Thursday, April 2, 2020

Vito Bruno's recent interview questions and answers don't go far enough for the people to really know what he's all about..... (PART 1)


HOWEVER  ---  they do reveal some glaring shortcomings in Vito Bruno as a candidate for the state senate in THIS race in the 22nd State Senate District against Andrew Gounardes



In March, Vito Bruno did an interview with the Brooklyn Reporter's John Alexander  (See "GOP Senate candidate Vito Bruno wants to put 'common sense' back into government" by John Alexander,  3/9/2020,  Brooklyn Reporter/ South Brooklyn/ Politics & Government   [https://brooklynreporter.com/2020/03/gop-senate-candidate-vito-bruno-wants-to-put-common-sense-back-into-government/]).  Before this campaign is over, the questions and answers in that interview will turn out to be both:  too little to give the public any insight into the real Vito Bruno of the last forty years, a major force in the "Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll" nightlife of NYC for almost two whole generations;  but at the same time,  be enough to see that in so many ways, Vito Bruno is what he has always been in Brooklyn politics,  a rank  >>> PARVENU <<<.

In this instance,  the Brooklyn Reporter's Q & A reveals that Vito Bruno is a complete outsider and dilettante when it comes to the physical, social and economic governance of places like Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, where he claims to be from, and Bath Beach, Graves End, Kings Bay, Gerritsen Beach and Marine Park. You know, that special type of dilettante Republican that sweeps into a race from a place like the Village or Chelsea or the Flatiron District, completely unprepared  ---  sort of like Michael Allegretti did for congress before Mike Grimm cleaned his clock.

This is a good starting point (and mercifully,  it will be my finishing point as well):

[From the John Alexander interview in the Brooklyn Reporter]  "Why do you think a Republican Senate win is essential for this community and district right now?


Bruno: We need to get back to basics. And that means serving all of our constituents fairly. The only way to do that is to ensure a balanced government. This district represents homeowners, small business owners, Third Avenue, in schools, in police stations, firehouses, sanitation. We have union laborers, judges, lawyers, housekeepers, homemakers and community activists. We need someone who will represent all of them, not just those that agree with him...."   
Maybe there are a few words missing iin Vito Bruno's answer, or maybe even a whole line  ---  but let's not worry too much about the lack of real meaning and syntax  ---   what else is missing ?????
Except for the mention of "Third Avenue," which seems dropped in and completely out of place, there is nothing in Vito Bruno's answer that describes anything unique or specific about Andy Gounardes' 22nd State Senate District.  Everything that Vito says sounds generic,  pre-cooked and synthetic.  Does Vito Bruno even  know the names and/or numerical designations of all the major shopping avenues through the widespread and far flung state senate district ?   I am sure that Democratic State Senator Andy Gounardes does.....   
Does the choices of jobs that Vito thinks are typical in our community  --- "union laborers, judges, lawyers, housekeepers, homemakers and community activists" ---  reflect what most of the people in the 22nd Senate District do day in and day out ???  Where are the cops, firemen,  transit workers, sanitation men and teachers ?  AND that's just in the public sector.....  He seems to have intentionally left out non-union folks completely (that's indeed very interest for a Republican-Conservative). And what about the professionals that aren't  "judges [and] lawyers," or the countless other white collar types in finance, insurance or other commercial pursuits ??   And what's this "housekeepers [and] homemakers" ???  Boy, isn't that too PC by half.....  Shouldn't a real Republican-Conservative be comfortable with "housewives and mothers" ????  However, Vito can be very Republican and elitist in his own way;  how many different kinds of  "OWNER" did he describe  ---  it seemed like a million.  Doesn't Vito Bruno care about tenants at all ?  Or about the customers of the small business owners,  most of whom don't live in the district ??  Or about retirees living on fixed incomes ???
AND THE MOST TROUBLING IS THIS LAST BIT  >>>  "We need someone who will represent all of them, not just those that agree with him...."   Why does Vito Bruno refer to all the real people living in the 22nd State Senate as  >>>  "THEM" <<<  ?????   It's because he sees them in a very special Manhattan behind "the velvet rope" way.....  Vito Bruno sees most of the people living in the 22nd State Senate District as  .>>> OUTER BOROUGH RUBES <<<  or as he has put it in bygone interviews during his Manhattan days and nights:  "Guidos" --- "in gold chains" --- "from Brooklyn".....

Now, let's see if Vito and his minions foolishly step into this well-laid trap.....

I can hardly wait.....


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I've been out of town for a while.....


I've been with the spring-breakers, throwing caution to the wind, and risking the health and well-being of my friends and neighbors by cavorting on the beach in Florida and eating in restaurants all the time  ---  until, for some stupid reason, everything was shut down several days ago


I'm glad that President Trump will have it all back to normal in a couple of weeks  ---  possibly three at the most.....



Actually, I'm  holed-up in my well-appointed beachside bunker,  not unlike the Webber family in the movie "Blast from the Past."

If only I could find my collection of baseball cards  ---  I need to send my granddaughter out to barter for some toilet paper.....

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

During times like these, nothing will do like a song


Relax, it'll be short 


....   [All] 
A new GOP'S near, the knots of the old one untied
A new GOP's near, the voice of the people
Cannot be, and must not be denied

[Ted]
How annoying they can have an election to fight for their cause

Inconvenient, our needing to get a majority  ---  
If normal methods of persuasion fail to win us applause
There are other ways of maintaining authority

[All]
A new GOP's near, the chains on the voters'll be pried

A new GOP's near, the voice of the people 
Cannot be, and will not be, and must not be denied...."


STOP !  STOP !!!  STOP!!!!!   TOO LEFT WING  ---  TOO ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER  ---  WHO DUH YUHS THINK YOU ARE, THE POPE ?  WHAT DUH YUHS THINK THIS IS,  ARGENTINA ???

KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID   ---  MAKE IT A MORE COMFORTABLE TUNE  ---  AND MAKE IT MORE REALISTIC.....  


Okay  ---  Relax, it'll be short  ---  and sweet  ---  Realistic ???  Eh !!!

"....  Dream, when you're feeling blue
Dream, that's the thing to do
Just watch the smoke rings rise in the air
You'll find your share of memories there

So dream when the day is through

Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So ---  Dream, dream, dream...."

[I didn't cue Sinatra, because I like Orbison's better;  I didn't cue Orbison, because there are still too many red sauce eaters in the Brooklyn GOP,  and I didn't want to bust their shoes]



Saturday, March 7, 2020

After Vito Bruno, the Brooklyn GOP and the Brooklyn Conservative Party need to be jointly declared as a "Superfund Site"


Bruno is worse pollution than the Gowanus Canal, Newtown Creek and the Coney Island Creek combined


Forget about Vito as a "Dumpster Fire"  ---   Think back to when the New Jersey Meadow Lands dump was burning for weeks and months at a time ---  that's a lot closer to what this is 


Sometimes in the 1950s about one half of the NYC smog came from New Jersey  ---   just think of Vito Bruno as New Jersey personified

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The drip, drip, drip slow tortured death of GOP State Senate Candidate Vito Bruno has begun


Don't be fooled by the  >>> TITLE <<<  and  the  >>> PHONY PORTRAIT shot of Vito Bruno, apparently right near the Brooklyn Bridge  <<<  this article in the "Brooklyn Paper" was a hit piece done in a polite whisper


Here's the money shot worthy of a "Dirk Diggler" closeup  >>>  "....Bruno’s promise to crack down on crime, however, contradicts his past life as New York’s clubbing king, when his 'outlaw' parties at AM/PM lasted hours after the city’s curfew. In 1983, he told the New York Times that he gave hefty cash Christmas presents to police officers, implying that he bribed them to turn the other cheek to AM/PM’s late-night, drug-fueled parties....  Bruno would also fetch drugs for his celebrity friends, retrieving cocaine and Quaaludes for his good friend John Belushi, according to Bob Woodward’s 1984 book 'Wired'...”


Of course,  the "Brooklyn Paper" also gave Mr. Bruno a chance to rebut that  >>>  in remarks that were attributed to Bruno as follows:   "... [what Bob  Woodward wrote in 1984 is]  —  a claim that Bruno now denies....  'I never gave drugs to anybody'...  arguing that his former club life is water under the bridge. 'Talking about that is a waste of time. Nobody is the same person today that they were 40 years ago.'..."  <<<


Hey, don't believe me, read it for yourself  (See "Nightlife Icon Running For State Senate in Southern Brooklyn" by Rose Adams,  3/4/2020,  The Brooklyn Paper/ Politics   [https://www.brooklynpaper.com/nightlife-icon-running-for-state-senate-in-southern-brooklyn/]).

Not long ago, a pro-Vito Bruno comment maker stated that only the folks of  left wing "Bring Back Bay Ridge" and  "Radio Free Bay Ridge" were talking about this stuff  ---  I rebutted that by pointing out that we here at  "The Brooklyn & Staten Island Independent GOP Fountainhead" had been touting those lurid tales for quite some time  >>>  and we are an Alt-center independent libertarian Republican blog  ---  WELL, NOW IT'S IN ONE OF THE LOCAL PAPERS.  And Vito's supporters are free to whine that the "Brooklyn Paper".and the article's writer,  Rose Adams, are left,  right, center, front or back, or sideways or inside out. 

[Cue Lesley Gore]:   
"It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to
Cry if I want to, cry if I want to
You would cry too if it happened to you...."


I hope that nobody thinks that this stuff doesn't have grasshopper legs,  or that it won't keep popping up all summer long and into the fall  ---  everybody has to know that it will.

[Cue Walter Huston]
"Oh, it's a long, long while from Ma[rch] to December
But the days grow short when you reach SeptemberWhen the autumn weather turns the leaves to flameOne hasn't got time for the waiting game....Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious fewSeptember, November....

Monday, March 2, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM CURTIS SLIWA:


I got this E-mail this morning from Curtis, and I thought that it might be important to some of you.  ---  So, here it is


_______________________________


On Feb.6th Comrade Bill de Blasio, the part time Mayor, the dope from Park Slope gave his annual State of the City address.

After 6 years of almost single handedly destroying NYC he NOW said that his final 2 years would be dedicated to  saving our city. I was in a Rage. This pretentious, self absorbed and detached Mayor who had spent 6 years avoiding his responsibilities as Mayor is now going to buckle down and focus with laser like efficiency on solving the very problems that he has exacerbated and created. It was BULL FEATHERS and an insult to all New Yorkers.

To prevent this city that we love from falling even further into the abyss it was time to put together a coalition of New Yorkers who "DARED TO CARE." Under the banner of the... 

Urban Reform GOP Coalition 


{W]e came together to bring Republicans, Independents and disaffected Democrats around an Urban Reform Agenda that will address the core issues that are being neglected by our city's elected officials. These include bail reform, an increase in crime, homelessness and the Emotionally Disturbed Persons living in our streets and subways, the deterioration of NYCHA, the subways and our infrastructure, as well as the lack of affordable housing and school choice. We are hell bent to lead our city in a totally different direction than those at the helm that have been MIA while wasting billions of taxpayers dollars.

