Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Facebook tops MySpace ...

On my most recent poll.

I had to take it down to get the new poll up ... about Friday night's debate. Should it go on as planned? Vote to the right.

Enquiring minds want to know ...

The National Enquirer has "revealed" that GOP VP candidate had an affair with her husband's former partner.

According to The NATIONAL ENQUIRER, three members of the man’s family, including one by sworn affidavit, have claimed that Palin engaged in an affair with husband Todd’s former business partner, Brad Hanson.

Hanson owned a snowmobile dealership with Palin’s husband Todd, who terminated the partnership after he heard stories about the alleged romp in 1996. This was around the time that Palin was mayor of Wasilla.

“Sarah was elected mayor of Wasilla, Brad became a city council member in the nearby town of Palmer, and they started an affair,” says Jim Burdett, who was described by the Enquirer as a “Hanson family insider.”

“Todd found out about the affair and was so mad he broke up their partnership at the snowmobile dealership.”

Family values, my ass.

The real reason for McCain's proposal to delay debate?

According to CNN, John McCain has suggested that he and Barack Obama delay Friday night's debate and hold it next Friday instead.
McCain supporter Sen. Lindsey Graham tells CNN the McCain campaign is proposing to the Presidential Debate Commission and the Obama camp that if there's no bailout deal by Friday, the first presidential debate should take the place of the VP debate, currently scheduled for next Thursday, October 2 in St. Louis.
Hmm. Could this really simply be an effort to allow Sarah Palin a little longer to cram for her debate?

In this scenario, the vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin would be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined, and take place in Oxford, Mississippi, currently slated to be the site of the first presidential faceoff this Friday.

Graham says the McCain camp is well aware of the position of the Obama campaign and the debate commission that the debate should go on as planned — but both he and another senior McCain adviser insist the Republican nominee will not go to the debate Friday if there's no deal on the bailout.

I'm expecting this to blow up on McCain, but found it interesting to see The Buffalo Bean on his Facebook status earlier call this a "brilliant move" by McCain. "Brilliant move." Not a "good idea."

Is this an acknowledgement from WNY's most prolific GOP blogger that McCain needed to ditch out on this debate? Or just an acknowledgement that it was a ploy?

He did what?!?!?

John McCain announced on Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign for the presidency ... and is asking Democratic nominee Barack Obama to cancel Friday night's debate so he can work on a solution to the economic crisis.

Are you shittin' me? Um no.
Mr. McCain made the call after spending more than an hour preparing for Friday’s debate at the Morgan Library and Museum — which, by coincidence, is where J. Pierpont Morgan bailed the country out of the great financial panic of 1907 by locking the leading bankers of the day in his library and forcing them to come up with a rescue plan. Mr. McCain also cancelled a planned appearance on “Late Night With David Letterman.” He made the statement about returning to Washington to a small pool of reporters at his hotel in midtown Manhattan in front of a blue curtain and two American flags, reading from a Teleprompter. He took no questions.
Is this just his way of getting out of a debate he's not prepared for? Is he trying to do this to make Obama look cold (knowing that he wouldn't also suspend his campaign?) Really. I have no friggin' clue on this.

Anyone want to tackle this for me?

Niagara County back on top ...

For the second time in three years, Niagara County tops the list of highest taxed counties in America based on a percentage of property value. Last year, the county was second.

From Business First:
Niagara County residents carry the heaviest property-tax burden in America, according to a new report from the Tax Foundation.

The typical Niagara County household pays $2,802 in property taxes each year, which equals 2.92 percent of the value of the typical home in the county, $95,800. That’s triple the national rate of 0.95 percent.

The Tax Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., compared home values and property-tax rates in all 788 U.S. counties with populations of $65,000 or more. Its report was based on newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The seven counties with the heaviest property-tax burdens are all in New York, including three in Western New York. Joining Niagara County from this region in the top seven are No. 3 Chautauqua County and No. 7 Erie County.

