Wednesday, February 29, 2012
If you're reading this, you must be one of a few "crazy soccer parents' who read the blog, according to the South Buffalo political derelicts who, based on the number of comments I get from them, can't get enough of it, either. I guess it's not enough for them to simply label me as crazy. Now, if you subscribe to the blog, you must be crazy as well. So, just keep looking at the big screen, do what they say, and pay no attention to that man behind the curtain...
The topic of today's discussion is Assembly Speaker/scum of the earth, Sheldon Silver. If you're not aware of Silver, he's one of the "three men in a room" who have controlled Albany and the state of New York for the past 40 years. Another member of the three, Joseph Bruno, was convicted of eight counts of corruption in 2009, and is reportedly keeping a bunk warm for Silver. Local candidate Mickey Kearns held a press conference today in which he denounced Silver and vowed to vote against him should the voters send him to Albany...
Today he challenged his opponent — Christopher J. Fahey — to do the same.
"People want independent leaders; they don't want a puppet bought and paid for by Shelly Silver," Kearns said. "The more you get to know [Silver], the more you want to get rid of him."
Fahey did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Of course Fahey didn't return the call. He had to call Brian Higgins and ask him what lie he should say. Would you return the call, if your campaign was being funded by Silver and his New York City special interests? Not only are these interests not helpful to Western New Yorkers. They can often times be harmful (see Silver's failed support of UB's 2020 last year. In this article from the Buffalo News, Fahey supporter Mark Schroeder labels Silver an "obstructionist." I guess it's ok now that Silver is supplying his candidate with money.) http://mikeblake-myopinions.blogspot.com/2010/04/schroeder-calls-silver-obstructionist.html
This is all you really need to know about Fahey. He calls himself independent, but is anything but. His campaign is being financed by one of the most corrupt political people in the entire country! One thing's for sure: Silver needs to go. Fahey is simply a puppet, doing what he is told. In this case, it's accepting financial support from New York City criminals beholden to Sheldon Silver. I will now hold my breath and wait for Fahey to take a stand and denounce Silver. OK, I give up...
PS. Take a look around the neighborhood and see who has Fahey signs on their front lawns. They are the same old, tired political degenerates found on every block in South Buffalo. Does this lad know anyone from the private sector? I don't know why candidates still put their signs on these peoples' lawns. It's almost like a death sentence. Everyone knows if these lowlifes are supporting the person, they (the candidate) must be part of the corrupt local political machine the majority of us have had enough of. Seriously, is there anyone who sees a sign on the lawn of the ethically challenged Lou Petrucci and says, "Now that's someone I'm going to vote for"? I would hope to God the majority of my neighbors aren't that stupid.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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 begin to think. The end results have become known as my random thoughts from the ghetto...
-You don't see many drunks walking around with flasks anymore.
-I'm getting pretty sick of those $1 charity posters they try to sell you at gas stations, drug stores, etc. If you say no, you're cheap. If you say yes, chances are you're helping to pay the overpriced salaries of the organization's executives. If someone's in need of a donation, I'll give it to them personally. I'd like to see stores outlaw this annoying practice. But it is funny when you look on the wall at one of the posters and see that O.J. Simpson has made a donation.
-The next time we have a soccer registration, I'm going to ask people if they'd like to donate $1 to fight some fictitious disease. I'll bet I could easily collect $20.
-I wonder what the political class is going to do to try and censor my writings? You know it's coming soon.
-I like green olives better than black ones, except on Thanksgiving.
-I was subbing the other day and I noticed a 2nd grader named Jesus' was sitting next to a classmate named Moses. I clearly was not working in Williamsville.
-If the student next to them was named Mohammed, I probably would have screamed and ran out of the building.
-I'm thinking about getting one of those seeing eye dogs. They would seem to be a great conversation starter with the chicks.
-Someone at work told me about an upcoming seminar called "Climbing the Ladder." It is for people who want to move into management positions. I told her I would rather put the ladder away.
-Was Smokey and the Bandit based on a true story?
Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes.
Let it all hang out 'cause we got a run to make.
The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there's beer in Texarcana.
And we'll bring it back no matter what it takes...
