WASHINGTON — US Representative Michele Bachmann, fresh from a victory in a key Republican test vote, said Sunday she would reinstate a ban on gay troops serving openly in the military.
I want to die right now!
Michele Bachmann’s campaign slogan is officially “Bachmann: Backwards.”
5.9 Earthquake hits DC and surrounding areas.
Felt it. Scared the hell out of me!
- Storm now measures 580 miles in diameter;
- At least eight dead;
- At least 900,000 customers have lost power;
- All 11 Atlantic City casinos closed — only the third time in history;
- The Schuylkill River is expected to crest at 15 feet on Sunday night — something that has not happened there since 1869;
- SEPTA is shut down;
- 375,000 residents ordered to evacuate from low-lying areas of New York City — only five previous hurricanes have ever tracked within 75 miles of the city since records have been kept;
- Five NYC area airports have been ordered closed: JFK, LaGuardia, Stewart, Newark Liberty, and Teterboro; Philadelphia’s too; 10,000 flights nationwide cancelled;
- Con Edison shut down 10 miles of steam pipes beneath New York City to prevent explosions should they come in contact with cold water;
- MTA shuts down all commuter, bus and subway lines in New York City (comprising more than 6,000 subway cars which normally carry 8.5 million passengers each weekday);
- Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will do same as of 8 A.M. Sunday morning.
I think anyone who still thinks Irene is overhyped can STFU now.
We can’t afford these special lower rates for the wealthy — rates, by the way, that were meant to be temporary. We can’t afford them when we’re running these big deficits.
During their first week, members of Occupy Wall Street, the ideologically vague and strategically baffling effort to redress social inequities, put together a library on the north end of Zuccotti Park whose disparate offerings included “Last Exit to Brooklyn”; Gay Talese’s article in The New Yorker on the collaboration of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; and Abbott’s Digest of New York Statutes and Reports, Volumes 4, 9, 33 and 34. By the middle of last week, as the numbers entrenched in the park grew, copies of “Animal Farm,” Barbara Ehrenreich’s “Nickel and Dimed” and “Meltdown,” a book outlining the 2008 financial crisis, were well placed. Specific ambitions still had not emerged, but a new intensity had begun to replace the limp theatrics.
The New York Police Department could not have intended to operate as a public relations arm for Occupy Wall Street, but its invidious treatment of the demonstrators last weekend went a tremendous way toward galvanizing sympathy for the group’s good but porous intentions. Video widely seen on the Internet of a high-ranking officer, later identified as Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, attacking what appeared to be docile protesters with pepper spray prompted public outrage and investigations by the Internal Affairs Bureau of the Police Department and Manhattan prosecutors.
Early Monday evening, helicopters flew over Wall Street, in anticipation of what — excessively boisterous readings of Orwell? — was hardly clear. The group’s march on the financial district’s Luxury Night Out was still a day away. The Broad Street outpost of Hermès was in no imminent jeopardy.
Like a toddler who throws his food on the floor, gets in trouble and then just does it again, the Police Department overreacts to peaceful protests, invites ire and then reprises its actions the next time it encounters agitation. Inspector Bologna is a defendant in lawsuits claiming wrongful arrests at protests during the Republican National Convention in 2004.
Among the more than 100 arrests made since the protest began, on Sept. 17, were three more on Wednesday for that decidedly questionable menace: loitering while wearing a mask. While the police would do well to avoid criminalizing costumes, the department would do even better to remember that when people are carted away by law enforcement merely for carrying cameras — as one seemed to be in another well-circulated image — more cameras are sure to come.
The New York Times, “Every Action Produces Overreaction.”
It’s hard to believe that NYPD brass — and Mayor Bloomberg — don’t see and acknowledge just how utterly piggish some of their officers and commanding officers are acting during these past two weeks.
If the Occupy Wall Street protests continue to escalate — and they will — it’s not just because the protestors, buoyed by support from unions, celebrities and the like, will have galvanized their movement. It’s because the NYPD is acting like a group of jackbooted thugs, penning in peaceful protestors, macing women and arresting journalists.