New Bad Days 44: Police Officers Experiencing Attacks By Pyschotically Reckless, Intoxicated, Belligerant and Incompetent Drivers; The Four Boroughs Are Burning, Two Caused By Stupidity; A Spate Of Domestic Murders And Attacks On The Elderly; Various Acts Of Aggressive Jostling And A Blatant Case Of NYPD Reclassifying Of An Assault To Protect A Hotel Converted Homeless Shelter.

Manhattan

In Times Square, ground zero of the original bad old days, a dark tinted windowed Mercedes Benz was screeching it’s wheels and speeding on 7th avenue. As a police officer walked in the street to obstruct it, the driver hit him, sped off as it turned west into 42nd street. As the cop called for backup, all on foot, and yelled for help to probably passerby on the street, the car was gone.

Also in Times Square, a mentally ill homeless man was swinging a machete and hitting the sidewalk with it. He then put down his weapon on the cops order and then ran away, ditching two other machetes. When the cops arrested Homeless Zorro, he was possessing two more of them.

Again in Times Square, a Navy soldier pulled over by cops who made turned into the wrong direction on 8th avenue turned out that he was carrying a cache of handguns in his car.and a hunting knife strapped to his leg. Good thing no one drew first blood.

In the Upper West Side, a man pushed an 81-year-old woman in a post office and stole her purse, after that he was walking down the avenue with the purse he jostled then he went inside a bank and snatched $300 from a 4-year-old girls hand at a bank ATM machine while her mother was letting her participate in a transaction. The little girl wound up traumatized by the mugging, thinking that the scumbag is going to come back for her other glove.

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Also in the Upper West Side on the West Side Highway, a drunk livery cab driver rammed into the back of a police car, injuring two cops.

Again in the Upper West Side, a traffic cop was clipped in the leg by a hit-and-run driver while directing traffic.

In Greenwich Village, two men robbed a convenience store of two grand when the co-owner opened the door for them after coming up from the basement and was held immediately held up at gunpoint.

In the East Village, a fight between two men in a corner store escalated as they fought on the street and one of them stabbed the other and ran off.

Also in the East Village, a firefighter who works at the Ladder 11 station was arrested for dealing fentanyl over the internet. The “Dark” internet.

In Harlem, a man drinking heavily at a party jumped out of window and impaled himself on a fence when his friends told him to leave. A brawl ensued between the revelers as one man broke a beer bottle over another one’s head.

In Chinatown, a teenager was killed in a fiery car crash after his drunk friend speeding off the Manhattan Bridge jumped a curb and crashed into a fire hydrant and lamp post. The driver has testified in court that he didn’t know he had a passenger in his car.

In the Lower East Side, three patrons were slashed at a bar by a man at 5 a.m.. The bar is owned by a guy who a member of some nightclub lobby group who applied for the once vaunted and unnecessarily stupid night mayor position and just recently had it’s liquor license revoked for being a noise making, violence enabling, underage and binge drinking encouraging nuisance to the neighborhood.

Also in the Lower East Side, patrons at a bar celebrating New Year’s Eve got held up at gunpoint by a 3 teenagers who proceeded to rob their cell phones and the cash register.

Again in the Lower East Side, a man sprayed lighter fluid on a clerk in a jewelry store and robbed her by threatening to torch her.

And again in the Lower East Side, two men held up a bodega at gunpoint and robbed the Lotto register of $600.

And again in the Lower East Side at the Delancy St. Station, a man committed suicide by jumping in front of the approaching F train at 12:50 p.m.

In the Upper East Side, a millionaire heiress got impatient at a ritzy restaurant coat check as she made a bigoted slur at a man and woman in front of her. When the man confronted her why she insulted him and his family, the one percenter slag hit him in the face with her glass purse, causing a bloody gash.

Also on the Upper East Side, a man beat his girlfriend to a bloody pulp then went into his car and shot himself to death.

Again in the Upper East Side, a man followed an 80-year-old woman to her apartment building then tried to rob her purse but failed in his jostling attempt as the woman held on and yelled for her neighbors.

In the Upper East Side, Hell’s Kitchen, East Village and Kips Bay, two burglars have pulled off 16 safe robberies of restaurants, including outside ATM’s and their surveillance systems in the month of December, amassing a total of $54,000.

In Washington Heights, an apartment building went on fire that was sparked by a toaster and the flames accelerated up a dumbwaiter shaft and onto the roof.

In Gramercy Park, some entitled actor who gets paid 500 grand an episode from some hit show on premium cable got shitfaced in a bar and got into a row with other patrons trying to hog the pool table, leading to being ejected by the staff and management.

In Soho at the Spring St Station on the E train, a sleeping commuter was being jostled by a man trying to rob him and got slashed in the face trying to stop him.

Again in Soho, a car got totaled when a large chunk of rust colored ice fell off a building.

A man is wanted for simulated gun robberies of fast food chains and drug stores in Greenwich Village, Union Square and Mott Haven, making off with over 2 grand in cash.

In East Harlem, a cop assigned to community affairs was charged for driving drunk and flipping his car on the Belt Parkway a month ago and again in East Harlem.

At the 1st Precinct in Tribeca, an NYPD detective was caught and arrested after being found with heroin and driving without a license.

In Turtle Bay, an elevator broke from the weight of too many party people inside and fell 3 floors straight to the basement, injuring 5.

In Murray Hill at the 33rd St. Station, a drunk ass fell off the platform and onto the track roadbed as the train arrived.

In Midtown, a fire ignited on the roof of the TRUMP tower on the eve of the man and brand it’s named after brain exploded and called other nations shitholes during a senate committee meeting on immigration.

Bronx

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In Belmont, a fire started by an unsupervised 3-year-old boy that was playing with the knobs on the oven then rapidly spread when his mother didn’t shut the door and engulfed the entire building in flames killed 12 people and injured 4. The building was also found to have non-working fire and carbon monoxide detectors and the nearby fire hydrant frozen solid from record frigid temperatures.

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In Van Nest, a fire sparked in a furniture store in a mixed use building starting at 5:30 a.m. spread to the apartments above, engulfing it in flames. 24 residents and one fireman were injured during the 7-alarm blaze.

Also in Van Nest, gunfire broke out in front of a catering hall that was reserved for a sweet 16 party, killing a 16-year-old boy who got shot in the neck and injuring a 17-year-old boy who got shot in the arm after a 300 kids showed up uninvited and incited a fight.

In Norwood, a man stalked a 64-year-old disabled woman to her apartment then raped her and robbed her of $250.

In Soundview, a man shot his ex-girlfriend and her daughter to death and then killed himself in front of the daughter’s one year old child.

In Morris Heights, a drug deal gone bad led to a man getting stabbed to death and another man getting slashed in the face.

Also in Morris Heights, a man was stabbed multiple times in the back as he was sitting in a restaurant by a man he was brawling with on the street before. The suspect claims his victim stabbed him first.

In Hunts Point, a man was found dead lying on the sidewalk with a bullet wound in his head.

In Woodstock, a man fighting with a woman in front of a deli pulled out a gun and shot in the face. The woman died later.

In West Farms, a man was found dead in his apartment with puncture wounds in his neck.

In Wakefield, one person was killed and two were wounded in a domestic shooting.

In Claremont Village in an incident of criminal mischief, a man shot another man inside an apartment building and tried to choke another man who tried to stop him. The culprit was stopped by two cops quickly responding to the shooting.

In Williamsbridge, a homeless man was found dead on a street corner a few days after the blizzard hit the city.

In East Tremont, two board members of a non-profit running a day care center robbed it of $130,000 to pay for a funeral for a friend and new duds.

In Throggs Neck, a man and his teenage daughter died in a fire caused by a hot plate placed by a comforter.

At a transit police station by Yankee Stadium, lockers belonging to Muslim officers were vandalized with bigoted messages and penises.

In Fordham, a teenager commuter who fell asleep was robbed, er, jostled by a man who wound up with his cell phone and credit card.

In Yonkers, gangs of kids brawling on the street took their rumble into a Dunkin Donuts which culminated in a stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl by another teenage girl.

Also in Yonkers, a stupid cop was caught doing donuts with a squad car in a lot.

In Claremont, a drunk driver crashed his car on an NYPD smartcar.

On the Major Deegan Expressway, a man killed himself after sideswiping an SUV and slamming into a wall causing his Mercedes to explode.

Brooklyn

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In Crown Heights, a 22-year-old woman was killed by her husband after he pushed her down the stairs and strangled her to death in their basement and left her for dead with their 2-year-old daughter. Cops dispatched to the home by the victim telling the operator that her husband was going to kill her never left their vehicle to confirm the attack, but showed up later after another 911 call from a neighbor hearing the child scream, finally discovering the lifeless body. This is the Blue Wall Of Insouciance in full effect, or more appropriately, none.

Also in Crown Heights, a brownstone apartment building went on fire, injuring 4 smokeeaters.

In East Flatbush, an stupid fucking idiotic building superintendent roasting a pig in the basement of an apartment building because it was too cold outside, caused a two-alarm fire, causing damage to the first floor and the scene of the cooking. Again, this place was torched by the super, the man responsible for the building’s upkeep.

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In Canarsie, two cheerleading squads engaged in a vicious brawl inside a high school which continued uninterrupted because of the presence of a single helpless security guard.

Also in Canarsie, a 68-year-old woman succumbed to a heart attack and died when she was hit with a hammer by a 18-year-old woman who with two men forced their way into the victims apartment to rob it. The three then attacked her roommate and stole his wallet, cellphone and video game console.

Again in Canarsie, a fire broke out inside a house, injuring 3 people.

In Windsor Terrace, a teenage boy punched a 77-year-old man after he paid his fare and went through the turnstile at the Fort Hamilton Parkway Station.

In Downtown Brooklyn at the Jay St./Metrotech Station on the R train platform, an 18 year old man rambling incoherently approached a 65-year-old man who told him to back off then got sucker-punched by him and fell onto the tracks. He died of a heart attack hours later from the ordeal. The culprit had a heavy pill prescription from his bipolar and schizophrenic mental conditions.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a Muslim woman was shouted at with bigoted slurs and physically attacked with punches by a gang of teenage girls after she told them to stop causing a ruckus at a chain restaurant as other customers just drank their latte’s and did nothing to help her.

In Williamsburg, a man went up to three other men on a corner at midnight and shot at two of them three times, killing one and injuring the other. The suspects drove off after the murder.

