WAS SO CLOSE TO RETIREMENT
Beast staff, I am writing in regards to your article about crooked cops
that was in the 12/22/04 issue. Now as being a weekly fan of your paper
I have to let you know that this article was downright wrong. It's a
very sad day in law enforcement when a police officer is put in jail
because of drug dealers,drug users and a crooked cop who should have
been kicked off the force years ago saying that their rights were violated.
Let's start off by knowing that a drug dealer who is in prison now for
6 years to life and has been dealing and using drugs since he was 17
sat on that stand and said that he was promised by the FBI that if he
testified against Detective Paul Skinner they(FBI)would have him released
in 18 months,the sad part of this is,after Mr. no paying taxes,no paying
child support his whole life told this ridiculous story of being an
innocent drug dealer who during a search warrant of his house had a
large amount of drugs and cash taken somehow never mentioned Paul Skinner's
name in the grand jury or ever picked him out from a photo array,why
is that you say,BECAUSE PAUL WAS NOT WORKING,he was on vacation. Now
all of a sudden this poor innocent drug dealer will be out back on the
streets doing what he has his whole life while a cop with 19 years and
11 months(with 1 month to go before retirement)(what a coincidence)
on the job sits in jail because of lies. Next,let's go to Mr. Gil,Rene
while on the stand for 4 hours Rene himself admitted several times to
stealing large amounts of money,drugs and framing defendants. Never
once did he say that he handed any money to Paul Skinner,he said Paul
was arrogant,they didn't get along and avoided each other all the time,,Paul
dispised Rene because Rene was such a 88 fingers person(theif),he even
stole a envelope Paul had in his desk with flower fund money that was
to be used for an officer's parents funeral. Now Rene did not get charged
with ANY of those crimes,he was arrested by the FBI for conducting drug
deals and transports while he was still a police officer. Rene is now
working out a deal that would have sent him to jail for many years instead
he will be basking in the sun in his $145,000 house that he just supposedly
bought(he has no job) down in Florida and Paul Skinner sits in a cell
shaking his head because of this nightmare turned reality. As I have
already mentioned,I have been a big fan of your paper and as a favor
to me,it would be nice to print the truth about this matter,so thank
you for your time in this matter and to all have a great new year!!
Damn, Buffalo News be feeding us some bogus booshit once again now.
That "one month to go before retirement" thing is such a cliche
it can only be true.
FOR THE WICKED
isnt the new addition of the Beast out yet? I keep looking in the red
box on Union Rd. at the Tim Hortons across from George Urban. You still
put them there right?
Hey, we took a week off, all right? We appreciate the love, but we've
gotten too many e-mails about this. What, you think we don't celebrate
the holidays just because we're godless atheists?
BLOODY BROADCASTING CORP
Indonesia, Ashe Province, December 29, 2004
Tsunami. 50,000 dead and counting. Bodies piled on the shore rotting.
Sewage systems overflowing. The stench of tragedy and destruction permeating
my nostrils as I write. To this reporter it seems like 18 Osama Bin
Ladens put together couldn't dream up such a nightmare. Today a man
peeled his dead daughter off of a chain link fence but none of the makeshift
morgues set up on beaches all across the Indian Ocean would take her.
So he left her there to go find his other daughter who washed up a kilometer
was saving that story for the BBC but I just couldn't help myself. I
know I'll find other stories, possibly even worse ones. Stories that
make grown men puke up their breakfast. This is tragedy like we have
never known. True tragedy, not the kind Presidents like to turn into
photo ops - it's too disgusting around here. This is cruel callous tragedy
like God is dead and then come back from the dead to fuck with us tragedy.
there will be more sick stories for me to report but for now I don't
see why we have to dwell on the negative TRAGIC side of the tsunamui.
For now I want to look at the lighter side of earthquakes and tidal
waves to tell the feel good stories behind the headlines that you won't
hear anywhere else. It's time for human interest stories from the Disaster.
investigating the terrible story of a man whose wife suffocated in an
overturned ship I stumbled upon this little gem: It seems a young boy
of about ten years old who attends a local Catholic school had a book
report on Moby Dick due on Monday. It was to be a group book report
and while he had read the text and was prepared to give his part of
the report, his classmate had died in the tsunami and her body was never
found! Argh! Looks like junior gets a free pass, matey.
local businessman had been evading taxes for years. His connection inside
city government could not protect him anymore and boy was he going to
have a giant tidal wave of debt. Not anymore thanks to a giant tidal
wave of luck. Now this local businessman has no debt, no taxes, no city
government, no city, and no business, and (get this) no life! He's dead.
I guess that's a good way to cut down on expenses.
there are so many more stories like this to be told out here. This disaster
is so rich in human interest stories that almost any investigative reporter
exiled in Indonesia four years ago by the BBC could make his name telling
them so he could land a better gig back home in England and stop languishing
in this backwater hole!
beyond that I think there is a greater lesson (here's where the really
good reporting starts), surely the lesson to be learned is that we are
all merely human, subject to the gigantic tectonic shifts of the world
and although to some this means misery, death, and loss still to others
it means misery, death, and gain. After all the wily ways of Fortune
are not ours to control, they are ours to ponder as we carry the rotting
bodies of loved ones out of our houses and throw them on the pile.
