Sir Rudolph

Ida, Sophie, and Mavis clicked their glasses against Toot’s tumbler. Except for the clinking of the glasses, the kitchen went completely silent as each woman silently wondered what their new future would bring to each of them.
When Mavis returned, the four of them would embark on the greatest, and unlikeliest, adventure of their lives.
(The Godmothers-The Scoop, Fern Michaels, page 93)FOR THE RECORD.  Approximately 343 firemen died on “911” (incredibly, three hundred and forty three!) because, COINCIDENTALLY, their communications equipment malfunctioned!  And yet, the mayor was, is, touted as being a hero!  When the first of the two bomb-laden planes “slammed” into one of the two Twin Towers, Mayor Rudolph Guiliani became an instant millionaire.  He was rewarded richly and famously for his role in the aftermath, the cleanup, including quickly disposing of hundreds perhaps even thousands of bodies for organs/body parts sold on the black market.  Tirelessly, Mayor Guiliani attended approximately 343 funerals, and still had time to go to Florida to purchase a weekend mansion, and, to England to be knighted!  (The wrath of Jehovah God is upon you, Mormon Church of Satan.)  cc all Mormon attorneys


By Alan Feuer and Marc Santora Nov. 15, 2016

Rudolph W. Giuliani speaking at the United Nations in 2001. Credit Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times

In October 1995, the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat settled into a seat at Lincoln Center in Manhattan for a gala performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. But before the third movement started, Mr. Arafat was told to leave.

The order had come from the top: Rudolph W. Giuliani, the mayor of New York at the time. And though the Clinton administration referred to the ejection as “an embarrassment to everyone associated with diplomacy,” Mayor Giuliani was unmoved. Calling Mr. Arafat a terrorist and a murderer, he said the next day: “I would not invite Yasir Arafat to anything, anytime, anyplace. I don’t forget.”

New York City mayors do not typically conduct foreign policy, but Mr. Giuliani, who aides to Donald J. Trump said was the leading contender to become the president-elect’s secretary of state, has never let an issue like political jurisdiction stand in his way.

In his eight years as mayor, Mr. Giuliani practiced his own local form of international relations, calling for tolerance after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, but also refusing to dine with Fidel Castro and threatening to kick the United Nations out of the city over unpaid parking summonses.

A 1995 protest outside Gracie Mansion in Manhattan after Mr. Giuliani’s had Yasir Arafat evicted from a performance at Lincoln Center. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York TimesAfter leaving office, Mr. Giuliani learned more about foreign affairs, gaining experience as an international lawyer, a security consultant and a candidate for the presidency in 2008, while honing his positions as a kind of neoconservative. He has been a staunch supporter of Israel, deeply suspicious of Iran and a proponent of aggressive military posture. His experience as a former federal prosecutor and as mayor has helped shape some of his stances, but it was his experience dealing with the Sept. 11 attacks that has had the most profound effect on his worldview

Through it all, Mr. Giuliani’s basic approach has been much the same: Peace can be achieved by showing strength, and diplomacy is sometimes best conducted by being undiplomatic.

“Sometimes in diplomacy you want to set parameters, not just go in saying that, no matter what you’re going to be diplomatic,” said Stuart Gottlieb, an international affairs professor at Columbia University, who worked with several of Mr. Giuliani’s campaigns. “With the Obama years, particularly under John Kerry,” he added, referring to the current secretary of state, “we’ve often seen compromise and bending as a first principle. I think Giuliani would replace that.”


In 1996 he gave a speech at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in which he spoke glowingly about his grandfather, Rudolfo Guiliani, …


Mr. Giuliani speaking at a 2010 protest in Manhattan against the former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times

After the Sept. 11 strikes, Mr. Giuliani’s view of the world became dominated by terrorism and, at least at first, by a vision of the future based on inclusiveness and unity. A month after the attacks, he spoke at the United Nations, waxing poetic about New York’s racial and religious multiplicity. “We’re a city of immigrants unlike any other city, within a nation of immigrants,” he said, adding that “diversity has been our greatest source of strength.”

It was primarily on the strength of that bipartite vision — tolerance and toughness — that Mr. Giuliani left office and entered the private sector, pitching himself as an international fixer who could revamp police departments, as he was hired to do in Mexico City, or eradicate gangs, as he suggested in a speech in El Salvador needed to be done there. His speeches and private contracts earned him millions of dollars, and have now drawn criticism for their potential conflicts of interest, among them a deal by his security firm, Giuliani Partners, advise the state-run oil company in Qatar, a United States ally that supported some Islamist movements.