Also in Williamsburg, a bodega was held up at gunpoint at 7 p.m. by two men who shot at two workers there, hitting one in the back and the other in the chest then ran off.

Again in Williamsburg, a man was struck by a speeding car then two men wielding a hammer and a metal rod chased him and beat him up on the sidewalk.

And again in Williamsburg at the Bedford Ave. Station, a woman fell off the platform somehow and landed on the tracks as she got stuck under the arriving L train.

On the Williamsburg Bridge, a man was sitting in the middle of the tracks causing transit service to stop, doing an uncanny dramatization of the MTA’s antiquated, temperamental signal system.

Also in Crown Heights, Williamsburg, East Flatbush, and Bed-Stuy, four men broke into a restaurant by kicking in a sheet wall and robbed it of $100; a man waltzed into an apartment building and walked out with $2,350 worth of merchandisel; two men held up a bodega and ripped off a gold chain from a male clerk and a cellphone off a female worker and $125 in cash and a chinese food delivery man got set up for a mugging by two men who placed an order from an unoccupied apartment, robbing him of $250.

In Flatbush, a woman was found dead with her pants down to her ankles in a parking lot at 6 in the morning in the freezing cold.

In Midwood, an off-duty cop driving in his black jeep turned on his siren and lights and rammed the vehicle in front of him and then went to the driver and the passenger and flashed his gun and then hit the driver and the woman who was with him with his handcuffs. The crooked cop bragged of that he was in the NYPD like it was a gang, then sped off and ran several lights and got away.

In Bath Beach at the 62nd Precinct, a police captain fashioned a garage area into a cigar smoking lounge for indulging in the consumption of foreign contraband from Cuba.

In Sunset Park, a man got shot in his car after a drug deal went bad with two other men.

In Flatlands, a fire station house was found to be a wanton fun house of fratboy hazing and degrading homoerotic rituals

Also in Flatbush, 4 men collaborated in the mugging of a man inside a store, stealing his headphones and wallet.

In Brighton Beach, three men mugged a man, repeatedly punching him and stealing $48.et.

In Brownsville, a man trying to break into his girlfriends apartment was killed when she took a gun and shot him.

Also in Brownsville, a woman killed her husband by jamming a knife in his neck after he punched her in the mouth.

Again in Brownsville, a man tried to purchase a bag of Cheetos with a fake $50 dollar bill, when the cashier told him to get out, the cheap jerk flashed a gun then stole the item and walked out.

And again in Brownsville, a man killed himself turning into the wrong lane as he collided with another vehicle.

Two men are involved in a crime spree of bodega gunpoint holdups in Brownsville, Bushwick and East New York.

Also in Bushwick, East New York, Sheepshead Bay and East Flatbush, a man wearing a contractor safety vest robbed a cellphone store at gunpoint and ran off with some samsungs and cash; a man pulled a gun on a livery cab driver and robbed him of $250; two woman and a man at Macy’s shoplifted a fur coat and ran out of the store and three men ran up behind a man and beat him up and robbed his backpack.

In East New York at the Liberty Avenue Station, a homeless man was found dead on the train tracks.

Also in East New York, a dog was found tied to the door of a animal care center with his leg gnawed off.

Also in East New York, Park Slope, Sheepshead Bay, a man held up a bodega store clerk at knife point just to steal cereal; a teenage male was attacked on the 7th Avenue F train station platform by a man who jostled for his cell phone and two men robbed a laundromat and deli at gunpoint and stole $1,700 and pistol whipped a clerk and

In Ocean Hill, a man broke into a woman’s apartment around 3 a.m. and pinned her to the bed by her throat and then robbed her of $140.

In Bensonhurst, a man flashed a gun on a teenage male to rob his coat was thwarted when the kid fought back.

In Greenpoint, a man broke into a Chinese restaurant and robbed money from the cash register.

In Greenpoint, Bed-Stuy, Gravesend, Midwood, Brownsville, and East New York, a man held up a dime back with a note he gave to the teller; a man held up a NYCB bank and robbed it of $4,050; two men robbed a gas station attendant of $140 and his wallet when he got a seizure and fell to the ground; a man stole $300 after he entered an office building with an unsecured door; four men ganged up on and beat up a 16-year-old boy for his cellphone and a 14-year-old boy got punched by a man who arranged a hoodie sale with him over social media.

In Park Slope at the Prospect Ave. Station, an inebriated man died when he fell on the tracks on his head.

Also in Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, two burglars broke the locks on the security gate and stole 8 grand; two crooks robbed a grocery store of $400 and cigarettes and two coffee shops were robbed around 3 a.m. of $300 each.

Again in Dyker Heights, a bus crashed into another car and flipped over, injuring 5 kids..

In Bed-Stuy, a school safety agent beat up and tried to choke his wife at their home.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a home was burglarized of $200,000 worth of jewelry while the owner was away on a UN mission.

Again in Bed-Stuy, a brownstone apartment building went on fire, killing two residents.

In Marine Park, a woman got jostled as she was robbed of her handbag containing her phone and credit and I.D. cards as he was trying on shoes.

In Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, a man broke into a car window and stole electronic items, a man attempted to rob a safe, a man stole $2,000 and a bottle of wine from a restaurant, an office was burglarized of 5 grand and debit cards, and a woman’s purse was stolen,  no, wait, jostled that contained $1,400.

In Gerristen Beach, a water main broke flooding 12 houses.

Queens

In Sunnyside, an auto shop worker trying to ask the driver of a laundry van to stop blocking the driveway was confronted by a man coming from a hotel homeless shelter who called him a racial slur and punched him in the head twice. When the victim attempted to file a report to the nearest police precinct with the video and photo proof he had, the case was reclassified and closed stating that there were no witnesses and the suspect ran off somewhere else. The victim was previously hit by a car in October from another homeless hotel shelter resident. Another brick in the Blue Wall Of Insouciance.

In Richmond Hill, a woman was stabbed to death by her husband in their home and he was later found dead hanging on a tree by his own hand near Forest Park. Like last year, the first murder of the new year happens in Southeast Queens.

In Long Island City, the most expensive place to live in this borough, a commuter was robbed of his headphones on the E train by a man. As he went to get his property back by getting off the 36th st. station, he was attacked by the thief and then jumped by two other men that was with him who beat him down and then stole his backpack and cellphone.

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Also in Long Island City on the 7 train at Queensboro Plaza, a man blasting a portable speaker was confronted by a commuter asking him to shut it off. When the obnoxious jerk refused he dared the man to do something about it and when he did and got into a tussle with him, he stabbed him in the hand.

In Queens Village, a man died of heart attack after he was attacked, had his head slammed into a car and beaten to the ground then robbed by two men. The victim and his wife came to the states from Guyana to feel safer.

In Ridgewood, a crime spree of vehicle break-ins of app livery cab drivers in a span of two weeks has resulted in 57 burglaries in the span of two weeks.

Also in Ridgewood, a man brought a garbage can into a White Castle and threw it at a customer.

Again in Ridgewood, a man robbed a bank of $1,000 at 1 p.m. after he handed the teller a note.

And again in Ridgewood, a storage unit warehouse was broken into and various lockers were robbed of merchandise.

And again in Ridgewood, a man stabbed his girlfriend twice and tried to strangle her during an argument in her apartment.

In Rockaway Beach, a fire broke out on the 11th floor of an apartment building, injuring 8 residents and 9 cops. The fire was ignited by a heating lamp that fell on something flammable although neighbors suspect it was from one of the many things the tenant was hoarding.

In Corona, a DOT street redesign on 111th street as led to doubled rise in vehicular accidents.

Also in Corona, two men broke into and robbed an apartment of $5,000 in jewelry after accessing a door on the roof.

In Elmhurst, a man tried to commit suicide by leaping off the top floor inside of the Queens Center Mall.

Also in Elmhurst, a crook sneaked up behind a person with a knife and robbed $900 and a watch.

In Jamaica at a high school named Young Women’s Leadership School, a teenage girl slashed another teenage girl in the head with a kitchen knife during a fight outside.

Also in Jamaica, a man held up a deli at gunpoint and robbed $300 and the clerks cellphone during a struggle.

Again in Jamaica, a man went into a Capital One bank, slipped the teller a note and made a verbal demand for cash. It was a heist of $23.

And again in Jamaica, a man was shot at from behind while standing on a corner at 8:30 p.m.

And again in Jamaica at the Sutphin Blvd Station on the E train platform, a man suckerpunched a 70-year-old man on the train and ran away when it arrived at the stop.

And again in Jamaica, 3 men held up a grocery store at gunpoint and stole $1,200.

In Forest Hills, a 16-year-old girl was molested by a man who grabbed her groin as she was walking on the street at 4:30 p.m.

In Glendale, two brothers loaded on some bad shit barricaded themselves in their apartment and tried to set it ablaze, then fought with cops and the ESU who tried to get them out.

Also in Glendale, a man crashed his car after he ran a red light then ditched his vehicle as he tried to run away from cops.

In Edgemere, a 15-year-old boy was shot to death in a stairwell over an iphone.

In Ozone Park, an 87-year-old man crossing Rockaway Blvd got killed after getting hit by a car.

In South Ozone Park, a burglar broke into a makeshift Sikh temple in the back of a two family house and stole $5,000 in cash, an amplifier and microphone and the security camera.

Also in South Ozone Park, a fire broke out in a two family home with multiple building violations forcing out close to 20 people residing there.

In Woodside, a man accessed an three-family house and got into the third floor apartment and stole jewelry and a computer tablet.

In Little Neck, a burglar broke the door of a threading salon and stole 200 bucks.

At JFK airport, a man was caught trying to smuggle a gun through baggage check.

In Howard Beach, a man broke the front window of a fast food restaurant around midnight and robbed the register of a grand.

In Far Rockaway, in a nauseating uncivilized display of the obnoxious use of social media and police brutality, a man that turned without signalling was pulled over by cops who then threatened to break one of the officers jaws and warned he will get them where they live, which the narrator of the filming doesn’t bother to mention as he’s describing the altercation. As the cops got him out of the car to arrest him for not cooperating and showing his driver’s license, a cop shot the suspect with a taser multiple times even though he was being held by four cops.

 

In Sunnyside, a man and woman robbed a woman’s purse in a diner.

In Fresh Meadows, a couple robbed a wedding dress clad mannequin from a store window display.

In Astoria at the Ditmars Ave. Station, a man trying to enter the train was obstructed by a bag of dicks blocking the door, sparking an argument. As the commuter walked away to the next car, the bag of dicks followed him and slashed him in the head.

