Horrifying New York Post Cover Shows Journalist James Foley Just Before Beheading by ISIS

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Foley in Aleppo, Syria, in July 2012.
James Foley, an American freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Syria by terrorists two years ago, has been murdered by his kidnappers, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS and ISIL. The group posted a video online yesterday showing Foley reading a clearly coerced speech calling the U.S. government "my real killers" before being beheaded with a knife by a black-hooded man. Extremely disturbing images of his death began spreading with virus-like speed across social media, even as friends of Foley and many journalists pleaded with the public not to share them. Dick Costolo, the CEO of Twitter, eventually announced that the company would suspend the accounts of anyone sharing the images of Foley's death.

That sense of restraint and basic decency was not shared by the New York Post, which for its cover photo today used an image of Foley just moments before his beheading.

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Stop-and-Frisks, Crime Spikes and a Lesson in Statistics

A few months back, we reported on the outrageous statements made by the Boys in Blue that praised the low murder rate as a sign of victory for stop-and-frisk. And our argument was simple: if you stop-and-frisk everyone, then, yes, the murder rate will go down. But this is the kind of upside-down thought pattern that had our head spinning, too, and it continued today in the media.

This morning, the New York Post had a breakthrough: its reporters came to the conclusion that the widespread practice of stop-and-frisk by the NYPD is a success. We solved it, guys. No more complaining about the infringement on constitutional rights, racial profiling or any of that other left-leaning drivel that the NYCLU loves to cook up.

But how did the Post come to this conclusion? Well, the media organization simply just looked at the numbers. According to Rebecca Harshbarger and David Seifman, the reason why we can lay out the 'Mission Accomplished' banner for the controversial means of searching citizens, notably minorities, is because of the corresponding crime statistics that go with it.

Exhibit A: Between January 1st and March 31st, there were 203,500 individuals who were stop and frisked, 881 guns seized and 24,571 crimes recorded in the books.

Exhibit B: Between April 1st and June 30th, there were 133,934 stop-and-frisk targets with 732 guns seized and 27,832 major crimes reported.

Notice the drop in stop-and-frisks and the 12% spike in crime. Well, there you have it, people - it's a wrap... unless you've ever taken a class in statistics. Then, this conclusion might seem a little far-fetched to believe.

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Five Things You Can Do to Buy NYC's Million-Dollar Parking Spot

Recession? What recession?

This morning, the Post reported that the city's most expensive parking spot is now on sale at 66 E. 11th Street in a tiny private garage. The location lies within a $38.8 million loft owned by developer Moran Fareed and includes a shower that shoots vitamin-C-and-aloe infused water at your face.

And its price tag: one million smackers.

The article quotes Robert Knackel, head of Massey Knackel, as saying, "The reality of New York City is that people are willing to pay more for a parking spot than the average person in the country pays for a house." That's a bold statement to make so, here at Runnin' Scared, we have seven tips to make that reality come true. Here are some One Percent loopholes so you can park your 2002 Toyota Camry in style:

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Phil Mushnick, Of "New York N-----s" Shame: I'm Not A Racist -- I Outed Marge Schott!

Phil Mushnick remains unapologetic about "New York N-----s" column.
New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick wrote a pretty idiotic column last week (part of which you can read below), in which he suggested Jay-Z should rename the Brooklyn Nets the "New York N-----s." Mushnick remains unapologetic -- since we reported on Mushnick's stupidity last week, he's hit us with a few scathing emails. The gist of his rants: we're assholes, and he ain't no racist. His proof: he claims he outed the deceased, racist, Nazi-sympathizing former owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott.

"I'm never comfortable using that word [nigger]. That's the way I was raised. Shame on my parents," a sarcastic Mushnick writes. "The ONE time I spelled it out - for accuracy - I was widely condemned as a racist. So either way, I'm a bigot. I know what's in my heart and my head, the way I was raised, and the way I raised my kids. But you've painted me a racist. Good work, James. And good work, if you can get it."

