Archive for August, 2004

August 31, 2004

Reminder: “NY Hates W” T-Shirts

The first batch is almost gone, so if you want to receive your “New York Hates Dubya” Ted Rall-designed T-shirt parodies of the old “I Love NY” shirt, now’s the time to order.

Go to http://www.agitproperties.com

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August 31, 2004

Reminder: “NY Hates W” T-Shirts

The first batch is almost gone, so if you want to receive your “New York Hates Dubya” Ted Rall-designed T-shirt parodies of the old “I Love NY” shirt, now’s the time to order.

Go to http://www.agitproperties.com

August 31, 2004

RNC Miscellany

Security is one thing, intimidation another.On the C train on my way downtown to the Air America appearance this morning, the subway doors opened up at 34th Street-Pennsylvania Station to an unusual sight: large cops in riot gear, smacking their billy clubs into their open palms at each door of every car. Hmm. Maybe it’s better to get off at 23rd Street.

The gruesome parade of 9/11 widows at last night’s RNC deserves comment. Americans should “do something,” one of them said. Though she harkened to the United 93 passengers who supposedly rebelled against the hijackers–still zero proof to that tale, of course–she meant we should all “do something”–vote Republican this fall. The politization of 9/11 continued with Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre assertion that we owe it to the victims to vote for Bush.

Ed Koch’s endorsement of the Bush-Cheney ticket retroactively belied his pleas, supposedly as a Democrat, to New Yorkers of liberal stripe to “make nice” to the Republican delegates. One is as one votes, and Ed Koch is as much of a Democrat as Michael Bloomberg is a Republican. Thanks, Ed, for finally outting yourself.

As the cameras scanned the sea of Caucasian faces across the convention hall, I was struck by something I’d never noticed before. Republicans, or at least Republican delegates, have no sparkle in their eyes. Like sharks, sheep and other braindead species, GOP adherents have a blank stare. Odd, and a little scary.

August 31, 2004

RNC Miscellany

Security is one thing, intimidation another.On the C train on my way downtown to the Air America appearance this morning, the subway doors opened up at 34th Street-Pennsylvania Station to an unusual sight: large cops in riot gear, smacking their billy clubs into their open palms at each door of every car. Hmm. Maybe it’s better to get off at 23rd Street.

The gruesome parade of 9/11 widows at last night’s RNC deserves comment. Americans should “do something,” one of them said. Though she harkened to the United 93 passengers who supposedly rebelled against the hijackers–still zero proof to that tale, of course–she meant we should all “do something”–vote Republican this fall. The politization of 9/11 continued with Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre assertion that we owe it to the victims to vote for Bush.

Ed Koch’s endorsement of the Bush-Cheney ticket retroactively belied his pleas, supposedly as a Democrat, to New Yorkers of liberal stripe to “make nice” to the Republican delegates. One is as one votes, and Ed Koch is as much of a Democrat as Michael Bloomberg is a Republican. Thanks, Ed, for finally outting yourself.

As the cameras scanned the sea of Caucasian faces across the convention hall, I was struck by something I’d never noticed before. Republicans, or at least Republican delegates, have no sparkle in their eyes. Like sharks, sheep and other braindead species, GOP adherents have a blank stare. Odd, and a little scary.

August 31, 2004

“Crash the Party” This Thursday Night in NYC

“Crash the Party”

A fundraiser to benefit the Kerry-Edwards campaign

Thursday, September 2, 2004

New York City

Between orange alerts and heartlanders in straw hats, there are loads of reasons to blow town during the Republican National Convention. But here’s an incentive to stick around …

On Thursday, September 2nd on the East Side of Manhattan, we are inviting supporters of regime change in the U.S.A. and their friends to join us for cocktails, conversation, and controversy in support of the team that wants to lead America in a new direction — John Kerry and John Edwards.

By any measure, the highlight of the evening will be George W. Bush’s acceptance of the Grand Old Party nomination, carried live on 25 screens through the miracle of television. Listen respectfully as our president recites his accomplishments on the economy, world peace and the environment … or, you could express your true feelings. (The conventioneers at the Garden will wonder what that dull roar coming from the East could be.)

Fueling our enthusiasm will be open bar (beer, wine, and liquor) and light hors d’oeuvres, accelerated by the soon-to-be-infamous Bushisms drinking game!

