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Carl E. Heastie: On The Silence Of The Assembly Speaker Part I

by Chris Chichester on 11/04/16

Our state legislators are paid .79 per mile, which is tied to the federal rate. Each receives a $174 per diem for an overnight and a $59 per diem without an overnight.   These are obscure numbers not committed to memory by New Yorkers. The numbers are significant.  You pay for the generous numbers.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures only Pennsylvania at $85,339 and California at $100,113 pay state legislators a higher salary than our Empire State, RIP.  The population according to the 2010 U.S. Census

  California: 37,253,956
  New York: 19,378,102
  Pennsylvania: 12,702,379

According to "How Much Should State Legislators Get Paid?" in The New York Times FiveThirtyEight by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux on April 7, 2016 state legislator salary plus per diem in New York is $89,422. Our median household income is $58,878. Every state legislator is paid an astounding 151.9% of median household income. 

We must demand excellence and accountability from our state legislators. These men and women entrenched in Albany possess a power to continue our long, slow decline toward oblivion or finally transform our state into an Elysian Fields whereby every citizen is empowered to succeed in the free marketplace.  This is our challenge.  This is our burden.  This is our time to resurrect the empire that was once the Empire State. 

Don't. Count. On. It. 

From Boo Radley's Speaker Carl Heastie's official site on October 5, 2016:

"The evidence is overwhelming that a raise in compensation is warranted; indeed, it is long overdue. Economic variables and public policy fully support a salary increase for statewide elected officials, executive officers, and legislators, just as these same considerations yielded an increase for the judiciary earlier this year.  In order to maintain our constitutional framework of government and the appropriate balance among the branches and offices of government, it is important that the compensation of the offices under consideration be increased proportionally."

What. A. Joke.  What. A. Lie.  What. A. Falsification. 

Overwhelming?  There is absolutely zero evidence, Mr. Speaker, that supports a raise in compensation. This is a weak and pathetic assertion by one of the three most powerful individuals in our state. 

Economic variables.  What are those economic variables, Hector Salamanca Carl? It's the incompetence variables that you must focus upon. That's your specialty.  

From "Only Three States Score Higher Than D+ In State Integrity Investigation; 11 Flunk" at The Center For Public Integrity on November 9, 2015 by Nicholas Kusnetz: 

"Since State Integrity's first go-round, at least 12 states have seen their legislative leaders or top cabinet-level offices charged, convicted or resign as a result of ethics or corruption-related scandal.  Five house or assembly leaders have fallen. No state has outdone New York, where 14 lawmakers have left office since the beginning of 2012 due to ethical or criminal issues, according to a count by Citizens Union, an advocacy group. That does not include the former leaders of both the Assembly and the Senate, who were charged in unrelated corruption schemes earlier this year but remain in office. 

"New York is not remarkable, however, in at least one regard. Only one of those 14 lawmakers has been sanctioned by the state's ethics commission."

No. State. Has. Outdone. New York. 

Public policy.  Tell me: What is the public policy that supports a salary increase?  The policy is simple: The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.  Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.  Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save the New York Assembly, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA.

I am a former state Senate staffer. I worked in the press office for Senate Majority Leader Ralph J. Marino from September, 1991 to January, 1995. Never once did I conclude the Members are part-time.  It is a 24/7 existence in Albany in 2016 just as it is in 1995.  Do you disagree?  Good. Go work for a state legislator and you'll undoubtedly conclude it is a fulltime occupation 24/7 because every minute in Albany is dedicated to its sine qua non:  reelection. 


New York State Legislature: Part-Time or Full?

, @JonCampbellGAN12:40 a.m. EDT July 8, 2013

ALBANY

The National Conference of State Legislatures, which tracks legislative bodies across the country, says New York lawmakers do enough work to be considered full time.

New York state law, however, says otherwise.

A new round of financial disclosure forms released last week — some of which show New York legislators with lucrative outside jobs that pull in six figures — has re-sparked a decades-long debate over whether state lawmakers should be constitutionally recognized as full time and whether they should be able to hold other jobs.

"Under our system, we have part-time legislators. That is the system we have — citizen legislators," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. "They work as legislators part time, and they have businesses, law practices, et cetera — part time. That's the design of the system by the constitution."

With. Lucrative. Outside. Jobs. That. Pull. In. Six. Figures.  This reality is a disgrace that must be banned. Every state legislator with outside employment is walking and talking conflictofinterest.  I don't give a damn if it is disclosed.  Do you understand Speaker WALL-E Heastie? I know you do.  Explain why. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo, as usual, is delusional.  He understands how it works in Albany dating back to January, 1983.  As he served as his father's ruthless enforcer on the second floor during the first term. There is no such thing as a "citizen-legislator" in Albany.  We have citizen-hustlers. 

I congratulate you, Charlie Chaplin Carl, in one biographical category.  I am a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Like you. It is a perfect undergraduate experience. 

