HOW FITTING THAT KATZ’S STATE OF THE THIRD WORLD BOROUGH (1.27.17) WILL TAKE PLACE AT YORK COLLEGE IN DOWNTOWN GHETTO GARBAGE MESS JAMAICA – NOW THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF IRONIC OR IN KATZ’S MIND “UP & COMING JAMAICA”

 

katz crapstate-of-the-boroughTalk about ironic. Queens BP Katz will be holding the annual “State of the Borough” again at York College in Jamaica, the crowning ghetto jewel of Queens that Katz and all the local elected asshole officials don’t even seem to give a shit about. I mean, yeah they talk a good talk and they created that joke, “Jamaica Now Action Plan”, but what ACTION, What PLAN. I have been here 6 years (crossing my fingers, the last year) and I have seen no action, no plan, but I have seen more garbage dumping, more homeless shelters (LOTS MORE), more awful streets, more drug clinics, more decent businesses closing (City Rib, Moda Grill, Rocato’s), more crap retail opening, more stalled developments, some sitting for years with either a wooden fence surrounding it with garbage or just a foundation, yada, yada, yada, you all now the drill.

So Katz, I have some photos of the REAL JAMAICA (and some of SE Queens) for your slide show. Pick as many as you like, don’t even have to credit me.

Who knows how many homes were torn down to create this mess, which has been like this since I moved here in 2010. This is all completely residential. Think you will find something like this on Katz's block.

Who knows how many homes were torn down to create this mess, which has been like this since I moved here in 2010. This is all completely residential. Think you will find something like this on Katz’s block.

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107-58 164 St. South Jamaica

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Fobb garbage dump house at 164 St and 108 Ave

Fobb garbage dump house at 164 St and 108 Ave

Huge pile of cement has been like this for over five years.

Huge pile of cement has been like this for over five years.

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The future of Jamaica

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter in Downtown Jamaica

Problematic El Camino homeless shelter in Downtown Jamaica

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Downtown Jamaica

WHAT A JOKE, JAMAICA GETTING 2 NEW FOOD STANDS (CHICKEN & PIZZA) IN GHETTO JAMAICA COLOSSEUM MALL – AND THIS IS SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE WHY, IS IT GHETTO TRASH MONTH IN JAMAICA

If the Jamaica Now Action Plan (http://www.nycedc.com/resource/jamaica-now-action-plan) is to move Jamaica from “low-class ghetto trash” to just “ghetto trash”, then opening two food stands (one chicken, one pizza) in the  VERY low-class third world country ghetto mall known as the Jamaica Colosseum Mall, then the Jamaica Action Now Plan is right on the Benjamins. Even thought the chicken place will be organic and grilled not fried which is actually a good positive thing, putting a chicken & a pizza stand (really more pizza) inside that joke of a “mall” is not quite what I would call “improvements”, although I am sure people like Comrie, Meeks, Katz and the other clowns will all cream their panties over this and get a group shot of Comrie wolfing down a slice while they all smile for the camera and say how wonderful this is.

By the way for you who don’t know, this is what the two year old (I think) Jamaica Action Plan is about:

The Jamaica Now Action Plan builds on Jamaica’s historic legacy to sustain and enhance the neighborhood as a unique central business district that evolves as a livable, cultural, and attractive destination for residents and visitors. Uniting new initiatives with ongoing projects, the Action Plan seeks to address the challenges that have faced the Jamaica area in recent years by providing workforce training and small business support, initiating new mixed-use development anchored by affordable housing, and improving the livability of the neighborhood through investments in safety measures, green spaces and more. 

REALLY and how does placing two food stands in an ugly ghetto mall (they do have a great oil/soap/incense/skin products place in there, probably the best thing) rank as enhancing and attracting residents and visitors to this ghetto mall. I mean how many of you have actually even been in there (it is worth going to just see this spectacle, the other spectacle is that mall in the basement on Jamaica Ave the old Gertz Mall). I actually went to the Colosseum for the very first time back in December and that is when I found the oil place. I mean so much of it looks like a flea market and if that was how they market it fine, but a “mall”. Please, ghetto mall, yes, “mall” NO. And as far as it being unique, you can see the same old shit twenty times over everywhere else in Jamaica, especially on the Ave. Shit galore is everywhere here. I mean they could do this “mall” differently and still hold on to urban uniqueness, but as it stands it just looks like a shit hole flea market, with same old shit you see everywhere. THINK OUTSIDE THE FUCKING BOX, especially the ghetto box.

