Friday, April 5, 2019

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: 'We Must Love Each Other'

It's "Feel Good Friday" on From The G-Man

This and every Friday, the site will only post news stories and features from around the world that melt the heart and soothe the soul. This will be the case regardless of breaking news. America needs a break from the 24-hour Trump news cycle and negative news coverage, and From The G-Man will happily oblige.

You and your loved ones have a good and safe weekend.


Restoring Faith In Humanity: Good Samaritan Compilation

This video was published on YouTube on March 1. 

Source: Top Hub

Don't Quit Your Day Job! Politicians' Most Awkward Dance Moves

This video was published on YouTube on November 6, 2018.

What's My Line? - Edward R Murrow (Dec 7, 1952)

This video was published on YouTube on October 5, 2013. Mr. Murrow's appearance begins at the 17:00 mark, but the entire episode is very entertaining. Enjoy!

Source: What's My Line?

Comedy Classics: Abbott & Costello, 'Dice'

This video was published on YouTube on September 7, 2015. 

Source: Robert Pastorino

Brad Paisley Building Free Grocery Store in Nashville

This report was published on YouTube on April 4.

High School Robotics Team Builds Wheelchair for 2-Year-Old Boy

This report was published on YouTube on April 2.

Firefighters Get Engaged During Training Drill

This report was published on YouTube on April 3. 

CBS News: A Barneveld, New York, firefighter was in the middle of a training drill when she looked up and saw her firefighter boyfriend down on one knee. Her emotional reaction to the surprise proposal has gone viral.

School Repackages Leftover Cafeteria Food for Kids to Take Home

This report was published on YouTube on April 3.

US Baseball Glove Company Still Thriving Thanks to Loyalty of Professional Players

This report was published on YouTube on April 4.

Mother Captures Moment Toddler Hears Violinist for the First Time

This report was published on YouTube on April 3.

When a Laundromat Becomes a Library

This report was published on YouTube on April 2.

Pop-Up Pantries Aim to Reduce Food Insecurity for College Students

This report was published on YouTube on April 2.

Finalists Compete for Top US Photography Awards

Scientists Map How to Protect a Third of World's Oceans by 2030

This report was published on YouTube on April 4.

Cousteau to Help Russia with Releasing Captured Whales

Olympian with New Tool to Help Those Suffering Mentally and Physically

Domino’s Delivers! Pizza Guy Helps Cops Nab Robbery Suspect

Click here for details. 

Source: The New York Daily News

NYC Subway Operator Plucks Teen Boy to Safety After Spotting Him on Tracks in Brooklyn

  Hopeton Kiffin

 Click here for details. 

Source: The New York Daily News

Thursday, April 4, 2019

How WWE Executive Sue Aitchison Helped Save an 8-Year-Old New Yorker's Life

Aitchison pictured with pro-wrestling icon Triple H.
(Photo credit:

By Gary Glennell Toms

From Sue Aitchison, a 30-year veteran of WWE’s corporate office, has been named the recipient of the fifth-annual Warrior Award. Named after WWE Hall of Famer The Ultimate Warrior, the Warrior Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited unwavering strength and perseverance and who lives life with the courage and compassion that embodies the indomitable spirit of The Ultimate Warrior.

To say I'm elated that Ms. Aitchison will be honored during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony on April 6 would be an understatement. In my humble opinion, and with all due respect to WWE executives, the award is long overdue. Allow me to explain.

It was approximately 20 years ago that Aitchison played a significant role in helping save an 8-year-old boy's life. The Far Rockaway (NY) resident was viciously attacked and mauled by a pit bull, and his parents, nor the doctors, didn't think he would survive. I met with his parents and published their heartbreaking story in the newspaper I worked for, which was The Wave of Long Island.

During the interview, I asked the parents what were some of the things he liked and they said he absolutely loved Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was a mega-star in professional wrestling. Upon hearing this, I contacted WWE headquarters, which was the WWF at that time, and was directed to Aitchison's office. I explained the situation and she became very emotional, asking..."How can I help?" I requested that she send the boy a "Stone Cold Package" because I suspected it would prove instrumental in his recovery effort. She happily obliged. 