Also in Astoria, an 81-year-old man was killed crossing the street by a car making a turn.

In Flushing, a 77-year-old woman was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver as she was in the crosswalk at 7 a.m.. The driver, a frickin’ nurse, thought she hit a chunk of ice. That was wearing a winter coat.

Also in Flushing, a man disguised as Santa Claus held up a gas station at gunpoint with an accomplice and robbed the register of $900 and took off on his sled in a silver car.

Again in Flushing, three men pushed around a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl at an intersection and stole their cellphones.

And again in Flushing, a man robbed a hotel of $580 with his hand poking through his jacket.

And again in Flushing, a woman was found dead inside a commercial building.

At two synagogues in Flushing and Bayside, a demented man left a disparaging message on answering machines touting the absurdity that Figurehead Trump brought back the greeting of Merry Christmas and extended that greeting in a menacing tone.

In Cambria Heights, a car crashed into another one at an intersection that has been missing a stop sign for months despite complaints from the community. 3 people including a child were injured.

Another noteworthy stat going unmentioned in this utopian fun city is that this borough is that while murders were down in 2017, there were more than three times as many fentanyl laced heroin overdose deaths.

Staten Island

In Eltingville, a car chase with police led to the arrest of a naked man wearing a hat who tried to flee on foot.

 

In Graniteville, a man and woman were arrested at their home for drug dealing and possession of heroin and scales in the presence of a 4-year-old child.

In Bulls Head, a NYPD sergeant committed suicide in a hotel room shooting himself in the head.

In West Brighton, a man threw a Christmas tree at his relative during an early morning domestic dispute.

Also in West Brighton, a man was shot in the knee after an argument with another man in front of his apartment building.

In Tottenville, an argument between two roommates escalated when one of them stabbed the other in the stomach with a knife.

In Charleston, a man got shot to death in front of a strip club when he approached a vehicle whose driver he got into fight over a girl with.

In Sunnyside, a woman with a suspended license injured two cops when she crashed into their patrol car.

In Arden Heights, a woman scarred herself by spraying her face with an acid fluid substance and tried to blame it on somebody else to get media, medical and police attention.

Happy Fucking New Year Boroughs Five. This is the longest New Bad Days yet covering the past 2 weeks. Brace yourselves and check yo selves before you wreck yo selves.

 

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“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed”

“A lie cannot live”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

 

Goodnight, Motörhead

“Fast” Eddie Clarke, 67, Guitarist, Motörhead, Speed Metal Pioneer

Lemmy and Philty passed over a year ago. Fast Eddie was the last member to go. This band changed rock and roll and heavy metal and millions and millions of headbangers lives.

They are also not in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (so are many, many, many worthy others). Yet Bon Jovi is. Which fucking shows how much that worthless institution matters. No sleep ’til infinity.

The Blue Wall Of Insouciance: Police Captain Exposes NYPD Crime Reclassification Malfeasance

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NY Daily News: NYPD captain claims some cops are fudging crime stats to advance their careers, igniting police investigation

Police brass are investigating claims by a veteran captain who alleges that some NYPD commanders are misclassifying felonies to hold down crime statistics in a bid to further their careers.

Capt. Marash Vucinaj has gathered 156 cases over the past two years from multiple commands that he contends show a pattern of downgrading some felony-level crimes to misdemeanors. The crimes include thefts and attempted thefts, assaults and assaults on cops. He does not claim the manipulation extends to murders and rapes.

The purpose, he said, is to shift crimes out of the all-important index crime category — made up of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny and auto theft.

 Among the methods he claims he has seen:

  • Classifying incidents where cops are injured by suspects as resisting arrest, rather than assault.
  • Classifying grand larcenies as lost property and ignoring details that suggest a crime took place.
  • Classifying incidents where someone purposefully shot at someone but missed as “investigate shots fired,” reckless endangerment or criminal mischief.
  • Classifying incidents where a would-be thief slipped his hand into someone’s pocket or bag as misdemeanor “jostling” rather than attempted grand larceny.
  • Compressing several crimes with separate victims into one complaint report.
  • Failing to record crimes in the city handled by other law enforcement agencies.

 

High-ranking police officials sharply disputed Vucinaj’s claims of any widespread downgrading of crime. “I take serious offense at these allegations that crime reports aren’t taken right because cops shed their blood for these crime reports,” said Dermot Shea, the chief of crime control strategies.

“It goes against everything we’re trying to do to deploy our resources. We need those crime reports to deploy appropriately.”

 

A few days after touting and actually celebrating the record low murder rate (just 290 dead, a murder every 36 hours, hooray!), our NYPD of this/your city is under new scrutiny for downgrading the severity of crime statistics.

The creativity behind this according to Captain Vucinaj is disturbingly and conspiratorially widespread, showing an insidious sophistication that resembles the craft and skill sets of the biggest public relations firms. For example, Mayor de Faustio’s buddies in Berlin/Rosen.

Captain Vucinaj’s study revealed drawn down and peculiar reclassifying. Like shootings, targeted and crossfire, being filed as criminal mischief, basically associating sporadic gunfire with throwing eggs or toilet paper on Halloween. Shootings also qualified under the redundantly described reckless endangerment. The severity of such lethal activity got conveniently and literally lessened as long as the shots don’t hit or kill anybody.

Like how four people were held up at knife point and robbed and how three women had their wallets lifted and both were filed as one robbery because it was committed by one suspect.

Speaking of lifting wallets and also cellphones, the latter seeing a great increase because of it’s ubiquity and exposure, crime reports fell under the term “jostling” if the victims happened to robbed while asleep, bumped into and even with the perp just putting his hand in a purse or pocket, or classified as lost property instead of the standard, serious and accurate charge of grand larceny. Because your cherish personal belongings aren’t that essential you materialists, especially those fancy phones containing all your vital personal data and information.

The standout and most egregious of criminal activity is the diminishing of resisting arrest. What was previously classified as felony assault resulting from injuries caused during struggles was marked down to misdemeanor assault according to Capt. Vucinaj’s probe while working in the Transit Division. A remarkable amount of over 2,200 incidents out of over 3.500 involved a cop getting injured during an arrest with a rambunctious suspect in the span of 6 months.

Why that outstanding statistic is not revealed is not disturbing enough. But it makes a shitload of sense of why perpetrators are emboldened to go down with a fight before getting cuffed.

Similar altercations have happened in the last few months when a chump knocked over a cop after he was stopped jumping the turnstile when his train arrived, and a mentally ill man engaged in a struggle with two cops on a platform, causing one of the cops to fall down the stairs trying to apprehend him as he fled.

What’s perplexing is that these machinations are being ordered by the top brass of the precincts.More perplexing is that cops react with fervor and fury when a colleague gets shot or injured and this is going to encourage, as it has already, more skells to battle with cops and resist arrest. And it puts the cops on the street in more precarious and dangerous positions and situations, it may lead to more excessive use of force or another senseless, preventable and ultimately galvanizing fatality. The chiefs overseeing these crime spins are putting the lives of citizens and cops at more risk.

As with the standard procedure for investigating crime patterns, these markdowns gain more validation and credulity considering Deputy Inspector Peter Rose, recently promoted from captain from his precinct in Greenpoint. The same Inspector Rose who marginalized/reclassified the meaning of rape by stating that being raped by someone you know or dated is not as serious as being raped by a stranger (you can always depend on the kindness and aggressive sexual advances of those familiar with you, to misquote Tennessee Williams). Nearby in Bushwick, a woman had tremendous difficulty shaking off a stalker because the precinct she reported to kept giving her conflicting advice to avoid writing up her experience and told her flat out that she was wasting her time. An almost exact treatment by two precincts was given to a woman who was assaulted on the train because of the fact that the attack occurred when the train was moving as officers gave her conflicting excuses of where to file a complaint.

As with all great stories of the process of law enforcement and justice, there has to be a motive behind this. Maybe an ulterior motive. And it could only be, albeit cynically, is to make the neighborhoods virtually safe for habitation for market rate renting and home and condo ownership. As recent reports show a herculean percentage of whites moving into neighborhoods were crime was rampant in the bad old decades of the 70’s and 80’s like in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Bushwick. And with the recent hyper-development in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and the MIH zoning development being pushed by the city in East New York and East Harlem it is sure to get virtually safer there soon too.

It sure looks like the overlords of real estate are defining the charges, because all those nasty murders and muggings will make moneyed individuals think twice about living in these new posh burghs.

And these methods and stats seem to be in sync with sociopolitical and city planning interest from elected officials and those gadabouts in development and real estate for the  (quasi-)imminent closing of Rikers Island.

Captain Vucinaj should be highly commended for his due diligence for this irresponsible white washing and fudging of the stats, and the distressing fact that Compstat, like all technology, is not, never was and never will be infallible and can be easily taken advantaged of by the minds and hands of conniving humans. And since the persecution and casting out of Detective Frank Serpico, Captain Vucinaj has unfortunately become just another victim of the perpetual Blue Wall Of Silence and the sad, maddening culture of unquestioned exclusivity and fraternity of the NYPD.

Privately, police sources said, Vucinaj is known as a stickler for the rules and is not well-liked. “Cops don’t like him, his peers don’t like him, and no one wants to work with him,” one police source said. “Look at how frequently he’s been transferred.”Vucinaj, 45, has 24 years on the job and is the highest-ranking active-duty officer ever to publicly make such claims. A captain since 2009, he has been in 10 commands in the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.From 2004 to 2007, he was assigned to Interpol in Lyon, France, by then-Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. He also commanded the special frauds squad and was twice selected to help write promotional exams. He has never been formally disciplined.For the past six months, however, he has been marooned in a do-nothing post in Transit Borough Brooklyn without an office phone, he says, as retaliation for reporting crime stat manipulation and other misconduct by commanders to Internal Affairs and the Quality Assurance Division — the unit that audits NYPD crime stats.All too often, the NYPD retaliates rather than investigates when officers report internal misconduct, and that sure looks like what’s happening here,” said Christopher Dunn, associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union.“Instead of going after Captain Vucinaj, the department should be getting to the bottom of his reports, which come from a high-level official and raise serious concerns about downgrading and other wrongdoing.”The last time chicanery like this was going on was when it was exposed by a regular cop, Adrian Schoolcraft,  who also exposed endemic corruption involving ticket and arrest quotas, and the reclassifying and lessening serious charges of those arrests, arbitrary and retaliatory orders and assignments, the unconstitutional usage of stop question-and frisk and disregarding citizens complaints of vagrant and criminal activity. For doing his duty to protect and serve the public and not the culture of corruption fostered and enabled by precinct command and control, he was taken from his apartment by his fellow officers in the Emergency Services Unit and had him thrown into a psych ward at Jamaica Hospital in an attempt to get him institutionalized. That idiotic CIA-style rendition mission cost the city $600,000.This time it’s a decorated Captain and a city being run by an inveterate liar mayor. Although fortunately for Captain Vucinaj, he is protected by his high brass rank.As with all great stories of the process of law enforcement and justice, there has to be a motive behind this. Maybe an ulterior motive. And it could only be, albeit cynically, is to make the neighborhoods virtually safe for habitation for market rate renting and home and condo ownership. As recent reports show a herculean percentage of whites moving into neighborhoods were crime was rampant in the bad old decades of the 70’s and 80’s like in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and Bushwick. And with the recent hyper-development in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and the MIH zoning development being pushed by the city in East New York and East Harlem it is sure to get virtually safer there soon too. This isn’t standard procedure, this is a conspiracy.It’s like there is new blue wall being built next to one of silence. A bigger blue wall of insouciance.

