New York’s Nazi/commie bike-sharing plot

What is it with the New York elite and bicycles?

Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a bike sharing system to the city, much like Capital Bikeshare in Washington and the bike-share systems I’ve used in a bunch of European cities. The system has been more successful than expected here in D.C. and it’s just considered a way of life throughout Europe.

But the elitists in the Big Apple are treating transportation on two wheels like the beginning stages of a Commie/Nazi siege. Here’s a screed from frontpagemag.com:

Bicycles are one of the obsessions of Mayor Bloomberg and his transportation secretary Janette Sadik-Khan. Khan is the granddaughter of Imam Alimjan Idris, a Nazi collaborator and principle teacher at an SS school for Imams under Hitler’s Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini. The bio of his son, Wall Street executive Orhan Sadik-Khan, frequently mentions the bombing of the family home in Dresden and surviving trying times after World War II. It neglects to mention that the times were only trying because their side was losing.

In 1933, Idris wrote a letter asking why Allah would have chosen the Jews, whom he described as, “the most despicable, repulsive and corrupting nation on earth.” It’s hard to say what Imam Idris would have made of his granddaughter marrying a Jewish law professor and peddling bikes that no one wants from a nearly bankrupt Montreal government company.

But considering that Imam Idris was at times accused of being a Soviet agent and did some work for Imperial Japan, it seems likely that he would have understood.

In partial revenge, Khan has made many New York streets nearly as impassable as those of her grandfather’s wartime Dresden. Bike lanes have turned two lane streets into one lane streets. Infidels sit in their cars and honk while bike lanes go unused and midtown bus lanes sit empty except for the occasional daring taxi driver braving the bus lane camera and the 150 dollar fine.

Wow! You’ve literally got Nazis and Commies and the Red Menace, not to mention Muslims and our sinister neighbor north of the border.

Bike sharing makes streets as impassible as wartime Dresden? Dresden streets were impassible because the Allies bombed the hell out of the city.

This is what happened in Dresden:

That is not equivalent to setting up a bicycle stand. The writer of he above piece is nuts, but he’s not the only one who’s gone off the deep end. Here’s a “respected member of the media elite”:

Totalitarian? Jeez, it’s a bike.

And Dorothy Rabinowitz does not represent the majority of citizens in New York, because the majority aren’t editorial writers for the Wall Street Journal who have car services or chauffeurs picking them up and dropping them off so they don’t have to deal with that little inconvenience called parking, which is practically impossible in the city.

I can’t even imagine what’s going through these people heads. But if bike sharing is the equivalent of communism, fascism, Islamic terrorism and the Allied bombing of a German city, I would move out of New York immediately.

Preparing ourselves for the Kanamits

There’s something to be said for encouraging people to eat healthy. But this is irrational:

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been on a years-long crusade against obesity, or at least against the cultural and commercial forces that promote it. In his latest step, he’s proposing to ban the sale of super-sized sugary drinks by restaurants, cinemas, street vendors and stadium concessionaires.

What is he thinking?

Yes, as a country we are approaching obesity at Jabba the Hutt proportions. What’s worse than getting on a plane and sitting next to a 300 pound guy who takes up his seat and part of yours, breathing heavily and anxious for his next meal? Perhaps going to a beach and seeing a 200 pound woman in a skimpy bathing suit floating in the ocean doing her best impersonation of Moby Dick.

Go to an all-you-can-eat buffet and watch overweight families gather around, stacking plate upon plate of salad, meat and all the fixin’s (tell me you don’t immediately think of feeding time at the pig trough). Or think about the human jumbotrons who lust for the nearest burger barn, seeing who can have a heart attack with the most flair:

A man reportedly suffered a heart attack while eating a 6,000-calorie burger at the Heart Attack Grill, a Las Vegas restaurant that serves free meals to people who weigh over 350 pounds.

It is enough to make you sick. Actually, it makes a lot of people sick. High blood pressure. Diabetes. Heart disease. Overeating is an epidemic in this country. “Family restaurants,” where one portion feeds a small Somali village, populate the landscape. I was at one a couple of weeks ago in Northwest Washington, where I had filled myself up on salad before the main appetizer, let alone the entree, had arrived. We have children whose first words after “Mama” and “Dada” are “Supersize Me!”

