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Happy Friday!

And Happy Halloween!

Antoine Dogson, courtesy of Buzzfeed

See more dog costumes from the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2010!

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Lindsay Lohan said it best in “Mean Girls,”: “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” Well, I really want to say something about it. Why must these companies ruin perfectly awesome Halloween costumes? And who are the women that buy them? This is my plea to those ladies: Please stop. If you want to be “sexy” on Halloween, pick a costume that is legitimately slutty – like a Playboy bunny or J-Woww.

Tell me you don’t agree with me when you see things like this:

"Sexy Ghostbuster"

"Ultra Sexy Queen of Hearts"

"Sexy Tin Woman"

"Sexy Mummy"

 

These are just ridiculous (especially that Mummy). There is no way that tiny backpack could hold even one ghost. And I can only guess that for a costume to be “Ultra Sexy” it basically means just wear a bra. Like I said before, there is really no shortage of actually sexy/slutty options out there – please leave beloved children’s characters out of it.

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Just looking at this makes me mad.

Today, New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie put the final kibosh on a transit project that would have created an additional tunnel connecting his state to New York City. This is just a few months after slashing NJ Transit’s budget, forcing a 25 percent hike in fares. Christie has also refused to raise revenue by raising the state’s low gas tax, because like all good conservatives – he HATES taxes. But hiking fares – that’s totally fine, duh.

According to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the Access to the Region’s Core (ARC) tunnel would have doubled the number of trains between New Jersey and NYC – obviously reducing traffic and delays on existing train routes. And isn’t it pretty much common knowledge that increasing our use of gas for more cars on the road and emitting more exhaust and pollution into the air is generally a bad direction to head? To me, it is just common sense to invest in mass transportation in a state that has the highest population density in the nation.

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boo!

Just in time for your upcoming Halloween festivities, make this week’s cocktail to impress your fellow party-goers.

Mix 1½ shots gin, 1 shot of sweet vermouth, 1 shot of orange juice and a spoonful of triple sec. Throw in a dash of orange bitters and shake it all up with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist (the whisker). Drop a drop a yummy lychee into the bottom of the glass if you also want Satan’s eyeball.

Recipe courtesy of TheNibble.com, where you can find all kinds of other Halloween and fall inspired cocktails for your boozy Tuesday.

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A 30-year-old Taiwanese woman, Chen Wei-yih, has decided she is tired of waiting for Mr. Right and she is planning to marry herself on Nov. 6, 2010. No, this is not some new, strange religion or crazy political statement. She simple wants to throw herself the wedding she always dreamed of, and hopefully, in her own words, to inspire others to “love ourselves before we love others.”

Chen Wei-yih's Facebook Photo

Now, it’s probably not something I would do (because while the general idea of marriage isn’t that exciting to me, even worse is the idea of wearing a white gown and throwing myself a wedding).

However, I think I like where this lady’s head is at. It reminded me of a classic “Sex and the City” episode where the ladies discussed how much money they each had invested in their various friends’ bridal showers, baby showers, bachelorette parties and wedding gifts. While it was pointed out that the idea is when you invest in your friends, they will return the favor when it is “your turn.” But what if you never get married, or have kids? That episode resulted in Carrie registering herself for some new Manolos and celebrating her single choices, instead of being stigmatized by them.

Plenty of single women buy houses, have babies and do all kinds of things couples traditionally do – but without a husband. So if having a big, white wedding is what Chen wants, why can’t she give it to herself? I just hope she remembers to serve vegetarian options at the reception.

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Happy Friday!

If you aren’t already well aquainted with Rich at FourFour, and more specifically, Winston, here is your introduction! Have a great weekend everyone!

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As a pretty strong Obama supporter, I am really trying to understand what his strategy is when it comes to gay rights,  and more specifically, to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy. But I just don’t get it. While he consistently says he favors a repeal, he insists it should be a political change and not be repealed through a court order.

Just last week the president said:

And so we are moving in the direction of ending this policy. It has to be done in a way that is orderly, because we are involved in a war right now. But this is not a question of whether the policy will end. This policy will end, and it will end on my watch. But I do have an obligation to make sure that I am following some of the rules. I can’t simply ignore laws that are out there. I’ve got to work to make sure that they are changed.

Now, I get that he wants longevity here, so the policy itself isn’t at the whim of whatever sitting judge. That’s a good idea – and it’s the same reason I understood when he explained an executive order wouldn’t be good enough. But what I do not get, is why can’t we ride that wave UNTIL the political change can happen?

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