Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Friday, February 20, 2015


by Wayne Barrett of the New York Daily News:

"Rudy Giuliani knows a lot about love.

 Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was "offended" when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin.

Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference.

Or ask Judi Nathan, his third wife, whom he started dating while still married to Hanover and New York mayor.

In two SUVs, he and an entourage of six or seven cops traveled 11 times to Judi's Hamptons getaway at a taxpayer cost of $3,000 a trip. That's love.

Rudy knows so much about love that he declared the other day that President Obama "doesn't love you" and "doesn't love me" at a private party of GOP fat cats.

 The onetime presidential candidate also revealed at the party that Obama "doesn't love America," an echo of a speech he'd delivered to delirious cheers in Arizona a week earlier when he declared:

"I would go anywhere, any place, anytime, and I wouldn't give a damn what the President of the United States said, to defend my country. That's a patriot. That's a man who loves his people. That's a man who fights for his people. Unlike our President."

Rudy may have forgotten the half-dozen deferments he won ducking the Vietnam War, even getting the federal judge he was clerking for to write a letter creating a special exemption for him.

And remember Bernie Kerik? He's the Giulaini police commissioner, business partner and sidekick whose nomination as homeland security secretary narrowly preceded indictments. He then did his national service in prison.

Giuliani went so far as to rebuke the President for not being "brought up the way you were and the way I was brought up through love of this country," a bow no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy's uncle.

Though Rudy cited Harold throughout his public life as his model (without revealing any of his history), he and five Rudy uncles found ways to avoid service in World War II.

Harold, whose robbery conviction was in the name of an alias, made sure the draft board knew he was a felon.

On the other hand, Obama's grandfather and uncle served. His uncle helped liberate Buchenwald, which apparently affected him so deeply he stayed in the family attic for six months when he returned home.

 Rudy also said Obama is "more of a critic than he is a supporter of America," an odd admonition coming from a security salesman who told a Tijuana audience of consulting clients in October: "America needs to stop lecturing other countries and start working on how to stop drug use in its citizens," shifting the onus for the Mexican drug trade onto us.

He's a consultant in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, the very countries where right wing governments, traffickers and/or gangs are driving children and teenagers across the U.S. border.

He was a consultant for the government of Qatar, the country his friend and FBI director Louis Freeh accused of hiding 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed before the attack. That's the ultimate triumph of money over memory, since he's still talking, as recently as a week ago, about the 10 friends and 343 firefighters he lost on 9/11. 

While Giuliani finds Obama's rhetoric insufficiently pro-American, his 2012 RNC speech was filled with catchphrases like Obama's "a complete and absolute failure," and he just branded the President "a moron" in his Arizona invocation of Neville Chamberlain at Munich, all of it presumably a new form of nationalist celebration.

In 2012, Rudy even blasted Obama, without a glance in the mirror, for "attempting to exploit" the killing of Osama Bin Laden, calling it "disgusting."

Rudy contends that his not-like-us Obama insights have nothing to do with race, adding in day-after doubling down that the President "was taught to be a critic of America," while pointing out that his mother and grandparents were white. 

There are few in New York now, after 12 years of Mike Bloomberg and a year of Bill de Blasio, who doubt that Rudy was a conscious, almost energetic, polarizer. 

He never acknowledged his dark side then and he's not about to now."

Julie Annie said Mr. Obama never talks about how much he loves his country, and the brain-dead in the Tea-Pee branch of the Gee-Oh-Pee nod their shaggy little heads and stamp their little hooves in agreement.  Because facts never get in the way of their toxic hatred:

Barack Obama, February 18, 2015: "(M)ay we all do our part to carry forward the work of perfecting this country that we love." 

 Barack Obama, February 5, 2015: "May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may He bless this precious country that we love." 

 Barack Obama, January 28, 2015: "Thank you. God bless you. God bless this country we love." 

Barack Obama, September 11, 2013: (We pray for) "our men and women in uniform who defend this country that we love." 

 Barack Obama, September 11, 2010: "This is how we will preserve and protect the country that we love." 

Barack Obama, June 3, 2008: (This is) "our time to offer a new direction for this country that we love." 

Barack Obama, March 18, 2008: "(T)hey are a part of America, this country that I love." 

From the Rude Pundit:   "If President Obama said he loved this country any more, we'd tell him he was smothering us. And Giuliani? Dude, you're a corpse. Go back to your tomb and stop polluting the air the rest of us breathe. You never loved America. You only loved yourself. "

The Tea-Pee-ers love their Rudy, a guy who's as fake and as craven as every charlatan they admire.


