New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, who serves at the pleasure of Mayor De Blasio, is claiming that citizens who record police in public are placing officers’ lives at risk.
Bratton, you’re an idiot and Hizzoner will eventually figure it out.
If people are getting in the way of the police doing their jobs, it’s a problem that the Mayor and City Council should deal with. But it has nothing to do with whether or not those bystanders happen to be holding phones or cameras.
Source: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton Claims Citizens Who Record Cops Place Officers’ Lives at Risk – PINAC
Larry McShane breathlessly writes in the Daily News:
They turned charity into cold-hearted cash. A shocking federal lawsuit charges four phony philanthropies, all purportedly aiding cancer victims, spent their $187 million in donations on Caribbean cruises, Disney World trips and dating services.
It’s all true, but it’s all old news.
Almost a year ago, the Tampa Bay Times and The Center for Investigative Reporting did an actual investigative report on the Reynolds charity combine. From the Tampa Bay Times article: “To track the family connections, the Times and CIR reviewed thousands of pages of financial records and investigative documents from regulators in eight states, interviewed vendors and recipients and traced donations from the phone banks to their ultimate destination.”
All Larry McShane did was read some press releases and make some phone calls. That, and deprive the Tampa Bay Times of the credit for breaking the story.
Still, there was some actual “news” here: the FTC and some state attorneys general have finally acted. But you’d never know that from Larry McShane’s sloppy article.
Source: Cancer charities misused $187 million in donations: feds – NY Daily News
In the London Review of Books, Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour M. Hersh calls the official report of the Osama bin Laden raid “a complete lie.”
But not everyone thinks Hersh has the goods. Jack Shafer in Politico says
It’s a messy omelet of a piece that offers little of substance for readers or journalists who may want to verify its many claims. The Hersh piece can’t be refuted because there’s not enough solid material to refute. Like the government officials who spun the original flawed Abbottabad stories, he simply wants the reader to trust him.
Perhaps Hersh should be investigating UFOs instead, since there is a wealth of evidence of UFOs, with sightings ranging from President Dwight D. Eisenhower to Astronaut Gordon Cooper.
Source: Sy Hersh, Lost in a Wilderness of Mirrors – Jack Shafer – POLITICO Magazine
Luis Lang is a smoker and diabetic who doesn’t believe in health insurance. But now that he’s going blind he suddenly wants in. His wife, Mary, whines “He should be at the front of the line because he doesn’t work and because he has medical issues. We call it the Not Fair Health Care Act.”
Hey, Luis, why would you want to submit yourself to those Death Panels anyway? Stand up, be a man, pay your own way, don’t mooch off the taxpayers. And, lastly, Bite Me!
Source: Conservative spurns Obamacare and insurance — but blames Obama now that he’s going broke and blind
Rabbi David Cohen allegedly was part of a 20-year conspiracy to steal from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Cohen pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the First Degree (a class B felony) but the generous AG has now allowed Cohen to withdraw his plea and plead instead to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (a class D felony).
When Schneiderman catches on to all the dough I’ve been pilfering from BITEME, I hope he’ll be just as generous to me.
Source: Rabbi David Cohen Sentenced To One Year In Jail And $650,000 In Restitution In Met Council Fraud – FailedMessiah.com
Wal-Mart issued a statement Monday to TPM dismissing “rumors” that tunnels were being built by the U.S. military beneath closed stores in an attempt to launch a takeover of Texas.
“There’s no truth to the rumors,” Wal-Mart spokesperson Lorenzo Lopez told TPM via email.
“Jade Helm 15″ is the name of a “military training operation” that Chuck Norris and Louis Gohmert have explained is just a cover for a joint Chinese/ISIS takeover of Texas and other states.
Source: Wal-Mart: ‘No Truth To The Rumors’ Of Tunnels Being Built To Take Over Texas
CLEVELAND (AP) — Relatives of a 12-year-old boy who was killed by police asked Monday for their lawsuit against two officers to not be delayed and questioned why the criminal investigation remains pending more than five months after the shooting.
Five months seems like an awful long time to me. On the other hand, the kid was brandishing a replica of a semi-automatic handgun, with the orange tip removed. In other words, the police had every reason to believe the kid was reaching for a lethal weapon.
Moral: If it looks like a weapon, expect the police to treat it like a weapon.
Source: It’s Now 5 Months Into Tamir Rice’s Investigation, And Still No Answers
In 2012, North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state:
Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State. This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.
In response, the Almighty has polluted the North Carolina drinking water with lead, vanadium, and hexavalent chromium. Brimstone (i.e., sulfur) is, no doubt, coming soon.
Source: More North Carolina Residents Warned Of Contaminated Drinking Water | ThinkProgress
In response to the earthquake in Nepal, the “Rabbi” tweeted:
All he idols worshiping places n nepal are now destroyed [sic]
His disgusting comment is in line with Taliban destruction of Buddhist statues and ISIS threats to bomb a Buddhist temple.
Nice company you’re keeping, Rabbi.
Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi Reacts To Nepal Earthquake: “All The Idols Worshiping Places…Are Now Destroyed” – FailedMessiah.com.
Nine-year-old Cooper Stock was crossing West End Avenue with the light, in the crosswalk, and had the right of way. The taxi that hit and killed him was speeding. The penalty for the cabdriver was a $500 fine.
In New York City, they joke that people on foot aren’t “pedestrians,” they’re “practice targets.” In Cooper’s case, it was tragically true.
Comment: Traffic-Ticket Justice | Manhattan, New York, NY | Local News.