September 30, 2009

DiNapoli's Proposal Just Another Tax

Although idiocy and Albany go hand in hand, I'm continuously astounded at the level of ignorance that comes out the of state capital.

The latest lunacy comes from State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.

Because DiNapoli believes that we are under-charging out of state students to get their higher education at SUNY schools, he would like the SUNY system to significantly raise the tuition of out of state residents. He believes that SUNY could take in $340 million in additional revenue over four years if it gradually brought out-of-state tuition more in line with other states in the region.

I'm going to go out on a limb and state that DiNapoli failed economics. You see, one of the most basic principles of economics states that if you increase the price of an item, demand is likely to decline. If the amount of students coming from out of state declines, the number of adults staying here upon graduation is also going to decline.

Considering that the "brain drain" is one of the most significant problems facing New York, one would think that the state would have a better solution to addressing the issue than simply placing another tax on the backs of people (students) who have chosen to do business (go to college) in this state. But I guess that's what we get when we're stupid enough to elect Democrats to every statewide office in the state, let them maintain their stranglehold in the State Assembly and hand them the State Senate. You've chosen the party of tax and spend liberalism, then you bitch about the taxes in the state. Amazing. But I digress.

DiNapoli needs to get his head out of his ass. This is nothing but another tax, fee, assessment or whatever you want to call it. How about this novel idea: Propose CUTTING SPENDING, you dolt. Continuing to lay your bloated budgets on the backs of overtaxed New Yorkers is not the answer. But with clowns like Paterson, DiNapoli, Suozzi, Sampson, Silver, Smith and the like running the show, why the hell should we expect anything else?

September 28, 2009

Dems Silence On Monserrate Disgraceful

I never really thought of a man assaulting a woman as a political issue, but apparently the New York State Senate has made it one. The trial of Senator Hiram Monserrate, who allegedly slashed the face of his girlfriend, began this week in New York City. According to the New York Post, Monserrate's girlfriend told the emergency room doctor this account of what happened:

"You want the water? You want the water? Here’s the water!"

With those angry words, state Sen. Hiram Monserrate smashed a glass into his girlfriend Karla Giraldo’s face, an ER doctor quoted her as saying.

Testifying yesterday in Monserrate’s assault trial at Queens Supreme Court, Dr. Dawne Kort, who works at Long Island Jewish Hospital, said Giraldo sobbed constantly while in the ER on Dec. 19.

“I can’t believe he did this to me. My face! My face! I can’t believe my face,” Kort said Giraldo told her.

The doctor, who speaks English and Spanish, said Giraldo, who is from Ecuador, told her she and Monserrate “were fighting and she asked for a glass of water and he shoved it in her face.”


Asked how Giraldo reacted, Kort said: “She said many times it was not an accident. They were fighting and he took a piece of glass and cut her face.”

Giraldo became hysterical again when Kort said she was going to call the police, saying: “No! No! You can’t call the police!”

But Kort said she did call cops because “it appeared to be a stab wound. It’s hospital policy that all stab wounds get reported to the police.”

Now, everyone is entitled to their day in court. Of course, Monserrate was smart enough to choose a non-jury trial. I assume he wouldn't be too keen on a jury with women on it. I'd think his hope is to get a politically connected judge to hear his case.

Nonetheless, not a single member of the Senate Democratic caucus has said a word about this. They are so desperate to hang on to their majority that they are willing to sit next to a man who slashed his girlfriend's face, requiring 20+ stitches, allegedly.

So the question begs: what kind of man does this to a woman? And what kind of man sits next to someone who could do this without saying a word? Thank God there are some on the other side of the aisle who have the sack to call Monserrate out for this brutal assault.

Click here to see the video of him dragging his bleeding & and crying girlfriend from their apartment.

Council's Concerns Unwarranted

On the surface, it may appear that the application for a grant to turn a building on Main Street in Niagara Falls into a wellness center by Niagara Falls Democratic Party Chairman Michael Lewis and his wife would create a conflict of interest for the city council. After all, the entire body is Democratic, and the man who they need to sway at endorsement time is the same man whose application they need to prove.

But that should not be the case. If Lewis and his wife have met all of the criteria of the application process, should they be excluded from eligibility simply because of his affiliation with the party? Absolutely not.

Several Council members are already running for cover because they're concerned it would be a conflict for elected officials who seek endorsements from the Democratic Party and benefit from its fundraising efforts to vote on the proposal. That's a cop-out. Do your due diligence and there won't be a problem.

