Alcohol plus guns; equals idiots…

article-2617803-1D7C9CB900000578-275_306x423‘Drunk’ off-duty NYPD cop empties the entire clip from his Glock 9 mm at unarmed stranger hitting him six times in a ‘bizarre’ unprovoked attack. In two separate unrelated incidents; two off-duty drunk NYPD police officers were arrested on Wednesday for firing their guns at members of the public, including one who emptied 13 rounds from his handgun – hitting a man in a nearby car six times.

Officer Brendan Cronin, 27, who is assigned to the 46th precinct in the Bronx, was driving in Pelham, Westchester late on Tuesday night when he fired at a total stranger, who was sitting in the passenger side of a car at traffic lights. Cronin had drunk so much beforehand that he told officers afterwards that he ‘doesn’t remember what happened’, according to a police source. Cronin has been charged with first-degree assault for the unprovoked shooting of the 47-year-old man. Pelham Police Department Chief Joseph Benefico said that Cronin emptied the clip on his 9-mm Glock handgun.article-2617803-1D7FAC5300000578-503_634x358Then, three hours later, outside a Somerset County strip club in New Jersey, NYPD Sgt. Wanda Anthony shot at least one round at a former boyfriend and his new girlfriend. Luckily no one was struck and Anthony fled the scene in a car, but was pulled over and charged with drunk driving after the incident. Drunk off duty NYPD officer empties entire clip at unarmed stranger; totally unprovoked attack.

I have a question or two that I know someone from the other side of the pond will have the answers to; “Why is Cronin being charged with first-degree assault, and not attempted murder?” My second query is “What charges will eventually be laid against Anthony, surely  it too has to be attempted murder?” I’m all ears, and genuinely curious…            Yours Aye.

It is my own humble opinion

That the United Nations is nothing more than a glorified coffee shop for international business meetingsimagesCorruption of varying degrees is found at every level within its corridors of self-imposed power, which trickles out daily; interwoven with the money intended for aid into various third-world countries around the world. Potentially it has teeth, but the political muzzle that binds its jaws tightly has stopped it biting or puncturing a worldwide domestic problem successfully. Africa being a glaring example for all to see…633880615975213830-unitednations

The world is waking up this morning to an atrocity that requires the full investigative powers of the the U.N. Followed by a swift reaction against those responsible  The town that never woke up: Inside the devastated Damascus suburb where 1,300 innocent Syrians were gassed in their beds *Disturbing photos taken today show the aftermath of the deadly chemical weapons unleashed on a suburb. *Bodies of men, women and children are piled high in makeshift morgues as those who escaped fight for their lives. *Activists claim that government forces are firing rockets at neighbourhoods on eastern outskirts of Damascus today. *Devastating attack that killed hundreds prompts protests and vigils from around the world. *President Bashar Assad’s government denies using rockets to release fatal fumes over suburb. *U.S., Britain and France demand a U.N. team should be allowed to inspect chemical attack site. *U.N. team already in Syria to investigate previous attacks but need government permission to examine new site. *U.N. Security Council have not demanded new investigation into site but said ‘clarity’ into attack was needed. *Diplomats claim U.N.’s statement about attack was watered down to accommodate Russia and China’s objections.

The U.N. appears to have had its muzzle tightened one hole further already… The UN requires a powerful dose of industrial cleaner fluid, provided by an independent authority to sort it out, or just close it down, and allow NATO to run business.           Yours Aye.

How Hot Is the L Train Platform?

Screen shot 2013-07-21 at 6.13.44 PMThe  L Train runs from lower Manhattan through a tiny piece of Queens and onto Brooklyn:

The L 14th Street – Canarsie Local is a rapid transit service of the New York City Subway, providing full-time service along the entire length of the two-tracked BMT Canarsie Line. It is colored light slate gray on route signs, station signs, rolling stock, and the official subway map.

The L service operates between Eighth Avenue in Chelsea, Manhattan, and Rockaway Parkway in Canarsie, Brooklyn. It also briefly enters Queens atHalsey Street, serving the neighborhood of Ridgewood.

And here is a website, l degrees, that tells you how hot the train’s platform is:

Waiting for the L Train is a painful experience. The temperature inside the platform is often one of the highest in New York City.

This is due to ‘heat sink’ which is when heat from buildings and the sidewalk transfer heat outward. L-Degrees predicts the temperature daily by using the above ground temperature and data collected from countless readings looking at the difference between above ground temperature and platform temperature.

L-Degrees was created by Julian Cole and Kristian Henschel

Glad I am not in New Yawk these days. . .

A letter beyond contempt

Last week, Malala Yousafzai, ‘the brave Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban’ addressed the U.N. Youth Assembly in New York on Friday 12th July.article-0-1AC8A8FE000005DC-230_634x421 

The day was equally as special to her for another reason, it was Malala’s 16th birthday. The speech Malala made was in her own hand, and direct from her heart, It earned a standing ovation and rightly so

It would appear that Malala opened up Pandora’s box that day, as her newly found position as a political activist has given her personal cause a powerful platform, far more powerful than the one used by the cowards who tried to take her life. Malala has just received a letter from Taliban commander Adnan Rasheed, which is a letter beyond contempt. ‘Dear Malala, this is why we tried to kill you’ The pen wielded by Malala Yousafzai, has proven to be mightier than the ‘7.62mm’ sword of Adnan Rasheed! I would urge you to listen to the speech given by 16-year-old Malala, on a birthday that her family thought would never happen. 

