Who's Afraid?

15 Aug

Jack Davis and the Republican Party, that’s who’s afraid.

Just one week out after peddling a story accusing Jon Powers of running War Kids Relief into the ground and enriching himself in the process, the Jack Davis campaign goes back to its bitter well of desperation and trots out a story that Jon Powers was arrested in Ohio for cursing out a cop. A flat-out lie.

But Powers spokeswoman Victoria Dillon saw the incident differently. She said Powers was with college friends and fellow veterans in the area, and denied at the time and denies now that he ever used obscene language in addressing the officer. She also offered to produce witnesses to back up Powers.

“At a time when he’s under investigation and running from revelations of election fraud and bribery, the Davis campaign is practicing the lowest form of politics by distorting simple facts,” Dillon said. “Jon was written a ticket for jaywalking, never arrested and never showed any disrespect to law enforcement.”

But a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court said Powers changed his plea of not guilty to the original Class 4 misdemeanor charge to “no contest” in connection with a minor misdemeanor on Jan. 11, 2005, and that there was no mention of jaywalking in the final disposition of the case.

Dillon disagrees.

“When you look at the full statute, jaywalking is part of that statute,” she said.

A review of the Ohio criminal code defines a number of offenses that would constitute disorderly conduct — but not jaywalking.

Dillon, however, countered that it would refer to a section outlining “hindering or preventing the movement of persons on a public street.”

Powers was fined $25 and assessed $65 in court costs.

Gosh, that’s a lot of paragraphs for a $25 ticket. Powers wasn’t arrested. And he didn’t plead, and wasn’t found, guilty. And he paid a ticket. If Davis wants to paint Powers as being a one-time, one-man jaywalking spree, then that’s fine. But it doesn’t change the fact that Davis has nothing whatsoever to run on as a candidate. Oh, and when the Powers campaign offered to put McCarthy in touch with other people who witnessed the event? McCarthy wasn’t interested. He was all about covering the politics of it – not the facts.

Davis has nothing else to do, really. The two-time loser ran in ’04 and ’06 in a fit of ongoing pique against the Republican Party, which couldn’t be bothered with his concerns about free trade and blew him off. Because his message against free trade was so palatable to people whose jobs are threatened with exportation, he had overwhelming support in both races from organized labor and the Democratic Party faithful.

Not so this time, Davis finds himself completely bereft of endorsements. No one is supporting him except the people he can pay off. Whether buying their votes with cheap gas, or by paying off the wives of Independence Party leadership in Monroe and Erie Counties in order to get a leg up, Jack Davis will do and say anything to get elected. The gas giveaway was tantamount to him standing on a street corner handing out lit with $50 bills attached, yet he bleats on about being a “patriot” who isn’t trying to buy an election. Monroe’s IP chair was fired for accepting what the party called Davis’ bribes. Erie’s chair is such damaged goods that even his friend Joe Illuzzi has called for his replacement.

So, Davis is left sitting at his corporate/campaign HQ, getting his spokesguy to release absolute and utter falsities. Memo to Jack: it won’t get you any more traction to tear down Powers, and no one – no one is going to change their minds and back you again. As Genesee County Democratic Chair Charlie Mallow put it,

As many other letter writers have shown, Jack Davis doesn’t know what issues matter to Democrats because….he doesn’t care to know them. During the last two elections, Jack didn’t go out and meet anyone because he wouldn’t campaign. Jack is above all that. Jack thinks that he can just buy an election with fancy two sided color mailers. I already received five of them in the mail. Rip off musical ads and buying people off with cheap gas are more of his most recent techniques. Those things don’t constitute reasons to vote for someone. Ideology and platform do.

And Davis isn’t the only one.

The Republicans also hit Powers yesterday on the War Kids Vet non-scandal.

Erie County Republican Chairman James P. Domagalski [said] “We need leaders in Congress who believe in transparency and accountability.”

Well, that’s interesting, isn’t it? For the Republican Party to interject itself into a Democratic Primary? Fascinating indeed to trot out various and sundry Chairmen of the Republican Party to comment on – well, the frontrunner in the Democratic primary.

Domagalski wasn’t such a loud proponent of transparency and accountability when it came time for Tom Reynolds to answer questions about Mark Foley. Instead, the Republican version of “transparency” and “accountability” was to issue limp denials surrounded by innocent children.

And all of this short-term-attention-span-disorder points to only one thing – the Republicans are petrified of running Chris Lee against Jon Powers.

Career politician Tom Reynolds has been suckling on the public teat since 1974, and Lee is his hand-picked suckle-cessor. Are you better off now than you were in 1989? 2000? 2004? 2006?

Alice Kryzan? She supported Reynolds monetarily and defended Hooker Chemical, the polluter/murderer of Love Canal. Jack Davis? He’s a horrible campaigner and is, frankly, easy as hell to beat (see Tom Reynolds ca. 2006). Chris “Tabula Rasa” Lee would have no problem bloodying either of these two.

The Republican Party is scared of Powers because they know their brand is tainted, they know they are bereft of ideas, and they know that they are partly to blame for the decline of the 26th District. Who has represented this district in the past few decades? Tom Reynolds? Bill Paxon? Jack Kemp? And in that time, the population loss for New York has been so stark as a result of a failure of vision and leadership that Kemp went from representing the 39th district to the 36th district, and now we only have 29. We lost 30 and 31 in the 2000 census. We lost 32 – 35 in the 1990 census.

Chris Lee has nothing to run on. Apart from his stellar maxing out of local Republican donors, I haven’t seen one story – one fresh idea come out of that campaign. I haven’t seen one positive proposal put forth that would reverse years’ worth of benign-but-pork-laden-neglect from the likes of Tom Reynolds. And what could Lee possibly know of the problems facing the average voter in NY-26? I don’t know a lot of multimillionaires for whom the price of a gallon of gas dents the family budget to the point that “staycation” has entered the vernacular. I don’t know a lot of multimillionaire scions who can really relate to the notion that New York is in a recession, the federal government can’t even get cross-border stuff with Canada right, and whose only real solution is to drill s’more.

It’s no wonder that the Republicans are petrified of Powers. That’s why, when the Form 990 for War Kids Relief –

– War Kids Relief which, incidentally, Jon Powers started up after his tour of duty in the Iraq war, and saw that Iraqi kids were ripe for the picking by jihadists to be slaughtered through attacks on American troops, decided that if the US wasn’t going to pay any attention to trying to give them hope for a future, he would try to do something. And he did. And War Kids is an ongoing concern from which he did not pay himself $66,000, contrary to the lies put forth by the 26th’s own Montgomery Burns and his stenographer, Bob McCarthy, and continues to do outreach to Iraqi kids to underscore the fact that America isn’t their enemy, but wants to help them. The effort was not only a success, but it was a noble success, at that.

– that’s why, when the Form 990 for War Kids Relief is posted, I hope that Jon Powers marches down to Republican Headquarters at the Statler Building and delivers it in-hand. And I hope that he then challenges the Republican chairs to come close to matching what Powers has done to fight for his country, to honor his home, and to try to do something – anything – to ensure that Iraq’s next generation remembers America and Americans as being their friends, their friends who helped them and cared for them, and gave them an example of what life could be, without war and oppression.

Erie County Democratic Chairman Leonard R. Lenihan issued his own response:

“I wonder how many people at that press conference put their lives on the line in Iraq. How can they criticize someone who braved the horrors of that war and then willingly returned to help the many children from families that were killed or displaced by the war?

“The fact that Republicans are intervening in a Democratic primary indicates their desire to avoid facing Jon Powers in November,” he added. “Haven’t we had enough of this swift boat sleaze?”

Why, someone might almost suspect that Davis colluded with the Republicans to hit Powers from two fronts.

