It has just been reported that former Councilwoman Helen Sears has declined the GOP offer of political reassignment surgery to elect her to the NY State Senate as a Republican.
Apparently the chances of surviving an operation of that nature at such an advanced age without debilitating side effects (like complete and total loss of integrity) are almost nil.
Godspeed to you Helen.
Will someone please give this woman a no-show job (though not as a Councilwoman again)?
With Sears in the race, Democrats were left no choice but to go after the independent petitions being filed by former Senator Hiram Monserrate, lest Monserrate divide the Latino vote and ensure Sears‘ election.
In a Brooklyn special election for City Council taking place in March, a candidate named Joseph Lazar is attempting so sell himself by telling voters (or at least certain voters) that he is “running against [Kings County Democratic Leader] Vito Lopez.”Lately this has even taken the form of planted blog pieces, including one where the usually witty Mary Alice Miller, a writer who leans towards an Afrocentric but feminist perspective, hails Lazar’s ties to the late Satmar Rebbe, who performed Lazar’s wedding [impressive, I must admit--though I got Rabbi Moshe Dovid Niederman to speak at mine] . Another dead giveaway that this piece may be one “for hire” is Miller’s mention of “the diverse cultures of the district (Italian, Irish, Asian, Russian, and Latino)” --anything missing?
Given Lazar’s almost unbroken history of support for Lopez‘s candidates, and the donations to Lopez‘s County organization by principals of the Lazar Family consulting firm, the assertions of Lazar’s independence are pretty laughable on their own terms, but it cannot be denied that Lazar is not Lopez’s preferred candidate in this race, although Lazar’s sponsors surely wish, and tried to ensure, that this was otherwise.
Dateline: 2/16/10--Boynton Beach Florida
LIZ BENJAMIN (10/19/09): [Senator Kevin] Parker also noted Monserrate and his attorney, Joseph Tacopina, have said they intend to appeal the senator's conviction. So, in the end, he might be completely exonerated and, in Parker's eyes, the Senate will have engaged in "double jeopardy by punishing (Monserrate) a second time."
Dateline: 2/16/10--Boynton Beach Florida (and yes, I will be visiting Maurice Gumbs)
Life is too short, and those unfortunate enough to be living in communities like East New York cannot be blamed if they decide to derive their entertainment through their elected officials, whether it be Councilman Chuckles Barron or their former Assemblywoman, Diane "House of the Rising Sum" Gordon.
When City Council Speaker Christine Quinn forced the firing of Councilman Barron’s Chief of Staff, Viola Plummer, for advocating an attempt on the life of another Council Member, I was shocked and bothered.
REPORT OF the New York State Senate Select Committee to Investigate the Facts and Circumstances Surrounding the Conviction of Hiram Monserrate on October 15, 2009:
The Select Committee concludes and believes that sanctions against Senators should only be imposed in cases of serious misconduct. Expulsion should be considered only in the most egregious circumstances. Having considered the available evidence and evaluated the facts relating to the conduct that provided the basis for Senator Monserrate’s conviction, the Select Committee finds that this case is serious enough to warrant a severe sanction. In doing so, we are mindful that ultimately, the voters of Senator Monserrate’s district, where he plans to run for re-election, will decide whether or not he is returned to office…
In the Land of the Legally Blind, the One-Eyed Trouser Snake is King (a couple of new jokes have now been added)
All week while continuing to avoiding writing my Harold Ford piece, I’ve been receiving the same inquiry again and again in different forms.
A friend writes:
"What do you hear about the DP NY Times story? [unnamed Times Reporters] told me in 2008 that they had identified 17 women on gov. payroll who did DP. But, they would not write since NYT doesn't do sex lives. They were desperately searching for use of gov. or campaign money paying for hotels, etc. [Name withheld] and others would not talk since they had been promised jobs by the new Gov.
Rumors all over Albany have DP's resignation imminent. One source claims Times found DP owes big bucks to [unnamed major investor in AEG] for gambling debts. I knew he did [unnamed cola product], screwed around with women on the payroll, drank too much and didn't like to go to work, lied freely, etc. But, I can't believe he was a gambler (still don't). Rumor says DP made [unnamed Chief of Staff] call [unnamed Times publisher] and threaten to release [unnamed Times publisher's] affair with [unnamed daughter of Dead President]. [Unnamed Chief of Staff and Counsel], etc. are looking to bail out.”
