Monday, January 30, 2017

Bob Capano and Marty Golden on same page protecting Police Officers

Following “New Leadership” Bob Capano’s 2016 petition for action by the legislature, Albany senators put forward "COMMUNITY HEROES PROTECTION ACT"



CAPANO APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF "COMMUNITY HEROES PROTECTION ACT" TODAY IN ALBANY  ---  AND HE SAYS:   "The Police Have Constitutional Rights Too...."  Then he emphasized:  "... The 'Pursuit of Happiness' Includes Returning From Your Shift Alive And Without Bullet Holes...."


Bob Capano is the nephew of two retired Brooklyn cops. Earlier this year and late last year, Capano collected over 3,000 petition signatures for a New York State Blue Lives Matter law. Today he applauded State Senator Fred Akshar, his own State Senator Martin Golden and other members of the state senate for introducing the "Community Heroes Protection Act," (S.1114a) at a session of the NY State Senate in the state's capital in Albany.  

Capano is a leading Republican candidate for Brooklyn's 43rd Council district (Bay Ridge, Dyker heights, Bensonhurst); and today, he said that  ---  "The police have constitutional rights too. The 'pursuit of happiness' includes returning from your shift alive and without bullet holes. There is an attitude in a segment of society that you can mouth off to the police, disregard instructions from an officer, and resist arrest….   Black Lives Matter has done enormous damage to American law enforcement and we must do all we can to protect our police. I commend Senator Akshar and Senator Golden, who always has the backs of our cops, for introducing this legislation with his colleagues in the state senate."  

In a written statement, published on the internet by various means, Bob Capano noted:   According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund there was a 56% increase in law enforcement officers killed in shooting related incidents last year….   The ‘Community Heroes Protection Act’ would categorize crimes against first responders, such as police officers, as hate crimes and therefore, would increase penalties by one category….”

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Bob Capano publically endorses President Trump's executive order against so-called "Sanctuary Cities" and urges Mayor not to risk losing Federal funds


NYC MAYOR DE BLASIO MUST END NYC "SANCTUARY CITY" POLICY NOW, SAYS GOP COUNCIL CANDIDATE


Capano says,  It's bad enough that our city taxpayer dollars are used to pay for social services for those here illegally [and New City government gives illegal aliens ‘fugazi identification’]  ---  but now  ---  the Mayor is willing to risk billions of dollars in federal grant money that can be used to improve the lives of everyday New Yorkers who are here legally."



Standing out among New York City Republicans, Bob Capano, who is a candidate for Brooklyn's 43rd Council District in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, today supported President Trump's recent Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States  ---  At the same time, GOP candidate Bob Capano also called upon Mayor Bill de Blasio to end what Capano describes as NYC's "sanctuary city" policies.

Capano is a Bay Ridge resident, who was one of the first local Republicans to endorse Donald Trump to be the GOP candidate for President,  stated that  -----"It is time for our city to stop protecting criminals here illegally and end our sanctuary city policies. The Mayor only has himself to blame if New York City loses $7 billion because he doesn't want to follow federal law. It's bad enough that our city taxpayer dollars are used to pay for social services for those here illegally and give them fugazi identification, but now the Mayor is willing to risk billions of dollars in federal grant money that can be used to improve the lives of everyday New Yorkers who are here legally."

During his speech at the Department of Homeland Security yesterday, President Trump announced his Executive Order that would withhold federal grants from what are now called “sanctuary cities.”   In that speech, President Trump said that  ---  "These jurisdictions (cities) have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic."


A report by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer has pointed out that  ---  New York City could lose up to $7-billion from the federal government.

All positive and/or affirmative >>> TALK <<< of ASSASSINATION of PRESIDENT Donald Trump must be fully INVESTIGATED   ---  PROSECUTED  ---  and  ---  STOPPED BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY


IT’S MANY MORE THAN JUST MADONNA, WHO NEED TO BE FROG-STEPPED IN SHACKLES INTO THE BACK OF A BLACK SUV

AFTER DISMISSING THE POSSIBILTY OF "IMPEACHMENT"  ---  A GERMAN NEWSPAPER EDITOR/PUBLISHER TOLD A PANEL OF EURO-MEDIA-FOLKS THAT  THE EASIEST WAY TO END THE “TRUMP CATASTROPHE” WOULD BE TO MURDER THE PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE  &  THE PANEL'S MODERATOR JUST MADE A JOKE OUT OF THE SUGGESTION


