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Nothing New: The Last Time A NYC Mayor Tried To Rein In NYPD, Cops Rioted


As the body of one of the police officers killed in an ambush was laid to rest, hundreds of officers co-opted the moment and attempted to turn it into a publicity stunt. Urged on by their union bosses, officers both inside the church and standing outside turned their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he spoke at the funeral.

His crime? The “disrespect” he showed the cops by giving his biracial teenage son the “talk” about how to be extra careful when dealing with cops, because racism still exists and black men are disproportionately victims of it. de Blasio said:

It was an embarrassing moment for the NYPD, but also the city itself. Dinkins said the actions were “bordering on holliganism.” The ringleader behind the police protests? A opportunistic race-baiter named Rudy Giuliani, the Republican candidate who was trying to (and eventually, successful in) unseat Dinkins as New York mayor. He riled up officers to seize the “cop vote” and the gamble paid off – at the expense of solving problems that still plague the city today.

The 1992 cop riot speaks to how short a memory the NYPD has. They had no problem shutting down city streets, smashing cars, and disrupting City Hall when it suited their needs. Now they attempt to call the Black Lives Matter protesters criminals and cop-killers. The hypocrisy is palpable.

No, Bill de Blasio is not the first New York mayor to wrangle with the police

Former Mayors David Dinkins, Rudolph Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg all endured that animus, despite their wildly divergent ideologies and approach to governing. Just about any time a mayor tried to pay police less than they thought they deserved or impose a new form of oversight or accountability, the vitriol flew–and no clash between mayors and police was quite as bitter as what the city witnessed 22 years ago, when Mr. de Blasio’s old boss, Mr. Dinkins, failed to tame an actual police riot.

“He never supports us on anything,” one police officer complained to the New York Times about Mr. Dinkins, the city’s first and only black mayor. “A cop shoots someone with a gun who’s a drug dealer, and he goes and visits the family.”


Keith Olbermann : I'd like to congratulate NYP Union chief Lynch for proving - at Ramos funeral -

I'd like to congratulate NYP Union chief Lynch for proving - at Ramos funeral - protestors' point about the NYPD Delusion of Infallibility

Exactly how is turning your back on a mayor who didn't suppress free speech, anything but a giant EFF YOU to the citizens of this city?

Time for the NYPD to stop embarrassing itself in front of, and to the detriment of, its employers - the citizens of this city.

And to stop listening to this idiot Lynch, who is doing more to hurt the police of this city + this country than any peaceful protestor.

And as PS those NYPD who turned their back at Officer Ramos's funeral decided they should upstage his family and their grief.

So the right of political protest is limited to police in uniform? RT @Deadspin High school basketball teams

more at link

As a New Yorker, I agree with Keith
very sad day

Costco profit rises 17% on same-store sales

Costco Wholesale Corp. reported its profit rose 17% in the November quarter, driven by strong growth in same-store sales and membership fees.

Costco, which sells groceries and other items in bulk, has been a standout of late among retailers, and it is one of the largest fuel retailers in the U.S. Lower gasoline prices are thought to actually help the company's results because its throughput is so high and it can quickly capture the benefit of falling prices on the gasoline it buys. Meanwhile, cheaper fuel prices also leave consumers with more disposable income to buy goods at its warehouses.

Costco said Wednesday that same-store sales rose 7% in its first quarter ended Nov. 23, excluding negative impacts from gasoline price deflation and foreign exchange. In the U.S., that metric increased 7%.

In all, the company said its profit for the quarter rose to $496 million, or $1.12 a share, from year-earlier earnings of $425 million, or 96 cents a share.

Democrats who backed the pipeline

A Senate bill aimed at approving the Keystone XL pipeline stalled Tuesday, dealing a blow to Sen. Mary L. Landrieu’s tough re-election bid.

Republican leaders plan to bring the pipeline legislation back up next year, when GOP reinforcements appear certain to bring it over the line and to President Barack Obama’s desk.

The 59-41 vote fell just one vote short of overcoming a filibuster led by Democrats.

In addition to Landrieu, Democrats who backed the pipeline included Sens. Mark Begich of Alaska, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Jon Tester of Montana, John Walsh of Montana and Mark Warner of Virginia.


