Monday, November 30, 2009
In a great act of kindness, Pridgen and his congregation handed Milligan a check for $600 and gave him a standing ovation. Milligan seems like a good young guy. He just wants the defendants to tell him why they attacked him. He has no memory of the attack. When asked why they attacked Milligan, one of the defendants told detectives, "because we felt like it." I hope this statement gets them the maximum sentence.
I give Pridgen credit for speaking out on controversial issues like this one. Weeks ago, he called on his congregation to help find the attackers. Milligan's father believed this helped in the investigation. Random acts of violence like this should never be tolerated. However, Pridgen deserves credit for trying to make something positive come out of the situation.
Congregation opens its heart to beating victim*
When I saw the way Jauron handled the situation, it was apparent to me that he had to go. I can't tell you what makes a good football player but I know it when I see it. The issue last year with the hit and run involving Lynch should have been his ticket out of town. Who brings their own liquor bottles with them when they go out on Chippewa St? Jackson is a winner. Lynch is a CFLer. It really comes down to that. It's time to give Freddy the majority of the carries.
Jackson thrives on the action as starter*
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Superintendent James Williams with a concerned look on his face. Perhaps he knows he might have to publicly discuss residency regarding his employees someday.
James Kane, Dr. Williams' Chief of Staff and Buffalo's highest paid residency violator.
Residency suits’ claims dismissed*
Thank you to Chief Brian Strobele for this week's crime statistics. Tops at S. Park/Bailey was not robbed this week. This is not a misprint.
Police consider death by elk in murder case - The Local
From today's Buffalo News:
West Seneca contract preserves the status quo
Little words mean a lot. Who ever thought the word “endeavor” would be costly to the taxpayers of West Seneca? Thanks to Councilman Vince Graber’s resolution at the Nov. 16 board meeting, that word was removed from a union contract. That contract now ensures that, regardless of need, the buildings and grounds department will always have 14 full-time workers and two foremen.
At a time when every municipality is trying to eliminate positions through attrition, Graber wants to ensure positions at all cost to the taxpayers. He offered no explanation for his resolution, nor did any of the council members voting with him. Supervisor Wallace Piotrowski voted against the resolution with full explanation. Kudos to him.
I would hope that union contracts would require more thought than someone’s whim to ensure jobs for relatives and friends. How can this action be valid? Don’t contracts involve both parties? Obviously, Graber and the three other council members have forgotten who they are working for. I hope that taxpayers will remember this at future elections.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Donna Fernandes of the Buffalo Zoo commented on this practice for the story,"We would not encourage our members to do that. Aside from the inherent danger, there are a number of diseases which can be transmitted from cats to humans." To say nothing about the possible diseases transmitted from hillbillies to cats.
Neighbors in this rural town are not concerned. They're just happy reporters aren't asking questions about what might be going on in their backyards.
Lions, tigers and bears find refuge : City & Region : The Buffalo News
Friday, November 27, 2009
Government won't stop hacker's extradition to U.S.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
1859-Charles Darwin published a book about evolution called On the Origin of Species in which he claimed that man evolved from apes. This theory was eventually proven true in 2000 when Joel Giambra was elected Erie County Executive.
1963- America got an early look at reality TV as Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby fatally shot Lee Harvey Oswald. This video is still shocking to me today. They say everyone thought Ruby was a secret service agent as he had no press credentials. I think he had a great deal of influence in Dallas and somehow was able to get security to look the other way. In any event, I wonder how the press would react today if this happened. Some speculate the killing was done on a whim as Ruby left his favorite dog, Sheba, in his parked car at the time of the event (the things you can learn from this blog)...
Monday, November 23, 2009
I look out my window and see the empty 40 oz beer bottles, hypodermic needles, crack pipes and abandoned shopping carts left on my front lawn. I begin to think. The end results have become known as my random thoughts from the ghetto...
These random thoughts taste great and are less filling:
-I always find it funny when someone shows up drunk to a place where drunk people shouldn't be. Showing up at church or their place of employment are the obvious ones. I saw a case this week where a mail carrier passed out drunk inside the kitchen at one of her stops. The person living there was 85 years old and didn't recognize her, even though she was in full uniform. She ended up calling the police because she thought it was an intruder. How do you explain yourself out of that one?
