Andrew Yang’s Underhanded Bribe Initiative

New York Fucking City, New York

Spring has thankfully arrived in the city of New York. And along with the blooming leaves and flowers along with an influx of (weaker) vaccines about to come to town while public spaces and streets are still barren public during this stubborn pandemic, the Democrat primary race for mayor to rid this town of de Blasio will truly commence until it’s final destination on the second day of summer. But one candidate has already taken over your city’s poltical zeitgeist, and according to corporate local news, that candidate is Andrew Yang.

It wasn’t that hard for Yang to conquer all the attention, he already ran for president of the United States and his unlimited basic income proposal from that campaign actually influenced national policy with the last three congressional budgets with checks of $1,200, $600 and most recently $1,400* given to every citizen during this pandemic (although incrementally, since Yang’s UBI was supposed to be for a check every month and the 1,400 payout was means tested and limited to an earned income cap, not to mention that Biden promised 2 grand and lied). And now with the celebrity and name recognition, jumping into New York City’s Democrat primary mayor’s race was an easy transition since the competition is pretty stale across the board with career city bureaucrats like current office holders Brooklyn BP Eric Adams and Comptroller Scott Stringer, Ex Sanitation Chief Kathryn Garcia, Big banker Ray McGuire and two ethically challenged candidates lawyer Maya Wiley and prodigal son bureaucrat Shaun Donavan. After Wang’s announcement on the Coney Island boardwalk, the first poll immediately put Wang at a commanding lead over his opponents at the time.

But after that auspicious start, reality and even logic has crept up to Yang in only a few months, revealing himself more as a dilletante huckster than the political outsider he’s being portrayed as.

As with his presidential campaign, there is nothing much or distinguishable from the other candidates about Yang’s mayoral platform to run this city except for his Basic Income proposal, which he marked down from a grand a month nationally to a one time payment for the city’s check to check working class. There is a lot to like about it because it does target residents who needs this money the most, even if it can barely pay the rent and utility bills but might be just enough to play lottery scratch tickets. The big hairy but to this is how as mayor is Yang going to come up with the city funding for this and his answer was quite startling but expectantly and obviously vague.

last week, Yang was talking to reporters about the movie he planned to see on the first day that New York City theaters reopened since the pandemic shut them down. He also fielded questions about he’d fund his basic income plan and gave an admittedly “vague” response, suggesting it’s still unclear if he’d rely primarily on existing city funds, hit up private investors, rely on a rollback of state tax breaks — or a combination of all three.

First, he said that even in its “diminished” state, the city has the “level of resources to commit to this, in part because it’s going to save us a lot of money on things like homelessness services and shelters that are very, very costly.”

“Keeping people in more secure and stable environments will actually, in large part, pay for itself,” he said.

But Yang did not say where in the ailing city budget he intends to draw the $1 billion it will take to pay for the plan.

He then added that he’s been in talks with “several New York-based philanthropists who are very excited about this program and so hopefully we’ll have some private sources of funding as well.”

When asked to name who those potential financial backers are, he replied: “Of course I’m not going to tell you right now after I just gave you, like, you know, like, this vague, like, several private sources because, you know, we have to have things to announce for later.”

NY Daily News

At least Yang’s fumbling and his campaign manager’s pathetic sop defense of the candidate’s ambitious program has a scintilla of honesty even if for the past 2 months they didn’t even have a solid budgetary plan to justify it, considering how it’s the main driver of the candidate’s platform.

His career bureaucratic competitors smelled the blood in the water and pounced on it. Eric Adams, BP of Brooklyn and who has been persistently polling second; “You can’t call it a plan if you don’t explain who would benefit and how you would pay for it. New Yorkers are struggling right now — they need serious action, not empty promises.”. Comptroller Scott Stringer’s spox response was delish; “Andrew Yang has a plan written on the back of a napkin that would be pure comedy if the times weren’t so serious.”

Although you got to feel a tinge of sympathy for Yang for being so flummoxed about how to fund New York’s UBI for the working poor and low income families, because it’s 180 degrees removed from how he was going to fund the monthly UBI “freedom dividend” that he proposed during his presidential campaign run, because under President Yang that UBI was going to extract funding from national social safety net programs for the poor like housing vouchers, food stamps and social security and the monthly stipend was based on a prospective rise in unemployment caused by automation’s usurpation of industrial, retail and restaurant jobs. It also should be worth a mention that Yang’s  UBI has solidarity support from every tech billionaire who would benefit from a society solely dependent on a meager dividend every month like how they have massively benefiting from a world wide pandemic for the past year. Yang is not just selling a benefit plan to voters, he’s buying them as well.

This has exposed a major vulnerability in Candidate Yang, for he was easily caught off guard when he was queried about something substantive after being on the receiving end of a glut of flattering profiles from the local news blogs while spending the majority of his time on Twitter to the delight of his adoring Yang Gang followers, a horde that has been relentlessly battling naysayers (like yours truly) doubting his qualifications and capability to run New York City with absolutely no prior civic experience whatsoever. Not even with the basic civic duty of voting in an election his entire adult life living here.

But to run NYC you got to be quick and have a settled plan and it’s utterly disturbing that he has nothing behind his basic income program that he’s been touting for months since yelled “Can You Dig It” in Coney Island at the start of 2021 (even though the gangbanger Cyrus who said that, yelled that line in a park in the Bronx before he got assassinated). Now instead of a policy to help the most vulnerable populace, it now comes off as a bribe to win their votes.

Another flawed thing about Yang’s basic income proposal that he’s not sure how he’s going to fund is his plan to build a People’s Bank in City Hall. Yet again it sounds like a good idea, tying it to the NYC ID the city put out a few years ago to help working poor people and undocumented immigrants get access to municipal and commercial services requiring identification and using the NYC ID as an ATM card to access it. But if “Mayor” Yang still is unable to fund it, then who will. In a way, this resembles the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York PAC that’s already available in the Mayor’s Office and de Blasio’s redundant and corrupted Campaign For One New York 501c4 PAC he ran to fund Pre-K and “affordable housing”. If the funding isn’t enough to keep Basic Income and the People’s Bank running, will it rely on money from “philanthropists” that do business with the city and yearn to get more of them?

Yang’s Basic Income and his hypebeast social media fueled campaign has all the elements and mannerisms of pushing a startup company or an app, and like those ventures, it’s all hype and show and no substance and all risk; Citizen Yang’s ventures belie his status and bonafides to run a city as an entrepreneur. Starting with his last one when he started a fellowship non-profit to inspire other entrepreneurs and college graduates to invest and work in smaller cities and after 3 years it only produced 4,000 jobs. Normally a disaster like this would make you reevaluate your decision making abilities and recognize limitations, but Yang would follow this up with running for the highest office in America.

Yang has transferred his own quixotic run for president into his current quest for mayor, but fortunately for him the competition for the role of hizzoner (or herzzoner) is a lot easier as they poll in the signal digits with only him and Adams polling in the doubles. Although Yang via his startup strategy had to buoyed his top rank by citing a poll made up by his consultants before he even announced his candidacy.  Despite how unethical it was, that little issue went ignored and he was able to gain momentum as later polls continued to favor him with bigger leads, even though he’s running neck in neck with voters polled who are not sure or undecided who they want to vote for.

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Another thing that has buoyed the Yang campaign, is his Yang Gang following on social media running protection for him as he was making startling gaffes and displaying general cluelessness about city life and issues, like his notorious visit to a “genuine bodega” and his defense of staying at his second home in upstate New York because he was agitated to work remotely as CNN pundit while watching his two sons in his two bedroom apartment in The Heights, which must have been thrilling to families that had no other housing option like Candidate Yang had and lived in smaller apartments or even a homeless hotel room.

Corporate news media interest is also enamored with Yang, notably Washington DC based website The Hill, which captured Yang giddily greeting people on a line stretching about a mile on the sidewalks of Flushing waiting to get food as he gave elbow bumps while Assemblyman Ron Kim vividly described the food insecurity that has exacerbated during the pandemic in what is practically an integrated news segment/campaign ad. Although it was quite noticeable how the people were used as props.

Yang’s campaign and narrative strategy also includes avoiding the mayoral debates, which is easy to do because of the existing distancing guidelines and the Zoom platform, when he was absent for was an essential debate centering on the homeless crisis. Although he did have an excuse for bailing on a Zoom debate because he contracted COVID, he still had the strength to appear on a Zoom fundraiser for his campaign.

While Yang is being portrayed and portraying himself as an outsider in the primary, his pandering to the Orthodox Jewish vote by condemning the BDS movement against Isreal’s government’s apartheid treatment of Palestine and the West Bank shows his willingness to pander like any run of the mill establishment politician; this may be the most New York thing he’s actually done so far with his cognizance of a key demographic and the reach of powerful lobbies,  shown most recently when an aide of Queens Borough President Donovan Richards had to resign (aka fired) after only 3 days when he got appointed for only tweeting his support of BDS.

Last but not least, Candidate Yang last few public engagement attempts have come off obviously contrived going by his appearances with fellow candidates Maya Wiley and Kathyrn Garcia (twice) to establish an RCV prospect to his and their bases and an awareness rally to address the anti-Asian violence from a recent shooting massacre in Atlanta (where White women also got killed). But his naivete of city and state politics hit a nadir during a recent debate on his desire (and frankly everyone’s) on getting NYC Transit out of New York State Control and back under the purview of the NYC Mayor by asking a mindlessly picayune question about “who do you complain to?” as if the MTA is some disembodied omniscient entity and not under the grip of a despotic megalomaniac elected official for the past 10 years.

This is exactly the type of unadulterated ignorance a person exhibits when he never voted in NYC elections his entire adult life as well as national ones also.  And another thing to kill this outsider myth that’s been manufactured about Yang is that he’s scared to call Cuomo on his scandals, especially his sexual harassment and assault accusations. Candidate Yang knows Cuomo isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and will have to deal with him, and even through his pink washed virtue signal tweet, he’s already folded to the governor.

