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3 Jul


Interesting thing happened last weekend during Pride. Partaking in the annual festivities celebrating the gay community and allies, like me and my crew, is quite an experience. Moods were tempered compared to years before, mainly because of the recent court decision upholding Prop. 8.

Nonetheless, the crowd was partying like it was 2009. At one of the music stages set in the middle of a closed street, they started playing Michael Jackson. This was probably the most energetic moment of the night. People all around were compelled to try an MJ move or two, maybe start saying “Jamon!” to a nearby friend, or doing some trademark crotch thrusts. As soon as the DJ’s Jackson tribute ended, people calmed back down and went back to their usual dance moves. Right then I knew MJ still had it in him.

On that note, Happy 4th of July weekend! Now, some patriotic poliPicks!

  • The Joy of Absorption: With the craziness surrounding us 24/7, it may be time to try out some yoga, reading, writing or all of the above to keep us in the moment.
  • Happinomics: Talking to strangers is a win-win. If only someone would get it started.
  • And in Iran…: The blame continues. Now the people at fault for the “poisoning of the people” (i.e. protesting against a stolen election) are British Embassy workers. Who’s next? The lady around the corner that sows people’s pants?
  • Who Wants to be a Believer? A new Turkish game show will try to convert some atheists into either a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Christian, or a Jew. No word yet if Scientology is scheduled for season 2.
  • Look down: Chicago’s Sears Tower wants you to squeal like a little girl:
  • Minnesotans for Bachmann Unite! The most colorful and frightening Congresswoman out there, Michele Bachmann (R-MN), hasn’t ruled out running for governor yet. Be a patriot and visit her (mock) site.
  • WashPo misbehaving: Who knew charging people to get inside access to government officials and your top editors and writers would be frowned upon.
  • Tweet of the day: Brought to you by author Ayelet Waldman, @ayeletw

Is your love as profound as that of the governor of South Carolina? One can only dream.

Here is a great idea: follow me on Twitter, @jzippy

Bonne (4th of July) weekend!



19 Jun


Welcome to another set of poliPicks! I am sure you were eagerly awaiting the bag of goodies I have for your weekend, so lets not waste anytime and get down to it.

  • When Mob met al-Qaeda: Put in adjacent jail cells, a former mob guy and an al-Qaeda terrorist struck various conversations and eventually became business partners of sorts. If this weren’t so dead serious it would make a great sitcom, a la Perfect Strangers.
  • Bush is back!: After months of silence, the former prez returns to the limelight, bringing with him indirect swipes at Obama and stoking the flames of a “socialist” US. Welcome back!
  • 7 Mexican Mayors Charged with drug shenanigans: In a raid in the state of Michoacan, 7 mayors were jailed for collaborating with the La Familia drug cartel. No word yet if this will hurt the mayors’ presidential ambitions or soap opera cameos.
  • Arrested Development Documentary trailer: Because genius deserves promotion. Is it 2010, yet? (#1–but please also look at #18 for the sheer “Whaaaat?!” factor).
  • Hot dogs, fireworks, and missile launches: This 4th of July, thanks to North Korea, might be less festive than last year’s.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen’s brain: Meet Dan Mazer, his co-writer and longtime friend–the genius behind the genius.
  • Who’s Who in Iran: Who’s on the left, right, center, and who are sworn enemies (a long list, indeed).
  • Best. Wedding Invite. Ever.
  • The Twitter #HoekstraFail: This is what happens when you think you are being insightful but are actually making no sense and sound ignorant.

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Bonne weekend!


12 Jun


There’s drama everywhere:

Palin v. Letterman. Ahmedinejad v. Mousavi. Mexican police v. Mexican police. Beckham v. Ronaldo. Makes you want to start a soap opera based solely on the news.

This, along with other much sunnier topics, are inside this weekend’s poliPicks. Enjoy!

