October 31, 2008
On a stroll around the neighborhood to get some air this afternoon, I saw the grizzliest old white man you ever did see, wearing camouflage pants and a fishing hat. I could see he had a button on his hat and thought to myself “if there is a John McCain supporter on the upper west side, that’s him.” As I got closer I saw what the button actually was: A Cynthia McKinney button!
A few blocks later I walked by another man, this time a black guy wearing a Fairway apron, also wearing a McKinney button! I never thought I’d say this but, Go Cynthia McKinney!
I especially like this Pennsylvania website op-ed: Support Obama, and Vote McKinney? Not a contradiction.
Nope, not at all. You should vote for McKinney particularly if you support Obama. Not a contradiction at all, in fact it’s what you should do (particularly those of you in Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Pennsylvania.)
Not only is my parent’s zip code, 11204, strong McCain territory, but the zip code in which I grew up, 11230, is representing for McCain too (by only a couple of hundred bucks, but still)! 11204 might be an old Italian mainstay, with some Irish, Chinese and a bunch of Russians thrown in, but 11230 is the melting-pottest neighborhood you ever did see. It’s mostly Pakistani these days but has a high concentration of African-Americans, Jews, Irish and, lately, a healthy dose of hipsters.
Hat-tip C. Solly.
I’ve got a piece on Sarah Palin up now at Jewcy.
UPDATE: Via Tom Elliott, a video of my retarded neighborhood reacting to a guy holding a McCain t-shirt.
October 30, 2008
Maybe I’m wrong, maybe John McCain has a shot in PA. A new poll has Obama only up by 4 in PA, with 9 undecided. I still think it’s unlikely but if you’re a New Yorker and want to go to PA to help out this weekend, contact me and I’ll help make that happen.
Last Sunday’s Mad Men was the season finale?! And I have to find this out from a post on Kitchn?
October 29, 2008
“Breakdown” by Guns-n-Roses.
When asked my favorite band, I always say GNR. Over the years the answer might be “GNR and the Lemonheads” or “GNR and Pulp” but GNR is the constant, always the band I love most.
What’s most amazing to me about GNR is the length of time that I have loved them (second most amazing thing is that they only had 3 full length albums, an ep and a cover album and it’s been enough to sustain my love). “Appetite for Destruction” came out in 1987. I was ten. “Use Your Illusion I and II” came out in 1991 and I remember being 14 and on a cruise with my parents, listening to “14 Years” as if it were about me.
I remember “Breakdown” speaking to me at that age but it’s hard to imagine how. I always particularly liked the first verse:
We all come in from the cold
We come down from the wire
And everybody warms themselves to a different fire
But sometimes we get burned
You’d think sometime we’d learn
The one you love is the one that should take you higher
You ain’t got no one
You better go back out and find em
Anyway, if it’s possible to be one of the biggest rock bands of all time, only have like 3 1/2 albums and yet still have songs that could be considered ‘undiscovered’, I would nominate “Breakdown” for that honor. “Locomotive” might be a close second.
Enjoy young Axl, jumping around in white biking shorts:
I agree with Peter Feld and Dick Morris (both of whom, sidenote trivia, taught me in grad school!) that the “undecideds” will break for McCain. No, it’s not that they are racists, just that this race has become the election of Obama or not-Obama and my sense is undecideds usually go for the “anti” vote.
I’m not sure there are enough of them at this point to make a difference nationally, but they may on a state-by-state basis. Real Clear Politics has Obama up by 4 in Florida and 6 in Ohio. Those numbers might be the margin of undecided voters which, obviously, is McCain’s best case scenario. Of course, if he loses Virginia and Colorado, as it appears he will, none of this matters anyway.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: forget about Pennsylvania. Making Obama spend money there wasn’t the worst idea ever but in these last few days before we choose our next president, McCain’s campaign should surrender the fantasy, completely, that some disgruntled white boys in Pennsylvania are going to lead some kind of rebellion and take down Obama. They’re not.
Is it over? Mostly. But there’s a reason we still have an election day, despite all the polls. If you care about who will win, get out and vote and bring others with you. The only people who matter are the ones voting. The people answering the phone and giving their opinion to a pollster just don’t.
…if we don’t know already.
Apparently, polls in Indiana close at the absurd time of 6pm EST. Indiana, usually a reliable Republican state– Bush won it twice by about 20 points– has Obama leading in the polls there. If Obama wins Indiana, it’s likely been a landslide coast to coast.
Just some cheery afternoon thoughts for you all. Now get back to work.
Sorry, I’m just imitating giddy liberals every time anyone remotely connected to Republicans endorses Obama:
Having worked in politics, I know that absolutely none of this is on the level. This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game. These lines are what I refer to as “hooker lines”—a sure thing to get applause and the press to scribble as if they’re reporting meaningful news.
As the nation slouches toward disaster, the level of political discourse is unworthy of this moment in history. We have Republicans raising Ayers and Democrats fostering ageism with “erratic” and jokes about Depends. Sexism. Racism. Ageism and maybe some Socialism have all made their ugly cameos in election 2008. It’s not inspiring. Perhaps this is why I found the initial mocking of Joe so offensive and I realized an old line applied: “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party; the Democratic Party left me.”
The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations.
Via Hot Air Headlines.
October 28, 2008
Remember when Obama was only going to raise taxes on those who made over $250,000 a year? Except for that time that he slipped and said $200,000? And that other time that Biden used the figure $150,000? Taxing just the rich is complicated stuff when the definition of rich keeps changing.