When Mr. Giuliani ran for president in 2008, he was mocked by his opponents for referring, repeatedly, to the terrorist attacks on New York. As Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. famously said during his own 2008 presidential campaign, there were only three things that Mr. Giuliani ever seemed to mention in a sentence: “A noun, a verb, and 9/11.”

But the specter of terrorism continued to inform Mr. Giuliani’s thinking, in his own unsuccessful White House run and this year, as he advocated for Mr. Trump. On a trip to London in 2007, while he was competing in the Republican primary, he said he supported President George W. Bush’s decisions to invade Iraq and Afghanistan, though he criticized how the wars had been waged.

Mr. Giuliani, a vociferous critic of the nuclear deal the United States signed with Iran last year, has long harbored concerns about that country’s intentions. Even as the United States was at war in Iraq, he said that Iran could pose a greater danger.

Mr. Giuliani with Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, in 2001.Credit Ruby Washington/The New York Times

“Iran is maybe in many ways even, or is certainly more, dangerous than Iraq,” he said at a town-hall-style meeting in 2007 during his presidential campaign. “I think this is an area in which clarity is enormously important. We’ve had wars because of lack of clarity; we’ve had great misunderstandings that have led to violence because of lack of clarity. If if you elect me as president of the United States, this will be very, very clear to Iran: I will not allow them under any circumstances to become a nuclear power. They are too irresponsible.”

Though Mr. Giuliani has no formal foreign policy bona fides, he has traveled the world meeting dignitaries and advising foreign governments — at least once, on a private jet he borrowed from Mr. Trump.

“I’ve probably traveled to Europe, Asia and Africa more often in the last five, five and a half, years than any of the people who are running for president,” he said in 2007. “I’ve had the responsibilities of safety and security on my shoulders for much of the last 20 or 25 years. I’ve actually dealt with terrorism. I’ve actually dealt with it firsthand.”

But part of what that experience has taught him is that, even for a diplomat, diplomacy has its limits. At the Republican National Conventionthis summer, he gave speech in support of Mr. Trump during which it became clear that the already muscular stance on foreign policy he held eight years ago had only hardened after eight years of the Obama administration.

“We must not be afraid to define our enemy — it is Islamic extremist terrorism,” Mr. Giuliani said.

“You know who you are,” he added to applause. “And we’re coming to get you.”

Correction: November 17, 2016
Because of an editing error, an article on Wednesday about Rudolph W. Giuliani’s experience in foreign affairs before and after his tenure as mayor of New York misstated, in some editions, the year the Obama administration signed a nuclear arms deal with Iran. It was 2015, not this year.

(The New York Times, November 15, 2016,

Rudolph Giuliani’s Business Ties Viewed as Red Flag for Secretary of State Job
By Mark Landler, Eric Lipton and Jo Becker, Nov. 15, 2016

Rudolph W. Giuliani spoke at The Wall Street Journal’s C.E.O. Council in Washington on Monday. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Rudolph W. Giuliani, facing a flood of questions about whether his business dealings should disqualify him from being named President-elect Donald J. Trump’s secretary of state, on Tuesday defended his lucrative 15 years in the private sector as a credential for the job.

“I have friends all over the world,” Mr. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, said in an interview. “This is not a new thing for me. When you become the mayor, you become interested in foreign policy. When I left, my major work was legal and security around the world.”

As secretary of state, Mr. Giuliani, a loyal, often ferocious backer of Mr. Trump’s candidacy, would make fighting Islamist terrorism the centerpiece of the incoming administration’s foreign policy. He vaulted to national prominence because of his leadership after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and he still views foreign policy through the prism of that day.

But Mr. Giuliani’s business ties are a major red flag. He built a lucrative consulting and speechmaking career after leaving City Hall. His firm, Giuliani Partners, has had contracts with the government of Qatar and the Canadian company that is building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and Mr. Giuliani has given paid speeches to a shadowy Iranian opposition group that until 2012 was on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations.
(The New York Times, November 15, 2016,


Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose
and if you ever saw it
you would even say it glows.


How Rudolph Giuliani, Possible Cabinet Pick, Made Millions as Ex-Mayor
By Eric Lipton and Russ Buettner  Nov. 17, 2016

Rudolph W. Giuliani at Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday. Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — It was a golden year for Rudolph W. Giuliani, a mad dash that would take him to 11 countries on four continents, and by the time 2006 was done, earn him $16 million — a princely sum compared with the $7,000 he claimed to have in 2001, when he went through a divorce.

