New York State Lieutenant Governor, Mary
O. Donohue paid a visit to our small
Saratoga County City of Mechanicville to
announce State financing of a small
cities grant in 2004. While there
she also paid a short visit to George
Bush supporters and local Gun Shop
owners Cathy and David Petronis who also
own Hudson River Trading Company and
NEACA, Inc. located next to City Hall at
38 North Main Street.
were honored by the Lt.
Governors' visit and by
sheer luck were able to
stand for a photo with Mrs.
Donohue. More at end
of page ....
Latest News... October 26, 2009
Swine Flu Found in Mechanicville Schools
My daughter Denise, has written
a letter to the School about confirmed
cases of the H1N1 Virus, or Swine Flu,
and forwarded that to other concerned
parents and friends in the area.
It is reprinted below with attachments
issued by the School.
Because of the high absenteeism occurring right now all that I would add
is that the parents of children within
the Mechanicville School District
e-mail, call or write to the School
Board whether they have children home
who are actually sick, and with what, or
keeping their kids out of school for
fear of contagion. This is the
only way the School Board and the
Administration would have to accurately
determine the overall outbreak.
And I would do it ... NOW!
Denise Bazar ...
take the time
to open the letter attachment that is
from the Mechanicville School Website as
of today regarding confirmed cases of
H1N1 at our Middle and High School.
I am hoping that all
students actually come home with a
letter from the School today, although I
also know that many children in our
immediate neighborhood as well as other
friends' children, are not even in
school right now.
Last Thursday a letter came
home at the middle school level,
although not high school, and I am
unsure of elementary school, regarding:
that the school was still in the
proactive stage and there were NO
CONFIRMED CASES of H1N1 to date. I
personally had heard otherwise via
students in the high school who said
their teachers were informing them of
confirmed cases . As the letter had come
from the middle school I called the
principal, Mr. Duffy, immediately after
reading that notice because of my
concern with what was reportedly being
said by teachers. And I knew that
there were many students out of school.
(Kids calling other kids on their cell
phones for confirmation of truths and
rumor is a great resource when looking
for immediate response.) Mr. Duffy
assured me on that day that it was rumor
only and no confirmed cases were
reported in our school district. I
also questioned, "If CDC legally has to
be notified within 24 hrs of any
confirmed cases of swine flue, also what
the legal position
is of the school in having to
notify students, parents, teachers,
etc.?" Not clear on that, as I
believe I was NOT told the truth or
perhaps the whole truth on that day.
want to see a huge panic here!
What I want and expect to see is that
the district IMMEDIATELY have their
meeting with the School Doctor based on
the lack of students in school to date
and the urgency of keeping this under
control without countless students being
infected with the virus; to then bring
home and infect others around them.
Today, someone also informed me that one
of the five confirmed cases is
hospitalized ....... if that is the case
it happened much too quickly for the
school district not to take immediate
Please pass this on to
anyone in your email address.
If any of you have any bright ideas
about making the school be more
responsible with the information they
already have and getting them to act
more quickly, please let me know.
I am always willing to go the distance
for my children, my family, my friends
and our community as a whole.
the School Doctor ...
Influenza: H1N1 and Seasonal flu
Parents/Teachers/Staff and Student Body
of Mechanicville Public Schools:
The flu season
officially began on October 5th,
already we have seen both Seasonal and
H1N1 (Swine) flu
illness in the Mechanicville City School
District. I saw my first case of
Seasonal influenza the week of
,and now H1N1 on October 23rd
in 5 students who
attend Mechanicville Middle/High School.
from this initial outbreak that the H1N1
virus will spread quite quickly through
the student body and the community at
large. Therefore, I am sending this
message out with the hope of inspiring a
calm and reasoned approach for all ofus
during this very active 2009-10 flu
am meeting with the Mechanicville School
Board and Dr. McCarthy (Superintendent)
on October 28th
strategy-and update the plan currently
in place-knowing now that we have our
first confirmed cases of H1N1. As
you may know, some local school
districts have closed their doors
recently due to widespread illness.
Though we hope that this will not be the
case here, we are prepared to act
accordingly if the need arises.
most accurate and up-to-date information
during this flu season, go to the
following web sites:
those of you with no internet
capabilities, call the CDC at
1-800-232-4636, the Saratoga County
Department at 518-584-7460, or the New
York State Department of Health at
comes to preventing the spread of
influenza or any viral illness, follow
these simple rules:
Get vaccinated if you haven’t already.
the Seasonal flu vaccine and H1N1
vaccine are safe.
2) Wash your
hands, wash your hands, wash your hands…
If you are at home and think you might
- Call your doctor
for guidance or dial 911 if you or your
child are in imminent danger.
If you are at school and think you might
GO DIRECTLY TO THE
5) The classic
symptoms of influenza are: fever, cough,
headache, body aches, fatigue/malaise.
doctor can perform a Rapid Flu Test in
the office to determine if you have
anti-viral medications for people who
are ill with the flu and
to protect those
who care for
or have come into contact with someone
who has the flu.
You should not go
back to school unless you have been
‘fever-free’ without the use of
least 24 hours.
Remember, we are at the beginning of a
very long and likely active flu season,
and as the parents/guardians of our
children we are their primary
caregivers. They are depending on us to
act responsibly, so please do not put
others at risk by sending a sick child
to school. I hope this newsletter has
helped. Good luck and good health to
School District Physician
Other News... October 25, 2009
Overheard in class at MES
teacher in the Elementary
School asked her 6th grade
class how many of them
were Obama fans. Not really
knowing what an Obama fan
was, but wanting to be liked
by the teacher, all the kids
raised their hands except
Little Johnny. The
Little Johnny why he
decided to be different...?
Again! Little Johnny
said, "Because I'm not an
The teacher asked, "Why
aren't you an Obama fan?"
Little Johnny replied, "
Because I'm a Republican."
The teacher asked, why
a Republican? Little Johnny
"Well, my Mom's a
Republican and my Dad's a
Republican, so I'm
So, this intense teacher
asked, "If your Mom was a
moron and your Dad was an
idiot, what would that make
With a big smile, Little
Johnny replied, "That would
make me an Obama fan!"
what I heard! I always
liked Little Johnny.
Well, You people
missed an awfully good Wild
Game Smorgasbord at the
Mechanicville Elks Club last
Sunday, the 18th of
October. For $15.00
you had quite a feast.
Watch for the next one!
Try not to miss our
upcoming Gun Show at the
Saratoga Springs City Center
this Halloween Weekend.
Past News... July 14, 2009
Esplanade Tax Breaks Too
Commentary by David Petronis
Gazette story (July 14)
about Payment In Lieu Of
Taxes (PILOT) Program for
the proposed Esplanade
Development along the Hudson
River at the site of the old
West VACO Mill in
Mechanicville seems a bit
generous to me and many
folks I speak with.
Development is good,
give-a-ways, not so good.
It seems today that taxing
us to death isn’t quite
enough but our money is then
squandered, lost or given
away on what one may call
“pet projects” that are
going to be absolutely grand
for us all “down the road.”
If most of these
proposals are so great then
I’m sure the developers can
make money on their project,
if not, find a new one.
They need help, you
say, to fund these for all
our future benefit; well,
say I, we most likely won’t
see a benefit but my money
is still gone.
Being right is so
nice, like when I said the
proposal to sell the old
High School to the
“developers” who were going
to turn that into a
grandiose project with
millions invested and an
Empire Zone created, what do
we have today? Nothing!
Joe Micklas was on the
School Board then, when I
also presented a proposal
for the school purchase, and
he and the Board approved
that sale swallowing all the
hype created by the
Politicians and developers
of the time.
Today, he is on the
Board of Education again, I
voted for him and told my
friends to do the same;
Joe, I hope the
Board learned something
about giving away the store.
We can always use
improvement of the Tax Base
but not at the cost of
receiving no taxes along the
way; at least not for a
period of twenty or
With PILOT it’ll all
wash out in the end, they
The end that worries
me is how far it’s going to
be stuck into mine.
I don’t think there
are any tax payers left that
are virgins any more.
The article stated that
currently the land in
question contributes $65,000
in City Taxes and $55,000 in
School Taxes and that
Thomas Richardson, said,
“City property tax payers
would see an initial
increase in their tax
Does that mean that
if the Esplanade
multi-million dollar project
gets the go-ahead I and you
have to pay for it?
I don’t think so!
But we will reap the
benefit of higher sales tax
distribution from Saratoga
County, says he … as the
formula works today … but
what about tomorrow?
Cities, Counties and
States all across this great
Country are seeing problems
because of DECLINING SALES
TAX REVENUES and there is no
turnaround in sight …
regardless of what Obama
And regardless of
what today’s politicians
It is simply that, a
proposal, akin to a wish!
You want to build it so they
will come, finance it so you
can build and pay your fair
share of the load along with
me and mine. How our taxes
should increase when a
investment is made while
wiping out the prior tax
base is beyond my meager
Could it be that Tax
Revenue give-a-ways and
short sightedness have
contributed greatly to
today’s problems of
financing our Government,
both local and National?
California is now issuing
“Chits” instead of cash
because of revenue
shortfalls; meaning sales
taxes among others.
Fellow tax payers,
think well before you give
up what little tax base
there is left in this City.
July 12, 2009
Time Capsule buried in 1959
was opened today amid much
fanfare on Family Day in
Photos coming of the
disappointment in the
condition of the items
Mayor inspects water soaked
1959 school yearbook ...
Mayor gets wooden shoe ...
made by Hudson River Trading
Company to place recovered
items in their huge window
on Main Street for public
July, 7 ... It appears The City Council
may finally do the right thing about my
sidewalk problem at the end of July.
June 18, 2009 .......
Continual Complaint to City
Another letter was sent to the
City Council about my sidewalk problem
and water seeping into my basement.
Will post ...
To: Mechanicville City Council,
Especially to Jack Messore, Commissioner of Public Works
How was your day? Mine
generally seems to start with cleaning
up water from my basement that
mysteriously appears, from where no one
knows. A prior letter was sent about
this miraculous appearance and no action
was taken on that, either. Today, while
dripping with perspiration after my
normal cleanup, I would finally hope to
impress upon you, the Powers That Be, my
continuing dilemma of this problem of
I especially implore the
Commissioner of Public Works, who has
seen this recurring problem and who is
stymied from whence this water
originates, that he and his crew, as one
of his last official acts before
retirement, they tear up my sidewalk in
front of 38 North Main Street and
replace it as it should have been done
18 or so years ago. I further implore
the rest of the City Council to agree to
this undertaking, post haste.
Through many administrations
in City Hall I have pursued this problem
of the sidewalk, which undoubtedly is
the cause of my mysterious basement
water appearance. Evidently, it was
simply a matter of time for underground
activity perpetrated from this pitched
sidewalk, to find its way through
underground channels to my basement then
appearing through my basement floor.
Hopefully, I wish this taken care of
before we all die.
The adjoining property
owner, Mrs. Serbalik Choi, appears to
not be a cause to this problem though it
was reported to me there was a serious
City water main leak in her parking area
north of her buildings that continually
erodes her lot. Perhaps this also
contributes to an underground source of
the problem in my basement. Even though
I have had other problems from her water
overflows and our adjoining walls are
wet, with their floor being raised above
my grade, no evidence of ground water
exists in her basement.
Since Memorial Day weekend
in 1991 when your main line fractured in
front of my building, it was then
evident where a stream of water was
coming from that finally filtered into
my elevator shaft, which I had to pump
at least twice a day. Following the
repair of that main break the water
problem in the elevator ceased. Perhaps
only grade school kids could determine
the connection between the water, the
shaft and the main line breakage. You
got a repair to your main line and I got
the shaft. While that seepage was
occurring my sidewalk fell adjoining the
building approximately 3” obviously due
to the undermining of the soil. This
problem has been brought to you and to
prior administrations and as of this
date no satisfaction from the city has
occurred. This morning, my tired and
sweaty body reminded me of the complete
lack of conscience by you and your prior
cronies to bite the bullet, find the
funds and once and for all repair to my
satisfaction a problem caused by either
negligence, a lack of diligent scrutiny
or for whatever other cause not mine.