  • Who you gonna call? The police? Sorry, they are out fighting the police: In Monterrey, Mexico, the federal police faced off against the city police during a protest by city officers against the federal officers.  It ended being a bloodless encounter, but it exemplified the tension the drug cartel  war has put upon the nation.
  • Two! two new presidents of Iran, ah ah ah! Both candidates are claiming victory, meaning you can expect a flurry of voting irregularities and calls of “fraud” by both sides starting tomorrow–oh wait, that already started.
  • Presidential munchies run: Obama is the first city president in decades, so he has a penchant for making burger runs when it just cant wait. This collage includes Obama eating, Obama ordering, Obama talking while he waits for his food, and Obama eating some more. In a word: riveting.
  • George Bush and Colbert are like this! W let’s Colbert know what he thinks of his buzzcut:

  • Ronaldo is worth $130m: His Tony Award-worthy theatrics alone are worth $129m. Somewhere, Beckham is foaming at the mouth while he brushes his hair as he rests his head on Posh’s glittery stomach.
  • Obama’s first Gay Marriage faux pas: In a government brief in a Defense of Marriage Act in California case, Obama motions to dismiss the case against the Act, which only allows marriage between a man and woman. That is not great, but not bad, either. What might unleash an uproar from the marriage equality movement is his treatment of the plaintiff (those arguing against the Act), and the language he uses. This may get ugly.
  • Obama may be a ‘madman’: The political definition being different than the psychiatric one, this piece makes a pretty good case that Obama is following a strategy Nixon first baptized.
  • Tweet of the day: From Gallup News’ twitter account, @gallupnews:

“NEW: Most Disapprove of Majority Government Ownership of GM.

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Bonne weekend a tous!


5 Jun


A sign that the recession is hitting your area hard: your commute to work keeps getting shorter and shorter. Less people heading to work equals less cars going to work equals you realizing you are both delighted and unnerved by the brisk drive.

On to sunnier topics: poliPicks! This week I have an intriguing piece on a man being a “woman” for  6 months, how to write your own Obama speech, and the always present political drama. Enjoy.

  • Feel like a (hormonal) woman: In this short and insightful piece, a man discusses his 6 month stint as a woman–or more specifically, as a very menopausal woman. Moral of the story: treat your wives to M&Ms whenever she asks for them.
  • Reid wants immigration reform this year: Because, of course, two wars, a flattening economy, healthcare reform, and a massive image overhaul abroad are really not enough to fill the Senate’s agenda. What’s next, Harry, do you want to talk about affirmative action and the elimination of the income tax by August?
  • Connect-the-dots speech writing: Who says you need vision and skill to write a speech like Obama? All you need is to follow the outline The Daily Beast’s Benjamin Sarlin has outlined for you. Tip: use sentences like “When I talked to Barack yesterday,” or “While having lunch with O-man” to add a little pizzazz to your speech.
  • Unemployment on the rise once more, but…: The pace of unemployed workers is leveling off, and the number of jobs lost in May (345,000) was lower than expected. If nothing else, this breakdown offers one striking trend: a college degree is losing it’s value. The unemployment rate for college graduates has more than doubled in the last year. Continue reading


29 May


You know summer is creeping up on you when you have a couple of weddings in your schedule for the months ahead. Must be the warm weather that makes people feel extra comitted. Anywho, my weekend will begin a tad early for that reason (not my own, don’t worry). But I still have some good Picks to share with y’all. Some funny, some vindicating, and even some intriguing pieces to enjoy while you and I drink our respective coffees tomorrow morning (but for slightly different reason0.) See you at Denny’s! I’ll be the one with the black suit and red eyes.

