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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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On Donald J. Trump: The Art Of The Con Artist VIII

by Chris Chichester on 06/30/16

Donald J. Trump.

Did you notice a certain undeniable reality about the name of this private citizen?  I did not refer to him as: Vice PresidentUnited States SenatorCongressmanGovernorMayorCounty Executive

Or: Mr. Secretary, Ambassador, CouncilmanLieutenant GovernorAttorney GeneralComptroller or Dog Catcher or Coiffure Attendant or Fan-Bearer on the Right Side of the King. 

MISTER Trump believes he can begin his career in elective office on January 20, 2017. Bien.  I nominate an office that can only inflict limited damage.  Such as the City Council in Atlantic City. Trump understands this degenerate paradise for gamblers, hustlers, criminals, malcontents and the hopelessly delusional. 

"If Mother Teresa went to Atlantic City, I don't think she'd start playing Blackjack."  Michael Shannon.  

Mother Teresa never met Trump.  Mother Teresa

"Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."

Love and catching souls is not in the limited Trump vocabulary.  Joy is not in the limited Trump vocabulary. But if it's Pai Gow Tiles, Trump is likely to comprehend — ait's a popular casino game. 

Trump represents the darkness of politics.  He is in this presidential race for power.   He covets power.  He lusts for power.  He worships power.  The American people are merely a tool to achieve that goal. 

Every candidate for president of the United States must have experience in prior elective office.  There is one exception:  The General Dwight D. Eisenhower Exception.   From "Dwight David Eisenhower: A Leader in War and Peace" in The New York Times on March 29, 1969: 

"Of all his unquestioned great moments, two stand out as landmarks. One is May 7, 1945, when Gen. Alfred Jodl, chief of the German Armed Forces Operations Staff, surrendered unconditionally to the Allies at a schoolhouse in Rheims, France, culminating the European phase of a terrible conflict that had nearly consumed the world. 

"The other is Nov. 6, 1955 when Eisenhower was elected to a second term as President by one of the largest votes ever rolled up by a candidate of any party. His vote of 35.5 million has since been eclipsed, but it was a stunning performance at the time."

The only human beings on the planet who surrendered unconditionally to Trump appeared on television schlock known as: The Apprentice.  You're Fired.   His pathetic, greedladen, Gong Show attempt to trademark "You're Fired" was rejected in 2004 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Pai Gow Tiles Trump did not serve in the Vietnamera military.  As he was medically disqualified on September 17, 1968.  According to "Questions Linger About Trump's Draft Deferments During Vietnam War" in The Washington Post by Craig Whitlock on July 21, 2015: 

"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."

Trump must answer: Why? Why did this aspiring commander-in-chief fail the physical examination?  Bone spurs is the answer.   And I will write in detail about that craven explanation.  Soon. 

Does Trump's behavior even count to you Republican men and women who support him?  The infantile language from this character over the years is stunning.   Stunning because it's language that Republican voters have now considered — and rejected.   These automatons refuse to consider the totality of Trump. He's 70-years-old.   Over the course of a long life you'd think a future POTUS candidate adjusts his temperament.  Not Trump.  The 2016 presidential campaign is merely another "reality" show. 

The language he has employed to attack Rosie O'Donnell is appalling.  I am no fan of hers when it comes to entertainment.  But she is a human being.  She has a heart and soul. Trump on O'Donnell: 

"Rosie's a loser.  A real loser.  I look forward to taking lots of money from my nice, fat little Rosie."

Fat. Little. Rosie.   Barron, 10, undoubtedly told his father to use those three words.  

How would you, Donald, react if Senator Ted Cruz ridiculed the name: Ivanka Trump?  Such as: What confused father names a daughter: Ivanka?  What addled father provides his daughter with a name that is straight from The Hunger Games? I want to know if Katniss Everdeen is Ivanka's BFF.  And I implore you to click on that Dolce & Gabbana Ivanka Trump link I established to see the disturbing fatherdaughter photograph from 1996.

The closest Trump will ever come to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the official tour of The White House.  Call your Member of Congress to arrange one, Donald.  The office you covet is Oval, incidentally.  I regret to inform you that there are no slot machines in The West Wing.  But perhaps there is an entry-level opening in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for you.  

Trump executed the unthinkable: Declared Chapter 11 for a casino an astonishing four times.  Trump exists to abuse our federal laws. 

From CNN Money

Everything you want to know about Donald Trump's bankruptcies

by Chris Isidore   @CNNMoney

August 31, 2015: 8:23 AM ET

Donald Trump brags about how well his businesses have fared in bankruptcy. And in fact, no major U.S. company has filed for Chapter 11 more than Trump's casino empire in the last 30 years.

"I have used the laws of this country ... the [bankruptcy] chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family," he said during the first Republican presidential debate on August 6.

Trump claims that successful businesses file for bankruptcy all the time. At the debate he said "virtually every person that you read about on the front page of the business sections, they've used the [bankruptcy] law."

But the facts don't back that comment up.

Despite high profile examples, including General Motors (GM), Lehman Brothers and most of the nation's major airlines, fewer than 20% of public companies with assets of $1 billion or more have filed for bankruptcy in the last 30 years, according to data from Bankruptcy.com and S&P Capital IQ.

Trump has never filed for personal bankruptcy. But he has filed four business bankruptcies, which Bankruptcy.com says makes Trump the top filer in recent decades. All of them were centered around casinos he used to own in Atlantic City. They were all Chapter 11 restructurings, which lets a company stay in business while shedding debt it owes to banks, employees and suppliers.

Related: Trump - Tax the rich more

He makes no apologies for having much of his debt wiped out. "These lenders aren't babies. These are total killers," he said at the debate. "These are not the nice, sweet little people."

Here's a look at Trump's bankruptcy track record.

1. Trump Taj Mahal, 1991

Trump's first bankruptcy filing was probably the most personally painful for him. To come up with the funds he needed, he sold a 282-foot yacht, as well as the Trump Shuttle, the airline he operated at the time that flew between Washington, D.C., New York and Boston, according to media reports at the time. He had to give up half of his ownership stake in the Trump Taj Mahal, but he did retain control of the property. His largest creditor was financier Carl Icahn, who held $400 million in bonds. Now Icahn is Trump's pick for Treasury secretary should he be elected.

2. Trump Castle Associates, 1992

In less than a year  he was back in bankruptcy court for his other Atlantic City casinos. This bankruptcy included the Trump Plaza Hotel in New York, the Trump Plaza Hotel  and Casino in Atlantic City aswell as the Trump Castle Casino Resort. He gave up half his interest in the New York Plaza to Citibank, but retained his stake in the casinos.

3. Trump Hotel & Casino Resorts, 2004

Trump didn't go back to bankruptcy court again until November 2004, when he filed to shed debt at his various Atlantic City casinos and a riverboat in Indiana. It was another quick trip through bankruptcy court; the company shed $500 million in debt and emerged from bankruptcy the following May. Trump turned over majority control of the company to his bondholders but remained the largest single shareholder, and he once again kept control of the casinos.

4. Trump Entertainment Resorts, 2009

His most recent bankruptcy came in 2009, after the company missed a $53.1 million bond payment. That was pretty much the end of the road for Trump in Atlantic City. While his name remained on three casinos,he resigned from the board and gave up his remaining stake in the company.

"I had the good sense, and I've gotten a lot of credit in the financial pages, seven years ago I left Atlantic City before it totally cratered," he said during the debate.

The two Atlantic City casinos that still had the Trump name filed for bankruptcy yet again in 2014. At the time Trump made sure people knew he was no longer running the company, and sued to have his name removed.

How is it possible to bankrupt a casino? The House is always at an advantage. The House is what sustains the viability of a casino.   Michael Corleone must visit Trump and instruct him as to how a casino bankrolls itself. 

While Trump has never occupied a public office even the mentally unbalanced graced the stage in Albany. That fact is detailed in "No Exit; The Never-Ending Lunacy of Betsy McCaughey" in The New Republic on October 5, 2009 by Michelle Cottle.  She is the side-show who once stood for the entire 1996 State of the State address.  On my site I can't repeat the language we used to describe this woman when I worked in the second floor Capitol press office. 

Lunacy is a word that encapsulates Trump and his pathetic yes-man minions.  

This presidential candidate was draft-eligible during the Vietnam War.  But Trump is not a veteran of the Army, Navy, Air Force or Marines.   Deric Washburn did not write The Deer Hunter in three-movements for the former casino magNATE. Roger Ebert's March 9, 1979 review: Four Stars


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Draft-Dodger Trump Said Sleeping Around Was My ‘Personal Vietnam’

In a 1997 Howard Stern interview, the future presidential candidate likened sleeping with multiple women to service in the war he repeatedly avoided.

Draft-dodger Donald Trump once said that the danger he faced from getting sexually transmitted diseases was his own “personal Vietnam.”

In a 1997 interview with shock jock Howard Stern, Trump talked about how he had been “lucky” not to have contracted diseases when he was sleeping around.

“I’ve been so lucky in terms of that whole world. It is a dangerous world out there. It’s scary, like Vietnam. Sort of like the Vietnam-era,” Trump said in a video that resurfaced Tuesday on Buzzfeed, “It is my personal Vietnam. I feel like a great and very brave soldier.”

How disgusting.  How repulsive. It is beyond-the-pale to compare sex without the affliction syphilis or gonorrhea to a war that leveled our country:  58,220 casualties.  I am positive that language alienated every Vietnam veteran I served with at the 2nd Squadron 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.  

When I worked as the press secretary to Congressman Lamar S. Smith of San Antonio, Texas I noticed during my first week that male Members of the House are addressed on and off the floor as: Mr.  But Mr. Smith did not require his staff to address him with "Mr." or: Congressman.  He was: Lamar.  Even our interns were permitted to call him Lamar.  

Congressman Smith was perfectly driven by the formal rules of the House and that is why he rightly ascended to the prestigious and coveted position of chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.  During subcommittee and full committee hearings he was always: Mr. Chairman.   And he is a Member of Congress Trump could and should have studied before he entered the 2016 presidential campaign. 

I ask: Where is Donald J. Trump's character?  Where is his decency? Where is his honor? Where is his respect for his competitors?  

"I call him little Marco. Little Marco.  Hello, Marco."

"Excuse me, I have given my answer Lyin' Ted."

"Let's say, this is impossible to imagine, low-energy Jeb Bush becomes president."




This man is a 69-year-old high school freshman who doesn't understand how to insult an opponent with skill.  The perfect insult is one that does not sound like an insult.  Trump is asking Barron for advice. 

Trump in our Watertown, New York on April 16, 2016: 

"So, I'm self-funding.  All of this is mine. When I fly in, it's on my dime, right, it's on mine. And what does that mean?  That means I'm not controlled by the special interests, by the lobbyists.  They control crooked Hillary and they control lyin' Ted Cruz, right?"

Congratulations, you're self-funding.  Who the hell cares?

Trump named his newborn son: Barron. Because Seven was already selected by George Costanza on March 20, 2006.  Trump should have named his son: Four.  As in the number of times he has abused the bankruptcy laws. If the former casino magNATE is forced to call his son Four all day and night it's a reminder to do everything humanly possible to avoid a fifth bankruptcy. 

I write with my "S" Superman poster behind me.  As a reminder that confidence is required for every superior writer.  Trump is a superior con artist. I promise to write the American Greed episode on this character for CNBC.  For free, baby. 

DIVORCE. 

In the quest for the presidency a divorce once was the kiss-of-death for your candidacy.  Ask our own Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller.  MISTER Trump is on his third marriage.  

I'd trust a Ukrainian figure skating judge at the XXXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea before I trust Trump.  And a telemarketer, stockbroker, labor union leader, lawyer, banker and real estate agent

Tell me Trump Kool-Aid drinkers: What has your candidate ever produced in his life that is significant, praiseworthy and free from contamination?  Do you have an answer? Of course not.  But I will tell you the answer: Nothing.  

You Trump Kool-Aid drinkers labor under the assumption that your candidate is the candidate to stop Hillary Rodham Clinton from taking the presidential Oath of Office on January 20, 2017.  Wrong.  Our former junior U.S. Senator easily reaches 271 Electoral College votes against Trump. 

