Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son tipped his company's interest in purchasing T-Mobile today, saying the deal would help the pair better take on larger rivals Verizon and AT&T. In a new interview with Charlie Rose, Son didn't say a deal had been struck, but confirmed Sprint's intent on buying T-Mobile, a deal he says would create a "massive price war" among mobile carriers if approved by regulators. "I would like to have the real fight, OK? Not the pseudo fight, the real fight," Son told Rose according to the Wall Street Journal.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
T-Mobile is finally acting up and causing price competition with AT&T and Verizon. Sprint has just kept on continuing sucking like it always has for years.
Heaven help if its a black conservative, then you will see the most racist shit this side of a Klan rally towards that person from "Black Twitter."
The two cases they use in Martin and Dunn, SYG wasn't even used. Basically using two dead teens to push a get out your vote for whatever Democrat in November movement.
Parents of two black teenagers whose killings sparked heated criticism of Florida's "stand your ground" law marched on the state Capitol on Monday, warning legislators of a political backlash unless they reform the statue.
"Florida is failing us," said Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, whose fatal shooting in 2012 led to the murder trial and subsequent acquittal of former neighborhood watch patrol guard George Zimmerman.
"Stand your ground will not stand," Fulton said. "This law is wrong. Stand your ground is absolutely, positively wrong."
Fulton spoke after Reverend Al Sharpton led a mostly black crowd of protesters on a short march to the steps of the Capitol, where the Republican-dominated legislature began its annual session last week.
A bill to repeal the 2005 self-defense law, which allows Floridians to use deadly force when they think their lives are in danger, was rejected late last year by a House committee. But a bill tightening some applications of the legal defense is still pending in the Senate.
Good to see the office of the Presidency lowered to this garbage.
In “Between Two Ferns,” an off-color online parody of celebrity interview shows, the comedian Zach Galifianakis has spanked Justin Bieber with his belt, discussed Charlize Theron’s thighs and asked Natalie Portman for her phone number.
On Tuesday, Mr. Galifianakis will welcome President Obama to the comedy show that he has turned into an Internet cult favorite by making his guests feel awkward and uncomfortable.
The interview with the president, which was recorded two weeks ago, is to debut online at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The show’s creators at the website, Funny or Die, are keeping its contents secret until then. White House aides who have seen the six-and-a-half-minute conversation with Mr. Obama say it is in keeping with the show’s spirit.
If so, the pop-culture appearance is the latest public relations gamble that Mr. Obama and his aides have taken in their pursuit of new ways to deliver their message to the connected-but-distracted generation. “Between Two Ferns,” which satirizes the low-budget look of public access television, much as “Wayne’s World” did, has had episodes that have been viewed as many as 30 million times, often because of their outrageous content.
China very unhappy with Malaysia.
China has dispatched a delegation to Malaysia amid mounting frustration here on how authorities there are handling the investigation of a missing airliner that had 239 people aboard, including 153 Chinese citizens.
China’s Foreign Ministry said the delegation was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital, late Monday and begin work immediately on the fate of MH370, which has been missing and presumed crashed since early Saturday.
The group “will urge the Malaysian side to intensify search and rescue efforts, to find out the fact of the incident as soon as possible, to timely release the accurate information and to well serve the family members of the passengers to Malaysia at the same time,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Friends and relatives of Chinese passengers on the flight have lashed out at Malaysian officials for failing to keep them informed and helping some of them obtain passports and visas so they can fly to Kuala Lumpur.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/10/3987117/china-unhappy-with-search-for.html#storylink=cpy
Monday, March 10, 2014
Why bother having a border patrol? The illegal immigrant contingent loves the new rules.
The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents' authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010.
In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
A deadly threat, which would justify use of force, does not "include a moving vehicle merely fleeing from agents," the new rule states.
Fisher also ordered agents to seek cover or move away from rock throwers if possible and not to shoot at them unless a rock or other object poses an imminent danger of death or serious injury.
The new policy "seems to be a response to political pressure from special interests," Shawn P. Moran, vice president of the Border Patrol agents' union, said in a telephone interview.
Customs and Border Protection is revising its Use of Force Policy Handbook, last updated in October 2010. Authorities must negotiate changes with the Border Patrol union and other labor groups that represent the federal force before the handbook can be used to train agents, however.
