Friday, December 09, 2016

Santa Collides With Jumbo Jet
Ben Vitale


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Last night, Santa got sucked out of his sleigh, while on a pre- Christmas reconnaissance flight! Santa’s flight was intentionally done under the same foggy conditions that he may experience on Christmas eve! His plan was to make sure that his Reindeer and Sleigh were in the best possible condition.

Unfortunately Rudolph’s red nose light was not blinking at the time, and the pilot of the 747 jumbo passenger jet did not see Santa.  The jet flew over Santa and his Reindeer at 360 miles per hour! The resulting up-draft sucked Santa out of his sleigh and onto the nose of the jet!

We all know that Santa has some very special powers! For example… How does he climb down a chimney that only has a 6 inch flue pipe! Hummm! OK! Santa landed on the nose of the jumbo jet, along with a sack of Christmas presents! So what did he do? You guessed it… He walked into the plane and started to give out Christmas presents to the passengers. The passengers were ecstatic! One passenger said “I can’t believe it! I met Santa on a plane flight from Florida to New York! What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season!” LOL!

After giving out 400 Christmas presents to the passengers, Santa shouted “Merry Christmas to all and to all good night and instantaneously disappeared in a giant puff of white smoke! Santa then landed on his sleigh, where he continued his pre-Christmas journey! LOL!

I wish that I was on that plane! Merry Christmas everybody! LOL!

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Why do we Absolutely Need the Electoral College? 
Ben Vitale


Our forefathers were by no means stupid… In fact they showed exactly how intelligent that they were by creating the Electoral College! Sheer genius! They knew that a presidential election built around the popular vote would create a disaster!

States like Wyoming, Alaska, Delaware, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Vermont would be considered to be a joke!  Yep! They all have less than 1,000,000 residents. Without the Electoral College they wouldn’t even receive the crumbs! Even the birds receive the crumbs! LOL!

If the criteria for winning a presidential election was “the popular vote, all a politician had to do is pander to the residents of NY, Florida, California, and Texas, and he would win the election. There is no reason to give anything to the remaining 44 states… Zero! Nada! They just don’t count under this system! The presidential candidate did not need them in order to get elected!

Hummm… 44 states that were totally pissed off at a president for ignoring them could cause massive damage to the United States! The United States is not really one country, but a union of 48 states that have agreed to create a Federal government for the common protection. As we all have observed, this has gotten out of control!

You might also want to read a wonderful article by Mackenzie Eaglen, which explains the concerns about the common defense of our country! http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/01/why-provide-for-the-common-defense


Guess what! We are not stupid! A casual consideration of a popular vote presidential election does indeed reveal the possibility of massive abuse, and a possible catastrophe for our country! Unfortunately the internet has brainwashed most of us to respond to “one liners,” without even thinking that we were not given enough information to enable an intelligent decision! If a person really expects you to accept the idea of changing our country’s electoral process to a popular vote system, on the basis of a one liner, they are really and intentionally insulting your intelligence!  It is time to revolt against the internet indoctrination and start thinking for ourselves!

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Stranded Whale Rescue East Moriches, NY 
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As reported yesterday, a Whale went aground in East Moriches, NY, near the Coast Guard station. I went down to EM to see if the whale was extricated… No such luck!

By chance I met two people near the water who were very upset because the whale has not received adequate help within 24 hours! I advised the couple to remain anonymous, in lieu of the current atmosphere of fines, for getting closer than 200 yards to the whale! Let’s call this couple John and Janet!

John who appeared to be a naturalist had resources such as a dredge and a helicopter, available to him to possibly help extricate the whale.

The DEC, and the Coast Guard advised of severe fines for going closer than 200 yard from the whale! The riverhead foundation advised that you should not go close to the whale because you would only get him upset! Upset hummm! Janet told me that the whale was actually exhibiting behavior that she considered to be “crying!” Is it possible that the whale was actually crying! OK! All of the above agencies are waiting for a Marine scientist to arrive from Massachusetts, to survey the situation! 

Newsday reports that the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was out in boats that were intentionally making waves hoping that they could move the whale off of the sand bar! 

John and Janet had heavy equipment that was available to them, but were forbidden to use it!

It has become obvious to me that all of the above agencies were totally unprepared to deal with an emergency of this type! All of the above agencies should have had regular disaster preparedness drills so that they would not flounder when a real emergency occurred!  Whales do not normally appear in Moriches Bay, but they do appear in the waters west of the Verrazano Bridge in Brooklyn, NY. I believe that as we speak, a whale is indeed in the water east of the bridge! In the absence of a disaster preparedness drill, all of the above agencies are forced to respond with the only tool that they have… Fines!

