Governing With Their Dicks

New York, New York

Governor Cuomo, already in deep with his and his administrations obstruction of nursing home data from state officials and President Trump’s federal probe has been outed again by his former aide Lindsey Boylan. When Mrs. Boylan came out on social media months ago telling about her ordeals with the megalomaniac governor, it got virtually ignored by corporate news with the exception of the NY Post and myriad conservative news outlets. But now she’s gone nuclear detailing Cuomo’s equally lecherous side of his repeated flirtations and lurking her during her few years working in his administration.

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“Let’s play strip poker”

I should have been shocked by the Governor’s crude comment, but I wasn’t.

We were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet. He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched. His press aide was to my right and a state trooper behind us.

“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” I responded sarcastically and awkwardly. I tried to play it cool. But in that moment, I realized just how acquiescent I had become.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences.

I joined state government in 2015 as a Vice President at Empire State Development. I was quickly promoted to Chief of Staff at the state economic development agency. The news of my appointment prompted a warning from a friend who served as an executive with an influential civic engagement organization: “Be careful around the Governor.”

My first encounter with the Governor came at a January 6, 2016, event at Madison Square Garden to promote the new Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex project. After his speech, he stopped to talk to me. I was new on the job and surprised by how much attention he paid me.

My boss soon informed me that the Governor had a “crush” on me. It was an uncomfortable but all-too-familiar feeling: the struggle to be taken seriously by a powerful man who tied my worth to my body and my appearance.

Stephanie Benton, Director of the Governor’s Offices, told me in an email on December 14, 2016 that the Governor suggested I look up images of Lisa Shields — his rumored former girlfriend — because “we could be sisters” and I was “the better looking sister.” The Governor began calling me “Lisa” in front of colleagues. It was degrading.

 

The Governor’s staff was directed to tell me I looked like his rumored former girlfriend.

I had complained to friends that the Governor would go out of his way to touch me on my lower back, arms and legs. His senior staff began keeping tabs on my whereabouts. “He is a sexist pig and you should avoid being alone with him!” my mother texted me on November 4, 2016.

I shared my concern with my mother at the time.

The Governor’s behavior made me nervous, but I didn’t truly fear him until December 2016. Senior State employees gathered at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany to celebrate the holidays and our year’s work. After his remarks, the Governor spotted me in a room filled with hundreds of people waiting to shake his hand. As he began to approach me, I excused myself from coworkers and moved upstairs to a more distant area of the party.

Minutes later, I received a call from an unlisted number. It was the Governor’s body person. He told me to come to the Capitol because the Governor wanted to see me.

I made my way through the underground connection that linked the Plaza to the Capitol. As the black wrought-iron elevator took me to the second floor, I called my husband. I told him I was afraid of what might happen. That was unlike me. I was never afraid.

I exited the elevator to see the body person waiting for me. He walked me down the Hall of Governors. “Are there cameras here?” I asked him. I remembered my mother’s text warning the month before. I worried that I would be left alone with the Governor. I didn’t know why I was there. Or how it would end.

I was escorted into the Governor’s office, past the desks of administrative assistants and into a room with a large table and historical artifacts. The door closed behind me. It was my first time in his Albany office. The Governor entered the room from another door. We were alone.

As he showed me around, I tried to maintain my distance. He paused at one point and smirked as he showed off a cigar box. He told me that President Clinton had given it to him while he served as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. The two-decade old reference to President Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky was not lost on me.

The Governor must have sensed my fear because he finally let me out of the office. I tried to rationalize this incident in my head. At least he didn’t touch me. That made me feel safer.

His inappropriate gestures became more frequent. He gave roses to female staffers on Valentine’s Day and arranged to have one delivered to me, the only one on my floor. A signed photograph of the Governor appeared in my closed-door office while I was out. These were not-so-subtle reminders of the Governor exploiting the power dynamic with the women around him.

In 2018, I was promoted to Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Special Advisor to the Governor. I initially turned the job down — not because I didn’t want the responsibility or work but because I didn’t want to be near him. I finally accepted the position at the Governor’s insistence with one requirement — I would keep my old agency office and remain on a separate floor from him and his inner circle.

The Governor’s pervasive harassment extended beyond just me. He made unflattering comments about the weight of female colleagues. He ridiculed them about their romantic relationships and significant others. He said the reasons that men get women were “money and power.”

I tried to excuse his behavior. I told myself “it’s only words.” But that changed after a one-on-one briefing with the Governor to update him on economic and infrastructure projects. We were in his New York City office on Third Avenue. As I got up to leave and walk toward an open door, he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. I was in shock, but I kept walking.

I left past the desk of Stephanie Benton. I was scared she had seen the kiss. The idea that someone might think I held my high-ranking position because of the Governor’s “crush” on me was more demeaning than the kiss itself.

Governor Cuomo must have instinctively saw this recent manifesto of his serial abuses of power and intimidation coming, because when he decided to premiere a new vaccination site at York College in Jamaica, Queens, he showed up there at the crack of dawn to live stream it for the state’s government website at 7:30 AM to give the first inoculations (one of them to Democrat/Cuomo loyalist State Senator Leroy Comrie) and naturally refused access to the press for this newsworthy event a few hours before Mrs. Boylan posted her article online.

This inspired a former high ranking aide to Mayor de Blasio to write an article about her own experience with working with the tyrannical governor and correlated it with her time enduring de Blasio’s similar though mild brand of sexism and megalomania.

NY Daily News

Mayor de Blasio, for whom I also worked and knew for 25 years, both at HUD and as New York City mayor, practices a different brand of penis politics. His charming, easygoing personality he had when we worked together in the federal government gave way to a hectoring, inflexible approach that bordered on sanctimony when I was his press secretary at City Hall.

His signature move as mayor was to dig in on an untenable position against the advice of staff, raising the cost of an inevitable defeat. Discussions with staff were marked by condescension, leaving the female staffers feeling especially marginalized. It made for an uncomfortable work environment.

Although the mayor preached a philosophy of egalitarianism, the workplace was pretty much like any other male-dominated environment I’ve been in: Women were interrupted more often and listened to less, whether they were a commissioner or a scheduler. By the end of his first term, the mayor had lost twice as many senior officials who were women than men.

When The Blaz was queried about this article that detailed his duplicitous manner towards and passive aggressive undermining of most of his top female staffers, he reverted to his proclivity for identity politricks by validating his recognition and support of women in his administration and their impact on the city’s policies by citing his tax-boondoggle wife:

“I have not seen the piece, I’ll only talk about the history of this administration, um, from the beginning, literally from the very beginning, the leadership of this administration has been majority, woman and continues to be. My number one advisor, confidante, partner in everything everyone knows is Chirlane. My longest serving aide and person I have depended on and worked so closely with now for over a decade or more, Emma Wolfe. And four out of six deputy mayors are women and throughout this history of this administration, it’s been a female led administration in so many ways and I have tremendous respect for the folks who have been a part of this team”

For the Blaz, the women he appointed to work with and under him in the high echelons in his cabinet are just woke window dressing,  while women working for Cuomo have to develop a tolerance for misogynistic put-downs, creepy flirtations and sneaky kisses. Both of which prove that these two ghouls are truly equals not only in incompetent and unaccountable leadership but also continuing the historic and cultural establishment undermining and objectifying of women in the workplace and should be abolished from running any executive position in government or the private sector or even to run a hot dog stand (especially Cuomo, who should be legally sanctioned with restraining order to keep 10 ft. distance away from any phallic resembling foodstuffs).

 

State Senator Ramos Used Community Fridge Funding For Herself And Her Entourage

East Elmhurst, Queens, New York

The pandemic of 2020-2021 has brought out the best in people, but also the worst and most depraved. Sadly, the case here involves the community refrigerators set up in areas in the 5 boroughs, where perishable food donations are stored for the city’s neediest. At the beginning of the new year in one of the highest zip codes hit by coronavirus in NE Queens, a refrigerator set up by a state senator’s office was thoroughly destroyed and robbed of all it’s food.

Sen. Jessica Ramos went on a social media blitz to bring attention to this shamelessly crude vandalism. All local network news stations, newspapers, regional weeklies and online local news blogs gave it the collective attention it warranted. It also warranted outrage, which was achieved quite easily on Ramos’s twitter feed.

Also achieved quite easily was donations for the refrigerators replacement and the costs for the food that was lost, as Ramos’s followers and even elected officials wanted to contribute to the cause, as Sen. Ramos tweeted a URL to fundraising PAC website ACT BLUE.

A month later, there was a follow up to this story when it turned out that people gave $35,000 to Sen. Ramos to replace the refrigerator and for more food aid. But what should have been a feel good story in trouble times turned out to be the samo shit that politicians do.

NY Daily News

A Queens politician who raised more than $35,000 to replace a vandalized community refrigerator accepted the contributions through her campaign account, raising questions about the transparency of her charity effort.

When a fridge providing free food to the hungry outside state Sen. Jessica Ramos’s East Elmhurst office was damaged last month, the outcry was loud and contributions to replace it poured in quickly.

“The community fridge outside our district office was vandalized and destroyed last night. So many of our neighbors depend on the generosity of other neighbors to get through these difficult times. Now this lifeline is gone. I’m heartbroken,” Ramos tweeted Jan. 2., garnering coverage from multiple news outlets.

In a follow-up tweet, the Democrat included a link to accept contributions, explaining, “We’re going to need your help to keep our community fridge project going. Any little bit helps! 100% of your donations will keep our fridge stocked for our neighbors.”

But the link took visitors to an ActBlue page for her campaign account. The page, since taken down, stated, “All proceeds from this link will go directly to keeping the refrigerator stocked for our neighbors in need.” Above boxes used for specifying the amount of one’s contribution, the page said, “Your contribution will benefit Jessica Ramos.”

The more than $35,000 in contributions raised through the effort made up the majority of Ramos’s campaign haul for January, according to state filings.

 She spent $6,000 on consultants and a few hundred on staff meals and transportation — but no money for the fridge or food for the community.

“It’s not right,” Betsy Gotbaum, executive director of government watchdog Citizens Union, told the Daily News. “I would not mix campaign work with charity.

It doesn’t get better either.

She (Ramos) said she is moving offices and intends to use all the funds raised through the ActBlue link for a new fridge and free food at an East Elmhurst location to be determined.

She said she chose to raise funds through ActBlue “because it offers more disbursement transparency.”

“The $35,000 belongs to the fridge,” Ramos added.

Suffice to say, that’s a lot money to go to a singular fridge. But it’s elementary to see how Sen. Ramos and her aides took opportunistic advantage of this fund and people’s kindness.

What’s also elementary is how in the age of predominant surveillance technology there was no video footage of the vandalism as it occurred and how a building rented by a government official was not equipped with cameras in the first place. Because by the looks of this destruction, it must have took an hour to accomplish for they had to rip the refrigerator that was connected to a power source in the building and loot all the grub. Clearly a van was used to extract it from the wall and it must have made enough noise to wake up the neighbors. Another thing way off about this incident is that nothing was mentioned if the cops were called or if there was even an investigation after all the publicity it got.

Considering the brazen way Ramos used the donations to feed her staff and herself and to move her office to an entire new building, this vandalism has all the elements of an inside job done by hired guns. Sure not on a level of young Henry and Tommy blowing up a car dealership in Goodfellas, but considering the way how this heinous  event worked amazingly well for the progressive senator to get new digs carries the same gravitas.

What makes this worse is that Sen. Ramos basically engaged in crisis acting to get all that donor lucre, which is a wonder why she has consultants for and what they are doing to earn 6 large. It’s also a wonder why a local politician needs consultants and has more than one, and why didn’t they consult her about how bad the optics are to take money that’s supposed to go to a charitable cause and then obliterating the URL for the donor page to avoid accountability, as well as how immoral and unethical all or that is.

But then again, they are consultants and in this goddamn city they are there more to find the loopholes and the short cuts to make honest graft more palatable and normalized. It looks like Sen. Ramos may learned a few things while working as an aide for a couple years under Bill de Blasio; a man whose only accomplishments running NYC for 7.3 years was to find ways to cover his ass from recidivist illicit fundraising.

With her brazen pillaging and bad faith actions, Jessica Ramos is now a major player in the game of city politricks. And you can’t get any trickier than naming the fundraiser after your own name instead of naming it the community fridge fund.

Here’s hoping she and her entourage have enough catering money left for the grand opening party at her new office.

The Best Albums of 2020, 30 Years Ago: Thrash Metal, Hip Hop And Ragged Glories

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It’s that time of year again to go digging the crates and find the albums that mattered three decades that matter more than the music that’s out and praised in the last year and that the Grammy’s are going get wrong once again. Or did they present their shitty accolades and dubious honors already? Surprise they are bothering manufacturing non-essential cheap trophies during a pandemic.

Anyway, and in honor of the return of the Village Voice and possibly their legendary Pazz and Jop best of lists, here’s the top 20 of 1990.

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Ice Cube, Amerikkka’s Most Wanted, Kill At Will ep

Following the two-year reign of terror N.W.A. had on hip hop and an intimidation letter from the feds, 20-year-old O’Shea Jackson aka Ice Cube abruptly split from the group where he was an MC and house lyric writer for Jerry Heller’s Ruthless Records label. Even more abruptly was the release of his even more volatile debut album in a little less than 6 months when he went from America’s most dangerous band to Amerikkka’s Most Wanted.