Monday, February 27, 2012
There is a big difference between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to running for office in South Buffalo. When I ran for Council in 2001, I was told by various members of the South Buffalo political class, that I would have to give up my $9/hour job as a recreation aide at the Old 1st Ward Community Center. Not doing so would be a violation of the Hatch Act, they said. So reluctantly, I did.
Now, these same people have no problem with their candidate, "11,000 Doors" Fahey leaving work to begin campaigning at 1PM. One insider says it's not illegal, "just" unethical. So, in other words, they have no problem being unethical as long as no laws are being broken. This leads me to the obvious question: How important of a job is an aide to Brian Higgins, when you can work for three hours and then leave to go out and campaign? It's only $80,000/yr of our tax dollars (plus full benefits). So, if you're reading this, your tax dollars are paying for the entitled Fahey to campaign for another job. It's bad enough when we let the elected officials do it. Now, we're letting the glorified secretaries/prostitutes do it also? Unbelievable.
If I was Mickey Kearns, I would talk to one of my deep pocketed friends and have a private detective follow the privileged Fahey around 24 hours a day and report to the taxpayers exactly how many hours he is devoting to his 40 hour/week job. (Carl, if you're reading this, pay me $100/day and I will follow Fahey to make sure he's giving the taxpayers their money's worth from 9 to 5.) (Fahey supporters: give me the same and I will follow Kearns to see how much time he is devoting to city hall!)
I will visit every house Fahey does and ask the residents if they think it's o.k. that we're paying him $80,000/yr to campaign on our dime! Shouldn't he be busy coming up with solutions to lower gas prices or bringing jobs to our area?) Maybe he's leaving that up to Bozo the Clown Kennedy.???
If I was Fahey, I would insist on putting in my 40 hours at the office (for ethical reasons alone!) But I guess ethics are the last thing one thinks about when nobody knows who they are and they're the subject of an attempted anointing.
These lowlife twits live on another planet. Fahey's never put in one hour of community service anywhere, yet his flier says he's ready to devote himself to public service. He walked right out of college into an $80,000/yr job as one of Higgins' coat holders. Now, we're expected to anoint him as a community leader? I don't think so.
I guess the downside to prostituting himself to Brian Higgins for the last 10 years, is the fact that nobody's ever heard of Fahey, besides his relatives and the political cockroaches he calls his friends. He better start leaving work at noon because, according to our unscientific poll, he seems to be in a bit of trouble. (29%?) ...
Tumble outta bed
And stumble to the kitchen
Pour myself a cup of ambition
Yawnin' and stretchin' and try to come to life
Jump in the shower
And the blood starts pumpin'
Out on the streets
The traffic starts jumpin'
With folks like me on the job from 9 to 5
Workin' 9 to 5
What a way to make a livin' ...
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Congratulations to James "Iron Balls" Wild of Williamsville on achieving his 4th degree black belt in karate at the age of 71...
“He was a smoker, and I told him right there and then it was either smoking or karate,” Cvetkovski said. “I told him: You cannot do both. Slowly and surely he gave up smoking. He will tell you to this day he feels much better, and he’s in better shape than when he was 25 years old.”
Wild said he's now ready to beat the living shit out of any kid that jumps his fence to retrieve their ball. "Those little whippersnappers think they're cool. When they hop my fence, they're going to get a roundhouse kick right to the nuts. And I'm going to keep their damn ball, too."
Williamsville Man, 71, Perseveres, Earns Fourth-Degree Black Belt
We're all actors in life. This guy just took it a little too far. James Summers, 52, wore a suit and tie and carried a briefcase to his local Denny's Restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin. He told the staff he had been sent by "corporate" and was immediately taking over as the new General Manager. The whole ploy was all so he could fix himself a cheeseburger and french fries without paying...
Madison's police said the real restaurant manager, Tracy Brant phoned her supervisors. When she discovered Summers was not an employee she asked him to leave.
Unmoved, Summers shot back that he had worked for Denny’s for 30 years, and Brant wasn’t going to tell him he couldn’t work there. When Brant asked him how he planned to pay for his $10 meal, he told her he wouldn’t – and couldn’t pay.
