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Bill de Blasio supports ban on commercial helicopter flights over Manhattan

Guarantee you this won’t be one perk hizzoner gives up for his “public service.”

From NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday sided with a trio of New York City lawmakers seeking to ban commercial helicopters from flying in the Big Apple, saying “there should be no non-essential flights over Manhattan.”

De Blasio, during his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, said he’s yet to review the specifics of a bill that Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez plan to unveil Saturday to ban all tourist and ride-sharing helicopters from flying in city airspace.

But he pointedly said he has “no use” for tourist flights and that the “only helicopters that should be going over Manhattan” are “uniformed services” and other “essential” public services.

“There is too much noise in this city,” de Blasio added. “Helicopters are very disruptive and people are worried about the safety issues.”

Hizzoner also said he doesn’t think “it’s important to have ride-share helicopters” in the city.

However, he did say he believes there are some private uses of helicopters that are “appropriate.”

The proposed ban would apply to all sightseeing chopper rides as well as Uber, Blade and other flight-hailing services. Exceptions would be made for police, medical, emergency and disaster relief efforts. News-gathering outlets could also still fly.

The legislation comes after a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River on March 11, 2018, killing five passengers. Then in June, a helicopter made a crash landing on a Midtown skyscraper, killing the pilot, Tim McCormack.

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Immigrant with six prior arrests charged with brutal murder of four homeless men in NYC

Repeat offender Randy Santos/photo from Breitbart

From Fox 5 NY: A homeless man who used a metal rod to bludgeon four other homeless men to death in New York City was arrested holding the murder weapon covered with blood and hair and admitted that he was the person in a video of one of the attacks, prosecutors said Sunday.

Randy Santos was arraigned on charges of murder and attempted murder for the bloody rampage that happened early Saturday in Manhattan’s Chinatown. He did not enter a plea and was ordered held without bail.

A fifth homeless man who was injured in the attacks remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday.

The 24-year-old Santos was carrying a metal rod covered with blood and hair when he was arrested near the scene of the attacks, prosecutors said.

They said Santos was shown video of one of the attacks while being interrogated by police and he acknowledged that he was the person in the video with a long metal object.

Santos underwent a psychiatric evaluation after his arrest, police said.

Santos, who has been arrested at least six other times in the past two years, three times on assault charges, used a Spanish interpreter in court. His defense team did not comment. He is due back in court Oct. 11.

Authorities say that on Saturday they received a 9-1-1 call for a person being assaulted around 1:50 a.m. near 2 Bowery. When responding officers arrived, they discovered an unconscious man lying on the ground with severe head trauma, and a second man with head trauma approached officers at the scene.

Two witnesses then told the officers that an unknown man, wearing a black jacket and black pants, struck the victim several times in the head with a metal pipe before running away westbound on Doyer Street.

Police began immediately searching for the suspect and found a man fitting the suspect’s description carrying a metal pipe at the intersection of Mulberry Street and Canal Street.

A search of the surrounding area revealed three more male victims, two in front of 2 East Broadway and one in front of 17 East Broadway. All of the men had severe head trauma and were pronounced dead at the scene.

The lone known survivor of the attacks was hospitalized in critical condition.

Santos’ relatives told The New York Daily News he had a history of drug use since his arrival to the United States from the Dominican Republic a handful of years ago.

His mother, Fioraliza Rodriguez, 55, told the paper she had kicked him out of her home about three years ago, after he assaulted her. But while she said she had been afraid of him, she said she “never thought he would kill someone.”

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Antifa brute David Campbell pleads guilty to felony assault

David Campbell being arrested

Read about the back story of this Antifa thug, David Campbell, here.

From NY Post: An “Antifa” street thug can now look forward to continuing his fight — from jail.

David Campbell, 32, copped a plea for his role in a 2018 beatdown outside the Night for Freedom party in Manhattan organized by right-wing activist Mike Cernovich.

Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of felony assault and will be sentenced on Oct. 23 to 18 months in the slammer, reps for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. told The Post.

Campbell was arrested near the venue, a nightclub at West 50th Street and 12th Avenue on Jan. 20 2018, after he punched and choked a 56-year-old man he had followed out of the event, police said. He was one of about 80 Antifa agitators protesting the gathering.

David Campbell’s victim

“When the Proud Boys [a far right fraternal organization] got into a street fight with Antifa members, it was a nationwide story. The Mayor and AG tweeted about the street fight. When Antifa attacked a 56-year-old man, silence from the press,” Cernovich told The Post.

