Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Michael R. Bloomberg, not "Mike"

Michael R. Bloomberg: Bad for horses and people

Who is this "Mike" Bloomberg of the glossy campaign brochures? Is this "Mike the straphanger"? Mike the "all-you-can-eat" dim sum guy? Mike the khakis-wearing mayor? What next, flip-flops and corn dogs?

Michael R. Bloomberg is steely-eyed, bloodless and mean. Don't be fooled by his fancy political strategists. He bought them, the way he buys just about everyone else. He is going to find out that New York City is not for sale.

And Bloomberg allows the corrupt carriage industry to run roughshod, ripping off tourists and taxpayers; endangering the public safety; and promoting unsafe and inhumane living and working conditions for the horses.

Michael, Michael R, Mike, Mayor Mike, or whatever he calls himself on any given day, is finding out that he is not as popular as he thought he was.

Ninety percent of politicians give the other 10 percent a bad reputation.
--Henry Kissinger

Friday, July 10, 2009

Democracy to the highest bidder?

Avella believes in democracy. Does Bloomberg?
We know mayoral candidate Tony Avella as a fighter for our neighborhoods, our small businesses, our schools, and our families. As a New York City Councilman, Avella has been a champion for the animals, notably having introduced the landmark bill that would ban New York City's inhumane and dangerous horse-drawn carriage industry.

You won't hear any kind of meaningful advocacy for animals or individuals or communities from Mayor Bloomberg, whose unwavering dedication is to money. On a staggering scale. Not only does he want us to conveniently forget the extension-of-term-limits debacle that he orchestrated, but now he apparently wants us to toss out the ideals of democracy, too. His comments at the Working Families Party Mayoral Forum on July 2 tell the story.

These remarks are making waves in the city and on the Internet. You can't make this stuff up!
Read what The New York Times said about the forum: "It was Mr. Avella who generated the most applause."
The Times noted that Bloomberg drew "some hisses and even laughter" and was "the least popular of the three."

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Working Families Party Mayoral Forum

Too important to miss!
Tony Avella is the people's choice!

Here is the Working Families Party Mayoral Forum webcast in its entirety. Michael R. Bloomberg is up first. Your patience will be rewarded when you hear New York City's wealthiest citizen stammer [cue in to 1:04] that "I made every dime that I have." It's precious. NEXT! Tony Avella follows, and the juxtaposition is very interesting. As we heard from those who were in attendance, and as you can see in viewing the webcast, the energy in the room was electrifying when Tony fielded questions--and he never minces any words. The applause tells the story. Comptroller William C. Thompson was next. Slick and well-rehearsed, as the story goes. He said something but I don't remember what it was.
[Viewing note: Fast-forward the video by opening a full-screen view, and cueing in by clicking on the horizontal nav bar at the bottom of the control panel.]
July 2, 2009