Chinatown assault suspect was arrested last week on other charges

https://www.fox5ny.com/news/asian-woman-punched-in-face-as-she-walked-along-sidewalk-in-chinatown

Chinatown assault suspect was arrested last week on other charges

By Sharon Crowley

June 1, 2021

NEW YORK – A shocking random attack on a woman walking along a street in Chinatown was captured on video. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the assault as a hate crime.

The video shows the woman walking near 65 Bayard Street at about 6:15 p.m. Monday when a man suddenly punches her in the face, knocking her out.

New York Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, whose district includes Chinatown, posted the video on Twitter.

The 55-year-old woman was taken to the hospital conscious and alert.

Police arrested a suspect at the scene and brought him for a psychiatric evaluation. The NYPD identified him as Alexander Wright, 48.

He was just released last week after being accused of throwing hot coffee on two NYPD traffic agents, scratching a man in his eye, and breaking the glass on a storefront on Madison Avenue all on the same day.

One reason Wright was out on bail is a recent change to the law. In 2020, New York passed bail reform, which got rid of cash bail for nonviolent offenders. The idea behind it was to even the playing field for poor people who are accused of committing a misdemeanor.

Records show he has been arrested at least 17 times. An NYPD source said Wright is accused of several assaults, including attacking a 72-year-old man, spitting in a woman’s face, and punching a police officer.

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea on Tuesday said lawmakers need to revise those bail reform laws.

“We cannot be chasing our tail — catch and release, catch and release,” Shea told Spectrum News NY1. “What’s the common denominator? People that are arrested multiple times and released. Mental illness is woven into this, potentially. We have to do better.”

The PBA, the union that represents rank-and-file cops, weighed in on the Chinatown assault and bail reform.

“Whether this individual needs mental health services, jail time or both, the answer CANNOT be to put him right back on the street,” @NYCPBA tweeted.

Police often say the criminal justice system is a revolving door but Jeffrey Butts of John Jay College of Criminal Justice said his research proves otherwise.

“The vast majority of people who are released pretrial do not get arrested again while they are waiting for trial,” he said. “About 5%, at most, of people who are arrested and waiting trial and then released who get rearrested prior to their trial.”

“We’ve got to stop Asian hate,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference on the coronavirus pandemic. “I’m asking every New Yorker to participate in the effort to stop Asian hate and anyone who witnesses an act of hate, we need that reported.”

The mayor also said more needs to be done in the criminal justice system and mental health system.

“We’ve got to glue those two together better. There’s no question,” de Blasio said. “That’s why we’re making a lot more investment in dealing with mental health issues out in our streets.”

June 3, 2021. Tags: , . Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Here’s a great comparison of government spending to private spending

The government of New York City spent a huge amount of time and money to “fix” this ice skating rink. But at the end, it was no better off than when they started.

Then a private funder came by, and fixed it for real, for far less money, and in far less time.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/offwhitepapers/2015/08/24/donald-trump-and-the-wollman-rinking-of-american-politics/

Having fallen into utter disrepair during the New York City fiscal crisis, unable to make ice, the city’s Parks Department embarked on a total refurbishment of the facility in 1980, estimating it would take two years to complete. After six years and having flushed $13 million down the drain, the city announced they would have to start all over again and it would another two years to complete. Wollman Rink had quite visibly failed. The Wollman Rink fiasco amplified the public perception of the general incompetence of government and their inability to complete even the simplest projects.

Enter the Donald. In late May of 1986, the 39-year-old Trump made an offer to Mayor Ed Koch. Trump would step in and take over the construction and operation of the project for no profit and have it up and running in time for the holiday season. Koch tried mightily and quite sneakily tried to reject Trump’s offer. A very public Trump-Koch feud ensued; Donald ultimately prevailed taking on the responsibility to finish the rink in less than six months for no more than $3 million. The city politicos could only hope that when Donald failed it would divert attention from their own incompetence.

Instead of failing, Trump finished the job in just four months at a final cost 25% below the budget.

April 4, 2021. Tags: , , , . Donald Trump, Government waste. Leave a comment.

NYPD releases video of attackers who beat and stripped man in Chinatown

https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/1353108997709189120

https://nypost.com/2021/01/24/nypd-releases-video-of-attackers-who-beat-and-stripped-man/

NYPD releases video of attackers who beat and stripped man in Chinatown

By Tina Moore

January 24, 2021

A 26-year-old man had just gotten off a bus from Atlanta when he was attacked by a group of about a dozen suspects who beat him, cut him several times and stole his clothes, including his underwear, cops said Sunday. 

The group of males and females began assaulting the victim around 11:30 a.m. Friday near Canal and Allen streets in Manhattan, cutting him with an unknown object, police said. 

Police released video of the suspects and are seeking witnesses. The attackers took the man’s cellphone and removed his pants, underwear and shoes. 

“They attacked him as soon as he got off the bus from Atlanta,” a police source said.

The man, who is from Brooklyn, suffered four slash wounds to his torso, two to his head and one to his hand after getting off the bus from the Peach State, cops said. The group fled in three vehicles — a van and two sedans. 

January 25, 2021. Tags: , . Violent crime. Leave a comment.

NYPD Chief who knelt with protesters in June gets injured in clash with protesters

https://www.dailywire.com/news/nypd-chief-who-knelt-with-protesters-in-june-gets-injured-in-clash-with-protesters

NYPD Chief Who Knelt With Protesters In June Gets Injured In Clash With Protesters

By  Hank Berrien

Jul 15, 2020

The highest-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, who knelt with protesters at the beginning of June, was one of four NYPD officers injured during protests in New York on Wednesday. Monahan and the other injured officers were marching with a pro-police group when they clashed with anti-police activists.

“Police photos of the aftermath showed a lieutenant with a bloodied face, a detective holding a bandage to his head, and a bicycle officer helping a fellow officer dress a head wound. Monahan, who last month kneeled in a show of solidarity with protesters, sustained injuries to his hand,” The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Monahan was “said to be bloodied but not seriously hurt,” ABC 7 stated, noting that a sergeant and a lieutenant who were attacked with canes and bats were transported to a hospital.

https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/1283442839884627980

Bill Casey of the Retired Sergeant Association told ABC 7, “We’re fighting for unity. It just seems that there’s so much violence. And the cops are being portrayed as villains instead of what they really are, which is heroes.”

On June 1, Monahan knelt with protesters.

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1267775265507336192

Monahan stated that his kneeling was the first step in “getting this together” and “getting those groups out of here,” referring to reputed outside agitators stirring up trouble. “The people who live in New York want New York to end the violence. Get the intruders that are not from this city the h*** out of here and give us back our city.”

“We’ve had five days of war here, that needs to end. It has to end today,” he added, telling protesters, “Leave it out to those who are to cause damage and we’ll get rid of them. We’ll get rid of those that are ruining your neighborhood.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Monahan, saying, “Terry Monahan defused a very tense situation in Washington Square Park. This is not just an average cop. He took a knee with the protesters out of respect. That’s an indelibly powerful statement.”

Monahan stated on “CBS This Morning” of the protests after the death of George Floyd, “What happened in Minnesota was an outrage, completely and totally. But 800,000 law enforcement officers around this country are paying the price for what that guy did in Minnesota.”

He then appealed to the protesters, saying, “Protest, yell, scream, let your rage out, but don’t take your rage out on the community, destroy the businesses that actually employ members of this community.”

Monahan continued, “Bottles and rocks thrown at my cops, windows being broken, stores being looted … got no place in American society … You have to look at the entire incident. You have to look at the rocks being thrown, the injuries to my officers, what happened before, what precipitated that event. Knowing that we had a commanding officer trapped in his car, his last transmission was, ‘This may be my last transmission,’ dragged out of that car. This is what’s going through a cop’s mind as he gets surrounded.”

