‘QUINNBERG’ STONEWALLED: LGBT Democrats in Her Own District (Chelsea & West Village) Lead Grassroots Uprising Against Her.
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Won’t sign away my life to
Someone whose got the flavor
But don’t have no follow through
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Wont sign no monkey papers
I don’t do funny business
Not interested in fakers
Don’t want no PAPER GANGSTA
Quinn, an out lesbian and master of identity politics, who represents Chelsea and the West Village and considered by many to be the front runner, in the company of what some might presume to be her base, did not walk away with the debate, perhaps for many of the reasons eloquently outlined by Alec Baldwin earlier this week in a piece entitled ‘The Mighty Quinnberg’ wherein he exposed Quinn as a political charlatan. That in an of itself is a newsworthy development. As reported on NY1, Quinn took hits inside the forum for some of her unpopular positions on sick leave and the term extension from the candidates challenging her, including especially Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson. Likewise the growing grassroots opposition to Quinn had a powerful presence outside the debate.
The question becomes, how much erosion of support can Quinn withstand within the LGBT Community and still have a viable campaign or at least remain the front runner? Or will the power of Quinn’s identity politics and the culture of distraction preclude the wider citizen body and voter population from absorbing the full nature, depth and extent of the earnest intellectual basis for the revolt against Quinn within the engaged elements in her community and the democratic party in general? Only time will tell what the future holds in store for the Speaker of the City Council but at this juncture, she might be content to run out the clock on her opponents to preclude any one candidate from gaining material traction and the anti-Quinn vote from coalescing around one anti-Quinn candidate rather than being splintered among her challengers.
In the HuffPo piece, Baldwin who had previous and rather eloquently pointed out Quinn’s untrustworthy, duplicitous and self serving nature and overall problematic character went a step further today dissecting with precision the hollow polluted soul of a blatant political opportunist in Christine Quinn. While I heartily recommend a full reading of Baldwin’s piece, because so much is notable, his opening is worthy of review:
“How do I convey this without offending the gay community, or women who are supportive of more women in politics, or those who believe that Michael Bloomberg was a great mayor for New York? It may be impossible, but here goes.
Christine Quinn is not qualified to be mayor of New York.
Quinn basically had a deal with Bloomberg that he would support her and, as such, is clearly presenting herself now as pro-business, while walking and talking her way across the five boroughs as a populist.”
As a New Yorker by birth who has had ups and downs in this metropolis, I regard Alec Baldwin’s words herein as gospel. Forget the caricature of the man stalked on the streets of this city by paparazzi. He gets it. Baldwin knows what New York City needs:
As the pendulum inevitably swings again, New York needs a mayor who is three things: one who truly possesses middle class values (whether they be middle class or not), one who is uncompromising in their integrity and one who can genuinely stoke the ineffable spirit that defines New York. A spirit of diversity that says come as you are. A spirit of community that says all for one and one for all, yet encouraging an opinionated, muscular individuality. A great New Yorker once told me “If you are truly one in a million, there are seven other people like you in this town. You can form a club.”
Truth told, it is REAL New Yorkers like Baldwin, Donny Moss, Cynthia Nixon, Tom Allon (who dropped out of the mayors race today) who have and continue to expand the character of the debate by highlighting issues that matter most to New Yorkers and in many cases exposing Quinn for the political charlatan that she is, who are truly heroic.
QUINN’S “WALK-and-’TAWK’” TOUR OF THE FIVE BOROUGHS
In the clearly rehearsed and scripted announcement and roll out of her candidacy which can be seen above, the Glen Gove, Long Island product chose to hammer it home with an over emphasis on the slang pronunciation of ‘talk’ as ‘TAWK’. It simply rubbed me the wrong way. The more I reflected on this not so subtle con, the more I found it offensive, especially because it did not reflect her true style of speaking. All I could think was that the hustle of the Outer Boroughs is on like Donkey Kong in this walking and talking tour of the city (contrived perhaps to mimic Hillary Clinton’s listening tour of the Empire State before running for Senator); and that this elitist posing as a populist was willing to do anything she could to somehow illustrate that she was just like us, or at least the caricature of us that she and others like her have formed. We aren’t buying it.