I do not believe in writing an article that is critical of an agency, without making a suggestion that might help the situation! I have navigated the waters in Moriches Bay, with my 30 foot Reliance cruiser that is bigger than the whale that is currently stranded! A boat or a whale must stay in the Moriches bay channel! I have managed to get my boat stuck on sandbars in Moriches bay twice, while traveling at a speed of about Five miles per hour! In both cases, it took me Two minutes to extricate my boat from the sandbars, using the 90 horsepower engine at about 500 RPM.  What if a Bunge cord were temporarily attached to the whale’s tail? The ground in Moriches bay is not rocky, but slippery! A small boat may be able to help this whale by slowly pulling the bungee cord! It is not that difficult to get off of a sandbar, when you got stuck at a speed of only 5 miles per hour! I’ve been there!  Just a thought! The whale could not be very far from the channel because the tides are not very high!

Also… If you drop 30 people with shovels into the water, they may be able to clear enough sand to help extricate the whale. You might also make a call to Stony Brook university Marine Sciences department, and ask them if they may be able to help!  In the past they have been doing research on Whales; I have spoken to a few of the graduate students in the past! The Marine Sciences department does have a boat, and I would bet that they would be available to help! 

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Patchogue Knights of Columbus Will Collect Food Items at our Christmas Parade
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On Saturday November 26, 2016, Patchogue village will be having its annual Christmas parade, starting at 6pm. The Patchogue Knights of Columbus will be collecting food and non-perishable items for our local food pantries. The K of C will be collecting these food items along the parade route.  Please bring these food items with you to the parade! 

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Clickbait Journalism and Fake News Sites
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College students crying in the streets over this presidential election… Perfectly justified!
A clickbait journalist receives money from his sponsors, every time someone clicks on his headline! So… The tendency is to promise the world in the headline, and only deliver one piece of popcorn as a reward for reading his article!  Only one piece of popcorn… Frustration!

You might want to read an article written by  Madison Malone Kircher, which features a list of Fake Facebook and Social media news sites. The following list of questionable news sites was compiled by Melissa Zimdars, a communication and media professor from Merrimack College in Massachusetts.


Clickbait type headlines, that contain false information, have the same effect on an adult as holding an ice cream bar in front of a child, but just out of reach! Yes absolute frustration and damaging to his mental well-being! I see college students crying in the streets! Some see this as a weakness with this new generation; I see this as a generation that has not yet realized that they must protect themselves from Baitclick type news sites. In actuality, these sites have the effect of waging mental warfare on the readers mind! Crying in the streets… Perfectly valid after being attacked by a subliminal emotional demolition campaign! This election campaign actually made me physically and emotionally sick! Yep, I am almost as old as Moses, so emotional damage is not limited to college students! LOL!

Madison Malone Kircher, gets his news from some mainstream news sites but also advises that… “The best thing to do in our contemporary media environment is to read/watch/listen widely and often, and to be critical of the sources we share and engage with on social media.”

If you click on an online news site headline, believing that the article is about to bring the news that you have been waiting for, but are disappointed when you read it… You have just been taken as a victim to clickbait journalism! 


Kudos to both Madison Malone Kircher, and Melissa Zimdars, for an article that is so profound, that it should absolutely be read by every college student, even if they are not studying journalism!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

I Hope that the Democratic Party Re-groups 

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Ben Vitale

I published parts of the following article to multiple sites, including a Democratic Party Facebook site.  I was very surprised with some of the replies that I received! Please read the following text:

I believe in a two party system! The Democrats destroyed their image by participating in a "Tabloid style” election campaign!" Study "propaganda and you will discover that it is not a good idea to allow your political party to present itself as being synonymous, with a "Tabloid." This is like demoting the CEO of a company, to a “rank and file, low paying position, in the company. 

Your publicity people should be fired! They really screwed up the election! I do not want to see our two party system, become a one party system! You as a political party have just hours to salvage the future of your party! Immediately at the speed of light, demand that Democrats stop rioting, immediately! You must "come-on" as if the world is coming to an end! Now, not later! You must show that the Democrats are human beings, not rioting criminals, who don't give a s(expletive)  for our laws, and our constitution!

I am no longer politically correct because of your Tabloid campaign, so... Your leadership is too f(expletive)  stupid to see that the boat is sinking, and too intimidated to turn on the bilge pump! A sad day for our country!

