Friday, February 05, 2016

THE WORST JOURNALISTS IN NEW YORK - AND PERHAPS AMERICA

UP FRONT News       February 2, 2016 
"The paper that won't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Frank De Luca - Public Relations Consultant
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 THE WORST JOURNALISTS IN NEW YORK - AND PERHAPS AMERICA: TOM WROBLESKI, RACHEL SHAPIRO, BRIAN LALINE, ET. AL. AT MULTI-BILLIONAIRE DONALD NEWHOUSE'S STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE. HOW A ONE-PERCENTER OWNED PAPER PROTECTS THE MOB - AND COMMUNIST CHINA.
   If very possibly next president Bernie Sanders is serious about reigning in the fascistic and noxious power of the billionaires who are corrupting what is left of American democracy, he needs to give special attention to the moguls who own the media.
  The level of political corruption in "The People's Republic of Staten Island" is staggering. What is also staggering is that the facts of political corruption in Staten Is;ad are consistent and willfully suppressed by the so-called "paper of record" in "the forgotten borough," the Staten Island Advance the"flagship" paper owned by the multi-billionaire Donald Newhouse,a member of a mogul family that in charge of the Conde-Nast empire and a bunch of publications including the Newark Star-Ledger and Vanity Fair. The family's influence extends into the academic world at the Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University.
  From the standpoint of political coverage and basic journalistic ethics, of all the Newhouse family publications, the Staten Island Advance, located in "The media capital of the world", is the absolute worst. Advance political reporters blatantly lie in print and consistently cover up political crime and corruption. And it has reached the point where the S.I. Advance is knowingly protecting an explosive and at least episodically psychotic identified powerful mobster named Robert Cataldo, the Chief of Staff to the very powerful Andrew Cuomo pal New York State Senator Diane Savino (D.-S.I./Bklyn.), who has been fully aware for years as to the details of wacko Cataldo's frightening act of terrorism against me during my scheduled appointment with him in Savino's district office in S.I. on an urgent matter warranting her intervention when I was homeless.
 The coverup at the SI. Advance began years ago when I both spoke by phone to, and exchanged emails with, then Advance political reporter Judith Randall. During my long telephone conversation with her she expressed intense interest. Not too many days later she sent me an email warning me never to contact her again.  
  As thousands of people know, prior to my appointment with Robert Cataldo, although he and I had never met, he was well aware that, despite my status as a homeless person, I was in fact a Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate against then incumbent Hillary Clinton, whom I was opposing because of her total silence about the racist and genocidal Chinese Communist occupation of formerly independent Tibet, her ties to the corporate China Lobby and her lack of interest in legislatively helping the poor and those we know include in "the 99%." My candidacy had been reported in Newsday, several college newspapers and radio stations in NYC, the suburbs and upstate, on the nationally seen INN World Report, the Manhattan Neighborhood Network, a New York Times Political blog and elsewhere and of course in my widely circulated UP FRONT News and in my campaign blog at www.tomweissdemocratforussenate.blogspot.com.
 The entire Hillary Clinton/NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn-controlled Democratic Party in Staten Island was aware of my direct encounters with Bill Clinton an his Administration, which had suppressed the documents, including several UP FRONT News articles about the Chinese Communist atrocities against nuns and others in Tibet, that I had gotten to Mr. Clinton directly through his secretary Betty M. Currie (who late came to unwanted notoriety during the Monica Lewinsky/Bill Clinton Reality Show).
  Thousands of people know that when I arrived at NYS Senator Savino's office in St. George, S.I. for my scheduled appointment with Robert Cataldo that the door was open and that I entered into an apparently empty office. Thousands of people, including news reporters and many government officials, know that, after I waited for a few minutes and then announced my presence, Robert Cataldo came charging out of a rear room like one of the wild Bulls of Pamplona and for the next several minutes literally terrorized me by backing me up against a wall, threatening me with violence and arrest, spitting at me and bellowing the accusation that I had sexual relations with my mother. I did manage to escape physically intact. Everyone knows that when I reported this by phone to Ms. Savino her response was to tell me, "Oh, don't worry about Cataldo. And everyone knows that Senator Savino, a slew of elected officials and "religious" leaders such as Savino's pal Rev. Dr. Tony Baker of St. Philips Baptist Church in S.I. and his deacon, Democratic Party Machine man John McBeth have been protecting the thug Cataldo ever since.
  And everyone knows that the Mob commits its crimes without witnesses!
  Everyone knows that the corrupted 120th precinct refused to take my complaint against Cataldo and that it was therefore necessary for me to request the assistance of Sgt. Detective Al Fiore, then with the NYPD's Intelligence Unit, who had assisted me on a number of politically sensitive law enforcement matters such as dealing with the (CIA-linked) NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum's bizarre and paranoid publicized fantasy that I was "stalking" her.
 And everyone knows that, several months ago during a conversation I had at an event at Jewish Community Council in S.I with Democratic Party official Mendy Mirocznik, who is also the President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of S.I., Mr. Mirocznik, with whom I had previously discussed the Cataldo incident in detail, told me that Cataldo had committed as similar crime against another victim. And everyone knows that Mr. Mirocznik told me, verbatim, that "Robert Cataldo is a member of the Sicilian Mob." And everyone knows that Mendy Mirocznik knows right from wrong and that he has made it clear to me that he is comfortable with being identified in UP FRONT News as the source for the politically gruesome facts about Mafioso Robert Cataldo.
  For years the Political Editor at the S.I. Advance was Michael Azzara, Sr. a good reporter who wrote several articles about me late in the last millennium when I was briefly a candidate for Congress against the perhaps the worst Machine Democrat of all, the late John ("Absam") Murphy.
  The quality of the political journalism at the Staten Island Advance nosedived dramatically when the very wealthy and aristocratically-minded Publisher Caroline Diamond Harrison, very connected to the Newhouse family, made Tom Wrobleski the Political Editor. For well over a year Wrobleski suppressed the news of my 2005-06 Democratic candidacy for the U.S. Senate against Hillary Clinton. Indeed it was only after I wrote a series of articles exposing him as "Tom Wrongleski" after he lied about me in his article about the Betsy Gotbaum  vs. Tom Weiss "stalker" war, (which was properly reported in NYC Newsday, the Daily News and The NY Times) that (former) Advance Editor Dean Balsamini, now with the NY Post, got very upset about my exposure of Wrobleski, which resulted into Wrobleski's interviewing me over the phone and writing an article about my candidacy which was published on the front page of the Advance on August 21, 2006 under the headline "With the stroke of a pencil vote for anyone." Wrobleski's article does report  my assertion regarding Hillary Clinton's silence on the Chinese Communist Genocide in Tibet.
  And that makes Tom Wrobleski maybe the only journalist anywhere to report a genocide and not follow up the story.
  Wrobleski has since been moved horizontally at the Advance and is now the "Senior Opinion Commentator", breaking earthshaking stories such as his front page denunciation of a woman who complained about his parking his car in front of her home - obviously a much bigger story than Chinese Communist Genocide in Tibet or the Staten Island Mobster in the New York State Senate.
  The main political reporter at the Advance is now Rachel Shapiro. It's not easy to be worse than Tom Wrobleski but Rachel Shapiro is giving it a good try. In her one reference to me while I was a candidate for Congress in the special election in the11th congressional district and the only candidate talking about the political coverup of the police lynching of Eric Garner and the political coverup of the Chinese Communist lynching of the nation of Tibet, in her article about a candidates forum in which I participated at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center in Brooklyn of which I am a member, she belittled my support for a Free Tibet and lied when she wrote that I had "threatened" the forum moderator and others there.
   Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-el in S.I., the Council of Jewish Organizations of S.I. and who is a major figure in the S.I. interfaith network "Building Bridges", wrote a protest letter to S.I. Advance Editor In Chief of Brian Laline. Laline also got letters of protest from UP FRONT News UP FRONT News staffers, Allen Smith,(who attended the forum), Andrew Mazzone, and Steven Gradman. None of the letters were published.
   As I've already reported, Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church in Stapleton, S.I., has told me that the Advance is a "controlled" paper. He's correct. Among the controlling influences is the Mafia!
   African-American political activist Kelvin Alexander has told me that he regards the S.I. Advance as "the most racist newspaper in New York." I cannot disagree and I've spoken to a number of African-Americans who acknowledge that they boycott the Staten Island Advance.
   Rabbi Sussman, who is more the diplomat than the fiery orator, also has an understandably low opinion of the political reporting at the Advance and has said to me that the Advance would consider an article about a cat caught in a tree as a major political expose.
   I've spoken by phone with Donald Newhouse, who is in receipt of several emails from me. No response.
   One online article I read that favorably references UP FRONT News, has described Donald Newhouse as "crazy." I don't know about that. My impression is that Donald Newhouse is something of a journalistic robot. His Staten Island Advance, aka "The Staten Island Retreat", is a bottom of the journalistic rag!
  The Staten Island Advance is hardly the only paper in owned by a multi-billionaire. It most certainly is the most corrupt.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

ASSEMBLY MEMBER CHARLES BARRON VS. "HYPOCRITE" GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO. ONCE AGAIN MR. BARRON IS CORRECT. CUOMO CONTINUES TO COVER UP ABOUT THE MOBSTER ON THE PAYROLL OF THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE AND HIS PROTECTOR. THE ROBERT CATALDO/SENATOR DIANE SAVINO STORY.


