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 1:44

k3 walked into a gay piano bar in DC and saw Pelosi and Palin singing a love song duet.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:09

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The staggering scope of Haiti's nightmare came into sharper focus Monday as authorities estimated 200,000 dead and 1.5 million homeless in the quake-ravaged heart of this tragic land, where injured survivors still died in the streets, doctors pleaded for help and looters slashed at one another in the rubble.
The world pledged more money, food, medicine and police. Some 2,000 U.S. Marines steamed into nearby waters. And ex-president Bill Clinton, special U.N. envoy, flew in to offer support. Six days after the earthquake struck, search teams still pulled buried survivors from the ruins.
But hour by hour the unmet needs of hundreds of thousands grew.
Overwhelmed surgeons appealed for anesthetics, scalpels, saws for cutting off crushed limbs. Uncounted hundreds of survivors sought to cram onto buses headed out of town. In downtown streets, others begged for basics.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:12

the one good thing about the situation in Haiti is that it hasn't rained. that has kept what little water supplies are there from becoming further polluted by decomposing bodies.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 2:15

Maybe they could put the WIC office in Haiti...
Joking, people. I notice you've been having fun on that thread, Blanket.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:18

Conan O'Brien is close to signing a nearly $40 million agreement to walk away from his dream job hosting NBC's "The Tonight Show."

I guess I've just had the wrong jobs all my life :)

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 2:19

I wish they'd pay me to leave.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:21

yeah, house. i don't see why some posters are so up in arms about the WIC.

yeah, i'd take $40 mil to leave! lol!

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:21

house - re wic office - sad the nimby''s would rather have an empty crime infested mall than wic applicants in their neighborhood.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:22

you got that right, Dusty!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:22

i live in 37210 and i'd rather have a WIC than an old, mostly unused crime ridden building.

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 2:25

What's mind-numbing about Conan, is there are lines of people around NBC studios chanting his name with signs. Just like Bible thumpers who are outside abortion clinics denouncing the baby killer Dr.
No difference in emotion between the two groups.
It always struck me Conan, an overpaid commedian with red hair and flaired nostrils was as important as the killing of human embryos commonly called "life".

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 2:26

I'd rather not have neighbors in my neighborhood.

By: house_of_pain on 1/19/10 at 2:28

slacker, it sounds like money is being left on the table around here.
You need to get PRO-TEST(catchy name, huh?) up & running, ASAP.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:29

d7 sorry - I think all of them leno, conan, letterman are jokes. God, I miss Johnny! :(

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:32

house - sure you don't live in bells bend? that sounded like their spiel :)

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 2:32

Brrrk, I understand, and I had that same belief, but there has to be a point that people take responsibility for what's happening.

The sad part is that those people who are so afraid actually think the GOP would initiate any reform.

We have the system we deserve.

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 2:35

1,000 Americans a week die ascribed to not having health insurance.

I don't care what "provisions", "language", "pork", etc. is in the 2,100 page bill...Obama's got his name on it, I voted for him, I trust him, and if the thing is passed and is worse than the system we've got now, then I got fooled.

GW Bush didn't fool me with the b.s. about Saddam and 9/11.
So, my record, so far, is perfect: I'm 1 and 0.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:36

gdia - the R party will NEVER support health reform - too far into drug companies pockets.

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 2:36

pain, we'll trot Dusty errr..push.. out in a wheelchair, there will not be a dry eye at the WIC

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 2:37

Dusty, your eyes messing up could also be due to diabetes. That s--t can really mess up your whole body. Please take it seriously!!!

Jay Leno should have backed off and said good luck to Conan and left him in charge of the Tonight Show. He passed the torch years ago and should not be waiting for it to be passed back because his prime time show sucks.

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 2:38

I know that, Dusty. The poor fools who need reform are the ones who don't.

Darge, Obama overreached. Too much too soon. It's going to cost him. Cost all of us. Too bad, I had high hopes for the future.

By: Funditto on 1/19/10 at 2:38

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..."

I'm in.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:40

Slack - I trot about 5 miles a day only thing that keeps me going sometimes :)
Mama - I take it serious but I 'm one of those w no health coverage so >>>>
and I agree with you about leno - well past his prime

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:45

slack protest.com is taken but protestbiz.us is available! :)

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 2:46

gdia: The way I see it, the two wars were on automatic pilot. Obama stayed the course in Iraq and 'dithered" on Afghanistan, but gave Gen. Numb-Nuts his 30,000 troops.
He wants to hang his hat on something. Needed a "cause".
The Clinton's tried Health Care reform in the 90's, maybe he thought 2009+ it could work?
I'm quite sure the first thing he says waking up each and every morrning, leaning over to The First Lady in the Lincoln Bedroom, in The White House is, "Damn, I can't believe I'm the fu***king President!" "Can you believe this sh**t?"

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 2:46

Dusty, you don't sound frail enough for this protest, we're gonna have to let you go.
Here's 40 million.
Hey nemo....

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:47

house - no need to post ad - how many unemployed you know personally?

