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PRO-TRUMP ‘DAISY AD’ CRUSHES HILLARY’S ‘DAISY’ AD ON NUCLEAR WAR

By NATALIA CASTRO

The iconic “Daisy” attack ad from the 1964 presidential election led Americans to believe their only hope for survival was a vote for Lyndon Johnson, reminding viewers that the stakes are simply too high. Once again, believe it or not, the stakes are that high.

The latest Hillary Clinton TV commercial, a remake of “Daisy,” featuring Daisy herself, attempts to paint Donald Trump as the greatest fear our nation has this year on nuclear policy, but opposing is Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle PAC’s own “Daisy” remake that presents the truth, which is that when it comes to Hillary Clinton’s air war policy in Syria against Russia, she is the real danger.

The Clinton ad highlights video of Trump supporting other nations receiving nuclear weapons — mind you, to protect themselves from Iran and China — attempting to perpetuate a belief of a World War 3 with Trump as president.

This oversimplification of Trump’s position ignores one obvious reality — the issue of nuclear policy is the issue of U.S.-Russian relations. And when it comes to Russia and in particular Russian satellite Syria, it is Trump’s plan that avoids war, and Clinton’s plan that could provoke war. Clinton wants a no-fly zone in Syria — which is being patrolled by Russian fighter jets. What if she enforce the no-fly zone, wouldn’t that mean war with Russia? That is the terrifying premise the Eagle PAC ad explores.

Clinton is featured in the Eagle PAC ad at the second presidential debate on Oct. 10, reminding viewers that, “I, when I was Secretary of State, advocated, and I still advocate today, a no-fly zone and safe zones. We need some leverage against the Russians.”

The video then cuts to Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein appearing on C-Span on Oct. 12, warning that “It’s now Hillary Clinton who wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no-fly zone. We have 2,000 nuclear missiles on hair-trigger alert, and Mikhail Gorbachev, the former premier of the Soviet Union is saying we are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been.”

Stein continues ominously, “Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria.”

Next up is immediately warn that this is asking for an air war, an air war which can quickly go nuclear as long as Russia is our adversary.

While the Clinton ad effectively compares the current international climate to Cold War worries about the United States and Russia, they paint the adversary incorrectly. While they admit that Trump shows interest in nuclear weapons, the neglect Clintons push for Russia to use them.

Next up in the video is U.S. Marine Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, who just testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Sept. 22, “Right now, senator, for us to control all of the airspace in Syria would require us to go to war — against Syria in Russia.”

Then, back to Stein, contrasting Clinton and Trump, “[O]n the issue of war and nuclear weapons and the potential for nuclear war, it’s actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump, who does not want to go to war with Russia.”

Next, it replays Clinton, saying, “and I advocate today a no-fly zone,” followed by the shocking footage of a real hydrogen bomb explosion. The video ends with the printed words, “Any questions?”

Clinton’s ad also attempts to elicit an emotional response by bringing back the Daisy girl in 2016. The now adult Clinton supporter endorses Clinton and reminds viewers that her fears are still relevant.

Unfortunately for Clinton, having the former Daisy girl say Trump is a threat is no comparison to the Eagle PAC commercial which features Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and U.S. Marine General and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff James Dunford explaining how Clinton is actively proposing war, followed by the obligatory nuclear explosion.

If you’re going to do the “Daisy” ad, do the real “Daisy” ad and put the explosion in there.

The fear the Clinton ad is attempting to instill is only relevant in a world in which Clinton becomes President, and by using the former Daisy girl as the credible source on foreign policy the Clintons continue their campaign based on emotion rather than fact.

For millennials accustomed to reading about the fear surrounding the “Daisy” ad in their textbooks, Clinton’s ad falls short, and it is Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle PAC ad that is their real world warning. You watch that ad, and Hillary Clinton is a few votes away from bringing our country to war — a war that will inevitably go nuclear.

Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government. You can read more of her articles at www.netrightdaily.com.

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LIES, DAMN LIES BARACK OBAMA’S ‘TRANSPARENCY’

By BILL WILSON

Earlier this year — during a celebration of “Sunshine Week” — the Associated Press ran a report outlining an alarming escalation of government secrecy.

According to the AP’s analysis, federal bureaucracies claimed they could not find responsive records in more than one out of six Freedom of Information requests. Meanwhile 77 percent of respondents received censored files — or nothing at all.

Both of these figures represented unprecedented stonewalling from what was supposed to be “the most transparent administration in history.”

Josh Earnest — spokesman for this “most transparent” administration of Barack Obama — told the AP at the time he had not seen its Freedom of Information data and could not comment on it. In other words he stonewalled the stonewalling.

Incredibly, Earnest submitted a letter to the editor of The New York Times this week demanding that the media acknowledge the “important and unprecedented steps that the Obama administration has taken to fulfill the president’s promise to lead the most transparent White House in history.”

According to Earnest, Obama’s publication of a White House visitors’ log and his decision to grant limited press access to political fundraisers somehow constitutes unprecedented glasnost.

