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“Every victory is only the price of admission to a more difficult problem”
Henry Kissinger

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A guest staying at a boutique Flatiron hotel was slammed against a sidewalk by the hotel manager after she broke the front door, police said.

The 27-year-old woman, a tourist from Los Angeles who was staying at MAve Hotel on East 27th Street and Madison Avenue, returned at 4 a.m. on Sept. 9 to find the door locked, according to police.

She began kicking it to get someone’s attention, cracking it in the process, according to authorities.

Hearing the commotion, a manager of the hotel, a 37-year-old man, chased after the guest and repeatedly slammed her against the pavement and held her down by putting his arm across her torso, police said.

The woman suffered a cut on her shoulder, according to the NYPD.

Both were arrested by police shortly after. The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, officials said.  more

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“your level of consciousness is  governed by how nice you are.”
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charlie, star & melissa


we all know there are two sides to every story and often it’s only a third party that can see the point of view from both sides.   as a third party, i’m really trying here but i’ve come to the conclusion that no one can ever truly understand crazy.

80 year old charles manson is getting married.  he’s marrying an attractive 26 year old girl named afton, who calls herself star.  i am not even going to try and understand this but that’s not what has me so perplexed.  i’m more concerned about star’s mother, melissa burton, who is quoted in today’s ny post: 

“I know [Manson] has made lots of bad choices, but I don’t think he’s dangerous. The media has made him into more of a monster than he is,” she said.

“I’m not scared about [Afton’s] safety and I don’t believe my daughter is brainwashed.

When she first came out with it, I was shocked because the media really makes him look crazy,”

here is a picture of the happy couple:

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Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
 ~ Buddha

this girl needs a better hobby . . . .


Ayperi Alekseeva, from Kyrgyzstan, had spent years picking up hair from the carpet and eating it. She also chewed the tips of her hair.

When she finally sought medical help, doctors pulled out a hairball weighing almost 9lb.   story

i don’t want to post a picture of the actual hairball on my blog so that i won’t risk seeing it again, but for the curious, you can view it here:  9lb hairball

instead, i offer you a picture of the chia pod i followed through th lincoln tunnel the other day . . . .

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If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
~ Lao Tzu

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lock the front door


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The White House’s new security plan: Lock the front door

every time i see a headline like this i wish i worked at the new york post.  it has to be fun . . . .   seriously though, if the peeps in dc need some high level security tips, i suggest they just spend the week in nyc during the general assembly – which happens to be this week.

i’ve been out sniper seeking with my zoom lens since saturday and haven’t seen 1 sniper.  these guys are good.

i’m not sure what the mission of these people is, but they are scattered about the sidewalks near the united nations building.  they look like they have bombs strapped all over themselves and i have to believe this would  effectively keep people from trying to break in to the white house.

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they do not like having their pictures taken either.

another effective tactic used by the diplomats to keep people away, is extreme noise.  i’m sure they do it on purpose so it must have something to do with their country’s security operations.  wherever a foreign diplomat decides to go, he is preceded by and followed by, an entourage of black suburbans with lights flashing and very loud sirens.  this goes on all day long.  entourages en route to the u.n. for morning meetings, entourages at lunchtime, entourages escorting their diplomat back to the hotel after daily sessions, and entourages chauffeuring diplomats all around town for dinner and nightly entertainment – all with excruciatingly loud sirens.  i believe the strategy here is simple sleep deprivation.  i know because i live just 3 blocks up first avenue from the united nations and i am just too tired to consider jumping the fence and breaking in the front door.

during the week of the general assembly there is no parking either.  every street in the neighborhood is lined with signs like this:

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if you live between 40th and 55th streets from the east river over to third avenue, you may not be able to go home if there happens to be a diplomat having a meeting, a meal or a cocktail on your street.  on each corner are stationed between 6 – 12 very young rookie cops, whose mission it is to question people to death and check i.d.’s before letting them step foot onto their own block to go home after a long day at work.  i’ve noticed that if you are 20 something, female and beautiful, the young rookie cops will hold you up for twice the amount of time than they detain others.  just an observation that probably has nothing to do with security.

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 I am thankful the most important key in history was invented. It’s not the key to your house, your car, your boat, your safety deposit box, your bike lock or your private community. It’s the key to order, sanity, and peace of mind. The key is ‘Delete.’
 ~ Elayne Boosler

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‘Dead’ girl wakes up at her own funeral


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A 3-year-old girl who was pronounced dead after a fever woke up a day later — in a coffin, during her funeral  . . . .  the toddler was taken to a local hospital on Friday after suffering a severe fever.

“During that time, the attending clinic personnel and physician confirmed that the young patient had no more pulse and was clinically dead last Saturday morning about 9 a.m.,” Teelan said. The grave error was only discovered when a funeral attendee removed the cover of the girl’s coffin and saw her head move . . . . .

The family is seeking treatment at a better-equipped hospital.

the family is seeking treatment at a better-equipped hospital???  

. . . . well now there’s an idea worth investigating.

