NY police handcuff shooting victims to their hospital beds

Yup, if you’re shot in NY City, the police will check if you have any outstanding warrants. If you do, they handcuff you to your hospital bed for the duration of your stay. If doctors want to examine you, the police have to unlock you first.

Here’s a thought: Why not chain the prisoner to the bed? That way, they could move about while not being able to escape.

From Shooting Victim to Prisoner, Not an Uncommon Passage – NYTimes.com.

Rent regulated tenants banned at Upper West Side indoor pool

In a story that is becoming increasingly familiar, the below market-rate tenants of a NYC building are denied access to the building’s new pool.

Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Member Mark Levine and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal have been working on legislation that would prohibit such disparities. Not so Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who is enthusiastic about the gentrification of her borough.

At least the regulated tenants don’t have to use a separate entrance.

EXCLUSIVE: Outsiders welcomed, rent stabilized tenants banned at Upper West Side indoor pool – NY Daily News.

NY City stills suffers from bad Bloomberg budget bungle

“The price keeps growing for Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, the course the Parks Department has spent the past 14 years building at the foot of the Whitestone Bridge in the Bronx.

“The city now expects to spend an astonishing $236 million to complete the Ferry Point project by next spring over a former landfill, according to new figures compiled for the Daily News by the Independent Budget Office. . . .

“Even though the course will not open until spring 2015, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a symbolic ribbon cutting there in October with golf legend Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course, and with Donald Trump, the developer City Hall selected two years ago to operate it.”

Trump golf course at Ferry Point will cost city $236 million — 10 times original price tag – NY Daily News.

Smartphone trial interrupted by smartphones continually ringing

The case is part of the ongoing Apple v. Samsung saga. In spite of signs on the door and repeated warnings by the judge and her courtroom deputy, the attorneys, reporters, experts, executives, staffers and spectators have been unable to restrain themselves from keeping their mobile devices turned on during court.

Judge Lucy Koh has even gone so far as to make offenders stand up when their devices ring out.

“It’s a case of connection addiction,” Columbia University religious studies professor Robert A.F. Thurman said when he was told about the drama. “They’re afraid to be on their own, without some sort of artificial assistance. It needs to be treated by some kind of contemplative therapy.”

Smartphone trial judge annoyed by phones in court.

CIA misled on interrogation program

A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.

“The CIA described [its program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one U.S. official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.”

CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says – The Washington Post.

Catholic healthcare firm tells doctors to stop prescribing birth control

If you get your heathcare from Ascension Health, the Catholic non-profit that operates more than 500 locations in 19 states (including 70 hospitals), good luck getting birth control pills.

Catholic healthcare firm tells doctors at Oklahoma facility to stop prescribing birth control | The Raw Story.

Students Now Over $1 Trillion In Debt

The Associated Press reports today that the indebtedness of over 37 million American graduates now tops $1 trillion.

It’s OUR money, and the Bitemaster predicts we ain’t NEVER getting paid back.

via Students Now Over $1 Trillion In Debt « Above the Law: A Legal Web Site – News, Commentary, and Opinions on Law Firms, Lawyers, Law Schools, Law Suits, Judges and Courts + Career Resources.

World Vision forced to back down on amazing policy towards gays

World Vision recently changed their policy on gay employees and then changed again.

The old policy was to avoid hiring gay employees. They even won lawsuits over it.

The new policy held everyone to the same standards of fidelity. Gays and straights were expected to be celibate if single, and faithful if married. It was strict, but it was fair. It brought a traditional ethic of family, valued by many Christians, to bear equally on both gay and straight employees.

After the policy change to accept gay Christians was announced, the evangelical right switched into high gear and, in effect, forced the organization to retract or lose their funding.

How sad. It sounds like World Vision really tried to do the right thing.

World Vision’s (Failed) Attempt at Justice for Gay Christians | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush.