Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Key Witness Inconsistent During Trial of Official

New York Times - Colin Moynihan -
One of the main government witnesses in the corruption trial of City Councilman Larry B.Seabrook testified on Tuesday that she had ...

Seabrook's Alleged Mistress Wavers During Questioning In ...

NY1 - Courtney Gross -
Defense attorneys on Tuesday questioned the credibility of Gloria Jones-Grant, Councilman Larry Seabrook's alleged mistress and a key witness in his ...

Witness Cites Her Dementia

Wall Street Journal - Scott Shifrel -
A key prosecution witness in the federal corruption case against New York City Councilman Larry Seabrook provided one of the trial's most ...

Key Witness in Seabrook Corruption Trial Says She Suffers From ...

WNYC (blog) - Bob Hennelly -
One of the government's key witnesses in the federal corruption trial of Councilman Larry Seabrook admitted under cross examination Tuesday ...

Councilman Seabrook's Alleged Mistress Claims He Got Her To Lead ...

NY1 - Courtney Gross -
Larry Seabrook's alleged mistress made her debut at his federal corruption trial on Monday. Gloria Jones-Grant was at the helm of nonprofits allegedly ...

Mistress testifies against Bronx City Councilman Larry Seabrook in ...

New York Daily News - Robert Gearty -
City Councilman Larry Seabrook arrives for the start of his public corruption trial at 500 Pearl St.Larry Seabrook's mistress acknowledged ...

Mistress memory at a loss

New York Post - Bruce Golding -
City Councilman Larry Seabrook's former mistress appeared to be suffering from selective amnesia yesterday as prosecutors forced her to ...

Feds in Councilman Seabrook's Corruption Case Get More Surprises

WNYC (blog) - Bob Hennelly -
In the third week of the federal corruption trial of City Councilman Larry Seabrook, who is accused of pocketing more than a million dollars ...

Seabrook, 'Cash' Are Focus

Wall Street Journal - Scott Shifrel -
Gloria Jones-Grant, who testified under immunity in federal court in Manhattan, said she had an "intimate" relationship with Council Member Larry Seabrook...

Woman Gave Councilman Part of Her Pay, She Testifies

New York Times - Colin Moynihan -
A woman who had a romantic relationship with City Councilman Larry B. Seabrook testified on Monday that in instances in which she was ...

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2nd Bribe Case for Lawmaker Just Acquitted

Sunday, November 27, 2011


Gingrich wins New Hampshire backing as Romney plugs along

Austin American-Statesman - Philip Elliott -
Evan Vucci/AP GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich landed the endorsement on Sunday of New Hampshire's largest newspaper. As part of a technology change ...

Newt Gingrich gets BIG endorsement

Catholic Online -
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) Newt Gingrich can expect a boost in New Hampshire as one of that state's leading newspapers, the Union Leader, ...

Gingrich snags NH newspaper's nod

Washington Times - David Eldridge - Seth McLaughlin -
The surging Newt Gingrich presidential campaign scored a key win over Republican primary rival Mitt Romney on Sunday ...

Newspaper's Endorsement Has Been Leading Indicator in New Hampshire

New York Times (blog) - Nate Silver -
On Sunday, The Union Leader of Manchester, New Hampshire's largest newspaper, endorsed Newt Gingrich for president. ...

Newt Gingrich To Obama: Let's Debate, You Can Use Your Teleprompter

RealClearPolitics -
Gingrich asked. "Now, just for a second I'm going to go in the detour and I'll try to explain why I've been and he'll say yes. There are two reasons. ...

Gingrich wins coveted endorsement in New Hampshire

Sacramento Bee - Michael A. Memoli -
WASHINGTON -- The New Hampshire Union Leader, a powerful voice in the early-voting state, endorsed Newt Gingrich in the Republican ...

New Hampshire Union Leader Shuns Romney, Endorses Gingrich

Opposing Views - Mark Berman -
Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate. ... In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich. He has the experience, ...

Gingrich's New Hampshire backing could change race in that state

TheNewsTribune.com - Philip Elliott -
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich landed the endorsement of New Hampshire's largest newspaper on Sunday while rival Mitt Romney earned a ...

