Brickbat: Keep It Quiet


An NYPD SUV carrying Mayor Bill de Blasio to an event in Harlem was going the wrong way  and had its lights and siren on when it crashed into boiler truck. Cops determined the SUV's driver was at fault in the 2015 incident, but texts obtained by a local newspaper found that the head of the mayor's protection detail tried to cover the up the crash. State law requires any collision causing more than $1,000 in damage has to be reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles. But the newspaper found that no report has been filed for this crash.

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  1. Those are the rules for the serfs. Not the ruling class,

    1. This is true. I find it profoundly sad that while it was always true, there was a time when people found it a distasteful affair. But nowadays no one cares. Absolutely no one.

  2. Redmond feared the headlines about the crash in light of de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to reduce pedestrian and traffic deaths through stricter enforcement

  3. That article is full of too many little mockable bits to deal with here.

    1. And yet , they do not understand how mockable they are.

  4. I have an admission to make. Whenever our resident reverend refers to “disaffected, slack-jawed, superstitious simpletons” who cling to hollow traditions even while they’ve been “left behind by their betters,” I invariably imagine NYC mayor de Blasio and other idiots of his ilk.

    It is mostly politicians and their vocal and deluded supporters that I tend to always picture. They crowd both sides of the spectrum and are hopelessly confused by economics, ethics, and even simple expedience.

    I guess it’s sad when a troll has influenced your thinking, but it is what it is.

    1. What’s sad is that those politicians are elected and therefore represent, to some extent, the thinking of a majority of Americans.

      1. True— at least about the majority of the people who vote. Talk about “throwing away your vote!” I can’t think of a better way to waste a vote than by voting for the likes of these people.

    2. “…are hopelessly confused by economics, ethics, and even simple expedience.” As the most progressive member of Congress put it, morals are more important than facts, doncha know.

      Another commenter described the “Rev” as a bowl of gall bladders and failed dictators that somehow became sentient.” I just think he’s a sad, miserable little troll who can only play one boring tune, called “Carry on Clingers.” If no one would respond to him he’d likely just curl up and die.

    3. Reminds me of a CS Lewis quote:

      We must get rid of our arrogant assumption that it is the masses who can be led by the nose. As far as I can make out, the shoe is on the other foot. The only people who are really the dupes of their favourite newspapers are the intelligentsia. It is they who read leading articles: the poor read the sporting news, which is mostly true.

    4. The Rev thinks that the people living in the inner cities of places like Baltimore and Detroit are the smart, educated, tolerant members of society. Guy’s not exactly playing with a full deck.

  5. Were any young ladies left to drown in the SUV?

    1. You will have to wait until global whatever-it’s-called-now floods New York.

      1. Dude, that happened 20 years ago – – – – – –
        Adviser Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the administration, urged the administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the public’s attention.
        There is widespread agreement that carbon dioxide content will rise 25 percent by 2000, Moynihan wrote in a September 1969 memo.
        “This could increase the average temperature near the earth’s surface by 7 degrees Fahrenheit,” he wrote. “This in turn could raise the level of the sea by 10 feet. Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter.”

        1. “Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter.”

          Downside to this?

          1. It will not happen fast enough to prevent people, especially politicians, from escaping.

            1. What if we built a wall?

              1. Plisken is dead?

        2. The prediction was a little high – atmospheric carbon dioxide in fact rose by about 15% between 1969 and 2000. But that’s close enough for government work.

          Despite successfully predicting the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide, actual temperatureactual rise during that period was well under 1F and actual sea level rise during that period was about 2 inches. (Both trends, by the way, within measurement error of the pre-industrial rates of increase as the planet emerged from the Little Ice Age.) So maybe Moynihan wasn’t such a hot prognosticator after all.

    2. You know I recently watched a documentary about Chappaquiddick and I never before realized that it happened at the same time as the moon landing.

      Only a Kennedy could screw up the moon landing.

      1. I use the Kennedy compound as my personal global warming meter. Is it for sale yet? Is it under water yet? Nope? Guess the sea levels aren’t rising that much.

  6. No Mayor of NYC has ever been elected President and none ever will.

    Its a political position that you DON’T want on your resume.

    1. You’re right. Pretty sure Teddy Roosevelt was the commissioner of police in NYC and later the governor of that state, but never mayor.

      Still, it doesn’t stop the likes of “no more soda”
      Bloomberg or “no glass and steel buildings” de Blasio from pursuing their dreams (and the country’s nightmares).

      1. List of Mayors NYC

        Notice how many Democrats and RINOs ran that city over the years.

        1. Makes sense – a bunch of loud mouth intellectually inferior assholes elect a bunch of loud mouth intellectually inferior assholes.

          1. Its almost like American’s politicians really are a reflection of the people.

        2. An real conservative (which is a different beast from a Republican) might actually dare to cut spending. You can’t have that in a city like New York. The serfs would revolt if a strong man weren’t there to beat them with ever more expensive sticks.

          1. “” The serfs would revolt “‘

            But what color of vest will they wear?

  7. “The Department’s FOIL unit said it would take a minimum of four months to produce the four-page accident report.”

    At least the unit is well named – – – – – –
    I may have to move to NYC and vote for this guy. If he can make the feds as efficient as this group, then nothing bad would happen, because it takes a month a page to produce the paperwork.

    1. Incompetence may impart a degree of freedom, as they will just never get a round tuit.

  8. when it crashed into boiler truck.


    1. Mongo like candy?

  9. The mayor has virtually no control over the NYPD. When Blasio first took office he wanted his police escort to follow the law on the road. No speeding, no running red lights. The NYPD said no, and they would do it their way.

  10. before I looked at the bank draft saying $9300, I have faith …that…my best friend realy bringing home money in their spare time at their laptop.. there aunt started doing this for only about 17 months and resently took care of the mortgage on there mini mansion and got a great Smart ForTwo. this is where I went,

  11. The biggest controversy in this whole piece is his support for the Green New Deal.

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