~ “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: as government expands, liberty contracts.” Ronald Reagan.
Kind of odd isn’t it that Hillary Clinton plans on riding the wave of Barack Obama’s accomplishments or failings depending on where one sits on the matter all the way to the White House.
Clinton as in past debates mentioned Obama’s name on several issues. Last night Clinton was booed when invoking Obama’s acceptance of Wall Street donations, her response of which was to admonish the audience.
“Well make no mistake about it, this is not just an attack on me, but an attack on President Obama,” Clinton said. “President Obama had a super PAC when he ran. President Obama took tens of millions of dollars from contributors and President Obama was not at all influenced when he made the decision to pass and sign Dodd-Frank, the toughest regulations on Wall Street in many a year.”
The crowd booed when Clinton invoked Obama’s name.
Clinton called the attack on her connections to Wall Street a phony attack and said that there was a lack of evidence to attack her[…]
Hillary Rodham Clinton, the second coming of Barack Obama.
While insisting like Obama that she has been transparent (not in both cases), Clinton has yet to release transcripts of her Wall Street speeches.
Below is an excerpt of an interview from earlier this week with Philly.com:
Question:… I’m wondering how you are reassuring people that there is no linkage between those speeches and how you would perform as president, and to also ask why you have not been more forthcoming about the content of the speeches you made to some of these Wall Street groups.
Answer:…This originally began in the campaign with people asking, “If you take donations from Wall Street, how can you be independent?” And, you know, I’ve been very clear when I was a senator from New York. I was outspoken about Wall Street behavior. I fought for ending advantageous loopholes. I was, I think, one of the very few in Congress at the time who warned at the timeabout what risks were being taken with mortgages, and if the standard is whether you can govern independently if you’ve ever taken any contributions or money from Wall Street, then President Obama is someone who took more contributions in 2008 than I think had ever been given to a Democrat. And he signed the Dodd-Frank bill, which is stronger than any previous legislation. ….
Q:Did you ever feel when you were offered such large sums for a speech that it might come back to haunt you later because of accusations such as those being made now?
A:Well I have to say; I have a public record. I am not someone who is quiet about these issues.. . .I spoke to a wide group of businesses and groups when I was on the speaking circuit, and I have been remarkably more open than anyone else. You can go back and see I’ve got 30 years of tax returns [unintelligible]. …
Oh good grief. If you are wondering where you have heard this before, the last time was the CNN Debate in Brooklyn, New York last night “verbatim.”
Transparent: NOPE! Hogwash: YOUBETCHA!
I cannot get Bernie Sanders’ voice out of my head, “Again, Secretary Clinton did not answer the question.”
The events surrounding the alleged gang rape of an 18 year old in Osborne Park one week ago gets even creepier.
One of the latest twists to the sordid tale is that father and daughter were sitting or standing in the park drinking 22 ounces cans of beer when five teenage males approached them, placed a gun to the father’s head, ordered him out of the park and then proceeded to allegedly brutally gang rape the man’s daughter.
The man ran for help returning some time later with two police officers, at which point the rapists fled.
Said rapists are now in police custody and the alleged sordid events gets uglier.
It was reported either Sunday or Monday that a worker at one of the neighborhood bodegas denied the father access to the store’s phone. According to the worker, the man (father) did not seem upset; the store clerk did not believe him. After all, people come into the bodega all the time requesting use of the store’s phone, no phone.
According to the New York Post,the father entered two neighborhood bodegas seeking help but according to witnesses, the man was incoherent due to his alleged state of inebriation.
In addition, to the gun having yet to be found, which means nothing, the suspects are alleging that prior to approaching the father and daughter in the park, the teens spied on them engaging in some sort of sexual act.
The suspects in the Brooklyn case were all charged as adults with rape, sex abuse and committing a criminal sex act. All except Beckford appeared at a tense arraignment Tuesday night.
A brother of one suspect came forward earlier in the day with an unverified 10-second video, shot with a cell phone, showing a smiling girl who’s naked from the waist down — supposedly the victim — sitting with a young man.