John McCain is hitting Obama on this but just like with everything McCain does at this point, it might be too little too late:
Senator Obama has made a lot of promises. First he said people making less than 250,000 dollars would benefit from his plan, then this weekend he announced in an ad that if you’re a family making less than 200,000 dollars you’ll benefit — but yesterday, right here in Pennsylvania, Senator Biden said tax relief should only go to “middle class people — people making under 150,000 dollars a year.” It’s interesting how their definition of rich has a way of creeping down. At this rate, it won’t be long before Senator Obama is right back to his vote that Americans making just 42,000 dollars a year should get a tax increase. We can’t let that happen.
Two stories waiting in my inbox when I woke up this morning:
***The L.A. Times Suppresses Obama’s Khalidi Bash Tape
Obama, Ayers, and PLO supporters toast Edward Said’s successor, but the press doesn’t think it’s quite as newsworthy as Sarah Palin’s wardrobe.
October 27, 2008
“Change” by Blind Melon.
I was just talking about Blind Melon and then this song was played in the Entourage episode yesterday.
They were one of the few bands I saw up close during Woodstock 1994. Yes, I went to Woodstock 1994 (not the violent 1999 one). It might’ve been the over-commercialized, capitalistic version of Woodstock but it was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. My two city friends and I drove up, she carrying a down blanket and pillow, him with a plan to drink all weekend. I had bought a sleeping bag at Toys-r-Us in anticipation of the trip. I’d seen the movies, people brought sleeping bags to this sort of thing! Needless to say none of us had ever been camping. (Funny side story of something happened that weekend: I hit a state trooper with my car, tapped really, when I misunderstood her hand signals and literally drove my car very slowly into her. She started screaming at me, calling me a bitch, telling me to get out of the car, asking me if I was drunk. No, just 17 and really wanting to hear some tunes, maaaaan. She had her male trooper come over and talk to me. He was all business, “license and registration and if you’ve been drinking you’re going to JAIL.” Apparently I wasn’t moving fast enough because he screamed “LICENSE AND REGISTRATION, NOW!” in my ear.” With shaking hands I pulled out my license as my friends watched from the car. He looked at it and said “you live in Long Beach?! I live in Island Park!” Oh Long Beach, how I love thee. He let me go. After all, I was a nice girl from Long Beach and not from Brooklyn or somewhere equally unpalatable.)
I get a lot of flack (#3 at the link) from people close to me for making friends everywhere I go but, in general, this has only helped me in my life. That weekend I ran into some childhood friends who shared their tent with us when it rained for 3 straight days. I heard nary a complaint about my making friends with everybody.
It was a completely crazy, awesome, incredible time. The bands I remember seeing up close were Metallica, NIN, Cypress Hill, and Blind Melon. Shannon Hoon, Blind Melon’s lead singer, a man, was wearing a dress and he seemed crazy. But they put on a hell of a show. Shannon has since died, overdose, I guess he didn’t really believe things could change. Lyrics from “Change” are inscribed on his grave.
Earlier that year, my best friend Laurie and I had petitioned to make “Change” our senior prom song. The powers that be picked “This is the time” by Billy Joel instead. We still think this would’ve been a better choice.
Shawn Macomber reviews two children’s books about Barack Obama:
The authors of two recent children’s picture books detailing the life Barack Obama have taken this classical Greek advice to heart, turning Hillary Clinton’s classic mockery — “Celestial choruses will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect” — into the straight-faced official biography for the four to seven year-old set.
Here, for example, is how Jonah Winter, striking a tone in BARACK somewhere between Vladimir Lenin and action movie preview narrator, translates the presidential race for America’s impressionable babes:
[O]n the horizon, at the dawn of a new age, there appeared a man who would be the embodiment of King’s dream — a presidential candidate whose very being was a bridge that joined nations.
Not to be outdone, Nikki Grimes’ Son of Promise, Child of Hope describes the early years of Barack, “his mama, white as whipped cream; his daddy, black as ink,” thusly:
He was there in Chicago because he cared about these people. They were his family. People in Kenya were his family. Indonesians were his family. And no matter where he was, the world was his home. And who he was could be summed up in one word: loveable.
Well, at least she doesn’t say Messiah.
Like I noted in an earlier post, and many of you disagreed, it will not be possible for Obama’s public to keep up this level of adoration should he actually become president. This worship is usually reserved for G-d, family, heroes, and not a man who can deliver a good speech. If you’re not sickened, you’re not paying attention.
October 26, 2008
If the media treated Obama/Biden the way they treat McCain/Palin, more interviews would look like this.
Charles Krauthammer has the McCain endorsement. This is my favorite part:
I stand athwart the rush of conservative ship-jumpers of every stripe — neo (Ken Adelman), moderate (Colin Powell), genetic/ironic (Christopher Buckley) and socialist/atheist (Christopher Hitchens) — yelling “Stop!” I shall have no part of this motley crew. I will go down with the McCain ship. I’d rather lose an election than lose my bearings.
First, I’ll have no truck with the phony case ginned up to rationalize voting for the most liberal and inexperienced presidential nominee in living memory.
That’s right, no truck! And the socialist/atheist conservative line is funny too. He does a pretty good job explaining why McCain is superior to Obama, if you’re into that sort of thing (with just a few days left until the election, I’m unconvinced that there are really any undecided voters left).
October 24, 2008
Two public referendums in the 1990’s established term limits for the NY City Council and NY’s mayor.
In 2008, in a vote of 29-22, the City Council decided that the opinion of the voters was actually wrong and overturned those limits.
“The people voting on it were the 51 members of the City Council, 35 of whom were being forced out of office because of term limits.”
I’m happy to report that all three Republicans on the Council voted against this atrocity.