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|Good Monday Morning, |
A hearty welcome to our new readers this morning and our new friends in the press. Now they know where stories are broken, who leads the fights around here and where to come for quotes that never use the word "sham".
Congratulations to Paul Gallay for his new position with Riverkeeper.
Guess who the single largest local recipient of Albany Pork was so far this year? Come on, guess! It was the Putnam Community Foundation and Senator Leibell brought them a tax funded check for $50,000. The next largest was the Hudson Valley Trust who garnered $22,500 from Unca Vinnie.
Let's go back to the 2008-2009 session... the three largest receivers of pork were municipalities followed by (drum roll please...) The Putnam Community Foundation with $150,000, then the Hudson Valley Trust at $100,000. Do you all see a pattern here or is it just me?Some poor schlub in Ossining received thirteen pounds of marijuana in the mail and was charged with 1st degree possession, a felony. Thirteen Pounds! I can't even imagine what kind of a box that comes in.
For that 'crime' New York state is prepared to spend near $1,000,000 to charge, prosecute and imprison this guy for fifteen years. This does not include other costs such as lost income for his family (we'll assume distribution was a sideline) and all that goes along with it. Tell me, is it really worth it? Look, we've got the highest prison population in the world and no where near the lowest crime rate. It's apparent we're not doing something right and man, is that ever expensive!Those of you who have college aged children only have two more weeks of slothful behavior, picking up after them, cleaning the bathrooms twice a day and putting up with nag champa to cover the marijuana smoke before they go back to school. A full night's sleep without Crass or Godspeed, You Black Emperor! is coming...
New York State has a proposal to cut the population of Canada Geese by two thirds. Geese would be rounded up and placed alive in commercial turkey crates, moved to a secure location and euthanized... Jews would be rounded up and placed alive in railroad cars, moved to a secure location and euthanized.... Ouch.
A TEA Party On the Hill Saturday was a hot and muggy day with health warnings for a heat index well into the low 100s. Cars turned into the Northridge farm on Route 311 one at a time until the hill at the top of the rise was filled with roughly 250 people at around 10:45 AM, well into the beginning of the rally being held there.
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