“You saying yeah?” says a voice off-camera. “It’s lit” — meaning the youths had the go-ahead for sexual relations with the 18-year-old woman, according to Billy Anderson, brother of suspect Ethan Phillip.
A cell phone was recovered, and the NYPD was seeking a search warrant to scour its contents, a police source said. One teen told cops he shot video of the victim and sent it to a relative, the source said….
Whatever happened, it appears that many in the community are standing behind the alleged rape suspects. The same community, I might add, who attacked NYPD for not bringing the gang rape to the community’s attention when it first occurred, immediately putting out the video of the suspects and not responding to the crime scene in a timely fashion.
Who ARE THESE PEOPLE?
Who are the parents of these five young men? What sway do they have in the community? What are the odds that the defense heading toward the “she asked for it,”“deserved to be raped” and/or “this girl had a bad reputation” defense?
Moreover, did so-called Black community leaders who also attacked the NYPD and their counterparts in the mainstream media seeking to take advantage of a good crisis make their move too soon this time around?
Case in point, last Friday night or Saturday morning when news about the gang rape the 18-year-old first surfaced, it was reported that an 18 year old woman hanging out in the park with “a friend” was accosted by three or four men who put a gun to the “friend’s” head and ordered the “friend” out of the park after which they proceeded to brutally rape the 18 year old, yada, yada, yada.
By Saturday night, the “friend” evolved to the “father” and then there was something about the father and daughter not wanting to file a report.
According to the 18 year old victim, an adoptee who has had a troubled life, she is just “reconnecting with her 39-year-old dad” who abandoned her as a child and the two “were drinking near the handball courts ‘to be away from the police…’”
So was daddy dearest in predator mode looking to get laid and his now grown up daughter presented the perfect opportunity? If that is the case and the allegations against father and daughter pans out, then dear old dad is a piece of garbage and defendants’ counsel thanks him very much for making their job a slam-dunk.
Good grief, the insanity. I predict that at this point, whatever happened in Osborn Park, this case is going nowhere and all parties will move to make this go away and fast.
Final note, in a post earlier this week, I went into a tantrum about asking why no one came to the aid of this young woman and how is it that no one heard her screams, the nasty events surrounding the alleged rape might very explain that.
‘…We have been working closely with the NYPD to bring the violent sexual predators who committed this horrific gang rape to justice and will not stop until every one of them is held accountable,’ said Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson….
The thugs who approached the 18 year old and her father as they walked through Osborne Park around 9 p.m. Thursday night put a gun to the father’s head ordering him out of the park after which each of the five men proceeded to brutally rape the young woman.
The father in search of help finally located two officers who returned to the park. Upon their arrival, the rapists fled on foot.
Fortunately, police was able to secure surveillance video footage of the rapists in a bodega moments before the rape.
Of course, the same politicians who for years accused NYPD of police brutality and walk hand in hand with the likes of Black Lives Matter while ignoring Black on Black crime held the usual press conference dog and pony show[i] outside Osborne Park to deny the arrest of the rapists and lambast NYPD for their alleged slow response.
“There was no delay in responding to the rape in the 73 Precinct.
A patrol car from the 73 Precinct was approached on the street and told about the attack by the victim’s father, who directed the officers to the scene. The police officers immediately responded and located the victim. The suspects had already fled. The police officers called for a supervisor and an ambulance, which responded and transported the victim to the hospital. There was no delay in the police response. There were no 911 calls associated with the attack, contrary to media reports.
There was no probative video in the immediate area of the attack. However, detectives in conducting an expanded canvas were able to find video in a bodega, after an extensive search around 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 9. After review, retrieval and copying, the video was distributed to the media around 8 p.m. on Saturday to help identity the five males. The commanding officer of the precinct began contacting local community leaders preliminarily on Friday, January 8.
The department is still looking to identify the men in question in the video. Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to contact the department immediately.”
Stephen P. Davis
Deputy Commissioner Public Information New York City Police Department
WARNING: MAJOR RANT COMING ON….
As noted in 73rd Precinct’s statement above, not one 911 call was placed. What the hell is wrong with the people who live in this neighborhood? You cannot tell me that at least a dozen people heard this woman or her father screaming for help.