With Amerikkka (what a killer and original take on the word) Ice Cube took the subject matter and lyricism on the first two NWA albums and took it to visceral and visual higher levels as the LP flowed lyrically and sonically like a 70’s blaxploitation action movie, graphic novel or an uncensored street crime show which foresaw the The Wire.

Produced by Public Enemy’s stalwart music deconstruction team The Bomb Squad: starting off with Better off dead with Cube’s getting executed,”The Nigga You Love To Hate” and “Amerikkka’s Most Wanted” deliver double barrel shotgun blasts and semi-automatic fusillade of random braggadocio and ultraviolence. While the protagonist is on the run from the cops and the feds (stemming from the letter he and his former accomplices in NWA got a letter from the FBI), Cube partakes in a funky ass dice game on “What De Hitten’ Fo?” and then gets caught up with an old girlfriend claiming his carrying his seed “You Can’t Fade Me”. Then he blows of her off and hooks up with a woman in a crackhouse in “Once Upon A Time In The Projects”. Cube breaks off from the gangsta shit to thoroughly shit on mainstream rap and commercial radio on “Turn Off The Radio” and the duality of endemic police brutality and territorial gang warfare’s effects on Black youths on “Endangered Species” (Tales From The Darkside) where Chuck D vocally and lyrically stomps on the last verse .

On Side B/2, Ice Cube “lightens” the mood of the vitriolic violent LP with his Slick Rick/Dice Clay inspired street crime interpolations of Aesop’s fables and other children’s stories in “A Gangsta’s Fairytale”.  Flavor Flav pops by to assist Ice Cube on his obligatory subjective disses of women on “Only Out For One Thing” and the brief “Get Off My Dick”.  On the lowdown dirty “Who’s The Mack”, Cube in three verses deftly describes three types of street hustlers that exploit and manipulate people (or it may be the same person).

Then it’s followed by the banger “It’s A Man’s World” as the moment when Ice Cube is about to go off on another bitter tangent about women like his early single “Bitch iz a Bitch” he gets cut off by MC Yo-Yo who makes Cube sound overmatched with sound retorts to his misogynist snaps. Amerikkka’s finale “The Bomb” has Cube firing wicked vitriolic freestyle rappin’ for 3 minutes over the fastest beats on the greatest hardcore and gangsta rap album in history.

But Mr. Jackson wasn’t done, because he dropped some extra hip hop on the public with the Kill At Will ep. Initiating with a remix of Endangered Species featuring Tom Brokaw and a blistering guitar solo and featuring an extended version and more lady dissing tales on”Get off my dick and tell your bitch to come here” (since wasn’t YoYo wasn’t around). On “Jackin’ For Beats”, Cube loots the loops from the hip hop classics of his peers. The EP features two more classics with the fatalistic tale of young misspent Black youth “The Product” and their tragic consequences on “Dead Homiez”

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Kool G. Rap And DJ Polo, Wanted: Dead Or Alive

Kool G. Rap and Polo’s came back harder a year after their solid debut with this all killer no filler landmark album, which comes off like a gritty crime film noir complimenting Ice Cubes’s blaxploitation flick of Amerikka’s.  Starting with the “Streets Of New York”, Kool G raps about the city still under the grip of the bad days with crack’s continuing predominance in poor places of the five boroughs surprisingly backed by live instrumentation. “Streets” not only gives off a vibe like a movie opening but it’s also an evocative of other anthems in homage of the seedy underbelly and harsh realities of city life like Stevie Wonder’s “Living for the City” and Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”.

It’s immediately followed by the action packed crime spree and fugitive on the run title track, which effortlessly segues into the celebratory aftermath of the plunder, the posse rap “Money In The Bank featuring Large Professor and Freddie Foxxx.

After the car alarm tripping bass driven badder than George Thorogood boast rap “Bad To the Bone”, G Rap unleashes the nastiness on the inhibited “Talk Like Sex” his classic fucking with the porno rap that 2 live crew was getting banned from shopping malls for. Following the MC/DJ tag team boasting on “Play it again Polo”, on “Erase Racism”  Kool G and Big Daddy Kane condemn the racism that was still plaguing the big city (and would still 30 years later) which is bizarrely broken up by Biz Markie’s ludicrous Three dog night quoting chorus. Then Kool brings it back to basics on the next 4 tracks culminating on the freestyle “Jive Talk” and gives DJ Polo the spotlight with the outstanding (and criminally overlooked) crossover instrumental “The Polo Club”. The album caps off like any celluloid crime story with the protagonist’s imprisonment on the raw scared straight/life lesson depiction of “Rikers Island”

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LL Cool J, Mama Said Knock You Out

Following peaking early as a young Black teenager on his back to back landmark albums “Radio” and “Bigger and Deffer”; hopes were high for a hip hop hat trick from Ladies Love Cool James Todd Smith was surely inevitable as he was riding high on millions of fans and earning the ire of old school rappers like Kool Moe Dee and older rappers like Ice-T. Signs were looking real good with his innovative abstract rap noir classic “Going Back to Cali” and his hardcore response to Kool Moe Dee “Jack The Ripper”.  But he got shamelessly and shamefully got cocky with “Walking With A Panther”, a bloated album overloaded with gratuitous half-baked boasting and wretched cheesy ballads. Even though it had hits like the off-putting track of male prowess “I’m That type of Guy” and the fetish favoritism of “big ole butt”, it was immediately forgotten.

But something happened along the way to boost the sagging sales when that albums “Jingling Baby” was released, the original version’s played out beat and repetitive “Scropio” sample was deconstructed and remixed by Queensbridge living legend producer Marley Marl, giving it way more bass and a way more jazzier beat. The video accompanying the track had LL going to house party in the hood where he blended into the crowd instead of taking it over. At the time it was a great optical makeover for the MC, transforming him from an arrogant overbearing punk into the mature Uncle L that would put out one of the greatest hours in hip hop history with “Mama Said Knock You Out”

Produced solely by Marley Marl, the album starts off “The Boomin’ System” As Uncle L steps into his car, lets the music and the bass do the talking while owning the streets. LL Cool J resumes owning his competitors on the funky “Eat Em Up L Chill” and the hectic live freestyling on “Murdergram” and comes back the hardest on the hard rockin’ title track. His mojo with the ladies rises again on “Mr Goodbar”, “Six Minutes Of Pleasure” and the Kellogg and General  Mills double entendre laden “Milky Cereal” and of course on the remixed but still jingling “Jingling Baby”. Uncle L brings a bunch of upstarts to freestyle for his homecoming on “Farmers Blvd” and then gets back at Moe Dee and Ice T again on “To Da Break Of Dawn”.

LL Cool J brought new dimensions to Mama Said Knock by interjecting current affairs addressing abusive policing on the 4th amendment tribute song “Illegal Search”, alienation and destitution on “Cheesy Rat Blues and spirituality and perserverence on “The Power Of God”. But LL’s shining moment on the album comes on “Around the Way Girl”, a smooth but rough and strikingly lush track about looking for a dream lover in his own zip code.

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Digital Underground, Sex Packets

Rap, make that Quality rap was reaching infinite heights in 1990 as hip hop artists were coming out and (also were germinating) across America as the decade was turning even if it was only prevalent on the East and the more rapidly growing West Coast scenes, and the most inventive and funkiest band from the Golden Age of Hip Hop sprung from Oakland in Digital Underground. Fronted by Shock G, the band debuted with one of the hip hop’s greatest jams “Doowhutchalike” in the summer of ’89. Even though it was loaded with snappy witty lyrics, a butt shaking bass line, a piano solo and mad DJ dexterity, for some reason the single didn’t get over the Nevada state line. But then winter came and a guy named Humpty Hump grabbed the microphone and out came “The Humpty Dance” and slowly blew up into a worldwide hit. Propelled by an immediate 808 drum hit and the most recognizable and elastic bass riff ever recorded and sampled, MC Humpty came out like a hip hop Groucho Marx and spent the whole song dissing himself and admitting publicly playing with himself. When it came to actually doing the hump, Humpty described it as MC Hammer on crack, but it in actuality it could have been any crackhead dancing or anything anyone made up.

With the momentum and starting off their debut LP with the Humpty Dance, Digital Underground came out full form with Sex Packets, a concept album about a government issued aphrodisiac sold on the black market mostly inspired by and sampled with P-Funk and also George Clinton’s mission to unite one nation under a groove and the still young old school hip hop emphasizing party down themes and song lenghts. “The Way We Swing” literally does as Shock G takes over the mic for six minutes establishing DU as a band that can’t be pigeonholed then spends another six minutes “Rhymin On The Funk” and with equally capable MC Money B as DJ Fuze tears apart P. Funk records and also on “The Danger Zone”. The duo flawlessly trade quips and aquatic metaphors on “Underwater Rimes and the self-reflective “Freaks Of The Industry”.

But the album’s best jams are the longest. On “Gutfest ’89”, Shock and Money describe getting experienced, scoping ladies and  getting laid at a utopian music and culture festival over wakachika guitars and swinging horns and beats. Even though it stalled on the charts, Doowhutchalike conceptually works better on the album (since it comes with an intermission) as Shock, Humpty (also Shock) and Money B later on trade off on rhymes imploring the crowd to do whatever they want, integrating partying with any other habits and vices during the song’s nine minutes.

The album closes with the five song suite title track, which lyrically and sonically illustrate the pills amorphous effects and then going on the street to meet the “Packet Man” to score.

What makes Sex Packets such an essential album is how visionary it was. While a sex elongated stimulation pill has yet to be invented, its still a precursor to sexual enhancing drugs like Viagra and Cialis. And since Sex Packets was a drug invented by the government that got loose on the streets in Cali, it’s also resembles the CIA’s  involvement on their role in crack distribution in poor predominantly Black and Latinx areas. While Gutfest 89 was a take on Woodstock, it’s modern take on music festivals with more diversity and casual sex led to future enlightened cultural events like Lollapalooza, Bonaroo and also Burning Man. The greatest thing about this album is Digital Underground continuing George Clinton’s P-Funk mission to unite the nation under a groove where everyone is invited to the party and can dance like Hammer on crack and doingwhatchalike.

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Public Enemy, Fear Of A Black Planet

After releasing the greatest and radical summer song of all time with Fight The Power, Public Enemy became the only band that mattered like The Clash were a decade earlier. But while recording their follow up to the greatest hip hop album of all time, one of their members condemned a creed of people for the myriad problems of the world and frontman Chuck D and the band were up against the ropes with accusations of anti-Semitism. After Professor Griff’s dismissal, Public Enemy released a rebuttal in the form of a 5 minute sonic boom manifesto called “Welcome To The Terrordome”, where the Hard Rhymer scatalogical rebuttal to all the relentless media scrutiny he received for associating with Griff (who was actually an essential contributor to the bands sound and it’s politics that derived from the problematic Louis Farrakhan) and how it wouldn’t lead to the dissolution of P.E. and to one less voice bringing Black social justice issues to the mainstream over a greasy guitar lick, Terminator X’s buck wilin’ cuts and the heaviest 808 drum hits ever laid down on a song. And when Fear Of A Black Planet dropped, that made all that scrutiny irrelevant.

The first notable thing about “Black Planet” is that this was a more group effort than the first two albums, especially from DJ Terminator X whose turntable skills dominate the majority of the album. Starting with cutting up interview segments and jazz records on the intro “Countdown” and immediately on the second track”Brothers gonna work it Out” where he cuts the shit out Prince’s “Lets Go Crazy” in Chuck D and Flavor Flav’s activist calls for dropping beefs and focusing on and rising up against the system. Then Flavor Flav gets to shine on the immortal hip hop novelty song on shitty city emergency services on “911 is a Joke”.

“PollyWannaCracka” is a provocative track tackling miscegenation and the blowback from friends and acquaintances, which Chuck delivers in spoken word like he’s on qualoods. “Anti-Nigger Machine” is a short and to the point rebuke of systemic racial abuse exhibited by overzealous cops and implemented government agencies until a shrill phone rings abruptly halts the song and goes right into “Burn Hollywood Burn”, where Chuck, Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane in a blistering verse eviscerates decades of racial typecasting in movies.

Briefly disrupted by Flavor Flav’s other contribution and smash hit  “Can’t Do Nuttin For You Man”, Chuck D continues railing against other systemic injustices against Black celebrities on “Who Stole The Soul?”, theories on Black and (mostly) White societal and cultural phobias of miscegenation on the title track, a thunderous rally song dedication to women’s contributions to social justice “Revolutionary Generation” ; Terminator X emerges as the real star of this sonic manifesto as his turntable skills dominate those tracks and the all the way live coda on the party anthem like “Power To The People”. Chuck, Flav and the Bomb Squad also let his virtuosity literally take over on the last three tracks “Keep this off your fucking charts”, B Side Wins again” and “War at 33 1/3” and the re-inclusion of “Fight The Power”.

