Showing posts with label ELECTION. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ELECTION. Show all posts

Thursday, September 13, 2018



Story By: James Edstrom

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

We have done a lot of research. Having been a New Yorker all my life, I know the Cuomo family from many years of attending parties with them and photographing them. I like some of Cynthia Nixon's talk, but we just do not think she can do the walk. We also like Andrew Cuomo's talk and we know he can do the walk.

Andrew Cuomo's dad Mario Cuomo was a gentleman and a very smart man. The guy had class. Andrew's mom Miltilda Cuomo was truly New York's first lady. She always sent me thank you letters that she wrote herself and I had many conversations with her and Mario over the years. They are a good family. But this is not why I think we need to vote Andrew Cuomo back in office.

We have a crazy man AKA Donald Trump in the White House, a man who I have known personally for 30 years. Trump is after New York City even know it is his home town. We need protection from this maniac.  Cynthia Nixon is not a seasoned politician and this is what we need in this day and age of Donald Trump. She has ideas, some of them good, but she will just not know how to implement them nor will she know her way around the political arena in New York State or Washington DC.

 Andrew Cuomo knows his way around. Andrew Cuomo knows how to fight for New Yorker's. In this day and age, we need protection from Donald Trump and his policies. I understand the talk of this deal and that deal from the politicians up in Albany. But no matter what deals are going on, weather bad or good, Andrew Cuomo is a fighter, Andrew Cuomo when push comes to shove will not let New Yorker's down. I know this. I have known this family for years.

I considered Cynthia Nixon. I like the idea of new blood in Albany and in Washington DC. But watching Cynthia being supported by the same old political losers like Jimmy Van Bramer was not what I was looking for and many residents in my neighborhood were sickened by watching her and Van Bramer work the political circuit together. Jimmy Van Bramer only cares for media attention and watching Cynthia and him together made many of us sick. Cynthia Nixon even hosted Jimmy Van Bramers Birthday bash here in Hunters Point South. Considering we can not even get garbage cans or a red light from Jimmy Van Bramer, by Nixon surrounding herself with this man only makes the residents around here very uneasy that she will not be able to deliver.

Nothing for nothing, Andrew Cuomo is a New Yorker and for New Yorker's. Andrew Cuomo knows how to handle someone like Donald Trump and knows how to protect New York. Right now is not the time for a change. Vote today. These days our elections are more important than ever.


I do not know Zephyr Teachout, but I know Tish James. I know Cuomo supports Tish James, but I do not and here's why.

I contacted Tish James Office when she was Public Advocate about the abuse I was getting from landlord St Nicks Alliance. I complained about discrimination because I was white and I was gay and had AIDS. I complained about the drug operations that were being run out of my building at 19 Maujer Street in Brooklyn and she did nothing. I finally had to go  to the Brooklyn DA and they ended up busting a Heroin Cartell run by St Nicks Alliance Property Manager Haydee Cordero. It was a huge operation running drugs all over Brooklyn, but Tish James had the heads up on this first and did nothing. To this day, Tish James has done nothing about the city awarding contracts to convicted felons like Joseph Robles President Of St Nicks Alliance. Tish James not only did nothing about my complaints about St Nicks Alliance and the drug operations, I wonder how many people died until the Brooklyn DA busted them all. Meanwhile St Nicks Alliance continues to get contract after contract, even know they are run by a convicted felon, even know their property manager was busted for running a drug ring. Tish James is not good for New York, Tish James only cares for her landlord friends in Brooklyn. Tish James will not fight for New Yorkers.

I have done my research on Zephyr Teachout. The New York Times endorses her, but that is not the reason I choose her. Zephyr Rain Teachout is an attorney, author, and Associate Professor of Law at Fordham. She is one smart cookie. She will fight for securing tenants’ rights and voting rights and pursuing criminal justice reform. She will also fight Donald Trump who charities and companies need to be taken to task for the way they operate. Ms. Teachout is not surrounded by political cronies and in this day and age, we need someone like her. No one is better suited for this job than Zephyr Teachout. 

Tish James will be the same old thing. We need old blood in the Governors office like Andrew Cuomo to fight Donald Trump, and new blood in the Attorney General's office to fight corruption. This will be a great balance in New York.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Cynthia Nixon

Sex & The City Star Cynthia Nixon has officially announced today she is mounting a Democratic primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Announcing her bid on Monday, Nixon said that she presents a “strong progressive alternative” to Cuomo, who she called a “centrist and Albany insider.”

“Cuomo’s time in office has been defined by a string of indictments for corruption, his failure to fix the New York City subway, and his support for a backroom deal which handed Republicans control of the state Senate, resulting in the failure of numerous pieces of progressive legislation,” Nixon said in a statement.

EDITORS NOTE: Interesting. I like her. I see her all the time on the streets of New York. She is a real New Yorker. Nothing fake about Cynthia Nixon. She will walk down 14th street in floppy clothes, shop in our stores and I watch her looking sad as she is looking at all the homeless scattered about. As a photographer who has photographed her many times, I always felt that I was talking to one of our own, a NYC resident who deals with what we deal with every day. The litter, the subway mess, the homeless and the corruption. We really like this idea and we really like and respect Cynthia Nixon, shes one of us!


