Bay Ridge Interpol has returned from a long, unexplained hiatus with a doozy of a photograph: "Marty Golden, Hard at Work in Albany." This is worse than that time he roasted a pig in Gerritsen Beach when he should have been working. (This is the same Marty Golden who just eviscerated the nation's longest running Memorial Day Parade because, sigh, once the masseuses are paid we just don't have the money.)
The Wisconsin protests have been receiving a fair amount of press, but what about Michigan's "Emergency Manager" law? Signed into effect March 16th, so far the controversial decision has attracted little mainstream attention or upset.
As The Wall Street Journal reported:
At 2:30pm today, Rep. Anthony Weiner hosted a "Twitter town hall," during which he fielded questions from his cyber-constituents. One asked if he'd be releasing a "Greatest Hits DVD" of his floor-speeches. To this, Weiner responded:
SUCH A DREAMBOAT. #anthonyweinerfanclub
An anonymous reader called up the office of Brooklyn's only Republican state senator, Marty Golden, to find out if he still supported the measure. And not only did no one there know—they could give a shit!
Police suggest that the Atlantic Avenue break-in and Greenpoint car theft, though all but simultaneous, were a coincidence; however, the timing is suspicious, especially when you consider that Levin is the former chief of staff to Assembleyman and comically villainous Broooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez, whose armor has been sporting some serious chinks of late.
“My womb is my womb,” said Councilmember Deborah Rose. “No one tells me what to do with my womb.” That was the sentiment throughout the Rally for Women’s Health on Saturday in Foley Square, as thousands gathered around the fittingly named Triumph of Human Spirit sculpture to fight against proposed legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, make abortions inaccessible, and cut Title X (The Family Planning Program).
Many women depend on Planned Parenthood for their health care—for cancer screenings, family planning, even free condoms. The organization offers safe and cheap care to help those who can’t afford more.
The calm run of the evening ebbed and flowed, one might say, like a versified sentence.
Remember, kids, it's a plural noun with a possessive apostrophe. And also remember:
Oh. Oh, I see.
It's getting late and I'd much rather be at an art gallery right now than getting mad about obnoxious locavore and auto industry apologist Marty Markowitz who, as the Post and many other outlets noted to varying degrees of annoyance, amusement and "meh"-ment, rode into last night's State of the Borough speech (are we really calling it that? Yeesh!) in Sunset Park on a tricycle with a stack of Junior's cheesecakes in his rear basket. Yes, Brooklyn's most powerful elected official is taking product placement deals for official functions.
Who is Dov Hikind?
He's a democrat who has held his seat since being elected in 1982. He supported George W. Bush for president, has associations with a known terrorist group, and has courted controversy throughout his career for outlandish statements, actions and beliefs.
Who does he blame for this loss? Everybody else!
The only thing in Brooklyn more rampant than borough president Marty Markowitz's irrational hatred of bike lanes is borough president Marty Markowitz's hunger. We've caught glimpses of it at various food festivals and events, but now, thanks to the new Tumblr Marty Markowitz Eating we can gorge ourselves on photos of Markowitz enjoying the company of food. We asked the creator of the site, who goes simply by "Markowitz Fan," where s/he got the idea...
Do you, in fact, remember "the Al Qaeda 7?" Hopefully you don't—it was a brief, stupid pseudo-controversy started by Liz Cheney, who last year called out seven attorneys at the Justice Department for their previous work serving as legal counsel for accused terrorists, as our (hallowed!) constitution, you know, demands. In Saturday's Post, crime reporter Mitchel Maddux was assigned the responsibility of reminding us that Eric Holder loves terrorists, rehashing the entire disingenuous witch-hunt in the guise of reporting that 35-year-old Rhodes scholar, Yale Law grad and Sandra Day O'Connor clerk Tali Farhadian, one of the "controversial" and "embattled" attorneys, who "created" division last spring by having previously worked for Human Rights Watch, was in line for a job at the US Attorney's office in Brooklyn. (The piece seems to have been updated from the print edition, which reported that she was being considered for a job which the article now confirms she got.)
The news was also confirmed, in abridged form, in the Sunday paper, lest any reader missed the opportunity to be spoon-fed irresponsible hard-right bile in the form of local news.
Meanwhile, new, mostly Republican administrations nationwide are gearing up for battles with unions, "seeking more far-reaching, structural changes that would weaken the bargaining power and political influence of unions, including private sector ones." (Scott Walker, the new governor of Wisconsin, wants to prohibit public employees from unionizing. He is not the Scott Walker who sang "30 Century Man.") Over the break, a Times dispatch from New Jersey looked at the Chris Christie-marshaled resentment against the teachers union, which basically boils down to, How dare unions ensure that public employees are well taken care of when the rest of us are getting the shaft from a fickle private sector? (We ourselves dodged a bullet, though I guess not much of one, by not electing Harry Wilson comptroller.)
It's now reported that Panahi has been sentenced to 6 years in prison; he's also been sentenced to a 20-year revocation of his "social rights"—that is: "making movies, writing scripts, foreign travel and giving interviews to domestic and foreign media." (His colleague Muhammad Rasoulof, director of the renowned White Meadows, also received a 6-year sentence.)
Panahi is 50 years old. His lawyer is appealing the decision; concerned, distant observers are holding out hope for a sentence reduction—or, indeed, flight. Foreign Policy's Current Conflicts blog has obtained a speech Panahi delivered in court last month. It's remarkable, and all we can really do is read it.
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