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Eric B. And Rakim, Let  The Rhythm Hit ’em

Following their two classic timeless albums and their Golden Age of Hip Hop peers P.E. and BDP, Eric B and Rakim’s also progressed lyrically and sonically on their third opus. In a way, the album’s themes were not another treatise of the duo’s prowess on the mic and 1 and 2’s but also on rhythm theory and mathematics shown on the propulsive title track and the following “No Omega”. On their remake of the 70’s socio-political classic (not the Elvis song) “In the Ghetto”, Rakim soberly laments about the state of the city but also addresses residents to still strive for progress with the oft-quoted last line “It ain’t were you from, it’s where you at”.

On “Eric B made my day”, the DJ reminds everyone again why he’s billed first in the duo, and continues to do so for the rest of the album as Rakim shows why he was the best MC of the era on “Run For Cover”,  “The Untouchables”, the brilliant Al Green sampled and surprising hip hop ballad “Mahogany” and the last two self-reference tracks “Set em Straight” and “Keep em eager to listen”. Killer album.

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A Tribe Called Quest, People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm

After debuting on the track Buddy(probably the most innocent sounding though graphic song about private parts and casual sex since Afternoon Delight) on De La Soul’s innovative swirling psychedelic rap masterpiece 3 Feet High and Rising; Q-Tip with his band mates Phife, DJ Muhammad and hype guy Jarobi A Tribe Called Quest’s debut album was released with little promotion was released to little enthusiasm. It’s first single “I left my wallet in El Seguendo” was also met with indifference.

At the time it kinda made sense going by the very mediocre first song on the first album “Push it Along” which was a basic introduction to the band  that ends with a call and response of the group’s members, it sure wasn’t hard to resist throwing the tape or CD in the garbage. Then Jarobi ends that track by introducing the next song’s title “Luck Of Lucien”, Q-Tip’s tale of a street derelicts good fortune hustling on the streets of France on a smooth loop over hardcore beats officially begins this album’s ascendance to hip hop’s pantheon of classic LP’s and the emergence of one of the era’s greatest bands and Tip as a premier M.C. Q-Tip and  DJ Ali Muhammad continue to shine on the two following tracks “After Hours” and the should have been a single “Footprints”.

The flop single “El Sugendo” returns and works immensely better in the album’s format and traveling theme over the booming bass and dense poetry of Tip’s lyrics. That single’s winning wackachicka B-side song about battling STD’s “Pubic Enemy” also returns. The album kicks off side 2/B with sitar driven boom bap breakthough ballad hit “Bonita Appelbaum” and the Lou Reed sampled follow up breakthrough “Can I Kick It” which put the album in gold and platinum status.

The album’s momentum doesn’t let up with “Youthful Expression” , “Rhythm (Devoted to the art of moving butts), DJ Ali’s virtuoso track Mr. Muhammad. Following the silly anti-cholesterol consumption PSA song “Ham and Eggs”, the album ends on two sobering yet funky message songs on the inspiring “Go Ahead in the Rain” and the slept on and best track on the album about bad habitual decision making “Description of A fool”

After consuming all that funk and poetry for an hour, Push it along grows into a great song after returning to play it again. Which is what makes this such a great enduring album.

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Jane’s Addiction, Ritual De Lo Habitual

After their thundering major label debut and modest success of Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction blasted into prime time into elite rock and roll band status with Ritual De Lo Habitual with Dave Navarro’s hardcore funk metal riffs and Perry Farrel’s sneering yells that introduced the first track “Stop”, a song that signified fury and rebellion and defined the anthem of a new generation and began the era of alternative rock music with the same gravitas that Stepponwolf had with “Born To Be Wild”

The momentum from that blazing track segues seamlessly into the anti-establishment anti-racist rally song “No One’s Leaving” and the cynical “Ain’t No Right”. After that 10 minute attack, the band gets artistic on the piano tinkling psychedelic hardcore “Obvious” and their supercatchy funky ode shoplifting endorsement “Been Caught Stealing.”

The on the remaining four tracks, the band delves and integrates exploratory progressive elements in their punk funk rock attack. Starting with the brilliant 10 minute opus “Three Days” which was inspired and dedicated to a friend of Perry’s who died of a heroin overdose (which the entire album was dedicated to also) and the time it took for Jesus’s death and resurrection, it also is one of the most captivating musical performances ever committed to recorded music, accentuated by Dave Navarro’s soaring guitar solos and Stephen Wilkings monster tribal beats. “Then She Did” expands on Perry’s tribute to his tragic muse and also his artist mother who died tragically by suicide accompanied by the bands subdued jazzy music and climaxing with orchestral string arrangement. “Of Course” takes a 180 degree musical turn from the alt-rock format in a percussive driven and middle eastern tune about settling in a primitive societies resembling something out of “lord of the flies” or more likely a take on hyper-capitalist ones. Then the LP ends on a high note with the shining “Classic Girl”

Then the band went on a successful tour, revived the festival concert circuit with Lollapalooza and Perry broke up the band to preserve their legacy. Which was pretty dumb in retrospect since he reformed the band a decade later.

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Slayer, Seasons In The Abyss.

While Metallica was still touring following their Grammy shunned masterpiece “and justice for all” album, Slayer pounced and took over as the kings of Heavy Metal with their third major label album masterpiece of their own “Seasons In The Abyss”. Sensing that their subject matter regarding all the evil things the Devil does on the last album “South Of Heaven” Slayer found newer rings in Dantes Inferno and delved musical and lyrical depths, casting Satan’s power of humanity aside for more realistic predominant enemy like government control. On the leadoff track “War Ensemble”, Slayer reverts to the faster and louder format of “Reign In Blood” and it delves more into the decisions made by the political architects and field commanders and the blind support of the masses that inspire and fuel the attacks than the ones ordered to execute them and consequences and collateral damage that results, which had massive relevance at the time because of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq (and still has massive relevance with regime change missions of sovereign nations based on dubious evidence since 1990) in one of metal history’s greatest opening songs. “Blood Red” continues “War Ensemble”s theme of using militaristic might over the will of the people.

“Spirit In Black” brings ol Scratch to the forefront again and also a return to speed with Jeff Hannenmann  and Kerry King dueling solos and Dave Lombardo’s jazz influenced frenetic machine gun rhythms. On “Expendable Youth”, Slayer conflates the global war them addressed on the first two tracks with the gang violence on the streets of Los Angeles and “Dead Skin Mask” chronicles the methods of child serial killer Ed Gein whose gruesome legacy inspired the horror suspense Oscar winning thriller’s Silence Of The Lambs Buffalo Bill character a few years later.

The blistering “Hallowed Point” is as much about the bullet itself as is about the power a person gets holding the trigger. “Skeletons Of Society” is a catchy song about surviving a nuclear apocalypse, and the following “Temptation” and “Born of Fire” are a couple more classic shredding symphonies to the devil.

And then there is the majestic and landmark title track. Based on an Alister Crowley poem, the song conveys instance of a brutal and sudden death and the projections that follow. A vision of the afterlife that is more gruesome than the widely reputed white light one has from a near death experience. But Seasons also compliments War Ensemble as a bookend to the album’s themes of war and gratuitous violence and gore. Whether it’s a soldier killed in battle or by accident, a gangbanger ruthlessly slain or an innocent child imprisoned by a madman. Truly a nightmarish soundscape worth going through again and again.

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Megadeth, Rust In Peace

Not content with Slayer taking over the best Metal band in the world, Dave Mustaine and Megadeth came back from their messy last album and released their own timeless masterpiece, and even getting some overdue revenge on his rivals Metallica for kicking him out with besting their “justice for all” Grammy legitimacy with his band’s superior Rust In Peace.

Not content with letting Slayer war metaphor compositions and inspired by the decades long religious conflicts in the middle east and in the United Kingdomw Mustaine delved even deeper with “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” driven by Dave and new co-lead guitar shredder Marty Friedman staccato riffs and dueling solos and new drummer Nick Menza’s trashing double kick barrage drumming. Dave and Marty battle leads again on the spectacular alien conspiracy track “Hanger 18” and also in the short anti-jingoism anti-war “Take no Prisoners”. 

The album takes a left turn into Dio territory with the wizard inspired “Five Magics” but is buoyed by more guitar wizardy from Dave and Marty, but the brings the subject matter and the trash back to the grimy underground with the drug addiction tale “Posion was the cure”. The next two tracks contain the most immortal riffs Mustaine ever composed in “Lucretia” about childhood traumas and the soaring “Tornado Of Souls” and the album completes with the dirge apocalyptic “Dawn Patrol” and the subsequent anti-nuclear proliferation message told from the perspective of the weapon “Rust in Peace…Polaris”.

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Alice In Chains, Facelift

Although Seattle as a landmark rock city was starting to germinate after Soundgarden hit the majors first following their classic Ultramega Ok and Sub Pop records was churning out quality albums by myriad bands like Mudhoney and Green River and  culminating with Nivana’s debut album Bleach, the out of left-field debut album success of Alice In Chains was quite a shock to the industry. While they didn’t actually have the grunge sound and resembled more like a slow version of Aerosmith, they did capture the feel and turned it up to 12 and became an overnight sensation like Guns N Roses, led by their own dynamic frontman and guitar tandem Layne Staley and principal songwriter Jerry Cantrell.

Facelift’s impact was instant thanks to the first four songs of the album, the monstrous “We Die Young”, “Man In The Box”, “Sea of Sorrow” and “Bleed The Freak”. The album didn’t slow down either (despite slowing the pace down, showing the influence the Melvins had on all the other Seattle bands) with “I Can’t Remember” and “Love Hate Love” and “It Ain’t Like That”.  Alice in Chains also showed they weren’t a one trick pony band by injecting boogie and funk riffs in their repertoire with “Put you down”, “I know something about you” and “Real thing”.

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Anthrax, Persistence Of Time

With a decade of classic LP’s, Staten Island’s Anthrax cemented their legacy as one of New York’s greatest bands and also their place in the trash metal elites with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth. And along with the latter two bands, Anthrax delivered a landmark album with Persistence of Time. Putting aside the reckless abandon and goofiness (notably on the I’m the Man single and the NOT mascot), Persistence of Time embraces bleakness and darkness on themes like death, bigotry, isolation, depression, fatalism and drug addiction in “Time”, “Blood”, “Keep it in the Family”, “In My World”,”Gridlock” and “Discharge”.

The specter of war also permeated Anthrax creative juices on the ominous and hooky “Intro to Reality/Belly of the Beast” as it addresses the morals behind fighting for an unjust and immoral cause. They stay loyal to their excellent remake of “Got the Time” and make the songs meaning more chaotic. The anthemic “One Man Stands” is about how one voice is enough to make change, start a movement or even win a war battle. With Persistence of Time, Anthrax greatest album was one of the most thought provoking and inspiring they would ever make.

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Entombed, Left Hand Path

As death metal was still in it’s toddler stage, few albums stood out like the debut album of Entombed’s Left Hand Path. Hailing from Sweden, Entombed’s sound had a little bit more rock and roll and hardcore punk than it’s peers and label mates on Earrache Records. Although it sounds like hell opening up to grab you, Entombed’s blazing title track is more about indivualism than embracing the hands of Satan and Lucifer. “Drowned” is about succumbing to mental illness (kinda like the sunken place).  Death metal’s usual macabre themes arise in “Revel in Flesh”, a self-explanatory ditty about cannabalism, decomposition “Morbid Devourment”, body preservation in “Supposed to Rot” and the morbid yet sympathetic death rippers “Bitter Loss”, “When Life Has Ceased” and  “When Life Goes On”.

Although the subject matter is familiar, it doesn’t get old because Entombed’s sound had a little bit more rock and roll and hardcore punk than it’s peers and label mates on Earrache Records. And the fact that death and black metal was the hardest and most passionate music that was out at the time. A fact that still remains and is more predominant in 2021.

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Judas Priest, Painkiller

After reinventing the steel in the Heavy Metal genre in the late 70’s and early 80’s which basically started the speed and trash metal movement, Judas Priest suddenly got into a creative rut in the mid 80’s when they started getting gold and platinum albums with slick silly albums like the synth driven “Turbo” and the smacks of too much effort “Ram It Down”. Then the band took a few years off and regrouped with a new drummer and released one of rock and roll’s greatest comeback albums with Painkiller.

On the title track, their greatest opener since “Exciter, Judas Priest gave the new drummer some, letting Scott Travis open the album with double barrel cannon beats as Rob Halford screams like a banshee and Glenn Tipton and KK Downing blistering solos like the four horsemen of the apocalypse are running around your head for 6 minutes. This aural assaults continues with the inspiring and shamelessly self-explanatory speed metal bashers “Hell Patrol” ,”All Guns Blazing”, “Leather Rebel” “Metal Meltdown and “Night Crawler”. Judas Priest then gives the album levity by returning to their earlier sound with “Hammer and the Anvil”, second hit “Touch of Evil” and the stadium ready song “A shot of Glory” which also was a rebuke against unnecessary wars that was a steady topic on the minds of a lot of people and performers.

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Ragged Glory

With 1989’s album of the year Freedom, the reliably prolific Neil Young cast aside the restrictions of the classic rock format and discovered the new loudness alternative rock and heavy metal that took over the mainstream and reformed his band Crazy Horse for his most metallic album Ragged Glory, equipped with more amplifiers and instantly memorable riffs and inspired by purveyors of white noise mastering bands like Jesus And Mary Chain and Sonic Youth.

