February 3, 2011. The New York City Council (at 1 PM) finally held it's public committee hearing on whether to allow a Wal-Mart to build in New York City.
There are K-Marts .... but "NO Wal-Marts Allowed".
The Council canceled this meeting three times due to Acts of God, we wondered would they ever meet. But the meeting was ON with a pre-ordained decision of "No to Wal-mart".
This was not to be a fair and balanced hearing.
Arrived at approximately 12:15 and the LONG block from Broadway to the Municipal Building was already jammed with union members; yelling and walking slowly. They took up the whole sidewalk in front and around the building on to the side street.
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They're not supposed to block a sidewalk but the police just stood back and watched. So I shoved my way through, which didn't go over very well. I got quite a few heavy-handed "taps" on the shoulder all the way up the block. But, there was no way I intended to walk along with them, making their crowd look even larger by one person. No Way.
Once in front of the entrance, it was obvious that some are "more equal than others". Saw the guards let in many who were clearly NOT press. Union 'chums', for sure.
Waiting to enter, the UNION crowd chanted on, often in Spanish. So, I managed to slip in a brief, "Say that in English" and they choked, went SILENT (ever so briefly) when they heard that SHOCKING challenge. And then, they chanted on... in Spanish.
Not sure what some of these people were going to get out of this meeting since there was no translator. Although the guard inside did make his announcement in English and Spanish about "no clapping, no shouting, no cheering, no hooting and NO SIGNS."
Bodies in the seats. That's all they were.
And yes, somehow the seats were already miraculously filled, even though there were still LOTS of people waiting to get in.
The New York City Council Fascists, those 'fair-minded people-pleasers", Alinskied the meeting. If you were NOT bussed in by a union then you were
- A- Lucky you if got IN at all
- B- You can BET you will never get to speak.
Many came to speak to the City Council in favor of free-enterprise and were shut out, physically and figuratively. Such was the case with Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. If you came to support the FREEDOM to CHOOSE, to expose the hypocrisy of this City Council, you were NEVER going to get the chance to speak.
At the entrance, I also noticed this pile of signs (where we were scanned.)
Supposedly no signs were permitted inside. But I observed a row of 'paids' sitting with their small 8 by 10's they had sneaked in,and the guards ignored them.
Guess these protestors got BORED because their whole row emptied out early (maybe they didn't speak English. )
The meeting started late but many of the City Council members dragged in even later and once in their seats, they were often way too BUSY reading their phones.
Guess it was torture for them to look up and make like they were interested.
It was torture for all of us, this pretense of a Public Meeting. Two and a half hours of tedium which began with Speaker Quinn. Like a spoiled child, she spent way too much time reprimanding Wal-Mart for not showing up. She was definitely offended (which was fun to watch)
Actually, it was a smart move, on Wal-Mart's part. They now have a deal with union crews to build and are challenging this City Council's continued attempt to shut them out of the 5 boroughs.
We also heard from racist, He-just-wants-to-slap-a-white-person-in-the-face, Black Panther: Charles Barron. He did his usual smug presentation. Held up a booklet that he said described his East New York business community. Claims they don't need jobs, at least not Wal-Mart jobs. Said with a even more smug mafioso-like flare, that despite Wal-Mart's claims, they will NEVER build in East New York.
(Is that a threat, Mr. Barron?)
Another Council member, Melissa Mark Viverito, who was quite late, gave a speech that started out calmly enough but then she jammed in a bunch of ad hominem attacks against WalMart; her favorite being "UNION BUSTING-Job-Killing" store that she says is not welcomed in New York City.
The Council presented two VERY long-winded academics (via tele-feeds) who took many questions from the Council.
Pretend you'll take questions from the public, bore everyone with long-winded speeches til people have to leave or just plain give-up. (works every time)
Even Speaker QUINN seemed bored.
The only live people I saw testify (at about 3 PM) were shilling for the Unions anyway, so I guess all could leave feeling quite good about having shut out any supporters of Wal-Mart. And leave they did.
Speaker Quinn, along with many others on the Council, started disappearing.
WHERE in the f-ing world do these people have to be? Elected officials, Quinn, Barron, Jackson...far too many of them... slowly peeled out, til there was but a skeletal crew. Guess they must have drawn the short-straw.
I threw in the towel at about 3:30. Nothing good was going to happen. After all, this is the City Council that just passed a ridiculous law that says "No smoking in Times Square". We already have "No salt in your food" and now they are determined to hold on to "No Wal-Mart in NYC".
BUT, they eagerly (with very little vetting) said "YES to a Ground Zero Mosque" and "Yes to Sharia Law."
Outside, I found a few citizens who were still protesting across the street, revealing to anyone who's interested that the Union- Financed Marxist-Fascist City Council has no interest in what the public wants.
The outrage must stop. It's up to free-citizens to demand an HONEST hearing. We've yet to get one.
A short video
Slide-show of a few more pictures