More Trouble Ahead For Private Jet Business.

RMM.

More trouble ahead for the private jet industry. A lot of stealing of clients like the one you saw with Halcyon Jets, Al Palagonia , William Locantro and Mitch Blatt trying to steal customers away with a fraudulent buy out offer then raiding the clients and workers then not making an offer for the company. Look for two other companies in the near future to be indicted for the same type of fraud. Locantro, Paligonia and Mitch Blatt were in a lot of trouble at one time and escaped jail time for this corporate fraud.

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Cops say Christian Matteis stole clients and equipment from his former charter plane company.

Cops say Christian Matteis stole clients and equipment from his former charter plane company.
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Halcyon Jets exec accused of sabotaging the company

A polished black Range Rover pulls up to a white Gulfstream G400 jet at Opa-locka Executive Airport. Two female members of South Beach’s perma-tanned gliteratti scamper out of the SUV and onto the $35 million plane. Inside, the women get comfortable, donning white bathrobes while getting their nails manicured. A musclebound masseur kneads their shoulders. T-Pain provides the soundtrack.

You’re watching a fluff piece about Halcyon Jets by Deco Drive, Miami’s version of Access Hollywood. Halcyon is one of the nation’s best-known charter plane companies and a recent corporate addition to South Florida. Its jets have flown A-listers such as Kanye West, Shaquille O’Neal, Spike Lee, and P. Diddy. As a petite correspondent talks of “sky-high primping,” Halcyon’s preppy-chic chief operating officer, Christian Matteis, leads a tour of the lush beige leather cabin. Flying private is now “more affordable than ever,” he gushes, his hands clasped demurely in his lap. A charter to London can be purchased for the bargain-basement rate of $130,000.

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The piece aired in October 2008. The next time the Boca Raton native showed up on local television was this past August, when he was arrested for allegedly sabotaging Halcyon in a bid to start a rival business. The mug shot that flashed across screens on the nightly news showed him wearing an Affliction T-shirt and a sneer. He had been taken into custody along with his office assistant and the executive flight director. Among other things, they were accused of shredding Halcyon’s precious client lists.

Matteis’s attorney, Kenneth Ronan, calls the criminal charges “nothing more than false accusations.” The trio is scheduled to stand trial later this year.

But the executive mutiny was nothing out of the ordinary for Halcyon. In its two and a half years, the company has been accused of bribing employees at rival firms to jump ship and keeping a former Wall Street pirate as its secret CEO. Deservedly or not, Halcyon has a reputation as the Blackbeard of the sky.

When the company was founded in Manhattan in February 2007, it had an invaluable secret weapon: slickly handsome Al Palagonia, an executive with a seemingly infinite stable of big-dollar connections. In the charter jet business, there is no more valuable asset than a Rolodex of clients.

Palagonia was the top trader for D.H. Blair & Co., a Manhattan brokerage firm. During the greed-is-still-good ’90s, Newsweek referred to him as “the best salesman on Wall Street.” He has been close friends with former Miami Heat superstar Shaquille O’Neal and filmmaker Spike Lee, who cast his pal in six films, including a memorable turn as a conniving sports agent in the 1998 basketball-business flick He Got Game.

The role, it turns out, wasn’t too far from reality. In 2001, the Manhattan district attorney indicted Palagonia, 14 other traders, and the brokerage firm on racketeering charges. In one year alone, Palagonia had helped bilk $6 million out of retirees through worthless stock schemes, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to enterprise corruption and securities fraud, paid a $400,000 fine, and served three years in prison. As part of the sentence, Palagonia was barred from working in the securities industry. In 2000, he was the basis for Ben Affleck’s character in the testosterone-and-trading staple Boiler Room.

Palagonia was released from prison two months after Halcyon was founded. A year later, the Sporting News reported that Palagonia told a reporter he was “managing director” of Halcyon Jets. Spike Lee sat on the firm’s board of directors. O’Neal became one of its spokesmen, along with football star Reggie Bush. In an effort to snare clients, the athletes hobnobbed at glitzy Halcyon-sponsored events, including a Supercar Weekend in West Palm Beach. Halcyon even hired former New Kids on the Block crooner Danny Wood as a sales executive in order to gain access to his star contacts.

But a rival jet charter company would claim in court that Halcyon devised an easier way to build its client list: corporate theft. In September 2008, Delaware-based Jet One Group sued Halcyon under federal anti-racketeering laws. Among the accusations: Halcyon paid a Jet One employee $50,000 to quit and then “provide Halcyon with confidential and proprietary information, including computer records,” according to the suit.

The lawsuit, which sought $15 million in damages, also claimed Halcyon fraudulently negotiated to buy Jet One. “We believe that they never intended to acquire Jet One,” the company’s attorney, Steven Legum, tells New Times. “What they did acquire was the customer list, which was worth $4 million.”

Additionally, Jet One claimed Palagonia was the “de facto chief executive officer of Halcyon.”

In a press release, Halcyon called the accusations “false, malicious, and irresponsible.” In November 2008, Halcyon filed a $105 million defamation suit in New York federal court against Jet One. This past August, the RICO suit was dismissed without prejudice — meaning the same claims can be readdressed. Legum says he’ll file a similar suit, this time in state court, “within the next week or so.”

