Sunday, May 31, 2015

Nationally, the GOP is the strongest that it’s been since 1924 or longer — Then why is the Brooklyn Republican Party in such a parlous state ?

There was a problem in the Brooklyn GOP before any of the recent scandals  —   but the scandals are now part of the problem too  


Are Dennis Hastert & Joseph Hayon symptomatic of a problem that befalls the Republican Party all too often ? Probably, but what can be done about it ?


ARE THE DEMOCRATS AND CONSERVATIVES ANY BETTER ?   Don't be ridiculous; and neither are the other parties....


A little over a week ago, a nationally recognized political blog unequivocally stated that across the country, and at various levels of politics and government, the Republican Party was stronger than at any time since 1924  —   that’s over ninety years ago ( Trust me; I did the math). In fact, the Republican Party now is almost as strong as the GOP was when TR was elected to continue his tenure as President of the United States, more than a decade over a century ago.

THE REPORT IN “REAL CLEAR POLITICS”  IS VERY FAVORABLE FOR THE GOP AND ITS PROSPECTS NOW, IN 2016 AND GOING FORWARD

According to a report of a detailed and lengthy statistical analysis, prepared for and published in “Real Clear Politics,” by Sean Trende and David Byler, the authors of the report noted that: “Rather than look simply at presidential performance, we look at party dominance at the federal, congressional, and state levels.  One need only look at fights over voter identification laws, redistricting, food stamp benefits, Obamacare expansion, and a multitude of other battles from the last few years alone to understand the importance of [non-national and] non-federal elections. We therefore believe this approach gives a more complete measure of party strength....” (See “The GOP Is the Strongest It's Been in Decades” by Sean Trende & David Byler, 5/19/15 19, 2015, Real Clear Politics [http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2015/05/19/the_gop_is_the_strongest_its_been_in_decades_126633.html]).

—  —  —   AND what Sean Trende and David Byler came up with was this: “Before the 2014 elections, the parties were pretty close to parity... [with an] insignificant advantage for the Republicans, although it placed them well above their post-World War II average....  It goes without saying that Republicans improved upon their showing in the 2014 elections.  Their 54 Senate seats represent the second-best tally for the party since 1928.  Their 247 House seats is the most the party has won since 1928, although when combined with the popular vote percentage, it drops to the second-highest since then (in 1946, the party did slightly better)....
At the state level, the GOP’s share of governorships is the ninth-highest since Reconstruction, and the third-highest in the post-war era (1996 and 1998 were higher). The party’s showing in state legislatures is the highest since 1920, the ninth-highest ever, and the third-highest since the end of Reconstruction....   Overall, this gives the Republicans [a high score on the Trende & Byler index].  This is the Republican Party’s best showing in the index since 1928, and marks only the third time that the party has been above [a much lower number] in the index since the end of World War II...   [(T)he full trend, taken back to 1928 shows a GOP now in very a strong position]....  [And] another good GOP year would give Republicans  [an index value]  which would represent their strongest showing since 1920.  This is unsurprising: Winning three out of four elections (2010, 2014, 2016) should give [either] party such a result. A “so-so” year would likely result in some degradation in the party’s showing in the Senate, House and in state legislatures, but [the GOP] would still be at historic strength.  On the other hand, a bad Republican year could place the party “in the red,” with its share of the presidential vote, Senate, House and state legislatures[, all] falling precipitously....  None of this is to say that Republicans are building a permanent majority of any sort.  It is simply to say that when one takes account of the full political picture, the Republican Party is stronger than it has been in most of our readers’ lifetimes.  This is important, and more analysis should take account of this fact.”

MY QUESTIONS ABOUT NATIONAL TRENDS AND THE CURRENT STATE OF THE BROOKLYN GOP COME DOWN TO THIS   —   WHY THE DISCONNECT ?

I don’t intend to rehash any of what the “Real Clear Politics” authors had to say in their article about the present strength of the national GOP, and going forward presently.  If I were to try,  the resulting piece would be both more otiose and turgid than this article is already; and I wouldn’t do as good a job as Trende & Byler did, in explaining the statistical work that they performed or their responses to the critics of their work.

What I intend to do is this:  to use the Trende & Byler article in “Real Clear Politics” as a foundation to state that nationally, the GOP is in as good a shape now, as it’s been in since Theodore Roosevelt was the President of the United States.  Then I want to ask these two key questions: 1) Why do so many Republicans in Brooklyn feel as bad about national, state-wide and local politics as they do ?   AND  2) Why is the Republican Party so weak and non-competitive in Brooklyn, New York, when it is arguably on the verge of some kind of dominance, or at least super-competitiveness, across the rest of the United States ?

Lately, there has been a lot frustration among Republicans in Brooklyn. As is often the case, in 2014 the great GOP tide that swept the nation from shore to shore hardly touched anything but a sliver of Brooklyn. For those in the Brooklyn GOP the year 2014 didn't even measure up to 2010. But even more than that, the frustration of GOP voters is being fueled by the split between Brooklyn's GOP State Senator Marty Golden and the Kings County Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton.  The frustration of GOP supporters and the weakness of the GOP at the polls is sort of a chicken-and-egg sort of thing. The solution to one problem will likely fix the other.

None of that will get better, however, if eruptions like the scandal surrounding Joseph Hayon's arrest, and the similar national scandal involving former GOP House Speaker Dennis Hastert keep popping up.

DO THE RECENT GOP SCANDALS AND OUR RESPONSES TO THEM SHOW SOME KIND OF “FATAL FLAW” IN OUR PARTY AND IN OUR “LEADERS” ?  —   AND,  AS A RESULT  —  WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE  —   DOES EVERY GOP STORY HAVE TO END IN SOME KIND OF A “TRAGEDY”


HAYON

Many followers of this blog had an up close and personal seat to the recent meltdown caused by the news of the arrest of Brooklyn social conservative, and Tea Party and Republican activist, Joseph Hayon. Mr. Hayon had been a long-time friend and contributor to this blog, and this blog did treat him very well over the years. I would maintain that all of that properly changed with the news of Hayon’s arrest. As followers of this blog know, not everybody agreed.

The Galewyn Massey “Brooklyn... Fountainhead” blog dispassionately reported factually upon Hayons’ arrest  involving various charges connected to his personal indulgence in a certain kind of what is referred-to by some as  “kiddy porn.”  That approach to the “Hayon scandal” together with expressions of a sense of loss, and references to the whole thing and/or parts of it as a “tragedy,” exposed this blog and me to a barrage of criticism, invective and recrimination.

Also part of the Hayon-generated meltdown was a wave of criticism, invective and recrimination directed at various other Brooklyn Republican activists.  The reporting and commentary appearing on this blog also unleashed an overly charged atmosphere of attacks, counter-attacks other assorted fury, principally between two factions of Brooklyn Republicans; with another bunch of sideliners apparently content with enjoying or lamenting the mud-fight among all of the fully engaged participants.

What was missing, with the possible exception of  something mentioned below about a "radio" program, was any reference to a due diligence, screening process by the Kings County Republican Organization before it made somebody like Joseph Hayon a GOP endorsed candidate, which he was; or a higher than ordinary member of Republican County Organization.

HASTERT

On the national scene, the relatively newly disclosed Dennis Hastert scandal appears to be percolating to the surface quickly, with newer and more distressing revelations every day.  I can only guess, right now, how far it’s all going to go. Because the Hastert matter covers a long period of time, a lot of money changing hands, and a Speaker of the House, Second in line for the presidency, this certainly looks like a much bigger deal on the national scene than Hayon’s ever did on the local.

Andrew Taylor writing in and for the “U.S. News and World Report” reminds us that “Dennis Hastert's career as House speaker both arose and ended amid the sex-related scandals of others...”  (See “Dennis Hastert Allegations Stem from Sexual Misconduct –  Hastert's speakership began and ended amid the scandals of others” by Andrew Taylor, 5/28/15, U.S. News/ Associated Press [http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2015/05/29/hastert-rose-to-speakership-among-the-scandals-of-others]).

That U.S. News article continues along the same line, as follows: “Now, eight years after leaving Congress, Hastert's own legacy is threatened by an indictment charging financial misdeeds — and cryptically referring to "misconduct" against an unnamed individual. A person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press Friday that Hastert paid the individual in an apparent effort to conceal decades-old allegations involving sexual misconduct....  Hastert was propelled to the speakership in 1998 on the tumultuous December day on which the House impeached President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair. During the raucous debate, the presumptive speaker, Bob Livingston of Louisiana, stunned the political world as he announced he would step down over revelations of his own marital infidelities....  Hastert rose from the junior ranks of leadership in large part because he was without controversy, unlike other contenders such as Tom DeLay, R-Texas, the politically toxic driving force behind Clinton's impeachment. Hastert was a behind-the-scenes operative whose political identity came from small-town Illinois, where he was a high school wrestling coach and teacher before serving in the state House and then Congress....”

Given all of that, somebody inside the Illinois GOP, the GOP House caucus and/or the National GOP must have known all of what was written above about Hastert, or a significant part of it.

If so, why wasn't something done about it earlier,  And if not, why did they not ?

THERE DOES NEED TO BE SOME KIND OF VETTING AND INTERNSHIP, WITH SENIORS IN THE GOP SCREENING, TRAINING AND EVALUATING JUNIORS  —  BUT WHAT THAT PROCESS MIGHT ENTAIL IS NOT FOR ME TO SAY

Somebody that I caned just a couple of days ago for sins committed on his “radio” program did make one good point on his most recent problematic show. It was about the “vetting” or other  due diligence in reviewing prospective leaders, candidates and other spokespeople for political parties, PACs and other politically  active committees and groups. What that program of screening and structured formation for future party leaders might look like is not something that I am equipped to provide at this time. Nor would I be in any position to effectuate such a program, even if I were to devise one.