From George Valentin's Speaker Heastie's slender official biography: 

"Amongst his many legislative achievements, Speaker Heastie was a principal negotiator in securing an increase in the minimum wage that took effect January 1, 2014."

If you are a high school student responsible for the french fries at McDonald's than Speaker Heastie is dedicated to your career.  If you possess almost no skills whatsoever for the workplace than Speaker Heastie is for your artificially enhanced, government-enforced wage. Despite the overwhelmingly evidence presented by the 1976 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Dr. Milton Friedman

"The minimum wage law is most properly described as a law saying that employers must discriminate against people who have low skills. That's what the law says. The law says that here's a man who has a skill that would justify a wage of $5 or $6 per hour (adjusted for today), but you may not employ him, it's illegal, because if you employ him you must pay him $9 per hour.  So what's the result?  To employ him at $9 per hour is to engage in charity.  There's nothing wrong with charity. But most employers are not in the position to engage in that kind of charity.  Thus, the consequences of minimum wage laws have been almost wholly bad. We have increased unemployment and increased poverty."

I urge every New Yorker to visit Buster Keaton's Speaker Heastie's "Newsroom."  As the total number of news releases posted is: One.  Isn't that right, U2?

You say love is a temple, love a higher law
Love is a temple, love the higher law
You ask me to enter, but then you make me crawl
And I can't be holding on to what you got, when all you got is hurt
One love, one blood, one life, you got to do what you should

Thank you, U2.  Please dedicate With Or Without You to Speaker Heastie at the next concert. 

Speaker Heastie arrogantly believes he is under no obligation to communicate with the LCA/media, our 200+ state legislators, special interest groups, local governments, lobbyists, Members of Congress, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and any New Yorker who seeks to obtain information about the New York Assembly.  He is an invisible presence in our capital. 

I have a suggestion for you, Rudolph Valentino Carl.  I want you to resign your office and volunteer for a Doritos commercial.  It was a perfect vehicle for Governor Mario M. Cuomo and it is the perfect vehicle for you. Now.  Except for one requirement: You have to speak in a commercial:  

More from Heastie's official site

Speaker Heastie Joins Assembly Buffalo Delegation
to Announce $5 Million in State Funding
for Albright-Knox Art Gallery

BUFFALO - Speaker Carl Heastie joined today with Buffalo Assemblymembers Sean Ryan, Robin Schimminger and Crystal Peoples-Stokes to announce that the New York State Assembly would be committing $5 million in state funding for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's AK360 campaign to enlarge and update exhibition space as well as expand cultural programs. This funding is in addition to the funding announcement made by the state in September, and is part of the $125 million private public partnership capital campaign.

This is a pathetic expenditure of taxpayer dollars, Speaker Harpo Marx Speaker Heastie.  It's a complete waste of your money, your salary, your work ethic.  Our Assembly Overlord has created his own personal Bank of New York.  Despite the fact the Assembly is a collection of philistine careerists. These men and women can't tell the difference between a Norman Rockwell or a Jackson Pollock or a Ziggy or a William Sulzer in The Hall of Governors

Blue Poles by Pollock: 

BluePoles 
What do you think about this stunning canvas, Ada McGrath Carl?  Yes, I am aware that this canvas confuses you.  Why are you shaking your head, Edward Scissorhands Carl?  Is it that you fail to understand this revolutionary technique?  Can you expound on your disagreeableness?  You can't recognize the artistic consequences of this masterpiece?  You say you're still trying to determine the translation of the aforementioned sine qua non?

More from Speaker Marcel Marceau Speaker Heastie's official biography

"Speaker Heastie scored a victory for public health when he championed the passage of a law that prohibited the sale of water containing nicotine to children under 18 years old."

I ask my fellow New Yorkers: Are you aware of this raging crisis in our formerly dominant Empire State? Me, either. What you must do next Speaker Mel Funn Speaker Heastie is ensure that nicotine lollipops are banned.  

I want to understand how Speaker Jack Powell Heastie "scored a victory for public health" in banning water with nicotine given action taken by the Federal Drug Administration in 2002. From the Associated Press [with the byline above the title] at CBS News

By JOEL ARAK AP July 2, 2002, 1:54 PM

FDA Shuts Off Nicotine Water Spigot

Water laced with nicotine is billed as a "refreshing break to the smoking habit," but the Food and Drug Administration ruled Tuesday that it's also illegal, ending a California company's bid to begin selling bottles later this month.

The crackdown had been expected since the FDA ordered nicotine-laced lollipops and lip balm off the market last April, calling them unapproved drugs that had enough nicotine to endanger children lured by the candy resemblance.

But NicoWater underwent additional scrutiny because its maker was promoting the bottled water as a dietary supplement, and the FDA isn't allowed to regulate supplements nearly as strictly as it does medications.

