Tuesday, July 31, 2007
He is going to be a Celtic...I am so happy. I remember hearing a story about KG. His father died, a person who was not in his life right before the state championship. Understandably he was confused, he took a minute, the father who gave birth to him gone...he thought. This is my life and I owe it to MYSELF to play. He is as intelligent as he is a great player. Welcome.
“Dear Hoboken 411,
What is up with the increase in the number of homeless people in Hoboken? Its feels like they are growing in number. I see the same homeless people walking Washington Street everyday. I don’t think they are dangerous but at the same time I am sure they make us hardworking residents uncomfortable, to say the least. (As well as decrease the value of our homes). And where do they come from? What is so appealing about Hoboken to the homeless? Is this a growing problem in our town? Is there anyway to help alleviate it? Something has to be done in my opinion. This town is better than what I am seeing. Obviously Hoboken has made great strides over the past 10 - 15 years, but why can’t we clean up the streets?
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
BY CORY BOOKER
In the land of the free, we lock up a greater percentage of our population than any nation. The U.S. prison population has increased 91 percent in the past 15 years. More than 7 million Americans are under some form of state or federal cor rectional supervision, and this does not include the legions of Americans in county and city facilities.
If this is the first time you are hearing about Peak Oil, you are among the majority of the population. Peak Oil doesn't mean 'running out of oil', but rather 'running out of cheap and plentiful oil'. Inexpensive oil supports our very way of life, as we know it. It is crucial for our transportation, food production, economy and basically everything that we use on a daily basis. Go to a Crude Awakening for more...
It is time for all Americans to take individual responsibility for our future. Our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely redesigned and overhauled … immediately. The changes ahead are going to be very difficult; and will be hardest for the ones who didn't, or wouldn't, see it coming, and didn't prepare adequately for it. Read this excellent article on "Why Peak Oil Is Probably About Now".
Sunday, July 29, 2007
lately i've been struggling to find meaning in my daily grind. i love my job -- grantwriting and promoting community-based programs -- but i'm tired in a metaphysical way i never felt before. so i've been looking to others as i often do for inspiration & guidance. in the 90s while living in northern cali, when i needed comfort i escaped into the world of zines and comics. stuff like cometbus, beer frame, dirty plotte & deep girl kept me sane in the insane world around me. back then i heard alot about a dishwasher zine and the american splendor series but i never got hooked. wish i had. pete jordan aka dishwasher pete and harvey pekar of american splendor are american cultural treasures and they stand for the souls who don't quite fit the mainstream mold.
Friday, July 27, 2007
The picture to the right says it all. Sports, which, when I was a teenager, meant everything, has given us, the public, the collective middle finger. Whether it`s the Tour de France, NBA and its mafia-controlled refs, MLB and its juiced-up home run hitters, or the NFL and its dog-fighting, dog-torturing, thugs, sport has been letting me down. It makes it hard for me to escape to it like I used to. It seems to be just as corrupt as the rest of reality. Which makes me sad, but not too surprised.
Money has an amazing power on things. Treating players, people who run with a ball, ride a bicycle, or hit a baseball like royalty, has made them act like royalty. Like the Bush administration, many athletes at the highest-level seem to believe that they are untouchable. They have money, status, and power...no one can get to them. And, in recent years, despite the increased testing, investigations, etc., the scandals keep on coming. Don't these guys care what they`re doing to their respective sports, to their countries, to their futures?
Money. It has a way of warping minds, erasing memories, and making everything seem possible. We keep paying to go see the Barrys, Vicks' and Tours. They keep laughing to the bank. And Congress keeps trying to subpoena Rove. Connect the dots until you spell IMPUNITY.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
also, more recent press & gossip about the "real judge"! -- finally some positive media support for saira...
since my last post on chambermaid, i ran out to my favorite bookstore (three lives & company in the west village), bought it & started reading. well 2 days later, it was all over. i just couldn't get enough of sheila raj's judicial (mis)adventures. the whole time i was reading, i thought-- yeah, this would make a perfect series (it's slated for lifetime)! i felt physically exhausted by sheila's endless ordeals with her wacko judge (and the greasy, dancing bun on the top of her head), her efforts to stay sane and find a trustworthy soul in the system while navigating the illogical rules of the "torture chamber" and enduring the constant attacks on her ethnicity with biting wit. i feel a special bond with sheila (and brilliant writer saira rao) who validated much of what i felt during my painful clerkship year and i especially cheered at sheila's attempts to outsmart janet, the bible-thumping, ass-kissing, do-nothing secretary to the judge.
i don't want to reveal much of the plot or whether the ornery (to put it mildly) honorable friedman ever shows a heart... but whether you suffered as a law clerk in your own "torture chamber" or just to laugh at the intensity of over-intellectualized young lawyer go-getters, pick up chambermaid... you won't be disappointed & you'll find a fresh, real heroine in sheila.
meet "shelia" in person-- check out saira rao's upcoming appearances. i'll be there, ready to cheer for aggrieved clerks everywhere...
in nyc: 7pm on thursday, july 19 at barnes and noble at sixth avenue and 21st street.
