NYC Spending $23 Million to Check Teachers’ Whiteness

New York City, like most cities run by leftists, is heavily and desperately in debt. They currently have approximately $58.5 billion in assets available to pay bills totaling $244 billion. In other words, that’s over $64,000 per NYC taxpayer. Yet this never seems to matter when implementing another idiotic leftist feel-good program.

I mean – what’s another $23 million, flushed down the proverbial toilet, to advance the social justice, liberal agenda.

from the New York Post:

Teachers allegedly told to favor black students in ‘racial equity’ training

In controversial “implicit bias” training, New York City’s public-school educators have been told to focus on black children over white ones — and one Jewish superintendent who described her family’s Holocaust tragedies was scolded and humiliated, according to firsthand accounts.

A consultant hired by the city Department of Education told administrators at a workshop that “racial equity” means favoring black children regardless of their socio-economic status, sources said. read more

De Blasio’s Green New Deal

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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“Mayor Bill de Blasio approved an ambitious $14 billion plan last Monday to attack global warming and combat climate change,” writes the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

“New York City’s Green New Deal will drive a nearly 30 percent additional reduction in greenhouse emissions by 2030 while also creating tens of thousands of new jobs.”

So its going to cost the residents and businesses $14 billion to attack global and combat climate change. I dedicated part of this past weekend’s video podcast to just this very thing. Not global warming, but to how the left just gets to make these wild claims without being challenged. Who would challenge them? The Daily Eagle is just parroting de Blasio’s talking points. So much for holding politicians accountable.

And I love the tens of thousands of new jobs. Doing what and paid for by whom? And why 2030? What happens in 2030? Answer – nothing. The year is just arbitrary. It’s close enough to cause the uncurious and dull-witted a sense of panic to “get things done,” but far enough away for people to forget what was claimed, as we close in on it without the world ending. The date was probably focus-grouped.

Okay, back to the propaganda. read more

Jack up the Minimum Wage in NYC

This is the progressive left. Did we ever think they would be satisfied with $15 per hour?

from the American Spectator:

Fifteen-dollar-an-hour minimum wage is so yesterday.

In an op-ed in the New York Times, Ginia Bellafante points to a study showing that a $33-per-hour minimum wage might be needed in New York City, saying that’s the amount necessary — about $69,000 extrapolated out over a year’s income — for a single parent with two school-aged children to live a decent quality of life in the Big Apple.

“In many, many cases, a $15 hourly wage will not bring a family, or even a single person, to an adequate living standard,” she wrote. “That hardly means the fight was worthless; it just means the war is ongoing.” read more

NYC Leftists Attack Chick-fil-A

from CNS News:

Irrational Christophobes Attack Chick-fil-A

It is the fastest growing phobia in the nation. Christophobia. To be sure, the fear of Christians is not overcoming America, but it has unquestionably overcome a large swath of non-believers, or those who profess no religious belief. Within this segment of the population, there are the indifferent at one end, and the haters at the other end.

If there is any doubt that the haters are growing, consider the overheated reaction by the New Yorker to a company that sells chicken sandwiches. Journalist Dan Piepenbring accuses Chick-fil-A of “carpet bombing” New York City. What did it do to merit such an accusation? It opened its fourth store in the Big Apple. read more

Graffiti Artists Make Big Bucks

by: Brent Smith at The Common Constitutionalist

Warehouse building owner discovers the hard way that he really can’t do what he wants with his own building.

What would happen if your young child drew all over his or her bedroom walls? Of course as a doting parent, you would say it was art. I mean – what’s a coat of paint. It’s not worth getting upset about. The child is too young to understand anyway. So instead you say: “You did such a great job I think we’ll just leave it be.” And accept it you do, at least for a while, as the work of art it was intended. You even have him or her sign it, or make some sort of identifying mark to make their own.

Now years go by and your son or daughter is grown up and moves out. You then decide to rid the room of the once great work of art. But wait…not so fast. Instead of the shoulder shrug response you would expect from the lad or lass, he or she protests, and doesn’t want you to defile the masterpiece. What then?

You pull out the old, “This is my house” card and paint over it. A month or so goes by and you receive a letter from an attorney. It seems your child is suing you for damages under 17 U.S. Code § 106A – Rights of certain authors to attribution and integrity. read more

One Woman Fights Against Radical Islam

from the American Thinker:

Pamela Geller, Heroine

The horrible act in New York on Tuesday reminds us once again we are in a war.   A war with radical Islam.  A war that our prior President and most of his party has tried to lose through their juvenile, silly version of Neville Chamberlain politics.

