Somebody, please call the wahhhhhhh-mbulance!!
You'd think from all the crap heaped upon me from anonymous Council warriors, and from all the blathering about just how difficult it can be for Council Members to answer constituent email in three weeks' time, that Council Member Clarke and staff would have never been able to do what they did.
Within 24 hours of sending Council Member Clarke's government office pseudo-self's constituent concern, we were in receipt of:
Not one ...
Not two ...
With interns aflank, our pseudonymous self recently conducted a little experiment. And we can now report to you with some authority that tech wizards – New York City Council Members are not.
More than one out of every two of them (55%, to be exact) failed to respond to our constituent email request. And it was a simple request at that.
After informing each of them that our pseudo-self had just moved into their district, said self asked for the easiest way to register to vote.
Three weeks later, clueless self still hadn't heard from 28 of them AT ALL - hence the abundance of F's awarded today.
And of those who did actually respond, Council Member Jimmy Oddo (R – Staten Island) took the cake, setting the gold standard by which we evaluated every other elected official in New York State.
Fresh off the wires.
Five weeks after his conviction, Ken Lay died earlier today of a massive heart attack in Aspen, Colorado.
More on the story, here.
Granted, it would have been difficult to understand where each of your congressional representatives stood on raising their own pay a couple weeks back because ... ummm ... well ... apparently, so many of them simply didn't want you to bother with such minutia.
Gettin' All Procedural On Us.
In order to have an up or down vote on their salary increases, members would have first had to vote "no" on this Previous Question. And with a defeat of the Previous Question, Utah Congressman Jim Matheson would have then been able to offer an amendment suspending Congress's automatic pay increases - an amendment, btw, that Congressman Matheson has introduced for the past six years.
Turns out, that the questionable dude up above (yes, am talking about the one with the big fat question mark) admitted to not knowing much about the stock market in yesterday's Newsday, written in response to a piece I ran about his Dicktitude on Monday.
Seems to me like Representative Gary L. Ackerman (D-NY) has some explaining to do.
In late 2003, knee-deep in regret over his Iraq war vote, Ackerman released a statement explaining his then reluctant support of President Bush's $87 billion supplemental appropriations bill. In it, he lambasts the GOP's Halliburtonistic tendencies:
Problem was, that by that time, one of Ackerman's wealthiest contributors was also getting shnoockered off the Afghanistan and Iraq war troughs. And an even bigger problem – that Ackerman was himself getting tipsy as well; and in fact, has gotten sloshed off the war ever since.
Buried in today's Page Six:
Of the Department of Homeland Security, Dunleavy says:
With Rock and Gate firmly ensconced, I'm certain there's little more I can add to the world of Brooklyn politics - especially to all that is the wacky 11th.
But, do allow me to throw into the mix a few facts about the numbers - since, usually, they don't lie (though in Brooklyn....???).
Clearly, David Yassky wins hands down as the Megabuxster of this race; meaning, lots 'o big money and big interests in tow. What follows is the average size of each candidate's itemized contributions (those over $200).
The extent to which certain industries dangle Yassky's purse strings is not insignificant. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Finance/Insurance/Real Estate and the Legal/Lobby industries combined own nearly 25% of Yassky Corp ... a staggering amount (if you ask me).
... and you, for that matter.
Want some homeland security? Then ride the freakin' Jitney!
That's right. That's where it's at. Your personal homeland is safe so long as you're traveling in style to and fro the Hamptons.
Not going to the Hamptons? Then sorry. You're shit out of luck.
While New York City scrambles to fill its homeland security funding shortfalls, the folks at Hampton Jitney Inc. have had no problem landing their share of Homeland Security funding - to the tune of $83,000 over the past two cycles (viewable here and here).
The Center for Public Integrity just completed a study examining 23,000+ privately funded trips taken by members of Congress and staffers over a 5.5-year period.
What Happens In Cuba, Stays In...Separately, we also learn that as a result of the Center's efforts, NY Congressional Dean, Charles Rangel, has acknowledged a violation of House ethics rules, and reimbursed two of the sponsors of a trip he took to Cuba fours years ago with his wife and son.
From the woman who referred to Christiane Amanpour as a "spokeswoman for Al-Qaeda" and to Jack Cafferty as "unstable as CNN's programming line-up," comes this whale of a sucker punch to our own daily politicker.
"Ben has struggled to regain relevance since leaving the New York Observer, which is why you need a blood hound to find his column. We're happy he's making more than the $29,000 he made at the Observer... then again, you get what you pay for."
Mind you, this garbage came in response to Ben's insistence that Fox News isn't ... how shall I say it ... always that fair and balanced??
Questions is, why can't our pols give us some good down home entertainment? Can't say there's no fodder...
Click on the pic to enjoy!
Read 'em and weep...
- AG Candidate, Denise O'Donnell, The New York Times
- AG Candidate, Mark Green, The Politicker
Bienvenidos a la blogosphere!
To the most mystified of readers, here's what Healy and the gang at The New York Times have in store for you every minute of every day: