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OK, now this is exploiting the economic crisis.

In an act that promises to upend New York City's political world, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg plans to announce Thursday that he will seek a third term as mayor, according to four people who have been told of his intentions.

In his appearance on Thursday, they said, Mr. Bloomberg, a former Wall Street trader and the founder of a billion-dollar financial data firm, will argue that the worldwide financial crisis—with its potentially severe impact on New York City—demands his steady hand and business experience.

As the Times points out, Bloomberg used to be a supporter of term limits. He had real life experience with the law when, in 2001, Rudy Giuliani mused about entering the election between Bloomberg and Mark Green to win a third caretaker term. No one believes that some political novice billionaire could guide the city through the wreckage of 9/11. And then he, you know, did. So why not just talk former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons into re-entering the race, if the times call for business experience?

Is Bloomberg regretting that he didn't jump into the presidential race? Maybe the popularity of Obama and McCain made the prospect less likely, but on Earth-2, where Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, and Ron Paul took the D, R, and L nominations…

My 2007 skeptic's take on Bloombergmania is here.

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  1. but on Earth-2

    Actually, Bloomberg does look like a Grendler. But I have a feeling that’s not the Earth 2 you’re talking about.

  2. Now is not the time for skeptics to cling blindly to their ideology of the rule of law. This time of crisis calls for strong leadership, one not bound by the quaint conventions of term limits, which were drafted way back when economic stagnation was inconceivable.

    For the love of God, people, something has to be done. Something!

  3. To paraphrase Rochefoucauld, something I’ve been doing a lot lately, it is easier to find a politician who has never run for President than one who has run only once. But Bloomberg is edging into Mario Cuomo territory: he wants to hang around so that he can think about running for President again.

  4. I hope his announcement alone will save the people and Polar Bears being tossed into the streets due to the greatest financial crisis since Jesus kicked the bankers out of the Temple.

  5. Actually, Bloomberg does look like a Grendler. But I have a feeling that’s not the Earth 2 you’re talking about.

    The first episode of that show was really good, but it was down hill from there. And fast. At least it had Clancy Brown. The Kurgan rocks the house, always.

    But this other Earth-2 y’all speak of. Is there a portal there, where an interesting race is occurring. I can pay for fare…

  6. I hear that Mayor Bloomberg is an active user of DHMO as a performance enhanser . . .

  7. The first episode of that show was really good, but it was down hill from there. And fast. At least it had Clancy Brown. The Kurgan rocks the house, always.

    Yes, Clancy Brown kicked it up a notch. It was mediocre, but the good kind of mediocre.

  8. I am so glad that my forebrain has recaptured its sense of humor. I had given it up for lost, and just gone on pumping my heart and filling my lungs, not knowing to what end. It is tragic when an autonomous system has an existential crisis, you know!

  9. Who the heck was that?

  10. Really, though, could a third Bloomberg term be worse than whoever the Democrats will put up as a candidate for mayor?

  11. Really, though, could a third Bloomberg term be worse than whoever the Democrats will put up as a candidate for mayor?

    I voted for Bloomberg over Mark Green, thinking the same. I was wrong. And I stopped voting even locally.

  12. Isn’t Wall Street? in NYC? (cue forboding music)

  13. NYC????? Get a rope. Naw, fuggit, hand me a tar arn.

  14. Who the heck was that?

    The guy who blocks people out of hand loses the right to know who is behind a name.

  15. Really, though, could a third Bloomberg term be worse than whoever the Democrats will put up as a candidate for mayor?

    Now that Bloomberg’s an independent, I wonder if the Republicans are going to bother fielding a candidate.

  16. Y’all just hate short people, that’s all. If some tall mofo was running for a third, you’d all line up in his long afternoon shadow!

  17. Rhywun, you’re missing a hell of a beatdown in the Sarahcuda thread.

  18. I’d vote for the Kurgan.

  19. I’d vote for the Kurgan.

    Yeah, but think of how many terms he’d want to run for. He’s immortal; he might end up in office as long as Daley.

  20. you’re missing a hell of a beatdown in the Sarahcuda thread.

    I skipped that one. Now it appears to be off the rails? ‘Sup over there?

  21. rhywun,

    Oh, the usual… all gay men are pedophiles and the Catholic Church was perfect until gays were invented in the 1960s… that sort of tripe.

