Sunday, July 24, 2016

Don't Steal a Candy Bar in Watertown, New York

   It's great we live in an area where we can afford to react to crime many would consider too trivial for police to bother with.

   Friday a Main Street man was arrested for the May 25 theft of a $1.49 candy bar from a Stewart's store.

    I wouldn't call it in, but the chains do it as a means of showing they are serious. I'd be a little chagrined explaining to the officers someone took a Slim Jim. I'd deal with it in other ways.

Newzjunky.com Police Blotter

WDT: Remembers Old News

    One of the most, if not the most interesting local stories I covered was the Barry Freed/Abbie Hoffman bombshell 36 years ago that Perry reminisces about in today's WDT.
     We all had covered his Save the River exploits over year round navigation and when the day came the airport manager tipped us at WWNY that Barbara Walters had landed with a film crew, it didn't take long for the reason to surface. She was here to cover the outing of the Chicago Seven member.
     I filed a brief piece with the CBS feed and made $160, something you'd never get to do today.
     Everybody was saying, 'yeah that makes sense' but few really knew.  Dennis Honeywell told me he knew beforehand, but no one else I knew made that claim.
      Rehashing old news is always interesting for those of us who were in the biz at the time. It also is a reminder how old we are.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/stranger-among-us-the-life-and-times-of-barry-freed-20160724

WDT: With Help from WaPo, Criticism of Trump Speech Wafts from 260

      While our local paper doesn't endorse till late in campaigns, it appears there is antipathy towards Donald Trump as in an editorial today the Washington Post is repeadtedly quoted in a bid to discredit Mr. Trump's RNC speech.
       Former WaPo reporter Carl Bernstein, a Trump hater, is widely critical of the media for failing to vet the candidates with serious reporting. In fact, there is a feeling that the citizenry is off the rails in supporting Trump and that the media must run enough material critical of him to ward off what they see as a historic mistake by voters. The WaPo will lead that effort.
      I suspect the endorsement will be for Mrs. Clinton on the grounds she will be better for Fort Drum and that Mr. Trump is too boarish.
      http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/bell-eev-me-hard-to-take-trump-seriously-given-list-of-falsehoods-hes-told-20160724

Trump Scores Unlikely Supporter




      He is black, a Muslim and President Obama's half brother, but Malik Obama says he is voting for Donald Trump.
      His primary reason ? He doesn't like that Hillary Clinton had killed his friend Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan strongman..

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Top DNC staffer apologizes for email on Sanders’ religion - POLITICO

   Last week, when someone used some second hand clich├ęs in a speech, the media was demanding someone be fired. This week when a top DNC staffer is revealed to be proposing a sleazy religious gambit against a Jewish candidate...It's all OK...

Top DNC staffer apologizes for email on Sanders’ religion - POLITICO

Random, Unconnected Thoughts on a Saturday Night

   There was a gun raffle at the Lewis County Fair and no one got shot. Just the opposite of the adjacent county. 
    Speaking of shootings, the facts in the Munich incident were wrong in initial reports. As with other recent shootings, the "multiple gun men" ended up just one and in this case motive was not what originally thought. Frank Reynolds would roll over.
    Hey there's a touch of blacktop on Factory Street down near the Pearl Street end.... Mill Street remains closed and the other day a large truck trying to detour clipped the utility pole at Pearl and Main.
    The DNC is this week, so I'll have to watch it so I'll be informed for the show and for here
     I see Mrs. Clinton was boasting today of her new running mate "taking on the NRA.". Wonder if anyone up here will think to pin the national candidate's gun hostile statements to local Democrats.
     The greatest flip issue this year is TPP.....Trump has taken everyone from free trade, more jobs to no we don't want that job killer. Senator Tim Kean has reversed his view, as has Mrs Clinton. I don't believe either of them.
      The DNC will be relentlessly negative on Trump as that is the only way she wins, but Joe and Mika will tell us Hillary has found her voice.
      Tomorrow is Sunday. I'll be in at 8 for a regular who likes to buy his Numbers tickets for the week. But of course I will dutifully wait for noon in Andy's New York to sell any of the Devil's Brew.
      Glad you got the stink in nail salons under control, Governor.
      The last two years I have had problems with small millipede like bugs...Never saw 'em before. Anyone else ?
Gun Raffle at Lewis County Fair, Rejected at Jeff Co. Fair | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Republicans Cheer Hillary Repackaged as Ivanka ?

  Politics is largely about packaging. So when Ivanka delivers some Hillary talking points, Republicans  cheer....proving there is no GOP desire for less government.

   That's the theory of some.

