How to get a better Mayor Bloomberg

Most New Yorkers probably saw Mayor Bloomberg’s latest fantasy to chop half the teachers at the New York public schools and pay twice as much to the remaining half.

Which once again shows the Mayor is not only about money, he will gladly pay the same amount to destroy thousands of teacher jobs.

It occurred to me that maybe Mayor Bloomberg’s remaining bonus third term, which I’m totally enjoying by the way, would go better if someone cut him in half.  Maybe some sort of John Belushi samurai sword number.

I love our local dictator but I could really use about half of what his piehole has for the world these days.

Why shit is fucked up and bullshit

Yesterday I dropped my two boys at school.  We commute to school on bikes — one in a seat behind me and one on his own bike.

I’m starting to bike home and a car turns onto the block I’m on.  He’s going over 40mph and fast enough that his tires made a sound when he made the turn.  I’m already in the street and I turn back to the sidewalk when he comes barrel assing through.

I’m biking by one of the local folks on the block who says that was a really unsafe speed to drive on this small 1-block long street.  I see the car is pulled over up the block as he has business going on, so I decide to have a civilized word with the guy.

If he works on the block then he knows there’s a school on the block and he sees all the children crossing the street to go to school.

I bike up to the guy and tell him that what he did was really unsafe and there’s a school on the block.

He tells me he wasn’t speeding and that don’t I know how to ride a bike as I was not crossing the street at the corner.  He knows what he did was unsafe, he had a brain, he didn’t expect anyone to say anything so he reaches for some street hustle kind of strategy and blames me for not factoring his excessive speed into my bike riding.

I feel my blood pressure rising — you endanger my body and then blame me for not riding my bike properly?

I ride with my hardened steel bike chain looped on my front handle bars just for these occasions.  I take the bike chain off my handle bars and I tell him if I see him driving like that on the block again I’m gonna take my chain to his car first and then to his face.

The lack of humility is stunning.  Someone tells you you did something unsafe and you can’t acknowledge that and apologize and have to escalate it.  I see this all the time.

Has the ass whoopin’ been equal?

I’ve been following the Occupy thing pretty closely, and as someone who has not gone to any protest but is sympathetic it would appear that bad behavior by the police has substantially outstripped bad behavior by protesters.

It appears to be a disproportionate response and really ugly.

Don’t you call out the riot police when there’s a riot?

Additionally aren’t you somewhat provoking a riot when you call riot police into a non-riot atmosphere?  I think so.

Has there been equal ass whoopin’?

I’ve been following the Occupy thing pretty closely, and as someone who has not gone to any protest but is sympathetic it would appear that bad behavior by the police has substantially outstripped bad behavior by protesters.

It appears to be a disproportionate response and really ugly.

Don’t you call out the riot police when there’s a riot?

Additionally aren’t you somewhat provoking a riot when you call riot police into a non-riot atmosphere?  I think so.

Mike Gamble: Loomer (MP3)

Mike Gamble’s record, Loomer, is out tomorrow.  I love beats and downtempo trip hop style music, but am often not satisfied with the level of musical ability you find on these records.

When I went to house party show and saw Mike playing drums, making loops on his drum machine and improvising bass loops and guitar with his dubby Memory Man thrown in at tasteful points, I definitely thought his music would fit well on my label.

You can purchase and support Mike (and my label) here:

http://mikegambleloomer.bandcamp.com

Mike Gamble: Guitar, Looper, Effects, Keybass, Memory Man, Drums, Cymbals

Loomer
Gilgamesh
Impend
Optimalist
Lovefist
Star Strider
I’m On Your Side
The Age Of Analog
Saturn’s Return
Lookahead
Inevitable Tasks At Hand
Recollectus
Cauda

Added note:  If you are an open minded music listener, I would really like to add you to my email list.  I promise to respect your mailbox.  Send me a note at steven dot engine at gmail dot com.  Thanks for finding this page.

Taibbi takes down Mayor Turtle-berg

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/mike-bloombergs-marie-antoinette-moment-20111103

Well, you know what, Mike Bloomberg? FUCK YOU. People are not protesting for their own entertainment, you asshole. They’re protesting because millions of people were robbed, by your best friends incidentally, and they want their money back. And you’re not everybody’s Dad, so stop acting like you are.

Explanation:  Once you get past the idea that rich people know everything by virtue of their bank account, you realize what a toxic piece of shit Mayor Bloomberg really is.

Mayor Bloomberg is not for the people of New York City.  He’s for himself and his legacy, he’s for puffing and preening in front of the masses, he’s for his big Wall Street buddies who made him rich, and if you benefit that’s cool for him too.

But if someone has to suck on it and take one for the team, it sure is shit is not gonna be him or his friends.  It’s gonna be you.

Please support my lunatic populist ravings:

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Step 2: Throw feces, watch it blow back in your face

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/nypd-sergeants-union-oakland-violence_n_1062823.html

“The fact that the SBA would cite the violence of Oakland, in which the police viciously shot an Iraq war veteran in the head with a tear gas canister, sending him to the hospital in critical condition, and then shot at those trying to give aid to the wounded, says it all,” retorted Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the National Lawyers Guild.

This is an old tried-and-true trick to make the criminal look like the victim and the victim look like the criminal,” she added. “NYPD officers have carried out illegal, felonious assaults on demonstrators for weeks. Who has the power and the will to arrest and prosecute them?”

Obvious statement:  The police are playing an integral role in building this protest.  It is difficult to see why politicians and what is now referred to as the 1% would not go out of their way to make sure police behavior does not generate sympathy for protesters.