Senator Chuck Schumer may have broken the record for most puns crammed into a political press release with his response to the news five people and two companies were busted by federal officials for illegally smuggling honey from China. Though his statement was quite brief, Mr. Schumer managed to fill it with an un-bee-lievably high number of honey-themed puns.
“This successful sting operation is sure to be a buzz kill for would-be honey smugglers,” Mr. Schumer said. “For too long, foreign smuggling of this product has created a sticky situation for domestic honey producers. We need a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to honey laundering.”
Shael Polakow-Suransky, the Education Department’s chief academic officer, is a white man who was born in South Africa. And, Mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed out at a press conference this afternoon touting city schools’ test scores, you can make a joke about him being African American.
After a reporter asked if Mr. Bloomberg could specifically explain how state tests are becoming increasingly difficult from year-to-year, he responded, “I certainly can’t, but maybe our African American here can, because — tell us,” while gesturing to Mr. Polakow-Suransky.
“Somebody broke that out,” Chancellor Dennis Walcott mused at the situation.
I thought it was for all his straight talkiness.
From the New York Times magazine:
FAVORITE DEMOCRAT: I like Anthony Weiner, the congressman from New York. He has YouTube moments I find entertaining, and he’s married to Huma Abedin, who works for Secretary of State Clinton. I have to tip my hat to him for landing such a hot woman.
[h/t Reid Pillifant]
Update: Weiner tells me, “Some thing Democrats and Republicans agree on : Huma’s amazing.”
From Ed Koch’s latest review, which gave Bridesmaids a plus–on his plus or minus scale–despite a few misgivings:
“It may be sexist of me, but I found many of the jokes too coarse. Yes, I would have and have already accepted the coarse bathroom humor from guys in frat house movies, but having a woman defecate in a sink was too much for me.”
“There is lots of sex with lots of positioning, but no nudity. All in all, while worth seeing, some will find it, as I did, a little too raunchy.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo skipped the Legislative Correspondents Association annual dinner this Saturday, creating the chance for the leader of the State Senate, Republican Dean Skelos, to do some roasting of his own.
The highlight of Skelos’ six-minute video was his mocking of the proposal to have an independent redistricting commission redraw legislative lines, something currently done by lawmakers.
At one point, Skelos says new lines have already been drawn
“It even has a district that looks like Barbara Bartoletti riding Blair Horner,” he said, referring to two good government advocates.
Here’s the program for the May 7 show in Albany, where reporters will roast the lawmakers they cover. Along with seeing colleagues in uncharacteristically formal attire, I was looking forward to seeing Andrew Cuomo’s response to the show. (He has, already, demonstrated an ability for using multi-media tactics to make a point while scoring Read More