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On The Moral Bankruptcy Of Terrorism

by Chris Chichester on 09/14/16

Evil.  

There is no mystery to this word.  There is no subtlety to its bankrupt presence in ISISBoko HaramHAMASHezbollahTalibanAl—QaedaLashkar—e—TaibaAl--ShabaabNew/Real IRA and FARC. If you fail to present as the despicable mirror—image of Osama bin—Laden than you are unsuited for Death—ToAmerica business cards, Rolodex, email, Apple iPhone and BlackBerry Messenger. 

Evil.  

It encroaches upon its victims with a disgusting suddenness.   American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into 1 World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.  United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into 2 World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. There is no survivable method to exit each structure. Our World Trade Center became Ground Zero. Ground Zero is now the site of the majestic 9/11 Memorial Museum at 180 Greenwich Street. 

Evil. 

On September 11, 2001 nineteen demented and vile cretins killed 2,977 innocent human beings.  The victims are God's Children.  The victims must always be in our hearts and in our minds.  As each was murdered by a revolting blueprint never before concocted by even the most sadistic mind alive.  

Evil. 

343 Members of the New York City Fire Department are killed. It is home to The Bravest. The map of the FDNY's first responding fire departments is viewed here.  Our Bravest came from everywhere.  

Evil. 

23 Members of the New York City Police Department are killed.  It is home to The Finest.  For 27 years [19621989] it is the workplace for my late Uncle Thomas V. Hennessy.  V for Valentine.  He died in 1991. It is a time when terrorism is consigned to that issue portfolio that fails to command the attention of the U.S. Congress. 

Evil. 

37 Members of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department are killed.  The headquarters for the Port Authority is at 1 World Trade Center on September 11. Executive Director Neil D. Levin, 46, is killed during the attacks.  His office is on the 68th floor of 1 World Trade Center. For its brilliant history click here.    

From "The Height of Ambition" in The New York Times Magazine by James Glanz and Eric Lipton on September 8, 2002:

"Air temperatures rose to 2,000 degrees in the hottest parts of the fires. Each tower's fire was producing heat equivalent to the power output of nuclear plant.  Jack Daly, the construction manager who heard the helicopter pilot ditch the lightweight floor truss when it was caught in the wind that day in 1970, started to worry that part of the south tower might collapse.  Daly says he thought to himself, God, they're going to lose the top.  But, he says, 'I never in the world, never thought the whole thing was going down.'

"The floor trusses, made of some of the thinnest steel in the World Trade Center almost certainly began deforming before anything else of consequence. At first, the trusses probably expanded, bowing the exterior columns -- themselves thin and weakening in the heat -- outward in places and causing dangerous stresses.  All along the eastern face of the south tower around the 80th floor, tremendous fires raged. Eventually the thin steel of the trusses became so hot in that area that they began to soften and sag, hanging like clotheslines between the exterior and core of the building.  The sagging trusses tugged inward on their bolted and welded connections to the exterior columns, and those connections began to snap. Video records of the disaster show a line of dust beginning to blow out of the east face around the 80th floor as floors began to slip away from their moorings and fall one upon the other.

"Once Robertson's trusses tore away, the softening exterior columns no longer had anything to keep them from buckling.  It was as if two gymnasts standing toe to toe, leaning backward and clasping hands, had suddenly let go. A single column  on the east face of the south tower, about 30 feet north of the southeast corner, seems to have been the first to go, according to the videos.  As other columns snapped, one by one, the entire top of the building tipped in that direction and, like a tree leaning toward the notch sawed by a lumberjack, began to fall.  The force of the upper stories coming down then crushed the entire tower, ripping it apart as it fell.  When debris from the top hit the ground, it was moving at an estimated 120 miles an hour.  The north tower followed soon after."

No human being deserves this fate.  No human being deserves to suffer heat equivalent to the power output of nuclear power plant.  No human being deserves to disintegrate into oblivion.  

I was born in New York City. In Queens.  At Booth Memorial Hospital at 11:58 a.m on July 4, 1965.  It is a time of relative peace and prosperity — and terrorism is an alien concept in the City of Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr.  Wagner's major concern is Carmine DeSapio. 

September 11, 2001 is the most savage assault ever upon our United States of America. No act of terror approaches its heartbreaking death toll of 2,977 human beings.   A limited list of that terror includes: 

The Black September atrocity that unfolded during 21 hours at the 1972 Olympic Games at Munich where eight PLO terrorists killed six Israeli coaches and five Israeli athletes.  One victim is castrated

* The bombing of the Multinational Force by Hezbollah in Lebanon on October 23, 1983 where a 5—ton truck with 12,000 pounds of TNT detonated and killed 241 servicemen. 

* The 1993 World Trade Center bombing where a 1,200 pound bomb in a Ryder truck exploded above the second subterranean level of the Vista Hotel's parking garage; it killed six and injured 1,042.  

The June 25, 1996 truck bombing at Khobar Towers barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia by Ahmed al-Mughassil that killed 19 American airmen.

* The April 19, 1995 fertilizer truck bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City by Timothy J. McVeigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier that killed 168 and injured 684.  

McVeigh attended Star Point Central High School in Lockport, New York. Under the graduation photograph in his 1986 yearbook this profile—in—ordinariness wrote

"Take it as it comes."

"Buy a Lamborghini."

"California girls."

The cold—blooded McVeigh in American Terrorist: Timothy McVeigh & The Oklahoma City Bombing  by Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck said: 

"To these people in Oklahoma who lost a loved one, I'm sorry but it happens every day. You're not the first mother to lose a kid, or the first grandparent to lose a grandson or granddaughter . . . I'm not going into that courtroom, curl into a fetal ball and cry just because the victims want me to do that."

McVeigh was executed by lethal injection on June 11, 2001. The eyewitness accounts from ABC News are: here.  He was 33. 

From "THE MCVEIGH EXECUTION: THE OVERVIEW; McVeigh Dies for Oklahoma City Blast" in The New York Times on June 11, 2001: 

With the sting of a needle in his right leg, Timothy J. McVeigh was sedated, injected with poison and executed today by the government he so despised, a quiet end for the man who sent 168 people to their deaths in screams, flames and crushing concrete.

Mr. McVeigh, who was pronounced dead at 7:14 a.m. in the execution chamber of the federal prison here in Terre Haute, died unrepentant, without offering one word of regret for the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. In fact, he did not say anything at all.  Relatives of his victims, both in the viewing room in the death chamber here and in a closed-circuit television broadcast of the execution in Oklahoma City, searched his gaunt, hollow-eyed face in his final minutes for some kind of apology or answer for the worst terrorist attack in United States history.

''We didn't get anything,'' said Paul Howell, 64, whose 27-year-old daughter, Karan Shepherd, was killed minutes after Mr. McVeigh parked a yellow rental truck loaded with a 7,000-pound homemade bomb just steps from the federal building, and walked away.

You never do get anything from a terrorist, Mr. Howell.  As that mind is contaminated with vicious thoughts about the expendability of the innocent. The innocent is always a target.  The innocent is always the hunted.  The innocent is always a pawn.  

"If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them.  But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?"  Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 19181956

Terrorism infects our daily lives. Its reality is upon our country, our conscience and our desire for justice. This reality is not subject to denial.  There is no escape.  There is only the determination to rise up and sustain our country as John Winthrop's Shining City Upon A Hill

It Matters Not How Straight The Gate
How Charged With Punishments The Scroll 
I Am The Master Of My Fate

We decide the response to terrorism. It is incumbent upon every American to make the right choice.   You can be the captain of your soul. You can be valiant.  You can be courageous.  You can be tenacious.  You can be unconquered in the face of the moral bankruptcy of terrorism.  

