Sunday, March 22, 2020


As we face unimaginable stress as the Coronavirus turns the economic, political, and spiritual upside down where current events affect our futures I thought back to my invitation to speak on the Diner Show broadcasting from New Bedford  Mass two years after 9/11. While being driven by NYPD around the restricted site of what once stood majestically the Twin Towers I saw this written on a building remains. Inspired by these words on my return to my cousin's home I researched the lives of some of those murdered by hate two years earlier. Proud to be working with Deborah Levine and our American Diversity Report's New Beginnings team in the US and Africa to continue to defeat the hate through music, art, local government

I hope what I saw then influences those that read this today.



After a number of family members of those lost on 9/11 call Phil Paleogolis of the Diner Show asking for a copy of the poem, I made the presentation below.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  1. America At 70

I am here. Looking over the edge.
Standing on the ledge from which no male Comen treads
Dead in their 60's I was born after the second war for democracy.
where we turned our heads to Korea, Nam and hypocrisy.

Sitting sheltered in place high risk where no place is safe
Corona on the tube, and in my refrigerator to get me in the mood
for what I have no idea cause there can be no affection here.
the six-foot rule applies in stores for supplies or fries and beer

my wife teaches from home dressed in slippers and her velvet robe
her kids text throughout the night with questions, in bits and bytes
My daughter went to do homework with friends not knowing where danger lurks
The President did not fully state whether kids can congregate
in small groups to study or play, or even pray

Since 1865, when none alive survived
War was fought on distant shores never at our very doors
life continued the only fear was for our soldiers we held dear
We came together, bonded by a national tether to weather the storm

As I approach America at 70
I see the world falling free
without governments or She nor He
solving what none could see

The tether which was tightly wound
by work, faith, and family sounds
broke apart as fears abound
as China's virus made the rounds

One by one societal evolution
stopped and reversed its revolution
right to left became left to right
Up became down and down was out of sight

Doctors and Nurses caught the bug
some would never kiss or hug
Medical armies live in fear
of both the virus and their peers

Bars could no longer serve the crowd
Basketball Courts ceased to be loud
Stores were emptied by a fearful world
as etiquette  out the window was hurled

Borders closed and cities ceased
to function at the very least
duck and cover with masks and gloves
soap and water became first loves

No one knows where this will end
as cities and towns and nations defend
against a virus that won't yield nor bend
that seems to mutate after every cure that might mend

In this era where God's locked away
hidden in hearts that turned gray
Where evil inclinations carry the day
Perhaps it's time faiths had their say

The Golden Rule might not seem cool
Faith it seems has been replaced
as selfishness rears, it's ugly face
Its time God was returned to the rightful place

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The Cantankerous Old Coot 2 9 2020

The Cantankerous Old Coot 

The 2020s Seen Through Eyes Conceived In The 1940's 

It was a simpler time, a time of transition, a time of inequality. For some of us, it was Hell.   We drove Fords and Chevys. We made the world safe for Democracy mid-'40s. The enemy of our enemy became our friend in the 40s and then quickly began our enemy again. and we were at war again 3 yrs later. The wheelchair-bound President was followed by the failed Harberdasher who lived with his wife and Mom. The Tuskegee Airmen were requested to fly cover for the white bomber pilots in WW2 but the Red Tails couldn't use white bathrooms, eat in white restaurants, nor drink from white water fountains. Women were only allowed to vote twenty years earlier. It was a Man's World and boy was it screwed up. It still is.

The Democrats hate the Republicans, The Jewish people and the Palestinians hate each other. The Iranians shout "DEATH TO AMERICA"- DEATH TO ISREAL, while the U.S. slips billions in unmarked bills into the tarmac in Tehran.  Africa is ablaze with beheadings, terrorism, and poverty. Inner cities are crumbling, and no one has any idea what the Marquis of Queensbury Rules are. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer as they sink in the quicksand of life on the other side of the tracks. Even God, the Creator, is locked away in the corner of most people's hearts as faith is removed from schools and the Ten Commandments is taken out of the public display.  

News, weather, sports, even sex has been taken over by Gates, Bezos, and Zuckerberg. Where have you gone Walter Cronkite? When you and I exchanged postal mail ( I didn't have a computer in the early 80's) we talked about fluff journalism. We had no idea You, Huntley, and Chancellor would be replaced by some guy or girl in their mom's cellar sitting in their underwear on the computer. ( I am wearing a Tshirt and shorts thank you very much).

