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LunchBox: Twigs and Berries

On LunchBox today, host Adam Green on: Brain McLaughlin, Rep John Sweeney, Kirsten Gillibrand, Eliot Spitzer, Alan Hevesi, Hank Morris, Chris Callaghan, Ed Koch, Geraldine Ferraro, Bernie Kerik, Jeannine Pirro and more...



Those Popular AG Candidates

I didn't see this on Ben Smith's blog, even though he's listed as a contributor to this story on the New's site :

First of all, you gotta love the headline: "Aargh! AG foes losing luster"

The more people know about Jeanine Pirro and Andrew Cuomo, the less they seem to like them.

Well, that's probably true. I mean, neither Mr. Cuomo nor Ms. Pirro are particularly likeable people. (But then again, neither is Mark Green. That young Sean Patrick Maloney seems nice, though, as does Denise O'Donnell (she reminded me of one of a spinster aunt I have.))



Parking Ticket Book Promotion (NY Post exclusive!)

In a New York Post "exclusive" today, there's a story titled "Guide to beat parking tickets, written by a judge."

Exclusive? The guy gave his book to newspapers all over town, and one of them gave him free publicity? That's "exclusive"? The article doesn't give any facts at all about the book, so you're left wondering about the publisher, price, and the number of pages.

The article doesn't also state simple facts about the author, such as how long he was an administrative law judge, and why he is today a former administrative law judge (was he fired?).



Suport Your Local Wrongfully Imprisoned Defense Attorney

Lynne Stewart, Yellow Ribbon
I'm going to put up a yellow ribbon in my home for 67 year-old civil rights defense attorney Lynne Stewart. I'm sure most are familiar with the case—she was convicted of helping her imprisoned terrorist client Sheik Abdel Rahman communicate with his followers outside of prison.

Does anyone believe she actually knowingly helped a terrorist participate with planning new attacks?

What I Would Do: New York’s Debts

New York State’s politicians have found a magic way to reward their supporters lavishly without everyone else noticing how much they are being hurt:  they borrow the money, and put off the cost to a future they don’t care about.  Every year the debt rises, and our future is diminished.  It may be that the state budget wouldn’t pass otherwise, because it is only by finding an unseen victim that everyone who matters can be more-or-less satisfied.  But New York’s debts have grown so large that at this point current New Yorkers aren’t much better off at the expense of the future, they are simply less worse off as a result of the past, as the result of borrowing more.  The bomb has been timed to go off during the next administration. 



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LunchBox: A Sunday Morn Especiale

On LunchBox today, host Adam Green on: Jeannine Pirro, Andrew Cuomo, Marty Markowitz, Al Pirro, New York Magazine, Eliot Spitzer, John Faso, Alan Hevesi and more...



Good Bye And Good Luck

“There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries “(Cassius to Brutus, Julius Caesar)

So this is it!  My last commentary on Brooklyn Politics.

Somewhat later than scheduled.

I received many comments on Room8NY and through the e-mail. Surprisingly, none were nasty or sarcastic. Shockingly, no one said Good Riddance. At least not so far.

As a result, I had  put together a grace-note that conveyed expressions of pleasure, satisfaction, congratulations, optimism, and all the usual blend of  truth and  falsehood which accompanies moving on.  But I choked on it for several days.



Batboy in NYC Subway! (Weekly World News gets subway footage?)

"Batboy" in a New York City subway? I was checking out at a supermarket when I saw this story on the cover of Weekly World News. (Boy, I did I get outta NYC in time!) Go to the website:

http://www.weeklyworldnews.com/

Yes, Weekly World News is a parody and it's not true. But still, where did WWN get the (faked) subway footage when it's illegal to film in the subways after 9/11?

TEXAS OT: Favorite Kinky Friedman campaign (TX Governor) quote:

"The internet is the work of the devil."



Paraskevidekatriaphobia At The End Of The Road

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"We have concluded that Jeff Feldman was nothing more than a messenger who delivered demands to judicial candidates. These demands, which are the subject of this indictment, we re at the behest of and on behalf of his boss."

(Michael Vecchione, chief prosecutor, Bklyn DA’s office)

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“This is a letter of understanding, not a cooperation agreement. He's not pleading guilty to anything. I am delighted by the district attorney's decision to dismiss the charges and very pleased that after substantial effort by us on behalf of Mr. Feldman, they ultimately accepted the proposition that he did not, in fact, commit a crime…..The D.A.’s office looked at the case very differently after we made our submission.”



Fun at the Board of Elections Website

Fun at the Board of Elections Website:

Now anyone who has ever been down to the Board knows there is no fun going on there. They are the most incompetent civil servants around, and they cannot help you with anything. I have had computers crash on me, waited hours to get a simple look at filed petitions, and even had to register to vote three times, once in person, because they messed it up so often. You would think they would at least have voter registration down, but they don’t. The Board may be the 8th circle of hell!

Luckily, the voters of New York have not lost their sense of humor.



LunchBox: Enjoying The Greenery

On LunchBox today, host Adam Green on: Columbia University, John Faso, Eliot Spitzer, Rep Peter King, Alan Hevesi, Rep John Sweeney, Sen Hillary Clinton, former Rep Mark Foley and more...



Survivorship Bias

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:  a statistical artifact…where studies on the remaining population are fallaciously compared with the historic average despite the survivors having unusual properties.  Mostly, the unusual property in question is a track record of success.

It is a mantra among conservative commentators, when pushing privatization and other business provision of public services, that private businesses are more efficient than government agencies.  Let’s leave aside the fact that, based on my experience with the matter, one of the things private businesses do efficiently is rip off the taxpayer.  The presumption of private sector superiority is based on survivorship bias.  Certainly Enron, and the hundreds of thousands of other private companies that go out of business each year, are not more efficient and competent than the typical public agency.  While some such companies can do a lot of damage prior to bankruptcy, however, eventually that damage ends, leaving more efficient and competent businesses as the predominant type operating at any one time.  Private sector efficiency, therefore, is not a result of inherent competence, but of trial and error.  In the public sector, and in certain private industries that rely on public funds, on the other hand, organizations and their employees are presumed to have a right to their current situation, regardless of the value they produce for others.  Since most of the services and benefits produced by the public sector are necessities, rather than mere wants, the least competent and efficient organizations grow, using more resources over time, in an attempt to get the necessary work done.



Apple Mecca (Alleged controversy about Apple's Fifth Ave. store)

Is Apple's Fifth Avenue store offensive to Muslims?

One web site (altmuslim.com) says "no." It's stated that this week's internet controvery started with the usual unknown sources. It was reported that alcohol is served at the "Apple Mecca" store, something that's obviously not true.

While this "controversy" has appeared to have died down, the store's designer surely must have had Mecca's Ka'ba somewhere in mind--the image is world-famous. People have been calling the Fifth Avenue store "Apple Mecca" since at least April, before it was even opened.