John Connolly Week: (1 of 10) A Look Back part 1 of 2

To put the matter into proper context it is necessary to repost an article I wrote in August 2012 entitled: “Congressman Lynch’s Lack of Enthusiasm in Holding the FBI Accountable. I’ve made some minor corrections to it. Here is what I wrote:

“FBI Agent John Connolly is well on the way to spending the rest of his life in jail.   Connolly as we all know was the handler of Whitey Bulger and Stevie Flemmi.  When this became known to the public, a general uproar occurred over the idea that these two top gangsters could be FBI informants.  Everyone in the FBI from the top to the bottom,  from the Director to the file clerks in the Boston office, knew Whitey was an informant.  When the public demanded an answer for what appeared to be a horrendous decision of protecting two men engaged in many murders and unable to deny that it happened, the FBI went into overdrive to protect itself.  It threw Connolly to the  angry mob, in effect saying Connolly had become a rogue agent.  The FBI vowed that this would never happen again.  The FBI hoped that Connolly would be forgotten and that the public would forget it had made this huge error and it could return to business as usual, using top criminals as informants and protecting them.

Trump’s America. A Few Thoughts on Home and Foreign Policy

One thing no one can doubt. There never would have been a Peace Corps under Donald Trump. I thought this as I listened to a fervent Trump supporter decrying spending any American money to help any foreigner. She asked: “what about the American homeless and others.”  

Apparently the money we spend in foreign nations like foreign aid to help foreigners is wrong. But in truth it is not that she wanted that money to be spent on the homeless. She wants on the other hand to cut back on government spending which would include money for the American  homeless.

I can’t but be amused by those who want less spending on others and less government spending in general. I find many are happily benefitting from the benefits of Medicare. I’ve yet to hear any of those asking for that program to be cut back. The idea of helping others, foreigners or Americans, seems to be disappearing.

The New York City Jew and the New York City Christian

The other day we saw someone doing  something particularly nasty The person with me commented: “that’s not Christian-like.” Being in an ornery mood I said: “What does  Christian-like mean. Does it mean all those who are Christian do good things and others don’t?” It was a rhetorical question and as expected the answer I got was a dirty look.

I thought back to G.K. Chesterton. He said: “The problem with Christianity is it never has been tried.” I suppose had it been then the expression “Christian-like” might have some substance to it rather than being bereft of all meaning if taken literally.

What brought me to my blog today was the news of the New York City Christian Donald Trump’s new immigration plan He said it will have “compassion for struggling American families that deserve an immigrant system that puts their needs first.” The plan cuts immigration in half; ends migration based upon having family members here; and will favor those with skills, have money to support themselves and speak English.

Trump: The Great Divider, Dissembler, and Hater.

Today it became clear.

Today is to be a banner day for Trump and all of you who support him. This morning he tweeted about what he expects to happen. It should bring joy to your hearts. For the rest of us it shows how fragile our democracy has become.

He started the day indicating his support for Russia’s continuing invasion of Ukraine and suggesting to Putin that he has no objection to it. It is almost as if he would like to send US armed forces there to help. He wrote: “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump campaign –‘quietly working to boost Clinton’.

He shows his belief that Ukraine worked to undermine him and support Hillary. How then would he do anything to protect its sovereignty? To top it off he sent this to @seanhannity his mouthpiece on Fox News apparently telling him to cover it.

He goes on to advocate that a federal criminal investigation be commenced against his former opponent Hillary Clinton. We have never had a president who urged his attorney general to bring criminal charges against his opponent, This, of course, is what they do in dictatorships as a way of wiping out opposition. He wrote about Hillary: “So where is the investigation A.G. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leaks”

The Tale of Two Juniors (and their dads Patriarca and Trump)

() wisecatThe only other Junior I knew of was Junior Patriarca. He was the son of Raymond L.S. Patriarca the head of the New England Mafia. L.S., as Frankie Salemme referred to him, was a tough guy who ran the mob with an iron hand. No one in the mob could be murdered except with his OK. Vinnie “Jimmy the Bear” Flemmi and Joe “the Animal” Barboza met with him to get the OK to murder Teddy Deegan. There’s an FBI tape of the meeting. L.S. told them it was OK with him if they got the OK from Boston underboss Gerry Angiulo. It turned out Teddy got murdered; the Animal with Boston U.S. attorney Harrington and FBI agents Rico and Condon’s help became a government witness; he would testify against those involved in the Deegan murder. He implicated two Mafia guys who gave him the OK: Henry Tameleo and Peter Limone. They (or their heirs) would eventually get 25 million from the government.

North Korea: Whose Lives Are To Be Put at Risk?

MasksEarlier this year Trump tweeted or said that North Korea (NK) would not be allowed to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). On July 4 in NK its leader Kim Jong-un thought he would give Trump a Fourth of July present. He fired off amid great celebrating and high-fives an ICBM that Trump set as a red line he not dare cross.

The next day the American and South Korea (SK) forces shot off some missiles of their own during practice maneuvers. This is fool’s play. All know that NK is not threatened by them.

We know that Trump was hopeful that Xi of China would solve the NK problem for him. A week or so ago he was giving XI a pass saying that he tried; more recently Trump complained China had increased its exports to NK over 40% over last quarter year. Even Trump recognized that Xi was hardly trying but was playing him. China needs NK as much as NK needs it. China recognizes in Trump that it is America that has the losing hand.

Trump has complained that SK and Japan should do more. He has called on his friend Putin for help. He has increased pressure on China. Nothing has worked. NK is Trump’s problem.

A Note on My Absence:

IMG_20170501_114049I owe an explanation for my disappearance. It was as sudden as it was unplanned. It is difficult to explain the reason. In one sense I could suggest that all of a sudden other things filled up my time so that I had no time left for blogging. That though would be only a partial explanation. A better one would be that I had some type of writer’s block; I found I had nothing worthwhile to write about. Or, at least in my mind nothing was present that I felt like sharing.

As I said this was not planned. I skipped a day, then two and then more until the idea of posting something no longer had a seat at the table of my mind. It was strange but when I hit that wall I never came back to this site until today. When I did I found it was suspended because I had not paid the host the annual fee.

There are three posts that went out in mid June. I had scheduled them in early May with the intent of revising them before they went out. Unfortunately leaving the site I forgot all about them and they went out automatically and not as a final product.