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May 20 2020

De Blasio Threatens to Fence Off Beaches

Walls are immoral if they are intended to keep foreign invaders out of the USA, as any liberal could tell you. But a fence to keep Americans from enjoying the beach on Memorial Day weekend is another matter:

As state beaches begin to open for Memorial Day weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that all city beaches will remain closed and threatened to put up fences to keep people off the sand.

It takes more than a fence to prevent people from enjoying themselves during a senseless lockdown:

De Blasio added that the New York Police Department and Parks Department will be deployed to ensure that the rules are carried out.

Since there is no crime in New York, even with criminals being turned out onto the streets to wreak havoc, police have nothing better to do than harass beachgoers.

Barks de Blasio:

“Until we are safe, no beaches are open.”

The beauty of ChiCom virus hysteria, from a Democrat’s point of view, is that no one is ever safe. If the one in a million chance that someone will contract a virus by being out in the open air justifies fencing off beaches on Memorial Day weekend, alleged concern with our safety can justify any extreme of arbitrary authoritarianism until the end of time.

On a tip from Henry B.

May 18 2020

No Apologies for Devastating Nursing Home Policy

State governments, including those of New York and Pennsylvania, appallingly forced nursing homes to accept patients who had tested positive for COVID-19. Refraining from inflicting this policy would have done more good than every draconian lockdown imposed throughout the country, considering that people over 80 are at far higher risk than the rest of us.

Regarding Pennsylvania,

The bulk of the deaths in the Keystone State took place in nursing homes, over 2,400 of the state’s approximately 4,000 deaths.

No wonder cross-dressing Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Rachel Levine pulled his own mother out of a nursing home while this policy was in place.

New York’s ruler Andrew Cuomo was shamed into finally rescinding the order that forced the virus into nursing homes. Empire State officials are even admitting that they altered the death count so as to underreport nursing home mortality.

The New York State Department of Health acknowledged in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation that it only reported as coronavirus deaths those from long-term care patients that died while physically present at their facility.

Previous to around March 3, they were reported whether they died at their facility or at a hospital.

New York leads the country in nursing home deaths. But don’t expect contrition from Andrew Cuomo, whom the media has anointed a COVID-19 hero. He was asked whether there should be any accountability for the many lives lost due to his devastating March 25 directive. From his response, via The Blaze:

“Older people, vulnerable people are going to die from this virus. That is going to happen despite whatever you do. Because with all our progress as a society, we can’t keep everyone alive. Despite what everything you do and older people are more vulnerable. And that is a fact. And that is not going to change.”

Old people are going to die anyway, so what does it matter if Cuomo made a few thousand of them die a little faster?

Too bad the “people are going to die anyway” argument is only applied to failing to protect the vulnerable, but not to lockdowns that quarantine the healthy.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket, Stormfax, and Rapinhoe.

May 15 2020

Big Apple COVID Dystopia: Criminals Run Riot, Moms Arrested

What do you suppose would happen if left-wing officials used a virus as an excuse to release convicts from prison? That’s right, the criminals would commit more crimes. Of those released from NYC’s Rikers Island alone, over 100 have been arrested again:

The roughly 110 inmates have accounted for 190 arrests since the pandemic took hold of the Big Apple, according to police.

Of those arrests, 45 — or roughly one-quarter — were for burglaries, helping drive the 43-percent spike in break-ins over the last month, according to NYPD data.

The actual number of recidivists is higher, because hundreds more convicts have since been released.

COVID-19 hysteria is only one aspect of the general moonbattery:

One suspect accused of driving up the numbers is alleged serial burglar Terrance Brown, who was busted Sunday for breaking into a string of restaurants that are closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, police said.

Brown, who has 20 previous arrests, is suspected of 18 burglaries at closed eateries from April 21 to May 4. …

When Brown was finally charged for the break-ins Sunday, he immediately was returned to the street after his arraignment because of New York controversial bail-reform laws, according to police sources and court records.

More on New York’s lunatic bail reform here, here, here, and here. Maybe jailing the progressives running both the city and the state would make the streets safe.

Meanwhile, as criminals are released to commit more crimes, NYC police are manhandling moms and dragging them away from their children for the crime of improperly wearing the face masks that may or may not prevent the spread of COVID-19, depending on which day you listen to the experts.

