Tuesday, October 12, 2004

t r u t h o u t
Stations Forced to Air Anti-Kerry Show. Local FOX affilliate to air a 42 minute G.W.Bush commercial ... for free.

Monday, October 11, 2004


Congressman Reynolds has upset some anti-immigration folks. I still don't get the issue, but I found it humorous that two congressmen in the country were targeted ... and ours is one of them.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

t r u t h o u t
William Rivers Pitt: Your Media is Killing You. Interesting column by Mr. Pitt. Kind of ties in with the CBS thing, huh?

Monday, September 20, 2004

Reuters.com
Duped CBS Regrets Airing Disputed Bush Memos ... that's their headline. Not mine. CBS is admitting that they can't verify that the documents are originals. That doesn't mean that they're saying they're fakes. So who says CBS was duped, then? Reuters? Why the h#ll does George Bush always get the benefit of the doubt from the media. What about the fake documents showing Iraq was trying to buy yellow-cake uranium from Niger? Oops. No accountability there. But some documents about Bushy Wushy MAY be fake (not ARE fake ... but MAY BE) and CBS rolls yet again. CBS. The channel that canned the Reagans movie. The network that refused to air an anti-Bush commercial during the Superbowl. And now they're appologizing cause they can't prove something to be true (so it's assumed that the opposite is true). I'm tellin' ya - I'm really irritated about this. This country keeps giving George W. Bush the benefit of the doubt and because of it, young men and women die every day in a war over daddy's pride. No one "regrets" airing news stories about WMDs in Iraq. Where's that appology? That only killed 1,000 of our soldiers (and tens of thousands of Iraqis). No big deal.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Join me in welcoming Scott Swett, co-author of Unfit for Command, the anti-Kerry book that's sparked the nation. Further proof that I don't only have guests that I agree with ... Hey, if you want to buy a copy for yourself or find more out about the book, click the link below. For more on Swett, click here.


Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Securing the homeland ...

Let's play a little game of "use your imagination" here.

Imagine, if you will, that you've got a Civil War era farmhouse on a nice big plot of land ... surrounded by a normal old picket fence. You've got a shed, a barn, and just for pretend sake, here, a chicken coop filled with chicks. Pretend it's the nicest chicken coop in the world. Everyone envies it. And one day, inexplicably, some cretin from the next township takes his pickup truck and rams into it - killing about 3,000 of your chickens.

Let's imagine that you find out the driver of the truck was named John Smouse. He and his family despise you. The even sent a tape into the local community television station to let the world know that it was them who killed your chicks and they're awfully proud of it, too.

So. What do you do?

If you're George Bush, you round up all the Smouses (or would that be Smice?) and take them far far away where no one will hurt them. Then you plow through Farmer Jones' fields, killing all his corn, wheat, and a good percentage of his livestock. Once that's done, you get a bunch of folks with big tractors to ram through the fences of the Speers farm and sit there - antagonizing the living crap out of those Speers. You send your own tape to community television explaining that since the cowardly Smouses (again - Smice?) attacked you, the creator told you to round up all the Speers and bring them to a deserted part of the area where you can torture them into telling you why the Smouses did such horrible things to you.

Of course, the key to ALL of this is to make sure that you're doing it as far away from your Civil War era farmhouse as possible.

Meanwhile, back at that farmhouse, take the fence down. Paint pro-yourself propaganda on the barn ... and occasionally stand in front of it saying things that may further irritate the Smouses ... and the Speers. After all, they're cut from the same cloth in your eyes. Jump on your tractor and proclaim yourself the victor of this little farm gang fight ... even if the fighting is still going on over at the Speers' farm and the folks that you sent there to do your dirty work get mauled daily and have eggs thrown at them.

Make sure that the eggmunitions that you have are all centralized in the middle of your farm rather than spread around. In fact, it'd be nice to save a couple bucks. Why not close down a couple of those eggmunition centers?

Oh, and don't forget to occasionally say something derogatory about the Scheer family ... cause you heard they may be hiding eggs. And you want them to know that you know.

....ooooOOOOoooo........ooooOOOOoooo.......ooooOOOOoooo.......ooooOOOOoooo....

Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

But this is essentially our strategy for "Homeland Security."

Now, don't look at the quotation marks that I put around the phrase Homeland Security and assume that I'm not interested in protecting the homeland (although, frankly I would be a little more comfortable if we didn't take the phrase DIRECTLY from the Third Reich).

I'm all for making sure we're secure. September 11th was a travesty. It was brutal. It was ugly. And we should do everything in our power to make sure it doesn't happen again. Well, almost everything in our power. I'm not in favor of shredding the Constitution, but other than that - let's get secure, baby.

