I just posted some graphs that show with hard facts that Democrats are better for the economy in almost every way than Republicans. Under Democrats we have better stock market performances, better job growth and lower deficits than under Republicans. Those are the hard facts. Of course a Republican came along and called it BS and offered up some of the same old lies.
So here is another presentation, more specific to NOW as to how we are better off than the worst years of the Bush/Republican Recession. This comes from Daily Kos:
Four questions for Republicans...and four answers for undecided voters
1. What was the average monthly private sector job growth in 2008, the final year of the Bush presidency, and what has it been so far in 2010?
2. What was the Federal deficit for the last fiscal year of the Bush presidency, and what was it for the first full fiscal year of the Obama presidency?
3. What was the stock market at on the last day of the Bush presidency? What is it at today?
4. Which party's candidate for speaker will campaign this weekend with a Nazi reenactor who dressed up in a SS uniform?
1. In 2008, we lost an average of 317,250 private sector jobs per month. In 2010, we have gained an average of 95,888 private sector jobs per month. (Source) That's a difference of nearly five million jobs between Bush's last year in office and President Obama's second year.
2. In FY2009, which began on September 1, 2008 and represents the Bush Administration's final budget, the budget deficit was $1.416 trillion. In FY2010, the first budget of the Obama Administration, the budget deficit was $1.291 trillion, a decline of $125 billion. (Source) Yes, that means President Obama has cut the deficit -- there's a long way to go, but we're in better shape now than we were under Bush and the GOP.
3. On Bush's final day in office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 closed at 7,949, 1,440, and 805, respectively. Today, as of 10:15AM Pacific, they are at 11,108, 2,512, and 1,183. That means since President Obama took office, the Dow, NASDAQ, and S&P 500 have increased 40%, 74%, and 47%, respectively.
4. The Republican Party, whose candidate for speaker, John Boehner, will campaign with Nazi re-enactor Rich Iott this weekend. If you need an explanation why this is offensive, you are a lost cause.
Facts are facts. Republicans offer the very rich massive tax breaks and large corporations even more tax breaks. For the rest of us they offer poor job growth, massive deficits, and lower stock returns...oh yeah and Carl Paladino's Horse Sex videos and an apparent love of neo-Nazis. Democrats offer a better economy, better job growth and even better stock performance. That has been true since the time of Herbert Hoover and it remains true today.
Daily Kos has the following graph illustrating the bottom line for economic growth: Republicans are lousy for the economy and Democrats are better:
What Bush did:
What Obama did:
This isn't isolated. If you look at almost any economic indicator, it will do better under Democrats than under Republicans. No matter how much they lie about it, Republicans can't deny the actual numbers show that they are terrible for the economy compared with Democrats.
Let's look at the bottom line for most people: JOBS. Job Growth is always better under Democrats than Republicans:
Next week Tuesday (Election Day) there will be a special election held for the 28th council-manic district in Queens. The need for which came about after Council-member Tom White died recently. Originally there were fourteen candidates registered with the NYC Campaign Finance Board (CFB); namely (in alphabetical order and with latest CFB financial-filing numbers): Victor Babb -$15,500; *Albert Baldeo -$54,994; *Charles Bilal -$5,298; *Martha Butler -$0; Leroy Gadsden -$0; *Allan Jennings -$15,417; Vishnu Mahadeo -$0; Joseph Marthune -$0; Elaine Nunes -$0; Lyn Nunes -$0; *Nicole Paultre-Bell -$12,033; Hattie Powell -$0; *Harpreet Toor -$18,895; and *Ruben Wills-$25,800. The seven with an asterisk (*) in front their names, have survived the petition and court-challenge phases and are now on the ballot. Only one (Willis) has received matching funds so far. Do note that former council-member Jennings has withdrawn from the matching funds program of CFB. read more »
After posting about the fact that reliable reformer Assemblyman Jim Brennan as well as the Downtown Independent Democrats have come out against both of Bloomberg's BS charter amendments, I did some more research and found another reliable reformer who opposes them: our own Dan Jacoby.
