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“Celebration Day”

Do we have something to celebrate?

I guess the end of the bullshit vaccine passport or C-19 test checking for Southbound Aucklanders on the Waikato Expressway on Monday this week, counts as something. You have to take your wins where you get them.

I doubt many readers of NM are also on Instagram but for anybody under the age of 30 it’s very much a thing. While working on the agricultural contracting job last year I was astounded at the constant camera-sound from a phone as my Irish workmate “communicated” with friends around the world via an endless stream of selfies while I drove us to our harvesting sites.

Then there are the woman of Instagram, exceeded only in obnoxiousness by those on TikTok. The following captures well what’s really going on with those endless photo streams.

I wonder how many dates and marriages will result from all this, or is it all just hookup culture? I guess we’ll know in a few years via surveys.

Back in the real world, increasingly meaning the old world, there were caches of things more valuable than butt-shots.

Is that stack of $500 notes Confederate money? A DDG search says no, and the same for the Union, so perhaps it’s Mexican? I don’t recognise the dude in the picture. Readers are invited to guess or find out. I suppose whoever planted this stash either died or never found their way back to their hiding place.

Jumping back a century or so is another tale of a hard-living chap.

As Captain Benjamin L. Willard would say: “A Tough Mother Fucker!”

And they’re still around. Looks like Hideaki Akaiwa’s story was real enough for Wikipedia, but I’m surprised I’ve never heard of him despite watching several documentaries on the 2011 Japanese Tsunami, given how often we focus on one person’s story amidst many. The lack of body cam video means it can’t compete with Reality TV!

Then there are these heroes, who managed to be heroes while having fun. MUCH FUN.

I wonder why Ferrari, who I think of as the quintessential Italian sport car, have been beaten out for this role by Lamborghini. Also – given that I doubt even modern developments in automotive technology have changed the Italians that much, in that they still love their manual gear shifts – what must the service costs on these babies be like, given Lamborghini’s history.

More history.

And as a final sop to history there’s the story of the sequel to the semi-famous TV series of the late 1990’s, Sex and The City. I saw glimpses of it from time-to-time because it was truly a chick-flick and I never got what was so great about living the loves and travails of four glamorous mid-30’s White Woman in NYC. Still, a lot of ladies around the world loved the characters and their joys and sorrows, all happening in stunningly fashionable clothes and apartments in the New York City of Rudy Guliani, meaning when it wasn’t a shithole like the 1970’s or today.

As a result these fans, now aged twenty more years, were filled with anticipation for the sequel. Had they known any Star Wars fans they’d have guessed what they were in for.

The show is fucking awful, it’s even getting panned by woke Leftie fans who were wanting more than the original four White-girls world. One writer summed it up pretty well by saying that “the writers clearly hate the characters, hate the show and hate the fans”. They even hated the original name and called this one, And Just Like That, which is hopeless. Who could have done this? Fans investigated and…

Yep. The lead writer is someone who hates the characters, hates the show and hates the fans.

So not a celebration then.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 19, 2022 at 6:00 am

Psycho-pathology in politics

That of course was the title of the infamous piece published by Labour MP John A Lee just two days before the sainted Mickey Savage karked it back in 1940.

Labour never forgave him of course, as is their wont: nor, to be fair, did he forgive them. But the reality is that Lee’s crack has been true of all too many political leaders in history. Not just political leaders either. Several years ago an article was published that laid out the similarities between business leaders and psychopaths:

The hallmarks of the psychopathic personality involve egocentric, grandiose behavior, completely lacking empathy and conscience. Additionally, psychopaths may be charismatic, charming, and adept at manipulating one-on-one interactions. In a corporation, one’s ability to advance is determined in large measure by a person’s ability to favorably impress his or her direct manager. Unfortunately, certain of these psychopathic qualities – in particular charm, charisma, grandiosity (which can be mistaken for vision or confidence) and the ability to “perform” convincingly in one-on-one settings – are also qualities that can help one get ahead in the business world.

