We’re off to rainy and snowy Cleveland for the holidays - hoping our flight takes off on time tomorrow so Lincoln doesn’t have to be cramped up in his bag for too long. But he’s a good traveller and will be rewarded with getting to meet my parents two new lab/beagle mix puppies for 5 days of romping and constant playtime. He’ll come back to NYC as exhausted as we will! Family time wears us out.
On Christmas day we will have the surpreme pleasure of getting to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game. Totally bizarre and unexpected, but should be amusing. Instead of a traditional Christmas dinner, we will be having nachos with cheese.
Ken is in Cleveland… watching two bad football teams on TV. 3:20pm - 1 Comment
Geoffrey Colon at 4:40pm December 22Looking forward to seeing you both this weekend! Sorry about the Browns. Man, another crappy season. Lerner could care less. Aston Villa is top 4 in EPL and going to Champions League next year if they keep playing the way they are. More money in Lerner’s pockets. Too bad Aston Villa plays in Birmingham, not Cleveland.
Governor David Paterson announced a proposed $121 billion budget this week, which includes taxes on things such as iPod downloads, taxi fares, and even soda. Those are the most famous ones, but of course Daily Intel can see what’s coming next. Here are some of the suggested taxes we spotted scribbled in the margins of a Paterson aide’s spiral notebook. Expect them any day now:
Mom tax: 18 percent tax on non-diet soda; 14 percent tax on beer, wine and cigars; 22 percent tax for going out dressed like that; 24 percent tax for jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge because your friends did; 30 percent tax for thinking this city is made of money; 27 percent tax for using that tone with us. Those caught crying about taxes will be given something to cry about.
Beast tax: The ever-growing population of city canines will be taxed based on level of irritation. Dogs with expensive doggie jackets, 12 percent; small, yapping dogs, 18 percent; people who carry small, yapping dogs in bags, 45 percent. Disabled dogs that use those adorable two-wheeled chariots for their hind legs will not be taxed, since they are so much fun to look at.
Crazy tax: Crazy is no longer free. City residents caught rubbernecking when passing crazy homeless people will be taxed according to how crazy the act: sort of crazy, 14 percent (senseless cooing at pigeons); really crazy, 16 percent (senseless cooing at pigeons while naked); craziest thing I ever saw, 36 percent (knitting overalls out of pigeon pelts).
Fat and Phat tax: If you are obese, you will be taxed accordingly. If you still use the word “phat,” you also will be taxed accordingly. If you still use the phrase “cool beans,” they will foreclose on your home.
Gas tax: Anonymously passing gas on the subway, then feigning shock that someone would do such a thing, will no longer be free. One person passes gas, everyone on the train gets taxed. Better be careful; now people will notice when you lean.
Tourist tax: City residents can approach tourists at any time, for any reason, and demand a tax. Taking photographs in your neighborhood, asking for directions, not walking with a sense of purpose — just a few reasons to levy a tax. Should residents feel motivated, they can even pull over one of those double-decker buses and make the tourists take you anywhere in the city.
“The outgoing Bush administration this week will finalize a regulation establishing a “right of conscience” allowing medical staff to refuse to participate in any practice they object to on moral grounds, including abortion but possibly birth control and other health care as well.”—
MTV introduces a diverse slate of new reality series set to debut in first quarter 2009
This all sounds pretty awful:
Nitro Circus - Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville, producers of MTV’s Jackass serves up a series showcasing freestyle motocross rider Travis Pastrana. The series watches Travis and his buddies as they try to outdo each other with daring stunts. Dickhouse Productions and Godfrey Entertainment will produce.
The Collegehumor Show - an office show based on the website collegehumor.com launched by two high school friends to display their inane photos and stories during college days. The series will go behind the scenes of the duo’s company that reaches six million readers each month through their web business.
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory - series takes a look at Rob Dyrdek’s skateboard empire. Rob previously starred in MTV’s series Rob & Big.
College Life - reality series follows freshmen students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison as they experience college life for the first time. All footage is shot by the students themselves.
How’s Your News? - based on a collection of humorous short films directed by Arthur Bradford, this series will use a team of reporters who travel the U.S. in a custom tour bus chronicling their experiences. In addition to man-on-the-street segments, the series will feature musical performances, celebrity interviews and the team’s adventures.
Daddy’s Girls - series centers on sisters Vanessa and Angela Simmons from Run’s House as they move to Los Angeles to launch a West Coast office for their tennis shoe and apparel line as well as Vanessa’s acting career.
The Girls of Hedsor Hall (wt) - twelve loud-mouthed party girls will travel to England to live in a finishing school, Hedsor Hall to become proper ladies. Former Miss USA Tara Conner is the school’s visiting instructor. Trump Productions LLC and RDF USA will produce the series, based on the UK RDF Media format Ladette to Lady which aired on the ITV network in 2006.
MTV’s Untitled Performing Arts Reality Project (wt) - series created by Nick Lachey and Colton Gramm follows talented high schoolers from Cincinnati’s School for the Creative and Performing Arts as they pursue dreams of fame.
You see what happens when SNL makes fun of him and everybody blogs about it!
Gov. Paterson’s proposed $121 billion budget hits New Yorkers in their iPods - and nickels-and-dimes them in lots of other places, too.
Trying to close a $15.4 billion budget gap, Paterson called for 88 new fees and a host of other taxes, including an “iPod tax” that taxes the sale of downloaded music and other “digitally delivered entertainment services.”
“We’re going to have to take some extreme measures,” Paterson said Tuesday after unveiling the slash-and-burn budget.
The proposal, which needs legislative approval, did not include broad-based income tax increases, but relied on smaller ones to raise $4.1 billion from cash-strapped New Yorkers.
Movie tickets, taxi rides, soda, beer, wine, cigars and massages would be taxed under Paterson’s proposal. It also extends sales taxes to cable and satellite TV services and removes the tax exemption for clothes costing less than $110.
Just when New York was getting affordable too.
Wow, as if the city hasn’t lost enough jobs, it will lose more when people realize what a scam it is living here. Brooklyn, secession now!!!! - G
Ten years ago, when the Celtic Tiger was roaring away to its heart’s content, this country went stark raving mad. We were largin’ it in the midst of a simultaneous dance and economic boom, partying like it was 1999, which it was, and not caring about tomorrow.
Popular culture wasn’t obsessed with rock stars, footballers or Zlist celebrities, as it is now. DJs were the royalty du jour. You heard the likes of Fatboy Slim and the Prodigy everywhere and such acts dominated the charts.
After the dance boom, guitars bounced back with a vengeance with the advent of The Strokes and The White Stripes. Indeed, dance’s last mainstream stand was laughable, as trance-mad Gatecrasher kids donned lurid day-glo colours, which was most definitely a dubious fashion step too far.
Former Mixmag correspondent turned Guardian writer Alexis Petridis got it spot on. “For your average 16-year-old, the choice was fairly stark: you could either dress like a rapper or one of The Strokes and be in with a chance with the opposite sex, or you could dress like an imbecile and go clubbing.”