Saturday, December 28, 2013


Sometimes I have to post something that strikes me worth sharing.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sunday, December 08, 2013


Amazing as it seems, Jeremy Blaber got some additional press a few days ago. 
The Kingston Daily Freeman published his name and picture in the Police Beat section of the paper.

He allegedly burgled some offices on the second floor of the Millard Building on Broadway. 

Well, in addition to the charges published in the paper, he also did the unthinkable here at my home.

While campaigning for Alderman, he took temporary residence in my old office in my home. 
Note: An elected official must live in the district he/she represents at the time they take the oath of that office. He had found an apartment in Ward nine and intended to move in by November 1st.

Then the Primary happened. Not the outcome he wanted.

Jeremy then took a few days vacation. While away, I got a call from a local printing company asking about a bad check. It seems Jeremy had found an old defunct checkbook, forged my signature, and paid for his printing needs leading up to the primary. The printing company is aware of what happened.

Acknowledging the terrible deed, he promised to make good on he bill by the end of November. 
Fast forward to week one of December, we see he's accused of burglary. 
Seems I'm going to have to go to the court and highlight his indiscretions from late August.  


Thursday, August 29, 2013


Well, It's been quite a while since I've written a Blog Post. Much has changed since my father's passing and my dismissal from City Hall. 

With the pizzeria consuming most of my time these days, I find the need to shut down when I finally come home from work, so I have to weigh the worth of publishing my thoughts on local, state and national issues against the need for sleep.

And no, I have no intentions of running for office any time soon. So that's not the reason for rediscovering my Blog. Lets just say, I'd like to test out the impact of Independent thought regarding the issues that face our city.

See ya soon!

Friday, January 25, 2013


Of course these are the ones that didn't kill anyone and those with the rare video recordings of the incidents. 
To date, there have been more than 1,400 additional gun deaths in the USA since Newtown. That number continues to rise.


As noted on CNNMoney: President Obama on Thursday nominated Mary Jo White, a former federal prosecutor in New York, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, the watchdog agency that monitors Wall Street and corporate financial disclosures.

Also in the article: White is best known for her nine years as the the chief federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, a territory that includes Wall Street. She built a reputation as a tough prosecutor, taking on complicated financial fraud, terrorism and organized crime. 

 All I know is from reading some of the resume' and testimony regarding her watchdog history, I think President Obama has chosen wisely. Ironically, the RWNJs are already up in arms about this nomination. This would be not only a well qualified director for the SEC, but also a woman appointee. 
My guess is she is expected to be too good at her job and therefore a threat to some who support the crazy talk from the right. Including Mr "Bad Hair Day" Donald Trump who has some history with Ms White.

Lets see if this confirmation is as smooth as John Kerry's.  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Like a breath of fresh air, the Congressman from Massachusetts, James McGovern has recently offered a constitutional amendment to snuff out that traitorous decision publicly known as "Citizen's United" during this extended first day of congress. Where it goes, probably nowhere, considering the 112th and now the 113th GOP controlled House will continue to do whatever hurts Americans, so I'm not expecting the chance for an up or down vote. Still, the mere fact that this gets it's chance on the floor in daylight is still better than Virginia's redistricting vote they took in Legislative darkness last Monday. Thank you Mr Congressman.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Published on Sep 20, 2012
"A pair of scientists at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco has found that a compound derived from marijuana could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer, potentially altering the fatality of the disease forever...Desprez, a molecular biologist, spent decades studying ID-1, the gene that causes cancer to spread. Meanwhile, fellow researcher Sean McAllister was studying the effects of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant...".

Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur break it down on The Young Turks.


This past October 31st, I had the pleasure of serving an eviction notice to Christopher Smith and Justina Page of Kingston, NY. 
They were hold up in an apartment near the Kingston High School where they refused to leave and pretty much set out to make the landlord miserable right up to the point where the Ulster County Sheriff was about to visit.

Folks, I really don't know what it is with people who actually think it's OK to squat and ruin a living space that's not yours. Could someone please explain the mentality behind this? How are these people raised? I bet the Honey Badger has a cleaner den. 

Below are some pictures I took from the apartment once I got in to look around. Granted, I've discovered worse living quarters. Some were still occupied while I was doing estimates for the CDBG housing program last spring, but still, who would want to live like this?

Because these two left the apartment 10 hours before the actual removal by the UC Sheriff, I doubt they will make it to the list of mayhem tenants, so make a note not to rent to either of these two in the Kingston area yourself.
I think they are up in the Saratoga area until spring.


We may never know what Boener was saying to Obama, but the reaction from the First Lady is priceless. He's such a weasel.