  22. SugarFree,

    How astute of you to point that out. I said much the same thing yesterday:

    I would assume that Bloomberg will attempt to repeal the term limits, then run for office. He’ll lobby for the former by saying that New York can’t play second fiddle to Chicago in the perpetual rule department. Once the term limits are thrown out, he will take the sandtrout as his skin and rule New York for the next 3,500 years as its God Mayor.

  23. Yeah, but think of how many terms he’d want to run for. He’s immortal; he might end up in office as long as Daley.

    Yeah, but if you wanted to term limit him, you just need to lop off his head. Compared to most methods, that one is pretty simple.

  24. PL,

    I’m pretty sure Bloomy already has blue within blue eyes.

    By the way, who didn’t catch the reference?

  25. SugarFree,

    If you mean who didn’t understand it yesterday, that would be Naga. Sith lords are notorious for confusing Ghostbusters and Dune. It’s their idiom.

  26. Yeah, but if you wanted to term limit him, you just need to lop off his head. Compared to most methods, that one is pretty simple.

    Maybe we can do that with Bloomberg.

    By the way, who didn’t catch the reference?

    Mr. Sadow.

  27. Oh, the usual… all gay men are pedophiles and the Catholic Church was perfect until gays were invented in the 1960s… that sort of tripe.

    Ugh, fags *and* God?? I’m staying out of that one. Arguments about shit you learned as a toddler are a waste of time.

  28. Yeah, but if you wanted to term limit him, you just need to lop off his head.

    Just don’t half-ass it like Ramirez.

    Top Five Favorite Bad Movies: Action Fantasy Division

    Conan The Barbarian
    Highlander
    The One
    Big Trouble In Little China
    Dragonslayer

  29. Naga? That’s sad, dude.

  30. Really, though, could a third Bloomberg term be worse than whoever the Democrats will put up as a candidate for mayor?

    A RINO is still a Democrat, no matter what animal he uses as a logo.

  31. Dragonslayer

    I will confess to having a place in my heart for that movie, more for the romance than the dragon.

  32. SugarFree,

    Following your liberal interpretation of “bad”, I still must object to the inclusion of Conan and especially Big Trouble in Little China. Highlander has some badishness, but it definitely works. Its sequels are abominations, of course.

  33. Just don’t half-ass it like Ramirez.

    Fucking LOL.

    By the way, who didn’t catch the reference?

    Mr. Sadow.

    Naga? That’s sad, dude.

    Whoa now, since when has intimate knowledge of the *latter* Dune books been a make-or-break geek card rejection offense? God Emperor of Dune? I fucking quit after Dune Messiah as it was my sense it was better to quit while I was ahead rather than be horrifically disappointed. I get the reference only because Wikipedia exists and has *copious* entries on the Dune universe.

    And nobody can take my fucking geek card. You’d have to pry it from my cold, dead hands, etc. etc..

  34. Elemenope,

    While the later books aren’t as good as Dune, I actually rather like them. Of course, you clearly would fail the gom jabbar, so I shouldn’t hold you to the same standards as I hold myself, the Kwisatz Haderach.

    Go, and read the rest of the books. Twice!

  35. And nobody can take my fucking geek card.

    (hits LMNOP in nuts with volleyball, grabs geek card)

    GREENMAN

    Highlander has some badishness, but it definitely works. Its sequels are abominations, of course.

    Highlander is one of those movies that is terribly written yet still contains exactly the right elements to thrill teenage boys. Kind of like…Star Wars episodes 4, 6, and 6. Russell Mulcahy proved how shitty of a writer and director he was; he just got lucky with the first one.

  36. lmnop,

    The first episode of that show was really good, but it was down hill from there. And fast.

    I so wanted that show to succeed. I didnt make it to episode 3.

    I want a good colonization TV show. Someone needs to buy the rights to Legacy of Heorot and make it into a show. I recommend Avalon for a title if it hasnt already been used.

    Lot of potential for sexy soap-opera side plots. Lots of characters to work with.

    Here is my thoughts:
    Season 1 – starts on earth, develop the characters. Cover the trip including the emergency on the way.
    Spend a number of episodes on the intial landing/colonization crew before everyone was thawed out.
    Rest of first season is the colonization/exploration/relationships of the people.
    Late in the season we get to the grendel, season 1 ends with Cadmann heading into the mountains.

