The nasty campaign between Jack Davis & Jon Powers for the 26th Congressional District seat continues to make headlines. GOP Chairmen from four counties also chimed in on Powers' record on War Kids Relief. Not shocking stuff, your usual political wrangling, until Erie County Dem Chair Len Lenihan joined the conversation. Lenihan, in attempting to defend Powers, said "I wonder how many people at that press conference put their lives on the line in Iraq." Okay, stop right there. If that's going to be your typical response every time someone questions your candidate, go bury your head in the sand for the next three months, because we don't want to hear it. Yes, he was in Iraq, but that is far from a qualification to be a Congressman.
Update: Courtesy of Buffalo Bean, we've come across the Jon Powers citation that he was given on October 23, 2004. The officer noted that Powers stated to him, "What are you f*cking looking at you motherf*cking cop?" And this guy wants to be a Congressman? Good luck with that. (Click on the citation to view).
Barack Obama's campaign issued a 40-page rebuttal to a new anti-Obama book.
This morning on the radio, two personalities were recapping last night's Bills game in Toronto. One described QB Trent Edwards' play as Elway-esque (a reference to one of the greatest QBs of all-time, John Elway), while the other said that Edwards looked like the second coming of Joe Montana, the greatest QB of all time. Nothing like over-exaggerating things, guys.
The fact that Niagara County Manager Greg Lewis had his credentials renewed by the International City/County Management Association made news this week. Obviously there's no connection between credentials and performance.
Mike Hudson details the dog days of 2007, when NT Mayor Larry Soos' wife wanted to sell hot dogs at the NT concert series. It's pretty funny, and knowing Soos, completely believable. What a dog-eat-dog world we live in.
The Niagara County Leg is set to consider a resolution to downsize the Leg - in 2011. They need to think about this one. The public defeated a referendum on this in '02. Maybe the public should have the opportunity to decide if they want to lose representation. Of course, this issue will be all the rage in the county now, while the other 20 layers of government, including 11 school districts, don't get a mention.
A couple of former Mt. View employees who were busted for cocaine possession earlier this year were in court recently. Makes you wonder if all the stories of sex and drug parties among the employees at Mt View were just stories.
White people are projected to lose the majority in 2042. Does that mean that I, as a white male, will be able to go before the Supreme Court and fight for my rights under Affirmative Action?
Good news that you'll never see in the three daily newspapers: Only 35 markets out of 150 across the U.S. showed increases in median prices in the second quarter and Buffalo was among those advancing, showing the stability of the WNY housing market. The WNY market increased 4.7 percent to $108,200, up from $103,300 in the same period of 2007. By the way, on Long Island, the second-quarter median price for single-family homes was $466,600; it was $479,800 a year ago.
Gov. David Paterson, while decrying the fiscal crisis that NY is in, is adding 45 troopers at a cost of more than $4 million to protect him. Do what I say, not as I do, huh Dave?