Friday, February 07, 2014

With no reasonable Republicans we are stuck with De Blasio

To my Republican friends, why did you let the nut jobs take over?  Seriously, running a man for mayor of New York that is anti-gay rights, anti-women's choice.  There was a time once when "Republican" did not automatically mean "I want to control your body's naughty bits."
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So instead we have Bill de Blasio, which might more readily be listed as Mr. Chirlane McCray.
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Mayor de Blasio and wife Mrs. McCray
He just gave her the job of running New York's city fund.  This is the job where someone requests corporations to kick in and then the money is used to subsidize various non-profits around the city.  This is not normally given to your spouse.  So Ms. McCray gets to badger corporations into giving to the city.  Now previous mayors (Republican, Democratic and Independent) have had the same function.  But giving it to your wife (which previous mayors never did) seems sketchy to me.  (Although it apparently passed the Conflict of Interest team, and she isn't getting paid.)
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Speaking of sketchy.
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One of the things Mrs. McCray has made a point of saying is that her new office won't even be in City Hall.  It is across the street from Mr. McCray-deBlasio.  However, HER chief of staff's office IS in City Hall, next to the Mayor's office.
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Yeah, Mrs. McCray usually is the talker

And HER Chief of Staff is long time friend and ex-assistant to Rev. Al Sharpton (who enjoys suing the city).  Her Chief of Staff is Rachel Noerdlinger.  Ms. Noerdlinger, as Chief of Staff to the wife of the mayor is to be paid $170,000.  Perhaps she will get a raise now that her boss has a job aside from standing behind de Blasio and telling him what to say.
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HIS Chief of Staff, announced 3 days after the announcement of his wife's $170,000 Chief of Staff, is Laura Santucci.  She was head of his transition team and appointed to be ready to "Hit the Ground Running" on the new administration.  How did that work out?
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Brooklyn (where the de Blasio's live) was well ploughed

Now Mr. McCray-deBlasio is atwitter because Joe Biden said something mean about LaGuarida airport.
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Mr. Biden's comments: "If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2 o'clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said 'where do you think you are?' They would say, 'this must be America. This is a modern airport,'" Biden said. "If I took them blindfolded and took them to LaGuardia airport in New York, he would like 'I must be in some third world country.' I'm not joking.
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Mayor McCray/de Blasio's comment back: "LaGuardia obviously needs an upgrade, but that being said the airport manages an extraordinary amount of traffic and the people work there make it work under very difficult circumstances," de Blasio said at a press conference on Friday.  "So as a proud New Yorker, I didn't like that comment, and I think it was not the right way to talk about it."
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Which, ah... duh, totally misses the point.  Vice President Biden didn't say or even suggest that LaGuardia employees aren't doing something right.  He said the airport was like something out of the third world.  Which it isn't.  Third World Airports are totally nicer.
Siam Reap - Cambodia's busiest airport

Buenos Aires Airport - That Country is bankrupt

Sarajevo's Airport.  Destroyed in the 1992-1995 Bosnian War
Just a Typical Day at Delta LaGuardia
Serving the Metropolis of New York City - 1 Insult at a Time

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