This stuff shouldn't be laughed off  ---  in the current environment it is not in any way a laughing matter  ---  even more so, it isn't an item of fair comment or even a proper expression of upset, anger or outrage


According to Jacob Bojesson,  a “foreign correspondent” for the Daily Caller,  Josef Joffe, the editor-publisher of German weekly Die Zeit, suggests the easiest way to end the “Trump catastrophe” is to murder the president in the White House….   Joffe joined panel show ARD-Presseclub to answer questions from the public. A viewer called in to ask if it was possible to impeach President Donald Trump and end the ‘catastrophe.’…Joffe [ ]jumped in with a calm response….   ‘Murder in the White House, for example,’ he said….”  ( See  German Newspaper Editor: Assassination Easiest Way To End ‘Trump Catastrophe’ [VIDEO] by Jacob Bojessen,  1/26/17,  The Daily Caller/ News Foundation  [http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/26/german-newspaper-editor-assassination-easiest-way-to-end-trump-catastrophe-video/]).
The Daily Caller piece also noted that Mr.  Joffe recently penned an Op-Ed item for  “the Guardian” wherein he described President Donald Trump as a catastrophe for Europe.
First reports of this story are already a day old, being first put up by Info Wars and World Net Daily   (See  Newspaper publisher: 'Murder' would end Trump presidency  --  Discussion on impeachment quickly morphs into talk of assassination”  [picked up from “Infowars’], 1/25/17  World Net Daily/ Video      [http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/newspaper-publisher-murder-would-end-trump-presidency/];  original posting:   “German Newspaper Publisher: Murder Trump to Get Him Out of Office -- Tolerant left strikes again”  by Paul Joseph Watson,  1/25/17,  Infowars   [http://www.infowars.com/german-news-show-panelist-murder-trump-to-get-him-out-of-office/]).
Thereafter,  this story made the rounds of most of the U.S. right-leaning media, getting feature status on most outlets.  Nonetheless, none of it made the cut of newsworthineess in any of the American mainstream media (although the material already appears in a Wikipedia entry about Josef Joffe).   This shouldn’t be surprising since Infowars’ writer Paul Joseph Watson noted yesterday that the American mainstream media’s entire narrative since the moment Trump became the Republican nominee was to legitimize protestors’ violence at his rallies and then blame Trump supporters for the unrest.  Needless to say, that has morphed into both celebrities, pundits and assorted MSM types being very casual and even jocular about the possibility of a presidential assassination. 
That’s why Madonna’s remarks about blowing up the White House need to be taken very seriously.   If there is even a scintilla of evidence of any affirmative act in that direction, she would need to be brought in for some very intense interrogation,  because she manifestly would be a serious domestic threat.
BTW, it also appears that this Mr. Josef Joffe has connections both to Stanford University and the Hoover Institute.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

New E-mail from “Bay Ridge Dems” goes after Bob Capano

YOWSUH !!! YOWSUH !!!  ---  Just a couple of days after doing some muckraking on Liam McCabe  ---  Another mysterious message from a purported BR Dem trickster has gone at a different GOP target 


Somebody calling themselves “Bay Dems <bayridgedemsrock@gmail.com>” has sent another threatening E-mail  ---  This time it concerns GOP City Council Candidate Bob Capano


The most recent electronic message from “Bay Dems <bayridgedemsrock@gmail.com>” came in Sunday evening at about a quarter to eight.   Here’s what it had to say about Bob Capano:

“Brooklyn voters will be reminded of Bob Capano's connection to Vito Fossella as his Brooklyn Director. Fossella was disgraced out of office with a DUI and the discovery of a second family….   Capano also moved to Bay Ridge from Staten Island just to run for City Council!     Mailings galore” 

MYSTERY BRINGS OUT AT LEAST ONE >>> OTHER <<< GOP SLEUTH


One GOP sleuth has opined to me that he doubts that this is from any Democrat at all.

He went even further, telling me that:   so far, there is a pattern  ---  these Emails involve “old news” about GOPers running for City Council in Bay Ridge whose names aren’t  “John Quaglione.”   His prime  suspects’ initials are  “JQ”;  “GK”; and  “RR.” 

