CPC Report; An unabashedly liberal perspective

1 July 2010

Men can be Wacky Wonky Wingnuts too.

The Nature of a Bigot

       Don Carl Pasquale Paladino

Carl Pasquale Paladino, the Republican nominee for Governor of New York, could easily have passed for Don Corleone. Don Paladino's highest aspiration seems to be the first gangster governor in American history and as of September 14, 2010, with the GOP nomination locked up, he was one step closer in doing so. If he makes you an offer he says you cannot refuse, you should be very afraid. Make him angry, and he might break your knee caps with a baseball bat. (The why will be dealt with later.) Needless to say, he is an embarrassment to Italian-Americans because his character invokes the memory of the Mafia wiseguys. As a governor, he could become the Godfather of New York. (Cue the music.)

Don Paladino is currently running as the GOP candidate and a teabagger favorite for Governor of New York against the Democratic nominee Andrew Cuomo. Naturally he is an advocate of family values who values families so much that he has two of them- that is if one includes the unofficial family he shares with Suzanne Brady, one of his former employees and a love child they had begotten among themselves out of wedlock. In a statement released to The Politico on 29 September 2010, Don Paladino asked why the media was neglecting to investigate Cuomo for his extramarital affairs, even though he, Don Paladino, had no proof of such a thing going on. Don Paladino later admitted that he actually knew of no such affair, and that any implication of him knowing such a thing was not intended. But nevertheless the smear had already been placed into the public arena. Too bad.

In regards to Don Carl Pasquale Paladino's character being that of a Mafia wiseguy, consider a reporter from the New York Post, Fredric Dicker. In a 29 September interview in response to Dicker's inquiry concerning proof of Cuomo's alleged extramarital affair, Don Paladino threatened "to take him (Dickerout". But in fairness to Don Paladino, this was not a response to the reporter's inquiry. It concerned the matter of privacy and his and Suzanne Brady's 10 year old daughter. Don Paladino threatened "to take him (Dicker) out" because he, Dicker, supposedly took photographs of the 10 year old girl several days earlier. After initially issuing a denial of having sent out someone to photograph his child, the Post admitted that this had been done. But the photographer was not Dicker. Two days laterCol Allen, the New York Post's editor in chief who had issued the denial, finally admitted to have sent out a photographer along with a reporter to the home of Brady and her 10-year old daughter. This occurred on two separate occasions. The photographer and reporter were Christopher Sadowski and Amber Sutherland respectively. However, the New York Post did not put in print any photographs taken of the child. Sutherland wrote a story featuring photographs of Suzanne Brady, the young girl's mother, in the New York Post. Michael Caputo put forth the claim that he had spoken to Sutherland who had in turn confirmed Dicker was her "team leader" in the coverage of the child which seemed rather curious since the article was about the mother and not the child. However it is understandable if Don Paladino might be overprotective of his daughter, but if he thought his daughter was being stalked, one could think of more civilized ways to deal with the problem, such as asking (or demanding) the Post to back off or just go after a restraining order. Threatening to take out someone just does not seem right, considering its violent meaning. One might very well ask if this was just a diversion from the subject raised by the reporter- what was his proof of Cuomo having an affair? This was a question that was not answered until another day. 
 is somewhat curious why Don Paladino would be so critical of Governor Patterson’s violation of his marital vows. (This is the incumbent governor who not seeking reelection.) Governor Patterson's violation of his marital vows was deemed by Don Paladino as a part of the corruption of Albany. (But if he, Don Paladino, were elected, would he not also become a part of the corruption of Albany?) In seeking the endorsement of the Conservative PartyDon Paladino presented his pro-family values credentials along with his anti-abortion and anti-gay-marriage credentials to the party officials. However he, Don Paladino, did not receive the endorsement of the Conservative Party. According to Don Paladino, he was told that he would have only two minutes to speak at the party convention which was simply not enough for him and so he did not attend. But perhaps he, Don Paladino, being perceived by members of the Conservative Party as a hypocrite, simply did not have a snowman's chance in hell of getting the endorsement he coveted and that was why he was a no show. What a shame.

Controversies concerning Don Paladino include the release of sexually explicit e-mails in April 2010 which included bestiality, that came from Don Paladino. Thus he is an advocate of family values who sends out e-mails with sexually explicit graphic videos attached to his friends, who like himself, were in the construction industry. (It is common for the Mafia to use legitimate businesses to hide their ill gotten gains. But perhaps I digress.) These includes one depicted a woman engaging in sexual intercourse with a horse. Is this something church going teabaggers, or just anyone truly favoring family values, would approve?

Those e-mails were not all pornographic. Many were just racist. One portrayed Barack Obama and his wife Michelle as a pimp and prostitute respectively. Another video was entitled “Obama Inauguration Rehearsal”. It showed African tribesmen engaged in the act of dancing in some obscure African village. The latter proved to be quite popular within the white supremacist community and has been since posted on the Neo-Nazi Stormfront website. Many of the hits of that website were made by bloggers writing such messages as "Someone better save this before it gets banned again."

