Too cool. We're going back in July to see a couple of shows and will eat at Shopsin's again. We'll go back to Joe's as well, and Juniors. Could easily live there!
Indeed I have. I used to fix the elevators in a building on Hester St. one block over. Great place to get all sorts of treats. I had a funny feeling what ever that was, you got it in the real world.
Tom - I agree with you 100%!
CW13 - Way off topic...but my updated profile pic is of S'mores Slutty Cakes from Shopsin's in the Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side. Ever been?
Mark - Very decent response. Knowing that, though, would seem to make you more prone to either looking past Tom's "stooping" and focusing on the content or, at the very least, understanding his "juvenile" behavior may well have been borne from a frustration similar (or at least as justified) as yours. I realize this sounds "preachy." It just seems like a lot of emphasis is placed on how uncivil or rude or juvenile Tom can be by (generally) the most rude posters on the site. Just seems like a waste of time.
@ Shalom, I meant it as a religious person
4. gentile - a Christian; "Christians refer to themselves as gentiles"
@ Brad, yes at times I stooped to Danehy's level out of frustration, and for that I am ashamed
Shalom, I meant it as a religious person. 4. gentile - a Christian; "Christians refer to themselves as gentiles"
I am sure that Jewish people could be offended as well.
Brad, yes I did stoop to Danehey's level at times, and for that I am ashamed
@Mark Robert Heywood: Maybe the column will offend gentile readers, but what about readers of the Jewish persuasion?
Mark, I seem to remember some rather "juvenile" comments from you at other times as well. Were we to not take those seriously, either? In addition, while I will not presume to know who you will vote for come November, it would seem, using your above critique as a guide, Mr. Trump is a big "no."
Tom, your juvenile name calling makes it hard to take anything you say seriously, and offends the more gentile readers. I can see why they have cut your columns (if you can call them that) down to every other week.
Right on, Tom.
Boy, is she in a mood. Very civil Tammy, very civil.
What can you say? When he's right, he's right!
" These 2 Irishmen walk into a bar ......"" Well, it could happen!!
" These 2 Irishmen walk into a bar..." Well, it could happen.
In a book I read years ago, the attitude of the British - particularly the English - was summarized by the following intro to a joke told by an English comedian:
"It seems there was an Irish brain surgeon [pause for laughter]..."
I can highly recommend a new biography on Meagher called, "The Immortal Irishman-The Irish Revolutionary who became an American Hero" by National Book Club Award winner Timothy Egan. Egan spoke about his book at the recent Festival of Books and I couldn't not buy it.
Only Brian Johnson has addressed my position on this issue, so I'll add my voice to his. If the Democratic and Republican parties want to keep registered independents out of the primary process (or the "presidential preference" process), then the parties should pay for the whole friggin thing! You can't tell me I'm not a member of the club so I don't get to vote, but I still have to pay for it. That is YOU trying to have it both ways. You want to be exclusive, but you don't want to pay for the cost of the closed primary. Choose. If I am forced to pay for all these primaries as a taxpayer, then I should get to participate. Or you can limit my participation but then only members of the private club (the two major parties) should foot the bill.
fwiw, I did change my registration to Dem so I could vote this last time, and I was lucky that I wasn't disenfranchised by some of the computer "glitches" that changed people's party affiliation without their permission or knowledge (watch the recorded testimony to the Election Committee at the legislature, especially the poll worker's experience. Absolutely chilling) And I will change back to independent as soon as the primary season is over. Neither of the two major parties reflect my politics, and they have both gone out of their way to make me feel unwelcome.
When I registered Inde I knew very well that that meant I couldn't vote in primaries. That was ok with me. That was the point. Let the parties, those idiots, choose and then I'll choose from that list of losers. Whats the big deal. Indes know what they are getting into.
I'm going to blame TV commercials for the problem. They have trained Americans to make decisions based on little thought and momentary reactions when making all decisions. That, combined with the total loss of meaningful widespread instruction in the processes of American government and history , results in ignorant voters choosing elected representatives on the basis of momentary attraction to brief images , as in TV commercials. Hardly anyone reads newspapers for actual reported content anymore and the Internet is full of ridiculous statements accepted as fact. Makes me want to quit trying!
In this state we can change our registration almost as often as our socks. A liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican can become an independent, go to the polls and select a ballot of the opposition party and skew the results toward nominating the weakest of the candidates on that ballot. Then she (the liberal Democrat) goes back online and reclaims her partisan status, while he (the conservative Republican) does the same. Enough people doing this would give the general election voter of whatever affiliation a choice between the weakest candidates rather than the strongest. not an ideal solution.
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