Another city service busted

16 Aug

The public has been complaining for months about the lines at the City’s driver licensing agencies.

Hours, sometimes.

Most of it can be traced to the new federal regulations on the amount of paperwork now needed to prove you’re not an alien from Mars.

The lines are so long the City put in web cams so you could look at one of the various locations and decide whether to pack a picnic lunch before you go.

We decided we’re waited long enough to get some vehicle registration paperwork fixed and picked today to do it.

Being smart users of technology, we went to the City’s website to check the lines.

Here’s what we saw 90 minutes after opening time.

We then went back to bed.


There are no priorities

14 Aug

Mitch-McConnell02-sizedWe were sitting here wondering why the 2016 Presidential Election campaign seems to be starting now.

Good grief, it’s three years away.

But instead of traveling down that road this morning, we decided this was even crazier.

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that while he does not like the President Obama’s health care law, shutting down the government over funding it “will not stop” it from existing.

Fair enough and probably true.

Then came this: “The political dangers of a government shutdown showdown are very real for Republicans.”

We damn near spit our coffee out our nose.

What about the dangers for Americans?

The people who depend on government services, or work for the federal government or get social security or disability checks?

The kids that won’t eat without food stamps or the family losing their home without unemployment insurance?

No, to him the danger is how people might blame the Republicans for those missing checks and hungry kids.

We blame them for even thinking this way.


14 Aug

Soundbites-02-sized“I have no insight into campaign 2016. I’m struggling right here with 2013.”
– Anthony Weiner backtracking from suggestions he knew something about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign plans.

“That you did. That’s true.”
– New York City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer in response to Eliot Spitzer saying he “got my hands dirty” as attorney general and governor.

“It’s been obvious that they’re doing everything they can to make him fail. And I hope, I hope — and I say this seriously — I hope that’s based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.”
– Democrat Senator Harry Reid on GOP obstruction of President Obama’s agenda.

“If I insulted anybody, it could have only been drug smugglers, just the drug smugglers, and I probably didn’t do an adequate job of insulting drug smugglers, but the people who want to disparage what I said and what they’re really doing is defending drug smugglers.”
– Republican Representative Steve King continuing to stick by his controversial remarks on the children of undocumented workers.

“I’m not naming any names, but one senator got up from a Southern state and said, ‘Well, you’ve got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like’ — he thought for a second and he said — ‘like he’s exotic.'”
– Democrat Senator Tom Harkin describing how one senator suggested his constituents still couldn’t identify with President Obama.

Morning distraction

14 Aug

Let’s go back 23 years.

Yeah, it’s almost forever.
It was certainly the stone age for computers.

If you’re old enough you might remember these TV commercials for Prodigy.
It was soon killed off by AOL.

Which is in the process of dying itself.

Grumpy seniors

13 Aug

We came across an interesting blog.
Interesting in the writer is open and honest about being old and what’s going on in his life.

We were particularly touched by his posts about the death of his dog.

Check it out here.
You might find it interesting too.

Checking the budget talks

13 Aug

republican-party03-sizedFirst, there are none.

When we last left the House Republicans, they were balking at bipartisan immigration reform while laboring to cut domestic spending to Neanderthal levels, not merely the Eisenhower-era levels of the sequester.

Now, the word is the House GOP has ascended to an even loftier altitude of nuttiness – an insistence that any bill keeping the government open past September 30th include a provision to defund Obamacare.

That, of course, will cause the Senate to reject it and (failing that) Obama to veto it.

This could, in turn, trigger a government shutdown, the blame for which would land squarely on the GOP.

Even Republicans known for their uncompromising, lunatic brand of conservatism have pronounced this approach idiotic.

And yet, House Speak John Boehner is said to be seriously entertaining this stratagem, having recently received a letter from 60 House Republicans urging it on him.

All of which brings us back to a perennial question: What’s the deal with House Republicans?

Despite every indication that they’ve simply lost their marbles, the question isn’t so easy to answer.

In fact, there are three distinct possibilities: That they’re genuinely crazy; they’re rational, but with perverse incentives; or that they’re just a little slow.

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Random politics

13 Aug

anthony-weiner-sizedChecking in with our favorite scallywags.

Showing the world your junk does not make you presidential material.

A new poll has Anthony Weiner setting an all-time Siena College Poll record with 80 percent of voters viewing him unfavorably, including three-quarters of Democrats and New York City voters.

Only 11 percent still have a favorable view of America’s most infamous tweeter – which is surprising to us.
We expected it to be lower.

Eliot-Spitzer-02-sizedTwo-thirds of voters say the attention from the races involving Weiner and former hooker-loving Gov. Eliot Spitzer is embarrassing to New York.

Speaking of Spitzer…

He’s doing a bit better only a 59 percent unfavorable rating.

Then there’s San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

The guy is accused of sexual harassment by as many as 13 women.

Bob-Filner-sizedHe finished his “intensive behavior therapy” but might not be able to get back into his office.

The City Attorney’s Office said the locks on Filner’s office have been changed.

Yeah, they locked the guy out.

This is all quite amazing.

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