Gov. David Paterson has appointed Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi to head up a commission to rework the state’s formula on property taxes.

Suozzi’s panel has made recommendations in a preliminary report that is due to be finalized by Dec. 1. State lawmakers have also introduced measures to provide relief to property owners who pay some of the highest taxes in the country. However, there are differences in the legislation proposed in the state Senate and Assembly.

A series of statewide hearings are scheduled to address the matter. The Buffalo session is set for Oct. 30. Other stops are for Albany, Oct. 2; Yonkers, Oct. 22; Rochester, Nov. 5; and Syracuse, Nov. 12.

The following are the 10 U.S. counties where taxpayers carry the heaviest tax loads. Each county is followed by its median property tax, median home value and the percentage of home value spent in annual taxes by the typical homeowner:

• 1. Niagara County, N.Y., $2,802 in annual taxes, $95,800 in home value, 2.92% tax load

• 2. Monroe County, N.Y., $3,629 in annual taxes, $128,500 in home value, 2.82% tax load

• 3. Chautauqua County, N.Y., $2,184 in annual taxes, $79,300 in home value, 2.75% tax load

• 4. Wayne County, N.Y., $2,690 in annual taxes, $102,000 in home value, 2.64% tax load

• 5. Oswego County, N.Y., $2,189 in annual taxes, $85,500 in home value, 2.56% tax load

• 6. Onondaga County, N.Y., $3,056 in annual taxes, $120,000 in home value, 2.55% tax load

• 7. Erie County, N.Y., $2,822 in annual taxes, $112,000 in home value, 2.52% tax load

• 8. Fort Bend County, Texas, $4,229 in annual taxes, $168,800 in home value, 2.51% tax load

• 9. Steuben County, N.Y., $2,039 in annual taxes, $82,500 in home value, 2.47% tax load

• 10. Camden County, N.J., $5,311 in annual taxes, $223,400 in home value, 2.38% tax load
You may recall two years ago, the Niagara County Legislature took issue with this fact, saying that it didn't count the fact that the county has a good bond rating. I'm serious.

I'll be interested in seeing how Niagara County's new Public Information Office reacts to this.

Edit: Gerald Plante, senior economic advisor to the Tax Foundation will be my guest tomorrow morning at 11:15 a.m. on Dialog (WLVL) to discuss this.

Clarence boy makes bid to be top sports kid

I got this email from a friend of mine ...
Here is a great story for you. If this doesn't make your day, nothing will.

There is a little boy named Derek Andrews who lives in Clarence NY. He is presently 7 years old and will turn 8 in October. Derek has a muscle disorder and doctors told his parents that Derek would never be able to run or play sports. Apparently, however, no one ever told Derek.

He plays hockey at the Amherst Pepsi Center, baseball and soccer in Clarence, and participates in gymnastics. Maybe the word 'plays' is a bit misleading. Derek was on the baseball league all-star team, the ice hockey select team and was the leading scorer on his soccer team! All despite that condition that continues to weaken the muscles in his body.

To make the story even more heartwarming, after winning a local bank's essay contest (who in the world writes essays at 7 ), Derek used his prize money to put on a magic show at Children's Hospital, help organize a book drive for a Buffalo school and buy supplies for elephants at The Buffalo Zoo.

Derek's uncle says that Derek has been nominated for 'Sports Kid of the Year' by Sports Illustrated for Kids and is now a top 10 finalist. I can't think of any more deserving kid than this boy. To help Derek achieve that honor, all you have to do is vote for him at the following web site http://sikids.com/sportskid/. It literally takes 15 seconds to do. You are allowed to vote as often as you wish.

PLEASE SEND THIS ALONG TO ANYONE ON YOUR EMAIL LIST. Most of us have a set group we send emails to. Send this one along. It is your chance to feel good about yourself and to help a little boy who has more heart than most people today will ever need or know.

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