Man Candy Monday | Storm Troopers to the Rescue


So you want to get a glimpse at real New York values?

Then look no further than the photos below featuring good samaritans, New York’s finest and even sanitation workers helping us (glutton-for-punishment North Easterners) get through the Blizzard of ’16.

Starting with police officers and city dwellers banding together to push two stuck ambulances; one in Manhattan and the other in Queens Saturday night.

City sanitation wasn’t able to come to the rescue in time, so cue the caring New Yorkers (there are a few still left) putting their backs and knees (Oy!?!) into getting patients safely to the closest hospital.

There is no better neighbor than Tom Truglio. The Upper West Side res used his snow blower to rid his whole block of the white stuff. Annnnd shovelled untouched snow blanketing brownstones on his street. Tom, won’t you please be my neighbor?


Finally, Olaf (the snowman) was spared in Hell’s Kitchen Sunday night. After loud pleas from the neighborhood, the snow plow driver showed his heart wasn’t icy bypassing the snowman and swerving to the right.

The bad news is Frosty may have already melted. Let him go, Hell’s Kitchen…just let him go.

Governor Cuomo wouldn’t let a stranded driver remain helpless without an assist from him personally.


But the real winner of Snowmageddon 2016–reserved for states that have 25 to 30 inches of snow–is Tian Tian. The National Zoo panda looks like he’s doing mini sit ups in the snow.


Can’t handle the cuteness…


No Indictment from Grand Jury in Eric Garner Case



I’m deeply disheartened (I literally gagged) that the grand jury found no cause to indict police officers that placed a choke hold on Eric Garner, which was determined his cause of death. Garner’s death was ruled a homicide. How could it not? It was the chokehold seen around the globe.

But it wasn’t enough for the jurors. I’m beginning to wonder what would be. How can lives (yes, LIVES) be so violently taken and the only outcome is a makeshift how to get away with murder fraternity among Zimmerman, Wilson, Oliver and Haste.

Yes, Mr. President, it is an American problem. A biggie that predates your existence and mine. The only thing that does change are the names. The faces and pleas for justice go unchanged.

If We Must Die (1919) by Claude McKay
If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honourus through dead!
O kinsman! We must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Color Chart (2013) by Guy Farmer