“I would never say that we are a racist police department. Absolutely not,” he concluded. “Have incidents happened? Maybe there was a racist incident, something, and that person has been removed from this agency? Absolutely. We all care about the communities we work in. We care deeply in the minority communities, the cops that work there, each and every day.”

July 16, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter. Leave a comment.

And here is still even more proof that the lockdown is a scam: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio does not understand math

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

May 21, 2020

Here’s another one that I’ll be adding the next time I update my list, which you can read here: Here are 70 reasons why I’m against the COVID-19 lockdowns

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio does not understand math.

According to the CDC, for children who contract COVID-19, the death rate is zero:

https://www.businessinsider.com/most-us-coronavirus-deaths-ages-65-older-cdc-report-2020-3

 

And here’s a recent news headline:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/risk-coronavirus-spreading-schools-extremely-194143983.html

Risk of coronavirus spreading in schools ‘extremely low’, study finds

 

Despite those two pieces of information, this is a recent tweet by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio:

https://twitter.com/NYCMayor/status/1262509072051470340

The text of de Blasio’s tweet says: (the bolding is mine)

“Earlier today the NYPD shut down a Yeshiva conducting classes with as many as 70 children. I can’t stress how dangerous this is for our young people. We’re issuing a Cease and Desist Order and will make sure we keep our communities and our kids safe.”

Clearly, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio does not understand math.

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May 21, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Education, Math, Police state, Religion. 2 comments.

New York City, controlled by racist Democrats, is using COVID-19 as an excuse for the police to harass racial minorities

New York City is controlled by Democrats. It’s one of the bluest cities in the country. The mayor is a Democrat. Of the 51 members of the New York City Council, 48 are Democrats. In the 2016 election for U.S. president, 79% of the voters in New York City voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton. That makes New York City one of the bluest, most Democratic controlled cities in the country.

Democrats, as we know, are the party of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, and school segregation.

After a Democratic U.S. Senator named Robert Byrd started his own chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and recruited 150 of his friends and family members to join it, Democrat Hillary Clinton referred to him as “my friend and mentor.” After Clinton praised the Ku Klux Klan leader, 79% of the voters in New York City voted for Clinton for U.S. President.

Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the racist, Democratic controlled city of New York is using COVID-19 as an excuse for police officers to harass racial minorities.

This recent article by NBC News it titled

Violent encounter in New York City prompts concerns about unequal policing of social distancing

The article’s first two paragraphs state:

A violent encounter between a New York City police officer and a bystander that police said began as an attempt to enforce social distancing rules has prompted concerns about unequal policing.

New York City’s public advocate Jumaane Williams posted pictures on Twitter on Sunday — one of swarms of white people sitting in parks and three images from what appeared to depict encounters between police and people of color.

This is the tweet that the article is referring to:

The same NBC News article also states:

Last week, de Blasio personally oversaw the dispersal of a crowd of mourners in the Williamsburg neighborhood at the funeral of a Hasidic rabbi, that he and the commissioner said drew thousands of people.

Clearly, the racist Democrats who control New York City don’t think the First Amendment’s protections of freedom of assembly and freedom of religion applies to minorities such as Jews.

It is very clear and obvious that New York City, controlled by racist Democrats, is using COVID-19 as an excuse to harass racial and religious minorities.

May 4, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . COVID-19, Police brutality, Police state, Racism, Religion. 1 comment.

NYC Mayor Threatens to Shut Down Synagogues, Churches: But not Mosques

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/147854/nyc-mayor-threatens-to-shut-down-synagogues-churches-but-not-mosques/

NYC Mayor Threatens to Shut Down Synagogues, Churches: But not Mosques

March 30, 2020

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened on Friday that the Big Apple could close down certain places of worship if New Yorkers continue violating the state’s stay-at-home restrictions and keep congregating for religious services at those locations report Fox News.