Deborah Levine, The Bulinda Family, Ilan Hendelman, and this Cantankerous Old Coot welcome your thoughts, ideas, criticisms as we try to balance the scales of Justice, Right the Ships of state, and unlock the God within. - Sorry, I am out of cliches. 

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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Diversity University - Comentary
He and She to Victory

A Poem by HGC

If God created Man and woman
To procreate life
Wouldn’t it make sense for man to stand
Together with a woman or wife
To combat hate and strife?

700 old white men
At Bretton Woods near wars end
Met to develop for man 
A dynamic world community to send
But in the end it was only a grab for land.

Morgenthau had good intentions
But selfishness, greed, and power
Corrupted the Godly direction
As they tried to climb Babel's Tower 
In the name of evil’s reflection

The Future must be created
by male and female parts
To end all this hatred
and create the future with heart

“The aim of the Bretton Woods Conference was the creation of a dynamic world community
in which the peoples of every nation will be able to realize their potentialities in peace.”
Henry Morgenthau, Chair, 1944 Bretton Woods Conference & US Treasury Secretary

Saturday, November 30, 2019


by H. G Comen

The foundation of the United States of America is the Iroquois Confederacy. Ben Franklin recognize
it’s value as did South Carolina’s John Rutledge, the Chair of the drafting committee of the
Constitutional Convention. It is my goal to revisit this fact and bring current academics,
clergy and the Indigenous Peoples together to find the truth in each other and greet the 400th
anniversary of the landing at Plymouth Rock with a New Beginning for the next 400 years.

I plan on serializing my adventure to raise awareness of this fact and how I came to the realization
that, perhaps, my client resides in the Heavens. It is my hope that this adventure will lead me to the
100 thousand dollars needed to help bring the Great Council of Iroquois Elders together once more.. 

Some seek God, Some seek Riches, I was seeking the later when I tripped over the former. I was no
angel. I was immersed in material concerns inherited in humanity since Adam and Eve met the snake
in the Garden of Eden. Power politics and the quest for wealth consumed me. I was a sucker for a
sob story or a pretty face. 

It was 1988. I was in my Ashley River Rd Charleston SC smoking a pipe watching the cars scurry by
my window back and forth to work, holiday shopping, and school, waiting for my phone to ring to
launch my next adventure and bring my bank balance out of negative numbers.  Although a
materialist I always recognized something special from November to January. Good Will toward man
seemed to replace Kill. Charity replaced the quest for fame, fortune and the selfishness of man.
I noticed that women rarely reacted out of selfish needs.

I propped my feet up on my grandfather's bookcase desk and picked up the Charleston Newspaper,
took a few puffs, and was struck by a news article written by my friend from my College Days, Eddie
Fennel. A missing bridge inspector’s daughter refused to go to school as no one was helping find
Ralph Terry Griggs, her dad. My oldest son was about the Griggs girl’s age. I had hoped someone
would try to find me if I disappeared.  I called Eddie and a few days later my youngest son Casey
and I were meeting the wife of Ralph Terry Griggs.

Saturday, August 24, 2019




In New York the insane run the asylum, the jails, and City Hall.

Cops get drenched by buckets of water in Harlem and Brooklyn.                           NY POST
ICE Agents in NYC- de Blasio admin educates the public “Know YourRights” -    NEWSDAY
NYC - 100 million to be spent to give anyone who needs it and can’t pay for free, REUTERS
Wall Street Slide - NYC loses nearly $i Billion in tax revenue                                  NY TIMES
JusticeDept: Psychologist removed Epstein from suicide watch                             USA TODAY

On Their Watch: Arkansas and DC -  Clinton’s - Whitewater, Uranium One, $400 Million to Iran in the dark of night. 


The Jeffrey Epstein assisted suicide/murder case was about to expose the underbelly of the rich and famous, the areas that Robin Leach feared to tread. NYC is a cesspool of incompetence, moronic leadership, and is totally out of control. NY was GROUND ZERO for Epstein and debauchery, and blackmail, feeding the rich and famous.

Epstein would never be allowed to live to answer for the dirty deeds. New YorkTimes Columnist Matt Stieb, in a August 13, 2019 Column brought out the fact that Epstein told NY Times columnist  James B Stewart’s in a 90 minute “visit” to Epstein’s Upper East Side townhouse August 16, 2018. Stieb begins this August 13h column thusly: “ Did he (Jeffrey Epstein) have compromising tapes on some members of the elite circle he ran in? Blackmail is a common theory for how the financier mysteriously accrued an estimated $500 million without having much of a paper trail. And when law enforcement raided his Manhattan home in July, officers found tapes hand  labeled “young” ( name) + ( name) , leading many to suggest he may have recorded powerful acquaintances having sex wih young underage girls.” 

