Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at 12:37am

New York state of mind

This letter is in response to A.C. Kleinheider's opinion piece on Harold Ford, Jr., entitled, Difficult, Not Impossible: Junior Can Win In New York, [The City Paper, Jan. 11].

In it, Mr. Kleinheider generalizes and stereotypes; he wrote, “New Yorkers like to think they’re better than everyone else…” and “…black voters like to vote for black candidates.”

Using those two dubious premises as the basis of his argument, Kleinheider concludes with this, “With the right team and a few well-connected New York benefactors, he could take the New York political world by storm, win the race as an independent and keep an African American in the Senate.”

I do not think so. As a native New Yorker, I know that N.Y. politics are not intuitive — things are seldom as they appear. Empire State politics are a byzantine and convoluted mass of competing special interests.

Has Junior pledged allegiance to AIPAC? If not, his campaign is going nowhere. AIPAC thoroughly approves of Sen. Gillibrand, why change horses needlessly?

Without the support of AIPAC, Senator Chuck Schumer, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Gov. Paterson, Harold Ford Jr. cannot advance politically in New York. It's just that simple.

Kleinheider wraps up his rather delusional rant with, “It seems crazy, but it just might work.” With all due respect, sir, it doesn’t just seem crazy, it is crazy.

James E. Knight, 14559

 

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267 Comments on this post:

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:19

hi house - doctors always want to check my feet - what's it mean when they stay asleep all the time?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 12:20

gay - piano - bar.

redundant?

By: Kosh III on 1/19/10 at 12:22

'Going back to the gay piano bar, Kosh?"

A vacation to sunny San Diego? Sure. Especially if you are paying.....

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 12:23

Good morning, Nashville!

Thank you all for the kind words. I figured that being from New York might give me an edge on this particular issue.

Slacker may be right, this is junior's "get to know me" introductory bid at a NY elected office. Most NY'ers are not aware of Ford's unsavory family history. I plan on informing them of the fitlhy facts.

I suggest that you TN natives write to some NY papers and reveal the bad news about the Fords.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:24

why I don't use google

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt reinforced some privacy advocates' fears last month with a glib statement on the subject in a CNBC interview. "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place," he told Maria Bartiromo. "The reality is that search engines--including Google--do retain this information for some time and it's important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act and it is possible that all that information could be made available to the authorities."

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:26

good afternoon loner :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 12:28

Bad circulation, Dusty. Goes hand-in-hand with diabetes.
Kosh, I'm always ready to play, big boy...

By: Kosh III on 1/19/10 at 12:28

Loner. Right up your alley:

I went out at lunch, heading for the library. First I hear the sound of a crowd somewhere....not at the Capitol, maybe someone rallying for or against the convention center?
I get closer to the library and now can see a crowd of people lining both sides of Church street in front of the library.
I see crosses being waved; teabaggers? I see signs about Islam murdering Christians and Jews. Then I see a huge photo of the BVM, I notice the crowd is somewhat darker than your average rightie.
It's people of Egyptian origin/descent. Protesting our government's support for the murdering/persecuting dictator of Egypt. Demanding that the US wake up and see that Christians are being murdered and persecuted. I then see a bishop? He was getting a lot of ring kissing, but maybe Copts do that to the ordinary clergy too.

I must say that I wholly agree. The ongoing persecution of Copts in Egypt is evil, and our support of Muhbarak is just as evil.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:31

k3 - yep - none of the islamic governments have clean hands in that area :(

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 12:32

new By: Captain Nemo on 1/19/10 at 11:42

See you later.

I am going to blow my nose, then drink some water and then go let the cats in and then leave for work. Did I miss anything? lol"

Yes, Nemo - don't forget to pee.

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 12:36

Kosh, there could be money in that, rent a protester.

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 12:46

anybody use bing?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 12:46

i like bing.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:47

Fundi - no I use searchalot - they make a point of not saving users data :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 12:49

I can see the ad now, slacker:
"Do you like to carry signs? Can you repeatedly chant catchy slogans?
You may be ready for a career as a professional protester..."

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 12:52

The Egyptians are now building what the Gazans call "the wall of death" on the Egypt Gaza border. The wall will extend 20 meters underground, to thwart tunnel-builders. Since Israel and Egypt have kept the stateless Arabs in Gaza under blockade for years now, the tunnels are the only way to bring in food, water, fuel and medicine to the suffering masses still devestated by Israel's Operation Cast Lead, which ended one year ago.

Both Egypt and Israel receive massive US foreign aid, the blockade of Gaza is being carried out with the full blessings of our Nobel laureate president and the AIPAC-sponsored US government.

Israel has photo-op compassion for the Haitians, but in Gaza, the IDF smashes inquisitive cameras. Israel is trying to look good in Haiti, it's phony baloney, meant for US consumption. The Israelis are very clever at this sort of humanitarian charade.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:52

unlike google that saves that data forever and builds a file on you. :(
all the rest do the same but not to google's extreme
that's the only reason I switched to searchalot but I have no complaints on their effectiveness. :)

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 12:54

I used Bing.

-Bobe Hope

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 12:55

Google builds files on users? How do you get Google off your computer?

