Sunday, August 21, 2011

True News Sunday Update: 1.6 Million New Yorkers Flee Pols Responsible

NY Pols No Fault Responsibility Empty the City

They tell us that New Yorkers are stampeding out of here but the media never gets into explaining the fault of the politicians. Would it be great if the NYT asked Bloomberg, Quinn or Silver why do you think your constituents are leaving they city in mass? Instead our wimpy political correct media give us problems with no blame.

Stampeding out of NY NY has lost 1.6 million residents to other states in the past decade, according to a new report from the Empire Center for State Policy.  36% of NY'S under 30 plan to flee the state because of high taxes, the crippling cost of living and a basic lack of jobs.  The effect is visible: New York’s congressional delegation will soon be pared down to a threadbare 27 members — the smallest pack in just under 200 years.(NYP Ed)


"Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.  Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes? . . .  What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. . . t seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people in congress who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist. If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. *  Humble Service With a Side of Swag (NYT)

Six members told Citizens Union they were against lulus and are either pocketing the cash or refusing to explain their stand
Daily News Says These 6 Council Members Lied to the Citizen Union
Margaret Chin of Manhattan and Danny Dromm of Queens are taking the money. Helen Foster of the Bronx insists she never filled out the questionnaire that bears her signature. Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx says he gives 15% of his income to charity but declined to say whether his lulu was part of the donation.  Brooklyn's Sara Gonzalez has ducked questions, and Diana Reyna declined to answer them. Council members not listed have just cashed their semi-annual lulu checks for personal benefit. Voters should hold them to account. City Council members who disavowed corrupt lulu payments in theory continue to accept them in cash(NYDN Ed)

City Council Pols Have Creative Member Item Lulus
Always looking for ways to increase member items some city councilmembers have tap into the politically unpopular Lulus to local groups which incidental help them get reelected.  In addition to Ferreras, those who take the money and say they are giving it to charity are: Gale Brewer and Rosie Mendez of Manhattan; Mathieu Eugene, David Greenfield, Letitia James, Steven Levin and Darlene Mealy of Brooklyn; Karen Koslowitz, Eric Ulrich, Jimmy Van Bramer and Ruben Wills of Queens; Debi Rose of Staten Island, and James Vacca of the Bronx.

The Feds Are Closing In On Congressman Meeks

Meeks' mortgage 'lender' indicted(NYP)

The walls may be closing in on Rep. Gregory Meeks with the indictment of a real-estate broker pal who gave him $40,000. Edul Ahmad faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of mortgage fraud in an indictment Friday. Though the indictment makes no mention of his political ties, the threat of a lengthy sentence could give the feds leverage to question Ahmad about Meeks and other Queens pols.




Was St. Vincent's Hospital Murdered As the Pols Look the Other Way

Post: Prosecutors Investigate If Execs Purposely Let St. Vincent's Hospital Go Broke(NY1)

Manhattan prosecutors are reportedly looking into whether top executives at St. Vincent's Hospital purposely let it go broke so private developers could buy the property. The New York Post says fraud investigators with the Manhattan district attorney's office are looking at millions of dollars in payments made to St. Vincent's executives and consultants before the hospital declared bankruptcy.*   Bankrupt St. Vincent's pays millions in fees   Law firms, investment banks, accountants, real estate brokers and other advisers in the shuttered hospital system's dissection have been paid about $17 million since last year's bankruptcy filing. (CrainsNY)

Newly formed Jewish Tea Party of N.Y. plans first event(SI Advance)

It Not the Crime It is Always the Cover Up Mr. Paterson

Paterson 2.0  Won't Rule Out Return to Politics

Paterson Pays Fine Over Yankee World Series Tickets -

Besides the AEG Investigation is Still Out There

Federal government may scrap much-derided $1.6 billion reservoir cap(NYDN)

Manhattan DA's office will ask judge to dismiss all charges against DSK: source(NYP) * Alleged DSK rape victim's attorney expects DA to drop charges after case unravels(NYDN) * Cy Vance is Accused of Dropping Strauss-Kahn Case for Political Gain (The Atlantic)

My That is A Big Apartment You Have

Gal got a groom for rent Landlord's claim in evict bid(NYP)

More Old and Real Estate Deals

Sale rakes in 'old' money Real-estate meanie to close senior home(NYP)

What Crown Heights taught me: Race, rhetoric and rage that split the city Al Sharpton reflects on choices he made, including the mistakes, with an eye toward racial harmony.


