Tag Archives: kids

Racist Assault at a Cheektowaga Dollar General (Update)

4 Jun

Do you know this woman? 

She’s got some interesting views on race. Put another way, this is on the front page of Reddit as of Wednesday morning. 

My favorite part is when she’s on the phone (depicted above) with, ostensibly, her husband and rhetorically asks, (around 2:30) “oh, he knows the cops? How many cops have I stripped for? “

This woman is not only allowed to walk the streets of Cheektowaga, she’s got two kids in front of whom she’s yelling “ni**er” at a Black man whose only offense was to start his car when her boy was nearby, apparently startling him. 

Maybe we can set aside the facile Buffalo exceptionalism for a moment and revisit the idea that our people are no better or worse, necessarily, than those anywhere else in the United States. Perhaps instead of “everything is awesome”, we can use incidents such as these to identify and treat a racist cancer plaguing a place that has acute resentments borne out of ignorance and economic hardship. 

This woman is a symptom of a much larger problem that our #Buffalove tends too often to brush aside. 

UPDATE: She called in to WBLK to defend herself. We learn: 

1. Her name is “Janelle Ambrosia”; 

2. She’s having a very bad day; 

3. The man who took the video “almost hit” her kid with his car, but did not hit anyone with anything; 

4. The man who took the video allegedly called her a “crackhead cracker”; 

5. She thinks that someone shouldn’t be able to post videos – “ex-specially” of her kids – on YouTube; and

6. She is unapologetic – “what am I supposed to do? Apologize?” 


Caine’s Arcade

11 Apr

Sometimes, a boy’s inventive nature and good heart is met with a lot more good hearts.  Meet Caine and his cardboard arcade.  If you visit the site, there’s a way to donate towards Caine’s college education. As the pitch says, imagine what this kid could do with an Engineering degree. 

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

Go the F*** to Sleep

15 Jun

Samuel L. Jackson reading the now-iconic bedtime story, “Go the F*ck to Sleep”.

NSFW, obviously.



Misnomer (n)

1 Dec

Characterizing as an “accident” the life-threatening mauling of a 3 month old infant by a pitbull in an apartment with 2 pitbulls.

Hot Car, Summer in the City

8 Jul

Why do we have to read these stories year after year? These kids are lucky to still be alive while mommy shopped at Target for over 10 minutes. It was 100 degrees plus in that minivan when the kids were let out.

Even if it isn’t 87 degrees out and wickedly humid, who the hell leaves four kids, the oldest being five years old, in a car otherwise unattended?

In other states, it’s a crime. In New York, it’s not. It should be. When a kid is injured or killed from being left alone in a sweltering car by a parent, that is completely preventable, and should be punished.

The cops love to run fire-and-brimstone PSAs about drunk driving and seatbelt usage. How about a PSA blitz every May and June to remind parents not to leave their kids in cars unattended?

New stuff and Old stuff

27 Feb

Three things:

1. Congratulations to the Geek family for the announcement of kid number two.

2. Congratulations to the Punaro family for the announcement of kid number one.

3. Geek has a post up soliciting your Buffalo story:

If you left, why did you leave?

Are you planning to move home or have you already taken the plunge? If so, why?

Did you move away and close the book on a future in Buffalo? If so, why?

If you are here and thinking of leaving, why?

If you never lived here before, why did you move here?

In August 2005, I posted this story, which explained in detail why I moved to Western New York. Here it is again, updated for 2007. Continue reading