I received five replies from Democrats telling me that they do not know of any Democrat that is rioting in response to the election! They essentially said that they are descent people and absolutely will not get involved with, or condone rioting! They were surprised that Democrats are rioting! Actually the people that are rioting are being bused- in, and in some cases actually being paid to riot! This premise needs to be investigated!

I believe that the Democrats that I spoke to are indeed descent people. I really hope that the Democrats re-group and stop the rioting! If they don’t, the Democratic Party will be forever doomed! We must return to the two party system! A one party system is called a dictatorship!

I am hoping that a Democrat, in this case President Obama, will get on the TV and demand that the rioting stop immediately, because it is doing insurmountable damage! The party of peaceful academics is now flying the battle flag of violence! There is no possibility of recovery unless the Democratic Party finds a way of disassociating their traditional good name, from an army of rioting cowards!

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

You’re too Young to Understand the Truth about Journalism

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Ben Vitale

At one time Mainstream newspapers hired many reporters to write articles for the printed media. During the 50s, only the elite went to college! The journalists were cast into a molded with an ingredient that was as strong as bronze, but unfortunately that ingredient no longer exists! That secret ingredient is called complete and unbiased reporting!
 
In the 50s, you could put your Bible and the daily newspaper on the same shelf at night! Yes! The printed newspaper didn’t lie! It never lied! The mainstream media did not lie! Most of you are too young to have experienced that! Misrepresenting news on page one, was a transgression that would motivate the general public, to “Tar and feather a reporter! LOL! The editorial and OP-ED section of the printed media gave some latitude for consideration of opinion.

Ok! If you haven’t realized it by now … All jobs change with time! Yes that’s true! For example: My area of expertise silently changed without warning! I woke up one morning and the Transistor was the “big thing!” I can to this day hear the words of a traditional Electronics Engineer proclaim to everyone in the coffee room…”You can’t do anything with your Transistors that I can’t do with a Relay! (A relay is a mechanical switch operated via an electronic coil!) Three months thereafter… Unemployed!

Slowly and silently, the nature of journalism changed into something that we can no longer be proud of! In the early 50s, only a few people qualified to be a journalist! The affluent went to college and the rest did the best that they could to survive! As the years progressed more and more people went to college! Everyone who attended college had to be reasonably competent in writing. So…  Journalism is no longer only for the affluent!

Most people do not want to realize that what they learned in college, must be tweaked and upgraded, periodically! Will Rogers said the “Even if you’re on the right track, you still will get run over if you are not moving forward!” LOL! Slowly and silently a 9.9 journalistic seismic event materialized; the internet complete with internet web sites! Some journalists began to publish and write for Web sites! There was some money there! A journalistic aftershock of 9.5 arrived shortly thereafter! Blogs and bloggers were suddenly everywhere! Some content soon became available for free! Yes… No money required!

The war intensifies! Journalists that worked for the mainstream media soon lost their jobs! So what is a poor displaced Journalist to do! LOL! Yesss! Open your own newspaper! I have seen displaced Journalists move from obscurity to stardom in as little as six weeks! How did they do that? They did that by only publishing what the readers want to read, as opposed to filling vacant lines with random content. For example… If you know of any women who would not read a new recipe for Apple Pie, that women is probably dead! LOL! To this day some journalists do not understand that! LOL!

Today the mainstream media is totally out of control... They no longer report the news but instead fabricate it! It is obvious that this action is backfiring, big time! I no longer sympathize with political correctness... I now detest it! Oh yes... I also detest the mainstream media! I refuse to believe anything that I read or hear on mainstream media TV stations.

I see a bend in the road for the media! Believe me… my friends and I are literally cursing at the media! Yep! I am no longer Politically correct! The media sucks! Now I feel better! LOL!  The Goose that laid the golden eggs will fly to that part of the media that flaunts fair and balanced reporting, and discourages a conviction and execution of a person on the basis of a Two second video clip, without using the services of a judge and jury!

We desperately need Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter from the Daily Planet! LOL! But believe me… Clark Kent is indeed coming! LOL! Fair and balanced reporting will attract the Goose that can lay Golden eggs! LOL! Yesss!(You can Google Clark Kent if you are too young to know this man! LOL!)

What part of the Mainstream media will be smart enough to acknowledge that there is a major opinion  leak in the bilge of their particular Boat of journalism? Failure to acknowledge the problem will result in the ship sinking!