I PROMISE TO DO SOME INVESTIGATING ABOUT THIS MYSELF  ---  AND I WILL REPORT BACK IF I FIND SOMETHING  ---  AND   ---   ALL I CAN SAY IS:  IT BETTER NOT BE "RUSSIAN HACKERS"


I don’t know that I can agree with my GOP sleuthing friend at this stage of things.   Here’s why: Two instances is hardly a pattern…..   And, more important than that, these E-mails, purporting to be from some BR Dem, might be really from a BR Dem…..

But, fear not, Sports Fans, your most humble Independent GOP blogger is on the case.   I’ve put out some feelers;   and, as soon as I find something juicy, or even slightly informative, you’ll be among the first to hear about it.

BTW, high on my list of suspects is >>> “RUSSIAN HACKERS” <<< trying to discredit our candidates and make us lose faith in the validity of the upcoming City Council election for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and some other nearby communities. 
If it does turn out to be the Russkies, I don't know what I'll have to do next. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

On the crest of inauguration weekend,  Trump White House immediately went to war  ---  with a quick-attack on the press


Trump and his  crew are making it hard for me to do a comprehensive inauguration weekend synopsis  ---   but here’s a little taste of what’s been happening 


Spicer did the bitch-slapping of the whole WH press corps yesterday and Kellyanne Conway did it to NBC’s Chuck Todd on his own show earlier today


WHAT SPICER DID & SAID YESTERDAY THAT CAUSED THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA TO MELTDOWN YESTERDAY & TODAY

According to Breitbart News,  White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held an emergency press briefing on Saturday where he lit into the media for their ‘egregious’ and ‘deliberately false reporting’ of Friday’s inauguration of President Donald Trump and his first day in office….   “Some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting,” Spicer said. He explained that one reporter ‘falsely tweeted out that the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. had been removed form the Oval Office… This was just plain wrong.’...”   (See  “WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer Blasts Media’s ‘Deliberately False Reporting’” by Adelle Nazarian,  1/22/17, Breitbart News/ Live Updates   [http://www.breitbart.com/live/womens-march-washington-live-updates/wh-press-secretary-sean-spicer-blasts-medias-deliberately-false-reporting/]).   
Also according to the Nazarian report for Breitbart, Spicer then went on to scold those present that the media had attempted to paint Trump’s inauguration as appearing much smaller than President Barack Obama’s;   with  Spicer issuing this warning:  ‘There’s been a lot of talk in the media about holding President Trump accountable. Well, I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable as well. The American people deserve better,’ Spicer said. ‘And as long as he serves as the messenger of this incredible movement, he will take this message directly to the American people where his focus will always be.’…   Breitbart opined that  ---  “Spicer’s criticism of the media’s fake news reporting resulted in a media meltdown on social media….”

WHAT KELLYANNE CONWAY DID EARLIER TODAY SHOWS THAT TRUMP & HIS TEAM INTEND TO KEEP UP ITS FIGHT WITH THE PRESS

According to the Daily Caller,   Kellyanne Conway told Chuck Todd to stop being so “dramatic” on “Meet The Press” Sunday….   Todd initially asked her to explain why press secretary Sean Spicer was sent out Saturday to “litigate” the crowd size issue….  (See  “Kellyanne Drops Rhetorical Atom Bomb On Chuck Todd Over Media’s Crowd Obsession [W/ VIDEO]”  by Katie Frates, 1/22/17,  Daily Caller/  [http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/22/kellyanne-drops-rhetorical-atom-bomb-on-chuck-todd-over-medias-crowd-obsession-video/]).
 Here’s how Conway first put it to Chuck Todd:   “ ‘The fact that 29, 30 million women voted for Donald Trump for president. They should be respected, somebody should cover their voices as well,’ she said. ‘I’m about things that are quantifiable and important. I don’t think, ultimately, presidents are judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration, I think they’re judged by their accomplishments.’…   ‘On this matter of crowd size, I think it’s a symbol for the [un]fair and incomplete treatment that this president often receives,’ she said.”  
Things got more heated when MTP host Chuck Todd tried to press Conway on why she wasn’t answering a question about why WH Press Secretary Spicer had come out to tell-off the press on Saturday evening.  According to Chuck Todd:   You did not answer the question. Why did the president send out his press secretary, who’s not just the spokesperson for Donald Trump, he also serves as the spokesperson for all of America at times, he speaks for all of the country at times,” Todd said. “Why put him out there for the very first time in front of that podium to utter a provable falsehood? It’s a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it’s a falsehood?”
That’s when Conway let him have it with this:   “ 'Chuck, I mean, if we’re going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms, I think that we’re going to have to rethink our relationship here. I want to have a great, open relationship with our press, but look what happened the day before. Talking about falsehoods. We allowed the press to come into the Oval Office and witness President Trump signing executive orders….   ‘What happens almost immediately? A falsehood is told about removing the bust of Martin Luther King Jr from the Oval Office.’…” 
Then Todd tried to press his point by being repetitious  ---  “ ‘Excuse me. It does not excuse, and you did not answer the question. You did not [ ] answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood,’ Todd said. ‘Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.’…”  
Conway slickly put Todd back in his place with  ---  “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it Chuck.”   
The folks at Breitbart liked Kelly Conway’s handling of the NBC News star too  (See  Conway to Chuck Todd: ‘We’re Going to Have to Rethink Our Relationship Here’”  by Pam Key,  1/22/17,  Breitbart News/ Video  [http://www.breitbart.com/video/2017/01/22/conway-to-chuck-todd-were-going-to-have-to-rethink-our-relationship-here/]).