Having lived in the hood and having played handball in Osborne Playground many times after dark as a teenager when we visited my cousin’s house, I can attest to the fact that there is a residential area on two sides of this playground.
As a matter of fact, we used to climb out of her rear window and walk about 20 feet to the playground.
Outrageous but wait, it gets worse. A bodega store clerk denied the victim’s father access to the store phone because he did not believe the man.
A bodega clerk on Sunday said he turned away the victim’s father when the man asked to use the store’s phone to call 911 moments after he and his daughter were set upon in the Osborn Playground in Brownsville.
The Gaston deli staffer, who gave his name as Sammy, said he didn’t believe the man’s story.
‘He looked normal. He didn’t look nervous or desperate,’ the clerk recalled.
‘A lot of people come here asking to use the phone. I feel bad now knowing why he needed the phone…’
This crime hits close to home.
As a child, I lived next to an empty lot on the borderline of Brownsville and Crown Heights. Back then the only telephones in my neighborhood was in the candy store on the corner, which meant that once that store closed at six p.m., telephone communication was non-existent.
I was 11 years old when it started and for the next three years, three days a week, every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night, we heard the screams of women (sometimes 2 in a night) being raped.
Horrifying for me at such a young age unable to help and no phone to contact the police. Horrifying for the victims who soon realized that no one was coming to their rescue.
It was a poor neighborhood and the men in many of the families were away at war leaving the mothers to protect and care for their children.
The victims were nurses who worked at the hospital down the street. Easy pickings for this scumbag who everyone knew lived two blocks away because of their work hours. Of course, this tells me that the police knew but chose to do nothing.
The problem was eliminated only after the men on the block returned home from Viet Nam to their families.
To know that 46 years later with all of the phones and cell phones floating around Brownsville that no one placed a call to 73rd Precinct or 911 is appalling.
END OF SIDEBAR
While I personally prefer policing on foot and two officers in a cruiser, instead of helicopters flying overhead as adopted under the Giuliani era, not one of the Communist bureaucrats responsible for returning the City to the Dinkins era will own up to each of their roles in the no longer visible police presence, whether it’s on foot, in a police cruiser or helicopter.
The overwhelming lack of visibility of a police presence is a consequence of the war on police as orchestrated by the grievance industry including the likes of Black Lives Matter, Revcom and the de Blasio administration on the New York Police Department, adding to that de Blasio’s cessation of STOP and FRISK.
Stand up New York and demand the return of Concealed Carry and STOP AND FRISK. DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER and AS FOR THE RAPISTS, perp walk the BITCHES and let the world see who they are.
Finally, no protective custody for any of them.
END OF RANT.
[i][NOTE: Each time a crime that catches the spotlight is committed; bureaucrats taking advantage of a good crisis come out en masse.
Candles are lit, there’s a neighborhood protest demanding the arrest of the perpetrators and calls for more government funding under the guise of providing a safe place for the children.
The circus always unfolds in the presence of the media, the intent of which is to put bureaucrats and their faux outrage on record. Then once the media disappears, its mission accomplished and elitist Commie bureaucrats return to their hole in the wall comforted with the revelations that they are on record in addition to which there is plenty of footage to use later for campaign ads.
Always omitted from the conversation is that the thugs who commit these acts have no interest in safe places except to scout out a victim.]
A case of violating a safe space. Via JPost: In an incident being investigated as a hate crime, a 24-year-old Jewish student at a Brooklyn college was assaulted on campus. The student, who was wearing a kippah, was assaulted Wednesday evening at Medgar Evers College, JP Updates reported. The school is part of the City University of New York system and is located on the western edge of Crown Heights, a gentrifying neighborhood that […]
The following statement appears in the original article, under Walker-Diallo’s photograph:
“New York Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo, a Black Muslim woman took oath as a civil court judge in New York on Thursday, while swearing to abide by the U.S. Constitution placing her hand on the Holy Quran.”
