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MOOSE POWER! Misuraca Moose Blanket Ravena!

What a Great Idea! Mayor Moose! Driving Through the
Village of Ravena and the Environs We were Entertained by
Moose Everywhere with
“Mayor” in Bright Yellow Painted on Their Sides!

Ravena Welcomes Mayor Moose! A Great Way to Start a Winning Campaign

Ravena Welcomes Mayor Moose!
A Great Way to Start a Winning Campaign

The William “Moose” Misuraca campaign has gotten off to a great start, judging by the number of Misuraca Mayor Moose we’ve been seeing in Ravena and in the surrounding area. If the imagination and care that went into creating these really fun and appealing campaign signs is any indication of what the Misuraca team of Bill “Moose” Misuraca, Keith Mahler and Joel Coye are offering the village of Ravena, Ravena is in for a real revitalization when they take over Ravena Village Hall in March.

Compare Mayor Moose with the Worn and Shabby Bruno Mob…

Even the Bruno-Case-Persio Signs are Shabby, Worn, Bland! Just like the shabby, worn, bland promises of the Bruno bunch.

Even the Bruno-Case-Persio Signs are Shabby, Worn, Bland!
Just like the shabby, worn, bland promises of the Bruno bunch.

We haven’t come across many Bruno-Case-Persico signs but the ones we have found are shabby, worn, and bland. Just like Bruno, Case, and Persico and their empty, pitiful promises. Promises to continue doing nothing but serving themselves and their cronies at Ravena residents’ expense. Hell! Even the snow around the signs is dirty! What does that tell you about the candidates?

What we found to be really ironic and really characterless—just like the Bruno-Case-Persico candidates, no character, no taste—is that the sign above is placed on an empty lot (like so much in Ravena under Bruno, EMPTY, and like his promises, EMPTY). But what’s even worse, the sign is placed right opposite the RCS Community Library! Yes, neighbors! Right across from the very library so brutally abused and misused by the Ravena mayor John “Black Mamba’ Bruno—a name he got by nearly destroying the cement plant when he worked there, and a name he deserves because of his venom, just like the poisonous black mamba snake—and so-called teacher Martin “Marty” Case and school psychologist Rocco Persico. That tells you a lot about these rotten apples: They abused and misused the RCS Community Library, even raised its rent more than $600 a month (paid by taxpayers!) in order to put in Cathy Deluca’s playpen, the illegal and failing Ravena Health and Fitness Center, and now the bastids want to take advantage of the traffic going to and from the library. Now how underhanded, slippery, and sleazy can they get? The must be getting desperate! Hold on! Did we say “getting“?

We like Misuraca because he talks like a real person. Take one of his public statements recently:

“I am hoping with the help of some of you folks and other members of the community to restore the village, to return it to some of its former prosperity and community pride that we have seen in the past. I think a lot of us have lived here enough time to have seen that.”

And Bill “Moose” Misuraca makes the public commitment:

“There are a lot of things that we can do. I hope to have your help because it is all very new to me. I promise I’ll do my best to represent the party and everyone who lives in the village and the town.”

Be clear on one point, Moose: You may want to “represent the party and everyone who lives in the village.” You might not be able to do both, so be careful what you say. We’re listening. You just do your best to represent residents and voters. You don’t represent the party; you represent those who vote for you. We may yet ask you what the Repubican party is, when was it founded, by whom. What is the Republican party mission? Would you be able to answer those questions? Can you tell us what the Republican Party is doing for the residents of Ravena? Likely you wouldn’t have many answers, and even if you did, they wouldn’t matter. Our advice for now is: “Screw the party. Serve the people.”

But we want to know more. And make no mistake, Moose, if you’re going to be making statements like that. If you want to be Ravena’s mayor, you’re going to have to get down and make some very impressive and specific, clear commitments. Statements that we can call you on later if you forget what you said. Here’s what we’d like to see in the next couple of weeks:

First, an exclusive interview by the Ravena News Herald asking specific questions about specific and real issues of concern to the village of Ravena residents and to the town of Coeymans. Yes, we want you to tell us what your plan is for collaborating with the town of Coeymans, too. Especially, what do you plan to do to improve relations with the town of Coeymans and the hamlet of Coeymans?

Secondly, we want you to announce very soon a meet the candidates open house in the next couple of weeks. You have the ideal situation: Pick a day when most Ravena residents are home and not at work and open the Halfway House Tavern for the afternoon and early evening, inviting Ravena residents to come in have a snack on the house, and the opportunity to sit down individually, face to face, one on one, with the candidates. Residents and candidates, together, informally having a chat about real issues, like water billing, DEC fines, open government, youth and teen affairs, accountability and transparency in local government, avoiding conflicts of interes and special interest groups interference in government, the problem of patronage and favoritism in Ravena government, village revitalization. Residents name it and put it on the table, you and Joel and Keith answer.

It's What Elects You.

It’s What Elects You.

At your meet the candidate open house we’d also recommend having question cards or sheets for residents to write down their concerns and what they’d like done in Ravena. They’d have the opportunity to ask anonymously or, if they provide their contact details, you and the other candidates would guarantee a personal response before the elections. How’s that for a change?

Youth and teens in Ravena-Coeymans have gotten the dirty end of the stick in recent years. We’d like to know specifically what you and your fellow candidates plan to do for youth and teens in Ravena.

We also want to know what you plan to do about the many recent Notices of Claim filed against the Village of Ravena, several of which specifically relate to Cathy Deluca and the Ravena Health and Fitness Center, and her violation of protected civil and constitutional rights, her alleged falsely reporting an incident, obstruction of justice and conspiracy, as well as myriad other Notices of Claim that are still capable of becoming embarassing and expensive lawsuits. The Bruno administration’s standard procedure is to ignore them, hoping they’ll go away. They won’t. We guarantee that.

We’d also like to know how you intend to sanitize Ravena village hall, getting rid of the dead wood (the job-givaways), the crooks (well, once you beat Bruno, the rats will abandon ship, hoping to escape prosecution) and, of course the illegal money pits (the Ravena Health and Fitness Center) and the illegal “civil service” leeches (like Cathy Deluca) who have already gotten the village of Ravena into a heap-o-trouble.

Finally, and something that’s been on all our minds for several years now is: How do your plan to stop the hemorrhaging of families and businesses from the village of Ravena and the surrounding area? What is your idea for inaugurating the revitalization of Ravena over the long-term? We know that the present Bruno regime has put Nancy Biscone-Warner and Cathy Deluca in charge of putting together a handful of bandaid events, calling them revitalization, but we want to know if you have a plan, not a cookout and a health fair, a PLAN, something that will really have a gradual, continuous, positive long-term effect on Ravena. We’re not talking necessarily about so-called “growth and development”, the kind of stuff that destroys the character and charm that could be Ravena—under real, committed and visionary leadership, but a shot in the arm to once again make Ravena a lovely, charming, attractive village on the Hudson.

We’d like to call for the same from incumbent Ravena mayor John “Black Mamba” Bruno—and we’ll be in the front row with our list—to do the same. Yeah! Like that’s gonna happen…

That, Mayor Moose, is what’s going to sell you and your team. That’s what’s going to confront you when you take office. But that’s what we want to know NOW!

We have a good gut feeling, Moose, that you’re a great candidate and will make a great mayor of Ravena. We think you’re up to the task. We think you can take the challenge. All we ask is that you confide in us and give us something solid to hold onto, not the same vomit that Bruno, Case, and Persico have delivered since Day 1, and continue to deliver. Give Ravena Real reason to HOPE, Moose!

You Can Vote In Our Polls for Mayor and Trustees.
Go to Our Polls (click on the “Our Polls” link) and Cast Your Vote and See the Percent Results for Each Candidate!

According to Our Polls, As of 5 p.m. February 9, 2014

For Mayor of Ravena
Bill “Moose Misuraca” 77%
Ron Houghtaling 14%
Other 5%
John T. Bruno (incumbent mayor) 4%

For Trustees (2)
Keith Mahler (R): 42%
Laszlo Polyak (Write-in): 18%
Joel Coye: 11%
Rocco Persico: 5%
Martin Case: 3%

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GO! Mayor Moose!
We got your back, Moose! Now GO FOR IT!
(Thanks Halfway House guys for the great shot! You did good!)
The Editor

 
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New Baltimore: Coeymans’ Evil Twin…Part II

Each of Us, With Very Few Exceptions, Likes Integrity, Especially in our Elected and Public Officials. We Put Great Trust in them, and The Power and Authority that they Exercise on Our Behalf Should be Exclusively for the Good. But What Should We Think When they Are One Thing on the Surface and Another under the Skin?

When Discussing New Baltimore Candidates and Elected Officers, I have to Ask Myself:What Is It, Really?

When Discussing New Baltimore Candidates and Elected Officers, I have to Ask Myself:
What Is It, Really?

Can We Really Trust People Who Are “In Name Only”?

We’ve done a lot for the RCS community in bringing out the truth about the village of Ravena and the crooks in Village Hall, and we’ve set the town of Coeymans’ teeth on edge with the exposure of the corruption and hypocrisy that’s going on in the Doublewide on renegades’ Russel Avenue.

Just recently we’ve taken a shot from the hip at Coeymans’ evil twin down the road, New Baltimore. Exposed some nerves with the publication of that wake-up call and now the little club on Route 51 is a bit shaken.

But now we take a look at the real phoneys, the Democrats who are Democrats in Name Only a.k.a. DINOs, like Susan O’Rourke, and the Republicans who are Republicans in Name Only a.k.a. RINOs. It’s pitiful, but here’s the real story.