Saturday, January 21, 2017

For some reason, the Bay Ridge Dems aimed/did a little something at/on McCabe today


Will/Liam McCabe’s campaign for City Council isn’t even off the ground   ---  yet  ---  some of his detractors are already dumping warm stuff onto him  ---  BR Dems do a quick little E-mail hit on a probable GOP candidate for City Council 


Don’t those folks know that none of the folks, who think that they count, cares one wit about that warm old stuff  ---  because THEY have penciled-in McCabe to be their “Dog” in the 2017 race for City Council  ---  and that's all there is to it



When I get a brick over the transom wrapped in a well-known bunch of media sites/cites, I know that somebody is sending a message…..   In this case,  I suspect that the message is intended to be more for Mr. McCabe and those close to him than it is for me.

Quite simply the meat and potatoes of the BR Dems E-mail is the following list of seven (7) negative articles about Liam McCabe:
Brooklyn staffer for Staten Island congressman Grimm arrested http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/brooklyn_staffer_staten_island.html



Grimm aide arrested for 'assaulting' son | New York Post

http://nypost.com/2012/02/19/grimm-aide-arrested-for-assaulting-son/



Top Grimm Aide Arrested For Assaulting Son | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/top-grimm-aide-arrested-assaulting-son





More Trouble For Grimm - NY State of Politics

http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2012/02/more-trouble-for-grimm/



Rep. congressman Michael Grimm's aide arrested for assaulting son ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103531/Rep-congressman-Michael-Grimms-aide-arrested-assaulting-son.html



Aide to Rep. Michael Grimm arrested, suspended | News 12 Brooklyn

http://brooklyn.news12.com/news/aide-to-rep-michael-grimm-arrested-suspended-1.3968012



Brooklyn Community Relations Director Arrested | Local Brooklyn ...

http://thebrooklynink.com/2012/02/20/41664-41664/



That list was accompanied by this ominous notation:   This is just from a quick google search and does not include [multiple additional possible record & source searches]….   Imagine a mailing or two with these to district….”   ( Sent from:   Bay Demsbayridgedemsrock@gmail.com).

 

MY TWO CENTS WORTH

First, I am a little miffed that "whoever" at the BR Dems sent this to me didn’t know that >>> most, if not all,  of the above sources and/or issues had been mentioned on this blog in the past, and actually much of  it has been debated here in many, many responsive comments about McCabe and his [hi]story.

Second,  as a bit of relevant background,  I don’t think that material like this is likely to influence candidate McCabe and the folks around him.  You see, to many in the current GOP and Conservative Party leadership, Will/Liam McCabe is not intended to be a serious winning candidate in the 2017 races for the City Council.

No, Liam McCabe isn’t supposed to win anything, except a possible GOP primary against Bob Capano.   The “new elders” in the GOP and the “old elders” in the Conservative Party have gotten behind a deal between Marty Golden and some Democrat for that Democrat to become the next councilman from Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, and some pieces of other neighborhoods.   [But,  more about that at another time….]   The long and the short of it is that some local folks "that think who they are" want the local political race in 2017 to be a  “boat race”  ---  not a real horserace to the finish…..   At whatever kind of race you think 2017 might be or become,  one thing "you can take to the bank" is that Liam McCabe is intended to be the “dog” in the race  ---  not “underdog”  ---  just “dog” ( you know like those mangy strays he says he cares so much about)…..