The owner of  these two establishments ( Constantine Giakoumas) says: “I think chicken and pizza will do well in this area,” he said, adding that both stands should open in about two weeks.  YOU THINK, this is Jamaica, you can dump a chicken or pizza place in the middle of Royal Waste Transfer Station and it would do well. Ironic that Giakoumas owns a popular Greek restaurant on the Upper East side. So Giakoumas, slumming it for a change of pace.

None of most of the shit taking place in Jamaica smells of “improvement” or “revitalization” let alone “gentrification that folks are worried about. The smell you are getting a whiff of besides all the fucking garbage around here is the smell of “ghetto chic” and the dumping of shit.

By the way, a few side notes: the “gourmet pizza place” that they made a big deal about a few years ago that went into the Jamaica Food Court did not even last a year (it was actually good), City Rib CLOSED, MODA GRILL CLOSED, ROCATO RESTAURANT CLOSED (and christ, a pharmacy is going in their now, like we don’t have enough third world Farmacias). The coffee bean place that was too open a few years ago, never happened, H&M never happened, the big retail space at 168th never happened, The Shops at Sutphin still empty after 5 years. DO you fucking think that instead of all these grand ideas, you might want to FIRST start off with cleaning up the damn area, enforcing quality of life laws and stop dumping homeless shelters on every other block. HOW ABOUT FUCKING THAT. Then slowly put some nicer establishment in and some smaller nice apartment buildings as to huge big ass developments right off the back, AND STOP with those third world shit hole apartment buildings that keep popping up (I mean they are like shit that attracts horse flies). NEWSFLASH, most people don’t want to come to Jamaica, hell I live here and rarely venture out anymore, there just isn’t anything worth seeing and there is too much garbage and litter on every block and tons of homeless and crazies wandering all over the place. I mean who the fuck is doing your planning here. Time for some of you assholes in power to read:

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ANOTHER NEWS FLASH: Not everyone who lives in Jamaica is ghetto. In fact this is the reason so much money is  not staying in this community and being spent in non-ghetto areas. So stop catering to the ghetto crowd all the time. It is a lose-lose situation.

I think the real plan of this Jamaica Action Now Plan is to turn Jamaica and the entire SE Queens area into one big dumping ground similar to “Escape to New York”, this way they can improve certain areas and then have a place to dump all the crap, because, well, the crap has to go somewhere.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Jamaica To Get 2 New Food Stands From Manhattan Restaurateur

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | January 20, 2017 4:04pm
 The new eateries in downtown Jamaica will offer charcoal grilled chicken, gyros, and pizza.

The new eateries in downtown Jamaica will offer charcoal grilled chicken, gyros, and pizza.View Full Caption

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QUEENS — A restaurateur who owns a popular Greek restaurant on the Upper East Side is planning to open two food stands in downtown Jamaica sometime next month.

The adjacent eateries — Chicken Lovers and Cousins Pizza — will be located inside the Jamaica Colosseum Mall food court on 165th Street, between Jamaica and 89th avenues, according to Constantine Giakoumas, 41, one of the owners.

“I like doing different ventures,” said Giakoumas, who also owns Feta Bar and Grill, a Greek restaurant on Lexington Avenue, between 93rd and 94th streets.

Chicken Lovers, he said, will serve charcoal grilled chicken, as well as ribs, gyros and a variety of sides.

“A lot of places in that area serve mostly fried stuff,” he said. “We are doing the opposite. It’s going to be an organic grilled menu. We want to give people healthier options.”

Giakoumas said that the menus for both eateries are still being finalized, but except for gyros, they won’t include Greek dishes.

But at the same time, he said, a lot of recipes will include a Greek twist, since most of ingredients, such as olives, butters and spices, will be imported from Greece, Giakoumas said.

