New York Post
Longtime New York Post columnist Fred Dicker called the Newtown school shooting, in which 20 children died, “a little convenient massacre” for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pass new gun legislation.
Families of Sandy Hook victims are calling for an apology from the gun enthusiast, but he defends his statement.
On his WGDJ radio show Monday, Dicker told political satirist Randy Credico that the school shooting allow Cuomo to finally pass a gun control measure.
“That was his anti-gun legislation, which he had promised not to do, but then he had a little convenient massacre that went on in Newtown, Conn., and all of a sudden there was an opportunity for him,” Dicker said.
“For a professional journalist, I think it was irresponsible and unprofessional for him to say that,” said James Wiltsie, whose cousin Victoria Soto, 27, was one of six adults to die in the shooting. “There’s nothing ‘convenient’ about 26 lives being gunned down in an elementary school.”
“It’s basically putting salt in the wound,” Wiltsie said.
The group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV) has demanded an apology from Dicker.
“For Fred Dicker to call such an event ‘convenient’ is shocking,” said NYAGV’s executive director Leah Gunn Barrett.
Dicker says his statement is being willfully misconstrued.
“This group clearly doesn’t understand, or doesn’t want to understand, my point, which is a sarcastic reference to the governor latching on to an horrendous out-of-state mass killing to advance a political agenda that had nothing to do with the problem of gun-related crime in New York,” Dicker said.
“I wasn’t minimizing the horror at all, just the opposite,” he added. “I used the word ‘massacre’ intentionally because it refers, by definition, to a horrendous large-scale killing, which of course the Newtown horror was.”
Dicker is a fierce gun advocated who keeps a great deal of ammunition in his Albany office, New York Daily News reported.
As a man stood on the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge on the brink of committing suicide, one woman couldn’t help but take the “world’s worst selfie” as she posed for a photo with the dangerous scene behind her.
The man was eventually rescued by police officers, reports The Blaze.
But the mystery woman’s tasteless photo still landed her on the front page of the New York Post and on several news websites on Wednesday.
The Post reports:
“With scores of onlookers watching the dramatic 10 a.m. rescue by cops, the crass camerawoman turned her back to the scene, angled her phone toward the bridge and snapped a shot. When approached by The Post afterward, she suddenly became camera-shy.”
When asked for her name, the woman responded, “I’d rather not.”
Sources: New York Post, Huffington Post, The Blaze
Stephanie Smith, who writes for “Page Six” in the New York Post. says her boyfriend is requiring her to make 300 sandwiches before he proposes.
According to Smith, she and Eric Schulte have “moved in together to a sleek place in Brooklyn, met each other’s parents, traveled internationally without strangling each other and successfully hosted many a dinner party.”
Smith recently revealed her sandwich-making challenge for readers of the New York Post:
My own mother was doubtful. “Honey, can you even cook?” she asked.
“No, but I’ll learn!” I argued.
...I started with the easy things. My second sandwich after the turkey and Swiss was a two-second ice-cream sandwich constructed from Anna’s ginger thin cookies and blackberry currant ice cream. My early thinking was quantity, not quality.
Ten sandwiches or so in, I did the math. Three sandwiches a week, times four weeks a month, times 12 months a year, meant I wouldn’t be done until I was deep into my 30s. How would I finish 300 sandwiches in time for us to get engaged, married and have babies before I exited my childbearing years?
That's when Smith decided to pick up the pace:
Even after covering movie premieres or concerts for Page Six, I found myself stumbling into the kitchen to make Eric a sandwich while I still had on my high heels and party dress.
What does Schulte think about his girlfriend's hard work in the kitchen?
He told the New York Post: “You women read all these magazines to get advice on how to keep a man, and it’s so easy. We’re not complex. Just do something nice for us. Like make a sandwich.”
About a year after starting, Smith says she is now "124 sandwiches away from from an engagement ring."
Readers can follow her sandwich progress on her blog 300Sandwiches.com.
A new bill is being harshly criticized by New York police unions.
The proposed bill would expand the definition of profiling to mean "an act of a member of the force of the police department or other law enforcement officer that relies on actual or perceived race, [ethnicity, religion or] national origin, color, creed, age, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or housing status as the determinative factor in initiating law enforcement action against an individual, rather than an individual's behavior or other information or circumstances that links a person or persons [of a particular race, ethnicity, religion national origin] to suspected unlawful activity.”
Police believe it would severely restrict what factors officers can legally assess before stopping a suspect.
To fight the bill, a half-page ad paid for by the NYPD Captains Endowment Association and the Lieutenants Benevolent Association ran in Thursday’s New York Post. The ad asks: “How effective is a police officer with a blindfold on?” Roy Richter, the president of the Captains Endowment Association is seen in the advertisement wearing a blindfold in Times Square, Fox News reported.
“If a police officer transmits descriptions beyond clothing color they can be sued for racial profiling,” Thursday’s ad reads. “That’s dangerous for the public and police officers.”
Brooklyn Democrat Brad Lander, a co-sponsor of the bill, said that the police unions are mischaracterizing the bill.
“They know they’re misrepresenting the legislation,” Lander said. “Police officers will continue to be able to use skin color and gender and age and height in suspect descriptions. What doesn’t work is profiling people based solely on they’re being one race, being one religion, being gay, living in public housing.”
A copy of the ad is below: