If you thought you could get Mayor Bloomberg to answer whether he is running for president under oath, you’ll be sorely disappointed.

The New York Sun reports that as part of a defamation case brought against Bloomberg by a South Carolina gun salesman over remarks made by the mayor in 2006, Bloomberg was asked that very question. His response?

I was not planning to run for president then.”

And thus, we wait.

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Bloomberg for President?

December 5, 2007

He’s advisor Kevin Sheeky seems to think so.

The Politicker is keeping track of Sheeky’s Facebook moves and reports that in Dec. 2 he joined the groups Michael R. Bloomberg for Pres. of U.S.A., and Draft Bloomberg.

He also found time to become a fan of Draft Bloomberg.

Still our mayor insists he is NOT running for president in 2008.

Just the same, here’s Bloomberg on presidential candidates, religion and politics, how the U.S. is viewed internationally, and other topics.

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Gone are the days when one could lie down in the comfort of a hotel room bed, open the drawer of the night table, and pick up and read a few verses of the Bible.

That is, if you are staying in some of the new wave of boutique hotels opening all over the country.

Newsweek reports that since 2001 the number of hotels offering religious material in their rooms has dropped by 18 percent.

Not that fancy hotel rooms are lacking amenities. The Soho Grand Hotel in Manhattan offers iPod docking stations, flat-screen TVs and a gold fish. Yes, a living gold fish.

But what is now replacing the holy book? Intimacy kits, of course. Think condoms and lovers’ dice games.

When asked if the new Marriott boutique chain in development would include Bibles in its rooms, a spokesman described the new ventures as “cutting-edge,” “more urban” and “less values-oriented.”

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According to the Gotham Gazette, New York City produces more than 7 billion pounds of garbage every year.

Play the Garbage Game and try to come up with a solution to the city’s garbage disposal problem.

I played The Gotham Gazette Garbage Game and sent 5,406,744 tons of refuse across 3,243,350 miles.

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The Price of Cool

November 5, 2007

For those who wondered why drinking at New York City hotspots is so expensive, the truth is finally out: It’s the ice.

Three friends went for cocktails at the Bowery Hotel and when they asked why they were being charged extra for their drinks, they were told they were charged for the ice. They paid $2 extra for every drink with ice.

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Last week in New York

November 5, 2007

The Good – The Greens: While Forbes credits city residents, for using cleaner transportation options and working and living in close quarters, for New York State ranking at No. 9 on their Greenest States list, Major Bloomberg is devising a new plan to have companies pay a greenhouse-gas tax.

The BadStrip and Strand: Two Staten Island cops thought they should teach a 14-year old boy a lesson after they found tossing eggs on Halloween. They made him strip to his underwear and left him in a desolated area.

The UglySuicide Tourism: More than one in 10 of the suicides in Manhattan are out-of-towners who choose places like the Empire State Building, Times Square and the George Washington Bridge to take their lives.

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