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October 31, 2005

Choo Choo

I am so annoyed at the Democratic party in NY. For the second mayoral election in a row, I was planning to go into the voting booth and vote third party. And, for the second mayoral election in a row (scroll down for details and also to see me say that Bloomberg, who at the time had a 30 or so percent approval rating, should not be counted out in ‘05), the Democrat is forcing me to go vote for Mike Bloomberg. Just when I thought I’d reached a decision to vote the Libertarian candidate Audrey Silk, I discover this ad by Freddy Ferrer trying to tie Bloomberg to Bush. Now, anyone with any honesty knows that Bloomberg has near zero in common with Bush. But the reminder that Bloomberg has been good to Republicans makes me want to reward him with my vote. Damn you, Freddy, damn you.

Update: Whoa, dude. Via Politicker.

It’s that time again

My ad bar is once again empty so the first 3 people to comment can get a free ad for one week for their business or blog.

That’s true. You know what’s not very punk-rock? Being Madonna.

Madonna: ‘It’s actually very punk-rock to not watch TV’…

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Ouchy

Also via Instapundit:

Kathryn Jean Lopez: “I just got the White House talking points on Alito. Nowhere in them does it say that he is one of the best male lawyers in New Jersey.”

Don’t tell Chuck Schumer

Instapundit:

WHO’S GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR GASOLINE DOLLARS? TaxProf reports: “Since 1977, governments collected more than $1.34 trillion, after adjusting for inflation, in gasoline tax revenues—more than twice the amount of domestic profits earned by major U.S. oil companies during the same period.”

Because clearly you tune in to Alarming News for hip-hop info

This is old: Blue Eyes Meets Bed Stuy, a mash-up of Notorious B.I.G and Frank Sinatra is really good. Much better than the Bob Marley/B.I.G mash I noted recently. You can listen to Juicy/New York New York here. It’s interesting, but not even one of the best songs on the mix.

This is new: Jay-Z, Nas bury the hatchet at N.Y. show

October 30, 2005

Don’t blame feminism.

Maureen Dowd has a loooooong piece, adapted from her upcoming book “Are Men Necessary: When Sexes Collide,” (no, I’m not kidding) essentially wondering why she’s unmarried. She guesses she’s too powerful, she guesses she’s too smart, she thinks she’s too independent but she never seems to guess that it’s because she’s sort of crazy and erratic and people tend to run screaming from her uninformed snark.

I’ve mentioned it before but I’m going to get serious about writing a relationship-y book. If Maureen Dowd can pretend that girl-boy relationships are any different now than ever before in history, I’m sure I can write a best-seller about respecting and worshipping yourself and getting any man you want because of it.

Keeping the people stupid

I’m so proud this guy is my senator:

Reminds me of a telling little incident at a parade in Queens a couple of years ago. A man on the sideline complains about the price of gasoline. Mike [Bloomberg] says something apologetic about supply and demand. Chuck Schumer, nearby, calls the guy over, and explains that “these guys” in Washington, the ones running the company, own oil companies, and that they’re making money off the high gas prices. That’s what’s really going on, he says. The guy walks away confident that Chuck has given him a secret little nugget of truth. It’s a kind of politics Mike will never be good at.

Ah yes, the ‘new voters will turn up to vote for our guy’ strategy

There’s a reason why it’s #1 in my lessons for elections.

NY Times:

Bill Lynch, a Democratic political strategist working as an informal adviser to Mr. Ferrer, said that he believed polls were overstating Mr. Bloomberg’s support among black and Latino New Yorkers, and underestimating that of Mr. Ferrer.

Mr. Lynch said he believed pollsters were certainly missing the 166,000 poor and minority voters he helped register to vote as part of a multimillion-dollar voter registration drive in the city for last year’s presidential election.

By the way, the tag in the html for the Times piece is ‘paranoia’. Is the Times’ computer guy making a statement?

Damn you Daylight Savings Time

When I saw that it’s 4:23am, I thought ‘oh, it’s actually only 3:23am, not so bad at all’. But then I realized the computer automatically adjusts the time and it’s more like 5:23am but actually 4:23am. I liked the first way so much better.

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‘Alarming News’ is in a New York state of mind

Hot campaign staffs, the Human Life Foundation event, the Wellington Mara funeral, the Maple syrup saga, the wacky mayoral election, a fight at a synagogue, the NY Times endorsing a Republican for City Council ,the Big Apple Blog Carnival, running into William F. Buckley and discovering a cool campaign slogan in a City Council race in Brooklyn, this blog has had a very NY-centered week.

Here’s some more interesting tidbits from this one-of-a-kind city:

***“We’ve got the mayor just where we want him,” said Freddy Ferrer-supporter Charlie Rangel. It’s true. Just about the worst place a candidate can be 9 days out is 30 points ahead with an unlimited budget.

***Though I’ve got plenty of people using my ‘real Brooklyn’/'fake Brooklyn’ terminology to describe the difference between the hipster northern end of Brooklyn and the down-to-earth southern side, it seems that ‘old Brooklyn’ (the south side, obviously) and ‘new Brooklyn’ is becoming the terminology of choice when sneering at the Nouveau Yorkers.

***Freddy Ferrer supporter Bill Clinton was photographed deep in friendly conversation with Mike Bloomberg. “The photo of a smiling Republican mayor joined by one of the most recognizable Democratic leaders in the world is a boost for Bloomberg in a city where Clinton is enormously popular.” Freddy just can’t catch a break.