This why Andrew Yang’s mayoral campaign is all hype and no substance and is barely thriving on a foundation of cult of personality worshipping hypebeasts on social media and this has manifested in the most recent polls too. Yang went from a commanding lead in the last two polls hovering around 30% and nosedived to 17% in a recent poll that relied on phone tallying, putting him barely above Eric Adams at 13% and way behind Not Sure/Undecided at 50%, making candidates polling in the single digits actual contenders again thanks to the ranked choice voting system. This probably came as a shock to the Yang and the Yanggangbangers who realize that astroturfing is a lot harder to spread on a landline than on the internet.

It’s really not hard to fathom Yang’s current plight as just another bland candidate in the fight the city hall. To think only a few months ago he could seemingly walk up to a crowd in say Union Square and flip the bird and grab his junk towards them and would strut away in slow motion still with a commanding lead. But he’s not in total peril because it’s clear as day that half the legal voting age citizens of NYC have absolutely zero confidence in everyone on the Democrat primary ballot.

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It’s not hard to see how this has regressed for Yang as the weather gets warmer and the election near. And it also confirms how tainted those initial polls favored Yang; because they relied on online tallying, and not every constituent in the five boroughs has a social media account. Or they do but don’t have the time or interest to Stan anyone, especially during a stubborn pandemic and an economy in purgatory.  Another thing this city doesn’t need is a mayor who wont be accountable and transparent and Yang doesn’t show much hope for a return to those values by inducing non-disclosure agreements on his campaign staffers.

And the last thing New York City need is some dilettante entrepreneur who suddenly decided he can run city government after being disconnected from it for so long and show up with hollow polices (or continue established incremental policies)  cloaked with wondrous optimism. Because NYC already has gone through 7.4 years of that with de Blasio.

That’s why Yang is where he’s at now. Like the Blaz, all he knows how to do is tweet. He’s all platitudes, nice words and neat ideas but no sense and no functional plan to save New York City.

That’s Candidate Yang.

Scenes Of Queens: Rockaway Boulevard Station, Art Over ADA Compliancy

Rockaway Blvd Station, twilight time

This post on the scenes of Queens focuses on one of the MTA and NYC Transit’s most recognizable depots,  the Rockaway Blvd. Station in Ozone Park, where the A trains go to and from Lefferts Blvd. and Mott Ave. destinations before going to their destinations in Richmond Hill and Far Rockaway. Although at times it’s mostly not recognizable as tourists and gentries keep confusing the two trains upon each trains arrival and wind up stuck an inconvenienced or causing irritable delays asking commuters if it’s the train going to the beach and airport despite the convenience of hanging timeline monitors or available MTA apps easily available on their thousand dollar cellphones.

But this isn’t about griping over oblivious commuters not paying attention to detail (even though it’s obvious I been waiting years to get this off my chest), the reason why this station is getting way belated attention is because of recent news that has relevance to what is not here and what is here at this very busy transit stop that is linked to about 6 bus transfers on Cross Bay and Rockaway Blvd.

Let’s acknowledge what’s here first. About 4 or 5 years ago, the MTA run by Governor Cuomo was renovating and upgrading dozens of stations while finally building the 2nd Ave transit line. And in certain stations of these long overdue infrastructure upgrades, the MTA thought, “hey since where already here and all this time to make our scheduled completion, why not put some art at these stations?”

And one of those stations is the one profiled here and this is the exhibition:

Behold

This was installed back in 2017. Besides the title which acknowledges the integrated bus/train transit hub in this location and conveyed by the web little colored lenses, it’s not really that imaginative or aesthetically pleasing. Besides, to the eye of the beholder, it doesn’t look safe to lean on and would be a big detriment in the winter time for those long train delays on the platform, especially for night owl workers who have to wait longer because of limited surface. But it actually does serve a purpose. It makes the sights of the boulevards more colorful if you peer through them or through the eye of the celly.

Cross Bay Blvd. before…

And after.

 
 
 
 
 
Now Woodhaven Blvd.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For decades, commuters waiting at this station were denied the opportunity to visualize the drab boulevards of Ozone Park and now thanks to the MTA, they can see it in a smudged and scratched rainbow of colors in a respite from watching the tracks from the east and west waiting for their arriving trains.
 
While the this station got blessed with this art, it’s peculiar that with all the time they were renovating this station they didn’t think to bless it for the less able-bodied and aged. Because after 6 years and a class action lawsuit against the MTA, this station is still not ADA compliant.
 

96th Street And Liberty Ave

 

Liberty Ave. and Woodhaven and Cross Bay Blvd

 
What could have been done way back when. Here you got two places to put down elevators serve the disabled and elderly by Cross Bay Blvd and Liberty Ave/Rockaway Blvd right by 2 bus stops.
 

Liberty Ave. stairs by the Cross Bay Blvd. bus stops

 

Liberty Ave stairs by Rockaway Blvd. bus stops.

All these harbingers take on new colors considering a recent report of how the MTA is slow walking the ADA compliance upgrades because of how they are spending commuter tax dollars trying to fight various lawsuits that forced them to finally make stations accessible for the handicapped and infirm

gothamist.com

The MTA has denied a request from a disability rights group to disclose how much it is spending in taxpayer dollars to fight several lawsuits claiming it discriminates against its disabled customers.

The groups — which include the Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID) — claim in their lawsuit that the transit agency has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by renovating stations without adding elevators and failing to maintain existing elevators. They also claim an overall lack of subway accessibility is a violation of New York City’s Human Rights laws.

Currently, a little over a quarter of the NYC’s 472 subway stations have elevators, slightly more than what the MTA agreed to after settling an accessibility lawsuit in 1994. The agency agreed to make 100 stations accessible by 2020 at the time, a figure it has exceeded.

In June 2020, BCID executive director Joe Rappaport filed a public request asking the MTA for the full amount it has spent for outside counsel. The agency, last month, denied the request on the basis of how it was worded.

“Please be advised that records are not maintained in a manner which permits practical retrieval because the MTA does not categorize or index payments made for legal services in the manner requested,” the MTA wrote in its response.

The agency released a document containing the retainer fees, but the dollar figures were blacked out.

At the MTA’s monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Gothamist asked MTA Chairman Pat Foye if he would release the dollar figure for how much the MTA has spent on lawyers fighting the six accessibility lawsuits. Foye said he would check with the Freedom of Information Law office about getting the numbers. But he wouldn’t commit to releasing them.

“I can’t commit to that because I don’t know what the issues are, but I will talk to the FOIL people,” he said.

The MTA did not return an earlier request from Gothamist for comment about how much it has spent on outside lawyers fighting the six accessibility lawsuits or why it denied the public records request Rappaport filed.

To make matters worse, this station wasn’t even included in the MTA’s 55 billion dollar infrastructure plan enacted by the embattled Governor Cuomo last year much to the chagrin of former NYC Transit president Andy Byford and enabled by the typically feckless and lazy Mayor de Blasio, who has been defiantly deliberately absent when it comes to transit system in the city he runs.

Even though Cuomo’s MTA continues to obstinately refuse to be accountable for their spending, they can’t obscure the fact that they prioritized decorative improvements over essential ones. Besides the stupid Rockaway Blvd. addition, the MTA’s costly decisions to deny easier access for the city’s most vulnerable commuters for the sake of art is apparent in stations in Manhattan like the Park Ave. South 28th St. Station east side entrance where they commissioned an expansive grandiose floral mosaic on the walls and the 6th ave 23rd St. Station where they commissioned an artist to install portraits of his dogs wearing human clothes. While the 28th St. Station does have an elevator on the west entrance (but no art), the prioritization to put sucky art on the walls at the 23rd St. Station instead of elevators is even more negligent considering that there’s a residential building for the blind down the block from this station.

It’s easy to see why the MTA would try to counter these lawsuits and hire the most expensive law firms to defend their abominable insouciance of the rights of their disabled and aged customers (and let’s not leave out parents with toddlers and babies in strollers who should also be called as witnesses), because they spent more effort making city transit more convenient and pleasant for instagram, tumblr, flickr and twitter by turning stations into ersatz galleries.

While these exhibitions make for great social media sharing, with more city and state funding lost on account of stupid MTA board decisions and inevitable settlements compounded with the low ridership from the pandemic and it’s aftermath in addition of steady subway crime, the future of NYC Transit is heading for a shitty horizon.

But at least the aesthetics will be nice.

 
 

 

 

 

 
 

Shaun Donavan Needs His Daddy To Make Him Mayor

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New York Times

With New York City’s mayoral primary a little more than three months away and a deadline to qualify for the city’s generous matching-funds program having just passed, pleas for donations have been in overdrive in recent days.

But in the background, another spigot of money has quietly opened for two Democratic mayoral candidates who are trailing in early polls: Raymond J. McGuire and Shaun Donovan.

An independent expenditure committee for Mr. McGuire, a former Wall Street executive, has garnered more than $3 million since Feb. 1, with more than 70 donations from business magnates, including Kenneth Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot; the art world philanthropist Agnes Gund; and the real estate developer Aby J. Rosen.

A new super PAC for Mr. Donovan, a former cabinet member in the Obama administration, in contrast, has drawn $1.02 million from just two donors — the primary benefactor being his father, Michael Donovan, an executive in the ad tech industry who donated $1 million.

In an interview, Mr. Donovan, the candidate’s father, said he was trying to “level the playing field,” particularly since some candidates began raising money before they even declared they were running for mayor.

“I can’t give very much to Shaun directly, and seeing the amount of money McGuire had raised and all these other people, I felt he needed enough to go out and compete and get the message across,” Mr. Donovan said.

In other words, Shaun Donavon, a man who recently turned 55 years old and worked for Mayor Mike Bloomberg and President Obama, saw his current predicament in the mayor’s race and said:

“DADDY I WANNA BE MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW!!!!” 

