistleblower, PFC Bradley Manning.

Activists question how could the Obama administration reward Bradley Birkenfeld for his acts of whistleblowing, but then prosecute PFC Bradley Manning for exposing war crimes ?

Mona Eltahawy arrested after defacing controversial MTA ad in Times Square

A camerawoman stands between a provocative "Pro-Israeli" ad and Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy who defaces it in the name of protesting racism.

After having spent about 22 hours in police custody, Ms. Eltahawy was interevewed by Hala Gorani on CNN International.

In an attempt to deal with future hatemongering advertisements like the ones currently appearing in subway stations, the MTA yesterday amended the standards that govern what advertising it will accept. (Gothamist)

Thursday, September 27, 2012

American Autumn : An Occudoc - NYTimes Movie Review

Occupy Wall Street: A Documentary Look From the Inside

From The New York Times :

A year after Occupy Wall Street protests began some pundits are quick to declare the movement dead or pointless, a venting of unfocused frustration that wasted its opportunities. Occupy members would beg to differ.

“The world needs to change,” Mr. Trainor says, calling his film “an invitation for you to participate.”

In “American Autumn: An Occudoc,” part survey course, part recruiting tool, Dennis Trainor Jr. offers a concise review of the protests that first encamped in Zuccotti Park then swept across the nation and around the world. While eventually embracing a host of progressive causes, Occupy fundamentally opposed undue corporate power and influence over the levers of government. And it pressed the issue of income inequality and its social costs, defining this election season’s dominant theme.

“American Autumn” has plenty of shots of confrontations with the police; of protesters and their trenchant slogans and signs; of “we are the 99 percent” chants and “mike checks”; of speakers at rallies including Cornel West, Naomi Klein and Michael Moore. It will probably not persuade many Occupy critics to change their opinions. But as manifestoes go it is calm and smart, offsetting its stridency with discussion, music, even humor, while issuing a call to arms. “The world needs to change,” Mr. Trainor says, calling his film “an invitation for you to participate.”

Opens on Friday in Manhattan. Directed by Dennis Trainor Jr. 1 hour 16 minutes; not rated. Tickets and Screenings.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Anonymous Releases Videos Of NYPD Raid To Clear Zuccotti Park

From Firedoglake :

Members of the hacktivist group Anonymous have released sixty hours of footage of the raid by the New York Police Department against Occupy Wall Street on November 15, 2011. The footage posted is from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Research Unit (TARU), a surveillance unit that is regularly present at political demonstrations to film police actions. It was posted as a torrent for download late in the evening on September 23, 2012. A tiny sample of the footage, including a statement read by a member of Anonymous, was posted on YouTube.

Here is the start of the Anonymous playlist on YouTube :

Read more about how the NYPD wrongfully use their authority and actually overstep legalities, including the Handschu Agreement.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Troy Davis Execution - One Year Later

Revisiting the New York City Protest and March in Honour of Troy Davis

One year has passed since the execution of Troy Davis, who was widely regarded as having been an innocent man. One day after the execution, citizens and activists from the brand new Occupy Wall Street movement gathered in Union Square and commenced a march to Zuccotti Park (aka Liberty Square).

Video by Ayman El-Sayed of Existence is Resistance. New Yorkers gathered in Union Square on September 22, 2011, to protest the killing of Mr. Davis by the state of Georgia. Protestors were peaceful, but the NYPD began harassing the demonstrators as they marched to Wall Street. Police were driving their motorcycles extremely close to protestors and honking their horns. This was before they decided to attack and arrest those remembering Mr. Davis.

Following is a video of the passionate protest and march, from the point at which the march reached Houston Street onward. The march grew by picking up passers-by, one day after the execution of Troy Davis, a man believed to be innocent of the crimes charged against him. Protesters were harassed by NYPD, pushed and shoved, and at least one protester was peeled away from the crowd, shoved the floor, and arrested. Note the brash display by NYPD of what appears to be pepper spray guns, and, in at least once instance, NYPD were caught video recording the lawful peaceful activities of activists -- in direct violation of the Handschu Agreement.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Occupy Activists Brilliantly Infiltrated Koch Brothers Anti-Occupy Rally

From The Guardian :

A conservative rally billed as an opportunity to "stand up to Occupy Wall Street extremists" fell flat on Thursday when it was co-opted by members of Occupy Wall Street.