However, if the local, state and national GOP does not implement reforms to vet or otherwise root out unworthy aspirants from the ranks of new and unknown candidates, activists seeking to rise in the party organization, and spokespersons and other representatives of the GOP to Republican voters and the public at large  —   it will be doomed to repeat putting forward candidates. party leaders, and high operatives and representatives, who have fatal flaws waiting to become manifest.  Once such flawed people have become ensconced in the GOP apparatus as elected officials or party functionaries, any manifestation of significant inchoate flaws would likely result in a scandal with tragic consequences, both for the individual and the party.

USE THE PRESENT AND THE PAST TO HELP PREDICT THE FUTURE

It makes no difference if the scandal is sexual or something else, or if the names are Hayon or Hastert, or Grimm, or Fossella or Skelos, or Halloran III, or Tabone. or Haggerty, or Maltese, or Ognibene ....  When people like these stumble and fall in a public way,  it leaves the GOP a shambles, be it nationally, state-wide, or locally  —  and under such circumstances, you can count on the Democrats to make hay.

DEMOCRATS, CONSERVATIVES AND OTHER PARTIES JUST AS BAD

The fact that this post focused on Republicans, in no way should be taken to demonstrate or imply that the same or worse things aren't going on inside the Democratic or Conservative Parties, or any of the others.  Over the years, including presently there are plenty of Democrats and Conservative endorsed officials up to their necks in scandals.

Never forget that the Liberal Party of New York State went out of existence because of a large-scale corruption scandal involving the State Chairman and his son.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Did Hillary’s Campaign dress one of Hillary Clinton’s top men in women’s clothes as part of a media fight over pantsuits ?

Also the see the latest news from the hysterics and other local loons for Hillary  —  And their attempts to usurp this blog's vital essences


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Did top Hillary Clinton adviser and Campaign Chairman John Podesta cross-dress  to make some very perverse points for the Hillary Campaign after fund raising gimmick was pounded by the Drudge Report ?


Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s HRC Super Volunteers continue to feed lies about Hillary Clinton, and this blog and its moderator, through their impersonating swag Twitter account GalewynForHillary@gale4hillary....



A report of a report of a report [see what follows]: “John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, took to Twitter on Friday after conservative blogger Matt Drudge mocked his fashion choices....”  (See “The head of Hillary Clinton's campaign and Matt Drudge are teasing each other about pantsuits” by Hunter Walker, 5/29/15,  Business Insider/ Yahoo [https://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/head-hillary-clintons-campaign-top-173826027.html]). “... On Tuesday, the [Hillary Clinton] campaign unveiled a T-shirt designed to look like one of Clinton's trademark pantsuits {This was reported-on by Bay Ridge’s own Colin Campbell. (See “Hillary Clinton is mocking herself with these 'Everyday Pantsuit' campaign T-shirts’ by Colin Campbell, 5/26/15, The Business Insider [http://www.businessinsider.com/hillary-clinton-is-selling-everyday-pantsuit-shirts-2015-5])}.

On Friday, Podesta posted a picture of himself wearing the shirt to encourage supporters to buy one in the campaign store....” —   and it sure made it look like John Podesta is dressed in drag.

Walker’s report about it for the Business Insider, also picked up by Yahoo, continued with this: “...   Drudge subsequently made Podesta's picture the top story on his widely read website, which featured the headline ‘PODESTA IN DRAG FOR HILLARY?’...   [and] Podesta responded with another tweet referencing Drudge's famous fedora....”  (For the original Drudge Report, see “PODESTA IN DRAG FOR HILLARY?”  [http://www.drudgereport.com/] [which contained a link to this tweet from John Podesta: John Podesta@johnpodesta  Ready to accessorize? http://hrc.io/1eDlzSw {https://twitter.com/johnpodesta/status/604314462368059394/photo/1}]).

“THIS IS WAR” WAS DECLARED BY HRC SUPER VOL, “BREAKING BAD” “BARBARA” —  AND THE SKIRMISHING CONTINUES

Closer to home, the same local annoying HRC Super Volunteers led by “Barbara,” code named “Breaking Bad,” continue to make their inane tweets under phony twitter accounts that usurp this blog’s widely-known and respected good name and almost universal good will. In spite of a strong back-channel attempt to “... just let it go; and go easy on her...” from one of this blog's Democrat friends, my twitter account has been very active in trying to counter a lot of what “Barbara” has been doing, with either the help or at least the acquiescence of her sidekicks “Kim” and “Hope” —  all believed to be HRC Super Vols.

COOPERATION BETWEEN ONE OF HRC'S SUPER VOLS AND A PAIR OF BROOKLYN GOP LEADERS 

Sad to say there has been some degree of communication, interaction and even cooperation between some of the women in the Hillary Clinton support group and Brooklyn Republican Executive Members Gene Berardelli and Russell Gallo. This is so surprising and hypocritical, because those two apparently staunch partisans have been merciless in their condemnation of any of their fellow Republicans who might be supportive of any Democrats in any way, even in races where the GOP fielded no candidate. Here and now, these so-called Republican leaders are assisting Democrat operatives to usurp one of the few independent Republican outlets in Brooklyn, Galewyn Massey’s "The Independent GOP Fountainhead.”

What is the motivation of this duo ?  I can't even guess; nor could I catalog contributing factors or readily describe what might have led them to do it.

RECENT TWITTER EXCHANGES

In case you missed any of the Tweets on the phony Twitter account,  “GalewynLovesHillary@gale4hillary,” because of blockages and blockades by “Barbara” and possibly her friends, or if you aren't on Twitter, here is some of the recent back and forth in the Twitter-verse between the phony Twitter account for the Hillary-supporting swag  “Galewyn” and “gale,” and/or my genuine Tweets in opposition:

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[ The “Breaking Bad”“Barbara” & Friends phony knock-off Tweet]
GalewynForHillary @Gale4Hillary  4h4 hours ago
Hillary having ice cream w/ a child in N.H. I love her authenticity. She is so like us. - Galewyn from the Ridge pic.twitter.com/mjb0jcbLE7 [Tweet was accompanied by photo of Hillary with ice cream and child without]

[My response]
Galewyn Massey @chtjasalo  2h2 hours ago
@Gale4Hillary  BarbaraKim&Hope@HRCSuperVols  Hillary genuinely taking ice cream from child in N.H. like Bill took $$$ from tsunami charity
8:16 PM - 29 May 2015
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[ The “Breaking Bad”“Barbara” & Friends phony knock-off Tweet]
GalewynForHillary ?@Gale4Hillary  18h18 hours ago
NEW Hillary lapel pin Replaces my AOH one "In the lapel of my tweed jacket a pin of brightest gold" #BklynIrish4Hillz pic.twitter.com/bqAgfa7PHA   [Tweet was accompanied by photo of handsome male model with a photo-shopped [H]> lapel pin visible on his jacket]

[My responses]
 Galewyn Massey ?@chtjasalo  10h10 hours ago
@Gale4Hillary  @"Barbara" "Kim" & "Hope" @OfficialHRCSuperVols #HRCSuperVolunteers  So few womyns, so many names and no boyfriends anywhere
12:22 PM - 29 May 2015

 Galewyn Massey @chtjasalo  10h10 hours ago
@Gale4Hillary@"Barbara" "Kim" & "Hope"  I almost forgot, the [H]> lapel pin is good for covering inconvenient  white stains on blue dresses
12:28 PM - 29 May 2015
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[ The “Breaking Bad”“Barbara” & Friends phony knock-off Tweet]
GalewynForHillary@Gale4Hillary  May 28
Love this gal. Hillz for America - Galewyn Massey, Bay ridge pic.twitter.com/g5TJzeYNlH [Tweet was accompanied by photo of Hillary Clinton looking closely at a large white cream frosted cake]

[My response]
Galewyn Massey @chtjasalo  1d1 day ago
@Gale4Hillary @Gale4Hillary - PhonyGale or Galewyn@BarbaraKimHope #WhatWasThatStainOnMonica'sBlueDress?  If that cream went on this blue top
10:09 PM - 28 May 2015
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[ The “Breaking Bad”“Barbara” & Friends phony knock-off Tweet]
GalewynForHillary @Gale4Hillary  May 27
#HillaryForAmerica pic.twitter.com/SXB4YLtlIl [Tweet was accompanied by photo of Hillary Clinton photo-shopped with the same handsome male model mentioned above with a photo-shopped [H]> lapel pin visible on his jacket — however the photo-shopping was done with very bad technique and Hillary's head looked small]

[My response]
 Galewyn Massey @chtjasalo  1d1 day ago
@Gale4Hillary - PhonyGale or Galewyn@BarbaraKimHope #WhyisHillary'sHeadsosmall?  With all her face work, Hillary Clinton's face is imploding
10:00 PM - 28 May 2015
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“And so it goes...”  – LE/gm

Thursday, May 28, 2015

One of the most corrupted petit local corrupters active in the Brooklyn GOP was virtually alone last night — Gene Berardelli had to go “on air” before his own little world of “radio” listeners without his sidekick, Russell Gallo

I don’t know what Russell Gallo’s case of the vapors might have been all about [but you can see my guesses below]  —  Gene was quite vague and contradictory as to what was going on with Russ that was keeping him off the show   —   and no factual determination can be made about it  

Suffice it to say, Russell’s absence was very convenient  —  it allowed Mr. Berardelli to play a very subtle game with Amanda Kohut in the role of Gene’s ready, willing and able foil    As it worked out, her skill set was far superior to Mr. Gallo’s for the role that needed to be played by the occupant of the Gallo seat



The during the first thirteen or fourteen minutes of the “Behind Enemy Lines” blog-radio podcast, Gene did his smarmy best to do factual background and paint a word picture whose outlines were so vague and details so indistinct that, had Mr. Berardelli not repeatedly uttered the name “Duggar”; “Josh Duggar”;  and/or mention of the “Duggar family,” one might easily have confused what Gene was talking about with something far more local.... (See “ICYMI - America: Stop Suing Everyone!”  posted by Gene Berardelli [with a link to the podcast], 5/28/15,  “Behind Enemy Lines”/ We Are America Radio /WNJC 1360 AM
[http://www.behindenemylinesradio.us/2015/05/icymi-america-stop-suing-everyone.html]).