“If journalists don’t acknowledge steps that the Obama administration has taken to strengthen transparency, then who will?” he lamented.

It’s worth asking: Did Earnest check for storm clouds as he penned his letter? Because it’s frankly a miracle he wasn’t struck by lightning as he typed it.

In fact the day after this letter was published, the Obama administration was busted hiding secret concessions contained in its controversial nuclear deal with Iran.

Just a week before the AP’s damning “Sunshine Week” investigation was released, the U.S. Department of Justice — responding to a Freedom of Information lawsuit, ironically — acknowledged that the Obama administration had actively sought to scuttle tougher Freedom of Information standards passed unanimously by the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The administration views (the proposed standards) as an attempt to impose on the Executive Branch multiple administrative requirements concerning its internal management of (Freedom of Information) administration,” a DOJ memo noted.

Really? The House — by a 410-0 vote — was merely trying to codify Freedom of Information objectives first proposed by Obama upon taking office in 2009.

Nonetheless, Obama’s administration “strongly opposed passage” of the law — going so far as to refute the “presumption of openness” standard Obama ostensibly endorsed in issuing his first executive order!

Should we be surprised? No.

This is, after all, the administration that secretly negotiated a cash payout to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages. It is the administration that tried to force law enforcement agencies in Florida to conceal information about the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. It is the administration that continues to stonewall the release of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s emails until after the November presidential election.

These are just a few recent examples. From the moment he took office proclaiming historic transparency, Obama has operated instead with unprecedented opacity.

His actions have gone beyond merely keeping public documents out of the hands of the people who pay for them — he’s engaged in a habitual pattern of lying and covering up the truth.

Obama lied about the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. He lied about “shutting down Iran’s nuclear program.” He lied when he said ISIS was “on the run.” He lied when he promised not to invoke executive amnesty for illegal aliens. He lied when he said his socialized medicine plan would not cover abortions. And of course he lied when he said health care plans would become more affordable under his new law — and that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.”

How have these scandals not crippled his administration? Easy: He’s made them disappear.

In the aftermath of the “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal, Obama’s administration “managed an effort to carefully limit and obstruct the information produced to Congress.” Obama’s administration also concealed the IRS targeting of limited government groups in the months leading up to the 2012 election — and hid a damning health care report from the public prior to the April 2010 “Obamacare” vote. Additionally it deliberately delayed disclosing health care premium increase estimates until after the 2014 congressional elections – meaning Americans didn’t find out about this “substantial price increases” until two weeks after they voted. Meanwhile, hard drives have been destroyed at the FEC, EPA and IRS, among other agencies, which obviously makes it much easier to stonewall Freedom of Information requests.

Is any of this transparent? No. But it should be transparently clear at this point Obama will never be held accountable for his lawless actions — or the tragic consequences that have followed from them.

The author is a board member of Americans for Limited Government.

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CUOMO ADMINISTRATION RIPPED – PERHAPS UNFAIRLY – FOR PROVIDING UNEQUAL TREATMENT TO DISABLED PERSONS

The Jonathan Carey Foundation, an organization that no doubt is founded in good faith and for a good cause, has ripped the Cuomo administration for providing unequal treatment to people with disabilities, specifically by failing to enact upgrades to the 911 calling system. It is unlikely, however, that Cuomo’s administration has been unsympathetic to this cause nor that it is purposefully affording unequal treatment to people with disabilities. In any case, below is an article written by Michael Carey of the Jonathan Carey foundation – readers can make their own call.

The Jonathan Carey Foundation http://jonathancareyfoundation.org/ and its founder Michael Carey have taken every imaginable step possible to help the Cuomo administration stop the unequal treatment of people with disabilities in New York State to no avail. It is like running into a brick wall, the opposition for many years has been that great. The Cuomo administration is treating 1,000,000 New Yorkers with disabilities differently, far differently, than other New York State residents and in doing so violating their New York State and U.S. Constitutional rights to “equal protection of laws”. https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxiv

Civil rights and equal rights are for everyone, not just for hand selected specific groups of people. New Yorkers with disabilities are of no lesser value or importance than anyone else and can no longer be treated differently and denied immediate 911 first responder medical and police services. The Cuomo administration has chosen to look the other way, stonewall and block emergency 911 legislation that directs mandated reporters and witnesses to physical and sexual assault crimes or deaths of people with disabilities to be reported immediately and directly to 911. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A08307&term=2015

