Both Fausta and I have written about the upcoming Puerto Rico Day Parade in which the organizers, not content to have the island in the news for fiscal bankruptcy decided to add moral bankruptcy to the list by honoring an unrepentant terrorist bombmaker involved in the killing and maiming of Americans.

Fausta noted the long list of those who had pulled out over the honoring of the Terrorist whose sentence was commuted by Obama and I added that the Manchester Bombing had augmented the list by turning on the heat for companies who, in my opinion were not so much bothered by the terrorist as but considered their association with one right after a bunch of kids getting blown up for watching a concert bad for their bottom line.

You can add Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario the Pious, to that list as well:

“The governor’s support and long-term affection for the Puerto Rican community remains unwavering. Unfortunately, he will not be marching in this year’s parade,” Cuomo’s spokeswoman, Dani Lever, said without elaborating.

and WNBC and Telemundo too

Both WNBC and WNJU hold a long-standing commitment to the Tri-State’s Puerto Rican community, a fact exemplified through our continued support for the National Puerto Rican Day Parade’s scholarship program. Our stations have decided to limit this year’s support to the Parade’s scholarship program, and have respectfully informed the committee that we will not be participating in the 2017 Parade,” they said in a statement.

as did Univision who, like Cuomo, WNBC and Telemundo didn’t bother to give the reason why they or the others had left in their report Newsbusters tells the tale:

Univision’s newscasts hadn’t said a peep about the exodus of parade sponsors since Goya Foods first jumped ship last week and now, all of a sudden, multiple sponsors are suddenly out. Viewers are left to assume that these major sponsors just randomly abandoned the Parade, without any context whatsoever as to why…But López Rivera’s name is mentioned nowhere in the report. Embarrassingly, Univision preferred to leave that knowledge gap unfilled, rather than to admit it had made a mistake by giving so much airtime to the public rehabilitation of a convicted terrorist.

Of course in fairness to Univision and Telemundo Reuters also decided to whitewash that little old bombmaker:

Sponsors have been fleeing next month’s National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City since organizers decided to honor an activist recently freed after more than three decades in prison for ties to a nationalist group that carried out more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and 1980s.

Oscar Lopez Rivera, 74, was convicted in 1981 of numerous charges, along with other members of the Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN), who sought to secure Puerto Rican independence from the United States.

The Terrorist becomes a “nationalist” and rather than mention the bombmaking he is convicted of “numerous charges”

But in the end no matter how many others decide, for whatever reason, they don’t want the blood on Lopez’s hands staining them one man still stands alone in support.

Bill De Blasio

“The organization he was affiliated with did things I don’t agree with, obviously, and they were illegal,” the mayor said at a press conference this week. “I don’t agree with the way he did it. But he did serve his time,” adding that López Rivera “renounced violence.”

He did? Here is what López Rivera, quoted in yesterday’s New York Times, said upon his release from a halfway house in Puerto Rico on Wednesday: “We are a colonized people, and according to international law, that says all colonized people have a right to struggle for its independence, using all methods within reach, including force.”

And outrage by the surviving victims of Lopez’s actions notwithstanding this hasn’t hurt him and might in fact have helped him.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating has just ballooned to 60 percent, up 10 percent since February. The latest Quinnipiac poll also tells us he’s likely to handily trounce his opponents for re-election.

Which only goes to show that all politics is local.

Coke, The Yankees, Jet Blue, Goya, Univision and Telemundo are all national and international companies that whose business models extend far beyond the confines of New York City and can’t be openly associating themselves with a terrorist bomber no matter how popular he might be in a loud niche market in a particular city

But in the end Bill De Blasio’s ambitions for elected office, are confined to the five boroughs of NYC, so even if a million citizens, including those who keep the city safe, object strongly, they are dwarfed by the multiple millions of liberal leftists who either don’t know, don’t care or approve of Lopez’s terrorism.

No amount of public shaming will move a man with no shame.

Exit Question: Since Andrew Cuomo’s is electorally dependent on huge margins in the city can we assume that his decision to pull out means he still has national ambitions?


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Yesterday the NY Daily News joined the list of groups pulling out of NY’s Puerto Rico Day Parade for honoring Oscar Lopez Rivera:

by lionizing López Rivera as the parade’s preeminent figure, organizers have inescapably compelled sponsors and participants to join in honoring a man convicted of abetting violent terror to achieve his aims.

