Your Tax Dollars At Work – New York City Edition

Because actually paying for transport would be expensive, and cops don’t have anything better to do, right? Mayor Bill de Blasio repeatedly ordered his NYPD security detail to drive his 22-year-old son Dante 75 miles to and from Yale University.

Executive Protection Unit detectives escorted Dante back and forth between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut, seven or eight times during his first year at the Ivy League – even though the mayor’s son didn’t face any security risks at the time, insiders told the New York Daily News.

Do I expect anything to come of this? Of course not. A politician making fast and loose with taxpayer funds and taxpayer services isn’t anything that anyone (in politics) will get upset about.

Your Tax Dollars at Work. Or Not

Good Intentions, meet Road-to-Hell Paving Company. ThriveNYC is failing New Yorkers amid spike in NYPD shootings.

So this is (mostly) about the NYPD officer who got hit in the head with a chair, by a mentally disturbed person.

Saturday morning, the peddler was dead, the cop was in a medically induced coma and mutterings of police over-reaction were hanging in the air.

I’m thinking that cop’s family wishes that NYPD reacted faster, and shot the guy before he hit an officer in the head with a chair. But that also isn’t what this article is about.

The good intentions? People in NYC want more done for the mentally unstable. Not least among the reasons are that they are causing problems for the rest of the population. So it might be a good idea if things were done to get the situation under control.

Thus was born ThriveNYC — a classic example of an ill-directed, over-funded, ego-infused fiasco made possible by the fact that nobody, ever, wants to say no to the boss.
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“Only 12% [of Thrive’s near-billion-dollar budget has been] focused on adults with untreated serious mental illness,” says Jaffe. “As a result almost 40% of the most seriously mentally ill in New York City go untreated.”

In other words, there’s plenty of dough to address angst and ennui — but bi-polar Brooklyn peddlers, deranged subway pushers, babbling park-bench homesteaders and the man who crushed the skulls of four fellow vagrants are on their own.

The article notes that mental illness has been an issue for cities for about 50 years, without remarking on what changed 50 years ago to cause the change. What laws were enacted. What institutions were closed. Or why we decided to dump the mentally ill on the streets (or in the jails).

NYC and Rape

All of these stories are from WPIX 11 in New York City. One of them came thru a news search, and the rest were linked at the bottom of the article. I’m not sure that this is a definitive list. And I don’t know what I think it says about the state of New York City.

August 15 – Man follows Bronx woman into apartment and tries to rape her: police

August 26 – Man stabs woman multiple times, attempts to sexually assault her in Bronx park: police

September 1 – Man puts woman in chokehold and tries to rape her in Brooklyn: police

September 6 – Man wanted in connection with Bronx sex assault: police

September 18 – Man wanted for sexually assaulting woman on Midtown street in broad daylight: police

October 2 – Man tries to drag woman away from her East Harlem building in attempted rape: police

“Unexpectedly” Minimum Wage Raise Is Closing Businesses

Oh wait, isn’t that what people said would happen? $15 minimum wage hike is hitting, hurting NYC restaurants.

Since the $15-an-hour minimum wage hit New York City in December, Liz and Nat Milner say, they’ve been forced to slash their full- and part-time staff to 45 people from 60. Quality has suffered, they admit, and customers have noticed: They’re not coming in like they used to, and when they do, they’re spending less.

No more freshly made tortillas. Just ones purchased from the supplier. Do you think anyone noticed?

Pay more and get less. Sounds like the strategies of the Left summed up in one sentence.

Rules limit the amount of time employers can train wait-staff, so they can’t even ensure that the service in their establishment is uniform. Which also impacts quality. And costs have gone up. So businesses are cutting hours, and staff and closing completely. (Hat tip to Wirecutter – And the liberals never saw this coming…)

Security Increased in NYC Ahead of High Holidays

Antisemitic hate crimes continue to be a problem in NYC. Youths Knock Shtreimels Off Jews in Williamsburg.

This article is most interesting (to me anyway) because of the statistics.

