Merry Christmas

24 Dec

Merry Christmas to all of you.

Thanks for reading and commenting. If you’re a lurker, consider this an invitation to post a comment. Make a prediction about what might happen next year, like I and others did for Artvoice.

Thanks to Marc & Chris for the opportunity to do whatever I want here, however I want to.

Thanks to the other contributors on WNYM for adding to the insight and commentary. My favorite way to read the site now is to click on the WNYMedia heading and reading everyone’s contributions in one column.

Thanks to the team that delivered the new site, especially Chris Van Patten. It’s been working very well and people seem to like it.

Thanks to my beautiful wife and wonderful kids, who put up with this hobby of mine.

Thanks to my parents, who instilled in me a curiosity and love of learning, and gave me life experiences that shaped my points of view.

Thanks to western New York for being that snowy, static, friendly, predictable, dysfunctional place we all love so much.

Thanks to other local websites and blogs, some big and corporate, others little and independent, who bring their own perspectives on goings on in the Buffalo area, and keeping us hustling.

Thanks to the haters, who remind me of the good old days of usenet. You all suck and you all lose.

Finally, thanks to the political world for being such a consistent bucket of fail and source of material.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a happy & prosperous New Year. Posting will be light, so keep an eye on Twitter.

And now, Stevie Ray Vaughan playing Rude Mood on Unplugged in 1990, when MTV was relevant.


20 Responses to “Merry Christmas”

  1. Michael Garvey December 24, 2009 at 9:40 am #

    Congrats on an excellent 2009, Alan! Merry Christmas to you and yours…

  2. Jeff in Charlotte December 24, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    I’ve been a lurker for a couple of weeks now. As someone who was raised in WNY, I still enjoy reading about the madness…and the reasons why I left in the first place. I predict Charlotte will offically change it’s name to “South Buffalo”, seeing how most of Buffalo’ gen x and gen y population are coming to their senses and leaving for greener pastures. Merry Christmas!

  3. jesse December 24, 2009 at 10:14 am #

    Here’s a prediction: you’ll keep on picking on Democrats and Republicans for substantive reasons, and picking on libertarians just for believing in something you don’t like.

    • Alan Bedenko December 24, 2009 at 10:52 am #

      Well, some of what the libertarians believe is quite fine with me. There are plenty of moral and social controls that government maintains that could and should be abolished. But there’s always the devolution in any argument to letting the market be the master of all. More often than not, that point of view is facile and silly, and I liken it to something a child would say. Caveman rules don’t necessarily work well in a modern, industrialized nation because there is a central fallacy to the libertarian argument – that left to their own devices, people would do good; that without rules and regulations, the market would self-regulate and there would be no bad actors, for fear of repercussions. Of course, the problem with that is that oftentimes avoidable repercussions can’t be undone.

      So, Merry Christmas to the libertarians, too, for they give me and endless supply of silliness to mock and deride.

      • Mike In WNY December 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm #

        Merry Christmas to you too! BTW, people often ridicule concepts they don’t understand.

  4. Jen14221 December 24, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Eh. Bah.

  5. mike hudson December 24, 2009 at 11:36 am #

    the problem arises when the bad actors are making the rules, regulations and policies that the rest of us have to live under.

    happy christmas, alan.

  6. Brian Castner December 24, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Merry Christmas yourself. I wish you several slow news cycles.

  7. Eric Saldanha December 24, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    “Clubber, what’s your prediction for 2010?”


    “Yes, prediction”


    Warmest wishes to you and your family, Alan, for a peaceful holiday.

  8. Jonathan Wellinton-Fidrych III December 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm #

    Mr. Bedenko:
    Merry Christmas from MY villa on the Riviera.
    I am thankful that your Leninist views and those of your fellow travelers continue to be ignored by the wealthy and powerful.
    I am also thankful that you and your profit killing pals have been defeated in your attempts to collectivize medicine in OUR country. No one can come between me and my physician. And now the unwashed rabble will have no choice but to obtain health insurance from my associates.
    My New Years wish is that you become enlightened enough to understand that the free market profits system of capitalism ensures a better way of life for all of US. In the New Year, stop by my exclusive club for a drink. (Please do dress appropriately and use the servant’s entrance in the rear.) I am sure a nice chat would bring you around to OUR way of thinking.

  9. Chris Van Patten December 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Thank you Alan! We’ve had some hiccups along the way and I’m pretty sure virtual duct tape is holding things together now, but I’m happy that people are liking it and it’s going well!

    That said, my prediction for 2010 is that the server hosting the site will explode and delete all the data we’ve stored up. Yay!

    Merry Christmas all!

  10. Mark Poloncarz December 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm #

    Merry Christmas to all and I hope you have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

  11. Jeremy Horwitz December 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Alan, and to all at WNYMedia: keep up the great work!

  12. mike hudson December 25, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    [Wrong place, wrong time. -Ed.]

  13. mike hudson December 25, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    ok, so it’s libertarians = fair game, obama = out of bounds. gotcha!

    • Alan Bedenko December 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm #

      It’s Christmas Day. Go find someone who loves you.

  14. mike hudson December 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm #

    christmas is over, dude.

  15. shim December 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you as well. As for predictions for 2010:

    -You’ll continue to label anyone that disagrees with your liberal political views as a “hater”

    – A majority of your respondents will continue to blame George Bush for any mistake that Barack Obama makes

    -Obama and Dems in Congress will continue to attempt to jam a Healthcare “reform” package down our throats despite the fact that just about all polls show that the vast majority of Americans simply don’t want it

    -On a more positive note the global warming issue that has made Al Gore a very wealthy man over the last 20 years will continue to be questioned (finally) and be exposed for the over hyped fraud it really is

    Looking forward to our continued sparring in 2010! Happy New Year…

  16. DCAFF December 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    Your Blog is always an interesting & informative read. Keep up the fine work in 2010. Best of luck in the New Year.

  17. lulu December 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

    Thanks for another year of blogging and best wishes for a safe and happy new year for you and your family.

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