I’M NOT ALONE: You Open My Mind

In a way, it’s all a matter of time
I will not worry for you, You’ll be just fine
Take my thoughts with you, and when you look behind
You will surely see a face that you recognize

You’re not alone, I’ll wait till the end of time
Open your mind, Surely it’s plain to see
You’re not alone, I’ll wait till the end of time for you
Open your mind, Surely there’s time to be with me

It is the distance, that makes life a little hard
Two minds that once were close, Now so many miles apart
I will not falter though, I’ll hold on till you’re home
Safely back where you belong, And see how our love has grown

–”You’re Not Alone” by Tim Kellett and Robin Taylor-Firth and performed byOlive on the 1996 album Extra Virgin (see also: Ruth Ann)

Please forgive me father. Last week I wanted so badly to forget that it was Father’s Day. I did everything that I could do to keep myself occupied so that I would not focus on how much I miss you and what you continue to mean in my life. That day is just a little hard. Not a day goes by that I do not miss you, your counsel, your advice and wisdom and the comfort of your hand on my shoulder reminding me that everything will be alright.

But now at this juncture of my life in the decisions that I make and those that I plan to make, I know, I am not alone. I feel your presence and your spirit. I hear your voice in my ears. Your tolerance tempers my passion and reminds me I need to stop, listen and think not be so easily persuaded by what seems popular or conventional at the time. Yes, I will continue to listen to the person that others may ignore and continue, persist in my quest for truth and understanding. I am guided by what I know you would have wanted me to do with my voice, my platform, my talents and I promise you that whether I have 5, 10, 20 or 30 years left on this planet all the intellectual horsepower that you have equipped me with will be used in a productive fashion. While you left too soon, you live on in me and I sense intuitively what you want me to do. When I am unsure, I close my eyes, hesitate and it comes to me. Yes, I feel you when I am confident and comfortably deliberate in my actions. It is then that I smile, not because I am being smug or coy but because I know, I am not alone. In time we shall be reunited. Until then my humble life shall be lived in your honor, of that you can be sure. I love you father.

American Evolution: Conservation & Restoration

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful,
a miracle, oh it was beautiful, magical.
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily,
joyfully, playfully watching me.
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible,
logical, responsible, practical.
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable,
clinical, intellectual, cynical.

There are times when all the world’s asleep,
the questions run too deep
for such a simple man.
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd
but please tell me who I am.

Now watch what you say or they’ll be calling you a radical,
liberal, fanatical, criminal.
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re
acceptable, respecable, presentable, a vegtable!

–The Logical Song from Breakfast in America by Supertramp (1979)

The more things change the more they stay the same. In times of uncertainty and upheaval there is a tendency to think that we must abandon our values and change everything about how we think, operate or conduct our affairs in order to evolve as a people.  In fact every few years, in the political realm it seems most often that the party that establishes themselves as the “change agent” is usually the one who rides into office with the backing of the popular vote.

As I have previously stated, in the words of Ayn Rand ”Every aspect of Western culture needs a new code of ethics – a rational ethics – as a precondition of rebirth.” I have also been on record as stating that America needs a colonic from time to time to flush out from the bowels of our society the toxins which line the proverbial walls of our democracy.  This American renewal while necessary does not imply that we must abandon principle or reason, especially the founding principles of our democracy.  The opposite is in fact so.   In uncertain times, however, a culture barren of values and principle, including the inability or unwillingness to stand on principle and defend our values,  is one that will expose and open itself up to the infiltration by spiritual hucksters, whether they be at The Kabbalah Centre or The American Society for Muslim Advancement or other fronts for Political Islamists.  When the people are thirsty they will drink from a poisonous well to quench their thirst.  The folks behind these movements, will, under the guise of nurturing souls and opening up an  inter faith dialogue,  infect the culture with a poison (that is even more dangerous than a culture barren of values and that is the installation of false if not dangerous and subversive ones). One need only look at how Europe’s burgeoning Islamic population has led to a cultural divide and is by many accounts, what is destroying Europe and the fabric of European society. Islam is also the fastest growing religion in Prison populations in America and the U.K.  This is certainly something to consider before America [finds itself] as the last man standing.