At an annual pre-High Holidays briefing at NYPD headquarters last week, Deputy Inspector Mark Molinari said there had been 301 hate crimes reported in the city through mid-September, compared to 217 in the same period of 2018. Of those crimes, 155 have been against Jews, compared with 97 in the comparable period last year.

Over 80% of the anti-Semitic incidents have been property crimes, the vast majority of which included the scrawling of swastikas.

The Lamestream Media hasn’t been giving these crimes much attention because narratives must be preserved.

So when NYPD arrests two African American “youths” [cue accent from My Cousin Vinny] the media isn’t that interested. NYPD Arrests Williamsburg Teens for Assaults on Orthodox Jews.

The two boys, both aged 13, are suspected of being part of a group that threw a metal pipe into the window of Volkan shul on Franklin Ave.

They were also knocking hats off Jewish men and boys. Because civil society is gone.

They Keep Telling Me That Gang Violence Is Due to Bad Economic Prospects

So aside from a booming economy, what can be done? NYCHA crime surges as Harlem’s Wagner Houses become gang battleground.

While the city enjoys a 4% decrease in serious crime so far this year, NYC Housing Authority complexes saw a 5% increase in the seven index crimes, according to NYPD data through Sept. 1.

Murders surged 17% compared to the same period last year, and shootings were up 13%. Citywide, murders were down 4%, and shootings up 8%.

More cops would probably help, but then accusations of “over policing” were being thrown around a few years ago.

Do You Think The Rules Apply To Cops?

They certainly don’t think the rules apply to them. All Charges Dropped Against S.I. Repo Man Who Tried to Repossess an NYPD Detective’s Car.

He was trying to repossess a car, but it happened to belong to an NYPD detective. The detective apparently thought he could keep his car even if he didn’t pay his loan. (Those pesky rules again.) So all his buddies in blue arrest the repo guy, boot his truck and charge him with a couple felonies and a bunch of misdemeanors. (Can’t have people thinking that the rules apply to cops.)

The original incident was in May. The felonies disappeared right away, and the misdemeanors were finally dropped. Still, the process is the punishment. He spent 20 hours in jail. And…

Still, Rodriguez says he is out thousands of dollars in earnings because the police placed a boot on his rig for nearly two weeks.

And he had a Go Pro camera, that was recording, but of course the cops destroyed the evidence, and I do mean “of course they did.” What did you expect them to do with evidence they don’t like? Turn it over to the DA?

He’s filed a claim against the NYPD as a whole and the 2 officers who were acting like jack-booted thugs. Or maybe they weren’t acting.

The Tyranny of Bureaucracy

Tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, over ridiculously small crap, like installing a washing machine. The Law Was Aimed at Deadly Machinery. It Hit Her Washer..

Many examples of a bureaucracy that was supposed to stop cranes from falling, stopping people from doing simple stuff.

The response from the bureaucrats, once they got around to acknowledging the issue.

The agency was merely enforcing the laws as written.

That old law of Unintended Consequences.

So the next time you hear people telling politicians to “Do something,” consider that they almost always do the wrong thing. See Huxley’s definition of “Progress” is you’re confused.

Third NYC Antisemitic Attack In One Week

Oh those kind and tolerant and diverse denizens of New York City. Orthodox Jewish Man Beaten With Belt On Brooklyn Street.

Police said the 45-year-old victim was walking home when he saw two men drinking in front of a synagogue near Avenue J and East 15th Street. They said there was some type of verbal dispute.

That’s when one of the men pushed the victim to the ground, took off his belt and started hitting the man in the face with it over and over again.

After 2 other hate crimes in the week.

Police said there have been nearly 150 anti-Semitic hate crime complaints in the city so far this year. That’s nearly double the number they saw at this time last year. Deutsch said the state needs to come up with stricter hate crime laws with tougher penalties to help hit back at hate.