I’m sure the average Lefty will have no problem making that association, also with certain Right-WIng politicians. Less so with their own idols of worship, like Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory in Australia:

I see he’s had heart surgery recently so one can hope.

Then there’s this asshole, shown here on the cover of his book, published at a time when the US MSM was still slobbering over him.

Cuomo eventually got his beans because he’s another prick who felt entitled enough to get grabby with attractive young woman who strayed into his orbit.

But as this NY Post article put it, however low you think this scum could be,…. “There’s always more, and it’s always worse than you thought. Much worse”:

That’s one lesson from the state Assembly report, which reveals new details of Cuomo’s venality. From sexual harassment to lies about nursing home deaths and his forbidden use of state employees to help finish his book, the governor is convincingly portrayed as a greedy, dishonest man without a shred of decency. 

All of this has actually been known for some time, but you had to be reading Right-Wing news sources like RedState and Powerline to know because the MSM did not want to know, and certainly didn’t want voters to know, until the very end when it became undeniable:

The thing that I always wanted him to be hammered for was the very thing that was ignored even at the end:

The biggest lapse is how the report fails to deal with the impact of Cuomo’s infamous March 25 order of last year that required nursing homes to admit discharged hospital patients infected with COVID-19. The order also barred the sites from even testing the patients until they were admitted. 

Exactly, and the resulting death toll was in the thousands. At best he’s getting done for sexual harassment, his shitty book deal worth millions of dollars (a form of corrupt graft in itself, since the book was never likely to be a best-seller recovering the “investment”) and for lying through his teeth about the number of people he killed in those nursing homes:

Key among those is showing how Cuomo overruled Department of Health employees and reduced the number of reported nursing home deaths by about 35 percent on the very days he was negotiating the contract for his book deal on pandemic leadership.

It’s entirely typical that psychopaths don’t get done for the worst crimes they committed. Still, like Al Capone getting jailed for tax evasion rather than murder, I suppose we should be grateful that at least this much happened to the POS.

As always, don’t forget the MSM that enabled this creature for so long, just because he was a Democrat and not Trump, and how they enable many others too with displays of sycophantic stenography.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 26, 2021 at 12:09 pm

Kudos to New York City

Almost every large city in the USA that is controlled by the Democrat party is a disaster area in terms of economics, crime and just about every other factor you can think of.

So it’s nice to see one part of one of these cities that actually works.

The NYPD’s Counter Terrorism Unit.

It may come as a surprise to people that such a thing would exist down at a city level (or municipal level as the American’s would have it), but when you consider that some 50,000 people work for the NYPD you’re talking about a place as large as some small European nations, and certainly much larger than NZ.

The article is a fascinating look into the history of the unit, which of course was set up in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Why the city did not want to just rely on the Federal agencies like the FBI is a story in itself and the one problem I have with this article is that it does not explain.

But another article from January 2003 in the magazine New York, does, with the direct question, why not just rely on the Feds?:

When I ask Kelly this question, he looks at me long and hard. He is a man who knows his way around Washington. In addition to his time in the mid-nineties as undersecretary of the Treasury, he was head of the Customs Service. He also worked for Interpol and was a special State Department envoy in Haiti where he was sent to establish and train a police force.

“I knew we couldn’t rely on the federal government,” Kelly says finally. “I know it from my own experience. We’re doing all the things we’re doing because the federal government isn’t doing them. It’s not enough to say it’s their job if the job isn’t being done. Since 9/11, the federal government hasn’t taken any additional resources and put them here.”

Given the supposed focus on terrorism by the Federal government after 9/11 you would have thought it was a given that they’d be throwing resources into a city that had, as Kelly says, been attacked four times, twice successfully, and remains the most symbolic, substantive target for the terrorists.

That article was written when the unit was in its infancy. The first article, from the superb City Journal magazine, catches the status quo, and it’s impressive:

The New York Police Department has foiled some 51 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11, at least 16 of them serious—more than those aimed at all other American cities combined. “Looking back, it really worked,” said former police commissioner Ray Kelly, credited with having spearheaded what is widely regarded as the gold standard of urban counterterrorism programs.