With salaries from a law firm and a consulting firm, and most of all $10 million from 108 speeches he delivered to audiences around the world, the lucrative year of 2006 will now, along with the rest of Mr. Giuliani’s career after his tenure as New York’s mayor, be getting a new round of scrutiny if he is nominated as secretary of state by President-elect Donald J. Trump.

The blitz of activity by Mr. Giuliani in 2006 — speaking to Wall Street banks; oil, gold mining and pharmaceutical companies; and investor groups in Japan and Singapore — is public because the next year, he began a campaign for president and had to file a financial disclosure form.

But that public ledger offers the most detailed look at just how Mr. Giuliani managed to become so wealthy after he left office, with assets worth tens of millions of dollars, including homes he now owns in Palm Beach, Fla., the Hamptons and New York City.

Mr. Giuliani’s speeches and travel that year and in the decade since were often related to business deals he was pursuing, or even standing agreements he had reached, like one with backers of the dissident Iranian political party known as the Mujahedeen Khalq, which until 2012 was considered a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department.

They offer a road map of sorts to the kinds of potential conflict of interest questions that are already emerging as Mr. Giuliani’s name is floated as a possible Trump cabinet member, particularly given that Mr. Trump repeatedly mocked Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent, for the many speeches she and her husband gave after they left public office.

“When she left, she made $21.6 million giving speeches to Wall Street banks and other special interests in less than two years — secret speeches that she does not want to reveal to the public,” Mr. Trump said in June. “Together, she and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, C.E.O.s and foreign governments in the years since 2001. They totally own her, and that will never change.”

In particular, Mr. Trump criticized Mrs. Clinton’s speeches to Wall Street banks. But Mr. Giuliani, in a one-year period that ended in January 2007, earned $750,000 in speaking fees — before the 20 percent cut taken by the speakers’ agency — for eight speeches he gave to Wall Street banks and other major financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers, before its collapse. As with Mrs. Clinton, there is little public record of what Mr. Giuliani said during these events.

Mr. Giuliani had rules about keeping his remarks private, as a contract “addendum” to which organizations that invited him to speak had to agree makes clear. Mr. Giuliani stipulated that his remarks could not be recorded, nor could “general press or other media coverage” of the remarks be allowed without his explicit permission. He also had some elaborate demands, including that if he traveled by private plane, it be a Gulfstream IV or bigger, a plane that costs about $40,000 for a one-day trip within the United States.

Some members of the Senate, which will hold hearings and vote on his nomination if Mr. Trump selects him, are already saying they want to learn more about Mr. Giuliani’s work in the years since he left City Hall.

“I’m concerned generally about conflicts of interest on the part of prospective members of the administration, in every role,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said when asked about Mr. Giuliani’s business ventures since he left office. “And that concern is well justified in terms of the backgrounds of some of the potential nominees that have been discussed.”

Mr. Giuliani, in an interview this week, defended his activities since he left office, saying he had been open about his dealings with private companies and foreign states or political parties, including the Iranian group.

“My ties to them are completely open,” Mr. Giuliani said.

Mr. Giuliani certainly kept up a feverish pace. In one month alone during 2006, he gave 20 speeches. From 2001 to 2008, the year he ran for president, he was on the road as much as 200 days a year, according to Anthony V. Carbonetti, a former New York City Hall aide.

“Every time I turned, he was calling me from a different country or a different city,” Mr. Carbonetti said.

For most of those trips, he had a standard speech that mixed a retelling of leadership lessons outlined in his book and memories from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which ultimately earned him the nickname “America’s mayor.”

“I heard it so many times, I could have given the speech,” Mr. Carbonetti joked.

One area of particularly focused travel was Asia. Mr. Giuliani formed a partnership with Sage Capital Growth, a Manhattan-based investment firm that was exploring business opportunities in Japan. Mr. Giuliani’s disclosure form showed a $300,000 speaking fee for one event in November 2005, the largest single fee on the form, which covered 123 speeches given over a 14-month period.

Mr. Giuliani was separately retained by Mark Advent, a Las Vegas-based casino developer, to help him with his attempt to build a resort and casino in Singapore. Mr. Giuliani personally presented parts of the plan to Singapore’s authorities in hearings during an arduous review process.

One of Mr. Giuliani’s most frequent employers as a speaker was HSM, a company that arranges “executive education” events around the world. In 2006, he made eight speeches for the company and was paid $550,000 (his booking agent kept 20 percent of that).

At least three times, in 2003, 2004 and 2006, Mr. Giuliani was to be among the featured speakers at HSM World Business Forums, along with Bill Clinton.