Last year, Halcyon opened offices in Boca and downtown Miami. It soon encountered trouble here too.

In May 2009, Matteis and two other Halcyon employees began an effort to raid the company in order to start their own South Florida-based charter, according to a Boca Raton Police report. Matteis; his assistant, 42-year-old Vanessa Gama; and the executive flight director, 27-year-old Leonard Tambasco, began removing equipment from the Boca Raton office. When CEO Greg Cohen caught wind and flew into town, he found the office stripped of everything “except for five chairs and desks.” Most vitally, the trio stole cabinets containing “all of Halcyon’s client files,” the police report claims. They had even changed every employee’s computer log-in information, claimed Cohen, in “a blatant attempt to disrupt the company’s business.”

Tambasco, who lives in Boynton Beach, did not reply to a voicemail message left on his cell phone for comment. Gama has moved from her former residence and could not be located.

As Halcyon’s chief operating officer, 37-year-old Matteis earned a base salary of at least $525,000, according to a contract later filed in a Palm Beach County civil suit. He earned half of the profits gleaned from clients he brought to the company, including comedian Dave Chappelle, baseball legend Cal Ripken, and Saudi prince Faisal al Saud. Matteis lives in a 4,800-square-foot Boca Raton home he purchased in 2005 for $934,000. Tambasco earned a $70,000 salary plus stock incentives and commission.

Cohen sent letters terminating all three on May 20. Less than two months later, the trio secretly founded Atlantis Jets. Police say they left their names off incorporation papers, using family members instead. They listed a Boynton Beach address as the headquarters.

On August 10, Halcyon sued them in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. Ten days later, Boca Raton Police charged Matteis, Tambasco, and Gama with grand theft, theft of trade secrets, and an organized scheme to defraud. Their trial is set to begin October 5.

Making matters more bizarre, last week Halcyon announced it was merging with another charter provider: Manhattan-based Apollo Jets, which also lists Palagonia as a “managing director.” The newly formed company will operate under the Apollo name.

New Times interviewed senior vice president Dennis S. Amodio in the company’s sparse office on North Miami Avenue. He insisted Palagonia is just a “guy in the sales office” and ended the interview when he was asked about the Jet One claim. “That lawsuit’s not even real,” he said. “It was thrown out.”

Amodio said Apollo’s legal department or CEO Cohen would phone to answer any further questions. That call never came.

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Here’s Video of Cops Breaking Up a Calle Ocho Fight (and Grabbing a Man by the Neck)

With every Miami street festival comes a series of silly, petty squabbles with law enforcement, and 2018’s Calle Ocho Festival in Little Havana appears to have been no different. In a video posted online yesterday, a group of City of Miami Police officers sprung into action after a man in a wide-brimmed hat tried to use a plastic drink cooler to wallop an opponent.

The clip begins as a group of people advances down the sidewalk toward a man wearing a baseball cap — and three seconds in, someone decides that hurling a plastic cooler is a good idea. The man then backs up and puts up his dukes.

Naturally, nearby City of Miami cops rush in — an elderly man with gray hair and a leather shoulder bag seems to either touch one of the cops or attempt to point something out to her. She then shoves the man into the arms of a much larger officer, who wraps both hands around the old man’s neck at the nine-second mark. Thankfully, he takes the man to the ground without much more of a scuffle.

The other officer then turns her attention on the man who chucked the cooler. She whips out her Taser and tells him to get on the ground or be punished. He complies, and she pins him to the asphalt using her knee. In the meantime, the other cops lightly shove everyone else away from the scuffle on the street corner.

Then, at the 25-second mark, two officers forcefully grab a woman and shove her to the ground. A woman watching the incident dashes toward the officers and screams, “No!”

No one seemed to struggle with the officers; otherwise, the incident might not have ended so peacefully.

It’s unclear if anyone wound up getting arrested here — New Times has asked MPD for more information about the skirmish. (Local realtor Kiro Habib posted the clip after he or someone else shot the video while driving by the incident.) But this is the second year in a row that someone has filmed a fight at Little Havana’s most famous street festival: Video of a block-wide battle went viral online last year. (As New Times noted then: There’s no reason to fight during Calle Ocho, you fools! There are way better ways to occupy your time.)

Otherwise, for anyone who avoided flying beer coolers, last weekend’s festival seemed to have been a happy, family-friendly affair.

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California Getting Nuttier By The Day.

Robert Massimi.

It’s official, California has gone to the completely off the rails!  Today Arnold Schwarzenegger is filing a suit against oil companies saying they have killed people the way smoking has. He fails to mention he flies in private jets all over the world and that he has a plethora of sports cars and he smokes cigars. Arnold says that gas pumps and filling stations should post signs saying that gas and oil kills. This is a person who identifies with being a Republican, and yes the party left him not visa versa.