Saturday, August 06, 2016


Hillary Clinton

Senator Harry Reid

Senator Harry Reid was snapped at a Hillary Clinton Rally at IBEW Local 357 Hall in Las Vegas, Nevada the other day. Hillary looked stunning and was a pure fashion icon. Get out and vote, we must elect Hillary Clinton for president.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Michelle Obama At Democratic Convention

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE) Thank you all. Thank you so much. You know, it’s hard to believe that it has been eight years since I first came to this convention to talk with you about why I thought my husband should be president.


Remember how I told you about his character and convictions, his decency and his grace, the traits that we’ve seen every day that he’s served our country in the White House?


I also told you about our daughters, how they are the heart of our hearts, the center of our world. And during our time in the White House, we’ve had the joy of watching them grow from bubbly little girls into poised young women, a journey that started soon after we arrived in Washington.

OBAMA: When they set off for their first day at their new school, I will never forget that winter morning as I watched our girls, just 7 and 10 years old, pile into those black SUVs with all those big men with guns.


And I saw their little faces pressed up against the window, and the only thing I could think was, what have we done?


See, because at that moment I realized that our time in the White House would form the foundation for who they would become and how well we managed this experience could truly make or break them. That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight, how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith.


How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country.


How we explain that when someone is cruel or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level. No, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.


With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models. And let me tell you, Barack and I take that same approach to our jobs as president and first lady because we know that our words and actions matter, not just to our girls, but the children across this country, kids who tell us I saw you on TV, I wrote a report on you for school.

Kids like the little black boy who looked up at my husband, his eyes wide with hope and he wondered, is my hair like yours?

And make no mistake about it, this November when we go to the polls that is what we’re deciding, not Democrat or Republican, not left or right. No, in this election and every election is about who will have the power to shape our children for the next four or eight years of their lives.


And I am here tonight because in this election there is only one person who I trust with that responsibility, only one person who I believe is truly qualified to be president of the United States, and that is our friend Hillary Clinton.


That’s right.


See, I trust Hillary to lead this country because I’ve seen her lifelong devotion to our nation’s children, not just her own daughter, who she has raised to perfection…


…but every child who needs a champion, kids who take the long way to school to avoid the gangs, kids who wonder how they’ll ever afford college, kids whose parents don’t speak a word of English, but dream of a better life, kids who look to us to determine who and what they can be.

You see, Hillary has spent decades doing the relentless, thankless work to actually make a difference in their lives…


…advocating for kids with disabilities as a young lawyer, fighting for children’s health care as first lady, and for quality child care in the Senate.

And when she didn’t win the nomination eight years ago, she didn’t get angry or disillusioned.


Hillary did not pack up and go home, because as a true public servant Hillary knows that this is so much bigger than her own desires and disappointments.


So she proudly stepped up to serve our country once again as secretary of state, traveling the globe to keep our kids safe.

And look, there were plenty of moments when Hillary could have decided that this work was too hard, that the price of public service was too high, that she was tired of being picked apart for how she looks or how she talks or even how she laughs. But here’s the thing. What I admire most about Hillary is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life.


And when I think about the kind of president that I want for my girls and all our children, that’s what I want.

OBAMA: I want someone with the proven strength to persevere, someone who knows this job and takes it seriously, someone who understands that the issues a president faces are not black and white and cannot be boiled down to 140 characters.


Because when you have the nuclear codes at your fingertips and the military in your command, you can’t make snap decisions. You can’t have a thin skin or a tendency to lash out. You need to be steady and measured and well-informed.


I want a president with a record of public service, someone whose life’s work shows our children that we don’t chase form and fortune for ourselves, we fight to give everyone a chance to succeed.


And we give back even when we’re struggling ourselves because we know that there is always someone worse off. And there but for the grace of God go I.

I want a president who will teach our children that everyone in this country matters, a president who truly believes in the vision that our Founders put forth all those years ago that we are all created equal, each a beloved part of the great American story.


And when crisis hits, we don’t turn against each other. No, we listen to each other, we lean on each other, because we are always stronger together.


And I am here tonight because I know that that is the kind of president that Hillary Clinton will be. And that’s why in this election I’m with her.


You see, Hillary understands that the president is about one thing and one thing only, it’s about leaving something better for our kids. That’s how we’ve always moved this country forward, by all of us coming together on behalf of our children, folks who volunteer to coach that team, to teach that Sunday school class, because they know it takes a village.


Heroes of every color and creed who wear the uniform and risk their lives to keep passing down those blessings of liberty, police officers and the protesters in Dallas who all desperately want to keep our children safe.


People who lined up in Orlando to donate blood because it could have been their son, their daughter in that club.


Leaders like Tim Kaine…


…who show our kids what decency and devotion look like.

Leaders like Hillary Clinton who has the guts and the grace to keep coming back and putting those cracks in that highest and hardest glass ceiling until she finally breaks through, lifting all of us along with her.


