Tuesday, April 21, 2015

'From The G-Man' Returns in May!


Gary Glennell Toms, aka "The G-Man" 

"From The G-Man" (FTG) is set to return with a vengeance! After nearly three years of inactivity, the site will re-launch and being posting commentaries, original news content and information, news videos and special features on May 11.

Prior to being shut down in December of 2012, From The G-Man received a proclamation in 2010 from New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. for excellence in the field of journalism, online media, and community service.

In 2012, the site was lauded by several noted journalists, including Les Payne, co-founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and the former assistant managing editor of Newsday.

In addition, it has been praised by Emmy award-winning news producer Tom Osborne, formerly of ABC World News Tonight....with Peter Jennings, and Jim Flink, Vice President and General Manager of the award-winning news organization Newsy.com.

Episodes of the critically acclaimed and increasingly popular series "The G-Man Interviews", which was launched shortly after FTG was shut down, will continue to be published on YouTube.

The G-Man Interviews is an independent news and information series based in Harlem, New York, and features exclusive interviews with celebrities, community activists, foreign policy experts, and political/social figures, to name a few. The series operates solely off public donations in order to maintain creative and editorial control of all content. Its objective is to make a difference through quality journalism while adhering to its best standards and practices.
 
In April of 2013, The G-Man Interviews was acknowledged and praised, via an official letter, by the South Korean government for its coverage of the Korean conflict, and another episode played a crucial role in the U.S. Justice Department’s decision to consider launching an investigation into civil rights violations by the Omaha Police Department. Subsequently, two officers were fired for tampering with evidence in a brutality case.

The site and series were created by Gary Glennell Toms, who serves as managing editor. Over the course of his career, Toms has received 10 citations for journalism and commuity service.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The G-Man's Latest Offering


"The G-Man Interviews" Series 

Gaining the Attention of Many 

Greetings,

I'm submitting this brief announcement as a result of the many, many emails I receive from people that continue to log on and read or view my four-year catalog of work. I'm truly honored by the comments and heartfelt requests to relaunch this news and information site. 

As stated during the final months of operation, the site could no longer function without significant advertising or public donations to help maintain its base of operations and produce even more quality news stories and features. I literally placed myself in debt to hold on to my creation and provide the public with hardcore, uncensored, and unfiltered news and information while battling proponents of "yellow journalism". I exhausted whatever savings I had over the four-year period just to manage the site on a full-time basis, but in the end it proved to be more than I could handle, financially speaking. 

I still have hope that one day a person of substantial means or wealth will come across this site, see its potential and power, and contact me with an offer to help reactivate it and make it better than ever. Undoubtedly, I'll jump at the chance. 

Until then, I invite all of my devoted "G-Fans", and those discovering this site for the first time, to visit the following link to see my latest offering: "The G-Man Interviews"

http://www.youtube.com/user/garythegmantoms

The show features exclusive interviews with some of the country's leading activists, celebrities, foreign policy experts and political figures. It premiered in December of 2012, shortly before I shut down "From The G-Man", but it is quickly gaining the attention of media industry professionals, public officials and the general public. I hope you'll join me. 

Here's are two recent episodes. Enjoy.





Monday, December 31, 2012

'Good Night, And Good Luck'



A Special Farewell Video Message to Mainstream Media and the Public

Okay, folks. I'm going to be very brief. I thank those of you that took the time to log on and read or watch many of the breaking and original news stories, special features, and exclusive interviews that were posted. I also thank those that contributed to this site during its four year run. Whether you gave a monetary donation or moral support, I will always be grateful. You're a crucial reason why the site was able to last for as long as it did. 

I would like the video that has been posted to serve as a reminder -- to the American media and the public -- of what good, true journalism is really all about. It's from the critically acclaimed film "Good Night, and Good Luck", and the speech given by the lead character, Edward R. Murrow, whom I consider one of my journalism mentors, is just as relevant today as it was in the late 1950's. 

Let us not forget the true nature of journalism and the mission of a journalist, which, in its most unvarnished form, is to fearlessly shine the spotlight of truth upon corruption, deceit...and injustice. This is the essence of journalism. 

Again, I thank my supporters and wish all of you a very Happy New Year. 

This is "The G-Man".....signing off. 

Today in History: December 31st

Friday, December 28, 2012

President Obama Makes a Statement on Averting Tax Hikes for Middle Class Families



The President tells the press that leaders in Congress may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time.

"Best of the West (Wing Week)"



Welcome to the "Best of the West (Wing Week)!" That's right, folks, West Wing Week took some time over the holidays to reflect on a busy year in video, and to bring you some highlights from the archive. But first, a quick wrap up of the President's week.

Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith on Overhyping the Fiscal Cliff



Moyers & Company

Air Date: December 14, 2012
Bruce Bartlett and Yves Smith join Bill Moyers in a discussion about why Washington insiders are talking about the deficit crisis instead of the jobs crisis.

Today in History: December 28, 2012



President Woodrow Wilson is born; John C. Calhoun becomes the first vice president of the United States to resign; Alexander Solzhenitsyn's "Gulag Archipelago" is published; Actor Denzel Washington and comic book creator Stan Lee are born. 

Female US. Army Veterans Fight for Support


The U.S. Army now includes more women than ever before. And, like their male counterparts, women veterans face a host of medical and psychological issues when they return home from the front lines  When they do come back, many women say they are finding it difficult to get the help they need in a system still dominated by men. Al Jazeera's Kristen Saloomey reports from New York City.

China Intensifies Cyber Crackdown


Bloggers in China will no longer be allowed to publish anonymously, and their posts may be deleted, and information about them may be sent to the authorities. It is all part of a package of new internet rules which critics say are an attack on freedom of speech. Rob McBride has reports from Hong Kong.