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 12:55

Israel is just as bigotted as the arabs - just better at manipulating publicity to cover their attrocities - they don't mind bombing schools or killing women and children as long as they get who they are after. :(

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:03

house - in control panel - remove programs icon - remove google bar
then go to:
C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\Cookies
and delete all cookies and subfolders that have google in name

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 1:04

Google is your friend...

Google is your friend...

Google is your friend...

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:06

house correction!!!!
- in control panel - click on remove programs icon - then click on google bar and select remove

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 1:09

Good afternoon, Dusty. Anyone who has ever visited the Israeli online sites knows the truth of what you just said. I monitor the Jerusalem Post, Haaretz and Ynet news. The Israeli posters reveal the depth and breadth of their hate on those boards. For those who think that today's unholy Israelis are the holy ancient Israelites, reading the vicious comments can be a real eye-opener. The US posters who post on those sites are usually fifth-column, Israeli -types of dual allegiance Americans. My posts are often banned on those sites - criticism of Zionism, the IDF or the Israeli government is strictly verboten on most Israeli sites..

Don't take my word for it folks, check it out for yourselves...apartheid and Jim Crow are alive and well in the Holy Land.....and the US taxpayers are making it all possible, by violating the Establishment Clause.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:15

Loner - I don't need to read - went into Lebanon on a rescue mission after they got done - gut wrenching :(

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 1:18

Thanks, Dusty. Hulk smash puny Google!

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:19

gdia - google has bragged that they will be bigger than microsoft in ten years - don't know about you guys but that scares the H@#@ out of me!

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:20

house - you are welcome - wish I could make money sharing what little I,ve learned over the years. lol

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 1:22

Wow, I'm impressed, Dusty. You may be on some federal fecal roster as a result of your humanitarian work with the enemies of the Jewish State.

I get Emails from the E. Jerusalem YMCA director. The native Christians are also treated like crap in Israel, but the US evangelicals turn a blind eye to the continuous oppression of non-Jews in Palestine. The Christian fundies are so intent on fulfilling the end days prophecies, nothing else seems to matter to those gentile expediters of Armageddon.

American Christians are useful idiots for Zionism; they are played for fools every single day.

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 1:23

pain, it would make a fortune. Include electronic signs that change messages, with a push of a button. Rent a: small crowd, large crowd, tame, rowdy, The deluxe package:
The Cecil B. DeMille cast of thousands.

By: brrrrk on 1/19/10 at 1:24

So who thinks Scott "Penis Palin" Brown is going to win in Mass.?

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 1:25

I do, brrrk. Now ask if I care...

By: brrrrk on 1/19/10 at 1:25

Loner said

"federal fecal roster"

LOL....

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:27

slack - I'm cheap - put me on payroll! :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 1:28

Dunno, brrrrk, but it sounds like the broad (you're welcome, Blanket) has pi$$ed too many people off by running her mouth.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:28

gdia - lol - but I agree! :)

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 1:29

FOX news has been shading the truth of the polls in MA for weeks now. I believe that Coakley will win, as the early polls indicated. There may be a significant backlash to the Kennedy-anointed candidate, if so, maybe there is hope after all.....dynastic democracy sucks!

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 1:30

But, if the Dems do screw up the health reform, I don't want to hear any bitching and complaining FROM ANYONE about the state of health care. The next time that's dealt with will be your grandchildren's generation.

It's done.

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 1:32

Dusty, we'll use you in Medicare protests.
You wear a fake beard when we're against it, clean shaven when we're for it.
Must be able to work odd hours.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:33

gdia - you're talking to old farts here - our greatgreat grandchildren's generation :)

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:34

slack - I grow my own - don't need fake - odd hours is fine :)

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 1:35

Fair enough, dusty :)

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 1:36

broad - heh heh heh

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 1:36

The "reform" package is so laden with pork and so bereft of reform that if it is defeated, it may not be such a bad thing. One thing is clear, the GOP has real herd instincts, not a single maverick has crossed the line - some tried to act bipartisan, but that was just an act. I don't think the nation has been this polarized since the Vietnam War.....the right-wingers absolutely hate Obama's guts; how can he survive?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 1:37

By: Loner on 1/19/10 at 1:36
The "reform" package is so laden with pork and so bereft of reform that if it is defeated, it may not be such a bad thing.

Unfortunately I tend to agree with that.

By: brrrrk on 1/19/10 at 1:38

gdiafante said

"But, if the Dems do screw up the health reform, I don't want to hear any bitching and complaining FROM ANYONE about the state of health care. The next time that's dealt with will be your grandchildren's generation."

Intellectually I agree with you.... but morally speaking it's impossible for me to turn my back on people who need, and more importantly deserve, help.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 1:40

Either way, there's bound to be protests...get ready, slacker...

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:41

loner said:
One thing is clear, the GOP has real herd instincts, not a single maverick has crossed the line - some tried to act bipartisan, but that was just an act. I don't think the nation has been this polarized since the Vietnam War.

It's almost to be bi-partisan with Pelosi's loud mouth backstabbing.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 1:43

sorry - eyes acting up - forgot word impossible

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 1:44

pain, I can mobilize the Cecil B. DeMille deluxe package in a matters of hours.
Or we for, or against?