Supporters of Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party-esque group funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, gathered at the Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan to demonstrate against both Occupy Wall Street and President Obama.

But almost half of the sparse crowd were Occupy Wall Street protesters, smartly dressed and bearing signs parodying Americans for Prosperity's ultra-conservative message.

Read more : Occupy activists commandeer anti-Occupy Wall Street rally

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

$10 billion bonanza, but none of it to save New York safety net hospitals ?

During the course of many years, New York politicians have gone along with a radical plan to close safety net hospitals in a scorched campaign against spiraling healthcare costs. Hospitals with charity missions, like St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village flat-lined as a way to cut off hospitals that served the uninsured, underinsured, and Medicaid-insured.

Related : St. Vincent's Hospital closing was a 'significant disaster,' says Bellevue chief (NYDailyNews

Now comes New York Andrew Cuomo, with news that his austerity program to slash Medicaid will yield a $10 billion bonanza from the federal government, but none of that money, nor any effort to reform any other parts of the state budget, were made to save the many hospitals that have been closed by NYS Department of Health officials : nine hospital have closed in New York City alone during the time that Christine Quinn has been speaker of the City Council.

Media outlets, that promote Gov. Cuomo's neo-liberal agenda, praise the governor's budget cuts and hospital closings, even though Gov. Cuomo delegating all the draconian work to Stephen Berger, who, together with the governor, are shredding the safety net and gutting the very programs that help people with the least.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gangnam Style Craze

PSY - GANGNAM STYLE : The Korean singer Psy and his summer hit, "Gangnam Style," has gone viral : it was featured on "Ellen" and most recently "Saturday Night Live."

Original video :

Segment on ''Ellen'' with Britney Spears.

Mitt Romney on Obama's 47% Voters

During a private fundraiser earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told a small group of wealthy contributors what he truly thinks of all the voters who support President Barack Obama. He dismissed these Americans as freeloaders who pay no taxes, who don't assume responsibility for their lives, and who think government should take care of them.

Read more : SECRET VIDEO : Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters

Monday, September 17, 2012

Bloomberg, Quinn, NYPD, Winski Destroy OWS, Democratic Social Movements, Lawful Activism

Updated ! Sign the Change.org petition that calls on Commissioner Raymond Kelly to fire Deputy Inspector Ed Winski.

Systematic suppression of the Constitutional rights of lawful political activities of activists, politicians, and journalists to observe police actions against Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Deputy Inspector Edward J. Winski, on orders from City Hall : Mayor Michael Bloomberg and approval (either tacit or express) by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn engages in use of police force, misuse of authority, no professional, lack of respect and courtesy, not to mention abridgment of the Constitutionally-protected Freedoms of Speech and Assembly, to thwart the lawful political activities of citizens. Note how police officers selectively pick activists from within a crowd and use force to make false arrests. One person also provides testimony that a legal observer is arrested by the NYPD.

In this video, some activists deliver first-hand witness accounts of Deputy Inspector Winski misusing his official authority for the sole purpose of interfering, thwarting, and destroying the rights of these activists. The intent of Deputy Inspector Winski can solely be to destroy any chance activists have to peacefully and lawfully assemble and express themselves.

According to the video's description on YouTube, the above video was filmed on September 15, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., and it shows "some of the major events," which took place during livestreamer Luke Rudkowski's live broadcast at the "Occupy Wall Street #S15 action."

And no amount of independent monitoring, oversight, community regulation, not even the existence of the Civilian Complaint Review Board or Internal Affairs investigations, can correct the abuse of authority when it is ordered by and/or is carried out with the tacit or express approval of the politicians, who give orders to NYPD. Here is past evidence about how Deputy Inspector Winksi and the NYPD have misused their authority against peaceful and lawful #OWS activists, I'm sure this can't be the rest of it.

To change the system, you have to join community organising efforts to challenge the oppressive conditions, which violate citizens' rights, and this includes taking action to vote out of office the politicians, who give these orders to NYPD.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Vanity Fair Investigates Tom Cruise's Scientology Marriages

Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth reveals the alleged secret wife-auditioning process within Scientology to set up a so-called "arranged marriage" for Tom Cruise.

As far back as 2004, chief executives in the Scientology enterprise were worried about finding a girlfriend for Tom Cruise, according to an explosive new Vanity Fair report, ''What Katie Didn't Know : Marriage, Scientology-Style.''