“A small number of religious communities, specific churches and specific synagogues are unfortunately not paying attention to this guidance even though it’s so widespread,” the Democrat mayor said at a news conference on the coronavirus crisis.

And although the corona-count hit the 1,000 mark in NYC on Sunday, city officials continue to work hard to control the spread of the pandemic.

“I want to say to all those who are preparing for the potential of religious services this weekend: If you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” he added.

Interestingly, de Blasio made no mention of the over one-hundred mosques in New York City.

De Blasio was also under fire recently for his bail reform whose lack of deterrent led many in New York’s Jewish community blamed for the increased antisemitic assaults.

April 30, 2020. Tags: , , , , . COVID-19, Religion. Leave a comment.

A New York City environmental organization called “BK ROT” violates OSHA safety regulations by forcing its employees to dangerously use their feet as brakes, “Fred Flintstone style,” on a bicycle, while hauling “almost eight hundred pounds” down “substantial hills”

* A New York City environmental organization called “BK ROT” violates OSHA safety regulations by forcing its employees to dangerously use their feet as brakes, “Fred Flintstone style,” on a bicycle, while hauling “almost eight hundred pounds” down “substantial hills.”

* Sandy Nurse, the organization’s founder, is running for political office.

* Nurse also thinks she shouldn’t have to pay back her college loans.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

February 15, 2020

In New York City, a woman named Sandy Nurse created an environmental organization called “BK ROT.” The organization collects food scraps and other organic waste, and turns it into compost.

As part if its green mission, all of its employees travel by bicycle.

The New Yorker recently wrote the following about this:

Five days a week, Victor Ibarra rides a bicycle through North Brooklyn, collecting food waste from restaurants, coffee shops, and other small businesses and packing it into plastic tubs on a trailer that he tows with his bike. There are two substantial hills on his route, and when the tubs are full the entire load—waste, trailer, bike, Ibarra—adds up to almost eight hundred pounds. “Uphill is really hard,” he said the other day. “But, actually, uphill is a lot easier than downhill. Going downhill, I have the hand brakes pressed on, but the bike is still going.” To stop completely, he has to use his feet, Fred Flintstone style.

Ibarra is twenty-three. His employer for the past six years has been BK ROT, a nonprofit hauling-and-composting operation in Bushwick.

This is very dangerous, and certainly a violation of OSHA safety rules.

Nurse also thinks she shouldn’t have to pay back the money that she chose to borrow for college, even though she chose to sign a legal document promising to pay the money back.

CNBC recently wrote the following about this:

Sandy Nurse doesn’t see why she needs to be $120,000 in debt “just for trying to improve my understanding of the world.”

And so, after a decade of struggling to repay her student loans, she plans to stop trying. She hopes others will join her, too, in a national strike against the country’s outstanding student loan debt, which is marching toward $1.7 trillion.

“It’s a way not to look at ourselves as failures because we’re failing to pay back an excessive amount of money for knowledge,” said Nurse

Nurse’s comments are despicable. Instead of admitting that she is a deadbeat and a liar, she is trying to falsely portray herself as being a victim.

I wonder how Nurse would feel if her customers who paid for their compost with a credit card were to call their credit card companies and have the charges removed, and Nurse ended up not getting the money that her customers had promised to pay her.

To make matters even worse, Nurse is running for political office to become a member of New York’s City Council.

We already know that, in the name of being green, Nurse forces her employees to use their feet as brakes like in The Flintstones.

Since Nurse is running for political office, I wonder if she wants to force the entire population to do the same thing.

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February 15, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: “We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers”

https://nypost.com/2019/04/22/de-blasios-green-new-deal-will-ban-classic-glass-and-steel-skyscrapers/

De Blasio’s Green New Deal will ban ‘classic glass and steel skyscrapers’

April 22, 2019

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s so-called Green New Deal will ban “classic glass and steel skyscrapers,” he said Monday.

