Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Space alert: Bruce Gagnon's History Gap. America is not the only imperialist.

UP FRONT News June 15, 2015
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"SPACE ALERT" BRUCE GAGNON'S HISTORY GAP. AMERICA IS NOT THE
                                                   ONLY IMPERIALIST.
   Among the more politically distinctive aspects of U.S. Air Force veteran and peace activist Bruce Gagnon's recent talk at the Catholic Worker's St. Joseph's House in Manhattan was his mini-bio describing his evolution from a right wing Richard Nixonite in 1968 into a defacto ultra-leftist, a process certainly catalyzed by his time in the military. Among the anecdotes I found surprising was his account of life in the barracks, which included a room where anti-war soldiers met to talk resistance and smoke marijuana - without winding up in the stockade.
His analysis of U.S. policies aimed at gaining military hegemony in space certainly made clear that President Dwight Eisenhower's warnings about the rise of the "military industrial complex" were prophetic. As far as I am concerned, corporate capitalism, with unrestrained greed being its central feature, and violence go together - and the corporate military entertainment complex (e.g. the Arnold Schwarzenegger Syndrome) is a major contributing factor. If people like Schwarzegger, et. al. are consistently gripping firearms anf thereby sexualizing violence, why should it be a surprise when power/money-seekling gangbangers do the same?
   When it comes to the realities of history, however, Mr. Gagnon's analysis was ideologically biased. As he described - for the most part accurately - examples of U.S. militarism and explansionism, which he sees as plan to take over the world and outer space, I reminded him that the U.S. is hardly the only imperialistic nation on the planet when I asked him, "What about China?", arguably the most militarized nation in the world, with the possible exception of the human rights disaster case of North Korea, where people literally starve to death, where political imprisonment and torture are widespread and where the very well financed army parades in Nazi-style goosesteps In my question of Mr. Gagnon I made a point of mentioning Tibet, the formerly independent nation that in 1951 was invaded by Mao's People Liberation Army, the result of which has been over 60 years of brutal oppression and a genocide that, according to the Dalai Lama, has led to the deaths of an estimated one million Tibetans.
   In his reply, which made no mention of Tibet, he depicted Communist China (and Russia) as victims of American encirclement. Ignoring China's invasion of Tibet and its political and military backing of North Korea's crossing the 38th parallel separating North and South Korea in 1951, thereby starting the Korean War, and its expansionism in the marine areas in Asia, which have placed the Philippines and the Vietnamese on edge, he presented Communist China as a model of coexistence facing a bullying America and militarizing Japan.
   His defense of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin also revised history by ignoring previously Soviet-occupied Ukraine's ties to the west, which so infuriated Putin that he literally bullied the elected president of that post-Soviet independent republic into renouncing an economic agreement with the west, which in turn led to a full scale rebellion, which most certainly included some fascists who were sorry that the Nazis lost World War II. Mr. Gagnon made no mention of Crimea. And he made no mention of "Pussy Riot", the Russian rock 'n' roll group that Putin's people had thrown in jail.
In his accurate reference to the the loss of Russian lives to the Nazis - which far exceeded U.S. losses in World War - he neglected to mention that it was Hitler and Stalin who started World War II by jointly invading Poland on September 1, 1939, a few weeks after the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. (Stalin was a paranoid mass murderer but he certainly allowed himself to get sucked in by a fellow mass murderer from the West.)  It was ony after I reminded Mr. Gagnon that, in his defense of China, he made no mention of Tibet, he acknowledged that, yes, China had invaded Tibet - as if that were a parenthetical little detail.
   The reality is that greed and the obession with power and money - the very things that, as the folks at the Catholic Worker particularly well understand, Jesus and Dorothy Day challenged most consistently and uncompromisingly - are what fuel oppression and war. There is nothing that that militarists and arms merchants in the U.S. like better that saber-rattling and expansionism in China and Russia. And vice-versa!
   A major difference however, is that Robert Gagnon will in all likelihood not find himself thrown in jail for speaking his peace piece at the Catholic Worker, whereas as a Tibetan calling for peace and freedom may do some serious time in Chinese prison.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2015

"Duopoly" in Staten Island. The selection for DA.

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   "DUOPOLY" IN STATEN ISLAND. THE (S)ELECTION FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY. CAN MENDY (MIROCZNIK) MEND STATEN ISLAND?
 
   Although in 2000 Presidential candidate Ralph Nader unfortunately became the candidate of the heavily extremist (e.g. Lyndon LaRouche apostles "Dr." Fred Newman/Lenora Fulani/Paul "Zool" Zulkowitz/George Tatevosyan/Cathy Sadell)-infltrated Green Party and wound up helping the Republican ticket get close enough in a few swing states, such as pivotal Florida, to enable George W. Bush and Big Dick Cheney to steal the election in the Electoral College, Mr. Nader made a valid point in declaring the machine-run Democratic and Republican parties a"duopoly." The label appeared in a front page headline in the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin after Nader's speech at Binghamton University.
  There may be no better example of "duopoly" in practice than in the colony of Staten Island, the so-called "forgotten borough of New York City.
   In the recent "special election" for Congress, in the 11th congressional district, which includes all of Staten Island, and the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, and Gravesend in Brooklyn, the Republican Machine nominated S.I. District Attorney Dan Donovan, who is directly involved in the continuing political coverup of the facts of the police lynching of Eric Garner.
  The Democratic Party machine, which is anything but small "d" democratic", selected the Machine-obedient NYC Councilmember Vincent Gentile from Bay Ridge. Among Mr. Gentile's top campaign officials was John Mancuso, fairly described as a "goombah"-impersonating political thug in the habit of criminally harassing (at least) me as he did on two occasions. The first several years ago when he whispered an explict threat against me at a demonstration protesting the sale of the Jesuit Mount Manresa Retreat to a developer to build "upscale" housing (in a borough which has a major homeless problem). At the time John Mancuso was waxing populist in his capacity as a Democratic candidate for the New York City Council in the 50th Council District. His opponent in the Democratic primary was Mendy Mirocznik, an attorney and now the President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island (COJOSI). Unfortunately Mr. Mirocznik's campagn manager neglected to make John Mancuso's propensity for politically motivated criminal conduct a campaign issue and Mancuso won the primary. The voters in the district however solved that problem in the general election by electing Republican Steven Matteo. (From my perspective, better a "conservative" than a thug.)
   I again encountered the apparently habitually belligerent John Mancuso at a March 22, 2015 demonstration at a North Shore, S.I. Home Depot, organized and autocratically led by John McBeth, a Deacon at St. Philips Baptist Church in Port Richmond and a member of the largely African-American Staten Island Political Action Club (SIPAC). The rally was depicted as an Eric Garner-related protest but was actually a promotion for people to register and vote (for Gentile). As I approached Mr. Gentile, with whom I've been acquainted for several years, to shake hands (entirely appropriate inasmuch as I was a write-in candidate for Congress in the special election), John Mancuso literally blocked my way and pushed me aside. It was subsequently of course necessary for me to make, not only a complaint of criminal harassment, but also to report the matter to Ann Ravel, the Commissioner of the United States Federal Election Commission in my capacity as an FEC-registered candidate for federal office. And inasmuch as John McBeth has politically discriminated against me on several occasions and may have been involved with his pal John Mancuso in an attempt to have me arrrested at a candidates forum in Bay Ridge, my report to Commissioner Ravel references John McBeth. On Sundays John McBeth "praises the Lord." On other occasions he disrespects me and ignores the Ten Commandments prohibition against bearing false and also helps deepen the political coverup of the killing of Eric Garner.
   Also a prominent backer of Mr. Gentile was ex-NYC Councilmember and ex-Congressman Michael McMahon, who has been picked by the Democratic Party machine to run for Staten Island District Attorney. The Machine Democrats never learn. A major reason why Congressman McMahon (who got elected in 2008 by hanging onto Barack Obama's coattails to get the African-American vote) was defeated by (Republican) Michael Grimm in 2010 was because I had exposed McMahon's racially charged demonization of controversial African-American actvist, the late Sonny Carson, during a City Council debate on a Council resolution to rename several blocks of a street in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn after Mr. Carson in recognition of his work in helping to create Medgar Evers College and in fighting the drug-traffickers in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. Mr. Carson had numerous highlly publicized confrontations with generally white landlords and with some white cops and, although he vehemently denied being "anti- Semitic" acknowledged "anti-white" sentiments.  
   I attended the Council debate in which Mr. McMahon voiced his fervent support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg ally Council Speaker Christine Quinn in depicting Carson as an African-American version of Adolf Hitler.  
   Not at all surprisingly Mike McMahon did not bring up the Sonny Carson matter as he campaigned intensively for the African-American vote in 2010.
   I reminded the voters of all the facts, of course suppressed by the Staten Island Advance (once characterized by S.I. African-American activist Kelvin Alexander as a "racist" newspaper and by the Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the largely African-American  First Central Baptis Church in S.I. as a "controlled" paper).
  I doubt that (m)any African-Americans voted for Mike Grimm in 2010. But they didn't vote for Mike McMahon and he lost in a close vote.
   I was not at all surprised, as the voters learned from about the nature of the Machine backing of Gentile, that he was easily defeated by Dan Donovan in the may 5 special election. And I was not at all surprised that only a reported 10% of the eligible voters actually cast ballots - a rejection of the "duopoly" machine and thereby ignoring the Staten Island Advance, which continues to function as a mouthpiece for "duopoly."
   I am a registered Democrat, albeit one who will not vote for Democratic Party corruption. I will not vote for a candidate in any way connected with Democratic NYS Senator Diane Savino, who continues to protect the criminal, her Chief of Staff Robert Cataldo, who  in 2006 committed a frightening act of criminal harassment against me at my scheduled appointment with him some years ago when I was homeless and in a situation warranting Sen. Savino's intervention. Anticipating my arrival Robert Cataldo had emptied Sen Savino's district office of all staff so as to assure that his act of de facto terrorism against me - during he went totally berserk, backed me up against a wall, bellowed at me the accusation that I have sexual relations with me mother, spit at me and threatened me with violence and arrest - would have no witnesses.
 That is mob-behavior. And so a report from an important leader in Staten Island's inreasingly politically visible Jewish community that "Robert Cataldo is a member of the Sicilian Mob" comes as no surprise.
  Needless to say all the information regarding Diane Savino and Robert Cataldo has gone to the U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. Attornery General Loretta Lynch),  NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, NYPD Sgt.-Det. Al Fiore (who assisted me in making my NYPD complaint #2006-120-8244 against Cataldo to a reluctant 120th precinct) and of course to the office of the Staten Island District Attorney.  
  At this point I know little regarding the views of Republican candidate Joan Illuzzi, who is well known as the prosecutor in the  Etan Patz murder case.
  I do not think that Mike McMahon, a product of a corrupted Democratic Party machine in Staten Island, is qualified.
   I've suggested that Democrat Mendy Mirocznik consider running. He hasn't said "yes" and he hasn't said "no."
   In any event. the lynching of Eric Garner and the near lynching of me by Robert Cataldo will be campaign issues - even if the Staten Island Advance doesn't like it.
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c.c. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
      U.S. Federal Elections Commissioner Ann Ravel
      Mendy Mirocznik
      Erica Garner
      NYPD Sgt.-Det. Al Fiore

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Will State Senator Savino Fall Due to Corruption?

UP FRONT News May 15, 2015
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WILL NEW YORK STATE SENATOR DIANE SAVINO BE THE NEXT NYS LEGISLATOR TO FALL BECAUSE OF CORRUPTION?
POLITICAL CRIMINAITY IN STATEN ISLAND: A FERRY TRUE STORY. THE ROBERT CATALDO STORY. A "SOPRANO" IN GOVERNMENT.
    At the rate that New York State legislators are being dethroned because of political corruption, the U.S. government may have to budget money for a special federal penitentiary for crooks such as former NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D.-Manh.), Former NYS Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R.-L.I.) NYS Senate Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous (R.-Binghamton), et. al.
Largely because Staten Island is essentially a political fiefdom run by the almost hopelessly corrupt Democratic Party machine in the North Shore and by the right wing Republican Party Machine everywhere else in "the forgotten borough", and because their house organ, the multibillionaire Donald Newhouse- owned Staten Island Advance, via Publisher Caroline Diamond Harrison, Editor-in-Chief Brian Laline and reporters such as Tom ("Wrongleski") Wrobleski and Rachel Shapiro, have been covering up political corruption for years, Staten Island state legislators have escaped exposure - except of course in UP FRONT News.I
    I will again cover Assemblymember Matthew Titone, the fundamentally dishonest and inept and paranoid Hillary Clinton/Sheldon Silver/Christine Quinn puppet with the bizarre "gay" sense of humor, again in future issues of UP FRONT News. There have been "Matthews" who have qualified for sainthood. Mr. Titone is most certainly not among them. And it has nothing to do with the fact that Assemblymember Titone is gay and everything to do with the fact that he is a liar. Numbers of NYS legislators tend to lie to themselves, to each other and to the public almost habitually. Matthew Titone has lied to (and, I am certain, about) me!
    NYS Senator Diane Savino, one of those I call the "professional liberals" in politics, continues to protect her Chief Staff Robert Cataldo, who is guilty of a literal act of terroism against me, which he perpetrated in 2006 at my scheduled appointment with him in Ms. Savino's district office on an emergency matter when I was homeless, warranting Sen. Savino's immediate intervention. When I arrived for my scheduled appointment with Robert Cataldo the door to her one flight up at 36 Richmond Terrace, a short distance from the St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal, was open and I found myself in an apparently unoccupied office. I waited for about two minutes and then announced my presence. With a nanosecond, a man, Robert Cataldo, came charging out of a rear room, doing a convincing imitation of one of the bulls of Pamplona, as he hurled profanities at me, repeatedly bellowing the accusation that I was having sexual relations with my mother. He forced me to back up against a wall as her came within a few millimeters of my face and spit at me, bellowing threats of violence and arrest. He refused my request to photocopy an important Social Security documemt as he shrieked that Sen. Savino's office was not a photocopy establishment.
    It became apparent that if I did not leave he might kill me, that there would be no witnesses, and and I made my way out.
    When I subsequently called Sen. Savino's office, to my surprise she picked up the phone. When I told her what had occurred she replied blithely, "Oh, don't worry about Cataldo" - and then she proceeded to mishandle the emergency Social Security-relater matter completely.
A few days later I went to the 120th precinct, which is less than a five minute walk from Savino's office on Richmond Terrace. The precinct refused to take my complaint.
I therefore contacted Sgt. Det. Al Fiore, then with the NYPD's Intelligence Division, who had assisted me on a number of very political law enforcement matters, starting with ending the paranoid NYC Public Advocate ex-CIA agent spouse Betsy Gotbaum's attempt to have me arrested because my work as a free lance investigative journalist made her so nervous that she developed the quite psychotic delusion that I was "stalking" her as she blurted out during a televised campaign debafe in August, 2005. (I set the record straight as my story was correctly reported in NYC Newsday by Dan Janison on August 26, 2005 and by Celeste Katz in the Daily News and by Jonathan Hicks in The New York Times on August 27, 2005. Among the reasons why the awful Staten Island Advance is facing a possible lawsuit from me is because Tom Wrobleski's falsehood-riddled article published with a front page lead on August 27, 2005 libeled me.) At my request Sgt. Fiore traveled from his office in Brooklyn to meet me in Staten Island and then went to the precinct and filed my complainy for.
The complaint, euphemistically classified as "criminal harassment" when in fact Robert Cataldo's actions against me fall under the dictionary definition of "terrorism" (the use of threats/intimidation/violence against others for political purposes), is NYPD #2006-120-8244. Robert Cataldo's act of de facto terrorism against me was politically motivated because, even as I was homeless at the time, I was already well known politically and I was in fact a Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate against Wall Street favorite and human rights adversary Hillary Clinton