Republicans Cheer for Hillary C

BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by Wikileaks, and Oh MAN Are They Great! | RedState

      Hillary Clinton has more emails to worry about. WikiLeaks has released lots of DNC internals that purport to show the extent to which the party was undermining the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.
      No surprises, but it shows how the old guy was played by Debbie Wasserman Schulz and friends.
BUSTED: 19,252 Emails from DNC Leaked by Wikileaks, and Oh MAN Are They Great! | RedState

WDT: More Crooked Journalism: In 1927, Fox News Service filmed Benito Mussolini telling immigrants to ‘make America great’

    Here's some incredibly corrupt journalism...Somebody finds Mussolini in a newsreel urging Italian American immigrants to "make America great" (without the again).
     Now it's shopped as a way to equate Donald Trump with the late Italian dictator.
     What's next ?  Accusations Trump plagiarized Il Duce ?
Watertown Daily Times | In 1927, Fox News Service filmed Benito Mussolini telling immigrants to ‘make America great’

Third Parties Loom As Public Disdain for the Big Two Lingers

   Libertarian Gary Johnson mkes the case that the GOP is a party unraveling in the manner the Whigs did in the 1850s over slavery and nativism.
      One could argue parties in general are losing their appeal, but Governor Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld do look in some, not all, aspects like a more tradition GOP ticket.
      We wait now to see if the RNC made a difference. Candidate Trump made his case on Thursday, but showed in a presser on Friday te old Trump,  when Mr Trump took off on a relitigation of his previous Ted Cruz disputes, buttressing the belief the candidate is too unfiltered and irrational.
      The Johnson-Weld ticket needs to come up further in the polls and hope to get into those debates staged by the major parties for the major parties.
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/trump-vp-gary-johnson-bill-weld-libertarian-214069

Dannemora in the News, But No One Got Out This Time

   The inmates are upset at Dannemora and in disturbances this week an inmate was stabbed and guards say they were threatened.
http://www.syracuse.com/state/index.ssf/2016/07/upstate_ny_prison_lifts_lockdown_ordered_after_coup_against_the_guards.html#incart_river_home

Nail Salon Odors Face State Edict

   Those smelly nail salons will smell better with new regulation announced by Governor Cuomo. Better ventilation systems are being required to ensure worker safety. How much it will cost each salon is not known, but the malls these salons are in will just have to fold the cost into the rent.
http://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-new-ventilation-standards-nail-salons

Friday, July 22, 2016

WaPo Couldn't Even Wait for an Opponent in Declaring Trump Must Lose.

    No one expected the Washington Post to endorse Donald Trump, but before an opponent is anointed, the WaPo is out declaring Mr. Trump a unique threat to Democracy, and unfit for the Presidency.
    All of this dovetails with the Hillary Clinton strategy of winning by scaring the crap out of voters, as her numbers don't justify a win.
     https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/donald-trump-is-a-unique-threat-to-american-democracy/2016/07/22/a6d823cc-4f4f-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html

Clinton Goes With Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust for VP

    As expected, Secretary Hillary Clinton made the safe and likely best choice for VP, foregoing the showboating Senator Warren in favor of a steady Eddie candidate in Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
    Kaine is a former mayor, Governor and has served on key committees overseeing armed forces and foreign relations.   At the time he was named he was among the super rich at a Rhode Island marina raising money the old fashoned way...in buckets....No average donation of $27 for him.
     In an homage to Hispanic voters, the running mate also speaks Spanish.
     Senator Kaine is widely considered a nice guy, competent and does no harm to the ticket.
     He also delivers the Commonwealth to the Clinton tally making the Electoral College that much more difficult for Donald Trump.
     TV ratings for the Trump acceptance were OK but not great. The 32.2 M viewers is just shy of half what is needed to win a Presidential race.
      The VP debate will be cordial with two polite and experienced Senate colleagues.
       The top of the ticket....another story.
Ratings: 32 million watched final night of GOP convention

Millenials Are Taking Over, Despite the Advanced Age of the Presidential Candidates

       Watching Ivanka Trump take up the standard of millennial women was a highlight of her speech last night, much as our MOC did the same in her history making run for Congress in 2014.  I am not a campaign wizard, but I think inviting Ivanka to the district might be a good move for all since the Trump campaign has said it wants to try and be competitive in NY.
        Plus it's good optics and Mr. Trump seems strong in NNY.
        At  the risk of being sentimental, the strong performances by the Trump children were reassuring in a world where younger adults get the rap of being disengaged from issues and politics.

Snarky Letter to Editor Has NY 21 Campaign Aides At Odds | All Politics is Local with Maury Thompson | poststar.com

     Apparently there's more sparring to this NY21 race than we hear in the remote western reaches of the sprawling district.
      Maury reports the Elise Stefanik campaign is annoyed at the Mike Derrick campaign for reposting on Facebook a letter to the editor in Glens Falls.
      I thought the race was a done deal for the incumbent.
Stefanik campaign criticizes Derrick campaign over Facebook post | All Politics is Local with Maury Thompson | poststar.com

WDT:| Pivot announces $1.75 million from Albany to create addiction recovery center in Watertown

   This story says five overdose deaths in the past two weeks. As for the $1.75M, it had already been announced and in the media some weeks back. I think this presser was for the Assemblywoman to get some credit.
     From reading this, it appears Pivot is not an acronym. I will say this is one of those pathologies that's a big deal if you live, work and socialize in those circle, but you'd never know about it if you don't.
Watertown Daily Times | Pivot announces $1.75 million from Albany to create addiction recovery center in Watertown

Pivot Celebrates $1.75 Million Grant To Help Addicts | WWNY TV 7

        What percentage of the public knows what PIVOT stands for ?  The media just repeats the acronym like its universally known.  And before celebrating the money, let's solve the problem.

