CHRISTINE QUINN – THE WORST NIGHTMARE FOR CITIZENS IN THE OUTER BOROUGHS

NYC’S EPICENTER IS IN THE HEART OF ITS CITIZENS: It Does Not Take the ‘King of Corona’ to See that a Five Borough Vision of New York City Eludes Long Island Girl Christine Quinn

I am what some might refer to as a so called REAL New Yorker. I grew up in Queens and Brooklyn and now live in Manhattan, something I long aspired to but have questioned the necessity of living in this borough in recent years, given the escalating cost of housing here. My parents made the move to Manhattan before leaving to retire in the warmth of Florida. My dream of the  ‘Bright Lights Big City’ may have been different than that of Jay McInerney’s character in the book of the same name but it was a dream nonetheless. Like it is for many, Manhattan remains a concept or an idea as much as anything else.

Yet, I am ‘B&T’ or bridge and tunnel all the way; and there is simply nothing getting around that fact  or that the basis for my dreams was formed in middle and working class neighborhoods in the Outer Boroughs of New York City.   I have never forgotten who I am,  where I came from, nor am I deaf to the dreams of those who remained from whence I came. That includes my own family, friends and fellow citizens who pursue their dreams still in those places, even if their success in life, in many cases, has often well eclipsed mine on many levels.   Even so, since my life is not over, maybe even the Bronx and Staten Island might still be in my future. Maybe it is even my destiny to be the five borough citizen. Who knows?  But if I have learned anything it is that the soul of New York City is well outside Times Square, Grand Central Station (Terminal) or City Hall. The epicenter of New York City is  in the hearts of its citizens.

ABOUT ME & THE BOROUGHS OF NYC: In Black & White with a little Color

Jamaica Hospital is my birth place. My early years were spent in this city of neigborhoods in several notable ones, including Kew Gardens, Rego Park and Corona, Queens before our family picked up and moved to Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. I grew up playing in the Forest Hills Little League, enjoying pick up games and otherwise exploring Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the two time site of the World’s Fair, when it was even more of a wide open space and my mother Virginia Bernadette Saunig who grew up attending St. Columba in the Chelsea section of Manhattan while her parents worked for AT&T and the New York  Central Railroad,  even worked there along side Louis Armstrong of all people. But then again she was also a cocktail waitress at joints in Queens where Xavier Cugat practiced his craft. But I diverge, I recall also pending afternoons at the Corona Ice King and Spaghetti Park and playing Stickball at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church parking lot on 99th Street.

But it was there at P.S. 14 where it was “me and Julio down by the school yard” trying to figure out how to impress Barbara Alman, the first girl that truly caught my eye. I got butterflies in my stomach just looking at her.  I could barely utter a coherent phrase to illustrate a more than passing interest in her, but some of my female classmate friends saw it clearly and often teased me about it. Those were the days, when the biggest challenge in life was to figure out if I was going to say hello to Barbara or something more.

After leaving Queens during the Saturday Night Fever era, I often found myself hanging out at Connie’s Pizza on Nostrand Avenue in Sheepshead Bay trying my best to look like one of the local punks. But how could we even think we were ‘gangsta’ in our shiny orange and white Sheepshead Bay High School Sharks Swimming Team jackets or even acting like we founded the joint.

I have memories and I still have friends and family who grew up live in the ‘Outer Boroughs’, the ones that Manhattan political elites only realize exist after a natural disaster or when they seek citywide elective office.  So yes, though I may live in Manhattan currently, my soul is ‘Bridge & Tunnel’. Words once used to disparage people of my ilk are now, for me, a source of pride.  When I found work in Manhattan and landed my first legal job in New York City at Weil, Gotshal & Manges on Fifth Avenue, I can recall some of those I first associated with in Manhattan, who perhaps saw themselves as somewhat higher on the human food chain,  snidely refer to those from the outer boroughs as ‘B&T’.   I got past some of  my friends in college at Boston University calling me  ’Brooklyn’  by improving my diction, getting higher grades than they did and then gaining acceptance to the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Long before Joey from friends made “How you doin” famous for me that simple phrase got me snickers in some circles when I spoke, including from a young girl from the Town of Yardley in Bucks County, Pennsylvania who later became my college girlfriend.  I  would be lying, however, if I did not say it irked me when I overheard ‘young urban professionals’ or Manhattanites at happy hours at fancy bars and restaurants in Manhattan, denigrate the people on the other side of the bridges and tunnels leading to Manhattan. When I reminded them, in my Brooks Brother suit (the one my mom bought for me) that I was from Queens and Brooklyn too, they would quickly say ” but you are different.”  Ironically today on the other side of Manhattan’s bridges & tunnels you find trust fund kids and wealthy entrepreneurs and folks I knew who never received the education I did and never emigrated to Manhattan became millionaires on their own.  Some even have more than those who made it in Manhattan. And no, it is not because they or their families were “all mobbed up.”

In my teens, my mom moved us to Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn where I literally became a man. It was was the first place I laid down with a woman, got mugged, got my ass kicked and put myself on a path to realize my dreams or at least some of them. After all the clock has not yet run out on my life.  OK, I must confess, living in Brooklyn in the hey day of Saturday Night Fever, I never owned a Members Only jacket. Instead fashion was nary a concern, because I was hoisting iron at Bath Beach Bodybuilding with some of my dorky friends, some of whom walked around full time as if they were on stage doing a lat spread. If any of you are reading this I hope you crack up but you know it is true!  Leaving the gym, I was often dressed in engineer boots and Lee Jeans. And if you know Bensonhurst, you would know I stuck out like a sore thumb.  I was ok that I never totally fit in. But then again that is what we wore to school in Queens at I.S. 61 and later at John Bowne in Queens and I spent more time listening to Rock and even got a job  at Harry M. Stevens, the concessionaire at Madison Square Garden, where I was able to work rock concerts in the 70’s.  I liked the movie Saturday Night Fever but starting out in Queens, for me, people like that were characters. That is until my first day at Sheepshead Bay High School where I saw folks dressed like Tony Manero and his friends in my class.