But who are those masqueraders who meet to get a cheap power rush at the expense of New Baltimore taxpayers? We’ve received some personal impressions from a local correspondent who knows the New Baltimafia from the inside out, it seems. Here are some of those impressions:

The Supervisor from Hell

New Baltimore Town Supervisor:Control! Control! CONTROL!

New Baltimore Town Supervisor O’Rourke:
Control! Control! CONTROL!

Supervisor Susan K. O’Rorke – She claims to be a Democrat and runs as a Democrat- but she’s actually a DINO – Susan O’Rorke is not actually registered as a Democrat, she is “NOP,” which is the election board designation for someone with no party registration.  Of course, she is nominated by the New Baltimore Democrat machine, and she gives money to the Dems (sorta buys her nomination), etc, but she doesn’t have the guts or the commitment to register as one of them, as a Democrat.

New Baltimore Town Board members

They're Republicans in Name Only![They're Owned by Dems]

They’re Republicans in Name Only!
[They’re Owned by Dems]

Christopher Norris – Runs as a Republican (but in fact is just a RINO), O’Rorke controls him totally, voted contrary to her on one single resolution only in more than 3 years. Shame on you, Christopher!

Lisa Benway– Runs as a Republican (another RINO) Only on the board for 15 months, has yet to vote contrary to Susan O’Rourke. Shame on you, Lisa!

Michael T. Meridith – Runs as a Republican.  Likes to get along with everybody, nice person actually, but will get his back up once in a while. Is that enough, though, to represent the people who put him in office? And does he have the cojones to be a real Republican, and represent real Republican values and morality? To oppose Susan O’Rourke’s peverse agenda of Democrat amorality and secularism? Well, Mike, do you?

Barbara Finke – Runs as a Republican.  The only person who challenges Susan O’Rourke, however is usually voted down by O’Rorke, Norris and Benway.  Has voted NO! on numerous proposals that Susan O’Rourke puts up, but a resolution that is 4-1 or 3-2 passes anyway. But BRAVO! anyway, Barb. Thanks for the gutsyness and the fortitude!

This is what happensWhen a real Republican meets a RINO!

This is what happens
When a real Republican
meets a RINO!

Other Officers

Janet Brooks – Town Clerk- Democrat. A chameleon, really. Changes colors with the temperature and mood. And she stays afloat. Don’t let the smile mislead you…there are teeth in there.

Denis JordanHighway Superintendent, supposed to be Republican but  is totally 110%  in Susan O’Rourke’s  pocket.  In return he hands her the votes of the highway department employees and their spouses. The usual Democrat line of promises: he tells them that Susan O’Rourke will take care of them via raises and benefits if they support her.  Actually, he’s throwing your taxpayer money away in so many ways, O’Rourke’s just one of them. Shame on you, Denis!

Diane Jordan Recently appointed Town Tax Collector, wouldn’t be there if she weren’t Denis Jordan’s wife and a very special butt-kisser to Susan O’Rourke. She’s also supported in more ways than one by O’Rourke; in fact O’Rourke hand-picked Jordan and nominated her to be appointed when the previous Tax Collector stepped down for health reasons.  Like her husband Denis, Diane is a “registered” Republican but is owned by the Democrats. O’Rourke owns her and her husband. No shame, Diane!

Town “Justices”

[Editor’s Note: We really must apologize for using the word “Justice” when referring to these guys but that’s the official title. Has nothing to do with their performance or their ethics, unfortunately.]

New BaltimoreTown Justice at Work

New Baltimore
Town Justice at Work

Joseph A. Farrell Jr. – All that we’ve ever said or written about the ignorance and ineptitude of the New York State system of town and village courts is packaged in Joseph A. Farrell, Jr. Totally vanilla, nothing about the man is dignified, he’s a puppet of the worst kind, carved out of wormy wood. All he’s really good for is to collect speeding tickets, which he has been doing for quite a while now. An alleged adulterer who has the balls to show up in the local church with his fluff only during campaign periods to pander for re-election. Now his Conchita is married to “el juéz” and it’s classic melodrama on Peyton Place, New Baltimore. Disgusting pile of fetid flesh; Walking hypocrisy! And a Democrat all the way! Can it get any better than this?

Is it really written in the New York State Code of Judicial Conduct and the Judicial Law that our judges and justices are held to a higher standard than the citizen at large? If that is so and if the judges are such sleezebags, what can we expect from the New Baltimore citizen at large? I certainly hope they have their shots because they could be deadly!

Lee Davis – Davis is a registered Working Families Party member, which is a more radical branch of the Democrat party. Davis has only just been elected, rather “appointed” since we’re talking about New Baltimore now, to be a town justice. All we can honestly expect from Davis is that he’s going to march in lock-step with the rest of the club members and won’t buck his riders.

So, there you have an insider’s evaluation of the people who run the show in New Baltimore. There’s more coming up but we are working on checking the facts. It’s much dirtier than it appears at the surface, we regret to say.


Finally, we’d like to extend our special thanks to Joan Ross and Bob Ross of New Baltimore for their efforts in keeping everyone informed and for distributing this blog to the community. Thanks to you both for your behind-the-scenes involvement. It’s town residents like you who make all of this possible. (One of your many admirers threw you in!)

This is for youJoan Ross

This is for you
Joan Ross
The Editor


 

Local Rape! Lady Justice Brutally Attacked in Coeymans!

Warning: If you are a student or a minor, please leave this page NOW or get your parent to supervise your visit!

“Qui tacet consentire videtur ubi loqui debuit ac potuit.”
“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have defended himself.”
or
How many federal judges’ shit lists can one Albany County DA be on, anyway?
or
How much longer will they be able to thumb their noses to the
Attorney General and the FBI?

How much longer will their godfathers protect them?


In a Recent Travesty of Justice
in the Coeymans Town Court

Lady Liberty Wept as Lady Justice was Brutally Violated

Albany CountyWhere Justice Weeps

Albany County
Where Justice Weeps

The cast of characters and the action plot sounds like something out of a low-budget crime film.
But you really can’t make this kind of stuff up.

Cast of Characters

drama-masks-The Coeymans Police Department

Stephen Flach
Supervisor Of The Town Of Coeymans
* Gregory Darlington a.k.a. Dodo-Cop *
Chief of the Coeymans Police Department
Daniel Contento
A Police Officer with The Coeymans Police Department
* Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca A.K.A. Bobo-Cop *
A Police Investigator with the Coeymans Police Department
Steven Prokrym (a.k.a. Steve Pro-Crime)
A Police Investigator with the Coeymans Police Department
Jason Albert
A Coeymans Police Officer
Peter Mckenna
A Coeymans Police Officer

 Office of the Albany County District Attorney

* P. David Soares *
Albany County DA
* Steven M. Sharp *
Assistant Albany County DA
Bernard Amador
Crime Victims Caseworker, Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center
Kenneth C. Weafer
FormerAssistant Albany County DA

The Albany County Sheriff’s Department

Craig D. Apple
Albany County Sheriff
Eric Barnes
Albany County Sheriff Department Detective
Mark Defrancesco
Albany County Sheriff Department Investigator
William Rice
Albany County Sheriff Department Investigator

The Shysters

* Brian W. Devane *
An Albany Criminal Defense Attorney
* Michael J. Biscone *
A Ravena Attorney

The Perps

** Scott M. Lendin **
An Altamont Thief, Trespasser, Vandal Operating in Coeymans
* Wesley J. Fletcher *
A Selkirk Henchman of Scott Linden

The Judges

* George J. Dardiani *
A Coeymans Town Justice
** Phillip A. Crandall **
A Coeymans Town Justice

The Victims

Two Coeymans Businesspersons
The Coeymans Community
Albany County Residents

The Charges

criminal chargesPL  140.05 Trespass
A person is guilty of trespass when he knowingly enters or remains unlawfully in or upon premises.
PL 145.00(3) Criminal Mischief 4th
A person is guilty of criminal mischief in the fourth degree when, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he or she has such right, he or she: Recklessly damages property of another person in an amount exceeding two hundred dollars.
PL 155.30 Grand Larceny 4th
A person is guilty of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree when he steals property and when the value of the property exceeds one hundred dollars and the property consists of a motor vehicle, as defined under section one hundred twenty-five of the vehicle and traffic law, other than a motorcycle, as defined in section one hundred twenty-three of such law.

Background

screenplayIn their depositions, the victims state that Scott M. Lendin was told to leave the victims’ property and to stay away. Lendin trespassed and committed the other alleged crimes. The depositions allege that Lendin, while trespassing and attempting to remove a motor vehicle from the victim’s property, damaged several other vehicles, amounting to more than $1200 in repairs, and that Lendin, while trespassing, stole a motor vehicle from the victims’ property.
On information and belief, Lendin also stole a computer from a construction vehicle belonging to a local construction company. On investigation the theft was confirmed. Lendin installed the computer in a similar vehicle and sold that vehicle. He was never charged with the theft (the company made an insurance claim, got paid, and didn’t follow up. Neither did the police!).

A disturbing aspect of this case is the fact that Lendin allegedly bragged to local business owners about what he had done, claiming he’d never be caught and that he had friends in the Bethlehem police department.

Another disturbing aspect of this case is the fact that the case was in Steve Prokrym’s hands but somewhere along the line it was reassigned to Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca, with the approval of his boss, DoDo-Cop Gregory Darlington, could sit on a case for months, obstructing justice, and not be disciplined, fired, or brought up on criminal obstruction charges! But it seems to us that there was a conspiracy in progress and Deluca was the one to make sure the retaliation was effective. How does that work? Would it work for you or me? And what about the cops who knew what was going on, all about the retaliation etc., Contento, Crosier, and others? Weren’t they obstructing justice?

