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Bad NYC high school kids can now ‘get away with anything’

If you don’t teach kids at a young age that there are consequences for bad behavior, they’ll probably grow up to be a politician or work at the Veterans Administration.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

A student at the Adlai Stevenson HS complex in The Bronx was caught in October with seven baggies of marijuana — a violation that in prior years would have ­resulted in a criminal summons and a suspension. Instead, a school safety officer handed the student a “warning card.” It asked politely: “Please bring this card home to your parent(s)/guardian so that you can discuss the matter with them.” The pot was turned over to the NYPD, but the student’s name was listed as “John Doe.”

The NY Post reports that this is the brave new world of school discipline in New York City, where unruly kids rule. And since a “warning card” is oh, so serious, “They know they can get away with anything,” as several teachers put it.

Carmen Farina/AP Photo

Carmen Farina/AP Photo

The reason for these new discipline rules? Under a new discipline code launched by Mayor de Blasio and the Department of Education, inappropriate clothes, profanity and insubordination no longer trigger an automatic boot from the classroom. The Chancellor of the New York DOE is Carmen Farina, who was appointed by De Blasio.

And in any good government bureaucracy, principals must get permission from the DOE’s Office of Safety and Youth Development before suspending a student for defying a teacher or other authority. “Minor physical ­altercations” no longer warrant a ­serious superintendent’s suspension.

As a result, suspensions by principals and superintendents dropped 17 percent citywide from 53,504 in 2013-14 to 44,626 in 2014-15.

The warning cards are being tested in a pilot program, launched during the summer of 2015 at 37 high schools, in partnership with the NYPD, the DOE said. The warning cards go to students who engage in disorderly conduct such as yelling, cursing, fighting and assaults, or unlawful possession of marijuana.

At Lehman HS, a student caught smoking pot in the restroom got a warning card. The slip states, “You have committed a violation that could have resulted in the issuance of a criminal-court summons. You are receiving this warning card to give you an ­opportunity to correct your behavior within the school.(You know the kids are laughing at this.)

It goes on to warn that a future violation “may result in your ­arrest,” and that the incident “has been referred to the school ­administration.” It then asks the student to bring the card home to his or her parents — although that’s not required (that’ll teach them!). A DOE spokeswoman said schools “ensure that parents are apprised of all incidents” with a phone call.

The NYPD employees who safeguard schools worry that the policy handcuffs them and ­encourages misbehavior. “This type of turning your back on illegal behavior is grooming criminals,” said Gregory Floyd, president of Teamsters Local 237, which represents school safety ­officers. He says students who get warning cards should have to pass a class on behavior, instead of getting off with a slap on the wrist. “The mayor is saying crime is down in the schools,” Floyd said. “Crime is not disappearing. It’s just that we’re ignoring it.”

When the “warning card” program was initiated, Mayor de Blasio said the new policies would “treat students of every background with dignity.” Sounds like code for “social justice” to me.

are you serious

And in typical liberal doublespeak fashion, de Blasio also said, “No parent should have to choose between a school that’s safe for their child and a school where every student is treated fairly.”

Read the rest of the details here.


De Blasio rewards judge who went soft on cop-hating thugs

No wonder voters disapprove of de Blasio’s handling of just about everything.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

According to the NY Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio has reappointed three cut-’em-loose judgesincluding one who sparked outrage by freeing defendants accused of threatening to kill cops after the execution-style murders of two police officers.

Judge Laura Johnson

Judge Laura Johnson

De Blasio rewarded controversial Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson with a full, 10-year term on the bench, the mayor’s office announced Monday. Last year, De Blasio gave Johnson a one-year interim reappointment despite fierce opposition from law enforcement officials.

Devon Coley

Devon Coley

What makes Johnson so controversial is that she came under fire for releasing reputed gang member Devon Coley without bail following his arrest for posting an online photo that showed a gunman blasting an NYPD cruiser. The posting came just hours after NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot that way on Dec. 20, 2014. Coley also wrote “73Nextt” in apparent reference to the 73rd Precinct, where he lived at the time.

One day after putting Coley back on the streets, Johnson also freed on bail Travis Maye following an early-morning melee in Prospect Heights, in which Maye allegedly punched one cop and threatened to find and kill others.

No surprisingly, the head of the NYPD’s sergeants union, Ed Mullins, blasted de Blasio’s ringing endorsement of Johnson on Monday, calling her “clearly not worthy of such an appointment.” “Little did I know that when the mayor speaks of criminal-justice reform, he is speaking about eroding the criminal-justice system,” Mullins told The Post.

