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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Christmas on Pelham Parkway

Last year, on Pelham Parkway in the Bronx.  How's this for a patio display?

8:03:02 PM    

I gave Buddy his own showcase.  After all these years of being a test model, he deserves it.  And here's one of his brothers.

Escape from the Bronx House of Corrections

I'm also beginning to categorize other things New York:  This gallery is half done, half-baked, and half- interesting, but I'm assembling so-called Landmarks into one place.

2:09:35 PM    

Well, okay.  Maybe I should go to this one.

Photographers Protest anti-photography ban on subway.

"We are meeting at Saturday, December 18th, 1 PM @ the Main Concourse
of Grand Central Terminal. Bring signs if you can (we want as many
commuters to see and know what we're doing), but make sure you can
roll them up because we don't the police dispersing us while we rally.

PS: Bring your flash units, you will need it."

Incidentally - using flash inside the subway is definitely not allowed; at least the last time I looked.  The rules were - no flash and no tripod.  Now, apparantly the MTA (is that who is leading this) wants to make photography illegal (again).  I can't keep track.  I thought it was already illegal.

I'm going to have to ask Bernard Kerik about that. 

"Only hours earlier on Friday, Mr. Kerik informed the administration that, contrary to assurances he had given the White House counsel's office before the president nominated him on Dec. 3, a nanny he had employed appeared to have been in the country illegally and that he had failed to pay taxes on her behalf.

The nanny Mr. Kerik had employed, who has not yet been identified, left the country about two weeks ago, just prior to the announcement of his nomination, a former New York City official said on Saturday, adding that her departure had been planned for at least two months." - NY Times

RICK:  How can you close me up? On what grounds?

CAPTAIN RENAULT: I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]

CROUPIER: Your winnings, sir.

CAPTAIN RENAULT: (sotto voce) Oh thank you, thank you very much. (aloud) Everybody out!

I am shocked that a former head of the correctional system in NYC has broken the law.  Shocked and dismayed.  And it is a faux pas for Sir. Guiliani as well.  One thing a lot of people outside of NYC don't realize about Guiliani was that he was something of a terrible infant type.  He railed and raged - and usually about those least able to defend themselves.  He was great on 9-11.  Before and after that - believe me, he was not the idol of democracy that he has been promoted into. 

12:44:28 PM