08/30/11 07:15 - ID#55059
2011 Zombie Walk for Charity
Now What I did was I paid so I could get in and get in at the night time show even though I didn't think I would make that... Then after People passed me by I tried to get ahead of them... Down by Allen there was some guy who gave these girls a book.... One of the zombies jumped out in front of a non moving bus and took pictures it was really cool.....
Tried to drop a Video in but AVI format isn't allowed oh well
Hey I know I had a great time looks like the walkers had a good time also....
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/30/11 07:15
08/29/11 06:35 - ID#55055
Elmwood Festival of the Arts
Pictures of Zombies later maybe Tuesday for Now Elmwood festival of the arts....And Skiffling.....
Gotta talk about Lyods for a second that Crazy corn was so good it really was.... Yes I ate the seasonings that fell off oh so tasty.... Now I got a Taco and a Burrito one was braised Beef and the other was Chicken... Now I bit into the taco and was shocked by the taste then It dawned on me most places around here when you get a soft taco they don't use Corn shells they use flour and leave it open or what ever they do.. So props to Lloyds on that.....
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/29/11 06:35
08/28/11 04:33 - ID#55046
Alice Cooper at the Marina 2011
What an amazing show tough to believe it was only $10 of course then food and a shirt and all that.....
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/28/11 04:33
08/28/11 02:11 - ID#55043
Klear, Anvil and Alice Cooper
Next up was Anvil who I know none of there music but they Rocked it pretty hard and Heavy.....
So I changed my Mind and Decided just from Picture Numbers and since he is the main act that I want to upload ever single Alice Cooper Picture so he gets his own album...
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/28/11 02:11
08/25/11 07:19 - ID#55022
Fair 4 2011
Each day of the fair at 5PM they have a Parade.... What was interesting was where I was some things joined it so wonder if a few people didn't get to see everything.....
So Dock Dogs had all kinds of events this was a High Jump event that was pretty interesting a few pix....
I admit I never found the plate of all the different kind of fries, or the doughnut burger, or Beer Battered Burger... But I did find this brick oven pizza place and it was very good...
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/25/11 07:19
08/24/11 06:05 - ID#55014
2011 Part 3 Fair
I didn't know I didn't see all of the Creative Arts building those gingerbread houses where pretty cool.... They always have great things there.....
Yes I got a DVD and they singed it... It is tough to explain you just kinda gotta see them and see how the do the balancing thing and jump through the hoops and that kind of thing ok think this is a good place to cut it....
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/24/11 06:05
08/23/11 07:48 - ID#55008
Fair 2011 Part 2
Fried Mashed Potato I went with the bacon version was pretty good.....
Not sure how well you can see them but the Tiger Show was a good time...... I guess a few more animals then call it...... Never know how many photos is too many or not enough...
That should be enough for now.....
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/23/11 07:48
08/23/11 06:56 - ID#55007
Sometimes I Hate This Country
So on (e:vincent)'s post and also on someone else's over on facebook and other places on the net I've talked food trucks and Although my opinion is different then others it drives me insane and this is why I hate this fucking country some times or maybe it is just the fat greedy bastards.... Not that being fat by itself is bad and it can be healthy......
There are so many types of economic systems and political systems. I think the Russians where right about the Fat capitalist Pigs part..... So Many things have been ruined by this (Give away our jobs to mexico, china.... and any where else really).... Ford owners have to make their money for that big house and car and the most pricey schools and so do the unions who cares if the Japanese make a better product for cheaper we only care about our fat greedy selves..... The next part is my point about how I like my government......
Now not that I can spell it even if it was in English.... But I'm a fan of Lase' Fair government ..... Yes hands off stay out of peoples lives.... Now I'm not sure if keeping everything legal and regulated and taxed could really be a form of that (drugs, hookers....You things that if they harm only harm you no such thing as sex crimes well except rape of course oh I love sex and have had sex with 12 guys in high school but your 2 years older so it rape non of that crap)..... The Best government is one you don't know you have......
Well the problem is see we don't think in the Chinese way that the good of the whole is more important then the individual...... Cause if we did we would have socialized medicine that works (no insurance companies is what all we really need).... No stock market crash... Plenty of jobs .... Yes you can still work hard and have a great life... Now notice I didn't say we should take their entire system it shouldn't be a government belief it should be in the people... If we thought like this what a great country we would have... Not saying we wouldn't have homeless people some people would still choose to live that way or would get lost in the system no system is perfect but we would have such a great country.......
But see a government is supposed to help and protect all the people. They are supposed to make it safer or less deadly to live here... Laws like man are flawed but most of them come from some sort of protection... People die in fires so door have to open out... As an example.... So most laws are about making something legal or illegal based on someone being hurt or wronged by someone else... So when something you want to do is illegal it is cause some other bastard couldn't handle their freedom... Quick example seat belts cause some people can't drive if everyone could no need..... Banks used to be in one state at one time they could sell stocks deregulating and the depression changed the laws.... I hate in this country where we claim we are free there is so much shit we can't do because of people who want to be predators .....ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really can't write on this anymore it drives me insane.... All men are created equal... Well unless you are gay or Black or both..... Freedom my ass.... The Drug is a war on poverty it is a class war.... You see the shootings on the news and here about people going to Jail but you know what you never hear about the people getting locked up are the people who bring the shit into the country do yeah..... Someone who steels my TV to fund drugs or robs me yeah put them in Jail but locking someone up cause they want to get high... But yet is ok for Bud to sell beer....OH yeah cause that is legal drug the one that is endorsed cause they are a big company..... When they saw making booze illegal didn't work they should have gone ya know what if this is true with this it would be true of that.....