There is a push to beautify the city,
renovate facades and repair sidewalks;
the repair of mine would fit right in
with this overall scheme, what are you
waiting for? I am not about to incur
the expense of this after enduring this
problem for nearly two decades. I am
not about to put money into the exterior
of my building when the interior has
this recurring water problem caused by
city negligence. It is up to you, the
council to remedy this situation
If no remedy or solution
from you is forthcoming, I’ll have no
other option than to do the unthinkable,
as one of your prior mayors suggested I
do, sue city hall for appropriate
reimbursement of the sidewalk, the
deterioration of my western most
basement wall, my basement tile floor,
my labor and expense of repair and
cleanup, and any punitive damages a
court may decide. How say you?
David Petronis, President, NEACA, Inc.
News of School Thefts
June 10, 2009 ...
Mechanicville ... Letter to Joseph
Micklas, School Board Member
Hi Joe, I just wanted to
let you know a few things that my
granddaughter experienced today in
eighth grade. While in her gym class
several of the girls cell phones,
including hers, were stolen from their
lockers. She says the locks don’t
work and anybody can get in. In
fact, she told her mother that the gym
teachers office was robbed of $50.00
because her door lock doesn’t work.
Evidently there are security cameras
that would have seen this but either
they don’t work or aren’t turned on.
This sounds like some very poor way to
run a school. I guess it is fine
to have visitors and parents sign in on
entry and be scrutinized but the powers
that be don’t seem to have a clue as to
protect property within the school.
I don’t believe the gym teacher reported
the loss and I wonder if there are other
crimes against the students that don’t
see the light of scrutiny. Anyway,
my granddaughter doesn’t stand for any
of that crap so she called the Saratoga
County Sherriff’s and put in a report.
She will also see the School Principal
tomorrow. Whether these girls
should have cell phones in school in the
first place isn’t the issue, the theft
could very well have been of anything
and it has to be stopped. I hope
you may take this up with the School
Board and hear the reaction and reasons
why these locks and cameras don’t work.
The school certainly has enough of my
money and yours to provide for a safe
and secure environment while our kids
are in classes. Thanks, David
reporting this to the Sherriff's my
daughter found out that hers was the
first report of this kind made to them.
Which she knows should be bull because
many other things were stolen from kids
her daughter knows. Why weren't
these thefts reported? I told my
daughter to put in a claim to the
Schools' insurance company.
June 11, 2009 Follow
The Board is aware of the issue.
There are no cameras in the area of the theft. The cameras in the
school are all working. Everyone is
trying to do the best they can with the
matter of stealing. It is impossible to
stop people who wish to steal. It is one
of the 10 Commandments, so it's safe to
say that it has been going on for a long
time. Both you and I are in businesses
that deal with that issue every day. I
do agree with you the issue is stealing
not cell phones. However, there is a
procedure at school that allows students
to check valuables in the main office or
with the teacher.
As far as cell phones are concerned, I am not an advocate of
children having cell phones,
particularly in school. I realize that
if parents are willing to provide this
product there is not much I can do. The
school district has a policy that states
no cell phones in school. If the student
brings the phone they can leave them in
their locker that locks or check them in
the office. Without parental control
there is little we can do.
I am not sure any of this will appease your feelings and I
understand that. If you have further
comments or criticism I will do my best
to help out if I can. I can assure you
the entire board and administration are
concerned with this issue and will
continue to develop methods that will
stop this behavior.
June 12, 2009 ...
Hi Joe, Thanks for the reply.
With the detective work performed by my
daughter, Denise Bazar and with the help
from Verizon she managed to track down
her daughter Megan’s cell phone plus one
other and an IPod, all stolen the same
time. The Saratoga County Sherriff did
a fine job with Denise’s’ information
and retrieved the items and will put
them in the rightful owner’s possession.
The person who stole them was a 7th
grader recently moved from Stillwater to
Mechanicville School and a friend of
hers who is in Megan’s Class, an 8th
grader. The Principal is aware of the
outcome and Denise has not fully made up
her mind about prosecution. This was
brought to a satisfactory conclusion by
the due diligence of both Denise and
Megan, each of who would not stand for
this school behavior. The very least I
would like to see is a report from the
School Board that these things do and
have occurred and a notification to the
local Express paper so they may inform
the taxpayers of the situation. Open
governance is a good thing as well as an
open and direct School Board. As for my
own satisfaction from your letter and
your recent election, time and
performance will be the tale. Thanks,
Sunday, June 7, 2009 ~ 9am to
Breakfast & Lunch Specials from
...went very well with about 250
folks participating in the buying and
selling of various guns, munitions and
other things. Stay tuned to things
that may be happening there in the very
See us at Saratoga again on
Other News, May
... The School Board was put on notice
by the voters... but did you ever wonder
why Mechanicville's Star program for
seniors only allowed one to earn about
$13,000.00 before you were penalized?
The lowest amount in the area!
15 ... My son David and Family are at
the DC Tea Party, "right near our
favorite restaurant and Uncle Barry's
house ... the big White one on
Pennsylvania Ave." ... You can also
follow me on
Had an Interview with Channel 10 News
this past Saturday, April 10th about the
increase in Gun Sales along with
scarcity of ammunition.
29, 2009 ...
Special Election for Congress, Tuesday,
Another Murphy Lie ??
- Even though you won, Scott, I am still
a devout Conservative Republican and I
mean what I say when I say it.)
Did you just receive a post card in your
mail suggesting that Scott Murphy “is
the only candidate for Congress with an
‘A’ rating from the NRA”? Look
closely and see that
it was not sent
by the National Rifle Association but
was “Paid for by Scott Murphy for
He is right on one point though … the
NRA doesn’t give out “A” ratings …
especially to those
candidates who don’t have a voting
Remember when we had
our last Congressional race for this 20th
District … the one with Sandy Treadwell
running against Kirsten Gillibrand ….
The NRA post card sent out just before
the last election giving Gillibrand an
endorsement went a very long way to push
her to win. We Second Amendment
Rights people, hunters and shooters take
notice when the NRA endorses candidates…
and many of you voted for her.
They did not endorse Treadwell “because
he had no voting record.” Why would
they rate Murphy with an “A” when he has
none either? The simple answer is
… they would not!
Could it be … now that Gillibrand is
supporting Murphy, a fellow democrat …
that she learned a fact about hunters
when the NRA endorsed her with a mailing
just before election day? That
most people don’t read the fine print
and only see … “NRA endorses …. “.
Good try, Kirsten or Scott, but this
time around it won’t work … especially,
as I see it,
as an outright lie!
Remember when my Arms Collectors Journal
ran a headline about a phrase from then
Governor Mario Cuomo, “NRA
Members Drink beer, don’t vote and lie
to their wives”
(see our web version at
http://neaca.com/ACJonLine.htm ), he
found out that he was wrong then and I
surely hope that these liars find out
how wrong they are today.
Jim Tedisco has been
at most all of our Arms Fairs in his
district, most recently when he visited
and spoke at our show in Saratoga
Springs this month. He vowed to
support our gun rights as he always has
in his long and steadfast career as your
Assemblyman and as Minority Leader in
the NYS Assembly. It is certainly
not an easy job being in the minority in
general and especially not as their
Republican leader. But Jim has
persevered and pursued our agenda and he
deserves your vote this Tuesday.
Get out and show your support early!
please copy or forward this e-mail
to as many friends and family as you can
… right now … and ask that they do the
same. Time is short, I as a gun
owner, show promoter, Licensed Dealer,
hunter and protector of our Second
Amendment Right to Keep and Own Firearms
ask you to
be faithful to the cause of FREEDOM.
The NRA Members should and do support
James Tedisco for our next Congressman.
Congress now needs all the help he can
Vote JIM Tuesday!
Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates
… and don’t forget our
Utica Gun Show on April 4, 5 at the AUD
… where you can exercise that Second
Amendment Right that Jim Tedisco wants
Did you hear about this ? .....
Last Tuesday, as
President Obama got off the Helicopter
in front of the White House, he was
carrying a baby piglet under each arm.
The squared away Marine guard snaps to
attention, Salutes, and says: "Nice
The President replies: "These are not
pigs. These are authentic Arkansas
Razorback Hogs. I got one for Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton and I got one
for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi."
The squared away Marine again snaps to
attention, Salutes, and says: "Excellent
17, 2009 ...
Listen to our WGY
Radio hour with Host Al Roney ...
25, 2009 ...
Leadership Supports Jim Tedisco for 20th
Cathy and I want you to be our
next Congressman and represent our
voices in Washington.
Congressional District needs a strong
supporter of the Second Amendment – you
know, the one that guarantees the common
folks can enjoy the other rights of our
For nearly 250 years American
Patriots with firearms have kept our
Republic strong and free from all
tyranny – as was the founders original
intent – even from within our own
In these days of current unrest,
most notably south of our own border and
among radical Muslim
our country needs men and women of
strong will and an undaunting love of
freedom to represent the common people;
the working class, the small business
owners, those entrepreneurs that made
America into the greatest Super Power
she is today.
We believe you are one of those
The majority voted for change
and voted us Republicans and
We don’t need the rhetoric of
“fight” (even though we must) but do
need to “change” the way we work.
In the unsettled future we “hope
to,” “change for” the betterment of all
our lives and we know you will “work
hard” “to change” the way government
works for all of us.
We don’t need to compromise our
beliefs in order to win the
confrontation of ideas but we do need to
change the rhetoric to win votes.
The misguided can be coaxed to
return, the change they voted for may
not be all they wanted or anticipated.
They may already be ready for
The liberal Democrats rode the
wave of change.
Their ideas of change though are
to re-hash the same old brew and stuff
their left-over ideology down the
throats of us Conservatives.
Well, frankly, that just makes
Their tried and failed stew of
give-aways and union welfare is only
palatable to their liberal base but from
our stand, it all just still stinks.
A tax and spend policy will
never beat the “refund our money and get
out of my way” mentality.
We feel the only stimulus we are
all going to get from these massive
record breaking spending sprees is an
overload of back breaking taxes we will
all have to pay.
If the two party system of
checks and balances – of this for that –
doesn’t return with the election of
2010, our America as we have known and
loved her may well be the maiden on the
track waiting for her inevitable doom.
We need to start
the recovery process sooner than later,
notably with this special election on
On that day we need to elect Jim
We need patriots like Jim to cut
that maiden free!
David Petronis, Pres.
BAIL EM OUT! ????
back in 1990, the Government seized the
Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada
for tax evasion and as required by law,
tried to run it. They failed and
it closed. Now we are trusting the
economy of our country and our banking
system to the same nit-wits who couldn't
make money running a whore house and
selling whiskey! You have to be
There's anther joke right below ....
For Immediate Release: - 11/07/08
U. S. SUPREME COURT AWAITS RESPONSE TO
BERG'S WRIT OF CERTIORARI
FROM OBAMA, DNC and Co-DEFENDANTS
(Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania –
11/07/08) - Philip J. Berg, Esquire, the
Attorney who filed suit against Barack
H. Obama challenging Senator Obama’s
lack of “qualifications” to serve as
President of the United States filed a
Writ of Certiorari in the United States
Supreme Court on October 30, 2008,
requesting review of the United States
District Court, Eastern District of
Pennsylvania, Judge Surrick’s Dismissal
of Philip J. Berg’s lawsuit against
Barack H. Obama, Jr., the DNC and the
other co-Defendants. Accordingly, the U.
S. Supreme Court has set dates in which
Barack Obama, the DNC and all
co-Defendants are to respond to the
Writ, which is on or before December 1,
Mr. Berg remarked today, “I look
forward to receiving Defendant Obama's
response to the Writ and am hopeful the
U. S. Supreme Court will review Berg v.
Obama. I believe Mr. Obama is not a
natural-born citizen and is ineligible
to assume the office of President of the
Mr. Berg’s case, Berg vs. Obama was
dismissed from the United States
District Court for the Eastern District
of Pennsylvania, Docket # 08-cv-4083 for
lack of standing. Mr. Berg filed a Writ
of Certiorari for review of the case and
an injunction to stay the election
pending review. Justice Souter denied
the injunction. It is expected that the
Court will decide whether or not to
review Berg v. Obama after the
Defendants file their response, and Mr.
Berg has replied to the Defendant’s
The Defendants' response is due by
December 1st and Mr. Berg's reply will
be submitted thereafter.
# # #
Philip J. Berg, Esquire
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Commentary by David Petronis
October 25, 2008
The media has taken polls
suggesting less than two weeks prior to
this most important of elections, that
Obama has due cause to begin measuring
for new drapes in the White House.
