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Defaced Image Obama Is Found At NYFD!

From an apoplectic New York Daily News:

Defaced image of President Obama placed next to picture of Unabomber on toolbox at Bronx firehouse

By Kerry Burke and Christina Boyle   

Monday, June 21st 2010

A Bronx firehouse is feeling the heat after officials discovered an image of President Obama was painted on a toolbox – and then defaced with the word "hustler."

An iconic picture of the President above the word "BELIEVE" appears to have been stenciled on a large toolbox visible inside Engine 45, Ladder 58 in East Tremont.

Right across Obama’s face is the word "HUSTLER" in big red letters.

And underneath the image, someone scrawled "Allah Akbar" – "God is great" in Arabic – in black ink.

Lt. Kenneth Durante refused to comment on the images when questioned at the firehouse Monday.

FDNY officials said last night they launched an internal probe after the Daily News brought the images to their attention.

Thanks goodness for the New York Daily News.

"This matter is under investigation," said FDNY spokesman Jim Long.

He declined to go into detail on how long the investigation might take or what disciplinary action some of New York’s Bravest could expect to face.

On an adjacent panel of the toolbox was the famous police sketch of the Unabomber and words that had been covered with black tape until only "ET ME" was visible.

The images are a direct violation of FDNY rules that prohibit firefighters from displaying vulgar or offensive material in the firehouse or on their lockers.

The president of the Vulcan Society, the organization of black firefighters, said he was disappointed that the image was on display.

But he said he was not surprised.

"Racism is alive and well in America, and the Fire Department is evidence of that," John Coombs said.

"Whoever the supervisors are, they need to be suspended, and real examples made [of them]."

"The day it went up, it should have been taken down," he added.

"It’s anti-Fire Department policy . . . we’re fighting institutional racism, but it’s actually deeper than that, it’s cultural," Coombs said.

The flap comes at a sensitive time for the FDNY, which is under federal scrutiny for a lack of diversity.

Of the roughly 11,500 firefighters working in the city, 91% are white and only 350 are black.

It was unclear if the city has any Muslim firefighters. Unlike the NYPD, the FDNY does not have a fraternal organization for Muslim members

This certainly must be a hate crime. It is also a crime of lèse majesté. Certainly we peons must realize by now that Mr. Obama is no mere President about whom there is freedom of speech.

Still, just try to imagine the outrage if such a thing had happened to President Bush?

Just try.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Defaced Image Obama Is Found At NYFD!”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Defaced? It looks Enhanced to me.

  2. nuthingbettertodo says:

    The president of the Vulcan Society, THE ORGANIZATION OF BLACK FIREFIGHTERS, said he was disappointed that the image was on display. “Racism is alive and well in America, and the Fire Department is evidence of that,” John Coombs said.

    You can say that again.

  3. proreason says:

    “The images are a direct violation of FDNY rules that prohibit firefighters from displaying vulgar or offensive material in the firehouse or on their lockers.”

    How so?

    The word Hustler? As in con artist? Who could disagree with that? Heck, the Moron TAUGHT the Alinsky way of hustling. He’s the epitome of Hustler. It should be viewed as a compliment.

    Allah Akbar? God is great? How is that offensive? Hasn’t Obamy often told us how proud he is of his Muslim religion? Again, it should be viewed as a compliment.

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Racism is alive and well in America, and the Fire Department is evidence of that,” John Coombs said.

    Well, there you have it.

    For all the other reasons people may have to find the graphic objectionable…this clown picks this most convenient and frail argument.

  5. Dupree says:

    It’s amazing. Now an act can be determined to be racist without even knowing who did it.

  6. AcornsRNutz says:

    Insert comment on how often this type of crap happened with pictures of Bush without anyone batting an eye. I like the allah akbar thing, though. Nice touch

  7. untrainable says:

    No, not the word hustler. It’s that the word hustler is in RED, obviously to represent the color of the neck of the artist. And EVERYONE knows that people with red necks are racists. It’s soooooooo obvious.

  8. U NO HOO says:

    Certainly is racist, there aint no Che Guevera hispanic latino picture.


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