About Our Blog “Smalbany, New York”
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The Smalbany blog is a journalistic experiment and an experience in integrity and truth.
There’s something about small cities and the little towns that cluster around them. Somehow there’s a sort of contagion that happens. Albany and the towns that surround that locale, including the towns in the foothills of the Catskills, in southeastern Albany County (Coeymans, Ravena, Selkirk) most of Greene County, western Columbia County, Rensselaer County and Schenectady County seem to share the arrogance, anger, anxiety, and apathy that comes with being small and declining. Much of the negative can be attributed to public and private abuse, and the exposure and vulnerability necessitates a defensiveness or in the worst cases, a species of treachery and narcissism, a sociopathy manifested by low self-esteem, arrogance, divisiveness, cowardice, perhaps akin to response to feeling threatened, a survival instinct from a primeval past. These conditions give rise to pack and herd behavior, and what we call “sheeple.”
The Smalbany blog started five years ago in defense of a local resident who was getting crucified by what we then and still call the Coeymanazis, a corrupt group of self-interested scoundrels, Nazis in the worst sense of the term. Our investigations proved that local police, local officials, local news media, and even teachers were involved in the criminality, the immorality, the corruption. Smalbany found a niche: to defend those who couldn’t or wouldn’t defend themselves. That was five years ago. We made a difference then, and we’re continuing to make headway in improving our community.
There’s an awful lot happening in the region in Central New York State, the region we call Smalbany, We follow Albany, Ravena, Coeymans, New Baltimore, and neighboring backwater hill towns, just to name a few of the hotbeds of juicy scandal and banditry, and corruption that plague these areas.
If the residents are not on the attack, or in someone’s pocket, they tend to lay low and let the loudest among them fight it out. You’re safe if you have some dirt on them or if you can afford to sue. But only the attorneys come out on top in a lawsuit, and local attorneys are at the top of the Smalbany Scoundrels List (e.g., George McHugh (Ravena), Michael Biscone (Ravena), Brendan Baynes (Ravena).
Local news media like News Center 6, 10, 13 are failures, and the print-media-gone-digital like the Albany Times Useless, the Ravena News Herald, the Capital Region Independent Media, the Johnson Newspaper Group are anything but ‘independent,’ publish partisan rubbish, snapping up any putrid bait they can find, and rushing to spill ink–hoping it won’t backfire. Fact-checking? Forget about that, especially if real facts will adversely affect your handlers’ agendas. Sound familiar? It should, because it’s what’s happening all over the country.
So many of the attacks are ambush, under cover of darkness, and most of the time you won’t know where the shots are coming from. (This has actually happened in the Town of Coeymans, where a business owner was attacked and the local and state police let the case go cold, despite very solid leads and evidence. Politics at work? Do ya think?) Local residents tend to be close-lipped, in hiding.
We aim to change that with this blog. We’d like to tell it like it really is and print what the logrolling editors won’t touch either to please their liberal cowering editors or to save their own necks, to avoid rocking the boat, or because they’re in that special inner circle, on the local A-list, and up to their necks in corruption themselves.
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