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new facist city?

i don’t drink soda.  not because it doesn’t taste good, but because i think it’s bad for my body.  i love carrot cake!  once in a while, i even eat some. i hate to think that one day carrot cake will only be sold by the  ‘sliver’   because someday i may want to buy a whole cake  or,  maybe even two carrot cakes at once!

and salt!  i love salt.  and i can have as much salt as i want. i wouldn’t recommend it for people with high blood pressure just like i wouldn’t recommend antibiotics for people who aren’t sick.  salt is not the demon.  most people who get too much salt are the ones who exist on pre-packaged salt laden foods and food-like substances.  

i also understand that working out everyday is good for my body, but do i work out every day?  no, i don’t,  even though i know i should.  whether i work out or not, i am free to choose  –  at least for now.   i am however getting a little scared that mayor bloomberg may soon start taxing people with over 21% body fat.  i can picture little bmi stations set up along side the toll booths and commuters and tourists will have to be fitness tested prior to entering the city.

i’m not anti-bloomberg, really i’m not.  there are a lot of people in my life who i like a lot even though they do really weird things.  

when i began to write this article it was going to be focused simply on noise rules in the city but it has now morphed into a story of personal freedom.  at first i wanted to simply point out that the city is inundated with signs promising a $350 fine for needless honking of car horns.

proof ↓


and if you’ve ever been to the city you have no doubt heard hundreds of car horns in just the first hour of your visit.  if you stay a week or so, you could possibly hear more than 1946 beeps – or more – that’s just an estimate of course.

so lets just say the traffic police who are honked at multiple times with each changing light in this town, were actually minding the law and giving out tickets as promised.  $350 x 1946 honks per week per neighborhood.  there are approximately 65 neighborhoods in manhattan alone so, without including queens, the bronx, brooklyn & staten island which are all part of nyc, the city could make  ($350 x 1946 honks per week) x 65 neighborhoods = $44,271,500.00 per week.


of course we couldn’t expect the traffic police to be present for every honking incident because we all know that would be ridiculous.  they’re too busy just standing there.  i realize most of us would be fired from our jobs if we followed the law just 10% of the time, but just for arguments sake let’s say the traffic police got just 10% of the honkers.   10% of  $44,271,500.00 would bring in $4,427,150 per week.  that’s over $230 million per year!  but instead, according to new york magazine, “the NYPD gave just 206 summonses for the offense last year.”

206 summonses translates into $72,100 last year for the city.  i suspect that wouldn’t come close to covering the cost of the signs, labor for installation, sign maintenance  and,  the salaries for the many, many important people who no doubt met for hundreds and hundreds of hours to determine placement of honking fine signs  – and god knows what the court filings and implementation of said sign laws cost  –  and it just goes on & on.

i didn’t vote for that.  if you voted for the honking signs, would you please identify yourself?  

if i were mayor and allowed the city to spend all that money on signs,  i would at least enforce the law.  the costs would be covered before the first year was out and quality of life in the city would actually be improved.

laurie  for  mayor!

and just, fyi, if you’re interested, on the nyc website,

You can request street signs installation, relocation, or removal.  You can also buy a personalized street sign. No Honking signs (the Department of Environmental Protection will study the intersection and approve or deny the request based on study results)

you may have noticed my lack of patience for imbecility but after all that money spent on salaries, bureaucracy, sign design and what ever else, how is it possible that the city does not enforce that law, yet agreed to fine a man for laughing too loudly in his own home?

Long Island man issued summons for laughing too loud in his own home.

There’s no pursuit of happiness for this Long Island man — local cops busted him for laughing too loudly in his own home.

Robert Schiavelli, 42, was recently slapped with two “absurd” summonses because his next-door neighbor complained that he could hear his hearty guffaws from across the driveway.   story

and it gets better!  this week the post also reported:

Mayor Bloomberg’s new health crusade: too-loud earbuds  –  Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks — is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.  story

i’m tempted to continue ranting on personal freedom, but i think  fay voshell has already said it best:

What could possibly be next?

