ON THE QT
Everything You Always SuspectedCarola Von Hoffmannstahl-Solomonoff
Publisher and Editor
to On The QT #9. It's time. The train may leave
if we don't hurry. Time to climb aboard the
REFORM. A non partisan response to non partisan
corruption: a ride stretching from crony crowded
halls of government to drug ridden nabes where
bullets fly. But first a word
Like lying to inflate real estate values. Or to get
a little insurance money. Or ignoring crime. Or letting
public spaces and holidays
Summer is a season when urbanites crank AC's and/or
fans to drown out boomcars, drunks, fireworks and all
too often, gunshots. Punctuated by dog fights and
domestic scream fests. Did we
please! These thundering sound trucks make guts churn, dishes rattle and foundations shake. A perfect expression of solipsism au go go, a traveling environment that obliterates everything outside of U.
a day for civic pride. Right? Used to be. Sometimes
still is. But for some, the hot weather patriotic
holidays are nothing but
MY WORLD UBER ALLES.
An extreme example of the syndrome took place in Jersey City, New Jersey when off duty Police Officer Domenick Infantes was attending a July 4th backyard gathering at a friend's house. Without his gun. Two brothers were blowing off illegal fireworks in a nearby yard. The kind that sound like mortar shells. Neighbors had called in noise complaints. The middle aged cherry bomb twins had a history of such complaints. As well as drug records. A good cop, Infantes went to cool them down. The goons grabbed monogrammed lead pipes from their car trunk and beat unarmed Officer Domenick Infantes to death.
more hazy lazy crazy days of Summer. July 15th, Asbury Park, New Jersey: When GreekFest (an annual Philadelphia based, fraternity and sorority blowout) was cancelled in the faded seaside resort 5000 disappointed students showed up anyway. And trashed the town. Shooting, beating and robbing Asbury Park residents. The small police force was overwhelmed. On "GreekFest" in Asbury Park the social contract was
OUT OF TOWN.
On hot nights Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan is swamped by booze barn rowdies. Both the East and West Village and Chelsea have fought the problem for years. Hoboken, New Jersey, apres gentrification, saw mile long Washington Avenue (previously a shopping strip) become one long pit stop for drunks slung out in plastic chairs. Lark Street bars in Albany, New York spew party hearty crowds into nearby neighborhoods to howl and urinate under people's windows. During the college year the same city's Quail and Ontario Streets (a student housing area) radiates a mosaic of broken beer bottles that stretches for blocks. In Greeley, Colorado this Spring, 1000 students rioted after a day of boozing. Only one such event among the many that took place nationwide this year. More and more cities are banning the sale of beer at parades and festivals. Pity the guy who wants a cold one with his
Many people who hate bars wanted to live in nabes with a nightlife. But not a nightlife that turns streets into a zoo/toilet. Booze biz reps and their political buddies always paint complaints as the ravings of neo prohibitionists. Or as (horrors) anti-business. Saying "this is part of living in a city". But the ante of destructive behavior, like the decibel level of boomcar sound systems, has risen far beyond what it was in the past. But some folks still cringe when labeled
Like white people who fear knocking boomcars because boomcars began with ghetto kids. A thousand years ago. Wake up and hear the artillery. Boomcars are a cross racial phenomena and a cross racial cause of rage. The rage of those who need sleep to go to work. Or who don't like thundering paeans to rear entry and
Fear of retaliation makes some pretend all's well. But destructive public behavior is a major obstacle to inclusive urban revitalization. As opposed to stockade gentrification for the few. People living in close proximity have to be able to form a consensus and act on value judgements. How long can cities
When a historic open air drug market was busted on Albany's North Swan Street last Summer, it was hoped the arrest of its alleged prime movers, the Robinson brothers, would quell the trade. But a recent street sweep by the Albany police bagged a hefty mix of buyers and sellers. The question is: who are the dealers? Robinson cohorts stepping up to the plate? Or commanded from jail? Independent entrepreneurs in cheek by jowl competition for a hot corner? Or perhaps a rival organization profiting from the Robinson removal? As Mayor Jerry Jennings sez: stay tuned. The answer may emerge in another decade or two. Now for good
Specifically, the investigative, pro legalization site of Al Giordano, who recently faced Mexican bank Bannamex biggie Roberto Hernandez in court in Manhattan. (See QT #7). In July, The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a noted advocate of civil liberties in cyberspace, filed a court brief in support of Narco News. The first court appearance looked good for Narco News. Fingers crossed. Check out the latest at: http://www.narconews.com.
MORE GOOD NEWS:
Feminist activist and attorney Sandy Baird, who
contributed "Progressive Heaven" to QT #8,
will now be a regular contributor. Her next article
"Prog vs. Poor" will appear in QT #10. Another
Five Finger Discount/Helene Stapinski/Random House
A vivid tale of growing up in Jersey City in its
dwindling industrial days. Born into a casually
larcenous, working class family, Stapinski became
a reporter and columnist for The Jersey Journal.
She crusaded for cleaner government in a city where
corruption is a tradition. An old timer via birth and
a new timer via profession, her moral/social
conflicts are movingly described. She also paints an
unforgettable picture of the horrors of "Gold Coast"
development. Like the rats that ran through Newport
Mall and emerged from downtown toilets. She also nails
ex-mayor and convicted felon Jerry McCann in all his
red faced con man on a god trip glory.
7 Myths Of Gun Control/Richard Poe/Forum
Richard Poe, who edited NYC's downtown art scene house
organ "The East Village Eye" in the 1980's, now edits
David Horowitz's controversial neocon website
FrontPage Magazine. Jaw slings anyone?
7 Myths is a well reasoned challenge to the most common arguments made in
support of gun control. Mr. Poe makes his case
based on moral conviction and is particularly
compassionate towards residents of neighborhoods where
police protection is at best, minimal. His research is
thorough, resulting in fascinating examinations of
societies that do and don't practice gun control. Think
anti-gun England is a tight little crime free island?
Think again. Which is what this book may cause you to
do. Even if your fix on this subject is writ in stone,
you should probably familiarize yourself with its
arguments. You don't want to get caught unarmed...
NEXT QT, #10!
will appear on August 26th, a week later than usual. Even QT goes on vacation. Be ready for an in depth look at shallow Bret Schundler's sack race for New Jersey Governor, an introduction to the search engine "Crime Spider", Drug Gangs Go to the Races, Cement Job Shutdown and more Laff Clowns Laff Corruptoid Capers.
A detailed historical overview of the Mob, bringing together multitudinous facts from in print sources. A good research site-- recommended for those who want to sort out the Gambinos from the Genovese. Well organized and user friendly.
Filled with fascinating facts about gang culture.
Excellent in all ways. A thorough explanation of
origins and types of activity. The section on graffiti
has a code breakdown that will make you view those
squiggles on the corner mailbox in a whole new way.
Not only an informative site, but a very intelligent
one. Slang changes quickly, so the slur is no doubt
passť, but at one point The Crips and The Bloods
referred to each other as The Crabs and The Slobs.
Out of the mouths
"Th-th-th-th-that's all folks!"
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