Tuesday, December 30, 2014

How’s this for a headline: “Prosecutor in Garner case ponders Grimm seat” ?

That was the way the AP decided to put it right out there on Yahoo News

It probably could fly pretty well in Staten Island and Southwest Brooklyn   —   However, do Boehner insiders in the GOP congressional caucus and the rest of the National GOP Establishment want that albatross around their necks through the 2016 elections ?

Boehner called Grimm’s decision to resign “Honorable”  —   But he might also see the selection of Donovan to be the GOP candidate as going from the frying pan into the fire

According to an AP headlined article that appeared on Yahoo, “Potential candidates eyed a Staten Island congressional seat Tuesday as Republican Rep. Michael Grimm announced his resignation, following a guilty plea on tax evasion charges. ***   Among the possible candidates is a Staten Island prosecutor who oversaw a case in which a white New York City police officer was cleared in the death of a black man in an apparent chokehold. Two state lawmakers [Republican Nicole Malliotakis and Democrat Michael Cusick] and a former congressman [Democrat Michael McMahon] who was unseated by Grimm could also be interested in the open seat....” (See “Prosecutor in Garner case ponders Grimm seat” by Matthew Daly, 12/30/14, Yahoo News/ AP [http://news.yahoo.com/guilty-plea-ny-congressman-resign-142032217.html]).

The Yahoo/AP article by Matthew Daly repeatedly pointed out that Republican Dan Donovan was the prosecutor in a case in which a Staten Island Grand Jury cleared a white New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, after Garner had been placed in an apparent prohibited choke-hold; and that Garner's death touched off nationwide protests and was one of two police killings cited by a gunman who murdered two New York City police officers earlier this month. It was also mentioned that Donovan is considered the front-runner among the several potential GOP candidates for Grimm’s seat.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Various sources say GRIMM WILL RESIGN

Maybe as soon as tomorrow...

Other than "Yippee !"  What more needs to be said ?

Protests and Counter-protests before and after the terrorist killings of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos

Police turning their backs on the Mayor deBlasio of New York are legitimate counter-protests – Especially at the wakes and funerals of police officers murdered in an environment created by deBlasio   —   in fact, the same should be done to “President” Obama the next time he shows up for exactly the same reasons 

De Blasio, Obama and Sharpton enabled and prodded somebody exactly like Ismaaiyl Brinsley to kill P.O. Liu and P.O. Ramos 

Over the weekend Police Commissioner Bratton and even former Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized the cops who turned their backs on Mayor deBlasio at various functions related to the deaths of Police Officers Liu and Ramos (See “Bratton, Giuliani: Cops’ Turning Their Backs on the Mayor Was Wrong” by Patrick Brennan, 12/28/14, National Review/ The Corner [http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/395414/bratton-giuliani-cops-turning-their-backs-mayor-was-wrong-patrick-brennan]). Both men’s remarks were reported in the papers; and both spoke on this, that or the other Sunday Morning national news programs.


If they really supported the police, both Bratton and Giuliani were wrong to say what they did. It was especially wrong for Bratton, whose words also had the weight of his current office, NYC Police Commissioner, behind them. Bratto’s remarks and sentiments showed that he doesn’t get it — and he really doesn’t have his cops’ backs in this fight against urban terrorists and their facilitators. To a lesser extent neither does Rudy Guiliani, in spite of all his rhetoric to the contrary.

Policemen have a right to counter-demonstrate and counter-speak by all means not specifically prohibited by law. Any police rules to the contrary need to be held to the highest standards of constitutional review before any attempt to enforce them against any police employees, of any category, rank or grade.

Today’s Police Academy taunts at de Blasio were pitch-perfect. Let’s see what Bratton says about them.


For Bratton’s remarks and appearances, please see the following ( e.g.,  “Bratton: ‘Very inappropriate’ for cops to turn backs on de Blasio” by Marisa Schultz, 12/28/14, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2014/12/28/bratton-very-inappropriate-for-cops-to-turn-backs-on-de-blasio/], “Police Boss: Less Rhetoric, More Dialogue Needed” by Jonathan Lemire, 12/29/14, Associated Press [http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/amid-tension-20000-attend-nypd-funeral-27859036], and many, many other MSM outlets). If this bean-towner can’t back his guys better than this pack him and his strange accent off to Boston or whatever Down East place he came from.


On the key point of NYPD officers demonstrating against Mayor deBlasio. Giuliani’s remarks and appearances were almost as bad as Bratton’s.  According to the report in Politico: “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Sunday rebuked police officers who have turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio but urged his Democratic successor to apologize for remarks that infuriated the police amid searing tension among the department and communities of color. ***  Appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Giuliani said officers should never turn their backs on the mayor, as they did Saturday at the funeral of slain officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot and killed Dec. 20 by an assailant who targeted police. *** ‘The mayor is not in any way to be treated with people turning their backs,’ Giuliani said. ‘It doesn’t matter if you like the mayor or you don’t like the mayor. You have to respect the mayor.’...” (See “Giuliani urges de Blasio to apologize for police remarks” by Kyle Cheney, 12/28/14, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/rudy-giuliani-bill-de-blasio-new-york-police-113829.html]); .

Another thing that Giuliani said is also wrong, but it can be fixed. According to the National Review, “Giuliani criticized some of the more heated anti–de Blasio rhetoric: ‘Has the police union gone overboard? Yes. To suggest that [the mayor] is responsible for the murder [of the two dead NYPD officers],’ as the one union chief did, ‘that’s a terrible thing to suggest about the mayor.’...”  However, if it’s true, then it certainly needs to be said.



What Bratton and Giuliani don’t seem to get is that Mayor de Blasio and President Obama each deputized the likes of Al Sharpton to set a very low bar on anti-police demonstrations. In so doing, de Blasio and Obama became enablers of somebody like Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

According to a report in the NY Post, “Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill in Bedford-Stuyvesant just before 3 p.m. [on 12/20/14] when they were shot point-blank in the head by lone gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, who had addresses in Georgia, Maryland and Brooklyn....” (See “Gunman executes 2 NYPD cops in Garner ‘revenge’” by Larry Celona, Shawn Cohen, Jamie Schram, Amber Jamieson and Laura Italiano, 12/20/14, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2014/12/20/2-nypd-cops-shot-execution-style-in-brooklyn/]). This report also contained various statements made by the alleged perpetrator that linked the shootings of Liu and Ramos to Brinsley’s expressed desire to attack police in retribution for the Eric Garner and  Michael Brown deaths at the hands of police.

What led up to that ?   Could it have been the drum beat of some “peaceful demonstrators” shouting, “What do we want ? Dead cops....   When do we want it ? Now.... ” ?  For the record, that occurred on December 13th and was widely reported upon on December 14th and 15th.

According to the Daily News account of the events on December 13th, “A group of demonstrators was [ ] videotaped marching through Murray Hill chanting, ‘What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!’...”(See “Two NYPD cops assaulted as Manhattan march over Eric Garner case turns ugly” by Thomas Tracy, Tanisia Morris, Chauncey Alcorn & Rich Shapiro, 12/13-12/14/14, Daily News [http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-marchers-call-daniel-pantaleo-fired-nypd-article-1.2044465]; “Shock Video: NYC Protesters Call for 'Dead Cops' ” [Also seen on Fox & Friends] 12/15/14, Fox News Insider [nsider.foxnews.com/2014/12/15/thats-just-rabble-rousing-dr-alveda-king-calls-out-protesters-who-chanted-dead-cops]; see also “NYC protesters chant for dead cops” posted by Carswell Lightnose [with this notation “Published on Dec 13, 2014  –  12/13/2014 - "Million Marchers" in Murray Hill neighborhood of NYC chant: "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!"] You Tube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4ARsxrZh8]).

Also, on the same night as the “...Dead Cops...” demonstration shown in the video there was an open attack on NYC officers on the Brooklyn Bridge (See the NY Daily News report cited in the paragraph above). Such extreme and violent elements permeated the demonstrations encouraged by de Blasio and Obama, and encouraged by Sharpton. It all culminated in the murders of the police officers in Brooklyn on December 20th.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Grimm Guilty of Tax Evasion  —  Grimm says he “Absolutely will not resign”

Like a drumbeat, this chant  needs to grow  from everybody in Brooklyn and Staten Island  —   GRIMM * MUST * GO !  —  But mostly from the moral Republicans that voted for him

According to the Daily News, “The Staten Island Republican admitted his guilt in a hearing before Brooklyn Federal Court Pamela Chen, exactly seven weeks after he won re-election to a third term... During the campaign, Grimm said he would step down if he no longer was ‘able to serve’ - leaving the impression that he would quit Congress if convicted. ***   But after the hearing on Tuesday, Grimm struck a note of defiance, saying there is nothing to prevent him from fulfilling his obligations as a congressman. ***  ‘As I said before, as long as I am able to serve, I will serve,’ he said. *** ‘Everything we're talking about here happened before I was in Congress and for the past four years I've been a very effective, strong member of Congress that has served the people of Staten Island very well, and I think the proof of that is the will of the people. Ultimately the will of the people will speak,’ he said....” (See “Rep. Michael Grimm pleads guilty to felony count of tax evasion, but says he will ‘absolutely not’ resign” by John Marzulli, 12/23/14, NY Daily News [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/rep-michael-grimm-pleads-guilty-felony-count-tax-evas-article-1.2054723]).