The controversial court-ordered FDNY exam being developed now is most expensive test in city history 

TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads(Huff Post)

Biker's Tax

Off the chain! Biker racks up $1,500 in fines after running red lights(NYDN)

Daily News Back to the Manhattan Bridge

Second visit to Manhattan Bridge walkway found bicyclists riding wild on pedestrian turf (NYDN Ed)

NJ wife was introduced to 'killer' as husband's 'friend'(NYP) * Lawyer for Strauss-Kahn’s Accuser Expects Charges to Be Dropped(NYT) * Prosecutors Point To ‘Incriminating’ Text Messages In Boonton …(WCBS)




New Jersey murder: Husband introduced wife to woman he paid to kill her(NYDN) * Custody battle erupts between relatives of victim and accused killer(NYDN)

 Albany Has A Cost of Bribery Increase
Now Six-Figure Campaign Contributions 

That sucking sound you hear at the state Capitol is politicians vacuuming up ever larger quantities of special-interest cash thanks to New York's ridiculously lax campaign finance laws. Effective last week, party bosses are cleared to accept six-figure checks from favor seekers. That's because state law - as written by pols - automatically jacks up contribution caps based on inflation every four years. Albany politicans have their own corrupt version of cost of living allowance for campaign donations(NYDN Ed)


 Running for Mayor: Mike Dreams Pick Me, Chris Say Pick Someone Else

 Chris nips 'stubborn' Mike(NYP) * With 9/11 Ceremony Now Set, Mayor Mulls Future (WSJ) * 9/11 reading may come to an end (WABC) * Chris Christie, America's Caesar - George Will, Washington Post




DN: Cuomo & Christie "failed to address the PA's financial distress until it threatened progress on the WTC"

PA hikes taking huge truck toll(NYP) * Higher Bridge, Tunnel and PATH Rates Approved(NYT) *  9/11’s White Elephant That fancy office building at ground zero is going to soak commuters for decades and decades.(NYT OpEd)Port Authority Raises Fees, Delays Plans(WSJ)  * Approved! Port Authority OK's $1.50 toll increase for E-ZPass drivers (NYDN) * Govs. haven't explained how Port Authority budget can work even with sharp toll, fare hikes (NYDN Ed)

Katrina vandenHeuvel (Twitter)

By 2015, will cost typical commuter using GW Bridge about $60/month to get to work.Rethink 9/11’s White Elephant:

 Verizon Workers Return to Work

Verizon workers going back on job, without deal(NYDN) * Verizon Workers Plan to End Strike, Without Contract(NYT)




Bloomberg Soda Ban Crushed By Feds

Soda-ban nix leaves Mike sour(NYP) * U.S. Rejects Mayor’s Plan to Ban Use of Food Stamps to Buy Soda(NYT) * Mayor's Soda Plan Fails(WSJ) * Feds Shoot Down NYC Plan To Ban Food Stamp Use For Sugary …(WCBS)


Panicked Dems in Turner 'mail'strom(NYP) * Brooklyn: Bob’s our new Weiner(Brooklyn Daily) *  The protest vote In Weiner's distrcit, a GOP candidate stumps for ...(NYP) * Bob Turner on WPIX * Some demographic notes on a special election(The Brooklyn Politics) * Queens Councilwoman Crowley, members of UFOA and UFA to endorse AM Weprin in today. She was mentioned as possible contender for seat. * Dov Hikind Will Not Support David Weprin will make the decision on weather to support Turner in the next ten days* Firefighters endorse David Weprin(The Daily Politics) * "[NY] State Democratic Committee declined comment on how much it spent on the anti- mailings." * Adoptive parents in high-profile AIDS case identified as Republican candidate Bob Turner and wife (NYDN)


