I just got back from a week in sunny—make that oven-like—Florida. I did miss NY1.
My vacation coincided with one of the biggest New York stories of the year, the horrific child murder in Brooklyn. NY1 reported this morning that Mayor Bloomberg sat shiva with the boy’s grieving family. It was a nice gesture, but something he said to the media about it really irritated me.
I can’t remember the full quote, but it was something along the lines of, sometimes God does things that are not so great, blah blah blah, and then he punctuated it with “It is what it is.”
I would like to call a global moratorium on that hackneyed, meaningless, UTTERLY idiotic phrase. I know it’s not how he meant to sound, but it just struck me as an extremely thoughtless and trivial thing to say about a child’s murder. Also, I just hate that turn of phrase.
I also enjoyed In the Papers this morning. Kudos to Pat for ribbing the Journal about its under-coverage of the News Corp. scandal. I also enjoyed ITP yesterday, when he pointed out that a new film that’s being adapted from a crime novel featuring a 6’5” hero will star—Tom Cruise, at 5 ‘7”. Hilar.
Hope y’all are having a good summer. Stay cool (and classy) New York!