Heartbreaking Video – Staten Island Resident to Chuck Schumer, "We Are Gonna Die!"

November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm (Chuck Schumer, Donna Solli, Hurricane Sandy, New York, President Obama, Staten Island)

No commentary necessary…

A Staten Island resident pleaded with Chuck Schumer, and asked President Obama to please listen – “Please listen to us down here, we’re gonna die!”

Via New York Daily News:

Staten Island has been the scene of some of the most heartbreaking storm-related devastation, especially on the South Shore where numerous trapped residents had to be rescued. Hundreds of homes — from multimillion-dollar mansions to modest bungalows — have been damaged and dozens of streets are impassable due to downed trees and buckled roads.

As such, federal and local officials heard an earful from residents Thursday.

“Please don’t leave us,” a weeping Donna Solli pleaded to Sen. Chuck Schumer in front of her damaged Neptune St. home. “I live alone down here.”

Schumer hugged Solli, a Transportation Department worker, and tried to comfort her. “I know what you’re going through, sweetheart,” he said.

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When Bacon Becomes a Hate Crime

August 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm (Bacon, Hate Crime, Hate Crimes Division, Islam, New Dorp Beach, New York, NYPD, Ramadan, Staten Island)

If loving bacon is wrong, then I don’t want to be right.

The Hate Crimes Division of the NYPD has been called in to investigate an incident at the New Dorp Beach field after bacon was found on the ground before a Ramadan service.

SI Live reports (h/t Gateway Pundit):

It’s being investigated as a hate crime — someone scattered pieces of bacon over the New Dorp Beach field where the borough’s Muslim community celebrated the end of Ramadan Sunday morning.

But that act of desecration failed to ruin what organizers described as a successful celebration — about 1,500 worshipers gathered at the John D’Amato Field at New Dorp Lane and Cedar Grove Avenue, unaware of the early morning police investigation that preceded the ceremony.

“Everything went smoothly,” said Dr. Mohamed Sadeia, president of the Muslim American Society on Staten Island, which organized the gathering. “The community is really not aware of it.

Dr. Sadiea was one of a handful of organizers who noticed the uncooked bacon on a small section of the field at about 8 a.m.

He said he contacted police, but kept the incident and investigation quiet, because he didn’t want to distress the adults and children gathering for morning prayers.

“They didn’t want to ruin the happiness of one of the only two holidays of the entire year,” said Hesham El-Meligy, the founder of the Islamic Civic Association-Staten Island, who said he didn’t attend the outdoor ceremony but had heard about the incident.

An police spokeswoman confirmed on Sunday that the NYPD’s Hate Crime Unit is investigating the incident.

Adherents of Islam are forbidden to eat pork.

Granted, if somebody did this knowing full-well that the religion of Islam forbids pork, then it is certainly a prank in poor taste.  But it hardly amounts to the level of a hate crime.

Especially in light of some cases in which Christians were targeted, and the assailants were not charged with hate crimes.

Examples of that include:

This brick assault on a Christian church.
High school basketball players assaulted for Tebowing.
More recently, the shooting at the Family Research Center, in which the Obama administration refused to consider the event a hate crime.

The above incidents could easily be considered more vile. But bacon on a field where Ramadan is being celebrated, while tasteless, is not hate.

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