New York’s fashion tribe is agog with curiosity about what first lady Michelle Obama might wear when she cuts the ribbon Monday morning on the new Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
But, alas, it doesn’t look like she’ll be attending the white-tie-themed gala that night at the museum.
Instead, her schedule has her attending two Democratic National Committee events.
The first lady’s White House office confirmed today she will join students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the High School for Fashion Industries to deliver remarks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Straits, a tribute band honoring the very famous Dire Straits, was hosted Friday night at the ornate Austrian baroque Palace Theater in Albany, New York.
The Straits are an incredible group of musicians whose members include Alan Clark and Chris White of the original Dire Straits line-up, as well as some newer members. The Straits lead guitarist - Terence Reis (rhymes with “beige”), from South Africa - was discovered by Alan Clark, who was the first keyboardist for Dire Straits. Mr. Reis was recruited when Alan Clark and Chris White decided to put The Straits together. Their drummer, Steve Ferrone, was on loan from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The band is rounded out by Mickey Feat, who has played with Marc Knopfler before, playing bass; Adam Phillips on rhythm guitar; Jamie Squire plays keyboards, guitar and percussion.
The first thing one notices about Terence Reis’ guitar-work is that he has mastered Marc Knopfler’s guitar style and technique. Completely. That is to say, if one had no idea what Marc Knopfler looked like, one would not have been able to tell just by listening, that he was not up there on the stage himself. The next most obvious thing is that Terence Reis has also mastered Marc Knopfler’s vocal style to the same degree.
It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!
Huge swaths of the city’s wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold, according to the city’s own map of snow-plower activity.
“He is trying to get us back. He is very divisive and political,” said writer and Life-long Upper East Sider and mom Molly Jong Fast of Mayor de Blasio.
“By not plowing the Upper East Side, he is saying, ‘I’m not one of them.’ But we have everyone in this area on the Upper East Side. We have rich people, middle class people, and housing projects. We have it all.”
There appeared to be no snow plowing between East 59th and 79th Streets and between Second and Fifth Avenues.
“I can’t believe de Blasio could do this. He is putting everyone in danger,” said Barbara Tamerin, who was using ski poles to get around 81st Street and Lexington Avenue.
“What is he thinking? We’re supposed to get up to a foot of snow and nobody on the Upper East Side is supposed to blink an eye? I can barely get around and I’m on snow shoes! All of the buses are stuck and can’t go anywhere. He’s crazy. We need Mayor Bloomberg back!”
Tough shit you rich douchewads. Pay a bunch of Poors to shovel your streets with teaspoons.
Why do you think that New York public schools are teaching kids bestiality? Do you, or any of your relatives have any kids in new york public schools who told you about this? At the very least did you read about this in a credible news paper, or hear about it on a mainstream news show? ( Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the 700 Club doesn’t count, but especially the 700 Club )
Bradlee Dean recently went on a show called “TruNews,” which based on this quote Right Wing Watch picked up, doesn’t live up to its name.
Berman: This is a demonic problem, isn’t it, my friend?
Dean: Oh, there’s no question about it. And, by the way, when we’re talking about the left, and what they attempt to promulgate, attempt to advocate, we have to keep in mind that they’re lawless. So when we talk of the left in this country, it’s really what the right has tolerated. There wouldn’t be a left if the right was doing the right thing all of the time. And I wish people in America would just come to the terms and to the facts that when we’re talking about those that again are on the left, we’re really talking about a lawless people, we’re talking about a criminal population that is only complained about because the right is tolerating their crimes committed against the constitutional republic .
But going back to the schools again, you’re dealing with an educational system - National Education Association - they’re so demoralized [sic], they’re so irrational that now they have something called the homosexual caucus; that wasn’t good enough, now they have a drag queen caucus. In New York City, they’re teaching kids bestiality in public schools.
Yes the demons are making the “evil” leftist “promote bestiality.” Badlee, I’ll ask you again. What evidence do you have to back up the claim that New York Schools are actually teaching kids to get it on with their pets? Is it that they’re teaching tolerance for gay people, and like Vic Eliason you think its somehow part of the gay life style? I wouldn’t be surprised given how much you “love” gay people.
Oh, and you think the left is lawless? You think liberals are “committing crimes against our constitutional republic?” Its extremists on the right that are lawless. Bryan Fischer became enraged at Chris Christie. Christie wouldn’t put Fischers’ version of Christianity above the Constitution, and only appoint far right Christian Judges. Bryan also refuses to accept the fact that our Constitution protects freedom for non Christians. He wants to be able to force his religion on people, without the constitution standing in his way. He makes up “history” to back up right wing extremism, much like you do. How’s that for defending the constitution, Bradlee?
Other people on the far right have called for armed revolution and secession if they don’t get what they want. One group of Virginia Republicans even went so far as to put out a commentary in their newsletter promoting the idea of an armed revolt, if the people simply chose to election Obama to a second term.
Now Bradlee, tell me why we shouldn’t laugh at you and your ridiculous claims about the left promoting bestiality?