To be fair to the Federal government the unit was not entirely home grown:

Much to the chagrin of some of the NYPD’s rank and file, Kelly’s top two counterterrorism deputies came from Washington. To lead the NYPD’s expanded Intelligence Division, he chose David Cohen, a former deputy director of the CIA’s operations wing who had helped create the agency’s Alec Station in 1996, which focused on Osama bin Laden before most Americans knew his name. Kelly also recruited Michael Sheehan, former State Department head of counterterrorism, to run the department’s new Counterterrorism Bureau.

They put a 1000 people into the unit, conducted a massive effort to computerise the rest of the NYPD, set up sections that gathered intelligence on every part of the city’s communities, conducted active work with businesses in the city, and even stationed agents in places as far afield as London (working with New Scotland Yard), Lyons at Interpol HQ, Hamburg, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. There are also two cops on assignment at FBI headquarters in Washington, and New York detectives have traveled abroad to conduct interrogations in Afghanistan and parts of the Middle East.

Cohen had quickly hired two dozen civilian intelligence analysts, most with master’s degrees and Ph.D.s from top universities. There were so many pedigreed analysts that Kelly began calling the division a “Council on Foreign Relations with guns.” Its mission, however, proved deadly serious, as it played a role in detecting and foiling plot after plot.

All this from a city police department. Not surprisingly there has been some friction with the FBI at times, but it seems to be working.

One thing that struck me was how many combat-experienced military people led this effort and the tough professionalism of them and the senior cops. It feels like quite a contrast to the group currently in the Pentagon and a number of very poor Police Commissioners around the US at the moment.

Read both articles.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 16, 2021 at 11:46 am

The Babylon Bee smites NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

For those of you not paying attention to US politics, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been under a cloud of credible sexual harassment allegations for months now – credible enough that the New York Attorney General, Letitia James, launched an investigation into them.

Now since James is a potential political rival of Cuomo, undoubtedly with her eyes on the governor’s mansion, I treated this with a raised eyebrow. The guy is a piece of work for sure, but these things usually evaporate, especially when a Democrat is involved.

But the other day, following months of investigation, the report dropped into public view, along with a press conference by James. The report is brutal:

“The independent investigation has concluded that Gov Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women”

Cuomo engaged in unwanted groping, kissing, hugging and comments.

he broke both state and federal laws

Cuomo created a “toxic workplace.”

Cites “climate of fear” in governor’s office.

The groping even included a female state trooper protecting the POS, and it was witnessed by another state trooper.

If you think that’s brazen then you’ll love his defence: he does it to everybody. He also held a press conference to respond, where he made this assertion and had his staff put together a montage of photos of him kissing a variety of people, or placing his hands on them.

I really don’t think that a sociopath like this is going to resign, and apparently James is not going to bring criminal charges, probably because she figures she can cause him no greater damage. He can forget about re-election in 2022 though (the NY Governorship is not term-limited and he’s been there since 2010) or election to any other position.

But here’s the thing: if he does quit it will be for this reason and not the fact that he’s responsible for at least 10,000 deaths of elderly people, stemming from his decision on March 25 last year to move elderly people from hospitals into nursing homes, whether they had Chinese Lung Pox or not.

No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.

It’s therefore never been surprising that New York has the worst Covid death rate of any state in the USA. It’s also not surprising that he doubled down on this by refusing to supply numbers on rest home deaths to the Federal DOJ after they requested them from US Governors while investigating breaches of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA):

The number of Public Nursing Home residents, employees, other staff, guests, and visitors who died of COVID-19 including those who died in a Public Nursing Home or after being transferred to a hospital or other medical facility, hospice, home care, or any other location.

Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa later admitted that Team Cuomo withheld the true toll of nursing home Covid deaths due to that letter, which promptly resulted in the DOJ opening a criminal investigation into violations of the Act (no word on where that is at: likely being slow-rolled by the Biden Administration).

And so to the Bee, who sum this up perfectly:

According to virologists, young attractive women should avoid wearing short skirts and low-cut tops, as the CUOMO variant seems to gravitate toward women who it deems are provocatively dressed.

