Tootles, Mr. Cantor!
Today we celebrate our independence in NYC! The sky couldn't be bluer, the lumpia couldn't be crispier, and the halo halo couldn't be more refreshing! >New-Yorkers, come out to Madison Square Park and join the festivities!
We support VA chief Shinseki He may be an easy target but he is not the source of current Veterans Affairs problems. As stated by Gen. Barry McCaffrey, “He is determined, focused and wants to factually understand a problem so he can get a sensible solution.” He is a soft-spoken soldier who does not pound the table or raise his voice. In 2003 he stood up to Rumsfeld when he said thousands more troops would be needed to secure postwar Iraq. For that he lost his job but not his integrity. We do not want a competent and honest man to be replaced with a glad-hand politician.
We celebrate our 7th pick in the 2014 NBA draft! Clarification, we celebrate responsibly.
Blue skies, warm dry air, and a cool breeze. At looong last, we had a perfect day.
We're shocked that 275 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by militants. We realize politics there are extremely turbulent, but it's unconscionable for children to be used as bargaining chips. We support the protesting >Nigerians that demand more government and military attention in this matter!
We demand repercussions for the egregious killing of protected bird species by JFK Airport "wildlife control contractors"!
It's cool large websites are ignoring gag requests on government subpoenas. However, we realize they only do so because not appearing to collude with government overreach happens to benefit their marketability (particularly overseas). Furthermore, this doesn't affect the most opaque of government requests: court-ordered FISA requests and executive NSLs. That's why we, private citizens, will continue pressing for Congress to remedy this.
Situations like this highlight the impossibility of guaranteeing that capital punishment can be carried out in a humane way. Given that the death penalty doesn't save money, doesn't deter crime, and is principled on a barbaric thirst for revenge, we ask, Why must we insist it be allowed?
City Council, pass the community board reforms! We strongly support these reforms. Community boards are weak at best. At worst, they are dominated by self-interested or deeply biased individuals who directly, systematically oppose the residential majority of the community. It's time to re-draft the blueprints that permit such corruption to destroy our neighborhoods!
RIP Al Feldstein The activists of the 60’s got their early exposure to satire and inept government from the pages of Mad Magazine. Al cared about humor, kids and country and he made a difference.
We believe in the budding and coming revolution of the sharing economy. "This collaborative rather than capitalistic approach is about shared access rather than private ownership...Millions of people are using social media sites, redistribution networks, rentals and cooperatives to share not only cars but also homes, clothes, tools, toys and other items at low or near zero marginal cost."
We think you can learn a lot about yourself from your dreams. This is good for the mind. "While one might use lucid dreaming to act out all kinds of fantasies, researchers think there are applications for lucid dreaming beyond mere entertainment. Psychologists and other researchers are looking for ways it could improve our waking experience. " Dreams into art -- http://dreame.me/
We're 100% for personal expression. That said, if anyone's gonna call Obama un-Presidential for his Two Ferns interview, they better be calling Dubya's amateur painting exhibition downright anti-Presidential! 50 more years down this road and ex-Presidents will be showcasing their coloring book work!
First bro-step, now bro-country. 'Tis a dark, soulless time for music indeed.
We're a bit freaked out by all the people gone missing in the last week. Dental student Jiwon Lee missing for a week, fashion designer Jay Ott missing for 8 days, and banker Andrew Jarzyk missing for 10 days. We hope these folks are found and this trend stops.
We’re gonna miss you Dave! You've kept us entertained for years and we wish you the best in your retirement. We agree with Mayor Garcetti and >Los-Angelenos that CBS should create the next iteration of the Late Show in Los Angeles.
It's that time again: Lower East Side nightlife operators are applying for liquor license expansions. We've been sick of the atmosphere for years and nothing has changed. We urge Lower East Siders to register their positions in this survey from the LES Dwellers.
Democracy requires both Liberty and Justice. And giving billionaires orders of magnitude greater influence on elections than ordinary citizens is not just. This ruling pushes American society further along a cycle of increasing corporate influence from which it will be difficult to return.
Props to Mayor de Blasio for funding free prekindergarten education in NYC! Thanks for making this an issue and for fighting for it!
America's congress, a sad but true April Fool (from Joel Pett, Lexington Herald-Leader)
The LAPD needs to re-read the Constitution. They have no right to hoard license plate data collected from police vehicles and telephone poles. Their defense, that vehicles "may" be stolen, sought by an Amber Alert, or driven by a fugitive, is pathetic. The 4th Amendment applies here, and what "may" be possible falls far from implying what is "probable". But we appreciate the challenge of law enforcement, so a compromise could be to let the DMV track this information and release it only by warrant, or to filter out--in real-time--any license plate data that is not related to an ongoing investigation.
Mozilla's choice for CEO is a sad step backward. Mozilla has always embraced a spirit of social progress. Given the increasing evidence of elitism and monoculturalism in the tech industry, this move seems shockingly dismissive and ignorant. Tech companies need to do all they can to increase diversity and tolerance in the industry. And as a public face and vision-setter, each tech CEO plays a pivotal role in that.
Senator Yee, what in hell have you done? Bribes? Wire fraud?? Conspiracy to deal firearms?!! Your selfish attempt to make money any way you could shows a total lack of respect for the people who trusted you to represent them. Your actions have inflicted serious harm on the Democratic party and especially on the image of hard working Chinese Americans. Resign your position immediately. >Californians do not want you. "Shrimp Boy?" Give us a break.
We >CHICAGOANS as >AMERICANS will not stand for this! While you're still cleaning up yo...original
We share >Chicagoans outrage at BP's oil spill. We hope the penalties are stiff in order to motivate improved safety controls and to send the message that our natural resources are fragile resources that must be treated with the utmost care!