California is fighting the deportation of ILLEGAL immigrants and wants to be a sanctuary state, led by Nancy Pelosi and the merry band of lunatics.  How bad is California? Let’s put it this way, U-Hauls are in no supply leaving California. The mass exodus is almost as bad as the people fleeing Venezuela. Even the liberal Silicon Valley is looking for places to go, that’s how left California is becoming. The people there are saying that Jerry,(moon Beam) Brown is to conservative and that Dianne Feinstein is to far to the right. People who live in land want to split away from the coast line and start a new state.

Getting back to Arnold…. When he was questioned about # me too, he said that he was all for it. That is very nice coming from one of the biggest predators in Hollywood. It was widely know for many years what a hound Schwarzenegger was, now he is all about thoughts and feelings, he is really happy that the movement is gaining hold and that women will be treated better now. It was almost comical listening to this jackass today. His speech bordered on insanity. He will be holding an environmental conference this summer in Vienna, with any luck he will get homesick and stay there forever.

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Protests to await Trump’s visit to California border

Protests to await Trump’s visit to California border

Protests to await Trump’s visit to California border

By JULIE WATSON
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rallies for and against Donald Trump’s “big beautiful border wall” with Mexico are expected to mark his first visit to California as president amid growing tensions between his administration and the state over immigration enforcement.

Trump will visit eight towering prototypes for the wall on Tuesday before addressing Marines in San Diego and attending a fundraiser in Los Angeles. He’ll be staying there overnight.

“We’re going to the wall. We’re going out to the wall,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House. “We’re going to be looking at the prototypes, which is very important for our country.”

Trump’s visit comes as his administration has been engaged in a war of words and legal briefs over California’s refusal to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The Justice Department last week sued to block a trio of California laws designed to protect people living in the U.S. illegally. Attorney General Jeff Sessions followed up with a speech in Sacramento that was immediately denounced by the state’s Gov. Jerry Brown, who said the Trump administration was “full of liars” and the lawsuit akin to an “an act of war.”

Numerous rallies both for-and-against Donald Trump’s “big beautiful border wall” are expected to mark his first visit to California as president on Tuesday. About 250 people protested Trump in San Diego on Monday. (March 13)

A top federal immigration official lashed out at some of the state’s elected leaders ahead of the visit. Thomas Homan, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s acting director, singled out Brown, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Monday for their recent criticism of a spate of immigration arrests in the state and a federal lawsuit challenging state laws that limit cooperation on immigration.

Homan said Pelosi’s comments about federal agents terrorizing immigrant communities were “beyond the pale” and challenged Feinstein to change laws if she disagreed with how they are enforced.

Protests are also being planned across the border in Tijuana, Mexico, when Trump will examine the 30-foot-tall prototypes built along the international border to fulfill his signature campaign promise. Trump has insisted Mexico pay for the wall. Mexico has adamantly refused to consider the idea.

Organizers on both sides were urging people to remain peaceful after recent scuffles at rallies in Southern California, including brawls at a Dec. 9 rally near where the prototypes stand.

San Diego is the largest city on the U.S.-Mexico border to formally oppose his plans, passing a resolution in 2017.

Immigrant activists, church leaders and elected officials held a news conference at the city’s historic Chicano Park to call for demonstrations to show border communities do not support a wall. Standing in front of murals of Mexican revolutionaries and other Latin American icons, they chanted “We reject your hate! We don’t need your racist wall!”

“It’s really important that as a region, as a city that has firsthand understanding of what the border wall means for our communities that we stand against (this) and we send a strong message to DC to say this is something that we don’t welcome,” City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez said on Monday.

Gomez sponsored the resolution opposing the wall, calling it detrimental to the city’s environment and tourism. It also expressed the city’s intent to divest from the companies involved in the construction, financing and design of the wall.

The visit isn’t Trump’s first to the border. Weeks after declaring his candidacy in June 2015, Trump traveled to Laredo, Texas, accompanied by a presidential-sized motorcade that included two coach buses packed with reporters.

Trump told reporters after landing that he was putting himself “in great danger” by coming to the border. But, he said, “I have to do it. I love this country.” Laredo is one of Texas’s safest cities.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer — who is not expected to meet with Trump during his visit — did not support the resolution but also did not veto it. The mayor’s office said Faulconer, a Republican, has been clear in his opposition to walls along the border, but he did not want to blacklist companies involved in the construction of the prototypes.

“When some people look at the U.S.-Mexico border, they see division,” Faulconer said in his state of the city address in 2017. “But here in San Diego we view it much differently. Rather than allowing the border to divide us, we’re building bridges that connect us.”

Jeff Schwilk, founder of San Diegans for Secure Borders, whose group participated in the December rally near the prototypes that ended in clashes with counterprotesters, said the city council’s resolution does not reflect the views of many residents, who feel the border is not secure. He said his organization respects free speech and hopes Tuesday’s rally will be safe for participants.

“We absolutely want President Trump to feel welcome and to come inspect the prototypes so we can get the wall built,” he said.

Trump is expected Tuesday to be briefed on lessons learned from the construction of the prototypes built in San Diego last fall. He also will meet with border agents and officers to ask what they need, Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

The president will not be swayed by California Republican lawmakers concerned the wall is a waste of money, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday.

“The president campaigned on this, he talked about it extensively, and he’s the president and this is something that he is not going to back away from,” she said. “It’s something that he’s going to continue to push for.”

California’s governor on Monday invited Trump to also visit the state’s high-speed rail construction projects.

“You see, in California we are focusing on bridges, not walls,” Brown, a Democrat, said in a letter sent to Trump.

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Associated Press writers Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, John Antczak in Los Angeles, Elliot Spagat in San Diego, and Jill Colvin and Nancy Benac in Washington contributed to this report.

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Van Jones, The Lefts Loonie.

Robert Massimi.

Last week I spoke about how unprofessional some news people are. Turns out that when your on liberal news channels you can rail against white people but not against anyone else. How Van Jones is still on CNN is a mystery to me. He came out with the “white lash” comment on election night saying that the people of America did not want a black person in office. He ignored the fact that Clinton was a white women. With Jones it is always about race and prejudice. To Jones everyone is against the blacks. Like Jones, Clinton now blames bosses, husbands, brothers for the reason that women did not vote for her. Clinton omits that almost nobody trusted her.

For Jones to give such an unprofessional interview with Oprah on CNN just shows how TV, whether cable or nightly news has gone down hill with talent.Jones to me is a blatant racist, his comments are outright and he is never called into question. If a white male commentator made comments about blacks the way he does, he would not last a week on air. It is time news organizations start looking at the quality of newscasters and set one policy, not two; one for whites and one for blacks.

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Panicky Van Jones Pleads to Oprah for Help With Trump in WH: ‘We Had You, the Obamas’ We Had ‘Hope!’

To kick of his Sunday evening show on CNN March 11, host Van Jones warmly welcomed media mogul Oprah Winfrey by fangirling over how much he missed seeing her on television and pleading with her to give “us” “hope” for America’s future, with President Trump in office.

“We miss you so much! Do you miss us?” the CNN host eagerly greeted the media personality the left so desperately wanted to run against Trump in 2020. “It meant so much to us,” Jones praised, [but] I have to let you know how it is for us now,” he said somberly.

Jones then lumped in Oprah with the Obamas and bemoaned how there was no “hope” anymore because of the universe’s sick joke to put Trump in the White House:

“We had you. We had the Obamas in the White House. Even on a bad day, you had a North Star. You had some hope. And then it was like the universe looked just said, psych! And threw us in the toilet and closed the lid and now we’re just stuck in this crazy situation, swirling,” he gushed.

“We have each other,” Winfrey reassured Jones, before urging him to stay away from the “hysteria and negativity.”

“I have to just say everybody is feeding yourself on the hysteria and negativity. You got to stay in the light,” Winfrey said, before putting a plug in for her new movie, A Wrinkle In Time.

Even though Jones was clearly referring to President Trump and his administration, Winfrey instead cited the violence in the culture as “the darkness” instead, citing the recent Parkland shooting, as well as Ferguson and the gun violence on the streets of Chicago, urging Jones to not give away “energy” to your “opponents:”

OPRAH WINFREY: So if you put the focus on, look at what happened with the darkness that showed up in Parkland and the darkness that showed up on the streets of Ferguson and the darkness in many, many, many, many, many, many homes in Chicago with shootings and senseless murders…do not give your energy to the other side. Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents. Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in.

“But help us, though!” Jones pleaded, explaining that he tried to stay positive, but was always confronted by his peers to “go low” and fight the “Nazis” on the (presumably) other side.

“I go out there and I try to tell people, let’s not become what we are fighting. Let’s not be what we’re fighting. They tell me, shut up, Van, because we got bigots out here, we got Nazis out here, we’re getting bullied, we are tired of going high. We want to go low and kick them in the private parts!” he complained.

After giving a pseudoscience-y ramble about positivity, Winfrey ended it by encouraging Jones to stay a “warrior of light.”

“I believe it, I believe it! [But] how?” the CNN host said with fervor before pleading for Winfrey to help him not “freak out” every day by how awful things are with Trump in office.

“Listen, I need help. I wake up in the morning, I’m trying to be a warrior of the light, and I reach for my cell phone, and I look at it, and I just start freaking out, and I freak out the whole day... What do you do?” Jones whined.

Oprah advised Jones to put down his cell phone and start his day by being grateful for being alive. “You think you can fight it [the negativity] head on. You cannot meet it head on and fight it. You have to transcend it,” Winfrey told Jones.

The pair went on to praise each other for their television specials where they had conversations with both liberals and conservatives, (The Messy Truth for Jones and a 60 Minutes special for Oprah) as being examples of them being bipartisan and trying to “bridge the gap.”

 

Read a partial transcript below:

CNN’s The Van Jones Show

3/11/2018

8:06 PM EST
VAN JONES: It meant so much to us, and, you know, I have to let you know how it is for us now. We had you. We had the Obamas in the White House. Even on a bad day, you had a north star. You had some hope. And then it was like the universe looked just said, psych! And threw us in the toilet and closed the lid and now we’re just stuck in this crazy situation, swirling.

OPRAH WINFREY: We have each other. We have each other. This is the thing, I have to just say everybody is feeding yourself on the hysteria and negativity. You got to stay in the light. One of the reasons why I was so excited is about a Wrinkle in Time because the message is that the darkness is spreading so fast these days. You must become a warrior of the light. The reason that’s so meaningful to me because that’s how I led my whole life, and every moment in that film, I thought, like, I’m just saying what I normally say.

JONES: It’s true.

OPRAH: And for these times, the darkness is there to show you your light. Look at what is happened. So if you put the focus on, look at what happened with the darkness that showed up in Parkland and the darkness that showed up on the streets of Ferguson and the darkness that showed up in many, many, many, many, many, many homes in Chicago with shootings and senseless murders. It brings out the best in people. It brings out the best, and so that’s what is there. We live on a planet where there is darkness and light. You know one of the things I am not running for office — [ laughter ] I’m not letting you go there, but if I were running for office, and I will say to whoever it is going to run for office, do not give your energy to the other side. Do not spend all your time talking about your opponents. Do not give your energy to that which you really don’t believe in. Don’t spend an ounce of your time on that.

JONES: Help us, though, help us though!–

OPRAH: Don’t spend your time on that. [ Applause ]

JONES: I love it. That’s what we need, but let me just push back for a second because, you know, I got my love. I go out there and I try to tell people, let’s not become what we are fighting. Let’s not be what we’re fighting. They tell me, shut up, Van, because we got bigots out here, we got Nazis out here, we’re getting bullied, we are tired of going high. We want to go low and kick them in the private parts!

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Bannon Speaks The Truth About The New World Order And Globalists.

Robert Massimi.

Steve Bannon is right when he warns of globalists and the new world order. It is widely know that people like George Soros and the Ford and Rockefeller organizations are paying people to protest all over the world, not just in places like South Chicago.  The globalists are now on the run and they know it. Soros is not permitted to advertise in Hungry or back any political parties, he is no longer welcome with a conservative as president there.

It has gone on for to long, this new world order that has destroyed Africa, countries like Venezuela and most of Latin and South America. We have shinned a light on these socialist bastards, they look like rats running when faced with a flash light on them. The CRF’s whole purpose is to spread socialism around the world, to create havoc in countries and to make the people dependent on their governments. The new world order, deep state is only happy to see rioting, people starving and complete chaos in the streets.

Bannon , like Alex Jones takes a good hard look at the globalists. Bannon is right, the left only can cry racism. The left makes no clear cut case for there beliefs. The lefts mantra is equality. But who benefits from theses wars? People like the Rothchilds who have been funding wars since Nepolian. The people at the top seek the most money leaving everyone else scrambling to survive. People like the Rockefeller’s always make out pretty well, as does George Soros. They invest in countries at high interest and always demand there pound of flesh.  Bannon is right on when he talks about the globalists, they are a few people who want to control the world.

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“Gabriel” Theater Review.

 

  • Drilling Company Presents GABRIEL: A POLEMIC

    Drilling Company Presents GABRIEL: A POLEMICReacting to Wendy Davis‘ 2013 anti-abortion in the Texas Legislature, playwright C. Denby Swanson, author of “The Norwegians,” resolved to write a play about a woman’s right to choose and the effect of this wedge issue on female friendship or “sisterhood.” The result was a darkly comedic drama, “Gabriel: A Polemic,” in which four tightly-bonded women, confounded by issues of abortion and free will, are divided unexpectedly by a crisis of faith at their weekly dinner. The Drilling Company, which developed the play in a series of readings and workshops since 2014, will mount its world premiere March 9 to 26 at North of History, a new performance/gallery space founded by Gene Kaufman that is located at 445 Columbus Ave. (between 81st and 82nd Streets). Hamilton Clancy directs.

    At their weekly potluck gatherings, Susan, Jennifer, and Brenda are as likely to exchange recitations of scripture as they are casual insults over what exactly is in the “potato thing” that Brenda brings regularly. A fundamental disagreement is prompted when Susan, the hostess of the gathering, asks: when the Angel Gabriel appeared, did Mary have a choice, or could she have said no to bearing Jesus? Swanson’s timely play poses intractable questions: Do women have free will? Do they want it? Do they want it for each other?

    The piece raises serious issues, but its proceedings are laced with the wit and flare for comedy that Swanson displayed in “The Norwegians,” The Drilling Company’s best-known hit show, which it presented from 2013-14 in its former home at 236 West 78th Street. In that play, Swanson applied film noir and mob movie genres to life in Minnesota. It was a critic’s pick in the The New York Times, with critic Anita Gates cheering the piece as “[an] extremely odd and delightful comedy…hysterical.” The production made the leap from OOB to OB and logged over 200 performances. With “Gabriel: A Polemic,” Swanson tackles more serious themes. “This is the most personal play of my career,” she declares. As a playwright, Swanson is sympathetic to women’s spirituality and the role it plays in their lives. And it is easy to interpret the women’s group of this play as a microcosm of the American body politic.
    I think this play needs to be worked on to make the plot stronger. The problem is that the question of “free Will” should be explored deeper. It tries to cover all the basis on abortion; rape, women being sick, baby ill while still in the womb, not wanting the baby and all the other issues that come up with the abortion topic, not to mention birth control. Swanson does not take us deep, to where the play could go and should go. Why is Louise having this baby? How does she feel about having it? She was raped and we know none of the reasons for wanting it, we do not even feel her rage about being raped. “Free will” is asked throughout the play by the four characters it only forces the answer of all of them at the end, but it is anti-climatic. The example Susan keeps using about Mary and God for her “free will” falls short of a deep moving plot.

    The Drilling Company has developed the play for three years through readings and workshops, all with the same four actresses and director Hamilton Clancy, who says, “We’ve literally grown the relationships between the characters as the actresses have matured in the roles. Sometimes the time it takes to develop a production has benefits.” Additionally, there was a workshop production at Southwestern University of Texas that was instructive in revealing to Swanson that audiences across the political spectrum would respond positively to the story and the issues that the four characters were confronting.

    The actors are Jane BradleyElaine Ivy Harris, Rachel Collins and Brandi Varnell. Lighting and technical design are by Eric Nightengale. Scenic design is by Jennifer Varbalow. Assistant director is Karla Hendrick. Stage managers are Niamh Ryan and Denis Hough. Dramaturg is Maggie Rothberg.

    C. Denby Swanson (playwright) graduated from Houston’s High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Smith College, the National Theatre Institute, and the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers, where she was a fellow in playwriting and screenwriting. She has been a Jerome Fellow, a William Inge Playwright in Residence, and a McKnight Advancement Grant recipient. Her work has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, 15 Head a Theatre Lab, Macalester College, and The Drilling Company, and developed at the Southern Playwrights Festival, the Women Playwrights Project, the Lark Theater’s Playwrights Week, PlayLabs, the WPA Festival at Salvage Vanguard, JAW: A Playwrights Festival at Portland Center Stage, New York Stage & Film, The Culture Project‘s Impact Festival, the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, and the Earth Matters on Stage Festival at the University of Oregon. Her blues play “Blue Monday” was developed at ZACH Theatre Center as part of the NEA/TCG National Theater Residency Program for Playwrights. Her plays for young people include “Everything So Far,” adapted from a 9th grade biology textbook, and “Relative,” based on a story about her father, a mathematics professor. Her “killer comedy” The Norwegians was published by Dramatists Play Service and the Smith & Kraus Best Plays and Best Monologues of 2014 collections. Other work is published by Heinemann and Playscripts, Inc.

    Hamilton Clancy (director) is an actor/director. TV watchers know him as Kowalski in “Orange is the New Black.” His other on-camera credits include “Bridge of Spies,” “Wizard of Lies,” “Mindhunter,” “Billions,” “Burn After Reading” and “American Gangster. Onstage, he was features in The Drilling Company’s long-running hit, “The Norwegians.” As founder and Artistic Director of The Drilling Company, he has commissioned over 330 short plays by 100 writers in premieres through 21 projects. His most-noted stage directing credits include “Reservoir” by Eric Henry Sanders, “Mutant Sex Party” by Ed MacDonald and “Over the Line” by P. Seth Bauer. The Drilling Company has been producer since 2006 of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot and Bryant Park Shakespeare, mounting 22 titles of The Bard’s canon of which Clancy has directed over a dozen. He has also acted at Playwrights Horizons and The American Place Theatre; the latter was founded by his mentor, Wynn Handman. As a Catholic University graduate, Clancy feels especially connected to this play’s themes of women’s choice and free will.

    Jane Bradley (Susan) is well-known for her appearances in The Drilling Company’s productions of “As You Like It” (as Rosalind), “The Merchant of Venice” (as Portia) and “Othello” (as Emilia) and is Associate Artistic Director of The Drilling Company. Www.jane-bradley.com

    Rachel A. Collins (Brenda) appeared with The Drilling Company in “As You Like It” (as Phoebe), “Twelfth Night”(as Fabian) and “Measure for Measure (as Provost). She is a member of New York Madness Acting Company, Ego Actus Advisory Council and The Downtowners Improv. Www.rachelacollins.com

    Elaine Ivy Harris (Jennifer) has appeared with The Drilling Company in “As You Like It,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “All’s Well That Ends Well.” She has also appeared at Williamstown Theatre Festival and other regional theaters. Www.elaineivy.com

    Brandi Varnell (Louise) is an actor and director. She is co-founder of Squeaky Bicycle Productions, for which she just directed “Or Current Resident,” which is now playing at Theater for the New City.

    North of History, a “popup” gallery and performance space, was created by architect Gene Kaufman to present plays and art exhibits by a broad range of under-represented artists who will use the space for performances, exhibitions, concerts and interactive art displays. It is a flexible space located in a former storefront at 445 Columbus Ave. between 81st and 82nd Streets, within sight of the Museum of Natural History. North of History is a project of New Vision, a nonprofit arts organization founded by Mr. Kaufma

Bono’s Charity “One” Is In Big Trouble.

Robert Massimi.

Front man for the progressive Irish band,U2 is finding himself, and his anti poverty organization, ONE in a heap of hot water. It appears the singer who champions evading taxes is doing just that. It also appears that people who work there are not getting taxes taken out of there salaries.

