Archive | December, 2006

Happy 2007

31 Dec

Not much posting, as we’re enjoying New Year’s in the southern reaches of New York State. I’ve added some photos to the New York City flickr set, so you can see a little of what we’ve been up to.

I wish all of you a very happy, safe, and successful 2007.

Top Ten Stories For 2007

30 Dec

Rather than compile yet another list of the top ten stories of 2006, I thought I’d take a shot at what will be the top ten local stories of 2007. Yes, I’m a pre-cog.

10.) Joel Giambra skulks away from the public eye to join NORML as a lobbyist after failing to get a job as a Soul Train dancer.

9.) Mayor Byron Brown announces a major study and task force to study landbanking on the East Side of Buffalo.

8.) Thousands more people move into our downtown core as Rocco Termini continues his crusade to rehabilitate and adaptively reuse our architectural gems.

7.) Cindy Locklear edges out Republican Rick Snowden to become the new Erie County Executive. Early in the campaign, voters realize that recycled hacks like Paul Clark, Jim Keane, Dan Ward, and Jimmy Griffin represent nothing but our past.

6.) Governor Eliot Spitzer heeds the advice of WNY consigliere Sam Hoyt and funding for a light rail extension to UB Amherst materializes.

5.) The Statler Hotel renovation is underway and Bashar Issa is hailed as a conquering hero.

4.) Buffalo’s hidden gem, the Central Terminal, finds an investor with vision and the slow restoration process picks up incredible speed.

3.) Buffalo Old Home Week 2007 is a massive success and thousands of former Buffalonians reconsider their decision to leave for greener pastures. The momentum of a Buffalo renaissance grows unabated.

2.) Buffalo Sabres win Stanley Cup and Ryan Miller wins the Conn Smythe trophy.

1.) WNYMedia.net launches a new media revolution with a multimedia platform that extends off the web and into more traditional media channels. Marc, Alan, Chris, Chris, Jay, and Bill make their first million by October. Alan hires Mary Kunz Goldman as his personal assistant.

Yup, it’s gonna be a helluva year.

Jobby Jobs

29 Dec

WNYMedia.net – 2 legit 2 quit.

Video/Web Sales Associates (full or P/T) – WNY Media Network is seeking experienced sales associates. Media sales background preferred but not necessary. Contact admin@wnymedia.net for more details.

Show Host(s) (P/T) – WNY Media Network is seeking candidates for various local televison and radio shows slated to begin production in early 2007. Must be personable with demonstrated skill in front of a camera or behind a microphone. In depth knowledge of Buffalo and Western New York political, economic, and cultural scene preferred. At least 2 years experience as an on-air personality in news/talk show format prefered but, all applicants will be considered. Send reel and/or resume to admin@wnymedia.net

Interns (3) – WNY Media Network is now taking applications for internships (3) during the 2007 Spring Semester. Must be available at least three days a week for at least 4 hours a day. Our interns won’t be sitting behind a desk, they will learn to write, shoot, edit, and produce radio, television, film, and web content. Must have own transportation. Some web knowledge preferred. For More information please contact admin@wnymedia.net

More top ten lists

29 Dec

NYCO posts what she believes to be the top 10 statewide stories of the year.

Adirondack Almanack has the north country’s top 10 stories of the year, and here’s one that’s Syracuse-centric.

Saddam Hussein to hang

29 Dec

By the time you read this, Saddam Hussein and some of his henchmen shall have been hanged.

Although I’m not generally a fan of capital punishment, I think there are certain particularly egregious instances where it’s warranted. Cases involving crimes against humanity and genocide rank up there in my mind.

I don’t think Hussein’s crimes and the punishment therefore warrant any comparatives to what the US is doing anywhere in the world with regard to CIA rendition, torture, etc. Hussein’s crimes stand alone and must be judged alone.

Good riddance to him and his ilk. I hope his victims and their survivors take some small comfort in his fate.

WNYMedia.net Job Openings and Internships

29 Dec

We’ve been very busy behind the scenes here at WNYMedia.net as we build towards a refreshed look and a litany of new and exciting content for 2007. We’re thisclose to letting you in on our plans, however, the first order of business is to bring on some new people to help us expand.

As always, we are looking for citizen journalists, amateur pundits, and community activists to join our blog family (if interested, email me at buffalogeek at hotmail.com) but, we are also looking to bring on some additional skillsets as well.

Video/Web Sales Associates (full or P/T) – WNY Media Network is seeking experienced sales associates. Media sales background preferred but not necessary. Contact admin@wnymedia.net for more details.

Show Host(s) (P/T) – WNY Media Network is seeking candidates for various local televison and radio shows slated to begin production in early 2007. Must be personable with demonstrated skill in front of a camera or behind a microphone. In depth knowledge of Buffalo and Western New York political, economic, and cultural scene preferred. At least 2 years experience as an on-air personality in news/talk show format prefered but, all applicants will be considered. Send reel and/or resume to admin@wnymedia.net

Interns (3) – WNY Media Network is now taking applications for internships (3) during the 2007 Spring Semester. Must be available at least three days a week for at least 4 hours a day. Our interns won’t be sitting behind a desk, they will learn to write, shoot, edit, and produce radio, television, film, and web content. Must have own transportation. Some web knowledge preferred. For More information please contact admin@wnymedia.net

Join the new media revolution!

How Old Is The Grand Canyon?

29 Dec

If you ask that question of a park employee during a visit to the Grand Canyon National Park, this is the answer that you will receive:

No comment

Washington, DC — Grand Canyon National Park is not permitted to give an official estimate of the geologic age of its principal feature, due to pressure from Bush administration appointees. Despite promising a prompt review of its approval for a book claiming the Grand Canyon was created by Noah’s flood rather than by geologic forces, more than three years later no review has ever been done and the book remains on sale at the park, according to documents released today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).

“In order to avoid offending religious fundamentalists, our National Park Service is under orders to suspend its belief in geology,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch. “It is disconcerting that the official position of a national park as to the geologic age of the Grand Canyon is ‘no comment.’”

In other news, park officials at Niagara Falls are now encouraged to inform visitors that the Falls can and will be turned off as soon as God is done doing the dishes.

Charter Revision: Day One, some parts of it change

29 Dec

The County has begun the process of finalizing the amendments to the Charter as passed by the legislature, and approved overwhelmingly by the voters last year.

If, as they say, the devil’s in the details, you can read here about some of the demons – small and large – with which the working group tasked with amending the Charter is dealing.

Here’s to Homies on Lock for Insider Trading

29 Dec

MV – Martha’s Vineyard holla back.

John Edwards enters Presidential Race

29 Dec

Meh.

I wasn’t particularly impressed with him in 2004, I doubt I’m going to be impressed with him in 2008. Nice guy, nice smile, and nice hair aren’t enough.

My snap judgment is that the economy is humming along well enough that people aren’t up in arms about it. The biggest issue as I see it is the Iraq war and the remainder of our bull-in-china-shop foreign policy. While Obama and Hillary get loads of attention, I’m equally interested in Bill Richardson. He’s the whole package – Democratic Governor of a Southwestern state, Hispanic, former Diplomat (graduate of Tufts’ esteemed Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy), and a former Secretary of Energy (which has become a big issue lately).

So far, the official list of Dems is:

John Edwards
Tom Vilsack
Dennis Kucinich
Mike Gravel

According to Wikipedia, there are no Dems with exploratory committees yet.

The official list of Repubs is:

John Cox (President Cox?)
Michael Charles Smith

Repubs with exploratory committes are:

Sam Brownback
Jeff Lichtenstein
Jim Gilmore
Rudy Giuliani
Duncan Hunter (runs the ominously named “Peace through Strength PAC“)
John McCain
Tommy Thompson