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1) NSA spying: PRISM began under President George W. Bush, who also rammed down our throats the Patriot Act. Now, the GOP hates President Obama for spying on us? 2) The Associated Press: Since when do Republicans object to finding leaks of secrets? 3) IRS investigations: Doesn’t any group named “Taxed Enough Already” trying to set up tax shelters deserve investigation? Stop witch hunting, GOP. It failed under Bill Clinton, and it will fail now. J. I can’t say that I agree with his decision to go public. But if he was aware that he could be charged with being an accessory after the fact to crimes against our citizens after seeing what the government was doing, he was left with little choice. Gregory J. Topliff
Middle Village: Mayor Bloomberg declared war on city unions by denying the pay these workers are owed, yet he spares no expense when it comes to contracting out services. He has the public believing taxpayers will have to pick up the tab for workers’ contracts and back pay. But he forgets that the city has earned interest on the backs of public workers by not providing contracts. On top of that, these workers have to pay taxes on any money due them. Who wins here? You do the math. Roseann Schembri
Brooklyn: Thanks so much to the good Samaritan who came to my rescue on Avenue L off Ralph Ave. While on my way home from work on Thursday, I did something I hardly ever do talk on my iPhone while walking down the street. I probably should have known better, but that didn’t make it okay for some guy to come up behind me and grab my phone. To my surprise, a wonderful young gentleman saw what occurred, chased the perpetrator and got my phone back to me. He literally risked his safety for me. In all the confusion, I did not get his name. I want to thank him for his selfless act of kindness to a complete stranger. It has renewed my faith that there are still everyday heroes in the world. May he always have good karma. In the spring of 1994 in a little country known as Rwanda, 800,000 people were slain in what was arguably the worst genocide since the atrocities of World War II. and other UN countries. Due to his lack of interest, men, women, children and the elderly were Burberry Handbags systematically slain. Before he takes Obama to task over Syria, Bill Clinton should take a good look in the mirror and at the blood on his hands. Charles Monk
Brooklyn: The feds want to monitor overt stop and frisk violations perpetrated by the NYPD on one of this city’s most disenfranchised populations. But over the years, dozens of unarmed people of color Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, etc. have been killed by the NYPD, and there was never talk of federal monitoring before. It’s as if it’s okay for the NYPD to take the lives of innocent black men, but to unconstitutionally violate their civil rights with stop and frisk is unacceptable. And watching Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defend this racist policy is akin to listening to an 18th century slave owner defend his way of life. This is not the New York I grew up in, nor is it part of the nation that I volunteered to give my life for in the military. I only hope that future generations will look back on this period in disgust. Tyrone Garrett
Far Rockaway: Contrary to the belief of the Daily News Editorial Board (“Holder lets down Justice,” June 14), the ends don’t justify the means, no matter how laudable the intentions are. The sheer number of black and Latino citizens stopped under the guise that they were acting suspiciously proves the unconstitutional nature of stop and frisk as applied, giving weight to the attorney general’s decision to endorse further oversight of the NYPD. Instead of attacking Eric Holder, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly need to come up with a solution to removing guns from the streets that doesn’t criminalize whole neighborhoods. Chris Pettaway
Jersey City: After reading the letter by Voicer John Greyson regarding Arsenio Rodriguez, I decided to look for more information about the musician, as my father used to play trumpet in one of Rodriguez’s conjuntos. Although Greyson correctly mentions that Rodriguez was a bandleader as well as a prolific composer (who wrote nearly 200 song lyrics) and played the tres, Rodriguez also played the tumbadora (or conga) in folkloric rumba music. Salsa was not around prior to Rodriguez’s time, but he was prolific in creating the music that would evolve into salsa. He was a brilliant musician, and my father was lucky to perform with him and appear on some of his albums. Kim Andrews
Editor’s Picks Yankees Insider: Tex can’t leg it out MILWAUKEE Mark Teixeira’s wrist hasn’t given him any trouble, evidenced by his six home runs in the past 12 games. His legs? That’s another story.