"Artisinal tortillas"? Ay dios mio! We have enough gourmet/fusion/u
Governor Christie isn't fooling us for a second. Not only was the "investigation" he ordered into the GW Bridge closings a waste of money ($1 million in legal fees fronted by >New-Jerseyans), but it was also a waste of effort! Unsurprisingly, it defends his ignorance, but it then illogically fails to explain why the lane closings occurred in the first place! If Christie really were innocent, that would've been the entire point of the investigation. What a petty bully.
We sympathize for the business owners affected by the Harlem explosion, and we feel it's reasonable for the city to avail low/zero-interest emergency loans to help them out temporarily. But in the end, this is an issue for insurance and, possibly, for ConEd or the negligent landlords to rectify, not the city government.
We need to stop long-term solitary confinement. As Americans, we're above torturing prisoners in this brutal way. It just feeds a cycle of violent behavior and a culture of punitive destruction that ends up making its way onto streets and local precincts. It's just another way being tough on crime has not only backfired, but turned us from the values this country is founded upon.
The 'Girls' finale was a great way to end a great season! (And we're still hoping to find Marnie's entire 'What I Am' video somewhere.)
Obama's termination of the NSA's bulk phone metadata collection is a significant step forward! We're relieved to see it happen. However, the greater problem goes on: that there is little transparency or oversight of the FISC and other secret powers granted by Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Fixing that is how we repair our damaged democracy.
Crimeans join the >Russians and the other >Ukrainians join the West. Seems like a fair trade! It's on us now to make the most of this.
4,4 magnitude earthquake today within the city limits. It wasn't bad enough to injure anyone or damage property, but we take it as a reminder that we all need to be prepared for the Big One™.
A long time ago, we used to be fans... and we still are! Guilty pleasure or not, we're looking forward to the Veronica Mars movie!
The "secular charter" set forth by the Parti Québécois to >Canadians in Quebec grossly infringes upon free speech in a prejudicial way. Since we believe free speech and the free flow of information is vital to expanding mankind's understanding of our existence, atheists find the actions of the Parti Québécois to be hateful and inflammatory.
The California Coastal National Monument has been expanded by 1,665 acres. We are overjoyed that this beautiful rugged coastline will be preserved for our children and their children. The additional acreage, in Mendocino County, includes tide pools, dunes, bluffs and the estuary of the Garcia River.
We're uneasy this morning after a building "exploded" in East Harlem. We hope no one was killed and that it was just a terrible accident.
In other neighborhoods, yesterday's 65° weather was an exciting taste of spring. For us >Lower-East-Siders, it was an omen of the out-of-control nightlife violence that summer brings. Two fights broke out outside of the Hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side Monday night. One was an old-fashioned broken bottle duel, the other a violent attack of a female by a male. The Hotel's own security guards didn't even intervene--guards from across the street did! And it goes without saying in this neighborhood, the cops didn't show up until everything died down. Yet further examples of how >Lower-East-Siders are being run roughshod by bar operators in collusion with a corrupt Community Board 3 and NYPD Precinct 7, threatening the fragile economic progress made in the previous decade.
California policyholders congratulate Kaiser Permanente for their recognition as highest in custo...original
Between Kaiser Permanente and the Affordable Care Act more >Americans have the opportunity for quality health care. And that's a big win for everyone.
California policyholders congratulate Kaiser Permanente for their recognition as highest in customer satisfaction -- seven years in a row. Keep up the good work and continue to improve. Meanwhile, Blue Shield of California and Anthem Blue Cross are neck in neck in their race to the bottom of customer satisfaction as they appear to follow the motto, “profits before patients.”
Shame on the >Californians' Governor Jerry Brown for supporting fracking! The devastation it wreaks on the environment is irreparable!
Congrats to everyone that finished the marathon! You made it harder for us to get to brunch and pig out, but you still made us all proud.
Fine, bring on Phil Jackson. Here's hoping he still has some magic left in him, even though it didn't shine through for the >detroit-pistons.
Season 1 finale of True Detective was a let down. We want answers, not philosophy! For that, we can just re-watch Season 7 of LOST.
Mmmmmmm.... Now this looks like a tasty way to spend $250! Thank you, >New-Yorkers.
Writers, pack your bags! (Well, apply first. Then pack!)
"Sun"-day delivered! New Yorkers, hurry up and... do everything!
Mexico’s Avocado cartels >Americans, particularly >foodies, face another dilemma as conscience shoppers; are we supporting violence against Mexican farmers and workers by snacking on our beloved guacamole? The Knights Templar, one of Mexico’s most violent gangs, extorts nearly every working citizen in many areas of Michoacan. Through kidnapping, assault and intimidation they collect at least 10% of earnings from everyone in the avocado business: from growers, pickers, truckers and exporters to sellers of pesticides and other farm products. We praise brave >Mexicans as they band together in armed citizen defense groups and begin to openly oppose the gang. Their actions have forced the Mexican government, notoriously corrupt at every level, to finally stand up to the cartel and provide additional support to the people of Michoacan. Thanks to KCRW for the broadcast on their Good Food blog: “Jose de Cordoba: Avocado Cartels”
>Lower-East-Siders applaud the persistent efforts of Ms. Boyd and the LES Dwellers to awaken and galvanize our community. We sense a turning-of-the-corner in LES quality of life thanks to their efforts, and look forward to further progress in 2014!
Pizza - ummm We love the new fast fired pizzerias. Custom pizzas at a decent price and prepared within 10 minutes. The ones we tried are surprisingly tasty; as good as those you will find at the best mom and pop pizza shops. They will surely impact the business model of the major chains like Dominos, Pizza Hut and Round Table. Serves them right. The new shops have names like Blaze, 800 Degrees, Pieology and MOD Pizza. Check’em out.