I’ve received numerous inquiries in the last several weeks wondering why I haven’t blogged lately.
They’ve run the gamut from I’m not blogging because I’ve been either told not to or been bought off. Both not true.
To I’m not blogging because the JJOKE is doing such a good job I have nothing to write about. Also not true and I’m surprised anyone named Milgram would write that to me but hey it’s the holiday season.
To I’m too busy reading Proust sitting on a bench in the park by the Capital to write the blog. Also not true they must have me confused with Casey Seiler. As an aside I discovered I have a karmic connection with Casey, no I don’t read Proust hell I’m lucky I can spell Proust. Nope I’ve learned that Casey used to work for the Burlington Free Press and as a former student at UVM and having read the Free Press I now understand Casey’s point of view a little better,
No the reason I haven’t blogged is far simpler I need time and inspiration. I usually can find the inspiration it’s the time that’s been the problem.
In case you missed it I served a complaint on JJOKE last week you can watch here http://www.jcope.ny.gov/public/open_meetings.html
At about the 1:10 mark you will see me serve the complaint against Comptroller Dinapoli on behalf of my client Chevron,
Now I’m no psychiatrist but at the 1:14 mark you will see Chairwomen Difiore accept the complaint AND PLACE IT BEHIND HER BACK.
WTF is she subliminally hiding the complaint? She had no idea what it was or who it affected and the first thing she did was hide it.
If I had any doubt about JJOKE being a legitimate watchdog that settled it for me. It’s all about hiding ethics for this crowd.
See what I mean about inspiration?
Anyway at that moment I was positive my idea of a not for profit dedicated to doing the job JJOKE was suppose to do has to happen.
I’ve created the entity it’s called Ethics Watch Inc.
I think our logo might be a picture of Chairwomen DiFiore from behind so we can see what else she’s hiding.
I know Milgram wants to know what Ethics Watch will be doing. I know because he’s asking reporters. It’s simple John we will be doing what you were created to do but we won’t be under government control and we won’t hide ethics behind our back. We will disclose our work to public scrutiny. Watch and learn.
What kind of things will Ethics Watch be interested in?
Well the Chevron complaint against Dinapoli is a good example.
How JJOKE handles the complaint is another example.
Matching campaign contributions to official actions temporally will be a big part of our work. I think it will yield a ton of pay to play scandals
Reviewing financial disclosure statements and providing analysis of those reviews to the public should keep us busy.
On that point I’ve requested Jeff Klein’s financial disclosure report. But you know that already don’t you John. I’ve got a hunch that guy might have some skeletons in his closet that need to be looked at. Just a hunch at this point but certainly worth a look giving that he’s following in Pedro’s footsteps.
And it’s the holidays so maybe Santa will bring me a present.
And since it’s almost Christmas regular readers of the blog know I’ll be posting my latest twas the night blog again.
With a twist this year I’m going to post one stanza every day feel free to submit your own stanzas if I like them I’ll add them and we can end up with a collaborative result.
This year’s theme is Twas the Night before Biben
Here’s how it starts
Twas the night before Biben
Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the JOKE
No NYC staffers were working the Beaver office Sandy did smoke
Work from home Biben did declare
No one is watching no one will care
Biben’s posse stayed home secure in their nest
The Public Officers Law they thought only applies to the rest
Now the theme is how Biben has brought all her buddies in from the IG, how she is the governor’s attack dog, how the newest cast of JOKER’s is not that different from Ginsberg or Teitelbaums minions,
Enjoy and be creative