Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Joseph Lhota (Part III of V)

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 6:20 pm

We move on to Joseph Lhota, the former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority from January 9th, 2012 to December 31st. He is the Republican candidate in this election and has experience in numerous offices under major names like Rudy Giuliani.

Lhota echoes a sentiment of being a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which is a theme all three major candidates build upon.

 

Analyzing NYC’s Mayoral Elections: Introduction (Part I of V)

By: Sunday October 13, 2013 12:00 pm

In another usual night at the dinner table with my parents, my father had the television on with the October 9th mayoral debate in New York City featuring Republican candidate Joseph Lhota and Independent candidate Adolfo Carrion, Jr. What was interesting, as was noted, is Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio not showing up to the debate and was criticized not only by the candidates, but others in the media as well.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Graham A. Rayman, The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 1:59 pm

Adrian Schoolcraft is the whistleblowing police officer at the center of one of the more bizarre of the NYPD’s ongoing scandals.

Schoolcraft worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, and he was not a happy camper as a cop. A loner, he began to secretly tape recording precinct roll calls at which commanding officers ordered patrol cops like himself to make it difficult for victims of crimes to make formal complaints. Equally disturbing, cops were also ordered to downgrade felonies — serious crimes — to less serious misdemeanors so that the precinct would appear safer than it actually was.

Schoolcraft’s tape recordings might well have been ignored or forgotten, had not the police department then done something that was indeed shocking.

Jasiri X Channels Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Kendrick Lamar’s Control Verse

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 1:05 pm

Earlier this month, in the verse tweeted round the world, Kendrick Lamar took the Internet by storm on Big Sean’s unreleased track “Control” by declaring himself–an artist originally from Compton- The King of New York.

Lamar’s debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” draws heavily from his upbringing in Compton so much so that after it’s release Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke of it’s importance stating;

Everybody RapSync: Elon James White and Jasiri X Respond to Stop and Frisk Ruling

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 1:05 pm

In light of her decision, I checked in with Elon James White, founder of the award winning Podcast This Week In Blackness, and rapper Jasiri X, who in recent months had collaborated to give the Internet The 10 Frisk Commandments Remix, for their reactions.

Fatster’s News Roundup from June 4, 2012

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 6:15 am

Fatster’s roundup of news stories including links about Syria, Egypt, China, Hanoi, BRIC, Sheldon Anderson, Cyprus, onshoring, Scott Walker, Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Bloomberg, Steven Harper, and more.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Gives Goldman Sachs a Hug Over Hurt Fee Fees

By: Friday March 16, 2012 11:37 am

Just to be clear, what the resigning midlevel exec in the GS London office said in his New York Times op-ed was that the culture at Goldman Sachs was such that its clients were being bilked by trading schemes knowingly designed to rip them off, while the GS execs laughed about how gullible their “muppet” clients were for trusting them. That was shocking, but it wasn’t unfair or news.

Yet Another Report Released on NYPD Spying on Muslims

By: Friday March 9, 2012 10:40 am

The release of “newly obtained documents” that clearly show the New York Police Department engaged in ethnic profiling and explicitly targeted Muslims seems to have become a weekly event. Each week, the Associated Press has some “secret files” that make it even more clear how illicit the acts of the NYPD were in the surveillance of communities. And each week Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and others come out and defend the spying as necessary.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lynn Parramore and Sarah Jaffe, The 99%: How the Occupy Wall Street Movement is Changing America

By: Saturday December 10, 2011 1:59 pm

In the summer of 2011, 14 million Americans were unemployed and 16% of the country was officially poor. Student loan debt eclipsed credit card with over $1 trillion outstanding. One in five mortgages was underwater. Our leaders said the economy was recovering from the recession caused by the financial crisis, but their soothing pronouncements seemed to mock the evidence of our senses. On September 17, a group of activists converged on a small concrete plaza in lower Manhattan, determined to Occupy Wall Street.

The Occupy Movement Bewilders Those in Media and Power

By: Monday November 21, 2011 3:32 pm

Having witnessed brutal crackdowns on occupations in Oakland, Portland and New York, where Occupy Wall Street began and inspired citizens to launch occupations in their own community, legal teams are going to court to obtain court orders to protect occupations from being forcefully dispersed suddenly in the dark of night. Reporters tend to only report when there are arrests. Anytime there are arrests, it is said there were “clashes with police and protesters.” Rarely do reporters note how police escalate a situation to the point where force is likely to be used.

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