8 Nov

Anyone else catch Chris Collins on WBEN’s Hardline on Sunday? It was easily some of the most disingenuously hilarious radio I’ve heard, at least since hyperemotionalist Palinist comedian Tom Bauerle last called for an armed revolution and librul cull. Some highlights:

1. He’s sorry for calling Shelly Silver an anti-Christ, but Shelly Silver’s really bad.  Maybe not Hitler bad, but I-dunno-Castro bad. The people who piled on about this?  They all have an agenda.

2. Anyone who dares to question him about anything has an “agenda“.

3. Rod Watson is wrong about Chris Collins driving a wedge between the city and the county.  Some of Chris Collins’ best friends and favorite things are in the city, including his Petit-Machiavellian comrade Byron Brown.  Also, Rod Watson has an “agenda“, and he said, “I think we all know what that is” (I’m paraphrasing, I didn’t take notes).

4. He didn’t deny ever using the “anti-Christ” joke before, but did you know that Bruce Fisher is a really bad man?  Like, he was in county government during the Giambra administration bad?  Like sale of ECMC bad?  Yeah, also that Bruce Fisher? He’s got an agenda.

5. If you disagree with Chris Collins you have an “agenda“.

6. The people of the 5th LD had a totally fair election, choosing Dino Fudoli, a businessman, against Diane Terranova, who was formerly the Comptroller’s liaison to the Legislature, but whom Collins dismissively referred to as “Mark Poloncarz’s secretary”.  I think Mark Poloncarz and Diane Terranova each has an agenda.

7. OMG, Collins was like totally shocked that his former head of Environment and Planning suddenly quit right before it was too late to replace Kathy Konst on the Democratic, Independence, and Conservative ballots, so he searched far and wide for the best and brightest to be that department head and selected Kathy Konst, who has zero experience with either the environment or planning.  (She is a former teacher and owner of an advertising business). By Collins’ own she’s-a-businessperson metric, Dino Fudoli would have been a phenomenal choice for head of the Department of Environment and Planning.  Also, for asking about this question, I clearly had an agenda.

8. Prisoners in the lockup have no constitutional rights. Those who say they do and who wonder what’s up with all the lawsuits just have an agenda.

Here’s Kathy Konst last year explaining her vast experience with :



33 Responses to “Agendas”

  1. mike hudson November 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    hmmm. if collins is really so bad, how’s come his side beat the shit out of your side in the election last tuesday?

    sign me, “curious”…

    • Sue November 14, 2009 at 6:22 am #

      He did have his money inundate those districts and had 2 people that had a presence due to their TV and Radio…but it will be funny to see how Hardwick (who is a joke of the radio world) and Lynn (who was the red coat extraordinare during REPUBLICAN Joel Giambras debacle) fare…if anything it will be fod for amusement! And DINO? I’m getting my popcorn ready…with a name like his, he’ll turn out to be one of the “old friends and family” of REPUBLICAN Joel Giambra for sure. Don’t get too excited about the win, the last time the REPS got close, they blew it….

  2. Buffalo Mark November 8, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    I did not listen to Chris this morning. I was out enjoying a nice day in Marilla honoring their veterans. But I was called by a few about his comments about Diane and let me say she did a great job as my legislative liaison and prior to her working in my office she was a deputy town clerk of Lancaster and an optician for many years. Chris likes to throw around names, and many could be said of Dino Fudoli which I will leave to others, but Diane has done a great job on behalf of her constituents as a hard-working professional who just happened to be chosen legislator by people from her district to fill out Konst’s term.

  3. Ward November 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm #

    My hunch is that, if the Dems nominate, oh, I don’t know–say, Adlof Hilter–to run against Collins this time around, BP will be in his corner in a nanosecond. Just a guess.

  4. Steve November 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    @Ward, I couldn’t say it better myself. I fully expect that pundit will call him the anti-christ next. He couldn’t wait to call him out on the Konst thing on WBEN today. Living in Clarence with Collins you think a would be a little kinder. If he would have given job to another Republican that person would have been the worst hire. Instead Collins is non-partisan, hires a Dem and he gets shit for it. Why? Because Collins is not in the same party as he. Every Republican must be evil….ONLY the pundit (voted Buffalo’s best blogger) knows the truth.