Because nicotine is legally sold over-the-counter in FDA-approved smoking cessation aids, federal law prohibits it also being sold as a dietary supplement, FDA lawyers concluded Tuesday -- meaning NicoWater can't sell.

Speaker Douglas Fairbanks Heastie is such a stupefying mediocrity that an official news release fails to cite the subject of his language. From September 22, 2016

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie
 
The allegations brought forth today by the federal government are truly disappointing and concerning.  Our justice system will determine all the facts and we will continue to monitor developments in this matter. 

Excuse me, Speaker Warner Baxter Heastie but what allegations?  Carl? Carl!  I'm talking to you!  Are you catatonic, Carl?  You failed to cite the action by the federal government.  

Speaker Carl E. Heastie is a spectacular incompetent and a silent scourge upon Albany. His defective official site is the undeniable evidence. We know nothing about this man despite the fact he was elected in 2000.  As his official biography is an intentionally vacuous 370 words. This character possesses enormous contempt for the people of New York and every Assembly Democrat today has a responsibility to remove Heastie from an office that affords him preposterous power over the 17.9 million people who live in our Empire State. 

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Freedom Lies In Being Bold — Robert Frost
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Grey's Anatomy: On Hillary Clinton's Health And Fitness

by Chris Chichester on 10/21/16

"In frenzied excitement he eats up the ground; he cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds." — Job 39:19

Every candidate for president of the United States is required to disclose significant and substantial information about health.  If victorious that individual is bequeathed enormous power from the constitution of the United States. There must not exist one doubt, one question, one controversy about mental and physical superiority. Such as with John F. Kennedy.  Are you still a deluded Camelot Kool-Aid drinker? Congratulations. Read: "The Medical Ordeals of JFK" by Robert Dallek in The Atlantic in December, 2002. 

On Inauguration Day the president is immediately confronted with a collection of obstructionobsessed Members of Congress.  These men and women exist to vote: No.  They express a larger interest in the floor of Bullfeathers than the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. 

I've witnessed the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate as an impediment to a presidential legislative agenda.  As I am a former U.S. House and U.S. Senate staffer.  For Congressman Lamar S. Smith of Texas in the Rayburn House Office Building and the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business in the Russell Senate Office Building.  Both experiences forever enriched and changed my life. 

The president must demonstrate to the U.S. House and U.S. Senate implacable will.  Or risk the establishment of a conventional wisdom that he can be rolled.  That he is a profile in weakness.   That he willingly abandons his principles. That he is a rich and inviting political target.  Such as with President George H. W. Bush after he grossly violated the centerpiece of his 1988 general election campaign: Read My Lips, No New Taxes.  

President  Bush signed the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 and this monstrosity raised taxes on alcohol, tobacco, yachts, automobiles and increased the top rate from 28% to 31%. It included the absurd.  If you bought a $10,000 fur, guess what?  You paid a 30% excise tax since you are obviously Alexis Carrington starring in Dynasty.

President Bush willfully lied.  If you voted for Vice President Bush on November 8, 1988 you are in a position to thank him when you smoke a Marlboro on your break.  When you drink a Budweiser after work at your favorite local bar.  When you buy your yacht as you are "the wealthy" who must pay your "fair share."  When you file your income taxes. When you buy your red Corvette as this is simply a new toy for you to cruise around in with Prince in Minneapolis.

From "Budget Blunders of 1990 Are No Blueprint For 2011" by Alan Reynolds at the Cato Institute on November 11, 2011: 

"The official rosy estimate of OBRA-90 was that the numerous income and excise tax increases would raise $146.3 billion over five years, with $9 billion of that coming from the 10% luxury tax on boats, airplanes, cars, jewelry and furs.  Such wishful estimates may be one reason for the lingering myth that the Obama-like 1991 experiment of combining higher tax rates with shrinking deductions was actually effective in bringing in more receipts.

"The luxury taxes of 1991 were wisely repealed in August 1993 because they destroyed far more revenue as a result of lost wages and profits in the boating and aircraft industries than could possibly be raised by these excise taxes. 

"The Joint Tax Committee had estimated that the luxury tax would raise $6 million from airplane sales alone in fiscal 1991, but the actual take was $53,000.  The 10% tax on cars priced above $30,000 brought in a mere $88 million in 1991 while losing much more in income and payroll taxes as a result of depressed auto sales and profits. 

"Even higher taxes on tobacco, alcohol and gasoline had a trivial effect, with excise tax receipts rising from 0.6% of GDP in 1989-90 to 0.7% from 1991 to 1993."

I cite 1990 as my Long Island is devastated.  I cite 1990 as ideas and words have consequences.  I cite 1990 as the presidency must always force a test of character.  President Bush failed that critical test.  And it cost him re-election in 1992 against a flawed challenger with such complete disregard for his office that he is famously impeacheddisbarred and disgraced


Economic Pulse: Long Island -- A special report; After Decades of Prosperity, Long Island Confronts a Stagnant Economy


BETHPAGE, L.I., Dec. 20— Long Island residents are beginning to learn that they just can't have it all.

