Bloomberg seems to be losing it
"Looting has also become an issue in parts of the city. Police say 15 people in Queens are accused of ransacking various businesses in the Rockaways. ... In Brooklyn, police say more than a dozen people were arrested in Coney Island alone for looting."
Bloomberg's response: "the NYPD is the only people we want on the streets with guns."
We'd expect that'd be his response to self-defense, but he was talking about the National Guard.
UPDATE: HotAir wonders: "I’m not sure, but I think we’re witnessing the complete implosion of somebody who was once considered a pretty influential politician on the rise. Yes, Bloomberg doesn’t much care for the Second Amendment and doesn’t want people to have guns. We get it. But we’re talking about the National Guard here. Has this guy completely lost his mind?"
ANOTHER UPDATE: Bloomberg canceled (after receiving much public pressure, and making apologies) the NY Marathon, with its press center powered by four large generators. But, the NY Post is reporting,
"The city left more than a dozen generators desperately needed by cold and hungry New Yorkers who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy still stranded in Central Park yesterday.
And that’s not all — stashed near the finish line of the canceled marathon were 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar “space” blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water.
This while people who lost their homes in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island were freezing and going hungry."
“I would ordinarily agree, but as a self-serving urban politician he's probably thinking more about the votes he would lose if the guard actually shot a bunch of looters (choirboys on the way home from church) than about protecting the innocent and the shopkeepers businesses...and after all, it's only merchandise, and those poor disadvantaged souls really deserve a new flat screen and some sharp new Nike's...in his view. Think of the lawsuits against him and the city for wrongful deaths of folks jus' takin’ what they need from those who have too much...kinda like redistribution.
And those stores full of bling and stuff, they just create an "attractive nuisance" and tempted those "folks" into taking the stuff...
I actually think he has a (cynical) rationale for holding back the Guard even though they could bring in shelters, heat, beds, generators, kitchens, and mobile field hospitals...you know, trivial luxuries that Staten Island doesn't really need...he doesn’t want potential voters being killed while redistributing themselves some wealth.
If they're stealing food and water and diapers and such, it may be because his disaster recovery effort is, how you say, inadequate. “
Posted by: Kalashnikat at November 5, 2012 04:07 PM
This would also seem to reinforce the very real belief that the Bloomster doesn't give a d@mn about anyone who lives anywhere above midtown Manhattan, much less the hicks from the outer boroughs. If the fallout from this whole mess is the end of Bloomberg as mayor the people of NYC might actually surprise us and vote in someone with some sense, but that probably won't happen.
Posted by: KS Gunner at November 5, 2012 09:31 PM
Actually, it most likely that he cares for thos above midtown, probably as high as 86 street maybe even upto the low 90's. Many of those places on both east and west sides are owned by the wealthy and the trendy, who vote for him.
Posted by: Rich at November 6, 2012 11:20 AM