Monday, June 3, 2013

Extra, Extra: Wall Street Journal Wins At Stupid!

Up until now, the media has been using the conventional weapons of stupidity in their War Against Bikes, but on May 31st the entire world sat up and noticed when the Wall Street Journal escalated matters by dropping this devastating atomic firebomb of nuclear retardation:


Clearly the paper's owner, Rupert Murdoch, hates the shit out of bikes because the paper spared no expense in launching this latest offensive.  First, they bought the ET costume from the Stephen Spielberg classic film, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."  Then, they hired a mortuary cosmetic artist to make it up like Jackie Onassis.  Finally, they engaged the Jim Henson Company to create the illusion of human movement and speech.  Incredibly, in only a matter of days, this creative dream team managed to take the project from computer renderings:


To finished product:


Now that's movie magic.

But of course, even the best special effects are hollow and lifeless without a brilliant script to give them life, and so the Journal hired Bruce Vilanch to make hilarious phrases like these come out of her word hole:

--"I represent the majority of citizens."

Yeah, right.  You don't even represent the majority of nonagenarians who sublimate their fear of death into obscene shopping sprees at Bergdorf.

--"We now look at a city whose best neighborhoods are absolutely, you know, begrimed, is the word, by these blazing blue Citi Bank bikes."

Over the past 50 years New York City has been "begrimed" by blackouts, near bankruptcy, the crack epidemic, terrorist attacks, and most recently a Giant Fucking Hurricane--all of which seem to have gone unnoticed by Mme. Rabinowitz, who must have been spending the past half-century shopping, not tipping her doorman, and subsisting on scoops of cottage cheese served in leaves of iceberg lettuce.  For some reason though the bikes fill her with terror, because, you know, she's "sentient:"

--"Before this, every citizen knew, who was in any way sentient, that the most important danger in the city is not the yellow cabs, it's the cyclists who veer in and out of the sidewalk..."

I think she means "senile," not "sentient."

But where are the warnings?!?

--"If you get into a taxi now you'll see in your face you'll see signs saying 'Be very careful...if you open the door you could hit a bicyclist.'  Where is the parallel warning to people saying, 'If you are a cyclist you are required to...the rules of the road are yours."

Hey, Dorothy, it's EXACTLY RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FUCKING HANDLEBARS:


This is what happens when you've been dying your hair for 60 years and the chemicals start leaching into your brain.

By the way, a tip of the wig to the Jernel for finding an interviewer who's equally if not more stupid:


My favorite was when she said this, which could be the dumbest thing ever said by a newspaper person ever:

--"It's not just shocking, it's also a fire hazard in some cases because the fire trucks can't get into subway stations...because you've got Citi Bank racks." 

Okay, so this a fire truck:


This is a subway station:


And this is a dumb idiot:


By the way, aficionados of complete and utter morons will fondly recall her as the same one who said cyclists shouldn't serve in the military:


Does the editorial staff of the Wall Street Journal not know that this stuff will be on the Internet forever?  It's not like back when Dorothy Rabinowitz was only 70 and if you wanted to look at old newspapers you had to go through the trouble of visiting the library and fucking around with microfiche.  No, this is a permanent and easily-accessible record of how completely out-of-touch and batshit insane your editorial staff was in 2013.  I'd say that in a few years this paper is going to be a laughingstock, but the fact is that thanks to this video they're a laughingstock now.  The only sense I can make of it is that the Jernel is fed up with competing with the New York Times and has instead decided to compete with The Onion:

Speaking of the New York Times, they deserve a lot of credit for posting this on the same day:


I wasn't even sure what he was talking about half the time but bike share makes him deliriously happy and I love it.  Sure, I'd have preferred a video of him kicking Dorothy Rabinowitz square in the shin, but this will have to do.

In any case, to celebrate the bike-related inanity that News Corporation has been spewing forth from the Post and the Jernel, please save the date of this Friday, June 7th:


I'm thinking what I might do is just hang around the general vicinity News Corp. headquarters on the 6th Ave. and give away free books.  (My books, unfortunately for you.)  I'll keep you posted and let you know if I follow through, but if I do you should grab a Citi Bike and roll on by.

