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SOME RANDOM THOUGHTS FROM MY SCRAMBLED BRAIN: ON THE FUTURE OF “ROOM EIGHT NEW YORK POLITICS (www.r8ny.com)” AND BLOGGING IN NYC

I am quite aware that I do not write as often as I used to, but I did put you all on notice. I also gave some of the many reasons why I have chosen to decrease my output. Now it looks as though another writer/blogger is probably going the same route. That’s not good for NYC political-blogging. Over the years we have lost many political-bloggers in this city: or have we already forgotten Maurice Gumbs? 



ANOTHER BROOKLYN POLITICAL STORY: “STRIVING TO FILL SOME VERY BIG SHOES”

Back in the summer of 2003, freshman NYC council member James Davis was shot to death in the NYC council chambers at City Hall; mere moments before a stated meeting of the council was called to order.  The most poignant memory of that terrible event was probably that of a distraught Geoffrey Davis (James’s younger brother) continuously sobbing:”they assassinated my brother; they assassinated my brother”. Television-news coverage showed the palpable grief. The pain was real. James and his younger brother Geoffrey were real close. James was Geoffrey’s first hero.


THE OBAMA COLUMNS MANY REPUBLICANS WILL HATE TO READ (Part Two)

As I said before: truth by its very nature is controversial. And since my first column with this title, I have had to defend a president of whom I have been critical at times; and with whom I disagree on quite a wide range of policy-approaches and position-takes in both foreign-policy and domestic spheres. Look; I am a man who loves to give Jack his jacket and Jim his gym shoes: thus I must give President Barack Obama his props (as they say in the hood).



A COLUMN ABOUT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO (FALL 2011)

After migrating to the USA, I found that one of the most frustrating aspects of being born on the island of Trinidad (the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago), was coming to terms with the reality that there is a misplaced arrogance afflicting  too many nationals and ex-patriots. Many people from Trinidad and Tobago (TNT) walk around with the foolish notion that they are oh so much smarter than the average person in the international arena. Fact is this: the reverse might be closer to the truth.



FIRE ON THE WAY

Relative to its impressive historical development, capitalism is presently in a crisis: no doubt. Truth be told, it has been in crisis for decades; but you wouldn’t know this if mainstream media has been your exclusive information-delivery system all this time.



ON PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS (AND THE WORDS OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS)

Many people wonder why Republican legislators and Tea-Party members are so hard on President Obama.  Frederick Douglass may have given us the answer 128 years ago:



A FEW THINGS TO SAY AFTER WHAT HAPPENED IN CD #9

A few months ago I wrote a column imploring Anthony Wiener not to resign his office. Many short-sighted democrats took umbrage; some of these very Dems were vociferously defending Bill Clinton during “Monicagate” without seeing the contradiction now. Back then I was a lonely voice saying Clinton should step down from the presidency since it was the decent thing to do.


SOME PUSHBACK ON MY LAST COLUMN

I always know when a column has touched some raw nerves: the phones start ringing almost as soon as the column is e-mailed; long before it even goes public/viral/lol.  And that’s when I usually have to defend my thesis or ”splain” myself like the deceased Lucille Ball. My last column- primarily about the potential Ed Towns v. Hakeem Jeffries congressional primary next year- brought some strange calls and e-mails. So let me expound on some of the things I wrote there and even throw in some other kibbles and bits.



FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS: THE LATEST ON HAKEEM JEFFRIES v. ED TOWNS (PLUS OTHER JUICY TIDBITS)

Look; I know that an official statement hasn’t been released, so I expect the usual coy denials will be forthcoming when mainstream-media sources dig into this topic later this week.  I am going to put my credibility on the line here: Hakeem Jeffries has decided to challenge Ed Towns for the 10th congressional seat in next year’s primary.

So how do I know? Well……………….…………..ancient Chinese secret/lol.



WHERE ARE THE ELECTED OFFICIALS?

For some time now, there has been an ongoing group-protest on Wall Street and New York’s financial district. The protesters are mainly young Caucasian brothers and sisters, who are totally fed up with where society, capitalism and democracy have been heading for too long now. It is no secret that significant numbers of enlightened folks nationwide are fed up with the many ways money corrupts the political system; and the many ways greed, connections, influence, self-over-indulgence, indiscretion, recklessness, power, unethical behavior and the like, corrupts the economic system.


THE OBAMA COLUMNS MANY REPUBLICANS WOULD HATE TO READ

Truth by its very nature is controversial. And that’s probably because truth has always been subject to individual interpretation. Despite varying perceptions from individual to individual, one can always arrive at the objective truth through common-sense, logic, science, investigation, analysis, reason, technology, and a few other valid and time-tested means. So you see; the truth cannot be hidden all the time: that’s very difficult to accomplish. 


ALWAYS INTRIGUE IN BROOKLYN’S JUDGESHIP RACES (PLUS SOME OTHER JUICY STUFF)

My haters in blog-land do have one legit gripe: I focus too much of my writings on the Brooklyn political scene. Look; it’s my prerogative. Brooklyn is always in flux. The Brooklyn political scene is like Sam Malone’s love life: never boring.

I really tried to stay out of this one; I really did. And, as usual, I will get slapped upside the head (politically speaking) for writing this short column: but here goes.



VINES (#2-2011)

I haven’t done a “Vines” column in a long time since they always seem to get me in trouble. Anyway let’s give it another try.

My last column (“Sex, Lies, Video and Audiotape”) generated a whole lot of feedback. I am postponing part two for now. 



Another Intriguing Brooklyn Political Story: Sex, Lies, Audio and Videotape (Part One of Two).

Fasten your seatbelts and let me take you on a ride through the politics of East New York, Brooklyn. All the while, do remember this is a serious story worthy of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s attention. In the end, a man’s future is at stake. As far as I know, if this man is convicted, then he has to become a registered sex-offender because of the charges filed against him. However, when you examine everything closely, you do find a strange story with a whole bunch of twists and turns; and with a host of unanswered questions.



AN OPEN LETTER TO HOWARD “GATEMOUTH” GRAUBARD

Dear Mr.” Gatemouth”:

I have chosen to go this public route (open letter) because some folks I do respect strongly requested that you and I end our long public blog-feud. Thus I invite you to meet me to initiate a discussion as to how we could totally resolve this. I am willing to invite five other Room Eight colleagues (Ben Smith, Gur Tsbar, Judge Boyajian, Larry Littlefield and Vincent Nunes) to such an event (meeting): as both observers and participants. I will bring a couple people as my witness (between Darryl Smart, Pam Miller, Ernie Skinner or Wellington Sharpe). You probably know them all since they are longtime political activists in the Brooklyn political theater. 



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