The island, frequently listed in surveys in the 1980's as one of the country's most desirable spots, is struggling now, not just with the effects of the national recession that have battered states throughout the Northeast but also with stubborn home-grown problems that will make it harder to bounce back when the region's recovery begins.

"All of the ingredients that made Long Island such a success in the 1980's have petered out," said Samuel M. Ehrenhalt, Regional Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. "All the key engines have stalled or gone into reverse, and as a result what you're left with is a lot of question marks."

Here in Bethpage, the Grumman Corporation, the center of a once-massive defense industry, has laid off 9,000 people, or a third of its Long Island workforce, since 1987. Around the Island, more than 90,000 people are out of work, so that in 1990 -- for the first time ever -- Nassau and Suffolk counties lost more jobs than they gained. Businesses are failing; unemployed workers are stuck with houses they can't sell, and the Island's young people are fleeing, looking for a better life someplace else.

From Article II, Section II of the U.S. Constitution: 

"The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States; he may require the opinion, in writing, of the principal officer in each of the executive departments, upon any subject relating to the duties of their respective offices, and he shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment."

No human being on earth commands a military superstructure like our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.  As of May 9, 2016, according to Fox News, the number of Americans who serve on active duty status: 

Army: 491,365
Navy: 327,801
Air Force: 311,357
Marines Corps: 183,417 

Total service members: 1,313,940

I am a veteran.  I completed Basic Training at Ft. Bliss, Texas, Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and my permanent duty station was 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Out Front, America.  I love the smell of napalm in the morning  . . . It smells like victory

I enlisted at 19 to earn the $10,800 G.I. Bill, acquire experience as a personnel administration specialist [75B] and qualify for a program that paid off my student loans that funded two ordinary Quartersplaying years at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  I enlisted to recapture my motivation, optimism and expectation for a future whereby every goal is attainable.  

I enlisted — and I had zero understanding of leadership that day at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn.    The oath was merely the oath.  Just words.  But once I put the uniform on for the first time the consequence of the oath is that you must serve your country with honor, rectitude and unwavering dedication.  I ETSed as a Sergeant [E-5] with an Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Air Assault Badge and a reborn confidence. 


Hillary Clinton's claim that she  tried to join the Marines

 November 12, 2015

"He looks at me and goes, 'Um, how old are you. And I said, 'Well, I am 26, I will be 27.' And he  goes, 'Well, that is kind of old for us.'  And then he says to me, and this is what gets me, 'Maybe the dogs will take you,' meaning  the Army"

-- Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaking at a breakfast, Manchester, N.H., Nov. 10, 2015

One  Clinton story that has often been greeted with skepticism is her claim, first made in 1994, that she  once tried to join the Marines in 1975.  One  the campaign trail, she brought up the  story again. (Go to the 1:35 mark.)

Can this story be confirmed?

The Facts

Clinton first told this story while addressing a lunch on Capitol Hill honoring military women, about 17 months after becoming first lady:

"You're too old, you can't see and you're a woman," Mrs. Clinton said she was told. " Maybe the dogs would take you," she  recalled the recruiter saying.  (Actually the military slang is "dogfaces.")

"It was not a very encouraging conversation," she said.  "I decided maybe I'll look for another way to serve my country."

It's fair to say The New York Times account, written by then-reporter Maureen Dowd, was highly skeptical.  Dowd noted: 

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"At the time, Hillary Rodham was an up-and-coming legal star involved with an up-and-coming  political star."

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"She had made a celebrated appearance in Life magazine as an anti-establishment commencement speaker at Wellesley College , where, as president of the student government, she had organized teach-ins on her opposition to the Vietnam War."

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"She was a Yale law school graduate who had worked on the anti-war Presidential campaigns of Eugene J. McCarthy and George McGovern."

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"Mrs. Clinton told friends that she had moved to  Arkansas for only one reason: to be with Bill  Clinton."

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The  Clintons married on Oct. 11, 1975, in Fayetteville.

Dowd asked:  "So, if she was talking to a Marine recruiter in 1975, before the marriage, was she briefly considering  joining the few, the proud and the brave of the corps as an alternative to life with Mr. Clinton, who was already being widely touted as a sure thing for Arkansas Attorney General."

This story is deeply disturbing.  Any candidate for president who lies about a desire to join the military does not possess the ethical fitness to lead and serve at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Every day the most powerful individual in the universe receives the President's Daily Brief.  It is a critical daily event suited for only the beautiful and healthy  mind. 


Hillary  Clinton's Doctor Says Pneumonia Led to Abrupt Exist From 9/11  Event

By JONATHAN MARTIN and AMY CHOZICK  SEPT. 11, 2016

Hillary Clinton is being treated for pneumonia and dehydration, her doctor said on Sunday, hours after she abruptly left a ceremony in New York honoring the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks and had to be helped into a van by Secret Service agents. 