In addition to the fraud charges, Summers was also charged with felony possession of an electric weapon, (stun gun) as well as disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
It's always funny when a rich Presidential candidate tries to come across as a regular guy. It almost always ends up backfiring. Mitt Romney, whose nomination is his to lose, is doing everything in his power to pull a "Jim Keane" and blow this election...
In remarks today to the Detroit Economic Club, Romney highlighted his love of American-made cars by saying he owns a Ford Mustang and a Chevrolet pickup, while his wife, Ann, drives “a couple of Cadillacs.”
Because, you know how every American family has four luxury vehicles. Romney's advisers should go look for work elsewhere because he continues to put his foot in his mouth wherever he goes. With the average person struggling to put gas in their cars, comments like this could cost him many votes...
Romney boasts of Cadillac collection at Ford dealership - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
Western New York apparently can't get enough of it's rejected politicians. Like a ghost from Christmas past, widely regarded scumbag Chuck Swanick has returned to haunt taxpayers and sweater hating people everywhere...
"Chuck Swanick is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Second Amendment and a fiscal conservative," said Erie County Conservative Chairman Ralph C. Lorigo.
It's funny how the Conservatives pick and choose which candidates they are going to hold to their party's principles. Tim "Hortons" Kennedy voted for gay marriage, yet we'll see if he gets the Conservative backing (he did last time). As for Swanick, I just hope this is a gimmick to get rid of Mark Grisanti. Swanick's shelf life expired in 2005 (10 years too late). My source at CSX tells me Swanick was widely viewed as a loudmouth and a blowhard by his coworkers there. The last thing I want to see on my television screen is this career politician. Not to mention his Bill Cosby-like sweaters...
In blow to Grisanti, Conservatives back Swanick for Senate
She said you make me better boy
I just mailed you a letter boy
And oh so you know I'm still in your sweater boy...
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Like a bad penny that won't go away, Charley Fisher III has found his way into another political job. How come businesses all over WNY are letting people go, but the political jobs for retreads like Fisher keep multiplying?
Legislature Chairwoman Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, said she hired Fisher as a senior legislative assistant to take on a new role to help legislators ensure the county is meeting its own goals for awarding contracts to minority-and women-owned businesses. Grant said Fisher will also serve as the Legislature’s liaison to the county’s director of equal employment opportunity.
Whenever you see the word liaison in the title, you know the job is completely unnecessary. In other words, they wanted to give Fisher a paycheck but had to make up some sort of title. In what had to be the worst publicity stunt of all time, Fisher found his way onto the Common Council after lying down in front of a city garbage truck. This was done to protest the newly created garbage tax. We're hoping a guy like Charlie runs against Tim Kennedy should the racial makeup of the district stay the same. Remember Lenny: Kennedy sided with the Republicans when he was on the Erie County Legislature. He will stab you in the back again if Uncle Brian tells him to.
Fisher hired as legislative assistant
The real people to blame for the plastic surgery among Buffalo teachers are the fools who negotiated their contract years ago. As I've said before, Buffalo teachers have it very difficult. They've been taking an undeserved beating in the local press lately.
Here, a union worker presents their side to the debate. Thanks for the comment...
I know the cosmetic rider sounds ridiculous but here is some information, as explained to me by union delegates ( applies to teachers, cops, and fireman). The union contracts, as agreed upon by the city and unions, call for 4 health care plans. ( I know, sounds like alot, but of you look at the salaries of other area teachers, fireman, cops you'll see Buffalo is paid alot less ). The city used to offer two plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield and two from Independent Health. In recent years the city, without negotiating ( illegally) began offering these workers only two plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield. One of the Blue Cross plans includes a cosmetic rider. None of the unions negotiated specifically or fought for this rider.
Blue Cross threw in the cosmetic rider ( probably because they knew they could charge the city tons of money for it). The city should have never agreed to this health plan during negotiations, since it was a non issue for the unions ( possibly a pay off to high ranking officials from blue cross???). Unfortunately, the cosmetic rider is a benefit offered to these workers. Why should they give it back when a politically appointed state control board froze their wages for 3 years? Please place the blame where it belongs.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
From ABC News: The truth is stranger than fiction. The Fugate family pictured here from Eastern Kentucky were literally born blue...
