Thursday, March 31, 2011

We might have a kill screen

From the documentary King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters: The man doing most of the talking in this clip, Brian Kuh, is pretty much a video game groupie. You might have seen this clip already. He walks around the arcade alerting all the other nerds that there "might be a potential Donkey Kong "kill screen" coming up". The kill screen is where the game runs out of memory and the character Mario kills himself. Interesting? Perhaps. However, what even the truest nerd might find mildly interesting appears to be the highlight of Kuh's life...


Model employee

It looks like Niagara Falls Public Works employee James Curtis is in trouble with the law again. This time Curtis picked up a known prostitute while working for the city...

You might remember Curtis in 2008, was the city employee who wrote "whites only" on a water fountain at work.(They really need to find more work for this guy to do.) We actually found footage of this troubling incident...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hey, you never know

The 7 office workers who won the $319 million dollar Mega Millions jackpot last week had an eighth coworker who decided not to go in on it. He said he wasn't feeling lucky. They haven't publicly identified him yet. However, he would be the guy you see jumping off the nearest bridge tomorrow. In an effort to make him feel better, one of the winners said she would buy him a cup of coffee tomorrow. I never buy lottery tickets. However, whenever I was approached by a group at work, I always threw them a buck or two. There was no way I was going to be this guy...

The New York co-worker who regularly played in the office pool opted out on the night they had the winning ticket according to an Albany, N.Y., deli owner who knows the winners.

"They asked him a couple of times, and he didn't feel lucky," said Jill Cook, owner of Cook's Deli, where the group often comes for lunch.

She said she heard the news through buzz from the nearby office, adding that she felt "terrible" for the man..


Tom Hanks television highlights

It's not that often you get to see Arthur Fonzarelli do battle with Forrest Gump. Fonzi pushed this guy off a swing in the 3rd grade. He then transformed himself into a ninja so he could seek his revenge...

Here he is on a "very special" episode of Family Ties. I thought this show was supposed to be a comedy??? I just watched this clip, and it might lead me to go have a drink."My name is uncle Ned and I am an alcoholic".

I never knew he made an appearance on Taxi, also...


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

International update: Columbia

This happened one time at Reddington's. A 17 year old murder victim in Columbia was dragged from his own wake and carried into a stadium by 200-300 of his friends. How fortunate that his wake coincided with a home game...

Christopher Jacome, a 17-year-old Colombian soccer fan, was gunned down while playing the game. He was a fan of the Cucuta Deportivo Colombian soccer team. After his wake, friends from "Barra del Indio" took the cadaver from the funeral home and paraded it around and then into the stadium in an attempt to pay homage to the slain soccer fan.

Officials say a crowd of 200 to 300 fans stormed into the stadium with the body creating an uncontrollable situation. The boy was a member of 'Barra del Indio,' a particularly aggressive Colombian soccer fan club.

No word yet on whether they charged him the regular admission price. Strange...

Police: Elderly Man's Death Appears "Suspicious" - WBEN NewsRadio 930 : Buffalo & Niagara Falls, NY

Susan Lane is the last street in South Buffalo where you would think a murder would take place. From WBEN...

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) -- Buffalo Police are investigating the discovery of an elderly man's body in his South Buffalo home.

Officers responding to an address on Susan Lane Tuesday afternoon found the 84-year-old man, dead, inside.

Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives, Dennis Richards, describes the death as "suspicious." He did not elaborate.

An autopsy will be performed to determine an exact cause of death. Homicide detectives are in charge of the investigation.

Police: Elderly Man's Death Appears "Suspicious" - WBEN NewsRadio 930 : Buffalo & Niagara Falls, NY

Prom Dress Drive

This is a nice story from WKBW. County Legislator Lynn Dixon is accepting donations of used prom dresses for high school girls that might not be able to afford them...

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Prom season is just around the corner, and that means a night of glitz and glamor for high school girls in Western New York.

However there are some girls who can not afford all that goes with the prom, and need some help picking up a dress.

From what I understand, they have even found someone to help clean the dresses for free, also. Please help spread the word. I'm sure most people know someone that has an old dress they can donate. Just think about how happy you will make some local girl. Hopefully, their prom experience will turn out better than the one in this clip: "They're all going to laugh at you, Carrie." Well, guess who had the last laugh? Carrie's mom was a pretty easygoing, laid back parent...


Monday, March 28, 2011

Florida snakes multiplying

Scientists predicted an extremely cold winter would kill off all the non-native Burmese pythons that have made the Florida Everglades their new home thanks to exotic pet guy. Oops. From the Sun-Sentinel...

Record freezes and a fearsome drought have failed to kill off the Burmese pythons that have colonized the Everglades Six of the non-native, constricting snakes were found last week in sections of the Everglades in which they had not turned up before, including an area north of Alligator Alley. This further dashed hopes by scientists that the past winter's cold weather could kill off the snakes, which are native to the warmer climate of southern Asia.

First the Florida pythons, then the New York City alligators under the sewers. What's next? If scientists really want to get rid of the snakes, forget St. Patrick or the pied piper. They need to contact this guy immediately...,0,1761461.story


Close call

There were gun shots on South Park and Louisiana Streets yesterday....

Youth, 17, is victim of multiple shots

A 17-year-old Buffalo youth was shot multiple times at about 3:15 p. m. Sunday at a gas station and convenience store in the 400 block of South Park Avenue.

Skeeter Walker was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Walker was shot in the stomach and left leg. He jumped into a vehicle and was then dropped off at 1459 South Park and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Walker is no relation to former Bisons slugger Skeeter Barnes...


Hell in a hand basket

What's funnier? A man who writes a book claiming to describe hell and who is going there, or those who read the book and say, "you got it all wrong"?

(AP) — What does hell mean to you? Is it an endless nightmare for sinners and unsaved souls, as mainstream Christianity has taught for centuries? Or is hell here on Earth, in the distractions, addictions and emptiness of daily life?

Those ideas are receiving fresh scrutiny from some believers after a prominent evangelical pastor questioned the traditional idea of hell in his new book, "Love Wins."

Even before Rob Bell's book was published this month, religious leaders and their followers were branding it heresy, hailing it as a breakthrough or landing somewhere in the middle. Thousands have weighed in on Twitter, Facebook, blogs or outside their places of worship.

Bell "better go back and read his Bible again! He's all messed up!" wrote Ruth Ward of New Albany, Ind., on Facebook. "Satan is having a field day."

What is hell? Book stirs debate about afterlife


Sunday, March 27, 2011

You can check out any time you like...

One of the best opening lines to any song you will ever hear...

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway, I heard the mission bell
Then I was thinking to myself this could be Heaven or this could be Hell
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor I thought I heard them say
"Welcome to the Hotel California"


Random thoughts from the ghetto-Volume 44


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...

-Out of the four girls' teams we have playing winter travel soccer, two have no losses and one has only one loss (after 10 games each). Life is good in the ghetto.

-I was watching a documentary on the hunt for bin Laden the other night. They said we had him pinned at the Battle of Tora Bora. A high level military guy said he wanted to send in thousands of US troops to capture him. Instead, the higher ups decided to use Pakistani and Afghan troops. In total, the man said only 60 US soldiers were sent out. I'll bet you someone is kicking themself over this one. Needless to say, bin Laden "escaped" over the mountains and into Pakistan. Afghan and Pakistani warlords are not known for their trustworthiness.

-If you're a man under 50 and you were deeply upset over the death of Liz Taylor, chances are you are really into fashion.

- One of the funniest things I ever witnessed was a Bingo game at the American Legion Post #64. It was the last game (the cover all). A woman won $100 and everyone began scrambling for the exits. When they were checking her numbers, apparently one hadn't been called. It was not a "good bingo". You should have seen these old ladies and men with walkers knocking each other over to get back to their seats. Total chaos. It was like a football game ending on a defensive penalty, and the referees had to bring all the players back onto the field from the locker room. Someone else won on the next number, I heard a half dozen old ladies use profanity, and the mass exodus began once again.

-I wonder what Lance Ito is up to these days?