Not only the Presidency has
already been decided but the new
Congress will have a huge majority in
the House and at least 60 uncontestable
Democrats in the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi will have you
“sending in your guns” for destruction
as Harry Reid collects checks for the
Treasury Department for your new
“government sponsored Health Care
Now it’s reported that the vast
majority of white Catholics are also
voting for Barrack Hussein Obama,
noteworthy to the point that they have
always picked the next president with
their block vote.
I am one of the descenting white
Catholics who will be voting for John
McCain and voting out the New York State
I hope I have a majority of
friends who follow me to keep our nation
a Christian Country.
Consider this, Ye Christians;
Revelation 13:5, the Beast.
Revelations tells us the Beast
(anti-Christ) will rule for 42 months
and then destroy everything.
During the six month honey moon
and reorganization after the
inauguration, 42 months are left in this
next Presidential term.
Obama has stated that this will
no longer be a Christian nation --- it
will be one of Christians, Jews,
Muslims, Buddhists ….. I, for one, don’t
agree with this new design for America,
how about you?
According to the Book of
Revelations the anti-Christ is:
The anti-Christ will be a man in
his 40’s, of Muslim descent, who will
deceive the nations with persuasive
language and have a massive Christ-like
The prophecy says that people
will flock to him and he will promise
false hope and world peace.
And when he is in power will
Do I see a similarity between the
prophecies in Revelations to the
pernicious candidate of the Democrats,
It is hard for me to believe that
the likes of today’s Democrat leaders
can flaunt the efforts of George
Washington and the Patriots in war and
John Adams, Paul Revere or Thomas
Jefferson in their cause of liberty and
Halls of Congress.
They flaunt our heritage, all the
blood spilled to make America the finest
nation on earth, they decry God from our
Constitution and they coerce the Forth
Estate, the media, to promote their aims
and their ascent to power.
Can we allow this to continue?
I think not.
The culmination of Obama’s four
years in office, besides following the
dire prophesy of Revelations also
coincides with the Mayan Culture date of
world destruction currently figured out
to be 2012.
Is this coincidence that these
two far removed prophecies converge upon
the same future date in history of
mankind’s ruin and destruction? And
there are other similar cultural
It may be that the worst to come
is not immediately from Obama himself
but rather from the jubilance of the
Democrats to their resurgence of power,
the overwhelming controlling votes of
the House and Senate along with the
veto-proof, though unnecessary,
Not since 1978 when Jimmy Carter
was President did the Dems hold this
much anticipated power. That is the time
they fooled with the “Houses for
Everyone Theory” the culmination of
which thirty years later is the need to
bail-out Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae
leading to the housing crises leading to
the banking crisis and another $700
million dollars balanced on the backs of
Look it up if you have any doubt
that this is not the root of the
problems we have today.
Can you try to imagine what the
Democrats will do first: Voter
registration on the same day as the
election; Voting for felons, in or out
of jail; Union Boss looking over your
Voting Shoulder Act; Sweeping reforms to
curtail any future buying of the
election as is being tried now (known as
the Comprehensive Incumbent Re-Election
Reform Act); Turn in your guns, the days
of Hunting and Shooting Are Over Act; a
car in every garage and pot for people
mandate payed for by Redistribution of
Wealth Act; anything they wish to
retrieve from the garbage heap of
liberal discards will again be in play
plus all those wonderful new ideas of
how the Dems can help us all with more
dependency on those in government … the
true and real meaning of the progressive
cause … scary indeed!
On their ascension into power,
the Day of Inauguration 2009 the
Political Beast will begin to be
unleashed upon the unsuspecting hoards
who allowed them to deceive you.
Fortunately there will still be
gun shops and gun shows still open in
January where protection can be obtained
for thwarting the impending doom …
though the powers within the bureaucracy
will now have all your personal
information and what you own … that is a
good thing, right?
Think about your vote this time.
us at NEACA.com.
Commentary by David Petronis,
October 8, 2008
If you watched the second
Presidential debate last night without
falling asleep give yourself an “A” for
absolute attentiveness but give John
McCain an “F” for what should have been
fighting spirit with innovative attacks
on Obama’s character and sleazy friends.
The whole hype
leading to this as to what McCain “had
to do” in the pundit’s eyes reminded me
of the “shock and awe” I was
disappointed with during the bombing of
I waited and
waited, and waited but no “awe” was to
be seen; too many war movies, I guess
and no doubt my expectations this time
were a bit too high for McCain to sweep
in on the low road.
There is less
than four weeks before our country
drowns in toilet water so us real
Americans are going to have to push our
friends and neighbors to take a good
look at what kind of changes are soon to
My intent here
is not to be pretty with prose but
alarmist with reality.
fellow just can’t seem to call a spade a
Does he view
himself as a gentleman from the Senate
who can’t speak ill of another Senator
to his face?
Get over it,
John, or you are going to lose!
While Obama and
the rest of the ideological democrats
stick in a knife with a friendly smile,
good ‘ol John is going to be hugging the
floor with moans rivaling “Et tu,
under the rug of oblivion by media
hyping of liberal sound bites over and
over again and not coming up kicking,
biting and scratching is not a good
Thank God for
But you, my
friend, have got to start kicking some
It amazes me
that anyone with a name that has the
sound and syllables of our number one
terrorist, Osama, a middle name of the
tyrant we needed a war to depose,
Hussein and a common first name Barack
with an Arabic origin has gotten this
far in the electoral process.
Don’t you people
know that names actually suggest a
If I step in
sh-- and it stinks, the name of that
We are still a
nation full of Anglo-Saxon Christians
and our customs, laws and Constitution
were founded on their beliefs.
Well, at least
for now we are.
Since when did
we invite the Anti-Christ in?
The old belief
was that if you wanted to come to
America you could come but when you got
here you became an American and
celebrated Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When did that
Nobody asked me
if it was OK.
I don’t see
hyphenated Americans and I don’t think
they belong here.
I only see
Americans that can conform, if you don’t
like it, leave.
How then can one
who calls himself an African-American
have the gall to run for President of
It boggles my
And this guy is
more Muslim in name and nature than
Even in his book
on life he says if push comes to shove
he will stand with the Muslims.
And 50% of the
idiots who we have given the right to
register and vote think he’s just swell.
did we go wrong?
GW, I am sorry,
I know you are turning in the grave.
association should have been a game
stopper long ago for this Afro from
action programs aside where did the
money and influence come from that put
this poor boy, born in the usual out of
wedlock style of a salt and pepper
affair, into the best of Universities?
I don’t think it
was his grades.
Dig into it and
Muslims seem to have had a hand.
Look into what
he did during his formative and college
years besides drugs and learn about
associations with radicals and
“community organizer” portion of his
When Obama was
eight, Bill Ayers of the
terrorist group bombed US Government
buildings, a technicality got him off
from spending his life in prison.
started his political career it was
around a coffee table with Bill Ayers,
I rest my case!
says it’s time for a black woman to
legally sleep in the White House I
envision the next step is to re-paint it
Flagher flails his arms like a chicken
and wishes he was black I envision him
roosting on the Capital dome and
crapping over the deserved Senate below.
raises his arm to black power and points
toward his coming space ship I envision
a return to goose stepping ideologue’s
of yesterday’s idiocy.
Simply watch and
listen to the friends of Obama and if
you are not yet scared of the
consequences of his Presidency, take
if you do not want to wake up to
socialistic doctrines, guaranteeing of
negro reparations from the Civil War,
religious zealots whose religion is to
kill the white man and strip his body
flesh, to associations with terrorists
in the White House, to police bashing,
crime laden rappers shrieking “niggers
kill whities” then you had best try your
damnedest to turn this trend around and
vote in the next best President, John
And don’t look
for God’s help if he loses, we brought
Sodom on ourselves.
News Flash, Just In ... Obama Takes
Obama takes flight in a hot air balloon
looking for solace from Hillary Clinton,
promising to meet her in a remote
mountain cabin but realizes he is lost.
He lowers his altitude and spots a man
fishing from a boat in a lake below.
He shouts to him, “Excuse me, can you
help me? I promised a friend I
would meet her an hour ago, but I don't
know where I am.”
The man consults his portable GPS and
replies, “You're in a hot air balloon,
approximately 30 feet above a ground
elevation of 2346 feet above sea level.
You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes
north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09
minutes west longitude.
He rolls his eyes and says, “You must be
“I am,” replies the man. “How did you
“Well,” answers Obama, “Everything you
tell me is technically correct, but I
have no idea what to do with your
information and I'm still lost. Frankly,
you're not much help to me.”
The man smiles and responds, “You must
be a Democrat, right?”
“I surly am,” replies Obama, “how did
“Well,” says the man, “You don't know
where you are or where you're going.
You've risen to where you are due to a
of hot air. You made a promise
that you have no idea how to keep and
now you expect me to solve your problem.
Being a Democrat, you're in exactly the
same position you were in before we met
but now, somehow, it's all my Republican
I'm telling you
... I heard it from a reliable source.
Today is Primary Day in New York ...
Exercise your DUTY and VOTE.
For those of
you who don't have a clue as to what
to do and who to vote for be glad
that at least someone is out there
checking on the candidates and
where they stand on issues that are
important to the people with whom I
associate with and share most of my
philosophy... especially on gun
control and family value issues.
Here are my choices for local or
For Congress, 20th District ...
For Congress, 21st District ...
Both of these gentlemen have been to our Arms Fairs in
Saratoga Springs and I have spoken
with each of them at length about
issues and they have won my vote.
For NY State Senate, 43rd District
... Roy McDonald.
Even though I have a few personal differences with Roy,
especially on his views as to who
should have bought the old
Mechanicville High School, and who
hasn't contacted me since he
personally asked for my vote several
years ago, I put those issues aside
for the betterment of the State and
he will get my vote.
For State Assembly, 112th District,
which our town and City is a part
of, I've reached a conclusion only
today that I have to buck the party's
favorite pick and cast my vote for
I've seen neither candidate at our shows or in my database
but after speaking with
representatives of both candidates
on important issues, Chris has a
slight edge and will get my Primary
I hope all of you will consider
following my thoughtful choices for
these offices and get out to vote
... and call your friends to do the
same ... it is important!
Well, Primary Day is over, Tony
Jordan beat out Chris Laing, all
hail Anthony! On to November
where it really counts. But
Tony, I want to hear about your gun
stance and how you feel about the
Castle Doctrine in NY State.
Sarah Palin’s Foreign Policy Experience
David Petronis, September 1, 2008
The State of
Alaska has a foreign country on its
eastern and southern borders, Canada. As the crow
flies north from Alaska it would
probably freeze to death on the Russian
tundra. If you cross the
western Bearing Sea you would be in
Russia, not to mention the adjoining
territorial waters of Russia and Alaska. To the southwest
where the Aleutian Islands arc through
the Pacific Ocean they end up close to
Japan and China. No other of our
states has as much territory either
joining or in close proximity to other
foreign countries. Wouldn't one
think that the Governor of a state with
those proximities encounter's foreign
relation experiences on probably a
weekly if not a daily basis? Who are the
Democrats trying to kid when they say
Sarah Palin, the current Governor of
Alaska, has no foreign relation
experience? She certainly does!
just received a note from a native of
Alaska, who also happens to be my nephew
and he states, “As Governor of Alaska,
Sarah deals directly with a host of
Pacific Rim countries on a variety of
trade issues; from exporting coal to
China and Korea, to oil issues with
British Petroleum (BP), to Bearing Sea
and Pacific Ocean fishing down to the
International Whaling Commission. … Plus
she is also negotiating a huge natural
gas project that involves our closest
This gal has
political common sense too and ain’t
afraid to tell Congress where the buck
stops, as in telling them that if we
wanted a bridge to nowhere at Ketchikan,
the State of Alaska would built it
ourselves.” So says Rick Hrubes of
Now, let me ask
my Democrat friends what kind of foreign
relation experience Barak Hussein Obama
That he dealt
with all facets of people in the Chicago
suburbs as an “organizer?” Or that his
vast political experience in the US
Senate for nearly three years, while not
being on any meaningful Senate
Committee’s during that time, plus being
on the campaign trail for most of his
Senate term, is that his foreign
Or is it from
his recent visit to Afghanistan where he
snubbed the enlisted and hospitalized
soldiers on his fact finding, basketball
prowess showmanship trip? Or was is that
he lived in Hawaii as a kid or was
taught as a Muslim at one time or went
to Harvard or that he experimented with
an international dope substance; is that
the sum of his total foreign relations
experience that will enable him to be
President on Day One?
