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Our First “Year” In Review

We Started this Blog on March 31, 2012 and So, on December 31, 2012, We are Exactly 9 Months Old. Not Quite A Year but We’ll Do a “Year in Review” Anyway.

2012 in Review

some statistics

This Blog:

  • Was started on March 31, 2012, to cover events in Albany, NY. It later morphed into a more local blog, though still retaining the orginal Smalbany title
  • Has averaged more than 10,000 new readers every month since it started.
  • Has published more than 170 articles
  • Has published more than 700 readers comments. (Simon Bolendorf leads with 149 comments).
  • Has 65 readers who are “Followers” and who get e-mail notification when we post a new article or comment (You can Follow us, too, by simply clicking the Follow Us button on the right margin)
  • Lists more than 690 searchable categories or “tags”, a.k.a. keywords  (and according to one of our most reliable commentators, Simon, we use them all on every article ;))
  • Boasts more than 95,000 readers at the time of this writing.

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Posted by on December 31, 2012 in Abuse of Public Office, Accountability, AFL-CIO, Albany, Albany Schenectady BOCES, ARANY, Attorney Misconduct, B'ezrat Hashem, Betsy Smith, Bob Ross, BOCES, Bullying, Cathy Deluca, Church, Church of St Patrick Ravena, Civil Right Violation, Civil Rights, Coercion, Coeymanazis, Coeymans, Coeymans Police Department, Coeymans Town Board, Community, Conflict of Interest, Conspiracy, Corrupt Judge, Corrupt Justice, Corrupt Police, Corruption, Crooked Cop, Dayelin Roman, DEC, Deceit, DeLuca Public Affairs, Department of Environmental Conservation, Double Dipping, Dr Alan McCartney, Dumb Ass Award, Elections and Voting, Eliminate Coeymans Police Department, Elizabeth Smith, Ethics and Morality, FBI, FBI Criminal Information System, FBI Public Corruption Squad, Fr James Kane, Freedom, Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Speech, Gerald Deluca, Government, Greater Coeymans Ravena Area Community Business Group, Greed, Greene County, Greg Teresi, Gregory Darlington, Gregory Teresi, Harassment, Hudson Valley, Hypocrisy, Intimidation, Investigation, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, Joan Ross, Joe Teresi, John J. Biscone, John Luckacovic, John T. Biscone, John T. Bruno, Joseph C. Teresi, Joseph Teresi, Josephine O'Connor, Justice and Courts, Kerry Thompson, Law, Law Enforcement, Liberty, Main Street Small Business Coalition, Matt "the Mutt", Matt Miller, Matthew J. Miller, Mayor Bruno, Michael Biscone, Michael J. Biscone, Misconduct, Misinformation, Misuse of Public Office, Monitoring, MSSBC, New Baltimore, New York, New York State, New York State Education Department, New York State United Teachers, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, NYSUT, Police State, Public Corruption, Ravena, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Ryan Johnson, Selkirk, Shame On You, Smalbany, Stephen Flach, Superintendent of Schools, Surveillance, Teachers, Teachers Union, Terrorism at Home, Thomas E. Dolan, Times Union, Times Union Blogs, Times Useless, Times Useless Blogs, Tom Dolan, Transparency, Union Representative, United Federation of Teachers, Voting Fraud, Voting Irregularities, Year in Review, ב"ה, בס"ד

 

Stupidity, Denial, Coeymanazis and Silly String

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Greed, Corruption, Denial, Coeymanazis…Actually, Simplemindedness May Be the Real Key to RCS’s Decline.

Claudia Verga “Sillystringed”
Model of Adult Behavior
A.W. Becker Elementary School Principal

Are You Still Wondering That Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Is a Losers Club as a Community and as a District? Read on…

In my day, the school principal was a person who represented authority, was an important role model for students and even teachers, was a source of socialization. But that was before everyone and anyone could do anything and everything because everyone and anyone is his or her own person. And if it feels good you can do it. Look where that bullshit has gotten us as persons, families, communities, as a nation. Right down the crapper!

Note the Principal’s Defensive Posture!
Note the Aggression in the Children!
A Great Lesson…

So, I wasn’t all that surprised to have learned and read of the local principal who made a mockery of herself and became the incarnation of the stupid adult we have today. Where was that? At RCS A.W. Becker where principal Claudia Verga made herself the object of elementary school pupil’s disrespect and aggression by allowing herself to be publicly… SILLYSTRINGED!

