January 29, 2010

Alito Tells It Like It Is

Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito for having the courage to tell Barack Obama exactly what he is: a liar. Not that this is news to anyone, Obama has been lying since his days of corruption in Chicago politics. But the forum in which Alito expressed himself, in front of a worldwide audience while sitting just a few rows in front of Obama, was priceless.

In case you missed it, while delivering his State of the Union address, Obama said: "With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that, I believe, will open the floodgates for special interests, including foreign corporations, to spend without limit in our elections."
While Democrats stood and applauded, cameras showed the justices sitting expressionless. Except for Alito. "Not true, not true," he appeared to say, as he shook his head and furrowed his brow.
The issue in itself is not relevant and whether or not you agree with the court's decision is not the focus. What is at issue here is Obama's unprecedented move of infringing on the absolute separation of the branches of government. And if he chooses to venture into this uncharted territory, which I suppose is his right, he most certainly should expect a response, and he got one. Shockingly, he didn't like that.

Once again, Obama tried to use the bully pulpit on national TV to make his point. Did he criticize the court's opinion immediately after the decision? Nope, he showed the nation exactly what he's made of by holding off until he could make his accusations in front of the country in an obvious attempt to embarrass and intimidate members of the Supreme Court. Real classy, Barry. You're a true inspiration.

January 27, 2010

2009 Recap

1. The American people elect a president with a total of 142 days experience as a U.S. Senator from the most politically corrupt state (and city) in America. The President's first official act is to order the close of Gitmo and make sure terrorists’ civil rights are not violated.

2. The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm an Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo terrorists.

3. The CIA Boss appointee, Leon Panetta, has a daughter named Linda who we find out is a true radical anti-American activist.

4. We have the second most corrupt American woman, behind Pelosi, as Secretary of State; bought and paid for.

5. We got a tax cheat for Treasury Secretary who did not properly file his own taxes for 12 years.

6. We have a Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.

7. We had a tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under charges.

8. We had a Labor Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical conduct.

9. We had a Secretary HHS nominee (Daschle) who withdrew under charges of cheating on his taxes.

10. And we have had multiple appointments of former lobbyists after repeatedly stating during the campaign that no lobbyists would be appointed.

Congress passes the $800,000,000,000 (that's $800 billion) pork-loaded spending bill where the government gives you a smidgen of your tax dollars ($13 per week), making you feel so good about yourself [stimulated], that you want to run out to Wal-Mart and buy a new Chinese-made HDTV and go home and watch Telemundo!

Here’s the good news though - Obama took Air Force One to Denver to sign the stimulus package, wasting 10,000 gallons of fuel.

Don't you just love the hypocrisy?

By the way, Obama has now been president for 12 months and yet he & his wife Michelle, being the Christian family they claim to be, have not attended church since the inauguration. He must miss Reverend Wright!

In these times, I'll keep my God, my freedom, my gun and my money. Anyone that supports this insanity can keep "THE CHANGE".

January 26, 2010

Meet The Soetoros

(Indonesia) Left to Right: Lolo Soetoro, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, baby Maya Soetoro, and nine year-old Barry Soetoro.

This registration document below, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi School in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro.
Name: Barry Soetoro Religion: Islam Nationality: Indonesian

How did Indonesian Barry Soetoro, (aka Barack Obama) get around the issue of nationality to become president?


In a move certain to fuel the debate over Obama's qualifications for the presidency, the group "Americans for Freedom of Information" has released copies of President Obama's college transcripts from Occidental College.

The just released transcripts indicate that Obama, under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school.

The transcript was released by Occidental College in compliance with a court order in a suit brought by the group in the Superior Court of California.

The transcript shows that Obama (Soetoro) applied for financial aid and was awarded a fellowship for foreign students from the Fulbright Foundation Scholarship program. To qualify, for the scholarship, a student must claim foreign citizenship.

This document would seem to provide the smoking gun that many of Obama's detractors have been seeking. Along with the evidence that he was born in Kenya, and there is no record of him ever applying for US citizenship, this is looking pretty grim.

The news has created a firestorm at the White House as the release casts increasing doubt about Obama's legitimacy and qualification to serve as president.

When reached for comment while in London, where he had been in meetings with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Obama smiled but refused comment on the issue.

Britain's Daily Mail has also carried the story in a front-page article titled, "Obama Eligibility Questioned”, leading some to speculate that the story overshadowed economic issues on Obama's first official visit to the U.K.

