Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, June 25, 2011 4:56 pm

New York legalizes gay marriage

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 4:56 pm
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On the one hand, WTF took New York, of all places, so long? OTOH, observes TBogg:

Someday, long after most of us are dead and gone and then reincarnated and then dead again and then maybe reincarnated once more, someone is going to have to explain to future generations why there was such a battle to treat everyone as equals and bestow upon them freedoms that are rightly theirs, and  more importantly, why it took so long.

And  it will have to be explained that some people sought out the opinions of bigots and homophobes and lunatics, a fringe religious cult and an ancient men’s club devoted to velvet robes and pedophilia and gave them a voice in the matter when instead they should have been sent from the room and not be allowed back in until they had  put to rest their own demons.

Democracy is kind of stupid that way.

As Churchill observed, the worst form of government except for all the others. Well done, New York legislature. And memo to President Obama: If you want to know what a leader looks like — and I realize you really don’t — you could do worse than to look at Andrew Cuomo. This country is significantly less unfair and messed up today because of him and the bravery and persistence of the LGBT movement and the straight friends and loved ones (particularly GOP N.Y. Sens. Roy McDonald and Mark Grisanti, who face roughly a 100% chance of a primary opponent next time around) who had their backs.

Saturday, May 22, 2010 4:50 pm

Quote of the day

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 4:50 pm

By the Awl’s Choire, on Andrew Cuomo, newly announced candidate for New York governor: “What’s so weird is I’m sort of line-by-line in favor of his policies and yet I find him so unlikeable!”

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 10:42 pm

Dang. If I’d known the service was this good, I’d’ve ordered a pony, too.

I suggested a couple of weeks ago that it might be a real good idea if Bank of America execs and/or the company’s lawyers were held responsible as individuals over how much info they withheld from BoA shareholders about what the Merrill Lynch takeover was going to do to their investments.

Wow. Someone listened:

The New York Attorney General’s office is preparing charges against several high-ranking Bank of America executives over the bank’s alleged failure to disclose details about its acquisition of Merrill Lynch, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office is likely to file civil charges against the executives over their role in failing to alert shareholders to mounting losses as well as accelerated bonus payments at Merrill, said the person, who requested anonymity …

Honestly, I’m a layman and neither a banker nor a lawyer, but it’ s hard for me to see how there isn’t a basis for criminal charges as well. Therefore, I choose, for now, to comfort myself with the notion that civil charges are a necessary first step toward that outcome. Would the real lawyers please give me 30 or so minutes to enjoy this idea before you pour cold water on it in the comments? Many thanks.

UPDATE: Uh-oh, kids, grab your popcorn — it’s subpoena time! Let’s settle in for a snug, cozy period of embarrassing revelations and/or Fifth-taking, shall we? And let us, at least for now, maintain the tiny hope that the people who end up getting socked for this aren’t the investors.

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