Daily Archives: January 19, 2009

Dumpster fashion – just a little on the trashy side

It’s called Dumpster Couture, Trashion Trend – making clothing from recycled materials.  Recycling taken to the max.

It was the day after Barack Obama’s historic November 4 election win, when environmental artist and educator Nancy Judd went dumpster diving behind the Obama campaign headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, desperate to collect any salvageable materials.

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From Santa Fe, N. M., Ms. Judd spends her days in a studio crafting clothing from castoff plastic bags, electrical wire and old cassette tapes. Now, her Dumpster Couture has caught the eye of environmental activists, who showcased her work in Washington at Saturday’s Green Inaugural Ball honoring President-elect Barack Obama.

Some like their women on the trashy side.

I like that drummer myself.

Posted:  01.19.09

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Divine intervention in Obama’s election?

Spike Lee revealed he thought the economic difficulties plaguing the country were ordained by God to help get Barack Obama elected.  He made this revelation on Morning Joe this morning in an interview with Joe Scarborough.

Joe kind of set him up, though, in my opinion, saying, “I’ve always believed, and it seems naive, that God’s had a hand in America, and I get the sense you feel that God has had a real hand in this.”

Lee responded by saying, “So many things have happened — all of a sudden, the economy goes south at that moment, and then McCain — there were so many things.  It was almost a movement that had to be ordained, I think.”

On Sunday, Jeremiah Wright made an appearance in Washington, D. C., speaking at a chapel service at Howard University.  He thinks God had a hand in Obama’s rise, as well.

Wright hailed Obama’s inauguration as a sign of God’s providence and the fruit of “the faith of Rosa Parks and the blood of Martin Luther King Jr.”

“The Lord stepped into a scrawny black kid’s ability,” said Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, in a sermon at the historically black university. “The Lord stepped into his story and gave him a new attitude. The scrawny kid with the big ears said. ‘Yes we can. I got a new attitude.'”

His sermon went on to say that God can give people a new ability, a new attitude and a new address, used Obama as a prime example. “Barack’s got a new address,” Wright said to an overflow crowd that stood and cheered. “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

He also threw in a little dig that Michelle Obama will be the first black woman to sleep in the White House — legally.  I’ve heard that one before.  Then he went on to say that maybe next it will be a black woman as president.

Greta interviewed Roland Burris last night in his new senate office and he was emotional about Barack Obama.  He said that he felt Obama had divine favor, when asked how he thought Obama was able to overcome so many odds and become president.

Was Barack Obama’s presidency “divinely ordained?”  What do you think?

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Posted:  01.19.09

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NYC properties of interest

From Luxis real estate roundup this week. If you had the dough,  prices are falling on some of this NYC property – but we’re talking millions.

  • Bernie Madoff’s neighbors are wondering when they can boot him out of their building on the Upper East Side. Madoff recently resigned as co-op board president and apologized for the incovenience but neighbors are hoping once Madoff is indicted they can get him ouf. Madoff’s niece Shana and her husband put a $4.195 million offer on a condo in the Diamond House building but withdrew the offer the day Madoff was arrested.
  • Morgan Stanley executive, Guy Metcalfe, bought an apartment at 15 Central Park West for $9.35 million last October. He put it back on the market for $16.5 million but has since reduced the price to $12.5 million.
  • Hedge fund founder Steven Stuart has taken $1 million off the price of his 35th-floor apartment at the Park Laurel on West 63rd Street. It is now listed at $9.8 million.
  • Philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser Fern Hurst has put her fifth-floor, 13-room co-op at 1060 Fifth Avenue for $24 million, 50% financing and $7,721.00 per months maintenance fee. The listing is here.
  • Andrea Soros Colombel, the philanthropist daughter of George Soros, has taken $1 million off the price of her townhouse at 102 Charles Street. It is now listed at $9.6 million
  • Investment banker E. Stephen Benson has lowered the price of his two-bedroom penthouse apartment at 885 Park Avenue for the third time since first listing it for $13 million in early 2008. It is now down to $9.5 million.
  • Guy Wildenstein, the president of Wildenstein Galleries first put the 8,033-square-foot former Frank Lloyd Wright Suite on the market in September for $46.5 million, he has now cut the price to $42.4 million.

Posted:  01.19.09

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