UP FRONT News       January 16, 2016  
"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 - Internet Advisor
Allen Smith - Economics Reporter
  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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ASSEMBLY MEMBER CHARLES BARRON VS. "HYPOCRITE" GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO. ONCE AGAIN MR. BARRON IS CORRECT.
CUOMO CONTINUES TO COVER UP ABOUT THE MOBSTER ON THE PAYROLL OF THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE AND HIS PROTECTOR.
THE ROBERT CATALDO/SENATOR DIANE SAVINO STORY.
      During Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address yesterday, Assembly member Charles Barron (D.-Bklyn.) - with whom I've been acquainted since late in the last millennium - interrupted Mr. Cuomo's speech and, citing underfunding for the Campaign for Fiscal Equality, which assists poor African-American children (many of whom live in his East New York district), denounced the populism rhetoric-friendly governor as a "hypocrite."
      As is often case, Charles Barron is approximately 100% correct.
      Andrew Cuomo has been shooting his mouth off about political corruption in the New York State legislature, etc. for  long time. And when the corruption- investigating Moreland Commission, which he had created, started looking into some of Cuomo's pals, the governor brought political capital punishment in New York back to life and personally delivered a political lethal injection to the Commission.
      Among Andrew Cuomo's pals in the New York State Legislature is NYS Senator Diane Savino (D.-S.I./Bklyn.) Ms. Savino's Chief of Staff is Robert Cataldo. Governor Cuomo is among a host of (s)elected officials - who include NYS Senator Andrew Lanza (R.-S.).), who chairs the Senate Committee on Ethics, and a bunch of other legislators in the NYS Senate and Assembly, as well as the New York City Council - who are fully aware that Sen. Savino for years has been protecting Mr. Cataldo, the perpetrator of a frightening act of politically motivated terrorism against me (NYPD Complaint # 2006-120-8244) during my scheduled appointment with him some years ago on an urgent matter warranting Ms. Savino's immediate intervention when I was homeless. During the attack, which took place in Ms. Savino's district office at 36 Richmond Terrace, S.I., Robert Cataldo backed me up against a wall, threatened me with violence and arrest, spit at me, and repeatedly bellowed the accusation that I was having sexual relations with my (late) mother. There was no one else in the office at the time, clearly because Robert Cataldo, anticipating my arrival for the scheduled appointment, had emptied the office so that there would be no witnesses to his planned attack on me, a known political activist who, despite my homelessness, was already a Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate against the human rights-aversive anti-poor, Wall Street favorite Senator Hillary ("The Pillory") Clinton.
   The Mob typically commits its crimes without witnesses.
   And so when several months ago Mendy Mirocznik, a leader of the otherwise corruption-riddled Hillary Clinton/Christine Quinn-controlled Staten Island Democratic Party - who is also the very influential President of the Council of Jewish Organization of Staten Island (COJOSI), which includes such human rights leaders as Rabbi Gerald and Boni Sussman of Temple Emanu-el of Staten Island as members - told me that Robert Cataldo had committed a similar crime against another victim and added the words, "Robert Cataldo is a member of the Sicilian Mob", I was not surprised.
  Mr. Mirocznik has a lot more political backbone than some of the political professional Pharisee-style Jewish Democratic Party machine hacks like NYS Senate wannabe Gary Carsel and Roy Moskowitz, a paid staffer for Assembly member Matthew ("No Saint")Titone (a close buddy of the legendarily corrupt ex-NYS Assembly Speaker the convicted Sheldon Silver). Mr. Mirocznik and I have since discussed this matter on several occasions and, while he is not anticipating any face-to-face meetings with the psychopathic thug Robert Cataldo, is cool with me reporting him as the source for information about the mobster Robert Cataldo.
  It was at a very well attended Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island bagels and lox-saturated legislative breakfast a couple of years ago - which my UP FRONT News associate, an honest "Andrew", i.e. business executive/economist/educator Andrew Mazzone also attended - that I met Paul Duffy, who handles Governor Cuomo's affairs in Staten Island. 
  Thanks to people like Diane Savino, Matthew Titone, anti-Semitism-linked Democratic Party Machine puppet Christine Quinn pal NYC Council member Debi Rose, Gary Carsel, Roy Moskowitz, St. Philips (no apostrophe) Baptist Church of S.I. Deacon John McBeth, and the multibillionaire Donald Newhouse-owned Staten Island Advance (aka in UP FRONT News as "The Staten Island Retreat), which has been covering up political corruption in S.I for decades), et. al. Staten Island is arguably the most politically corrupt borough in New York City, and, as Richmond County, the most politically corrupt of all of New york States's 62 counties. (I've lived in all five boroughs, and also in Binghamton (Broome County) and worked in economically and racially segregated Westchester County, "home" to lots of poor and homeless people and also to aristocrats such as Hillary and Bill Clinton.
  I chatted briefly with Cuomo aide Mr. Duffy, who, at my request, gave me his business card. Because of considerable news coverage of me over the years in The NY Times, Newsday (front page), the Daily News, the NY Post, the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin and some "alternative" and college (College of S.I., Queens College, Binghamton University, Fordham University, Columbia University) print  and broadcast media, as well as a front page article about my campaign for the Senate against Hillary, very belatedly and very reluctantly published in the August 21, 2006 edition of the Staten Island Advance under the headline, "With the stroke of a pencil vote for anyone", Paul Duffy already knew about me - as, to their chagrin, have Bill and Hillary for many years.
  I have sent several emails to Gov. Cuomo via Paul Duffy reporting the fact that there is an identified mobster named Robert Cataldo - who, based on his behavior with me, is at least episodically psychotic - on the New York State payroll in a very high position. (I am a retired professional social worker, with much experience in mental health settings and I know a nutcase when I encounter one.)  I also made the Governor Cuomo aware that Robert Cataldo is being protected by Diane Savino. There has been no reply. 
  Some months ago I joined the often outspoken NYC Council member Laurie Cumbo (D.-Bklyn.), with whom I've been acquainted since she ran for the Council in 2013, on a bus ride to Cuomo's hometown of Mount Kisco in Westchester - not too far from the Clintons' presumably "affordable" estate in Chappaqua -, for a demonstration in support of pardon/clemency for truly rehabilitated prisoners. Mr. Cuomo was represented by his Counsel, Alphonso B. David. I had a few face-to-face minutes with Mr. David and I told him about the unrehabilitated mobster Robert Cataldo and his principal protector, Diane Savino. Mr. David gave me his business card.
   Alphonse B. David also has my email to the Governor. No reply.
   Because Robert Cataldo and Diane Savino have majorly violated my Constitutionally guaranteed civil rights it has been necessary for me to submit a formal complaint against them to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). That complaint was sent to then DOJ U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District (which includes Staten Island) Loretta Lynch, at the request of her assistant Michelle Johnson. The FBI is always interested in the Mafia. My emails have gone to the FBI's Washington D.C. and New York offices.
    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara recently let the governor off the hook regarding Mr. Cuomo's very premature decision to murder the Moreland Commission. That Commission needs to be resurrected.
    In the meantime, Mr. Cuomo's silence about reported Mafioso Robert Cataldo and his protector Diane Savino must end. Silence is hypocrisy.
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Friday, January 15, 2016

PROTECTION RACKET IN THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL - COVERED UP BY THE MEDIA. GROUND ZERO: STATEN ISLAND.