In “Country Home”, Neil Young sings and shreds about living the simple life away from the city, like a heavy rock version of the Green Acres Theme. “White Line” is a rollicking country metal song correlating driving and drug addiction which segues seamlessly into the following and most explicit and second hardest song of Neil’s canon “Fucking Up”. After fucking up, he begs for forgiveness in “Over and Over” and gives into temptation of another woman’s desires in “Love To Burn” in nearly 20 minutes of loud searing riffing and soloing.

After an unnecessary remake of an overrated garage rock song “Farmer John” which is saved by tongue in cheek singing and speaker blowing notes, Neil follows with another classic rock staple with the nostalgia driven “Mansion On The Hill” and “The Days That Used To Be” and the utopian hippie revisionism of “Love and Only Love” and caps it with the timeless tribute to climate consciousness and environmental activism “Mother Earth”. 

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Sonic Youth, Goo

Sonic Youth’s decade of setting new standards of music exploration set by the Velvet Underground and avant garde musicians like Lamonte Young to name a few and recording groundbreaking albums underground legendary indie record labels Homestead and SST and making one of the most important and influential rock albums of all time with Daydream Nation, the band joined the Big Show with their major label debut Goo. Noticeable right away was how the crystal clear production by Don Fleming was, as the atonal riffs and white noise dual guitar freak out by Lee Ronaldo and Thurston Moore in “Dirty Boots” and “Mary Christ  and the emphasis on Kim Gordon’s bass and Steve Shelley’s driving beats of “Tunic” stand out immediately. The beat poem subject matter of most of the songs seem to revolve around pop culture and iconography, notably on the latter song which is a homage to the unappreciated artistry of Karen Carpenter and then on their breakthrough song “Kool Thing” which is entirely about LL Cool J and propelled by a tight ass groove and sleazy riffs. The band reverts to it’s serious side on the side closer the  seven minute “Mote”.

Kim Gordon gets more frontwoman duty on the LP, evident on the juvenile but charming “My friend goo” and the abrasive “Cinderella’s Big Score”.  While the best tracks on the album “Disappearer”,  the outstanding though brief instrumental “Mildred Pierce” and finale “Titanium Expose” continue the albums themes of iconography and uninhibited desires and addictions.

The thing that stands out about Goo is that like most commercial rock albums, it sounds even better while driving and blasting it from the speakers going fast. It sort of explains why the cover as a couple about to hit the road after killing the woman’s parents.

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Goo Goo Dolls, Hold Me Up

While their sonic progenitors The Replacements released their final underwhelming (but pretty good) album “All Shook Down” and the Ramones and Cheap Trick sounding more aged, Buffalo’s Goo Goo Dolls grabbed the torch on their big show debut “Hold Me Up”, a flawless album of 2-3 minute passionate punk rock confections.

The album blasts off with the hat trick of “Laughing”, “Just The Way You Are” and “Out of Line” and then the remarkable songwriting growth shown in “There You Are” and “You Know What I Mean”, “On Your Side” and “Hey” and the remarkable instrumental “Kevin’s Song” “Out Of The Red”, and “Know My Name” are delightfully snotty tracks and the album balances it out with stupendous remakes of Prince’s “I’ll never take the place of your man” and the Plimsouls “A million Miles away”.

While extremely overlooked because of the band’s massive platinum bland soft rock catalog in the last few decades, this album was not only a straight up spirited party rock and roll album but it also predictied the mainstream pop and emo punk genres that made bands like Green Day and Fall Out Boy giant successes 5 to 10 years later. So respect is way overdue for this classic.

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Breeders, Pod

On Bossanova, The Pixies 3rd album, bass player Kim Deal’s voice was conspicuously mostly absent. Good thing she saved her sensual vocals and witticisms for her own band The Breeders raw classic album Pod. Joined by lead guitarist Tanya Donnelly from Throwing Muses in college/alt rock’s first supergroup, Pod’s minimalist and abstract songs cut to bone. Kim’s songwriting potential and her contributions from the Pixies first 3 classic works shined through Steve Albini’s bare bones production, turning Black Francis’s foil into natural front woman.

Like the Pixies best know songs and like 99% of rock and roll music, The Breeders subject matter were mostly about drugs and sex and have endured as classics in tracks “Glorious”, “Hellbound” “Fortunately Gone”, “Oh” “Metal Man” and their angular interpretation of the Beatles “Happiness is a warm Gun”.

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L7, Smell The Magic

Heavy Metal and Punk Rock were sorely lacking a female touch at the turn of the decade, notwithstanding Kim Gordon and the aforementioned Kim Deal, and even Joan Jett who came back with a huge hit a few years earlier. Nah, what was needed at the time was a hard as fuck band consisting entirely of women. Thus L7 was born and their epic Smell The Magic graced the planet. 

On their debut on the hot Sub Pop label, L7 wound up putting out the second best album on that label (behind Bleach, natch). The first track “Shove”, which comes off like the Gen X version of Jett’s “Bad Reputation” can’t be any more self-explanatory and served as confirmation of L7 as the rudest, crudest band since Motorhead. And then the band grabs the torch and even their balls from them on the fast and loose “Fast and Frightening”, “Packing a Rod”, “Just Like Me” and “Till The Wheels Fall Off”, and channel the Pixies on grinders like “Right On Thru” and “Deathwish”

If there is a downside to this is that the album clocks in under 30 minutes, but it still leaves you wanting more and is a definitely fine metal substitute over the glam metal bands that would vanish in a year’s time after this release.

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Sinead O’Connor, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

With her big blue eyes and bald head and dynamic figure, Sinead O’Connor was a striking figure, almost otherworldly in stature and appearance. Yet her songs were naturally organic and honest. Brutally honest to be precise on her universally acclaimed second album. “Feels So Different” is a six minute breakup song, describing splitting up with her spouse and denouncing God accompanied by dour strings then builds to crescendo at the end,

The literally haunting “I am stretched out on your grave” continues the allegorical themes of religion and relationships over the classic Funky Drummer break beat until it’s disrupted by a piercing fiddle solo. Infant miscarriages also haunt the beautiful yet moribund “Three Babies”.  The album perks up a little bit on one of the few album’s few rockers “The Emperor’s New Clothes” then it’s back down to earth on the treatise against excessive force policing on “Black Boys On Mopeds”

Everybody already knows “Nothing Compares 2 U”, Prince’s gift to Sinead that wound up being the saddest number one hit in history. “Jump in the River” and “You cause so much sorrow” and the devastating “The Last Days of Our Acquaintance” further expand on separation from friends, family and significant others. The album concludes with the stark a capella title track about isolation.

So it goes:

  1. Ice Cube-Amerikkka’s Most Wanted
  2. Jane’s Addiction-Ritual de lo Habitual
  3. Slayer-Seasons In The Abyss
  4. LL Cool J-Mama Said Knock You Out
  5. Kool G. Rap-Wanted:Dead Or Alive
  6. Megadeth-Rust In Peace
  7. Digital Underground-Sex Packets
  8. Public Enemy-Fear Of A Black Planet
  9. Goo Goo Dolls-Hold Me Up
  10. Sinead O’Connor-I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
  11. L7-Smell The Magic
  12. Anthrax-Persistence Of Time
  13. Sonic Youth-Goo
  14. A Tribe Called Quest-People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Funk And Rhythm
  15. Neil Young And Crazy Horse-Ragged Glory
  16. Entombed-Left Hand Path
  17. Breeders-Pod
  18. Eric B. And Rakim-Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em
  19. Alice In Chains-Facelift
  20. Judas Priest-Painkiller

 

I don’t own any of the music on here, it’s for educational purposes only
 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Carnage, Epilogue: Donald Trump’s LARP Junta And Impeachment

Don’t listen to the bad orange man behind the glass curtain

Washington, D.C., U.S.A

With four years of “winning” madness of the Donald Trump presidency of 2017-2021, capped by the living hell he put this country through in 2020 with the pandemic he so dearly decided to play down, it’s bewildering why Trump wanted to still stick around for another four as the nation still grapples with the resurgent pandemic (with new strains of COVID) and a brand new depression during a bigger gilded age. The election wasn’t even called when Trump held a press conference making various claims of voting discrepancies in red and swing states as Biden/Harris won bigly into the night on election day when he announced his refusal to concede.

During his last 60 days, he just wanted to bust everyone’s balls and go into civilian life while spraying bullets of invective bullshit just like he did on his sore winner transition tour after his victory over Hillary in 2016. Which is what he did when he began his Stop the Steal campaign, sending counselors Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell to a dozen swing states to overturn results for the election awarded to Hidin’ Joe Biden and it ultimately led to bupkus. During this time, Trump’s MAGA hordes on social media, notably on new platform Parler, were whipped up into frenzied indignation and refused to accept the results along with the former Chief Executive. Following the final court dismissals of the election results, Trump announced on the twitter of a rally assembly at the Ellipse Park on 1/6/2021 and hyped it to his devoted followers that the event will be “WILD

Following opening act Rudy Giuliani, who the last time he riled up a crowd this amped was when he addressed off-duty NYPD officers protesting against a civilian board to monitor recidivist rogue cops and abuses of authority, Donald Trump spoke to his adoring Stans about rigged machines, social media’s pernicious influence and the complacent and complicit Republicans that turned on him and they were more passionately pissed about his defeat and about his collective enemies than he was. Ex-President Trump, behind a massive glass curtain, preached words of strength, maligned his enemies some more and praised what remained of his allies in the Senate and House and laid his final executive order with a subtle threat to fix the electoral results to Vice President Mike Pence. Trump capped off his final diatribe by telling his thousands of supporters in the park to meet him at the Capitol and give those legislators and the VP a piece of their minds.

Meeting up with a critical mass standing by at the U.S. Capitol grounds, tens of thousands of people with many wielding 8 foot flag poles waving myriad flags marched towards the Congressional building to “stop the steal”.  When they all assembled and surrounded the Capitol building , they were greeted by a stunningly undermanned and under fortified in comparison to the big glass window that was set in front of Donnie during his disgruntled Patton-esque speech. After being basically invited in by capitol cops, the MAGA vortex charged and took control.

After trying to persuade the Capital cops to join forces with them, Trump’s supporters immediately overwhelmed the building and the cops, who only defense from the MAGA vortex were  rinky dink security gates that wouldn’t be protective enough to lock a bike on and their trusty flash bangs and tear gas grenades. The optics of the ensuing rush by the people resembled takeovers normally seen in third world countries or a session at Barry’s Boot Camp. Many even dressed like soldiers for the fact being they once were, especially the ones who actually climbed the walls to get to the Capitol’s mezzanine level. Capitol cops stationed by the steps spent all their pepper spray, rubber bullets and flash bangs to protect Congress, which just made the MAGA horde madder as they fought back with bear spray and mace and weaponizing their flagpoles draped with Old Glory and Trump’s name on them. Then the MAGA vortex penetrated the Captiol doors and barged in, determined to get to the millionaire senators and the electoral votes. Five deaths resulted from the chaos and disorder. And a man got to sit at Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s desk with his legs kicked up, which must have pleased Donnie to no end.

For 6 hours, the MAGA vortex subsumed the biggest and most powerful legislative body in the nation and the world inside and outside the Capitol building, all for Trump and his incorrect take on the election results. Even though Donnie promised to meet them at the Capitol to stop the steal that wasn’t, he went to the White House and retired to his bunker instead, watching the insurgency he inspired unfold on TV presumably eating his beloved double quarter pounders and Diet Coke while shouts of calling for lynching Democrats and for Mike Pence’s hanging permeated the air. Eventually he would re-surface in a video calling for the MAGA horde to go home in peace on his last social media appearance on Twitter.

But the damage had already been thoroughly done, what manifested from Trump’s final public gathering as commander in chief was a near (or total) approximation of what happens in third world countries with tin pot dictators and monarchies when masses of impoverished people rise up and break into and destroy government or parliamentary buildings, the MAGA vortex of the Capitol was basically a Junta in Trump’s name.

Usually with juntas in other nations, they are conspired by our very own CIA (or other countries covert agencies) infiltrating revolutionary contra groups and Defense Dept funding of these proxies. All ex-President Trump did to cause this junta of Congress to disrupt a ceremonial confirmation of a new President was his big mouth and social media status. Although there was evidently sound rationales why the Capitol was stunningly easy to invade. As with 9/11, warnings about violent plans following Trump’s speech on 1/6 were plentiful but went unheeded and undermined and the Capitol cops were deliberately under equipped and undermanned and were deprived of enforcing robust security measures despite the intel about the potential and then realized attacks.

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Compared to the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protest in front of the White House in June last year, when protesters were overmatched by an army of three government enforcement agencies (including the Capitol Police) that oppressed and brutalized them so Trump could pose with a bible in front of a graffiti tagged church. 1/6/2021 at the Capitol was the most lenient #PoliceState repression social and network news media ever aired in real time.