Once again, I find myself sitting here with a glass full of Wolffer Estate’s 2009 Grandioso Rosé contemplating the state of humanity. On the eve of our Independence Day celebration, America finds itself at a crossroads facing challenges both domestically and internationally, ecologically, geopolitically and in our internal political affairs. The economic malaise has unsettled Americans; from urban centers to the heartland, dissident voices bordering on revolution seem to question the very foundation of our republic. Or do they? If you listen closely, regardless of whether you agree with their rhetoric or see them as seriously misguided, these voices, however, are hardly calling for new approaches or more sophisticated forms of governance, additional programs or central planning. The call is for a retreat or restoration of our core values and conservation of the republic.

The lesson is that even in times of uncertainty and turbulence our people, even the most dissident voices among us recognize that evolution of American society is predicated upon a healthy restoration and conservation movement. Often that means we must have a heated dialogue amongst ourselves. There are some fundamental values that this country is based upon. As we begin to right the course in a fragmented country let us roll up our sleeves and pull folks aboard the ship and head towards calmer waters. We begin to fix what’s broken, not by stifling dissent but by incorporating the underlying logic.

While I hardly see myself as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York guarding the shoreline for the restless natives, I too believe that our greatest opportunity to advance our nation’s interests forward and lead us to evolve is to focus first and foremost on restoration and conservation. As America’s rebirth begins in Lower Manhattan with the construction of the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum, we ought to consider also the calls from a silent majority of our citizens represented by The Twin Towers Alliance who have called on our leaders to reinstall the pre-9/11 profile to the skyline with state-of-the-art Twin Towers symbolizing Lower Manhattan’s rebirth as a center of international trade and commerce. There is a time and a place for all voices to be heard, including those of the religious and the spiritual, but the call for American values first and foremost that resonates with those who want to maintain the integrity of America’s southern shoreline following the ecological damage done by the BP oil spill,  can be heard in resistance to the installation of Islamic shrines in the shadows of an American tragedy at Ground Zero. As stated by renowned Architect Robert A.M. Stern on September 23, 2001 in the New York Times, “We must rebuild the towers. They are a symbol of our achievement as New Yorkers and as Americans and to put them back says that we cannot be defeated.” Until the foot print of free enterprise in the form of a legitimate “World Trade Center” rises questioning the efforts of a Muslim Advancement Society to erect what would be a political symbol at this place and time are not the voices of bigotry or intolerance but those of reason questioning the motives of a quasi-spiritual/political movement and they ought not to be dismissed.

As stated by President Clinton: “There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” America needs more capitalists with the spirit, ingenuity and vision of Henry Ford, if not Steve Forbes. Despite what has been labeled “The Madoff Economy” by Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman to explain the bubble decade or the United States of Ponzi, Wall Street is not The Great Satan and capitalism is not criminal. Islam however, has a rather curious irreverence towards western civilization, free markets and capitalism in general.  Nevertheless, America’s great builders and entrepreneurs still out number the rogues even if the Economic Crisis may have empowered the faux spiritualists. We may need to clean house from time to time. Boundaries will be crossed, punishments will be doled out and penalties assessed but we ought not to be in the business of undermining capitalism and the spirit of free enterprise.

Truth told, the problem with equity vs. efficiency arguments in running a Capitalist Democracy is after a while, folks will begin to question who’s deciding what is equitable as the inefficiencies mount. Yet it is because of the very crash of free efficient markets in 2008 that the proponents of equity hold center stage in America right now. But an even greater danger is the proliferation of a quasi spiritual political movement that has two faces, providing false hope and even affording the naive, the disaffected and the broken spirited a place to seek shelter,  while sowing seeds of doubt about the American way of life, and leading many of its adherents to question, if not challenge the foundation of our democracy.  America’s current economic state makes our society vulnerable to faux spiritual movements and prophets of dispair.

You will know that we are on the verge of better times, however, when the forces of efficiency take hold once again and fewer people are worried as much about equity as they feel empowered enough to create their own. Our country must go through these cycles unfortunately so that perhaps the have-not’s look at the have-more’s with a bit less contempt when they come to the realization that their elevation is going to come not from the President or Congress or even growing adherence to the tenets of Islam but by the sweat of their own brow. This is also why believe that the time has come to support The Fair Tax while treating political organizations guised as spiritual ones a fully taxable entities.

Epilogue: There will be more to come soon on the growing politics of so called spiritual movements and their attempt to change  the social, cultural and political dynamic in Western democracies.

