Anthony Weiner getting his Cory Booker on….

They say “Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery”

During the “Snowpocalypse of 2010” the 5 Boroughs of NYC struggled to dig itself out of the 20 or so inches of snow.  Many New Yorkers let it be know that they were not happy and Mayor Bloomberg was heavily criticized for the lack of response.  Snow plows were nowhere to be found on the streets during or hours after the blizzard had passed.

While New Yorkers took out their frustration with the Mayor and snow on Twitter; Cory Booker the Mayor of Newark (New Jersey) took to the streets with his a shovel in one hand and his Twitter feed in the other.

While Mayor Bloomberg struggled to control the perception of how he and his administration was handling snow removal, Cory Booker used the power of Twitter to stay connected with his constituents.  Through twitter Booker asked the people of Newark to let him know where there were snow issues.  Tweet after tweet Booker responded to those in need asking them where they were located and letting them know help was on the way.  In one instance someone tweeted that they needed diapers and Booker hand deliver the diapers himself.

Needless to say Booker received praise locally and nationally for his work; while Bloomberg is still being criticized from every angle.

So with a new snow storm hitting the NYC area, it looks like others are following the example of Cory Booker.

Anthony Weiner

Just this afternoon Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) tweeted…

“Not to go all Cory Booker on you or anything, but I’m inviting Bk/Q residents to file snow removal beefs here.”

I applaud Weiner for his efforts and I hope it works for him; it will be interesting to read the complaints he will receive.  There will be legitimate complaints but I guarantee that his account will be smashed with nonsense; I am sure it will be entertaining.

But in all seriousness I hope people utilize the services Weiner is providing, this is government working for you at your finger tips.

With that said I hope this time around I see some toughness out New Yorkers, the amount of whining I heard and read about was out of control and I expect better from NYC.  As a New Yorker we pride ourselves on our toughness, in all honesty I didn’t see that toughness.  Growing up in Queens it was no shock when it snowed that Queens was the last borough plowed.  On my block neighbors helped each other; we cleared the sidewalks for the older folks on the block and we all chipped in to dig each others cars out.  I was embarrassed by some of the b*#ching I heard… I know the city’s response was unsatisfactory but MAN UP!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!


Talking Points Tuesdays – Ground Zero Mosque

Ground Zero Mosque

 

The controversy surrounding the Ground Zero Mosque is clear example of how this country is going backwards; when did we as a nation stop progressing?  John Adams in a letter once wrote…  

“There must be a positive Passion for the public good, the public Interest, Honour, Power, and Glory, established in the Minds of the People, or there can be no Republican Government, nor any real Liberty. And this public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions. Men must be ready, they must pride themselves, and be happy to sacrifice their private Pleasures, Passions, and Interests, nay their private Friendships and dearest connections, when they Stand in Competition with the Rights of society.”  

These are powerful words from 1776 that  puts the Ground Zero Mosque mess into perspective, “public Passion must be Superior to all private Passions…”.  Meaning that we need to put our personal feeling aside for the greater good of society.  Some will argue that the greater good for society would be to respect the victims of 9/11 and their families; in no way are disrespecting the memories of loved ones lost.  Islam was not what took the lives of over 3,000 people on September 9th 2001; the act was committed by radical fundamentalist.   

If there was evidence that the builders of the Muslim Cultural Center were affiliated with radical hate groups then I would fully oppose the building of the Mosque.  There is no room or protection of hate groups when it comes to the greater good or society.  If Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin could show me that this Mosque would be a breeding ground of hate then I would fully support their stance on this issue; but all you hear from the and others like Harry Reid is nothing but political talk.  Both Democrats and Republicans are too worried about November elections and gaining support than the equal protection of religious freedom under the Constitution.  

This issue has been politicized to the point that Republicans have already announced that they will make this an issue during the November elections; in response Democrats like Harry Reid who are in tight races have distanced themselves from what is right in order to save their jobs!  It’s good to see politicians like Charlie Crist, Mike Bloomberg and yes the President of the United States (Obama) take a stand for what is right.   

Some times doing the RIGHT thing means supporting a unpopluar position, over the next couple of days we will see who has the BALLS to do what is right!  I hate to think that political pressure may stop this cultural center aka mosque from being built.  I hope not, I would have a hard time supporting any politician that would fold under the pressure.  That includes President Obama!!!  

As always….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!