Keep in mind though that I reserve the right to scrap the whole thing and just do this instead, which is what I was doing this past weekend:


If I've done one right thing in my life it's moving to a neighborhood from which I can ride to decent trails, and if I've done two right things it's that and getting myself an Engin:


Every so often people will ask me what my favorite bike is and I'll kind of hedge, but over the weekend I had to admit to myself that it's this one.  (Not counting my sentimental favorite which I no longer have anyway.  Plus, this is its direct evolutionary descendent since both are one-geared bikes with knobby tires designed entirely for having fun.)  Also, at no point during my ride did I engage in Strava doping, as forwarded to me by a reader:


But that's only because I don't use Strava.  If I did you can be sure I'd use this.  That's because Strava is essentially "foffing off" anyway, and it's technically impossible to cheat at masturbation.  Saying you shouldn't enhance your Strava performance is like saying you shouldn't use pornography to enhance your onanism--or like you shouldn't use deviled eggs to attract a mate:


You complimented my deviled eggs - w4m - 33 (Grand Army Plaza)

You had long hair pulled up. You were riding a bike through the Grand Army Plaza intersection. I was holding a dish of deviled eggs and you said: Deviled eggs! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum. You're cute and you appreciate deviled eggs, which I like. Contact me.

Maybe Dorothy Rabinowitz is right.  Between the bikes and the deviled eggs, this city is going to hell in a Citi Bike basket.


150 comments:

Tom said...

Idiots.

ChamoisJuice said...

Boomshakalaka

Anonymous said...

Podium

Logbig said...

STAVA!!!!

Anonymous said...

Cleveland yeah!

Anonymous said...

Podi.....ahh K, Top X

babble on said...

MONNNNNNNNDAYYYYYYYYYY!!

Heh heh conventional weapons of stupidity....

Danny Ray said...

dang.

babble on said...

I love to use props to enhance my onanism. Does that count?

theEel said...

weed.

Comment deleted said...

And the immigrants are going to take over and people will marry dogs, because...CitiBike.

leroy said...

Well I guess my dog owes me a big old apology.

I am clearly not the dimmest bulb on the tree.

And shucks, even I know that a talking head separated from its buttocks can't be in touch with its brains.

Honestly.

Anonymous said...

knobs=fun

Invisible Man said...

Dorothy Rabinowitz has made me very proud to work for the Wall Street Journal's main competitor.

Mr. B said...

My response to Rabinowtiz:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hfYJsQAhl0

Anonymous said...

If I lived in New York, I would fine out where Ms. Rabinowitz lived,take my bike and hang out in front of her building, just to "Begrime" it a bit.

McFly said...

I used to ride with Traffic. But then Steve Winwood left and the vocal arrangements went to hell and I said funk dis shit I am outta here.

Marcel Da Chump said...

Rabidnowitz.

ken e. said...

LOWS PARK

recumbent conspiracy theorist said...

BSNYC: All Citibike news All the time.

mikeweb said...

Phooooone hooome!

Esteemed Commenter DaddoOne said...

I will come down from Boston and help hit people with....uh....give away books on 6/7....

who else is in?

dnk said...

Dorothy Rabinowitz: "A government before which you are helpless." AND "The bike lobby is an all powerful enterprise."

That's right, Dorothy, a huge well-organized, well-financed lobby that draws upon the infinite cash resources of....of....

...oh yeah. The all-powerful lobby that draws on the infinite cash resources of the Super Rich, who we all know ride to and from the office, the grocery, the park, ON BICYCLES.

FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!

June 7: Date saved.

Thanks for great post Snob.

mikeweb said...

Yes, "the all powerful bike lobby".

The NRA cowers in fear before the juggernaut that is People for Bikes.

dnk said...

p.s. I loved the shit out of that Bill Cunningham video. That guy clearly has a heart of of gold and a beautiful soul.

DerZoots said...

Ugh.
Work is the bad today.





poluxc 791

P. Bateman said...

well done snobber-dobber. love the honest, good old fashioned well deserved anger towards what in all actuality is likely just an ape with clothing on.

Lob help you poor NYC folks.

wait, what did i just say? screw that. you live up there in that shit hole you get what you deserve : )

Anonymous said...

Well, thanks for letting me know that if I ever move to the states I shouldn't trust the WSJ... aren't they the sort of paper that are supposed to trade on trustworthiness?

dnk said...

anonymous,

The family that owns the WSJ owns newspapers in a few other countries too, so watch out....

ken e. said...

the last two comments above made me chortle,disarming me and sparing you all the angry screed against that aging monkey!

high hEEL
MANI QUIN
HAIR BALL

Anonymous said...

Snobby is Dorothy Rabinowitz one of the women you were mentioning last week? She stops her Lexus in the middle of the street to chat with a friend, traffic backed up for miles, oblivious,while her bony heavily jeweled hand is hanging out her window gesturing.

I was stuck behind her, she sounds just like Joan Rivers.

mikeweb said...

So Snob, if you do come to across the street from where I work, I'll treat you to a nice ice coffee from S-bux or Pret Manger.

And Dorothy might also be interested to know that Citibike is planning to do some more begriming by installing a 61 dock station right in front of my work building which is right across 47th st. from hers.

3G said...

delightful!

Buffalo Bill said...

Back when she was a flapper, everyone knew Dorothy as Dot. And baby, she was Hot!

robot text: onsucksg occurs
Yes, Dot, it does.

mikeweb said...

Love Bill Cunningham!

Does anyone have any idea what he said at the 1:28 mark? I went back three times and gave up.

balls™ said...

Golf clap. Seriously. That was brilliant.

When I saw the Citi bike photo, I thought to myself- is Snob turning into some kind of bike advocate, or something? But no, he's still the same grumpy opinionated bike blogger that brings me back everyday over lunch. It's worth every penny.

By the way, is it just me? Or does Dorothy Rabinowitz perhaps just need a few of Babble's props?

mikeweb said...

True story:

Bill Cunningham and 'Dot' Rabinowitz used to perform together back in Vaudeville.

Not on stage or anything, just in the privacy of their own home.

Anonymous said...

mikeweb:

Bill Cunningham at 1:28 mark. The people yell out "hey Pop! You old [?] gator"

I think.

The guy has such a lovely attitude. It was about the only thing that could calm me down after watching the WSJ video.

Anonymous said...

And we permit people to drive? Well, I guess they let me bike.

Anonymous said...

"The bike lobby is an all-powerful enterprise..." says fucktard lady at the WSJ.

Jimboner said...

Doping Masturbator?
Masturbating Doper?

Ugh, I just begrimed the virtual syringe.

Paul Bowen said...

I would have expected someone called Rabinowitz to be a tad more circumspect about bandying a word like totalitarian. But that's bike haters for ya, ask 'em even to think about bicycles or cyclists and within seconds you're confronted by a spittle-flecked, swivel-eyed volcano of delusions and hallucinations that is impervious to reason, data, decency, and just about anything else that's good. And if she represents the majority of New Yorkers, how come she isn't mayor already?

Swza said...

My favorite line from Rabinowitz when she mentioned the all-powerful bike lobby. What a dumb bitch.

Dave said...

Well, we’ve got people threatening suicide, blaming the Illuminati Bike Lobby, and warning that the seven plagues of Jehovah shall descend in pestilence and licentiousness through the bike-share program. And still the angry mobs have not yet marched and torn the hated stations to pieces with their bare hands. What gives? I guess we’ll have to bring out the big guns: Hitler invented the whole bike-sharing thing to subjugate and demoralize the Poles, and Stalin’s favorite hobby was riding his fixie (with tires at psi 140) over the throats of supine Chechen peasants. That ought to do it. If not, I’ll call up my pals at the Elders of Zion… wait a minute, I think Dorothy is one of them.

CommieCanuck said...

The nobelist spirit embiggens us, and easy access low-cost transportation begrimes us all and forces us to make up words.

I see from this that if this goes (further) boobs-North in Toronto, Robs Fords could be an editor-in-chief for the WSJ.

As a counter to Ms. Rabinowit-less, I would suggest the preponderance of stupid old people begrimes NYC and Toronto.

CommieCanuck said...

And Snob..that big job at the WSJ is not likely to happen.

CommieCanuck said...

My favorite line from Rabinowitz when she mentioned the all-powerful bike lobby.

We need to mount automatic weapons on bikes and takes sides with the NRA. If they can give automatic weapons to retarded people to kill children, imagine what they could do for the bike lobby.

NOT UNTIL YOU PRY IT FROM MY COLD, DEAD, SCRANUS...

McFly said...

If a female saying Yum(X5) about anything does not give you the right to immediately hit on her then nothing does.

How's this for starters: "Say, howzabout I devil YOUR eggs?"

africansingle said...

