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Archive of entries posted on November 2010

It’s a Good Venue

The missus and I have been trying to see a little more live music lately, as part of our mission to get more beauty in our lives. The recent shows we’ve seen have included the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Frightened Rabbit, and Teitur. None of the shows have been at all [...]

I Love my White Dreadlocked Commenters

Since my shift from Blogger to WordPress, I don’t really get comments from “Anonymous” anymore. One is required to fill in the little form, making it impossible to hide. I sort of appreciate that. For some reason, the occasional Anonymous comment still comes through on posts that were originally published in Blogger. (Well, I seem [...]

The International Jersey Express

I feel like I’m required to comment on the news that the 7 train might be extended to Secaucus, New Jersey. Part of me is like “whatever.” So people who live in Hoboken and Secaucus can zip into Times Square in a few short minutes. Good for them. They won’t be riding out to Sunnyside [...]

Maybe I Hope It’s a Hit

When I first saw that the ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska were the highest ever for any show on TLC, I was like, “Oh, for fuck’s sake.” Then I was like, “But of course, we are talking TLC.” A left-leaning colleague at my job watched it. She watched the whole thing. She was totally seduced [...]

God Almighty, That Face

Yeah, so I’ve got my complaints about President Barack Obama. Not bold enough. Not progressive enough. If B&E were more professional (i.e, had more than seven readers), I guess I’d be willing to lump myself with the “professional left” as Obama’s spokesman so dismissively put it. We’ve gotten a blast from the recent past on [...]

Bad Advertising on NY1 – Totino’s

This Totino’s pizza bites spot is annoying, sure, but most advertising is, even the ads of higher quality (which this isn’t), so I won’t fault them for that. No, what makes this particular advertisement bad is that it features two teenage girls who love listening to music and eating pizza bites. You see, they each [...]

First News, Then Education!

New York’s got a new Chancellor of Schools! Cathie Black! She has no experience in education! Just like the man she’s replacing, Joel Klein! And she’s the former president of USA Today! So maybe she can do for education what she did for news! Make it colorful! Keep it shallow! Dumb it down! I have [...]

No One Cares, Pataki

Former New York Governor George Pataki is hinting that he might run for President. He was quite active supporting (mostly Tea Party) candidates during the midterm campaign. But if he thinks he has a genuine chance to win, he’s fucking delusional. First of all, for Republicans to get elected in New York, they still have [...]

The Problem as I See It

Sure, I’m a bit disappointed about the results of the election. But I’m also so underwhelmed by the Democratic Party, I’m neither surprised nor depressed about them. The biggest disappointment for me personally, of course, is the defeat of long-time B&E favorite Russell “Oh, So” Feingold, Senator of Wisconsin. A few weeks ago, the Nation [...]

I Was Voter #11

Around 6:45 a.m. I dropped in to the local polling station to vote. Oh, it’s going to be a shitstorm here in New York City, B&E readers. I like going early to vote. There are fewer people, and if there are a few kinks in the process, it won’t affect my day too much. So, [...]