That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.


And I watch my daughters, two beautiful, intelligent, black young women playing with their dogs on the White House lawn.


And because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.


So, look, so don’t let anyone ever tell you that this country isn’t great, that somehow we need to make it great again. Because this right now is the greatest country on earth!

(CHEERS, APPLAUSE) And as my daughters prepare to set out into the world, I want a leader who is worthy of that truth, a leader who is worthy of my girls’ promise and all our kids’ promise, a leader who will be guided every day by the love and hope and impossibly big dreams that we all have for our children.

So in this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired or frustrated or cynical. No, hear me. Between now and November, we need to do what we did eight years ago and four years ago.


We need to knock on every door, we need to get out every vote, we need to pour every last ounce of our passion and our strength and our love for this country into electing Hillary Clinton as president of the United States of America!


So let’s get to work. Thank you all and God bless.



Bernie Sanders At DNC Convention

"Good evening.

How great it is to be with you tonight.

Let me begin by thanking the hundreds of thousands of Americans who actively participated in our campaign as volunteers. Let me thank the 2 1/2 million Americans who helped fund our campaign with an unprecedented 8 million individual campaign contributions – averaging $27 a piece. Let me thank the 13 million Americans who voted for the political revolution, giving us the 1,846 pledged delegates here tonight – 46 percent of the total. And delegates: Thank you for being here, and for all the work you’ve done. I look forward to your votes during the roll call on Tuesday night.

And let me offer a special thanks to the people of my own state of Vermont who have sustained me and supported me as a mayor, congressman, senator and presidential candidate. And to my family – my wife Jane, four kids and seven grandchildren –thank you very much for your love and hard work on this campaign.

I understand that many people here in this convention hall and around the country are disappointed about the final results of the nominating process. I think it’s fair to say that no one is more disappointed than I am. But to all of our supporters – here and around the country – I hope you take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved.

Together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America and that revolution – our revolution – continues. Election days come and go. But the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice – that struggle continues. And I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.

Let me be as clear as I can be. This election is not about, and has never been about, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Trump, or Bernie Sanders or any of the other candidates who sought the presidency. This election is not about political gossip. It’s not about polls. It’s not about campaign strategy. It’s not about fundraising. It’s not about all the things the media spends so much time discussing.

This election is about – and must be about – the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.

This election is about ending the 40-year decline of our middle class the reality that 47 million men, women and children live in poverty. It is about understanding that if we do not transform our economy, our younger generation will likely have a lower standard of living then their parents.

This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we currently experience, the worst it has been since 1928. It is not moral, not acceptable and not sustainable that the top one-tenth of one percent now own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, or that the top 1 percent in recent years has earned 85 percent of all new income. That is unacceptable. That must change.

This election is about remembering where we were 7 1/2 years ago when President Obama came into office after eight years of Republican trickle-down economics.

The Republicans want us to forget that as a result of the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, our economy was in the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Some 800,000 people a month were losing their jobs. We were running up a record-breaking deficit of $1.4 trillion and the world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse.

We have come a long way in the last 7 1/2 years, and I thank President Obama and Vice President Biden for their leadership in pulling us out of that terrible recession.

Yes, we have made progress, but I think we can all agree that much, much more needs to be done.

This election is about which candidate understands the real problems facing this country and has offered real solutions – not just bombast, fear-mongering, name-calling and divisiveness.

We need leadership in this country which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger – not leadership which insults Latinos, Muslims, women, African-Americans and veterans – and divides us up.

By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that – based on her ideas and her leadership – Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.

This election is about a single mom I saw in Nevada who, with tears in her eyes, told me that she was scared to death about the future because she and her young daughter were not making it on the $10.45 an hour she was earning. This election is about that woman and the millions of other workers in this country who are struggling to survive on totally inadequate wages.

Hillary Clinton understands that if someone in America works 40 hours a week, that person should not be living in poverty. She understands that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And she is determined to create millions of new jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure – our roads, bridges, water systems and wastewater plants.

But her opponent – Donald Trump – well, he has a very different view. He does not support raising the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – a starvation wage. While Donald Trump believes in huge tax breaks for billionaires, he believes that states should actually have the right to lower the minimum wage below $7.25. What an outrage!

This election is about overturning Citizens United, one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in the history of our country. That decision allows the wealthiest people in America, like the billionaire Koch brothers, to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and, in the process, undermine American democracy.

Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United and end the movement toward oligarchy in this country. Her Supreme Court appointments will also defend a woman’s right to choose, workers’ rights, the rights of the LGBT community, the needs of minorities and immigrants and the government’s ability to protect the environment.

If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country.

This election is about the thousands of young people I have met who have left college deeply in debt, and the many others who cannot afford to go to college. During the primary campaign, Secretary Clinton and I both focused on this issue but with different approaches. Recently, however, we have come together on a proposal that will revolutionize higher education in America. It will guarantee that the children of any family this country with an annual income of $125,000 a year or less – 83 percent of our population – will be able to go to a public college or university tuition free. That proposal also substantially reduces student debt.

