MIKE THROWS LEFT AT FOES OF EVOLUTION. Hits pols pandering to GOP base

BALTIMORE - Mayor Bloomberg lashed out against conservatives yesterday for ignoring science and common sense on issues like stem-cell research, global warming and even evolution. Making his latest foray into national issues, the mayor blamed ideologues for trying to drag the nation back decades by disputing scientifically proven facts. "Today we are seeing hundreds of years of scientific discovery being challenged by people who simply disregard facts that don't happen to agree with their agendas," he told medical graduates of his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. The pointed comments came just a day after Bloomberg made national news with his call to create a way for illegal immigrants to gain legal status - even as he proposed a national ID card sealed with a person's DNA or fingerprints. Bloomberg, a life-long Democrat who joined the GOP to run for mayor in 2001, did not mention the Republican Party or President Bush in his speech. But the mayor, who has been out of lockstep with the party on everything from gun control to abortion, took on some more hot-button issues yesterday. Bloomberg said he was angered to see fundamentalists trying to turn back the clock on teaching evolution in schools - and denounced the intelligent design theory as "creationism by another name." "It boggles the mind that nearly two centuries after Darwin . . . this country is still debating the value of evolution," he said. The mayor was especially scathing about conservatives pandering to the Christian right over the case of Terri Schiavo, the Florida woman who was at the center of a national right-to-die debate. And he sounded a lot like former Vice President Al Gore, who has warned of the dangers of global warning. Those who don't admit the problem, Bloomberg said, are "driven by ideology and short-term economics." While the feds have restricted spending on stem-cell research, Bloomberg recently gave $100 million to Johns Hopkins - some of which will go to Continue Reading

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee launches 2016 presidential bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee launched his Republican bid for the presidency Tuesday with a direct appeal to right-leaning Christians and a promise to bring the country "from hope to higher ground." The former pastor, TV host and 2008 GOP also-ran came out of the gate in Hope, Ark. — the hometown he shares with former President Bill Clinton — with promises of a muscular policy abroad and limitations on government at home. Addressing listeners as "my friend" in the folksy style that made him a conservative darling in his first run, Huckabee wasted little time in setting himself up as the antithesis of President Obama and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Obama's former secretary of state. "We will no longer try to contain jihadism — we will conquer it," promised Huckabee, who said he would stand as a staunch friend of Israel, deal with American enemies as with "deadly snakes" and see that "hell freezes over" before Iran obtains a nuclear weapon. Huckabee, who becomes the third GOP contender to launch a bid this week after former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, opened his launch speech by waxing nostalgic about his humble Arkansan upbringing. Hitting notes palatable to the social and religious conservatives he's courted before, Huckabee, 59, recalled praying in school, getting his first gun, and learning "this exceptional country could only be explained through the Providence of almighty God." He repeatedly struck populist notes that could attract both current fans and new ones, saying "the war on poverty hasn't ended poverty — it's prolonged it," vowing to keep Social Security alive for those who paid into the system and calling for the replacement of a tax structure he says punishes wage workers who are trying to get ahead. Just moments after formally announcing himself as a candidate for the Oval Office, Huckabee slammed Obama as having ascended to the Continue Reading

Mike Huckabee’s co-author on 2 books accused of child molestation in multiple lawsuits: report

The man who co-authored two books with 2016 presidential candidate and self-styled social conservative Mike Huckabee has been accused of child molestation in two different lawsuits, a new bombshell report alleges. John Perry, a prominent conservative author who also penned a book with Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, faces allegations that he molested two different girls under the age of 14, according to the suits, which were unearthed by Buzzfeed News. According to Buzzfeed, which cited Perry's divorce papers, Perry's ex-wife alleged that the conservative Christian author "admitted sexual abuse" of a minor when they were married. Perry neither denied or admitted guilt to the alleged act in the divorce proceedings, Buzzfeed reported, but a 2012 police investigation later concluded that the allegations "were sustained." A spokesperson for the Nashville, Tenn., police department told Buzzfeed that the "alleged sexual battery was reported to have occurred when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14," but that Perry was not prosecuted for the alleged crime because the statute of limitations had already expired by the time the police were notified. A separate suit against Perry alleged that he molested another girl when she was 11. The abuse, Buzzfeed said, citing the suit, extended to when the girl turned 13. The suit, brought by a former parishioner of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Perry's former employer in Nashville, also claims that the church covered up the alleged abuse. Perry co-wrote "Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America," in 2009, and "Character Is The Issue," in 1997, with Huckabee, who announced his second bid for the White House last month. Huckabee, a former pastor and Fox News commentator, has fashioned himself a social conservative and could face serious blowback from the latest set of allegations made against his former collaborator. The former Arkansas Continue Reading

Michigan lawmaker blames schools for gay teens contracting STDs in anti-gay video endorsed by Mike Huckabee

Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee headlines a lengthy list of conservative politicians and religious leaders in an anti-gay video that calls on Christians to “fight the battle” against the so-called homosexual agenda. Clips from the project’s anti-gay trailer also feature Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert and Michigan state Rep. Gary Glenn, the freshman lawmaker who suggests that schools should be held responsible for LGBT students who contract sexually transmitted diseases. “When young people rely on what they hear at school and put themselves in severe medical risk by engaging in homosexual behavior, whether it’s HIV, AIDS or cancers or hepatitis or STDs or, according to one medical journal, premature death by 20 years,” Glenn says in the clip shared by Right Wing Watch. “If some young person hears at school that it’s OK to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result, school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminally.” His stunning comment cites HIV, AIDS and cancer as medical risks for sexually active students of the same sex. Glenn, the president of Michigan’s chapter of the American Family Association, participated in the film before he won his seat in a 2014 election against Democrat Joan Brausch. During that campaign, LGBT advocates painted Glenn as “one of the most homophobic protagonists in the right-wing movement,” according to MLive.com. Glenn, who co-wrote Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage, a law whose constitutionality is now being argued before the Supreme Court, stands by his comments in the film, but told Mlive.com he would not be pursuing legislation that would penalize schools. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender men and women are at a higher risk of “health threats” compared to Continue Reading

Christian Laettner has the game of his life to carry Duke past Kentucky in 1992 NCAA Tournament thriller

(Originally published by the Daily News on Monday, March 29, 1992; written by Mike Lupica) PHILADELPHIA - The game, one of the great games the NCAA Tournament will ever see, already was over as the ball floated down toward the basket at the west end of the Spectrum. The game was over, and careers were over, either for Duke or Kentucky. Christian Laettner, who shot this ball toward the basket at the west end, he was done with college basketball. Or Sean Woods, who had just put Kentucky ahead at the east end, he was done. It was 103-102 for Kentucky in overtime. Somehow, over the roar of the month of March, you heard the buzzer sound at the Spectrum. When the ball came down, Duke was either still national champion, or it wasn't. RELATED: READ THE ORIGINAL GAME STORY FROM THE DAILY NEWS ARCHIVES Laettner, the kind of college player Bill Walton was, had already broken the scoring record for the NCAA Tournament on this night in Philadelphia. He had made nine shots out of nine from the field and 10 shots out of 10 from the foul line. Now Christian Laettner, who had caught a pass from Grant Hill with 2.1 seconds left, that much time left in the East Regional or his storied basketball time at Duke, needed to somehow make the whole night a perfect 10, and send Duke back to the Final Four. Christian Laettner found his perfect 10 at the west end of the Spectrum, Philadelphia. The ball went through the basket, the way it went through the basket two years ago at the Meadowlands, when Laettner somehow beat the clock and broke the heart of the University of Connecticut. The ball went through the basket for Laettner because it always has at this time of year. He caught Hill's pass, and he faked and dribbled once, because coach Mike Krzyzewski had told him in the huddle that he had time to dribble once. Then Laettner turned and shot this dream shot over Deron Feldhaus and John Pelphrey and the buzzer went off and the whole college season was up there finally at the Continue Reading

Mike Huckabee continues to defend Duggar family, says media has exploited them

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee defended the Duggars on Fox News on Monday night and said the media has “exploited” the family. “It was not about the victims. It was about trying to go after the Duggars,” Huckabee told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. “They have been known as a family that is a Christian family and if a liberal has anything like this kind of situation, it’s no big deal.” The former Arkansas governor first voiced his support for the Duggar family on May 22, a day after the first reports that Josh Duggar had molested his sisters. “Let others run from them,” he posted on Facebook. “We will run to them with our support.” Since then, Duggar family endorsements have been removed from his campaign website. The Huckabee campaign said this was part of a routine rotation of ads. Huckabee told Kelly that reopening the case didn’t help Duggar’s sisters in any way. “How were the girls served,” he asked. “How were the victims served by the exploitation?” “You want to uphold truth, you want to uphold common sense, but you don’t go out there to specifically target individuals and see if you can exploit them for your own gain,” Huckabee said. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE Continue Reading

Jeb Bush says stronger ‘Christian voice’ needed in world

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Saturday condemned the Obama administration's use of ``coercive federal power'' to limit religious freedom as he courted Christian conservatives at a Liberty University commencement ahead of a likely presidential run. Charging that ``the Christian voice'' isn't heard enough in the world, the Republican White House prospect lashed out at the Democratic president's administration for ``demanding obedience in complete disregard of religious conscience.'' ``The present administration is supporting the use of coercive federal power. What should be easy calls in favor of religious freedom have instead become an aggressive stance against it,'' Bush told an estimated 34,000 gathered for a graduation ceremony. ``Somebody here is being small-minded and intolerant, and it sure isn't the nuns, ministers, and laymen and women who ask only to live and practice their faith,'' he said. Bush was speaking inside a packed football stadium at Liberty University, an institution founded by the late conservative culture warrior, Rev. Jerry Falwell. Bush, a converted Catholic, is preparing to enter a Republican primary contest that includes Republican competitors considered far more popular with the GOP's religious right. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz formally announced his presidential campaign at Liberty University last month. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry have all made their Christian faith a centerpiece of prospective campaigns. All have aggressively condemned Obama's health care overhaul which requires some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. The measure is among several examples of what Republicans charge is Obama's attack on religious liberty. ``How strange, in our own time, to hear Christianity spoken of as some sort of backward and oppressive force,'' Bush said. ``Your generation is Continue Reading