 

 

Reefer Crassness

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The attorney general of the United States Of America, Jeff Sessions, has taken upon himself only to order the feds, local police and marshalls across the nation to continue persecuting marijuana cultivation, dealing and possession in a fascist dumbass response to the recent legalization of the divine weed in California.

It is not at all an exagerration that this is an outright vigilante mission now and the last pathetic desperate attempt to justify and fund the almost 100 year drug war, which has reached an asinine new level recently with a raid of a house party in Baltimore that led to the arrest of over 60 people for possession of less than an ounce of pot.

Sessions, the “Schwag” of appointed officials in the administration of Figurehead Trump (who thinks the A.G. is his personal lawyer), must have an inkling that his time as A.G. is limited and going to, well, pot. His declaration and demands are absurd and baseless. Over 3/4 of the nation has decriminalized the recreational use and possession and permitted the medicinal usage and distribution. Nationwide polls have resulted in high percentage demand for it’s full legalization.

But A.G. Schwag Sessions doesn’t care, for there are all those privatized prisons that need to be filled constantly so they can reap financially, like those run by the GEO group and Corecivic which Jeff and other establishment politicians have investments in and who have invested so much cash getting Trump to the White House so he can watch T.V. and text all day like a coddled 12-year-old brat.

Sessions might be also in panic mode because he must see the tide turning and those aforementioned uncomfortable facts that surely will lead to total national legalization. His status is also shit because of the Mueller investigation and the recent blockbuster book on his boss Trump will accelerate his irrelevance.

States will surely laugh this off, for Sessions is doing a complete overreach of his position, as is the new tradition now established by the wannabe autocrat dotard. If anything, all you have to do is look at Colorado and how the state has done outstandingly well since legalizing the weed. Sessions stupid regressive decision is not only an irresponsible oppression of states rights but is a business and jobs killer.

All states should get with the program and start drawing up legislation to make the glorious weed accessible without reprisal. It is preposterous with all the legislation to get this legalized, it’s still federally stated that pot is just as bad or worse than cocaine or heroin. Even more ridiculous is it’s still called a gateway drug (which in fact, are cigarettes and alcohol). If any state should get this started it should be New York, but Mario’s son somehow neglected to include legalizing marijuana in his so-called aggressive progressive state of the state address. Dumbass.

Hopefully, Jeff’s effort to goad police across the nation to return to SWAT-like break-ins and entrapment tactics for a fucking joint will fall on deaf ears, though these things are still continuing. This is going to take more protests but more essential way more effort by elected officials to thwart this invasion on Americans personal choices.

Nationwide legalization cannot wait another day. Sessions fascist schwag order must get stoned and so fuckin’ wasted.

 

 

 

Executive Carnage, Absence And Subliminal Messaging: Trump Tops Off Wretched, Tulmultous First Year With Energy Corporation And Foreign National Favored Land Grubbing, Spending A Third Of His Presidency At His Resorts And Hotels, And Throwing Bigoted Gang Signs (Now We All Know).

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Maralago Club, Palm Beach, Florida, America

After declaring on his beloved social media account that he will go back to work after saving the season greeting of Merry Christmas, Figurehead Trump is still lamping and golfing at the palatial playground he owns and still runs in Florida.

Donald J. Trump and the citizenry of this nation that he holds in his hands has had quite the year. With divisiveness at an all time high, but not just with the races and religions but between the oligarchs and the have-nots and not-have-enoughs, culminating with the Oligarch welfare law, officially making this nation a plutocracy.

But this focus is on the other events and antics between the recent plundering of the treasury in this shit sandwich the psychotic philanthropist and leader of the virtual free world has made in the last few months and it involves territory. Like his gift to the energy corporations and resort golf course proprietors (wow, like Donald himself!) to free a million acres of purple mountain majesties and fruited plains of the Bear Ears and Grand Staircase–Escalante Monuments in Utah for certain privatization. The costs for the decertifying of the monument designations, future mining and the protests from Native American Tribes and the deployment of militarized police to repress them will probably cost the nation billions not to mention the lawsuits that will be filed to fight Trump’s validation of legal plunder of public land will probably cost the nation billions. It’s better to just leave it alone, but we all know how much Figurehead Trump and the Corporate Donor Overlords relish causing duress on the taxpayers and resisters.

The other land grubbing is by our sturdy allies in Israel as Figurehead Trump penned his giant heart stroking signature decreeing Jerusalem the capital and forging to move the U.S. Embassy there to the chagrin of the citizens of Palestine and leaders all over the free world. Trump even managed to piss off his goon squad enthusiast buddy Erdrogan in Turkey!

Aside from the inevitable protests, insurgency, riots and casualties produced by Trump’s decision to enable Israel’s desire for an apartheid state, there are ulterior motives for this move by Trump, but mostly for V.P. Mike “Sinnin'” Pence and his advisor and one man state dept. adviser son-in-law Jared Kushner. Mike being the ardent Evangelical Christian he, this makes the fantasy of the Second Coming of Jesus come closer to happening, going by the faith he believes in that he prioritizes before being conservative and Republican. The game plan according to the Bible is that wars are supposed to escalate, then Satan shows up and Jesus comes down from the sky and uses his divine super powers to slay all sinners and vanquish non-believers off the holy lands now occupied by the Palestinians and Jewish settlers. Although that’s going to be a little hard to achieve since the a majority of the U.N. assembly voted against this plan.

As for that scumlord Jared Kushner, through a foundation named after his criminal father and his mother, he directed a five figure donations to illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Which totally jibes with his diabolical tactics trying to drive out rent-stabilized and low income tenants in his properties in the East Village, Brooklyn and Baltimore through litigation and environmental hazard harassment. As if the stench isn’t putrid enough from this influence peddling and conflicting favoritism towards the oppressive Natanyahu administration, it turns out that the Kush was making backdoor policy moves with indicted Gen. Mike Flynn with former diplomat from Russia Sergey Kislyak to get his nation to refrain from backing the U.N. resolution against Israel a month before Trump’s inauguration before he got his nepotism aided advisor role and security clearances.

After these odious dick moves by Figurehead Trump, he spent the next month watching T.V., eating McDonalds and Oreos and drinking four liters of Diet Coke a day awaiting for the pile of shit legislation Oligarch Welfare Bill to arrive at his desk for him to write his sociopath polygraph signature on it so he can go back to his sanctuary safe space in Maralago for another weekend of golf, crapulence and and self-indulgent mingling with his scuzzy classless aristocrat club members.

Speaking of which, it’s been reported that Donny has spent 100 fucking days at his resorts and hotels. Breaking his 200th promise to his base and the rest of the nation on how he will conduct himself when elected. And defiantly shitting on the emoluments clause that all those elected to office must adhere to. He also is reportedly taking policy advice from the people he’s hobnobbing with there. It’s possible that the makeup of these members could be opportunistic CEO’s or foreign investors.

There has been thousands of articles and posts on the mindset of this mother, land and planet fucking President and what constitutes his inner sanctum and state of mind. As of now and being a year going of the Executive Carnage he fostered, he is just fulfilling, and embodying the ingrained institutionalized cynical belief of the consensus that politicians are liars and out for themselves and personal wealth and status only. And Trump is doing this in fucking spades. Why not? For money, lying and politics has always been an American tradition.

On the subject of doing, something was just exposed recently by some dipshit intern in the White House during a holiday photo that resembled Trump’s habit to flash an OK sign time to time while speaking.

It was on display during his torrid campaign run, during the farcical republican debates, his terrible inauguration speech and continues to this day even when he addresses the fake news media and his unofficial 2020 campaign rallies.

 

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It turns out what looks OK is a symbol of unfettered racist agitprop.

 

White Power.

All this time, Trump was flashing what amounted to a gang sign no different than that thrown by the Bloods and Crips and The Four Horsemen.

I really don’t want to delve into the psyche of the president here, for it will be the aforementioned umpteenth time, but he has been throwing this sign to remain faithful to his base of virulent bigots as a reassurance that he still supports their repulsive and divisive cause even though he has to deal with people of other creeds, races and faiths. It all makes a shitload of sense now.

Although an recent picture of immigration policy adviser and oozing pus boil Stephen Miller should have set off some shrieking alarms in the mainstream news media.

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Along with the nagging dragging Mueller hearings which was also ignited by some dumb flunky, things are starting to get transparent with Figurehead Trump. Abusing the presidency to enrich himself and enhance his celebrity was obvious, which he is blatantly shoving it in the nation’s and the planet’s face. But showing dedication with a racist mob? Well, it looks like his cajoling of the lynch mob in Charlottesville that summer wasn’t just about the preservation of a statue and free expression but the backing of vile movement.

This isn’t a goddamn joke nor a minor petty distraction. Figurehead Trump has persistently and consistently been pandering to a militant racist sect for almost 2 years. And this guy has just reshaped the tax codes and is instigating a war with another nation with intercontinental missiles.

Can this country and it’s citizens take another year of this inherent racist asshole? And his plutocabinet and the dottering doting members of the GOP and the timid democrats?

Here’s hoping this gets answered with a resounding FUCK NO from the ones that matter most. You, the people.

 

 

50 Years Ago, The Jimi Hendrix Experience Graced Earth

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In 1967, Jimi Hendrix on lead and rhythm guitar and vocals, Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on Bass put out two albums and an outerworldly performance at Monterey. The albums, Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love changed the genre and format of rock and roll for the good of mankind.