The city is crying out for economic development. We're going to go out on a limb and suggest that Lewis is likely investing some of his own money on top of the grant. In addition, Niagara Falls isn't exactly a beacon of healthy living.

If someone, such as Lewis, wants to invest in the community while providing a service that will likely improve the quality of life of residents, give him the opportunity.

Given the city's history of political corruption, it's not surprising that the Council would be hesitant to immediately act on such a proposal. That being said, let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater - the city cannot afford to be chasing out investors.

September 25, 2009

ESD's Deception Runs Deep

We’ve always found Christina Orsi to be little more than a more than a cheerleader carrying out the orders of political bosses than a real economic development official. Several friends say that Orsi, the Western Regional Director for the Empire State Development Corp., doesn't do much. Actually, her vapid smile is about her only asset.

That’s why when news reached us from a more-than-casual friend inside ESD that Orsi had been on a tear all day Wednesday, we chuckled. It seems that the Niagara County Legislature’s decision to take ESD to task for its decision to give 1.3 million taxpayer dollars to First Niagara Bank to relocate its headquarters—and its highest-paying jobs—to Buffalo ruffled her feathers.

Apparently the final straw for Orsi was a phone call from “reporter” Mark Scheer, whose piece in Wednesday's Niagara Gazette reads like little more than a re-hashing of an ESD press release.

Our friend inside ESD said that Orsi punted Scheer to ESD’s PR flack and then spent the next 10-20 minutes “swearing up a blue storm.”

But instead of taking all this as a learning point, Orsi decided it would be a good idea to completely burn her bridges. So, she called Niagara County Legislator Renae Kimble, who sponsored a resolution at Tuesday night’s Leg meeting that called on the State Legislature to bar ESD from using taxpayer dollars to finance moving jobs from one county to another inside New York State.

We’d have loved to have been able to listen in on her telephone conversation with Orsi. Because it seems, our friend at ESD tells us, Orsi decided against trying to smooth over relations with Niagara County in her phone call, and instead immediately launched into telling Kimble that she “had no clue what she was talking about” and, our personal favorite, “Niagara County didn’t need to handle this this way.”

No, of course they didn’t. They could have just let ESD crap all over us.

But Orsi wasn’t done damaging her relationship with Niagara County. She then called Economic Development Czar Sam Ferraro at the Niagara County IDA’s offices in Sanborn and “tried to ream Sam out.” Actually, they used a description involving new orifices, but we'll avoid the blatant unpleasantness - for now.

Apparently, Orsi then spent several minutes attacking the Niagara County Legislature’s Republican majority for Kimble’s resolution. (Apparently that Kimble is a Democrat and that it passed unanimously escaped her.)

The real kicker came, though, when she told Ferraro that “Niagara County could have at least called us before they did this.” Apparently Ferraro was barely able to contain his laughter as he reminded Orsi that ESD never bothered to call Niagara County before it announced it had moved First Niagara’s headquarters to downtown Buffalo. Ferraro may have also been reacting to the fact that, the day after the First Niagara move, he called Orsi, only to be put off for six hours before she returned his phone call late in the day on a Friday because she “decided to sleep in,” as her secretary put it.

Let’s be very clear here: Orsi handled this situation in a disastrous manner, and this move was political. Empire State Development is apparently in the business of raping Niagara County and asking for a kiss afterwards. And we’re willing to back up that claim. Below is ESD’s news release announcing that they’d just financed First Niagara’s move to Buffalo. Notice all the Erie County pols who are quoted in the release—and that no one from Niagara County was quoted. And then decide whether you believe ESD’s statement, today, that “It was important to ESD to ensure that both Erie and Niagara Counties benefited from First Niagara’s expansion.” (Click to enlarge the below images)

September 24, 2009

First Niagara, ESD Screw Niagara County

In what can only be described as another kick in the groin of Niagara County, First Niagara was given a $1.3 million incentive by the state of New York's Empire State Development Corporation to move its headquarters from Pendleton to Buffalo.

Now, FN is trying to spin the move with a "the Pendleton office will remain at capacity" angle. Obviously the folks at First Niagara think we're complete idiots. Sure, the space will be utilized as a glorified call center, at least until the bank's latest round of IDA tax breaks come to a close, but the highest paying jobs are being sucked right out of our community.

It's always disgusted me that the IDA of one community can solicit the businesses of another community to move. Now we have the state giving incentives to a company to move from one community to another, and it's a goddamn disgrace. How anyone would think this is a good move is mind boggling. The state is doing nothing more than cannibalizing businesses.

Here's an idea Empire State Development and New York State Legislature: try making the state a little bit more business friendly. Try lowering taxes and utility rates; try eliminating Wicks Law, Scaffold Law and the Taylor Law; try not caving into the special interests who own your asses.