Pivot Celebrates $1.75 Million Grant To Help Addicts | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Group Says New Drug May Be To Blame For 3 Area Overdose Deaths | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

      These drug overdose deaths should be reported in real time. That way the public can judge the extent of drug use and abuse. 

      Now there is said to be a new drug. There always is. The phenomenon is not new and the paper should run a tally box every day on how many such deaths there were this year.

      Also, what are the causes of all this ?  Bad parents ? Schools that don't teach anything ? Legions who graduate high school with babies and tats ?  Boyfriends who move in and out ? An equating of drugs with beer since both are illegal to many ?  A lost generation with no work ethic and entitlement mentality ?  Media culture ?

       Or just not enough counselors ?

      Group Says New Drug May Be To Blame For 3 Area Overdose Deaths | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Media Declares RNC an Abject Failure - POLITICO Magazine

   Worst by what standard ? Chris Matthews ? Rachel Maddow ?

    The RNC gave us four days of speeches and successfully nominated a national ticket.

     But the media, anxious to keep a finger on the scale made up controversy after controversy....And when they were short on words, there's always the lack of diversity...and when a minority is at the podium, it's the crowd that is not diverse.

     They even found a way to involve David Duke.

      Crooked Hillary ?  She's pristine compared to crooked media.

       Oh, the NBC Decision Desk has just declared next week's DNC an inspiring, inclusive and issue oriented session that respected the dignity of all.

The Worst Convention in U.S. History? - POLITICO Magazine

Shift of Focus as Clinton Nears VP Choice

     My guess is still that Mrs. Clinton goes for the do no harm, safe choice in Senator Tim Kaine of VA. It will be announced perhaps today and certainly by tomorrow.
     The attention shifts to Philadelphia but not before the GOP ticket thanked supporters this AM in Cleveland. Donald Trump went on and on about Ted Cruz. Let it go.
      Media is busy trying to discredit the Trump speech being called apocalyptic and 'dark'.  What they are working hard to do is pooh pooh  Mr Trump's reach out to LGBTQ and Ivanka's outreach to working women. Those are Democratic issues and not supposed to be claimed by the racist, misogynist, homophobic party.
   http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/clinton-vp-pick-tim-kaine-226013

Man walking the perimeter of U.S. in Watertown...Looking for Media| journaltimes.com

    A man named Leroy Bailey has been walking the perimters of the USA for two years to bring attention to the plight of homeless vets.
    He is in Watertown today and wanted to know how to get some local media coverage. I told his person to try channel 7 first as its an easy TV story....Don't know if the Times would bite.
    The guy needs an advance person.
Man walking the perimeter of U.S. raise awareness of homeless vets | Local News | journaltimes.com

Ivanka Trump Makes a Pitch to Women Voters in Introducing Her Father - NBC News

     It's always a problem when a non-Democrat advocates for women, equal pay, child care, LGBTQ, the 58% of black teens unemployed and the like.   And the applause lines got applause from Republicans in Cleveland.
    Those aggrieved groups are indentured to the Democratic Party and the fight over them will be interesting.
     This election is the last hurrah for the grumpy old white males of my generation, but there are not enough of us and that up and coming generation, who in many cases have different outlooks, needs to be engaged.
     Ivanka Trump Makes a Pitch to Women Voters in Introducing Her Father - NBC News

WDT: Tired of Long Campaigns ? Don't Watch.

       Once in a while the great thinkers of news poke their noses out of their abodes atop of the Mount Everest of American intelligentsia and dripping with contempt and sarcasm decry the political process and the politicians that populate it.
      This morning I read an op/ed by Jerry-Perry calling for adoption of parliamentary government here so we wouldn't have these long, expensive, tedious and to them offensive campaigns for President.
       Of course a Parliamentary system requires a national leader not elected by the people but instead by a caucus of one party. Sort of like a national school superintendent.
        Some of us follow it all more than others and some news outlets cover it less than others. The aforementioned are among the latter.
         Our system tests people.....in a crucible that's hot and uncomfortable and not always fair.
          It's full of intrigue and corrupting influences. It's difficult. I've been on both sides.
          Other than the Presidential contest there is really precious little politics the local MSM has to burden itself with. There really is more consequence from office holders who are selected than elected.
           I like elections. I'd like to elect the people who run the city, the county or that largest and most expensive government, the school system.
           Others would rather create an agency to advise people how to dissolve representative governance.
            But guys, I do applaud sending two reporters to Cleveland and I look forward to their missives from Philadelphia. You are sending them aren't you ?
Watertown Daily Times | Local News, Sports, Features, and Community Information for Jefferson County, St. Lawrence County, and Lewis County in Northern New York.