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in A.W. Becker Elementary School, A.W. Becker PTA, Abuse, Accountability, Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, Albany, Albany County District Attorney, Albany Schenectady BOCES, Alice Whalen, B'ezrat Hashem, Bad Ideas, Bad Role Model, Besiyata Dishmaya, Betsy Smith, BOCES, Bray Engel, Cathy Deluca, Child Abuse, Children of Dysfunctional Families, Claudia Verga, Clowns, Coeymans, Coeymans Circus, Coeymans Losers Club, Department of Environmental Conservation, Diane Hughes, Diane Malecki, Donna Leput Hommel, Dumb Ass Award, Ecology, Edward "Teddy" Reville, Edward Reville, Elizabeth Smith, Endangering a Minor, Failing Schools, Fundraising, Gerald Deluca, Greene County, Greg Teresi, Hudson Valley, Ignorance, Incompetent School Principal, indifference to the safety and welfare of a child, Investigation, Irresponsibility, James Latter, James Latter II, Jerry "Dirty-Hands" Deluca, Jerry Deluca, John B. King, Lorraine Misuraca, Marlene McTigue, Melanie Lekocevic, Mike Varney, Monitoring, Moose Misuraca, Negligent Parents, New Baltimore, New York, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State, New York State Education Department, NYS Assembly, NYS Senate, NYSED, Office of the Attorney General, Parent Negligence, Parent Teachers Organization, PTO, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk, Ravena Coeymans Selkirk Central School District, RCS Central School District, Role Model, Role Models, Scary Clowns, Schools, Selkirk, Shame On You, Silly String, Smalbany, Small Town, Student Abuse, Student Health, Student Supervision, Teacher Negligence, Teddy Reville, Thomas E. Dolan, Tom Dolan

 

Hidden Costs of the RCS Bottle Blitz

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this blog NOW!

RCS Bottle Blitz
Ill-Conceived, Ignorant, and Destructive!

RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — Kathy DeLuca and Lorraine Misuraca (left to right) next to the countless bottles donated last Thursday at the RCS High School cafeteria. Photo by Tom Tucker (Source: News Herald 138/22, July 19, 2012)

When asked several times on the RCS Friends and More Facebook site, Cathy Deluca refused to respond to the question, “How much money did the Bottle Blitz make?” Her response was, “Just ignore him.” Apparently it’s a big secret (like so much else surrounding her activities. See our article, Asskissers: No Answers, Just Censorship.). She wasn’t asked what the cost of the RCS Bottle Blitz might be. So we’re providing an estimate of the devastating cost of Deluca’s RCS Bottle Blitz.

In a recent CNN report Soft drinks: Public enemy No.1 in obesity fight? (CNN Fri April 27, 2012) Caleb Helleman writes:”Meanwhile, about 1 in 4 Americans gets at least 200 calories a day from sugary drinks. These numbers, along with work like Stanhope’s, gives ammunition to doctors and public health officials who say soda should be treated as public health enemy No. 1.”

Of course, CocaCola, the world’s largest soft-drink manufacturer takes a different view, saying: “There is no scientific evidence that connects sugary beverages to obesity,” says Katie Bayne, Coca-Cola’s president of sparkling beverages in North America, in an exclusive interview.” While Samantha Levine, spokesperson for New York mayor Bloomberg, says “Coke’s numbers have more fizz than fact. “The fact remains,” she says, “sugary beverages are a key driver of the obesity crisis that is killing 5,800 New Yorkers and costing the city $4 billion annually.”

According to an article published in the New York Times, “Soda: A Sin We Sip Instead of Smoke?” (Mark Bittman, February 13, 2012): “The problem is that at roughly 50 gallons per person per year, our consumption of soda, not to mention other sugar-sweetened beverages, is far from moderate, and appears to be an important factor in the rise in childhood obesity.

Fat in a Can!

This increase is at least partly responsible for a rise in what can no longer be called “adult onset” diabetes — because more and more children are now developing it.” The article continues, “Last week, the Obama administration announced a plan to ban candy and sweetened beverages from schools. A campaign against childhood obesity will be led by the first lady, Michelle Obama. And a growing number of public health advocates are pushing for even more aggressive actions, urging that soda be treated like tobacco: with taxes, warning labels and a massive public health marketing campaign, all to discourage consumption.”

Agendas like the RCS Bottle Blitz are in direct contravention and opposition to the White House, especially First Lady Michelle Obama’s focused campaign on health and nutrition, the National Institutes of Health, and public health efforts to stem the epidemic of obesity and related  health problems, and alcohol related morbidity and mortality, especially in young persons!