“If you find yourself smelling nothing but the scent of garlic and marinara sauce combined with profuse amounts of cheap cologne, this is a sure sign you’ve been infected,”

Three more points.

First, this coprolite was being slobbered over by other Democrats and the MSM (but I repeat myself) through 2020 about how great his management of Chinese Sinus Rot had been in his state. Ellen DeGeneres called herself a “Cuomosexual” and Chelsea Handler wrote a “love letter” to Cuomo for Vogue.


It was a love fest even as voices were being raised about his March decision on rest homes and the like. So bad was it that the Crown Publishing Group (subsidiary of Penguin) actually paid Cuomo $5.12 million spread over two tax years for the rights to his book, American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. It’s a shame that the same deals weren’t available in 1860: Democrat President Buchanan could have cleaned up.

To be fair, Washington Post Trump hater, James Hohmann, wrote that it happened because of TDS. The US Left were desperate for an anti-Trump hero and as the previous hero, Michael Avanetti, went down in flames, Cuomo seemed to be the perfect replacement. Don’t be too impressed though: Hohmann is fine with that.

I should also add that one of the best takedowns of his incompetence was by Lefty, Lefty, Lefty publication ProPublica:

City health officials were disinvited from subsequent planning meetings with health care providers. Calls and emails were ignored. Information sharing in the midst of a pandemic halted.

The city official said city health workers asked their state counterparts what had caused the sudden lack of communication and cooperation. It was out of character for people the city had worked with intimately for years. Their counterparts would not or could not say, but the city official concluded it had been ordered from the governor’s office.

Which fits with the rest of his “management” style. The article is long, but worth reading in its entirety.

Second, it seems likely that he made this decision because of his corporate donors:

The most plausible explanation I’ve heard is that Cuomo was doing a favor for big hospitals that, given the scope of the pandemic, preferred not to treat these people.

That included Cuomo dissing “experts”:

When I say ‘experts’ in air quotes, it sounds like I’m saying I don’t really trust the experts. Because I don’t.

Well I don’t think that’s a standard Democrat/Leftist narrative, but of course he was forgiven on that in exactly the same way a GOP politician would not be for the same statement.

Third, I see that the Ambulatory Root Vegetable currently acting as US President, has confirmed his previous statement that Cuomo should step down because of the AG sexual harassment report. Seriously? His team have done well protecting him but what were they thinking when they allowed him to say that.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm

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Ranked Faking 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Dear oh dear. Over a year ago I covered the clusterfuck of the Democrat Iowa primary where their fabulous new system of voting crashed so badly that a winner could not be declared:

By now the results for the first round should have been available, and probably the second round and possibly even the final results. But that’s not what’s happening.No one knows what’s going on at this point, but there are some reports that the app is not working correctly. Former Obama staffer Van Jones was just quoted:

“This is starting to feel like, possibly, a real debacle, where if there’s some technical problems that they’re not disclosing we could be very late on this.”

People are laughing at the incompetence  but based on their history in Chicago and Texas, I’d say that when Democrats have a “mysterious delay” in reporting votes, it’s because they’re cheating on the results.

Well Iowans are hicks. That sort of shit would not happen among the sophisticated Democrats of New York. Would it?

NYC Board of Elections takes down mayor ranked choice voting results after revealing ‘discrepancy’:

“The vote total just released by the Board of Elections is 100,000-plus more than the total announced on election night, raising serious questions,” Adams said in a statement Tuesday.”We have asked the Board of Elections to explain such a massive increase and other irregularities before we comment on the Ranked Choice Voting projection.”

Sheesh. Where have I heard this before? Oh right, although none other than Mr Adams himself had a different take on it back then:


And naturally enough, in order to be consistent, those opposed to Adams climbed right into him with takes like this.

Yes, that is “some Donald Trump shit”. Millhiser works for that outstanding bunch of Lefty brain boxes, Media Matters, the “fact-checking” arm of the Democrat National Committee, who are always on the lookout for people damaging US elections by claiming fraud, also piled on during the day after Adam’s made his statement.

