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Welcome to the United State Of Mike

by Mark Riley posted Dec 1 2011 9:39AM
Hello, New Yorkers, and welcome to the United State of Mike. Our mayor, it seems, has decided to create his own private country. Why would I say such a thing? Because our mayor says he's got what every tin-horn dictator has: an army. Michael Bloomberg actually boasted during a speech at MIT, quoting here, "I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh largest army in the world".

The implications of such a statement are many. Does Bloomberg not know the difference between an army and a police force? He's not that stupid. Mike Bloomberg also doesn't often make gross misstatements. The conduct of his police force of late might indicate he's given Commissioner Ray Kelly license to operate the NYPD as an army. That should scare each and every resident of the greatest city in the world.

Armies, generally speaking, are created to conduct military actions, like wars, and quell insurrections. Police departments are supposed to fight crime. There are places in the world where these functions are co-mingled. Most New Yorkers wouldn't want to live in them. Yet, if we take two prominent functions of the NYPD, those being the stop and frisk program and the treatment of Occupy Wall St., one could conclude that somebody in city government sees the department as operating in a militaristic fashion. So now we know just who.

Mayor Bloomberg will likely respond to any media questions about his statement with a baleful stare and obvious irritation. He'll say something like, "You know what I meant. Next question". Yet the army reference isn't so easily dismissed, when combined with Commissioner Kelly's warlike boast to 60 Minutes about being able to shoot a plane out of the sky. It all boils down to this. Unless the mayor is looking to secede from the US, referring to the police as an army is whack. Even as an independent country (maybe not a bad idea), New York City would need an army AND a police force, not one operating as the other.

Or maybe this was just a boastful slip of the tongue, something we cynics shouldn't take seriously. That would be all well and good, if the NYPD was really about about professional policing.

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12/01/2011 10:37AM
Our Dear Mayor
And, like any tin horn dictator, our dear mayor doesn't like to be questioned or criticized.Just because he is soft spoken, doesn't make him any less of a dictator.He wamts to make homeless adults prove that they have no where else to stay, in order to be allowed to stay in a homeless shelter. Believe me, no one wants to be in a homeless shelter if they have any other option.And, on Ny 1's Wiseguys segment, Former Mayor Koch agreed with him. It is because of the policies of both Koch and Bloomberg that there are all these homeless people.
12/02/2011 7:08AM
Why Does Fox News Have 24/7 NYPD Protection?
Why Does Fox News Have 24/7 NYPD Protection? By Joe Coscarelli Facebook Twitter ShareThis Counter Email Plans to toilet paper the News Corporation headquarters on Sixth Avenue in Manhattan should be put on hold: The building has a nonstop NYPD security detail, the Daily Beast reports, making Fox News the most well-protected of the major news networks, which are all neighbors in New York City. The investigation says that while ABC, CBS, and NBC pay for their own security, Fox News and co.'s protection could cost taxpayers $500,000 annually, according to a "conservative estimate" from one security expert. "Each of the networks gets police coverage to varying extents based on threat information," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. The NYPD did not provide specific information regarding threats made to the News Corp. building, but the Daily Beast says the "paranoia" of Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who works in the building, could explain the special caution. "I don't know why a terrorist, domestic or international, would target Fox News. I can't even begin to imagine," said a former Fox News employee (who was fired). "I really think we're talking about Roger Ailes' physical person. I think it's Roger worried about what's going to happen to him." The article cites previous reports of Ailes worrying, including his belief "that he has personally been targeted by Al Qaeda for assassination," as well as his post-9/11 trauma, which led him to the realization that "he and his network could be terrorist targets." "I would love the special favors," said an ABC News guy. And the ratings, too, probably.
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