Saturday, December 28, 2019

Volume 95: Francesco DiGiuda - Part 1


   (Previous ‘Tuscono’ excerpts in Volumes 82, 83, 84 & 88)

The Main Characters in these excerpts are real people, some with slight name changes and some with fictitious names to protect the innocent. The Events are mostly fictitious and only intended for amusement.

GST (Golds Sachs & Thomas) is a firm formed by the C.E.O. Tony Tuscono during the Presidency of ‘41’ that performs covert contractual work with a highly classified section of the U. S. Government as well as other Governments and Individuals.  It has its main office in South Beach Miami with offices in New Orleans and Shanghai.  The firm consists of highly specialized people ranging from former Mossad, M15, Central Intelligence, U.S. Armed Forces, Secret Service operatives, Computer tech genius and a few individuals with highly skilled talents who have been recruited while serving sentences in Military prisons.  The personal contacts and assets created from this team at GST range from Presidents, Prime Ministers, government officials, and Agencies to vicious dictators, gangsters and informants all over the world.  Team members of GST all have their own individual traits and specialties but each individual understand loyalty and ability to work not only with other team members but to do it with absolute mission objective. 

Continuance of Volume 84 & 88 :

 Upon instructing Jonathon to do his digital magic on the two phone calls from Francesco DiGiuda (Captain with the Corps of the Pontifical Swiss Guard – Guardia Svizzera Pontificia), Tuscono now knows that GST is in the middle of a dual kidnapping, potential Vatican scandal and possible killing within the Vatican.

...Tuscono continues, “Jonathon set up a live secure video feed for both Shanghai and New Orleans offices to be opened in exactly forty-five minutes as well as scrubbing those calls from DiGiuda and locate Jacob Levine and have him call me.”

Jonathon Carpenter responds back to Tuscono within minutes verifying the fact that the two calls were not only different technically but from different locations and according to the tone meters that test stress/strain levels shown exceptionally high. “I’ll run my software immediately boss and report as soon as it gives me any type hit.”  (Carpenter has not only twenty two electronic type patients pending but his meters-algorithms software design program with recognition software  turns into one giant cross-referencing decoder linked to every criminal database in twenty four countries).

Before the video conference meeting takes place, Tuscono takes a call from Jacob Levine,  number two man in Israel’s Mossad who heads up the Metsada Unit (the Central Institute for Intelligence and Special Missions, the clandestine operations arm of the Mossad which runs small units of agents who carry out actions abroad specializing in rescue, assassinations and sabotage.)  Levine and Tuscono have been close friends since the mid-seventies and whether Levine is allegedly ‘retired’ or not has always provided intelligence, guidance, and services to his friend.

The conversation begins with Tuscono….”Hello my friend. How are you?”
“You know Tony, every time I get a call from your eccentric tech genius or your highly attractive V.P. assassin (Maggie O’Brian, VP of Operations), I get that odd feeling up my spine and know it isn’t my health that you seek knowledge of.”

“Ok you old Masada Chief, your right.  So right to business as this is an active and immediate problem.  Are you aware of the kidnapping of Karol Jozef Stephenson, God Son to Pope Paul II?”

“I should have known that this call was coming knowing your personal relationship with, let us say, certain high officials of the Church” responds Levine almost laughing out loud as he speaks.

No respond from Tuscono as Levine continues, “Yes, Tony I’m aware that there was a ‘snatch ‘n grab’ done by unknown assailants of that subject as he was apparently about to visit our friend and his uncle Francesco DiGiuda.  I only know this because, as you know, we have assets in and around Vatican City as normal course of business.  Rumors are running rapid at this point.”

“Rumors as to motive?” asks Tuscono.

“Of course, but only rumors. There have been rumors for years about the Vatican and its treasures as well as the Vatican Bank. The one rumor that my assets keep hearing is that of an organization attempting to get leverage because they believe the medieval Virgin Mary Statues that were banned by an 18th century pope not only exists but have allegedly been located within a Vatican City property.” (Statues described are on the outside appear to have common images of Mary that are found in churches, monasteries, and museums.  The Shrine Madonna’s feature cabinet-like doors that open to reveal interior paintings and figures.  Many include the Trinity inside the Virgin Mary’s body the very reason why hundreds of years ago Christian Leaders denounced the images as monstrous and theologically erroneous.)

Tuscono interrupts Levine …”My friend, I doubt this is about some fucking burglary of statues, it’s about a grown man being kidnapped who happens to be a former Pope’s God Son and what I suspect now is that our mutual friend Francesco DiGiuda has also been compromised as well as the possibility that the Pope himself or someone or something connected to the Vatican may be in danger; but, maybe you have a point with the idea of ‘leverage’ as you say.”

“Ok, tell me what you desire from this old man.”

“I need all the ‘eyes’ possible placed on the Vatican. I need a squeeze put on every ‘asset’ for information regarding the kidnapping,” replied Tuscono who continues “I’m having a video conferencing with my offices in a few minutes so if you’re available hook up with Jonathon so he can connect you.”

Levine states that he’ll be on the call and before he hangs up says “one other thing, Ria from San Maquel said to tell you to remember ‘Colegio de San Jose’ whatever that is to mean.”

Ria is a code name for a covert agent working for the Mossad in South America that Tuscono and Chester Carson worked with while at the Agency.  This comment makes Tuscono turn his head slightly when taken back with something unexpected and it produces a moment of silence between the two men.  Tuscono then tells Levine that the call will be held within the next forty-five minutes.

After taking a moment to digest Levine’s last comment, Tuscono says “Maggie, have Jay (Jay Hymon - Head of the Shanghai GST) bring “the Red” into the live conference as well as having Jason (Jason Santiago - Head of New Orleans GST) have “the Duffmaster” sit in and give Maria (Maria Delgros the only woman captain on the Vatican City Police (Gendarmerie Corps) who became personal friends with Maggie when they were on their respective Olympic teams; Maria being the Silver Medalist on the Italian Track and Field team running the 400 meters relay team with subsequent years spent with Interpol) a call to find out the current ‘live time’ situation with kidnapping of Stephenson.”

Chester Carson, second in operational command who just walks into Tuscono’s office is told to locate ‘Nagle’ and get him also into the video conference.

Jay responds immediately back to Maggie that Johnson “the Red” had been reassigned for special assignment to the New Orleans office to work with the “Duffmaster” on a private contract between GST and the Louisiana Governor’s office and has been in NOLA for the past two weeks.  Maggie advises  Jason to have both “the Red” and “Duffmaster” on the call and advises Tuscono accordingly.

The secured line feed video conferencing takes place with all requested personnel in attendance.  After some quick introductions since ‘the Red,’ ‘Duffmaster’ and ‘Nagle’ are not familiar with Levine and a few others on the call.

 (D. Nadeja aka “Nagle” specialist U.S. Air Force presently working as GST contractor for Air Force in development of sea-skim missile development.  Sea skimming is a technique many anti-ship missiles and some fighter or strike aircraft use to avoid radar, infrared detection, and to lower probability of being shot down during their approach to the target.  Nagle as a non-commission officer started as Ship Building consultant of the U. S. Air Force to Naval Architecture and Lockheed Martin for Attack Division Fire Power.  A nuts and bolts officer that can weld a race car to practical application of missile development.  Spent 30 days in brig for slamming superior officer’s head into a toilet after allegedly being threaten by Officer. Joined GST training program after being recommended by friend of Tuscono. His father was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and fighter pilot in Vietnam who flew 75 combat missions when his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile.  Based in Miami HQ.

E. Johnson aka “the Red” graduate Graphic Arts and Finance UCLA. Secret Service Home Land Security ten years with specialty in counterfeiting, cyber banking, finance and Art.   Instrumental in  GST working with Secret Service in initially tracing and stopping the North Korean counterfeiting operation in which hundreds of millions of dollars infiltrated into the Banking system through Hong Kong and Tokyo world banks. Recruited after North Korean operation to GST working money laundering systems, counterfeiting, and stolen art. Based in GST Shanghai office but recently working out of New Orleans due to GST contract with Louisiana State Government Special Robbery Unit due to Baton Rouge Art Gallery Heist that included some Vatican Art on loan.

M. Duffy aka “Duffmaster” undercover operative recruited out of NYPD after the shakeup of Whitey Bulger investigation. Twelve year Marine Master Sargent veteran with supply chief background clouded by alleged smuggling chain while heading distributions channels between forces in Afghanistan and rest of Middle East. Compromise non conviction reached with JAG court through intervention of Chester Carson, second in command at GST, who served with the Duffmaster in Afghanistan years before GST and instrumental in NYPD career due to Police Commissioner O’Neil who was in same Afghanistan detail.  Born in South Boston neighborhood and survived the Irish neighborhood graduating from NYU before the dozen years of the Corp, help in the NYPD undercover assignment in joint NYPD/FBI Joint Task Force that eventually took down Bulger and resignation of FBI handlers.  Based in New Orleans office.)