Dotty in a poop scoop
Join the Dots in a Froot Loop

isecocci luby just fer ya Dot

CommieCanuck said...

More angry snob.

This blog was so full of pussies Micheal Douglas was starting to hang out here.

Dorothy Rabinowitz said...

You mad bro?

etherhuffer said...

Press failure + fark you, I got mine already mentality = modern life.

God, how anti-Amsterdamm we are.

Perry said...

I wish that the bike lobby was an all-powerful enterprise. However, the fact that cyclists are regularly killed and maimed by motorists and the authorities all over the country pretty much don't do shit as a matter of policy sort of belies any statements about the all-powerful bike lobby.

etherhuffer said...

@Commie Canuck:

He claims he was doing nothing more than laying in the street with his tongue hanging out and was run over by Recumbabe, that bitch.

Anonymous said...

If eating pussy can lead to throat cancer, then Cipo is in deep shit.

Anonymous said...

Hipsters. Splendid.

http://www.xkcd.com/1220/

hey nonny mouse

crosspalms said...

There are worse ways to die than in a blue-bike-fueled inferno that FDNY was helpless to fight because the stands were in the way. You could be forced to watch that WSJ video over and over and over.

etherhuffer said...

@ anon 1:42

If deep shit can lead to throat cancer, Ron Jeremy is likely in deeps shit as we speak.

Anonymous said...

How can you compare Dorothy Rabinowitz to ET? One reporter interviewed her--got right up close--and calls her "sexy":
http://observer.com/2004/03/ravishing-rabinowitz-of-the-right/

Anonymous said...

Blue bikes invading the city like a bunch of goddam corporate sponsored stormtroopers! There here to KILL US! Fight back NOW because there may be no tomorrow!!!

Wow, I'm glad that our sweet little twin cities have been able to peacefully deploy a bikeshare program, and now in its second year metro-wide, has not resulted in mass killings. Granted we lack the contingent of ignorant super wealthy and self-important blowhards you got. In this case, thank whoever or whatever you bow to.

The Ironic Orange Julius Anti-defamation League said...

So which one, exactly, are you now claiming as your favorite, asshole?

crosspalms said...

Jim Romenesko gives h/t to Snob and says he asked the WSJ when Rabinowitz was last on a bike.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, just watched the WSJ interview. She's fucking radge.

The guy in the other clip's a happy chap, though.

hey nonny mouse

the Commentariat said...

Wow! Your middle name is "Oliver?"

Bill Smith said...

My favorite quote from the interview: "The bike lobby is all-powerful."

McFly said...

How ironic. I just discovered that the girl in the 1st most image tugging on the CitiBike is the great great great great great great great great great great grandaughter of Dorothy Rabinowitz.

They do favor.

all_your_ideas_belong_to_me said...

Youse guys are missing da' point.

THE FEAR is losing the privilege of killing or maiming bicycling cyclists without repercussion.

Who wouldn't take advantage of shiftings the blame for an injury or death from the driver of a car to the cyclist?

Cars rule and this old gas bag like it that way.

Roille Figners said...

Dorothy: GET A JOB, you shiftless layabout.

No but actually I didn't even watch it. What, I'm gonna read all these words and look at all these pitchaz, AND go watch VID-JOES too?

But even so, I still know where this [whatever it is] is coming from. Pretend you're a rich douchebag.
1) Society as you know it is going to shit all around you.
2) You work hard to avoid acknowledging this.
3) Other people around you keep adapting sensibly to the new conditions and inadvertenly reminding you of said conditions.
4) This reminds you that your head is up your ass. DOES NOT COMPUTE.
5) Therefore attack those people.

Anonymous said...

And all these I thought is was the grime that begrimed New York City.

McFly said...

This is what its coming to kids. Take to the sidewalks while there is still time. Or get on your boat.

wishiwasmerckx said...

Dorothy Rabinowitz is a syphilitic bag of farts.

No wait...ChamoisJuice is a syphilitic bag of farts...

Yes, that's it...

grog said...

good. babe.
where'd you get that calendar?

Serial Retrogrouch said...

lobbed eggs... yum yum yum yum.

hey, can you stand on 6th ave with books at lunch time... i don't care if you get a heat stroke... really, i just want to get a book from you.

Roille Figners said...

