Tuesday, March 31, 2009


So much for getting Alex Bay out of the Honky Tonk reputation.  This new venture will really bring the families into our little tourist town, NOT.  So what does everyone think of their daughters possibly working at Downtown 11 as a go go dancer?  Will they have male dancers as well?  I guess desperate times make some business owners seek desperate measures.

This girl wants an application!

To use a word from a friend of mine......
Guys [and gals] leering at the local teenage Beavers is going to cause trouble.....

Addie Russell Speaks on the Budget

The following is courtesy of Gouverneurtimes.com  An interesting news site well worth a look-see.
Here are some of the highlights of the article.

Ensuring working families do not shoulder the tax burden
“Currently in New York it does not matter if you make $40,000 or $40 million – you pay the same tax rate. That puts a greater burden on the middle class,” Russell said. “In addition, most high earners live either outside of New York State or in New York City. This surcharge will give the North Country a fighting chance.”

Restoring $1.1 billion to school districts
“The budget could have been a disaster for schools, students and taxpayers,” Russell said. “In preparation for state cuts to school aid, many Jefferson and St. Lawrence County school districts were slated to lay off staff, cut services, sports and after school activities while still needing to raise taxes. The aid provided in the budget will help alleviate some of these measures.” 

Protecting health care
“Families are faced with some of the toughest decisions they have had to make amidst this recession,” Russell said. “Maintaining adequate funding for healthcare will allow struggling families to ensure they and their children will be cared for.”

Monday, March 30, 2009

Shove it up the Telemarketers A$$

Another email I recieved and this one claims to be some of Andy Rooney's ideas.  Maybe it is and maybe not.  But it does sound like fun.  I figure with all the budget and economic bad news out there.......You do not need another blogger contributing to your depression or anger.  The first idea sounds so cool that I may take my name off the national registery do not call list.

Tips for Handling Telemarketers

Three Little Words That Work !!

(1) The three little words are: 'Hold On, Please...'
Saying this, while putting down your phone and walking off
(instead of hanging-up immediately) would make each telemarketing call so much more time-consuming that boiler room sales would grind to a halt. Then when you eventually hear the phone company's 'beep-beep-beep' tone, you know it's time to go back and hang up your handset, which has efficiently completed its task.These three little words will help eliminate telephone soliciting.

(2) Do you ever get those annoying phone calls with no one on the other end?
This is a telemarketing technique where a machine makes phone calls and records the time of day when a person answers the phone. This technique is used to determine the best time of day for a 'real' sales person to call back and get someone at home. What you can do after answering, if you notice there is no one there, is to immediately start hitting your # button on the phone, 6 or 7 times, as quickly as possible This confuses the machine that dialed the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

(3) Junk Mail Help:
When you get 'ads' enclosed with your phone or utility bill, return these 'ads' with your payment. Let the sending companies throw their own junk mail away. When you get those 'pre-approved' letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and similar type junk, do not throw away the return envelope. Most of these come with postage-paid return envelopes, right? It costs them more than the regular 41 cents postage 'IF' and when they receive them back. It costs them nothing if you throw them away! The postage was around 50 cents before the last increase and it is according to the weight. In that case, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in
these cool little, postage-paid return envelopes.

One of Andy Rooney's (60 minutes) ideas. Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Send a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their blank application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them.  You can even send the envelope back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! It still costs them 42 cents.  The banks and credit card companies are currently getting a lot of their own junk back in the mail, but folks, we need to OVERWHELM them. Let's let them know what it's like to get lots of junk mail, and best of all they're paying for it...Twice!

 Let's help keep our postal service busy since they are saying  that e-mail is cutting into their business profits, and that's why they need to increase postage costs again You
get the idea !  If enough people follow these tips, it will work ---- I have been doing this for years, and I get very little junk mail anymore.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Wal-Mart Greeter

 I received this via email.........it made me chuckle

So, after landing my new job as a Wal-Mart greeter, a good find for many retirees, I lasted less than a  day......

About two hours into my first day on the job, a very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walked into the store with her two kids, yelling obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.
As I had been instructed, I said pleasantly, 'Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice children you have there. Are they twins?'

The ugly woman stopped yelling long enough to say, 'Hell no, they ain't twins. The oldest one's 9, and the other one's 7. Why the hell would you think they're twins? Are you blind, or just stupid?'

So I replied, 'I'm neither blind nor stupid, Ma'am, I just couldn't believe you got laid twice.  Have a good day and thank you for shopping 
at Wal-Mart.'

My supervisor said I probably wasn't cut out for this line of work.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

VB Says No to Feds Stimulus Money

But they refuse to comment on this with WWNY reporters. Instead the VB uses R. Drake as their spokesman.  Just WTF is going on here?

Below are the minutes of a Special VB meeting held on March 5th 2009. Click on each for a larger view of the documents

Friday, March 27, 2009

Open Govt & The Sunshine Law

Here is an excerpt from  State Sen. Darrel J. Aubertine that was stolen from The Oswego Democrat Blog

.....Last week was also Sunshine Week, a national initiative started in 2002 by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and dedicated to creating dialogue and freedom of information in the public sector.......
........One of the bills I’ve signed on to co-sponsor with Sen. Suzi Oppenheimer would establish much needed penalties for violating open meetings law. We’ve seen the articles in our newspapers or on television when local governments shut out the public by violating open meetings law with an executive session or some other means.

A word to the wise to all elected Board members ........stop conducting agenda items in executive session that should be discussed in open meetings.........You guys and gals know exactly what I am talking about here.........Notice that I am not Yawning now

Thursday, March 26, 2009

This Shit is B-O-R-I-N-G

Yup I am bored to friggin tears!  It has taken me 2 days to get enough energy to blog about the latest VB meeting.  I don't even feel like talkin about it now.  Other Bloggers are giving their readers a nice big juicey steak when they talk about Obama or Paterson.  Not me.......I am a hack of a blogger reporting on local politics, which is the equivilent of me serving you a Can Of Spam.  Oh Well..........here goes the reporting.......YAWN!

Our Village Garbage truck is getting a new BOX!  They are keeping the truck but the box will be refurbished almost like new.  I bet you are just dying to know how much and all the other details?  The box is a misnomer as it will be cylindrical in shape.  And it will cost the village $52,400.00.  At least the contents won't spill into the streets on those hot summer days.

Brush pickup will be ongoing through out the spring on Thursdays and Fridays.  The street sweeper is in the shop for repairs, so it will be awhile before the sand is picked up.  I was wondering where the sweeper has been.

This shit is killin me!

One Acting Village Justice [S. Macdonald]  has resigned and been replaced with another Acting Village Justice [K. Butcher] who is also our Deputy Clerk Treasurer.  Village Justice S. Pennington's position is up for election this November.  Our VPD and Village Justice Dept needs you to pay your fines.  Do NOT expect your tickets to be thrown out anymore.  The Justice Dept and the VPD are now a team, a well oiled machine ready to generate revenue for the Village.


Speaking of Revenue!  Have you ever had to pay a larger than normal water/sewer bill because you have experienced a leak? {Picture a $3000.00 bill] First it has to be determined if the water leaked into a basement or crawl space and then if it found its way into the sewer.  You will be charged for the water usage but the sewer usage might be waived if it has been deemed to NOT have gone into the sewage system.  Want some advice?  DO NOT  I repeat DO NOT send a letter explaining your situation.  Go to a VB meeting in person and explain it in person to the board.  Letters to the board are subject to grammar and syntax critique.  You and your letter may also be judged as trying to get water/sewer for free.  Gimme a GD Break.  Every time I look at a VB meeting agenda and I see water/sewer adjustment I wanna puke.  I remember one night a resident was objecting to a late fee.  A lengthy discussion went on and on about the late fee waiver request.  30 friggin minutes later the $16.00 fee was waived.  Now I am not bored just PO'D!


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

VB Meeting 3 24 09

Click this link for the audio from tonights meeting
This link is in a little different format.  I usually upload the audio with the use of Abay.com but since Dotster is having problems with one of his servers, I have to do it this way.  Sorry for the confusion.

More later on the agenda from tonight's meeting.

Here is a picture of the new roof on the Old Chamber Building......

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Happy 63rd Birthday MXG

.......at least that is what the other half of the Dawg Bros. Dave G. claims to be Michael's  true age.

Happy Birthday MXG from p guston on Vimeo.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Overheard In The Bay

.....but contrary to popular belief NOT recorded.  I was witness to these two profound quotes and thought I would share them with you.

"Their ignorance is not going to influence my opinion."
Anonymous Drinker CFB Professional Drinker & Weiner Cooker

The person that made this comment was more surprised that it came out of his own mouth than I was.  For a second I thought I was talking to either Marjoe Gortner or Jonathan Krohn.

"Yes it's true that women can fake an orgasm, but men have been known to fake a whole relationship."
Anonymous Bartender

She said it calmly and without malice............

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Where Ya Gonna Go?

While surfing U-tube I stumbled upon a young Scotish Lass by the name of Amy MacDonald. A most excellent singer............She reminds me of someone............Give her a listen

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Conservatism Defined!