But we're not working on making ourselves more secure. HOMEland security begins at HOME. We seem much more interested in IRAQIland security.

Insert imaginary Bushie: "But Scott, we're fighting them there so we don't have to fight them here."

Ah, the use of the universal THEM ... brilliantly employed with the make-believe concept that we have to fight SOMEWHERE. (And I thought Republicans didn't believe in zero-sum games).
Better there than here, right?

I don't recall it being a requirement that we be in a fight at all times ... with someone. I looked it up in the rule book. Not there.

And who is THEM? The Iraqis? They were going to come fight us here? With their WMD, right? Or were the Taliban going to come kill us with heroin?

We could have just spent some time and energy securing the border. Novel concept. And I'm not against bolstering the military. Just not for offensive measures. Ever notice, by the way, that the Pentagon is the home to the "Department of DEFENSE?" Not the Department of Offense. Not even the Department of the MILITARY. We wisely thought - at one point a long time ago - that military in the United States should be a defensive measure.

I'd like to continue to follow that guideline.

Of course, it'd be easier to defend the homeland if the Department of Defense wasn't having its bases closed. Nowhere do we better understand that than on the Canadian border - right here in Niagara Falls, New York - where they're closing our military base to save $180 Million (over what, 20 years?), while we've spent nearly 10 times that over the last 18 months in our latest desert paradise, Iraq.

One last thought before wrapping this up; while I would like our immigration policy to be more open and comprehensive, I would like our borders to be less porous. Bring the military home and line them up on the Mexican AND Canadian borders to make sure people we don't want in aren't getting in.

To summarize: Homeland Security should be about keeping the military at home to play defense IF need be. Not across the oceans stirring up beehives and creating new enemies. And it's the Constitution we're trying to defend. Let's not shred it to save it. In other words, kill the Patriot Act.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

The New York Times
CBS Defends Its Report on Bush Military Record. I think we'll talk about this on Monday when Mark Lindsay is our guest. I'm sure Mark will say they're forgeries. I say, "CAN WE TALK ABOUT 2004 FOR CHR!ST SAKE!!!"

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Buffalo News
The News endorses Brian Higgins to be the Democrat to lose to Nancy Naples ... Actually, I saw Brian's ad on TV the other night and it was pretty slick. He might just stand a chance if he can afford to keep the ads running. Nancy's ad, meanwhile, I found to be bland. Could be more interesting than I imagined. For more on these (and all) candidates, check the newly configured links page and click on (or scroll down to) the politics section. Politics WNY is a new reference that I found that will likely come in quite useful.
Business First of Buffalo
Rochester-Toronto fast ferry shuts down. So if their ferry couldn't be viable ... what are the odds we could do better in Niagara County? I like the idea of a ferry from Toronto ... but not at taxpayers expense.
Thanks to Kevin Phillips for partaking in Dialog on Wednesday. For more on Kevin or his book, click the link a couple posts below. Tomorrow on Dialog, we'll be talking with David Lebedoff from 9:15 'til 9:30 and then we'll have open Dialog thereafter. For more on David and his new book, "The Uncivil War," click the link within this post (right below).

t r u t h o u t
The Polls Come Back to Earth ... or maybe they never really left.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Book Page Coming!!!
I know I said this before, but I'm going to say it again ... and then I'm going to do something about it. I've been interviewing so many authors lately and I've tried to let you know how to get ahold of their books ... well, I'm going to create a "book page," which you can go to to purchase books from the authors we've talked to. Look for that to come later this week. For now, enjoy the post to Kevin Phillips' book ...
Wednesday on Dialog, we're going to talk to Kevin Phillips, a former Republican strategist and author of "American Dynasty - Aristocracy, Fortune and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush." Check the book out by clicking the link below.


Monday, September 06, 2004

Polling Report.com
WH2004: General. Bush opens up a lead against Kerry in several polls. Interesting to watch this and see how it plays out.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

t r u t h o u t
Zell Miller Responds to Zell Miller. An interesting speech the Democratic senator from Georgia gave in 2001.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

JackDavisForCongress.com
Thanks to Jack for appearing again on Dialog. We'll bring him back in again soon. For those who asked, his number is 542-5200.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online
Mark Lindsay's latest column. Poor Mark get called nasty things apparently. And his columns cause quite a stir. Mark will be on the show Sept. 10 to take your calls and defend his columns.
The Hindu News Update Service
Bush "admits war on terror can't be won."
Asia Times
Don't look closely ... just swallow.
Channelnewsasia.com
Republicans ignore advice, turn to Sept. 11 to bolster Bush re-election bid.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Google Search: 527s
Want more information on the 527 ads we're talking about today? Look for yourself. They'll be in the news for quite a while. Politicrats DO like to find loopholes, don't they?