Hendrix in retrospect is the Mozart of the last century including this one. As is mentioned by millions of scribes with more education than me, played and shredded his guitar neck with a classical style with his bandmates that fused rock, R&B, and traditional and free jazz into a amalgam that evolved and influenced future rock genres like heavy metal, art rock, alternative, etcetera, etcetera, (infinity).

This was the first rock and roll band of musical virtuosos. Hendrix’s playing is unquestionably unparrarelled that it’s easy to overlook the stupendous ambidextrous styles of Mitchell and fluid syncopation of Redding. All you got to do is play both albums after each other, which properly works as a double album. Or if you are a bit adventurous or blissfully stoned, play both at the same time.

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Experienced? was the greatest album of the first renaissance year of rock music 1967. A year that also saw the release of the Beatles Sgt Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour Soundtrack and The Doors and The Velvet Undergound’s debuts. Experienced? is still louder than everything else and runs circles around everything released since, and that’s including Led Zeppelin. Axis is not as good, but that’s not even a factor since comparing to the debut, it’s still a spectacular album all the way through, even if it doesn’t have the aggression or experimentation of Experienced? (with the exception of EXP and If 6 was 9).

So instead of singing Auld Lang Syne for the whatever time and uncomfortably watching whoever the hell is lip-synching on New Years Suckin’ Eve. Just play the Jimi Hendrix Experience in the last 77 minutes of their first two albums of this old shit year instead. And if you have it, Hendrix’s Monterey Concert album too.

And play it loud to the axis…

 

The Best Albums Of 2017…30 Years Ago

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Reading this year’s cultural polls have been absolutely frustrating. And in the field of music, actually abhorrent. There was absolutely no challenging, passionate, revolutionary (despairingly so in this age of divisive politics and an ignoramus president) or even good music in the year 2017. Not even catchy music.

I know, I know kids, this is just cantankerous complaining from an old misanthrope, but can you really argue about it. Where are the anthems? The rebel songs? The raging rockers and funky beats? There are none and you all know it. The most popular artists are Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift and Maroon 5, both corporate shills whose songs are fit for background music for chain drug stores, and they actually are.

Well, there is Kendrick Lamar, but he is like the only student in the classroom that raises his hand. And there is death metal, but you can’t understand the words. And the only bands that are actually essential are fucking cartoons, the Gorillaz and Dethklok.

In defense of this shitty bland state of music, downloading has ruined it. Having music on files is really not the same as having a physical piece of music in your hands. But that’s what the market has (d)evolved into and there is not much to be done in the time being about it.

But that won’t stop this digital publication to go back to one of the last great renaissance eras of popular music, 1987. That year was a watershed movement when all genres meshed and new ones began. A year where established acts made definitive classics. Of phenomenal debuts and fulfilled potential. Of stellar comebacks, great experimental risks and outstanding swan songs. And a year of the evolution of two genres that are still dominant even today, hip hop and alternative music.

Starting from the top; just like the best music to defy conventions.

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Guns ‘N Roses, Appetite For Destruction.

The greatest debut rock and roll heavy metal punk album of all time and at this stage will remain in infinity the best . Every song on this album kills. It’s multi-platinum status most justified. This album fused every genre of rock music in each individual song. Influences on this album varied between hard rock, southern rock, punk, funk, rhythm and blues and glam rock into a perfect hardcore amalgam of heavy metal fury. Best songs are the ones everyone knows so well, even the kids of America today; the cynical urban dystopia of Welcome To The Jungle, the jamming utopian anthem Paradise City, the killer ballad Sweet Child Of Mine, and the rollicking ragers of defiance and addiction of It’s So Easy, You’re Crazy,  Nighttrain, and Mr. Brownstone, the catchy Think About You and My Michelle and the creeping groove of Rocket Queen. An album of absolute perfection that no band, even including them, will ever be achieved again or surpassed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prince, Sign ☮ The Times.

The album he composed after dissolving the Revolution, one of the greatest bands of all time. This album is a tapestry, painting and sculpture piece set to music. Prince was channeling the Beatles, James Brown, and everything on Motown, Stax, Disco and the nascent genre of Techno/House music on this one. It kicks off with the raw minimalist title track, just a drum machine accompanying sparse bass, synth and guitar licks and powerful lyrics citing ghetto strife and the ill-advised and planned Challenger space mission, the song is sort of homage to Gil Scott Heron’s Whitey On The Moon. It’s also Prince at his most poetic, so include channeling Joni Mitchell too, who he mentions on the funky and weird “The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker”.

The album also gets wilder and funkier from there, Play in the Sunshine with it’s Sly And The Family Stone groove, Housequake and Hot Thing are two of his greatest dance songs and brutally hard sounding.  Starfish And Coffee is so whimsical it’s like something Dr. Seuss never wrote. U Got The Look is one of his last great crossover singles. If I Was Your Girlfriend is a cool role reversal and explicitly vulgar song, I always wondered if this song was about Tipper Gore who started her pro-censorship panel on music based on Darling Nikki. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man and The Cross are straight up rockers, the latter a punishing garage metal song about self-sacrifice. And it ends with the quiet storm masterpiece Adore. The album is a pure soul and R & B rock’n’roll masterpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Golden Age Of Rap Triumvirate: Eric B And Rakim, Paid In Full; Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded; Public Enemy, Yo! Bum Rush The Show.

Although the album era of rap started with Run-DMC in 1984 and their breakthrough with Raising Hell in 1986, along with the Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill (which came out late that year and is disqualified here despite ruling the airwaves in 87), these three debuts were the ones that shook the nation and the world from the enclaves of the Manhattan, The Bronx, Queens And Long Island.

These three albums brought the term hardcore into hip hop. The music on Paid In Full and Criminal Minded were minimal and limited but purely organic, even if they were records and samples. Yo! was actually well produced and defiantly aggressively political. All made massive impacts with songs that still stand out with quotable lyrics (pump up the volume), whether referenced or sampled.

The best of the lot is Eric B and Rakim’s debut. Rakim is the best M.C. of all time, lyrically and musically, which is difficult to ascertain because of his competition at that time (and with Big Daddy Kane debut a year later). I Ain’t No Joke is a anthem of vainglorious self-esteem that would inspire anyone, and Rakim not mentioning his name in the song gives it universal appeal, like a motivational speech set to 808 beats. He returns the favor to his audience with the participation songs I Know You Got Soul and Move The Crowd. The penultimate song is the title track Paid In Full, with the killer and unmistakable recognizable sampled beat and just a few verses about capitalism, self-preservation and sustainability from the M.C., Rakim’s style on this song (and the others) is almost like Clint Eastwood challenging a thug if he shot all his bullets. Then Eric B just shreds the song with vicious cuts showing why you don’t forget why he’s billed first in the group and why he’s proclaimed the President in a later song. This version is much better than it’s worldwide famous remix that featured a spooky sample of a famous singer from India.

Boogie Down Productions debut is essential for it being responsible for starting the gangster rap genre because of many songs focusing on gun violence, which made a lot of sense since KRS-One (greatest rap name ever, it was the only moniker at the time that was a nmenonic) and D.J. Scott LaRock were from the Bronx where the worst of the bad days was happening with high murder rates and crack at it’s apex. The album was funky documentary of the times in the South Bronx, even thought the song titled after their area was a rebuttal to rival Mc Shan’s ode to the hip hop scene in the Queensbridge Projects and a tribute to the confirmed seminal history of where the genre was originated, which was replicated in the sillier dis song “The Bridge Is Over”. The songs that did focus on the violence on the streets were detailed with seriousness, shock theatrics and dark humor like in 9mm Goes Bang, Criminal Minded and Remix For P Is Free. KRS was masterful with the braggadocio too, with innovative stylings on the songs Poetry, Elementary, and Word From Our Sponsor. The album had a huge reggae and dancehall influence that distinguished it from the other albums and a lot of other rap singles. Scott Larock’s beats and scratches were high up in the mix and had a real good ear for melody, who knows what music he could have made with better production, but it clearly rubbed off on his partner, who went on to produce by himself on followup albums.

Public Enemy was a pure anomaly. A militant political rap group on a major label. The first band with exposure and backing like that since The Clash. The album was spotty but makes up for it with strong lyrics from Chuck D, and kinetic performances by DJ Terminator X (especially on Rightstarter), and sidekick Flavor Flav (Too Much Posse) and live instrumentation and walls of noise supplied by The Bomb Squad. Hooks are supplied by car screeching and sirens on You’re Gonna Get Yours. A few ominous synth notes and brutal beat propel Chuck’s lyrical opus and first single Public Enemy Number One. To quote the hard rhymer, this and the other two above still rock the boulevard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Redd Kross, Neurotica

This is the lost treasure album on the list. The record label, distributed by RCA, went bankrupt just a short time after it’s release, so it predictably didn’t sell that much. Which is a fucking shame, because this album is one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll albums of all time. Produced by Tommy Eldrydi (better known as Tommy Ramone), this album fused the proto-punk of the Stooges, L.A. hardcore, every cartoon and plush animal rock band from Saturday morning cartoons and junk food into a glorious messy fattening masterpiece. Every song rocks except the two sweet ballads ending the both sides of the record/cassette. Subject matter of the songs range from suicide cults in Neurotica, the drug addicted misadventures of One Day At A Time star McKenzie Phillips in the song after her first name, cereal as metaphor in Frosted Flake, vicious rockers What They Say and Ghandi Is Dead and the should have been a massive hit in the folky campfire style confection Love Is You.

Usually an album like this would sell a lot over time and get more popular like the Velvet Underground or grow an audience gradually like Big Star but unfortunately that hasn’t transpired. Yet the band has maintained a modest audience to be able to record music throughout the decades, even releasing a phenomenal album a few years ago. It’s still an injustice that Neurotica isn’t in the general rock classic pantheon as Appetite. For this was truly the first alternative rock album in that it didn’t sound like anything else. And that’s another thing lacking in music today, uniqueness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Breakthroughs: U2, The Joshua Tree; R.E.M. Document

Although they were already huge for a few years, U2’s Joshua Tree was still a revelation. . It would yield four big hits and multiple rock radio staples. The album’s atmospherics depicts the desert plains depicted on the cover thanks to the production by Eno and Lanois. From the fade in of the anthemic Where The Streets Have No Name, the hopeful I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, the breakup song With Or Without You, the doom laden and best song Bullet The Blue Sky, the evocative tracks Red Hill Mining Town and In Gods Country,  to the fade out of the elegiac Mothers Of The Disappeared. It would be the last straight rock album to win the Album Of The Year Grammy Award (until they would do it again with the mediocre Atomic Bomb album).

