“The possibility of war with Iran reminded me of Smedley Butler’s 1933 speech. Legendary Marine Corps officer Smedley Butler was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor twice. The following quotes are from a speech, he delivered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention. ‘A racket I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses’ ... ‘I spent thirty-three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers.”
On the city geothermal plan:
“So the city paid a consultant (from Florida) $10,000 to find out that it is illegal for the city to place geothermal pipes next to drinking water mains? No mention that the mayor is sorry for wasting the money. No mention that the mayor attempted to get the money back. No mention if the contract he signed was contingent on the proposed plan be legal. Why wasn’t due diligence done with a simple phone call to Albany? We had to pay someone 10 grand to do that? I blame the mayor specifically and the Common Council generally for this blunder. If the council was doing its job, our out of control, power crazy mayor would not be allowed to do these kind of stupid acts.”
On Susquehanna SPCA’s new building:
“It just makes me shaking my head that we are building a new bigger shelter for animals but no place for the homeless people living under I-88 to lay their heads. What is wrong with the county, state and world?”
On pipeline expansion:
“It is irresponsible to not replace pipelines as they are pushed past safety guidelines now! The UN targets ONLY the United States and when asked why, then they say with heavy disinformation that we are the problem, while we have the most eco-friendly policies in the world at this time! The only reasons the UN does not go after China and others is because the UN says they are developing countries who are exempt? Pipelines are not the problem, as they are the safest way to transport this energy source! Misinformation created by a few loud activists was adopted by low-information people, which made this a far-left issue in the media! Educate yourselves before you join a cause just may save you some embarrassment in the future.”
On work on the Lower Reservoir Dam in Oneonta:
“That money could be better spent coming up with another slogan for the city.”
On the mural in Bainbridge:
“This is wonderful. I remember the one in Sidney that one could see while driving across the bridge into town.”
On recent drug arrests:
“Unreal and these are the types of people give suboxone a bad rep — a drug that can actually help people who want the help. Putting into the hands of people like these makes me sick.”
On the economy in New York:
“Our governor robs upstate to take care of that cesspool called New York City!”
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