Will the “don’t drink, don’t smoke” goody-two-shoes food police aim at the amount of pizza consumed? Will pizza parlors soon be able to sell only two slices at a time? Will pizza shop owners have to file a permit in order to sell a whole pie? Maybe customers will have to show they are fit enough to consume pepperoni topping by doing twenty jumping jacks; and those who dare to order a meat lover’s pizza will have to do thirty pushups. .  .

They should ask themselves questions like, “How would I like it if Muslim food laws were forced on all of New York City’s inhabitants?” Or, “Would it be fair if Seventh Day Adventists stopped all New Yorkers from eating bacon?” Or, “Would I like it if Gaia worshiping vegans ruled the City’s restaurants?”

that being said, i’m going to do my laundry.

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“There are only two kinds of freedom in the world; the freedom of the rich and powerful, and the freedom of the artist and the monk”
 ~ Anais Nin

free vibrators! ooops . . . never mind

another example of why watching television in unnecessary when you live in the city (especially when you only have channels 2 through 13, minus channel 12).

who would argue that this ny post article isn’t as good as any seinfeld episode?

City officials pull the plug on vibrator giveaway, leaving thousands dissatisfied


 Last Updated: 6:18 AM, August 9, 2012

They must have rubbed Mayor Bloomberg the wrong way.

City officials pulled the plug on a vibrator giveaway by the Trojan condom company yesterday, disappointing potentially thousands of pleasure-seeking women who hoped to get their hands on some no-cost sex toys.

“I’m 57 years old. I should be able to get a vibrator!” declared Linda Postell, who was among hundreds of women (and men!) waiting in the heat on Pearl Street only to be left unsatisfied. “I have a problem with the smoking ban, and the soda ban — and now this!”

Trojan sent tingles of excitement across the city when it announced the giveaway of some 10,000 vibrating sex toys from hot-dog-style pushcarts.


But instead of climaxing in a successful giveaway, the promotion was prematurely interrupted by City Hall, which sent a dark-suited representative to put the squeeze on Trojan’s “Pleasure Carts.”

“Bloomberg doesn’t want anyone to have fun. You can’t have a giant soda. You can’t have a vibrator.”

photo: Dan Brinzac

full article.

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”
 ~ Dr. Seuss

r u kidding me?

the following comes straight from an article in today’s ny post.  the pink commentary is mine.

Mayor Bloomberg yesterday unveiled a “microunit” apartment that would make even hardened NewYorkers claustrophobic.  ok, i live in a room.  1 room.  with my dog.   ivan & i live in a studio apartment. my room is 600 square feet and it feels pretty small most of the time but you should know, my last  “1 bedroom” was even smaller – measuring in at almost 400 square feet.  i know what small is. 

Tiny homes like it — between 275 and 300 square feet, the size of some ATM vestibules in Times Square—will be built in Kips Bay. r u kidding me?

They are part of a pilot program to find housing for people who live alone or with only a partner. with a partner?  really? 

The spaces are small, but the prices aren’t. They’ll likely rent for less than the market rate, which is $2,000 per month, officials said.  that’s $2,000.00  –  a month.

“We want people to come here — to start out, start their careers here, start their families here — and if you don’t have the kind of housing that they need, they can’t do that,” Bloomberg said yesterday while standing amid a prototype of a micro-unit.  please note that mayor bloomberg lives alone in a 5 story town house on east 79th street.   mr. mayor, are you seriously asking couples to start a family in a 275 square foot home? 

The 10- by 30- foot apartments must each have windows and a kitchen area, a request for proposals released by the city specifies.

While some Manhattan renters said they were ready to sign on, others were revolted. consider me revolted.

The planned apartments — slightly larger than a dorm room and half the size of a subway car — are so small, they’re actually currently illegal (!), since the law requires new apartments to be 400 square feet or larger.  But Bloomberg said he’ll propose a change to that law.  full article

thank you, mr. mayor.   it’s good to see you working for the people.

ps:  i apologize for sounding harsh – it stems from fear of one day ending up in a microunit.

“Even in comedies, you’ve got to feel safe for things to just happen in a way that is natural and free, and recognizable as human.”
~ Richard Gere 



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