"We will oppose any restriction on the ability of agents to use force," Moran said.
In Friday's memo, Fisher said border agents "make split-second decisions in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving," and they often face extreme danger.
Agents have reported more than 6,000 assaults since 2007, Fisher said, and three agents have been killed in that time. Since 2010, he said, agents "have been assaulted with rocks" 1,713 times, and agents responded with deadly force 43 times, killing 10 people.
In a conference call with reporters, Fisher said he had instructed supervisors to make Tasers, pepper spray and pellet guns available to give agents alternatives to lethal weapons. He also said agents would use spike strips to stop vehicles.
Good, less people on the road when I am driving my car. I took public transport for 7 years in South Florida. Never again. Public transport is basically filled with crazy motherf'ers you don't want to know actually exist.
More Americans used buses, trains and subways in 2013 than in any year since 1956 as service improved, local economies grew and travelers increasingly sought alternatives to the automobile for trips within metropolitan areas, the American Public Transportation Association said in a report released on Monday.
The trade group said in its annual report that 10.65 billion passenger trips were taken on transit systems during the year, surpassing the post-1950s peak of 10.59 million in 2008, when gas prices rose to $4 to $5 a gallon.
I wouldn't be surprised considering so far since you can track bitcoin transactions no one has tried to spend it yet even in small amounts.
Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox lost $400 million worth of bitcoins in February. Its management said the amount was stolen after hackers exploited a transaction bug to divert the funds, but some of Mt. Gox's users are not so sure, suggesting instead that the exchange's owners pocketed the cash. Now, facing silence from those owners about the fate of the money and the methods by which 6 percent of all of the Bitcoin in the world could have been stolen, a group of hackers claims it has broken into the bankrupted Bitcoin exchange's network to get answers.
Forbes reports that the group gained access to the personal blog and Reddit account of Mark Karpeles, Mt. Gox's CEO. The hackers used the platforms to post a message that claimed Karpeles still had access to some of the bitcoins that he'd reported stolen. In support of the claim, they uploaded a series of files that included a spreadsheet of more than a million trades, Karpeles' home addresses, and a screenshot purportedly confirming the hackers' access to the data.
Nigeria from its oil deposits should have been under a good government miles ahead of every other country in Africa, basically the black version of Dubai, but instead decades of corruption has moved the money into the hands of the elites.
Even in a country where untold oil wealth disappears into the pockets of the elite, the oil corruption scheme he was investigating seemed outsize — and he threatened to lay it bare at a meeting with Nigeria’s top bankers.
The rabble-rouser was none other than the governor of the country’s central bank. Weeks later, however, he was out, fired by Nigeria’s president in an episode that has shaken the Nigerian economy, filled newspapers and airwaves here, and even inspired a rare street demonstration.
The bankers were going to have to open their books, the governor, Lamido Sanusi, warned them at the recent meeting. He wanted to see where the money was going — $20 billion from oil sales that, mysteriously, was not making its way to the treasury, in a country that could soon be declared Africa’s biggest economy and already attracts the most direct foreign investment on the continent, according to the United Nations.
But his suspicions were cutting too close, Mr. Sanusi said — too close to an oil-politics nexus that both feeds the political establishment in Nigeria, in his view and that of analysts, and deprives the country of vital revenue.
NYTIMES - Hedge Funder shorts Herbalife stock for $1 Billion, then lobbies government to destroy it.
Of course its shady but it also brings out what money grubbing whores certain minority group representatives are when handed loads of cash.
At a Midtown Manhattan steakhouse last June, William A. Ackman, the activist hedge fund manager who had bet a billion dollars on the collapse of the nutritional supplement company Herbalife, offered his latest evidence to a handful of other hedge fund managers about why the company’s stock could soon plummet.
Mr. Ackman told his dinner companions that Representative Linda T. Sánchez, Democrat of California, had sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission the previous day calling for an investigation of the company.
The commission had not yet stamped the letter as received, nor had it been made public. But Mr. Ackman, who had personally lobbied Ms. Sánchez and stood to profit if the company’s stock dropped as a result of the call for an inquiry, already knew what it said, and read from a copy of it that he had on his cellphone.
