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AN EARLY LOOK AT THE NEXT BROOKLYN BORO PREZ RACE

Last December I wrote a column suggesting that Brooklyn’s next borough president should be a woman. I even suggested one: Lori Cintron Knipel.  I feel that it is time to make history in Brooklyn.  It’s time for a woman: case closed.

After I published that column, some people asked:”why not a black, Hispanic or Asian?” I have no qualms with either of those options, since such an election will also be historic.  Anyway, that column brought a little attention, and it was requested that I revisit this topic as soon as I got a chance to. So here I am.



SURREAL.

It was one of those defining moments predictable in near every US presidential debate. The moment when a speaker steps out of the crease so to speak, and hits for the boundary (cricket talk). Usually, these moments appear when caution is thrown to the wind; and they often give a deeper insight into a candidate’s true feelings and character. But sometimes these moments are scripted. Sometimes they are exquisitely calculated: especially when the candidate is as cunning and cerebral as Barack Obama. One of these moments came during the last presidential debate-cycle. I remember it well.


This May and I.

I should probably entitle this column “Dismay and I”, since blog fatigue is setting in and I am just about getting tired of all the bullshit here.


WHEN SIX POTENTIAL 2013 NYC MAYORAL CANDIDATES ARRIVE AT ONE BROOKLYN EVENT, THEN THE RACE IS ABOUT TO START FOLKS.

Last Thursday night, District Leader Lori Knipel (44AD) and the Brooklyn Independent Democrats (BID) held their 14th annual awards dinner.  It was to the place to be. Many of those in attendance were political heavyweights in NYC politics. Six potential mayoral candidates for 2013 came. So too did the state comptroller, some members of congress, state senators, assembly members, city council members, judges and district leaders.



THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN TONGUE IS AS SMOOTH AS SILK, BUT DOES HE KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? (Part two/finale).

After some retrospection, I can now see that whenever I write something even mildly critical of President Barack Obama, the phone calls and e-mails come with protestations from his many sycophants. Back around August of 2007, I wrote an article critical of him constantly dropping into New York for fundraising purposes mainly, while ignoring our other issues -especially those raging in the communities of color. I suggested that he was using NYC as an ATM machine only to make campaign withdrawals. It was the first time I experienced the wrath of ”Barack’s army of black females”.

THIS GUY WITH THE GOLDEN TONGUE IS AS SMOOTH AS SILK, BUT DOES HE KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? (Part one of two)

I have been angry at Barack Obama for a while now. I have chosen to keep most of that anger to myself; up to this point I have written relatively little about it. This column is mainly about Barack. It is also about someone many of you probably don’t know: a man named Jamaal Wilkes.

Strap in folks.



WILL CONGRESSWOMAN YVETTE CLARKE GET A PRIMARY CHALLENGE FROM NYC COUNCIL MEMBER DARLENE MEALY NEXT YEAR?

File this column under the category “Where The Hell Does Rock Get His Information”? I know that such a category exists because an erected (yes!) official told me so years ago. Truth be told, it is really the category called “Deny-ability”.



THIS YEAR'S JUDGESHIP RACES IN BROOKLYN HAVE RILED UP A FEW PEOPLE.

Nearly every year, judicial positions open up in Brooklyn, that require elections. All bona-fide political parties can nominate candidates. What used to happen in the past (1980's & 1990's especially), was that the two major contemporary political parties (Republicans and Democrats), generally made deals whereby there were trade-offs: with democrats dominating the process. This has lessened over time, but this year there is apparently some deal-making going on behind the scenes.



JUMPING ON THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS (AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS TOO).

As I implied in my last “Vines” column: relative to the five boroughs of New York City, Brooklyn is usually where the political action's at. And sure enough, when the Daily News came with their expose on the many NYC council members (almost 20 -the last time I looked) whose ethics can be put to challenge, Brooklyn had more than just a few of their electeds represented on the “Council of Shame” list. This story broke last Sunday (3-20-2011); and that was fine; but I still have a big problem with the Daily News.


NYC COUNCIL MEMBER JUMAANE WILLIAMS RESPONDS TO MY MOST RECENT “VINES” COLUMN (INTERESTING).

In my most recent “Vines” column, I was a bit hard on council member Jumaane Williams; I would  admit that. I even felt it was justified based on the information I was working with. So it wasn't at all surprising when he called me to defend his position. This column essentially delves into the gist of the council member's response.



VINES (01-2011)

It has been a while since I did a “Vines” column: so here goes. As I always caution, this type of column is a bit different to my regular columns, and as such, it should not be held up to the same rigorous scrutiny (and standards) as the others. Here I do a bit more speculating than I normally do: so keep that in mind as you search for ways to jump my blog-bones (lol).



PISSED-OFF ENOUGH TO DO ANOTHER COLUMN ON BROOKLYN'S 54th ASSEMBLY DISTRICT: WHICH WILL PROBABLY COST ME BIG TIME (AS USUAL).

There have been times over the past six years of engaging these blogs, when I have wondered if it's even worth it. I had hoped that local races -hardly covered by mainstream media- would be dealt with on the blogs, by local electeds, staffers, community activists, and the sort. I had hoped valuable info would be disseminated to the voters in time to further inform the choices being made. Alas, I have come to the conclusion that this hardly ever happens: too many people come to the blogs to ridicule rather than inform.


COMING TOGETHER FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH

A FAMOUS ACTOR, A DEAD PRESIDENT,  AN UNHERALDED ICON, TWO DISTRICT LEADERS, A NEW BOOK, TWO AUTHORS, A COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR AND AN ASSEMBLYMAN: ALL COMING TOGETHER FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH (FEB. 2011).

If you stick with me on this column, I am sure that long before the end, you will be both edified and entertained. Who knows, it may even help you change the way you viewed “Black History Month”. 



NOW THAT THE BIG TRADE IS OVER: WHERE ARE THE KNICKERBOCKERS HEADING?

Last night the Knicks obtained Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. All in all it was a trade that had to be made. In the end the Knicks may have paid a “tad” too much for “Melo”; given that they had to throw in lots of cash: but I'm not going to bitch about that. The Garden needed this player as much as Sarah Palin needs some more college credits: real bad. Plus, the Knicks obtained a few throw-in players who will be quite useful  over the next year or two (namely, Billups, Williams, Carter and Brewer); useful off the bench, or  useful as trading-fodder.



MEMO TO THE NEW YORK KNICKERBOCKERS: DON'T OVERBID FOR DENVER'S CARMELO ANTHONY.

All long-suffering basketball fans of the New York Knickerbockers (aka: N.Y. Knicks), must be quite pleased with how the team has progressed this season: since the signing of free-agent forward/center Amare Stoudemire, in the off-season (last July). After all, it's over a decade since the Knicks last appeared in an NBA finals, and almost 38 years since the team  last won the NBA title (1973).



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