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The Best of Atlas: Atlas Contributors Choose their Favorite Posts of 2009 – Francisco D’Anconia

December 26, 2009

As you all know, I tend to be the most critical of the bunch here on Atlas. As such, of all the pieces on Atlas that have been published, I think my favorite one has to be the story about the “Bay Ridge” GOP’s garish Holiday Party. My colleague Dagny Taggart, usually more reserved in her judgments, was so horrified by the way the party aggrandized themselves at the expense of its donors and candidates by squandering so much on something so petty.

Her piece was quickly the most read piece on Atlas when it was published, with well over 1000 having read the story so far.

It serves as a reminder of how superficial the party is, the lengths it will go to distract from its failings, and the abject stupidity of the leadership and its priorities.


“Bay Ridge” GOP Holds Holiday Fest: Room Full of Patronage Workers With Their Eyes All Aglow in Golden Prince’s Manor

by Dagny Taggart

350 people showed up at the bread line on a cold winter’s night in this recession.

Food was freely given. Drinks were poured. Hands were sweaty from having been shook ten shakes too many.

But this was not a soup kitchen or the Salvation Army.

This was the Brooklyn GOP’s holiday party, and if you weren’t there, allow me to paint a picture.

Firstly, you should know the Brooklyn GOP posted the information about their party very quickly after it took place (thanks for the photo guys! ;-) ).

The room was warm and cozy and full of Board of Election workers, proving again, as around the time of the county committee convention, what patronage is really worth to this party: a hungry mob of folks devoted to jobs rather than values.

The picture shows all of the sweet old ladies who showed up to receive a kiss from Santa Marty (no, despite what the picture shows, they did not hold the party at a senior center).

As you surely guessed, Craig “The Duke” Eaton and his Prince, Sen. Martin Golden, were in attendance.

Naturally, the party was hosted at the Bay Ridge Manor. We all know what that means… (Mr. Chairman, if you want to give money to your overlord, why didn’t you just stuff the money in Marty’s pockets? I guess giving it to his family owned business is just as good? Just a thought.)

Now, every holiday party, someone “special” shows up. At a previous holiday party, it was The King of New York, Mike Bloomberg, who was hosted. This year, State GOP Chairman Ed Cox was in attendance. Likely he was invited by Golden to “prove” to him that the Brooklyn GOP has not devolved into the chaos that everyone in the surrounding boroughs and elsewhere has learned it truly is. A few of the candidates that lost this go round were in attendance, as well as some prospects looking to be political and playing nice.

Thank God free food still fills a room or two!

(Chairman Cox, please note: Bloomberg came to a recent Holiday Dinner before the Brooklyn GOP Civil War broke out this year—what did that get him in Brooklyn this past election? Nothing. My Atlas colleagues have asked me to warn you not be fooled by frivolity and antics that amount to meaninglessness.)

It must have seemed so great! All those people huddled around the tables spearing meat and swiping rolls. Such festive cheer!

Meanwhile, the price tag of the dinner is expected to be in the thousands (it costs a lot of money, what with all the fatted calves being slaughtered to feed the fatted pigs!).

My colleague Hank Rearden will be releasing a story soon detailing how the Brooklyn GOP has cleared out its bank account and, after this party, will be left with far less what Bloomberg paid to the county party to gift wrap a Wilson Pakula for him. This should come as no surprise to those who took note of Atlas’s earlier detail of the Brooklyn GOP’s stunning mismanagement of party funds.


Now, I’m no Grinch. I love a good party!

But, at a time when the economy has soured and so many have lost, the Bay Ridge Cabal is spending money like Michael Jackson on holiday.

They have no clear vision of what to do in the future, so they hope that by inviting a bunch of their subsidized hacks to a big dining hall they’ll create a smokescreen to distract from the ruins all around them—ruins that were the result of the very Shore Road Syndrome and dissention that they themselves have fostered.

In light of the true state of the party and with important events on the horizon, we are left to ask the question: where is the reconciliation promised by Marty Golden? We heard during the period around the convention from sources that The Golden Prince promised unity and togetherness after the convention regardless of the outcome.

Has he fallen asleep? It is Christmas time, after all–a time for healing and good will.

The Golden Prince has one of the most important election years in the Brooklyn GOP’s history coming up, and he’s content to let divisions rule the party?

Either he’s brain-dead or drank too much of the eggnog at the holiday party!

