April 2, 2008

Dennis Virtuoso Wins The Christy Spin Game

Dennis Virtuoso has once again shown why he is one of the most savvy politicians in Niagara County. Dennis got the Buffalo News to buy into his pro-Tom Christy nonsense hook, line and sinker.

Today's headline in the Buffalo News: "Niagara County Legislature won’t return Christy to cable."

I beg your pardon? Since when does the Niagara County Legislature have any decision making role of whether or not Tom Christy or anyone else appears on LCTV. You can theorize a conspiracy, you can speculate on an organized boycott, you can try to blame Senator Maziarz who I'm sure stopped in the middle of trying to pass a state budget to orchestrate this anti-Christy stuff...yes, you can make all those wild claims but that can't change facts: THE NIAGARA COUNTY LEGISLATURE HAS NO OFFICIAL ROLE IN LCTV.

The News headline is misleading and factually wrong and proves they have taken Dennis' bait and turned this local issue into a county one. I know Prohaska will say he doesn't write the headlines, but even giving this story that much attention is ridiculous since the Legislature is not the governing body.

And the dumbest thing I have ever heard was the rocket scientist from Royalton...deputy supervisor Jennifer Bieber...who will sponsor a pro- Christy resolution at the next Royalton meeting. You can't even get LCTV in Royalton but you're outraged enough to take time conducting the people's business to weigh in.

That's smart Jennifer. Why you are at it, would you please pass a resolution hammering ABC for its failure to get new episodes of Grey's Anatomy on the air since the writer's strike ended. My wife really misses the show and since obviously you have a lot of free time at Royalton board meetings, you're help would be appreciated.

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Anonymous said...

Just two points of interest:

1) If the legislators have official role about LCTV then why were they going to vote on a resolution to put it back on without Christy?

2) If Mr. Zapp didn’t want to produce a show like Legislative Journal, then why is he producing the same type of show with a different name “Access to Government”?

dark knight said...

Two good points of interest. The fact is the bozos in the Legislature should have stayed out of this mess all together. Let's be honest: the average taxpayer isn't watching any of these shows. Christy stroked his Dem friends. Reps got angry. We are where we are.

The bottom line is that no one gives a shit about any of this. Danny Rivera looks like he wants to make Tom Christy this year's AES...someone remind me, how'd that work out for Danny?

rob clark said...

You people are unreal. This is about FREE SPEECH. Its about being able to interact with our Elected Officials. Christy was a fair host for 10 years. But now he asks someone the wrong question and the GOP gets mad.

Face the facts certain people control everything. Even the LCTV BOARD. How is it that the rules changed after 10 years. Because the GOP got mad. Give me a break. As someone who is elected, its our job to asnwer to our residents.

Anonymous said...

Why don't we address the issue. Tom Christy is simply not a professional television commentator, never was, and furthermore, never will be. Do you honestly believe he would be hired on any other channel other than public access? Again, he is unprofessional, end of story. This is yet another example of Dennis' selfish acts to pretend he is "The People's Choice" As far as I can see, this is nothing more than a waste of time. Please let's focus our energy on something that actually will help our county. And if Tom is so broken hearted about losing his job, tell him to put in an application at Channels 2,3,4,7,30,31,32,33,34.... or any other station. Move on!

Anonymous said...

Exactly. If Christy is such a dynamo and the fate of Niagara County political discourse hangs in the balance, then I'm sure he'll be scooped up quickly.

As a matter of fact, word on the stree is that Christy already had his next gig lined up and has created this controversey to help launch that gig.

The rumor is Leffler is going to move from WLVL to the new station Dick Green bought in Buffalo and Christy will land on WLVL.

I heard this from a good source and it makes perfect sense. He creates this issue as a way to generate interest before he launches his next endeavor.

Frank DeGeorge said...

I heard a similar rumor a few weeks back. It seems like Christy's antics would actually be pretty well-suited to talk radio.

Plus, he'd go from about 5 viewers to 10 listners so he'd double his audience.

Thank heavens I switched to Direct TV so I'm rid of all this nonsense.

Fawn Leibowitz said...

Rob, you are so amazingly dead wrong, I cannot believe that you have the audacity to say that this is about free speech. First of all, when have YOU, as an elected official, EVER appeared on LCTV? Ten years you've had the opportunity to appear on that show and not once have you gone on, all the while criticizing others and flaunting your "support" for Christy. Showing SUPPORT for the show means going ON the show.

Second, if it was about free speech, you'd be touting the fact that LCTV does have a three hour call-in show every Thursday in which people can call in to their elected officials. Instead, your using that as fodder for defending Christy. The entire time you and the 10 Christy defenders have said it's about free speech, while saying it's NOT about Christy.

But you can't have it both ways. You can't say it's about infringing on free speech when you have the exact same format, sans Christy. YOU have made it about Christy, not about free speech. It's goddamn hypocritical, and reasonable, intelligent people see right through you. That is, the dozen or two people that actually a crap about this issue.

So you keep up your little grandstanding issue, it sure makes for great drama. But in the end, it doesn't mean a goddamn hill of beans to 99.9% of the people in this community.

Anonymous said...

Tom Christy was to Legislative Journal as Mister Rogers from Mister Rodger’s neighborhood is to Access to Government.

I want open dialogue don't want to be put to sleep. I'm sure any politician will tell me how good he is if he gets the chance, but I want to hear answers about real issues from real taxpayers.

Larry S said...

Anon, that's a flawed argument. People still have the opportunity to call in and ask the exact same questions they would have asked if Christy was the host. According to your statement, the new show is just politicians talking fluff about themselves. That is completely inaccurate. If you want to call in and question your elected officials, do it. Again, this is a few people saying it's about free speech when it's not. NOTHING has changed, except the hosts.

Anonymous said...

What I want to know is this: How many of these people who are claiming that this issue is about access to their elected officials have ever called their representatives on the phone? Jesus Christ, you'd think that this is the stone age with no other means of communication other than a cable access show.

It's not about access, it's about a half dozen people who love having their names mentioned on the radio and who love going home and watching themselves on TV.

The access to your representative is a bullshit copout. You want access to your elected official? Pick up the damn phone.

Anonymous said...

So the gadflys feel that LCTV has bowed to political influence and they are outraged! Solution, let the Dem's influence LCTV? It becomes apparent very quickly that this is all about Tom C. having a bully pulpit at the expense of the taxpayers of Lockport. The term carpet bagger comes to mind. Tell him to go back to Erie County and stir up trouble there.

Anonymous said...

Rob Clark,

As an elected official – don’t you think that your time would be better spent serving the needs of the citizens of the Town of Niagara?

I can’t even imagine how many hours you must of logged for Tom Christy an Erie County resident.

Don’t you think your efforts could better serve in your community in a more meaningful way?

I’m sure their are lots issues around your neighborhood – is this the chief concern with the folks on Rhode Island Ave?

Maybe you should examine your priorities before you all called to task on this.

Barney said...

Be nice to Jennifer; she only doing what she's told.

Larry S said...

The irony of this is that the Legislature is being called to to do exactly what they were accused of doing: Influencing LCTV.

Anonymous said...

The idiots reporting the news for WKBW said that the LCTV board is appointed by the legislature...maybe they out to check their facts just like the idiots on WLVL whom repeatedly say they won't watch the new LCTV show but the next day comment on how awful it was to watch..hypocritical morons in the media just won't let this non-issue story die.

Larry Castellani said...

To the Naysayers:
You want people to NOT give a shit about this. You try to shape negative attitudes and propagate indifference if not confusion with your sophistry. You create absurd distractions like Christy’s lack of professionalism and faux offense at politically incorrect language. Or you stonewall the issue with the obvious arrogant silence and excuses employed by the Legislature. You can’t or don’t want to confront the coercive force of elitists masquerading as legitimate Legislative power and authentic representatives of the people, probably because you consider yourself one of them. On this site, come to think of it, you probably are one of them.

The fact is Christy both is and is not the issue. He just happens to be the one who asked the right questions which scared the hell out of and exposed the little oligarchy of so-called leaders who are failing our community in spades. The Republican reaction to Christy is THE PROOF that he was on the money. Only truth fears no questions. The Repubs fear a lot of questions obviously, at least Tom Christy’s questions.

The cat is out of the bag. Resolutions are being passed around western NY including the Erie County Legislature to fight this anti-democratic bureaucratic centralist managerial mindset. The most important thing is that this issue refuels the spirit of democracy and keeps open what’s left of the public sphere.

Did you see that dog and pony show called Access to Government? It’s travelogue not democratic discourse. Real discourse is about a sustained dialogue that creates a context of meaning that allows the truth to come out. It’s not this tour of a township to see the sights. It’s not a bunch of frightened functionaries pretending to be political or appearing to think about government. Yes, we could do better than Tom Christy. But not if the replacement is afraid or too ignorant to engage and question critically and completely.

Anonymous said...

A quote from Doug Young standing in for Scott Leffler on 4/1/08. "There is always a lot to talk about here on 1340, because if there isn't something to talk about we will make it up." That say's it all!

Anonymous said...

How many of the 5 Niagara Co. legislators who supported the resolution EVER appeared on Legislative Journal with their pal Tom Christy. I believe it was 1. So much for discussing issues sensitive to the GOP with the Dems on cable. The only ones answering the calls from the people who are currently making the complaints were none other than the republicans and it's not because the Dems weren't invited by their pal Tom it's because they wouldn't subject themselves to live call-in format. Seems odd now that their "mouthpiece" is gone that they cry foul. Stop being such big babies and suck it up and be a guest on Access to Gov or make a Dems show it's that simple.

