51st State

Back in Business

Posted by azi on April 7, 2006

And at a new location:


Hopefully things run as smoothly there as they did for me here, here and here.

Let me know what you think:

email: apaybarah@nysun.com

aim: azipaybarah 


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Almost Back

Posted by azi on February 21, 2006

This site is almost back in action.

I’m taking a week-long hiatus to work on an obscure side project that will put this site on hold temporarily. Exactly how long? Who knows.
In the meantime, enjoy this rant on Daily Gotham about Vito Lopez and wait for the excitement at the annual Queens County GOP dinner this Friday, hosted by Mike Bloomberg’s favorite State Senator, Serph Maltese.

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Women Are Better Than Men in Politics

Posted by azi on February 20, 2006

Especially on domestic issues, according to today’s Siena poll of 1,120 registered voters in 50 states. (No one from the 51st State was surveyed.) Progressive, but still domestic.

But on foreign policy and commander-in-chief issues, more than half the people surveyed said there would be no difference between a male and female president.

Would that change if male/female were replaced with names of actual males and females? The survey doesn’t go that far, but it did ask if Laura, Hillary and Condi should run.

Sorry Laura. 81% said no. Hillary’s numbers dipped a bit from 2005, but she’s still above 50%. As for Condi, she jumped 6 points, but hasn’t broken 50% yet. But the rise in Condi’s “should run” numbers seem attached to the growing notion that Hillary’s will actually run.

Glad to see one woman’s success helping another.
[Note: This item was updated from an earlier version that was saddled with funky HTML issues.]

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Laugh at Cheney and See What Happens

Posted by azi on February 17, 2006

Karma? Conspiracy? You decide.

Man shot in hunting accident after lauhging at Dick Cheney.

Okay. See you Monday.

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Solitaire vs. Full House

Posted by azi on February 17, 2006

Just out of curiosity, how does Mike’s Solitaire firing compare to Christine’s Full House cleaning?

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Posted by azi on February 17, 2006

Sorry for the sporadic posting. I’m wrapping up some personal errands, including a much-delayed Valentine’s celebration.

Be back on Monday.

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Thanks for the Uncertainty

Posted by azi on February 16, 2006

The publisher who lead the “Freedom of the Press Week” almost 20 years ago after a Bronx newspaper was firebombed for defending Salman Rushdie is taking a slightly less outspoken position with the Danish cartoons.

That publisher, and my old boss, Mike Schenkler wrote in his column this week:

“We are not afraid; however, we are uncertain whether reprinting the cartoons serves any purpose but to inflame. We just don’t know at this moment.”

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More Cartoon Protests

Posted by azi on February 16, 2006

Several Islamic groups will protest tomorrow outside the Danish embassy in Manhattan, from noon to 3 p.m.

Lets see if it’ll turn into the kind of mayhem some people feared.

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Cheney Confesses

Posted by azi on February 15, 2006

“You can’t blame anyone else. I’m the one who pulled the trigger and shot my friend.”

-Dick Cheney

excerpt from Fox interview, airing tonight

(hat tip: wonkette)

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Winner Coins ‘Cheney’s Law’

Posted by azi on February 15, 2006

A bill that makes fleeing the scene of an accidental shooting a felony is being dubbed “Cheney’s Law” by cigar-chomping, upstate Republican senator George Winner, Jr.

For the first time in years, the bill have moved out of committee and has found support in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.

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