Friday, January 19, 2018

Bob Capano hits "Home Run" in his first at bat as a columnist


CAPANO:  "Grimm vs. Donovan GOP primary will put Brooklyn in spotlight"

Reform Party Chairman and new columnist on the Brooklyn political scene predicts a Grimm-Donovan Republican Primary would be "...  a referendum of 'Trumpism' "

At long last,  >>> ANOTHER <<< independent and conservative-minded media guy in and for Brooklyn

He even pokes good old John Quaglione in the eye   ---   by mentioning Liam McCabe provocatively, and then not saying "BOOH !!!" about "Q"


Here's how Bob Capano kicked-off his first regular column for Courier Life's Brooklyn Daily:  "The GOP primary between Michael Grimm and Congressman Dan Donovan in Bay Ridge’s 11th Congressional District is shaping up to be a referendum of “Trumpism,” and the general election should be a bellweather for the entire country in the upcoming mid-term elections that will determine control of the House of Representatives...."  (See "Grimm vs. Donovan GOP primary will put Brooklyn in spotlight"  by  Bob Capano,  1/18/18,  Courier Life's Brooklyn Daily/  Politics/ Opinion/  The Right View  [https://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2018/3/all-right-view-grimm-donovan-218-01-19-bd_2018_3.html]).

Bob certainly has some chops being both insightful and  provocative with one-liners  like this:   "....  So far, most GOP elected officials and county chairs have lined up behind Donovan, but it will be interesting to see who Republicans that have worked for both men, like former GOP Council candidate Liam McCabe, choose...."


KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK,  BOB,  BROOKLYN NEEDS WHAT YOU’RE PITCHIN’


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Jerry Kassar has been part of a concerted effort to undermine the credibility of Staten Island Attorney Richard Luthmann for a very long time

Kassar has repeatedly echoed the FALSE NARRATIVE about Richard Luthmann’s wanting a “trial by combat”  as far back as June 2016  ---  long after that story was debunked in August 2015…..


THE REAL ORIGINAL STORY  ---  AND HOW IT >>>ENDED<<<

The entire Luthmann "trial by combat" meme started with this story by Frank Donnelly,  whose earliest version appeared in the Staten Island Advance on August 4th or 5th, 2015:  
" STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Broadswords at daybreak?...  Champions with shields and suits of armor?...   A Staten Island lawyer with a penchant for bowties and closely-cut beards is apparently channeling his inner 'Games of Thrones' by asking a judge to sanction a trial by combat to resolve a civil suit in which he's accused of helping a client fraudulently transfer assets....   'The allegations made by plaintiffs, aided and abetted by their counsel, border upon the criminal,' Richard A. Luthmann wrote in a brief recently filed in state Supreme Court, St. George. 'As such, the undersigned (Luthmann) respectfully requests that the court permit the undersigned to dispatch plaintiffs and their counsel to the Divine Providence of the Maker for Him to exact His divine judgment once the undersigned has released the souls of the plaintiffs and their counsel from their corporeal bodies, personally and or by way of a champion.'..."  (See "Real-life Game of Thrones: Lawyer seeks trial by combat to resolve lawsuit"  by Frank Donnelly,  8/4/15 [Updated 8/9/15],   SI Advance/  silive  [http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2015/08/real-life_game_of_thrones_layw.html]).
But in that very article, it is made clear that Mr. Luthmann thinks that his proposed "trial by combat"  is "ludicrous" and "ridiculousness in kind"  ---  "....  The attorney requested a lethal showdown to highlight what he perceives as ludicrous allegations against him....  'They want to be absurd about what they're trying to do, then I'll give them back ridiculousness in kind....  If these people want to insist on having it out, then we'll have it out,' said Luthmann...."  In a follow-up article by Frank Donnally almost a year later,  the Staten Island Advance writer reiterated Luthmann's initial explanation and disclaimer,   "....  The attorney has said he requested the lethal showdown to highlight what he perceives are ludicrous allegations against him. [But] He insists the request is not a publicity stunt...."   (See  "No 'Game of Thrones' throwdown: trial by combat nixed for lawyer Richard Luthmann"  By  Frank Donnelly,  3/28/16,  SI Advance/ Comment   [http://www.silive.com/news/2016/03/no_game_of_thrones_throwdown_j.html]).

For the record, according to a very brief article in the NY Post,  THAT CASE WAS SETTLED A SHORT TIME LATER  (See  "Lawyer who wanted ‘Game ofThrones’-style trial settles case"  by Mary Kay Linge,  4/10/16,  NY Post/  Metro  [https://nypost.com/2016/04/10/lawyer-who-wanted-game-of-thrones-style-trial-settles-case/]).