This election is about climate change, the greatest environmental crisis facing our planet, and the need to leave this world in a way that is healthy and habitable for our kids and future generations. Hillary Clinton is listening to the scientists who tell us that – unless we act boldly and transform our energy system in the very near future – there will be more drought, more floods, more acidification of the oceans, more rising sea levels. She understands that when we do that we can create hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs.

Donald Trump? Well, like most Republicans, he chooses to reject science. He believes that climate change is a “hoax,” no need to address it. Hillary Clinton understands that a president’s job is to worry about future generations, not the short-term profits of the fossil fuel industry.

This campaign is about moving the United States toward universal health care and reducing the number of people who are uninsured or under-insured. Hillary Clinton wants to see that all Americans have the right to choose a public option in their health care exchange. She believes that anyone 55 years or older should be able to opt in to Medicare and she wants to see millions more Americans gain access to primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs through a major expansion of community health centers.

And What is Donald Trump’s position on health care? No surprise there. Same old, same old Republican contempt for working families. He wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act, throw 20 million people off of the health insurance they currently have and cut Medicaid for lower-income Americans.

Hillary Clinton also understands that millions of seniors, disabled vets and others are struggling with the outrageously high cost of prescription drugs and the fact that Americans pay the highest prices in the world for their medicine. She knows that Medicare must negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry and that drug companies should not be making billions in profits while one in five Americans are unable to afford the medicine they need. The greed of the drug companies must end.

This election is about the leadership we need to pass comprehensive immigration reform and repair a broken criminal justice system. It’s about making sure that young people in this country are in good schools and at good jobs, not in jail cells. Hillary Clinton understands that we have to invest in education and jobs for our young people, not more jails or incarceration.

In these stressful times for our country, this election must be about bringing our people together, not dividing us up. While Donald Trump is busy insulting one group after another, Hillary Clinton understands that our diversity is one of our greatest strengths. Yes. We become stronger when black and white, Latino, Asian-American, Native American – all of us – stand together. Yes. We become stronger when men and women, young and old, gay and straight, native born and immigrant fight to create the kind of country we all know we can become.

It is no secret that Hillary Clinton and I disagree on a number of issues. That’s what this campaign has been about. That’s what democracy is about. But I am happy to tell you that at the Democratic Platform Committee there was a significant coming together between the two campaigns and we produced, by far, the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party. Among many other strong provisions, the Democratic Party now calls for breaking up the major financial institutions on Wall Street and the passage of a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. It also calls for strong opposition to job-killing free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Our job now is to see that platform implemented by a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House and a Hillary Clinton presidency – and I am going to do everything I can to make that happen.

I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as a great first lady who broke precedent in terms of the role that a first lady was supposed to play as she helped lead the fight for universal health care. I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as a fierce advocate for the rights of children.

Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her here tonight."

Friday, February 26, 2016


Donald J. Trump -- Man Of A Thousand Faces

Donald J. Trump

The Donald J. Trump for President Rally at South Point Arena at South Point Resort Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada had a huge turnout.

Thursday, January 07, 2016


Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul And Kelley Ashby

Senator Rand Paul and Kelley Ashby visit The Late Show With Stephen Colbert yesterday in New York City.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


GOP Candidates

The Venetian Las Vegas

Building Exteriors were photographed at dawn before the CNN GOP Debate at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sin City really rolled out the red carpet for this event. Once again famed Vegas photog Erik Kabik showed how The Venetian looks stunning!

Monday, June 22, 2015



Neil Young

Donald Trump's presidential announcement really caught the attention of the world on Tuesday, but not all of them were Trump supporters.

The Donald's use of Neil Young's "Rockin' In The Free World" did not go un-noticed by the singer himself, who declared he's no fan of Trump.

"Donald Trump was not authorized to use 'Rockin' In The Free World' in his presidential candidacy announcement," said a statement from Young's management company. "Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States of America."


 "Rockin' in the Free World" was used in an announcement for a U.S. presidential candidate without my permission.

A picture of me with this candidate was also circulated in conjunction with this announcement but It was a photograph taken during a meeting when I was trying to raise funds for Pono, my online high resolution music service.

Music is a universal language. So I am glad that so many people with varying beliefs get enjoyment from my music, even if they don't share my beliefs.

But had I been asked to allow my music to be used for a candidate - I would have said no.

I am Canadian and I don't vote in the United States, but more importantly I don't like the current political system in the USA and some other countries. Increasingly Democracy has been hijacked by corporate interests. The money needed to run for office, the money spent on lobbying by special interests, the ever increasing economic disparity and the well-funded legislative decisions all favor corporate interests over the peoples.

The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling is proof of this corruption, as well as the proposed trade deals, which would further compromise our rights.

These Corporations were originally created to serve us but if we don't appropriately prioritize they will destroy us. Corporations don't have children. They don't have feelings or soul. They don't depend on uncontaminated water, clean air or healthy food to survive. They are beholden to one thing - the bottom line.

