NYC Mayor/Emperor Mike Bloomberg—who had said he wouldn't endorse anyone for president this cycle—has endorsed Barack Obama for re-election, largely due to climate change:
"The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast—in lost lives, lost homes and lost business—brought the stakes of next Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief."
We're good here, and I hope you are good where you are. Sad seeing the devastation on TV, but so far, it's only viewable on TV for us—our area was barely affected at all. Just waiting for Mayor Bloomberg to come on TV again and say, "I'm still not in the Bahamas, guys."
More seriously: I have faith that New York, New Jersey and all the other affected areas will pull it together and move on. My best wishes to everyone struggling, and my deepest sympathies to the familes of those who died.
One-percenter Mayor Bloomberg, who was elected as a Republican before becoming an Independent and who was the decider when it came to evicting Occupy Wall Street, is a good example of why I do not believe even "liberal" right-wingers should ever receive the votes of progressives. Mitt Romney is another good example—he was left-leaning while governor of Massachusetts, yet being governor of Massachusetts helped put him on the national stage, where he is now running to the right in order to become a very conservative president with the power to push the Supreme Court even further to the right.
It's not that there are no good Republicans or that Republicans are all bad people, but if someone tells you upfront they are on a different side from you politically, believe them. No amount of common ground will make up for what their future actions may be.
Participating in a recent forum on how to effectively market at-home HIV testing, I got a $200 gift card. Not wanting to spend it on a hustler, I instead gave $150 of that to The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead's Planned Parenthood, I Am Here for You fundraiser that happened here in NYC last night—and it was not only a good investment but also a good investment.
Joan Walsh & Lizz Winstead
I showed up at 6:30PM at the Gramercy for the VIP reception to find a handful of non-famous women spiked with the evening's famous females—Winstead, Salon editor Joan Walsh, Sandra Bernhard and Lisa Lampanelli. I was the only dude for the longest time in a room filled with women and several womyn.
Adding Sandra Bernhard to the mix
Lisa Lampanelli (L) and Judy Blume (R) join a mom and her baby, Rosie
My new friends with the A-list
All together now!
Talking to a few attendees about the art of the photo op, I figured out we were supposed to meet and greet the stars on our own—there was no formal line happening. This makes it a bit awkward because you don't really want to shoehorn yourself between Winstead and Bernhard when they're engrossed in a conversation about their bodies/their selves. Especially when you're announcing that you blog at something called Boy Culture.
Oh, Fudge! Fawning over Judy Blume
But it was totally fine and the women were absolutely gracious and eager to pose for photos and chat. Winstead is the ultimate feminist to me—unswerving on principle, unbothered by political correctness, utterly hilarious. She was in boots and a dress that looked macramaed from a distance. She reminds me of Laurie Metcalf and Barrie Longfellow.
Via Joe.My.God.: New York's czar, I mean, New York's Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants people to stop calling it "Ground Zero." It's now such a nice place it deserves to be called The World Trade Center and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum.
So I guess those damned Muslims still want to build that World Trade Center and National September 11th Memorial and Museum mosque?