He also promised affordable prices.

“I think chicken and pizza will do well in this area,” he said, adding that both stands should open in about two weeks.

 

ANOTHER BREAKING DOWN OF DONALD’S “AMERICAN CARNAGE” INAUGURAL SPEECH – AIN’T THIS WHAT MANY OF YOU WANTED – TALK ABOUT GETTING BAMBOOZLED AND CONNED BIG TIME

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This great insight of Donald’s speech (I can’t call him President, it just does not fit this Greatest Con man of the 21st century) comes from the newest blog about Queens, Impunity City

Enjoy. I certainly did and enjoy everything this person writes, plus his vast knowledge of pop culture references.

And by the way all you Trump supporters out there, this has nothing to do with being “sore losers” as many of you “losers” are stating. This is about America, Freedom, Democracy and having a totally unfit, unqualified, ignoramus & dangerous clown as the leader of this country. Oh and it also has to do with saving the planet, you know that little thing we live on, that thing your kids and grandchildren will inherit. I mean, this clown does not even believe in climate change and how we are destroying the planet, again, the place that we all live on. I think for you god fearing assholes, this would be a big issue, because according to you it was god who created the world and asshole Trump could destroy it with his bad policies that he is already putting in place in  a matter of four fucking years. THINK ASSHOLES of the ASSHOLE you put into office, but, WHAT, ME THINK.

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From Impunity City:

The President’s Speech And You…The People

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

President Trump. Throwing his gunz in the air.

That was some speech he wrote and gave. Well, not really. Outstanding speech. The greatest speech with the greatest words ever to emit from the greatest and now most important mouth. The nation should be ever so grateful that President Donald Trump didn’t waste those promises and bromides on his twitter feed, maybe for the only reason is that some paragraphs of it exceeded 140 characters.

Now that I got the sarcasm (don’t call it snark, ever) out of the way, which is wont to do thanks to pervasive social media’s message and comment boards, it’s time to break it down to brass tacks.

Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because, today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another, but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C., and giving it back to you, the people.

That bold line got a lot of play somehow

Maybe the president thought it would have better context on the inaugural podium than some super villain pulling off a prison break.

For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have born the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs and, while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.

What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.

Everyone is listening to you now. You came by the tens of millions to become part of an historic movement, the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public, but for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists.

JFK gets flipped there. Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what you’re country can do for you. (This was from a comment by Helen Steeply on Gothamist)

Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation, an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

American carnage is a bit much, but the President loves hyperbole, he wouldn’t be here there right now without it. And American Carnage would be a great name for a death metal band. It’s very encouraging that he finds all students beautiful now, because he used to have very high standards of beauty

We are one nation and their pain is our pain. Their dreams are our dreams and their success will be our success. We share one heart, one home and one glorious destiny. The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidized the armies of other countries, while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military.

He also would not be there without resorting to exaggeration. Our military is still the hugest in the world, and it only got huger thanks to the war on an idea terror.

We’ve defended other nations’ borders, while refusing to defend our own, and spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas, while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay. We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores with not even a thought about the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind. The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed all across the world.

No argument there at all, this is why he won. It shows how damn lucky he was that Manifest Hillary and the DNC infiltrated the news media to malign Bernie Sanders. Because this paragraph reads like something pulled from his campaign platform.

But, that is the past and now we are looking only to the future. We assembled here today, are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.

We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every breath in my body and I will never, ever let you down.

Those last lines loosely sound like songs by the Police and Taylor Swift. Prosperity and strength almost sounds Orwellian. Considering that Trump, his senior advisor son-in-law, and his plutocabinet themselves got strength through prosperity.