It began officially on February 11th. Earlier in the day I had changed my registration to the Republican Party. Later our initial group met at the McDonald's at 50th and 3rd Ave. It was 41 years ago on that same day that I had gathered 13 young men into the lobby of the McDonald's
that I managed at Fordham Road in the Bronx to begin our patrols of the crime ridden streets and subways of NYC. 41 years later this new Urban Reform GOP coalition would dedicate ourselves to prevent this city from sliding back to the 1970's and 80's.

The Manhattan GOP invited us into their house and said they would give us a home of our own. Welcoming us that night was the Chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party Andrea Catsimatidis, and the NYS GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy. 

The following were our members that were in attendance that night and our core group:  
   
1) Curtis Sliwa   Former NYS Reform Party Chairman....    2) Joel Anabilah-Azumah  2018 ran for the Congressional seat of Yvette D. Clarke on the Reform Party line....   3) Patrick Delices 2017 ran for the city council seat Dist 17 as a Republican in the Bronx   2018 ran for the State Senate Seat Dist. 32 as a Republican in the Bronx  2020 he is running for the Cong.  Seat as a Republican that is being vacated by Jose Serrano....   4) Fernando Acosta Is a Conservative/ Young Republican from the Bronx.....   5) Gabriel Montalvo  Is from Queens and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Alliance....   6) Lou Puliafito  2018 ran for the Assembly Seat of District 76 on the NYS Reform Party line in Manhattan  2020 will run for the same Assembly seat again this time on the Republican line....   7) Bob Capano   2008 ran for the Assembly Seat Dist 46 Brooklyn on the Rep, Cons, Indep. lines....   2009 ran for the city council seat Dist. 43 in Brooklyn on the Republican & Conservative lines    2017 ran for the city council seat Dist 43 in Brooklyn on the Reform Party Line....   8) Robert Hornak   2009 ran for the Queens Boro President on the Republican Line   Author of the Urban Republican Platform..........

/S/ Curtis Sliwa
Guardian Angels.... 
[other references]



John Quaglione is so proud that he is the "Republican District Leader, 46th Assembly District"


Seriously, John, there's no "THERE" there.....  In the 46th AD  ---  In the Republican Party  ---  In any space where you are standing


Your advocacy or actually "OPPOSITION" to "Bail Reform" shows that you know nothing about the law or what we have been conned into thinking is  "LAW ENFORCEMENT".....


Elections have consequences  ---  and almost everything that you are telling people you support or oppose  ---  ain't going to go the way you're telling people it should.  And it is all because of how you have done your various jobs in government, ie. being an absolute toady for Marty Golden and Jerry Kassar, or in politics, ie. being an absolute toady for Marty Golden and Jerry Kassar



Elections have consequences, and the biggest consequence is the complete inability to get anybody better than you as a GOP candidate for anything (actually, you might be the best of a bad lot [but I can say that about McCabe and Capano too]); and really more important than the "candidate" stuff, as a so-called Republican Leader of any sort. Take your current 100% support of Vito Bruno  ---  that's brilliant, just f*cking brilliant..... Real MENSA stuff.....

I still love yuh, like the brother I never had.....

Hang by your thumbs; and write if you get work.....

Friday, February 28, 2020

Is this the future of the Roman Catholic Church in New York and the rest of the U.S.A. ???


Financial bankruptcy following years of moral bankruptcy in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, New York.....


Former right hand man to accused pedophile Bishop of Brooklyn Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, announced the bankruptcy filing this morning ---  following through on his BIG LIE, worthy of Nazi spokesperson Joseph Goebbels in December 2019:  "Whatever we do has to be done in a way that puts victims first...."  (while at the same time acknowledging that bankruptcy could freeze the victims' attempts at fair and just compensation through civil litigation)  “We want to look at all of those things, and then that might be the best way to go.”


The Albany Times Union has reported that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, which is temporarily being administered by Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio's former consiglieri and sex abuse fixer and now the Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, filed for bankruptcy Friday morning as that little piece of the gigantic Catholic puzzle tries to deal with hundreds of lawsuits alleging decades of child sexual abuse, and in the case of Buffalo, well-documented cover-ups  (See "Buffalo Diocese files for bankruptcy after hundreds of sex abuse claims  --  Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has led the diocese since December" by Cayla Harris, 2/28/2020,  Albany Times Union/ News [https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Buffalo-Diocese-files-for-bankruptcy-after-hundred-15091849.php].

This is the second New York State diocese to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – which allows for the reorganization of assets instead of outright liquidation. Previously, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester similarly filed for bankruptcy in September of 2019. This decision by the Diocese of Buffalo was largely anticipated, because the Buffalo diocese was facing more than 250 lawsuits, filed in the past six months alleging sexual abuse. The Catholic Church's Buffalo Diocese has emerged as the most-named single defendant in New York State in "Child Victims Act" cases.

Since August in New York State, the "Child Victims Act" opened a one-year window temporarily eliminating the statute of limitations for civil cases involving sex crimes. Since then, more than 1,600 cases have been filed statewide, many of them disclosing decades-old allegations.

Monday, February 24, 2020

This Brooklyn State Senate nomination is going to blow up --- and the fallout will blanket Staten Island


When Bob Woodward mentions that you've dealt coke to John Belushi  ---  that's not a good thing for a Republican Conservative candidate  ---  that's also not a good thing for anybody running on the same ticket as the reputed drug pusher;  ie., for anybody running for Congress from Brooklyn and Staten Island


It's time for the Brooklyn GOP to cut its losses fast


OR SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES.....



