February 15, 2017:
1. Why are no journalists looking into Trump/Russian Mob ties in Brooklyn and Staten Island?
Trump Village, Trump's dad signature apartment complex in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Brighton Beach is the largest Russian community in the US by far, with a legit sizable organized crime presence. It's known for 21 year old girls driving $75k Mercedes SUV's and wearing the wedding ring of 65 yr old dapper dudes. Or Manhattan Beach just a few blocks away across Sheepshead Bay canal, a sea of old beach homes renovated into LA style mod-mansions, built way out of code by Russian contractors with no permits and ok'd by a slap on the wrist fine from the city post facto. All sorts of RE shenanigans. So is it farfetched to think, in his many eminent domain and development fights, that he might have enlisted the help of some Slavic muscle? Maybe looking at the Kremlin for links is too far. Someone should look closer to home in NYC and see who's ready to toss Trump and Co. under a bus for fun or profit. "Damn it Yuri, I need those people O.U.T.!" "No problem, Comrade Trump, we fix for you. Same price as last time. Da!"
2. Starbucks vs Cheap Coffee
I am no coffee egghead or snoot, but I must say, when I spring for Starbucks, I DRINK THE SHIT!! When I buy the cheap stuff at the deli or worse, the $.50 cup Flavia sludge at the work dispenser, I seem to find it untouched on my desk, nuke it 4 times and still ends up undrunk!
On the flipside, Starbucks sandwiches taste like the shit you get on a plane or at the free continental breakfast that comes with a $39 Dew Crack Inn motel room.
3. In Case Jesus is Busy, Help a Few At-Risk Youth Through Boxing!
A Facebook friend/acquaintance who I admire is part of a christian ministry for at-risk youth in western upstate NY. Whether I agree or not with the Jesus-heavy program, I KNOW that religious organizations do much of the good that gets done for women, kids and families in this country. He is running a boxing program for the boys out of his own pockets and is due to have a baby any day. The program is in deep doo doo. They started a modest GoFundME page. Help if you can. I love kids, I love boxing, I love kids building character and discipline through boxing. So I share with youse...
Freedom Village Boxing Team
4. You Can't park That Plane There! It's Your Driveway!!
Big toodles in suburbia over a guy parking his small plane in his driveway. Long Island is the NIMBY capital of the world, more meddlesome than even the most uber-heeled HOA. NIMBY means "not in my backyard" and is tantamount to the Yenta hordes that link up with layers of political hack govt to block any sort of modern development. They are Trumpeteers who crave some faux-utopia 1950's that never really existed, but selective memories make them romantic for it. McArthyism, Segregation, they love it.
Personally, for $14k taxes on an 1800sf home, you can park an aircraft carrier in the driveway if it fits for all I care. Park a tank. There are tons of boats and RV's in various stages of value all over the place. Why is a small Cessna different. Hell, it's an overpopulated island. We have boats to escape the apocalypse here. I'd say Mr. Plane is light years ahead! Amazing, we used to have NIMBY's, now we have NEIYOY's. 'Not Even In Your Own Yard'!
This 70 year old cantankerous owner did threaten any worker who touches it would meet the business end of a crossbow, but to no avail. The town dismantled it while the guy was abroad.
5. Dig, Forest, Dig!
And last, a shout out to my peeps in Maine who got socked with 3 1/2 feet of snow and looking at another foot today. First, I moved from Bklyn to Maine in my senior year of high school, which may explain some of my insanity to some of you, and stayed there 5 years. Despite the perception of Maine as a Siberian tundra, it's more like an LL Beany yup fest crossed with New England redneck yokel humor. Similar weather to upstate NY/Catskills if you ask me. Anyway, safe travels and smooth digging my friends!
Peace out, suckahs.