Anonymous said...

Larry,

I give you comments a "D". And I thank the Lord that I don't have to suffer through one of your long winded classroom lectures. I bet you "re-read" everyone of your post each night - you are over the top.

Rob

Sweaterman said...

I am sick and tired of the Legislature. It really is a circus over their with the typical 6-8 people who speak every week. This issue has taken away the focus of real business. Maybe Dennis Virtuoso should spend time fighting for his district and cleaning up Niagara Falls.

While I am on my soapbox:

Maybe WLVL should just report the news in the morning instead over editorializing the headlines.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Christy is onto something or Rick Updagrove would not be so upset about this.

Anonymous said...

Dear Deputy supervisor Jennifer Bieber, please include in your resolution that ABC bring back "What About Brian." My wife really enjoyed the show, and her happiness is my happiness. Also, I was a big fan of ABC's "Wide World of Sports." That show provided me many great childhood sporting memories. Speaking of, does anybody know if that poor guy who wiped out on the ski jump lived?

Anonymous said...

That god we never had ECTV when I was county executive!!!!

-JG

Wasting away in Margaritaville said...

If I knew that there was a chance that I would be on the front page of the paper, I would do my best to look my best. Apparently, some people do not share the same sense of pride in their appearance. Thank God for wide angle lenses.

Anonymous said...

How did Dennis win? The show is still off the air, now all we will hear about is barn painting.

Anonymous said...

There is in fact government access in every franchising municipality. If Dennis would bother to know the facts, he would know that he can take advantage of that access the same as LCTV does for Lockport. Dennis, go to see your own mayor and leave or fine community service alone. The same goes for the rest of you outside of Lockport.

pirate's code said...

I promised myself I wouldn't get in to this one, but I just can't help it.

Is there even the remotest chance that Christy was dumped because he simply wasn't very good at what he did?

Having watched just a bit of the show from time to time, the thing that stuck out most in my mind wasn't that he asked tough questions, it was how he either didn't let people fully answer it or brow-beat them when they gave him an answer he obviously didn't agree with. No wonder nobody wanted to go on.

I didn't watch it enough, however, to make a judgment regarding participation. Was it only GOPers who went on? Did he not invite Dems, or did he but they declined?

Maybe some hard data would help here. Is there a log of Christy guests, callers and questions some where?

Larry, in his latest treatise, wrote: "Real discourse is about a sustained dialogue that creates a context of meaning that allows the truth to come out." On that, Larry, we agree.

However, my limited experience with Christy suggests that the way he conducted that show was anything but sustained dialogue. It was a question (tough or not), followed by an abbreviated answer that would be interrupted at best, ridiculed at worst, then followed by some sort of rant.

Entertaining in a demolition derby sort of way, but hardly informative.

At the end of it all, my question regarding Christy (and his show) remains the same: What is he shouting about?

(Full disclosure -- I have not seen the new show that many are saying is the replacement. If it is as many have described it, I probably won't watch much of that one, either.)

(Fuller disclosure -- I have, on occasion, had direct conversations with various of my legislative representatives, up to and including my congressperson. Some were Dems, some were Repubs. Over the years, I can remember only one who I thought wasn't at least trying to be helpful. I highly recommend it.)

Anonymous said...

Dennis just wants Cristy back on the air so he can go on the show and sit next to a wack job with a bad hair cut and prove to the same people that cheer him on every other week at the Legislature meetings just how good looking he really is and that he has the best head of hair in the county. Instead of focusing on an issue the Legislature has no control over he should spend more time at his ral job inspecting houses and construction sites in the City of Niagara Falls. Wasn't it responsibility to inspect the site where the workers were put in harms way and fatally injured?

Anonymous said...

Fawn, I have been on one of Tom's shows 3 times. 3Times in my 1st year in office. (I am currently into my 2nd year) It's not a perfect form of free speech. There was a lot of phone calls to get to. But atleast it wasn't an Hour talking about windmills. I'm sure its an important subject for the people of Somerset. But for an hour? With no phone calls.

As far as the Rhode Island comment. I'm taking care of my street. I would like to take care of all the streets. Our Highway Super. does a great job with what he has for budget. I try to help him out as much as I can. I hoping we can work on a couple of drainage problems this week.One being on Rhode Island.

Perhaps its time for all of us to look at rules that pertain to public access.I willing to bet that we are all wrong on the subject. But how many of you anonymous posters here are willing to leave your real name and admit anything. Some of us use or real names or even screen names to add a little credit to our post. So put up or shut up.

rob clark said...

For some reason my last post came up anonymous. I sorry for that, since I just called everyone out on the carpet.


Fawn, I have been on one of Tom's shows 3 times. 3Times in my 1st year in office. (I am currently into my 2nd year) It's not a perfect form of free speech. There was a lot of phone calls to get to. But atleast it wasn't an Hour talking about windmills. I'm sure its an important subject for the people of Somerset. But for an hour? With no phone calls.

As far as the Rhode Island comment. I'm taking care of my street. I would like to take care of all the streets. Our Highway Super. does a great job with what he has for budget. I try to help him out as much as I can. I hoping we can work on a couple of drainage problems this week.One being on Rhode Island.

Perhaps its time for all of us to look at rules that pertain to public access.I willing to bet that we are all wrong on the subject. But how many of you anonymous posters here are willing to leave your real name and admit anything. Some of us use or real names or even screen names to add a little credit to our post. So put up or shut up.

The Realist said...

Tom Christy began his career as a democrat operative. Good for him. He got engaged in the process. Good for him. He was clearly shilling for the Dems...and if you try to deny this, defend his glee when Andrea McNulty lost the Dem primary and he assumed she couldn't win the general so the Dems would pick up the seat. This is 100 percent factual. But that's his right.

The Republicans played politics and got him in the end. Welcome to hardball politics. Dennis has scored some political points making a martyr of Tom. Good thinking on Dennis' part.

Let's stop acting like a bunch of nuns and admit all of this is political and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

Dan said...

Mr. Clark:

Apparently, as an elected Town official, you don't value relative issues in other towns. Your comments about Somerset are disappointing especially coming from a fellow elected town official in Niagara County. This sense of parochialism and "if it's not happening in my town means it's not important" is largely to blame for the disjointed efforts to move our region forward, economically and otherwise. I would encourage you to look for opportunities to root for the other town's in our county and spend time and effort promoting initiatives and interests that further our region. I can honestly say, that as a friend of Tom Christy, I wouldn't think that he would endorse your commentary that denegrated a local community's issue on a local cable television show. Many of his shows were devoted to a local (relatively small) interest story and the content of the show and the number of calls would certainly not be a barometer of quality that Tom would endorse.

As far as the conspiracy theories that abound regarding the show and otherwise in Niagara County, I've never subscribed. From my perspective... A strike is called a strike, and any number of opinions will abound. Step out of the box and take the next pitch. The game doesn't get called, the sport doesn't fold, you just step back into the batter's box and take the next pitch. Nothing more, nothing less. Sometimes the pitcher has the better stuff and sometimes, the hitter...in the end there are any number of ways to improve your standing depending upon which side of the diamond your on.

Tom's a swell guy and I sincerely hope and desire that everything works out for the best, for him and his family. Whether it be radio, television or print, I hope he gets back on track and keeps plugging away seeking the truth.

Anonymous said...

Wow. These people are nuts! Not the supporters but the detractors.

So, Hobbes, you personally don't want to be attacked--BUT, you'll allow the garbage "Paint Barns" to be posted on your site to quiet the discussion--or, shall I say, the bashing of someone else? Odd that most of these comments are completely off the course, are in the vein of personal attacks about Tom Christy's hair, that he's thought of by some of you "operatives" as being unprofessional and a plethora of other innuendo and depreciative type comments. Freaking amazing and to title this thread about "Spin" is just that, SPIN in the purest Orwellian fashion!

Many are saying to move on to the "higher-more important" business. We'll it's easily seen that this site is nothing but a waste of time and a complete example of hard-ball political distraction for ANYONE that wants any meaningful discussion about WNY and Niagara County ills.
DO YOU ALL DRINK TAP WATER OR WHAT?

The real reason Christy was taken off the air is very clearly outlined in a series of Artvoice articles from Buffalo. No spin.

TC was starting to ask questions about three areas that are the drive and focus of campaign money into the coffers of just that--The Repulican Caucus. And those are: the realty business via-IDA and land transactions, health care- costs and insurances on a decaying, diseased and dying population (don't forget the political lifetime health care for some), and the waste business(es) which are not only representative if not directly related to some of our ills but also for the recycling of these same-O politicians that are currently in power as a majority. Check docations and you'll see this to be completely accurate.

So, you see kids, by supporting anything other than free speech, you're actually supporting your own demise through increased taxes, loss of services and a number of other socio-economic problems that are a rash upon us all. Do you get that? Care to spin a little on it?

Oh, and one other thing--you and your children too can and likely will be touched by the disease and decay of these very same issues.

One can only hope that you/they will have your health care paid for by the other part of the dying and extracted from poplation.

Wow! What a laugh fest this site really is. Attack at will. Paint this!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and one more thing...(I'm the last poster)...and Rob was right on the money with this one.

WINDMILLS ARE A JOKE to be discussing on-air. Just ask Don Quixote (look it up for all you Brain-iacs).

Build them or don't. I guess as long as it's AES. LOL!

rob clark said...