As Police Commissioner Jimmy O’Neill aptly said in declining to participate: “I cannot support a man who is a co-founder of an organization that engaged in over 120 bombings.”

The growing number of people pulling out of the parade has angered NY City Counsel speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito who blames the “ultra right”

“A lot of the campaign putting pressure on the sponsors to withdraw, etc., is being manipulated and organized and orchestrated from an ultra-right wing element on the island,” she told reporters at City Hall Wednesday.

However I think she’s off target, If she really wants to blame someone rather than pointing to right wingers either in the US or on the Island of Puerto Rico I think the person most responsible was born on an Island thousands of miles away from NY or Puerto Rico.

Namely I think the person most responsible is the late Salman Abedi.

Before he decided to turn an Ariana Grande concert into a graveyard for teens and children it was still possible for some sponsors to count on the fading memory of the FALN bombings and Mr. Lopez-Rivera’s part in them to inoculate themselves from any possible outrage and to make sure that liberal Hispanics who voted overwhelmingly for the president who pardoned him, knew they were with them.

However,  despite the MSM valiant efforts to change the subject back to their crusade against Donald Trump as soon as possible, the images of teenage concert goers killed and maimed were broadcast all over the world,  The anguish of parents pleading for news of their daughter and then finding she was murdered in the blast could be felt by any mother or father of a child who could easily imagine themselves in that situation.

Suddenly the world was reminded of the consequences of that little old bombmaker Oscar Lopez Rivera actions and the cries of the relatives of the dead and those still alive that were maimed by those he led were not distant echos of the past but the horrifying present.

So perhaps Speaker Viverito should direct her anger not at folks on the Island or the various groups who have withdrawn their support but to the Manchester Bomber who didn’t bother to take into account the plans of people like her to normalize and honor murders before slaughtering their infidel enemies.

Closing thought:  I submit and suggest one can separate those companies, individuals and groups who are actually bothered by honoring those who mastermind mass murder and those who aren’t by noting who declined to march before the bombs in England went off.


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My latest for Watchdog.org notes one thing in the Ferguson report that is actually worth complaining about:

 

The City’s emphasis on revenue generation has a profound effect on FPD’s approach to law enforcement.  Patrol assignment an schedules are geared toward aggressive enforcement of Ferguson’s municipal code, with insufficient thought given to whether enforcement strategies promote public safety or unnecessarily undermine community trust and cooperation.

This practice sets up a perverse reward system if you are a cop, the report explained:

Officer evaluations and promotions depend to an inordinate degree on “productivity” meaning the number of citations issued.

Of course the left’s outrage here would be more believable if not for …

Alas, while this unity in protecting citizens from abuse sounds hopeful in theory, the reality is the outrage over this practice, at least for some, is selective.

What is selective about it?  You’ll have to go to Watchdog.org to find out

The bottom lin

NYC has a problem, how do you pay for all that Police overtime to control protesters lately? The money has to come from somewhere so how do you find a department that can spare the funds?

Lucky for the city such a department has graciously self identified by taking the obsession of this silly woman who apparently has no life:

“Manspreading is when men take up too much room on the subway by spreading their legs in a wide V. Like geese traveling,” explained actress Kelley Rae O’Donnell.

O’Donnell has become an anti-manspreading activist, making stopping the spread a personal mission.

And making it a department policy

Kevin Ortiz with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it’s an issue customers have noticed, “and for lack of a better word can be an annoyance.”

“This is an issue that we’ve heard from our female customers about in particular,” he added.

So for the first time the MTA is asking men to mind the gap by putting up posters reminding riders to be more considerate of others.

We must conclude that the MTA has solved all of its issues with safety, mechanical problems, personal legal issues and space because apparently they have no better use for the taxpayer funds than to make sure men do not sit with their legs too far apart on a subway.

It is very kind of the NY MTA to self identify for the sake of the city government and I trust New Yorks and particularly the GOP in NY take advantage of this self-identification to push for the government to relieve them of those excess funds to take care of more pressing needs from policing, to housing for the poor, to children’s issues.

It goes without saying that the next time liberals ask for more money for NYC in congress this example should be mentioned to deny said funding.

