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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Friday is for Budweiser

Just another day: Probably the main downside of being a graduate student - besides the lack of cash and the boring books - is that weekends don't feel like weekends and holidays don't feel like holidays. Since I never report to work per se, I never really feel like it's a day off. Sigh. Anyhow, I didn't feel like in-depth writing today, so quick thoughts on a variety of topics:

Happy Veteran's Day: Talk to anyone over the age of 65, and they'll tell you that Veterans Day just isn't what it used to be. Fewer parades, fewer observances, and fewer people pausing at 11am. I guess fewer people today know a veteran personally than they did a generation ago. And that's probably a good thing. Nevertheless, it is disappointing to see today go by with little public fanfare. For instance, why is the Colonie Town Library open today? Or better yet, why am I sitting at the Colonie Town Library trying to do work? So take the time, and do something to honor those who defend your country.

School's out: It's probably a good thing that the local schools are closed today. I think we definitely needed a "cooling off" period in Schenectday and Renssellaer. Things like this make you wish the big school issues were streakers, dress codes, and teenage sleep patterns.

Tech Valley: The governor signed the tech-valley high school bill yesterday. As I've written previously, I'm a fan of the idea. And right now, the Times Union is too. But I'll bet they'll turn against it as soon as they see it out-performing the public schools. P.S. It's just killing me that the Times Union hasn't figured out how permalinks work. Sometimes you can access old TU stories through the SmAlbany archives, and sometimes you can't!

The cyber-party's over: Local cops have figured out "Craig's List."

Spring break: Forget Cancun or Panama City, you can now go to Storytown The Great Escape in February. To ride some indoor waterrides. And you can get a hotel there. For $189. God, I feel old. Remember when the feature attraction up there was the Desparado Plunge? There's at least a 10% chance this place has "racino-style" slot machines in 10 years.

Mike Brown: Always classy, in victory or defeat. From the TU:
In a news release, Brown tagged supporters of winner Corey Ellis as "an elitist freak show led by lily-white hypocrites who rented a few black people." He referred to unnamed "thugs" who assaulted an election inspector who is a grandmother, poll watchers who blocked people from voting, and "wrecking crews" who destroyed his campaign signs. "It was so bad, even Ray Charles could see it," he said.
Well, that's got to be a record. The race card (twice), the populist card, the hypocrite card, the thug card, the election-fraud card (twice), and the grandmother-card, all in under 70 words. This is particularly funny because you know Brown is pulling every string he has in order to manipulate the 83 uncounted absentee ballots that could sway the election (which was 507-445) if Brown gets 75% of them.

Don't forget: I'm a guest panelist tonight on WAMC's Weekly Rundown, which airs at 9pm. Have a great weekend. See you on Monday.
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At 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

The TU issue isn't about permalinks, it's about blocking people from archived content. It would be a big improvement if they auto-directed you to the pay-per-article page.    



At 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Actually, it would be a big improvement if they didn't make you pay for archived content.    



At 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

I think worse is how we're treating and dis-honoring Iraqi vets, especially the maimed and wounded. It's as if the country is just averting its gaze. Support our Troops!    



At 11:36 AM , Blogger Matt said:

RE: permalinks, I'm not so sure it's an archiving issue. IF you use google, sometimes you can get a link to an old TU article in which the original link no longer works.

Obviously it would be better if they had free archived content.    



At 12:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Mostly you can't.    



At 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Brown left out the part about how he arranged for one polling place to open late -- too late for the early risers and people who wanted to vote on their way to work.

The polling place was down the street from where Corey Ellis lives, in a part of the ward that was expected to tilt heavily against Brown. He was clearly hoping he could stymie some early voters, and maybe prevent them from voting at all. Big surprise from the same guy who conspired to steal votes from old ladies in public housing.    



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