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 2:49

Dusty, I also have no health coverage. There are options--Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center--for one! They have really good dr's there, a pharmacy, lab, dental and can do lots of specialty things, such as some types of imaging. You may have to wait a while if you don't have an appointment. If you get an appointment you may still have to wait but not as long. Their number is 327-9400--don't delay!!!!!!!!

I'll get in that protest biz, if you need me! Whatta ya wanna protest next?

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 2:51

Mama: Need to watch Jay Leno's speech last night about the whole thing. It's from the heart, and honest, and TRUTHFUL.
No way he wanted Conan to fail or want his old job back.
I think NBC execs., as he and Conon, even Letterman, are THAT stupid.

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 2:52

Darge, I think his intentions were noble...but now I think they just want to pass something to say they passed something. When they took off the public option, he sold out.

Now, it's going to blow up in his face. Should be an interesting State of the Union address.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:52

slack - ref my post at 09:50

Mama - yes I go to Meharry - only option I have - the clinic isn't nice to me though :(

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:53

i saw that, dargent.

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 2:54

Darge, if that's true, all Leno had to say was "no". He didn't, because he's an asshat. Always has been. Not very funny either.

Not that Conan is either...

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 2:54

gdia: Since you're the only one who scored a 100% on my Beatles/ Wonderlic test, I'll listen to you. "I've got blisters on me fingers?...Ringo. Nobody knows that one!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 2:55

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 2:52
Darge, I think his intentions were noble...but now I think they just want to pass something to say they passed something. When they took off the public option, he sold out.

I agree.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 2:56

guess conan gonna have to go back to being a barb

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 2:58

Well, Leno's speech wasn't a mea culpa like Letterman's, "Gee wizz, I did have sex with all those staffers". He told the tale. I believe him. Conan is making a fool of himself dissing NBC. Now he's singing. Get off the stage.
I'm in bed before 10:00pm anyway.

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 2:58

MammaG, you're hired, but we don't provide health insurance.
We do furnish the vegetables to throw, and ...a tall boy after the protest.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:00

d7 - but nbc is so easy to diss! If it wasn't for all the buyouts injecting new cash I don't think any of the networks would still be around.

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 3:00

Thats a 16oz. beer, not a tall boy.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:02

slack - mama isn't into tall boys - just older men like capt :)

By: dargent7 on 1/19/10 at 3:05

Nazix2 & gdia, Inc:
My assumption to get anything done in Washington is that you have to decide who's d**k and how many, you're willing to suck.
Obama did back-door meetings, secret hand shakes, and gave promises to get the bill before the House vote. Why is he fighting so hard? What's in it for him, personally?
He had to overcome Palin's "Death Panel" inventions, and every Republican saying he demands abortions on demand, 9th month, and if you're over 65, "you could be next". All lies.

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 3:06

What i saw was Leno talking in 2004 about not wanting to continue the bickering back and forth between he and Letterman and that it was time to pass the torch of the Tonight Show. I personally don't care because I don't watch any of them. I just think it's coming across as a slap to the red-cheeked face of Conan OBrian. Just my opinion...

Dusty, go to MW instead of Meharry. They will refer you out to General Hospital (different than Meharry if you ask them) for specialized needs. Such as colonoscopies or biopsies. The ones I hate dealing with are the ones in the financial assistance office (of Gen. Hosp) who act as if they are personally doing you a favor by being there from 8-3 M-F. I've got a battle brewing with them now about over charges they are trying to say I owe and I do not owe that much! Anyway, I drifted a second. I'm back now...try Matthew Walker!!!

Slacker, thanks! Do we get the rotten veggies from sidney's garden? You know how she loves to give stuff away! Tall boy sounds good to this short girl! lol And, I'm not doing it without blanket and funditto!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 1/19/10 at 3:11

Mama, you beat me to it - i was going to ask the same thing about the veggies! and right about now, i'll take a tall boy or a 16 oz. whatever you got. LOL!

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 3:12

Slacker, you take that back! I wanted a tall BOY! LOL

Dusty, Dusty, Dusty. Whatever am I going to do with you? I guess I might to have to begin asking you about Sidney a lot more......

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 3:13

Darge, no doubt but as I said a year ago, the Dems know how to snatch defeat out of the hands of victory. They found a way to screw it up: losing the MA Senate seat.

All bets are off now.

You say you want a revolution?

By: MamaG on 1/19/10 at 3:13

and right about now, i'll take a tall boy or a 16 oz. whatever you got. LOL!

What she said!!!

By: slacker on 1/19/10 at 3:14

MamaG, all our tall boys are at the gay piano bar protest.

By: DustyU on 1/19/10 at 3:15

Mama - was at MW - sat for five hours without being seen :(
Financial office fairly nice to me - signs me up for free care a year at a time.
Eye clinic won't answer phone for appointment - treat everybody like crap :(

By: gdiafante on 1/19/10 at 3:17

Dusty, I'm not an opthalmologist, but I play on on TV. I'd say, judging by your grammar, spelling, etc, you have 20/30 vision. But you may have glaucoma due to diabetes, so I'm prescribing you some medicinal marijuana.