“We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers which are incredibly inefficient,” Hizzoner said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“If someone wants to build one of those things, they can take a whole lot of steps to make it energy efficient, but we’re not going to allow what we’ve seen in the past.”

De Blasio’s new scheme to slash carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030 includes a ban on new buildings with all-glass facades “unless they meet strict performance guidelines,” City Hall said in a release Monday.

April 28, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Environmentalism. Leave a comment.

Ocasio-Cortez’s mom moved to Florida to escape NYC’s property taxes

https://nypost.com/2019/03/04/ocasio-cortezs-mom-moved-to-florida-to-escape-nycs-property-taxes/

Ocasio-Cortez’s mom moved to Florida to escape NYC’s property taxes

March 4, 2019

The mother of soak-the-rich Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was forced to flee the Big Apple and move to Florida because the property taxes were so high.

“I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north. I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here,” Blanca Ocasio-Cortez told the Daily Mail from her home in Eustis, a town of less than 20,000 in central Florida north of Orlando.

The mother of two — who calls herself BOC — said she picked Eustis because a relative already lived there, and right before Christmas 2016, she paid $87,000 for an 860-square-foot home on a quiet street that dead-ends at a cemetery.

Her daughter raised eyebrows with her pitch to hike the top marginal tax rate on income earned above $10 million to 70 percent.

She has also gotten behind the so-called Green New Deal, which would see a massive and costly government effort to address climate change the way Franklin D. Roosevelt launched the New Deal to rescue the US economy during the Depression.

March 5, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 4 comments.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says amazon’s salaries of $150,000 a year for 25,000 new jobs in New York City constitute “scraps” and are not “dignified.” Meanwhile, she only pays her own interns $15 an hour.

In November 2018, CNBC reported:

Amazon will pay HQ2 employees an average of $150,000

On February 16, 2019, explaining why she opposed amazon creating 25,000 new jobs in New York City, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said:

“We need to create dignified jobs in New York City”

and

“We do not have to settle for scraps in the greatest city in the world”

I wonder how high those amazon salaries would have to be in order for Ocasio-Cortez to think they were “dignified” and not “scraps.”

Meanwhile, in December 2018, NPR reported:

When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes office next month, representing New York’s 14th District, she will be a part of the “blue wave” of new Democrats in the House. But the 29-year-old may end up being a part of a different kind of wave, too: a bipartisan effort for members of Congress to pay the interns they employ.

“Time to walk the walk,” she tweeted on Tuesday. “Very few members of Congress actually pay their interns. We will be one of them.” And she pledged more than just a stipend: Her interns will make $15 an hour.

In other words, when it comes to paying wages that are “dignified” and not “scraps,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a hypocrite.

February 17, 2019. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 5 comments.

Here are pictures of the 400-square-foot bathroom that cost New York City taxpayers $2 million

http://nypost.com/2017/07/06/councilman-cant-believe-city-spent-2m-on-this-tiny-park-bathroom/

Councilman can’t believe city spent $2M on this tiny park bathroom

July 6, 2017







A Brooklyn councilman is accusing the city of flushing $2 million down the toilet while building a public restroom at a local park.

Democrat David Greenfield told WCBS-TV on Wednesday that it took him 7½ years to get City Hall to repair the formerly run-down Gravesend Park on 18th Avenue.

But the newly refurbished park became a pyrrhic victory for Greenfield when he learned it cost $2 million to build the new, 400-square-foot bathroom facility.

“I’m frustrated that we are essentially wasting taxpayer money,” Greenfield said. “You can build a complete house in six months for $1 million.”

He pointed blame directly at Mayor Bill de Blasio, explaining, “The buck stops with the administration and at the end of the day, if the administration really made this their priority, they could figure out a way to cut the red tape.”

Republican mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis also piled on the administration, saying the project was plagued by “mismanagement.

“You get a feeling in this administration that taxpayer money grows on trees,” she said.

August 12, 2017. Tags: , , . Government waste. 1 comment.