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With all the excitement of  New Years Day you might have missed an observation from Glenn Reynolds who spoke aloud the dirty little secret about urban policing that the police “slowdown” has revealed.

 The real scandal isn’t that NYC is being denied law enforcement now, it’s that much of that “law enforcement” is really just a system designed to squeeze money out of the citizenry.  (emphasis mine)

The piece he links mentions the drop  in various offenses so let’s think about this for a second.  It’s a given we don’t want people double parking (which blocks the public ways)  or overstaying meters (so that people can come and go)  We don’t want public urination (unsanitary) nor people in public drunkenness or wasted (dangerous to the public and themselves)  or violating the rules of the road (safety) but it’s interesting to see that this has become less about enforcing laws than money.  Glenn again.

All of these, except maybe the drug arrests — and probably including those too — are basically revenue offenses. By not arresting here, the cops are starving the City for revenue. The Knoxville Police do the same thing when they’re crosswise with the City; they stop writing tickets.

And the Daily Beast has more along those lines:

Abraham, a yellow cab driver and student, feels that blacks are targeted unfairly by the police. And what’s more, the police are injudicious in their choice of which crimes to pay attention to. “Sometimes you’ll see two police officers on the corner here, and a block away you’ll hear a gunshot, and they’re not really doing anything,” he said. “There’s a lot of drug dealing around, there’s a lot of guns around, and all of that is just increasing, and a lot of them are focusing on traffic violations, which don’t really have an impact on crime.”

If someone of the anti-police left wanted to expand their base, they’d be arguing that all of this amounts to a TAX on individuals and ask:  “Do you support arbitrary Taxation?” and I say “arbitrary” because the slowdown illustrates that these fines can be waived and ignored at will.

But I guarantee you these brave protesters will not.  Why?  The answer tomorrow morning in a post called:  …and the Inevitable Endgame (link won’t be active till Saturday morning)

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Three Stories from this weekend that should get more press:

 

Dateline Mall of America Minnesota:  No protesters were beaten or shot Saturday as Police didn’t viciously attack mobs of those who occupied the Mall of America protesting police violence.

Protesters reportedly didn’t see a bodies dropping as a policeman didn’t strike them repeatedly in the head with their nightsticks, nor were there wounded and bleeding protesters as they were not shot and bloodied by police as other protesters from the Mall of America were removed after protesting police violence.

Store after store  did not have windows shatters as police didn’t open fire spreading terror among protesters and shoppers like, making Christmas at the Mall a black day that would be remembered for Generations.

The Governor of Minnesota did not promise to appoint a task force to investigate the carnage that didn’t happen nor offer his heartfelt sympathies to the families of those who were not killed.

 

Dateline NYC:  Governor Cuomo of NY did not declare Martial law in NYC and call out the national guard as police by the tens of thousand did not refuse to report to work or vowing not to patrol black areas as long as Mayor DiBlasio remains in office.

The Governor didn’t make an impassioned speech to call for calm as crime didn’t run rampant as police didn’t abandon precinct after precinct in NYC allowing thugs and criminals to simply run wild throughout the city putting citizens, particularly in minority areas, under siege.

Elderly women were not afraid to leave their homes go to the market due to the absence of officers as cars didn’t burn throughout their street while youths and gang members couldn’t take advantage of the non absence of police to enforce their will upon the non abandoned communities through the city.

Nobody reported the scene was like a war zone with the police still there.

 

Dateline Tarpon Springs Florida:  Residents of the Glen’s Eureka Apartments on Grand Boulevard in Tarpon Springs are not picking up the pieces as armed police didn’t roust them and destroy their homes in an orgy of revenge for the murder of a police officer who was answering a noise ordinance complaint.

Their children were not crying as the police and their supporters didn’t force us from their homes nor set them on fire in retaliation for the murder of their brother officer.

There was not a scene of devastation as community leaders did not deplore the violence that didn’t happen nor were shelters set up for the dozens of families that still have their homes and the police chief didn’t call a press conference to promise a complete investigation of the non-existent devastation.

 

What is the point of this piece?  Only this, if the police were even slightly what the press, the Al Sharpton and the Protesters claimed they were, any of these headlines could have happen.