I had a post ready to go on the normalization of antisemitism on the Left. Farrakhan calls Jews termites, and no one on the Left blinks an eye. David Karpf calls Bret Stephens a bedbug, and it is Stephen’s fault for blowing things out of proportion. And there is an epidemic of antisemitic hate crimes in New York, and you can barely find mention in the media, because the narrative must be preserved. Bill Maher is the only one on the Left calling out the BDS movement, and the media is even trying to ignore him.

“Let me read Omar Barghouti, one of the co-founders of the movement,” Maher added. “His quote: ‘No rational Palestinian … would ever accept a Jewish state in Palestine.’ So that’s where that comes from, this movement, someone who doesn’t even want a Jewish state at all. Somehow this side never gets presented in the American media. It’s very odd.”

Americans are ignorant of History. The Yom Kippur War and the following “Peace Process” that included – more than once – land for peace, which has never resulted in peace.

Another Antisemitic Attack in NYC

Am I just not tuned into the channels where the Left and the Media (but I repeat myself) is denouncing this kind of thing? NYPD Hate Crimes Unit Investigating Attack On Jewish Man In Crown Heights With Rock.

When 63-year-old Abraham Gopin exercised in Lincoln Terrace Park Tuesday morning, a woman warned him that a man on a nearby bench wasn’t right.

He was attacked with a “rock” (see below) and the guy jumped on him.

Gopin, who is Jewish and wears a long beard and yarmulke, says the man threw the rocks and then pounced on him like a crazed animal.

Twitter has a look at the “rock” in question.

For a really awful picture of a “person of interest” in the attack, see this link.

Oh, the tolerance of NYC… If a councilman can ask “Is it too dangerous” to be Jewish in NYC, then I think they have a hate problem.

Things Left To Themselves, Tend To Go From Bad To Worse

So the NYPD ignored their officers being doused with water. Chunk of concrete, bottles thrown at NYPD cops in separate incidents.

Did they really think it would stop on its own?

Cops are looking for a man who threw a chunk of concrete at officers during a concert in Central Park — and arrested another man earlier for hurling bottles at police, The Post has learned.

If you given them an inch, they will take a mile. (I’m not sure who said that.)

Old White Women, Kicked to the Curb in NYPD

I guess the progressive hierarchy of who deserves protection has shifted recently. NYPD’s Top Female Officers Sue NYC, Claim De Blasio And Police Commissioner Fired Them For Being Older And White.

Startling charges of discrimination have been made by two of the highest ranking women in the NYPD.

They say they got the boot because they are older, female, and white.

So age discrimination, sexual discrimination or racial discrimination, take your pick.

“He needed to move four white older chiefs out because he made a deal with the mayor and his wife,” Jaffe alleges.

Progress.

Antisemitism on the Rise in New York City

The mainstream media doesn’t seem to care. As the leading targets of hate crimes, Jews are routinely being attacked in the streets of New York City. So why is no one acting like it’s a big deal?

The increase in the number of physical assaults against Orthodox Jews in New York City is a matter of empirical fact. Anti-Semitic hate crimes against persons, which describes nearly everything involving physical contact, jumped from 17 in 2017 to 33 in 2018, with the number for the first half of 2019 standing at 19, according to the NYPD’s hate crime unit. Jews are the most frequent targets of hate crimes in New York City, and have been for some time.

You would think it would garner more media attention. But then the MSM doesn’t care about antisemitism, because they actually support quite a bit of it.

The So-called Affordable Care Act and 911 Calls

There are those unintended consequences. Medically unnecessary ambulance rides soar after ACA expansion.

By 2016, two years into the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 17.6 million previously uninsured people around the U.S. had gained health insurance coverage. But with the expansion, researchers at the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Kentucky found that ambulance dispatches for minor injuries like abrasions, minor burns and muscle sprains rose by a staggering 37% in New York City.

And why is that? “Ambulances are now cheaper than Uber/”

“Medicaid patients in particular have incredibly low out-of-pocket responsibility for ambulances,” says Friedson. “The most an ambulance ride covered under Medicaid costs the patient three dollars. If there’s a low-cost alternative to Uber to get the hospital, you’re going to take it.”