I choose to speak Truth to this Economic Power. When I speak out on corporations hurting the common man or the environment or other species, I expect a well-financed disinformation campaign to be aimed my way.

Such is the case with the reaction to my new album The Monsanto Years, which covers many of these issues. I support those bringing these issues to light and those who fight for their rights like Freedom of Choice.

But Freedom of Choice is meaningless without knowledge.

That's why it's crucial we all get engaged and get informed.

That's why GMO labeling matters. Mothers need to know what they are feeding their children. They need freedom to make educated choices at the market. When the people have voted for labeling, as they have in Vermont, they need our support when they are fighting these corporate interests trying to reverse the laws they have voted for and passed in the democratic process.

I do not trust self-serving misinformation coming from corporations and their media trolls. I do not trust politicians who are taking millions from those corporations either. I trust people. So I make my music for people not for candidates.

Keep on Rockin' in the Free World.

- Neil Young

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Richard Dreyfuss On PoliticKING

Larry King Guest Richard Dreyfuss explains his movement to bring American civics back into the classroom and why he doesn't vote.

DREYFUSS: So all the guys that are in Congress now, the Young Turks, and the Republican party, they never took civics. They never studied the Constitution, they never studied the Bill of Rights, and that’s why they say such stupid things. There’s two points I want to make here: First, Inarguable points. No one in this country understands the stories on the front page of any newspaper in this country. No one. We don’t understand the bail out, Wall Street, foreign policy, the fed, the prime mortgage controversy, the bank-- we don’t understand any story on the front page. Two: Western kids are now joining ISIS.

KING: Not in multitudes.

DREYFUSS: Well, it starts with a trickle. Why? Because even though it sounds crazy, it’s the only spiritual movement being talked about in the media. No one talks about the values of the enlightenment that made strong the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Nobody talks about the secular faith of the United States or western Europe. And that’s why kids who grow up with a spiritual yearning of one kind or another, find themselves taken by these people.

KING: But why did we stop? Civics was required when I was in eighth grade.

DREYFUSS: Well they’ll say that part of Common Core, and No Child Left Behind, but it’s really not, and it’s been relegated to the idea that it’s politically rude to discuss things that maybe certain sections of the country disagree with, or it’s a controversial issue to say that there’s such a thing as America being responsible for the greatest political miracle in history, which is true. And our kids don’t know that story anymore. And that’s a shame.

DREYFUSS: You know, if I were a history teacher, I’d say this, any kids coming into my classroom I’d say this: How many kids here have the same politics as their parents? And whatever number raises their hand, I say, for this semester you take the opposite. You have to. So that you understand the opposing view. Every paper you write, every debate you’re in, you have to be opposing your parent’s political politics. And that way, you start people thinking for themselves. And our country right now is in a complete, vivid, unmistakable decay. Everyone knows it, everyone feels it, when you think of the future of America, it makes you uneasy, instead of comfortable.

Thursday, April 09, 2015


Larry King With Tavis Smiley

Below is a transcript of a short clip from PoliticKING with Larry King. This week’s guest, Tavis Smiley, sounds off on his opinion of Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016.

KING: Will Bush-Clinton be a same-old same-old.

SMILEY: Oh it could never be the same-old, same-old. This is going to be, if it turns out to be there.


SMILEY: I think these are still both foregone conclusions though, I think they’re foregone conclusions.

KING: About the nominations even?

SMILEY: Yeah well I think they’re - they’re certainly both going to run but I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves if we think that they’re necessarily going to be the two nominees. I think there’s a chance that might not happen number one. But secondly, I just think it’s a huge mistake, and I love Hillary Clinton she’s a personal friend, I think I can say that, but I think it’s a huge mistake for the Democratic Party to coronate her. You know, this is an election, it’s not an auction; it ought not go to the highest bidder. You’re not the queen. You ought not be coroneted here. This is an election. And I think that she is going to be a much better candidate in the general election if she really has to run the field in the primary.

KING: You’d like to see the O’Malley’s and the Warren’s?

SMILEY: For her sake, for her sake, and for the party’s sake, and for the country’s sake. I think that would serve her better, serve the party better, serve the country better. And I’m not sure what kind of - there’s going to be a lot of enthusiasm about her running as the first woman to be the nominee if she gets this but I also think that when you don’t have another - when you don’t have any primary challenges then the media has nothing else to focus on but what? But you. So the pressure on her and the intensity is going to be worse than she could ever imagine.


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PoliticKING airs on cable TV every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 pm, 9 pm, and 11 pm ET on RT America. The show is available on demand online at and

Sunday, January 18, 2015



Erik Bottcher With Jean Shifiroff And JD Thompson

Erik Bottcher and philanthropist Jean Shafiroff were photographed at The Ready for Hillary event at 42 West in New York City recently. Erik Bottcher has recently joined the staff of Corry Johnson, City Council Member.

Ready for Hillary is the super PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. We happen to agree. We need Hillary Clinton for our next President. You can find out more on this Super PAC HERE.