In an unusual story that involves both genetics and geography, an entire family from isolated Appalachia was tinged blue. Their ancestral line began six generations earlier with a French orphan, Martin Fugate, who settled in Eastern Kentucky.
The Fugate progeny had a genetic condition called methemoglobinemia, which was passed down through a recessive gene and blossomed through intermarriage.
Who would have thought intermarriage would take place in Eastern Kentucky? Can you imagine pulling up to their trailer to ask for directions and having a blue man come out with a bottle of moonshine?
It all started when the orphan emigrated to the US from France...
Martin Fugate came to Troublesome Creek from France in 1820 and family folklore says he was blue. He married Elizabeth Smith, who also carried the recessive gene. Of their seven children, four were reported to be blue.
There were no railroads and few roads outside the region, so the community remained small and isolated. The Fugates married other Fugate cousins and families who lived nearby, with names like Combs, Smith, Ritchie and Stacy.
The bluest of the bunch was Luna, and she lived a healthy life, bearing 13 children before she died at the age of 84.
The family reportedly struck oil in 1962 and moved to Beverly Hills, California...
Yo, listen up here's a story
About a little guy
That lives in a blue world And all day and all night
And everything he sees is just blue Like him
inside and outside
Blue his house
With a blue little window
And a blue corvette
And everything is blue for him
And himself and everybody around
Cause he ain't got nobody to listen to...
CNN did a national story on the Buffalo teachers Cosmetic Rider in their health care plan. In case you didn't know, this is the ridiculous benefit allowing them to get boob jobs, liposuction, and tummy tucks at no expense (except to the taxpayers). Police and firefighters and their spouses also get this perk.
School teacher Linda Tokarcz (in this clip) looks like Joan Rivers with all the plastic surgery she has received. Dr. Kulwantt Bhangoo says the teachers have "paid their dues" and deserve this benefit. Of course he says that! The 2004 South Buffalo Irishman of the Year is the quack all the teachers are going to for their botox injections and fake breasteses.
Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore argues in this piece that the teachers are willing to give up this benefit if the school board comes to the table to negotiate their contracts. Until then, Buffalo, the 3rd poorest city in America will continue to be looked at as a laughingstock because of ridiculous stories like this. Memo to Buffalo school teachers: Don't listen to a word Lou Petrucci says. Watch this clip and you will know he is not on your side. He is known to talk out of both sides of his mouth and will not negotiate in good faith. Fortunately for you, he's a terrible liar and will be easy to figure out. Don't take anything at his word, or you will live to regret it...
Video: A school district offers teachers free plastic surgery.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
People should stand across the street at the parking ramp and throw eggs at these lowlifes when they arrive for work at 10:30AM...
A few of the Senecas being accused of beating up Mark Grisanti's wife have hired local consigliere Paul Cambria to represent them in court...
"We've heard all kinds of hearsay and rumor about this incident, and I plan to sit down with the the Niagara Falls police, look at video evidence and talk to as many credible witnesses as I can," Cambria said Sunday. "My clients claim they did absolutely nothing wrong. ... I want to see if this will go down in history as nothing more than another barroom brawl."
It's always great when someone hires Cambria. No matter where you are, someone will say, Did you see who so and so hired to defend them? As if Cambria is some sort of mythical creature from ancient times. If the Blogger gets attacked at the casino, things might unfold a bit differently. Instead of hiring a high profile defense attorney, I'd probably end up with a public defender named Larry...
Cambria hired by White in casino case
Monday, February 20, 2012
I received this email today (presumably from a Fahey supporter). Despite what the writer implies, I have no problem looking into poor government practices from either side. I could care less who likes me and who doesn't...
I notice you take great pride in presuming Chris Fahey leaves Brian Higgins' office every day at noon to start campaigning. But I guess it's ok when both of Kearns' assistants take their two hour lunch together leaving an answering machine to handle citizens concerns. What does this say about Kearns' leadership skills when he doesn't have enough gumption or common sense to make them go at different times? I know you won't print this because you are completely biased towards them.
Shows what you know, Aristotle. If this is true, Mickey should establish office rules and make sure someone is in the office at all times during work hours. In any event, neither candidate has bought, err, I mean earned my vote. Also, you should know the city hall Rooster was recently laid off and is currently volunteering his services to the community. Is there anyone on Fahey's side that would ever do that? I doubt it. The entitled aren't wired that way.
Is it me you're looking for?...
I thought this was kind of cool. The sport of rowing returned to Bishop Timon High School last Fall after a 36 year hiatus...
In rowing, the goal is to have all eight rowers row in perfect unison, at full pressure, with no time-outs once the starting gun is fired at the start of the race. Eight oarsmen, who have trained for years, rowing to exhaustion, for 2K meters, is the very essence of teamwork that builds a unique esprit de corps.
Assistant coach Tom Graham seems to have a very good grasp on the local history of the sport. My father rowed at Timon in the 1950's. Not sure, but I think Mel Palano may have been one of the coaches back then. What sport didn't he coach? Graham informs readers that the rowing program at Bishop Timon ended after a boathouse fire in Broderick Park in 1975...
The 1975 fire that destroyed the club’s original boathouse in Broderick Park ended the rowing program at Timon. Last September, after 36 years, the rowing program was started again at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. The Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, Canisius High School and Buffalo Seminary made it possible because they let Timon use their rowing shells, oars, coach boats, trailer, indoor rowing machines and the BSRA facility.
Good luck to Mr. Graham and the Timon rowers. Thanks for bringing back this cool sport. Another reason for kids to consider attending the school...
Olympian mentors inspired me for life
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Chris Fahey's 11,000 door claim is so ridiculous, it makes you wonder what future lies he has in store for the public. I'm not going to be one of those people that shrugs their shoulders and says, "all politicians lie." Chris Fahey hasn't been elected to anything yet. An attempted anointing is taking place. This kid walked right out of college into an $80,000/yr job. He's never had to undergo an interview in his life. Right now, he's being interviewed by the residents. His outlandish claim is akin to lying during an interview.
Residents need to know who they are voting for. Otherwise, we're simply going to be stuck with more of the same. A reader named Kevin broke down the numbers of Fahey's claim in what I think is a pretty good analysis. You be the judge...
So you say that Chris Fahey claims he went door to door... and stopped at 11,000 homes.
Really?... well... lets look at that. And lets assume that he did visit 11,000 homes... and lets guess that he spent an average of only... say... 6 minutes per visit:
Lets do the math:
x 6 minutes/visit (that includes time spent walking from house to house)
66,000 minutes... or...
137.5 days (full 8 hour days - no break)...or...
27.5 weeks ( a 5 day week / Mon-Fri)...or...
Really???... he's claiming he went door to door... all day long... for 8 hours straight without a break... every week day... for 6.9 months!!??!!
I don't think so.
Target in Orchard Park has released this surveillance footage of three pieces of trash stealing a purse someone accidentally left in their cart (probably and elderly person). Let's hope this footage leads to the arrest of all three.
Why work when you can just live off of the government and steal from others? It will be nice to see them in handcuffs once they are eventually apprehended. There is a $1,000 reward from WGRZ Crimestoppers. Please call 867-6161 if you have any information...
Kennedy, who admitted his newly drawn district does benefit him personally, called the proposal "political gerrymandering."
Brian Higgins must have taught him that big word 10 minutes before the meeting right after he spoon-fed him. Kennedy, as usual, is full of it. Although still heavily Democratic, his district was redrawn to be 50% white and 50% black (or something close to that. We're not sure, since nobody will tell the actual citizens.) Brian Higgins' pool boy doesn't want a racially diverse district. He is worried about a possible one black-two white person primary. The two whites could potentially split the white vote and the blacks will vote black, regardless of who the candidate is. Save the politically correct comments. This has proven time and time again to be true. Washington DC mayor Marion Barry was elected after being caught caught on video smoking crack!
Kennedy made a fool of himself at a city hall hearing today when he suggested the redistricting policy violated the state constitution. Sensing Kennedy had an IQ of around 12, a Republican task force member challenged him to site the specific part of the Constitution he was referring to. This question proved much harder for Tim than the ones he's used to hearing (ie. Would you like to supersize your combo meal? What type of sprinkles do you want on your cone? Pick up or delivery?) ...
Thursday's hearing included a somewhat heated back-and-forth between State Sens. Timothy M. Kennedy, a Democrat, and Michael F. Nozzolio, a Republican and one of the task force members. During Kennedy's testimony, Nozzolio pushed him to cite the specific section of the State Constitution that Kennedy alleged the task force violated in its proposal of new district lines.
Unfortunately, Kennedy will probably be moved to a predominantly white, predominantly Democratic district so he and Brian can live happily ever after. If the stars align and Kennedy's district does become racially mixed, he will be on borrowed time. As he should be.
Redistricting panel's proposal draws fire
Friday, February 17, 2012
I'm involved in Fahey campaign and he doesn't see you as a threat,more like a bitter crackpot who is heading to funny farm soon.(and Tim Kennedy is much smarter than you and soccer is a hobby like bowling and not a sport so get over yourself)
Thanks for the insight, loser. What's your role in the campaign? Driving the Bobbsey Twins ( Tim and 11,000 Doors Chris) to the Old Country Buffet for their daily feedings? You better get your people on my site to vote for your friend. According to the informal poll, he's currently getting his ass kicked (58%-31%)...
Human Voice Clip Male 25 Year Old Loser
A. "Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son." Dean Warmer (Animal House)
B. "There was never a genius without a tincture of madness." - Aristotle
PS There are things growing on my shower curtain that are smarter than Tim Kennedy. Since you're supporting him, I'm sure that makes you a real Rhodes Scholar. Congratulations on having the guts to sign your name, Ass-clown.
Pee Wee Herman right after the real Pee Wee got busted hanging out in the porno theater. Sounds exactly like him...
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Some people are up in arms over New Jersey governor Chris Christie's decision to lower the flag at half staff to honor deceased singer Whitney Houston. I think it was mighty White of him to do so.
I take it as a blatant vote grab. Career politicians do this kind of stuff every day. Christie, who has Presidential aspirations, should be arrested for pandering, as this was simply an effort on his part to endear himself to the black community. Houston was a great entertainer. Her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at the Bills-Giants Super Bowl is probably one of the best on record, in my humble opinion. However, her life took a wrong turn when she decided to turn to drugs. Preliminary reports say drug use caused her death.
I liked Kurt Cobain and Heath Ledger as well. But honoring them with the flag would have been akin to condoning their lifestyles, too. I would have been against that, also. What kind of message does this send to impressionable young people (both white and black)? Drug use is such a serious problem in our culture and should never be glamorized in any way. Clearly, soldiers and law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty are deserving of this honor. However, entertainers? Here is Christie explaining his decision to the people of New Jersey. He should just stick to kicking field goals for the Bills...
Mr. Bojangles was a song written in 1971 by Jerry Jeff Walker. Despite popular belief, the song was not written about tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. It was written after Walker himself went to jail on a drunk and disorderly charge in New Orleans in 1965. Behind bars, he met a homeless white street performer who called himself "Mr. Bojangles" to conceal his true identity from the police. Several skid row members had been rounded up after a high profile murder had been committed on the streets of New Orleans.
The two men and others in the cell chatted about all manner of things, but when Mr. Bojangles told a story about his dog, the mood in the room turned heavy. Someone else in the cell asked for something to lighten the mood, and Mr. Bojangles obliged with a tap dance.
A chance encounter in a New Orleans jail cell leads to a masterpiece...
I met him in a cell in New Orleans,
I was down and out
He looked to be the eyes of age as spoke right out
He talked of life,
He talked of life,
He laughed, slapped his leg a step
He said his name, Bojangles,
Then he danced a lick across the cell
He grabbed pants of better stants,
Then he jumped up high, he clicked his heels
He let go a laugh,
He let go a laugh, shook back his clothes all around
He danced for those at minstrel shows
And county fairs throughout the south
He spoke with tears of 15 years
How his dog and he traveled about
His dog up and died, up and died,
After 20 years he still grieved
He said I dance now at ev'ry chance
In honky tonks for drinks and tips
But most of the time
I spend behind these county bars
He said 'I drinks a bit'
He shook his head...