As a citizen of New York City who grew up in the Outer Boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn and who was teased mercilessly during my freshmen year of college at Boston University for my “funny accent” – some called me ‘Brooklyn’ even though I spent more of my life in Queens – I took offense at Christine Quinn’s clear attempt to trade on a caricature or cliché of the manner those of us from the Outer Boroughs speak and sound and pronounce the word ‘talk’.
Does NYC really want a leader who thinks she needs to dumb down and disparage us in order to appeal to us? Quinn has in effect acknowledged that she sees REAL New Yorkers, especially those of us in the Outer Boroughs outside Manhattan Society’s cocktail circuit as lesser, hence the basis for this type of low ball appeal. This is not how she “TALKS” but this is yet more proof of the character of a political charlatan; someone trying so hard to seem like she is just like us but who is so clearly not. She even felt the need to get rid of her METS Cap and become a Yankees fan to chase votes in the Bronx. How much of a ‘REAL’ New Yorker can Quinn truly be with maneuvers like that? REAL New Yorkers who care about the Future of New York City do not deserve this kind of cheap hustle from a political chameleon.
SOCIETAL SAFETY: Will Come From Greater Peace, Understanding & Love
The ‘Methodical Massacre’ at Sandy Hook Elementary School has struck a chord deeply within the American psyche about the state of our nation. Many Americans, across a wide spectrum or demographic groups, including with those who are far removed from the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. Perhaps, it is because beyond the loss of so many precious young lives in Connecticut, the gruesome details of Adam Lanza’s premeditated attack on school children and teachers illustrates how still vulnerable still are many Americans to random acts of violence by our fellow citizens; citizens in many cases who operate in the shadows of American life – even in sheltered communities, either suffering from diagnosed or un-diagnosed mental illness or assorted other psychopathic or sociopathic personality disorders and for whom quite often there is also a lack of proper treatment or supervision. By the time we learn of the true danger to society of these ‘ticking time bombs’, often it is too late.
In a piece entitled, “I am Adam Lanza’s Mother”, another mother explains the frightening scenario that perhaps many mothers across America are facing in the attempt to control mentally ill children who may some day pose a risk to the rest of us:
“No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”
I agree that something must be done. It’s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That’s the only way our nation can ever truly heal.”
We owe it to those families who lost their children as well as the family and friends of Victoria Soto, a heroic young teacher, who along with several other teachers and educational professionals died shielding their students from certain death, not to tarnish the legacy of these heroic individuals or cause their survivors to suffer the further indignity of having to listen to any of us pontificate platitudes or offer faux solutions that provide political cover but not meaningful change. We need to evolve beyond entrenched political positions whether they take the form of NRA sloganeering or anti-NRA campaigns and ‘put reason back in America’s gun debate’. Otherwise we do a disservice to those who died, those who survive them and the future generations we place at risk. The true lunacy beyond the acts of maniacal gunman Adam Lanza in Connecticut is that what happened at Sandy Hook can happen anywhere at almost any time in America. That is what is truly horrifying.
SOCIETAL BREAKDOWN: FUELING MORE LOVING SPREES vs. KILLING SPREES
What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals—and yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me— nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.
We kill too much in America. Too many Americans die as a byproduct of ‘random acts of violence’. But are they truly so random given our present societal values, discourse, understanding and treatment of mental illness? The statistics bear out that more Americans are killed from the use of handguns than any other civilized country on the planet. How do we get America to put down the guns? Surely, we need more loving sprees vs. killing sprees. It is really that simple and yet it is still even more complex to get there. And I do not say that to make light of the situation or to be humorous.