Ms. Orth's disturbing report includes allegations that Scientology made secret videotapes of Tom Cruise’s audits, that Scientology CEO David Miscavige may have been indiscrete with celebrity audits, and Katie Holmes' father haggled over a huge pre-nuptial agreement with Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology before their 2006 negotiated wedding.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Committee To Frack New York ?

Update #2 : My blog post below was written independently last night, but I just found a more detailed investigation posted on the Internet with the same title : Shift by Cuomo on Gas Drilling Prompts Both Anger and Praise (Revised : Monday 1 Oct 2012 6:20 a.m.)

Update #1 : My blog post below was written independently last night, but I just found a more detailed investigation posted on the Internet with the same title : The Committee to Frack New York ? (Revised : Sunday 16 Sept 2012 8:20 a.m.)

Shady Pro-Cuomo Lobby Group Allowed to Hide Donor Names

Are there any "straw donors," who gave money to the Committee To Save New York ? Are there any donors, who are fracking lobbyists or shale oil companies ? We'll never know, because Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is on the cusp of either approving or rejecting fracking near the precious and irreplaceable Hudson River, exerts undue influence over the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE).

Giving JCOPE and voters full transparency and disclosure about the Committee to Save New York would be one way for voters to have faith in the integrity of the fracking review process.

It's been revealed that environmental groups, government accountability activists, and advocates of greater government transparency are worried that the Cuomo administration has been going out of its way to cuddle with special interests linked to the oil and gas industry.

"New York regulators gave natural gas drilling industry representatives exclusive access to draft regulations for shale gas drilling as early as six weeks before they were made public, according to records obtained by the Environmental Working Group through New York's Freedom of Information Law," reported the Environmental Working Group.

Gov. Cuomo is setting off all kinds of alarm bells, because it appears that the Cuomo administration isn't even going to order a healthcare study about the impacts of allowing fracking to pollute New York state.

To make matters worse, nobody knows what influence campaign contributions will have on the Cuomo administration's fracking decision. And to murky up the waters, the state ethics panel, JCOPE, recently ruled that the Committee to Save New York, a lobbying group that promotes Gov. Cuomo's political activities, can "keep secret the identities of a vast majority of millionaire donors" who have been financing the lobbying group, according to The New York Times.

Read the investigative report : The Committee to Save 1% New York.

"Call Me Maybe" Video by Dowling Catholic

Faculty and Staff from Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines, Iowa perform "Call Me Maybe" for the September 14, 2012, Homecoming Pep Assembly.

Call Me Maybe - for Choir and Orchestra

A YouTube video has gone viral showing a choral/orchestration arrangement of Carly Rae Jepsen's summer hit of 2012, "Call Me Maybe."

Arranged by Colin Britt and Arianne Abela, orchestrated by Colin Britt. Performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra, a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela. Recorded in New Haven on Sept. 3, 2012.

Activists Tell Cuomo Don't Frack With Our Water

NYPD Arrest Protesters at Occupy The Pipeline demonstration ; Gov. Andrew Cuomo Fracking Decision Still Pending.

NEW YORK, September 6, 2012--At the 8:30 am protest against construction of a Spectra fracked gas pipeline at Gansevoort and Hudson River Parkway, Monika Hunken and Sandra were arrested by the NYPD.

They were among five activists who climbed over the low concrete barricade surrounding the drilling site and sat down in the dirt in front of a backhoe, thus blocking the machine from operating ; at first Hunken announced that they would leave the pit, but then she and Sandra Coponen changed their minds and returned to the pit facing arrest. The backhoe was adjacent to the drilling rig itself, which was fenced in by a high wire mesh fence. The rig had been in operation prior to the sit-down action.

The Spectra pipeline is delivering Marcellus shale potentially radioactive gas containing native radon; in addition, the hydrofracking process pumps 5 billion gallons of water laced with 600 toxic chemicals into the shale to extract the gas. The Henry Hudson Parkway is owned by the state and not the city ; Mayor Bloomberg's supposed "girl-friend" Diana Taylor known for her involvement with Bloomfield Properties graces the board of Hudson Parkway, too. The Spectra pipeline will run in the vicinity of a children's playground in the West Village. In the interests of clean air, clean water and public health, activists are urging Governor Cuomo to step up to the plate and ban hydrofracking in New York State and Mayor Bloomberg not to enable its arrival and dissemination In New York City.

