October 31, 2009
We went to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame concert tonight at Madison Square Garden in NY. The performers were Aretha Franklin, Jeff Beck (as a last minute-replacement for Eric Clapton), Metallica and U2. In addition to all of those, there were a bunch of surprise guests including Annie Lennox, Buddy Guy, Black Eyed Peas, Lou Reed, Sting, Ozzy Osbourne, Ray Davies, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and Mick Jagger. Pretty star-studded. And because it was a slightly older crowd than, say, the Jay-Z concert we went to a few weeks ago, everyone was sitting pretty much the whole time–which suited my 6.5 months pregnant self very well.
The best part? When Metallica started playing “Enter Sandman” and put Mariano Rivera on the screen (FYI to non-sports fans: Mariano Rivera is the Yankees closer pitcher. He is very, very good. The use of the song is like “he puts the game to bed”.) The crowd went crazy. Pretty awesome:
From a long, long, loooooong piece in this week’s NY Times magazine about the Obama marriage:
“I would say the one time during our stay here in the White House so far that has. . . .” He paused so long in choosing his words that Michelle Obama, sitting alongside him, prompted him. “Has what?”
“Annoyed me,” the president answered.
“Don’t say it!” the first lady mock-warned. “Uh-oh.”
“Was when I took Michelle to New York and people made it into a political issue,” he continued, recalling the evening last spring when they flew to New York for dinner and a show, eliciting Republican gibes for spending federal money on their own entertainment.
“If I weren’t president, I would be happy to catch the shuttle with my wife to take her to a Broadway show, as I had promised her during the campaign, and there would be no fuss and no muss and no photographers,” the president said. “That would please me greatly.”
I too would be greatly pleased if he were not president. But we can’t always have what we want. And if he weren’t president, and was still a “community organizer” somewhere, he wouldn’t be able to afford to hop on the shuttle and take his wife to Broadway. But then, I’m not going to expect a deep understanding of economics from the guy that wants to give everyone healthcare, not raise taxes on most people (and actually cut taxes for some!) all the while not growing the deficit.
He went on to say: “The notion that I just couldn’t take my wife out on a date without it being a political issue was not something I was happy with.”
Everything becomes political here, I offered, gesturing around the room.
That’s so sweet of the writer to make Obama feel better about the whole thing. Plum nice. But don’t think that the media is in the tank for Obama. No, no, it’s just that the Obama administration is doing such a great job that of course the media is favorable to them.
October 30, 2009
October 28, 2009
Today Rep. Jeff Flake from Arizona voted against a bill “honoring the 2560th anniversary of the birth of Confucius and recognizing his invaluable contributions to philosophy and social and political thought.”
Flake’s comment: “He who spends time passing trivial legislation may find himself out of time to read healthcare bill.”
Seriously, why can’t someone like him run for president? Why do we have to be stuck with the Hucks of the world leading the way?
A bar opens in NY. Big whoop, right? But this one happens to be across the street from a mosque. We can’t have that, can we? So the mosque’s leaders ask the bar to move (seriously).
The owner of the bar had a really great response which included laughter, cursing and the reminder that we live in America. For that he was mildly threatened “He said the mosque had suggested it couldn’t control the behavior of “a few bad eggs”; i.e., we could get a brick through our window.”
The owner did bend a little and agreed to cover up the windows of the bar, especially since the bar hosted a gay wedding last week.
I like this story, and even though I don’t think the owner should have to cover up his windows it’s a nice, neighborly gesture that he did.
What I don’t like, and what shows me that we’re becoming a terrified-to-offend society, even if that means giving up our own freedoms, are the comments on the post about this over at Gothamist. Apparently, the writer of the post (who told the whole story I just summed up here) is a total racist for thinking this has anything to do with Islam, and is a jingoist for loving that the owner said “This is the United States of America and we’ll do whatever the fuck we want.” Click over and read the comments, you won’t be surprised but you will be appalled.
“Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)” by Bob Dylan, the Mark Ronson remix.
You can listen to it, and watch the cool video, here.
Here’s a little bit of the backstory on the remix.
October 27, 2009
“As our administration makes progress on the agenda that Washington has ignored for too long, we expect we’ll get some news coverage of that progress that we like and some tough coverage that we don’t,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “It’s not unlike the New Orleans Saints, who are getting lots of good coverage of their perfect record so far — certainly better coverage than the [2-5] Redskins — but it doesn’t mean the Saints have liked every story that’s been written about them since training camp. It goes with the territory.”