From Dan Jacoby, a fellow Daily Gotham blogger:
On charter amendment 1:
Dan Jacoby, Executive Director, GrassrootsNYC
Term limits are the sole reason for the Charter Revision Commission's existence. When Mayor Bloomberg decided to extend term limits to three terms so that he could run again, he made a deal with fellow billionaire Ron Lauder to put Lauder on the Commission, a position Lauder later declined.
1. Roll back term limits to two terms: We understand the public's strong desire for term limits. Term limits, however, are the wrong solution to the problem; they throw out the baby with the bath water, and they don't solve the real problem – the power of incumbency. GrassrootsNYC opposes this proposal. read more »
I want to go on record that both NYC charter amendments are bunk put out by Michael Bloomberg simply for his own personal reasons. Some aspects of the amendments are outright useless because they are superseded by state law and therefore would be knocked down in any lawsuit. Other aspects are pure hypocrisy on Bloomberg's part.
To quote reform Assemblyman Jim Brennan regarding the flawed and corrupt charter amendment process:
James Brennan, Assemblymember, Brooklyn
In January good government groups, recognizing the Mayor would create a Charter Commission, wrote him asking that any commission “be given sufficient time to do its important work…“ I also wrote the Mayor asking, “Will the Charter Commission be taking a serious look at the City government?”
Borough President Scott Stringer urged the Commission to put its questions on the ballot in 2011, and the New York Times urged the Commission to postpone placing questions on the ballot until 2012. The hope was for broad public engagement. read more »
For all of Mayor Bloomberg's prudishness, the animal instinct is alive and well in Babylon on the Hudson.
Street furniture in apparent homage to the female breast, Meatpacking District
I don't know what the Playgirl truck was doing outside of my gym - Maxim in Williamsburg, check it out - but it can't have been wholesome.
Is there trouble in Billionaireland on term limits? Billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Ron Lauder claim to be in agreement on going back to two-term limits, undoing what Bloomberg worked so hard to accomplish just two years ago ... but there are signs that all is not as it seems.
First, they agreed in 2008 to extend term limits, so Bloomberg could run for a third term. See the NY Times report. (Also note that I blogged about this deal the day before it was formally announced.)
Then, after some major arm-twisting, done primarily by Bloomberg ally Christine Quinn, the Council passed the bill. A result of that vote was that four Council members lost the jobs they would have lost anyway through term limits.
Now we have Mayor Bloomberg's handpicked Charter Revision commission, doing exactly what he wants them to do, which is, in part, to put a referendum on the ballot that would go back to two terms -- and guess who's backing it?
Here's the new thing -- Ron Lauder's TV ad claims that, "Politicians are so scared of bringing back term limits they hid the question on the back of the ballot." But the only reason it's on the back of the ballot is that we all have at least eight races on the front. If the mayor's gang of lapdogs (excuse me, his "handpicked Charter Revision Commission") hadn't rushed things but had done their job properly, they could have put this on the ballot next year, in which case it would have been on the front.
It seems that the only "politician" who is "scared" is Mayor Bloomberg himself. Is Ron Lauder calling his fellow billionaire a "scared politician," and if so, what other troubles could be brewing there?
So here I am taking a break from some pretty heavy efforts to head off an imminent return of Bush-republicans to office to comment on the most recent, and extremely predictable, scandal here in NY State.
As I scan most of the country, including NY State, I see a Republican Party awash in corruption, scandals, racism and intolerance. When Carl "Horse Sex" Paladino and Christine "Mouse Brain" O'Donnell are your poster children, you have serious problems and whatever happens November 2nd, the bulk of the Republican Party candidates this year are either scandals in progress or scandals waiting to happen. And the thing is this has been the case now for more than a decade and it was these scandals that led to Republicans taking such a beating throughout the country in 2006 and 2008 and I believe will deliver them a beating again soon. It seems corrupt Republicans cannot or will not learn their lesson. (for a nice rundown on Republican Corruption, visit the good folks at Liberals Like Christ).
Unfortunately, here in NY State it seems Democrats and other leftists also have trouble learning the same lesson. read more »
We're in the home stretch. What happens in the next ten days will determine who governs this state for the next two to four years, who draws the district lines, and who makes decisions about your kids' future.