Monday, January 16, 2017

On this MLK Day, it needs to be said that John Lewis has been a hard-core leftist and a pro-black-power radical throughout his entire public life


Almost all of John Lewis’ extreme leftist utterances have been largely about the shortcomings of mainstream American politics and/or his notion of “injustice” ---   which is no better than one man’s bitter one-sided expression of the perceived grievances of underachieving American blacks


John Lewis compared the GOP and the 1994 "Contract with America" to Nazi Germany; and he has unfairly played the "race card" against the three most recent GOP candidates for President during each of their campaigns  --  DONALD TRUMP, MITT ROMNEY and JOHN MC CAIN 



John Lewis always was a firebrand, during his “civil-rights” days he was chairman of the so-called  .>>> Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee <<<, a hard-left organization in the 1960s,  At the March on Washington. “Lewis’ prepared remarks [ ] had to be toned down for the event.” Nonetheless, his speech called for “radical social, political and economic changes.”  which Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Lewis’ prepared remarks had to be toned down for the event. Nonetheless, Lewis’ speech contained the following left-wing revolutionary rhetoric:   ““We all recognize the fact that if any radical social, political and economic changes are to take place in our society, the people, the masses, must bring them about.”

Clearly Congressman Lewis is proud of what some people have called “his very liberal voting record” while in the House of Representatives  ---  during that time he has also been quite friendly to socialist and communist causes.   A prime example is that he was a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, formed with the help of the Democratic Socialists of America, and he was also a sponsor and vice chairman of an FBI identified Communist front group known as the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee. As far back as1969, Lewis was listed as a sponsor of the GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee, an anti-U.S.-military organization dominated by the Socialist Workers Party; and in 1973 Congressman Lewis was listed as a “sponsor for a founding conference of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, listed by the FBI as  a Communist Party front group.


In 1995 Lewis compared the GOP and the “Contract with America” to the WW II Nazis in Germany


From the floor of the House on March 21, 1995,  four months after Republicans had won House and Senate majorities largely on the strength of the “Contract With America,”  Congressman Lewis rhetorically compared the Republicans, newly in the majority, to the Nazi regime in Germany.  Quoting a WW II anti-Nazi German pastor, Lewis said this: “They came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews … trade unionists … Catholics … Protestants …”  Then Lewis concluded solemnly: “Read the Republican contract. They are coming for the children. They are coming for the poor. They are coming for the sick, the elderly, and the disabled.”


In 2008 Lewis’ attacks on McCain & Palin linked them to racist murders

During the 2008 presidential capaign, Lewis openly suggested that the Republican candidate, John McCain, represented a throwback to George Wallace (whom Lewis seems to forget was a member of his own Democrat party)  Lewis said  “What I am seeing reminds me too much of another destructive period in American history. Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division, and there is no need for this hostility in our political discourse…”  He then rhetorically linked McCain and Palin to a long time ago church bombing, which resulted in the deaths of four young girls.

In 2012 Lewis likened Mitt Romney to a racist segregationist  -- asking,  “…  DO YOU WANT TO GO BACK [to the segregated days in the South] ?”

Obviously, Lewis also played the race card against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign, when he implied that if Romney were elected he would bring back segregation  ---  “I’ve seen this before, I lived this before,” Congressman Lewis exclaimed, after he had described his activities throughout the South  in the 50s and 60s. Then he intoned,  “We were met by an angry mob that beat us and left us lying in a pool of blood. Brothers and sisters, do you want to go back?  Or do you want to keep America moving forward?”


Lewis did much the same to GOP candidate Donald Trump in 2016

In the 2016 presidential campaign, Congressman Lewis repeated one of his familiar chants when he compared the GOP candidate, Donald Trump, to George Wallace.   Lewis’ exact quote: “I’ve been around a while and Trump reminds me so much of a lot of the things that George Wallace said and did….  Sometimes I feel like I am reliving part of my past. I heard it so much growing up in the South…I heard it so much during the days of the civil-rights movement….” 


For these and some more examples, you need to read Joseph Farah’s letter in World Net Daily    (See  “8 Other Extremist Outrages from Democrat John Lewis” by Joseph Farah, 1/15/17,  WND/ Exclusive [http://www.wnd.com/2017/01/7-other-extremist-outrages-from-democrat-john-lewis/]).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Will a “President Donald Trump” throw “The White House Press Corps” out of the White House ???


