Saturday, December 20, 2008

TV's Reality Show Comes to Politics

Who is Next to be Voted Off?

Bad Boys, Bad Boys What'cha Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Councilman Monserrate arrested on domestic assault charge *** Hiram Monster Rat: Bottle-wielding, woman-beating City Council brute must go *** Senator-Elect Hiram Monserrate Accused of Slashing Companion’s Face *** When he was led to central booking in cuffs, Monserrate said, "I'll have a comment later." *** Post Editorial HE'LL FIT RIGHT IN *** GOP TAKES WHACK AT DENYING DEM SEAT *** Unless Convicted, Monserrate Can Serve *** Monserrate has self-professed history of mental problems *** Now says he tripped.

Ongoing Investigation Against Monserrate: Queens DA and the DOI, are looking into allegations that more than two dozen workers for the nonprofit agency collected signatures to help Monserrate get on the ballot in 2006 *** Complicates State Senate Democratic Battle for Majority Control.

Blago Quotes Poem

"I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong." Gov. Blagojevich

"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you . . . If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing in you except the will which says to them: "Hold on!" Gov quoting Rudyard Kipling poem "If"

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich pledges to fight corruption charges, won't quit *** BLATHERING BLAGO RIPS 'LYNCH MOB' *** Defiant Blagojevich Says He Won't Resign (and Quotes Kipling)

Madoff Stays Home
Gov't Toughens Bail Conditions For Bernard Madoff stuck in his $7 million home for now *** Madoff Scheme Kept Rippling Outward, Across Borders *** The International Olympic Committee is the latest in the ever-increasing list of organizations ripped off by Madoff *** So was the charitable foundation started by Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel *** Madoff ignites outpouring of anti-Semitism online *** SEC Report: Employees Browsed Porn, Ran Private Businesses

Lawbreaker Lawmakers Honor Role Governor Eliot Spitzer, (D), Prostitution Scandal, Comptroller Alan Hevesi, (D), Defrauding the Government, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, (R), Under FBI Investigation, Assemblyman Tony Seminerio, (D), Bribery charged, Assemblyman Clarence Norman, (D), Illegal Campaign Contributions, Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, (D), Racketeering and Embezzlement, Senator Gonzalez, (D), Stole Taxpayer Funds under indictment for 4 years, Senator Guy Vellela, (R), Bribery, Assemblywoman Gloria Davis, (D), Bribery, Assemblywoman Diane Gordon, (D), Bribery, Assemblyman Roger Green, (D), Petty Larceny, Senator John Sabini, (D), DWI, New York City Councilman Dennis Gallagher, (R), sexual misconduct, Senator Ada Smith, (D), Assault, Congressman Vito Fosella, (R), DWI, Senator Joe Galiber, (D), defrauding the government, New York City Councilman Alan Jennings, (D), sexual harassment (list in formation)

Albany Meltdown “This is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. . . The budget deficit is immense $15 billion . . . We are being attacked by everybody. . . There are dire consequences for not doing anything." Gov Paterson

Politicker NY Paterson: They Still Don't Get It *** The decision by Goldman Sachs executives to forgo bonuses cost NY millions *** Some Post's Dickier claims unnamed source said Gov numbers off; state expects only $27.7 billion in bonuses this year compared with about $50 billion last year *** Skip 'optional' stuff & hikes won't cost you a dime, Gov sez *** Schwarzenegger orders all government workers to take two days off.

City Hall Bloomberg Retreats on Overhaul of Programs for the Elderly - Nixed *** MIKE RIPS COUNCIL'S 'GUTLESS' ANTI-TAXERS

Garment District’s fashion future hanging by a thread *** M.T.A.’s Sander: Downtown projects remain in limbo *** New York Voices - Is the Subway Going Back Down the Tubes? *** MTA Service Cuts, Coming to a Neighborhood Near You *** Botanical gardens face budget cutbacks *** PAROLE HONCHO QUITS IN LAPTOP 'THEFT' *** Firefighter Robert Beddia's family gets $5M settlement from Deutsche firm

Campaign for Senate Kennedy Brand Leaves Cuomo Feeling Stymied *** Geraldine Ferraro gave a thumbs down to Caroline *** Kennedy seeks support for Senate bid from labor leaders *** Aide to Senator Kennedy Is Said to Make Contacts on Ms. Kennedy’s Behalf *** Over the Years, a Few Election Days Missed

Washington: With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise *** Detroit automakers to get $17.4 billion in short-term financing *** FRANKEN NOW AHEAD *** New Republic:Obama's Urban Czar Adolfo Carron: Green Visionary or Greedy Pol?

Judicial Politics NY Bar Association Pushes Lippman and Davis for Chief Judge

Health Care Meltdown a federal suit filed by the director of the New York State Mental Hygiene Legal Service alleged squalid conditions at Kings County Hospital: days-long waits for evaluations; inadequate beds, food and bathrooms; threats, taunts and physical abuse by staff and security.

Media Meltdown Seattle Times Asks Employees: Give Up A Week's Pay