My awesome sister is looking for a longish-term sublet in the city. If you know of anything (a bedroom, rather than a whole apartment), please let me/her/us know. She has a steady job, enjoys cleaning, and is smart, funny, and lovely to be around. She’s like me, but pleasant.
“This is the sort of thing that belongs in repressive dictatorships or dystopian sci-fi movies; Tea Partiers like to blather about the injustice of their tax dollars going to poor people, but this — the unrestrained exercise of violence by the state — is an actual perversion of America and its values.
On an even more depressing note, I doubt we’ll see much of a political challenge to the Obama administration’s assertion of extraordinary executive power; normally, the opposition party would step up to challenge claims of executive authority, but with the GOP committed to a Cheney-ite vision of unlimited executive power, that doesn’t seem very likely. On the other side, Democrats were pretty vocal about executive overreach during the Bush years, but with Obama in the White House, that concern has fallen by the wayside. Indeed, it’s fair to say that most Democrats are either apathetic about the expanding reach of the security state or openly supportive. By and large, odds are good that we’ll finish Obama’s presidency without any meaningful reduction in the scope or reach of executive power.”—
Jamelle Bouie, on the Obama administration’s assertion of presidential authority to execute citizens without due process and, by invoking “state secrets,” in complete separation from the judicial branch. (via savingpaper)
“My best friend points out that New York has possibly the most comprehensive library system in America, and that you can order any book and have it sent over to your local branch, where it will be labeled with your name and waiting for you on a shelf.”—
Listening to WNYC, refreshing twitter, Times election blog on auto-refresh, and following a WNYC online live chat for the fastest results. Mostly because I want to be able to sleep as quickly as possible.
Rangel’s likely win is depressing me. Espaillat’s lead is depressing me. Eric Schneiderman, you’re my only hope.
My only hope to not be totally depressed tonight, I mean.
I am in a large African American precinct. All of the poll workers are black. A gorgeous, bald black woman just walked and asked for her ballot. You have to state your party so you get the correct ballot. She stated ‘Republican’.
All of the women at the table exclaimed, ‘GURLLLL NO!’ and handed her her ballot.
As a party and campaign observer, I can’t say anything, but I couldn’t help it. I died laughing.
In all of my research for local races (and getting Charlie Rangel the hell out), I completely missed the fact that Kirsten Gillebrand faced a challenge. This quote about challenger Gail Goode just went and broke my heart.