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On Senator Neil D. Breslin: Capitol Punishment Part I

by Chris Chichester on 08/27/16

"Those who wish to deal with me must do so on my terms or not at all. I do not make terms with incompetence." — Ayn RandAtlas Shrugged 

"The problem with incompetence is its inability to recognize itself." — Orrin Woodward

I despise incompetence in a state legislator entrenched in Albany.  As these men and women recite and sign an oath as required by Article XIII, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution: 

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of ............., according to the best of my ability."

Support. The. Constitution. 

Faithfully. Discharge. The. Duties.

According. To. The. Best. Of. My. Ability. 

This language commands you to perform.  This language challenges you to perform.  This language compels you to perform.  This language is a perfect standard for a state legislator.  It must always be achieved.  Because the people of New York deserve representation in Albany defined by excellence. Excellence that can finally impede our long, slow decline into oblivion [IN RE Electoral College ].

Senator Neil D. Breslin of Albany is a tenterm Member of the Senate. He has existed in Albany since he defeated Senator Michael J. Hoblock, Jr. by 8.27% and 10,344 votes on November 6, 1996: 

Neil D. Breslin: 67,765 votes  — 54.13%
Michael J. Hoblock: 57,421 votes — 45.86%

That meets the definition of victory with tranquility. Of course, Breslin benefited tremendously from President William J. Clinton's coattails effect collection of our 33 Electoral College votes.  In New York:  

William J. Clinton: 3,756,177 votes  — 59.47%
Robert J. Dole:  1,933,492 votes — 30.61%

The colossal victory margin is 28.86% by 1,822,685 votes.   Answer me this election inspectors: How much Kool-Aid was served at the People'sTempleOnHudson polling sites that day?  Hoblock was not a nobody.  He served as the Albany County Executive.  His name identification probably approached 100 percent.  At his disposal are Republican state legislative staffers as volunteers.  

From The New York Times on November 7, 1991:

New York State

Published: November 7, 1991

ALBANY: A 70-year Democratic stranglehold on Albany County politics was broken when County Executive James Coyne was defeated by a former state assemblyman, Michael Hoblock.
When freshman Senator Breslin recited the oath of office for the first time George E. Pataki served as governor.  Dennis Vacco served as attorney general.  H. Carl McCall served as comptroller. Betsy McCaughey Ross [RNurse Ratched] served as lieutenant governor.   Sheldon Silver served as speaker.  Each is no longer in office. 

When you are a 20year superlifer incumbent state legislator there must be an expectation that excellence is met or exceeded on a daily basis. Because you understand precisely how its responsibilities must be fulfilled in our capital city.  In the LOB and Capitol.  And you don't want to disappoint General Philip Sheridan

Today is August 27, 2016.  The last document in the pathetic Breslin news archive is from May 20, 2016. Even though the last day of the legislative session concluded in the wee small hours of June 18.  

Did this character even think about a word to his constituents to describe the conclusion of the legislative session?  Did this character even utter one word in public about the most important six months of the year? Did this character even cite one piece of legislation he sponsored or championed? He does not care. He is an apathetic stooge for crippling businessasusual in Albany. 

Where are you Common Cause?  Where are you League of Women Voters? Where are you Citizens Union? Where are you Citizen Action? Where are you Mouthpiece For The Trial Lawyers Blair Horner and NYPIRG?

From Breslin's official biography

"Neil currently serves as the President of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) and is the former Chair [sic] of the State/Federal Relations Committee."

What. A. Joke.  This is not accurate. According to the NCOIL site Breslin is a past president. Senator Breslin is such a stupefying incompetent that he fails to present an accurate biography for his constituents. 

Breslin's NCOIL connection is precisely the extracurricular employment the state legislature must prohibit. It is a grotesque conflictofinterest.  As the insurance industry has a state legislative agenda.  There is zero possibility Breslin excuses himself from it.  And I want to examine his phone logs. 

Tell me: What is Senator Breslin required to do on a daily basis as past president of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators? Is he today paid a salary or stipend? How much time does the position detract from his sworn duty in Article VIII, Section I?  Did he conduct NCOIL business in Capitol 414?  

These are questions the Times Union editorial board must ask Senator Breslin. Do you understand Rex Smith and Citizen Kane George R. Hearst THE THIRD? Email me and I'll explain it to you in detail.  As the Times Union is not an auxiliary of the Breslin political operation.   You TU reporters and editors require guidance from the Code of Ethics at the Society of Professional Journalists: 

* Recognize a special obligation to serve as watchdogs over public affairs and government.  Seek to ensure that the public's business is conducted in the open, and that public records are open to all.

Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.  Give voice to the voiceless. 

More from Breslin's official biography

"Currently, Neil practices law as 'of counsel' to the firm of Barclay Damon LLP."

This language is his Barclay Damon profile.  From "Damon Morey Merges With Hiscock & Barclay To Create Largest Upstate New York Law Firm" in The Buffalo News by Stephen T. Watson on June 1, 2015: 

"The combined firm employs 275 lawyers in 12 offices stretching from Toronto to Washington, D.C. Barclay Damon's local office, with 105 attorneys, is its largest and now ranks the firm as a close No. 3 to Buffalo's dominant law firms, Hodgson Russ and Phillips Lytle."

This is a disgrace.  A firm with 275 lawyers is a firm that has business before the state legislature.  According to its official site, Barclay Damon has 33 practice areas.  One practice area is public finance

"Public finance lies at the heart of highly visible improvements to our nation's colleges and universities, hospitals, affordable housing, schools and municipal infrastructure projects. Barclay Damon has been instrumental in facilitating billions of dollars worth of revenue bonds, appropriation backed bonds and general obligation bonds."

Instrumental.  And with Senator Breslin "Of Counsel" that is a lucrative bond business. 

There is only one reason for the "Of Counsel" designation for Senator Breslin: Barclay Damon's partners expect him to champion the firm's agenda in our capital.  To his fellow Senators.  To lobbyists.  To Capitol second floor staff.  To Governor Andrew M. Cuomo [DHe Held The Leader's Coat].  To Speaker Carl E. Heastie [DWall-E].  To Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan [RFight, Fight, Fought, Fierce]. To the L.C.A. Like a rainmaker.
  
I am particularly amused that Breslin's citations include the "Profiles in Courage Award" from the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club.  This is the same RFK who once worked for Senator Joseph McCarthy.  It is time for your history lesson about the brother to the eternal flame, Neil. 

From my Daily News op-ed "Teach Kids To Understand, Not Worship, Bobby Kennedy" on December 6, 2008: 

"In 1951, Kennedy began his Washington career in the Internal Security Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, which investigated Soviet spies. Yes, he was what leftists today dismiss as a 'red baiter.'  Soon thereafter, he served as counsel to Sen. Joe McCarthy.  Yes, that Joe McCarthy.

"As attorney general RFK provided written approval to J. Edgar Hoover for wiretapping the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. because of suspicions the civil rights hero was a Communist subversive." 

Let the word go forth that RFK is no profile in courage.  He is a profile in cowardice.  And who was the chief counsel for Senator McCarthy?  Hatchet Manservant Roy M. Cohn. From "RFK's Enemies" at American Experience

"Though Kennedy had long since moved on, he found McCarthy's death in 1957 'very upsetting.' In historian Ronald Steel's words, 'for him the errant senator was a kindred spirit -- one engaged, as he was himself, in the struggle against evil."

From The New York Times obituary "Robert Francis Kennedy: Attorney General, Senator and Heir of the New Frontier" by Alden Whitman on June 6, 1968:

"His immediate superior was Roy M. Cohn, the group's chief counsel. Above them both was Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, Republican of Wisconsin, whose name was soon attached to the committee.  It rapidly acquired a malodorous reputation among liberals, intellectuals and civil libertarians for its chivvying of witnesses in its investigations of asserted Communist conspiracies and plots in the Government. Robert had obtained his job through his father, who had contributed money to Senator McCarthy's anti-Communist campaign. He got along well with the Senator, a circumstance that plagued Mr. Kennedy when he became, years later, a professing liberal."

