I haven’t visited Bloggingheads often due to what I perceive as many Left, and Left-liberal ideological commitments by founder Bob Wright and many of the commenters. Despite the depth, it’s not usually my cup of tea.
However, if you like hearing two local Daily News reporters discuss NYC politics with bemused and fairly cynical eyes, this one’s for you.
Do you remember that Jill Abramson piece about how she got blindsided by a truck (not her firing from the Times)? It wasn’t bad journalism, honestly.
It’s probably helped the issue become a DeBlasio cause, who is seeking broader platforms around which to gather his union and labor activist coalitions. Eliminating traffic deaths to Vision Zero and creating more pedestrian safety is the current, stated goal.
DeBlasio’s managed to get money set aside for universal Pre-K as well. (the People’s future will secured through taxpayer funded health-care and education, also with real-estate money it seems).
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s more centrist Democrat push-back and distancing from DeBlasio’s labor activism is the source of a lot of tension, as Albany maintains a lot of power over NYC politics.
He doesn’t want to be labeled a Cuomo-unist later on.
What happens in NYC politics, often has a delayed impact on life for the rest of us.
Here’s Liam Neeson on the horse-drawn carriage fiasco, which has been blown into quite the cause.
Witness the spirit of one lone Irishman willing to stand-up for the dignity of honest work, the sacred bond between man and beast, and the nameless, faceless Joes (and the Teamsters) crushed under the bootheel of Big Red Bill DeBlasio, Big Parking and Big Animal Activism.
Earth-shaking stuff (yes there’s a little sarcasm here):
“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”