Friday, August 13, 2004

MSNBC
Bush, Kerry go toe to toe in an electoral slugfest. It's anybody's game, folks.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

WGRZ.com
Sterling Renaissance festival for sale ... on eBay.
The Toronto StarEditorial: Kerry fails Iraq test. Leave it to a Canadian paper to hit this issue on the head. Howard Dean never would have endorsed the war on Iraq. I miss Howard Dean.
Telegraph
Max Cleland: 'Fighting Bush is very therapeutic'

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Guardian Unlimited
Observers could monitor US elections. No word as to whether Jimmy Carter will lead the delegation. :)

Monday, August 09, 2004

t r u t h o u t
San Francisco Leads the Way in Instant Run-off Voting. This is the system that Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb was discussing on Dialog last Friday. The system makes sense to me ... Speaking of Cobb, it appears that Ralph Nader is asking the California Green Party to kick Cobb off the ballot and give the spot to Nader. Gee, what a good guy that Nader is. And he calls Gore a sore loser.

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Media Matters for America
Bozell repeated lie that Lay slept in Lincoln Bedroom during Clinton years. Hmm, I've heard this "lie" before and I thought it to be true. Which just goes to show you that if a lie is repeated often enough, people believe it.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

MSNBC
Doonesbury creator recalls classmate Bush. This little ditty offers some interesting insight.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

LaRouchein2004.net
Many thanks to Lyndon LaRouche for his appearance on Dialog on Tuesday. Is he the same guy you thought he was? Check out his website for more information. Or give him a call at 1-800-929-7566. By the way - my two last questions ... the ones I asked off air ... we recorded them and I'll play those for you on Friday as part of the Worst of Dialog Volume 3.

Click the photo for a pretty comprehensive Lyndon LaRouche Bialography found on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. LaRouche is this morning's guest. Should be fun.

Monday, July 12, 2004

ArtofWarPlus.com
Election Postponement: Good for Democrats or Republicans. This morning's guest, Gary Gagliardi, comments on my question this morning about postponing the elections. Kind of lets his partisan view get in the way on the answer, I think. What do you think? Let me know. Let Gary know. Tell a friend. :)
LaRouchein2004.com
I've got to confess. I'm pretty excited about tomorrow's guest. He is - to date - the most well-known guest I will have interviewed ... either on Dialog or during my previous life as a newspaper reporter. He's been a candidate for president in every election since 1976. Plus he ran for US Rep in Virginia in 1990. His web site lists him as a Democratic pre-candidate for US President. We'll ask him (among other things) what that means tomorrow.
ArtofWarPlus.com
Thanks to Gary Gagliardi, America's Leading Authority of Sun Tzu's The Art of War, for spending time with us Monday morning to discuss the strategy behind this years election. While I agree that the DNC SHOULD dump Kerry, I doubt they will ... meaning we'll have a snoozefest this year ... and possibly keep the Bush in office. Make sure the check out Gary's blog for some neat day-to-day insight.

Friday, July 09, 2004

scottleffler.com
You may notice a few changes to the web site. I'm trying to update/freshen it, while giving it a more universal look. There were two primary blues on the web pages and that's always driven me nuts. Most of the blues should now be the same color - with the exception of a page or two here or there. The poll is now linked straight from the front page, making it easier to access. And the Dialog page is a little cleaner looking, in my honest opinion. Over the next few days and weeks, I hope to make additional changes, including some all-new links that you should find of interest, and an update to the picture page to incorporate the newer pictures which are currently found on the blog ... plus some other pictures that I've said were coming ... and now they really are. As always, please feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks and happy browsing.
MSNBC
Bush's cheap shot at Edwards. Here's some criticism of the Bush White House from a very unusual source ... Joe Scarborough.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

WGRZ.com
Here's channel 2's story on the lifting of the moratorium. We won't get to talk about it today - since Henry Wojtaszek, Niagara Country Republican Chairman, probably isn't a Wal-Mart expert ... but we can discuss tomorrow during Open Dialog.