 The event had a huge show of support from the LGBT community who hosted the event. The event was chaired by Lane Hudson and Peter Yacobellis, and had a quartet of high-profile special guests pushing a second run by the former FLOTUS (First Lady Of The United States) and Senator.

Monday, September 09, 2013


John And Margo Catsimatidis

I am not going to get into a whole political exchange here. John Catsimatidis should be the Republican pick.

John Catsimatidis is a real New Yorker. Having known the Catsimatidis family for many years, the generosity this family has shown to New Yorkers is beyond reproach. I can only tell you what I have seen. There has been many charity events that I have attended, and I would always ask the publicist or host why this huge table is empty? Who brought a table and did not even show. So many times the answer was The Catsimatidis family. I was always told that they knew they could not show, but they brought the table anyway to support the good cause and donated it back to the charity.

I knew way before everyone else that John Catsimatidis would run this election. I had discussions with him at mutual friends private dinners and I was really impressed at his love for the city. John Catsimatidis and his wife Margo always got a glow in their eyes when they told stories of growing up in New York City and they talked about their love for the people and the town they call home. I loved the excitement in John Catsimatidis voice when he talked about growing up with the Yankees and imitated the old time Yankees announcers. The Catsimatidis family are real New Yorkers.

I remember after John Catsimatidis announced he was running for Mayor. Mutual friends would tell me he was in some part of the city making a donation and I would ask why the press was not called to cover this as he is running for Mayor after all. I was told this was not what John Catsimatidis wanted, it was about helping the people, not scoring election points. He wanted these donations kept private.

I know many of the people running in this election. Joe Lhota I do not know well. But his track record is not good in my book. He left the MTA and now everything is falling apart. His ads keep saying that he put the MTA on track. I do not see this. What I see is when he left the MTA to run for Mayor, the new head of the worlds biggest transit system is trying to repair everything. Yes, some of it is Hurricane Sandy damage, but it seems the majority of all these repairs should have been done years ago, when Joe Lhota was in charge. In all my years I have never seen more delays and more subway closures. This happened on Joe Lhota's watch.

On last nights debates, when John Catsimatidis suggested Lhota was part of a decision to build the city's emergency management center "on a high floor" in 7 World Trade Center, Lhota pointed out that it was on the third floor, which he didn't consider "high."

Now let me point out one thing. What person in their right mind would build the City's emergency management center in a building that was already bombed. The World Trade Center was bombed in 1993.  Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani along with Joe Lhota were in charge, yet the decision was made to put the emergency management center in buildings they already knew were targets. Is this smart management? It also seems that Rudy Giuliani has taken time out from his Lifelock infomercials to endorse Joe Lhota.

It seems to me the only Republican choice is John Catsimatidis.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013




John Catsimatidis Flanked By Family And Supporters

Powerhouse and beloved New York businessman John Catsimatidis officially announced today he is running for mayor of the Big Apple. 

Surrounded by his family and many supporters, Catsimatidis gave a passionate and heartfelt speech about his amazing rags to riches true life story. The billionaire chairman and CEO of Red Apple Group and Gristedes, told a throng of press how he came to America from Greece at six months old and became a successful executive at more than a dozen thriving companies. Catsimatidis has an impressive resume and tremendous reputation and he says he wants to give back again to New York and make sure all residents have the same success he's had in life. The ability to reach across party lines, Catsimatidis is running as a Republican, but calls himself a Clinton Democrat. Given the success Mayor Mike Bloomberg has had running NYC for three straight terms now, many believe Catsimatidis is the ideal next mayor to run America's biggest city. 

Sunday, November 04, 2012



Barack Obama

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria helped support the Barack Obama Grassroots Rally in Las Vegas, Nevada the other day.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012



Paul Ryan And Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan held a Campaign Rally at Henderson Pavillion yesterday,in Henderson, Nevada.

Saturday, October 13, 2012




 Bitching By: James Edstrom


Lair Paul Ryan

Experience and truths made Joe Biden the winner in the Vice Presidential debate the other night.

As I watch the clips like everyone else, over and over again, you can see that Paul Ryan has no answers and Joe Biden had the truth. When Paul Ryan was pushed on so many things, he could not answer. He would only say we will do this and that and could not tell us how. 

The media is still talking about Joe Biden laughing and interrupting, but so much of what Paul Ryan said was just plain laughable. He has no answers and his running mate Mitt Romney has none either. If I was debating Paul Ryan, I would have acted just like Joe Biden. He is a Republican punk who has no idea what the truth is and is blindly following the Republican party. Paul Ryan like Mitt Romney is just a lair, plain and simple and Joe Biden took the punk out.

The reason Joe Biden was so good against Paul Ryan was he had the answers. Joe Biden knew the facts while Paul Ryan was trying to remember the lies the Republican party was feeding him. 

Everything in this election campaign is very simple. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are only for the rich. They do not care about the poor or the middle class. They only care about power and money. As A life long Republican, who has been voting Democratic for several years now, I see the facts. The Republican party is just not what it used to be. They are like spoiled rich kids who have to win at any cost, no matter what that cost is. And that cost could be the American Dream.