Chivvying
1. To vex or harass with petty attacks 

In the biography Robert F. Kennedy And His Times by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. the index includes: "Reputation for ruthlessness."  Some men see things as they are, and ask: Why is ruthlessness such an accurate description for RFK?

The five most recent headlines in the Breslin "Newsroom" are: 

* Rosetta Y. Burke [May 20, 2016]

Annmarie Lenesey [May 11, 2016]

* Earth Day 2016 Poster Contest: District 44 [April 14, 2016]

* Governor Cuomo announced the groundbreaking of a $7 million visitor center at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Albany County [October 15, 2015]

* Together these two institutions have served the Capital Region for a combined 335 years and this announcement demonstrates that they are still innovating and partnering to ensure that generations to come will benefit from their rich curriculum and faculty [September 29, 2015]

From Breslin's The Elements of Stylechallenged site on May 1, 2014

"Congratulations to the Siena men's basketball team. I was honored to present them and their coach Jimmy Patsos with a resolution at the State Capitol yesterday honoring their tremendous season!"

Tremendous season, Neil?

The 2013-14 Siena record: 2018 overall and 119 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  This, Neil, is not a "tremendous season."  A team that plays .500 is a mediocre team.   The record includes a 27point defeat to Memphis, a 22point defeat to Manhattan, a 15point defeat to Canisius, a 14point to Iona and a 13point defeat to St. Peter's.  And the Peacocks of St. Peter's finished 1417 for .452 ball. 

Senator Breslin presides over one of the most pathetic news archives in the state legislature.  The Chris Chichester Earth Day Poster Contest submission is a portrait of pollution over my place of birth: New York City.  As smog is capitalist progress, baby. 

Senator Breslin in The New York Times on his November 6, 1996 victory over Hoblock: 

"This is in part a reflection of the way Albany County feels about Republicans in New York and Governor Pataki."

Can you believe this dunce?  Breslin believes his family nameidentification victory is "reflection" for the entire New York state electorate.  He is delusional.  As the 53rd governor was reelected twice by 15+ percentage points: 

November 3, 1998
George E. Pataki: 2,571,991 votes for 54.32%
Peter Vallone: 1,570,317 votes for 33.16%
Thomas Golisano: 364,056 votes for 7.69%

November 5, 2002
George E. Pataki: 2,262,255 votes for 49.40%
H. Carl McCall: 1,534,064 votes for 33.50%
Thomas Golisano: 654,016 votes for 14.28%

Senator Breslin is the product of oneparty monopoly in Albany County.  In 2014 Breslin did not face a general election opponent.   On April 4, 2016 he announced his reelection candidacy behind a podium with the language: Fighting for us.  

Fighting

I despise that word from an elected official in Albany. Because it is bankrupt. Because it is a lie. It is confirmation that we can expect stellar laziness from Senator Breslin throughout the 202nd New York State Legislature. 

Fighting.  

Fighting is for boxers.  Fighting is for mixed martial artists.  Fighting is for the hitter who charges the pitcher's mound.  Fighting is for Fight Club

Fighting.

Fighting is for the world's most ferocious warriors who serve in our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.   They are in our hearts forever as they create a world where we will never suffer another September 11, 2001. 

Excuse me former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson but what is your opinion of Senator Breslin's fighting?

"I'm the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious, the most ruthless champion there has ever been. There's no one can stop me.  Lennox is a conqueror?  No!  I'm Alexander!  He's no Alexander!  I'm the best ever. There's never been anyone as ruthless.  I'm Sonny Liston.  I'm Jack Dempsey. There's no one like me.  I'm from their cloth. There is no one who can match me.  My style is impetuous.  My defense is impregnable. And I'm just ferocious.  I want your heart! I want to eat his children! Praise be to Allah!"

Thank you, Mike.  I'll let you return to reading The Greatest Books.

Senator Breslin is a plague on Albany.  Do you disagree? Good.  From "The New York Times

A Leisurely Return for the New York State Legislature

By JESSE McKINLEY  FEB. 14, 2016

ALBANY — The scene in the State Capitol last week bore all the hallmarks of democracy at work: advocates and lobbyists pushing their causes, earnest interns scurrying about, and protesters making insistent pleas for funds for everything from housing to hepatitis C.

But there was one place where little was happening: the legislative chambers, where laws are, in theory, made.

Last week, the state’s 213 elected lawmakers — or as many who were able to attend — gathered for a couple of hours, passed a few minor bills and some well-meaning resolutions, and then formally adjourned for a 14-day winter break, officially ending their workweek in Albany.

The time was 1:32 p.m. On a Tuesday.

Did New Yorkers hear a word from Senator Breslin about that pathetic 1:32 p.m. adjournment?  Did New Yorkers hear a syllable from Senator Breslin about a twoweek vacation only a month into the legislative session? Did Fighting For Us Neil condemn his fellow state legislators for a complete refusal to fullfill his oath of office?  No. No. No. 

I want you, Neil, to always Come As You Are.  As there is no one in our state legislature like you.  You are in office to inflict Capitol Punishment upon the people of New York. 

Senator Breslin is 74yearsold.  He is the fax machine of the state legislature. As his existence is obsolescence.   As his presence is an embarrassment to Albany.  His retirement party is now. Given the fact that he has made terms with incompetence.   And he certainly possesses an inability to recognize it. 

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Freedom Lies In Being Bold — Robert Frost
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Richard M. Nixon Accepts Democratic Party Presidential Nomination

by Chris Chichester on 08/11/16

"This land is your land / This land is my land / From California to the New York island; / From the red wood forest to the Gulf stream waters / This land was made for you and me." —  Woody Guthrie

Thank you!  Thank you for that amazing welcome. 

And Chelsea, thank you. 

I'm so proud to be your mother and so proud of the woman you've become. You know, you're not some little woman standing by your man like Tammy Wynette:

But If You Love Him You'll Forgive Him
Even Though He's Hard To Understand
And If You Love Him, Oh, Be Proud Of Him
'Cause After all He's Just A Man
Stand By Your Man

I stood by my man.  Despite Gennifer FlowersKathleen WileyDolly Kyle BrowningElizabeth Ward GracenMyra Belle "Sally" MillerJuanita Broaddrick and Paula Jones. These bitches are liars, sluts, bimbos and stalkers.  Isn't that right, Bill? Marry me Bill! I love you so.  

From "Declaration of Paula Jones" in The Washington Post on March 13, 1998: 

16. I exclaimed, "What are you doing?" and escaped Mr. Clinton's reach by walking away from him.  I was extremely upset and confused and I did not know what to do.  I tried to distract Mr. Clinton by asking him about his wife and her activities, and I sat down at the end of  the sofa nearest the door. Mr. Clinton then walked over to the sofa, lowered his trousers and underwear, exposed his penis (which was erect) and told me to "kiss it."

My James Carville wind-up toy provided the perfect response to this absurd allegation: "If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you'll never know what you'll find."

Thank you for that accuracy, James.  You are such a Louisiana redneck. I am ecstatic that you compared Governor Bill Richardson to Judas Iscariot when he endorsed Senator Barack Obama in 2008: 

"Mr. Richardson's endorsement came right around anniversary of the day when Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic."

Bill, I know you look forward to a beautiful re-decoration of The White House with those pink-and-lavender drapes you observed at The Mustang Ranch.  I plan to hire Porsche, Destiny, Diamond, Raven, Cherry, Star and Jade as your White House assistants.  I trust that I can locate you in The Lincoln Bedroom with your assistants on a daily basis so each can be your personal Woman In Chains.