WDT: Old Paving Scam Finds New Victim

       When you are in small business and have a parking lot, fixing up blacktop is very expensive. So when somebody who looks like a contractor stops in and says he has some blacktop left over from another job and wants to repair you lot on the cheap....It's appealing. I've had the same line used on me and while enticing, There's always something about these people.
    So it was for a Harrisville businessman caught up in the scam where the cheap price becomes much more.
    There is no such thing as leftover black top that someone else paid for.  The guy in Harrisville called the law and the scammers scampered, but people who offer to sell you leftover things from another job are thieves.
        http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/harrisville-business-owner-speaks-out-after-paving-scam-attempt-20160722

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Wind Blown Ivanka Looked Like a Model Shoot

    Just a style point on the Ivanka speech. I noticed a breeze blowing her hair gently and I wondered was it just a fan to keep cool or was it a modeling effect. I think the latter and it worked.
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/rnc-2016-ivanka-trump-225995?lo=ap_b2

Trump Begins The Journey So Many Felt Would Never Happen

   Some politicians will feel for you, Donald Trump will fight for you !
   In a stunningly effective introduction, America's First Millenial, Ivanka Trump introduced her dad to America.
    Stressing themes like pay equality and child care, Ivanka told of the values taught to her and the expectations and accomplishments of Donald Trump.
    Mr. Trump then took the stage to accept the GOP nomination and outlined his plans to  bring prosperity and peace to America. He said our way of life is threatened.  While stressing law and order, and the need to reform trade, Mr. Trump also touched on terrorism and civil rights issues .
    However, the speech was too long as well and likely lost east coast viewers as it wore on.  Balloons please.
    He pledged to be less politically correct, and start telling the truths about the state of the nation.
    Now the focus shifts to Philadelphia where Democrats meet next week to nominate Hillary Clinton.
    It's game on.
   

Stefanik Foe Tries to Make Hay With TPP

   Haven't heard much from Rep. Elise Stefanik's Democrat opponent Michael Derrick.
   Today I saw an Internet add that was interesting. Mr. Derrick was trying to position himself with Donald Trump on the TPP. The ad claims Ms.Stefanik supports the trade deal.
      The distance setting between many GOP candidates and Mr. Trump creates an opening as Donald Trump will do well up here....not so well with the elites and the editors, but well with the people.
      Mike Derrick is a long shot, but grabbing the TPP issue might have a little traction in NNY.

WDT: Lyin' Ted Not a Hit With NY Delegates’

     NY Delegates interviewed by the WDT were not happy with Senator Ted Cruz....It was New Yorkers who started the heckling of Mr. Cruz.

Watertown Daily Times | NY delegates call Cruz defiance ‘disrespectful’

Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News | New York Post

   At 76, the Fox has lost the keys to the henhouse. Roger Ailes is leaving as head of FOX News.....

Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News | New York Post

Pledges Mean Little

    Lots of people talk about "the pledge", the agreement to support the party nominee that some candidates have discarded.
   We have a pledge locally. In the AD116 there was a pledge to support the winner of the GOP primary by the other two. So said Chair Don Coon on the HOTLINE yesterday.
    That pledge is complicated by the fact one candidate is on three me-too lines regardless of the GOP primary results.
    

Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson may get to debate Trump, Clinton | syracuse.com

    The Presidential Debate Commission is usually there to relieve broadcasters of their statutory obligation to provide equal time to candidates.
     Getting through that filter is always a challenge for an independent candidate, and Libertarian Gary Johnson  is at least close to the arbitrary 15% in the polls.
     You don't have to play by the Commission rules or even participate except the media will whip saw you if you don't as the debates are ratings makers and easy set-piece events the talking heads can muse over for hours without getting out of their chair.
Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson may get to debate Trump, Clinton | syracuse.com

O'burg Detective, Facing Charges, Retires | WWNY TV 7

   Gotta love it....Allegedly commit a sex crime.....get suspended with pay ($56,000 for a year),  then retire from jail after a year of getting paid. You can add to that year's pay about $16K in contribution to the retirement system on his behalf. (Obviously he is innocent of the criminal charges till convicted)
    Public employment in New York.
    Work for me and get arrested for that and you're done. And if I was cooling my heels in the pokey, there wouldn't  be a paycheck coming my way every day.
      Upset about Silver and Skelos ?  Pounding on the "fire queens" in the comment section, shaking your head about the teacher "rubber rooms". Don't leave out those who get to commit a crime but get suspended with pay. You can even beat the stuffing out of people and still get paid
O'burg Detective, Facing Charges, Retires | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Ivanka Trump jabs her finger as the entire family shoot daggers at Ted Cruz  | Daily Mail Online

      It was high drama and interesting. The Ted Cruz turning hero's welcome into a Boos Cruz, as the Boston Herald and surely other papers coined as the headline.
       This morning the experts were chattering that the conflict and chaos people with nothing to do all day were reporting on was perhaps more design than not.
        The RNC has been more interesting as a result.
         By the way, there was one guy in the crowd with a "lock her up" sign, but TV must have shown him a hundred times as the sentiment has been deemed to mean and hateful.
         Of course next week, all of "Bernie's" supporters will come over, Hillary will find her voice, and all the speakers will be wonderful. 
         For Republicans it comes down to tonight and the speech by Mr. Trump.
Ivanka Trump jabs her finger as the entire family shoot daggers at Ted Cruz  | Daily Mail Online