Since then Diane Savino, while politely promising to assist me with a number of very serious constituent matters (that the awful Titone had willfully mishandled), reneged on those promises and has continued to protect Robert Cataldo, who, on the basis of his behavior with me, is clearly, at least episodically, psychotic. And rest assured that in my capacity as a retired professional social worker with much experience with psychiatric cases, I understand a lot more about psychopathology than does Diane Savino.
    It is a well established fact that psychopaths, some with considerable intellectual gifts, are notorious for camouflaging their malevolence by acting "normally" in public. For a time, Adolf Hitler succeeded in doing that - until he fell apart. There are more than a few psychopaths employed as police officers. The juries are still out on the "cannibal cop." A jury did however convict a psychopathic police officer named Francis X. Livoti, who some years ago choked young Anthony Baez to death with his nightstick because Mr. Baez had bounced a football off a police vehicle at Livoti's Bronx precinct.
    And the evidence suggests that Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who chokehold-killed Eric Garner and then lied about it to a grand jury (psychopath are by definition, habitual liars) is a psychopath.
    While psychopaths tend to be liars, Not all liars are necessarily psychopaths. Sen. Diane Savino seems to fit into this category and as such is unfit to be an elected official.
    Several months ago at my request Rev. Dr. Tony Baker, Pastor of the St. Philips Baptist Church in Staten Island, a largely African-American chuch, of which I am a member, at my request, arranged a meeting for me with Sen,. Savino in his Church office, primarily to discuss constituent matters that have remained unresolved. I assured Dr. Baker that during the meeting I would not bring up the Robert Cataldo matter. That assurance no doubt pleased Dr. Baker because of his personal relationship with both Sen. Savino and, at least as important, Robert Cataldo, as Dr. Baker had already told me that he had presided over Robert Cataldo's wedding - as I later learned to an Egyptian lady. That may explain why Robert Cataldo may have a Pharoah Complex. I guess that makes me a contemporary Moses!
    At the meeting Diane Savino blew it totally by, without any prodding from me or from Dr. Baker, bringing up the Cataldo matter and blatantly lying about the entire thing. I could understand Dr. Baker's discomfort as I recounted some quotations from Robert Cataldo's XXXXXXX-rated outburst against me, not the type of language usually heard in a house of worship. What Diane Savino does not understand is that psychopaths habitually lie and that Robert Cataldo has been lying to her for years. She is also in denial of the reality that, unless she has some secret credentials regarding expertise in mental health matters, she has no way of knowing (at this point except from me) that her of Staff is a dangerous lunatic.
   There is no question that Robert Catado's behavior vis a vis me, e.g. emptying Savino's office of all staff prior to my scheduled arrival to assure that there would be no witnesses to his planned act of terrorism, and then literally terrorizing me to the point that I thought he was going to kill me, is Mob-style behavior.
    And so the report that I've received from a respected political source in Staten Island's Jewish community that "Robert Cataldo is a member of the Sicilian Mob", who has terrorized others, will be of interest to Staten Island new District Attorney Daniel Master, NYPD Commissioner William Bratton, to Sgt. Det. Al Fiore, and of course to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (who already has my initial complaint about Cataldo/Savino). The report that Diane Savino's Chief of Staff is a mobster should be of interest to religious leaders such as Dr. Baker; St. Philips Baptist Church Assistant Pastor Rev. Agnes McBeth; Deacons Beatrice Alleyne; Robert Tubbs; Jr., and Paul Gilliiam; the Mississippi-based National Baptist Convention President Jerry Young; Rabbi Gerald and Boni Sussman of Temple Emanu-el, a few blocks north of St. Philips Baptist Church in Port Richmond, S.I.; Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the First Central Baptist Church in S.I.; and the clergy and members of The Church That Never Closes in Prince's Bay, S.I. and of course all the members of the NYS Legislature and the New York City Council as well as all members of Congress from New York.
    This article is being sent to the media. If the history repeats itself, the Staten Island Advance will continue to protect political criminals.  Like I said, it's a "Ferry True Story."
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Daniel Master - Staten Island District Attorney
William Bratton, NYPD Commissioner
Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney General
Robert Bocchino - Commanding Officer, 120th precinct
P.O. Quania Rios - Community Affairs, 120th precinct
Sgt. Det. Al Fiore
Hon. James Oddo - S.I. Borough President
Hon. Andrew Lanza - NYS Senate
Hon. Michael Cusick - NYS Assembly
Hon. Nicole Malliotakis - NYS Assembly
Erica Garner
National Baptist Convention
NAACP - Staten Island Branch
New York Urban League - Staten Island Branch
Council of Jewish Organizations of S.I.
Dr. William Fritz - President, College of S.I.
The Banner - College of S.I.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Why Gentile Was Crushed by a Right Wing Republican

