Upper West Side Woman Thinks Manhattan's Too Good for Stop-and-Frisk

Watching interactive talk shows is like playing Russian roulette. There's no telling who is going to call in and say something bananas on live television. (You also never know if Cher might have a thing or two to say about the state of affairs in Washington, but I digress.) NY1's The Call got the loaded chamber on Tuesday when show host John Schiumo fielded a call from a woman known only as "Joan." Claiming to be from the Upper West Side, Joan excoriated stop and frisk, but she would rather keep the program going in the outer boroughs, because Manhattan is "special". What?

The show's segment was on voters' perceptions of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, whose poll numbers are through the roof since Anthony Weiner detonated another penis-bomb all over the Internet. In describing an encounter on the street with de Blasio, Joan objected to de Blasio's position that, well, stop and frisk is unfair everywhere, not just the outer boroughs.

Joan's response to de Blasio: "And I said, 'Ugh, you can't expect us to live by the same rules we dictate to other people, for heaven's sake!'"

It's almost impossible not to take Joan's call as a gag. A sentence like "I mean, Manhattan is special. We are New York! Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, I don't even like talking about those kinds of places!" is satire screaming to be called for what it is.

But no, when Schiumo asked her if it was a joke, Joan held forth on her crazy rant:

"Well, in all due respect, think about it this way. Affordable housing--I mean, New Yorkers accept that kind of thing in the boroughs, but you don't want those people living around you!"

Watch the video and see the bonkers conversation unfold.

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I have a much better idea: implement a robust Stop & Frisk policy down on Wall Street against the parasitic financial elite who run Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan Chase.  Confiscate their assets and redistribute it all to the 95% of the population whose brawn, brains and talents produce all the world's genuine wealth since time immemorial.  

We simply can no longer afford the plunder and pillage of the marauding investment bankers and hedge fund speculators.  They're akin to barbarians WITHIN the gates of society, they pose the greatest risk to the freedoms, economic well being, life chances and national sovereignty of the vast majority of the world's citizens.  

These barbarians don't come from outside the gates of the village, they live in the here and now, within our borders and they're down in lower Manhattan ready to raid another pension fund, attack more public-sector workers, destroy more workers' lives.  Stop and Frisk, we insist!


I actually agree with her.  


@DrewHunkins The only problem with redistributing all that wealth to the 95% is that it wouldn't buy you a dirty water hot dog.  Bon appetite. 


With 45% of the U.S. population living near or below the poverty line, with recent projections indicating that 80% of the U.S. population will face a future of economic hardship or prolonged unemployment, I'll take my chances with a damn dirty hot dog, whatever that's supposed to mean.

And while we're at, abolish Wall Street along with its creepy white shoe law firms.  The time is now.


@DrewHunkins A dirty water hot dog is what is referred to by most as a frank off the stand.  Re your wishing to do away with Wall Street...hm?...replace it with what, the central committee on economic fairness?  That worked out real well in Russia and Cuba.  In any case I hope you get Quinn and Spitzer in NYC, as then Wall Street will voluntarily get up and leave, though to NJ, and then NY will be like Detroit...BANKRUPT AND A GREAT PLACE TO GET KILLED!

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