WDT: Landlord Law Moves Ahead in Canton

    Looks like this notion of landlord registration will come to Canton before it does to Watertown. The Canton proposal has reached the public hearing stage, and it will be interesting to see if there is opposition.
    I think there will be here and it will be a tough sell, and that's why the measure has not been introduced at 245.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/village-board-looks-to-set-up-rental-registration-20160720

WDT: Mercy Getting Over Regulatory Hurdles

     The Mercy Heights project is plodding forward with construction of the first phase to start this calendar year.
      It will be interesting to see the end result.
     http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/mercy-project-clears-zoning-approval-20160721

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pence Gives Boost to GOP Prospects

   Who knew Mike Pence ?  The 57 year old Indiana governor and one time radio talk show host accepted the GOP nomination for VP and in the process delivered a crafted and well delivered speech giving the nation its first look at him and its first articulation of the Donald Trump candidacy.
     Decrying Hillary Clinton as "secretary of the status quo," Governor Pence delivered the goods and showed he is a force in adancing the Trump candidacy.
      Earlier in the evening, Senator Ted Cruz delivered a self serving but well delivered screed advancing his 2020 ambitions while refusing to endorse Mr. Trump. Much of the hall booed.
     All eyes will fall on Mr. Trump Thursday night as he accepts the nomination for President and theTrump-Pence ticket is off and running as Democrats ready their pageant in Philadelphia.

Trump staff writer offers to resign over Melania speech - POLITICO

      Thank God, somebody gets to be blamed for "the speech".   The media has been demanding someone get fired....A lot of the media needs to get fired for their corrupt journalism.
      It was sloppy prep, but Mrs. Trump told the speech gal she liked the themes Michelle Obama spoke of, and so the themes got added along with the exact wording.
      But you known, the themes presented were sound and since I am an Obama disagreer  and not a hater, I think its not to all bad to embrace some common themes.
       "Lock her up!"   The dainty, sissified media says its too harsh. No, its having some fun on the convention floor.
       Wait till you see the venom next week oozing out of Philadelphia. But you know what, it's the same thing.....People having a good time.
         Trump staff writer offers to resign over Melania speech - POLITICO

WDT:Coverage in Cleveland a Good Idea

       Sending two WDT reporters to Cleveland is certainly a good idea in the tradition of old style journalism. Christina Scanlon and Brian Molongoski got the assignment. I remember one time years ago the same company sent a TV female anchor and I to NYC to cut promos with Rather and Wallace.
      A white knuckle flight on People's Express was not their fault, but we did have to share one hotel room. I don't know if Ms. Scanlon and Mr. Molongoski got separate rooms.
       As I recall there were two beds or at least a company policy that you had to keep one foot on the floor at all times.
        Also in politics today, Jefferson County GOP Chair Don Coon called the Hotline today for a pleasant and informative first hand account of the week in Cleveland. Mr. Coon said all is well and that the convention is going well.https://soundcloud.com/newzjunky/jeff-graham-show-july-20-2016
        That's a far cry from the outrageously corrupt cable news reporting where they harangue delegates to react to the latest on MelaniaGate, and get mad when they say they don't care.
        I watched an MSNBC punk just brutalize Senator Dan Coats of Indiana over the topic of plagiarism and the narrative that a campaign that does this can't be trusted to run the country. It was crazy to watch.
        And last night, cutting away from Natalie Gulbis for more nonsense from Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams.
          I will be comparing closely their tone next week in Philly, where the NBC Decision Desk is already predicting a convention filled with hope and vision.
          Watertown Daily Times | Coverage offers insights into process

The Annual GOP Boat Trip

    Today I got in the mail further evidence this GOP Assembly battle is not over with the backroom deal to deliver the me-too lines to John Byrne.
    In the mail today was an invitation for me to attend the Bill Sheridan boat tour on August 2. GOP establishment candidates always do boat tours back to the days of Bob Nortz. I think its a way to ensure you don't leave early.
    Now, comping me for a boat tour may be a misread of my influence. I am not a member of the MSM and my meanderings here and on air likely affect little. I wonder who goes on these trips. If I was a political reporter it might be an interesting trip just to take the measure of the Sheridan campaign. Then I could write about it and provide something of value to readers. No, that's too old school journalism.
     I'll have to see if there's someone who wants to go.

WDT: Labor Kerfuffles Public Nowadays, and That's a Good Thing.

         For too long negotiations and grievances have been secret affairs in which even the elected officials are kept in the dark.
          It was revealing last fall when, with a city employee running for office, staff and counsel briefed lawmakers on the contentious and litigious nature of the Third Floor's relationship with the person.
          When the tick tock of that relationship became an issue, suddenly there was an effort to put the genie back in the bottle by claiming everything's a "personnel" matter.  There was even a feigned investigation.
         We see now, with this gardening grievance at the fire house, that sunlight is the best antiseptic.
          It's a balancing act as every bit of soiled laundry may not be in the public interest to reveal, but it's good that lawmakers and union leaders are publicly speaking out.
         Councilman Jennings has taken the lead now and is speaking out in a way lawmakers haven't before.
         In doing so, he likely ensures his reelection, solidifies his base and positions himself as the mayoral winner in the next election in 2019.
Watertown Daily Times | Local News, Sports, Features, and Community Information for Jefferson County, St. Lawrence County, and Lewis County in Northern New York.

