Thursday, June 01, 2006

Defending New York against all attacks.


ABC has the pdf document of DHS's anti-terrorism funding assessment. National monuments? Zero. Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, three of the nations' most important museums, Penn Station, Grand Central, Yankee Stadium, the Chrysler Building, Wall Street, and no national monuments and icons.

And the other kick in the teeth about this program? NEW ORLEANS ALSO LOSES FUNDING. I mean, come on, you heartless bastards. Haven't we already deserted New Orleans enough?


I'm back, dear readers. my apologies for my two week silence. between work craziness and needing time to recover from it, I didn't have the strength to put in the hours to research and blog articles I think you should know about.

But I'm moved back to action, by people who would lay siege to New York City, in real and virtual senses.

First, the hypocrites in Congress are cutting New York City and New York State's anti-terrorism funding. This, to me, is ridiculous. Not because other cities shouldn't be prepared, but because of the fact that New York City is target numero 1. What makes these cuts even more laughable, is not only did New York City lose 80 million dollars in funding, but that Washington DC (target number 2 in my mind) lost over 30 million dollars of funding as well.

Eric Lipton's piece in the times noted the following:

But the emphasis on spending on recurring costs — like overtime — was cited as a factor in the relatively low rating the city's application received, one federal official said.

New York officials were given a one-page tally that explained, in part, how the region's risk-based standing was calculated. The document said the region had no "national monuments or icons," four banking or financial firms with assets of over $8 billion, 28 chemical or hazardous material sites, as well as nearly 7,000 other possible important, high-risk targets, like hospitals or major office buildings, a tally that some city officials said had major omissions or errors.

"It's outrageous that these bean counters don't think the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge are national monuments or icons," said Jordon Barowitz, a spokesman for Mayor Bloomberg.
Never in my life did I think I would be agreeing with a spokesperson of the Bloomberg administration. Well, except for the bars smoking thing. But these cold, calculating, opportunistic manipulative bastards were using us for every punchline, every rallying cry, every response. Ground Zero. This war came ashore September 11th. Holding the 2004 Republican Convention here. All that nonsense. To then have the audacity to claim that no major monuments are here? Ridiculous. And what, pray tell, was their rationale for cutting DC's funding?

I hope Peter King and Vito Fosella burn for this. It's their party, their leadership, their side of the aisle that's gotten us here. They better do something about it.

Now, as one of my heroes would say, as if all that crap wasn't enough:

Soon to be sent out to a million churches and planned to be available in time for Christmas is a new shooter video game called Left Behind: Eternal Forces. And your mission? Invade New York and kill everyone who represents the AntiChrist there. The Antichrist's army is the Global Community Peacekeepers (a not so thinly veiled reference to UN), ambulances have been stripped of their red crosses and instead have 911 on them, and it is up to you to kill them, along with Catholics, non fundamentalist Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, and of course, gays and lesbians (the dna of which spawned the Antichrist's arrival to earth).

Jonathan Hutson has two great pieces, one on the game, and the second on how Rick Warren, megapastor stealth evangelical extraordinaire, is involved in this game and marketting this culture.

Bodies piling up in the streets of New York, murdering diversity while saying "Praise the Lord" and calling the UN tools of the antichrist?! I'll be damned if I let this stand.

People wrapped themselves in New York City, but they really hate us. Or at least, would rather just use us for our tragedy. Well, I'm here to tell ya, Jim: We won't stand for cuts to our funding, wars in our name, or invaders coming to "save" us.

We see G-d in the diversity and love and fighting spirit of the people of our city, and we'll all be damned before we let you take it from us.


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