Dan.... I never said it wasn`t important. To the folks in Somerset it is. But for an hour. Come on.

Anonymous said...

Rob:

Don't let "them" get to you or waste any more of your time.

Hobbes needs to get a new horse.

This one has two very long but "short legs" and is leaning WAY to the right of Neo-ville.

If these all aren't all politically motivated attacks against free speech and all the things you and I really stand for, then nothing is. These people are hacks of the worse kind.

Remember this: Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. And speaking of power, how about them windmills....lol!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Tom Christy and Dennis Virtuoso have done a great job at making something out of nothing. They are serving up a huge pile of crap and the media has a spoon in each hand just gobbling it up, and asking for more! They have played the media and the public for their own self interests.

Sure LCTV had complaints from politicians as well as the general public about Tom Christy. He was answering questions for the guests, hanging up on callers and becoming very rude. He was asked to tone it down a little on the government channel or to do his own show on the access channel. But Tom Christy doesn't take direction from anyone. Just ask the bicentennial committee. Tom was on the committee and when he wasn't allowed to run it the way he wanted, he quit, like he always does when he doesn't get his own way. He either quits or makes threats. Apparently no-one else knows what they are doing.

As far as the free speech issue, callers can still call in and ask ANYTHING they want of the guests. There are no rights being violated or freedoms being lost. When Tom was let go HE decided to make it political. He couldn't except the fact that he was just being canned because he wouldn't listen.

The legislature has nothing to do with any of this. Dennis Virtuoso saw an opportunity to get his name in the paper and his face on TV. He knew that there was a new program coming out on LCTV and he also knew no freedoms were being lost. That is a fact, so why else would he being making such a big deal about this? I think he should be ashamed of himself. If people really want Tom Christy back on the air, produce a new show. No freedoms lost!

Larry Castellani said...

The “realist said” says it all, if you know how to read between the lines and the kind of language: “shilling,” “got him,” “hardball politics,” “good thinking,” “political,” “win/lose.”
On the whole this betrays a military model of politics, government and democracy. Seek and destroy!

Even attributing “good thinking” to Virtuoso doesn’t really mean “thinking.” It means merely the strategic use of ideas to get a partisan advantage. Assassination politics. Character assassination and so forth. Truth is the first victim. It vilifies people. The only real truth pointed to in this kind of political language is that we live in a sharply divided class society reflected deeply in our own county.

That’s not democracy; it lacks any feel for community. It’s the angry, violent tendency toward authoritarianism if not worse. But I know you don’t want to hear another “treatise” from me. If you want to hear more about the lethal nature of this kind of self-destructive “non-politics” see my site at niagarajournal.blogspot.com.

Anonymous said...

Besides, this entire thread is just another example of "Ad hominem" which of couse refers to the idea that Dennis is any issue here. This could have just as easily been any one of the Republicans getting their "name in the papers," that is, IF they had supported Free Speech. Dennis wasn't the issue and neither was Tom Christy. The issue is that there were more than a couple of dozen of CITIZEN supporters of this program. Those that could come out to a Legislative meeting--for the SECOND TIME. Fascinating that there are more supporters than there are legislators and still, they didn't support even sending a leeter of support going back to the original, decade-long format.

The negative arguments are really completely moot, misdirecting of the issue at hand and misleading.

What a gas it is to watch "you guys" at work here!

Rhonda J Mangus said...

I heard too that the Legislature appoints the (15) member Board at LCTV. I think someone needs to confirm the truth or falsity of that allegation. In writing, of course!

P.S. David - I couldn't read the entire post due to the fact that a large gray square is covering the upper most portion. I'll check back later.

Rhonda J Mangus said...

David - I just returned to the main page and was able to read your entire post. I have to ask - what does it mean when you say "The Niagara County Legislature has no official role...". Who formed the Board at LCTV? Is it diverse, etc..

I apologize for having to ask, but I am new to this particular "ball game".

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

"I heard too that the Legislature appoints the (15) member Board at LCTV. I think someone needs to confirm the truth or falsity of that allegation. In writing, of course!"

Apparently we believe everything we hear on our local two bit radio & tv. 15 seconds of research will lead anyone to the real answers to how LCTV's board is made up. Try looking at their bylaws on their website and/or speking to any legislator might set you straight.

rufus said...

Rhonda,

It's a fair question to ask. I made some calls and confirmed the Niagara County Legislature has abosutely no role in picking LCTV board members or anything else to do with LCTV.

It's all a function of the Town and City of Lockport.

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, all you need to know about LCTV can be found at http://www.lctv.net/main.html. FYI, the LCTV Board of appointed by the local governments of both the City and Town of Lockport. The Niagara County Legislature has NOTHING to do with the make up of this organization.

Anonymous said...

Heard the rumor again today that Christy is headed to a Dick Green radio station. Dick is supposedly pissed off because the Republicans spent very little advertising on his station this year.

Anonymous said...

"Heard the rumor again today that Christy is headed to a Dick Green radio station. Dick is supposedly pissed off because the Republicans spent very little advertising on his station this year."

Yeah that'll make them want to spend their money next year too. Dick Green is a marketing genius!

Anonymous said...

Dr. Castellani,

I've always heard that if you want to be clear and concise while blogging that you should "write the way you speak".

Judging from your posts; I can't imagine that any of us “common folk” are able to stay focused long enough to understanding point.

Please stop writing "down" to us or at least summarize your message in the first paragraph - sound bite style.

Anonymous said...

Rob Clark,

Am I understanding your last post correctly - I know I should have becasue I read it twice.

Are you saying that you have "switched" your postion and now you no longer support TC?

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should get TC on this blog - so he can continue to exercise his freedom of speach. It's interesting to not that his "fair goverment" web site has not been updated in weeks. Maybe he has a cash flow problem.

He should take Mr. Green up on his over; being paid to comment about a community that you don't even live in seems like a good opportunity.

Opie (spread the virus) said...

just a comment on the post above...but im pretty sure TC is on this board. So scratch that idea bud.

Anonymous said...

As is easily seen, this whole blog spot is for political assasination and NOT about anything to do with free speech. No, not at all. This isn't even reasonable debate among residents or citizens. This is a Republican "run" site. Why waste anyone's time pretending.

Attack, attack, attack...First Tom, then the legislator in support of free speech, then a minimization of a good college professor, then a radio station owner. My God THIS IS SO SO so transparent that it rots.

Imagine anyone from out of the area looking in at this trash. Wow. I would really want to locate my family or business here.

Dolts.

Anonymous said...

Let's see. The Town and City appoint board members at LCTV. The town and city are controlled-interract with closely and are all politically aligned by and with the same people that control the legislature. The pecking order then includes George Maziarz and filters right on down the line. Come on. If this can't be admitted to then no one should be discussing ANY politics here as they just don't understand how the system works.

Nope, no connection there, just attacks, semantics and word dissection. LOL :)

Anonymous said...

Can any of the detractors even really say that this "new" program is a better thing? Better for one Repulican to discuss issues with another Republican with no callers even bothering? Rather than a "host" who has Democratic tes interviewing anyone and taking all calls and callers whatever their opinion. Seems lopsided and more than a bit thin-skinned on the part of the Republican$.

The whole thing, including this forum, is all about tactic. Give us a break! Pa-leese

Mr. Pink said...

As someone earlier pointed out, why are we all surprised by any of this? We are on a political board, legislative candidates are funded by political parties, democracy invariably involves some intersection of politics and government and then we are shocked when something political happens.

Reminds me of the scene in Casablanca where the local official is shocked that gambling goes on in this establishment as he collects his winnings.

Anonymous said...

Everyone is missing the bigger question: Who cares what Bill Ross, Dennis Virtuoso or any of these other people have to say on television. Can we stop pretending this show mattered.

I saw when Larry Soos was on and it was obvious the Dems lined up phone calls. Look Larry may or may not be good mayor, but 10 callers in a row calling him the best ever, c'mon?

It also works the other way where callers line up to hammer away at a guest and they are clearly working off of talking ponits.

As someone who has tinkered around the edges of some campaigns, I would tell a candidte, there is almost no upside and lots of downside to going on a show. Maybe that's what happened here.

Anonymous said...

Back to the Royalton Rocket Scientist. Would she mind passing a resolution asking the NHL to let the Sabres in the playoffs anyways. I really want to watch playoff hockey.

The people of Royalton should be very proud of this very bright lady.

Anonymous said...

Attack a radio station owner who pays his on air personalities to attack people over the airwaves and encourages callers to do the same. Attack him because he might be pissed because some group didn't spend enough money on his station. I think he deserves just as much attacking as anyone else. Attack a legislator whom is a master at political grandstanding and shameless self promotion by a self proclaimed "it's all about me" Tom Christy. The real joke is the relentless attacks against LCTV by Tom's media buddies against an organization with a 20+ year history of doing good things for the community in Lockport and beyond despite the fact that only Lockport residents (cable subs) pay the bills. The thousands of hours that volunteers and students give the community at LCTV all being tarnished by the departure of 1 show/ 1 host. That is what would make it truly sad for someone from out of town to read. Free speech and community is not the issue and never was. Tom Christy is the issue and sensationalizing his story is fueling the frenzy.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little confused.

Anonymous said: ""Heard the rumor again today that Christy is headed to a Dick Green radio station. Dick is supposedly pissed off because the Republicans spent very little advertising on his station this year."

Yeah that'll make them want to spend their money next year too. Dick Green is a marketing genius!"

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Aren't you - in this statement - admitting that it's a Republican plan to boycott Christy? Do you guys plan to boycott the paper now, too?