-There should be a law that Christmas music cannot be played on the radio until four days before Christmas each year. Let me celebrate Thanksgiving first. Most of those songs are so depressing, too. Just listen to a few of them. I listened to Christmas songs on the way back from North Carolina last Christmas and thought about driving off of a cliff. I've already heard Bruce Springsteen's Santa Claus is Coming to Town 13 times this year and it's not even December yet.
-Despite being banned from it a few years ago, I still read the Metro Community News Steam column each week. I saw recently that someone was upset that Thomas McCarthy was getting an award from Bishop Timon. I guess another person started the whole controversy by complimenting him for cleaning St Teresa's church. My guess is the critic just wanted credit because she did clean the church. Maybe she does deserve credit for this. Who knows?
All I know is that Mr. McCarthy is a very nice guy. He has not forgotten the Seneca St. neighborhood. He sponsored his grandson's team at Tosh Collins a few years ago and I had a nice conversation with him and his family. Marty Nightengale was also very good about supporting the neighborhood. Joe Quinn, on the other hand. He told me no thanks, despite every member of my family being waked there. I'll tell you this. When I meet my demise, they better not try and have my wake at Quinn's. If they do, I'll get up from out of the casket and walk over to either McCarthy's or Nightengale's. If I do decide on McCarthy's, I'll probably stop at Tim Horton's next door and grab a donut first.
-The Tosh Collins soccer league started last week. I never get tired of this league. The kids are so excited to be learning the game. It brings me back to when I played there 65 years ago. One of my favorite things back then were the neighborhood rivalries. With many of the catholic schools closing, we may have lost some of that. However, the 3rd and 4th graders at my current school are so excited to be playing in the league. We played on Monday night. From Tuesday until Friday, that was all they talked about at school. I know many soccer parents read this. Thank you for helping us continue this great tradition.
-Has anyone else ever looked over at another driver and seen someone wearing a clown suit? This has happened to me a few times. It always cracks me up. One time, I noticed the car next to me had four clowns in it and one of them was smoking a cigarette. I was laughing so loud. It was the closest I ever came to a one car traffic accident.
-Whoever invented exploding dye packs was a genius. Can you imagine robbing a bank and having red paint explode all over your face and body? Hilarious. That's the ultimate April fools prank.
-I'm hearing reports that the young Hillary lad is the latest connected South Buffalonian to get hired in the Buffalo Schools over yours truly. He played soccer for me when he was 7 years old. I guess a master's degree in Education and 19 years of volunteer experience are overrated. I'll tell you this. If it's true, Lou Petrucci will have some competition this upcoming May in the school board election. I honestly was not interested in running for the seat, however, this latest incident is just another slap in the face and I might not have any other choice. Suburban resident James Kane likes to lie. He recommends everyone from South Buffalo that gets hired. I invite this former South Buffalo resident to come back to the city and move next to the Buffalo Public School students that pay his exorbitant salary. This new job, if my sources are correct, had to get approved by the board. It's not what you know, it's who you know. It's ok. I know as this blog continues to generate more readers that these guys won't want to become the lead story. Well, they might want to consider getting used to it, or better yet, stop lying so much.
I hope, for their sake, they've packed a lunch...
-That's all I got this week. Thank you to all my readers. This blog is now getting 70 hits per day with no advertising. If you see an interesting article on here that you think someone else might appreciate, it's very easy to email the article or post it on Facebook or Twitter. This would help me to generate more readers. Let's hope the world doesn't end in 2012 like some are predicting. If we're lucky, maybe we'll live to the year 2525. Go forth and sin no more...
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Sad day in US history. Listening to Walter Cronkite report the news, I can only imagine the shock that must have went across the country when it was reported that JFK had been assasinated in Dallas, Texas. One thing that's gone away in the age of the internet and text messages is the shock of the televised special report.
Here is a song by Dion that I know my sister Debbie, a local Presidential historian will appreciate. It is called Abraham, Martin, and John. There is a great quote in it attributed to Abraham Lincoln which I had never heard before, "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count, it's the life in your years."