Is Kerry Thompson a Mole in the Sheriff's Department?

Is Kerry Thompson a Mole in the Sheriff’s Department?

And then there’s the mole in the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, Kerry Thompson, who is Gregory “DoDo-Cop” Darlington’s personal assistant and married to Darlington’s sister. Smell a rat or a whole nest of them yet?

Yes! We should remove that mole!

Yes! We should remove that mole!

And what about the theft of the computer from Fink’s? The police know about that but haven’t gone after Lendin. Facts are the computer was stolen, Finks knew about it and filed an insurance claim and got paid. Lendin allegedly admits to the theft. Why doesn’t the insurance company go after Lendin to recover for the amount paid in the claim? Have Lendin arrested and charged? What’s going on here? In fact, we have received unconfirmed reports that the actual bulldozer (and the computer?) are on Scott Lendin’s property at this very time! Where are the police investigators now?

The Outrageous Events

The Failure of the Coeymans Police Department: The Coeymans Police Department managed to take the complaint, but sat on it for months despite numerous calls to chief Gregory Darlington and others in the Coeymans P.D., even to supervisor Stephen Flach. According to a member of the Coeymans P.D., Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca sat on the paperwork for months and did nothing.

The Intervention of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department: Thanks to the professionals in the Albany County Sheriff’s Department under the leadership of Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, the Coeymans police department was forced to do something. If it weren’t for Sheriff Craig Apple and investigators Eric Barnes, William Rice, Mark DeFrancesco the victims’ rights would have amounted to zilch, nada, zero, and the perp, Scott Lendin, with his “friends in law enforcement” would have walked…thanks to Coeymans town Justice Phillip A. Crandall and the bozos at the Albany DA’s office, Lendin pretty much walked anyway.

The Charging, Arraignment and Arrest of Scott Lendin: Despite having taken the complaint and after Jerry Deluca sat on it for months, the perp Scott Lendin, was finally charged, arraigned and arrested. But that was only after the victims asked the Albany County Sheriff to get involved.

The Albany County District Attorney’s Plea Bargain: After all was said and done, and after more than a full year had lapsed, it took the bozos from the Albany County District Attorney’s office and a no-balls Coeymans judge to violate every orifice Lady Justice owns. P. David Soares treated Lady Justice like a common whore, and Coeymans town justice held her down while assistant DAs Weafer and Sharp had their way with her. Shame on you! Scott Lendin and his friends in law enforcement (Deluca, Darlington) stood by and snickered. Coeymans town Supervisor Stephen Flach  stood by and made believe nothing was happening.

no-balls-no-brilliance-Phillip A. Crandall’s Acceptance of the Plea: Coeymans town justice Phillip A. Crandall made a mockery of the judiciary and of his oath of office by sitting on the case knowing that there were local politics and agendas involved. Crandall is just as much a criminal as Soares, Weafer, Sharp, Deluca and Darlington are. They were all involved in a scandalous conspiracy to pervert justice. This was a clear example of abuse of, misuse of the public’s trust, and a corruption of public office.

The Release on a Ridiculously Reduced Charge: So you have a self-confessed thief on the loose, thanks to the Coeymans Police Department, the Albany County DA, and the Coeymans town court, the dishonorable Phillip A Crandall, presiding.

What message does that send to the rest of us when we know that someone can come on your property multiple times after being thrown off, to steal your property and, while perpetrating the theft, damages other property, and who admits yet another theft yet goes free as a bird? What does that mean to this community?

cryng libertyThe Abandonment of the Victims’ Rights: The business operators and property owners in the town of Coeymans, the victims, taxpayers to the max, people who support the Coeymans and greater regional community, have been abused by the very agencies whose salaries they are paying: the Coeymans P.D., the town of Coeymans administration, the Coeymans town court and its bozo Coeymans town  justices. That’s a real engraved invitation to business to stay out of the area, don’t you think so? Who’d want to go through all of that and then pay our property, school, and other taxes? With Soares and his monkeys in Albany, and with the thugs in the Coeymans police department, and the no-balls Coeymans town justices, the law-abiding resident, much less the business owner in the town of Coeymans, don’t have the chances of a snowball in hell!

But there was also a caseworker from the Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center,  a Bernard Amador, who was supposed to be coordinating restitution for the losses caused to the victims by the thief, Scott Lendin. That part of it was also screwed up by the Coeymans police department when they couldn’t figure out the amount of the damages, despite the fact they had it in the complaint documents. So, the make it easy on their dumbasses, they simply reported “more than $1” ( the actual amount of damage done to property was more than $1200!). Assistant DA Stephen Sharpe was just as big a dimwit as the Coeymans cops! So, after all is said and done, Bernard Amador derailed and crashed, too! All of these morons and idiots are being paid by taxpayers!

The Conclusion

First of all, the Coeymans police department under it incompetent chief Gregory Darlington fell flat on their fat faces and, again, were a scandalous embarrassment to this community, and to the Albany County Sheriff’s Department and to the New York State Police, and to law enforcement, generally. It’s a rotten shame that the few decent cops in the Coeymans police department have to carry the stench of Darlington, Deluca, Thompson, Johnson bobos in the department. But, as the saying goes, you lie with dogs you wake up with fleas. Sorry boys!

cut throatThe fact that Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca a.k.a. BoBo-Cop, sat on the case and the paperwork lay on his desk for more than 3 months without him having lifted a fat finger would be grounds enough anywhere else to can his fat ass. But in Coeymans, under DoDo-Cop Darlington and the impotent and feeble mindless “leadership” in the town of Coeymans Deluca got away with his passive retaliation, that is, until outside professionals were brought in.

Craig D. Apple Sr.Alabany County Sheriff

Craig D. Apple Sr.
Albany County Sheriff

It is to the great credit of Craig Apple, Albany County Sheriff, and his detectives, investigators, and deputies, that he was able to get involved and, despite having his hands tied by jurisdictional courtesies, was able to shake up the Coeymans police department and get Dodo-Cop Darlington to start doing some chiefing and get his team of bobos off their triple-digit asses, and catch a criminal. Sheriff Apple got right on the case and assigned real professionals to start the investigation that the Coeymans police department was either unable or unwilling to do. Only after Apple’s department and personnel were involved did the investigation start, the warrants issued, and the perp, Scott Lendin, apprehended, arrained…but that’s where it got dicey, thanks to the Albany County DA P[udenda] David Soares, assistant DA Kenneth C. Weafer, assistant DA Stephen M. Sharp, and local shysters Michael J. Biscone (Ravena) and Brian W. Devane (Delmar) managed to intimidate local town justices George Dardiani and Phillip Crandall. Soares’ little gremlins Weafer and Sharp managed to further damage the community’s confidence in law enforcement and in the justice system by playing into the hands of the criminal and telling the victims to take a hike. The arranged a plea bargain and never even communicated to the victims what was going on. The Coeymans police were just as stupid because they managed to screw everything up from the very start, but couldn’t even get the paperwork right even after three attempts!

So, when the perp, Scott Lendin was finally brought in to face the charges of trespass, criminal mischief, and grand larceny, he had already been dumped by the shyster Michael Biscone, and was represented by shyster Devane. Meanwhile, the DA’s office was totally confused and one hand didn’t know what the other was doing, so they did what they do best: help their friends (the criminals) and make a deal.

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 When assistant DA Stephen M. Sharp was asked by the victims after the plea bargain was accepted by Coeymans town justice, Sharp’s reply was: “I don’t know anything about it.” Makes you want to ask then, “What in hell are you doing here, then? Who does?” Apparently, assistant DA Kenneth C. Weafer was on the case, left the DA’s office, and somewhere along the line Sharp was assigned to the case…and did NOTHING. There you are! P[udenda] David Soares, the Dodo-DA, at his best and at the taxpayers’ expense. [Monkey] Business as usual.

Albany County JusticeCoeymans Style

Albany County Justice
Coeymans Style

But no-balls Phillip Crandall, the judge on the case, dropped the ball all together. How could Crandall, having been involved in the case once it had started moving, after Coeymans town justice Dardiani got a mouthful from shyster Michael Biscone, who refused to bring in his client because the Coeymans police had screwed up the paperwork (according to a reliable source in the Coeymans police department who asked to remain unidentified, there was no problem with the paperwork…they had their “orders” and had to do what they were told). No-balls George Dardiani took it like a real wimp, and Biscone and Lendin went free for another day. Dardiani subsequently was no longer on the case when no-balls Crandall came on board.
So, after all was said and done. The perp walks, and the DA tells the victims that they have to go after Lendin in civil court to recover their damages. Great work DA DoDo’s.
Meanwhile, the Coeymans police are going after old ladies, pretty girls, and rowdy high-school kids. And you, the taxpayers of this community, are footing the bill for shoddy amateur police work, retaliation, intimidation to the tune of about $1,000,000 a year. Makes you feel real good, doesn’t it?

