Politics and Such

Balloon Dad Richard Heene Is Absolutely Obsessed With Scratching His Back

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 17:17

Remember Richard "Balloon Dad" Heene, the guy who orchestrated the infamous Balloon Boy hoax of 2009? He's still weird. Since being shunned by society, Heene has focused his efforts on developing quirky inventions, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times informs us today. This includes the previously reported Bear Scratch, a piece ... More »

NYPD Sergeant Found Dead of Suspected Suicide

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 16:47

Stephanie Moses, an NYPD sergeant in the Ceremonial Unit, killed herself this morning after fighting with her girlfriend, the New York Post reports. "On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Stephanie Moses who was, on so ... More »

In Michigan, the Republican Will to Power

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 16:17

In November 1992, right before Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush, Grover Norquist published a lengthy article in the American Spectator predicting the horrors a Clinton presidency would usher in. Norquist focused his attention not on the usual conservative bugbears — stagflation, big government, liberal judges — but rather ... More »

Sonia Sotomayor Declined Quaaludes on Her Wedding Night [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 15:24

Sonia Sotomayor's seven-year marriage to her college sweetheart, Kevin Noonan, got off to an inauspicious start in August of 1976, according to the Supreme Court justice's upcoming memoir. The AP, which got its hands on the book more than a month early, reports that on their wedding night, Noonan "produced a ... More »

Bushwick Sexual Assaults Spook Rapidly Gentrifying Neighborhood

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 15:19

Multiple sexual assaults fitting similar descriptions have occurred over the last week in Bushwick, the Brooklyn neighborhood now known more for artisanal pizza at Roberta's than dingy warehouses. Just a block away from the restaurant, "I was taking stuff out of the garage and moments after I opened the door ... More »

New Yorkers Now Living Longer Than Ever ... Again!

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 14:16

Last December, Mayor Bloomberg declared that life expectancy in New York had hit an all-time high of 80.6 years. This morning in Long Island City, Bloomberg announced that last year's record has been surpassed: A child born in New York in 2010 will live for an estimated 80.9 years, which ... More »

Bob Benmosche Unchained: ‘I Knew I Wasn’t Taking a Victory Lap Too Early’

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 14:13

When I visited AIG CEO Robert Benmosche at his villa in Croatia this summer, when the Treasury Department still owned a 61 percent stake in the insurer, I made a comment that really stuck in his craw. “It was suggested to me that you might be taking your victory lap a ... More »

Distinguished Dinosaur Donezo at New York Post [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 13:04

Bob McManus, a veteran of the New York Post for nearly 30 years and the tabloid's editorial page editor since 2000, is retiring, his colleague Fred Dicker announced on the radio today. The right-leaning section with an independent streak ultimately answers to Rupert Murdoch, who will replace McManus with a ... More »

Lawyers for James Holmes Want Fox News Reporter’s Notebook Source

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 12:31

Attorneys for Aurora, Colorado, shooter James Holmes want to know how Fox News learned about his scary notebook, and plan to subpoena reporter Jana Winter over the matter, they announced in court yesterday. A package addressed to Holmes's psychiatrist was found in the University of Colorado mail room four days after ... More »

The Pope Is Taking Cues From the Dalai Lama Now

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:44

At least on Twitter, according to the pope's "social media guy," Monsignor Paul Tighe: Why doesn’t the Pope follow anyone? The choice between following and not following was partly because we noticed the Dalai Lama didn’t follow anyone. How do you decide who do you follow? That’s one reason why ... More »

HSBC Pays $1.9 Billion Over Money-Laundering Claims, But Avoids Worse Things

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:28

Earlier this summer, we found out — via a 334-page report released by a Senate subcommittee, most of which I can attest did not make for light reading — that HSBC, the huge British bank with extensive U.S. operations, had been doing a lot of very bad things, including helping ... More »

Really Boring Brooklyn UFO Sighting Caught on Tape

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:17

A little over a week ago, on December 3, a group of people in Prospect Heights filmed some allegedly strange lights in the sky. "What the fuck is that!?!" one woman exclaims regarding the "round orbs in the air ... in perfect formation," as her camera-wielding colleague refers to them. ... More »

Upstate FBI Agent Busted for Driving Without Pants

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:12
A special agent in Buffalo was arrested Friday night after startling a truck driver with his intimates. According to the driver, John A. Yervelli allegedly "pulled up next to his truck, turned on the dome light and displayed that he was not wearing pants, while making lewd gestures," or he ... More »

Australian Radio Station Donates Ad Profits From Middleton Prank Call

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:52

The radio station behind the tragic prank call made to Kate Middleton's hospital last week will donate all ad sales profits from now through the end of the year to a fund benefiting the family of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who died of suspected suicide days after taking the call. Southern Cross Austereo ... More »

Politico Accidentally Exposes Beltway Elite

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:44

Politico editors Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen today have published what may be the most revealing piece I have ever read about the Washington power elite. The value of the piece is almost entirely anthropological. That is to say, read at face value, it tells the reader almost nothing new. ... More »

Hillary Clinton Sidelined by Stomach Bug

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 10:07

Just as she was about to head to Morocco to officially recognize the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces (a.k.a. "the rebels"), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was forced to cancel her trip because of a stomach bug. Probably a good call: In 2005, Clinton fainted during a ... More »

The Real-Life Zero Dark Thirty Heroine Is Having a Tough Time at Work

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 09:46

The creators of Zero Dark Thirty have insisted that "it’s a movie, not a documentary” amid a growing controversy about the film's depictions of torture. But the same goes for the real-life CIA operative who inspired the protagonist "Maya," played by Jessica Chastain. While she's a hero in the film, ... More »

Frank Rich on The Rachel Maddow Show: The Biggest Conservative Racket of All

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 09:30

In his Weekly Standard column this week, Bill Kristol says the conservative movement is "in deep disarray," and it reminds him of Eric Hoffer’s remark that "[every] great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." "I'm sure he's right," New York's Frank Rich ... More »

Midtown ‘Assassination’ Targeted California Law Student [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 09:15

The fatal shooting yesterday afternoon near Central Park was "definitely a hit, an assassination," a police source told the New York Post, with the victim identified as 31-year-old Brandon Lincoln Woodard. The California law student and father of a 4-year-old girl was visiting friends in New York City when he ... More »

Ray Kelly Is a Fan of Applebee’s, and Every Other Restaurant in New York

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 08:25

When we see Ray Kelly in public he's usually filling us in on the details of some horrific crime. Today he took up an equally important, yet more lighthearted task: participating in a ribbon-cutting at a new Applebee's location in Harlem, which has been certified as "very green." Shortly after ... More »
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