Also according to the account in the News, Grimm can be sentenced from probation to three years in prison for the single charge to which he pleaded guilty.  However, as a first-time offender, no doubt Grimm is hoping to avoid jail, a scenario that would allow him, in theory, to still serve in his position as congressman from Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn.

Nonetheless, Grimm will face enormous pressure to quit, because his guilty plea means that he is convicted tax felon.

House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) already has spoken out. She issued a statement on Tuesday demanding that Grimm resign and other Democrats followed suit.

Reuters did a more detailed report about what might happen now, saying this among other things: “... Grimm's defiant declaration could put U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders in a difficult position, as Democratic members have already begun calling for Grimm's resignation. ***   ‘Clearly, Speaker Boehner must insist that Congressman Grimm resign immediately,’ said House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi in a statement from her home earlier on Tuesday. A Boehner spokesman said he would not comment until he has discussed the issue with Grimm. ***  Grimm told reporters he has had ‘private discussions’ with leadership but would not elaborate. ***  House members who plead guilty to a crime that carries two or more years in prison ‘should’ refrain from voting on the floor or participating in committee business, according to House rules. ***  The House could also vote to expel Grimm, as it did in the case of Democratic congressman James Traficant, who was found guilty of taking bribes and other crimes in 2002 but refused to resign....” (See “U.S. Representative Grimm says will not resign after pleading guilty to tax fraud” by Nate Raymond, 12/23/14, Reuters/ New York [http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/23/us-usa-crime-grimm-idUSKBN0K11KG20141223]).

The Brooklyn-Staten Island Congressman Needs to Resign IMMEDIATELY  —  We can’t have a representative in Congress who is guilty of Federal crimes  —  Grimm has continually lied to the people who voted for him

Based on several conversations around the Brooklyn GOP Holiday Party last evening at The Pearl, there is next to no support for Grimm’s holding onto his congressional seat if he pleaded guilty to any of the charges against him. Several Brooklyn Republican activists indicated that they would press for Grimm’s immediate resignation. In fact, State GOP Chairman Ed Cox initially responded to the proposition that Grimm must resign immediately if he pleaded guilty to tax evasion with a “...Sure, that should be part of any deal...”

The position of this blog is simple and unequivocal.  To let Grimm stay in congress, only allows him to attempt to compound his crimes and the lies that he made to his electorate, Republicans, Democrats and others, before and since the election.

Just because immoral and corrupt Republican public servants like Michael Grimm and Guy Molinari keep moving the bar lower and lower in their attempts to forgive and forget all of Grimm’s lies and crimes doesn’t mean that any moral Republicans need to join them.

Grimm needs to resign immediately. All Brooklyn Republicans need to join the chant  —  GRIMM MUST GO !   Especially included must be any Republicans that consider themselves to be moral individuals that might have voted for Grimm before his status as a Federal felon was established, as it now has been.

Seen and heard at the Brooklyn GOP Holiday Party — A verbal collage

The two main buzzes in the room seemed to depress the festivities a little  — the killings of the two police officers in Brooklyn over the weekend — and the probable guilty plea by Michael Grimm (at the time of the party, an announcement was expected in the case at about 1:00 PM on 12/23/14)

Gallo and Hayon had a very spirited tete a tete  —  others nearby appeared not very interested in being any part of it

Craig Eaton was all over the place meeting and greeting, as well as acting as a facilitator for at least one very important conversation for the Brooklyn Republican Organization going forward. (Since that whole process is a little new for one side in the talks, the finality of the plan remains a little ways off —  maybe, by or a little after the New Year.  As a result, Mr. Eaton didn’t make any announcements about the Brooklyn GOP).  There were no speeches or public introductions of any kind  — even though there were many old and new Republican luminaries in the house [The Pearl Restaurant, 3rd Avenue & 82nd Street, Bay Ridge]).

NYS Republican Chairman Ed Cox arrived for the last hour of the Brooklyn GOP Festivus, Saturnalia, Channukah, Christmas and New Years celebrations. He was accosted at the door by a pair of local activists who were insistent that Cox, as NY State Chairman, had to publically call on Grimm to resign if he pleaded guilty to any of the Federal charges against him. At first, Cox assured everybody that would happen; however, when details of yesterday’s reports were recited to him, Cox retreated to a “Let’s wait and see...” posture on the whole question.

Russell was there with HIS crew (he more than once made a point about the real “loyalty” of his YRs)....    Gallo had several important conversations including one with Joseph Hayon (and several about him, including one with the Frankie Russo of Brooklyn Tea Party and ABC Radio fame that really didn’t go so well).  Diana Sepulveda was also mostly around Gallo, but she did affably work the room several times for her own purposes.

Gerry O'Brien and Anita were quite into the social part of the evening chatting-up many of their colleagues and friends, and giving them and everybody else the best of seasons wishes.

Lucretia was there and couldn’t be nicer....   Anthony Testaverde was there, along with many other district leaders.... including the Greenpoint-Williamsburg leader Bill Davidson.... And Steve Maresca also was there to give his best Holiday wishes to new and long-time acquaintances.

Most of those at the festivities were there to meet those near and dear, and were quite pleasant to others not so near or dear. Others did little more than helicopter the food table to vacuum the modest cocktail buffet, almost instantly as it was restocked.

John Catsimatidis, Junior not Senior, was there in the company of Rob Ryan....  And  Joe Lohta arrived later and had some face time with the Chairman.

John Burnett, former GOP candidate for NYC Controller, was all over the room introducing himself to various levels of GOP activists.

Former NY Jet, and GOP congressional candidate,  Michael Faulkner also came by for a hello, accompanied by Jay Golub. The well-credentialed religious and community activist did a little talking one-on-one about the next NYC mayoral contest....

... And Nicole Malliotakis was there  —  only as a friend, Republican and  Member of the Assembly...  She seemed to be intentionally tight-lipped about what might be happening with Congressman Grimm.

The things broke up very slowly; and the evening ended inconclusively as several of the revelers remained long after the announced 9:00 PM end of the party.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

It’s Official — Slow News Time in NYC Politics — “Boyfriend” Liam McCabe gets on front page of Daily News for calling Mayor an “...Asshole...” in Tweet to Councilman Gentile’s Office

Daily News Gives Front Page Treatment to a story that Ross Barkan broke in the NY Observer  —   DN Headline: “You're an Ass, Mr. Mayor”

New York Magazine piles on  —  Who are we to say, “Nay !”

Since when are snarky e-mails and social media postings between local staffers for a Congressman and City Councilman in Bay Ridge city-wide news ?  Well, if it involves a staffer for an under-the-gun congressman, like Michael Grimm’s Brooklyn Conservative Party hire Liam McCabe privately calling NYC’s top elected official, Mayor deBlasio an “...Asshole” and then repeating it on the record, maybe it's a little interesting.

According to Ross Barkan’s initial report in the NY Observer, “For one Michael Grimm aide, a single expletive can sum up the entirety of Bill de Blasio’s tenure. ***  Liam McCabe, a staffer to the Republican congressman and frequent de Blasio antagonist, called Mr. de Blasio, the Democratic mayor, an ‘asshole’ in a Facebook thread today — and in a follow-up interview with the Observer, doubled down on his salty language. ***   ‘The Mayor is an asshole, Councilman. He deserves no applause,’ Mr. McCabe wrote on Councilman Vincent Gentile’s Facebook page, responding to a status Mr. Gentile wrote that praised Mr. de Blasio for condemning the protesters who assaulted police on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday (See “Michael Grimm Aide Curses Out Bill de Blasio” by Ross Barkan,12/16/14, NY Observer [http://observer.com/2014/12/michael-grimm-aide-curses-out-bill-de-blasio/] [@newyorkobserver on Twitter | newyorkobserver on Facebook]).

Why the Daily News picked this up as a front page item remains problematic  —  but when a single headline can embarrass two NYC pols — well, maybe the folks at the News see that as a win-win, even as they acknowledge the NY Observer broke the story ( See “Aide to Republican congressman Michael Grimm calls De Blasio 'an a**hole,' by Dan Friedman, Ginger Adams Otis, 12/17/14
[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/michael-grimm-aide-calls-de-blasio-hole-article-1.2048063]). The News coverage specifically quoted Congressman Grimm’s staffer as follows: “... [H]e has failed to unite city  'He deserves no applause.' Liam McCabe, 35, attacked the mayor on Facebook and in a magazine interview....”