I laugh out loud when I hear these candidate forums and read these candidate questionnaires when they ask elected officials what they're going to do to create jobs. IT IS NOT THE JOB OF GOVERNMENT TO CREATE JOBS; IT IS THE JOB OF THE GOVERNMENT TO CULTIVATE AND CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS CONDUCIVE TO JOB GROWTH. It's not a difficult concept to grasp. Then again, maybe it is.

As for First Niagara, I believe that I have five accounts with them. I will be pulling all of them out. If they're not committed to my community, why the hell should I have the least bit of commitment to them? I'll move my accounts to HSBC. At least the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation doesn't pretend to be a local bank.

If you live in Niagara County, especially Lockport, where the former Lockport Savings Bank got its long forgotten roots, join me in telling First Niagara exactly where they can stick their deposits.

September 23, 2009

Not Such A Cute Couple

Earlier this year, the Wheatfield Republican Committee pulled its endorsement of incumbent supervisor Tim Demler. Subsequently, a significant number of allegations have been lodged against Demler's handling of town affairs.

When the committee pulled the endorsement, many said it was because of Demler's alleged affair with a town employee, Tracy Gurnett. Demler vehemently denied the rumors of nailing a married town employee.

Now, if the allegations of improprieties against Demler in his dealings with town matters do in fact prove to be true, the law will handle them appropriately. But when it comes to sleeping with another man's wife, that's just slimey. I'm not saying the female doesn't have some culpability, but Demler should know better, if the rumors are indeed true.

This video was shot in Jamestown earlier this year, and it features Demler and Gurnett.
We'll let you decide for yourself.

Congratulations to the voters of Wheatfield for dumping this slime.

September 22, 2009

Breaking News -- Newlin Storms Out of Senior Center

Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin chugged on over to the Lewiston Senior Center today to talk to the older men and women as they dined on their usual Tuesday lunch. But according to some knowledgeable sources, when Fred got there he was angry that one little old lady had the audacity to be wearing a Steve Reiter for Supervisor t-shirt. Newlin pulled the Senior Center director aside and demanded that granny be told change her t-shirt or hit the road.

Obviously Fred Newlin never learned that you don’t badger a senior citizen because this particular woman refused. The director demanded again, at Newlin’s urging, that the lady leave or change her clothes and this started a little dust up. Again the lady refused, saying this is a free country and she can wear whatever she wants.

Well Newlin apparently sensed that his demands on this senior lady had turned the crowd hostile toward him so he said he’d come back next week and bid a hasty retreat out of there.

Clearly, Newlin’s legendary thin skin is already showing and the campaign hasn’t really started yet. The only thing rising faster that Newlin’s temper these days are the electric bills of Lewiston homeowners….but that’s a blog for another day.

Why Isn’t ACORN Vote Fraud A Criminal RICO?

Why Isn’t ACORN Vote Fraud A Criminal RICO?

By Former US Attorney for Philadelphia David W. Marston

The Old Prosecutor
You don't need to be John Gotti--or even Tony Soprano--to be prosecuted criminally as a racketeer. You could, instead, be the ACORN employee who gave 19-year-old Freddie Johnson dollar bills and cigarettes in exchange for signing 73 fraudulent voter registration cards in critical swing-state Ohio.

Indeed, beyond high-profile Mafia prosecutions, the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act--RICO--has been used against targets as disparate as the Key West Police Department, financier Michael Milken and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. The purpose of RICO is to focus on the criminal "enterprise," not just individual criminals, to prosecute and eliminate criminal organizations with multi-state or national reach. On conviction, RICO criminal enterprises forfeit all of their assets, and individual defendants are subject to stiff prison sentences.

RICO cases need three key elements. Criminal charges can be brought against: (i) a "person," who is part of an (ii) an "enterprise" which includes any legal entity (iii) which engages in a "pattern of racketeering activity" (defined as committing any 2 of 35 named crimes within a 10-year period). And yes, fraud is one of the crimes that can trigger RICO.

So let's consider the enterprise called ACORN. A successor to the militant and now defunct Welfare Rights Organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now has engaged in an in-your-face 30-year effort to "organize the poor" and bring about "social change."