 WHY GENTILE WAS CRUSHED BY A RIGHT WING REPUBLICAN. TOM WROBLESKI BLOWS IT AGAIN AT "THE STATEN ISLAND RETREAT"

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May 13, 2015  To Jerry Young - President, National Baptist Convention: My strong impression of St. Philips Baptist Church, Staten Island Deacon John McBeth is that, his Jesus-related pontifications in the Church and elsewhere notwithstanding, John McBeth sees himself as at politically (and, it seems, "religiously"), infallible and thereforf exempt from having to apologize for wrongdoing. Redemption, and what the Jewish people call "atonement", do not apply to John McBeth, at least in his mind.
   John McBeth is also given to being "religious" at political events such as at demonstrations protesting the police-inflicted death of Eric Garner, at which Mr. McBeth sometimes offers the closing prayer. On March 22 John McBeth led a demonstration ostensibly to protest the Garner killing but which was actually a voter registration rally geared at registering people to vote for his favorite candidate, Democratic Party Machine politician Vincent Gentile, an opportunistic fellow who in fact remained silent about the coverup of the facts of the Garner killing until I announced my candidacy for Congres in the May 5 special election, in which I made  it clear that the Eric Garner case was a major campaign issue. In fact at the March 22 demonstration John McBeth acted as a de facto dictator, permitting all candidates at the demonstration except me to speak.
   That was only one of several acts of political discrimination that John McBeth perpetrated against me starting in February, 2015, when I announced my candidacy for Congress in the May 5 special election. If you are in fact throughly investigating everything in the matter that I've brought to your attention, I'd suggest that you send an e-mail to John McBeth (sinypcrx@aol.com) asking that he send you copies of all the e-mails between him on the one hand and me and my campaign staff on the other. At your request I and my Campaign Director Andrew Mazzone will forward to you copies of our correspondences to Church Pastor Rev. Dr. Tony Baker, regarding my speaking about my candidacy berfore the congregation, none of which generated a response.
 Inasmuch as this matter is likely to become a legal (and very likely a media) issue I would urge you to conduct your communications with John McBeth and St. Philips Baptist Church, S.I by e-mail. John McBeth's off the record verbal communications are unreliable and contain falsehoods.
   The fact is that John McBeth's disrespects, acts of political discrimination against me, at least one threat, and general arrogance toward me  communicated are many.
   As you might imagine, this situation has been difficult for his wife, St. Philips Baptist Church, S.I. Assistant Pastor Rev. Agnes McBeth. In fact, although Rev. McBeth has said to me that, even as she teaches about "The Politics of Jesus" (using sections of a book by that name by Obery Hendricks) in her Bible class, which I hope to resume attending when this matter is resolved, she doesn't much care for political campaigns, she has tried to be helpful vis a vis John McBeth and me. She agreed to accept c.c.'s of my e-mails to John McBeth. I followed her advice regarding the best way to approach John McBeth to arrange a meeting. He sabotaged everything! She several times tried to arrange meeting between me and a member of my campaign staff with John McBeth, her efforts being rejected by John McBeth. In fact, she tried to help arrange a meeting for me and my Deputy Campaign Director Steven Gradman with John McBeth to take place at St. Philips after the Palm Sundayservice. In fact Mr. Gradman traveled from his home in Manhattan to the Church only to learn that John McBeth would not meet with us. It was of course necessary for me to respond to that insult, my reponse witnessed by some Churchmembers and by John McBeth's family, including as I recall at least one of the McBeth's three children, who are certainly far more polite and respectful to me than their father is. And I of course am always friendly and respectful to the children. (John McBeth has forfeited my respect!) And, outside the Church after the Palm Sunday service, when John McBeth approached me in what I very understandably took to be a very aggressive manner it was necessary for me to very audibly tell him several times to stay away from me.
   Until a couple of days ago I refrained from identifying John McBeth in my UP FRONT News coverage of the campaign. My responsibility as an investigative free lance journalist is to report the news - accurately. That is particularly necessary in Staten Island because the so-called "paper of record" in S.I. is the monopolistic multibillionaire Donald Newhouse-owned Staten Island Advance, has a history of political news suppression and biased reporting. In fact,the prominent African-American pastor and civil right leader Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the First Central Baptist Church in S.I. once told me that he considers the Staten Island Advance to be a "controlled" paper. The well-known S.I. African-American political activist Kelvin Alexander has told me that he considers the Advance to be "the most racist paper in New York." They're both correct! And it is no surprise to me that many African-Americans simply do not buy or read the S.I. Advance. The Advance has covered up political criminality (e.g. against me), local politically connected anti-Semitsm (involving "Israel basher" and now indicted grand larcenist David Jones, a pal of John McBeth), all sorts of political corruption in S.I., all the facts on the Eric Garner case, which consider to be a de facto lynching of an innocent man, etc.
   A great many people in Staten Isand and beyond are aware of my activities as an activist and journalist to bring to an end the
illegal and genocidal occupation of formerly independent Tibet by Communist China. The Dalai Lama of Tibet, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass), U.S. Congressmmember Jerrold Nadler (D.-N.Y.) and Chris Smith (R.-N.J.) NYS Senator Tony Avella (D.-Queens), Dr. Cornel West, Rev. Dr. Tony Baker, Rev. Agnes McBeth, Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr., and Rabbi Gerald and Boni Sussman (Temple Emanu-el in S.I., a short distance from St. Philips Baptist Church) are only a few of the many people who gets their facts on this racist oppression from UP FRONT News, another story suppressed by the S.I. Advance on an Island which is home to the world reknowned Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Arts. Unlike his wife, John McBeth has shown me he couldn't care less
  I have become personally acquainted with Eric Garner's daughter, Erica, who, at my invitation last January, spoke at a the Bowery Poetry Club-based U.S. Department of Arts and Culture/UP FRONT News "People's State of the Union Story Circle" last January and she knows my views on that issue and gets UP FRONT News.
  As far as I am concerned the two top political reporters at the S.I. Advance, Tom Wrobleski and Rachel Shapiro, who do not mind libeling others, e.g. me, qualify as the two worst journalists in New York - and perhaps America.
   And that is among the reasons why my reporting in UP FRONT News is very important as a means to counteract the local media monopoloy of the S.I Advance.
   The reality is that, as a candidate for Congress, I was the only candidate who spoke and wrote about all the facts of the Eric Garner case, including information that Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, the cop whose chokehold caused the death of Eric Garner, lied to the Staten Island grand jury that wound up not indicting Pantaleo, who has since enjoyed the protection of now ex-Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan, whose well-financed Republican machine enabled him to win the May 5 election.
  My UP FRONT News article, headlined "Why Vincent Gentile Was Crushed by a Right Wing Republican. The Eric Garner Grand Jury Coverup Factor. The John Mancuso Factor. Tom Wrobleski Blows It Again at 'The Staten Island Retreat'", attached here gives the facts of why the fundamentally ethically compromised machine Democrat Vincent Gentile lost by alandslide. One can't win an election, no matter how "liberal" the candidate tries to appear, if the candidate has mob-impersonators and worse (a continuing probem in not entirely stereotyped Staten Island), in his campaign organization.
  And some of those "Sopranos"-types are John McBeth's pals.
  And by politically discriminating against me as a legitimate U.S. Federal Elections Commission-registered candidate who spoke (and continues to speak) the truth about the Eric Garner case, John McBeth in fact only helped the right wing Republican Dan Donovan who is majorly involved in the coverup of the facts of the police killing of Eric Garner..
   And the full story, including the facts on John McBeth, at this point, are only reported in UP FRONT News - John McBeth's silence notwithstanding.        Tom Weiss
c.c. Andrew Mazzone, Steven Gradman, Allen Smith

