New York City Rhythm

One citizen's view of life in the greatest city in the world . . . warts and all!

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Location: Riverdale, New York, United States

Thursday, June 30, 2005

The Road Goes Ever On and On...And On...And...

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You think the roads in New York are expensive? Well, pretty soon you might be able to own one yourself. Our illustrious government in Washington is thinking about funding road projects by creating 'private' roads. Seems they don't have enough of our money to fix the broken infrastructures, so they're thinking about having private industry to it.

Imagine what the toll on the Henry Hudson Parkway would be if Chase Manhattan or MacDonalds owned it!!!

And how can the Federal Government NOT have enough money? They sure grab enough from me every April...

Here's the full story . . .

Friday, June 24, 2005

You're Not Alone . . .

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All you New York Riverdalians can take solice in the thought that you have company in your misery. Sure, you have the tree police and your local politicians cutting up your property rights and dropping the value of your land. But at least you still have your home.

On the other hand, the glorious Supreme Court today just ok'd the taking of a person's home to build commercial property under the E.D. clause. Not for government purposes, you understand. But so somebody can put up a strip mall or condos.

So now the concept of "public use" as defined in the constitution has been stretched almost as far as Plastic Man's underwear. And it stinks just as badly . . .

I wonder how far the government can go in screwing people before it reaches the critical mass of unrest needed for revolution. Hope it's not in my lifetime . . .

Here's the whole cnn story . . .

Friday, June 17, 2005

And The Vampires Just Keep Rolling On . . .

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Did you know that the Federal Government is taxing us for a war that was over more than 100 years ago? And it's a tax on phone service, no less!!

New York citizens have enough taps in their financial neck. They don't need to support an imaginary war as well.

While some in Congress have tried before to kill this tax, now they want to extend it to cover telecommunications and the use of the Internet as well. Money just keeps getting shorter and shorter in Washington.

What ever happened to 'supply-side economics'? The rising tide keeps going out, maybe. . .

You can read the entire story here.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Go, Tampa!!! . . .

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Well, well. Seems like Jeb Bush finally got something right. He just signed a law that gives motorists a $70 ticket if their car radios can be heard 25 feet from the car. YES!

Now if we can only get the New York City cops to enforce the noise pollution laws already on the books here, we might not need earplugs everytime we go out in the summer. Jeeze, don't these "drivers" have ears? Or is the reason for the non-enforcement because it's an ethnic thing?

Gotta have my dose of (c)rap today . . .

Catch the whole story here . . .

Summer's Coming . . .

Well, having covered all the vital and important news of the world, the Daily News writes that the New York City school system lets students taper off into summer early. Seems the teachers are exhausted from putting up with the little devils, their whiny parents, and the ridiculous Department of Education rules fostered on them.

Of course, the paper makes the point that they are letting valuable teaching days slip by, even though the students know they are going to pass or fail and don't need to do anything anyway.

Well, DUH! Sounds like a regular school day to me . . .

If you're really interested in this marvel of journalistic somnambulism, check out the entire story here...

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Reading of The Future

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I see that the New York Public Library is starting to make digital books available for members. I wonder if we'll be able to download them on the Internet, or will we still have to go to the local branch to pick up a cd?

Get the rest of the story here . . .

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Strange Bedfellows . . .

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Well, it's all over but the election. Our local club gave in to electability over qualifications by endorsing Weiner over Miller. Surprise, Surprise. I wonder how Oliver (Mr. Ambitious) Koppell feels right now. Of course, he had no choice but to support Miller, the source of all things good in the City Council. To do otherwise would be to forfeit any chance of advancement in that oh-so noble body. Still, it must feel strange to have your own neighbors vote for someone else. Well, Koppell may have 'buried the hatchet' but sooner or later, it will end up in his back!

Hey, Ollie! In case you forgot, this is a REPRESENTATIONAL democracy. You're supposed to represent the wishes of your constituency. Endorsing a hack like Miller and praising a so-called 'funmath' school that your whole neighborhood despises is no way to get re-elected!

But these neighbors may regret getting what they ask for. Now they're in bed with Mr. (Hot-Sheet Motel) Carrion. Let's see how long he can stay away from Mr. Ramirez. I wonder if there's any more loose money floating between them.

And while I feel sorry for Mrs. Regenhard, I have to wonder about a vision of reality that says any person is the 'one last hope for this city'. Well, Mr. Siegel will not be the mayor, so what will she do? Move away? This is just another example of a political system that relies on extreme statements instead of intelligent thought.

What good is electing a mayor (or any official for that matter) if they haven't got the chops to do the job? If this sorry crop of politicians is the best the Democrats can do, they deserve another term of Bloomberg . . .

As far as bedfellows...I wonder who will end up on top . . .
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Friday, May 27, 2005

More of The Same . . .

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I don't know about you, but I've almost given up on radio here in New York. I use Curtis & Cueball to get me up in the morning because their voices are the most irritating and dig right down to my subconscious. Once I get up, I switch right over to 880 for the news.

Now they're talking about HD Radio. Sorry guys. It doesn't matter what you call it, it still sucks. One reason I switch from 770 to 880 in the morning is the ads. 770 really pissed me off when they started that 'half hour without interruption' garbage. Sure, no real ads...just let Curtis read the copy instead. Hey, Jerks. It's still advertising and interrupting the information flow (such as it is on 770).

Sure, I still get the ads on news radio, but sandwitched between several news stories, they haven't hit my saturation zone yet.

Unfortunately, the advertising moguls just don't get it. Check out this quote from Chuck Tweedle (yes, that's really his name) the senior vice president of some SF radio stations. At least he realizes he took the listeners for granted!

Now, If I want to hear a radio show, I just dump it into my tivo (yes, it does radio too if you set it up right) and when I come home, I happily skip past all those commercials. Tough titty, 770!!!
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