In a related matter, under growing pressure from several groups, Justice Antonin Scalia announced that the Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to hear arguments concerning Obama's legal eligibility to serve as President in a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey. This lawsuit claims Obama's dual citizenship disqualified him from serving as president.

Donofrio's case is just one of 18 suits brought by citizens demanding proof of Obama's citizenship or qualifications to serve as president.

Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation has released the results of their investigation of Obama's campaign spending. This study estimates that Obama has spent upwards of $950,000 in campaign funds in the past year with eleven law firms in 12 states for legal resources to block disclosure of any of his personal records.

Mr. Kreep indicated that the investigation is still on going but that the final report will be provided to the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder. Mr. Holder has refused to comment on the matter.

January 25, 2010

Chapman Saga Adds Another Twist

It seems that Lockport Alderman Andrew Chapman, who we wrote about as recently as last Thursday, is going to be providing the pages of Niagara Times with plenty to blog. The Fourth Ward representative, who has been in office all of three weeks, is creating a huge controversy in the community because he is concerned with the image of the Molson Concert Canal Concert Series promoter.

As we touched on last week, Chapman is a religious zealot who objects to the city renewing its contract with the promoter of the series because of her involvement with other business interests that he does not condone because of his religious beliefs. Of course, Chapman has no problem contracting his personal security business with casinos and all of the sins that accompany those establishments. He insists on raking the reputation of the promoter through the mud in his personal crusade to push the concert series out of Lockport.

Apparently, Chapman has a very short memory. As this story from the August 28, 2008 Union Sun & Journal reports, Chapman donated a video surveillance system to the promoter for use at the concert series. Now, the US&J piece doesn't say that Chapman's company, IK Systems, donated the equipment to the series - it says the he did. Not that this a significant point, because one way or another he financially benefited from the donation to the promoter. Whether it was through him personally or through the company, a tax deduction for the donation was taken.

And yes, the promoter today is the same as in '08.

So once again, we are seeing a massive contradiction from Chapman. Like doing business with the casinos, it seems that Chapman's morality radar is non-existent when it comes to his personal financial gain.

His response will be easy to predict; he will claim that he didn't know about these issues when he made the donation to the promoter in 2008. What he's really saying is that there is no need to do his due diligence in his private life because money in his pocket is all that matters. It's an astounding level of hypocrisy that Chapman has reached in his three short weeks in office.

We can only hope that he takes a step back from his crusade of running the concert series out of town. The series has brought hundreds of thousands of people to the city, people that spend money in our shops, restaurants, retail establishments and hotels. One concert last year, Our Lady Peace, brought 25,000 people to the city - most of whom had never stepped foot in the city, but given a positive experience, will likely be back.

Most importantly, Chapman needs to understand that he was elected by the people of the Fourth Ward elected him to represent them, not God, and I'm going to go out on a limb and pontificate that most people of the ward want the series to continue unimpeded. Unfortunately, Chapman has chosen to use his position as a bully pulpit to advance his personal religious beliefs. It's a blatant misuse of the public's trust and it must cease.

January 22, 2010

Broken News: DelMonte Directs Scheer To Ice Story

We have done little to hide our contempt for “reporter” Mark Scheer of the Niagara Gazette. His articles are poorly written, extremely biased, shoddy, and did we mention poorly written?

But we never thought we’d be calling for Gazette management to fire him.

That is, until we actually had it related to us by very reliable sources that Scheer is, in fact, taking his marching orders directly from Francine DelMonte, and killing stories unflattering to DelMonte’s allies.

Our saga begins last Wednesday. We’re told that Scheer contacted the Niagara County government and demanded to know why the county had failed to file reports required by the state law governing bodies in receipt of casino dollars, in which the recipients are required to detail how they spent the casino dollars. (For those in the know, that would be Section 99-h of the Finance Law.)

The entire pretense of Scheer’s inquiry to Niagara County, and a later one to the Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, focused aggressively on the assertion—which inside sources tell us was placed directly in his ear by our old friend Francine—that neither entity had filed the requisite reports, which are due to the governor, the Temporary President of the State Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, the mayor of Niagara Falls, and the Niagara Falls Council President by April 1 of each year.

Scheer was somewhat deflated when, within a few hours, Niagara County had provided him with a copy of the report they sent to all five parties on March 26, 2009. Scheer threw up the white flag, however, when the following day the IDA demonstrated that it, too, had filed its report on March 26, 2009.

The notion of the county and the IDA failing to file such reports would have been a major coup for Francine, and a major scoop for our wannabe-Bob Woodward. But that’s not to suggest Scheer’s investigating was fruitless. Scheer DID uncover, we are told, significant wrongdoing with regard to the filings—just not on the part of Francine’s political enemies in county government.