Hasn’t it occurred to any of the people who have been talking so much smack about cops that there is a reason why this stuff not only hasn’t happened but will not happen anytime soon?

Perhaps the young men and women in $40K+ a year college might consider questions like this before they buy the narrative being sold to them.

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I’ve very confused by the DeBlasio plow story.

For those of you who don’t pay attention you might recall the incredible celebration by the media at the election of Mr. DeBlasio.  How he was going to be the harbinger of the next great progressive era.  The left couldn’t contain themselves in their happiness

Time: De Blasio Becomes Face of NYC Progressive Movement

Salon: De Blasio becomes face of NYC progressive movement

Democracy Now: In New York City’s Transformed Political Era, Progressives Take Major Posts Under Mayor de Blasio

The New York Times: A New Era for Progressives De Blasio’s Win Is Sign of Working Families Party’s Advance

Robert Reich beaming on Facebook:

Does de Blasio’s election mark the beginning of a new progressive era similar in scope and achievement to the one that began in 1901, when another New Yorker, Teddy Roosevelt, became President of the United States?

And the Washington Post make sure everyone knew there was a new sheriff in town:

If there was any doubt remaining over whether Bill de Blasio would shrink from his populist rhetoric once he became mayor of New York City, his inauguration Wednesday should erase it—at least for now.

And then came the storm and the neighborhoods of the progressive rich didn’t get plowed:

“I can’t believe de Blasio could do this. He is putting everyone in danger,” said Barbara Tamerin, who was using ski poles to get around 81st Street and Lexington Avenue.

“What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye?

Al Roker was not pleased:

NBC weatherman Al Roker ripped de Blasio for not being better prepared for the storm.

“They claimed it caught them off guard, that it came in early,” Roker said on the “Today” show. “No, no, no, it didn’t! They should have been watching us!”

That got some traction and comment by TV hosts.  A reporter from the Daily Beast produced a map:

and questions at Mediate as well.

But all of this confuses me.

Haven’t these same rich progressive and their trust fund babies who took over parts of the city in 2012 been telling us that inequality is the scourge of the world?  Haven’t they told us how selfish we are with our cars and our iPods and the oil we use to heat our houses?

Yet suddenly when they are not the first they are shocked SHOCKED that this might be the ones left behind.

If I was cynical I might think that our liberal friends dedication to the cause of equality ends when it means any inconvenience to them but that can’t be the case, they folks celebrated the coming of the new progressive era I’m sure they don’t mind a little inconvenience on the behalf of the cause.

And if they do, well that the beauty of an elected government you always get the government you deserve.

 

Sen Joseph Payne: Thirty years ago, I had your ideals. I was you. I had to make the same decision you were asked to make today and I made it, I compromised. Yes. So that I could sit in that Senate and serve the people in a thousand honest ways. You’ve gotta face facts. I’ve served our state well, haven’t I? We have the lowest unemployment and the highest federal grants, but well I’ve had to compromise, I’ve had to play ball. You can’t count on people voting. Half the time they don’t vote. That’s how states and empires have been built since time began.

Mr Smith goes to Washington 1939

There was all kinds of coverage of Bill DiBlasso’s inauguration how he was absolutely determined to make sure that “income equality” becomes an issue. How he would be the great progressive hope escorting in the era in NYC where the wealth and power of the rich will no longer drive the decision of the City administration…

…unless you have to repay a political donor who just might want a piece of land where the Central Park stables are located of course:

 An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: “Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.” Gross asked the obvious question: “What are the odds that good neighbor Nislick, the out-of-state real estate developer, simply covets those valuable, underdeveloped New York lots — and has teamed up with ambitious pols to use the emotions of animal rights activists as fuel for their own agendas?”

By an odd coincidence Stacy McCain’s American Spectator Piece notes that Steve Nislick…

founded a 501(c)4 group called New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) that spent big money to elect de Blasio mayor

Amazing all of that evil big money to elect the great progressive hope isn’t it?

Strangely enough the media that has been celebrating the coming of the great liberal hope to NY has been oddly disinterested in the subject

Mayor de Blasio’s willingness to do the bidding of his anti-carriage backers has puzzled many observers, who can’t fathom why he would make the issue such a focus. “What makes him think this subject is important enough to occupy his first days in office?” asked New York Times editorial page editor Andy Rosenthal. Evidently, reporters at Rosenthal’s newspaper can’t be bothered to do the kind of “follow the money” investigative journalism that might provide an answer to that question.