Wake up Senator! You currently lead what’s left of this party! You are responsible for what becomes of it just as much as Eaton is.

It should be clear by now that The Duke of Bay Ridge has no intention of pursuing any true reform. I mean, look at the Brooklyn GOP website if you don’t believe that. The site is speckled with misspellings and the same “talk down to you” tone that starting ruffling feathers when he first came on the scene. Frankly, the website is trash (I’m embarrassed that the party’s name is on it, as a Republican), and hundreds of people have expressed their resolute discontent over its poor design. It is just a symbol of the even greater problem with the Brooklyn GOP: it has no message and no vision for the future.

Look at the alienating tactics he took after he was reelected under a cloud of controversy.

Look at his inability to organize and lead any effective political event (that does not involve free food).

Eaton isn’t cutting it. So what do you do if you’re Marty Golden?

You do want to win, don’t you, Senator?

If not, your GOP constituents and friends expected better from you.


Irrespective of Golden’s designs (or lack thereof), I find it very telling that the Brooklyn GOP, in their desperation, is turning to parties as the source of their ability to impress what shriveled base they maintain in this borough.

But those devoted to true reform and progress are not distracted by such revelry. But while they cast the pieces for their Golden Calf, we know you are waiting on the mountain for the law to come down. We have long-term goals and higher aspirations. Petty trivialities don’t win elections—good platforms and donations do.

The Brooklyn GOP lacks both in the worst way.

And what good will this holiday party do for them next year when the same divisions that existed in September thaw out of the snow in spring?

We know that the barricades are still up. We know the wounds are still fresh. We know because we see the evidence of this everywhere.


And so, after a night of heavy drinking and stuffing faces full of figgy pudding, what is this holiday party worth?

What good will it do for our party when we desperately struggle to gain ground in areas of Brooklyn in which the leadership has made no attempt to gain a foothold in recent years?

What good will it do for our party in the 13th Congressional District, which is a must-win this year?

What good will it do for our party when it has no message to offer the voters and an empty bank account?


Lesson to Bay Ridge Cabal: superficiality pays no dividends in the future.

  1. December 26, 2009 4:55 pm

    Another Islamic Terrorist attacks an American bound airplane- on Christmas!

    2010 is crucial. The democrats simply do not understand the threats we face.

    • World's Smallest Violin permalink
      December 26, 2009 5:30 pm

      Did you apologize to Jonathan Judge and to your constituents yet for your behavior? Otherwise, why are you here? Do you feel no shame?

      You embarrassed Marty Golden and Bob Capano and contributed to Bob’s loss. You feel no shame for that?

    • Bruno permalink
      December 26, 2009 6:20 pm

      You little turd.
      You have the face to post a comment on this blog when you are responsible for Capano’s loss.
      Get lost, you are totally useless.
      Go take one of Kraus’ NY Jet classes, not that you’ll learn anything about politics.

    • Liam McCabe permalink
      December 26, 2009 7:46 pm

      Theodore Roosevelt:
      “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

      Mr. Russell Gallo,
      You are not responsible for Bob’s loss. You did a fine job. The truth is that there was an election and the voters made their choice, end of story. You my friend are a veteran and a patriot. You are that happy warrior who has actually volunteered to enter the arena. You entered the area of war on the behalf of the American people. And you entered the political arena as a candidate, district leader and campaign manager for the conservative Republican cause. As an American and a Conservative, I just wanted to say thank you…
      Your Friend,
      Liam (Will) Ambrose McCabe

      • December 26, 2009 8:09 pm


        As always you are a true gentleman. Thanks for all of your help and guidance throughout the years.

      • Old Mother Hubbard permalink
        December 26, 2009 10:25 pm

        Amidst all this ass-kissing, I didn’t hear an apology to Mr. Judge… LOL

        You know it’s impolite to talk when gallo’s on your tongue! Your mother never taught you boys that!

      • Reality Check permalink
        December 26, 2009 11:44 pm

        No wonder AAA and Russell get along. They both worked on Bob Capano’s failed campaign. So what do you expect them to do on this blog? Spew hate, duh!

        They don’t want to answer for their failures, but they want will congratulate each other on a thug job well done lol

      • She-Wolf on Shore Road permalink
        December 29, 2009 1:57 am

        Who are you and why are you on this blog anyway? One of Eaton’s gang?

