Friday, June 20, 2008

Picture of the Day

This week’s award goes to the Troy Record, which boasted a glorious full-color shot of state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno living up to his moniker, Hollywood Joe. Bruno climbed aboard one of the roughly 100 rigs carted into Albany as part of Thursday’s truck show.

Or was that a convoy? Irregardless, Hollywood Joe scaled the metal beast, took a seat in its cab and then thrust his finger out the window as if to lead gaggle of somewhat irrational truckers forward to lower fuel costs. He also took an opportunity to pin the widening fuel crisis on Assembly Minority Leader Sheldon Silver, who has balked at giving an OK to the so-called “gas tax holiday” his Republican counterparts have blathered about for the past two months.

Were one to arbitrarily glance at the wayward Record or the Saratogian –its Spa City doppelganger –they might get the impression that Bruno is leading the way toward lower fuel costs. In fact, this quite obviously staged photo pretty much says Bruno will do anything to lower gas prices for his constituents, even if it means erecting the oil derrick himself.

Update: Kudos to the TU business staffer who notice Bruno appears to be leading the charge for the "BS Express." Never a dull moment during a Hollywood Joe photo shoot.

“All of us here today are directly impacted by the skyrocketing fuel costs,” Bruno remarked before taking to the truck. “Whether you’re a truck driver, a family struggling to make ends meet or a senior citizen on a fixed income.”

Of course, this is all showmanship. Does anyone honestly believe Bruno or anyone of his ilk is threatened by gas prices? Even if they were, Bruno and his cronies are helpless to do much of anything outside of staging bullshit photos and harping on about lessening the relatively miniscule gasoline tax, giving a handful of poor sots the impression that someone gives a damn.

There is one key exception to this assumption. Bruno could put his money where his mouth is and start enacting the plans outlined by John Egan, who delivered a report about the future of rail use in New York nearly two years ago for the senate High-Speed Rail Task Force. Care to guess who appointed him to that committee?

Fewer cars on the road would mean less traffic. Less traffic would mean less fuel expended. Less fuel expended would mean the market for gasoline would drop. And it doesn’t take an economic genius to tell you what happens when demand drops.

But instead, Bruno will continue to play his usual charade with Silver, while the working class they speak of suffer. The two can bite each other’s backs, maneuver for re-election and stage a few more photo ops with the all-to-willing media whores like the Record, or Mark Williams, the suet-brained squawk box WROW foists as an afternoon talk show host. Meanwhile, the rest of us rational thinkers can shrug while nothing gets done.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name on Bruno’s truck door is appropriate. I wonder if he is hauling a load of bacon.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice job by the TU bloggers to pick up a comment that Hollywood Joe is driving the "BS Express".
Maybe one of Spitzer's cronnies were around for one last jab, knowing Joe's never found a camera he didn't like..

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

BS express. Bruno Sucks Express! Same horse's ass as McTygue. Just at a higher level. He will take credit for this movement just as Mctygue does for everything. Dick's to End!

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruno looks like he is yelling at himself in the side rear view mirror. Maybe he is saying, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
Play clip: (9 k)

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And then we have Foy, two McTygues and Boyd sending out a press release:
McTygue sticks to Bruno

Full (sad) story here:

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joe Blow! mcTygue is in the truck behind him! Lovers in Love!

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordon Boyd? Bill McTygue? Remiga Foy? Tom Mctygue? What's this blowhards 'R' Us? If they back Joe Bruno, that's reason enough to vote the other way! Another one that may be indicted soon!

4:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodbye Joe @ Back Room

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't care if you post this or not, but IRREGARDLESS is NOT a word. You cannot pick on the media, especially print, when you do not have a solid grasp on the English language! You just made the editor in me throw up a little.

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with this group trying to run the democratic party? They endorse Joe Bruno? Gordon Boyd is a self proclaimed independent collecting signatures to get on the Dem committee. He was witnessed yelling at neighbors that would not sign his petition.
Tom McTygue who thinks he personally owns the committee is endorsing a republican? Could that investigation that he and Bruno are under have anything to do with it?
John Tighe, another good reason not to be democrat, has been stalking people, most recently some of his neighbors. It still really is a small town. News does travel fast. Those people you harassed on Elbern st.,Avery st. and Warren st. are all singing! They don't like you. You talk big man Democrat, are endorsing Uncle Joe Too?

4:14 AM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...

[Origin: 1910–15; ir-2 (prob. after irrespective) + regardless]

—Usage note Irregardless is considered nonstandard because of the two negative elements ir- and -less. It was probably formed on the analogy of such words as irrespective, irrelevant, and irreparable. Those who use it, including on occasion educated speakers, may do so from a desire to add emphasis. Irregardless first appeared in the early 20th century and was perhaps popularized by its use in a comic radio program of the 1930s.

In short, suck my balls Barb.

6:31 AM  
Anonymous agphoto said...

Rock on Horatio.

Irregardless of comments being made by the SS central committee of grammarians, it's (reluctantly) time to give Uncle Joe his propers...

It is unlikely for better or i'll that we will see his likes again in Appalachia, er, the Capital Region.

I've gotta go now, need to pick up my V-Cats tix at the Joe, and then buzz up to SPAC, er, the soon-2-B Joe pavillion for some jazz fest lawn seats.

Can you imagine driving around with the grand kiddies and showing them his collection of Joe's? I know that politics aside, i wanna be just like Joe when I grow up.

Machiavelli is applauding in heaven for the timing alone.

One final note about "nut suckage": i advise you to be careful what you wish for, what if she said OK?

