Late evening on the fifth day. I got to spend two hours on Skype with my grandson today. Then a girl he knows called, and suddenly I wasn’t so exciting. I made a trip to the local market and Dunkin Donuts. I can’t get used to how empty the streets are at 11:00 in the morning. I am astonished at the level of cooperation in people staying indoors as much as possible and away from each other, at least in my neighborhood. But I can’t help but wonder how long it will last, especially as our leaders in government insist on conducting partisan grandstanding as if nothing unusual was affecting their constituents.
I am thinking about taking the car out soon. It hasn’t been started since Saturday, and I want to make sure it is functioning correctly when I do need it. I don’t think I am likely to catch a virus driving around in my car alone with the windows up. There is also the looming possibility that this shelter in place order could become an enforced quarantine. That is something I am not looking forward to. Tomorrow I start working in earnest on my novel, and I may start posting some more short stories on a writer’s site I belong to.
What a leadership team we have in New York. Tweedledum Dumb and Tweedledummer.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday dismissed the possibility of an imminent shelter-in-place order in New York City, hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was a possibility and that a decision could be made within 48 hours. “Even though a decision has not yet been made by the city or by the state, I think New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order,” de Blasio, a Democrat, said in a press conference Friday. “It has not happened yet, but it is definitely a possibility at this point. I believe that decision should be made in the next 48 hours, and it’s a very, a very difficult decision.” Earlier in the day on CNN, he said that “we’re absolutely considering that,” when asked about the possibility of a shelter-in-place. The warning from de Blasio comes a day after San Francisco placed a similar order into effect in order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. New York City on Monday limited restaurants to takeout and deliveries and limited gatherings to 50 people, after closing public schools on Sunday. Cuomo shoots down de Blasio warnings of possible NYC shelter-in-place order | Fox News
I saw the headline in the NY Post, “DeBlasio says he wants to save NYC.” Of course, anyone who lives here can tell you that the only thing this doofus can do to save the city is to resign. naturally, the connection I made in my mind was, “He is going to quit!”
But no, nothing so glorious was about to take place. But we have one thing here that is sorely needed in Washington, DC: Term Limits. We will be rid of this Orwellian Big Brother with his thousands of traffic cams and ever-increasing installation of dangerous poorly thought out bike lanes and traffic clogging bus lanes.
Of course, if you are not registered Democrat in this city, you have no say in who the next mayor will be. Whoever the Democrats nominate will be the next chief executive of NYC, so we can look forward to yet another buffoon who will continue to preside over the decline of a once-great American City.
I live in NYC, always a haven for progressive ideas and except for a brief respite under the common sense leadership of Rudy Giuliani, we have been under the thumb of one progressive nitwit after another. Prior to this administration I would have said that the worst of the worst was David Dinkins. His administration was so bad that the one of the Bluest cities in the country elected the aforementioned Republican. But now we have the king of the dunces, Bill DeBlasio as our municipal chief executive. He is complemented by an elitist far left wing Governor who seems hell bent on ruining the rest of the state.
This New Year ushered in one of the dumbest “reforms” that can possibly conceived of, unless it is designed purposely to increase the crime rate. To be fair to our buffoon of a Mayor this was an action by the State Legislature and signed by signed by his majesty, King Cuomo, but a real leader would have refused to implement such a disastrous law, instead challenging it in court and probably winning. Judicial discretion has certainly been abused in individual cases but this is an infringement of that power that needs to be tested constitutionally. As it stands now, even if a judge believes a defendant is a clear and present danger to the community or said defendant is a flight risk, he must release him or her without bail.
What’s that you say? This is only for non-violent offences? No, Grasshopper, you are mistaken. Stalking is among the so called non-violent crimes. Stalking is a form of violence in and of itself. Now someone is accused of stalking some woman and gets picked up and released as soon as he is arraigned? Yeah, hard to see how that could be a problem.
While it is true that some poorer defendants spend too much time in jail awaiting trial because they can’t raise bail, it would seem to make sense that that problem should be addressed by streamlining the process so that a fair and speedy trial can be achieved without emptying the jail cells onto city streets. The biggest victims in this will be the poor communities these blowhard politicians claim to care so much about, because it is into these neighborhoods that these “non-violent” offenders will be released.
But don’t worry. The Mayor is on it. Just last night he tweeted in his usual officious and condescending tone about how evil Domino’s was because they charged people in Times Square $30.00 for a whole pizza. OK, First of all, someone who eats pizza with a knife and fork shouldn’t be talking about any pizza place. Secondly, if he were to step out of his ivory tower and buy a slice of pizza in Manhattan, he would find that the going price is about $4.00 a slice. Do us a favor, Mr. Mayor. Go back to sleep until your term ends. You’ve been governing that way all along. Why stop now?