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Cannibal Cop Will Be Home for Dinner…

Cannibal Cop

‘Cannibal Cop’ Gilberto Valle got a little taste of freedom on Tuesday after a federal judge in New York overturned his conviction, citing insufficient evidence for the charge that he plotted to cook, eat, rape, and murder women.

Judge Paul Gardephe decided the government failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Cannibal Cop “entered into a genuine agreement to kidnap a woman, or that he specifically intended to commit a kidnapping”.

Gardephe wrote in his reversal that “the evidentiary record is such that it is more likely than not the case that all of Valle’s Internet communications about kidnapping are fantasy role-play.”

Without enough evidence to support to the Cannibal Cop’s March 2013 conviction, Gilberto Valle was acquitted of the conspiracy to kidnap charge. However, Gardephe did uphold Valle’s second count of illegally using NYPD databases look up women’s personal information, but since Valle had already served 18 months of his life sentence, he’s basically free – as long as he stays in his mother’s house and away from the computer.

“I want to take the opportunity to apologize to everyone who’s been hurt, shocked and offended by my infantile actions,” a beaming Valle, 30, told a throng of media in his first public statements since his 2012 arrest.

He also thanked his family, his lawyers, and even the staff and inmates at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

He did not thank his wife, Kathleen Mangan, who testified against him after finding disturbing photos on their shared computer, chat exerts from the website DarkFetishNet.com, and thousands of emails detailing his plans to kidnap, kill and eat young women – including her. Needless to say, they are not on good terms.

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PR Fail: #myNYPD Backfires on NYC Police Department

 New York City Police Department

The New York City Police Department learned the hard way that asking New Yorkers to tweet photos of themselves with police officers may not be the best idea.

On Tuesday, the New York City Police Department asked: “Do you have a photo with a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD.”

Little did they know New Yorkers are a cynical bunch and the police department’s public outreach campaign quickly turned into a PR fail.

The twitter call-out did elicit a few family friendly images of smiling police officers, but mostly people were just being dicks about it and posted photos of police brutality and officers asleep on the job.

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#myNYPD became so popular that at one point, the hashtag was trending in the top 10 on Twitter, not only for New York, but in the world. The backlash quickly spread to the Los Angeles police department where #myLAPD began to trend, followed by the Seattle, San Francisco and Denver police departments.

Deputy Chief Kim Y. Royster said in a brief statement Tuesday night that the NYPD is working on “creating new ways to communicate effectively with the community” and stated that the uncensored and open dialogue was good for the city. Yes, it was good for the city. It taught everyone a very valuable lesson: be careful what you ask for on the internet.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Guinness & the Anti-Gay St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Guinness Cat Parade

A St. Patrick’s Day Parade without Guinness? That’s what’s going down in New York City after the Irish brewer pulled its sponsorship of the parade over the organizers’ exclusion of LGBT community members.

Guinness announced on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been banned from carrying signs or identifying their sexuality during the parade march. The parade organizers argue that allowing LGBT groups in the parade conflicts with their strict Roman Catholic/anti-homosexual heritage.

Guinness’s announcement came after Manhattan’s historic gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, said it would stop stocking Guinness over its support of the parade. The threat of gays boycotting Guinness was apparently enough to do the trick.

“Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the brewer said on Sunday in a statement.

“We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”

Guinness wasn’t the only one to withdraw support from the parade. Last week New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would not march in the parade because of the exclusion of gay and lesbian activists – but no one really cared as long as they had their precious beer. Then on Friday, Sam Adams and Heineken dropped their sponsorship of the Irish parades in both Boston and New York over the issue, prompting organizers to get a little nervous. And when Guinness pulled out of the festivities on Sunday, Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade got a little less Irish and a lot less fun.

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Harlem Building Collapse

Current Event Cat - Harlem Building

A surprise explosion in Harlem early Wednesday morning leveled two buildings, and has left at least seven people dead and close to 60 injured.

The explosion demolished the 15 apartments located in the two building, as well as the Spanish Christian Church and a piano store at street level.

New Yorkers are used to loud noises but this explosion turned more than a few heads. The power of the blast was so strong it could be felt more than a mile away. The blast also knocked out windows in nearby buildings and sent debris cascading down onto nearby streets. The falling rubble trapped people in their cars and apartments and temporarily shut down Metro-North trains in the area.