THE DUGGAR SCANDAL IS IN SOME WAYS ANALOGOUS TO THE HAYON MESS

Given what has gone on this week involving Berardelli and Gallo, and the scandal of Joseph Hayon and the Brooklyn GOP, one can only wonder what happened to Mr. Gallo, and what Berardelli was up to with his “teachable moment” about a family-full of Duggars on his program.

Personally, I think it was an attempt at a slick argument being made in the form of an unstated analogy to the Hayon arrest, what might have gone on before with Hayon and what Gene wants to call "due diligence." (BTW, round two about what might have gone on BEFORE  in l'affaire d'Hayon could lead to a very interesting discussion for another day.  [I just love this job.])


WHERE WAS GALLO ?   WHY WAS HE (NOT) THERE ?

The last minute scratch of Gallo was announced at the opening of the show by Berardelli, who suggested that there was some kind of breakdown by his sidekick, with a mention of heavy drinking in some nearby bar. Later on in the program, Gene said that Russell was “working” (and who knows what he meant when he said that [but I have some ideas]); and both early and late in the program, Berardelli indicated that Gallo was not in his usual chair because he needed a “therapy day.”  For reasons that will be more obvious below, I don’t think Russell Gallo’s non-appearance on this week’s “Behind Enemy Lines” show was any kind of breakdown or accident.

As I stated above, Berardelli’s factual background and word picture in the first segment of last night’s show were so vague and indistinct that one could easily have confused Berardelli’s description of the Duggar scandal with the one in Brooklyn, involving Joseph Hayon and so many other activists in the Brooklyn GOP, including Berardelli and Gallo themselves.  However, that vagueness and lack of differentiation between the two matters was only a result  —  more accurately, it was part and parcel of a product.  That product was composed, orchestrated and produced by Berardelli himself, with the able and necessary assistance of Ms. Kohut.

I’ve listened to that thirteen or so minutes of podcast several times.  It is completely contrived and obviously synthetic ( as opposed to natural and spontaneous). In fact, it sounded like an over-rehearsed direct examination of a novice expert witness conducted by a novice attorney.  It was most obvious at the beginning, before Berardelli revealed that he was really talking about the Duggars. Clearly up to that point, Berardelli and Kohut wanted everybody to think they were going to talk about Hayon (if you were around Brooklyn this week and read this blog or Gene's, you'd know what I mean).  Early on, Ms. Kohut even feigned not being on top of the news  –  but later on she showed that she was completely familiar with the details of the Duggar case, and even some of the scenarios involving others in the Duggar family.

One can only guess why Gene did hthe thirteen minute segment the way that he did; or what he hoped to accomplish by it.  However, everybody who hears how Kohut handles her part of the segment would know that – Gallo’s down and dirty style “on air” would never have been able to carry it off the way that Amanda did.

Who knows, maybe Gallo was replaced right after a dress rehearsal.  And he went off to do his best John Barrymore, with his show going on at some local pub (hence “working” by not being “on air” –  or taking a therapy day over some Jack Daniels at a convenient local).

SOME BACKGROUND, A CONJECTURE AND A LITTLE MORE BACKGROUND

This morning I was told by two Brooklyn GOP operatives, not hooked up with Russell and Gene, that the operatives were contacting or had contacted Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton to AGAIN ride heard on the Brooklyn GOP’s Leopold and Loeb team – before they killed again.  Maybe (wink-wink, nod), that’s why Gallo had his case of the vapors; and why Gene could only deal with the Hayon scandal by analogy.

Sure it seems strange, I'll give you that; but that’s the way things work inside the Brooklyn GOP – –  sometimes (wink-wink, nod).

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Impersonators — The Harpies and Harridans of the HRC Super Volunteers — that have been trying to hijack the Galewyn Massey brand

Just a couple of weeks ago one of these lovely ladies was begging me to remove some of my content from my blog,  BEGGING  —  that had been shortly after the very same person, well-known to this blog,  had gotten herself into a state about my removal of some of HER content boosting Hillary Clinton 

 
A lot of water has passed under the bridge, but the same Hillary Clinton people are still hard at work trying to undermine this blog   —   Now, it looks like Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli have become entangled in the HRC Volunteers’ effort to do that



A THREAT TAKEN SERIOUSLY  —   STILL BECAME REALITY

It all started with somebody that had posted this on the “Galwyn Massey... Fountainhead” blog : “Public Service Announcement: ***  Galewyn Massey is now on Twitter! You can find him at GaleLovesHillary. He is an honorary Hillary Volunteer and on twitter you will find links to the numerous corrections on inaccuracies made at this blog. We hope to reach thousands! Please follow Gale at his new twitter account. You will easily recognize him from his avatar with his very own Hillary Super Vol logo. It is a cute photo of Gale too - oops, sorry Gale, we know you don't like when we are being "quasi-coquettish" with you. (What exactly does that mean anyhow?) ***  Gale bans Hillary supporters here and we know how important it is to Democracy to "Correct the Record." Hillary takes the truth very seriously as do her volunteers. So . . . . come and  ***  Follow Gale on twitter. #tcots welcome too!!!!  May 12, 2015 at 6:04 PM [blogspot time –  9:04 PM EDT]”

This was a direct and unambiguous threat of internet impersonation by at least one of the girls over at the HRC Super Volunteers, a well-known and very annoying Hillary Clinton support group.  For reasons I won’t reveal at this time, that posting certainly involved their ringleader “Barbara.”  Needless to say,  I removed the post at 8:11 PM  [blogspot time – 11:11 PM EDT] as soon as I completed my internet analysis and inquiries about it.

Fast forward....  HRC’s folks are now operating twitter accounts called “gale4illary” and “GalewynforHillary” that post pro-Hillary Clinton nonsense tweets, sometimes several per day.
Those tweets attempt to usurp this blog and impersonate its administrator. They even gone so far as to impersonate a key contributor by tweeting details of his family and life history.  The people at the HRC Volunteers who seem to have some involvement in the “swag” Galewyn Massey tweets are the aforementioned “Barbara,” along with two others  —  one named “Kim” and the other “Hope.”

OTHERS INVOLVED IN THE GAME OF THE IMPERSONATOR(S) 

Since the recent blow-up over the arrest of Joseph Hayon, it has become clear that Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli are entangled in the efforts of "Barbara."   In addition to Russell Gallo’s retweeting items by the HRC folks, he has also used their site for his own posted material. Berardelli’s involvement is a behind the scenes thing, including shopped photos and other things. Interestingly, the very same “Barbara” has also had some lengthy conversations with Glenn Nocera, during which Barbara was quite frank about her interactions with Gene Berardelli.

“The Bright Shiny Thing” — Does Gene Berardelli’s quest to do a victory lap around Joseph Hayon step on Berardelli’s other duties — Does the same question apply to Russell Gallo ?

Just take a look at Gene Berardelli’s take on the Joseph Hayon * ”TRAGEDY” (See “RESET THE CLOCK! Prosecutors: "Family Values" Politico Admits to Kiddie Porn Possession” by Gene Berardelli, 5/23/15, Behind Enemy Lines [http://www.behindenemylinesradio.us/2015/05/reset-clock-prosecutors-family-values.html])

WHERE IS BERARDELLI'S  JUDGEMENT   —   WHERE IS BERARDELLI'S  SENSE OF FAIRNESS   —   WHERE IS BERARDELLI'S PROFESSIONALISM  ?  ?  ?

Ask yourself these questions:  

Is this the kind of piece about an accused person that should be broadcast by an attorney, like Berardelli, who is admitted to practice law in the State of New York ? 

Is this the kind of piece that should be broadcast by the Law Chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party  —  who, as an attorney, had multiple close dealings with Mr. Hayon in his capacity as Law Chairman ? 

Is this the kind of piece that one member of the Brooklyn GOP leadership team should be writing about another member of that team ?



Since his arrest, the most virulent attacks on Joseph Hayon have been at the hands of Gene Berardelli and his sidekick, Russell Gallo.  One has to ask why ? The answer is quite simple – read on....


NEVER FORGET  —   HAYON – GALLO – AND BERARDELLI HAVE A HISTORY INSIDE THE BROOKLYN GOP
Joseph Hayon, Gene Berardelli and Russell Gallo have quite a history together. As far as I know that history is all inside the realm of politics. More specifically, Joseph Hayon, Russell Gallo and Gene Berardelli have a long and storied history inside of the Brooklyn GOP and its affiliated organizations and activities.

For the longest time, this relationship appeared to the whole world, or at least to that tiny part that noticed, to be one of extreme antagonism. The reality is not nearly so straightforward. In fact at the 2013 Republican County Convention both Law Chairman Berardelli and Party Secretary Gallo were instrumental in elevating Joseph Hayon to the Brooklyn Republican Executive Committee in a post in charge of the Kings County GOP’s community outreach.

