Rudy Giuliani: Moments Great And Small

Rudy Giuliani was elected as the mayor of new york city

Rudy Giuliani: Moments Great And Small

By D.S. Mitchell and Michael Leonard Douglas

Chances Offered

Rudy Giuliani has great moments and small

Most men are offered only one chance at greatness. Fewer men yet rise to extraordinary levels of heroism to be followed by extraordinary levels of greed, depravity, and personal and political immorality. But, Rudy Giuliani isn’t your average guy.

Background

Rudolph William Louis Giuliani was born in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, borough of New York City, N.Y. May 28, 1944. Rudy was the only child of working class parents Harold Angelo Giuliani and Helen D’Avanzo Giuliani. Both parents were children of Italian immigrants. Rudy Giuliani’s large extended family was mostly made up of criminals, cops and firefighters. “I grew up with uniforms all around me,” he has reportedly said.

Secrets Exposed

Rudy's father spent 18 months in Sing Sing for felony robbery and assault

Rudy’s father spent 18 months in Sing Sing for robbery and assault before Rudy’s birth

In 1934, ten years before Rudy Giuliani’s birth, his father was arrested for robbing a milkman at gunpoint.  He was later convicted of felony assault and robbery. He served 18 months at Sing Sing, a maximum security prison in New York state. When he was released from prison he had trouble finding employment and ended up “working as an enforcer for his brother-in-law Leo D’Avanzo. D’Avanzo ran an organized crime operation involved in loan sharking and gambling” (Wikipedia).

A Move 

To Harold Giuliani’s credit he moved his small family from East Flatbush to Long Island to distance his son from the mob connected members of the family. In fact, Rudy Giuliani remembers his father constantly reinforcing a deep respect for law and order. “He made sure that I didn’t repeat his mistakes-which I thank him for, because it worked out” (Biography.com)

Education 

Rudy Giuliani received his early education at St. Anne’s a local Catholic elementary school. He attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School. He was an average to mediocre student, graduating in 1961. Despite being a less than enthusiastic student Giuliani was an organizer and class politician. By the time of graduation he had begun to think about entering the priesthood. Giuliani went on to study at Manhattan College in the Bronx. He studied political science and philosophy.

The Law

Rudy Giuliani chose law over the priesthood

Rudy Giuliani chose law over the priesthood

After a less than stellar high school and undergraduate college career Rudy Giuliani discarded his intent to enter the priesthood and decided to pursue a law degree. Rudy took to the law like the proverbial duck to water. He graduated from New York University School of Law cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 1968.  After excelling at his law studies he earned him a prestigious law clerk position with Judge Lloyd Francis MacMahon.  MacMahon was a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Beginning Career

When his clerkship with Judge MacMahon ended the judge recommended Rudy Giuliani for a position in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.  In 1973, at age 29, Giuliani was appointed the attorney in charge of police corruption cases resulting from the Knapp Commission. He worked under Harold “Ace” Tyler.  In 1977 he left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to work in private practice. He was hired  as an associate at Tyler’s prestigious New York law firm, Patterson, Belnap, Webb & Tyler.

Exaggerated  Self-Image

Just three years later he returned to public service. He was tapped by President Ronald Reagan to become the number 3 at the  Department of Justice. In 1983 Giuliani was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. The SDNY is one of the most visible and prestigious U.S. attorney’s office in the country.  It was a  natural fit. Rudy’s style of news conferences and camera-ready prosecutions made him a natural. Harold “Ace” Tyler who worked with Rudy Giuliani in private practice and at the DOJ described Giuliani’s tactics as “overkill” (Time Magazine).

Record Setting

At the SDNY Rudy Giuliani’s efforts were mostly directed at the prosecution of white-collar lawbreakers, organized crime, and corruption within various government institutions. His conviction record was astounding. He became one of the most revered U.S. attorneys in American history. Rudy Giuliani was responsible for a total 4,152 successful convictions. He had a mere 25 reversals. However, his many critics saw him as a boisterous  grand-stander. In several high-profile cases he had people arrested and paraded before cameras for the 6 o’clock news shows. He would later quietly drop the charges.

Taking On The Mafia

Rudy Giuliani was instrumental in mafia convictions

Rudy Giuliani was instrumental in mafia convictions dramatically weakening the “5 Families”

Between 2/25/1985 and 11/19/1986 Rudy Giuliani became the most famous prosecutor  in America. Giuliani played center stage on the high-profile Mafia Commission trials.  Using the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) he indicted 11 organized crime figures including heads of the “Five Families”. He summed up the indictments this way, “Our approach is to wipe out the five families”.

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Sectarianism In Europe; Fear Of Foreigners

NOT OF THE TRIBE: INTER-EUROPEAN OPPRESSION, WHITE-ON-WHITE CONFLICT AND GENOCIDE, FEAR OF THE FOREIGNER

By T.K. McNeil

The Roots of Difference

Fear of others is a problem as old as humanity

Fear of others is a problem as old as humanity

Human beings are tribal. By definition. Whether it is literally in the context of a family, or a tribal group, or a nation, there is always an “in” group.  And as the Newtonian law of opposites tells us, there is also an “out” group. There has always been a fear of foreigners. Also known as xenophobia. Such is a biologically determined certainty.

Persecution  Of “Out” Groups

What is not certain, or even particularly static, are the qualities that separate the “in” groups and the “out” groups. There are some factors common to many situations but no single indicator that determines whether a group is accepted or rejected. Not even what is called “race” or “culture.” There being cases of persecution between groups of similar if not the same, or close cultural and racial backgrounds. On going hostilities have existed for thousands of years.

A Classic Rivalry

Nowhere is this basic fear of foreigners between similar cultures clearer than the history of war between European nations. Something that dates back over 7,000 years. Including noticeable examples such as the adversarial relationship between the city states of Athens and Sparta, which remained snippy even when both were threatened by the full might of the Persian Empire.

White As Snow

Simo Hayha was a snipper responsible for no less than 500 Russian deaths in 3 months

Simo Hayha was a Finnish sniper responsible for no less than 500 Russian deaths in 3 months in early WWII

The fear of foreigners was palpable during the Winter War. The general term for the failed attempt by the Soviet Union to invade Finland at the beginning of World War II. Famous for both its short duration, three months, and the mighty Soviets were soundly beaten despite having nearly three times the troops and equipment of the Fins. During the war,  a single Finnish sniper, Simo Hayha, nicknamed “The White Death” because he dressed in all white camouflage achieved heroic status.  Hayha earned 505 confirmed kills, some sources claim 542 confirmed kills, over the three-month period.

Neighbor Versus Neighbor

Not to mention the xenophobia-stoking door-to-door attempts of the newly liberated Serbians to take over their neighbors after the collapse of Soviet Yugoslavia in the 1990’s. What is now known as the Yugoslav Wars. The last of these being the infamous invasion of Albania in 1999. A major war crime by white Europeans against other white Europeans that saw the leader of the Serbian government, Slobodan Milosevic, ousted by his own military.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (With Nepotism)

The Trump clan are all about their brand

OPINION AND COMMENT:

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! (With Nepotism)

By Ross Turner

In The Moment

Nepotism has found renewed vigor in the presidency of DJT

Nepotism has found renewed vigor in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.

Nepotism is having a moment right now.  Arguably, this moment never ended, but it has found renewed vigor in the presidency of Donald J. Trump.  Nepotism simply means favoritism towards relatives, usually expressed by their appointment to unearned positions.  The word stems from the Latin nepos, meaning nephew, which during the Middles Ages became nepotismo in Italian. Nepotismo referred to the tendency of Popes and bishops to assign relatives to positions of power.  Since they took vows of chastity and had no sons of their own, these assignments often fell to nephews.  The word may be medieval, but the practice is as old as mankind.  We are biologically hardwired to favor our kin over strangers, but this doesn’t mean that family is always fit for the job.

The Nepos Scale

Trump by hiring all his family has done a great disservice to the country

Trump by hiring all his family has done a great disservice to the country

History is rife with examples of nepotism that highlight its often disastrous consequences.  From the formation and collapse of the Roman Empire, to countless mad kings lording over the realms of Europe, much bloodshed and tumult has occurred as a result of incompetent kin who never should have held power in the first place. Nonetheless, families can’t seem to help themselves and keep on appointing each other to run their businesses and countries (into the ground.)  So, in the spirit of family, let us survey the Trump clan and see how far nepotism has taken them.  To assist in our appraisals, I’ve developed a highly scientific metric called the “Nepos Scale.”  Zero nepos is billing your toddler for diapers; five nepos is promoting your toddler to Director of Operations.

Ivanka Trump: The Golden Child

Ivank is without question the crown jewel

Ivanka is without question the crown jewel.