Thank you to chief Brian Strobele for sending these to me. Hopkins Stop-N-Gas suffered it's monthly robbery, a girl stole her dog back from her ex boyfriend, and there were only two people from my street arrested. It was a slow week. Also, Michael Jackson was arrested in Evans. I thought he was dead. No word yet on whether his white sequined glove was confiscated as evidence...
Monday Nov 9th
2133 S Park--UUV
290 Larkin--threats--suspect listed.
153 Romona--larceny--dog stolen by ex- girlfriend
2133 S Park--shoplifter-unk w/m stole beer
142 Casimir--larceny--2 tires stolen off car
52 Remoleno--larceny--cash stolen--suspect listed.
12 South--crim mis/larceny from a car--lock damaged--radio stolen.
1866 S Park--Burglary--37 " tv stolen.
400 Willet--crim mis--suspect listed.
1777 Clinton--1 arrest --drugs---Jennifer Broad...Spann st
150 Southside--assault--suspect listed.
334 S Ogden--ID theft
Seneca/Cazenovia--traffic stop--1 arrest---Desire Zama-ngonon...Jewitt ave
Tuesday Nov 10th
23 Roseville--larceny--50' copper stolen from under the house.
269 Barnard--larceny from a car---stereo stolen
49/53 Buffum--Burglary--1 arrest--Brian Bickley...Imson st
481 Abbott--shoplifter--unk B/F stole item
35 Roseville--Burglary--victim assaulted in house---suspect listed.
1986 S Park--Larceny from 10-04-09--1 arrest--Christopher OConnor...South Park ave
231 Union Ship Canal--crim mis--truck damaged
86 Woodside--Burglary--ex-tenant destroyed house.
76 Garvey--assault---suspect listed.
698 S Ogden--Viol order of Protection--suspect listed.
209 Cable--assault--1 arrest--Tony Winens
173 Smith--2 warrant arrests---Joshua Bish,David Miszko
11 Downing--assault--suspect listed.
419 Swan--crim mis--windshield broken.
38 Duerstein--harassment--suspect listed.
202 Weimar--drugs--4 arrests---Francis Tessina 1926 Clinton #2,Daniel Chowaniec..Weimar,Christine Guilfoyle..William st..Lancaster,Alicia Davidson..10th st ..Niagara Falls.
Wed Nov 11th
29 Sidway--Home Invasion--2 unk W/M did point sawed off shot gun at victims and stole property.....also stole vehicle 2001 Hyundai 2dsd red,vehicle was recovered on Scoville and impounded.
11 Stevenson--Burglary--change stolen--possible suspect listed.
1028 McKinley--larceny--several items removed from car--suspect listed.
1460 S Park(TOPS)--shoplifter--1 arrest--Karen Peterson..Houston st
79 E Market--crim mis/larceny from a car--rear window broken---GPS stolen.
2126 Seneca--harassment---suspect listed.
34 Cazenovia--Phone harassment---suspect listed.
A District--1 arrest--warrant--Walter Swinarski..S Lincoln..
8 Keppel--Phone harass--suspect listed.
40 Houston--crim mis--car written on with marker.
701 Seneca--Burglary from 10-7-09--1 arrest---Krystal Rains...Minnesota ave
270 Swan--1 arrest--exposure of a person---Thai Pham...Herkimer st
Chicago/Scott--crim mis--window broken on car.
Thursday Nov 12th
66 Crystal--phone harass--suspect listed.
329 Cable--Burglary--2 arrests--Keith Craver...No Address,Sharon Baldi ..Tuscarora
S park/Moore--crim mis/larceny from a car--window broken--Pioneer stereo stolen.
194 Southside--2 arrests--drugs--Edward C Colliton..Cenetr rd.. ,Dorota Mackowska..Center ..West Seneca
17 Kenefick--1 arrest--harassment---Maria Forcucci
A District--1 arrest---Mark Nolan..Lemon st...Lackawanna
107 Dorothy--larceny.crim mis---several items stolen from 2 trucks parked in the yard.
22 Pries--larceny from 10-25-09--1 arrest---Michael Hoopengarner..Greely st
S Park/Moore--crim mis--window broken on car
726 Exchange(First Bank)--Robbery--Unk B/M,passed note took large sum of money.
S Park/McCamley--UUV--suspect listed.
