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Notes from Bizarro Universe....

Where up is down, black is white, and nothing makes sense.

* HurtInACar Guy got his tax breaks today. Almost half a mill of them, more than the $444,444 that some people expected. The Republican town supervisor on the IDA board even voted against them, but probably did so knowing the deal was in the bag. How did Mister Four pull it off? By using a Jedi Mind Trick that even I was impressed with

The Amherst Industrial Development Agency, in a 5-2 vote, approved the tax breaks this morning after [dude] disclosed new details about the proposed expansion, including a revelation that the site will be the home for a new business venture that will provide advocacy services for veterans across the country.

[T]he veterans advocacy business will be separate from the law firm and will be staffed by advocates who are accredited through the U.S. Veterans Administration, along with support staff.

“This is an advocacy group, not a law firm,” [he] said. “It’s another business entity that will be used to drive jobs in Western New York.”

Well played, neighbor. Because anyone who opposed this could risk future campaign mailings about not SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS if he had to pay the same property, mortgage and sales taxes that I do.  And that turned the tide. Now to see if he'll honor my office's easement over his fancypants new property when he cuts his welfare-subsidized ribbon sometime later this year.


* Shit, Sherlock.

That is not a link to any spoilers for the third BBC series (although I would've used the same title for the spoilery post after seeing how blah blah Mary blah blah spooky guy from the end of "Hearse" blah blah "miss me?" blah blah blah.....).  Rather, it's about how the good people of this town have been condemned to live in the backiest backwater of the planet. 

PBS begins airing "Empty Hearse" on Sunday night and the other two eps on the sequential Sundays thereafter. But not here.  Apparently, our affiliate- alone among PBS's dozens of stations across America- has decided to postpone them until mid-February, offering this as their online justification:

WNED-TV feels the first two seasons of Sherlock were so compelling and great we decided to re-air them each on Thursday evenings beginning at 9 p.m.

We also feel that Season 3 deserves a prime time spot (not at 10 p.m. on a Sunday evening) therefore Sherlock will continue to air  on Thursday evenings at the 9 p.m. hour February 13. Please see the complete line up (starting with this evening) dates and times below:

There follows a set of Thursday dates, which do not include the word "Hearse" until February 13, two days after PBS releases the complete third series on a Region 1 DVD set. (Me? I'm ordering the Region 2 version from amazon.co.uk on this coming Monday and will have it long before this local egregiousness finally gets under way.)

This station has pulled this sort of stunt before with delays of nationally-aired programs of consequence.  The general consensus is that they do not want to offend their massive Canadian viewing (and donating) audience, which is very set in its ways and doesn't want to stay up late past its bedtimes for programmes of such significance.

It's enough to make you want to call in an assassin.


* You thought YOUR gym was too loud, full of annoying peeps, whatever?

So much for the judgment-free zone.

A 24-year-old West Seneca man was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center after his arrest Thursday night at the Planet Fitness club in the Seneca-Ridge Plaza where police subdued him as he allegedly threatened people with a knife and screamed about his mental state.

West Seneca Police Officer Jesse Reed subdued Louis F. Doll of 3610 Seneca Street about 9:30 p.m. with a stun gun after Doll assumed a fighting stance with a knife in his hand in the back of the fitness center, according to a police report.

Doll, who allegedly became distraught and was waiving a knife on his own front lawn about 9:15 p.m, was ordered by West Seneca Town Justice Jeffrey Harrington to undergo a forensic examination after his arrest.

Doll was jailed at the downtown Buffalo lockup after being arrested on a felony charge of menacing a police officer and a misdemeanor weapons possession charge.

No one was hurt in the fitness center.

They did, however, set off the "lunk alarm" on him.


* Louis wasn't the only one to assume a "fighting stance" in the news.  A current NFL player added his name to the Wall of Shame in similar fashion:

Former Miami Dolphins player Davone Bess has been arrested on charges he spilled hot coffee on a deputy and instigated a fight with him after acting erratically at a South Florida airport, officials said Friday. 

Several passengers told a Broward sheriff's deputy that Bess, 28, was exhibiting bizarre behavior and dancing and singing with his pants falling down while at the airport, according to an arrest report.

When the deputy checked on Bess, he got no response from him, it said.

  Bess instead grabbed someone else's coffee cup from a counter and, as the deputy tried to have him set it down, Bess squeezed it and broke the cup, authorities said.

The coffee spilled over the deputy's uniform, the report said, and Bess took a fighting stance.

"Fearing that I was about to be battered I struck Bess with my [retractable baton] in the leg, which had no effect," the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

Bess then took off his shirt and again took a fighting stance, refusing to comply with the deputy's orders to get on the ground, BSO said.

Bess settled down as back-up units arrived at the airport.

Yet he didn't produce the strangest off-field NFL story of the week. That would involve another proud member of the Cleveland Browns family, one Kellen Winslow, Junior. No, I just can't. Google it yourself. "NSFW" doesn't begin to describe it.


* Apparently, Rush Limbaugh is upset about Jimmy Fallon joining with Bruce Springsteen in a parody of Chris Christie's problems:

The Drugster found it "mean" that Bruce would diss such a loyal fan, who he knew idolized him.  Huh.  For a guy who mocked Michael J. Fox's disease, referred to the nation's first African American president as "Barack the Magic Negro," and regularly demonizes his enemies with words like "slut," he oughtta know, dontcha know?


There were good and non-bizarro things that happened today, but they definitely constituted exceptions to the rule.  Hopefully we'll be out of this bizarro balance in a day or so.

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platypus From: platypus Date: January 18th, 2014 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Crikey. If they wanted to re-air the first two series ahead of time, they should have thought of that sooner!
cinematixyz From: cinematixyz Date: January 18th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep forgetting what a total prick Rush is til he speaks, then I am reminded.. Thanks!!

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