I don’t think
Presidential pair, our President and our
Vice President, are elected every four
years by the people who believe that
they will be able to take the reins if
an immediate crisis arises.
And that as a
team, they can work together, compliment
each other’s experience and God forbid,
something happened to the President, our
Vice President could take competent
control of the Country.
surely could do just that.
I have my doubts
about Joe Biden and I have an even
greater concern about BHO.
presence aside, his condescending
demeanor, lack of experience in
business, in leadership, in military
affairs, in foreign affairs and even
lack of experience dealing with the
myriad of domestic affairs in his short
political career contribute only to his
NOT being president at this time.
There appear to
be a lot of Democrats who also concur
with this thought.
We, as the
people, voted for a majority of the
Electoral College that elected George
Bush as President for two terms.
His running mate
was Dick Cheney; both were qualified to
lead on Day One.
and some Republicans might dispute that
fact but history will sustain it.
John McCain and
Sarah Palin will also be ready and able
to take charge when required.
They will make
the “change” that many Americans are
eager for but they will continue the
stability of our Military to protect us
while exuding their overall experience
in and with domestic or foreign affairs.
vote will enable them to make changes
where needed but to also continue making
this the greatest nation the world has
As John McCain has
stated, “Our best days are still ahead
of us, God bless America.”
Commentary by David Petronis,
Funny thing happened on the way
to the caribou hunt … my husband told me
I got a call from John about being
chosen for the Vice President of these
United States … told my hubby to wait a
second, got to take this shot…… and I am
one proud Mama today!!!
So goes today’s saga of Sara
Barracuda, also known as Sarah Palin,
present Governor of the largest State in
our Union, Alaska.
From long shot on the long list
of Veep choices for Republican
Presidential contender John McCain,
Sarah Palin is a welcome choice to my
small family of Conservatives and to our
massive party of disgruntled
Thank you John, you will now get
my vote and some of my money.
Sarah is a Life Member of the
National Rifle Association, ran a
fishing boat for a business, likes to
hunt and fish, married twenty years to
the same guy who also likes to hunt and
fish plus is a world class snow mobile
champion, was a beauty pageant winner,
been in politics for about eighteen
years nowhere near Washington, DC, been
a Mayor of a small City in Alaska, been
Governor for the last two years, lowered
property taxes and started a savings
account with the money saved, handles
and shoots assault weapons, wants to
drill for more oil and gas in ANWR, is a
mother with five children, one of them
in the US Army about to be shipped to
Iraq, thinks of herself as a hockey-mom
but also coached basketball, had time to
join the PTA, her husband is a Union
Member, she is white but, what can I
say, she is not a part of the
good-ol-boy network, shook up the
Republican Party in Alaska when they
were found to be doing the wrong things,
has an approval rating from her
constituents of over 80%, is the first
woman to be nominated for the second
highest office in the land by the
Republican Party, and did I mention she
likes to hunt and her favorite food is
And she looks damn good in a suit
with a skirt!
But, alas, the democrats and
liberals have already asked how many
houses she brings to the McCain campaign
while also noting that just like their
Presidential Candidate, BHO; she has no
foreign policy experience.
Can’t have everything, I guess
but she sure will make a nice Vice
President alongside the next President
of the United States, John McCain, who
has plenty of experience dealing with
slime balls, Washingtonites,
and terrorists in general.
I wonder where she got that
nickname of Barracuda. Joe Biden won’t
bloody her nose in the playground!
You better see your mama, Joe.
Some folks thought her crack
about the 18 million cracks put in the
glass ceiling by Hillary Clinton was a
wisecrack when Sarah concluded with her
chance to break it as a Republican.
I believe it was a sincere thank
you to Hillary and to Geraldine Ferraro
History was made these past few
days in Denver and I was privileged to
have been able to see it happen.
Today more history was made and I
feel that through John’s choice my own
granddaughters have just as much chance
as anyone to grow up to be President.
Only in America, only in these
United States of America can we be
witness to such historical days such as
God bless us all and God Bless
America for all time.
Please Vote and Vote for the
Republican ticket in November.
It will take your children’s
lifetime to undo the damage the
alternative party will envelop upon us
in four short years of their ideology.
To those of you who think George
Bush is or was the problem, remember who
kept us safe these past eight years.
To those who think the
Republicans are or were the problem,
remember who controls Congress today and
who went on vacation from the gasoline
When democrat Nancy Pelosi gavels
dead the drilling for new oil and Barak
Hussein Obama claims he is going to wean
us off oil in 10 years with natural gas,
do you think perhaps there may be
something wrong with policy and
Do you know that natural gas is
simply a by-product of oil drilling?
Before you pull that lever for,
who knows who, Barak (one the most
familiar of Arabic names)
(Hussein?)(Obama – the only difference
with Osama is the BS), you had better
know who is behind the lever.
The Supreme’s Spoke, Now What?
Commentary by David Petronis, June 27,
There were quite
the mixed reactions about yesterday’s
Supreme Court decision recognizing the
fact that our Second Amendment to the
Constitution meant what it read, that
the right of the individual to own
firearms shall not be infringed.
That it was indeed a right to
have a firearm at home to protect one’s
self and family.
But also that some common sense
restrictions of ownership may be
applied, so now what?
"If there is an individual right, then
bureaucratic discretion in permitting
and registering guns is going to be
minimized," a lawyer who financed the
case currently before the Supreme Court,
Robert Levy, said, adding that, "you
cannot allow bureaucrats the option of
denying people constitutional rights."
That from the New York Sun while
reporting on possible problems with the
New York City strict gun laws.
What that lawyer jargon means is
that Mayor Bloomberg ain’t happy!
There could well be some changes
coming in New York and Chicago and San
Francisco and any other city or state
restricting access or ownership of
handguns by competent law abiding
A final end to fuzzy Militia
requirements is at hand.
New York’s Daily News reported
John McCain seized on the Supreme Court ruling Thursday as a
wedge issue against
Barack Obama, who said, he
was for tossing the
District of Columbia's
handgun ban but also favors regulation.
Obama agreed with the court that
owning a gun was an individual right but
also said local governments should be
able to put restrictions on gun
McCain called the ruling a
"landmark victory for Second Amendment
freedom" and ripped Obama for refusing
to join him in backing the plaintiffs
who brought the case to the Supreme
ownership was a "sacred" right akin to
free speech and assembly, McCain said,
as opposed to Obama's "elitist view that
believes Americans cling to guns out of
bitterness," reported the Daily News.
So, John McCain is for the ruling
and favors the right of the individual
to own guns for self protection and
Barack Hussein Obama sits on the fence
and says he was for it but that there
should be government restrictions.
When does BHO’s “change” come,
when he falls off the fence or when the
wind blows the right way?
I’m sorry my friends, Obama’s
wind will never blow right he will
always be facing left and liberal.
The Gazette in Schenectady, NY
had typical reactions from the anti-gun
groups that were predictable to say the
These were from the “Keep America
Safe from Gun Violence” type of groups;
you know “the more guns out there the
more gun violence there will be”,
And I do believe they are
accurate in their assumption.
The more law abiding citizens
feel comfortable with their right of gun
ownership then more of them will own
them and keep them in their homes for
With more guns in homes then more
burglars will probably be shot, hence
more “gun violence,” as I see it, a good
I can hear the boys from the hood
now after one of their own assumes room
“Mon, dat hoodie never did nuttin
Alls ‘e want waz a little doe fo’
Den’s dis whitey goes’n blasts
‘em. Mon, dem guns is BAD.
Brak ‘il get ‘em.
Da hood gotta vote.”
And don’t think that I believe
the hood is all black but the scenario
sure scares me.
Especially all those potential
Just remember New Orleans when
even the Police were out grabbin’ the
free floatin’ goodies and wanting to
take the guns away from the whiteys
protecting their homes.
As an aside, with all the news
and reporting of the floods in Iowa and
vicinities did you see any pictures of
farmers saving big screen plasma TV’s
for food trading later?
rioting over FEMA not saving them or
their farms? Don’t think so.
Any busses parked in water?
Could it be a difference in
I know, it’s all tougher down
When someone comes into my gun
shop and asks what to buy for home
protection, I don’t steer them to the
handguns, I show them the slide action
One sales pitch I use is to have
the customer close their eyes and
Then I jerk back the slide and
pull it forward as if loading a round in
the chamber of this pump 12 gauge
I ask, “What would you do on
hearing this in the black of night?”
“If the intruder doesn’t turn
white and run just from the sound, you
have a much better chance of blowing his
head off with this,” I say.
Then, “Cash or charge?”
But handguns do have a profound
purpose while walking your dog thru the
jungle; they are very concealable and
Now the court needs to take this
right of self protection a step further
than only in your home to where it could
really matter, on the street as in
Here in New York that is supposed
to be what a handgun permit was for,
concealed on your person, out of sight,
When and where the first Judge
got it into the brain that it would be a
much better idea
to put “Hunting and Target
Shooting” on the permit as a restriction
of when and why one could carry a
firearm, I don’t know.
But it is Legislation from the
Bench and should be illegal or
unconstitutional and be struck down as
NRA, sic ‘em!
a little sanity came down from on high,
finally the good guys won for a change.
Perhaps a few more perps will
receive their final blessings with
accolades of how rising gun violence is
a direct response from this Justice
ruling, but you and I know the truth.
Bad guys are going to have bad
Stand Test of Time
June 26, 2008
Well, it’s swell!
Five out of nine Justices of the
Supreme Court of the USA agreed that our
Founding Fathers had it right all along
these past two hundred and some years
since they penned the Second Amendment.
The Right of the People to own
guns shall not be infringed.
But what does that say about the
other four in robes?
Probably none of them have been
In seriousness, with that small
margin this historic vote along party
lines could well have been cast in a
should have been Nine to Zero, this vote
made Justice Kennedy the most powerful
man in the US, the swing man.
As are the “Independents” who
will swing this November 4th
election one way or the other because
they can’t seem to take a stand until
they see how the wind is blowing.
Whether Justice Kennedy is one of
the great men who weighs all options or
simply votes his convictions on an issue
or just throws a dart, I don’t know.
Regardless, this time he targeted
the right spot in our Constitution and
saved our day in court.
This ruling could have very far
reaching effects on all our besieged
I would imagine the National
Rifle Association is partying down in DC
about now. And probably getting ready to
assault a few more gun banning laws and
cities in the near future.
heard Chief James Tuffey
of the Albany Police Department comment
on the radio today that it wasn’t the
legal guns that he was worried about but
rather the illegal “straw man” purchases
made in other, less regulated States
than New York, then filtered here onto
He said that he favored a Federal
Law that would be applied to all gun
purchasers equally in all the States.
Well, States Rights issues aside,
as a gun dealer and as a firearms
carrier I would even go along with
something like that if all gun carry
permits were then recognized as Federal
Carry Permits, good anywhere in the USA.
I think even the good old NRA
would find that compromise interesting.
The news today was full with
reporting of this court decision.
Most call-in folks to radio talk
shows were pro-gun and liked the ruling.
But the news spots had to find
the guy who thought this was disastrous
and how it was so important now to vote
for democrats this November.
I’m sure his life on earth will
forever now be terrorized by gun-totin’
So what about the New York State
pistol permits that are labeled for
“Hunting and Target” shooting only, in
Is it legal for a local Judge to
apply his “feelings” to your
Constitutional Right to gun ownership?
Probably not, though never been
Today’s ruling explicitly stated
that Citizens have a right to have a gun
in their home for self protection.
Does that mean the “Castle
Doctrine” laws that forty or so other
States have adopted must be legally
available in all States?
Like here in New York?
NY says we citizens have to run
out the back door if someone is trying
to break in your front door, the “escape
I am going to have the idiot
running in the front door hitting the
floor from a blast of .44, no option
Will I now be legally protected?
Unfortunately, this ruling by the
Supreme’s doesn’t address any of these
It was still a great day for gun
owners and sane people throughout this
At last a little sanity has come
down from on high and, at least today,
all is right with the world.
Want to Save the Pine Bush?