It turns out that, while the county and the IDA complied with the law, at least three entities failed to: the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, the NTCC, and the Niagara Falls School District. In fact, we are even told that Niagara Falls School Superintendent Cynthia Bianco frantically called the IDA asking if THEY had written and filed a report on the school district’s behalf.

So, when we read Scheer’s long-awaited article Saturday, we were a bit perplexed. We asked our knowledgeable source what had happened, and were told that Scheer had buried the story about the failure of the school district and the hospital to comply with the law, and instead wrote a puff piece about the wonderful things they did with their share of the money. And we’re told, unequivocally, that Scheer did this on a direct order from his political matron, Francine DelMonte.

Bad writing is one thing. Killing a story to protect your political friends, though, is something altogether different. Francine’s actions are the actions of a woman drunk with power. Scheer’s though, are a firing offense in journalism. We’ll be watching to see what kind of newsman Gazette Publisher Peter Mio turns out to be.

January 21, 2010

Chapman Needs To Resign

I had this misfortune of hearing Lockport Alderman Andrew Chapman on WLVL this morning, as well as reading this article about the city's renewal of its contract with the promoter of the Molson Concert Canal Series for an additional three years.

Chapman is so upset that the promoter is a 15% owner in an adult club in Buffalo that he voted against the contract renewal of the concert series, the best entertainment series the city has ever had. In the article, Chapman stated, "I will not be spending my money on someone who exploits women." First off, you moron, IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY, IT'S THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY. And the exploits women rationale? The women who were enslaved by the owners of the four area massage parlors two years ago were exploited. The women who work in an adult club do so of their own fruition.

But more disturbing is Chapman's interjection of his own religious beliefs into the decision making process. When you allow your personal religious beliefs to to impact your ability to act in the best interest of the community, as Chapman has done, it's time to step down.

I'm pretty sure he didn't run on a platform of being a bible-toting religious zealot, so why bring it up now? Did he mislead the voters of the Fourth Ward by not divulging his true beliefs and intentions? It certainly appears that way.

A candidate may be elected because of his religious views, with obviously abortion being at the top of that list. But the electorate knows that going in, and this is a local race. Religion should not enter into the decision making process. And nowhere did I see anything about Chapman intending to cast his governmental votes based on his religious views.

Chapman, who is on this ridiculous term limit kick, says that 70% of the residents he talked to while campaigning want term limits. First of all, this is a goddamn lie. Seventy percent of people don't agree on anything, let alone an issue so far off the radar such as this one. Would 70% of Lockportians agree that the Bills hiring Chan Gailey as their next head coach was a questionable move? Possibly, because it's an issue that they're passionate about. Term limits? Not so much.

So if 70% of the people he spoke to want term limits, what percentage of the people that he spoke with told him that they wanted him to vote against renewal of the concert series? Or did he just make that call on his own? I'm thinking the latter.

He also whined to the media that he didn't have enough time to review the concert series contract. How much time did he have to review term limits? See, Chapman wants it both ways. He wants to use the lack of time to review the concert documents as a reason to not vote for it, but he was shooting off his hypocritical mouth about term limits minutes after getting into office.

The bottom line is that Chapman is a liar and a manipulator who is refusing to act in the best interests of the people who put him in office. The people of Lockport's Fourth Ward have been deceived by Chapman, while he hides behind this cloak of religion. He either needs to start acting in the best interests of the community he was elected to represent or he needs to resign his seat immediately.

It's the People's Seat II -- Niagara County Edition

So, I get to repeat my favorite adage again....when you're about to be run out of town, best to grab a baton and make it a parade. This time, that applies to County Treasurer Dave Broderick who abruptly resigned citing health concerns. While we believe health is indeed an issue, we also think that the Attorney General's scrutiny of Broderick's handling of estates played a role. We're not sure Broderick would have made it to the end of his term even if he wanted to.

But that aside, we believe the only people who should pick the Niagara County Treasurer are the voters of Niagara County. Governor Paterson should simply allow the Deputy Treasurer, Leslie Stolzenfels to serve as caretaker until the voters make a choice in November.

There are many names being tossed around in circles for this seat. On the Republican side, we've heard Lockport Treasurer Mike White and former Legislative Clerk Jeff Willams mentioned. On the Dem side, Kyle Andrews has already announced and Pat Brown, who lost to Broderick last time around, is in the mix.

Why should Paterson, with election season not that far off, give the keys to the car to anyone before the voters have spoken? Let the Deputy handle the job and let the voters make their choice in November.

And just in case you're wondering....I'd feel the exact same way regardless of whether the Governor was a Democrat or Republican.

January 20, 2010

"This Is The People's Seat!"

And with those resounding words, Massachusetts State Senator Scott Brown became the newest member of the United State Senate in a race that, as we discussed a few days earlier, was unequivocally a referendum on the policies of Barack Obama.

If the races in Virginia, New Jersey and now Massachusetts don't open the eyes of politicians in both Albany and Washington, nothing will - they'll just find themselves out on their collective asses. No incumbent is safe anymore because the American people have been rejuvenated like I've never seen.

As for Scott Brown, this guy is a star. Not in the Obama-esque sense of the word, with his celebrity magazine cover shots and Leno appearances, but a star of the disheartened American people. He delivered one of the greatest acceptance speeches I've ever had the pleasure of watching - and he did it without a teleprompter.

The fighting between the Washington Democrats and the Martha Coakley staffers has been astounding. It's amazing how quickly they run for cover and how eager they are to throw their Democratic brethren under the bus. The party is in complete and utter shambles, and Massachusetts voters sent a message of an unprecedented magnitude Tuesday night.

Take a moment to view the below video which encapsulates the frustration of the American people. As of now, it has been viewed nearly 800,000 times.

January 19, 2010

Palmer To Challenge DelMonte

Sources are telling Niagara Times that Lewiston Town Councilman Ernie Palmer is moving forward with plans to challenge incumbent Francine DelMonte in the 138th Assembly District race this year. Palmer has put together a "kitchen cabinet" of advisers, is putting together a budget, developing a website and compiling a master list of issues to be utilized against DelMonte. Palmer, who recently submitted his retirement papers from the Niagara Falls Police Department, will be a formidable candidate.

DelMonte, for her part, should be concerned, regardless of who her opposition is. There is a strong anti-incumbency backlash, as evidenced by the results of November's elections, especially towards Democrats in Albany.

At some point, the people of Niagara Falls have to take a look at who has been there through the decade-long decline of the city. While DelMonte has been the city's fixture in Albany, the city's state senators have included Antoine Thompson, Byron Brown, Anthony Nanula and Mark Coppolla. During her tenure, state taxes and fees have increased exponentially, she opposed a school property tax cap, she refused to allow the issue of casino gaming to go to a referendum so the people of this state could decide if they want casino gambling (so we're left fighting for scraps after the Senecas and Albany get their shares), she supported the sweep of $550 million in NYPA profits generated right here in Niagara County to fill the gaping budget hole in Albany that she helped create and she has supported taking millions of dollars out of the state parks in Niagara Falls.

In the towns, she's got even bigger problems. Her diverting of hundreds of thousands in casino revenue away from the towns to Niagara Falls is going to hurt her badly.

Frankly, I hope it does. She has been nothing but Sheldon Silver's beckon call girl in Albany, voting with him 99% of the time.

Not to mention the fact that her anointed one, Nick Melson, was defeated by Vince Sandanato in the Fifth County Legislative District face in November. Melson's entire platform revolved around his connections to Albany as a DelMonte staffer. That race was unequivocally a referendum on DelMonte.

With Palmer in the race, she should be very concerned. He will be strong in the towns and he will be strong in the city. And upon retiring, he will have plenty of time to devote to the rigors of campaigning. Hopefully the people of the 138th will come to their senses and dump do-nothing DelMonte. Of course, I'm sure her boy Richie Kessel will be more than happy to find her a job with the Power Authority, should she need one. Let's hope that she does.

January 18, 2010

The System Did Not Work

I don't know much about the organization that created the video below, keepamericasafe.com, but I know the message they're sending is dead on. This country is unequivocally at risk with Obama and incompetent Janet Napolitano leading our Homeland Security efforts. Her initial claim that "the system worked" after a terrorist tried to bring down Northwest Airlines Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit should send shivers down your spine.

Obama, for his part, showed his concern by not letting such a minor distraction interrupt his family vacation. After all, there were only 289 people on that flight who nearly lost there lives, if not for the brave passengers who stopped this maniac. Maybe that's part of Obama's plan - to let the passengers handle these incidents on a case by case basis. They're doing a helluva better job at it than Obama and Napolitano. And he did already have a tee time scheduled. Lord knows how difficult it must be to get one at Hawaii's finest courses. And let us not forget, the system worked.