Gillibrand, Schneiderman, DiNapoli, & Jacobs to lead rallies in Manhattan, Nassau County, and Westchester County
This Saturday at 11 am Democrats will be holding a massive statewide day of action to build energy and spread the Democratic message.
Dubbed “Mobilizing for Victory,” Democrats will hold simultaneous rallies in Manhattan, Westchester County, Nassau County, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Suffolk County, Albany, Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo – followed by a coordinated canvassing operation to reach out to everyday New Yorkers on behalf of the entire Democratic ticket.
The show of force comes as the Democratic coordinated campaign ramps up its efforts going into the all-important final stretch. Since kicking off just three weeks ago, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign has already set up shop with 13 regional field offices, knocked on close to 200,000 doors, and called well over 100,000 voters.
Check the link for a list of locations and get out there.
In the low-level war of attrition of the New York blogs, the battles between myself and Gatemouth form their own chapter.
So it's with great pleasure, if not outright glee, that I find myself in agreement with my esteemed colleague, on the subject of the Beard that Would Be King.
We all saw the gubernatorial debate. Everyone expected, I think, that the show would be about some demented ramble by anti-everything-of-goodness-and-value teabag afficionado Carl 'Horse Porn' Paladino. Instead, all the buzz - at least here in hipsterville - was about 'dude, the guy with the beard! Awesome!'.
And that's fine. For the tattoo tribes of Williamsburg, style definitely precedes substance.
But when you dig a bit deeper, it's not so glamorous. First off, the Beard has a Jew problem. For me, that's a deal-breaker right there. Then, the Beard has some really whacked ideas about 9/11, which come down to another variant of aforementioned Jew problem.
But lastly and most egregiously, the Beard has a poetry problem. The problem being that he writes it. And that, frankly, is unforgivable.
It's triage time. The New York Times:
[Democratic candidate for Attorney General] Mr. Schneiderman said Thursday that he would return $76,000 in contributions made to his campaign this year by the campaigns of Mr. Sampson; the Senate president, Malcolm A. Smith; and Senator Eric Adams, all of whom were criticized in the [NY Inspector General's] report.
“The allegations reported today are beyond disturbing — they are horrendous,” Mr. Schneiderman said in a statement, adding that “out of an abundance of caution and to avoid even an appearance of conflict, I have directed my campaign to return any and all contributions from those cited in this report.”
With the Daily News today calling for Sampson's head on a pike, Dean Skelos probably already measuring the drapes, and even glam New York Magazine seeing the benefits of a Democratic minority to an all-but-certain Governor Cuomo, you have to wonder how many more Democrats are getting ready to mail their rebate checks.
State Senate leaders manipulated the choice of who would build New York City’s first casino, leaking information and showing favoritism to a troubled bidder that was donating to Democratic candidates and had ties to key political figures, the state inspector general said Thursday.
In a scathing 300-page report on the competition to install video slot machines at the Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, the inspector general described a chaotic and ultimately doomed process that was without formal rules or objective criteria, and was awash in “unrestrained political considerations,” lobbyists and targeted campaign contributions. [...]
“This report reveals Albany at its most sordid,” said Blair Horner, legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. “Every New Yorker should be outraged. We urge the district attorney and U.S. attorney to move quickly on the I.G.’s finding of possible violations of the public officers law.”
This report, not to state the blindingly obvious, could not have been released at a worse time, with all of twelve days to go until New Yorkers go to the polls.
New York Democrats are actually doing remarkably well in this cycle. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand appear locks for re-election, Andrew Cuomo is stomping tea party anti-everything-of-goodness-and-value loon Carl Paladino, and even the relatively unknown Progressive standard-bearer for Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, is quite comfortably ahead in the polls. On the House side, things are a bit grimmer, but even there recent polls show some improvement in a few key races. That improvement correlates with wider national trends that may, just may, save us from electoral Armageddon.
In New York State itself, it's safe to say, the tea party wave - if there ever was one to begin with - crested a while ago, breaking on the shoals of its own candidate freak show.
That leaves, of course, the Democratic State Senate to piss in the punch bowl. And with this report, that is exactly what they did.
CapTon’s Kaitlyn Ross, who is at a Capitol press conference with Fisch, sent this quote from the IG: “Senator Sampson’s testimony was incredible; I stopped counting the number of ‘I don’t recalls’ after 100.”
From the report:
“Unfortunately, and shamefully, consideration of what was in the public’s best interest, rather than the political interest of the decision makers, was a matter of militant indifference to them.”
The people of New York expect and deserve honesty, openness and transparency from their government, instead they have been hurt by the arrogance of one-party rule. This scandal proves once again that absolute power corrupts absolutely, and makes the best case for having checks and balances in state government.
The Inspector General’s words regarding this corrupt process conducted by Senate Democrats simply could not be strong enough. I encourage the Manhattan District Attorney to conduct a thorough investigation into the corrupt bidding process and into the possible perjury committed by Senate Democrats and their staff in testimony to the Inspector General.
So what about the Democratic candidates? Brian Foley in Suffolk is already in trouble, per Newsday, with his campaign now being run from headquarters. Elsewhere, it gets worse.
The Daily Politics: Dem Hopefuls Running From Senate Leadership Like Seabiscuit Over Aqueduct Mess
Democratic candidates are already starting to distance themselves from the embattled Senate leadership as a result of today's Inspector General's report on the Aqueduct racino bidding process, State Capitol Bureau Chief Ken Lovett finds:
Joanne Yepsen, who is running as a Democrat for state Senate, just said if elected she will not support John Sampson, Malcolm Smith or Eric Adams as conference leaders because of their activities outlined in the scathing report.
Fantastic, isn't it? Going out on a limb here: what are the chances that all those fantastic Democratic candidates we have this cycle are anything other than mortified?
There are some really good people in the Senate. Maybe it's time to put them in charge. read more »
When the subject of Carl Paladino came up on the Brian Vines television program (BCAT) a couple months ago, I distinctly remember -as a guest panelist- getting a funny feeling in the pit of my stomach: after all (as a voter) I would eventually have to make a choice and vote for someone in the lackluster gubernatorial field. I left the studio pledging to myself that in the general election, I would keep an open mind on every single candidate running. The reason for my angst was the difficult time I was having in closing the deal for Andrew Cuomo, given my registration as a democrat all my voting life. You see, I hate candidates who for years stay quiet on certain significant contemporary issues, and then suddenly find their 'voice' just around election time. I don't “feel” that kind of political temerity. I really don't. And I don't think it should be rewarded either: but Andrew Cuomo will win this race -and it won't even be close. You can bet the too damn high rent on this. read more »
Really, how does she do it? Here's Kirsten Gillibrand, fresh off stomping Harold Ford, currently eating fake CPA Joe DioGuardi for breakfast in the New York Senate race, and she still has time to do her job, raise boatloads of cash, campaign across the state, and impress the jaded hedonists at Vogue.
As the crowd files out of the barn, I express admiration to one of the senator’s aides for his boss’s ability to charm a roomful of Republicans, and he says, “She can do the same thing on derivatives, comfortably rapping about financial markets. She walks into these huge churches in Brooklyn and Queens and starts talking about the asthma rates and the environmental-justice movement. It’s just her comfort level with so many subjects.” This reminds me of something Tina Brown, the editor in chief of The Daily Beast, told me: “People underestimate how smart Senator Gillibrand is. I hosted a dinner for her to meet a number of CEOs and media figures, and in conversation she was brilliant in her analysis of the economic meltdown. And she is an amazing fund-raiser . . . an unstoppable machine when she works the room.”
I'm not a big fan of David Paterson, walking embodiment that he is of why New Yorkers hold our state government in contempt. But if he's treated more kindly by history than he perhaps deserves, it will be because his choice to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat was nothing short of inspired.
Gillibrand in front of the U.S. Capitol. Michael Kors coat and dress. Miriam Haskell earrings.
Sittings Editor: Alexandra Kotur.
Photographed by Norman Jean Roy, Image © by Vogue,
When you blog, and have a reputation as a blogger, after a while, you find yourself subscribed to every damned email list on the planet. And that's fine, because god made spam filters for a reason: to bleep out all the self-serving bullshit from every possible interest convinced that their issue is the be-all and end-all of life as we know it. That and the emails about p3nis 3nlargement, of course.