  5. barney November 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm #

    Do you honestly believe Collins appointed Konst was the best qualified person for the job? Seriously? Would he have appointed a Democrat otherwise?
    It is funny that everyone against Collins has an agenda or is political. He is above politics yet plays the game very well.
    Pundit has called out Democrats on this site- Bryon Brown for one.
    Has Collins ever called Dale Volker a career politician like he does with every Democrat?

  6. November 8, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    @Steve and @Ward – Yeah on the bipartisanship thing ….but….you’re idiots if you believe this was bipartisanship. It wasn’t. It was well timed so that the District was certainly lost to the Dems because they couldn’t replace KK on the ballot. Collins absolutelu knew that and what’s more disappointing is that Konst knew it too and she chose to throw that seat away from the people who elected her. If you add the total of the votes that Kathy got with the votes that Terranova got, Terranova wins. Certainly Terranova wouldn’t have gotten all of them, but who knows what happens if KK isn’t there at all…which is the way it should have gone since SHE WASN’T A CANDIDATE. And isn’t it interesting that all of the Republicans, including Chris Collins worked hard in court to make sure that the voters of EC 5 DIDN’T have a choice. They didn’t want Konst’s name removed from the ballot and went to court to keep it that way….Yeah, real bipartisan….gotta give you the big, fat “whatever” on that one.

  7. Steve November 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm #

    @Petey….you sure are a smart man. I’m going to throw your name into nomination as the CEO of APU, Ass Patters Union. Can any of you Liberal Dems have any positive thoughts? Everything is a conspiracy unless the Dems do it, then of course its ok. konst has a very important job in his administration and shes a Dem. Thats the bottomline. Now you try to destroy her because you feel she hurt your precious party. Had this not happened and she won, you’d be singing her praises. You speak with forked tongue.

  8. George Costanza November 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm #

    Has anyone noticed that Dale Volker’s state-paid counsel John R. Drexelius represented Fudoli in his legal battle to keep Terranova off the ballot? The same Dale Volker who Konst slammed in 2008 when she ran for the State Senate (after considering running for Congress, Lancaster tax receiver, Marilla dog-catcher, and East Aurora assessor). Oh, and by the way, the same Dale Volker who Collins refused to label as a career politician several weeks ago when pressed on the point by a reporter after Volker has served for 36 years in the State Senate while New York got worse and us taxpayers paid for it.

    And I would hardly characterize Kathy Konst as a Democrat. After getting elected in 2005 due to the party’s efforts in electing her against incumbent Denise Marshall, she promptly turned opportunist and started m-f’ing the party and slamming the county committee, leadership, and her colleagues in the county legislature.

  9. November 8, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    @Steve – I don’t care that she chose to sell out the Dems. That isn’t the point. The point is call it what it is. It is not bipartisanship. It was carefully planned. And don’t insult Collins and his team by implying this piece of strategy was an accident.

  10. November 8, 2009 at 10:44 pm #

    “And I would hardly characterize Kathy Konst as a Democrat. After getting elected in 2005 due to the party’s efforts in electing her against incumbent Denise Marshall, she promptly turned opportunist and started m-f’ing the party and slamming the county committee, leadership, and her colleagues in the county legislature.”

    What George Costanza said.

  11. Chris from OP November 9, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    @ Mike Hudson.  So it was  a misprint when I read on the County Board of Elections site that voters elected nine Democrats and six Republicans to the legislature?  Whew boy did they get the shit beat out of them!  The only bigger losers I can think of are the New York Yankees who just got the shit beat out of them 4-2 by the Phillies!

    sign me……. “sarcastic”…………..

  12. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    um…the dems went in with a solid majority and came away with three fewer seats in the leg. yes, when you lose seats that is considered a loss. the dems further spent what has to have been an astronomical amount of money on winning the sheriff’s race, because of the reporting dates we won’t know the full amount until april, and they lost that too.

    so “sarcastic,” i would suggest you sign up for the politics 101 class they have there wherever you attend junior high school. had the dems really “won” in the sense that the yankees did, alan, marc and chris would still be crowing about the big setback collins suffered.

  13. Cash November 9, 2009 at 1:02 am #

    ah yes liberal conspiracy theories. Why can’t they see the good in Chris Collins for calling out Shelly (666) Silver, I mean really. And when there is a real conspiracy, like covering for the birth locale of the so-called president they ignore it.

    damn bastard liberals. hate ’em. mmm soup.

