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NY Ethics Watchdog Has No Ethics 12/14/10
New York's top ethics watchdog is not leaving his job quietly, but he isn't leaving a moment too soon.

Did JFK Steal The 1960 Election? 12/7/10
Did Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley steal Illinois and thus the 1960 presidential election for John F. Kennedy? Kennedy carried Cook County, which includes Chicago, by 318,736 votes -more than double his national margin of 118,574 votes. This new book by Edmund Kallina fairly examines all sides of this intense political debate, which has vexed historians and fired up partisans since that razor-thin election. However, Kallina reaches the wrong conclusion, that is that the Illinois result wouldn't have changed the election's outcome, thus minimizing what he admits was widespread voter theft and fraud on election day.

Search For The Perfect Pizza 12/7/10
Readers of the Stonezone know I have been on a life-long search for the perfect Pizza. I've written on Pizza for the Daily Caller, the Miami WIRE and New Jersey Monthly as well as the Stonezone. I am seeking the Pizza of my youth at Phil Baker's Restaurant in my native Norwalk, Connecticut. Despite may fine pies I have yet to find the idealized version of Pizza from that spot which was torn down to make way for the extension of Route 7 from Norwalk to Danbury.

A Republican Primary For Lugar? 12/1/10
He used to be known as "Richard Nixon's favorite Mayor" when he was Mayor of Indianapolis and while the New York Times says he's a "conservative" there is little in his record to indicate this. Indiana Senator Richard Lugar has always been a "moderate" Republican and has drifted further left as time goes by. The Times also speaks of Lugar's "affection" for Ronald Reagan which wasn't reflected in his Chairmanship of Senator Howard Baker's campaign for President in 1980. While there is no doubt that Lugar is a decent man and dedicated public servant, thirty years in the Senate is enough. The election of Dan Coats to the Senate from Indiana is proof the state can sustain the election of a real conservative.

NY GOP Paid Democrat Consultant $1 Million 12/1/10
The New York GOP didn't have a very good year when it came to statewide offices. Now comes word the the New York Republican Party paid Democrat Bradley Tusk $1 million in the weeks before the election at the same time Republican candidate for State Comptroller Harry Wilson paid Tusk $500,000. And what did they get in return? Defeat. Former Aide to Illinois crook Rod Blagojevich, Tusk managed the campaign of Mike Bloomberg for mayor last year. I believe the $1 Million is a pass through from Bloomberg. What did Tusk do for the money? If the money went to help Wilson it is a serious campaign finance violation. Isn't this exactly what veteran operative John Haggerty was indicted for when Bloomberg gave $750,000 to New York's Independence party. Stay tuned.

Rumsfeld - Late Reagan Convert 12/1/10
On Thanksgiving Day Fox aired it's six part series on the American Conservative movement called "Right from the Start" narrated by Brit Hume. It is excellent with archival footage of Eisenhower, Nixon, Goldwater, Buckley and Reagan interspersed with interviews with conservative movement founders like Bill Rusher, Richard Viguerie and Phyllis Schlafly.

Parker Spitzer Tanking 12/1/10
Things are getting worse at Parker Spitzer, the CNN snooze-fest with former New York Governor and whoremonger Eliot Spitzer and "Conservative" Kathleen Parker, Benedict Arnold in a dress.

George Bush Still Doesn't Get It 11/24/10
Former President George H.W. Bush's appearance on Larry King live last night reminds one why the man was twice rejected as an candidate for the US Senate, defeated in his campaign for President in 1980 and then, once elevated to office by the good graces of Ronald Reagan, is unable to get himself re-elected. Without Ronald Reagan, Bush would be a retired oil executive in Houston. The man is likeable but his political tin-ear endures. Asked about the Tea Party, Bush says he doesn't know what they stand for and cant therefore say whether the movement is good for the country. Can the man not read?

Who Killed JFK? 11/24/10
Every November 22nd brings a wave of new conspiracy theories regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Indeed, former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura airs a TV special this week claiming George H.W. Bush was involved in the conspiracy to kill JFK- ludicrous in view of the fact that Bush was not yet a Congressman or CIA Director and was just of the verge of losing his first US Senate race in 1964. Real power alluded Bush until Nixon sent him the CIA in and significant power alluded him until Reagan selected him for Vice President in 1980.

The Rangel Tangle 11/24/10

StoneZONE-TV: How Marco Won and Crist Lost 11/17/10

Governor Gary Johnson of New Mexico 11/11/10
A week before the Election I had occasion to be on the hot Fox Business show Money Rocks, hosted by Eric Bolling. Also on the panel was former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. In the brief discussion Johnson impressed me deeply. A Libertarian Republican in the Ron Paul tradition, Johnson is an outspoken and articulate critic of our failed war on drugs and a proponent of legalizing Marijuana.

Pee Wee's Redemption 11/11/10

Client #9 - A Movie Review 11/11/10
The only thing worse than the survival of Nevada Senator Harry Reid on election night was seeing serial criminal and abuser of women Eliot Spitzer opining on election results for CNN. Make no mistake about it; if Spitzer was a Republican he's be making license plates at an upstate New York prison. Spitzer violated the Mann Act, that is, taking a woman across five state lines for the purposes of prostitution. When a Republican New York Supreme Court justice did the same thing in 2009 he was prosecuted and sent to prison. Why does Spitzer walk the streets?

Moynihan The Pol 11/4/10
Former New York Timesman Steve Weissman has pulled together a terrific book of the letters of Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. I always admired Moynihan who was witty, mischievous, brilliant and versatile. While Weissman does a fine job, I find he leaves one key aspect of Moynihan's talents unexamined - that of political operator and courtier.

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