We need to eat better and watch our calories and avoid having a half gallon of soda with our super jumbo heavily buttered tub of popcorn at the multiplex.

But we don’t need to have the government tell us we have to do that. And that’s the problem with Bloomberg’s ban on supersized sugary drinks.

People have the right to take an IV bag full of liquid lard, attach it to a hypodermic needle and mainline pure pig fat (Ask your doctor before mainlining liquid lard. Side effects include dizziness, shortness of breath, lethargy and certain death).

If people are stupid enough to do that, let ’em. They know they’re shortening their lives. If they aren’t going to be rational about their health, there are a lot of other things they’re not going to be rational about.

In the meantime, there is something to be said for preparing the herd for the arrival of the Kanamits.

Plowed under

New York is still reeling from this week’s major snow storm, and the normally surly city dwellers are ready to string Mayor Michael Bloomberg up by his heels.

Whether the criticism comes from bloggers at Crooks & Liars or from the established daily newspapers, such as the New York Times, Bloomberg’s image as the efficient businessman running America’s biggest city has taken a major hit.

Hopefully, we can now stop hearing about “Bloomberg as savior” in the 2012 presidential election.

Big-city delusions

Frank Rich at the New York Times writes today on how a consistently wrong and wrong-headed politician is still a viable presidential candidate:

If logic applied to Palin’s career trajectory, this month might have been judged dreadful for her. In an otherwise great year for Republicans she endorsed a “Star Wars” bar gaggle of anomalous and wacky losers — the former witch, Christine O’Donnell; the raging nativist, Tom Tancredo; and at least two candidates who called for armed insurrection against the government, Sharron Angle and a would-be Texas congressman, Stephen Broden, who lost by over 50 percentage points. Last week voters in Palin’s home state humiliatingly “refudiated” her protégé, Joe Miller, overturning his victory in the G.O.P. Senate primary with a write-in campaign.

But logic doesn’t apply to Palin. What might bring down other politicians only seems to make her stronger: the malapropisms and gaffes, the cut-and-run half-term governorship, family scandals, shameless lying and rapacious self-merchandising. In an angry time when America’s experts and elites all seem to have failed, her amateurism and liabilities are badges of honor. She has turned fallibility into a formula for success.

Here’s what he says is the key. If New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg decides to pursue a third-party candidacy for president, “all bets on Obama are off.”

He isn’t the first to say this. New York Magazine did a piece last month with the same premise, headlined: 2012: How Sarah Barracuda Becomes President.

I don’t know how this is possible.

First: Palin would have to get the Republican nomination. The belief is that she’ll have the support of the Tea Party forces, and that will be enough to overcome the pool of candidates the Republicans will choose from. But given the absolute failures of practically all the Tea Party-backed candidates in the last election (many of whom Palin endorsed), would the GOP establishment really allow the Tea Bag queen to lead them to another slaughter? It’s pretty much taken as fact that if the establishment Republican candidates had gotten this past election’s nominations, the Senate would have gone GOP.

Second: Granted, Bloomberg is a billionaire. But I always have to point out the obvious. He’s the mayor of New York. Americans hate New York. Rudy Giulanni was “America’s Mayor” after 9/11, and he didn’t do jack in the last presidential contest. Bloomberg is the mayor of Wall Street: the place that screwed everyone over. He’s a Wall Street guy. That’s how he established his fortune.

New York media types are constantly wrong on the importance of the state’s politicians. If you listened to them, Mario Cuomo and George Pataki would have been president already. The last New Yorkers to get presidential nominations were FDR and Thomas Dewey, and that was more than a half century ago. (OK, Bobby Kennedy and Hillary Clinton came close. But does anyone really believe Bobby and Hillary are perceived as anything but famous out of staters who got New York Senate seats? And they were representing the state. Bloomberg is the city.)

I was raised in New York, and I’ve got friends there who say Bloomberg is a serious possibility for the presidency. I remind them that I live in the real world, the one west of the Hudson River, and no one in my world knows or cares what Bloomberg does or how much money he has.

So, for now, we’ll have to put up with the “Palin can win because Bloomberg will run fantasies.” My suggestion: Don’t bet your underwater mortgage on that happening.