Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • 13-year-old son of slain NYPD officer mourns father on Facebook

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 15 hrs ago

    In a pair of a heart-wrenching Facebook posts, the son of one of the two NYPD officers killed in Saturday's apparent ambush paid tribute to his slain father.

    "This is the worst day of my life," Jaden Ramos, the 13-year-old son of Rafael Ramos, wrote.

    "Today I had to say bye to my father," Jaden continued. "He was their [sic] for me everyday of my life, he was the best father I could ask for. It's horrible that someone gets shot dead just for being a police officer. Everyone says they hate cops but they are the people that they call for help. I will always love you and I will never forget you. RIP Dad."

    Jaden's Facebook posts have been shared more than 8,000 times.

    Police say Rafael Ramos, 40, and his partner, 32-year-old Wenjian Liu, were killed Saturday as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn by a gunman who earlier in the day had announced on social media that he planned to kill two "pigs" in retribution for the recent U.S. police killings of two unarmed black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

    Hours earlier, police say, Brinsley warned on Instagram that he would be "putting wings on pigs today."

  • Obama, de Blasio blasted over NYPD cop slayings

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 17 hrs ago

    Lawmakers, civil rights leaders and other officials took to Sunday-morning talk shows to condemn Saturday's slayings of two NYPD police officers in Brooklyn by a gunman who authorities say announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

    Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly placed the blame on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for fanning the flames of antipolice anger during the protests earlier this month.

    "I think when the mayor made statements about that he had to train his son — who is biracial — to be careful when he's dealing with the police, I think that set off this latest firestorm," Kelly said on ABC's “This Week with George Stephanopoulos." "And quite frankly, the mayor ran an antipolice campaign last year when he ran for mayor."

    On CBS' "Face The Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham said de Blasio had "undercut his cops" with his comments, but did not blame the mayor.

    "We have a violence problem," Brooks said.

  • Obama speaks on North Korea's 'cyber vandalism,' not being 'rolled' by Putin, and closing Gitmo

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 19 hrs ago

    In what is expected to be his final interview of the year, President Barack Obama addressed a wide range of topics on CNN, including North Korea's cyber attack on Sony Pictures, Cuba, Russian President Vladimir Putin, race relations in America, and the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay — a facility he says he will do everything to close.

    “I'm going to be doing everything I can to close it," President Obama told Candy Crowley in a interview that aired Sunday. "It is something that continues to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world, the fact that these folks are being held. It is contrary to our values and it is wildly expensive. We're spending millions for each individual there. And we have drawn down the population there significantly.”

    The Pentagon said on Saturday that four Afghan prisoners held for more than a decade at Guantanamo have been sent home. Obama vowed to close the facility when he took office in 2009.

    President Obama was also asked about last week's historic easing of sanctions against Cuba and the start of talks that may lead to restoring full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

  • Bill O'Reilly declares victory in the 'War on Christmas'

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    Bill O'Reilly, who has become Christianity's General Patton in the so-called “War on Christmas," declared victory on Wednesday.

    “We won the war," O'Reilly said on his Fox News show after learning that a recent Pew survey found 72 percent of Americans say Christian symbols like Nativity scenes should be allowed on government property.

    According to the poll, conducted earlier this month, 44 percent support the public displays whether or not symbols of other faiths are included.

    “It isn't a mythical war on Christmas," the “O'Reilly Factor" host continued. “It's real, and we just won."

    O'Reilly continued his victory speech in an appearance on NBC's “Late Night With Seth Meyers."

    “I might have just fulfilled my last obligation on earth," O'Reilly joked.

    Perhaps O'Reilly will tune in.

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  • Misspelled sign may have cost principal her job

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    A principal has been reassigned after a misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside a New Jersey school.

    The message on the sign above the entryway to Paterson’s Public School Number 20 included three mistakes: December was spelled "Dicember," report as "reepor" and a "1" was placed backwards.

    The errors drew the ire of school Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook.

    “At first I didn’t believe it," Teague told CBS New York. "I thought it was Photoshopped or something."