America will start winning again. Winning like never before. We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams. We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation. We will get our people off of welfare and back to work rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor. We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American. We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

Trump is either too reliant on or prefers the use of repetition and even redundancy to get his message and narrative across. And this part almost sounds like a classic rally fight but a misunderstood mockery of fascists Queen song. And when did we lose our dreams? To whom? Does that mean Trump will order the Pentagon to assemble a unit of Dream Warriors? And what’s with getting the people off welfare, doesn’t he and his plutocabinet know that  67,891,000 citizens of different races who bleed the same blood are on it. Certainly a lot of the people that voted for him are using it, and they most certainly are employed, and they have a right to use it, because it’s a benefit provided to the people of this country which negates his contradictory promise in spades.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and, through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

This is where it gets dicey. It takes a little sting off any subtle hints of fascism with the mentioning of a political bedrock buttressed by total and certainly unquestioning allegiance by prefacing not to impose. No doubt about the fight against radical religious terrorists, but the ways Trump and his advisors want to do it is just going to put gas on the fire by re-legalizing torture and supporting dictators like Assad. This has been suggested before.

The bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity. We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements honestly, but always pursue solidarity. When America is united, America is totally unstoppable. There should be no fear. We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement and most importantly, we will be protected by God.

Uh Oh. There’s the G word. Looks like Pence’s influence in the White House is strong here. It’s sad that the efforts of our military and cops across the nation have to be diminished by an omnipresent entity or theory.

Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action constantly complaining, but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action. Do not allow anyone to tell you that it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.

Very good point about spineless two-face officials, but people keep electing them over and over again. And if he thinks Obama couldn’t get shit done because of his party affiliations or possibly race, wait till he gets to deal with all the people he pissed off in the primary.

We stand at the birth of a new millennium ready to unlock the histories of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease and to harness the energies, industries, and technologies of tomorrow. A new national pride will lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.

These are progressive plans which will be very challenging to accomplish since he’s planning to cut funding to NASA, health and energy departments. Or maybe he already did. As he already went back on his promise to start work on Monday. Nice sentiment there on uniting the races, but it sounds inspired by Michael Jackson. Bleed the same red blood. How cornpoke.

And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky. They fill their heart with the same dreams and they are infused with the breath of life by the same almighty creator. So, to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean, hear these words: You will never be ignored again. Your voice, your hopes and your dreams will define our American destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.

There’s the C word, not courage, Creator.

Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again. Thank you. God bless you and god bless America. Thank you. God bless America.”

Isn’t it grand how he got to use his catchphrase at the end. Just like in the movies. Yippie kay yay motherfucker!

For a professional, and more thorough and astute analysis, read the one assembled by the staff at NPR. Better hurry fucking up, because President Trump is going to cut funding of that too, and will leave it open (more like vulnerable) to privitization. Which will lead to more dismissive tantrum lectures disguised as press conferences like that soulless patsy press secretary Sean Silver gave yesterday:

What makes this administration think they are going to get away with this?  More importantly, what makes them think this obfuscation is justified?

President Trump, through his petulant pissant proxy, is bawling about someone using their social media account made an observation about a huge (yuge is dead) contrast of the inauguration turnouts in 2009 and Friday. Which the new staff tried to correct by shutting down the twitter account the Dept. of the Interior from where it originated from.

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Trump’s Turnout Friday.

Obama’s Turnout 2009. Doh.

But thanks to National Parks, a shrewd journalist , the internets and the natural proclivity of millions of users to copy and paste, everybody in the world saw it and distributed it. Yet whiny Seanny Spice pathetically tried to dervishly spin it, using the rubric of fake news to point out the tarp and security measures, made it look smaller than 2009’s historic turnout for the first African American president. These fools are confusing grass with bodies.

Sean also found time to tell the press, thinking his position in Trump’s cabinet makes him the universal editor in chief and executive producer of print and TV journalism, to admonish them for neglecting to diligently cover the cabinet confirmation hearings in the senate which Trump Sean thinks is taking too long. Maybe if they were available for the initial provisional ethics reviews and their testimonial obtuse responses and abject refusals to answer questions in the hearings, this wouldn’t be a problem would it.

The biggest standout of these hearings, in terms of pop culture history because that’s where I am a viking, is when Billionaire Betsy “The Destroyer” Devos was questioned   about the proposal of dropping gun zone restrictions around schools:

Grizzly bears. So Ms. Davos, Amway Heiress, is using the same rationale that Ralphie used to subtly hint his parents in getting him a Red Rider Rifle in “A Christmas Story”

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If there is any bright side to the arrival of this demented legion excuse of an administration, is that they are the stupidest bunch of grifters ever to attempt to take advantage of system and government largesse. Let’s hope all of the people of this nation notice it, and all those in Congress, the believers, the hacks if they still have a conscience, refuse and resist them. President Trump, according to the speech he let Bannon write, should empathize and do a serious and thorough enema of his atrocious picks. Unless the motive all along is just to waste taxpayer time.