Also reappointed were Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Miriam Cyrulnik and Bronx Criminal Court Judge Nicholas Iacovetta. In July 2014, Cyrulnik bought a junkie’s bogus sob story and freed him without bail in the violent mugging of an elderly Brighton Beach woman. Weeks later, that man, Robert DeCarlo, was busted in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 12-year-old girl, Joey Sellers, and critically injured her mom and sister.

Iacovetta faced criticism last week when The Post revealed that he was the second of three Bronx judges who all freed the same defendant without bail in separate cases during a nine-month stretch. Iacovetta cut loose Juan Reyes following Reyes’ arrest for allegedly selling crack and heroin near a school, IS 318 in Tremont.

New York City Criminal Court judges earn $159,000 a year.

Of course the mayor’s office doesn’t care what anyone thinks. From his office: De Blasio had tapped “judges who he believes will represent the best interests of New Yorkers,” a spokeswoman said.


Voters disapprove of de Blasio’s handling of just about everything

And yet, I will not be surprised if they re-elect him.

De Blasio at NY Mermaid Parade

NY Post: A blistering poll released Friday found voters disapprove of just about everything Mayor de Blasio is doing to improve the quality of life in New York City.

In question after question on the Quinnipiac University survey, the mayor’s constituents said he isn’t getting the job done on reducing homelessness, tackling poverty and overseeing the NYPD. To underscore their dissatisfaction with his administration, voters also said they also disagreed with how the mayor has handled charter schools and carriage horses.

A majority — 53 percent — said the quality of life here is getting worse. Only 14 percent said it’s getting better. Sixty-one percent of voters gave Hizzoner a thumbs down on his handling of poverty and homelessness, while 28 percent approved. By a 59-to-32 percent margin, they objected to how he’s battling crime. Voters made it clear it was the mayor who was the target of their ire, not the cops or the man who leads them.

In contrast to de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bratton received a positive grade. Fifty-seven percent of voters said they approved of his job performance and only 35 percent disapproved.

On some issues, even black voters who form the mayor’s political base said things are getting worse. Sixty percent of New Yorkers overall said they’re seeing more homeless people on the streets, in the parks and in the subways. A majority of black voters were in that group.

Sixty-one percent of all voters supported the NYPD’s “broken windows” policy of giving summonses for low-level crimes such as drinking in public. So did 49 percent of blacks voters and 58 percent of Hispanic voters.

“From the beginning, Mayor Bill de Blasio has promised to reduce homelessness. His comments about income inequality have been eloquent,” said pollster Maurice Carroll. “But on deeds — not words — New Yorkers give him negative marks.”

Voters of every racial and ethnic group by a better than 2-to-1 margin called on the mayor to lay off Central Park’s carriage horses.

And 43 percent said the number of charter schools — which have had to fight de Blasio for space — should be increased, while 30% suggested keeping the number flat and 19 percent urged a fewer number.

The sobering figures were released a day after de Blasio kicked off his 2017 re-election campaign with a fund-raiser at the Sheraton Times Square that aides said pulled in $1 million.

Remember New Yorkers:



Protesters flip off NYPD days after cop slay

It’s a “love train”.

Quentin Tarantino/Photo by Robert Miller - NY Post

Quentin Tarantino/Photo by Robert Miller – NY Post

NY Post: Just four days after the on-duty murder of a hero NYPD street cop, a rally in Washington Square Park against “police terror” devolved Saturday into a raucous, law-enforcement gripe-fest.

Protesters held signs reading “Rise Up! Stop Police Terror!” and “Murder with a badge is still murder.”

“No racist police!” some among the crowd of 300 protesters for the “Rise Up October” chanted, before the rally spilled out of the park and up Fifth Avenue to Times Square.

The NYPD arrested 11 protesters, charging most of them with disorderly conduct, obstructing vehicular traffic and failing to disperse. At least one was charged with resisting arrest.

Director Quentin Tarantino fired up the crowd by complaining that cops are too often “murderers.” “When I see murders, I do not stand by . . . I have to call a murder a murder and I have to call the murderers the murderers,” the “Pulp Fiction” auteur blathered to a cheering rally-goers.

As he spoke, Tarantino held up a blown-up photograph of Justin Smith, an Oklahoma man killed in police custody in 1999 after spitting on cops.

His words came just four days after the Tuesday-night murder of NYPD Officer Randolph Holder, the brave cop who was shot in the forehead while pursuing a gunman on foot through the streets of East Harlem.

Asked about the timing of the rally, Tarantino told The Post, “It’s like this: It’s unfortunate timing, but we’ve flown in all these families to go and tell their stories . . . That cop that was killed, that’s a tragedy, too.