I asked a mechanic friend how to switch stems on the Kludgemaster but he just started saying something about star-spangled nuts. I was like "Oh hell yeah I'm as patriotic as anybody but how do I change that stem?" What an idiot.

Curmudgeon said...

How churlish of you to criticize Ms. R. merely for being unaware of the rules of the road caution on CitiBike handlebars. I am confident she will dispatch Brabinger, her driver, to examine some handlebars forthwith, and to report back to her with dispatch.

Dooth said...

HOT FLASH!...I mean, NEWS FLASH!...

Dorothy Rabinowitz gave Rupert Murdoch a dose of blazing blue balls.

ChamoisJuice said...

Dood, if I really hated Hebrews, Mrs Rabinowitz ticks off all the stereotypes.

I just like funny accents.

Nik Rabinowitz is South Africa's funniest Jewish Xhosa speaking comedian

Must be some stiff competition for that title....

Noter said...

If the best the anti-bike zealots can trot out is this Park Avenue nonagenarian even more clueless than most others in her hermetically sealed cohort--"I represent the majority of citizens!" (of the 10021 zip code)--then Bloomberg and the bikers have won.

crosspalms said...

A cyclist was hit and killed in Chicago last week. I wanted to post a link to one of the stories but they all just made me sad and angry. At least they arrested the driver and charged him. By all accounts the cyclist was a decent, well liked guy.

crosspalms said...

Messed up the link.

crosspalms said...

messed it up twice!

Anonymous said...

How can the single low gear that's good for going up steep trails also be the right gear for riding the flat miles between home and the trail? Why would that bike not be better with more than one gear?

Anonymous said...

what a bunch closed minded ass clowns.
now we know why nyc aint amsterdam
(cause that would be bad; hell i
want to be stressed out while
commuting i'm a new yorker it's
our right as americans.)
here's an idea chase bank suv share
let's turn nyc into the real america.
also that way the subway entrances will be bigger and might even accommodate fire truck and tanks as god the wsj and murdoch know to be right. having said that this is not mutually exclusive to the point of the autocracy they mentioned. maybe the new mayor will cup our balls while feeding us 64oz sugary cold beverages

BikeSnobNYC said...

Anonymous,

The single low gear is just fine for the flat, unpaved trail that takes me to and from where I'm going.

Sometimes it's just fun to ride a mountain bike with one gear. It's sort of like saying, "why would that bike not be better if it were red?"

--Wildcat Rock Machine

ChamoisJuice said...

Between that, and the rigid fork, he always has excuses for riding pattycake.

Anonymous said...

You don't work on your own bikes, do you? :P

CommieCanuck said...

DEAD SCNS

janinedm said...

The first non-holiday weekend after bike share was launched, 25 people were shot in 48 hours in NYC... can't you fools see? Bike Share will kill us all!

leroy said...

BSNYC -- Of course any bike would be better in red.

Shucks, I bet even Dottie Rabinowitz uses the expression "to paint the Townie red."

That's got to be why she doesn't think blue Citi Bikes are the bee's knees, cat's pajamas, or dog's bollocks.

As usual, my dog disagrees and explains Dottie's diatribe as emblematic of the three ascending levels of impaired judgment: dingbat, bat shit crazy, and old bat shit crazy.

According to my dog, that's why renting a Citi Bike for Dottie would be an old bat mitzvah.

Honestly, a WSJ editor upset by sn offering underwritten by Citibank. Talk about your cognitive disonance.

Anonymous said...

Off the shelf custom cocky roars to life! http://mtbtouringhandlebars.com/

Dubious hardware materials repurposed into a ratrap of a cocky.

paulb said...

I thought you liked the bike with the s&s couplers best. Or maybe that one gets "most practical," not most fun.

Anonymous said...

Wildcat Rock Machine

June 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM,

Yeah, but it's still a fixie.

That, and its non-horizontal top tube make it an insult to humanity.

Kari said...

Good news! Just set a new PR for blood pressure after watching that WSJ video. There's just so much wrong there, I don't even know where to begin. Blazing inaccuracies? Excessive hyperbole? Elitist mentality?!

Ok, I would start with the hairstyle.

BikeSnobNYC said...

paulb,

Yes, if I had to have only one bike it would probably be that coupled one since it's by far the most versatile.

Fortunately though I can have as many bikes as I want, so as far as sheer "arousal" the Engin is probably my favorite.

