Angry New Yorker

Sunday, April 24, 2005
A Few Brief Points And Then We're Off...

  • Newsweek's Eleanor Clift is an amazing idiot. If's even more amazing that she has a high-level job at a national "news" magazine.
  • Senator Biden has become such a crank nutcase he should be voted out by the people of Delaware.
  • The left's attacks on Pope Benedict XVI are both inane and unworthy of comment. Don't like the Catholic church's positions? There are plenty of other religions for you -- from those gentle wacky Wiccans to the self-combusting Islamists.
    • Aside: Why is that the Catholic Church is the only faith that is constantly admonished to "reach out" and be "inclusive?"
  • An interesting tidbit we came across yesterday is that in the 2004 election Congressional District 9, once Chuck Schumer's district and now Anthony Weiner's district, who's just as if not even further left than Schumer, had the largest swing toward the republicans in percentage change in voters of any district. We believe he's vulnerable to a strong republican challenge now that he's clearly more interested in running for mayor than staying in congress.
    • "[t]he 'single biggest pro-Bush swing' anywhere in the U.S. came in the Brooklyn-Queens CD of Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) -- a 25 point swing. In '00, Al Gore won the CD by 37 points, while in '04, John Kerry won by just 12 points."
      (National Briefing Bush: They Might Call It "Ground Zero of the '04 Election?", American Political Network, The Hotline, Vol. 10, No. 9 (Apr. 22, 2005)).
  • The best political advice we ever received was from one of our criminal procedure professors, who advised us to "always expect ingratitude."
  • Report: Water Bills Could Rise 40% By 2009, April 24, 2005

    New Yorkers’ water bills reportedly could be as much as 40 percent higher within four years. According to the New York Post, the city's Water Board is projecting steep increases in rates over the next few years. The board has proposed a 3 percent hike this year, but that's nothing compared to the estimated future costs.

    The paper says the board projects another 5.6 percent hike in 2006, followed by 8.7 percent increases in each of the following three years.

    The proposed hikes would be the largest in 15 years. The board tells the paper the increases will help offset the $14 billion in debt carried by the city Department of Environmental Protection and pay for the agency's $10 billion five-year capital plan.

    Public hearings on water rate hikes will begin May 2.

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