"Saudi flag sculpture on display at Ground Zero: 'Seriously... who approved this?'
A piece of sculpture resembling the Saudi Arabian flag is being displayed at the former site of the World Trade Center.
The artwork is shaped like a single piece of wrapped candy, with the “wrapper” being the kingdom’s green flag emblazoned with the Muslim profession of faith, “there is no god but God, and Muhammad is His prophet.”
Fifteen of the 19 al-Qaeda hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were Saudi citizens, and the attack was at least partially funded by Saudi government officials, though the kingdom’s government denies any direct, official complicity.
The New York Observer first noted the nine-foot sculpture.
“Seriously… who approved this at the World Trade Center?” demanded New Yorker Michael Longo on Twitter.
“In its continuing efforts to transform the World Trade Center site into a dynamic space in Lower Manhattan, the Port Authority … will showcase famous candy sculptures around the World Trade Center campus crafted by renowned French artist Laurence Jenkell,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, wrote in a statement announcing the exhibit in December."
Re: Why is there a Saudi flag at 9/11 ground zero?
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"Saudi Arabian Flag Candy Statue Removed From Ground Zero Following Backlash
A nine-foot sculpture depicting the Saudi Arabian flag in the shape of a piece of candy is reportedly being removed from its grounds near the 9/11 memorial in New York City after facing backlash.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said they’d relocate the installation, which features the words “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet” in Arabic, after many felt its proximity to Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial was insulting and insensitive."
How DARE Americans find the placement of dog shit in their soup offensive?
But don't worry scro, because this is the government we're talking about, no one has been fired for this offensively stupid decision. Indeed, they may well get a raise.
De Blasio pitches plan to seize private property of problem landlords, opponents cry ‘communism’
"Liberal" (*cough* communist *cough*) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is rolling out a new plan that would potentially allow the city government to seize buildings of landlords who force tenants out -- a plan his opponents say amounts to “straight communism.”
De Blasio, in his State of the City address on Thursday, announced he wants to take action against landlords who try to force tenants out by making the property unliveable -- and pulled out an executive order to create a Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants. He said that in the event the government intervenes, the buildings would then be controlled by a “community nonprofit.”
“When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground to stop it in time,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “If the fines and the penalties don’t cut it, we will seize their buildings and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve.”
According to the mayor’s website, the city is “pursuing new local law to seize upwards of 40 of the most distressed multiple dwelling buildings annually and transition them to responsible, mission driven ownership.”
The city reportedly has gone easy on problem landlords in the past. The New York Times reported last year that officials have taken a "gentle hand with landlords who deprive tenants of basic services, declining to enforce the maximum penalties for even the worst offenders," detailing how "neglected repairs" end up forcing tenants out.
Republicans (and anyone with a lick of sense), though, were disturbed by the extent of Hizzoner's plan and charged the idea was more suited to communist dictatorships where land and property seizures are commonplace.
“My first reaction was: Is this communist Cuba?” state Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who ran against De Blasio in the 2017 mayoral race, told Fox News. “ I can say that as a daughter of Cuban refugees who fled Castro’s Cuba in 1959, this is what happened to her family, she had her home taken, my grandfather had his gas station taken.”
“This is extreme even for Mayor de Blasio, because we know that he has socialist leanings, but this is straight communism and I think it’s very scary to America-loving, democracy-loving people.”
Malliotakis said the proposal was also hypocritical of the mayor, as she says the city runs some of the worst housing via the NYC Housing Authority. She also expressed some doubt as to how his plan to seize property would fare.
“Any attempt to seize property will face a court challenge and the mayor himself comes up with these ideas, throws stuff out there and doesn’t know how he intends to make it happen,” she said. “It’s all rhetoric.”