To pressure state and federal regulators to investigate Herbalife, an act that alone could cause its stock to dive, his team has helped organize protests, news conferences and letter-writing campaigns in California, Nevada, Connecticut, New York and Illinois, although several of the people who signed the letters to state and federal officials say they do not remember sending them, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
His team has also paid civil rights organizations at least $130,000 to join his effort by helping him collect the names of people who claimed they were victimized by Herbalife in order to send the leads to regulators, the investigation found. Mr. Ackman’s team also provided the money used by some of these individuals to travel to Washington to participate in a rally against Herbalife last month.
Harvey L. Pitt, a former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said that Mr. Ackman’s campaign was starting “to look like an effort to move the price rather than spread the truth.”
“If you are trying to spread the truth, that is O.K.,” Mr. Pitt said. “If you are trying to move the price of a stock to vindicate your investment philosophy, that’s not O.K.”
Mr. Ackman rejected the assertions that he had done anything wrong.
“Our goal here is to shine a spotlight on Herbalife and let the government know all the facts and motivate them to do something,” Mr. Ackman said in an interview on Sunday.
So far, Mr. Ackman has little to show for his efforts. Herbalife’s stock has climbed higher, in part because the billionaire investor Carl C. Icahn decided to buy a large stake in the company, and the regulators lobbied by Mr. Ackman have not taken any formal action against the company.
He is correct. The Millennial generation if transported back to the start of the Blitz would have surrendered on a couple of days in praising Germany.
The First World War would not be fought today, according to Jeremy Paxman, because the younger generation are more concerned with their iPhones than any sense of ‘duty’.
The BBC Newsnight host and historian said modern society is too ‘self-obsessed’ and ‘hedonistic’.
Speaking at a literature festival in Dubai, he said the idea of ‘duty’ had now diminished in favour of ‘personal freedom’, adding: ‘What would [the younger] generation fight for? The right to use your iPhone? What are the great noble causes?’
Putin is so scared now by Merkel's words.
Here is Putin's Response,
Germany's Angela Merkel delivered a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin on Sunday, telling him that a planned Moscow-backed referendum on whether Crimea should join Russia was illegal and violated Ukraine's constitution.
Putin defended breakaway moves by pro-Russian leaders in Crimea, where Russian forces tightened their grip on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula by seizing another border post and a military airfield.
As thousands staged rival rallies in Crimea, street violence flared in Sevastopol, when pro-Russian activists and Cossacks attacked a group of Ukrainians.
Russian forces' seizure of the region has been bloodless but tensions are mounting following the decision by pro-Russian groups there to make Crimea part of Russia.
Here is Putin's Response,
When a gym is known to the police as a nuisance place, its time for members to start leaving in a hurry. Videos at the links.
Is this the most dangerous commercial gym in America?
Police were called to the LA Fitness in Roseville, Minnesota, last Sunday after a fight broke out in the facility involving 10-15 people, WCCO reports. Three separate videos were uploaded to YouTube showing some of the incident, including one that shows several people handcuffed on the ground.
WCCO says the fight began over an argument in a basketball game at the gym. But this is just one of multiple dangerous incidents at the gym. WCCO says Roseville police responded to 147 incidents at the gym in 2013 and have already had 24 incidents there this year.
People were supposedly throwing weights during the fight, though that part was not captured on video. You can see the videos below. One person can be seen grabbing a plate:
The three adults, Ali Yusuf Barre, 18, of Minneapolis; Abdirashid Yasin Duad, 18, of Minneapolis; and Mohamed Awil Suleiman, 20, of Burnsville, have been charged with disorderly conduct and participation in a riot.
One of them was taken to the local medical center for a concussion, but he was released. No one else was hurt.
The gym has been plagued with crime in recent years. Roseville police responded to 147 incidents there in 2013 and have already gone to 24 incidents this year.
Police are frustrated with that LA Fitness as their requests to put in security cameras or have guards on site have all been denied.
'They don’t want to take any proactive measures to prevent theft in the parking lot or inside,' Rosand said. 'I just hope they step up like any business in the community.'
This city has become the land of the entitled and needy twits more than ever since Comrade De Blasio was elected.
For years, tenants have complained that the city board that sets rents for about one million New York apartments has favored landlords.
Now those tenants are counting on the new mayor to make good on a campaign promise: the board’s first rent freeze. As mayor, Bill de Blasio appoints the nine members of the Rent Guidelines Board, which decides each year how much regulated rents will increase.