Friday, February 13, 2015

TOM WROBLESKI AND THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE VS. ERIC GARNER AND FAMILY 
                                        UP FRONT News     February 12, 201
"The paper that won't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Steven Gradman - Political Consultant
   The views expressed in UP FRONT News are those of the publisher or of the contributing writer and do not necessarily represent the views of staff.
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TOM WROBLESKI AND THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE VS. ERIC GARNER AND    FAMILY
 
    Tom Wrobleski, until recently the Political Editor of the multibillionaire Newhouse family-owned Staten Island Advance, where he compiled a record of political news suppression, self-censorship, biased and untruthful reporting and protecting the politically entrenched, is now the "Opinion Commentator" for a newspaper that has been understandably described by African-American Pastor Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the First Central Baptist Chuirch in Stapleton, S.I. as a "controlled" newspaper, and by African-American political activist Kelvin Alexander as "The most racist paper in New York." I can see why.
    Wrobleski probably should be on the campaign staff of likely Republican candidate for Congress Daniel Donovan, the Staten Island District Attorney, who is attempting to keep secret the proceedings of the grand jury that left P.O. Daniel Pantaleo of the hook (at least temporaily).
    I am one of many people who have seen the videotape, which records what may be the first actual lynching in New York City.
    In a column headlined "Indictment shows grand jury system works", Wrobleski, citing the Brooklyn grand jury's indictment of P.O. Peter Liang in the killing of Akai Gurley, gives a clean bill of health to the entire grand jury system and its secrecy. In a moment of lucidity Wrobleski correctly states that the circumstances of the police killings of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley or not the same. He correctly anticipates, in a typically condescending fashion, that Erica Garner, Rev. Al Sharpton, et. al. will continue to protest the Staten Island's grand jury's decision not to indict Pantaleo. In contrast to the killing of Mr. Gurley in a darkened hallway in a NYC housing project, Wrobleski writes that "Garner was resisting arrest at the time of his confrontation with Pantaleo." He adds that, "Police were sweeping the area in response to complaints about criminal behavior in the neighborhood" and that "It was not Garner's first encounter with law enforcement."
 As is often the case with a journalist who is experienced in covering things up to protect what Karl Marx would call "the ruling class" (which, salaries aside, certainly often includes the police), what is important is what Wrobleski did not include in his apologia for Donovan and the grand jury, such as the unanswered question of whether Eric Garner was selling "loosies" at the time of the police attack.
   I live in rapidly gentrifying North Shore (re-named in UP FRONT News as "NoSho") and I know Tompkinsville Park quite well as I've personally on several occasions rescued a very public homeless woman named Colleen Poyerd, who has literally lived in that Park at times and been subject to some physical and sexual aggressiveness by the some of the males there who may belong to a group I call "Alcoholics Synonymous." The cops from the 120th precinct, - who have been known to protect political criminals such as Robert Cataldo, the Chief of Staff to NYS Senator Diane Savino, who literally terrorized me some years ago at my scheduled appointment with him in connection with an emergency situation when I was homeless - could easily fill their arrest quotas by locking up some of the more violent drunks who populate the park. Why did they go after Eric Garner? Did they see him selling a "loosie?" Why, with a small battallion of cops there, was it necessary to apply a chokekhold, regardless of the nomenclature euphemism ("seat belt maneuver?') Pantaleo used to, at leat temporarily, escape justice?
   Tom Wrobleski, who arguably warrants the UP FRONT News designation of "New York's (America's?) worst journalist", is among the reporters at the Advance (also known to UP FRONT News readers as "The Staten Island Retreat"), such as Rachel Shapiro, who have been pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo to hurriedly schedule the special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resigned Michael Grimm - a corrupt politician protected by Wrobleski until The NY Times broke the story on illegal campaign contributions finding their way into Grimm's possession via some Orthodox rabbis in Brooklyn.
The Advance (and Republican) push to rush the scheduling of the special election clearly motivated to help likely Republican candidate Donovan and to rush the Machine Democrats  to pick another civil rights-ignorant hack as they did in selecting Domenic Recchia, with his mob pal(s) and horrible human rights record while in the NYC Council and was exposed as such in the Daily News and my UP FRONT News, leading many African-Americans and other progressives to boycott the election, resulting in Recchia getting trounced by Grimm - who had been endorsed by the Advance anyway.
  I've sent Governor Cuomo an e-mail via Paul Duffy, his Richmond County (Staten Island) representative, urging the governor to take all the time he is legally allowed to set the date for the election. Any constituent matters can presumably be addressed by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.
  What the "ruling class" house organ S.I. Advance does not want is a (presumably Democratic) candidate, not a product of the Party Machine, who will make the police killing of Eric Garner and the whitewash by the grand jury and a host of other human rights issued (e.g. taxation that discriminates against the poor, gentrification in "NoSho", political corruption in Staten Island and beyond, the corporation-fueled Chinese Communist Genocide in formerly indepedenrt and illegallly occupioed Tibet) into major campaign issues.
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Erica Garner
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand - U.S. Senate
Hon. Andrew Cuomo - Governor
Hon. Eric Adams - Kings County District Attorney and Kelvin Alexander
The 99%
Kiwana Rich - Reporter, Staten Island Advance 
The Banner Newspaper - College of Staten Island
Alex S. Vitale - Brooklyn College
Select Media
 UP FRONT News     February 12, 2015
 "The paper that won't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Steven Gradman - Political Consultant
   The views expressed in UP FRONT News are those of the publisher or of the contributing writer and do not necessarily represent the views of staff.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TOM WROBLESKI AND THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE VS. ERIC GARNER FAMILY
 