Shortly after receiving the tee-shirt, wristbands, 60-minute video and autographed photo from the "Texas Rattlesnake", which urged the youngster to fight hard to get better, his doctors and parents indicated his emotional and mental state dramatically improved. Ultimately, he made a full recovery.....thanks to Aitchison's (and Stone Cold's) involvement.

I won't have an opportunity to appear on stage and share this incredibly powerful story with the WWE superstars and universe during the Hall of Fame ceremony, so I decided to do the next best thing and post this commentary. I'm doing so out of genuine admiration and respect for the longtime WWE employee, but I'm also posting it because the world needs to know she is a woman of compassion, integrity and honor. 

I congratulate and salute you on your award, Ms. Aitchison. You truly are a WWE superstar in every sense of the word.

Report on Climate Change Being Released by Reconvened Scientific Advisory Committee

The Independent Advisory Committee on Applied Climate Assessment is releasing a report after being disbanded by the federal government in 2017, and reconvened by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018.

The report includes recommendations to help federal, state, and local governments, communities, and the private sector plan for the effects of climate change.

"While the federal government continues to deny climate change and ignore the dire need to strengthen the resilience of our communities, New York and the U.S. Climate Alliance are taking action," Governor Cuomo said. "Last year we proudly reconvened the advisory committee to put a spotlight on this global catastrophe, and this report will provide important recommendations to communities across the country as we work to address climate change."

Click here for the full announcement.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

19 Full-Time Immigration Attorneys Selected to Assist NY Immigrants

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the selection of 19 experienced, dedicated immigration attorneys to serve as full-time legal counsels in all regions of the state to provide free services to immigrants that need assistance. These attorneys will work in conjunction with Governor Cuomo's Office for New Americans' Opportunity Centers across the state. 

"While the federal administration tries to build a wall and roll back rights of immigrants across the country, New York is prioritizing support and protection for these New Yorkers to make sure they know their rights and legal options," Governor Cuomo said. "These attorneys and their parent organizations will be a trusted resource for immigrants seeking assistance across the state." 

Click here for the full announcement.

Source: The Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

How the Laquan McDonald Shooting Affected Chicago's Mayoral Election

This report was published on YouTube on April 3. 

Democracy Now!: "The Laquan McDonald case was really the pivot of [Chicago's mayoral] election in a lot of ways," says Barbara Ransby, author of "Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century.” "It was the issue that Rahm Emanuel could not run away from."

U.S. Warns Turkey Against Buying Missile Defense System from Russia

Mayor Pete Buttigieg Addresses 'All Lives Matter' Controversy

Biden Says 'I Get It' After Women Accuse Him of Unwanted Touching

American Tourist Kidnapped on Safari Overseas

Boeing Faces Lawsuits Over Ethiopia Crash

Argentina Economy Falling Despite Huge IMF Support

What Are the Main Agendas in Israel Election?

South Korea Launches World's First Nationwide 5G Mobile Network

Merkel in Ireland: German Chancellor Vows to Fight to Avoid No-Deal Brexit

Rwanda Marks 25 Years Since the Genocide: Part 1

Tripoli's Government on High Alert After Forces Loyal to Warlord Haftar Advance Towards Capital City

'Les Médias': How the Global Journalism Crisis Affects France

Hollywood Celebrities Call for Boycott of Hotels Owned by Brunei Over Anti-LGBT Laws

The report starts at the 1:24 mark.

Mayor de Blasio Makes Senior Personnel Announcement

Mayor de Blasio Delivers Remarks at the National Action Network’s 2019 Convention

This video was published on YouTube on April 3.

If Trump Can Legally Block Critics on Twitter, Your Local Politician May Do It, Too

Click here for the report.

Source: The New York Times

Landlords Get a $173 Million Deal From City as Their Lawyer Raises Funds for de Blasio

The lawyer’s work for Mayor Bill de Blasio may resurrect questions of whether the mayor blurs the line between city business and political fund-raising.