THE ED KOCH BRIDGE? – Nobody Calls it that!

REAL New Yorkers, those in the outer boroughs know that Long Island girl Christine Quinn is not one of us.  Maybe she should become Mayor of a nice town in Long Island?  I do not have an axe to grind with the deceased Mayor Edward Irving Koch other than to take issue with elements of the public relations burnished legacy that attempted to make him more than he was and gloss over selected elements of his actual legacy.  There is no doubt that Ed Koch deserves his props, St. Christopher, however,  he was not. Nevertheless, Quinn should know that her backroom deal to name the Queensboro Bridge the Ed Koch Bridge while he was ’still alive’ so she could bank an endorsement from him, won’t mean much to folks in Queens. We don’t call the 59th Street Bridge or the Queensboro Bridge the Ed Koch Bridge; in fact ‘Nobody Calls It The Ed Koch Bridge.’ Giving the city to Ed Koch and Bill Rudin so she can herself become Mayor is not impressive; its political patronage at best and at worst, something else entirely.

Furthermore, if Quinn hopes to have the Queens Democratic Machine rig the vote for her maybe she can win Queens but I believe that if the voters Queens have their say,  Christine Quinn will be repudiated at the ballot box. Quinn’s best hope is to have her campaign and the mainstream media lure voters into thinking that the Mayoralty is already the bag for her.  It is not. Once the voters realize it is not, Quinn’s candidacy will implode like a house of cards. All politics is local and the Democrats in Chelsea, at least those who participate and watch what leaders actually do, have already walked away from Christine Quinn. The campaign to Defeat Christine Quinn is growing at the grassroots level across this city, among Democrats and within the LGBT Community. Quinn’s ‘identity politics’ are not a good enough reason to vote for her. That should tell any Democrat paying attention to the truth of what Christine Quinn represents. They know Quinn does not represent the working men and women of New York City. Fact is that this ought to and just might be the “Twilight of the Elite Christine Quinn” if the media campaign to wash over her record does not fool a majority of voters.

DOES QUINN HOPE TO BE THE WIZARD OF OZ?

Voters in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island as well as the enlightened in Manhattan will come to realize, if they have not already, that Christine Quinn is the plutocracy’s wind up toy.  But, especially, if you live along the LIE, the BQE or take the MTA into the city or near the city for work, you will recognize that via Bloomberg and Quinn Manhattan is becoming more like the Emerald City in the fictional Land of OZ, a place so far out of reach for the forgotten working men and women who grew up in New York City and more an urban playgroundfor the global jet setting elite only ; a place with a skyrocketing real estate and stock market with a plummeting middle class.

THE FUTURE OF NEW YORK CITY – QUINN & RUDIN’S LIMITED VISION

New York City was once to the rest of the world, a beacon of urban possibility, a place of dreams for artists and the iconoclastic; a place where Governor Mario Cuomo, also a product of Jamaica, Queens,challenged the vision of elites who were looking past the plight of the every man and woman in this country. Cuomo cut his teeth at the local level – representing “The Corona Fighting 69″ and then at the national level in a historic speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention challenging Ronald Reagan’s vision of America as a “Shining City on the Hill”. In his speech, Cuomo outlined how America had become “Tale of Two Cities” illustrating in vivid detail the emergence of a less compassionate society, the plight of the increasingly forgotten and eroding middle class and vulnerability of the elderly, the sick and the poor. Cuomo referenced the folks behind the Norman Rockwell like paintings of America that all too often some politicians seek to craft at election time to brush over the uncomfortable externalities of their policy. Now our city is becoming as empty and soul less as Hollywood on the Hudson and the words of Mario Cuomo’s historic speech in 1984 even more relevant today then they were back then.

ARE RUDIN/QUINN – OFFERING TO BUILD ‘A BETTER NEW YORK’?

‘The Surreal Shutdown of St. Vincent’s’ awakened many of us in this town to the reality that there is in fact something very wrong going on.  The Rudin Real Estate Family may think they are building ‘A Better New York’ or building some ‘Shining City on the Hill’ by knocking down this city’s history to install similar and soul less high rise glass towers and shopping malls in place of hospitals, educational institutions, public parks and community centers across this city so a handful of Real Estate Insiders can profit from creating 3rd and 4th homes or real estate investment properties for people who live in Manhattan barely 20% of the time while they screw the people who have to live and work here 100% of the time.  Whether it is the destruction of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the over development of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the planned waste transfer facility in family neighborhood on the Upper East Side and tearing down schools for more glass high rises, we ought to stop and asking what the hell is going on?

One must ask Quinn and Rudin:

Am I missing something?  Do Rudin and Quinn have any grander vision for the future of New York? Or is all that they can imagine for the future of this once proud metropolis is that its citizens should be working wage slave servants to those they hope come to populate the similar glass high rises that they continue to build?  Is the only vision you have for New Yorker’s that they should serve the food and drinks, clean the apartments and drive the limousines in this New- New York?  Have certain  Manhattan elites forgotten the true import of New York City’s rich history, the lessons of Jane Jacobs and the ‘Future of New York’ she imagined – a place of hope and expectation? I wonder about this because all they seem able to imagine is condo’s for the global elite while they rip apart the ties that bind our community of citizens.  We all need to go on a Jane Jacobs Walk if we want to avoid the complete and total cultural collapse of our metropolis and avoid a “Dark Age Ahead.”