R.E.M. was already charting high and going gold with their previous four albums, notably the universally hailed debut Murmur. But with Document is where they delved into the mainstream by wisely turning up the volume. The album’s notable hits were their biggest and still their best being the crossover labor themed Finest Worksong, the power ballad The One I Love, and the stream of consciousness doom theme It’s The End Of The World (As We Know It).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Indie Rock Swan Songs: The Replacements, Pleased To Meet Me; Husker Du, Warehouse: Songs And Stories

The Minneapolis punk rock legends put out two unrelenting perfect albums. Although not their last album, this actually was the last time the Mats would rock this hard and sloppy as a band that replicated their legendary live shows. Paul Westerberg expanded on the punk rock Springsteen (as well as Tom Petty and Bob Seger) comparisons at the time with the rave ups I.O.U. and I Don’t Know, the magnificent tribute song to Alex Chilton, the prescient anthem Nevermind (later an album title for you know what band), and evocative tracks like “The Ledge, Skyway and the closer Can’t Hardly Wait. Husker Du’s second double album didn’t become the commercial breakthrough that was probably expected, but it still was seamless and as perfect as their SST catalog and their prior album Candy Apple Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anthrax, Among The Living

This album by Staten Island rock heroes Anthrax immediately followed the trash metal triumverate of 1986; Metallica’s Master Of Puppets, Slayer’s Reign In Blood, and Megadeth’s Peace Sells and it’s just as perfect as the first two and miles ahead of the latter. Among The Living is a pummeling 50 minute slab of fist and head banging mayhem and strong songwriting. Best tracks are the title track based on Stephen King’s The Stand central character, I Am The Law about The Punisher, the slam dance classic Caught In A Mosh, the Native American awareness track Indians and the social criticism of Imitation Of Life and Skeletons In The Closet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metallica, The $5.98 E.P. Garage Days Re-Revisited

The greatest heavy metal band of all time released this after they filled the bass void left by the tragic demise of Cliff Burton in a tour bus crash. It’s called re-revisited because their first garage days was a 2-song B-side of the 12″ single of 1984’s Creeping Death (no it was not a disco extended version). But what a monster of a release. The band covers the still criminally overlooked Diamond Head again on Helpless, Killing Joke on The Wait, an obscure band called Holocaust on The Small Hours. The best covers come in the last 2 tracks in an abridged version of Budgie’s Crash Course In Main Surgery and The Misfits Last Caress/Green Hell. Well that’s actually three tracks. Actually it’s four because the boys end the song with a crappy rendition of the intro to Iron Maiden’s Run To The Hills. This E.P. shows that Metallica is better band fucking around than most bands, especially today that take years to craft one song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gimme Indie Rock: Dinosaur Jr., You’re Living All Over Me; Sonic Youth, Sister

These bands were slogging it out for years, Sonic Youth a little longer in the indie rock circuit when it genuinely was one. With these albums, both bands made the big move to the major indie label SST and put out two definitive classics. Boston’s Dinosaur Jr. outdid their Lower East Side rivals though. You’re Living is a triumph, the first 8 tracks are a wall of glorious sound and stellar hooks and solos, just like the band Boston’s 1976 landmark album. J Mascis was arguably the second best guitar player in the nation at the time between Kirk Hammett and Slash. Sister was kind of the college rock and major mag rock critic breakthrough for the Sonic Youth, which had two hotshot guitar players in Lee Ronaldo and Thurston Moore and charismatic lady bass player Kim Gordon, all of whom sang lead, kind of like Fleetwood Mac. On Sister the band on some songs managed to temper the white noise with soft verses bridging it with a guitar freakout in place of the standard solo, which laid the groundwork for the alternative and grunge songwriting format in bands like The Pixies and Nirvana.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Midnight Oil, Diesel And Dust

This album is noteworthy for having the most unlikely top 40 hit Beds Are Burning, a song about the aboriginies in the band’s native Australia. The album itself is even better. Every song is brimmed with passionate political content from defiance of systemic injustice to the pernicious influence of corporations as depicted in The Dead Heart. Still holds up spectacularly well and unfortunately still relevant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Cult, Electric

Produced by Rick Rubin, this band went from new wave psychedelic rockers to, loosely quoting Spinal Tap, a straight up heavy metal and rock and roll creation. The lyrics were still hippyish, like Wild Flower and Peace Dog, but the music is all fury. This album came out at a time when AC/DC was floundering, so the band just took their sound and ran with it. Especially on the thundering single Love Removal Machine and the ravers Big Fun and Memphis Hip Shake. The band also wove elements of Zeppelin in their arsenal and literally Steppenwolf in their savage cover of Born To Be Wild. Aspiring bands today should really give this a few spins to get a clue on how to rock and roll if they would stop listening to Bon Iver for a month or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Def Leppard, Hysteria

The follow up to Def Lep’s outstanding Pyromania blows it away. This is the Thriller of metal albums for it contained 7 top 40 hits. The production and arrangements by Mutt Lange gives it a Phil Spector Wall Of Sound aspect. Standouts being the strip club anthem Pour Some Sugar On Me and the glitter rock homage Rocket. At the time it sounded like an album from the future, like it wouldn’t be out of place in sci-fi societies in Total Recall and Blade Runner, and it still does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Order, Substance 1987. The Smiths, Louder Than Bombs.

These two albums are actually compilations but they count here. New Order’s Substance only had two new songs, True Faith and the stunning 1963, but it’s their best album because it compiles all their sensational 12″ inch singles, early 7 inches and their B sides which works as a chronological piece of the history of the band at it’s beginning and it’s peak. Louder Than Bombs is actually an E.P. of 8 new songs and eighteen previously released singles that appeared on import LP’s. It’s included here because the first side of this release is actually better than the Smiths official album that came out that year, Strangeways Here We Come. Morrissey and Johnny Marr wrote their catchiest and best songs on here like Is It Really So Strange, Sweet And Tender Hooligan (as good a critique of spoiled entitled upper class kids as Fortunate Son), Half A Person, the blistering London, and the gorgeous Ask and singalong anthem Panic. Essential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Godfathers, Birth School Work Death

The title track is self-explanatory, to the point and simple as fuck. Birth. School. Work. Death. The Godfathers were well-dressed lads from England that created an album chronicling working class angst and young man blues comparable to the best of early Who. The album was actually a huge hit, thanks to supercatchy and universal cynical appeal of the title song, but it also had classic tracks like Cause I Said So and Love Is Dead. Even though it’s not recognized as a landmark or even considered for classic rock formats, the music speaks on it’s own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Celtic Frost, Into The Pandemonium; Voivod, Killing Technology.

Two daring metal masterpieces from the legendary Noise label. Both bands challenged their fans with forays into unexpected genres in the case of Celtic Frost and the concept album format with Voivod and both pulled it off spectacularly. Pandemonium not only refers to the descent to hell but also the myriad music genres it dives into, like funk, new wave, industrial, middle eastern and classical music and opera. Killing Technology is as good and prophetic about the aspects of the subject matter it yearns to fight as the best sci-fi books and movies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael Jackson, Bad

And then there was the yet to be King Of Pop. It was to easy to scoff at Michael when the Bad video was released with his new look and all and the dance rumble in the subway, even if it had great choreography. Aside that, Bad is a masterpiece and Jackson showed a lot of maturity lyrically and musically on this album. Quincy Jones again does a solid job producing, the guy is truly deserving of his legacy of one of the greatest chief studio engineers of all time. Just like in Beat It, Jackson actually recorded 2 rockers that outdid the hardness of that song in Dirty Diana and Speed Demon. It had the expected cool catchy pop of The Way You Make Me Feel, Smooth Criminal and Another Part Of Me. And two of his greatest compositions in the inspirational Man In The Mirror and the defiant Leave Me Alone, as both songs serve as testimony to the inner conflicts of the artist at the time. This would be the last album he would make that had a cultural impact before his descent into isolation and his vices.

And that’s it. These artifacts is how you make an everlasting influential infinite impact on music and culture. Which is sorrowfully non-existent today and for the last decade in fact, thanks to media consolidation and digital societal distractions. Here’s hoping it serves you well.

The rankings:

1. Guns ‘N Roses, Appetite For Destruction

2. Prince, Sign Of The Times

3. Eric B. And Rakim, Paid In Full

4. The Replacements, Please To Meet Me

5. Dinosaur Jr. You’re Living All Over Me

6. Redd Kross, Neurotica

7. U2, The Joshua Tree

8. Anthrax, Among The Living

9. Boogie Down Productions, Criminal Minded

10. Celtic Frost, Into The Pandemonium

11. The Smiths, Louder Than Bombs

12. Def Leppard, Hysteria

13. Michael Jackson, Bad

14. Midnight Oil, Diesel And Dust

15. Voivod, Killing Technology

16. The Cult, Electric

16.5. Metallica, The $5.98 E.P. Garage Days Re-Revisited

17: R.E.M. Document; Husker Du: Warehouse, Songs And Stories (tie)

18. Sonic Youth, Sister

19. The Godfathers, Birth School Work Death

20. Public Enemy, Yo! Bum Rush The Show

 

Actual best music of the year 2017: Kendrick Lamar’s Damn, Run The Jewels III and Metallica’s Hard Wired to Self Destruct and that’s fucking it.

Goodnight

Erica Garner, 27, Black Lives Matter And Social Justice Activist.

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“If playing the race card is fighting for human rights for Black people unapologetically … Then DEAL ME IN,”

In July after Mayor de Blasio claimed there had been progress in the building of police-community relations, she fired back.

“What progress?” she posted to Twitter. “Training is not progress. It is a BASIC COMPONENT OF THE JOB. You mean people stopped marching about it. No progress!”

Walk away, Bernie.

Open Letter To The Most Popular Politician In The Nation Bernie Sanders: Stay Away From Bill De Blasio

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New York, N.Y.

Senator Bernie Sanders,

It is with great alarm and displeasure that you have chosen to appear at the inauguration of the second term of Mayor Bill de Blasio. For this elected official is the antithetical embodiment of what you and the movement you inspired last year.