Click here for the report. 

Source: The New York Times

NYPD Chief Surgeon Determined Pantaleo Didn’t Perform a Chokehold on Garner: Attorney

Daniel Pantaleo

The NYPD’s chief surgeon determined that Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo didn’t use a chokehold against Eric Garner — and argued against disciplining the officer, the cop’s attorney said Thursday.

Click here for details. 

Source: The New York Daily News

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Homeland Security Disbands Domestic Terror Intelligence Unit

A Daily Beast Exclusive 

Click here for the report.

The Mumia Abu-Jamal Case: An Update

Next Stop: Freedom

The first question on everyone’s lips is “What is in those old boxes?" Remember the boxes the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office “found”  in a storage closet late last year from Mumia Abu-Jamal’s original trial?

The answer could be previously undisclosed new evidence and the "key” to a new trial.  If there is just one piece of evidence that the prosecutor failed to turn over to the defense which could have altered the result of just one juror's vote, then it is a “Brady violation,” (a US Supreme Court precedent). If that happens the court would overturn the criminal conviction, and that is a whole new ballgame.  Mumia has one year from the discovery of the evidence to file a petition.

Innocence, Evidence & Misconduct

For decades it was the routine practice for Philadelphia police and prosecutors to illegally strike minority jurors, manufacture evidence, coerce false witness testimony and surpress evidence of innocence.   
The Castille appeal which currently sits before the PA Superior Court faces an unsympathetic appellate court and potentially years of litigation.  Where as, an amended petition or a new complaint that includes Brady evidence could be a bullet train to a new trial and freedom.

Stunning Words from Philadelphia Judge Leon Tucker

This just in 3/27/19, Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker (Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division)'s  supplemental ruling.  Click here.

"Justice is being conformable, human, divine, fair, impartial, honest matter what.  Not sometimes or most of the time, but at all times, be it at trial or on appeal".  

And it gets better.

"[Defendants] appeal has established by a preponderance of the evidence that...there was an unconstitutional potential for bias......[the] claims should be reviewed in the interest of justice."

The Pennsylvania Courts are a Star Chamber

Kafka could have taken notes from these folks.  It is even possible that they would rule that the Castille petition has to be decided before the suppressed evidence can be offered in a subsequent PCRA.  For someone that has spent nearly four decades in prison and is arguably innocent, it would be par for the course in this state, for a court to make that argument.  Amnesty International has condemned Mumia's original trial, and he has spent 36 years unjustly in prison.

While Philadelphia DA and Larry Krasner might not feel a sense of urgency, we need to.  Mumia Abu-Jamal will be 65 years old in a few weeks. His eyesight has been severely compromised making it hard for him to read, because he is suffering from as yet untreated cataracts and serious glaucoma. He is recovering from life threatening complications of Hepatitis C and diabetic shock caused by a reaction to treatment for debilitating skin rash conditions.

The Tide is Turning - People are Rising

The grassroots movements in Philadelphia are surging. Abolition will be the reality, this is ground zero and a tetonic change is coming.  You can just feel it.  Mumia Abu-Jamal’s quest for freedom is part of that, but in a far more universal and fundamental way the community is all rising. Because Philadelphia is so "up south", the impact has galvanized, inspired and birthed a powerful grassroots movement that is advocating in the state capital Harrisburg and in cities in every county for decarceration. Google any one of these groups [Human Rights Coalition, CADBI, Decarcerate PA, Lifelines, Abolitionist Law Center, Amistad Law Project].  You will see, feel, and hear thousands of people advocating for their loved ones inside.  These are the very people who swept Larry Krasner into power. They are mobilized, they are strategic and they will not be satisfied util their family members are free.  It is incredible to see they are bringing the heat, demanding real change, and holding folks accountable.

Resistance Writ Large!