“Now that the criminal case is closed, I will also be taking legal action against Mr. Campbell and his confederates. It is time to find out who is funding Antifa,” he said.

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Lawsuit claims Robert De Niro subjected female employee to creepy and abusive behavior

Demorats set the standard: We must believe all women. He’s guilty!

From NY Post: Robert De Niro routinely subjected his longtime employee to creepy and abusive behavior, including leaving her voicemails threatening “you’re f—ing history” and calling her a “bitch” and a “brat,” an explosive new lawsuit charges.

Graham Chase Robinson says for years she was the victim of “gratuitous unwanted physical contact” from the Oscar winner, who also hurled “sexually-charged comments to her” when she worked at his production company, Canal Productions Inc.

Robinson’s allegations against the “Taxi Driver” star are levied in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court for gender discrimination and wage violations.

She said she began working for Canal Productions in 2008 as an executive assistant and “forced to resign” in April after rising to the position of vice president of production and finance.

“Robert De Niro is someone who has clung to old mores. He does not accept the idea that men should treat women as equals,” the suit says. “He does not care that gender discrimination in the workplace violates the law. Ms. Robinson is a casualty of this attitude.”

She claims De Niro treated her as his “office wife” and made her do “stereotypically female duties, like housework” while underpaying her and denying her overtime.

The actor also allegedly “urinated during telephone calls” with Robinson and would greet her wearing only his “pajamas or a bathrobe,” the suit says.

“Among other things, De Niro would direct Ms. Robinson to scratch his back, button his ties and prod him awake when he was in bed,” the complaint adds. “De Niro also stood idly by while his friend slapped Ms. Robinson on her buttocks.”

Robinson said she had to endure De Niro’s jokes about his Viagra prescription and that he directed her to “imagine him on the toilet.”

”De Niro suggested that Ms. Robinson could get pregnant using sperm from her (married) male co-worker,” the suit adds.

The suit also contains a link to a recording of a scathing voicemail De Niro allegedly left Robinson when she didn’t pick up his call. “You f—ing don’t answer my calls? How dare you! You’re about to be fired. You’re f–king history,” he seethes.

De Niro and his production company sued Robinson for $6 million in August, accusing her of swiping cash and frequent flyer miles and abruptly quitting. But Robinson claims that suit was brought in retaliation — after she had threatened to sue the actor first.

“De Niro was enraged at the prospect of Ms. Robinson bringing a lawsuit challenging his behavior,” Robinson’s complaint says. “So, he retaliated and struck first.”

Robinson claims she long contemplated quitting but that De Niro would lord his influence as one of Hollywood’s top actors over her, telling her he’d giver her “bad recommendation” if she left, according to court papers.

Listen to De Niro’s voicemail message to Robinson here.

This would not shock me that this woman’s claim is true. De Niro has a history of abusive language and behavior:

TDS-infected Robert De Niro screams at his driver because he went to the wrong spot
TDS: Robert De Niro and his foul mouth bash President Trump during award ceremony for high school students
Actor Robert De Niro threatens violence against Trump

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Attention environmentalists: You can buy Bette Midler’s NYC 7,000 square foot home for just $50 million

What do you suppose the carbon footprint is from the size of her house? Doesn’t matter because we’re all going to “burn, drown or starve” due to climate change and President Trump’s policies.

From Daily Mail: Bette Midler’s lavish Fifth Avenue penthouse apartment has gone on sale for an astonishing $50 million after the much-loved singer and entertainer revealed she wanted to downsize now that her daughter has flown the nest.

The Wind Beneath My Wings songstress, 73, who is married to performance artist Martin von Haselberg, has lived in the Upper East Side triplex which boasts stunning views of the Central Park reservoir, since 1996.

With a more than generous 7,000 square feet of space and an additional 3,000 square feet of outdoor space, the property is among the best of its kind anywhere in New York City.

Midler’s daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, was schooled nearby but now in her thirties and pursuing a career in acting in LA, the singer explained it was time to let another family enjoy the property.

The asking price is $50 million, according to the listing broker, John Burger of Brown Harris Stevens, with $25,515 in monthly maintenance.

‘It’s time for another family to enjoy it,’ Ms. Midler told The New York Times, adding that she and Mr. von Haselberg ‘consider ourselves die-hard New Yorkers’ and plan to downsize into another Manhattan home.

After the units were initially bought, the interior was completely overhauled with an expansion by architect Frederick Fisher and Partners, the Brown Harris Stevens sales listing shows.

‘The ceilings were lower,’ Midler said of the property before it’s upgrade. ‘The corridors narrower, and many of the rooms were much smaller’. Today, she said, ‘it’s like a country house in the city.’