Attendance is limited, so reserve immediately!

CRASH THE PARTY

At

Proof

239 Third Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets

Manhattan

8 p.m. The party starts

10 p.m. W takes the podium

Admission:

$85 at the door

$75 in advance (Paypal to crashtheparty@mindspring.com)

All proceeds of this event go to support the Kerry-Edwards election campaign!

Presented with the support of the New York State Democratic Committee. Contributions to this event are not tax-deductible. RSVP and further information, please email crashtheparty@mindspring.com.

August 31, 2004

“Crash the Party” This Thursday Night in NYC

“Crash the Party”

A fundraiser to benefit the Kerry-Edwards campaign

Thursday, September 2, 2004

New York City

Between orange alerts and heartlanders in straw hats, there are loads of reasons to blow town during the Republican National Convention. But here’s an incentive to stick around …

On Thursday, September 2nd on the East Side of Manhattan, we are inviting supporters of regime change in the U.S.A. and their friends to join us for cocktails, conversation, and controversy in support of the team that wants to lead America in a new direction — John Kerry and John Edwards.

By any measure, the highlight of the evening will be George W. Bush’s acceptance of the Grand Old Party nomination, carried live on 25 screens through the miracle of television. Listen respectfully as our president recites his accomplishments on the economy, world peace and the environment … or, you could express your true feelings. (The conventioneers at the Garden will wonder what that dull roar coming from the East could be.)

Fueling our enthusiasm will be open bar (beer, wine, and liquor) and light hors d’oeuvres, accelerated by the soon-to-be-infamous Bushisms drinking game!

Attendance is limited, so reserve immediately!

CRASH THE PARTY

At

Proof

239 Third Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets

Manhattan

8 p.m. The party starts

10 p.m. W takes the podium

Admission:

$85 at the door

$75 in advance (Paypal to crashtheparty@mindspring.com)

All proceeds of this event go to support the Kerry-Edwards election campaign!

Presented with the support of the New York State Democratic Committee. Contributions to this event are not tax-deductible. RSVP and further information, please email crashtheparty@mindspring.com.

August 30, 2004

Air America Appearance

I’ll be on Air America Radio’s “Unfiltered” at 10:30 am East Coast time (I think it’s the same time in other time zones though I’m not 100% certain) to discuss the Republican National Convention and the way New Yorkers are reacting to it.

August 30, 2004

Air America Appearance

I’ll be on Air America Radio’s “Unfiltered” at 10:30 am East Coast time (I think it’s the same time in other time zones though I’m not 100% certain) to discuss the Republican National Convention and the way New Yorkers are reacting to it.

August 30, 2004

The People, Divided

“They’re all over the island!” the police captain at New York’s Union Square screamed in a panic into his walkie talkie. “They’re doing stuff!” But in reality, yesterday’s anti-RNC march suffered more from low turnout and the usual leftie wimpiness than anarchist violence.

After polls of New Yorkers indicated that 14 percent of the population–a million people–planned to protest the Republican National Convention, estimates of merely 100,000 had to be a disappointment to protest organizers. I suspect the lack of a rally at the end, coupled with fears of police-led violence–which marred the February 15, 2003 anti-Iraq war march here–contributed to that low number. Certainly by the march’s denouement at Union Square, the crowd was much thinner than in February 2003.

At several points overzealous police carried off protesters who dared raise their voices by yelling at them. A few people tried to heckle them, but most of the crowd was clearly scared.

The people met the police state yesterday. The people lost.

August 30, 2004

The People, Divided

“They’re all over the island!” the police captain at New York’s Union Square screamed in a panic into his walkie talkie. “They’re doing stuff!” But in reality, yesterday’s anti-RNC march suffered more from low turnout and the usual leftie wimpiness than anarchist violence.

After polls of New Yorkers indicated that 14 percent of the population–a million people–planned to protest the Republican National Convention, estimates of merely 100,000 had to be a disappointment to protest organizers. I suspect the lack of a rally at the end, coupled with fears of police-led violence–which marred the February 15, 2003 anti-Iraq war march here–contributed to that low number. Certainly by the march’s denouement at Union Square, the crowd was much thinner than in February 2003.

At several points overzealous police carried off protesters who dared raise their voices by yelling at them. A few people tried to heckle them, but most of the crowd was clearly scared.

The people met the police state yesterday. The people lost.