You have mentioned and further informed the nation’s citizenry the pernicious influence of money in politics and you are going to commemorate a person who has accepted massive donor cash from the real estate industry in this city with open arms. I’m not even referring to what he accrued when he was campaigning before winning the election but a P.A.C. he was running in city hall as mayor called the Campaign For One New York. He used this on the premise to promote Pre-K and affordable housing, but it was actually just a slush fund to bolster senate races for candidates upstate that wound up losing.  You have mentioned the pernicious influence of lobbyists hired by corporations to shape zoning laws and civic services in their favor and this mayor allowed lobbyists to attend meetings involving city planning. Giving this collective instant access not easily available for the average constituent. Pay to play politicking hasn’t been this criminal and blatant since the early and mid-1980’s and in over a century since Tammany Hall.

You have illustrated how transparency is essential for government to function but this mayor makes it intentionally difficult to access his emails and shows absolute contempt for the press by refusing to answer questions that deviate from the narrative he zealously tries to control.

Mayor de Blasio in just the last few weeks since winning has seen a ghastly scandal involving the public housing organization NYCHA and their commissioner lying to HUD about annual inspections of lead contamination in the apartments and this mayor has staunchly continued to back her and was caught in a lie about not knowing about the cover up. In a current lawsuit filed by the tenants, de Blasio recently ordered his tax-payer funded city lawyers to get his name off the case after proclaiming leadership and responsibility for the running of the housing authority. As of right now, the egregious negligence by NYCHA is reaching criminal proportions, and this mayor is downplaying this like Trump downplayed the deceased body count after Maria hit Puerto Rico.

It’s perplexing why you feel the need to support and hail someone of such duplicitous nature, Senator Sanders. Especially in your overmatched battle with the current president, Donald Trump and your donor reliant peers in Congress. For this mayor is using the same tactics and relying on the same sources to support and finance his agenda. An agenda that is not progressive at all despite what it seems and all the right things that are said to mollify his base.

Under this mayor, homelessness has risen partly resulting from displacement by being unable to afford the rising rents that his real estate donors are responsible for. His affordable housing plan has zero credulity being that it’s not affordable and there is a scant amount of it.

Why you would come all this way to praise this mayor is confusing. If this mayor really wanted to stop Trump from winning the election, why didn’t he dedicate his support to you in the first place, Senator? Why did he straddle the fence and support your opponent Hillary, even though she wasn’t enthusiastic for his support according to the released e-mails?

This mayor is not to be trusted, Senator Sanders. He is not the one to lead the new progressive movement nor the resistance, which has now dwindled to a nub  because of your colleagues feeble efforts and it’s distracting attention to unfounded election meddling. It would be better to use your holiday recess somewhere else than showing up at an event for this mayor, who only won with 14% of registered voters. A dubious victory and testimony to how jaded and cynical the city’s constituency has become.

Senator Sanders, if you show up for this unworthy inauguration, you yourself will be marred with the same skepticism and distrust by the public (the ones that are more informed anyway), mostly by the people that supported you and still do. Which can’t get anymore worse considering the wretched political climate the nation is going through now. And this mayor is a massive and blatant example of what’s obviously wrong with government these days.

Most of all, Senator Sanders, and if it’s a bit simplistic, this mayor is a liar. Just like Donald Trump and just as equally unsophisticated and blatant. Like Trump, he also rules like an autocrat and is vindictive towards his critics. This mayor is also a supreme incompetent as education, child services and transportation have all gone downhill under him also.

Let one of his agents of the city, like Jon Rosen or James Capalino introduce him, for they have benefited more individually than anyone else sans the neo-Trump real estate magnates running this city via this mayor. Hell, the perfect tool would be his money grubbing au pair Ross Offinger.

Please, I implore you Senator Sanders. Avoid this inauguration, de Blasio is a pariah in this town. I assure you are going to lose a lot of your base nationally when they get wind of this and it would be a colossal waste of all that effort and support you built last year and currently continue to maintain.

It’s not too late. Just walk away from this mayor.

Yours truly,

JQ LLC, another working poor, aggressive progressive and miserable liberal.

 

 

 

 

 

Fuck The MTA: Two Service Work Trains Collide Into Each Other In Bridge Tunnel During Week Long Two Borough Suspensions Of Two Transit Lines

Good morning commuters from your dutiful servants at the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

This fucking transit system, the worst in the fucking universe, somehow managed to crash two service trains into each other right at the crack of dawn in the East River tunnel just hours before the morning rush. As of now, the MTA’s website’s service schedule is not revealing anything regarding delays in a wretched display of obfuscation from paying customers.

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The MTA seems to be going against their spanking new policy of being honest with their service announcements. Or maybe this jibes with their other new policy of addressing riders acknowledging both genders. Petty jokes aside, this is just another fucked up disruption causing much unnecessary damage and more deleterious inconvenience to the city and it’s paying citizens and the throngs of tourists in town for the holiday week.

With this figuratively literal train wreck, the MTA has become a real life parody of a transit system. More like a cartoon, for this reminds me of Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam playing chicken with two freight trains. (go to the 5:29 mark)

The fact that this occurred to hasten improvement is even more abominable and with a new transit commissioner to boot. There is really no fucking hope for this fucking subway. This is the last goddamn straw. Fuck The MTA.

 

 

New Bad Days 43: Man Shot And Killed In Times Square To The Surprise Of Everyone That Has Been In This City For The Past 20 Years And Another One Sitting In His Car In Southeast Queens To The Surprise Of Nobody; Two Children Left Alone On A Bus And A Train Station By Stupid Ass Adults And Point Blank Shootings In Real Estate Darling Brooklyn

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Manhattan

In Times Square at 4 a.m., a man leaving a sports bar noticed two women arguing and tried to intervene when the woman, who was intoxicated, fell on the ground. As he tried to aid her, one of the men attacked him, pulled out a gun and shot him to death on the street.

In Chinatown, a man and woman attempted to rob a jewelry store by spraying pepper spray at two clerks, but ran off with nothing when one of the clerks pushed the alarm button.

Also in Chinatown, a 17-year-old boy was killed instantly when his friend who was driving drunk was speeding coming off the bridge then hitting a curb and crashing into a lamp pole and a fire hydrant.

In East Harlem, a 68-year-old man was kicked twice in the head and chest for no reason by some stupid cowardly asshole.

In the East Village, a man walked into a bank, gave the teller a note and robbed $1,900.

In the Upper West Side, a man going through a divorce attempted suicide by blowing up his house by cutting a gas line, leading to an explosion.

In the Upper East Side at the 86th St. Station, a man attempting to kill himself by jumping in front of a train was stopped by an off-duty police detective.

In Soho, a cop making six figures a year being a glorified livery driver for NYPD top brass got caught shoplifting in a clothing store.

In Rockerfeller Center on the F train, a church deacon repeatedly groped a woman in her private parts.

In Chelsea, a construction worker got killed on the job when a piece of metal scaffolding fell from a building being developed that’s charged with multiple code violations.

In Gramercy Park, two teenage males mugged a pedestrian for his wallet and a man punched a clerk in a deli when he was told he there was a limit for debit card purchases.

Queens

In South Ozone Park, a man parked on South Conduit Ave. was shot at four times in the chest and killed.

Also in South Ozone Park, package thefts from deliveries left outside of people’s homes has been on the rise.

In Maspeth, a food delivery bike rider got killed when a tractor-trailer ran him over as it was turning then kept going.

In Flushing, a 4-year-old girl was abandoned on a school bus by a stupid matron after it arrived at her school and was left alone for nearly 5 hours. The contractor Coky Transportation tried to buy the frightened girl’s silence with candy bars.

Also in Flushing, two men invaded a home and beat up a man with sticks when he answered them knocking on his door.

In Rikers Island, an inmate attacked two correction officers with a ballpoint pen, slashing both in the face.

In Rego Park, a handicapped man crossing Woodhaven Blvd. was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver.

In South Jamaica, a man driving recklessly coming off the Van Wyck smashed into another vehicle causing it to collide into another car and two that were parked.

In Forest Hills on the R train, a man whipped out his little jimmy and masturbated in front of woman.

In Bayside, a 75-year-old man crossing the street by a exit road on the Cross Island Expressway and a poorly thought-out bike lane was hit by a car.

In Elmhurst, a fight between two men in a nightclub escalated when one of them slashed the other with a razor blade.

In Jackson Heights, a man was found dead hanging from a tree.

In Astoria, two armed men posing as UPS workers broke into a man’s home and shot him the leg as he fought them off.

In Woodside, two men robbed a 7-11 at gunpoint, stealing $300 from the register, lottery tickets and $40 and a cellphone from the clerk.

In Sunnyside, a man crashed into a police vehicle after making a sharp turn and running a red light and then pulled a gun on the officer who tried to arrest him.

In Woodhaven, a man attempted to hold up a grocery store with a toy gun.

In Richmond Hill, a fire engulfed a house on Christmas Day, leaving 3 families homeless.

In Queens Village at Wayanda Park, a gang of men driving lame ATV’s and motorcyles are causing major damage on the grass.

Brooklyn

In Crown Heights, a man was shot in the head and killed in front of a bodega at 1:40 a.m.

In Bed-Stuy, a 19-year-old man was shot twice and killed a block away from his home, three men are suspected.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a man hanging outside with friends was shot and killed in front of the Breevort Houses

In Flatlands, a man driving recklessly sped through an intersection and collided into two cars and crashed through a brick wall.

In Bensonhurst, a man who exploited an ill child and manipulated his son to feign sickness in a charity scam snatched a purse off a 66-year-old woman.

In Fort Greene in the early afternoon, a man holding up a bodega shot at the cashier twice, hitting him in the foot and robbed the register.

In Downtown Brooklyn at the Hoyt St. train station, a man jumped the turnstiles was caught by two cops. As they tried to question him, he tried to flee and then he threw his backpack on the tracks as the 3 train arrived. The cops retrieved it and found a loaded gun.

In Coney Island at a beer garden, a man shot another man three times. The victim was found to have been possessing an illegal gun.

In East New York, a man lured a 15-year-old girl to a basement where he beat, raped and robbed her.

In Cypress Hills by the Jackie Robinson Expressway, a dog was found in a garbage can bounded in trash bags and his mouth duct taped shut.

In Canarsie, three goons trying to ride the bus for free ganged up and all threw punches at the driver, then caused damage to the door when the driver shut it on them.

In Williamsburg, a man got killed after losing control while riding his bike then got hit by a tractor-trailer truck driving beside him

In Brighton Beach, a skimmer placed by 2 men in November was found in an ATM inside an Apple Savings Bank

Bronx

In Soundview, a 92-year-old woman was attacked and robbed by a man who knocked her down in front of church. The man is suspected of a mugging and purse snatching of a 72-year-old woman in a apartment building a few days before.