YEAs ---59
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Flake (R-AZ)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kirk (R-IL)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lee (R-UT)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Moran (R-KS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Walsh (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Warren in Minnesota:"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it"

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) brought her populist message Saturday to this small college town to rev up the final weeks of Sen. Al Franken's reelection campaign, but also to claim the mantle of the modern liberal movement's political godfather.

Speaking before more than 400 people at Carleton College, Warren repeatedly invoked the spirit of the late Paul Wellstone, the fiery liberal senator who died 12 years ago this month in a plane crash during his reelection campaign. Wellstone remains a revered figure in Minnesota politics, and his brand of populism -- out of step in the Clintonian Democratic Party of the 1990s -- is now mainstream among leading liberal activists. Warren has become the most prominent public face of that movement, and the Wellstone disciples in this town 40 miles south of Minneapolis gave their approval Saturday.

"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it," Warren said to loud cheers.

It's part of a three-state tour of Senate campaigns for Warren, who later Saturday headed to St. Paul for a get-out-the-vote rally on behalf of Franken, Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and other candidates. Franken and Dayton are strong favorites to win reelection next month.


Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also visited Carleton College on Saturday, to raise support for Franken. (Grace Webb/Northfield News)

Franken addressed several topics, including student debt. (Grace Webb/Northfield News)


BREAKING: Kansas Senate Ballots Will Be Sent Out Without Dem Nom

In an apparent reversal, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office is instructing election officials in the state to send out overseas military ballots without Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor or any other Democratic Senate candidate listed.

Kobach spokeswoman Samantha Poetter confirmed to TPM that the ballots would be sent out by Saturday, the deadline under state and federal law.

"Our ballots are going out without Chad Taylor (or any Democratic candidate) for U.S. Senate," Poetter said. "They've been ordered to send them out as soon as possible."


"The list does NOT contain the name of a Democratic nominee for United States Senate," the order said. "There are three candidates, Randall Batson, Libertarian, Greg Orman, independent, Pat Roberts, Republican."


more at link

Kobach Hasn't Gotten Federal Approval For Latest Kansas Senate Ploy

UPDATE: 4:05 p.m. In an unexpected twist, Kobach's office is ordering election officials to send out overseas military ballots without a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. His office would not say, however, what would happen next if the state Democratic Party eventually nominated a new candidate, as Kobach has said they should.


Police threaten to shoot reporter taping Ferguson protest and Chris Hayes threatened (video)


A police officer threatened to shoot a reporter taping a live stream of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. The moment was caught on tape by KARG Argus Radio in St. Louis at Livestream.com:

In the video, a police officer can be heard yelling to a reporter, "Get the fuck out of here or I will shoot you."

Chris Hayes being threatened (video)
Also threatened by police Sunday night was MSNBC's Chris Hayes, who was filming when police told him, "Media do not pass us, you're getting maced next time you pass us."


Video of the reporter too

This is probably the greatest thing I've seen so far


This is probably the greatest thing I've seen so far #NMOS14

ACLU Sues Ferguson Police After Being Denied Teen Shooting Report. Files 2nd suit protect recordings

Source: TPM

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Ferguson, Mo., police department Thursday in an effort to obtain the department's incident report on the shooting of an unarmed African-American teen.

The lawsuit alleged that the ACLU had been denied access to the department's full report on the police shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday. The suit alleged that the denial was a violation of Missouri's Sunshine Law.

The National Associated for the Advancement of Colored People also wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him "to take immediate action to address the unjustified use of lethal and excessive force by police officers."

Read the ACLU lawsuit below.
ACLU Sunshine Petition in Missouri in Michael Brown case

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/aclu-sues-ferguson-police-michael-brown-incident-report

We filed our 2nd suit today to protect those recording police actions in #Ferguson #MikeBrown



Ryan J. Reilly on his arrest tonight

Tonight, along with a reporter from The Washington Post, I was arrested while reporting on the protests in Ferguson.

Our apparent crime? Not packing up our gear quickly enough after a heavily armed SWAT team shut down the McDonald's where we were working. A Saint Louis County police officer in full riot gear, who refused to identify himself despite my repeated requests, purposefully banged my head against the window on the way out and sarcastically apologized.

I'm fine. But if this is the way these officers treat a white reporter working on a laptop who moved a little too slowly for their liking, I can't imagine how horribly they treat others.

And if anyone thinks that the militarization of our police force isn't a huge issue in this country, I've got a story to tell you.

(Also thanks to everyone for the well-wishes, sorry I haven't had time to reply individually.)


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