      • Shakira permalink
        December 29, 2009 2:05 pm

        They have nothing better to do! By the way, let me out so I can breath! lol

  2. A friend of Jonathan's permalink
    December 26, 2009 7:16 pm

    As a friend of Jonathan, I can tell you a lot of these comments posted by posters such as AAA are true.

    I was in the room, when Jonathan said he wanted to start a blog with Sam to get back at the Kings County Republican Party.

    I was also at the meeting where Jonathan and Sam said they enjoyed getting rid of their enemies, by looking up at their IP address’s, and finding out who they are.

    I know a lot of us are concerned Jonathan is going too far, and he is putting himself in a lot hot water, especially using this blog as a tool of not bringing in new Republicans to the fold.

    I know a lot of us in the YR’s are concerned because he is dragging all of us down who want to work with others for the better of our party’s future.

    Jonathan I am just saying what I feel, we have got to stop, the hate, and stop trying to expose those who don’t agree with us, that’s not true reform, just hear me out.

    Jonathan if you keep this up and continue to hurt people like you did to Lesli Rice, and Russell Gallo all of us will be dragged down with you.

    Jonathan remember as your friend I am telling you this, be very careful if you keep this up with this blog.

    • Gerry permalink
      December 26, 2009 8:24 pm

      Some “friend” you are! LOL sounds like more lies and desperation. You guys need to quit lying and look to your own house for problems. Losers lol

      “A friend of Jonathan’s”… That’s funny.

  3. Claudius permalink
    December 26, 2009 10:07 pm

    The Jets really suck this year.
    Kraus has nothing beter to do than post on this blog.
    Why don’t you read a book “worst professor ever”.

  4. Atlas Shrugs: The Man With the Golden Gun permalink
    December 26, 2009 11:07 pm

    (Dedicated to Jeff Kraus)

    Title: Atlas Shrugs – The Man With Marty Golden’s Gun

    Back Story: Famed Democratic Political Hit Man and Hired Gun Jeffrey Kraus has been given a special task by #1 Martin Golden: destroy Mi6 (aka the Atlas Shrugs Resistance Base) and their famed double-oh commentators. He has been bestowed with a special weapon from Marty… not used since his days as a copper… The famous Golden Gun! (They NEVER could get that gun away from him!–it’s rumored Marty was given it by a Chinese mystic on Ft. Hamilton Parkway…)

    But Kraus is passionate about destroying them–the love he puts into his odious work is so great, the dedication!–because their acolytes have learned about the simple, dark truth……….HE LIKES THE JETS!!!!!!!

    Initiate Operation Triple-A…

    Who will win?!…. One guess.

    Jeffrey Kraus Theme Song:

    He has a powerful weapon
    charges a million a shot,
    An assassin’s second to none,
    The man with the golden gun.

    Lurking in some darkened doorway,
    Or crouched on a roof top somewhere,
    In the next room, or this very one
    The man with the golden gun.

    Love is required whenever he’s hired,
    It comes just before the kill.
    No-one can catch him, no hit man can match him
    With his million dollar skill.

    A golden shot means another poor victim,
    Has come to a glittering end,
    For a price, he’ll erase anyone
    The man with the golden gun.

    His eye may be on you or me.
    Who will he bang?
    We shall see.

    Love is required whenever he’s hired,
    It comes just before the kill.
    No-one can catch him, no hit man can match him
    With his million dollar skill.

    A golden shot means another poor victim,
    Has come to a glittering end,
    If you want to get rid of someone,
    The man with the golden gun
    Will get it done
    He’ll shoot anyone
    With his golden gun.

  5. True Republican permalink
    December 27, 2009 12:07 am

    Is this what this blog is accomplishing, attacking fellow republicans, and trying to destroy our party further.

    This blog should look at itself in the mirror.

    This blog needs the boot, the big boot.

    AAA is right, we all need to give Jon Judge the boot out of the Republican Party, maybe the Democrats will take this loser.

    • Harry O'Brien permalink
      December 27, 2009 12:18 am

      Oh, but “TRUE REPUBLICAN,” the folks on this blog are attacking Jeffrey Kraus, known Democrat and political whore (i.e., he takes money and works for any party). HE’S the one attacking fellow Republican candidates and youngsters.

      But, on the off chance you are that Democrat Jeff Kraus, you truly are a real “Bay Ridge” Republican then LOL

      Craig Eaton = Former Democrat
      Jeff Kraus = Current Democrat
      Bob Capano = Hired a Democrat and sold out to Bloomberg
      Marty Golden = Detentes with Democrats and gave money to Pedro Espada.

