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The 4-112 On the 11th

A quick look at how Brooklynites (by zip) are voting with their wallets in the race to replace Congressman Owens.




Data: OpenSecrets.org

Hamptons Hoopla Continues

Steve Dunleavy, picks up where I left off, taking it to the Hamptons Jitney crew in today's NY Post.

Of the Department of Homeland Security, Dunleavy says:

[...the moron in Bonehead Security in Washington who signed off on this should have a nice studio apartment for the rest of his life in the psychiatric unit of Bellevue Hospital.

What kind of a crazy, knucklehead message is that for a country that still grieves?]

Megabux: As David Goes Goliath

With Rock and Gate firmly ensconced, I'm certain there's little more I can add to the world of Brooklyn politics - especially to all that is the wacky 11th.

But, do allow me to throw into the mix a few facts about the numbers - since, usually, they don't lie (though in Brooklyn....???).

Clearly, David Yassky wins hands down as the Megabuxster of this race; meaning, lots 'o big money and big interests in tow. What follows is the average size of each candidate's itemized contributions (those over $200).

Yassky, $829

Andrews, $735

Clarke, $617

Owens, $589

The extent to which certain industries dangle Yassky's purse strings is not insignificant. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Finance/Insurance/Real Estate and the Legal/Lobby industries combined own nearly 25% of Yassky Corp ... a staggering amount (if you ask me).

Race, The Most Inconvenient Truth

With racial and religious fires being kindled all over the globe, there may not be much left for destruction by the time the massive icebergs do the Al Gore thing.  When man supersedes God(or Nature) and decides that his fellow-man should be exterminated, it may signal that  the impending melt-down of the frozen poles will tilt the planet and send it spinning out of orbit for a fiery cleansing.  The true Armageddon.

New York City is a microcosm of this civilized but unruly world.  And since Brooklyn has become the political toilet-bowl of  New York City, it should come as no shock when differences between racial and ethnic groups flare up in the Borough.

State Assembly Disses Knick Fans

New York Legislature honors Pat Riley as homegrown star

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The Miami Heat's Pat Riley was honored Wednesday by the New York Assembly as a homegrown New York star a day after he won his fifth NBA championship as head coach.

"I fondly remember the days many years ago, playing basketball with Pat, and working basketball summer camps with him," said Assembly Minority Leader James Tedisco, who grew up in Schenectady with Riley.

Riley was a basketball and football star at Schenectady's Linton High School. With Riley, "The state of New York and its citizens," reads the proclamation, "offer good wishes, admiration and congratulations."

Bad Morning Caused By Albany

Today was supposed to be a good day.  It's the kids' last day of school, a half day, and I took the day off to enjoy it with them.  But I just looked at the New York Times online, and saw a nightmare.

By accident, as a result of the failure of the "big three" to agree how to divide the spoils, this budget was going to be the least bad of the Pataki Administration.  There was no additional state aid to allow over-funded school districts in the rest of the state to spend even more, and pass the check to the city's children and taxpayers.  There was a reduction in the spending increase for New York City's greedy, Medicaid-financed health care providers.  There was even a few capital nickels for New York City's ripped off children.  But according to the Times it won't happen that way.

"New York Pizza Department" & NYPD funding

Why does the NYPD let businesses use its name for free? Even now--after 9-11, when just today Mayor Bloomberg appeared in Washington for more funds?

I was adding to my NYC-dictionary blog's "pizza" entry. There's an interesting, newly digitized article from 1902 about there being no "pizza" anywhere in New York! By 1905 and 1908, "pizza" had arrived in New York to Spring and Mulberry Streets. Today, "New York pizza" is famous throughout the world.

Various companies and organizations guard their trademarks vigorously. McDonald's will go after anything named McDonald--even if that's your name. The MTA recently went after a bagel place in Brooklyn that was named after a subway line. NYC Marketing trademarked "World's Second Home."