On the other hand, showing that the story might have some legs, it was picked up by New York Magazine. According to a piece by Margaret Hartmann, “Decorum in the office of Staten Island Representative Michael Grimm has gone right out the window — or rather off the balcony. Responding to Councilman Vincent Gentile's Facebook post yesterday praising Mayor Bill de Blasio for condemning protesters who assaulted police on the Brooklyn Bridge, Grimm aide Liam McCabe commented, ‘The Mayor is an asshole, Councilman. He deserves no applause.’ While the comment has been deleted, McCabe apparently wants the world to know that he stands by his assessment. 'I think he’s an asshole, plain and simple,' McCabe told the Observer...." (See “Michael Grimm Aide Thinks Mayor de Blasio Is an ‘Asshole,’ Doesn’t Care Who Knows It” by Margaret Hartmann, 12/17/14, New York Magazine
[http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/12/grimm-aide-de-blasio-asshole.html] [ @marghartmann]).


The Daily News specifically noted that “...Grimm has distanced himself from the 'disrespectful' comments and promised disciplinary action....”  It went on to give these details, “... ‘Mr. McCabe’s remarks were disrespectful, out of line, and are absolutely not condoned by the congressman. The comments have been deleted, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken,’ Nick Iacono, a spokesman for the congressman, told ‘The Observer.’ ***  It’s not the first time McCabe has made news. ***  He was arrested for hitting his 14-year-old son outside his Brooklyn school in 2012. ***  McCabe let Grimm shave his head for a children’s cancer charity earlier this year.”

For the uninitiated, Mr. McCabe is a mandatory hire from the ranks of the Brooklyn Conservative Party resulting from their party's endorsement and Wilson-Pakula authorization allowing Grimm to run on that line. One wonders if the Conservative Party Chairmen will be consulted concerning any “appropriate disciplinary action” for their operative, McCabe.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Psst ! Write-in "RUSSELL GALLO" for Congress against Grimm and Recchia — But don’t pass it on

Oh, the election was more than a month ago....   Why wasn't I told ?

Oh, I was....  Why didn't I write about it ?

Oh, I did on November 4, 2014 at 7:39 AM....   Why didn’t I write about it sooner ?

Oh, it was a secret....   What kind of campaign was that ?

Oh, it was "Asymmetric Warfare"....   Now I get it....    What is “Asymmetric Warfare” ?

Russell Gallo’s write-in campaign for Congress against Grimm and Recchia convinced fifteen people, who then bothered to write-in Mr. Gallo’s name on their ballots on Election Day 2014.

Well, it certainly was secret and asymmetric. Fifteen (15),  hmmmm !

Saturday, December 13, 2014

“Son of Sal” – “John Doe-Duffel Bag” Perrone RAIL ROAD Heading to a FINAL STOP in Court — Or is it AT THE NUT HOUSE

Judge Alan Marrus’ Latest Travesty in this case  —  He Makes Ex Parte Order for Salvatore Perrone to go the Nut House without any hearing as to his “sanity” or any finding of “Guilt” or “Innocence” on any charges related to three 2012 serial killings

Defendant Perrone NOT PRESENT in Courtroom for Judge Marrus ruling  —  Victim’s Family Members Outraged

According to the report in the NY Post, “ ‘...[D]octors unanimously found him not fit to proceed,” Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus said of Sal Perrone on Friday, adding that the psychiatric findings meant the 65-year-old could no longer act as his own attorney....” ((See “Accused serial killer deemed unfit for trial” by Josh Saul, 12/12/14, NY Post


Post reporter Josh Saul further observed that according to “Court Papers”:
“The psychiatric [sic] definitively concluded that Mr. Perrone’s ‘ambivalence towards defense assistance, his paranoia regarding court personnel and his rigid, repetitive manner of thinking’ all point to the presence of a psychiatric disorder’.... The psychologist concluded that Mr. Perrone ‘appeared unreasonable in consideration of his legal planning,’ ‘unable to make informed decisions regarding his case or assist an attorney in preparing a defense’....” The Post reporter also noted that the so called “Court Papers” also stated that “...Perrone’s behavior was consistent with either a delusional disorder or a paranoid personality disorder....”

Judge Marrus indicated that Mr. Perrone would be sent to a state mental institution for more evaluation. Interestingly, Perrone's court appointed legal assistant Howard Kirsh said this about his sort of client: “You’ve seen him in action. So have the psychiatrists. They think he’s a lunatic. He’s impossible to talk to....”

So much for "legal assistance"......

What Salvatore Perrone, who is self-represented,  might have thought about all or any of this is not clear, because he wasn’t even present in the courtroom for these “ex parte proceedings” or whatever you might want to call this kind of summary injustice, which is so openly taking place in the New York State Courts.

As has become the common theme in this case, the matter was again adjourned by Judge Marrus; with Perrone scheduled to be back in court January 23rd.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The new reformer in New York Politics — State Senator Martin Golden

Marty Golden issues his greatest quote ever  —    “The best disinfectant in government is sunlight....”

Is Marty coming to the Ol’ Time Religion of government reformism late in life ? ? ?

Always a strong supporter of the NYPD, Golden is at the right place at the right time standing tall for Police Officers’ rights and being singled-out by the NY Times

After standing tall for “NY City’s Finest” and getting heat for it from the NY Times,  State Senator Martin Golden looks like he is also emerging as a new reformer in New York-New Jersey politics. The same day that the New York Times Editorial Board and other outlets attacked Marty Golden, thus raising him the hero status for defending New York City’s cops against Governor Cuomo and Mayor deBlasio ( See “Police Discipline in New York” NY Times Editorial Board, 12/10/14, NY Times/ Opinion/ Editorial [http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/opinion/police-discipline-in-new-york.html]), Marty Golden was extolled as a reformer by the NY Daily News (See “Lawmakers unite to urge Cuomo, Christie to reform Port Authority” by Richard Shapiro, 12/10/14, NY Daily News [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/lawmakers-urge-cuomo-christie-reform-port-authority-article-1.2040246]).  


Most important, both the News and the Times burnished State Senator Golden’s growing reputation by specifically mentioning him by name when talking about the NYS Legislature generally.

When many of us thought that Golden might be peeing-out after a career of purely retail binge politicking, since late in the campaign of 2014, after the November blow-out of his Democratic opponent, and now with the roll-out of Golden as a senior member of the new Republican majority in the NYS Senate, Marty suddenly has what seems like a new look and a new vitality.  Equally impressive is his apparently new-found ability to do PR pivots like a whirling dervish, witness the win-win coverage in the Times and News yesterday.  

Hillary Clinton hit with bombshell: She Obviously Had "The Benghazi Talking Points" BEFORE The Rest Of Obama's Administration — even before they supposedly had been written

New time line emerges that puts the video talking points in Secretary of State Clinton’s hands and the words in her mouth BEFORE they were alleged to have been composed by White House speech writer Ben Rhodes

Trey Gowdy sets sights on Hillary Clinton as an early target for his Select Committee  —  Top Democrat Elijah Cummings promises roadblocks to further questioning of former Secretary of State

The Daily Caller reports that “Hillary Clinton used the administration’s exact talking point blaming the attack on a YouTube video before Obama’s White House speechwriter Ben Rhodes [allegedly] drafted it to prepare Susan Rice for Sunday morning talk shows days later (See “Hillary Clinton Got The Benghazi Talking Points BEFORE Rest Of Obama Administration” by Patrick Howley, 12/10/14, Daily Caller [http://dailycaller.com/2014/12/10/hillary-clinton-got-the-benghazi-talking-points-before-rest-of-obama-administration/]).


In the article cited above, the Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley  goes on to say, “Hillary Clinton said the following on the morning of September 13 [2012] in her remarks at the U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue: *** ‘I also want to take a moment to address the video circulating on the Internet that has led to these protests in a number of countries. Let me state very clearly – and I hope it is obvious – that the United States Government had absolutely nothing to do with this video. We absolutely reject its content and message…To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage. But as I said yesterday, there is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence.’....”

It was only thereafter that Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes circulated the administration’s video talking points for television appearances by Susan Rice and others. According to Howley’s report in the Daily Caller, “Here’s what Rhodes said  in his all-important first memo on the afternoon of September 14, more than a day after Clinton first came up with the YouTube video. *** ‘We’ve made our views on the video crystal clear. The United States Government had nothing to do with it. We reject its message and its content. We find it disgusting and reprehensible. But there is no justification at all for responding to this movie with violence.’....”


Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said at the start of the panel’s second hearing that the committee would not "move on" until there is a full understanding of how the security broke down around the diplomatic mission in Benghazi on September 11,2012, and why requests for additional personnel and equipment had been denied in the months leading up to the terrorist attack on the mission ( See “OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: House Benghazi chief pushing ahead” by Martin Matishak & Kristina Wong, 12/10/14, The Hill [http://thehill.com/policy/defense/overnights/226717-overnight-defense-house-benghazi-chief-pushing-ahead]).  Gowdy went on to say that “We will have hearings in January, February, March and until there is a full understanding of what happened in Benghazi[, t]hat means access all documents and all witnesses. We are going to answer the questions surrounding the attacks in Benghazi. We may answer some more than once."  Gowdy specifically stated, that Hillary Clinton is "a witness that we would like to talk to. [But] I cannot tell you when."