Emergency medical and police first responders cannot assist the disabled or ensure their equal privileges to 911 emergency services and their basic rights to “equal protection of laws” like for any other New York State resident if the 911 call systems are purposefully bypassed. Currently, tens of thousands of posters and wallet cards spread out throughout New York State direct mandated reporters that witness abuse and neglect of a person with a disability to report directly to Cuomo’s hotline, wrongfully titled the “Justice Center” not to 911. Here lies the extremely dangerous, deadly and discriminatory issue, the 911 call systems were set up decades ago to protect and assist everyone, not to negate and shun the disabled. Bypassing 911 cost 13 year old Jonathan Carey his life. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/06/nyregion/boys-death-highlights-crisis-in-homes-for-disabled.html

http://www.nytimes.com/video/nyregion/100000000849083/a-failure-to-protect.html

These civil rights violations and the clear discriminatory practices of keeping local police and emergency medical personnel out of the picture is only the tip of the iceberg regarding systemic cover-ups in NYS that in many cases lead to “untimely” deaths. Governor Cuomo took significant actions to remove all outside oversight of his abuse hotline to conceal staggering numbers of crimes and deaths from local authorities. Cuomo’s abuse hotline for the disabled receives massive numbers of calls; over 7,000 every month on average and most cases are never criminally investigated. https://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/sites/default/files/documents/monthly-data-report-February-2016.pdf Eleven to twelve people are dying in New York State’s extremely dangerous mental health care system on average every day and most deaths are never investigated as a possible crime, even when large numbers of deaths are individuals dying extremely young. State information obtained through New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) reveals a large percentage of deaths where there was never a cause of death determined one to two years later. Other State documents obtained through FOIL reveal a pattern of most deaths reported to Cuomo’s abuse hotline never reported to medical examiners or coroners as required by law. Most reported suspicious and “untimely” deaths of people with disabilities living in NY State run or privately sub-contracted facilities and group homes are not handled the same as for everyone else. What is going on in New York State is insanity and is illegal.

Instead of finally leading to rectify severe systemic and deadly failures brought to light by the New York Times “Abused & Used” investigative reporting series http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/nyregion/abused-and-used-series-page.html?_r=0 Governor Cuomo took decisive actions to cover-up more crimes and deaths of people with disabilities than ever before. Federal civil rights and criminal investigations are critical to finally stop these horrific civil rights violations and criminal cover-ups. The Jonathan Carey Foundation and its founder Michael Carey who is Jonathan’s dad is insisting on swift federal investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Jonathan Carey Foundation “Civil Rights Walk for the Disabled” to Washington D.C. is one of the important battles in the war against the gross civil rights violations and discrimination of people with disabilities. The Jonathan Carey Foundation is following similar steps that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took to end discrimination and will persevere until the injustices and unequal treatment of some of our most vulnerable citizens is stopped. It is hard to fathom such levels of discrimination still exists over 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began fighting for civil and equal rights, but it does. Jonathan in an entirely different way suffered and died for a great cause which is to help many other innocent and extremely vulnerable people. Jonathan died at the age of 13 because he was disabled and because he was denied immediate 911 first responder medical and police assistance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf4JxtSRygY

Jonathan was in dire need of help, he was ignored, he was shunned and Jonathan was discriminated against and as a direct result he was killed. These egregious human rights, civil rights and equal rights violations can be stopped and great changes can happen when people begin to speak up and stand up against such injustices. Countless lives will be saved if we do.

Stand with us for “equal rights” and “civil rights” for people with disabilities in New York State and throughout our great country by signing our petition at www.jonathancareyfoundation.org. Consider a donation of $9.11 to help 911 become required by law to be immediately called by all mandated reporters regarding all physical and sexual assaults, gross negligence of care, significant and suspicious injuries and when a person with a disability is in medical distress or stopped breathing all together. http://jonathancareyfoundation.org/donate/

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GREENWOOD LAKE WINS THE HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL SWEEPSTAKES

By SHIRLEY WITHERSPOON

In just 10 days after Hoboken International Film Festival Chairman Kenneth Del Vecchio announced that he decided that his mega-event would not be returning to Middletown, the Village of Greenwood Lake swept in and inked a three-year deal with the festival. Several media outlets reported HIFF being in negotiations with locales ranging from Rockland County to Bergen County, New Jersey to Hoboken, the festival’s original site.

The Rockland County Times, an influential, historic newspaper in that community, headlined an article with: “ROCKLAND COUNTY, LET’S GET THIS DONE! World-renowned Hoboken Film Festival looking for new home; Rockland County tops list of desired locations.” Referring to HIFF’s Chairman as “The Great Del Vecchio”, the newspaper added, “The event has attracted stars such as Robert Loggia, Danny Aiello, Jonathan Silverman, Jane Seymour, Billy Dee Williams and Eric Roberts in recent years, while bringing up to 15,000 visitors annually and millions of dollars in economic activity to the downtown center of Middletown. The festival is known for attracting a diverse array of films and has premiered several “National Lampoons” productions.”

The Hudson Reporter, the leading newspaper based in Hoboken, asked, “Hoboken International Film Festival to return” to the mile square, thriving city that borders Manhattan?
The answer to their question is “No.” Now, all of HIFF’s glitz, glamour, and economic stimulation will be brought to Greenwood Lake, New York – which means a sigh of relief to masses of Orange County residents, who feared that the festival would move to a far off location.

