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Tuesday, June 19, 2021

Never a dull moment when Hizzoner Michael Bloomberg flirts with Presidential ambition. A lifelong Democrat who converted to the GOP only when he realized he was a really really rich guy, Bloomberg today officially unaffiliated himself from the Republicans, a move interpreted as groundwork for an independent 2008 bid for the White House.

Should he choose to throw his hat into the ring, Bloomberg may effectively negate another former New York mayor’s election prospects:

What is more, Mr. Bloomberg has arguably at least as strong a claim on New York City’s prosperity as his predecessor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who is seeking the Republican nomination. If Mr. Bloomberg decides to run as an independent or third-party candidate, he might find that he enjoys the benefits of New York City’s successes without the ideological burdens that Mr. Giuliani has faced in trying to win the Republican nomination while being identified with such positions as supporting abortion, gay rights and gun control.

The early line is that it’s unclear from which party Bloomberg would siphon more votes. Republicans are the more disaffected electorate, which is reflected in the relative disarray in the current GOP nomination field; and Bloomberg could appeal to that sentiment. On the other hand, his moderate stance on most hot-button issues could draw plenty of moderate Democrat votes.

That’s all if he decides to blow his money on a Ross Perot-like run. He could just as easily finish out his term as NYC mayor, and then prep for a 2012 White House bid.

But if he does press “go” this year, consider: The nation could have a slate of candidates with New York roots: Giuliani as the Republican candidate, Bloomberg as the Indy, and Hillary Clinton — current Senator from New York, remember? — as the Democrat. Youse got a problem wit dat?

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/19/2007 11:12:00 PM
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king of the road
Catholic motorists, rejoice! You now have religious sanction for your behavior behind the wheel, in the form of the Vatican’s official “Drivers’ Ten Commandments”:

1. You shall not kill.

2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.

3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.

4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.

5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.

6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.

7. Support the families of accident victims.

8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.

9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.

10. Feel responsible toward others.

Feel free to add more pertinent ones to this list, like “thou shalt not tap thy breaks every 10 seconds while on the highway”, etc. (Screw the contemporary language — to me, it ain’t a Commandment if it’s not loaded with “thous” and “thys” and such.)

And just to show you that Pope Benedict XVI walks his papal talk:

To add one more cliche to the pile, the pope is practicing what his Vatican is preaching. When a crazed man tried to jump into the Popemobile a few weeks ago, the driver maintained a steady pace, with no signs of road rage whatsoever.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 06/19/2007 10:33:13 PM
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