UP FRONT News      January 12, 2016
"The paper that won't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Media Representative and Economics Advisor - Andrew Mazzone
Internet Advisor - Steven Gradman
Economics Reporter - Allen Smith
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  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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PROTECTION RACKET IN THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL - COVERED UP BY THE MEDIA. GROUND ZERO: STATEN ISLAND. THE PERPS - NYS SENATOR DIANE SAVINO/ROBERT CATALDO, NYC COUNCIL MEMBER DEBI ROSE/DAVID JONES
   A terrorist is defined as a person who uses threats and/or intimidation and/or physical attacks against another person or persons.
   As far as I am aware, "terrorist" Robert Cataldo, the "perp" in NYPD Complaint # 2006-120-8244 made by me, with the assistance of an honest police officer, Sgt. Det. Al Fiore, is still ripping off taxpayer dollars drawing an obscenely extravagant salary as the Chief of Staff to New York State Senator Diane Savino (D.-S.I./Bklyn.)
 The details of the frightening attack on me perpetrated against me by an overtly psychotic Robert Cataldo some years ago at my scheduled appointment with him on an urgent matter warranting Senator Savino's immediate intervention when I was homeless are known to probably thousands of UP FRONT News readers. They include a slew of (s)elected officials, such as NYS Senator Andrew Lanza (R.-S.I. and head of the Senate Committee on Ethics); NYS Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R.-S.I./Bklyn), who made the serious political mistake of allowing her name to appear with the toxic name of criminal Cataldo on an email about a community event; NYS Assembly members Staten Island raised Donna Lupardo (D.-Binghamton); Charles Barron (D.-Bklyn.) and Michael Cusick;and NYC Council members Alan Maisel (D.-Bklyn.), Laurie Cumbo (D.-Bklyn.) and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D.-Manh.); and NYS Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) and Tony Avella (D-.Queens), among others.
  Among the community leaders fully aware of the facts of Robert Cataldo's status as a de facto "terrorist" are Diane Savino's close pal Rev. Dr. Tony Baker of St. Philips (no apostrophe) Baptist Church in S.I.; Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-el, S.I., a few blocks south of St. Philips in Port Richmond, S.I.; Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. and Rev. Daryl D. Moore of the First Central Baptist Church in S.I.; St. Philips Deacon John ("'Praise the Lord' but remain silent about the corruption") McBeth, who is also a member of the largely African-American Staten Island Political Action Club (SIPAC); Sheree Goode, Interim SIPAC leader; a number of the religious leaders comprising the interfaith coalition called "Building Bridges" of S.I.; Staten Island Democratic Association (SIDA) officials such as New York State Senate serial wannabe Gary Carsel and professional "liberal" government (works for Assemblyman puppet Matthew Titone) bureaucrat Roy Moskowitz; Ed Josey, the President of the Staten Island branch of the NAACP, which sometimes functions as a branch of the probably incurably corrupt and largely Hillary Clinton-connected Staten Island Democratic Party Machine; and the Staten Island Chapter of the New York Urban League.
   Because Robert Cataldo - who was fully aware that, despite the fact of my homelessness, I was a Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate against China Lobby-friendly and Tibet-ignoring Senator Hillary Clinton - in anticipation of my scheduled arrival for my appointment with him, took care to empty Ms. Savino's district office of all other staff. He did not want any witnesses. That is Mob Stuff!
  And so when, some months ago Democratic Party leader Mendy Mirocznik, who is also the respected President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island (COJOSI), took me aside at a cultural event at the Jewish Community Council of S.I. to tell me privately that Robert Cataldo had committed a similar crime against another victim and added the words that "Robert Cataldo is a member of the Sicilian Mob", I was not surprised. Mr. Mirocznik - who was unfortunately defeated by the Mob-friendly hack and serial (harassments against me) offender and "Deacon" John McBeth pal John Mancuso in a NYC Council Democratic primary in 2012 - is not an impulsive man. Mr. Mirocznik knew that, in "outing" a mobster, he was speaking to a well-known political activist and journalist. He also knew (and knows) that, unlike the multibillionaire Donald Newhouse-owned Staten Island Advance - arguably New York's most politically corrupt newspaper, which has been pleasing the local mobsters and covering up political corruption in S.I. for decades - as the publisher of UP FRONT News I fully exercise my First Amendment rights and print the truth. Mr. Mirocznik did not request anonymity as the source of the Senator Diane
DistrictSavino/Robert Cataldo/Mob connection.
  All the necessary law enforcement agencies, including the office of the Staten Island District Attorney, the NYPD Police Commissioner, the U.S. Department of Justice (Loretta Lynch) and the FBI have the facts - from me..
  Robert Cataldo is a very dangerous psychopathic lunatic and belongs in jail or in a facility for the criminally insane. As a de facto "terrorist", he might be better off on an Island other than Staten Island; perhaps the island of Cuba, which still has accommodations at Guantanamo.
   I am one of a number of people experiencing voter remorse - a result of my having voted for Debi Rose in the 2009 election for the New York City Council.
The first solid warning to me that Debi Rose is a political phony came during my conversation with then NYC Council member Charles Barron, who is now a member of the NYS Assembly (D.-Bklyn.) Although during my conversation with Mr. Barron at the 2010 convention of the NYS Freedom Party, Mr. Barron did not use the word "phony" to describe Debi Rose, what he did say to me was that it would be unwise for me to accept as truthful any rhetoric by Ms. Rose suggesting that she is independent of the Democratic Party machine. Mr. Barron was approximately 100% correct. The Freedom Party selected Mr. Barron as its candidate for governor in 2010; I endorsed him in UP FRONT News and did some media work in his campaign. Mr. Barron is a solid antidote to the fake "leftists" of the Lyndon LaRouche-ite extremist-tainted Green Party, which, with its Nader/Nadir, intentionally helped the Cheney/Bush ticket steal the 2000 election.
   Debi Rose has for years willfully butchered all constituent matters that I have brought to her attention, including serious violations of my rights at several NYC-contracted senior citizens centers. Debi Rose has been shooting her mouth off about the police killing of Eric Garner. She has, however, remained stone silent the several violations of my civil rights by police officers at that same 120th precinct. And, as far as I am aware I am the only journalist to report information that police office Daniel Pantaleo, the guy (probably, like Robert Cataldo, a psychopath), who literally lynched Eric Garner, lied to the grand jury. Debi Rose's silence on that matter involves her directly in the massive political coverup of the murder in Tompkinsville, Staten Island.
  Debi Rose's 2009 campaign manager and closest political advisor was (is?) David Jones. There are reasons why David Jones is known throughout the Jewish community, at least in Staten Island, as "The Israel basher." As a honcho in the deceptively named grouplet calling itself Peace Action of Staten Island (PASI) David Jones has consistently blamed Israel for just about everything except presumably some of the car accidents on Hylan Blvd and the extortionist tolls on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. Ms. Rose is fully aware that David Jones has threatened me on multiple occasions with physical violence and that at a candidates forum in the south parking lot of First Central Baptist Church in S.I. some years ago he went berserk and tried to assault me as he was bellowing accusations that I was having sexual relations with my late mother.
  David Jones is also under indictment for grand larceny in connection with his financial shenanigan during Ms. Rose's 2009 campaign for the City Council.
  Among those who are aware that Debi Rose is profoundly negligent in the constituent service responsibilities for which he is being (over)paid and that, in her continued protection of the inescapably anti-Semitic David Jones she may well herself be an anti-Semite (no matter how often she tries to sweet-talk the sometime sweet-talk-susceptible Rabbi Sussman).
   I don't usually bother calling the Staten Island Advance (aka "The Staten Island Retreat"). Calling the Staten Island Advance - which pays Tom ("Wrongleski")Wrobleski and Rachel Shapiro to be what are in fact the two worst political reporters in America to lie to the public - is the equivalent of a Jew in 1939 Nazi Germany calling Josef Goebbels's Volkischer Beobachter to expose Nazi persecution of even one Jew. 
   Newsday, which has done some good reporting on me over the years, the Daily News, and the NY Post have the facts.
   Most of the corruption-related reporting on the New York State Legislature and the New York City Council focuses on the other four boroughs.
   It is not surprising that Staten Island,  the borough with the most corrupt mainstream newspaper in New York is the most politically corrupt borough in New York City.
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Friday, December 11, 2015

AMERICA'S WORST NEWSPAPER: THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - AND THE OTHER MULTI-BILLIONAIRE "DONALD". DONALD NEWHOUSE'S NADIR.