It takes effort to cut through the clutter. Here is one ad that, hands-down, makes the cut.
I don't know about you, but I want that t-shirt.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has wielded enormous power.
Council Member Gale Brewer has submitted Intro 97, a bill to mandate paid sick leave for people who work in NYC. Today, Speaker Quinn told Brewer that she is halting progress on this bill. Right now, there are 35 sponsors of the bill, enough to override Mayor Bloomberg's veto, should he choose to use it. But apparently it isn't enough to override Speaker Quinn's veto.
I'm not commenting on the merits of the bill. My comment is on the de facto power that one person -- the City Council Speaker -- has to decide what legislation moves forward and what legislation does not. Things in Albany, with its "three men in a room" setup, are dysfunctional enough. But one man, or woman, deciding things? It's un-American!
The dysfunction is Albany has been getting a lot of press, but don't let that fool you; things in NYC are just as bad. There is no real debate on the budget, because the Mayor decides almost all of it. There is no real debate on legislation, because the Speaker decides that. There is no real debate on land use questions either, because almost every step of the process is either "advisory" (meaning that group has no power) or a rubber-stamp. Even the city has its share of opaque "public" authorities, such as the EDC, that deal with huge amounts of money, wield enormous power, and are not answerable to the people.
We need real reform in NYC. We can complain all we want about Washington and Albany, but change begins at home.
From now until election day you can spend a weekend making history. This election will decide whether we can continue to rebuild America and effect progressive change or if Republicans will force us backed to failed Bush policies. You can help beat back two Bush Republicans, one in NY State and one in Pennsylvania.
This comes from Act Now:
...join ACT NOW as we team up with Organizing for America and other progressive organizations to go door-to-door on behalf of Congressman John Hall.
John Hall represents a historically conservative district, but has been a strong progressive vote in Congress, supporting health care reform, financial reform, and the stimulus package. His opponent, Republican Nan Hayworth, is a self-avowed Reaganite, who believes that the way to prosperity is a freeze on all non-military discretionary spending, a freeze on stimulus spending, and repealing health care reform. read more »
A federal judge issued a worldwide injunction Tuesday stopping enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, ending the military's 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips' landmark ruling was widely cheered by gay rights organizations that credited her with getting accomplished what President Obama and Washington politics could not.
"This order from Judge Phillips is another historic and courageous step in the right direction, a step that Congress has been noticeably slow in taking," said Alexander Nicholson, executive director of Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans.
DOJ is likely to appeal the ruling, but today, for the first time in the history of the Republic, gay and lesbian Americans can serve the flag like all other Americans, with honesty and without fear.
Whatever comes next, that's worth celebrating.
As a political-commentator, it is never advisable to make predictions that can be seen as “out on a limb”, but many of us do it anyway. The fact is that even a supposedly safe prediction can backfire and undermine one's credibility in just a single special-election, far more a whole national election-cycle. It's probably always better to couch your predictions a bit: a lesson I learned again recently.
You see, a few months ago I appeared on a BCAT cable-television program in Brooklyn, with Tom Robbins (staff writer/ The New York Village Voice) and Tom Tracey (The Brooklyn Paper). We were discussing the then upcoming primary elections. I am sure one can “Google” and find the show on the Internet. In that discussion I told the viewing audience that Carl Paladino was going nowhere fast. I essentially felt back then -and still do now- that he is totally unfit to be the governor of New York State. I thought Rick Lazio was going to clean his clock in the Republican primary: boy, was I wrong! read more »
I don't know that anyone's made this connection yet, but it's noteworthy that Brooklyn, America's hometown, has been the scene for two extravagant displays of bigotry in the last few days.
Why does this coincidence of timing and place matter?
Because it shows the underlying mindset of the bigot. It's not that big of a step from declaring LGBT Americans 'dysfunctional' and not something you want your children exposed to to picketing funerals and synagogues. The only distinction is one of degree.
That's what New Yorkers need to consider before casting their ballots in November.