Walker-Diallo’s oath is meaningless just as it was when Rep. Keith Ellison swore in using a Koran. Ellison who (i) during a Congressional hearing cried over a fellow Muslim that died in the September 11 Islamic terror attacks shed no tears for anyone else who died that day and (ii) just a few weeks ago defended the first amendment rights of Syrian refugees under the United States Constitution when in fact, illegal immigrants have no Constitutional protection.
Walker-Diallo’s appointment is purely political and ideological. That and the fact that the Brooklyn court system enjoys the reputation of being the most corrupt in five counties.
Several hours before the annual West Indian Day parade was scheduled to begin on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York Labor Day, the insanity began.
Less than six blocks from the parade route, Carey Gaby, Esq., age 43, Andrew Cuomo’s first deputy general counsel at Empire State Development, was shot in the head by a stray bullet as he and his brother attempted to take cover when as shootout began nearby between rival gangs.
A fight broke out Monday morning shortly before 4 a.m. as Gabay and his brothers left a party and were walking down the street near Ebbetts Field Houses, located in a particular unsavory section of Flatbush known to be extremely dangerous, any hour of the day, any day of the week.
According to Aaron McNaughton, Gabay’s younger brother, “It was just totally random. Some guy walked up and was spraying bullets everywhere. I can’t believe it. He was a good guy, he just didn’t deserve this.’’
The shooter fired 8 to 10 shots into the crowd. Insane.
Gabay whose wife is pregnant is on life support while doctors make arrangements to donate his organs.
Unfortunately, the streets of New York, let alone Brooklyn, let alone this community will have had more than its share of bloodshed by Tuesday morning.
Not far from the shootings, a young man in his 20’s was stabbed. Video clip below (Warning: GRAPHIC).
On Sunday afternoon NYPD announced that it was dispatching 1500 officers to monitor the pre-dawn parties in Brooklyn. Little good that did to anyone victimized, raped, maimed or killed while out reveling.
The NYPD is dispatching an additional 1,500 cops to keep an eye on pre-dawn parties before the West Indian Day Parade.
The J’Ouvert march through Flatbush is an annual tradition that kicks off around 4 a.m. Monday in Brooklyn.
The party is full of dancers, costumes, bands and baby powder — but has also featured outbursts of violence in years past.
A high-ranking police source told the Daily News he’s expecting a long night.
‘We don’t have stop and frisk anymore. So, obviously, all the stuff we had stopped them from doing will start over again. The pop-up parties are them drinking all night. They’ll see you driving around and stop what they’re doing,’ the source said….
J’Ouvert “unofficially” begins around midnight and yes, it is an all night party of dancers, people dressed up in costumes, some in masks, steel bands on trucks and baby powder.
Combine that with alcohol, hot weather (last night was in the mid-70’s and humid), marijuana, the ingestion of other toxic chemicals non-stop for the next 24 hours and you have spontaneous combustion — VIOLENCE. (My perspective on J’Ouvert at bottom of post.)
Rather than deal with the problem that plagues the Black community, Black homicide, Black on Black violence, both Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio staged separate press conferences espousing the usual propaganda calling for gun control in the very community where Blacks are shot and killed by other Blacks every day of the week.
At about the same time that Cuomo’s aide was shot, less than a half-mile away, Venita Haskins was grieving the loss of her 42-year-old son, Damon mortally wounded with a gunshot to the chest, the day before (Saturday evening).
Ms. Haskins lost her 32-year-old daughter, Tamecca Haskins one year earlier, July 6, 2014 not far from where Damon was killed.
Both were victims of Black on Black crime, the circumstances of which are eerily similar as both were shot in the chest
‘That’s my two oldest,’ Haskins, the devastated mother of five, told the Daily News on Sunday. ‘I’m very distraught right now … I’m at a loss for words right now….’
Reminiscent of the parades prior to and during the Dinkins era, liquor and marijuana was in abundance and enjoyed out in the open.
As it was during the Dinkins era, if you had respiratory problems, Eastern Parkway (the parade route) is the last place you needed to be on Labor Day.
Parade goers rewarding NYPD for turning a blind eye.
The New York Post is this morning reporting that NYPD turned a blind eye to “blatant law breaking” at the parade. (Considering the attacks on law enforcement nationwide, can’t say I blame them.)