That’s not a prudent way to drain the swamp. When you try to absorb it with bags of dead dicks and shit.

SOUTH OZONE PARK’S 106 PRECINCT HAS TO BE EITHER THE MOST INCOMPETENT OR LAZIEST PRECINCT IN THE DIRTY SE QUEENS – THEY CAN’T EVEN HANDLE A SIMPLE ILLEGAL PARKING ISSUE

This issue of major illegal parking  by a commercial tractor trailer truck that has been sitting for 4 days was brought to my attention by a SOP resident, who had the same issue last June at this spot and received the same idiotic response from the 106 precinct, obviously was of the worse precincts in the dirty SE Queens area.

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From  a resident of South Ozone Park:

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Let’s see, parked in a bus stop, blocking a fire hydrant, oh yea parked next to a elementary school for over 12 hours and yet not one ticket nor will it get towed. I did three 311 complaints in the last five hours haven’t gotten a response yet. Two more complaints same thing, and the truck is still parked their for four days now.

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Clean Up Jamaica even filed two complaints and this was the response received  from this obvious incompetent precinct. AND it is shit like this that drives people from Queens crazy, a simple issue that turns into a fucking nightmare because a damn precinct does not want to do their damn job properly. So w are talking 6 complaints filed, 4 from the SOP resident and 2 from Clean Up Jamaica. UNBELIEVABLE.

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Date Submitted: 01/21/17 10:57:22 AM
Request Type: Illegal Parking
Details: Blocked Hydrant

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The Police Department responded to the complaint and with the information available observed no evidence of the violation at that time.

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Date Submitted: 01/22/17 4:40:44 PM
Request Type: Illegal Parking
Details: Blocked Hydrant

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The Police Department reviewed your complaint and provided additional information below.

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JAMAICA GARBAGE DUMPING GROUND ALL AROUND LIRR / AIRTRAIN STATION – WHAT A FUCKING GHETTO GARBAGE MESS

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So much for “revitalized Jamaica”, which looks even shittier than before (I mean how the fuck can that be possible, but it is). Now all these photos were taken on 94th off Sutphin Blvd right near the Sutphin Blvd LIRR/ AirTrain station. And this powers to be really think that people coming into this station want to step off into this ghetto fucking mess. And let’s not forget the homeless hotel shelter, The Retreat Inn, nearby which started off as an actual hotel, The Quality Inn and the huge amount of homeless that are all hanging out in this area. Nothing quality at all over this neck of the ghetto woods, including the office of asshole Ruben Wills a few blocks from there.

The photos were taken from a reader, resident and contributor to this blog who said “It was that bad! The area is a giant freak show! One of my former patients from Creedmoor tried to bump 35 cents off me (Jamaica is a favorite Creedmoor hangout spot). Of course, the reason why there are so many creeps in the area is because most of the hotels are housing homeless, multiple drug treatment and social service centers”. I tell you, this community is a dumping ground, yet very few care. And we are getting more crap dumped here.

And let me add that the local elected black gangsta politicians don’t do SHIT and many of the residents of this fine upstanding community are total fucking slobs and don’t give a shit. I know I don’t even bother to go anywhere in this awful ghetto community anymore (why you rarely see any more photos from me) except to my grocery store and to the subway for work, too fucked up, too many homeless, too many drug addicts walking around like the walking dead, too depressing and too much of a fucking garbage ghetto shit storm. And people don’t think Jamaica is a ghetto, hell the entire SE Queens is one big fucking ghetto mess, all of it. People who say this are of course ghetto themselves and don’t know what the fuck nice is, they were brought up ghetto and continue to wear the ghetto badge of honor like it is something to be proud of.

But I am seeing the light at the end of the ghetto tunnel.