  14. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    you know, pundit, cash makes a good point about collins. the half-billion dollar looting of the power authority, which was entirely made up of money from the sale of energy generated in western new york, was a grab by shelly, primarily so that people in new york city wouldn’t see a huge increase in subway fares. he is largely and single-handedly the reason that the niagara frontier constantly gets the shaft in comparison to residents of manhattan, brooklyn, queens, the bronx and staten island. well, staten island not so much.

    he does this by maintaining a trancelike hold on dim bulbs such as francine delmonte (d-lewiston). who knows? maybe he is the anti-christ.

  15. Brian Castner November 9, 2009 at 9:46 am #

    Every politician has a schtick. Obama’s is that he embodies change. Collins’ is that he’s just a businessman who looks out for tax payers. If they didn’t work, they wouldn’t get elected. Nothing to see here except self-righteous indignation. Yawn.

    • Alan Bedenko November 9, 2009 at 10:00 am #

      Collins’ is that he’s just a businessman who looks out for tax payers.

      1. Seems to me there are plenty of people pointing out that Obama hasn’t brought about a lot of change in a lot of areas. Have you posted “yawn” in response to those pieces, wherever they may be?

      2. Seems to me that Chris Collins’ schtick is, fundamentally, bullshit. The retention of Kathy Konst for a job she’s unqualified for so he could sneak Dino Fudoli into the legislature unopposed is undemocratic and has nothing to do with “looking out for the taxpayers”, and everything to do with “looking out for Chris Collins.” And Kathy Konst, natch.

      3. It takes time and effort to post a comment to a blog; the vast majority of readers never dare to do so. Therefore, the use of “yawn” in a blog comment is fundamentally inapposite.

      • Sue November 14, 2009 at 6:52 am #

        Here’s the Collins definition of career politician: “It starts with somebody who sees politics as a career path. It is someone who caters to the special interests in order to advance or preserve their career). Here’s a guy who tried but got caught to give one of his businesses a contract with the county, thank God those career politicians’ are smart at the leg). Now Chrissie boy is giving county services to his buddies at the Catholics, and now selling the black folk down the river to Sheehan (along with his buddy Byron, Brian Davis, Barbara Williams?(we’ll see how she votes at the leg), which isn’t even accredited by the Joint Commisison (pretty bad since everyone else in Erie County is… those black folk should have voted for him, they should have known better)…giving services to Kaleida that’s going bankrupt (shhhh, noone is to know) so yes, Chris you have the title, “career politician”. You switched from the politics of corporations and the business world (and yes Chris, politics was there all along) to now the designation of “career politician”. Welcome Chris!

  16. Chris from OP November 9, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    @Mike Hudson, nice job justifying your claims of Collin’s having beat the shit out of the Dems by bringing up Howard’s  clear-but-far-from-overwhelming victory in the Sheriff’s race.  It’s a good thing that your point isn’t negated by a similar clear-but-far-from-overwhelming Democratic win in the Comptroller’s race.  Oh wait it is?  Damn.

    And I’m done feeding trolls for the day.

  17. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    @chris from op….by definition, asshole, a troll operates under a fake name, like you do. the howard/glascott race was clearly of far more importance to both the republicans and the democrats than the the comptroller race as evidenced by the awesome amount of money thrown at glascott for television ads that, for awhile, were running every 15 minutes on buffalo television. combine that with the fact that the dems lost seats in a legislature serving a county where they have an overwhelming registration majority and yeah, they got the shit beat out of them.

    now get back to your school work like i told you.

    • Marc Odien November 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

      sorry for going a bit OT but its funny you mention that Mike, because I did not see ONE john glascott ad on TV… and ask anyone… I watch a lot of TV!

      while I agree with your definition of troll, we often know who people are even if the readers don’t (email addresses, etc…) which don’t necessarily make them trolls… Not like the ultimate troll (Steve b) who goes all troll all the time. In my mind, Chris in OP is actually a legit commenter…

      Carry on…

  18. mike November 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm #

    hudson don’t you have anything better to do? Sunday was 72 and sunny and all you did was post shit every 15 minutes, boo hooing bout your bad liver and broken heart. GET A LIFE !

  19. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm #

    @mike…sunday was 72 and sunny and both the redhead and i worked all day on this week’s reporter so weren’t able to enjoy it anyway. we work every weekend, which is how the reporter manages to post about 15,000 words of copy on the internet every monday and print 22,500 copies of the best damn newspaper in niagara county every tuesday. posting here gets my mind off all that, off of writing and publishing a book every six months etc. while you throw a frisbee at your dog and think of that as “having a life,” i am working, which is why i am a fairly well known person and you are an anonymous schlub.