Influential New Hampshire newspaper backs Gingrich

eTaiwan News - Steven R. Hurst - Philip Elliott - 
AP Surging Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich won the endorsement of New Hampshire's biggest newspaper, which turned its ...

Newt Gingrich wins key endorsement in New Hampshire

USA Today - Jackie Kucinich -
WASHINGTON —The New HampshireUnion Leader's endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday boosts ...

Gingrich wins key endorsement in New Hampshire

Tucson Citizen - Jackie Kucinich -
Newt Gingrich is by no means the perfect candidate,” the editorial said. ... In this incredibly important election, that candidate is Newt Gingrich...

New Hampshire Union Leader endorses Newt Gingrich

Examiner.com -
In a slap to Michigan's Mitt Romney, the conservative Manchester (New Hampshire) Union Leader has endorsed Newt Gingrich. Romney, however, has a large lead ...

Gingrich wins endorsement from New Hampshire's largest paper

Daily Mail -
By Daily Mail Reporter After challenging the President to a series of live debates, GOP frontrunnerNewt Gingrich has said that President Obama can use a ...

Newt Gingrich energizes with big NH endorsement and thumbs up from ...

Examiner.com - 
Newt Gingrich is snowballing in popularity and with the New Hampshire Union Leader's endorsement, the major newspaper in that state; it takes one more mile ...

Gingrich picks up key media endorsement

The Australian -
REPUBLICAN presidential contender Newt Gingrich dealt a blow to longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney, picking up a major newspaper endorsement in the pivotal US ...

Watch Bill Clinton Shower Newt Gingrich With Praise

New York Magazine - Brett Smiley -
“Opponents often try to delegitimize Newt Gingrich by pointing out that he had admitted to having an extramarital affair during the impeachment of President ...

Gingrich boosted by endorsement in key US state

Turkish Press -
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich dealt a blow to longtime frontrunner Mitt Romney on Sunday, picking up a major newspaper endorsement in the ...

Prized Endorsement Goes to Gingrich

Wall Street Journal - Brody Mullins -
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich won an important newspaper endorsement Sunday, giving him a boost in his drive to catch up ...

Why Newt Can Beat Obama in 2012

Politic365 - Lenny McAllister -
The personal flaws of Newt Gingrich are not enough to stop him from beating the flawed Obama administration in 2012 general election match-up. ...

Gingrich backed by key New Hampshire newspaper

Financial Times - Richard McGregor -
Newt Gingrich's political resurrection has received another boost, with the Republican former house speaker winning the ...

New Hampshire's largest newspaper endorses Gingrich

Allentown Morning Call - John McCormick -
Newt Gingrich has won the endorsement of the Manchester Union Leader newspaper, potentially providing a boost to his ...

Conservative NH paper endorses Gingrich

Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog) -
The endorsement signals a Gingrich resurgence. In August, Union-Leader publisher Joe McQuaid told Real Clear Politics: “I frankly think Newt Gingrich is the ...

Gingrich wins NH backing as Romney plugs along

San Francisco Chronicle - Philip Elliott -
Newt Gingrich landed editorial endorsement of NH Union Leader Sunday Nov. ... Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich landed the endorsement of New ...

Union Leader crowns Newt conservative king

Daily Mail - Charleston (blog) - Don Surber -
That candidate increasingly is looking like Newt Gingrich... Wrote publisher Joseph McQuaid: “This newspaper endorses Newt Gingrich in the New Hampshire ...

Taking the “Heat”: Gingrich Touches on the Moral Compass of America

Texas GOP Vote - Linda Vega - 8 hours ago
Albert Einstein In an effort to bring attention to an obvious problem, Newt Gingrich dared to walk the plank for the Republican Party and spoke up about ...
The Come Back Speaker scored a big endorsement and I say GO NEWT GO
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Saturday, November 26, 2011


Heat on Liu rising over $$-raising pals

Last Updated: 7:22 AM, November 26, 2011
Posted: 1:20 AM, November 26, 2011

City Comptroller John Liu’s fund-raising for the 2013 mayoral race is under federal scrutiny, but records show that his 2009 run for his current office may have crossed the line — by reporting that only a pittance of the $3.9 million he raised was solicited by outsiders.

