Thursday, October 11, 2018

NOW IT CAN BE TOLD: a new sociable political & civic-minded club; and it's a NON-PARTISAN CLUB to boot --- open to everybody who is good will hunting --- specifically: Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, Reformers, Libertarians, Liberals, Progressives, just plain workers of the world and retirees, and of course, our friends and neighbors --- new and old --- young and not-so-young


A new team of Brooklyn Republicans, Democrats & the Brooklyn Reform Party chairman say:  ...  Hyper-political divisiveness is  >>> Out of Control <<<   And it is time for more  >>> Civility and Unity <<< in our political and civic discussions

 

If you are tired of the extreme political divisiveness that has been building to a crescendo lately, five Brooklyn political veterans and civic leaders say that they don't want to be part of that problem anymore.  Instead,  they have formed a new non-partisan club to foster dialogue and civility in the south end of the borough. 

These latter day partisans have joined to form a budding group that wants talk about the issues, which often are what is causing that growing divide.   includes two Republicans, two Democrats, and a member of the Reform Party.

The new 
West Brooklyn Neighborhood Club's  founding members now include the following:  Craig Eaton, the former Brooklyn GOP Chairman and Regional Vice Chairman of the NYS GOP for New York City; James McCall,  long a GOP activist and often a candidate; Bob Capano, the Kings County Reform Party Chairman who has worked for both Republican and Democratic elected officials; Ralph Perfetto, a veteran neighborhood public servant and Bay Ridge Democratic District Leader, as well as a City-wide deputy Ombudsman; and John O'Hara, a Sunset Park Democratic activist,  who has fostered independent reform in the courts, and successfully in the Brooklyn DA's Office.   However, all of these new colleagues agree that there are times when intensely partisan politics needs to  be tossed aside for the sake of community interests. 


The five announced that their group is an "opportunity for us to come together as a community, regardless of political affiliations....   [And i]n light of the hyper political divisiveness that is out of control, it is time for more civility and unity. We welcome anyone to join us because there is much more that unites us as Brooklynites than divides us. Our goal is to bring together residents to exchange ideas on improving our communities with respect in a social atmosphere." 

Initially, the group plans to meet socially at local establishments, with a goal of eventually holding formal monthly forums with guest speakers. The West Broooklyn Neighborhood Club is planning their first event next month, where they hope other like-minded residents will join their ranks.


SEEKING ADDITIONAL CHARTER MEMBERS

The club intends be announcing several other charter members over the next few weeks in advance of their first scheduled event.  Maybe you'd like to be there at the beginning of what looks like it could be a club for the ages.....

Contact: Craig Eaton, Bob Capano, James McCall or Ralph Perfetto if you want to join or want more information.....

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When it comes to a personal war on women --- Marty Golden has to be your guy --- With a month to go before the elex, Marty makes another big UNFORCED ERROR by dissing a young woman at a public forum



Golden's attempt to put a woman Democrat in her place for asking him a straightforward question at a  >>> Bay Ridge political forum  <<< turns into another  >>> EPIC FAIL <<< when it comes to Marty Golden's rep with women and dealing with women's issues  


Marty Golden’s principal attempt at a put-down was quoted thus:  Mallory, I’m sorry, I’m too busy for you….”  ---   this was clearly indicative of Golden’s intent to be both personal and dismissive  ---  in a word,  “NASTY !!!” 


NOT BAD ENOUGH ???   That remark was quickly followed by this jibe by Golden:  “She’s here for her own issues….  She agrees with me on nothing and I have a very busy office.” [again, with Golden directly referring to Mallory McMahon].  Finally, Golden “explained" that Mallory McMahon was actually a “Democratic operative” with an “agenda”….. 




Commenters supporting Marty Golden on this blog have tried to spin this story so that Mallory McMahon came off looking like she had been rude to the Republican State Senator.  However, that version of things never appeared in any of the reports of the incident in the local press.  


In fact, if one were to look at all the coverage closely, most of what the journalists covering the debate wrote about the Golden-McMahon tete-a-tete seemed to side with the woman questioner, who only asked Marty why neither he nor his staff had responded to her since February, a period now approaching almost nine (9) months…..  (See  Golden, Gounardes clash in heated debate  Paula Katinas,  10/3/18,  Brooklyn Reporter/  Politics & Government   [https://brooklynreporter.com/2018/10/golden-gounardes-clash-in-heated-debate/];  a very similar article by PK also appeared in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on 10/4/18 at [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/10/4/golden-gounardes-clash-heated-debate];  also  "From The Southern Brooklyn Candidate Forum: Golden Only Has Time For Some Constituents" by Kadia Goba,  10/4/18,  Bklyner. [Blog]    [https://bklyner.com/from-the-southern-brooklyn-candidate-forum-golden-only-has-time-for-some-constituents/];  also "No Debate: Golden-McMahon Stand-Off Comes to Fore at Ridge Forum" by Meaghan McGoldrick, 10/5/18, Brooklyn Reporter/ Politics [https://brooklynreporter.com/2018/10/no-debate-golden-mcmahon-stand-off-comes-to-fore-at-ridge-forum/];  also  Candidates spar over limits of term limits at forum"  by Julianne Cuba, 10/8/18,  The Brooklyn Paper   [https://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/41/41/bn-golden-gounardes-bay-ridge-candidates-forum-2018-10-12-bk.html]).


Both Democrats and Republicans have told me that, from the very beginning of the various renditions of this story,  it was Marty Golden who started off by being rude.  And,  as is often the case with our incumbent state senator, who appears to be both verbally challenged and extremely defensive when confronted in public, his attempts at modifying or explaining his remarks often makes things even worse for him.


Say what you will,  one way or the other;  this one-on-one bout between Marty Golden and Mallory McMahon did Marty Golden’s re-election bid no good at all.  His allowing it to happen at all was a mistake  ---  BUT  ---  to personally attack the young woman with venom and in the manner that he did was unequivocally an UNFORCED ERROR of the highest order,  especially given his past history vis a vis women and “women’s issues.”










Sunday, October 7, 2018

During the debate, State Senator Martin Golden continued his very longtime pattern of lies about his positions favoring priestly pedophile protection and opposing justice for their victims



Many, many years ago Marty Golden told several bald-faced lies in the presence of three of this blog’s long-time BSIs.  That was during  >>>  a formal endorsement interview at the Fiorello LaGuardia Regular Republican Organization [of the then 49th A.D.] <<< 

  

---  ---  And those lies by incumbent GOP State Senator Marty Golden specifically related to his opposition to pedophile victims’ protection legislation that had passed the NYS Assembly [the Markey Bill],  but which had become bogged down in the NYS Senate controlled by a GOP leadership team that included Marty Golden himself  ---  ---


---  ---  Golden has not stopped lying on the issues related to justice for and the protection of the victims of pedophiles in the almost entire decade since  ---  ---



Almost lost during Marty Golden’s anti-women, anti-Democrat fireworks during last week’s Bay Ridge Inter-Agency Council on Aging debate at the Fort Hamilton Senior Citizens Center was this very important bit  >>>  ABOUT PEDOPHILES AND THEIR VICTIMS <<<  :   

“….  The two candidates also disagreed on the Child Victims Act, a bill that was drafted in the wake of the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal. The bill would ease the statute of limitations for adults seeking to bring criminal charges against Catholic priests and other people who sexually abused them when they were children. Gounardes favors it. Golden expressed concerns about it….  ‘Let’s talk about justice,’ said Gounardes, who added that many victims were abused as children and have never been able to discuss it until now. ‘We need to erase the statute of limitations.’…  Golden said that would create problems.  ‘If you get rid of the statute of limitations for this crime, you would have to eliminate it for all crimes,’  he said….”  (See “Golden, Gounardes clash in heated debate”  by Paula Katinas, 10/4/18,  Brooklyn Daily Eagle   [http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2018/10/4/golden-gounardes-clash-heated-debate]). 


Needless to say, Golden’s statement about having to “… eliminate [statutes of limitations] for all crimes….” is complete and utter nonsense;   first, this is not about a statute of limitations for criminal prosecution;  second, it is about justice, and the right to bring a claim and PROVE IT in a court of law.  Golden's assertion of his non-facts during the debate is   >>> publicly expressed and absolute lying <<<. 


Golden then compounded this lie on the priestly pedophile issue by saying that he supports “another bill’ that would to create a so-called “Child Victims Fund” for victims to seeking financial settlements stemming from past abuses.  The mere mention of that completely miss-named bill covers up the fact that it is really intended to protect the assets of the very wrongdoers that have covered up the crimes of priest, bishop and cardinal pedophiles for decades  ---  using NYS controlled governmental funds instead of the funds of a very culpable Roman Catholic Church.

All of this fits a longstanding practice by our incumbent Republican State Senator  ---  lying about his positions on pedophiles.  I know for a fact that Golden stormed out of a political meeting with Republican leaders in the then-49th A.D. several years ago exactly at the point  when he was being pressed to defend his positions in opposition to legislation protecting children from pedophiles and fostering justice for large numbers of the past victims of pedophiles. 

(My long-ago promised post about Marty Golden’s close personal identification with priestly predators has been delayed because the research for and draft of that post was kept on an old laptop that is missing  ---  unfortunately,  I have had to begin from scratch  ---  but I will have something about it before Election Day)

 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

This way forward for the Brooklyn GOP


Golden and Ghorra plan for Brooklyn Republican Party in 2019 and beyond is ready for a "rollout" and test run.....


They have had more than two years to get this right  ---  and the folks are waiting with hope abounding



Here are the details:

...  OOPS !!!!!   ( "What...  They've done what...  Ted said what...  and Marty told him to do what...  Is that even physically possible ???")


ANNOUNCEMENT:  There will be a slight delay on any further reports on these matters.....