NYC politician introduces bill which allows black people to urinate in public so they can “fulfill their potential”

A New York City politician has introduced a bill which allows black people to urinate in public so they can “fulfill their potential.”

Personally, I think this politicians’ expectations of black people are too low. But they did choose to vote her into office, and I have no right to tell them what their goals in life should or shouldn’t be.

The New York Times reports:

New York City is poised to reshape how it treats many so-called quality-of-life offenses, softening its stance toward low-level infractions like public urination…

Under the legislation, New Yorkers given tickets by the police… would in many cases be steered to a civil process rather than criminal court…

“We know that the system has been really rigged against communities of color in particular,” said Ms. Mark-Viverito, who has promoted such reforms and is the main sponsor of the bills. “So the question has always been, what can we do in this job to minimize unnecessary interaction with the criminal justice system, so that these young people can really fulfill their potential?”

Health officials, for example, agreed to repeal a section of the department’s rules that forbids public urination…

The issue of public urination became a subject of intense public debate last summer…

 

January 25, 2016. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Politics, Racism. 2 comments.

Affirmative action at its finest

It is extremely easy to pass the New York Fire Department’s written test.
(more…)

May 18, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Dumbing down, Political correctness, Racism. 4 comments.

Mathematical illiterates are celebrating New York City’s new 1.6 MW solar power project

AFP reports:

On a rooftop in the Bronx far from the skyscrapers of Manhattan, 4,760 panels soak up the winter rays. Welcome to the solar power boom in New York state.

Robert Kline, director of commercial sales for the Ross Solar Group that installed the panels, is delighted.

“It is the largest (solar) installation in the history of New York City,” he tells AFP.

The 1.6-megawatt installation on the Jetro Cash and Carry has been proudly singled out by New York governor Andrew Cuomo as a prime example of a drive to haul the state into a new dawn.

I’m not disputing the claim that this is “the largest solar installation in the history of New York City.”

However, I am disputing the claim that his is a “boom” for solar power.

The Ravenswood Generating Station is one of many power plants that provides electricity for New York. It makes its electricity by burning fossil fuels, and it produces 2,410 MW.

If we wanted to replace this one fossil fuel power plant with solar power, it would require building more than 1,500 additional solar power projects of the same size as “the largest solar installation in the history of New York City.”

If this solar power plant is a “boom,” it would take more than 1,500 additional “booms” just to be able to shut down this one fossil fuel power plant.

And even that grossly understates the situation, because the claimed power rating for those solar panels is only applicable when the sun is directly overhead, and there are no clouds.

If the sun isn’t directly overhead, its power output would be less than the rated maximum.

If the sky was cloudy, its power output would be less than the rated maximum.

And if it was night, its power output would be zero.

The solar power plant would have to have a backup power source, and that backup power source would almost certainly be… something that burned fossil fuels.

If there is ever a solar power plant in New York that uses batteries to store its sun-derived energy for use at night, and is able to reliably and continuously produce at least 1,000 MW of electricity at any and all times of the day or night, then that would indeed be a “boom” for solar power in New York.

March 16, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Environmentalism, Math, Politics. 4 comments.

New York City public school cancels gifted program because too many white students were succeeding

Uh oh. Too many white students are succeeding. That can’t be tolerated. Better cancel the gifted program, and bring these students down to the lowest common denominator. Who needs doctors, scientists, and engineers anyway?

The Washington Times reports:

NYC school cuts popular gifted program over lack of diversity

A popular gifted-student program at a New York City elementary school is getting the ax after school officials decided it lacked diversity.

PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald told parents in a letter Jan. 24 that Students of Academic Rigor, or SOAR, would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners, the New York Daily Newsreported.

“Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in,” Miss McDonald said in the letter posted on Flickr.com.

At least one parent described SOAR as largely white, while others disagreed, the report said.

One mother conceded the program did have a lot of white students, but worried gifted students now won’t be challenged enough.

“Where are they going to put the higher-level students? Sometimes, there are different levels, and teachers can’t handle all the levels in one class,” she told the Daily News.