Anonymous said...

"I'm a little confused.

Aren't you - in this statement - admitting that it's a Republican plan to boycott Christy? Do you guys plan to boycott the paper now, too?"

Apparently you are more than just a little confused. How this statement admits to anything is confusing in itself.

Anonymous said...

You GOP types gotta be spoonfed, huh?

"Yeah that'll make them want to spend their money next year too. Dick Green is a marketing genius!"

In other words since Tom Christy's going to be on the GOP won't spend money again. Assuming of course this rumor that I haven't heard is true.

Are the dots connected for you now?

Grease Monkey said...

Republican legislators appearing on a show and the Republican committee spending political money to get candidates elected are two separate issues.

The funny thing is Tom Christy knows the County Legislature can help/hurt his show as they have no formal role but he still wants to blame them. Why?

It's clear to anyone who is being objective that Christy hates Republicans. The Reps have known this for a while and put up with it. They finally had enough and decided that they would find other means to communicate. This brought Christy down.

Since when does a legislator have an obligation to appear on a show? Ask one legislator if they ever had a constituent complain that they weren't on Tom Christy and the answer would be a resounding no.

Who the hell made Tom Christy the arbiter of politics in Niagara County?

dark knight said...

Wow, lots of comments on this topic since I checked in yesterday. I guess everyone says they don't care about Tom Christy but everyone has an opinion.

I agree with the other posters who say that we shouldn't be shocked on the politics of either side of this. I ask this question: Would anyone be surprised if Majority Caucus members never went on the Leffler show again? Would anyone care?

It's about choices.

Anonymous said...

You GOP types gotta be spoonfed, huh?

"Yeah that'll make them want to spend their money next year too. Dick Green is a marketing genius!"

In other words since Tom Christy's going to be on the GOP won't spend money again. Assuming of course this rumor that I haven't heard is true.

Are the dots connected for you now?

I'm sure Tom being on WLVL won't help that situation but for Mr. Green to put him on because they didn't spend enough last year is just stupidity. Do you spend your money at a business that makes it's business by trying to make you look stupid or you spend your money elswhere...are the dots connected for YOU now.

Anonymous said...

"Wow, lots of comments on this topic since I checked in yesterday. I guess everyone says they don't care about Tom Christy but everyone has an opinion."

Maybe some posters are tired of hearing the "conspiracy theories" and that "free speech is dead" and "it's not about Tom" routine and decided to finally fire back.

Anonymous said...

Leffler watch your back you could be next my "bastard" - TC

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - Thank you for your comments. However, I did not hear that "the Legislature appoints the (15) member Board at LCTV" "on our local two bit radio & tv". I believe I heard it said at the Legislative Meeting. Unfortunately, I am not familiar with local radio. As to TV coverage, I flipped through 2,4,and 7 - each had its own spin on what took place that night. I didn't view any one in its entirety. Therefore, if it was stated on TV, I missed it.

Thanks again!

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Rufus - Thank you. It is also my opinion that all questions are fair, especially when one (me) is revisiting the political arena:)!

Thanks again!

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - Thank you for the link. I will visit it ASAP.

My first impression however of your statment that LCTV Board was appointment by local government at the City and Town of Lockport level is that this certainly would require closer scrutiny.

I'll get back after reviewing the site.

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

13 up...^ IF you can count that high.

Are you nuts?

This WHOLE THING is ALL ABOUT Free Speech Public Airwaves as opposed to private companies and you my friend, just don't get it.

Oh, and to those of you talking about the station's (LCTV) stellar 20 year run--remember this, TEN OF WHICH Tom Christy was on the air.

YOUR statement even raises MORE questions about cable commissions and an even bigger pot of money being squandered all over WNY for the sake of "policital promotion."

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, with all due respect, you have no right to ask for further scrutiny. LCTV is funded SOLELY by the residents of Lockport. If you want to have a say in the policies and programming of LCTV, tell your local government to put some money towards the organization.

Anonymous said...

13 up...^ IF you can count that high.

Are you nuts?

This WHOLE THING is ALL ABOUT Free Speech...

you are a great example of this
Free speech even for morons..

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - Thank you for your comments. I most certainly however have the right to inquiry and scrutiny of any choosing, and without condition placed upon same.

Thanks Again!

Anonymous said...

You're dead wrong. This is LOCKPORT Cable Television. Since it is, once again, SOLELY funded by the people of Lockport, and you don't give a penny to the organization, you do NOT have the right to question their policies or programming. If you want to have a say, tell the NT Council to start allocating a portion of their cable receipts to LCTV. THEN, you can ask for an inquiry.

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - thank you again for your comments. My residency however, or whether or not I contribute monetarily to any particular group or thing, does not limit me to inquiry or scrutiny.

Just view it as a difference of opinion and please don't let it distract you from the issues at hand.

Thanks again!

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - Where it reads "...does not limit me to inquiry or scrutiny." should read, "does not limit my rights to full inquiry or scrutiny."

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Okay, then tell me under what basis you have the right to question the policies and programming of LCTV.

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - It's really quite simple, I have the Right to Question, without conditions or constraints.

Anonymous said...

Wrong, and its this type of obstinate attitude of yours that turns people off. Now answer the question: Under what basis do you have the right to question the policies and programming of LCTV?

Cambria Dude said...

Anon, stop being a jerk. If Rhonda wants to ask a question on a board that is meant for political inquiry, I say have at it. And while LCTV may be funded by Lockport, the fact is it comes across on my television station into my home and I damn well have the right to question what they put on the air or to simply turn the channel and ignore them.

Maybe this channel should be limited to only viewers in Lockport.

gop shill said...

Will this Tom Christy madness ever end? Never has so much been made over so little.

Trust me, if Christy matter a lick, Danny and his friends would have more than five seats in the Legislature...none of which come from the LCTV home area.

Anonymous said...

Someone please find Jennifer Beiber and tell her that they need to lower the speed limit on Niagara Falls Blvd in Wheatfield. I know people in Royalton have nothing to do with it, but since she's weighing in on things that have nothing to do with her, we could sure use her help.

And tell General Mills to bring back Boo Berry Cereal. Franken Berry and Count Chochola are fine, but I really miss Boo Berry

Descartes said...

Anon, good thoughts on Jennifer. Let me ask you a philosophical question:

If Tom Christy gets kicked off the air in Lockport but I live in Royalton and can't see the program, was he ever really on the air to begin with.

Deep thoughts, man. Deep thoughts.

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - Thank you again for your comments. I do believe however that I have answered the question.

Thank you!

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Cambria Dude - Thank you.

Larry Castellani said...

To “anonymous” who addressed Dr. Castellani:

I don’t try and don’t want to “talk down” to anyone. But I am trying to stay well above the many people who try to drag us down into their mud.

I fear that the mud-slinging, name-calling and character assassination is a dirty tricks tactic. Those kind of people don’t really want to try to understand and move on for the good of the people. They just want to keep their power. They just want to demoralize and confuse the rest of us. They hope we give up on truth and goodness. I’m talking about the Karl Rove, Richard Nixon crowd. See the Documentary about Karl Rove. It will make you throw up. And the history of Richard Nixon’s administration is abominable. Much of the Clinton Admin was also pretty slimy.

I may make the opposite mistake and end up confusing people in trying to elevate them. I hope you don’t think that this means I think I’m “better” than you. It does not. But we have to find a new way of understanding all our problems beyond what the 2-party system has to offer. Their language and attitudes drag us down and don’t solve our problems. They for the most part are destroying our country and culture. I know there are good people among them. But they get caught up in the habits of political warfare. It doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to be corrupted by politics.

One reason my writing is hard to understand is that I’m trying to convince rather than just persuade. There’s a big difference. Convincing requires a kind of argumentation that aims at truth. Persuading just tries to get you on someone’s side.

When we get comfortable being stuck in the mud of the past, it takes seeing something worth reaching for to get us to jump out of the mud. When we do, we can have the insight that the political violence and corruption isn’t necessary. There’s a better way. Politics doesn’t have to be a vicious game of “hardball.”

Maybe I am arrogant to think that I have a better way and even more knowledge. So be it. But I don’t think that I’m better than you. To survive in teaching you have to believe in yourself without losing the humility and without forgetting it's easy to be wrong. Matter of fact I suspect I’m pretty down to earth. Come visit me at N-trip. Room E-228. I don’t bite and there are no tests or quizzes to get into the office.

I have to confess also and apologize that on my own blog sometimes my zeal and anger get the best of me and I use some nasty and agressive language. I’m sorry about that and I’m working on controlling and transforming it.

I hope you read my stuff. More than once I guess. Thanks for caring enough to criticize my writing. I’ll work at it.

rob clark said...

Anonymous #...at this point who cares. I am still 100% a supporter of TC. Always have and always will be.

Hobbes.... We all can dish and take here. But the paint barns thing is just childish. Can we have that non-sense removed. Thanks

Finally I`m glad to see that people are beginning to see this blog for what it really is.

Anonymous said...

Here's just one or two more points.

For all the hubbub about Tom Christy's show Legislative Journal not having had any impact on the community (oh, really?)

I wonder where all the "outraged" malcontents and those offended were with their protest or show of letters? Hmm?

The other point is this: and I find this particularly funny, interesting, curious etc: With TC's show having supposedly little impact on the community he so dutifully served for TEN YEARS (regardless of residency), it sure is fascinating that his two Bash-and-batter threads have received more posts than any other on this blog! F-U-N-N-Y!

