McLoughlin Take 2: Random questions for the new year
John McLoughlin is a veteran Capital Region journalist, now at NewsChannel 13. Reach him by email at JMcLoughlin@WNYT.com.
Let me ask you something …
• Gov. Cuomo did not happen to mention, did he, in his State of the State, how much more it will cost us now that he’s promising not to raise taxes or fees for a second straight year?
• Now that the Washington Park Conservancy thankfully has alerted us to the damage being done by Capital Lights in the Park, why not bar all humans (except for muggers) from the park and erect bleachers on all four sides where we can gaze in at the undisturbed flora and fauna?
• Anyone know where I can return 10 lords a-leaping?
• Has the 2 percent tax cap already become an official joke, or will it take more than the one-fifth of local governments now in the process of overriding the deuce-cap to do that trick?
• And speaking of that, why not make local legislators take separate votes at separate meetings for each multiple of 2 percent by which they seek to override (Albany County, for instance, three votes and three meetings for its 8 percent increase) just to hassle them a little bit?
• Hey, what if we all were to pool our leftover holiday fruitcakes and maybe build something, something really good like an in-law apartment or a cabana?
• Will the Albany types stop pussyfooting with that euphemism “mandate relief” and speak frankly about the only meaningful “mandate relief,” meaning substantial state takeover of Medicaid costs and same thing for public pensions (oh yeah, and how to pay for all of that)?
• Speaking of LeBron James’ engagement to the mother of their two boys, is it not heartwarming when the little kiddies themselves can be right there, on hand for the proposal and for the ring presentation?
• Which is more shocking: the breakup of wingnut Russell Brand and Katy Perry, or her dastardly lies to Barbara Walters just a few weeks ago about their supposedly rock-solid marital status on Barbara’s annual special about semi-fascinating people?
• If it’s a really good thing having a Stop DWI program, why not also have a Stop Double-Dipping program to keep tabs on all those retired police officers who keep popping up in new jobs at other departments, thereby receiving two paychecks from taxpayers?
• Knowing Rex Ryan’s fascination with the feet, ain’t it wonderful, all this playoff time he now has to consult a podiatrist and maybe have his own tootsies removed from his mouth?
• Would it be fair to say that Kim Jong no longer will be Il?
• Are you still as disbelieving as I that an even-tempered, sweethearted guy like Alec Baldwin, despite that highly publicized and notorious incident with his own 11-year-old daughter (“You are a rude, thoughtless little pig”), would ever raise his voice at a flight attendant?
• Tell me, do you enjoy it as much as I do, when TV anchors — especially the younger ones — flash that saccharine-y grin between each and every story, no matter how grim the stories, as per the instructions from their dimwitted consultants?
• Could it be a sure sign of the decline and fall of American civilization or something else really bad like that, when sportscasters criticize — and I heard two of them do it, one on ESPN — and ridicule Southern Cal quarterback Matt Barkley for deciding to return for his senior year rather than grab for the quick NFL gold ring?
• Would you believe me if I told you that I bought you a Christmas gift at Best Buy and it’s coming FedEx?
• Did I hear correctly that The College of Saint Rose adjunct prof who authored the “Wanted” poster for the pepper spray cop from Occupy Albany now maintains that it was more in a satirical vein and definitely not threatening — yes, but the police officers will want to know, was it more Jonathan Swiftian or Art Buchwaldian?