Typical ACORN tactics: In 1995, 500 ACORN protesters yelling "Nuke Newt" and "We Want Newt!" overwhelmed hotel security at the Washington Hilton, where Gingrich was scheduled to speak; the Speaker's speech was cancelled. On Capitol Hill, ACORN thugs shouting "CRA Has Got To Stay" and "Banks for Greed, Not for Need" muscled their way into control of a House Banking Committee hearing; they were finally removed by Capital Police. In Baltimore, ACORN activists dumped a huge pile of garbage in front of City Hall, and a busload of profanity-shouting protesters "demonstrated" outside Mayor Martin O'Malley's home. [They] "scared the daylights out of my wife and kids," O'Malley said.

But scared apparently worked. After the O'Malley clash, ACORN got an annual $50,000 payment from the city of Baltimore, for "housing counseling for the poor." Similarly, across America, taxpayers at every level regularly--and unknowingly--ante up millions of dollars, to subsidize ACORN's extortions.

Fast-forward to 2008. Supported in part by an $832,000 contribution from the Obama presidential campaign, an ACORN entity has engaged in a national "non-partisan" campaign to register new voters. ACORN uses paid hourly workers for the voter sign-ups, and hard-nosed bullying to enforce mandatory daily quotas (26 voter registrations per day for $9 an hour workers). Teshika Elder, a single mother from Cleveland who did voter registration for ACORN said: "Every day, there was pressure on us. Every single day."

But pressure, like scared, worked. ACORN points with pride to the fact that 1.3 million new "voters" were registered nationwide. Unfortunately, one of those new Florida "voters" was named Mickey Mouse, and the Dallas Cowboys starting lineup also "signed" ACORN registration cards. ACORN workers found a homeless man reading a book in a Cleveland park, and under pressure, he signed some of the 13 registration cards that had his name, with his mother's house or workplace as his address. At last count, election officials in at least 15 states were looking into widespread fraud and abuse charges related to the ACORN registration tactics.

In short, separate crimes in separate places. Pre-RICO, there would have been no effective way to prosecute all of the crimes together; organized crime thrived because a mob extortion in Miami could not be legally linked to a mob fraud in New York. But RICO changed all that. Now, when multiple crimes are committed in various jurisdictions, the prosecution target is the enterprise that links all the crimes together, and in the massive multistate election fraud of 2008, that enterprise is ACORN. And the recently disclosed FBI investigation into ACORN is evidence that the federal prosecutors get it.

The need to consider ACORN for a potential RICO criminal prosecution is particularly acute at this point, because the U.S. Supreme Court recently scuttled the most ambitious effort by any state to insure the integrity of the 2008 federal election process against the ACORN registration onslaught. With thousands of suspect new voter registrations having been filed in Columbus, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court in ordering the Ohio Secretary of State to verify the new voters' identity, by matching information with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration. Based on a narrow legal technicality, however, the U.S. Supreme vacated that order. ACORN's "mismatches" will be allowed to vote in Ohio, and may well decide the outcome of the presidential election.

At this point, there is no possibility that a RICO prosecution against ACORN will be brought in the remaining few days before the election--nor should it be. But after the election, no matter who wins, in light of ACORN's blatant registration fraud, a vigorous RICO prosecution against ACORN is essential to restore the integrity of the American electoral process.

(David W. Marston previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which includes the city of Philadelphia). From The Stone Zone.

September 21, 2009

Rivera's Failures Put Him On The Hot Seat

Just under a week removed from the primary election, there seems to be little for the local Democratic Party to get excited about.

The GOP won every single Independence and Conservative primary in Niagara County. Now, this shouldn't come as too much of a shock since the county Republicans have a proven track record of success on the I & C lines, and the Democrats haven't had any luck with the two minor lines since Al Hollands annihilated the very fabric of Conservative values by giving the C line to any and every Dem in the county. Hell, I still remember when the Niagara County Conservative Party honored Renae Kimble as the Conservative of the Year! Renae Kimble!!

Anyway, I digress.

Where there should be significant concern for the Dems is their inability to hold the ACORN, errrr, Working Families line for their candidates. As I stated, the GOP won every primary for the Republicans. The Democrats, on the other hand, lost six Working Families primaries to the GOP.

Maybe you're asking why these minor lines are so critical. They represent what is referred to in politics as a "drop off line". Republicans who refuse to pull the lever for a Democrat, even though they may like the candidate, will drop off to one of the minor lines, and vice versa. If there is no drop off line, as in this case for many of the county Democrats, it hurts a candidate's chances of winning the election.

Niagara County Democratic Chairman Dan Rivera, one of the best allies the Niagara County GOP has ever had, continues to wallow in failure. In addition to losing the six primaries, North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos is facing a significant challenge from Rob Ortt and Lewiston Supervisor Fred Newlin is facing a double threat from Kathryn Mazierski and the popular Steve Reiter.