His so-called intermediaries are under the spotlight because the feds recently indicted one, Oliver Pan, for allegedly funneling $16,000 to Liu through straw donors. The most Pan could have given legally was $4,950.

A Post review of Campaign Finance Board filings found that Liu claimed 80 of his 5,443 contributors were rounded up by six intermediaries. The 5,363 others supposedly wrote checks on their own, maybe after hearing the candidate speak or seeing him on TV.

That defies belief,” said a Democrat who’s been in several campaigns. “I think it’s impossible.”


John Liu Returning Donations After Campaign Scrutiny

ThirdAge - Sarah Long -
New York City comptroller John Liu has returned $20000 of campaign donations amid a federal investigation into his money-raising tactics. ...

Did a Novel Foreshadow The Liu Fundraiser Scandal?

Wall Street Journal (blog) - Jeff Yang - 22 hours ago
You might recognize this as the story of city comptroller John Liu, who's gone from Flushing, Queens councilman to putative frontrunner in the race to ...

Explaining to Do

TimesLedger - 
A wave of published reports has raised questions not only about city Comptroller John Liu's plans to run for mayor in 2013, but his fitness to complete his ...

NYC comptroller campaign returns $20K in donations

Wall Street Journal -
AP NEW YORK — A spokesman for the campaign of New York City Comptroller John Liu says about $20000 in contributions have been returned after federal ...

'Rock Star' Rolls Along

Wall Street Journal - Sumathi Reddy -
John Liu was introduced as a "rock star" to a crowd of Asian seniors in ... Comptroller John Liuat the Gathering for Living Wages event at ...

Comptroller Liu Starts Refunding Sketchy Donations

Gothamist - Jen Chung -
Ah, now that the federal authorities are investigating some questionable donations made to his mayoral campaign, NYC Comptroller John Liu has started to ...

Just keeping you all updated on the latest in LiuGate.

Much more to come.

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Power to the People Who VOTE


On Thanksgiving day I decided to visited the Aqueduct Racino and have their $19.99 buffet, and see how the Non Human gambling was doing.

First stop the Buffet and boy do they put out a nice spread I stuffed myself.

After stuffing myself silly I headed over to the Non Human gaming machines..

They were all in use, people playing away without the Humans who would place your bet, take your money or pay you.

Baccarat machines make up most of the Non Human gaming and they were packed with Asian players.

It seems the Asian love the game.

I watch the players place there bets on the machines, no humans needed.

I watched they other games and again no humans needed.

All the "Fun" is gone and what is left is people pushing buttons like robots.

Thanksgiving Day Human players were pushing buttons like robots hoping the machine would give them a Thanksgiving payout slip. which they would then take to a "Machine" to cash it in and again  No Humans needed.

Well thats my Thanksgiving day report and for the record I played the penny machine and won $5.00 dollars only to lose it and 20 more at Jacks or better machine.

I should have walk out being $5.00 up instead of $20.00 down.

But I do highly recommend the buffet, and plan to go back and stuff myself silly

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli
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Power to the People Who VOTE

Thursday, November 24, 2011


City Officials, Others Quibble With Group Administering $100 ...

New York Observer - Hunter Walker -
Vincent Morgan is not happy with the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, which is the organization created to allocate $100 million contributed by Columbia University as part of its Manhattanville expansion plan.
“Over the past couple of years, we weren’t very clear, or at least I wasn’t very clear, as to how [it] was going to respond to determining how to best allocate those resources,” Mr. Morgan told The Observer last week. “Flash forward almost two years later … we’re at a point where we aren’t even anywhere closer to the answers.”
Mr. Morgan, a Democrat running for Congress in the 15th District, which encompasses Harlem and several other neighborhoods in the northernmost reaches of the Upper West Side, has been quite vocal about his concerns with the West Harlem LDC. He told us he first became aware of the West Harlem LDC about five years ago when he was asked, as a graduate of the university, to testify at public hearings about the expansion process. He has remained involved in the expansion ever since through work in local community organizations, and now, as a candidate.
As part of ongoing negotiations about the controversial 6.8-million-square-foot expansion that took place between Columbia and the local community in 2006, the university promised to give back benefits valued at $150 million to the citizens of the neighborhood. However, the West Harlem LDC, which was formed to administer the majority of that money, has come under scrutiny from not just Mr. Morgan, but a growing number of elected officials, who have concerns about how the first funds sent by the school have been spent.