It has been a very stressful week here, moving out of Times Square and over to fashionable Williamsburg Brooklyn. We never knew that we could fit so much stuff in our little studio in Times Square. We filled a huge moving truck and we are now trying to find a spot for everything in our new two bedroom apartment. Our street has trees, the supermarkets are great and the restaurants are to die for. I was really surprised that the supermarkets were so much better than Manhattan. 

The views from Williamsburg of the Manhattan skyline are wild. It's Saturday night and the streets are packed with everyone dining and club hopping. Williamsburg reminds me of what the West Village used to be before all the yuppies moved in. The air is fresh and the excitement is in the air.

We know our move will be complete when Borough President Marty Moskowitz sends us a welcome package!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012



Story By: James Edstrom

Mitt Romney

How stupid does Mitt Romney think the American public is? First of all, now that he released his 2011 tax bill, he says he did not take all his deductions, in order to keep with his statement last month, where he said he never paid lower than 13 percent. If he had taken all the deductions, he would have payed less than the 13 percent in 2011.

Said Romney, "I don't pay more than are legally due and frankly if I had paid more than are legally due I don't think I'd be qualified to become president," I'd think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires."

Now this lair, yes he is a lair, throws out his 2011 tax bill with great fanfare and expects us to buy into what he is selling. LIES!

Since Romney will lose the election to Barack Obama, we guarantee after he loses, he will file a amended tax return to get the money back. He is legally allowed to do this.

It is disgusting that Romney expects Americans to trust him, yet he will not release all the other years of his tax returns, like every other president has done. Those tax returns will show how much the rich Romney makes, and how little he really pays in taxes.

The choice is clear and has been for a very long time. Barack Obama is the only one who can take America to where it needs to be. We need a thriving middle class, we need health care for everyone and we need to start putting these Wall Street crooks in jail. These Republicans can yell that regulation is bad for business, but without regulations the banks and Wall Street will continue to steal from us blind. 

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


Barbra Streisand Blogs In Huffington Post

To Tell America The Truth

Barbra Streisand

FROM HUFFINGTON POST: In this election, the people of America have to make a choice between two candidates with very different values, visions and solutions to the most pressing problems facing our country. The question voters need to ask themselves when they walk into the voting booth on November 6th is: "Will the country be better off returning to the policies of George W. Bush's Administration?"

Like Bush, Governor Romney believes we need more tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% and fewer rules for Wall Street. He wants to roll back financial reform and set Wall Street free to write its own rules again. He wants to repeal health care reform and leave 30 million people without a safety net. And the trillions in tax cuts he wants to give to millionaires and billionaires will only force more devastating cuts to critical programs that serve the middle-class.

It's hard to believe that Mitt Romney would campaign on policies that nearly destroyed the country and virtually eliminated so much of America's middle-class. With stagnant wages, escalating medical costs, foreclosures, rampant unemployment, loss of good paying jobs and the disappearance of retirement savings due to deregulation and manipulation by Wall Street, Mitt Romney and the Republican narrative fail to address the key concerns of everyday Americans.

Time and again, Republicans' policies put corporations, not the people, first. They challenge current regulations and try to block new regulations that help to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Just recently, House Republicans went to great lengths to block the implementation of a new food safety law, while also trying to cut the budgets of agencies that oversee food safety. And many in the party either deny the science on climate change or refuse to support legislation that will begin to help mitigate the effects of global warming.

The only budget proposal that Republicans will support is the Ryan budget, which completely disinvests in America during a time when the country desperately needs investments to spur growth and competitiveness. Our country, and the notion of the American Dream, was built on the bedrock that government must play a vital role in providing investments that ultimately afford opportunity for all. If everyone was left to fend for themselves, and government failed to take the lead in investing in schools, roads, research and development, space exploration, and the Internet, we would have a very different country where the fate of a person's future would be sealed in the socio-economic status that he or she was born into. Ultimately, Mitt Romney and his party see an America where the wealth should trickle down, instead of building a strong middle class so that everyone can rise up together.


No matter how much undisclosed money floods into Romney affiliated super PACs from the likes of Sheldon Adelson, the Koch brothers, and their friends, the things they cannot change are the facts.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney became enormously wealthy, while his company, Bain Capital, bought and bankrupted companies, laid off American workers and shipped jobs overseas.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney had the 47th worst job creation record as Governor.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney has millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts and secretive offshore investment funds in the Cayman Islands and Bermuda in order to avoid paying his fair share of U.S. taxes. And given his refusal to release more than two years of tax returns (unprecedented for a Presidential candidate), it's clear that the Romney campaign believes that the truth about what is contained in those tax returns is far more damaging than Romney's refusal to release them.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney has taken both sides on virtually every issue important to voters. He was for and then against -- gun control, a women's right to reproductive choice, health care for all, and the economic stimulus. He once believed that people's actions contributed to global warming and now he has changed his position. He was against signing the no-tax pledge and now he is a strong supporter.

It's a fact that Mitt Romney's solution to stimulate the economy is further deregulation, a tactic that led to the growth of "too big to fail" banks, the BP oil spill, the housing crisis, and ultimately, the American and global financial and economic meltdown.

