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In NYC: De Blasio is All Ready to Make Bloomberg Look Great
Townhall ^ | 01/04/2013 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 01/04/2014 11:46:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Looking for advice on how to improve the NYPD’s ability to keep New Yorkers safe, incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning to the experts in violent crime and criminal activity. . . Ex-convicts. And not the white collar Bernie Madoff convicts. De Blasio’s transition think tank (bankrolled by the liberal billionaire, George Soros) listened to the concerns of convicted criminals when it came to the NYPD’s policies and policing efforts. The message was pretty much what one would expect from convicted kidnappers, killers, thieves, and other NYC scum: “Get Soft on Crime.”

According to the NY Post, “A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan ‘Think Tank’ Thursday to describe what they thought the NYPD should be doing to make their lives easier… The event, which was held in Morningside Heights, was hosted by an advisory group called Talking Transitions, run by liberal billionaire investment magnate George Soros.”

The goal of the criminally inclined symposium was to offer de Blasio tips on policing, corrections, parole policies, and other general inconveniences to a successful life of crime. I’m sure the NYPD commissioner is ecstatic about adhering to the concerns of the newly elevated criminal class.

“I like the idea of ending stop and frisk,” explained one attendee who had previously been convicted of grand larceny and identity theft. Given the nature of the 4thAmendment, I’m not inclined to promote the practice of stop and frisk. . . ButI ama bit trepidatious about swallowing the concerns of a grand larcenist without a bit of a raised eyebrow.

And while the constitutionally questionable practice of NYPD frisking policies were a major point of concern, other issues were raised that would seem comical if written as part of a Saturday Night Live skit:

Arthur Castillo – who has been convicted for possessing stolen property and assault – complained about the NYPD’s persistent surveillance of felons. The felonious forum member opined that “newly released prisoners are watched by the police, and a lot of us don’t feel we have an opportunity to readapt to normal life because we are treated as criminals.” Um. . . Yep. You sure are treated like a criminal. That kind of “discriminatory” surveillance should be somewhat expected after you commit crimes. It seems fairly obvious that criminal elements of society feel a little “weighed down” by an increased police presence. But, in all fairness, that’skinda the point.

Castillo also called for a more “redistributive” approach to policing, parole, and prison operations. “A lot of money is spent on the prison system — it should be used to cultivate prisoner’s lives,” he explained. Does it shock anyone else that a man convicted of larceny is advocating socialism? If not legalized thievery, what is redistributive economic policy? Maybe the far-left de Blasio is just looking for some economic guidance from people who had previously turned robbing the affluent into a living.

Another member of the criminal conference expressed hope that de Blasio would “remember” all the criminals, unlike that mean-old Bloomberg. Gregorio Cruz, who was convicted of first degree manslaughter, robbery, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon berated the outgoing Mayor Bloomberg for having “forgotten” about the ever coveted ‘ex-convict” constituency. (As a side note, Cruz is probably lucky he decided to kill, kidnap and rob people in a city that has essentially banned self-defense. There are some corners of this country where he’d be lucky to still be breathing – let alone a member of a Mayoral transition think tank.)

Other ex-cons suggested that de Blasio make the city easier for illegal immigrants to find work. . . Heck, why not? They’re already suggesting de Blasio look the other way on local crimes. Why not allow Federal-law-breakers to work with impunity as well?

The transition think tank will be advising de Blasio directly on this, and a number of other issues. And while it seems like lunacy to allow lunatics the chance to advise asylum management, the move is depressingly less-than-shocking. De Blasio, the City’s most left leaning Mayor in decades, ran on a decidedly socialist and altruistic platform. However, his liberal desire to paint aggressors – such as kidnappers, robbers, and violent criminal thugs – as thevictimsof society’s prosperity was never made as abundantly clear as it was last week. His deep connections to George Soros and other long-time “progressive” liberals make events such as thecriminal insight policing forum(my name for the event – not his) predictable and unsurprising.

Unfortunately the results of de Blasio’s inexperienced leftism will likely yield equally predictable (and unsurprising) results. Perhaps the most unnerving aspect of the incoming administration, is the likelihood that his incompetence and leftist tendencies will actually make Bloomberg look somewhateffectivein comparison.