The Hill article also reported that “[The Ranking Democrat on the Committee Elijah] Cummings said he would oppose calling on Clinton to testify because the State Department’s Accountability Review Board that investigated Benghazi had already talked to her.”

It is very odd that Congressman Cummings should cite that as his main reason to oppose calling Mrs. Clinton. Can you guess why ?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ah ! Good Times, good times... ‘Tis the season... Love is all you need... Love is all you need... Love is all you need... Love is all you need... Yeah, yeah, yeah.....

Look at this sort of debate among these few Nobel Laureates:

>>> Comments about article, “Assault outside Bay Ridge Dunkin Donuts” by Helen Klein, 12/5/14, Home Reporter [http://homereporter.com/assault-outside-dunkin-donuts/][hklein@homereporternews.com]) The assault was upon an 85 year old man; and it allegedly involved two unidentified  “teenagers” as perps, one of whom was apprehended. <<<


“Scarlett NY • 4 days ago (from 12/9/14), commenting on the article

I am sure they are both sweet, gentle giants. [[[ We all know who and what that means.  Wink-wink !]]]


Ohboyonecanobi responding to Scarlett NY • 4 days ago (from 12/9/14)

Uh ... so maybe they should be killed in the streets rather than sent through the justice system? Not sure what you're trying to say here that isn't gross. [[[ Now there's a penalty for unnecessary roughness....]]]

The Cap'n  responding to Ohboyonecanobi • 3 days ago (from 12/9/14)
YEah exactly - they should be killed in the streets rather than sent through this joke of a justice system. They'll only be back on the streets in no time and go on to commit worse crimes. What kind of feral subhuman un-evolved savages violently assault an 85 year old man? this is exaclty why NYC needs concealed carry and stand your ground laws. Funny how u find her comment gross and not the actual crime committed...were these perps friends of yours?  [[[ Talk about gasoline on the fire....]]]

ScarlettNY  responding to Ohboyonecanobi • 3 days ago (from 12/9/14)
What are you trying to say? Who is "they"and what makes you think whoever "they"are should be killed? I have no description of the perps. Do you happen to know who they are? Or, Are you assuming to know the demographic of the perp? What are you saying about your own prejudice?  [[[ Nice riposte, but "Frankly, Scarlett, I ...." ]]]

commenting anew:
 brooklynn1 • a day ago (from 12/9/14)

OK Tough guys. Please do not throw out the rule of law, which means not calling for people to be killed in the streets, as in comments below. Frankly some would call that incitement. We do not need vigilante justice. We need well trained, smart officers who know their community. Some officers clearly need to be weeded out. This is not a job for just anyone. [[[ What you mean "WE," Kemosabe ?"]]]


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Marty Golden isn't merely "...Victorious...," he is "Triumphant" --- And that trend is likely to continue through 2015

In spite of serious headwinds in the form of  investigations by Federal authorities and various NYS agencies, Golden cruised to a win with his biggest election majority in years

As a relatively senior member of a clear GOP majority in the NYS Senate, State Senator Martin  Golden is being hailed one of Brooklyn's "go to" representatives in Albany

About three or four weeks ago, I did a post entitled,  "Marty Golden, Mike Long and Jerry Kassar VICTORIOUS — But, ARE THEY INVINCIBLE ?"  that caused quite a bit of consternation with several people in the Brooklyn GOP leadership  (See my Monday, November 17, 2014 post, "Marty Golden, Mike Long and Jerry Kassar VICTORIOUS — But, ARE THEY INVINCIBLE ?" --  below on this blog).   I am sure this piece will upset most of those people even more ( but that isn't the only reason that I'm posting this right now).  As we start with our 2014 Holiday Parties, somebody needs to look around and ask "Who's who in the Brooklyn GOP, and what do they bring to the table ?"

Let's start with the top dog....


Some people are calling Republican-Conservative State Senator Martin Golden the go-to  guy in Albany for the other non-Republican Brooklyn lawmakers that need help on issues related to their districts. That's because Republicans under Dean Skelos took back control of the Upper Chamber of the Legislature after this year’s General Election.  ( See  "Marty Golden: Brooklyn’s Go-To Man in State Senate" by Stephen Witt, 12/1/14, Kings County Politics Blog  [http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/marty-golden-brooklyns-go-to-man-in-state-senate/]).  That makes Marty Golden Brooklyn's only member of the NYS Senate formally sitting as a Republican in the majority.

In the past, several Brooklyn insiders expressed their opinion to me that State Senator Martin Golden would be likely to again be able to consolidate his hold on the Brooklyn GOP by either naming or becoming the Chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party in 2015.  I have spoken to most of those people again, and their opinions about that are as strong as before I posted  ( the two or three "Eaton people" didn't respond to my calls and/or e-mails) .


Although there is still strong opposition to Golden's complete takeover of the Brooklyn Republican Party, it is unlikely that such opposition will be led by the current leader of the Brooklyn GOP, Craig Eaton, who also functions as the NYS Republican Vice Chairman for New York City.  2015 is a GOP reorganization year, and Eaton's impressive titles will not be enough to keep Eaton in his job, or even having much influence in the selection of his successor.  Key Eaton supporters that helped him hold off the Golden-backed "Republicans for Change" at the 2013 GOP County Convention are no longer in Eaton's corner; in spite of anything Eaton thinks he sees and hears at his monthly Executive Committee meetings. Even several of Eaton's closest allies in the Brooklyn Republican Party don't see any plan or formula by which Chairman Eaton will hold on or even sway things in 2015.

If the anti-Golden forces inside the Brooklyn GOP don't solidify behind Eaton, or if Craig Eaton  chooses not to push for the post in 2015, which right now appears to be the most likely scenario, it is unlikely that there will be any other single candidate for that fractious faction to unite behind.  Many names like Ferraro, Hayon, Gallo, Testaverde and Howe have been mentioned by this, that or the other anti-Golden Brooklyn GOP activist as possible successors to Eaton.  However, even before those conversation gets very far, the people that were mentioned are dismissed as not acceptable to a majority of Brooklyn Republicans, or simply just not right for the job.  (Two or three of those kooks even asked me if I would be interested in putting myself forward for the job as Chairman;  and my answer is always the same,  but I'll never tell. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !  Oops, I think I just did.)


Marty Golden is practically in command of the Brooklyn Republican Party anyway.  Since  it's one of his men,  Simon Shamoun, who is the Brooklyn Republican Commisioner on the Board of Elections, Golden has significant practical control over much of what the party needs to do in every election, whether it be primary, general or special.  Furthermor, when it comes  to the formalities of the 2015 organizing process,  Golden's folks should have learned from the 2013 party convention and the legal proceedings that followed.  Golden's side lost in 2013, because  of terrible staff work  by Golden's "Pros," and also because the "Republicans for Change" crowd acted like a bunch of amateurs showing up at their first rodeo.

In 2015,  Golden will be in as good a position to field a large, though not full, slate of candidates for County Committee through most of Brooklyn where the GOP has a footprint.  That's as good as any, and possibly all, of those opposing him.  Thus, he is likely to go into the 2015 County Convention with either a clear majority, or at very least a commanding plurality of delegates (which is just like it looked in 2013).  Only this time, hopefully with a better floor manager at the 2015 GOP County Convention, that should be more than enough to take the day; at which point,  Golden will regain formal and total control of the Brooklyn Republican Organization.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Local GOP Congressmen Push Back --- Grimm and King Step Out Front to Praise Staten Island Grand Jury and Prosecutor for NOT Indicting NYPD Officer

Grimm and King both push back against the mob's, the media's and the Democrats' condemnation of Staten Island Grand Jury's Decision Vindicating NYC Cops in the Death of Eric Garner

"[REMEMBER] ...No organization has done more to safeguard the lives of young African-Americans in New York City than the NYPD."   

                                                                          --   Congressman Peter King

"New York Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, whose district includes the borough of Staten Island, where black chokehold victim Eric Garner lived and died, says the grand jury decision not to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo 'was fair and reasoned.'  ***   'There's no question that this grand jury had an immensely difficult task before them, but I have full faith that their judgment was fair and reasoned,' said the lawmaker, who won re-election last month.  ***   Grimm also offered praise to District Attorney Daniel Donovan 'for overseeing this case with the utmost integrity...." (See "Rep. Michael Grimm: NYC Grand Jury Was 'Fair and Reasoned'   by Cathy Burke, 12/3/14, Newsmax [http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Michael-Grimm-Eric-Garner-Daniel-Pantaleo-chokehold/2014/12/03/id/610949/]).