    If they wanted, it could be spread out with only initial hints of the grendel at end of season 1 and Cadmann leaving at end of season 2.

    This obviously depends on good writers being able to develop enough other subplots outside the novel.

    At that point, season 3 and 4 right themselves for those who have read the novel and then you end the show.

  37. OK, OK… Bad movies in the sense that they are not generally considered good movies by the cretinous public at large.

    No, you don’t have to know God Emperor to be a geek, but I thought Naga aspired to more…

  38. Here is my thoughts

    Article A on why Im not in Hollywood writing the TV shows I want to see.

  39. lmnop,

    I quit Dune after God Emperor. I enjoyed it but decided I didnt care about that universe any more.

  40. robc,

    I always though that a degenerate generation ship tv series could make a go of it.

    Even though, I am generally bored with societal de-evolution SF, i think it could work.

  41. Oh, and I think its sad that Naga didnt get the reference. I think you can figure that one out from the first book and knowing the titles of the rest.

  42. degenerate generation ship tv series

    Is that basically the original Battlestar Galactica? 🙂

  43. More like the new one. One more season and everyone with have slept with everyone else. I guess they cured STDs on Caprica.

  44. I sadly havent watched the new one, I missed out on the first few episodes and figured I would catch up some time with a marathon or something and it never happened.

  45. I think you can figure that one out from the first book and knowing the titles of the rest

    And knowing ProL’s…proclivities.

  46. I guess they cured STDs on Caprica

    “That’s pretty irresponsible. But, thanks to Penicillin, there’s no need to act responsible. Penicillin is nature’s condom!”

  47. Speaking of TV shows that I would like to see based on novels, I would like to see The Baroque Cycle spread across 8 seasons on HBO.

    And before you ask, I would confuse seasons 4 and 5 together into 1 mega season.

    Would probably be a miserable failure. I need an infinite supply of money so I can buy a cable TV network and hire good directors/writers to make what I want to see. If I owned the Sci-Fi network, it would be watchable all the time.

  48. robc,

    On my 2nd trip through that monster. Jeremy Northam for Daniel Waterhouse!

  49. robc,

    Just write your Congressman. They are trying to give away money Left and Left as we type.

  50. SugarFree,

    Im rereading it right now too. Just started System of the World last night.

    I havent even thought about casting. What British actor looks like he is missing his penis?

  51. Even though, I am generally bored with societal de-evolution SF, i think it could work.

    I just watched Jericho all the way through (thank you, Netflix.) I have to say, it was a great deal better (esp. 2nd season) than I expected, as Jeremiah (thank you, Netflix) was my gold standard for post-apocalyptic social convalescence up till then.

    (This post brought to you by Netflix.)

  52. What British actor looks like he is missing his penis?

    The vast majority of them.

  53. I want to see Elric as an HBO series. Today’s CGI (which I generally dislike) is perfectly suited to Moorcock’s worlds. Watching Stormbringer suck the soul out of Xiombarg while dispelling a black radiance and screaming would fucking rule.

  54. The people of NYC have twice voted against ending the Mayorial term limits. Bloomberg is trying to get city council to do a run around NYC’s citizens by changing the law themselves.

    Not only is he flip-flopping on his term limit position, he’s giving a big FU to the citizen.

    Of course the people that want Bloomberg to run again will have no problem giving him a pass on the above.

  55. Speaking of TV shows that I would like to see based on novels, I would like to see The Baroque Cycle spread across 8 seasons on HBO.

    I think a decent movie could be done of Snow Crash. Put it in good hands, like Christopher Nolan, and then beat with a bamboo rod any movie exec that opens his or her fucking mouth during production, and you have a fighting chance.

    The poster for the film would be easy. I think a big fucking Aleut with “poor impulse control” tattooed across his forehead, with the image blended into static, would do. See, it advertises itself!

  56. I just watched Jericho all the way through (thank you, Netflix.) I have to say, it was a great deal better (esp. 2nd season) than I expected, as Jeremiah (thank you, Netflix) was my gold standard for post-apocalyptic social convalescence up till then.

    I was going to do Jericho but I was missing a few episodes on the DVR and gave up. I liked the first ones I watched, but I wasn’t enthralled.

