Tuesday, August 26, 2014

an amendment

I get a lot of fundraising emails about overturning the Citizen's United decision that gutted election laws and gave free speech rights to corporations. I followed the most recent fundraising email here. Here is another. One more here. Last one to prove there are a lot.


comptroller article in the Register Star

http://www.registerstar.com/news/article_e20a0f74-2bf6-11e4-adce-001a4bcf887a.html#user-comment-area

The thing is, it's way more than $40,000, as that is only for 18 months including the time after the story ran on the front page of the Albany Times Union.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

whitewash

I no sooner wrote this abstract piece about the police when Sam Pratt told me to read this. I'm upset. It's a whitewash.

I'm going to get a copy of the report and every document I can pertaining to the production of this report. If you steal a million dollars it's not "oh well, we'll try to do better next time."

DiNapoli in there for the cronies. Democrats and Republicans united in corruption.

the police

The protests and unrest and police misconduct in Ferguson, Missouri makes me think about policing generally. Here are my thoughts:


Friday, June 27, 2014

july 4, 1776, pluses and minuses

American Independence may in part be something to celebrate. If Edmund Burke, the arch conservative, Ben Franklin, the arch moderate, and Tom Paine, the arch radical, could all agree on the need for the Americans to break away from the British, then they must have a point. No doubt, the English were heavy handed. True, fundamentally, the English did seem to have a point that the American should pay at least a fraction of the taxes that the people back in England had to pay in order to cover the costs of defending the colonies from the French and Indians. Still, the war was justified due to the lack of compromise on the English side.

But was American independence good or bad?  It's hardly a slam dunk either way. Let's think about a few things:


Thursday, May 15, 2014

second home owners: Columbia County's main industry

Sam Pratt has a story up about Ginsberg getting 33 acres for free from Columbia County. I was having trouble getting on his blog a few minutes ago but it should be back up soon.


Friday, April 4, 2014

I won

Hello,

I won an appeal, Freedom of Information request against Columbia County. 

The county is hiding evidence that they have many no show, fake jobs. The most obvious, as ran on the front page of the Albany Times Union, involves the felony larceny of Tal Rappleyea. 

Rappleyea routinely billed in excess of 24 hours per day. He was paid by municipalities without submitting as much as a scrap of paper. The comptroller knows about it and refuses to investigate. The attorney general claims no jurisdiction. The local DA Czajka promoted Rappleyea as prosecutor in one town AFTER acknowledging Rappleyea's criminality in a meeting. The state police refuse to act. Pat Grattan, chair of the CCBOS, knows this practice of theft, millions stolen, continues even now. 

Rappleyea is not alone. New Lebanon paid Andrew Howard 24,000 for 45 minutes of "work." That works nicely with his fake county job.

Paul Czajka's secretary was Rappleyea's wife and he refuses to get off the case. Some more background here


http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Attorney-math-1-day-26-hours-4026701.php

Oh, and I have an art opening next week and some classes for children and teens around town. Knowledge is power and all that, democracy, etc. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

bullcrap

The supreme court voided campaign contributions limits.

Meanwhile, the top .1 percent of the country in wealth controls 12% of the nation's wealth, which is about the same as the bottom 50%, on in other words, some 30 thousand people have as much wealth as 160 million people.

In short, that's ridiculous. Morally, economically, environmentally, democratically-- in no way is that a good thing, to give a small group of people so much power over the rest of us.

One dollar, one vote. I mean it's just bullcrap.




Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I have to follow up on this. When is the final decision coming? And then there is this.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

international law

This article says American foreign policy is arrogant and Obama is a huge disappointment. This article is about the terrible abuses in North Korea. This wikipedia page is about the Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1951. This disgraceful law is emblematic of US paranoid nationalism. In this piece, Abdulrahman's grandfather points out that Barack Obama killed a 16 year old boy in cold blood for no coherent reason (and many other people) on October 14, 2011 and has kept it up since then.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

how to fix the world

Today happens to be my birthday. So, to celebrate I would like you to indulge me and read this article. I will also like to take a break and write a bit, and in a few short paragraphs diagnosis the problems of the human race and fix them all.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

update

Politics still stinks in Columbia County. This is hypocrisy. The State Police won't lift a finger to touch Robert Fitzsimmons, Columbia County Attorney and active is supporting and encouraging the felonies of Tal Rappleyea and other, likely including himself, stealing millions and still there and still stealing but they will run a sting on a woman syphoning off $20,000.


Monday, October 21, 2013

article in the Albany Times Union and a BREAK IN by the supervisor at the Board of Elections

Frank Serpico is back on the anti-corruption trail, this time in upstate New York, Columbia County, after a developed chopped down his trees and did not get a ticket from the zoning officer because the developer was paying rent to the mayor (supervisor).


Thursday, October 3, 2013

the 9th amendment

Here is the wiki on the ninth amendment. Ever heard of the ninth amendment? Here is what it says:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Reading the history of the amendment and even just the plain language, what this amendment says, as Madison and Hamilton made clear, is that the list of rights in the first eight amendments is not the whole list of rights.

All the ninth amendment says is there are rights out there that are not in the Bill of Rights.


Sunday, September 29, 2013

what did I get for that $437.50 I paid Tal in 2009?

Here is the audio from a town meeting in which Tal admits he did wrong.  A link.

Here is the piece of paper he gave me.

I do not have audio of the 2010 meeting when he hit me up for the grease online at this time but I do have this. And here is the back and forth about them destroying the tapes they later found.

Here is Tal's nonsensical letter to the CCBOS. If you read this letter, then listen to the actual tapes of the 2010 meeting, which I have not yet but will post here, you see that Tal is simply lying.

Don't forget this, 26 hours a day billing. If you are new to this blog, don't miss this and this.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

I won in state court

I've been meaning to blog about this case in Half Moon and about the hypocracy (like hypocrisy but as a form of government, like autocracy) of this charge when the County Attorney's office is stealing way more and the DA know ALL about it and does nothing, same with the state police and comptroller. 

But before I could write about that, I won in state court. To review, I paid a kickback to the Stuyvesant Town Attorney Tal Rappleyea of $437.50 in June 2010 and got a permit to run a business. The Zoning Officer Gerald Gerry Ennis showed up wanting his grease too, which I refused to supply. So, the zoning officer revoked my permit.