A whole lot of media attention has been devoted this week in the story of the storied (I couldn’t help it) ”Death Ray”, that the folks at the FBI uncovered this past week. I just have to wonder how much time and expense was involved in bringing these genius terrorists to light. Arguably, in the aftermath of 9/11, any good press that brings to light a foiling of a plot to hurt not only Americans, but other peoples of the world, is welcomed. But, this story hardly seems to be still worthy of getting the media attention it’s getting, like leading the newscasts. This alleged ”Death Ray” that these two imbeciles were concocting has been referred to by scientists as a thing of ”comic book nature.” So, why don’t we just lock those two nuts away for the rest of their lives and move on.……….One thing that I’m having a hard time grasping is the use of social media in political campaigns. Last year was the first that I was involved with Twitter, as I’m sure it was for a lot of you, and the use of them, especially Twitter, was evident. But today, in scrolling through looking for something interesting to read — you see the problem with Twitter is that some folks deem it necessary to post everything that pops into their heads whether it is relevant to anything or not. I have no idea how someone could follow 1500 people — I came across a tweet from Kathy Sheehan asking for people to follow fellow Progressive Darius for Treasurer. Hours later, there was Darius tweeting a ‘back at ya’ to Sheehan. Stop it. Just stop the love fest. If you want to go out into the Ward’s holding hands seeking names for your petitions, go right ahead. If you want to announce a fundraiser or something, go right ahead. But all the I’m for you and you’re for me, stop it. Let’s see if you’re still that friendly a year from now should you both — god forbid — win your respective offices.……….Speaking of campaigning and Twitter. Nice post last night, Leah, linking you to that obscure newsletter praising you for your involvement with the passage of that worthless ”Complete Streets” legislation adopted by the Common Council a couple of weeks ago. If you want to do some good, why don’t you and your Progressive friends lobby for some legislation banning trucks from the section of South Pearl Street from the I-787 exit to the Port of Albany entrance off So. Pearl. There is another entrance to the port, as well as an off ramp from 787 further north closer to downtown, which would eliminate that traffic. Further more, trucks currently using Exit 22A of the Thruway could continue to Exit 23 eliminating that traffic from barreling down South Pearl. Do some good for a change instead of holding committee meetings to create another committee.
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