It’s a sad day for New York when the Bond villain Bloomberg – who declared war on high-capacity sodas – looks like an era of reason and efficiency.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: billdeblasio; bloomberg; deblasio; deblasioswearingin; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; nyc; soros

1 posted on 01/04/2014 11:46:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Bloomberg was a meddling jerk with a Napoleonic complex, but he did keep the crime rate low and kept more to the Giuliani script than the Dinkins’ one. I suspect he’ll look better and better to New Yorkers if DeBlasio manages to push through his agenda.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 11:54:46 AM PST by DemforBush (Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream?)
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To: SeekAndFind
one attendee who had previously been convicted of grand larceny and identity theft

One federal law I would definitely like to see passed would make identity theft a class "A" felony with penalties equal to those for selling large quantities of heroin. I'm talking like 30 years to life.

3 posted on 01/04/2014 11:56:19 AM PST by Maceman (Just say "NO" to tyranny.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ha, ha, that’s the best headline I’ve seen in a week. And sadly, too true. Micheal Bloomberg was a meddling idiot, but a least he wasn’t a Communist. DeBlasio is a commie pure and simple, he barely denies it. He makes Jerry Brown look like Rush Limbaugh.


4 posted on 01/04/2014 11:59:07 AM PST by jocon307
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To: Maceman

Agree on your identity theft recommendation. I was a victim of identity theft before we even called it that. It was a major pain in my neck, and it would probably be much worse today with computers and the internet. Lock them up and throw away the key.


5 posted on 01/04/2014 12:02:05 PM PST by jocon307
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To: SeekAndFind

Move the stock exchange to Dallas.


6 posted on 01/04/2014 12:08:22 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SeekAndFind

Hilarious! Sad but hilarious! I await the future with amusement.


7 posted on 01/04/2014 12:18:39 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Remember all you who have forgotten...SOROS is still a free enterprise America, hating puppetmaster.He sold out his own people to the NAZI’s. What makes you think he would not do it again to the NeoNazis in DC?


8 posted on 01/04/2014 12:19:27 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Such an advisory group is probably not a bad idea, in itself.

If changes in policy make it easier for convicts to integrate back into society and less likely to re-offend, that’s a good thing.

But sounds like they went well beyond this.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 12:21:17 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: SeekAndFind
Gotham City about to earn its name. Of course, this will be WITHOUT Batman:

"Hello Diblasio? Just as you hoped, we have no crime since everyone is shuttered in their homes and everything has been stolen."

10 posted on 01/04/2014 12:24:03 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Better for criminals better for terrorists.


11 posted on 01/04/2014 12:25:03 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Are all liberals bankrolled by George Soros? He doesn’t have enough money to fund all of them. I would look into where the money is actually coming from.


12 posted on 01/04/2014 12:25:18 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: John Semmens

My friend

Reality has just overtaken satire.

I HONESTLY thought this was one of yours...


13 posted on 01/04/2014 12:25:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Fight Tapinophobia in all its forms! Do not submit to arduus privilege.)
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To: blueunicorn6

RE: Move the stock exchange to Dallas.

So, what will the name WALL STREET become?


14 posted on 01/04/2014 12:26:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind; Liz
A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan ‘Think Tank’

DNC convention.

15 posted on 01/04/2014 12:29:07 PM PST by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: SeekAndFind

16 posted on 01/04/2014 12:29:14 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: freekitty

A little odd formatting, but:

Obama’s billionaires:
ROB WALTON
GEORGE SOROS
WARREN BUFFETT
telecom billionaire Irwin Jacobs
Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner
billionaire heir Jon Stryker
billionaire media entrepreneur Haim Saban
PENNY PRITZKER the Hyatt hotel billionaire
JAMES CROWN Scion of the billionaire Henry Crown investments family
MARC LASRY Hedge fund billionaire
TOM STEYER San Francisco hedge funder
Cynthia Ryan, a principal at the investment firm Schooner Capital
Sandor Straus, a prominent investment manager
billionaire insurance magnate Peter Lewis
Big Taco baron Rob McKay
Obama’s largest billionaire donor investor Leo Blavatnik
Hollywood magnates
Steven Spielberg
Steve Bing
Jeffrey Katzenerg
Harvey Weinstein
JJ Abrams
Kathleen McGrath
Larry Mendonca


