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Big John, Dick Cheney, Tom, & Me

John Catsimatidis is owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes Foods, the largest grocery chain in Manhattan. He has a net worth of over three billion dollars. A few years ago he was a regular at my favorite cigar smoking lounge, De La Concha, on Sixth Avenue near 57th Street. Now and again he, I, and my friend Tom Johansmeyer, pulled on our cigars, blew blue smoke, and chatted. We privately called him Big John.

A Republican, Catsimatidis runs "The Cats' Rountable" a radio show on AM 970, and a recent guest was Former Vice President Dick Cheney. On the June 7, 2015 program, Cheney said he's tried for a long time to understand what makes President Barack Obama tick but, he finally concluded, "I don't know." Cheney said he was particularly mystified by Obama’s counterterrorism strategy in the Middle East. “I don’t think he really wants to be there,” Cheney said.

I'm a life-long advocate of free speech, but somebody please tell me why anyone--even Big John--thinks war criminal Dick Cheney should be given air time on ANY friggin' subject.

Tom Johansmeyer, an insurance company vice-president, right, holds forth.

That's me, when my hair was long.

Unrepentant war criminal.

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Wonderful post and agreed.

Thanks! I just don't get why any of those Bush era warmongers get on the Sunday talk shows.

Attempts to rehabilitate them?

No rehabilitation, they're just allowed to repeat their talking points without challenge.

Not in the sense of changing their character, but seeing if shitty public memory means the stink has worn off and they are again politically viable.

Further on this topic:

American imperialists are deluding themselves: Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush and the end of U.S. hegemony


Please excuse my appearing in the Way-Back Machine to say that this is a very interesting post, with great photos. I lived on L.I. when my husband was post-doc at Stony Brook, back in the mid-'70s, and shopped at a Gristedes in Port Jeff Station. Seeing the name brought back lots of memories!

As for Cheney, that man should've been in prison long since, for the Halliburton business if nothing else.

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