Howard Brazee said...

A True Patriot is someone who respects the president - unless the president is of the other party, of course. And a True Patriot is someone who supports the Military Industrial Complex in buying stuff the military doesn't want. And a True Patriot is someone who works to make sure only the Right People vote. And a True Patriot stands up for his policies in the face of overwhelming evidence that they don't work. And a True Patriot is willing to pay the costs of filling our prisons with people who weren't dangerous before they learned how to be criminals in prison.

Ben Gazi said...

It is curious who the righties have as their heroes: A draft-dodging, fornicating 3-times married son of a Mafioso [Giuliani], a fornicating, 3 times married blow-hard who was responsible for shutting the government down in the '90's [Newt Gingrich]; a fornicating Catholic guy who got engaged to his mistress while still married, and who is a convicted felon [Denesh D'Souza], An ex-Communist head of the KGB [Putin], a half-term governor of Alaska whose family gets involved in drunken brawls [Palin].

And a fornicating fraud like Giuliani who let other young men fight for American in Vietnam while he got his connections to get him out of "going anywhere, anyplace, anytime to protect America," is someone they admire?


Shaw Kenawe said...

President Obama was NOT raised like Giuliani. Nope! Not at all! Obama was raised in a patriotic family that served their country during WWII; Giuliani's father was a thug and convicted felon who was not allowed in the armed services:

Harold Giuliani served a one-and-a-half year term in Sing Sing prison after robbing a milkman at gunpoint in 1934, a decade before his son, the mayor-to-be, was born.

Rudy also alleges that Harold Giuliani served as the “muscle” for a loan-sharking outfit, claiming that he “broke legs, smashed kneecaps [and] crunched noses” in the 1950s -- even taking part in a gunfight on a Brooklyn street in the 1960s.

And during the war? Barrett reported:

At the time of Rudy's birth, Harold was working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a plumber's assistant, the trade he had learned before prison. World War II had lasted more than four and a half years. D Day was just nine days away....

Harold told relatives and friends that he wasn't drafted because of his poor eyesight and ulcers. What, in truth, protected him from military service, however, was his criminal record. The record was almost impossible to find -- then and now -- because it is filed in the name of Joseph Starrett. Harold apparently helped the local draft board locate it.

On April 18, 1941, Morris S. Ganchrow, secretary of the Selective Service System's Local Board #217 in Brooklyn, wrote a letter to the Court of General Session, inquiring into Harold's criminal background. The letter read:

Dear Gentlemen:

We understand that Harold Angelo Giuliani, using the alias "Joseph Starrett," a registrant in this Board, was convicted of Attempted Robbery, 3rd degree, on April 24, 1934.

In order that he may be properly classified by members of this Board, will you please give us the details of his Court Record, as to the charge -- whether a misdemeanor or a felony, and if sentenced, the period he was confined.

Enclosed is self-addressed envelope for reply.

The charge was, of course, a felony, and anyone guilty of a felony was barred from wartime service.

BB-Idaho said...

Fake, charlatan, craven?
You are too kind.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Amazing! The more the truth comes out about the draft-dodging mayor who said he'd "go anywhere, any place, anytime to show how much he loves his country," and the more we learn about HIS dubious upbringing, and his "family values," the more his apologists infest this blog's comment moderation with protestations that Rudy's a better man than President Obama.

They're incapable of looking at the truth: Rudy Giuliani is a self-promoting hypocrite who knows nothing about family values or loving one's country. And the people who defend this despicable political hack are no better than he is.

Rational Nation USA said...

Rudy G. is the MAN to the unthinking.


Because he tells it like THEY want to hear it.

Donna Hanover said...

"I would go anywhere, any place, anytime, and I wouldn't give a damn what the President of the United States said, to defend my country."

Hey Rudy! Do us a favor. Go to Mosul. Now!

Wassamadda? Can't fight while wearing your lady clothes?

Paula said...

Giuliani isn't a racist, he's an idiot.

And except for the bottom-feeders on the right, he's seen as a gigantic anus by the rest of the country.

Infidel753 said...

Donna Hanover: Hey Rudy! Do us a favor. Go to Mosul. Now! Wassamadda? Can't fight while wearing your lady clothes?

He should do that! Judging by the photos in Shaw's earlier post, the ISIS guys would just about crap their pants at the sight of him like that.

Clearwater, Florida said...

Rudy Giuliani: A small man in search of a balcony.