      I learned that all on Atlas Shrugs, and it’s all true. Wake up buddy!

    • The Most Feared Tussell “The Thug” Malo permalink
      December 27, 2009 12:29 am

      What are you talkin’ about, Harry!? If Judge had any brains, he’d BE a Democrat and not try working with these morons.

      • December 27, 2009 9:47 am

        Democrats support forcing religious people to provide sinful accommodations to reverse sexists and the homosexual agenda. Democrats support excessive government. Democrats support socialism. Democrats support reverse discrimination. The list is endless.

        Why would anyone be a Democrat just because there is infighting in the Republican Party?

      • Lisa permalink
        December 27, 2009 12:22 pm

        You’re absolutely right about that, Joseph Hayon! What we need is reform!

      • Sanchez permalink
        December 27, 2009 1:49 pm

        Too bad Hayon and his family are on the dole.
        If he got a job and went to work he would be respected.
        Hayon and people like him are useless blood-sucking leeches.
        GET A JOB JOE!!

      • December 27, 2009 4:02 pm

        The Republican Party abolished slavory, the Republican Party supported the Equal Rights Amendment until they realized that unborn children would lose their inalianable rights, a Republican controlled congress overwhelmingly voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act. President Bush added civil right protections to the disabled in 1991.

        How many times over and over again the Republican Party helped the “small guys”.

        However, today the Republican Party has a tarnished reputation of exclusively helping the rich, and wrongful insults thrown by Republicans such as Sanchez only reinforces the Republican Party’s reputation of helping the rich…. unless Sanchez is really a Democrat.

      • December 27, 2009 10:01 pm

        Damn those spelling mistakes!

  6. Blitzkraus permalink
    December 27, 2009 12:45 am

    It’s really beginning to sound like someone’s tinfoil hat is on the fritz.

  7. Gerry permalink
    December 27, 2009 12:46 am

    The question begs, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah……………………………..

    Did I get everything, Jeff? lol

    I looks like Judge isn’t coming on here to answer your ludicrous claims… I think you should call him or email his club. Otherwise, these are just hate posts..

    Oh wait, they are!

  8. I Spy permalink
    December 27, 2009 1:18 am

    The Queens Crap Blog obtained footage of the five GOP councilmen at a recent holiday party

    Turns out there is also some footage of the Bay Ridge GOP on Christmas at Santa Marty’s Little Cuckoo Clock Workshop of Political Horrors, planning their next series of comments on Atlas.

    • Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde permalink
      December 27, 2009 1:46 am

      Mark it on the calendar: today five Republican officials will never be taken seriously again!

      My God, no one respects these people, it seems!

      They must be terrible…

    • Lestat (Occassionally Masquerading as Jay Golub) permalink
      December 27, 2009 2:08 am

      I always saw Jay as more of a vampire, but an elf suits him well lol!

      Love ya, Jay!! 😉

    • CLORELLA DIVINE permalink
      December 27, 2009 11:14 pm

      You Adorable Little Boys!
      Come home with me! All of you will get a very Merry Christmas!
      I Looove Elves!!

    • Atlas Reader permalink
      December 28, 2009 12:49 am

      Jay, I’m sorry to tell you, I’m obsessed with Atlas! But don’t worry! I still read UE daily!!!

  9. December 27, 2009 9:38 am

    Comments like this…

    “You have the face to post a comment on this blog when you are responsible for Capano’s loss.”


    “You embarrassed Marty Golden and Bob Capano and contributed to Bob’s loss. You feel no shame for that?”

    …have NO MEANING when dished out by anonymous bloggers because the obvious question remains: Which “winning” race did all of the critics work on?

    As there were, unfortunately, no winning races in Brooklyn this year on our side, either the critics here did not work on any campaigns or they worked on losing ones as well. So what’s all the vitriol about?

    At this point, the Brooklyn GOP, and everyone interested in getting more Republicans elected to office, should be finding a way to get on the same page. I think Will’s comments should be replicated, on both sides of this fight, and, recognizing all the differences of opinion about direction/strategy/internal-party-politics, all should be cast aside for this extremely important election year.

    The establishment can’t win when the energized anti-establishment sits on their hands in protest. As well, the anti-establishment can’t win when at war while the powerful forces of those running the party are ignoring them. But both sides, put together even for just this one critical year, could be a force that wins an election or two or three in Kings County.

