A JAMAICA RESIDENT (AND PERSON OF COLOR) GIVE THEIR VIEWPOINT OF JAMAICA & COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, PLUS CHARLES BARKLEY’S TAKE AS WELL

Below is a statement from a Jamaica resident (Cambria Heights) and their viewpoint of Jamaica and the nonsense that goes on too often within communities of color. I could not agree with this person more, but of course, if I made this statement, I would  be crucified, BUT wait, I have made statements similar to this. Following this is a comment by Charles Barkley that I am sure rubs people the wrong way, because “reality” and “the truth” always do.

“I deeply appreciate what you are doing. I have lived in the Cambria Heights community for 20 years and I am watching it slide into decline because of the crappy people and politicians in the area. This community is apathetic and accepting of all kinds of depravity and BS. I notice a correlation between the number of renters and the degeneration of the community. Illegal rentals need to be addressed too. These slumlords pack in section 8 or low income families into properties in the middle of stable neighborhoods. Their children come with discipline issues and emotional problems. They litter the streets, play their music too loud, fix cars in the street and destroy the properties they live in. The renters don’t want to live somewhere decent. They want everywhere to be pulled down to their level.

Black people in this country have been beaten into submission. They don’t feel comfortable unless they are living in a crap hole ghetto. The ghetto is in people’s hearts and minds. Wherever they go, there the ghetto is. The bad apples destroy communities and ruin the value of hard working families properties. It’s impossible to have a stable, economic base in a black community because the people won’t allow it. White people don’t allow this to happen in their communities. They understand the value of their investment in their homes. Our communities could be the same if we draw the line and say no the the bullshit. Instead, everyone is afraid to say anything in case they get shot. The destructive pathologies in black communities must be addressed if we are to really move forward in a positive direction.”

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Also an interesting comment was made by NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who is known for being outspoken and getting right to the point.

From The Wrap:

Charles Barkley Slams ‘Unintelligent,’ ‘Brainwashed’ Black People for Holding Successful Ones Back (Audio)

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Charles Barkley is dishing out some tough love for what he describes as ”unintelligent” African-Americans who embrace thug culture and criticize others for not being “black enough.”

Barkley, an NBA Hall of Famer and TV analyst with TNT, made the comments in response to a question regarding a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his NFL teammates.

“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough,” Barkley said. “If you go to school, make good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you’re not a good black person.”

He made the controversial comments in an interview with CBS Philadelphia radio’s “Afternoons with Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis.”

“There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success,” he continued. “It’s best to knock a successful black person down because they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school and they’re successful … It’s just typical B.S. that goes on when you’re a black, man.” He also described the situation as ”a dirty, dark secret.”

Barkley is known for being outspoken. He recently defended the NFL’ Adrian Peterson, who is accused of physically abusing his son, noting that “we spank kids in the South.”

Listen to Barkley’s interview below.

 

POLICE OFFICER ATTACKED IN QUEENS WITH BOX CUTTER, SUSPECT SHOT – LET ME GUESS THE SUSPECT WAS A ‘GENTLE GIANT”

If police officers are not safe in this city, how can the average civilian feel safe.

From WABC-TV New York:

A suspect has been shot after a confrontation Sunday morning with police in Queens.

Police say the incident started when the suspect was menacing a security guard at New York Hospital.

The officer went to the suspect’s home, and the man tried to attack him with a box cutter, according to the NYPD.

The officer fired two times, hitting the man once in the chest.

The suspect is in critical condition at New York Hospital.

The officer was also taken to the hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Let me guess, the family of the box cutter attacker will say “he is a gentle giant” or a “good guy” or “an angel” or any number of bullshit things family members and friends say of the criminals that have been in some altercation with police officers.

I for one am totally sick of this “cop bashing” that has been going on. Sure, there are a few bad apples, but the majority of police officers are good, putting their lives on the line to protect communities and us while constantly dealing with the dark underbelly of society. Amazing that people hurry up and jump on police officers and start with cop bashing, while nothing is said about all the criminal elements in our society that make it unsafe for the rest of civilized folks.

I also love when people start complaining about the high number of black or brown people that are always being stopped or arrested as opposed to others. Well, considering that the majority of communities of color have the highest crime rates, it just makes sense that those stopped or arrested are people of color. So instead of bashing police officer and attacking them for doing their jobs, maybe those in the communities of color , such as Jamaica (and especially leaders), need to ask, “What is wrong within the communities of color that make the crime rate high and the quality of life poor”. Maybe those communities need to hold up a mirror in front of them as to why said communities tend to be in shambles year after year, decade after decade.