“GIMME A MILLION DOLLAAAARRRSSS!!!”

It’s not even worth going into why he’s running and why he’ll be a shit mayor just like the current shit mayor who’s been stinking up city hall for 7.3 years, but to summarize Shaunny will not to do a thing to improve the housing crisis and the continuing demolition by neglect of public housing in the five boroughs considering they never improved in his time running city housing in New York and Housing and Urban Development in the White House.

But the focus should not only be on the infinitely cancerous influence of money and politics that’s destroying democracy stemming from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, because there are so many piles of rancid corrupted shit involved in Shaun’s pop trying to salvage his floundering and now incestuous mayoral campaign. Daddy Donovan is not only his son’s number one financier, but he’s on the board of the slick public relations firm MediaOcean that’s been fueling Shaun’s campaign media exposure. To make this more nauseating, Shaun’s current raise on his allowance is designed to qualify for public matching campaign funds which would him to accrue 9x the amount of every individual (person) donation under 2,000. Campaign funding that comes directly from city taxpayer dollars.

This brazen purchasing of the primary by Shaun’s dad is that besides him there’s only one person that feels he’s qualified to run City Hall. Even more pathetic is that Shaun’s dad thinks his son’s (inevitable) absence from the race is some form of voter disenfranchisement and not because he can’t keep up with his competitors whether on the issues or fundraising. Especially with the latter, considering Shaun must have been jelly about Ray McGuire’s rapid money bundling from corporations and celebrities.

Another thing about Shaun Donovan and his pop trying to buy recognition and relevance in the mayor’s race is that this fits in with the demographic profile and stereotype of the hipster transients that moved to  Brooklyn. It’s no coincidence that Shaun was running the HPD Dept. under Bloomberg, running his housing and development policies that fostered the rapid overvalued speculative real estate market rate with renters dependent on their parents financing their rents while living lavishly beyond their means, which led to hyper gentrification and tower pestilence as the germination of Brooklyn’s gentrification that began in Williamsburg and creeped into nearby middle and working class towns like Bushwick and Bed-Stuy.

If there is anything to gleam by this passive patronage by Donavon and Son from the insipid article by the Times is the obvious toxic internecine connections involved in Shaun’s PAC is that the treasurer handling his million dollar allowance Brittany Wise previously worked on de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign. The Blaz’s campaign manager Bill Hyers is reunited with Ms. Wise as advisor for Donovan’s farcical campaign. Overlooked in the Times article is that Shaun’s dad’s “ad tech” firm’s CEO goes by the name of Bill Wise. Doesn’t say if Brittany is his wife or sibling, but the kismet is super strong here.

But it’s not kismet, it’s establishment. Shaun is a spoiled manchild but he’s not naive. He was there when Bloomberg was buying the mayor’s office by spending 100 million dollars on ads to numb people into voting for him and in a way not to vote at all from being fatigued from his overexposure, and then how he bought other oligarchs and city council to run for an illegal third term.

And surely Shaun got inspired by the current Hizzoner; even though Mayor de Blasio has been a verified disaster at his job, he’s shown to be an idiot savant when it comes to filthy lucre fundraising, starting with his bribe and straw donor laden 501 c 4 he ran in City Hall with the Campaign For One New York to his shell game money laundering stylings with his two PAC funds he ran during his farcical presidential run in 2019 and was still able to escape unscathed even when he got sloppy with donors who themselves got indicted for the crime of giving him bribes and getting access to services as the Blaz had the good fortune of the SCOTUS McDonnell decision that legalized the acceptance of government bribes.

Top this off with the normalization of impunity in New York as Governor Cuomo continues to run the state and the pandemic response while being overwhelmed with three heinous corruption scandals with two federal investigations and near universal calls for his resignation and is still laughing it up in daily briefings with clearly intimidated brownnosing aides and officials and legendary Mets and Yankee pitchers like everything is still new normal.

Which is why Shaun Donavan and his Daddy’s flacks get in cognitive dissonance mode about their honest and wholesome graft, as plain and obvious as it is. They might not emerge victorious from this stunt, but they have set a new precedent and a newer normal for campaign fundraising and ultimately political patronage.

It’s new values for a  newer normal in a New New York.

Yeah? Well, then normal is fucked.

The Cuomo Variants/Occupy Albany

Albany, New York

“There is no way I’ll resign”

                                                                   Mario’s Son Governor Andrew Cuomo

“I prefer not to
                                                                                          Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener

 

Despite what Andrew the Governor prefers not to hear regarding his verbal and physical sexual abuses and his federal criminal act of covering up nearly 10,000 nursing home residents deaths, he is going through a massive breakdown of Shakesperean proportions while trying to redo the tragic endings in the form of the sequel of his now tainted leadership lessons book.

Two criminal scandals, covering up tens of thousands of nursing home deaths and credible accusations of verbal and physical sexual abuse, the former under finally under federal and state investigation by the Brooklyn D.A. office and the latter which is now under the purview of the Albany P.D, and two independent investigations of both of them ordered by A.G. Letitia James and Cuomo still persists. For him, it’s not over until he decides it is, just like when the Germans attacked Pearl Harbor.

But it’s really not as simple or stupid as that; because Cuomo is not just a man or just the governor or even just a megalomaniac, but also an entity and a brand, all of which has blown to stratospheric epic proportions in the state of New York in COVID19 World and the New Normal.

Hell, he’s got this far so why not ride it out. So far, all of Cuomo’s offenses are just SAMO business as usual in government bureaucracies run by establishment politicians, especially legacy politicians like Mario’s Son. It’s why he was able to conjure a hospital to nursing home COVID-19 patient and dying resident pipeline and then go on his kid brother’s show for an hour every weeknight and trade anecdotes and juvenile snaps and then attempt to fiendishly court a manipulate a 25-year-old woman into having sex inside his statehouse quarters as thousands were still getting infected and dying from the coronavirus.

Then there was all those machinations to maintain Cuomo’s leadership mystique that was build up by corporate news and late night comedy talk show host enabling. Cuomo’s moll Melissa de Rosa and her accomplices had to prefabricate the nursing home data results that tallied another 9,000 coronavirus casualties so Cuomo’s Health Dept. quack Dr. Zucker can release an independent study that put the onus of the blame on the nursing home staffers and the relatives of the residents, even though the nursing homes were the first thing the Governor quarantined to keep out visitors weeks before he ordered to whole state to lock down. This collusion and conspiracy also gave Cuomo the opportunity and the material to work on his best selling book.

With Trump defeated and the decrepit Biden victorious, Andrew the Governor was in total control and emboldened that a trusted establishment ally became chief executive. It didn’t take long for rumors to surface about Biden considering to install Cuomo in the Attorney General’s race. But that story got cockblocked when Lindsay Boyland’s first strike against the LuvGuv in a twitter thread about the culture of intimidation and toxic environment working for and with him for a few years.

Lindsey’s tweet was reported and virtually forgotten along with those silly U.S.A.G. rumors, but it was enough to garner interest in Cuomo’s nursing home scandal again, especially after a  month of Cuomo was micromanaging the vaccine rollout by limiting access to them along with making an abominable online application process making it virtually impossible for the elderly to get inoculated, it was almost like he was inadvertently trying to kill people in a similar way as his March 25th edict did. All of sudden, AG Letitia James released her report demanding an independent investigation into nursing home data, which compelled Dr. Zucker to finally release the actual and suspected body count of over 15,000 people, which is the equivalent of five 9/11s.

In the last few weeks, a tsunami of elected officials who didn’t say a thing about Cuomo’s coverup of the nursing home data has flooded the ether in New York with calls for his resignation, joining the choir of early hardliners who were demanding his removal right after his moll Melissa de Rosa spilled the beans to a select few Democrat officials in the vain hope that the fact that Cuomo didn’t want to let Trump investigate his sanctioned massacre and interfere with the narrative for the book he was starting at the time while cockblocking his sweet million dollar publisher contract.

Also in the room when de Rosa was trying to whitewash Cuomo’s malfeasance was Assemblyman Ron Kim of Flushing, Queens, whose uncle was one of the recently verified 15,000 casualties of Cuomo’s nursing home and housing care edict. Mr. Kim has been a thorn on the governor’s throughout the pandemic and knew there were machinations behind the executive order and was one of the first to condemn Cuomo’s abuse of his emergency powers. After AG Letitia James shocked the state by coming out with an independent investigation in the nursing home data following Cuomo’s quack Health Department commish Zucker’s sudden discovery of the long suspected body count, Kim instantly demanded for Cuomo to be reprimanded and removed from office. This led Andrew to call Kim’s house late in the evening to menace him about what honor is and then threatened to destroy him.

After that desperate and to this day final act of despotic intimidation, the deluge of sexual harassment charges started by Lindsey Boylan followed by 6 more women came flooding in, so did the sudden demands of elected officials left and right come down demanding Cuomo’s resignation and impeachment as well as the obligatory articles documenting his rise and fall from America’s Governor in the age of COVID to the broken tyrant he has become.

“I never touched anyone inappropriately”

                                                                                       Governor Andrew Cuomo

“It’s not a lie if you believe it”

                                                                   Joseph Goebbels  George Costanza

Andrew the Governor, like Bartleby the Scriviner, steadfastly remains in the governor’s seat in the Albany State House and occupies the governor’s mansion while continuing to deny the severity of his flirtations and deflecting blame of his decisions that unnecessarily killed thousands to the former President as well as on the residents next of kin and the Lord Almighty. While he, like every other American under investigation and in captivity, has the right to due process and is not the least intimidated by the solidarity calls for his self-abolishing by his political peers in the Democrat Party. Which makes sense considering that they didn’t think his resignation or impeachment was warranted at the time AG James made his coverup of the nursing home deaths an official criminal case. And as for the media’s belated 180 degree turnaround in their coverage of the Governor, it’s obviously more for clicks and hearts and ad space revenues than it is for justice for his collective victims in the nursing homes and the Albany statehouse and governor’s mansion. Which shows the rise of shameless expediency in corporate news media and politics is as bad as Cuomo’s scandals.

