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Empty Suit

The guy running against our current County Executive has been described by several people I know as "an empty suit." I'm always willing to listen to other candidate's ideas and plans, but Greg Edwards proved he's an idiot this week. I apologize for the harshness of that statement, but when he began railing against Mark Thomas' efforts in regards to Medicaid reform, he showed that not only doesn't he pay attention to current events, he has no clue what's been happening in county government. See the September 27th entry on this page for his "Medicaid Reform" statement.

Fortunately, Mr. Thomas fired back on his blog regarding this issue.

I'll add that at a "meet the candidates" event, Edwards was asked what he would do to make sure what happened in Erie County didn't happen here in Chautauqua County. I'm told by people at that event that the color drained from Edwards' face and he stumbled through a response. They said …

Arrrghh.. Matey!

Ahoy! Tis Talk Like a Pirate Day!

My pirate name is:

Dirty Jenny Cash

You're the pirate everyone else wants to throw in the ocean -- not to get rid of you, you understand; just to get rid of the smell. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from
Pure Nerd
82 % Nerd, 43% Geek, 26% Dork For The Record:

A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.

A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.

A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.

You scored better than half in Nerd, earning you the title of: Pure Nerd.

The times, they are a-changing. It used to be that being exceptionally
smart led to being unpopular, which would ultimately lead to picking up
all of the traits and tendences associated with the "dork." No-longer.
Being smart isn't as socially crippling as it once was, and even more
so as you get older: eventually being a Pure Nerd will likely be
replaced with the following label: Purely Successful.


My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:You scored higher than 91% on nerdinessYou scored higher than 57% on geekosityYou score…

Pressing Matters of National Security

Thanks to Wonkette and Reuters, we have a more clear idea of what was on President Bush's mind at the Security Council meeting at the 2005 World Summit and 60th General Assembly of the United Nations. I am sympathetic since having the "urge" come on in a meeting you can't leave always sucks.

Credit: Reuters

Addendum: Apparently the note was photoshopped, but not the message part.

Passing Time

An idea from Meg.

Twenty years ago this month, in 1985, I began third grade at our middle/elementary school. This is the first time students can buy their lunch.

Fifteen years ago this month, in 1990, I began 8th grade. For the first time in my life, I "knew what I wanted to be when I grew up": a music teacher.

Ten years ago this month, in 1995, I started college at Baldwin-Wallace as a Music Education major.

Five years ago this month, in 2000, I was a radio news reporter/anchor for a local radio station. My future-husband announced he was leaving his news reporter job and taking a job in government.

Today, I'm doing public relations for a not-for-profit and some radio bits.

I still think of August and September as the beginning of a new year more so than January 1st. There's still enough that's happened in my life to reflect this line of thought.


Matt and I spent a lovely weekend in Orangeville, Ontario visiting our friends, Christa & Stewart. Since Kodak has done some fancy upgrading of EasyShare, I was able to easily upload all our pictures from the trip. No captions yet, but still worth looking at the fantastic scenery and downtown areas. The picture to the left was taken from the top of Mono Cliffs. We had hiked several kilometers before reaching the pond below, and then we hiked up to the outlook where this picture was taken.

Photo Album Here.

Impeachment Would Be A Good Start

I'm absolutely furious with the current administration. It was obvious from the get-go that the response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath was severely lacking. You may disagree, but here is a timeline of events that shows the incompetance of this president and his administration. Immediate dismissal of staff, such as Condoleeza Rice, Michael Brown, and Mike Chertoff; with the commencement of impeachment proceedings would seem pretty rational right now. Of course, this is just another piece of evidence of why Bush should be impeached, not the sole reason.

"One of the best concerts I've ever been to" - Matt

Until we go to the U2 concert in December, Matt has proclaimed last night's Coldplay concert the best concert he's ever seen. I've had the privilege to enjoy some fantastic performances by musical acts in my lifetime including Soul Coughing, Rusted Root, Tori Amos, and Def Leppard. This will rank near the very top in terms of quality of musicianship, stage show, and general good vibe at the concert. I got a little emotional when "Politik" came on since that was the song that sealed the deal for me when I saw it performed at the Grammy's back in 2003. When you live in Western New York, you can never be sure that you'll get to see your favorite bands perform live, and when you do get the chance it can be magical.

Here's the review in today's Buffalo News:

Coldplay is hot
Band brings passion to show that possesses feel of arena rock

News Pop Music Critic

Based solely on its recorded output, Coldplay should be at once praised for bring…

Songs I Actually Liked

I graduated from high school in 1995. I'm doubtful that my class will have any kind of 10-year reunion at this point. Part me is a little sad, while the other part says, "Thank god! Now I don't have to worry it." In the meme-scheme of things, here is the top 100 songs of 1995. I've bolded the songs I actually like:

1. Gangsta's Paradise, Coolio
2. Waterfalls, TLC
3. Creep, TLC
4. Kiss From A Rose, Seal
5. On Bended Knee, Boyz II Men
6. Another Night, Real McCoy
7. Fantasy, Mariah Carey
8. Take A Bow, Madonna
9. Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days), Monica
10. This Is How We Do It, Montell Jordan
11. I Know, Dionne Farris
12. Water Runs Dry, Boyz II Men
13. Freak Like Me, Adina Howard
14. Run-Around, Blues Traveler
15. I Can Love You Like That, All-4-One
16. Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?, Bryan Adams
17. Always, Bon Jovi
18. Boombastic / In The Summertime, Shaggy
19. Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Nicki French
20. You Gotta Be, Des'ree
21. You Are Not Alone, Mi…

Politics Going to the Blogs

The County Executive's office is up for election this year, and current Executive Mark Thomas has re-launched his campaign website. And showing he's a forward thinker, or latching onto one of Howard Dean's better ideas, he has started a campaign blog. The blog is mostly just political articles about what Thomas is up to. I'm hoping he'll consider using it as op-ed space where posts are written in the first person. I've noticed that Thomas has a way of speaking in laymen terms when giving news interviews, which is helpfu. This is especially true when you start getting into topics like PILOTS, Medicaid, and various governmental finance stuff.

On a separate note, if Thomas wins the election, he'll be one of the first (if not the first) County Executives to win a third term. His current challenger is a lawyer named Greg Edwards. Edwards doesn't have a blog, yet. His site does have the usual info and political press releases.