• Get Over it New York

    March 30, 2013

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    Posted in: Democracy, Military

    Just to get ahead of things, a few announcements before we begin. If you plan to send hate mail or death threats after this blog post, please include the key word “HATE” in the subject line to assist me in sorting things. Also, I grieve for all those lost on 9/11. It was a terrible tragedy. None of this is intended to dispute that, but…

    Get over it New York.

    I had the pleasure of a few days in New York City, all for the good. People were themselves, food great, subways running smoothly post-Sandy. But it seems that official New York can’t seem to get past 9/11. On Monday the cops in the subways switched from their weekend soft caps and 9mm pistols to helmets, body armor and M-4s with the long clips. Armed National Guard paroled the Port Authority terminal, literally outfitted for war. Both the cops and the Guard carried milpsec gas masks ready to protect against anthrax and a host of other militarized biochem things. C’mon guys, 9/11 was almost twelve years ago. In the subway, with its low ceilings, packed-to-the- edges crowds and hard surfaces, exactly what are you going to do with a machine gun? Can you sketch out a scenario where the NYPD is going to be exchanging a couple of hundred armor piercing rounds underground where they won’t be killing more people than the bad guys?

    The subways are noisy enough without the endless recorded admonitions to “see something, say something” and report suspicious packages to the proper authorities. No one cares. The homeless guys all had bags and bags with them, maybe filled with empty 40 ouncers, maybe terror bombs, but nobody paid them any attention. I am so very sorry about those who lost their lives on 9/11, particularly the brave first responders. But do we really need that many murals on walls, all resplendent with gas station velvet-painting level burning Twin Towers?

    The indifference of the millions of people and the signs of official excessive panic stand in contrast. Most folks seem to have moved on. It has been almost twelve years and yet… and yet… the NYPD and others seem to want to keep everyone on edge, act as if there has been attack after attack, to keep the sore from healing. Of course some one will write in and explain to me that such vigilance is all that stands between us and the darkness, that when it is my child held in the kabob-stained hands of terror under 51st Street I’ll wish there were armed men protecting her and all that. Save your time.

    Maybe, just maybe, it makes sense to a police state to keep reminding everyone why they need to support and maintain a police state. Maybe the image of the NYPD as gruff but lovable neighborhood guys and gals isn’t enough to justify big budgets and a surveillance state.

    Maybe, just maybe, it is time for New York, officially, to get over 9/11.

    BONUS: Anyone enjoying the media these days can see a preview of the Next Enemy. Even the White House seems to be slowly walking back from Terrorism Everywhere as a justification for Everything, and is prepping us with near-daily stories about the super dangers of cyber-terrorism. Stay tuned for the change over as we head first into midterm elections next year and then as we gear up for the 2016 presidentials. The Chinese are sneaking into our Internets to take over our Facebooking!!!!!!!!



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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      New Yorkers can’t get over 9-11 because they have no doubt NYC – Wall Street – will be Ground Zero for the next major terrorist attack in this country.

      03/30/13 2:00 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      quote:”…Wall Street – will be Ground Zero for the next major terrorist attack in this country.”unquote

      Far out! Droning for Dollars. My kinda reality show.

      03/30/13 2:13 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...

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      and yet… the NYPD and others seem to want to keep everyone on edge, act as if there has been attack after attack, to keep the sore from healing.

      Yes, and to prove DHS militarizing grants are not going to waste.

      Just a little side note on this crap. A few weeks ago, some drunk woman in a transient motel on the edge of town, happened to walk in front of a window in her room, carrying a shotgun. Holy moly. You woulda thunk my little town was being invaded by the Russians. 50-60 local cops, SWAT, DHS, State police, sheriffs, and what ever other LEO’s were in town, all dressed in full blown military attire, with full automatic AR-15 weapons, shotguns, etc, even one of those “tank” type vehicles, which I didn’t know they had here, all surrounding this funky motel, just waiting to incinerate this poor woman should she step out the door while holding her own weapon. Waco notwithstanding, they would have leveled this motel in a heartbeat. But what really bothered me was the LEO’s verbal exchange with each other. I happened to be in a gas station adjacent to the motel, and wasn’t allowed to leave for four stinking hours, during which time I was privy to the disgusting banter between them. To them, this woman was nothing less than a rabid animal who needed extermination. And they would have done it without blinking an eye.
      They blocked off coastal Hiway 101, traffic backed up for miles, and traffic in town came to a standstill, with 2-300 people within a block, these assholes were having a fucking field day. Talk about dangerous animals. These creeps redefine the term.

      03/30/13 2:45 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Mr Bauer wrote (and I assume he wrote this with intentional irony):

      “New Yorkers can’t get over 9-11 because they have no doubt NYC – Wall Street – will be Ground Zero for the next major terrorist attack in this country.”

      And they’ve been doing so for almost 12 years now, and still they’ve suffered no further attacks, therefore their fear is irrational, unsupported by any empirical evidence of peril.

      On the OTHER hand, I remember back in Sept 2001 – when I was still in America – on the day after, I mean on Sept 12, I spoke by phone to a friend of mine in England, and she said:

      “It’s nothing like the Blitz. Back in 1940, we were getting dozens of 9-11s every night.”

      03/30/13 3:56 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      PS to follow my above comment, here’s London in 1940. 911 WAS NOTHING LIKE THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN IN WW II! And a pack of wretched terrorists with no country of their own, is nothing like the Third Reich, the most powerful military empire in its time:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLgfSDtHFt8

      03/30/13 4:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Of course, the crazies in North Korea would NEVER think of giving a nuke to a terrorist group to deliver to US.

      03/30/13 10:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Eric Hodgdon said...

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      Childishness holds the country back. Wimpy crybabies in Washington’s federal government need to be loved and held. As an invading force occupying our country’s capital and capitol, these people should be shot on sight, but arresting and deporting them will suffice.

      The country would be better served IF NYC were attacked and leveled. NYC is the embodiment of the sickness and depravity of Capitalism.

      This country was never supposed to be this way.

      04/3/13 7:48 AM | Comment Link

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