UPDATE: Buffalo Bean has an image of the citation itself. Note the right margin: where it says “Defendant’s signature (If minor misdemeanor)”, at the scene, Powers refused to sign the ticket because he adamantly stated he never cursed the cop out. When he was faced with the choice of being arrested or signing the ticket, he signed it with the words “I never said that.” I never said that.

For the uninitiated and dumb, a ticket is an allegation – it is the officer’s claim that Powers said these things in a crowd. Powers denied it then, denies it now. This is why we have trials. This is why Powers pleaded no contest. Since Buffalo Bean has the ticket, I trust he also has the documents showing its disposition.

UPDATE: Here are two guys in suits calling on Jon Powers to release the Form 990 that was due today and has been filed, and will answer all of their questions. Fucking cheap stunt from two guys who probably never gave two thoughts for kids in Iraq before yesterday when the cameras were rolling.

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UPDATE: Robert Harding says Davis had three attacks against Powers – youth, disorderly conduct, and War Kids money. He’s out of ammo. All that stands between Jack Davis and obscurity now is a couple weeks’ time.

Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

142 Responses to “Who's Afraid?”

  1. Kevin Hardwick August 15, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Before they begin, I’m setting the over/under for comments to this post at 71.

  2. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Powers paid $ 25 for the ticket and $ 65 in court fees (90 total) — all that fuss over a $ 25 ticket?

    I just donated $ 90 to the Powers Campaign to defeat Jack Davis and his GOP buddies… I suggest you all do the same.

    Donate $ 90 today to Powers for Congress to help him rid NY-26 of Jack Davis!!!!!!

  3. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 10:40 am #

    Did anyone see the video of the news conference for the Republicans? 4 people showed up! The Erie and Niagara country guys look like frat party rapists!!!

  4. Jaquandor August 15, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Erie County Republican Chairman James P. Domagalski [said] “We need leaders in Congress who believe in transparency and accountability.”

    Wow, that’s the biggest laugh I’ve had all day, and I’ve already read today’s “Get Fuzzy” and xkcd.com. Republicans for transparency and accountability! Heh!

  5. Russell August 15, 2008 at 10:47 am #

    BP, you didn’t post the part of the article that mentions that the citation lists the cursing. It’s not a flat out lie if he has a legal document to back up the claim.

    I understand your point that you can take some comfort in being attacked on both sides. Sure, being attacked must mean you’re doing something right. People wouldn’t pay attention to you if they didn’t have to, but this cannot be good for Jonny. Even if it is just one media outlet again, it is not benficial for Jonny to have a weekly, credible column posting negative news about him. There is still nothing positive about Jonny going out there, not even that he’s paying for himself. All the news out there about Jonny is negative, whether it’s originating from opponents or not. He should have gotten ahead of the charity story long ago and he should have defined himself strongly enough already where these stories wouldn’t matter. Fact is Jackie Jacko is doing a much better job getting his information out there, whether it’s positive about himself or negative about Jonny.

    You mentioned a couple weeks ago that positive, newsworthy things were coming from Jonny very soon. Now we’re just over four weeks from the election and there’s still nothing. Oh, there was one article about him accepting a union endorsement and outlining his trade policy, but that’s not much. His campaign has been very unimpressive. They’ve been at it over a year and are still behind. I haven’t even seen the requisite introduce yourself to the voters commercial.

  6. Haterade August 15, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    I heard somewhere that Davis once ran over a guy in a wheelchair – has anyone else heard this ?

  7. Buffalopundit August 15, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    Well, Russell, there was the education platform he released, but I didn’t post about it. You’re welcome to read about it here.

    I’d venture to say that Powers’ site has more substantive information on it than any other candidates except, arguably, Kryzan’s.

    Also, if he was so behind, he wouldn’t have Davis and Domagalski coming after him so hard.

    As for the allegation that the citation lists cursing, Powers was in a crowd leaving a football game. Someone cursed out a cop. It wasn’t Powers, and he denied it on the scene and in court. Either way, he pleaded no contest to an obstruction of traffic charge. I think the severity of the violation is underscored by the paltry fine paid.

  8. Merr August 15, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    Buffalo Bean’s website has a copy of the citation. It wasn’t for jaywalking.

  9. Jon Splett August 15, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    Had he actually told a cop to fuck off, I might have considered voting for him.

  10. Haterade August 15, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    Hey Splett – did you vote for Ron Moss ?

  11. Russell August 15, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    BP, I’m talking about things in the media, not information on Jonny’s website or his press releases only picked up by his supporters. I did not see his education policy in The Buffalo News or on the local TV stations. Maybe I missed it, but I don’t think it was there.

    Your crowd story doesn’t change the fact that the citation mentions he swore at a cop. That’s all I said and it’s there.

    And again, whether Davis and Domagalski are coming after him does not change the fact that his campaign is not in front on any of this, is playing catch-up most of the time, and hasn’t even introduced Jonny to the voters yet. This is all part of the game, even what Jackie Jacko and Chubby Jimmy are doing. Powers is not playing the game well at all. I haven’t seen polling numbers, but it just seems reasonable that this kind of press without any counter or positives has got to hurt a candidate.

  12. Buffalopundit August 15, 2008 at 11:22 am #

    LOL “jacki jacko and chubby jimmy”

    Powers has the support of, and traction with, the people who are going to vote in September. Davis doesn’t.

  13. Jon Splett August 15, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    I don’t live in the city but given the choices in the last election, I probably would have voted for Ron Moss or at least donated a 12 pack to his campaign.

  14. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    How about the few dozen witness the Powers campaign offered to produce?

    Seriously a $ 25 ticket? I think Davis did run down someone in a wheel chair, but it was right after clubbing a baby seal… and then getting divorced 3 times and having all his kids disown him.

    Davis has no support and these stories won’t go anywhere.

    Russell – you’re wrong Power has come out in the media against War Kids – as shown in that lockport radio show… should the Buffalo News choose not to run with it so be it. I’m sure McCarthy would voluntarily put up a big front page article that says “my article was wrong”… oh wait no he wouldn’t.

  15. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 11:37 am #

    Merr —

    I checked out the citation on Buffalo Bean – thanks for helping us prove Jon didn’t say anything wrong – right on the thing it states “I didn’t say that”

    Both the officer and Powers signed it. In the court of law he was later found not guilty of saying that remark, just a $ 25 ticket.

    Again proving Jack Davis will make a mountain out of a mole hill to cover up his law breaking campaign. What’s worse a $ 25 citation, or $ 5000 bribes, or illegally obtaining petitions, or breaking copyright laws in the music industry?

    Davis is a hack and Dommy Dom from the GOP should lay off the cheeseburgers.

  16. Red August 15, 2008 at 11:39 am #

    Hey Professor Hardwick, I’ll definitely take the over!

    I’m guessing 101.

    Good luck fellas!

  17. Haterade August 15, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    Russey will beat the over single handedly !

  18. Russell August 15, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Thanks for the vote of confidence Haterade. A Friday post, though, I might have to go with under.

    @BP, you seem pretty confident, so I guess we’ll see in less than a month. I just think no candidate is that teflon.

    @Jackson, he came out against War Kids? What? And some minor Lockport radio show that very few people can pick up let alone actually listen to does not come close to the readership of The News or the viewership of any of the local stations…well, maybe channel 7.

    Plus, Jonny was not found “not guilty” of anything. He pled “no contest”–big difference, but that doesn’t even matter. And Jackie Jacko has not been charged with any of those crimes you allege.

  19. Russell August 15, 2008 at 12:03 pm #

    Oh, and BP, I’m glad you enjoyed the names. My fans have been demanding equal time so I had to oblige.

  20. Dan Meyer August 15, 2008 at 12:05 pm #

    Hardwick said:

    “Before they begin, I’m setting the over/under for comments to this post at 71.”

    That made me laugh right out loud.

    And I’ll also take the over. I’m saying 83 posts.

  21. Stephen Nazwisko August 15, 2008 at 12:07 pm #

    Kevin – Under. 52.