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Weekly Dig
Michael Badnarik Thinks You're a Libertarian. Here's another really good article on today's guest.
MensNewsDaily.com
Libertarian Lessons of "Fahrenheit 9/11" - Jonathan David Morris. Here's an interesting look at Farenheit 9/11 while keeping a keen eye on our guest from this morning, Michael Badnarik.
Niagara Buzz
I mentioned this morning that I had a beef with the Erie County Democratic Party. Well, here's an email I wrote to EC Dem Party Chairman Len Lenihan after finding out that the party unanimously endorsed Jack Davis for congress - completely ignoring Paul Fallon. Anyway - read the letter, you'll like it. BTW, I've not gotten a response from either Lenihan or the handful of Democratic Party "leaders" I sent it to from Niagara County.
Badnarik.org
Thanks to Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik for his appearance on Dialog on Wednesday. Despite the phone problems, I thought it went well. Again, I appologize about the phones. Wish I could do more than appologize. Hope I asked the right questions for you all.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004


This is the cake we had at WLVL to celebrate president Bush's birthday. Yes, I really made it. Yes, I really decorated it. No, there isn't any left ... and, No, noone got sick from eating it. Posted by Hello
CNN.com
Sources: Kerry to unveil VP choice. The announcement is expected some time during the 9 a.m. hour. I'll find out ... and let you know during Dialog.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Declare Yourself
Found this good non-partisan electoin information site. Check it out. You'll like it.

Saturday, July 03, 2004


Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte attempts to explain why the budget hasn't been passed on time since I was nine years old. Thanks to Francine for finally appearing on Dialog on Friday. I hope she's willing to come back in the future. :) Posted by Hello

Here's a more traditional (but posed) photo of Assemblywoman Francine DelMonte from her appearance on Dialog on Friday, July 2, 2004.  Posted by Hello

Thursday, July 01, 2004


Of course, I'm not free from criticism, critique, or just plain mockery. I hope to see a lot of these on cars around the Greater Niagara Region. Posted by Hello

This is the Bill O'Reilly, let's whine a lot and pretend that we're "independent," but we're really just right-wing chicken hawk, don't want to spare a nickel to help the poor - version. Posted by Hello

I made this one especially for Al. Wake up, people. Posted by Hello

Here's the whole thing wrapped up in a nutshell. This is why I'd vote for Kerry. At least, why I'd vote for him if I were in Ohio ... or some state that was still in play. Who knows, I may still end up voting for him. *sigh* I just wish there were SOMEONE ELSE!!! Posted by Hello

Here's the first in a series of "honest" John Kerry stickers. Don't worry, I'll make up some Bush one's too. Posted by Hello

John Kerry honesty sticker 2. I think the subtext says it all. Posted by Hello
Lou Ricciuti



For those of you wanting more information about yesterday's topic - on the plutonium at LOOW and other hazards in your back yard, Lou was nice enough to send us some links to some stories he thought you'd be interested in.

The Bomb That Fell on Niagara - Artvoice Magazine 2001-2003
The Bomb that Fell on Niagara--Hosted by Tokyo Doctors

Citizen's Petition For Oversight of the LOOW Site
LOOW/LOSA PETITION for OVERSIGHT

Scroll down to Electro-Metallurgical Union Carbide - Electro Met in Niagara Falls was the Largest Producer of Uranium Metal in US MED/AEC Atom Program
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education: Appendices

My New Friend - Maybe One-in-a-Million(Be Sure To Read)
Jeff Hastings on LOOW Niagara

The Lighter-Brighter Side of Atoms and Waste
PERIODIC TABLE Atomic Music

Contact Lou Ricciuti

Wednesday, June 30, 2004


He's one photo of all the papers Lou had with him. This photo, BTW - as well as the other two of Lou was taken with my Sprint PCS camera phone. I had fogotten my usual digital camera that I've been using. Posted by Hello

Here's a close-up on Lou's papers. Every page is marked up - scribbled on - has post-it notes attached. How Lou keeps it all straight, I'll never know. Again, this photo taken my my camera phone, so it's a little more blurry than usual. Sorry. Posted by Hello

Thanks to Lou Ricciuti for his appearance on Dialog on Wednesday. While I can understand Lou's frustration in getting the media to believe him, I'm glad they didn't - cause it means that WLVL broke a really important story. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Klayman for US Senate
Larry Klayman is talking with us this morning about Farenheit 9/11. He says it both fair ... and unfair. A little later, my friend and fellow journalist Chuck Richardson is going to explain why Moore's just as bad as those he's condemning.

