Tag Archives: Andrew Cuomo

LIONEL PODCAST: The Addictive Spotlight of Narcissistic Suffering

When it comes to over-the-top feigned public suffering, nobody beats the North Koreans. Who admittedly do so at gunpoint. Well, at last, I admit they do . . . but the point shouldn’t go missed. So magnetic and warm and inviting is the gravitational pull of social media that anything that is “Awwwww” inspiring or “You poor thing” generating is prime for social media exploitation. Self-aggrandizement and self-reference. In a piece in the International Business Times entitled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Pushed Cancer Screening Cuts, David Sirota writes that AC may not be as bullish on CA as he might be suggesting. Or as the series of Tweets insinuate.

Here’s Andrew. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his partner/friend/mate Sandra Lee have in recent days become high-profile public faces especially on social media in the fight against cancer. Tweeting a series of hospital photos after Lee’s double mastectomy this week, Andrew and Sandra have cited her breast cancer diagnosis to, in Cuomo’s words, “speak openly about her illness in order to remind women of the potentially lifesaving power of early detection.” Yes, remind women. Well, let me remind you of a few things. Enter Mr. Sirota and this stinging indictment of Mr. Cuomo’s actual and recorded commitment to the cause.

That public education campaign about the value of cancer screening, however, contrasts with what health advocates say are Cuomo’s repeated efforts to cut funding for a major cancer screening program in New York. Only a few months ago, in fact, the American Cancer Society sounded the alarm, slamming Cuomo for pushing an initiative the group said could end up eliminating cancer screening services for more than 16,000 New Yorkers who do not have insurance that fully covers such screenings. In February, cancer survivors and public health advocates testified before the New York legislature, begging lawmakers to reject the governor’s proposed cuts.

“Who here wants to tell that mom, dad, brother or sister they can’t be screened for cancer?” asked the American Cancer Society’s Bill Sherman at a state senate hearing. Of Cuomo’s budget proposal, he said it would lead “to thousands of New York residents failing to get life-saving cancer screenings.”

In response to International Business Times’ questions about the American Cancer Society’s criticism of Cuomo’s budget proposals, the governor’s spokesman, Richard Azzopardi, said, “Get your facts straight, then try again.” He provided no new data or facts to refute the group, nor did he respond to IBTimes’ questions about whether Cuomo’s experience with Lee’s illness has changed the governor’s views on state funding for cancer screening. For her part, Lee has not spoken out specifically about the budget proposals, but recently told ABC News that “I don’t want women to wait” to be screened for breast cancer and also said that women should “go pick your phone up, and call your doctor and get your rear end in there and get a mammogram right now.”

This year’s proposed budget cuts were just one of many such efforts by Cuomo. Indeed, while being lauded by business groups for championing corporate tax breaks and opposing revenue-generating tax increases on millionaires, the Democratic governor has repeatedly issued budget proposals to slash state funding for cancer screenings.

In 2012, Cuomo proposed a $650,000 cut to state funding for the cancer services program. The next year Cuomo proposed to consolidate state health programs in a way that public health advocates said would result in a 10 percent cut to the state’s funding for cancer screening. In 2013 and 2014, Cuomo proposed 25 percent cuts to cancer screening — already significantly below the high-water mark — but was beaten back by the legislature, according to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.  Advocates also said that under Cuomo’s budget, “critical programs like the Breast Cancer Survivors’ Support Initiative, which was the lifeline for survivor-led community support organizations across the state, get the ax.” Then came a new round of proposed cuts in 2015, even as New York has in recent years been running budget surpluses.

While cancer advocacy groups have convinced legislators to reverse Cuomo’s proposed cuts to the state’s cancer services program in the last two years, a representative for the American Cancer Society told IBTimes that funding for the program is still significantly below its high mark of $29 million in the years before Cuomo took office. For the past two fiscal years, funding has been frozen at $25.3 million — a nearly 20 percent inflation-adjusted cut to cancer services over the governor’s tenure.

In an emailed statement responding to Cuomo’s spokesperson, Bill Sherman of the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network said “I’m guessing Mr. Azzopardi did not provide new data or facts to refute us because the data I cited came directly from his Department of Health.  At the time they were the most recent stats on the number of cancer screenings conducted through the CSP program. ”

Azzopardi then sent a new statement to IBTimes asserting that “The Governor for several years has advanced a new competitive model to allow the best programs with a proven track record of results the opportunity for even more funding than they received previously.” Azzopardi provided no data to back up the assertion, and he did not dispute the American Cancer Society’s data about the funding cuts to the cancer screening program.

LIONEL PODCAST: Awash in Calumny the Constitutionalists Soldier On

Behold our priorities. And marvel at the set-up. Think about it. The guy’s toast over ____ (your favorite pudendal reference here). I mean it’s beautiful. And I hope you saw Dr. Paul’s valedictory to Congress. ‘Twas stellar, insightful, elegant. The gravamen of his indictment was referring to them as psychopathic authoritarians. How beautiful is that? Being an American has never been more fun.

Did someone say “video”? Well, too bad.

