October 16, 2013

Jerry's Ink


At night you will hear the sounds of car windows being smashed . . . In the morning you'll feel the crackling of broken glass under your feet . . . Cars will have crudely written signs saying "No Radio" . . . There will be aggressive panhandlers on every block . . . Every day you'll hear about another shooting, another death . . . An African-American teenager is shot in a gang fight in Bed-Stuy . . .

The New York Post will show the picture of a sweet little two-year-old who was shot and killed by a stray bullet while she was crossing a street in East New York holding her mother's hand . . . You'll walk on a street in midtown Manhattan and keep looking over your shoulder. Is that an innocent man walking home from work behind you, or a mugger who would kill you for your wallet? . . . Then if you drive there's the squeegee man who will suds up your windshield and then he will extort money from you before he will clean your window so you can see the road.

Welcome back to 1989.

I have, on occasion, had a nightmare where someone I love is in danger – maybe about to fall off a cliff or about to be hit by a car and I'm standing there watching it but I'm frozen in my tracks. I can't do anything to save them.

Naturally I wake up and realize it's a bad dream.

I'm sure just about everyone reading this has had the same kind of nightmare of being paralyzed while someone they love is in danger.

I'm having this kind of dream now, but it's while I'm awake, and instead of being about someone I love, it's about New York, the city I love that's in danger. And there is nothing I, or you, can do to save it.

Bill de Blasio is going to be our next mayor.

Forget that he's a socialist. Forget his past record with pushing socialist causes. Forget the honeymoon in Cuba or that he was part of various groups in the United States sympathetic to the Soviet-backed Sandinista government – in Nicaragua.

That's his business. What he supports, what he did in the past or does in his private life, is his business.

What he plans to do after he is elected Mayor of New York City is our business – yours and mine.

What frightens me is that he has made it clear that he is going to take this city back to what it was 25 years ago.

The first thing he plans to do is end Stop-and-Frisk. By this act alone he is sentencing hundreds of young African-Americans to death. Guns in Brownville cause shootouts. How many young people have to die before de Blasio understands that Stop-and-Frisk made this the safest large city in the United States? He will end it now and all hell will break loose. New York will become Chicago, or worse, Detroit.

You will walk out your door in the year 2014 and you'll find that outside your door it's 1989.

In a few short months under de Blasio we all will come to really appreciate Michael Bloomberg. Billionaires who love the city and work tirelessly to make it better are few and far between.

This is not about politics. Most intelligent Democrats I know are as nervous about de Blasio as I am. These are people who voted for Obama twice and plan to vote for Hillary in 2016.

They have young kids and they don't want them to be walking streets that are no longer safe.

So how does de Blasio have a 40-point lead over Joe Lhota?

There is a new voter bloc and it's growing more and more powerful every day.

Every cheap politician knows that to win their votes all one has to do is promote class warfare.

The group resents anyone who has worked hard and made money. They resent anyone's success and blame everyone for their failures. They will elect anyone who promises them free cell phones, free medicine, free housing, free insurance, unlimited food stamps, etc., etc., etc.

When they elect de Blasio, they will be giving up charter schools, the best way for their children to get a great education, in favor of a union-dominated, mediocre public school system.

They believe it's a small sacrifice to get all the other free stuff.

This is not only a New York City phenomenon.

The Occupy Wall Street slime is being replaced by a new group that should be called Occupy the United States. Every town from East Hampton, New York to Stockton, California is going to have to face them. They are the new majority.

They will now own the mayor's office in New York City.

God help us.

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    The Wild Wild West ... or East
    October 16, 2013 | 11:12 PM

    I am a conservative Democrat and I usually vote that way. Liberal on most important social issues, while conservative on others. But when it comes to crime fighting in NYC (or anywhere), I'm an ultra-conservative.

    So, I love Ray Kelly and "Stop-and- Frisk", and wish Ray had thrown his hat in the ring for Mayor of our beloved city.

    But he didn't and Lhota ain't it. The GOP shoud have put up a better candidate. Somebody like (NY) Rep. Peter King.

    As to 1989, we had Mayor David Dinkins and the city-wide crack epidemic. The new "crack" under Bill de Blasio will be cell or mobile phone robberies, with the bad guys packing more guns than ever.

    My point and advice to all New Yorkers (including my rather extravagant daughters, who live "large" in Manhattan) is ... "No matter who wins the election, keep your phones, jewelry, and other bling under their radar. Show it all off to your 57th Street friends at Nobu or Mr. Chow's if you must, but not on the subways or streets of NYC ... because the worst is yet to come." Bill Crandall

    Bill Crandall
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    October 17, 2013 | 11:19 AM

    I don't think you understand what the constitution is for.

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    Don't forget
    October 17, 2013 | 11:47 AM

    Let's not forget to appreciate my hero, Rudy Giuliani for saving "Dodge City" to begin with. To comment on Bill Crandall's response, stray bullets do not care how much bling you are wearing. Rich, poor, young, old, native New Yorkers and tourists are all in this together.

    Elisa Forgione
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    Screw Jimmy's Constitution
    October 17, 2013 | 11:59 PM

    Jimmy ... Don't know you but let me say this about your comment on the U.S. Constitution and my understanding of it:

    According to the document, I have the rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." The Federal Government's job is to ensure that these rights of U.S. citizens are never abridged by others - whether foreign or domestic.

    Part of that job in national security; the other part is local security, such as in New York City. That is, protection from the bad guys who wish or would do us harm.

    I get the profiling issues you allude to and I don't like profiling of any kind based on race, creed, or color. But sometimes, if it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck ... it's a duck!

    The question is whether you want NYPD to intervene before-the-fact or after it's too late to make a difference in the outcome.

    What you need is to have one of your daughters accosted or physically threatened on the streets of NYC (as I have experienced), and then see how you feel about "Stop-and Frisk". Bill Crandall

    Bill Crandall
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    October 21, 2013 | 12:43 PM

    young black people also have a right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. part of "liberty" includes being able to walk down the street without being searched by a policeman. You don't like it when your daughters are accosted. Black people don't like it when their sons are accosted by the police. Black people have rights too. If your daughter is threatened or accosted, the person doing it should be arrested. People who LOOK like they MIGHT bother your daughter should not be searched before they have done anything wrong just in case. You would not say "screw the constitution" when you are the one being searched.

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