In Rivera's defense, he did win the Niagara County Legislature's First District primary against Jason Murgia.

But the North Tonwanda and Lewiston seats will likely determine Rivera's future with the Niagara County Dems. If he loses one of those seats, many within the Dem ranks will call for his resignation. If he loses both, many will be calling for his ass.

Should be an interesting six weeks.

September 16, 2009

How Obama Got Elected

The following video is a collection of interviews of Obama supporters on election day. I'd like to say that I'm shocked by the responses to these questions, but the reality is that their answers are exactly what I'd expect. The video also illustrates just how powerful and distorted the media is in shaping the thought process of voters.

September 15, 2009

Lewis' Ineptitude To Cost Taxpayers Millions

Well, this one's gonna be painful. Niagara County Manager Greg Lewis' ineptitude is going to cost us, the taxpayers of the county, millions and millions of dollars.

The county, which closed the Mount View nursing home at the direction of Lewis, is now facing a $5 million bill after a state arbitrator agreed with the union that the county failed to follow layoff procedures as required by contract when it moved forward with Mount View’s closure. The arbitration is binding.

It's hardly been a secret that we have no use for Lewis. His buffoonery aside, his complete and utter lack of accomplishments during his six years is unquestionable. He despises the unions, has sheer disdain for the taxpayers, pure contempt for the legislature and has absolutely nothing substantive to show for his time here.

This must be the last straw. The county legislature, although following Lewis' lead on the Mount View closure, is ultimately responsible to the voters of this community. Sure, Lewis will recommend appealing the decision of the arbitrator, which of course will cost you and I thousands of dollars in legal fees, but this decision will not be overturned. Anyone who follows such proceedings knows this.

It's time to cut bait, boys. You've had this line in the water for six years, and it's simply not working. He is not the one who is accountable to the taxpayers, you are. Start taking responsibility. After all, how much longer are we, the taxpayers, going to have to suffer the indignity of Greg Lewis' costly mistake after mistake?

September 14, 2009

Our Buffalo Bills Prognostication

No NFL season would be complete without the pigskin prognosticators at Niagara Times giving our outlook for the Buffalo Bills. As you may recall, last year we predicted a 6-10 season for our beloved Bills. The team finished a very mediocre 7-9, missing the NFL playoffs for a ninth straight season, the longest current streak in the NFL.

Let me start out by saying I am a fan of the Bills. When I say that, I mean the players. That's where my support of the team ends. I despise the front office, which is more concerned more with putting butts in the seats than putting a winning product on the field. This is evidenced by the hiring of a slew of marketing guys to run the football team. I'm sure Russ Brandon could sell shit to a plumber, but he is not a football guy. In fact, the front office has very few football guys.

What the team has absolutely forgotten over the past 10 years of mediocrity is that I am the consumer. They have made no attempt to put a quality product on the market, so I won't buy it. I understand that there are loyal Bills fans in WNY, and I think that's good. But I would not spend one dime of my hard-earned money to support an organization that unequivocally refuses to put a product on the field that is worthy of my money.

Even more than that, I am repeatedly given the opportunity to attend Bills games for free. I won't go. They're not worthy of my money and they're not worthy of my time. I refuse to give up one of my weekend days to watch this team - they're just not worth it.

Even my respect for the players has limitations. I think most of them are spoiled, over-paid and under-educated, despite the fact that most of them have obtained, not earned, a college degree.

Which leaves us with the prediction. The O-Line is in utter shambles. Three of the five starting offensive lineman have never taken an NFL snap. Trent Edwards has regressed immensely. T.O. is a nightmare waiting to happen. Members of the D-line are past their prime. The secondary looks good, as does special teams. The head coach is among the worst in the league. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt has never called an NFL play.

What do all of these ingredients make? They make a 5-11 team that will miss the playoffs for the 10th straight year.

Have a nice season.

September 11, 2009

September 10, 2009

A Youngster No More

I happened to be listening to a local radio station this morning, as I usually do, for the 7:30 news. During the broadcast, the "news guy" went on to report a story of an 18 year-old who was arrested for a litany of relatively serious charges. What I've got a problem with is the DJ's use of adjectives in describing this scumbag, who like most criminals, has likely only been arrested for a fraction of the crimes they've actually committed. The news guy went on to describe the alleged criminal as a "youngster".

I don't mean to nitpick, but that is simply ludicrous to describe this man as a youngster. I'm sure he stopped being a youngster 7 or 8 years ago when he committed his first crime.

The term youngster connotes youth and innocence. Even defines youngster as a child or a young person.