I AM NOT A PHOTOGRAPHER..no no

-I’m Not in Love, 10cc (Gouldman/Stewart) 1975

I am not a photographer, so don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I take your photo
Don’t get me wrong,
don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not a photographer, no-no

I’d like to shoot you, but then again
That doesn’t mean you mean that much to me
So if I shoot you, don’t make a fuss
Don’t tell your friends about the two of us
I’m not a photographer, no-no

(Be quiet, big boys don’t cry)

(Big boys don’t cry)
(Big boys don’t cry)
(Big boys don’t cry)
(Big boys don’t cry)
(Big boys don’t cry)
(Big boys don’t cry)

I keep your picture upon my website
Photoshop hides a nasty stain that’s lyin’ there
So don’t you ask me to give it back
I know you know it doesn’t mean that much to me
I’m not a photographer, no-no
(It’s because…)

Ooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh, you’ll wait a long time

Ooh, you’ll wait a long time for me
Ooh, you’ll wait a long time

I am not a photographer, so don’t forget it
It’s just a silly phase I’m going through
And just because I take your photo
Don’t get me wrong, don’t think you’ve got it made
I’m not a photographer, oh oh

Epilogue: As a journalist, I listen with my eyes, the camera being just one of the tools at my disposal.  While I found myself reflecting  upon the demands on my time, the attempts to define me, control or assign and designate me by those who still do not truly understand who or what I am and aspire to be, the lyrics of 10cc resonated with me.  Ironic as I put out a fire once yet I am not a Fireman. I saved a cat from a tree, helped to subvert a robbery and other forms of criminality yet I am not a police officer.  So, while I go through this process of creation and evolution,   I often encounter those who feel more comfortable with a designation of their own choosing in an effort to limit me or better understand me or what I purport to do. To those of you who attempt to do so, please know I will shed any and all labels by placed on me by those who seek to control, define or limit my perspective, even though there is little doubt that I am committed to the mission which I am in the process of defining.

LOST IN TRANSITION: A New York Story

As I wander the streets in my hometown, even though the skyline and the sidewalks look familiar to me as they did 20-30 years ago and even though urban gentrification has pushed Manhattan’ness into Brooklyn; the Upper East and Upper West Side have morphed into Harlem (all positive developments in many respects), the city nevertheless seems lost in transition.  Since 9/11 and the turbulent economic environment that ensued in its wake over the last decade, we have searched for our proverbial soul, often defending our culture and way of life rather than pronouncing our pride for the embodiment of the capitalist spirit that we once celebrated so enthusiastically here. Sure, I get it, in more humbling recessionary times that seem like a New Depression, a certain degree of humility and introspection is perhaps not only more gentlemanly and polite but also necessary for us to evolve as a people.  For a society that does not question where it went awry is destined only to repeat the errors which brought on the very problems which destabilized that society, bringing a way of life to the brink of extinction.

Absent, however, from the spirit which led to the revitalization of Lower Manhattan and the building of The World Trade Center by David Rockefeller and company in the 1960’s and 70’s is a unified vision of how and why we shall remake ourselves for the next century. There is a hesitance or reluctance to assert the true American spirit, almost as if doing so is somehow politically incorrect, if not outright totally unacceptable.

While 9/11 was a horrific tragedy which deserves historical acknowledgement in terms of a 9/11 Memorial,  in the vacuum of leadership and perhaps because of that humility or the simple reality of a country in debt and facing less prosperous times, what has risen in its place to date are symbols which do not necessarily best represent the future of where New York is headed in terms of a global leadership position for the next 50-100 years. Do we hope to have one or are we ceding ground? What statement have we made to the world thus far with the continued emptiness in Lower Manhattan?

I find myself longing for a time before the “caricature of the city” that is represented by caricatures of the metropolis represented by shows like “Sex and the City” took over the public conscience representing what New York is to those less familiar with the history of our metropolis. Over the last few weeks, it’s as if this remake of an HBO Show made into a “Sex and the City” movie and a sequel is still projecting itself with assistance of the Fashion Industry as the most significant symbol of our metropolis. In fairness to the current administration of Mayor Mike Bloomberg, all critique be damned, it is one that has remained focused if not uniquely vigilant in understanding the business of the metropolis, working with NYC & Company to grease the wheels of the Tourism industry, making Times Square one of the most visited destinations in America and thus thereby insuring that New York remains one of the most visited places in America, if not the world. In post boom New York many industries are still licking their wounds from the economic collapse of 2008. That the Tourism industry is holding steady if not growing, is certainly no small feat. In the end “Sex and the City” is but an infomercial for the fashion industry, the design community and perhaps the stores that line Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue in New York City, so I will tolerate its existence even if I feel that the show is rather overly simplistic, hollow and superficial representation of one of the greatest metropolises that the world has ever known.

