Two things have happened to me in the past month that have strenghtened my resolve to reconnect New Yorkers and make New York City the great place it is to live.
The day before Mother's Day I had gone out to do a bit of shopping for myself. Mother's Day was one or two weeks after the launch of The Daily Gotham and I was just exhausted. Still am, but more so then than now. I am not just a blogger. I have two kids. Scratch that, I homeschool my two kids, work as a web publisher, contribute to my community as a political activist and write on four blogs. So, when I go out, I don't just go out. I am usually multi-tasking, trying to fit-in one or two household errands in between my political activism and writing.
That day, I was managing grocery shopping and the like and my bag of Mother's Day goodies disappeared. Just like that. I had no idea where I left it or if I left it somewhere or if it is was stolen from me. Needless to say, all stressed-out and cranky, I just cried my eyes out for a whole day.
That's where the lovely people of Windfall Farms come in. I had gone to the Union Square Farmer's Market to treat my family to some organic salad greens (they're expensive, so we don't do this on a regular basis). In my tired haze I left my shopping bag on top of one of the tables. The market people left it just as I had left it there, waiting to see if I'd come back to claim it.
Unfortunately, by the time I reckoned I had lost the bag, they had packed up and gone. Later than week, when I reported the bag stolen to the Farmer's Market management, they suggested to go back to the stalls I had visited that day, just in case. Of course, I went to all of them and left the green stand for last. And what do you know! There, in their truck and quite prominently visible in the front seat (may I add), was my shopping bag. They had kept it, hoping that once I'd come back for more greens, I'd get it back.
Needless to say, now I am buying greens there every week for the rest of my life.
That was 3 weeks ago --and yes, I thought about writing about it but said, well, it's not politics. Well, now, I am going to write these because it gets better.
I took the kids to their last soccer meet this past Wednesday. We took the M8 over to Pier 40, where most homeschoolers in New York City have their weekly "physical education class". Well, I lost my wallet with half of my money and all my credit cards. This time I did not go berserk, but I was worried. Well, on my way out to The Drum Major Institute event that night, what do you know? I get a phone call from "Jerry", one of the office managers at the bus depot over on 40th Street and 11th Avenue. He had found my wallet on his way to work. He reckoned by the address that he was a neighbor of mine, so he took the wallet to the depot and gave me a call home. "I found your wallet on the bus, just come and pick it up whenever you can."
Needless to say, I thanked him profusely and shook his hand so hard it almost came out of its socket. I have no idea what to send him --flowers would be a bit ... fey. Should I do a fruit basket?
And this is why I HEART New York. It's not that it is an amazing city. The people that live and work here make it the place it is. I have to say, I've been blessed by the city that never sleeps. read more »
Okay, folks. The Republicans are wallowing deeper and deeper into corruption. First, I ask you to review my previous work compiling a list of the five most corrupt Republicans (or, at least, the 5 Republicans I could most easily find information on their corruption). You can find this information here.
I ask you to do this because it is the clear context in which the Republican leadership would introduce H.R. 1316, which can be thought of as the "Make Congress More Corrupt" bill, which was approved along party lines, with six Republicans supporting and three Democrats opposing it.
From the Public Campaign Action Fund:
Federal candidates raised more than $2 billion in the 2004 elections from individuals and political action committees. Under current law, individuals are limited in how much they can give per election cycle to $101,400.
But legislation passed by a congressional committee on a 6-3 straight party line vote (chaired by Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), a member being investigated for his connections to lobbyists) would remove that total limit on donations from individuals so that someone could funnel as much as $1 million to federal candidates.
It should come as no surprise that Tom DeLay supports this bill.
Wealthy donors have too much influence, not too little. Congress shouldn't be weakening campaign finance laws, they should be strengthening them by adopting comprehensive public financing like what is working well in several states around the country. read more »
Well, well. Perhaps the stories of Freddie's demise were premature. Check this out.
NEW YORK (AP) _ Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three of his Democratic challengers are running in a statistical dead heat, according to a poll released Friday _ the first since a decision earlier this week by state legislative leaders that denied funding for a proposed football stadium in Manhattan.
Former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, who trailed Bloomberg by 9 points before the stadium vote, now has a one percentage-point lead over the mayor, 46-45, a Marist College Institute for Public Opinion poll showed.
The survey also found Bloomberg leading City Council Speaker Gifford Miller 46-41, tightening the margin from a 53-46 gap before the stadium vote.
Bloomberg's only solid lead remained over U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner. The Marist poll found Bloomberg leading 49-36, a slight tightening from a previous 52-34 advantage in a poll before the stadium vote. read more »
It has has been mentioned in other posts here and elsewhere that Gifford Miller tends to encourage his supporters (and often his employees) to join local clubs in an effort to stack them in his favor. This is hardly a new tactic, but usually it produces better results.
Because it appears that Giff just lost another one.
Though they have yet to offically release the numbers yet, it seems that the ballots cast by Democracy for New York City members show a solid majority for Anthony Weiner and another club packing failure for Gifford Miller. Weiner won the NDM ballot over Miller by more than two to one and I hear that the DFNYC numbers are looking much the same.
It seems that NYC progressives just don't like Giff no matter how much he tries reach out. Some rather informal polling also reveals that many DFNYC members were kind of insulted that Gifford would assume that he would be their choice. That kind of rejection has gotta hurt. read more »