This mentality in our society that age has something to do with responsibility is so misguided. I know 10 year-olds that are more mature and more responsible than some 40 year-olds that I know.

This man is 18 years-old, and he is on our streets committing crimes. He is not a "youngster".

When I heard the piece, I immediately thought of Tyquan Rivera. You haven't heard of 15 year-old Tyquan? Well let me share with you a little information about this "youngster". He was just convicted of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in connection with the Jan. 31 shooting of Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio, 24.

Media types need to stop portraying these criminals as kids. If you commit a crime (I'm not talking about snagging a pack of gum from the local 7-11), you've lost your innocence, and you've lost your right to be a youngster. The quicker we start treating these punks like the criminals they are, and not some poor, young mind gone astray, the better off our society will be.

September 9, 2009

Demler Supports Cliffe In Wheatfield

As if the primary contest in Wheatfield wasn't contentious enough, you now have the wife of the incumbent coming out publicly for her husband's opponent, Bob Cliffe. I swear, you can't make this stuff up - Tammy Demler doesn't support her own husband! I would think that she knows him better than anyone else, and she is quite well known and popular in the community, so her endorsement of Cliffe will carry alot of weight in Wheatfield.

Making matters worse for Demler are accusations by town councilmen that Demler overstepped his authority as supervisor by paying bills and taking action without going through the proper channels. As we stated before, we have receive document after document showing Demler usurped the authority of the board and unilaterally authorized the payment of bills that the council had denied.
Demler's response, in today's Niagara Gazette, is problematic for him. “Every one of these so-called issues were decisions made by me, properly, to address a concern for residents at a particular time,” Demler said. Here's your problem, Tim: You do not have the authority to make those decisions on your own. That is why the people elected a town board, so there isn't this dictatorial type of decision-making going on.
The allegations against Demler are so serious that committee members have turned the information over to the Niagara County District Attorney, the FBI and the offices of the New York state controller and attorney general.
Take a moment to click the above link to read of the allegations against Demler.

September 8, 2009

Our Take

By now I'm sure many of you have heard of the armed robbery in Lockport last night. Although the Buffalo News has its own take on last night's events, we're going to write the story how it should actually read in the media.

(Lockport, New York) - Three black men, who have been a scourge on society since they were born, walked into the Lockport Kentucky Fried Chicken and stuck guns in the faces of terrified workers.

The men, all with extensive rap sheets, although what they've actually been convicted for pales in comparison to the number of crimes they've committed, escaped on foot after attempting to run over a Lockport police officer.

Multiple police agencies were called in to search for the the three scumbags, who ravaged through the quiet streets of the community. Police used helicopters and police dogs to aid in the search.

Residents of the city were forced to take additional precautions and many feared for their lives, especially knowing that Lockport's children were to return to classes with these pieces of shit still on the loose.

One of the perpetrators was eventually caught, and quickly confessed. When asked why he did it, he stated, "My welfare check just ain't doin' enough for me, man. I gots 11 kids to feed and Kentucky Fried Chicken looked like a good place to rob. And I figured I could gets me a 20 pack while I was there".

A member of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department, speaking on the condition of anonymity, knows the three suspects well. "Oh yeah, we know these scumbags. We keep arresting them and arresting them and these weak judges keep putting them back on the street. I guess it's going to take someone getting killed for these judges to start taking this shit serious."

Two of the scumbags remain at large, but they'll be in custody soon since the first rat-bastard gave it up like a two dollar whore.

September 7, 2009

Obama To Decide Who Lives & Who Dies

Ezekiel Emanuel, Chief Health-Care Policy Adviser to President Obama:
"Ultimately, the complete lives system...empowers us to decide fairly whom to save when genuine scarcity makes saving everyone impossible. When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated".

Exactly who decides what "fairly" means? God? Obama? Are they one and the same? Because if Obamination has his way, and you're not between 15 and 40, your life doesn't mean as much as those who do fall into that age group.

If this doesn't scare the shit out of you, you'd better stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

September 4, 2009

Time To Step Up, Richie

We admit, we tend to beat up on NYPA and its CEO, Richie Kessel. But let's make one thing clear: we don't do it for the fun of it; we do it because the Niagara Power Project unequivocally generates the vast majority of NYPA profits, and NYPA and Kessel continue to fail to deliver for this community.

Sure, they came in and dropped in some low-cost power for the Yahoo! deal, but the number of times that NYPA has failed this region far outnumbers what they brought to the table this one time.

To be fair, not all of that should fall on Kessel. There have been plenty of opportunities for former NYPA CEOs to do something for the betterment of our region, and they all failed us.