The same report contained comments by Long Island Republican Congressman Peter King that indicated his belief that there should be for respect for the grand jury's decision; adding,  "While the death of Eric Garner was tragic, all New Yorkers should respect the decision of the Staten Island grand jury not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo....  During this tense time in New York, it must be noted and remembered that no organization has done more to safeguard the lives of young African-Americans in New York City than the NYPD."

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

This is justice for Salvatore Perrone !

What about the families of his alleged victims ?


My hasn't the time flown in the "Son of Sal"  ---  "Dufflebag John Doe"  ---   2012  Fifth Avenue Bay Ridge Merchant Killing  Case


Perrone still in court for two summer murders, as well as a November killing  ---  all in 2012 and all seemingly related to Perrone's clothing trade Brooklyn  ---  But Salvatore Perrrone does not come close to fitting the physical descriptions originally given in two-of-three of those murders

Second Anniversary of Sal Perrone's indictment  for  multiple murders over several months in 2012  ---   Salvatore Perrone, the apparent last remaining suspect in the case, has been sent in for his second psychiatric exam  ---  And no trial date has been scheduled 

Today is the second anniversary of Perrone's indictment for three murders in Brooklyn,  in a case that was once big news for all the papers and local TV stations in this town.  Since that indictment, the powers that be have put this case on a very slow track;  and they have covered it with a judicial wet blanket called Alan Marrus.  On December 12th, 2014, Salvatore Perrone will be appearing before Judge Alan J. Marrus, AJSC,  for the fourteenth time since he first turned up in Marrus' courtroom exactly two years ago  on 12/12/12.

For those keeping up to date on the case, Perrone was last before the HONORABLE Alan Marrus on October 6th, 2014, when Marrus ordered that Salvatore Perrone be submitted for a Psychiatric Exam  --   AGAIN.   You see, Marrus already had ordered a Psychiatric Exam  much earlier in these proceedings. In fact,  that was on Perrone's first  appearance in front  of Judge Marrus, almost two whole years ago on December 12th, 2012  ---  back when this triple murder case was a fresh news story and every body was being made to believe that Perrone was really quite crazy. Don't forget, I pointed-out that this was happening a long time ago ( See my 12/14/12 post "Will Salvatore Perrone ever get a chance to present his chosen defenses in a Brooklyn Court  to the comments, charges and  "evidence"  already rolled-out  against him by the press, the cops and the Brooklyn D.A. ?" below on this blog).

One suspects that Judge Marrus is hoping that there will be some magic words in the new psyche report that will allow Marrus to bounce this case into psychiatric care limbo and out of his court's apparent permanent holding pattern.


This case has had a stink to it from the very beginning; and in two years in front of Judge Marrus, it has only ripened.  That's nothing new for either the prosecution or the courts in Brooklyn.  (Look at everything that has come out about DA Hynes and so many of his ADAs in the last year or so ! Interestingly, Judge Marrus, whose son was an ADA under Hynes, has found himself in the middle of many of those cases.   Hmmmm !)  Also please remember that I originally called this case against Salvatore Perrone  a "Three Ring Circus...";  and  I gave you my reasons at the time ( See my 12/1/12 post, "The "John Doe Duffel Bag Killer"  a "Three Ring Circus" brought to you by Ray Kelly, Marty Golden and "Joe" Hynes,"  below on this blog).

The original voluntary custody and/or arrest of Perrone after being confronted by cops in a Bay Ridge Pharmacy, the questioning of Perrone that was measured in days, not hours, and the seizure and handling of "evidence" in the case all look like fertile areas for defense motions. However, none of those kinds of motions have been made by Perrone, who is acting as his own counsel.  As regards the unrepresented defendant in front of him, instead of acting as an honest and impartial broker of law and justice, Marrus has instead repeatedly practiced his stand-up comedy routines at Mr. Perrone's expense.

Maybe, it's time for the families of the victims in these three murders to start making some noise about the slow pace of the prosecution and the longtime sideways movement of the case in court. After all, how does it benefit any of the victims' families if Sal Perrone is just shoved down some memory hole ?


On December 12th, Perrone should move for a psychiatric exam for Judge Marrus.  Marrus has shown that he has a well-developed sense of humor, so he should get the joke. On the other hand if Marrus were acting as an honest and impartial broker of law and justice, he would grant the motion and submit himself to the psychiatric exam.  After all, doesn't almost everything that Marrus has done in this case fall into the category of  "doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result"  ?   That's one of the thumbnail descriptions of "madness," isn't it.

Unless, of course, that was what the people in charge wanted all along  ---  sometimes "Justice Delayed" is just the way "everybody" wants things in Brooklyn. Yeah, I posted something about that too, almost a year ago (See my 12/9/13 post "Whooooo ! Whoooooooooh !!! Brooklyn Multiple Murder Railroad of “... Duffel Bag” Salvatore Perrone Coming Through — But it’s going very very slowly" below on this blog).

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Excessive "Asset Forfeitures" might be Loretta Lynch's Achille's Heel

Recent articles in  the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine highlight how as U.S. Attorney, Loretta Lynch seized assets of citizens subject to investigation, but not guilty of any crimes

Also, a specific set of such forfeitures carried out by Lynch's office might well have been in violation of the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.


Similar questionable asset forfeitures by the Brooklyn DA's Office were not moved upon by Lynch, as U.S. Attorney over Brooklyn

Not only her own office's apparently record-breaking seizures of civil assets, but a failure to properly scrutinize apparent violations by other local prosecutors in Lynch's jurisdiction could prove troublesome at Senate hearings

According to a recent  Wall Street Journal editorial, "Prosecutors have taken a yen to civil forfeiture laws, which they’ve used to shore up state and municipal budgets with sums from confiscated private property. One happy joiner is Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, whose U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York has been an enthusiastic grabber of private assets.  ***   Prosecutors love the practice because it allows them to seize cash and property before the target is charged with a crime. [Originally i]ntended to be used against drug dealers and their ill-gotten gains, the law has become an all-purpose cash machine for police departments and prosecutors who often make forfeiture calls based not on the suspected crime or the perpetrator but on the desirability of the available goods to be seized...." (See ""Loretta Lynch’s Money Pot - Someone should ask the AG nominee about the Hirsch brothers" WSJ REVIEW & OUTLOOK, 11/21/14, Wall Street Journal [http://online.wsj.com/articles/loretta-lynchs-money-pot-1416615114]).

The Wall Street Journal went on to say that Loretta Lynch’s U.S. Attorney's Office runs a major forfeiture operation that, according to the Justice Department, brought in more than $113 million in civil actions from 123 cases between 2011 and 2013.  The WSJ specifically mentioned the plight of  Jeffrey, Richard and Mitch Hirsch, three brothers in Long Island.

The Hirsch brothers run a small business that deals in small amounts of cash, a fact that the government surely noticed, since they were never charged with a crime. But more than two years after the government grabbed the hundreds of thousands of dollars, none of it has been returned. According to the Institute for Justice, which is representing the family in a lawsuit, the government has also denied the Hirsches a prompt hearing on the forfeiture, putting it in violation of the 2000 Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act.

The Forbes magazine folks also picked up on the story.  According to Forbes, "...if Ms. Lynch’s office had bothered to inquire about Bi-County’s business, they would have found that it is clean. But they did not bother to inquire. Under civil asset forfeiture, authorities can take money (or other property) and then dare the owner to battle through legal obstacles to get it back. To do that, the owner must prove innocence.  ***   Charge someone with a crime and the burden of proving guilt is on the government, but confiscate property under civil asset forfeiture and the government keeps the spoils unless the owner is able to prove his innocence. That is not the way our system of justice is supposed to work.  ***   Was this just a mistake, perhaps? Evidently not, because Lynch’s office has not seen fit to even file the required notice that it has taken the Hirsch’s money. Now that those inveterate opponents of government overreach, the Institute for Justice, has filed a case to force the government’s hand (a case with the strange name In the Matter of the Seizure of $446,651.11) the brothers might get their money back. Eventually...." (See ""Loretta Lynch Has No Problem With Civil Asset Forfeiture -- And That's A Problem" by George  Leef, 11/25/2014,  Forbes/ forbes.com  [http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2014/11/25/loretta-lynch-has-no-problem-with-civil-asset-forfeiture-and-thats-a-problem/]).

Asset forfeiture is a trend across the country. Furthermore, under a program known as equitable sharing, state and local law enforcement agencies also get a piece of the federal civil forfeiture action. Between 2003 and 2011, annual payments from that program rose to $450 million from $218 million, according to the Government Accountability Office.


