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February 18, 2013

Jack Avram is here

K, Sadie, Jack

February 12, 2013. 7lb, 4oz.

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December 19, 2012

Where do we go now?

While a lot of people are talking long term strategies to stop school shootings, I have some *right now* ideas I learned from being Jewish, in my my latest piece for WNYC’s A Free Country.

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November 13, 2012

Turn your pages to 2004

I try to offer a little historical perspective, on the post-election doom-saying and celebration, by taking us back, all the way back, to 2004 and talk of a permanent GOP majority, in my latest piece for WNYC’s It’s A Free Country.

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November 6, 2012

Willing to be pleasantly surprised

I want to be wrong. I would feel very happy getting this election wrong. But this is the way I think the map breaks tonight (and I think WI and IA are longshots for Mitt too). I think it will be close overall but that Obama takes it in the end.

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In case anyone is wondering how NY’s “vote anywhere” thing works today:

You fill out your ballot in a privacy booth like everyone else. With pen. Because it’s still like 1970 in NYC. (And as I explained to my shocked sister-in-law today–these are our new machines! This is our updated way of voting!)

Then put you put your ballot in an envelope which doubles as an affidavit. That is, your ballot is ensconced inside but the information you fill out is on the outside, able to be read by anyone. You fill out a bunch of information like where you live and why you can’t vote there (displaced voters tick a box that says their information can’t be found in the voter rolls).

And in two different places on the affidavit you’re asked your party identification. I know there are Republican poll workers but I didn’t see any at my polling location and I don’t have a lot of hope for an envelope identifying the ballot within as filled out by a member of the Republican party making it through a long and tedious journey to be counted. Maybe I’m cynical. And yes, I realize it’s NY so who the hell cares anyway.

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November 4, 2012

The list

This is the most all-encompassing list I’ve seen of all the reasons not to vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday.

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November 2, 2012

A marathon debacle

My latest for WNYC’s A Free Country looks at Mayor Bloomberg’s failed leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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October 25, 2012

But, I mean, choose Mitt in the end you dodos.

This might be the most even-keeled column I’ve ever written: Undecided voters don’t deserve the abuse they’ve been getting.

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October 9, 2012

America today

State Department: No video protest at the Benghazi consulate:

Prior to the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi late in the evening on Sept. 11, there was no protest outside the compound, a senior State Department official confirmed today, contradicting initial administration statements suggesting that the attack was an opportunistic reaction to unrest caused by an anti-Islam video.

THERE WAS NO VIDEO PROTEST before they murdered our ambassador.

Via Brain Terminal.

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October 6, 2012

Don’t save Big Bird

National Review’s “The Homefront” blog picks up a picture of my daughter and the most obvious political point about Sesame Street.

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September 12, 2012

Obamacare in one sentence

This is awesome:

Hat-tip Larry

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9/11, 11 years and one day later

It was hard to say anything new about 9/11 after 11 years. On Facebook I posted “I’ll never forget but I don’t carry it around with me like I did for years afterward. That almost scares me, reminds me of 9/10 complacency, but it’s easy (and good) to let life go on and not let worry cloud everything you do. RIP everyone, and everything, we lost that day.” And then added this comment “The years 2001-2003 are a blur for me. I became even more of a homebody than I was. I wasn’t afraid to leave my house, and I wasn’t depressed exactly, but there was a cloud over everything. I felt like the blackout of 2003 finally snapped me out of it. The fear at first that it was terrorism followed by the relief that it wasn’t made me feel good about life again (eating all the ice cream sandwiches out of the fridge before they melted helped.)” But everything else has been said in the last decade.

It gets harder each year to really remember what that day was about. This year a NY Times op-ed columnist, and former reporter, placed the blame of 9/11 on the Bush administration as if they sat back and did nothing on purpose while these attacks were planned. I have a response to this in today’s New York Post. Just like the other truthers, who believe there were no planes, fire can’t melt steel, etc., these new “soft” truthers can’t handle the real truth of what happened to us that day.

Yesterday’s attacks on our embassies remind us that we’re still at war. Islam might be a fine religion, every religion has its maniacs, but fundamentalist Islam keeps rearing its head and killing people. It must be put down. You don’t have to be a conservative to believe that. This brand of Islam is entirely incompatible with liberalism and seeks to squelch freedoms we all take most seriously. The right to not be offended doesn’t exist and, despite what the US Embassy in Egypt believes, there’s also no right to not have your “religious feelings” hurt.

People keep commenting that I haven’t written enough about the upcoming election. I just have too much going on in my life right now to stay on top of things like I did in 2004 or even 2008. But yesterday showed that we continue to have a weak president who makes our country weak too. Obama’s only statement on the embassies was to attack Romney. This is no leader. I have called him an empty suit for years before he got elected and it is more true than ever. I want a Republican president but I would accept a strong Democrat right now. People keep saying that’s Hillary but I’m not so sure. If I had the option to swap out Obama for a truly strong Democrat, who wouldn’t let our country down the way Obama did yesterday, I’d jump at the chance. It’s not partisanship anymore, it’s Americanism. I want to see a strong America again and with Barack Obama we never will.

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September 5, 2012

My other big news

My friend Michelle and I have opened a blowout bar in NYC. And you can get a simultaneous manicure too.

We got our first write-up today in Racked.

We’re doing Friends&Family week through Sunday so you can use code FFFix for 25% off blowouts by making an appointment on our website.

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September 4, 2012

Stop patronizing us

I’ve got a piece in the NY Post today about how much I hate being a “woman voter.”

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August 30, 2012

Oh hey guys

I have a big personal announcement.

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August 19, 2012

Me, TV

I was on NY1 last Friday and when the other 3 panelists all said Romney/Ryan were going negative, well, I had something to say about that.

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August 15, 2012

The women

I’ve got a new piece at WNYC’s A Free Country on why there aren’t more GOP women at the national level. No great mystery, the media destroys them for sport.

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