Tuscono starts briefing everyone on the kidnapping of Karol Jozef Stephenson, the two calls from Francesco with the help of Jonathon, GST’s eccentric tech genius, and the recent conversations with Levine.  He continues “I don’t think I have to explain the urgency nor the possible implications that involve the subjects as well as the Vatican.  The only known fact is that Karol Jozef Stephenson has been kidnapped and that the Guardia Svizzera Pontificia along with the Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City are in charge of the investigation and feel that they have a very good grasp of where and who are involved in this kidnapping.  However, they are not as skilled in rescue as GST therefore requests our assistance in this matter.  But unlike the ‘second call’ from our friend they certainly requests this be done with the safety of Stephenson as well as the kidnappers and accomplishes being captured and not killed.

Based on what we know, I want Jay to take your best your ‘snatch ‘n grab’ HRT team and fly into Leonardo Da Vinci International.  Captain Maria Delgros and her Gendarmerie Corps will meet your plane and remember she is in command for that operation but you also must know the objective is Stephenson’s safety as well as attempt to keep the kidnappers alive. Leave immediately and stay in communications with me through Jonathon.  Maggie, Chester, Nagle and I will be departing shortly behind you but flying into the Ciampino Airport and will be met with another smaller group from the Gendarmerie Corps intelligence unit.

He continues, “I requested ‘Duffmaster’ and ‘the Red’ into this call due to information that was given me by Levine regarding one of his assets (Ria) in Mexico.  After a brief call with Ria and Levine the intel suggestion involved a mission that Chester and I were involved in years ago. It might be a long shot that this has anything to do with our present situation but worth looking into.  As a quick review of what happened with our work involving Ria and Mexico, it was in the mid-80’s.  A subject by the name of Michele Sindona who was an advisor to Pope Paul II  swindled tens of millions of dollars from the Vatican Bank, Istituto per lo Opere di Religione casting the financial supervisory body, the Autorita di informazione Finanziaria, into a very questionable position.  There was even intel at that time  suggesting further implications by certain Church officials and even the possibility into the death of Pope John Paul I.  The agency received a tip that Sindona was spotted living in or around San Miguel de Allende.  That tip sent me and Chester to Mexico to do a 'snatch, bag and transport' of Sindona.  Within forty eight hours we had him back in NY and turned over to the FBI.  Subsequently he was taken from his cell and extradited to Italy without our knowledge and within a week was found dead in his Italian cell.  We only became aware of this after we looked into the agencies source of information that made our assignment so easy and smooth.  That information came from a church in San Maguel Mexico.  Upon a second visit months later I had the opportunity to talk with Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio, our now Pope Francis. The importance of this little story is that he didn’t make the call regarding Sindona but he knew who made the call.  It came from an administrative assistant at that time, Skyler Monique Salazar-Luconi who resigned her position shortly thereafter but has remained in contact with the Church in San Miquel according to Ria.” 

“Because of this I want the “’Duffmaster’ and ‘the Red’ to spend the next hour with Chester before we fly out and get the profile work on Skyler as well as your cover documents and story.  This isn’t going to be easy if this trouble at the Vatican has anything to do with the billions of dollars, and if so the implications are unimaginable. You have to find this lady. I warn you if she is who I think she is your trip will be very dangerous even though San Miquel is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene and in the city’s historic cobblestoned center lies the neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miquel Arcangel with its pink towers above the main plaza because the drug cartels have now taken over pushing all types of drugs and imposing their brutal brand of shakedown over the region. In addition, the new President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and his markedly hands-off approach to crime fits well into the Cartel’s strategy.  He is a leftist who took office within the year and his strategy is ‘abrazos, no balazos,’ or ‘hugs, not shots,’ as he states while the Juarez Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas fight out their own territorial problems.  Your cover as a renowned Art Collector and Black Marketeer Distributor has been put together rather quickly but Ria says that's our only opportunity to find Ms. Skylar."

The secured video conference ends.  Each team's journey begins....




Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Volume - 94 Opioid Crisis: Part #2


"In effort to combat opioid epidemic, Philadelphia plans safe-injection sites".....According to officials in Philadelphia these safe injection sites will be medically supervised locations where users can inject heroin and other opioids without fear of arrest.  The walk-in sites would offer sterile needles and naloxone.  In addition to medical supervision, users would have access to treatment information.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!! Why don't we also set-up sales locations for the criminals to sell to these users without fear of arrest.  GIVE ME A BREAK!!! What happen to ACCOUNTABILITY?  What happen to taking RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS?  What has happened to ENFORCEMENT OF THE LAWS?  PATHETIC!!!  The ongoing battle against the epidemic is costing Ohio between $6.6 and 8.8 billion per year according to Fox News which is roughly what the State spends on education for K through 12.

Late in 2017 a Girard, Ohio young Police Officer, Justin Leo, responding to a domestic call was shot and killed.  The worthless being that pulled the trigger two years previously was saved by an adjoining Police Department by giving him CPR and Narcan (Naloxone).  Unfortunately, there are many more examples of Police and Fire personnel that have been killed by users throughout the country.

So, besides the Liberal base that claims treatment is the answer to cure these unaccountable and irresponsible people to the point that all the 'noise' is for treatment facilities and safe injection sites, lets talk about the criminal aspect which for some unknown explanation is never discussed other than promotional news photo sessions for the political politicians. I'm not against Treatment for addicts nor facilities that provide care for those that truly seek help with their addition.  However, we have forgotten about the Source Criminal Element, the Main Source, the Traffickers, Border Security!!! The following are examples of this rampart illicit drug trade and arrests; however, it does not give the dispositions of these arrests which has been difficult to ascertain whether because of court delays, continuances or judgments of the courts.  Nevertheless, it is most important to understand that this is a Criminal Trade not any different than the Cartels, or the old Murder Inc. gang and must be fought and prosecuted the same as the illicit drug trade of  Cocaine or Heroin Trade.  This subject must not be confused or convoluted with the subject of legally produced opiates (prescription opioids)  a completely different subject  although there maybe a direct correlation between the effort to curtail the supply of prescription opioids and the street move to illicit drugs

Example 1: Over 100 charged in Columbiana County (Ohio) drug ring.  "More than 100 people are now facing more than 750 charges related to 'Operation Big Oak,' an investigation into a fentanyl, carfentanil, heroin and cocaine drug trafficking ring."  According to the investigators the heroin was coming from cartels in Mexico and the drug ring sold more than 1.4 million lethal doses of drugs in Columbiana County.  "That's enough fentanyl to kill not only every single person in Columbiana County but also every man, woman and child in the eleven neighboring counties."

Example 2:" Fentanyl bust nets enough drugs to wipe out population of Ohio."  Ohio has 11.6 million residents and, at 2 to 3 milligrams per lethal dose, the amount of fentanyl discovered in November Columbus, Ohio bust could potentially kill more than nine million people.

Example 3: Twelve from Pontiac Michigan drug gangs (Hustle Boys and Wall Street Gorillaz, arrested for selling deadly heroin-fentanyl mix.  These two gangs formed an alliance called the Team which sold the drugs in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Livingston counties. Operating from two houses in Pontiac with a distribution network across the region, the group would alert customers about fresh supplies by texting them the work "fire." 

Example 4: According to an indictment unsealed on June 19, 2017 four individuals (San Diego) are charged with possession of 44.14 kilograms of fentanyl with the intent to distribute.  Drug traffickers use the pure fentanyl powder to increase the potency of heroin or to manufacture counterfeit opioid painkillers that resemble oxycodone.  Due to fentanyl's extreme potency which is up to 50 times stronger than average cut heroin, deaths from fentanyl laced heroin must be considered a homicide considering that just 3 milligrams is enough to kill an adult male.  The above seizure represents over 14 million lethal doses.

Example 5:  Police (Mexican) 'found'/pulled over a SUV containing a multi-drug shipment near Ensenada, located in the Mexican state of Baja California, containing several stuffed sacks filled with the synthetic opioid fentanyl, as well as 914 pounds of crystal meth, 88 pounds of cocaine and 18.5 pounds of heroin.

It has been stated by so called experts that we cannot arrest our way out of this problem and that "prevention, treatment and diversion" are the answers however we seem to have forgotten that the crime syndicates (as mentioned above) have no interest in this treatment method because they are making enormous amounts of money and are the profiteers of death therefore must be treated as such.  Distribution causing death is a Homicide and the investigation must include connecting the dots to make sure that after the undercover investigation/arrest the defendants are tried accordingly regardless of the complexities of putting such a case together.

The THIN BLUE LINE of Law enforcement now has become even thinner and resources must be put into place to finance the proper type of investigations as well as the proper safe guards for law enforcement people.  There is little argument that there must be the creation of partnerships that brings together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with the principal mission to identify, disrupt, dismantle and prosecute high level members of this type trafficking as well as the money laundering organizations and enterprises.