Christine Quinn is unacceptable. I hope and expect that the chorus will be amplified my fellow citizens in that regard in the months ahead.  Quinn’s ‘identity politics’ must lose at the polls if we are to preserve New York as a place of hope and expectation for future generations.

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REFERENCE LINKS - The Anti-Quinn Grassroots Movement

Key Websites: Vote Quinn Out | Facebook: Defeat Christine Quinn | Facebook: Queers Against Christine QuinnThe Campaign to Be Mayor of NYC in 2013 | Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club – Chelsea Democratic Club | Facebook: The Outer Boroughs of New York City Against Christine QuinnSave Flushing Meadow Park: from developer friends of Bloomberg and Quinn

Constituent Abandonment: A Democratic Club (Jim Owles Club) Continues its War on Christine QuinnCapital New York: Actress Cynthia Nixon endorses Bill de Blasio, Criticizes Quinn over Paid Sick Leave | Anybody But Quinn | City & State NY | Citizens Union: Council Politics Taint Discretionary Funding

Quinn Slush Fund Scandal – NY Magazine: Quinn in the Slush | NY Times: NYC Council Speaker Presides Over $4.5 Million Slush Fund | Pauline Park: Christine Quinn the NYC Slush Fund Scandal | Christine Quinn Sold Out: Quinn Slush Fund Lawsuit Update | NY Times: Christine Quinn Uses NYC Council Funds to Reward Allies | Bronx Chatter: Quinn, Seabrook & the Slush Fund Scandal

RUDIN Family Blood Condos – SATANIC LUXURY: Rudin Family Blood Condos |St. Vincent’s Hospital to Close in Manhattan | NY Times: The Decline of St. Vincent’s Hospital | Norman Siegel Calls to Mayor to Open Investigation to City Council Hospital Hearing St. Vincent’s Site |  Tom Allon Slams Quinn For St. Vincent’s Closure | Suzannah B. Troy (NY Artist):NY Post Christine Quinn our Belladonna Porn Queen [Killed] St. Vincent’s Hospital | The Surreal Shutdown of St. Vincent’s

Repeal of Term Limits – Term Limits & Christine Quinn | Christine Quinn Wants to be Mayor of NYC | WSJ: City Council Speaker Defends Power to Overrule Voters on Term Limits | Boss Quinn Will Do Anything to Win to Become First Gay Mayor: insults constituent in her own district by referring to him as a no-name blogger. | NPR: Christine Quinn Never Supported Term Limits | Facebook -The Day Democracy Died: 3rd Anniversary of Quinn’s Repeal of Term Limits | NY Magazine: How Bill DeBlasio Can Defeat Christine Quinn

Character, Integrity & Temperament – The New Corrupt Adventures of Old Christine | Christine Quinn: Corrupt Democrat of the Week |  The Epoch Times: Challenging Quinn A Risk For NYC Council Members | Why Quinn Must Go | The Voice of the West Village | Politicker: Christine Quinn Storms Out of Living Wage Rally

Twitter: Stop Christine Quinn | Christine Quinn |

**HISTORICAL FOOTNOTES**

1. St. Vincent’s Hospital – Epicenter of AIDS Crisis
St. Vincent’s Hospital | AIDS Memorial Park: St. Vincent’s Hospital did not turn its back on the LGBT Community during the AIDS Crisis, quite the opposite in fact. St. Vincent’s was the epicenter of the AIDS Crisis. I am pretty sure that the entity’s compassionate policies exemplified for its care for those that nobody else would care for, destroyed its balance sheet. Yet, the humanity of the institution was not reciprocated by the liberal elites from Boss Quinn to Bette Midler of New York Restoration ProjectLandmarks Preservation Commission, Susan Sarandon, Rosie O’Donnell et al etc.  Perhaps they would rather have a luxury condo and toast in restoring the Continental Baths at the Ansonia or Studio 54 than fighting for a Catholic Hospital. You see, it is truly important to put in the Mayor’s Mansion, a woman who enables the corruption of NYC Insiders in backroom deals. Enabling her sponsorBill Rudin of the ABNY – Association For A Better New York to build luxury condos over the corpse of a Landmark medical treatment facility is critical, because its not like we have enough of them already in this town. The physicians, nurses and staff were there for the West Village Community during the AIDS Epidemic but the politically corrupt, grandstanding and annoyingly verbose, self serving and pontificating windbagTom Duane and his protege Christine Quinn turned their back on St. Vincent’s in its hour of need. History will show that those running St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center made a huge mistake in letting in the vultures: Rudin Management Company, Inc. For years leading up to its 2010 closing, St. Vincent’s was the target of a controversial billion-dollar luxury condo conversion plan by the Rudin real estate dynasty. Quinn’s Sponsor, Crony Capitalist Vulture Bill Rudin long had plans to develop Luxury Condo’s on the landmark site of the 160 year old hospital and chapel. With the assistance of Speaker Quinn, State Senator Tom Duane and a media campaign hatched and waged by societal elites in the shadows of society, the true vampires pulled the strings to enable Quinn’s sponsors: the Rudin clan to shutter a historic humanitarian medical institution and acquire for pennies on the dollar a landmark property of the 160 year old medical treatment facility and leaving the Lower West Side of Manhattan without a trauma hospital.  Maybe someone should ask Bill Rudin who leads the Association For a Better New York whether more luxury condos for celebrities is preferable for a better New York than a critical hospital to treat its citizens in a vulnerable part of Manhattan.