With rent laws in the hands of the governor and the state legislators, the rent board is one of the few levers the mayor has to directly influence the rental market in the city. It is a priority for Mr. de Blasio, who has made housing a centerpiece of his effort to ease the economic strains facing so many poor and working-class New Yorkers.
The Rent Guidelines Board, established in 1969, has never forgone a rent increase. Last year, it allowed increases of up to 4 percent for one-year lease renewals and up to 7.75 percent for two-year leases.
But the board manages to make no one happy. Landlords complain that rent increases cover less than half of the actual cost of operating their units, which includes property taxes, utilities, labor and insurance.
Jack Freund, executive vice president of the Rent Stabilization Association, a landlord trade group, said landlords were hopeful that Mr. de Blasio did not mean what he has said.
“We hope it was campaign rhetoric,” he said. “I’d expect him to appoint people who are knowledgeable and, if they are knowledgeable, I don’t think you’d get a zero-rent guideline.”
and everyone in the middle will be moving out. It will become a perfect little serfdom.
California Governor Jerry Brown, who decries a widening gulf between rich and poor, is campaigning for a fourth and final term presiding over a state that’s outpacing the U.S. in producing both millionaires and food-stamp recipients.
The number of households with more than $1 million in assets gained 3.6 percent since the Democrat took office in 2011, compared with 3.5 percent nationally, according to Phoenix Marketing International’s Global Wealth Monitor. Food-stamp use rose 18.2 percent in the period, almost twice the nation’s 9.4 percent, U.S. Agriculture Department data show.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Less patriotic, less religious, more believers in big government being their mommy and daddy. America is pretty much done.
The generation that grew up with the cellphone and the personal computer sees itself as much more independent than older generations and takes a far different view on traditions like marriage and religion than their parents and grandparents, according to a comprehensive new study.
The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center, compared social attitudes and characteristics of the Millennial generation, those born after 1980, with members of Generation X, Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation, all of which are more conservative, more attached to institutions like political parties and more trusting of others than their younger compatriots.
Millennials, who are growing in political and social influence, are the most diverse generation in American history. Just 57 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 33 are non-Hispanic whites, four points lower than members of Generation X and 15 points lower than the Baby Boom generation. That diversity underscores the rapidly changing face of a country in which minorities are playing an increasing role in politics.
Millennials’ detachment from traditional institutions stands in stark contrast to earlier generations. Just 26 percent of Millennials were married by the time they turned 32 years old, compared with 36 percent of Generation X, 48 percent of Baby Boomers and 65 percent of the Silent Generation.
Slightly less than three in 10 say they are religiously unaffiliated, compared with 21 percent of Generation Xers, 16 percent of Boomers and just 9 percent of the Silent Generation. And only 36 percent described themselves as religious; majorities of every other generation said they were religious people.
Younger Americans are less likely to call themselves patriotic, too. Just 49 percent of the Millennials surveyed said they would describe themselves as a patriotic person, far below the 64 percent of Generation X, the 75 percent of the Baby Boomers and the 81 percent of the Silent Generation who described themselves that way.
But detachment from traditional institutions doesn’t mean the youngest generation of adults is completely detached. Millennials are creating their own networks through technology, networks the Pew pollsters say center around themselves. Millennials have more Facebook friends on average than older generations, and more than half, 55 percent, say they have shared a “selfie” on social networks. By contrast, just a quarter of those in Generation X have shared a selfie, while fewer than one in 10 members of older generations have done so.
Friday, February 28, 2014
This is why his jersey for some reason was the #1 jersey seller.
The NBA plans to donate proceeds from sales of Jason Collins jerseys to the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network.
Collins became the league's first openly gay player when he signed with the Brooklyn Nets last Sunday, and his No. 98 jersey has been the top seller on NBAStore.com. He chose the number in tribute to Shepard, who was killed in a gay hate crime in 1998. Collins met Shepard's parents on Thursday when the Nets played in Denver.
The league says Friday the donations will total no less than $100,000, and it will also auction off Collins' autographed, game-worn jerseys to benefit the same organizations.
Exactly, every personal choice made by a black person in 2014 goes back to "Structural Racism." This is used by white liberals and blacks who refuse to put any onus on the black community due to a combination of white guilt and/or a subconscious idea that black people need to be patronized like little kids.
