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Bill de Blasio for NY Mayor

A great ad made by his son, Dante. Bill de Blasio, who is white, has a black wife and two children by her. His wife, before she married him, was a lesbian. How cool is that? __________ Here’s a bit from … Continue reading

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Louis Black on Texas v. Illinois, California, and New York

A nice volley in the American culture wars.

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Lydia Calas: Best Sign Language Translator Ever

Mayor Bloomberg’s sign language translator, Lydia Calas, is really something. ___________ Here’s somebody putting her to music:

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Danced Lately?

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A Walk of One’s Own: Alice Xie on Eyeballs and Catcalls—And What It’s Like to Be a Petite and Attractive Teenage Girl Alone in Public in the U.S.A.

Burkas are clearly oppressive of women and render them invisible. Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster I’m not raising my daughters, ages 5 and 8, in Saudi Arabia. What a dungeon. But wait. Apparently there are more ways than just the … Continue reading

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The Alexandra Pelosi and Bill Maher Stereotype Controversy: Whites in Mississippi; Welfare Recipients in New York

Here’s Alexandra Pelosi’s “The South will Rise Again” segment for Bill Maher’s program, putting on display a small sample of Rick Santorum’s base: _____ And here’s the follow-up segment, a week later, in which Alexandra Pelosi gets some Barack Obama … Continue reading

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A 3-D Film to See Before You Die: Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams”

It appears that Werner Herzog has produced a once-in-a-lifetime/not-to-be-missed film that, to be fully appreciated, must be experienced in a large movie house. It’s a 3-D documentary titled Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Its subject is Chauvet Cave in France, which Andrew O’Hehir … Continue reading

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Carl Paladino: Living a Gay Lifestyle is “not a valid or successful option”

Lovely how Carl Paladino tries to have it both ways: he’s all for “live and let live,” but children must not be “brainwashed” into thinking that the gay lifestyle is a “valid or successful option.” And who or what makes … Continue reading

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Some more ELO (accompanied by clips of John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, and Jamie Lee Curtis when they were young and beautiful)

And the Twin Towers also make a brief cameo.

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Nuclear terrorism: yes, they might

In light of the summit on nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism that President Barack Obama held last week, this interview with two nuclear terrorism experts offers an additional sober reminder of what humanity is up against: 

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Diane Savino is Great Here

The vote for marriage equality in the New York legislature lost last week, but Diane Savino’s speech was a moving moment prior to the vote:

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If the Israelis Could Publicly Try Adolf Eichmann in 1961, Why Can’t the United States Publicly Try Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in 2009?

Yesterday Salon’s Glenn Greenwald succinctly countered the American Right’s fear-stoking with regard to trying Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in New York: People in capitals all over the world have hosted trials of high-level terrorist suspects using their normal justice system.  They … Continue reading

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New York’s 23rd Congressional District: Dump the Moderate Female for Another Rigid Authoritarian Dude in High Rush Limbaugh Mode!

The purge of moderate Republicans from the Republican Party continues: That’s just what the Republican Party needs: fewer female politicians okay with gay equality! It’s getting worse for the Republicans, isn’t it? Here’s the lowdown from MSNBC: Hoffman’s rise infuriated … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It

Last week Keith Olbermann went after the anonymous atheist who donated $10,000 to the atheist bus ad campaign in New York, giving the anonymous donor the bronze for June 29th’s “Worst Persons in the World” segment: Tonight’s worst persons in the world. … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor Wants to Be Alone

At Salon.com this week, Garrison Keillor writes on the bliss of solitude: New York is a fine place in which to be alone. To walk into a little cafe with an armload of newspapers and sit at the counter and … Continue reading

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“Whatever Works”: Woody Allen Teams Up with Larry David in a New Film

And it comes out this week. The buzz is that it has the pop and energy of Allen’s Diane Keaton days:

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Swine Flu Symptoms: Ache, Coughing, Sneezing, Fever. If You Have Any of These Symptoms, Stay Home

And if you don’t have any of these symptoms, and are out and about today, wash your hands frequently. This today in the Los Angeles Times: The symptoms of swine flu are nearly identical to those of other influenza, including … Continue reading

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Studio Portrait of Kurt Klein, Age Two

Studio portrait, from 1922, of two-year-old Kurt Klein. In 1937, Kurt Klein’s parents sent him to live with relatives in Buffalo, New York. His parents, unable to immigrate, died at Auschwitz in 1942. According to the U.S. Holocaust Museum archives: Kurt was … Continue reading

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End Times Prophecy?

Michael Hirschorn of the Atlantic forecasts the end of the NY Times print edition. And it may come sooner rather than later, with 80% of its journalists laid off. Read the article here.

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Carpe Diem: Video of a NY Subway Train, 1905

Jump to the five minute mark and watch passengers heading off (and onto) a NY subway train, at 42nd Street, circa 1905. Why is this old footage so curiously moving (at least to me)? There’s something about the busy, seemingly time-urgent, … Continue reading

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