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I Dedicate This City To You

as if the roots which I had abandoned, the land
lost with my childhood, suddenly came searching for me,
and I stopped, wounded by the wandering aroma.I Dedicate This City To You

I owned this city
The day I moved in
Now I just have to work
And make it official

I dedicate this city to you

I am a Third World guy
I love the filth, the crowds, the obnoxiousness
The unpicked garbage, I love the package deal
If there is any Third World in America
It is in New York City

I own this city
I dedicate it to you

I have measured the grounds of this city that I own
With my own steps
I have crisscrossed this city like sun rays
On foot
To claim what I own

I dedicate to you

To walk through the outer boroughs
Is to go on world travel
Manhattan is magic
Times Square
Center of the known universe

I love this city
But if it were not for the parks
I would go mad
Homo Sapiens are not designed
To stare at concrete all day
Day after day after day
Hour after hour

The lights in Times Square
Are so rude and in your face
They are sound
Pretending to b…

Love Is The Reason

while inside, a ferocious love wound around
and around me - till it pierced me with its thorns, its sword,
slashing a seared road through my heart

Love Is The Reason

It is the season for loving
Love is the reason for loving.

Loving you is the best thing I could do
For my people, though that is not the reason
In claiming you I could reclaim my family
That I never lost, but I have not seen in ages
Like Lord Rama in the Ramayana
Who was gone into the vast jungles for 12 years
I have been a goner

It has been my destiny
To be gone

It would have made perfect sense
To hook up on day one, during week one
The first month, the first year
I might have been able to skip
Utility bills
At least

You would have known to help me
With my urgent work for Nepal
My ambitious attempts for my startup
I would have liked being near you
I would have liked to have someone to talk to
I could have played with time
Made it go faster, slower

But how I have struggled
The past I never left behind
Just because I moved to New York City
First homet…

But, Hillary, Quit


Hillary: But my husband Bill
He is a political animal
He eats and breathes politics
I have to stick it out for as long I can
If only for him


Hillary: I am sure the big boys want me to
But I am not going to
Who do the big boys think they are


Hillary: But the money keeps coming
Thank god for Al Gore
Who invented the Internet


Hillary: My daughter Chelsea
She got a hang of it
She has started campaigning
Have you seen


Hillary: The brave men and women
Who work the coal mines in Pennsylvania
What will they think of me if I quit


Hillary: But the people of Iraq who need a respite
Who know better than Barack
To blame me for the war in Iraq


Hillary: But what if I quit
And Barack picks someone else
For running mate
Eliot Spitzer imploded
But have you seen Johnny boy lately
He might be waiting in the wings


Hillary: I am a numbers girl
I am al…

Superdelegates Should Not Wait Until The Convention


Hillary will not quit until Barack gets past that magic number. But he should not have to wait until the convention to get that number. The superdelegates must all cast their votes one way or the other now. Do it in full public view now instead of waiting to get into smoke filled rooms at the convention.

To ask Hillary to quit is chauvinistic, but for the superdelegates to all come out of the closet one way or the other now is democratic.

If we wait until the convention, we are giving McCain a headstart. The guy is already leading in the polls. He just made a trip to France. He is acting like he is the future. We thought he was the past.

By the time the final primary/caucus is held, all superdelegates must have cast their preferences. Conventions are supposed to be when the nominee puts on a show. Conventions are not designed to be events where we pick our nominee. We decided on that decades back.

If we wait until the convention to decide, our nominee might not get the poll bounce tha…


Yellow Rose
You undermine the horizon with your absence.
Eternally in flight like the wave.CSC: Caputo's Subconscious/Subliminal/Symbolic Communication
My life grows tired, hungry to no purpose.
I love what I do not have. You are so far.Thursday, April 105:30 pm
DL21C's Women's Issues Committee presents a forum on
Women's Issues and the 2008 New York State Legislative Agenda
State Senator Liz Krueger (D-NY-Manhattan's East Side)
State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-NY-Greenwich Village)
Moderated by:
Ellen Chesler, Distinguished Lecturer, Director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy, Hunter College
5:30pm - 7:30pm
K Lounge at the Bombay Palace
30 W. 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th)
Please RSVP!Gender, one of my favorite topics.
Bombay Palace. That is an Indian place. That is where I met a three time Prime Minister of Nepal. (Surya Bahadur Thapa) One of the sharpest political minds ever, even though two of his terms were during absolute monarchy…

New York City's Progressive Galaxy

New York City's Progressive Galaxy
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of "Spiritus Mundi"
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

-- William Butler Yeats, "The Second Coming…

Blueprint For DL21C: Party Inside A Party

At a gay rights event on the Upper West a few months before he became state party chair, Dave Pollak suggested I do it and I produced this: Democratic Vision For The 21st Century. I emailed it to him the following morning.

DL21C is the top political organization in the city. It is just that Charlie Rangel is not in my political league, who the fuck is Dan Berger? (Madhesi Movement Victory In Nepal, Don't Forget Burma, Pay Attention To China, Yellow Rose, Eliot Spitzer Needs To Go Into Business With Me, Barack In Town With South Asians For Obama: March 27, The First Major Revolution Of The 21st Century Happened In Nepal) Don't you threaten me?

I think the DL21C Chair should gun for running for President Of The United States. If you can run the top political organization in the top progressive city in the country, the world, why can't you run a country? Maybe not now, but down the line. Barack will get his eight years, then it is an open field.

I carry 10,000 years of male guil…

Don't Forget Burma, Pay Attention To China

Anti-China Protests Escalate in Nepal Voice of America

This Will Also Go To Waste

This uprising in Tibet and elsewhere is also on schedule to going to waste for lack of political clarity. Political leadership is lacking. The uprising in Burma went to waste last year.

Street Action: Where The Action Is

People come out in the streets, and next thing you know the White House is paying attention, the Prime Minister of Britain is paying attention. A few weeks later when the streets go empty, those people then move on to other things, whatever is now in the headlines.

Street action is the dog that wags the tail.

Tibetan Diaspora Is Not Acting Right

I am a Buddhist. I think the world of His Holiness. He is better than the Pope. He is better than any mullah or pastor on earth. He is better than Jeremiah Wright, no offense to Barack. But he is a spiritual leader, he is a religious leader. He is not a political leader. His remark that Mao treated him "like a son" tells me all I need to know …