2. QUINN & DUANE – LGBT Elites & Media Campaign Assisted Rudin Family in Acquiring/Stealing St. Vincent’s Hospital

Background: St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center (wiki)

The Vultures Gain Access: St. Vincent’s ‘Let’s in the Vultures’ (Rudin Management Company, Inc): For years leading up to its 2010 closing, St. Vincent’s was the target of a controversial billion-dollar luxury condo conversion plan by the Rudin real estate dynasty. As noted by the following article, the vultures initially promised something quite different then before commencing construction decided that a hospital was impractical. See:  The Villager: St. Vincent’s and Rudin unveil elliptical hospital, condo tower: St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Rudin Organization last week revealed their preliminary plans for a new state-of-the-art hospital building on the west side of Seventh Ave. and for the residential redevelopment on the east side of the present hospital complex.

Orchestrated Media Campaign Leading to Closure: St. Vincent’s Hospital to Close in Manhattan | NY Times: The Decline of St. Vincent’s Hospital

The Plan: DNAinfo.com: Rudin’s St. Vincents Plan Debated at City Planning Hearing | Curbed: Plans Filed For Latest Aspect of St. Vincent’s Redevelopment | Observer: Rudin’s St. Vincent Project Gets Green Light From Planning Commission | CRAINS: Last Minute Deal Saves St. Vinnie’s Redevelopment | SATANIC LUXURY: Rudin Family Blood Condos with an AIDS Memorial Park

The Luxury Condos: 130 West 12th Street

Community Outrage: Coalition For A New Village Hospital | Hospital Now: Coalition Calling for Re-establishment of a Medical Center for Lower West Side of Manhattan | Video: Community Outrage at Rudin Family, Mayor & Quinn | Senator Tom Duane Shamed on St. Vincent’s Hospital Closing | Norman Siegel Calls to Mayor to Open Investigation to City Council Hospital Hearing St. Vincent’s Site |  Tom Allon Slams Quinn For St. Vincent’s Closure | Rudin Family Blood Condos

On The MemorialNYC AIDS Memorial Park CompetitionQueerty: St. Vincent’s Hospital NYC Epicenter of AIDS Crisis to Become [Rudin Built] Luxury CondosThe Villager: Should AIDS Be Part or All of Park Triangle Memorial?

AIDS History (selected): Avert: History of AIDS up to 1986AIDS & Politics – 1980 to 1989PBS: 10 Films that Address the Aids CrisisContrarian View: Virus Myth: HIV & AIDS – In 80’s, Fear Spread Faster Than AIDSThe Changing Face of Gay Men’s Sexuality in Response to AIDS

On Toasting the Elite Crony Capitalists: Oh yes,  I am sure we will have a nice little Memorial and a cute fundraiser or cocktail party hosted by the Rudin’s, Quinn and all their elite friends but it will not make up for the elimination of this critical and vital NY institution.

PAUL RYAN’S HUNGER GAMES: An Insult to Anti-Hunger Movement & the Legacy of George McGovern

POVERTY POLITICS:  Ryan’s Shape-shifting in Ohio Soup Kitchen

Paul Ryan still has not written a check, admitted wrong doing or even encouraged fellow ‘Angry Republicans’ not to be so mean spirited towards Mahoning County District – St. Vincent de Paul Society which feeds the hungry in Youngstown, Ohio and end the fallout over his visit: a staged photo op at this Society.

Instead,  he ignores doing the right thing and decides to go on the air in Ohio on the Charlies Sykes Radio Show to pontificate and lecture Americans on Joe Biden’s manners at the debate for dismissing and exposing him as a pseudo intellectual fraud. Lovely, this guy now sees himself as  the ‘New Emily Post’. This is from a guy who calls himself Catholic while embracing the values of Ayn Rand and exhibiting the values of a Satanist. Notably, he has even separately raised $5 million for his congressional campaign in Wisconsin; just in case the Romney/Ryan ticket loses the election.

Ryan’s Values: Not of Jesus Christ, George McGovern but of Ayn Rand & Anton Lavey

In all the years that I attended religious instruction at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church I never learned what the Catholic poseur learned about humanity. Neither are these the values that I have learned in my hometown from listening to and witnessing the efforts of Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) in his fight against hunger. Nor are they the values of the late great Statesman and ‘liberal stalwart’- George McGovern (In Memoriam: 1922-2012) in his anti-hunger crusade, which I witnessed first hand when I met him via Joel Berg. Frankly, not even Ayn Rand is this cold-hearted. But I am sure Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan, would have applauded Mr. Ryan and his efforts to manipulate and deceive the poor and leverage his reputation as a man concerned for the hungry in America.

PAUL RYAN: The New “Emily Post” or a Satanic Munster?

Philanthropic Propagandist Tutors in Manners

Emily Post must be rolling over in her grave for Paul Ryan’s interpretation of proper etiquette. After his faux pose as a friend of the poor at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio was followed by a head spin, questioning the Vice President’s manners in laughing at his blatant lies is their recent televised debate, that would have left in awe the head turning star of the Exorcist, Linda Blair. Likewise, Mitt Romney who ‘could be the biggest hypocrite in the history of hypocrisy’, must be proud of his little brother in fraud (on the GOP’s national ticket) for his recent shape-shifting on issues related to the poor, in an effort to be seen as “a man of the people – rich people” that is – rather than just another opportunistic speculator. Romney’s Mormon Cult teaches that Satan was Jesus brother. Since the Romney Con sees himself as America’s ‘White Horse’ or savior, an extension of Joseph Smith, it is thus only appropriate that his little brother in arms, Paul Ryan, who worships at the alter of “the Satanic Bible”, be his Lucifer or Little Munster. Hell, even Dick Cheney “worships the ground he walks on.” And in that regard, Ryan is living up to his role in this campaign season.

