The Gateway (West Bollywood Edition)
As I write this (or first did on Facebook) “Pal Joey” is on TCM, playing in the background and I can't help thinking how much cooler Richard Rogers was when Lorenz Hart was doing his lyrics instead of Oscar Hammerstein.
The political news has mostly been light and boring, too esoteric or stuff about which I can’t presently comment, so I’ve been taking a mental health break (though there are those who say I’ve been taking a break from mental health for years).
But I’ve been gone from the web for six days, and some are getting restless
ORTHODOX PUNDIT: I thought you are on vacation, or that Carter took your place as the daily blogger (although he is per-occupied with national stuff, and I can't figure out what he wants. Short commentary w/o links, what's the point?)
Anyway, I’m sure I missed a few things I shouldn’t have, but people looking for real edification should just check out the latest Neil Young and Crazy Horse album.
Logically, especially with 11 handpicked members of the Party Exec Committee casting votes, Vito need not worry about losing a couple of local races--but logically, Ed Towns did not need to worry about his daughter losing in race for an Assembly seat only one-third in his district, which was majority Latino and accounted for about 3% of his district's votes.
And, despite Eric Dilan’s big loss for congress, in the corridor that comprises most of the Marty Dilan Senate seat, Nydia won by only about 51%-44%, and she had the considerable advantages of incumbency, which in this case militate in Marty Dilan's favor.
Political news buried within this real estate item:
Also worthy of note: Heyer's losing race for a City Council seat was most noteworthy for proving that the Ultra-Orthodox community could be roused into a frenzy by appealing to them on the basis of social conservatism, even when one was opposed by the machers of the Haredi establishment more interested in barrels of pork (perhaps not the best choice of words).
In a way, John Heyer is the father to Bob Turner, David Storobin, Ben Akselrod, Russ Gallo and Joe Hayon.
I hope his new business venture affords him the opportunity to give his political career the decent burial it so richly deserves.
On a non-political note, I should point out that, in 1989 when I first moved to the area, D'Amico's deli counter sold gefilte fish, anticipating Shelsky's by two decades--truly a bit too far ahead of their time.
John Messer: Senator Stavisky chose not to appear or testify to refute, condemn or even explain the blatant acts of fraud (as evidenced in numerous affidavits provided) prevalent in her nominating petition.
A couple more notes—even though Messer is challenging Stavisky in a Dem primary, this challenge was to her Independence Party petitions. Getting Stavisky off the IP line does nothing to help Messer in the primary, although it does lend further credence to the theory that Messer is actually a shill for the GOP.
It should be noted that Messer did make some noise about the signatures of dead folks on Stavisky’s Democratic petitions, but no court case emerged, probably because stray bad acts committed on an omnibus/multi-candidate petition being carried by workers from half a dozen or more different clubs operating independently (as opposed to say a single sheet operation being supervised directly by the candidate), could invalidate an individual subscribing witnesses’ work, but would rightly not otherwise be attributable to a candidate.
James Sanders attempts to curry favor.
Colin Campbell: I'm in a dissenting mood today, so, one might muse that spending $5k to help immigrants register to vote (for you) might be on the low end of a misallocated member items list
Gatemouth: Somewhere lurks Alla Pometkasivaan
Chris Bragg: Curry favor!!!
Gatemouth: This race may be Shirley Huntley's Vindaloo. Of course, I favor naan of the above
Chris Bragg: Damn it. I was thinking for like 10 mins about some South Asian food puns, and you keep topping me
Gatemouth: I think this riff is coming to the end of the roti
Chris Bragg: getting to be a bit of a paan? A bit dum?
Colin Campbell: This conversation is officially a bajra too far
Gatemouth: A Bolly-good time was had by all. Maybe we should call Sanders “Gunga-Quinn.”
Comparing Tom Friedman's "the two parties are equally to blame" moral equivalency delusions to Bloomie's similar pontifications is unfair.
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