My concern, as it has been since September 12, 2001 is with the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. There are those, like Community Board 1 who believe that it matters not that an Islamic Cultural Center should rise in Lower Manhattan well before symbols of free enterprise tower over the Lower Manhattan skyline. Islamophobia is not the source or motivation behind my concerns, for I have friends who are Muslims and who practice the Islamic faith who are also very much Patriotic Americans and vital contributors to American society. Thus, I am not one who believes that the goal of each and very individual Muslim is to destroy America or see it come apart at the seams.

The strategic growth of Islam in American society appears, however, on a macro level politically calculated, designed to create an alternate political dynamic within America itself.  In his book American Jihad, researcher  Steve Emerson exposes the myriad of relationships of militant Islam in the United States, involving “charitable” foundations and fraternal organizations, benign-sounding front groups, and university-associated Islamic think tanks,  all working to advance the Islamic brand.  Even if the intent is not for purely militant ends, questions arise as to what that means in terms of conflicts between our Constitution, the American legal system and Sharia Law which influences the legal code in most Muslim countries. There is a growing debate as to whether sharia can coexist with secularism, democracy, or even modernity.

My critique here may certainly not endear me to those of my friends who are Muslim and for that I am sincerely sorry. While I do not believe that excessive Nationalism is productive to move a society forward, except perhaps to rally the masses during war time, America has done exactly the opposite since 9/11, often apologizing for who and what we are and our position on the world stage. Believe what you will, worship the way you will but Sharia Law and the political forces behind Islam will not establish a beach head around our national monuments and integrate Sharia Law without a struggle and without a fight from this man, so help me god.

The American Society of Muslim Advancement:Political Enterprise Promoting Islamic Supremacism?

The American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative have and continue to use disingenuous PR Spin to obfuscate the truth about their agenda and the rationale for the building of a mega mosque at this point in the history of New York City and at this particular crossroads of humanity. One would think that said organization and Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf,  might have chosen an alternate location, especially if their efforts were not designed to inflame the sensibilities of non-Muslims or test the limits of religious tolerance.  Advancing the Muslim brand worldwide could be more effectively achieved or accomplished by undertaking an outright cleansing and detoxification of the so called radical elements within the faith, not insisting that those who have been harmed by the militant elements within your  faith tolerate your establishment of a beach head near the epicenter of a tragedy inflicted on our metropolis in the name of your faith. Fix your faith before you seek to build more houses of said faith in or around monuments  or other strategic locations in America. Capische?

Ground Zero Mosque: Interfaith Cultural Center or Iron Fist of Islam in Velvet Glove?

The organizations and individuals behind this project ought to be a little more honest and straight forward about their true actual political agenda, the source of their funding and the quasi political statement that they are seeking to make by building a Mega Mosque at Ground Zero. The building of the mega mosque has been promoted or at least the PR Spin is that it will be an Interfaith Center. But yet this is being built and run exclusively by those who represent one faith, abhor interfaith dialogue and whose leadership (see: Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf)  has been engaged in doublespeak, making one set of talking points about their agenda to the American public, and a local political body that does not wish to offend in any ways members of the local Arab community in New York City,  while making contrary statements to the Arab community locally and overseas.  This has led to some commentators asking whether the Ground Zero Mosque: Olive Branch or Soft Jihad?  Furthermore, ironically, no Christians, Jews or other religious organizations or leaders are behind this project, simply those tied to an Imam with questionable beliefs about American Society and the role of his religion in that society.

Ground Zero Mosque=Quasi Political Statement

Make no mistake, the building of a Mega Mosque at or near Ground Zero is far more than a religious statement, it is a quasi political statement because of its proximity to the World Trade Center, a location where radical elements of said faith inflicted a tremendous tragedy on American soil, and has been interpreted by many citizens across a wide demographic as being an attempt by Islamists to take a victory dance around one of America’s greatest tragedies and a slap in the face to those murdered on 9/11. And while I believe in religious freedom, I also believe that religions seeking to make an overtly political statement so close to where so many died on 9/11 is innately political and should be treated as such.  When religious bodies morph into political bodies they ought to lose their 501 (c) (3) tax exempt status and be taxed as free enterprises.  Some 501 (c) (3) entities are simply not doing God’s work but pursuing a political agenda in the name of spirituality and there is a distinction.   We as a people should not be in the business of subsidizing the spread of Islam in America. Ground Zero is a war memorial, a burial ground and a place for the rebirth of capitalist enterprise, not a zone for Global Islamists to imprint their brand, in a “killroy was here” fashion.