I suspect that our progressive friends who have not been told this story of DiBlassio fighting against the middle class workers who drive those carriages on behalf of Steve Nislick & NYCLASS with PETA playing the Taylor machine doing their best to hijack the #SaveNYCHorseCarriages hashtag reading this will be having their Jimmy Stewart moment:

and wonder why the MSM isn’t even looking at this story?

Having been in this business for a few years now I suspect the liberal media is ignoring his story to maintain plausible deniability on their part.

The truth is they would be almost as shocked at the great progressive hope DiBlasso & PETA working at the behest of big money as they would be to discover there is gambling going on at Rick’s cafe in Casablanca.

And they can’t let the low information voters figure out uncomfortable truths such as this

Don’t let this “animal rights” talk deceive you. Starry-eyed idealist don’t have that kind of juice. The big money behind the anti-carriage effort is rumored to come from real-estate interests who covet the property currently occupied by carriage stables.

can they?

Update: Stacy McCain tweets that this isn’t new…

I’m no Bloomberg fan but there is one advantage to an insanely rich mayor, hard to buy him. Update 2: Not only has Stacy put up a follow up but the Lonely Conservative, Weasel Zippers, Dan Riehl, the Evil Blogger Lady & American Thinker have joined the fray. But the most interesting development as a tweet of mine produced a direct response from PETA

 

Can you say “over the target”.

Update: 3:  Interesting to note Buzzfeed took the time to mock several tweets defending the carriage owners but totally ducked the issue of the Mayor getting rid of the horses to reward a big money contributer.

I suspect that part of the story doesn’t serve a dishonest narrative.

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For all his riches, Bill Gates could not approach the typical American and say, “Here’s a $100 bill. I’ll give it to you if you kiss my feet.” Most likely the person would tell Gates to go to hell! The American view is that the rich guy may have more money, but he isn’t in any fundamental sense better than anyone else.

Albert F Chestone  What America Means to Me  2009

No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Matthew 6:24

One of the great moments of the last 15 years came from NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani

Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Thursday the city would not accept a $10 million donation for disaster relief from Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal after the prince suggested U.S. policies in the Middle East contributed to the September 11 attacks.

It was a an affirmation that at least in NYC under Rudy, America and its principles were not for sale at any price.

Rudy was followed by Michael Bloomberg.  As a Billionaire any amount of money proffered to influence him was going to as successful as expecting Sydney Greenstreet to dance for a Diet Coke.

But now that the Bloomberg era is about to end Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith reports during his tenure money still had an effect but not in the way it normally would:

In Mike Bloomberg’s New York, the mayor bribed you, buying the silence or cooperation of individuals, cultural organizations, and social service groups with hundreds in millions of dollars spent on small personal favors — a legal payment here, a medical procedure there — and charitable contributions.

While Mr. Bloomberg’s name is not the least bit Italian Professor Doug Muzzio describes the Mayor’s use of fund in terms normally associated in culture with the combination of vowels in his predecessor’s surname and my own saying it…

…was protection money. In many ways it inoculated him from potential criticism and stimulated people to do things that they might not have or shouldn’t have done

The article points not only to millions upon millions given to various groups but the potential of millions in the years after his departure from office that might be at stake

Well it’s an easy sell to a conservative like me and maybe even to a few liberals that $100,000+ might by off an Al Sharpton but any liberal will tell you,  unlike conservatives or Tea Party members who supposedly jump at the sound of a Koch brother’s check,  the liberals who faced off against Rudy Giuliani and those honorable non-profits weren’t going to just keep quiet over money right Patrick Markee?

Lots of not-for-profit groups that work in the field were quiet and sat on the sidelines while this was happening, and didn’t speak up publicly, and then public records kind of indicated that a lot of those groups that received large personal donations from the mayor

Given the amount of government money that invariably goes to liberal NGO’s and those who support the left’s agenda this is almost respectable in the sense that at least these liberals are being bought by a person who actually earned the money distributed unlike say the Obamacare navigators, but I hope this is remembered the next time we hear the MSM myth of the noble leftists and non profits speaking truth to power.

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