Epilogue

This is bizarre: Where was the Police Blotter entry on this crime and botched investigation? We don’t seem to be able to find it in the News Herald or anywhere! And where was the local media coverage. There were police all over the place once the Sheriff got involved. No Times Useless. No News Herald. No News 6, 10, 13. No reporters and cameras showing up for the arraignment of a real criminal! Why was that? Don’t you wonder why the place is lousy with reporters in some minor instances but in others, they’re nowhere to be found? Looks like the news media is in cahoots with the DA and the other criminals in the county. [Editor’s Note: If any of our readers saw a report in any local news media, please let us know. We’d be very interested in correcting our inability to find anything.]

no-justicePhillip A. Crandall has a reputation for being some sort of religious crusader and is attracting some criticism that his version of Christian practice is to go easy on criminals. That’s not how it works, Philly! Perhaps if you had any knowledge of jurisprudence or of the law or of judicial ethics you’d know that your sole function is to interpret the law fairly and impartially. Fairly and impartially means you leave all of your personal baggage at the door when you put on the robes of the judiciary. You took an oath of office and if you can’t do the job, then RESIGN!

Same goes for Coeymans town supervisor Stephen Flach. If you can’t leave your pulpit and be a tough administrator, then RESIGN, Stevey. You have taken an oath of office and if you can’t fill the shoes and get tough with the town employees and other officials, including your own town board, the Coeymans police department and the town courts and their dizzy town justices, then RESIGN.

But after all is said and done, there is a bright side, a positive side. While they may have turned a petty, small time thief loose, at least we know about Scott Lendin, he’s a marked man now. So the bright side, the good news is that at least we have all the real criminals consolidated in places where we can keep a close watch on them. The real criminals are all together in two places: the Office of the Albany County District Attorney and the Coeymans Police Department.

Postscript

Logo_PSOur readers will recall that we reported on the harassment of a local woman business owner by Joseph Tracey, Josephine Tracey-O’Connor’s demented father, over Josie’s “He called-me-fat-dance” at the high-school last May. We shared with you the fact that when the woman tried to file a complaint against Joe Tracey, Coeymans police chief Darlington’s “personal assistant” Kerry Thompson refused to take the complaint. In confidence, a female Coeymans police officer, who requested to remain anonymous, allegedly contacted the victim and told her Thompson should have, had to take the complaint and that she, the officer, was going to put the information in the file. Wonder where that file ended up? Any ideas, Jerry Deluca? How about you, Gregory Darlington?

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The Editor

Disclaimer: All information contained in this article has been taken either from public record official police and court documents, from correspondence between the various parties reviewed by us, and from direct interviews of persons with direct and personal knowledge of the facts. The information is true and reliable to the best of our knowledge and belief, and we have made every effort to be true and factual. Should any reader have any information that might conflict with what we have published, we ask that the reader contact us immediately to make arrangements for us to review the conflicting information and, if deemed necessary, to take the appropriate steps for correction of any error and publication of clarification to avoid misinforming our readers.

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Albany Times Union Publishes Sequel to Our Articles!

We’ve Said It So Many Times Before! And It’s Still True As It Ever Was!

Well, Maybe Not New News...Just Old News.

Well, Maybe Not New News…Just Old News.

 We Scoop the Albany Times Union (owned by the Hearst Corportation) and Local Comatose Rags by Publishing Solid Facts Way Before the Times Useless and the Hudson Catskill Newspapers (a division of Johnson Newspapers Corp.)

The Albany Times Union’s Fred Lebron Follows Our Lead And Writes on Public Corruption and Schools! But it’s the Times Useless’ undisguised usual finger-pointing, doom-and-gloom, anxiety- and fear-mongering. Factoids. Why do they even bother?

You're Burning Down Your Own Houses.

You’re Burning Down Your Own Houses.

In our recent articles on this blog we pointed out the major obstacles to making life livable in this community and in the bigger picture.  This blog actually started back in May 2012, when we had to come out and draw the public’s attention to the corruption that was going on in the schools, especially what was going on in the RCS central school district budget voting and the deception that was created by the RCS CSD teachers association, its president, double-dipping, bully-mongering, loose-lipped teacher Matt “the Mutt” Miller, the idiot interim superintendent Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith, a teachers union lackey, and the teachers clique on the RCS CSD board of education, Alice Whalen, Howard “Bray” Engel, James Latter,  former member Josephine Tracey-O’Connor of “He Called Me Fat” fame, and former member Tracey Traver, together with the Coeymanazi mob under the direction of Gerald “Dirty Hands Jerry” Deluca, assisted by his partner, Cathy Deluca, and their minions.

Dumb-as-Dirt David Soares

Dumb-as-Dirt David Soares

And we’ve courageously gone after that scandal-looking-for-a-place-to-happen,  P[udenda] David Soares, the renegade Albany County District Attorney, the disgrace of a chief county law enforcement officer, Soares, when he’s not getting a reprimand by federal judges, or hes not dipping his pen[is] into company ink[wells], he’s getting his inkwells special appointments, or simply maliciously prosecuting local residents. Pundenda-obsessed Dave is merely a tool of the machine; he’s to stupid for anything else and too corrupt and immoral (read: amoral) for any other place. A graduate of the boys’ club called Albany Law School, he’s ethnic, and a West African immigrant, he’s in like flint as the “token” in the in-appearance-only ultra-liberal Albany political machine (when it comes to pandering for votes) as long as he kisses his handler’s mechanically conservative asses (the spirit of Erastus Corning delights). Soares has no self-esteem and no morals so he’ll do just about anything…or anyone. He’s gotten his share of space on this blog, too.

We followed the harassment and conspiracy that was hatched to malign board of education members by the Coeymanazis, no doubt with the assistance of the teachers association and the backing of the New York State United Teachers union, NYSUT.

Gerald "Dirty-Hands Jerry" Delucaa.k.a. Bobo Cop

Gerald “Dirty-Hands Jerry” Deluca
a.k.a. Bobo Cop

As residents and citizens started to see the light and the writing on the wall, we moved on to uncovering corruption and the crooks in the RCS communities, most conspicuously the village of Ravena and the town of Coeymans, especially the Coeymans Police Department. There was plenty of scandal to go a long way, and it kept us busy for a year reporting on the truth while the Albany Times Union and its junk journalists concentrated on partisan (read Coeymanazi) low-life scandal reporting, obviously fed rubbish by the local Coeymanazis and their keepers in Albany.

His Honor, the Mayor.John Bruno is Mayor of Ravena, NY.

His Honor, the Mayor.
John Bruno is Mayor of Ravena, NY.

And then there’s Ravena. What would Ravena be without a nest of corruption housed in the village hall. What would Ravena be without a senile ill-tempered godfather in Depend®, mayor John Bruno,  presiding over his court of blathering inbred Bruno, Persico, Biscone, Albano dwarves, the Delucas and the Warrens cowing and bowing to get their carrion-toxic talons into anything of value. We covered their latest larceny: the Bruno-Deluca-Warren Memorial Fitness Center and their feeble and misguided attempts to oust the RCS Community Library so that Cathy Deluca and Nancy Warren could prance and pose in their “own” fitness club–or is it a dairy farm–they “purchased” with Ravena taxpayer money to the tune of $40 grand!

eat-more-brainsYes! We were then and continue to be the bastions of Truth in this community while the Albany Times Union (a.k.a. Times Useless), the Ravena News Herald, and other local rags, including the local television sharks on  News Channel 10, News Channel 6, and News Channel 13 continued their tabloid journalism licking at the stale blood drawn by the Coeymanazi ambushes, and writing award-winning pornographic fiction based (almost) on slightly true facts creatively altered and embellished, but a final version of “facts” a.k.a. factoids. When they weren’t doing the Coeymanazi’s dirty work in print, they were days, even weeks late on the so-called stone-dead-cold “stories”, and stories they were, most of the time following on the heels of articles already posted on this blog. And you pay for the stale pulp fiction reported in that mass of advertising called  the Albany Times Union or that major collection of public notices called the Ravena News Herald. I just don’t get it.

Those of you who have been regular readers and who have signed up for e-mail notification of new articles and comments (You can follow this blog by clicking on FOLLOW ME in the upper right margin and entering your e-mail.)  Are very well-informed about the goings-on beneath the surface on the board of education, in the schools, and in the village and town boards.

More recently we published our observations about the Coeymans town board’s outrageous decision to award MidHudson Cablevision a 15-year exclusive contract for cable and Internet services (read Ravena-Coeymans: The Land of Goofy!) and followed that article with a sequel and update on that shameful betrayal by the Coeymans town board of residents in the town of Coeymans (read Sequel to “Land of Goofy”).

We drew attention to the fanatical and villainous presentation by John Anthony in the recent presentation that totally distorted the doctrine of “sustainable development,” striking fear and anxiety in an already paranoid local population. We tore that stupid propaganda a part in our article, Need More Unconstructive Anxiety?, and cast shame and disgrace on the organizers for having imposed such arrogant and misinformation propaganda on local citizens and voters!

Again, in an idiotic article degrading the pages of the already base Ravena News Herald by Bryan Rowzee that centered on local Coeymanazi building inspector Laverne “Larry” Conrad, while misquoting American poet laureate, Robert Frost, and quoting Laverne Conrad.

Thomas E. "Tom" DolanChampion of MidHudson Cablevision Deals

Thomas E. “Tom” Dolan
Champion of MidHudson Cablevision Deals

You may remember Laverne “Larry” Conrad as  part of the comedy duo, “Laverne and Surly“, who appear regularly on the Coeymans Comedy Channel (MidHudson Cablevision’s public access channel 11), featuring cameos by Tarty Tom Dolan, BoboCop Jerry Deluca, DodoCop Gregory Darlington, Bobo and Dodo doing their ” Wild West Keystone Cops” clown act, the Surly Siblings (Stephen Flack, Thomas “Tom” Dolan of MidHudson Cable fame, Peter Masti, Thomas Boehm, Dawn Rogers) as well as the Juggling Justices Gregory Dardiani and Harold “Hal” Warren who dress up as judges and make a mockery of the law (assisted by evil shyster clowns Gregory Teresi and Michael J. Biscone).

Well, in that News Herald article, Rowzee quotes Frost incorrectly and makes the mistake of quoting Laverne “Larry” Conrad. Read our article at Coeymanazi Building Inspector Conrad and you’ll get a good laugh…or a good cry.

Our article on the reverse Robin Hood shell game being played by Washington with taxpayer money focused on the reality of the misuse of the American taxpayer and how the feds take the food from your mouths to pay for the foor placed in the mouths of dictators and revolutionaries (covertely, of course) private jets of foreign government officials.
Waxing Whimsical: Why the US and You Have no $$$ ! tells the true story of why our communities, businesses, schools, and communities are in such dire straits.

And now Democrat Sec’ty of State Kerry and King Obama bin Ladin are prepping us to get involved in the Syrian conflict! More taxpayer $$$BILLIONS$$$ hemorrhaging out of the country to support causes of little or no interest to the Coeymans or Selkirk resident–or to anyone with any serious interest in day-to-day survival! When are you going to say STOP! In the meantime, you can continue collecting empty beer cans à la Cathy Deluca to send your kids on school field trips, while she’s posing for mayor Bruno in their “community” fitness center with Nancy Warner–at a cost of more than $40 grand of your tax money, plus their salaries! Disgusting!

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Claim your prize. It’s yours!

Now back to the Albany Times Union, Fred Lebrun, and the Sequel to Articles on this blog…

A reader drew our attention to an article that appeared in the Albany Times Union on Sunday, February 24, 2013, and written by Fred Lebrun, a fossil writer for the Albany Times Useless who occasionally pops up with an opinion. The article is entitled: LeBrun: Tax cap denies a ‘sound, basic’ education system and is basically a commentary (now you know how much fact it contains).

We’ll just post a couple of quotes from the article with some short comments, and you can make the rest of the connections and draw your own conclusions.

The governor’s beloved 2 percent tax cap was challenged in a lawsuit filed by the New York State United Teachers union in state Supreme Court in Albany. The suit offers multiple arguments why the tax cap is unconstitutional, asserting that it locks in unequal funding between have- and have-not school districts across the state, ”while pushing many school districts to the brink of educational and financial insolvency,” in the words of NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi. [my emphasis]nysut

Matthew J. "Matt-the-Mutt" MillerNYSUT Union Rep at RCS

Matthew J. Miller
“Matt-the-Mutt”

NYSUT Union Rep at RCS

 Right away, you should see red: our beloved special interest, rape the taxpayer organization, the New York State United Teachers, NYSUT, godparents of our very own teachers union lackey, Matt “the Mutt” Miller, is bringing the suit. Now you know it’s not good news for the taxpayer no matter what Lebrun says. But you must already know what’s coming next: doom, gloom, suspicion, dark days ahead, you’re losing your schools, your children are going to be eaten by aliens, etc. You know, the same-old-same-old whenever NYSUT raises its double-dealing-double-dipping head.

It is irrefutable that the effect of the incomplete tax cap passed in June 2011, while politically popular and a contributor to the governor’s high standing, has been disastrous for school districts and local governments.

Your tax dollars at work.

Your tax dollars at work.

That self-destructive attitude and the greed of the teachers union and its members, the teachers, are what’s killing the districts. Millions are being spent on the mismanaged, wasteful money pits we call schools that are turning out idiots at graduation. Why? Because the majority of parents and taxpayers are indifferent and don’t get involved with how their districts are managed or how their elected officials in Albany and Washington are turning their backs on their communities.

Just read some of the articles on this blog and you’ll know too well why our schools and local governments are turning into liquid waste.

Sadly, we are watching a catastrophe unfold that will deeply affect many of our children at their most vulnerable ages, and which will have consequences for the rest of their lives.

The State Education Department has warned that between 100 and 200 school districts will be insolvent within two years.

Mr "Fred-in-a-Funk" LebrunWrites on Our Schools. DUH!

Mr “Fred-in-a-Funk” Lebrun
Writes on Our Schools.
DUH!

Lebrun must have been asleep for the last several years! The catastrophe has been unfolding for some time now, Mr Lebrun. We’re right in the epicenter of it. DUH! Yes, Mr Lebrun, we are all aware of that fact but not many of our readers, sadly, have the guts or the balls to open their eyes, tighten their belts, and turn on the lights to see the writing on the wall. Again, read our articles and learn why the schools suck, why the kids are idiots, why the board of education is stymied in getting anything really effective done with the teachers special interests working against them, and why the local communities are drowning in their own raw sewerage with Coeymanazis like the town of Coeymans board, the local Coeymanazi police force, and the Coeymanazis on the street doing everything they can to have it their way or no way. Do you really think that business want to operate in a backwoods, Neanderthal community that is so business-unfriendly, corrupt, or that families want to live like that. Look around you and watch the exodus!

The multi-year highway to insolvency for many of them will be already littered with discarded teachers and administrators, dropped programs and advanced placement courses required for college admission, and cuts, cuts and more cuts impacting the core teaching mission.

Look, this didn’t happen over night, people! And it’s not going to get cured over night, either. What Lebrun is writing is crap, to be very honest. He, like so many others, are doing your bloody thinking for your and framing your life according to their views! YOU NEED TO DO YOUR OWN THINKING. BUT FIRST YOU HAVE TO GET BACK TO REALITY!

Reality.

Reality.

Look, you bunch of lemmings: You can’t keep taking without putting back in, people!

  • Do you drive your car without replacing the fuel used? Of course not. You’d be stuck in nowhere in no time!
  • Do you drive your car with a flat tire? Of course not, you’d cause more and more damage to the car the longer you drive! What was a small repair now is a major disaster!
  • Do you keep driving at 55 mph when you enter a 30 mph speed zone, even when warned that speed is checked by radar? Of course you don’t. If you did you’d lose your driving privileges in a very short time and be taking a mortgage to pay your fines and super-fines!So why do you drive the economy by taking away without replacing or not making necessary repairs and adjustments? Why do you damage the environment without repairing the damage you cause?

Why do you keep taking from the cookie jar without replacing the cookies and then complain that there are no more cookies? That’s the simplified state of facts. It all starts with Y-O-U!

Yes, the fast track to damnation will be littered with teachers, programs, administrators, advance placement programs. Why? Because they are not working and are costing an arm and a leg. They are NOT WORKING and are killing what does work: You and Me!

Look teachers are nice but they’re out for themselves. To think differently means you have your head in a fog. What the teachers don’t grab to make their lives easier the teachers union will grab for them. Guess who’s going to foot the bill for the $80-120 thousand plus salaries plus enhancements, plus benefits, plus summers off, and some very hefty pensions (after they move out of the district, like former interim superintendent Elizabeth “Betsy” Smith has done after padding her pension!). You and Me!

You’ve been paying for programs and administrators that have been substandard and that’s not only in this district. Sure they have to go! You’d have to go if you did on your job what they manage to do and stay employed! Abusing students. Indifference to student welfare. Bullying students. Having students bully other students. Just being jerks.

And “advance placement programs?” What a load of purest propagandist rubbish! Why isn’t “advanced” the standard like it is in Germany, Japan, Russia? I’ll give you a little hint: because parents like to delude themselves into thinking that little Johnny or Ginny is something special. WAKE UP! They’re far from special and in comparison to students in other countries they’re far below average! Our colleges are crap, too, because they attempt to educate the average who come to the colleges with below average abilities. Why? Because our colleges are not in the business of education…they’re more in the business of doing research for corporations or are in the real estate business! Our kids get advance placement on the international stupids list!

There are plenty of statistics and studies to document just how poorly the American student is doing in comparison with Europe and Asia. It ain’t pretty. Here are just two: Alliance for Excellent Education-Fact Sheet (March 2008), USA Today: In ranking, U.S. students trail global leaders. It’s downright embarrassing! And to think that with a graduation rate in a mid-70% range at the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk  Central School District  our per student expenditure is more than $21,000, we should be asking some very hard questions, indeed!

Why is that, parents? Don’t blame it all on the self-serving teachers. The teachers want the same thing you do: cars, houses, money, vacations, time off, etc. Blame it on yourselves for your own greed and indifference to the welfare of your offspring! Try parenting instead of getting more stuff. Try socializing your asocial cave creatures. Try teaching them respect (for others and themselves). Try teaching them how to be members of a community. Try teaching them how to love and be loved (and I don’t mean loving their own stuff or someone else’s–translate “stuff” any way you please). Give them a home not a car to live in. They don’t need A.S.A.P. programs or Teen Centers, they need parents. Real moms and dads!  Need I go on or are you finally catching on.

Or what's left of it.

Or what’s left of it.

As for the so-called adults among us: You had a brain at birth but through chronic misuse or unuse it’s gotten a bit screwed up. Maybe you’re reading the Times Union pulp fiction too much, or watching your MidHudson Cable ripoff too long. But you really need to make some corrections in your own lives, in the community, and then you can start on the bigger picture. But first you have to relearn how to use what gray matter might still be left after exposure to the fiction you have been fed by the media, by your leaders, by yourselves.

And the Times Union and the other media can start with themselves or suffer the consequences. The local elected officials who have been screwing you for years have to go. What we need is an ethical print and electronic media system that publishes true facts and less mistake, error and fear. The media and the government is misusing you and misinforming you, controlling you by making you suspicious of others and keeping you anxious and fearful. You actually have control if you’d only take it.

You need to get involved, though. You have to stop leaving it to someone else. That’s not how it works. Or you can stay stuck where you are. It’s your choice.

It's Your Choice.But Only if you want it.The Editor

It’s Your Choice.
But Only if you want it.
The Editor

 
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Sequel to “Land of Goofy”: Thanks Coeymans Town Board!

We Recently Posted an Article about the Stupidity of the Coeymans Town Board Approving a 15-year Exclusive Franchise Award to MidHudson Cable.

The real problem with village idiots is that they get elected to public office!

The real problem with village idiots is that they get elected to public office!

We were astonished that the town of Coeymans town board could do something so stupid and so damaging to the residents of Coeymans and we posted our insights on Ravena-Coeymans: The Land Of Goofy! Screwed Again by Coeymans Town Board! If you haven’t read it yet, click the link.

Of course, the town of Coeymans board members didn’t utter a peep in response. In fact, they should all have been tarred and feathered and run out of town.

Supervisor: Stephen FlachBoardmembers:Peter E. Mast,Thomas E. Dolan, Dawn Rogers,Thomas A. Boehm

Supervisor: Stephen Flach
Boardmembers:Peter E. Mast,Thomas E. Dolan, Dawn Rogers,Thomas A. Boehm

Maybe you should e-mail your town board and let them know what you think about their brilliant deals:

Stephen D. Flack
Supervisor, Town of Coeymans
supervisor@coeymans.org

Peter E. Masti
pmasti@coeymans.org
Current Term Expires December 31, 2015

Thomas E. Dolan
tdolan@coeymans.org
Current Term Expires December 31, 2015
(Dolan was hot for the deal. Why?)

Dawn Rogers
drogers@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2013

Thomas A. Boehm
tboehm@coeymans.org
Current Term expires December 31, 2013

But it doesn’t stop there. We, at least did some of the research and obtained some really scary numbers for you neighbors in the town of Coeymans to choke on.

With the cooperation of some interested readers, we found out that MidHudson Cablevision does offer an Internet connection service only for customers who don’t want to use MidHudson’s television offerings. But look at the cost:

  • MidHudson Cable television package includs cable TV and Internet: about $78.00/month
  • MidHudson’s stand-alone cable Internet (Internet only, no TV) connection ( repeat: no TV service): about $73.00/month

So, it looks like there’s no savings at all if you just want an Internet connection only, like most other providers like Time Warner provide at reduced cost. MidHudson Cablevision is going to gouge you no matter what you want, they do it because they can. The town boards of Coeymans (and New Baltimore) have seen to that.

But wait! Maybe the brilliant elected Coeymans town board negotiated special substantial discounts for Coeymans residents owing to the extraordinary 15-year contract. Or did the Coeymans town board negotiate to obtain frozen rates for 5 or 10 years so that residents would not have to face constant increases and added service charges. After all, that would be fair. MidHudson gets a 15-years exclusive concession for providing cable and Internet service, and residents get special rates or frozen rates. Do you think that’s what happened?  Let’s ask. You ask and I’ll ask.

But any report would be incomplete if we didn’t look at speed of service. But that’s kinda difficult if you don’t know how to do the number crunching, because the suppliers, especially Midhudson Cablevision, play the misinformation game here, too! Here are some examples (we’ve converted the megas and the kilos for you):

Time Warner offers the same service, 3 Mb for about $29.99. Midhudson Cablevision offers the same thing to us for $72.95!

Here’s an interesting comparison, too: the average cost for equivalent services costs:

  • in the USA: $47.00/month
  • in South Korea: $38.00/month

Ever wonder why that is? Ever wonder why we’re years behind Europe and Asia with our cell phones and Internet services? Ask your elected officials. Ask them why US Corporations are holding back and why the US government is suppressing cleaner faster services! Think it might have something to do with money and greed?

But the insanity of giving one supplier exclusive rights to the community for 15 years is beyond belief! Looks like no other supplier will ever consider coming to Coeymans or New Baltimore and that means we keep our primitive, second-rate services for a real long time. Now that the Coeymans board has handed the gift of a 15-year exclusive franchise to backwoods MidHudson  no real provider is going to make the investment to come into the area and compete with MidHudson, so we’re dead in the water, folks!

Here are some interesting sites you might want to visit to do your own reading:

We deserve better and we're not getting it! Ask them WHY?The Editor

We deserve better and we’re not getting it! Ask them WHY?
The Editor

 
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Waxing Whimsical: Why the US and You Have no $$$ !

We Have Been Following the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Budget Deliberations and Reading Some of the Local Comments Lamenting Possible Cuts. Why Do We Have To Worry About These Things…?

Ever Hear of USAID?United States Agency for International Development

Ever Hear of USAID?
United States Agency for International Development

We’re getting less and less federal aid and less and less state aid. Superstorm Sandy victims had to wait more than 90 days to get any disaster aid by an act of the United States Congress. Food prices are soaring. Fuel prices are soaring. But we have billions to give away to people who do little or nothing to help themselves, who seem to thrive on war and atrocities, who are more corrupt than the Ravena, New York town hall. And we’re giving it away to people who either steal it from their own people or to people who hate the United States.

And it’s not just about foreign countries and what is going on outside of the USA. By no means. Right here at home we have a POTUS who wants to be King Obama, we have the crown prince Governor of New York, Prince Andrew Cuomo, who acts like corrupt royalty passing unconstitutional laws right under the electorate’s nose. We have a state legislature that is corrupt, indifferent, and self-serving. We have a Supreme Court giving away the People’s rights to the corporations who then turn around to beat us up with the Corporate Greed Gorilla Stick, while they and the federal government reward their immoral practices and incompetence with bailouts. And we have a Congress who rubber stamps on the one hand anything that benefits them and stymies anything that might benefit the man on the street! We pay our potential enemies both inside and outside the country! But we have billions in taxpayer dollars to give away while cutting programs and benefits at home. What a bunch of morons!

They can’t give us a minimum wage but they can take pay raises, accept premium benefits, and enjoy the high-life while we have to acquire a taste for cat food! Times have changed dramatically; the USA is no longer the Oz of the rest of the world, we are in recession, we are suffering, we are having to tighten our belts. We no longer can give generously because we have our own hungry ghosts to feed. We have not managed our own greed well enough to have anything left to share.

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You might well ask!

You might well ask!
Or we could ask our elected officials!

Yeah. I thought I’d ask that question myself. Here are some very interesting bits of information and some places to go to read more:

Israel got more than $3.075 billion (that’s close enough to $3.1 billion) in 2012.
Israel’s special relationship with the United States pays off when it comes to foreign aid. The Jewish state has long been a top recipient of foreign aid, receiving nearly $3.1 billion in 2012.  We have to ask Why? when its loudmouth leader, Bibi Netanyahu (Wotayahoo) badmouths the US on a regular basis. And, besides, King Obama loathes him (but Obama loathes everyone not Obama) (Source: U.S. Foreign Aid By Country at Huffington Post)

Israel is currently the largest cumulative recipient of U.S. foreign aid since World War II.

To date, the United States has provided Israel $115 billion in bilateral assistance. It is currently the second largest recipient of aid worldwide, with Afghanistan now first.

The fiscal year 2013 budget request “includes $3.1 billion in Foreign Military Financing [FMF] for Israel and $15 million for refugee resettlement. Within the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s FY2013 budget request includes $99.8 million in joint U.S.-Israeli co-development for missile defense.” (Source: U.S. Foreign Aid to Israel: 2012 Congressional Report at Journalists Resource)

You can get an overview of the top 20 countries receiving USAID and the programs receiving money in spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel)  at USAID Where Does The Money Go? (USAID Where Does The Money Go?) But the really troubling part of this story is this is only what the government is making public. It doesn’t even consider the covert programs. And it doesn’t include the operating expenses of the agency nor the wages and salaries or benefits paid to the government employees administering the foreign aid agency!

So, before you start badmouthing the local board of education or bitching about your property taxes, you might want to ask your legislators: Where does the money go?

Lost our homes, no disaster relief, can't afford food, no healthcare.The New American Reality!

Losting our jobs, losing  our homes, no disaster relief, can’t afford food, no healthcare.
The New American Reality!

We can and should ask our state and local elected officials Why? are we seeing our rates go up Up UP and our local, state, federal, and unions putting the overspending on the 99% of taxpayers who are carrying the burden. Why?

Do you wonder now why they want to take away your guns?

Maybe we should keep some for ourselves, at home?The Editor

Maybe we should keep some for ourselves, at home?
The Editor

 

Need More Unconstructive Anxiety? We The People & John Anthony are Ready to Provide It

Anxiety Mongers and Fear Specialists Have Finally Descended on The Community! 

The Feeling You Got Listening to John Anthony Sustainable Freedom Lab

The Feeling You Got Listening to
John Anthony
Sustainable Freedom Lab

We The People Presented So-Called Agenda 21 “Expert” John Anthony (Sustainable Freedom Lab) to Blather On for More than One-and-One-Half Hours of Brainwashing (Most Were brain-dead After the First 20 or So Minutes of Anthony’s Diatribe) of  A Near-Full House of Locals on Anthony’s Own “Be Suspicious Agenda”

John Anthony of SFL

John Anthony of SFL
The only one we know of who can talk longer than Obama and actually make less sense!