Thursday, November 16, 2017

Volume - 93 One year later.......Time to write...Opioid crisis: Part #1 Introduction & Legislation

It has now been one year since the passing of my daughter Kelly.  It feels like yesterday but it is time to write.......



THE OPIOID CRISIS: PART #1  INTRODUCTION & LEGISLATURE

As is the case with all investigative work, the correct questions must be asked:

 What is the Opioid Crisis?  Until that question is answered there is no direction to the problem.  You might be asking yourself everyone knows what the Opioid Crisis is....Everyday there are hundreds of death across this nation... politicians are involved with new legislation....everyday a new crisis center is open...everyday new recovery centers are opened...everyday we see overdoses in the news....everyday some parent is crying over their child, everyday there is more outcry for rehab and treatment, Police now carry narcan, etc. etc. etc.

The fact of the matter is that very few people can  define this so-called Crisis because they only see it through their own narrow minded point of view.  Examples you ask?......First of all, within all of the "opioid deaths" how many were actually overdoses of a licit drug versus illicit drug (You better know the difference)?  On the illicit drug side, what was the toxicology report (an actual breakdown of each substance by percentage)....was it heroin? or was it the cutting agent (such as Fentanyl)?...if it were the cutting agent would this not be investigated as a homicide? An active crime scene?  On the licit drug side did the dead party overdose from their prescription?...was the licit drug obtained 'on the street'? And, the questions continue...but they will be answered and not by some media news person who has little if no real experience but by someone who has spent five years working undercover narcotics and dangerous drugs directly involved in 500 felony/convictions; by someone who is highly bright and yet has chronic pain; by conversations with two Common Pleas Judges; and, conversation with  a DEA agent......

Lets start by pursuing the Legislation by our politicians to solve this 'Opioid Crisis'....it is my opinion that as usual they (Beltway Idiots as well as State and Local amateurs) are clueless......examples both in Ohio and Louisiana....In both cases, aside from the Governors and Attorney Generals fighting for TV time and pressure being applied to Judges to reduce or eliminate jail time for drug offenders, they attempt to legislate the problem.  Example of these attempts give the following results (and, as a side note, remember the phrase 'Follow the Money'):

Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act sponsored by Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa. signed into law by former President Obama without a single objection from EITHER SIDE OF THE ISLE but opposed by the DEA.  This law changed the standard for identifying dangers to local communities, from "imminent" threats to "immediate" threats which changed the DEA's authority to go after drug companies that didn't report suspicious and very large orders for narcotics.  Wholesale drug distributors since  can and do send millions of pills into everyone's community.  Reports by the DEA have shown one such company shipped 20 million doses of oxycodone and hydrocodone to pharmacies in West Virginia which included 11 million doses in Mingo County.  The DEA initially got the bill killed (twice) but then a change in leadership took place and Loretta Lynch took over the AG's office and enormous amounts of pressure was being placed on the DEA by Capitol Hill to pass this bill at the behest of the pharmaceutical industry, then 'coincidently' a new DEA administrator appeared.  It should be noted that the bill was written by a pharmaceutical industry attorney (D. Linden Barber) who used to be a senior DEA attorney (interesting).

Speaking of the brain trust in the Beltway, it should be noted (again) to 'Follow The Money'....In 2016 there were over 11,000 U.S. lobbyists.  In that same year annual lobbying payments were approximately $3.5 BILLON.  This averages over $5 Billion for every single lawmaker. Now to make matters worse Ohio and Louisiana legislators running into one another for TV time not only pushed to treatment and rehab but attempt to push Law Enforcement and the Judicial system away from jail time to legislation that dictates those receiving Opiates in a prescription from a doctor who treats chronic pain, spinal injury, cancer and other seriously injured many of whom there may  not be a 'cure' nor a 'better' situation to their serious long-term and complex medical issues. must now do with 30 less pill per month.  Therefore the thousands of people with chronic pain, spinal injury, etc. must now suffer while those who satisfy themselves with 'getting
high' get treatment facilities.  Where has the idea of ACCOUNTABILITY gone? We continue to reinforce the idea that someone else will take care of the problem and the specific individual has no consequences of behavior.

In the words of  a very special friend (who obviously writes much better than I) and who has chronic pain and who understands the harm that is being put on innocent people with this nonsense legislation, I quote (from a recent conversation) "While I feel for those with addictive personalities and issues, and I empathize with the loved ones of those who elect to over dose, those patients do not remotely represent the hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide with valid, serious and long term complex medical health issues who require these medications for treatment.  The fact is, sweeping medical decisions are being made regarding the general public's health care, that have NO BUSINESS being made by those without any medical knowledge, nor any knowledge of that single individual's medical history.  The repercussions of which will never end up being reporting to the public.  By which I mean the long term increase in suicide rates, or illegal drug sales resulting from patients in chronic pain, no longer able to effectively control their pain levels through legal valid medical means.  All because of decisions  being made by Politicians with their own hidden monetary agendas (and State Governments with huge budget deficits that are seeing visions of future billion dollar legal payoffs/settlements) both of which have absolutely nothing to do with the proper medical treatment of real, serious and often incurable medical issues."

Let's not forget legislation from the UN and the World Health Organization who attempted to pressure the U.S. with small arms treaties directed towards the removal and banning of firearms from the US. general public's ownership, and yet they repeatedly dragged their feet when it comes to imposing regulations on big pharmaceutical companies historical records of unethical activities in third world countries.

Next we will look at the enforcement side, or lack there of, in this discussion of the crisis.  It should be noted that Ohio can't even execute a man on death row with an injection drug yet hundreds die monthly/yearly with a needle....maybe that should talk with the 'street'..........

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Volume 92 - Kelly

On November 1, 2016 our daughter Kelly passed away

In my 7 plus decades of living and experiencing life, both good and bad, I was never prepared to live through my daughters nightmare of fourteen plus months of incurable cancer.  It has taken me four months even to attempt to write about this horrible passing.  Having seen death before as a civilian and also as a former law enforcement officer nothing hits the limit as does your daughter's death.

 I wonder why there is a word for children who lost parents, but not for parents who have suffered the greatest loss of all.  I wonder why at age 47 an incurable type of cancer is diagnosed.  I wonder why it took so long for her to see a doctor.  I now understand that when a father walks his daughter down the isle and gives her arm to her husband the meaning is more than just symbolic.

For those that have lost a child, I fully understand how everyday forward is a day without.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Volume 91 - The Most Important National Election in the History of this Great Country Part II

As I have stated in my Volume 90, almost a year ago, this IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NATIONAL ELECTION IN YOUR LIFE-TIME FOR THIS GREAT COUNTRY.  This election is about the Economy, Immigration, Foreign Policy, and putting America First. The following has been taken from a source of mine which I fully endorse thus the quotation marks:

"This may be the best and most honest political statement you will ever read.  It decidedly does not brush objections aside.  You hate Hillary? You hate Trump? Read it!  You think there's no choice. Read it with your grown-up hat on.  We've all been dealt huge responsibility with this election.  The first step toward responsibility is accepting it, and the first step toward accepting it is recognizing it, so Read all of this:

Are you sickened and despondent with the current campaign and upcoming presidential election?  I consider myself a conservative and do truly believe our country is at a political/economic/moral/social crossroads.  I need to let you know I could/would never vote for Hillary Clinton to lead this country.  A trustworthy, personal friend worked at the White House during Bill Clinton's administration.  The tales you have heard regarding Hillary published or reported by right wing/conservative media are mild little compared to reality.  She is deceitful, manipulative, self serving, mean spirited, callous, angry, power hungry woman with absolutely no love of country or desire to see American traditions preserved and continued.  My opinion is based on first hand, direct knowledge, not upon rumors in the media.  To me, she represents everything that is wrong with our current political structure.  On the flip side, I look and listen to Donald Trump and I cringe at every rude, insulting comment he makes.  If you find yourself in a similar state of mind, the following article:"

'A Message For Christians About Donald Trump

I am a Jew turned evangelical Christian.  I am also a passionate supporter of Donald Trump.  I have a message for Christians who don't like Donald Trump: YOU'RE MISSING THE BOAT.  Christians have Trump all wrong.  God sends messages in many forms.  You're just not listening.  God is talking but your eyes and ears are closed.  Here's a famous joke about God and how he talks to us.

A deeply faithful Christian man is stuck on his roof at home with a massive flooding up to the 2nd floor.  Rowboat comes.  He says NO, I'M WAITING FOR GOD. I PRAYED AND I KNOW HE'S COMING.  2nd Rowboat comes and he says NO, I'M WAITING FOR GOD.   3rs Rowboat arrives. NO, I'M WAITING FOR GOD is his response. 

Water rises.  The man drowns. Now he's meeting God in heaven.  The religious man says, 'Where were you God?  I prayed.  I was faithful.  I asked you to save me.  Why would you abandon me?'