Despite the nobility, the reason, the grace, and the beauty of man, much like Hamlet, I too cannot be delighted. The real question is how do we prevent more of our citizens from going on killing sprees? Few reasonable people would argue that we need to love more and kill less. That is a fact but how do we create or facilitate that reality? Is gun control the magic bullet or is it merely one component of a complex and multi-pronged societal solution to the increasing violence, disconnect and breakdown in civil society? How do we stop other mass murderers like Adam Lanza from emerging at the wrong time from the confines of America’s wealthiest suburban communities? How many other ticking time bombs are out there?
If we choose to recognize and accept that that the solution to preventing more massacres of our young and innocent like that at Newtown Elementary School, is a complex multifaceted one, then ultimately that will be the beginning to fortifying our society and enhancing the security of our citizens. There is no doubt that once we decide to grasp the breadth and complexity of the problem, it will be an exhaustive process to come up with the proper formula or prescription for the proper treatment of certain societal ills which undermine our security.
We may not get it right immediately but we ought to never stop trying. In my estimation, thoughtful restrictions on gun ownership, use and display are merely one component of the solution to secure the safety of many Americans who are actually right now quite vulnerable to the kind of tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. We owe the victims and their families an earnest dialogue on this issue that leads to thoughtful and creative solutions on several fronts.
GUN CONTROL: Is Not the Only Answer
Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
Trying to find some money then you die
I’ll take you down the only road I’ve ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah
You know I can’t change, I can’t change
I can’t change, I can’t change
But I’m here in my mind
I am here in my mind
And I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mind
No, no, no, no, no
I do not own a gun. I do not want a gun. Yes, perhaps maybe I want to shoot one in a controlled environment with proper training and supervision at a private gun range or rifle range. I had the experience of doing so at Summer Camp on Cape Cod back in the 1970’s even though I was actually quite a terrible shot. Archery on their other hand was more my thing, perhaps because the simple bow and arrow conjured up more romantic ideas of a bygone era. I diverge. Truth is that I recognize that even if I owned a gun, chances are it might prove to be a greater danger to me than to anyone else.
The ‘Methodical Massacre’ at Sandy Hook Elementary School in all of its gruesome, disturbing detail illustrates how still vulnerable are wide segments of society to random acts of violence of private citizens who become unhinged in the quiet privacy of their suburban homes. I would love to believe that tighter gun control laws alone would make us all safer from maniacal acts of the mentally deranged, including the types of mass shootings in the United States in recent years. Some thoughtful restrictions, waiting periods and background checks certainly can be constructive, including qualifications as well as to whom should be allowed to purchase and own semi-automatic and pump action shotguns or what amounts to an assault weapon, more suited for military operations. Yet, I simply do not believe that better, tighter or stricter gun control laws or banning ‘killer weapons’ entirely will magically make us all safer. Instead, I think at best they will make us marginally safer in certain instances. And in others, it might make us more vulnerable, akin to sitting prey to criminals who will always be able to find a way to obtain guns and powerful assault weapons in an underground black market.
Instead we should strive to create the kind of civility, respect and equity in society that would lead to fewer people losing their cookies and engaging in these random acts of lunacy. And where that is not possible, greater manned security may be required. And even then that may not be enough. It will not be easy. It may even be a never ending project for an advanced society or one that hopes to evolve beyond the madness to fortify itself to strike the right balance between societal safety, individual rights, security and privacy. I wish it were so easy to make the rest of us safe from the random break downs in civility and the deranged souls, minds and spirits of men who become undone, but it is far more complicated. It is just as important in these times that thoughtful people not allow society to reach for simple answers to complex problems. We must respect human life and dignity. Any time even one child is taken from a parent, it is a horrible loss and deeply saddening. And that loss deserves thoughtful introspection and solutions crafted by serious people; not band-aids that only leave us unprepared at risk for more of the same in the future. Consider the viewpoint of one commentator who says that ‘It’s Time to Hate Mass Murder and the “Liberal” and “Conservative” Idiots Who Help It Happen’:
We now have the perfect formula for horror: cut mental health funding, cut education in the arts and everything else that builds empathy and the human spirit, worship a military industrial imperial “culture” of violence sold as “defense,” desensitize our young men with violent porn, abandon all gun regulation, accept irony and cynicism as entertainment and “higher education” and then teach unstable young men to shoot and to glorify violence all round.