17 posted on 01/04/2014 12:32:36 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SeekAndFind

I live in NYC and Bloomberg was a true nanny stater —but this guy will be worse. As the city goes down the crapper no one will make a stink —people are passive —we are the sheeple. In stead of making a stink or protesting his policies, people (especially the wealthy)—not the ultra wealthy but the generally wealthy— will just move elsewhere. I wonder what police station in NYC will become the new Fort Apache?


18 posted on 01/04/2014 12:48:32 PM PST by brooklyn dave ( Dante DiBlasio's Afro for President)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jerry Jones Blvd!


19 posted on 01/04/2014 1:24:52 PM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: jocon307

I also agree on the identity theft opinions posted here. I was a victim of identity theft several years ago. The person was someone that I knew, but I had no idea that he was a conman. I went right to the local police with the person’s name, and a detective told me they were already aware that he was doing these things to people. He also told me, point blank, that even though he wished things would be different, nothing would be done to the person. I naively assumed the detective was used to dealing with violent crimes, so this one may have seemed mild to him... But he was absolutely right. Nothing was done to him, and he’s still out there, and certainly doing the same thing to others. Can you guess the ideology of the judge who could have sentenced him but chose not to???


20 posted on 01/04/2014 1:25:48 PM PST by RightInJersey
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To: SeekAndFind

William bratton shot himself in the foot when he agreed to be the police commisioner. He should gave said no to blasio when offered the position. Now his reputation is going to take a big hit.


21 posted on 01/04/2014 1:44:48 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: SeekAndFind

Heck, even Dinkins will look good compared to this guy.


22 posted on 01/04/2014 1:48:37 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
A group of 50 ex-cons, junkies and chronic vagrants gathered at a Manhattan ‘Think Tank’ Thursday

From the drunk tank to the Think Tank ...

23 posted on 01/04/2014 2:09:14 PM PST by mikrofon (As NYC goes from the Frying Pan into the Fire)
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To: lowbridge

But he’ll be invited to all the fab parties in The Big Apple. Bratton loves rubbing elbows with the hoi poloi.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 2:22:26 PM PST by surrey
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To: SeekAndFind

Listening to convicts isn’t an bad idea(it takes a thief to catch a thief) but I doubt an ubber liberal commie like DeBasio will come away with the right solution.....


25 posted on 01/04/2014 2:24:19 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: surrey

sorry but the hoi polloi is the rabble ... not the aristocrats.

zig


26 posted on 01/04/2014 2:33:29 PM PST by zigmeisterxiv
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To: SeekAndFind

The friendliest thing NYC’s new mayor can do for the criminals he likes so much is allow them to run rampant — which is exactly what the Democratic mayors of New York and other cities were doing before Rudolph Giuliani and other tough-on-crime mayors put an end to it.

The pre-Giuliani era featured 3,000 murders a year and other horrors, which the citizens of New York seem eager to bring back by voting to put an extreme soft-on-crime liberal in their mayor’s office. They’re unlikely to be disappointed.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 2:35:14 PM PST by Bluestocking
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To: jjotto

thanks.


28 posted on 01/04/2014 3:05:15 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: RedMonqey
I don't know why he would waste time listening to scum. And why he would be concerned with "making THEIR lives better". They forfeited that when they committed crimes. How about first being concerned with making the lives of law-abiding citizens better, jerk?
29 posted on 01/04/2014 5:36:18 PM PST by EinNYC
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To: zigmeisterxiv

Tell that to Bratton. He loves the limelight.


30 posted on 01/04/2014 6:57:10 PM PST by surrey
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To: EinNYC
I don't know why he would waste time listening to scum.

IF he would listen to cons as wether they'd rather break into an home with/without a armed homeowner and heed their opinions, he might have second thoughts on the 2nd amendment...

...But highly I doubt it.
31 posted on 01/04/2014 8:33:04 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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