Regardless of these latecomers, it’s still good to see more piling on the Governor’s toxic megalomania, current pariah status and his legacy of tyrannical brutality, political crony patronage and perpetual incompetence running and ruining the state of New York for 2 and 3/4 terms and ultimately his manufactured charlatan ruse of being the default master alpha dog of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the Governor desired to have attractive women as aides to do secretarial duties, his bureaucratic team led  Magnificent Melissa de Rosa and her associates acted as Cuomo’s Variants,  hammering his orders via proxy to his underlings, advisors and elected officials, which were used in manic effect when they were prefabricating the nursing home death totals. This culture of intimidation was also apparent in the rushing of the opening of the Mario Cuomo Bridge despite infrastructure hazards so he can drive an old museum car over it.

But it isn’t like he sadistically did all those horrible things because of the power he held and wielded especially during the pandemic; he did it out of love. During his emmy-winning daily biriefings (and on his COVID mountain poster), Cuomo would sign off by stating that love wins. But in retrospect, the way Cuomo conducted himself and consciously diminished and undermine his staffers, aides and even high officials while making unwanted advances, it was more based on a philosophy that fear wins. While Ron Kim was shooting signal flares about apparent malfeasance in nursing homes following the death of his uncle while no one was paying attention, I saw this fear manifested when I got immediately blocked by a comedian who became famous for parodying Cuomo’s briefings when I suggested to do mimicries of his gaslighting statements as suspicions were starting to mount about his nursing home policy decisions that exacerbated the deaths of elderly residents. It really showed how far Cuomo’s frightening aura can reach people.

Or it might not end at all, despite the solidarity outrage. Because even after AG James report and the viral news and his menacing phone call to Assemblyman Kim, he was still allowed to enter the White House by President Joe Biden to have a sit-down meeting about the pandemic recovery with governors from other states. The most glaring thing of all that is Cuomo is still the leader of the National Governors Associated and has not been asked to step down from that position either.

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This is probably why Cuomo will not relent or even repent, because apparently the pandemic has made him too essential because of all the praise and accolades from corporate news and his former elected allies. Plus he’s still considered Democrat Party Establishment Heirarchy. And who knows what dirt the LuvGuv has on Biden.

Another thing that’s surely giving Cuomo confidence to hold on to his elected position is that he is still quite popular. He even still polls higher than the wretchedly opportunistic Mayor de Blasio who finally mustered to courage to say the word resign and has designs of primarying him for the seat in 2022. And his base on social media is very vast, these Cuomo variants (christened as #CuoAnon by stalwart Assembly Woman Yuh-Line Niou) have been relentlessly attacking Ms. Boylan and the other 6 (and counting) women, trying to cast a narrative of doubts about the timing of their accusations, never mind the confirmed fact that Cuomo hid the real data of dead people to manufacture consent of his farce leadership that is now under federal investigation.

This is another thing why Cuomo continues to repeat his claim about never being inappropriate with women around him, because he thought his lechery was playful, telling a reporter to “eat the whole sausage” and mansplaining to another how she “does a disservice to women” it’s amazing that he kisses his mother with that mouth.   Also even after he recently incriminated himself with his ME-a Culpa press conference where he feigned fraught emotions and remorse. But his infinite refrain of lies about the nursing home deaths coverup of which he still hasn’t apologized for are still being overlooked; lies to protect his inherently evil decisions to ensure his million dollar book deal and protect his nursing home and hospital executive and hedge fund donors.

As of this writing,it has been 354 since Governor Cuomo signed the law mandating nursing homes to accept #COVID19 patients and 347 days since he gave them immunity. And even though he rescinded the edict of mandating nursing homes to take COVID patients last May, a similar edict implemented in April mandated that group homes for people with disabilities had to accept and treat COVID patients and it’s still in effect even after a month of Cuomo’s double scandals. This malfeasance and maltreatment of New York State’s most vulnerable and aged along with the nursing homes and the initial vac rollout brings to mind when Cuomo was going to make cuts to Medicaid in last year’s budget right when the outbreak was about to kill thousands in a matter of hours. Even though it was thankfully not ratified,  it looks like with the majority of elderly and disabled killed by COVID-19, it already fulfilled the neoliberal driven measure of the cuts and recouping all that funding by vanishing them off the state coffers. And because of the immunity, there would be no one to blame but the Lord and Mother Nature.

In his rotten mind and soul, Andrew the Governor is beyond reproach and above the laws, even if his villainous exploitation of the pandemic is going to put him in the history books with other disgraced officials and even dictators from around the world for their autocratic decision leading to mass deaths. But he still there, opening up vaccination sites and having press conferences like everything is still new normal in the new leadership crisis of his own doing. No matter how many more prominent Democrats come out (and it looks like all of them did) Cuomo is not going to resign because he thinks he alone can make New York recover from the pandemic. He will continue to deny all charges of sexual abuse. Verbal and physical. There truly is no bigger ego in the universe.

As with the vaccines, we all are going to have to exercise a lot more patience for Cuomo’s latest American Crisis to come to truly fitting end.

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Update:

President Biden gives Cuomo a pass. Making him the only and most important elected official and Establishment Democrat not to call for his resignation.

N.W.F.C. Biyaaatch.

 

Goodnight

Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 66, Boxer,  7 Year World Champion

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Roger Mudd, 93, Journalist, Correspondent, Anchorman, CBS News

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Yaphet Kotto, 81, Actor, Film And Television

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Lou Ottens, 94, Inventor Of Cassettes

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Lars Göran Petrov, 49, Lead Singer, Entombed

 

Norman Juster, 92, Author

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Mark Pavelich, Hockey, Forward, 1980 Gold Medal Winner, New York Rangers

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Irv Cross, 81, Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles And L.A. Rams; Sportscaster And Correspondent, CBS Sports

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Bunny Wailer, 73, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter, The Wailers

James Burke, 70, Singer, The Five Stairsteps

“Someday, we’ll put it together and we’ll get it undone”

Murder Suspect Escapes From Rikers Island As City Council Finds The Time To Make It A Public Space

AMNY

City officials began taking steps Monday for Rikers Island to become a public space by 2026 — synchronizing with the Mayor’s borough based jail plan that would leave the island vacant in the same year.

A uniform land use review procedure was filed on Dec. 2 that would reclassify the Bronx island as a public space, rather than a jail facility, according to a statement from City Hall.

The ULURP at hand will “officially prohibit the incarceration of individuals there after Dec. 31, 2026,” though it doesn’t address what the future holds for Rikers Island.

“The proposed mapping action does not lead to any new development or construction on its own,” that statement noted, adding that any future plans – such as housing development, green energy facilities or the prospect of expanding LaGuardia Airport —will require a new planning and public review process, including a separate approval for and environmental review.

The announcement came after the city began the procedure of closing facilities on Rikers Island along with the Brooklyn Detention Center in preparation for the new and upcoming jail plan.

“We are moving away from the failed policies of mass incarceration and showing the world that Rikers days are numbered,” said Council Speaker Corey Johnson, adding that the remapping of Rikers “shows our deep commitment to closing” all of the jails there.

De Blasio reiterated Johnson’s sentiment: “We’re charting a new course forward for the island and the people of New York City.”

Eyewitness News  

Police are searching for a suspected murderer who was mistakenly released from Rikers Island because of a paperwork error.

Christopher Buggs, 26, was awaiting trial in a 2018 murder when he was released on an unrelated case.

In the unrelated case, he was sentenced to 30 days of time served for criminal contempt.

He’s accused of killing 55-year-old Ernest Brownlee outside a bodega in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Brownlee was apparently a career criminal who killed two men in the 1980s.

The Correction Department says it is conducting a full investigation into how Buggs was released.

“We are aware of this incident and a full investigation into how this happened is underway. Right now we are working with our law enforcement partners to return this individual to custody,” Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne said.

“This is being fully investigated right now. We are going to put additional safeguards in place to make sure this never happens again. it’s very frustrating. It was based on a court order, but it was apparently one case that this inmate had connected to him, but there were other charges obviously as well that should have meant he remained incarcerated. So we are going to get a full review of this immediately, make whatever changes we have to. In the meantime, we have a high level of confidence that he will be re-apprehended shortly,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

The Blaz has such a talent with words. Might say he has the best words. The way he stretches this statement to avoid literally saying murder would make Mr. Fantastic lose all his limbs. It’s like Da Mayor managed to finagle all that yoga exercise he did (feigned) at the Park Slope Y into another verbal skill set to evade accountability and embarrassment. It’s a wonder what the case the fugitive was being arraigned for, but the Blaz has this phobia about transparency that the press can’t even inform the public what it is, although the reporter might have a phobia about follow up questions.

There should be no doubt about what de Blasio and Cojo and the Council Cronies intentions for Rikers Island are now. This public space designation is not for the public, like a place to go picnicking or an arts and crafts festival, its a front for a land grab in the near future and the city is willing to sacrifice the safety and lives of it’s citizens in order to justify demolishing Rikers. Even as the city has seen a rise in felony crimes in the last 2 years, notably shootings, stabbings and slashings and murder. This is also in concert with the coming city approved 4 tower jails in 4 boroughs, which has been preemptively been rejected by all communities where they will placed and New York State’s dreadfully mistaken bail reform legislation that exempted over a hundred serious felonious crimes from bail consideration.

The Blaz, the idiot that he is, characteristically laid all the cards out on the table now for Rikers closing as well as his and the collective disconnect of everyone involved in the delusional mission to shut down the island. It shouldn’t be hard for the next mayor to immediately put the kibosh on this and work on an expansive reform plan to make the prisons somewhat of a safe haven instead of spreading the criminality culture already present in prisons to four different residential areas.

But never mind all that, there is an actual fugitive who was charged with things that should have kept him incarcerated on the loose. Best be aware of your spaces that you will happen to be around at a certain time and place.

