Sunday, November 4, 2012

Night in the medieval city. In New York’s Public Housing, Fear Creeps In With the Dark. Defending yourself from looters with boa constrictors?

Police cars have been patrolling the housing projects but officers have not been getting out of their cars, one of his friends said. “They are as scared as us,” he said.
And here's another one from Queens:
Queens residents arm themselves in the post-storm blackout from looters.
Keone Singlehurst, 42, who lives in a bungalow on Beach 87th Street in the Rockaways, says he wouldn't hesitate to use a bow on a looter.
When night falls in the Rockaways, the hoods come out.
Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, it’s become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend against looters.
Thugs have been masquerading as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers, knocking on doors in the dead of night. But locals say the real workers have been nowhere in sight, causing at least one elected official — who fears a descent into anarchy if help doesn’t arrive soon — to call for the city to investigate the utility.
Further exacerbating desperate conditions, it could take at least a month to repair the the bridge that connects the Rockaways to the city subway system, officials said.
“We booby-trapped our door and keep a baseball bat beside our bed,” said Danielle Harris, 34, rummaging through donated supplies as children rode scooters along half-block chunk of the boardwalk that had marooned into the middle of Beach 91st St
“We heard gunshots for three nights in a row,” said Harris, who believed they came from the nearby housing projects.
Carly Ruggieri, 27, who lives in water-damaged house on the block, said she barricades her door with a bed frame. “There have been people in power department uniforms knocking on doors and asking if they’re okay, but at midnight.”
And another local surfer said he has knives, a machete and a bow and arrow on the ready. Gunshots and slow-rolling cars have become a common fixture of the night since Hurricane Sandy.
“I would take a looter with a boa.* If I felt threatened I would definitely use it,” said Keone Singlehurst, 42. “Its like the Wild West. A borderline lawless situation.”
City Councilman James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway) said he fears the situation will devolve into anarchy.
“We have an explosive mix here,” said Sanders. “People will take matters into their own hands.”
Walter Meyer, 37, lives in Park Slope but often surfs in the Rockaways. He said it’s not the place it was before the storm.
"After sunset everyone locks their doors,” said Meyer, as he loaded up a solar panel from a factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard to bring to local residents. "They're trying to find whatever weapons they can find. Some people are even using bows and arrows."
* MBV Note: I rather suspect he said "bow" and this idiot "journalist" with a non-existent editor wrote "boa."


Yank lll said...

This is how things are and yet the quisling bastards running things turned away non union electrical workers who could repair their power..
Remember this the next time you morons vote for the marxist midget bloomberg.

A former NY'er
Yank lll

Erinyes said...

Feather boas? Or Constrictors?

Osmium said...

Nothing demonstrates the failure of socialism as spectacularly as mother nature does.

People defenseless because of gun control. Unions barring non-union electrical companies from restoring power (see: People believing the government will come to help instead of preparing.

anotheralabamagunowner said...

Well what can one expect.
Look who they elect year after year.
Please Mr Bloomberg give me some of the rich peoples money 'cause I deserve it for just being me.
These clowns get and deserve the govenment they elect.
Sucks to be them....God knows there was no reason to prepare.
The nannies will take care of them.
Give it another five days and this will make Katrina look like a church social.

Anonymous said...

Boy scout motto: BE PREPARED. I went thru an ice storm several years ago and lost power for several days. Got out the Coleman stove and lanterns, dipped into my pantry and stayed warm & comfortable & well fed. Some people will never learn which is why they are on their own unless they think the Gubmint is gonna babysit them.

Gunny G said...

They'll STILL vote for the very idiots who have disarmed them! Meanwhile, Mayor Doombutt has HIS armed guards and lives in a nice well-lit mansion.

rumcrook™ said...

what do you expect from these "REPORTERS" they've been trained in leftism not journalism.

Anonymous said...

To all those who say our cause is hopeless:

These cops, who are still being paid, whose families are safe, and who are much more seasoned than your local Barney Fife, are afraid. Afraid of poorly-armed, untrained, unskilled, uneducated thugs presenting the most minor of threats. Yet we are to believe that these fat, cowardly low-lives are to magically transform into the most elite anti-insurgency force in the world when they have to come to deal with us?

On another note, three cheers for multiculturalism! The Japanese went through two goddamn national disasters back to back, and nary a peep was heard about any evildoers among them. I wonder why that could be.

Anonymous said...

Dutchman, have you seen THIS?

Amid Sandy’s devastation, Long Island union sent written demand to Florida utilities: Pay dues or stay home

In a two-page Oct. 29 contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1049 demanded union dues, pay hikes and benefit contributions from Florida electric utilities before its workers would be permitted to help reconnect power to Long Island communities. The demand came as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Northeastern United States, stranding tens of millions without electricity.

Anonymous said...

Whoops! I should’ve read further down your page to your 7:00 PM post. Sorry!

Charles N. Steele said...

Using a snake as a weapon -- now that's taking the Gadsden flag seriously!

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering in NASA will publish any shots of the city blacked out from the ISS?

Anonymous said...

This is an interesting take on the reality of a Liberty insurgency in America.

Anonymous said...

Let's not forget it's pretty hard to get a military to kill its own people. Not even the dirt-scratching Libyans managed to pull it off.

Anonymous said...

The the average "journalist" will equate "boa" as the same as "bow". After all, they both use feathers.

B Woodman