-I only have 22 channels so I watch a great deal of documentaries on my computer at night. I was watching ESPN's 30 in 30 on the murder of Columbian soccer player Andres Escobar after the 1994 World Cup. Escobar had scored an own goal (he deflected a pass into his own net) against the US, causing the Columbians to be eliminated from the tournament. Own goals are not that uncommon. The game at that level is so fast. If he hadn't been tracking back as hard as he was, an American forward would have probably had a great scoring opportunity anyway. The judge sentenced his killer to 43 years in prison. He was released after 11 years. I take it the judge wasn't too happy with the outcome of the match, either.

-I read where New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg rides the subway every morning so he can be like his fellow New Yorkers. Maybe, we'll get lucky and someone will push him into one of the trains.

-One of the motors on my car windows broke last week, preventing it from going up, so I had to tape a plastic cover in it's place. I had three people ask me if one of my readers threw a rock at the window because of this blog. The price of fame?????

-That's all I got this week. I'll leave you with a scene from the movie Taxi Driver. Most people have seen DeNiro's famous "You talkin' to me?" scene. This is a scene where DeNiro's character (Travis Bickle) is becoming unhinged. He realizes he is about to lose it, so he seeks advice from a veteran cabbie known as "the wizard". "That's about the dumbest thing I ever heard." "Relax, killer. You're going to be alright." Martin Scorcesse is a genius...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lions Club all star basketball game

Whether it's the Boy Scouts of America, the National Chamber of Commerce, or your local volunteer fire hall, whenever you have an organization, there is always the possibility of scandal or misappropriation of funds, etc. One organization that seems to have avoided this is the Lions Club of WNY. From Wikipedia...

Lions Clubs International was founded in the United States on June 7, 1917 by Melvin Jones, a Chicago businessman. Jones asked, with regard to his colleagues, "What if these men who are successful because of their drive, intelligence and ambition, were to put their talents to work improving their communities?" Jones' personal code, "You can't get very far until you start doing something for somebody else," reminds many Lions of the importance of community service.

The Lions motto is “We Serve.” Focal Lions Club programs include sight conservation, hearing and speech conservation, diabetes awareness, youth outreach, international relations, environmental issues, and other programs.

The Lions Club of Cheektowaga has sponsored a high school basketball all star game for girls for the past several years. The President of their organization is Dan Cassaci. Cassaci's brother Vito is a longtime volunteer with the South Buffalo Football organization. Dan Cassaci reports that the group was approached a few years ago to switch the event and make an all boys game the main focus.
Knowing that the Lions Cub already sponsored the WNY high school football game in August, the club decided to keep the focus of the basketball game on the girls.

Last night at the pregame banquet, Bishop Timon graduate Mike Walton delivered the keynote speech. The girls were given embroidered bags along with their game uniforms. Congratulations to the WNY Lions Club for their great commitment to the visually impaired and for supporting WNY high school athletes. Because of them, many girls in WNY are given the opportunity to have their talents highlighted for the whole community to see.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Pridgen blasts School Board

The Buffalo Board of Education voted to rescind the residency requirement for teachers at a meeting on Wednesday. The public was not informed of this discussion. It was done very quietly behind closed doors, because the Board knew it would be controversial.

Buffalo Common Councilmember Darius Pridgen is rightly outraged. People in the city need jobs. The teacher who lives in the city is going to add to his/her street. They will shop at the neighborhood supermarket and contribute to the local economy. From my experience in organizing youth sports, I can say many teachers have served as great volunteer coaches for their own kids, also. If the children in the city don't have teachers on their streets to look up to as role models, they will model themselves after the gang leaders and drug dealers that we know are on their streets. The taxpayers of Buffalo are the employers for the Buffalo Schools. They have a right to decide whether this is a good law or not. Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go to the beach in Hamburg (Oh wait, I can't. It's for Town residents only.)...


City ambassador moves to Orchard Park-Fail

Nothing says: "I love Downtown Buffalo" more than buying a $1.2 million dollar home in the suburbs. You might remember Mark Croce as the man who gave the city a black eye by charging Canadian hockey fans exorbitant prices to park during the World Junior Hockey Championships...