    When Teague found out it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook.

    "How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the administration can't?" Teague wrote. "We must be held to a higher standard.”

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  • Cigar lovers take to Twitter to celebrate change in U.S.-Cuba policy

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    Lovers of Cuban cigars are celebrating the news that the loosening of travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba means authorized American travelers will be allowed to return with up to $100 of alcohol and tobacco products.

    "That can include cigars," a senior administration official told reporters Wednesday before President Barack Obama announced a historic easing of sanctions against Cuba and the start of talks that may lead to restoring full diplomatic relations between the two countries — and put an end to the 53-year U.S.-imposed trade embargo.

    “Today America chooses to cut loose the shackles of the past, so as to reach for a better future for the Cuban people, for the American people, for our entire hemisphere and for the world,” Obama declared at the White House.

    But Twitter users were particularly excited about the cigar development.


  • Jerry Garcia's letter to Vogue cover model going up for auction

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    A rare handwritten letter by the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to a Vogue cover model is going up for auction.

    In the two-part letter, postmarked June 22, 1982, Garcia, who met the model at a party in New York City in 1980, thanks the unidentified woman for sending him postcards from Europe, then clumsily explains why it took him so long to respond.

    “Thank you really for sending that postcard, I feel like it’s sort of our first ‘official’ communication somehow," Garcia writes. "I’ve been hoping we could get together ever since we first met at Al’s that winter nite so long ago (sigh)... I hope it doesn’t seem like I’ve been avoiding you, although I admit I’ve kind of been waiting for the opportunity (that is, the ‘right’ opportunity) for us to meet in some kind of neutral context that would be comfortable and relaxed and free of any pressure.

    In a second part of the note, written on letterhead from New York's Hotel Parker Meridien, Garcia continues:

    The legendary frontman touches on everything from the invasion of the Falkland Islands to the birth of Prince William to fear of performing acoustic.

  • Clinton early 2016 front-runner — but 'barely': NBC News/WSJ poll

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 4 days ago

    While half of American voters say they could see themselves supporting Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race, 48 percent could not, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds. That makes Clinton "the early presidential front-runner — but barely," NBC reports.

    More voters said they would prefer to see a Republican in the White House (40 percent) than a Democrat (38 percent), the survey found. And 71 percent of American voters "want the next president to take a different approach than President Barack Obama's" — something that could come back to sting the former secretary of state, who served in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013.

    And by 40 percent to 38 percent, voters prefer a Republican to win the White House in 2016 instead of a Democrat.

    While Bush and Clinton enjoy name recognition, the specter of another race involving the political families could prove troubling at the polls.

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  • Majority of Americans say CIA tactics detailed in Senate's 'torture' report were justified

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    A majority of Americans believe that the harsh interrogation tactics detailed in last week's Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's handling of prisoners after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were warranted, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.

    The survey — conducted following the release of the committee's long-awaited report on the CIA's controversial techniques — found that 51 percent of Americans approved of the tactics, while 28 percent said they went too far.

    "Under any common meaning of the term, CIA detainees were tortured," Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Dianne Feinstein said in releasing the report, which does not itself use the word torture.

    On Sunday, former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the program, refusing to call practices of "involuntary rectal feeding" outlined in the report "torture."

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  • U.S. Navy developing robotic spy fish

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 days ago

    Usually, it's Hollywood that's inspired by the U.S. military. This time, it's the other way around.

    The U.S. Navy is developing a robotic fish for possible use in naval operations, Virginia's Daily Press reports. The name of the project: "Silent Nemo," in a nod to the popular 2003 Disney film "Finding Nemo."

    The unmanned, biometric device — dubbed "Ghost Swimmer" — is being developed by the Office of Naval Research Rapid Innovation Cell and Boston Engineering. Controlled by a joystick, the 5-foot, 100-pound, tuna-sized "fish" took part in an underwater test swim last week at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia.

    The device can be submerged up to 300 feet and will soon be able to operate on its own, the developers say, although it's unclear when Ghost Swimmer will join the naval fleet.