--Wildcat Rock Machine

Anonymous said...

Wow, that WSJ editorial is one of the more inane and insulting things I have seen in a long time. They start the whole thing by the interviewer cheerfully saying "guess what a biker was hit by an SUV this week, but correlation is not necessarily causation" what the fuck is that supposed to mean? I have a searing hate for these two shrews. They seem to be neck in neck for the Biggest Cunt in the World Award. I will definitely swing by on Friday if you opt to stage a bike in at news corp.

leroy said...

Well D'uh, Dottie Rabinowitz doesn't like cyclists because one broke her heart.

"I'm a loner, Dottie, a rebel"

96th...

Ass Monkeys Please Attack Fox said...

I can't get over the look on Fox Wimpification Babe's face. "It doesn't taste like sugar water having the consistency of yogurt." She said a second after the picture was taken.

Cipo know one when he sees one said...

I bet WSJ-Fox Babe spends a lot more time on her knees than on a bike. Not that there's anything wrong with that, just saying I know one when I see one.

Anonymous said...

Seems like Ms. Rabinowitz hasn´t had sex for like 80 years.

BamaPhred said...

100th podium? Rabinowitz? Who? All powerful bike lobby? What? And the next trumpet soundeth, the seal was broken from the book, and almighty Lob sent the plague of blue citi bikes to infesteth Mme Rabinowitzs' scranus.

Anonymous said...

What do you get when you a bicycle lobby lawyer to run one of the largest DOTs in the world?

Citibikes. And not much else.

jdlvtrn said...

for a free book, I'll ride all the way from Marine Park on my omafiets!

Bogusboy said...

New York, New York, it's a wonderful town....

Uncle Pistil said...

leroy or at least his dog is a genius.btw Snob,your stem is too long on that Engin...

James said...

My normally-polite 9-year-old's comment on seeing that WSJ video: "That is so fucking stupid. What is her problem?"

leroy said...

Dear Anon 8:47 PM --

I guess if you ignore the major overhaul of the Brooklyn Bridge, replacement of the Willis Ave Bridge, 23 new pedestrian plazas, expanded bus service and lanes, hundreds of traffic calming projects, and a new asphalt plant you might have a point. And I guess if you overlook the fact that the pedestrian plaza in Times Square has made local businesses more profitable by increasing foot traffic, shortened the time it takes to get through Times Square by car because there are less pedestrians walking in the roadway and decreased auto on pedestrian accidents, you might have a point.

And shucks, if you you think that the DOT's job is only to preserve that portion of Robert Moses' vision that bulldozed neighborhoods for highways, you might have a point.

If it makes you feel any better, my dog says you must have a point because you're an obvious pinhead.

Lighten up, it's just a bunch of bikes. Ain't no one telling you you have to use 'em.

Anonymous said...

"...yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yum..." !!!

Vegas said...

Scathing, Snobby. Loved it.

"devastating atomic firebomb of nuclear retardation"

I also thoroughly enjoyed Mr B's video response.

david w said...

Perversely, this cheers me up! I live in Melbourne, Australia where we have a similar scheme. The complaints here were mainly about how it wouldn't pay off because helmets are compulsory and hence no-one would use the bikes ... but at no stage have there been comments as idiotic as those made by that ghastly woman in the video.

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dickieGT said...

Clearly Rabinowitz (who IS she?!) is a bit of a nutter, but is Murdoch really a bike hater? ('Clearly the paper's owner, Rupert Murdoch, hates the shit out of bikes...')

In the interests of balance (and I'm no huge fan of Murdoch), in the UK, the part-Murdoch-owned Sky TV sponsors British Cycling, the Sky Pro-cycling Team and free bike rides all over the country. Hardly bike-hating activity.

Isn't it just that the WSJ's readers are all old, rich and car-loving?

Oh, and we love our 'Boris' bikes in London.

Under the Yum Yum Tree said...

Anon 11:55: Could you elaborate on that please.

The Cipo Film Review Channel said...

There's a great documentary about Bill Cunningham called "Bill Cunningham New York", well worth watching, he seems like a great guy. There's also a great documentary about the WSJ-Fox babe called "Deep Throat", has it's pleasures too.

paulb said...

There used to be a thread on ECHO, the bulletin board service, called NYC Royalty (merit being the qualification). Bill Cunningham is a shoo-in to be on that list.

paulb said...