 

Mayor de Blasio’s Tax Boondoggle Wife Wants You To Get Your Ass Kicked Or Killed For THRIVE

New York, New York

Looks like Chirlane McCray de Blasio has a major problem. In the umpteenth pathetic attempt to justify the existence of the city’s THRIVE mental health program and administrative office, Chirlie’s idiot husband has decided to draw back the NYPD from responding to emergency complaints regarding people having dangerous mental episodes replace them with “violence interrupter” social workers and counselors to quell these situations. Just one problem, the city is having trouble hiring people to take this job, even with the decent government salary and guaranteed health insurance.

Well, Chirlie’s got to answer to that little conundrum and has decided to add another mission to her program by also having people interrupt violent outcomes from racial and xenophobic bias attacks. Apparently, because of the low interest to work for THRIVE, she is outsourcing these tasks to citizens and gave a brief orientation on her government twitter account. Sourcing instructions from some account she follows, she lays out 5 D’s in what to do when the situation arises as you are commuting to work, waiting for your train on the subway or hanging out on the street or strolling through the park one day.

If there is are D’s to describe this, they are obviously, Dumb, Dangerous and ultimately, Disaster.

Dumb: An aggressor/harasser, whether mentally ill or a regular bully, is going to ignore you if you ask him/her the time and if there was an authority figure around (she can’t just say a cop, because the city is trying to abolish and defund them) that aggressor would be hesitant already.

Dangerous: If you tried to film the situation/attack on your phone, the aggressor would smack it out of your hand and probably attack you or has seen in thousands of viral videos, filming with your celly doesn’t deter crime nor people from settling down. Besides there will surely be other people filming too, because they are not going to call the cops.

Disaster: Obviously, you have to consider the size of the aggressor and see if you want to stand up against him/her. And if you tried to “direct” the attacker would not only have assaulted or killed his target, but would demolish the violence interrupter too. Might as well add a fourth D for Demise.

If there is anything transparent about this, it’s not only that people are not going to risk their health or lives intervening in violent situations without a way to defend themselves unless they know how to beat someone up with an Ipad, is that the billion dollars Chirlie spent on the THRIVE program is bone dry and her husband can’t siphon money from other services to justify it anymore, mainly because of the pandemic and getting millions vaccinated. And now she expects the people of New York City to bail her dumb ass out and to take passive vigilante advice from some twitter account.

Sage hand-me-down wisdom from a disconnected elitist that has benefited immensely from government nepotism with the luxury of having a police escort.

UPDATE:

This is pretty rich, the activist account Chirlie cited for you to heed as unpaid volunteers to interrupt violence is tied to make up monolith corporation L’Oreal. So if you get your face bashed in middle of utilizing their 5 D’s against a person having a psychotic episode or try to step in front of a gang of racist bullies about to get a little ultraviolent, their products can come in handy covering up those bruises and stitches.

 

 

New Bad Days 82: Homeless Man Murders Two Homeless People On The Last Stops On The A Train Which Inspires Overdue Presence Of Police On City Transit As Violence And Crime Continues To Happen Underground And On The Els; Man Gets Murdered In Cold Blood Trying To Break Up A Rumble Caused By A Gambling Den Robbery; Gang Gets Busted With Loaded Gats On Birthday Party Bus; Little Girl Left To Wander The Streets At Night By Her Mom; Cops Unload Over 30 Bullets On Alleged Armed Graffiti Artist; Queens Is Still Burning As Flushing House Fire Kills A Man And His Son And A Block Of Small Businesses Get Torched; House Explodes And Corporate Local News Doesn’t Sufficiently Scrutinize The Landlord For Making Illegal Utility Hookups That Caused It; App Bike Delivery And Car Service Workers Continue To Succumb To Holdups; Home Invasion Gun Point Burglaries, Muggings Of The Elderly, Hit And Run Traffic Killings, Street Slashings and Stabbings, Street Fights And Shootouts And Shootings And More Random Attacks Continues Upward Trajectories

Abandon hope all ye who enter here

On the last New Bad Days post, Mayor de Blasio was questioned by CBS New York’s Marcia Kramer about the undeniable subway violence crisis that has gripped the city and flat out denied it, while using his talent with words to passively aggressively insinuate that she was fomenting fear and reinforcing lies. And in the process of that response, told thousands of commuters that they were only imagining the proliferation of random attacks, street fighting, muggings and even attacks on police officers that were occurring and accounted on the news and social media postings.

The arrogant mayor mused aloud:

“We had an incredible and total disruption in 2020. Our entire lives were turned upside down, a global pandemic, a perfect storm – and we are in the process of overcoming that,”

Exactly a week later, the unthinkable, mostly to the willfully disconnected mind of The Blaz, happened in the most horrific and bloodiest weekend on mass transit in decades.

In Far Rockaway at the Mott Ave. Station, a man was found dead on the A train  with stab wounds all over his neck and chest, looking like he was slaughtered while he was sleeping on the seats. Hours later in Inwood at the 207th Station, a woman was also butchered to death on the A train. Both murders tragically took place at the last stops of the A line.

Other bloody random attacks occurred prior and after the slaughters at the 181 St. Station in Washington Heights on the same A transit line. Just before noon, a disabled 67-year-old homeless man got stabbed twice by a man on the platform when his assailant announced he was going to kill him and another man got stabbed twice while he was sleeping on the stairwell. Both victims survived.

All of the victims were homeless.

The killer, dubbed the “A Train Ripper” by the NY Post (which didn’t catch on) and got arrested later in the early evening after a massive NYPD deployment when cops found him on the street covered in blood and possessing a 6-inch knife with the handle wrapped in a bandanna. The man confessed to both homicides and the 2 other random attacks

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Like his victims, the culprit was also homeless and living in a shelter in Gowanus. He was also mentally disturbed and had prior arrests, recently when he was caught on the streets possessing a knife and baggies of cocaine last October. A few days before the random attacks and office, the city gave him a housing voucher and he visited his sister in Washington Heights to help him move, but went on a homicidal violent rage for in a 12 hour span on the A train instead.

Despite safety net aid from the city and many chances from his family, the culprit could not be saved. And his victims as well, for they chose to chance sleeping on the subway instead of city shelters, on the general presumption that they are safer down there.

After much outcry, confirmed and established fears from commuters and kin of the victims of subway violence, and the expected overdue reaction to only respond to an emergency when deaths occur, de Blasio finally ordered the NYPD to deploy 644 cops to the transit system even if in the deep recesses of his mind he still believes all these attacks are only anecdotes. But it’s not just him. The longest interim president (or interim president of anything) of NYC Transit “Train Nanny” Sarah Feinberg still proclaims the subway is still safe to use and like the Blaz, accused local news of hyperbole in their coverage of the chaos on the rails and platforms that are scaring commuters into riding bikes and driving cars instead, even though she believes and has demanded that the subway needs a thousand more cops to make commuting safe again.

It’s this duplicity exhibited by both the Mayor and Feinberg that will not ameliorate  the random and intentional acts of violence underground and on the Els nor will it instill confidence amongst citizens to bring subway ridership back to even a quarter of pre-pandemic levels. Not to mention to continuing perpetual failure of the city’s homeless and mental health services  that’s another long sorry ass story).

But at least we can pay the fare with our cellphones…

Queens

South Jamaica home invaders tie up five people at gunpoint in cash grab

In South Jamaica, three men sneaked into a backyard and flashed their guns at five people hanging outside and tied them up with zip-ties. After pistol whipping one of the captives, the trio found 40 large in cash in the house and made the  dashe.

Also in Jamaica at the Sutphin Blvd/Archer Ave. Station, a man made lascivious gestures to another man as he was walking his friends to the train, then he confronted him as he was coming back and slashed him on his hands.

In Queens Village, a man murdered his 78-year-old mother by slaying her with a machete inside her apartment. He once worked for the NYPD and suffered from mental illness. His relatives have made many calls to the city’s Thrive mental health service and never got any help.

In St. Albans, a man got shot to death in broad daylight while sitting in his Jeep on the street where he lived.

In Flushing, two men sneaked into a woman’s house while she was taking out the trash and then they attacked her when she came back in and beat her down to the floor and robbed $3,000 and two cellphones.

Also in Flushing, a house got engulfed in flames from a fire ignited by a faulty powerstrip in a backyard shed, killing a 65-year-old man and his 6-year-old son.

Again in Flushing, a man yelled xenophobic slurs at a woman inside a store and followed her outside, threw an object at her and shoved her to the pavement.

The man was arrested a few days later after former Daily Show correspondent Olivia Munn demanded his arrest on social media because the victim was the mother of a friend of hers. It might disappoint the The Newsroom star that the man was released a few days later because of the bail reform laws that treats assault and battery like spitting on the sidewalk.

And again in Flushing, a man was found dead lying face down in a puddle nearby Citifield.

In Ridgewood, a man and three women got busted by the DEA  for running a heroin and fentanyl drug ring inside their apartment.

In Rosedale, two men stalked a man who was walking home and grabbed him at the front door and stuck a gun to his back. Then the gunman pistol-whipped him while his accomplice robbed $400.

In Hammels, a woman got hit in the leg from a stray bullet that went through her bedroom window from a shootout on the street.

In Far Rockaway, a woman got shot in the head on the street from a drive-by in broad daylight.

In Jackson Heights, a gang of two men and a woman jumped another woman on the sidewalk and robbed her purse after knocking her to the pavement and kicking her multiple times.

Also in Jackson Heights, a speakeasy party in a basement of a restaurant attended by 300 revelers got kiboshed in a raid by NYC sheriffs.

Again in Jackson Heights, a massive fire torch a row of small businesses causing injuries to 6 firefighters trying to put out the blaze for 4 hours.

In Astoria, a man held up a liquor store by feigning to have a gun in his pocket and scared a worker to give him $450 while a man was delivering boxes of booze.

