"Man, you got to make the motherfuckers do it," said Russell Simmons, on Michael Bloomberg and Andrew Cuomo’s spending on social programs. “They ain’t gonna do shit unless you make ‘em. That’s why we need your awareness.”
Read the story and see more photos of the event on Azi’s Flickr.

"Man, you got to make the motherfuckers do it," said Russell Simmons, on Michael Bloomberg and Andrew Cuomo’s spending on social programs. “They ain’t gonna do shit unless you make ‘em. That’s why we need your awareness.”

Read the story and see more photos of the event on Azi’s Flickr.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks Representative Jerrold Nadler’s call for a federal probe into the NYPD’s conduct in clearing the Occupy Wall Sreet demonstrators from Zuccotti Park is "ridiculous."

Bloomberg’s main attraction as a politician has been his ability to stick closely to a holy trinity of basic PR principles: bang heavily on black crime, embrace social issues dear to white progressives, and in the remaining working hours give your pals on Wall Street (who can raise any money you need, if you run out of your own) whatever they want.

He understands that as long as you keep muggers and pimps out of the shopping areas in the Upper West Side, and make sure to sound the right notes on abortion, stem-cell research, global warming, and the like, you can believably play the role of the wisecracking, good-guy-billionaire Belle of the Ball for the same crowd that twenty years ago would have been feting Ed Koch.

Anyway, I thought of all of this this morning, when I read about Bloomberg’s latest comments on Occupy Wall Street.

Courtroom sketch of @MikeBloomberg testifying in the Haggerty trial. (via Azi)

Courtroom sketch of @MikeBloomberg testifying in the Haggerty trial. (via Azi)

azipaybarah:

From my Briefing over at Capital New York:

Michael Bloomberg’s silence—and however else you want to characterize the way he first described Stephen Goldsmith’s departure last month—has made him an irresistibly easy target.
The New York Post editorial board has used the occasion of their big scoop on this story to question Bloomberg’s transparency credentials, which could be sort of a second-tier meme if this story rolls over into next week. Which maybe it will, if the mayor continues his blackout of public appearances through the weekend.

azipaybarah:

From my Briefing over at Capital New York:

Michael Bloomberg’s silence—and however else you want to characterize the way he first described Stephen Goldsmith’s departure last month—has made him an irresistibly easy target.

The New York Post editorial board has used the occasion of their big scoop on this story to question Bloomberg’s transparency credentials, which could be sort of a second-tier meme if this story rolls over into next week. Which maybe it will, if the mayor continues his blackout of public appearances through the weekend.

azipaybarah:

The official caption: Mayor Bloomberg donates blood at New York Blood Center’s emergency blood drive. August 30, 2011 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker).
And your caption…

azipaybarah:

The official caption: Mayor Bloomberg donates blood at New York Blood Center’s emergency blood drive. August 30, 2011 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker).

And your caption

azipaybarah:

Part of NY Daily News front page, via Newseum.org
Your caption?

From Tom in The Front: “Today, the News doctors a photo of a smiling Bloomberg so that  one of his eyes is a telephoto lens, making him look a little like some  kind of steampunk villain from The Crow.”
From Josh at the office: “You’ll be happy to know I’m going to make a Judge Dredd reference in the headline.”

azipaybarah:

Part of NY Daily News front page, via Newseum.org

Your caption?

From Tom in The Front: “Today, the News doctors a photo of a smiling Bloomberg so that one of his eyes is a telephoto lens, making him look a little like some kind of steampunk villain from The Crow.”

From Josh at the office: “You’ll be happy to know I’m going to make a Judge Dredd reference in the headline.”

His $127 million Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) has been called the “boldest and most comprehensive” plan to serve this population ever undertaken by a local government. Almost half of the total funding has come from the private philanthropies of two men, Bloomberg and his fellow New York billionaire George Soros. The program will seek to improve outcomes for young black and Latino men on four quality of life measures: education, employment, health, and criminal justice.

But will it work? Rakim Brooks investigates.

(via theamericanprospect)

"“Christie privately lambasted Bloomberg as ‘Napoleon,’ ‘a dictator’ and ‘a putz’” for not inviting the NJ governor of 2001 to the 10th anniversary."

Josh Margolin and Bob Fredericks / New York Post (via azipaybarah)