And it's a fact that Republican legislators across the country are passing new voting restrictions to disenfranchise voters, shutting down non-partisan voter registration drives, and cutting back on early voting. They hope that these shameful tactics to subvert the democratic process will have an impact on the election.

While the millions raised by Mitt Romney's super PACs to defeat President Obama may not be able to change the facts, these funds can saturate the media with misinformation and lies in order to bury the truth and persuade swing-state voters.


When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the primary goal of the Republican Party was not to fix the country and get Americans back to work, but to defeat the President four years later. They spent these past few years obstructing the passage of important legislation. Since 2007, the Senate Historical Office has shown that Democrats have had to end Republican filibusters more than 360 times, a historic record for what had been a very rarely used parliamentary procedure.

Compared to George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, Obama has been more fiscally conservative than any other president in recent history, with the exception of President Bill Clinton.

President Obama has been far better at creating jobs than President George W. Bush. During the 7 years and 8 months of George Bush's presidency, before the financial crash, only 2.6 million new private sector jobs were created. In the final month of George Bush's presidency, the country lost 800,000 jobs, and in the last six months of the Bush Administration, the country lost over 3.5 million jobs.

However, in the last 30 months under President Obama's leadership, nearly 4.6 million new private sector jobs were created (averaging about 150,000 new jobs per month). In President Obama's last 2 ½ years in office, 40% more jobs were created than in nearly all of President Bush's eight years in office.

The last President who was elected amidst a severe economic crisis and high unemployment was Franklin D. Roosevelt. His policies strengthened government so that it would protect the people (creating Glass-Steagall to regulate the banks, the FDIC to insure bank depositors, the Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate the stock market, and Social Security to help people build a safety net for their retirement). FDR's strategy to spend money to create jobs and stimulate the economy is what ultimately helped pull the country out of a depression.

Even though the country's most respected economists have agreed on what history has already proven -- that MORE federal spending, not austerity, is necessary to stimulate the economy and create jobs, today's Republicans categorically reject this strategy. They are running on a platform of further deregulation and cutting spending to the bone, so that those earning millions will get more tax cuts, even though it means Americans who need a safety net won't have it.

Unlike Mitt Romney, President Obama believes we need to invest in education, energy, innovation and infrastructure and reform our tax system to create good jobs, grow our economy and pay down the debt in a reasoned way. He believes in an inclusive country where all people deserve equal protection and treatment under the law, as well as equal opportunity, whether they are gay, straight, black, brown, white, religious, atheist, old or young.

The choice is clear. Would you vote for a person who pays his taxes or someone who wiggles his way out of them? Do you want a President who has gained the respect of the world community or someone who on a recent diplomatic trip abroad provoked the ire and ridicule of other world leaders? Do we want a country where everyone is fending for themselves or where everyone is pitching in and working together? Do we want to go backward with Mitt Romney or move forward with President Obama?

On Tuesday, November 6th, the American people will have the power to make that choice. And I hope everyone, young and old, from red state to blue state, chooses progress over corporate profit. And over the course of the next four years, I hope we can all come together to re-build an America where opportunity and prosperity is once again within everyone's reach.


 We applaud  Miss Streisand and the Huffington Post for telling the truth. These are facts.

For someone as talented, powerful  and rich as Miss Streisand to lash out at a candidate that is only for the rich, it shows the compassion she has for the middle class and the poor. It shows the understanding she has for what is really happening in America these days and it shows that she understands how unfair everything is right now. 

Americans are suffering, not because of Barack Obama, but because of Republican greed that let Wall Street steal from us and get away with it. The Republicans let corporations dictate policy and also steal from us and then allowed us to bail them out, so the rich could keep their fortunes. Almost no one went to jail. In fact the banks and the giant companies still continue to steal from us and when caught, they pay a small fine, nothing compared to what they stole. To them, it is a cost of doing business.

It would make sense, that in the future when a bank or corporation steals from the American Public, they should be fined what they stole and millions more to show them that we will not stand for corruption. The heads of these companies should go to jail. If I stole one billion from the public, I would go to jail. Why aren't these CEO's of these companies rewarded the same way I would be? 

Now I am sure that many readers think I am Democrat. The fact is, I have been a Republican all my life. But I look at the facts when I vote, I do not go down party lines. This is a very stupid way to vote. I vote for who is best suited for the job and the fact is, Republicans have not gotten my vote in many years. George Bush was a horror and the Republicans would have you believe that Mitt Romney is different. He is not. 

Mitt Romney is for the rich. He is against the middle class and the poor. He is against the senior citizens who paid into the Medicare system all their life and now Mitt Romney wants to take it away. Mitt Romney is anti-gay and believes only straight Americans deserve the full rights and protections that marriage gives. Looking at Mitt Romney's sons, there are two that look pretty dainty to me.

All Americans should vote for Barack Obama. If you are that stupid to think that Mitt Romney will help the poor and middle class, then I would like to sell you part of the Brooklyn Bridge. 


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