That being the case- Did Stewart’s column grace the pages of the NY Times? My cursory investigation did not turn up evidence that i did. If not why not??? 

It appears that a New York Times reporter allegedly solicited a $30,000 donation from Jeffrey Epstein to a Harlem cultural center, according to a new report.
The revelation came after the reporter, Landon Thomas Jr.,was asked by his editors last year to interview the convicted pedophile about a tip that Epstein was advising Elon Musk on Tesla, NPR reported. Thomas, a financial correspondent who’s worked with the Times for 16 years, did the sit-down with Epstein, a longtime source of his. Then, he disclosed to his editor David Enrich that he asked the multimillionaire for the massive donation in 2017.

HE'S NOT A BILLIONAIRE n In a single-page financial disclosure filed by Epstein’s lawyers on July 15, the money manager said he is not a billionaire, despite widespread reports to the contrary. Epstein’s net worth is more than $559 million, according to the disclosure made to Federal District Judge Richard M. Berman.As of June 30, 2019, Epstein has about $56 million in cash and about $14 million in bonds. Epstein’s stocks are worth about $112 million and he has about $195 million in hedge funds and private equity, according to the disclosure document.

Prosecutors said that investigators who raided Epstein’s New York mansion dscovered an expired passport with his photograph and a fake name, along with “piles of cash” and “dozens of diamonds,” according to the Associated Press.

When was Epstein first accused of sexual misconduct? Epstein was first accused of sexual misconduct in 2005, when a woman told Palm Beach police that she believed he had molested her 14-year-old stepdaughter, according to a 2007 New York magazine report

The U.S. Attorney’s Office wrote a 53-page indictment in 2007, while Epstein’s legal team negotiated a plea deal.

How did Epstein strike a plea deal in 2008?                                       A decade ago Epstein plead guilty to lesser state charges after he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls at his Palm Beach home.By avoiding federal prosecution, Epstein was sentenced to just 18 months in prison after he pled guilty on two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. Of that sentence, Epstein served only 13 months and was allowed to spend six days a week at an office for 12 settlements with the dozens of victims who came forward in the case.

THE EPSTEIN  NY JAIL TIMELINE                                                            Before Jail Suicide, Jeffrey Epstein Was Left Alone and Not Closely Monitored
The disclosures about  failures in Mr. Epstein’s detention deepened the questions                       about his death.                                NY TIMES                                                                                                                              
It was Friday night in a protective housing unit of the federal jail in Lower Manhattan, and Jeffrey Epstein,  was alone in a cell, only 11 days after he had been taken off a suicide watch. 
Just that morning, thousands of documents from a civil suit had been released, providing lurid accounts accusing Mr. Epstein of sexually abusing scores of girls.
Mr. Epstein was supposed to have been checked by the two guards in the protective housing unit every 30 minutes, but that procedure was not followed that night, a law-enforcement official with knowledge of his detention said.

July 23 Epstein may have tried to commit suicide. He was supposed to have had another inmate in his cell, three officials said. But the jail had recently transferred his cellmate and allowed Mr. Epstein to be housed alone, a decision that also violated the jail’s procedures, the two officials said.                                                                          NY TIMES

At 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, guards doing morning rounds found him dead in his cell. Mr. Epstein, 66, had apparently hanged himself.

EPSTEIN- JUST THE FACTS                                                                         Jeffrey Epstein, arrested July 6 on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges over allegations that he paid girls as young as 14 for sex and used them to recruit other young girls between 2002 and 2005.
A criminal indictment unsealed July 8 in Manhattan federal court claims Epstein sexually exploited dozens of minor girls starting in 2002. Epstein is said to have abused girls in his homes in both New York and Palm Beach, Fla. At both locations, Epstein recruited victims to give him “massages” that quickly turned sexual, prosecutors said. Epstein paid his victims hundreds of dollars in cash, according to the indictment. Epstein pleaded not guilty on July 8.                                                                                 Lenient plea deal in 2008 after being accused of sexually abusing underage girls
Who is Jeffrey Epstein?                                                        Math teacher at Dalton School in New York City.                                                    Investment banker Bear Stearns for six years.         Opened J. Epstein and Co., in 1982 to manage funds for very wealthy clients Epstein and Co.’s offered services to people with assets of more than $1 billion.

Owns properties in Palm Beach; Stanley, N.M. and Paris, along with a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and $77 million New York City mansion, which is the largest townhouse in Manhattan, according to the New York Times. He has conducted his business from the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for tax reasons and has owned the island Little St. James for more than 20 years.