    BP – you are mixing up Davis with Gerken. You say Davis can’t campaign, but the truth is that Davis is fine, not great, but fine, the problem is that Gerken can’t RUN a campaign, as we saw in 06 and we’ll see again next month.

  22. tit for tat August 15, 2008 at 12:13 pm #

    While not done in a big media splash kind of way, residents of the 26th district ARE being introduced to Jon Powers via door to door visits and thousands of phone calls from personal friends and family of Jon, if not Jon himself. This is a strategy that exists even if you don’t read about it in the Snooze. Also, the amount of focus on Jon Powers in various comments on this site (many of which are not directly related to the original posts) is an indication to me that there is a buzz out there about him, good or bad, like it or not. We wouldn’t be talking about a ticket for disorderly conduct after a football game when he was in college if he wasn’t a threat to the other candidates, both Dem and Rep. I think he may have burned some ants with a magnifying glass when he was six. Better call in PETA!

    Go Jon Powers!

  23. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 12:25 pm #

    Tit for tat- great post.

    And Russell — Davis hasn’t been charged yet, but he’s under investigation — big difference? The guy bribed the IP party heads, and the IP even came out to say so. What more proof do you want? Your the type of guy who probably thinks OJ really didn’t kill his wife.

    Nazwisko – how many campaign managers did Davis burn through in 06? Like 3 or 4 right? Davis came within a few points and he didn’t do a damn think. The crazy old bastard won’t even get out of his Monty Burns like car at parades — he openly said gay rights aren’t important — he thinks the mexicans are trying to steal california and nevada — and the this Gerken guy took him with 2 points of victory??

    That’s pretty damn impressive.

  24. Dan Meyer August 15, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    Gerken is not the problem.

    Believe me, I know Jon (Gerken, not Powers) personally.

    Davis blew it for himself two years ago. He had – and still has – no one to blame but himself.

    I’ll ask out loud again… any word on if Davis is going to accept Hardwick’s invitation to appear on “Hardline” and if he is going to be there does he expect one of Kevin’s sons to roll out a red carpet for him when he strolls down the hallways of the Entercom Studios of Buffalo at 500 Corporate Parkway?

    Davis speaking on the airwaves of a radio station that is based on a road with the word corporate in it… sounds about right.

    If he bothers showing up. My prediction is he won’t come in person but instead want to do something on the phone.

  25. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    All these Republicans are defending Jack Davis… kind of ironic huh? Want a Republican to win NY-26? Then vote Jack Davis… either way you’ll end up with a Republican in the house and WNY will continue to go down the toilet!!!

    Donate $ 90 to Jon Powers for Congress today:

    http://www.powersforcongress.com

    Fight people like Jack Davis from trying to buy elections and slander the decent people of WNY!!!!

    Davis’s had his storm trooper Mullen even attack Powers’ dead grandmother… that tells me all I need to know about Davis’ character!

    Support Jon today, help him fight Jack Davis – donate $ 90 http://www.powersforcongress.com !!!!

  26. Russell August 15, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    Jackson, you don’t know if the investigation has anything to with the alleged bribes. And like was covered extensively earlier, if it were a real investigation concerning real charges on a Federal campaign it would at least involve the FEC, but really would have to include the FBI. The NYS BOE investigating anything is pretty useless, other than as part of a political game. So yes, there is a huge difference.

  27. Russell August 15, 2008 at 1:06 pm #

    tit for tat, sure buzz is good, but not if it’s always, or almost always, negative, not for an office seeker. That’s my point.

  28. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    What alleged bribes? How about the fact that the Davis camp admitted them, and then said they’d continue, and the IP called them bribes.

    There’s nothing alleged about them. You’re “alleging” Powers said something to a cop that he didn’t say. Powers stated then (as seen by the citation), in court, and now that he didn’t say that. The courts accepted the charge and only fined him $ 25. Davis admitted the bribes/payments, he even apologized for them.

    Russell, I’m suprised that you’re scared for Lee to face Powers.

    Want a Republican in Congress – vote Davis.

    Donate to Powers for Congress today: http://www.powersforcongress.com

  29. mike hudson August 15, 2008 at 1:25 pm #

    not being a criminal defense attorney, alan, you may be forgiven the nuance in all this but getting non-traffic ticket is always considered an “arrest,” the “charge” is written on the ticket itself and paying the fine is a “guilty plea,” which then results in a “conviction.”

    this is a far cry from the harrassment being drummed up by dan rivera, mark panepinto and len lenihan accusing tom reynolds of “bribery” and “fraud,” two crimes which — if there was one iota of proof existing to support the charges, would be being investigated by actual police agencies rather than the politically controlled state board of elections.

    powers is desperate, and the polls indicate why. he’s broke, he’s getting savaged every week ijn the media and he’s losing the race.

  30. mike hudson August 15, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    agan, for the unitiated and dumb — a group that apparently includes alan — a tick is a criminal charge made by a duly appointed officer of the law which must be answered in court.

  31. hank August 15, 2008 at 1:34 pm #

    This shit is a hoot.
    Does it MATTER which freshman democrat represents this district?
    Neither one will have any juice to get anything done.

    I especially like the part that blames the Republicans who have represented the district for the mass exodus of citizens from it.
    They DID represent the district while all the private industry hauled ass from the area, and took the jobs with them. But they can hardly be blamed for the high corporate tax rate in NYS and the demands of the Loonions that made the private sector jobs disappear.

    After all, everyone in NYS believes that the Republicans are all in bed with private industry, right? Who’s the biggest employer in WNY? LOCAL GOVERNMENT. all the big private employers are gone.

    Jon Powers getting a 25 dollar ticket is no big deal.

    But a lawyer knows if you pay a 25 dollar ticket, or ANY ticket, it’s an ADMISSION OF GUILT. Don’t matter if it’s running a stop sign or jaywalking. If you pay it, you’ve admitted you’re guilty.

    Not that jaywalking would keep anyone from voting for either one of these 2 deadheads. All the Bluey Dem’s will vote, and one of the deadheads may well go to DC, and be just as ineffective as their campaigns have been.

    Ask the Democrats who stayed in DC with the republicans, getting Prime Minister Pelosi to allow an up or down vote on removing the congressional moratorium on drilling.

    If you’re a Democrat representative, and you don’t follow the Iron Bitch’s orders, your district can expect less than Jack Shit.

    So everything will just continue to get worse and worse, no matter WHO wins the D primary. Just another day in the office for NYS.

    Thanks for the entertainment though.

  32. Russell August 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    Jackson, I’m not alleging anything. I merely pointed out that The News article metioned that the citation stated it. And if they were bribes, not just alleged, then Jackie Jacko would already be in jail.

    If I were “scared for Lee to face Powers” I wouldn’t be wasting my time on this blog. I’d actually be out trying to do something about it. Since there’s nothing to be afraid of, I can fritter away my time being entertained and entertaining others on this site.

  33. mike hudson August 15, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    wow, i hadn’t even read the psosts before. here is a story about a nice cleveland cop who should have charged the powers with resisting arrest just for being a complete asshole and instead it gets turned into a plea to send poor little jonny money?

    jackson smiles once again shows it’s political acumen by stating authoritatively “this isn’t going anywhere.”

    dude, it alwaydy did got somewhere, the front page of the buffalo fucking news.

  34. Chris Smith August 15, 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    Alan says: Powers has the support of, and traction with, the people who are going to vote in September. Davis doesn’t.

    Absent polling data, we don’t know who is going to vote, what turnout will be like, nor do we know if they support Davis, Kryzan, or Powers.

    For all we know, Davis could have a 10 point lead in the polls simply based on name recognition and branding. BTW, name recognition is the predominant determinant of victory in primary elections…something Davis has in spades.

  35. distresing August 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm #

    @mike hudson – Hey, Freud, you’re slip is showing. “this is a far cry from the harrassment being drummed up by dan rivera, mark panepinto and len lenihan accusing tom reynolds of “bribery” and “fraud,” “. Um, you meant to say “Jack Davis”, didn’t you? But, I can see how easily it is to confuse one with the other. They’re both Republicans after all.

    Like clubbing baby seals in a barrel.

  36. Buffalopundit August 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    Hudson doesn’t know section A in the paper from section D in the paper. And “nice Cleveland cop” – you were a punk?

  37. lulu August 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm #

    Entertaining others, Russell? Is that really how you see your contributions to the comments on this site? A entertainment? Hmmm.

    By the way, I took a nasty yellow fire water shooting out my ass shit this morning. It was very entertaining.

  38. Kevin Hardwick August 15, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    Dan Meyer,

    Regarding Jack Davis’ response to my invitation to debate on August 31 – All Quiet on the Western (New York) Front.

    BTW, I don’t think Stephen Nazwisko has a prayer. Red is in the running, but I think it’ll still be within 10 either way of 71.

  39. Russell August 15, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    lulu, I know you love me.

  40. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    hudson – are you sober yet? “it alwaydy did got somewhere”

    you call yourself a reporter… but down the bottle buddy.

    Russell – if you’re not afraid of Powers v Lee, then why not support the guy? Why do you always trash him and not Davis? You’re so pro-Davis it seems like you’d vote Davis instead of Lee.

  41. Russell August 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

    Jackson, what are you on? Why would I support the guy just because I don’t fear him going up against the candidate I’d vote for?

    I wouldn’t say I’m pro-Davis, but I could be classified as anti-Powers.

  42. Dan Meyer August 15, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    Thank you Mister Professor for the update on the August 31st proposed showdown in the WBEN Studios.

    Quick question for all of you to ponder:

    How does all of this back-and-forth between the Powers and Davis camps impact Kryzan’s campaign?

    Discuss amongst yourselves…

  43. Becky August 15, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

    You might think Kryzan would come out on top of the heap by staying out of the muck and mire – however I think she’s disappearing out of the stream of consciousness.

    I think Powers will still win the Democratic nod, but the real challenge is in the general election, where all Lee has to do is fill in the space after “Republican” in this district.

  44. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    Russell and Davis sitting in a tree… faking petitions and bribing IP…

    Did you and Davis go to prom together?

    Mr. Meyer – if anything it shows that Kryzan isn’t a contender at all. No one in the political or news world thinks or her campaign as effective. She’ll probably either get some of Davis or Powers’ votes… the biggest concern is will she get enough votes to hurt either candidate?

    Kryzan staying on the ballot is like bringing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a smorgasbord.sandwich to a smorgasboard… it’s pointless.

  45. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 3:38 pm #

    (sorry for repeating smorgasbord its just to prove how pointless it is)

  46. mike hudson August 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    hey alan, i keep buying crackerjack hoping to get a law degree just like yours but i guess they stopped handing them out that way when lucky draws such as yourself began handing out such wacky legal advice.

    i am so looking forward to sept. 10!

  47. Buffalopundit August 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    Where did I give legal advice?

    I’ve seen better journalism than yours wrapped around a piece of Bazooka Joe.

  48. mike hudson August 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    whether or not powers paid himself a “salary” of $77g out of the orphans war relief money isn’t even the question.

    the question is, since he raised $250k and none of it went to the orphans, where the fuck did it go?

    and what about the 5-year-old chinese child slave laborers who made those fucking soccer balls?

    no, it seems that orphaned and enslaved children are merely pawns in powers’ mad obsessive game of backdoor political dealmaking. he should have run for clarence town supervisor, where he would have undoubtedly done better than alan did.

    the analysis of the 990’s will be the final shoe to drop, quite likely in the news on sunday, though looking at the numbers this afternoon it’s pretty clear davis doesn’t even need it at this point.

  49. Mike August 15, 2008 at 3:52 pm #

    Please don’t ruin the good name of Crackerjack’s !!

  50. Buffalopundit August 15, 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    Mike Hudson. Political analyst to the illiterate.

  51. Homer August 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm #

    Oh come on…

    I’m looking at the video of Domagalski…

    Someone start the chant with me…

    Come on…you know it…

    Fat guy in a little coat…

    Fat guy in a little coat…

  52. steve August 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    @ Jackson smiles — “hudson – are you sober yet? “it alwaydy did got somewhere”
    you call yourself a reporter… but down the bottle buddy.”

    “…but down the bottle…”?!?

    I love it when someone tries to trash another for bad spelling (or, in most cases, bad typing), and then leaves a typo in the process.

    The pace of play has slowed here. I’ll take the under at 67.

  53. Jackson Smiles August 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm #

    Homer —

    Domagalski retired from his previous job: the hamburgler. The youtube video should end as following: “robble, robble”

  54. Tbone August 15, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    Hank

    I would consider myself a democrat any day of the week- but how is it that you figure a freshman republican in the minority, in a district that is traditionally republican, will have more “juice” that a freshman democrat in the majority, with a leadership desperately want to keep the district in democratic hands?

    Either you know jack squat about politics and governance or your so biased and politicized that you cant honest with yourself.

  55. Lenny Lenihan August 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm #

    I think Domagalski looks more like Grimace than the Hamburgler:

    http://buzzfeed.com/peggy/dancing-grimace/youtube_-_grimace_dancing_with_kids

    OR

  56. Becky August 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    Just wondering – why didn’t Chris Lee give the speech instead of Domagalski?

  57. jack davis August 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm #

    Chris Lee was too busy hiding his 2 dwi’s

  58. jacksonsmiles August 15, 2008 at 7:15 pm #

    steve – i never claimed to be a reporter like Hudson. Has hudson climbed out of his mom’s basement yet?

  59. distresing August 15, 2008 at 7:57 pm #

    Oh, c’mon now. Isn’t “mom’s basement” a variation on Godwin’s Law?

  60. steve August 15, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    jackson smiles — I don’t believe Hudson claims to be a reporter…he is a reporter. We can discuss the quality of his work another time, perhaps, but it’s clear that he earns at least part of his living doing it.

    In any event, I’m sure the Powers campaign is thrilled that some of his apparently staunch intertube supporters defend him and his positions by referring to people as drunk basement dwellers, and hamburglers, and so on. Because, clearly, that is directly related to how well someone performs his or her job. Oh, wait…there’s Len Lenihan, he of the GQ looks and Body by Jake physique, eh?

    But, yes, America needs another well-dressed, well-coiffed, bling-bright-smile empty suit in Washington.

  61. mike hudson August 15, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    unlike jackass smiles, and apparently pundit, i have a job that requres me to spend large portions of my day away from the computer. i don’t drink, and had smiles read my second book, he/she/it would have known that i left home some 36 years ago, at the age of 16.

    unlike pundit, i’ve never been a registered member of the republican party nor have i run, and lost embarrassingly, for public office.

    for more than three decades, i’ve made a modest living as a writer/musician, and i’d just like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to join me at the rock and roll hall of fame and museum on nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m., where i will be discussing my career in a public forum with jason hanley, the director of that institution’s department of education.

  62. Sue August 16, 2008 at 12:57 am #

    The best part of this whole thing was the guy who said he would vote for Powers had Powers really told the cop to go fuck himself. That was hilarious.

    Hardwick, are you going to press for Davis to come on your show? That guy is hilarious. I’d love to hear a debate with him in it. He actually said gay rights are not important in the link on Pundit and I saw some thing about him saying he wanted to preserve the white race on you tube. How has no one in the mainstream written an article about how this guy is crazy????

    You have to push him to get there. At least with Davis you’ll have a chance of hearing a congressional candidate belt out a racial slur or some derogatory comment toward women. I would not be surprised if he gropes the eyebrow lady on her way in. Guy is such a pervert

    What is the eyebrow lady’s name again?

  63. jacksonsmiles August 16, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    hi hudson – how do you know what me/his/her job is? and you were able to sting enough words together to write a book?

    I think I saw it in Barnes and Nobles — C is for Cow? It had all those nice color farm photos and a button that made a moo-moo noise?

  64. mike hudson August 16, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    jackass smiles…in describing you, i wrote “he/she/it” not “me/his/her.”

    your literacy is such that it is quite appropriate for you to be in the pre-school section at b&n, as you stated. perhaps this is also where you picked up your political philosophy?

  65. sean August 16, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    This is better than youtube. I am down with voting for any guy or girl who tells a cop to go fuck himself. And Davis’ only appeal as I recall was giving that fat ass Reynold’s a burr in his saddle just as the shades were coming down on his Mark Foley friendly career ! JD strikes me as a taller crazier Ross Perot rich old coot who wants to buy a seat somewhere, speaking of which if Golisano buys the Bills and tells Ralph to fuck off I’ll vote for him too !

  66. Mike August 16, 2008 at 10:22 am #

    We all like poking fun at hudson, because like making faces at a monkey in a cage it get some great reactions(shit throwing). He’s not the greatest reporter but he’s the best one in niagara falls that still has a job. Any one who raises questions about shady county dealings are usually run out of town on a rail, just ask tom cristy.

  67. mike hudson August 16, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    oftentimes i feel like a monkey in a cage.

    one of these days i might bust out though.

  68. distresing August 16, 2008 at 11:41 am #

    Yep, but you’d still be a monkey.

  69. Haterade August 16, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    I’d better start making arrangements NOW for Hudson at the R&R Hall of Fame ! My guess is that all area hotels will fill up quickly and capacity of the building will be met early !

    If you are publicly speaking / discussing your career starting @ 7:30 …. my calculations suggest that it should be over at , say – about 7:33 ? BTW, I loved you and your brothers in the “Razzle Dazzle Show” when I was a kid ….

  70. distresing August 16, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    “Hey, Margolis”

  71. Ghost of Ellis August 16, 2008 at 12:53 pm #

    Jon and his minions spend so much time preaching how he is reaching out directly to the people of WNY, but what we don’t ever see is JON POWERS addressing the tough issues that voters need to hear.

    So far, Jon’s platforms aren’t even his or reflective of the needs of the people of the 26th district. They are cobbled together by the prostitution of his political soul to the ultra liberal donors from everywhere but the 26th.

    Jon has never been nor will ever be for the people of WNY. Even his primary reason for running for Congress – stated over and over again – has been because he wants to help the children of Iraq.

    So Jackson – I suggest that you go back to Jon Jon and tell him to quit worrying about Jack or Alice or Chris and focus on saving his soul.

  72. mike hudson August 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    but isn’t a souless congressman a perfect representative for western new york, the most souless place on any north american map?

    prideful ignorance, defensive “progressivism” that substitutes for critical thought, 120 pages worth of lawyers in the yellow pages, a lousy football team, rubes who think of wings as cuisine…

    the more i think about it the more powers seems to be the ideal candidate.

    so why is davis beating him like an iraqi prisoner?

  73. Kevin Hardwick August 16, 2008 at 3:33 pm #

    It’s official. Over wins!

  74. mike hudson August 16, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    nice call perfesser….

  75. Kevin Hardwick August 16, 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    Thanks, Mike. So how about this? Hudson vs. Pundit on “Hardline” for half an hour the Sunday before the primary. We could make it a pay per view, er, listen. Prior to the event, of course, I’d publish the over/under for the number of times I’d have to utilize the 8 second delay by hitting the dump button.

  76. distresing August 16, 2008 at 8:58 pm #

    @Mike – another slip. You typed – “so why is davis beating him like an iraqi prisoner?” Unless you’re just talking out of your ass (because there’s no way you have the self-restraint to keep it to yourself if you had real info), you meant, “Is Davis beating him like an Iraqi prisoner?”

    Not that I’m keen on giving Republicans advice, but a lot of the talk that mike and others like him are spouting sounds just like the “don’t worry, be happy” pablum they were puking before the 2006 Congressional election. The atmosphere and the new voter demographic didn’t bother them then,and look what happened. This year, people are even more dissatisfied and the voter demographic is swinging much more towards a demographic that doesn’t favor the Republicans. They might want to start energizing their base instead of trying to calm them.

  77. mike hudson August 16, 2008 at 11:57 pm #

    disheveled….i wasn’t invoking any gop pablum prior to the 2006 congressional races as i am not a republican. the gains in the house and the senate, i suspect, will continue in 2008, and that is a good thing.

    the problem is the idiot you phony progressives have chosen to run. i don’t give a rat’s ass. my congresswoman is the great louise slaughter, with whom i worked a few years back to investigate jeff gannon, the fake white house reporter who got credentialed in order to lob softballs for bush administration officials to hit.

    my interest in powers-davis began as a professional diversion and took on a more serious aspect only when morons like pundit began hurling insult, abuse and invective my way.

    powers raised as much as a quarter of million dollars in order to build orphanages for children in iraq. the money was spent, there are no orphanages, he’s got a problem.

    according to police reports, powers was wandering around near the intersection of cedar and lee in cleveland heights at 2 o’clock in the morning and, when approached by officers, chose to yell “what are you fucking looking at…fucking cop.” he was charged with disorderly conduct for “recklessly causing inconvenience, annoyance & alarm.”

    petulantly, like any frat boy, he refused to sign the citation. he’s lucky the cop didn’t just crack his skull open with a nightstick and charge him with resisting arrest, which happens to assholes in similar situations every night of the week in this great country. the officer, in my view, showed remarkable restraint.

    his campaign said the appearance ticket he got that night was for “jaywalking,” which was a total lie. he’s got trouble.

    and when his 990s are made public, sometime between now and sept. 9, he’s going to have even more trouble.

    agents working on his behalf have subpoenaed me and my business records in a fishing expedition designed to show that the niagara falls reporter has a fiduciary relationship with jack davis. they came up empty, but have managed to piss me the fuck off even more.

    the fact that you simply cannot believe anyone could oppose your hero without some dark and sinister motive — as opposed to, say, simply thinking he’s an incompetent boob — represents what is known as a “cult of personality.”

    this also applies this year to the obama candidacy, which we’ll probably be getting more deeply into once this primary is over with. right now it’s:

    obama 44%
    mccain 44%

  78. jacksonsmiles August 17, 2008 at 12:33 am #

    hudson avoided the topic of the fact that’s he hates obama and how terrible obama is… yet he’s right there with McCain,

    hey ghost ellis… way to write the same thing on two blogs. glad you can come up with an original comment…

    hudson – if powers was “hammered drunk” why was he able to write so clearly, why was he able to presumably have a conversation with a police officer, make a comment on the ticket, and not get arrested or “cracked in the head” with a night stick…

    you’re proud of an officer not physically beating a suspect? did you pop popcorn and cheer on the rodney king beating?

    and “agents working on his behalf” ? for a guy who’s new to politics he’s already got a secret task for designed to attack fat reporters who drink on the job and live in their moms basement? you’re really that paranoid?

    you can attack my grammar all you want, but i’m not a “reporter who wrote a book.” why don’t you see if your mom’s got anymore hot pockets left and take a nap. i’m awaiting your second best seller “D is for Dog”

  79. jacksonsmiles August 17, 2008 at 12:56 am #

    hey remember when Davis said the Mexican’s are going to steal California? Or when he said gay rights weren’t an important at all?

    Or the best might be… when he attacked Powers dead grandmother for political purposes…

    oh that was probably the best. The guy attacks a candidates dead grandmother.

    Wow I’m so glad Davis is a stand up character… what does he stand for on any issue again?

