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Tweet Follow me This is Governor David Patterson’s rousing and historic speech given today after he was sworn in as the new Governor of New York. Patterson takes over for the resigned Eliot Spitzer; he’s the first African American and Blind Governor in New York history. In the speech, he sited the problem of the meltdown of Bear Sterns as an economic challenge for New York. ...

Tweet Follow me This terrible disaster happened Saturday as a massive construction crane just collapsed, crashing into a smaller building below and ultimately killing four people. According to CNN, the crane company had faced 13 safety violations prior to the accident. More on this later. ...

Tweet Follow me UPDATE: Spitzer’s Call Girl Emperor’s Club VIP, the escort service that was to have played host to Eliot Spitzer’s extramarital prostitution affairs, has a website which until this week probably saw very little traffic. Not anymore. Even though it does not come up on an Alexa search, it was reported when I Googled the site that it’s “disabled” due to traffic. Wow. But it’s interesting that Alexa can’t list it for ranking, but perhaps Alexa’s...

Tweet Follow me Ok. I had to try one of those NY Post-style headlines. What a riot! But less funny is the unfolding story of New Yok Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his reported fooling around with an escort service called Emperors Club VIP , (and for which its website has been “disabled”). Now the Post reports that Spitzer may have paid as much as $80,000 for call-girl service over a 10-year period. That’s more than many people make in a year! Stay tuned. ...

Tweet Follow me Give Ben Smith credit for digging up this bit of history on Geraldine Ferraro’s love of racist comments from 1988 using a Lexis search: “If Jesse Jackson were not black, he wouldn’t be in the race,” she said. Really. The cite is an April 15, 1988 Washington Post story (byline: Howard Kurtz), available only on Nexis. Here’s the full context: Placid of demeanor but pointed in his rhetoric, Jackson struck out repeatedly today against those who suggest his race has been an...

Tweet Follow me UPDATE: Video: This is the classic “Big Story”. According to The New York Times, but the NY Post has better and more detailed information, reporting that Fix News has stated that Spitzer’s set to resign: Feds last week busted a diamond-studded international call-girl ring that offered well-heeled johns “fashion models, pageant winners and exquisite students” for up to $5,500 an hour – after one of the prostitutes turned on her pimp. The Times reported that it...

Tweet Follow me The NY Post reports that a person on a bike acting suspiciously was seen just before a bomb went off at 4 AM EST today and wrecked a U.S. Military Recruiting Station there. No one was hurt and the person who did this is still at large. ...

Tweet Follow me Christine Smith Interior Design Blessed By NY Post’s Cindy Adams Taking a break from politics, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Mcain, we look at Cindy Adams who “brings you the juiciest celeb gossip and celebrity news” according to the New York Post, her employer. Well, if that’s the case, then Cindy’s just blessed Christine Smith as a celebrity. Cindy took note of the growing presence of Smith’s workers around the Upper East Side, and gushed .. “GUYS...

Tweet Follow me Big Head DC is a respectable publication on politics in DC. I enjoy reading it. But I did not like one of Big Head DC’s blog articles where he — the “he” is Rob Capriccioso (pictured) who’s the editor of Big Head DC — accused ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson of being a client of a DC madam named Deborah Jeane Palfrey and basically just because his name happened to be in her phone book and even though Deborah Jeane Palfrey who’s the escort, explained to Rob...

Tweet Follow me Ok. After months that seemed like years of anticipation and speculation, all caused by a terrific Alternative Reality Game marketing strategy, the pet movie J.J. Abrams has produced through his “Bad Robot” production company, Cloverfield has been seen and under tight security, by Harry Knowles of “Ain’t It Cool News.” Now Harry seldom gives a bad review, but in this case he wrote a review that makes me think this flick’s going to be an instant classic. I’m...

Tweet Follow me New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s reported to be “exploring” a run for president, simply lacks enough experience to be President of The Unted States in my view. Bloomberg may have built a company in his name and ran for Mayor of New York and won, but he’s never had to deal with the complex politics of Congress and getting a bill through the process in Washington. I don’t know what’s going on, but what’s it with these New York mayors who think they...

Tweet Follow me In this cool video that places Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul in the role of a Spartan as in the movie “300”, Paul kicks Fox News Chris Wallace into an abyss. You’ve got to see it. ...

Tweet Follow me Texas Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul is really giving great questions to Ben Bernanke on Federal Reserve Policy, particularly dealing with exchange rates. Watch for yourself. ...

Tweet Follow me Hillary Clinton in fundraising controversy Questions raised about Hillary Clinton’s big Chinatown fundraiser The Associated PressPublished: November 1, 2007 NEW YORK: On the wall of Hsiao Yen Wang’s New York apartment, a cramped, 17th-floor public housing unit, are photographs of her husband, David Guo, a cook who specializes in Fujian cuisine. One photo stands out: Guo shaking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s hand, a memento from a $1,000 (€693)-a-person fundraiser for the New...

Tweet Follow me When is anyone going to realize that a hangman’s noose is no joke. It’s a criminal act implying someone’s desire to murder someone else because they’re different and historically because they’re Black. This was just done in New York at Columbia University , but totally unlike the town of Jena, LA and its terrible district attorney , the people at Columbia called a town hall meeting on the issue. I hope they catch the person who did it and jail them for a good long...

Tweet Follow me Senator Barack Obama’s coming to New York City September 27th in what promises to be a love in. Here’s a video called “Meet Barack Obama.” ...

Tweet Follow me From one Godfather to another – Robert Duvall is set to host a $2,300 event for Ex-New York Mayor and Republican Presidential Candidate Rudy Giuliani. According to the Washington Times… We opened yesterday’s mail to see that Academy Award-winning actor and director Robert Duvall and his fourth wife, Luciana, will host a high-end cocktail party at their country home in The Plains, Va., later this month to benefit Republican presidential candidate Rudolph W. Giuliani. The invitation...

Tweet Follow me I’m still in New York City, having appeared on CNN’s Roland Martin Debates to talk about the CNN / YouTube Debates program and its impact on society. But during this trip, what impressed me was the impact CNN’s now departed Paula Zahn had on everyone around her. People love her. This was made clear to me by the limo driver who picked me up at JFK. He said “Paula, she was great. Most people (CNN anchors and contributors) just get in (the car) and don’t say much. ...

Tweet Follow me This is a video of my great adventure of a trip to New York City and to be a guest on CNN’s “Roland Martin Debates” Show on Friday July 27th 2007. My question submitted for the CNN / YouTube debates opened up a whole new set of doors and emboldened me to use video more effectively to communicate ideas and messages as well as to give others a voice. But that’s not what this video’s about. This movie’s about my trip. The video takes the first two days of my trip,...

Tweet Follow me My good friend Bill Chachkes gave me an impromptu first-time tour of Ground Zero in New York City. The site is right next to the building that employed his father for 21 of his 34 years with the New York police force. Bill’s tour is a personal one- he lost two friends in the 9/11 disaster and saw a building his father said would never come down, come down. ...