Monday, November 26, 2007

Autumn in New York

Autumn in new york
Why does it seem so inviting
Autumn in new york
It spells the thrill of first-nighting

Glittering crowds and shimmering clouds
In canyons of steel
Theyre making me feel - Im home

Its autumn in new york
That brings the promise of new love
Autumn in new york
Is often mingled with pain

Dreamers with empty hands
They sigh for exotic lands

Its autumn in new york
Its good to live it again

Sunday, November 18, 2007

ceci n'est pas un conseil de beauté

A few months ago I signed up for a free haircut to be done by a hairstyling student at Bumble & Bumble University. They cut hair with razors. That sounds kind of cool.

My hair has to be at least four inches long for them to be able to give the intended lesson to the student. I already got sent away once when I showed up with hair that was too short.

The thing is my hair doesn't really get longer with time; it gets wider; like Bozo the Clown wide. I'm sure my hair has never been anywhere near 4" long or I would have floated away at the first stiff wind.

To address this I used chemical relaxer which makes my hair STRAIGHT, and SPIKY. In the morning I look like a japanese manga cartoon (see left).

After a shower, brushing it down makes it perfectly flat, straight, pointed in whatever direction I leave it. It has the strange effect of making it look like a sort of soft, downy helmet. I call the style The Al, after our nation's most illustrious Attorney General.

The eventual results of the haircut (scheduled for the first week of January) will be reported.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

No candidate should be so stupid.

In the spirit of injecting a little variety into this sequence of musings I have tried not to create consecutive entries having to do with politics. However, this week it seems a bit hard not to.

The recent news that the Clinton campaign has been making use of the practice of "plants" (putting their own people in the audience pretending to be part of the general public, asking softball questions) has been a practice perfected to a perverse art by the Bush campaigns (and the administration itself).

This seems to me the proof in the pudding (whatever that means) that my fears of a Clinton administration being a natural extension of the previous one, with all its character and process flaws, have become true even before the primary election is started.

(It also in my mind raises an issue of competency and experience;
let's see her try to use those two words again without making me think of this)
a plant
(clicky for article)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Lady, Even Peggy Noonan Thinks You're a Jerk

When Hillary Clinton suggested that debate criticism of her came under the heading of men bullying a defenseless lass, an interesting thing happened. First Kate Michelman, the former head of NARAL and an Edwards supporter, hit her hard. "When unchallenged, in a comfortable, controlled situation, Sen. Clinton embraces her elevation into the 'boys club.' " But when "legitimate questions" are asked, "she is quick to raise the white flag and look for a change in the rules."
It's all kind of wonderful, isn't it? Someone indulged in special pleading and America didn't buy it. It's as if the country this week made it official: We now formally declare that the woman who uses the fact of her sex to manipulate circumstances is a jerk.

-- Peggy Noonan, 11/9/2007

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Politics of Either/And

Andrew Sullivan is a skilled opinion maker. Both gay and conservative (the real kind), think of him as a younger, butcher, out-of-the-closet version of William F. Buckley.

He has written a devastatingly brilliant essay endorsing Barack Obama that I encourage all (especially those who think they have already made up their minds) to read carefully.

Goodbye to All That
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