Commentary by David Petronis; June 21,
There’s a very simple solution to saving
the Pine Bush and the endangered species
scientists say live on because of it.
Saving the Karner Blue butterfly would
be among this amazing plan. People
from all over the country could be
sporting Blue Butterfly t-shirts before
you know it. How could this be
done, you ask?
Let me tell you a buffalo story, like in
Buffalo Bill. Not much more than a
long lifetime ago millions of bison
roamed the western plains and not many
folks cared, except maybe the Indians
who used them for everything from food
to shelter to clothing. A
combination of trying to rid the land of
Indians and a new affinity for cheap
buffalo robes back east nearly wiped the
A small industry actually started up as
train travelers could shoot as many of
these wandering beasts as they could
while riding the rails west. Quite
the sport in those days while ridding
the country of a food source for those
indigenous folks Americans didn’t really
need on “their” land. Shootin’ all
those wild things was the way to go.
Now what does all that have to do with
Imagine if a company bought all those
wild bison from the government for two
bucks a head. In about ten minutes
those free shooters would have been
paying for the privilege, no doubt
beseeched by Pinkertons. And if
the herds started running low a way to
boost them up for continual slaughter
would be found. What good is a
capital venture if you run out of
merchandise to capitalize? If
Buffalo Bill wanted to make a name for
himself he would have needed to fork
over some cash. The moral is, if
someone owned those buffalos surly as
the day is long you wouldn’t be shooting
them ---- at least not for free!
You don’t see train riders today taking
pot shots at range cattle from their
scenic view rail cars do you?
Enter the butterfly amongst the Pine
Bush. Simple solution is to sell
the whole sandy pile to a capitalist and
put a high quality restaurant with
expensive gift shop on the property.
Blue Butterfly shirts and Pine Bush tour
walks will be streaming in and out the
gate while those cute little
caterpillars dine on Lupine in no time.
Instead of needing to SAVE the Karner,
customers will be bringing surplus ones
home mounted under glass in a nice
picture frame for the den.
Scoff at this, you say. If you
owned an attraction that could make you
money ---- lots of money ---- and with
some taxpayer dollars and plenty of
volunteer help, wouldn’t you want to
raise as many of these bugs as you
could? For as long as you could?
With a few common sense restrictions in
place, I believe my plan would easily
work. Capitalism is synonymous
with problem solving and is always the
best way to go. Maybe even
Just to Prove a Point about Capitalist Americans …
A recent study conducted by Harvard
University found that the average
American walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study by the American Medical
Association found that Americans, on
average, drink 22 gallons of alcohol
each year. It all kind of makes
you proud to be an American these days
because that means, on average, you and
me the real Americans, get about 41
miles to the gallon. And Remember,
if you drink and celebrate this Fourth
of July, walk an extra mile.
Why no Turn on Red, Only in
Mechanicville? ... June 20, 2008
When the democrats were in power
in the late 1970's and Carter's "Pain
Index" was thru the roof and high gas
prices created lines at the pump or "No
Gas" signs at the stations a policy and
then local laws were implemented that
allowed drivers to save a few gallons of
gas. We got "Turn on Red" signs at the
traffic lights so we wouldn't be idling
our gas away waiting for the light to
change. Still seems to work well today
with even higher gas prices, at least in
But not in the democrat stronghold
of little 'ol Mechanicville, NY. No
sir-ree, not here can we turn on right.
We must wait for the light. Why?
Because no one is smart enough to bring
up the subject at a Council Meeting or
are they waiting for someone to complain
that we all are wasting gas? Well, I
Now, how about someone taking the
bull by the horns and change some
signs. But don't hold your breath
waiting for that change the
not-black-enough guy and his policies
and friends will be bringing to your
hometown. You'll turn blue!
in Poor Condition ~ June 6, 2008
Cathy and I just took a ride
into the Hudson View Cemetery where our
favorite Mechanicville Son is buried,
Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth. Of Civil War
fame his fenced plot and monument are in
far better condition than from the last
time we viewed it. However, the
surrounding gravestones, markers and
monuments to the earliest of citizens of
this City are in flagrant decay and
grown over with sumac trees, weeds and
wild shrubbery. All this just outside
the fence of what is supposed to be an
attraction of and dedication from the
City of Mechanicville. The area looks
more as a forest than a formal last
resting ground. I don't know who
ultimately has responsibility for the
lack of upkeep but it surely shouldn't
rest on my shoulders to point out the
problem, I'm not even a resident. Just
thought you citizens might want to
preserve some of your past resident
markers who have streets named after
them down off the hill. Enough said.
Unnecessary High Price of Crude
David Petronis, June 5, 2008
China and Cuba are drilling for oil in
the Gulf of Mexico just 60 miles off the
coast of Florida but US companies can’t.
There are 86 BILLION barrels of crude
estimated to be in deposits under the
waves. Enough for the entire
country to use for ten years plus twenty
times our use of natural gas, but we
can’t tap it. The Chinese can.
In a remote part of Alaska that mimics
the size of most of the northeast states
combined we can be pumping over one
million barrels of oil a day into our
own economy and for our own use.
The area known as ANWR or the Arctic
National Wildlife Refuge is huge and
remote. The drilling location
would be confined to an area about the
size of a large airport but we can’t
drill there. As our New York State
Senator Charles Schumer says, “… enough
to lower gasoline prices by fifty cents
a gallon.” But, according to him,
only if we import that much more from
increased production of Saudi Arabian
He among all the other democrat Senators
and more than half of the liberal
republican ones all voted against
drilling in ANWR. This, my fellow
sheep, is now costing you and I a lot of
money and perhaps the entire economic
health of our United States. They
and all of the current Presidential
Candidates, Hillary Clinton, Barack
Hussein Obama and John McCain, have
blocked new drilling for the past decade
or more from ANWR and over 85% of the
offshore areas of our own coasts.
Yet have allowed our adversaries in
commerce and ideology to do just that.
As we grow older and dumber each day the
Russians are exploring the Bearing Sea
for oil and drills are reaching for our
crude in the Gulf of Mexico. The
question is why them, not us?
Seventy-one Senators voted to oppose
drilling in the Arctic while most of the
rest voted to stop filling the Strategic
Oil Reserve so that crude went into the
mainstream supply. What they
should have done if they really want to
shake up the speculators is to sell our
Reserve supply at these high prices and
buy on the back-drop. Did you know that
speculation in the futures oil market
has already surpassed $5.00 a barrel?
Hard ball players are betting that the
US Congress and the current green policy
madness will help them reach that figure
in no time. What can we do?
Stay home and pout?
While the US auto industry is laying off
workers and closing manufacturing
plants, the airline industry is
grounding planes and mailing pink slips
and the housing industry is all but in
retreat from doubling of material prices
while our Senators and Congressmen are
fiddling around like Nero as the economy
and our way of life goes up in oil
fumes. This has got to stop!
In 1995 the then hero of the democrat
party, President Bill Clinton, vetoed
the bill to drill in ANWR. It
passed the republican Congress.
Since then Al Gore with his own industry
of carbon footprint sales and trade-offs
has managed to scare the world into
believing that the sky is falling,
overloaded with carbon from your SUV.
The problem is that most of you believed
his idiocy. See the
on the subject. When local folks
start taking notice that we have no
control over the weather or the next ice
age perhaps they will wake to the fact
that democrats would not be good as
rulers of the earth. That is
unless you wish to be or are already a
hermit, herbalist, green peace
supporter, tree hugger, cool-aid
drinker, vegetarian, communist,
socialist or fur hater; for you there is
no hope of redemption and you will find
and drive a bicycle or three-wheeled
Euro-car. GM really doesn’t matter to
them and they only fly on the wings of
Angels or wisps of pot puffs.
Wasn’t it Hitler who promoted the
There is a moral to this story.
When you think of the change Barack
Hussein Obama is going to bring to your
driveway are you going to be better off?
When his administration drives gas
prices to $7.00 a gallon you won’t be
able to afford that bike. All that
saving of stuff and money will be
valueless because our buck won’t be
worth the wheel barrow you need to carry
it in. And you might as well
become a veggie eater now because
cardboard and old shoe soup really
sucks! You think taxes on your
house are high today? Don’t worry
about it because the schools will be
used for community shelters anyway.
The high cost of teacher’s union
salaries won’t much matter anymore; most
will be out of a job. Before that
lever gets pulled for any democrat OR
liberal republican you had better know
what the future really holds. You
kids who know everything and that
everything has to change better wake to
the reality that you have seen nothing
yet in your short inexperienced lives.
We haven’t even started with the gas
lines yet and food is still plentiful on
the market shelves. Keep dreaming
of change and one day you might actually
be living with your nightmare. How
can hope be the lesser of the evils?
My God, where has life’s journey taken
us? Why have you forsaken us?
Look to your own inequities and failings
He might respond, ‘You are the chosen
ones who chased My words from homes and
schools. You people alone are
responsible for your own path to
destiny.’ And as always truth will
be told, we are the ones who enabled the
Representatives of our society to walk
the path we laid. Our votes, our
complacency and our inaction to
adversity have brought us to this time
of reckoning. If we don’t change the
course we’ve let swerve then truly the
Piper will be paid both in capital and
The Conservative cause is the only way
to our Salvation. Can I get a
Halleluiah? Better yet, can we get some
gumption to get out there and vote some
good people into office? Both
local and national candidates need our
deepest thoughts before the lever is
pulled or the last chad chafed to the
earth. George Bush has kept this
Country safe from any terrorist attack
while from within Al Gore has terrorized
the world. Someday even facts have
to be recognized, not changed.
The One, the Only, He has Come!
Commentary by David Petronis
Hussein Obama has now resigned from his
church because he doesn’t want his
Pastor or his mentors or his other
church member brothers and sisters to
have to endure any more controversy in
the news simply because he is running
for the democrat candidacy for President
of these United States.
Isn’t that special?
Isn’t that the most
unselfish act you have ever heard?
BHO is giving up his
church of twenty years so no more
controversy and threats will be aimed at
his Trinity United Church members by the
Wow, what a guy!
Sounds more like BULL.
So it came to pass that the righteous
one, the white skinned hater of America,
was called upon by the Almighty above to
save Obama and drive him from the flock.
Not because of wickedness
but for LOVE.
Drive him to besmirch the
church for hate speech due whitey from
whitey so the real Negro could speak
again to his Pastoral flock; the
anointed one can reign without
controversy and be free to lurk in
circles of deceit and depravity whilst
his tined tongue beseech thee who speaks
the Negro secession of oppression.
So is the word of GOD…A,
according to Father Pfleger!
oh change has BEGUN!
It is said that there will come unto us
will lead us to his home of astonishing
beauty where one will live forever among
promises of glory and satisfaction. That
a change will come from a man of destiny
and Deity who will speak the words all
wish to consume.
None shall be suspect of
his words or deeds while they listen and
see the Glory. None will doubt the
sincerity of his convictions nor detect
the venom spurred to his victims.
He will come in splendor
and pomp among and through his hoard
with meretricious merriment and subtle
The Anti-Christ will
deceive you with love to devour your
soul with despise.
Anyway, that is how I see this not black
enough Muslim convert who just trounced
the Whitey Woman who knew it was her
How about you?
Rush Limbaugh seems to
think that the white Priest was given
the task of providing Hussein the way
out while pointing the blame to whitey
instead of wacky blacky Wright.
Better White than Wright…
I tend to agree with glee
and know in my heart that the Libs will
conjure and conspire to any end to
justify whatever deemed their final
Bad Day for Beaver
Hope this Beaver didn't have pups
still in the den because it surely
shouldn't have crossed the road in front
of my house on this Mother's Day.
Before making Cathy her special Mother's
Day breakfast we were witness to this
mishap on the Rt. 4 & 32 highway. The
photo is from my upper front porch. The
poor thing had to
dispatched by a NYS Trooper who was
called. After moving the beaver to the
river bank he fired what looked like a
.40 caliber Glock safely to put the
creature out of the misery it was in.
April 24, 2008 ~
Winter is Over... Spring into the same
old Crap as Usual... but wait perhaps a
As it was, it is and always it shall be
... the Motto of the Mechanicville City
The snow has melted
and left behind is the remnants of
winter debris. Now our favorite cliff
dwellers residing in the apartments of
Main Street leave their vehicles in front
of my store so the city sweeper can't
remove the carnage they leave behind.
