The Vallone Zone
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. was not amused by actress Ellen Barkin’s anti-cop Tweets this week. Ms. Barkin sent a stream of posts criticizing the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg after she saw police officers arresting Occupy Wall Street protesters while walking home on 13th Street and 6th Avenue in the wee hours of New Year’s Day. Councilman Vallone responded to Ms. Barkin’s Tweets with a post of his own on his Facebook page yesterday. “The NYPD anxiously awaits your apology. Twit,” he wrote.
Rupert Murdoch shared some kind words for his fellow billionaire and media mogul, Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mr. Murdoch joined Twitter this weekend and his first social media musings included compliments for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, movie reviews, New Year’s resolutions and a glowing assessment of Mayor Bloomberg. “Great to see Mike Bloomberg getting some rewards for being New York’s best mayor in memory!” Mr. Murdoch wrote last night.
On his way to achieving A-List Hollywood heartthrob status this year, actor Ryan Gosling became an internet meme. Mr. Gosling has a slew of sites devoted to pictures of the actor accompanied by quotes that begin with the phrase “Hey Girl” and depict Mr. Gosling as your ideal boyfriend. “Hey girl, can we just sit and watch the sunset together?” asks one exemplary posting.
Now. Mr. Gosling is the subject of a site that takes this meme to the campaign trail and packs it with backroom terminology and insidery references to voter outreach techniques. “Hey girl, you must be a predictive support model, because my numbers fit perfect against your curves,” reads a typical entry on the Campaign Sick blog.
Occupy Wall Street used donations to spend $140 on tobacco and $3,000 on “Halloween puppet supplies.”
Mayor Bloomberg is considering holding a parade for Iraq War vets.
Governor Cuomo is inviting New Yorkers to spend New Year’s Day with him.
Nicole Katz, wife of Assemblyman Steve Katz, has made a video protesting being banned from State Senator Greg Ball’s Facebook page. Ms. Katz told The Politicker she was banned from Senator Ball’s page December 8 after posting a comment chastising him for criticizing Congressional Republicans. The video, entitled “Delete this, Greg Ball,” stars Ms. Katz in a scary, suburban salad drama that ends with her mouth being duct taped shut.
Manhattan Borough President Stringer showed off pictures of his newborn son, Maxwell Eliot Stringer (left).
Congress narrowly avoided another shutdown.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu wants Trinity Church to let protesters occupy its vacant lot on Canal Street.
Former Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey owns the web site Bloomberg2012.com.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has had it with people giving him the thumb’s down on YouTube. After one of his recent campaign commercials became most “disliked” clip in the history of the site, like and dislike buttons are disabled on his latest offering.
Embattled Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. unveiled a new maxim on his personal Facebook page as he and his chief of staff face a new round of bribery charges. Over the weekend, Assemblyman Boyland Jr. replaced his profile picture on the site with a note reading: “I am too positive to be doubtful. Too Optimistic to be fearful. And too determined to be defeated.”
The Antisocial Network
Nicole Katz, wife of Assemblyman Steve Katz, said she was unfriended and blocked on Facebook by State Senator Greg Ball yesterday after writing a critical comment on one of his wall posts. The Katz’s have supported Senator Ball in the past and donated $3,000 to his senate campaign last year. “I am a constituent, he is my senator and I have a right to express my opinion on his page,” Ms. Katz told Politicker today.
Earlier this afternoon, Callista Gingrich, wife of newly minted Republican frontrunner Newt Gingrich, pointed a camera at the window of her office in Washington, D.C. and snapped a picture of a group of Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered on the rainy street outside. Ms. Gingrich proceeded to post the picture on her Facebook page inspiring concerned comments from her mother.