Not the presidential race, not any county affair, not the senate, in fact, not anything else. As I read them, the closest thread count behind this one, at more than 85 posts, is about 30.

So, friends, neighbors and countrymen...by almost a three-to-one margin, this subject IS important to our citizens. Imagine that?

Anonymous said...

Aren't Republicans all linked to Mobsters anyway?

Anonymous said...

Yes! LOL!

BUT, your post should read Aren't ALL Republicans linked to ALL Mobsters anyways.

"Oow youse duin? Jee-t? No, dijew?
Oows da suaze? Comin good. Goo. Jagit da gobbaghoul? Ya. Goo. Les mangia. Goo. Pazzmeda-red. Heeya-go. Tanks. Youse weccum. Chin danni. Azzalute. See youse."

Overheard at the recent fundraiser.

Anonymous said...

Did you watch the show last night. Ross and Murgia avoided the question and tried to turn things around on Rick from Niagara Falls. This is what the people have been commplaining about. The moderator should have stepped up and forced the issue and had the question answered instead of brow beating the caller.

Anonymous said...

I live in Royalton so I missed the show last night. I wish Jennifer would do something to force our cable company to put it on the air.

dark knight said...

This Tom Christy thread is a train wreck that I can't keep my eyse off of and can't help commenting on. I hope it goes on forever.

Let's get to 100 comments on a guy with bad hair hosting a show that no one watched unless they were asked to make up a fake name and call in to shill for their side.

Truthfully, no average person watches the show or for that matter reads this blog, listens to Leffler, etc.

Anonymous said...

I believe people are drawn to this TC issue because they find it amusing. It started out as a simple disagreement between a producer a host and TC has spun it into a big civil rights/conspiracy issue. Is it true or not that Tom Christy can host his own cable show? If he can, then why doesn't he, and what freedoms has he lost? I believe when the truth comes out, people will see that TC has used everyone for his own personal gain. He may be getting a lot of attention now, but later he'll be looked on like the little boy who cried wolf one to many times.

Pete M said...

Anon a couple of posts ago said "The moderator should have stepped up and forced the issue and had the question answered instead of brow beating the caller." This about the new show.

Ummmmmmm, someone who is defending Christy is complaining about the host brow beating the caller? LMAO!!! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!!!

Fawn Leibowitz said...

I heard Jennifer Bieber is going to the Town of Lockport council meeting next week to voice her opinion on Wal-Mart. Of course, she doesn't live in Lockport and Wal-Mart has absolutely nothing to do with Royalton, but she's gonna go anyway.

I also heard that Bieber is going to Key West, Florida to address her concern with beach erosion. The impact on the people of Royalton may be devastating.

Anonymous said...

I believe people are drawn to this TC issue because they find it amusing. It started out as a simple disagreement between a producer a host and TC has spun it into a big civil rights/conspiracy issue. Is it true or not that Tom Christy can host his own cable show? If he can, then why doesn't he, and what freedoms has he lost? I believe when the truth comes out, people will see that TC has used everyone for his own personal gain. He may be getting a lot of attention now, but later he'll be looked on like the little boy who cried wolf one to many times.

Very Very Well Put!

rob clark said...

We can joke around this issue all we want, but its not going away. Imissed lastnights show due to a board meeting. I hope that they don`t try to say that it was a evenly attended show by a Conservative and a Democrat. Because Murgia is a just a wolf in sheeps clothing.

The agitator said...

Hmm, I bet people aren't saying ANYTHING about the show because no one was watching, save few few teeny boppers who think Jason Murgia is dreamy in a Keith Partridge/Bobby Sherman kind of way.

I hear someone stole Tom Christy's lunch money once so he hired Dennis Virtuoso to beat the guy up and get it back.

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon - I reviewed lctv.net. I would recommend that before any further discussion takes place on this matter, that all participants here review:
(1) LCTV Article of Incorporation (initially observed to bear no signature of who was responsible for the incorporation, and fails to provide the names and addresses of the initial directors); (2) Review LCTV By-laws.

Also (and correct me if I am wrong), Lockport City Cable Commission was formed prior to the incorporation of LCTV. Is there a separate Article of Incorporation, By-Laws - maybe I missed it. Obviously, if there are, they should be located and reviewed.

I do know from reviewing LCCC Board and LCTV Board, that John Benoit is Chair of LCCC Board and Treasurer for LCTV; Gaskill is both Secretary for LCCC and member of BOD LCTV. There does not appear to be any other "double-duty".

I look forward to everyone's participation and comments after review of the aforementioned.

Thanks!

Rhonda

Larry Castellani said...

Christy lives!!! I'm 100!!! I think?!

dark knight said...

Damn you Larry, I wanted to be 100. Once again, academia screws the little guy :)

I'll have to wait until we get close to 200 and jump on it then.

I had a thought on this topic...they should have done two hosts, with Christy mildly representing the left and someone else mildly representing the right in a Crossfire sort of show.

At least people couldn't complain about balance and perhaps it would have made Legislative Journal mildly compelling rather the the mind-numbing pap it turned into.

pirate's code said...

dark knight has an interesting idea re: the two-headed host for the show. I'll volunteer for the Dan Ackroyd role -- "...Jane, you ignorant slut!"

Hell, if they'd gotten some of the massage parlor workers and johns...er, customers...on, it might have been worth watching.

btw, when this thread gets to 120...sell.

pirate's code said...

btw, Part Deux -- I have this somewhat creepy mental image of a darkened office in E-Building at a local community college...just the faint glow of a computer monitor and a figure in silhouette, hunched over a keyboard.

He appears to be watching a counter of some sort...93...94...95.

Beads of sweat form on his brow and upper lip, hands begin to tremble...96...97.

He leans forward in his chair, almost rising off the seat, index poised over the "enter" key...98...99.

He's done it. Yes, ladies and gentlement...he is the 100th poster on this increasingly inane thread.

He falls back into his chair, exhausted. He lights a cigarette, takes a long drag, and lets the smoke slowly drift from his mouth as he leans his head back and closes his eyes. "Success is mine," he thinks.

Prof. Larry Castellani...you are my hero;)

Anonymous said...

Pirates Code, well written blog! Perhaps you could give some lessons in writing to Larry. Or perhaps the philosophy dept could be relocated nearer to the english dept. and something comprehensible (if not intelligent) would result.

dark knight said...

I'm a Larry fan. You guys are all too used to reading the Buffalo News (written at a 5th grade level) or the Gazette (written in crayon) to appreciate Larry use of some bigger words.

Here's a suggestion: get a dictionary.

How many more posts to 200?

Mr. Pink said...

Can Larry actually have fans? I think it would ruin his counter culture image :)

Has anyone suggested Larry as the new host of Legislature Journal? Can you imagine the six whackos trying to figure out what the hell he's saying before they call in?

Larry Castellani said...

Geeezzz!!! Why didn’t I think of that??? I’d call it “For Real Thinkers Only Legislative Journal.” But I’d have a band, stupid human tricks featuring Republicans and 5 minutes of stand up to kick each show off featuring Pirates code. I’d have to have a segment on vocabulary building for the semantically and etymologically challenged. Each Legislator would be hooked up to a Lie Detector when answering questions. Pirate’s code could also be my sidekick (if he’d ever stop taking himself so seriously and come out of the anonymity closet). But I knew I’d be famous some day. Life is good! Do you think I should get a talent agent???

Anonymous said...

Larry: You've got a show with me and a future if you ever want to get out of teaching Niagara Countian's (is THAT a real word?) like those that populate this board. You know, those that understand what Spohism and Ad Hominem are all about. No, not just saying it, but the actual definition and origins. I know after I looked them up I thought, wow, this is EXACTLY the tactic that these Republic-cans use!!

Anyway, one of the emails I sent to you earlier in the week actually had a Hollywood agent connection to it. Seriously, I was passing it along to see what the response would be to all of this and to have them look in for story ideas.

I REALLY think that Tom Christy SHOULD be on a National Television program. Everyone here thinks he has remarkable hair and he does have a certain style of his own. Why not? I'm really not kidding. Let's think up a name for this proposed program. OK all you hatcheteers, have at it.

rob clark said...

Yea could you see him riding a news desk for FOXNEWS. Now that would be funny.

Anonymous said...

YEA! I think this horse is finally dead. You can waste all the time you want whipping it, it's just not going to go anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Come on horse. Get up. Only 89 posts to go.

Anonymous said...

Time for the glue factory? (Sorry horse lovers?)

Anonymous said...

Sorry cow lovers.

rob clark said...

I wouldn`t say this subject is dead just yet. The gazette has an article in the sunday paper.

The gazette also ran a pretty good story about Local Town Governments and there yearly trips to NYC for schooling. But their wasn`t alot of meat to the story.It was probably edited to death like all of there other articles are. From what i`m told its because of cost. Thats a pretty sad state of affairs over there. Its to bad too. They still have some good reports left that are willing to work there.

rob clark said...

For the record on the towns article I spent $82.95

pirate's code said...

Prof. LC -- I'm disappointed, really. Stupid human tricks for Republicans only? My god, man, you'd be missing so much potential material. You could start with the Amazing El and his magic act -- you know, the one where he made the electoral mandate of a lifetime disappear in a Mayflower (hotel) minute. Or the Carpetbag Woman who dodges imaginary sniper fire on the tarmac.

It's way more fun if it is non-partisan, non-demoninational, and maybe even non-fattening. Ummmm, good...and good for you.