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Correction: 95th Ave & Sutphin, but does it really matter, the whole fucking area is disgusting.

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ARE DEVELOPERS ALREADY BAILING OUT OF JAMAICA: OBSERVATION FROM A RESIDENT IN THE KNOW

Well, well, well, did not take too long for all the hype development to cool off in ghetto Jamaica (The Crossing & the old Immaculate Mary Hospital are still a go). Hey but in the meantime, we are becoming known as HOMELESS SHELTER VILLAGE.

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The future of Jamaica

Homeless shelter with local residents hanging out all day. Two blocks from downtown Jamaica Ave

Homeless shelter with local residents hanging out all day. Two blocks from downtown Jamaica Ave

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Supportive housing

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

A homeless woman washing up. Does she look like she missed a meal?

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Is that Assembly Member Vivian Cook addressing her constituents.

Jamaica Center Station

Jamaica Center Station

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From SE Queens Reader & Contributor:

Well, it looks like that nice boutique hotel with the roof top bar ain’t happening anymore either (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/look-out-15-story-hotel-with-rooftop-bar-planned-for-downtown-jamaica-at-archer-150th/), even though they demoed the property and dug the hole for the foundation. Also, the 10 story luxury building with a doorman property on Archer ave is for sale again too (http://arielpa.nyc/listing/92-18-150th-street).

Hhhmm, let’s see, the Jamaica Tower on Archer ain’t happening anymore the developer is selling the land (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/another-big-jamaica-development-not-happening-did-they-jump-the-gun-on-the-revitalization-of-jamaica-way-too-soon/), 168th st development got nixed (supposedly they have a new developer and project they are announcing soon, and now these aren’t happening anymore either (https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/plans-for-big-50-million-department-storeretail-space-terminated-guess-jamaica-is-not-so-hot-you-think/). Just a coincidence, or are developers bailing out to find new potential sucker for the hype. Who knows. It’s just an observation. Maybe we’ll get something bigger and better. Time will tell.

YES, VIRGINIA, A MAJOR CON MAN NAMED TRUMP IS OUR PRESIDENT – BUT WAS HIS INAUGURAL ADDRESS AS BAD AS SOME SAY OR GOOD AS OTHER SAYS – REALITY CHECK

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While yesterday busy at work, I was detracted from the inauguration of one of the biggest con men in history and the blind sheeple who voted and supported him (WHICH by the way for the REAL RECORD, was not the majority of Americans, Hillary won the popular vote by 3 million plus, so no Donny, you did not win by a landslide nor was your winning a mandate either as you have LIED many times. AND yes Trump supporter, you guy lost the majority of American votes). But it really started to hit me last night and this morning that this con clown and all his swamp billionaire cabinet members who have no business being anywhere near the White House,  as I watched Obama head up the steps to the military plane and thought, the end of civility. While no I don’t  think the world will end or our country will fall completely apart with Con Man Trump and his billionaire club taking over the White House, the 1% will get richer, the poor will get poorer, the middle class will continue to erode and our environment will get FUCKED BIG TIME.  And who knows who this clown will put on the Supreme Court and it is time for the damn Democrats to bust balls, get nasty and continually block bad moves from this administration just like Republicans have done for the last eight years (why didn’t the Republicans pass the whole infrastructure bill that Obama proposed and that now Trump is talking about doing).  Anyway, no doubt as usual our country will be split again and even more so with this totally unqualified and dangerous individual in the White House. If you have not been watching Net Flix’s BLACK MIRROR, a Twilight Zone for today’s self indulgent must have a cell phone and tweet anything population, DO SO, where you can see where we are headed and how someone like this clown got into office.

As far as his inaugural address, was it as bad as some are saying. While far from a great address to bring people together (more of the con job that Trump is so good at), the folks criticizing his speech are partly right, but not 100% and neither is Trump for that matter. And it all depends on your perspective and where you live. If you live high above the clouds on Park Avenue or even in Park Slope, yeah, things look great. But if you are viewing things from say, Jamaica, or other communities like it across the country be it black, white or mixed, NOT SO GREAT.