"Power concedes nothing without a demand.  It never did and it never will."
--Frederick Douglass

Mumia Abu-Jamal is closer to freedom than he has been in a quarter of a century,   When Mumia comes home, it will be historic.  Surviving is the first step, and now real fundamental revolutionary change, abolition is the next step.

Oppression Is Not a Laughing Matter -- Or Is It?

"Future Hope" Column 

By Ted Glick 

“Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called “I.”
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humor.
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy,
and to be able to share it with others.”
Sir Thomas More, “Prayer for Good Humor,” early 1500’s

Last evening my wife and I watched the 2018 movie, “Pope Francis, A Man of His Word.”  It is not a critical look at the Pope, or an objective assessment of his strengths and weaknesses and what he has so far accomplished. It is an unabashed presentation of the Pope as a great man, a moral leader of the world, essentially a saint.

The ending surprised me. After an hour and a half of footage of him speaking and interacting with people all over the world, sharing his thinking and his prayers and his unquestionably genuine concern for “the least of these,” the poor, the final minute finds him talking about two things: the value of a smile and the importance of a sense of humor. Pope Francis tells the camera that just about every day he reads Sir Thomas More’s poem quoted above.

I was struck by the Pope doing this. Is he right that smiling and a sense of humor are so important?

I think there are a lot of people on the political Left who don’t agree with this. I know a whole bunch of them. They are the way I tend to be: very upset with the reality of the world in the grip of a mendacious and maddening, mega-corporation dominated capitalist system that is literally destroying the world’s ecosystems and causing uncountable suffering. How can one make jokes and be concerned about having a sense of humor in such a world?

Click here for the full article.


Dr. Adam Gaffney Says 'We Should Be Skeptical' of Trump’s Proposed Healthcare Plan

This report was published on YouTube on April 2.

US Finds 'Severe' Problems in Alabama Prisons

Click here for the report. 

Source: Associated Press

American Dystopia: The State, Surveillance, and Illusion of Choice

Click here to listen to the report. 

Source: The Intercept_

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

More than a dozen cases were dismissed after defense attorneys asked to examine, or raised doubts about, computer programs that track illegal images to internet addresses. 

Click here for the full report. 

Source: ProPublica

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin to Face College Scandal Charges in Boston Court

Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 15 wealthy parents due in Boston federal court on Wednesday to face charges that they participated in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history.

Click here for the full report. 

Source: Reuters

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg Addresses Joint Meeting of Congress

Click here for video.

Source: C-SPAN

Why Federal Aid for Struggling Puerto Rico Remains a Political Battle

This report was published on YouTube on April 2.

How Rapper Nipsey Hussle Gave Back to the Community That Raised Him

This report was published on YouTube on April 1. The alleged killer has been apprehended.

Rep. Jerry Nadler Talks Next Steps After Vote to Subpoena Full Mueller Report

African-American, Gay Woman Elected Chicago Mayor

US Journalists Create Annual Address in Jamal Khashoggi's Honour

Israel's Far-Right PM Candidate Seeks to Annex Gaza, West Bank

Could Spain's Far-Right Vox Party Become Kingmaker?

Political Impact of NATO Secretary General Before US Congress

May Seeks to Break Brexit Deadlock by Speaking with Corbyn

New Sharia Laws in Brunei Allow Stoning to Death for Adultery and Homosexuality

Algeria's Bouteflika Resigns: What Now?

Fiscal Year 2020 Executive Budget for New York

Click here for details. 

Source: New York State Division of the Budget

NYPD Update: The Latest Crime Stats and Other Information

This video was published on YouTube on April 2.

New York City Women in the House (of Representatives)

Click here for details.

Source: The New York Times

Democratic Rift Over N.Y. Budget as Progressive Backlash Grows

Click here for details.

Source: The New York Times

Cuomo Promised Transparency at the M.T.A. Then Its Leader Was Confirmed While You Slept.

The governor and lawmakers promised a major overhaul at the transit agency, which runs New York’s subways, but advocates said the plans were a bureaucratic reshuffling.

Click here for details.

Source: The New York Times

What’s Behind the Murder Spike in Brooklyn?