Kind of hard to look at yourself in the mirror and be truthful when it is must easier to place blame everywhere else but on the actual problem.

COUNTDOWN TO NOVEMBER 4TH GENERAL ELECTION: USE YOUR WRITE-IN-VOTE OPTION AGAINST JAMAICA’S STATUS QUO

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GET OUT AND VOTE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH. USE YOUR ‘WRITE-IN-VOTE” RIGHT FOR CANDIDATES WITHOUT COMPETITION LIKE LEROY COMRIE. USE THAT RIGHT. SEND A MESSAGE. ENOUGH OF USELESS AND CORRUPT ELECTED OFFICIALS IN JAMAICA INCLUDING CONGRESSMAN GREGORY MEEKS, ASSEMBLY MEMBER VIVIAN COOK & ASSEMBLY MEMBER WILLIAM SCARBOROUGH.

Originally posted on cleanup jamaica queens now:

Yes Virginia, there is an election on Tuesday, November 4th. It is the General Election, also know as the Mid-Term Elections, where we can change both the House and Senate.

Yes Virginia, it is a VERY IMPORTANT election. Voters will get the chance to decide on the Governor as well as US House of Representatives (Congress), State Senate, and State Assembly, all which can make a very big difference.

Yes, Virginia, many of Jamaica’s corrupt and useless will be running unopposed such as Leroy Comrie (Senate 14 District), recently arrested Assemblymember William Scarborough (District 29) and useless Assemblymember Vivian Cook (District 32). Only corrupt Congressman Gregory Meeks has an opponent, a Tea Party Member Allen F. Steinhardt, who I would vote for before I would vote for Meeks.

write in voteYes, Virgina, even if a candidate is running unopposed, you have the right to use your WRITE-IN-VOTE. Most voters are not…

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JAMAICA AX MAN, ZALE THOMPSON: UNCONFIRMED POSSIBLE LINK TO TERROR & RADICAL ISLAM

Not only a quality of life issue, but a major dangerous situation, plus it is ILLEGAL.

Not only a quality of life issue, but a major dangerous situation, plus it is ILLEGAL.

Maybe when I report abandoned cars sitting for days with no license plates, abandoned trucks sitting in vacant lots or on Jamaica Streets, tractor trailer trucks carrying chemical driving illegally on residential streets, illegal apartments, dumping of clothing bins in LIRR Tunnels, posting of signs “Cash for Cars” high up on LIRR Trestles, etc. maybe, just maybe, you want to look at these issues a little more carefully and with some urgency in light of the situation that happened Thursday on Jamaica Avenue when an ax-weilding man, Zale Thompson,  attacked police officers at 2pm on a busy Jamaica Avenue.

An abandoned truck sat in a vacant lot for almost a year, even after several complaints were made.

An abandoned truck sat in a vacant lot for almost a year, even after several complaints were made.

Jamaica certainly seems like a good place to practice since very little has been done about so many quality of life issues such as what I mentioned above. Maybe leaders will start taking all this bullshit happening in Jamaica a little more seriously.

This bin is actually under the LIRR overpass tunnel  on Merrick Blvd.

This bin is actually under the LIRR overpass tunnel on Merrick Blvd.

Unconfirmed report: Hatchet attacker Zale Thompson also known as Zaim Farouq Abdul-Malik?

Zale Thompson has been named as the ax-wielding maniac who tried to kill four NYPD officers in Queens on October 23.

Zale Thompson has been named as the ax-wielding maniac who tried to kill four NYPD officers in Queens on October 23.

We’re so used to hearing the mainstream media (and President Obama) admonish us for jumping to conclusions whenever there’s a new incident of “workplace violence” (like a beheading), it’s quite something to hear CNN of all sources run with the narrative that Thursday’s hatchet attack on four New York City police officers was inspired by radical Islam.

A law enforcement official has identified the suspect in the attack as Zale H. Thompson. Thompson has a criminal record in California and was discharged from the Navy for misconduct. CNN reports it’s Thompson’s social media posts, though, that have law enforcement concerned about a “lone-wolf” terrorist attack. Also of concern is that fact that Thompson apparently targeted police rather than attack a random civilian.