Stop the presses....

9:13 AM  
Blogger A small "r" republican for fairness said...


That's pretty darn funny Mister. I almost fell off my chair I was laughing so hard.

And, if 7:42 is you Mrs. Lombardo, then I suggest you get your own house in order regarding the uses of language/grammar/and most notably, spelling-before chastising a non-paid fellow journalist.

As a paying customer, I read your paper every day, and the number of typos I catch daily makes me want to slap your newsroom upside its collective head.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped listening to WROW after they got rid of Mike & Mike.

11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like you should remove your own last comment for it's vogarity. Is Vogarity a word?

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's this about endorsing Bruno by these democratic thugs and two days later Bruno announces he will not run? Feds coming down on the gang? Is McTygue running next? Or is he still being watched? Of course we all know McTygue is a DINO(Democrat in name only).

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elbern st.,Avery st. and Warren st. are all singing!”

Singing really what tune.

Really time to take your medication Hillery. Try to lose with a little class. We know all about you pushing around the sweet old lady on the corner of Warren and North. I am sorry so many people have told you No but people don’t really like you. Maybe if you smiled a bit more and changed your attends.

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The little ole lady on North and Warren? That's not an elderly woman! I am sure she will be affended when I let her read this! That lady is a big Mctygue fan! Anyone knows that. Don't worry when your leader is thrown under the bus by Bruno after those indictments start coming down no one will vote for you or the rest of the wacks your associated with.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 3:04 is a blowhard! You and your blowhard friend Clifford Ammon will be history. I never seen two people so in love with themselves. You two just love to here yourselves talk.

3:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Fellow city Democrat Ron Kim, commissioner of public safety, said he thought Keehn was the ideal candidate.”

Sounds like Kim been hitting the crack in the evidence locker again.

Seriously nothing could make me happier then to see Keehn and her hubby get their ass kicked like it has never been kicked before.

Go Keehn Go.

4:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Fellow city Democrat Ron Kim, commissioner of public safety, said he thought Keehn was the ideal candidate.”

I still can’t believe this is the same man as a member of the Saratoga Republican committee in 2000 was the head of McCain for President and came to my door for my signature.

NXIVM really does take your brain.

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember when I was younger I was talking with some folks and used the offensive word IRREGARDLESS.
One of the high brows in the crowd publicly corrected me and I never used the dastardly word again.

Horatio, thanks to you, I will now again be able to hold my head high and utter that wonderful word IRREGARDLESS.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All aboard! The BS Express is leaving the station.
Good-bye Joe, but don't look back the FBI is gaining on you.

9:16 AM  
Anonymous agphoto said...

Hey Horatio! Did you get my comment yesterday? I was surprised not to see it; i don't think i wrote anything offensive. Let me know.

Thank you,

11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The name of the Republican senate leader in New York will soon be a trivia question, if there are any Republicans left to lead.

11:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that Bruno is retiring, Brian Premo is about to get dumped as the Democratic candidate for the Senate. DINO McTygue has no shot because the same Feds who are investigating Bruno also have McTygue in their sights. The most likely candidate is Valerie Keehn, who is the only one of the people being mentioned who really is a Democrat.

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, you skipped this little nugget in your haste to pull what you thought was a proper definition of irregardless from Note the line that says it is considered a blunder. Oh, and I wouldn't consider you an "educated speaker."

Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.

P.S.: I'm not Barb!

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Irregardless is a term meaning in spite of or anyway, that has caused controversy since it first appeared in the early twentieth century. It is generally listed in dictionaries as "incorrect" or "nonstandard".

Irregardless is primarily found in North America, most notably in Boston and surrounding areas, where for instance, it was used in the title of a poetry evening 'irregardless of content' at The Baron of Srebrenica, primarily to keep it in circulation. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, and was first acknowledged in 1912 by the Wentworth American Dialect Dictionary as originating from western Indiana. Barely a decade later, the usage dispute over irregardless was such that, in 1923, Literary Digest published an article titled "Is There Such a Word as Irregardless in the English Language?"[2]

[edit] Summary
Irregardless seems to be moving slowly in the direction of standardization. It has gone from nonexistence in the 1910 publication of Etymological Dictionary of the English Language,[7] to being a normality in modern dictionary publications, and it frequently occurs in edited professional prose. The fact that its listing as a "humorous usage" has practically disappeared today supplies further evidence in favor of acceptance. Some argue that adding a second negative to a word like regardless is a humorous way to illustrate an underabundance of irregard. However, strong resistance to the word still remains.

6:23 AM  
Blogger Horatio Alger said...


You can't get thrashed in a local race(arguably one that isn't that difficult to secure)and then expect to waltz into state office. Keehn is and always will be a beaten favorite, to borrow a horse racing term. She is utterly incapable of forming consensus in the party and has isolated a good quotient of city Democrats. Add in the fact that she'd need to appeal to Rensselaer voters and a Republican-dominated Saratoga County, you have the makings for an almost unprecedented political drubbing.

More on this later today, but I'll say this for the time being: Keehn has a better chance of winning the lottery than a seat in the state Senate.

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It amazes me that Val's followers can even think that she ha any chance of gainging this seat.

How can they be so delusional?

Oustide of her core group of loyal supporters, the rest of us (Dem's, Rep's and Indy's alike) all view here the same:

As a bumbling and viscious lunatic.

Val--save your time and effort. We can;lt stand the thought of you running for ANYTHING again.

Heck, I hear you even lost the election for workshop leader of the Wells Street NXIVM branch.

8:28 AM  

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