Top Romney advisor harps on birther claim

Donald Trump, financial whiz and prominent member of the Romney inner circle, is keeping the question of Obama’s birth front and center in the media. Even Newt Gingrich’s heroic attempt to tamp down the story (“We believe that this is an American-born, job-killing president.”) was unable to keep The Donald off of the evening news.

Trump’s Birther Claim Eclipses Romney – Yahoo! News.

Rudy rides to rescue of Yankee parking lot owner?

Now that the company that runs the Yankees parking lot is near bankruptcy, they’ve hired Rudy Giuliani in the hope that his juice will help them wriggle out. The bad news is that it’s taxpayer money that is on the line.

“The firm originally financed the project with $100 million in direct city and state subsidies, plus another $237 million in tax-exempt bonds issued by the city’s Industrial Development Agency.”

Sounds like the taxpayers paid for it.

“Bronx Parking has been unable to generate enough revenues to pay the interest on its bonds and has had to repeatedly dip into its reserves, The company itself concedes those revenues will be exhausted by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Bronx Parking has not paid a penny in rent or taxes for more than 20 acres in city park land on which the garages stand. It currently owes the city more than $25 million.”

And the taxpayers aren’t getting the rent they’re owed.

“The city, on the other hand, insists this is all a problem between Bronx Parking and the bondholders.”

And Bloomberg washes his hands (by the way, the Industrial Development Agency is run by the Economic Development Corporation which is controlled by — surprise! — Mayor Bloomberg).

Rudy rides to rescue of Yankee Stadium parking system owner – New York Daily News.

Honor student claims she was roughed up by cops

Her lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, says, “It is not a surprise that parents fear more that their children will suffer violence at the hands of the police than from common criminals.”

The danger from cops is greater than from common criminals? Just Bite Me, Rubenstein.

Honor student Brittany Rowley claims she was roughed up cops in Brooklyn in case of mistaken identity – NY Daily News.

Pennsylvania to end state pension guarantees

“Public pensions are like paper currencies: They work well when managed by principled fiscally responsible people, if you can find them, but are vulnerable to political decisions to boost spending, cut income, and leave the program unsustainable for future generations.”

Basically, the Dems throw money at state workers and then the Republicans screw them. Public employees in Pennsylvania must feel like they’re on some kind of roller coaster from hell.

via PA Senate leaders: End state, teacher pension guarantees.

Joel Tenenbaum, music pirate and big fat whiner, hit with six-figure judgment

“I can’t believe the system would uphold a six-figure damages amount for downloading 30 songs on a file-sharing system that everybody used,” Tenenbaum said. “I can’t believe the court would uphold something that ludicrous.”

  • Tanenbaum used KaZaa, Limewire and Napster
  • He downloaded over 800 songs
  • He was sharing over 800 songs
  • He lied about it under oath
  • The maximum statutory damages was $4.5 million
  • He could have settled the case for $3,500

Tenenbaum can Bite Me. And the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper can Bite Me, too, for calling damages in a civil suit a “fine.”

via Court won’t reduce Boston University student Joel Tenenbaum’s music download fine | The Oshkosh Northwestern |

Tenenbaum takes the stand: I used P2P and lied about it

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