MSNBC host Touré tore into President Barack Obama over his announcement on Thursday of a program to address disproportional rates of poverty and crime among African-American youth. The MSNBC host insisted that Obama was misguided to focus on the family and “personal responsibility” as ways to address those issues. He insisted “structural racism” was to blame for crime and poverty in the African-American community.
Touré began by praising the president for speaking to black youths in a way “only a black president could.” However, he said he was “depressed” by Obama’s outreach because even he would be unable to address many of the problems facing the black community.
“But when the president speaks to the black community, there’s often a dive into the politics of personal responsibility,” he continued. “I cringe at that, as if effort and excuses have been the problem.”
“No,” Touré asserted. “It’s been structural racism.”
“The accumulated impact of historic discrimination and the advantages of white privilege and the systems perpetuate all that,” he continued. “Going into personal responsibility suggests you can make it if you try, and he knows it’s more complex than that.”
Really dude? This Putin you are going up against and you basically told him, the world that you won't do shit to him.
President Barack Obama warned Russia on Friday that military intervention in Ukraine would lead to "costs," as tension with old foe President Vladimir Putin rose in a Cold War-style crisis.
"We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine," he told reporters.
Obama and European leaders would consider skipping a G8 summit this summer in the Russian city of Sochi if Moscow intervenes militarily in Ukraine, a senior U.S. official said. The G8 includes the world's seven leading industrial nations and Russia.
"The United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine," Obama said in the White House briefing room.
Facing yet another confrontation with Putin after butting heads with him over Syria, Obama said any violation of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity would be "deeply destabilizing."
Obama did not spell out what he meant by Russian military intervention.
Border Patrol should be a walking friendly turnstile to illegal immigrants and activities according to these simps while doing nothing to protect themselves.
Lawmakers and watchdog groups called Friday for tougher restrictions on the use of deadly force by U.S. border agents and more transparency in the investigation of killings, including the release of an independent audit that recommended reforms in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's "use-of-force" policies.
The comments followed a report Thursday by the Tribune Washington Bureau that revealed that a 21-page audit — which the border agency commissioned but has refused to release to the public or Congress — cited examples of border agents unnecessarily stepping in front of fleeing cars to justify firing at passengers, and responding to rock-throwing with firearms.
Conducted by the nonprofit policy group Police Executive Research Forum, the review — obtained by the Tribune Washington Bureau — found 19 deaths had occurred in the 67 cases it examined. It criticized the agency for a "lack of diligence" in investigations and urged changes to prevent border agents from shooting at vehicles unless occupants are trying to kill them, and barring agents from shooting people who throw things that cannot cause serious physical injury.
The downfall of this numbnut will be glorious. Picking cronies and liberal activists to run a city will always work out well.
In Bill de Blasio’s City Hall, it seems more and more, there is only a left wing.
The mayor, who advanced in politics by grass-roots organizing, has built a team filled with former activists — figures more accustomed to picketing administrations or taking potshots from the outside than working from within. His administration is heavily populated with appointees best known for the fights they have fought.
On Friday, Mr. de Blasio appointed Steven Banks, who is the attorney in chief of the Legal Aid Society and a longtime critic of city policies affecting low-income residents, as commissioner of the city’s Human Resources Administration. Mr. Banks recently praised the new mayor for transferring hundreds of children and their families from two homeless shelters cited for violations that made the facilities unfit and unsafe for children.
Mr. Banks has spent his career facing off with city government at public meetings and in the courts. But he is embraced in a de Blasio administration.
“We’ve said all along, as we make appointments, our standards are clear,” Mr. de Blasio said in announcing the appointments of Mr. Banks, who once lost to him in a City Council race, and two other officials. “We need people who share our progressive values related to the future of this city.”
Pope Francis continues on this trek to remake the church into a pop culture "God loves everyone" icon instead of having a moral foundation to preach from which in the long run will kill the Church.
Mueller has it right, people want change not for any other reason than to make themselves feel good. Why bother calling Holy Communion a sacred right if it becomes as watered down as cheap soda.
Pope Francis on Friday said couples whose marriages fail should be "accompanied" and not "condemned", wading into a debate on divorce that is testing his promise to put the Church in touch with modern life.
When love fails, and it fails many times, we have to feel the pain of that failure, accompany the people who have felt the failure of their love," the pope said during the daily mass he holds in the Vatican.
"Don't condemn them! Walk with them!" he said, adding: "We have to be so close to the brothers and sisters who have suffered the failure of love in their lives".
Changing that doctrine could in turn alter Church rules on marriage annulments and raise broader questions about the institution of marriage, prompting lively exchanges between traditionalists and reformers.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon in France, told Vatican radio that a meeting of cardinals from around the world in the Vatican this month devoted "80 to 90 percent" of the time to discussing the issue.
German Cardinal Ludwig Mueller, head of the Church's doctrinal watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has said the current rules are "impossible to change" and that people should stop thinking of marriage as "a party in a church".
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, a member of the council of eight cardinals established by the pope to advise him, has taken a more lenient line and has asked Mueller to be "more flexible".
Mueller has it right, people want change not for any other reason than to make themselves feel good. Why bother calling Holy Communion a sacred right if it becomes as watered down as cheap soda.
The issue is one of very personal anguish for many Catholic couples, who say they are being treated as second-class believers, and has led to acts of defiance.
The German diocese of Freiburg im Breisgau last year said it was authorizing re-married divorcees to receive Holy Communion on a case by case basis -- prompting a quick rebuke from the Vatican.
The issue would affect millions of Catholics around the world, with around a quarter of Catholic marriages ending in divorce in the United States alone.
Some theologians and clergymen have called for changes to facilitate the annulment of marriages in cases in which it could be argued that the wedding took place under social pressure or was not fully understood.
This is what happens when you depend on corporations. They now get to call the shots.
The Walt Disney Company has given notice to the Boy Scouts of America that it will pull all funding to the group starting in 2015 because of a BSA membership policy that bans gay leaders, the entertainment company said Friday.
Disney does not give money directly to the national organization or local BSA councils. However, through its VoluntEARS program, Disney allows employees to do volunteer work in exchange for cash donations to the charities of their choice.
Employees taking part in the VoluntEARS program will no longer be able to submit the funds to the Boy Scouts, the organization said. The new policy will not affect Walt Disney employees who volunteer with the Scouts, the company said.
"We believe every child deserves the opportunity to be a part of the Scouting experience, and we are disappointed in this decision because it will impact our ability to serve kids," BSA spokesman Deron Smith said in a statement. "America's youth need Scouting, and by continuing to focus on the goals that unite us, we continue to accomplish incredible things for young people and the communities we serve."
Though the Boy Scouts voted last year to allow gay youths to join its ranks, the group maintains a ban on gay Scout leaders.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
De Blasio answers to the teachers union. No way will he allow more charter schools to go anywhere in NYC. De Blasio rather your kids go to the shitty public schools.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, seeking to curb the influence of outside providers of education, said on Thursday that he would block three charter schools from using space inside New York City public school buildings.
Under the plan, Mr. de Blasio would reverse the decision of his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, to provide free real estate to the schools so that they could open new programs this fall. The schools had already hired principals and teachers and were in the midst of recruiting students.
Still, Mr. de Blasio, who was a strident critic of charter schools during his bid for mayor last year, showed signs of compromise. In reviewing 49 proposals to share school space approved under Mr. Bloomberg, he left untouched a majority of plans affecting charter schools.
In explaining the changes, city officials noted that some plans approved by Mr. Bloomberg would have required elementary school students to attend class inside high school buildings, and others would have required cutting programs for students with disabilities.
“There was a rush to make these decisions by the previous administration,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters on Thursday. “We decided that some of these were not fair, did not make sense, and we took action.”
In limbo since Mr. de Blasio’s victory in November, many charter school leaders were relieved that the new mayor had left most of their programs intact. Some worried about uncertainties ahead. Mr. de Blasio has pledged to charge rent to charter schools, and he has said he will deny, at least temporarily, future requests to use space inside public school buildings — a lifeline for many charter schools given the high costs of real estate in the city.
In a statement on Thursday, Ms. Moskowitz said she was startled by the decision — “no parent should have to go through this” — and later spoke to hundreds of parents, students and staff members at Success Academy Harlem 4, the third school affected. She has estimated that the mayor’s plan would affect about 600 students, who are likely to attend public schools instead.
At Success Academy Harlem 4, which was denied space to expand its middle school grades, 55 percent of students passed English exams last year, according to city data, and 83 percent of students passed math exams, far above city averages.
