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Infringement Festival: What’s Gone On

Here are some images from this year’s Infringement Festival by photographer joshua underscore:

Bourbon & Coffee at Nietzsche’s 7/24.

Bourbon & Coffee

















Infringement Opening Parade on Allen St. on 7/24

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Anal Pudding at Nietzsche’s on 7/25

Anal Pudding


















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Photo by Karina Lopez of KC You There.

photo Karina Lopez


YAK Car Pic of the Day


Saw this 1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten four-door Friday night on our way home from an evening in Downtown Buffalo. Naturally I went back the next day to take pics. The Two-Ten was the middle child in the ’56 Chevy lineup, between the stark One-Fifty (and no, these model names make no sense to me either) and the spiffy Bel Air. Note in the small photo at the bottom how the J.C. Whitney-like whitewall tire inserts seem to be failing. I wonder if their guarantee has run out? See it for yourself in Tonawanda, next time you’re on your way home from downtown.















Jim Corbran • You Auto Know •

YAK Car Pic of the Day

82-88 pont 6000 gry whtfld copy

You could, if you wanted to, buy a Pontiac 6000 coupe from model years 1982-88. The entire 6000 line was discontinued after the 1991 models. For me anyway, the 6000 is the most-forgotten of GM’s front-drive mid-sized cars from the ’80s and ’90s even though it wasn’t the first to disappear — that distinction goes to the Chevrolet Celebrity, which was replaced for 1990 by the Lumina. The Olds and Buick versions soldiered-on until 1996, and you still see a lot of them on the road (not so much the 6000 or Celebrity). This gray coupe was seen w-a-y back off the road in Wheatfield a few weeks back.

Jim Corbran • You Auto Know •


YAK Car Pic of the Day

53 ford wagon blu ton copy

Station wagons are in these days as collectibles, and, why not? I’d buy one — maybe even one like this 1953 Ford Ranch Wagon which I followed through the Tonawandas yesterday before it came to rest here. Full-sized  two-door wagons fell out of favor in the 1960s, but there’s a certain charm about them that make them desirable as a fun investment. I especially enjoyed watching the driver work that three-on-the-tree as we seemingly stopped at every traffic signal we encountered. Those old barges were a lot more work than most of today’s cars.

— Jim Corbran • You  Auto Know •

Cuomo’s Betrayal

Courtesy Marquil at

The biggest and worst problem plaguing Albany and New York State politics is corruption. Albany’s especial brand of dysfunction thrives in an opaque environment, and there is a complete and bipartisan absence of political or moral will to change it. It’s been well over a decade since people and organizations began to seriously address this culture of corruption, and NYU’s Brennan Center deserves kudos for pushing the issue with specificity

It was almost a decade ago that Suffolk County Executive Tom Suozzi barnstormed the state, seeking the Democractic nomination for governor under the banner of “Fix Albany”. We send Assemblypeople and Senators to Albany, and while we see occasional profiles in courage, like Mark Grisanti’s pivotal vote on same-sex marriage, these individuals do little legislating and a lot of grandstanding. Nothing ever changes, and there’s no one who’s all that interested in cleaning Albany up. 

Enter Andrew Cuomo, a former Attorney General who swept into Albany to get things done, but also to restore trust in state institutions. While he has infuriated the gun-hugging areas of the state outside the NYC media market, he has now successfully angered the left, most starkly by helping to maintain a Republican Senate majority. In order to secure the Working Families Party’s Wilson Pakula, Cuomo decided to actually back members of his own party to win Senate races. 

But his most promising act was to establish a “Moreland Commission” to investigate corruption in Albany – most importantly, the misuse and corruption surrounding campaign finance in the state. This dovetailed nicely with Cuomo’s now-erstwhile support for public financing of elections – a goal he all but abandoned in order to “get things done” with respect to a budget deal with the other two men in the room. (That hasn’t changed, either). 

This New York Times article is a blockbuster of investigative journalism, outlining the ways in which Governor Cuomo’s office micromanaged and hamstrung the work the Moreland Commission was doing before he unceremoniously and summarily killed it in order to “get things done” viz. budget deal with Silver and Skelos. Here is a brilliant timeline that the Times put together. Luckily, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, Preet Bharara, is picking up where the defunct commission left off, investigating and prosecuting obvious illegality. 

I frankly don’t get it. If Cuomo’s aim is to ascend to the White House, he’s just dealt himself a huge blow. It won’t do much to say, “I fixed Buffalo, the unfixable” when opponents and allies alike view him with distrust because when it came time to address the state’s most pressing problem, Cuomo whiffed. 

He didn’t just whiff – he threw the game. 

I’m not going to support Astorino, and Zephyr Teachout lost me by holding a “Cuomo resign” presser with Astorino. It’s high time we stopped demanding resignation and impeachment every time a politician does something stupid or with which we disagree. It’s stupid and childish.

I want someone to say that the NY SAFE Act is a distraction from the real problems we have, like unfunded mandates, the Gap Elimination Adjustment robbing schools blind, the completely unregulated and mismanaged state Authorities, our corrupt and corrupting Wilson Pakula/electoral fusion system whereby party endorsements are exchanged for money and jobs, and the toothless, ineffective board of elections that is unable or unwilling to investigate and prosecute campaign finance fraud. These are all long-standing issues, and very well known. But New York has a dictatorship of the bureaucracy, and for some reason elected officials have no will to fight that tyranny of the careerists. Even, tragically, Andrew Cuomo. 

Getting things done is great, and it’s a welcome change from the feckless Pataki Adminstration. But New York Democrats have had almost 10 years to do something meaningful about not just the symptoms, but the root causes of why the state underperforms economically – especially outside of the New York City metro. 

Four years ago, a New York Observer article wrote that mine was the “Site that Saved Andrew Cuomo”. I don’t – for a second – doubt, question, or regret my 2010 support for Cuomo over Carl Paladino. But in 2014, the continued state gutting of public school budgets, tyranny of the Authorities, continued erosion of public trust through “electoral fusion” dealmaking,  and Albany’s unwillingness to heal itself make me wish for a true alternative – not just a Westchester County apparatchik or a leftist Manhattan protest candidate. 

New York isn’t broken because of the number of bullets you can put in a magazine is now restricted. But your focus on things like that help to distract you from genuine problems that affect us all. 

YAK Car Pic of the Day

72 benz 250c blu snbrn copy

The Mercedes-Benz 250 C was built from 1969-76, and this one is no newer than a 1973, judging from the absence of the federally-mandated 5-mph bumpers which showed up for the 1974 model year. Only 67,048 coupes were built during that span, compared to 1,852,008 four-door sedans. Considering these were world-wide production figures, it’s pretty rare to see one — especially one looking this good — hiding in plain sight in a driveway in downtown Sanborn.


— Jim Corbran • You Auto Know •

Infringement Festival 2014: Downloadable Program

infringement2014The 2014 Buffalo Infringement Festival starts today and runs through July 24th. Look for the opening parade through the streets of Buffalo at 6, heading to Days Park at 6:30, followed by the opening ceremonies at Netizsche’s, starting at 7pm.

Make sure to pick up a copy of this week’s Artvoice! Inside, you’ll find a full pull-out schedule inserted in the middle of the paper detailing every performance, installation, show, and event taking place as part of this year’s festival.

You can also download a PDF version of the insert by clicking here.

For more information about the Buffalo Infringement Festival, including updates about any last minute changes to the program, please visit

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