What really boggles my mind is why someone would target the United States in the first place. I thought that when they elected Obama, our image on the global stage was going to immediately change. The war monger, they claimed, was out of office. All of the hatred towards America would be gone with the blink of an eye. At least that's what they believed when they pulled that lever. They bought that "Change You Can Believe In" bullshit.

Now, with our country facing double digit unemployment, an economy that continues to slide, an increase in troops to the Middle East, trillions of dollars in spending and debt, a president who makes Chuck Schumer look shy when it comes to photo ops, the socialization of the auto, banking and health care industries and an overall sense of despair among Americans, that "change" that so many hoped for is now as much of a reality as the magical land of Oz. But that won't stop Obama from making his next scheduled appearance on Leno or make him think twice about his next "People" magazine cover shot. He is, after all, a Hollywood star.

Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts between Scott Brown and Martha Coakley is absolutely a referendum on Obama. If Brown, who just a few weeks ago was down 31 points, can win in this state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3-1, the Democratic Party has got a huge problem on its hands, and that problem resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Just don't ask him to cut short his basketball game to address it.

January 15, 2010

More Problems On The Horizon For Demler

Previously, we discussed serious allegations against former Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler, and the investigations of those allegations by multiple agencies, including the district attorney, the attorney general, the FBI and the state comptroller. A story by Francine Delmonte's mouthpiece, Mark Scheer of the Niagara Gazette, details some of those allegations here. Sources are telling us that the results of those investigations are coming soon.

In the meantime, there appears to be a whole new set of problems for Demler. Word out of Wheatfield is that the little general was allegedly misusing his position as supervisor for personal financial gain. For example, we're hearing that he would go into M&T Bank once per month and ask for his overcharges on his own checking account to be erased. He supposedly used the town's account with the bank as his leverage, stating that he would remove the town's account from them if they did not deal with him in the manner he demanded. Apparently, they did this for him for quite some time until they decided not to deal any more.

The town's budget director at the time, Udit Sharma, left town for a few days on vacation and while he was gone, Demler transferred $1.2 million of town money out of M&T and moved it to First Niagara. He never told anyone and when Sharma returned, he realized that the money had been moved and asked Demler about it. Demler told him that he moved the money to get a better interest rate. Shortly after that, Sharma resigned his job, citing Demler's actions, the fact that Demler would not listen to him and that he could not sign the budget that Demler was proposing.

It has also been discovered that cell phones were given out by Demler in an inappropriate manner. Demler's parents and his daughter had cell phones provided by the town. To date, Demler and his parents have not turned their phones in to the town.

This guy has a whole lot of trouble coming his way, but he remains out there acting like he's still the supervisor. My advice to Demler would be to take a step back, analyze what's really important and be ready to answer some very difficult questions. Otherwise, the only supervision that I see in his future will be watching over the cell block.

January 14, 2010

Niagara Chamber is Right About Replacing Lewis

The Niagara USA Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to county legislators urging them to immediately begin the process to find the next county manager. Even though technically Lewis could be here for another 10 months (see the Greg Lewis countdown clock on the left for the exact time left on his contract), the fact is no one thinks he'll last that long.

And regardless, finding the right person for this job and not making a mistake like we did with Lewis is best done through a quality process. Look, Lewis has been a decent process guy but in areas like vision, leadership, communication and restructuring, he has been weak at best to an abject failure at worse. Perhaps if the Legislature had taken more time, they would have chosen better.

(For example, one of the questions in this process should be: Do you swear never to wear a huge I *heart* Niagara County pin that makes you look like a complete putz.)

The other interesting proposal by the chamber is to have professional business people do some initial screening to create a list of top tier candidates. This sounds like a good idea to us as it will make sure no unqualified hacks are slipped through the process. The fact that the chamber seems willing to get some of its professional members to perform this task is even better as this vetting process wouldn't then cost taxpayers anything.

Although it seems like the Legislature has plenty of time to begin its process, we all know how fast time moves. Hopefully, the Chamber's letter will nudge the Legislature to get moving.

After all, the sooner we send Greg Lewis packing the better.

January 13, 2010

Witnessing The Death Of An Industry

In this day and age of dwindling newspaper readership, one would think that the industry would do something to address its impending irrelevance. After all, subscriptions are declining on daily basis, more and more papers are reducing the numbers of editions they publish and some of the nation's leading papers have shut down entirely or are facing bankruptcy. The industry has been hit so hard, many reports state that several cities in the U.S. could be without a daily paper as early as this year.

Still, little changes. The same shoddy reporting, grammatical and misspellings that would turn Daniel Webster over in his grave and the industry's biggest problem has yet to be addressed, the inability to be objective.