UP FRONT News               December 11, 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 - Internet Advisor
Allen Smith - Economics Reporter
 The views expressed in UP FRONT News are those of the publisher or of the contributing write and do not necessarily represent the views of staff.
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AMERICA'S WORST NEWSPAPER: THE STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE - AND THE OTHER MULTI-BILLIONAIRE "DONALD". DONALD NEWHOUSE'S NADIR.
      As presumably thousands of people, including many who live in the autocratically governed "People's Republic of Staten Island", are aware, in 2006 I was literally terrorized by NYS Senator Diane Savino's Chief of Staff Robert Cataldo during my scheduled appointment with him on an urgent matter necessitating Ms. Savino's intervention when I was homeless. Savino/Cataldo and then U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton-controlled Democratic Party machine already knew about the fact that, my homelessness notwithstanding, I was running against Mrs. Clinton as a Democratic write-in candidate for the U.S.Senate and also because of considerable previous media coverage (NY Times, Newsday, Daily News, NY Post, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Downtown Magazine, Downtown Express, Our Town, Queens Tribune, russian language media, also broadcast media, national and local) about my political and arts-related activities. 
 When I arrived at Senator Savino's district office one flight up at 36 Richmond Terrace in St. George, S.I. the door was open. I entered into an office that was apparently devoid of any staff. I waited a few minutes and then announced my presence. At that point a man, Robert Cataldo, came barreling out of a rear room, like, as I've reported, one of the Bulls of Pamplona, bellowing threats and accusing me of having sexual relations with my mother. He backed me up against a wall and for several minutes with his face less than a centimeter from mine, spit at me and threatened me with arrest and violence. After some minutes I managed to squeeze my way free and I left.
  When I called Savino and told her what had happened her reply was, verbatim, "Oh, don't worry about Cataldo." She's been protecting this sociopathic lunatic ever since - and so has Donald Newhouse and his Staten Island Advance.
  A few days after that terrorist experience I went to the NYPD's 120th precinct, a less than five minute walk from Savino's office. They refused to take my complaint. To suggest that the 120th precinct has a history of corruption is the equivalent of asserting that the first book of the Bible is Genesis. It's a fact!
  And so I called Sgt. Detective Al Fiore, then with the NYPD's Intelligence Division, who in that capacity had saved me from being arrested at the request of one of the most paranoid people in the history of New York City politics, ex-NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, with whom, via my family, I've been personally acquainted since 1979 and whose politically embarrassing secrets include a failed marriage to a CIA agent and her related adulteries at the home of one of my relatives in Great Neck, L.I. It was Betsy Gotbaum who reacted to my showing up as a journalist at events she was at by claiming that I was "stalking" her, a defamation that she made during an August, 2005 televised campaign debate with her opponents, who included civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel, with whom I am acquainted.  Sgt. Fiore, who knows politics and law enforcement, at my request traveled from his office in Brooklyn to meet me in S.I., took the information from me and went to the 120th precinct and filed the complaint for me. It is NYPD Complaint # 2006-120-8244. That complaint and the related political details involving Senator Savino have been reported by me to the Staten Island District Attorney, to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and to the FBI   
  And the politically motivated Betsy Gotbaum "stalker" delusion led to the first lie about me in the Staten Island Advance. Then Political Editor Tom Wrobleski had interviewed me at length in early 2005 about my Senate candidacy against Mrs. Clinton. He printed nothing.
 And so when Ms. Gotbaum libeled me with her "stalker" delusion, I set the record straight with the media and essentially accurate articles about the Betsy Gotbaum vs. Weiss "Stalker" War were published in NYC Newsday (August 26, 2005), the Daily News and The New York Times (both August 27, 2005). The Newsday story also reported my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
  Wrobleski had the nerve to call me and ask for an "exclusive." I vetoed that, advising him that I had already been in contact with several reporters for other papers. He interviewed me over the phone, His inaccuracy and lie-riddled article was published with a front page lead on August 27, 2005. If Tom Wrobleski had written that article in journalism school, he would have gotten an "F" and probably been urged to seek another profession.
 And as far as stalking Betsy Gotbaum or anyone else is concerned, I refer you to country singer Dwight Yoakum's hit, "I Ain't That Lonely Yet."
 Wrobleski should have probably have been fired for libelous reporting.The Staten Island Advance, however, has been correctly described by Staten Island civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church in ethnically diverse Stapleton, S.I., as a "controlled" newspaper. The political journalism - e.g. Tom ("Wrongleski") Wrobleski (who is now "Senior Opinion Commentator"), Rachel Shapiro, all under Editor-in-Chief and Chief Censor Brian Laline - is at the bottom of the journalistic barrel.
  There are some liberals who claim that the Advance is "Republican." They are wrong, The Staten Island Advance is in the business of protecting the corrupt and politically entrenched, regardless of Party.
  They protect corrupt Democrats, such as "The Unholy Trinity of 1.) Diane Savino, (tied to Mobster Cataldo), 2.) the Sheldon Silver puppet Assembly member Matthew ("No Saint") Titone, and 3.) the anti-Semite David ("Hitler Eyes") Jones-tied NYC Council member Debi Rose, just as they protected the now incarcerated Republican ex-Congressman Michael Grimm, until The NY Times exposed his illegal campaign contributions via a pipeline involving some Orthodox rabbis in Brooklyn. 
  Tom Wrobleski had to be embarrassed into writing an article about my campaign for the U.S. Senate against Mrs. Clinton. His story, under the headline, "With the stroke of a pencil vote for anyone", was published on the front page of the Advance on August 21, 2006. In journalism school Wrobleski would have been luck to get a C-minus. Most of his article is spent on discussing the details of running as a write-in candidate. Near the end he reports my assertions regarding Mrs. Clinton's lack of interest in the poor and her silence about the Chinese Communist Genocide in Tibet.
 And so Tom Wrobleski and the Staten Island Advance, on an island known to the Dalai Lama and Tibetans everywhere as the home to the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Arts, stands out for reporting the political coverup of a "Genocide" and not following it up. Like I said, "The Staten Island Retreat." 
  Over the course of several years I periodically sent emails to Advance editors Dean Balsamini (now reportedly with the Daily News) and Marj Hack and political reporter Judith Randall. I had a long telephone conversation with Ms. Randall about in particular Robert Cataldo's act of terrorism against me and Savino's protection of this criminal thug. Ms. Randall asked me to send an email with the details. I sent several. On July 12, 2011 at 8:52 AM Ms. Randall sent me an email which read, "please do not contact me again, by phone or e-mail.
  Inasmuch as, in anticipation of my arrival for my scheduled appointment with Robert Cataldo, he took care to empty Ms. Savino's office of all staff so as to assure that his obviously well planned act of terrorism against me would happen without witnesses, a Mob tactic, I have long suspected that Robert Cataldo is a mobster.
  Several months ago at a cultural event at the Jewish Community Council, Democratic Party official Mendy Mirocznik, who is also the very influential President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, and with whom I had previously discussed the Cataldo/Savino matter in detail, asked to speak to me privately. During the perhaps ten minute conversation that followed, Mr. Mirocznik told me that Robert Cataldo had committed a similar crime against another (at this point unnamed) victim. Mr. Mirocznik then added the following words, "Robert Cataldo is a member of the Sicilian Mob."
   I am not surprised.
   Inasmuch as Mr. Mirocznik has not requested anonymity, I've reported is account to me and al the facts in UP FRONT News.
   The Staten Island Advance knows everything. and so does owner Donald Newhouse.  
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Friday, December 04, 2015