Filmed by Liza Béar. Press inquiries: lizajbear@gmail.com; 646-246-1869.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bloomberg, Kelly, and NYPD to put up Security Checkpoints to Thwart OWS S17 Anniversary

By putting up barricades and security checkpoints all over Lower Manhattan, which has not been done since 9/11, is this how the NYPD thinks it is going to serve and protect us ? Is it trying to protect us from our own Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of Speech ?

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 Police State Watch: NYPD to Install Checkpoints, Demand ID in Lower Manahttan on OWS Anniversary Since when are Americans required to carry and show ID to the police to go about their daily business? Apparently since the 1% became sufficiently afraid of the 99% so as to regard the Constitutionally-guaranteed rights to assembly and free speech as security threats. This notice gives a flavor of what to expect for the September 17 celebrations of the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street (click to enlarge; hat tip nathan):

2012 09 14 Pace NYPD ID Checkpoints for Occupy Wall Street Anniversary

Original Source : Police State Watch: NYPD to Install Checkpoints, Demand ID in Lower Manahttan on OWS Anniversary

Intermediary Post : Suzannah B. Troy : Occupy Wall Street Alert Police State Watch: NYPD to Install Checkpoints

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Protest Against NYTimes Media Bias That Promotes Christine Quinn

The political blogger Suzannah B. Troy dressed up as Christine Quinn and mockingly thanked The New York Times for the journalism published in The Times, which promotes Speaker Quinn's political campaign.

Two dozen activists returned to the headquarters of The New York Times on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, to protest what activists describe as media bias that promotes Christine Quinn for mayor. Instead of investigating the machine politics in City Council, The New York Times publishes stories about which café Council Speaker Christine Quinn takes brunch, or how great she is at baking pies. The newspaper of record is promoting Speaker Quinn as if she were a reality show star, rather than holding her accountable for her political record. Activists look for an explanation from the editors at The New York Times, including from Carolyn Ryan, who activists say has a central role in promoting Speaker Quinn.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

US Ambassador to Libya Killed

U.S. Ambassador to Libya Is Killed in Attack consulate in Benghazi

The American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, left, was killed after militants stormed the consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday, The New York Times reported. At least three of Ambassador Stevens' staff were also killed after militants stormed the consulate, firing guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

ABC News reported that the attack was launched in revenge for the distribution of a film called Innocence of Muslims, which is being promoted by Terry Jones, the controversial Florida preacher, who is organised a Koran-burning in March 2010.

The U.S. government is worried that retaliatory attacks against U.S. consulates may continue, ABC News reported.

The attack that killed the four State Department employees today was the first murder of a U.S. ambassador in over 20 years. "The last time an American ambassador was killed by terrorists was in 1979, when the envoy to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs, was kidnapped and killed during an attempt to rescue him, according to State Department records," reported CNN."

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Mike Bloomberg Has Tantrum After Mary Murphy Questions Him On Ammunition Dealings

(Video) Mayor Bloomberg Gets Confrontational with WPIX Reporter Mary Murphy

Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City alleges that he is a national leader in calling for a solution to end gun violence -- but he apparently can't stand it when Mary Murphy, a local television reporter, challenged him on a city policy involving NYPD "shell casings." The mayor had a meltdown-tantrum after Ms. Murphy questioned him about the controversial sale of 28-thousand pounds of spent, shell casings from the NYPD's firing range in the Bronx to an ammunition dealer in Georgia. (WPIX-11)

If You Haven't Seen Maru the Cat, It's Time You Did !

Queens Carwash Employees Vote To Unionize

Employees at Astoria Car Wash and Hi-Tek 10 Minute Lube Inc., a carwash in Queens, overwhelmingly voted to form a union, The New York Times reported. Union organizers said the union vote was the "first major victory in a six-month effort in New York City to unionize workers in an industry the organizers say is rife with labor law violations," in the words of The NYTimes.

Gary Tilzer Follows JCOPE Implosion

New York State Government In Crisis Mode : "The Wheels Are Coming Off State Government"

The political blogger Gary Tilzer continues to relentlessly post updates about the impact that the investigation into the settlement payments to claimants of sexual harassment against Assemblyman Vito Lopez has now spread and engulfed many politicians in Albany.

