angry steve

Why NYC's anti-terrorist funding got slashed by over 40%

Courtesy of DailyKos:

We interrupt this blog to bring you breaking news...

New York has no national monuments or icons, according to the Department of Homeland Security form obtained by ABC News. That was a key factor used to determine that New York City should have its anti-terror funds slashed by 40 percent---from $207.5 million in 2005 to $124.4 million in 2006.

The formula did not consider as landmarks or icons: The Empire State Building, The United Nations, The Statue of Liberty and others found on several terror target hit lists. It also left off notable landmarks, such as the New York Public Library, Times Square, City Hall and at least three of the nation's most renowned museums: The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan and The Museum of Natural History.

Sorry, New York. The goal of the Department of Homeland Security is to protect our real national icons. Following is a partial roster of landmarks on the evildoers' hit list that need our full attention...and the amount allocated to protect them according to the latest DHS "Freedom Budget:"

Alexandria, Indiana: The World's Largest Ball of Paint ($12 million)

Niland, California: Salvation Mountain ($16 million)

Alamo Heights, Texas: Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum ($10 million)

Dedham, Massachusetts: The Museum of Bad Art ($31 million)

Key West, Florida: The Chicken Store ($7.5 million)

Alliance, Nebraska: Carhenge ($25 million)

And Soap Lake, Washington: The Giant Lava Lamp ($143 million)

Thank you, Secretary Chertoff, for seeing through the elitist city-slicker spin, and allocating America's resources where they'll protect our heritage. Nay...our legacy.

You sure you still want to have your next GOP convention here, you fucking assholes?
There are two interesting scenarios in that article - one being if he got a chance to play on the Yankees with Derek Jeter, the other being if he got drafted by the Orioles. I can't help but root for him.

Tangent alert - we need to pick up the dropped ball w/r/t scrollwheel.
Tangent alert - we need to pick up the dropped ball w/r/t scrollwheel.

Christ, I know. I feel bad. Life has been busy, to say the least. Maybe we should just randomly assign pairings and run the tournament that way?
I will say I agree that this was a monumentally stupid move. However, not on the list of where some of that money went is Jacksonville, FL (where I live) - we got an increased allocation which was something of a relief. With one of the biggest incoming seaports in the nation (not two mention two of the largest Naval Air Stations), we were getting a ridiculously small allocation.

Whoever comes up with these budgets needs a serious kick in the head.
1. that last $143 million buys who knows how much political capital in getting the hippy/pothead base out to support bush.

2. i wonder how much your "idiots" and "republicans"-tagged entries overlap.
Also, apparently another deciding factor was that New York's forms were faxed, rather than e-mailed.