Archive | July, 2005

Fun Game!

31 Jul

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boardgame, originally uploaded by believeinbflo.

Anyone else have this game? I found it in my grandma’s closet six years ago and I still haven’t figured out how to play it.

Steretypical Buffalo

31 Jul

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abandoned, originally uploaded by believeinbflo.

Yup…therrrre’s the buildings we all visualize when we think about the Queen City

Picture Time!

31 Jul


buffalosavings
Originally uploaded by believeinbflo.

Just testing out my pictures because i’m kind of tired of doing google image search for everything…whaddya think?

Flickr

31 Jul

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

No Looking Back

31 Jul

Example
Bush is gonna sign the new transportation bill that gives $25mil towards building the Peace Bridge.
Example
IT’S GONNA HAPPEN
FINALLY
NOW WE CAN ALL SHUT UP.
except not, because there is still pleeeenty of time before the steel shipment even arrives.
This Higgins guy sure knows how to get stuff done.

Did You Know?

31 Jul

Photography is not allowed inside Main Place Mall.
Example
Way to be self-consious.

Gitcher axe and grind it

30 Jul

Garrett’s stance is beside the point
7/30/2005

Your newspaper has carried numerous articles regarding Harvey Garrett. I must say that it is symptomatic of Buffalo’s great malaise that a wealthy “housing advocate” can neglect the exterior of his house for a decade and still be portrayed in local media as a victim and a hero. I personally could not care less whether Garrett is now “standing tall” or sitting low provided he has a paint brush in hand and is complying with the same laws to which the rest of us (friends of judges or no) have been subject all along.

Paul Curtin
Buffalo

This is what we call “missing the forest for the trees.” But there are two Curtins in the City’s inspections services department.

Housing inspection case has been overplayed
7/30/2005

When we were kids, it was commonplace to “pile on” one of your friends once they were down. It was easy to jump on the “big kid” once everybody else was on top of him. This very same scenario comes to mind with the Harvey Garrett-Ray McGurn inspection dispute.

The articles that appeared in the News anointed Garrett as a “hero” for his home restoration and his work as a “liaison” to City Housing Court. Indeed, Garrett’s restoration is being undertaken at a time when other homeowners have simply fled their obligation to do the same. And he has also served a vital role for Judge Henry Nowak as liaison between homeowners and the court.

However, Garrett is also a citizen of the city of Buffalo, subject to the same rules and regulations as the other Buffalonians. Garrett has also over stepped his bounds while “volunteering” in Nowak’s court. Although the notion of a liaison is eye-opening when it comes to City Hall’s way of doing things, Garrett has no authority to supercede the authority of building inspectors, nor does he have the right to bypass them in proceedings before the court.

Was Ray McGurn’s perceived “retribution” right? Probably not. But when you head up a division that has been barraged by cuts in manpower, clerical help, and resources, you too would probably like the opportunity to lash out at those who make light of your misfortune.

Dennis D. Kozuch
Cheektowaga

The point wasn’t whether Garrett had or didn’t have violatons, fellas.

The egregious part was that his case jumped to the head of a queue of 500 other, older cases. I’d bet dollars to donuts that anyone who defends Ray McGurn’s little fiefdom has an axe to grind.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste

30 Jul

I have known the Buffalo News has very little concern for the value & sanctity of life via its position on abortion, including partial birth. The juxtaposition in Saturday’s News of the father & son who lost their lives in a drowning incident & the mercy killing of dogs is just plain immortal. The dog photo & story was much larger than the loss of those two human lives, number one. Both should have never been put on the front as if both stories deserved equal coverage, number two; but in this case the dogs got better. I showed the front page to a neighbor & to my surprise the woman said, “this is Buffalo, what do you expect, the victims are Black.”

You know who wrote that. The second you saw the word “immortal” in place of the word “immoral”, you knew who wrote that. Didn’tcha? I don’t even need to link to it, do I? Plus, the clumsy indictment of the News having a racial animus is a dead giveaway, innit?

Also: that particular site has a really, really in-depth attack on Kevin Helfer & Carl Palladino. They suggest that a crime’s been committed.

That is quite figuratively the pot calling the kettle black.

New cases

30 Jul

Case 6984/2005 : HOLT, MARION G. vs. ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; Jasen & Jasen are the attorneys for the plaintiff. A Notice to Show Cause was filed 7/28 and is to be heard by Judge Sedita 8/5/05.

Case 6869/2005 : COONEY, SEAN v. ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; Burd & McCarthy are the attorneys for the plaintiff. A Notice to Show Cause was filed 7/26 and is to be heard by Judge Makowski 8/5/05.

Case 6868/2005 : COONEY, SEAN v. ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS; Burd & McCarthy are the attorneys for the plaintiff. A “miscellaneous:” motion was filed 7/26 and is to be heard by Judge Lane 8/3/05.

Case 7023/2005 : DI PALMA, ANN LOUISE v. ERIE COUNTY BOARD; Davis, Augello & Matteliano is attorney for the plaintiff. It is assigned to Judge Burns. They have a hearing with Burns 8/2.

Case 7040/2005 : DI PALMA, ANN LOUISE v. ERIE COUNTY BOARD; Craig Hannah is attorney for the plaintiff. It is assigned to Judge Curran. He has a hearing with Curran 8/2.

7039/2005 : ADAMCZYK, LAURENCE F. v. ERIE COUNTY BOARD ; Craig Hannah is attorney for the plaintiff. It is assigned to Judge Siwek for hearing on 8/4.

For the record

29 Jul

I’m still pro-Bass Pro.

I think the Pittsburgh store wouldn’t necessarily adversely impact Buffalo’s store. Pittsburgh doesn’t have a lake, an Erie Canal terminus historical project, the ability to test-drive boats, an Erie Canal Heritage Museum, etc. Buffalo would.

Personally, I have a hunch that the Pittsburgh story – which isn’t even that new, actually – is merely Bass Pro holding NYS’ feet to the fire to get the final contract finished, already. Negotiating tactic.