However,  maybe I'm all wrong about this.

What do you think ?????

Friday, February 21, 2020

As far as Bob Capano is concerned, Vito Bruno is the best man to run against Democrat State Senator Andrew Gounardes


One of the most important and influential members of the Brooklyn GOP  ---  Bob Capano  ---  has issued a public statement of support for the GOP nominee to take on State Senator Andy Gounardes


I remain skeptical.....  I have made my reasons quite clear in several past postings on this blog as to why I think that Vito Bruno is far from an ideal GOP/ Conservative Party candidate  ---  but I ain't got no dog in the fight, so mum's the word..... 



According to Bob Capano,  "Vito Bruno is an outstanding choice and a fresh, new voice that is needed to bring common sense back to Albany. Local residents are fed up with the decline on their streets including more crime thanks to bail reform passed by Democrats, including Andrew Gounardes [,  who] has failed to realize that our community is not down with the radical far-left agenda that thinks plastic bags are more dangerous than career criminals...." 

Bob Capano is  a Bay Ridge resident, who is helping to lead a new citywide Urban Reform GOP Coalition along with Guardian Angels founder and radio talk show host Curtis Sliwa. 

Bob Capano is also well known for his long-time service in and for the Brooklyn GOP.   In addition to having been a 2017 GOP City Council candidate and running against Justin Brannan in the 2017 general election,  Bob worked for former >>> Brooklyn <<<  Republican Members of Congress Bob Turner and Vito Fossella. 

At this time, I think that the less I might say about Vito Bruno would be better for everybody involved.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Does former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg know that he is running for a nomination in the 21st Century Democrat Party ?


At the LV Nevada Democrat Debate,  and couching his argument  as one about "win-ability," Mike Bloomberg finally got around to saying that some of Bernie Sanders' proposals are just like Communism; and they'll all fail like Communism


Bernie Sanders and Liz Warren immediately raised objections to Bloomberg for using that characterization  ---  Bernie calling it a "cheap shot" and insisting that he's a "Democratic Socialist" and always has been


Meanwhile, Chris Matthews described Bloomberg as "bleeding" and not being able to  "stop the bleeding".....




Bloomberg's debate presentation was spotty at best  ---    he clearly showed that he really is a newcomer to the whole process  ---  and he isn't nearly ready for prime time

Mike Bloomberg was able to score a few points by not looking like he supports some of the most radical reform and liberal ideas being pushed by Bernie Sanders.  On the other hand, several of the other Dem candidates and NBC/Telemundo panelists kept Bloomberg tied up in knots over issues like "stop 'n' frisk" and his personal treatment of female staff, as well as fostering a hostile work environment for women working as well.

Mike needs to up his game in one quick hurry,  because if he doesn't,  he'll see that it gets late very early in this Democrat Party selection process.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Liam ! Liam !! Liam !!! Whatever are you going on about now ?????


If Liam McCabe were a true conservative, he'd leave property owners alone,  and stop trying to "Nanny" them to death.....


If those new to the area need to make their one- and two-family homes into rooming-house-density housing structures, then they should be allowed to do it  ---  whatever the structure will bear, whatever the traffic demands


Also,  there was another  >>> MERE MENTION <<<  that Liam is a "challenger" to Andrew Gounardes in the article about "...Illegal Home Conversions..." that appeared in the Kings County Politics blog earlier today



Did Liam make his big announcement and did I miss it ???   I think it's just another Liam McCabe "Groundhog Day" event,  with a feckless stunt about housing thrown in.....

This is the strangest roll out of a candidacy that I have ever seen (See "McCabe Makes Illegal Home Conversions Issue in Gounardes Challenge"  by Amanda Salazar,  2/18/2020,  Kings County Politics/ Housing   [https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/mccabe-makes-illegal-home-conversions-issue-in-gounardes-challenge/]).

This is also a very badly done puff piece  ---  it makes Liam look like an old time liberal Democrat busybody, and at the same time, a scene stealing young actor in a self-produced play in which he is the star.....

Does anybody, anywhere believe that Liam gives three flying figs about illegal house conversions ???


Sunday, February 16, 2020

TRIUMPH OF THE WILL --- Air Force One's landing in Daytona is a prelude to a majestic moment inside the stands of NASCAR's greatest showplace, The Daytona Speedway


One of the reasons Trump gets America is that Trump gets NASCAR.....


Daytona is America for the next thousand years  ---  If you don't think so, then watch "Ford v Ferrari" very closely  ---  It's Daytona first,  then Le Mans.....


Never forget, Daytona is at the beginning of the I-4 corridor  (the furthest to the Northeast, but the deepest South and the westest West) ---  but it is so much more than that  ---  it's an epi-phenomenon of the history of the American nation as the dominant nation on earth  ---  a nation that can be the best at anything it wants to be (btw, Cape Canaveral is just down the coast, less than an hour away by car)


Now, let me hear an "AMEN !" or at least a couple of "BIJINGOS !!!"



Galewyn Massey knows all this in his bones, because he lives in Ormond Beach, the real "Birthplace of Speed" and the immediate predecessor to Daytona's racing scene  ---  the original races and record high speed test runs were done on that beach near the border between Ormond and Daytona  ---  and right down the block from Galewyn Massey's house, the place from which GM watched one of the last launches of the Space Shuttle standing on his front porch..


