My 5¢ – 01/31/2013

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Welcome to Erie County


I can see it clearly now.  It is like I have an eighty inch top-of-the-line HDTV as a window into politics down at the Rath Building and old Erie County Hall.

The feud brewing between Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw (R) and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (D) isn’t really about what’s best for the county or its residents. It is pure politics plain and simple.  Mychajliw has to do everything he can to ensure he gets re-elected come fall because the post is on the ballot again after he won a special election to fill the unexpired term of Poloncarz the former comptroller and now the county executive.  He has to make a lot of noise before November. In his short time in office, Mychajliw is doing exactly that. Poloncarz and his Erie County Democrat pals want to have the comptroller’s office back in donkey control come 2014.  Mix the number one and number two most visible elected county officials together in a political war and things are going to get interesting in the Rath Building.

If that wasn’t enough, all the county legislature seats are on the ballot this fall.  The balance of political power in the county could change on election night.  It will make for great political drama.

What I wonder about a lot is if the seeking of power and control of county government are done with the best interests of county residents in mind or is it done simply for power and control.

Forever Ruined on Fluff


When I was a wee little Byrd, my mom would make “Fluffernutter” sandwiches periodically.  The worst was when she would put them in the broiler with Fluff and peanut butter on one slice.  The smell sickened me.

Anytime I see Fluff in a store, I nearly convulse.

A Better Thing to do with Peanut Butter

When I was a wee little Byrd, my friend’s mom would eat mustard and peanut butter sandwiches.  She would make for us as well.  As weird as the combo sounds, it rocks.

I have evolved in my PBM sandwiches making. Take either Weber’s Horseradish Mustard or Famous Broadway Market Horseradish Mustard and apply over peanut butter on almost any kind of bread.  It does rock and is a guilty pleasure of mine.

If you think Weber’s Mustard is awesome, you have to try the Famous Broadway Market Horseradish Mustard at the Famous Horseradish stand in the Market.  It has a bit more bite than Weber’s.

The Sabres are Ruff

For as much as I love Lindy Ruff, there is this nagging voice in the back of mind telling me it is time for him to leave.  I try to tell the voice to shut the hell up, but it is persistent.

Ruff’s tenure is unprecedented in the NHL.  Though he has been successful in his 15 years here, the bottom line is he hasn’t taken us to the promised land of Lord Stanley’s Cup.  On the flip side of that, he has coached the team through some strange times…Ted Nolan leaving, the Rigas debacle, Sabres bankruptcy, Tom Golisano era and finally to the Terry Pegula era.  Ruff has definitely endured some challenges along the way.

These are his coaching stats.
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If the Sabres don’t make the playoffs this year, could it mean the end of Lindy Ruff as the coach?  Management will probably take a hard look at coaching if the the team misses.  The decision will probably come down to if they think Ruff  is the right fit to take the young core of team to the next level.

Google Doodles and Jackie Robinson

D o o d l e

I love Google Doodles!

This is how Google describes them:

Doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

As far as internet giants go, it is a fantastic idea.  It gives Google a soul.

Today Google doodled a Jackie Robinson theme in honor of his 94th birthday.

Later this year, a movie called 42 about Robinson’s life will be hitting the big screen. Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier on April 12th, 1947. The trailer for the movie looks great and I can’t wait to see it.

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