Bill, I am so glad we invited those average Americans for overnight visits at The White House, which includes Hanoi Jane Fonda, Ted Turner, [D—Iranian Nuclear Weapons], Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, Richard Dreyfuss [DJaws], Ted Danson, Carnal Knowledge Candice Bergen, Chevy Chase, Neil Simon, Kathleen Battle, Judy Collins, Neil Simon, Doris Kearns Goodwin [DPlagiarism], Peter Guber, Tom Hanks, Barbra Streisand, Dawn Steele and The Bitch for God Marianne Williamson [D-Blasphemous]. 

From "God Help Us" in The Weekly Standard on February 17, 2014: 

"In response to numerous reports of her explosive temper and overbearing management stye, Williamson, ever ready to embrace her own weaknesses, nicknamed herself 'The Bitch for God.'"

According to CNN, The Lincoln Bedroom list is: 

370 Arkansas Friends
* 155 Longtime Friends
111 Friends And Supporters
128 Public Officials And Dignitaries
* 67 From Arts And Letters

From "The Lincoln Bedroom Is Still Paying Dividends" by Liz Essley Whyte in Slate on October 26, 2015: 

"The Center for Public Integrity published the first list of donors who nabbed a night in the Clinton White House — and whose stays sparked outrage and investigations — in its 1996 report, 'Fat Cat Hotel.'  Of the 66 original 'Fat Cats' still living, 34 have donated a total of $1.15 million to Hillary Clinton's campaign or the super PACs supporting her since January 2013.  With more than a year before the general election, the number of supporters and their donations will likely rise."

From "A Guide To The Allegations Of Bill Clinton's Womanizing" in The Washington Post by Glenn Kessler on December 30, 2015: 

"Update: We were focused on stories that emerged during Clinton's presidency.  But many readers have also urged us to include a reference to Clinton's post-presidential travels of aircraft owned by convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein. Gawker reported that flight logs show that Clinton, among others, traveled through Africa in 2002 on a jet with 'an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein's address book under an entry for 'massages.' Chauntae Davies, the actress, declined to discuss why she was on the flight. Clinton has not commented."

Bill, thank you for locking up the pedophile and pornographer vote for me. These criminals and degenerates are valued members of the beautiful mosaic that is the Democratic Party base. 

Bill, I love you and you are a disgrace to the legal profession. From the Associated Press in The New York Times 

Clinton Disbarred From Practice Before Supreme Court

Published: October 1, 2001

WASHINGTON TON (AP)  -- The Supreme Court ordered former President Clinton disbarred from practicing law before the high court on Monday and gave him 40 days to contest the order.

The court did not explain its reasons, but Supreme Court disbarment often follows disbarment in lower courts.  

In April, Clinton's Arkansas law license was suspended for five years and he paid a $25,000 fine.  The original disbarment lawsuit was brought by a committee of  the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Bill, this was an outrage.  Because of your stalker Monica Lewinsky. That woman took advantage of your kindness, generosity and willingness to mentor young people who plan to pursue a career in politics and public service.  Every American understands that woman was a narcissistic looneytune

From "Narrative Pt. III: Continued Sexual Encounters" in The Washington Post from 1999: 

"Ms. Lewinsky testified that during this bathroom encounter, she and the President kissed, and he touched her bare breasts with his hands and his mouth.  The President 'was talking about performing oral sex on me,' according to Ms. Lewinsky.  But she stopped him because she was menstruating and he did not. Ms. Lewinsky did perform oral sex on him.

"Afterward, she and the President moved to the Oval Office and talked. According to Ms. Lewinsky: 'He was chewing on a cigar.  And then he had the cigar in his hand and he was kind of looking at the cigar . . . sort of a naughty way.  And so  . . . I looked at the cigar and I looked at him and I said, we can do that, too, some time."

I hope that wasn't a Gurkha Black Dragon, Bill, while you were performing your Humbert Humbert. As each is $1,150 per cigar. 

And, Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago is still going strong.   I am amazed at how you managed to dodge the draft and avoid honorable service during the Vietnam War.  On December 3, 1969 you wrote Colonel Eugene Holmes of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of Arkansas: 

"First, I want to thank you, not just for saving me from the draft, but for being so kind and decent to me last summer . . . "

More: 

"One of my roommates is a draft resister who is possibly under indictment and may never be able to go home again. He is one of the bravest, best men I know. His country needs men like him more than they know. That he is considered a criminal is an obscenity."

More: 

"I am writing too in the hope that my telling this one story will help you to understand more clearly how so many fine people have come to find themselves still loving their country but loathing the military."

How beautiful, Bill. You are such a gutless coward.  As you are not one of the 58,286 names on the obscenity that is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Why is this Wall on the National Mall? I join the mentally unstable Ross Perot in denouncing this concrete conflagration that honors war.  

My fellow Americans, I am a carpetbagger.  Just like my predecessor in the U.S. Senate: Saint Bobby Kennedy.  I quote my good friend and Empire Page founder Christopher Chichester in his Daily News op-ed "Teach Kids To Understand, Not Worship, Bobby Kennedy" from December 6, 2008: 

"In 1951, Kennedy began his Washington career in the Internal Security Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, which investigated suspected Soviet spies.  Yes, he was what leftists today dismiss as a 'red baiter.'  Soon thereafter, he served as counsel to Sen. Joe McCarthy. Yes, that Joe McCarthy.

"As attorney general, RFK provided written approval to J. Edgar Hoover for wiretapping the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. because of suspicions the civil rights hero was a Communist subversive."

My fellow Americans, I am named after Sir Edmund Hillary.  The man who first conquered the summit of Mount Everest.  From The New York Times

Hillary, Not as in the Mount Everest Guy

By DANNY HAKIM  OCT. 17, 2006

For more than a decade, one piece of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's informal biography has been that she was named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the conqueror of Mount Everest. The story was even recounted in Bill Clinton's autobiography.

But yesterday, Mrs. Clinton's campaign said she was not named for Sir Edmund after all. 

"It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add," said Jennifer Hanley, a spokeswoman for the campaign. 

In May 1953, Sir Edmund and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest.  In 1995, shortly after meeting Sir Edmund, Mrs. Clinton said that her mother, Dorothy Rodham, had long told her she was named for the famous mountaineer. 

"It had two I's, which is how she thought she was supposed to spell Hillary," Mrs. Clinton said at the time, after meeting Sir Edmund.  "So when I was born, she called me Hillary, and she always told me it's because of Sir Edmund Hillary."

"Even though Bill Clinton repeated  the story in his 2004 autobiography, "My Life," Hillary Clinton did not mention it in her own autobiography, "Living History," which was published in 2003.

But one big hole has been poked in the story over the years, both in cyberspace and elsewhere: Sir Edmund became famous only after climbing Everest in 1953. Mrs. Clinton, as it happens, was born in 1947.


My fellow Americans, I am a liar. If I lie about how I was named, is there any subject off limits?  I will lie about any subject at any time. 


You want answers, Chris Chichester?!

I want the truth!

You. Can't. Handle. The. Truth!

My fellow Americans my top strategist is the former house Marxist for the Daily News Joel "You Know" Benenson.  He'll be my White House chief of staff. As his communications skills are, you know, superior.  You know. Joel how are the American people doing under President Obama? 

"They're finding ways to make it work. Those things are still hardships, in some ways, you know, working two jobs, or working two shifts, or, you know, a dad taking the kids away on vacation while the mom stays home to work her second job because she can't get time off from it. You know, they're finding accommodations to make.  I  think they still worry about not having a little extra money if the roof leaks, you know, or, you know, you get a flat tire in the car. Things like that."