If it isn't snow now its crap, twigs,
dirt and cigarette ashtray dumping. Ah,
the life of the Independent Renter.
But, with hope there may be salvation.
Last week my basement miraculously
produced water from the middle of the
tiled floor. With the help of Jack
Messore, City Commissioner of Public
Works, we determined that there was no
reason for the water to be there but I
managed to clean it up anyway. He
checked both basements on either side of
my building and they were dry. No
logical reason could be found. I mopped
and dried and as if by magic it was
This past Wednesday when I needed to
take a trip to Utica I stopped at my
store briefly to check on things and to
my amazement, again there was this
miraculous event appearing before my
very eyes! Water was slowly being
emitted from the middle of my basement
tiled floor. Immediately I called the
City Garage for someone to come and view
this obvious Miracle. This could not be
happening, not here and surely not to be
viewed by a sinner such as I. But
verified it was.
Now what to do, asked I to self?
Perhaps there was another major leak
from the main water line out in front of
my shop. You all remember, like
seventeen years ago on the Memorial
Holiday weekend when water gushed for
three days while the workers rested.
Could it be possible that another leak
was in progress? Workers were checking
on that probability that very day but I
needed to continue my adventure to Utica
so did not discover any resulting
findings. Nor did I thru today. I very
much do hope they find nothing of this
cause because that will be proof that a
Miracle is occurring in my basement at
38 North Main Street, Mechanicville, New
York. Can I have a Hallelujah?
It was determined that the water leak of
years ago was also the cause of the
undermining of my sidewalk and it's
eventual dropping of about five inches
below my entrance door level. The City
was going to fix it sometime between
seventeen years ago and today but so far
they haven't. I have been hoarding tax
money from them for a few years but now
have decided to give the City my tax
savings account Tax Payment in full so
that they will have the money to finally
fix my sidewalk and paint parking space
lines in front of my building so the
cliff dwellers at least have a spot to
shoot for instead of using up three or
four spaces with two vehicles. Those
two improvements will justify me paying
taxes to the City in hopes that it will
improve my business opportunity on Main
Street. Sure do hope they don't waste
But God works in mysterious ways. If,
for some unknown reason that only the
Round Table in its infinite wisdom still
manages to pass the buck to those on
their left in the unending circle of
disarray, I still have God's gift of
water to use in discretion.
To meet the ever challenging aspects of
business life in our little City and
with the knowledge that all things
happen for a reason, especially around
the Memorial Day Weekend, Tornados
included, I will be taking full
advantage of the Miracle on Main Street
and be selling tickets beginning
immediately. I will need to again hoard
cash in my Tax Savings Account to store
it up for when the buck gets passed
again. Yep, that's it! A buck a peak
for all you sinners. See me in the
water. Perhaps Mary will also be here.
The Booby Hatch Awaits Derelict
December 15, 2007
It seems the Powers to Be in
Mechanicville now have a pet peeve about
the sidewalks. Home owners and
businesses who don't remove the snow are
in for fines and possible jail time!
Being next to City Hall I'd best be
on my BEST behavior. When it
snows we always try to shovel and
salt as soon as possible.
After all, I wouldn't want the cliff
dwellers in the apartment next to me
have to walk through the drifts on
their way to their cuddly little
caves. We especially like to
have them park in front of my shop
before the snow storm so the city
plow goes around them and leaves a
mess at my doorstep.
City Fathers ... clean up your own
act while we're about this snow
removal business! Make these
people park off-street when snow is
pending! Or at least tow the
suckers away when they interfere
with the plow. And while we're
at it, why can't the small city plow
remove the snow off the sidewalks on
the immediate Main Street area next
to City Hall?
I see we had a Daily Gazette story on
the front page of Friday's newspaper.
October 27, 2007
Political Statement not Endearing to
My Opinion ...
October 25, 2007
After having this red Ford parked in
front of my 38 North Main St. Gun Shop
for three days I figured it was time to
take action, the parking problem is
acute enough without someone trying to
be cute on my expense. A love note
from me was affixed to the underside of
the wiper blade reflecting my
appreciation to the culprit.
Now I have always been a staunch
supporter of the Republican way in our
party system but I take no favorites
when actions by someone affects my
livelihood. I guess the old adage
about Politics being close to home is
still true. Listen guys and girls,
if you want a sign in my window stop in
and ask but don't park them where my
customers need to find space.
Incidentally, now you irritated me, so
One may notice the strategic location of
this red herring, being just above the
handicapped sign and in front of City
Hall. I suppose the point is to
have visitors going in and out to view
this courageous effort of dumbness by
stunning them with meaningful signage.
All without the clincher like "Change
City Politics" or "Vote for Us .. the
Who?" The truck means nothing but
it takes up my important parking space!
To compound the problem a "cliff
dweller" has parked as usual in a spot
where one cannot park between the cars
... not enough space left. A cliff
dweller is one who lives in the
apartments above the stores adjoining my
building and pays no real estate taxes
nor cares about anything but their own
convenience. A suggestion to owner
John Serbolic is to provide off street
parking for his tenants as is supposed
to be the law of the land. Which,
of course, I have mentioned.
To help alleviate the parking problem on
Main Street of course I have made some
suggestions to City Hall in the past,
see letter or suggestion number 758, I
believe ... but who's counting?
How about, at very least, getting a few
gallons of white paint from Home Depot
while on sale and painting parking
spaces along the curb? At least it
will provide a target to hit or miss for
the idle idiot who may not know where to
place his or her Toyota, that Great
American Dream Car. No matter that
Toyota and Mitsubishi powered the planes
that will go down in Infamy ... but I
digress and that's another story.
Back to paint! When someone is out
of the lines do you think that our local
Police might then issue an illegal
parking summons and some of the paint
money will find its' way back to City
coffers thus rendering the cost of the
overall initial job, uh ... like free?
I travel all over this Country and I
have found very few large or small towns
that don't have indicated curbside
parking. Except Mechanicville.
My time is up, enough free advice for
this hour, I have to answer my e-mails
and try to make City Tax money so I can
afford to keep my building on the FOR
SALE market. Getting about six
million hits a month off my website at www.NEACA.com does require a little
effort and allows me to look for that
Rich Dummy from New Jersey with money
for brains who may wish to build more
dwellings for the multitudes in the
space I now occupy ~ $550,000. could buy
him all my little Mechanicville
Sincerely, David Petronis
Real Estate & Vehicles For Sale
Number Forty-Two for Who?
We Settle in Andorra to Live Longer?
by David Petronis
(August 15, 2007)
I wonder how many Mexican, Ecuadorian,
Sudanese, Haitian or Guyana immigrants
cross the borders of Andorra and settle
in that small country in the Pyrenees
Mountains to offset their position of
first place for longest life expectancy? Nestled between Spain and France, this remote small country
expects its’ populace to survive 83 ½
years if born in 2004, that is according
to the recent study by the Institute for
Health, Metrics and Evaluation based at
the University of Washington.
I’ll bet very few immigrants, if any?
Now include all those new millions that
have crossed our US borders over the
past few years and one might expect that
the life expectancy of a United States
citizen born in 2004 has dropped to 77 ¾
In fact, this survey concludes we are
only number 42 in the world as living
That simply sucks! Why is that? We
used to be number 11, twenty years ago.
The study suggests several reasons for
the drop in status, mostly that we are
all fat Americans with a high infant
mortality rate but also because our
African-Americans have a higher death
These causes combine to average our
overall American lives as getting
Is there a solution to this problem?
Yes, but it ain’t pretty!
First, I think the simplest solution to
make us “white folks, real Americans”
feel better is to redo the survey with
only Anglo Saxon and white European
descendants amassed and counted as
This, so we can see if “our rate” has
really decreased or in fact, will “we”
really live longer and prosper as we
were meant, by God, to do.
I believe that newly compiled,
politically incorrect data would show a
good deal longer life span than just
under 78 stinking years.
After all, if the contest is
against tiny Andorra, with probably the
same gene pool for the last 10 decades,
let’s even out our playing field and
give us “real white Americans” the same
fighting chance at longevity as they.
Hey, fair is fair.
The same study suggests, real Africans
can hope to only survive 34 years. The
ones who genocide their neighbors and
play games with monkeys who have aids;
whose chieftains or leaders drive
Cadillac Limousines while their populace
herd water buffalo and oxen to stinking
water holes; or famine stricken hoards
in Swaziland, Angola, Liberia and
Zimbabwe scrape a daily living out of
desert land or bug infested jungles.
But then, when we get a migration of
these people past Lady Liberty to live
on the streets of New York instead of
the veldts of Africa, joining gangs
here, mimicking the same tribal wars of
their ancestry, it is no wonder the “US
African-American” population would bring
down the average life span in our
With new studies out that colored women
are looking to wed white men because
their own race has fewer choice
candidates for wedlock, you know there’s
It is a fact that most murder and
violent crime is perpetrated by blacks
upon blacks, probably within their own
Is it any wonder whites shudder when the
first black family starts shopping in
Leading to apprehension when they find
one settled in their neighborhood then
to outright terror of the consequence if
a second dark family moves in.
I don’t believe this feeling is racist,
rather it’s a wake up call to the
reality that could ensue, and the fault
of these inner feelings and fears lies
with who, the white people?
No, my dear learned liberal leaner, it
lies squarely on the past and present
actions of our Africans within.
It is up to the “old colored people” and
their leaders to rein these problems in
or continue to face the consequences of
their marrying pool of young blacks to
reside in prisons or cemeteries.
I am not so naive to believe that white
people are innocent of crimes and only
blacks or Hispanics commit them.
When news reports bundle all perps into
one pot, however, now each called male
or person with only a description of
clothing worn, who of us would know what
to be on the lookout for?
Remember when a “black man was seen
running from the scene,” or “two
Hispanic youths were arrested” for
Today it’s “a man with red ball cap was
spotted running from the scene but two
young men were apprehended.”
Is it a white wash, politically
correct verbiage or simply confusing
I personally think the reporting is
simply garbage and tells us peace-loving
Go back to the days of yesteryear where
one calls a spade a spade and the rest
of us know what’s really happening.
Last week a news story from Albany made
national TV news because a black robber
with a sawed off shotgun stuck it in the
face of a Pakistani storekeeper and
demanded the cash.
While stuffing his pockets the numbskull
laid his gun on the counter.
With opportunity knocking the Paki
grabbed the gun and pointed it at the
perp who then ran out of the deli with
cash in hand.
Seems like a good move but the store was
still out the cash, third time around
for this fellow, later relaying these
facts to the cops.
The astonishing part is what
professional crooks learn not to do,
return to the scene of the crime.
This black nit wit rushes in again,
jumps over the counter and starts
wrestling the gun from the Paki.
A shot goes off and perp runs unscathed
and goes home.
Brilliant detective work found the idiot
who gave himself up after being tear
The dumbest part that I saw from the
tape was that the store keeper didn’t
blow this Negro’s head off when he
grabbed and pointed the gun in the first
place but most definitely when blacky
started over the counter with his second
chance. If it were me, rest assured, no detective work or teargas
canisters would have been needed, just a
stretcher and bag!
Yesterday’s big news, even after being
caught on tape, this perp is trying to
A continuation of another court problem.
That is what I see wrong with society
The store clerk probably didn’t pull the
trigger out of fear he would be the one
suffering trials and jail time.
Especially if his shot only wounded the
bugger, then the do-gooders would have a
field day suing the shop owner and
lifting blacky up for sainthood.
We don’t fit punishment to the crime and
then try to criminalize the innocent.
For punishment of armed robbery or home
invasion – death by whatever means then
Righteous person problem with blowing
away perpetrator – what to wear at
commendation ceremony. Gang violence, street fighting with clubs, chains and guns –
punishment is being shot by vigilantes
or available police.
We simply don’t have the room in prisons
for these people to continue practice of
their trade. Cemetery plots are relatively cheap. Besides, ridding the populace of bad genes has always been a
What better way than extermination of
Oops, that sounds like familiar history
about to repeat itself. But think this over, if lawlessness gets to the point of near
Anarchy and the enablers are those in
power, fear seeks stability to whatever
end seems remedial.
What Americans need now, today, is more
back bone to take back the city streets
from violence and take back the night
Perpetrate upon the real perps with
swift and sound justice.
Protect our borders from all illegal
entries and close the lid for a time on
our melting pot.
Stir up the mix we already have to bring
back the American stew of many people
who work together, worship as they
please, pursue their wants and needs
like those who did before them and
become one and all, Americans. Not African-Americans, not Japanese-Americans, not Italian,
Jewish, German, Irish, Polish, Spanish
or any other hyphenated-American – just
plain old self-righteous, arrogant, God
fearing, English speaking, good and
Why are we all so afraid of saying what
we believe and of speaking the truth? We should do and say what we mean and live by what we say.
Not like the politicians of the last
forty or so years.
Those of today as those who went before
them don’t have a clue as to what real
life is all about.
I surely don’t believe politicos now in
power are stupid but they may be corrupt
Why then would a blind eye and deaf ear
be laid upon the problems people face
If I thought it would help, I’d run for
office myself but then I don’t think I
could associate with the likes of these
hypocrites in power.
Besides, it’s not the person who wins
elections but rather the party with the
most cash and promises.
What I do know is that our political
lawmakers have ruined the American way
of life us old timers used to cherish.
And I don’t see any remedy down the
Now we have Osama Bama, or Hussein
Obama, Obama Mama or whoever, who wants
to be President of these United States.
He is a losing proposition if I ever saw
one, this “I don’t know if he’s black
enough” dude who really doesn’t have a
For a while, I figured the Demo Tag Team
would be Hillary and Osamabama but that
isn’t going to happen.
Even today, Americans would not stand
for two black presidents and a
socialist, especially after he stuck his
whole leg in his flapper one too many
American voter sanity may still prevail. Could you picture yourself pulling the lever for Osama
Mormon? No, Muslim!
With all the tribulations of the white
American minority I can understand why
we all got so fat.
It’s no doubt due to hypertension and
worry over what went wrong and what we
can’t do any more.
Somebody breaks into your home, you
can’t shoot them, you have to run away
out the back door.
If you don’t and do defend your castle,
you’re in for big trouble with the law.
I don’t smoke any more but if I did, I
At least not where someone else may be.
I can’t drive without a seat belt while
talking on my hand held phone while
eating a sandwich.
Stupid as the actions might be, the law
still says I or you, can’t.
And we all worry much too much about
nothing, making us all stress out, no
wonder our blood pressure skyrockets.
I don’t care whether they put a nuclear
reactor in my back yard – I want cheap
energy and hate sending my money to
How many nuclear explosions were there
since 1945 after Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
None, by accident or in anger.
What’s the worry? By the way, bombs dropped by Democrats, one time I think they
got something right.
I don’t care that there are 45 million
people who don’t have health insurance
in the US (See
US Census Study).
Most don’t need it, some don’t want
it, and I have to work my butt off to
pay for my own.
Why should a few get it for free and get
it paid by me?
And when bottled water cost more per
gallon than gasoline, you should worry
about gas prices? Let’s drill for oil off our coasts like the Chinese and
If they spill a few million gallons you
think they’ll worry about beaches in
You think the Alaskan reindeer gives a
hoot about drilling in Anwar?
Give me a break, worry about important
things like when to bomb Iran and how
fast that border fence can be built.
As bad as these new politicians have
made life in America I still say, love
it or leave it, we can still fix it.
They can tax me to pay for one-way
export tickets for those who want them.
The politicians’ jobs should be to
protect our borders, only give entry to
the right ones and clear our streets of
the wrong ones already here.
We may have temporarily dropped to
number 42 in the race for long life but
with help from above and real Americans
from within, these United States will
always be Number One, where most people
still want to live.
‘em, Hang ‘em!
May 22 ~
In my opinion ~ David Petronis
School budgets were the topics last week
and most of the unions won the outcome.
About our hamlets the sheep in
Mechanicville went two to one with the
teachers board of enablers but the
Stillwater folks stood up to try the
throw the buggeries out.
Almost worked, Stillwater kinsfolk, but
you have to get up a lot earlier than
James Farnan if you know what’s good for
As for “Mickeyville,” you people make me
Don the wool for another year for
business as usual.
Even the pseudo-liberal column from Carl
Strock of the Gazette was devoted
several times to the plight of the
pigeons who were about to be couped
again by the respective school boards of
our adjoining districts.
I found his column quite insightful or
perhaps … incite-full? Love him or hate him, he usually makes a point.
At least before the elections he pointed
his finger in the eye of the problems.
He noted the local issues and school
boards that were blatantly out of
control of the people while most
coverage of the elections were simply
union ads telling us all to save the
children with “yes” votes on budgets.
I’m all for educating our young people,
even an ignorant like me learned to
write a letter.
I think I remember being taught in
fairly orderly classes of 25 to 30 kids
during the 1950’s in the Mechanicville
I’ve yet to be psychoanalyzed about the
effects of hiding under my desk when
atom bomb drills were the norm between
algorithm exercises, but there is still
time for some lasting effect to surface.
Maybe something like “the reality of
daily life in the old days” will
eventually emerge from my inner psyche
and a new TV show will be founded.
One that shows the complete difference
of classrooms with today’s perception
that one teacher and a helper should
manage about 15 kids … while talking
about how the war is Bush’s fault and he
is also killing all the polar bears.
And kids, don’t forget to tell your
parents that it is their responsibility
to do your homework and get those
special assignments in on time!
No, I can’t chaperone the dance.
Your parents wouldn’t let us put
“extra curricular activities” in the
But they’ll learn the next time around
we mean business.
And that folks, is just what this whole
school learn’n thing is all about today,
school business … and it is big
And the teachers and their unions and
generally the Democratic Party are
striving to make it bigger and
But it is all for the kids and taxes may
only go up this year between 4.1% and
possibly 2-point gazillion forever.
Don’t you folks realize that every
single year the union contracts for
teachers and staff mandate that our
taxes will go up at least 3.5% even if
we didn’t vote on a budget?
There will never be tax relief on
homeowners unless there is a drastic
change in direction of philosophy,
taxing structure or teachers unions.
The only say that we the voters have is
thru our school board members or our
local and state legislators.
If the status quo is to continue then
you the voters are the enablers so be
prepared to pay.
Complain about the high price of gas
when it is $3.25 a gallon but Evian
water is over $21.00 a gallon and
printer ink, if sold by the gallon would
top $5000.00 per and some perspective
comes into view.
At least the oil companies are there as
a business to try to make a profit but
the taxes we pay to support the local
school system is supposed to be for the
social welfare of the people not to
support the “big business” of education
or the welfare of the teachers and their
Taxes may be inevitable and educating
our children is absolutely essential but
I believe the whole system needs to be
revised and one way to accomplish that
review is to vote down the budgets and
vote out the budgeters until they get it
right. This year Mechanicville voters were scared into passing
theirs “with a lesson learned” from last
year and Stillwater tried to do the
right thing about throwing them out but
eventually were side-whacked.
At least the voters there had gumption.
There’s always hanging them from a tree
… now that’s reality!
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17 ~ Opinion by David Petronis
own a very interesting shop on Main
Street in Mechanicville. My building sits close to the Hudson River and low and
behold, I called it Hudson River Trading
My name is David Petronis, President of
my 13,000 square feet of wondrous
I am there from 10 to 5 almost every day
but people constantly come by and tell
me they never find me open.
I do gun shows on most weekends, that’s
the main business.
Buying and selling collector firearms
and related vintage outdoor sports
Business traffic in downtown
Mechanicville is, in a word, nil.
Thousands of cars go by but with no
place to park nobody stops.
A few years ago I had an idea and I just
revived it a few weeks ago.
I had a “Going Out for Business” sale.
I put a big sign in the window, made up
some fliers, ran a few ads and had 150
people stop in for the weekend.
Most of them coming in because they
thought I was going out of business and
wanted to see what I had before I left.
Now, that’s some way to run a business.
This past Mother’s Day weekend I put my
sign back up, ran a few ads and had
another 100 people in.
If I wasn’t going out for business I
probably would have had 10.
The reason I started our unusual sale,
with another sign affixed to the window,
“Need to Pay the Sewer Tax,” was to pay
the sewer tax!
What’s a sewer tax you ask?
Well, supposedly that’s what all the
other towns and villages in Saratoga
County pay after some sort of
computation of some ridiculous schedule
that somebody dreamed up that insists I
should pay for “4 Units” of sewer usage
with my one lowly toilet and sink in the
entire four story building.
So, instead of paying a minimum $160.
sewer bill based on water usage, the
city of Mechanicville in their great
wisdom and need for whatever additional
moneys they try to raise they’ve
computed that my one toilet is now
worth, to them anyways, $217. times four
units, which total about quadruples my
Now I have to try to raise money by
having a sale.
Being creative I then tied the sewer tax
in with my sale sign and seeing that
every other business owner in town was
thoroughly irritated that this new
formula was put on the business man’s
shoulders and not distributed to any
home owners, where the votes are, I had
many comments from the business folks
about how thoroughly they enjoyed my
Now, it so happens that adjoining my
store is the office of the Gazette
There were articles from the local
reporter about the sewer tax situation
in which he raised questions but never
fully delved into follow up answers.
Such as, if my four-story building was
computed as four units, why when only
several hundred feet away, there was a
commercial enterprise that used to be
the Mechanicville Middle School but now
was completely overlooked by City Hall
for any computation of sewer taxes what
so ever. Their answer when asked the
question, “How did you miss the school?”
in this new formula, was that they
simply overlooked it.
Pretty hard to miss when you look out
any window of City Hall, there’s the
Then up Main Street they only computed
half the Kennedy Apartment complex in
their formula, duh?
And I could go on and on about the
errors and complete unjustness of this
whole new sewer tax.
And of how the other Towns don’t really
fully adhere to this so-called
But the City Fathers will tell you that
all of the districts in Saratoga County
are on this same formula, that is with
the exception of Saratoga Springs where
it would literally ruin the businesses
if they had to come up with this same
schedule to pay their sewer tax.
And speaking of all the sewer pipes that
run within the Mechanicville city
boundary linking up with the, “no it
never smells”, sewage treatment plant
just south of Mechanicville, why isn’t
there some sort of “right of way” fee
charged to the county?
So, I ordered in a bunch of Pachislo
gaming machines that are like one armed
bandits only they are legal in New York
state as games of skill.
I get these from Japanese cruise ships,
refurbished and ready to entertain any
home gaming enthusiast.
I had these lined up on the sidewalk
after delivery by truck and again, being
creative, walked next door to my
friendly Gazette office, mentioned to
the reporter, “Why not have a
photographer come down, take a photo and
do a story on what I have to do just to
pay the sewer tax?”
I then explained that his picture of my
sale sign and my intention to line up
the machines inside and have folks come
down and put their hard earned money in
without any payouts.
Because I needed all the cash I could
drum up to pay the sewer tax, would be a
great human interest story and a lead
for delving into a more in-depth follow
up of this whole new taxing business.
Unfortunately he said he was off Friday
and Saturday but that maybe he could get
into it next week.
No, in actuality one can’t really put
real money into these machines.
They’re operated with a special token
and are for entertainment purposes only
so if someone from the State Tax
Department is reading this, don’t come
and visit me unless you want to buy one
on sale, they’re only $288. This is
tongue in cheek reporting. But this is only part of a continuing saga of the trials and
real tribulations of trying to do
business in Mechanicville.
Several years ago I tried to buy that
same Mechanicville Middle School for the
price I wanted to pay, but through the
wisdom of the School Board it was sold
with the glitz and glamour of news
reporting and much political hype to
what I call a Cult, but what was
supposed to be Mechanicville’s big
It now stands about a dead an issue as
this sewer tax should be on a prime
piece of land of 5 acres in the middle
of a tiny city on a great thoroughfare,
the Hudson River, and it sits there
In my opinion I think this whole sewer
tax fiasco was thought up by the powers
in the city to suddenly find that “Oh,
we forgot to compute the school.”
And now we’re going to charge them for a
hundred and skaty-eight units at $200
plus dollars per unit and we will make
it very uncomfortable for the owners of
this school to keep it sitting there
And they probably have some sweetheart
deal worked out with some, as yet
unnamed, developer who will come in,
bulldoze everything flat and put in low
income housing so the Democrats will
have more votes. The restaurant and
marina will be the reward with no taxes
for twenty years, except homeowners’
taxes going up of course. That’s my
opinion because I think that’s how these
people work. They certainly do not work for the betterment of any
businessman or woman in this land locked
Besides like me, most of the business
people live outside the city and can’t
I think there’s something smelly in
But I digress.
