Like a juggernaut, the Barack Obama economy rolls on. His stewardship has created an environment where all the assumptions economists had about recovery are obsolete. Americans are thriving in Barack Obama’s new normal.
In blue-state New York Brooklyn-ites are embracing the new economy in a uniquely New York way.
Cops have busted a group of oddball poachers in Prospect Park — a band of vagrants that was trapping and eating ducks, squirrels and pigeons.
The city would not immediately release details of the incidents, which occurred on July 17 and 18 — just days after park-goers told rangers about a “Beverly Hillbillies”-like scene on the southeast side of the lake, near the ice skating rink.
“This is a dodgy group,” said park-goer Peter Colon, who spotted one of the men catching a pigeon while his friend started a fire. “They are the most threatening people in the park.”
The disheveled — and possibly homeless — tribe in question uses “makeshift” fishing poles and traps to catch the critters, then grills them over the fire, according to park watchdogs.
“One woman uses a net to bag the ducks,” said wildlife advocate Johanna Clearfield.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the theft of more than 100 bronze vases from gravesites at a local cemetery.
The thefts were the latest in a series of valuable metal thefts in the Santa Clarita Valley. In June, authorities say thieves stole a brass train whistle from the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s steam locomotive at William S. Hart Park. In addition, more than a dozen reports have been filed at the local Sheriff’s Station in the last few weeks by car owners reporting catalytic converters stolen from their vehicles.
California’s beleaguered public school teachers may be getting some well-deserved time off.
“We just want it to stop. It seems like it’s getting worse. … We don’t want anybody to get hurt, and mostly we don’t want people to take from our young people because that is money that could be spent other ways,” Superintendent Ramona Bishop said.
In her long career at various districts, Bishop said she’s never encountered such a rash of copper theft.
“It’s an ongoing problem, and it doesn’t appear that it’s waning here any,” Vallejo Police Sgt. Herman Robinson said.
Copper can be sold for $4 to $5 or so a pound, Robinson said.
Obamanomics is paying off right in Washington DC’s backyard as well.
Despite weighing more than 100 pounds, manhole covers are worth less than $10 to Baltimore scrap metal dealers — if they are even willing to take them.
Even so, the city discovered 17 of them missing Tuesday in Baltimore’s largest manhole-cover theft in four years, the Department of Public Works said.
Kurt Kocher, the department’s spokesman, suspected that whoever took them was looking to sell them as scrap.
“What else could you do with it?” Kocher said.
Obama’s impact has enriched his home state of Illinois.
Rising metal prices are making ordinary items like metal chairs and fences much more appealing. The items look more like price tags to thieves.
“Besides the drug problem, this is our biggest theft and burglary problem so far this year,” Holder said.
He said the big problem starts with something most people think is small.
The thefts have already happened 25 times in the past six months.
Thieves are targeting everything from mowers and other equipment to ladders, chairs and even fences.
Welcome to the new normal. It’s funny now, but won’t be so much when Social Security and Medicare eventually, inevitably destroy our economy. We may all be fighting for scrap metal then. I sure hope demand in China is strong enough to keep scrap prices up.
Or Mexico. F@&$ing Mexico. Unprecedented and unexpectedly indeed.