As reported by the Washington Post:

GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Friday that he was expecting Vice President Biden to interrupt him at last week’s debate, but he wasn’t prepared for other parts of the vice president’s performance, including his frequent laughing and smiling while Ryan was speaking.

“I expected the interruptions. I guess I can’t say I expected the other stuff you mentioned,” Ryan told conservative radio host Charlie Sykes in an interview Friday morning. He added: “Look, they had a bad first debate, so I knew he’d be coming at me. … I think if two guys just start getting in an interruption shouting match, that doesn’t do anybody any good.”

He told Sykes that he thought it was “important to be respectful of one another’s time” and said of Biden’s frequent interruptions: “It’s not our manners, where we come from.”

I would ask Paul Ryan that if Joe Biden’s interruptions [at the debate] are ‘not our manners’ then as a voice of America’s middle class, what kind of manners are reflected by your barging into a closed soup kitchen run by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul -Mahoning County District in Youngstown, Ohio, without permission, after hours with your own film crew, for an arranged photo op of you cleaning already clean dishes and pans? What was that all about other than an attempt to create ‘Philanthropic Propaganda’? And then after you were exposed, Republicans in Ohio supporting you retaliate against this soup kitchen by launching an offensive to restrict donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society which runs the soup kitchen? Are those your manners Paul? Are those Republican manners or those of the new right? Why won’t you say anything or tell Republicans to stand down and not defend you? Is this some satanic idea of how to be a friend of the poor? In these times, one wonders  will Catholics in Ohio be duped by the mask you wear?

Ayn Rand Wanker’s Sense of Etiquette: Bizarre, Improper & Ironic

Ayn Rand acolytePaul Ryan, a so called Catholic has so inspired Catholics United that Nuns [have gotten]on the Bus and have gone on tour across America’s heartland to highlight and reject his problematic interpretation of Catholic teaching and values. You see Ryan seems to have mastered the Un-Christian values of Satan (Lucifer) or Ayn Rand, rather than Jesus Christ, not just for The Ryan Budget: “The Path to Prosperity, Restoring America’s Promise” for its targeting of the middle class, the poor, the vulnerable and elderly, but for his repeated hypocrisy. Jay Rockefeller called the Ryan Budget ‘a profile in cowardice’ and ex-Reagan Budget Director, David Stockman even referred to the ‘budget flimflam’ as a ‘Fairy Tale Budget Plan.’

Does anyone else find the idea of Luciferian Eddie Munster offering anyone lessons on “manners” ridiculous? So, let’s see, Joe Biden interrupted a fraudulent Republican Vice-Presidential candidate lying through every pore of his body at a debate on the most significant issues facing the middle class and the people of this country, and for that Biden was rude, rather than shrewd?    BUT Atlas’ wanker – Paul Ryan (the Romney campaign) and a film crew “ramrodded themselves in there” – into a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen for a photo-op without permission, after hours, long after poor people were served and the kitchen was clean to “pretend to clean dishes and pans” to solidify their ethical and moral standing and ‘philanthropic street cred’ among voters in a battleground state on the eve of the election and that illustrates proper etiquette? According to whose moral code is that proper etiquette? Paul Ryan’s unique way of “giving back” is posing like he cares.  Posing is not policy, therein lies the key difference.

Poverty Sucks: Publicity Stunts are better


“Jesus washed the feet of the poor. The Republican vice presidential nominee re-washed their clean pots and pans.” - Paul Ryan’s Bogus Soup Kitchen Photo Op”, Rolling Stone byTim Dickinson, October 16, 2012

Poverty Sucks. But then again Plutocracy Sucks too. Seeing economic strife up close, the soul ripped out of communities, the spirit of men and women demoralized and then committing to work with the best minds available to come up with the proper policy prescriptions to make society more equitable and sustainable is maybe too complex for men of limited intellectual means but of lofty political ambition. Perhaps thus one might understand Paul Ryan’s reluctance to get his hands dirty actually dealing with the poor or having to be up too close to the human externalities from the economic destruction of America and the gutting of its industrial core via a decades long policies that supported wealth extraction by some ‘Greedy Bastards’ who ’siphon off wealth created elsewhere in the economy’, at the expense of wealth creation. Given the foregoing and the current state of our nation, maybe you could even try to level with the folks in battleground states in America’s heartland than than try to deceive them and level our nation entirely with a budget plan that is like ‘math on meth’, but that might be asking too much of a plutocratic puppet hell bent on serving his masters and selling out his countrymen. Rest assured, however, that some of us in America are actually watching. And there is nothing that quite illustrates that you are an opportunistic and soul less piece of cow dung, than having your photo taken pretending to clean dirty pots and pans that are actually already clean at a soup kitchen which has already finished serving meals to homeless men and women, at the end of the day when the facility is closed, after all meals have long been served, no less, when you were not invited to or authorized to attend and when there are no poor people to get in the way of your photo op. Maybe you could have brought a check? Or come during working hours? Would you have come at all if you were up several points in battleground Ohio or there were no election pending? That is a rhetorical question. Most reasonably enlightened Americans know the answer.

RYAN’S REPUBLICANS: “Men of the People” RETALIATE AGAINST A SOUP KITCHEN (the Society of St. Vincent de Paul)

Despite Ryan’s horrific manners being exposed for the chicanery in staging a photo-op to highlight his philanthropic soul, instead of manning up for the attempted deception, writing a check to the charity etc., his fellow angry republicans in Ohio decide that it is better to retaliate by targeting said soup kitchen and withdrawing donations from a charitable entity that feeds the poor and a Society that aspires to “End Poverty through systematic change.” Yes, that is really how they roll. It is actually not so unbelievable that creatures exhibiting these kinds of ethics would not actually starve granny or push grandma down the stairs to limit social security payouts.

