Saturday, February 2, 2013
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Friday, February 1, 2013
Mayor Ed Koch died today at the age of 88. Of all the mayors I’ve watched in office beginning with Abe Beame in 1976, Ed was far and away my favorite.
He was one of our own, too, born in duh Bronx and raised a true Noo Yawkuh.
Ed was tough and acerbic and funny as hell, and more than occasionally pompous. For awhile he was known as “The Emperor.”
But Ed valued his own common sense over society’s political correctness and in that alone he was my kinda guy.
When finally voted out of office in 1989 after his third term as mayor of New York Ed famously said:
I loved this guy.
You were a Noo Yawk original
and you made our wonderful city a better place.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Antigua is a tiny island in the Carribean barely three times the size of Manhattan.
They are giving the United States a middle finger at the moment. Here’s why.
Antigua offers internet gambling.
U.S. Law says internet gambling is illegal if it crosses state lines.
“No go”, we said to them.
“Oh yeah?” they shot right back.
They went straight to the World Trade Organization, charged restraint of trade and actually prevailed in the WTO court.
The court found they were entitled to $21 million a year in "nullification or impairments" for financial redress.
So what is Antigua threatening?
They’ve announced their intention to strip copyright protection from American entertainment and offer it cheap online without payment to the rightsholders until they reach $21 million every year going forward.
Until we let their gambling in.
"We aren't going to be flaunting the rules," an Antiguan official said.
"It's not piracy when you have the right to do it."