Honest Joe Bruno

As another dismal session of the NY State Legislature comes to an end, it's time to look way back in history to .............. April! 

On April 25, Senate Dem Leader David Paterson announced a deal that he made with Majority Leader Joe Bruno regarding "member items" or as civilians call it - pork.

Part of the deal stated - "For this year, Senator Bruno has committed himself to making a full disclosure of member items according to the criteria described above on or before May 15."

It's now June 20. I don't recall seeing any press reports listing the full disclosure, does anybody else?

The Grapevine #3

For those of you who have nothing better to do, than carry the “jocks” of those incompetent black-elected officials of Brooklyn-the ones I usually excoriate in my posts here and elsewhere on the blogs-I have a word or two for you. Firstly; stop attacking me while hiding behind those “anonymous” masks in the comment sections of my posts here, and on other blogs linked to Room8. It’s childish and cowardly. I am here, quite willing, ready and able to debate the issues and concerns that I raise. Use facts, history, context, logic, whatever, but don’t keep childishly calling me names. I do expect better. You are starting to look bad. Real bad, and petty also. You are turning out to be unworthy opponents. I am getting bored already.

Has the Vann Klan Made An Ass Out of Yassky?

Our prediction here is that David Yassky’s chance of victory in the 11th Congressional District has been severely diminished if not altogether wiped out.  But whether he wins or loses, David Yassky will always be remembered by name as the White candidate who tried to hijack a Congressional seat that belonged to “people of color.” His colleague City Councilman Al Vann didn’t just  plaster the label on Yassky right here in New York City.

Vann tagged Yassky as an enemy of Black Empowerment in allegations circulated in the Press and sent directly to Black elected officials and leaders across the United States. No doubt Vann had in mind the goal of  raising funds and endorsements for the Vann Klan’s  own candidate Carl Andrews, and their support group.

The Hamptons Jipped-Me...

... and you, for that matter. 

Want some homeland security? Then ride the freakin' Jitney!

That's right.  That's where it's at.  Your personal homeland is safe so long as you're traveling in style to and fro the Hamptons.


Not going to the Hamptons?  Then sorry.  You're shit out of luck.

While New York City scrambles to fill its homeland security funding shortfalls, the folks at Hampton Jitney Inc. have had no problem landing their share of Homeland Security funding - to the tune of $83,000 over the past two cycles (viewable here and here).

All in the Family

This from The Note: "Republican Strategist Mary Matalin hosts a reception for Scooter Libby's defense fund at her Alexandria, VA home at 6:30 pm ET. The event is closed press. The price of admission: $500 per person to attend, $5,000 per person to co-host."

One has to wonder will Jamses be home or on the road. 

NY1's "Today in NYC History" goofs again.

NY1's notoriously incorrect and incomplete "Today in NYC History" strikes again:

June 19, 2006
On this date in...

1846...The father of baseball, Alexander Cartwright, brings together the New York Nine and the Knickerbockers at a field in Hoboken for the first recorded baseball game. The Niners win 23-1.

As I wrote to the American Dialect Society listserv on March 2, 2003 ("Base Ball in BROOKLYN EAGLE"):

The Words of Groucho Marx as Applied to Tom Suozzi

Tom should have read Grouch Marx before he stepped in over his head.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

Groucho Marx

Why, and To Whom, Cutting NYC Terror Funds Makes Sense

There is a chorus of incomprehension about the decision by the federal Department of Homeland Security to reduce security funding for New York City by 40 percent, and redistribute the savings to other less populated areas.  Some people cannot understand how it can make sense to take money away from a city that has been attacked several times and is the subject of ongoing threats and plots.  That is because such people believe that the purpose of homeland security funding is to ensure homeland security.

In reality, for elected officials the provision of public services and benefits is incidental to the actual purpose of the expenditure of public funds, if not an impediment to it.  The purpose of public spending is to reward narrow groups of political supporters with more money in exchange for less effort than any of those paying would have agreed to voluntarily.  Taxes are not voluntary.