In spite of that, Gene and Russell were often openly jealous of Hayon’s success inside the Brooklyn GOP lines of authority and outside on blogs like my own and others.  One of the comments that followed  Mr. Berardelli’s post that I cited above is very telling in that regard.   Here it is:   “Anonymous  May 25, 2015 at 7:30 PM  –  Hey Gene remember when Gatemouth thought Hayon was more honest and classier than you? The best revenge is living well. Good for you and Russell....”

Everybody has to know this   —   In all of their reaction to Joseph Hayon, with Gene Berardelli and Russell Gallo, the “kiddie porn” charges are just a catalyst.
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* Some people need to look up the literary and literal meaning of the word “tragedy” if they want to write or talk about it.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hillary Clinton as “The Bride of Frankenfood” — Democrat candidate has tone deafness when big money connections to the Clinton Foundation are involved — That’s what led to the Hillary Clinton & Monsanto marriage


Early breezes show that an environmental front is moving in and a big storm might be brewing for Hillary on the left  —   but so far without any mention among most liberal and mainstream media outlets

—  Where is the left-leaning mainstream media on the issue of Hillary Clinton’s support of new and unnatural food production, especially the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) up and down the food chain ?   —  Especially given Hillary Clinton’s openly expressed affiliation with the Monsanto Corporation

—  What happens when the top Democratic Party candidate for president acquiesces in a techno-war against the environment; or when she pushes for a world fed increasingly by biologically modified food ?

Environmentalists demonstrate against Monsanto  —  While  Hillary makes a Monsanto lobbyist part of her campaign



NY TIMES REPORT ON DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST MONSANTO IN HAWAII

It was subtle and it was small, and it didn’t mention Hillary Clinton very much at all, but the  New York Times made a very calculated cut into Hillary’s rhinoceros hide yesterday.  An article being spread by the Times reported that, in Hawaii, protesters on Saturday complained about the effects that companies like Monsanto have on various Hawaiian communities when they spray fields with chemical pesticides and sew fields with genetically modified crop seeds. The protestors through out the Hawaiian Islands said  they want agribusiness companies like Monsanto to stop using Hawaii as a testing ground for pesticides and genetically modified foods ( See “Hawaii Groups Plant Coconut Trees, Protest Against Monsanto” by the Associated Press, 5/24/15, NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/05/24/us/ap-us-monsanto-protest.html?_r=0]).


HILLARY CLINTON HIRES ONE OF MONSANTO’S MAIN LOBBYING OPERATORS TO RUN ONE OF HER PACS

Meanwhile, “...  Hillary Clinton recently announced that she will be appointing long-time Monsanto lobbyist Jerry Crawford as adviser to her ‘Ready for Hillary’ super PAC....  Crawford has mostly worked with Democratic politicians in the past, but has also put his support behind Republican candidates as well. Anyone who was willing to support Monsanto’s goals would receive support from Crawford....  In the past, Crawford has worked with Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and Bill Northey. Over the years, Crawford has been instrumental in fighting against small farmers in court and protecting Monsanto’s seed monopoly....  ( See “Hillary Clinton Hires Former Monsanto Lobbyist to Run Her Campaign” 5/21/15, The Democratic Underground  [http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026708348]).


LEFT AND RIGHT MEDIA HAS APPEARED TO SHIFT ROLES WHEN IT COMES TO EXPOSES  &  CRITIQUES OF HILLARY CLINTON’S STANDS IN FAVOR TECHNO-GIANTS’ INCREASING INVOLVEMENT IN THE PRODUCTION OF FOOD  —   ESPECIALLY ONE OF THOSE GIANTS, MONSANTO

Articles like the one that appeared in the Times and cited above are rare in the establishment liberal press and other like-minded  parts of the mainstream media. That raises an obvious question WHY ?

Conversely, most of the whining about Hillary Clinton’s subservient posture vis a vis the likes of the Monsanto Corporation comes from the near- or far-right  press and blogs. However, the appeal of such coverage is easily understood when one considers this: 1) it is anti-Hillary Clinton, who has long been a bete noir to those comfortably on the right; and 2) it is a narrative that fits quite nicely into many right-wing conspiracy theories.

Nonetheless, the almost complete absence of any expression of left-liberal outrage appearing in the left-liberal media, paralleling what has been published on the right concerning the Clinton-Monsanto alliance, is SHOCKING ....

IN DEPTH WASHINGTON TIMES COVERAGE SHOWS HOW SOME IOWA DEMOCRATS HAVE ALREADY PULLED BACK FROM HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN OVER THE HILLARY CLINTON – MONSANTO CONNECTION

Last week, Washington Times newswriter, S.A. Miller opened an in depth article about the impact of the Hillary Clinton-Monsanto relationship on Iowa Primary voters with this:  “...  Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood” — putting yet another wrinkle in her presidential campaign’s courtship of liberal activists who are crucial to winning the state’s Democratic caucuses....  The backlash against Mrs. Clinton for her support of genetically modified organisms (GMO), which dominate the corn and soybean crops at the heart of Iowa’s economy, manifested itself at a recent meeting of the Tri-County Democrats, where members gauged support for the former secretary of state....”  (See “Hillary’s agribusiness ties give rise to nickname in Iowa: ‘Bride of Frankenfood’ –  losing crucial liberal activist support to Bernie Sanders” by  S.A. Miller, 5/17-5/18/15, The Washington Times  [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/17/hillary-clinton-gmo-support-monsanto-ties-spark-ba/?page=all]). The article went on to describe the abandonment of Hillary Clinton even by staunch women’s-issue voters once her entanglement with companies like Monsanto and Dow Chemical are revealed.

Similar coverage has appeared elsewhere in dribs and drabs; just a few days ago there was similar short report about some Democrats in Iowa who appear to have withdrawn their support for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her support for GMO crops and agri-giant Monsanto. The Clintons’ family foundation works closely with the Monsanto on a variety of issues, and the candidate herself has voiced support for its work, making many farmers uneasy ( See “Monsanto connections motivate Iowans to drop support for Hillary Clinton” report by  Anya Parampil [with video link], 5/21/15, [http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/]; [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXzMz-ti6g4]).

While other right-leaning blogs and magazines have picked up the Washington Times story and mixed it in with related news.  One went like this “Democrats who had been programmed to blindly vote for Hillary Clinton are picking their jaws up off the floor after learning the truth about Hillary's ties to Monsanto. The ties run so deep that she's now being dubbed the ‘Bride of Frankenfood.’...   [According to a report in the Washington Times] ‘Hillary Rodham Clinton's ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry's genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her “Bride of Frankenfood”.’...  ‘A large faction of women voiced strong support for Mrs. Clinton's candidacy until the GMO issue came up, prompting them to switch allegiances to Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal stalwart challenging her for the Democratic nomination.’..."  (See “Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton pushes GMO agenda... hires Monsanto lobbyist... takes huge dollars from Monsanto” by Mike Adams, 5/18/25, Natural News [http://www.naturalnews.com/049755_Bride_of_Frankenfood_Hillary_Clinton_Monsanto.html]).

INFOWARS COVERAGE TELLS ALL ABOUT THE CLINTON-MONSANTO CONNECTION IN THE CONTEXT OF THE GREAT AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES BETWEEN BIG GOVERNMENT,  AND BIG AGRI-BUSINESSES AND CHEMICAL COMPANIES

For those whose tastes are more in line with Alex Jones’ infowars.com, you will probably have more of an appreciation of Christina Sarich‘s article, which appears on that blog  (See “HILLARY CLINTON: MONSANTO’S NEXT POSTER PUPPET – This isn't how to get votes” by Christina Sarich, 5/24/15, infowars.com [http://www.infowars.com/hillary-clinton-monsantos-next-poster-puppet/]).

Christina S. pulls no punches when she says things like this: “Conservative, liberal or independent – it makes no difference – when one of the nationally recognized presidential candidates for 2016 supports Monsanto, you know that democracy has failed in the United States. I’m talking about Hillary Clinton....   Hillary Clinton is Monsanto’s next poster puppet....”

She goes on to say, “Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t represent the American people....  Recently, she stated her desire to get industry representatives around a table to have an ‘intensive discussion’ about ‘how the federal government could help biotechs with insurance against [financial] risk.’...”

Saturday, May 23, 2015

It just doesn't stop — State Department Deletes Evidence of Hillary Clinton’s Possible Involvement in Gun-Running in Libya

Here is a very important query about the Hillary Clinton E-Mails Released by the State Department yesterday   —  —  —   WHY THE REDACTION OF  HILLARY CLINTON’S SUGGESTION ABOUT A “PRIVATE” GUN-RUNNING OPERATION IN LIBYA ? ? ?


Who did it ?  Who authorized it ?   —   AND  —   Why ?


According to a report by Stephen F. Hayes in “The Weekly Standard” —   “Among the emails released by the State Department today was one sent by Hillary Clinton to Jake Sullivan on April 8, 2011. Clinton was forwarding a private intelligence report that Sidney Blumenthal had sent her with the subject line: ‘UK game playing; new rebel strategists; Egypt moves in....’  
In the State Department release today, Clinton responds with "FYI" and a sentence that is redacted....  (See “State Dept. Makes Curious Redaction in Hillary Email” by Stephen F. Hayes, 5/22/15, The Weekly Standard [http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/state-dept-makes-curious-redaction-hillary-email_953420.html]).

The Hayes article goes on to note that when the New York Times posted its versions of the Hillary Clinton-Sidney Blementhal E-Mails earlier this week, the sentence from Hillary Clinton’s E-Mail responding to Sidney Blumenthal was NOT REDACTED.  In the Times's version the later-redacted sentence reads like this  —   "FYI. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered."

