New York — Police in New York City plan to combat the theft of painkillers and other highly addictive prescription medicines by asking pharmacies around the city to hide fake pill bottles fitted with GPS devices amid the legitimate supplies on their shelves. The New York Police Department believes the so-called "bait bottles" could help investigators track stolen drugs and locate suspects. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly is expected to unveil the plan Tuesday at a La Quinta, Calif., conference on health issues hosted by former President Bill Clinton´s foundation. In prepared remarks provided in advance of his appearance, Kelly says
Comments: Thieves will simply dump the pills into plastic bags available at the pharmacy counter, the same way stolen purses and wallets are discarded immediately after the cash and credit cards have been removed.
Costly crime-prevention program foiled in a few seconds. Keep criminals locked away? Can´t do that. Turn in your guns, people; the police are there to protect you.
Ha ha! Nanny Bloomberg will really pull one over on those silly pill bandits! There is no way they will catch on to this...no way what so ever! What next, fake parking meters next to fire hydrants to catch miscreant car parkers?
And this brilliant ´solution´ will cost consumers how much? Why not just punish the thieves more severely when caught? Oh, I forgot. The blue states and cities do not agree with Ronald Reagan about crime and personal responsibility. Which is why these places are fast becoming hell on earth.
Actually, this is a semi-intelligent idea. I may know criminal a little bit better than most, having a LEO background. Believe me, this project, if properly implemented will catch many thieves and may deter a few others. In the end, criminals will catch on and realize they can block the signals very easily (I won´t say how here). It won´t take the smarter one any time at all to thwart the tracer. However, the smarter criminals only account for a very small percentage of the overall crime element in our society. Most of them are just smash and grab idiots who don´t think two seconds past their next fix.
I now have been made aware of this why? If this was a real attempt to stop crime wouldn´t it be important not to let the "bad guys" know that a trap has been set? If I know, what keeps them from knowing? Saw the story on TV, FOX, so literacy isn´t a firewall. Or is it that publicity covering the apearence of action is the goal.
Jersey City is known for its ´colorful´ political past. There´s Frank Hague, known as "the granddaddy of New Jersey Bosses," whose political machine was unrivaled in its day. There was Bernard Berry, who made his reputation banning rock and roll music from within the city limits. And there was Anthony Cucci, who threatened to foreclose on the Statue of Liberty due to an unpaid water bill. So when newly elected Mayor Steve Fulop found a pair of safes in the municipal building that had not been opened in a generation or more, he was understandably intrigued. The safes are in
The price for fresh whole chickens hit its all-time high in the United States in October, according to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In January 1980, when BLS started tracking the price of this commodity, fresh whole chickens cost $0.69 per pound. By this October 2003, fresh whole chickens cost $1.54 per pound. (Snip) In 2003 and 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency used the Clean Water Act to impose new regulations on “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs),” targeting the manure they produce. In 2003, the EPA issued a final rule in the Federal Register to
Trenton — Gov. Chris Christie tonight said he would not sign the current Senate version of the so-called Dream Act, but that he still wants to extend in-state tuition to the children of immigrants who came to this country illegally. “They’re overreaching and making it unsignable and making the benefits richer than the federal program, the federal Dream Act, that’s simply not acceptable for me," the Republican governor said during his monthly call-in show on NJ 101.5 FM. The Senate on Nov. 18 approved the measure (S2479), which advocates say will affect tens of thousands of New Jersey residents.