LIONEL PODCAST: Dave’s Honeypot, Benghazi Diverted, P-tards That Hoist & Goober Prompterbot Stares Narcotized

Not buying it. Oh, sure, that he’s an idiot. Fine. I know that. But the timing?! Come on, Sparky. Wake up. Look this is the issue. This is where the fighters are. Look, look at the map. This is the issue not Petraeus, though he’s a schmuck and his ouster is certainly warranted. But be not diverted. Look, this is Cyrenaica. Specifically the Benghazi-Darnah-Tobruk corridor. This is al Qaeda. These are the rebels. This is where they originate. That’s the issue! But it would only make sense to provide a framed analysis there. But that would take time and effort and knowledge. Goober Prompterbot reporting for duty!

I sound like a broken record. No, I am a broken record. I’ve preached this since the Ides of March in 2011. As has the world.

Please review this most thorough compendium of the subject. It’s truly remarkable and worth perusing.

The Hindustan Times reported last year:

“There is no question that al Qaeda’s Libyan franchise, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is a part of the opposition,” Bruce Riedel, former CIA officer and a leading expert on terrorism, told Hindustan Times.

It has always been Qaddafi’s biggest enemy and its stronghold is Benghazi.

Now do you see? Please nod. Hello? Anyone in there?

Tada! And now, something that might re-inspire a faith in the mainstream media. Prithee.

LIONEL PODCAST: Post-election “Freudenschade” Infects My Soul. And I Called It From Day One.

Deliriously happy for reasons they know not. I’m still unclear what the idea is. Try this on for size? 10 dire consequences of Obama’s re-election victory. So many folks I know in two categories: the insanely morose and the groundlessly giddy. Both are clueless as to the bases of their reason. The myth of the left-right paradigm in all its glory. But never forget who lie recessed and virtually invisible.

This radical Right fairy tale, which is now an accepted folk myth in many groups in America, pictured the recent history of the United States, in regard to domestic reform and in foreign affairs, as a well-organized plot by extreme Left-wing elements…. This myth, like all fables, does in fact have a modicum of truth (by becky). There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the Radical right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other group, and frequently does so. I know of the operation of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies… but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known. — Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time. 1966, New York: Macmillan, 1348 pages. Reprinted by Rancho Palos Verdes: GSG & Associates, 1975

Turd blossom. Not exactly prescient and vatic, eh, Mr. Blossom? As you know, Florida finished counting its votes Saturday, giving Obama a 332 to 206 final margin in the electoral college.

My take. I have said and new as did anyone with two neurons that it would be Hope for the second term, the deuce.

The compendium. ​The box set. I’ve uploaded a slew of new commentaries. Choc-full of choc.

LIONEL PODCAST: You Have the Right to Defend Your Family, Especially During Times of Disaster! And It’s Hopey for the Deuce.

The heuristic. The most incredible reaction was to that of the ability to self-protect. ‘Twas truly amazing. With all that happened since ​Sandy you’d think that folks would just intuitively understand that self-protection and preservation were not things or concepts that required explication. But as you can imagine, whenever anyone so much as even hints at self-protection especially via a handgun, the reactions are as predicted.

Vatic psephology. Hopey will win the deuce. And nothing would have been different had Mittens won. That’s the nature of the beast and the game. The left-right paradigm is but an illusion. Two sides of the same coin. That simple. That basic.

LIONEL PODCAST: Hurricane Sandy Devastates New York & The Tri-State Area. And I Should Know.

Surreal? That’s putting it mildly. RT provides yet again superb documentation.

The Financial District. This is mind-boggling. It looks like war-torn Fallujah after we brought democracy to the Iraqis. It’s near Wall Street and the Financial District. On three: WOW!

The eeriest of eerie. Lower Manhattan. South of 40th Street. No lights, no life. An abandoned movie set. Horrific.

Herein a discussion inter alia:

  • Personal experience.
  • Observations and musings.
  • Media coverage.
  • Ted Baxter agog and amok.
  • The seeming rationality of the prepper. They don’t seem as crazy anymore, now do they?
  • Second Amendment, anyone? Especially as to hoards of looters, flash robbing and organizing on Twitter.
  • Cue the HAARP, angel.

LIONEL PODCAST: Congratulations. Now Let Gay Divorce And Broken Marriages Begin.

Now that intragender marriage is permitted in New York, just wait to see the concomitant number of divorces, broken families and the like rise precipitously. And while I certainly rejoice in New York’s moment of rationality, I implore the church-minded and Bible purists to go after what really ticks the Old Man off — shellfish.

His words are clear. Take that, Red Lobster!

Leviticus 11:9-12
King James Version (KJV)
9These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.

10And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you:

11They shall be even an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, but ye shall have their carcases in abomination.

12Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

LIONEL AUDIO: Miscellany

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.” Thus spake Carroll Quigley, a mentor of Bill Clinton’s. The left/right paradigm is an illusion. This concept has been on my mind a lot. It’s core to my political ideology and if it’s adopted, political discussion and discourse will cease to exist as we know it.

Other stuff inter alia: Paladino and gay folks, Ann Coulter and the politics of hate, the boring lefties and the excruciatingly boring right-wingers, Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell and Shut Up & Shoot, just to name a few. My latest contribution.

With much thanks.