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Atlas Shrugs in Brooklyn Rushes Past 100,000 Mark This Week!

February 8, 2010

Thank You, Fellow Reformers.

  1. Sexy Republicana permalink
    February 9, 2010 12:16 am

    Sexy Republicana says, “Love ya all!” 😉

  2. Laughing Republican permalink
    February 9, 2010 1:58 am

    James McCall is the Plaxico Burress of the Republican Party. No time off for good behavior Jimmy.
    You are unofficially officially suspended crackpot!

  3. Young GOP Kid permalink
    February 9, 2010 2:03 am

    Three cheers for Atlas on this monumental achievement!

  4. Young Republican permalink
    February 9, 2010 8:49 am

    How many of these 100,000 people actually live in Brooklyn and can do something to reform our party? If these people aren’t able to do anything about what you are writing, what is accomplished by putting our dirty laundry on display?

    • Confused Young Republican permalink
      February 9, 2010 8:58 am

      You must really be young and not that intelligent. 100,000 hits doesnt mean 100,000 people – duh!

      It means 20 people hit the site many many times a day, thats all.

      Maybe you should buy a calculator………..

      Are you kidding? Could you really be that moronic?

    • John Galt permalink*
      February 9, 2010 2:47 pm

      Actually, the 100,000 represents unique visitors. In the past few days alone, we’ve had thousands of readers.

      As for “dirty laundry,” I think that the best way to convince politicians that their actions and decisions must be guided by their constituents is to have a robust political discussion and political transparency. We have found that promoting transparency is what this party needs most desperately.

      What the establishment figures are doing is not growing the party. They need to be called out and held to account for their actions. Republicans in the NYC area need to know that the kind of politics demonstrated by the current leadership of the Republican Party cannot be tolerated.

      Our job is not to make people happy. Our job is to advocate the most honest path to growing a dedicated, reformist Republican Party.

  5. Walter Winchell permalink
    February 9, 2010 9:03 am

    The numbers just keep rolling up at this wonderful site. It’s like watching “#s served” section on the McDonald signs in the early days.
    Bigger and better things are coming. So far it’s just been like turning on the light and watching the roaches take cover. Next, out comes the Flit-gun to get the little buggers where they’ve hidden and think they’re safe. Now to some business…

    … – – -… /… – – -… / FLASH…Good morning Mister and Missuz Atlas Shrugging in Brooklyn from Bay Ridge to Elderts Lane and Newtown Creek to Sea Gate, all the ships in the Narrows and Jamaica Bay and Diana Niad if she’s still swimming around Manhattan. Let’s go to press
    … – – -… / … – – -… /… – – -… /… – – -…

    Father Michael Louis Gelfant UPDATE /////

    At 6:30 p.m. on February 8, 2010, the following headings #1-5 below on Father Gelfant’s blog:

    1. “RSS: Fr Gelfant’s blog”;
    2. “And Away We Go”, Fri 29 Jan 2010;
    3. “Faith”, Sat 30 Jan 2010;
    4. “Filming at St. Anselm’s”, Sat 30 Jan 2010;
    5. “The Blog Controversy”, Mon 1 Feb 2010

    all contained the following message:

    The authors have deleted this blog.
    The content is no longer available….”

    My sources were unable to access anything else at that E-space. At this time it is not known whether Father Gelfant’s “permission” to operate his blog has been revoked by his pastor and/or the Diocese of Brooklyn, or if there is any other reason why his blog has been taken down. (As I said before on this Atlas Shrugs blog, when the other side pushes, push back harder…..)

    Overheard at Toots Shor’s//// the “Lone Ranger and Tonto” have gone their separate ways and will be “whip-sawing” the “other side” on various issues. The expectation is that the contradictory reactions will cause a melt down.

    Over at the Stork, Eaton’s guys were apparently gloating over AF’s screw-up. A couple of tables away, AF was having a good time and telling all who came by that Eaton would again look foolish.

    Meanwhile, somebody named “Liam” was going between Gerry Kassar’s and Craig Eaton’s tables taling about moving to Bay Ridge and running for something. Kassar had just written in his column [does any body read it?] about the young man being in Albany at something called CCPAC for the Brooklyn Conservatives. Is Eaton getting behind another Atanasio-style sell-out to the Conservatives or is “Liam” planning on becoming a Republican?

    • Another Concerned Parishioner permalink
      February 9, 2010 1:02 pm


      Four Chaplains – 50th Anniversary
      February 8, 2010 at 10:25 am

      For the last 3 years I have been invited by the American Legion to participate in the Four Chaplains ceremony at Fort Hamilton Army Base. This year marks 50 years of commemorating these 4 soldiers. On Sunday, February 7, 2010, we gathered again to mark the occasion. A story about Four army chaplains and their sacrifice. I have attached a brief summary of the story. Read it, it is amazing.

      Four Chaplains

      It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 servicemen, merchant seamen and civilian workers.

      Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche.

      Hans J. Danielsen, the ship’s captain, was concerned and cautious. Earlier the Tampa had detected a submarine with its sonar. Danielsen knew he was in dangerous waters even before he got the alarming information. German U-boats were constantly prowling these vital sea lanes, and several ships had already been blasted and sunk.

      The Dorchester was now only 150 miles from its destination, but the captain ordered the men to sleep in their clothing and keep life jackets on. Many soldiers sleeping deep in the ship’s hold disregarded the order because of the engine’s heat. Others ignored it because the life jackets were uncomfortable.

      On Feb. 3, at 12:55 a.m., a periscope broke the chilly Atlantic waters. Through the cross hairs, an officer aboard the German submarine U-223 spotted the Dorchester. After identifying and targeting the ship, he gave orders to fire the torpedoes. The hit was decisive–and deadly–striking the starboard side, amid ship, far below the water line.

      Danielsen, alerted that the Dorchester was taking water rapidly and sinking, gave the order to abandon ship. In less than 27 minutes, the Dorchester would slip beneath the Atlantic’s icy waters.

      Tragically, the hit had knocked out power and radio contact with the three escort ships. The CGC Comanche, however, saw the flash of the explosion. It responded and then rescued 97 survivors. The CGC Escanaba circled the Dorchester, rescuing an additional 132 survivors. The third cutter, CGC Tampa, continued on, escorting the remaining two ships.

      Aboard the Dorchester, panic and chaos had set in. The blast had killed scores of men, and many more were seriously wounded. Others, stunned by the explosion were groping in the darkness. Those sleeping without clothing rushed topside where they were confronted first by a blast of icy Arctic air and then by the knowledge that death awaited.

      Men jumped from the ship into lifeboats, over-crowding them to the point of capsizing, according to eyewitnesses. Other rafts, tossed into the Atlantic, drifted away before soldiers could get in them.

      Through the pandemonium, according to those present, four Army chaplains brought hope in despair and light in darkness. Those chaplains were Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. Quickly and quietly the four chaplains spread out among the soldiers. There they tried to calm the frightened, tend the wounded and guide the disoriented toward safety.

      “Witnesses of that terrible night remember hearing the four men offer prayers for the dying and encouragement for those who would live,” says Wyatt R. Fox, son of Reverend Fox.

      One witness, Private William B. Bednar, found himself floating in oil-smeared water surrounded by dead bodies and debris. “I could hear men crying, pleading, praying,” Bednar recalls. “I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going.”

      Another sailor, Petty Officer John J. Mahoney, tried to reenter his cabin but was stopped by Rabbi Goode. Mahoney, concerned about the cold Arctic air, explained he had forgotten his gloves. ”Never mind,” Goode responded. “I have two pairs.” The rabbi then gave the petty officer his own gloves. In retrospect, Mahoney realized that Rabbi Goode was not conveniently carrying two pairs of gloves, and that the rabbi had decided not to leave the Dorchester.

      By this time, most of the men were topside, and the chaplains opened a storage locker and began distributing life jackets. It was then that Engineer Grady Clark witnessed an astonishing sight. When there were no more lifejackets in the storage room, the chaplains removed theirs and gave them to four frightened young men.