Click here for details. 

Source: The New York Times

Free Tax Filing Resources Online and Across New York State

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today reminded taxpayers that the filing deadline—April 15—is quickly approaching. With only two weeks remaining, the Tax Department is highlighting the free filing resources available online and at locations around the state.

“It’s crunch time for taxpayers who’ve waited until now to start thinking about filing their income tax returns, but not time to panic,” said New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri. “The Tax Department has plenty of free and convenient resources to help file an accurate return on time and receive any refunds due promptly.

Benefits of e-filing

E-filing is safer and more efficient than sending paper returns through the mail. About 92% of all personal income tax returns in New York State are electronically prepared and filed. All returns, regardless of how they’re filed, undergo the same systematic review.

Use direct deposit

To use direct deposit, simply check direct deposit on your tax return, then enter your bank’s nine-digit routing number and your account number. For checking accounts, this information is available on your checks; for savings accounts, contact your bank. Taxpayers can receive their refund up to two weeks sooner by choosing e-file and direct deposit.

Free filing options available

Taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2018 may use free, user-friendly software at to electronically prepare and file both their state and federal tax returns. Taxpayers can search Free File on the Tax Department website to be directed to the software. Using the software can reduce filing errors that delay return processing and refunds, and prevent valuable credits from being overlooked.

Eligible taxpayers can also visit a Tax Department free tax assistance site. For a schedule of dates, times, and locations for sessions statewide see Facilitated Self-Assistance (FSA) program.

Tax Department experts will be available at each site to assist low- and middle-income New Yorkers through the filing process at no charge. At certain locations, they can assist taxpayers in multiple languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

The Tax Department is also partnering with the IRS to offer free in-person assistance. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program offers free tax help to those who generally make $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. Visit the IRS at Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers to find a location near you.

Check your refund status

Taxpayers can quickly view the status of their New York State tax refund anytime by using the Check your Refund tool on the Tax Department website: Updated daily, it’s the fastest and most convenient way to know when to expect your refund. It provides the same information available to our phone representatives—only without the wait!

You can also find out when your refund will be issued by signing up for Tax Department email alerts. 
Visit the Tax Department homepage at and select subscribe at the bottom of the page.

Don’t have a computer or smart phone? Call the Tax Department’s automated refund status line anytime at 518-457-5149. 

Source: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

An Archbishop Who Changed History (A World Exclusive!)


Beloved Clergymember Discusses Her Historic Appointment,
Prison Ministry, Nicki Minaj and Domestic Abuse by Church Leaders

The following excerpts are from an article published in the March 22nd edition of the Philadelphia Sunday Sun. 

"On Saturday, March 16, Bishop Mary Floyd Palmer made history when she became the first female presiding archbishop installed as the president of the Philadelphia Council of Clergy. The event took place at the historic Bright Hope Baptist Church, where Rev. Dr. Darron K. McKinney is the pastor. The sanctuary was packed with religious, elected and civic leaders, as well as family and friends of Bishop Palmer. It was significant that Bishop Mary, as many call her, was installed in March, Women’s History Month, because she was making history in her own right." 

“I am excited for change and I’m elated for everything that has happened,” said Archbishop Palmer. “I’m honored by Bright Hope Baptist Church. I’m blessed by the Samaritan Temple and I’m absolutely humbled by the Chief Celebrant David Hartman and my uncle, (Bishop Anthony Floyd), for such an affirmation of support and love.” 

The beloved clergymember joins me for this special edition to discuss her historic appointment, prison ministry, the power of Nicki Minaj and other female rappers, domestic and sexual abuse by church leaders and other major issues. 

The interview was conducted on April 1, 2019. 

Additional information pertaining to this episode is available here

Photo credit: Kat with the Hat Photography 

Closing song credit: "Always Hopeful" by Silent Partner

Monday, April 1, 2019

In Memoriam: Nipsey Hussle

From The G-Man will be dark today in honor of the rapper's phenomenal accomplishments and record of community service. May he forever rest in peace.