Dozens of rescuers, including firefighters and police, continue to hunt for survivors or victims buried in the rubble of the two adjoining buildings at 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem.

While some likened the scene to a smaller scale 9/11, terrorism was quickly ruled out as the culprit because a) it’s East Harlem and b) there was a strong smell of gas. In fact, a nearby resident called Con Edison to complain about the smell of gas minutes prior to the explosion – but the gas crews didn’t get there until after the blast.

“This is a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Minus that 15 minute window where the building reeked like gas.

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High Homeless Man Wins $1.9 Lawsuit

High Homeless Man

A foolproof guide on how to go from high homeless man to high millionaire:

  • Step 1: Do meth
  • Step 2: Wander onto subway tracks
  • Step 3: Profit

In 2006 Robert Obey, 59, who was high on drugs and had a history of mental illness, stumbled onto the tracks at the 33rd Street Station. As is typically the case when a high homeless man hangs out on subway tracks, the train hit him. Although Obey survived, the train severed his left foot.  

Obey, who had a history of playing in the subway tracks, had just left a methadone clinic hours before the accident and, according to his lawyer, “could not remember how he wound up on the tracks.” Yeah, meth will do that to you.

Fast forward to present day and a Manhattan jury has awarded him $1.9 million in damages. I wonder how much meth $1.9 million can buy?

Obey’s lawyer claimed it didn’t matter that his client was a drug addict with a subway track fetish, the only thing that mattered was that the train’s operator waited until pulling into the next station before reporting the accident. The jury agreed, finding the New York City Transit Authority 40% at fault for the incident. A minute delay in reporting may not bring back the severed foot, but it does bring in $1.9 million.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority says it will appeal the decision and for once, people are siding with public transit.

Moral of the story: abusing drugs pays off.

Via: NY Daily News

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Sean Hannity Threatens to Leave New York… Then Backtracks

Sean Hannity

Every now and then when a Democrat is on the verge of winning an election or implementing some kind of new “socialist” policy, some nut job will threaten to move to Canada – because Canada would never stand for socialized healthcare and high taxes, right? Then once it happens, they realize moving is a huge pain and end up staying put and pretending they never opened their big mouth. Well this time it’s  Sean Hannity’s turn.

Conservative radio host Sean Hannity threatened to leave New York and move to Florida or Texas after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a comment last week that far-right extremist Republicans aren’t welcome in the state.

In a recent radio interview, Gov. Cuomo said that extreme conservatives who are pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-gay have “no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Sean Hannity’s reaction: I’m packing my bags and leaving!

Even though Gov. Cuomo was referring to the political prospects of extreme conservative political candidates in the notoriously Democratic state, not regular citizens being unwelcome, Hannity (along with other volatile conservatives – I’m talking about you Glenn Beck) did not take the remarks well.

“Now I want to tell you something — I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that, and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County. I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it. I can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas.”

Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me — every single, solitary penny,” Sean Hannity continued “And by the way governor, because I work here — there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”

After his over-reaction, Hannity thought about it and realized he shouldn’t have opened his big mouth. In an appearance on Greta Van Susteren’s Fox News show On the Record, Hannity attempted to backtrack on his promise to leave New York.

“I think people might have interpreted it that I’m leaving the next day. If I could I probably would, but I like to consider myself a responsible person,” Hannity said, adding that too many people depend on his show to make a living.

Instead, he said, he and his wife will continue to live in the “United Socialist State of New York,” and just complain more about the high taxes – at least until Donald Trump becomes the governor.

Via: Fox News & Washington Times

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Current Event Cat of the Day: New York City Train Wreck

Current Event Cat - New York City Train Wreck

The ongoing investigation into the New York City train wreck has revealed that there were two culprits behind the accident in the Bronx that left four dead and more than 60 injured: speed and fatigue.

Apparently the driver of the Metro-North train may have been asleep at the wheel – at a crucial point.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the train that derailed early Sunday morning was traveling at 82 mph heading into a dangerous curve that required the train to be slowed down to 30 mph. Unfortunately William Rockefeller, a veteran engineer with an unblemished record (until now…), had fallen asleep for a few moments and woke up as the train was speeding around the curve.