The triplex offers four bedrooms and six and a half baths, plus a home gym sizeable enough to be converted into a fifth bedroom. The penthouse has around 3,000 square feet of outdoor space that provide direct views of the Central Park reservoir.

See also:

Bette Midler tweets racist “blackground” comment photo of President Trump supporters
Hollyweird Hypocrite: Bette Midler on how she leads an eco-friendly lifestyle
Bette Midler gets ugly on Twitter after David Koch’s death

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“Keep NYC Trash Free” images of Trump supporters show up on NYC garbage cans

Edgy! Now do supporters of Islam.

I don’t wear a MAGA cap (mine is NRA) but I do occasionally carry a Chick-fil-A cup…

From Fox News: Images of Trump supporters and Boston sports fans have turned up on garbage can and train station posters in New York City under the slogan “Keep NYC Trash Free.”

The artwork was reportedly done by street artist Winston Tseng and began showing up on trash cans where a public service announcement would normally be.

One shows a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat with a Confederate flag tattoo on his arm and a Chick-fil-A cup in his hand.

Another drawing shows a woman with the same red “MAGA” hat holding a Bible. 

Others took aim at Boston sports fans, showing a screaming man in a Tom Brady jersey and a Boston Red Sox hat holding a Sam Adams beer.

The posters were not authorized by New York City officials, initially appearing on trash cans on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Some have been removed, but others remain, according to PIX 11. Tseng denied that he was behind the posters in a statement to the station.

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A New York school is trashing all its textbooks to go “modern”

romeo book

Now “frowned upon” in public education…


Via NY Post: School is no place for books, one Manhattan principal apparently believes. In a scene out of “Fahrenheit 451,” administrators at Life Sciences Secondary School have ordered all textbooks rounded up and removed — calling them “antiquated,” sources say.
Principal Kim Swanson and Assistant Principal Derek Premo, who launched the ban, “really frown upon the use of books,” an insider told The Post. “They just took books that teachers have been using and not replaced anything.”
While the administrators tout “modern technology” over books, they have failed to provide the necessary equipment, the staffer said. “Most classrooms have only two computers, and not all are hooked up to the Internet. Our hands are tied, and not having books has not helped the cause.”
Last week, a mountain of dumped books overflowed on the first floor, near an emergency exit. Other piles lined a lobby wall.
The purged primers, most in good condition, include hundreds of textbooks on 8th-grade math, algebra, geometry, various sciences and English literature, along with Barron’s Regents Exam Prep and SAT study guides. Copies of “Romeo and Juliet” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” gathered dust among the other discards.
The rejects include stacks of “Campbell Biology” — a college-level text which sells for $150 new — formerly used by kids in Advanced Placement biology. Now the AP class has a cart of laptops, and students watch videos online.
Swanson and Premo, who took the helm of the 616-student joint middle and high school in 2015, sent aides from classroom to classroom in November to collect the books. Workers also emptied book storage closets. Hundreds of tomes were tossed over the Thanksgiving break.
“They made an announcement that they were getting rid of the books because they were antiquated and outdated, and we should be using new technology,” a teacher said. “I hid some of my books to prevent them being taken.”
“We’re not allowed to use books,” said a second staffer, who advised struggling students to “go downstairs, grab a book from the pile, and take them home — because they’re just going to throw them out.”
“We used to use them a lot, but now teachers just put out worksheets,” said freshman Shahadat Hossain. “We don’t really get much homework, it’s mostly classwork.”
And a 10th- grader said: “We don’t use any textbooks. They give us packets. I saw the piles of books around and thought it was weird.”
Freshman Meresha Henry, 15, prefers “more modern” learning on the Internet. “The school system is advancing,” she said.
But 14-year-old Anthony Galindo is disappointed that books are considered obsolete. “It’s really strange. Last year we didn’t have enough textbooks so we had to share. Now we don’t have any at all,” he said, adding: “I liked being able to take them home to study . . . In my government class, my teacher gives hand-written assignments.”
The death of books has not helped Life Sciences’ academic performance. Last year, 5 percent of its 6th- to 8th-graders passed state math exams and 9 percent passed English — far below the city average. At the high-school level, 82 percent graduated, but only 26 percent were deemed college-ready.
Principal Swanson did not return messages. Department of Education spokesman Michael Aciman said the chucked volumes were “outdated and no longer aligned to the school’s current curriculum or New York State Learning Standards,” adding that students “have access to current, updated” books.
A school staffer called the DOE’s statement “a blatant lie.”
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In the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – Obamabots Dance in the Streets?