Christian Laettner’s buzzer beater knocks out Kentucky and sends Duke to another Final Four

(Originally published by the Daily News on Sunday, March 29, 1992; written by Ian O'Connor) PHILADELPHIA - In one of the great games in NCAA Tournament history, it had to be decided by a perfect play, made by a perfect player. Christian Laettner had done enough when he caught a full-court heave with 2.1 seconds left, his back to the basket, and Duke about to lose it all. He had made all nine of his field-goal attempts and all 10 of his free throws, so he would have been excused for missing the last shot of Duke's season. But it wasn't enough. He had to beat two Kentucky players for the ball, dribble once, fake to both sides, turn around and just before the buzzer, make perhaps the most dramatic 17-foot jumper in tournament history to beat the Wildcats in overtime, 104-103, last night in the championship game of the East Regional. The remarkable finish gave Duke (32-2) its fifth straight trip to the Final Four. For Kentucky (29-7), it was a devastating finish to a game for the ages. "I think we've all been part of one of the greatest games ever," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "You hope someday you're a part of something like this. I was just standing around afterwards, figuring what a lucky son of a gun I am." It finally sinks in "I don't realize what happened," said a stunned Laettner, who had 31 points and seven rebounds. "I just caught the ball, turned around and made the shot." As great a play as Laettner made, Kentucky's Sean Woods had nearly equated it seconds earlier. With Duke holding a 102-101 lead, Woods took an inbounds pass, blew by Bobby Hurley and lofted a banker over the lunging Laettner that went through the net with 2.5 seconds left. Duke's chances to become the first team to repeat as national champion since UCLA in 1973 seemed dead. But when Krzyzewski called his players into a huddle after a timeout with 2.1 seconds left, he had a message they took to heart. Continue Reading

Mike Napoli hits broken-bat home run for Red Sox: VIDEO

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Mike Napoli started a seven-run fourth inning with a broken-bat homer and Justin Masterson allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings as the Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night. Napoli had his bat sawed off on an inside pitch from Brian Duensing. The Red Sox went on to score six more times in the inning off Duensing. Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia hit run-scoring doubles. “It was a weird feeling,” Napoli said. “I think the bat might have broken the last time I was up because it just exploded in my hands.” RELATED: METS GET LEFTIES JERRY BLEVINS AND ALEX TORRES The outburst was some good news after the Red Sox placed catcher Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain earlier in the day. Vazquez will get a second opinion Wednesday from orthopedist James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and could be facing season-ending Tommy John ligament-reconstruction surgery. Masterson scattered five hits while striking out four and walking one. He had given up nine runs in 12 1-3 innings in his previous four starts. Twins reliever Blaine Boyer made an emergency start and pitched 1 2-3 innings in place of Kyle Gibson, who had the flu.  ON YOUR PHONE? SEE NAPOLI'S MONSTER HOME RUN HERE Continue Reading

Lupica: Tell Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that the media didn’t cause the mess he made with the religious freedom law

Somebody needs to explain to Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, a self-righteous phony even when backing up the way he did at a news conference Tuesday morning, that the media didn’t cause the hot mess he has made for himself and his state. Pence did that himself, with the help of the state legislators more tame than house pets. But there was Pence once again trying to clarify a religious “freedom” bill that he signed into law, one that empowered discrimination against gays and lesbians no matter how much Pence says it did not, as he continues a brand-new Hoosier tradition — he talks a lot about Hoosiers — of trying to put lipstick on livestock. “I understand the perception of this has gone far afield of what the law really is,” Pence said, on this day when he accused of the media of being reckless and irresponsible and generally a threat to everything good and decent in his state. He even was shameless enough to invoke Selma at his news conference, as if a walk he once took across the Edmund Pettus Bridge was a clear indication that he doesn’t have a bigoted bone in his body. But this was a day when you got the idea that Pence would have announced he is marching in the next Halloween parade in Greenwich Village to undo the lasting damage he has done, and continues to do, to his state. “The (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) was about religious liberty, not discrimination,” Pence said. That is a lie, no matter how many times he tells it, the way it is a lie that this new Indiana law “mirrors” the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law more than two decades ago. It is the same kind of lie that right-wing pundits who are either misinformed or just lazy like to tell, about how if you are going to boycott Indiana over this new law, you better boycott 19 other states that have similar laws. This law in Indiana is Continue Reading