Monday, June 27, 2016

Well, Hello There!

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Oh Hello, the next tenant at the Lyceum is off to a remarkable start. A great first day of sales!

Coming this Fall.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Texit

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In the know-nothing spirit of the day, when radical conservatives have succeeded in pushing the U.K out of the E.U, perhaps it's time to re-visit our own little "problem". 

Let's let good ol' Texas vote to secede. It's a bastion of ignorant conservatism of the worst stripe, seeks to oppress women, impose creationism, and promotes the worst possible gun laws. Kind of like Saudi Arabia. 

Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I Am A Democrat

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I've always been a registered Independent. I never felt like I could stand the stink of belonging to any political party, with all their hypocrisy and corruption. Though I always found myself voting Democrat, I was very happy to not be a member of their party. Whenever a scandal might erupt, a debauched Congressman, a corrupt local legislator, a thieving elected official, I was always relieved and felt that I could avoid the stench that wafted off the offending hypocrite. I was not a Democrat. I was an Independent. 

Nowadays, with Congress hopelessly locked in dysfunction, it's been quite easy to maintain my Independent status. I'd certainly continue to vote Democrat, but continue to revel in my Independence. 

Tonight, however, I find myself moved in a way I don't ever think I've experienced before. As I write this, the U.S. House of Representatives is occupied by the Democrats of that body, along with Democratic Senators, to protest the Republican majority's intransigence in not bringing to a vote common sense gun legislation. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, the Democrats are actually putting themselves on the line, demanding that they at the least, get to vote on a gun bill.

They are breaking the rules of order and bringing much needed attention to the Republican majority that, in the pockets of the NRA and gun manufacturers, refuses to govern, refuses to legislate, and refuses to represent the best interests of the American people.

I believe that the House Democrats efforts, while inspiring and noble, are likely to go down in defeat. But that may just be a lost battle in a war that may yet be won. Just getting a vote won't insure passage, with the Democrats in the minority, and the chances of getting a bill through the Senate are hopelessly dim. For now.

With Donald Trump dragging the Republicans down, and the events unfolding now at the House of Representatives, the country may actually be on the cusp of an era where progressive governance finally has a chance to succeed after decades in the backwaters of Republican obstruction and slavish obeisance to the one-percenters.

The sit-in at the House of Representatives is a political battle for morality in government. It's a battle I'm proud to join and support. When I vote for Hillary Clinton this November, I will be voting as I never have before.

I will be a registered Democrat.




The Party's Over

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Someone should tell the Republican elites that the party is falling apart.

With the rise of Trump, the unquestionable preference of the Republican electorate, the party poobahs are stuck with a clown of a candidate that has shown himself to be unfit for the presidency in any way whatsoever.

Trump doesn't fit into the radical conservative, Tea Bagger box that has taken over the Republican party. Therefore, the hacks can't hack him. But if the voters have chosen him, who then do the Republican establishment really represent?

While any thinking person can sympathize with the nascent "#NeverTrump" movement, what does it say about the Republicans that the party leaders, in their heart of hearts, want to undo the selection of their party's choice of a candidate? Apparently they have no use for democratic principles when the democratically elected choice doesn't suit them.

Then again, nothing new there. When Barack Obama was elected, the Republicans hunkered down and chose to obstruct and not to govern for the entire length of Obama's two terms.

Clearly, the Republicans don't represent Republican voters. They want nothing to do with the business of governing. They only represent the "donor class", the billionaires like the Koch brothers and others, that see the government as only a means to their selfish ends, the economic raping of our society and the total destruction of the middle class.

Hopefully, for the sake of the country, the flailing Trump will continue down his incoherent path and perhaps take his party down with him.


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

For Bernie's Crowd

         


As the race ends, the Sanders supporters may be sad and disillusioned, but at least they can have a good cry, chill to some Bowie, and get ready to vote for Hillary.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Box Office Lament





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Barcodes on tickets
but missing on printouts
Bright red folders
With TodayTix ducats
Sealed envelopes left at will call windows
These are a few of my least favorite things

Third party sales
and Stub-hubs on phones
Whited out names on
PDF forms
ADA seats scalped or sold at full price
These are a few of my least favorite things

A hundred producers and more investors
Chat board wags worse than child molesters
No late seating and no refunds too
These are a few of my least favorite things

When the Star's out
and the folks scowl
Then I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my least favorite things
And then I feel real bad

TDF resos
And those Tony Voters too
Trade tix aplenty
And Comps up the wazoo
No nominations to help things along
These are a few of my least favorite things

New Yorkers leaving town
On Holiday weekends
Short TKTS lines
and holes in the orch
Closing the balcony when it's too sparse
These are a few of my least favorite things

Patrons that conceal their discounts are actions
that make us redo the entire transactions
"Why will the code not work in the center?"
These are a few of my least favorite things

When the drawer is off
when the perf's down
Then I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my least favorite things
And then I get real mad




With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, Julie Andrews, and anyone else taking offense.