GATEMOUTH (1/27/10): The proof of the intellectual bankruptcy of Wall Street is their inability to learn. Rescued in the thirties from the depths of their own self-created degradation, they spent the next decade cursing the President who’d rescued them, and possibly capitalism itself, as “that man in the White House.”
What Wall Street cursed FDR for was his temerity in insisting upon setting up some rules to ensure that Wall Street’s man-made disaster would never occur again, and that the third-party victims of their depravity were allowed the basic sustenance necessary for survival. The rules Wall Street so objected to save them from disaster for more than a half century, until they were rendered obsolete by new technology and more advanced and clever forms of self-destructive avarice…
As I noted last fall while sifting through the vat of offal known as the Comptroller’s race, Councilman (as he was then) David Weprin, never bunched my panties. He reminded me of Rupert Pupkin in “The King of Comedy;” and came off as a parochial outer-borough pol, utterly lacking in vision, who appeared poised to restore the model of Abe Beame.
PAUL MCCARTNEY: …Too Many Reaching For A Piece Of Cake
RESHMA SAUJANI: This is a new decade and we need a new direction…We need to put aside the policies of the past and start building the future because we are the future. That's going to take new ideas, new leadership and new bridges.
Translation of message to Carolyn Maloney:
MARLENE DIETRICH (in Orson Welles’ “Touch of Evil”): …Your future is all used up. Why don’t you go home?
ROGER DALTREY: Why dontcha all f-f-f-fade away...talkin bout my g-g-generation
Back in October, I published a pretty comprehensive piece outlining in detail the monumental stupidity, hypocrisy and irresponsibility of nearly every politician, writer and advocate who’d made a public comment about the Monserrate case.As I’ve documented at various times, this is a problem which has been present from the case’s inception and persisted throughout on all sides and even among those who’ve taken no side.
Since the sole reason for the existence of this Department is to make sport of such people, I am happy to report that the problem continues unabated.
It is perhaps emblematic of the depths of despair currently implicating those of us to the left of center that not only have our factions begun firing upon each other, but among themselves.
A dedicated fan (except when I am writing about matters affecting Carroll Gardens) writes:
SHAMES: I think it is generally good to remind the "progressives" that progress is taken in successive steps and that incrementalism is a related concept of increase and no more a dirty word than progress. They don't seem to understand that they share their country with a lot of people who don't agree with them on everything and who also believe that they are right.
BERNSTEIN: Thatcher! That man was the biggest darn fool I ever met.
THOMPSON: He made an awful lot of money.
BERNSTEIN: It's no trick to make an awful lot of money if all you want is to make a lot of money.
---From CITIZEN KANE
The proof of the intellectual bankruptcy of Wall Street is their inability to learn. Rescued in the thirties from the depths of their own self-created degradation, they spent the next decade cursing the President who’d rescued them, and possibly capitalism itself, as “that man in the White House.”
It is quite clear that the New York Post’s Charles Hurt thinks his readers are stupid.
Certainly, he has good reason to believe this--after all, they do read the New York Post.
On Sunday Morning he published the following:
“Call it smear by association.
It appears to be -- literally -- the only hope Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has to pull off a slender victory here, in one of the most Democratic states in the country, for a seat so long owned by one of the most beloved liberal lions America has ever known.
1) THE DEMOCRATS MUST NOW PASS A HEALTH CARE BILL WITH A ROBUST PUBLIC OPTION USING RECONCILIATION (or some other left variation on that theme).Yes, people really are still saying stuff like that. The nonsense about reconciliation proceeds from a total misunderstanding of the Senate rules. Reconciliation can only be used for budgetary adjustments in existing programs, not to create new ones. While reconciliation does create some opportunity for bootstrapping, using reconciliation still only makes sense if one is advocating passage of the Senate bill as is, and then fixing it through this process. But since Reconciliation cannot be used to create new programs, I'm not even sure that using it to add a public option to the Senate bill would be permissible after it passes.
If it passes.