Thursday, February 13, 2020

Okay, it's time for a "Revival" of that great show and floating big-tent mission --- the 2017 GOP Primary


Now, it's time for those grand old men of the Grand Old Party to take their minstrel show back into the hustings  of Southwest Brooklyn  ---  and do reruns of their fabled 2017 races for the City Council 


So quick,  print up those petitions for the GOP line for the State Senate, it'll be "The Greatest Show on Earth"  ---  Don't forget Phineus Taylor Barnum was an elected Republican state legislator as well as a great showman


Both Bob Capano and Liam McCabe appear to be fully rehabbed and well rested  ---  Liam from all his demons and Bob from his search for intimacy in the context of a third party affair with Curtis of the funny red hats  ---  and don't forget Johnny "Q,"  that PR showman,  fresh off his most recent stint as barker for the Nicky Mars Show



Come on guys, the Brooklyn Republican Party needs to see and hear from you guys doing your greatest hits of 2017, and whatever new song and dance numbers you've been working on these last three years.  (It's hard to believe how the time has gone by so fast !!!)

Who knows, maybe there will even be room enough for Vito Bruno to strut his stuff  ---  after all, after dark, he is already a showman on a monumental scale,  with ALL that it entails  ---  remember this great hit  "...  it's all about bi-sexuality...".

Monday, February 10, 2020

An epi-phenomenon of Republican dissatisfaction with Nicole Malliotakis


A man in the street-type, Republican on Staten Island, with a city job and a wife and a house and kids, thinks that Nicole Malliotakis is not a fit GOP candidate for congress  ---  so much so, that he wants to run against her in a GOP primary ASAP


He has no real money yet, but he already has an election lawyer and will be talking to a consultant team later today  ---   and very astutely, he has reached out to me and my blog.....



From little acorns might oaks grow; so, who knows !!!.

A sign of things to come.....


Accused pedophile Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio (a/k/a Godfather Bishop Nicky Mars) and his former Brooklyn consigliere Bishop Edward Scharfenberger got some more bad news last week  ---  although some might think it's a good thing for the overall cover-up of some of what made things blow up in the Buffalo Diocese in the first place


The separately incorporated (please take note; the Catholic Church will be saying that a lot, and with increasing prayerful reverence, as this pedophile crisis continues to unfold) Christ the King Seminary in the Dioceses of Buffalo is closing its doors  >>>  for financial reasons, under all of the circumstances now existing in the Diocese of Buffalo, according to Bishop Scharfenberger  



It is an ill wind that blows no good  ---  One of the things that blew up on the recently-fired Buffalo Bishop Malone's watch was a sex scandal at Buffalo's Christ the King Seminary involving a "love triangle" between two seminarians and a priest instructor  ---  so, closing the seminary down fast cleans up that mess quickly, without any more bad stuff coming out of it



Christ the King Seminary is a "separately incorporated" apostolate of the Buffalo diocese, which has blown up big time during the past year. Bishop Richard Malone resigned his leadership of the diocese in December 2019, after a Vatican-ordered apostolic visitation, or investigation into Malone’s leadership by Brooklyn's Bishop DiMarzio.  Most of that inquiry was into the mishandling of pedophile cases and the clergy accused of sexual misconduct.  A big part of DiMarzio's investigations involved Bishop Malone's handling of  multiple sex scandals emanating from the Diocese of Buffalo's Christ the King Seminary.

The move to close the seminary was announced two months after Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany was appointed to be the temporary apostolic administrator of the diocese.  Before being made the Bishop of Albany, NY,  Edward Scharfenberger was DiMarzio's main man in keeping a lid on the pedophilia problem in the Diocese of Brooklyn.

In a February 4th  press release, the Buffalo diocese announced  that Bishop Scharfenberger was forming a committee   >>>  “to ‘re-imagine’ and provide specific recommendations as to how priestly formation will continue for seminarians of the Diocese of Buffalo, while also providing ongoing education in pastoral ministry and theological training for lay women and men, as well as for those seeking ordination to the permanent diaconate.”

Also in the February 4th release by the Buffalo Diocese was this:  “Over the past 10 years, Christ the King Seminary has experienced an operating deficit, amounting to $500,000 on average annually.  In some years, the Seminary has been the recipient of extraordinary financial gifts which have served to offset the operating deficit, but which cannot be relied upon year-over-year....   The Members of the Corporation of the Seminary have determined that it is not responsible from a fiscal standpoint to continue to operate with such a structural deficit that requires extraordinary support to sustain operations....” 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Meanwhile John Quaglione has pretty much declared he's alright shilling for his boss, an accused pedophile while a priest, and a much accused facilitator of pedophiles as a bishop


John Quaglione's Facebook photo of the Godfather Bishop Nicky Mars, all dressed up in his funny outfit at the Cathedral Club Dinner clearly shows that Quags is on the side of the pedophiles and not the children that he is duty-bound to protect


A friend recently asked me, "So what, if it will be bankruptcy, are they going to take the churches, the schools and the hospitals ?"  ---  Well, actually, no !  ---  People like DiMarzio will sell those things off,  and give a chunk of the proceeds to settle the lawsuits of only some of three whole generations of priestly pedophile victims  ---  of course there will be lots of loot and boot left over; and a lot of it it will miraculously disappear  ---  unless, possibly, there is a strong court-appointed special master, administrator, receiver (not the 9/11 guy, Kenneth Feinberg, he's already too tainted by this crop of bishops)



Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, formerly consiglieri to the Godfather Bishop Nicky Mars in Brooklyn, now Bishop of Albany and Vatican appointed overseer of the Diocese of Buffalo, recently said that all of Catholic Charities' assets were safe because they were separately held by separately  incorporated entities.  There is a far better chance that the whole corrupt Catholic Church floating crap game gets the full R.I.C.O. treatment than the corporate veils between the various failing Roman Catholic dioceses and their right arm Catholic Charities cons remain un-pierced. Because of all the government funding, there should be lots more government oversight as well.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Another one bites the dust --- the 2020 vintage "Never Trumpers" are failing and falling away


In case you missed it:  JOE WALSH IS OUT of the GOP primary and caucuses sweepstakes against President Donald Trump  


Tell the truth, how many of you knew that there even was a "Joe Walsh" running against the President in any of the GOP pre-convention contests ?  ---  And for bonus points, who can name the candidate still running against Trump for the GOP nomination in 2020 ???



I'll give you the answer to the last question first:  Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld  is now the only Republican primary candidate still challenging Trump for the nomination.

Joe Walsh is a latter day conservative Republican congressman, who suffers from a very bad case of Trump derangement syndrome. 

In his withdrawal from the presidential race, Walsh has said he would support any Democrat nominee against the re-election of Donald Trump. That includes the admitted socialist,  Bernie Sanders, who is also a romanticist of Soviet style communism.  

All of this is strange, but none of it is funny.  It looks like something Pope Benedict has been reported as describing at least once  ---  "It's a German joke, it doesn't have to be funny."


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Democrat side of the Iowa Caucuses --- WTF !!!


Even the coverage of the caucuses shambles is a shambles.....


What's going on ?  ---  And why  ???



There are plenty of questions, and so far, no really good answers.

Who's up, who's down, who's in, who's out, who's to blame; and  is this going to be repeated in other Democrat caucuses and primaries going forward ?????

Somebody needs to call somebody in Russia to get the straight scoop and to help straighten this out.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Liam, Liam, Liam !!!


What can it be ?
What can it be ??
What can it be ???


As Barack Obama might describe us here on this blog  ---  We are just getting all "Wee-wee-d Up" waiting for Liam's Groundhog Day event at the Lief


Judging from Liam's latest social media stuff  ---  he is just a human dynamo  ---  back to school,  handling TLC Enforcement, swapping spit with furry creatures that sort of look like Balto, being a married man and dutiful parent, and even being kinda "woke" on MLK Day  ---  It sure looks like this guy is running for something.....



If Liam were half as excited as I am,  there wouldn't be any safe carpets anywhere he visits..... [Yes, I can go there, but if anybody else tries, I'll take it down in a second (or when I next check this blog)  ---  Go ahead, make my day.....]

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Similar articles evidence of conflict of interest & possibly collusion between Dolan & DiMarzio in the investigation of sex abuse charges against DiMarzio


Sometimes,  people think that they can get away with anything  >>> as long as they can control the narrative <<< 


Case in point:  the bodyguard of lies and half-truths being used to shield Brooklyn's  Bishop  Nicholas DiMarzio against the recent charges of a long ago act of sexual abuse involving an altar boy in a parish in Jersey City 


Recent articles from the Brooklyn Diocese and the New York Archdiocese raise the lid and release a stench coming from Dolan's so-called Vos Estis investigation of the pending sex abuse charges against DiMarzio  


If there is collusion in the messaging, what else is there collusion about ???




If one compares these two recent Catholic press articles about the Cardinal Timothy Dolan supervised Vos Estis investigation of the pending sex abuse charges against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio,  one is struck by the blatant similarities and overlaps contained within them (See "Investigation of Bishop DiMarzio Follows Accountability Guidelines; Secular News Leaves Out Context and Facts in Reports" by Christopher White,  1/23/2020,  The Tablet/ Diocesan News  [https://thetablet.org/investigation-of-bishop-dimarzio-follows-accountability-guidelines-secular-news-leaves-out-context-and-facts-in-reports/];  and  "After Probe Is Announced, Bishop DiMarzio Says He Wants His ‘Good Name Cleared’ " by  Rhina Guidos, 1/29/2020,  Catholic New York  [http://www.cny.org/stories/after-probe-is-announced-bishop-dimarzio-says-he-wants-his-good-name-cleared,20505]).  In isolation, that would probably not stand out or even be particularly unusual;  however, in these instant circumstances, the two articles represent statements in official diocesan newspapers:  one, of the prelate leading the Vos Estis investigation of sex abuse charges; and the other of the prelate being investigated.  Immediately, one suspects a single PR source (and not for one second should anybody consider the possibility of true journalism in any way, shape or form in these articles);  and since the Brooklyn diocesan paper was first, I'd suspect it was from Brooklyn  ---  meaning some mouthpiece for the Godfather Bishop "Nicky Mars" DiMarzio..... 

"THE QUESTION BEGS ? !!! ?"  ---  Who is really running this investigation,  DiMarzio or Dolan ???  

After all,  isn't "Nicky Mars" DiMarzio the Pope's go-to guy for these kinds of problems in New York ?????

