I can’t stand it anymore.

Every time you glance at a headline, the news gets worse and worse.

The ferry accident in Korea, what’s happening in the Ukraine, the missing Malaysian plane not to mention murder and rampant suicide….and if that’s not enough, we have Joan Rivers who really will do anything for a laugh.

She made a very inappropriate remark comparing her dressing room to the quarters of two Cleveland women endured for over a decade after being kidnapped by a man that actually hanged himself in prison. They demanded an apology from Joan who said, it was only a little joke and they should just calm down and get over it.

Rivers first mentioned the two women when she and her daughter Melissa were discussing their reality show on NBC’s Today show. During the appearance, she complained about her living arrangements in Melissa’s guest bedroom, saying, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”

“They got to live rent free for more than a decade,” Rivers added later on.

Right Joan, and when you come back to the planet the rest of us live on, do give a call.

Locally for me, Mayor Di Blasio, who was all keen on relieving the Central Park carriage horses from active duty, apparently has gone over to the other side.

Rumor has it he was paid to.

Won’t be voting for him again.

Believe me when I say, those horses need a nice pasture to retire in, more than earning it. All this…but it’s a New York tradition, they’re taking care of, is sheer bullshit. No one mentions how they’re hit by cabs and drop dead from inclement weather, but they’re only dumb animals, right?  images

I try very hard to avoid newspapers and CNN. I never watch TV, one of the smarter things I do for myself, and try to keep my nose from running over to Gracie Mansion to hurl snot at the mayor who has disappointed me greatly. The drivers would have new jobs, and the horses a place to rest, but he buckled beneath media pressure along with the lure of a bawdy buck.

As a friend of mine said who couldn’t care less…they’re just gonna go to a glue factory, so isn’t it better they’re alive and working?

No, it’s not, and they weren’t being turned into epoxy there Mr. I bought my dog from a breeder. I personally feel, and I didn’t always, but through painful education, believe an animal is better put down than abused, and these horses making those incessant trips around Central Park carrying the fat family deserve humane treatment. If you ever really look at one you’ll see what I’m talking about. Their eyes say it all.

One time I asked a driver why in bitter cold weather his horse wasn’t covered up while he was waiting for a fare. “Shut the fook up,” he said, shocking me silly. “Mend your awn bezness if you know what’s goud fer ya.”

I called the ASPCA and gave them his carriage number.

What a file I’ve popped.

I’m all but whinnying over here growing hooves of my own, but this is what news does to me. It ignites and riles, inflames and slow burns as Joan of Ark emerges on her steed.

Is it better to hide your head in the sand? I’m on the fence on that one. I guess, it’s better for the individual, but not the overall planet….in this case, certainly not those noble beasts in Central Park.       Horse-Drawn-Carriage




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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16 Responses to News

  1. That’s terrible about the horses. I don’t know if I’ve seen the ones in New York, since I’ve only been there a few times, but I felt really bad for the ones in Quebec City that I saw, waiting in the heat. It’s one thing back before cars, but there’s really no need of them now.

    As for Joan Rivers, your comments made me think of the defense, “It was only a joke.” Sure, there are some hypersensitive people out there, but some things really shouldn’t be joked about. They’re just not funny.


    • I agree. I’m always putting my foot in my mouth but even I have limits. And those horses…and I’ll bet the ones in Quebec City are even worse off. Here the ASPCA really watches them as much as they can, and I’m hoping the least that will happen is their conditions will somewhat improve, but who knows.

      The trouble in my estimation is, too many people consider animals not worthy of humane treatment…as if a ride around a park is more important than their state of being. It breaks my heart.


  2. micklively says:

    Are the horse handlers not breaking the law? If so, forget the ASPCA and call the police.


  3. katecrimmins says:

    I never, EVER take a horse ride in a carriage in any city. I can so easily be reduced to tears by them plodding along with cars buzzing by and cutting them off. About an hour away we have an Amish community who still uses horses as transportation and every year or two a cart will get hit by a car on a highway, killing the horse and sometimes the occupants of the buggy. I won’t go to the town (it’s also a tourist attraction — obviously they don’t care about displaying themselves but won’t drive a car) for fear of driving on a road with horses and buggies.


    • I’m so glad you feel that way, and of course am not surprised. You’re such an animal lover. Horse drawn carriages just no longer goes with the rest of the world. I totally forgot about the Amish…ugh…


      • katecrimmins says:

        I had a horse when I was young — a very spoiled horse! If I didn’t give him his carrot immediately when I got there, he would go into my pants pocket with his nose! Some of the working horses have a hard life. Racing isn’t an easy life either.


      • I know that…I remember watching Seabiscuit and wailing…I think it’s sweet he went into your pocket…he was just horsin around…lol


  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    They should have the carriage type things that are in Atlantic City. Pushed by humans!


  5. LFFL says:

    Omg. The news is SO depressing I’ve had to stop watching it so much or I’ll never leave the house.


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