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05/01/13 05:32 - ID#57603

More anti-Paladino campaign flyers

To continue (e:Libertad)'s publicizing of the series of negative campaign flyers we've been getting. As you may know, Carl Paladino is running for Buffalo School Board (I think in the south Buffalo district). He's got several people running in other districts seeking to create a majority bloc. Bryon McIntyre is one. Here's an article about the flyers from YNN

No one is claiming responsibility. They're expensive full-color two-sided mailers.



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09/24/12 02:21 - ID#56791

The Sky is Pink

(e:thechefsky) and I are participating in a fracking discussion event at UB Law on Thursday, 7:00 p.m. in room 12, O'Brian Hall. Hope you can join us!


You can watch the short film here but you'll miss out on our scintillating conversation!

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09/10/12 10:27 - ID#56755

Voter disenfranchisement

I realized the other day that I might not be able to vote in PA under the new super-strict voter ID law.

I'm registered in PA - obviously, those are the politics I care about, and I have enough residency to make it legitimate. I have a post office box, a bank account, a PA attorney license... you'd think that would be enough, right? Especially in a town where I know the poll workers and used to work at the polls?

Well, PA's new strictest-in-the-nation voter ID laws say that I need PA photo ID. Seriously. College ID? Nope - out of state is not acceptable. Drivers license? I've still got my NYS license. Other photo ID? NYS attorney secure ID - I can get into any courthouse in NYS but can't vote in PA. I don't have a passport because I don't like to travel and my NYS enhanced license ID lets me visit Toronto and go swimming at the quarry as much as I like. PA doesn't participate in the "REAL ID Act" I can't even get the stupid free voting ID because I don't have a lease, not that I have time to get to the DMV - our county's DMV is open 2x per week, for a total of about 12 hrs. Fuck you, Corbett! And you too, Matt Baker!

Voter ID laws are all about suppressing votes and not at all about fraud prevention:

PA House Majority Leader: "Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it's done. First pro-life legislation -- abortion facility regulations -- in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS SuperPAC has already pulled out of PA because it's going for Obama. Ha.

(I'll be voting by absentee ballot.)
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11/20/11 04:44 - ID#55563

Occupy everywhere

The antique man, allen street, buffalo

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06/24/11 09:37 - ID#54569

New York same sex marriage

Watch live

A Twitter feed #ny4m

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10/19/10 10:40 - ID#52983

Zoar Valley at risk

Y'all teased me about how boring my natural gas posts/rants were so I stopped writing about it... but I think you might want to monitor this story and submit comments to DEC.

...the Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a “Strategic Forest Management Plan” for Zoar Valley and the rest of the 770,000 acres of New York State Forests. These forests are patches of wild land scattered across the state, set aside for their unique natural wonders or for simple reforestation.

This plan was sprung upon us with a bare two months until the Oct. 29 deadline on comments. The plan would industrialize these wild preserves with deep-well gas extraction using hydrofracking and horizontal drilling.

Its 5-acre wellheads, massive truck traffic, maze of roads, insatiable demand for fresh water and inevitable pollution of surface waters with salt, heavy metals and radon has no place in our state, let alone in such vulnerable and revered places as Zoar Valley.

The DEC’s plan proposes not only “fracking” in the forests but using forest resources to support fracking elsewhere. The plan would inject the witch’s brew of waste water from other sites into exhausted state forest gas wells and hope that it would not migrate into our drinking water. It would “steal” fresh water from these forests and turn it into polluted fracking waste.

Also see

The Zoar Valley is one of the most spectacular wilderness areas of Western New York. I have hiked and snowshoed the rim trails of the gigantic gorge, looking down from the cliffs at Cattaraugus Creek, 400 feet below. I've navigated a canoe through the current and rapids on one-way trips from west of Springville to Gowanda. So much to do there, and so much to see - spring wildflowers, waterfalls cascading down the cliffs, virgin and secondary-growth forests, herons, hawks and even an occasional bald eagle - this is a sacred place that must be protected.

Recently, I was shocked to learn of a proposal by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to allow gas drilling in the Zoar Valley State Forest using hydrofracking and horizontal drilling. The controversial fracking process contaminates millions of gallons of fresh water per gas well with toxic chemicals to help release the shale gas, permanently buries most of the water deep underground and has been blamed for contamination of drinking water and human illnesses. We can not let this happen in our beautiful Zoar Valley. Keep in mind too that the Cattaraugus Creek drains into Lake Erie, the source of drinking water in the Buffalo area.

The DEC writes that public comment is encouraged and will be accepted through 4:45 p.m., Friday, October 29, 2010. Please read the articles below, review the information on the DEC website, and submit comments to the DEC by email to State Forest Strategic Plan ( ). Comments may also be mailed in a letter to Strategic Plan for State Forest Management, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4255.

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Category: politics

10/13/10 07:38 - ID#52945

Carl country?


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10/11/10 05:02 - ID#52936

Pride Center Rally Against Palladino's comments

Date: October 11, 2010             

The Pride Center of WNY Organizes Rally to Decry Carl Paladino’s Homophobic Comments

Buffalo, NY – “I don’t want our children brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option” Carl Paladino. In response, Jorien Brock, Senior Director of the Pride Center of WNY states: “This is exactly the kind of appalling public discourse that perpetuates anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender violence and tells our young LGBT folks that they are alone, do not have other options, and leads them to commit suicide.” Brock continues” And what is this about an option? Aren’t we past the point of even having a discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered folks choosing to be who they are. This is not an option…it IS who we are, and who we are is very good.”

In response to the outrageous and disparaging comments made by Mr. Paladino, The Pride Center is inviting the community to stand by them in a public rally to protest these comments at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 12 in front of Mr. Paladino’s campaign headquarters at 295 Main Street in the City of Buffalo. This will be a peaceful rally to show Mr. Paladino, the people of Western New York and those throughout New York State that he does NOT speak for us.

Mr. Paladino states that “we” should not get him wrong, he does not want to hurt LGBT people?. “This is exactly what he is doing;” states Brock,“This language is hateful and hurtful.” Suicide is the number one cause of death for young LGBT people. More gay youth than any other group take their own lives because they are afraid, they do not feel safe, they do not believe they can grow up to be loved, they feel that society does not and will not accept them for who they are.

The mission of the Pride Center is to work with the community to make Western New York a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for LGBT people to live, work, and establish their families. We want people to know that you are not alone, there are people and resources here to support you, and perpetuating discrimination against LGBT people will not be tolerated.


P.S. I still have a bag full of aloe!!
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Category: politics

01/15/10 12:31 - ID#50819

Take Back the Night Rally @ Days Park

Two well-publicized homophobic attacks occurred on New Years. Others go unreported or under-reported far too often.

Enough is enough. We are encouraging as many as possible to rally at Days Park on Friday, January 15 at 7 PM to take back our city from bigots.

We will then march down the sidewalk of Allen Street to Main Street at about 7:15 to 7:30.

If you are able, please bring candles, and if you are also willing, please wear rainbow and/or hot pink items. We want to be as noticeable as possible.

Flyer, feel free to print off and post:

More details will come soon.

If anyone is interested in joining a neighborhood watch for Allentown, please join this group:

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11/10/09 10:57 - ID#50264

Argh! Stupak amendment

Breaking Down Abortion Language In Health Bill

(background: Hyde Amendment )

When Congress Sells Out Women

Democrats face backlash over House abortion limits (they'd better!)

As if this legislation isn't a big enough give-away to insurance corporations, we have to have a give-away to the Catholic Church??

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