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Wonderful!

Thanks to Kathy Shaidle at Five Feet of Fury (a must-read blog if you have friends or family in Canada, but that's a story for another day...)

Lions of the Senate.

I'm telling you, fellow (elected) Republicans—we're watching.

As always, good stuff at Day by Day:

"The Baby Boomers Turn 65" in Dryden

There's nothing you didn't already know in this little USN&WR piece, but the local connection was surprising (and fun) to see:

....Robert Baxter will turn 65 in August 2011, but is reluctant to leave a job he loves. "I've been lucky enough to work my way up in business to the point where I am running the show and that is quite rewarding, so I am in no hurry to retire," says Baxter, CEO of Dryden Mutual Insurance Company in Dryden, N.Y....

The coming collapse in the state budgets--a "60 Minutes" report

I'm feeling a little like the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come...video via Hot Air. It's almost 14 minutes long but worth it (especially if you bypass the ads).

In Sunday-evening surprise, Senate unanimously passes food safety bill

Remember this? Now, from the Hill:

The Senate unexpectedly approved food safety legislation by unanimous consent Sunday evening, rescuing a bill that floated in limbo for weeks because of a clerical error....

....Democrats first attempted to attach the food safety bill to the two-and-a-half-month spending measure but Republicans balked because they wanted to keep that measure clean, according to Senate aides....
....Republicans, however, later agreed to pass it by unanimous consent....
....Sen. Tom Coburn, the outspoken conservative Republican from Oklahoma, had been blocking the legislation. He lifted his objection at the final moment.
I would remind our Republican MCs of this:

Malthusian moonbats

An earlier post, "Dryden and sustainability," contained this "personal definition" of sustainability:

“A sustainable future demands hard choices and requires accepting limits on what we do including limiting human population.”

In case you might be inclined to buy into that last bit, you may want to see this:

(h/t Moonbattery)

"Chuck Schumer – Tea Party Expert"

Maybe I'm starting to suffer from SDS (that's Schumer Derangement Syndrome, not Students for a Democratic Society), but I seem to keep stumbling across articles about our esteemed Senator.  This column at Hot Air is by Jazz Shaw, who was George Phillips' campaign manager in the 2010 election.  And, yes, Chuck apparently does see himself as more knowledgeable about NYS tea party people than NYS tea party people themselves.  Typical.

Yet more nanny-statism from one (only one?) of our esteemed US Senators

Sheesh.

Over at JammieWearingFool:

Important News: Schumer Takes on Restocking Fees

You would think a prominent United States Senator has better things to do with his time. But we're talking about the obnoxious gadfly Charles Schumer, who cannot possibly let a Sunday go by without nattering about something as insignificant as fees charged by retailers to people who return items....

The rest is here

Surely, the law of unintended consequences would never apply in this instance...would it?

Zoning--the continuing saga

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This Wednesday, December 8th, 7pm, is the Town of Dryden's work session/agenda meeting (these meetings are the second Wednesday, i.e., the week before the regular Town Board meetings) where the new zoning laws are being reworked. This session is slated to deal with the density concepts presented in the "Amended Zoning Law " booklet.  As asked for at the last meeting, there is considerably more information now available online at http://dryden.ny.us/environmental-planning/proposed-zoning-law-resources-page. (h/t Kathy)

UPDATE:

From Kathy:

....The zoning discussion probably starts around 7:45 and may go until 10....I am going to call tomorrow (Monday, 12/6) and ask that the public be given copies of the zoning matters the Board expects to discuss.  They put together a mini-agenda based on questions, emails, and concerns raised by the public, and I think copies should be available to the public.  There were  public copies for October...but none available for the November meeting...I would like to see this posted early on so we the people have an opportunity to study and prepare the subjects to be discussed.

Another kind of sustainability, NYS, and sin

“Most financial crises happen in unpredictable ways, and they hit you when you’re not looking. This one isn’t like that. You can see it coming. It would be sinful not to do something about this while there’s a chance.”

Brace yourselves, people.

....Some of the same people who warned of the looming subprime crisis two years ago are ringing alarm bells again....As the downturn has ground on, some of the worst-hit cities and states have resorted to fiscal sleight of hand to stay afloat, helping them close yawning budget gaps each year, but often at great future cost....Many states, including New York, have delayed payments to vendors and local governments because they had too little cash on hand to make them....So some states are essentially borrowing to pay their operating costs, adding new debts that are not always clearly disclosed....New York balanced its budget this year by shortchanging its pension fund....It is these growing hidden debts that make many analysts nervous. States and municipalities currently have around $2.8 trillion worth of outstanding bonds, but that number is dwarfed by the debts that many are carrying off their books.

But here's the best part:

Richard Ravitch, the lieutenant governor of New York, is among those warning that states are on an unsustainable path, and that their disclosures of pension and health care obligations are often misleading. And he worries how long it can last.

“They didn’t do it with bad motives,” he said. “Ninety-five percent of them didn’t understand what they were doing. They did it because it was easier than taxing people or cutting benefits. We’re getting closer and closer to the point where we can’t do that anymore. I don’t know where that is, but I know we’re close.”

They didn't understand what they were doing? You mean they weren't buying votes to stay in power?  

The whole article is here.

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