Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

mostly about the Benjamin

you don’t have to be Solomon

It might stand to reason a protegé of Al Sharpton would share his principles.

Al’s been discredited since the late 1980’s when a jury found him guilty of making seven defamatory statements against a Dutchess Country District Attourney.


That poor judgment cost him $65,000 eventually paid through donations from what evolved into his National Action Network. 

The New York Times recently reported more than $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens against him.

Now $170,000-a-year-Rachel-Noerdlinger is on the hook for equally poor judgment and like Sharpton, she reflects upon the Mayor.

Noerdlinger is First Lady Chirlane McCray’s Chief of Staff. Before that she handled PR and communications for Sharpton.

But her long-time live-in boyfriend Hassaun McFarlane has a long criminal record, including drug trafficking and time in prison after a conviction for manslaughter.

In her background check she didn’t reveal this, nor almost a grand in unpaid parking tickets.

On social media both her son and ex-con boyfriend openly trash the NYPD. McFarlane even called them “pigs” on FaceBook to the point where the police union head objected.

Then her son Khari was arrested last Friday, for criminal trespass in a known drug hot-spot and deBlasio could no longer protect her.

She took an “unpaid leave of absence.”

Unpaid seems fair to me.

Leave sounds even better.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



upper wet side

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ferguson, with oily aftertaste


By the time the Wounded Knee Massacre was over in 1890, the Lokata people had lost over 150 men, women and children.


America’s 7th Cavalry Regiment had been sent in to disarm this proud nation, bringing with them a new kind of multi-barrel revolving cannon called a Hotchkiss.

It was the weapon of mass destruction of its time.

Things did not go well for the Lakota. 
The soldiers threw them all into a mass grave.

wounded knee
Just one year earlier the Rosebud Indian Reservation had been established on almost 2 million square miles, and today 10,500 Sioux Native Americans still live there.

For scale, consider that Manhattan has 34 square miles and is home to 8,400,000 people.

Native Americans operate the Rosebud Casino there. 

They generate their own wind-turbine electricity and they collect and keep all the revenue and taxes as any other sovereign nation would.

Except now there’s trouble.

The US House of Representatives has voted to authorize the Keystone pipeline extension through their reservation, and the native American Sioux have said no way.

In fact, they consider this an act of war.

I’m hoping all this is just political posturing.
Happy Monday.