Some folks say they stopped participating in the 14-year-old ride because of what they see as draconian police patrols. But others questioned whether a protest against automobile dominance is needed any longer in a town widely considered the nation's most bike-friendly.
One writer compares the language used in this opinion with the language in Roe v. Wade. The author notes, “We hear about "the life of the unborn" and "the life within the woman," but not once about the life of the woman. Indeed, the most important—the only important—thing about her life is its potential for motherhood.” She goes on to compare Justice Kennedy’s patronizing tone with other arguments used to keep women down such as “You are too mentally challenged to master the rigors of a higher education, so we'll keep you out of universities for your own good.”
With a publication like Elle speaking out against the anti-choice agenda, maybe there is hope for this country. Or maybe they are just going to get a lot of angry letters to the editor. I hope for the former.
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Monday, July 23, 2007
Yes, I am a Yankees fan. I will start with that caveat. But this story is not just for Bronx Bombers fans. It is the story of a player who has shown that trusting in little guys, and not just hired guns from all over, can work out for all involved. At least, it has so far for the Yanks, baseball and Andy Phillips. Pictured to the right, Andy has come up from the minors, and has hit around .325 since. He has done this while dealing with the onset of cancer in his wife, her recovery in Belize, and the ordeal around it. He has done this with a smile on his face, and a real appreciation for the support he has received from baseball fans.
As the NYT baseball blog, Bats, wrote, we don`t know how long this ride will continue. what we do know is that a seemingly all-around good guy is fielding, hitting and representing the Yankees pretty damn well. That makes me proud to cheer for the Yanks.
Friday, July 20, 2007
**stroll no further, in the same location (monroe center for the arts), to visit rubee's closet -- for an amazing sale (up to 50%) on clothes and accessories through the month of july. after my first visit to the store when i met lovely & stylish owner beverly, i am a devoted shopper. today i bought another drifter long sleeved, layered & patterned tee-shirt at a ridiculously low price.
See Keith's scathing "special comment" last night regarding the Bush administration trying to place the blame on Hillary Clinton. One of the many political smear tactics these slimy people engage in...Keith rails against this kind of propaganda and tells him to fight his own war. Also see at Rawstory a new executive order that allows the government to seize the assets of anyone who interferes with Iraq policy. And the article further asserts a former Reagan official is warning of the upcoming "Bush police state" and an imminent attack upon Iran.
As it becomes increasingly likely Barry will pass Hank - I thought I would post Dusty Baker's recollection of the event of Hank breaking the Babe's record. Hank Aaron's consistency helped him to establish a number of important hitting records during his 23-year career. In addition to the home run record, Aaron holds the MLB records for the the most career runs batted in (2,297), the most career extra base hits (1,477); and the most career total bases (6,856). He is also in the top five for career hits (third behind Rose and Cobb) and runs.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
So you can imagine how I related to the article, After College Ends, So Does Activism. It talks of the canvassing that young progressives are forced to do to break onto the political scene, the lack of health insurance, the shitty hours and the even shittier pay.
What does it mean for our country’s future when we don’t mentor the younger generation and give them an opportunity to learn about politics? The author notes, and I wholeheartedly concur, “The importance of engaging and gainfully employing young progressives is hard to overstate, both for its immediate practicality and the long-term sustainability of the left. By ignoring progressive grads' economic constraints, the progressive movement -- activists and funders -- are squandering an immense opportunity to utilize the ideology, size and energy of the post-graduate generation.”
So, those of you with decision-making abilities start paying better and provide a little health insurance. It’s the least we can do for our future.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
the blogger titled his post, anti war sign, and wrote, "Spotted this rogue sign someone nailed to the street pole near Maxwell Place on 11th and Hudson Streets. Thought about taking it as a souvenir, but wanted to see how long it’d stay on. It shows bombs, what appears to be some kind of chemical (hence the umbrella) and backwards E’s on the “NINE” and the “TIME”.
What would be your translation for those that don’t get it? How long do you think before it’s removed?"
rogue??? that's a slightly loaded adjective!! we all know what rogue implies & it ain't nice. well, hmmm, you don't get it? it's street art & it's subversive, that's the entire point -- if you can't figure out the message, then i won't tell ya. bets on when it will be removed? taking it as a souvenir? how quaint. damn, this town needs more subversive art & activists. (whenever we put up anti-war stickers around town, on community billboards, signs, etc., sadly & predictably, they were promptly removed.)
There is a phenomenon taking place in urban and suburban communities, but according to the article has recently exploded in rural communities. A new report by HUD says the lack of affordable homes for poor families is the nation’s No. 1 housing problem and undermines the stability and security of families and communities nationwide. The report found that 6 million impoverished households used most of their monthly earnings for housing or lived in substandard conditions in 2005. That’s an increase of 16 percent, or 817,000 families, since 2003. Further, The number of rural families facing this dilemma grew by 51 percent to nearly 1 million households over the same two-year span. At the same time, these struggling households saw their average monthly incomes decline while their average rent payments increased. The level at which housing is affordable is 30% of your income, the standard set back in 1935.
