Bacon, Egg and Cheese with Political Analysis on the Side

September 17, 2017

This NY Times article, “Hold the Egg Sandwich: Egyptian TV is Calling” is amazing. An Egyptian guy who owns a bodega is Queens appears on Egyptian TV offering political analysis from America. I love the low budget “set” in the back with some maps of the US taped up.

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“Sometimes I’ll be busy with an order with my customer, then I will have to jump. It’s — ‘One. Two. You’re live.’” he said, imitating the booming voice of a newscaster. “It’s, ‘Mr. Gamasy, are we going to war in North Korea?’”

Next week, Mr. El-Gamasy said he will report from the United Nations General Assembly for several stations in Egypt. He sees his role as part translator of the American people to his homeland, and part good-will ambassador for a country where he feels more at home than where he was born. “With Mr. Trump as president, I feel compelled to explain America more to the Middle East,” he said.

“Over here, the sky is the limit,” Mr. El-Gamasy said. “And I’m living proof of it.”

Only in New York…

 

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Boring Follow-Up

July 20, 2017

In an attempt to move things along (see previous post), Elon Musk tweeted this:

Our local prosecutor, Preet Bharara (you may have heard of him – US Attorney, prosecuted public officials on both sides, fired by Trump) tweeted this:

Classic.


Nothing Matters

May 24, 2017

I enjoy reading Dr. Aaron Carroll on Twitter, the blog The Incidental Economist or the excellent YouTube series Healthcare Triage. You should at least follow the last one. When he’s frustrated (which seems to be often these days) he tends to tweet “nothing matters”.

That came to mind today. I’ve been avoid political posts because, well, nothing matters. But these two items leaped out:

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We’d be fine with schools discriminating against women and blacks if it weren’t for those pesky Title IX and Civil Rights laws…


USA for Dummies

May 15, 2017

This comes via a blog called One Hot Mess, which I had not heard of before today. So if it turns out the author is a multiple felon devil worshiper, it’s not my fault. The post (actually called The United States Presidency for Dummies) is accurate and funny:

6.  In 1787, the Continental Congress—which was like a temporary government –created the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION to be the “Supreme Law of the Land.” That means we do not have KINGS or DESPOTS or any LOYALTY to anyone except for THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION which is a PIECE OF PAPER and not an ORANGE person or any person.

There’s also a post called “The James Comey Firing in Limerick” which amuses me, so I might have to check out the rest of this blog…


Vive la France

May 8, 2017

Following Macron’s victory, a funny article about the “Macron voter”:

Arriving at the nearest patisserie, I ask the owner, Claude, if she knows where I might find some Macron voters to talk to. “They are probably at work right now,” she says. “Or picking up their kids. Are you sure that it’s not Le Pen voters you want to meet? That’s what the journalists usually say.”

The final man, François, chips in. “I remember the “good old days”. Merde! Did you know our service stations only gave up those toilets where it’s two footplates and a hole about 15 years ago?” He shakes his head. “I would like a little more globalisation, frankly.”

And the best line:

“Does Marine Le Pen not understand that being French is all about being insouciant, not shouting endlessly about how terrible it is when women wear veils? The only article of clothing a Frenchman should be against is the sock with the sandal.” He shudders. “We are not . . . Germans.”

 


Department of Justice Pisses off NYPD

April 21, 2017

Largely due to lack of facts. From the DOJ:

New York City continues to see gang murder after gang murder, the predictable consequence of the city’s “soft on crime” stance.

That statement is basically a load of crap. So the NYPD responds:

New York City is experiencing a steady decline in overall crime that includes major reductions in murder and shootings. In fact, 2016 saw the fewest shootings ever in New York City history since record keeping began. Year to date the City is down an additional 17% from last year’s record low.

Since 1993, murder has decreased 82%, shootings have decreased 81%, and overall crime has decreased 76%. These are the facts.

Additionally, over the past year the NYPD has hosted dozens of other police departments from across the world to share our best practices of precision policing, which focuses on the most serious criminals.

Separately the NYPD commisioner said:

I’d like to think of myself as a pretty calm and measured person…but when I read that statement by DOJ this afternoon, my blood began to boil,” he said. “To say we’re soft on crime is absolutely ludicrous.

Trump vs. the NYPD. Get your popcorn…


Who Moved My Teachers?

March 31, 2017

I’m a Brooklyn guy, but I grew up in Milwaukee. My brother is a University of Wisconsin system professor and his wife was a long time grade school teacher. She literally retired because Governor Walker made her job miserable. So this article hit home

The school of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison never used to have trouble attracting applicants with dreams of becoming teachers. Its graduate program is ranked fourth in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and until recently, its undergraduate program in elementary education typically received between 300 and 400 applications for its 125 spots. Now, says Michael Apple, a professor in the program, it only gets about one applicant per opening.