Except that at 10:30 that night the NYC Board of Elections announced that they had counted 135,000 fake votes.


As you can imagine it’s been crickets from the smug since that announcement.

Anyway, given that Adams is Black all that nasty criticism of his questioning of the election results was likely based on the systemic racism of the Democrat Party. Looks like they’re staying in their lane now.

Since Trump is no longer able to go on Twitter he was not able to troll the living shit out of Adams by announcing his support for his claim. But he did the next best thing with a statement that the MSM could not ignore:

Confusion gripped the city’s mayoral race on Tuesday night after preliminary tabulations from the elections board showed candidate Adams crossing the 50 percent threshold after 11 rounds of ranked-choice voting for the Democratic primary.

“Just like in the 2020 Presidential Election, it was announced overnight in New York City that vast irregularities and mistakes were made and that Eric Adams, despite an almost insurmountable lead, may not win the race,” the former president said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump went on to state that “nobody will ever know who really won” the race and suggested the New York City Board of Elections should “close the books and do it all over again.”


Also loved this:

That would be fine by me since the senile old fuck would do less damage in that job.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 1, 2021 at 10:32 am

An important election in New York

In this case the selection of the Democrat candidate for Mayor of New York City from the recent primary campaign.

Whoever wins the Democrat primary will go on to win the general election, given how corrupted and useless the NYC GOP is.

As of today the winner of the race appears to be one Eric Adams and although his lead is slim in the complex ranked voting system used, it looks like it will hold.

Now while you would think that the US Left would be overjoyed at yet another Black man rising to a prominent political position in the USA you would be wrong:

According to Lisa Lerer’s latest “Political Memo” for the NYT, candidate Eric Adams, a retired police captain, has “rejected calls to defund the Police Department and pledged to expand its reach in the city.”

Wait! What? I thought Defunding The Police was all the rage among Democrats? Well it was in 2020. But then crime rates started to climb fast in those Democrat-controlled cities that had made such proclamations – and acted on them in many cases as well as making it clear that their Police were the problem rather than criminals.

But more than that, it has become apparent that the Right’s claims that this was virtue-signalling bullshit from rich, “liberal” Whites and that it would be poor POC (People of Colour) communities who would suffer the most, turned out to be right on the money.

That’s a problem because Adams’ law-and-order appeal “adds evidence to an emerging trend in Democratic politics: a disconnect between progressive activists and the rank-and-file Black and Latino voters.”

Lerer quotes Hakeem Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, explaining that “The median Black voter is not A.O.C. and is actually closer to Eric Adams.”

I won’t supply the link to the disgusting New York Times original but the title of their article says it all:

Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color.

Awwww. All the experts have told me that the Democrats have POC in their back pocket. You can see why it is so vital for the Democrats to crank up the screams about GOP racism to eleven on the scale. You can also see why there have been recent attempts to backpedal from all this with: “No, No, We never meant to defund the police”.

They’re even trying to pin it on the GOP, but even with their MSM stenographers to help I think they went in too deep on this one to escape.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

Satire containing two truths

The best satire is that which delivers a dose of truth to a situation.

This latest from the Babylon Bee does that easily, with two truths.

The first is that most Democrats and Lefties would laugh themselves silly if Trump died of Chinese Sinus Rot disease. Despite their best efforts, Twitter and Facebook could not control the “natural” outpouring of hate after struggling with what already happened.

The second is that New York Governor Andrew Quomo got a lot of old people killed when he panicked early in the face of the disease and cleared them out of hospitals in preparation for the great surge of cases to come – sending them into nursing homes, retirement homes and RTC’s where what was already known to be the most vulnerable populations lived. It’s no wonder his state has 35,000 COVID deaths and a death rate of some 1790 per million population.

And so….

Written by Tom Hunter

October 5, 2020 at 6:03 am

The Plywood Jungle

New York City has not suffered from the riots and mayhem as other Democrat-run cities have.

