Archive | February, 2007

Accountant Auditor Needed

27 Feb

If you have bookkeeping experience, or are a junior accountant with experience in governmental accounting, apply here for a job with the county Comptroller’s office paying in the mid-$30k.

Have fun

27 Feb

His email address is

Dear Friend.

I am Director Gen. Foreign Affairs Ministry; my office monitors and controls the affairs of all banks and financial institutions in Nigeria concerning foreign contract payments.

I have every files before me and the data’s will be to change to your name to enable you receive the fund into your nominated bank account as the beneficiary of the fund’s amount As it is my duty to recommend the transfer of these surplus funds to the Federal Government Treasury and Reserve Accounts as unclaimed deposits.

I have the opportunity to write you based on the instructions I received from the Senate Committee on Contract Payments/Foreign Debts to submit the List of payment reports/ expenditures and audited reports of revenues. Among several others, I have decided to remit this sum following my idea that we have a deal/agreement and I am going to do this legally.


1. You will give me 35% of your contract funds as
soon as you confirm it in your designated bank account.
2. This deal must be kept secret forever, and all
Correspondence will be strictly by email / telephone, for security

3. There should be no third parties as most problems associated with your fund release are caused by your agents or representative.

If you AGREE with my conditions, l will advise you on what to do immediately and the transfer will commence without delay as I will proceed to fix your name on the Payment schedule instantly to meet up the mandate.

Waiting for your reply soon.
Yours Sincerely.
Mr. Stanley Lawson.

The Internets have “Web Sites”

27 Feb

The Buffalo News’ Link section, (moved to Tuesday thanks to Oscar coverage), has a story billed as

SCORING WEB HITS: Loyal followers of Buffalo sports teams get a cyber feast at fun fan Web sites

Well, I was happy that some of the local fan sites would be getting some major paper attention, but no. The story was about the official websites for the Sabres, Bills, Bisons, and Bandits.

Not sites like this one, or this one or this one or this one, which are actually written by dedicated fans.

Why not pimp the local sportsroots, in addition to the teams’ corporate sites?

I thought this was amusing:

The most unique aspect of the site is the podcasting, which is part of the multimedia section. A podcast is an audio broadcast that has been changed into an MP3 file or any other type of audio file so that users can play it back in their computer or music device, such as an iPod.

But the significant bit about podcasting is the ability to subscribe to an audio rss feednot merely that it’s an mp3 file.

Pornographic Pedagogues

27 Feb

Sleepy little Newfane makes the News. Nestled between Lockport and Lake Ontario, this is more or less farm country. So this must be the talk of the town:

Laptop computers issued by the Newfane School District to two school board members were used to cruise pornographic Web pages – in one case, more than 2,000 of them, according to a state audit of the district released Monday.
The laptops issued to Lois Farley and Richard Ruhmel, who no longer serve on the board, were among a dozen to undergo tests.

Eight – including one issued to Anthony LaRose, a current board member – had been used for such personal purposes as online dating, tax return preparation, shopping, travel, banking, games and music, and, in one case, to run a personal business.

“It is particularly troubling since three of the eight computers were assigned to board members,” who should set the tone in the district and “observe the highest ethical standards,” auditors wrote.

2,000 porn web pages on a school laptop. That goes over as well as a substitute teacher snorting coke in class. That was in Niagara County, too.

The State Comptroller’s office audited the Newfane school district and also found:

• Seven district employees were assigned two laptops each so they could use one at work and another for work-related duties at home. Auditors said they found that explanation puzzling.

Especially considering laptop computers are portable.

But it must be particularly difficult for school board members to explain away this kind of idiocy:

Auditors said Ruhmel’s laptop was used to access pornographic Web sites more than 150 times in 2002. They also said they found more than 2,000 pornographic Web pages listed on a history report of the laptop issued to Farley. The sites were accessed between May 2003 and December 2005.

“We reviewed only a fraction of the 5,000 picture files stored on this computer, and found hard-core pornographic images,” the auditors said.

There was a great scene in the Brit “Office” where Gareth tells Brent about the “history” in his browser, and Brent had never heard of such a thing and has a bit of a freak-out, asking Gareth how it is that one erases the “history” folder.

Pizza Hut Closes in Niagara Falls

27 Feb

Not a wet eye in the place.

The Reporter:


Why anyone thought that this city needed a Pizza Hut is beyond comprehension. Did people here suddenly decide they were tired of the pies from Frenchy’s, La Hacienda, Jaco’s, Buzzy’s, Donatello’s, Goodfella’s, the Como, Ventry’s, the Pizza Oven and Sammy’s? “Let’s try that new Pizza Hut pineapple and ham!”

Don’t get us wrong, Pizza Hut has its place. Like Montana or something.

Anyway, as we all know, Palillo moved heaven and earth to block Benderson’s project, and the developer took it out to the Town of Niagara, where residents now benefit from the millions of dollars in real-estate taxes it provides.

The Pizza Hut was built smack-dab in the middle of enough vacant land to grow corn on — which, had it been done, likely would have made the people who ran the place feel more at home. In desperation, they all but gave their product away for free, stuffing the Sunday papers with two-for-one coupons and other temptations. Still, it had to be one of the least successful stores in the chain.

Why anyone would patronize a Pizza Hut anywhere is beyond my comprehension.

State of the City

27 Feb

Buffaloi makes a great point – shouldn’t the only paper in town publish the entire text of Byron Brown’s State of the City address so that the people could read it unabridged?


26 Feb

Are in order.

Toronto International Auto Show

26 Feb

Mike Miller has the roundup and the pics.

10 years on

26 Feb

In the wake of this news, I’d like to know what current efforts are being made to locate and apprehend this person and this person.

They’ve been fugitives from justice for over 10 years. But I guess NATO is still applying some pressure. Even the Serbian media are putting pressure on these two stains to surrender.

The Thurmond-Sharptons

26 Feb

Just goes to show you what I know. I thought the Rev. Al’s 15 minutes were up when the Tawana Brawley case was concluded.

Incidentally, has Steven Pagones’ judgment against Sharpton, Mason, & Maddox been satisfied even a little bit?