I must admit, I watch a plethora of reality shows on TV. It's not that I planned it, but each night, I play around on my laptop while my wife controls the remote. I'm not complaining, this scenario actually gives me the opportunity to watch certain shows without actually taking ownership of the fact that I watch certain shows. In essence, I just blame her when a friend calls and Top Chef is on in the background.
They all have their hook, whether it be Amazing Race, The Bachelor (and you chuckle at me for watching a show with 20 hot ladies and one guy?) or Project Runway (they're MODELS!). One that I find quite inspirational is The Biggest Loser. If you haven't seen it, teams of two obscenely obese people compete against other teams of two obscenely obese people to see how much weight they can lose each week. If you don't cut the fat, you can be voted off by other contestants. I actually think of these 400+ pound people working their massively over-sized hearts when I'm running on the treadmill. I figure, if they can do it, well then so can I, dammit!
So last night, while watching The Biggest Loser with a bag of Lay's, a glass of Squirt and a few Andes mints, I was very inspired. But the show ended, and I was forced to find something as enticing. For some God-awful reason, I stopped on channel 22, LCTV. Now, I rarely ever watch the county leg meetings anymore, but this time I was inexplicably drawn to it, like a moth to a flame.
Little did I know that I would be tuning in to see the evening's second installment of The Biggest Loser. Except this one was The Biggest Losers. And although this evening's contestants, Dan Rivera and Margie Swan, could certainly use a stint on the NBC version of The Biggest Loser, they get the evening's award based on an entirely different set of criteria.
Rivera, head of the Niagara County Democratic Committee, the same committee that has wallowed in failure, disarray and controversy every second of Rivera's tenure, had to be physically removed from the chambers because he was unable to avoid personal, libelous attacks towards a member of the legislature. When he was warned to stop, he continued on, raising his voice in a cowardly attempt to be heard above the chairman of the legislature. It's amazing that Rivera has the audacity to give ANYONE a lecture on character and ethics. Did you forget that you were fired from your place of employment for using confidential company resources to dig up dirt on a political enemy? What about the repeated charges of petition fraud within your committee under your watch? Moronic hypocrite.
Following the Rivera fiasco is MallowMar-gie Swan. She gets up to rail on the legislature for its hiring of County Manager Greg Lewis, repeatedly stating that Lewis was brought in to close Mt. View. This prompted the always cool Renae Kimble to rise to her feet and metaphorically bitch-slap Swan for her ridiculously inaccurate statements. Swan was so uncomfortable, she looked like she was going to vomit on the lectern. It was classic TV. I'm actually kinda looking forward to the replay. What the hell is wrong with me?