Those of us who live in the blogger world don't have these concerns. Me, well I never took a journalism course in my life. And I don't need to be objective. I have an opinion and I voice that opinion. If readers enjoy what I have to say, or feel that a certain insight may be provided that they may not find in the mainstream media, they visit the site. If they're not interested in what I have to say, they don't read it. Frankly, I don't really care. I don't have deadlines or editors to report to, advertisers to appease and I don't rely on the site to generate revenue. I'm just a guy with an opinion and too much time on my hands. If the site has five readers a day or 5000, the pages will still be full. That, in a nutshell, is the beauty of blogging. Newspapers, on the other hand, are supposed to provide a quality product with some semblance of objectivity. Because they have completely failed on both counts, they're on a quick path to extinction.

Take for example yesterday's story in the Buffalo News by Denise Jewel Gee about the City of Niagara Falls using $180,000 in casino revenue to fund six concerts to be run by Hard Rock Cafe and the city's intention to use more casino money to fund events by other groups later this year. Gee goes through the entire piece without mentioning the fact that State Senator Antoine Thompson and State Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte stole a share of the casino revenue from every municipality outside of Niagara Falls and diverted it back to the city because they claimed that each of these municipality's use of the funds violated the terms of the casino compact.

It's not as if this nugget is irrelevant, and it's certainly not as if the paper hadn't covered this issue many times before. So why leave it out now?

Even the Niagara Gazette, which has shown no shame in their unwavering love for DelMonte, has refused to call her or the city out for the city's use of the casino revenue after previously blasting the county for using the money the exact same way the city is using it now. In fact, in an editorial last April, the editors at the Gazette went as far as to thank Delmonte and Thompson for their stealing of the rest of the county's share of the casino revenue and sending it to the Falls, while citing examples of how the county spent its share among the municipalities, as if to condone and reinforce DelMonte's and Thompson's actions. The editorial ended with "Some local state lawmakers don’t believe this type of spending honors how casino cash is supposed to be spent and we agree."

So where are the hypocrites at Greater Niagara Newspapers now that the city is not spending the casino revenue on road repairs, the premise under which the money was taken? Why no commentary? Do they believe that a concert in Niagara Falls is more important than a jazz festival or peach festival in Lewiston? More important than the City of Lockport’s proposed Lockport Harbor and Marina feasibility study? Improvements at Lockport’s Historic Palace Theatre, restoration at the Das Haus museum in Bergholz, as well as Old Fort Niagara, the Aquarium of Niagara, Canal Fest in the Tonawandas and a barbecue contest held by the Eagles Club in the Town of Wheatfield? Because that's where the money went, but they'll never see a dime of that money for their events because Francine DelMonte stole it, sent it to Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, and he is misusing it.

But the papers won't say that. They don't have balls to call out the people who are doing harm to our community, like Dyster, DelMonte and Thompson. They'll continue to wallow in their hypocrisy, hoping that the populace won't catch on. But we have caught on, and we're not interested in being a part of their propaganda machines any longer. That is why they are a dying industry and why alternative media outlets, like Niagara Times, will continue to thrive.

January 12, 2010

Robert Moses Parkway

For years, there has been a battle in Niagara County that epitomizes parochial thinking. The issue revolves around the Robert Moses Parkway, an 18 1/2 mile stretch of road running from Niagara Falls to Lake Ontario.

The contentiousness has revolved around removal of a stretch of the parkway the runs between Niagara Falls and Lewiston. Publicly, supporters of the removal claim that there are environmental concerns that warrant removal of the portion, including “the current imbalances within the ecological and man-made environments” and “transportation patterns compatible with ecological restoration,” according to Wild Ones Niagara, a group seeking to remove the section.

In reality, the supporters of the removal, including Wild Ones Niagara, a 10 member body which shockingly is made up of people from Niagara Falls, has little interest in preserving history, the environment or anything else they may proclaim.

No, what this comes down to is the demented thinking that if the parkway is removed, there will be one less route for visitors to escape from Niagara Falls, therefore creating some kind of captive audience. This audience, now unable to find a way out of the city, will thus abandon their hope of exploring historic Lewiston and points north, therefore spending money that they would have spent outside of Niagara Falls in the city. Labeling this approach as "twisted" would be an understatement. Sort of like a reverse "if you build it that will come" mentality.

Amazingly, the people of Niagara Falls view tearing up the Robert Moses Parkway as a panacea to what ails them. They want to spend millions of dollars to create a wall around the city that would make Pat Buchanan proud, instead of addressing the real problem: Their inability to cultivate and create an environment that is conducive to growth and private capital investment. Just ask Howard Milstein.