So let’s take a look at parts of the speech, the critics view from Aaron Rupar of Think Progess (Trump’s inaugural speech painted an ugly picture of America, that isn’t reality. From jobs to crime, Trump wants you to believe things are worse than they really are) of it and this Jamaica boy’s perspective. NOW of course Trump wants you to think that things are worse than they really are, but then the critics on the other side are not being 100% truthful as well, I mean, I don’t  think the speech painted an entirely ugly picture of America, but also America is not quite as rosy as some think at least for many of us.

TRUMP: “For too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential,” Trump said. “This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.”

AARON RUPAR, Journalist, THINKPROGESS: But as was the case during Trump’s similarly dire Republican National Convention speech, many of the claims he used to paint his picture of “American carnage” were false. In other instances, Trump referred to real problems, but didn’t mention that he has no plan to fix them.

CLEAN UP JAMAICA:  Sure, “American Carnage” was a very strong rough term to use making one think that all hell has broken loose, BUT in reality, in some places, hell has been broken loose for various reasons (Chicago, Detroit, Flint, South Jamaica for examples). Gangs are a big problem in this country and in some cities regardless if over crime is down. I mean yeah Park Ave, Forest Hills and Park Slope doesn’t deal with this, but South Jamaica does and do many places in the dirty SE Queens).

JOBS

TRUMP: Politicians prospered, but the jobs left and the factories closed… We will bring back our jobs,” Trump said. In his speech, Trump specifically mentioned factories closing and “the millions and millions of American workers that were left behind.”

AARON RUPAR, Journalist, THINKPROGESS: But during the Obama years, the economy has actually been adding jobs each month at a steady pace: it added jobs for 75 straight months, the longest streak on record. There were 2,157,000 more jobs added over the last year, and 11,250,000 created over Obama’s presidency. The manufacturing sector has lost jobs, to the tune of 286,000 over Obama’s presidency and 3.3 million over the last decade and a half. But layoffs in the sector are happening at the lowest rate in more than a decade. Meanwhile, Trump said nothing about jobs in any other sector, even though services like health care, retail, and restaurants make up more than 80 percent of employment.

CLEAN UP JAMAICA: Trump is right about all the jobs and factories that are closed, but I don’t think he was talking about the last eight years but over decades. And as someone who grew up in a steel mill town and saw the devastation on the area during the 80’s of that, this is REAL for many Americans and nothing was wrong with using “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation” because if one ever went to some of these areas across the country (get out of your fucking bubble), this is REALITY. Yes, jobs were created during Obama’s administration, BUT the reality is that many of these jobs were part-time and low paying jobs without benefits. And yes the unemployment rate is very low, 4.7, but many people have given up looking for work or are making much less than they did before. Bottom line there are still many people hurting, while Trump and his buddies keep getting richer and more powerful.

INFRASTRUCTURE

TRUMP: “America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay… We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation,” Trump said.

AARON RUPAR, Journalist, THINKPROGESS:  Trump is right that America’s infrastructure is in terrible shape. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the country a D+ grade on the state of its roads, bridges, waterways, schools, and other critical pieces. It also estimates it would take $3.6 trillion over the next four years to get it to decent working shape. But while Trump has talked about this problem frequently, the plan his team put forward just before the election would effectively do nothing to solve the most critical problems. Their outline called for giving private investors tax credits to help them fund projects, and those firms would then recoup their costs in profits. That requires any infrastructure project to have a ready source of income for its funders, however — such as tolls or fees — and won’t work for things like railways, schools, or levees.

CLEAN UP JAMAICA: Yes, Trump is right about our horrible infrastructure (this is something we all know anyway), BUT, BUT, BUT, when Obama wanted to pass the infrastructure bill, the asshole Republicans, like they did with so much during Obama’s term, nixed it. They put their own best interest before the countries and the American people. Talk about UN-AMERICAN.

EDUCATION

TRUMP: During his inaugural speech, Trump said the “education system” is “flush with cash,” but schools are failing anyway.