REBUILD: Twin Towers & A “World Trade Center”, Not A World Prayer Center

The rebuilding of downtown should be focused first and foremost on free enterprise and rebuilding something which truly resembles a futuristic ‘World Trade Center’ a place of international commerce that builds trade, facilitates the flow of capital between nations and increases productivity and employment. But ironically there seems to be more of a dialogue on the issue of building an Islamic Cultural Center than there is in rebuilding the Twin Towers. Is this truly “the vision” of post 9/11 New York City? Where is our resolve? Are we re-building a World Trade Center or a World Prayer & Tourist Mecca? Are we allowing for the long slow killing of the American spirit and American culture by forces committed to the installation of a new kind of society in America?

Ground Zero Zoning & Land Use: Free Enterprise Only

Zoning & Land Use regulations exist for many reasons, including to preserve the character of buildings and communities.  We have a Landmarks Conservancy because we do  not wash away the greatest aspects of our historical architectural achievements as a people merely because those committed to the global spread of Islam have investors empowering them to plant symbols of their faith  in locations they deem convenient, much in the same way that Prada or Gucci wants a store on Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue.  The American Society for Muslim Advancement for political reasons wants to have a monument to their faith at or near Ground Zero for branding purposes, and get this they want it completed to open on September 11, 2011.

The solution is rather simple: the blocks in or around Ground Zero should be re-zoned as commercial taxable grounds and not those used for religious non-profits who will proselytize one faith that in many respects is antithetical to the spirit of American Capitalism, Democracy and the continued existence of America itself, in its present composition. A line must be drawn in the sand against the Islamization of America.  Preservation of our culture and  the American way of life is more important than the political agenda of the forces behind Islamization of the planet.

Religious Freedom Is Not the Issue: Moderate Muslims Are Against the Ground Zero Mosque

Don’t let anybody fool you that this is a debate about religious freedom  It is not, even though it has been framed that way by an Imam with a questionable agenda. It is about the freedom to pursue a political agenda in the name of religion or spirituality, the establishment of a beachhead for political Islam and Islamic Supremacism, all with the support of taxpayers.  As a Society Editor who covers the 501 (c) (3) Tax Exempt charitable fundraising circuit, I expect that some may take issue with my condemnation of  the forces behind The American Society for Muslim Advancement. Some 501 (c) (3) entities are simply not doing God’s work but pursuing a political agenda in the name of spirituality and there is a distinction.

In conclusion, do not let anyone persuade you that it is only Conservatives or those who are intolerant of religious freedom, who are against the building of this mega mosque.  Muslims are not being deprived of their right to worship freely and openly in America. In fact, even some moderate Muslims have questioned the timing of this project at this particular location, and have expressed misgivings about the Ground Zero mosque and the real agenda of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.  Likewise, a wide cross section of New Yorkers and Americans not limited to those affiliated with any one particular ideology are concerned, even if some outspoken conservatives are doing the heavy lifting and being labeled bigoted and intolerant.   This is why I will stand “in spirit” at noon time on June 6, 2010  with my fellow Americans, of divergent socio-political views, who are calling on our leaders to Stop the Mosque at Ground Zero. In the end Capitalism and Democracy will save America before subsidization of the proliferation of Islam will.

*Note: The video included at the top of this piece is Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out on Broadway) by Billy Joel. Wikipedia has an explanation of the meaning of the song. Billy Joel also performed this song live at The Concert for New York City, a 9/11 Benefit Concert on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden.

Reference: For additional perspective on this subject, check out the following links:

-Twin Towers Alliance by Margaret L. Donovan:  “Death to America?” Memorial Day 2010

-American Thinker: A Sneak Preview of the Ground Zero Mega Mosque

-Atlas Shrugs blog by Pamela Geller

-PR News Wire: Is Ground Zero Mosque Founder Lying to NYC? Is Real Goal Sharia Not ‘Religious Dialogue’?

-A Mosque at Ground Zero? Moderate Muslims say no by Jeff Jacoby

- Hudson New York: Ground Zero Mosque: A Muslim View: Stop This Imam Now

-Brett Stephens (Wall Street Journal), The Mosque at Ground Zero

-NY Post Op-Ed: The Peaceful Jihad in America

-Mark Davis: Even So, Ground Zero Mosque is a bad idea

-FDNY: Stop the Ground Zero Mosque!

