Archive | September, 2005

Dear Thruway Authority

29 Sep

If you’re going to send out three yellow trucks’ worth of crew members to block the left-most lane of travel just in front of, but not blocking, a toll lane;

and if you’re going to have said trucks’ worth of crew members do nothing more than stand around;

please, for the love of God, don’t do it at 8:25 am on a weekday.

Love, BP

Packed with Moral Goodness

29 Sep

Courtesy of former drug czar, and current gambling aficionado-cum-morality czar Bill Bennett:

I do know that it’s true that if you wanted to reduce crime, you could — if that were your sole purpose, you could abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down. That would be an impossible, ridiculous, and morally reprehensible thing to do, but your crime rate would go down. So these far-out, these far-reaching, extensive extrapolations are, I think, tricky.

Don’t believe me? Clicky.

Busy day

29 Sep

Posting Light. Talk amongst yourselves.

An automotive sea change

28 Sep

Renault is returning to the US!

Well, not really.

But the Nissan Tiida, which will be coming to the US as the “Versa” (and gets 38 MPG) is about as close to a Renault Megane as you can get.


Since Nissan and Renault are now the same company.

Busted

28 Sep

Tom DeLay is indicted for criminal conspiracy for accepting campaign contributions that are against Texas law. NB: These are state criminal charges – not federal charges.

He’s stepping down as majority leader, but not quitting the House. Not yet, anyway.

I’m disappointed. Drudge doesn’t have the siren up.

Smoking Gun has the indictment, which includes the incriminating check.

Buffalo Current

28 Sep

I grabbed one yesterday and read some of it – not all of it – so far.

It doesn’t completely suck, but I wouldn’t pay money for it.

The price is right, but you get what you pay for. Two cliches that about sum it up for me.

You can read other people’s comments here.

Rumor has it

28 Sep

The Senecas are buying up land left and right down near the Cobblestone & the DL&W terminal.

Among the properties sold is a gas station.

Signature Bridge

28 Sep

Promoted from comments:

Anyhow, if you and your readers truly support the construction of something new like Menn’s bridge – please have them email Bruce Campbell at the PBA.

Our new signature bridge needs all the support it can get.

Thanks.

Bruce.L.Campbell@parsons.com

The big payback

28 Sep

That’s ultimately the issue: depending on who becomes Mayor in November (*cough* Byron *cough*), to whom will payback be owed?

Brown’s contributions also include a second donation from Goin South, a political club headed by Raymond K. McGurn, a top administrator when James D. Griffin was mayor who now serves as inspections and permits commissioner for Masiello.

So far, Goin South has given $450 to Brown’s campaign.

Swell.

Catskill Casinos

28 Sep

Somewhat way off-topic, but I caught this in the Times, and just had to share with you a quote therefrom.

It’s from an opinion piece; the Times opposes the State’s plans for one or three Indian casinos in the Catskills.

The state legislature had whittled a proposal for five casinos down to three, and then ultimately to one; the site of the former Kuther’s resort.

The Kutsher’s site was not approved by the Legislature, mainly because Senate Leader Joseph L. Bruno wanted two other casinos in the Catskills as well. Mr. Bruno’s son is a lobbyist for one of the tribes that wants a casino near the Shawangunks, an area with some of the most beautiful vistas in the Catskills.

So, the one-casino plan was scrapped.

What a messed up place we live in that the Senate President’s son is permitted to lobby the state legislature. Fucking banana republic.