Archive for ‘New York City’

April 28, 2009

‘A perfect storm of idiocy’

That’s what the New York Daily News is calling the Obama administration’s stunt Monday, having Air Force One and an F-16 fighter buzz Manhattan for a photo op that terrified New Yorkers:

Louis Caldera, the director of the White House military office who sent Air Force One and the fighter jet on an “aerial photo mission,” got slammed by an angry President Obama.
“I approved a mission over New York,” Caldera said in a hastily prepared statement. “I apologize and take responsibility for any distress that flight caused.” . . .
Sources said the chief reason for the panic-inducing flight was to create souvenir pictures of Air Force One flying over the Statue of Liberty to be given out – like a presidential tie clip – to family, friends or supporters. . . .

(“Souvenir pictures” — for big-shot Democratic Party contributors, I’m sure.)

Caldera did not state a reason for the “mission” in his apology, but he insisted that “federal authorities took the proper steps to notify state and local authorities in New York and New Jersey.” . . .
[NYC Mayor Michael] Bloomberg said he found out that his city was being buzzed by planes when his BlackBerry began buzzing with complaints.
“I’m annoyed – furious is a better word – that I wasn’t told,” the mayor said. “If I had known about it, I would have called them right away and asked them not to.” . . .
[T]housands of terrified people evacuated from buildings in the city and across the river in New Jersey.
“I was crying and praying to God to forgive me my sins because I thought I was going to get killed,” said Kathleen Filandro, who fled from 1New York Plaza when she spotted the planes.
“It’s like someone coming up to you, sticking a gun to your head for 15 seconds, walking away and hearing 20 minutes later it was an undercover cop posing for a photo,” said Wall Street worker Bill Privett.
“I am still shaking,” he said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs appeared taken aback as reporters peppered him with questions about the incident.
“I have no information beyond what I saw” on news reports, Gibbs said at his afternoon press conference.
A short time later, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel tracked down Caldera and “relayed the President’s displeasure,” sources said.
“The President was furious,” a White House insider said.

It seems to have been conceded that the stunt was conceived for political P.R. purposes. Happy Hundred Days, morons.

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin:

Seems to me that a little thing called “Photoshop” could have saved a ton of fuel, not to mention spared a few nerves.

If the Bush administration had done this to Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, Shep Smith would have denounced it as torture.

UPDATE II: Linked at RCP Best of the Blogs. Please check out my reaction to the UAW/”Geithner Motors” swindle.

UPDATE III:Hey maybe the Prez will want to do a photo op with a rental truck in OKC next?” Ouch. Also, I’m not the only one who sees the “torture” analogy.

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February 9, 2009

MUGGER ATTACKS BLOOMBERG

Russ “Mugger” Smith takes down the NYC mayor’s “tone-deaf politics”:

It takes a lot in 2009 to drop your jaw upon looking at the front page of a newspaper — one now fairly shrugs at the laundry list of crippling economic news — but last Friday, a particular New York Times story leapt out as if it were headlined in neon: “Bloomberg Campaigners Taste the High Life.” . . .
[Y]ou have to marvel at Bloomberg’s outlandish and arrogant demonstration of tone-deaf politics, considering that as he grapples with a $4 billion deficit by laying off cops and education employees, raising the city sales tax, trimming health care packages for NYC workers and imposing regressive taxes on items like bottles of soda, lottery tickets and cab rides, he’s running for a third term as if the country and his city were in the midst of unparalleled prosperity. When asked by a Times reporter whether his projected $80 million reelection campaign was excessive, Bloomberg grew testy, responding, “I don’t understand your question. I am not going to talk about the campaign… I think it’s one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard.”

Read the whole brutal thing.

December 30, 2008

Worth a thousand words

Beyond the comic orthography of hate, we have reached a seminal moment in the development of the blogosphere, I would suggest, when Marty Peretz of the New Republic links Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs. Apparently, however, this photo of a protest on New York’s Fifth Avenue derives from another blog, The Silent Majority, which has a whole album of photos, plus videos including this one:

(Cross-posted at AmSpecBlog.)

UPDATE: Ace of Spades:

But it’s worth the speculation just to note that in addition to dancing, homosexuality, rock music and the clitoris, the would-be global caliphate has also declared war on juice.
Not that it affects me. Atkins and all. But I don’t want to live in a world where I can’t drink a nice cool glass of Cran-Grape.

Madcap hijinks ensue.

August 15, 2008

Illegals support Obama

Lisa Schiffren reports from New York:

As it happens, most of the counterfeit purses, sunglasses, and some other shlock are sold by West Africans, most of whom are here illegally. In recent days, around the city I have noticed a new addition to their wares: rows of baseball caps with an “Obama” logo. No McCain caps — ever. If you ask, they laugh in a none too friendly way.

For pointing this out, Ms. Schiffren is accused of being anti-capitalist. Myself, I’m all in favor of unauthorized, bootleg, tax-dodging, sidewalk capitalism in New York. Anything that cheats the Bloomberg bureaucracy out of a nickel is a good thing. The more the underground economy booms, the greater the likelihood the city’s deficits will force the city to lay off some of the subnormal parasitical scum they call “public school teachers.”