ANOTHER UP FRONT NEWS EXCLUSIVE! PALINDROMIST POET/ACTIVIST "SPARROW" RUNS FOR PRESIDENT


ANOTHER UP FRONT NEWS EXCLUSIVE! PALINDROMIST POET/ACTIVIST "SPARROW" RUNS FOR PRESIDENT

   Should Wall Street-connected Hillary ("The Pillory") Clinton - who has demanded $300,000 plus free hummus for speaking engagements and then claimed that she and her husband Bill were "broke" - manage to purchase the Democratic Party nomination for president and find herself  "opposed" by, say, right-wing billionaire demagogue Republican Donald Trump or Tea Party darling Ted Cruz or Chris ("Gridlock") Christie, a "third" or "fourth" party or truly independent write-in candidacy becomes very relevant.  
  With Bernie Sanders's focus on economic inequality (an issue which the $300,000-plus-free-hummus-per-speech Hillary is not morally equipped to even mention) he has evolved from "fringe" status to being a threat to the Democratic Party establishment, which includes the corruption-riddled Tammany Hall-style Democratic Machine in Staten Island, New York City. Mr. Sanders however made what may have been his first major political mistake in the first Democratic candidates debate some weeks ago in Las Vegas when he cozied up to Hillary by suggesting that her private email mess was not an important issue - at which point Hillary almost kissed him in gratitude. The reality is of course that Mrs. Clinton's secret use of a private email address to conduct State Department business, - e.g. with regard to the disaster in Benghazi - is a symptom of her passion for the type of secrecy that is essential to corruption and the related coverups. It explains why Mrs. Clinton is so widely distrusted. It was after that debate that Bernie's polls began to drop - understandably.
  If Bernie Sanders believes that by emphasizing economic inequality and climate change to the near exclusion of other issues, he's wrong - and Hillary will out- rhetoric him, most certainly in African-American churches, where all of a sudden she'll sound as if she grew up in rural Georgia or maybe South Jamaica Queens while spouting the populism of Che Guevara. Mrs. Clinton is not only a prevaricator, she's an actress.
 A related problem with Mr. Sanders - an affliction shared by many major politicians - is that the more famous he or she gets the more politically deaf he or she becomes.
 Last May 21 after I made a number of phone calls and sent several mails to Mr. Sanders's U.S. Senate office regarding the Chinese Communist racist Genocide in the illegally occupied and formerly independent nation of Tibet, his then Senate Press Secretary Jeff Frank sent me Mr. Sanders's statement, which calls for "self determination for the Tibetan people." He also added some references to that issue to his website. Other than that, as far as I am aware, he has been silent.
  During the referenced Democratic debate in Las Vegas the only candidate to mention China as an issue was Jim Webb, who promptly dropped out of the race a few days later.
  I've sent a number of emails to Bernie's campaign manager Jeff Weaver, some c.c.'d to his Senate Chief of Staff Michaeleen Earle Crowell and his new Senate Press Secretary Mike Casca, urging that Mr. Sanders speak out on the Tibet disaster, something that will certainly appeal not only to the approximately 150 Tibetans that Mr. Sanders's press release to me reported as living in Vermont, but also to the much larger number of Tibetans living in New York City (especially Queens), the suburbs and upstate (e.g. Carmel and Ithaca), who will be voting in the very important April 19 Democratic primary in New York State. Bernie is a Brooklyn native; Hillary lives in the essentially segregated community of Chappaqua in super-duper upscale northern West Chester County, N.Y.
  Sparrow, who formerly lived on Manhattan's Lower East Side,lives in a trailer in rural Ulster County,
  Anyone who reads UP FRONT News (online at www.tomsupfrontnews.blogspot.com) will have the facts on the direct involvement of Bill and Hillary Clinton in the political coverup of the Chinese Communist Genocide in Tibet. The reason: the power of the mega-corporations making gazillions in profits from investments in essentially "fascist"-ruled "Communist" China who are part of The China Lobby.
  Jesus had (and has) a point as made in First Timothy 6:10 when He made it clear that the root of "evil" is not the money but the "love" of it. Hillary an Bill love money.
   Sparrow, who travels to New York City often and performs at poetry events, has expressed his support for freedom for Tibet. That's a very good start for a presidential campaign.
   Sparrow is an observant Jewish man. As far as I can tell, he is a progressive. Unlike the Karl (not Groucho) Marx-oriented, populism-spouting Greens, he is in no way tainted by political extremism. Anyone reading UP FRONT News is knowledgeable about the history of the Greens with such racist political extremists such as Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.; the late "social therapy" cult leader "Dr." Fred Newman, the anti-Semite Lenora Fulani and their apostles, "peace" hoaxters including  Paul ("Zool") Zulkowitz and the explosive Jerry ("Can't") Kann, et. al., and the Green Party's history of "out-lefting the left", e.g with Ralph Nader in 2000 and thereby helping to "elect" right wing Republicans such as George W, Bush and Big Dick Cheney in 2000. Green Party presidential wannabe Jill Stein has adopted the Big Dick Cheney approach at least to my email about election: dead silence.
   Sparrow writes palindromes. Animal rights and Bible people will appreciate, "Selah. We revere whales."

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The "Affordable Housing" Hoax: Staten Island's North Shore


UP FRONT News      November 21, 2015
"The paper that won't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Allen Smith - Economics Reporter
Steven Gradman - Internet Advisor
  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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  THE "AFFORDABLE HOUSING" HOAX: KEEPING THE LOW INCOME PEOPLE OUT. STATEN ISLAND'S NORTH SHORE BECOMES "NOSHO".
  The fact that so-called "affordable housing" exists in New York City in and of itself implies that the City has "unaffordable" housing. In fact most of the housing in New York City, especially the stuff being built (check the Real Estate Section of the Sunday New York Times) is unaffordable. And the political reality that the profit-obsessed real estate developer lobby controls many "conservative" Republican and "liberal" Democrats  - many of the latter beholden to for example Hillary Clinton, whose relationship to Wall Street bankers and their developer pals domestic and foreign is a matter of record, Mrs. Clinton's opportunistic populist rhetoric notwithstanding - means that, in the absence of some heavy grass roots resistance, it's going to get worse.
   A "developing" gentrification war is taking place in the North Shore neighborhoods of the "forgotten borough" of Staten Island, the home to a mega-development expansion, with its nucleus the now under construction "world's largest ferris wheel" a few feet from the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George. While homelessness in Staten Island - and the rest of New York City - continues to spike, the acres of housing being rapidly built along the so-called Bay Street Corridor encompassing the neighborhoods of St. George, Tompkinsville, Stapleton (where I live) and Clifton (where police victim Eric Garner lived) will not reduce homelessness in any way. What it will do is alter the nature of the referenced working class neighborhoods in ways similar to what has happened in the erstwhile "affordable" Lower Manhattan neighborhood now known as TriBeCa, where I lived, a neighborhood now "affordable" to such working class heroes as Billy Crystal, Mariah Carey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Deron Williams, Jay-Z and  Beyonce, et. al.
   A advertisement in a New York City newspaper recently announced  that "applications are now being accepted for 142 rental apartments" at a project "being financed by NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR)" at 625 West 57th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues in Manhattan - only a few blocks from Carnegie Hall and some of the world's most expensive and "unaffordable" skyscraper apartments.
  Fourteen studio apartments at that location are available at a certainly reasonable $565 monthly rent. Here's the catch. The maximum allowable income is $24,200 annually. That means Alex Rodriguez or Hillary Clinton (her complaint about being "broke" notwithstanding), and ex-NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can't get in. Pity! The minimum income is $19,622 annually. That means that I am one of a lot of low income people who also can't get in.
 Some months ago I had a meeting with some staffers at the office of New York State Assembly member Walter Mosley (D.-Bklyn.). During that meeting I emphasized that there is something unacceptably ironic about "affordable" housing that excludes the poor. They did not disagree. Presumably Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the very adequately "compensated" electeds in the NYS Legislature and the NYC Council - none of whom are presumably on the cusp of homelessness - can rectify this situation.
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Thursday, November 19, 2015

A SALARY INCREASE FOR THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL - AND DEBI ROSE? THE POLITICAL THEATRE OF THE ABSURD!