    “I was also at the meeting where Jonathan and Sam said they enjoyed getting rid of their enemies, by looking up at their IP address’s, and finding out who they are.”

    I hope those who are running this site are not giving out IP addresses. That would contradict what those running this site say are the benefits of an anonymous blog, which I’ve disagreed with to a large degree. If you guys are doing that, it would be an even greater sign that Atlas is a very weak place to “reform” anything. Whoever runs this site needs to address this issue immediately along with this sentiment…

    “I know a lot of us in the YR’s are concerned because he is dragging all of us down who want to work with others for the better of our party’s future…Jonathan I am just saying what I feel, we have got to stop, the hate, and stop trying to expose those who don’t agree with us, that’s not true reform, just hear me out.”

    …and I must say, this is exactly what will happen. Besides, from what I’ve seen (or not seen) expressed on this site by some of the most virulent haters of Mr. Eaton and the Party, there is little or no real grassroots activism going on by them, which should be the point of this entire exercise (especially for a YR group)…

    BTW, the Elf Video is HYSTERICAL!!! I must put that on UE…

    • Lestat (Occassionally Masquerading as Jay Golub) permalink
      December 27, 2009 10:49 pm

      Nice to know you have a sense of humor, Jay! ha ha! We need more Republicans like that!

  10. Stephanie Albanesi permalink
    December 27, 2009 12:32 pm

    for your information,

    Jay G., UE friends, Brooklyn YR pals and and Atlas friends too,

    “Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.

    Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location. Tor works with many of your existing applications, including web browsers, instant messaging clients, remote login, and other applications based on the TCP protocol.”

    May I suggest Tor?

  11. Claudius permalink
    December 27, 2009 1:46 pm

    What? No comment from AAA?
    He must be too busy pulling his little pud waiting for the Jets to lose today.
    Can’t attack the innocent when he’s too busy trying to find it!
    Damn Democrats, always jealous of how big the Republicans really are!

  12. CLORELLA DIVINE permalink
    December 27, 2009 1:58 pm

    It’s not the size of their little wands but the magic that isn’t in them.
    Craigy Twiggy, Little Russ, Gerry O No and company all need to practice practice practice.
    I can’t get no satisfaction from this crew.
    C’mon boys-Get it up for the fabulous CLORELLA.

    • Sexier Republicana permalink
      December 27, 2009 10:51 pm


  13. Joshua L permalink
    December 27, 2009 4:39 pm

    I am new to this blog and to the Republican scene in the local area, (maybe this is a good thing 🙂 ) but it seems to me that there is a lack of unity in the party evidenced here that does not bode well in the election. Joseph Hayon has an excellent message, compassionate conservatism, that has won national elections and that fits the electorate of his district. Why not support a candidate like him instead of bickering incessantly, giving the opposition grist for their mills at that?

    • Tommy Nast permalink
      December 27, 2009 7:11 pm

      Welcome to the fray, Joshua L! There is a lot of division within the party on organization, management of resources, the way certain decisions are made, backroom deals that sacrifice Republican Party growth outside Bay Ridge, etc. That doesn’t mean that we don’t and won’t help good Republican candidates, however. Don’t get discouraged by the dialogue, embrace it! Believe it or not, this is the most productive conversation Brooklyn Republicans have had in decades.

  14. Young Republican permalink
    December 27, 2009 6:47 pm

    Can I ask unanimous consent that anyone who starts his/her comment with “The question begs…” be barred from this site?

    • Tommy Nast permalink
      December 27, 2009 6:51 pm

      I second that. It’s all the same rantings and it’s getting in the way of reading more constructive comments.

    • Also a YR permalink
      December 27, 2009 6:53 pm

      question begs- no!

  15. Jonah Whale permalink
    December 27, 2009 7:23 pm

    the question begs…..why do so many people loathe Craig A. Eaton?

    Mr. Eaton must have done and said things – lots and lots of stuff – to make people dislike him with so much energy, vigor and articulation.

    Think about it.

    indeed….the question begs…..

  16. Gerry permalink
    December 27, 2009 7:57 pm

    Sounds like you folks are grasping at straws… what’s the matter, didn’t like I Spy’s video? LOL

    Here is the link to cheer you up!!!

  17. Claudius permalink
    December 27, 2009 9:44 pm

    OOOH..the Jets won today.
    Mrs. Kraus is gonna get lucky tonight.
    Little Jeff has some wood!
    A very rare occurance for sure.
    Viva Viagra!!

    • Viva Viagra! permalink
      December 28, 2009 12:04 am

  18. Staten Island Republican permalink
    December 27, 2009 11:10 pm

    Any bets that Mrs. Kraus goes to bed early every night?
    She probably can’t wait to fall asleep
    to tune out that obese blow-hard of a husband.
    Poor woman.


  19. SI GOPer permalink
    December 27, 2009 11:29 pm

    Here are what Jeff Kraus’s students have to say about him:

    “Talks about sports constantly and nothing else. I hated his class and his sweatiness.”

    “Worst professor in my four years. Barely teaches, is unfriendly and unapproachable, and comes off as a pretty petty and vindictive man. I reccomend you avoid him.”

    “He’s not the kind of professor that wants to be your friend…”

    “Worst professor Ive ever had. I said hello to him on campus, he turned around and looked at me then looked the other way. If you want to learn about the Jets take American Gov and Politics.”

    Knowing that, why would you ever trust AAA?

    No wonder he doesn’t like YOUNG Republicans…

  20. I'll Take My Chairman Well-Done, Please permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:42 am

    Headquarters of the Bay Ridge GOP:
    1662 Sheepshead Bay Road,
    Brooklyn, NY 11235.

    Are the lights on tonight as Atlas has been so busy with comments???????

    Is the Porsche out in front…?

  21. Craig Eaton, Your Constituents Demand An Answer permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:45 am

    When will Craig Eaton come on this blog himself and show everyone just what kind of leader he is?

    Further, what IS going on with that MHE Research Foundation???

    Craig Eaton, I demand you come on this blog and give the truth and nothing but the truth about this origination and your involvement with it.

    Furthermore, is this organization headquartered at your firm in Sheepshead Bay?

    Your constituents DEMAND an answer. Thank you.

  22. December 28, 2009 1:17 am

    Sorry to interrupt the flame war, the anonymous attacks, the wanna-be cartoonists, the blame game and all the other nonsense on here, but I think it’s time to “Shrug Off Atlas”.

    I hope those who are like-minded join me in doing so.

    • Petrov Karsikov permalink
      December 28, 2009 1:33 am

      Gene, your up pretty late reading Atlas, buddy? Craigy give you a phone call???

      I guess you felt you had to post this on Atlas, since no one would read your blog otherwise…

      I read your post. I found this line particularly stunning:

      “To those who want reform: It’s time to get constructive. Engage the leadership. After all, didn’t Chairman Eaton say upon re-election that his door is open? If you believe him or not is not the issue – hold him to his words! Some have already. If you see that no one is there on the other side of the door to listen, then call him and the leadership out for not keeping their word..”

      Wow, you must be clueless to all the real issues that have been out there. Upon his reelection, Craig Eaton slammed the door and welded it shut, then bricked up the doorway by putting all post-election events in Bay Ridge.

      He has been called out on all of this, from the mismanagement of the party’s funds to the attacks on the 49th AD.

      What happened to reconciliation??? If Craig is such a great leader, why has he done everything to alienate the people that he feels are his political enemies instead of working to bring this party together? That’s his job, isn’t he? He’s the Chairman of this party, no?

      When you want to say something new and relevant, Gene, come back. Until then, seems like you’ve got a lot of pounding keys to do to answer (to be followed by pounding pavement, I suppose? lol).

      • December 28, 2009 10:08 am

        Petrov: To address your points:

        – I’m a night owl. Not much of a morning person. And a little 30 second posting didn’t exactly cut into my REM sleep time. But, thanks for the obvious concern!

        – No one is urging me to do anything on here. Or to not do anything on here for that matter. I’m just another Republican voicing my disgust with what I see on here.

        – My dear Petrov, I afraid you just don’t get it. You’d rather bitch and moan about what others supposedly haven’t done than talk about what you are going to do to make things better. Even if we were to take all that your opinion as true (which even the person /those who run(s) Atlas have shown is not true – he/she/they posted Chairman Eaton’s speech word for word on here) you put the burden on others to make it right – a.k.a. the same people you blame for doing everything wrong.

        That’s not “reform”: that’s just laziness!

