Archive | October, 2009

The New York State Conservative Party

29 Oct

Here is the Chairman of the Conservative Party in Albany explaining that people who support gay marriage really want to “destroy marriage”, create a completely “secular society”, and are “evil”.


HT Little Green Footballs

Fudoli vs. Terranova (?) in LD-5

28 Oct

Late last week, a State Supreme Court Judge ruled that Diane Terranova’s name be substituted for Collins appointee Kathy Konst’s in the LD-5 race.  Lawyers for the Independence Party, the Conservative Party, and Republican candidate Dino Fudoli all argued vehemently in opposition to the substitution.

Evidently, Dino Fudoli’s campaign is appealling the decision.  That’s pretty lame, and I imagine that Mr. Fudoli, who has been in the race for months, has enough of a head start given that Terranova was given an 11-day campaign.

Sometimes, good isn’t good enough.  The original challenge was fine.  Now, it makes him look petty.

Statler Falling Apart

28 Oct

As word comes that the group of investors who won/bought the Statler at auction have rescued the sale, I learn from Howard Goldman via Facebook that a huge chunk of Statler fell to the ground on Delaware Avenue tonight.

Had it happened just a few hours earlier, it could have been tragic.

And we ought to again thank Bashar Issa again for so lovingly caring for this local treasure.

Howard’s website is here.

Gaffetober (Updated)

28 Oct

Close on the heels of Chris Collins’ epic Shelly Silver fail come reports that Michele Iannello is embroiled in a sensitivity issue of her own.  The Buffalo News reported this morning on charges coming from the Working Families Party and Buffalo Teachers’ Federation President Phil Rumore that Iannello ordered a couple of black canvassers off her campaign.

I contacted Michele for comment, and she directed me to the statements she made in Bob McCarthy’s report.

She said she objected to Working Families requests by door-to-door canvassers asking voters to sign a pledge promising to vote for her, prompting a split with the party.

“It’s just a difference of opinion,” she said…

“I’m an independent and don’t answer to the Democratic Party or the Working Families Party,” Iannello said.

She said she did not know where Rumore’s accusations originated.

“If they interpreted this in a different way, I’m sorry,” she said.

I didn’t call Collins an anti-Semite, and I’m not going to call Michele a racist.  I don’t think either person is any one of those things.  But in politics, perception can trump reality, and this definitely looks very, very bad indeed.  If you haven’t been following the thread at Colin’s page, you should.

This raises a couple of points, not just for Iannello, but for Collins as well.  Firstly, beware whom you piss off, because you may find yourself thrown under a bus sooner rather than later.  Secondly, if you say or do certain questionable things, expect to find them in the paper.  Finally, to my mind I find that this whole things is a cautionary tale about candidates courting and doing business with minor parties under our system of electoral fusion.  Once you turn over even a portion of your campaign to people with whom you’re in a relationship of mutual convenience, you’re going to have to play ball – whether that means accepting canvassers to whom you object for some reason, or putting up with aggressive canvassing tactics.

I distinctly recall the Mayor of Buffalo saying that blockbuster charges coming within days of an election are politically motivated.  Certainly, that possibility needs to be considered.  But if I were advising Iannello, and this wasn’t true, and the WFP was throwing her under the bus improperly, then I’d be telling her to issue a stronger response. But I’m not, and she got elected.  I didn’t.

I distinctly feel like I’m only getting half the story, so alas we’re stuck with Phil Rumore calling Iannello a racist.


Artvoice reports that the Adam’s Mark incident was not the first or only time that Collins used the anti-Christ “joke”:

But it’s clear to me that his remark comparing an orthodox Jew to Hitler and the anti-Christ was not “off the cuff” or “unscripted”; it was not a momentary lapse in judgment. The joke is part of Collins’s repertoire. He has used it more than once, who knows how many times. Perhaps he wasn’t even aware that it was offensive until the uncomfortable silence he met at the Adam’s Mark on Saturday night. Maybe he didn’t know it was offensive until Elizabeth Benjamin exposed the remarks in the New York Daily News on Sunday. Maybe he still doesn’t believe what he said was offensive.  He certainly did not recognize it to be offensive between the time he made the remark to that group of college students and the time he made the remark on Saturday. Or he did and didn’t care. The former makes him an idiot, the latter makes him arrogant and heedless.

Bruce Fisher has more in Artvoice’s cover story.

Our Competition . . .

28 Oct

. . . advertises on the cover of a phone book.

New Media FAIL

In related news, Chris Smith just asked me what a phone book was.

The Republican Implosion in NY-23

27 Oct


Rather than rehash and reword what Andrew Sullivan writes here, how’s about I just link to it, k? And Little Green Footballs, too.  As a reminder, here’s the map of NY-23.

Back when I was a Republican, I was a fan of guys like Bill Weld.  Guys who preached lower taxes, less spending, but really didn’t want to get all up in people’s business over stuff like abortion and whether you’re gay or not.