With big time lefties backing Bono’s cause like Tom Hanks, George Clooney and the like, the last thing anyone from Hollywood needs is another sexual harassment scandal, but that is what One has on it’s hands as well. It appears that workers were asked to sleep with politicians in Africa, workers were also made part of lewd and unwanted remarks and advances. It also appears that workers were verbally and physically mistreated.

Bono, whose band U2 came on the alternative progressive New Wave scene in the early 80’s hit the charts big with songs like Bullet The Blue Sky, Party Girl and Bloody Sunday, were seen as a pro socialist band, some even thought they backed the Provisional Irish Republican Army. Over the years, Bono sung about Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu, and often lectured us about our government and our wrongful ways of the world.  He wrote songs like New Years Day about Polish solidarity and In The Name Of Love about Martin Luther King and the Kennedy’s. His song verbiage honored the left and demonized the right.

After a long and prosperous career, he wanted to help with AIDS in Africa. He went to then president Clinton who promised him whatever he needed but delivered nothing. Bono was impressed that George W. Bush delivered on his promise, however, funny years earlier at a concert in Boston, he called the white house and asked to speak to George H Bush. I guess the gag was supposed to be funny in liberal Boston.

What now appears to be many bad things happening at once to ONE, sex scandals, tax evasion, actors who now need to run from supporting this organization because the #me too movement is picking up momentum and they will not want to be in the middle of scandal by association.

What started out as a good idea looks like it will maybe fold, or lose it’s non profit status. Bono has always been both ignorant and arrogant. I have always disliked this guy, not because he was a liberal but because when he was interviewed he always spoke like he knew better then us. A radio DJ said it best one morning on 102.7 in the 90’s, she said ” I don’t like Bono, he knows it all, just ask him”. What most offended me was that he came her and told us what was wrong with us and people stupidly bought his albums. Instead of looking at his own countries problems, he had too much to say about Africa, Europe and the U.S. He was another musician, like McCartney, Shanad O’Connor and John Lennon that had to much to say about the U.S. and the world. To musicians I say, like I do to actors, just shut up and play.

Workers at U2 singer Bono's ONE charity have been subjected to a horrific culture of bullying and abuse, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed 

The Real Reset Button.

Robert Massimi.

Remember when wimpy Barack Obama sent crooked Hilary to Russia to hit the reset button? Do you know what changed with that? Nothing. Putin went on to push Obama around like the Steven Irkel that he is and nothing changed in foreign policy. Russia, China, Syria and Iran all ran rough shod over the Obama administration. What do you expect from a guy who never read his daily briefings and seemed only interested in playing golf.

Today the world fears Trump, he will not be pushed around by anyone. Look at the reception Obama got in China, then look at the one Trump received. Obama was JV, pure and simple. He never saw the threat in ISIS, never saw the threat in China nor Russia. Always out manned and out classed by Putin, Obama went on daily as business as usual. Hilary Clinton was even more clueless as Secretary of State. We lost more friendly countries under her watch then any other, it was the real reason Obama never really stumped for her.

The fact is other countries fear us once again, that we have the world stage back and no giving it up in the near future. Obama was weak and clueless, Hilary, more so. The fact that unemployment is now turning the corner, factories opening back up and crime is down, we are on our way for even better things to come.

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For a man who has been in the public limelight for more than 30 years, it is remarkable how little Donald Trump is properly understood, simply because he is now the president of the United States and no longer a real-estate magnate and media celebrity.

When I was in the White House, and even today, if ever I am asked to help explain the way President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truthWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansShulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VAMORE thinks and acts, I always start with the same advice: Read “The Art of the Deal.” For diplomats, journalists or simply the unconvinced, this is the quickest and most accurate way of understanding just how much America changed when we chose the iconoclastic non-politician for the highest office in the land.

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Recent decisions from the Oval Office, especially on steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as the developments out of the Korean peninsula, underscore the enormity of the shift in the American politics and our role in the world as a nation which shapes geopolitics as opposed to just riding along its wavetops and being buffeted by events.One of the earliest declarative statements from “The Art of the Deal” is the advice Donald Trump gives that you should never ever be so invested in a yet-to-be-sealed deal that you cannot walk away from it at any juncture. This attitude informed President Trump for nigh on half a century in the private sector, and it still informs his decisions today as president, from the Paris Accord to NAFTA.

The negotiations themselves, or maintaining the established way of doing business, are never the objectives. The real objective is defined by realizing your interests, which may not be possible if the status quo is maintained. President Trump may not be a biblical exegete, but I can assure you that he instinctively knows that there are times when you simply have to “turn over the tables in the temple” to get things done.

In other words, outside of our borders, in relations with other nations and organizations, there are very few sacred cows, especially if the matter at hand clashes directly with promises candidate Trump made to the American people. That is why, for example, despite howls from the establishment and even members of his own team, President Trump was never going to cave on recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the eternal Jewish state or renege on his promises to American coal miners and steel workers.

This commitment to promises made is all the more valid given that the president has minimal respect for the so-called “elite” that has been responsible for all the many policies that have undermined America financially and otherwise in recent decades, from interminable wars in the Middle East to trade deals and international regimes that facilitated the rise of a Communist China which steals our secrets wholesale, intimidates our friends and props up rogue regimes who preach our destruction.