My fellow Americans, Pinnochio is a small-time prevaricator compared to me. Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate. Do I have to go on? Of course I do.  I refer you to "A Millennial's Guide To Clinton Scandals Of The '90s" in The Washington Post on June 23, 2016.

From The New York Times 

Memo Places Hillary Clinton At Core of Travel Office Case

By DAVID JOHNSTON
Published: January 5, 1996

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 -- A memorandum by a former Presidential aide depicts Hillary Rodham Clinton as the central figure in the 1993 travel office dismissals, a politically damaging episode that the aide said had resulted from a climate of fear in which officials did not dare question Mrs. Clinton's wishes. 
The newly released draft memorandum, written by David Watkins, the former top administrative aide at the White House, also sharply contradicts the White House's official account of Mrs. Clinton's as merely an interested observer in the events that led to the dismissal of the White House travel staff and their replacement with Clinton associates from Arkansas.
In the memorandum, apparently intended for Thomas F. McLarty, who was the White House chief of staff, Mr. Watkins wrote that "we both know that there would be hell to pay" if "we failed to take swift and decisive action in conformity with the First Lady's wishes."

Hell. To. Pay. Baby. From The First Enforcer.   It reminds me of my favorite philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli in The Prince:

"Moreover men are less careful how they offend him who makes himself loved than him who makes himself feared.  For love is held by the tie of obligation, which, because men are a sorry breed, is broken on every whisper of private interest; but fear is bound by the apprehension of punishment which never relaxes its grasp." 

My fellow Americans, it ain't the way I wanted it! I can handle things! I'm smart! Not like everybody says. Like dumb. I'm smart and I want respect!

My fellow Americans, tonight I announce that the vast right-wing conspiracy is alive and well.  My White House Chief of Staff Barbra Streisand will monitor this clear and present danger to America. 

My fellow Americans as Secretary of State I was confronted by the terrorist threat on a daily basis.  That is why I recommended Procol Harum in Nigeria be designated a terrorist organization.  

My fellow Americans, I announce that I am now not embarked on a fraudulent "listening tour" to hear your concerns. Such as in my first U.S. Senate campaign.  I have no time to listen to you. You're going to listen to me and you are going to like it. You got it?

My fellow Americans, I urge you to make the impeached, disbarred, disgraced former president of the United States the nation's first First Gentleman.  But he's no gentleman.  Because of That Woman. From January 26, 1998: 

"I did not have sexual relations with that woman: Miss Lewinsky."

My fellow Americans, I do not eat pizza and KFC with a knife and a fork. Like a certain chapter 11 Republican presidential candidate. 

My fellow Americans, I quote headquarters of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.  And — with geometric logic  I know someone stole my strawberries while I was reading this piece in National Review:

Herd Instincts 

by CAROLINE BAUM & VICTOR NIERHOFFER June 1, 2016 12:00 AM

Is Hillary Clinton a better commodities trader than George Soros, or did she just get really, really lucky?  Both explanations leave something to be desired. 

Editor's note: A version of this article originally appeared in the February 20, 1995, issue of National Review.

When Newt Gingrich told a Republican audience recently that his lucrative book deal paled in comparison with Hillary Clinton's cattle-trading profits, the Speaker's comments were greeted with wild applause and raucous laughter.  Opened to public scrutiny less than a year ago, Mrs. Clinton's one hundred-fold return from trading has already become part of popular lore.  Whenever anyone is suspected of making a fast buck nowadays, the First Lady's adventure in commodities trading is bound to come to mind.

On October 11, 1978, the future First Lady, a neophyte investor with an annual income of $25,000, opened a commodity-futures account with a deposit of $1,000.  Her first trade was the short sale of ten live-cattle contracts at a price of 57.55 cents a pound: a commitment to deliver in December of that year 400,000 pounds of cattle with a market value of $230,200.  One day later, she bought the contracts back at a price of 56.10 cents, just 0.15 cent above the low of the day, pocketing $5,300 for a return of 530 per cent.

Mrs. Clinton continued to be a net winner at the game.  By the time she closed her trading account ten months later, she had racked up $99,541 in profits, a spectacular 10,000 per cent return on her initial investment of $1,000.  Either Mrs. Clinton was a better trader than the legendary George Soros, whose best-ever annual return in thirty years of trading was 122 per cent, or she was led by an invisible hand. 

During a press conference last April, the First Lady attributed her success to her advisor James Blair's "theory that because of the economy in the early part of the 1970s, a lot of cattle herds had been liquidated, so that there was going to be a big opportunity to make money in the late Seventies."  After examining Mrs. Clinton's trading records, Leo Melamed, the father of financial futures and former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Jack Sandner, the Merc's current chairman, found nothing irregular except, on occasion, insufficient margin in her account.  Anyone could have done as well, these gentlemen said, given the doubling of cattle prices during her year of trading.  Mr. Melamed called the brouhaha over the First Lady's financial affairs "a tempest in a teapot."  Mr. Sandner attributed her success to her "trading the biggest bull market in the history of cattle. If someone caught that trend and traded it well, they could make an extraordinary amount of money, a lot more than $100,000, on a small investment."

Yet, Mrs. Clinton bucked the trend and traded it well. Most of her trades including her first two, her last two, and her single most profitable trade (in dollar terms) were initiated from the short side, anticipating a decline in cattle prices.  Short selling by the public is extremely rare, especially on a first trade. When one considers that both the investor and her trading advisor were using a herd-reduction theory to capitalize on the biggest bull market in cattle in history, the success of her short sales raises a bright red flag. 

My fellow Americans, Gordon Gekko is my screen idol. I am Gordon Gekko. 

My fellow Americans, my name is Hillary Rodham Clinton.  But I dropped the "Rodham" in a pathetic attempt to convince Americans and New Yorkers that I am not a Ms. extremist engaged in braburning with Gloria Steinhem [yes, I understand the apocryphal background of braburning, feminists.] Ms. is for the Schwarzenegger Sisters

My fellow Americans I sent classified information over a non-secured server from my carpetbagger home in Chappaqua, New York. 

My fellow Americans I will raise your taxes by $1.2 trillion over ten years. According to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday

My fellow Americans you will never hear me say these five words to President Barack Obama: You Had Me At Hello.  

My fellow Americans I quote Ann Coulter from her August 3, 2016 column: 

"Khizr Khan, the Muslim 'Gold Star Father' who harangued Americans at the Democratic National Convention, with a mute, hijab-wearing wife at his side, is just another in a long string of human shields liberals send out to defend their heinous policies. The 'Jersey Girls' were the classic example, first described in the magnificent book Godless: The Church of Liberalism. 

"In order to shut down a debate they're losing, Democrats find victims to make their arguments for them, pre-empting counter-argument by droning on about the suffering of their victim-spokesperson.  Alternative opinions must be preceded by proof that the speaker has 'sacrificed' more than someone who lost a who lost a child, a husband, or whatever. 

"Khan's argument, delivered angrily and in a thick Pakistani accent at the DNC, is that 'our' Constitution requires us to continue the nonstop importation of Muslims. 

"If the U.S. Constitution required us to admit more than 100,000 Muslims a year -- as we do -- we'd already be living in Pakistan, and Khan wouldn't have had to move to get that nice feeling of home.  So the 'argument' part of Khan's point is gibberish. 

"Luckily, Khan had Part Two: His son died in Iraq, whereas Donald Trump does not have a son who died in Iraq, so he can't say anything. 

"Yes, a candidate for president of the United States is supposed to be prohibited from discussing a dangerous immigration program because Khan's son was one of fourteen (14!) Muslim servicemen killed by other Muslims in our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  That's why we're obligated to import yet more Muslims -- including, undoubtedly, some just like the ones who killed his son. Q.E.D.!"

