Archive from November, 2006
30 Nov
2006
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Note to City: Light the tree before 9:00 PM

As a parent of a 5 year old who loves Christmas and anything that has to do with it, I was disappointed that he didn’t get a chance to see the tree lit last night on TV.

The problem is the city decided to light the tree at 9:00 PM well after most little kids bed times. Would it have been a disaster to light the tree at 8:00 instead?

30 Nov
2006
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If I own a computer should I be qualifying for social benefits?

New York City has a new website called Access NYC that lets New Yorkers screen the city’s social agencies to see if they qualify for benefits. These benefits include everything from food stamps to section 8 housing.

I just find it strange that somebody that needs food stamps can afford a $1,000+ computer and the monthly fee for an Internet connection.

30 Nov
2006
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I had to post this:

I got this e-mail from someone and though I usually delete chain mail I loved this one. As someone born in the 70’s I think it’s so true!

TO ALL THE KIDS
WHO SURVIVED the
1930’s 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren’t overweight because .

WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound, CD’s or Ipods, no cell phones!, no personal computers , no Internet or chat rooms…….
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,
made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.
We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and kno cked on the door or rang
the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned

HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

29 Nov
2006
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At some point it’s not just President Bush’s fault:

As the sectarian violence spreads in Iraq and thousands of Iraqis continue to die, at some point America can no longer take all the blame.

If we think what our initial mission in Iraq was, its purpose was to liberate the country from the hands of Saddam Hussein. The world knew he was a threat who lost the benefit of the doubt a long time ago. It’s safe to say based on his history that at some point the world was going to have to deal with either him or his sons and it was better to do it on our time.

The administration and our allies believed that the Iraqi’s were responsible people, who when given the opportunity would sit down and form a government. If the administration should be blamed for anything, it’s for having too much faith in the Iraqi people.

Will we be able to stabilize Iraq? I doubt it. Stabilization will only come after Iraqi’s have purged their desire for sectarian control. Back in 1861 America gone through its own purging that didn’t end until 650,000 Americans were dead. In the end America ended up for the better. Maybe it’s time for us to just let the Iraqi’s have at it and hope the better side wins.

28 Nov
2006
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My idea to shock the public school system:

With the teachers union crying how they’re only going to get an extra $2 billion instead of $5 billion, I’ve been thinking of a way to get the city to start respecting the private school system. As far as I’m concerned the private school system is taken for granted in this city.

What I would like to see is for every parent who has a kid in private school to turn and register his or her child in public school. Now they should also register them for private school at the same time and actually send their kids there on the first day of school.

The point of registering them for public school would be to enjoy the chaos that would ensue as the system became crippled. The city wouldn’t know what to do with the tens of thousands of students from pre-k to 12th set to show up.

28 Nov
2006
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A reminder why cops are sometimes “excessive”:

While everyone is shaking their heads over the “excessive” force used by the police in the shooting death of Sean Bell, today a trial begins in New York that reminds us why.

By now most have forgotten that back in 2003 two undercover police officers were executed in Staten Island while participating in an operation to catch a reputed gang leader. The defendant, Ronell Wilson, shot both officers in the back of the head after he became uneasy with the transaction that was taking place.

It’s situations like these that stay fresh in the minds of undercover cops while patrolling questionable neighborhoods that make them a little quick with the trigger. It doesn’t excuse what happened over the weekend but it helps explain why these things occur. If our City was perfect and cops never had to worry about situations like the one in Staten Island in 2003, Sean Bell would probably be alive today.

For me the real tragedy will be that Sean Bell will become a lightening rod that leads the way to a police force that turns a blind eye to potential crime because it’s not worth the risk. Frankly if I was a cop, sitting in my car eating donuts doesn’t sound like a bad idea, versus getting caught in front of a car that’s trying to run me over where I panic and shoot because I think my life is in jeopardy

What’s even sadder is that while the police officers in the Bell fiasco get flogged, Ronell Wilson will most likely have an army of supporters come to his defense about how he’s the victim.

27 Nov
2006
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Pull out of Iraq? Or do you mean Pull out of DC?

The following is an email forward that I got the other day. Very interesting!
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If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000troops in the Iraq theatre of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per100,000 soldiers. The firearm death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000for the same period. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot andkilled in the U.S. Capitol which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq . Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington

27 Nov
2006
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Bring back Bill Clinton:

Ok not him exactly but his strong dollar policy. Over the last couple of years the U.S. dollar has continued to get weaker against its European competitors. Over the last couple of days the Euro has crossed the $1.30 mark to the dollar and the British Pound is near $2.00.

For some crazy reason the Bush administration has failed to support the dollar during its continuous decline. During the Clinton administration, Bill and his Treasury Secretaries constantly supported the dollar because they understood a strong dollar meant good things for the economy and it’s markets.

As a nation that imports as much consumer goods as we do, a strong dollar assures they’ll remain cheap allowing us to consume more. When the dollar falls, imports become expensive leading to less consumption and economic decline. Worse a weaker dollar leads to higher interest rates since the Fed is forced to raise rates to attract foreign capital.

If a weak currency were the better solution, countries like Argentina and Brazil would be economic superpowers.

27 Nov
2006
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First Rule in not getting shot by the cops: Don’t try to run over an undercover police officer:

Tension is high in the city after the shooting of three unarmed men in Jamaica over the weekend. Now hearts should go out to the individuals shot, especially for Sean Bell who was set to be married the next day and died in the incident.

Unfortunately this whole event could have been avoided not only by the scared police officers that cracked under the tension but also Bell and his friends.

First rule, when someone is standing in front of your car, whether you think they’re a cop or not, don’t try to run them over.

Second rule, after you try to run them over a first time, don’t backup and try to run them over again.

I agree that questions need to be answered and things changed. For instance I would like to ask Mayor Bloomberg why do we still have bars and strip clubs still open at 4:00AM? Mayor Bloomberg should worry more about how much alcohol has been consumed until 4:00AM by people, which eventually leads to these incidents, instead of how much fat is in my KFC.

In conclusion, attempts will be made to turn this incident into a case of police brutality. The reality is that this is just a case of human beings who happen to be cops because the NYPD called before the sanitation and fire departments, that under the stress and fear of getting run down unleashed their guns like they were in the middle of Baghdad.

26 Nov
2006
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YOU Are Why We Worry About The Wrong Things

The latest Time Magazine issue talks about how we agonize over events such as Avian Bird Flu that are very unlikely to happen to us over things such as high cholesterol which leads to heart disease that kills 700,000 Americans annually. They also talk about how someone might “still look askance at a bag of spinach for fear of E. coli bacteria while filling their carts with fat-sodden French fries and salt-crusted nachos.” Basically they are saying we are poor at our personal risk management.

If Big Media is wondering why that is, they only have to look in the mirror. They bombard us with these stories about E. Coli and Avian Bird Flu until they have sucked every last drop of juice from them. Then they have the nerve to wonder why people obsess over it?

Last year people I knew would gripe to me how Bush wasn’t putting enough money into vaccines for Bird Flu and I would just give them the customary smile and roll of the eyes that becomes very automatic for a New York City Republican.

The media sometimes forgets that they have a responsibility to the public they are serving as well as their wallets. They just pound and pound away at a story then once it’s dead they do shows with the topic asking if the media has overplayed the story. YES they have! This situation is like the NBA player who commits a crime then says how even though he’s a professional basketball player, makes tons of money from the public, he still is in no way a role model for young kids.