Simply put, this is the “Revenge of Common Sense,” a characteristic of the new commander-in-chief which appeals to ordinary Americans all over the country, including areas that were long considered Democratic strongholds. The bucking of the establishment and its conventional wisdoms is, in fact, something the president relishes, most particularly when it comes to otherwise indefensible nostrums which have embedded themselves into the collective mind of the body politic.

How many times have we had to hear over the last few weeks that there are only 600,000 Americans working in the steel industry but millions in steel-dependent manufacturing, such as the automotive sector? Yet, did anyone stop to think what the logical ramifications of this “critique” of the president’s tariff policy truly are?

Such an unsophisticated boilerplate criticism only holds water if you subscribe to a belief that a national economy is a closed system and that we should never increase the number of steel workers because somehow for every additional foundryman you hire you must fire an assembler on a manufacturing line. Such zero-sum thinking is fine for a class in dialectic materialism in Pyongyang, but not on Wall Street, or the Chamber of Commerce, or anywhere else within a free market. Like the president, most Americans know instinctively that wealth is not an issue of redistribution in a bubble, but that it has always been created, from the historic Gold Rush, to Henry Ford, to Silicon Valley.

President Obama sent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansTrump: CNN, MSNBC ‘got scammed’ into covering Russian-organized rallyPennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district mapMORE to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine. With regard to the Middle East, the Obama White House empowered the murderous regime in Iran by releasing $150 billion to Tehran, paying a cash ransom and agreeing to the Iran deal that wouldn’t, in fact, prevent a nuclear breakout by the mullahs.

In Egypt, President Obama embraced the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohammed Morsi. In Iraq, he decided to prematurely withdraw before our work was done and Al Qaeda had been crushed, thus sowing the seeds for ISIS. With regard to Asia, the last administration refused to take any meaningful action as Beijing expanded its reach with military installations on illegal artificial atolls, all the while perpetuating its acquiescence to North Korea’s continued policy of nuclear blackmail of Washington and the West. Ironically, all this while in ownership of a Nobel Peace Prize.

President Trump may not have been awarded a prize by anyone, let alone from the now increasingly irrelevant Nobel Committee. But he has effected a true reset, and a global one at that, from a revitalized NATO finally committed, after decades of sloth, to paying its fair share on defense, to the crushing of the physical caliphate of ISIS, to the restoration of our relations with nations we had turned our backs on, most importantly, Israel and Egypt. It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.

And we are only in the fourteenth month of the Trump presidency.

Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGovernment security clearances, not Rob Porter, are the real issue Kelly at center of storm over aide’s resignation Will the FISA memo turn into Obama’s Watergate? MORE, Ph.D., is a national security strategist with Fox News and former deputy assistant and strategist to President Trump. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.” You can follow him on Twitter @SebGorka.

Trump administration takes first step to ban bump stocks

Trump administration takes first step to ban bump stocks
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The Trump administration on Saturday began the process to ban bump stocks through regulatory action.

“The Department of Justice has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a notice of a proposed regulation to clarify that the National Firearms and Gun Control Act defines ‘machinegun’ to include bump stock type devices,” Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusionOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposalOvernight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won’t stand MORE said in a statement.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a notice of a regulation regarding the definition of “machinegun” in the National Firearms Act and Gun Control Act and proposing to include “bump stock type devices, and that federal law accordingly prohibits the possession, sale, or manufacture of such devices.”

Bump stocks are devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at faster speeds.

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Sessions previously signaled that the DOJ would seek the ban despite the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) previously indicating Congress would have to act in order to ban the devices.

ATF previously ruled that it does not have the authority to regulate bump stocks under the existing regulations prohibiting machine guns under federal law.

The proposed rule next has to be approved by the Office of Management and Budget as part of the regulatory review process. ATF also has to submit an analysis and evaluate public comments on regulating the devices. The review process will likely take months.

Saturday’s announcement comes more than two weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truthWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by RussiansShulkin says he has White House approval to root out ‘subversion’ at VAMORE first announced that he had directed the DOJ to propose the regulations.

The president proposed the regulations in response to the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 that left 17 people dead.

“Bump stocks are going to be gone,” Trump promised on Thursday.

The alleged shooter, who was recently charged with 17 counts of first-degree premeditated murder and 17 counts of attempted murder, did not use a bump stock.

However, the gunman at the Las Vegas mass shooting —  which took place last October and left 58 people dead and hundreds more wounded — did use the device during his attack.

Although there was bipartisan support after the Las Vegas shooting to ban bump stocks, no bill was approved. Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election loomsThe Hill’s 12:30 ReportFlake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap planMORE (R-Wis.) has advocated for ATF to close the loophole on bump stocks over a legislative fix.

The survivors of the Florida shooting have reignited a national debate over gun control and targeted the National Rifle Association (NRA) and politicians supported by the group.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill into law on Friday that would raise the minimum age to purchase a firearm in the state from 18 to 21 as well as ban bump stocks in the state.

The NRA immediately filed a lawsuit against the state action, arguing that the law violates the Second and 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

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