The Newtown Massacre ought to get us to finally commit affirmatively and deeply to our own evolution as a people, not to protect one political viewpoint or another. Our survival and the advancement of our society requires an affirmation that we need not just a new beginning but also the recognition and acceptance that it shall be a never ending process. We must, however, never give up on striving towards achieving a more rewarding and secure way of life for all of our citizens, even the downtrodden and mentally ill. In the end, happy, loving, secure and completely sane people do not kill other people, regardless of whether they own guns.
CLOSING ON DECEPTION: Claims to Romney Momentum, Lead in Polls, Romney Supported Auto Bailout and that “Ohio is in the bag” for Romney – GOP PSYOPS
ROMNEY LEAD: A Myth?
The Romney Con of America is in full force and effect in battleground Ohio. ‘The Great White Hope’ is doubling and tripling down on deception spreading misinformation, lies and fear about President Obama in an effort to churn out the angry white vote and low information voters. Whether Romney’s Mythmentum is a ‘white lie’ in an attempt to build a narrative of inevitability in the final eight days as the election draws to a close or an expression of prophecy from the Mormon’s White Horse is not certain but is contrary to the existing evidence. Nevertheless, hopefully, a majority of Americans learn the truth before it is too late. Even the Boston Globe would not endorse Mitt Romney nor would the Salt Lake Tribune in Utah, a Mormon stronghold where Romney has all the advantages, even despite his China Pin-Drome where memorabilia manufactured in China for the games in Salt Lake bore his likeness. Buzzfeed reported: “As head of the Salt Lake Olympics Mitt Romney became the first Olympic executive to approve a series of commemorative pins in his likeness.” It seems the Mittster has always been rather obsessed with myth building and burnishing his legacy as a savior.
In November of 2008, Mitt Romney famously penned an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times entitled “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” but then in his debate back tracked stating “saying I would let Detroit go bankrupt is the height of silliness.” But most commentators recognize that Romney’s plan would have resulted in a Chapter 7 liquidation of major auto manufacturers and not a managed restructuring under Chapter 11 with federal financing that preserved the supply chain and greater equity in the industry. Americans have a right to question Romney’s economic patriotism for his duplicity and complete lack of sincerity.
The Detroit News endorsed Romney recently—an endorsement cited in Romney’s ad—but still branded his bailout philosophy “wrongheadedness,” and made the same point Wilson did: “Romney suggested government-backed loans to keep the companies afloat post bankruptcy. What GM and Chrysler needed were bridge loans to get them through the process, and the private markets were unwilling to provide them.” The Romney ad, of course, omits this condemnation.
See also:Daily Kos: Republican Harry Wilson: “What Romney says about auto bailout is not true.” | The Nation: Republican Harry Wilson Says Romney’s Auto Bailout Claim Is ‘Simply Not True’ | Bloomberg: Harry Wilson Interview Excerpt on Necessity of Auto Bailout.
IN OHIO: ROMNEY EXPANDS ON HIS BIG LIE ON AUTO BAILOUT IN GAMBIT TO DECEIVE CHRYSLER WORKERS
FACT: The Romney family has a personal ownership interest (through the investment firms Solamere and H.I.G. Capital) in Hart Intercivic, which owns, maintains, programs and will tabulate alleged votes on machines in the critical swing states of Ohio, Florida, Virginia and Colorado. Despite an almost total blackout from the corporate media and various official disclaimers, the election could be decided on Hart machines producing “vote counts” with little connection to how 18 million people actually voted. (Source: The Free Press, October 26, 2012: Why Romney has already won this election, unless….)
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
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. 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