PAUL RYAN’S HUNGER GAMES: An Insult to Anti-Hunger Movement & the Legacy of George McGovern

Paul Ryan still has not written a check, admitted wrong doing or even encouraged fellow Republicans not to be so mean spirited towards this Society which feeds the hungry in Youngstown, Ohio and end the fallout over his visit. But instead he ignores doing the right thing and decides to lecture Americans on Joe Biden’s manners at the debate for dismissing and exposing him as a pseudo intellectual fraud? This is from a guy who has even separately raised $5 million for his congressional campaign in Wisconsin; just in case the Romney/Ryan ticket loses the election. In all the years that I attended religious instruction at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church I never learned what the Catholic poseur learned about humanity. Neither are these the values that I have learned in my hometown from listening to and witnessing the efforts of Joel Berg of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) in his fight against hunger. Nor are they the values of the late great Statesman and ‘liberal stalwart’- George McGovern (In Memoriam: 1922-2012) in his anti-hunger crusade, which I witnessed first hand. Frankly, not even Ayn Rand is this cold-hearted. But I am sure Anton Lavey, the founder of the Church of Satan, would have applauded Mr. Ryan and his efforts to manipulate and deceive the poor and leverage his reputation as a man concerned for the hungry in America.

Donate: St. Vincent De Paul Society – Mahoning County District serves 98,000 meals to the poor annually with 200 to 250 people served lunch every weekday and about 150 served breakfast on Saturdays. The hall is closed Sundays. Those wanting to donate to the society can do so at P.O. Box 224, Youngstown, OH 44501 or at any First Place Bank or by clicking here. Facebook.

PHILANTHROPIC PROPAGANDA: Paul Ryan’s “Giving Back”

ROMNEY CAMPAIGN PUBLICITY STUNT: Atlas’ Wanker Paul Ryan Stages Soup Kitchen ‘photo op’ in Ohio: A Steaming Plate of Philanthropic Malarkey


Paul Ryan Philanthropic Poser

The Youngstown Vindicator reports:

YOUNGSTOWN — The president of Mahoning County’s St. Vincent De Paul Society is “shocked” and “angry” that Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a “publicity stunt.”

Brian J. Antal, who runs the society, said today the campaign “ramrodded themselves in there” without getting proper permission for the visit Saturday that followed Ryan’s town-hall meeting at Youngstown State University.

Atlas’ wanker Paul Ryan has a unique way of “giving back”: posing like he cares. Yet, there is nothing that quite illustrates that you are an opportunistic and soul less piece of cow dung, than having your photo taken pretending to clean dirty pots and pans that are actually already clean at a soup kitchen which has already finished serving meals to homeless men and women, at the end of the day when the facility is closed, after all meals have long been served, no less, when you were not invited to or authorized to attend and when there are no poor people to get in the way of your photo op.

You do this why? Oh just so you can have a photo op illustrating compassion towards the very people who you plan to screw with your radical budget plans.  Who cares about the truth? Why concern yourself with the facts even when the Charity President [says]: Paul Ryan “did nothing” at soup kitchen photo-op.

Ryan’s Special Dish:  Steaming Plate of Philanthropic Malarkey’

But on the other hand, how can the President of the Mahoning County’s St. Vincent De Paul Society, the charity that ran the soup kitchen say that Paul Ryan did nothing at the soup kitchen? Does he not know Paul Ryan’s experience with cooking the books along with preparing other notable concoctions like no calorie deserts for Oligarchs. Paul Ryan was in fact, cooking up one of his very special dishes: a Steaming Plate of Philanthropic Malarkey to pull the wool over the eyes of voters. This is a special dish for the gullible masses to consume paid for the Billionaires for Romney who have paid so much to install this duo in the White House and need to see their monkeys dance and close the con-job.

Paul Ryan: Can He Stand the Heat in the Soup Kitchen?

If you are Congressman Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand acolyte, pseudo intellectual and all around tool and douche-nozzle, then this kind of thing just comes naturally. It is just another day at the office as a junior member of the Romney Con creating Romney/Ryan campaign propaganda on behalf of the ‘Most Fraudulent Presidential Candidate [Campaign] in American History’.

Nothing quite says philanthropic propaganda like:  Sure,  it is true that we want to “rape the middle class” but we have a compassionate side. This is why we show up at soup kitchens for a photo op when there is no event, after the poor people have left and there is nothing to do and we are not invited. Why get our hands dirty dealing with the actual human or ugly side of poverty and inequality?  Poverty Sucks! Our billionaire philanthropic friends who have to go to society parties and mingle with mere millionaires are most impressed by our efficiency in committing fraud and staging photo ops of this kind.

NICE!!!

SOUP KITCHEN: Paul Ryan Cooking up Propaganda in the Soup Kitchen
-Soup kitchen visit by Ryan stirs anger
-Business Insider: Paul Ryan Busted For Staged Photo-Op At Soup Kitchen Where He Pretended To Wash Dishes
-CBS News Video: Paul Ryan Makes Unauthorized Stop at Soup Kitchen for Staged Photo-Op Where He Pretended To Wash Dishes
-America Blog: Video of Ryan pretending to wash dishes at closed soup kitchen
-Raw Story: Soup kitchen operator blasts Ryan photo op: ‘He did nothing’
-Washington Post: Charity president unhappy about Paul Ryan soup kitchen ‘photo op’
-CBS News: Charity president: Paul Ryan “did nothing” at soup kitchen photo-op
-Mediaite: Charity Prez Blasts Unauthorized Paul Ryan Soup Kitchen Photo-Op: ‘He Did Nothing’
-MoveOn.org: DISTURBING: Paul Ryan And Wife Finagled Way Into Soup Kitchen, Pretended To Wash Dishes That Weren’t Dirty
-Think Progress: How Paul Ryan Pretended to Volunteer at Soup Kitchen
-NY Magazine:Paul Ryan Scrubs Already Washed Soup-Kitchen Pots Because That’s How Much He Cares
-The Political Carnival: Charity president on Paul Ryan soup kitchen photo op: “Did not have permission. He did nothing. He just came in here to get his picture taken.”
-Daily Kos: Marathon Man Paul Ryan washes clean dishes in soup kitchen photo-op
-Daily Kos: Angry Republicans target soup kitchen where Paul Ryan staged photo-op
-Forbes: Soup Kitchen Reportedly Losing Donors over Paul Ryan Photo Op Controversy
-More fallout from Paul Ryan’s visit to Youngstown soup kitchen
-Society of St. Vincent de Paul
-Mahoning County