This was a story about my sale.
Well, actually I’m trying to tell a
story about how really hard it is to be
We all know a businessman is some rich
devil who takes advantage of all the
little people and in a small town a lot
of these people foster resentment at
It’s like the guy who says, “I
had that idea a long time ago” but also
never got off his butt to follow
Or that invention, “I thought of it, I
should be the millionaire.”
But again no follow through and now he
resents the guy who did.
When the tornado struck here in
Mechanicville back in 1998, my building
was hit, my new awning frame was broken,
several of my chimneys were damaged,
part of the upper-most façade was
damaged and one of a large group of
glass panels that faced the front of my
building was loosened and eventually
I, as a damaged Mechanicville
businessman, building owner, was not
eligible for any distribution of funds
that was available to the rest of the
Now why was that?
Only homeowners got compensation.
And when it came to low interest loans
by SBA, that was a joke.
If you didn’t want $680,000 or more,
they didn’t even want to talk to you.
Now in Governor Pataki’s wisdom at the
time, his people sent out $5000. to
affected business owners as a free, and
I say hallelujah, grant!
I applied for it and low and behold I
What did I do with the money?
Gave it to the city of Mechanicville for
taxes on the building.
At the time our business on Main Street
was not as good as it was now with our
Going Out for Business Sale, so that
money came in pretty handy. Now I’m going to insert a “we” into this business instead of
just I, because my wife Cathy is a big
part of this operation, some say the
whole brains of the outfit but I’m only
agreeing because it’s close to Mother’s
The 90’s were supposed to be the “boom
times” and for a while for us they were
but one big business deal went a little
sour and there was a downward trend and
then at the end of that trend on May 31st
at 4:20 in the afternoon in 1998 there
was a dramatic uplift but unfortunately
it consisted of the roof of our house.
And then the rain came.
Then three months later our
insurance company made a settlement, and
then we had to find someone to rebuild
it and rebuild our lives.
Our Hudson River Trading Company was
nearly at an end because all of our
concentration went in to trying to make
a settlement and a salvage of 36 years
of married memories.
But we take the good with the bad and a
lot of good things came out of that
We certainly appreciated life and living
and realized that things are only
things. Life is too precious to waste by dwelling on the past.
We rebuilt the house, bigger and better,
still not finished, taking life in
stride day by day and also revamped our
Main Street store to what is now a
vigorous warehouse. I say warehouse because we found that if we’re open every day
of the week, we get just as many people
walking into our store as if we’re only
open one or two days of the week, so
occasionally we close.
Now people say we’re never open but with
our Going Out for Business Sale, they
want to come in so they can see what we
have before we go out of business, which
I think it’s all to do with
communication, these tribulations that
we go through.
As I said the Gazette office is next
door to us and basically they have a
full time reporter here in
So why don’t they have a whole page of
Mechanicville’s news in their local
There certainly is enough news if you
look for it.
Occasionally there is even good news.
There are people like me right next door
who draw out of town customers from
hundreds of miles away but can’t draw
ten people from Mechanicville a mile
away. Why is that? Is
it like the fellow who lives by a
national monument who’s never visited
And when a friend from far away comes
and visits him and says, “Let’s go visit
the national monument,” he probably
asks, “Where is it?”
Most of us really don’t see trees for
the forest and usually never stop to
smell the roses.
So when one would drive by my store and
read “Going Out FOR Business,” naturally
they see what they want to see and make
that decision that they must get into
that store before they go out of
So is communication simply perception?
Now if the Gazette did have a page
devoted to Mechanicville I’m sure there
would be more Mechanicville business
advertising, if there was a better rate
And perhaps if the auctioneer who
auctioned the contents of the Masonic
Lodge three blocks away from Main Street
had communicated through an ad that
there was to be an auction on May 12,
same day as my sale, I still probably
would have went.
But I knew nothing of it and everyone I
asked knew nothing of it and only found
out through a customer who dropped by
the shop and told me he just came from
And I buy Masonic regalia and swords and
antique oak furniture as was sold at the
auction for rather reasonable prices I
Some communication in this town.
Gazette, I think you should look into my
devoted page idea and I’m sure
circulation would improve with improved
And people who are thinking about having
an auction, I don’t think I’d be looking
for that same auctioneer.
Fortunately, we discovered computers and
their use as tools to make running our
inventory and managing our Gun Show
Promotions business back in the early
We call them Arms Fairs when we promote
the shows in Saratoga Springs.
After the tornado we also used it for
our settlement and then to design and
build our own website,
If not for our internet business
today and our warehouse at 38 North Main
Street to house our inventory, we could
not survive here in Mechanicville as
this business. We are now worldwide and average over five million hits a
That translates for us to about 150,000
people coming into our store and looking
It can actually become “big business,”
these computer things.
Folks have physically stopped into our
shop from the website viewing and have
hailed from all across the country.
One fellow, down from the Canadian
Border area, told me he routinely visits
gun shops from there to the southeast
and we have the finest selection he’d
ever seen, bar none.
We don’t have all the new models and
gadgets but sure do have our share of
collector and investment firearms.
Plus a whole lot more.
Had a nice news article about the shop a
while ago when we started selling
“Guns and Dolls” was the new name we
were thinking of.
We’re still Hudson River Trading
Company, and not to be confused or
affiliated with any other of similar
You could spend days viewing our website
and not see it all.
If you are a left leaning liberal you
may not want to view it at all.
Or you could visit our store and see
only a small portion of our inventory.
Even wanting to, I couldn’t go out of
business in this lifetime!
We constantly get wonderful comments and
orders from, literally, around the world
but the local folks only come when we
are going out of business.
What would Cathy’s hundred or so tax
clients do if we did?
But, I digress again.
Small towns can be wondrous things; living can be enjoyable, friendly,
insightful and even harmonious to a Norman Rockwell design.
But they can also be death traps because they can't or sometimes won't support
the town businesses. I prefer the harmony because being a
salesman I've always been an extroverted
type of person. One who enjoys people and conversation
and sales. But many or even most of the business
people that I talk to in Mechanicville
would sell and leave if they could.
But who is there to buy my four story
brick building on Main Street.
And where could I find the space I now
have and use as a warehouse and
storefront as cheaply as here in this
The question may be answered with the
statement about that camel and the
straw, it may just be that the straw is
the sewer tax and the business people
who may be in the death trap will
finally seek a way out.
Take heed “Powers That Be,” you are
making no friends in the business
We can vote with our feet and our
dollars, “whoosh”, is the sound of those
This is our 35th year
anniversary in business. We began on Long Island with our own sewing machine shop
after I left the Singer Company to start
my own store.
I was the youngest ever to be promoted
to manager in our rather large New York
district and had a rewarding career on
Then we decided to move back to my
hometown because of the comfortable
feeling of small town life and good
schools, away from the hustle and bustle
and the Long Island Expressway.
We don’t regret the move and our three
children grew up in a much more safe
environment and friendly atmosphere. That was the 70’s and things were
At the time we took a big loss in pay
but a raise in morale.
We’ve been in business in this area for
35 years and on Main Street in our own
building for 20 years.
When I had a flood in the basement in
1991 from a broken water main in front
of the shop, Mayor Pat Hildreth stopped
in by my request.
In April of 2007, when I had a flood in
my basement from the overflowing sewers
on Main Street and the flooded cellar
next to my store, where their water
seeped onto my floor because the sewers
couldn’t handle the flow, Mayor Anthony
Sylvester stopped into my building at my
request to see the problem. In 20 years being next to City Hall, those were the only two
visits from any city official other than
the new Commissioner of Public Works,
Jack Messore, who tried to see if he
could help me pump out the water.
A couple of years ago I actually sat
down and figured out where I was in
After scrounging and scrimping and
saving, probably working 60 to 80 hours
a week, I looked at the bottom line and
I was damn near a millionaire.
But I don’t have any money.
It’s all in investments, it’s all tied
up, it’s in inventory, as it is with
most business people. After a lifetime of toil one gains
knowledge, knowledge is power, but in
this day and age and in the world we
live in, cash is king.
So please come to my Going Out FOR
Business Sale, take pity on the gunman
on Main Street, stop by and say hello,
if I can help it I won’t be here
forever, but now I need the cash to pay
the sewer tax.
For now we have to stay, but we’re
David Petronis, President, NEACA, Inc.
38 North Main Street, Mechanicville, NY
518-664-9743 Copyright May 12,
School District Budget ~ 2007-08
May 11, 2007 ~Opinion by David Petronis
Budget time again for the Mechanicville
School District voters and taxpayers and
as usual the tax rate is going up.
Because of the much larger tax base with
all the new growth surrounding the City
of Mechanicville and encompassed within
the School District, our overall levy
per taxpayer is not supposed to hurt
very much this time around.
So the Board of Education informs us,
only an average increase of 1.5 to 2.5%.
How about a 3% decrease?
To me and many other taxpayers a
decrease wouldn’t hurt at all.
Here I sit on Mother’s Day, Sunday
morning and finally got a chance to
review the School Budget flier that came
in my mail a few days ago.
It says we should all go out and vote on
it this Tuesday, May 15.
Doesn’t leave us busy folks much time to
review, rebuke, discuss, argue over or
even properly assess what the budget
figures mean or hide.
A rather interesting figure is on
the reverse of their flier under
I rather guess most of you taxpayers
remember how we voted down last years
budget on the first vote and then the
Board tried shoving the same budget down
our throats the second time around with
the threat of the “contingency budget”
being adopted if we didn’t vote yes this
And that the entire sports program and
seven or so positions would have to be
cut without a proper passage of their
budget. Well, we still voted it down and low and behold they were
forced into the lower contingency budget
and cancelled the swimming pool and
They certainly would teach us a lesson
even though we all passed our school
grades many years ago.
I do believe most of those cut positions
were in some form or another
re-established and eventually the pool
was opened and the community made the
sports programs a reality again, albeit
with dedication from the individual
sports program participants, which may
not be a bad thing.
If you had read any of the propaganda on
the various websites covering this
ongoing budget battle you would find
that the consensus was that the voters
had learned their lesson and would
definitely not vote the next budget
down. Collusion all around is my
What I did glean from the review of this
year’s budget was that all the salaries
have increased as they always do.
No particular reason other than that is
what the Union contract states. Meaning
without cuts somewhere our taxes will
never go down nor ever even remain the
Being in business I wish I could just
pass along the increase to you too, in
Higher school taxes along with
higher City and Town taxes go nicely
with the newly imposed higher sewer and
water tax aimed at county businesses.
But, I should be ashamed of noting these
minor afflictions. After all, if we can educate one more kid, it is all worth
Or is it for the perpetuation of the
system where all the school salaries go
up and our bank accounts go down?
Incidentally, I did not see an increase
for any new sewer charges in the school
budget presented for our online viewing
through their website.
Now I know they have got to use an awful
lot of water.
These schools are big business so why
treat them differently than the rest of
the area businesses?
The School Board did teach me a lesson
It was to distrust whatever they spew
with cloak and mirrors. My intent now is
to always vote no on their budget, as a
lot of other folks are thinking about
But remember I mentioned page two?
This time around the “Contingency
Budget” is $175,971.00 MORE THAN the
regular school budget.
This Board can’t loose.
Why vote May 15?
Want More ..... ? Coming ~ My
unfortunate quest for the Mechanicville
Middle School property. ... and how now
it sits rotting!
...We were honored by the
Lt. Governors' visit and by
sheer luck were able to
stand for a photo with Mrs.
I asked her to convey my
invitation to Governor
George Pataki to stop in and
visit one of our Arms Fairs
at the Saratoga City Center
and show his support for our
Second Amendment Rights of
gun ownership and gave her a
discount coupon for a
reminder. I also asked
if she perhaps would like to
purchase any new guns for
her New York State Trooper
entourage but she
However, I did present the
Lt. Governor with my card
and reminded her Christmas
Cathy and I both agreed that
Mrs. Donohue is a class act
and we thank
you very much for the
and pleasure of your visit.
And to Governor Pataki, our
next show is this Halloween
weekend. (He didn't
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(Remember the 2008 election
is also coming and we gun
owners have lasting memories
of which politician did and
did not support the Second
Amendment and gun owner's