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Activist professor Cornel West told the crowd that the purpose of the rally was still “love” for the victims of cops. “We’re here because we have a deep love for those who have been abused by the police. Don’t get it twisted — this is a love train!” West told the crowd.

Yesterday, NYPD union said they wanted New Yorkers to boycott Quentin Tarantino movies for his views on police. “It’s no surprise that someone who makes a living glorifying crime and violence is a cop-hater, too,” Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said Sunday in a statement.

That’s a request I can EASILY comply with.


Why the U.S. must ban all subway trains

There is a horrible killer loose in America.

It’s huge in size and very very lethal.

It has killed again and again, across our fruited plains from sea to shining sea. And it will kill again, if we don’t stop it dead in its tracks.

As recounted by Helen Pow for the UK’s Daily Mail, Dec. 27, 2012, in New York this killer has already killed as many as THREE (gasp!) times in the recent past.

1. In January 1999, aspiring screenwriter Kendra Webdale was killed by an oncoming subway train after she was shoved off the platform onto the train tracks by a former mental patient.

After that, the state Legislature passed Kendra’s Law, which lets mental health authorities supervise patients who live outside institutions to make sure they are taking their medications and aren’t threats to safety.

Alas, Kendra’s Law did not stop the next brutal killing.

2. On December 3, 2012, while waiting in Times Square for a subway train, 58-year-old Ki-Suck Han (photo below) got into an argument with a homeless man, 30-year-old Naeem Davis. The two men had never met before.

Dead: Ki-Suck Han, pictured, was shoved in front of a train in Times Square

Davis shoved Han off the platform onto the train tracks. Instead of helping Han, a New York Post photographer who also was waiting for a train, took a photograph of Han on the tracks a split second before he was crushed to death by an arriving train.

Davis (photo below) has been charged with murder in Han’s death and is being held without bail. He has pleaded not guilty, claiming Han was the aggressor and had attacked him first.

Charged: Homeless man, 30-year-old Naeem Davis, pictured, was charged with murder after pushing a man under a train on December 3

3. On December 27, 2012 at about 8 pm, a man was standing on the elevated platform of a 7 train in Queens when a woman, who witnesses said had been following him closely and muttering to herself, shoved the man onto the tracks.

The man was hit by the first car of an 11-car northbound train and got stuck under the wheels of the second car. Witnesses say the man hadn’t appeared to notice the woman, and that the woman waited until the last possible moment before pushing him in front of the approaching train.

It was unclear if the man and the woman knew each other or if anyone tried to help the man up before he was struck by the train. However, according to witnesses, there wouldn’t have been time.

A passenger in the train said he had felt the train going over “a bump.” Linda Santini-Tripodis, who was beneath the 40th Street station at the time, said, “I heard the train screech as it was stopping and then heard this loud scream. I’m never going to forget that scream for as long as I live.”

Crime scene: The man was struck by the train and killed at the 40th Street station near Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, pictured

New York Police Department chief spokesman Paul Browne said the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, had “terrible injuries that make providing a description difficult at this time.”

Officers are looking for the woman, who had fled the scene after the attack. Police viewed footage from a 24-hour surveillance camera outside a pizza restaurant, Oasis, located across from the station and were able to obtain clear images of the suspect, according to The New York Times. She is described as Hispanic, in her 20s, heavyset and about 5-foot-5, wearing a blue, white and gray ski jacket and Nike sneakers with gray on top and red on the bottom.

Frankly, I think the police are barking up the wrong tree.

Clearly, the real culprit is not the mental patient in the 1999 incident, or Naeem Davis in the Dec. 3, 2012 incident, or the Hispanic woman in the latest Dec. 27 incident.

Clearly, the real culprit is the evil New York SUBWAY TRAIN!!! (See photo below). For if it weren’t for the NY subway train, Kendra Webdale, Ki-Suck Han, and the yet-to-be-identified man would still be alive!!!!

Shocking: The man, who hasn't been identified, was standing on the elevated platform of a 7 train in Queens at about 8pm when he was shoved on the tracks

This is so obvious to anyone who thinks clearly and who really really cares about people and about the sacredness of LIFE. But would you believe that there actually are Americans who say they have a Constitutional right to ride subway trains? Would you believe that these Americans actually formed a National Subway Train Association (NSTA) to “protect” their “right” to ride trains? Would you believe the NSTA spouts ridiculous slogans like “Subway trains don’t kill. People kill” and “When subway trains are outlawed, only outlaws will ride subway trains”?