What about beer cans and bottles? Alcohol consumption can affect the individual, family, community in many ways, ranging from relatively minor consequences to incapacitation and even death, and the consumption doesn’t have to be extreme nor does it have to be “alcoholism.” The disease potentially affects everything in a person’s life, as the consequences of drinking snowball into bigger and bigger problems. There is a definite sense of progression with the effects that alcoholism has on an individual. Over the long run, things always get worse….never better.

Brewing for Trouble!
Potential Corpses in a Can!

To get some idea of the cost of alcohol abuse, the National Institutes of Health NIH released a report “Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Estimated at $246 Billion in The United States,”  which states that: “The new study reports that alcohol abuse and alcoholism generated about 60 percent of the estimated costs ($148 billion), while drug abuse and dependence accounted for the remaining 40 percent ($98 billion).” Here’s the real sock-it-to-me: Those figures were for 1998! Imagine what they in today’s figures! (Here’s a hint: The update calculations indicate that costs of alcohol abuse grew from $148 billion in 1992 to $185 billion in 1998, approximately a 25 percent increase, for an average annual increase of 3.8 percent. Source: Economic Costs of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (2002))

Alcohol abuse produces its evil effects mentally, physically, socially, spiritually. The overall cost to our society from alcoholism:

1) Lost time and money
2) Lost lives
3) Broken homes and families
4) Lost productivity (missed days of work, lost jobs, etc.)
5) Litigation and criminal costs

And don’t you wonder: How many of those cans and bottles were drained by underage kids? How much dangerous sex occurred after downing a couple of brews? How many jumped behind the wheel to drive?

About 5000 teenagers die every year due to alcohol use. In 2008, 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. (Source: SADD Underage Drinking).

Teens who are drinking are more likely to have unprotected sex, which can lead to potentially fatal sexually transmitted diseases, as well as unwanted pregnancies. (For more information on teenager alcohol related deaths see Teen Alcohol Abuse).

Headlines like the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Teenage Drinking a U.S. Epidemic” [2/26/02] and the New York Post’s “Boozed-Up Teens In Dangerous Liaisons,” [2/7/02] shout along with the advocates’ PR campaigns, often including hyped-up quotes from people like the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)’s head Joe Califano, such as “Alcohol is the fatal attraction for many teens.”

So, for those of you who come up with the stock response, “personal,” “political,” “private vendetta,” or some similar stupidity to anything that anyone says against the idiotic and poorly planned projects some misguided adults in this community come up with to raise money for the district’s children, we’d like to point out that national and well-established statistics point to the fact that soft drinks and alcohol are time bombs.

This raises the question, then, of the appropriateness and the ethics of collecting empty containers that once contained the dangerous substances to raise money for programs for children! Here’s the logic: To get empty cans and bottles, the cans and bottles first have to be purchased. They then have to be transported. Then their contents are consumed by adults or by minors. Once they’re in the body, they work their evil magic: obesity, diabetes, drunkenness, death, etc.

BUT:

All those pretty cans and bottles are given positive value by the program organizers, especially in the children’s innocent eyes, because those emptied containers are associated with field trips, fun,  friends! You are, in fact, positively reinforcing a misinformed positive image for the causes of major public health problems!

In other words, the RCS Bottle Blitz is sending the WRONG MESSAGE! It’s providing negative education and working against all public health efforts to curb soft-drink and alcohol consumption based on solid scientific evidence! It’s teaching those innocent vulnerable minds that soft drinks and alcohol are good, and they should be purchased and consumed, because the empty containers make happy things happen. What are you people thinking!!!!

What are you morons thinking?

In the July 19th News Herald, a newspaper that provides information and, Yes! education, features a large color photograph of Ms Cathy Deluca, the “inspired” organizer of the RCS Bottle Blitz, together with Lorraine Misuraca (not to be confused with Jenafer “Jena”Misuraca, who has served as the VP on  one of the RCS school PTO’s. Jena had to shut down the PBC PTO’s FaceBook page because of the arguing), posing stupidly self-satisfied in front of what are described as “47 bags of bottles and cans and 74 cases.” You don’t need a magnifying glass to make out the beer labels and the soda cans. And the title reads, “Bottle Blitz is huge success.” Not for your children’s health, not for the mortality statistics, not for the public’s health. But maybe for the misguided public image of a couple of ignorant residents and the bottom line of the beer brewers and the soda manufacturers, the manufacturers of corn syrups, and retailers.

The RCS Bottle Blitz is irresponsible and misleading in many ways and does not represent good education nor the interests of the children it’s publicized to benefit!