I propose the perfect new career for Trump: Hawking reverse-mortgages with The Fonz Henry Winkler.  He can acquire Happy Days doing it. Because Trump is a classic con artist.  

A test Trump has to pass at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio next month is his vice presidential selection.  I predict his short list today includes: O.J. SimpsonKim KardashianJerry "My Daughter Is A Teen Prostitute" SpringerCharlie SheenLindsay LohanBernard L. MadoffMichael BoxleySalvatore "The Bull" GravanoBritney SpearsJeffrey K. SkillingBernard J. EbbersEliot SpitzerMary Kay LetourneauHoward SternJoseph L. Bruno and Sheldon Silver

Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday: What does Trump stand for?  That's a no-brainer. Trump stands for Trump. This reality is intolerable for George F. Will. Will is no longer a member of the Republican Party, and that is because of the invincible incompetence of the casino magNATE.   Let's hope Trump doesn't predict riots because of Will. 

Ask yourself this question Con Artist voters: Does Trump ever demonstrate the minimum level of compassion for residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?  You know the answer.  In your heart, you know he's wrong

After Senator Barry Goldwater lost in a landslide to President Lyndon Johnson the Republican Party suffered long, difficult nights asking? What happened? What went wrong?  How did our candidate lose 44 states and 48652 in the Electoral College?  History will repeat itself when Hillary Clinton takes the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States on January 20, 2017. 

And I'll be here on this Page with these four words:  I Told You So. 

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Freedom Lies In Being Bold — Robert Frost

A Letter To Innocence

by Chris Chichester on 06/19/16

To The Unborn: 

I know your heart beats. I know you have brain activity.  I know you have little fingers and little toes. I know you possess innocence. I know there is a future for you. I know you are a human being. I know you are alive. I know you are truly one of God's Children.  I know you can hear me.

I know you want to experience that first day of first grade.  I know you want to read your first book. I know you want to break away from your mom or dad for the first time on your bicycle. I know you want to say: Checkmate.  I know you want to discover the joy of what you can do best. I know you want to live life.  As life is beautiful.  You are beautiful. 

I know you want to write your first English composition. I know you want to solve your first math equation. I know you want to learn the history of your United States of America: The Radicalism of the American Revolution

I know you want to look into a microscope. I know you want to play an instrument.  I know you want to sing. I know you want to act.  I know you want to run, jump and throw.  I know you want to compete — in the classroom and on the playing field. 

I know you want to one day learn the difference between a Norman Rockwell and a Jackson Pollock.   It is, quite simply, a massive difference in the artistry.  I hope you see it. 

I know you want to one day read The Great Gatsby, Nineteen Eighty-Four, To the Lighthouse, The Catcher in the Rye, The Prince, Democracy in America, The Waste Land, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Hotel New Hampshire, To Kill a Mockingbird, New Hampshire: A Poem with Notes and Grace Notes and Ragtime. 

I know you want to one day watch and understand the gravity of The Deer HunterComing HomeRocky, Taxi Driver, Crash, In The Bedroom, Starman, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Manhunter, Under Siege and The Graduate.  

I know you want to hear the stunning beauty of Pachelbels Cannon in DAdagio For StringsCavatinaEine Kleine NachtmusikAir On The G StringChariots of FireHallelujahRequiem Mass in D Minor and The New York Times weighs in with: The Greatest


I'm pleased to meet you.  I hope you guess my name. 

I know you want to watch in awe as American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown.  The perfect horse ran the perfect race on a day of total beauty in Elmont at The Belmont Stakes: With one-eight of a mile to go, American Pharoah's got a two-length lead! Frosted is all out. At the 16th pole! And here it is!  The 37-year wait is over! American Pharoah is finally the one! American Pharoah has won The Triple Crown!

I know you want to raise your hand in the classroom.  I know you know the answers to the questions.  I know you possess intelligence, determination and fortitude. I know you want to discover the best in you.  I know the best is inside your heart and your soul and your character. 

I know you are a New Yorker.  I know you want to place your fishing pole in Peconic Bay and feel the excitement of catching a bluefish, a weakfish or striped bass.  I know you can envision the sensational thrill that is fishing at Montauk Point. According to The New York Times on October 13, 2011 by Corey Kilgannon it's "Blitz for Fish, Bliss for Anglers."

