The NYC Council held fascist court today and it was a real eye-opener. If they could only see themselves.
What a zoo paid for the the New Yorker city taxpayer. This was not a hearing. This was tyranny. It is to Wal-Mart's credit that they did not subject themselves to this targeted inquisition. Kafkaesque does not begin to describe these obscene bullies with seemingly absolute power. The fix was in from the start.
Who do these power-mad fat-cats work for? Organized labor. The big bully in charge was Speaker Christine Quinn, and to describe her as an ogre would be kind. She presided over a council of racists and morons denouncing the success of Wal-Mart, decrying the business of business and patting themselves on the back for looking out for the welfare of their special interest puppet masters.
Outrageous. If New Yorkers had any clue what city government had to come they would be charging City Hall with pitchforks.
I had hoped to speak to their hypocrisy and imperiousness. This council of clowns (with the exception of Daniel Halloran, the lone voice of reason) has banned smoking from parks, benches and Times Square. One councilman after another spoke out against Wal-Mart, saying that blocking it was a human rights issue, and that it would lead to joblessness and discrimination.
Charles Barron is the Council Member from East New York, the city's poorest most blighted area. 87% of his constituents polled want a Wal-Mart. But this vile demagogue denounced Wal-Mart as the plantation and said that black people would never work those fields again. Equating Wal-Mart to slavery? What an insult to those who suffered as slaves. Barron blustered and spewed and looked the evil fool, and so his peers lauded him. Ayn Rand couldn't have written this.
Charles “Nehru Jacket” Barron in action (photo hat tip Pamela Hall)
This NYC Council has advocated and colluded to build a mosque at Ground Zero -- talk about endangering the welfare of New Yorkers -- and now they seek to "protect" us from jobs and cheap prices as they do the bidding of big labor communists.
I sat there for hours while these looters and moochers soiled themselves in their hate of the enemy -- Wal-Mart. Yes, all of this hooplah over a store. Mind you, K-Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc., have stores in the city.
Why not hearings investigating where the $150 million is coming from to build the Ground Zero triumphal mosque? Shameful. If they had subjected the mosque to that kind of scrutiny, it would have been disallowed months ago.
Their first "witness" was a Chicago professor who conducted a study paid for by the Woods Foundation (yes, the Bill Ayers left wing subversive organization). Need I say more? They had this tool on for an hour. Preening and querying a study that had more holes than swiss cheese.
None of these speakers noticed the irony. None of them seemed for a moment to stop and wonder why they were subjecting Wal-Mart to such intense scrutiny while greenlighting a mega-mosque at Ground Zero without even the most cursory examination of the background -- both financial and ideological -- and goals of the mosque organizers. None of them said anything about the jobs lost and the businesses closed because of the 9/11 attacks, and about the grotesque insult and injustice it would be to allow the construction of a triumphal mosque dedicated to the same belief-system that the 9/11 hijackers held right on the spot of their mass-murder. None of them said anything -- or probably knew anything -- about Islamic slavery and how it persists in some countries even today, or about the horrifying injustices against women and non-Muslims that are codified in the Islamic law (Sharia) so beloved of Imam Rauf, Imam Adhami, and the other people behind the Ground Zero mosque.
Righteous New Yorkers who came out on their lunch hour could not stay (but that was the point). Moms who need Wal-Mart could not stay and wait and speak because they had to pick up their kids after school. A good many courageous freedom fighters showed up: Rich Davis from the American Sheepdogs brought a group; Pamela Hall of the Vigilant Squirrel Brigade was there; Christopher Logan from Logan's Warning; 9/11 family member Nelly Braginsky; and so many others, all of them patriots to whom every free American owes a debt of gratitude.
As I watched and waited during this filibuster and rout, hearty souls stood out in the cold protesting the Ground Zero mosque. The professional left bused in their bots, but individuals came out and stood against the Council of quislings:
Shouts of “Yes to Walmart” on one side of the street were answered by shouts of “No to Walmart” from the other.
It was a noisy scene on Chambers Street in Lower Manhattan with opposing sign-waving groups shouting across the street at each other, a major police presence and a long, long line of people attempting to get in to the Walmart hearing at the Emigrant Savings Bank building.
A majority of those this reporter spoke with in line were in favor of Walmart coming to Brooklyn. “It means cheap prices and more jobs for us,” one couple from Brooklyn said. “Walmart’s good for struggling families like us. We want Walmart here.”
Another, a woman from Manhattan, said “Why be concerned about Walmart? Why now? The council has been allowing big chain stores in the city forever. In my neighborhood, there’s a Duane Reade on every corner. How has that been good for the small drug stores?” (more here)
UPDATE: Pamela Hall has great coverage on the events at the hearing here.