But the longtime city advocate just spent even more to buy a new mansion -- in the suburbs.

Croce paid $1.2 million Tuesday to buy a 12,800-square-foot home in the Summit at Scherff subdivision in Orchard Park.

"I'm a city resident. I'm a city voter. This is where my base is," Croce said. "But this gives my family a chance to do what families do."

And what is it that families around here do? Move out of the city. Sorry, Mark. When you buy an expensive home in Orchard Park, you no longer are a city resident. You see, a city resident is somebody who actually resides in the city.

If he wants to live in the suburbs, it is Croce's choice. However, it runs in sharp contrast to the image Croce has tried to create for himself. I also don't feel he should be allowed to continue voting in the city. I know it's only one vote. However, I think city issues and candidates should be chosen by city residents only. I can't vote in Orchard Park...

Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights...

Champion of city, Croce buys mansion in suburb - Business - The Buffalo News


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Buffalo schools to hire less Buffalo residents

I could act upset that the Buffalo School Board did away with the teacher residency requirement at last night's meeting. But what is the point really? They hadn't been enforcing it anyway...

The resolution, sponsored by School Board President Ralph Hernandez, narrowly passed, 5-4. It will allow the district to choose from a larger pool of teacher candidates, while eliminating the requirement that teachers, with some exceptions, must live in the city or risk losing their jobs.

The resolution included an amendment by board member Rosalyn L. Taylor that will give job applicants who opt to live in Buffalo a “10-point hiring preference” added to their hiring score. A second resolution asks the district to “create incentives” that encourage teachers to live in the city.

So now, all the 3rd generation South Buffalo political hacks living in West Seneca and Hamburg, can call their uncle and get hired in Buffalo. This is no different than the way it's been anyway. The "10 point hiring preference" is a complete smokescreen, when you take into account the Keanes and Comerfords, etc all start with a "100 point hiring preference". You can't fight city hall, but you sure can expose the corrupt people in it. And I look forward to doing so.

I wonder if the "incentives" are going to be the same ones the city used in the 90s' to keep all the police and firefighters living in Buffalo. We know how well that worked out for the city. They practically gave them new houses in the city, which most turned around and resold at a profit (before moving their families to Orchard Park!)

The sad part is, I personally know at least 7 city residents who would be excellent physical education teachers. They have the degrees. They just don't have the money to bribe the people controlling the hiring.

Board rescinds teacher residency rule by 5-4 vote - Schools - The Buffalo News


Buffallo's history takes a back seat to greed

The city's history took a back seat to one man's greed this week, as Buffalo's most infamous residency violator allowed a few historic grain elevators to be permanently dismantled...

James Comerford, the city’s permit and inspections commissioner, had ordered the demolition at 339 Ganson St. earlier this month, claiming that the Wheeler elevator, the complex’s oldest building, and an adjacent feed mill posed a threat to public safety.

The company’s intentions fueled skepticism among Buffalo Preservation Board members about whether the buildings needed to be torn down. The board voted unanimously March 3 to oppose demolition after a request to schedule a site visit for the board and possibly an engineer was rebuffed.

I'm not going to publicly accuse "East Aurora" Jim of accepting a bribe from the company to tear down the grain elevators. However, if you see any drastic improvements on his East Aurora home this summer, well, you draw your own conclusions. Buffalo: a great place to siphon money and get all your family members public sector jobs. But I wouldn't want to live there. Very sad, residency violator!...

You hustle, you deal, you steal from us all
Come on, come on, love me for the money
Come on, come on, listen to the moneytalks
Come on, come on, love me for the money
Come on, come on, listen to the moneytalks
Moneytalks, yeah, yeah
Money talks, B.S. walks...

Razing of grain elevator begins - City of Buffalo - The Buffalo News


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NT bus driver cleared of all charges

The students in North Tonawanda accused their bus driver of showing them inappropriate pictures from his cell phone. After confiscating his phone and examining it's contents, the police revealed there was never anything inappropriate on it.