New York — Scientists have uncovered a 3,700-year-old wine cellar in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in Israel, and chemical analysis shows this is where they kept the good stuff. Samples from the ceramic jars suggest they held a luxurious beverage that was evidently reserved for banquets, researchers said. “It’s not wine that somebody is just going to come home from a hard day and kick back and drink,” said Andrew Koh of Brandeis University. He found signs of a blend of ingredients that may have included honey, mint, cedar, tree resins and cinnamon bark. The discovery confirms how
Washington — The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes fell in October for the fifth straight month. Higher mortgage rates, price increases and the 16-day partial government shutdown held back sales. The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index dipped 0.6 percent to 102.1. That’s the lowest level since December. September’s reading was revised slightly higher to 102.7. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The drop suggests final sales will remain weak in the coming months. The Realtors’ group said
WASHINGTON – USAID, the government agency in charge of distributing tax dollars to foreign aid projects, once again is being hit with allegations and audits exposing how fraud and corruption are undermining its programs. Though the government says it´s taking "steps" to address the problems, the multiple reports reflect a decades-long problem with how USAID money is administered and, critics say, how little has been done to fix it. "There´s a cult around foreign aid and those who question it," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told FoxNews.com. One new investigation shows millions are being stolen and sold on the black market
Irvington — Using eminent domain to bail out underwater homeowners won´t fix all Irvington´s problems, but Mayor Wayne Smith thinks anything that can help some residents of his economically struggling township is worth trying. "It´s not a panacea," Smith said. "But it looks like it could help some people." Irvington is the second municipality in the country to declare its intent to use eminent domain to purchase homes in foreclosure, behind Richmond, Calif. Support for the tactic is gaining traction nationwide in municipalities besieged by foreclosures. Irvington´s neighbor Newark, as well as Brockton, Mass., Chicago, and Yonkers, N.Y., have floated or are
Google may tout itself as being a publicly responsible, green fingered, all-things-good company that touts green technology, but the companies chief executives are not setting a good example from on high. In fact, it would appear they´re flying high whilst American taxpayers foot the bill. Despite lobbying the federal government on environmental policy, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt have put 3.4 million miles on their private jets in recent years, polluting the atmosphere with 100 million pounds of carbon dioxide according to The Blaze. Forget using Google Hangouts to conduct business, the execs prefer the old-fashioned
New Jersey added 2,200 jobs in September and October, while the jobless rate ticked down slightly, giving little sign of a robust economic recovery in the first employment report released in two months due to the federal government shutdown. The state lost 2,000 private sector jobs and added 4,200 government jobs in the two-month period, according to the report released by New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The report also revised New Jersey´s previous loss of 1,500 jobs in August, to a gain of 1,400 jobs. (Snip) The jobless rate ticked down from 8.5 percent in August, to
The Port Authority will be stuffing its coffers with holiday travelers’ cash. New Yorkers heading home from the Thanksgiving weekend are going to get roasted when they try to cross the PA’s bridges and tunnels, as a rate hike is scheduled to go into effect on Sunday, Dec. 1. E-ZPass tolls on the George Washington Bridge, Lincoln Tunnel, and Holland Tunnel will increase by 75 cents to $11 during peak hours. Off-peak, they will increase from $8.25 to $9. (Snip) Truckers whose vehicles have six axles will pay $84 in peak hours, up from $72. Trucks with four axles
Crime figures are routinely massaged by police desperate to show that they are making the streets safer, it was claimed yesterday. Serious offences including rape, child sex abuse, robberies and burglary are disappearing in a ‘puff of smoke’, MPs were told. Police are accused of downgrading crimes to less serious offences and even erasing them altogether by labelling them as accidents or errors. One police analyst claimed that hundreds of burglaries ‘disappeared’ in a matter of weeks at the Met after managers intervened. (Snip) Chairman Bernard Jenkin said he was ‘shocked’ by the evidence. ‘What we have heard is how there
Yet another incident of violence near a PATH station occurred this afternoon, resulting in a half dozen teens being taken into custody in Hoboken, officials said. A group of what were described as high school students outside the Hoboken Terminal/PATH Station at about 1 p.m. were verbally harassing people and throwing bottles, New Jersey Transit spokesman William Smith said. When Hoboken police responded, the teens fled into the train station, where they were taken into custody by NJ Transit police officers, Smith said. The teens were then turned over to Hoboken police to be processed, said Smith, adding that it
Conservatives have for years attempted to put our finger upon precisely why Barack Obama strikes us as queer in precisely the way he does. There is an alienness about him, which in the fever swamps is expressed in all that ridiculous Kenyan-Muslim hokum, but his citizen-of-the-world shtick is strictly sophomore year — the great globalist does not even speak a foreign language. Obama has been called many things — radical, socialist — labels that may have him dead to rights at the phylum level but not down at his genus or species. His social circle includes an alarming number of
Everyone has a favorite recipe, find it in the back of a kitchen drawer, call your mom, see if you still have that dog-eared copy of the Joy of Cooking. It´s on the back of an old electric bill stuck inside the back cover. Find it and post it for all your LCom friends. If you have a special request let us know, someone can find it somewhere.