The incident, which occurred after months of questions about her health from her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, and his campaign, is likely to increase pressure on Mrs. Clinton  to address the issue and release detailed medical records, which she has so far declined to do. 

Mrs. Clinton was taken from the morning event at ground zero to the Manhattan apartment of her daughter, Chelsea. About 90 minutes after arriving there, Mrs. Clinton emerged from the apartment in New York's Flatiron district.  She waved to onlookers and posed for pictures with a little  girl on the sidewalk.

"I'm feeling great," Mrs. Clinton said.  "It's a beautiful day in New York."

Mrs. Clinton left in her motorcade without the group of reporters that is designated to travel with her in public.  A campaign spokesman, Nick Merrill, indicated that she had returned to her Chappaqua, N.Y. residence sometime after 1 p.m., and Mrs. Clinton was not seen publicly the rest of the day. 

More: 

A video of Mrs. Clinton taken by an attendee at the ceremony captured what appeared to be her legs buckling as she struggled to stead herself and walk to her van.  She required assistance from two Secret Service agents, who held her on either side, to move off a curb and into the van. 

Close-up images revealed that her feet were dragging as she was hoisted into the vehicle. 

I'm. Feeling. Great. What a lie.  It's. A. Beautiful. Day. In. New. York. Yes, in the state you shamelessly proclaimed your carpetbagger status in during the 2000 U.S. Senate election.  

This health event must alarm every American who understands The West Wing is not a hospital ward.   If Hillary Clinton does not possess the endurance for a September 11 remembrance than how does she handle the pressure and preparation of a State of the Union and First Inaugural?  Those addresses define a presidency.  

Did you notice the expression on Hillary Clinton's face during the balloon drop at the Democratic National Convention? If that bizarre, phony display does not disturb you than you have major issues. 


"YOU KNOW, I remember, when, YOU KNOW, I, I'd, I supported my husband through all of his races in Arkansas.  And, I, I, one of my favorite, favorite political ads of all time was a radio ad, rural Arkansas, where the announcer said 'wouldn't it be great if somebody running for office said something we could have an immediate reaction as to whether it was true or not.'  Well, we trained this dog.  And the dog — if it's not true — he's going to bark.  And then the dog is barking on the, on the radio. And so,YOU KNOW, people were, like, barking at each other for days after that.  I want to figure out how we can do that with the Republicans. YOU KNOW. We need, we need to get that dog and follow, follow them around and every time they said these things like, 'Oh, YOU KNOW, the great recession was caused by, was caused by too much regulation.' Bark! Bark! Bark! Bark!YOU KNOW!? I, I think, we could, we could cut right through a lot of their, uh, YOU KNOW, their claims."


VIDEO: Jeers and Laughter for Charlie Crist after He Calls Hillary Clinton 'Honest'

by PAUL CROOKSTON September 20, 2016 11:28 AM

Charlie Crist, former Republican governor of Florida famous for switching parties in a failed bid to defeat Marco Rubio in a U.S. Senate race, drew a torrent of laughs when he called Hillary Clinton "honest" in a debate last night.  Asked whether he would support his new party's nominee, Crist waxed eloquent about Clinton's character — good, steady, strong  but the big finish came when he said, "I believe that she is honest." Audience members couldn't quell their laughter, and some loudly booed as well.  Crist is now running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent David Jolly in Florida's 13th Congressional District. If Jolly defeats Crist, it will be yet another high-profile loss for the unpopular former governor, whose unfavorable numbers make him a tough sell, even in a district that leans Democratic. 

Hillary Clinton is such a congenital liar that she can't simply tell the truth about her grandparents.  From "WikiLeaks Reveals The Real Huma Abedin" in Politico by Anna Karni on October 18, 2016: 

"When BuzzFeed was fact-checking Clinton's claim that all four of her grandparents were immigrants, the campaign turned to Abedin, like an extended family member, to verify whether the statement was true.  'I think I have some documentation with full background that someone did for us,' she said.  (Clinton's claim was ultimately deemed "false" by PolitiFact.)"

From PolitiFact

In Iowa, Hillary Clinton claims 'all my grandparents' came to the U.S. from foreign countries

By Katie Sanders on Thursday, April 16th,  2015 at 4:47 p.m.

Clinton was speaking at a business roundtable inside an Iowa produce store when she related her personal family heritage to the struggles of undocumented immigrants trying to work in the United States.

"I think if we were to just go around this room, there are a lot of immigrant stories," Clinton said, according to a video of the event. "All my grandparents, you know, came over here, and you know my grandfather went to work in a lace mill in Scranton, Pa., and worked there until he retired at 65. He started there when he was a teenager and just kept going. So I sit here and I think well you’re talking about the second, third generation. That’s me, that’s you."

BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski quickly pointed out that Clinton was wrong, primarily using census and military records from Ancestry.com.

An unidentified Clinton spokesman admitted the error in a statement to BuzzFeed, saying Clinton’s "grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants."

While it’s clear Clinton is incorrect, and why her claim rates False on the Truth-O-Meter, we wanted to provide as much context as possible to this claim.

Megan Smolenyak, a "genealogical adventurer and storyteller" who recently examined Clinton’s Welsh roots, can see where the campaign is coming from.

Seven of Clinton’s eight great-grandparents were born overseas into working-class families.

Clinton’s paternal grandfather, Hugh Rodham Sr., was born in England, but her three other grandparents were born in the United States.

Do you trust Hillary Clinton with the nuclear football?  Do you trust Hillary Clinton to skillfully evaluate national security threats?  Do you trust Hillary Clinton to order our Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines into combat theater of operations?  Do you trust Hillary Clinton as a decision-maker in The Situation Room?

Do you accept William J. Clinton as a de facto president of the United States? Do you welcome the impeached former president of the United State back to The White House?  Do you understand the gravity of the former president's obstruction of justice and perjury before a grand jury? 

Do you dismiss:  "I want to say one thing to the American people. I want you to listen to me.  I'm going to say this again: I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky"?  The key Orwellian word here is: relations.  Bill Clinton's sexual encounters with THAT WOMAN Monica Lewinsky are oral sex and this perverted definition means that there were no "relations" happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue/Mustang Ranch. 

Clinton Kool-Aid drinker James Carville:  "If you drag a hundred-dollar bill through a trailer park, you never know what you'll find."

Clinton Kool-Aid drinker Betsey Wright on Clinton's affairs: "Bimbo eruptions."

Clinton Kool-Aid drinker Paul Begala in a FRONTLINE interview The Clinton Years from 2001: 

Q: That Wednesday morning, [when you  read about the Monica Lewinsky allegations] what happened?

A: I get up very early.  I used to go in at 5:30 or 6:00 so I could run.  So I pick up the newspaper off the front step, and you can imagine.  I felt like I was hit with a two-by-four in the solar plexus.  I mean, my stomach was in knots.  I was sick to my stomach.  I got in the car, went down to the White House, went for my usual run, listened to Imus in the Morning tee off on this, a little taste of things to come.  You just buckle your chin strap, and you think, "Okay, I wonder what this is all about."

I. Was. Sick. To. My. Stomach.   Even an individual such as Paul Begala is disgusted by Bill Clinton.  He is one of the most powerful individuals ever in the Bill and Hillary Clinton universe.  Watch The War Room and you'll understand. 

Hillary Rodham is born on October 26, 1947.  She is on the brink of 69-years-old.  If she is elected to the presidency only Ronald Reagan at 69 years, 349 days is a more advanced age. 

So, I ask: 

Do you believe President Hillary Clinton will remain scandalfree for four years?  Do you believe that President Hillary Clinton will tell you the truth? Do you believe President Hillary Clinton's mental and physical fitness is superior? Do you trust the presence of William J. Clinton in The White House?  

In frenzied excitement she fails to eat up the ground; Hillary Clinton stands still when the trumpet sounds.

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American Beauty: Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton

by Chris Chichester on 10/04/16

There is no presidential election that rivals the 2016 contest.  In the history of the United States dating back to 1800.  As both the Democratic and Republican candidates are proven incompetents.  And I do not suffer from Hillary-Hatred Derangement Syndrome or Donald-Hatred Derangement Syndrome. 

"This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs, and someone who has said pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers, who has said women don't deserve equal pay unless they do as good a job as men."

40 words. Those 40 words said by Secretary Hillary Clinton are heard by 84 million human beings. If those 40 words don't motivate you to vote than you must re-locate your life to Canada and learn to ice-fish, speak French and watch the NHL. 

It is devastating language from Clinton in the presidential debate.  It depicted Donald Trump as a cruel, crude, sexist joke who belongs as a permanent guest on the vulgarity of The Howard Stern Show.  That deplorable "show" was once a vanity-inspired locker room for Trump.  

Since President Ronald Reagan's first year in The White House in 1981 tax reductions for all income levels is the issue that unites factions of the Republican Party.  Conservatives, libertarians, moderates/squishes, RINOs, Wolforts Roost Country—Clubbers, Religious/Christian, National Review and The 2016 National Lampoon Republican: Donald J. Trump.


HOLT: Secretary Clinton, thank you. Mr. Trump, the same question to you. It’s about putting money — more money into the pockets of American workers. You have up to two minutes.