Exclusive: The Trump Administration May Evict the Press from the White House – They are the opposition party,’ a senior official says' ”  ---  Esquire.


Reports appearing in mediums as diverse as “The Hill”; “USA Today”; the “NY Daily News”; “Mediaite”; “Talking Points Memo”; the “Daily Caller”; and “Slate” picked up and reported on Esquire’s “exclusive”  ---  showing that there is a real buzz going around about major changes in how a “President Donald Trump” will be dealing with an entity referred to as “The White House Press Corps”


Here’s how the Daily Caller handled this apparently emerging story:   The Trump-transition team is reportedly considering plans to evict the White House press corps from its home in the presidential residence, in what White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer says is a move to actually increase the media’s access to the president….   Citing three ‘senior sources,’ Esquire first reported the plan under consideration in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, which Spicer later acknowledged to the magazine….   ‘There’s been so much interest in covering a President Donald Trump,’ he said. ‘A question is: Is a room that has forty-nine seats adequate? When we had that press conference the other day, we had thousands of requests, and we capped it at four hundred,’ he told the publication. ‘Is there an opportunity to potentially allow more members of the media to be part of this? That’s something we’re discussing.’…”   (See “Report: Trump Considering Evicting Press Corps From White House” by Juliegrace Brufke, 1/15/17, The Daily Caller  [http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/15/report-trump-considering-evicting-press-corps-from-white-house/]).


The Brufke-Daily Caller article went on to say,  “….   Reporters, who have long sat in the West Wing, could potentially end up in the Old Executive Office Building, next door or in the White House Conference Center by  Lafayette Square, Esquire reports.”


The report that appeared in Slate was somewhat more combative.  In addition to the basic reporting on Esquire’s scoop, Slate added this”   “…   any potential move has more to do with the contentious relationship Trump has with the press, which has led some in the administration to see the reporters as more than just mere observers. ‘They are the opposition party,’ a senior official told Esquire. ‘I want 'em out of the building. We are taking back the press room.’…"   (See  “Trump Team Considers Kicking Press Corps Out of White House” by Daniel Politi, 1/15.17, Slate   [http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/01/15/trump_administration_could_kick_press_corps


SOMETHING ESQUIRE'S ORIGINAL ARTICLE ALSO SAID

Esquire’s original piece that covered all of the above points, and even more, closed with this:   “….   Trump himself, of course, is in many ways a creature of the press, and it remains to be seen whether he will sign off on a plan that puts more distance between him and the cameras whose attention he has long sought. But for some Trump officials, the media's presumption of entitlement all but requires a change. If there is a credo that reflects the culture inside the James Brady Briefing Room (named after President Ronald Reagan's first press secretary, who was wounded by a bullet meant for Reagan), it is that presidents come, and presidents go, but the White House press corps is forever. In that sentiment, some in the transition team discern precisely the attitude that led to the revolt that elected Trump president.”   (See  Exclusive: The Trump Administration May Evict the Press from the White House” by Peter J. Boyer, 1/14/17, Esquire   [http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a52301/trump-evict-press-white-house/]).

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Is the Brannan--Capano race for the NYC 43rd council seat going to be a wire-to-wire steeplechase to the November Election  ---  AND  ---  Are the hurdles and hazards only there to eliminate Brannan & Capano’s ”intra”-party opponents ???


The key folksperson at the Kings County Politics blog seems to think so….. 


According to the blogger[s] (?) at KCP  ---  Although there is still a lot of track left in the 2017 Bay Ridge Derby to succeed term-limited 43rd District City Councilman Vincent Gentile (Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights), Democrat Justin Brannan and Republican Bob Capano are clearly showing the fortitude, will and political organizational skills that defines frontrunner status….”   (See  43rd City Council Race: Brannan, Capano Jump Out of the Gate Galloping” by Kings County Politics, 1/13/17, KCP/ BayRidge   [http://www.kingscountypolitics.com/43rd-city-council-race-brannan-capano-jump-gate-galloping/]).

KCP ON JUSTIN BRANNAN


The article immediately lays out one of the reasons that its views about Justin Brannan have some real cred, with this:   “….  Brannan, who recently left his job with the de Blasio Administration to concentrate on the upcoming November Primary (sic), announced yesterday he has already pulled in $57,000 from more than 400 donors in just over one month after opening his campaign committee. He also cleared the 75 in-district contributor threshold, making him eligible to receive the max in public funding, which will give him $6 in public money for every $1 dollar he raises within certain guidelines….” 