Who Would Have Thunk It ? Trump Grabs Brass Ring

   In a historic event considered a pipe dream thirteen months ago, Donald Trump claimed the GOP nomination for President in Cleveland last night.
    Despite all of the hand wringing and all of the skeptics....the Never Trumpers .....the "deep bench" field of 17 that folded like a house of cards....He did it.
     Whatever the prospects for November, to continue to suggest Donald Trump's bid is anything less than legitimate and game changing is naive.
      The test now is Thursday night's acceptance speech. This is Mr. Trump's chance to hit reset button.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3698381/Trump-poised-claim-brass-ring-Republican-convention-s-roll-call-states-gets-underway.html

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sheridan Visits Pete's

       I just muse based on what I hear, but tonight I had the pleasure of hearing from Republican Bill Sheridan who is running for Assembly and by coincidence had dinner tonight at Pete's with his absolutely charming bride Amanda.
       I got there late as I was at the gym making up for a life of sloth, but we had a nice chat.
        Mr. Sheridan is one of three people seeking the GOP line in AD 116, the so called River District held now by Assemblywoman Addie Russell.
        So far, the racket has favored 2014 candidate John Byrne who has locked up the three GOP me-too parties and seems to be the favorite of the  Republican chairs and sitting pols.
       Mr Sheridan clearly knows politics and plans to press on. However, if he wins the  B line without the me-too parties it would be hard to beat Ms. Russell.
       There will be little or no news coverage of this race, so you will have to work to find out what's going on. Mr. Sheridan did mention he supports Donald Trump. So far only Russ Finley has said so while John Byrne was backing Governor John Kasich and stood with the local political and media establishment at the Kasich rally in April.
         Two years ago, I think the MSM had lined up behind Mr Byrne, but I am not so sure this time. We will see, and its clear Mr Sheridan and bobsledder Russ Finley have no intention of folding their cards.

Of Men and Mice

   Tonight Donald Trump made history officially being nominated by the GOP to be President. Meanwhile the party's last President was busy telling the media he may be the last of his party to win the White House..
    These old guard Republicans are something else, and I thought I was unable to be a party person. It's clear the Bush crowd are only interested when it's their party.
     Locally, the focus is again on the Fire Department and in a rare move Councilman Stephen Jennings has put out a press release lashing the smokeeaters.
      The fight is over a vegetable garden behind the fire station. Good grief.
      

California couple claims $528.8m prize in record Powerball jackpot | Daily Mail Online

    They waited six months before claiming a cash prize I excess of $300M. Sure they wanted to line things up, but did they withhold the information from everyone ?

     I'd just cash it and deposit it down on Dividend Drive and take my quarter point interest from Mark and the gang. I'd do some things I want for the community and for a few people and figure out the rest later.

    California couple claims $528.8m prize in record Powerball jackpot | Daily Mail Online

Firefighters Claim They Were Directed to Work in Garden | WWNY TV 7

    In the ongoing public relations battle between smokeeaters and the Third Floor, count this a win for management.  The fire union boss is claiming his members were told to work on that community garden being built behind the Emma Flower Taylor Station on Massey Street.
    The charity project is to promote the substance abuse effort.
Photo: WWNY
     Complaining about helping out does not advance labor's cause, as it buttresses the belief that unions take and take.
      Grievances and the lawyer full employment they bring are not appealing to a public not guaranteed the pay and benefits public employees receive.
       This grievance seems a loser for labor even if the ruling goes their way.
Firefighters Claim They Were Directed to Work in Garden | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Media Going for Trifecta to Discredit Trump | TheHill

    I watched the RNC last night and thought the show was pretty good....the speeches were the red meat convention goers like and it was interesting. There was even a little rules tussle that made it interesting.

    This morning the media had declared the first day a disaster....Just like they ridiculed the VP process as "reality TV" and described the roll out of Governor Pence as flawed and awkward.....

     The VP and the RNC were two of the three ways for Donald Trump to position himself for a win. With those discredited , it's a question of the debates, which surely Mrs. Clinton will be declared the overwhelming winner.

       The media is corrupt and now we discover Megyn Kelly is piling on by claiming old Roger hit on her a decade ago.

       Oh and on the Melania speech. Doesn't any "crime" a motive ? What is the motive in seeking to equate herself with Michelle Obama ? There isn't any.

Trump looks to turn things around after shaky start to convention | TheHill

Media Going for Trifecta to Discredit Trump | TheHill

    I watched the RNC last night and thought the show was pretty good....the speeches were the red meat convention goers like and it was interesting. There was even a little rules tussle that made it interesting.

    This morning the media had declared the first day a disaster....Just like they ridiculed the VP process as "reality TV" and described the roll out of Governor Pence as flawed and awkward.....