Saturday in the Prospect Park — What’s going on with all the water (Brooklyn Paper)

Education: Cancer Scare, Grade Inflation and Charter Schools Lack Diversity

Tabloid's Pursuit of Missing Girl Led to Its Own Demise A look at how the News of the World's pursuit of the Milly Dowler story led to its downfall in the phone-hacking scandal—and News Corp.'s crisis today.(WSJ)

Final edition for New York Press(NYP)










82 Year Old Woman is A Victim of Bed-Stuy Gentrification

82-yr.-old great-grandmother won't be evicted from her Brooklyn home(NYDN) * Bed-Stuy Residents Hold Eviction Blockade(Huff Post) * Mary Ward: The Face of the 82-Year-Old Woman Fighting Eviction in Bed Stuy (PHOTOS) (Village Voice)


Madoff Case Against Mets' Owners Likely to Proceed(WSJ) * March trial set for Madoff trustee vs. NY Mets(WSJ)


Off-duty cop bashed in Qns.(NYP) * Police Officer’s Bail Set in New York Rape Case(NYT) * Human soup & a bucket of bones: a horrific 1989 murder resurfaces(NYDN) * Cops nab three suspects in murder of budding Brooklyn rapper(NYDN)


Hubby hired mistress to kill wife in carefully orchestrated plot: cops(NYP) * New Jersey Husband Admits He Set Up Killing(NYT) * Husband Is Charged in N.J. Ambush(WSJ) *  Murdered mom of two loved her cheating, 'loser' husband blindly, says cousin(NYDN) * Boston neighbors knew accused killer Kashif Parvaiz was no good (NYDN) * Husband charged with wife's murder - on day she's buried(NYDN)

DSK Maid's Lawyer and DA Meet Monday

Her lawyer predicts dropping of some or all charges

Manhattan DA investigating DSK maid's lawyer over possible obstruction of justice(NYP) * Political Fallout May Follow Strauss-Kahn Decision(NYT) * Strauss-Kahn accuser's lawyer denies payoff attempt(NYDN)* Prosecutors to Meet With Strauss-Kahn’s Accuser(NYT)



 Off-duty NYPD cop accused of raping woman at gunpoint: police sources - cops arrived while he was still with victim

 Bitten in slay plot(NYP)



 Law and Order

Police: Two Sought In String Of Bronx Muggings (NY1) *  Mob kin cement 'shoo'(NYP) * For Man Paroled in Wife’s Killing, Familiar Terrain(NYT) * Parolee Arrested in Alleged Gun Plan(WSJ) * Ex-con tried to hire hitman to kill girlfriend over dental loan: cops(NYDN) * New law targets barbershops that sell kiddie booze 'nutrcrackers'(NYDN) * Mob kin cement 'shoo'  * Police search for suspect in elderly robbery(WABC) * Man, 72, Accused of Plotting to Kill Girlfriend(NBC) * Police Seek Suspect In Robbing Of Elderly Bronx Man(NY1) * 3 charged in death of NYC rapper  * Stray bullet cuts down Bronx mom(NYP)


"Because of loopholes today corporations pay 1% of GDP basically a rounding error in our economy." David Stockman

Double-Dip Recession

Prospect of Recession No Longer a Fringe View - Tom Petruno, LA Times * The Republicans' New Voodoo Economics - Greg Ip, Washington Post * Buffett Wrong About Soaking Rich - Christopher Caldwell, Financial Times * Are We Seeing a Run on European Banks? - Larry Kudlow, National Review * Squeezed Payrolls Threaten Economy - Robert Reich, Huffington Post * The Reckoning Could Finally Be Upon Us - The Telegraph * Green Jobs, Red Faces - Investor's Business Daily * 7% Rate U.S. Economy As Good or Excellent...

