Every time I think that people can’t be any stupider … nature proves me wrong.
And when I find out that part of the nature involves the word “Breitbart” – well, you tell me.
Yesterday, Breitbart editor Joel Pollak was interviewed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo about the Alabama senatorial campaign between Democratic nominee Doug Jones and Republican nominee Roy Moore. When asked about the accusations and claims that Roy Moore had participated in sexual relations with teenage girls – including one as young as fourteen – Pollak gave a very surprising defense of Roy Moore’s indiscretions.
Even though I don’t blog for the Times Union any more, I still have a tendency to read articles on the TU’s website, as well as read blogs by several of my community blogging friends.
That being said, the Times Union has currently implemented a free article limit on their site. You can only read X number of free articles per month, and if you surpass that amount, the website will block your access to the rest of the article, instead encouraging you to subscribe to the paper.
Now I could get into an argument of “well, it’s already out there for you to read, you should subscribe to it,” or, “You should sign up for a subscription and your money goes toward struggling reporters who haven’t had a raise in ten years, support the Albany Newspaper Guild,” all of that.
The other day, while I was vacuuming my apartment, I realized that I really need to clean out my vacuum’s dirt collection tray. Not only that, but the HEPA filter inside looked like it had picked up Chewbacca and a couple of Tribbles. Urgh.
Now normally, I would schlep to Walmart or to Target or some other big box outlet store, try to remember what type of filter I need for my vacuum, invariably buy the wrong one, drive home, get pissed because I bought the wrong one, and either store the filter someplace in case I do buy the correct filter, or just keep using the HEPA filter until I need a HIPAA notice from my hospital.
I’m really hoping that everyone within the sound of my blog is able to help on this.
As you know, Mack Brin Farms in Ballston Spa recently suffered a horrific fire that destroyed their main barn and cost the lives of over 100 rabbits, along with some chickens and their prized San Clemente Island sire Chile.
Rebuilding a barn and repairing all the damage can take time. And it can also take money.
And although there are some gofundme pages that have already raised substantial amounts of money…
We’ve all enjoyed action-packed cars in movies and in television shows. Heck, The Fast and the Furious series may as well star the cars rather than the drivers.
We all have our favorites – an orange ’69 Dodge Charger with welded doors and a Confederate flag on the roof; a Lincoln Futura concept car that received a Bat-makeover for a 1960’s TV series; a jet-black Pontiac Trans Am with a T-bar roof that’s perfect for running cases of Coors from Texas to Georgia …
But for me, if I ever had the opportunity to own the TV / movie car of my dreams….
It would be a cream-white, sharp-finned, gadget-crammed Mach V.
Last Wednesday, I attended a public meeting at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The meeting was designed to gauge public opinion and discussion regarding the State’s newly-acquired Boreas Ponds tract in the Adirondacks, and the level of available access to the land.
There were several proposals on the schedule, including determining the former Finch Pruyn property as either “Wilderness” or “Wild Forest.” I know that sounds confusing – almost as if you’re asking someone about their favorite ice cream flavor, and they say “Neapolitan.” “Wild Forest” means that there can be motorized vehicles and roadways up to and surrounding the Boreas Ponds; while “Wilderness” means that the land would be restricted to foot travel only.
Currently, to visit the Boreas Ponds, one must travel a rutty, rocky one-lane road about three miles, park your car, and then walk the remaining four miles to the LaBier Flow, then another mile or two to the Boreas Ponds itself. And the return distance is just as long. And when public comment was requested, there were plenty of passionate opinions on both sides of the issue.
Many people showed up with green “I Want Wilderness” T-shirts, and they definitely wanted the land to remain untouched by snowmobile engines and aluminum motorboats. Others argued for the “Wild Forest” designation, arguing that the economic benefit of hikers and hunters and tourists would help those who live in the Park area.
Everybody had their turn to speak. Then my name was called. I had three minutes to give my opinion on the subject.
I took the podium, and explained that I did not live in the Adirondack Park, nor did I have any financial stake in the decision. I explained that I was a tourist who was thankful to visit the Boreas Ponds last October, and that I hoped to do so once again. But rather than argue for Plan #1 (Wild Forest) or Plan #4 (Wilderness), I suggested that the State choose Plan #2.
Plan #2 would allow motorized access up to the LaBier Flow, but then one would have to walk the additional mile or two to the Boreas Ponds itself. In that way, the Ponds tract would remain as pristine as possible, while still encouraging visitors to its beauty.
And with one minute left to speak, I added my own personal observation.
“On my way to the Boreas Ponds,” I said, “I purchased gasoline at the Sunoco station off Exit 29 of the Northway. I also purchsaed souvenirs and snacks at the Adirondack Buffalo Company on the Blue Ridge road. Now i obviously didn’t make a dent in the town budget, but I did spend money while I was here. And if I did so, so will other visitors when they come to see this land and hike its trails and enjoy its beauty.”
Speech done. With seven seconds to spare.
And I’m sure that when this is all sorted out, the State will create some sort of compromise that may not please everybody, but will give many groups at least some of what they’re desiring.
That would be nice. Sometimes we all need some compromise in our life.
Plus, I do want to return to the Boreas Ponds next year. And hopefully the walk will be a shorter distance from my car to the Ponds.
Who knows? This could even inspire me to become an Adirondack 46er before God calls me to Glory.