Saturday, July 18, 2009

County Legislator Carrie Andrews' Campaign On Life Support?

Carrie Andrews Ignores District At Her Own Peril

Mingya, this is big. County Legislator Carrie Andrews' campaign is on life support. Someone filed petitions against her for a Democratic Primary and she didn't know anything about it until she got a phone call from the Board of Elections -- a real sign that she has very limited contact and connection with the people she represents.

To make matters worse, Andrews filed with far fewer signatures than is customarily recommended. Most candidates try to file with at least 50% more than they need to qualify for the ballot. In a sign of arrogance or laziness, or maybe both, Carrie filed with about 100 signatures more than she needed.

This seat will remain Democratic regardless of what happens to Carrie, but this is a shocking development. We will be following this and will keep you posted.


Friday, July 3, 2009

Cultural Curiosity

What do Farrah Fawcett and Sammy Davis, Jr. have in common?

Each died the same day as another celebrity, news of whose death instantly overshadowed the news of each of them.

In Fawcett's case the other celebrity, of course, was Michael Jackson.   In Davis's case it was Jim Henson, creator of the "Muppets."   In neither case did the other celeb seem to have reason for more claim on the news than Fawcett or Davis, but, nevertheless, received vastly more posthumous press attention.

Fawcett and Michael Jackson started life as attractive people; later they disfigured themselves with plastic surgery.   That seems to us to be their only enduring legacy, as examples of what not to do.   Jacko, of course also encumbered himself with the kiddie issue.   (What does Michael Jackson like about twenty-eight year olds?   There are twenty of them!)

Anyone have an idea why the press paid more attention to Muppet Man than to Sammy, or to Jacko over Farrah?

We don't care, but as observers of the culture, we're curious.


Biden's Appointment

The President's appointment of Vice President Joe Biden to be in charge of Iraqi policy is good news.   Biden was the only senator who seemed to grasp the realities of that country, and one of the very few able to conceive and articulate a policy direction rooted firmly in them.  His understanding of the implications of Iraq's regional distinctions, not all of them obvious, underscored a clear and intelligent view.   A wise and welcome appointment.