Whispers From History: As Bill de Blasio prepares to take office, eerie reminders of the city’s turbulent past

Ladies of the night: Prostitutes also populated the Bowery, plying their trade with johns who wandered in. Here, a man negotiates the price for a prostitute while two others walk past

The good old days in New York, fondly remembered. Ladies of the night: Prostitutes also populated the Bowery, plying their trade with johns who wandered in. Here, a man negotiates the price for a prostitute while two others walk past

Bob McManus writes:  History may not repeat itself, but sometimes it whispers warnings. The wise will pay heed.

Whether the ice-rink shooting at New York City’s Bryant Park, an arduously restored urban jewel at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, was an aberration or a harbinger remains to be seen. But the gunplay prompted unhappy recollections of the not-so-distant past, when the enclave was known as Needle Park and the New York Times described it as “a cesspool of crime and vice” only sporadically patrolled by police, if at all.

It took massive private-sector intervention—largely by the Bryant Park Corporation, a pioneer business-improvement district—to rescue the park. And also, of course, the active support of a mayoral administration determined to reclaim New York for its citizens. And reclaimed it is, or largely so. But memories linger of a time when New York had truly lost its way, when it couldn’t summon the will to resist dysfunction or even articulate a right to self-defense—to say nothing of self-respect. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Birth of the Living Dead’ Review: Zombie Classic Spawned by Counter-Culture Failure

Christian Toto writes: Fledgling film director George Romero looked around during the late 1960s and realized
filmmakerthe left’s cultural revolution had failed.

“We thought we changed the world,” Romero says in the new documentary Birth of the Living Dead. “All of a sudden, it wasn’t any better, any different.”

That disappointment helped fuel Night of the Living Dead, the 1968 horror classic which paved the way for the modern zombie movement.

MV5BNzMyMjM2MjIxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTU2NjE0MDE@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_It’s a traditional “making of” feature, leavened by Romero’s liberal leanings and the guerilla nature of his landmark genre classic.

“It spoke to its audience in ways few horror films had done before,” the film’s narrator boasts, and it’s hard to argue.

The dawn of Romero’s Dead seem almost too precious to be true. The director, like many other artists in Pittsburgh, got his start on Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Romero directed shorts for the avuncular kiddie show host, but eventually he yearned to make a film of his own. His attempt at a tortured teen romance went nowhere, so he decided a horror film had more commercial potential. Read the rest of this entry »

Harry Belafonte Wants President Obama to Jail Dissenters

Far-left activist and singer Harry Belafonte publicly encouraged President Obama to jail those calling for entitlement reforms.

Belafonte made his statement on the liberal propaganda network MSNBC, along with self-titled civil rights activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton. It seems Belafonte believes President Obama won a mandate in his reelection victory and should be encouraged to jail those who disagree with him and claim political power for himself, like a third world dictator.

Someone should tell Belafonte that President Obama and Democrats failed to retake the House of Representatives in the last election.

Neither Belafonte or Sharpton should be considered civil rights activists, as they now believe disagreement with the president should lead to prison. Our Constitution does not allow a president to seize unilateral power whenever the opposition party disagrees with him. Belafonte might believe that third world nations like Cuba, North Korea, Iran and Syria are great places to live but travel to those nations and ask the public how they like it there. Oh wait, there is no freedom of speech in those nations.

My question is, Where does Belafonte think the forced jailing should end, only with Obama’s political opponents, or should it extend to republicans and independent like myself? What about Green Party activists, gun owners, non-union members and non-Socialists? It now seems we have the blueprint on how the left wants to transform America.

via Harry Belafonte Wants President Obama to Jail Dissenters.