Also in Astoria, cops pulled over two men in an expensive sports car and then the driver hit the gas pedal and sped off and crashed into two parked vehicles. Then the duo abandoned the car and ran away.

In Long Island City, a man was caught with over a million and a half bogus high grade face masks in his warehouse with the intent to sell them to health care institutions and hospitals.

Also in Long Island City, a man brought a 13-year-old girl to a hotel and took photos of her naked while plying her with pot and booze.

In Sunnyside, two men harassed a woman on the sidewalk and got offended by something and decided to spit on her and smacked her on the head with a skateboard.

In Richmond Hill, a 15-year-old boy stabbed two other teenage males in their backs during a street fight.

In Kew Gardens, a woman was found dead in Forest Park after being reported missing for a week.

In Glendale, a man got shot to death in his car in a drive-by when car stopped next to him at an intersection and the driver and killer engaged in an argument with him.

In Maspeth, a speakeasy party at a commercial building got raided by NYC sheriffs.

Also in Maspeth, a man ran into the while on fire after his car exploded.

In Forest Hills at the 71st Ave/Continental Ave Station, a row of cars was thoroughly bombed with graffiti.

Also in Forest Hills at the 67th Ave. Station, a teenage boy beat up a 12-year-old boy on the mezzanine and stole his bike, then got on the R train heading for Brooklyn.

In Ozone Park, a woman got killed by her own SUV when a car wash worker who was drunk on the job ran her over when he took it out of the wash.

In Woodhaven, a two-alarm fire torched the second floor of a rowhouse apartment building, injuring two tenants.

In Elmhurst, a man bumped and grinded a woman from behind on a city bus.

In Woodside, a chain electronics retailer’s storage warehouse’s roof partially collapsed and debris took down one of its walls.

In Corona, NYC sheriffs raided a speakeasy party being held in an illegal niteclub attended by 150 people.

In North Corona, a man met up with three men on the sidewalk, shook their hands then shot one of them to death in broad daylight.

In Hunters Point, two men got shot and hit twice on the street before the crack of dawn.

On Rikers Island, two C.O.’s colluded with 10 gangmembers in a drug ring by smuggling K-2 laced on comic books and court papers delivered to the convicts.

An 18-year-old gang member that got caught possessing a gun and landed back in prison because of a repeat offense will be acquitted of his crime when he graduates high school.

Manhattan

In Greenwich Village at the West 4th St. Station, two men got into an argument on the D train that escalated into a fight and one of them getting his face slashed.

Also in Greenwich Village, a man jumped out of his car and ran towards a pedestrian  whacked him in the head with beam and threw coffee on him in a fit of road rage.

Again in Greenwich Village at the Christopher St. Station, a man accompanying his girlfriend to her commute home because of their fears of the rise in subway violence, got sucker-punched and stabbed by a man on the platform as he tried to defend her and himself.

And again in Greenwich Village, a man vandalized an NYU building wall with swastikas and racist trope graffiti.

And again in Greenwich Village and again at the West 4th St. Station, a panhandler slashed a man on his hand when he was unsatisfied with his donation.

In Midtown at the 51st St. Station, 2 teenagers beat up a 70-year-old man on the 6 train.

Also in Midtown, a 73-year-old woman got shoved onto the slushy ground and got repeatedly kicked by a psycho nanny while she had a kid in the stroller as she was trying to enter the bus.

Again in Midtown, two men jumped a pizza delivery man as he was about to drop off a pie and beat him down and robbed his cellphone and $300.

And again in Midtown, a man got attacked by a couple inside a 7-11 and got beaten down, thrown against the beverage refrigerators and stabbed in the back three times.

And again in Midtown at the 42nd St. Station, a man followed a 72-year-old man as he exited the 7 train and then pushed him, causing his face to fall onto the platform floor and then he ran away.

And again in Midtown, a BLM protest went awry when a group of demonstrators swarmed a NY Daily News photographer and beat him down to the ground, presuming he was an undercover cop. After the demonstrators went on the sidewalk and an automated message declaring the protest an “unlawful assmebly”, hundreds of cops still charged after them and pushed them further back as they were dispersing while the militia of cops lawfully assembled on the street. 11 people were arrested during the one-sided clash.

And again in Midtown, an 84-year-old man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing the street.

And again in Midtown, a man broke into a cigar store and robbed 3 bags of cigars worth 57 large (!!!??).

And again in Midtown, at the 59th St./Lexington Ave. Station, a man got into an argument and started brawling with two UPS workers on the N train and slashed them both with a pocket knife.

And again in Midtown, a construction worker died from a 16-story fall from a hospital building under renovation.

And again in Midtown, a man ripped off two tablets from a concierge table from a restaurant. The criminal also attacked a woman with a garbage bag and hit her head in Union Square, slashed a man in the face to settle an argument in Chinatown, ripped off $300 from a restaurant cash register in Koreatown and robbed a camera and a tablet from a restaurant concierge table in Tribeca.

In Herald Square and Upper East Side, a man grabbed a woman’s ass at the  34th St Station and grabbed two women’s asses while riding the escalator at the 63rd St/Lexington Ave. Station in two consecutive days.

In Times Square, a 64-year-old  woman got killed when a dumptruck ran over her while she was crossing the street.

Also in Times Square at the 42nd St. Station, a man randomly sucker punched a 71-year-old woman in the face and ran away.

In Grand Central Station, a man bashed a bike lock on a 63-year-old man’s head during an argument that got physical.

In NoMad, four men hassled a woman and a man as they were waiting for an app-hail driver and then called them racial and homophobic slurs and one of the goons punched the woman in the face.

In Madison Square Park, a gang of Black Lives Matter activists surrounded a woman doing a streaming video and two of them attacked her by throwing eggs and spraying silly string on her and also hitting her with a skateboard and shoving a soiled diaper in her face while their pals were inciting their attack by calling her a nazi and a Trump supporter.

In Hell’s Kitchen, two men got into a fight inside a deli and then they took their brawl outside and concluded with one of them getting slashed in the throat.

Also in Hell’s Kitchen, a couple plied a couple of teenage girls they picked up hitchhiking in Cincinnatti  with drugs and booze inside a hotel room.

In Penn Station at the 34th St. Station, a woman repeatedly stabbed a 60-year-old man in the back following an argument on the 1 train.

In Union Square, a man randomly pushed another man onto the N/R train tracks.

In Chelsea, a boy rode up on his bmx bike to a cab driver parked on the curb and sucker punched him twice through the window and robbed his tip cup containing $155.

In the East Village, a man knocked a 60-year-old man unconscious after he punched him in the face when the elder man confronted him and cursed him out, causing him to fall and crack his skull following an argument on the street. The elder man died from his injuries weeks later.

Also in the East Village, demonstrators participating in a BTLM march and vandalized a restaurant and harassed their customers.

Again in the East Village, a man punched a 68-year-old man in the face on the sidewalk because he felt his personal space was invaded.

And again in the East Village, thieves broke into a liquor store and cleaned the place out, looting over 2,000 bottles of wine and booze worth $300,000.

In the Lower East Side, a pizza delivery man got hit by a car while riding his bike under the Williamsburg Bridge and the driver bailed.

Also in the Lower East Side, a man got into a shouting match with another man who almost hit him with his car, then the pedestrian took out a gun and shot at 5 times as the other man was driving towards the Williamsburg Bridge and a stray bullet hit a 75-year-old woman who was standing on the pedestrian/bike path median entrance.

Again in the Lower East Side, a man randomly punched a man in the face as he was on the stairwell of the East Broadway station.

In Tribeca, three men hassled two boys while feigning to be cops and then grabbed their wallets and ripped off $350. The goons then got into a beef with a street vendor, who made the mistake of following them and got ganged up and beaten down by them.

In Harlem, a woman nearly killed herself when she fell onto tracks while walking between cars on the C train as it was stopping at the 110th St. Station.

Also in Harlem, a man randomly attacked a 75-year-old man with a brick as he was walking by him.

Again in Harlem at the 125th Station, a man sucker punched a 68-year-old woman in the head and ran away.

And again in Harlem, a man got into a dispute with two other men inside a deli and then one of them shot him in the gut and back.

And again in Harlem at the 116th Station, a homeless woman aggressively panhandling commuters on the C train got in a woman’s face and then attacked her when the woman told her to keep appropriate distance as she stepped her foot and then she swung punches at her 2-year-old son. Other commuters on the train ignored the assault as it was happening.

And again in Harlem, a man stabbed another man on the 2 train during a robbery.

And again in Harlem at the 138th St. Station, a man cursing up a storm for 3 stops on the 6 train sucker punched a conductor in the face through the cab window and ran away. The victim also witnessed three fellow transit conductors get assaulted on his route a few weeks earlier.

And again in Harlem, a man got hit by a stray bullet while he was crossing the street when another man was aiming his gun at another car and missed four times.

And again in Harlem, a man killed himself inside a beauty salon when he fell to the floor after breaking in to rob it.

In East Harlem, a man shoplifted eight pints of ice cream from a chain pharmacy and tried to give the cops the slip by climbing over a fence and getting stuck on a ledge 30 feet above the ground.

Also in East Harlem, a man lured a 9-year-old girl and groped her inside an apartment building at the Taft Houses.

And again in East Harlem, a intellectually disabled man got brutally stabbed to death in an apartment building stairwell at the Lincoln Houses.

In Morningside Heights, two men looted over $5,000 worth of women’s workout gear from a chain women’s yoga clothing store.

In Washington Heights, a homeless man was found dead lying on the street by the expressway.

In Columbus Circle, a young woman aiding a man lying down on the mezzanine got punched in the face by him because he thought she was trying to hurt him. Then he fought with cops and bit one of them on the face as they were trying to detain him. The woman felt the use of force to restrain him was excessive.

In Central Park, a man approached a 13-year-old girl walking her dog and ask her if he could pet it and to give him a hand job.

