Barring any sort of Crisis on Infinite Earths scenario that removes our world from the Darkest Timeline and returns things to their proper order, Trump becomes president in a little more than a week. The stark contrast between the outgoing and incoming administrations was in full HD display last night, as President Obama delivered his farewell speech full of calls for hope and the commonality of our purpose, while his successor had spasms of Twitter rage denying allegations that he and some Russian prostitutes created their own version of Wikileaks in a hotel room.
It can be hard to find any hope that things will get better in the near future, but for now we’ll point you to this section from Obama’s speech last night that we think can serve as a guiding light to any brokester who just wants to make something in the world or anyone trying to make a difference, or maybe just is trying to hold on to their little piece of New York City with all they’ve got: (more…)
It doesn’t really help that he’s reading this post right now
For awhile, a bunch of the scandals sticking to the Obama administration were of the “paranoid delusion” variety. “Show us the Benghazi!”, the government taking your guns, hell, even the IRS targeting political groups is something that’d been happening for years. But now with the news that the NSA is basically reading your thoughts, and without a warrant no less, we have an honest-to-god scandal that makes the government look like the Eye of Sauron. So the question is, is this Obama’s fault? And if it is, does he have to go? One debate group will be talking it over tonight in Williamsburg. (more…)
Are the president’s naps more important than yours?
Watching the State of the Union last night while playing your Poland Spring drinking game, you noticed the prez up the ante on minimum wage, proposing to hike it to $9 an hour, which is even more than New York’s Gov. Cuomo was seeking, which is kinda nice when you consider how many laid off professionals end up doing crap jobs for vomit pay these days. And there was talk about overall economic stability, and increasing American output by stealing Apple jobs from struggling Taiwanese workers. But where was the real talk of progressive reform that our nation’s overburdened and overloaded workers are demanding? We’re talking the third rail of office politics: Naps. Naps, not apps! What do we want? “A place to lie down for a few minutes!” When do we want it? “Sometime around 2:30 would be great!”
We need them, now more than ever, as described in this New York Times story from last week about how relaxation increases productivity. And part of that relaxation is, of course, the simple nap, which does so very much for us, says Science: (more…)
We’re sure everybody could use a laugh amid all the power outages and mop-bucket showers while the city recovers from Sandy. And for laughs, where do we turn but the presidential election, where Squarehead McBainpants has all but faded away from the spotlight while Barack Obama goes around being, you know, actually president. So Jimmy Kimmel, who has brought his show to BAM for a week, went to Levels Barbershop in Clinton Hill to ask about Mitt Romney’s chances in the black community. Biting political hilarity ensues. Oh, and Brooklyn-born Kimmel is wearing a Nets jacket. (more…)
Sweet Biden of Zion we’re all superpolitical this week. It’s almost like there might be a close national election going on or something. If you believe the theory that Obama purposefully threw the debate to gin up more fundraising and grassroots support (surely crazier things have happened in politics), your latest chance to support him in Brooklyn comes this weekend, and it involves beer. This Four More Beers tasting event at Burnside in Williamsburg on Sunday costs $25 for four beers (plus cheese curds), 80 percent of which goes to Obama’s campaign; or you can upgrade to more expensive packages too. That’s the same day as this ice cream and cupcakes fundraiser, btw. (more…)
For those of you who might have liked to attend yesterday’s Baracklyn fundraiser at Brooklyn Bowl but had no hope of affording the $250 entry donation, here is a much more low-key alternative. The Candy Rush will be hosting an Obama fundraiser this Sunday from 10am-1 pm, at their shop at 735 Franklin Ave. All you have to do is make a $10 minimum donation (cash or check) and you get free Blue Marble ice cream, BCakeNY cupcakes, and live music, which probably adds up to more than $10 all told.
If you have any questions you can contact Raquel: raquelcrowhill at hotmail.com for more information.
So, you want to participate in the the most important election of your lifetime (other than the last presidential election, and the one after this) but you’ve already put in time at the phone bank. Short of committing light voter fraud by not updating your voter registration from its current Pennsylvania swing state status, what else can you do? The folks behind Baracklyn, an Obama fundraiser being coming to Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, would like you to participate in our democracy the old-fashioned way: by opening your wallet, or just handing it over to them, really. Guests include Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Jonathan Safran Foer, and a performance by Steve Earle (and there’s free babysitting too). Should you do it? Cynical opinion-mongering awaits you below! (more…)
You won’t be calling President Obama. He’s been campaigning since before it was cool.
We here at Brokelyn are very excited about the next presidential election, since our broke asses rely on the government for our fair wages, unemployment and access to affordable health care. I know you’re thinking, “New York State will have no problem re-electing our hipster, dumpster-diving, student loan-paying president! What can I do?” The answer is to think about states that are not New York. Or New Jersey. We can have an impact on these battleground states, without ever leaving Brooklyn, just by using the phone. (more…)