Saturday, February 25, 2006

Weekender

Who's retarded now, Vandenburgh?Retarded
Everybody's talking about Jason McElwain. Until last week, the 17-year-old autistic manager/slash waterboy for the Greece Athena High basketball team was sometimes the butt of people's jokes ---then the coach had him suit up and put him in the game. J-Mac scored 20 points and was carried off the court on the shoulders of a gym full of screaming fans. Watch the video and see if you don't get choked up. Anyway, WROW's Paul Vandenburgh talked about McElwain yesterday morning, repeatedly describing the high-functioning autistic student as "mentally retarded," and as having "cerebral palsy or Down syndrome." Very nice.

Proctor's Stinks
It seems that the inmates at Schenectady County Jail (more on them next) enjoy flushing inappropriate items down the toilets. Our favorite Schenectady reporter, the TU's Mike Goodwin reports:
Prisoners have routinely flushed a variety of items down the jail's toilets, including clothing, garbage bags and towels, Sheriff Harry Buffardi said. The water pressure on the jail's top floors is strong enough, he said, to swallow blankets. The materials then lodge in the sewer line and cause backups.
Where does it back up? Right outside Proctor's. Everybody's a critic.

And By The Way...

Is the sheriff crazy, giving escapee Edwin Ortiz the opportunity to hold a press conference this week? On Thursday, Harry Buffardi set up his well known inmate in the jail library where he could meet the media and explain how he plotted his daring break from the downtown lockup. I don't know what Buffardi was thinking, but giving this miscreant a forum to for his 15 minutes of fame isn't just unnecessary, it's stupid. It was a great story, though...