 

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Zale Thompson, AKA Zaim Farouq Abdul-Malik Facebook Page

 

 

You can see some of the video of what happened on Jamaica Ave (no violence is shown) and other interesting bits on Zale Thompson at http://heavy.com/news/2014/10/zale-thompson-queens-ax-attacker-terrorist-facebook-kenneth-healey/

BREAKING NEWS: COP & BYSTANDER CRITICAL; AX-WIELDING SUSPECT SHOT & KILLED ON JAMAICA AVE

JAMAICA AZNew York City police have shot and killed a man they say critically injured a patrol officer with ax in Jamaica, Queens, Thursday.

The incident, which police say happened without warning, took place on a commercial strip of Jamaica Avenue and 162nd Street around 2 p.m.

They say the man walked up to a group of four uniformed officers who were patrol as part of NYPD Operation Impact initiative. They were standing near the corner when the man approached them and started swinging the ax. One officer was struck in the head, while a second was struck in the arm.

Police confronted the man, and shots were fired.

The officer was rushed to Jamaica Medical Center, where he is listed in critical but stable condition and is expected to undergo surgery.

A second officer was being treated for trauma at North Shore University Hospital.

The ax-wielding man was shot multiple times and pronounced dead at the hospital.

A female bystander, 29, was struck in the lower back by the gunfire. She arrived at Jamaica Medical Center in critical condition.

Both officers were reportedly conscious and alert while being transported.

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Maybe some out there felt that instead of shooting and killing this maniac, the cops should have used harsh language.

Hopefully both the police officers and the bystander will pull through fine.

As far as the ax man, ROT IN HELL!!!! Another sub-human vanquished from this world and the world is a slightly better place for it.  And no trial to waste tax payers money.

Of course there will no doubt be an investigation as there always is when police shoot anyone and especially since a bystander was shot during the mele.  But already I am reading a lot of negative talk against the police officers. Yes, whenever you have a shooting in a crowded area like that, something can go wrong, but I don’ think this is the time to start cop bashing. Could this have gone down a little differently, maybe, but none of us civilians know what it is like to be an officer in a situation like this, especially when one of their own was seriously injured and another one injured by this mad man with an ax.

 

 

 

DEMAND FOR ARTISTS LOFTS IN JAMAICA

Some good news coming out of Jamaica.

Now we are talking some sense. This area has been ripe for artists for some time. This is the kind of thing we need in the community, we do not need another homeless shelter dumped here, we do not need a juvenile facility with “limited security” dumped here and we don’t need most of the other crap that gets dumped here that does not benefit the community what-so-ever but brings it down.

This only makes sense, we already have the Jamaica Center for Art & Learning, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Black Spectrum Theatre and Afrikan Poetry Theatre. This will only add to the mix and help in the revitalization of Jamaica. We have a a lot of talent here in our community and we should also be bringing in talent from all over.

Hopefully this will be followed through and could be a big turn around for a community that really needs a turnaround. If we had good leaders and elected officials, this would have been on the table years ago, but unfortunately many of our leaders are mediocre at best with little vision or the capability to thinks outside the ghetto box and of course our elected officials are not worth pissing on if they caught fire.

From Queens Times Ledger:

Photo by Sarina Trangle David Johnston, executive director of Exploring the Metropolis Inc., discusses the non-profit’s study of art facilities in Queens.

Photo by Sarina Trangle
David Johnston, executive director of Exploring the Metropolis Inc., discusses the non-profit’s study of art facilities in Queens.

Jamaica may provide the stage artists are scouring the city for, one study suggests.

An 18-month analysis on art workspace in Queens by Exploring the Metropolis Inc., which connects artists and performance facilities in the city, found Jamaica is ripe for an artistic revival.

David Johnson, Exploring the Metropolis’ executive director, told the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. at its quarterly meeting last week that the neighborhood could take steps to bolster its attractiveness to artists, including soliciting an affordable loft development.

“Jamaica is so well-positioned in terms of transit, it just seems like low hanging fruit,” Johnson told nearly 50 peopled gathered in the Harvest Room Oct. 15. “With the upcoming development, it’s a great opportunity to really focus on artists’ live-work space, find the space, find the developers who can do this.”

Johnson noted an East Harlem school that was transformed into a 90-unit live-work development for working artists received 53,000 applications.

“Clearly, there is a demand for this,” he said.