Now, there is a specific and concentrated effort to purge those northeastern moderate Republicans from the party completely.  According to this, Dede Scozzafava is more conservative than Jim Tedisco, whom conservatives supported strongly in NY-20 earlier this year.  Newt Gingrich – as red-blooded a conservative Republican as anyone – is now shunned and vilified by the True Believers because he has the nerve to support Scozzafava’s campaign.

And think about this – the people up in the North Country had a relatively moderate Republican representative in John McHugh, and he had represented the people of northern New York since 1993.  Who are all these people coming in to the district from all sorts of parts of the country to tell upstate Republicans that Scozzafava, who is like most upstate Republicans, is a heretic?

Gingrich says:

“This idea that we’re suddenly going to establish litmus tests and all across the country we’re going to purge the party of anybody who doesn’t agree with us 100 percent; that guarantees Obama’s reelection, that guarantees Pelosi as Speaker-for-life,” he told Fox News last night.

Gingrich called Scozzafava a “liberal Republican” for her support of gay marriage and abortion rights. But he defended those positions as in-step with her district and her predecessor, former Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.), who was tapped to be President Barack Obama’s Army Secretary…

…“So I say to my many conservative friends who suddenly decided whether they’re from Minnesota, or Alaska, or Texas, they know more than the upstate New York Republicans? I don’t think so,” he added.

Malkin replies that centrists should indeed be purged from the party.  As for Gingrich’s point about out-of-staters imposing their opinions on people campaigning, blogging, and activisting in Watertown?  Like this guy?  She cites…

…the New York Post.

The people along the Quebec border are probably more apt to listen to people from out of state than the New York fricking Post. In the end, the Democratic candidate Bill Owens is free to talk about real issues and stay above the fray.


I Need Some Help, Srsly

27 Oct

I don’t normally troll the Letters to the Editor section of the Buffalo News, but one this morning caused me to spit out my coffee. My sarcasm meter is sometimes a bit off, so please help me, is this letter a joke?

This letter is in regard to the man who killed three people and was convicted of a home invasion in 1973. I am a resident of South Buffalo and I resent, like many others in the neighborhood, that Harvest House Center has the audacity to bring in ex-cons, drug addicts or individuals whose life represents tragic past events.

Our middle-class neighborhood, so rich in family history and upbringing, is being undermined by these less desirable individuals. It’s a shame that a non-profit organization will go to any extreme to secure funds or make money by this type of conduct. Not only that, but this center also brings in others from outside the area and the state.

This is one reason why I have given up my Catholic faith. The Catholic Church and Diocese of Buffalo work hand in hand with this center to promote its agenda and carry out these programs. If I were a parent, I would have reservations about sending my children to this center for any spiritual guidance or exposing them to unscrupulous individuals.

Can you believe the audacity of a social services organization offering social services to undesirable ex-cons and former drug users in a residential setting?! Can you believe the audacity of a non-profit seeking to secure funding to do this work?!? Can you believe the AUDACITY of the Catholic Church also seeking to help these unscrupulous people?!?!? How can we possibly expose our children to scenes of adults helping other adults? You know what would fix this – giving every criminal a life sentence. Then we wouldn’t have ex-cons, and wouldn’t have to worry about any of this! On a related note, I also have a modest proposal to eat children.

BTW, if you are curious, the triple murderer this letter refers to is Gerald Balone, who did 33 years and now talks to students about making better choices to stay out of jail. The AUDACITY of it!

Collins' Campaign

27 Oct

HT Marquil at

Diane Terranova, Democratic Candidate for EC Leg 5

27 Oct

Diane Terranova has literally been on the ballot for about four days.  Her opponent, as well as the Republican, Conservative, and Independence Parties all worked in concert in an effort to keep her off the ballot and leave Kathy Konst on.  This would be convenient for the Republican challenger, since Kathy Konst is now in a very nice appointed position in the Rath Building.

Although I sent the full questionnaire form to her, it somewhat hamstrings a candidate when she has only 11 days to campaign, while her opponent has had all the time in the world, and then some.  So, she sent along a statement, reprinted here:

In order for legislators to concentrate more fully on their duties as elected official, instead of electioneering activities, voters should be able to elect legislators to four-year terms.  As part of this reform, legislators should be limited to serving three consecutive terms.

I would be in favor of reducing the legislature by two members.  The residents deserve to have their voices heard in county government and a reduction of more than to this, would impact the quality of representation and leadership.

Terranova’s official website is here.

Fail Flace Failmall

26 Oct

West Coast Perspective found an ad on Craigslist soliciting retail tenants for the Main Place Mall.

In a written response to an email inquiry about the ad, Eric S. P. Lefebvre, Main Liberty’s Vice President of Real Estate, says, “I’m not sure how the advertisement made [it] on craigslist as it did not originate from me or our office, so it is appearing without our authorization. We are trying to find out the source.”

The ad was later flagged and removed.  Someone is trying to fill the mall, but it is not the owner.

Retail at the mall? Yeah, we can’t have that.