AARON RUPAR, Journalist, THINKPROGESS:   What he didn’t mention, however, is the role of the states in education funding, and how that funding has fallen since the recession. A majority of the $1.15 trillion spent on education for the 2012–2013 school year came from state, local, and private sources, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Ninety-two percent of funds for elementary and secondary schools came from non-federal sources.Most  states provide less funding for schools than they did before the Great Recession, according to a 2016 report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. In at least 18 states, local government funding fell since 2008, and in at least 27 states, local funding went up but did not make up for past cuts. During her confirmation hearing earlier this week, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nomination to lead the Education Department, refused to promise that she wouldn’t strip funding from public schools or allow education to be further privatized. Trump also overlooked that high school graduation rates have been on the rise for the past four years.

CLEAN UP JAMAICA: Let’s face it, our public education system is a fucking mess, especially in lower income neighborhoods and many communities of color as well. And do we really need the Department of Education. For those who don’t know, this department is not something that has been around for a long time, it was created in 1979. So all my time in public school (and got a good education (as did many) even in a mill town public school which had issues) there was no DOE. It seems that the public schools worked just fine back in the days before the creation of the DOE and got worse since it’s creation.

CRIME

TRUMP: “the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.”

AARON RUPAR, Journalist, THINKPROGESS:  According to the Brennan Center for Justice, the number of homicides in the 30 largest cities increased in 2016. But Chicago gun violence specifically accounted for 43 percent of the increase. The number of homicides were down in cities with previously high levels of violent crime, including Washington, D.C., New York City, and Baltimore. The FBI’s national crime statistics have also shown a decades-long, downward crime trend. The Bureau has yet to release national crime from 2016. While violent crime rose slightly in 2015, it did not exceed the number of crimes committed five and 10 years ago. Property crime was also down.  “The average person in a large urban area is safer walking on the street today than he or she would have been at almost any time in the past 30 years,” the Brennan Center wrote of 2015 crime data. “That does not mean there is not variation across cities. In some cities, murder is up. However, there is not yet sufficient evidence to conclude that these levels will persist in the future or are part of a national trend.”

CLEAN UP JAMAICA: Yes, in the overall picture, crime is down, but it still is a big problem in many areas of the country. Again, Park Ave, Park Slope or Forest Hills really does not deal with this issue, but we here in Jamaica & the dirty SE Queens do (even though most of us are not directly affected), so do folks in East New York, Brownsville, many places in the Bronx, Corona, Jackson Heights). Yes, for those in their ivory towers or with their hoods filled with artisanal cheese shops and expensive coffee houses or celebrities,  it is fine and dandy, but not for others).

So we have those way over on the far conservative right painting a horrible end of days scenario of our country and Dictator Trump is the only answer. On the far left liberal other side we have those living in their expensive LIC glass towers that say, hey, everything is good ( Sure from their far left liberal bubble where they don’t have to deal with crime or tons of homeless shelters or garbage or illegal conversions and all the other shit they don’t see in “their backyard”). BUT for us regular folks, reality, REAL REALITY, surrounds us everyday from the minute we step out our too expensive places to see garbage all over and hop on an overcrowded dirty, filled with homeless, broken down subway system that by the time we get to our jobs, we are already so fucking miserable, then stir, mix and repeat. Everything is not so damn black and white and too many folks are in their own little bubble be it conservatives and liberals, or Republicans and Democrats.

I will end saying that I think Trump is a disaster and totally unfit to be in the White House, but on the other hand, give him a chance to see what he actually does (although I think the environment is FUCKED with a Trump presidency). I mean, we have never had anyone like him in office. I mean he is not really a true conservative or Republican, he is totally unpredictable and you never know where he stands on so many issues (partly because he is not a very well read person). If he totally fucks up and screws over the regular people, we toss him out next election, that is if he has not brainwashed so many of the sheeple who put him into office that even when he fucks then over, they say:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdFLPn30dvQ

Unfortunately I do not have much faith in mankind, where too many have been brainwashed and lobotomized by the powers that be on both sides, corporations, reality TV, American Ido and self-obsessed untalented celebrities and “fake celebrities”.

But a message to my fellow liberal Democrats, time to play FUCKING HARDBALL like the Republicans always do. No time to be fucking pussies. In other words, GROW FUCKING BALLS and get DOWN AND DIRTY.

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