Just one recent example was the resignation of a critical member of the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). The member resigned last Friday after having issued a scathing critique about the political machinations that interferes with the commission's due process and with its general operational independence.

"Without personal integrity, there can be no real public ethics ; only the farce of appearing ethical," wrote former JCOPE commission member Ravi Batra.

According to Mr. Tilzer, The New York Times minimised reporting about Mr. Batra's resignation from the JCOPE, which has now become widely viewed as politically-manipulated by the politicians, who make appointments to the ethics panel. If JCOPE is so compromised as to be rendered ineffective, then the state's governor, Andrew Cuomo, may exercise powers given him under the Moreland Act to investigate or appoint officials to a "Moreland Commission" to investigate corruption.

"NYT Also Buried the Batra Resignation With Only 38 Words . . . The NYT Did Not Report Any of the Charges Batra Made Is His Letter of Resignation," wrote Mr. Tilzer.

Why do horses work in dangerous traffic in Times Square ?

From Elizabeth Forel :

Horses are allowed to work in Times Square in the evenings until 3:00 am. Take a look at these pictures and this video :

These horses do not belong on the streets of New York City. What possible attraction could there be to riding in a carriage on crowded, filthy, smelly streets with bright lights and excessive noise led by a dispirited horse whose vision and probably hearing are impaired?

Where is our humanity? How can we continue to allow this inhumane and unsafe business to exist in New York City? Luckily, many people want it to end – all polls since 2006 have shown that between 75 and 80 percent of respondents want this business to be shut down.

horse-drawn-carriages-working-through-dangerous-Times-Square-NYC-Traffic, horse-drawn-carriages-working-through-dangerous-Times-Square-NYC-Traffic

This is why we ask you to join us in supporting the health and wellbeing of horses : please sign a petition endorsing the Avella/Rosenthal bill in the NYS legislature to prohibit the use of horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

VIDEOS : Tornados Hit Queens and Brooklyn in NYC

Videos made by average citizens and posted onto YouTube show the dangerous storm clouds and show one tornado that caused damage on the ground in Queens, New York.

WABC : Tornadoes confirmed in Brooklyn and Queens

2 tornadoes strike in NYC; no injuries reported (Houston Chronicle)

Bloomberg Quinn Handschu Agreement Violations ?

Note how NYPD filmed the evacuation of Liberty Square/Zuccotti Park :

Are NYPD Intelligence Division violating terms of the Handschu Agreement ?

On September 6, 2012, activists against the Fracking Pipeline that is proposed to run through the West Village organised a demonstration along the West Side Highway. At that protest, a white shirt police officer was caught video taping lawful political activities of the protesters. If the protesters were only engaged in lawful political activities on September 6, as it surely does appear, then does the monitoring of the protesters by the NYPD not violate the Handschu Agreement ?

The Handschu agreement is a court ruling from the case Handschu v. Special Services Division, 605 F.Supp. 1384, affirmed 787 F.2d 828, that brought about guidelines that regulate police behavior in New York City with regard to police monitoring of citizens' political activity (Wikipedia).

A large coalition of activist groups accused police of compiling information to punish and repress lawful dissent, according to Wikipedia.

For the last year, the NYPD and the Bloomberg administration have been monitoring the Occupy Wall Street movement since before activists began their occupation in Liberty Square. In 2011, NYPD used camcorders to videotape protesters during a march against the execution of Troy Davis. On one occasion in 2012, Occupy activists caught the NYPD engaged in monitoring the lawful political activities by #OWS.

Because New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives direct orders to NYPD, what kind of approval has he made about any illegal monitoring acts by the New York Police Department ? Does this video appear to show that NYPD Intelligence Division assault reporters, block news cameras, and attack the Freedom of the Press to benefit Mayor Bloomberg ?

For her part, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is one of the handful of city politicians, who can give orders to NYPD. What kind of oversight, approval, or objections has she made about any illegal monitoring acts by the New York Police Department ? Would it be considered surprising if word began to spread that Speaker Quinn is now using officers from the NYPD Intelligence Division for security at protests ?

