Flippin' Amsterdam Blog

Racists Square Off in Trademark Battle

Burnt Hills, NY (October 13, 2013) — Following the chant of a racial slur at a local football game, the controversy over the rightful and fair use of the phrase “Amsterico” heightened into what appears destined for trademark litigation amongst competing racists. Long time Amsterdam...

Hallowed and Hollowed American Exceptionalism

A resounding refrain of the right and the Tea Party centers on the notion of American Exceptionalism — a shorthand for the moral authority for the US to pursue its interests as it chooses . The most important keystone to this refrain is the claim...

Know Your Role

It appears that we need a reprimand on our appointed roles in our civic life and duties. So let me summarize the assorted scolds: — Don’t critique the media in terms of their coverage of complex issues. Per Chuck Todd, they only exist to relay...

City of Amsterdam Expense & Revenue Figures

Update: In a hurry and to save time, I messed up copying posts and inadvertently overwrote yesterday’s post. I’ll try to restore the text from the original post but looks unlikely.  Per Tim’s request, here is a chart showing revenue and expense by major line per...

Kids on the Block

I’m hardly surprised to see kids once again lose out given a GASD decision on Bacon School. At the time of the initial closure decision, the GASD convinced the general public that no other viable option existed for Bacon other than closure. Even more, the...

Financials 12010 — Stress Tests

Picking up from yesterday’s post on Assessments and Valuations, I wanted to highlight a relevant piece of financial analysis if you really want to assess the state of the city’s finances. Again, the Office of State Comptroller has an Excel worksheet to help you crunch...