TRUMP: Thank you, Lester. Our jobs are fleeing the country. They’re going to Mexico. They’re going to many other countries. You look at what China is doing to our country in terms of making our product. They’re devaluing their currency, and there’s nobody in our government to fight them. And we have a very good fight. And we have a winning fight. Because they’re using our country as a piggy bank to rebuild China, and many other countries are doing the same thing.  So we’re losing our good jobs, so many of them. When you look at what’s happening in Mexico, a friend of mine who builds plants said it’s the eighth wonder of the world. They’re building some of the biggest plants anywhere in the world, some of the most sophisticated, some of the best plants. With the United States, as he said, not so much.

So Ford is leaving.  You see that, their small car division leaving. Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan, leaving Ohio. They’re all leaving. And we can’t allow it to happen anymore. As far as child care is concerned and so many other things, I think Hillary and I agree on that. We probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we’re going to do, but perhaps we’ll be talking about that later.

But we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people. All you have to do is take a look at Carrier air conditioning in Indianapolis. They left — fired 1,400 people. They’re going to Mexico. So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this. We cannot let it happen. Under my plan, I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously, from 35 percent to 15 percent for companies, small and big businesses. That’s going to be a job creator like we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan. It’s going to be a beautiful thing to watch.

Companies will come. They will build. They will expand. New companies will start. And I look very, very much forward to doing it. We have to renegotiate our trade deals, and we have to stop these countries from stealing our companies and our jobs.

How pathetic. He reverted to his Mexico and China demagoguery. The child care citation is bizarre. Employers are not subject to "stolen" jobs. He, again, communicates like a Rain Man savant.  He, again, inspires fear. He, again, insults your intelligence. 

Trump demonstrates zero understanding of the market forces at work in the national economy.  He failed to cogently explain economic growth in response to Holt's question. He dramatically displayed his ignorance for the relationship between job creation and the personal income tax. It is always the tax reduction that creates sustained, month-by-month prosperity. 

Trump simply can't articulate a substantive message. But. We. Have. To. Stop. Our. Jobs. From. Being. Stolen. From. Us.  Did you study that language?  This man talks like a simpleton.  I. Look. Very. Much. Forward. To. Doing. It. You left out the American people, Donald.  It's always All About You Mr. Bankruptcy Manipulation

"Thousands of jobs leaving Michigan."  Do you ever pay attention to the facts, Donald?

From the Detroit Free Press

Michigan unemployment rate remains 4.8% for April

John Gallagher , Detroit Free Press  4:20 p.m. EDT May 18, 2016

Michigan added 6,000 new jobs in April and the state's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8% as the state's workforce continued to expand.

The state’s unemployment rate in April was two-tenths of a percentage point below the national rate of 5%.  The U.S. jobless rate was also unchanged from March to April.

“Michigan’s labor market in early 2016 has continued to strengthen,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives.  “Payroll jobs have recorded solid gains every month, while individuals continue to enter the workforce on a monthly basis.”

From "How Howard Stern Gave Us Donald Trump" by Will Bunch at CNN on August 4, 2016: 

"Some of the seeds were planted a couple of decades ago when Trump appeared on Stern's program repeatedly to, among other things, offer his crude locker-room observations such as whether he'd 'bang' women such as Princess Diana (who had just died in a horrific car crash) or Mariah Carey, his views on 'boob jobs,' flat-chested woman and oral sex -- spiked with boasts about his sexual prowess.  In an earlier time, just one of Trump's comments might have disqualified him for the presidency; that low bathroom humor only seems to have led The Donald to this moment."

Trump The Statesman Describing Angelina Jolie To Stern  

"I don't think she's good-looking. I don't know what it is.  I never thought she was good-looking. I don't think she's got good skin. I don't think she's got a great face.  I  think her lips are too big, to be honest with you, they look like too big. 

"You talk about a transformation. Now the United Nations is honoring her as this great, wonderful -- I remember three years ago she was frenching her brother at the Academy Awards.  She was walking in with Billy Bob and she was saying she got screwed in the car.  Now they're saying she's a lady of the peace.  I mean, give me a break. I never thought she was good-looking."

Trump On Carmen Electra

"The boob job is terrible. They look like two lights posts coming out of her body."

Trump On Madonna 

Stern: You don't think you could get it up for her? 
Trump: I, I think I'd have a hard time.
Stern: Wow. 
Trump: I don't find her attractive. 

Trump On Nicolette Sheridan

"A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a ten. O.k.?"

Trump On Marcia Cross

"Would you go out with Marcia Cross or would you turn gay, Howard?"

Trump On Oral Sex
Stern: Is oral sex important to you? Man to man. I've had this discussion with many men. 
Trump: No, it's not important.

Trump On Sleeping With Pamela Anderson or Whoppi Goldberg
"You know, right now, I have to go with Whoppi. Look, it's a terrible thing. It's a sad thing.  You know, it's a terrible thing."