The engineer told emergency workers that he “dumped the brakes” when he realized the curve was coming too quickly, but by that point it was too late and the seven cars derailed, stopping just short of the Harlem river. He later told investigators that he “nodded” and “zoned out.”

Rockefeller, along with the rest of the Metro North crew, took drug and alcohol tests following the train wreck, but everything came back negative.

Rockefeller is not handling the train wreck all that well. He was “very traumatized” and had not slept in 24 hours following the crash. Considering he what happened the last time he was tired, he probably shouldn’t be operating any more trains until he gets some rest…

“He’s devastated by the loss of life, by the injuries to the passengers and his fellow crew members, and he’s extremely upset about all of it,” Mr Bottalico, chairman of the Association of Commuter Rail Employees said.

Bottalico said he was confident the investigation would reveal there was no criminal intent, but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said officials at the agency must ensure the driver “is disciplined in an appropriate way” – by going to bed at a reasonable hour.

Via: BBC News

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Voters Head to the Polls in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia

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The vote is ON in three US states as voters head to the polls in the first major round of elections since last year’s Obama-Romney showdown.

Voters in New York City will bid farewell to three-term mayor Michael Bloomberg by choosing his successor while voters in New Jersey and Virginia will decide their next governors.

Here are Reagan’s top picks:

  • New York City Mayor: Bill de Blasio!
  • New Jersey Governor: Chris Christie!
  • Virginia Governor: Who cares? They’re both terrible.

New York City Mayor

Bill-de-Blasio-and-Joseph-LhotaAs a native Torontonian, my only criteria for a mayor of a major city is that they don’t smoke crack and “get hammered on the Danforth,” but New Yorkers may have slightly higher expectations.

Voters can choose between Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, a super liberal public advocate who ran Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign and has a bi-racial family with their own choreographed dance moves and Joe Lhota, a Republican who ran the city’s public transport authority under Mayor Bloomberg and would NOT stop the subways if there were kittens on the track.

However, it’s not so much a choice as a foregone conclusion. Bill de Blasio is CRUSHING the polls so much that he is worried about depressing voter turnout. The Democratic candidate is leading the polls by about 40 points – so he better get working on that victory party.

New Jersey Governor

Chris Christie FoodIn another electoral race that isn’t so much a race as it is a crushing defeat, incumbent Republican Governor Chris Christie is expected to win re-election in New Jersey handily, despite yelling at every teacher he meets on the campaign trail.

But New Jersey voters aren’t watching to see if Chris Christie, the man who saved the state from Superstorm Sandy, can beat his Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono, because of course he can – he’s 20 points ahead and she can’t even raise money! No, New Jersey is watching to see if he’ll beat her so badly that he’ll be a shoo-in for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

Virginia Governor

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidates Hold Second DebateAnd then there’s Virginia…. The race for Virginia’s next governor is between ultra-conservative, Tea-party loving, state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and politically corrupt Democrat Terry McAuliffe who once left his wife and newborn baby in a car for an hour while he attended a fundraiser.

As one voter lamented, it’s like picking between “a heart attack and cancer.” So much for the lesser of two evils… Even two of the state’s major newspapers, the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Roanoke Times, declined to endorse either candidate. Nevertheless, it seems Virginia voters are siding slightly with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and his questionable business deals – but spoiled ballots may be the true winner of this race.

Via: New York Times & CBS News

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Shocking News: A Kenyan Wins the New York City Marathon

New York City Marathon Winners

Scratch that. TWO Kenyans won the New York City marathon on Sunday.

Geoffrey Mutai, 32, held on to his New York City Marathon title as he crossed the Central Park finish line at 2 hours, 8 minutes, and 24 seconds, beating out nearly 50,000 others runners/slow-pokes. Fellow Kenyan Priscah Jeptoo, 29, came from behind to win the women’s race, finishing at 2 hours, 25 minutes, and 7 seconds.

But the real winner was security! Security was “everywhere” in the 26.2-mile, five-borough race, which meant no shooters hiding in the grassing knoll, no marathon bombers lurking in the crowd, and no Hurricane Sandy in sight.