The thing about Trump’s LARP junta is that despite the historic 6-hour hate he inspired, the guy knew he wasn’t going to get what he wanted; the electoral votes were still going to be counted and he knew the Republicans wouldn’t make an impact, and he acknowledged that the next day by recognizing Biden’s congressional victory like nothing fucking happened. The junta in summary was just a big final fuck you to Congress as Trump’s proxy warriors wrecked shit and also smeared shit in the building for him giving Nancy, Mitch and the gang something to remember him by. By showing how fed up people feeling (wrongly) disenfranchised how easy it was to scare the living shit out of a bunch of law making millionaires plus their ideological elected enemies in their own house and the establishment

Even though Trump got vanished by social media, corporate news still couldn’t quit him (baby) as millionaire journalists, pundits and special guest “experts” were discussing disturbing fear mongering bullshit about how to protect the now “sacred” U.S. Capitol from another “insurgency” with the same gravitas as they described citizens rising up against U.S. after Bush and Cheney with Congressional votes illegally invaded and bombed Iraq and occupied the country for 10 years while using that same gravitas to equate 1/6 to the 9/11 attacks.

Social media and web service monopolies wasted no time to expand their censorship carpet bombing following Trump’s platform’s execution as twitter lawnmowered swaths of his supporters while Amazon and Google destroyed their competitor Parler that usurped them from Dorsey’s platform, while slaughtering innocent bystanders like progressive independent news sites and social media accounts as collateral damage from their blanket algorithm violence interpretation bans on words and ideas. Suddenly with the U.S. Capitol “domestic attack”, Big Tech had their own version of the Reichstag Fire and decided to expand on their censorship policies.

In the aftermath of Trump’s LARP junta attempt to thwart the democratic process and lynch elected officials, the U.S. Capitol was transformed into a DMZ zone overnight. Tens of thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to protect the legislative branch elites for weeks until Biden’s inauguration even though there weren’t any reported confirmed threats of a follow up attack. But since the troops swore to protect the country and our freedoms, they had to bunk on the cold floors of the Capitol to assure the building and most of all whatever establishment political processes that usually winds up benefiting the wealthiest persons and corporations to continue without disruption.

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Of course the other process  the troops had to hold the fort for following days of sleeping in the Capitol’s parking garage was the sequel impeachment of former President Trump, and all it consisted of was a competition of the prosecution’s and the defense’s viral video b-roll compilations of the insurrection and invasion sprinkled with performative breakdowns and outrage from Senate and House officials. After four days of vengeful sound and fury signifying nothing and with a Senate majority voting for impeachment, citizen Donald Trump was ultimately acquitted as expected. Despite everyone and their dog knowing what the outcome was going to be, Congress wasted tax payer time that could have been spent on getting a new stimulus bill passed and $2,000$1,400 checks to American citizens, extensions on relief for small businesses, mortgages and rent suspensions and just maybe getting Medicare For All to be brought on the floor.

But what have we got instead after the impeachment mini-series is the U.S. Capitol and the White House, the foundations of our Democracy, surrounded by barbed wire fences and guarded by a standing army, turning the people’s houses into a modern day Green Zone no different than what we did to Saddam Hussein’s palace when Bush and Cheney illegally overthrew him in 2003 based on predetermined but baseless threats of terrorism. Except this time, the troops aren’t there to protect only democracy or some version of it, they are there to shield the elite lawmakers from perceived domestic terror threats, whether big or small or smaller and even unsubstantiated.

And it’s all because of Donald Trump’s orchestrated and historic attack on the U.S. Capitol that brought decades of U.S. involvement in regime change wars back home to the Democrat and Republican House parties who voted for them. Where they were once desensitized to the violence they wrought in other sovereign places, Trump re-sensitized them by inspiring his Stans to crash their safe space.

This is why they moved faster to impeach him than to help people still struggling through a pandemic and a new depression, it wasn’t about to preserve democracy, it was all about protecting their own house . It’s also why they have no plans, make that no desire to take down the fences around the Capitol either.

Because despite Trump’s virtual absence, they know another insurgency is around the corner, and it will be for a genuine reason. And it won’t be because they don’t believe Trump lost( but to be fair they have some credence because how does a guy who never left the basement in his mansion and rattled off brain fart statements and insults) it’s going to be against continuing austerity bills and incremental aid to the people in addition to Biden’s expected and now confirmed broken promises. Evidently, these fences only serve to discourage inevitable protests and protect the septugenarian and octogenarian millionaires and their anachronistic lawmaking and that mentally declining and hiding career establishment hack sitting and nodding off in the oval office and labels the new war on terror on their own constituency.

But with Trump disappeared, who are they going to peg the next domestic insurgency on? And what makes them think fences and a standing army is going to stop hundreds of thousands of people after they saw how easy it was when Trump’s junta took it over for 6 hours?

Summer is coming.

 

New Bad Days 81: Interim Transit President Requests Help From The NYPD To Stop Frequent Random Attacks In The Subway And Against Bus Drivers But Gets Undermined By Despicable And Defiantly Ignorant NYC Mayor, Who Later Lies To His Constiuents And Police Commissioner’s Faces About It; Man Weaponizes A Xmas Tree Branch To Go On A Beat-Down And Carjack Spree; Handyman Resident Murdered Three Elderly Women Neighbors In A NYCHA Building They Lived In; Gangs Or Thieves Continues To Easily Loot Luxury Brand Stores In Soho For Months; Thirteen People Lynch And Strip A Man On The Street After Receiving A Text From A Man He Robbed From On A Bus Trip; Arsonists Destroy A Salvation Army Truck; A Couple Sics Pit Bulls To Slaughter A Public Housing Community Stray Cat; Man Seen Easily Walking On The Sidewalk With A Machine Gun; NYPD Prioritizes Deployments On Protesters,Work Strikers And A Statue As Muggings, Burglaries, Slashings, Car Theft, Gang Assaults And Shootings From Gang Violence, Stray Bullets Hitting Citizens And Bullets Intended Against Cops Escalate

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The safest part of the safest big city

Commissioner Dermot Shea announced that over 400 guns were taken off the street in January in a month where shootings went up 20% compared to last year. While not mentioning bail reform by name, Shea claimed 90% of people arrested for gun possession wound up back on the streets as they await weeks for court hearings for their offenses. Unfortunately, six shootings that occurred during a two day blizzard nearly finds his theory credible.

The NYC Transit President Sarah Feinberg announced that heroin junkies are discarding their syringes and rubber ties on the track beds and platforms uptown to downtown and condemned the continuing malaise of mentally ill people attacking commuters and killing themselves on the subway and the urgent need for a bigger NYPD presence on the platforms and by the metrocard machines and token booths. Don’t know if that letter ever made it to the Blaz, but the Transit Police Chief dismissed Ms. Feinberg’s concern and claimed that subway crime was suitably low considering the amount of commuters being victimized by random acts of senseless violence every day.

Commissioner Shea also soberly acknowledged the frequent random attacks that’s been happening all over the transit system and lamented about a recent assault by a mentally ill man he was already familiar with.  But when Marcia Kramer asked The Blaz during his “media availability” about the crisis going on in the subway he brazenly lied to her and contradicted everything Shea has been saying as he was sitting on the dais with him. Then the Blaz brazenly accused Ms. Kramer of lying and fear mongering. So if you are a commuter, the only thing separating you from having a safe commute is de Blasio’s toxic hubris.

But if Transit President Feinberg is still waiting for a response, if she wants to know where the cops are being deployed as our subways devolve into a subterranean jungle, de Blasio’s and Shea’s NYPD has been policing more urgent matters like adding 200 cops to the battalion guarding the U.S. Capitol and the White House at President Biden’s inauguration; sending hundreds of cops to wall off protesters walking by City Hall and sending a militia of cops to a workers strike at Hunts Point and having two cops dressed as Cobra Commandos guarding the Charging Bull by Wall St. after a wiseguy put tape with Gamestop stock agitprop on the bulls’ head, taint and balls.

So NYC citizens, the only thing separating you from having a safe commute everyday is de Blasio’s toxic hubris.

Manhattan

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In Tribeca at the Canal St. Station, a man with a thick branch that came off a discarded Christmas tree used it to attack two men and a woman, whacking each of them on their heads while screaming racial slurs, leaving one man knocked out after he relentlessly beat him down when he was coming down the stairs, then bloodying the woman on the platform and injuring and bloodying the other man as he tried to notify the token booth clerk. The maniac exited the station and on randomly hit an MTA worker on her head on the street and then walloped a man standing by his car by the Holland Tunnel entrance, stole his car and crashed it into two parked cars. He ditched that vehicle and then broke windows of two cars he tried to jack from two women while they were stuck in traffic. He then randomly attacked a couple walking with their kids by a posh hotel and broke the woman’s arm and her husband’s leg. Then the loon carjacked another vehicle after he bashed the window with the branch and hit the driver and then he drove it 20 blocks north to Chelsea and he crashed into a patrol car and got arrested after cops broke through the vehicle’s window to drag him out, putting an end to his one hour assault spree injuring 10 people.

In the Lower East Side at the Bowery Station, a man got hit by the arriving J train while he was standing on the tracks.

Also in in the Lower East Side, an argument between a man and a worker in a hotel lobby escalated when the man exited the building and shot at the entrance.

Again in the Lower East Side, a man smacked another man on the head with a bluetooth speaker, then he got chased by cops and tried to escape by jumping into the East River.

And again in the Lower East Side, a woman shot at a window at an apartment building window at the LaGuardia Houses and her relatives attempted to hide the evidence.

In East Harlem, a man shot his mother to death in their apartment after she argued with him about his refusal to get a job, then the man ran outside and randomly shot another man on a street corner before he got tazed and collared by the cops. The woman was so terrified of her son after prior domestic violence incidents, she had an order of protection against him and the NYPD gave her a panic alert button to notify them after she got assaulted by him at her home and broke her phone and it still wasn’t enough to stop him from killing her. He was scheduled to be in court for those charges on the day of the murder.

Also in East Harlem, an argument between two cops escalated when one of them jumped the other from behind and wailed on her while she was on the ground on the precinct’s driveway and continued to beat her up inside the station. She got suspended following the blue lives catfight.

Also in East Harlem, a man got shot to death after he got hit twice during a shootout with another man on the street. The deceased managed to wound his foe twice.

Again in East Harlem at the 103rd St. Station, a homeless man got run over by the 6 train at 1:30 a.m.. A half-hour after the subway is closed to commuters.

And again in East Harlem at the 110 St. Station, a dog broke free from his owner and ran onto the tracks and got killed when a train ran over him in the tunnel.

In Harlem, vandals broke into the parking lot of a Salvation Army building and also broken into and took a propane tank out of a mobile canteen vehicle and ignited it with a butane torch to destroy a car that was parked next to it.

The flames from the targeted car spread to the mobile canteen and torched another car that was parked next to it. The relief wagon was most recently used to feed hundreds of people a day during this pandemic and will cost over $250,000 to replace it.

Also in Harlem, a man ran away from a hotel homeless shelter while naked and off his meds and went down to the 110th St. Station and started causing a commotion on the platform singing and and dancing near people, then he focused on a man and suddenly attacked him and pushed him onto the tracks.

The naked man jumped onto to tracks and continued to challenge the other man to a fight as the 1 train stopped short when it arrived at the station. The other man defensively pushed him, causing the naked man to fall on the third rail, instantly killing him from the shock.

Again in Harlem, a man grabbed a woman’s ass and then shot her to death and wounded her fiance on the street when the couple went to confront him about his perverted act.

And again in Harlem, a woman got accosted by three men inside a liquor store, one of whom offered to buy her a bottle of wine. After the woman refused him, the gang followed her outside and continued to harass her and then they swarmed and slammed her onto a parked SUV and beat her down. The Lothario who offered to buy her wine bit her on the face and tried to ripped her eye out of her socket. He stole her cellphone and ran away with his crew.

The following day, a group people organized a demonstration march in solidarity for the victim and in condemnation of the ultraviolent crime in protection for their fellow citizens and their community. One of the bastards got arrested for beating and strangling a woman at her apartment in East Flatbush.

 

In Midtown, a woman committed suicide by hanging herself inside her apartment.

Also in Midtown, a few people tagged the St. Patricks Cathedral with anti-cop graffiti while they participated in an impromptu protest with over a hundred other demonstrators. A group of protesters in the street banged on a patrol car.

Again in Midtown, a protest in response to the MAGA horde invasion of the U.S. Capitol assembled by Trump Tower was met with aggression by the NYPD, leading to 2 people getting arrested.

And again in Midtown at the Rockefeller Center Station, a man attempted suicide by jumping in front of the arriving B train.

And again in Midtown, a woman yelled at Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for 5 minutes as he was holding a photo op and media circus in front of an office building.

And again in Midtown, at the 59th St./Lexington Ave. Station, a woman attacked another woman on the platform and shoved her into the 6 train while it was still in motion.

And again in Midtown, a gang of eight men broke into a high end designer clothing store that sells $700 sneakers by bashing the front window and looted everything that was on display.

And again in Midtown at the West 49th St. Station, a man randomly punched a man and then a 66-year-old man on the platform. After he knocked the older man down to the floor, he tried to kick his body onto the tracks.

And again in Midtown, two teenagers got mugged by three men who they expected to buy weed from as they made off with the boy’s cellphone after they had difficulty stealing the girls handbag after they shoved and kicked her.

In Times Square, a man pushed another man onto the tracks. The victim got back up to the platform shortly before the N train arrived.

Also in Times Square, a woman working as Minnie Mouse took her mask off while taking a break and then a homeless man ran up to her and sucker punched her in the face. The man was back on the streets in 24 hours because he didn’t used a weapon in the assault.