It's not surprising. They view those in Western New York and a bunch of hicks that are so far removed from civilization that we wouldn't even notice that we're getting screwed. Well, we have noticed, and we're sick and tired of it.

People from WNY that have been appointed to the NYPA board, like Elise Cusack and Pat Curley, have zero character. They have been put in a position to be strong advocates for our community, and they have completely let each and everyone of us down. How the hell either of these people have the audacity to show their faces in public is beyond me. But, I guess if you're going to sell your soul to the devil to make yourself politically relevant today, your time will most certainly come later. And it will.

After yesterday's post, hell broke loose in NYPA. Yes, we know this for a fact. So, I sent an email to Michael Saltzman, a spokesman for NYPA, stating that should he or Kessel have the desire to respond to yesterday's post, I would be more than willing to print a response. Shockingly, they haven't responded. But really, why would Kessel respond? He's never shown any accountability before, so what was I thinking when I thought he would now?

From a public relations perspective, I like Kessel. I like people who can walk into a crowded room and deliver hour after hour of pure unmitigated bullshit. It's a talent that I personally have worked for years to cultivate. I think I have it down pretty good.

But my bullshit doesn't impact thousands and thousands of people; Kessel's does.

So I'm willing to make a deal with you, Richie. I will sit on the godawful amount of information I have about the most intimate details of the inner workings of NYPA, which I gave you just a little taste of yesterday, and you start being a man of your word. And I mean now, not six months from now.

I want to see a major announcement of something NYPA is doing for the betterment of this region - and I'm not talking Niagara Falls or Buffalo, or the $250,000 you're planning to bring to North Tonawanda in order to try to save Larry Soos' sorry ass, or I can assure you, the proverbial shit will most certainly hit the fan. I shit you not.

September 3, 2009

NYPA Chronicles: Welcome To The Unqualified Mr. Fournier

Let’s get this out of the way. Places like NYPA are always going to have the fair share of patronage. The practice is as old as time itself. However, Richie Kessel’s NYPA seems to be taking that to the extreme. The number of people being stuffed into security guard, janitorial and tour guide jobs (especially considering the state has a hiring freeze, I believe, though I could be wrong) has been unbelievable.

Now the thing with patronage is you try to keep it low profile and put people in jobs who are actually qualified. Well, that’s what most people do, but Richie Kessel’s NYPA is all about winning over gullible local politicians who are willing to sell their souls, keep their mouths shut and attend every Kessell press conference in the hope that maybe he’ll throw a few scraps their way.

Which brings us to the latest bone that Kessell has thrown to a local – the hiring of the Niagara Falls City Councilman Steve Fournier to work at the Niagara Power Project. Where to begin with this one.

You might remember Fournier is the Councilman who got loaded one night, get into a minor brouhaha and started dropping some N-bombs all over the place. As is the course for these politicos, he apologize, pled out and promised to go meet with the local chapter of the NAACP about what prompted him to drop the N-bomb in the first place.

Problem is that Fournier blew off the NAACP twice, skipping the scheduled meetings. That tells you all you need to know about his character. Now, the vice Chair of the Niagara Falls NAACP is Shirley Hamilton. Ms. Hamilton, who we have a growing fondness for, is also a union muckety muck over at NYPA.

So, sources have told us that Ms. Hamilton and other African American employees are off the wall angry that Fournier has been given this plumb gig.

Secondly, Fournier was supposed to be a security guard or janitor but couldn’t pass the friggin test so the shoe horned him into the tour guide job. Now, the only reason we know this part is because Fournier himself walked around the Niagara Power Project yesterday telling everyone about his inability to pass the test. (Note to Steve: best not to tell people you ain’t all that smart, though I’m sure they’d figure it out soon enough.)

Third, the City of Niagara Falls and the NYPA have a contractual relationship through the relicensing process. There are times when the Council and NYPA are adversaries, there are times when the City is looking to NYPA for cash for projects, etc. So, given this, tell me how this isn’t one big fat conflict of interest for Fournier to be working on NYPA’s payroll.

Last, Fournier himself said he couldn’t pass a test. So, clearly he wasn’t hired on the merits. As such, the public has a right to know who made calls on Fournier’s behalf to get him this sweet gig that we hear pays close to $30 bucks an hour (though we haven’t verified that yet.) Did Dyster help his Council ally? Did DelMonte make calls? Given the racial implications, we can’t believe Senator Thompson would be involved, but he has been king of getting people in at NYPA. And when we find out who, the next question is why?

