An American Institution

I must be slow or something. I’d never heard of her until today, when I came across her talking about NY mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“The overturning of the term limits — when this happens in another country, we call this a coup. We, the citizens, voted — twice! — to have term limits, and then he overturned them. I saw him give some press conference about guns. He said something like, “I believe in democracy,” and I thought, No, you don’t. No, you certainly do not. Vladimir Putin has the same belief in democracy you do.”

Her name is Fran Lebowitz, and she’s lived in New York City since 1969, and she utterly detests Michael Bloomberg.

And she’s pretty much a chainsmoker.

I thought she was utterly delightful, and so I’ve spent all evening watching every YouTube video of her that I could find. Here she’s talking about New York. About homosexuality. About artists. On Letterman. On Henry Rollins. On QTV. On Dennis Miller. Giving a Masterclass. More on New York.

And talking about smoking:

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11 Responses to An American Institution

  1. margo says:

    Yes, she’s terrific. I hadn’t heard of her, either.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Sir Peto at it again and lookeee at the new claims they make in order to create more ficticous smoker deaths…….

    Cancer News
    Call for death registries to record whether person was a smoker
    Friday 23 August 2013

    Our results show that in 1999 – 2007, smoking caused many deaths from cancer and heart disease, but the main way it killed, particularly in the black population, was by increasing mortality from TB and other lung diseases,” he said.

    http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/news/archive/cancernews/2013-08-23-Call-for-death-registries-to-record-whether-person-was-a-smoker

  3. Emily says:

    Coincidentally I just saw her on a rerun of Law and Order- she played a judge off and on. I love how they would show her smoking outside the courthouse, it seemed to subtly point out the plight of smokers.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Audrey Silk
    Ah, so France follows all the anti-smoker policies, including bans, and what do we end up with?:

    “However, the failure to reduce tobacco consumption was seen as a major setback as it is the major cause of deaths from cancer in France – 25% of all cancer deaths – and during the four years more women and unemployed people had taken up smoking.”

    Not just no reduction but an increase in two segments of the population.

    http://www.connexionfrance.com/Cancer-target-plan-smoking-MRI-waiting-times-14981-view-article.html
    France fails to hit targets on cancer plan and fails to cut smoking – The Connexion
    http://www.connexionfrance.com
    FRANCE has missed many of the targets set in its four-year cancer plan – which saw a 15% budget shortfall between 2009 and 2012, a failure to

  5. mikef317 says:

    Bloomberg attacks Obama for not being tough enough on tobacco. Lots of dumb comments.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/opinion/why-is-obama-caving-on-tobacco.html?_r=1&

    • beobrigitte says:

      LAST year I endorsed President Obama for re-election largely because of his commitment to putting science and public health before politics.

      REAL Science will state that there are no passive smoking deaths but the Bloomberg has touched on one thing: POLITICS. The anti-smoker infestation of politics must have an end. NOW.

    • beobrigitte says:

      Ah, a Bloomberg was a YUPPIE………….. One of these idiots who put their own rise above EVERYTHING.
      “I am not smarter than anybody else but I can out work you – and my key to success for you, or anybody else is make sure you are the first one in there every day and the last one to leave. Don’t ever take a lunch break or go to the bathroom, you keep working.

      No Mr. Bloomberg, you really are not smart. You may outwork me easily when it comes to creating figures and using your gift of the gob.
      You will not outwork me, you will be the EPIC FAIL that you are, when it comes to REAL critical situations.
      Unlike you I do not need to be constantly reassured that I am good in what I do because I know I am, so I’d rather enjoy a HEALTHY work-Life balance. And a beer and a cigarette.

  6. beobrigitte says:

    I have never come across Fran Lebowitz before. How refreshing to read COMMON SENSE!
    (I guess I will spend a day in my SMOKING-ROOM in a hotel next week with loads of coffee, watching all her videos!)

    Also, he’s the “green mayor”? He’s the green mayor who travels by private jet. There is nothing more polluting than jet fuel. One of his little trips on his private jet, to wherever he goes on the weekend — he doesn’t tell us, that’s his private life — that is every cigarette ever smoked in the history of New York City.

    I don’t know how many of these bikes there are, but it seems like there are 80 million of them. I do not want to see 80 million ads for Citibank. When they first put them in, Bloomberg said, “Wasn’t that nice of Citibank? They gave us these bicycles.” Really? Let me put it this way: I would rather see Citibank give us back our money, and then I would buy them a bicycle. And also maybe a skateboard, if they’re really good.

    I have to agree with her; I don’t want a bicycle; I rode one long enough in my childhood! (Yes, WITHOUT wearing skin tight lycra and a stupid helmet!). I never had a private jet…..

    I really felt that during the election of the pope, Bloomberg was in a state of contained hysteria, trying to figure out, “How can I get this gig?” If I was in charge of electing the pope, I would elect him, because anything that would get him out of New York would be fine with me.

    Fran Lebowitz has a good idea; park Bloomberg in the Vatican. He’ll be out of everyone’s way!

    • smokingscot says:

      A Jew with two daughters and shacked up in a common law relationship. Net worth in the billions and so close to the Zionist movement that it’s a 2nd skin.

      Even thinking of becoming the Papa – the guy’s 100% utterly bonkers.

      But I do share your pain. He’s run up debts that’ll still be on the books for your great grandchildren and that politically correct replacement for the World Trade Center. Yuck!

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