2439 Seneca--crim mis--suspect listed--warrant card issued.
61 Dingens--crim mis--4 tires slashed
S Park/E Market--crim misdash damaged--radio stolen.
Southside/N Legion--assault--victim struck in the forehead by something thrown from a car.
Seneca/Chicago--phone harass---suspect listed.
Friday Nov 13th
649 S Ogden--threats--suspect listed.
223 Maurice--Assault--suspect listed.
202 Cable--larceny--warrant card issued
1944 Seneca--1 arrest --disorderly conduct---Justin Madejrich...Hammerschmidt st
Elk/Smith--harassment--warrant card issued.
1006 McKinley--larceny--known customer took several packs of cigarettes.
315 Union Ship Canal--crim mis--windows on car broken
Seneca/Chicago--crim mis/larceny from a car--car damaged--several items stolen.
2028 S Park #4--larceny--cellphone,cash stolen from wallet.
1378 S Park--Assault--1 arrest--Wayne Hallman
363 Hopkins(Stop N Gas)--Burglary--3 arrests--Nicholas Pilla..1132.Bailey Ave,Joseph Galioto.65 .McCamley st,James Kukavica..24 Hubbell.--kicked door in stole cigarettes.
2406 S Park--1 arrest--warrant--William Frank..Amherst NY
647 Bailey--crim mis--Gang Box damaged at construction site.
Sat Nov 14th
Seneca/Maywood--Robbery-2 unk B/M's robbed cell phone a skateboard from victim.
36 Glendhu--larceny from a car---cash stolen.
2097 Seneca--shoplifter--1 arrest---John Rivers.Arkansas st
155 Bailey(NOCO)--shoplifetr--unk W/M,stole beer fled on Bailey
78 Griswold--larceny from a car--face plate,amp stolen.
78 Griswold--larceny from a car--GPS,Camera,Marine GPS stolen.
111 Hubbell--larceny from a car--CD's,Cash,XM radio,GPS power cord.
32 Hubbell--larceny from a car--Radar detector,wallet,cash stolen.
130 Hubbell--crim mis--overhead lightinside car broken.
35 Roseville--Burglary from 11-10-09--1 arrest--Patrick Donohue..Harvey
Sunday Nov 15th
61 Dingens--Robbery--suspects listed....1 arest made today 11-18-09--Ryan Thomas,W/F..Weyand st
38 Duerstein--crim mis/larceny from a car--lock broken--GPS,Radio stolen.
A District--1 arrest--warrant---Michael Jackson..Derby Rd ..Evans NY
261 S Legion--assault--suspect listed.
2189 S Park--1 arrest--DWI/drugs---Francisco Torres...Marilla st
86 Polish Pl--1 arrest---David Krygier--Viol order of Protection.
37 Olcott--threats--suspect listed.
106 Kamper--Assault--1 arrest---Keith Cramer...Wheelock st
31 Sheffifeld--tresspass---suspect listed.
51 Buffalo st---crim mis/larceny from a car--car stereo,speakers,amp stolen & tools
Town's lax tree laws fuel anger : Home: The Buffalo News
Saturday, November 21, 2009
From today's Buffalo News: They say misery loves company. A guy from Depew was charged with DWI. He decided to call his friend, one of my drunken neighbors from Koester St., to pick him up at the State Police barracks. Bad idea. He was also charged with DWI when he showed up drunk to pick up the first guy. The first guy should have just told the police his last name was Keane, Kane, Comerford, Lotempio, etc. Not only would police have let him go without any charges. They probably would have given him an escort home and named their first born sons after him.
Man called by DWI suspect for a ride charged with DWI
A Buffalo man called to pick up a drunken Depew man at the State Police barracks Wednesday evening was arrested by troopers after driving to the barracks drunk, police said.
The initial DWI charge was lodged against Ronald R. Taylor, 39, of Transit Road, who was spotted talking on his cell phone on the Thruway at about 7:20 p. m. When Taylor’s ride home, Terry L. Branka, 40, of Koester Street, arrived to pick him up, he also was charged with DWI, police said.
Another man, a Lancaster resident, arrived later to take both men home. He was not drunk, police said.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The mayor came out with his budget for capital improvements. Despite an $18 million budget, South Buffalo is getting nothing. South District Councilmember Mickey Kearns has gone so far to take out an ad in this week's Metro Community News.