My fellow female Americans if my husband Bill buys Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass as a gift I have one word of advice: Run.  Like you are English Gardner. Or even Chauncey Gardiner.  Being There: Four Stars from Roger Ebert.   Janet Maslin of The New York Times also recommended Being There on December 20, 1979: "Film: Ashby-Kosinksi's 'Being There': Watching TV."

My fellow Americans my campaign is Being There starring Hillary Clinton. Why do you ask?  Because my language is the beauty of simplistic incoherence. You know, you know, you know, you know, you know. 

My fellow Americans I highly recommend The Catcher in the Rye as it is an indictment of phonies. Like me. 

From Politico: 

HRC: 'Shame on you, Barack Obama'

By Kenneth P. Vogel 02/23/08 01:32 PM EST

CINCINNATI 
— Hillary Rodham Clinton ripped Barack Obama Saturday for mailings his campaign is sending to Ohio voters that Clinton said distorted her record on NAFTA and universal health care. 

"Shame on you, Barack Obama," Clinton said angrily when talking to reporters after a rally in a technical college gym here.  "It is time you ran a campaign consistent with your messages in public.  That's what I expect from you," she said, calling on Obama to repudiate and stop the mailings, which she waved demonstratively. 

"Meet me in Ohio. Let's have a debate about your tactics," she said, calling the mailings "tactics that are right out of Karl Rove's playbook."

Excuse me, Democrats, is there a worse personal attack that compares a presidential candidate of your party to The Architect Karl Rove? He is The Devil. 

My fellow Americans, this land was made for you and me.  What. A. Joke. This land was solely made for me and my disturbed personal ambition. 

The young must know it; the old must know it.  It must always sustain us, because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes and you are really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes, because only if you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. 

And so I say to you on this occasion, as we leave, we leave proud of the people who have stood by us and worked for us and served this country.

We want you to be proud of what you have done. We want you to continue to serve in government. If that is your wish. Always give your best. Never get discouraged.  Never be petty.  Always remember: Others may hate you, but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them.  And then you destroy yourself

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Gubernatorial Contempt For Rule Of Law: On The Money Of The State

by Chris Chichester on 07/27/16

"All we say to America is: Be true to what you said on paper." — Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


"Members of the State Legislature and all public officers, executive and judicial, are required to take and sign the oath provided by Article XIII, Section 1 of the New York State Constitution before they commence the duties of their office." 


"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of _________________, according to the best of my ability . . ."

From Article VII, Section VIII of the New York State Constitution:

"The money of the state shall not be given or loaned to or in aid of any private corporation or association, or private undertaking; nor shall the credit of the state be given or loaned to or in aid of any individual, or public or private corporation or association, or private undertaking . . . "

This language is absolute.  There is no space for interpretation.  The 53 words do not require clarification or evaluation.  The state constitution specifically prohibits the funneling of taxpayer dollars to every entrepreneur, every small business owner, every capitalist, every Fortune 500 chief executive officer and every Forbes cover subject. There are zero exceptions. 

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." — George Orwell, 1984.

Our state constitution is today a target for corruption.  The words signify nothing.  If this document is shredded by Secretary to the Governor Bill Mulrow [DEliot Spitzer] no one notices in our state of 19.79 million.  I ask: How many New Yorkers can identify the fact we have a state constitution?

Our state constitution is not a "living" document.   The emanations formed by penumbras are invisible. Isn't that right Mr. Justice William O. Douglas: 

"The foregoing cases suggest that specific guarantees in the Bill of Rights have penumbras, formed by emanations from those guarantees that help give them life and substance."

Tell me: Where is the penumbra formed by emanations in Article VII, Section VIII?  Shall. Not.  Confusion does not exist.  It is not a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. It is not complicated language New Yorkers fail to decipher.  

Do you understand its ramifications second floor Capitol staff?  The ramifications for freedom.  The ramifications for the future of our formerly nationleading Empire State. The ramifications for a marketplace where no one is anointed by elected officials in smallAlbany. 

I. Am. An. Entrepreneur.  Past and present. 

I conceived the idea for the Empire Page in my Guilderland townhouse as the summer of 1998 began.  I buy a supply of yellow legal pads and pens.  I am on my couch for the entire summer.  Writing.  Planning. Thinking.  My goal is to produce an electronic version of the paper clips distributed in the Capitol and Legislative Office Building. This is my 24/7 existence for 2+ months.  And I did not acquire a thrill up my leg

The paper clips arrived in the Capitol at approximately 9:00 a.m.  That time is unacceptable when you work for a Senate Majority Leader, Assembly Speaker, Attorney General, Comptroller and Governor. It is also unacceptable if you work for a competent Member of the Assembly and Senate.  The first version of my Empire Page is online at 7:30 a.m. or earlier.  I am up at 2:00 a.m. to guarantee it. 

This is a tremendous risk.  As New Yorkers are dedicated to reading the print newspaper.  I know. As my father William worked for Newsday for 20 years. From 1975 to 1995. He was not a journalist. He was the engineerincharge of the giant computers that ran the presses, and led a staff that worked in three shifts over 24 hours.  It is a monumental responsibility to ensure the paper is published.  Especially when Newsday cofounded by Alicia Patterson on September 9, 1940 moved from Garden City to Melville. 

From "Key Findings On The Traits And Habits Of The Modern News Consumer" by Amy Mitchell on July 7, 2016 at Pew Research Center: 

"Twenty years ago, only 12% of U.S. adults got news online. Today, that number stands at 81%. About six-in-ten (62%) get news through social media -- a figure that rises to 84% for 18- to 29-year-olds. We have also reached a point where a large majority of  the public (72%) gets news on a mobile device. As consumers have changed the ways they access news, they also have new ways to interact with it -- and new sources to inform them. How have these influence shaped the American public's habits and attitudes toward the news?

"A new Pew Research Center study explores the defining traits of the modern news consumer. One overarching conclusion is that news remains an important part of the public life. More than seven-in-ten U.S. adults follow national and local news somewhat or very closely, and 65% follow international news with the same regularity."

From "Newspapers: Fact Sheet" at Pew Research Center by Michael Barthel on June 15, 2016: 

"The reliance on print among dedicated newspaper audiences is especially problematic as the portion of Americans turning to print newspapers continues to decline, given that in 2015, 75% of newspapers' advertising revenue came from non-digital sources. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 36% of U.S. adults learned something about the election in the past week from a print newspaper. This was lower than the portion that learned from radio (44%), digital sources (65%) or television sources (78%). We also recently found that the portion of adults who often get news from print newspapers (20%) falls behind those who learned from radio (25%), news websites and apps (28%) and all forms of television. Until a decade ago, however, newspapers outranked radio and the internet as the public's main source or news."

I thought about money often during the first 12 months because I had yet to generate revenue from an advertisement. In order to keep my Empire Page a going concern I had to think about how to pay my largest expense: The Mortgage.  No bureaucrat from Empire State Development was there to rescue me with a subsidy. 

I paid my mortgage because I cashed in the money I accrued in the state retirement system as a state Senate and gubernatorial staffer.   From 1991 to 1997.  I worked in the press office for Senate Majority Leader Ralph J. Marino [RThanksgiving Day Coup] and Governor George E. Pataki.  Both positions were lifechanging experiences.   

I had assistance.  The Business Council of New York State, Inc. saved me from a Chapter 11style disintegration. As I reached an agreement with this incredible Albany institution for a banner advertisement at the top of my Page. 

True entrepreneurs don't require the money of the state.  As the money of the state is an embarrassment to true entrepreneurs. As the money of the state belongs at the Division of the Budget.  As the money of the state doesn't understand a real entrepreneur is somebody who has no safety net underneath them.