But it didn’t need to since it has a Left Wing Mayor who has been more than capable of producing the same results merely via executive orders and local legislation in responding to COVID-19. DeBlasio is well to the Left of the Democrat Party under whose banner he was elected. He’s basically a full-blown communist but too lazy to start a revolution. And of course he loves money. What he does have in common with the old Soviets however, is a mania for centralised command and control, and NYC has been his laboratory. He’s now hated even by the people who voted for him. But it’s all too late for them.

The following 2:20 of video recorded by a person driving around Manhattan is something that you probably won’t see on the news, except in 30second bites, which don’t have the same effect. At some stage there may be a documentary that will linger on such scenes, one of those BBC specials with a somewht mournful VoiceOver in English accent – like their ones on the Middle East.

I’m grateful that one of my kids got to see NYC in 2017 before all this. Sadly I’ve never been. Had it on my bucket list and will likely now never visit. NYC has come back from disasters before, but there were fundamental forces pushing against CBD’s and dense urban places even before this. DeBlasio’s response to COVID-19 was simply the last push and after that gravity is doing its work. Movers are so busy they’re turning people away.

Guess I’ll just have to stick with photos and The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 22, 2020 at 9:33 am

The Democrat Cities: New York and Los Angeles

It seems to have come as a surprise to the Democrat politicians who run these places, but if you’re going to pull the cops back from doing their job then criminals are going to take advantage of that.

We’ve already seen this in Chicago and Minneapolis, but since the same theories are being applied elsewhere it’s not surprising to see the same results.


An almost identical situation: a Mayor who has basically sided with anybody who is against the NYPD and done so over several years, even as cops were literally getting assassinated in the street. For all the talk of defunding the NYPD by $1 billion, Mayor De Bolshevik has proved that you can do just as much damage by simply demoralising the cops:

The demoralization of the police department actually started several years ago. It first came to a head in 2014 following the assassination of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. There was such disdain for the mayor and his comments about law enforcement that preceded the shooting that hundreds of officers turned their backs on him at the officers’ funerals.

The backlash against defunding has produced a few squeaks that such is not what the Democrat city leaders really want, but their activist opponents inside the Democrat Party, including the new darling heavyweight Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have made it clear that defunding is exactly what they want, and they’ll primary moderate Dems until they get it:

“Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson are using funny math and budget tricks to try to mislead New Yorkers into thinking that they plan to meet the movement’s demands for at least $1B in direct cuts. This is a lie”

DeBlasio managed to survive his earlier issues with the NYPD, and of course needed them to enforce the Covid lockdown. But the Floyd murder saw him return to his happy place as he ordered the NYPD to disband their specialist undercover anti-street-crime unit, adding to a list of anti-crime systems that he has shut down since he became Mayor. And so came the flood:

“New York City shootings over the last seven days skyrocketed by more than 358 percent compared with the same time period in 2019, from just 12 last year to 55 in 2020, according to NYPD data News 4 reported Monday.

Murders are up 27 percent over the first half of 2019; over the last four weeks, more than 300 people have been shot in New York City, up from 100 during the same period last year.

That particular unit had focused on getting illegal guns off the street: so much for gun control. But perhaps it would not have mattered anyway because between no-cash bail policies and court closures, over 1,800 people arrested on illegal gun charges have been released to walk the streets.

“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,”

We are all asking the same question: ‘How can we keep doing our job in this environment?’” 

Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, said that nearly 80 of his members have recently filed for retirement and morale is at the lowest levels he’s seen in 38 years.

“People have had enough and no longer feel it’s worth risking their personal well-being for a thankless position,” Mullins said. “There is no leadership, no direction, no training for new policies,… Department brass is paralyzed (and) too afraid to uphold their sworn oath in fear of losing their jobs. Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.”

In 1990 NYC suffered 2,245 homicides. Increased numbers of Police and funding, plus new tactics, have reduced that to the lowest levels seen since the early 1960’s. But if the city is determined to reverse all of that then an increase in homicides and other violent crimes is to be expected. It should also be no surprise that Police retirements are up by 50%.

“And that is exactly what the anti-cop crowd wants. If we have no cops because no one wants to be a cop, they will have achieved their ultimate goal.”