De Blasio is in no position to chastise the police. Foolish and tyrannical rules will inevitably be enforced foolishly and tyrannically.

There is a word for New York’s system of government: anarchotyranny. This symptom of leftism also rages out of control in Venezuela and California.

On a tip from R F and Henry B.

May 07 2020

New York Thanks Out of State Good Samaritans by Taxing Them

Under New York’s moonbat rule, no good deed goes unpunished:

Health care workers that came to New York to help with the country’s most severe coronavirus outbreak will have to pay state taxes, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo will waste no opportunity to turn the outbreak that his government lethally exacerbated into an opportunity to force non–New Yorkers to bail out his mismanaged state. Most of the money will come from federal taxpayers — or from whoever gets stuck holding the bag regarding the gargantuan federal debt.

“We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Cuomo said. “So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money when I can’t even pay the essential services.”

When Democrats say they don’t want to “spend more money,” they mean they don’t want to refrain from confiscating more of other people’s money. According to their ideology, all wealth is the rightful property of the state; that’s why tax cuts are regarded as spending.

Medical professionals that came to New York at the state’s request will be required to pay state taxes — even if an employer in their home state paid them for their time in New York.

On what grounds? On the grounds that Cuomo wants the money, so he will take it. But he will always want more…

Cuomo said he already needs help from the federal government in order to cover budget deficits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and can’t afford to subsidize state income tax for essential workers that flocked to New York’s aid.

You can see why New York has wildly inflated the ChiCom virus death toll. The worse, the better, as leftists have been saying since Lenin. The harder people think New York was hit by Kung Flu, the more federal money politicians can wring out of it.

“If we don’t get more money from Washington, we can’t fund schools, right, so at the rate, we want to fund them. We are in dire financial need,” he said.

The vast majority of government spending is wasteful. But as they plead for more loot, politicians create the impression that it all goes for police, fire departments, and of course the children.

Good deeds are especially certain to be punished if they are performed by Christians:

The issue first came up when Samaritan’s Purse — a humanitarian aid organization — was erecting a temporary hospital in Central Park.

Refer to the Guardian to learn how tolerant liberals are toward the good Samaritans of Samaritan’s Purse.

Even if you are there on an emergency charity mission, working in New York for more than 14 days requires payment of state income tax — complete with withholding and mountains of timewasting paper work. Take it from a former New Yorker: stay out of there until such a time as greedy liberals are driven from power.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and R F. Hat tip: 'Nox & Friends.

Apr 22 2020

The Demise of de Blasio’s Snitch Line

Bill de Blasio must wonder if the Stasi ever had this problem. He launched an ingenious plan to recruit 8.5 million informants to help him impose COVID-19 tyranny, only to be foiled by raunchy humor:

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s critics let him know how they really felt about him ordering New Yorkers to snitch on each other for violating social-distancing rules — by flooding his new tip line with crank complaints including “dick pics” and people flipping the bird, The Post has learned. …

The inundation of off-color texts was so large the city had to temporarily shut down the service.

Kudos.

On tips from Stormfax and Bluto.

Apr 07 2020

New Yorkers: Better Millions Die Than Trump Be Reelected

Ami Horowitz ventures into the epicenter of both the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and hipster fatuousness — the East Village in New York City — to discover whether the denizens would prefer millions dead of the virus to the reelection of their fellow New Yorker Donald Trump. The answer should appall anyone less evil than Joseph Stalin:

Why Trump is supposedly dangerous is never explained. But there is no need to explain the dangerousness of people so brainwashed and deranged by hatred that they blithely prefer millions of dead bodies to having Trump instead of Joe Biden in the White House for a few years. Actions have a way of catching up with rhetoric.

On tips from Lyle.

Apr 05 2020

Andrew Cuomo Deploys Military to Seize Private Property

Whatever the problem, the solution is authoritarian statism. That’s why a big problem like the Wuhan coronavirus is making a big media hero out of the quintessential authoritarian statist Andrew Cuomo, whose tyrannical inclinations have been conspicuous for years (see for example here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). Sarah Corriher is rightly alarmed by his order to have the military seize private property in the name of the virus:

Democrats’ hostility to property rights is far scarier than COVID-19.

