Caroline Kennedy is breaking hearts again.
Forced by personal reasons to inform Governor David Paterson that she is unable to serve her state and her country in the Senate, Princess Caroline will now retreat to her Eastside townhouse and suffer in private.
Unlike that other paragon of the New York City conspicuous-charity scene, Bernard Madoff, Ms. Kennedy will not be required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet.
Her voluntary confinement, however, will be no less unplatable or reflective than that of Bunko Bernie, 21st Century Ponzi.
Perhaps, however, now is the time for the rest of us to reflect on how shabbily Her Grace was treated. How dare we question her motives, her qualifications, her resolve, her... like, ya know... experientials, and most of all her... like, ya know... wantingness for the job.
Poor dear. I suppose that she can go back to writing books, but I'm told that a member of the vast-right-wing conspiracy hid her box of Crayolas.
Shame on us.
But enough about the Lady from Hyannis.
Let's get down to business.
You're in a bind, Governor. The recent high-jinx in Illinois make it nearly impossible for you to sell this position at anywhere near what it's worth. Appointing another high-profile Democrat risks roiling the wrath of the House of Kennedy, especially that despicable ex-cousin in law. For the same reason, likely candidates are hiding under the couch in fear.
So Governor, since there's so little time and so few potential takers...
Here are the reasons why I am the perfect choice.
I have no relevant experience.
I have no appropriate training or education.
My interpersonal and communication skills are, to be blunt, crude and a little creepy.
Since I'm likely to be impeached or indicted before the next election you'll soon be able to sell the seat at the current market price. By next year that Blay-Go-Jevich stuff will have been long forgotten.
And lastly, my father is a very jolly, very likable fellow.
Oh, and did I mention... after paying my New York State tax bill I really, really, really need the money.
So call now. This offer won't last forever.
Rufus T. Firefly
Democratic Republic of Freedonia
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Balancing the demands of shameless and brutal commerce with the impossible dreams of the preservationists, JetBlue has restored a measure of sanity into this cruel and sterile world. JetBlue resisted the temptation to raze Eero Saarinen's iconic Terminal 5 to make way for their new JFK complex. Just as significant, they also pushed back attempts to preserve the site as an obsolete museum piece.
The new JetBlue JFK terminal complex places Saarinen's masterpiece at the center of a beautiful, functional and, environmentally-friendly facility.
Nearly 50 years ago, after the concrete was poured, Saarinen and his chief engineer stood underneath the structure as the scaffolding was being removed.
When the last support was dismantled the architect paused for a moment, turned to his colleague and said:
"If this whole thing came came crashing down on my head right now, I would die a happy man."
It didn't. Firmitas, utilitas, venustas.
Vitruvius would be proud.