A 30-year-old Spoiled Brat

You can find news stories all over the place, but Captain Capitalism nails it. Rich Parents Who Spoil Their Kids Get What They Deserve.

Which includes:

Raising your grandchildren because your children are too busy having fun
Constantly bailing out your children
Your children living at home
Co-signing student loans at the age of 68
Oh, and death when you cut their allowance.

The Father cut his 30-year-old son’s allowance from $1000 a month to $300. In stages, but it hit $300 per month just before he was killed. (All the details at the 2nd link in the quote.)

How Much Do Prosecutors Hate Self-defense?

JusticeApparently enough to withhold evidence until just before closing arguments in the trial Jury acquits Rhode Island mom in 1990 cold-case murder of her ex-boyfriend in Harlem.

Meanwhile, a photo of Rosario taken at the police precinct the night of the murder — which was turned over to the defense only minutes before closing statements — undercut the claim Rosario went on the run for two days before telling police her story about Deleon’s death.

That is just wrong. Not that the lawyers/cops involved will face any negative repercussions. (Hey, they just lost the picture, I’m sure. They would never LIE would they?)

An Epidemic of Antisemitic Hate Crimes in NYC

Reality is what’s true even if you don’t want to believe it. Hate crimes surge in NYC, attacks on Jews almost double.

The New York Police Department recorded 184 hate crimes through June 2 — up from 112 in 2018 — during a period when the city experienced a continued reduction in overall crimes.

Of the 184 incidents, 110 targeted Jews, up from 58 in 2018.

The next highest targeted group was whites, who were victims in 11 hate crimes, up from three in 2018.

Other general crime stats are reported in the article, and they basically look good for NYC. This statistic, not so much.

I ran across this via Frontpage Magazine, which quips: “Reality meet narrative.”

Denial – It Ain’t Just a River in Egypt

Fourth teen surrenders in caught-on-video bloody Brooklyn beatdown, but his mom insists suspects are ‘not bad kids’

Because “not bad kids” always beat the crap out of a stranger for no good reason.

Yanika Williams, 41, spoke at the 75th Precinct stationhouse after her 15-year-old son turned himself in for the ambush that left the victim with a deep head wound requiring 35 stitches and 16 staples. The badly outnumbered Kenneth Wong, 35, also suffered a broken nose in Friday’s caught-on-video attack.

They used his stolen credit card for a trip to McDonald’s.

There is video and it is a little disturbing.

Last word goes to the victim.

“Saying they’re good kids does not exonerate them,” Wong told The News after the fourth youth surrendered Tuesday. “In fact, it’s unfortunate the law doesn’t say parents should also be arrested because of their kid’s actions …. My face is disfigured enough that facial recognition doesn’t recognize (me).”

Massive Increase in Antisemitic Hate Crimes in NYC

And there is NO coverage in the US media. (At least according to a Google search.) Massive 82% spike in antisemitic hate crimes in New York City, NYPD finds.

The New York Police Department has reported an 82% increase in antisemitic hate crimes in the city in the first three months of 2019.

The statistics, released on Thursday, also showed a 67% increase in overall hate crimes in New York City over the same period.

Deep Blue Denial.

Cops Still Haven’t Figured Out There Are Cameras Everywhere

JusticeEspecially in a place like New York City. Cop charged with lying about drug deals, putting innocent people behind bars.

Franco, a 19-year veteran of the force, was assigned to Narcotics Borough Manhattan South when he busted three defendants for dealing drugs in separate incidents, claiming he observed each illicit exchange, prosecutors said.

In each of the cases, investigators obtained video surveillance that directly contradicted Franco’s alleged observations.

Because how are you going to get a jury to believe you over a cop, the 3 people in question took plea deals, and 2 went to prison. But hey, I was always said the key word in “Criminal Justice System” was “Criminal,” and not “Justice.”

And then there is the question of how long has he been doing this kind of thing. I mean 19 years ago, there was much less of a chance that everything you did in NYC would be on camera. So has he been lying and sending innocent people to jail the whole time? Do you think he only started in the past year?