And, sadly, you miss the point of both my screen moniker and my anonymity -- it's to not be taken too awfully seriously. There is plenty of that on this and other sites like it.

Perhaps I could do my schtick in costume on your show? Dress up like Keith Richards from the last Pirates moview and exchange witty bon mots with learned host? Or you could just pelt me with eggs.

Either way, it would have to be more entertaining than the late, lamented Legislative Journal, eh?

And, if you really think you need an agent, call me. Might as well fill the imagined bill completely...you know, as a GOP, big-business-loving, environment-killing, freedom-crunching agent, I'd be sure to rip you off financially, leaving to live a life of tragedy that would, in the end, become the inspiration for the novel that lies within you.

'Cuz, you know, I'm just trying to help.

Rhonda J Mangus said...

It's not "going anywhere" people because you "play" too much! (A little humor:)) But true:)!

And with that said, my last 2 questions: (1) Who was responsible for forming the Lockport Community Cable Commission (and the What, Where, When, and Why of it too), and (2) Was the LCCC intentionally formed to form LCTV? Sorry, one more: (3) Is the Board of LCCC appointed by the County Legislature?

Hope to hear from someone! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

To Rhonda:
"And with that said, my last 2 questions: (1) Who was responsible for forming the Lockport Community Cable Commission (and the What, Where, When, and Why of it too"

Every municipality should have a cable commission to oversee their franchise with whomever the cable operator is (some do some don't...depends on their franchise and if a commission was erver setup od still exists). They field some customer complaints as well as try to regulate rates and special senior discounts (etc. although anymore this is harder and harder to do) and in the case of LCTV they
setup LCTV as a not-for-profit to oversee the operation of the access facility and it is governed by a board of directors as I understand it and has been for nearly 25 yrs.

"and (2) Was the LCCC intentionally formed to form LCTV?"

No, LCCC came first and LCTV came second. LCCC is somewhat unique in that it is a joint city town venture which I assume gives them a bit more bargaining power with the cable company (the whole power in numbers thing).

"Sorry, one more: (3) Is the Board of LCCC appointed by the County Legislature?"

100% No! The LCCC has a mix of city and town appointees but no legislature appointments.


Hope this helps Rhonda.
Perhaps those interested in this topic more could call their local municipalities and ask about their cable commission and ask to see a copy of their franchise agreement.

Anonymous said...

What about Michael Casale who lives in Niagara Falls, New York?

Anonymous said...

Rob Clark,

Can you tell me why their is barbwire fence the entire length of Rhode Island Avenue?

Did the Town of Niagara erect this barrier to protect your fine Neighborhood from the city dwellers of Niagara Falls?

If we had that fence on the Mexican border, this country would not have an immigration problem.

A word of advice – drop all this nonsense about TC and start focusing on Your Town, Your Community, and Your neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Does "a word of advice" constitute a threat, I wonder?

There, their, they're.
LEARN the difference.

Anonymous said...

Mike Casale is not on LCCC he is on the board of directors.

Anonymous said...

Ho, OK.

So exactly WHY is a political operative, Niagara Falls resident and a County Employee, who's livlihood is a direct result of politics, involved with either?

Anonymous said...

Yeah...exactly!!!
WHY is he on the board?????????

Anonymous said...

Why don't you all call LCTV and ask 434-1733 and take a look at the board make up of most local non-profit organizations and you will find lots of government folks and people of influence in the community...this is not unique to LCTV unless you are a conspiracy theorist looking to single out individual board members. Mr. Casale for example has had his show on LCTV nearly as long as Mr Christy and many years before if I recall correctly was a sports announcer for LCTV.

Anonymous said...

Call LCTV?? I wasn't asking about a telephone number. Already have it.

I also didn't ask about "background" which only solidifies my earlier comment about politics being "involved." "People of influence??" Huh? How's that? He's AN EMPLOYEE! Has been in numerous County Funded--IE "Bought and PAID FOR" departments.
NO conspiracy there. Just fact.

Not, not, not a LOCKPORT Resident.....duh.

As far as being an LCTV "Sports announcer," What, are you friggen kidding me? lololololol. Sure.
OMG! lol! :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah! Don't you remember? Casale followed The Huntley-Brinkley report, Don Paul doing weather and the evening news with Walter Cronkite. I think he did his "sports segment" right after Connie Chung. Sheesh. What a laugh!

Anonymous said...

Hummm, let's see.
.LCTC..LCCC. Nope. Not Lockport at all.

GOOGLE results-
Phonebook results for
michael casale
niagara falls, ny
Michael Casale
(716)283-7228
8422 Witkop Ave,
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Doesn't seem to fit now does it?

Anonymous said...

LC, congratulations! Your last post contained only 2 sentences longer than 20 words. The longest was only 24, way down from the usual. Those who think good writing has only to do with vocabulary will not notice the improvement. We who try to understand what you write will appreciate the change.

Rhonda, please research the topics of your posts at a more reliable source than bloggers here.

dark knight said...

Just back from a long weekend of cleaning out the garage. Wanted to check in and see if we are closing in on 200 posts yet...I'm not going to let that damn Professor steal my glory again.

Was all over Niagara County running errands and talking to people and I was amazed that Tom Christy's depature from LCTV never came up once. I thought this was the story of the year...turns out no one cares. Surprise. Surprise.

Anonymous said...

More of the same? Trash from the hacks..? To hell with free speech huh? LOL.

Maybe you talked to all the wrong the people. That's what the topic was in most coffee shops, diners and at Church. Maybe you could go sometime.

Larry Castellani said...

Well, I've seen it all now. I hope you all check out Maziarz interviewing Kathy Paradowski on LCTV. That, my friends, is the proof about this witchhunt of TC. Maziarz gets on the GOVERNMENT CHANNEL and has a love fest with Paradowski while also trashing Larry Soos and praising the N. Tonawanda Republicans. This proves everthing anyone has said who has criticized Hobbes and Maziarz is true. This is slime. It's the proof of the corruption of power in NC. The Board of Directors are mere operatives, hitmen and are truly moral and political scum, equivalent to the likes of Spitzer, Ted Haggard, etc.

What Spitzer did to his home life Maziarz and the Board of Directors at LCTV have done to our public life. Any doubt I may have had about what was said regarding the Repubs is now resolved. In fact this issue is over as far as any inquiry goes. Now something can be done about it with full confidence we do the right thing. And to all you black/white thinkers, this doesn't make me a democrat.

Anonymous said...

I hear Tom Christy is getting his own program on WLVL. Now people can turn him off on the radio instead of the TV.

But wait, if he's getting a new show on the radio, that means he must be replacing someone else. This means someone else is going to be censored! It's go time again people, time to march on the radio station and tell the Legislature to stop this madness!

Anonymous said...

Call LCTV?? I wasn't asking about a telephone number. Already have it.

I also didn't ask about "background" which only solidifies my earlier comment about politics being "involved." "People of influence??" Huh? How's that? He's AN EMPLOYEE! Has been in numerous County Funded--IE "Bought and PAID FOR" departments.
NO conspiracy there. Just fact.

Not, not, not a LOCKPORT Resident.....duh.

As far as being an LCTV "Sports announcer," What, are you friggen kidding me? lololololol. Sure.
OMG! lol! :)



Take a look at your local library board or red cross (as example) and see how many elected officials or county employees are on their boards. But I guess if your library book is late you'll blame politics for that too.

and last time heard "duh" it was used by a 4th grader. Grow up!

As far as Tom getting a radio show...great for him I wish him luck and think he'll fit in nicely with the local shock jocks.

Anonymous said...

"But wait, if he's getting a new show on the radio, that means he must be replacing someone else. This means someone else is going to be censored! It's go time again people, time to march on the radio station and tell the Legislature to stop this madness!"

....too true!

Turk 182 said...

I'm a huge supporter of Senator Maziarz. I believe he's the best local offical in all of WNY. But Larry has a valid point about the types of coversations that are allowed/not allowed.

It's all about balance and fairness. I think TC had the Legislative Majority and was doing all he could to make them look bad. He sealed his own fate.

But LCTV should be looking a bigger policy issue that includes everyone.

Anonymous said...

Larry C.
Characterization of people like Mary Brennam-Taylor, Jackie Davis, Gerry Hogan, Esther Owens as "moral and political scum, equivalent to the likes of Spitzer, Ted Haggard, etc." speaks volumes about you. You should be ashamed of yourself. I have lost all respect for you. The community of Lockport should be outraged. You have been so blinded by your own biases that you do not even care what kind of slanders you commit. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Larry C.
Characterization of people like Mary Brennam-Taylor, Jackie Davis, Gerry Hogan, Esther Owens as "moral and political scum, equivalent to the likes of Spitzer, Ted Haggard, etc." speaks volumes about you. You should be ashamed of yourself. I have lost all respect for you. The community of Lockport should be outraged. You have been so blinded by your own biases that you do not even care what kind of slanders you commit. Shame on you.

...apparently enrollment must be down at the college and there is a shortage of young minds to corrupt.

Anonymous said...

L.C.
"And to all you black/white thinkers, this doesn't make me a democrat."
No self respecting Democrat would disagree with you.

Anonymous said...

"Not, not, not a LOCKPORT Resident.....duh."

At one point Tom Christy was on LCTV's Board of Directors and he's Not, not, not a NIAGARA COUNTY Resident....duh. But I suppose that was ok at the time but now it's not.

Anonymous said...

GOOGLE results-
Phonebook results for
Tom Christy (716) 695-6946
86 Elmwood Park E,Tonawanda, NY 14150

Yup, not Niagara County

Mr. Pink said...