God says, 'Hey dummy, I sent you three rowboats.  Are you blind?'  Maybe God is trying to tell us something important--that now is not the time for a 'nice Christian guy' or a 'gentleman' or a typical Republican powder puff.  Maybe now is the time for a natural born killer, a ruthless fighter, a warrior.  Because right about now we need a miracle, or America is finished.  Maybe the rules of gentlemen don't apply here.  Maybe a gentleman and 'all-around nice Christian' would lead us to slaughter or do you want another Mitt Romney, Bob Dole, John McCain, Gerald Ford or Paul Ryan?

Did any of them win?  Did they lead the GOP to 'the promised land?'  Did they change the direction of America?  No, because if you don't win, you have no say.  Paul Ryan couldn't even deliver his own state, Wisconsin!  And as leader of the House, Paul Ryan rolls over to Obama like my dog rolls over for a scrap of food, or a steak bone.  Nice, but obedient.  I mean Paul Ryan, not my dog.  My dog is actually a pretty good defender and loyal.

Maybe God is knocking on your door loudly, but you're not listening.  Maybe God understands we need a 'war leader' at this moment in time.  Maybe God understands if we don't win this election, America is dead.  It's over.  The greatest nation in world history will be gone. Finished. Kaput. Adios.  And with one last breath, maybe what we need to save us at the last second is someone different.  Someone you haven't ever experienced before, because you weren't raised in rough and tumble New York where nothing good gets accomplished unless you're combative, aggressive, outrageous, on offense at all times, and maybe just a tad arrogant too.  Someone with a personality you've never seen on stage at your church.  Maybe, just maybe, being a nice gentlemanly Christian would not beat Hillary and her billion dollars, and her  best friends in the media who will unleash the dogs of hell upon the GOP nominee.  I guess you think God is only nice and gentlemanly.  Really?  Then you've missed the whole point of the Bible.   When necessary, God is a pretty tough guy.  When necessary, God strikes with pain, death, and destruction.  When necessary, God inflicts vengeance.  Maybe you think God couldn't possibly be associated with someone like Trump.  Trump is too vicious, rude and crude.  When we won WWII, was God 'nice' on the battlefield.  Or does he send  us vicious SOB's like General George S. Patton so the good guys can defeat evil?  It's pretty clear to me God sends unique people to be 'war leaders.'  That's a different role than a pastor or church leader.

And maybe it's time to redefine 'nice.'  Maybe Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan aren't nice at because they led us to defeat.  And losing again would mean the end of America.  And God can't allow that.  Maybe Romney and Ryan mean well, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Or maybe they're just jealous they had their chance and blew it.  Maybe they'd rather help elect Hillary than allow a Trump victory that would make them look weak, feckless and incompetent.

'Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.' (Isiah 40:30-31)

God is about miracles.  We don't need a 'nice guy' or a gentleman' right now.  It's the 4th quarter and we're losing 14-0.  We need a miracle.  So let me repeat my message to Christians: 'You're missing the boat.'  I believe Trump is our miracle.  I believe Trump is our rowboat.  Except he's more like a battleship!  No one is saying Trump is perfect.  No one is saying Trump is a perfect conservative.  But he is a patriot.  He is a warrior. He is a capitalist.  He is the right man, at the right time.  Yes, he's a bit rude and crude and offensive.  But that may make him the perfect warrior to save America, American exceptionalism, capitalism and Judeo-Christian values.  The choice should be easy for Christians.  It's Trump or it's the end of the American dream.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Volume 90 - The Most Important National Election in the History of this Great Country


Sometimes it is just difficult to understand how we find ourselves in such harm’s way. Unfortunately it appears that there is still a majority of people  working under some kind of ‘Alice in Wonder Land’ illusion but this isn't Kansas and we better somehow crawl out of the rabbit hole and grasp the understanding of how important this National Election is to our salvation as a Nation, a Republic and a Democracy.   

This isn't about "Blue" and "Red"...it is about the ACTUAL survival of this country as a Republic and as a Nation. You have to understand and comprehend that within the next decade or two there will be no Israel nor an UAE nor a South Korea and the world will be thrown into turmoil never seen before.  The flight of refugees presently taken place into Europe is only a preview of coming attractions on the world scene.

But I’m jumping ahead of my point, so a closer view starting with our Great Country.  Economically there’s no question that our economy (as well as the world economy) has been shaky at best since the crash of ’08.  Yet, politicians and central banks regularly announce that “things are picking up.” And we, one year after another, witness the continued economic slump. Few dare call it a depression, but, if a depression can be defined as a period of time win which most people’s standard of living drops significantly, a depression it is regardless of the color of lipstick one paints on the pig, a pig it is. 

Why is it that our elected officials are surprised that no amount of stimulus and low interest rates has not resulted in creating more jobs or more productivity?  A few basic economic principles applied and one would understand that when debt reaches the level that it cannot be repaid, a major re-set of some sort must take place.  This is a systemic problem and cannot be “papered” over with printing presses.  There will be some combination of a major forgiveness of debt, a default, or an economic collapse taking place as we already see in various European economies.

Aside from Economics lets simply discuss values, attitudes, acceptance of consequences, simple concepts now void and distinct…..what has happened with simple concepts such as the ‘melody’ out of music, the ‘pride’ out of appearance, the ‘courtesy’ out of driving, the ‘romance’ out of love, the ‘responsibility’ out of parenthood, the ‘togetherness’ of friendship, the ‘learning’ out of education, the ‘service’ out of patriotism, the ‘Golden Rule’ from rulers, the ‘nativity’ scene out of cities, the ‘civility’ out of behavior, the ‘refinement’ out of language, the ‘dedication’ out of employment, the ‘ambition’ out of achievement, the ‘patience’ and ‘ tolerance’ from personal relationships and interactions from others?………..

The upcoming National General Election and the recent ‘debates’…….really?  Anyone with an IQ above a ‘head of lettuce’ must look at the recent MSNBC commentator’s attitude and subsequent questions and  shook their heads realizing that Marco Rubio’s response (in addition to Chris Christie and Ted Cruz) “I know the Democrats have the ultimate super Pac. It’s called the mainstream media.”……We are a people from ‘legal’ immigrants.  We are a people that understand that our success or failure is based on our ability not on the ‘Government.’….My success or failure is based on my ability or lack thereof…My responsibility is based on ‘ME’ not on the Government. Jobs are created by the Private Sector and not by the Government….It is time to for ‘Government’ to get the hell out of the way….It is time for Banks to be ‘Banks’ for small business and not the legalized ‘loan sharks’ that small business must go too to get funding………I don’t owe my neighbor anything other than my good wishes, my thoughts, my goodness NOT to be interpreted as equalization of wealth; for if this is the case, then there exist no incentive for anyone who takes risks with unknown results to make any decisions…..help small business but don’t get in the way with your pretentious advertising campaigns espousing your concern for the community…..

On a Global Scale, I’m not sure that we can reconstruct the destruction done over our past history but specifically over the past eight years.  This isn’t a question of whether we, as a nation, should have gone somewhere or not have gone somewhere but one of if that decision is made, via the Constitution and for the protection of our country, then we should have done it with resolve to win, to honor our commitments and to lead as we should lead and not to apologize for the greatness of our young country.  No wonder we can’t be trusted even by our Allies on the foreign scene.

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin was asked if the delegates had formed a republic or a monarchy.  “A republic,” he responded, “if you can keep it.” 

To that end, as a warning for future generations to beware of “cunning, ambitious and unprincipled men,” George Washington wrote, “A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”

Daniel Webster wrote, “Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority.  It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the People against the dangers of good intentions.  There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”

John Adams cautioned, “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”

 

 

 

 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Volume 89 - On Monday I went to a wake....


On Monday, I went to a wake…..


It is quite easy for me to write/rant about politics, especially with the circus of the last decade, or business, since our economy has never recovered from 2009, or even that of writing fictional stories with the biggest problem simply of finding the time for such endeavors.  However, when it comes to very personal matters the difficulty is painful and most of the time put off with some made up justification for not writing.  Nevertheless, on Monday, I went to a wake.

It seems that I go to wakes and funerals more frequently now.  I think wakes and Funerals are important as they will let family and friends know that everyone shares the loss that is being experienced.  This particular one was difficult.  It was difficult not because the deceased was an Icon of the community. Not because he was a really Good person. Not because it was moved from the Funeral Home to a Church to accommodate the mass of people. Not because of the seven children, twenty six grandchildren, and thirty four great grandchildren.  And, certainly not because the deceased was ninety-four years old.

It was difficult because his older brother, another friend of mine for over fifty years, was sitting in a pew a few feet away from the casket of his brother, attended to by two of his sons, and didn’t recognize me, nor anyone else.  It was difficult because one realizes very quickly that time passes extremely quick and then, in some cases, slows to almost a stop, a crawl that is a  period of time both inhumane and intolerable not only for the elderly but for those close enough to touch but not feel the imminence of death. 

