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Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunglasses dude is looking right at me. Is he a fruit stand bouncer? No matter how sneaky I think I am, people always end up spotting the camera. Often I don't notice until I get home and upload the pictures and see, whoa, dude's looking at me! Kind of freaks me out, but it's amusing.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
So the other day I was ambling down along the Hudson west of the Village and in amongst all the new crap going up around there I saw this ancient ghost of a hotel at the corner of Barrow and West. So I took a couple pictures. There was no name on it that I could see, so later at home I googled the cross streets and learned that what I had accidentally discovered was the Keller Hotel, built in 1898, later home to the Keller Bar, reputed to be the city's first leather bar and the birthplace of disco. That's right people. I discovered the birthplace of disco by accident. The Village People posed in front of it for the cover of their first album. It closed in the 90's, but it got landmark status a few years ago. I've read that plans are underway to convert it into apartments, but I didn't see any signs of construction. More info here. (A slightly outdated article.)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
I've been finding these off and on in my room ever since I moved in three years ago. (I also found them in my old apartment, I remember.) They're not bed bugs, right? Bed bugs look completely different. The only things I can think of that look sort of like this are ticks. It clearly has six legs, so it's an insect, not a spider. It's not a roach, it's not a beetle. It moves slowly. It has antennae. Its body is the size of a football. Just kidding. Its body is the size of a pinhead.
WHAT IS IT.......
Friday, May 21, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Perhaps it's naïveté, but I've been amazed by the outraged objections of many Good Liberals to the mere discussion of Elena Kagan's sexual orientation. Without realizing it, they've completely internalized one of the most pernicious myths long used to demand that gay people remain in the closet: namely, that to reveal one's sexual orientation is to divulge one's "sex life."
Indeed, the very notion that it is "outrageous" or "despicable" to inquire into a public figure's sexual orientation -- adjectives I heard repeatedly applied to those raising questions about Kagan -- is completely inconsistent with the belief that sexual orientation is value-neutral. If being straight and gay are precise moral equivalents, then what possible harm can come from asking someone, especially one who seeks high political office: "are you gay?" If one really believes that they are equivalent, then that question would be no different than asking someone where they grew up, whether they are married, or how many children they have. That's what made the White House's response to the initial claims that Kagan was gay so revealing and infuriating: by angrily rejecting those claims as "false charges," they were -- as Alex Pareene put it -- "treating lesbian rumors like allegations of vampiric necrophilia."
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Chris Oynes told his bosses after the Deepwater Horizon explosion that he would retire at the end of June, an administration official told CNN, but announced Monday that he would step down at the end of May instead.
Oynes has been associate director of the Minerals Management Service's Offshore Minerals Management Program since 2007. In the past, critics have accused MMS of being too cozy with the industries it regulates. Most infamously, a 2008 report from the Interior Department's inspector-general found MMS employees received improper gifts from energy industry representatives and engaged in illegal drug use and inappropriate sexual relations with them."
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Facebook can do whatever the hell it wants. It’s its own company. Don’t like it? Don’t sign up. You can’t complain about “privacy” when you post information about yourself on the internet. You don’t want people to know something about you? Then, keep it to yourself and don’t publicize it in a world wide network of information.
Friday, May 7, 2010
You know things are absolutely batshit fucking insane in Washington when John Boehner is the voice of reason
John Boehner, who is wrong about everything, is right about this:
“If they are a U.S. citizen, until they are convicted of some crime, I don’t see how you would attempt to take their citizenship away,” Mr. Boehner said. “That would be pretty difficult under the U.S. Constitution.”
Meanwhile, perpetual bunion on the big toe of democracy, Joe Lieberman, is defending his bill thusly:
Citing with approval news reports that President Obama has signed a secret order authorizing the targeted killing of a radical Yemeni-American cleric, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Mr. Lieberman argued that if that policy was legal — and he said he believed it was — then stripping people of citizenship for joining terrorist organizations should also be acceptable.
So, of Obama, Lieberman, and Boehner, Boehner is the only one not in favor of shredding the Constitution.
Also, why aren't more liberals pissed about Obama's targeted assassination program? It's worse than Bush, for crying out loud. Bush only wanted to detain people indefinitely without due process, not actually kill them.... Hypocritical much?
Or at least that's the impression you get from some New Yorkers, many of whom are entirely indistinguishable from your most knuckle-dragging mouth-breathing southern hicks. Kinda disappointing. Of course, backwards ways of thinking are common in people who've lived in one place their whole lives. Native New Yorkers seem to be the least progressive (to put it nicely). Look at these quotes from a couple of idiots pissed off about the idea of a mosque being built near Ground Zero:
Others decried the idea of building a mosque so close to where their relatives died.
"Lower Manhattan should be made into a shrine for the people who died there," said Michael Valentin, a retired city detective who worked at ground zero. "It breaks my heart for the families who have to put up with this. I understand they're [building] it in a respectful way, but it just shouldn't be down there."
Others such as Barry Zelman said the site's location will be a painful reminder.
"[The 9/11 terrorists] did this in the name of Islam," Zelman said. "It's a sacred ground where these people died, where my brother was murdered, and to be in the shadows of that religion, it's just hypocritical and sacrilegious."
Couldn't help notice those guys don't seem to object to the Christian church near Ground Zero.
Oh by the way, I'm pretty sure the only people who still call it Ground Zero are tourists and reporters. It's "World Trade Center". Thanks.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
"I believed, and still believe that reading a book is a private affair between an author and a reader, and that it is largely unnecessary to rely on intercessory interpretation as a means of understanding of the writer's message. If anything, a third-party, be it Northrup Frye or an English teacher, did nothing so much as muddy the waters of my reading life by suggesting meaning and context that was foreign to my understanding of a book, and sometimes, probably, to the author's intent in writing it.
As soon as I took 'real' literature classes in school, I became facile at the parlor tricks that would carry me through high school and a degree in English; these included decoding what I read based on symbolism, historical facts, and the life of the author. I did it well, but it really was just a game - my reading was not enhanced by associating darkness with Iago or knowing that Poe had worked in the Baltimore Post Office."