Even more damning than a damned boring exposure to propagandist blather is the slap in the face at the end, when there is no time allocated for comments or for questions and answers. What were the organizers afraid of? Yeah, sure, they might have had to put facts where their cake holes were. It’s much safer to spew your venom and then beat it before anyone comes up with a real question requiring real facts. But I blame the organizers of this despicable event; they could have done better and could have presented a fairer and more balanced discussion of both sides of the Agenda 21 topic as a moderated panel discussion. It would have provided insights into both sides of the proposal and would have allowed more information exchange.

 So, dear readers, the downside of the experience was the whole experience. The upside was that there was no charge to attend (but there was a collection dish in the middle of tables) and there was a cash bar (which eased the overall pain a bit). You can now read our complete report on the rantings of a very confused toxic dwarf from New Jersey. You can also  review the recording we made of the dog-and-pony-act (which we’ve made available at the end of this article so you can decide for yourself whether the guy is a prophet or a lunatic; our money is on the lunatic part). If you’re one of the unfortunates who sat through the angry dwarf’s gleeful moment of self-gratification before an almost live audience, tossing books and vomiting random misinformation, you may benefit from our commentary. (If you click the Follow Me button at the top right of this page you can receive an automatic e-mail notification when our comments are published.)

John Anthony, a New Jersey businessman-turned-anxiety-monger, was invited by the organization calling itself We the People, to present his rather confused views about an action plan called Agenda 21.  First of all, here are the organizations who put on the presentation at a local restaurant in Coxsackie:

We the People describes (Tom DeWeese) itself as

“Citizens dedicated to preserving a Constitutional Republic ruled by law and the concept that sovereignty resides in We The People.” [Source: We The People site at http://wethepeopleusa.ning.com/ last visited on February 17, 2013]

Sustainable Freedoom Lab (SFL) (John Anthony) describes itself as”…changing the fight to protect our freedoms.  We provide unique tools to expose and turn the tables on officials, planners, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations who attempt to infringe upon your rights.”

When I see expressions like “ruled by law,” (I’d rather be ruled by justice, not “law”) “sovereignty resides in We the People,” (I’m not sure whether they mean that sovereignty resides in the group “We the People” or if We the People is referring to the opening lines of the Constitution. Whatever they mean, it’s unclear. Unclear pretty much sums up everything they have to say, too!). [Source: Sustainable Freedom Lab (SFL) site at http://sustainablefreedomlab.org/ last visited on February 17, 2013]

I also get a bit uneasy when I see Sustainable Freedom Lab (what’s the “Lab” in there for, anyway? Are we a bunch of lab rats being toyed with by these organizations?) using phrases like “changing the fight,” (What “fight”? I thought we were in this together, not opponents!?!), “turn the tables on officials, planners, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations” (Who’s left, I wonder?), and the buzzy, prick-up-your-ears cliché, “infringe on your rights.” What rights? Do we have any left after Andrew Cuomo, Obama, the Supreme Court, and David Soares mangle and distort the Constitution, and purloin and give our rights to the corporations? What’s left?  I have to ask you?

Mr Anthony Was Nothing Less than At Best A Crazed Preacher, More Sinister, though, A Propagandist.

Mr Anthony Was Nothing Less than At Best A Crazed Preacher, More Sinister, though, A Propagandist.

Actually, this experience woke me up to what’s out there and what the real agenda has been and continues to be: Mr Anthony, despite what he preaches, and preach he certainly does, is nothing less than a propagandist who is promoting the despicable message of anxiety, fear, and mistrust that has been plaguing the ignorant and the misguided of this country for years. Mr Anthony is nothing less than one of those crazed fire-and-brimstone preachers of satan, hell and damnation we cringe from when we see them on the idiot box or in those old films. But he’s continuing what was started after 911 and in the so-called Patriot Act: he’s keeping everybody paralyzed in a state of high anxiety and fear.

Mr Anthony’s talk, and man can he t-a-l-k — he went on for more than 90 minutes, starting more than a half-hour late — foaming at the mouth in an avalanche of doctored or dubious factoids and figures, waving several thick books with long titles, spewing cryptic abbreviations and acronyms, waving maps no one could clearly identify, running off bulleted lists and quotes on a projection screen, all doom and gloom, nothing substantial, nothing to educate or illuminate, but everything presented to obfuscate, to blur, to confuse. Do we really need our local political leaders to expose us to that sort of shite?

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The More He Ranted, the More the Real John Anthony Came Through.

As Anthony ranted on and on about this statistic and that statistic, his true person started to come through. This man who was touted as an “expert,” who first introduced himself to the audience as a “businessman” and midway through the talk morphed into a “historian,” didn’t know shit from Shinola, and was hell bent to spread his ignorance to the some 100 lemmings assembled in the room and mostly seniors, farmers, a smattering of local politicos, and a handful of 30-40-somethings who liked talking about not turning in their guns. But none of them appeared to be awake, much less following the unintelligible brayings of a fanatic, anti-government jackass!

John Anthony Went from Passionate Preacher, to Poking Propagandist, to Braying Jackass Before Our Eyes.

John Anthony Went from Passionate Preacher, to Poking Propagandist, to Braying Jackass Before Our Eyes.
(Well, actually, it took all of 90 minutes to happen.)

Of course the local media was there, if you can call the Hudson Catskill Newspapers, the “media.” In fact, just hours after the fanatic diatribe, Kyle Adams of the Catskill Daily Mail rushed to post his take on the event. Adams makes a feeble attempt to make best use of his ignorance, to make sense out of what was going on in the room but fails miserably (as most of the so-called journalists at the Hudson Catskill Newspapers tend to do.  They’re such creatures of habit. So eager to please their keepers.)  Far be it from us to make a statement without allowing our readers to decide for themselves. Heres a link to the Adams item that was published on the Catskill Daily Mail online edition: Coxsackie forum warns against dangers of sustainable development.

And, by the way, Kyle Adams, you are grossly misleading when you write, “State Assemblyman Peter Lopez, R-Schoharie, who also attended to learn more about Agenda 21.”  Peter Lopez showed up about 10 minutes before the presentation mercifully ended. (I know because I was sitting by the door when he arrived and his cell phone promptly made a disturbance!)  Mr Lopez, therefore, had no opportunity to either know what Mr Anthony was ranting about at all. Even if Lopez had shown up at the beginning of the presentation he wouldn’t have learned very much about Agenda 21, anyway. But Mr Lopez showed up at the end of the presentation, he did not “attend” as you incorrectly report, Mr Adams.

Now for the simple truth. No waving thick books in the air. No obscure statitisics. No doom and gloom. No propaganda. Just the plain, honest truth, something Mr John Anthony was unable to deliver at the so-called “forum”. (We’re not going to go into the substance of Agenda 21. Those of you who are interested in the range of opinions can find something to your liking by simply Googling “Agenda 21.” There’s something for everyone but read it with an open mind, please.)

Mr Anthony waved a lot of books around and spewed a lot of factoids in those agonizing 90 minutes. But the impression he made was that he was not being truthful. I say this because during his rant he clearly was preaching against “officials, planners, federal agencies and non-governmental organizations” as we can read in the description of his organization, Sustainable Freedom Lab, but he was giving only his ignorant interpretation. In fact, when I confronted him with a question about one of the books he suggested the audience download and read (it was a free publication of reports about Sustainable Development, Our Common Future), Mr Anthony responded that he was “not for or against anything, he was not supporting or opposing anything.” That’s clearly not the message he sent when delivering his rant (I’m providing a link to the entire rant, which I taped, at the end of this article). In fact, he failed to deliver the truth, a definition of Sustainable Development, taken directly from the very book he was flashing throughout the talk, Our Common Future, and invited those present to download and read. That definition contradicted just about everything Mr Anthony was preaching that afternoon:

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.”

That’s an important definition if we are to discuss sustainable development in any way whatsoever. In fact, all definitions of sustainable development ask us to  we see the world as a system—a system that connects space, and a system that connects time.

Who today can avoid acknowledging that our entire existence depends on our accepting that everything in the world is interconnected and in a delicate balance. When you envision the world as a system whose effects move  over space, you grow to understand that air pollution from North America affects air quality in Asia and vice versa, and that pesticides sprayed in Argentina could harm fish stocks off the coast of New England!

And when you think of the world as a system over time, you start to realize that the decisions our grandparents made about how to farm or otherwise develop the land continue to affect our land use or abuse today; and the economic policies we endorse today will have an impact on economic policies when our children are adults. Just think for a moment about the effects of deforestation and desertification and their negative influence on climate and weather! Depleting the Amazonian rain forest and clearing forests in India is making a mess out of our weather patterns!

We also understand that quality of life is a system, too. It’s good to be physically healthy, but what if you are poor and don’t have access to education? It’s good to have a secure income, but what if the air in your part of the world is unclean? And it’s good to have freedom of religious expression, but what if you can’t feed your family?

The concept of sustainable development is rooted in this sort of systems thinking. It helps us understand ourselves and our world. The problems we face are complex and serious—and we can’t address them in the same way we created them. But we can address them. But Mr John Anthony doesn’t provide solutions. The fact that he got to say what he wanted to say over those agonizing 90 minutes but did not end with a comment period or an opportunity to ask questions was a sure sign that his was a hit-and-run ambush act! He did nothing to simplify the situation nor to clarify it. Here’s what sustainable development looks like in a very simple, easy to understand form:

sustainable

The real monsters are us, our perverse greedy, self-centered, insatiable individual avarice and gluttony.

