Sunday, September 28, 2014
News Flash:"New York City Covers Up Mayor de Balsio's Groundhog Murder"
News Flash: “New York City Cover Up Mayor de Blasio’s Groundhog Murder” No, that’s neither an actual newsflash nor political ad, but it could be if the Mayor were running for reelection this year – displaying the banality of so much negative advertising. Here’s what happened. Groundhog Day, February 2, is celebrated nationally. Perhaps it’s not a national holiday, but it is in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil is a weather forecaster. The urban legend is that if he emerges from his burrow, sees his shadow, and then crawls back into it, six more weeks of winter will follow. The Groundhog’s fame is spreading. New York Mayor de Blasio was celebrating Groundhog Day in New York City. He was holding up Chuck, a infamous groundhog, in his arms. Chuck, Charles G. Hogg, is revered in the Big Apple for taking a bite out of Mayor Bloomberg in 2009. It’s not totally clear from the video if Chuck squirted out, jumped out, or if the Da Mayor released him. but Chuck clearly sought his freedom. The Mayor’s Party hearted laughter is caught on video, perhaps giving rise to a PETA outrage moment. Groundhog Day would be Chuck’s Independence Day. Groundhogs are not cats with nine lives, always landing on their feet. Chuck landed head first to a round of raucous laughter. Chuck seemed fine, but died a week later of “sudden internal injuries,” the exact cause” of which was undetermined, according to the Staten Island Zoo The Zoo did not inform the Mayor’s Office of Chuck’s death. The New York Post engaged in an act of investigatory reporting. It disclosed that not only was the Zoo covering up Chuck’s death, but also that Chuck was not Chuck, but ten month old Charlotte. Woodchucks apparently all look alike. The New York Times in a followup Page One article on Friday, September 26 discussed the Mayor’s “poor hands,” my phrase, not the Times. The Zoo has four groundhogs, selecting them as “Chuck or a Day.” Hence, we create a semi-truthful lead: “Mayor de Blasio involved with a coverup of Chuck’s death.” My serious point is the descent into gutter politics, the politics of personal destruction, where truth is totally irrelevant. Don’t let the truth get in the way of an ad or soundbite. If you don’t like the message, shoot the messenger. The example so far of the most desperate, deceitful, despicable ad is by Mark Begich, the independent, and increasingly desperate, Democratic Senator of Alaska against his Republican opponent, Dan Sullivan.. The facts are that Jerry Active was arrested on May 25, 2013 for the murder of a couple and the sexual assault of their two year old granddaughter. The case has not yet gone to trial. He pled guilty to a Class C Felony in 2007. He was arrested on January 29, 2009, and charged with several crimes, including the sexual assault of an 11 year old. The 2007 felony should have resulted in a minimum sentence of eight years under Alaska law, but a computer search failed to find it. He was sentenced to 4 years in prison in September 2010 less time served. He was released in October 2011. The ad accuses Sullivan of being soft on child sex offenders. The blatant misstatements in the ad are that Dan Sullivan only served as Alaska’s Attorney from June 2009 to December 2010. He was not in office when the staff failed to find the original confliction nor when Active received an early release in October 2013. Dan Sullivan was on active duty with the Marines from June 2009 to December 2010. He was not in Anchorage when the release agreement was reached. The ad was a fictional creation. The victims’ family requested the ad be pulled. He waited five days before pulling it off the air.