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. leaders expressed interest in buttressing the area’s creative capital, saying it spurs economic development and personal fulfillment.

Andrew Manshel, executive vice president of the development corporation, presented a slide of properties with potential for artistic uses, such as a former bank at 90-34 161st St. now vacant save for a tattoo parlor, a former chamber of commerce building at 89-31 161st St. up for sale and the Ice House.

Manshel said the Economic Development Corporation had pooled $200,000 to $300,000 for potentially turning a 19th century ice house at 183-16 Jamaica Ave. in to an incubator, but the property remained in the hands of a private landlord who rents it to artists.

“Maybe they can take it and create an arts incubator space,” Manshel said. “We’d very much like to see Jamaica fulfill its potential as an affordable place for a diverse group of artists to live and work.”

The study found northeast Queens’ did not need much help spurring its arts scene, Flushing required more analysis and southwestern Queens did not respond in large enough numbers to examine, according to Johnson.

He said 93 percent of dancers and 90 percent of theater performers indicated they were not willing to pay more than $20 an hour for rehearsal space, but only 54 percent of dance spaces and 29 percent of theater facilities charge that rate or less.

Johnson and Manshel both ticked off auditoriums in southeast Queens readily available for dancers, actors and other performance groups. But Johnson suggested government subsidies for art facilities may be of use.

The study showed northwest Queens’ performing arts organizations tended to have the most money — $895,405, compared to northeast groups’ $659,741, southwest institutions’ $596,824 and the southeast organizations’ $192,479.

“There is very little philanthropic infrastructure in Queens. You have all these large foundations that have no pattern of giving here, and we’re not really sure how to address that,” Johnson noted. “But it’s a problem.”

HOW CAN CONGRESSMAN GREGORY MEEKS REPORT ZERO ASSETS -SOMETHING VERY FISHY & CORRUPT

Today’s The Daily News did a story on page one regarding finances of Congress Members from wealthy (Rep. Steve Isarel) to the lower spectrum. But six claimed no assets at all. I mean how is that even possible, NO ASSETS. Of the six, Jamaica’s own corrupt Gregory Meeks. Really, Meeks, no assets what-so-ever, no car, no house, etc. Something smells very fishy and since it includes a Jamaica elected official and specifically Meeks, it reeks like the garbage on the streets of Jamaica.  An major investigation is needed on him as well as others.

Thinks real hard on that one when you go to the polls on November 4th and don’t forget your right to use the WRITE-IN-VOTE and write in anyone besides Meeks.write in vote

The Daily News:

Many state Congress members are not rich: finances

Rankings by CQ Roll Call, a congressional publication, place just two New York-area members in the top 50 richest members of Congress, based on financial disclosure forms covering 2013.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) is one of six lawmakers who have reported no assets whatsoever.

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) is one of six lawmakers who have reported no assets whatsoever.

WASHINGTON — For a place with the largest concentration of wealth in the country, New York City has relative paupers for congressional representatives.

Rankings by CQ Roll Call, a congressional publication, place just two New York-area members in the top 50 richest members of Congress, based on financial disclosure forms covering 2013.

The state’s two senators are far from flush, the rankings find, and a number of our lawmakers are in debt — including Rep. Steve Israel (D-Long Island), who is still paying off student loans at age 56.

Among those on Easy Street are Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester), who ranked 37th among 538 federal lawmakers and nonvoting delegates with a minimum net worth of $11.5 million.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn), was 48th, with a net worth of $7.7 million or more.

Reps. Charles Rangel — who ranked 183rd with $1.04 million — and Grace Meng (D-Queens) who was 218th with $780,000, sit around the middle of the pack.

But New York’s senators are both in the bottom fourth of upper chamber members. Sen. Charles Schumer has a minimum net worth of $300,000. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has assets worth as little as $50,000.

eanwhile Reps. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island), Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn) Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Joe Crowley (D-Queens) were among lawmakers in the red. In most cases mortgages are the main liabilities dragging those lawmakers down.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) and Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) reported more than $10,000 in credit card debt among liabilities keeping their net worth in negative territory.

Several members, including Meng, Grimm and Israel are still paying student loan debts.

Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) and Paul Tonko (D-Albany) are among six lawmakers who reported no assets whatsoever.

Congressional rules require lawmakers to estimate their assets and debts only in a broad range. That leaves their exact financial position unclear.