Bratton stated early Monday that there was no need to ban parties ahead of the parade in spite of the bloodshed, which the police commissioner called “unfortunate” but “no reason to not go forward with the events.” (Translation: If they want to kill each other, oh well…)
An older woman covered her nose as several young men shared a joint, dancing and blowing smoke into the air.
‘A lot is happening that isn’t supposed to be happening,’ she said, a look of disgust plain on her face.
One young man was also seen pouring Hennessy cognac into an iced-tea bottle, then doling it out into plastic cups. Three pals who were spotted drinking brown liquid from clear plastic cups as they cavorted along the parade route admitted that their beverage of choice was the same type of booze….
NYPD sources said supervisors have traditionally urged restraint when dealing with parade goers, with one cop saying the brass ‘forbid us from making arrests, no matter what we saw, because they didn’t want riots….’
[No one who attends the yearly parade or the West Indian American Day Carnival Association itself gives a damn about crime unless they’re directly affected. The event is a cash cow with a massive sponsorship, a primary reason for denying that the parade and surrounding festivities provide motive and opportunity for thuggish elements.]
In addition to nearly a month of endless reveling and festivities pre-Labor Day, there is always the sudden uptick of crime and violence Labor Day weekend.
Opportunity strikes as thousands of people from all parts of the world converge upon the community.
More than 2 million people attend the parade annually, preparations of which begin every year for the following year the morning after Labor Day.
On the weekend before the parade, there are pageants, costume balls, and parties throughout the area (city).
The clubs open about 7 pm Sunday evening and the parties start. Many leaving the clubs rather than go home pace the streets near the floats, steel bands and huge speakers are embedded flatbed trucks throughout the largest Caribbean community in the United States.
Sometime during the night, early Monday morning (pre-4 a.m.), thousands join the early revelers in the streets around the trucks blasting the music all night.
As the caravan begin to makes its way through the streets of Flatbush and parts of Crown Heights, thousands follow, many in costumes, covered by powder and just as many inebriated and/or under the influence of whatever move about until finally reaching the starting point of the parade, hours later. (Fortunately, I do not live on that side of town but for those who do, it is a sleepless night/weekend.)
Familiar with the goings on of Labor Day weekend in New York City since the West Indian Day Parades began in the late 1960’s, as a mother of a Black male, I am relieved when my son (now in his mid-30’s) touches base with me.
An even bigger relief is that for the first time in 17 years, my son was here in my house with me all night long. Trust me; it has been years since I slept so well on Labor Day.
I know that I’m sounding like a spoiler but for me, this is yet another downside of a sanctuary city.
I don’t get it but then I am American and the West Indian Day Parade is not about America or its people, another reason it is not my cup of tea.
I rest my case.
It was not until Labor Day 2012 after the September 11 Islamic terrorist attacks that the American flag was flown in this parade.
For the next four or five years after, the American flag displayed proudly sometime around 2008, those behind the West Indian Day Parade returned to their pre-September 11th anti-American habits.
The mentality is that while they make their living in the United States, feed of the American workforce, the parade is about them.
Complaints have poured in for decades about the violence around this parade, however, because it’s a means of showing off to the people at home and a cash cow for the organizers, Caribbean businesses and revenue for the City and State, no amount of dead bodies will put an end to this annual train wreck.
While Black lives matter, it is the battle for the golden goose that supersedes all.
Then there is the power struggle amongst the cliques, broken down by country.
As Americans, we mostly think of discrimination in terms of black v. white but in the Caribbean community, it’s broken down by country. (Trust me, I live in an apartment building full of tenants from different countries. From time to time, it gets dicey.)
Organizers of the West Indian Day Parade are making sure it’s run by a Trinidadian majority, say critics who are charging discrimination.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association, which organizes the annual Labor Day event along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, has raked in more than $1 million in city, state and federal funds over the past five years, but the nonprofit isn’t inclusive enough to deserve taxpayer dough, according to Rickford Burke, the head of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy….
In the end and based on the non-stop helicopters flying overhead from Friday night through Sunday morning and then again Monday night, I would bet the ranch that much of the violence committed this past weekend has yet to be made public.