Now, our scathing question is not what was going on in the editor’s pinhead, nor what Cathy Deluca was thinking (that’s scary in itself), but where are the educators, the teachers in all of this. Shouldn’t those highly paid, highly educated, highly paid morons have come out with some facts and figures, some options, some alternatives? Oh! Excuse me! They have the summer off, don’t they.

You Are Accidents
Looking for A Place to Happen!
The Editor

Challenge: Ms Cathy Deluca, Lorraine Misuraca, Superintendent Elizabeth Smith, Melanie Lekocevic we and our readers would like to hear your response to this article. Please send us your comments. Warning: And, given the atmosphere in the RCS school district, please don’t point a finger at the RCS board of education for not having stepped up to prevent this ill-conceived fiasco. You know as well as we do that if any BoE member, other than the teacher’s clique (by the way, where was Whalen, Engel, the teachers when this was being proposed? Teddy Reville, James Latter?)  lifted so much as a finger to point out the risks of the Bottle Blitz, he or she would have been lynched by the Coeymanazis. So don’t try to pull that one on us, Deluca and friends.

Special Notice: We make every effort to be truthful, complete, fair, and balanced on this blog; therefore, if you see anything that you know to be false or incorrect, or if you have additional information to clarify any issue, please let us know by e-mailing your information or by leaving a comment. It’s very important to us that we don’t fall into the same category as those whom this blog is intended to expose. Thank you very much in advance for your cooperation and assistance!
 

DumbAss Award: May-June 2012

In May We Offered Readers the Opportunity to Vote for Your Choice of DumbAss for May

Well, The Poll Is Now Closed and Here are the Results for the “Dumb Ass” Award for May!

(The New DumbAss Poll is Now Available. Check out the Top of the Page: DumbAss Awards for June 2012 or Click → Here.)

James Latter Won Hands Down!

Here are the results:

 In first place and  the despicable winner of the DUMB ASS AWARD is
JAMES LATTER,
RCS CSD Board of Education member,  for his feeble-minded defense of the indefensible, who violates confidentiality, abuses children, misuses funds, ignores the public’s outcry for him to take an honorable (Yeah!) way out and resign!

The runner-up scoundrels are mostly tied for second and third placings, with a couple of gray mares taking the trailing end (not worth mentioning, actually):

Seems the RCS schools and its teachers dominated Second Place with the Pieter B. Coeymanazis (the Trollettes Donna Leput-Hommel, Marlene McTigue, Sarah Berchtold Engel and R J D’Esposito), Peter J. McKenna (Coeymans Police), and the double-dipping RCS atheist teacher, bully monger, and president of the RCS teachers association, Matt “the Mutt” Miller vying for placing.

Not surprisingly, Gregory Darlington and Gerald “Jerry” Deluca are married with Josephine O’Connor in a tight-as-pantyhose tie for Third Place as DUMBASSES. The voting is gives you a rough idea of their [in]significance in the voters’ minds.

The actual percentages of votes are shown in the table below.

Candidate

Percent

James Latter – RCS CSD Board of Education member, violates confidentiality, abuses children, misuses funds

22%

Pieter B. Coeymans PTO – D’Esposito, McTigue, Hommel, Engel block parents, retaliate, punish businesses

14%

Peter J. McKenna – Guilty of 9 counts of police misconduct, lies to supervisors, fired from Albany, hired to Coeymans

11%

Mat Miller – Atheist teacher, double-dipper, bully teacher, has Bloger halucinations

11%

Gregory Darlington – Keeps Deluca, hires Albany PD Rejects, head of Coeymans Thug Cops

8%

Gerald “Jerry” Deluca – Coeymans investigator with too many jobs, too much influence, too many connections for public confidence

8%

Josephine O’Connor – RCS CSD Board of Education member, “Fat Lady Dance,” lies about being a teacher

8%

Brian Baily – Clueless RCS High School Principal; Fails to Implement Procedures for Gun at School

5%

Pam Black – Principal at RCS Middle School, bully teachers and students, and retaliation.

5%

Superintendent Elizabeth Smith – Big salary, little control; Can’t control bullying, rogue teachers, procedures

5%

George Dardiani – Coeymans Town Judge Violates State Ethics Code – Posts Political Signs on Lawn

3%

Once again, the despicable winner of the DUMB ASS AWARD is JAMES LATTER, RCS CSD Board of Education member,  for his feeble-minded defense of the indefensible, who violates confidentiality, abuses children, misuses funds, ignores the public’s outcry for him to take an honorable (Yeah!) way out and resign!

Special thanks to all readers who participated in the poll.

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