And in this they’re joining NYC citizens who are “retiring” to safer and more livable places – although it’s not just because of the crime:

The slow exodus of recent years has quickened in recent months, with natives, long-timers and recent arrivals clogging the exits. They’re going to the suburbs, to Florida — anywhere but here. Always before, the departed were replaced by new seekers. It is impossible to believe that swap will continue.

The problems are many, but the linchpin is Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose performance grows worse by the day. There is nothing endearing about his act, only a long list of examples of how little he cares.

And how little he does. New York has had its share of corrupt and incompetent mayors, but never has it had one who is both of those and also a lazy bum. With restaurants wanting to know the rules for reopening, de Blasio diddled until the last minute. Their survival was at stake, but he couldn’t be bothered. What’s the plan for schools in the fall? Good question, but don’t ask the mayor. He hasn’t gotten around to that yet.

I doubt his replacement will either. Here’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with the Les Misérables explanation:

“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent, and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so you maybe have to . . . they are put in a position where they feel they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.”

Nope! Petty larceny, such as shoplifting, is substantially dpwm on 2019, as is grand larceny. Robbery is also down across the city so this wave of increased killings is not related to such things.

The truth is that the Democrat leaders of NYC do not want to accept that they have given carte blanche to criminals to commit crime – who have are therefore committing more crime.


Same again, as Mayor Eric Garcetti recently described the LAPD cops as “killers”. This coming after two decades of work between Civil Rights lawyers, city administrations and the cops to improve things, which they had done by all accounts, especially in terms of relations between the cops and the people of Los Angeles.

Until now.

“Morale across the rank-and-file is at a record low. Especially out on the street in patrol. We have been vilified and abandoned by the mayor, all but three of the city council members, as well as many business owners and residents of the city of Los Angeles.”

And for the same reasons as Chicago and New York, with DA’s releasing not just people arrested and failing to prosecute, but also releasing thousands of prisoners – plus the usual cheap and easy condemnation of the cops, and threats of defunding of course.

The results are the same too, starting with the cops effectively giving up on preempting crime.

“The citizens think crime and homelessness is bad now? They have seen nothing yet… Wait till a couple of months go by. Pro-activity is all but gone. It sucks. But the community has allowed cops to be vilified.”

And naturally…

Homicides rose by 250% in Los Angeles, and the number of shooting victims rose by 56%, during the week ending June 6, according to the Los Angeles Police Department

Thanks to the work that’s been done, LA does not seem to have suffered as NYC and Chicago have: the murder rate has not increased dramatically above average following the “Floyd spike” in early June. But crime is lagging indicator; those other cities already had Police problems long before now, whereas LA did not. However, since the same factors are being applied it’s hard to see why the results will not eventually be the same.

Another expected result is that LAPD retirements are up:

“Cops are retiring and looking to leave ASAP. Why put our families through this garbage for an ungrateful public”

This is not going to end well.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

Finally! The Protest I’ve wanted to see.

Well, one of them anyway.

One of my Kiwi friends lives in NYC and as a good Te Aro Valley girl she’s pretty Left-wing, right down to her partner being an anarchist. A real one that is, who does everything he can to evade government rules without landing in jail, rather than all these Antifa poseurs. Funnily enough he’s a Southie, shades of Good Will Hunting.

As such she was very much in tune with Bill deBlasio (C) as he ran for Mayor of NYC. Even so, I asked her why she could not have voted for some other Democrat than him? Could she not see that he was basically a grifter, leveraging his “Far Left” credentials to obtain more wealth for his family at the expense of getting any of his ideas in place (about the only good thing about him from my POV).

But no. DeBlasio was the dream brought to life.

And now here NYC is, in the middle of his freaking nightmare.

Here’s Twitter video of a large crowd, stretching for 19 blocks, outside Gracie Mansion chanting for DeBlasio to resign. As the header has it, “If anything is gonna bring police and protesters together In NYC“. Also found it on YouTube:


As one comment on that Twitter thread bluntly puts it:

He should resign. He has allowed more harm to come to NYC than any mayor in my lifetime

That’s it in a nutshell.


