Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Jerry Kassar has done it again --- His newspaper column “Common Sense” has/is the proof --- of a concerted effort to discredit a Bay Ridge citizen’s group and limit its First Amendment rights

The entire column by Kassar last week is evidence that the entire Golden staff was involved in a media war with “Fight Back Bay Ridge” after waging and then losing what the Golden crowd themselves described as a political battle for the streets of Bay Ridge  ---  After that epic fail,  Golden’s top staffers pivoted to a social and other electronic media campaign, along with Kassar’s column in some local newspapers to make outlandish claims and cry foul

Kassar’s column tracked social media messages previously posted by the likes of John Quaglione and John Seravalli, and on the record comments by Michael Tobman and Arlene Rutuelo  ---  All of which shows that the Golden Staff meltdown over the Third Avenue Strolls fiascos was not something by John and John going rogue,  but rather a coordinated attack including a consultant like Tobman and Golden’s long-time Chief of Staff Kassar

Read it all for yourself in Jerry Kassar’s “Common Sense” column,  “Fighting Back” in the August 17-23,  2018 edition of the Home Reporter, and presumably other Brooklyn Reporter publications  (I’ll get you the online cite/site when I track it down).

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Beware !!! --- THE ASYMPTOTE.....

Our quest for an independent conservative Republican polity locally is  ---  at best  ---  an ASYMPTOTIC pursuit

Whether you see your politics simplistically, for example like intersecting "x" and "y" axes in one plane, or even more simply as the zero-sum game on a single finite line with "x'" and "y" as the polar extremes,  or in a very complex way, with an infinity of multi-dimensional variables  intersecting at various spots in the infinitely criss-crossed universe  ---  one's search, or the hunt for a "sweet spot" will almost always leave one short-of or to the long-end of one's mark(s),  but so very often tantalizingly close.....

That is not a good reason not to take up the quest and begin one's pursuit 

There must be a goal or objective at all times....   Certainly, those like us need such goals.   Mere shibboleths, name-calling and naysaying are a vain pursuit, and hardly worthy of any that would call themselves "REPUBLICAN"..... 

Always remember what Teddy Roosevelt said:   "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

In equal measure,  neither should we fear any that might choose to criticize us.


That is why in 2018,  it is no longer sufficient, or proper, or even just, to stand aside or "above the fray" and to merely criticize a certain nominally conservative Republican office holder in our midst.....   The time has come, WE MUST ACTIVELY OPPOSE HIM,  both directly, and where necessary and efficient, indirectly  ---  often on parallel paths.

It is for that reason that I will be looking for a non-partisan vehicle by which to support an opponent of/to State Senator Martin J. Golden in the 2018 election.

And let me now close as I opened,  with this caveat:   "Beware, the asymptote".....

Friday, August 17, 2018

A story with some legs locally --- The "FBBR" -- Marty Golden fight for the streets of Bay Ridge made the local news.....

Bay Ridge's hometown paper saw the political fireworks over the 3rd Avenue Stroll as a big story.....  

Staffer John Quaglione and campaign guru Michael Tobman were prominent in the "Brooklyn Reporter" coverage of Marty Golden's flap with Fight Back Bay Ridge [FBBR]

For those who seem to think that Julianne Cuba and Julianne McShane aren't fair in their reporting of the tiff between "FBBR," and  Marty Golden and his supporters,  how about this report by Meaghan McGoldrick,  "Ridge political divide takes shape beyond Summer Stroll" in a completely different newspaper  ---  the umbrella weekly news publication, "Brooklyn Reporter,"  parent-successor to the Home Reporter and The Spectator.....

According to Meaghan McGoldrick's report  ---  "A Bay Ridge political back-and-forth which erupted on social media in the wake of the August 3 Summer Stroll on Third has led to questions of legality, and it has more to do with just balloons and tote bags.Days before the stroll – where liberal activist group Fight Back Bay Ridge distributed stop-sign shaped fans and yellow tote bags filled with literature detailing state Sen. Marty Golden’s voting and driving record, while the pol’s staff handed out nearly the same color yellow balloons with his name on them – the pol’s re-election rep penned a letter urging the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) to investigate the grassroots group, which, Golden’s campaign claims, had failed to register as an independent expenditure committee despite raising funds to unseat the longtime pol....   Following the stroll, objections to Fight Back Bay Ridge’s campaign were also raised on Facebook and Twitter by Golden staffer John Quaglione, in a post that garnered hundreds of comments as area residents debated whether, as Quaglione asserted, the people at the event for Fight Back Bay Ridge were aggressive in their efforts, a complaint that members of the group flatly deny....   See  "Ridge political divide takes shape beyond Summer Stroll"  by Meaghan MCGoldrick,  8/15/18,  The Brooklyn Reporter   [https://brooklynreporter.com/story/ridge-political-divide-takes-shape-beyond-summer-stroll/]).   