It's All Breaking Bad for Obama - Margaret Wente, The Globe & Mail * Why Obama Will Be Tested in 2012 - Greg Sheridan, The Australian * Obama's Not Alone: Presidents End Up Unpopular - Michael Kazin, TNR * An Insulated, Ivory Tower President - Mary Kate Cary, US News & WR * Obama Faces Worst-Case 2012 Scenario - James Pethokoukis, Reuters * President Obama in the Valley - Charles Blow, New York Times *  Chris Matthews Grills RNC Chair Reince Priebus In Heated Segment: ‘Tell Me Obama Walked Into Hell!’ * Obama: Congress impeding progress on jobs(CBS)Of Dystopias and Alphas Why can’t the president who promised revolution set the Washington schedule rather than bow to it? (Dowd, NYT) * What Would Hillary Clinton Have Done? - Rebecca Traister, NYT Magazine * Next President Must Live Like Coolidge, Not Obama - Mark Steyn, IBD * We're 3 Years In and There's Never Been a Plan - Jeffrey Sachs, MSNBC * Obama Close to a "Killer Rabbit" Moment - John Kass, Chicago Tribune


Perry's Campaign Cash Machine On the Government Tit

Using government spending to raise campaign cash. Rick Perry’s Donors Reap Benefits From Texas State Aid:   Perry Mines Texas System to Raise Cash * Perry is a self-described small government conservative who the WSJ suggests uses government spending to raise cash.* Perry Would Be Armed--& Dangerous - Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian *  Government jobs fuel much of ‘Texas miracle’(Washington Post) * Ben Stein offers Rick Perry an economics lesson (CBS)


"Luck is the Residue of Design" Branch Rickey

Brooklyn Dodger Rickey signed Jackie Robinsion as the first black ball player in the major leagues.

Krauthammer: Obama Is ‘Pathetic’ For ‘Going Around Whining’ About ‘Bad Luck’



Obama’s Black Backlash Exasperated with the first African-American president, the Congressional Black Caucus says it’s time to emulate the Tea Party. Patricia Murphy on its vow to adopt get-tough tactics.(The Daily Beast)*  Maxine Waters and Congressional Black Caucus need to be ‘unleashed’ (Wash Post Op Ed)



Battle for Tripoli

The latest developments in Libya via 's live blog: & live stream   * Heavy Fighting Reported in Tripoli; Rebels Encircle City(NYT) * Libyan rebels say they launched attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO(NYDN) * Libyan TV host brandishes gun on air


Rolling Stone: Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes? 

Is the SEC Covering Up Wall Street Crimes?  A whistle-blower claims that over the past two decades, the agency has destroyed records of thousands of investigations, whitewashing the files of some of the nation's worst financial criminals.(Rolling Stone)

 Ex Moody's staffer says they were pressured to give good ratings to toxic junk (Huff Post)





Blogger Report So, is that Barclays naming rights deal really worth $400 million? This time the Times hedges(No land Grab) * Shocker! Organizers cancel 18th Avenue Feast (Brooklyn Daily) *18th Avenue Feast Is Cancelled After 30+ Years(Sheephead Bites) * Peak Into Loew’s Kings(The Flatbush Blog) * VIDEO: Councilman Oddo On Port Authority Toll Hikes(Bensonhurst Bean) * Former Brooklyn Judge Calls NYCLA Report ‘Troubling,’ Judicial Budget Cuts ‘Draconian’(Brooklyn Daily Eagle) * Hyperlocal Media: Patch’s Future in Question?(Brownstoner) *  Cheapest Soda Machine In Brooklyn(McBrooklyn) *  Anti-Bike Lane Groups Demand DOT Remove PPW Bike Path(Park Slope Patch) *  Video: Jobs Rejects Marty Plea to Put Apple Store in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Ron) * Thou$ands wasted on election mailing(Bronx Press Politics) * BoogieDowner Editorial: Dennis Walcott, Michael Quill, and the Moral Example of New Yorks' Trade Union Tradition (Boogie Downer) * Uproar over Upper East Side garbage plans  * THE PEREZ NOTES: Rosie Mendez on THE PEREZ NOTES  * New energy standards for old buildings(Downtown Express) * Amazing GB Aerial Video ( * Last week’s 54th A.D. candidate forum (The Brooklyn Politics)