Again in Times Square, a man slashed another man in the back on the Q/N/R/W train platform.

And again in Times Square, a man stopped his car in the middle of the avenue and got out and danced on the street which attracted the attention of cops patrolling the area. Then the dancing fool took brandished a gun and got arrested.

In Hell’s Kitchen, a woman killed herself and her child as she committed suicide by jumping from the balcony from her apartment on the 13th floor.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, a mother beat her 2 month-old baby to death in their room at a homeless shelter hotel.

In Inwood, two men were found dead in a parked car in broad daylight.

In the Upper East Side, a man who found out he had terminal cancer took out a gun inside an urgent care room and locked the door and shot at cops who were trying to talk him out of killing himself.

Also in the Upper East Side, a man drunk on hooch randomly attacked a 7-year-old boy and pinned him to the sidewalk and strangled him.

Again in the Upper East Side, the 89-year-old inventor and chief executive owner of an artificial sweetener company committed suicide by jumping out the window of his apartment.

And again in the Upper East Side, a man got swarmed by cops and got caught in possession of a shotgun, knives and over a 1,000 rounds of bullets after his involvement in the invasion of the U.S. Capitol inspired by former President Trump.

And again in the Upper East Side, a 71-year-old man strangled his 67-year-old wife to death inside their luxury apartment following years of domestic violence towards her and an order of protection against him.

And again in the Upper East Side, four man grabbed a 68-year-old man while he was entering his apartment building then grabbed the doorman when he buzzed them and held them up at gunpoint and then tied them both up in the man’s condo and robbed $10,000 plus his coin collection and his and the doorman’s cellphone.

In the Upper West Side at the 103rd St. Station, an unmasked man got into an argument with a woman on the 1 train and then spit on her before he got off.

In Washington Heights at the 175th Station, a man announced he was going to fuck someone up and did that when attacked another man on the platform from behind and hit him on the head with a hammer.

Also in Washington Heights, two men shot at each other in the middle of the street in broad daylight.

Again in Washington Heights, a man died from falling down the steps in an apartment building at the Polo Grounds Houses.

And again in Washington Heights, a 93-year-old woman was found dead in her bathtub bruised and strangled inside her apartment

In Kips Bay, a man suspected and arrested for raping a woman after forcing himself into her apartment after feigning to be a delivery person was found to be living in a nearby homeless shelter that houses other sex offenders.

Also in Kips Bay, a man selling loosies on street corner died after a man yelled at  him and then punched him in the face, causing him to hit his head on the curb.

In Herald Square, two homeless men sleeping in a subway vestibule woke up all cranky when cops arrived and told them to move and then got into a brawl with them.

In Union Square, a man jumped a woman from behind and stole her cellphone after he dragged her on the floor while she was resisting him from taking it.

In the East Village, an app-food delivery man got hit by a car while he was riding his e-bike and then got attacked by a gang of men and woman and savagely beat him down on the pavement after he tried to take a picture of the car’s license plate.

Also in the East Village, a man got shot to death on the street by a man riding a bicycle.

Again in the East Village, a man bashed an upscale ice cream parlor cashier on her head with a rock after demanding money from her and then robbed the store and got away on a city bus. The lunatic thief robbed another swanky ice cream parlor in NoMad two days before.

And again in the East Village at the 14th St., a man slashed a 61-year-old man in the face with a box cutter following an argument on the platform.

In Grand Central Station, a man argued with another man on the 6 train about playing music on his cellphone too loud and then got slashed in the face with a straight razor.

In Soho, two men barged into a loft and robbed eight people of their possessions at gunpoint.

Also in Soho, a man shoplifted two parkas from a sneaker brand store and got away after he brandished a spray bottle with bleach at a guard and yelled about being racially profiled.

Again in Soho, four men entered a luxury designer store, one of them who flash a gun at a security guard, and easily snatched all the handbags and wallets in broad daylight, making off with over $160,000 worth of merchandise.

This plunder is the latest incident of several lootings of high end stores in the area going back to June, when a  critical mass of thieves broke into stores one evening during a city curfew sparked by the Black Lives Matter protests that was decreed by Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio. And like that crime spree, the recent looting at Chanel involved rental cars being used for getaways and an underwhelming response by the NYPD compared to the amount of cops being sent to protests;  especially by the Strategic Response Unit, which probably would be more useful against organized crime than organized protests.

In Greenwich Village, three women jumped another woman from behind and one of them hit on her on the head with a glass bottle and stole her cellphone.

Also in Greenwich Village, a man invaded a woman’s apartment while she was sleeping in her bed. When the tenant gave him cash, the man attempted to rape her but she kicked his ass, causing him to flee with the money even though they got torn in half during the tussle.

In Chelsea, residents are freaking out at the amount of homeless people that are hanging around, occupying sidewalk space and openly shooting dope in Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s district. But his mind has been focused on bike lanes for quite some time.

In Downtown Manhattan, people publicly assembling in a protest march on the Brooklyn Bridge in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day got immediately confronted by de Blasio’s NYPD by City Hall and hundreds of cops in riot gear charged the demonstrators trying to force them onto the sidewalk. Even though the protesters were following the NYPD’s instructions, a riot ensued and led to 29 people arrested and 10 cops injured when a bunch of protesters fought back.

Even though the NYPD were suddenly the focus of NY State AG James with her recent lawsuit against the city for their violently illegal, dubiously arbitrary and unconstitutional response and brutality against participants in BLM protests last June, because of the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 2021, a federal order was instituted that all government buildings in America were under blanket authoritative protection, which Mayor de Blasio eagerly cited to justify the militaristic deployment and oppression. (Which I fucking called)

Also in Downtown Manhattan at the Fulton St. Station, a gang of four men and two women jumped and beat down a man who was ordering food at the Dunking Donuts in the station’s 2 billion dollar hub.

Again in Downtown Manhattan and again at the Fulton St. Station, a man randomly pushed another man onto the tracks and got nabbed by the cops when he fled to the streets. The mentally disturbed man attacked another man with a pipe in the subway a month earlier.

In Hudson Yards, a man committed suicide by jumping off the top of the Vessel. The man was a fugitive wanted for stabbing his mother to death in Texas. The real estate developer that manages the property decided to close the Suicide Shawarama indefinitely.

In  Chinatown, a man assaulted a deli worker with a wet floor sign because the lotto machine was closed.

Also in Chinatown, a man got off a charter bus and was met by and attacked by a gang of 13 people as they chased him down the street and caught him on a corner and proceeded to beat the living shit out of him, beating him down to the pavement, taking turns kicking him and slashed him multiple times all over his body. Then they stripped his pants and britches off him and left him in a bloody pulp with his genitals exposed. They also stole his cellphone.

The gang dispersed as fast as they arrived; for they all showed up to the charter bus top via text by a relative of theirs who was beaten and robbed by their victim, who was revealed to be a gang member, when they both got on the bus that departed from Atlanta en route to NYC. The gangbanger stuck him up inside the bus and along with an accomplice (who did not accompany him the rest of the trip) and robbed the man’s watch, sneakers and jacket he happened to be wearing until the high-tech lynching on Canal St.  his victim surreptitiously arranged with his relatives on a cellphone he borrowed from another passenger. The man and three of his relatives turned themselves in to the authorities and claimed self-defense for the retribution in this incredible story of gang violence and tech weaponizing.

Brooklyn

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In Brownsville, the superintendent of a NYCHA building strangled an 78-year-old woman to death with a telephone cord after he visited her demanding to get paid for a favor he did for her and got caught by the cops after he used her debit card to buy a sandwich at a bodega nearby the Woodson Houses.

The 66-year-old man was also found to committing two other murders of elderly women that lived in the building he worked in at the Woodson Houses who he also hassled for money for favors. He stabbed an 82-year-old woman in the neck with a steak knife inside her apartment back in 2015 that was initially filed as a death by natural causes by authorities until the wound was found by a coroner at the funeral home that was handling her corpse. Four years later, he savagely beat an 83-year-old woman to death in her apartment by stomping on her neck. He was suspected for her murder but was let go because the DNA tracings he left behind were inconclusive because of how frequently visited her.

While the lethal handyman never got caught for murder, he was a recidivist criminal that was still allowed to live in a public housing building despite strict regulations against tenants piling up a criminal record. Notably when he faked a car crash with two other people to rip off an insurance company for $150,000. Now the family of his recent murder victim is suing NYCHA for $25,000,000 for not having a sufficient amount of security cameras in the building, which stems from complaints of other tenants for almost a decade and summarized by the rise of killings and shootings on NYCHA properties in the last two years.

Also in Brownsville, a man got shot in the head inside a deli following an argument with his assailant and while struggling to take his gun.

Again in Brownsville, a woman critically injured herself and her passenger when crashed her car into a city bus after running a red light while speeding.

And again in Brownsville, a man got shot in the leg on a street corner

In East Williamsburg at the Morgan Ave. Station, man serially assaulted four women in a one month span by sucker punching and beating down each one as they were exiting the train walking up the steps or exiting through the turnstiles. A day after his release from NYPD custody, he went back to the Morgan Ave. Station and grabbed another woman on the platform and threw her against the wall and bashed her face with his fist, even though the precinct claimed that they have cops patrolling the area and the station. The kook was finally sentenced with $100,000 bail. The half-measured monitoring by the NYPD led a Samaritan to organize a group to accompany women commuting to their homes.

The man got arrested again following an outburst inside a smoke shop where he attacked a cashier and knocked her down with one punch then placed a headlock on her. It was discovered that he attacked two other woman at the Morgan Ave. Station during the summer before he resumed his serial attacks on young women.

In East Flatbush, an off-duty C.O got shot on the street by his house.

Also in East Flatbush, a man got shot by the cops when he attacked them with a knife on the street.

Again in East Flatbush, a man followed a couple as they walked into an apartment building and stashed the man in the back and the woman in her arm.

And again in East Flatbush, a man was found with an unregistered and loaded 9mm when cops search his car during a traffic stop after he was driving recklessly on the streets.

And again in East Flatbush, a man brutally beat up and strangled a woman inside her apartment.

In East New York, a woman got shot in the leg in her bedroom when a stray bullet from a rooftop party across the street went through her window as she was laying down after watching the ball drop on New Years Day.

Also In East New York, cops caught two men trying to steal a van and then one of thieves grabbed the wheel and tried to run them over, provoking  the cops to shoot at the vehicle and hitting the perp in the leg.

Again in East New York, a 17-year-old boy got shot to death in a hallway in an apartment building at the Lincoln Houses.

And again in East New York, a man got shot to death at an apartment during a party that was set up on AirBNB.

And again in East New York, a man went bezerk when he got refused service at a chicken/burger joint for not wearing a mask and then he bashed down the plastic shield on the counter and pushed the cash register to the floor.

And again in East New York, two men walked up to a parked car and shot at a man sitting inside then continued firing as they were running away on the street in broad daylight.

And again in East New York, a 75-year-old flower salesman was loading his van and then a man jumped in the drivers seat and hit the gas, dragging the salesman down the street and causing him to fall off. The thief abandoned the vehicle and is still on the loose.

And again in East New York and also East Flatbush, a man held up eight livery cab drivers by knifepoint and gunpoint going back to November.

In Bed-Stuy, a man pulled out a machete during a domestic dispute with his family and slashed his 4-year-old sister, stabbed his grandfather to death and slashed his brother-in-law as he tried to get the weapon from him in their apartment.

Also in  Bed-Stuy, a metal bolt pierced a window of an ambulance while in motion, presumably intentionally thrown at the EMT’s.

Again in Bed-Stuy at the Franklin Ave. Station, a woman kicked a cop and hit another cop on the back while brawling with another person on the platform as they tried to break up the fight.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a blaze engulfed two floors of a brownstone apartment building in a 3 alarm fire.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a woman stole a postal truck that was left idling and proceeded to speed down the streets and wreck 10 parked cars. The judge hearing her case for stealing a government vehicle and resisting arrest decided to dismiss it.

And again in Bed-Stuy, a man groped a woman on her thigh and ass on a city bus, then he threw a bottle at her as she was exiting after she yelled at him about his perverted deed.

And again in Sunset Park, a man got shot to death following an argument with his killer in a hallway of an apartment building at the Farragut Houses.

In Bensonhurst,  a man injured a 6 year-old-boy and killed a 4 year-old-boy when he ran over them with his van after he dropped them off at their Yeshiva school. He kept driving and parked it a mile away and walked backed to the scene of the hit-and-run where the cops were waiting for him. The man was not charged for the killing nor for leaving the scene of an accident.

Also in Bensonhurst, an EMT looted a dead landlord’s apartment of over $30,000 of cash and property after he treated him and drove him to the hospital.

Again in Bensonhurst, a fireman got hit by an air conditioner that fell off a house that was on fire.

In Bushwick, an unlicensed driver speeding down the avenue in an SUV lost control and flipped it over the sidewalk and smacked it into two buildings.

Also in Bushwick, a man broke into an ice cream parlor by breaking the window with a brick and easily robbed $200 and a pair of speakers worth about 500 bucks.

Again in Bushwick, two men broke into a renovated apartment building through the second floor window and left with a refrigerator and toaster ovens. The latter haul sounds like it was inspired by True West.