The actual lake part of Greenwood Lake is split between New York’s Village of Greenwood Lake and New Jersey’s West Milford which, according to Del Vecchio, is part of the village’s geographic appeal. Del Vecchio said, “The Village of Greenwood Lake has the ultimate geography for Hoboken International Film Festival. In being an Orange County community, it allows me to be loyal to the thousands of residents who have faithfully attended the festival for the last several years. People come from every end of the county to HIFF, and they can just as easily get to Greenwood Lake. “

The local base of festival attendees is expanded by the move to Greenwood Lake, according to Del Vecchio. “Given that part of the lake is in West Milford, we will get a lot more attendance from that cool community, as well as all of Passaic, Sussex, Bergen, and Hudson Counties – because we are closer to them. We already have had numerous people travelling from New Jersey to Orange County because that state is where I founded HIFF, but now with being so much closer to New Jersey, we will get even more. Additionally, Greenwood Lake is only 45 minutes from New York City. That means our New York City audience will naturally grow.”

But Greenwood Lake’s proximity to New Jersey and Manhattan is hardly Del Vecchio’s leading reason for moving his extravaganza event to this small, tourist community. “It’s the stunning beauty of the venue that blew me away. It’s why I moved my family to Warwick last December,” Del Vecchio proclaimed, alluding to the fact that Greenwood Lake is part of the Town of Warwick. “The festival is now going to be held on a beach! A beach that sits on a gorgeous lake, where HIFF’s filmmakers and attendees can go swimming, boating, jet skiing, while at the same time watching movies. This is the ultimate, exciting destination location, and I can’t wait to market it to the filmmakers and fans from throughout the states and around the world, who come to HIFF.”

It’s quite logical that filmmakers will want to see their movies screened on a beach that is nestled on a uniformly agreed-upon beautiful lake. And that attendees, wherever they hail from, will want to dine at restaurants that sit on the water, and sleep at quaint bed and breakfast-style hotels. But where is the theater?

“It’s the beach,” Del Vecchio said, referring to Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. Del Vecchio advised that the set-up will be very similar to how he ran the festival in Hoboken. There, the city erected a large tent at Frank Sinatra Park, which abuts the Hudson River and is a stone’s throw from the Manhattan skyline. The same design will occur at Greenwood Lake, with the village putting up a tent. Already, there is a stage at the park. Del Vecchio said that a secondary venue in the town will be employed, although he didn’t specify where.
Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park can accommodate 3,000 – 4,000 people, a sizable increase from HIFF’s last venue at Middletown’s Paramount Theater. Del Vecchio also cited the “artistic community” vibe of Greenwood Lake and Warwick as an added benefit, when making the decision to move to Greenwood Lake. And he described Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer as being important reasons for picking Greenwood Lake over the many others in the hunt to snare the festival. “Jesse Dwyer is a young, innovative guy. He’s very smart and easy to get along with, and he understands what HIFF will mean to the residents and businesses in his community. He has an understanding of effective governing that goes well beyond the reaches of most elected officials that are twice his age,” Del Vecchio said in talking about the town’s mayor. “And Steve Neuhaus was a primary reason why I chose to stay in Orange County in the first place. The county has been an integral sponsor of the festival. Steve has personally been an important part of the festival, a welcomed face who my guests look forward to seeing every year. He is an economic-boosting machine. And that’s exactly what Orange County needs.”
On Dwyer’s Facebook page, he posted, “We have some BIG NEWS coming to Greenwood Lake next Monday. Come out to the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park to hear this exciting announcement. Press conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. promptly on Monday, July 25th.” He connected to the post a media alert that stated, “On the film set of Kenneth Del Vecchio’s newest movie, PUPPETS, Hoboken International Film Festival, the Village of Greenwood Lake, NY, and Orange County, NY will be making a very special announcement that will bring substantial economic stimulation and excitement to this beautiful lake community and surrounding Orange County.”

No doubt that this festival will bring Greenwood Lake significant economy growth, as well as all of Orange County. HIFF – called “One of the 10 biggest film festivals in the world” by media outlets such as FOX and Time Warner – and Del Vecchio’s movie productions have been credited with infusing millions of dollars into the local economy every year, and creating hundreds of jobs. Already, Del Vecchio has begun bringing the economic and Hollywood bonanza to Greenwood Lake. On the same day as Monday’s press conference, he is shooting scenes from his newest project, “Puppets,” a TV pilot comedy created by Hudson Valley lawyer Larry Weissman. According to a media alert and confirmed by Del Vecchio, appearing on Monday at Thomas P. Morahan Park, the venue of both the press conference and the film shooting, will be some of the TV pilot’s stars, including Martin Kove (The Karate Kid; Rambo), Julie McCullough (“Growing Pains”; Sharknado), Margaret Reed (“As the World Turns”), and HIFF Opening Night Host Buddy Fitzpatrick. Gilbert Gottfried is the perennial host of HIFF’s Gala Awards Ceremony.