Also in Central Park, a 12-year-old boy went on the frozen lake and fell through the ice after disobeying warning signs not to walk on it.

Again in Central Park, a man got beat down to the ice after he was skating on the Wollman Rink with a Trump flag. That’s bringing back the soul of the nation, although that thing shouldn’t have been allowed on the rink anyway being how ludicrously long the pole was.

In the Upper West Side, a 72-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment that went on fire.

Also in the Upper West Side, a man got shot during a shootout on a street corner as he came out of a deli where his foe was awaiting him while sitting in a car parked in front.

In the Upper East Side, two men mugged two women on the same street as they were heading east going downhill.

In Murray Hill, a man drove his e-scooter into a parking garage and found a car with the keys still inside and stole it. The thief abandoned the car in Kips Bay after he scraped a bunch of parked cars.

Also in Murray Hill, a 92-year-old man got killed by a hit-and-run driver while he was crossing the street.

In Gramercy, two men riding on the sidewalk on a scooter jumped an app-food delivery worker and they beat him up and stole his ebike.

In Downtown Manhattan, a cop got arrested for getting drunk on duty.

Also in Downtown Manhattan, a man randomly stuck an 8 inch knife into the back of a man who was walking on the sidewalk because he didn’t like the way he looked at him, then he turned himself in to a security guard working a post at The Tombs. The assailant assaulted a man on the street in Sunset Park the month before

NYPD incident in South Ferry subway station

Again in Downtown Manhattan at the South Ferry Station, cops caught a man smoking on the subway on the platform and detained him. As they were escorting him out, the man spat on and then attacked the cops on the stairs and then he fell down a flight of steps along with two cops that were holding him. The man then landed on the cop and headbutted him, then the cop flipped him over and pummeled his face as the man continued to resist arrest and attempted to reach for his gun while two other cops tried to hold him down.

And again in Downtown Manhattan, a court officer committed suicide by shooting himself inside of a men’s room at the Family Court house.

In Tribeca, NYC sheriffs raided a speakeasy party attended by 200 people at an event space.

Also in Tribeca, a man stalked a woman and tried to rape her on the street after he engaged in small talk with her on a subway train.

Somewhere in New York City, a man got into an argument with a bodega worker and they got into a brawl behind the counter.

Brooklyn

Police investigate after three people were stabbed on 57th Street and 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, New York on Friday, February 26.

In Sunset Park, a brawl erupted in the basement a Chinese take-out restaurant where a gambling ring was going on after three men tried to rob it. The fighting continued outside between the thieves and the patrons, leading to three robbers getting stabbed. A Samaritan who saw the brawl tried to intervene because he thought it was a bias related attack and got stabbed four times in the chest with a screwdriver and later died from his wounds.

The assailant and ten other men involved in the rumble ran away. The killer got arrested a few days later and was found he served time for killing a man 24 years earlier.

In Crown Heights, cops responding to a domestic disturbance at a couple’s apartment escalated when the man swung a knife at one of them, leading the other cop to shoot him.

In East New York, a man was beaten to a pulp on a street corner by two men following an argument with them and died from his injuries 11 days later.

Also in East New York, two people demonstrating against the arrival of an Amazon warehouse got arrested for trespassing.

Again in East New York, a NYPD patrol cruiser responding to an emergency smashed into an app-hail livery cab driver’s car as he was trying to turn.

In Bushwick at the Kociuscko Street Station, a paranoid man confronted a commuter on the J train and accused him of stalking him and threatened to kill him. Then he tried to do that by slashing him in the face.

In Bushwick, xenophobic graffiti targeting Chinese people was found scrawled on the walls of an L train station.

In Bed-Stuy at the Kociuscko St. Station, where a paranoid man  confronted a commuter on the J train and suddenly lashed out at him, accusing him of stalking him. Then he threatened to kill him and took out a knife and slashed him in the face. The train conductor managed to witness this random attack and aided the victim. But when they tried to hold him for the cops to arrive, the man broke free and ran out of the station.

Also in Bed-Stuy, a man got shot to death by two men following an argument with them in front of an apartment building where he lives at the Stuyvesant Gardens houses.

Again in Bed Stuy, a man stalked a 62-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk and grabbed her and dragged her into an alley. The man’s attempt to rape her was thwarted when she fought back. The deviant got caught at the Port Authority Station trying to flee the state.

In Brownsville, two speakeasy ragers in commercial building basements got raided by the city sheriffs.

In East Flatbush, a man got into an heated argument with a bus driver and then spat on him as he was departing. Then the bus driver chased him and the skell grabbed a 2×4 and bashed him on the head.

Also in East Flatbush, an auto body shop went up in flames.

In Red Hook, a man packing two guns on him got shot to death in front of an apartment building in a gang-related ambush.

In Flatbush, a man suspected and arrested of a shooting refused to use his right to remain silent while being handled by dozens of cops trying to put him in a patrol car.

Also in Flatbush, a man got into an argument with a man on a bicycle who refused to give him money. Then the man grabbed a bat and repeatedly hammered him down to the asphalt and knocked him unconscious.

In Cypress Hills, an abandoned brownstone apartment building went up in flames.

In Downtown Brooklyn at the Jay St./Metrotech Station, a man standing on the tracks got killed by the arriving F train.

Also in Downtown Brooklyn, cops pulled over a mini-bus and found 40 inside throwing a birthday bash for a gangbanger and also 8 fully-load semi-automatic guns. 11 men and 3 boys got arrested including the birthday boy, who just turned 18 and lost his minor status and got caught sitting on one of the gats.

Cops released an image via Twitter of the slew of guns they said were found on the party bus in Brooklyn.

Again in Downtown Brooklyn at the Hoyt St. Station, a man got slashed in the hand after being ganged up on by three men and a woman.

And again in Downtown Brooklyn and again at the Hoyt St. Station, three men ganged up on a man and beat him down on the platform.

And again in Downtown Brooklyn at the Flatbush Ave. Station, a man walked up to a woman sitting on a bench on the 2 train and came on her jacket.

In Greenpoint, a crane snapped and dangled on the side of a 30-story luxury apartment building still under development.

In Brooklyn Heights, a man got held up at gunpoint on the street by two men and they forced him to withdraw a grand from an ATM and took his wallet too.

Also in Brooklyn Heights, four boys ganged up on an app-food delivery man and tried to rob his bike.

In Fort Greene at the Nevins St. Station, a man stuck a knife up at a commuter and robbed his cellphone.

Also in Fort Greene, a man smacked another man in the face and pushed a shopping cart into him after he was refused to put a mask on indoors.

Again in Fort Greene, two men stole two cigar boxes containing 1,800 bucks from a smoke shop.

And again in Fort Greene, two men stuck up a delivery man and robbed his phone and 43 bucks.

And again in Fort Greene, a man gave up his phone to two men after he had a knife jabbed to his throat while he was about to get on his bike.

And again in Fort Greene, a man had his ebike stolen when he went inside a bodega to make a delivery.

And again in Fort Greene, a man stabbed a dog after he threatened the owner not to go near his own dog , stemming from recent incidents where the two dogs growled at each other at the park.

In Gowanus at the 4th Avenue/9th St. Station, two pigeons jumped another pigeon and pushed it in front of the arriving G train in broad daylight and people didn’t try to stop it.

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In Clinton Hill, two men broke into an apartment building and robbed delivery packages from the lobby.

In DUMBO, a woman had $5,000 worth of camera equipment ripped off from her car after she left her trunk open while she was away for a few minutes. Can’t think of better area to be that fucking dumb.

Also in DUMBO, a man had his bike robbed while he was making a food delivery.

In Carroll Gardens, a hit-and-run driver killed a man while he was crossing the street.

Also in Carroll Gardens, a woman got killed while crossing the street by a drunk driver in broad daylight.

In Williamsburg, a protest against the acquittal of Rochester cops for killing Daniel Prude went awry when demonstrators took out their frustrations on random citizens, setting fires and throwing garbage on the street and vandalizing restaurant windows. The NYPD deployed 300 cops against a little over 30 demonstrators and arrested a nine of them.

Also in Williamsburg, a man snatched a ceremonial prayer blanket and credit cards from a car and rode away on his bike.

Again in Williamsburg, a 6-year-old got killed when his bus driver shut the door on him  and ran him over when the child momentarily stepped in front of the bus.

And again in Williamsburg at the Marcy Ave. Station, a man stabbed another man on the J train.

In Coney Island at the Stillwell Ave. Station, a man feigning to be lost asked a 17-year-old boy to help him and then as he was looking for directions for him on his phone, nother man ripped the phone out his hands and gave it to the man who ran with it. The boy caught the thief and got pushed onto the tracks during the tussle to get it back.

Also in Coney Island, a new born baby was found dead inside a dumpster that was left there by her mother after she first told police that it was missing.

Again in Coney Island, a man and a cab driver having an row over payment escalated when the man shot at him. But he missed and the stray bullet hit a woman in the hip while she crossing the street instead.

In Gravesend at the 86th St. Station, a woman grabbed a 60-year-old woman by a metrocard machine and threw her and dragged her on the ground and beat her up while trying to steal her purse as commuters ignored the mugging taking place. The culprit then went into a store and got a plastic bag and threw her sweater in the trash to avoid recognition

In Midwood, two police horses broke free from a stable and leisurely trotted on the streets.

In Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, a man who just got off parole hid in the bushes at Prospect Park and jumped a woman and dragged her back there, stole her cellphone then tried to rape her until she bit him to get him off her.

In Bay Ridge at the 59th St. Station, a man was slashed in the head and face when he tried to break up a fight between two men on the platform.

Also in Bay Ridge at the Bay Ridge Ave. Station, two men beat up a 68-year-old man on the platform and robbed his wallet.

Again in Bay Ridge, a man’s dismembered torso washed ashore by the pedestrian/bike path at Shore Road Park.

In Mill Basin, a candy merchant beat the crap out of another man at the Kings Plaza Mall because he thought he was being handed a fake $100 bill. He ran away with the 100 bucks anyway.