     The VP and the RNC were two of the three ways for Donald Trump to position himself for a win. With those discredited , it's a question of the debates, which surely Mrs. Clinton will be declared the overwhelming winner.

       The media is corrupt and now we discover Megyn Kelly is piling on by claiming old Roger hit on her a decade ago.

       Oh and on the Melania speech. Doesn't any "crime" a motive ? What is the motive in seeking to equate herself with Michelle Obama ? There isn't any.

Trump looks to turn things around after shaky start to convention | TheHill

Lewis County Fair to allow SCOPE to have booth, raffle guns | WRVO

     Gun friendly Lewis County will allow the gun rights group SCOPE to have a booth and sell raffle tickets at the County Fair.
     Jefferson County Fair officials said guns were not family friendly, although on the first day of the fair a carnie killed herself with a gun on the grounds.
      While the state is always worried about anyone but themselves making money on matters of chance, there is no harm in SCOPE doing this.
Lewis County Fair to allow SCOPE to have booth, raffle guns | WRVO Public Media

Butler Takes Charge on Streetlight Issue....And He Should

    It's the type of issue you hate to go to the mat over as it costs money to fix and won't get you votes, but Mayor Joe Butler is 100% correct to take charge on those Clinton Street streetlights that were installed improperly as part of an expansive remake of the street.
     As usual, staff makes excuses, but streetlight poles in the middle of the sidewalk with overhead wiring resembling extension cords is a shortchanging of taxpayers.
      I couldn't find the link, but the WDT reports today the Mayor declaring it "an unfinished job" and instructing staff to move on......In doing so he jumped over the city manager form of government which only slows response to pressing public problems.
      Government is responsive when the people who answer to voters make decisions.
       Fix it Mayor, and you'll get no complaints here.

Poll: Trump Boasts Healthy Upstate Numbers.

       Hillary Clinton is leading in NY by 12 points in a new Q Poll, but the GOP businessman leads upstate by the same margin.
      Those aren't horrible numbers, although Mrs. Clinton will have too much margin in the City to lose. The pair are running even in the burbs.
        The real issue is Mr. Trump's effect in upstate Senate races. Many local GOP have been antsy about Trump and refuse to endorse him.
         Case in point, our local Assembly race where only one of three GOP hopefuls has embraced Mr. Trump, and the front runner John Byrne was a Kasich supporter primary to the April primary.
        http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2016/07/q-poll-clinton-leading-trump-by-double-digits/

Melania in the Media Crosshairs for Soundng Too Much Like Michelle

       For media hoping to discredit Cleveland, accusations of plagiarism and hand wringing over how the Trump campaign doesn't meet the standards of the massive Clinton effort. Melania Trump's speech bore similarites to one given by Michelle Obama. 
        So much emphasis of the tick tock and little on content.  The whole day was labled a string of failures, but I thought it was pretty good optics.
        Of course this is the Morning Joe take.
                  http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/melania-trump-michelle-obama-225793?lo=ap_d1

Monday, July 18, 2016

Bob Dole; Shows Class By Showing Up

   It was good to see Bob Dole at the RNC....In his nineties, Senator Dole proves himself a class act and a Republican.....Unlike others who have had the nomination or are related to those who have had the nomination and are griping and whining, Senator Dole told NBC he supports Donald Trump for the good of the country.
    I met Senator Dole in 1976 when he was the VP nominee with President Ford and he visited Columbia MO, the home of Mizzou.
    His longshot 1996 bid against President Clinton only increased the admiration Americans had for him.
     His appearance and interview were an interesting juxtaposition to the GOP pols who say they will take four years of Hillary Clinton and deal with it all then.

NY 21 Race Pretty Quiet..For a Reason.

    Last week a Democrat friend of mine who is into politics messaged me to say he was going to meet The Colonel with an eye towards sizing up his party's prospects against Rep. Elise Stefanik. I never heard back from him which tells me those prospects are not so good.
    Meanwhile Rep. Stefanik has signs out and commercials and ads up and running.
     This race is not competitive so it looks like the Derrick's will have to get by on a pair of O-6 pensions.
     Not a bad life.

Viggo Mortensen Goes Green: ‘I Trust Hillary About as Much as I Trust Donald Trump’ - The Daily Beast

     Arguably Watertown High's best known graduate opines on the suck factor in this year's Presidential race.  Viggo Mortensen says he supports the Green's Jill Stein and has just about equal contempt for the two major party candidates.
      He's got a point.
Viggo Mortensen Goes Green: ‘I Trust Hillary About as Much as I Trust Donald Trump’ - The Daily Beast

WDT: In The River District , Is the GOP Headed for Unity or a Train Wreck?