    @marc…that’s odd, seeing as how i’m firmly convinced that glascott did more television in this race than any local candidate i can remember in the dozen years i’ve been here. 5, 5:30 and 6 o’clock news, he had commercials on the chiller channel for chrissake. we’ll see in april, when the final campaign spending reports are filed. also, you’re friend mike here is complete troll who rarely comments on anything other than me and — if you know who he is — i will pay wnymedia more for that information than glascott did during the campaign.

  20. mike November 9, 2009 at 2:47 pm #

    worked all day on this week’s issue? Maybe your cover should be someone raking leaves, this way you can kill two birds with one stone.

  21. mike November 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm #

    “Newlin took solace in the fact that the Lewiston McDonald’s was said to be hiring.” That the best your pickled brain could come up with? Hudson, Lewiston doesnt even have a McDonald’s, but like I always said, “Hudson never lets the facts get in the way of a story” what a waste of ink.

  22. Hank November 9, 2009 at 3:52 pm #

    @Pete@buffalo stuff—-Collins waited until it was too late for the dem’s.
    Like Obama decided to open up NY-23 by appointing a Republican to Army Secretary? That’s apparently a bi-partisan move, eh?

  23. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    it’s actually kind of nice working on the weekends, mike. that way i can go fishing, or to the store, the dry cleaners or my fave restaurants when morons such as yourself are at your grunt jobs.

    and, since you brought it up, i pay people to rake my leaves, mow my lawn, shovel my driveway and wash my car.

    anyway, thanks for reading and taking the time to write, asshole.

  24. mike November 9, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    Hudson, when your not in Lewiston eating Big Mac’s you should really try “The Polish Nook” its run by my buddy John and he does a fine job.

  25. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    and what the hell are you talking about “lewiston mcdonalds”? i can find no such reference in this week’s newspaper. there’s a reference to “lewiston’s orange cat” but that’s it. and if john were you’re buddy, even if you knew him at all, you would know that he dropped the “polish” when he reopened it. it’s now known simply as the nook. it’s also exactly four blocks from my house.

  26. Chris from OP November 9, 2009 at 6:51 pm #

    @Mike Hudson, you can call me a liar, because I said I’m done validating troll-like behavior but here I am…

    While Marc is right that trolls very often operate anonymously, according to wikipedia, they are not “by definition” anonomous– as far as a neo-logism too young to drink can have a definition:

    “In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion”*

    Try to claim that you are not intentionally inflammatory.  Try to claim that your post rarely go off topic.  You can’t.

    While I make no claim to particular class or refinement, I do generally try to keep on-topic and refrain from personal attacks.  Today, I broke from that by insinuating that you are a troll partially in response to your accusation that I am a “junior-high student.”  Your response was, then, to call me an “asshole.”  

    A lot of posters come onto this site to call each other names, and that’s ok if both parties want to go down that road.  But as for me, I come here to talk about ideas, to make WNY and the USA better.  If name calling is how you get your rocks off, then fine, but don’t do it to me.

    Show a little class.

    *(and to head off accusations that I edited the wiki article on trolls, my user ID is CJS56)

  27. mike November 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm #

    nice work hudson, you should put me on the payroll fact checking your mouth shit. now why don’t you get off your ass and connect the dots, right after George gives away the store for that yahoo pod in Lockport, Lewiston gets the shaft.

  28. mike hudson November 9, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    i won’t call you a liar chris. ok? you called me by name, were “sarcastic” and implied that i didn’t know what the hell i was talking about. how about showing a little class and just saying what you think rather than attacking me?

    mike, one thing i forgot is that when nobodies such as yourself are working your drudge jobs every day of the week but two, the redhead and i love to go to the movies. at a thursday matinee, we get to see the picture the first time it’s shown and have the whole theater to ourselves.

    how did lewiston get the shaft? you finally got a can-do type of guy in there as supervisor, those idiots on the council got thrown out, i think the quaint little village is much improved. and combined with the dem disaster in north tonawanda and the inability to gain even a single seat in the legislature, what happened in lewiston helped make that scumbag dan rivera persona non grata among even the dem elected officials who didn’t get voted out this week. the world’s a wonderful place mike. slow down and smell the roses dude.


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