Difficult because those, regardless of age, that are full of life suddenly suffer a fall that puts them into an assisted living experience that they despise to even the extent of attempting escapes; make numerous phone calls for help, want to be anywhere other than where they find themselves.  Difficult for if not a physical fall the insidious disease of Alzheimer’s and somehow the difficulty of care becomes choices that no one wants to make for there is no good answer.  Difficult because the emotional stress to family and especially friends can’t be exhausted but burns daily and ignites at unexpected times.

The admission that time never stops.  The recognition that preparations must be made for unlike large families described, one best do some self-preparation.  The realization that another day will bring another wake….

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Volume 88 - Mystery "Italy" (continuation of Volumes: 82-83-84: excerpts unpublished novel)

...(Continuing from Volume 84 -Part 3 of Unpublished Novel Excerpts)

...The secured telephone conversation between Tony Tuscono and Francesco DiGiuda, Captain with the Corps of the Pontifical Swiss Guard (Guardia Svizzera Pontificia) concerning the kidnapping of the God-Son of Pope Paul II who was very good friends with Pope Francis concludes.

Tuscono gets up from his desk, within the soundproof/telephonic glass enclosed studio, ready to start the checklist of details necessary for he and the Shanghai office Team 3 unit to video conference when Jonathon Carpenter (GST's IT guru) clicks the speaker and advises both Tuscono and O'Brian that there is a second call coming in from Francesco DiGiuda. Tony instructs Carpenter to put it through the same secure line as previous call and motions for Maggie to sit back down as obviously his friend Francesco forgot to mention something from the call of only a few minutes ago.

(Golds, Sachs & Thomas - GST, the business name, and security firm used by Tony Tuscono and the members of a unit designating "Gold 6" only for Presidential access.  An access initially ordained by a former President while the architect of this unit was heading up spook headquarters engaging in some rather dicey dealings especially in the Middle East.  The main headquarter office is located in the newly renovated Victor Hotel, 1001 Ocean Drive, Miami with satellite operations in New Orleans,  1104 Toulouse Street across from the Maison Dupuy Hotel and Shanghai, China, 2 ChangDe Road,  each with a skilled over achiever running day to day operations. 

The Victor Hotel was a dilapidated structure and part of Gianni Versace's real estate holdings that went into receivership and located only a few short blocks from his opulent residence which was taken over by his family and will undoubtedly be served up to some group with more money than brains.  This renovated Hotel had some serious union construction problems which was solved by GST, who at the time was looking for space as well as living quarters in Miami for Tuscono.  In return for the problem solving feat and all future security, GST acquired 2,600 square feet with an additional 2,150 square feet of residential space blueprinted into the plans with secure entrance off the main lobby.  A four foot wide by eight foot high eight panel solid oak door opening with a state of the art i.2 series G16X7 iris/voice scanner built into the locking mechanism esthetically consisting of only two four inch in diameter holes was part of the lobby construction less than twenty feet away from the main elevator banks.  This i.2 device has the capabilities to measure the human characteristics of the Gold 6 Group separating out the hundreds of people using the lobby on any given day.  This State of the Art technology continued through this secured section of the building with full hand-print scanners, facial recognition devices and keyless pads and proximity sonar all trailing from this door through the twenty-two foot enclosed narrow hallway to the next set of doors that led into the office complex with all product specifications and installation directly involving the i.2 Shanghai group, another division of Gold Sachs & Thomas, including their research and developmental arm.  The mix of privacy, security, secretiveness all within public scrutiny was truly the stroke of genius, and to some degree a point of humor, that permitted the integrity of the group to function. 

The residential entrance was off the original garden of Versace's building patio and kept for the most part in-tack with the renovation of the Hotel.  A relatively plain, non-descript metal door, bullet resistive, artistically painted to blend with surrounding d├ęcor with grade 1 six point keypad locking mechanism, i.2-series 1790, combined with a 5-point fingerprint access on outside, viewer and i.2's newest security exit trim opens to a 6' x 14' x 12' high foyer. The foyer is scanned with three remote HD CCTV units and heat sensors working in conjunction with the proximity sonar to allow a specially equipped MRI type reading access control for entrance.  At the far end was another 4' x 8' door, blast resistant, designed by Mega-Met company.  It was their model MRB-2S, a medium range swinging blast door on five stainless ball bearing hinges, i.2 series 1101 and lock/unlock sensors tied to the main control panel.  Upon passing through this 3" thick opening an ordinary steel stairwell two flight up onto a balcony and a pair of French doors lead into Tuscono's residence.)

It didn't take but a few seconds for Tuscono to feel uneasy as something was missing from this conversation and the previous request for assistance.  He looked through the glass separation at Carpenter who motioned that something was different technically with this secure line. Turning his head slightly he motions to Maggie, who was also involved in listening to the conversation to not contact J. Hymon, Operations leader of Team 3 Shanghai office, as he previously ordered.  His gut instinct didn't disappoint as Francesco apologized but said that he had forgot some specific instructions and requests from the Church Hierarchy concerning this kidnapping situation. Tuscono turned his head slightly in his usual manner when taken aback with something unexpected as he looked at Maggie while DiGiuda stated, "Mr. Tuscono, sorry for this call back to you but His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Baptista is very concerned not only with the safety of Karol Jozef Stephenson  but with the political fallout of this kidnapping; therefore, he does not desire the end result ending in some type of public trial; and, to that end his request is that your team put  the final end to these kidnappers so please be prepared accordingly."

A long pause occurs as Tuscono simply looks at Maggie (Maggie O'Brian, VP of Operations GST Miami, former Olympic Shooter,  SIS - UK's secret intelligence service - the only member who had duel citizenship due to her father being English, M15 - UK's military intelligence unit specializing as Sniper Captain, and a stint working on special assignment to the Masada with degrees from Athens University.) 

After what seems like several minutes DiGiuda starts to apologize again for the second call but is interrupted by Tuscono saying "my friend, our friendship goes back to your father and we have had a mutual respect for a number of years but I'm afraid that we now have a problem with your request." With his voice taking on a growing intense tone by the second, Tuscono continues, "GST is noted for doing a variety of assignments with not only people of various reputations throughout the world but also with many diverse countries some of which have no diplomatic relations with this country.  We run the 'rail and the edge' on what is legal and what is moral but we don't kill people simply for the sake of keeping someone quiet.  It appears from what you stated in our previous communication that you have good intel on the alleged kidnappers as well as the cooperation from Interpol to the extent that you seemingly are even convinced of their general location.  Your objective of rescuing a God-Son of a former Pope is your assignment to which we wish you all the good fortune in that pursuit.  But if our assignment is simply to kill the alleged perpetrators  in this matter I suggest you find some independent mechanic and please advise Baptista that we recognize the political fallout and understand his concern.  I will continue to wish you the best and feel free to keep us informed but this is something that we cannot be involved with.  Good-by DiGiuda."  Tuscono ends the conversation.

Before Tony could say anything Maggie simply says, "What the Fuck was that about and why the attitude to Francesco? Isn't he a friend of yours?" And, as Maggie is about to say something else Tuscono simply raises his hand, a jester of his that means 'Stop' but is also a very irritating motion that everyone at GST is sadly aware of. Maggi just rolls her eyes and becomes silent.

Tuscono hits the speaker and instructs Jonathon to play back both of the phone transmissions and says, "Do your digital magic on both calls. Something is wrong.  I need those calls gone over with your sweep programs as well as your new 'truth' technology that you patented last month and I need to know immediately what you find. I spoke long enough that it should give you a larger playing field to cover all background sounds as well as to compare this call from the previous.

 He looked at Maggie, who's expression was now not of surprise but the beginnings of understanding, and said  "we'll find that both calls are technically different and I'm sure Carpenter will find that out,  to some extent or another.  Secondly, and most importantly, our friend is in trouble.  He has never referred to me as 'Mr. Tuscono' and knows full well that we would turn this request down because of the requirement that didn't exist previously.  'Political fallout' aside the mere mention of Baptista makes me think the worse and thus much more to this kidnapping with possibly something that goes back to the Vatican Bank, but more importantly Francesco and maybe even the Pope are in serious trouble.  Remember Cardinal Baptista  was banished from the advisory group not long after Pope Francis took office."

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Volume 87 - A Nation of Complainers seduced by the welfare punch bowl and leftiest philosophy ...

...so much so that the massive flow of subsidies has taken a rising toll on the character of the recipients. The longer any group or class of people receive money that they didn't earn the worse their social condition.  There was a time no long ago that we never took anything from the government.  We never whined about our suffering and our struggles.  Where our Republic became a nation of legal immigrants  who had a strong moral fiber, good character and high integrity.  They made there own way, worked hard, suffered, served this country and often somehow knew happiness and peace of mind.  They came from many nations and knew discrimination, bigotry, and what it was to work  to care for their family.  Regardless of heritage, fought in the World Wars with courage in the most devastating of conditions.  Everybody worked at something and we never heard anything from 'activists' because they didn't exist.

Now we view the news with suspicion as 'news' is broadcast and accepted as the truth when factually only a 'ratings' story as "Hands Up Don't Shoot" totally false yet viewed and accepted as the truth without apology.  The UVA alleged rape with condemnation of a fraternity and over reaction by an University President yet nothing but terrible journalism with no accountability to the source of this falsehood nor to the broadcasting by leftist news networks and a overreaction of a University official that couldn't operate a Dairy Queen.  The whining of homosexual rights activists that forces a small pizza business to close because they express First Amendment rights that differ from the activists.  It seems now that  Politics, Government and the Media have become the most important things in America.  The news organizations dwell on the utterances of the Chief Executive as if he were Moses.  It's as if our government, the bureaucrats, the politicians,  news anchors and activists have become our saviors.  The "Kool-Aid" unfortunately has been consumed by the majority even though a growing government threatens to diminish our freedoms and exterminate our prosperity.  We are so far down the rabbit hole to socialism there appears no turning back.

And yet, it will get worse as not only have we taken up second place to China as the most productive nation on earth our educational system is as bad as our foreign policy.  According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2012 the U.S. in Mathematic literacy ranked 29th in the world behind China, Korea, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Finland, Canada, Poland and 21 other countries.  In Science Literacy there were 22 other countries ahead of the United States.  In Reading Literacy 19 other country educational systems ranked ahead of the U.S.

Our foreign policy would be better if it didn't exist; as arguably, it doesn't.  Within the last decade we have abandoned and forsaken our Friends and now suck up to our enemies.  It is not beyond comprehension that unless this lack of substantial policy and understanding is reversed within the next few years there may not exist the State of Israel and Saudi Arabia.  The Middle East will not only drastically change in territory realignment and culturally destroying anything in its path for a new world order under maniacs that will be compared to Hitler and Stalin, both in ambition and savagery.

The 2016 Election will be the most important in the history of this country.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Volume 86: 2015 Outlook as 2014 passes in rearview mirror

Every writer of every genre has something to say about the great events, deaths, and crises of 2014 and the expectations of the New Year 2015 whereas I have much more concern for the trends involving Freedom, Failure, Success and Responsibility during this coming year.

It only took us less than seventy years to go from ‘simple flight’ to landing on the moon yet our high school graduation rates continues to worsen as well as our educational systems as compared to the rest of the world. Since 1961 the amount of food we produce has increased 25% and now we produce enough food to fill the bellies of every single person on earth with 2800 calories per day yet we have millions of people within our great country going to bed hungry. Our ‘athletic high school superstars’ are admitted into prestigious universities with ‘adjusted’ ACT scores while “A-B” students struggle to get acceptance. Respect levels for grandparents are at a all time low with teenagers today not being educated with respectful understandings to those that would move the earth for their success...and the oceans continue to wash ashore as if all is well.....

Maybe I just yearn for the days when kids played till dark, rode bikes and played ball in the street. Where actions were our own and consequences were expected. Where not everyone made the ‘team’ and therefore learned to deal with disappointment. Where third, fourth and fifth place teams weren’t given trophies. Where parents baling us out for our bad choices were unheard of as they took the side of the teacher, the police officer and others in supervision. Somewhere after the ‘greatest of generations’ and present generation a serious gap has emerged within our society. With each passing year the number of Americans jumping on board ‘the safety net’ continues to grow rapidly, and a great many of these people should be able to take care of themselves; today, the American people collectively receive more money from the government than they pay in taxes. The ‘Great Society’ social programs have in effect enslaved generations of black men, women and children on urban poverty plantations. The race hustlers and race baiters like Sharpton, Farrakhan and Jackson only reinforces the fact that the dreams of Mr. King will only remain a dream.

Globally it is even worse as new data reveal that China finally overtook the United States as the world’s top economic powerhouse. This marks the first time America has relinquished this ranking since Ulysses S. Grant occupied the Oval Office. Barack Obama and his colleges have fundamentally changed America as well as our international standing. We unfortunately are no longer a world leader but follower incited and motivated by 'spin' and reaction rather than leadership. Nevertheless, and regardless of the professional politics of the beltway, the responsibility of Freedom Failure Success and Responsibility rests solely on the proper parenting of parents today without which this decay continues.

Love has no color AND Life has responsibilities and consequences. Race will not be the issue of 2015 regardless of the last few months (and, bless our men and women in Blue) but ill-conceived notions of Religion will, and the senseless slaughter in the name of a ‘God’ will be our year forward....

Monday, April 14, 2014

Volume 85 - 'My 'Tribe' - The Cleveland Indians and Chief Wahoo

The world today is simply a mess. The Government is out of control from a foreign policy that is so weak it has similiarities to a third world country from a predicted taken over of Ukraine (the first step in the rebuilding of the Soviet Union - see excerpts in Volume 82-83 & 84) to 'acceptible' provocative fly-overs by Russian SU-24 warplane over the USS Donald Cook (a guided-missle destroyer partolling in the western Black Sea), a National Health program that has taken over one-sixth of the economy with its so appropriate farewell speech of Kathleen Sebelius memorable "Unfortunately, a page is missing," to the IRS confiscation of family members tax rebates, to the U.S. Bureau of Land management standoff with a Nevada Rancher to a predicable Earthquake that will kill millions in California and the list goes on and on without even touching social bullet points such as Columnist Burt Prelutshy's recent quote "Even if I were to bang my head on something, knock myself out and wake up thinking I was a Democrat, I'd like to think I would question how it is that Barack Obama can keep taking multi-million dollar vactions, only to come back in time to lecture his guests at $35,000-a-plate fund-raisers about the horrors of income inequality. When you get right down to it, if poor people didn't exist, the Democrats would have had to invent them. In that respect, as well as others, they resemble drug dealers who are costantly turning dummies into addicts."

However, even with all of the 'bullshit' we have now reached the pinnicle of 'Political Correctness'...... There is serious talk of doing away with Chief Wahoo -The Cleveland Indians iconic logo!!! I'm a Cleveland Indians Fan always and forever for as long as my memory will permit me to consider, good times and bad; and, believe me, to be a Cleveland anything sports fan we endure more bad than good.

So lets get to the point. College and Professional Teams have exalted organizations so named as warriors and heros, the same as one would eat 'comfort food' for it feels good in a world increasingly deteriorating; We have OUR TEAMS. But now, we must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward. So let's simply get rid of Chief Wahoo, Cleveland Indians, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Redskins, the Florida Seminoles, et al. We should even think about changing the name of the Carolina Panthers since somewhere deep in the hidden agenda of people this name came from the Black Panthers of the 60's and are offensive to us 'White folks.'

But, let's don't stop there for I also think that my very dear friends in the South are offended by the name New York Yankees, for I don't see a team named after the Confederacy (and if we are real lucky someday the South will rise again). Having also discussed this 'Chief Wahoo issue' with friends of mine who are Atheists they too are offended with names as the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Angels and the San Diego Padres as well as the St Louis Cardinals (hiding Catholicism behind a bird; how dare they!). We now also glorify the criminal aspect of our socialism that simply must change for we cannot back teams named Raiders, Viking, Buccaneers or Pirates who raped and pillaged their way through history and God forbid a name after 'downers/barbiturates' as in the Cincinnati Reds nor less I forget Oregon States women's athletic teams "the Beavers."

As they say on a popular NFL pre-game show "COM'ON MAN"....... Really? No wonder we are ready to give in to 11 million ILLEGAL immegrants. My grandparents walked thorugh Ellis Island, acquired names given after their cities of origin because they couldn't speak English and struggled through the late 19th century and early 20th century working at whatever was needed to support their families. Its no wonder we give trophies to teams that come in fourth, fifth, and last; simply because they participated. "COM'ON MAN"!!!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Volume 84 Part 3 Unpublished Novel Excerpts (Continuation of Volume 82 & 83)

...Tuscono watched from the bench as Levine got into a checkered cab and headed off Ocean Drive to the airport or to a stop at an U.S. based Masad operative, the destination was never discussed; knowing that the truth would not have been told.

Since the time was now closer to 1 p.m., Tuscono walked across the street, feeling some hunger pains, and into one of his local favorite restaurants, Caffe' Milano. Being greeted by Molly, the afternoon hostess, Tuscono asked, "Black Bryan?" It seems that in this particular kitchen there were three different chefs named Bryan, so it was only a logical conclusion to Tuscano that he would call his buddy 'Black Bryan', forget the fact that visually there would be no confusion as this chef was not only 6'3" and three hundred pounds but black. Molly simply 'winked' and walked into the kitchen.

Tuscono took a seat in one of the secluded booths just as the chef cleared the kitchen swinging door. "My brother 'T', how are you?" "Where have you been?" "You don't like me anymore?..." Tuscono raised his arms in surrender, got back to his feet and gave the huge man a big hug.

"I've been busy brother; chill my man," said Tuscono. Bryan responded to the hug and told Tony "sit for I have a special treat for my brother by another mother."