Hayes also noted that  “... [t]he redaction in the State Department version is labeled a ‘B5' Freedom of Information Act exception, which provides for a ‘deliberative privilege’ in keeping the information from the public....”   Then Hayes asked this “obvious question”  —   “Why did the State Department redact that sentence ?”

Another obvious question is how the State Department considered one of Hillary Clinton’s communications to a non-governmental agent associated with the Clinton Foundation containing a suggestion to use “private” operatives to move weaponry into Libya could be in any way “deliberative” in the context of Secretary Clinton's State Department duties.




Read all about it ! “Hillary’s Private Spy...” — The Hillary Clinton-Sidney Blumenthal Conspiracy — As revealed by the NY Post


When questioned about the Blumenthal E-Mails, with a dismissive and disdainful sneer than passes for her plastic smile,  Hillary dissembled   —   “I have many, many old friends....”  —   Then Hillary laid it on the line with one of her most imperious lines to date,  “I’m going to keep talking to my old friends no matter who they are....”



The New York Post’s John Tabin tells a simple and strait-forward story about a few E-Mails   —  And what those E-Mails say about the people at each end of that pipeline, Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal



What policies might Sid Blumenthal seek to influence if he had the ear of a President Hillary Clinton ?  —   With no scruples between the two of them, there’s a whole world out there full of pet causes to champion and shady business opportunities to pursue  —  Now, THAT'S a conspiracy really worth thinking about !



There was a document drop on Friday by the U.S. State Department of many of Hillary Clinton’s E-mails.  Before everybody starts going through all of the contortions and squinting necessary to make head or tail out of that mess, it would probably do some good to look back a little bit at what might be a sort of Rosetta Stone for the whole translation  —  a handful of Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal E-Mails that had been exchanged back when Libya and Benghazi were hotspots..  Those E-mails had already been released by the New York Times earlier this week.

EXCELLENT ANALYSIS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON  –  OFF-THE-BOOKS SPY SID BLUMETHAL FRIENDSHIP/CONSPIRACY FROM THE NEW YORK POST

A very succinct insight into the Blumenthal’s E-mails to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is provided in an opinion piece in the Thursday, May 21st,  New York Post by John Tabin (See “Hillary’s private spy and their shady foreign policy) by John Tabin, 5/20/15 [in print editions, 5/21/15], NY Post/ Opinion
[http://nypost.com/2015/05/20/hillarys-private-spy-and-their-shady-foreign-policy/]).

According to Mr. Tabin’s report in the NY Post, “Hillary Clinton listens to Sid Blumenthal, and she doesn’t care who knows it....  Never mind that Clintonland’s longtime hatchet man fed her information at the State Department, which she then forwarded to her subordinates, that was often faulty and potentially corrupted by his business interests in Libya. Hillary makes no apologies [about any of that]....  ‘I have many, many old friends,’ she chuckled when asked Tuesday about the e-mails that have emerged. ‘I’m going to keep talking to my old friends no matter who they are....’   Well, that settles that. Whether he has a job in government or not, {Hillary Clinton’s] old friend Sid will always have a place in the must-read folder of Hillary’s inbox....”

THE LIBYAN E-MAILS

You see, for good or ill, Sid Blumenthal’s e-mails on Libya, are written like intelligence cables;  and Secretary of State Clinton gave them the sort of attention most other Secretaries of State would reserve for the professional analyses produced by The State Department’s own Bureau of Intelligence and Research.  All of that suggests that Sidney Blumenthal served as one of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s a policy advisers, whether it was in an official capacity or not  —  And here’s why that’s very important.

According to the Post’s John Tabin, “... [i]t didn’t matter that [Blumenthal had been] shut out of the current administration by an Obama team bitter about his tactics during the 2008 primary, which included circulating particularly vicious hit pieces about their boss. The Clintons put him on the payroll at the slush fund they laughably call a charity [The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation], and he functioned [there] as an informal and highly dysfunctional adjunct to the intelligence community....”

SID BLUMENTHAL HAD EARNED SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON’S LOYALTY, BECAUSE HE DID BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON’S “DIRTY WORK” OVER THE YEARS

“...   [All of that] might be understandable if [Sidney Blumenthal] were merely giving advice on the nasty political tactics he’s best known for; Blumenthal has, after all, earned the Clintons’ loyalty with the sort of dirty work that makes other politicos blush....  Veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum wrote in his memoir that he witnessed Blumenthal working the phones in the Clinton White House, saying “that Monica Lewinsky was unreliable; she had a bad reputation around the White House; she’d been obsessed with the president; she was a stalker.”

ISRAEL’S SUPPORTERS IN THE U.S.A. NOW NEED TO BE WORRIED ABOUT A HILLARY CLINTON PRESIDENCY

It is John Tabin’s view that “... [t]he alliance with Israel has taken a beating in the Obama years, and many in the pro-Israel community have been hoping that a Hillary Clinton presidency might mark a return to the more cordial relations between Jerusalem and Washington that prevailed during her husband’s tenure....  But if Sid Blumenthal has her attention, does that mean Hillary’s policy choices will be colored by Max Blumenthal’s view of Israel as a demon’s lair ? [Max Blumenthal is Sid’s son and has taken several virulently hostile positions viv a vis Israel.]....”

It is a fair question to ask  —   What  policies might slimy Sid [Blumenthal] seek to influence, if he were to have the president’s ear and there were no scruples at either end of the conversation ?   As John Tabin says, “There’s a whole world out there full of pet causes to champion and shady business opportunities to pursue....”   After all, what are old friendships like Sid Blumenthal’s and Hillary Clinton’s for ?

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's a Very Sad Day Here at Galewyn Massey's "The Brooklyn Independent GOP Fountainhead"


* * * JOSEPH HAYON HAS BEEN ARRESTED * * * 



It's like we have suffered a death of somebody very close to this blog....



Being well known as a socially conservative Republican in Brooklyn, Joseph Hayon has had a relationship with this blog almost from the very beginning  —  not only was he perhaps the most reliable Baker Street Irregular on inside information about the Brooklyn GOP Organization,  often he was the subject of several featured posts, and the occasional "UPDATE" and "BACKFILL" comment.



According to a story in the New York Post, Mr. Hayon has been arrested and charged with trafficking in child pornography  (See  "Tea Party operative busted for child porn” by Kenneth Garger, Lorena Mongelli and Lia Eustachewich, 5/22/15, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2015/05/22/tea-party-operative-busted-for-child-porn/]). That article provides some details of the charges as well as some of Mr. Hayon’s background.

If nothing else, this is a personal tragedy for Mr. Hayon and his family.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What Are They Pulling, NOW ? — More than Twelve Hundred (1200+) Hillary Clinton E-mails turned over to the State Department — Have since been "deemed personal” by the State Department

The personal emails were part of a bigger cache of roughly 30,000 emails from her personal server that Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department late last year  —  long after Mrs. Clinton left the State Department


In spite of prior statements to the contrary, it is unlikely Clinton will now release the 1,246 E-Mails deemed to be “personal” by the State Department 


According to a report by CNN, “More than 1,200 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned over to the State Department are personal and not part of the federal record, the government's chief records officer ruled....  The State Department asked the National Archives and Records Administration to review 1,246 emails the State Department identified as personal in nature....  ‘The goal of this review was to validate that the department correctly applied federal statutes, regulations and guidelines in identifying the personal correspondence of the former secretary,’ Paul Wester, chief records officer for the U.S. government, wrote to the State Department earlier this month....” ( See “More than 1,200 Clinton emails deemed 'personal' ” by  Chris Frates, 5/21/15, CNN
[http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/21/politics/hillary-clinton-1200-emails-state-department/]).

The CNN article also specifically noted, “Clinton has called on the State Department to publicly release her emails expeditiously....   ‘I have said repeatedly I want those emails out,’ said the Democratic Candidate of President earlier this week. ‘Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do.’...”

However, the CCN reporter, Chris Frates, opined that “...  [i]t is unlikely Clinton would choose to publicly release the 1,246 emails now deemed personal....”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara back in the news

Is the latest news about Preet Bharara more than today’s law school speech ?   —   At graduation, Bharara urges Pace Law Students to use their law degrees to do things like Fight Against Corruption in Albany   

At the same time, are there preparations afoot to Arrest and Charge Another NYS Senator ?  —  Unconfirmed report that Bharara will be making another move against a New York State Senator  —  Maybe, as soon as tomorrow 


Today at about 5:30 PM, the Wall Street Journal did a video presentation of Preet Bharara’s commencement address at Pace University.  Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, urged graduating law students at to fight against corruption in Albany; saying that “...  we have corrosive corruption in our state capital” but lawyers can be "solvers of problems" and "voices of progress” and  “one lawyer armed with courage and a well-drafted complaint can reverse a long standing government abuse...”
(See “Preet Bharara Urges Law Students to Fight Corruption” [video link] 5/20/15, Wall Street Journal
[http://www.wsj.com/video/preet-bharara-urges-law-students-to-fight-corruption/E111E0ED-]).

No doubt, when Mr. Bharara said  "a well-drafted complaint" he was thinking  — "... a well-drafted criminal complaint...."

A DELETED COMMENT ON THIS BLOG

At around the same time as the WSJ posting, somebody posted an un-sourced comment on this blog that hasn’t been verified by any responsible party. According to that comment, the “word on the street” was that Preet Bharara would be “moving in on” a New York State Senator tomorrow.

Clearly, the comment maker wanted the readers of this blog to leap to conclusions that this target might be somebody of special interest to independent Republicans in Brooklyn.

I will try to find out if there is anything that is more substantial than this teaser from a well-known tease.

