Bloomberg's Patience with Occupy Wall Street Wears Thin as Eviction Rumors Swirl

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Mayor Bloomberg visiting Occupy Wall Street a few weeks ago.
Mike Bloomberg has started to publicly lose patience with the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park. Yesterday, he told the Observer that recent reports of crime and sexual assault in the park were "a very high priority" for the administration and that any withholding of information from the police by protesters "is despicable, and I think it is outrageous and it really allows the criminal to strike again making all of us less safe."

Today during his weekly appearance on John Gambling's radio show, Bloomberg said that "we're not going to tolerate" some of the behavior at Zuccotti. "If you see what happened like in Oakland, we are not gonna have that here," he said. "That's not gonna happen here."

Bloomberg's pronouncements in recent days have caused the rumor mill at Zuccotti to kick into high gear. Yesterday, many of the of the park's residents were convinced that an eviction was scheduled for sometime over the course of the night.

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Oprah Winfrey Rumored to Be Possible Host of Next Year's Oscars

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[Insert obligatory "And you get an Oscar! And you! And you!" joke.] Oprah Winfrey, ruler of Earth, is rumored to be a candidate to host next year's Academy Awards, although nothing is official at this stage in the game. Look, anything beats Franco and Hathaway. At the Oprah Oscars, winners won't just receive a statuette, but also a trip to Australia. Actually, everyone will get a trip to Austraaaaaaliaaaa, plus a new stove. Under your seats you'll find artisanal cupcakes. The Academy is downplaying the rumors, which means absolutely nothing.



Glenn Beck Accuses Planned Parenthood of Abetting Sex Trafficking (Video)

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​In Glenn Beck's universe, Planned Parenthood is not just an organization that provides reproductive health care and education to those in need of it. Planned Parenthood, as he "revealed" during his program yesterday, is a nefarious ring of criminals involved in child sex trafficking. With this on top of the House's vote to remove its federal funding, it's not fun right now to be Planned Parenthood.

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Encyclopedia Dramatica is Gone: What Happened? (UPDATE)

Encyclopedia Dramatica, the Wikipedia-esque site associated with Internet pranksters Anonymous, seems to be gone. The Twitter and Facebook pages of E.D. suggest that it's over for good. Where did it go? And why is it gone?

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Cooper Square Hotel: Sale of Shit-Ugly Tourist Trap Digs 'Very Close'

Rumors of the Cooper Square Hotel's impending sale might be true after all. Gothamist says Hartz Mountain Industries, which owns the Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand hotels, is closing in on a deal to purchase the troubled Cooper Square Hotel. Hartz Mountain reps appeared at last night's Community Board 3 meeting to smooth out some liquor license transfer bureaucracy, and a lawyer told Gothamist they were "very close" to finalizing the sale.More »

Eric Cantor, Dan Senor Host Fundraiser for Tea Party Candidate in NY-1

Via Elizabeth Benjamin in the Daily News, House Minority Whip (and Republican Rebranding specialist) Eric Cantor will be a special guest tonight at a fundraiser for self-funding millionaire Suffolk County House candidate Randy Altschuler. On the host committee: Bush loyalist, Iraq Coalition advisor and celebrity spouse Dan Senor, who is considering taking a run at the Republican nomination for Kirsten Gillibrand's Senate seat, reportedly with the possible support of Mayor Bloomberg.

Why else this is complicated: one of Altschuler's six current opponents has the support of local Republican Chair John Jay LaValle, who is not at all supportive of Altschuler. The candidate who has LaValle's enthusiasm is Christopher Nixon Cox, the son of State GOP Chair Ed Cox, and the grandson of pretty much who you were thinking.

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NY Times Discusses Not Discussing That Paterson Rumor

So you may have heard there's a rumor going around about Governor Paterson. Actually, there are a number of rumors going around about Governor Paterson, but they all seem to have metastasized from one original rumor, which has the Times preparing a story about Governor Paterson with stuff in it that's so explosive that he's going to be forced to resign from office.

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Cop Warns of Gangs at Notorious Screenings; Critics Warn of Film

notoriousposter.jpgMovie fans receive a warning from New York transit cop tunnelpopo at Thee Rant: "'Notorious' movie comes out today... BE CAREFUL. Lots of Bloods and Crips expected to be in attendance." Commenters mostly contribute racism ("As if blacks aren't loud enough in the movie theater, can you imagine them at this one?!?!" "When do black people get embarrassed or feel ashamed? When society prepares itself for violence over a movie, your suppose to be embarrassed," etc). Film critics mainly warn that Notorious stinks. "The problem with this telling of Wallace's life," says Justin Berton of the San Francisco Chronicle, "is that while the filmmakers are busy making a vanity project, they forget to show why Wallace was such a unique talent..."

Blah Blah Terror Blah Blah Thanksgiving Blah Subway Blah Blah

endisnear.jpgTradition dictates that we inform you "federal authorities" have received "plausible but unsubstantiated" information that "Al Qaeda" may be planning a "terrorist attack" in the "New York City subway" this holiday weekend.

Commentary yammers about "the threat we still live under" and "complacency," Hot Air thinks, in fairness, we should blame Obama, and oh Jesus fucking Christ aren't they sick of this shit already? It's getting as old as fruitcake.

Huffington Post talks to some actual New Yorkers who speak for all of us when they say they "can't really afford to change their habits every time there is an alarm about a potential attack." Everybody have a pleasant Thanksgiving, and don't worry: Allah won't take you yet -- you're meant to die in food riots during the coming Citi Famine.

Gawker's Musto Questions Answered

mustocollection.jpgCheeky Gawker asks, what was Michael Musto doing in a "'sex-video booth cruising area' in an Eighth Avenue porn emporium?" Now it can be told: he was picking up something for us. We said to him, "As long as you're going to the glory hole, you can pick up something for us." No, seriously, we hear he's working on a story in which such locales figure, and you should watch this space for the next several months, perhaps years, to catch it. And for those of you whose level of interest in Michael approaches Gawker's, did you know he has a blog?