What are the new allegations against Epstein?                                                 The Miami Herald, which in November published a deep investigative report into how Epstein avoided federal prosecution in 2008, reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan was investigating Epstein for months prior to unsealing the indictment. According to the Herald, the indictment included new victims 

Federal agents recovered “nude photographs of what appeared to be “underage girls” at Epstein’s mansion in New York on July 6,                                                                              

On July 10, a woman not previously included in the indictments against Epstein, said he raped her when she was 15 in an interview with NBC’sToday show.  

 On July 16, Brad Edwards, an attorney representing some of Epstein’s accusers, alleged that Epstein also had “improper sexual contact” with female visitors to his office during a previous 13-month jail sentence, when he was granted work-release privileges and allowed to work from his office during the day. 
Who are Epstein’s famous connections?                         Epstein counts many famous figures in his social circle, including President Donald Trump—who once referred to him as a “terrific guy” —Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton, who took trips on his private jet. According to NY Times reporter Jmes Stewart he saw pictures in Epstein’s townhouse of Epstein with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Clinton, Woody Allen and indications of a relationship with Elon Musk.                                                          

Trump and Clinton have defended themselves since the new allegations against Epstein broke—and denied knowing anything about his crimes.                           

The spotlight is also falling on Les Wexner, head of L Brands corporation, which is the parent company of Victoria’s Secret. 

Former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has also come under scrutiny for the way he handled Epstein’s plea deal negotiations as the U.S. Attorney in South Florida in 2008. Acosta resigned as Labor Secretary on July 12, following calls from top Democrats for him to step down after Epstein was arrested.
The now-infamous deal was overseen by Alexander Acosta, Trump's Secretary of Labor, whose actions on the case were detailed in a MiamiHerald series last year.   

 This is a message that began being forwarded via email in the mid-1990s of various Bill and Hillary Clinton associates alleged to have died under mysterious circumstances. This conspiracy theory continued to resurrect itself during Hillary Clinton’s 2008 and 2016 presidential bids.      
THE CLINTON DEAD POOL                                CBS TV LAS VEGAS 1- James McDougal – Clintons convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.
2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown .. The murder …happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White House.
3 – Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.
4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane also died. A few days later the Air Traffic controller committed suicide.
5 – C. Victor Raiser, II – Raiser, a major player in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.
6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock , September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor.”
7 – Ed Willey – Clinton fundraiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock .. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock Park’s son said his father was building a dossier on Clinton He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.
9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas
10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.
11 – Kathy Ferguson – Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.
12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.
13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.
14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal, Mena, Arkansas, airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.
15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time of her death.
16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.
17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter, investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.
18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993, in his Washington DC apartment had delivered a report to Janet Reno 3 weeks before his death.
19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington ,Virginia apartment balcony August 15, 1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.
20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death: Unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, naked body was found locked in her office at the Department of Commerce.
21 – Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.
22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton ‘s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.
23 – Barry Seal – Drug running TWA pilot out of Mena Arkansas, death was no accident?
24 – Johnny Lawhorn, Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.
25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.
26 – Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fundraiser died March 1, 1994, when his plane exploded.
27 – Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2 boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their testimony could come before a Grand Jury.
THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE: 28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, 29. Keith McMaskle – Died, stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988                               30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.                    31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.                 32 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes.”   34 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.
THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE ALSO DEAD 35 – Major William S. Barkley, Jr.                                                                       36 – Captain Scott J . Reynolds                                                                                   37 – Sgt. Brian Hanley                                                                                                 38 – Sgt. Tim Sabel                                                                       39 – Major General William Robertson                                                                       40 – Col. William Densberger                                                                                     41 – Col. Robert Kelly                                                                                               42 – Spec. Gary Rhodes                                                                                     43 – Steve Willis                                                                                                       44 – Robert William                                                                                                    45 – Conway LeBleu                                                                                                 46 – Todd McKeehan
And the most recent, Seth Rich, the DC staffer murdered and “robbed” (of nothing) on July 10. Wikileaks found Assange claims he had info on the DNC email scandal.

Howie Comen is a Charleston SC  based private eye since 1973. He has investigated cases throughout the world. He had the opportunity to see first hand the level of corruption in government on his Mark Clark Expressway Missing Bridge Inspector Investigation in the late 80’s early 90’s and in the President Clinton childhood friend and Presidential Council Vince Foster’s suspcious murder investigation with NY Post Reporter and now Newsmax owner Chris Ruddy. In the middle 90’s.