City Council Speaker Christine Quinn held a fundraiser Tuesday night to support her bid for re-election later this year. Over a hundred supporters gathered at a swanky Jane Street location to contribute to her upcoming campaign.
She has become the darling of the "Hate Party of America," a blonde dragon lady who sells venom at lucrative prices then slouches towards the nearest bank, laughing all the way.
Ann Coulter, a take-no-prisoners author of the far right, has converted her vitriol into huge capital gains by churning out best-selling (if often hysterical) books, writing mean-spirited columns, and making outrageous speeches before hate crowds that adore her.
As the Monty Python players famously remarked, “No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.” Similarly, in the Hamptons economy, which is driven by real estate, no one ever expected the kind of financial problems like those in California and Kansas. Still fewer expect the kind of dire financial problems about to hit.
Very Young Girls examines the exploitation of underage girls who are forced, bullied and coerced into prostitution. Most girls start between the ages of twelve and fourteen and are usually taken in by pimps who present themselves as both boyfriends and father figures, only to turn the girls out on the street a week or two after meeting them. David Schisgall's documentary is clearly swimming in dark waters, and you'd be forgiven for not rushing to watch a movie about such depressing subject matter. But skipping this film for CSI reruns would be a big mistake.
The District 3 City Council seat has been a source of intense scrutiny. From prior to the Term Limits speculation about candidates, which had Brad Hoylman running against Andrew Berman and Maria Derr tagging along, we now have Christine Quinn back in the mix with Derr still tagging along. Various stragglers are in tow but, mainly, it is Quinn.
"I have a past, but I'm looking towards the future," said Project Comeback graduate Douglas Rucker as he took the stage at the TriBeCa Film Center to receive his certificate during the graduation ceremony on Friday.
A last minute post for those of you who need some last minute goodies for your Valentine. Go to St. Luke's School today and not only will you be able to stock up on homemade, sugary goodness, but you'll be helping to provide meals, a safe place to go after school and some basic necessities for children who are orphans due to AIDS in Ilinge, South Africa.
Immediately after Obama's Inaugural Address most political commentators here said they were disappointed: no memorable, ringing phrases to remember, they claimed. But in our shrunken world in which the communications revolution brought Obama into millions of homes on every continent, the speech by our first black president—best-selling author, superior orator, part rock star, part teacher, part preacher—was heard around the world like no other Inaugural Address before it.