PAUL RYAN – Ayn Rand Acolyte
-Paul Ryan Budget: The Path to Prosperity
-Paul Ryan Embraces Ayn Rand
-Paul Ryan Ayn Rand Morality
-WHY IS PAUL RYAN LYING ABOUT AYN RAND?
-Paul Ryan’s Misconceived Rugged Individualism
-Paul Ryan’s end point is Ayn Rand Utopia & he knows it: Gary Weiss, author, “Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America’s Soul,” joins Thom Hartmann. Paul Ryan may have introduced a budget that destroys the middle-class – but his ideas aren’t new. So where did he get all his crazy ideas about giving tax cuts to billionaires – eliminating Medicare – and robbing school kids of an education? Here’s what Congressman Paul Ryan said about Ayn Rand.

BUDGET MATH DOES NOT ADD UP
-The Math on the Romney-Ryan Tax Plan
-Ex-Reagan Budget Director: Paul Ryan’s Budget ‘Is Devoid Of Credible Math Or Hard Policy Choices’
-NY Times, David Stockman: Paul Ryan’s Fairy Tale Budget Plan
-NY Magazine: The Legendary Paul Ryan: Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan was “never a man of substance”
-The ‘Pseudo Intellectual’ in American Politics
-Atlas Wanked: Paul Ryan is just another wingnut ideologue

RYAN BUDGET IS AGAINST CATHOLIC TEACHING
-Catholics United: “Paul Ryan’s Priorities Reflect Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ”
-Think Progress: 12 Things You Should Know About Paul Ryan’s Ayn Rand’s values.
-Nuns on the Bus
-The Guardian: We ‘nuns on the bus’ don’t like Paul Ryan’s idea of Catholic values
-The U.S. Conference of Bishops Denounce Ryan Budget Plan: arguing that it “fails to meet” the moral principles of the Catholic Church.
-NY Times: Paul Ryan, Catholic Dissident
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Donate: St. Vincent De Paul Society – Mahoning County District serves 98,000 meals to the poor annually with 200 to 250 people served lunch every weekday and about 150 served breakfast on Saturdays. The hall is closed Sundays. Those wanting to donate to the society can do so at P.O. Box 224, Youngstown, OH 44501 or at any First Place Bank or by clicking here. Facebook.

On Women’s Rights, the Poor, the Elderly & Paul Ryan – the Mormon Madoff’s Choice for VP

IS PAUL RYAN THE ‘NEXT’ PRESIDENT?

I commend Mitt Romney for his selection today of Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice Presidential running mate on the Republican ticket.  I really do, despite whatever was the risky rationale behind Romney’s choosing “the roadmap to hell”,  mostly because the shape-shifting political chameleon has finally made it rather clear with his selection of Ryan, to anyone who may ultimately doubt where RMoney or RobMe stands, that it is game on.

Some may contend that the selection of Ryan is an official declaration of war on what remains of America’s middle class.  News Corporation CEO & founder, Rupert Murdoch who had been critical of the Romney campaign rendered a rather positive reaction to Mitt Romney’s running mate pick Saturday morning, tweeting an enthusiastic endorsement of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The tweet was as follows:

“Thank God! Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day. Paul Ryan almost perfect choice.”

I am inclined to agree with Rupert Murdoch that that there needs to be a serious debate about the necessary policy prescriptions to move this country forward and to revitalize the American Dream.  I can even accept that serious entitlement reform is necessary given the changes wrought by globalization and the less competitive posture of our nation on a global basis. And as much as I believe every sitting political leader deserves to be challenged and his leadership examined under the microscope, it is hard to see how the Mormon Madoff, his new sidekick and the GOP have standing to challenge President Obama given how they seem to see America’s biggest problems as senior citizens, women who use birth control and gay people or the LGBT Community.

Corporations [may] be people my friend. But, if, for example, you do not think that “women’s rights” or the liberty of women is an important issue in the coming election, let me put it to you this way and feel free to quote me, What if we had a female Presidential Candidate who said:

“Beginning at sunrise on the day after my Inauguration, we begin removing the testicles of heterosexual, ball cap and sports loving men who have ever once pleasured themselves while viewing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, the Swimsuit Calendar or even the Pirelli Calendar.”

Do you think then that “Men’s Rights” would not be the number 1 issue if a female Presidential candidate made such a proclamation? Or would it still be blaming one guy for a stagnant economy, instead of trying to understand the reasons behind the structural problems in that stagnant economy?