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“Man cannot live by incompetence alone.”
 ~ Charlotte Whitton

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have you seen penelope?


 

in the event you were planning a vacation to the city, you may want to re-think your travel plans – or at least stay on top of this story from the post . . . . .

 

Pregnant tarantula on the loose in Park Slope

Help, my giant poisonous spider is missing — and she’s pregnant!

A hairy Mexican red rump tarantula named Penelope is on the loose in Park Slope. . . . “She’s mostly active at night and she tends to hide in dark corners,” . . . On the sign, the pet owner asks whoever finds her to put her in a “tupperware bowl” with holes, so she can breathe.

 

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When you seek it, you cannot find it.
 ~ Zen Proverb

 

 

why is the asparagus bleeding?


just a few weeks ago i told you the story of joe, the 96 year old man who got sick after eating his birthday cake which had a rat baked right into it.   i will try to limit the number of disturbing posts like that, but i will need a little help from the food industry . . . .

today, the ny post reported the story of robin.  robin ordered a salad for lunch from guy & gallard on west 40th street.  in her own words, here’s what she got in her salad:

“It was the craziest thing,” she said. “After a few bites, I look down at my fork, and think, ‘Oh, is that a piece of asparagus?’And then I saw that it had eyes, and an arm.”

the post reported,

Sandusky repackaged the head with the salad and sent it back to the deli, which promptly gave her a refund.

it’s good to know she got her money back.

i’ve spent the day wondering if she simply saw the lizard, or actually stabbed it with her fork.

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“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”
Paramahansa Yogananda

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warning! this is truly disturbing . . . .


 

this is joe:

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and this is his story as reported by the ny post:

Joseph Vallenti celebrated his 96th birthday with a big slice of his favorite apple strudel cake, but there was one filling he didn’t count on — a rat.

“Something isn’t right,” family members recall the Commack man saying after tucking into the store-baked “Signature Series” cake from King Kullen supermarket.

Vallenti fell ill with stomach pains and diarrhea. So Neil Gold, who is dating Vallenti’s niece and lives with the victim, investigated the remaining cake — and allegedly found a five-inch-long rat’s tail still attached to the rodent’s hindquarters.

“I saw . . . something sticking out,” Gold said Friday after bringing the allegedly infested strudel to the law offices of his friend, attorney Ed Yule.
I flipped it over and saw the whole tail bleeding into the cake.”

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i am truly at a loss for words. 

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“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”
 ~ Emory Austin

 

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thank you for this information


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Weekend storm could drop 3… or 30 inches of snow.

 

The Weather Underground forecasting service sees scattered snow starting in the city Saturday night, real snow coming Sunday morning (one to three inches), followed by more later in the day (three to five inches) — and flurries on Monday.

( That’s not quite 30 inches.  . . . )

That could produce a blizzard that drops several inches of snow per hour on whoever is unlucky enough to suffer the brunt of it, making it the worst storm of what’s becoming known as “the terrible winter of ’14.”

But five days out, it’s all far from certain. “I think we’re throwing darts,” Kines said.

just keeping you ‘posted.’

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bye bye


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“A belief is not true because it is useful.”
 ~ Henri Frederic Amiel


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“You may find that the cell is an ideal place to learn to know yourself, to search realistically and regularly the process of your own mind and feelings”

 ~ Nelson Mandela

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how to pick a mayor in the city


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They’ll drink to that! Dem mayoral candidates vow to let New Yorkers swill beer on their stoops

They’ll drink to that!

Booze lovers are toasting the Democratic mayoral candidates, who say almost unanimously that if elected they’ll let New Yorkers swill a beer on their stoops.

When asked the question in the “lightning round” at Wednesday’s Democratic mayoral debate, all the candidates — except Erick Salgado, a minister — said city residents should be able to drink a beer on their stoops.

“I should be able to drink ’em in a park and at the beach, too,” Anthony Weiner added.

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“oy vey”
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yikes! in the news . . . .


would you look at this?   omg – is all i can say.

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A baby, weighing 13.4 pounds and 57cm long, has been born naturally.

Jasleen, a baby girl, was born at University Hospital in Leipzig, Germany, on July 26, making her the country’s largest-ever.   story

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“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
 ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 

scary newsstand part 2


it hardly seems like it’s for real, wouldn’t you agree?  this may be a seriuosly good comedy one day – but for those of us who live here, it is real and it is frightening.