CB 9 Wants Group Handling $150 M in Columbia Cash to Disclose Finances

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays -
Community Board 9 helped spur the creation of the West Harlem Local Development Corporation and has two permanent seats on its board. ...

Community board sets new deadlines for LDC

CU Columbia Spectator - Jillian Kumagai -
The resolution called for Local Development Corporation members to come up with a plan to ... $76 million of Columbia's money to the West Harlem community. ...

Former Rangel Foes Join Forces to Criticize Columbia University

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays - Nov 14, 2011
The group responsible for distributing Columbia's CBA funds, the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, was subpoenaed by State Attorney General Eric ...

What's in $76 million?

CU Columbia Spectator - Nov 14, 2011
By Editorial Board Residents, politicians, and activists have criticized the West Harlem Local Development Corporation for its delinquency and obscure ...

Jackson calls for transparency, Rangel speaks out on WHDC

CU Columbia Spectator - Sarah Darville - Jillian Kumagai - Nov 9, 2011
Following increasing public scrutiny of the West Harlem Development Corporation, ... The Local Development Corporation has distributed only $300000 of the ...

Local pols voice support for investigation, Jackson defends LDC

CU Columbia Spectator - Katie Bentivoglio - Jillian Kumagai - Nov 9, 2011
Local politicians have said that the State Attorney General's investigation into the West Harlem Local Development Corporation's records is justified. ...

Rangel Says AG Right to Investigate Group Handling Columbia Cash

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays - Nov 9, 2011
The Attorney General's office subpoenaed the West Harlem Local Development Corporation for its records, after DNAinfo reported that the group has spent more ...

West Harlem Community Group Used Columbia Funds for Jobs Program

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays - Nov 8, 2011
The Department of Youth and Community Development said it received $300000 from the West Harlem Local Development Corporation to hire 220 Harlem kids for a ...

Columbia University Community Benefits Agreement in Chaos Due to ...

The Nonprofit Quarterly - rick cohen - Nov 8, 2011
Vincent and her colleague Melissa Klein report that AG Schneiderman is looking into the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, a nonprofit that was ...

Attorney General Investigating Group Handling Columbia Cash

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays - Nov 6, 2011
HARLEM—State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into the West Harlem Local Development Corporation, the group charged with ...

AG has his eye on Harlem nonprofit

New York Post - Isabel Vincent - Melissa Klein - Nov 6, 2011
The AG sent a subpoena to the West Harlem Local Development Corp. Friday asking for documents and information related to the organization, a source told The ...

Morgan to request development corp. records

CU Columbia Spectator - Jillian Kumagai - Nov 4, 2011
... the groundwork for plans to hold the West Harlem Local Development Corporation accountable for what Morgan called “a travesty of community building. ...

Stringer joins call for dev. corporation transparency

CU Columbia Spectator - Abby Mitchell - Nov 1, 2011
Borough President Scott Stringer called out the West Harlem Local Development Corporation for its lack of progress and transparency in a ...

Scott Stringer Wants to Halt Group's Spending of Columbia Cash in ...

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays - Nov 1, 2011
In a statement released Tuesday, Stringer called on the West Harlem Local Development Corporation to "halt any further disbursement of funds" because they ...

Dev. corporation takes heat for delayed start

CU Columbia Spectator - Katie Bentivoglio - Miles Johnson - Nov 1, 2011
West Harlem residents and leaders claim that the WHLDC has not done enough ... the West Harlem Local Development Corporation is supposed to distribute $76 ...

Candidate Wants Audit of Group Disbursing Columbia Money in Harlem

DNAinfo - Jeff Mays - Oct 31, 2011
He said he will seek a legal injunction against the West Harlem Local Development Corporationif it doesn't stop spending money and restructure the board. ...

Harlem group sitting on Columbia-aid cash

New York Post - Isabel Vincent - Melissa Klein - Oct 30, 2011
The West Harlem Local Development Corp. was set up in 2006, but the group still has no executive director, no Web site and no means for the community to ...


Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
Power to the People who "VOTE"