And again in Bushwick, a five alarm fire engulfed an apartment building where a bunch of app-food delivery men live.

And again in Bushwick, a woman was found dead with head trauma in a hallway in an apartment building

In Crown Heights, cops responding to a domestic disturbance were met by a man possessing a knife who then charged after them, provoking the cops to shoot at him but they missed. Then the man managed to stab one of the cops in the chest, but the impact was thwarted by his bullet proof vest.

Also in Crown Heights at the Franklin Ave. Station, a man charged at a woman and her son on the platform and savagely beat them down.

Again in Crown Heights, a man and a woman hog-tied and murdered a mentally disabled man during a robbery inside his apartment in a building with low security.

And again in Crown Heights, a man got shot to death during a fight with his killer inside his apartment.

In Flatbush, two men barged into an apartment and tied up the tenant and another man with him and robbed $2,200 off them after they were let in the building by a woman delivering food there who was in cahoots with them.

Also in Flatbush, a man broke into a synogogue and robbed crowns worth over 8 grand.

In Sunset Park, a cop got stabbed in the neck by a mentally ill woman after he and his partner tried to detain her following an emergency disturbance call at her apartment building.

Also in Sunset Park, a man and a woman having a domestic dispute inside their apartment escalated when the man fired his gun and shot her in the neck and also on his own finger.

And again in Sunset Park, a man got shot to death following an argument with his killer inside his apartment at the Farragut Houses.

In Downtown Brooklyn, a cop pulled his gun out at a group of protesters by Barclays Center.

Another protest march to the precinct where the itchy trigger fingered cop was stationed led to nine demonstrators getting arrested, including a photographer.

“How many officers does it take?”

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, a man who was imprisoned for a week following an arrest in Williamsburg showed up to his arraignment at the Brooklyn Criminal Court with his gat still on him.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a 4-year-old boy standing on a median with his father got hit by a car when he dashed into the intersection.

In Fort Greene, a man got shot to death from 5 blasts to his back  on the courtyard of the Whitman Houses

In Canarsie, a fisherman reeled in a live one that turned out to be a dead man’s corpse by the pier.

Also in Canarsie, two men walking pit bulls let them loose to chase a stray cat. When the cat went up the tree the two men knocked him down with a stick and then their dogs mauled the cat to death. A woman from the Brueklen Houses who took care of the feline and witnessed the savage killing tried to call the police on the sadistic couple but was told to call 311 instead. A petition demanding justice for the cat and a more thorough investigation by the NYPD has garnered international attention.

Stock image of Tuxedo cat

Again in Canarsie, a man that just finished parole got shot to death on the street.

In Coney Island, a man was found alive inside a burning luxury car that spread flames to another parked car behind it.

In Brooklyn Heights, an 87-year-old man was found dead in a burning boat by a marina.

In Midwood, a woman working as a nanny hospitalized a three-month-old baby boy by shaking him.

Also in Midwood, a woman broke into a yeshiva and stole keys belonging to the school’s janitor.

In Brighton Beach, a man got slashed in the face by another man he was arguing with at the train station

In Gowanus, a barge full of municipal waste fell back into the canal after it was just dredged out during the long-overdue Superfund cleanup.

In Clinton Hill, a man tossed a brick into a window of a mac and cheese takeout restaurant and robbed a box containing $245

In Borough Park, thousands of people clustered without masks inside a lot next to a synagogue for a wedding that violates state and national pandemic guidelines for gatherings.

In Marine Park, a man killed himself when he crashed his car after coming off the Belt Parkway while speeding.

In Park Slope, a cop got her leg crushed by a rolling gate when it collapsed on her while she was entering the precinct’s garage.

A woman killed her boyfriend when she crashed her car on the BQE while driving drunk.

Queens

In Jamaica, a cop placed his knee on a man’s head as two other cops were assisting him in an arrest of a man who was riding an ATV vehicle in a critical mass caravan. Mayor de Blasio browbeated about demanding answers like he was in charge of things in this city.

In Jamaica, a man fired his gun towards the street while standing on a balcony with two other men and engaged in a standoff with cops when they arrived.

Also in Jamaica, two men seized a sedan that was left idling by it’s owner while he was picking up food at a restaurant in Richmond Hill and drove it another 30 blocks until they got stopped the cops who traced it with the owner’s cellphone that was left inside. The thief then tried to run over them, provoking one of the cops to shoot him in the chest, leading to his and his accomplice’s arrest.

In East Elmhurst, a woman got shot to death on the street in broad daylight by a man who was waiting for her as she was walking home. NYPD deployed a militia of cops to blockade the street where the suspect lived but he was nowhere to be found.

Also in East Elmhurst, a refrigerator set up against a building by a state senators district office was ripped from the wall and broken into and robbed of all the food left inside that was meant for people struggling to buy food during this pandemic and depression.

In Elmhurst, a man abandoned a stolen electric car with Nevada plates at the Queens Center Mall parking garage and rigged it with batteries, a propane tank, chargers along with hot dogs and a Black  Lives Matter sign on the roof to make it look like a bomb set up by the civil rights organization. A husky dog was also left behind inside the vehicle. The man had ties to social media right wing kooks and made videos setting BLM signs on fire that were hanging in a park gate by Gracie Mansion.

Also in Elmhurst, a woman was found dead in the hallway at an apartment building where a woman was murdered in cold blood by her apartment a month earlier. Both killers are still on the loose.

In Glendale, a man walked up to a parked car and shot at it, aiming for a man that was sitting inside but missed.

Also in Glendale, a homeless man has been sleeping under the elevated train tracks for weeks and willfully is refusing to be helped into a shelter. Because that’s how dangerous de Blasio’s shelters are.

In South Richmond Hill, a man held up a restaurant at gunpoint and ripped off the necklaces of the cashier while she was trying to open the register. A Samaratin tried to stop him from fleeing but gave up when the thief pointed his gun at him.

In Queens Village, a man got shot in the shoulder in front of his house when he stepped outside his door after he heard a suspicious noise.

Also in Queens Village, a man stabbed his father to death with a pair of scissors and also brutally stabbed his mother, his brother and her wife while they were still sleeping in their apartment, leaving them all in critical condition. The mentally disturbed man thought that they were possessed by the devil.

Again in Queens Village, a man crashed into a chicken restaurant drive-thru and injured himself and two passengers

In Dutch Kills, two men got shot and hit in a drive-by shooting while they were sitting in a car parked by the Queensborough Bridge.

Also in Dutch Kills, a 19-year-old man got shot in the leg in front of hotel during a shootout between two men firing from a car and a man who was accompanying him.

In Astoria, a man burned down his own hookah lounge in an attempt to get an insurance claim for the loss.

Also in Astoria, a man robbed 600 bucks from a bank by a handing the teller a note.

Again in Astoria,  a murdered man’s body wrapped in blanket and duct tape was found floating under the RFK bridge near a NYC Ferry marina.

And again in Astoria, a man got shot in the stomach on the street when his assailant walked up and shot him in front of group of people hanging out with him.

And again in Astoria, a man accessed an apartment building by pulling the locked cheap door, causing glass to shatter all over the floor and then he robbed three delivery packages that were left in the lobby.

And again in Astoria, a man got arrested and indicted for setting his hookah lounge on fire back in August.

In Long Island City, a hotel worker demanded a man to stop loitering in the lobby and then got attacked and stabbed by him after he gave him a bottle of water when he asked for it.

Also in Long Island City at the Court Sq. Station, a man jagged off sitting across from a woman on the E train.

Again in Long Island City, a man bolted out of his car and got into an argument with a man sitting in a jeep and then he got shot four times in the middle of the street.

And again in Long Island City, a water main broke and flooded the streets and parked vehicles and also shut down water service at the Queensbridge Houses apartment buildings. A woman got stuck in her car during the deluge.

In Forest Hills, a man stepped out his SUV and jumped an 83-year-old woman while she was walking on the sidewalk and robbed her purse after he broke her arm when he pushed her to the concrete. The fiend then tried to buy something at a bodega in the Bronx with one of her bank cards.

Also in Forest Hills at the 71st Ave/Continental Ave Station, a man on the tracks got hit by the arriving E train. But it’s not known how he wound up there.

In Woodhaven, two men broke into a house through the basement in the early morning and held up a family of six at gunpoint then ran out leaving a bag of money behind when the cops showed up. This followed another home invasion robbery of the same house 2 days earlier when three men made off with expensive handbags.

In Kew Gardens, a man got shot to death and two other men got shot after getting caught up in a brawl inside a hotel that spilled out into the street. The assailant and three other men fled from the murder scene and have are still on the loose.  A shooting in front of that same hotel occurred last summer and remained open for business taking in the city’s homeless while also allowing illegal parties to be held. A week after shutting down, cops arrested the front desk clerk. The four suspects are still on the loose.

Also in Kew Gardens at the Union Turnpike Station, a man punched a woman in the face after she refused to give him money.

In Maspeth, a man tripping balls on crystal meth attacked cops with a knife and got tazed and shot twice in his basement studio after he refused to comply with their requests to get hospitalized.

Also in Maspeth, a church deacon arranged a hookup with a 14-year-old boy on a kinky social networking app and was greeted and arrested by an undercover cop.

In Middle Village, a man broke into a restaurant and robbed the register containing 3 large.

Also in Middle Village, FBI agents rolled up in a tank and arrested a man who was trolling on social media about invading the U.S. Capitol and making threats toward recently elected officials and was found possessing a cache of over a thousand rounds of ammo and 75 knives. The man was previously arrested for beating up his girlfriend and getting caught possessing 13 guns and rifles.

In Ridgewood, cops and federal agents swarmed on a man in his apartment who was trolling and making threats to elected officials on social media regarding Biden’s election victory.

Also in Ridgewood, a man walked into a smoothie and sandwich shop and demanded money from the cashier after he threatened he had a gun. When the cashier went to get cash, the man left and then came back and this time presented the gun to another worker and made off with 500 bucks. When planning to hold up a store, put a ribbon on your finger.

In Woodhaven, a man loitering by a train station staircase decided to stalk a woman that walked past him on the sidewalk and then he grabbed her from behind and held her at knifepoint and threw her on the ground and robbed 5 bucks off her and then bit on her on the thigh. The fiend was about to rape her until a man on a scooter rolled up startled him and then he ran away.

In Far Rockaway, a man and a woman got killed in a hit and run car crash when a pickup truck driver rammed into them and then ditched his vehicle with two other passengers inside.

In Edgemere, an argument between a young man and a couple inside a gas station convenience store escalated when the young man ran after the couple as they were driving away and fired 12 shots from his 9mm at them.

Also in Edgemere, a man held up a 64-year-old man at gunpoint when he exited his car and robbed his wallet, then the victim got back in his car and followed the criminal, who shot at him multiple times to get him to stop the pursuit.

In Averne, a man got shot in the back during a squabble with his assailant inside an apartment building lobby.

In Ozone Park, three men got busted for running a drug ring as DEA agents procured $4,000,000 worth of coke, smack and fentanyl inside their apartment.

In Howard Beach, a woman got hit by a car while crossing the boulevard.

In Corona, an off-duty cop bit his girlfriend during a domestic dispute over a cellphone at their apartment.

In Sunnyside, graffiti was found splayed on the entire wall of a liquor store that referenced the devil and an incorrectly drawn pentagram.

In Flushing, a seven alarm fire destroyed three mixed-used buildings, causing injuries to 7 smoke eaters.

Also in Flushing at the Main Street Station, a man grabbed a woman’s ass on the 7 train and ran away.

Again in Flushing, a gang of three boys mugged and beat up three people at Kissena Park in a one month span, robbing them of their cellphones and wallets and punching two of their victims in the face and they also teamed up to beat down a boy and rob his bike in Jamaica.

In Woodside, a man running a speakeasy event in his basement nite club got raided by the NYC sheriffs and then he tried to fight them off. High levels of carbon monoxide was detected after the evacuation. Where are all those patriots that were fighting for that bar in Staten Island?

Also in Woodside, after a man got into a shouting match with another man inside a convenience store at a gas station, he ran outside and shot at his car when he was driving away, hitting one of his passengers in the back. Then the gunman shot at an SUV, shattering the windshield causing cuts to the drivers head.

In Glen Oaks, a 16-year-old boy killed himself after losing control and crashing his car into a tree while speeding on the streets.

In Bayside, a woman was found dead with a bag over her head in Crocheron Park.

In Little Neck, a man bought 11 luxury cars worth over $360,000 from the same car dealership using forged  I.D’s and identity theft.

In Springfield Gardens, a man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was helping another man whose minivan stalled on the side of the road when the driver crashed his van into them and abandoned it.

Bronx

Gun

In Olinville, it was a nice day out, so a man walked out of his apartment building and strolled on the sidewalk with an AK47 in his hand.

Also in Olinville, two drunk ass men beat down a man with one leg on a city bus after one of them bumped into him when he was walking on crutches trying to get a seat.

In Morrisania, a 66-year-old woman is in a coma after she fell down the stairs at the Webster Houses when the elevators were out of order. The woman had previously registered multiple complaints to NYCHA to get them fixed.