So If ya want a nice little sentence to sum it up: The Sharks ruin things for the mostly good people in this country; Even though most people do care about them selves more then the whole... Their needs to be moral rebellion in this country where we look out for each other.... In terms of the food trucks I wish we could let them push there product any place they wanted and that we had 30 of them but honestly people can't be trusted so something needs to be done before it is a problem.....
- I admit I had to stop to do something in the middle and didn't proof read it I never do... Didn't want to give to many examples cause then I might never stop****
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/23/11 06:56
08/22/11 07:53 - ID#55001
2011 Part 1 Erie County Fair
To be honest there where a few food that I never did find... It was a good time.... In terms of pictures I don't know I kinda wish I could do groups in slide shows not sure the best way to do this so I'll just start by posting some and see.....
Some Sea Lion Splash Photos......
Thing about the Sea Lion Splash is that a lot of tricks you kinda have to be there like the kid was tossing frisbe and the Sea Lions would catch it then toss it then the trainer at the end tried to give the kid a reward yeah raw fish he wisely backed away.....
Guess that is a good place to leave off?
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/22/11 07:53
08/17/11 06:00 - ID#54969
The Buffalo Schools Williams Resigns
Schools like everything now a days are measured... They look at grades but the big one is drop out rates.... But see these numbers if you go by school as opposed to district are skewed .... The way you really need to see the numbers is by area. It has to be bigger then the city and then look back 10 or 20 and 30 and years.... I don't have the numbers but I'm guessing the % is pretty close... Yes the numbers are up in the city schools and certain schools but if you go buy percentage you also have to look at total number of students... Cause once the the amount of people in school lowers then it would make a drop out rate (the number you are looking at go up)...
My Personal belief is that The reason for the High % of drop outs is math... You have Kids going to charter schools... Private schools and people leaving buffalo.... Now these kids who leave are the good students so that drivers the struggling and bad student Percentages up....
But see this same thing happens at the school level... Good teachers and students go to good schools (not that there aren't bad teachers at good schools and vise versa)... This winds up leaving troubled students in the same school so of course those numbers are bad... I"m sure that good students help bring up Medium level and so on for some of the bad students.... (I feel as if I have written this before if you have read it before sorry) but it has to be true....
-Williams made some good points.....
Students have to be there to learn.... I agree that is one of the biggest problems... How can one fix that though... Will the street call yes but things like Music and art.... Yes music and art need to be funded. They teach you a different way of learning then book learning....Also Sports does help keep problem students away from those problems and can help with team work.... He said not me but I agree with it sports can also help kids get into College not to be a pro athlete but to get into school.....
Said stuff about how People want to stay the same and not change the Status Que.... I agree but don't have much to say about that...
Mentioned that over time (to go along with the above) that everything has changed over time except the school system.... Again another good point......
He Said that not all students should be put on the same path... This has to do with Regents.... There are 5 regents exams you have to take... Now when I was in school you could go Regents or Non Regents.... In fact some of the science classes you couldn't take if you didn't take think it was course 1... Can't remember.... So say you come in with bad skills and you have to take regents then you are all ready starting behind....He makes a great point....
I'm not a teacher but I think What is taught is School isn't what should be.... Yes for those that like history that is great and all and yes it teaches reading but out side in the real world it is kinda pointless... Math is a must... Reading is a must.... Requiring you to speak another language is silly... Like history if you want to you can take this as an extra... Somehow I think the Spanish like the English we speak at the store on a corner at the mall with the valley girls or whom ever isn't what is taught in school..... I'm not saying in High School you should take four years of music but it should be encouraged and so should art and from an early age it teaches learning in a different way.....
How do you fix the schools..... Don't think they are broken I think there isn't the money cause lots of people who own houses and pay taxes moved away.... What you are really trying to do is make it so the kids who have a tough time do better and the kids who don't like it or whom aren't there stay in and do better... Good students would be good students any where but great students in the right school... The real answer is gotta get to the homes but what can schools do.... Yes Parents are important but they can't run the school besides the good ones all ready help there kids.. But still reach out and try to get more parents as part of the system... Hate the term think out side the box what box there is no box.... But maybe put the students first and not your contract?
My thing is it isn't fair to blame him for kids dropping out he can't go to every kid who has a C or D or misses 3 days of school to their home and bring them into school this isn't a TV show or movie.... But maybe there should be a good system so that those kids can come in and make up work they miss some how? Lost my point argh.....
Front Page has where you can listen to Audio of Williams Resignation .......