Still, there’s the “Doh” factor here; you elected a Far Left mouthpiece, what did you think was going to happen to your city? I wonder if she voted for him?

There were some people joking that the thousands of protesters were just there to pick up Chiara de Blasio, who had been arrested during a protest a couple of nights ago. Kids, eh! Although in this case deBlasio probably wished he was out there protesting himself!

I have not checked in with my friend to see if her support has wavered but I think it’s fair to say that everyone of every stripe now hates de Blasio. The left are angry about him imposing a curfew. The Right (to the extent it even exists in NYC) and the centrists see the city dissolving into chaos, and de Blasio doing nothing.

The cops have long hated his guts as he flexed his Far left thinking and threw them to the wolves, even while they were getting assassinated in the streets. Is it any wonder that just the other day two “Progressive” lawyers were arrested for firebombing a police car. As well as another woman who threw a Molotov cocktail at a Police car with four cops inside.

Who needs Antifa when you’ve got ordinary citizens pulling this shit. The education system of the Far Left has done its job.

It got so bad that even fellow Democrat, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has talked of trying to remove him as mayor.

“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night.

You have 38,000 NYPD people; it is the largest police department in the United States of America. Use 38,000 people and protect property. Use the police, protect property and people. Look at the videos, it was a disgrace.

[I have the] option is to displace the mayor […] bring in the National Guard” [and] take over. However, I don’t think we’re at that point.

Well, not yet, Skippy. But the city has already had the shit kicked out of it by the fantastic incompetence of both deBlasio(C) and Cuomo (D) so you have to wonder where the breaking point is in terms of elections. What does it take to get the Democrats to lose in these places?

It would seem that YouTube has caught the same protest via MSM news channels but predictably they edited and chyroned the hell out of it to focus on the Floyd/BLM aspects while tastefully ignoring the later chants.

And along those lines, here’s the Front Page of the NYT on the day after Manhattan got looted and trashed.

They’re so far up the butthole of the Democrat Party and so focused on attacking Trump and exploiting the Floyd murder that even mass violence and looting in their own city could not overwhelm that objective. What a disgrace they are.
Still, they – and deBlasio – could not ignore it forever, not with incredible video of the looting going out on Social Media, like this: 

More businesses in New York City being looted tonight, many small businesses. The city leadership is FAILING!

And this.

Another night of Mayhem in NYC: Looters hit Zara until the cops arrive. Supervisor ( white shirt) confronts them & is thrown violently to the ground. Tell me again why these Officers put themselves through this? Can’t be for the money.

So they did manage to squeak out a report, but even then they just had to put spin on it with the following headline, After Peaceful Protests, Looters Strike at Macy’s and Across Midtown
Yeah right! All of sudden people just went crazy for no reason at all, as if the Joker was in Gotham for real.

The looters tore off the plywood that boarded up Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square, swarming by the dozens inside to steal whatever they could find before being chased down by the police. Others smashed the windows at a Nike store, grabbing shirts, jeans and zip-up jackets. They crashed into a Coach store,ransacked a Bergdorf Goodman branch and destroyed scores of smaller storefronts along the way. 

The eruption of looting in the central business district of Manhattan — long an emblem of the New York’s stature and prowess — struck yet another blow to a city reeling from the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreak.

It’s probably why Cuomo hit the roof. All his wealthy Manhattan “Liberal” friends suddenly felt things getting a little too close to their precious hides. Queens and Brooklyn can burn but Manhattan? Perish the thought.
I rarely read the NYT but I thought I’d look at the comments on that article to see what readers were saying and this comment had the most upticks:

This is what it looks like when a social movement dies in real time. The coverage in the NYT doesn’t do justice to the sheer utter destruction in significant parts of the city – when you see it, it looks like war. People sitting comfortably in the suburbs have no problem justifying the criminality while playing woke on Twitter, but I’d love to see their reactions when its their communities that are being overrun, their neighbors’ businesses are being looted and their streets are left burning. The protests are over and the message has been heard; at this point its just enabling criminality.


Written by Tom Hunter

June 4, 2020 at 12:04 am