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Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Allen Smith - Economics Reporter
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 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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A SALARY INCREASE FOR THE NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL - AND DEBI ROSE? THE POLITICAL THEATRE OF THE ABSURD!
      Some years, when the New York City Council was a de facto colony of then New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, with autocratic control exercised by his close ally Council Speaker, Queen Christine Quinn,  Ms. Quinn surreptitiously introduced a bill backed by Bloomberg to have give salary increases to the City Council and a handful of already excessively "compensated" Bloomberg aides. I found out about the required public hearing via a small article in an inside page of the Daily News by then reporter Frank Lombardi (no connection to "Frank Lombardi" of the motorcycle shop on Bay Street in Stapleton, Staten Island).
 I decided to testify in opposition to what was of course a done deal under the "Quinnberg Dictatorship."
 It was at that hearing that I first met then NYC Council member Tony Avella (D.-Queens), who has since been elected to the New York State Senate.
 Mr. Avella, who was not a member of the Quinn-controlled Council Committee holding the hearing, came to testify as to his opposition to a resolution that correctly depicted as a greedy maneuver grossly inappropriate in the City of the Homeless and the Marginal. The Council, which under Queen Quinn operated not unlike the Spanish Cortes under fascist dictator Francisco Franco in Spain or the Soviet Duma under Stalin, of course passed the bill. As far as I am aware, Mr. Avella refused to accept  the salary increase, which may have reduced his budget for Christmas presents.
   The Daily News and other media recently reported that, as reporter Jennifer Fermino of the News put it, some members of the City Council "have been quietly plotting to raise their salaries from the current $112,500 base to $192,500." And we wonder why anarchism is so appealing to some New Yorkers?
 To her credit unlike Queen Quinn, current NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D.-East Harlem) has expressed her opposition to such a ripoff of the public.
  Speaker Viverito is also now in a position of dealing with the Council member who may be among the most dishonest and ethically compromised in an already corruption-tainted New York City Council. Debi Rose (D.-S.I.), whom I made the mistake of supporting when she ran for the Council in 2009, is under the entirely mistaken impression that her job is to help her political friends and to deny services to those, such as me, who are politically independent and actually politically challenge Machine Democrats such as Hillary Clinton, the actually Mob (Chief of Staff Robert Cataldo)-linked New York State Senator Diane Savino and the lamentable Machine puppet Assembly member Matthew ("No Saint") Titone, all of whom are corrupt to the core and, their often populist rhetoric notwithstanding, are directly involved in the "legal" and political coverup of the police lynching of Eric Garner and other human rights matters.
   Some Jews have sometimes accused ex-NYC Council member and now NYS Assembly member Charles Barron (D.-Bklyn.) of being "anti-Semitic." Those Jews, some of whom are much too quiet about anti-Semitism in Staten Island, are wrong. I have disagreed with some if Mr, Barron's statements about Israel and I believe that Mr. Barron is not as strong on international issues as he is on domestic matters. He understands the noxious power of the real estate/banker lobby. Her understands that Hillary Clinton represents that lobby. And when Mr. Barron warned me some years ago that Debi Rose as not as "independent" as she sounds, he showed me that he understands Debi Rose!!!
 When it comes to anti-Semitism in the New York City Council the person to look at is Debi Rose.
 For years Ms. Rose's closest political advisor has been the now indicted ("grand larceny") David Jones, who in his capacity with the grouplet somewhat euphemistically calling itself Peace Action of Staten Island, has become notorious for demonizing Israel and and defending such beacons of peace and democracy as the Holocaust-denying Israel-bashing theocracy in Iran and the sadistic regime in charge in the slave state of North Korea. David Jones is known in the Jewish community in Staten Island as "the Israel basher." He is also known as "Hitler Eyes." Here's why.
   Despite the continued news suppression by New York City's most politically corrupt newspaper, the multibillionaire Donald Newhouse-owned Staten Island Advance, which as been protecting the politically corrupt of both parties in S.I. for decades, a great many readers of UP FRONT News now know that David Jones is a also an attempted Tom Weiss basher, having perpetrated a number of "Hitler Eyes"-blazing explicit threats of violence against me over the years, including one frightening attempted assault on me at a candidates forum several years ago in the parking lot at Rev. Dr. Demetrius S, Carolina's First Central Baptist Church in Stapleton, S.I.
   For years Debi Rose has responded to my requests for constituent assistance with machinations. In 2012 it took a strong letter from Ed Josey, the President of the S.I. branch of the NAACP, sent to her at my request, before she agreed to meet. There were two meetings. The first was taken up by Debi's filibuster, perhaps one of the longest such action since of the the days of U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond. The second meeting, again with Mr. Josey present, wound up with Ms. Rose rudely walking out of the meeting room as I offered her documentation of misconducts against me at several NYC-contracted senior citizens centers and at the NYC Department for the Aging, as she went to her office to call the Chief of New York Council security to threaten me with arrest (which he did), she left me with her staffer, Antonio Whitaker, who used the opportunity to advance menacingly to within a centimeter of my face and, in a Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier pre-Round One face-off, whispered a threat and made non-accidental physical contact with me. Under the law that kind of behavior is known as "criminal harassment." The perps in my complaint to the NYPD are New York City Council member Debi Rose and Antonio Whitaker. I've reported everything to the NYC Department of Investigation.
  Ms. Rose also later collaborated with her pal Queen Quinn to have me "banned" from Council offices at 250 Broadway, as I learned on September 22, 2012 when I arrived there with my invitation from then NYC Council member James Gennaro (D.-Queens) to testify against fracking at a public hearing of his Council Committee on Environmental Protection.
  A few months ago Ms. Rose resumed sending me her emails, including inviting me to attend her "Community Fair" on October 24 in Tappen Park in  Stapleton. I replied with an acceptance of her invitation and in my reply email requested an appointment with her, which would include Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-el in Port Richmond, S.I. I saw her at the event and told her about my email and that Rabbi Sussman would be present at an appointment. Ms. Rose gave me a Cheshire Cat smile and told me to send an appointment request email to her scheduler Stephanie Layne.
 Ms .Rose and her scheduler, the sometimes polite and sometimes rude Stephanie Layne, have for several weeks had two emails from me and one from Rabbi Sussman. No reply.
   Some years ago during one of my face to face conversations with one of Staten Island's most important African-American religious and civil rights leaders he diplomatically acknowledged that, to use his words, "Debi Rose does not hire the best people." He got that right, a reality substantiated by complaints I've received from others about constituent service refusal and inadequate assistance.
  I've sent all the information - including the evidence of anti-Semitic sentiment on her part - to Speaker Viverito.
 A couple of years ago when then Republican U.S. Congressman started getting into serious trouble, Ms. Rose contacted her pal Tom Wrobleski, arguably one of the worst political reporters in America, and at the time the Political Editor of at the Staten Island Advance, to let him know that she was interested in becoming a member of Congress. That resulted in Wrobleski's banner headline, reporting that Ms. Rose was "mulling" a run for Congress. that trial balloon wound up like the German Hindenburg dirigible in New Jersey. In a recent conversation with me about the 2016 congressional election Rabbi Sussman said without hesitation that Debi Rose has "no chance.": He got that right! 
  In any event a raise for Debi Rose?  Maybe it's time to consider merit-based pay for (s)elected officials in the New York City Council. That could save a lot of money!
  Debi's Rose's term ends - at the latest - on December 31, 2017. "Praise the Lord" for term limits.
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Sunday, November 15, 2015

CHINA VS. TIBET. "COMMUNIST" CHINA IS FASCIST. THE DALAI LAMA'S "MIDDLE WAY" WILL NEVER WORK. IT'S TIME FOR BERNIE SANDERS TO SPEAK UP!