In a follow-up letter sent to parents Monday, Miss McDonald wrote: “At PS 193, we believe that all children can learn and achieve high standards. We also know that we want all children at PS 193 to have equal access to high quality, challenging curriculum, and to have ample opportunities to master complex material and build academic and personal self-confidence. We also want our classes to reflect the diversity of our community. We believe we can have both: classrooms characterized by rigor and diversity.”

February 1, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Education, Political correctness, Politics, Racism, War against achievement. 4 comments.

In New York City, thousands of Obama voting, well educated, upper class professionals complain about losing their insurance because of Obamacare

The New York Times is reporting this news about five years too late, but I guess that’s better than never. Obamacare is forcing thousands of Obama voting, well educated, upper class professionals from New York City to lose their insurance.

Even before Obamacare was passed, its critics were saying this would happen. It’s a shame that the New York Times waited until after the 2012 election to report information that Obamacare critics knew five years ago.

These people are intelligent, well educated professionals. How could they not see that these cancellations were coming? How could so many people who are this smart, simultaneously be so dumb that these cancellations are coming as a surprise?

The New York Times reports:

With Affordable Care Act, Canceled Policies for New York Professionals

Many in New York’s professional and cultural elite have long supported President Obama’s health care plan. But now, to their surprise, thousands of writers, opera singers, music teachers, photographers, doctors, lawyers and others are learning that their health insurance plans are being canceled and they may have to pay more to get comparable coverage, if they can find it.

“I couldn’t sleep because of it,” said Barbara Meinwald, a solo practitioner lawyer in Manhattan.

Ms. Meinwald, 61, has been paying $10,000 a year for her insurance through the New York City Bar. A broker told her that a new temporary plan with fewer doctors would cost $5,000 more, after factoring in the cost of her medications.

Roy Lyons, managing director of Marsh U.S. Consumer, an insurance brokerage, said he had heard complaints from physicians, lawyers, pharmacists and optometrists.

Among those affected are members of the Authors Guild; the Advertising Photographers of America; the Suzuki Association of the Americas, a music teachers organization; the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; the New York City Bar Association; and the New York County Medical Society.

It is not lost on many of the professionals that they are exactly the sort of people — liberal, concerned with social justice — who supported the Obama health plan in the first place. Ms. Meinwald, the lawyer, said she was a lifelong Democrat who still supported better health care for all, but had she known what was in store for her, she would have voted for Mitt Romney.

It is an uncomfortable position for many members of the creative classes to be in.

“We are the Obama people,” said Camille Sweeney, a New York writer and member of the Authors Guild. Her insurance is being canceled, and she is dismayed that neither her pediatrician nor her general practitioner appears to be on the exchange plans. What to do has become a hot topic on Facebook and at dinner parties frequented by her fellow writers and artists.

“I’m for it,” she said. “But what is the reality of it?”

December 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . Health care, Politics. 3 comments.

Obama claims that these 10 written questions from an employment test are “racist”

The Obama administration has accused the New York City Fire Department of “racial discrimination” because it required potential firefighters to take a written test.

Obama wants to force the New York City Fire Department to hire black and Hispanic applicants who failed this so-called “racist” written test.

Here are ten real examples of these so-called  “racist” questions from the New York City Fire Department test:

1. While operating at the scene of a car fire on a street, a firefighter was told to inform the officer of any dangerous conditions at the scene. Which one of the following conditions would be considered most dangerous to the firefighter operating at the scene of the car fire?

A) The car is leaking gasoline.

B) The car has four flat tires.

C) Vehicle traffic has come to a complete stop at the scene.

D) The car’s windshield is broken.

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September 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Dumb lawsuits, Racism. 12 comments.

Judge orders New York City Fire Department to hire black and Hispanic applicants who failed “racist” written test

Here’s a situation which reminds me of the novel Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand:
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July 28, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Politics, Racism. 4 comments.