Yours Aye.

Bernhard Goetz as George Zimmerman

This is interesting, Bernhard Goetz is comparing his situation with four hoods on the subway to the Trayvon Martin case. And his role is played by George Zimmerman:

“I’m surprised,” said Bernhard Goetz, outside of his 20-story apartment building on Manhattan’s 14th Street, the same street he lived on back in 1984, when he shot four black teenagers on a downtown No. 2 subway train. “I’m surprised the same thing is happening 30 years later. It’s a different place, but the prosecution is the same.”

The man he says “the same thing is happening” to now, George Zimmerman, was just 1 year old in 1984, when Goetz, now 65, “stood his ground” against Barry Allen, Troy Canty, Darrell Cabey, and James Ramseur, friends who had come down from the Bronx to rob video-arcade change boxes. When the mild-looking electrical engineer, who’d been violently robbed before, got on the train at 14th Street, the four boys surrounded him and, after one of them asked him for five dollars, he unloaded his unlicensed revolver, hitting all four of them.

I’d say it has vague similarities, but differences as well…

No Helmets for Citi Bike?

When I worked as a courier, my boss made bike helmets mandatory. Curiously, the Citi Bike share program does not have such rules. (I can’t get a 32 ounce slurpie, but I can ride ’round on a Citi Bike without a melon bowl?) I can’t believe I’m actually quoting the smarmy Jon Stewart, but here goes nothin’. Ol Jon-boy suggested New Yawk get a: Street Brain Material Removal Service. . . (In a semi-related story, I used to fly with a guy call-sign Helmet. His real name was Richard {surprise} and his wife would get super-po’d if you asked for Helmet when you called his home. Or so I heard. . .)

New Yorkers Invade Texas

I may have been born in New York City, but I got a soft spot for Texas. And when the New York Times ran an article on Texas HIll Country, I get nervous.

Pedernales Falls State Park

Pedernales Falls State Park, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que and an Indian blanket wildflower

At first glance, reading of Pedernales Falls State Park, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Lincoln Street Wine Market, Old German Bakery and Restaurant, Redbud Cafe, Real Ale Brewing Company, Blanco Bowling Club Cafe, Becker Vineyards, Grape Creek Vineyards, Rose Hill Manor, Welfare Cafe, Luckenbach, High’s Cafe, Hotel Faust, and Settlers Crossing Bed and Breakfast, I get the feeling the write-up is fair, but you never know with the ol’ En-Why-Tee.

Back Alley Anything

I wince when I see the words back alley. And what Kasia Rivera did to Justin Street in a back alley only increases the wince factor. As for the whole procedure, I am squarely in Dr. Daniel S. Elliott’s camp. (Link mildly suitable for work, mildly unsuitable for a pre-meal read, and unsuitable for the jumpy.) Note: the story does not designate exactly which back alley Ms. Rivera performed her handiwork in. Justin Street would be a good guess.

Jennifer Sultan, The Sultan of Sheikh

Being an Arabic speaker, I am less interested in Jennifer Sultan’s fall from grace and more interested in the provenance of her last name. Sure, she made $70 million in her sale of Live Online, but where does her family name come from? This tells nothing:

Jennifer Sultan

Jennifer Sultan

At the height of dot-com mania 13 years ago, Jennifer Sultan and a few colleagues sold their small technology company for $70 million in stock and cash. She and her boyfriend rented a large house in the Hamptons for the summer and bought a spacious loft near Union Square.

In the years since, that temporary flush of wealth evaporated and Ms. Sultan, 38, developed an addiction to prescription painkillers.

On Friday, she sat handcuffed in a courtroom at State Supreme Court in Manhattan. In exchange for a promise of a four-year prison sentence, she pleaded guilty to selling prescription painkillers and conspiring to sell a firearm.

She was arrested last July and accused of being part of a ring that sold prescription drugs and guns. Four others arrested with Ms. Sultan had already pleaded guilty. One, Nicholas Mina, a former New York City police officer, agreed to serve more than 15 years in prison as part of a plea bargain under which he admitted stealing guns from his colleagues’ precinct house lockers and selling them. Mr. Mina was also addicted to prescription painkillers.

Jennifer Sultan is not the Sultan of Sheikh. But it sounds good, right?

Deanne Ostbye Draws Blood

I know the block of West 46th Street and Broadway in New York City well. So when I read of a tourist being knocked over by Deanne Ostbye, I cringed. New Yorkers can be a rough bunch. Focused and fast-moving. But Ms. Ostbye is from Tacoma, Washington and who knows why she was so rough. And what’s with yelling Freedom of Speech after you draw blood from your violence? Your free speech ends at the tip of my nose.

Feisal Abdul Rauf Dekes Out Robert Leslie Deak

The Ground Zero mosque imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, is being sued by Robert Leslie Deak, a major donor to the Cordoba Initiative and the American Society for Muslim Advancement. Mr. Deak alleges he got deked out of $167,000 between 2006 and 2008 to a project to combat anti-Muslim sentiment. Instead, the suit alleges, Mr. Abdul Rauf used the money for entertainment and other personal purposes.