Here’s the real story behind sustainable development and it’s not a horror story about people losing their rights or private property being gobbled up by some monster from the cannibal culture of the United Nations or government agencies! Let’s stop with the idiotic witch hunts looking for monsters and start doing some soul-searching of our own. The real monsters are us, our perverse greedy, self-centered, insatiable individual avarice and gluttony.

And puhleez don’t start with the idiotic speculations that the now 30-year old voluntary action plan is going to erase private property rights and implement a diabolical program of population control. If you really want to be scared shiteless just read some of the lunatic stuff on Catholic Answers, a site that describes its purpose as “to defend and explain the faith.” (Here’s the link: Agenda 21: United Nations’ erases private property for green-ism.) Seems there are more nuts out there than in a holiday fruitcake! Bless their poor demented souls!

If we want to survive in the terms of the definition of sustainable development taken from the book Our Common Future, we need to make it a firmly rooted, long-term reality by first working in community to create a truly sustainable economy. The fear and anxiety propagandists only offer one side of the coin, the tarnished side, and are always pointing to the “other” as the enemy. We, you and I, have to take responsibility.

All human, all economic activity is dependent on a healthy Nature, a healthy world!

No matter how you look at it our economy is based on nature. Yes, the Nature we’re constantly trying to destroy to satisfy our appetites for more, More, MORE. It’s time we took a step back and recognized that we are a part of the Nature we are destroying; that we are in an intimate relationship with Nature. The foundation of our survival is in the soil, water, air, and environmental concerns have to be first understood by US, and we then must inform our policy makers that we need to stop our suicidal policies. All human, all economic activity is dependent on a healthy Nature, a healthy world!

We are citizens of the universe, the world, the created order and we have really gone off the deep end; we need real ecological and economic conversation. The environmental problem is the direct consequence of our economic activity of our greed, of the corporations and short-term profits and short-term solutions. Those negative environmental consequences are long-term and must be first among our national and international priorities. The environmental question is not just an ethical and scientific problem, it’s a political and economic problem.

We need to place greater emphasis on renewable energy, fuels and cleaner technologies, for starters.  We have to do a hell of a lot more to stop and reverse current trends in consumption and pollution. And where does that start? Not in the halls of Washington or the UN, not in the government agencies, not in non-governmental organization as Mr Anthony would have you believe. It starts in your own homes, in your kitchens, in your living rooms, in your town halls!

sustainable word cloud

 OK, if fossil fuels are going to be with us for “the foreseeable future” and if the governments are going to settle for “hybrid options in the energy mix”, then serious public investment in clean technology must accompany this pragmatism as an urgent part of national and international strategies to diminish as fast as possible the impact of air and sea transport pollution and those sectors’ continued use of outdated technology. That’s what Agenda 21 is proposing. Not depriving anyone of life, liberty, happiness or private property. Agenda 21 is an action plan, a voluntary program, that will ensure life, liberty, happiness and private enjoyment of property for the present and for the future. But we didn’t hear that from Mr Anthony…he has his own agendas.

It's Not Tree Hugging!<br />It's Embracing a Future for Life!

The principle of subsidiarity requires the participation of local communities in the decision-making process

We’ve all heard about the future fresh water crisis, and it’s real. Melting polar ice, crazy record droughts, freakish storms, unparalleled flooding, crops rotting, cattle dying, shortages, and the list can go on. Do you really doubt that it’s connected with our patterns of abuse of Nature and our patterns of consumption. Do you really doubt that we’re on a suicidal binge of waste and misuse? Think of a basic survival need, water: the fulfillment of water requirements is not the lack of sufficient water for human needs but that of the proper stewardship, care and administration of our water resources. We’ve all heard or read about the privatization of water resources, where corporations are buying up municipal water resources with a view  of making a profit by selling the natural resource back to the people.  This certainly  highlights the  problems of rogue corporations, wild-eyed greed, the need for ethical management of infrastructure, technology, and finances. Governance of water resources must be based on the implementation of the principle of responsibility shared at all levels, especially the local, right on through the regional, state, national and  international level, with particular attention to the principle of subsidiarity, which requires the participation of local communities in the decision-making process.

Desertification and drought now affect more than one in six of the world’s population.

The UN designated 2006 as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, and drew international attention to one of the most alarming processes of environmental degradation. Desertification has  a strong negative influence not only on the environment but also in economic and social fields. Desertification and drought now affect more than one in six of the world’s population.

We should be well aware that too little of our own, personal, local effort has been made to safeguard the moral conditions for an authentic human ecology. Such an authentic human  ecology will place the human person at the centre, not at the top, dear readers,  of environmental concerns, while at the same time promoting an urgent sense of human responsibility for the Earth, be it at the level of the individual single household, local communities, states, commerce. Everything starts and ends with the individual person: YOU and I.

Good environmental policies are by extension good people policies too.

Back to water. Water. by 2025, a third of the world’s nations will have catastrophically low levels of water. Even today, 34,000 people die every day for lack of clean water: one and a half billion people do not have access to clean water, a figure which could rise to 3 billion by 2025. We, right here in town, experience water restrictions almost regularly so how can we continue ignoring our involvement in a global problem?

We need desperately to find a balance.We don't need more anxiety preachers!

We need desperately to find a balance.
We don’t need more anxiety preachers!

We can no longer go on pretending that our individual greed and that human activity has little or no negative impact on resources that are essential to our survival.

In terms of food security or ensuring that there’s enough feed our populations. Changing climactic conditions have had a devastating effect in this area. Newsweek recently published a feature article on foods that will disappear from our tables if we don’t take some concerted action to change our destructive habits. We can no longer pretend that human activity has little or no impact on these matters. (Anyone notice smaller food packaging, less content, higher prices? Less for more. Is that the UN conspiracy or the corporations at work?)

Energy is central to achieving sustainable development goals; improving access to reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly energy services is a major challenge to the eradication of poverty, the fostering of social justice, of ensuring enough for all. Nature, creation, the environment is not private property, it’s our common inheritance from the Divine. Get with the program, people! It starts with Genesis but not the corporations or the John Anthony interpretation of it. You are not at the top of creation, you are at most at the center of creation and by occupying that position, you have a very grave responsibility…and you’ve made a bloody mess of it.

Reliance in industry, transport, commerce and defence upon traditional combustion engines is already a century old

The transportation sector is another devilish problem we need to seriously and urgently deal with. Reliance in industry, transport, commerce and defence upon traditional combustion engines is already a century old.  For several reasons, their replacement with clean, renewable alternatives is long overdue.

The Earth’s climate system has demonstrably changed on both global and regional scales since the pre-industrial era. The global warming trend and sea-level rise would continue for hundreds of years, due to the atmospheric lifetime of some greenhouse gases and the long timescales on which the deep ocean adjusts to climate change.

Who can seriously doubt or argue against the fact that the dovetailing of environmental and developmental concerns with commercial and industrial policymaking will surely lead to a safer, more prosperous future for all. But no nation can achieve this alone.

We need to start acting like mature citizens and stewards of creation and admit our part in the damage done and take responsibility for our part in healing it!

Apart from the myriad clichés, the single point that John Anthony made and with which  I must admit to agreeing with is this: We need to push our elected officials to work with our communities to ensure our survival.

Yes, dear readers, you need to stop wallowing in your own misery and anxiety and do something about it. You and I have the power to make these changes work. You and I have to demand these changes. You and I have to make these changes. You and I have to take urgent steps to make our elected officials know that we will no longer play the village idiots for the corporations or the special interests. We are the ones who are paying the price and the ultimate price will be our survival. We need to stop the shortsightedness and tell people like John Anthony who want to force feed us with more anxiety and more negativity to Shut the hell up! We need to start acting like mature citizens and stewards of creation and admit our part in the damage done and take responsibility for our part in healing it! In otherwords, Grow up! Ante up! Or shut up!

Time to put our own SPIN on things!

Time to put our own SPIN on things!
Time for us to take responsibility, to take control!

Mr Anthony had the audacity to call himself an historian. Purest rubbish! Mr Anthony proved his ignorance by making the statement that “social justice” or “social option” was  coined about 40 years ago, about the time the notion of sustainable development was born. That’s simply not true! In fact, social justice is a prominent theme in the Gospels, in the Old Testament prophets. It was made part of the official  teaching of the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo XIII’s peerless Encyclical, On the Condition of Workers, “On Capital and Labor,” and later in Pope Pius XI’s “On Reconstruction of the Social Order” (1931). The notion of social justice was further developed by great humanitarians like Dorothy Day, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and before them the Buddha and Christ! 800 years ago St Francis of Assisi was teaching social justice and most faith traditions continue some form of social justice and social options! Where have you been, Mr Anthony?!?

So, in conclusion, if you have 90 minutes on a Sunday and don’t know how to spend them, may I recommend that if you want to hear preaching, take those 90 minutes and spend them in Sunday worship. At least there you might pick up something from the more than 2000 years of wisdom that might constructively help you to cope with the anxiety people like John Anthony and his ilk are foisting on an almost daily basis .

As promised, here is the link to the recording of the entire Anthony rant, if you’d like to listen or download it: John Anthony Rant, or right-click the link to download the audio file.

The Moment of Truth is NOW!Make Positive Changes Now. Tweak Later. The Editor

The Moment of Truth is NOW!
Make Positive Changes Now. Tweak Later.
The Editor

[Editor’s Note: If anyone who is reading this article would like to read a moral theological discussion of the Agenda 21 subject matter, just leave a comment and we’ll post the ethics and moral theological reasoning behind Agenda 21. There is much to be said about humanity’s moral and natural right obligation to accept and implement the principles of Agenda 21, and why it would be “sin” not to do so.]

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