Sara Rivest: how she handles uncouth people

I don’t know Sara Rivest – I do know her father, Michael Rivest, an expert on professional prizefighting who used to blog in the Times Union blogfarm.  Sara Rivest is a reporter with a television station in Kentucky. Here’s an example of her work as a television journalist. She is currently a reporter for WAVE,…

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What happened to Jaye McBride could have happened to any of us

I met Jaye McBride through the Times Union blogfarm several years ago.  We’ve remained Facebook friends, and I’ve been very thrilled at her rise through the standup comedy ranks. Jaye McBride has appeared on Comedy Central and has been showcased in several rising star comedy shows.  And she’s a tireless worker for the rights of…

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This is why you don’t let ANYBODY name your arena for you

I understand why baseball stadia and sports arenas have corporate names attached to them.  These corporate sponsors are paying millions of dollars to be the arena’s official name, which means that their product’s name will be advertised on every ticket sold at that arena, it will appear in advertising for concerts and for sporting events…

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That commercial comparing AOC to the Khmer Rouge is reprehensible

I don’t even want to link to this advertisement, it’s just straight-up reprehensible. The advertisement, which ran during last night’s Democratic debate, began with an image of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez being set on fire … and the burning embers transitioning into a photo of skeletons and murdered bodies from Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge. We then get…

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You have to know your worth – and defend it.

So over the weekend, I found out that my friend John quit his position with a company.  He had worked with the company for a couple of years, he worked very hard and was very diligent and was very supportive of the company.  Then, one day, he asked the company’s shareholders – for whom he…

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I guess the pandas are going back to China…

Apparently this trade war between the United States and China is heating up.  No, let me rephrase that.  It’s going to flamethrower mode. And now it’s possible that China may hit the United States right in the cuteness category. They could be recalling their pandas from America’s zoos. And you’re saying to yourself … what’s…

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Damn it, Kirsten Gillibrand isn’t running for President any more …

So last night, on my way home, I stopped at one of the Popeye’s restaurants in the hopes of getting this fried chicken sandwich that has become the Cabbage Patch Kid / Beanie Baby / Tickle Me Elmo of the fast food world … and while I waited in line to order something else (apparently…

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In case of emergency … my data’s on the keychain.

Let’s assume the worst.  Something happens to me.  Something tragic. Now outside of the entire staff of the Albany Times Union having a parade upon hearing the news … What if a rescue worker found me – and needed to know my medical conditions?  Or who to contact in case of an emergency?  If I’m…

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I’m really getting sick of this …

So there’s some chuds in Kentucky who, over the weekend, participated in the recent St. Jerome Catholic Charities Picnic, which is the unofficial start of the Kentucky political season.  Sure enough, Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell addressed the crowd at the gathering. Meanwhile, during the event, there were some – shall we…

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So now I’m in the Pine Hills Review… swank…

I’ve known Professor Daniel Nester for a long time.  He and I used to be Times Union community bloggers together.  Then we left to open up our own blog portals.  I’ve also known Daniel to be a dedicated fan of the band Queen (because everybody should be a dedicated fan of the band Queen), as…

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