  • Berlusconi is the Italian Bubba: Their is an election in Italy coming up next week. In case you haven’t heard, frisky PM Silvio Berlusconi is in slightly warm water for an alleged affair he had with an 18-year old model. First off, this is not new to him or Italian politics, and most people have laughed it off (he even trashed his wife for whining about it). Second, that is how Silvio is, a grabby, raunchy old man. Still, he contends the glove does not fit.
  • Breaking: Nader had campaign money in 2004: Ralph Nader is claiming that Terry McAuliffe, the former DNC chair, H. Clinton campaign chair, and current VA gubernatorial candidate, offered Nader money in 2004 if he would pull out of 19 battleground states. Nader, being the beacon of purity that he is, said “No” right away. McAuliffe has not denied this claim outright. It’s interesting to see such honor from Nader in refusing this pay-to-play when in the same year he accepted money from a GOP that hoped to take support away from Kerry through Nader. Riiight.
  • Waterboarding is not torture–until you try it: Chicago-based conservative radio host, “Mancow,” is known for being a loudmouth and a bit of a nut. But at least he put the water where his mouth is. He got waterboarded to prove it wasn’t torture, and well: “It is way worse than I thought it would be, and that’s no joke,” Mancow told listeners. “It is such an odd feeling to have water poured down your nose with your head back…It was instantaneous…and I don’t want to say this: absolutely torture.”
  • Unemployment in your state: Know the number associated with your pain. From, this clear and useful breakdown of state-specific unemployment numbers should, at the very least, help you understand how screwed you (we) are. Here I come, Iowa and 5.1% unemployment!
  • Openly gay high school student is elected prom queen: This is probably one of the best stories I’ve heard this week. In LA, an openly gay teen ran for prom queen, and won over an initially resistant crowd with a wonderful and honest speech. This should be made into a movie–having happened in LA, I give it three weeks tops until its release.
  • Tweet of the day: brought to you by Newark, NJ’s awesome Mayor, @CoryBooker:

“Sleep” and I broke up a few nights ago. I’m dating “Coffee” now. She’s Hot!

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(I strongly suggest watching “Street Fight” if you want to truly know about the grit and intellect of this promising Mayor).


15 May


Time for the weekend, time for poliPicks. There is really nothing better than an interesting, long magazine article that is good enough to make into your weekend schedule of laziness. For those who weren’t able to pick up and save such an article for you weekend brunches, you will be pleasantly surprised below. Also, some good ol’ fashioned politickin’, with the usual drama, melodrama, and comedy (it’s funny ‘cuz it’s true). Enjoy:

  • Did she, didn’t she: The Pelosi-torture memo circus continues, and as with any circus, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is a main attraction
  • Brooks poops the party: David on Obama’s ambitious agenda: “If he is going to sustain his agenda, if he is going to prevent national insolvency, he has to control health care costs. Health care costs are now the crucial issue of his whole presidency.”
  • Your fridge, yourself: GOOD magazine presents an intriguing picture show of the content of various people’s refrigerators. Reading the captions under each one you can’t help but nod in agreement. Ex: The fridge below belongs to a middle-school teacher (probably in Berkeley). Continue reading


8 May


We are approaching the best time of the weekend: Friday afternoon. (The worst time? Sunday night–what a sorry state we are all in then, eh?). If any of you decide to buy any food during the weekend that may be in need of a condiment, please, learn from our president and avoid the regular mustard, it’s crap.

  • Obama adds to his (Trekkie) nerd-cred:

    Q: President Obama has drawn not-infrequent comparisons to the Spock character. Do you see any similarities there?

    Leonard Nimoy: I’ve met him twice. The first time was a couple years ago, very early on when he had just announced his candidacy. He was in Los Angeles, speaking at a luncheon we were invited to. There was a very small crowd — minuscule compared to the crowd that he gathered later — at a private home in Los Angeles. And we were standing on the back patio, waiting for him. And he came through the house, saw me and immediately put his hand up in the Vulcan gesture. He said, “They told me you were here.” We had a wonderful brief conversation and I said, “It would be logical if you would become president.”

  • Palin PR Blitz is no bueno:
  • Obama to Governator:I’ll give you $6.8b for $74m. Deal?:The president and Schwarzenegger hit some rocky terrain over union wage cuts and stimulus money.
  • Specter: I”m rooting for Coleman. Oh wait, what team am I on, again?: Any more of these senior moments and Harry Reid will pistol-whip you.
  • Limbaugh vs. Powell, Round 1: Rush to Colin: Go be a Democrat, already. Colin to Rush: I threw up a bit in my mouth just by looking at you.
  • Wunderkind speechwriter, Favreau, is a momma’s boy: At the TIME 100 gala, Jon picked mom as his date over all the other girls on Obama’s Facebook page.
  • Bristol and Levi disagree on abstinence: Something tells me they had a similar, but much more profane, conversation about, oh, 9-10 months ago.
  • Unemployment now at 8.9%: Yet Perez Hilton still has a job. Life is unfair.
  • Richardson takes Lady Gaga’s advice and just dances: No, seriously, Bill, what is that? The bouncing robot?
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