Some parents at the gathering were in tears. Tisha Hatch, 38, said she did not know what to do now that her son, Robert Loveless, 9, would be unable to attend fifth grade there this fall.
“We’re lost right now,” she said. “I refuse to let my son go to any public school in New York City because you have failing schools that need to be closed.”
Stories like this barely get a reaction from the media.
A jihadist group in Syria has demanded that Christians in the northern city of Raqqa pay a levy in gold and accept curbs on their faith, or face death.
The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) said it would give Christian residents "protection" if they agreed to the list of conditions.
The announcement came in a statement posted online.
Correspondents say ISIS is trying to implement an extreme interpretation of Islamic law in areas it controls.
Raqqa, seized by ISIS last year, was the first provincial capital to be completely in the hands of rebels.
American flag shirts banned to appease Latino students on Cinco De Mayo at Live Oak High School upheld.
Instead of banning Cinco De Mayo celebrations or punishing the thugs that decided to threaten anyone with an American Flag shirt worn on American soil in an American High School, court decides its okay for the school to give in to the thug vote.
A Northern California high school that asked students to remove American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo acted reasonably to avoid igniting ethnic tensions, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously Thursday.
The ruling stemmed from a 2010 incident that provoked angry commentary across the country and a lawsuit by students claiming their constitutional rights had been violated.
In siding with the Morgan Hill Unified School District, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said administrators at Live Oak School had reason to fear the flag attire might spark a potentially violent race-related disturbance during the school-sanctioned celebration of the Mexican holiday.
After being warned of possible trouble, the school administration asked a group of white students to remove the American flag attire or turn their shirts inside out. The administrator told the students he was concerned for their safety, the court said.
Two students whose shirts were not considered highly provocative were permitted to go to class, and two who refused to change were sent home but not disciplined, the court said. The students who went home later received threatening text messages.
"Live Oak had a history of violence among students, some gang-related and some drawn along racial lines...," Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote for the court. "The school's actions presciently avoided an altercation."
As you know, illegals, drug smugglers and criminals are not using forces against the American border patrol which makes these recommendations to be push overs totally reasonable.
Border Patrol agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars apparently to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border, according to an independent review of 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths.
The report by law enforcement experts criticized the Border Patrol for "lack of diligence" in investigating U.S. agents who had fired their weapons. It also said it was unclear whether the agency "consistently and thoroughly reviews" use-of-deadly-force incidents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which had commissioned the review, has tried to prevent the scathing 21-page report from coming to light.
House and Senate oversight committees requested copies last fall but received only a summary that omitted the most controversial findings — that some border agents stood in front of moving vehicles as a pretext to open fire and that agents could have moved away from rock throwers instead of shooting at them.
The Times obtained the full report and the agency's internal response, which runs 23 pages. The response rejects the two major recommendations: barring border agents from shooting at vehicles unless its occupants are trying to kill them, and barring agents from shooting people who throw things that can't cause serious physical injury.
The response, marked "Law Enforcement Sensitive," states that a ban on shooting at rock throwers "could create a more dangerous environment" because many agents operate "in rural or desolate areas, often alone, where concealment, cover and egress is not an option."
If drug smugglers knew border agents were not allowed to shoot at their vehicles, it argues, more drivers would try to run over agents.
One of these idiots that stands for social justice! as long as its against Israel.
Wait till the first lawsuit against a business by a gay person or couple gets filed in Arizona, Social and religious people will be pissed off.
Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.
Loud cheers erupted outside the Capitol building immediately after Brewer made her announcement.
"My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona," Brewer said at a news conference. "I call them like I see them despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd. After weighing all the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago."
Its an election year, of course he will talk more about race.
In recent weeks, the president has begun to draw the outlines for the legacy he hopes to leave on race and civil rights.
He will unveil an initiative — dubbed "My Brother's Keeper" — on Thursday that in part focuses on reducing disproportionately high unemployment rates in the African-American and Hispanic communities. Among those likely to attend Thursday's announcement at the White House are young men Obama met in his adopted hometown of Chicago a year ago. He bonded with the youngsters over a conversation about the problems with gangs, drugs, gun violence and substandard schools in their neighborhood.
Obama has turned to mayors in big cities with large African-American populations to underscore the impact his health care law could have in those communities.