WHEN KASSAR JUMPED IN,  THE SO-CALLED LUTHMANN  “TRIAL BY COMBAT” CASE HAD BEEN FULLY EXPLAINED AND UNDERSTOOD BY EVERYBODY INVOLVED,  INCLUDING THE JUDGE  ---  AND THAT CASE HAD BEEN “SETTLED” IN NORMAL FASHION BY RICHARD LUTHMANN AND OPPOSING COUNSEL


You would never know that by the way Jerry Kassar wrote it up in his first mention of it in his column.
Two months after the case had been SETTLED,  Kassar continued the false narrative about Luthmann in his initial description of Luthmann as follows:   "….   Interestingly, an eccentric Staten Island attorney named Richard Luthmann — who dresses up in a cape and crown and advocates trial by combat...."   (See  "Common Sense: Speaking your mind"  by Jerry Kassar,  6/17/16,  Home Reporter/ Commentary  [http://brooklynreporter.com/story/common-sense-speaking-your-mind/]).


TOO BAD RICHARD LUTHMANN ISN’T REALLY UP TO THIS “TRIAL BY COMBAT” BUSINESS  ---  OR THAT,  WITH QUIRK CRONY ARTIE AIDALA ON HIS DEFENSE TEAM,  THERE WILL BE NO TRIAL OF ANY SORT  ---  TOO BAD,  LUTHMANN COULD HAVE BEATEN ALL THESE GUYS  ---  HOPEFULLY WITH THE MICHAEL PULIZOTTO CASES,  THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT

FUTURE POSTS ABOUT LUTHMANN,  KASSAR AND THE CONSPIRACY

YOU’LL  SEE  ---  That Kassar did not act alone  ---  he is part of a very large and complex conspiracy to cover up blatant corruption in the New York State Supreme Court  ---  in this instance because it involves  Kassar-Long crony Staten Island DA Mike McMahon  ---  AND  --- Marty Golden-Charlie-Joe Hynes crony Dennis Quirk               

Friday, January 12, 2018

Early Kings County Politics article suggests that nothing new is going to happen in the wide open 46th Assembly District races in the GOP and further afield



Some might argue,  “Why re-invent the wheel ???”  However,  something needs fixing with so many flat tires on the bus going,  “Round and thump,  round and thump,  round and thump….  all through the town



Stephen Witt,  obviously channeling his inner Claude Raines as Inspector Reynaud, must have told Kadia Goba to “Round up the usual suspects….” in advance of her anything-but-tell-all post on the Kings County Politics blog,  creatively entitled,  “Potential Candidates Eye Harris Assembly Seat” (since the italics were the most interesting part of that headline, I left them in there)



Basically, this post looks like something intended to barely inform the uninformed about who might be running for the probably soon to be vacated assembly seat now held by the indicted Assemblywoman Pam Harris  (See “Potential Candidates Eye Harris Assembly Seat”  by  Kadia Goba,  1/12/18,  Kings County Politics Blog/  Elections   [https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/potential-candidates-eye-harris-assembly-seat./]).   It should be noted that contrary to what is stated in the title  ---  not everybody mentioned in the post indicated that they were eyeing anything.

Based only upon whom was mentioned in the article,  it would seem that Chris McCreight should start off as the prohibitive favorite,  and easily able to lap this field if he does have the strong support of his boss,  Councilman Justin Brannan.

But, let's wait and see how this all plays out  ---  in the short run and in the long.....


Also, it should be noted that there is an oddly placed mention of an old joust between Lucretia Regina-Potter and Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar  (and I do wonder why that’s in there)…..   Kassar does seem to have a compulsion though; it's like an obsessive-compulsive disorder that makes him turn upon candidates that he once supported; and then attack them viciously if they dare to run without his support.  It's like he is resentful of candidates who actually RUN for public office.  (BTW  ---  Does anybody know anything more about that ?????   I'd really like to delve into that some more some time soon.....  Like, before he does it again.....)

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Assemblywoman Pam Harris Arrested by the Feds


While we have been focused on things like who thinks Capano and Eaton  are good, bad or indifferent,  or whether the Luthmann rap is a miscarriage of justice,  the real world keeps turning and real important things are happening  ---  like having our local 46th A.D. representative in the NYS Legislature getting swept up by a Federal Prosecutor


According to a report in the Daily News  ---  "Brooklyn Assemblywoman Pamela Harris has been indicted on charges of fraud and obstructing justice....   Brooklyn federal prosecutors unsealed the charges Tuesday against the pol....   Harris was arrested this morning and will be arraigned later today in Brooklyn federal court....   She was elected in November 2015 and her district includes Coney Island, Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights...."  (See  "Brooklyn pol Pamela Harris indicted on fraud, obstruction of justice charges"  by Andrew Keshner, 1/9/18,  NY Daily News/ Politics   [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/brooklyn-pol-indicted-fraud-charges-justice-obstruction-article-1.3746374]).




Monday, January 8, 2018

Is there MORE here than meets the eye ??? --- Mike Long talks about Conservatives possibly going it alone for NYS Governor this year --- Also the "farfetched" possibly of endorsing Andrew Cuomo


NYS CONSERVATIVE PARTY CHAIRMAN SURVEYS THE REPUBLICAN FIELD  ---  then he suggests that he isn’t impressed


Long actually mentions possibility of endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo 


WAIT ONE MINUTE !!!!!    ANDREW CUOMO  ?????

