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25 January 2009 @ 11:22 pm
man, youtube comments never cease to amaze!

busta you smooth like peanut butter sweet like jam, spreading it faster than any motha can
the reply, 4 hours later: Twista is the fastest rapper. I think it was documented.

alright, lilbrowstalker.  point taken.

25 January 2009 @ 01:30 pm

Via George.
24 January 2009 @ 03:54 pm

(That one lady to the way left looks totally ready to party party, no?)

Just 'cause I am who I am, I have to ask a lot of questions of the new junior Senator, about her bailout stance, about what seems to be a disconnect on issues with the majority of New York voters, about whether she would agree with everyone who has since said to me "you must be so happy she is from upstate!!" or agree with me that the Hudson Valley is not Buffaheezy, or the Roc or Syracuse,* and about this sketchy list.     

All those questions aside, I have to be pleased that Paterson chose someone once elected by some New York State citizens, and in a pretty grand way, by kicking some seriously entrenched Republican ass.

And thennnn, AND THEN, I have to be WHAT THE FUCK AMERICA:
David Boies and his son, Chris, both partners at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, the law firm where Gillibrand was once upon a time a partner herself, each donated 25 grand to Paterson's gubernatorial campaign on the same fine day of December 23rd, 2008. Hate the game, don't hate the players?  Sure, but this still fucking sucks, as does the entirety of the bullshit enumerated here.  I implore you to Google one of the mofos who donated over 25 grand to Paterson and tell me this system ain't broke.

*THERE ARE CITIES UPSTATE PEOPLE, MY GOD. Not every upstater is a country bumpkin who hates gun control and gay rights.

Speaking of parties, hosted a superb one last night, that somehow devolved into a throng of men (read: seven, in a teensy NYC apt) jumping to the likes of Green Day and Weezer (...), and am just finishing up an even superb-er morning, thanks to Broadway Restaurant and Mel's drunkydrunkdrunk friends.

OH! Dr. Cappucino's son was in my house for said party!!!  Upon leaving, he called me Mrs. Buffalo, and that was just, correct.
20 January 2009 @ 12:32 am
This brilliant Tuesday, with the sun shining on Low Steps, free coffee (Oren's 'Blend 44,' in honor of the occasion) in hand/tummy, the world's least capable closed captioner on duty, and the world's least capable leader on his way out...
We gotsa new presidentttttt!!!!!!  My favorite parts of a really superb speech:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

Of course, actions speak louder than words, President Obama. So let's do the damn thang!

And Rev. Lowery outshines e'rbody:
Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back,
when brown can stick around,
when yellow will be mellow,
when the red man can get ahead, man;
and when white will embrace what is right.
That all those who do justice and love mercy say Amen.

"In the world of Renaissance polyphony, these guys are like the Rolling Stones"

And some shitty stuff:
My clock--the crown jewel of our teensy New York pad--was smashed and trashed while I was in Buffalo.  Apparently the maple-syrup-chugger hates AWESOME.

Stopped into Milano today to grab lunch with the ladiez, riding high on Americalove, and ended up paying $10 for the same (except superior) sandwich I would get at Guercio's for $3.75. Quel killjoy. 

19 January 2009 @ 09:41 am

Challenge what the future holds
Try'na keep your head up to the sky

(You gotta be hard
You gotta be tough
You gotta be stronger)

09 January 2009 @ 01:27 am
I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind
That I put down in words
How wonderful life is
While you're in the world

I've spent a decent part of this week at/with PUSH and fallen back head-over-heels in love.  Never had I ever fallen out of love per se, but it's definitely good to be back in my comfy corner, working into the dark of evening without really ever seeing the light of day, giggling over Aaron's unambiguous hunger patterns, loving Aminah with my whole heart, soaking up the rich badassery of so many longtime Buffalonians (I aspire to be a badass longtime Buffalonian someday), and spending a bit of qt with Harrison, who is very good at being a friend.

It's funny how little has changed in that space beyond the stellar additions of SaraGordon and Tamar and Ray (a definite BLB) and the fancying up of Sean Ryan's office and the Jobs with Justice hoodies defending against winter's chill.  Winter has worked its magic on Grant Street too (which also remains the same, save for Sweetness7), coating the sidewalks with thick slush that puddles au coin, prompting (not so) graceful, frequent leaps en route to G&L Flooring, where a quest for vinyl tiles was met with the kindness, helpfulness and matter-of-factness which together are commonplace in the Ruff Tuff Buff.  Clearly can't say it enough, but SHIT I cannot WAIT to choose this place as my home.

Also, via Mr. Walker, who is sorely missed and wished well soon:

And if those earning $500,000 or $1 million a year really think that would be a burden, they could comfort themselves by knowing that other New Yorkers would love to be in position to pay such a tax.

<3 Rod Watson

P.S.  I feel like I've focused on Aaron's enthusiasm for foodstuffs so often on this, to the exclusion of my deep admiration of and appreciation for the man and his work.  One of the best things about spending time at 271 Grant is undoubtedly the feeling that I might be picking up on what makes a great person great.
Mood: cheerful
31 December 2008 @ 08:47 pm
I think this is going to be a really, really stellar year.

(Let's karaoke soon?)

24 December 2008 @ 02:55 pm
Pat Buchanan, talking about majority opposition to the gay rights minority:

Why would you try to impose your views, which are clearly minority views, on a majority of the Americans who disagree profoundly with them and believe deeply that that is wrong?

Because that's what we do here.  That is precisely how we've come up with the America I was born and raised in-- I mean, if you want to take it back even further, I think the Patriots were a minority?  What America are you thinking of, Pat?

(The video is excruciating, probably not worth watching.   Go see Milk instead.)

Also:  Merry Christmas!!!!!

21 December 2008 @ 10:23 pm

HOME, and I'm lovin' it.

Thruway spin-outs, shoveling into a parking spot, trekking across the strangely bright night, barreling up a driveway, and what feels like days of driving through the suburbs with zero visibility...And still I positively grin every time the snow touches/whips at my face.  <3 BuffaWinter!!
More (my own) pictures forthcoming.

18 December 2008 @ 01:26 am
Yeah, I have a final and a paper in less than 8 hours, but I am annoyyyyyyyyed.

Kennedy, on her qualifications:
I just hope everybody understands that it is not a campaign but that I have a lifelong devotion to public service. I’ve written books on the Constitution and the importance of individual participation. And I’ve raised my family. I think I really could help bring change to Washington.

I mean she RAISED her fucking FAMILY.  What more do you want.
We all agreed that qualified Sarah Palin to run for VP, and being Senator is like, way easier.

Louise Slaughter concurs: "You know, who ever said you had to have had elected office before? Hillary didn’t."  The Times rightly points out that Hilary Clinton was popularly elected, but whatevs.  If I recall correctly, Hildog wrote books, raised a family, and liked change back in the day, too!  Keep those comparisons coming, Louise! You are on a ROLL.

(Back in studyland, reading Kuttner's sociological theories on the market, I got quite the laugh out of this line: "You cannot literally purchase a seat in Congress...")