Trump On The Top Ten Women He Wants To Engage In Sexual Intercourse
1. Melania Knauss
2. Ivana Trump
3. Princess Diana
4. Michelle Pfeiffer 
5. Cameron Diaz
6. Julia Roberts
7. Cindy Crawford
8. Mariah Carey
9. Gwyneth Paltrow
10. Diane Sawyer

This top ten list is brings forth a disgusting, inhumane conversation between Trump and Stern. I'll spare you the exchange. America now has its first Bob Guccione Republican presidential candidate.  When Trump loses he can serve as a guest editor for Penthouse. 

I'd pay cash to hear this Trump-Clinton exchange: 

Donald Trump: I'm sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. You two do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and I don't complain. 
Hillary Clinton: Oh, you don't complain? Then, please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then. If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.
Donald Trump: [Donald throws asparagus at the wall] Don't interrupt me, honey.
Donald Trump: [Sits back down to eat] Oh, yeah, one more thing. From now on we're going to have alternate dinner music because frankly -- and I don't think I'm alone here -- I'm tired of this Lawrence Welk shit. 

Trump's delusional whining aide Jason Miller in The Hill:  

"The second half of the debate was clearly stacked to Hillary Clinton."

The president of the United States is responsible for demolishing ISIS and your candidate, Jason Miller, is whining about a debate "stacked to Hillary Clinton."  Trump is a never-ending supply of absurdity and that quote is confirmation.  It is also confirmation of his inherent weakness as a leader. 

From "Enabler Or Family Defender? How Hillary Clinton Responded To Husband's Accusers" in The Washington Post by Shawn Boburg on September 28, 2016: 

"Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton dismissed an accusation made by Gennifer Flowers, the singer who sold her story to a supermarket tabloid after having previously denied an affair.  In an ABC News interview, she called Flowers 'some failed cabaret singer who doesn't even have much of a resume to fall back on.' She told Esquire magazine in 1992 that if she had the chance to cross-examine Flowers, 'I mean, I would crucify her.'"

I. Would. Crucify. Her.  That is how this abnormal woman communicates. Why did you fail to cite that quote, Donald?  Why did you fail to tell the truth about Hillary, Donald?  Why did you fail to describe the reality of Hillary since you are allegedly the king of reality television? 

From BREITBART

Exclusive — Secret Service Agent Book: Raging Hillary Clinton Threw Bible at Agent's Colleague

by MATTHEW BOYLE20 Jun 2016

Hillary Clinton once threw a Bible at the back of a Secret Service agent’s head, part of a pattern of unhinged rage that the now-presumptive Democratic nominee exhibited, as exposed for the first time in former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne’s grueling insider account of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Byrne’s forthcoming book Crisis of Character—in which he details how the Clintons operated during his time in the U.S. Secret Service, where he protected the first couple for eight years in the White House in the 1990s. During three of those years, he was posted right outside the Oval Office. The book comes out next week.

“The First Lady had a different sort of liveliness,” Byrne writes in an excerpt obtained exclusively by Breitbart News. “She once threw a Bible at an agent on her detail, hitting him in the back of the head. He bluntly let her know it wasn’t acceptable. He told me that story himself.”

Byrne goes on to report that for Secret Service agents, being assigned to Hillary Clinton’s detail “was a form of punishment handed down by passive-aggressive middle management.”

This pattern of rage from Clinton was exhibited, Byrne wrote in another part of the book, on a regular basis the more “at home she felt in the White House,” as Hillary “vented on everyone” and “it got worse” as time went on.

“Most of us knew to brace for her inevitable eruptions,” Byrne wrote. “They didn’t happen every day, but behind closed doors we learned about them fast. In public, she was everyone’s best friend. Privately, she was her normal self.”

At one point, Hillary Clinton—Byrne wrote—even told a Secret Service agent to “Go f— yourself” after telling another to “Go to hell!” Byrne wrote:

One day, UD [Uniformed Division] officers met to review events at their respective posts. A bewildered new officer arrived. ‘Hey you’ll never believe it, but I passed the First lady and she told me to go to hell!’ A second young officer responded, ‘You think that’s bad? I passed her on the West Colonnade, and all I said was ‘Good morning, First Lady.’ She told me, ‘Go f— yourself.’ ‘Are you serious?’ ‘Go f— yourself!’ He imitated her, pointing a finger.

Go fuck yourself.  What do you Clinton Democrats think about that sickening language?  What do you Clinton Democrats think about the appalling treatment of the individuals sworn to protect the president and first lady? Do you Clinton Democrats have any standards for professional comportment?  Trump failed to ask any of these questions in the debate. 

I'd pay major money to hear Hillary Clinton Fatal Attraction say: 


Upon election to the presidency America won't require an Aaron Shikler portrait of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.  As each is a profile in ordinariness.  As each is a profile in ineptitude. As each is a profile in protracted weakness. I plan to leave the country on November 9, 2016 from Idlewild Airport in Queens on a long vacation in order to recuperate. 

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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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