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Lawrence: Pierce’s message scores with Brooklyn Paul Pierce doesn’t do math like the rest of us. He’s got the Nets playing in a Game 7 Monday night against the Heat, when everyone knows it’s really only Game 4 of the second round playoff series.
Mets Insider: Familia could get closer job The Mets may have found a closer, and he’s not an aging pitcher like Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth. Following Sunday’s 5 4 win over the Phillies, Terry Collins said 24 year old Jeurys Familia was “close” to getting a shot in the ninth inning.
Men of Steal: Ellsbury, Young ride express trains into Subway Series Jacoby Ellsbury loves the feeling that everyone in the ballpark knows he’s going to try to steal and he swipes the base anyway. Eric Young Jr. says taking off from first puts him into a “zone out” state where he can’t hear anything until the umpire’s safe or out call.
Madden: Improbable comeback just the inspiration for Subway Series Bring on the Yankees! And while we’re at it, bring on Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom as well.
Isola: City thinking dynasty after latest title Maybe it wasn’t as dramatic as Manchester City’s Premier League title two years ago, but the feeling around the Etihad Stadium was the same as fans dressed in light blue stormed the field at the final whistle.
Mass. church spared from boulder’s wrath (VIDEO) A pastor is claiming divine intervention after a behemoth boulder cast forth during a construction blast nearly gutted a Massachusetts church.
Graffiti vandal nabbed for painting tag in three locations Joseph Guilfoyle, 43, was busted May 5 for painting his tag, SOE, on the FDR Drive at E. 72nd St. and on the Harlem River Drive at E. 125th St. and 159th St., police said.
Kerr near deal to become new Knicks coach: source Steve Kerr is inching closer to finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Knicks, according to a source close to the TNT broadcaster.
Spirit of St. Louis! Marty scores on emotional night as Rangers force Game 7 At home on Mother’s Day, Martin St. Louis put one home for mom, and the Rangers forced a Game 7 with a spirited 3 1 Game 6 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden.
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Wu Tang rapper explains why he cut off penis A combination of depression, marijuana, and a book about monks and vasectomies led a Wu Tang clan affiliated rapper to cut off his penis and jump off a second story balcony in an unsuccessful suicide attempt.
Man dies day after E. Village attack; suspect wanted A 68 year old man who was beaten on a street in Alphabet City on Friday night died of his injuries the following day, police said.
Washington Monument to reopen for first time in 3 years WASHINGTON More than 150 cracks have been repaired, rainwater leaks have been sealed, and the 130 year old Washington Monument will reopen Monday for the first time in nearly three years since an earthquake caused widespread damage. The memorial honoring George Washington has been closed for about 33 months for engineers to conduct an extensive analysis and restoration of the 555 foot stone obelisk that was once the tallest structure in the world.
Jeter set to take part in final Subway Series When Derek Jeter and the Yankees took the field for the first Subway Series back in 1997, the edict from George Steinbrenner was simple: Win.
‘Wolf of Wall Street’ storms off ’60 Minutes’ set The Wolf of Wall Street can still howl. Jordan Belfort, the swindling stockbroker portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in a blockbuster biopic, exploded during a sit down interview for Australia’s ’60 Minutes’ before storming off the set.
Boy Scouts rescued injured NBC journalist Ann Curry There’s a badge for that. The scouts of Troop 368 had no idea that the injured hiker they carried do Burberry Handbags wn Harriman State Park’s Bear Mountain with a crafted splint and stretcher was television journalist Ann Curry.
Rutgers QB Nelson allegedly beats former football player into critical condition Rutgers quarterback Philip Nelson, a recent transfer from the University of Minnesota, was arrested for allegedly assaulting another football player in Mankato, Minn. early Sunday morning, according to multiple reports.