10-16-12 Debates! Binders! Yankees!

‎”Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft are written by men.”
Good Omens “- Gaiman & Pratchett”

I don’t know why but that quote just seemed appropriate today…

Re: “Binders full of women” leaving aside the – oh shall we say awkwardness of the phrase – and the fact his statement is factually not true (Romney did not ask for the binders, they were prepared by a bipartisan group of woman called MassGAP  before the election to give to whoever won the gubernatorial contest… read more about it here) doesn’t that sound an awful lot like Affirmative Action, something the Romney/Ryan ticket is against…just wondering.

Anyway, I went to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) yesterday to hear a talk given by Martin Parr.  He is an extraordinarily prolific photographer and if you don’t know his work you should check it out. If you don’t like one project you may very well like the second, or third, or fortieth…

Leaving FIT to get to ICP I saw a new hotel on 27th Street. I do not know when it opened but it has gotten excellent reviews…

It was a very pleasant late afternoon walk up 6th Avenue…

Before Going to ICP I ducked into Bryant Park. The carousel is still open but there were no riders – at least not at 5:30.

Great minds do think alike…

“The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It’s natural. It’s as natural as the ocean water is.” –Rush Limbaugh, on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, May 3, 2010

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Rep Todd Akin


9-17-11 You Can’t Make This Stuff Up



So, on the 1st Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street‘s taking of Zuccotti Park, a tape of Mitt Romney emerges. He is speaking at a fundraiser. The “money” quote was:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it — that that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. … These are people who pay no income tax. … [M]y job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

I prefer these two however…

“My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico… and had he been born of, uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.” (FYI: the reason Dad was born in Mexico is that his Grandfather, unlike Mitt, did not believe that marriage was between a man and a woman. He though it was between a man and many women. When polygamy was banned he headed to Mexico.)

And the winner is…

“We … we, uh, use Ann sparingly right now so that people don’t get tired of her.”

I didn’t go down to wall Street to watch the protests. I went instead to Union Square to see those who stayed behind.  Ran into Norman Rockwell again (last picture).

N. Rockwell


1-5-12 The Seventh Borough?

Thanks to the wonderful blog Wind Against Current (Thoughts on kayaking, science, and life) I was introduced to tugster: a waterblog (scenes from the sixth boro and gallivants beyond). tugster has coined the phrase “the sixth boro” to describe the waterways around NYC. I ride the subway a lot. I would suggest that if the waterways are the sixth boro then the subways are the seventh.

Unfortunately it seems to me that the MTA decided to celebrate 2012 by weakening the system. Anecdotally, trains are coming less frequently, things are breaking down more, especially the signal lights, no heat has been a regular occurrence (and I actually found two cars with the air conditioning on) and somehow there seem to be even fewer employees in the stations. This could all be a string of bad luck on my part or it could be a harbinger of the economic collapse and do nothing congress finally catching up to our infrastructure. I am certain that I am seeing more homeless people in the subway (and on the street) then I have since the phony post- 2001 boom started.

Damn, I miss the river…but I will be back with it tomorrow and Saturday and so should be refreshed and ready to be my usual chipper self.

1-5-11 late afternoon sun over the Hudson from riverside park

Plus we have the entertainment of not one but two “let’s get Romney fests”, oops I mean debates, this weekend. Of course, if I read the tea leaves properly, all of them not named Romney or Huntsman are hoping to make a last stand in South Carolina in two weeks so it may, instead, be a circular firing squad…