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Cracks are showing in the PR facade built for Bishop DiMarzio


The charges of sex abuse involving a young boy in New Jersey are having a negative effect on Godfather Bishop Nicky Mars' ability to do his job as the Bishop of Brooklyn


Parental concerns conveyed to and by the school principal at St. Saviour's School in Park Slope were enough to cause DiMarzio to cancel a planned visit to that Catholic School  ---  while a national Catholic newspaper raised doubt about the appropriateness of the appointment of Cardinal Dolan to investigate DiMarzio,  as well as the continuation of DiMarzio's acting as Bishop of Brooklyn while under investigation



This week,  a single article in the New York Post blew up the well crafted fire wall around Bishop DiMarzio,  which pretty much stated that he had the full support of his diocese in his efforts to continue in his duties while being investigated by the Church and law enforcement with respect to recent charges about an old incident  (See  "Brooklyn Bishop DiMarzio cancels school visit amid sex abuse claim" by Sara Dorn, 1/25/2020,  NY Post/ Metro  [https://nypost.com/2020/01/25/brooklyn-bishop-dimarzio-cancels-school-visit-amid-sex-abuse-claim/]).  In addition, the Post reporter questioned the decision(s) which led to allowing DiMarzio to continue to function as the head of the Diocese of Brooklyn while under Papal and police scrutiny for the charges of sex abuse that had been lodged against him.  

The same Post article linked to an editorial in the national Catholic press which raised the issue of the possible appearance bias by Cardinal Dolan in his supervision of the investigation of his very close associate Bishop DiMarzio  (See also  " Editorial: Dolan investigating DiMarzio points up flaws of 'Vos Estis' "  by NCR Editorial Staff,  1/24/2020,  National Catholic Reporter/  Accountability/ Opinion  [https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/editorial-dolan-investigating-dimarzio-points-flaws-vos-estis]).
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

This very late-breaking story.... Well, it appeared in October 2019..... It's new and fresh and challenging


Recently one of our regular readers sent me this link:
[http://www.star-revue.com/there-are-no-young-republicans-in-brooklyn-by-brett-yates/#sthash.imb4AY9M.XcF3x7e3.dpbs],  which keyed-in to an article in something called  "The Red Hook Review" by somebody named Brett Yates with this quite provocative title:  "THERE ARE NO YOUNG REPUBLICANS IN BROOKLYN"


AS A RESULT OF READING THIS ARTICLE, NOW I'M PREPARED TO ANSWER THIS AS YET UNASKED QUESTION:  "WHERE IS JONATHAN JUDGE ???"    [No, he is not in the New Jersey Meadowlands coaching the NY Football Giants.....]



Last night was Burns Night around the world  ---  and in among the verses of "To a Haggis,"  "To the Lads" and "To the Lassies," several hoistings of copiously filled quaichs of single malt,  and finally some recited or sung choruses of "Auld Lang Syne"   ---  well might have been somebody reciting "To A Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady's Bonnet at Church,which is a 1786 Scots language poem by Robert Burns whose final verse is always relevant to us all: 

"Oh, would some Power give us the gift
To see ourselves as others see us!
It would from many a blunder free us,And foolish notion:
What airs in dress and gait would leave us,
And even devotion!"
                                 [Mostly an attempt at an English translation of the original Scots]


That is the main reason why it is important to read Mr. Yates' article, cited above and below.  He was covering something called the BYRC’s #NextGenGOP Forum at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce in Midtown Manhattan, which was held back in October. 

The piece starts off benignly enough with this:  "What do Alex P. Keaton, Carlton Banks, and Patrick Bateman all have in common? They’re all Young Republicans. All of them are also fictional....   In the real world, in 2019, conservatives below retirement age are sometimes harder to come by, especially in Brooklyn’s hipper enclaves. I live in gentrifying Bushwick, where everyone I meet is a 27-year-old tattooed graphic designer, and if any of them voted for Donald Trump, they sure aren’t saying so. That’s not to say they’re all socialist firebrands, but a certain cultural liberalism keeps them out of the hands of the GOP...."  (See "THERE ARE NO YOUNG REPUBLICANS IN BROOKLYN"   by Brett Yates, 10/24/19,  The Red Hook Star * Review/  Politics   [http://www.star-revue.com/there-are-no-young-republicans-in-brooklyn-by-brett-yates/#sthash.imb4AY9M.KdRSrx1I.dpbs]).

Here is the Bushwick author's main point  ---  ".... In short, [the GOP and its Young Republicans] must use new tactics of persuasion to sell its existing politics....   Apparently, Republican strategists’ lack of a comprehensive plan for the American inner city registers as a gaping hole most of all to the strategists themselves, who, at the #NextGenGOP Forum, worried that the party would be “relegated to the ash heap of history” as rural areas continue to lose population. They believe that Republican politicians won’t retool their approach until they’ve suffered a devastating loss on the national stage in 2020 or 2024."  

So, who is feeding Mr. Yates all that stuff on behalf of the so-called BYRC’s #NextGenGOP Forum ???   

Well, Brett Yates says it is none other than our old friend, Jonathan Judge,  who was called the "Moderator" of the event,  and described as a former BYRC president. 






Wednesday, January 22, 2020

A commenter asked, "Does anybody on this blog support GOP candidates?"


Well, let's see what the audience thinks.....


Have at it; comment as you will  ---  talk about us; talk about yourselves; talk about Nicole, Marko or Toonces the Driving Cat  ---  talk about Liam, "Q" or Capano;  talk about Vito Bruno or Vito Corleone, for all I care about it.....

I think it's just about over for the GOP in Brooklyn  ---  and Staten Island, following fast, ain't that far behind  ---  so, I am not that motivated anymore, but maybe that's just me.....

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

No turnabout likely in the Gounardes State Senate District --- And where is Ross Barkan now that we need him ?