Until then, we'll just have to sit tight and see what happens next.

NOTICE: DON'T BE FOOLED BY THE "GALEWYN MASSEY" IMPERSONATORS --- ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES OR KNOCKOFFS

It takes more than a similar sounding name  ---  and an avatar of some beefcake male model to be the real Galewyn Massey....

Some lunatic HRC Super Volunteer has gone off the rails and thinks that tweeting nonsense into the twitter-verse using monikers like "gale4hillary" and "GalewynforHillary" is a good idea

On Twitter the only real Galewyn Massey tweets as:  Galewyn Massey @chtjasalo

So "Be Calm and Carry On"   ---   This too will pass


Note: sometimes the tweets from the knockoff  "Gale,"  'Galewyn,"  or even "Galewyn Massey"  will make false claims about this, that or the other thing that some phony GM is doing or saying to the benefit or in favor of Hillary Clinton or the Hillary Clinton Campaign.   It's all false. 

Needless to say, the real Galewyn Massey doesn't support Hillary Clinton  ---  even just a little bit.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

UPDATE: THE "NOW, HILLARY SPEAKS BRIEFLY" EDITION

TODAY AFTER THE NY TIMES E-MAIL AND BENGHAZI STORIES, HILLARY ANSWERS A FEW QUESTIONS

In a Cedar Falls "listening event" Hillary did a quick little pivot and answered a few questions from reporters  ---  let's see exactly what she had to say about any of it.

Hillary says the Blumenthal E-Mails were just like "talking with a friend..."

YEAH, RIGHT !

Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi and E-Mail Scandals Are Ready to Blow-up Big Time

More Hillary Clinton Benghazi and E-mail Problems Have Turned-up in the New York Times In the last day or two

NY Times  —   Documents analysis disclosed another E-Mail address for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  —   Tells some of the story of Hillary’s E-mails with her “private” business-intelligence operator, Sidney Blumenthal  

Second E-Mail account was in operation while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State  —   Evidence of E-Mails from second E-mail address contradicts what Clinton Attorney David Kendall had formally reported to Trey Gowdy’s Special Benghazi Committee

Other news sources quoting the NY Times-disclosed E-Mails  show     While Secretary of State, HILLARY CLINTON suggested to a longtime Clinton operative connected to the CLINTON FOUNDATION  that “private contractors” be used in a GUN-RUNNING OPERATION IN LIBYA 


Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been caught in another lie regarding her private email accounts that she used during her tenure at the State Department.  David Kendall, Hillary Clinton’s attorney, had told the House Select Benghazi Committee that Clinton’s “hrod17@clintonemail.com” email address “was not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State,” new emails obtained by the New York Times show that Clinton did indeed use that email address for official business. ( See “HILLARY CAUGHT IN ANOTHER EMAIL LIE: NEW DOCS REVEAL SHE USED SECOND PRIVATE ACCOUNT WHILE SEC. OF STATE” by Breitbart Staff Writers, 5/18/15  [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/05/18/hillary-caught-in-another-email-lie-new-docs-reveal-she-used-second-private-account-while-sec-of-state/][with link to NY Times cache of Hillary Clinton E-mails]; see also “Selected Libya-Related Messages From Hillary Clinton’s Personal Email Account” – Document cache, 5/18/15, NY Times/ News Documents NYT/ Cloud [http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/19/us/politics/libya-related-messages-hillary-clinton-email-account.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article&_r=1]).

PART OF THE NY TIMES STORY AS TOLD BY THE NY  POST

On Monday, the New York Post had a very succinct and direct take on the E-mails disclosed in the NY Times. They reported that a second secret email address used by Hillary Rodham Clinton while she was Secretary of State was revealed in E-mails released by the New York Times.  The E-Mail address was used in exchanges between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and longtime Clinton associate and adviser Sydney Blumenthal, and it is from the same private email server belonging to the Clintons and kept in Chappaqua that had been uncovered earlier this year.  Just two months ago Clinton’s office had insisted that the only private email address used by the former Secretary of State during her tenure was hdr22@clintonemail.com; now it has become obvious that the former Secretary of State also used email address HRod17@clintonemail.com  ( See “Hillary had second secret email address” by Joe Tacopino, 5/19/15, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2015/05/19/hillary-clinton-had-a-second-secret-e-mail-address/]). The NY Post specifically pointed out that “...  In a 2015 letter to Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Clinton’s lawyer acknowledged that the HRod17 email address existed, but stated explicitly that it was “not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.”

BLUMENTHAL E-MAILS  —  LIBYA  —   THE HOUSE SELECT BENGHAZI COMMITTEE

Yesterday the New York Times had two articles that dealt with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s E-mails with a long-time Clinton former Clinton Administration associate, family operative and Clinton Foundation employee Sidney Blumenthal (See “Clinton Friend’s Memos on Libya Draw Scrutiny to Politics and Business” by Nicholas Confessore & Michael S. Scmidt, 5/18/15 [appearing in the 5/19/15 print editions of the Times], NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/us/politics/clinton-friends-libya-role-blurs-lines-of-politics-and-business.html]; see also  “What Sidney Blumenthal’s Memos to Hillary Clinton Said, and How They Were Handled” by Michael S. Schmidt, 5/18/15, NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/us/politics/what-sidney-blumenthals-memos-to-hillary-clinton-said-and-how-they-were-handled.html?hpw&rref=politics&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well]).

The article by New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt entitled , “What Sidney Blumenthal’s Memos to Hillary Clinton Said, and How They Were Handled” said the following:   “In 2011 and 2012, Hillary Rodham Clinton received at least 25 memos about Libya from Sidney Blumenthal, a friend and confidant who at the time was employed by the Clinton Foundation. The memos, written in the style of intelligence cables, make up about a third of the almost 900 pages of emails related to Libya that Mrs. Clinton said she kept on the personal email account she used exclusively as secretary of state. Some of Mr. Blumenthal’s memos appeared to be based on reports supplied by American contractors he was advising as they sought to do business in Libya....”

Also other E-mails mentioned in this NY Times article talked about business partners of the Clinton Foundation who were going to be influential with the new government of Libya.

The second NY Times article about the Clinton-Blumenthal E-mails, co-authored by Nicholas Confessore and Michael S. Scmidt [with Jo Becker and Amy Chozick contributed reporting from New York, and David Kirkpatrick from Cairo. Alain Delaquérière and Elisa Cho contributed research], was a report and retrospective on the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal — including the dealings shown in the recently disclosed E-mails.

Among other matters the Times team reports that “...  Now, as Hillary Rodham Clinton embarks on her second presidential bid, Mr. Blumenthal’s service to the Clintons is again under the spotlight. Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, a Republican who is leading the congressional committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, plans to subpoena Mr. Blumenthal, 66, for a private transcribed interview....  Mr. Gowdy’s chief interest, according to people briefed on the inquiry, is a series of memos that Mr. Blumenthal — who was not an employee of the State Department — wrote to Mrs. Clinton about events unfolding in Libya before and after the death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. According to emails obtained by The New York Times, Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, took Mr. Blumenthal’s advice seriously, forwarding his memos to senior diplomatic officials in Libya and Washington and at times asking them to respond. Mrs. Clinton continued to pass around his memos even after other senior diplomats concluded that Mr. Blumenthal’s assessments were often unreliable....”

WHAT THE TIMES TEAM SAYS ABOUT BLUMENTHAL AND HILLARY

“...[A]n examination by The Times suggests that Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement was more wide-ranging and more complicated than previously known, embodying the blurry lines between business, politics and philanthropy that have enriched and vexed the Clintons and their inner circle for years....  While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation, to help with research, “message guidance” and the planning of commemorative events, according to foundation officials. During the same period, he also worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign....”

IN THESE NEWLY DISCLOSED E-MAILS  —   HILLARY CLINTON SUGGESTED A “PRIVATE” GUN RUNNING OPERATION IN LIBYA TO CLINTON FOUNDATION OPERATIVE SYDNEY BLUMENTHAL

According to the report in the New York Post, “...  Clinton wrote Blumenthal from [ E-mail  address,]   Hrod17@clintonemail.com....  The two were discussing strategies to help the opposition rebels oust Moammar Khadafy in Libya as that country descended into chaos in 2011....”

The Post’s report by Joe Tacopino indicated that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton specifically suggested the gun-running operation to the Clintons’ long-time insider, advisor and operative, and employee of the Clinton Foundation, as follows: “ ‘...  Fyi. The idea of using private security experts to arm the opposition should be considered,’ Clinton wrote Blumenthal from the email address HRod17@clintonemail.com....”  


NOTE: THERE ARE MANY AREAS IN THE NEWLY DISCLOSED E-MAILS BETWEEN HILLARY CLINTON AND SIDNEY BLUMENTHAL THAT WERE NOT COVERED OR DEVELOPED IN THE 5/18–5/19 NY TIMES ARTICLES  —   IT IS REASONABLE TO ASSUME THAT THERE WILL BE FOLLOW-UP FEATURES AND ARTICLES IN THE NY TIMES ON THESE MATTERS

Monday, May 18, 2015

Major Biker Shoot-out in Waco as President Obama moves to lessen police fire power across America

“Twin Peaks” meets “Sons of Anarchy” in Waco  —   Lots of guns, lots of gunshots & lots of bodies  —  Cops pretty much looked on for a while  —  Biker Gangs "green light" shooting at cops

Meanwhile Obama moves to disarm local police  —   Police response to Ferguson led to review  

Community members "have voiced concerns about what has been described as the 'militarization' of law enforcement due to the types of equipment" deployed 



—  But don’t events like Waco show that some incidents do require a heavily armed response


—  Obama is doing a major roll-out of his new local policing initiatives in a speech in Camden, NJ


It seems that big stories about guns and police activity against U.S. citizens come out of Waco, Texas.  Here’s the latest:

“Police have arrested and jailed more than 165 members of rival motorcycle gangsand were on the watch for any more violence Monday morning after nine people died in a Sunday afternoon shooting at at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco [ by mid-day 5/18/15 the number of those arrested had risen to 192]....   All arrested suspects have been charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, but some could face more charges as the investigation continues....  The nine bodies of gang members who died in the Sunday afternoon parking lot shootout at Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant have been taken to various morgues for autopsy....  Bullet-riddled vehicles left behind by customers and employees still sat in the parking lot between Twin Peaks and Don Carlos restaurant but were being moved to forensic laboratories for investigation Monday morning....” (See “More Than 165 Jailed After Nine Killed In Biker Gang Shooting” by “Team Coverage,” 5/18/15, 10*KWTX/ CBS [http://www.kwtx.com/home/headlines/Waco-Shooting-Near-Twin-Peaks-In-Waco-304043711.html]).

