The latest tiff in the Democratic Presidential Primary, whether Bernie made a sexist comment and whether Liz lied about the thing is EXACTLY why I always hated to do political organizing. This kind of bullshit carping about made-up, stupid issues that have no effect on people's lives irritates me to no end. And then to … Continue reading Are You Kidding Me?
I’m doing the right thing and voting for Bernie tomorrow in the New York primary–first time since 1992 that my vote will have any impact on the eventual Democratic Presidential nominee! Come to think of it, I voted against a Clinton back then, too! It seems like I usually support the insurgent candidates over … Continue reading I’m Feeling The Bern In The NY Presidential Primary
Former President Bill Clinton's "spirited defense" of his 1994 Crime Bill and his record on civil rights during an event for his wife's Presidential campaign was inspired by either his ego or as a calculated effort at appealing to white voters that Hillary's campaign is currently not attracting. In either case, it was a misstep--one that the … Continue reading Bill Clinton, Hillary’s Campaign and #BlackLivesMatter
Update 2-12-14 City of Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner announces her opposition to a OCIDA tax break for the Destiny USA hotel (and 18 year PILOT--and I'm sure the payments will go directly to defraying the costs of construction and access to the site--so absolutely no money will flow to the city or county in property … Continue reading Controlling Our City’s Destiny
Figures on percentage support of each candidate by state taken from FiveThirtyEight blog. Solid Obama (90%+ support) 19 states (incl. DC) 237 Electoral College votes CA, CT, DC, DE, HI, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NJ, NM, NY, OR, PA, RI, VT, WA Likely Obama (between 75% and 90% support) 2 states 16 Electoral … Continue reading Obama’s Electoral College Math
Four years ago, amidst all the hope and change hoopla, the selection of Sarah Palin for the vice presidential slot on the GOP ticket created some media coverage, a jolt of enthusiasm (and some nasty racist bloviating at rallies) and a small blip upward in the polls for John McCain. The folks on the blue … Continue reading Keep Calm and Read FiveThirtyEight
The English novel (and American movie) High Fidelity's array of top five lists perfectly captured the obsessive nature of modern fanboys: "What really matters is what you like, not what you are like." I may or may not be a fanboy of many different things, but I definitely love me some lists! And since I'm … Continue reading List-o-mania: Syracuse Politician Edition
I made it into the newspaper this morning--if anonymously. In the annual story on the silly write-in ballots during the November elections, it was discovered that: "The late Lee Alexander, a former Syracuse mayor who spent time in prison for corruption, received a vote for county executive." That was my ballot. I voted the straight … Continue reading Me For Lee!
Local elections result in politicians gaining offices that have an immediate impact on our daily lives: streets paved and plowed, criminals arrested, house fires put out, school children educated--or not, taxes levied for all these things . . . and much more. Yet, people don't really pay attention to any of these things, preferring to … Continue reading This Is What They Mean By “Off Year Election”
Once and future (?) Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee made the following comments on single motherhood, one quite recently: "People see a Natalie Portman who boasts, 'We're not married but we're having these children and they're doing just fine. ... I think it gives a distorted image. It's unfortunate that we glorify and glamorize the idea … Continue reading Mike Huckabee on Natalie Portman’s Pregnancy–Anti-Semitic?