The following moderated anonymous comment was published  on November 13, 2014 in the thread following my November 12, 2014 post, "Why Loretta Lynch is the wrong choice by President Obama to be Attorney General of the U.S. — Part 2." In significant part, the moderated anonymous comment said the following:   "...   In the EDNY, Loretta Lynch has been one of the biggest proponents of civil asset forfeiture wherin the government can legally seize the property of its citizens. It is frought with many problems. I think Lynch has claimed over 900 million in seized assets. There is no reason at all to think this is not legitimate according to the federal statutes presently in place. One of the things the Money Laundering Bureau under Hynes never wanted to do was to participate in what is called the "federal adoption" of assets. In this way the D.A.'s office would share any funds they seized with the EDNY. The Manhattan D.A.'s office does this all the time with the SDNY. The folks in Money laundering [...] wanted to keep it in the office so as to reap the benefits of secrecy. It is one of the reasons we never ever reported tax crimes to the NY Tax Commission which we were obligated to do. If we reported to the Commission then [the office] had to share in the "take". By not reporting, we were able to shake down the defendants for more funds - preferable cash. It was done frequently and with much financial success. These are financial crimes allegedly committed during Hynes tenure that Loretta Lynchs' office knows about. It is surprising that she has not more vigorously gone after Hynes on this. Other malfeasance was brought to her office's attention such as allegations of mismanaged property throughout Brooklyn and coerceing law enforcement to lie and sign false affidavits under oath. Perhaps these are small ethical matters for the EDNY. But the larger issues of theft of public money seems to be something that she should be going after with vigor...."


Both the Wall Street Journal and Forbes seem to agree that when the Senate holds confirmation hearings on Lynch's nomination to be Obama's second U.S. Attorney General, an important  question would be  ---  what, if anything, she might do as Attorney General to protect the  American people from being trampled by rampaging law enforcement officials engaged in high handed activities, including but not limited to civil asset forfeiture by prosecutors.

Friday, November 28, 2014

EXTRA, EXTRA --- "There's no business like show business..." for Hynes-Thompson carry-over Brooklyn ADA Nicolazzi

In a stunning act of [over-reaching perhaps] Fox News legal analyst, and controversial Brooklyn ADA holdover, Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi might be getting her own new show

The ADA who prosecuted the Mark Fisher Murder Case, and arguably got a conviction of John Giuca by underhanded means, while letting a couple of guilty characters get away, is trying to find her own escape hatch on TV.  ---  Or maybe she's just trying to seek fame and fortune outside the Brooklyn DA's Office in the aptly, but ironically, named "Did He Do It ?"

According to a nifty little piece of digging by one of my better BSI's on the Brooklyn DA's Office stuff, Anna-Sigga Nicolazzi will be starring in a new show called "Did He Do It?" for Investigation Discovery. The production company is a mostly British outfit, Britespark Films;  and if things go as planned, the show premiers in April.


"Finished Production ***  DID HE DO IT?  ***  FOR INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY, 6 X 60'  ***   A dynamic new true crime drama documentary series that puts the accused center stage. At the top of each episode we introduce one murder victim - and one prime suspect.  ***   Presented by duelling lawyers – for the Defence, Darren Kavinosky, named one of California's top 100 trial lawyers; for the Prosecution, Brooklyn DA Anna Sigga Nicolazzi, who has never lost a homicide case – we tell the story of the twisting murder investigation and trial, asking viewers, just like with a jury, to decide Did He Do It? Profiling six captivating cases, viewers are kept guessing until the final few minutes.  ***   Series Producers: Kim Flitcroft & Ben Fox " (See  Brightspark Films Web Page / Our Work [http://www.britesparkfilms.com/portfolio/did-he-do-it-6-x-60/]).

I wonder what the chances are that "Did He Do It ?" might actually dramatize the whole process around the Mark Fisher case ?  I'm sure that some other Hollywood insiders will be looking closely at that one.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Was the Ferguson "Stand down" of National Guardsman a mid-American version of the "Stand Down" in Benghazi

Missouri's Lieutenant Governor  says that there is nothing else that explains the inaction of Missouri Governor over deploying the Missouri National Guard other than White House interference ---  White House confirms close contact by Obama's top adviser, Valerie Jarrett, and Missouri Governor on night of riots in Ferguson

Democrat Governor Nixon gives evasive and defensive non-answers to questions about the delay of deploying the National Guard in  Ferguson  ---  Following the GOP Benghazi playbook, Missouri' s Republican Lieutenant Governor wants to put questions to Governor Nixon under oath

White House coordinating response to "demonstrations" across the country

Republicans getting ready to question whether Democrats in office at any level can't protect us from foreign or domestic threats

"Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, is demanding that the state’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon offer a public explanation as to why he told the National Guard which he had previously mobilized to stand down in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night as the city burned in riots...." (See  "EXCLUSIVE–MO LT. GOV: OFFICIALS MUST EXPLAIN 'UNDER OATH' WHY NATIONAL GUARD STOOD BY AS FERGUSON BURNED" by Matthew Boyle, 11/25/14, Breitbart News  [http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/11/25/Exclusive-Missouri-s-Peter-Kinder-To-Jay-Nixon-On-National-Guard-Stand-Down-Order-Explain-Yourself-Governor]).  Soon after the events in Ferguson showed  that there was a non-presence of police and National Guardsmen  in  many areas, Rush Limbaugh and the rest of right wing media were all over the story of Washington pulling the strings to allow the riots to proceed and the rioters to run rampant for hours (See for example "DID OBAMA HALT NATIONAL GUARD IN FERGUSON? --  Rush Limbaugh: 'Somebody wanted this to happen' " by Joe Kovacs, 11/26/14, World Net Daily [http://www.wnd.com/2014/11/limbaugh-did-obama-halt-national-guard-in-ferguson/]).

According to reports, on Tuesday morning, Kinder told anchor Martha MacCallum of Fox News that the Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, kept the National Guard in check as Ferguson burned at the hands of rioters.  Then Kinder questioned whether Governor Nxon did so in coordination with top officials from the Obama White House and /or the Holder Justice Department.

According to Breitbart News, "[a]t a Tuesday press conference in response to a question from Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket, Nixon said that Kinder’s questions were 'false and absurd' and that 'politics has nothing to do with what anyone up here is doing.'..."

When the  Lieutenant Governor was asked why he suspects it was the Obama administration that told Governor Nixon to have the National Guard stand down, he said: “there’s nothing else that explains this.”  He ten called for hearing to question Governor Nixon and other officials under oath about all of it.


President Obama's senior advisor Valerie Jarrett had been in close contact with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon as the chaotic situation unfolded while the National Guard stood by. According to the White House, Jarrett spoke with Nixon the first night of the protests as well as the morning after.  Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz confirmed  that  “Valerie [Jarrett] spoke to Governor Nixon both last night and this morning, and has been briefing the President on an ongoing basis since last night....  And in each of those conversations with Governor Nixon, Valerie has pledged to stay in close coordination with the Governor in making sure that he’s getting the support he needs from the federal government....” ( See "CONFIRMED: VALERIE JARRETT KEEPING IN TOUCH WITH GOV. NIXON DURING FERGUSON FIASCO" by Charlie Spiering, 11/26/14, Breitbart News [http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/11/26/Confirmed-Valerie-Jarrett-Keeping-Tabs-On-Gov-Nixon-In-Ferguson-Fiasco]).

That report  noted  that "Jarrett and Attorney General Eric Holder also spoke with civil rights leaders the first night of the protests, continuing their close coordination as the grand jury decision approached." And it was also revealed that but revealed that White House staff spoke with mayors across the country to coordinate a proper response to demonstrations across  the country.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In a stunning act of non-professionlism, NBC's Brian Williams stated to the nation that the Ferguson Grand Jury ‘Failed To Come Up With Charges’ Against Darren Wilson

NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams opened his special prime-time interruption of normal broadcasting by declaring "The grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has failed to come up with an indictment for the police officer in the shooting of the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown."

Williams couldn't have done more damage  if handed a full gasoline can to one of the black rioters in Ferguson, Missouri

"...   Unlike ABC and CBS, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams failed to mention any of the actual facts of the case or legal rationale for the grand jury’s decision when he expressed his dissatisfaction with the case’s outcome.  ***  During NBC’s coverage, Brian Williams ignored all of the actual details of the case and even suggested that despite the violence in Ferguson “the bottom line is, this grand jury sitting 25 days, failed to come up with charges after 70 hours and 60 witnesses in all....”  (See "Brian Williams Laments Ferguson Grand Jury ‘Failed To Come Up With Charges’ Against Darren Wilson" by Jeffrey Meyer, 11/25/14,  MRC- Newsbusters [http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/11/25/brian-williams-laments-ferguson-grand-jury-failed-come-charges]; see also CNS.com  [http://www.cnsnews.com/video/newsbusters/brian-williams-laments-ferguson-grand-jury-failed-come-charges]).

All three major networks cut into regular programming  to announce the result of the Ferguson Grand Jury's deliberations, however neither CBS nor ABC were as slanted in their presentation as NBC and Williams.