Also in Soundview, two men held up a bodega at gunpoint and robbed it of $1,000 and two cellphones early Christmas morning.

In Claremont, an 18-year-old man was shot and killed standing on a street corner blocks from his house.

Also in Claremont, a woman was found dead, naked and beaten, on the floor in the kitchen of her apartment on.

In the South Bronx, an autistic 9-year-old boy was found alone on the subway platform at the 161st station because his mother was passed out drunk on the couch in her apartment. She works for the MTA.

At a charter school in Concourse Village, a teacher courted a twelve-year old student for naked pictures of herself to send to his social media account and then molested her and sent her pictures of his genitals via the same platform, keeping up the lurid perverted sharing for 5 months.

At Pelham Bay Park, people are taking trash from their homes and dumping it in the parks garbage cans

In Norwood, a four alarm fire spread through an apartment building around 4:30 a.m.

Staten Island

In Port Richmond, a man shot his pregnant wife to death in the hallway by their apartment after an argument.

In Fox Hills, a 90-year-old man was awoken at 3:00 a.m by a burglar who broke into his home who robbed him of $35 after a physical struggle.

In Stapleton, a woman and her son that were being followed by a black SUV were shot at in her car coming from it.

 

Festivus Blowback For The CDC’s Seven Verbotem Words And Ajit Pai’s Stupid Ass Seven Things PSA

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Two cultural events involving dreadful government decisions happened in a kismet sort of way just days apart. A memo leaked from the Center of Disease Control pointed out words that were declared banned from documentation and discussion. The chosen words were equally arbitrary and bizarre; Diversity, entitlement, evidence-based, fetus, transgender, and vulnerable, and science-based.

Maybe not so bizarre, because these words are in the way of the Trump administration’s draconian cuts to studies regarding climate change, the drawing down of regulations concerning mining for non-renewable energy resources, the irrational battle to ban abortions, and the relentless pursuit to destroy the affordable care act and to atrophy funding to social security and medicaid. Of the 7 words, my personal favorites are  evidence-based and science-based, which are generally known as proof and facts. Also vulnerable, which is what the majority of the working poor and middle class citizenry of this nation have become with the recent passage of the Oligarch Welfare Law. It looks like the word that would fill the void left behind the banishment of these terms would be “expendable”

Left to my own devices, if there was a word that should truly be forbidden considering this Orwellian blacklist with this bureaucracy under the Dotard it would be “control”.

Fortunately, it turns out that the leaking of this irrational Orwellian list is that it might have been a diversion by embittered long term staffers at the agency so that their programs won’t get defunded. It even got uproarously debunked by Trump’s appointed and soda pop industry conflicted director.

Slate: There Is No Ban on Words at the CDC

The story of the language rules at CDC has quickly broken free of underlying facts. Despite what you may have heard, the alleged “ban” of seven words does not reveal a secret “War on Science” carried out by thought police in Washington; nor is it some evil plot to “enforce a political and ideological agenda,” as the Washington Post editorial board suggested. A more sober measure of this soggy crumb of news—one that’s, well, evidence-based rather than reflexive—suggests it should be understood as a byproduct of the Trump administration’s much-less-secret war on science funding. It appears that the ban is an attempt by bureaucrats to save their favorite projects from unforgiving budget cuts.

That explanation would be consistent with what’s been reported to this point. According to CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, “There are no banned, prohibited or forbidden words at the CDC—period.” Meanwhile, anonymous sources at the Department of Health and Human Services told the National Review’s Yuval Levin this week that any language changes did not originate with political appointees, but instead came from career CDC officials who were strategizing how best to frame their upcoming budget request to Congress. What we’re seeing, his interviews suggest, is not a top-down effort to stamp out certain public-health initiatives, like those that aim to help the LGTBQ community, but, in fact, the opposite: a bottom-up attempt by lifers in the agency to reframe (and thus preserve) the very work they suspect may be in the greatest danger.

It appears that the ban is an attempt by bureaucrats to save their favorite projects from unforgiving budget cuts. Reports about the seven dirty words at CDC should be understood in light of that budgetary process. Right now, the Trump administration is in the middle of preparing its fiscal 2019 request, to be submitted to Congress this coming February. It’s likely that the staffers at each agency at HHS have already submitted their proposals for how much money they think they need, for which specific projects, along with “budget narratives” explaining why. These, in turn, have probably been passed up to the budget team for the whole department, aggregated and sent on to the Office of Management and Budget in the White House. Now the OMB is trying to combine proposals from across the federal government into one colossal document to be reviewed by lawmakers.

A Christmas Corral Of The U.S. Treasury: Trump Signs Oligarch Welfare Bill Into Law

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Washington D.C., United States Of America Under Financial Totalitarianism

Lucy Van Pelt: I know how you feel about all this Christmas business, getting depressed and all that. It happens to me every year. I never get what I really want. I always get a lot of stupid toys or a bicycle or clothes or something like that.

Charlie Brown: What is it you want?

Lucy Van Pelt: Real estate.

                                                                                                                                    Charles Schulz

It was written, rewritten and rewritten, then it was signed (wow was it signed), and it is done. The Oligarch Welfare Bill is now the unadulterated law of the land.

It was done with relative ease, since it didn’t even require a thorough reading by the establishment Republicans or the cooperation nor the presence of the establishment Democrats and Bernie Sanders in the final days of crafting this Piece Of Shit bill. All it took to barrel it through was to bribe Bob Corker by adding a last second provision tax break for pass through income via LLC’s, virtual company entities that work more like tools in making revenue in the business of real estate, which the retiring Senator accrued millions of dollars in while he has been a public servant.

It turned out the reason for Corky’s nay vote the last time was that this provision was not in the despicable bill’s house version and was added and authored by Utah’s Sen. Orrin Hatch, a man from the poor people and the chicken coop. So much for the senator taking a moral stand against Trump and massive deficits.

Senator Hatch was not only thinking of Corky and his aide, but himself and his wife and a posse of other GOP senators and house representatives with collectively millions of dollars accrued from real estate and equity holdings to profit immensely even more from the Oligarch Welfare Law (haven’t heard much reporting on how or which elected Democrat members will profit from their real estate holdings if they have them though). Including standout young’n house speaker Paul Ryan, who has been champing at the bit to get this bill created and ratified so the donors he sucks up to can now repatriate their massive tax avoiding wealth, collectively worth 3 trillion dollars, that have been trapped on their island shelters and lower taxed nations at the generous lower rate now instituted.

With all that hoarded money free at last, it can then flow through their LLC’s untouched by the Feds. Leading to more gentrification of the cities where they have invested properties in, which will cause more high end speculation. It will also kill small businesses like restaurants and bars, for LLC’s are also involved in dining and nightlife establishments too.

Now that their collaborated powerball winning legislation is now law, they are now (the only ones) celebrating. And since the Oligarch Welfare Law also includes massive tax breaks for alcohol distribution, they will surely doing shots with 100 year old scotch, bathing in 50 year old wine, and showering each other with the finest high end champagne.

The biggest winner is of course the elected and currently serving President (and his plutocabinet members). Continuing his lifelong streak since birth of privileged good fortune. And it’s a good thing too, since some of his branded properties have removed his ubiquitous name off of their buildings, which might have cost him quite a lot of cash (it’s the only evidence that he has divested from his businesses, by being forced to). With the passage and his ridiculous giant signature, which resembles a pathological liar’s lie detector chart pattern, ratifying it, the money will continue to flow through his world wide web of shell companies, ensuring and his billionaire status and a nice tax payer funded nest egg for his next of kin and their next of kin.

As for everyone else, the first year might be fine if you don’t own a home in New York, New Jersey or California, with the doubling of the standard deduction, but all those minor token tax cuts come to a screeching halt in a little less than a decade to justify the exorbitant costs of Oligarch Welfare Law, which with all the speculation on how it will make up for the 6 trillion dollars with all of the cash concentrated for the top earners by happenstance does not account the costs of future military conflicts or the catastrophic effects from hurricanes, sea level rise and land erosion and the long promised trillion dollar infrastructure plan Trump touted days after the white power siege of Charlottesville, will effect the nation’s budget in the next 5 years as these cuts get bigger for the top. Maybe the reason why they have not ended DACA is because, well, they need those kids to contribute to the redistribution of wealth with their weekly paychecks when they become adults. Maybe that will put a stop to build the new Wall Of Mexico (Nah).

So once you get your returns in 2019, don’t spend it too fast. Hell, don’t spend it at all if you are able to avoid sickness or injury, or from a climate disaster, no matter how impossible it is. For it’s the same logic that the avaricious, self-serving and donor-serving members of Congress utilized to craft this odious, rancid law. And they are not even done, for they are now concocting their B plan to fund it if these tax cuts cost the nation’s budget to implode. In fact this plan was implemented 2 weeks before they wrote the bill, knowing full well they won’t have the funds, current and speculative to finance them.

The Washington Post: Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork to overhaul welfare programs for the poor

Republican lawmakers are preparing plans to restructure America’s welfare system, including putting new limits on who’s eligible for anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and housing benefits.

The details of the planned overhaul are still being determined, but congressional Republicans have already introduced policy proposals that would impose new work requirements on some of America’s welfare programs. Last year, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a poverty plan as part of Ryan’s “A Better Way” agenda, which also called for the imposition of new work requirements.

The plans at the time were largely markers of future intention, signaling the party’s vision but not indicative of an imminent push for legislative action.

Something tells me this is going to take some filibustering  from the Dems to nip this and kill this in the bud if they have the spine (nah.) Extreme filibustering.

Figurehead Trump did not even wait to sign this. In all certainty he also didn’t fucking read it. In his golden ukelele string maned covered head, he wanted to fulfill his promise to sign the bill before Christmas. The thing is of course that the promise he was most concerned about, after all the other failed ones regarding immigration and travel bans, was the promise to enhance his personal wealth. This is the fleshed out, current reality based adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas Carol, except that Scrooge sleeps through the four ghosts that invade his dreams and continues hoarding his wealth siphoned from the masses. As the timid elected Democrats, collectively resembling the meek assistant Ratchett, let him get away with this shit without true assertion and protest.

So forget about any Christmas cheer and gift giving in the lower and middle classes in the near future. Don’t want to forget those that yearn for higher education. For we have to pay their fair share now and our children and their paychecks are the future. Extreme fair share. Hopefully us proles will be able to hoard our money as well as the higher society populace of corporate executives, shareholders and of course our chosen members of legislative and executive public service did.