Now, we're not going to go through the litany of problems facing the city, they've been well documented on these pages as well as many others. But the fact remains that the city draws 11 million visitors each year to one of the natural wonders of the world. So what if tourists want to venture to the gorge in Lewiston, the amazing Fort Niagara State Park, the Lockport locks, the North Tonawanda carousel museum or any of the other splendid attractions that our county has to offer. With 11 million visitors to the region, there are enough tourist dollars to go around for everyone.

To think for one moment that killing a path out of the city will help the Main Street corridor thrive is such a distorted example of promoting economic development that it's amazing to think that these people, men and women that are supposedly well respected in their fields, ever came up with a substantive idea to advance economic development.

January 11, 2010

Reid Needs To Resign

Barack Obama is light skinned...with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.

Now, before you lose your mind at Niagara Times, these are the words used by United State Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, about Obama. Unfortunately, no one is holding Reid accountable for his racist, inflammatory remarks. With a simple phone call to Obama, Reid was forgiven and all was forgotten.

Republicans, rightfully so, are in an uproar about the Democrat's and the media's whitewashing of Reid's comments. Anyone with half a brain knows that if the shoe was on the other foot, if a leading member of the GOP had made the same comments, the Democrats would be savoring at the prospect of crucifying a colleague from the other side of the aisle, and the media would be right there with them, manipulating the minds of Americans who are too stupid to know that they're being manipulated.

We need look no further than the outcome of the Trent Lott fiasco in 2002, when he lost his leadership post after saying that the country would have been better off if Sen. Strom Thurmond, a segregationist, had been elected president in 1948.

Were Lott's comments inappropriate and offensive to some? Absolutely. Did he get what he deserved in the loss of his leadership position? That's not for me to say. But damn it, if Lott lost his leadership position for comments that were interpreted by some to be racially insensitive, Reid should resign for comments that are overtly racist.

Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? Julianne Malveaux? Ron Daniels? Jeremiah Wright? Rainbow/PUSH? Mary Frances Berry? Carol Moseley Braun? I'll tell you where, they're MIA, and it's a hypocrisy beyond comprehension. Again, if a member of the GOP had made the same comment as Reid, these people would call on their black brethren to demand retribution.

Unfortunately, it's a double standard that the media not only allows, but drives. The saving grace is that based upon the outcomes of the November elections, the populace is slowly starting to come to the realization that the country is headed down an unprecedented path of destruction under the leadership of the Democrats. Inaction like this on Reid will further illuminate the depth of the Democrat's hypocrisy and deception.

January 7, 2010

Maziarz Takes Energy

It was a hell of a day in Albany yesterday, as Gov. David Paterson delivered what is likely to be his final State of the State address to lawmakers and onlookers. Reaction was mixed, with most of the criticism of Paterson's speech coming from his fellow Democrats.

From our perspective, there was a bigger story out of Albany: the appointment of State Senator George Maziarz as Chairman of the Energy Committee.

Energy issues have long been a priority of Maziarz, and he has been, rightfully so, critical of the New York Power Authority. The state's sweep of over half a billion dollars in NYPA revenues and their repeated failure to provide sufficient low-cost power to employers and potential employers in our region has been widely discussed.

In addition, the Niagara County Legislature's lawsuit seeking to reverse the sweep of hundreds of millions of dollars on NYPA profits, which are generated here in Niagara County, just added a whole new dimension with the appointment of Maziarz to the chairmanship, as he has been very supportive of the legislature's efforts.

Richie Kessel, president of NYPA, is likely not too enthusiastic about the appointment of Maziarz, as Kessel has been in Maziarz' cross hairs before. I'm thinking the phone call from Kessel to Maziarz congratulating him on his new appointment will be a tough one for him to make. Then again, considering how freely the bullshit flows from Richie's mouth, I think that he may actually be able to sound sincere when he makes that call.

Kudos to Maziarz for taking the appointment. Maybe....just maybe, NYPA will start showing this community, our community that has generated billions in revenue for them, the respect that we deserve.

January 6, 2010

Speed Up that Countdown Clock

Greg Lewis has announced that he will not seek another appointment as Niagara County Manager. We give kudos to Greg for being able to read the hand writing on the wall. There's an old saying that when they are about to run you out of town, grab a baton and make it a parade.