Ivana Marie “Ivanka” Trump is, without question, the crown jewel atop Trump’s golden mane of straw.  You can tell because, in addition to being named after his first wife, Trump claimed that “perhaps [he’d] be dating her” if she weren’t his daughter.  I’m no Freudian psychologist, but… yikes.  Moving right along, Ivanka, like her father, attended Wharton Business School where she, like her father, received a B.S. in economics.  Just a year later in 2005, she clawed her way up to an entry-level gig as Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump Organization, as most college grads do.  However, in an effort to shed her image as merely the privileged offspring of her rich father, Ivanka thereafter spent many a hot summer personally working her lemonade stand in the Bronx, slowly accruing wealth.  Just kidding; she sold fine diamonds and gold jewelry in downtown Manhattan until dad decided to get into politics.

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OPINION: Fear To Criticize Israel

Separating the country of Israel from Judaism must be done

Separating the country of Israel from Judaism is important if we expect meaningful conversations

OPINION: Fear To Criticize Israel

By David Shadrick and D.S. Mitchell

Lawrence Tribe said in a 3/10/19 tweet: “I’m Jewish. So were my parents. My cousins were born and live in Israel. But every fiber of my being rejects Netanyahu’s ugly embrace of second-class status for non-Jewish citizens, including Palestinians. MY people do not believe in oppressing or dispossessing others. Period.”

The Furor

Ilhan Omar has become a lightening rod for political debate

Ilhan Omar has become a lightening rod for political debate

I’m writing this post in response to the current furor around recent remarks made by Representative Ilhan Omar.  I read her remarks.  Omar’s remarks were clearly directed at U. S. Congresspersons who rubber stamp votes in favor of Israel.  All the power of the right-wing political machine are labeling Omar’s comments as  anti-semitic. In addition to her recent tweets, the moral righteousness of the Republican party is attacking previous videos where she pointedly asked similar questions.

Two Sides Of Their Mouths

I am amazed that Republican has the gall to call out anyone as racist or bigotted.

I am still amazed that Republican alt-right has the gall to call out anyone for racist comments.

With all the anti-Muslim, anti-Latino, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-POC rhetoric coming from the right, I was amazed to see the uproar from the Republicans.  Seriously, I mean seriously. I wonder how anyone from that side dares even open their mouths? Who are these hypocrites that now raise up on their hind legs and call for a fellow congressperson’s head and her ouster from the House?  Trump is already peppering his speech and tweets with attacks against Omar and the Democrats as “Jew haters.” Remember, this is the same guy who identified the Charlottesville Jew haters who rallied with torches “really fine people.”

Don’t Like To Hear It 

Israeli PM Netanyahu has perpetrated human rights violations

Israeli PM Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu

Israel under “Bibi” Netanyahu is no place for the non-Jew. So, upfront the United States is in support of an oppressive regime dehumanizing and disenfranchising the Palestinians on the West Bank and participating in an illegal land grab. The United States does a great deal of business with Israel and have been the spine of Israel for decades. It is the unwavering support of the United States, that allows Israel to wear big-boy pants and swagger around the Middle East.

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An Alternative To Going Satanic

Introduction

Hello, my name is Reverend David Shadrick, although I prefer Dave.  Some of you may recognize me as the SEO Manager here at www.calamitypolitics.com.  This is my second article responding to a publication done by another author.  The article in question for today’s response is the recent article on LaVeyan Satanism and I’d like to offer an alternative to going Satanic.

Leaving Traditional Faiths

There is a feeling that organized religions are letting people down

There is a feeling that organized religions are letting people down.

Currently, there has been a move from religion to spirituality.  There is a feeling that organized religion doesn’t offer an alternative to going Satanic.  With shootings, sexual abuse, and the feeling that much of what the ministers preach is out of line with the teachings of Jesus many people feel that church isn’t the place to practice their faith.

Spirituality vs. Religion

To better explain why Spirituality is an alternative to going Satanic, here is a joke that sums up why people feel more spiritual than religious.  With spirituality, God is all good, everywhere, all the time.  With religion, God puts all of His children in a room full of books and tells them “I’m going out for a while.  Read these books and when I get back tell me which one is correct.”  When God comes back He takes all the children who picked the right book out for ice cream, the rest He sets on fire.

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The Shirt Off His Back

I was surfing Twitter this morning and came across this really beautiful video. It is the sort of moment that brings a tear to your eye. Sometimes a shirt or a pair of shoes for a person is more about Jesus than a Sunday Service. God bless. www.calamitypolitics.com understands that some of the greatest moments go quietly unnoticed. Make sure you try to bring at least one person a good word, a shirt, a pair of shoes, or a prayer today. Darlene