The article goes on to note that:  "The letter, penned by Golden’s campaign spokesperson Michael Tobman, focuses on Fight Back Bay Ridge’s distribution of flyers, as well as its creation of a GoFundMe page to fund the printing of literature as well as 'other ideas that will help unseat Marty Golden.'...  Tobman has also written to GoFundMe in hopes of getting the site to remove the fundraiser. To date, it has raised more than $1,500 towards its $2,000 goal...." 
 McGoldrick also told the FBBR side of the story:
"The group had its own rebuttal. Its attorney, Bay Ridge resident Eugene Strupinsky, sent the pol’s office a cease and desist letter demanding that Golden’s staffers stop 'discouraging and criminalizing' the group’s First Amendment rights to free speech – with Quaglione’s post and subsequent comments made by fellow Golden staffer Arlene Rutuelo, a focal point....  The letter, sent to Golden’s office on August 8, claims that, following the stroll, Quaglione 'stated on social media his intent to prevent the group from participating at future strolls' and that Rutuelo, 'who approves applications for tables at the event, also publicly claimed the group lacked a permit, and so were in violation of event "rules.” '....    'My clients don’t need a permit to engage in protected First Amendment activity, nor do they need to rent a table for an act of protest on a public street,' said Strupinsky, who, with his letter, produced proof of threatening comments from local residents which came in response to Quaglione’s post, which he eventually deleted on Facebook, which stated that Fight Back Bay Ridge was 'creating hostility' at the Stroll....   'I don’t know if he was acting under your authority as your communications director, but to state such things numerous times, and throughout the weekend, only to finally delete many of these comments when some of your purported defenders offered to bring ‘bats’ and ‘riot gear’ to the next stroll, was irresponsible at best,' Strupinsky wrote, stressing also Quaglione’s original wording, which referred to the scene at the stroll as a 'battlefield.'..."   
The article continued with several  he-said, she-said comments by Michael Tobman, a spokesman for Marty Golden, and Mallory and Sally McMahon for FBBR,  all of which are great to get a flavor of the infighting between the two sides....


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Liar, Liar --- Pants on fire !!!!! Golden's staff vainly tries to misdirect calls about Speed-Cams for school kids

Is the whole Marty Golden team in complete melt-down ???

How low can these folks go  ---  when many interested citizens called State Senator Martin J. Golden's office concerning his on-again, off-again position(s) on speed camera legislation, they were told to stop bothering Mr. Golden and his staff, because they had important work to do. Instead, they were told to call Assemblyman Peter Abbate and/or Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

When the issue hit social media, this was the response of a typical unglued Golden supporter --- "Constituents my ASS! Majority of these calls are [from] paid workers or snowflake progressive volunteers for #DesperateAndy or the Commie @RossBarkan ! Stop the political bullshit! Marty fights for the hood and is honorable proven leader! Voting for @SenMartyGolden !" --- And then this: "Marty is going crush #DesperateAndy ! Take a look at the district map dickhe#d lol! Citizens not illegals , snowflakes and Racist Muslims do not live there and they know @SenMartyGolden is a proven leader that [delivers] for taxpayers! @agounardes delivers @BPEricAdams lunch!"


The best, or should I say the worst, social media messaging on this issue was by the Marty Golden satellite operation "South Brooklyn Red".....

Yesterday, whatever Golden stooge (Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp or Curly Joe), who is now in charge of SBR since John Q. or John S. were unceremoniously relieved of their duties >>> chose to Retweet and re-publish NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson's Tweet about PET ADOPTIONS, but completely ignored the Council Speaker's statements and Tweets about the need for the State Senate to immediately re-authorize Speed Cameras in School Zones to save kids' lives..... That editorial choice by the Golden Stooge running South Brooklyn Red's Twitter site, together with all the other social media shenanigans on this issue, earned their boss, Marty Golden, a PIN THE DONKEY TALE ON MARTY for all the unforced errors in social media messaging when it came to dealing with all of Marty Golden's troublesome Speed-Cam issue(s) yesterday.

Is all of this the Golden Team's best effort at damage control and better PR on STATE SENATOR GOLDEN'S SPEED-CAM FIASCO ?????