Later, they realized none of the kids' stories matched and that three of them had been suspended from the bus a week earlier for discipline reasons. Oops. You would think they would have thought of that before they stole the man's phone and looked at pictures of how he spent last weekend. If I was him, I'd be driving my bus to the lawyer's office tomorrow morning...

Photograph - I don't want your
Photograph - I don't need your
Photograph - All I've got is a photograph
But it's not enough...

Buffalo News reduced to tattle tails

The Buffalo News' petty, unprofessional feud with developer Carl Paladino reached a new low today. The News is reporting that Paladino does not have a valid permit with the Thruway Authority for his billboard along the 190 South....

The billboard’s location within 660 feet of the Thruway requires a permit from the Thruway Authority that Paladino’s company has not obtained, according to Thruway Authority spokeswoman Betsy Feldstein.

“The sign you’re referring to is not currently permitted by the Thruway Authority,” she told The Buffalo News.

And this is newsworthy how? I can just see Donny Esmonde approaching Stanley Lipsey (because Esmonde strikes me as a whining pathetic tattle tail).

(Esmonde):"Mr Lipsey! I hear Paladino doesn't have a permit for that terrible billboard he put up near the Thruway! I think we should do a story about it and make him look bad!"

(Lipsey):"You know, little Buddy. That is a wonderful idea. Then, we can have it taken down and that evil man will go away forever, and we can get back to pushing our political agenda, without anyone questioning it. Donnie, you're a genius! Can you come into my office and rub my shoulders like you used to?"

(Esmonde): "Sorry Mr. Lipsey. Congressman Higgins asked me first! But I'll be back tomorrow."

The article then claims to know Paladino's reasons for putting up the billboard...

The billboard currently attacks The News with a sign that reads: “Spineless Stan Lipsey & The Buffalo News threw WNY under the bus.” Paladino posted the sign in December, angry that The News endorsed Andrew

M. Cuomo for governor instead of him and because the newspaper also accepted advertising on behalf of the Democratic candidate.

I don't think Paladino really cared that the News accepted advertising on behalf of Cuomo or that they endorsed him. In fact, many people in Western New York (including Paladino) considered the News' endorsement process a sham and the "kiss of death".
Perhaps Paladino was upset that the News wrote several unflattering stories about him, yet never mentioned Cuomo's controversial tenure at HUD or anything from Cuomo's highly suspect, personal life.

It's hilarious that the News is even spending one minute on the billboard. What's so funny, is that most citizens had forgotten about it. They drive by every day and it has become as familiar as a Cellino & Barnes ad. Now the News, with this childish and vindictive article, has succeeded in making the billboard a topic of conversation once again. Is Lipsey such an insecure wuss, that he even cares about something so trivial? Oh, no. I hope his feelings aren't hurt. Don't cry out loud, Stanley...


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Adventures in Babysitting

Don't tell mom the babysitter's drunk...


Oh deer

Some residents and animal rights activists are upset that deer at a Williamsville cemetery are being impaled when they attempt to jump over a spiked fence. The cemetaries caretakers say the fence is historic and should not be altered. What does this all mean? It means they don't have too much going on these days in Williamsville.

Both sides are missing an easy solution to this problem. Simply talk to the deer and see where they stand on the issue...


Fight on Seneca St.

A gang of thugs attacked a man on Seneca Street with knives and a broken beer bottle. When we were kids, we settled things with guns (after we walked 10 miles to school in the snow). I'm kind of surprised this happened, actually. On Seneca St. at 4AM on a Saturday night, people are usually so rational and level headed...

Gang with knives, bottles attacks man on Seneca St.

A gang of eight to 10 believed to be wielding knives and broken beer bottles attacked a man about 4 a.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of Seneca Street.

The victim, Joseph Marinaro, whose age and address were not included in the police report, suffered multiple lacerations, the most serious of which extended from his left side to his back.

He was transported to Mercy Hospital and then Erie County Medical Center, and was discharged later Saturday after receiving treatment.

Friday night they'll be dressed to kill
Down at Dino's bar and grill
The drink will flow and blood will spill
And if the boys want to fight, you'd better let them...