True entrepreneurs identify markets and move constantly to create products for those markets.  True entrepreneurs envision success every day.  True entrepreneurs never give in or give up.  True entrepreneurs don't make excuses.  True entrepreneurs dismiss Marcus Lemonis. True entrepreneurs are the heart and soul and brains of America. 

True entrepreneurs expertly manage time and resources. True entrepreneurs transform weaknesses into strengths.  True entrepreneurs search for new avenues toward improvement.  True entrepreneurs contemptuously reject the word: No. 

True entrepreneurs accept the gravity and duality of risk.  Gravity as the pursuit of success is an everpresent challenge.  Duality as the specter of failure travels with you — and haunts you — even when success is experienced.  There is always a competitor to eliminate and always a problem that requires a solution. 

True entrepreneurs are not Bernard J. Ebbersdestined for an episode American Greed for an $11 billion fraud. True entrepreneurs are not the degenerates depicted in The Wolf of Wall StreetTrue entrepreneurs never execute that historic staple of corruption: A Ponzi Scheme.  

True entrepreneurs refuse to accept one dollar from the taxpayers of New York. True entrepreneurs refuse to certify as welfare cases. True entrepreneurs are not wards of the state.  True entrepreneurs believe Empire State Development is a dependency trap. 


Our services include:

  • Conducting targeted corporate outreach to companies in key industry clusters while providing retention, expansion and attraction services to the State's largest and most important employers.
  • Providing hands-on technical assistance to help businesses, big and small, meet their goals. 
  • Helping companies identify the financial assistance that will most benefit their business.  This includes direct loans, loan guarantees and grants that can help companies reduce the costs of undertaking a job creation or retention project in the State.
 
What. A. Joke.  I read this state-sponsored contempt for the rule of law and I want to bang my shoe on my desk like Nikita Khrushchev at the United Nations on October 13, 1960.

Tell me Governor Cuomo: How many employees at your ESD have private sector experience as a chief executive officer?  How many employees at your ESD created a profitable venture?  How many employees at your ESD have faced the pressure of the free market?  How many employees at your ESD have never deposited a paycheck from the state of New York into a bank account? 

There is no method or process for Governor Cuomo to determine the appropriate candidates for lawbreaking state subsidies.  The only way is for our 56th chief executive to meet personally with the recipients.  I have zero doubt it happens.  Unless these New Yorkers are big-time campaign contributors. 

From the Times Union

Delayed three months, report says Start-UP NY created 332 jobs last year

By Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief on July 1, 2016 at 5:21 PM

The Start-Up NY program created 332 jobs in 2015, according to a report released late Friday afternoon by the Empire State Development Corp.

In the Capital, nine companies participating in the program created 32 jobs last year, according to data provided by ESD.  They include Hudson Valley Fish Farm Inc. and Furlocity, a website that connects pet owners to businesses. 


Report: Much-touted Start-Up NY created few jobs

Jon Campbell, @JonCampbellGAN 7:53 p.m. EDT July 1, 2016

ALBANY A job-creation program highly touted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration created just 408 new jobs in its first two full years, despite an advertising campaign that cost state taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. 

Businesses participating in the state's Start-Up NY program created 332 jobs in 2015 after creating 76 in 2014, according to a new state report.

The report from Empire State Development, the Cuomo administration's economic-development branch, was released Friday evening ahead of the holiday weekend, a time notorious for government agencies to release unflattering news.

From Forbes

MAY 29, 2015 @ 11:03 AM 9,856 VIEWS

With Only 76 Jobs Created Cuomo's Start-UP NY Is A Bust -- With The Cost of $697,368 Per Job

Rex Sinquefield, CONTRIBUTOR

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new Start-Up NY program, his promises were bold. A $53 million national ad campaign boasted the tagline: "Move here, expand here, or start a new business here, and pay no taxes for ten years."

Now, more than a year in, Start-Up NY is proving to be a non-starter.

The plan sounded good on paper.  New and expanding businesses could seize the opportunity to operate tax-free for a decade on or near New York State university campuses.  This would give businesses easy access to advanced research labs and industry experts. Cuomo claimed that Start-Up NY would "supercharge" the Empire State economy and boost job creation.

While the Cuomo administration and Start-Up NY supporters hoped the initiative would generate thousands of jobs each year, the reality is far less promising.  In the program's first full operating year, only 54 businesses received permission to begin operating, and only 30 actually opened. During these twelve months, Start-Up NY created a total of just 76 new jobs. 

With numbers this dismal, the dissatisfaction with Start-Up NY is widespread, and the concerns cross party lines. In fact, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli (a Democrat) released a report last week that concluded New York-centric advertising campaigns, including those of Start-Up NY and related economic development programs, have produced "no tangible results." The initiative's return on investment is incredibly low. To date, considering the high price-tag for the ad campaign and the low number of jobs created, the state has spent $697,368 per job.

No. Tangible. Results. For a mind-numbing $697,368 per jobSupercharge didn't happen.  And Comptroller DiNapoli is not a National Review-reading movement conservative. 

Governor Cuomo's philosophy of economic growth and development is simple: Socialism.  He believes he is the architect who can pick winners and losers in the marketplace. But he's no Bill Gates. He's no Warren Buffet. He's no Jeff Bezos. He's no Phil Knight. 

Do words count in our state?  Does language carry the power of substance? Is the law relevant?  The fact that I must ask those questions is proof we qualify as a national joke.  If you disagree than explain our plummeting number of Electoral College electors. In 2016 we have 29. And

1960: 45
1964: 43
1968: 43
1972: 41
1976: 41
1980: 41
1984: 36
1988: 36
1992: 33
1996: 33
2000: 33
2004: 31
2008: 31
2012: 29

This decline over generations is foot voting or The Tiebout Effect.   Brought to us, primarily, by our all stars in the state legislature.  Our Assembly and Senate.  Incidentally, more on foot voting hereherehere and here

"If we have a system in which government is in a position to give large favor — it's human nature to try to get this favor — whether those people are large enterprises, or whether they're small businesses like farmers, or whether they're representatives of any other special group. The only way to prevent that is to force them to engage in competition with the other." — Milton Friedman.

Empire State Development must be abolished.  This bureaucracy prevents competition. This bureaucracy drains taxpayer dollars. This bureaucracy is exhausted.  This bureaucracy is a complete failure. 

The Legislative Correspondents Association is complicit in Governor Cuomo's contempt for the rule of law. These reporters and writers are invisible. These reporters and writers are lazy.  These reporters and writers pursue insider access instead of The Truth.  These reporters and writers refuse to concede the law in Article VII, Section VIII of the state constitution.

Tell me: Where are our state legislators as Governor Cuomo shreds the state constitution? Willfully apathetic.  It's a bi-partisan disgrace that our Members of the Assembly and Senate wallow in silence. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie [D—Boo Radley] and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan [R—RINO] must schedule a series of hearings.  To discover the truth.  To discover precisely how a company or corporation is awarded state taxpayer dollars.  To discover why a massive state bureaucracy continues to contribute to the decline and fall of New York. 

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Advance Text: Donald Trump Accepts GOP Nomination For President

by Chris Chichester on 07/21/16

My fellow Americans I begin tonight with original language written by my smoking-hot, third wife Melania

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.  Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." 

That is so beautiful, Melania.  But I believe I may have heard this language previously.  Excuse me, Paul Manafort?  Can you research it and let me know if we are engaged in a great civil war in 2016? With perhaps a few of your dictator clients.  Thank you, Paul. 

Melania and I were raised with so many of the same prenuptial agreement values: That you work hard for what you want in life; that you word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.

Excuse me, Paul? I hate to bother you again. But can you also research this language as well?  And let me know if it has been plagiarized from First Lady Michelle Obama's 2008 address to the Democratic National Convention in Denver?  And what is with this "dignity and respect" nonsense?  I thought America has witnessed my appalling behavior on The Apprentice

Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage  and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. 

