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Independence Day
3rd Party Politics for Fun & Profit

 
BAD ART!
Pataki Leads Carge Against the Talentless
by Matt Taibbi
 
Last Best Chance
Dragging our Feet on Nuclear Terror
by Alex Zaitchik
 

Welcome to My Nightmare
Eminent Domain Ruling Leads to Gigantism in B-List Actors

by Ian Murphy

 

Say it Ain't Soda
Revoking the Bottle Deposit is an Asinine Idea

by Christofurious Riordan

 

Reid's United States of Europe
Book Review
by Paul Fallon

 

Just Kill Me
Recruiters are Dying to Talk to Your Kids
by Matt Taibbi

 
Faux-tures

Litigious Idol
Help choose Barnes' new Cellino!

 

Dear Donny
Romantic Advice from the Secretary of Defense

 

Sports

The Sports Blotter
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Cover Page
Buffalo in Briefs
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Liberate County Real Estate!

Erie County Executive Joel Giambra's recent appointment of Hormoz Mansouri to the board of Erie County Community College Board of Trustees shows that Giambra and his political allies are not about to go quietly into that good night.

Mansouri's appointment may help Giambra finally attain his goal of consolidating all three ECC campuses, thereby allowing the “liberation” of valuable suburban real estate. Oppressed developers/political campaign contributors unite!

Giambra, an alumnus of ECC, has an interesting history with the college. In his campaign against Dennis Gorski, Giambra was able to make hay out of  political appointments and sweetheart deals at ECC. He accused Gorski of stifling dissent by “consolidating” the student newspapers that had been sharply critical of ECC's politicized administration. After winning election, Giambra proceeded to ignore the issue, prompting a successful lawsuit by the New York Civil Liberties Union against the County.

In 2002, the Middle States Commission on Accreditation criticized the college for continuing its' tradition of being a political haven. After that report came out Giambra demonstrated his disdain by forcing through the hiring of his sister-in-law Regina Lettieri.

If the appointment of Mansouri is any indication, Joel's infamous friends and family plan may, indeed, be alive and well. Mansouri, a prodigous campaign contributor who is also involved in real estate development may help make Joel's dream of selling off ECC's Amherst campus at fire sale prices a reality. It's important to note, however, that others at ECC, notably the school's president, Bill Mariani, have been critical of Giambra's consolidation plans in the past. Giambra may not be running for a third term, but this latest appointment proves he's not ready to go quietly.

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