It's about time

A couple of lawmakers are reintroducing a bill to divide New York into two states (Upstate and Downstate)...

Some state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would allow counties to hold a referendum on whether the state should be separated into upstate and downstate.

The measure has gone nowhere in the Legislature and most likely never will, but Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece, Monroe County, and Assemblyman Stephen Hawley, R-Batavia, Genesee County, have submitted it again this year, saying the idea is something that voters should be allowed to weigh in on.

I, for one, am all for this if it rids us of Sheldon Silver once and for all. If it does happen, Lackawanna should immediately be named the new state's capital city and the official state fish should be the Cazenovia Creek "suckerfish" ...


Monday, March 21, 2011

One hit wonder?

This has got to be a one hit wonder I heard today on the radio. The last time I heard it (before tonight), I think I was coming back from a Buffalo Bisons AA game against Reading. If this is the first time you heard it, you're too young to be reading this blog. Everyone will remember the opening line...

When the lights go down in the California town,
People are in for the evening.
I jump into my car and I throw in my guitar,
My heart beatin' time with my breathin'.
Drivin' over Kanan, singin' to my soul,
There's people out there turnin' music into gold...


Attack of the 1st grader

One of Dr. Williams 563 Associate Superintendents is apparently unhappy with union president Phyllis Rumore's comments regarding the school 33 teacher attacked with a garbage can (by a 1st grader)...

Associate Superintendent Will Keresztes fired off a letter to union president Philip Rumore on Saturday, after Rumore told The Buffalo News that the child, depending on his age, should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

The student was 6 years old, Keresztes said.

“You purposefully did not disclose the age and grade of the student in order to better portray the student as a criminal,” Keresztes wrote. “The student was a first-grader with a disability.”

A teacher at School 33 Bilingual Center fell to the floor and was injured Friday after the special-education student picked up a trash can and threw it at her, The News reported.

When I covered the story last week, I thought the student was older. However, getting hit with a trash can will hurt, regardless of the thrower's age. The question I have is: If the student was just taken off a bus due to an outburst, why would the teacher turn her back on him? A good teacher always keeps their eyes on the students, especially those students prone to poor behavior. We actually have footage of the teacher after she was attacked by the 1st grader...

Official slams Rumore for assault comments - City & Region - The Buffalo News

Sunday, March 20, 2011

St. Patrick's Day parade

I don't mind the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Many people go downtown to hang out with friends and family. People who like to drink have another excuse to do so. The young kids like all the excitement and goofiness of the whole event. My uncle, Tom Blake, was actually the Grand Marshall back in 2001.

What I can't stand are the people that want to be seen marching in the parade. Anyone living in South Buffalo knows a few of the people I'm talking about. The politicians and other Hollywood types. One of our ghost writers sent in this response to yesterday's parade post that I thought was very funny. I hope you do, too. I can admit when someone's a better writer than I...

Great comment! So true. The "look at me, I'm special and my family are important" crowd love these weeks in March. All the local politicians leave their winter retreats in Florida every year at this time, just so they can try and be more "Irish" than their opponents. Trouble is, most couldn't find Ireland on a map, and the real know-it-alls who think they can since they can speak a few lines of Gaelic, and because they send their daughter to "Irish dancing," wouldn't have a clue what real Irish people think. They should just call this time of the year--Shamrock Run Day to Parade Day--the dreadful two weeks you have to endure some of the biggest a-holes and most shallow phonies on the planet. Such a shame, because it seems like a fun time of the year everywhere else but here.

From what I hear, the parade got a little wild this year. As luck would have it, we have the footage...


South Buffalo girls becoming used to winning

It was a great weekend for our girls travel soccer teams. The girls are really starting to become passionate about the game. They went 5-0 this weekend at the Epic Center and Sportsplex. Each town puts the best girls from their programs onto travel teams that compete at these venues during the winter.

The girls from South Buffalo defeated Amherst, Grand Island, Clarence, Akron, and Tonawanda respectively this week. When we play in a u12 division, our 11 and 12 year olds compete almost exclusively against teams made up of all 12 year olds. Our 8,9, and 10 year olds play against entire teams of 10 year olds. Despite the age difference, three of our teams are currently in first place near the end of the regular season.