        And please, my new friend Petrov, learn to read in context: The excerpt you posted can be misleading to some. That advice you cited was given in the greater context of coming out from the shadows of anonymity and to own your words. Anonymous rants on an anonymous blog “calling someone out” to be accountable is the height of hypocrisy- the outcry has no shred of accountability in and of itself.

        With all that said, I look forward to working with you in the future to ensure many a victory in 2010.

  23. Mutant Miscreant with Chromosome Damage permalink
    December 28, 2009 1:58 am

    Gene, why hasn’t Craig “friended” you on Facebook? How rude and selfish of him!

    • December 28, 2009 10:10 am

      LOL… um, yeah he has. Once again, nothing but the facts from the good people of Atlas!

      • I Heart Gene B permalink
        December 28, 2009 11:45 am

        wow- what a shock? smears and personal attacks wrapped in mistruths.

      • De-Friend Craig permalink
        December 28, 2009 12:09 pm

        Even worse…

      • December 28, 2009 4:44 pm

        I could’ve sworn that there was a response here from “I Heart Gene B.”

        Hmm…. must’ve been my imagination… oh well.

        You wouldn’t think that the owner(s) / moderator(s) of this site are cherry-picking posts to delete, are he/she/they?

      • WordPress Workings permalink
        December 28, 2009 4:58 pm

        Such is WordPress! Sometimes I have to reload by browser so that all comments appear.

        You Pro-Eaton types always assume the worst lol this all gets you very nervous, doesn’t it?

      • I Heart Gene B permalink
        December 28, 2009 5:04 pm

        What’s the matter Gene B.? Think you’ve lost a friend? No way.

        Don’t be paranoid lol

      • December 28, 2009 5:06 pm

        Not in the least, just an observation.

  24. Lucius permalink
    December 28, 2009 12:29 pm

    I have to say, I’ve been following this little back and forth between the Atlas commentators (not the writers, for those that confuse the two) and the pro-Eaton establishment masquerading as beneficent (Gene B., for example) or maleficent (AAA, for example). While there has been name-calling on either side, which demonstrates just how divided and fractured the party is in the wake of Craig Eaton’s reelection as Kings County Republican Chairman, I must ultimately side with the Atlas Shruggers in this battle.

    The fact is that you have two major theses coming from the pro-Eaton establishment of Gallo, AAA, and Gene B. The first are mere diversionary and divisive tactics meant to (and thus far have been unsuccessful, it seems) slander people they merely hope to be behind this blog. They still are bickering over trivia instead of answering the major points and stories to which this blog has called attention. The second are people who attempt to use “reason” to destroy the blog while arguing the same tired rhetoric that dissidents must “work with the party chairman.” I believe that has been tried and failed over and over again. Apparently, the more beneficent-seeming pro-Eaton individuals are merely arguing for nothing new and the status quo. Mr. B criticizes Atlas with the same criticism he did, as I recall, back when I first starting reading this blog months ago. In that time, he has not substantively commented or addressed one single scandal or the evidence of party mismanagement. His most potent line (impotent in substance) has been “pound pavement.” Nothing groundbreaking. This all seems too convenient for my tastes.

    Overall, by the level of comments they have devoted to the blog, the pro-Eaton establishment has demonstrated just how important they believe the blog to be and how necessary they feel it is to crush the blog. But I am not convinced by these soviet tactics, and I feel even more emboldened to support Atlas as a result.

    The fact remains that Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn is a powerful source for local political news, and I greatly enjoy reading it. I may stop reading these comments though, being as they are sometimes just as irrelevant as Mr. Eaton’s tenure as Chairman. I encourage my fellow readers to do the same and see the Anti-Atlas movement for what it is: a desperate and failed attempt to distract from the issues at hand. Nothing more.

  25. Last Man Standing? permalink
    December 29, 2009 11:51 am

    When they came for the Communists, I did not stand up, because I was not a Communist. When they came for the Jews, I did not stand up, because I was not Jewish. When they came for the Catholics, I did not stand up, because I was not a Catholic. When they came for me, there was no one left to stand up.

    Martin Niemoller

    The administrators of this site are blocking posts and stifling debate.

    Who is next?

    Where is my friend AAA?

    The question begs….

    • Lola permalink
      December 29, 2009 12:25 pm

      These guys either don’t have lives or just have hate to spread.

    • Gerry permalink
      December 29, 2009 2:09 pm

      I just saw that fool roaming the byways of Urban Elephants. The plague of Bay Ridge spreads very quickly it seems…


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