See also : The NYPD'S Intelligence Division: Has It Gone Rogue ?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Commission Member Quits JCOPE ; Calls For Federal Investigation

Ravi Batra, a commissioner on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, has resigned due to reasons related to lax oversight by the JCOPE. Mr. Batra said he hoped that his resignation would force JCOPE to focus on "honest and independent ethics enforcement so as to actually restore public confidence in government and public service."
(True News From Change NYC)

Mr. Batra made a request for a federal investigation into wrongdoings at JCOPE. Because of strict confidentiality rules, which oppress whistleblowers, Mr. Batra said he could not provide details about his claims of shady dealings.


CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer Reacts To Romney Felony Accusations

Cenk Uygur breaks down CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer's reaction to Stephanie Cutter (Obama campaign representative) accusing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney of a felony. Blitzer's reaction is a perfect representation of how the main stream media has reacted to this charge, Mr. Uygur said.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Save Bradley Manning Rally Outside Obama NYC Campaign Headquarters

On the Evening of President Obama's Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention, Activists Demand Freedom and Liberty for PFC Bradley Manning.

A coalition of activists and members of groups, like World Can't Wait, Veterans For Peace, and others, showed up for a rally outside of President Barack Obama's NYC campaign headquarters to demand freedom for LGBT service member and whistleblower PFC Bradley Manning. PFC Manning faces 22 charges in an unjust court martial, which denies him due process and other basic civil rights. PFC Manning faces government accusations that he released government documents and videos to WikiLeaks.

For more information, please visit : BradleyManning.org or CourageToResist.org or WorldCantWait.net

If you believe that whistleblowers should not be prosecuted, please ask President Obama to release PFC Manning -- send Tweets to the White House at : @whitehouse and @BarackObama

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Has NYPD Become A Lawless Unit, Making NYC A Police Dictatorship ?

The New York Police Department may be involved in some unlawful activities, reported Jason Leopold and Matthew Harwood on Truthout. (If the NYPD has become lawless, then are social movement activists being targeted for silence and arrest to prevent government reforms that would hold police accountable ?)

According to an e-mail that was leaked by Anonymous, a high-ranking FBI official repeated information on a what appears to be an official listserv :

I keep telling you, you and I are going to laugh and raise a beer one day, when everything Intel (NYPD's Intelligence Division) has been involved in during the last 10 years comes out - it always eventually comes out. They are going to make [former FBI Director J. Edgar] Hoover, COINTEL, Red Squads, etc look like rank amatures [sic] compared to some of the damn right felonious activity, and violations of US citizen's rights they have been engaged in.

During the last 10 years, Michael Bloomberg has been mayor and Raymond Kelly has been commissioner of the police department.

Are citizens living under laws of order that do not apply to police ? These and other important questions are raised from the information, which was contained in an e-mail sent to Fred Burton, a former counterterrorism official at the State Department, who is now an intelligence officer at Stratfor.

Read more : Hacked Intel Email: NYPD Involved in ''Damn Right Felonious Activity''

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane ? Sung By Bette Davis

The song "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane ?" sung by Bette Davis for television on the Andy Williams show.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Aaron Schock Denies He Is Gay Again

Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois has been running away from rumors that he is gay ever since he took office in 2009, and last week he denounced new questions into his sexual orientation as “inappropriate and ridiculous” and not “worthy of further response,” the writer Michelangelo Signorile wrote in The Huffington Post.

Read more : GOP Rep. Aaron Schock Responds To Gay Rumors, Anti-Gay Voting Record

Aaron Shock wearing shirt, jeans, and belt that Queerty describes as gay, Representative Aaron Shock, right, wearing clothes that Queerty describes as "gay" at a June 2010 White House picnic.

Monday, September 3, 2012

NYPD Cops secretly meet man with Assault Rifle !

From a video posted to YouTube by http://nycresistance.blogspot.com :

I come across what I thought was about to be a Stop and Frisk but turned out to be a secret meeting between a group of NYPD cops and a Latino male with an assault rifle.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims he wants to get guns off the street when NYC has sold 28,000 pounds of spent shell casings to a Georgia ammunition store to be turned into new bullets. The Mayor is a hypocrite and will do anything to disarm you and turn a profit for himself. ...

John Catsimatidis Supports Stop And Frisk

In video posted to YouTube by http://nycresistance.blogspot.com, John Catsimatidis is interviewed by Channel 7 Eyewitness News :

After just falling short of telling how much money current Mayor Michael Bloomberg was going to spend to usurp a 3rd term as mayor of New York City, Bloomberg's lackey John Catsimatidis chokes when Eyewitness News reporter asks him a question about Raymond Kelly's Stop & Frisk policy.