September 2, 2009

Demler's House Of Cards Crumbling Down

We read with great interest today's Buffalo News story about allegations made against Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler by town council members. It seems, according to the councilmen who are serving with him, Demler has repeatedly authorized the payment of town bills even after the town board denied them. That's a big problem. Even worse, there is documentation showing that Demler later received campaign contributions from those he unilaterally had the town make payments to.

Interestingly, we also have also received much of the substantiating documentation, but were looking for further verification before we moved forward with it. And I can tell you, it does not look good for Demler.

As you may recall, Demler's endorsement was rescinded by the Wheatfield GOP a couple of months back. At the time, no reason was given by the committee, but it was widely speculated that the decision was based on Demler's affair with a town GOP committeeman's wife, who happens to work for the town (which in itself, banging another man's wife, would be reason enough for me not to support this slime). It now appears that the decision of the town GOP committee had nothing to do with Demler's philandering, but with the massive corruption that has become the staple of his organization.

Demler's response to the allegations was to simply attack the councilman who has been the most vocal, Larry Helwig. Well, here's an idea, Tim. Take the documentation that shows repeated indiscretions on your part and sit down with the councilmen, the media and the public and explain yourself. Going after the accuser is smoke & mirror bullshit, and no one is going to buy it.

Of course, since these allegations are being looked at by the Niagara County District Attorney, the F.B.I. and the New York State Attorney General, Demler may just as well be served by keeping his mouth shut. Because if what is being alleged is true, and the documentation certainly seems to support that, Demler has a big, big problem ahead of him. We're talking prison.

As a side note, kudos to Helwig for having the courage to speak out. We've never known Helwig to be a big political guy, just a local person who enjoys serving on the town board. It's not easy to put yourself out there as he has done, but he's doing the right thing.

You never know what you're gonna get in these sleepy little towns like Wheatfield. This election, which wasn't even on the radar a few months back, now appears to be one of the most interesting ones to watch. Stay tuned.

September 1, 2009

Obama To Take Control Of The Internet?

(The following is a cross-post from our friends at Monroe Rising).

Where are the liberal/progressive/radicals when you actually want them? And where is the vast mainstream media and their professed objective investigative reporting when we need it? I guess Obama-bias remains alive and well here in the U.S.S.A.

Or the leftwing loonies and the press think it’s absolutely hunky dory that a Democrat U.S. Senator has introduced a bill that would grant powers to Obama to take control of private internet servers “during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.” It is appalling that this is even being considered.

Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.

They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.

The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license.

Civil liberties groups were “alarmed?” How about totally off the wall batsh*t crazy-a$$ outraged! So called “civil liberties groups” would go completely insane if this were proposed by a Republican Senator for a Republican President.

Apparently not so much when it’s a Democrat/Democrat proposal. Then they simply became alarmed. That, and the whole behind closed doors process is now ok too – you know, because it’s the Democrats doing it.

This part of the CNet news story was particularly amusing and concerning:

The Rockefeller proposal plays out against a broader concern in Washington, D.C., about the government’s role in cybersecurity. In May, President Obama acknowledged that the government is “not as prepared” as it should be to respond to disruptions and announced that a new cybersecurity coordinator position would be created inside the White House staff. Three months later, that post remains empty, one top cybersecurity aide has quit, and some wags have begun to wonder why a government that receives failing marks on cybersecurity should be trusted to instruct the private sector what to do.

Let’s take a look at this new-found power Barack Obama would have:

Probably the most controversial language begins in Section 201, which permits the president to “direct the national response to the cyber threat” if necessary for “the national defense and security.” The White House is supposed to engage in “periodic mapping” of private networks deemed to be critical, and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government. (”Cyber” is defined as anything having to do with the Internet, telecommunications, computers, or computer networks.)

“The language has changed but it doesn’t contain any real additional limits,” EFF’s Tien says. “It simply switches the more direct and obvious language they had originally to the more ambiguous (version)…The designation of what is a critical infrastructure system or network as far as I can tell has no specific process. There’s no provision for any administrative process or review. That’s where the problems seem to start. And then you have the amorphous powers that go along with it.”

Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network.

There it is. Under this proposal, the government would decide WHO private business can hire, WHAT information you must give the government and WHEN the government would take over your technology.

I laugh hysterically every time I hear a leftwing lunatic say with a straight face that we’re not headed to socialism/communism under Barack Obama. Keep telling yourselves that in between sips of kool aid kids.

On a side note, I can’t help but wonder if Al Gore had any inkling that this would be possible when he created the internet. Would he have changed his mind and scrapped the entire concept if he knew a Republican president would have this power too?