      “It was the finest thing I have seen or hope to see this side of heaven,” said John Ladd, another survivor who saw the chaplains’ selfless act. Ladd’s response is understandable. The altruistic action of the four chaplains constitutes one of the purest spiritual and ethical acts a person can make. When giving their life jackets, Rabbi Goode did not call out for a Jew; Father Washington did not call out for a Catholic; nor did the Reverends Fox and Poling call out for a Protestant. They simply gave their life jackets to the next man in line. As the ship went down, survivors in nearby rafts could see the four chaplains–arms linked and braced against the slanting deck. Their voices could also be heard offering prayers.

      Of the 902 men aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, 672 died, leaving 230 survivors. When the news reached American shores, the nation was stunned by the magnitude of the tragedy and heroic conduct of the four chaplains.

      “Valor is a gift,” Carl Sandburg once said. “Those having it never know for sure whether they have it until the test comes.” That night Reverend Fox, Rabbi Goode, Reverend Poling and Father Washington passed life’s ultimate test. In doing so, they became an enduring example of extraordinary faith, courage and selflessness. The Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart were awarded posthumously December 19, 1944, to the next of kin by Lt. Gen. Brehon B. Somervell, Commanding General of the Army Service Forces, in a ceremony at the post chapel at Fort Myer, VA.

      A posthumous Special Medal for Heroism, never before given and never to be given again, was authorized by Congress and awarded by the President January 18, 1961. Congress wished to confer the Medal of Honor but was blocked by the stringent requirements which required heroism performed under fire. The special medal was intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor.

  6. Spartacus permalink
    February 9, 2010 9:04 am

    How does one make a complaint or offer criticism against an attorney?

    There is a complaint process citizens can use to avail themselves of for either minor or serious complaints.

    So….if you think your lawyer (insert a four letter word here that begins with the letter “F”) you, you have some options. I researched some options regarding how to complain about a lawyer. Do you have a grievance or concern about any Kings County practicing attorney member of the NYS Bar?

    According to the NYS Bar Association’s website,

    “The grievance committees which are appointed by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court operate on a regional basis. On the reverse side of this brochure is a list of the grievance committees and the counties over which they have jurisdiction. The jurisdiction of the committees is based upon the location of the office of the attorney against whom a complaint is being made. Therefore, you should make your complaint or inquiry known to the grievance committee which covers the county in which the attorney’s office is located.”

    “As officers of the court, all attorneys are obligated to maintain the highest ethical standards. In furtherance of this obligation, attorneys are guided by a code of conduct, the Code of Professional Responsibility, as adopted by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court. Attorneys who violate the law or fail to abide by this code of conduct are subject to discipline, which may include admonishment, reprimand, censure, suspension or loss of his or her license to practice law.”

    Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties:

    Diane Maxwell Kearse, Chief Counsel
    Kings, Queens & Richmond Second Judicial Department
    Grievance Committee for the Second and Eleventh Judicial Districts
    Renaissance Plaza
    335 Adams Street, Suite 2400
    Brooklyn, NY 11201-3745
    Phone (718) 923-6300, Fax (718) 624-2978

  7. And Then There Were None permalink
    February 9, 2010 9:42 am

    Congratulations Atlas. This blog has saved the Republican Party in Brooklyn. Thank you for making us aware and for keeping us informed. Everyone comes from Brooklyn.

  8. Walter Winchell permalink
    February 9, 2010 1:54 pm

    Still getting following message on attempts to access frgelfant’s blog:

    The authors have deleted this blog.
    The content is no longer available….”

    Your time indicator is well before 6:30 p.m. February 8, 2010.


  9. Gerry permalink
    February 9, 2010 2:10 pm

    This is a superior accomplishment! The establishment MUST be held accountable for their actions!

  10. Harry O'Brien permalink
    February 9, 2010 2:57 pm

    Great, great, great!!!

  11. Sick of Walter Winchell permalink
    February 9, 2010 3:02 pm

    Who really cares about a priest and his blog? How does this effect the KCRP in any way shape or form?
    Give it up Walter you’re getting nowhere fast.
    Now you’re just annoying.

