Here's the press release from the Mayor's press conference today at the Borden Avenue Veterans Residence. While my initial reaction is to applaud these initiatives, I note that some of these "new" initiatives were discussed as far back as last year's City Council Veterans Committee hearing on homelessness, in which there was no DHS rep. present and MOVA didn't stay to listen to testimony. In fact, one of the iniatives was something I have been saying for over the past 3 years! While 100 homeless veterans will be given housing in 100 days (1 a day) I also wonder what the city plans to do with the other 617 homeless veterans, or is it 314? What about the female homeless vets?
Arizona dedicated its $500,000 9-11 Memorial last month. It hasn't escaped the Little Green Footballs crowd that there are some anti-American statements on the memorial.
One LGF poster today even went so far as to say this:
"The memorial is in fact shaped in a crescent if you take into account where the names end and the single piece of iron for the rest of the sculpture begins, its a perfect crescent.
"The hole where the sun is allowed to shine on the piece from the WTC is in the exact position that the star would be on the Islam Crescent.
On that day, and for the following 10 months, Rieckhoff led a Platoon of 38 soldiers through 1,000+ mounted and dismounted combat patrols. Eventually, his would be the first reserve component unit in the Army to be awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge since the Korean War. All thirty-eight of his men returned home alive; and so did Rieckhoff's fiercely independent desire to connect policy failures in Washington with events on the ground in Iraq.
I recently interviewed Rieckhoff, no holds barred. He left no Party or New York elected official behind.
Are we all so used to the fact that Mike’s rhetoric has nothing to do with actions that it is no longer worthy of comment?
On Thursday, Mike spoke to a pro-choice group and the press reported:
“On this issue, you're either with us or you're not. Period. You can't have it both ways," said Bloomberg, a Republican, in a passionate noon address before the liberal NARAL Pro-Choice New York. "We can't let anybody equivocate."
Bloomberg said pro-choice supporters must stand tall against elected officials who "try to nuance themselves" away from a commitment to abortion rights "in the interest of political expediency and partisan politics."
In case anyone was still under the impression that the Mayor would even think about supporting Staten Island Council Member James Oddo to replace State Sen. Marchi ... here's an exchange from today's Staten Island Advance.
But we here at Backroomie, we're in to matters even more ludicrous. And that's the panel that Mayor Bloomberg created to render advice on this matter.
Frank Lombardi of the said News recently reminded us that this panel historically is but a facade for money-hungry lawmakers, and that in the past 23 years they have never NOT recommended a salary increase. OK.
It’s really amazing. The Bloomberg administration is so used to telling lies about the Olympics; they can’t help themselves even if it serves no real purpose. On Friday, a small item in Metro New York concerned Mike being asked at the press conference announcing the new stadium for the Mets about whether there were any plans to have the stadium designed so that it could serve as an Olympics stadium if the City bid for one again.
Mike responded “You could not use this for an Olympic stadium. Olympic stadiums hold 150,000 for track and field.”