 

Relax,  it was only Mike’s use of a rhetorical flourish, employing a subjunctive, contra-factual conditional presentation of the improbable Cuomo “endorsement”…..  OR WAS IT ?????


RIDDLE ME THIS, BATMAN:   Why is NYSCP Chairman Mike Long saying all of this so openly at this early stage of the game ?????



FIRST:  LONG SAYS THAT  ---  THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES MUST SHOW THEY ARE WORTHY OF THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY’S ENDORSEMENT

According to this report by Ken Lovett in the Daily News  ---  “With two top GOP potential candidates for governor recently deciding to forgo a run, longtime state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long admits to worries over whether the remaining possibilities have the right stuff….”  (See “LOVETT: Republican exodus from governor race worries Conservative Party boss”  by Kenneth Lovett, 1-8-18,  NY Daily News/ Politics   [http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/lovett-gop-exodus-gov-race-worries-conservative-party-boss-article-1.3743253]).   Lovett’s piece went on to say that,  “….   Republicans and conservatives were disappointed when their leading choice, wealthy business turnaround expert Harry Wilson, decided not to run, citing family considerations….”  And that  “….  While  [Mike] Long is open to [some of the Republicans still being mentioned as candidates], he said they will have to first prove they can mount a credible challenge to Gov. Cuomo, meaning they have to craft the right message and show they are capable of raising significant amounts of money to get that message out….   [And] in all fairness, [they will] have a lot to do to get some steam up to make a credible run….   We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. Whether they can put a campaign together or not, the jury is out right now….”


THEN LONG SAYS THAT:   HE  >>> WILL NOT BACK <<<  JOEL GIAMBRA UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

Ken Lovett quoted Mike Long’s specific non-endorsement of Joel Giambra,  as follows:   “….   Long said there is no chance his party would back Giambra, who donated money to Cuomo and Hillary Clinton and helped raise money for Mayor de Blasio, who he calls a friend….  If I was going to give consideration to Joel, I might as well give consideration to endorsing Andrew Cuomo, that’s how farfetched it is….”

ULTIMATELY MIKE LONG SAYS:   CONSERVATIVES WON’T  ‘RULE OUT’  RUNNING THEIR OWN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR LIKE THEY DID IN 1990

The Lovett article ended its coverage of Mike Long’s threatening statements to the GOP with this:   “Long did not rule out the Conservative Party, for the first time since 1990, running a different candidate than the Republicans if the GOP doesn’t select a suitable candidate….   ‘It’s still too early for that, but that is never off the table….”

WHAT’S GOING ON HERE ???  ---  IS THIS A TRIAL BALLOON ?????

Some say that this is just the opening gambit in the traditional Conservative Party shakedown of the Republican Party and Republican candidates…..

That well might be,  but what if it’s more than that ?????

Mike Long didn’t need to mention Joel Giambra at all,  but he did.   I think that he did it, because it gave Mike Long just enough of an opening to  >>> RHETORICALLY MENTION  <<< that he could  “… well give consideration to endorsing Andrew Cuomo…”.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"25,000" --- It's not just some number

At the close of the NYSE today,  the big old companies' index was at 25,000+

This has been a record-breaking week for almost every major index.....   And several of these major indexes set new record highs again today

The "Trump Rally" is now more than a year old !!!!!



The Dow-Jones Industrials Index, which tracks 30 of the biggest well-established U.S. companies, rose 152.45 points today , or 0.6%, to 25,075.13.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Whoa !!! It looks like Richard Luthmann is going to grovel and beg for mercy.....


Why else would our beleaguered hero be thinking about a switcheroo from his current lawyer to an insider-deal-maker like >>>  Artie with an "A" ?????


Let's see which of the criminal-defense-guys is standing up for Mr. Luthmann after Thursday  ---  my little birdie tells me it's one of our local favorites  >>>  good old Arthur Aidala 


What does this mean in the big picture ?????

   

As Soupie Sales used to say, "....  Well,  I'll tell you Gladys !!!!!"



It means that Luthmann has been convinced by somebody very close to him that he needs to make a deal  ---   fast  ---  very very fast.   Maybe,  that's because the somebody very close to Mr. Luthmann felt very in the cross-hairs and under the gun, HERSELF.

Imagine if you will both HERSELF and HIMSELF facing trials for basically the same crimes  ---    not a pretty sight, is it !!!!!

So out of the blue, this "Unlucky Dick"  looks like he's going to hire a very-hooked-up-to-his-nemesis-Dennis-Quirk-lawyer,  Artie Aidala.....

Now here's the rub  ---  what in the world could Richard Luthmann offer as his part of any deal ?????   THE MIND BOGGLES !!!!!

As Sachmo used sing,  "....  And I think to myself...   What a wonderful world....   Yes, I think to myself...   What a wonderful world   ---   Ohhhh, YEAH !!!!!"