KCP ON BOB CAPANO 


The KCP piece devoted almost as much enthusiasm for the candidacy of Republican Bob Capano, however it focused on different attributes of Capano as a campaigner -- thus:   “….  On[ ] the Republican side, Capano is almost [as] frightening with the amount of press releases he puts out, but deserves a lot of credit for weighing in on the issues of the day, including a good many that have direct impact on residents in the district…   For example, Capano recently fired off a press release standing up for local residents after Gov. Cuomo announced his plan for Verrazano Bridge toll reductions for Staten Islanders but not for Brooklynites….   Capano has also taken a stand against the city’s plan to charge residents a nickel for plastic bags and other issues. Most recently, he assailed [Linda Sarsour, a Bay Ridge Democrat activist, who is Muslim and] one of the national co-chairs of the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington as saying that all opponents of the progressive movement were “united around racism.” 

THE KCP ARTICLE MADE AT LEAST ONE NEGATIVE COMPARISON ABOUT REPUBLICAN CAPANO AND HIS POSSIBLE/PROBABLE GOP OPPONENTS  ---  QUAGLIONE AND MC CABE 


There was this little bit of slop on the track in front of Bob Capano, whom the KCP blog called the GOP “frontrunner.”   Here’s how the big man at KCP sees this very important thing:   “Capano’s two perspective (sic) opponents, Laim (sic) McCabe, who works in Congressman Dan Donovan’s office, and John Quaglione, who is the communications director for Sen. Marty Golden, have thus far been fairly quiet….   That said, both McCabe and Quaglione have shown the ability to raise money within the district, which would make them elegibile for public campaign financing, while it remains to be seen what kind of local financial support Capano will get.” 

Well, there you have somebody other than me with a Brooklyn political blogger’s view of the early going in this race.   Let’s see where all or any of this goes……..

Friday, January 13, 2017

Isn’t it about time for New York State to have a Constitutional Convention and update it’s existing and very out of date state constitution


ON ELECTION DAY 2017  ---  there will be a very important ballot referendum  ---  SUCH A REFERENDUM IS MANDATED TO BE HELD IN 2017 BY THE EXISTING NYS CONSTITUTION


The proposition will seek to determine whether to hold a NYS Constitutional Convention in 2019 and to authorize such NYS Constitutional Convention to amend the existing NYS Constitution or draft an entirely new one




LETS START OUR COVERAGE ABOUT THE "CON-CON" REFERENDUM  WITH THIS   >>>  The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the State University of New York (SUNY), the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, the League of Women Voters of New York State and the Siena Research Institute have embarked on a multiyear program to educate the public on the constitutional convention.   According to a statement on the institute’s website, the purpose of their joint venture was  “…  [T]o ensure that New York’s voters, are made aware of this work, [and go to vote in 2017] with a clearer sense of what a constitutional convention could achieve....” [SEE BRIEF ITEM BELOW]



According to an article on the webpage of the Rockefeller Institute of Government   On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they are every 20 years, will be faced with the Constitutionally mandated question, ”Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” (N.Y. Const., Art XIX, sec 2)…   In only nine instances in New York State history have we convened a Convention to consider how the State Constitution might be altered, potentially changing how government in Albany works….   Recognizing the importance of this opportunity, the Rockefeller Institute, the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, the League of Women Voters of New York State, and the Siena Research Institute have joined forces, often with partner organizations from around the state, to conceive and implement a multiyear campaign designed to ensure that each of New York’s voters, made aware of this work, goes to vote with a clearer sense of what a Constitutional Convention could achieve….   Contained within this Constitutional Convention web portal are sections that provide context, history, a timeline, videos of presentations, information about our partners and experts, a guide to publications, and a media archive of the work being done to greatly enhance civic engagement on this pivotal issue….”   (See  “New York State Constitutional Convention 2017”   by the Rockefeller Institute of Government – The public policy research arm of the State University of New York [and the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, the League of Women Voters of New York State, and the Siena Research Institute] [http://www.rockinst.org/nys_concon2017/]).