WCRC, I rode the south and north county trails the other day--only as far as Croton Res, I'll have to do the final sections to Brewster another time. That's a pleasant trip. The only thing I'd wish for is to rip up the asphalt, which I guess is economical and easy to maintain, and substitute a gravelly surface like is used for some of the paths in parks. I don't know what it's called.

paulb said...

I think what I meant are called "crusher fine" trails.

Ride a bike on a Fox Hunt said...

My daughter used to work for the company that puts on Fashion Week. Bill Cunningham used to contact her to set up getting a photo of various models/designers. He always thanked her afterwards. Classy guy.

McFly said...

Yo Paul its called chert. And we describe good trails as "Wicked Pissah." Poking fun at Baaaawston, of course.

Joe See Whales said...

Its Wall Street Urinal.

Joe See Whales said...

Its the Wall Street Urinal.

Ace said...

Maybe the Pulitzer people could revoke Rabinowitz's Pulitzer and give it to Cunningham. Yeah, that's right she has a Pulitzer! Rock Machine and Cunningham should split the Pulitzer for Commentary for covering NYC's bike share program.

the Commentariat said...

McFly, it is called decomposed granite, not chert.

ce said...

Awesome CGI Snobbo. Next can you do one of Dotty the Engrimed Terrestrial flying through the sky in the basket of a Citi Bike backlit by a full moon. I'm not sure how it makes sense, but please can you just do it.

On a disappointing note however, likening Dotty the Exhumed Testicle's appearance on the WSJ Comedy Hour to retardation, be it nuclear or conventional, is your most offensive example of tard-baiting to date.

ce said...

??

paulb said...

It just occurred to me, Cunningham is probably very familiar with Rabinowitz because he also photographs society events. But what I got from the movie is, he's in it because he loves clothes. He doesn't much like the society people at all, for reasons that also are explained in the film.

thegock said...

DOTT WTCH

McFly said...

You say Decomposed Granite in Tennessee and you will get punched in the throat. Plus it will not work in Alabama's famous Oh Play Me Some Country Music song.

"Plaaayiin baseball with decomposed granite rocks, usin' saaaawmill slats for bats."

See.

paulb said...

Leroy 8:47: I got something similar from a co-worker the other day. I'd like to say it can be dismissed, as she is certifiable (she is), but in NYC it seems like 90% of public policy is made by people who seem certifiable. "All this stuff is being done for the drivers and the bicycles but you know who isn't getting anything? The walkers! The pedestrians, like me!" I said something about the new pedestrian plazas, the extensions of the sidewalks, the High Line... "Not by me, not where I live! I don't see any of dat!" (She lives in midtown.) She never shuts up and she'll probably be the next mayor.

Anonymous said...

Bloomberg looking out for the true snobs of the city by putting these bikes in; the people who actually use these citi bikes, the author of this stupid article, and every idiot who is favor of these turds on wheels. Bloomberg and the young, entitled beatnik outsiders ruined this city.

dnk said...

"beatnik"?

babble on said...

When you squeeze an orange, orange juice comes out. Whenever I find venom I always take into account the vessel.

You'd better take up cycling, anon@12:07, or you'll die of anger and stress.

leroy said...

Dear Anon 12:07 --

Why thanks and bless your little pointy head!

I haven't been called "young" in a long time.

I don't mind being called an outsider or beatnik, but in fairness, I can't be considered either.

But thank you for playing today's game.

My dog says he has some parting gifts for you.

It looks like artisanal beef jerky.

Anonymous said...

"Yeah, right. You don't even represent the majority of nonagenarians who sublimate their fear of death into obscene shopping sprees at Bergdorf."

lol what

. said...

this is worthy pf the word cunt. Nasty old dried up cunt.

MeGo said...

Man, you crack my shit up. Every time. I almost swallowed my tongue.

(It's "Bergdorf's," though, not "Bergdorf." Carry on!)

Anonymous said...

Good response from WSJ columnist today:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324798904578527592558673764.html?mod=trending_now_5#articleTabs%3Dcomments

Anonymous said...

Do people in New York really need cycling instructions on the handle bars of their citibike, or is it just a liability covering? Come on! Use your head and ride sensible. How hard can that be?

Push your pedals and don't hit something.

Greetings from The Netherlands

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James Everhart said...

Would it make them feel any better if we all rode skateboards?

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