Apr 04 2020

How NYC “Teens” Practice Social Distancing

There are reasons New York is the epicenter of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in the USA. Most of them have to do with NYC being the ideal city per the requirements of liberal social engineers: densely packed, reliant on public transportation, and diverse. Due to the city’s vaunted diversity, reactions to the epidemic have been diverse. A video circulating on social media demonstrates how some “teens” practice social distancing.

From the New York Daily News:

The nearly two and a half-minute clip recorded Thursday afternoon and posted on Facebook shows nearly two dozen teens pushing, shoving and punching each other outside an apartment building on Mother Gaston Blvd. near Eastern Parkway in Brownsville.

Some of the teens jumped up on parked cars and ran into the middle of the street, blocking vehicles trying to pass through, the video shows.

Here’s what you are missing out on if you aren’t in Peggy Noonan’s chauvinistic conception of the Epicenter of the World:

On tips from Sean C and Varla.

Mar 30 2020

Authorities Facilitate Coronavirus Anarchy in New York

Coronavirus hysteria and New York’s policy of releasing dangerous criminals have combined to kill an 86-year-old woman. An elderly patient in a Brooklyn hospital with struck in the head for not properly practicing social distancing.

Janie Marshall, 86, died less than four hours after the tense confrontation with 32-year-old Cassandra Lundy in Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Woodhull Hospital, cops said.

Marshall’s violation apparently consisted of taking hold of a metal stand near her assailant in a hospital hallway, probably to keep her balance. New York authorities responded to this apparent second-degree murder as we have come to expect; Lundy was issued a disorderly conduct summons and released.

Lundy, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, has 17 prior arrests, on charges including drug possession, trespass, assault and strangulation, sources said.

With a résumé like that, she ought to run for City Council.

Elderly ladies aren’t the only ones endangered by New York’s policy of letting criminals loose, whether in the name of coronavirus of bail reform. Via The Blaze:

Eight sex offenders — three of which were convicted of raping children — have been released from a jail in New York as a part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s statewide initiative to decrease prison populations over fear of spreading the coronavirus.

On Friday, Cuomo called for 1,100 parole violators to be released. He apparently feels that what New York needs as coronavirus hysteria threatens to plunge it into chaos is more criminals on the streets.

The three child rapists have been staying at a Holiday Inn Express in Greece, New York. They are level three offenders — i.e., considered to be the most likely to re-offend — who had already violated parole.

At least the taxpayer isn’t putting up criminals at the Radisson Hotel in Manhattan’s Financial District. Or rather, maybe they aren’t, unless the criminals are homeless. At least 61 rooms are being used ostensibly for this purpose. From the New York Post:

A law-enforcement source had previously told The Post that the hotel was housing inmates freed from Rikers Island to stanch the spread of coronavirus there. The source confirmed Sunday that the Department of Homeless Services was renting rooms at the hotel.

However,

“There are no detainees from Rikers at this hotel,” said City Hall press secretary Freddi Goldstein, adding that no one staying there was a Department of Correction charge.

Readers can decide who to believe.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair and Sean C.

Mar 29 2020

The Unfolding Demise of New York, the Virus King

Two things liberal social engineers are big on are globalism and density. Americans should not be conventionally American in any ethnic sense; Americans should be people from every corner of a borderless world, as advertising tends to confirm at every opportunity. Even more to the point, as the Wuhan coronavirus slams New York City, the social engineers want us packed into tight spaces, so that we can abandon our cars and go wherever we need to go wedged into public transportation like sardines in a tin, leaving more space to the animals.

Why is COVID-19 so much worse in NYC than anywhere else in the country? Because it is what progressives want the whole country to “progress” into.

Dave Morrison elaborates:

Mar 26 2020

Why New York Is US Epicenter of Coronavirus Pandemic

During the Wuhan virus crisis, New York’s authoritarian Governor Andrew Cuomo is emerging as a favorite among his fellow lefties. There is even talk of dumping the walking train wreck Joe Biden and installing Cuomo at the top of the ticket at the Democrat Convention. Cuomo explains why his state is the epicenter for the virus in the USA:

Cuomo said Wednesday that the state was getting hit hardest in the United States because of their welcoming spirit.

This comes from the guy who announced that those who support the Second Amendment, or who oppose abortion or sexual deviancy, “have no place in the state of New York.”