Del Vecchio, who has written/produced 30 movies that star several Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees which are distributed by likes of industry giants NBCUniversal, Anchor Bay, and Screen Media Films, is also a best-selling author of both novels and legal books. His criminal codebooks, published by Pearson Education/Prentice Hall and ALM, are considered the best-selling criminal law books in the nation. He’s also an attorney and former judge and prosecutor. Del Vecchio is the producer of “Puppets” and he did some of the script’s writing, along with Weissman, who he describes as a “very talented and funny writer.” The project is directed by Del Vecchio’s longtime filmmaking partner Dylan Bank, who just landed the director position of the upcoming Netflix Original Film, Stone Cold Hitman. Joining Del Vecchio and Weissman as executive producers of “Puppets” are two other Hudson Valley lawyers, Carol Barbash (Legal Director of Social Services in Rockland County) and Scott Ugell (New City Justice). Del Vecchio said he “loves the idea of working with other lawyers who are passionate about film. This group is exceptional. They’re all great people.”

Now, will everyone in Greenwood Lake think Del Vecchio is a great person? The man with the Renaissance Man background has, as previously reported in Empire State News, been described by detractors as conceited, loud-mouthed, rude, bombastic, and having a penchant for making inflammatory remarks. He is a tough, hard, perhaps brash, person. Some say that he is obnoxious and outlandish. He refers to people as “nude” if they are “cool”, and “non-nude” if he thinks they are “not cool.”

To that, Del Vecchio says, “This is cool for Greenwood Lake and Hoboken International Film Festival. And those who don’t like me, well, they are not cool.” Guess he skipped saying “nude” in the interview for this article. Fortunately for Greenwood Lake, it seems that many more people think of him and his film festival as very “cool.” Watch the HIFF highlights reel here, and listen to what superstar actors like Paul Sorvino, Joyce DeWitt, Charles Durning (and even U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer) have to say about HIFF and Del Vecchio personally.

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MIDDLETOWN GETS MASSIVE BLACK EYE WITH HOBOKEN FILM FESTIVAL CHOOSING TO LEAVE

By SHIRLEY WITHERSPOON

Hoboken International Film Festival has decided not to return to Middletown after making the city’s Paramount Theater its exclusive venue for the last four years. HIFF, already being courted by several municipalities in New York and New Jersey, decided to part ways with Middletown because of a vision difference between HIFF Chairman Kenneth Del Vecchio and Middletown’s Mayor Joe DeStefano.

“Joe wants city employees to run the Paramount and the city has failed to consult with me regarding numerous events. That, simply, has turned me off,” said Del Vecchio, “I don’t want my film festival to further get subsumed in that miscalculation.”

Additionally, Del Vecchio was not willing to bend on a $40,000 annual sponsorship fee that the parties had agreed upon, in principle, at a press conference this past September. The deal had called for Middletown to pay HIFF $40,000 a year for 2017, 2018, and 2019. This was a modest increase from the previous 3-year-deal between HIFF and Middletown, wherein the city paid $35,000, $30,000, and $25,000 for 2016, 2015, and 2014 respectively. Del Vecchio said that originally he wanted a normal incremental deal – to match the set-up of their first three year contract – with payments of $40,000, $45,000 and $50,000 – but that he settled on the flat $40,000 annual payments after negotiations.

“My goal had been to stay in Middletown because I love the city’s residents and the Paramount Theater, which I rebuilt over the last three years. I had given the mayor a rock bottom sponsorship fee of $40,000 a year and back in September he concurred on that deal. But the other day, Joe said that he wanted HIFF to accept less. I told him that was unacceptable, and the festival can’t function with its same level of success at any lower figure. Now, HIFF is out.”

This substantial negotiation bungle by the city – which will cause it to lose a star-studded entertainment event that infused millions yearly into the local economy, attracted 15,000 people at every year’s event, and created hundreds of jobs – is best summarized by the below article published last week by Empire State News, when we reported the $10 million grant just bestowed upon the city – and HIFF’s likely departure from the city. FOLLOWING IS THE ARTICLE FROM LAST WEEK:

A grant application spearheaded by a member of Middletown’s city government resulted in Governor Andrew Cuomo bestowing a $10 million check upon the embattled Hudson Valley city. The monies have been drawn by New York state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative competition.

At a well-attended event at Middletown’s Paramount Theater – a red-plushed seat historic venue built in 1930 – Cuomo delivered a symbolic, extra large cardboard check to Middletown’s mayor Joe DeStefano. The city’s political boss accepted the gesture with cheery gratitude and described the funds’ intended usage: for matters primarily related to entertainment, arts, and education. Ironically, the purported usage of these multi-million taxpayer dollars may get squandered into perhaps well-intended, but very likely uneventful, disorganized projects. This is because the main force behind Middletown’s recent entertainment boon – Kenneth Del Vecchio and his Hoboken International Film Festival – likely will not be returning to Middletown.

As recently reported in Empire State News, in 2013 Del Vecchio rocketed the Paramount Theater from near death to becoming not only the economic anchor of the city, but to a daily entertainment destination for community and Orange County residents and, often, people traveling from well beyond its borders. On many occasions, especially during the week of the film festival, fans travelled from all
across the world to Middletown, to get a glimpse of one of numerous internationally famous actors or a cutting edge movie that no one has before seen.