The completely non-professional, non-objective and incendiary remarks by Williams  couldn't have been more intentionally destructive of good law and order than if he handed out molotov cocktails to the rioters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Style point: This blog will be using the term "Skelosism" as defined by NT2

See Definition Below

Research ongoing for term "Goldenism"

Skelosism (SKEL-oh-cis-m)  ***  Noun   ***  In ordinary usage:  1.  Refers to the tendency of politician to interpret election results in an overly optimistic way;  2.  Any specific comment of a politician following an election that is emblematic of a failure to accurately interpret election results;  3.  A general failure to learn from mistakes of the past.   ***   Synonyms: stubbornness, short-sightedness, delusion.  ***   Ex: “In his speech, the party leader warned that skelosism could result in a loss of the majority and permanent minority status.”   ***  Derivation: Named for a minor Greek-American politician in the late 20th century and early 21st century who repeatedly won a political majority due to ineptitude of his opponents but then lost the majority due to his tendency to see the election as validation of personal political views not held by the majority of voters ( See "On Etymology" 11/19/14,  NT2:  Nec Temere, Nec Timide [http://nt2ny.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/on-etymology/.])  (compare:  "Goldenism" --  still being researched).

Friday, November 21, 2014

First Democrat to make formal move into the 2016 race for the White House is former Virginia Senator James Webb

Some might see this as jockeying for a VP slot, rather than a direct shot at Hillary

Flow of money will probably be the test of Webb's staying power

According to a report picked-up on the AP, "... Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has formed an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. ***  It's the first official step in what could be a challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton if she seeks the White House again.  ***   Webb announced a website for his exploratory committee in a message posted from his Twitter account late Wednesday. He says many Americans believe the U.S. is 'at a serious crossroads' and the solutions 'are not simply political, but those of leadership.'..." (See "Jim Webb forms exploratory committee for White House"  11-20-14, WUSA-9 [http://www.wusa9.com/story/news/2014/11/20/jim-webb-exploratory-committee-white-house-presidential-campaign-va/19312571/]).

Not long ago when Jim Webb first mentioned a possible run for the White House, at least one longtime Democrat commentator said,  "Democrats uneasy about a Hillary coronation may have help on the way from former Virginia Senator James Webb...  , who[has given speeches that sound like they are from]  a populist perspective, slightly right of center where Webb, a former Republican, is most at home and often straddles the two parties....  [Also in the recent past] Webb served up a scathing critique of the administration’s foreign policy, calling it 'a tangled mess of what can only be called situational ethics.' He said there hasn’t been a clear statement of principles since the end of the Cold War, and 'not surprisingly the American people have become more cynical about their leadership in both parties.'...    [But he also] warned against getting entangled on the ground in the “ongoing nightmare” that is Syria...."  (See "Wait a Minute, Clinton Coronators—Here Comes Jim Webb" by Eleanor Clift, 9/26/14, The Daily Beast [http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/09/24/wait-a-minute-clinton-coronators-here-comes-jim-webb.html]).  Clift also noted that "For Webb, there is an opening for someone with a strong military background and no real ties to the Obama administration that would constrain him from an unvarnished assessment of the Democratic Party’s policies and performance. The author of 11 books, Webb’s new memoir, I Heard My Country Calling, may have stoked the fires of his political ambition once again..."

For Webb. money is very much the key to unlock any showing by him in 2014.  "Dr. Bob Roberts, political science professor at James Madison University, said in order for Webb to even make it to the primaries, he must use the exploratory committee to see if he can raise enough money from leaders in his own party to run a campaign....  'Will the money people view him as an option? If he doesn't get money, he's dead. This is simply the ability to say will some people out there, maybe some PAC's, maybe some of these independent groups, who are really opposed to Hillary, would they give him money as a way to stall her. That's what it comes down to,' said Roberts...." (See "Jim Webb Eyeing Possible Presidential Run" 11/20/14, WHSV [http://www.whsv.com/news/headlines/Jim-Webb-Eyeing-Possible-Presidential-Run-283365481.html]).

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A little more about Loretta Lynch found in NY Times article about Al Sharpton

Did the New York Times quietly connect Attorney General Designate Loretta Lynch to Al Sharpton for a reason ?

Timing by the Times  —  Given the fact that Loretta Lynch Hearings are upcoming, or soon will be; isn't it time for everybody to look into Al Sharpton’s relationship to Loretta Lynch before those hearings begin    that should include GOP Senators and their investigators too, shouldn't it ?

Doesn’t anybody have a problem with somebody like Al Sharpton, who, if nothing else, is among the country’s top 1% of tax dodgers, sitting-in with the President on decisions involving the selection of the nation’s top prosecutor ?

The New York Times has done a lengthy and detailed retrospective on Al Sharpton, whose influence at the White House in Washington and at City Hall in New York City has never been higher (See “As Sharpton Rose, So Did His Unpaid Taxes” by Russ Buettnernov, 11-18-14, NY Times
[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/nyregion/questions-about-al-sharptons-finances-accompany-his-rise-in-influence.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=photo-spot-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0]). Woven through this entire Times article are various indicators of Al Sharpton’s growing political influence, together with a rundown of his continuing financial problems, his history of certain legal problems, and a specific focus on the tax problems arising from Sharpton's tangled finances. However, it should be noted that there also was an item buried inside that article that mentioned Mr. Sharpton's connection to Loretta Lynch and his possible involvement in Lynch's nomination for Attorney General.

NY Times Connects Tax Dodger Sharpton to the selection of Loretta Lynch for AG

Almost in the middle of the piece by Russ Buettnernov was this.  “...He [Sharpton] was among a small group at the White House when Mr. Obama announced his nomination of Loretta E. Lynch, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, to become the next attorney general. This is very important information coming from the Times; because so far, the few media outlets other than the New York Times, which have suggested that Sharpton had been influential in the selection of Ms. Lynch to be the U.S. Attorney General, are of a conservative or more extreme right-wing bent  ( See “Did Al Sharpton Just Pick The Next Attorney General?” by Patrick Howley, 11/7/14, Daily Caller [http://dailycaller.com/2014/11/07/did-al-sharpton-just-pick-the-next-attorney-general/]); see also “AG Pick Puts Spotlight on Sharpton as White House ‘Insider’” by Jack Kenny, The New American [http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/19501-ag-pick-puts-spotlight-on-sharpton-as-white-house-insider]).

Why is a Top One-Percenter of Tax Cheats picking the next Attorney General ?

Doesn’t anybody have a problem with somebody like Al Sharpton, who, if nothing else, is among the country’s top 1% of tax dodgers, sitting-in with the President on decisions involving the selection of the nation’s top prosecutor ?

One has to wonder why there has been so little media interest in the likes of Al Sharpton and his influences on the President, Mayor deBlasio and now the prospective Attorney General of the United States. Maybe, it's because Al Sharpton's hosting gig on MSNBC makes him part of the media and it's a good ole boy thing.

Much more needs to be done and said about Sharpton in due course, but for now the Sharpton-Lynch nexus needs to be looked into ASAP.

The Media, AND the Senate Judiciary Committee and its staff investigators need to be on top of the Sharpton-Lynch -- Sharpton-Lynch THING

Loretta Lynch isn't in or of the media, her background is very much in the legal communities associated with big time banking and civil rights. so shouldn't the the various tentacles of of the media be fully entwined with the same Sharpton-Lynch connection(s) from the perspective of fully looking into the background of the next Attorney General of the UNited States ?  And even if the press and other media don't see fit to look into the Sharpton-Lynch stuff; certainly, the Senate Judiciary Committee and its investigators should do so before the hearings on  the Loretta Lynch nomination begin; that's so they will be able to ask her the right questions about her relationship to Sharpton once it does.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Marty Golden, Mike Long and Jerry Kassar VICTORIOUS — But, ARE THEY INVINCIBLE ?

[Edited and changed at about 5:50 PM on 11/17/14 ( see note below)]

EXCLUSIVE  —  Some Brooklyn GOP insiders say Chairman Craig Eaton to bow out or not run for re-election 

Eaton, Ferraro, Regina-Potter, Hayon, Berardelli and Gallo, all enter the 2014 post-elections looking like Michael Corleone would have looked coming out of the loo at Louie’s in the Bronx if there was no gun in there  

With the 2014 Elections in the rear view mirror, it is clear that the incumbents in Brooklyn (with some overlap into Staten Island) had big wins regardless of party title, affiliation and/or endorsement. A few Republicans and their Conservative Party supporters benefited from national trends and unexpectedly weak Democrat Party opposition. As the title of this post states, Marty Golden, Mike Long and Jerry Kassar were big victors coming out of the 2014 election cycle. The numbers for Congressman Grimm and State Senator Golden were far more impressive than almost anybody thought and/or said they would be. Clearly, people like Jerry Kassar and Mike Long look like they were a big part of that; and they are being given a lot of credit for that result.

Needless to say, it would be expected that a newly energized “Republicans for Change” faction, or virtually the same people under a different rubric or banner, would be emerging in the 2014 post-election and Holiday Season with an eye set on the 2015 organizational election cycle. It might eventuate that whoever it is that might try to take over the Brooklyn GOP, their path will be somewhat easier than in the past, because there will be no Craig Eaton or his palace guard to block the way.

