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Archive of posts tagged New York

Apparently, We Got Some Snow

Yes, I know I haven’t written much lately, B&E readers. But I still think about you a lot. And I hope we can still be friends. Hey, did you hear that New York City got some snow? After the missus and my experience as refugees in Scotland, I joked that Scotland could really use a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New York City: Mother/Whore

The New York Times ran a little ditty about how New York City is playing the “all that’s wrong with America” role in political ads during this hotly contested election season. Portrayals of women in movies are often skewered (with good reason) for being shallow. Usually female characters can be reduced to either “mother” or [...]

Anger, Specific and General

The New York Times wrote a little article about Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Carl Paladino and his anger. Paladino rode the wave of anger, especially among those in the Tea Party, to wallop Rick Lazio in the primary, because Rick seemed less angry and more like a jerk. It’s not easy to fake anger. Carl really [...]

My Neighborhood, Looking Fine

Because I’m not updating this with any frequency this month, please allow me to point you in the direction of this lovely time-lapse video on the Sunnyside Post. That’s my neighborhood getting a fine sunset treatment. I love Queens. I love Sunnyside. I love New York. Even though, at this very moment, I’m grumpy as [...]

We’re in America, Right?

Maybe I’ll stop writing about the “Ground Zero Mosque” soon. After all, the issue has been addressed by several parties much more eloquently and thoughtfully than I can or will address it. But apparently CNN did a poll that says 68% of Americans are opposed to building the Ground Zero Mosque, which is funny, because [...]

Trapped in a Land Called Nostalgia

Last weekend was my high school reunion. A little personal history… I was not what most people would consider a loser or a geek or whatever in high school. I was a bit of an oddball, for sure. There were plenty of people who didn’t know what to do with me, whether because I had [...]

Now You People Are Making Me Mad. Yes, “You People.”

So now Newt Gingrich is adding his two cents to the mosque-near-Ground-Zero argument. No, he’s not anti-Muslim. Just build the mosque elsewhere. Build it near Central Park, near Columbia University, near the back of the bus, just not near Ground Zero. Since when does some Dickhead from Georgia get to tell New Yorkers where to [...]