  Lasty Saturday, instead of pitching to help fellow New Yorkers  struggling to cope with the total devastation of Hurricane Sandy, these oblivious Obamabots literally danced in the street.  Go here for the video

 Hurricane Sandy Live Blog, Day 8: 113 Dead

The International Business Times Reports: The latest estimate of current customer outages appears in the U.S. Energy Department’s “Hurricane Sandy Situation Report #15,” which was published Sunday at 3 p.m. EST. Below is the report’s state-by-state breakdown of these power outages:
New Jersey: 999,927
New York: 654,623
Pennsylvania: 77,630
Connecticut: 64,955
West Virginia: 41,618
Ohio: 10,007
Maryland: 7,198
Total: 1,855,958

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New York City's Abortion Rate is a Shocking 41%


New York City’s abortion rate in 2009 is almost twice the national average. More than half of the city’s abortions were repeat abortions. Medicaid (that is, taxpayers) paid for more than a third of the city’s abortions.
We know this, all thanks to the pro-life Chiaroscuro Foundation, a NYC not-for-profit organization that supports alternatives to abortion.
NYV41percent.com reports, September 7, 2011, that the data for 2009 was provided by the New York City Department of Health at the Chiaroscuro Foundation’s request.
The zip code, 10018, with the highest abortion ratio in the city, 67%, is in Manhattan’s Chelsea-Clinton neighborhood, followed by rates of 60% in two Jamaica, Queens zip codes and in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, 10012, and Central Harlem-Morningside Heights neighborhoods.
The five zip codes with the lowest abortion ratios are on the Upper East Side, in Lower Manhattan, on the Upper West Side, and in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The lowest ratio, 6.12%, is in 10162.
The fifteen highest and lowest zip codes, with selected demographic information, are available here: https://www.nyc41percent.com/Docs/NYC_Highest_and_Lowest_Abortion_Zip_Codes.pdf.
In 2009 48,627 of the 87,273 abortions in New York City, or 56%, were repeat abortions. 33,401, 38%, were paid for by Medicaid.
64% of New Yorkers believe the abortion rate is too high in New York City – including 57% of pro-choice women – according to a poll conducted by the polling firm McLaughlin & Associates for the Chiaroscuro Foundation earlier this year.  74% believe that the overall 60% abortion rate in the African American community is too high.  (The poll’s margin of error was +/- 3.4%)
Greg Pfundstein, Executive Director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, said: “given the city’s extremely high abortion rate, we renew our call for Mayor Bloomberg to instruct the Department to release the data in an even more current fashion: preliminarily month by month throughout the year. Remember, we are still talking about 2009 data. By being able to measure where the highest rates of abortion are occurring in the city, we can determine over time what methods of outreach work best to lower those rates.”
New York City’s abortion rate abortion rate is nearly double the national average of 23%, a fact to which the Chiaroscuro Foundation has been drawing attention since the 2009 data were released in January.
There’s an interactive map of New York City where you can find out the abortion rates of the city’s constituent districts and boroughs. Click HERE.
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Silly Us. It's Just a Contrail!

Contrails (short for “condensation trails”) or vapour trails are artificial clouds that are the visible trails of condensed water vapour made by the exhaust of aircraft engines. As the hot exhaust gases cool in the surrounding air they may precipitate a cloud of microscopic water droplets. If the air is cold enough, this trail will comprise tiny ice crystals.
First, it was that travelling blue light thingy in the night sky over Centreville, Virginia, just above Lee Highway. Many shoppers saw the strange light for 10 minutes, including Bryan Fains who quickly grabbed his cell phone and captured it on video.
Fains said, “All of a sudden, it would stop and go back like this,” using his finger to point out the direction of the blue light in the sky. “At one point, it stopped and went up and up. [There] was no sound. It was a distinct blue light. It never flashed or blinked or nothing. It was just blue. It’s weird. You only see this type of stuff in movies.”
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Then, it was that missile-thingy launched into the sky off the coast of southern California last Monday (November 9). KCBS news helicopter cameraman Gil Leyvas videotaped the missile plume at around 5 pm PST at the height of evening rush hour. The Pentagon says it’s just contrail from a jet aircraft!
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Yesterday (November 11) at sunset, this bizarre, glowing red-hot streak in the sky was seen moving briskly behind the Manhattan skyline. CBS 2 asked an unnamed “top astronomer” to look at the video. He said it looks beautiful, but that it was nothing more than a contrail from a commercial or military jet!
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Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. It’s all contrails!
H/t beloved fellows Igor and Steve.
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