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
If you're like me, this whole Mark Grisanti casino scuffle does not pass the smell test. As soon as I saw he and his wife making the media rounds to announce that they got beat up, the first thought that came to my mind was "preemptive strike".
From the way they've been talking, my hunch is that Grisanti is trying to cover something up regarding the incident. Just like Frank "Frankie Five Angels" Pentangeli in the Godfather II, I suspect the young State Senator "had too much wine."
If a Seneca businessman is to believed, we can also add Grisanti to the "Don't you know who I am?" fraternity.
"I was maybe 15 feet away. I heard it," John said. "[Grisanti] yelled, 'Don't you know who the [expletive] I am, you [expletive]?"
Grisanti, R-Buffalo, told The News he was very upset during the incident but doesn't recall making any racial statements of any kind.
"Doesn't recall." Red flag. Whenever someone says they don't "recall" something, it is usually to shield themselves from trouble. Another person at the bar that night also disputes Grisanti's version of events...
"The senator seemed to think that it was his business to jump in between the two of them," Snow said. "[Grisanti] kept asking Eric White, 'Do you know who I am? Do you know who I am?'"
We know who you are, Mark. You're a small time Charlie. People didn't vote for you, as much as they voted against Antoine Thompson. Get over yourself, Hollywood.
Here's what I think happened: Mark Grisanti and the Indians were both drunk. The Indians drank too much firewater and were going to fight each other over politics or money. For some reason, Grisanti got involved. He ticked off one of the Senecas and then decided to fight with the security guards (who were just trying to do their jobs.)
The whole Kenmore Mercy Hospital field trip and local media tour were nothing more than political damage control. He wanted to accuse the other side before they went to the media and accused him of being a babbling drunk. Who goes to the hospital after a minor scuffle? Come on dude! How are we supposed to believe a word he says after he flip flopped on the whole gay marriage issue anyway? He's a marked man by area Conservatives. If I were Grisanti, I'd stay out of casino bars and stay away from Indians and try telling the truth once in awhile...
If I was a big supporter of either candidate, I would email the link to this site or talk to other like minded supporters about voting online for their guy. Perception. People love to back someone they perceive as a winner. Everyone wants to feel good about their choice. That's why lawn signs don't "vote", but are a good indication of the outcome most of the time. Kearns and Fahey supporters: There is a share button at the bottom of this post. You can share it via email or through social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter. It's only a dumb blog from one resident, but a lot of people read it each day. Hit share and remind your friends to vote at the top right column of the page. It's all about perception. I think both of the candidates are nice guys and I wish them luck on March 20th.
-My source on the Lackawanna Democratic Committee tells me his fellow committee members in the Steal City (I realize it's misspelled), are sick and tired of Congressman Brian Higgins meddling in the process of choosing candidates. He also said the West Seneca and Cheektowaga Stormtroopers feel the same way. According to my source, who stumbled drunkenly out of Curly's five minutes later, many of his peers want to ask Councilman Mickey Kearns to challenge Higgins for his Congressional seat. The local Republicans view Kearns favorably because they know he is not aligned with Higgins and would appreciate his support.
The Independent Party members have finally come to the realization that Higgins coat holder Rick Finnegan is only in it for himself. In fact, they couldn't wait to endorse Kearns over "11,000 Doors" Fahey a few weeks ago. Len Lenihan, the Rasputin of Erie County politics, is just hoping to survive the next Higgins backstabbing. Lenny, as us important insiders like to refer to him, has known Kearns' mom for a long time.
All of the above feel that Higgins has burned too many bridges. They point to Tim "Hortons" Kennedy and Tim Whalen's support of Republican Chris Collins in the Erie County Legislator (at his bequest). It's common knowledge that neither of those two know how to think for themselves and simply do whatever they are told.
It will be an interesting year, although I personally think Kearns would have a hard time competing against Higgins. I would probably vote for Higgins, because if I asked him for something reasonable (like talking to Superintendent Williams for me), I believe Higgins would do that. In fact I remember Higgins setting up a meeting with Mayor Masiello, Vince LoVallo, myself, and Kearns one time. Kearns was then a Legislative Assistant for Dennis Manley at the time and I invited him to the meeting. I was grateful to Higgins for doing that for me, even though LoVallo threatened to "throw me through the wall" (true story). Hey, what can I say? The Blogger sometimes has that effect on people.