    • Clarification Please Spartacus permalink
      February 9, 2010 3:04 pm


      Not sure what or who you were referring to with respect to complaints being filed?

      Your Comment seemed out of the blue

    • Clammy Hands permalink
      February 9, 2010 3:29 pm

      I agree: who really cares? Nevertheless, I think the response of the KRCP to this whole priest thing is extremely telling. They took a statement made by one anonymous blogger and tried to cast that comment onto ALL commentators on the Brooklyn GOP political blogs….

      Sounds suspicious to me. There are deals being made, unholy alliances between Democrats, Republicans, and priests.

  12. Fra. Girolamo Savonarola, Republica di Firenza permalink
    February 9, 2010 4:36 pm

    You damn well better rethink things, you smug and walled-off Brooklyn Republicans, for really bad shit has already happened to you, your feckless friends and once-powerful allies. You are already on the ground, sitting on your collective asses in a stupor. You only think you are a real party in this County of Kings, but you’re just a pack of usurpers, whose mendacious, pointless tyranny over the weak demands complete purgation. After that, you’ll all be broke, humiliated and wretched.

    Your hypocritical cohorts, whom some of us once called our priests, will soon be condemned for their propagation of abominable acts upon the children, and shall have to change their names to abomination, scandal and terror before we drive them, like a Gasarene heard, into depths of a shit-sea with millstone stoles around their necks .

    Know all of you that unheard of times and events are at hand.

  13. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    February 12, 2010 8:12 am

    Report: Bloomberg To Endorse David Greenfield For City Council!

    “Brooklyn, NY – Council hopeful David Greenfield huddled this afternoon with Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman Vito Lopez and Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey to discuss the possibility of Mayor Bloomberg endorsing Greenfield’s bid to succeed Simcha Felder in the 44th CD. ”

    “First-time New York City Council candidate David G. Greenfield today was endorsed by Senator Carl Kruger, Senator Martin J. Golden (Republican?), and Senator Diane J. Savino. Greenfield is running in the 44th Council District to replace Councilman Simcha Felder, who is vacating his seat to become a Deputy Comptroller in the New York City Comptroller’s office. The 44th Council District includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boro Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst.


    Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar:
    “David Greenfield’s fiscally conservative approach to government, strong family values, and deep-seated moral and ethical fortitude make him the best candidate to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council. David’s strong record of service and his proven dedication to the issues facing the Southern Brooklyn community over the years has rightfully earned him the respect of both the public and elected officials alike. We will be extremely fortunate to have him serving as our voice in City Hall.”

    Eaton’s law firm partner supported Obama with a financial donation in 2008. This is publicly available information. Is this a yet another “conflict of interest” and “bad taste in our mouthts” in having the KCRP being operated out of the Eaton and Torrenzano LLP law firm at 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road?

  14. Maya Karpinski permalink
    February 14, 2010 9:54 am

    Senator Marty Golden:
    “David Greenfield has proven to be a leader for education innovation in our state. His vision and energy will be a welcome addition to the City Council.”

    Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar:
    “David Greenfield’s fiscally conservative approach to government, strong family values, and deep-seated moral and ethical fortitude make him the best candidate to replace Simcha Felder in the City Council. David’s strong record of service and his proven dedication to the issues facing the Southern Brooklyn community over the years has rightfully earned him the respect of both the public and elected officials alike. We will be extremely fortunate to have him serving as our voice in City Hall.”

    • Gerry permalink
      February 14, 2010 11:39 am

      Oh please. I wasn’t born yesterday.

  15. Stefania Albanesi permalink
    February 14, 2010 12:22 pm

    Gerry and other ASIB readers,

    what’s also disturbing is that Mr. Eaton’s pals (the feckless proprietors and primary writers) at, such as Robert Hornak, Dr. Jay Golub DDS, and Daniel “NYCYR” Peterson, do not seem to take to task Martin Golden, Professor Kraus, Franken-obrien, shameless barrister Craig Eaton and Jerry “Golden office employee” Kassar.

    That is why I no longer comment and partipate on Urban Elephants. I’m done with them because they, too, are fake, phony and frauds.

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