- SOIA Human Rights Group: Stop Islamization of America

-The Ground Zero Mosque Developer: Muslim Brotherhood Roots, Radical Dreams

-Jihad Watch: Geller: Mayor Bloomberg Submits, Sanctions 9/11 Mega Mosque

-Looking at the Left Never Forget Never Forgive: Stop the Mosque Ground Zero Rally

-Demonstrators Say No to Mosque at Ground Zero

Books & Video

-Terrorists Among Us – The Jihad in America (2001)

-American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steve Emerson

-Militant Islam Reaches America by Daniel Pipes

NOW CASTING FOR NEW CELEBRITY REALITY SHOW: “Dancing In Front Of [Moving] Cars”

The state of our culture and television programming in general has motivated me to follow in the footsteps of the flamboyant Bravo TV executive and reality television Drek Master Supreme,  Andy Cohen who creates programming to satiate the American consumer’s  coprophagiac appetite.  If you cannot elevate our culture then what the heck, you might as well cash in quickly on its disintegration, especially as long as banks have funds to finance production costs and advertisers, sponsors are willing to line my pockets with some substantial coin. As PT Barnum allegedly once said or better stated, had attributed to him, “There’s a sucker born every minute” and lets be frank, so many of them are perched in front of a television for hours on end on a daily basis.

It is thus accordingly my hope to launch a new celebrity reality show, inspired by the cage matches in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,  to be called: “Dancing In Front of [Moving] Cars”— with the idea being that the celebrity couple that avoids getting creamed at random local intersections across America,  get to dance for another day.  Think about the upside…..and about how much more challenging it will be for celebrity couples to survive from one round to the next. Anyone can “Dance with a Star” but who among you can “Dance In Front of Moving Cars” and live to tell about it?  That only means that Dancing In Front of [Moving] Cars” is sure to be a bigger hit than the completely and totally non-dangerous simply “Dancing with the Stars.” In some cases, say that of Lindsay Lohan, who has so regularly found the white hot lights,  dancing in front of a moving car may in essence not only lead to peak stardom but may be the only challenge left for them to conquer before finding themselves six feet under.

It will be the rare star who lingers around to overstay their welcome. Expressions of viewer sympathy, wakes and “Sitting Shiva” will replace the extension of anyone’s 15 Minutes…..beyond literally their 15 Minutes. Everyone will have their 15 Minutes of Fame and only those 15 minutes before we say “next.”  This will do wonders for the funeral business. Perhaps the shows can be sponsored by upscale casket manufacturers and funeral homes, such as Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel on Madison Avenue. Hell you know you have left you mark on Society if your wake is hosted at this fabulous locale.

Since their on screen lives resemble a car crash, I was sort of wondering whether some of The Real Housewives from New York City would “volunteer” to be among the show’s first guests. At this point, many folks in America would probably vote to have Jill Zarin or Kelly Killoren Bensimon run the gauntlet.  The remainder are perhaps willing to be patient to see if  Ramona “Crazy Eyes” Singer gets her big break to star as Charles Lee ‘Chucky’ Ray in a remake of Child’s Play,   that is if sociopath and New Jersey housewife Danielle Staub is not too busy using her own set of crazy eyes to star in a remake of Sybil to play Chucky herself.  After we run out of Real Housewives from New York, we can move on down the line to Atlanta, Orange County, New Jersey et al etc until our mission is complete.

Funds raised will go to Project Protect Runaway Dogs (to be distinguished from “Runway dogs” who get trampled on the run way by socialites who hold them at Pet related charity events), which shall be a new organization formed and devoted to protect run away dogs   who get hit and hurt by moving cars.  Cause in the end, lets be honest here, a stray dog’s life is probably and most certainly more valuable, even if that is not saying much about the denigration of our culture or what is on Television at night.

Finally if this show is a success, I hope to launch Mad Socialites Beyond Thunder Dome. After all, while “We Don’t Need Another Hero….some folks do not need to know the way home.”  Don’t even get me started about Rollerball with the Stars.

*Note: For those offended by the inference that Bravo Executive Andy Cohen is a drek master supreme, let’s be clear, if you stand at the crossroads of humanity and sell shit to consumers with a coprophagiac appetite, regardless of whether you are wearing Prada, Gucci or Armani you are truly a shit merchant. And these days, sadly,  it is a highly lucrative business.