I really have to circle back to this.
Newsday.com reported that Mr. Paladino's prepared text also included a sentence saying: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.'' But Mr. Paladino omitted that statement when he gave the speech.
So conversely, are we to assume that there is something to be proud of in being a functional homosexual? What does that mean? Giving a great blowjob?
Or maybe, and I'm going out on a limb here, not being all that into horse sex?
Cuz that's, like, really dysfunctional, I think.
It has been nearly a year since the city stupidly closed St. Vincent's hospital in Manhattan. Hospitals routinely lose money, mostly because of their emergency room and ICU care since these facilities are designed specifically to save lives rather than make money. I know this from having worked in hospitals as a researcher and working with physicians. So hospitals make money through other aspects of their care, but lose gobs of money when they take emergency and critical care cases. Our healthcare system, which leaves a substantial number of people uninsured and therefore dependent on emergency rooms for more routine care, puts added stress on our hospitals. So the ideal way to fix the system is with single payer healthcare. That would take the unnecessary burden off our emergency rooms and hence our hospitals. Too bad the Republicans refuse to do that.
Then we have idiots like Bloomberg who feel that a hospital has to make money or be closed down. Let's remember something: the goal of a hospital is to save lives, not make money. But the more important ECONOMIC fact that Bloomberg ignores is that when you close a hospital like St. Vincent's, you are taking away an emergency room, and that means that those patients who would normally go to that emergency room now either do not get any care, or they go to another hospital. That puts MORE of a burden on other hospital emergency rooms making THEIR financial situation worse. It is a dangerous spiral where you essentially make all hospitals worse off every single time you close one hospital. It is STUPID. Yet that is our system. We need better, not worse, hospital coverage in NYC. One local activist, Yetta Kurland, has been on top of this.
This comes from Yetta Kurland: read more »
I begin to suspect this campaign is all an elaborate hoax.
Republican candidate for governor Carl P. Paladino told a gathering in Williamsburg Sunday that children should not be “brainwashed” into thinking that homosexuality is acceptable, and criticized his opponent, Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo, for marching in a gay pride parade earlier this year. [..]
And then, to applause from the group at Congregation Shaarei Chaim, he said: “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”
Newsday.com reported that Mr. Paladino's prepared text also included a sentence saying: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.'' But Mr. Paladino omitted that statement when he gave the speech.
Listen, idiot, this is how it works: you wake up one morning on the cusp of puberty and realize you've just had a wet dream about a boy, and you're a boy. Ooops.
And then you spend the next few years desperately trying to fit in, to out-boy all the other boys, until you finally have enough. If you're lucky, there's someone there who cares.
And then you spend the rest of your life trying to convince idiots, like you, Carl, that it's really not all about the clothes and the cosmopolitans and the dance music and the chic apartment and the menu French and the gym membership and so on and so forth.
Now here's the fun part. You're running for governor. Ask your fellow neanderthal, Harold Ford, how running against the gays worked out for him.
Two upcoming events in the Prospect Heights area:
Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally Tuesday October 12
The next meeting of Central Brooklyn Eating Liberally will be Tuesday October 12th at 7 PM at the Haitian restaurant Kombit.
279 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Come join fellow liberals for discussions of local politics and enjoyment of good food.
Last meeting was in August at the French Caribbean restaurant Kaz an Nou and was great! The next meeting will be November 9th and I think we will start our rotation of restaurants over with Born Thai, an excellent Thai restaurant on the same block as Kombit.
NEW BROOKLYN REFORM CLUB: Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform
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Sunday, October 17th
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One day, I really will write a thank-you note to the tea party. But today is not that day.
Meanwhile, I do think it's noteworthy that one of the major-party candidates for the New York governorship apparently has a fondness for fucking livestock, when he's not fathering a child out of wedlock, and thinks the words 'Speaker of the Assembly' and 'Anti-Christ' belong in the same sentence. And then there's that thing about the not-a-mosque at Ground Zero. Or the other thing about hygiene for the poor.
It's not exactly a closely guarded secret that this state's government is broken. But if you, dear reader, want to not just break it, but set it on fire and scatter the ashes, then Carl Paladino is your man.