I impressed myself by making it through that paragraph without a mistake. But it sounds vaguely familiar.  Paul, I hate to bother you again.  But I believe I heard this language as a pre-game speech once when I was the owner of the New Jersey Generals of the phenomenally successful United States Football League.  I refer you to "How Donald Trump Destroyed A Football League" by Drew Jubera in Esquire on January 13, 2016: 

"The Donald made a media-inhaling, savior-is-born entrance; surged beyond expectations; then went all in on his attempt to upend the entrenched NFL by pushing his fellow owners to move games to the fall in hopes of inciting a merger.  The bet brought the league, already in failing health, crashing down. Critics blame Trump's hubris. Haters wait for a similar last act in the upcoming Republican primaries."

Esquire understands how I will Make America Great, Again.  Is that a magazine for attorneys?  If so, I'd like to provide every attorney at Esquire with a $25 Make America Great, Again hat.

My fellow Americans I ask: Do my facial expressions resemble Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini when I deliver a speech?  Ivanka told me Mussolini was a particularly handsome totalitarian ally of Adolf Hitler. 

I proudly report to the American people tonight that I am not tempered by war.  I am grateful for the fact that I received a medical deferment from the Vietnam War. Because of brutally painful bone spurs in my feet. I had such unrelenting pain in my big toe on my right foot that it acted up every time I saw Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken in The Deer Hunter on television.

My fellow Americans, let there be no doubt that I am qualified to be your commander-in-chief. Does that mean I can wear epaulets and carry an M16 in The Oval Office? I hope so. 


Questions linger about Trump’s draft deferments during Vietnam War
By Craig Whitlock July 21, 201

A few weeks after his 22nd birthday, Donald Trump received a notice from the federal government. On July 9, 1968, his local draft board had scrawled a “1A” beside his name in its handwritten ledger, classifying him as available for unrestricted military service.

For the previous four years, Trump had avoided the draft — and the possibility of being sent to fight in the Vietnam War — by obtaining four separate deferments so he could study at Fordham University and the University of Pennsylvania. With his diploma in hand and his college days over, he was suddenly vulnerable to conscription.

Trump’s exposure to the draft, however, didn’t last long. Two months later, on Sept. 17, 1968, he reported for an armed forces physical examination and was medically disqualified, according to the ledger from his local Selective Service System draft board in Jamaica, N.Y., now in the custody of the National Archives.

The ledger does not detail why Trump failed the exam — the Selective Service destroyed all medical records and individual files after the draft ended in 1973 and the military converted to an all-volunteer force.

In recent days, Trump, a Republican presidential candidate, and his campaign have said that he received the medical deferment because he had bone spurs in his feet. But rather than clear up all questions about why he did not serve in the military during the Vietnam era, they have given shifting accounts that are at odds with the few remaining documents in his Selective Service file.

The verdict: Trump is a craven draft-dodger.

From the Mayo Clinic

"The main cause of bone spurs is the joint damage associated with osteoarthritis.  Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may go undetected for years.  They may not require treatment. Decision about treatment depend on where spurs are situated and how they affect your health."

Most. Bone. Spurs. Cause. No. Symptoms.  These quacks at the Mayo Clinic are a bunch of losers.  Like Rosie O'Donnell. Rosie's a loser. A real loser. I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice, fat, little Rosie.

My fellow Americans, is Cher here tonight?  As I must engage in another gratuitous feud with a celebrity.  From my Twitter account

"@Cher attacked @MittRomney. She is an average talent who is out of touch with reality. Like @Rosie O'Donnell, a total loser!"

On April 11, 1988 Cher was awarded the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck.  She was previously nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for the 1983 film Silkwood. Only total losers win Academy Awards. 

My fellow Americans is Erick Erickson of Red State here tonight? He's a total loser who has a history of supporting establishment losers in failed campaigns.  

My fellow Americans I implore you to understand that any American who Tweets that I wear a wig is just another sad and lonely hater and loser.  I have David Beckham hair, baby!

My fellow Americans is Karl Rove here tonight? Rove should be out of politics. He's a total loser.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is a total loserChuck Todd is a real loser. George Will is a loser.  John McCain is a loser. Frank Luntz is a total loser.  Charles Krauthammer is a total loser. Tim O'Brien is a real loser. Glenfiddich Scotch is a loser. Lord Sugar is a loserSalon is a loser.  Mark Cuban is a loser

Dummy Graydon Carter is a real loser.  Bill Maher is a loser. Michelle Malkin is a loser. Danny Zuker is a loser. Sheena Monnin is a disgruntled loser. Ana Navarro is a loser. Jonah Goldberg is a total loser. Russell Brand is a major loser. Alex Salmond is a loser. The Daily News is a loser newspaperThe Huffington Post is a loser. Angelo Carusone is a loser. Richard Belzer is a stone cold loser. The Patch is a total loser. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger is a  it seems to escape me for a moment — oh, that's right: a loser

My fellow Americans is Roger Stone here tonight? Roger is a stone-cold loser.  He is, of course, a leading candidate for White House Chief of Staff. As is Ben Carson.  I commend Ben for connecting Hillary Clinton to Lucifer in his prepared remarks: 

"So are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model someone who acknowledges Lucifer?"

My fellow Americans, tonight I acknowledge Trump delegate and New Hampshire State Senator Al Baldasaro for his temperate remarks about Hillary Clinton: "Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason."  Thank you, Al, for inviting a Secret Service investigation for your bold truth-telling. There is a place in the Trump Federal Bureau of Investigation for your talents. 

My fellow Americans tonight I thank Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson for a great, great, great speech on Monday night.  When I am president I will nominate Willie as my secretary of agriculture.  As his experience as a Duck Commander is precisely what our 3.2 million farmers require. He knows a crop when he sees it. 

My fellow Americans, please allow me to introduce myself. I'm a man of wealth and taste. I've been around for a long, long year. Stole many a man's soul to waste.  And I was 'round when Jesus Christ had his moment of doubt and pain. Made damn sure that Pilate washed his hand and sealed his fate. Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. 

Yes, that is Sympathy for the Devil, which was written for The Rolling Stones by my wife Melania for the 1968 album Beggar's Banquet.  Melania also wrote Profiles in CourageFolsom Prison BluesRootsIt Takes a Village, and Senator Joseph R. Biden's "unusually creepy" plagiarism from his failed 1988 presidential campaign. 

My fellow Americans, this great nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper.  So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. 

I like the way that sounds.  Excuse me, Paul?  I think I once heard Lyndon B. Johnson use this language in a speech while he was in the process of a fraudulent 87vote win over Governor Coke Stevenson in the 1948 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Can you check it out for me?  

Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes efforts to convert retreat into advance is what will occur when I take the presidential Oath of Office on January 20, 2017.  The only thing we have to fear is The Trump Organization moving en masse into The West Wing.  In fact, I have already purchased new slot machines for the Roosevelt Room. 

I'd like to thank Lyin' Ted Cruz for the worst speech of the Convention.  And I hope Lyin' Ted will resign his U.S. Senate seat and return to the family business: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 

I mean what was he doing — what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death, before the shooting? It's horrible. 

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.  I am the problem. From time to time we've been tempted to believe that society has become too complex for to be managed by self-rule. That government by an elite group is superior to government for, by and of The Donald. Well, if no one among us if capable of governing The Donald, than who among has the capacity to govern someone else?  All of us, together, in and out of government must bear the burden. Except: Me. The solutions we seek must be equitable. With only Lyin' Ted Cruz singled out to pay a higher price. 

I love that language from the First Inaugural Address by President Jayson Blair

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over.  And I've see the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I'm happy, tonight. 

I'm not worried about anything.

I'm not fearing any man!


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