Larry,

It's too bad you getting into the type of characterizations of people and generalities that you normally deplore.

While the same can be said of many people on this board, there is a cadre of us who try to have a good back and forth with a touch of humor.

We expect more from you and you should expect more from yourself.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps come next election time some of the so called political experts on this blog will run for election and right the wrongs of the moral and political scum? or maybde they'd rather sit back and complain about it...my guess is that's more accurate.

Anonymous said...

It's our right as taxpaying citizens to sit back and complain and do nothing about it.

Besides, all and all, I pretty much like things here.

The agitator said...

Second to last post: If your comments are accurate, then should Tom Christy be the first one to move to Niagara County and run for office?

The reality is that Tom wanted to be a big Erie County fish in the small Niagara County pond. He thought the yokels would welcome someone of his keen insight and intellect.

Well, ain't it just like a bunch of hillbilly rubes to throw the city slicker off of our airwaves to make more time to broadcast the pig show at the fair.

Screw Tom Christy and his ridiculous opinions.

Anonymous said...

..move over Obama...Christy in 08! LOL His slogan is "I tried the Niagara County yokels now on to the national ones."

Anonymous said...

Quotes from Larry C.
"I fear that the mud-slinging, name-calling and character assassination is a dirty tricks tactic. Those kind of people don’t really want to try to understand and move on for the good of the people. They just want to keep their power. They just want to demoralize and confuse the rest of us."

"The Board of Directors are mere operatives, hitmen and are truly moral and political scum, equivalent to the likes of Spitzer"

You would appear to be right on the first count Larry.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps our posting doctor of philosophy is having some philosophical difficulties with name calling?

Anonymous said...

Larry hit the nail on the head at all times and on all posts. All that was needed was to see the SCUM Maziarz play his political tricks for all to see. What's hard about seeing that. He did what he did and George is scum of a high order. So are the "operatives" and others (many here) that refuse to see what this is really about. Pure and simple politics and political chicannery, dirty pool and one-sided opinion.

No one's intersted here in truth either. Slant, bend and twist.

dark knight said...

Yes, I'm 150. Take that Dr. Larry. Onward to 200.

I'll refresh the topic. The last post that is so anti-Maziarz came from:

a) Dan Rivera
b) Tom Christy
c) That wacko sister
d) Larry Soos
e) insert your own name

Larry Castellani said...

Mr. Pink,
If you watch the interview with Kathy Paradowswki and you don’t think there is something absolutely underhanded about that, then we are living on different planets. If the Board of directors at LCTV are so unaware of what’s going on that they let that kind of stuff happen, then they exhibit the kind of moral vacuity and political ignorance, that leads to autocratic regimes or worse. You can try to reduce what I say to name calling but there is some critical observation and thought that precedes my characterizations. If you want to reduce the argument to my graphic descriptions and obvious outrage, that's your choice. But you know you're kidding yourself.

With respect to Maziarz himself I give him all the credit in the world for all that he has done for Niagara County and I personally have never tried to take that away from him and never would. But that does not give him license to do something like the Paradowski interview. Sorry but I was totally apoplectic when I saw it. And I think you should be too.

Minimally he and the Lockport Board and town
board for that matter owe us an explanation. I won’t
hold my breath.

gop shill said...

Rule out Soos, he can't figure out how these damn newfangled computers work and what all this world wide web stuff is all about.

I vote a.

gop shill said...

Larry, I watched many a Tom Christy show where Dennis Virtuoso used the forum as open season on the majority. I watched Christy essentially parrot the Dem talking points during last year's campaign and react with glee and the thought of Republicans losing. I don't see you calling any of them scumbags.

Larry Castellani said...

Mr Pink,
After a mind clearing bike ride, I have to agree with you. You are right. No matter how angry or indignant I feel I have no right to use derogatory language. I have a right to my anger but no right to denigrate others with such put downs just because I’m angry. I guess it’s harder to stay clean in this business than I thought. I apologize.

As far as my moral and political judgements go, they haven’t changed. Maziarz has misused LCTV and the Board has let him get away with it. They are both responsible. To read into this what it means with respect to displays of power is fair game. Maybe Maziarz has been in power for so long that it never occurred to him that he was doing anything wrong. This is quite possible. But it’s still wrong and very suspect given the issue around Christy. A double standard is at play.

With respect to Virtuoso, I’ve never watched him when he was puttiing people down. I know he did it at the Leg meeting 4 weeks ago and he apologized at the last meeting.

Given my moral-political ideal is Mahatma Gandhi I should have known better.

If in fact rules have been broken at LCTV however we should have contempt and judge what values and rules/laws have been broken and respond accordingly.

Thanks Mr. Pink for calling me on my crap!

Anonymous said...

Nice Google of Christy's address and phone. To bad it's the wrong Tom Christy the one you posted is a past alderman in tonawanda, not he LCTV one from the town of Tonawanda. I hope this one isn't to upset about his name sake.

Anonymous said...

Nice Google of Christy's address and phone. To bad it's the wrong Tom Christy the one you posted is a past alderman in tonawanda, not he LCTV one from the town of Tonawanda. I hope this one isn't to upset about his name sake.

...god help us there is two of them?

Rhonda J Mangus said...

Anon (2) thanks for the advice!

Anon (1) thanks for the input!

I'll share my thoughts at another time...on the run!

Thanks again!

Rhonda

opie said...

Who watches lctv except everyone writing on this board? Hate to break it you all...but no one cares about the old "Legislative Journal".

rob clark said...

I care. Most of my fellow Town of Niagara residents care. And for the Anonymous moron who posted the Rhode Island crack. That almost sounded racist. Knock it off. The fence is there to keep people off private property.

I hope the rumor of Tom Christy is true and he does get a gig at WLVL. I think he would make a great host of possibly their morning show. Just my idea not theirs.

Anonymous said...

So Opie, does that mean you use to watch it also. Coming clean now aren't we.

Opie said...

Actually I have not watched it once. Couldnt tell ya if it was a good show or bad show. Just a show that I have never heard brought up before this debacle.

Opie said...

Actually I have not watched it once. Couldnt tell ya if it was a good show or bad show. Just a show that I have never heard brought up before this debacle.

Anonymous said...

So according to L.C., if T.C. is not given free reign so say whatever however he chooses it is aviolation of FA Rights but Sen. M. should be restricted by the LCTV Board. What kind of philosophy is that? I suppose the same kind that disapproves personal attacks and name calling only when others do it.

Larry Castellani said...

Ouch! Anon, you got me again. Ok, I confessed I made a personal attack or two. And I apologize. Now be a good Christian and forgive me. ... But it’s only because of the company I’ve been keeping here that I backslid. No, just joking my friend. I take full responsibility for name-calling. …. But seriously, I don’t get your point. …. My point was that if Christy can’t “talk politics,” or make political judgements, then why should Sen. M get to do so as he did in his back scratching session with republican campaign contributor, Kathy “let’s burn our tires just for fun” Paradowski? After the Board of Directors of LCTV “clarified” the rules, apparently Sen. M didn’t get the e-mail. Is he above the Law, whether administrative or federal constitutional? So it would seem. ... Onward to 200!

Mr. Pink said...

Larry,

It's an interesting question about oversight. I didn't see the Maziarz show but was it taped at LCTV studios or was it a production out of Albany and LCTV just played the tape without reviewing it first.

While much of this has been much ado about nothing, the fact is LCTV needs to clearly identify and commmunicate their policies and then enforce them equally.

I think what you see here is that, for some of us, Christy began to go a little too far, and then got called on the carpet for it. The most egregious offender became the focus when really LCTV should, again, have been clarifying and equally enforcing whatever their policy is.

At least then everyone knows the rules going in and if you break those rules, the consequences apply equally.

Now having said all of that, what prevents Christy from hooking up with another producer and, should he adher the to the guidelines, relaunch his show?

If all accounts are to be believed...and no one has produced on iota of evidence to the contrary...Mr. Zapp canned the show. So Christy just needs to find a new Zapp if he wants and away we go.

rob clark said...

Yes but what channel would it air on?

Mr. Pink said...

If LCTV is to be believed and they didn't take Christy off and Christy agrees to follow the rules, than why not the government channel?

Anonymous said...

"So Christy just needs to find a new Zapp if he wants and away we go."

...he's found him already and his name is Dick Green...beside Tom has hair that's better suited to radio..lol

Anonymous said...

The wave of the future is these blogs and all types of on-line communication. Only people with nothing better to do sit and listen to talk radio or watch public access.

As I post this blog, I'm eating lunch and listening to voicemails.

Christy should launch an interactive webshow.

Anonymous said...

OK, I'll do the Christian thing. You're forgiven that particular transgression. Now I ask that you do the intellectual/academic thing. Research and understand the topic and the facts regarding the role and function of LCTV its board. If you do so, it will become apparent that they are hard working dedicated volunteers. Few of them have ever had any involvement in politics. Little of what they (and LCTV) do has anything to do with politics. It is Tom C. who has politicized the entire issue in his on-going dispute with Sen. M. and the N.C. Leg. Majority. Carry his torch if you choose, but please don't drag LCTV into the mud with you.
By the way, Rich Zapp is the most apolitical person I have ever met. To suggest that he be dismissed in favor of T.C. is absurd.

dark knight said...

30 more to go to the magic 200. I'm holding my breath.

And why did Tom say in the article last week that he would never consider public access? Why wouldn't he do the same show without the constraints of the LCTV board?