Tuscono said that he didn't have much time as he was involved in a meeting for the last few hours and hadn't even turned his cell on since early in the morning. Bryan just shrugged and said, "I know you have a office here in SoBe even though I don't know what you actually do and probably don't want to know but I also know how much you love New Orleans, it's people and it's cuisine and tonight's dinner menu is perfect. Tony just relax and give me an opinion of this bayou 'magnifico'. I'll just give you a small sampling" ...to which Tuscono just rolled his eyes and sat for the sampling of the coming feast.

The chef continued, "tonight our first course is Chevre and Field Bushroom Bisque with Candied Shitake. I will then offer, as a second course, either a Grilled Salmon Toro, which is a charred salmon brushed with sweet soy over frisee lettuce with toasted hazelnuts and citrus vinaigrette or a Duck Salad, a duck leg and summer tomato confit over baby arugula and shaved fennel salad with champagne vinaigretter and lemon candy. My third course is Pan Seared Redfish topped with crawfish and jumbo lump crab ragout and served over garden vegetables or Chicken and Boudin, a chicken thigh stuffed with boudin sausage, roasted with bourbon mop served over braised greens with brown gravy or Braised Beef Short Rib slow braised topped with truffled potato brulee, english peas and shave asiago."

Tuscono responded by saying "my brother, I don't have hours to enjoy your feast even though you have touched my hunger soul and my mouth is watering..." Black Bryan interrupted by simply telling him to remain seated, relax and partake in a simple sampling for his favorite chef.

As the chef swaggered back to the kitchen, it dawned on Tuscono that he still had his phone in the 'off' position. No sooner did the device hit the 'on' slot then the lights lit and the various sounds went off as if silent for weeks. Tuscono just looked at the cell, shook his head and was ready to hit the 'off' switch when he saw a message come in from Maggie. Maggie O'Brian the VP of operations at GST. Maggie is a 'book' in herself, all 5'10 and green eyes with Asian and Irish heritage; also, a 'live-in' with Tuscono as he believes in very few rules, simply production, loyalty, and security leaving the department of 'human resources' to the normaly arrogant folks that take up that profession with the sorry companies that find it necessary to have an actual nonprofit expense department to handle humans.

"Tony, sorry for interrupting whatever you're doing but you have an an urgent call from Francesco on a Vatican secure line. I explained that you were in a sensitive meeting and would get back with him as soon as possible. Francesco's response was somewhat unexpected," as Maggie's voice sounded unusual as if with a thousand questions herself.

"What response, I don't understand" replied Tuscono.

Maggie continued, "Francesco knows that our lines as well as certain Vatican lines are secure so he simply stated that the Pope himself wants to speak to you."

There was no response from Tuscono and there was a defeafening pause before Maggie continued, "He said that there is a 'situation' but it was going to be handle 'in-house' with the guard working with Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City and Interpol but was more confounded that his Excellency even knew of GST or you."

"I'm at the Caffe' Milano and Black Bryan is in the process of creating a huge sampling of his New Orlean's style menu for tonight. I'll go into the kitchen and tell him that business has again interfered but that we promise to bring the entire crew for dinner tonight. I'll be there in a few minutes." Tuscono pocketed his cell and went into the kitchen; minutes later on Ocean Drive walking to his office with his brain attempting to figure out the message from Francesco.

Indeed, he and the new Holy Father, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, had been acquianted but entirely by circumstance, and not necessarily favorable circumstance, two decades or so ago. Although the Pope was born in Buenos Aires, he was the son of Italian immigrants. His father Mario was an accountant employed by the railways and his mother, Regina Sivor, although degreed was a committed wife dedicated to raising their five children. Pope Francis a highly educated man who rose quickly, after his ordination, through the ranks of the South American Catholic Church hierarchy. In 1986 he spent significant time in Germany finishing his doctoral thesis and became very close personal friends with Pope John Paul II. This simple fact came back to Toscono for he knew that the time spent in Germany was significant and not simpy for the doctoral degree as well as recalling the historical circumstance that found his father leaving Italy for Buenos Aires during the facists upraising and intrigue taking place in Italy as well as within the Vatican.

There had been rumors through the Intelligence apparatus since the beginnings of World War II and certainly in the decades to follow that the Vatican was very instrumental in setting up alliances with various secret societies, such as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM), a military arm as well as a funding conduit for the Vatican with close ties to Opus Dei, P2, and the Masons as well as spy agencies, CIA and the OSS, precuror of the CIA, KGB, Massad and foremost the Mafia and that these networks have been on going. Nevertheless, it was estimated that along with very large amounts of gold bullion, tens of thousands of Germans and Italians were helped to freedom of Argentina as that war and the alliances of all the various participants progressed even to the untimely, unsolved, mysterious death of Pope Paul I, only thirty three days as Pope, and the massive financial scandal that followed with obvious links.

The last thoughts that crossed Tuscono's memory before he hit the button on his private elevator within the Hotel was the last conversation he had with the new head of the Catholic Church back in 1984 while Pope Francis was the Rector of the Colegio de San Jose in San Miguel as well as his last conversation less than a month ago with Francesco DiGiuda, Lieutenant Colonel of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Guardia Svizzers Pontificia only one of two Italian born members of this elite corp, concerning the visitation to the Holy See by Putin.

Upon entering his office, having cleared all the necessary retinal and hand scan access control devices necessary for entry to the innner sanctum, Tuscono moved quickly to his private office with a hand motion to Maggie to join him. Once inside his soundproof office he signaled, via datacom, to Jonathon Carpenter, the IT guru, to give him a secure line to the Vatican using the STU-111 and AS-232 Fortezza crypto card with GST's own matrix G-20, a roving switching system that utilizes two distinct satalites for maximum security blocking any chatter from verbal communications as well as a 1062 attachment for secure recording which automatically produces files on any name, incident or date brought up in verbal discussion.

"Signore Tuscono, thank you returning my call so quickly" Francesco having answered the call after the first ring just as Jonathon gave the 'thumbs up' sign, for clarity and recording and security volumes, to Tony through the bullet resistive glass window.

"My friend it is always a pleasure to speak with you and so soon after our call concerning the Pope's visitor; with me, is Maggie with whom you spoke earlier. And, before we get into your call let me congratulate you on solving the multi-million dollar jewelry heist of the Pomellato Boutique" responded Tuscono, although wondering to himself how the Vatican Guard gets involved in a civilian matter.

"Grazias Tony, but I was fortunate to be friends with one of the Gendarmerie Corps of Vatican City State, the Corpo della Gendameria dello Citta del Vaticano
who are actually the police force of Vatican City and the extraterritorial properties of the Holy See. Due to circumstances and relationship to the office of the Vatican, I was asked to work with the Gendarmerie and we got lucky securing the Diamonds and put a couple of Bulgarin nationals in prison." "But more importantly, I've been asked by our new Pontiff to give you a call and it goes without saying that I was shocked that Pope Francis even knows your existance, with all due respect my friend."

Tuscono interrupted at this point before Francesco could continue saying, "I realize that is surprising to not only you but also to Maggie who is looking at me with very quizative green eyes so please let me briefly explain. Back in 1984 while I was still with the Agency we received an anonomous tip identifying the location of one Michele Sindona"...."Holy Shit" came the humorous comment from Francesco and then he immediately apologized to Maggie for his expression and asked Tony to continue.

"As you well know, Sindona, the advisor chosen by Pope Paul II to advise the Vatican Bank, swindled tens of millions of dollars from the IOR, Istituto per lo Opere di Religione, thus casting the financial supervisory body, the Autorita di Informazione Finanziaria, into very questionable state to say the very least. At the head of this conspiracy was Michele Sindona or at least as far as we were concerned although there is intel that suggests much further implications by certain Church officials as well as even now implications to the death of John Paul I. In any case, based on our information at that time, we did a 'snatch, bag and transport' covert operation, seized Sindona in San Miguel and had him back in New York within 48 hours and given over to the FBI as if he never left his Eastside apartment. Unknown to us, and due to Sindona's Italian influence he was taken from his cell in September of 1984 and extradited to Italy; sentenced to 25 years but lasted only two days and was found dead in his cell. We became curious as to the information received that enabled us to do the 'snatch and bag' operation since it contained an extra level of 'need to know' security from the Agencies top brass; however, it didn't take us long to discover that the information came via a phone call from a church in San Maguel. I visited that Church months later and was welcomed by Father Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Enough said."

There was a long pause before anyone spoke but then Francesco broke the silence by saying "This explains very much to me, my friend. I've been assigned, 14 days ago, a special assignment by the Holy Father and have been given much leeway by picking my own team from both the Guard and the Gendarmerie but was mystified by his Holiness' request at our daily meeting today to have a conversation with you regarding this assignment and the newly acquired information received from Interpol."

Tuscono interruped by saying, "well, congratulations but I have no idea of what you are talking about and have no reason to know but whatever we at GST can do to help you and the Pontiff, as always, our services are available to you."