If you know any of the girls in our program, they will tell you how much they practice on their own (as well as with their team). In my opinion, the girls from the other clubs play often, but only a few of the players on these teams are passionate about the game. I don't think this is the case with our girls. I believe most of them spend considerable amounts of time with the ball. And it's starting to show. Back to the drawing board tomorrow. Congratulations to the girls for all of their hard work...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Neighborhood parade

Fat people, drunk people, guys wearing skirts. All with one thing in common: A desire to be seen. Rah, rah, rah. All being viewed by onlookers who moved out of the neighborhood years ago. Happy effin St. Patrick's Day...


MIA police officers

Channel 2's Dave McKinley talks to Deputy Mayor Byron Brown and Lovejoy Councilman Rich Fontana about the missing cops from the B district...


"Super Moon" tonight

If the moon appears larger than normal tonight, it's because it is...

The moon will appear larger by 14 percent and brighter by 40 percent, thanks to a phenomenon that comes around every 18 years or so.

Because of the elliptical nature of its orbit, this so-named perigee moon, or “super full moon,” will be as close to the earth as it has been since March 1993.

Phenomenon makes moon appear larger than normal - Erie County - The Buffalo News


Friday, March 18, 2011

Teacher assaulted at school #33

Today's Buffalo Public School student assaults teacher with a trash can story is brought to you by the folks at Carubba Collision. Trust your car to Carubba Collision...

Teacher taken to hospital following incident with student

An elementary student at School 33 Bilingual Center picked up a trash can and threw it at his teacher, knocking her to the floor this afternoon, authorities said.

The special education teacher, who suffered bruises and other injuries, was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, according to Philip Rumore, president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation.

Initial reports said the teacher had been knocked unconscious, but that turned out to be untrue, Rumore said.

The special education student had been acting out earlier in the day and "had to be carried off the school bus into the school," the union president said.

I almost went to school 33 the other day, too. Why couldn't this have happened to me? I'd claim injury and emotional distress and seek millions. I'd be driving around in Superintendent Williams' car. Stuff like this happens every day in Buffalo. The district just does a great job of covering them up. We obtained this bootleg footage of a recent incident at one of the schools...


The slide

What would happen at a normal workplace if employees were caught leaving work four hours early? If it was at my last job, they would have been immediately terminated. Acting on a tip, A Buffalo police detective showed up at 10:30PM to check on six police officers, whose shift was supposed to end at 2AM. None were there. And then you hear some talking about a shortage of manpower??? It will be interesting to see how this one plays out. Mike BoyGeorge is working on it as we speak...

Four Central District police officers and two lieutenants were suspended Thursday pending formal internal disciplinary charges after they allegedly skipped out of work early Wednesday night, law enforcement sources revealed to The Buffalo News.

Authorities from the Buffalo Police Internal Affairs Unit led by Deputy Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood, acting on a tip, arrived at the Central District station in the Theater District at about 10:30 p. m. and found the six were not at work, the source said. Their shifts ended at 2 a. m.

It was determined they had left early in what is colloquially known in the department as a “slide” — when a supervising officer releases subordinates prior to the end of their shifts.

Police suspend 6 in internal probe - City of Buffalo - The Buffalo News

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blogger's stunt double

My niece Bridget sent me this picture of my Polish twin sister shopping at the Broadway Market. I remember this day well. I went to the market to pick up some buttered lambs. Then it was off to bingo at St. Stan's.

Three stooges

Tim "Hortons"Kennedy, Brian "High Pants"Higgins, and Tim "Einstein" Whalen are probably icing their arms after spending two hours patting each other on the back for putting up a few streetlights on South Park Avenue. To hear these clowns talk, you'd think they were the ones climbing the poles and putting them up...

“The progress we see today and the work continuing this spring was made possible through the tenacity of Senator Kennedy, who made this initiative a priority and fought for its success every step of the way”, said his royal High Pants.