Jonathan Krohn is a 14 year old blah blah blah....barf barf
Check out his web page.  This kid is the reason the super atomic wedgy was invented.  Can you say Irrifukatating?  Better hope he never gets elected!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bloggers Are Saints

..........compared to some of the skits or lampoons performed on talk shows. The writers that come up with the stuff in the video below should cover some of the local and state political news.  What a riot that would be.  After a turn in the barrel with those guys, our local politico's would give us bloggers hugs and kisses and never ever roll their eyes again.

via videosift.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Eye Rolling @ VB Meetings

Some of us witnessed this at the VB meeting when I addressed the Mayor and the board during public concerns.
The following is a definition for eye rolling behavior:

Idiom Definitions for 'Roll your eyes'

If you roll your eyes, you show with your eyes that you don't believe someone or aren't interested in what they're saying.

Not this asshole again.  I am so sick and tired of his crap.  I wish he would stop coming to the meetings.  Hell I wish he would stop blogging on the internet.  I really wish he would die

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

VB Meeting March 10 2009

 *Later Added

The Audio from tonights meeting can be heard here.

Hawking and Peddling Law can be heard @10m:00s

I was surprised to see a huge delegation from the COC at tonight's VB meeting.  Yes I said HUGE-Ah!  They looked forewarned and forearmed, loaded with munitions of signed letters and posters wanting to open a can of whoop ass on somone.  The president looked as cool as a cucumber, unrattled and calm as he usually does.  The others looked like they wanted B-l-o-o-d!  Looking for a fight where none existed.  When the VB passed a motion to NOT change the hawking and peddling law,  the COC crew left quietly.  It has been the past practice of previous VB's to give the COC leeway when it comes to Village Laws and Ordinances when a sanctioned event takes place.  Bending of the laws can sometimes be abused.  ENOUGH SAID!

Dock of A Bay Dancing request Dancing permit @ 18m:40s
Lock replacement in Fire Hall @ 30m:00s
Village Garbage Truck refurbished @ 34m:00s
Old Chamber Building Needs a New Roof @ 38m:50s
*All sorts of shows on TV about how to get your house ready to sell and get TOP $.  Aside from the kitchen, one of the things that the hosts from these shows talk about is curb appeal.  The roof needs to be leak free and esthetically pleasing.  Now it seems that the Village is going to keep This Old Building and it does need a new roof.  I guess the previous interested buyers did not care about the condition of the roof.  They were going to fix the roof with a bulldozer

ACS Varsity Soccer & Softball fundraiser request @ 57m:18s


Our Village Police Force has doubled in size with the addition of a new Police Officer.  I have watched with some glee as the number of cars pulled over on outer church street [ heading towards Redwood] has increased dramatically.  Please slow down and use your blue tooths and don't forget to buckle up!  Also be mindful of the school speed zones.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Dysfunctional Boards

There was an article that appeared in the WDT back on January 15th. Kind of an odd piece about dysfunctional school boards in the North Country.  Click Here to read this article.   Did you click that link and read the article?  As you read the article, every time the author mentions school board, replace it with one of the following:

  • Local Government Boards.
  • Board of Directors [profit and non].
  • Various Sporting Club Boards.
  • Small Community Boards.
  • Councils and Committees.

Every where you go there are boards, councils, or committees.  Most have mission statements, bylaws, policies, ordinances etc. All the ingredients that make the group look like they are above board. The majority of this written stuff has been reworked, molded, and tweaked over the years by previous members to reflect that organizations agenda's interests at the time.

The use of  Robert's Rules Of Order and Parliamentary Procedure at meetings can be confusing and mystifying to most of us.  We are supposed to be dazzled by their barrage of Motions, Yay's and Nay's , I'll second that, so moved, tabled, etc.  Don't be intimidated or fooled by any of this stuff.  Most of the people in charge of meetings have just glanced at the rules and over time have lost sight of the Rules and Procedures. They just go through the motions of making motions creating the illusion that progress is being made for the group they serve or represent.

So what is my point?  Boards are like the planks on a wood boat or deck!  They get worn, cupped, cracked, or rotted! Sometimes you can fix a small section and other times  you have to start from scratch and replace all of them.

This is just a Sunday morning rant to annoy you.

To quote my new friend LiberalLaugh over at PoliticalIV:

A Sign that Spring is Around the Corner

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Remember This School Budget?

 Later Added
Alexandria Central Seeks Spending Cuts was the headline in yesterday's WDT.

........The school district will hold a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. March 11 at the library. The budget hearing will be May 12 in the school auditorium. The vote is May 19.

Think back  a few years ago and our School Board came out with a budget at about 6%.  Very few objected to that percentage.  The budget was presented, voted on and ratified.  After a few months had passed, the word got out that the budget was wrong.  No it was not in our favor.  The school board with some executive session sleight of hand changed the budget from 6% to just over 13%.

hocus pocus

.......................................GOOD DAY!