    Tom Wrobleski, until recently the Political Editor of the multibillionaire Newhouse family-owned Staten Island Advance, where he compiled a record of political news suppression, self-censorship, biased and untruthful reporting and protecting the politically entrenched, is now the "Opinion Commentator" for a newspaper that has been understandably described by African-American Pastor Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the First Central Baptist Chuirch in Stapleton, S.I. as a "controlled" newspaper, and by African-American political activist Kelvin Alexander as "The most racist paper in New York." I can see why.
    Wrobleski probably should be on the campaign staff of likely Republican candidate for Congress Daniel Donovan, the Staten Island District Attorney, who is attempting to keep secret the proceedings of the grand jury that left P.O. Daniel Pantaleo of the hook (at least temporaily).
    I am one of many people who have seen the videotape, which records what may be the first actual lynching in New York City.
    In a column headlined "Indictment shows grand jury system works", Wrobleski, citing the Brooklyn grand jury's indictment of P.O. Peter Liang in the killing of Akai Gurley, gives a clean bill of health to the entire grand jury system and its secrecy. In a moment of lucidity Wrobleski correctly states that the circumstances of the police killings of Eric Garner and Akai Gurley or not the same. He correctly anticipates, in a typically condescending fashion, that Erica Garner, Rev. Al Sharpton, et. al. will continue to protest the Staten Island's grand jury's decision not to indict Pantaleo. In contrast to the killing of Mr. Gurley in a darkened hallway in a NYC housing project, Wrobleski writes that "Garner was resisting arrest at the time of his confrontation with Pantaleo." He adds that, "Police were sweeping the area in response to complaints about criminal behavior in the neighborhood" and that "It was not Garner's first encounter with law enforcement."
 As is often the case with a journalist who is experienced in covering things up to protect what Karl Marx would call "the ruling class" (which, salaries aside, certainly often includes the police), what is important is what Wrobleski did not include in his apologia for Donovan and the grand jury, such as the unanswered question of whether Eric Garner was selling "loosies" at the time of the police attack.
   I live in rapidly gentrifying North Shore (re-named in UP FRONT News as "NoSho") and I know Tompkinsville Park quite well as I've personally on several occasions rescued a very public homeless woman named Colleen Poyerd, who has literally lived in that Park at times and been subject to some physical and sexual aggressiveness by the some of the males there who may belong to a group I call "Alcoholics Synonymous." The cops from the 120th precinct, - who have been known to protect political criminals such as Robert Cataldo, the Chief of Staff to NYS Senator Diane Savino, who literally terrorized me some years ago at my scheduled appointment with him in connection with an emergency situation when I was homeless - could easily fill their arrest quotas by locking up some of the more violent drunks who populate the park. Why did they go after Eric Garner? Did they see him selling a "loosie?" Why, with a small battallion of cops there, was it necessary to apply a chokekhold, regardless of the nomenclature euphemism ("seat belt maneuver?') Pantaleo used to, at leat temporarily, escape justice?
   Tom Wrobleski, who arguably warrants the UP FRONT News designation of "New York's (America's?) worst journalist", is among the reporters at the Advance (also known to UP FRONT News readers as "The Staten Island Retreat"), such as Rachel Shapiro, who have been pushing Governor Andrew Cuomo to hurriedly schedule the special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resigned Michael Grimm - a corrupt politician protected by Wrobleski until The NY Times broke the story on illegal campaign contributions finding their way into Grimm's possession via some Orthodox rabbis in Brooklyn.
The Advance (and Republican) push to rush the scheduling of the special election clearly motivated to help likely Republican candidate Donovan and to rush the Machine Democrats  to pick another civil rights-ignorant hack as they did in selecting Domenic Recchia, with his mob pal(s) and horrible human rights record while in the NYC Council and was exposed as such in the Daily News and my UP FRONT News, leading many African-Americans and other progressives to boycott the election, resulting in Recchia getting trounced by Grimm - who had been endorsed by the Advance anyway.
  I've sent Governor Cuomo an e-mail via Paul Duffy, his Richmond County (Staten Island) representative, urging the governor to take all the time he is legally allowed to set the date for the election. Any constituent matters can presumably be addressed by U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer.
  What the "ruling class" house organ S.I. Advance does not want is a (presumably Democratic) candidate, not a product of the Party Machine, who will make the police killing of Eric Garner and the whitewash by the grand jury and a host of other human rights issued (e.g. taxation that discriminates against the poor, gentrification in "NoSho", political corruption in Staten Island and beyond, the corporation-fueled Chinese Communist Genocide in formerly indepedenrt and illegallly occupioed Tibet) into major campaign issues.
                                                                                                            * * * * * * *  
Erica Garner
Hon. Kirsten Gillibrand - U.S. Senate
Hon. Andrew Cuomo - Governor
Hon. Eric Adams - Kings County District Attorney and Kelvin Alexander
The 99%
Kiwana Rich - Reporter, Staten Island Advance 
The Banner Newspaper - College of Staten Island
Alex S. Vitale - Brooklyn College
Select Media