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“carlos danger”  &  “client #9”

 part 2: carlos danger, serial penis texter running for mayor

you know how the media often assigns names to the news stories that won’t go away?  well i’d like to throw my own suggestion into the ring for consideration on these combined stories of the month:  weiner-spit.  the weiner-spit era. it has a ring to it and it’s pretty much what comes to mind every time i read anything about eliot spitzer or anthony weiner.  weiner-spit. what do you think, will it catch on?

i wrote my thoughts on eliot spitzer in my previous post but what about weiner? omg, is he like mentally 12 years old?  are people in this city really going to consider a man who finds pleasure in sexting and serial lying for mayor? really? i get annoyed when i’m in duane reade and the employees are texting while i await help.  can you imagine another catastrophic situation like 9-11 and all of the mayoral aides are running around looking for their leader only to find him holed up in a broom closet somewhere in the mayor’s mansion with his pants down around his ankles, giggling as he presses “send”?

so after all the public humiliation to himself and his family, all of the demeaning news stories, apologizing to his wife and to the public, and, just knowing that his own penis pix have gone viral, he does it again???  he just can’t seem to help himself – and he wants to be mayor of new york? seriously?  are there really people in this city who believe a man who cannot stop sexting strangers is the best man for the job?

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She calls herself “Syyydney.” She loves President Obama, polar bears and pink clip-on hair extensions.

And when she wasn’t enjoying lurid e-sex with mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, she was elsewhere online, coming to the defense of both Weiner and his wife.

[Weiner], she told TheDirty.com, had promised her a condo in Chicago and a possible job at Politico — had seemed like her ticket out.

“It literally disgusts me,” teary-eyed Sydney Leathers said, of the pack of lies she bought from the horny pol. “It makes me feel physically ill. I’m disgusted by him. He’s not who I thought he was. ”

Leathers, in an exclusive sitdown with “Inside Edition” that will air in full tomorrow, said she’s “barely been able to eat” since news of her illicit cyber tryst with the married mayoral candidate broke earlier this week.  ny post

(omg. did you really, really believe all that, syyydney?)

anthony weiner is just creepy in my opinion – always has been – way before he made the news texting penis pix.  but can we talk about huma?  she’s got a great resume, brains, personality and good looks.  can someone help me understand why she is married to that weasel?

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“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?”
― Albert Einstein

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i’ve been back in town for several days now but frankly, i’m a little nervous going outside.  i’m a bit afraid i may run into another newsstand.  the cover of new york magazine is scaring me this week.  seriously.

here it is.

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“carlos danger”  &  “client #9”

 part 1: client #9

i don’t like to follow politics, but when the man who wants to be new york city comptroller already stepped down as governor because he used our money to fund unnecessary trips where he would meet up with very expensive prostitutes, lied to his family, lied to the people he was supposedly “governing” and got caught, you just can’t help but to find out – even if you try to avoid the news. most egregiously, eliot spitzer got himself elected to the governors office using his tough stance on ethics.  ethics!

before he became governor he was the attorney general and leader of the state’s organized crime task force, where he headed the prosecution of two prostitution rings, according to the times.  who out there thinks it’s a good idea for the guy who used tax payer money to fund unnecessary trips so that he could meet ladies should be comptroller?  this man doesn’t know how to tell the truth and we should trust him with our money?

When he was attorney general, Mr. Spitzer’s signature issue was pursuing Wall Street misdeeds. But he also oversaw the prosecution of at least two prostitution rings by the state’s organized crime task force, which reports to the attorney general.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

“This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. “It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”  ny times

i’m not against prostitution,  i really don’t think it’s any of my business who’s paying who for anything as long as they are in agreement on the deal, and i don’t have a clue why it’s against the law to sell your services if that what you’re wanting to do.  personally, i think ashley dupree was slumming it when she agreed to meet with client #9, but hey, that’s her choice, not mine.

eliot spitzer has proved himself to be an elitist, creepy liar and hypocrite and seeing his snake like eye on the cover of that magazine every time i go out is freaking me out.  the madame of the brothel he used is running against spitzer in the race for city comptroller.  i hope she wins.

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“if they both win, the city will be run by the peter tweeter & the hooker booker.”
 ~ Jay Leno

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“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.”
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am i missing something here?


i don’t know anything about paula deen except that she’s a famous cook.  i’ve never watched her on tv, heard her speak or even heard anything about her ever.  is it true that paula deen is being disgraced for using a bad word 30 years ago?

i just watched a clip of paula deen on the today show where matt lauer harshly (in my opinion) interviewed deen, who appears to be genuinely distressed by using the bad word 30 years ago, has apologized, asked for forgiveness and says she is not a racist.  she went on to say,

“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you.”

did i miss something big here?  i’m feeling a bit confused because if that is not the truth, i suspect a boat load of people would have come forward by now to deny that what she said is true.  if it is indeed the truth, i want to meet the person who has never said something horrible too!   are the networks really dropping her show &  destroying one woman’s career because she made a mistake while someone had a gun to her head in a hold up and she called them a bad, bad word?  

please do not confuse what i’m saying by thinking that i believe her name calling was appropriate.  i am 99.99% sure that i have never called anyone by that word, but i’m also 99.99%  sure i have said many horrible things in the last 30 years that i wish i could take back – and not even at gunpoint.

seriously?  is this a good use of media? resources? time – or, anything else?  how about a little forgiveness here? maybe some compassion? or even better, a little looking inward by all of the peeps pointing fingers  . . .  if using bad vocabulary once was the worst thing i had ever done, i think i would crown myself queen of the world.

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“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”
 ~ Mary Pickford