“That will all abruptly end,” one city official said on the condition of anonymity. “It doesn’t matter what kind of money we get here. You can’t duplicate the kind of work that Ken Del Vecchio did. He was a true one in a million.”

Del Vecchio had reinstated showing movies on a daily basis at the Paramount immediately upon his arrival and he reinstituted famed live comedy and quality music acts taking the theater’s stage. None of this had been done for about 20 years before his tenure as Paramount chairman. These combined local heroics are what paved the way for the state’s $10 million grant.

But it is rumored that DeStefano is not a fan of Del Vecchio and his politics. Could one man prevent Middletown’s greatest attraction from coming back because of a personality issue and political leanings? “Yes,” said the local official, “Joe DeStefano can do it. Ken is incredibly outspoken, he’s a legitimate celebrity, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. I don’t think Joe likes Ken and the way he thinks and that may be enough for him to prevent the film festival, that everyone waits for all year, from coming back. Who knows what Ken’s plans are anyway.”

According to Del Vecchio, he wants to return to Middletown, though other municipalities are already lining up to try to take the festival and his magic away from the city. And that may actually be Del Vecchio’s plan – to move on while Hoboken International Film Festival and his brand are red hot.

There’s even been a rumor that the City talked about purchasing the festival, but that Del Vecchio declined the overture. Del Vecchio refused to validate the rumor, but said, “I’m a business man. I’ll listen to any offer. But I don’t think Middletown has the wherewithal to buy HIFF anyway. It’s not a knock, but my guess is that this $10 million has all kinds of strings attached to it and they can’t use it in ways that they would want to. So I don’t think they’ll be making any offer to buy HIFF.”

Time will tell, but the government’s running of entertainment events (and most non-government related functions) are usually a total flop. Del Vecchio weighed in on that largely agreed upon notion, with a statement that may summarize why DeStefano might not like him (but why so many others do): “Maybe Middletown doesn’t need me. Maybe it doesn’t need anyone. Maybe this $10 million will get Quentin Tarantino to be the next Paramount chairman. But here’s one that’s not a ‘maybe.’ Here’s a definite. Middletown will never again get a dude as muscular and great-looking as me to be the face of the Paramount. God bless Quentin, but he’s kind of scrawny and goofy looking. Joe would be better to put himself as the face – I’m not too happy with him, but at least he’s got muscle.”

And here’s another definite: Middletown will never again get an event anywhere near the power of Hoboken International Film Festival, $10 million grant or not. It is unclear whether DeStefano really doesn’t like Del Vecchio and his politics; however, nothing else could explain why the city would make such a massive flub in not ensuring the return of this film festival. Especially with the city’s receipt of this huge monetary grant.

So, hopefully, these two muscular guys get happy with each other. “If they don’t,” the official said, “Everybody’s going to blame Joe, and this grant will be overshadowed by the loss of Hoboken Film Festival, and Ken Del Vecchio will walk into the sunset with another city getting all the glory, something Ken keeps rubbing in our faces behind the scenes. I forgot to mention, I don’t personally like Ken myself. But I sure as hell don’t dislike him enough to lose that film festival to some other city.”

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FILM FESTIVAL, PARAMOUNT REVITALIZATION LEAD WAY TO MIDDLETOWN GETTING $10 MILLION GRANT

By SHIRLEY WITHERSPOON

A grant application spearheaded by a member of Middletown’s city government resulted in Governor Andrew Cuomo bestowing a $10 million check upon the embattled Hudson Valley city. The monies have been drawn by New York state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative competition.

At a well-attended event at Middletown’s Paramount Theater – a red-plushed seat historic venue built in 1930 – Cuomo delivered a symbolic, extra large cardboard check to Middletown’s mayor Joe DeStefano. The city’s political boss accepted the gesture with cheery gratitude and described the funds’ intended usage: for matters primarily related to entertainment, arts, and education. Ironically, the purported usage of these multi-million taxpayer dollars may get squandered into perhaps well-intended, but very likely uneventful, disorganized projects. This is because the main force behind Middletown’s recent entertainment boon – Kenneth Del Vecchio and his Hoboken International Film Festival – likely will not be returning to Middletown.

As recently reported in Empire State News, in 2013 Del Vecchio rocketed the Paramount Theater from near death to becoming not only the economic anchor of the city, but to a daily entertainment destination for community and Orange County residents and, often, people traveling from well beyond its borders. On many occasions, especially during the week of the film festival, fans travelled from all across the world to Middletown, to get a glimpse of one of numerous internationally famous actors or a cutting edge movie that no one has before seen.

“That will all abruptly end,” one city official said on the condition of anonymity. “It doesn’t matter what kind of money we get here. You can’t duplicate the kind of work that Ken Del Vecchio did. He was a true one in a million.”

Del Vecchio had reinstated showing movies on a daily basis at the Paramount immediately upon his arrival and he reinstituted famed live comedy and quality music acts taking the theater’s stage. None of this had been done for about 20 years before his tenure as Paramount chairman. These combined local heroics are what paved the way for the state’s $10 million grant.