  80. CIA guy August 17, 2008 at 1:05 am #

    hey looks at jack davis’s website : he’s so crazy he’s got Mullen putting cookies on everyones computer:

    Cookies
    A cookie is a tiny text file that is stored on your computer by Davis for Congress. We use cookies to tailor your experience on our site according to the preferences you have specified. When you visit the John Edwards for President website we only access the cookie file that we have stored on your computer. We cannot and do not access any information stored in a cookie by other websites. Our cookies do not contain any personal identifiable information.

    who the hell does he think he is the CIA?

    the man is paying to track down those who visit his site. Mullen is going to burn through the millionaires money and still lose the primary!!! awesome!

  81. odn August 17, 2008 at 2:10 am #

    I thought “fat guy in a little coat” was funny, until I saw the comment on the actual Youtube video.

    Fatty McButterpants tops the cake….!!

  82. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 2:27 am #

    jackass smiles, learning disabled poster child for wny “civilization,” thinks the shrimp cocktail is real fancy down there to the red lobster, thinks elmowood is “just like new york city,” a functionally illiterate “progressive.”

    aren’t you glad to have him/her/it on your side, alan? supporters like that sure speak well for the candidate.

    powers has been effectively neutralized. the subpoena was a desperate, last ditch attempt at redemption. it blew up in their faces because the niagara falls reporter is actually honest. who’da thunk it.

    what the powers/obama cult here in wny fail to take into account is the demographic. the average reporter reader — or those of the buffalo news or niagara gazette, for that matter — is over 60 years of age. there are more older people here than there are younger people. according to the u.s. census bureau, wny has one of the oldest demographics in the country. older people are more well read, and more likely to vote, than younger people. they’re also more conservative.

    jackass smiles serves as an excellent example illustrating the point. my guess is single mother, around 30, overweight, stringy hair, basically unemployed, perhaps waiting for her “settlement.”

  83. I can't find my bottle of listerine. August 17, 2008 at 8:45 am #

    What’s the over/under on what time Buffalo Pundit writes a 1000 word essay on today’s Buffalo News article blasting Powers?

  84. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 9:28 am #

    if it was any other day but sunday…..

  85. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    I find it funny that a guy from Cleveland of all places, who works at some free weekly in the wasteland of NF finds time to ridicule the “civilization” of Buffalo/ Buffalonians.

  86. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    you think it’s funny? why, because you’re retarded? cleveland has major league baseball/football/basketball right downtown. buffalo has, um, the sabres? the cleveland museums of art & natural history are stuffed to the rafters with dinosaurs, rembrandts etc. buffalo has a gas station frank lloyd wright built and a “gallery” that was stripped of all it’s interesting pieces by a gang of brigands and vandals just last year, to the applause of the populace. cleveland has the plain dealer, one of the top 40 papers in the country by circulation, buffalo has the news, which is not. cleveland is a hub of great lakes shipping, buffalo allowed its harbor to silt up to the point where a tug boat can barely get in anymore. cleveland has an international airport where you can actually get on a plane and go to a foreign country that isn’t canada. the beatles played cleveland, buffalo got freddy and the dreamers. cleveland has the rock and roll hall of fame & museum, buffalo has, um, nothing. cleveland has the ritz-carleton, buffalo has the adams mark. cleveland has dennis kucinich and buffalo has, what’s his name again?

    but to you hater, and people like you, buffalo new york is paris fucking france. try going somewhere sometime.

  87. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 11:24 am #

    I’ve been to plenty of places Hudson … and always ended up here – my HOME. What brought YOU here – that high paying job at that crappy little free weekly ? And what KEEPS you here if it’s not up to your cosmopolitan standards ? All you do is bitch and complain. Why not just load up the 88 station wagon and head back to Cleveland ? Believe me … nobody would miss you.

  88. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    alas, i cannot. exiled i am, condemned to spend eternity in this miserable hellhole, surrounded by ignorant peasants such as yourself. go suck on a wing, rube, or have one of them fancy coffees they serve down there to elmowood, and begin counting the days until the bills move to toronto.

  89. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Ah … I never thought I’d be so fortunate as to be lectured on class by a washed up singer of a third rate punk band from Cleveland. “Exiled” ? Nice try. C’mon wordsmith … what keeps you in this horrid place ? Come to think of it – you’re not even in Buffalo. Elmwood DOES look like Paris compared to NF !

  90. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    if you ever got off of hertel you’d realize that anywhere you go, europe, asia, australia, wherever, people love niagara falls. when i left new york city i told johnny weed, johnny corona, same guy, that i was coming to the falls and he said, “niagara falls the resort?”

    the last resort, i told him.

    now go to new york city, l.a., tokyo or london and tell them you’re from buffalo. if you say it to an american they’ll laugh or ask if it snows much there. if you say it to a foreigner you’ll get a blank stare.

    buffalo is a joke and has been since before you were born.

    don’t kid yourself about the wny gulag, either. i met a guy from long island working in one of the banks here not too long ago and when he told me where he was from i asked how he fucked that up. his story was long and sad.

  91. Red August 17, 2008 at 12:21 pm #

    If Cleveland’s so great and you’re so smart, Hudson, why the hell aren’t you still there? It’s obvious that you have to hold your nose every time you step out into the street because of the malodorous stench of the Buffalo-Niagara area’s decomposition and all of the bullshit spewing out of our politicians. Of course our high-top, tight jeans, and mesh-shirt wearing populace is so far stuck in some sort of cultural bizzaro world that it’s a wonder you can even breathe the same air as us.

    I remember a guy I used to work with that bitched every single day about what a miserable place we worked at, how it was run by fucking idiots and they were all out to get him and everyone there was stupid for putting up with the bullshit. Then he’d threaten to quit and move to Florida or New Orleans or Ted Kaczynski’s former cabin about every other week. Eventually I told him I’d buy him a shotgun or rent him a moving van, but either way I’d appreciate it if he just shut the fuck up. Becuase that’s all he was, all talk and no action.

    Maybe when you get to Cleveland, Hudson, they can find a corner of the basement at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame for you to live in until you can find someone’s mother’s house to live in the basement of. Sheesh.

  92. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    So you gauge an area on what the reaction of some random person is when you mention it ? Glad to hear that someone named “Johnny Weed” (what – couldn’t you find Jimmy Heroin or Billy Crack ?), thinks the Falls is a resort. The truth is Hudson, that as f*cked up as Buffalo is – it’s still better than the Falls, but that isn’t even the point. The question still remains : Why are you still here if it is so bad ?

  93. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    go vote for jonny boy. he’ll make everything better. you’re right about the air though.

  94. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 1:03 pm #

    *****” …if you ever got off of hertel you’d realize that anywhere you go, europe, asia, australia, wherever, people love niagara falls”****

    You must mean the actual falls themselves … and I’ll bet they’ve never actually BEEN there – or the American side anyway.

  95. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm #

    Answer the question. Why are you still in WNY ?

  96. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm #

    i like fucking your mother.

  97. Red August 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    Hot damn, Hudson, that’s showing him. I can just see Haterade cringing in terror that you’re going to come up with another similarly witty rejoinder and destroy all of his self image.

    Are you really that scared to answer the question? Or is it that you have some reason for sticking around this cesspool (your impression, not mine) that embarrasses you?

  98. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 3:59 pm #

    Good one Hudson. I could respond in kind, but I won’t. It just shows me what I already knew …

    BTW , my mother doesn’t live in WNY !

  99. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    … But my dad does – that’s probably more your speed anyhow.

  100. Jon Splett August 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm #

    Best.

    Thread.

    Ever.