Ha! These people are just plain EVIL! Like CSI star Marg Helgenberger and U. of Rhode Island history professor Erik Loomis, I think these subway-train nuts should get a taste of what they inflict on the rest of us — Death!!!!!

In mere days, the 113th U.S. Congress will be convening in the hallowed halls of Capitol Hill.

We must demand that Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA), who’s ever vigilant in ensuring the safety of the American people, introduce a bill to ban all subway trains in the United States.

Contact your Congress critter(s) to demand the 2013 Feinstein Assault Subway Train Act! Click Here!


An act of kindness in the mean streets of New York

The streets of New York are busy with the hustle bustle of urban life. But, like so many big cities, those streets are also full of human pain and misery.

On November 14, 2012, a tourist — Jennifer Foster of Florence, Arizona — witnessed someone reduce that misery by a notch, with an act of kindness.

An NYPD officer gave a shoeless homeless man with blistered bare feet a pair of warm winter boots.

Foster took this photo with her cell phone, unbeknown to the officer. The photo has since gone viral.

Liz Klimas reports for The Blaze, Nov. 29, 2012, that Foster is the communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. This is her account of what she saw:

“Right when I was about to approach [the homeless man], one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”

The police officer is Lawrence DePrimo. The photo has made it onto news sites and blogs around the world, as well as posted on the NYPD’s official Facebook page, which has received over 315,000 “likes” and shared more than 74,000 times. According to the New York Times, as of yesterday evening, the pic has been viewed by more than 1.6 million people.

Thank you, Officer DePrimo for reminding us there is still good in this world.


Of course Nanny Bloomberg won’t beef up police

Police should, after all, stand up and go on strike unless big government does what’s required to keep Americans safe.

Mayor Bloomberg says there’s no need to increase NYPD staffing

NY PostShootings are up dramatically this year. Toddlers are being mugged in  Brooklyn.  But Mayor Bloomberg doesn’t believe the city needs to hire any more cops.

“If crime were to spike, I’d be the first one to say we should add cops,” he  said during his weekly WOR radio show. “[But] the murder rate continues to come  down.”

While the murder rate is down 15.6 percent for the first seven months of this  year, shootings are up 9.6 percent and overall crime is up 4.3 percent, the  latest NYPD stats show.

But Bloomberg defended the leaner Police Department.  “When we came into office, we reduced the size by 4,000 or 5,000, and we’ve  maintained that for 10 years, and every year we’ve brought crime down,” he said.

“What’d I miss here? Our job is not to employ as many of the people as to  spend as much of the taxpayers’ money as we can. Our job with the Police  Department is to bring crime down. It is phenomenally well managed.”

The Big Apple has suffered through bloody weeks this summer, with five people  shot this past Wednesday night at Harlem’s famous Rucker Park basketball  tournament.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), who has been clamoring for more  cops all year, said the 35,000 now on the force aren’t enough to maintain  safety. “Not only is the usual summer spike worse than ever, crime is increasing in  every borough for the first time in 20 years,” said Vallone, chairman of the  council’s Public Safety Committee. “Those are the stats. The mayor is like the  little boy who didn’t cry wolf even though there is a giant wolf coming.”

Vallone said everyone he’s talked to in the department, from street cops to  top brass, has told him “they absolutely do not have the manpower to deal with  this current crime spike. I’m not sure who the mayor is listening to, but he  needs to listen to the experts.

Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, blamed  police shortages for the shootings at the tournament and the killing by stray  gunfire of a child at a Bronx basketball game.

“Tragically, a reduction of police presence from 10 officers to only two at  Rucker Park allowed a gunfight to take place where five people were shot, and in  a separate incident a lack of police presence allowed a shooting that took the  life of an innocent 4-year-old boy,” Lynch charged.

But Bloomberg focused on the dropping murder rate and pointed to the 32  percent drop in crime since he took office in 2002.  “If you had more cops, would you get it down even more?” he asked, referring  to the murder rate. “I don’t think so.”

The NYPD expects to have an average of 34,800 cops in the current fiscal  year, which began July 1. At its peak, in 2001-2002, it had 40,700 cops.  The Police Department budget is $4.6 billion, more than any other agency  except for social services and schools.

“Spending more money is not something . . .” the mayor said, stopping  midsentence to conclude, “We don’t have the money.”

Toddlers being mugged and Bloomberg believes the NYPD is being managed phenomenally?  He then admits that if they brought on more police that the murder rate wouldn’t drop.  Guess the answer is more gun control after all!  I’m sure the criminals will be first in line to give up their guns.