But it is rumored that DeStefano is not a fan of Del Vecchio and his politics. Could one man prevent Middletown’s greatest attraction from coming back because of a personality issue and political leanings? “Yes,” said the local official, “Joe DeStefano can do it. Ken is incredibly outspoken, he’s a legitimate celebrity, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. I don’t think Joe likes Ken and the way he thinks and that may be enough for him to prevent the film festival, that everyone waits for all year, from coming back. Who knows what Ken’s plans are anyway.”

According to Del Vecchio, he wants to return to Middletown, though other municipalities are already lining up to try to take the festival and his magic away from the city. And that may actually be Del Vecchio’s plan – to move on while Hoboken International Film Festival and his brand are red hot.

There’s even been a rumor that the City talked about purchasing the festival, but that Del Vecchio declined the overture. Del Vecchio refused to validate the rumor, but said, “I’m a business man. I’ll listen to any offer. But I don’t think Middletown has the wherewithal to buy HIFF anyway. It’s not a knock, but my guess is that this $10 million has all kinds of strings attached to it and they can’t use it in ways that they would want to. So I don’t think they’ll be making any offer to buy HIFF.”

Time will tell, but the government’s running of entertainment events (and most non-government related functions) are usually a total flop. Del Vecchio weighed in on that largely agreed upon notion, with a statement that may summarize why DeStefano might not like him (but why so many others do): “Maybe Middletown doesn’t need me. Maybe it doesn’t need anyone. Maybe this $10 million will get Quentin Tarantino to be the next Paramount chairman. But here’s one that’s not a ‘maybe.’ Here’s a definite. Middletown will never again get a dude as muscular and great-looking as me to be the face of the Paramount. God bless Quentin, but he’s kind of scrawny and goofy looking. Joe would be better to put himself as the face – I’m not too happy with him, but at least he’s got muscle.”

And here’s another definite: Middletown will never again get an event anywhere near the power of Hoboken International Film Festival, $10 million grant or not. It is unclear whether DeStefano really doesn’t like Del Vecchio and his politics; however, nothing else could explain why the city would make such a massive blunder in not ensuring the return of this film festival. Especially with the city’s receipt of this huge monetary grant.

So, hopefully, these two muscular guys get happy with each other. “If they don’t,” the official said, “Everybody’s going to blame Joe, and this grant will be overshadowed by the loss of Hoboken Film Festival, and Ken Del Vecchio will walk into the sunset with another city getting all the glory, something Ken keeps rubbing in our faces behind the scenes. I forgot to mention, I don’t personally like Ken myself. But I sure as hell don’t dislike him enough to lose that film festival to some other city.”

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WRONGFUL ATTACKS AGAINST TRUMP FOR SPEAKING TRUTH ABOUT 9/11 CHEERING CROWDS

By JIMMY THE SAINT

Hillary Clinton lied about September 11 – 2012, not 2001. She told the public that the motive behind the Benghazi terrorist attack was anger about a video produced by a wannabe filmmaker. The problem with this proclamation was that – before and after she made this claim – she said the attack was not motivated by the video. Emails written by her, and finally released to Congress, revealed the fabrication. Specifically, in one email to then Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil, Clinton wrote, “The attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack — not a protest.”

Accordingly, the presumptive Democrat presidential candidate told a 9/11 lie. The same is not true about the presumptive Republican presidential candidate – no matter how many foes lob assaults at him. And the July 4th weekend is a good time to re-examine this issue.

At a December Trump rally in Alabama, the Donald recounted personal experiences on September 11, 2001. “I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” Trump said, “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering. So something’s going on. We’ve got to find out what it is.”

Trump, who not only has a real estate empire in New York City but also across the river in New Jersey and pretty much all throughout the United States, spent that September 11 in Jersey City; his location gave him a direct, unfiltered view of the Twin Towers as they burned and crumbled to the ground. Jersey City, as well as surrounding Hudson River municipalities such as Union City, Hoboken, Weehawken, and Edgewater, allotted hundreds of thousands of people the same bird’s-eye view as Trump. Accordingly, it’s not difficult to believe that a small percentage of those people (i.e. – a few thousand people, which would equal about 1% – 2%) were cheering. Beyond “believing that it could be true”, let’s revisit history. Let’s look at facts.

History and facts tells us it is indeed true that a large number of people on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River were cheering that day. I’ll start with me as witness number one. I clearly remember news reports on September 11, 2001 and immediate days thereafter, chronicling cheering of large groups of people in Jersey City and the cities nearby. But why be a fool and just rely on the memories of The Donald and guy called Jimmy The Saint? How about the memories of thousands of others? Do a basic Internet search and you will find, literally, thousands of people who state that they recall watching, hearing and reading news reports about large groups of people cheering in New Jersey on September 11. Oh, that’s not enough? Well, how about reports from the mainstream media – the same mainstream media who has denounced Trump for making his Alabama rally comment.