Don Paladino's campaign manager, Michael Caputo, had no comment on any specific emails, but admitted to TPMmuckraker that Don Paladino did send those emails which were both "off-color" and "politically incorrect." However those emails do not truly reflect the views of Paladino. According to Campaign Manager Caputo, Democrats just want to divert the subject from the more important issues to such minor issues as bestiality. This was after Caputo initially declared that some of the e-mails could not be verified as being authentic. Don Paladino did finally admit that some of the e-mails were in fact authentic, but denied that he was the origin of any of them, which is an important distinction that should be considered. He did admit to be "somewhat careless" about sending forth those e-mails to his friends. (But what are friends for?) Don Paladino acknowledged that many of those emails could be considered offensive and therefore he took total responsibility for them (sort of), and thus apologized for them (kind of) as well. 

One of his friends emailed him back; "You really degrade yourself when you forward this shit, Geep. It's one thing not to like Obama's policies. It's another to be flat out racist."(WYNmedia.net) What follows is the apology;

"jim, i apologize to you and everyone if that is offensive. to me it's just humor. i am not a racist and have never related obama's color to my political distaste for him....i'm not sensitive to ethnic humor. dago, spic, pollack, whatever we hear the humor everyday. i think the oversensitivity to black/white is wrong and in itself demeaning. political correctness as people choose to define it is demeaning. i advocate for the plight of our inner city youth and against incompetent leaders or elected officials black or white. one of societies tragedies is the reluctance to call out bad black leaders because of political correctness. i publicly stated that our school superintendent was selected because he was black. it was a fact and was wrong for black leaders to put a weak totally dysfunctional person into a job that required the best person to help our inner city kids out of the cycle that dooms them from 1st grade to a shattered life. is it right or good that 96 of black voters vote for the black guy rather than the most competent guy black or white? thats exactly whats wrong with the political correct bullshit. respect for each other means we can laugh together no matter what the topic or issue. we can dump on each other or be self deprecating but we should always be honest and real. i'm uninhibited and probably a little out of the box and mean no harm except (to) the bad guys. truth, justice, apple pie, motherhood, the wheels of the bus go round and round." (WYNmedia.net)

On October 10, Don Paladino made a speech written by Rabbi Yehuda Levin which had within it "anti-gay remarks" before Orthodox Rabbis of Brooklyn. After this matter came to light, Paladino issued the following statement; "The portrayal of me as anti-gay is inconsistent with my lifelong beliefs and actions and my prior history as an father, employer and friend to many in the gay and lesbian community." After the honest, real and uninhibited Don Paladino issued that apology for his "anti-gay remarks", Rabbi Yehuda Levin who was a supporter, ceased being so. (How does bestiality appeal to the rabbi?) Paladino later stated that he meant what he had said previously, but only regretted not choosing a different vocabulary in expressing himself. 

But of course Don Paladino took responsibility for all of those controversies  swirling around him, "This the first time I have ever run for public office and yes, I let things get out of hand. It’s my responsibility. Nobody else’s. I have also learned what monsters the press can be. "Speaking of monsters, Don Paladino  repeatedly made promises throughout the campaign to "take a bat to Albany." In his concession speech, he threatened to wield it against his victorious opponent. These statements are indicative of Don Paladino attempting to discover his inner Al Capone which might indicate that this wacky, wonky, conservative wingnut would not hesitate to break your knee caps with a baseball bat if he chose to do so. But everyone should relax. He says the bat was just a metaphor for the people, many of whom were the same people who rejected him at the ballot box.

Wrapping up on a personal note, Carl, has it ever occurred to you that a typical voter of your state does not wish to have a gangster wannabe like you elected governor? After all you only got 34% of the vote. Let's face it Carl, people in general do not like you.

Carl Palidino Concedes, Brandishes Bat, Tells Cuomo He Risks Having it Wielding Against Him by Nick Wing of Huffington Post ( Posted on 3 November 2010.)

Failed New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Palidino brought a strange companion to his concession speech Tuesday night -- its name was Louisville Slugger.

Apparently attempting to channel Al Capone from "The Untouchables," Paladino delivered this cryptic message to his victorious opponent, Democrat Andrew Cuomo:

"As our next governor, you can grab this handle and bring the people with you to Albany," Paladino said, referring to his orange and black baseball bat. "Or you can leave it untouched and run the risk of having it wielded against you. Because make no mistake, you have not heard the last of Carl Paladino."

Paladino had repeatedly made promises to "take a bat to Albany," and though he told NBC's "The Today Show" in September that "my baseball bat is the people," his supposed metaphor seemed to carry the dual message that the conservative firebrand wouldn't be scared to bash some skulls were he to take the governorship.

After staking his political reputation on just this kind of inflammatory rhetoric, the wielding of a blunt instrument and a veiled threat seem like the perfect end to the candidacy of one of the election cycle's most bizarre characters.

Speak Softly, Love by Nino Rota 

Speak softly, love and hold me warm against your heart.
I feel your words, the tender trembling moments start.
We're in a world, our very own,
Sharing our love that only few have ever known.

Wine-colored days warmed by the sun,
Deep velvet nights when we are one.

Speak softly, love so no one hears us but the sky.
The vows of love we make will live until we die.
My life is yours and all because,
You came into my world with love so softly love.

Wine-colored days warmed by the sun,
Deep velvet nights when we are one.

Speak softly, love so no one hears us but the sky.
The vows of love we make will live until we die.
My life is yours and all because,
You came into my world with love so softly love.

Glynn Braman


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