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Sunday, September 20, 2021

As New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg runs for re-election, his campaign is going absolutely granular in picking up endorsements:

No demographic is too small.

Latina lawyers? Bloomberg’s got Carmen Pacheco, founder of the first Hispanic female-owned law firm in New York City.

He has backing from a Dominican soccer club, the president of an African cab drivers group, the Korean Nail Salon Association and a biweekly newspaper serving Albanian-Americans with circulation in 46 states.

Also cheering on his bid for a third term — the founder of a nonprofit whose sole purpose is to raise money for a school in Callancas, Peru, along with Juan Rojas Campos, founder of a Mexican restaurant with two locations in Manhattan and one in New Jersey.

Indeed, the complete roll-call of endorsers serves as an extra-lengthy closing boilerplate for Bloomberg’s online press releases. The current version clocks in at 1,815 words, or two-and-a-half standard-sized printed pages.

There is method to this madness:

A new swath of untapped voters is identified — often in communities traditionally overlooked by city mayoral campaigns, like Russian or Korean — then an endorsement comes from a group meaning something to them, in a way that showcases the mayor.

For example, an endorsement from the president of the Korean Produce Association means delis and groceries all over the city get Bloomberg signs along with their daily deliveries of fruit and vegetables.

Campaign manager Bradley Tusk says the attention to niche endorsements is among the most important parts of the Bloomberg strategy.

“It’s a way to get out the message to people you otherwise couldn’t reach through a traditional approach,” he said. “The little stuff that people make fun of is sometimes the most valuable.”

Hey, all I know is that I haven’t been tapped by Bloomy’s spindoctors yet. I’m at least as influential to the electorate as, say, the already-courted Vice President of the United Malian Women’s Association.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/20/2009 06:03:49 PM
Category: New Yorkin', Politics
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buc up
Through some quirk in National Football League television scheduling, today’s Tampa Bay at Buffalo game is being broadcast here in the NYC area — a week after the Bucs’ 34-21 loss to Dallas was also shown here in New York.

So that makes the first two weeks of this NFL season with Buccaneers games on my boob-tube. I’d be fooled into thinking I’m still living in Florida, if not for the chilly-ish snap in the air.

The other reason for the nostalgia is that, so far, it’s looking like the Yuckaneers of the ’80s-’90s have been resurrected as the 2009 edition of the team. I realize it’s been only one game, but from what I saw versus the Cowboys, Tampa Bay isn’t destined to win too many games this season. Thus my conjuring-up of the orange-creamsicled uniforms of the Buccaneers past, with Vinny Testaverde’s oft-seen scramble mode representing the current team’s disarray.

Regardless, I’ll take Bucs games on local TV. I don’t expect this ersatz Tampa Bay television territory to last, but while it does, it’s a welcome respite from all the Giants/Jets overexposure around here.

UPDATE - I didn’t realize that the Giants play at Tampa Bay in Week 3. So that’ll make three straight weeks of televised Bucs games for New Yorkers. I’m making my formal request now for the vintage Bucco Bruce orange unis to make an appearance…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/20/2009 12:04:04 PM
Category: Florida Livin', Football, New Yorkin', TV
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If you sensed a not-so-great disturbance in The Force recently, it was due to Jedi persecution in the checkout lane:

The founder of the Jedi religion inspired by the Star Wars films was thrown out of a Tesco supermarket for wearing his distinctive brown hood.

Daniel Jones, 23, who has 500,000 followers worldwide, was told the hood flouted store rules and was ordered to remove it or leave the supermarket.

As a result Jones, who also goes by the Jedi name Morda Hehol, claims he has been ‘victimised over his beliefs’ and left ‘emotionally humiliated’ by the supermarket in Bangor, North Wales.

The latest chapter in the Jediism struggle, I suppose. Especially since Tesco fired back with doctrinaire justification:

A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘He hasn’t been banned. Jedis are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods.

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all appeared hoodless without ever going over to the Dark Side and we are only aware of the Emperor as one who never removed his hood.

‘If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they’ll miss lots of special offers.’

Clearly, Tesco is a Sith sanctuary. Probably want hoodless Jedis in their lair so that loudspeaker-delivered mind tricks (and in-store discount announcements) more effectively penetrate.

Master Morda is considering legal action, as soon as he can find a British court that adheres to a Jediist code of laws. Failing that, I suppose a drive-by lightsabre-ing is in order.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 09/20/2009 10:21:16 AM
Category: Comedy, Movies, Pop Culture, True Crime
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