June 28, 2016

The New York Daily News is famous for its iconic front pages.  One memorable one was when President Ford refused to bail out a bankrupt New York City.  It read: " Ford to City.  Drop Dead!"

It has had two in the last two months.  One was a picture of Donald Trump with some kind of insect with a caption stating that more people preferred head lice to Trump.  The second was a picture of the Orlando mass murderer blaming the NRA for the slaughter.

Yesterday it was reported that a poll found that 71% of the population had an unfavororable opinion of Trump and thought him unqualified to be president.  In the most recent issue of the New Yorker magazine there is a history of recent gun control efforts.

Andrew Cuomo when he headed HUD for Bill Clinton reached an agreement with Smith and Wesson to produce a safe gun.  It could only be fired by its owner and was kid proof.  The NRA drove the company to near bankruptcy and sale.

Mossberg, the maker of shotguns, is making a safe shotgun.  Anyone who thinks the Second Amendment was intended to let everyone carry a weapon has not read the thing and its implementing statute.  Otherwise the NRA would be know as the National Militia Association.

June 27, 2016

Things back to normal at Saranac Lake Adult Center Bingo after last week's win of $1200 Cookie Jar.

Hillary appeared in Ohio with Elizabeth Warren.  The crowd was rockin.  She may have found a running mate.  Don't expect a matriarch like Thatcher, Indira Ghandi or Golda Meir.  She will big a big sister as there will be a lot of women running the government.

NBC showing Olympic swimming trials.  There are a lot of new fish in the water.  Rio looks like it is two to three times zones east.

June 26,2016

Saw debut of Pendragon's Around the World in 80 Days.  Incredible.  Five actors: Mainville, Kemp, Sorensen, Whitney and Brill.  Sorensen plays 29 characters with 35 entrances.  Props and sound effects clever.  Costumes great.  Don't miss it.

Tom Higgman had his farewell party at the Carousel.  Taking over two parishes in Lyon Mountain and Ellenburg.  Hope the par three course in Dannemora is still open.  Best wishes.

Billy Hurley won his first pro golf tournament at age 34 at Congressional.  Gets him into the British Open and next year's Masters. Good to see Tiger Woods back on TV.

June 25, 2016

Helped ham radio club at Tupper Lake Tin Man Marathon.  The Tip Top Town is famous for its volunteers.  I had my first ham radio experience.  It was neat even though it was only ordering more ice, which the runners put under their clothing to cool down.  Most wore spandex except one guy who wore an Hawaian shirt to honor his father.

The Tin Man is half a marathon consisting of a one mile swim, 26 mile bike ride and 13 mile run.  Not my idea of fun.  Entry fee is $150.  Bill Izzo and his daughter Anna from Lake Placid  were in it.

Finishers get as big medal which feels likes it's made of lead.  The first guy to run from Marathon  to Athens died in the process.  The second guy, who ran it in the 1898 Olympics, was a delivery man who asked for a horse and cart so he could stop making his deliveries on foot.

June 24, 1916

Democrat Franklin County Legislators Smith, Jones and Crossman are not running for re-election.  If Republicans sweep those seats, they will gain control of the Legislature.

Democrat candidate for Congress Mike Derrick is holding a meet and greet on July 3 at a Buck Island Camp in Lake Placid.  Billfold portraits of Ben Franklin are suggested contributions.  Money is the mother's milk of American politics.

Lake Placid Center for the Arts is having a Casino Night Fundraiser at Whiteface Lodge on August 4.  $125 gets  you $250 in fun chips for games or drawings.  Move over Reno and Lake Tahoe.

June 23, 2016:  Went to a meet and greet for Billy Jones at John Black Room in Saranac Lake.  He's running for the State Assembly seat held by Janet Duprey who is retiring.  He's the chairman of the Franklin County Legislature, former dairy farmer, 20 years with Corrections and father of a cute young daughter who adorns his handout card.  His father also served on the County Legislature.  I think he has a good chance of winning against the newly-elected Franklin County Sheriff.  His district is mostly Clinton and Franklin Counties which between them have four prisons. There may be a fight over the future of Dannemora prison after last year's escape.  He'll be a good addition to the Assembly.

An Adirondack Diary

June 21, 2016: Went to Saranac Lake Rotary.  Speaker was from AdkAction.  She and her husband run farm. AdkAction based in Saranac Lake.  Interested in road salt, Monarch butterflies (handed out milkweed seed packets), poverty, real property assessments and artists. Bowled five games  of Wii at Adult Center.  Kathy Schneck had high score. Had lunch at Adult Center.  10 people for MahJong there.  Won two games.  Saw Finding Dory at Palace in Lake Placid.  Colors brillant.  Slow start but picked up speed.  Terrific ending.  Ellen Degeneres voiced Dory.  Fine job.

June 22, 2016:  Italian marble statue of Mary moved from St. Paul's in Bloomingdale to the lawn in front of St. Bernard's School.  Pat Sullivan did the stone work.  Made my first court appearance in nearly two years subbing for another lawyer.  Parties had reached agreement.  No sweeter music to a judge's ears.  Played twilight golf at Ray Brook. Lost three balls in the gloam.  Followed by two lads playing one-club.