This story is still emerging, with police claims of non-cooperation by local businesses and others, on the one hand; and counter-charges being leveled by local business people and media  that the police and other law enforcement  had been incompetent in failing to act sooner, after it had become known that so many “Bikers” and known “Biker Gang” members had assembled at the same place at the same time.

According to the KWXT report, “...  Police and troopers were in the parking lot trying to secure the area and protect citizens when a fight broke out inside the [Twin Peaks] restaurant and spilled into the parking lot.... [T]he fight quickly escalated from fists and feet to chains, clubs and knives, then to gunfire.... Gang members were shooting at each other and at police and officers at the scene fired their weapons, as well....   By the time all was said and done, almost every local law enforcement agency, including surrounding counties, had police at one scene or another and both state and federal lawmen were on hand, as well....

WACO CASUALTY COUNT HIGH AND CLIMBING

The total casualty count is problematic and likely to fluctuate throughout the day on Monday and possibly later into the week. The KWXT coverage indicated that  “... [s]ome of the 18 victims who were not pronounced dead at the scene were taken by ambulance to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, which later was placed on lock down, but officials at Hillcrest said they had no comment....   Some were sent to other hospitals in the area as well.... Later reports indicated one of those taken to Hillcrest died there

OBAMA ANNOUNCES CUT-OFF OF SOME “MILITARY” WEAPONRY FOR LOCAL POLICE ACROSS THE U.S.

Yes, I followed the old adage, “If it bleeds, it leads....”   However, there might be an even bigger news story emerging today, with President Obama’s appearance and remarks today in Camden, New Jersey.  Here’s that buzz.

According to several news outlets in the mainstream media,  “President Obama is banning local police departments from receiving a range of military-style equipment from the federal government -- from grenade launchers to bayonets to certain armored vehicles -- as he implements the recommendations of a panel that examined the controversial gear giveaways in the wake of the Ferguson riots....  The White House announced Monday that Washington would no longer provide some military-style gear while putting stricter controls on other weapons and equipment distributed to law enforcement. The details were released as Obama prepares to travel to Camden, N.J., Monday afternoon to meet with youth and law enforcement, and give a speech....  Nine months earlier, scenes of heavily armed police in riot gear dispelling racially charged protests in Ferguson touched off a debate about federal programs that let local law enforcement apply for such equipment....”  (See “Obama announces restrictions on distribution of military-style equipment to police”   5/18/15, Fox News/ FoxNew.com [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/05/18/obama-announces-restrictions-on-distribution-military-style-equipment-to-police/]; see also “Obama to Limit Military-Style Equipment for Police Forces” by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, 5/1/15, NY Times [http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/19/us/politics/obama-to-limit-military-style-equipment-for-police-forces.html?_r=0]).

The folks at Fox News added this: “... The White House initially suggested Obama would maintain those programs, but an interagency group found "substantial risk of misusing or overusing" items like tracked armored vehicles, high-powered firearms and camouflage could undermine trust in police....”

According to the New York Times, “The ban is part of Mr. Obama’s push to ease tensions between law enforcement and minority communities in reaction to the crises in Baltimore; Ferguson, Mo.; and other cities.... [A] report from [a policing task force that Mr. Obama formed late last year in response to the crisis in Ferguson] cited the police response to the Ferguson unrest as an example of how the “militarization” of police departments can lead to fear and mistrust. In addition to prohibiting some equipment outright, officials said, Mr. Obama accepted the group’s recommendation to impose new restrictions on other military-style items, such as wheeled armored vehicles, pyrotechnics, battering rams and riot gear, and more stringent requirements for training and information collection for departments that acquire them....”

Similar information was provided by the Washington Post this way: “The banned items are tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, ammunition of .50-caliber or higher and some types of camouflage uniforms, according to a report released by a White House working group that made the recommendations. Other equipment, including tactical vehicles, explosives and riot equipment, will be transferred only if local police provide additional certification and assurances that the gear will be used responsibly, according to the report....”  (See “Obama administration bans some military-style assault gear from local police departments” by David Nakamura, 5/18/15 [http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/05/18/obama-to-visit-camden-n-j-to-tout-community-policing-reforms/]).

MAJOR PRESIDENTIAL EVENT IN CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY TO DISCUSS POLICE INITIATIVES

The White House released details of the actions [limiting equipment to local police forces] in advance of Obama's speech Monday in Camden, N.J., where he will highlight a wide range of administration initiatives to fight crime, improve police-community relations and improve transparency in policing ( See “Obama bans some military equipment sales to police” by  Gregory Korte, 5/18/15, USA Today [http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/18/obama-police-military-equipment-sales-new-jersey/27521793/]).

On that score,  the Washington Post gave this report with a Camden byline:  “....  The announcement [to limit the transfer of some style of military equipment to local police forces] came as President Obama traveled here to Camden, N.J.,  to highlight his administration's strategy to help reform local police departments, including efforts to increase the numbers of officers on patrol and the use of body cameras. The White House has said the administration will spend about $75 million over the next three years to buy about 50,000 body cameras that will be worn by police....”

Saturday, May 16, 2015

As this Armed Forces Day 2015 draws to a close — LET US NOT FORGET — How Truly Anti-military Hillary Clinton is

ALL HAIL TO THE HEROES  —  AND DAMN THOSE  —  WHO DON’T GIVE THEM THEIR DUE


THAT BRINGS US TO HILLARY CLINTON  —  AND WHAT WE SHOULD NEVER FORGET ABOUT HER AND THE U.S. MILITARY  —   SHE HAS A DEEP AND ABIDING DISDAIN FOR THEM —   GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO HER ANTI- VIET NAM WAR DAYS



Don’t buy into the false Hillary Clinton narratives put out there by her supporters  —  that she supports the troops and the vets  —   all of that is just a convenient political pose  —   when it comes to real soldiers in real combat, the real Hillary Clinton is  “... an incredible liar, a valor thief, a fabulist. And dangerous....”


There are many uplifting features and stories about the U.S. military and its members on this Armed Forces weekend. That is appropriate, because in this very difficult historical period from 9/11/2001 through the present day; as a nation, we have asked our soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, Coasties, and Black-Ops and off-book fighters to do much more than their share of the heavy lifting.

“All Hail !  To All The Heroes....”  However, given the subject matter of this post, I will not be discussing or citing to any of those laudatory articles, although many would be quite worthy of mention over this weekend.

My focus in this post will be at the far end of the spectrum of military exaltation —  in the nether precincts of Hillary Clinton, and her legion of baser and lesser operatives, who would use Armed Forces Day and America's Armed Services personnel as political props.

FOR A START —  IN 2008 HILLARY CLINTON LIED ABOUT HER OWN “QUASI-MILITARY” EXPERIENCE IN BOSNIA DURING 1996

First, just like NBC’s Brian Williams, Hillary Clinton has her own made up stories about being in war zones and under fire.

In his comparison of the “battlefield” lies of Hillary Clinton and Brian Williams, Washington Times reporter Joseph Curl said that Hillary Clinton’s are by far the worse of the two. “...  In March 2008, giving a foreign policy speech on Iraq, she was talking about her days as first lady and a trip to Tuzla, Bosnia.  In her speech,  she delivered an unbelievable tale.... [Here’s what Hillary said:]  ‘I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.’...” (See “Forget Brian Williams, it’s Hillary Clinton’s lie that matters” by Joseph Curl, 2/8/15, The Washington Times [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/feb/8/jospeh-curl-forget-brian-williams-its-hillary-clin/?page=all]).

But that wasn’t all of it, Hillary repeated and refined her lie(s). Joseph Curl pointed out that “...  [I]t didn’t happen. None of it. Right after the speech, she was asked about the sniper fire.  ‘There was no greeting ceremony, and we basically were told to run to our cars. Now, that is what happened,’ she lied.....   A week later, she changed her whole story, telling the Philadelphia Daily News editorial board that she ‘misspoke.’ Yes, she said that word. When [Hillary Clinton] said snipers had fired at her, when really a little girl had given her a poem, that was her just ‘misspeaking.’...  The next day, she told reporters: ‘So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation.’...   Ha ha, oh, she’s so lovely — and human....  Oh, and an incredible liar, a valor thief, a fabulist. And dangerous....”