We are told that Lewis has several months of vacation time which could see him packing his bags for good and leaving Lockport in May or June. We recommend that the Legislature begin the search immediately with the goal of selecting a new county manager some time during the first quarter of this year and then buyout the few months of Lewis' contract before the vacation time kicks in.

Of course, we have been harsh critics of Lewis as we believe he punted on many of the tough decisions, especially on the budget. Lewis would come in with big tax increases and the Legislators would reduce them down by reducing budget lines....and the Lewis would take credit for fiscal prudence. His campus plan was a joke and detracted from a serious discussion that still needs to be had about court consolidation in Niagara County. And he never became a face for the county in pursuing federal dollars for key projects. To the contrary, his public persona was more of an embarrassment than a help.

But it's time to begin to put his tenure behind us and move on. The Legislature has a golden opportunity to move this County ahead....I hope they are ready to seize that challenge.

Kudos To Kiedrowski

We'd like to wish outgoing Niagara County GOP Election Commissioner Scott Kiedrowski the best in his new position of city clerk/treasurer in North Tonawanda.

The positions of the commissioners often go overlooked, but the role that they play every election season is key. Dealing with the dozens of personalities each year, coordinating the petitions, organizing the polling places & workers as well as the multitude of issues that arise are no easy task to manage.

Since the 2003 election season, the Niagara County Republican Party has enjoyed unprecedented success that has been recognized across the state. Kiedrowski became commissioner in April of 2002, just prior to the start of the 2003 election cycle, and has been there since. The GOP's years of political dominance in Niagara county are due in no small part to the job that he has done as the commish.

Congratulations to Kiedrowski on a great run at the BOE and good luck serving the people of North Tonawanda.

January 5, 2010

Queen Nancy's Jet

This is Nancy Pelosi's new jet. And the Democrats talk about Palin's dresses??? Queen Pelosi wasn't happy with the small USAF C-20B jet, Gulfstream III, that comes with the Speaker's job...OH NO! Queen Pelosi was aggravated that this little jet had to stop to refuel, so she ordered a 200-seat, USAF C-32, Boeing 757 jet that could get her back to California without stopping!

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich flew commercial most of the time.

This plane costs us, the hard working American taxpayers, literally thousands of dollars in fuel every week. Since she only works three days a week, she flies home to California every Friday and returns every Monday, at a cost to the taxpayers of about $60,000, one way! Taxpayers, that is $480,000 per month and that is an annual cost to us of $5,760,000!!!

No wonder she complains about the cost of this war....it might cramp her style and she is styling on my back and yours. I think of the military families in this country doing without and this woman, who heads up the most do-nothing Congress in the history of our country, keeps fueling that jet while doing nothing.

Queen Pelosi wants you and me to conserve our carbon footprint. She wants us to buy smaller cars and Obama wants us to get a bicycle pump and air up our tires. Who do these people think they are??? Their motto is ... Don't do as I do ... JUST DO AS I SAY!

Keep in mind, the figures above do NOT include the cost of maintenance or crew ... just the fuel!!! One has to wonder what the total package costs us? And on top of that....now she wants to tax our IRA's & 401K's!

When will it be enough?

January 4, 2010

Piss Off, Demler

Welcome to 2010, let's get to it.

We'll start things off by saying good riddance to former Wheatfield Supervisor Tim Demler. I've seen this guy's mug way too much over the past few days. Demler, who was beaten by in the GOP Primary by incoming supervisor Bob Cliffe, did his very best to make himself out the martyr in his final weeks.

But what's too sickening to stomach are his attempts to make himself out to be some kindhearted person who only cared about the community. What a bunch of bullshit. In this piece from the Buffalo News, Denise Gee writes of Demler, "fourteen years as supervisor, he said, has changed him — he believes he’s more compassionate than his younger self".

In this piece from the Niagara Gazette, Mark Scheer writes, "outgoing Wheatfield Supervisor Timothy Demler, who has long been a supporter of the Oz effort, said he hopes “in his heart of hearts” that it does and believes it still has the potential to move forward."

You're so deep, Tim. You're compassionate. You hope in your heart of hearts. Wow. I have goosebumps.

Seriously, maybe that works with the married women you're bedding, but no one else cares.

Maybe if you had refrained from the hyperbole, you'd still be in office. But, as we're all painfully aware of after watching years of town board meetings, you love to hear yourself talk. Well, you now have plenty of time to enjoy with yourself.

Oh, and be sure to keep all of that speculation alive as to what your future holds. We're so interested in what you do, Mr. Former Lieutenant Governor candidate.

For now, just crawl back under that immoral rock you live under and hope that all of the other allegations of misdeeds stay buried.