Here’s something that might have done more to accelerate the spread of COVID-19 than New York’s welcoming spirit:

Meanwhile, the moonbats running New York City have been closing down streets:

A small stretch of four streets will temporarily close to vehicular traffic as the city tests out a pilot program providing more social distancing space during the coronavirus pandemic.

Whether making it even harder to travel in the privacy of your car will enhance social distancing is doubtful. Most likely, they just want to seize on this pretext to advance their agenda. That agenda entails fewer cars and more crowding.

Cuomo admits that the oppressive crowding that characterizes New York has contributed to the spread of the virus…

But he said that the greatest weakness of New Yorkers was also their greatest strength.

“Our closeness is what makes us special,” he said, noting that New Yorkers were more open, accepting and tolerant than the rest of the world.

Just don’t try walking down the street wearing a MAGA hat.

Here’s another factor that contributed more than welcoming spirit:

New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot posted a tweet on February 9 urging citizens to flock to Chinatown in large numbers to celebrate the lunar new year while suggesting that advice to avoid crowds was “misinformation.” …

On the same day, Mark D. Levine, Chair of New York City Council health committee, lauded how “huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown” was a “powerful show of defiance of #coronavirus scare,” tweeting four images of large groups of people gathered to celebrate the occasion.

Encourage large gatherings of Chinese — many of whom have presumably visited the homeland recently — in America’s largest city after a deadly virus has begun exploding out of China. What could go wrong?

If Dems manage to get Cuomo into the White House, we could have the same New York bureaucrats running the country.

On tips from Varla, Pegon Zellschmidt, Jose Fernandez, Frances J, and Occam’s Stubble.

Mar 07 2020

Mob of Savages Beats 15-Year-Old Girl Unconscious

Combine the literally uncivilized subculture created by intergenerational welfare with a political climate that encourages lawlessness, and this is the predictable result:

A 15-year-old girl was brutally beaten and robbed by a group of almost 20 teenagers after they chased her around Brooklyn, New York.

It happened in broad daylight, just after 4 pm on Thursday.

The mob of teens chased the girl until she fell. Then the real fun began.

[N]early 20 individuals jumped onto, kicked and punched her several times as the group swarmed around her.

As the suspects fled the scene, one of them stole the girl’s sneakers off her feet while she’s on the ground. Her phone and debit card were also stolen.

It would be a waste to beat someone unconscious and not rob them while you are at it.

She was treated for head trauma.

Authorities believe Thursday’s assault could be in retaliation for a previous slight, but the details of that are unclear.

The motive for incidents like this is usually trivial, if there even is a motive — unless you count “because we can get away with it” as a motive.

On tips from Jack Bauer, Don M, Frances J, and Steve T.

Mar 06 2020

Criminal Justice Reform Drives Up Crime in New York

First, they put a radical leftist in charge of New York City. Then, they inflicted demented statewide “bail reform,” flooding the streets with criminals. Let’s see how it’s all working out:

The NYPD says major crimes grew 22.5% in February compared to the same month last year including a 7.1% increase in shootings. Robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto crimes all saw increases. …

Thirty-five percent, or 299, were for arrests in the seven major crime categories – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, and grand larceny auto – that is nearly triple the amount of those crimes committed in the same 58 days in 2019.

How nice that the police are not inflicting racist oppression with stop and frisk anymore.

Police officials blame criminal justice reforms for the uptick in crime.

Police are among the first to notice that when government sides with criminals against law-abiding citizens, crime tends to rise.

On a tip from Bluto.

Feb 26 2020

NYC Building Could Lose 20 Floors

Not even Ayn Rand could come up with a story more starkly symbolic of the limitations imposed by moonbattery than this:

[A] New York State Supreme Court judge has ruled that as many as 20 floors or more must be taken out from the top of the almost-complete 200 Amsterdam Avenue tower in Manhattan. …

According to The New York Times, “the decision is a major victory for community groups who opposed the project on the grounds that the developers used a zoning loophole to create the tallest building on the West Side north of 61st Street.”

The ruling decrees that the nearly completed building must be partially demolished for rising too high. No doubt Bernie Sanders et al regard this as a victory for architectural justice.

Manhattan is an island. Where is it supposed to grow if not upward?

The answer: It is not supposed to grow. Progressivism is about contracting, not growing.

Muslims need not bother flying planes into our most majestic buildings. The sort of moonbats who have taken over New York will prevent us from building them in the first place.

On a tip from R F.

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