  101. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    as i told the state board of elections official who subpoenaed me this week, what i do and why i do it is none of your goddamn business. red, you are apparently too embarrassed to even use your real name, as are hater and jackass. and i should answer to the anonymous likes of you?

    this gets to the core dilemma of the “new media” and it’s non-reliability. if you couldn’t post your dimwitted musings anonymously, you wouldn’t post them at all and web entrepreneurs attempting to run sites such as this would lose even more money. but by allowing posters’ identities to remain hidden, cretins such as yourself seem suddenly to grow a set of balls that cause them to say things they wouldn’t dare say on a street corner.

    like internet porn, it is all illusory though, and come tomorrow, if you’re lucky, you’ll go back to your shitty gig as a telephone bill collector or data entry droid dreaming of putting on your mask and cape later in the evening and doing battle against the evil forces that have thus far shown your candidate, jon powers, to be a money grubbing little twit who can’t even keep his mouth shut around the cops.

  102. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

    Use your investigative skills you picked up at the Pennysaver and find out my name hudson. It doesn’t take much as it’s all over this site !

    Nice cop-out though.

    Just answer the question …

  103. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    Hudson … anything I posted I would say directly to your face. Any time.

    I’m not a Powers fan, and don’t even live in his district.

    Now answer the question as to why you stay here in WNY if it is soooo bad. It’s a very simple question, really.

  104. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    why on earth would i want to know your name? or where your mother lives? you are as insignificant to me as the spider i just crushed for the sin of walking across my desk.

    i am here on a mission, ok?

    a mission from god.

  105. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    You see Jon Splett, there’s a conflict in
    every human heart between the rational and the irrational,
    between good and evil. The good does not always triumph.
    Sometimes the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called
    the better angels of our nature. Every man has got a
    breaking point. You and I have. Haterade has reached his.
    And very obviously, he has gone insane.

  106. Haterade August 17, 2008 at 6:06 pm #

    Are you drunk Hudson ?

    First, not knowing my name is reason enough for tap dancing around a pretty simple question – then you ask “why on earth would i want to know your name” ?

    You curse and throw around juvenile insults – but I reached MY “breaking point” ?

    You are a clown Hudson.

  107. Red August 17, 2008 at 6:39 pm #

    Hey Hudson, the name’s Brian McLaughlin. That good enough for you? Next you’ll say that there are lots of guys names that and what’s in a name? I’ve never made much of a secret of my name, though I’ve never thrown it around too much because more people call me “Red” than “Brian”, and if you care so goddam much there it is. Are we good now? Am I now allowed to comment on you complete refusal to answer a simple question?

    Ah, but I see that you’re playing the usual holier-than-thou reporter’s game – “I don’t have to tell you shit ’cause I’m a reporter and I ask the questions around here.” What an idiotic game that is, but I guess it’s all we should expect from anyone of your apparent arrogance.

    You expect everyone to answer to you, but don’t have the balls to answer a simple question. Nice.

  108. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 6:44 pm #

    haterade misses obvious references to “apocalypse now” and “the blues brothers,” direct quotes in fact, indicating a yawning cultural chasm simply too wide and deep to allow for communication to occur.

  109. mike hudson August 17, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    hi brian. i didn’t say i cared what your name is either. but there you are. nor did i ask you any questions about anything, which is why i thought it rather presumptuous for you or hater or anyone else to be asking me about my personal life.

    but since we’re on a first name basis and all, i’ll tell you the fact is that i don’t leave wny now because i own a business here, not much of one in your view perhaps but a business nonetheless, which is worth a certain sum of money and — you see — and again whatever you might think of me personally, that business would be worth far less than it is now if i just up and left.

    you’ll have to take my word on that, based on conversations i’ve had with my accountant, attorneys, potential investors etc. in plain english, leaving here would cost me a lot of money.

    so i am faced with something of a conundrum, brian. i mean, i’ve got nearly nine years of my time and energy invested in this little candy store, and if i just walk away, well that wouldn’t be very satisfactory, not satisfactory at all.

    so we travel a bit, the redhead and i, cleveland of course, detroit, toronto, boston, new york, seattle and the yukon territory in the past year alone. in september we’re going to the north woods of maine for two weeks, where i’ve hired a guide and a pack of tracking dogs to assist me in running down and killing one of their black bears, more common in those parts than big-haired blondes at the galleria, if you catch my drift. after that my new book “mob boss” will come out and then it will be back to cle for the rock hall thing.

    we’re trying to decide whether we’d rather spend christmas in new york or new orleans. what do you think?

    but you’re right. one day, and maybe sooner rather than later, i am going to have to decide. frankly, i hate the fact that money is playing a role in any decision i make.

    but what can i do? i have a beautiful wife and five cats i’m responsible for, not to mention the taxman and certain other obligations (family) that i’d just as soon not get into if it’s all right by you.

    anyway, brian, i’m glad we had this little chat. have you been to ireland yet? there isn’t a county on the island where you can throw a rock and not hit a mclaughlin. prior to coming here, i was in the lit crit racket with the irish echo in new york and came to know a printer, jack mclaughlin quite well.

    no relation, i suppose.

  110. Red August 17, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    Well, see now, Mike, that wasn’t so bad, was it? I mean, everyone’s worried about money I suppose. Just a simple question, as I thought; and a fairly relevant one what with the aspersions I’ve heard you cast over seemingly every aspect of this area. Oh, and I’d say it’s a pretty straightforward and satisfactory answer.

    Never been to Ireland, though I may visit in the next year or so with my job. Maybe take my wife in a couple years, though we’d like to see a few other places, and my travel budget isn’t as high as yours seems to be.

    The only McLaughlins (of the name) that I’m related to are here, and there’s all of 7 of us left. Family’s a big deal, which is why I probably won’t leave either. Maybe a vacation home in Florida, though I don’t particularly favor the heat and would rather just get a nice place out in the boonies near one of the lakes where I can piss right off the back porch without getting sued by a neighbor with binoculars. But this is home, for better or worse. I prefer to concentrate on the better, thanks, and get a little something done about the worse when I can.

    Frankly, I don’t give a shit who wins the goddam election, because in the long run it’s not going to make a lick of difference to me or my family. But it’s something to see how everyone gets their panties in a bunch over an appearance ticket from 4 years ago, or whatever the latest horseshit is. I find it entertaining, to an extent, though slightly disturbing.

    And hell, I got the over on the comments, too…

  111. l the blame Aqua seafoam shame Sunburn with fre August 17, 2008 at 9:01 pm #

    Is anyone sure that this is really Mike Hudson? why’s his site name link to BruceBattaglia.com, a fake site?

  112. The Wizard August 17, 2008 at 11:36 pm #

    Mike Hudson is out of fucking control!!! LOL.

    Seriously Mike, don’t get too high on the bottle, but if you do, please stay away from the Gazette newsroom this time!!!

    AND, I’m still waiting for proof of all these polls that you have access to that show Powers getting beaten badly. Just one poll please so I can stop asking. I cannot wait until Powers wins this god forsaken primary and you have egg all over your drunk face.

  113. mike hudson August 18, 2008 at 2:07 am #

    In Dante’s Inferno, Wiztard, a special punishment was reserved for diviners: their heads were permanently rotated to the rear, so those who in life sought to peer too far ahead into the future are condemned to study the past for all eternity.

  114. jackson smiles August 18, 2008 at 5:41 am #

    nice Hudson agains fails to back up anything.

    Mike Hudson =s Fail.

    The only poll he has is pitched in his pants while he jams away at his mom’s keyboard in the basement. Sober yet Hudson?

  115. Mike August 18, 2008 at 9:49 am #

    That is a fake shemp, Hudson would of kicked your ass by now.

  116. Lenny Lenihan August 18, 2008 at 10:32 am #

    I’m patiently waiting for this thread to end.

    Let’s start chatting up about Illuzzi’s latest folly:

    http://www.buffalonews.com/home/story/417195.html

    “The district attorney, meanwhile, said then that he expected to quiz Web site owner Joseph J. Illuzzi about any dealings with the Paul Clark campaign or its representatives. Mullins claimed Peck financed the Internet campaign Illuzzi waged against Keane, who defeated Paul Clark in the Democratic primary.”