“The revitalization of South Park Avenue is making a significant impact on South Buffalo’s economy and on neighborhood morale. This project is an example of what can be accomplished when the community works together to achieve a collective goal,” said County Legislator Timothy J. Whalen. “We’re seeing progress in South Buffalo, but our efforts are just beginning. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues who helped make this project happen – especially Senator Kennedy, Congressman Higgins and Mayor Brown – to help grow our economy.”

I found it in poor taste that they didn't mention Councilman Mickey Kearns or Assemblyman Mark Schroeder. I guess when you're independent and serve the people, those part of the political machine don't want anything to do with you. Keep up the great work Mark and Mickey. Immediately after the ceremony, Higgins, Kennedy, and Whalen went over to Chris Lee's house and joined him in a game of naked Twister...

Senator Kennedy Announces Construction Resumes on South Park Avenue

"What are you taking a bath for? It aint Saturday."


New York's Mayor Burns

Looks like these are tough times for New York City's elitist mayor. From the Associated Press...

NEW YORK (AP) - A new poll says New York City voters are unhappy with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday says that 51 percent of voters interviewed disapprove of the job Bloomberg is doing. Those who approve are at 39 percent.

I can't imagine why? He's incompetent, arrogant, and talks down to regular New Yorkers. His latest comment on Buffalo was not a slip up. The Manhattan resident clearly thinks he is better than everyone around him, simply because he was born into wealth. Could you picture this imbecile as President?


Animal lover

Do you think the Buffalo News could have chosen their words a little more carefully for this headline?

Woman trying to save beaver fined

A woman fined $250 — the maximum — in Alfred Town Court Monday for trying to safely catch and release a beaver that was later killed on a state road will appeal the decision.

In a related story, the "deer lady" returned to Stiegelmeyer Park with a bucket full of apples in an apparent fit of jealousy...

Woman trying to save beaver fined - Southern Tier - The Buffalo News


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Angry Urkel

I have to take Deputy Mayor Brown's side on this one. New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is an elitist tool, who has basically bought his way into a leadership position. Once in this position, he has proven time and time again to be a miserable failure. He says the dumbest things on a pretty consistent basis. He only represents a select few from Manhattan and not the rest of New York City. His efforts at snow removal were laughable. They were finding dead New Yorkers in the snow, two weeks after the storm hit. For a man with Presidential aspirations, he keeps putting his foot into his mouth.

Assemblyman Sam Hoyt loves Bloomberg's money. He's the first one to say Bloomberg "misspoke." He didn't misspeak. He said exactly what he was thinking. The fact that Sam Hoyt is his Western New York spokesman, speaks to Bloomberg's incompetence. Who would pick a fool like Hoyt to speak for them? Here is Deputy Mayor Brown's well publicized hissy fit. He never talked like this when he was on Family Matters...

Buffalo school adminitrators caught double dipping

Last week, we found out the number of administrators for the Buffalo Public Schools has more than doubled since Superintendent James Williams became in charge. Now this. Several of these highly paid administrators have been padding their already ridiculous salaries with trainings under some stupid, unnecessary program called the Leadership Academy...

Several top-ranking Buffalo School District administrators, already earning some of the largest salaries in the system, also are getting $9,000 to $22,000 a year to train new principals and assistant principals, often on Saturdays.

Mark Frazier, whose title is lead community superintendent, was paid an extra $45,500 over two years — on top of his $134,000 annual salary — to run the district's Leadership Academy.

Deputy Superintendent Folasade Oladele was paid $19,000 over two years to teach in the academy, supplementing her $168,000 salary.

Frances Wilson, a community superintendent responsible for overseeing about one-third of the city's schools, received $19,000 over two years, in addition to her $121,160 salary.

These are only some of the suits mentioned by name. There were a total of 14 crooks taking extra pay at a time when teachers are being threatened with layoffs. These overpaid, greedy administrators should be forced to pay this money back or resign. They were getting paid twice for the same work! We are learning more and more every day regarding the corruption going on in the Buffalo Schools. Dr. Williams needs to demand this money be returned to the taxpayers or resign himself.