Apart from a little chatter on behalf of a few unworthy prospective Republican "candidates" for the NYS Senate seat formerly held by Marty Golden, there has been no push to unseat first term Democrat State Senator Andrew Gounardes  ---  Compare that to a similar period in the 2018 election cycle and what the Democrats were doing to rev up their campaign to unseat State Senator Martin Golden


When it comes to the State Senate,  Brooklyn Republicans and Conservatives seem completely enervated when it comes to any attempt to succeed and flourish in the PMG (Post-Marty Golden) era                    


In fact, so far, the only real GOP-Conservative Party news that has come out with respect to any prospective candidate(s) in the 22nd State Senate District is that Marty Golden won't be in the mix for 2020  ---  And all of the names that have been mentioned as "in the mix" are more farcical than fanciful



If there are any Republicans out there interested in showing some life in the local elections in 2020,  I can suggest one possible state senate candidate that stands out above all the rest  ---  somebody like Andrew Gounardes, who had run in the district before and has some real street cred.....   That prospective candidate would be  >>> ROSS BARKAN <<<  

The Republicans and Conservatives have done it before  ---  both of the two prior Republican State Senators from the district(s) including Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights were former Democrats, as were some prior members of the assembly from the same area;  and they endorsed an unopposed Democrat State Senator in an adjoining district.....

Somebody like Barkan would be a chance for a new start for a Republican Party that has become no more than a badly infected appendix to the Brooklyn Conservatives.

If the Brooklyn GOP and the Conservatives don't attempt something as dynamic as that, whoever their candidate might be will struggle to even attain the status of  a respectable "also ran".....

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Much Ado About..... Bishop DiMarzio --- the Pope tells "The Cardinal" to look into it


Another blip on the radar  ---  Cardinal Timothy Dolan has been put "in charge" of an investigation of Brooklyn's Godfather Bishop Nicholas "Nicky Mars" DiMarzio for the alleged sexual abuse of a child, together with another priest, that took place in a Jersey City parish in the 1970s in the Archdiocese of Newark  ---  other reports indicate that such "investigation" is to be conducted pursuant to Pope Francis' recently promulgated and implemented "Vos Estis" procedures


IT NEEDS TO BE NOTED THAT  >>>  today's NY Post report did contain this particular and very significant bit of news  ---  ".... 'Cardinal Dolan earlier notified the Holy See of the allegation that was raised concerning Bishop DiMarzio from his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark,' the spokesman said in a statement...."  ---   that "spokesman" is Joseph Zwilling, of the Archdiocese of New York  


That raises this question,  IF IT DID HAPPEN AS ZWILLING SAID,  WHEN EXACTLY DID CARDINAL DOLAN NOTIFY THE HOLY SEE OF THE ALLEGATION AGAINST BISHOP DI MARZIO ???


According to a report in a sectarian Catholic journal,   "Cardinal Timothy Dolan is conducting an investigation into Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, following an allegation of sexual abuse. The investigation is being conducted under the provisions of  Vos estis lux mundi, the new law issued by Pope Francis last year on dealing with accusations against bishops....  In a statement released Jan. 18, Joseph Zwilling, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of New York, confirmed the investigation....  'As directed by Vos Estis, Cardinal Dolan earlier notified the Holy See of the allegation that was raised concerning Bishop DiMarzio from his time as a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark. On January 7, 2020, the Cardinal received instruction from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that he is to begin an investigation.'...”  (See "Cardinal Dolan conducting ‘Vos estis’ investigation into Brooklyn bishop"  from feed by CNA, 1/18/2020, The Catholic World Report   [https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2020/01/18/cardinal-dolan-conducting-vos-estis-investigation-into-brooklyn-bishop/]).
Among other matters, that article went on to state,  "....  The allegation was made shortly after DiMarzio himself concluded his own investigation into another bishop on behalf of the Vatican....  A spokesman for Cardinal Dolan said that the cardinal would be using experts to assist him in his task but did not give a timeline for the enquiry into DiMarzio....  'As is our practice, the Cardinal will rely on outside professional forensic investigators to assist him in this matter,' he said....  'The archdiocese will have no further comment on the matter while the investigation is undertaken.'..." 

More about this in due course, as developments warrant.....

Friday, January 17, 2020

"Cisco and Pancho"* need to play "King of the Hill"**


In 2017,  Liam McCabe did the right thing.....   Well, at least once.....   When John Quaglione tried to sweep in and take the Republican nomination for City Council as his by "Divine Right"  ---  Liam stuck to his guns and took JQ all the way to a primary,  and a very bitter one at that.....  Bottom line, Quags is still wandering in the desert,  and Liam is edging closer and closer to the promised land


If the coalition makes sense for their main supporters, Liam and Marko Kepi need to hookup, petition jointly, and tell the rest of the Brooklyn GOP to get on board or get the hell out of the way



These guys need to climb into the octagon and let everybody else know that they are the Brooklyn GOP tag team to beat.

Certainly, Marko needs something else in the bigger, Staten Island side of his assembly district;  and needless to say, the 64th AD is only a sliver of the 22nd Senate District.  Nonetheless, setting up a bastion in the Brooklyn part of the 64th would be a solid "High Castle" move for both Liam and Marko.

The best part of all of it, is that it neuters Nicole,  making any big pitch for Toonses the Driving Cat by the congressional hopeful very near to a poison pill for her chances in November.

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* Since Marko has been so solicitous to the Mexican element of late,  "Cisco & Pancho" might be a more appropriate name for the Liam-Marko tag team than, something more Gringo, like "Butch & Sundance".....
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** The game,  not the decade-long animated series on Fox.....