I did listen to it by the way I think everyone really should..
Link to story on Williams Resignation......
By Mary B. Pasciak
NEWS EDUCATION REPORTER
August 17, 2011, 1:18 PM
SCHOOL ZONE BLOG
The News' education page
Updated: August 17, 2011, 4:01 PM
The Buffalo Board of Education voted, 7-2, today to accept the resignation of Superintendent James A. Williams, effective Sept. 15, under terms previously agreed upon.
Board President Louis J. Petrucci said the Board will appoint an interim superintendent at a meeting next Wednesday. Several board members have said they would like to see Amber Dixon, who oversees accountability in the district, appointed to the interim post.
"Dr. Williams has been here for the children of the City of Buffalo for the past six years," Petrucci said, adding, "I would like to stress the positive impact he's had on the community."
The superintendent cited academic and athletic accomplishments during his six-year tenure in Buffalo, including increases in English and math scores for elementary students and the district's entry into Section VI athletic competition. Williams said he plans to continue working, but not as a superintendent.
"I'm looking forward to moving onto other things in my life," he said.
Board members said they were not allowed to disclose the terms of his separation agreement until it becomes publicly available in seven days.
The board last week took an initial step to terminate Williams' contract under its no-fault clause. Under that provision in his contract, he would have been entitled to $110,000, or six months' pay, if he were terminated.
It is not clear whether he will still receive such a lump sum as part of the separation agreement that comes with his resignation.
Petrucci would not comment specifically on that, but noted that the agreement would be subject to the approval of the city's control board, which must approve any district expenditures over $50,000.
Audio: To hear what Williams had to say, play the clip to the left or download it here and take it with you
Williams' tenure as superintendent was a rocky one, beginning when he hit town in 2005 and was immediately involved in a battle with the unions representing teachers and administrators in the Buffalo Public Schools.
At the end, he was still in a fight, this time with the School Board, parents groups and with some of the same figures in the business community who brought him here to tame the unions and reverse the district's fortunes. And not only did the lot of Buffalo's students not improve, by some key measures, it got worse.
The Williams' superintendency was a six-year fight with no winner.
Almost immediately after his arrival, he went head to head with the unions. In short order, Williams called teachers union president Phil Rumore a liar and threatened to take Rumore into an alley and beat him up.
Administrators union president Crystal Barton accused Williams of making racist comments against African-American principals.
Six years later, both unions remain without a new contract. The two are still operating under contracts negotiated more than a decade ago.
In recent years, Rumore and Williams had worked out a solid working relationship, with the two talking often about district issues. But in the past week, Rumore has reversed course, calling for the superintendent to step down or for the board to fire him.
The issues during Williams' tenure have not been limited to the unions. During his first few years in Buffalo, Williams' tenure was marred by a number of high-profile incidents.
A year after he arrived, the district hired a Maryland firm, ResulTech, to run Buffalo's alternative high school. Two years later, it became apparent that the $6 million the district spent on the program had not been a solid investment.
The school board fired ResulTech in December 2008, and the program there was deemed an expensive failure.
Williams came under fire for the way he handled allegations of improprieties surrounding a student suspension at McKinley High School. Critics said his response was typical, as he tried to keep the situation from becoming public.
The superintendent also was roundly criticized for ignoring allegations that an aide had molested a child at Discovery School.
And accusations of favoritism erupted at City Honors, calling into question the way the administration handles admissions at its top high school.
For a couple of years, things quieted down. At the elementary level, math and English test scores continued to improve.
In the last year or so, though, Williams has come under fire for a number of problems.
He jeopardized $42 million in federal grants to turn around failing schools by refusing to move the principals out of three schools. That prompted then-state Education Commissioner David M. Steiner to come to town and meet privately with Williams, who then announced he would follow federal guidelines.
Since then, Williams has drawn criticism for doubling the size of his central office staff during years when teachers and other union staff were cut. This summer, board members balked when he tried to add an administrator while more than 100 teachers got pink slips.
He has on several occasions withheld key information from board members either entirely or until the last minute.
Severe student attendance problems continue to plague the district.
Buffalo's overall graduation rate just dropped 6 percentage points, to 47 percent.
The district's parent group in May called for a one-day boycott of the schools, largely in protest of Buffalo's 25 percent four-year graduation rate for black males. The parents have been careful not to criticize Williams specifically. Instead, the parents are demanding structural changes in the system.
When the Board of Education evaluated him this spring, they gave him a 3.18 on a scale of 1 to 5. On June 1, Williams announced he would retire in a year, saying his decision had nothing to do with the board's evaluation.
Since his announcement, both Williams and the board have been widely criticized for negotiating a buyout of the deputy superintendent's contract. Folasade Oladele was given a year's pay and benefits, while her contract guaranteed her only three months' pay.
In recent days, district officials have been working to hash out a revised buyout for Oladele â€” one that is said to be much more modest than the $215,000 package the board initially approved in June.
The state's release of test scores this week showed Buffalo has essentially flat-lined on English and math in elementary and middle school.
Location: Buffalo, NY
Last Modified: 08/17/11 06:00
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