Philippines Clings to Disputed Island in South China Sea


Thitu Island is at the center of one of the biggest territorial disputes in the world. It is part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which are believed to be sitting on billions of dollars' worth of oil and gas reserves. Six countries claim ownership of the tiny archipelago, including the Philippines, which has people living on Thitu Island as a means to strengthen its claim on the Spratlys. Al Jazeera's Jamela Alindogan reports from the Spratlys in the South China Sea.

Indian Teenage Girl Ends Life After Gang Rape


A teenage girl in Indian state of Punjab has committed suicide after police refused to file case against the rapists. She left behind a note criticizing the police and her attackers. Al Jazeera's Caroline Malone reports.

Anti-Maliki Protests Continue in Iraq


Tens of thousands of protesters in Iraq have taken part in fresh rallies against the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Massive demonstrations took place along a major highway near the city of Fallujah on Friday, a day after thousands of protesters continued an almost week-long blockade on a key highway in the western Anbar province.

Nigeria Hit by Mass Unemployment


Unemployment affects more than 20 percent of the workforce in Nigeria - and is particularly bad among young people. Fifty million youths are out of work. That's forcing thousands of women to endure tough working conditions just to survive.

'Put Politics and Partisanship Aside for Public Need and Progress'


Statement from Governor Andrew Cuomo 
on Sandy Aid

As Congress returns to Washington to confront the federal government’s significant fiscal challenges, the members of the House of Representatives cannot and must not ignore the critical needs still facing New Yorkers, and our entire region, in the wake of Sandy. The President has emphatically endorsed our region’s request for aid and the Senate voted to move the package forward with bi-partisan support. A final vote of approval is expected today. It is now up to the House to come together the same way the Senate did and act.

The members of the House will be in Washington this weekend and, while a fiscal cliff deal remains elusive, passing the Sandy aid package should not be a matter impacted, much less stalled, by the same partisan contention or parliamentary process. Our demonstrated need and the House’s past precedent should make this vote a slam dunk. New York's Congressional delegation has done an outstanding job coming together in a bi-partisan fashion to make the case for this aid and I thank them for their efforts.

Twenty-four U.S. states were in some way affected by Sandy. The storm killed at least 131 people in eight states, including at least 60 in New York, at least 35 in New Jersey, and dozens in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina combined. Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in our region, leading to billions in economic disruption and loss. As New Yorkers have bravely confronted the challenge of recovering and rebuilding, the work goes on and they should not have to do it alone.

Every time there has been a storm or disaster even close to the size and scope of Sandy, regardless of the region of the country, the House has approved billions of dollars in supplemental aid -- $290 billion in total since 1989 as part of 35 separate supplemental appropriations bills. North, South, East and West, the House has always acted and acted quickly. Except now.

I understand this is a lot of money and these are tight fiscal times. But, this was a big storm – the second most damaging storm in our nation’s history – and the needs are great and growing.

Put politics and partisanship aside for public need and progress. Partisan gridlock is the enemy of a functioning democracy and the core of democracy is the people coming together to protect and support each other through their government.

The fact is not only New Yorkers ask the members of the House to support us in times of crisis. The whole nation is now watching to see whether or not they will be able to count on the House, as they have so many times before, when their time of need comes again. This vote is a vote of confidence -- confidence that Americans can count on the House to function when we need it most.

'Tie One On for Safety' Anti-DWI Initiative Launched


Campaign Spearheaded by the Thruway Authority and MADD

New York State Thruway Authority toll collectors will handout 18,000 red ribbons on Friday, December 28, 2012 to mark the annual Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) “Tie One On For Safety” campaign, the Thruway Authority announced today.

The ribbons, which will also be available at the Thruway’s Travel Plazas, will be distributed to motorists upon entry at the following Thruway exits: Exit 15 (Woodbury); Exit 17 (Newburgh); Exit 24 (Albany); Exit B3 (Canaan, Mass Pike); Exit 34A (Syracuse); Exit 36 (Watertown, Binghamton); Exit 39 (Syracuse, I-690); Exit 46 (Rochester, Corning); and Exit 55 (Lackawanna).

“The New York State Thruway is one of America’s safest highways and our participation in this campaign encourages drivers to keep themselves and others safe by not drinking and driving,” said Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison.

“To honor lives lost and those injured as a result of impaired driving, we should do all that we can to save other families from enduring this pain,” said Michele Fonda, MADD spokeswoman. “MADD is pleased to have the continued support of the Thruway Authority and recommends planning ahead for a safe way home – designating a sober driver before drinking begins, hosting parties responsibly, and providing alternate transportation or accommodations for those who have been drinking.”

The foot-long red ribbons, a symbol chosen by MADD in 1986, are meant to be displayed on motorist’ vehicles to raise public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and encourage all to take the pledge to drive safe, sober, and buckled up.  The “Tie One On For Safety” campaign is MADD’s longest running and most visible public awareness project.  In addition to participating in the ribbon handout, the Thruway Authority will be posting MADD’s reminder to “Drive Safe and Sober” on message boards throughout the Thruway system from December 27, 2012 to January 1, 2013.

MADD was established in 1980 to advocate safe driving. The national organization has more than 600 affiliates nationwide, with 18 chapters throughout New York State. MADD focuses on finding effective solutions to the problems of drunk driving and underage drinking, as well as supporting those who have suffered from the consequences of both.  Nationwide Insurance is the National Presenting Sponsor for MADD’s “Tie One On For Safety” red ribbon campaign.

MADD also expresses support for law enforcement crackdown efforts, particularly during the holiday season when the number of alcohol-related crashes rises.  New York State Police Troop T will be conducting specialized patrols and a fixed checkpoint in undisclosed locations along the Thruway during the holiday period.

For more information about MADD, please see the website www.madd.org.

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