In a tirade clocking in just over 3 minutes, last night Jon Stewart hilariously adds fuel to the New York-Chicago rivalry by comparing Chicago-style “not-pizza” to like having “sex with a corpse made of sandpaper”, “an above-ground marinara swimming pool for rats”, “tomato soup in a bread bowl”, and a “tauntaun to keep warm”.
Head over to Foodspin for just the tirade portion of the video.
TDS has the entire ≈7 minute clip below:
Prayers for peace and unity rang out in English, Arabic, Hindi and Hebrew as about 100 people gathered in Bay Shore on Saturday to observe the United Nations International Day of Peace.
The Long Island Multi-Faith Forum has held the annual event in churches and temples. This year, the Masjid Darul Quran, a mosque, served as host. […]
With radical Islamic gunmen killing at least 39 people at a shopping mall in Kenya on Saturday — targeting non-Muslims, according to witnesses — the message of unity across faiths had special resonance.
Hafiz ur Rehman, Suffolk County’s human rights commissioner, said he learned before the event that a close friend is among the missing.
“Say a prayer from the deepest corner of your hearts that they all come out safe,” said Rehman, a native Kenyan.
The service lasted more than an hour and moved through a dozen faith communities, including Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. […]
Mayor Bloomberg suggested Friday that New York City public housing residents should be fingerprinted as a way to fight crime in the system’s 334 buildings.
Bloomberg, speaking on his weekly radio show, said NYCHA residents make up 5 percent of the city’s population while 20 percent of New York City crimes are committed in public housing.
“The people that live there, most of them, want more police protection… If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you? Why’re you here?’”
“What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” he went on. “And of course … there’s an allegation that some of these apartments aren’t occupied by the people who originally have the lease.”
The daughter of former New York Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno defrauded taxpayers of $165,000 she got for a no-show job, the New York attorney general claims in court.
The state sued John J. O’Connor, former president of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, and Susan Bruno, his former special assistant, in Albany County Supreme Court.
Bruno was paid “at least $164,952 in state funds for services that she did not perform,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says in the complaint. He seeks treble damages.
The state claims that Bruno and her boss, O’Connor, “conspired to commit violations” of New York’s False Claims Act by knowingly presenting false claims for payment.
Bruno’s father Joseph was at one time a powerful Republican in New York. A longtime state legislator from suburban Rensselaer County, he became Senate majority leader in an intraparty coup in 1994 and remained in the post for 14 years. He resigned in 2008 in the face of an FBI probe that led to his indictment on federal corruption charges.
More: Courthouse News Service
In the end of 2012 I travelled to USA to experience something new. And it was something I didn’t expect: emptiness and density.
‘Merge’ is the last part of a project series ‘Empty, Dense, Merge’ which explores two opposite feelings through the photos of places located in USA.
In this project two opposite places are merged into one: New York City, where, it seems like, everyone wants to live there, and Grand Canyon / Death Valley, which are unlivable.
Continue to Gus Petro’s photomerge here: Gus Petro - Photographer + Artist
Jack Shafer, Reuters:
Edward Snowden’s expansive disclosures to the Guardian and the Washington Post about various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have only two corollaries in contemporary history—the classified cache Bradley Manning allegedly released to WikiLeaks a few years ago and Daniel Ellsberg’s dissemination of the voluminous Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971.
Leakers like Snowden, Manning and Ellsberg don’t merely risk being called narcissists, traitors or mental cases for having liberated state secrets for public scrutiny. They absolutely guarantee it. In the last two days, the New York Times’s David Brooks, Politico’s Roger Simon, the Washington Post‘s Richard Cohen and others have vilified Snowden for revealing the government’s aggressive spying on its own citizens, calling him self-indulgent, a loser and a narcissist.
Yet even as the insults pile up and the amateur psychoanalysis intensifies, keep in mind that Snowden’s leak has more in common with the standard Washington leak than should make the likes of Brooks, Simon and Cohen comfortable. Without defending Snowden for breaking his vow to safeguard secrets, he’s only done in the macro what the national security establishment does in the micro every day of the week to manage, manipulate and influence ongoing policy debates. Keeping the policy leak separate from the heretic leak is crucial to understanding how these stories play out in the press.
Sometimes the index finger of government has no idea of what the thumb is up to. In 2007, Vice President Cheney went directly to Bush with his complaint about what he considered to be a damaging national security leak in a column by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius. “Whoever is leaking information like this to the press is doing a real disservice, Mr. President,” Cheney said. Later, Bush’s national security adviser paid a visit to Cheney to explain that Bush, um, had authorized him to make the leak to Ignatius.
Kevin Poulson, Wired:
Don’t read this if you aren’t him.
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Alexander Boulton, The Hill:
Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing, leaving dozens of chairs in the secure meeting room empty as Clapper, Alexander and other senior officials told lawmakers about classified programs to monitor millions of telephone calls and broad swaths of Internet activity. The room on the lower level of the Capitol Visitor Center is large enough to fit the entire Senate membership, according to a Senate aide.
The Hill was not provided the names of who did, and who didn’t, attend the briefing