UP FRONT News  November 14, 2015 
"The paper that can't be bought and can't be sold."   
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
Allen Smith - Economics Reporter
Steven Gradman - Internet Advisor 
  The views expressed in UP FRONT News are those of the publisher or opf the contributing writer and do not necessaily represent the views of staff.
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CHINA VS. TIBET. "COMMUNIST" CHINA IS FASCIST. THE DALAI LAMA'S "MIDDLE WAY" WILL NEVER WORK. IT'S TIME FOR BERNIE SANDERS TO SPEAK UP!
     The late Rev. Dr. Timothy P. Mitchell of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Flushing Queens, a close friend an associate of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. (and a friend of mine) during an interview in 1993 with me for my article for Downtown Magazine (no longer published), describe the Chinese Communist occupation of formerly independent Tibet as "genocide" and an attack on the Tibetans' "faith." Dr. Mitchell was of course 100% correct.
   It is relevant to point out here that Dr. Mitchell remains one of the relatively few African-American leaders to have spoken out about a human rights disaster that is racist to the core, as it involves the oppression of the ethnically, culturally and linguistically distinct relatively dark-complexioned Tibetans by the light complexioned Han Chinese. Other African-Americans who have spoken out include Dr. Cornel West, with whom I am acquainted and who has told me privately and said publicly that he is for self-determination for Tibet. U.S. Congressman John Conyers (D.-Michigan) has been very critical of the totalitarian governnmrt of "Communist" China on the Tibet issue. Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church in Staten Island, after discussing the issue with me and reading UP FRONT News, in a very well attended sermon several years ago, denounced the Chinese government and later sent me his statement calling for independence for Tibet.
  It is also relevant to identify some African-American "leaders", such as NYC Councilmember Debi Rose (D.-S.I.) and the politically entrenched Rev. Dr. Tony Baker/Rev. Agnes Baker/"Deacon" John McBeth of St. Philips Baptist Church in Staten Island, who have been made fully aware of the Tibet matter by me and who have chosen to remain silent. I do not know if Rev. Al Sharpton, with whom I've been acquainted for some years since he and I were introduced by his close friend Dr. Mitchell, has spoken out on Tibet.
  In the Congress the most vocal person on this issue is U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R.-N.J.), who is the Chair of the Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC.gov). (One of his constitents is Dr. Carolina.) I have met on several occasions in Washington with CECC Staff Director Paul Protic, who has responded warmly to my proposal for a congressional resolution that would have the U.S. formally acknowlege the nationhood of Tibet and call for the withdrawal of all foreign (i.e. Chinese) military and police personnel from Tibet. The leading U.S. Senator on the CECC is Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), who may well be the must human rights sensitive Republican candidate for President  - and as such the Republican with the best chance of defeating empress-wannabe Hillary Clinton, should Mrs. Clinton and her pals on Wall Street succeed in purchasing the Democratic Party nomination. I met Sen. Rubio briefly last July 23 in Washington after he spoke eloquently on the subject of Chinese Communist religious oppression of Christians, Muslims and (Tibetan) Buddhists at a CECC public hearing I attended. I've also met on several occasions with Rubio appointee Elyse Anderson, the CECC Deputy Director.
  In New York City the most outspoken elected official is New York State Senator Tony Avella (D.-Queens) who, when he was a member of the New York City Council, at my behest introduced NYC Council Resolution #1299, which called for the removal of the 2008 Olympic Games from China because of the occupation of Tibet. Among the co-sponsors of  Resolution #1299 was then NYC Councilmember Letitia James, who is now NYC Public Advocate. The resolution was killed by the Wall Street/Hillary Clinton ambassador to the New York City Council, then Speaker Christine Quinn.
   On May 21 after a bunch of phone calls and emails from me to U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders, his then Press Secretary Jeff Frank sent me Mr. Sanders's statement, which calls for "self determination for the Tibetan people" and adds that "approximately 150 Tibetans live in Vermont."
   Since then, however, although Mr. Sanders references Tibet on his presidential campaign website, he has remained silent on that issue in his campaign. That is potentially a huge mistake, as Mrs. Clinton's silence on that issue (I know because I ran against her for the U.S. Senate in 2005-06; visit www.tomweissforussenate.blogspot.com) is a reflection of her ties to the (China Lobby) billionaires that Bernie blasts in his campaign. Bernie Sanders's strategy of avoiding criticism of Mrs. Clinton - manifested in his really foolish expressed sympathies for her regarding the email mess she created in her devious obsession with secrecy and lying - is creating the unseemly possibility that he will snatch defeat from the jaws of an upset victory. But, as I've suggested, if Mrs. Clinton becomes the Democratic Party nominee, and the Republicans don't implode by picking Trump/Carson/ Cruz Bush/Paul/
Fiorina/Christie/Huckabee/Pataki or maybe even Napoleon Bonaparte or Pontius Pilate, an articulate and apparent human rights-oriented conservative such as Marco Rubio would probably make Hillary a two time loser.
 The November 12 edition of the NY Times - whose columnist Maureen Dowd requested my UP FRONT News articles and other information on how the China Lobby-linked Bill and Hillary Clinton have covered up the Tibet issue, which I've sent to her but whose assistant Alex Thompson plays hide and seek when it comes to sending emailed acknowledgements - contains a story out of Beijing by reporter Edward Wong under the headline "Party to 'Punish' Followers of Dalai Lama in Tibet." The "Party" is the Chinese Communist Party.The Communist Party Chief in Tibet, Chen Quanguo - the political and administrative equivalent of the Nazi "gauleiter", such as the Reinhard Heydrich, Hitler's guy in occupied
Czechoslovakia - has started a campaign to "seek out" Party members who fake atheism and who secretly "worship" the Dalai Lama. Punishment under the de facto fascist government of China, can lead to imprisonment, torture and death. 
 That is China's answer to the Dalai Lama's "Middle Way" proposal, a response which amounts to the Chinese Communist version of "The F Word."
 The Chinese Communist occuapation of formerly independent Tibet has led to the deaths of an estimated 1.2 million Tibetans. The Chinese Communists have a record of the wide use of the most gruesome tortures, which they inflict on Tibetan monks and nuns and on the followers of Falun Gong (Falun Dafa).
  Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-el in Staten Island, who has also spoken out about Tibet, in a recent sermon described the super-violentHamas people who want to
 annihilate Israel as "the new Nazis."
  That term certainly applies to the Chinese Communists.
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Friday, November 06, 2015

THE STATEN ISLAND DISTRICT ATTORNEY (S)ELECTION: THE METS LOST BECAUSE OF ERRORS - AND SO DID JOAN ILLUZZI

UP FRONT News   November 5, 2015
"The paper that won't be bought and can't be sold."
Published by Tom Weiss
Andrew Mazzone - Media Representative and Economics Advisor
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THE STATEN ISLAND DISTRICT ATTORNEY (S)ELECTION: THE METS LOST BECAUSE OF ERRORS - AND SO DID JOAN ILLUZZI
     Key errors by some extravagantly "compensated" New York Mets contributed in a major way to their loss to the Kansas City Royals in the recent World Series. The analogy with the "contest" for Staten Island District Attorney between Democrats Machine candidate Michael McMahon and Republican Machine candidate Joan Illuzzi, however, goes no further because the Royals were more qualified professionally for the championship than was election winner McMahon for his new job.
    Some UP FRONT News political predictions actually do come to pass. Whereas the Staten Island Advance predicted a close race in the 2014 race for Congress between Democrat Domenic Recchia and Republican Michael Grimm, in the wake of articles in the Daily News and UP FRONT News reporting Recchia's favor to a convicted mobster and his unsatisfactory voting record on human rights issues in the New York City Council, I predicted that Grimm would win easily. It was a near landslide. And when it comes to landslides I predicted that my (Temple Emanu-el, Staten Island) acquaintance, the amiable Democrat Gary Carsel, one of a number of "liberal" Democrats ("The Reticence of the Jews" in UP FRONT News) who have chosen to remain silent about major corruption and Mob (Robert Cataldo/SenatorDiane Savino) influence in the S.I. Democratic Party, would lose the 2014 Senate race to Republican Andrew Lanza (whom I endorsed) by an even greater margin than happened 2012. The results: Lanza 81%, Carsel 19%.
   Several weeks ago I had a friendly meeting with Ms. Illuzzi in her New Dorp campaign headquarters and discussed with her my problems with Mike McMahon and suggested that she consider addressing the Eric Garner killing by publicly calling upon P.O. Daniel Pantaleo, video-witnessed fatally choke holding Eric Garner, to come clean with the public and issue a statement as to what took place that day in Tompkinsvile. Certainly Pantaleo is in a position to comment not onlyy about his reported use of a "seat belt maneuver" to bring down Mr. Garner but also whether Mr. Garner was in fact selling untaxed cigarettes on that occasion. Ms. Illluzzi told me that she'd think about it.
  I filled her in on then NYC Council member Mike McMahon's demonization of the late African-American activist Sonny Carson and also about the very dangerous mobster Robert Cataldo, the Chief of Staff to Senator Savino, Cataldo being identified as a "member of the Sicilian Mob" by a quite prominent and somehat less than "reticent" Jew, Mendy Mirocznik, who is a major official in the S.I. Democratic Party and also the President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of S.I.
  I also suggested that Ms. illuzzi would do well to reach out to the African-American communuity in North Shore neighborhood as Stapleton, Clifton,
Tompkinsville, Port Richmond, Mariners Harbor ,New Brighton, et. al.  I recall a recent conversation I had with Council of Jewish Organizations member Rabbi Gerald Sussman of Temple Emanu-el in Port Richmond - who tends to be more outspoken on, for example, antisemitism and human rights violations overseas than he is about similar problems in Staten Island - and he confessed to me that he didn't even know about Joan Illuzzi. It is also true that Rabbi Sussman understandably has a low regard for the political reporting in what Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr. of the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church describes as the "controlled" Staten Island Advance.
 In several emails I sent to Ms. Illuzzi I suggested that her campaigning with Rudy Giuliani would shore up right wing Republican votes she would get anyway but would have the effect of alienating, among others, black voters.
  One of her campaign workers, ex-Mike Grimm staffer Joe Shikhman, assured me that I would get an emailed reply to my suggestions. I didn't. I never vote for a candidate who makes promises and reneges.
  Ms. Illuzzi ignored the Eric Garner killing civil rights issue. She ignored the Mike McMahon vs. Sonny Carson issue, She ignored the Democratic Machine Mob issue. She ignored the identified ethnically diverse North Shore neighborhoods of the 61st Assembly District - and that's where McMahon's Democratic Party Machine pulled the most votes.
  Mets pitcher Matt Harvey over-extended himself in the ninth inning in game five against the Kansas City Royals. Joan illuzzi overextended herself with Rudy Giuliani and under-extended herself in Staten Island's North Shore. They both paid the price.
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Monday, November 02, 2015