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Friday, September 30, 2016

A Presidential Debate does not Provide us with the Information that we need to Evaluate the Candidates 
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The politicians and media still don’t get it! This presidential election is not a drunken sports bar episode of one -upmanship!  We do not need or want debates that are tainted by a biased moderator! A debate is for the coveted position of “King of the drunken sports bar patrons…” However it does have some value! Bad traits or problems with an individual can sometimes be exposed!

Our electoral system is in dire need of some changes… May I make the following suggestions for your consideration! I believe that each candidate for the position of president of the United States, should  present a legal and binding written “document of intent” to the public, indicating what he or she intends to do if elected to public office! The candidate will publically read his promise to the people of America on a series of broadcasts, paid for by the government! Once elected… Any violation of this statement of intent should be considered to be grounds for impeachment!

The public has been lied to and sidestepped one too many times! Decades pass by and the same old bolder dash is spoon fed to the general public!

I believe that we need government sponsored elections, where all advertisement costs are paid for by government… This may be possible; but what do we do with private contributors? There is a problem… It is unconstitutional to limit presidential contributions to a candidate. The answer may be to create a new version of the Fairness doctrine, where minority candidates are given free air time in order to level the playing field. All candidates should be presented from a level and equal platform!

The general public has been systematically brainwashed by special interest groups via the media, which includes the internet. The internet is indeed a powerful tool that is used by the media, as well as the general public! The use of propaganda, is an underhanded way to get you to sway your opinion, when presented with insufficient information. Please permit me to give you an example of propaganda… “Everybody is going to vote for ‘Joe Gavone.’ “ (Joe Gavone is a fictitious name, actually it is a slang term that is used by Italians which means Joe the idiot! LOL!) Please read the link about brainwashing!  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140815205902-57567806-7-propaganda-techniques-all-students-should-learn

The use of propaganda techniques must also be forbidden!  The written document of intent must pass the test of the six “ws” of research and journalism! See link:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Ws   It is this six “ws” criteria that will guarantee that the reader has indeed been presented with all of the facts, not just snippets of text that proliferate propaganda. The documents of intent must be written in plain ordinary language that can be understood by anyone, not just the Lawyers! Use of the legalese language that is used by lawyers must be forbidden!

After the Documents of intent are published, a few debates could be considered, to reveal other potential problems, with the candidates! A debate does have a useful purpose, but must be presented second to a written document of intent!

With all of the above, the general public would really know who they are voting for, and the candidate would be fully aware of what he or she must accomplish!  

This article is also published on the online news media! Patch.com  Please click the link below. 

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Suffolk County Police Department 5Th Precinct will hold its next Community Meeting

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Date:  Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Time: 7:00 P.M

Location: 5th Precinct located at 125 Waverly Ave. Patchogue.


Specific issues and crime trends in our area will be discussed. 

You do not have to belong to or represent any particular organization to attend. Anyone could attend!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Senseless Injustice to our own Lighthouse Mission


I originally intended to write an article, asking for donations of 26 inch bicycles for the Lighthouse mission, but a senseless act of vandalism changed the course of this article!

The lighthouse Mission distributes free food to 3,000 people every week, but in addition, also provides the local youth with quality social activities, as well as a Christian religious education.

Kids and young adults are escorted from local homeless shelters and are invited to participate in basic activities that every youth should experience! The Lighthouse Mission (LM) sponsors, bicycle trips,   sailing lessons, Kayaking excursions, trail biking, educational racing car seminars, camping trips, and also helps kids and young adults with their homework, after school!

This wonderful organization helps hundreds of children, young adults, and adults survive in this hostile environment! Most of the families that are helped by the LM are people just like you and I! I was fortunate enough, not to lose my job when we had the economic down-turn… Most of the people and families that are now in the shelters, never recovered, and were not able to get jobs that are good enough to support a family!

As a reward for the unprecedented services the Lighthouse Mission has provided to our community, someone sneaked onto the LM property in the dead of the night, and broke the windows and slashed the tires on one or more of the trucks that are used to deliver food to the needy! What kind of person would do this?

We as a community must individually stand up and support the Lighthouse Mission, by helping them in any way that we can! They are currently low on un-cooked food, and now need car windows and tires, in order to continue their service to the needy! Yes the youths would still love to have new 26 inch bicycles! Every youth deserves to have a bike!

The lighthouse Mission is not government funded and operates entirely on donations.  If you can contribute please go to the following link. www.LighthouseGive.com

Additional information is available on their web site! www.LighthouseMission.com

Email Pastor Jim at: info@LighthouseMission.com

Tel: 631-758-7584  

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