Monday, June 28, 2004


Monday's guest, Jim Duncan, chairman of the WNY chapter of the Working Families Party, proved to be as witty as he was pleasant. Jim, thanks for coming on. I look forward to talking to you again. Posted by Hello

Thanks to Lockport Mayor Mike Tucker for his willingness to appear on Dialog monthly. While nothing earth-shattering came out of Friday's visit, it's nice to know that he's around when we need him. Tuck, I agree with the Union-Sun on the accessability issue. You're doing a good job. Posted by Hello

Saturday, June 26, 2004

The Seattle Times
Cheney says remarks to Democrat were "long overdue." It's good to know that we elected some moral leadership. I thought these people were supposed to "restore dignity" back to the White House.
Reuters.com
Monica cries foul. Says Clinton shoulda fessed up. Get 'em Monica. Hell hath NO FURY like an intern scorned.

Thursday, June 24, 2004


Unfortunately, Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik had to cancel his appearance on this morning's show ... but that's okay - O'Reilly cancelled on him. No, really, it's alright cause he'll be on for the full hour come July 7th.

Thanks to Teresa Martinez, managing editor of the Niagara Gazette for being Wednesday's guest on Dialog. Teresa said she'd gladly return in the future ... and I think I speak for the majority of you when I say, "We'll gladly have you back, Teresa." That is a copy of Wednesday's Gazette she's reading, BTW (just prior to the start of Wednesday's show). Cramming for the exam, if you will. Posted by Hello

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

MSNBC
Who Was Really In Charge? I understand that in Michael Moore's new movie, Farenheit 9/11, the question of Bush's response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11 is made. Did Bush hang out to read childrens' books that day cause he wasn't told to do otherwise by Cheney? Was Bush completely clueless about what to do? This MSNBC article furthers that idea. Oh yeah - as a member of the liberal media, I'm duty-bound to tell you to go see Moore's movie. It comes out Friday.

Monday, June 21, 2004


Michael Badnarik - 2004 Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate. He'll be a guest on the show on Thursday from 9:30 to 9:45 to talk about his Libertarian Party victory and his previous night's engagement from the O'Reilly Factor. He'll be back on July 7th for an entire show to discuss his plans and philosophies more in-depth.
The Advocates dot Org
World's Smallest Political Quiz - take this. It'll tell you if you are what you think you are ... BTW, I'm a left liberal ... but much closer to the Libertarian point then the Authoritarian.

Friday, June 18, 2004


Thanks to Glenn Aronow (on the left) and Rick Updegrove for their continued willingness to come on Dialog and answer questions from their constituents. We might not agree on things politically, but they deserve kudos for standing up for themselves. Posted by Hello

Monday, June 14, 2004

Reuters.com
Senator Seeks Halliburton Special Counsel. New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg wants Attorney General John Ashcroft to appoint e special counsel over the matter of Halliburton's Iraq contracts and whether VP Dick Cheney had anything to do with them.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

TheBostonChannel.com
Reagan New Face On $10 Bill? Conservatives targeted the dime last year ... but FDR still has too many fans, so now they're going after the $10 bill. Alexander who? What do you think about this? I don't disagree that Reagan could be on some monitary note ... but why don't we create a new one for him? No, really.
Honest Abe? Or Gay Abe?
If you read yesterday's Union-Sun & Journal and, while reading Bill Wolcott's column, said, "When did Scott Leffler say Abe Lincoln was gay?" - well, here's the column I do it in. If the thought of Lincoln being gay offends you, does that say more about Lincoln ... or you?

Wednesday, June 09, 2004


Seems my friends at Greater Niagara News got new websites ... hosted by the Indiana division of Community Newspapers Holding, Inc. They look pretty slick. Too bad the URL on the Gazette's page spells Niagara wrong ... note: niagra.cnhiindiana.com ... oops.

Oh, and notice on the "where to buy a paper" page:
SINGLE COPY LOCATIONS Dan's Grocery Store
267 & Dan Jones Rd
Townville, IN 46123

Are you kidding me? Indiana?!?! John Raymond couldn't even get one in Lockport this morning.

Hers's to hoping they outgrow their "new website" growing pains quickly.

 Posted by Hello

Denise Young, managing editor for the Union-Sun tends to take a lot of flak when she's on the show. I'm glad she comes on anyway. We'll bring the folks from the US&J on again soon. Hope you caught the show. It was a good one. Posted by Hello

Tim Marren, city reporter for the US&J. I don't envy the man. His job is very difficult. He added a lot to Wednesday's show. Thanks Tim. Posted by Hello

Anne Calos, features editor for the Union-Sun & Journal on the show Wednesday. Relatively quiet as usual. Posted by Hello

John Austin on Dialog Tuesday, June 8th. I like John cause he says what he thinks no matter whether you like it or not. Posted by Hello