***This one isn’t specific to NY but it does involve a NY politician and a NY-based blog. How bad was my cell phone problem of the last month? It was so bad that NY Assemblyman Pat Manning, who is running for Governor, actually sent me an email offering to put me in touch with a reputable cell-phone seller in his area upstate. So, obviously, I’m now a huge fan of Pat Manning. Not only that, but Wonkster, Gotham Gazette’s blog, blogrolled me and noted that this site ‘often focuses on national rather than local issues (or sometimes just writes about the problems with her cell phone)’.

***I know I’m breaking the Reagan rule about speaking ill of a Republican, and I realize that he guest-blogs on Urban Elephants, a friend-site of ‘Alarming News’, but what is Barry Popik, candidate for Manhattan Borough President on exactly? My only time meeting him him was at the blogger party earlier this month. His fiance/campaign manager had an extremely bizarre interaction with Dawn Summers but, you know, I wasn’t holding that against him and planned to go into the voting booth on the 8th and pull his lever. But then Peter pointed out his statement in the voter guide for NY and I just have to ask ‘what the?’ When asked what made him the best candidate for office, Popik’s response, and this is the full un-edited version, was:

‘I will never forget finally dedicating “Big Apple Corner,” alone, in the rain, while my mother was dying. No one needs to question my dedication to New York. But you shouldn’t vote for me for that, or because I found the first “beep” (borough president), or “hizzoner,” or New York “Yankees” (they played in Manhattan as the “Highlanders”), or the Manhattan cocktail, or Manhattan clam chowder, or the origin of “the Great White Way.” The difference is the qualities I’ve displayed to do all this. A past Manhattan Borough President had ignored the African American who called us “the Big Apple.” I had asked for help from some of the city council members running for this very position, but I didn’t get a response. And I guess a dead black man won’t get you many votes. But I love New York, and I care, and that makes all the difference in the world.’

Now, I don’t have to agree with the candidate on everything but I do have to know what the hell they’re talking about, especially when asked a question as simple as why they’re the best candidate for the job.

October 29, 2005

Has he met George “religion of peace, religion of peace, religion of peace” Bush?

Prince Charles to plead Islam’s cause to Bush

The politics of attraction

I attended a debate of the City Council candidates in District 4 and 5 today. I’ll leave it to someone else to write about the issues, the jabs, the snarks and the policies (maybe Jess at the Observer who I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time today. I’ve already met the Politicker’s ex-intern Azi and current intern David, so that just leaves the elusive Ben), I’m going to write about the cuties in the audience.

If you’re thinking about getting involved in a local campaign on the east side of Manhattan during this last week, this is what you need to know:

Joel Zinberg has the cutest guys, mostly Jewish, wearing his prominent red buttons. Also, since he’s a doctor and a lawyer, the men around him are probably not just good looking but also successful overachievers. Patrick Murphy has all the hot girls working for him (and no, here comes the disclosure, I’m not just saying that because I’m working for him). The girls on his campaign are all of far-above-average attractiveness. It’s like they model, or something, but work on campaigns on the side. Being a Log Cabin Republican, he also boasts a strong contingency of gorgeous gay men. Dan Garodnick’s team is the whitest white boys. If you like blonde guys with huge teeth, that is the campaign for you. Finally, Jessica Lappin. I always see her around older people, I assume Gifford Miller leftovers or her parent’s friends or something. She did have a very young-looking (I doubt he’s even old enough to vote) Romanian guy, with a good sense of humor, standing outside like a young soldier holding up her placard (while every other candidate just, you know, hung their signs up on a post and called it a day).

So, there you have it. If you’re looking for hot straight guys, join the Joel Zinberg campaign. Want to meet gorgeous women and gay men? Patrick Murphy is for you. If you’re all about the Abercrombie big teeth look, Dan Garodnick is your man. And if you’re looking for a real mishmash of people old and extremely young, Jessica Lappin has got what you need.

(Just so there is no confusion, despite the disclosure in this post and also in the sidebar of my site: the opinions in this post, and all posts authored by me, are my own and have nothing to do with any of my clients.)

I must do the Christian Right’s bidding

Via Englishman in New York, I’ve discovered this great post The American Expat about the BBC’s obsession with the Christian right and its misrepresentation of its infuence:

Tonight on Newsnight, reporter Stephanie Flanders adopted the standard BBC/Guardian default position used as a stock explanation for virtally anything that happens on the political right in the US…it’s all the work of the religious right.

Ostensibly, but falsely, explaining the demise of the Miers nomination, Flanders gives us a clip of a group of people kneeling, holding hands, and praying, as she serves up this:

But by far the harshest opposition has come from right wing faith groups…

As I’ve pointed out previously, this is complete and utter rubbish, and the fact that Flanders was able to track down a Christian who denounced Miers doesn’t make it smell any better. The most immediate, powerful, and heated objections came from the likes of George Will, William Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and the entire staff of National Review. These people are not voices of the Christian right. They are voices of intellectual, ideological, principled conservatism, and contrary to the BBC’s warped reporting, these are the voices that influence and drive conservative policy in Washington, not Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition.

Now this reference to the religious right made up maybe 30 seconds of a 4 minute report. But these are precisely the types of small but constant characterizations that are incessantly dropped into BBC coverage of the US political scene, and which ultimately serve to give Britain a warped and ignorant view of American politics, particularly on the right. As the BBC’s relentless (and wholly false) campaign to portray the American right as subservient to and driven by evangelist Christians continues unabated, you have to ask the question: Can BBC reporters themselves be so ignorant of reality, or are they deliberately misinforming the folks back home? Well, Jeremy Paxman may have quite a few unpleasant personality traits, but he’s never struck me as stupid and uninformed. Which leaves me with only one conclusion to draw.

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