Dissenting opinions not allowed at Big Hearst

There have been recent protests in Albany by the Poor People’s Campaign.  These protests, which have disrupted traffic in the downtown Albany area, are designed as a non-violent alert to the systemic problems of racism and police brutality and pay inequality.  Noble effort, to be sure. The City of Albany sent the organizers of the…

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The difference between wings and tenders

Last night, I played trivia at Rivers Casino.  Of late, trivia has been a bit of a struggle – the game was cancelled last week due to a casino poker tournament (but not before most of the trivia teams showed up, not knowing that trivia was cancelled that night), and I’m still getting used to…

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How to Decipher a Sarah Huckabee Sanders Press Conference

I swear, there are days when I watch the evening news and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is standing at the podium, trying to answer questions from the assembled reporters, and trying to give answers that reflect our President’s position on life, the universe and everything. And it took me a while to…

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The scammer that almost got me.

The e-mail didn’t initially look suspicious. And that’s what almost caught me. Yesterday I checked my e-mail, as I normally do, when I received a message from an old college acquaintance.  We dated a couple of times in college, but it never really worked out.  Mostly because she was into guys that were not named…

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When Rivers Casino changed the rules…

I currently spend my Wednesday nights playing trivia at Rivers Casino in Schenectady.  They have a nice game, there’s plenty of decent competition, and I often finish in the top three teams more times than not. Now what this means is – when you finish in the top three at Rivers Casino, you receive a…

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Where does Stormy Daniels fit in the history of political extramaritals?

This is classic.  At some point in time, while his wife Melania was recovering from bearing his fifth child, Donald Trump had an extramarital affair with adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, professionally known as Stormy Daniels.  And as political scandals go, this is rather juicy, shall we say.  And although Stormy Daniels told her story…

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Popeyes Chicken in Hannaford Plaza are fine with panhandlers outside their door

You read the headline right.  After what I experienced yesterday, Pepeyes Chicken and Biscuits in Albany’s Hannaford Plaza is on a personal three-month boycott from me. Because it’s one thing to have to deal with panhandlers. It’s another thing to not give a crap about panhandlers. Let me explain. Yesterday, I was busy running errands…

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Why it took 25 minutes to pay my Verizon bill

Last Saturday, I was in Colonie Center taking care of some shopping and other business.  And since there was a Verizon store in the mall, I figured I’d go to their automated kiosk and pay my cell phone bill. Should take about 25 seconds to complete. Twenty-five minutes later, I left the Verizon store with…

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Donald Trump’s tax plan will reduce my charitable donations

Well, he got what he wanted.  He and his Republican cohorts shoved a tax plan through that will – let’s face it – we don’t know what it will do, because it was passed almost like ramming wadding into a musket. Yet I’ve heard several people say, “Well, a family of four who make $70,000…

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When I caught the Times Union editing my blog headlines without my permission…

It may have seemed sudden to you, my beloved blog readers, as to why I simply quit the TU blogfarm earlier this year.  Yes, their heavy-handed response to my April Fool’s Day post – to shut down my blog and publicly vilify me in social media and on WAMC talk radio – was the final…

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