The Washington Post, one of the most read newspapers in the country, for example, reported this on September 18, 2011: “Law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.” Again, a simple Internet search will reveal a plethora of news articles, within days of the attacks, which describe this factual phenomenon. Not enough?

How about the fact that law enforcement authorities were – factually – investigating reports of large numbers of cheering people in New Jersey? This includes the FBI and local law enforcement agencies. How do the naysayers rebut this? Were the law enforcement investigations based on nothing? Or were they based on reports of…get ready for this logic…reports of exactly what they were investigating: reports of large numbers of people cheering on the Jersey side of the Hudson River?

No matter how many facts you lay out, those with an agenda against Trump – basically all liberals, the mainstream media, political rivals, and jealous multitudes – will claim that he is lying and that these real incidents didn’t occur.

Steve Fulop, Jersey City’s current mayor, tweeted that Trump “either has memory issues or willfully distorts the truth, either of which should be concerning for the Republican Party.” Although Fulop has an impressive resume, including studying at Oxford and degrees from both Columbia and NYU, he is a Democrat who many believe will be running in New Jersey’s next gubernatorial election. And his memory is no better than Trump’s nor, assuredly, the countless number of other people who remember the reports of the mobs of cheering persons on that horrific day.

Some people just want to distort the truth. But one of those people isn’t Donald Trump.

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WHY TRANSGENDERS AND OTHER ‘SPECIAL’ GROUPS NEED TO CONSTANTLY PROMOTE ‘WHAT THEY ARE’

By THE OLD BAG
A press release from the Happy Transgender Center bubbled, “Rizi Timane — recording artist, author, actor, and life coach to the transgender community — has just released three new trans-affirmative singles: “Yeah! It Feels Good to Finally Be Me,” “Let’s Make Love,” and “I’m Beautiful.” Quite honestly, I don’t care if people want to swap sexes with themselves, but let’s get real: these people certainly suffer from a disorder. It’s not normal to change the hammer to the vacuum, and vice versa.

And why do these people – and people from all sorts of odd ball, special interest, racial, ethnic and religious groups – feel the need to constantly proclaim “what” they are?

Note: Jimmy The Saint says “never end a sentence with ‘is” or ‘are’” – whatever.

Back to the Bruce Jenners et al: They’re confused. But I’m also confused. Why do I care that it’s a “transgender”, much less a “happy transgender”, who released these songs? Are these songs somehow better because they come from a sex-changed-individual? What if they came from a normal, run-of-the-mill heterosexual dude? Would they still be worth listening to?

In any case, I wrote about Rizi Timane’s music release, so hopefully it gets him/her/whatever more publicity and accordingly more people (transgender, L, B, G, heterosexual, a-sexual and otherwise) buy her/his/whatever’s music.

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2006 EASTER SUNDAY SHOOTER CONVICTED OF MURDER

By: Victoria Emerson

After nearly ten years since the fatal shooting that resulted in the death of two year old David Pacheco, the Bronx County District Attorney Robert Johnson has announced that Darryl Hemphill, the 37-year old North Carolinian responsible for the shooting, has been convicted of 2nd degree murder.

The tragic shooting took place on the afternoon of Easter Sunday, 2006, in the Morris Heights neighborhood of Bronx County, when, Hemphill, who was involved in a street fight, fired a stray bullet that fatally struck 2 year old Pachecho while he was riding in his mother’s mini-van.

“Nothing will ever bring my son back, but this definitely has brought closure to me and my family,” said Joanne Sanabria, the victim’s mother. Hemphill will be sentenced on January 4, 2016 by Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett and faces 25 years to life in prison.

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STATE ASSEMBLY HOMELESS ZEALOT BEMOANS CUOMO’S LACK OF ASSISTANCE

By THE OLD BAG

Looks like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has got it right here. Some goofball New York State Assemblyman is crying that the usual ultra-lib governor isn’t providing enough state aid to homeless shelters in New York City.

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, who is also New York State’s Social Services Chair, whined “The Governor’s track record of managing homelessness in New York has included claiming we resolved the problem; drastically reducing the State’s share of costs associated with homelessness and poverty; threatening to eliminate funds for shelters this summer; and casting blame for the crisis. If this is what Governor Cuomo has in mind when he talks about providing management expertise, thank you – but no thank you.”

Heveis also blabbered, “The cost of homeless shelters in NYC was $876.5 million in 2014, of which the Governor paid only $123.8 million, or 14 percent from State funds.”

No way! That’s all Cuomo allocated toward homeless shelters in New York City? Just $123.8 million in a year?!…The aforementioned was sarcasm, if one didn’t recognize the tone.

Why do taxpayers need to fund housing for these – literally – bums, to the tune of over $100,000,000, much less nearly $900 million?

This gi-normous amount of money would be better (and more morally) spent on assisting small businesses throughout the state. You know – for people who are actually working and contributing to society. You know – for taxpayers.

Can the people in Hevesi’s district vote him out of office ASAP? Or are the voters there a bunch homeless people, who are sucking off everyone else around the state?

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