First, we are proud to unveil our newest feature. The Jim Gordon Countdown Clock. This clock shows the number of days Gordon has to consent to the release of the 911 call from his home* made by his wife- when she overreacted - and then later regretted making the call. It's an easy thing to do and it would make all the voters feel much better.
Second, we have stored up a number of comments that will not be posted. A number of them attack Mr. Gordon with unverified rumors. They will not be posted. Again, we will not post comments that accuse a candidate or another of something that is potentially defamatory.
We have also refused to post a number of comments about Mr. Cooper as well as former Mayor Tutunjian and a few others. Again, some of these comments are fine except for the addition of an unverified accusation: such as so-and-so molests lemurs. Ain't going to post it.
And no, we are not going to allow the old city hall crowd to viciously attack Mr. Cooper or anyone else for that matter. Mr. Cooper did not view us as an interloping competitor in the political/social media world when we re-entered the fray. He re-posted some of our posts which drove visitors to the Troy Polloi. We do not agree on all things with Mr. Cooper but we are not going to allow people to throw unsubstantiated accusations his way. Ain't going to happen.
Why? Cooper is a citizen who has opinions. He is not in office. He is not running for office. He is not gnawing away on the public teat like Chris Christie attacking a carnivore platter for two at Dakota. He also doesn't need us to defend him. He appears quite capable of that himself. But, we will. Cooper doesn't like Mr. Tutunjian. In that, judging by the last two elections, he is hardly on an island.**
On the other hand, Tutunjian is on the public teat. Tutunjian is one of Jim Gordon's primary backers and chief advisors. It's not really Gordon's fault. Tutunjian is the GOP equivalent of the elder statesman of the party. Sometimes you draw a royal flush. Gordon drew 2 of a kind. Why is this a big deal? Tutunjian, as mayor, used his position to punish people who publicly criticized him or his administration. In particular, he wielded the code department like a tin-horn dictator. This is a demonstrable fact. The Jim deSeve incident is only the most notorious of these efforts. That effort failed (go figure) but it is well documented. The fact remains, we cannot countenance any candidate associated with someone who illegally attempted to intimidate the opposition. It is not about taxes, budgets, charters and all that silly crap. It is about someone who would have been more at home in some Central American palace than in the mayors office of an upstate New York city. It cuts to the very heart of our democracy.
So yes, we will not allow Mr. Cooper to be defamed. We take care of our friends. That's how we'll do it. That's fair. After all, it's not like we're giving Cooper and his family county jobs because they can't find work in the private sector.
If you don't like it, we don't know what else to say. There are other political sites out there. Feel free to visit them. Or start one. Attack us all you want. Bash our chosen candidates. Criticize public officials. Question authority. Lets dial back the craziness. But not too much.
*It may also be the number of days before Gordon is elected.
** Unless its a very large island, maybe like Australia***
*** Australia is actually a continent so maybe like New Zealand****
**** If it were as big as Australia