October 26, 2009
UPDATE: And lest you think I’m kidding: Fox News Ratings Soar After Snub From Obama
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Much as my husband wishes it were the Cowboys, my favorite sports team is, by far, the NY Yankees. They were always on in the background of my life, as my brother is a huge fan who went to all the victory parades, but since the time that I’ve been really following them (watching games, going to games, able to identify players), this is my first time seeing them go to the World Series.
While I’m not a Mets-hater, I’ve gotten enough anti-Yankee comments from Mets fans to say that a side prize of this World Series is that no matter who wins Met fans will be miserable. And all is right with the world.
Let’s go Yankees!!!
October 22, 2009
It’s pretty awesome. Republicans have no power, and yet all the power:
Last week he accused Republicans of trying to kill health care reform, saying, “Republicans will do everything in their power to stop reform this time.” When asked Tuesday why the Senate had not passed an extension of unemployment insurance benefits, Reid responded, “The word starts with an R.’ Republicans. Republicans.”
At some point one of his aides might want to explain to Reid that he doesn’t need a single Republican vote to pass any of his dumb bills. But not today, I like us being all-powerful
October 21, 2009
Yet another ACORN video, with a very willing ACORN employee helping our happy hooker and pimp, has surfaced. A must, must see.
October 20, 2009
Back in 2007, a Fox News story noted:
The Wall Street giants that received a financial lifeline from Washington may have no compunction about paying big bonuses to their dealmakers and traders. But their willingness to deliver “thank you” gifts to President Bush and the Republicans is another question altogether.
The left went ballistic, insisting that the money “lifeline” given to these firms was a loan and any “gift” made to the president or to Republican candidates was not only unseemly but practically illegal. They raged the money was not Bush’s to give away and that bailing out his Wall Street buddies at the American taxpayer’s expense deserved him no gifts.
Oh, wait, no, I got my dates all wrong. Actually what happened is the NY Times published an article today noting:
The Wall Street giants that received a financial lifeline from Washington may have no compunction about paying big bonuses to their dealmakers and traders. But their willingness to deliver “thank you” gifts to President Obama and the Democrats is another question altogether.
Like, with a straight face.
But lest you start worrying about that ungrateful Wall Street not contributing enough to Obama and the Democrats, the article goes on to tell you “in recent years, Democrats are raising far more from Wall Street executives than Republicans,” and also that Obama will be in NY today for a big dollar fundraiser, each donor paying the $30,400 maximum and that “Four of the seven “co-chairs” listed on the invitation work in finance, and Democratic Party organizers say they expect that about a third of the attendees will come from the industry.” Apparently that’s not enough for the Times who sniffs that only about half a dozen will come from the bailed out firms. How completely ungrateful.
October 19, 2009
As owner of the Redskins, Dan Snyder’s a textbook example of how not to lead an organization. His tenure’s all about excessive micromanagement, myopia, and thus far, unequivocal failure. As Fools, it is incumbent upon us to recognize these practices and avoid them as we walk down a road to financial success. Don’t be like the ‘Skins and Snyder, and please don’t park your money with those who are.
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Rudy Giuliani, while campaigning for Mike Bloomberg (gag), told a group of Orthodox Jews:
“You know exactly what I’m talking about,” Mr. Giuliani said …. “This city could very easily be taken back in a very different direction — it could very easily be taken back to the way it was with the wrong political leadership.”
Incoming Public Advocate Bill De Blasio (we don’t have elections in NYC, we have Democratic party coronations), calls the comment, what else, racist.
Now, everyone knows what NYC was before Giuliani. Everyone. Anywhere I went in the world, they had heard about what Giuliani did in NYC, how he cleaned up a failing, decrepit place and made it a world-class city again. So why does Bill De Blasio assume that the failures of pre-Giuliani NYC were the fault of minorities? How else could Giuliani’s statement be read as racist? And, isn’t De Blasio the actual racist for making his assumption? You know exactly what I’m talking about.
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October 16, 2009
What makes him so radical?
Well, he makes statements such as “I have a problem with the Islamic ideology, the Islamic culture, because I feel that the more Islam we get in our societies, the less freedom we get.”
The irony that those protesting his visit are saying the exact same thing seems to escape notice.