I think it's because he's lazy and it shows that Zapp did do all of the work. Who knew you could have prima donnas on local public stations.

Fat Tony said...

I like the last anonymous post. The shots taken at the all-volunteer LCTV board by some posters are just wrong.

Considering there is no financial benefit to serving these quasi-public boards, people simply do it as a form of public service. And if they make a decision they believe that is appropriate, who are we to lambaste not their decision, but their character.

Is it any wonder that you see fewer and fewer people step forward to serve on boards, whether it be LCTV, the IDA, NCCC, Zoning, Planning, etc?

People talk all about the need for participatory democracy, but once you participate you often quickly regret it.

Anonymous said...

well said fat tony...I'm sure many of the posters on this blog don't serve their community in any way. We know some do but I'm sure most have never run for a public office or sat on the board of a non-profit or government agency as mentioned. Many are the sorts that point fingers and "identify" problems but never offer solutions or actions to help rectify what is is they see as problems be them real or imagined. They can dish it out but can't take it when you criticize their way of thinking but it's ok if they criticize the actions of others. We all know "the type".

Larry Castellani said...

Clearly the lines are pretty much drawn on this issue. Sadly there is a credibility gap here whatever the moral character of the LCTV Board. In fact I am not concerned about whether they are morally evil or really really nice people. Nevertheless partisan dogmatism, disingenuousness, and blatant corruption unfortunately are all too prevalent in our political world at all levels.

Given the “facts” as I interpret them and given the fact that there are no absolute certainties in politics but, as Aristotle pointed out, only probable truths, my conclusion is that what happened to TC is wrong, unfair and probably vindictive. I’m cynical without being pessimistic.

As Nietzsche would have it I see the world now as a ‘tragedy’ but I remain optimistic. To me it would be very na├»ve if not foolish to presume that what happened to Christy was not ‘political’ in the most pejorative sense of that word, a kind of politics that reduces politics to ideological and class warfare. And of course what happened to TC is just a chip on the tip of a huge iceberg, yet it is part of that corrupt iceberg. …. However, I do agree that TC should do a Public Access show or reapply for a new show with a new producer on the Gov Channel. I suspect there will be more shows on politics and gov very soon. .... But, Mr Pink, "much ado about nothing"??? Not to anyone concerned about keeping gov and politics clearly and openly in the public sphere. How can you say that something is not kosher here obviously and yet much ado about nothing? Sounds like you want to continue to normalize an ethically abnormal situation, hypocritical and involving a smelly double standard.
Please don't try to reduce this to an oversight.

Anonymous said...

OMG - "Research and understand the topic and the facts regarding the role and function of LCTV its board. If you do so, it will become apparent that they are hard working dedicated volunteers. Few of them have ever had any involvement in politics. Little of what they (and LCTV) do has anything to do with politics. It is Tom C. who has politicized the entire issue in his on-going dispute with Sen. M. and the N.C. Leg. Majority." Marsha, Marsha, Marsha and yes anon there is a santa claus - talk about hitting a raw nerve.

Anonymous said...

...oddly enough Tom Christy taped a few shows with Santa himself and I think he was a registered Dem..j/k besides everyone knows the Easter Bunny is Republican.

Anonymous said...

I was always kind of partial to the tooth person. We have to say person now to be politically correct or neutral. Sorry I was being a spokesperson without NC Legislative or LCTV approval.

County Bumpkin said...

If the Legislature were really interested in controlling speech, that reign in the County Bumpkin, er manager, who makes them look like fools with his nonsense and his shabby appearance.

How someone with perfect hair like Dennis puts up with this jackass is beyond me.

Anonymous said...

...thread must be dying out...posts keep getting stranger and stranger?
Post#180

Anonymous said...

..ooops...post #179...no wait NOW #180

dark knight said...

Know, it can't die out. We're getting so close to that magic 200 and my ability to extract revenge on Dr. Larry for denying me the glory of being post 100.

Aside from that, considering we live in a market-driven economy where people now really do have numerous choices for their news, wouldn't one expect that Christy would show up somewhere else if he were deemed credible and interesting?

Someone earlier also mentioned the artvoice articles on Christy's departure. Artvoice blames the anti-environmental crowd for Christy's departure. Now, as any objectiver person knows, both sides of the aisle have been pretty outspoken in their criticism of hazardous waste in Niagara County.

So, clearly Artvoice is not implicating the Legislature. But why would the LCTV board be interested in protecting polluters?

Very stranger.

Anonymous said...

"But why would the LCTV board be interested in protecting polluters?"

Because secretly LCTV is a front for a covert military operation that is still conducting research on the Manhattan project and building the next great weapon to end all wars and Tom Christy found out about it...Tom is also credited with the recent sightings at Area 51 too. Ohh and LCTV produces a few cable shows to fool the Niagara Co. residents into thinking they are legit but we're on to you LCTV!

Larry Castellani said...

Don't give up on 200. There so much more to talk about. Such as the post today, Apr. 9: one Anonymous poster just couldn't help referencing the peoples' concern with Christy. He/she/it wanted to know why so many were so interested in that and not the Hospital debacle in NF. And in no uncertain terms I rode to the rescue and set his/her/its little butt straight. And I took the opportunity to chastise Hobbes for letting the bad-mouthing continue. And I also had to give frank degeorge a tongue lashing for trying to diminish and oversimplify the Christy issue. It's frightening when the technocrats and party line-toers can't respect others enough to at least accrurately represent what they then proceed to trash. Well, I've got to go and feed my white stallion and shine my armour. ... 200 or bust!

Frank DeGeorge said...

See typical academic, living in an invory tower thinking he can save the world :)

Actually, my post was that people like this issue because it breaks down into the simplification of good guys versurus bad guys (who's who depend on your perspective, of course) where as financial problems at NFMMC don't see easily fit into a simple paradigm.

Larry Castellani said...

Frank degeorge,
The day was starting out so well and now you’re trying to tell me there are no good guys and bad guys. The Lone Ranger didn’t exist. Tonto was an actor. Pirate’s code isn’t Batman. You are really, really cruel, guy.

Explanation of the good-bad paradigm accepted. I’ll change your grade to a B-.

Possibly, though, a more problematic bifurcation of such thought and experience is construing all political issues in terms of financial/economic concerns, the Capitalist/Marxist mistake, on the one hand, and, on the other, not believing that a new politics is possible other than that generated by various quixotic, near-religious one-issue ideological concerns.

I think I just saved the world again.

Anonymous said...

Funny but not category

The last anonymous poster probably came the closest to any in all of this. Subtract the Area-51 comment (surely added for the "conspiracy" flavor and discrediting reasons) and, that Chirsty was involved in anything other than uncovering the truth and you have it all in a complete capsule. Pretty much it is what it is.

Anonymous said...

Now that's the Larry we've missed of late. A 55 word sentence that (no doubt)says something philosophical. The fact that it is unintelligible can blamed on others for their lack of vocabulary.

Anonymous said...

"Lack of vocabulary?"
Which seems to be YOU anonymous.

Another attack on Larry? If you've the time to count his words, why not take the time to look up a few of the definitions?

Call'em as I see'em said...

Nothing better than reading bloggers attacking each other. How compelling. Probably entirely appropriate on this thread which is all about a divisive public access televison show personality that most people never hear of and never watched.

Anonymous said...

..all that matters is that the
200th post is approaching and the the thread can officially end.

Anonymous said...

...sorry "then the thread.." typo my bad..but closer to 200

Anonymous said...

Where's "Little Sammy Hobbes" in all of this?

I mean. he's the guy who's supposed to pwotect all us bloggers, isn't he?

I know, he's pwobably polishing that old fedora!
:)

Anonymous said...

I have full understanding of all of the words. If you think that the post communicated intelligent meaning the n perhaps Larry is writing for a targeted audience which includes you. For those of us who communicate in english, it lends new meaning to the term obfuscation. (look it up)

Anonymous said...

LOLOL!!!! DO you EVEN realize what you just wrote? LMFAO!

Anonymous said...

"I have full understanding of all of the words. If you think that the post communicated intelligent meaning the n perhaps Larry is writing for a targeted audience which includes you. For those of us who communicate in english, it lends new meaning to the term obfuscation. (look it up)"

Thursday, 10 April, 2008
-

Allow me to translate------
Larry writes for the intelligent.
And you?
LMFAO twice over!

I know what "h(silent)obbes-fruscione-icate" means.

:)~

dark knight said...

We are creeping ever so closer to the magic 200. I'm watching and waiting.

Who knew that in the cancellation of a show no one watched would come such excitement.

gop shill said...

Here's a good laugh for the day from Christy's website. Look how above reproach and non-partisan he is...until he thought Republicans would lose the Majority:

"I could never understand why idea's had to be labeled "democratic" or "republican" and not just a good or bad idea. It seems, in my lifetime at least, that who proposes something is more important that what is being proposed. I never liked that, and FAIR is an attempt to deal strictly with the facts of how government - mostly local - operates. Non-partisan, non-editorial; just the facts. And then make it easy enough for everyone to understand".

Big Daddy said...

Shill, that's funny. Tom Christy, defender of the little guy, now write me a government check to underwrite my organization and give myself a payday.

dark knight said...

Getting close. Not going to take any chances.

dark knight said...

Yes, I did it. We are the champions my friend.

Shill & Big, that's some funny stuff. What website did that come from?

DS said...

So, I'm sure LCTV will be removing the Buffalo show from their channels soon, as LOCKPORT IS NOT BUFFALO... right?

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