I know you are a New Yorker.  I know you now possess the freedom to attend The State University of New York.  Perhaps my alma mater at Stony Brook.  Or Albany, Binghamton, Geneseo, Plattsburgh, Brockport, Buffalo, Cortland, Fredonia, New Paltz, Oneota, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam or Purchase. 

I know you are a New Yorker.  Because your accent is a thing of beauty.  

I know you are a New Yorker.  Because your mom and dad may live in Kings County, which is Brooklyn. I underwent my physical for military service at Ft. Hamilton.  It is a uniquely exquisite post due to the presence of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. This Bridge was once the longest suspension bridge in the world at 4,260 feet. For a spell-binding view from the Staten Island side at Ft. Wadsworth click here

I know you will have questions: What is The Truth? How do I seek The Truth? How do I identify The Truth? Is the Truth relevant in 2016?

You will discover The Truth is a heart-breaking tragedy: September 11, 2001.  In this despicable terrorist assault on our country 2,996 innocent human beings are killed.  It is an abomination unlike any other in American history. But it demonstrated a heroic resolve never before witnessed in our country.  Primarily by our firefighters and police officers.  

The loss of life for law enforcement on this day is sickening: 343 Members of The Fire Department of the City of New York, 23 Members of The New York City Police Department and 37 Members of The Port Authority Police Department. R.I.P. 

I know you'll have to decide between the New York Jets and New York Giants.  I know you'll have to decide between the New York Mets and New York Yankees.  I know you'll have to decide between the New York Rangers and the New York Islanders.   I know you'll have to decide between the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets [who were once the Dr. J.—Led New York Nets in the American Basketball Association and played in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum].  

I know you'll be as excited as I am by: Game 7.  Such as tonight between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. 

I know you want to meet your mother and father.  I know you want to ascertain commonalities with your brothers and sisters.  I know you want to spend time with your grandmothers and grandfathers.  I know you want to find fun with your uncles and aunts and each will spoil you and let you get away with any thing you please [like Uncle Chris does]. 

I know there are calculating human beings who refuse to acknowledge your right to humanity.  I know these human beings promote abortion-on-demand.  I know you will eventually come to believe that abortion-on-demand is a destructive confession to: Murder.  I will never be an accomplice to your murder. As I believe your heart is too precious to destroy. 

I know there are days ahead where you will think: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.  The words are with you and the words are inspirational: 

I Have Climbed Highest Mountains
I Have Run Through Fields
Only To Be With You
Only To Be With You 

I Have Run, I Have Crawled
I Have Scaled These City Walls 
These City Walls
Only To Be With You

But I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
But I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For 

I can't guarantee that you will find what you are looking for.  But I do guarantee the search for it is fulfilling.  I do guarantee that you will find joy in this search.  You deserve joy in your life. As it begins. 

Mother Teresa of Calcutta on September 9, 1994 at the Cairo International Conference On Population And Development: 

"I have said often, and I am sure of it, that the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today is abortion. If a mother can kill her own child, what is there to stop you and me from killing each other?  The only one who has the right to take life is the One who has created it.  Nobody else has that right: no conference, no government.

"I am sure that deep down in your heart, you know that the unborn child is a human being loved by God, like you and me. How can anyone knowing that deliberately destroy that life?  It frightens me to think of all the people who kill their conscience so that they can perform an abortion.  When we die, we will come face to face with God, the Author of life. Who will give an account to God for the millions and millions of babies who were not allowed to have the chance to live, to experience loving and being loved?"

I will never kill my conscience and reject your right-to-life.  When the moment arrives to account to God than every human being on earth must be with you. 

And please never forget:    

You are not alone although you believe you are alone.  I am not the only voice for you. In fact, there are millions of Americans who believe in your right-to-life.  Life awaits you and it is a wonderful life.  You will hold that power over your life. 

Love is stronger than hate and always embrace the fact that I love you.  

Chris Chichester
Founder: The Empire Page
Penfield, New York

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Freedom Lies In Being Bold — Robert Frost
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