Arpaio pardon may be a warm-up for future Trump actions

Some people like to say that Donald Trump is totally unpredictable. I think that is wrong. No matter what the issue, no matter where the place, Trump will consistently side with his base, no matter what.

As the words and actions get more obnoxious the base is beginning to shrink, as indicated by recent polls. In the most significant recent play to the base, Trump pardoned his brother in spirit, former Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Continue reading

The 2017 Bills — built like a tank

With the new season just 11 days away, I am sure many of this blog’s readers have been anxiously waiting for my annual review of the Buffalo Bills. Well, here it is.
After 17 playoff-less seasons, it seems appropriate that your average Bills fan has become somewhat jaded. We were spoiled by that multi-year playoff run in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and particularly the four Super Bowl years. But alas, that was a quarter century ago!   We are forced to console ourselves with the thought that at least the Bills have been to four Super Bowls. The fans in Detroit, Cleveland, Houston and Jacksonville have yet to experience their first Super Bowl. Continue reading

Republican Senators singing like canaries in Trump’s coal mine

Canary in a coal mine – Wiktionary

An allusion to caged canaries that miners would carry down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases such as carbon monoxide collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canary before killing the miners, thus providing a warning to exit the tunnels immediately.

Donald Trump supports coal mines. Donald Trump, as president, promises to restore thousands and thousands of jobs to an industry whose better days are long gone. But Trump does not understand the value of a canary in a coal mine. Continue reading

Planning to spend money you don’t have

An “Another Voice” article in a recent edition of the Buffalo News poses a serious, important and often overlooked view about the grand scheme of public issues: what is being proposed would be great, but where would the money come from?

The subject in question is the proposal from local thinker Kevin Gaughan to redevelop the Delaware Park Golf Course, relocate the golf course in South Park and restore the South Park Arboretum. Both parks were part of Frederick Law Olmsted’s grand design for an inter-connected park system in Buffalo. Continue reading

What does Pigeon’s Federal Court re-scheduling and the entrance in the matter of a Washington DOJ attorney suggest?

Steve Pigeon, for his entire life, has been totally immersed in politics, from his childhood campaign activities in Missouri to work in the seats of power in Albany and Washington. The past two years, however, have not been fun.

Allegations of election law violations have swirled for many years, finally boiling over with state and federal legal actions. The raid on Pigeon’s home by state and federal authorities two years ago was followed by state bribery and extortion charges and the 2016 guilty plea by the state judge caught up in those matters. Continue reading