Open Thread Wednesday 12/19/12

Good Wednesday to you and welcome to the next to last weekly Open Thread of 2012. What’s on your mind? Comment away!

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  • Gerry

    @ Moni – I have 3 young children under 8 years old and I can not eat, sleep, thinking of those children, teachers, parents, etc. in Newtown, Ct.

    President Obama is pulling a public relations stunt in a few weeks this gun control issue will fade and his lackluster economic plan will again be in the news..

    Alcohol kills more people than guns do we ban that? Not hardly!

    Its not about gun control its about the “will to kill” this disturbed young man Adam Lanza needed even more help than his mother provided.

  • lori

    Just noticed last night that there’s a tree on the side of the house at the corner of Montague Street and Montague Terrance that overhangs the sidewalk. They have put little plastic “ribbons” on its branches cautioning pedestrians, but it really should be trimmed.

  • lori

    Three strikes and you’re out. Tried Dellarocco’s last night for the third time. I complained about the roasted vegetables being served COLD the first time I tried them – they shouldn’t be hot, but they should be warm. So this time they were very hot and tasted burnt. I couldn’t even eat them. Didn’t like the pizza either. I noticed it was mostly fathers with their kids there or bar patrons. Disappointing.

  • WillowNabe

    Moni,
    You state that mass murderers are usually white unsocialized misfits. The mass murderer in Newtown was obviously mentally ill.
    And Gerry is not the only person who has been thinking about the children of Newtown. Hardly anyone with a heart has thought of much else in recent days.

  • WillowNabe

    Faith,
    This cat is being abused. If I were you, I’d call an animal shelter and ask for advice. I know that there are many good people out there doing wonderful things for abused and neglected animals. Maybe someone on this board can you you the name of an organization that might be able to help you.

  • rusty

    @Lori – I agree. The last time I ate there the pizza smelled like death.

  • Wiley E.

    I recently tried the take-out pizza at Sams on Court Street in Cobble Hill. Really, really good thin crust pizza. Much better than anything in the BH neighborhood. I got a strange vibe about the place.

  • willowtowncop

    Cats are considered property under New York law. Stealing requires an intention to deprive the owner of his property not an intention to care for a sick animal. I would take the cat to the vet without hesitation as long as you’re willing to pay whatever the cost of the treatment.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlsiLOnWCoI Arch Stanton

    Well said Gerry.
    The problem is a growing population of sociopaths. Simply focusing on gun control is ignoring the cause, wasting time and resources, instead of finding a cure to this social malaise.

  • Thruxton

    Who is the one smoking the really skunky weed in The Standish building on Columbia Heights?

    I wonder if they know it fills the whole building with the aroma?

  • Regina

    Has anyone used the “Molly Maid” cleaning service. If so, how are they, performance, value, etc.?
    If not, can anyone recommend a good cleaner for weekly visits?

  • Santonio Greene

    @Thruxton I wish it was me. One love!

  • WillowNabe

    Faith,
    Contact the management company and tell them about the cat. I don’t know what kind of building you live in but an abused or neglected cat would be cause for concern with most if not all residents especially if it was left to fend for itself in the lobby!

  • Weegee

    MTA posted a set of my photos of the finishing touches that were done to the Montague St. tubes: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtaphotos/sets/72157632303879650/ The amount of water damage that had been done really did exceed anything in the other tunnels, and the amount of electrical work that needed to be done and components that needed replacement was staggering. The power-washing was pretty cool, though!

  • elegantree

    Regarding the cat – call back the ASPCA, ask for the Humane Enforcement team – explain the situaiton to them and they can come out AND if the cat is not easy to locate, they can probably provide a trap to entice the cat and come back when the cat is contained. They could then remove the cat, nurse it to health – as they have a hospital on-site and get the super to relinquish the cat to their care.

  • WillowNabe

    elegantree,
    Thanks for this information. Most of us know that there is something we can do for a helpless animal but don’t have any idea where to start.

  • Gerry

    @ WillowNabe – what Moni means is that i was the only one who put a post up about Newtown on this blog others are thinking about a cat named Bee-Bopp and we are devastated by the Newtown tragedy.

    @ Arch Stanton – I agree that a growing problem of sociopaths is rampant componded by mind altering perscrition drugs like anti-depressents, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety, etc.

    As President Obama links his tax plan to the Newtown tragedy it appears that there is no cure to these social problems – has Obama no shame?.

    And if we are going to step up control of guns lets also step up control of alcohol which kills more people that guns do each day.

  • WillowNabe

    Gerry,
    As far as living in the suburbs, bad things can happen no matter where you live. This horrible tragedy happened because of a very seriously disturbed person who just happened to live in a quiet peaceful suburb. We move to the ‘burbs thinking that we can protect our children. We do the best we can as parents to keep them safe. What is most frightening is that we have no control over how others behave. As a grandmother of three children aged 3, 2 and 1 I find this terrifying.

  • Gerry

    @ WillowNabe – I agree that no place is safe if a nut wants to kill that psycho nut will kill. You are blessed to have 3 grandchildren I bet that they love you so much. Happy holidays!

  • north heights res

    Faith, a couple of years ago some cats were abandoned in my building. Another shareholder and I took responsibility for them (vet visit, spay/neuter, getting them adopted), and our co-op was so grateful that we dealt with it that it reimbursed us for expenses. Maybe check in with your board, too?

    Please keep us posted…

  • Wiley E.

    Where will we find the psycho-squirrels to gather up the psycho-nuts?

  • Moni

    Sure alcoholics are dangerous — especially behind the wheel of a car. Let’s hope none of those armed school guards are drinkers, as I’m assuming they will be packing AK47s or Bushmasters.

  • Gerry

    @ Moni – the scope of daily destruction by alcohol is much flarger than drinking and driving.

    These armed school gards will never happen that is part of a hysterical knee-jerk reaction bet the plan will go away its dumb you dont need an armed gaurd in most schools.

  • Catherine

    The ASPCA will not pick the cat up since they are no longer the city shelter, they are in the money making business now. NY Animal Care and Control will take the cat but it will most likely be euthanized because of it’s condition. The best thing for the cat is to be taken in, if it’s outside it is fair game. Take the cat to the vet and adopt it out yourself, local rescue groups will be happy to courtesy post the cat and will let you use their adoption application. Try Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition.