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May 30, 2009

Azi Paybarah has a fan club

Robert George is leading the charge to have people change their middle name to “a disgrace” (what King Mike Bloomberg called reporter Azi Paybarah when Azi dared ask him a serious question) and an Azi Paybarah fan page is now up on Facebook.

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May 29, 2009

What first amendment?

The Service Employees International Union is urging an NBC affiliate to pull an ad, by a group called Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, which opposes socialized healthcare. The best line in the article: “The SEIU has not seen the ad…” Of course they haven’t! Who needs information to form an opinion when the knee jerks so well?

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May 28, 2009

Azi Paybarah is awesome

NY voters chose to impose term limits on our elected officials in not one but two referendums. But then came along Mayor Bloomberg and our entirely useless City Council and decided, voters shmoters, I like being in office! They said it was because we were in such a financial crisis, NY being the epicenter of the banking industry and therefore at the forefront of the economic collapse, that asking voters to look at new possible leaders was just too much for the average New Yorker to bear.

This morning, at a press conference, Mayor Bloomberg said, about the economy that he is “reasonably optimistic we’ve turned a corner.” Azi Paybarah, of the NY Observer tried to ask the completely reasonable question of if, in that case, whether the rationale for extending term limits still existed. Bloomberg did not like that. A must-watch video. Go Azi!

UPDATE: More from Elizabeth Benjamin:

And then, as the mayor walks away from the podium, he looks at Azi and says, almost under his breath: “You’re a disgrace.” (Read his lips).

Ironically, Bloomberg once used that very word to describe…the City Council’s effort to change term limits.

Actually, he said that was an “absolute disgrace.” But why quibble?

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May 27, 2009

Usually it’s Americans reminding France they would be speaking German if not for us

Not this time.

UPDATE: Mary Katharine Ham twitters: “Consolation prize: a Nano loaded w Michelle’s fave songs!”

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Our president is a joke

“We need somebody who’s got the heart — the empathy — to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old — and that’s the criteria by which I’ll be selecting my judges.”

-Obama on why he voted against Justice Roberts.

I guess “because he’s a straight white man” wouldn’t have been as eloquent.

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May 26, 2009


My write-up of our honeymoon, mostly just a review of the hotel, don’t get too excited–Parrot Cay is a private island off of Providenciales, Turks&Caicos– pretty much concludes my wedding blog. I’m sort of sad to see it go and keep thinking about starting something else in its place. We’ll see and I have a feeling I’ll keep Alarming News readers up to date on any new blogging project.

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I always wondered why they kept him in that undisclosed location

The more Dick Cheney talks, the more Americans like him.

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Try to contain your surprise.

Obama picks liberal activist judge for Supreme Court.

In the video linked above she mocks the idea that courts don’t make the laws before remembering she’s being taped and saying she doesn’t endorse that idea.

Also at the link, she believes a Latina woman would make a better judge than a while male.

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May 22, 2009

Yes, Ken, it’s another post linking to the wedding blog

I’m almost done with the recap, the more time passes since the wedding the harder it is to do, obviously, and have just put up the day-after photo shoot pictures where I get in the ocean in my dress.

A honeymoon write-up is next and then the wedding blog shall be retired in its current form. And Ken Wheaton will be happy. Which is really my main goal in life anyway.

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Come up to my lighthouse

And speaking of lighthouses…

I’m helping my friend Charlie with his incredible venture, the Lighthouse International Film Festival on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, June 4-7.

The line-up of films is excellent, check it out at the link.

If you’re in the area, I’d recommend spending a weekend with us. Long Beach Island is such a beautiful place and this film festival promises to be really great. I’ll be posting more about it as the dates near but you can buy your tickets now, and I suggest you do.

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Song of the Day

“My Lighthouse” by Pulp.

I hate repeating a song for Song of the Day but there’s something about this song that just feels like summer.

I miss Pulp. I’ve decided Jarvis Cocker solo just doesn’t compare.

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Empty man

It seems that others are catching on to the fact that Obama generally says absolutely zero when he speaks. From the British Telegraph, via Allahpundit:

Yeah, I know, I know. I too was taken in when I first heard him speak. I remember thinking when I heard that measured, steady voice with its pleasant but authoritative timbre that here was a guy fit to govern the world. He sounded cool. Clint Eastwood “Make my day” cool.

Now, though, that novelty has worn off. Now, it’s becoming clear that this carefully worked, glacial poise is all there is to Obama. He’s just a hollow man spouting empty rhetoric.

Read the whole thing.

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I’m probably just a tool of the patriarchy, though

A NY Times blogger wonders if it’s better to be a single mother or a married mother. Gosh, it could be either really, in fact married moms often wish they were single moms. Yeah! It’s true. A whopping 22% of married moms, in some poll in some magazine from a few years ago (no, really), said it might be easier to not have a spouse.

As evidence that single motherhood is so, like, whatever these days, the author writes “Now films about unwed teen moms win Academy Awards, (”Juno”) and unwed 20-something moms hit big at the box office (”Knocked Up”) and write blogs andbooks (”Storked” and “Rattled”, both by Christine Coppa), and the vice-president doesn’t say a word when teen pregnancy looks ever-so-romantic on TV (”The Secret Life of An American Teenager”; “90210″).”

I mean, a blog and a book? That’s a trend! And Joe Biden is too busy panicking the nation over swine flu to comment on 90210? Then obviously he approves!

In the comment section, people make genius observations like “I happen to be one of those who believe that single moms is a hell of a better option than no parent at all.” Um, awesome. The option was single parent or not single parent. Not, actually, single parent or no parent. Another commenter writes about a single parent being better than an alcoholic parent. Again, terrific, but I’m pretty sure single people can be alcoholics too.

What’s alarming is the seriousness with which the writer asks this completely ridiculous question, truly wondering if it might be better to just have one parent instead of two (assuming, again, that every parent involved in functional). There are, to be sure, many a terrific single parent. But the idea that that can be the preferred option is quite a new one, propagated by very silly people like the writer of that post.

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May 21, 2009

I hate that she and I share a gender

If only all of us would stand up to “the patriarchy” like this brave, brave woman who puts on her “man-panties” (seriously) and goes to work every day knowing that men just want to rape her (seriously), what a better world it would be.

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Think before you text

Me: I got id’d at lunch today!

IC: Drinking during the day, are we?

Me: D’oh.

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