As soon as I was old enough to vote, I started voting for losing candidates. (Way to go, Mark Green.) And though I didn't vote in either of the big special elections in Brooklyn yesterday because I don't live in the districts, I learned this morning that the candidates I would have supported lost.
In Anthony Weiner's old district, Republican Bob Turner beat Democrat David Weprin 54 to 46. Weprin was a John Kerry-like candidate: he didn't inspire your support except by virtue of his opposition—the odious Bob Turner, whose campaign strategy involved vilifying Muslims and homosexuals to exploit the prejudices of the conservative-minded voters. The district might be heavily registered Democratic, but it went 44 percent for McCain in 2008 and 70 percent for Bloomberg the following year. "The district’s Russian and Orthodox Jewish populations have been trending hard to the Republican Party in recent election cycles," the Brooklyn Politics reported, "while the district’s Irish and Italians were already with the GOP."
Why shouldn't progressives support the Democrat in this election?
A lot of progressive folks are very angry right now because they feel like the Democrats in Albany—and Washington, D.C.—aren't doing enough to fight for a more just and fair society. The truth is that folks in Brooklyn have felt that way about our elected officials for a long time. Many of them are not responsive to our community and don't represent our needs or our interests. The Democratic party-bosses gave their ballot line to a party foot soldier who is also running on the Conservative party line. He's clearly not a progressive—he publicly declared that he's anti-choice and anti-gay marriage. Plus he is for trust management. In this election, the real Democrat is running on the Working Families Party line.
If you’re an elected official and you want to exit a parade route to attend a luncheon, don’t do it when the New York Police Department is buzzing around. You will be arrested. And your time will be horribly wasted. Yesterday, city councilman Jumaane Williams and a staffer to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Kirsten John Foy, were handcuffed and Foy was shoved to the ground (see video below) after they attempted to exit the West Indian Day Parade to dine at a luncheon at the Brooklyn Museum.
The king of enjoyably snarky Facebook politicians, Anthony Weiner, has self-destructed, leaving a great void. Luckily, a queen has arrived to fill that much-needed space: State Senator Diane J. Savino, who we interviewed about the possible legalization of medical marijuana in New York last week.
President Obama's healthcare reform efforts included an emphasis on more preventative care, which aside from being an issue of basic fairness will also help bring down overall healthcare costs, as well as unplanned pregnancies. So, along with birth control, breast pumps, cervical cancer screenings, and domestic violence counseling will all eventually be free, no copays, on all sanctioned health plans.
(Although HHS is including the politically controversial morning-after pill, which prevents rather than terminates pregnancy, they've decided to exclude the abortion pill RU-486, unless you suck their fucking dicks.)
According to findings released on Monday by the city's Conflicts of Interest Board (and embedded below), Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz is being fined $20,000 for accepting free airfare and other travel perks for his wife Jamie during official trips to Turkey and the Netherlands in 2007 and 2009. The Times' City Room blog notes that the offending freebies were provided by the Dutch and Turkish governments, and the non-profit the Federation of Turkish American Associations.
Though Golden told the Post that people in his district "don't really give a rat's ass about social issues," and that state democrats are using the legislation to distract voters from the economy, Golden has been fighting fiercely to preserve heterosexual marriage. His arguments? That marriage between a man and a woman goes back to the beginning of time (skipping all those billions of years in which there were no humans), and that to support gay marriage indicates a lack of principles that would cause all of America to collapse. He wants to send "a message to the people of the state of New York that there's at least some normalcy within this great state, the Empire State, and in the state Senate."
Of course, the new boundaries of Brooklyn's congressional districts are somewhat up in the air, pending redistricting following last year's Census—new districts, and demographics, may lend more uncertainty than usual to next year's primaries. Assemblyman Jeffries has some experience with redistricting, viewers of Jeff Reichert's Gerrymandering will recall, having had his house drawn out of the 57th by vulnerable incumbent Roger Green in 2002.
Karl Rove gave his two cents on the Sean Hannity show on Tuesday when he repeatedly called Common a "thug."
The editors of Brooklyn paper Der Tzitung decided that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason were far too provocative in the now-iconic White House situation room photo for the publication's readership of Hasidic men, and were photoshopped out of the image in clear violation of the White House press photo policies, logic and decency.
“Wow, holy shit,” Jason Walgren said as he watched the Rude Mechanical Orchestra, a jolly coalition of green-striped, gender-bent, “radical street brass band” players march by.
A pop star president kind of makes total sense, music being the universal language of humanity and all. Or wait, was that math? Regardless, the closest President Obama probably ever got to pop-stardom was through the most benign of presidential conspiracy theories, when last year people pointed out an Obama doppelganger in the 1993 music video for "Whoomp (There It Is)." The alleged cameo is at the 1:01 minute mark.
This just convinces me even further how repellent BDSM is. You must be mentally ill…
elvis costello perfomance link (the published one here is not working) http://videos.mediaite.com/video/Elvis-Costello-Radio-Radio-1977
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