And he has spoken with surprising candor about how his race has played into criticism — and support — of his presidency, while weighing in on his concerns about the impact the nation's drug laws have on minorities and the poor.
"Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do," Obama told The New Yorker. "And African-American kids and Latino kids are more likely to be poor and less likely to have the resources and the support to avoid unduly harsh penalties."
Attorney General Eric Holder called on states this month to repeal laws that strip felons of the right to vote, a penalty that has been imposed on nearly one in 13 African Americans.
Holder is pushing Congress to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and has sued Texas and North Carolina to overturn voter-identification laws that opponents say are more likely to keep minorities and the poor from voting.
Not a helluva lot of media coverage in the states over it which is not surprising. America media tend to downplay this kind of attack overseas because it makes them feel discriminatory towards minorities.
Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram shot or burned to death 59 pupils in a boarding school in north-east Nigeria overnight, a hospital official and security forces said on Tuesday.
"Some of the students' bodies were burned to ashes," police commissioner Sanusi Rufai said of the attack on the federal government college of Buni Yadi, a secondary school in Yobe state, near the state's capital city of Damaturu.
Bala Ajiya, an official at the Specialist Hospital Damaturu, said the death toll had risen to 59. "Fresh bodies have been brought in. More bodies were discovered in the bush after the students who had escaped with bullet wounds died from their injuries," he said.
Rufai, who had given an earlier estimate of 29 killed, said all those killed were boys. He said the school's 24 buildings, including staff quarters, were completely burned to the ground.
President Goodluck Jonathan called the attack "callous and senseless murder … by deranged terrorists and fanatics who have clearly lost all human morality and descended to bestiality".
This is a stupid rant highlighted by the fact Spike Lee is selling his place in upper East Side for $32 Million. Gentrification is great for areas that are shitty with people having little hope of selling their place at a good price or having the place get cleaned up. The people who are holding out due to pride are morons. Make your cash and live a better life.
Mr. Lee blasted a dictionary’s worth of unprintable words at developers who fluff gritty neighborhoods with glossy names (“East Williamsburg” for Bushwick, for instance), and at the “Christopher Columbus syndrome” of gentrifiers who were sweeping into the largely black neighborhood of his youth with little regard for “a culture that’s been laid down for generations.”
“You can’t discover this!” he said. “We’ve been here.”
But an audience member suggested that the area’s soaring desirability meant black homeowners who have invested in the neighborhood for decades, fighting “to keep the crime down on their blocks” and beautifying the brownstones, could finally reap a reward for their perseverance by cashing in on the great Brooklyn land rush.
“Three generations your house was worth nothing in the ghetto,” said the questioner, who did not give his name. “So for those people that did stick in, now we have an opportunity for wealth creation we’ve been locked out of.”
Mr. Lee, who recently listed his Upper East Side townhouse for $32 million, said he thought there were not many such homeowners. But for those who did exist, “if you worked all your life and you’re retired, you’re selling your houses, and I don’t blame you,” he said.
Several longtime homeowners said on Wednesday that they understood why their old neighbors had found the offers too good to pass up. But the remainders are proud holdouts, determined to pass on the family home — so dearly bought and lovingly preserved — to future generations.
Starting today, businesses will now have 4.
The new, more emphatically liberal City Council was in full swing on Wednesday, expanding New York’s law on paid sick leave from the watered-down version passed last year and approving a resolution supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for expanded prekindergarten.
Shortly after taking office in January, Mr. de Blasio, along with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, announced that the Council would broaden the sick leave law, which has yet to go into effect, to apply to more businesses.
The new law will require businesses with five or more employees to provide up to five paid days off a year if the employees or their relatives become ill. The original law applied only to businesses with 15 or more employees. The new law will take effect in April, when the original law was set to take effect.
Democrats love attacking private citizen who don't agree with them and have the resources to fight back.
The Senate's top Democrat criticized a pair of billionaire brothers in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, accusing the conservative duo of being "un-American," spreading lies about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and lacking a conscience.
In a pair of appearances on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., became the latest Democrat this election year to denunciate Charles and David Koch - pronounced "Coke."
The brothers' representatives said Reid's attack was "disgraceful" and accused him of attacking people hurt by the 2010 health care law.
Reid's focus was on television ads that are being used against Democratic congressional candidates, commercials that he said misleadingly criticize the health care law.