Though the Obama administration said that individuals making under $45,960 would get Obamacare subsidies, low-income young people in most of America´s big cities who relied on that promise are discovering they will be ineligible for them. According to a CNN report, though young people are now required to purchase insurance under Obamacare or pay a fine, "many low-income younger Americans won´t get any subsidy at all" because, as the Obama administration claims, the "cost of insurance is lower than the government initially expected." In April, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius "told a
The sounds of Christmas in the Obama White House mean James Taylor, Mariah Carey and Nat King Cole. “The kids tease me that they know it’s Christmas when I pull out my playlist,” First Lady Michelle Obama tells Ladies’ Home Journal. The holiday tunes are accompanied by hot chocolate and a fire in the Yellow Oval room as President Obama and his family decorate their tree. “Christmas has always been a special time in my household,” Michelle Obama says in the December/January issue. “Growing up, we lived in a little-bitty apartment, but my mom put her heart and soul into decorating that house.”
Noel Ignatiev, a professor at Massachusetts College of Art, has for years advocated the total elimination of Caucasians. During his final lecture before retirement last Monday, he told his white male students "you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease." NOEL IGNATIEV: If you are a white male, you don’t deserve to live. You are a cancer, you’re a disease, white males have never contributed anything positive to the world! They only murder, exploit and oppress non-whites! At least a white woman can have sex with a black man and make a brown baby but what can a
Appearing on Arsenio Hall’s talk show over the weekend, ?Jesse Jackson defended both President Obama, who he said has faced heretofore unseen advsersity as president, as well as Jackson’s embattled son, who he said “had the best voting record in the Congress” before he was sentenced by unfair laws. On the president, Jackson praised him for “serving us well against the most hostility an American president has ever had” and “more attempts to derail his legislation then in the history of the country.” Between job creation and his efforts in Iraq, President Obama has “maintained a kind of dignity” without stooping
Normally, I don´t traffic much in gossip, but the case of Valerie Jarrett is different. She may well be the most powerful woman in America, and almost certainly is the most powerful member of the Obama administration. The adjective "shadowy" definitely applies to this woman who enjoys her power through her relationship to the President, having never been confirmed by Senate hearings. Her title as "Senior Adviser" to the President barely scratches the surface of her real power. President Obama has time for his 150+ rounds of golf, his extensive television watching, and his expertise on March Madness bracketology because ValJar,
The Obamacare rollout remains a debacle, but now enough time has passed that smart people are beginning to dissect what went wrong. So far, the best take I´ve seen comes from Internet pioneer Clay Shirky, who notes that the politicians weren´t listening to the people doing the actual work. I was talking about this to my Administrative Law class not long ago. I had told them that there are few real secrets in D.C. because everyone sleeps with everyone else. A student then asked why both the administration and the GOP seemed to have been blindsided by the Obamacare website problems. "I guess nobody was sleeping with the techies,"
Located just 50 miles off the U.S. coast, north of New York City, sits Petra, a heart-shaped island that now belongs to Brad Pitt, after Angelina reportedly shelled out £12.2million to buy it for his 50th birthday. Pitt is apparently an architect fanatic, so when Jolie discovered that the island´s only two homes were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, she was sold. Pitt once said,“When I discovered Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright, it changed my life.” A source revealed that “as soon as Angelina heard the island was on the market she arranged a viewing. She was really impressed.
Pure, sweet, schadenfreudean goodness from Politico. See now why I think there’s a chance that those new Iran sanctions pass with veto-proof majorities? Turns out, after three years and a half years of development plus two months of frantic triage to Healthcare.gov, Democrats are finally ready to hold the White House accountable for its giant O-Care fark-up. A little. “The president and his team have repeatedly assured us that the system will be working by Dec. 1. That’s when I start looking at what we have to do in our oversight function to hold the administration accountable for making it work.” Rep.
ObamaCare may have backfired in its goal of making smoking so expensive that users quit, public health experts say, as sky-high insurance premiums force smokers to drop coverage altogether and lose smoking cessation programs along with it. "Tobacco surcharges are not proven to help tobacco users quit and there are major concerns that they will prevent people from getting health care coverage," the American Lung Association´s Jennifer Singleterry said. The ALA supports the Affordable Care Act, as does the American Cancer Society, but both oppose the tobacco penalty because they believe it makes insurance unaffordable for smokers. "Charging tobacco users
"Trust is like virginity: once you lose it it´s hard to get it back." So spoke pollster John Zogby, commenting on his latest poll on President Obama´s handling of his office. Quoted by Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner: "Most ominous for Mr. Obama is that 57 percent now disapprove of his job. That is his worst number yet. This includes 57 percent of men and 55 percent of women; 51 percent of moderates, 24 percent of liberals and 24 percent of Democrats; 66 percent of independents and 40 percent of Hispanics. Meanwhile, a separate poll by CNN/ORC International found: 53%