The federal government is not helping. Only one in four eligible families are being helped. I can corroborate this qualitatively. Legal Services office are inundated with calls from needy clients who cannot pay their rent and there is just nowhere to send them. I serve clients in mostly family matters, but the issues often intersect and frustration is abound in the housing advocacy community because of a lack of resources for clients.
"There definitely has been a diminution of federal support for low-income housing in recent years," said Nicolas Retsinas, director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. "Clearly, it says there are other priorities, and this is not on the short list."
The lack of assistance, soaring rents, slow wage growth and a shrinking inventory of affordable apartments have made it nearly impossible for millions of low-income renters to adequately house their families. One of the most startling problems is also that subsidized housing is being abandoned for condominiums.
For every new affordable housing unit constructed, two are demolished, abandoned or become condominiums or expensive rentals, according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Nearly 375,000 U.S. apartments have been converted to condominiums since 2002, according to Real Capital Analytics, a New York real estate consulting firm. For more on this situation here.
Another rising problem from the San Francisco Chronicle. Foreclosures continued to rise throughout the country, the state (California) and the Bay Area in June, according to a report to be released today. Nationally, 164,644 foreclosure notices were filed in June, up 87 percent from June of last year, said RealtyTrac.com, an online marketplace for foreclosure properties. In the Bay Area, the number of foreclosure notices was 5,018, almost triple the 1,780 in June 2006. Subprime loans are said to be the culprit, which are loans to people with tarnished credit, as well as loans for 100 percent financing.
Of course this problem hits those at the bottom rung the hardest. But, it is sure to travel up the ladder. Many believed a housing crash is imminent, though it seems it may not occur so quickly until the blood is finally drained from our economy. Tax breaks for the rich, endless war and no bid contracts for multinational corporations (on our dime) is not only contributing, but is directly responsible for the lack of resources states and locales can put toward housing for the needy.
Sorry, I had to remove this and repost because it was causing problems with the blog. www.noendinsight.com. It opens in D.C. and NYC. on July 27th.
For these reasons, I have temporarily laid aside the Defense Authorization bill and have entered a motion to reconsider.
But let me be clear to my Republican colleagues — I emphasize the word “temporarily”. We will do everything in our power to change course in Iraq. We will do everything in our power to complete consideration of a Defense Authorization bill. We must do both.
And just to remind my Republican colleagues — even if this bill had passed yesterday, its provisions would not take effect until October.
i'm trying to think positively since more folks are buying canvas bags, but is it only a hipster statement or will the buyers ditch plastic?
"They caused rioting in Asia and created a stir in London, and today, Anya Hindmarch’s “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” totes will go on sale at Whole Foods. The slogan-emblazoned canvas sacks are meant to replace those wasteful plastic grocery bags (100 billion of which are thrown away each year in the United States) and, Marian Burros says, make you fashionably eco-chic as well. The designer herself will be on hand to promote them; given that they’re going for as much as $300 on eBay, start queuing now.
Bags, $15 each; limit three per customer, at local Whole Foods (doors open at 8 a.m.). Anya Hindmarch is scheduled to be at the new Whole Foods at Houston Street and Bowery, Lower East Side, starting at 8 a.m."
Jesus Camp. wow.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Al Qaeda’s association with “al Qaeda in Iraq” (AQI) helps to “energize the broader Sunni extremist community” and “recruit and indoctrinate operatives”:
Monday, July 16, 2007
What is better? A president that screws an intern and then denies it, or is it a president that screws us all and then denies it?
I would like to inform the Republican leadership and all my colleagues that we have no intention of backing down. If Republicans do not allow a vote on Levin/Reed today or tomorrow, we will work straight through the night on Tuesday. The American people deserve an open and honest debate on this war, and they deserve an up or down vote on this amendment to end it.
This is an update from a post on May 7th. The court sided with the Public Defender and Legal Services of New Jersey in its analysis indicating one parent cannot be held responsible for the fault of another. This is an especially important decision for poor parents in New Jersey, specifically poor mothers. 95% of the parents who come into DYFS care are poor and most are women, a shocking, but true statistic.
Homeland Security Appropriations - H.R. 2638
State-Foreign Operations Appropriations - H.R. 2764
Interior-Environment Appropriations - H.R. 2643
The Energy Price Gouging Act – H.R. 1252
The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels (NOPEC) Act - H.R. 2264
FY 2008 Defense Authorization Bill - H.R. 1585
FY 2008 Homeland Security Authorization - H.R. 1684
Hate Crimes Prevention Act – H.R. 1592
D.C. Voting Rights Act – H.R. 1905
Rail and Mass Transit Security Act - H.R. 1401
Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007 - H.R. 1255
Whistle blower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007 - H.R. 985
Reauthorizing Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund - H.R. 720
Employee Free Choice Act - H.R. 800
Requiring Medicare to Negotiate Lower Prescription Drug Prices - H.R. 4