In Wakefield, a man chased a woman on the street with a knife. Two cops were in the vicinity and intervened, telling the man to drop his knife but the man proceeded to charge them and both cops fired six shots and killed him.

Also in Wakefield,  a man responded to a knock on the door of his home and three men barged in and held up him and his wife and stepson at gunpoint and robbed a video game console, a gold chain and watch and also 20 bucks.

In Fordham Heights, two men broke into a store by entering and repelling themselves from the roof and then broke into a safe and robbed $35,000. The cat burglars hit the same place months earlier and stole $2,800.

Also in Fordham Heights, a man ran onto the street and stood in front of a bus demanding to get on even though there wasn’t a bus stop there. Then the man got pissed and relentlessly banged on the driver’s door and then repeatedly punched her head and broke her side window. Then a passenger got off the bus and grabbed the lunatic and held him until the cops arrived. The perp was subsequently released on his own recognizance after being charged with misdemeanors for the vicious assault and damage to a city government vehicle.

In Mott Haven, a man got killed by a hit and run driver while crossing a service road by the highway.

Also in Mott Haven, two men got shot in inside of a public housing building lobby during an argument and a tussle with another group of men. One died from three blasts to the torso.

Again in Mott Haven, a man killed himself when he crashed his ebike into the back of a parked SUV when he lost control of it while speeding. The man did not have his cellphone or his I.D. when the cops showed up.

And again in Mott Haven, a man approached a couple on the 6 train and spat on the woman and then punched her husband when he tried to defend her and ran out at the next stop.

And again in Mott Haven, an 18-year-old man got shot to death in front of a public housing building.

And again in Mott Haven, a man was shot at multiple times while being chased by his assailant on the street in broad daylight.

And again in Mott Haven, a man and a woman were digging into a USPS cart and robbing packages inside of it while the postman was making deliveries inside an apartment building. When the postman caught them, the couple attacked him and threatened him with a knife and ran away with their plunder.

And again in Mott Haven, a man got shot to death in an apartment building at the Mill Brook Houses after he walked past a group of people filming a video in the lobby and then got blasted in the back from behind as he got to the elevator.

In Soundview, a man screaming on a street corner was confronted by another man who tried to calm him down, so the mentally ill man went into a deli, stole a knife and used it to stab the sympathetic and helpful man to death.

Also in Soundview, an e-scooter battery ignited and set a few apartments on fire at the Sotomayer Houses, leaving 11 people with burn injuries.

Again in Soundview, a man rolled up in front of a bus with his scooter then he used it to smash the windshield.

And again in Soundview, four undercover cops on patrol caught a man walking on the street with a gun who started running when he saw them. The the man shot at them four times while in pursuit, hitting one cop on his lower back. The perp tried to ditch the gun during the pursuit but it was easily recovered after his arrest.

And again in Soundview, a  woman was found dead with visible head trauma in her bathtub in her apartment at the Mitchel Houses.

In Hunts Point, workers publicly assembling in front of the Hunts Point Market in a strike against their employers for a higher hourly wage raise were suddenly confronted by a militia of cops who charged after them like Pinkertons for protesting on the street and arrested 4 employees for obstructing traffic even though there was no cars in sight.

In Belmont at the Kingsbridge Road Station, a man randomly punched a 74-year-old man as he was going through the turnstile because he felt like doing that.

Also in Belmont, a woman got shot in the arm inside her apartment from a stray bullet that came from a shootout between two teenage males on the street.

Again in Belmont, a man was found dead inside a car he was living in and used as a driver for an app-hail company.

In Norwood, a man shot at four people, hitting two men, in a hallway who walked out of an apartment that was having a house party and then shot and killed a 16-year-old boy  he bumped into on the stairwell when he was running away.

Also in Norwood, a man strolled on the sidewalk with an AK-47 like he was heading for the store to buy milk.

In Allerton, a gang of four men jumped a man and beat him down on the sidewalk and robbed his cellphone and wallet.

In Mount Eden, seven men ganged up on a pizza delivery man when one of them got pissed off that he had to come out and pick up his order. While having difficulty fighting the delivery guy one on one, six of friends of his piled on and beat him down to a pulp  and then trashed his car and robbed $1,000 and his cellphone

In Highbridge, a man got ambushed by two men in a hotel room and shot in the leg when he went back to get his watch that he forgot when he left a party. And he was robbed of his watch.

In Williamsbridge, a man stole a car and crashed it into another car minutes later.

Also in Williamsbridge, a person threw a molitov cocktail through a house window and left an unused one behind on the lawn.

Again in Williamsbridge, a man walked up to a parked car and shot a man in the chest who was sitting in the front seat, then he ran into an apartment building trying to hide from the cops.

In Foxhurst at the Hunts Point Station, an MTA worker caught a man smoking and pissing on the platform and told him to stop his hedonistic behavior, then the man slapped her face and the worker smacked him around as he was walking away.

In Longwood, a transgender woman stabbed her step-grandfather to death following an argument over locks that were installed on the door to keep her from going back in the apartment.

Along in Longwood, three men and a woman stole an unmarked police car and drove it to a supermarket parking lot where they ripped off the wheels and stripped all the seats out and everything off the front console.

And again in Longwood, a man having a mental breakdown stabbed his son with a screwdriver in full view of cops who entered his apartment.

In Fordham, a man stalked a woman to her apartment building, then grabbed her on the stairs and tried to rape her until the woman bit him while he was taking off his pants. The deviant had three prior arrests assaulting and robbing three different women in the last 4 months.

In Throggs Neck, two men jumped into a cab and one of them pistol whipped the livery driver and held him up at gunpoint. When the gunman’s accomplice tried to put him a chokehold, the driver fought back and grabbed the gun, causing the two thugs to run away.

In Marble Hill, a man trying to shoplift two kitchen cooking appliances from a department store got caught by the security guard but got away after he pushed the guard down and dislocated his knee.

In Pelham Bay, two men broke into a house by holding a resident at gunpoint to allow them in and then they forced a 75-year-old woman to the floor and also two neighbors who tried to intervene. The criminals robbed $2,000 and got away in a car with another man acting as a lookout.

A serial mugger who targeted and robbed six senior citizens in Concourse and East Harlem for two months last summer is still on the loose.

In University Heights, an 8-year-old boy found an unlicensed gun and shot himself in the head inside an apartment.

Also in University Heights at the Fordham Road Station, a man smacked around his sons on a bench on the platform.

Again in University Heights, a man shot at cops from inside his apartment, then he barricaded himself in and set it on fire. He surrendered on the fire escape.

In Crotona Park, a man got shot to death from a blast to his neck on the street.

On Wards Island, a drunk driver smashed into a state trooper’s patrol car with two officers still inside.

In Edenwald, a man got killed by a hit-and-run driver as he was crossing the street.

In Concourse, a man sneaked up behind a Brinks truck guard unloading money to send to a bank and gave him a shove and grabbed a bag containing $200,000 and ran for the hills.

In Clairemont, two men accompanied by a teenage girl walked into a smoke shop then went behind the counter and shook down and punched the cashier and stole $100 worth of vape products.

In  Mount Hope, a man walking abreast on the sidewalk with three other man suckerpunched a man who was passing by them on a street corner.

In Unionport, a man brutally stabbed his pregnant girlfriend to death following a domestic dispute inside her apartment.

In Parkchester, NYC sheriffs raided a building where a speakeasy rager was being held and attended by over 400 people inside, including children.

In Morris Heights, a bus driver lost control of his accordian bus when he made a left turn too fast on an overpass and landed on the expressway road below while dangling over the fencing,splitting the bus in half. Eight passengers aboard got injured and the driver was found not to be drunk or high when he did this.

Staten Island

In Grimes Hill, a man got murdered at a recording studio he owns when he answered a knock on the door and two men rushed in with automatic rifles and guns and shot him down in a hail of bullets.

In Silver Lake, a woman was found dead stuck in a garbage chute inside an apartment building. Pictures of the chute’s door shows that it’s almost physically impossible to fall through, at least by yourself.

In Tompkinsville, a garbageman got hit by a hit-and-run SUV driver while he was doing his job. Then the driver ditched the vehicle and ran away.

In Oakwood and New Dorp, a bigoted organization pasted flyers containing anti-Semitic and racist tropes and dubious political and financial ties.

In Stapleton, a man broke into a store and robbed purses, jewelry and clothes and ran away with an accomplice.

Also in Stapleton, an 86-year-old man died from injuries from getting hit by a car while crossing the street.

In Graniteville, a man broke into two vehicles and stole tools that were left inside.

In West Brighton, two men jumped an app-food delivery man and robbed him at gunpoint.

Also in West Brighton, a man got held up at gunpoint by another man inside the elevator at an apartment building and got off on a floor where the gunman’s accomplice was waiting and then they stole his wallet.

In Grasmere, a man and a woman held up a deli at knifepoint and robbed it of $1,800 after the woman slashed the worker in the neck.

Also in Grasmere, cops pulled over a car during a traffic stop and when they demanded the driver step out, he hit the pedal and sped away and then crashed into a row of cars during the getaway. 24 hours later, they found the driver at a house in Stapleton along with the 3 passengers that accompanied him and found a gun and two rifles, one of which was loaded.

In Travis, two men broke into a supermarket and cracked a safe and robbed $85,000.

Also in Travis, a man broke into a house through the basement and got caught by the owner.

In New Dorp, a man easily robbed a car from it’s owner who left it idling with the keys in the ignition.

Also in New Dorp, a deli that’s been only open for two weeks got broken into by two men who robbed 100 bucks from the register and broke into and robbed cash from an ATM machine inside the store.

In Donghan Hills, a man broke into a house through an open window on the first floor and robbed a video game system and other items worth over $1,000.

Also in Donghan Hills, a man robbed from two 7/11’s in one day, stealing lottery tickets, packs of cigarettes and $1,000. Following his arrest and sudden release from the station and given just a desk appearance ticket, he went to an auto dealership and robbed $4,000 worth of key fobs and then got chased by the cops on foot and tried to ditch them by running through residential backyards.

In St. George, a man ripped off headphones off a woman’s head while she was waiting for the bus.

Also in St. George, a man stole an unmarked police car which still had the key inside and took it for a ride, temporarily fulfilling his dream to be an officer.

In Midland Beach, a man took a shit inside a porta potty then lit it on fire and the blaze from it engulfed another one next to it. After he got arrested, he damaged a camera at the station from the cell he was in.

In Clifton, a man threatened another man’s life by drawing a gun on him on the street just weeks after he made parole. Three weeks later he shot at three men who were inside a car.

Also in Clifton, two men got stopped by cops on patrol and were arrested for illegal gun possession. Even though there was only one gun.

In Richmond Terrace, a man found skeletal remains while hiking on a trail in a park.

Commercial truck and van thefts have seen a rise in the South Shore.

In Holbrook, a cop got arrested for having perverted online chats with and distributing sexually explicit photos to 46 children on social media.

In Arrochar, a man murdered his wife then committed suicide by hanging himself inside their house.

Goodnight

 

Hal Holbrook, 95, Actor, Theater, Film And Television

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Mary Wilson, 76, R&B And Pop Singer, The Supremes

 

Larry Flynt, 79, Smutty Magazine Publisher And Free Speech Crusader

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Christopher Plummer, 91, Actor, Theater, Film, Television

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Leon Spinks, 67, Boxer, Olympic And Professional Heavyweight Champion

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Ricky Powell, 59, Photographer

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Ron Campbell, 81, Artist, Animator

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Butch Reed, 66, Wrestler, Mid-South, WCW, WWF

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Hilton Valentine, 77, Guitarist, The Animals

Scenes Of Queens: Blockbuster Redacted, Stonked

This scene is located in Howard Beach.

This Blockbuster Video location died when the chain got usurped by online rental and indiscriminating movie and show greenlighter Netflix about 10 years ago.

But all is not entirely lost for Blockbuster, because their spirit remains very much alive and well thanks to the social media short stock trading wealth redistribution revolution against Wall Street that’s going on, with the stock riding on the coatheels of the once dying retail video game store Game Stop, which also suffered the same fate failing to compete with online and app derived gaming.

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How crazy is the stock market right now? The penny stock that represents the smoldering remains of the bankrupt Blockbuster Video empire surged more than 700% on Tuesday.

BB Liquidating Inc. has continued its run Wednesday, up as much as 302%, Bloomberg reports.  The stock’s volume, writes the business news outlet, “was 70 times the three-month average, showing that even the most retrograde of old-technology stocks isn’t immune to the ebullience of retail investors and day traders.”

The Blockbuster blitz — coming on the heels of (and perhaps inspired by) the day-trading, Reddit-driven GameStop stock surge — has left even seasoned market watchers scratching their heads.

“Who exactly is buying shares of Blockbuster’s liquidation holding company is unclear,” writes the financial-markets content service Seeking Alpha.

The sudden rise in BB Liquidating’s stock is eye-popping enough that the news has jumped beyond the market’s players and begun to make waves on social media.

In consideration to what’s going on with Blockbuster’s stonk revival and the property management’s decision long ago not to extract the sign, maybe the city should consider this structure worthy of absurdity landmark designation like the Pepsi Cola ad in Long Island Cityinstead of it being a reminder of how Mayor de Blasio responds to Freedom of Information requests from good government groups and reporters.