Mayor Brown's spokesman claims that the budget is decided by a Citizens Planning Council. I know from experience that these planning committees are usually stuffed with political asskissers whose jobs depend on people like Mayor Urkel, Brian Higgins, etc. Since it's our money we're talking about, I'd like to see just who sits on this committee. They need to report to this blogger immediately. I'll guarantee it has a few South Buffalo bottom feeders on it. Remember,these Commissioners from South Buffalo don't care about your neighborhood. They only care about preserving future jobs for themselves and their mongoloid kids. You're going to tell me Mayor Brown approved a recommendation that allowed South Buffalo to get nothing out of $18 million dollars? What an insult to Ray McGurn and the five other South Buffalo fools that told you to support him. Here is a channel 4 news story by Rich Newberg regarding the money we won't be seeing any time soon. A special thanks to all the South Bflo political leaders that supported Mayor Urkel over one of their own neighbors...
Neighborhood with meager bank services now has none : City & Region : The Buffalo News
Thursday, November 19, 2009
This was an interesting article in today's paper. It looks like they are going to build an administration building at the Erie County Botanical Gardens. I just hope whatever they do maintains the feel of the park. The Botanical Gardens is one of the true hidden treasures in our area. It's ironic that the Olmstead Conservency built a 46 car parking lot on the property. This is the same group that opposed us letting the cars park at the Potters Rd. soccer field. At the time, they wanted parents and grandparents to walk from St. John's Church all the way to the fields. This was impractical and didn't fly.
This group does a great job with the parks, though. I just hope the new addition doesn't end up having a WalMart feel to it. One person commenting on the following article already doesn't like the look, but I think it's hard to tell from just an artist's rendition. Regardless, the Botanical Gardens will always be a great place to visit.
Botanical Gardens’ office building, greenhouses get construction start*
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Brian Davis resigned his seat on the Buffalo Common Council this afternoon. Davis admitted that he spent just under $2,000 of campaign contributions on personal items. He pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors. In recent days, the usually split council unanimously called for Davis' resignation.
I felt Davis should resign because he hasn't been showing up to meetings and lied about his college experience. Davis claimed to have graduated from a Trinity College but no Trinity College has any record of a Brian Davis graduating from their schools. This whole $2,000 thing seems kind of minor to me however. There have been other local examples of politicians betraying the public trust where nothing was done. Assembly dinosaur Sam Hoyt recently admitted having affairs with his young interns in a series of embarrassing emails. He also admitted spending campaign funds to pay for a babysitter and nothing was done about either of these things. Probably because he's the spoiled/entitled son of the late Bill Hoyt.
A few years ago State Senator Bill Stachowski admitted that he used his campaign funds to pay for Buffalo Bill's season tickets. He must have gotten away with it by being the privileged son of Stan Stachowski. I don't see how this is any different than Davis spending money on himself. Former County Legislator Mike Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to more than one DWI yet his seat was never in jeopardy.
How about these people that retire with huge warchests like Joel Giambra, Tony Masiello, Tom Reynolds, and Jack Quinn? You don't think they are spending this money on themselves through bribes, err I mean campaign donations to other people? Give me a break. Yes. Davis is a crook. However, he appears to have plenty of company. He was just lousy at covering his tracks.
Davis resigns Common Council seat*
"I feel sorry for people who are not gorgeous people." Alicia Guastaferro
The Guastaferro's from Amherst make me sick. If you didn't see the clip from them from the show Wife Swap, I've included it here. What makes people sick is not the fact that they have money. Many people have money. It's that they think they are better than everybody else and went out of their way to pass it on to their daughter. The response this clip got from people was greater than anything else ever posted here. Some think the way they raise their daughter is a form of child abuse.
I guess what comes around, goes around. It looks like the federal government had been investigating the Guastaferros even before the show aired. It turns out the father was involved in a Canadian money laundering scheme involving 1.2 million dollars and the mother wasn't paying taxes on most of her employees. Perhaps someone else will have to do their precious little daughter's homework if they end up in jail. According to this story, they are so broke, they cannot afford to pay their own attorneys. This might be the only time you ever will see me taking the side of the government. I doubt it will happen but I'd really like to see these lowlifes get some jail time. If there's any justice, Amherst's loss will end up being be a local trailor park's gain.