From Indonesia this is Robin Lustig.
this means we're still working on. Anyway, we have our own Tsunami stuff.
Despite earnest entreaties from friends and family not to make fun of
such a dire catastrophe, we have decided to accept our destiny as the
most frowned-upon publication this side of Leg Show.
Man, do I love this newspaper! I have had trouble finding it (compared
to the Artistic Vitriol that is so easy to find) but whenever I catch
an issue, I devour it, pleased that I am not alone in my political thoughts.
As a former Army sergeant who served with many echelons of the service,
my bull$h!t meter is cranked up whenever I listen to the news. I pretend
that it is a fictional series, like every other "reality"
program on the tube. I subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, only because
I think that it is the capitalist bible in America. It fervently supports
the Conservative agenda. I consider your competition to be in lockstep
with a fake Liberal agenda created by the two-party oligarchy. Your
paper blasts all viewpoints as a pack of lies. I love it.
Recently I got a call from a liberal fundraiser. I used to donate money
to the Community Action place downtown. Last summer I stopped. (I'm
just a poor college student.) The caller inquired why I would discontinue
support during the thick of the fray in the last presidential election.
My answer shocked this idealistic volunteer. I explained that I had
realized there was no hope for change, and that Bush would not be leaving
the White House. They control the system. There is no democracy in America.
Kerry was intentionally running a crappy campaign, because he was not
allowed to say the most obvious criticism, "Nine-Eleven Happened
On Your Watch!" Those few words would have won the election. What
a corrupt and perverse country we live in.
and Lies. The lies are the lynchpin. Do you realize that the US has
warehouses full of documents that are still classified FROM THE NINETEEN-THIRTIES
AND FORTIES! That really pisses me off. They range from strategic to
tactical to mundane. The CIA admitted a few years ago that Benny Goodman
did survive his plane flight to Europe and was found a few days later
dead of a heroin overdose in a French brothel. The gov'ment covered
it up because they thought it would adversely effect the fighting men.
Most of the soldiers I served with would have thought "good for
him." Imagine the secrets and lies. The gov'ment almost admitted
that FDR knew about the upcoming Pearl Harbor attack when Congress passed
a resolution absolving the two commanders of the base, who were scapegoated.
Imagine the lies. People would finally have the veil torn from their
faces. They would have to face the truth. They would have to march.
Then the gov'ment would admit to the last great lie. They already have
total surveillance (total information awareness), and that we have been
in a police state. Hurray for democracy!
So after spewing my pent-up frustration about "the system"
this poor dude from Community Action was dizzy. He agreed with many
of my points. He even tried to get back on his script a few times. We
talked for quite a while and he eventually agreed that mass outrage
and feet in the street is the only way to make the Establishment bend
to the will of the people. He also agreed that the Elites in America
have done everything since the 1960s to ensure that the youth are never
informed enough or brave enough to do anything about it. The media machine
is all about bling-bling. The Medium has trained our women to flaunt
their sexuality but not to use it, whores in name only. They persuaded
our men to remain boys and act like weak buffoons with boyband haircuts
and no individuality. They have diluted all archetypes so that they
have more homogeneity in the consumer class. Now the pursuits of young
Americans are only material and in poor taste at that. The Elites have
all but won. You are that voice in the wilderness. Enjoy it while you
can. I know that I am. Thanks for helping me laugh while Rome burns.....
Todd Allan, Buffalo
right, you know; it would be better if women put out more often. Thanks
for letting us know about your superfluous phone conversation.
Vile & Dangerous Misogynists,
As a member of the Buffalo chapter of the Feminine Liberation Organization
(no connection whatsoever to FelLatiO), I must tell you that I take
great offense at your sophomoronic attempts at mocking the divine act
of beaver licking. So what if our future Secretary of State engages
in a periodic tongue lashing? Does it frighten your xenophobic male
staff that a woman can satisfy a woman? Does the very thought make your
willy a little silly and dysfunctional? I think I am speaking for enlightened
women everywhere when I say that no man has the right to ridicule our
beavers at the expense of a cheap laugh. I could be rude and vulgar
and mock the lifestyles of men (some of whom may be sitting next to
you ) who have decided to indulge themselves in a little barn-door balling,
but I am a woman, and a modest one, who does not need to go off the
deep end. We at the FLO have chosen to come out of the closet but stay
in our bedrooms. We adore our bodies and our motto is: F*ck Everything
That Moves And Even Things That Don't. We f*ck furniture, upholstery,
vacuum sweepers and organic vegetables, broom sticks, hedge hogs, razor
blades and cowboy boots. We even have a member who f*cked a golden retriever
at one of our annual family picnics. So what I am saying is F*ck YOU
Buffalo Beast! Live and Let Lick!
Feminine Liberation Organization
apologized wholeheartedly for our slur against your celebrated and special
pratice. Why not come down sometime and you can show us what you're