They prevented anyone in their administration from using the term “radical Islam,” hoping that would make radical Muslims less angry.  Sure, that’ll work.  They asked our media to follow.  And for the most part, they did.  Bleating all the way.

They dismantled surveillance on the centers of Jihadism.  They gutted many of the concrete methods we had to deal with this threat.

They chided those who wanted to fight this ideology as Islamophobes, and racists. read more

Homelessness Is the Fault of Liberals

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Newsflash: America has a homeless problem. Actually, many are calling it a crisis or an epidemic. No matter which superlative one cares to use, I think we can all agree it’s a large problem and each year liberals are in charge of government, the numbers of homeless increase.

Every major city in the country has seen a dramatic uptick in homelessness and the common denominator are always leftists. Whether it is at the federal, state or local level, liberals in government are the cause of the homeless disaster.

In downtown Los Angeles, the famous homeless area known as Skid Row now spans 50 city blocks. Reverend Andy Bales is the chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission, who help those on Skid Row. He says what is happening there is, “the worst man-made disaster in the U.S.”

The Reverend is indeed correct. Rampant homelessness is entirely man-made. Oh sure, there will always be a certain segment of society that are homeless by choice. They choose not to participate in the standard societal model, for want of a better term. But in days gone by, our welfare system, such that it is, could account for them.

But now the “system” is being overwhelmed. 50 city blocks, the size of the aforementioned Skid Row is larger than many towns in America and the largest increase in homelessness is in our nation’s capital where the number of homeless families has gone up by 60%. How on earth is a city expected to accommodate a 60% rise in homeless families? read more

The Purge Three – de Blasio’s Revenge

by: the Common Constitutionalist

The city of New York is going nuts over the grand jury verdict declining to indict the New York police officer that subdued Eric Garner. Protests are breaking out all over the city and it may be just a matter of time before they morph into Ferguson type riots.

Now that all the strife is happening on the watch of lefty politicians, it seems they don’t quite know what to do. The radical rabble-rousers – the anti-establishment, authority hating leftists are now the ones in authority.

These guys who no doubt hate the military and the cops are now commanding them and it seems to be unraveling around them. I’m not sure about de Blasio, but I believe Obama wants it this way.

Anyway, none of us were there on the scene in NYC, just as none were witness to the Ferguson incident, so I can’t say what really happened. Some say it’s clearly murder while others say it was justified.

They should all just shut up. No one on TV, in print or radio knows, so they are just stirring the pot. And that includes our elected leaders. Obama and de Blasio want now to outfit all cops with “gotcha” cameras to better police the police, because there are so many bad cops out there, don’t you know. We all know that the cops just can’t be trusted. read more

More Government Please

from: The American Thinker

It is interesting to watch the aftermath of the Eric Garner Grand Jury decision coming so soon after Ferguson.  “White Police Officer Once Again Kills Unarmed Black Man – And Gets Away with It” is already the reaction in many places.  Sides are drawn and the usual suspects race-bait, pontificate, riot and ask for calm, or in Jesse Jackson’s case, donations.

Other than there being a white police officer and a black man dying while resisting arrest, these cases are not similar, no matter what many would like you to believe.  In one instance, the Grand Jury determined that Officer Wilson killed Michael Brown in self-defense.  Although so far we have not been privy to the evidence in the Garner decision, the video is fairly compelling that none of the officers’ lives were in jeopardy.  read more

Mayor de Blasio’s City-State

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is upset at the New York State government for not rubber stamping his progressive agenda. He evidently feels his city should be effectively unpinned from the state government allowing him to form, as Frances Martel at Breitbart describes, his own “City-state”, like ancient Athens.

 

De Blasio’s agenda is beginning to look like Bloomberg on steroids. He has been in office only a couple of months and has sought to institute a tax on the city’s wealthy, which he claims will pay a citywide universal pre-kindergarten boondoggle.

 

I have mixed feelings about this. Not the bogus pre-kindergarten indoctrination factories. I know that’s a worthless money pit. No, it’s the tax hike on the wealthy. On one hand I don’t wish anyone’s taxes raised, but on the other, I think he should raise them until it hurts. After all, these are the same upper West side pompous rich leftist elitists who undoubtedly voted for the commie mayor.

 

Gov. Cuomo is none too pleased with the Mayor. Fox news reported that Cuomo called the idea of making rich neighborhoods fund themselves separately from the rest of the state “repugnant”.

 

 

Oh, and I almost forgot. The Mayor also wants to raise the minimum wage in the city, separate from the rest of the state.

 

Where is my head at. I also forgot to mention de Blasio’s plan to give criminal aliens (illegals) city government issued ID cards, allowing them to access city services and open bank accounts and the like. read more