-Some City Hall insiders asked me to dispel a rumor started by McKinley Circle that Kearns recently fired two of his assistants. Not true. Kelly Krug was not fired and still holds the same job. The other assistant is still working but has lost his benefits thanks to a motion by Joseph Golispek to limit each Councilmember's assistants to two. I don't think he went far enough. How about limiting each Councilmember to zero assistants and having citizens call specific Department heads with their concerns?
-Another sign that Mark Schroeder is going to run for mayor: He is dressing up like the guy from Monopoly and traveling to East Side grammar schools. What this has to do with handling the city's finances, I have no idea.
-Finally, I've thought long and hard about this. I will be endorsing Mike MacGavis as the President of the OTB Wednesday Afternoon Club. Tony Hammell has been in charge for many years and the Rooster thinks it might be time for a change. The Rooster points out he will be throwing his weight behind Tony the Stuper.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
I'll be back in a day or two. In the meantime, I thought some would appreciate this comment I received from someone not too fond with the anointing of Chris Fahey by the South Buffalo political machine. Read it and draw your own conclusions...
One more political dud courtesy of the biggest con game in local politics, the Jiggins political machine.
When are people ever going to wake up in this Siberian sinkhole and start electing some rebels and renegades who will shake things up? Instead, all we ever elect are carefully selected yes-men, coat holders, flunkies and stooges for High Pants. What a scam! Time for Buddy the Book to throw his hat in the ring. Now there's a guy who's not afraid to rock the boat!
A spokesman for Buddy the Book says he is currently conducting a listening tour of Mark Grisanti's district. He also says Grisanti is a liar who "probably started with those Indians at the Casino."
Monday, February 13, 2012
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 begin to think. The end results have become known as my random thoughts from the ghetto...
-It's amazing how long it sometimes takes to come up with simple ideas. How long did we bang on the glass ketchup bottles and stick knives inside of them before we realized it might be a good idea to turn them upside down? And didn't you think it looked ridiculous the first time you saw an upside down ketchup bottle in a restaurant or on a store shelve?
-It's always funny when a male figure skater throws a female figure skater up in the air and drops her. First, there is the psychological pain of training every day for the past 10 years and screwing up. Then, there's the physical reality that you just dropped someone on their head.
-Remember when you knew how much a stamp cost because they didn't raise the postage rate every seven weeks? I couldn't even tell you how much a basic stamp costs these days. However, I do know it's much cheaper to pay my bills online.
-The worst decision of the century goes to whoever decided to give Steve from the Jerry Springer Show his own show. How does one make the transition from security guard to daytime talk show host?
-I get sick often. In fact, I only go to church one day a year, on St. Blaise Day, to get my throat blessed. If St. Blaise was around today, he's probably have an endorsement contract with Chloraseptic.
-I'm not a big fan of organized religion, but I do enjoy the church bells that go off every two hours each day somewhere in South Buffalo.
-You're not from South Buffalo unless you've walked home at least once from downtown after a night on Chippewa.
-Everyone knows someone who knows someone who has seen someone walking on the Skyway.
-It's too bad everything has to be leaked weeks in advance these days. Had they not talked about it ad nauseum in the press, the Ferris Bueller commercial during the Super Bowl would have been a classic. Unfortunately, there was no element of surprise.
-If you only watch one football game a year and it's the Super Bowl, please refrain from talking about your "squares" every ten minutes. I mean this when I say, nobody cares.
-Several years ago, my friend was observing a class at South Park High School for his teaching degree. A few of the students recognized him from reffing their summer basketball games. One of the students turned around (with the regular teacher present) and yelled, "Hey Reiss, you crazy son of a bitch! What the hell are you doing here?"
-The guy with the perm jumping on the tightrope during Madonna's half time show will forever be embedded into every nightmare I ever have.
-You don't see many people wedging their cigarette packs between their shirts and shoulder blades these days. Surprising, since this was such a sophisticated look. It said, "I like country music, monster truck shows, and my right to bear arms."