    And Tim Clark’s involvement:

    “The district attorney also said two key campaign officials— Roger J. Peck Jr. and Timothy M. Clark, the candidate’s brother and chairman of the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission, as well as the West Seneca Democratic Committee — are under scrutiny.”

    Hudson and Haterade need to step away from the computer for about 10 to 12 hours.

  117. hank August 18, 2008 at 10:33 am #

    Mike H–Haterade’s real name is John Burke. Why he hides behind the handle when posting is beyond me.

    He’s not leaving WNY, because he can’t get his lips off the state’s tit for his pay as an Adult Day-Care Center attendant–Oh I mean State Correction Officer.

    But be easy on him, there’s no evidence he sells drugs on the side to the inmates, unlike many of his fellow officers.

    He’s just you’re average WNY’er—Loves his Government created, union supported job, and he’s not goin’ anywhere that he might have to, you know, take a risk of personal financial capital to make a living.

    Not his fault–he’s a victim of his environment.

  118. John Burke August 18, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    Thanks, Tubby ! Do I really “hide behind a handle” ? I mean … even a fat pseudo-redneck from NC knew my name, right ? Anyone who cares, or has been around this site for more than a few months already knew what it was …

    I do realize that my job isn’t as important as selling air-fresheners at AutoZone like some bloated know-it-all “ex-pat”, but it is necessary. Remember when YOU were the (self-proclaimed of course) “toughest white boy” at your little podunk county jail ? Anyway, please entertain me with some name-dropping stories of your days in Riverside and at Joes. Please pepper them with plenty of “ya’lls” – it gives a nice folksy southern touch.

  119. John Burke's co-worker August 18, 2008 at 11:00 am #

    John hasn’t shown up for work in a couple of weeks.

    He’s on “summer vacation” and is strategically using vacation time and sick time to stay away from the prison for most of the month of August.

    Can’t say I blame him.

    Selling drugs to inmates? Never happens. I swear.

  120. Hank's 18 year-old manager August 18, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    Get off the computer and straighten up the wax display Kazmarek ! Clean the bacon grease off the keyboard as well ! I told you I’d fire your fat ass next time !

    Hank : I’m sorry sir . It wont happen again *sniff* (waddles away)…

  121. mike hudson August 18, 2008 at 11:35 am #

    thanks hank. an overpaid rent a cop. about what i figured.

  122. Haterade August 18, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    The difference is Hudson … that if my “rent-a-cop” job was eliminated – there would be havoc in the streets. If your job was eliminated – would anyone even notice ?

    You and Hank are perfect together. The only difference being that his bloated ass fled the coop before he decided to ridicule WNY, whereas you continue to stay here. I guess that makes you the dumber of the two – and that’s not an easy feat.

  123. worried greece voter August 18, 2008 at 12:25 pm #

    hey look —- The district attorney, meanwhile, said then that he expected to quiz Web site owner Joseph

    J. Illuzzi about any dealings with the Paul Clark campaign or its representatives. Mullins claimed Peck financed the Internet campaign Illuzzi waged against Keane, who defeated Paul Clark in the Democratic primary.

    —– that’s exactly what Eric Mullen is doing for Jack Davis through Buffalo Bean, Monroe Rising, and The Niagara Reporter —-

  124. Eric Mullen's administrative assistant August 18, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    Sssshhhhh….. don’t let the secret get out.

    Next thing you know McCarthy will be writing about it and Pundit will be blogging about it and Hardwick will be talking about it and then what will “Crazy Jack Davis” do to garner online support?

    I wonder when Illuzzi is going to counter with a really crazy diatribe to defend himself. He’s got something up there now but it’s not that bizarre… for him.

  125. hank August 18, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    Burke–How Obtuse are you?
    I’ve invited you to my company website.
    I’ve not worked in a retail auto parts store (where I was a General Manager) in over 10 years.
    I’ve worked in 2 dealerships as Parts manager, and the last 3 years sitting at a computer handling commercial accounts for a specialty company.

    Same position at the Geico Center in Amherst pays about 8.00/hr, I make over 17.00, WITH NO UNION DUES.

    So that’s enough of the ‘fix the wax display”, ass munches.
    I don’t work retail auto parts. When I did, I RAN the store, not fixing retail displays.

    What’s it to you anyway? Ashamed to be an Adult Day Care Attendant?

    It obviously pisses you off that I can make more money in NC without a Union than I can in WNY WITH a Union.

    More alligator mouths overloading canary asses. Typical.

  126. Crocodile lips and pigeon genitals August 18, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    I don’t care where Hank works.

    I think a lot of other people reading this blog would agree with me.

    Burke, Hank, anyone else who is involved: take it outside, or at least over to MySpace if you want to network and learn more about each other. Thanks.

  127. hanks co-worker August 18, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    They used to call him 2 trip hank at the parts store, he never got the part right the first time for any customer. Thats why he’s behind the desk, less damage and he’s so fat now he wears a moo-moo.

  128. John Burke aka Haterade August 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    Good stuff, co-worker … however I don’t want the finger pointed at me ! My part in this flamewar has now ended (but feel free to fight the good fight !).

  129. moo-moo hank August 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm #

    yup, we busted the union like i did when i sat on a lawn chair

  130. Sam Walton August 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    i see that hank fella riding around my walmart stores on our motorized scooters we get for all the fat folks. fills the basket up with twinkies and pays with his benefit card.

  131. Tom at Target August 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    No scooters in my stores. No siree Bob.

  132. Glenn Gramigna August 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm #

    Illuzzi makes people laugh:

    http://twitter.com/briancbray

  133. James Stockdale August 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    I wonder who H. Ross Perot supports?

    Powers, Davis or Kryzan?

  134. mike hudsons hooker August 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm #

    Mike Hudson once paid me $ 50 to have sex with his mom while he watched.

    He then went and had sex with a big photo of Jack Davis. It was gross.

    He ate 12 twinkies afterwards

  135. Jon Splett August 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm #

    Seriously.

    Best.

    Thread.

    Ever.

  136. WNYDEM August 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    It’s Monday – where are the 990s?

  137. Full Page Ad Parlato August 18, 2008 at 6:40 pm #

    mike hudson Says:
    August 17th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    we’re trying to decide whether we’d rather spend christmas in new york or new orleans. what do you think?
    but you’re right. one day, and maybe sooner rather than later, i am going to have to decide. frankly, i hate the fact that money is playing a role in any decision i make.

    mike hudson Says:
    April 25th, 2008 at 9:50 am
    and yet, somehow i manage to make money every week doing media, chris. my newspaper makes money, my books make money, my cd’s make money and, yes, even my web site turns a tidy profit. enitrely unlike wnymedia, a vanity project not unlike the high school key club.

    http://steveouting.com/2008/07/05/responding-to-a-ticked-off-newspaper-editor/
    On Jul 11, 2008, mike hudson said:
    unfortunately, like just about everyone else in the newspaper business who has a website, i have yet to make a dime off it.
    the only thing i cling to is money, and until you or someone else shows me how to make money on the internet without doing porn, the print edition of the paper will remain our first priority.

    http://www.uttertrash.net/mikehudson.htm
    UT: Were you able then to start make a living off of just music?
    MH: No, never. But we did okay. None of us had jobs. Through all the years, ever since 1977, I don’t think I ever made more than $20,000 off the Pagans altogether.

  138. Jake August 18, 2008 at 8:34 pm #

    Holy smokes ! Domagalski and Wojtazek (sp?) look like the new Laurel & Hardy !

  139. mike hudsons hooker August 19, 2008 at 1:51 am #

    hudson f**ked a little boy

  140. mike hudsons hooker August 19, 2008 at 7:37 am #

    UT: Does it really just boil down to luck, or was there a point where you said to yourself, “This is destructive. I’ve got to get my shit together?”
    MH: I still don’t have my shit together (laughs).

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