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Rosie O’Donnell's idea to stop Trump from becoming President shows that many on the “LEFT” are comfortable turning the U.S.A. into a banana republic


Rosie O'Donnell has openly called on the Obama White House to declare “martial law” in order to stop Donald Trump from being sworn in as the country’s lawfully elected President --- until he has been " 'cleared' of all charges" (????)


So far, only right-wing media is reporting on this meltdown by the corpulent darling of the left-wing entertainment and media elites



According to a report Newsmax,   “Rosie O'Donnell is calling on the White House to declare Martial Law in a bid to stop her longtime nemesis Donald Trump from being sworn in as the nation's 45th commander-in-chief….   O'Donnell's demand is her latest [ ] Twitter jab at the president-elect, who is scheduled to be inaugurated Jan. 20.”  (See  “Rosie Calls for Martial Law to Stop Trump” by Bill Hoffman,  1/12/17,  Newsmax/ Home/ Politics   [http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Martial-Law-Rosie-ODonnell-Twitter-social-media/2017/01/12/id/768288/]).
Let's see who on "the left" salutes now that Rosie has run her idea of making the U.S.A. into a banana republic up the flagpole.....   So far, there has not been a peep of censure or even a word of criticism for Rosie O'Donnell's latest reckless suggestion.
In fact, so far this news item about Ms. O'Donnell's modest proposal to overturn the result of the 2016 election is only being reported upon by right-leaning media outlets.....

Monday, January 9, 2017

Hillary Clinton’s E-mails back in the news  ---  AND  ---  According to Newsmax,  Wikileaks broke the story


FBI released a bunch of HRC’s E-mails in the middle of the night Sunday with no accompanying news release or synopsis  ---  More classified material found among HRC'S E-mails previously thought to have been missing  ---  More Sec/State E-mails found, not previously known to have been missing, and not part of Sec/State Clinton’s official E-mails turned over to/by State Department, and at least one of those E-mails was classified


“The FBI states it found ‘that hostile foreign actors successfully gained access to the personal email accounts of individuals associated with [and with] whom Clinton was in regular contact and, in doing so, obtained emails sent to or received by Clinton on her personal account.’…"  ---  NEWSMAX, 1/9/17




According to Newsmax,  “The FBI late Sunday night released additional documents related to the investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, posting the information on its website and doing so without sending out a release or announcing the move….   WikiLeaks reported the news first….”    (See  “FBI Releases More Hillary Emails, Says 'Hostile Foreign Actors' Accessed” by Solange Reyner, 1/8/17, Newsmax/ Newsfront [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hillary-clinton-investigation-fbi-investigative/2017/01/08/id/767425/]).

Also according to the Newsmax report, the new material released by the FBI was in five batches and was recovered from computers and other devices turned over to the FBI by various Hillary Clinton "associates".....

Friday, January 6, 2017

Today, Trump’s “Briefing” by the U.S. Intelligence Services might be the first “Battle” in his war to “Drain the Swamp” in Washington


Trump has signaled that he intends to reform the U.S. intelligence establishment  ---  It looks like THEY WERE NOT AMUSED  ---  Is it time for Trump to DOUBLE DOWN ???


Does anybody NOT believe that many of the “Career Professionals” in the various U.S. intelligence services aren’t also [gladly] willing to be partisan "political hacks" ???



In case you missed it, President Elect Donald Trump is getting briefed today by an official delegation [gaggle] of top U.S. intelligence types about the alleged hacking of the 2016 American elections by the Russian’s led by Putin.
Yesterday, some the official leading lights of the Obama-led U.S. intelligence services testified before a U.S. Senate Committee prominently led by that old “Republican” war horse John McCain.  The upshot of that hearing was that everything that had been said before was repeated once more with feeling.  That also means that no new evidence of the alleged Russian election hack was put forward; but everybody there agreed that it happened. 

TRUMP REMAINED RIGHTFULLY SCEPTICAL

Several news stories today say that Trump is going into his meeting with the intelligence guys openly skeptical about what they have on the Russian’s  ---  the phrases, “WITCH HUNT”  or "POLITICAL WITCH HUNT" seem to be the operative buzz.

Let’s see if Trump comes out of this “briefing” and doubles down on his openly-expressed doubt about all of this stuff.


Don't forget, Trump has signaled that he intends to make some changes in/to the U.S. intelligence services.  The "career" intelligence folks can't be happy with that. Trump needs to clearly link all that to his crusade to "Drain the Swamp" in Washington.
LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT !!!