Francesco paused then stated, "thank you and it seems that you and your expertise can be of service so please permit me to continue. As you know, my father was a part of the Paltine Guard back in the day and was personal friends with Albino Luciani, the Cardinal of Venice, known as Pope John Paul I whose death, as you so know, mysteriously happened only after 33 days in Office. He was also very good friends with John Paul II. As you also know, no one within the Guard is permitted to marry while part of the unit. One such person, a friend of my father and myself, is Hanns Stephenson who spent six years with the Guard and departed to marry, with the blessing of the Pope. Hanns became a successful banker and has three children. His middle child is named Karol Jozef Stephenson, named after Pope John Paul II and unknown to most the Saintly Pope John Paul II was also the Godfather to this child. This young man, Karol Jozef Stephenson, now in his early thirties, has been kidnapped. Due to the past relationship between John Paul II and Pope Francis this has taken on hugh implications and urgency."

Francesco paused and collected his thoughts, and then stated, "Tony we know that the same Bulgarian and Turkish mafioso group that fostered Mehmet Ali Agca, the terrioist that shot Pope John Paull II, kidnapped Stephenson. And from the intel of earlier today via Interpol we now know the specific location of this group." Then another pause..."we have been thoroughly trained to protect the Pope, the properties, the riches and wealth as well as knowing how to solve crimes; but, we need the very best when it comes to Hostage Rescue. Pope Francis would like your team's assistance."

"Maggie, have someone call Black Bryan....and, notify J. Hymon in the Shanghai office to load team '3' asap Rome".........Tuscono told Francesco that he would see him within hours and to tell the Holy Father to trust 'few' as it is still a very dangerous time.


Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Volume 83 - Mystery - Fact or Fiction? Part 2 Conclusion: The End Game

...(continuance of conversation from Volume 82)..."your inquiry about the Syrian conflict and the relationship between Putin and Rowhani somewhat confuses me, my friend. Your question is very 'local' in nature and you well know that my response will be much more international in scope with greater implications; possibly, because you are so close to the 'tinder box' and can 'smell the flames' you ask such a simple question or is my 'sly foxe's inquiry something different entirely?"

Levine smiled, gestured with his hands as he always did when attempting to hide a certain facial recognition, then again requested the answered from the chief of GST, knowing full well the amount of intel that would support Tuscono's conclusions and theories. "Tony you know full well that I live and work in that 'tinderbox', as you so describe my country, as well as, like you my friend, having many alleyways in many cities to walk, so just consider me an old man who asks stupid questions."

Tuscono not commenting on Levine's response continued.

"Aristotle said 'We are what we repeatedly do' and so let us get a few simple conclusions off the table. You and I both know that Hassan Rowhani, as your Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, so aptly stated is a 'wolf in sheep's clothing'. He like his predecessor are nothing but 'paper cutouts'. The difference is that Rowhani has mastered the art of perceptural 'friendliness' and is a 'media darling'. Dress him in a red and white suit, give him a few reindeer and you have 'Santa'; but recall, he was previously Iran's nuclear negotiation chief in charge of covering up his country's nuclear weapons program so don't underestimate 'Santa'.

Additionally in a few weeks, six nations, including most importantly Russia and China, negotiating with Iran will produce documents that will cost Iran nothing while loosening the Western sanctions based on the notion of negotiating a follow up deal. In other words, Iran pretends to play nice for six months, during which time it receives sanctions relief, the freeing of some frozen assets, and the release of an Iranian nuclear scientist, by the name of Atarodi, arrested in 2011,and next summer NATO will be back to late 2006, trying to cobble together support for sanctions all over again.

The point here being that the deal is already done, as we both know since the last conversations were 'loud and clear' from the meeting rooms in Oman to not only GST but the Masata, because of my invitation to listen" said Tuscono with a smile as he immediately continued, "as we know the winner is not only Iran but also China as their need for oil increases daily and the oil sanction is now eliminated. This has significance toward the real 'end game' for we know who brokered the deal and gave this 'chip' to China. As I continue with these incidences which you will soon realize are all connected just remember, my friend, there are no coincidences. However, Iran's radicalism and destruction of Israel is entirely another matter and will remain until you decide to rid them of their nuclear product because no one else will."

Levine rolled his eyes and stated,"Tony I'm fully aware of everything you've stated could we move on toward your conclusions?" Unfazed, Tuscono looked his friend directly in the eye and said "You asked, so listen and remember 'old' man" and repeated "there are no coincidences." Tuscono continued, "We now proceed to Syrian WMD and what could go down in history as the biggest single foreign policy error by the present U.S. Administration. Remember before the U.S. Government shutdown the war in Syria was all that was shown on our news networks, showing hundreds of deaths, thousands of homeless civilians, calls for support of the 'rebel' forces, even potential 'air strikes' against President Bashar Assad; then magically the war ended from the media perspective, the U.S. Government shutdown and our politics became 'local' with no perspective of what was happening in the Middle East."

Tuscono pauses as a group of photographers with camera, tripods, wires, multiple large black cases and three very tall and long legged multinational models approached and continue to walk by the seated two men on their way to a beach photo session for some product or calendar insert. The South Beach neighborhood of Ocean Drive, Collins, and South Beach Park was becoming more active as the warmth increased and a new sunny day was taking center stage. The historic Art Deco architecture increased its color dance as more and more sun reflected off of the colorful masonry. The sounds increased as if life was taking a large breath toward another magnificent soothing warm day at the beach.

With one more quick look at the statuette models disappearing onto the beach area, Tuscono continues, "but, also as you know, our intel told us that after three years of fighting in Syria the 'rebels' are different as now most are Al-Qaeda supported with manpower, money and arms. So, after all the procrastination, the two sides in this civil war are either controlled by Assad, backed by Russia, or Al-Qaeda, backed by Iran. In either case, Vladimir Putin holds all the cards and starts the final moves of his chess game with becoming the lead negotiator to settle the WMD question. And, the SA-125 Russian missiles that your warplanes attacked inside a Syrian stronghold didn't make page 40 so you see only a few more pieces to be put into place."

"Now, my patient Jew friend, for the information you don't know and have come to acquire; firstly within the next few weeks Putin will even be the honored guest of the new Pope. According to our inside man, Francesco DiGiuda, with the Corps of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Guardia Svizzera Pontificia, notification was given to us at GST a month or so ago. Here is the new Pope, arguably one of the holiest and humble of all men without a clue what a 'photo op' will do for Putin; and, it wasn't as if he wasn't advised to by-pass such a visit but believes that it would be good for the Russian people. Naivety has no precognition. By the way, since I know you had an acquaintance with DiGiuda's father when he was part of the Palatine Guard before it was disbanded by in '70 by Paul VI, Francesco is now one of two Lieutenant Colonels."

Tuscono continues "the last piece of the puzzle before we get into the WHY and the End Game is the visit that Putin is planning as a state visit to Egypt in order to take advantage of frayed ties between Washington and Cairo thus resuming military ties with Egypt in light of this vacuum by Washington's decisions and fears of a return to the Cold War era rivalry. Well, guess what .... The rivalry started years ago when as a KGB intelligence officer the collapse of the soviet Union in 1991 Putin swore his revenge and started his masterful plan even as he technically retired from the KGB and become head of external relations in the latter part of 1991 for Anatoy Sobchak then on to Sobchak's first deputy mayor. Within seven short years having moved to Moscow was appointed deputy head of management under Boris Yeltsin and almost immediately moved to the head of Federal Security, an arm of the former KGB. In 1999 upon the resignation of Yeltsin, become the acting President. All the political steps managed with expert care even to the extent of manipulation around the term limits but always with his ultimate goal in full focus. Add a little luck and a possible Nobel Peace nomination and..."

Levine, as if waking from a dream, wide eyed and ready to speak as his brain just registered and tallied all the preceding facts stood and said "the Russians are rebuilding the Soviet Bloc!" "Correct, my friend" said Tuscono "and that is the 'Why'. Putin's desire is to rebuild the Soviet Union to be the number one power in the world. As you just added up all the facts that were in clear view from Iran to Syria to Egypt to China to the Pope. The sum total is a new and powerful world order raising like the phoenix from the ashes of disgrace."

Tuscono with a more forceful speech continued, " all financed by Putin's daily seizure of the Artic where other than the continental U.S. lays abundance of oil. His plan is to control all of the Artic oil to finance the taking back of the old Soviet Bloc including Ukrainia, Belorussia, Uzbek, Kazakhstan, Azerbaija, Lithuania, Moldavia, Latvia, Kirghiz, Tajik, Armenia, Turkmen, Estonia and Georgia, with Georgia being the first."

Levine's face was now telling the tale of age and question. Tuscono, deflecting the look, continued, "the money, the means, the political clout, and positive image, as a peace maker, are continually being put in place. Putin doesn't care about Iran, Syria, Egypt, the Pope nor even China, even thought the Chinese have a good idea of what is about to take place and have worries about Kazakhstan already moving manpower and structure to their Northwest border area, because Putin knows that no one will stop him after he invades and takes Georgia with the rest to follow. No one will stop him unless..."