In Bath Beach, a man looted thousands of dollars worth of tools from storage units in a two week span.

Also in Bath Beach, a man clobbered another man with a shovel while they were fighting over a parking space.

Again in Bath Beach, a man jumped on the back of a cop as his partner was trying to slap the cuffs on him during an arrest.

And again in Bath Beach, a man slashed his roommate during a night of drinking booze in their apartment.

In Bensonhurst, two men snatched a scratch lottery ticket dispenser from a bodega in broad daylight.

Also in Bensonhurst, two men jumped a man in front of a bar and beat him down to the pavement and stole his cellphone and wallet.

Again in Bensonhurst, two men broke into a bagel store and robbed $5,500 from the register and the ATM and disabled a security camera.

In Homecrest, an off-duty cop assaulted a man and a woman on a street corner following a traffic dispute.

In Sheepshead Bay, a man attempted to rob a Dunkin’ Donuts with a knife and got overmatched by the counterperson who whipped out a bigger knife, causing the skell to jet.

Bronx

In Mott Haven, a man confronted two cops standing on a corner by their precinct and took a swing at one of them, provoking them to wrestle him down and arrest him. The kook was caught with crack on him.

Also in Mott Haven, a man got shot in the back in front of his girlfriend after his assailant asked him he belonged to a gang and the victim denied it and another man got stabbed six times in an unrelated attack.

In Pelham Bay, two men engaging in an argument with a man who was sitting in his car escalated when one of them shot him three times. The victim wound up dead after he crashed his car into a railing on an overpass to the Bruckner Expressway trying to get away.

In Crotona  at the Southern Blvd/174 St. Station, a woman randomly pushed another woman and then pushed her again, causing her to fall onto the elevated tracks and then ran onto the streets.

Also in Crotona, a Spanish news network got spooked by a crazy lady on the street who knocked down their tripod and camera and ran into their news van and drove away until she left as they left the rest of their equipment behind. Then two men showed up and robbed all their cameras and equipment valued over $47,000 that they left outside. The crew was there to film a segment about the random attack of a woman at the aforementioned train station.

In West Farms, a man was shot to death following a dispute with three men on a street corner and was left to bleed on the street by his car.

In Melrose, cops caught two men tagging a wall and ran after them. While one of them got away, the other man the cops caught to took out a gun and fired 3 shots at them during the tussle, provoking the cops to fire a fusillade back at him, critically wounding him and destroying the .22 mm gun he used against them.

https://nypost.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2021/02/bronx-shooting-gun-cropped.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=1024One of the vandals escaped but cops managed to catch the second man who tussled with the arresting officer and pulled out a gun, letting off three shots, cops said. After the man open fired, the three officers shot him multiple times, according to police.

In Williamsbridge, three men barged into a deli by kicking down the door then they beat down the worker and robbed $600 from the register.

In Hunts Point, a man held up a gas station and robbed it of $600 by mimicking a gun with using his hand in a paper bag.

In Tremont, a woman was found dead in her bedroom inside her apartment by a social worker who was deployed to visit her. The bludgeoned victim had a crack addiction and was abused by her husband.

In Mount Eden, a K-2 drug dealer got into a brawl with a man on the street and then he went to where his foe worked at a deli and shot him to death from a point blank blast to his head. The deli’s owner ran back into the store and the drug dealer shot him in the chest too, but the owner fought back and grabbed him and beat him down on the sidewalk outside with the aid of another worker. The owner then grabbed the killer’s gun during a tussle and shot him in the head.

Also in Mount Eden, a man broken into a chain Mexican food restaurant and left with nothing but glass residue on his jacket.

In Foxhurst at the Hunts Point Ave. Station, a man randomly attacked a woman by hitting her in the head with sock of coins after he accused her of filming him with her phone on the 6 train.

Also in Foxhurst, two men wanted for a jewelry store robbery where they robbed over $100,000 worth of merchandise, held up another jewelry store at gunpoint but only made off with the clerks cellphone and $43.

In Longwood,a man loitering in an apartment building lobby jumped a man on the stairwell and held him up at gunpoint and made off with his bookbag containing $1,700 and two cellphones.

Also in Longwood, four teenagers went into a supermarket and ramsacked the shelves trying to steal items and then got into a brawl with four workers and slashed one of them and wound up stealing 50 bucks.

Again in Longwood, a man got ambushed by two men who barged into his apartment and held him up at gunpoint when he opened the door thinking it was a delivery guy. Then they robbed $4,000 from him after they tied him up.

And again in Longwood, three men ambushed a food-app delivery man and beat him to the pavement and robbed his ebike.

In Mount Hope, two men stuck up a gas station clerk by knifepoint and made off with $1,200. The diabolical duo also held up two delis in Concourse and Washington Heights, making off with $1,100 and stuck up a bodega worker and robbed the store of $6,000 in Fordham Heights a week earlier.

Also in Mount Hope, two men entered a gas station and held up a customer at gunpoint and robbed his jewelry, then shot a security guard in the foot before they split.

Again in Mount Hope, a man haplessly tried to rape two women on the street and inside an apartment building and ran when they fought back.

In Marble Hill, a man got shot in the hand during a shootout with another gunman in another car.

In Wakefield, two men approached a 61-year-old man as he was placing shopping bags on the sidewalk and attacked him in broad daylight. They pushed him to the concrete and dug through his pockets and stole his wallet as pedestrians indifferently walked passed by them.

In Van Nest, a gang of five men pulled a home invasion robbery when one of them got hoisted up the awning for him to enter through a second floor window. Then the prowler let his accomplices inside and they robbed a couple at gunpoint for $120.

In Baychester, a man crashed his car into the back of a city bus and cost his passenger his life while speeding on the streets.

In Morrisania, a NYCHA groundskeeper got caught by cops packing heat during an arrest for shit he stole in the public housing complex he works at.

Also in Morrisania, a man attacked a 73-year-old man and beat him down to the pavement following a dispute between them.

Again in Morrisania, a man threw a hot cup of joe at a city bus driver following an argument over paying the fare.

And again in Morrisania, a man stabbed another man to death after they were brawling on a playground.

In Unionport, a man robbed a purse off a 93-year-old woman after pushing her down on the pavement.

In South Bronx, a 4-year-old girl was left abandoned and walking on the streets after midnight by her mother.

In Concourse, a cop got his hand stuck on the window when the driver rolled it up trying to flee from a traffic stop. The cop shot at the window six times to break free and the suspect escaped.

In Co-Op City, a 73-year-old woman dependent on an oxygen tank died after climbing 18 flights of stairs to her apartment on the 19th floor when her building’s elevator was out of service from a blackout caused by a fire.

In Edenwald, two men impersonating plumbers carrying tool boxes tricked two men into letting them into their house and then held them hostage at gunpoint all day and all night and tortured one of their captives and robbed them of $2,000 and a cellphone.

In Fordham Heights, a man was shot to death in the middle of the street.

In Soundview, a man followed another man onto a city bus and then jumped him and punched and slashed his neck and face with one swipe.

In Parkchester, a man creeped up behind a 60-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk and tapped her on the shoulder and slashed her face when she turned around. Then he got into a car and fled.

In Kingsbridge, DEA agents busted a meth lab/heroin drug ring was being run inside an apartment in a building not far from a school.

Also in Kingsbridge, a 73-year-old woman got killed when an SUV hit her while she was walking in the street pushing a car because the sidewalk wasn’t shoveled.

In Pelham Parkway, a man was found dead and rotting inside an apartment.

In Fordham, a man whipped out his prick and splooged on a woman’s coat while she was making purchases at a department store.

In Highbridge, three men dragged a man out of a deli and beat him on the sidewalk to steal $400 off him.

In Norwood, a man threatened to shoot people in a hospital when staffers refused to allow him to see his dead grandmother because of state pandemic guidelines. He got arrested after a gun was found in his car. Why was this still being enforced when guidelines were lifted weeks before? And what was the danger since she already died?

In Throggs Neck, a man got shot on the leg twice on the street.

In Allerton, a “pro” soccer player got pulled over by the cops and then hit the gas when they noticed bullets lying in plain sight on the passenger seat. He got caught after the pursuit with a stolen gun.

BX EXPLOSION.pngA door hangs from utility wires after being blown across the street by a gas explosion inside a home on Paulding Avenue near Poplar Street in the Bronx, New York on Thursday, February 18.

In Morris Park, a gas explosion blew out the windows and the doors of a 3 family house, causing injuries to 6 children and 3 adults and left four families homeless. Despite the house having a clean record, the Department of Buildings found illegal gas and water line hookups coming from the garage that were installed without permission from the city. The landlord showed up to observe the damage and refused to divulge his name even in front of news correspondents and cameras and even without wearing a face mask.

Why wasn’t this landlord aggressively questioned or identified by both the local news media and city government officials?

Staten Island

In Bullshead, a hit-and-run driver in a stolen car ran a stop sign and  instantly killed a 68-year-old woman and critically injured her 70-year-old husband in their car after he rammed into them while speeding, then he abandoned the car and ran away. The suspect claimed he was chasing someone that robbed him.

In Todt Hill, a young man held up two men at gun point and stole their SUV. Then the two men got into another car and pursued the thief to New Jersey where he crashed the vehicle during the chase.

In Tompkinsville, a man got shot to death in a drive-by shooting while he was driving his car.

In Stapleton, a man got shot on the street and then he drove away while wounded fleeing from his assailant and rear-ended an SUV and died in his car.

Also in Stapleton, a man shot a woman on the street and fled in a car.

Again in Stapleton, a child got hit by a fire engine when it was heading back to the station.

On the Staten Island Ferry, a man holding a 6 ft metal rod got into an argument with a news photographer and then mayoral candidate Andrew Yang calmed him down and everyone was happy. So there’s no need for The Batman to help save Gotham City anymore.

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.

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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.

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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