The speeches that have drawn the greatest scrutiny are those he gave from 2012 through last year at events organized by the Mujahedeen Khalq, a dissident group of Iranians that holds a rally in France every year to draw attention to the persecution of its members by the government of Iran.

Mr. Giuliani was paid for “three or four” speeches he delivered to the group, said Robert G. Torricelli, a former senator from New Jersey who served as a lawyer for the M.E.K., as the group is known, as it sought to be removed from a State Department list of terrorist organizations.

Mr. Giuliani, after receiving payments from American-based groups of Iranian immigrants who had ties to the Iranian dissidents, gave rousing speeches at these annual rallies condemning Iranian leaders and the Obama administration for negotiating with them.

“The ayatollah must go,” Mr. Giuliani yelled, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, as thousands stood and cheered him. “Gone, out, no more,” he said, adding that Mr. Khamenei and other leaders of Iran should “be put on trial for crimes against humanity for the thousands and hundreds of thousands of people that they have killed.”

Paul S. Ryan, a vice president for policy and litigation at Common Cause, a nonprofit group that examines special interest influence in politics, said there would be no legal prohibition on Mr. Giuliani’s moving from being paid by the group to a government job. But he still found it troubling.

“People would reasonably question his fitness for this political appointment given that he received payments from supporters of this organization, and these are matters he would be charged with dealing with as secretary of state,” he said.

Mr. Torricelli said that Mr. Giuliani had agreed to give the paid speeches because he supported the group’s message, and that he had volunteered his time to participate in negotiations in Europe to help prevent further attacks on refugees from the group who were then living in Iraq.

Mr. Giuliani’s work earned him a spot on several lists of the highest-paid speakers in the world, just one spot below Mr. Clinton in one ranking.

In one instance in 2006, Mr. Giuliani collected $100,000 for speaking at Oklahoma State University. His contract with the university, which is public, laid out what appeared to be his standard demands beyond a fee.

Besides the requests related to air travel, his team required a sedan and an S.U.V., and an extra S.U.V. for luggage when he traveled to other countries. His room tastes were specific: a “large two-bedroom, nonsmoking suite with a king-size bed, on an upper floor, with a balcony and view if applicable.” He required four more rooms on the same floor for security and staff.

Eric C. Money, who led the speakers bureau at Oklahoma State University at the time Mr. Giuliani visited the campus, said Mr. Giuliani’s speech to students and faculty members in the university’s basketball arena had focused on leadership and Sept. 11. Mr. Money said the fee was high, but he did not recall hearing complaints.

“That is what Bill Clinton was getting at the time,” Mr. Money said. “It was on par. I did not have sticker shock.”

In the afterglow of his post-9/11 fame, Mr. Giuliani could certainly ignite large rooms.

Mr. Giuliani spoke at dozens of events with Zig Ziglar, a motivational speaker. Mr. Ziglar’s daughter, Julie Ziglar Norman, who traveled with her father in those years, said Mr. Giuliani was a crowd favorite, along with her father and Colin L. Powell. “I know everybody always loved what he had to say,” Ms. Ziglar said. “It was always very pro- American. And he was just beloved. That’s the best way I can describe him.”

Eric Lipton reported from Washington, and Russ Buettner from New York. Thomas Kaplan contributed reporting from Washington, and Susan Beachy contributed research.

(The New York Times, November 17, 2016,, November 17, 2016,  emphasis added)

LET IT GLOW, November 17, 2016

ellahenderson-glow-mrporterELLA HENDERSON LYRICS



Letters to Santa! It’s that time of year again ….
And we will glow
Oh, oh, oh
So let them build their righteous
Our blazing hearts will burn it down
We are, we are, soldiers of the light
And we will glow
Oh, oh, oh
We are fire, we are fire
And our love will burn
The flame will never die
We are brighter, we are brighter
Let’s show ’em how we light up
We will glow
Oh, oh, oh
Like a chest of hidden gold
Shimmers in the depths below
We are, we are, the treasures that
They hide
Like the sun that saves the night
Bursting through a darkened sky
We are, we are, soldiers of the light
And we will glow
Oh, oh, oh
We are fire, we are fire
And our love will burn
The flame will never die
We are brighter, we are brighter
Let’s show ’em how we light up
We will glow
Oh, oh, oh
We will glow
Oh, oh, oh
We are fire, we shoot our flame up high
They see us burn across a thousand miles
We are brighter, the flame will never die
Let’s show ’em how we light up tonight
Oh, you and I we’re soldiers of light
BRENT BROWN [Salt Lake City, Utah]