‘Wife Swap’ couple admit money laundering : City & Region : The Buffalo News
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Oldest person born in U.S. dies in Williamsville at 114*
Exercise enthusiast/flaming homosexual Richard Simmons
Morris Buttermaker, the drunken coach of the Bad News Bears
Sensei John "sweep the knee" Kreese from The Karate Kid
Former US Womens Gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, the most annoying personality in US olympic history.
Coach Klein from The Waterboy, possibly the worst Adam Sandler movie ever made (and that's saying a lot, because he sucks).
The Buffalo Bills announced the firing of head coach Dick Jauron today. They are not naming a replacement but my sources tell me they've narrowed it down to a field of five potential candidates. Coach Buttermaker is the obvious frontrunner but the team has to interview Richard Simmons in order to meet the NFL's rule that at least one "minority" be considered for the position. Former Bills coach Hank Bullough is not in the running as had been previously reported.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I look out my window and see the empty 40 oz beer bottles, hypodermic needles, crack pipes and abandoned shopping carts on my front lawn and I begin to think. The end results have become known as my random thoughts from the ghetto...
These random thoughts are so advanced, they're simple.
-It was nice to see Extreme Make Over: Home Edition fix up someone's house in Buffalo. In fact, it was so successful, CBS is planning a new soap opera to be based here in the city. It's going to be called The Young and the Jobless.
-You can always tell when a guy is rich if you see him wearing a scarf indoors when it is above 32 degrees outside. He's either rich or he wants you to think he's rich.
-You can really tell a great deal about someone by the way they shake your hand. I try not to shake hands too much because it's an obvious way to transmit germs. As a failed politician, I used to shake many hands. The two worst types of handshakers are the ones that won't let go (they just keep shaking well past an acceptable time) and the ones that squeeze your hand so tight you have to stop at the ER on the way home. If someone does one of these two things, something's usually not clicking right upstairs.
-One of the great mysteries of television is what ever happened to Ritchie's older brother Chuck on Happy Days? In the first season, he was seen on a few episodes (always dribbling a basketball). Then, he was never heard from or spoken about again. In fact, Mr. Cunningham would talk to Ritchie and start the conversation by saying, "Now Ritchie. You're my oldest son and I love you very much." No he's not! Chuck is your oldest son Mr. C. Maybe Chuck went off to Vietnam and was killed like Eddie Haskell and Jeremy Mathers (from Leave it to Beaver). These were both popular urban legends during the 1970s. Eddie (or the guy who played him) did not die in Vietnam and was never a porn actor (another popular legend). He was actually an Arizona State Trooper for several years.
-Can you imagine being pulled over by Eddie Haskell? How was that guy ever able to do his job with a straight face? He played one of the greatest characters ever on television. "That's a lovely car you're driving today and a nice outfit you're wearing. How are Wallace and Theodore? Can I see your license and registration please?"
-One thing I can't stand is if I go out to eat with some guy friends and they send over a male waiter. You got three girls working and one guy. Here comes a table of four guys. Let's send the one male over there. They won't mind. We don't care if it's a male bartender but we don't want no guy waiting on us.
-I meet the definition of being left handed because I write with my left hand. However, I throw with my right. I bat (baseball) right handed. I hold a hockey stick left handed. I don't golf. But if I did, I would have to drive right handed and putt left handed. I've never met anyone else that does this. When I eat, I alternate and hold the fork with both my right and left hands equally well (or some would say equally poorly). The last two things are just bizarre. Needless to say, I am fascinated by the part of the brain that controls this.
-You want to know why they don't let fans on the field after sporting events anymore? Check out this clip of Chris Chambliss trying to round the bases in Yankee Stadium after hitting a home run to win the American League pennant in the bottom of the 9th inning in 1976:
-Thank you to all my faithfull readers. I promised I'd give a shout out to my good friend Michelle Zangerle, a faithfull reader of my crazy rants and one of my only readers from Tonawanda. Here is a song I used to like. It's an oldie. Well, it's an oldie where I come from. Sorry about some of the crazy lyrics. Go forth and sin no more.