    With three me-too parties in his quiver, John Byrne certainly has to be considered the favorite for the GOP three way primary in September.....But how raucous will it be ? There's little indication Russ Finley or Bill Sheridan will fold their cards, but frankly the GOP line isn't worth a bucket of warm spit without the other lines, especially since Assemblywoman Addie Russell has straightened out her campaign act and if turning earth and cutting ribbons at a fevered pace.
John Byrne Campaigns in Ogdensburg in 2014
 
     There's no love among these contenders as Mr. Finley routinely calls Mr. Byrne the Cape Vincent con man, a reference to his business dealings in Otsego County where he ran a bar and a plastic extrusion business Finley says received a ton of public money but went nowhere.
      Republicans dismiss Mr. Finley as a party changing interloper who spoiled their prospects two years ago and threatens to do the same this year.
      I think Mr. Sheridan thought he was going to be the establishment choice, but a check of the petition witness statements likely would say otherwise. His effort so far has shown no media savvy as he ticked off the WDT and NJ by feeding his announcement to Jeff Cole on WWNY.
      Since this is the only race of interest locally, this drama will provide a sidebar of entertainment, but with no advertising budgets, the really juicy accusations and acrimony won't make it through the generally pro-Byrne media filter.
       One thing for sure is the Dems won't sit on their hands this time and the whole SAFE Act, common core mantra has faded.
Watertown Daily Times | Byrne secures Reform, Conservative, Independence Party lines for Assembly race

Local Republicans At Convention Hope For Unified Party | WWNY TV 7

        The media got a little old style kerfuffle today when never Trump delegates attempted to force a roll call on opening up the rules to amendment. The RNC quashed it by strong arming three delegations into withdrawing their request leaving only six states when seven were needed. Then the rules passed on a perfunctory voice vote.
    It was politics What can you say ?
    That said local GOP attendees are seated and my recommendation to them is enjoy the moment...the people you meet....the hospitality suites and grab all the campaign swag you can to bring back home.
      It's an event you will always remember.
       Prospective First Lady Melania Trump speaks tonight as is the custom for spouses.
       On cable it's all about what a failure it all is and how no big stars are speaking. Scott Baio is sort of a star and Natalie Gulbis is a great golfer.
        And Paul Manafort is right. The host Governor should get his ass out of Columbus and make an appearance. John Kasich and Jeb! are  in a dead heat for poorest loser.
Local Republicans At Convention Hope For Unified Party | WWNY TV 7 - News, Weather and Sports for | Local News

Byrne Cuts the Deal, Gets the C Line

      The New York State Conservative Party has given the out of party authorization to 2014 AD 116 Assembly candidate John Byrne, leaving Mr. Byrne with the Indy, Conservative and Reform lines as he wages a three way GOP primary against Bill Sheridan and bobsledder Russ Finley.
      Insiders say SLC Conservative Czar Hank Ford had a plethora of proxies lined up at the State Committee level for Mr. Byrne.
     

WDT: Delegates Arrive and Following the Locals Will Be Interesting

    Republican delegates have filed into Cleveland and for those from NNY including Watertown insurance agent John Doldo, it's surely a fun and fascinating week ahead. 
     As with all conventions, it's about promoting the nominee and this week the roll out of Donald Trump will seek to fill voters in on the man, his family and career.
      It's billed as a non traditional convention without the usual pols and more non traditional speakers. This morning they were making fun of that on Morning Joe.
      One bit of news this AM, as campaign boss Paul Manafort said Ohio Governor John Kasich is embarassing himself by not attending the RNC in his own state.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/on-eve-of-the-gops-prom-cleveland-locals-getting-used-to-political-energy-20160718

Fear and Loathing in the River District

        Two things will happen early this week that will affect the race for AD 116. One is the out of party authorization from Conservative State Chair Mike Long.   All three GOP hopefuls filed petitions. Only one will get the authorization, known in the trade as a Wilson-Pakula after the legislators behind the law that creats this gatekeeper effect in the minor parties.
        John Byrne, he of many large and well placed lawn signs, would seem to have the edge since he has the Indy and Reform lines locked, and is likely the early favorite for the GOP primary against Bill Sheridan and former Olympic bobsledder Russ Finley.
        We also need to see if anyone files general objections by today's deadline. The best election is no election, and with campaigns as rudimentary as these seem to be, a mistake or two and a good election law lawyer could chase a candidate out.
        Whoever gets the C line could face an opportunity to ballot petition, however so many of the easy signatures are tied up,  so that won't be that easy.
         The mantra of upstate GOP candidates is to "unite the lines", and it's hard to imagine that not happening here, but it did happen  in the 2014 Congressional race when Chairman Long rejected the perceived front runner who had run twice before in favor of the Tyro.
          Few things just happen on their own, so this was likely arranged ahead of time and the other two were just played.

WDT: Water Czar Story Validated

    Guess my sources were right and Pyrites resident and former Auburn utilities director Vickie Murphy is to be the new Watetown Water Superintendent at a salary of $88K. Council will set the salary level tonight.
    News of the hire bubbled up last month, but because the salary is not the same as currently in the budget, Council had to pass an amendment to the pay plan.
     Two Council members contacted by the Times said they didn't know much about Ms. Murphy, who was originally recruited from Auburn for a job at DANC but left that agency for the City job which opened up with the retirement of Michael Sligar.
      In Auburn she has worked with electric systems and with water and sewer districts that serve both in and out of city users.
    http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/new-city-of-watertown-water-superintendent-set-to-be-hired-20160718