    I watched Jereemiah when it was on Showtime (along with Odyssey 5) and liked it, but found it to be a little low key. I like my post-apoc to be more A Boy and His Dog.

  57. lmnop,

    beat with a bamboo rod any movie exec that opens his or her fucking mouth during production

    When I have that infinite amount of money, this will be posted on the wall of the production company. As a general rule.

  58. I always thought a really thoughtful film could be made from Z for Zachariah. Super small cast, even cheap to make. Or The Long, Loud Silence by Wilson Tucker; anti-heroes are all the rage. Or Earth Abides.

  59. You know what would be cheap and was structured like a stage play anyway? The Big Time.

  60. SugarFree,

    Z for Zachariah

    Its been a long time since I read that. I remember really liking it.

    I dont know why this popped into my head, but I wonder if I can convince Pixar to do The Book of the Dun Cow?

  61. The Book of the Dun Cow

    From wiki:

    It was later remade into a musical by Mark St. Germain and Randy Courts, and produced as an Off-Broadway show in 2006 by The Prospect Theater Company.

    Cool! I think.

  62. If I owned the Sci-Fi network, it would be watchable all the time.

    That would be a bit of an improvement over the current zero point five percent of the time.

  63. Earth-2, where Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, and Ron Paul took the D, R, and L nominations…

    or Earth-Hell where Huckabee is president.

    Before you ask, Earth-Heaven, Dennis Kucinich . . .

  64. where the only criteria that really mattered would be spousal hotness.

  65. That would be a bit of an improvement over the current zero point five percent of the time.

    I dont even hit it now when Im randomly channel flipping.

  66. A really good update of The Big Time premise is John Barnes’ Timeline War series. It takes more from Richard C. Meredith’s Timeliner trilogy than Lieber, but the same basic plot.

    Barnes even works in everyone favorite alt-verse cliche: Nazis win!

  67. robc,

    If you can’t appreciate the sublime pleasures of Mansquito! then you might just be dead inside.

  68. Sugarfree,

    More from wiki:
    A television adaptation of Z for Zachariah was shown as part of the BBC’s Play for Today season in 1984 starring Anthony Andrews and Pippa Hinchley. This version was set in a Welsh valley. Many people hold this sole adaptation of the story in very high regard, which may be the reason it has not yet been adapted for a feature film.

  69. SciFi produces one good movie for every 99 horrible ones. Deathlands was actually pretty good. Also, casting Jenya Lano in it was a very, very good move.

    A really good update of The Big Time premise is John Barnes’ Timeline War series

    I read Lieber for Lieber, not the plot.

  70. My proclivities? You mean, me being the Kwisatz Haderach and all?

    I’d like to see Asimov on the small screen. The movie versions of his works have all sucked, so let’s try TV. Caves of Steel and Foundation would be lovely, thank you very much.

  71. You’re killin’ me here, BBC!

  72. When I have that infinite amount of money, this will be posted on the wall of the production company. As a general rule.

    At that moment you would become my new hero.

  73. lmnop,

    I have been suggesting for years that almost every action movie could be made better by cutting out one car chase scene and using that money to hire a writer.

  74. made better by cutting out one car chase scene and using that money to hire a writer.

    And lose the Ritalin base? You crazy!

  75. I think a decent movie could be done of Snow Crash.

    Oh, yeah.

    Damn near anything by David Gemmell would be some good watchin’, too.

    But the movie I really want to see, although the well has been poisoned for it by 300 is Gates of Fire.

  76. R C Dean,

    I just read that. The counter-argument is that the success of 300 opens the door for a more, well, sane interpretation of the story.

    Speaking of historical novels, Gore’s Julian or Creation might work, too. Strange that he was once a good novelist.

  77. I just read that.

    A truly great novel, IMO.

  78. I certainly enjoyed it. I haven’t read any of his other novels, yet.

  79. @”Top Five Favorite Bad Movies”
    My son, what is best in life?
    The feeling of wind blowing through one’s hair while riding a horse.
    Wrong!What is best in life, Conan?
    To kill your enemies, to see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women.

  80. lmnop,
    Don’t worry, you didn’t miss much by not reading God Emperor of Dune. It sucked balls.
    Still, Dune’s pretty good.

  81. “He will take the sandtrout as his skin and rule New York as God Mayor for 3500 years”
    Well, thinking about his gruesome death in that eventuality makes me feel better.

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