HALLOWE'EN (S)ELECTION IN "THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF STATEN ISLAND." MIKE McMAHON "VS" JOAN ILLUZZI: TRICK OR TRICK

UP FRONT News       Hallowe'en, 2015
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HALLOWE'EN (S)ELECTION IN "THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF STATEN ISLAND." MIKE McMAHON "VS" JOAN ILLUZZI: TRICK OR TRICK
   The late great investigative journalist I.F. Stone understood politics. He made that clear when he coined the axiom, "Governments lie."
    It is also true that the often overpaid politicians in those governments do not lie all the time. Even Adolf Hitler, the master of what he called "The Big Lie" (which, if repeated often enough, Hitler theorized, will be believed by the masses), included some truths in his rants and writings. A politician who lies  consistently becomes predictable and thereby vulnerable to exposure and ultimately dis-empowerment. Richard ("I am not a crook") Nixon was both paranoid and predictable.
  Among those occasions when competing politicians opportunistically tell the truth is when they accuse the opposition of lying and other sins. During the Hurricane Katrina disaster, major government negligences by Democratic President Bill Clinton and his Republican successor George W. Bush contributed to a major loss of life in New Orleans, with each party correctly blaming the other. Bill Clinton found better things to do with public federal dollars rather than build up the barriers around below sea level N.O., leaving the city vulnerable to a tsunami experience. The Bush Administration's response was hesitating and lots of poor people died.                           
  In the contest for Staten Island District Attorney between the Democratic and Republican Party Machines that, over the years, have given Staten Islanders crooks such as the late Congressman Democrat John ("Abscam") Murphy, Republicans Vito Fossella and Michael Grimm, and currently Diane (Cataldo) Savino, Democrat Mike McMahon and Republican Joan Illuzzi accuse each other of lying. They're both right.
  Mike McMahon's literature emphasizes his "integrity" and "fairness." As far as I am concerned that claim is a lie in itself. As a Democrat McMahon campaigns heavily in the African-American communities mostly in neighborhoods such as Stapleton, Tompkinsville, Port Richmond, et. al. on Staten Island's ethnically diverse and rapidly gentrifying North Shore ("NoSho"). I am quite certain that he mentions not a syllable from his oration when he was a member of the New York City Council denouncing the late and quite confrontational black activist Sonny Carson in connection with a City Council resolution to rename several blocks of a street in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn after Mr. Carson in acknowledgment of his work in fighting drug traffickers in the neighborhoods and his major involvement in the creation of Medgar Evers College. I attended the Council meeting where the debate and vote took place. From my perspective the issue was one of community self-determination, a position accepted by then NYC Council member, and now NYS Senator Tony Avella (D.-Queens), whom I urged to vote for the resolution, which he did.
  Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his ally, the autocratic Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Ms. Quinn's very very very close ally Mike McMahon didn't merely oppose the resolution but went to the lengths of demonizing Mr. Carson in a way that would have the uneducated conclude that Carson was a black Adolf Hitler. (The resolution was defeated, albeit by a much closer vote than anticipated given the quite dictatorial power of the Bloomberg/Quinn axis.
  McMahon, a fervent supporter of Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful battle with Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic Party nomination, quickly attached himself to Obama's coattails in the general election and got elected to the Congress in 2008.
  When McMahon ran for re-election in 2010 against Republican challenger Mike Grimm, in a talk before a full house at the largely African-American First Central Baptist Church in Stapleton I reminded voters of Mike McMahon vs. Sonny Carson. I went into more detail in an article in UP FRONT News. McMahon was one of the very few incumbents to lose, as he was upset by Grimm in a close election. I very much doubt that (m)any African-Americans voted for Grimm. McMahon, who, as Machine Democrats have done traditionally, expected lots of black votes. I went into more detail in UP FRONT News, a paper understandably read by plenty of African-Americans who pretty much boycott the multi-billionaire Donald Newhouse-owned Staten Island Advance, correctly described by First Central Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina, Sr, as a "controlled" newspaper, and by Staten Island African-American political activist Kelvin Alexander as "racist." McMahon did not get the black votes he anticipated and as a result he lost.
   Among the groups that have endorsed Mike McMahon is the Patrolman's Benevolent Association, whose president, the much less than "benevolent" Patrick Lynch, is on record as praising P.O. Daniel ("Chokehold") Pantaleo as a great cop. One of the iconic lines of The Who's political rock 'n' roll anthem about dictatorship urges us, "Don't get fooled again!"
   Some weeks ago I spent about 20 minutes with Republican candidate Joan Illuzzi and her campaign manager ex-Congressman Grimm staffer Nick Iacono at her campaign headquarters in New Dorp and expressed my view that, while the grand jury testimony in the Eric Garner case is remaining secret - at least for the time being - there is nothing to prevent P.O. Pantaleo, who as far as I am aware, lied in claiming that he did not use a choke hold on Eric Garner and instead brought Mr Garner down with a "seat belt maneuver", from releasing his own statement as to what took place that day in Tompkinsville. I'd also like to know if any of the cops there witnessed Mr. Garner selling untaxed cigarettes on that occasion. I suggested to Ms. Illuzzi that she issue a statement calling upon Pantaleo to do release a statement accordingly. She told me that she'd think about it I of course left all the email and telephone contact information for me and for UP FRONT News Media Representative Andrew Mazzone .
  A couple of weeks later, getting no communication from Ms. Illuzzi I dropped in at her campaign HQ again an spent about 15 minutes with campaign worker Joe Shikhman, also a former Grimm staffer. I reviewed the detail of my conversation with Ms. Illuzzi, stating that I hadn't gotten a reply regarding my suggestion. He assured me that I'd get an e-mail. He lied!
 My followup e-mail and call have generated only silence. 
  Ms. Illuzzi is under the illusion that she can get elected by relying on "conservative" votes from the largely white and Republican neighborhoods in Mid-Island and the South Shore. And so she has Rudy Giuliani in the pages of the Advance promoting her. Giuliani beat David Dinkins for the mayoralty in the last millennium with a lot of Republican votes from Staten Island. Ms. Illuzzi does not take into account the passage of time and history. Giuliani gave us a corrupt police commissioner, made some very bad guesses regarding document storage at the World Trade Center and saw his presidential aspirations evaporate.
Rudy Giuliani was popular in Staten Island long before Eric Garner was killed.
  I've spoken to very politically knowledgeable people in North Shore S.I who do not even know who Ms. Illuzzi is. I've spoken to Democrats who will not vote for McMahon and for whom Joan Illuzzi is a political phantom McMahon and his Democratic Party machine are outspending Illuzzi by a large margin. The trash cans at the S.I. Ferry terminals are full of McMahon literature.
 Experienced S.I. political activist Dennis Dellangelo has sent me an e-mail stating his agreement with my assessment that Ms. Illuzzi, who has essentially ignored the black vote, and the North Shore in general, will probably lose.
  In any event it is an indication of the fundamentally corrupt nature of Staten Island politics, buttressed by a corrupt mega-corporate newspaper, also known as "The Staten Island Retreat", that an election for District Attorney is taking place in a borough which is home to what is probably the only police lynching in a northern state in many decades and also home to a (s)elected official, NYS Senator Diane Savino, whose Chief of Staff, Robert Cataldo, is a criminal and, as succinctly stated to me by Democratic Party official and President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island Mendy Mirocznik, "Is a member of the Sicilian Mob."
  And from Mike McMahon and Joan Illuzzi nothing but dead silence on the killing of Eric Garner and the political mob in Staten Island.
  This is a good election to boycott.
  Happy Hallowe'en! McMahon "vs." Illuzzi? Trick or trick.
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