Although Joseph Curl’s comparison was done earlier this year, following the accusations of false reporting by Brian Williams; there were many contemporary reports in 2008 of Hillary Clinton’s repeated “exaggeration of ” or “mis-speaking” about her helicopter landing in Tuzla, Bosnia in 1996 (See e.g., “Clinton says she 'misspoke' about sniper fire” by Alan Duke, Steve Brusk & Mike Rose, 3/26/15, CNN [http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/03/25/campaign.wrap/index.html?iref=hpmostpop]). In the lengthy CCN article, it was pointed out that Hillary Clinton had also given some versions of the same false story before the one that finally got her into trouble.  In other words, Hillary had been telling the story for quite some time, but she didn’t get around to saying that she mis-spoke until about a week after she got caught.

All of the above is but a prelude. The specific mendacity, self-aggrandizement and attempted stolen valor of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 account of the 1996 incident is not the main thrust of this post. It is only a graphic demonstration that Hillary will do or say anything to improve her image viv a vis those that actually are put in harm’s way in their service to this country. It is her actual feelings and some of her behavior towards members of the armed forces that is the central focus of the piece.

ATTEMPTED USE OF ARMED FORCES DAY 2015 AS A HILLARY CLINTON CAMPAIGN MOMENT

Earlier on Saturday, Armed Forces Day 2015,  I was “sent” a tweet, which appeared in my E-mail that said this:
“[Knockoff Galewyn Massey Twitter Account]   5h 5 hours ago
Today- Armed Forces Day. Lets elect leaders who care about veterans well-being when they come home #HillaryForAmerica”
Apart from the fact that the wording only reflects some kind of vague care or concern only for “veterans well-being when the come home....”,  the implication is that Hillary Clinton is a “leader,” who has such a care or concern for veterans. However, history demonstrates that such a proposition is so much bunk, and that accuracy and setting the record straight requires it be debunked.

CLINTONS HAD MILITARY OFFICERS “READ-IN” CIVILIANS WITHOUT PROPER CLEARANCES ON IMPORTANT MILITARY SECRETS

One anecdotal piece of evidence of Hillary Clinton’s disdain for the military comes from an Air Force officer, who said this when HRC was named as a Member of the Armed Services Committee: “...   While [Hillary Clinton] and her husband were in office, my colleagues and I were outraged about the people we were directed to 'read in' to our military's most secret programs....  many of these people were not fit to receive SECRET clearances."  However, despite the concerns of this officer and others working on the same top secret projects, Air Force brass ordered them to stay silent lest they violate the military code of not criticizing the Commander-in-Chief....  The retired Air Force weapons officer expressed concern that sharing information about America's secret military operations with someone with Sen. [Hillary] Clinton's history of open disdain for the military ‘poses a serious potential threat to our national security and risks the lives of our men and women serving in our Armed Services.’..." (See “'Black Program' Vet: Hillary a Security Risk on Armed Services Committee” by Newsmax Staff Writer, 2/4/03, Newsmax/ newsmax.com [http://www.newsmax.com/]; see also [http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/835835/posts]).


SECRET SERVICE BOOKS PAINT PICTURE OF A HILLARY CLINTON THAT HATED BEING AROUND MILITARY OFFICERS IN UNIFORM

Former Washington Post reporter and author Ronald Kessler did several books of interviews with Secret Service agents.  In one of them, he described Hillary Clinton as follows: “...  Hillary Clinton was another phony whose personality would change the instant cameras were near. She hated with open disdain the military and Secret Service...” (See “The President’s Secret Service” by Ronald Kessler, 8/3/2010, Penguin Random House/ Crown Forum [http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/92074/in-the-presidents-secret-service-by-ronald-kessler/]; [Note this Hillary Clinton item was one of the ones found to be the “Truth” by the blog “truthorfiction”; http://www.truthorfiction.com/secret-service-presidents/]). Others familiar with Kessler’s work have said, “Hillary’s attitude toward military personnel is no different now than it was back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s when she was an anti-military radical....” (See  “Hillary’s Real Character Revealed by Secret Service Agents” by David L. Goetsch, 2/13/15, Patriot Update [http://patriotupdate.com/articles/hillarys-real-character-revealed-secret-service-agents/]).

Also revealed in another of Kessler’s interviews with a Secret Service Agent,  Lloyd Bulman, was this: “Hillary hates the military and didn’t want officers wearing their military uniforms in her presence....  She didn’t appear to like law enforcement or the military.... She wouldn’t go over and meet military people or police officers, as most protectees do. She was just really rude to almost everybody. She’d act like she didn’t want you around, like you were beneath her,” the agent said. Yet another Secret Service agent also recalled that Hillary also did not want to see American military officers in their uniforms  —  “Hillary didn’t like the military aides wearing their uniforms around the White House....   She asked if they would wear business suits instead. The uniform’s a sign of pride, and they’re proud to wear their uniform. I know that the military was actually really offended by it....”  (See “Here Are 17 Reasons It’s IMPOSSIBLE For Hillary Clinton To Relate To Normal Americans” by Eric Owens, 4/19/15, The Daily Caller
[http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/19/17-reasons-why-hillary-clinton-should-never-be-elected-president/2/]).

A similar picture of Mrs. Clinton was painted in a more recent book by Secret Service Agent Dan Emmett (See “Within Arm’s Length” by Dan Emmett, 2014, St Martin’s Press).

Dan Donovan immediately under attack for his first congressional votes

Donovan Puts Garner Case Behind Him, Takes Oath Of Office In Congress  


Democratic group blasts Republican Rep. Dan Donovan for voting in favor of late-term abortion restrictions


NRCC Adds Another Member to Program for Vulnerable Incumbents



The Daily News covered Donovans early days in congress like this: “On just his second day in office, Democrats are already attacking Rep. Dan Donovan....  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which stayed out of the special election race Donovan won this month, wasted no time slamming the former Staten Island District Attorney now that he's elected....  The DCCC ripped Donovan, the only Republican representing New York City in Congress, for voting Wednesday for a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks, despite saying in his campaign that while he is pro-life, he opposed new federal restrictions on abortion....” (See “Democratic group blasts Republican Rep. Dan Donovan for voting in favor of late-term abortion ban” by Dan Friedman, 5/14/15, NY Daily News [http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/democratic-group-blasts-republican-rep-dan-donovan-article-1.2222478]).

DEMOCRATS ASK,  "HOW CAN DONOVAN BE TRUSTED ?" --- AFTER DONOVAN VOTES TO RESTRICT CERTAIN LATE ABORTIONS

The News article, cited above, also showed that Democrats were able to immediately generalize their arguments against Donovan, following his vote to prohibit a particular kind of late-term abortion.   Here’s what they said,  "Instead of keeping his word to New York voters on choice, Donovan stood with his party leaders in Washington in an assault on women's health," said DCCC spokeswoman Meredith Kelly. "How can New Yorkers expect Donovan to look out for them if they can't believe a thing he tells them?"

This is how the News segued out of the main story line:   “ ‘The DCCC's attack Thursday will likely be the opening salvo in at least 18 months of attacks on Donovan'....  Jessica Proud, a Donovan spokeswoman, said the congressman said during his campaign he would not focus on social issues but did not vow to oppose pro-life bills...   Proud said Democrats' support ‘for unrestricted abortion through nine months of pregnancy is completely out of step with even pro-choice New Yorkers.’..."


DONOVAN ALSO VOTED IN FAVOR OF CONGRESSIONAL OVERSIGHT ON IRANIAN NUKE DEALS

“Donovan also voted in favor of a bill this week that would give congressional oversight to a nuclear deal the Obama administration makes with Iran....  Both the Senate and the House passed bills that would require Congress to sign off on the deal meant to limit Iran's access to nuclear weapons....  During his campaign, Donovan promised to only vote on a deal that would prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons ( See “Dan Donovan votes for abortion, Iran bills and Dems attack” by Rachel Shapiro, 5/15/15, SI Advance/ silive.com [http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/05/dems_attack_dan_donovan_for_an.html])..

NPR’s coverage of Congressman Donovan’s first week emphasized that he is largely unkown across the country.  In any case, “Ex-Staten Island DA Dan Donovan may be best known for investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died after police put him in a chokehold. But now Donovan is trying to forge a new path in Congress....   As Congress debates Amtrak funding, they're joined by a new member from the Northeast Corridor. Republican Dan Donovan was sworn into the House this week. He represents New York City, including Staten Island....  (See “Garner Case Behind Him, Donovan Takes Oath Of Office In Congress” by Jauna Summers, 5/15/15, NPR [http://www.npr.org/2015/05/15/406938707/ex-staten-island-d-a-dan-donovan-takes-oath-of-office-in-congress]).  

NRCC IMMEDIATELY TREATS CONGRESSMAN DONOVAN AS AN ENDANGERED SPECIES

Donovan was sworn into the Staten Island-based 11th District earlier this week, nonetheless,  “Roll Call” immediately reported on the nitty-gritty political aspect of Donovan’s life as a new congressman.  The folks at “Roll Call” pointed out that “The National Republican Congressional Committee added newly minted Rep. Dan Donovan to its Patriot program Friday, signaling to its donor base that the New Yorker is among the GOP’s most vulnerable House incumbents in 2016....   The Patriot program provides organizational and fundraising support to the House GOP’s most endangered members....  ‘After a hard-fought win in New York’s 11th District special election, Dan Donovan has proven he is able to run a strong and successful campaign,’ NRCC Chairman Greg Walden said in a release. ‘Dan is ready to hit the ground running in Washington and fight for transportation improvements, a better economy and good paying jobs.’...   Donovan is now one of 21 Republicans in the program. Democrats are seeking to net 30 seats in order to win House control — a tough task based on the current congressional map....” (See “NRCC Adds Another Member to Program for Vulnerable Incumbents” by Emily Cahn, 5/15/15, Roll Call [http://atr.rollcall.com/nrcc-adds-another-member-to-program-for-vulnerable-incumbents/?dcz=]).