Success in the battle just past would be indicative and apropos of the title, "Victorious."  The prospect of generally favorable outcomes in future battles would be one of the indicators of the hallmark, "Invincible."   Looking at it today, it sure seems like both terms do describe the Bay Ridge Republican-Conservative team of Golden, Long and Kassar.


The section of this post entitled, "The Craig Eaton era is over," which appeared at this location, has been removed, because several reliable sources, including one of my sources for the material that did appear herein, have contacted me and challenged the accuracy of the material contained in the section.  

I will do a further investigation and research into these matters. That will include possibly an interview with Mr. Eaton, concerning the matters that did appear at this location earlier today.  This note will be edited in due course to reflect such research, or to refer to any future post that might reflect the results of such investigation and research. 


*** .... *** .... *** ....

Into a perceived vacuum


Several of the groups that supported Craig Eaton in the past are scrambling to cobble together an anti-Eaton - stop-Golden faction. However, one member wanted me to understand that the Gregory Davidzon supported leaders ( largely the 45th and 46th A.D.s) have asserted that their current agenda is primarily to the end Eaton leadership-of and dominance-in the Brooklyn Republican Party, and that attaining such an objective would yield the strongest caucus of delegates at the 2015 Republican County Convention. Regardless of how that coalition characterizes it, there is agreement by the anti-Eaton - stop-Golden faction that Arnaldo Ferraro would continue as Vice Chairman, and that his role and title will be augmented at or shortly after the next convention.


Some Brooklyn GOP insiders say Golden likely to takeover the Brooklyn GOP in 2015  —  Impact of Chairman Eaton's supporters and new anti-Eaton - anti-Golden caucus not known


In spite of the future plans of the current GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, several Brooklyn insiders have opined to me that State Senator Martin Golden is likely again to consolidate his hold on the Brooklyn GOP by either naming or becoming the Chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party in 2015. Most of those insiders describe this as sort of a “Back to the Future” scenario, because it will be an obvious revisit of the 2007 substitution of Chairman Eaton for Hy Singer.

What remains to be seen is whether the Eaton faction has a workable plan to maintain control of the Republican Party that can survive the 2015 reorganization process; and/or whether any newly formed anti-Eaton - anti-Golden coalition has its own impact going into and coming out of the organizational election cycle in 2015.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Observations by Democrats and others like them show that they aren’t just poor benighted souls... They complain about their bellyache; and then, they want to put some more lime in the coconut and drink it all up

Democrats think the way they do in the light of day; and they intend to fix things with more of the same stuff that crashed and burned in 2014

Even after they’ve gotten their clocks cleaned, Dem-libs have to say to themselves,  “We were right all along” and “We just didn’t let people know all the good we do and how good we are”

Most of the time Kip’s “Bay Ridge Journal” giving us the view from her block is refreshing in it’s honesty and straight forward presentation of the more liberal political view of things in Bay Ridge. Today’s post about the Bay Ridge Dems’ debrief of the mugging that they took at the hands of Marty Golden, Mike Grimm (who broke them all in half like they were “boys” ?), Mike Long, Jerry Kassar, John Quaglione, Ray Riley and the rest of the vast national right wing conspiracy was no exception (See “Bay Ridge Democrats Compile a List of Suspects” by Kip, 11/14/14, Bay Ridge Journal Blog [http://bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/2014/11/bay-ridge-democrats-compile-list-of.html]).

Panel helps Bay Ridge Dems figure things out at post-election meeting

This will give you a flavor of how Kip reported on a recent meeting of the Bay Ridge Dems:

“... Bay Ridge Democrats and an invited panel of political experts mulled the causes of the midterm rout on November 4 that saw Conservative Republican incumbents Marty Golden and Michael Grimm re-elected and Republicans seizing control of both chambers of the U.S. Congress and the New York State Senate....

“Michael McMahon....  blamed record low voter turnout, gerrymandered districts, and the fact that older, more dedicated voters, who tend to be Republican, vote in midterm elections, while younger voters show up for presidential elections, as the root causes of the Republican bloodbath...

“Gotham Gazette Executive Director Ben Max saw Democrats, both locally and nationally, being out-messaged and out-maneuvered by Republicans...

“Capital New York's Azi Paybarah commented on the unfortunate disconnect between... Recchia's campaign ... and the DCCC, spinning in its own separate, uncoordinated orbit...

“Alison Hirsh, Political Director for 32BJ SEIU, lamented Recchia's loss... which she blamed on a campaign that failed to highlight Recchia's real strengths and accomplishments [in] Coney Island....

“James Kemmerer [the Democrat nominee against State Senator Marty Golden], said he was taken aback by the depth of voter frustration and rage he encountered as he knocked on doors in the district ...  Voters, he said, are so preoccupied with their own misery, and what they see as the broader failures of American politics, that they have little patience for local races....

The Democrats’ view of their road back from 2014 

According to Kip, the Bay Ridge Dems’ “expert panel” believe that Democrats need to come out of the closet and boldly assert their progressive values. They gave as an example Massachusetts  Senator Elizabeth Warren, as demonstrating the kind of political forthrightness and clarity that Democrats should embody going forward.  And, even though the Bay Ridge Dems’ speakers saw no easy fix for the flaws exposed by the midterm election results, there was a “consensus” among the Bay Ridge Democrats at the meeting that Democrats nationally, have to do a better job of asserting and messaging progressive values, and bringing policy discussions into the political process. At the same time continuing to engage in the nuts and bolts of registering, educating, and turning out voters, particularly younger voters.

Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" [and lime]

I’m sorry, but to this conservative Republican all of what Kip described in the piece on her blog about "...Suspects..." for 2014 really sounds  like the kind of analysis, diagnosis, medicine and cure described by Harry Nilsson in his song “Coconut”:    

Brother bought a coconut, he bought it for a dime
His sister had another one, she paid it for a lime
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up
She put the lime in the coconut, she drank them both up

She put the lime in the coconut, she called the doctor, woke him up
And said, Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take
I say, doctor, to relieve this bellyache?
I say, doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take
I say, doctor, to relieve this bellyache?

Now let me get this straight
You put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up
You put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up
Put the lime in the coconut, you drank them both up

Put the lime in the coconut, you called your doctor, woke him up
And said, Doctor, ain't there nothing I can take
I said, Doctor, to relieve this bellyache?
I said, Doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take
I said, Doctor, to relieve this bellyache?

You put the lime in the coconut, you drink 'em both together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better
Put the lime in the coconut, drink 'em both up
Put the lime in the coconut, and call me in the morning....

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Governmental Nuclear Options  —  The President’s Emerging and Emergent Threat of Illegal Immigration “Reform”  —   The Counter-force Threat  —   Congressional Removal of the President AND the Vice President


The new leadership of both Houses of the Republican-controlled Congress need to place Impeachment of the President on the table ASAP  —   Even before the President attempts to act illegally on Immigration  —   The Congress needs to signal that the entire next session will be fully invested in Impeachment Proceedings ahead of all other matters

The Republican-dominated Congress needs to discuss its authority to utilize Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution to simultaneously remove the President and Vice President of the United States under various circumstances

It should be axiomatic that any unilateral move by President Obama to legalize any of the illegal invaders of the United States would be deemed a “high crime and misdemeanor” by a majority of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.  In such an event, an interim Impeachment Committee should be named in the “lame duck” session of the House to do preliminary work on charges, in order that the new House will be able to hit the deck running on those matters. In addition, the “lame duck” House should issue its own Declaration(s) and Order(s) to all Federal Agencies that the President’s unlawful and Impeachable actions and orders are a “Null and Void” usurpation of Congressional authority.

Simultaneous to any Impeachment proceedings, Pursuant to Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution of the United States the Congress should act to immediately remove the President and Vice President, and to declare that neither the Twenty-fifth Amendment nor any other amendment to the Constitution has application to the circumstance of the simultaneous removal of the President and the Vice President. Furthermore, the two Republican-dominated Houses of Congress needs to name and announce what Officer shall then act as President, and such Officer shall act accordingly, until the "Disability by Impeachment" of President Obama has been be removed, or a new President shall be elected.

Under the circumstance of President Obama’s incapacity due to Impeachment by the House, Vice President Joseph Biden simultaneously needs to be removed, because of his medical history of sever brain damage due to trauma and brain surgery, resulting in repeated instances of public neurological breakdowns manifest by verbal and other anomalies.

Upon such actions by the Republican-controlled  Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the heads of all Executive Agencies need to be notified of the name of the new Executive Officer of the United States. Any officer or member of the armed services or other Federal Agencies not acceding to the new chain of command under the new Executive Officer named pursuant to  Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution should be removed forthwith.

Upon removal of the President and Vice President pursuant to Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution, normal impeachment proceedings can be completed in due course.