Thurston Howell III & Jay Gatsby Defend the Plutocracy

Romney/Ryan 2012

Romney/Ryan 2012

Ironic that for the so called party of individual Liberty,that prides itself on the spirit of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan,  they seem to be rather consumed with deciding who gets to actually have “Liberty” under their rule. But it is certainly even more noteworthy that the dynamic duo, who consider the greatest enemies to America as women who use birth control, the elderly, veterans who defended this nation and students who are the future of this nation,  made their announcement to join forces in front of a military style installation when Mitt Romney was a pro-war draft dodger who demonstrated against antiwar protesters during the Vietnam War at Stanford University attired like Jay Gatsby, sounding more like Thurston Howell III.  Oh the hypocrisy of a pro-war draft dodger who got four deferments from service in Vietnam while conscientious objectors like Muhammad Ali went to jail.  Romney is an un-patriotic poseur. You just cannot make this stuff up.

Be Evil in America – vote for Mitt RMoney.

En el lenguaje de mi padre para mis amigos que hablan el español.

HIJOS DE PUTA PARA ROMNEY – Únete a la más grande grupo de adoradores de Satanás para el mormón diablo a la presidencia. Todos somos hijos de puta como el fundador de la secta mormona, Joseph Smith. Vamos a sacar al país de nuevo al diablo. ¿Quién necesita a Dios cuando se puede ser gobernado por el malvado? La simple verdad en el lenguaje de mi padre es que Paul Ryan es un hombre muy peligroso porque no es ni un erudito o un teólogo católico, pero él ha tomado sobre sí mismo no comprender la doctrina católica. El Sr. Ryan venera en el altar de Ayn Rand, un ateo, Jesucristo. El catolicismo no enseña falta de respeto por los ancianos, los pobres o las minorías como un medio para racionalizar la basura cualquier deber de tratarlos con dignidad y compasión.

LINKS – recommended reading

-Paul D. Ryan, U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district (NY Times)
-Romney’s Stunning, Terrible Choice of Ryan for VP | The Daily Beast
-Be Afraid, Seniors: How the Ryan Pick Changes the Campaign | The Daily Beast
-Planned Parenthood: GOP Wrong for Women | The Daily Beast
-Paul Krugman (NY Times):  Paul Ryan’s Multiple Unicorns
-Matt Miller (Washington Post):  The Talented Mr. Ryan
-NY Times Editorial: Paul Ryan’s Cramped Vision
-NY Times, Editorial: The Careless House Budget
-Thomas Edsell (NY Times): Paul Ryan’s Liberal Fan Club
-Paul Ryan’s Budget Games | The New Yorker
-Paul Ryan’s Budget Games | Real Clear Politics
-AYN RAND JOINS THE TICKET | The New Yorker by Jane Mayer
-No, Paul Ryan is not ‘courageous’ | The Washington Post By James Downie
-The Ryan Budget by James Stewart (NY Times)
-Medicare News (NY Times)
-Romney Seeks Distance From Ryan Budget Plans
-Neighbors like Paul Ryan, even if they won’t vote for him | USA Today
-The Paul Ryan Watch
-9 Depressingly Kooky Facts About Paul Ryan | Jezebel: Jezebel has an outline on how Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney hope to finish ruining the US and bring about Slavery 2.0.
-Faith In Public Life
-Catholics United: Paul Ryan’s Priorities Reflect Teachings of Ayn Rand, Not Jesus Christ
-Paul Ryan’s Catholic Problem | The Daily Beast:  His budget plan has drawn fire from some Catholic bishops for cutting programs that help the poor. Conservative leader Deal W. Hudson on what the GOP ticket needs to do.
-Paul Ryan’s Budget Logic is Quandary for Some Catholics | LA Times
-James Zogby: – Paul Ryan: Grow Up
-Paul Ryan’s Religion Problem | Salon
-Catholic Paul Ryan Loves Atheist Ayn Rand?
-What Ayn Rand says About Paul Ryan | Washington Post
-Catholic Bishops Have Denounced Paul Ryan’s Budget:  From a Georgetown Letter to Representative Ryan: “We would be remiss in our duty to you and our students if we did not challenge your continuing misuse of Catholic teaching to defend a budget plan that decimates food programs for struggling families, radically weakens protections for the elderly and sick, and gives more tax breaks to the wealthiest few. As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has wisely noted in several letters to Congress – “a just framework for future budgets cannot rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to poor persons.” Catholic bishops recently wrote that “the House-passed budget resolution fails to meet these moral criteria.” In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.”
-Catholics For Obama: Battle For Key Constituency | Seattle Post Intelligencer
-Is Paul Ryan Doing the Koch Brothers Bidding? | Daily Kos
-Romney’s Veep Pick: Paul Ryan, Koch Ally and ‘Right-Wing Social Engineer | Alternet
-Meet Paul Ryan: Climate Denier, Conspiracy Theorist, Koch Acolyte | Truthout
-Paul Ryan Using Koch Brothers 1980’s $Profit$/Privatization Plot | Daily Kos
-When Cruelty is Cute | NY Times by Maureen Dowd
-GOP sounds the alarm on Ryan | Salon: Republican strategists fret about Ryan; the VP pick’s Koch ties; and other top Wednesday stories
-Forget Paul Ryan’s Budget: His Scariest Idea Is About the Federal Reserve | The Atlantic
-Newt Gingrich: GOP Budget Plan Is “Right-Wing Social Engineering” (YouTube)
-Paul Ryan’s Fairy Tale Budget Plan | NY Times by David Stockman of the Committee For a Responsible Federal Budget
-REPUBLICAN DAVID STOCKMAN: Paul Ryan’s Budget Is An Empty Fairy Tale | Business Insider
-David Stockman on Crony Capitalism | Moyers & Company
-Romney, Mormonism & Money | NY Times (Ross Douthat)
-Ayn Rand Received Social Security, Medicare (despite decrying the evils of the ”Welfare State”) | Patia Stephens
-Ayn Rand and the VIP DIPers | The Huffington Post by Michael Ford
-Ayn Rand, Defender of Corporate Welfare | reason.com