He desperately tries to defend the illegitimate policy as he fumbles with words to justify the unconstitutional and racist program that overwhelmingly targets young men of color and the poor. If all politicians were this stupid, America wouldn't be the fascist police state it is today.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New e-Book Says Navy Seal Wrote "No Easy Day" Book After a Slight

Matt Bissonnette, who wrote about the military operation to assassinate Osama bin Laden in the book, “No Easy Day,” broke the commando "code of silence” because of “bad blood” with his former unit, according to a new e-book written by other Special Operations veterans. Mr. Bissonnette was a former member of the elite SEAL Team 6, was the object of retaliation and "effectively pushed out of SEAL Team 6 after he expressed interest last year in leaving the Navy and starting a business," reported The New York Times. Mr. Bissonnette's book has triggered a legal backlash from the Pentagon, which has threatened to take legal action against Mr. Bissonnette for writing "No Easy Day."

Related : NYTimes : Books of The Times Review : ‘No Easy Day’ (September 3, 2012

"Illusions" author Richard Bach Survives Airplane Crash

Richard Bach, author of bestselling books, has survived an airplane crash that took place last Friday, the Associated Press reported. Mr. Bach is recovering in a hospital in Seattle after his single-engine amphibian airplane clipped power lines Friday, according to the AP report. Mr. Bach's son, James, said that his father was improving, even though his medical condition is described as "serious." It was described that the elder Mr. Bach received a head injury and broken shoulder as a result of the airplane crash. Mr. Bach is the author of the novels Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a parable about a seagull, who makes his own way in life, and Illusions, another parable about a pair of biplane pilots.

Charlotte And Jonathan Best Audition Ever Britain's Got Talents 2012

Operatic duo Charlotte Jaconelli and Jonathan Antoine wows the judges on Britain's Gots Talent.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Will Betty White Be A Mystery Speaker At DNC ?

A Facebook page called Bring Betty White to the DNC is leading a social media campaign to recruit the lovable Hollywood comedian Betty White to be a "mystery speaker" at the Democratic National Convention in an effort to lampoon Clint Eastwood's controversial appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Betty-White-DNC-Mystery-Speaker, Betty-White-DNC-Mystery-Speaker

Follow the social media campaign on Twitter with this hashtag : #BettyWhiteDNC and a you can sign a Change.org petition.

Betty-White-Empty-Chairs-2012-DNC, Betty-White-Empty-Chairs-2012-DNC

Betty White DNC Facebook Group Goes Viral

Yesterday, somebody created a Bring Betty White to the DNC group on Facebook in an effort to lampoon Clint Eastwood's controversial appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Just a few minutes ago, the group had less than 4,000 "likes." As of this posting, the Facebook page is short a few more likes in order to hit 5,000 "likes." The page is going VIRAL.

Betty-White-DNC-Clint-Eastwood-RNC-Mitt-Romney-Empty-Chair, Betty-White-DNC-Clint-Eastwood-RNC-Mitt-Romney-Empty-Chair

Follow the social media campaign on Twitter with this hashtage : #BettyWhiteDNC and a Change.org petition.

Betty-White-DNC-Clint-Eastwood-RNC-Mitt-Romney-Empty-Chair-Rebuttal, Betty-White-DNC-Clint-Eastwood-RNC-Mitt-Romney-Empty-Chair-Rebuttal

Will Betty White Speak at DNC ?

In response to Clint Eastwood's controversial appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, somebody -- presumably a Democratic Party loyalist -- has created a Bring Betty White to the DNC group on Facebook. As of this posting, there was about 4,000 "likes."

Hillary-Clinton-Blackberry-Betty-White-DNC-Democratic-National-Convention-Meme, Hillary Clinton Blackberry Betty White DNC Democratic National Convention Meme

There's also a Twitter hashtage : #BettyWhiteDNC and a Change.org petition.

Will-Barack-Obama-Ask-Betty-White-to-Speak-at-DNC, Will-Barack-Obama-Ask-Betty-White-to-Speak-at-DNC

Pentagon Letter to Penguin Putnam regarding Bin Ladin Navy Seal Book

2012 08 30 Mark Owen No Easy Day Pentagon Letter Penguin Putnam Bin Laden Book