As we pointed out to Mushnick, we never called him a racist -- not once. We don't know the guy and won't speculate on his racial sympathies. What we do know is that he used the word "n-----s" in a column, which is an incredibly stupid, insensitive things to do -- regardless of the context, or the race of the person using the word.

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Mayor Bloomberg Defends Not Releasing 9-1-1 Report With (Another) Newspaper Analogy

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Mayor Mike Bloomberg responding to reporters' questions at a press conference today.
Recently, we've noticed that Mayor Mike Bloomberg likes to respond to reporters' questions in a way that he thinks, perhaps, might grab their attention best: newspaper analogies.

While on the defense about a controversial issue, Bloomberg seems to enjoy taking a combative stance with reporters at press conferences by directly bringing the newspaper industry into the discussion. Last month, he defended the barricades at Zuccotti Park by telling the Voice that we should go around thanking police officers for protecting our right to ask the mayor questions. In February, he told reporters that the surveillance of Muslims is necessary to protect them and free press in general.

At a press conference today, he used this technique (maybe he wanted to make sure reporters were really listening?) to defend his administration's position on two controversial issues: his refusal to release a 9-1-1 report and his persistence on releasing teacher evaluation data.

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The Media May Not Always Be 100 Percent Clear-Headed in Times of Natural Disasters

A hurricane warning has been issued for New York City. Barack Obama has declared a state of emergency for New York. We hear there is a line at Trader Joe's 100 people long. People are buying off-brand water! Our relatives are stocking up on heirloom tomatoes! And the media is reporting, reporting, reporting, or REPORTING, REPORTING, REPORTING!

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New York Post Raising Newsstand Price; Judge Defends Fair Use Online

In this late Tuesday edition of Press Clips, our daily media column, every New Yorker's favorite (or at least second favorite -- any News fans out there?) trashy tabloid is now going to cost 75 cents more than Metro and AM New York combined. In other small losses for the media-centric public, a judge ruled that a whole article reposted without permission was still within the "fair use" rules, but the court had its reasons. Elsewhere, a journalism student evangelizes on the evils of the internship and some folks at the New York Times dress even snazzier than usual. Get all the good dirt inside.

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Oblivious White Woman Happy to Teach You How to Date Minorities

The cover photo for "I Got the Fever."
There are some things you should know, privileged white women seeking to date minorities. J.C. Davies, author of the (obviously self-published) new book I Got the Fever: Love, What's Race Gotta Do With It?, will be happy to help you. For example, the smell of curry seeps from the pores of Indian men. Also, there is a "contingency of brothers" who "do like their women bigger, or 'thick.'" Go on! More »

Bernie Madoff Speaks From Jail; New York Times Gets No Love From New York Post

Bernie Madoff gave his first interview for publication since December 2008 to the New York Times, published in today's paper, but you wouldn't know it was an exclusive from reading the New York Post, which also happens to include a curiously similar Madoff interview today. Then, of course, it becomes clear that the Post whittled down Madoff's words from Diana Henriques's Times interview, giving Henriques credit as an "author...who is writing a book on the scandal." And yet the Post manages to more or less reprint all of the good parts without once using the words "exclusive" or "New York Times." Newspaper wars! More on Madoff's own words after the jump.

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Attention Cathie Black: After 13 Years in 'Rubber Room,' Accused NYC Molester Makes $97,101

Officially known as "reassignment centers," the New York City Department of Education sticks teachers accused of misconduct into "rubber rooms," where they wait, paid and with no responsibility other than to show up, until their cases are resolved. This particular bureaucratic nightmare has been the subject of countless reports, including an extensive examination in The New Yorker, and an entire documentary featured on This American Life. But today's New York Post features one particularly maddening story: Roland Pierre, 75, makes $97,101 a year. Rubber rooms used to be the problem of Joel Klein, the city's schools chancellor, but there's a new woman in charge. Let's hope she read today's paper.

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