Forty-seven bomb-sniffing dogs were on patrol, 1,500 surveillance cameras were focused on the route, and scuba divers were in position in case something happened to the bridges. But that still wasn’t enough: helicopters hovered overhead, barricades limited access to the Central Park finish line, metal detector wands were used to check people at the Staten Island starting-line site, and runners were asked to carry their gear in clear plastic bags. So… marathons have become airport security?

Some runners and spectators were creeped out by the site of armed guards with machine guns watching them run and cheer, while others weren’t bothered and felt more secure with the heightened security presence.

“To see a huge gun on the boat next to us, that wasn’t expected. It was kind of drastic, but, unfortunately, it’s just what has to be done after people destroy an event for other people,” one runner said.

Worst Parade“It wasn’t a bother at all. But that’s only because I’m from Israel,” another participant added.

And one spectator just thought is was the worst parade ever.

Via: The New York Times

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How To Save A Rhino By Shooting One… And Other News

Black Rhino

Kill a rhino, save a rhino! The Dallas Safari Club is auctioning off a permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Namibia.

Namibia has an annual quota to kill up to five black rhinos out of the country’s herd population of 1,795 rhinos. The rhinos who are singled out to be killed are aging, non-breeding beasts, which tend to kill off younger rhinos – so killing the mean older black rhinos is all part of Namibia’s population management technique. And now one lucky millionaire hunter can join in the fun! The Dallas Safari Club hopes to auction off the rhino kill for a million dollars – the proceeds of which will go towards The Conservation Trust Fund for Namibia’s Black Rhino. “First and foremost, this is about saving the black rhino,” Ben Carter, the executive director of the Dallas Safari Club said. But second and secondmost, it’s about killing the black rhino. Al Jazeera

Obama ScanThis week on Who is the NSA Spying on Now, Spain! The newest revelation to come from the Edward Snowden leaked documents is that the NSA collected data on 60 million phone calls in Spain over the course of December 2012. The news comes after confirmation that numerous world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have had their personal phones tapped. Obama apologized to Merkel but claims he did not know what the NSA was up to. The NSA has so many eavesdropping operations they can’t keep track of them – let alone brief the president on them! But now that Obama (and the rest of the world) knows, it’s time to put a stop to it. According to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Diane Feinstein, the White House has decided to halt the spying programs targeting allied governments. “Unless the United States is engaged in hostilities against a country or there is an emergency need for this type of surveillance, I do not believe the United States should be collecting phone calls or emails of friendly presidents and prime ministers,” she said. Unfriendly leaders, however, are fair game. Reuters

one-world-trade-centerAnonymous street artist Banksy isn’t making many friends in New York City. After spraying graffiti all over town, Banksy has now insulted One World Trade Center in a rejected New York Times op-ed. Calling the building “biggest eyesore in New York,” Banksy views One World Trade Center as “a betrayal of everyone who lost their lives on September 11th, because it so clearly proclaims the terrorists won. Those 10 men have condemned us to live in a world more mediocre than the one they attacked, rather than be the catalyst for a more dazzling new one.” Ouch. He the went on to say, “It’s vanilla. It’s like something they would build in Canada.” Looks like he’s not making friends in Canada either. The Guardian

NYC MayorThe New York City mayoral debate is being delayed so residents can properly reflect on Hurricane Sandy. For some reason no one noticed this earlier, but the final debate was scheduled for October 29, the one year anniversary of the storm. Both candidates asked for the debate to be moved to Wednesday so they could properly mourn/pull a few publicity stunts in a desperate attempt to win some last minute votes. Democrat Bill de Blasio and the Republican anti-kitten candidate Joe Lhota issued a joint statement saying “this day should be marked with solemn reflection and remembrance.” The New York Times

Putin GayPutin has promised to make gay and lesbian athletes “feel comfortable” at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Russia has been criticized recently over a new law banning “homosexual propaganda” targeted towards youth, but now Putin wants to make clear that gay athletes are A-Okay. “We will do everything to make sure that athletes, fans and guests feel comfortable at the Olympic Games regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation,” Putin told the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Although Putin feels most comfortable wrestling bears in the wilderness, so maybe he isn’t the best judge of comfort… CNN

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