Saturday, February 01, 2014

HOW THE US, NYS, & NYC GOVTS STEAL FROM THE POOR. CUTTING FOOD STAMPS. HRA VS. ME

Friday, January 10, 2014

(DIANE) SAVINOGATE: COVERING UP FOR CHIEF OF STAFF ROBERT CATALDO - A VERY BAD GUY>

ARNOLD SCWARZENEGGER AND THE NEWTOWN MASSACRE CONNECTION: THE SEXUALIZATION OF VIOLENCE

Thursday, January 09, 2014

OUR "HEROES" ARE STEALING FROM US. "GREED IS GOOD?" ROBINSON CANO VS. POPE FRANCIS

UP FRONT News December 11, 2013 Second release (Dec. 12)
"The paper that can't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Steven Gradman - Political Consultant
Lehman Weichselbaum - Arts Editor and Reporter
The views expressed in UP FRONT News are those of the publisher or the contributing writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of staff.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- OUR "HEROES" ARE STEALING FROM US. GREED IS GOOD?" ROBINSON CANO VS. POPE FRANCIS
Some years ago at a forum on the tax reforms put forth by 19th century economist/activist Henry George, guest speaker Stephen Zarlenga, who wrote what may be the definitive history of money, was asked, paraphrased, how do the super-rich accumulate wealth. "They steal it", he replied. Mr. Zarlenga makes a valid point, one that by implication is sympathetic to the politics of, among others, Jesus Christ, Henry George, Pope Francis, Nelson Mandela, Andrew Mazzone and a great many other people who comprise "the 99%'ers" of the planet.
I am aware of no "law" that empowers any human being to simply accumulate the most basic resource, i.e. land (otherwise known as "real estate") and gouge non-owners for the use of that land, and thereby gouge all others who must depend on the land and what the land produces (which is almost everything, even the oxygen generated by the plants which live on the real estate). Henry George, a dedicated opponent of land-based monopolization of resources, believed that a tax based on land value would serve to economically democratize matters and end the have/have-not chasm that accompanies both private corporate capitalism and state corporate "socialism."
Both the Old and New Testaments are laden with historical figures who live (and in some cases die) by greed.
Despite the "greed is good" sloganeering of Gordon Gekko, the character portrayed by Michael Douglas (whose salary for playing the part, put Douglas in the de facto Gekko Group himself) in the films "Wall Street" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", as far as I am aware, most people regard greed as a negative.
Among the peculiar greed-related ironies is that public heroes and "role models" often in the entertainment and sports industries are among the greediest among us. I read recently in a sports column in a New York City tabloid that major league baseballer Robinson Cano, who felt that the offer of around $15 million year from the New York Yankees was tantamount to underpaying him and decided to to fight impending poverty by accepting more money ($24 million per year) from the Seattle Mariners, had a habit of not running out ground balls or flyballs that might or might not wind up in the seats as home runs.
Some years ago, Alex Rodriguez, who consistently confuses himself with The Almighty, aided and abetted by greed merchant agent Scott Boras, threatened to leave the Yankees because he felt that his approximately $26 million "annual" (a baseball "year" lasts from March through September, except for playoff teams still competing into October) salary was not commensurate with his divine abilities and desires. According to The York Times, among the folks "A-Rod" consulted in his effort to stave off homelessness was Goldman-Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who was once quoted as suggesting that his banksterism was "God's work." And so A-Rod got rthe Yankees to give him a raise to a reported $30 million a year. And for that bargain basement purchase price they retained a pathological narcissist with a history of perfromance enhancing drug abuse who would probably overload a lie detector device.
A recent guest article by a Washington Post columnist appearing in (of all papers), the multi-billionaire Newhouse empire-owned Staten Island Advance, whose publisher and political reporters consistently protect one percenter-protecting politician - referenced the pattern of the filthy rich to camouflage the greed that got them there by theatrical philanthropics. The image that comes to mind is zillioniare professional basketball players handing out turkeys to the poor folks in "ghetto" neighborhoods in New York City who have no way of seeing the players perform being unabld to afford the extortionist ticket prices charged which relate directly to player salaries and owner profits.
Our "heroes" are stealing from us!
Neither Jesus nor Pope Francis - who most recent pronouncement lacerated the rich for their greed - are known as athletes. Jesus reportedly was homeless a lot.




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