get off my lawn 12-19


Due process, that is. Congressman Adam “Shifty” Shiff (D-CA) conduced the “Shiff Show,” the impeach-Trump farce which has now gone to the Judiciary Committee headed by Jerry Nadler (D-NY). Speaker Pelosi has instructed Nadler to draw up articles of impeachment. The process has been anything but fair and that is by design. The intention was to impeach all along. The phone call to the Ukrainian president is just an excuse for Pelosi, Nadler and Shiff to conduct a Soviet show trial to move public opinion against Trump thereby damaging him in the election less than 1 year away. But in doing so they have utterly trashed Due Process rights which are fundamental to our criminal justice system. Fanatics are single minded and never think about the long-term consequences of their actions. If they can railroad the most powerful man on the planet, they can do it to YOU. These Due Process rights come to us from the mother country, England, and have been in place since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Someone tell the House Democrats about them. Here they are:

1. The right to confront your accuser.

2. The right to cross-examine your accuser.

3. The right to call witnesses.

4. The right to cross-examine witnesses.

5. The right to present evidence.

6. The right to counsel.

7. The right to a public trial.

Trump was deprived of all of these. Clinton, Nixon and Johnson who were each impeached, were not. Now the sham has moved to the Senate where Trump and the Republicans can really wage a fight. Do it, House Democrats! Impeach him, and let all that you have hidden come out. I can’t wait.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.


Dear friends:

I decided to shift to shorter articles.  I still plan to keep a sharp eye out and ear open to things that interest.  But I think shorter is better for now.  Don’t get the idea that I’m done writing more lengthy pieces: I just might write a long one if the spirit moves me. But for now, I’ll be trying to hit singles instead of homeruns.

The shorter format was inspired by Dr. Thomas Sowell who is now retired. He used to write articles entitled, Random thought on the passing scene—short pieces contained in a longer article.  The new heading—CODGERTATING:WHEN OLD GUYS THINK.— is me laughing at ageing. What else is there to do?  So look for these shorter bits.  They’re likely to appear with  more often and they’re fun to write.

Thanks for reading my stuff.  I really appreciate it.




get off my lawn 12-19


Impeach Trump! That’s been the mantra of the Democrat party and their journo-pets since Trump won in 2016. In early 2016 the FBI, the Department of Justice and intelligence agencies, with a nod from the Obama Administration, launched what they euphemistically called an investigation of the Trump campaign, which in truth was spying on the Trump campaign. Now, the same media-Democrat cabal seeks to divert our attention with one hoax after another. The shiny objects are Russian collusion, which died with the Mueller report, followed by cries for impeachment over an ordinary phone call between Trump and the Ukrainian president. After impeachment fails, there will be another shiny object. Spying on an opposition political campaign to nullify the 2016 election and fix the next one is easily the greatest political scandal in American history, so distract they must. These banana republic tactics were hatched by Democrat appointees in a Democrat administration and aided by supposedly non-partisan, non-political civil servants. So who really “hacked our democracy?”

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.


Elections have consequences. The result of the last Congressional election is the phony Democrat-led impeachment of a duly elected Republican President. The Democrat House Speaker describes the occasion as “solemn” and says she’s “prayerful” – gag me. This is a political hit job, plain and simple. For three years the Democrat Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Shiff, has been saying that he has evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, yet this practiced liar hasn’t produced a shred of it yet. Shiff and his committee are now gathering “evidence” of Presidential malfeasance. Zero principles here, and even less honesty.

The previous plot to remove Trump alleged that he colluded with Russia “to hack our democracy.” You don’t hear about this now because the Mueller report killed it: no collusion found. Now, Democrats have hatched a new plan to overturn the 2016 election and rig the 2020 contest. The current plot is based on President Trump’s phone conversation with the Ukrainian president. President Trump released the transcript of that phone call; I read it and found nothing remotely criminal. I respectfully ask that you read the transcript for yourself. Trump committed no crime. This President and previous Presidents have asked foreign leaders to help with investigations, and have withheld aid pending cooperation by foreign governments on various matters.

Hysterical Democrats bleat daily about their loyalty to the Constitution and the President “violating his oath of office.” Phonies all. Progressive Democrats would gleefully rip the “obsolete” Constitution into confetti, toss it in the air and celebrate while it tumbles around them. But the sham impeachment miserably grinds on, with the press propping it up and giving it what it lacks – a patina of legitimacy.

House Republicans have done their part. All voted against the faux impeachment resolution. Two Democrats voted against it, making the vote for impeachment partisan, and the vote against impeachment bipartisan. Nick Langworthy, Chairman of the New York State Republican Party, has targeted four vulnerable House Democrats for defeat in 2020. Good for him. The Republican Party finally has a beating heart and a steely spine. This bodes well for the country, and for New York State.

Politics is a team game. Winning will take all of us. I have a suggestion: please get involved. Write a letter to the editor, contribute to one or more candidates, and help put an end to this Shiff show by supporting the opponents of the four Democrats targeted by Chairman Langworthy. Here is the latest.

NY 22: Anthony Brindisi (D). Trump won this district by 15 points. Several candidates are vying for the Republican nomination, but former Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is the favorite to face Brindisi.

NY 11: Max Rose (D). Trump won NY 11 by 10 points. Rose’s likely opponent is Republican Nicole Malliatakis.

NY 19: Antonio Delgado (D). This is a Trump +7 district. At this stage, no clear challenger to Delgado has emerged.

NY 18: Sean Patrick Maloney (D). President Trump won NY 18 by two points. Republican Chele Farley has announced her candidacy. Farley ran against Kirsten Gillibrand in 2018.

All four of these so-called moderate Democrats wanted no part of impeachment as candidates. But once in office, they all changed their tune. Join the team, and let’s throw the four bums out.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.

Another Blow to Upstate

This comes under the heading, “When you think it can’t get any worse.”  I just read today’s NY Post and I thought all of my readers should see this.  All credit to the NYP Editorial board for keeping up with the nonsense coming out of Albany.  Gov. Andrew is at it again.  And if he’s at it-we’re going to get it.  The editorial follows.

Mike Morrongiello, Ph. D.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo just can’t seem to resist slamming Upstate simply to pander to the greens. The latest pain: His drive to build vast “wind farms” off Long Island will zing upstaters’ electric bills to the tune of more than $1 billion — and that’s just for the first round of subsidies.

Credit the Empire Center’s Ken Girardin for uncovering this injustice in new filings by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which shows that subsidies for the windmill operators could hit $2.2 billion — — about double today’s wholesale electric prices for the city and Long Island.

The cost would be snuck into consumers’ electric bills all across New York — with utilities legally barred from telling the public what’s going on. And that’s just for about a fifth of the 9,000 megawatts of wind power mandated by the “Climate Leadership” law Cuomo got passed this year.

Mind you, the gov’s making even green power more expensive than it needs to be, by requiring union wages and work rules on these wind projects and by blocking better alternative sources, like Canadian hydropower, from qualifying for state subsidies.

Meanwhile, much of the state suffers needlessly because of Cuomo’s junk-science ban on fracking, which robs depressed rural areas of good jobs and the wealth that selling drilling rights would bring.

This gov’s “climate leadership” is pushing much of the state to ruin.

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