Monday, May 31, 2004

"The Bush" spends time attacking Kerry ... with untruths, half truths, and just plain lies. Gee, maybe the president spends so much time telling people what's wrong with John Kerry because he can't "talk up" his own record?!?!?!

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Here's a sign of the times ... allow me to interpret this house for you ... "Save Mount View ... but I'm outta here." Posted by Hello

Here's a photo of my office at WLVL. I love political signs. Even if I don't agree with your particular cause, I'd love on of your signs ... Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Welcome Soso Whaley!!!
Today's show features a woman who ate at McDonald's every day for a month (three meals) and LOST weight ... Click here for more information on Soso and her adventure.

Now you may remember about a guy (Morgan Spurlock) who did the same (ate at McDonald's every day and ballooned). His story is here. Soso says its a matter of personal responsibility.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Took a drive - bought some stuff ...

I took some time out of my day today to drive down the 290 to the 219 to ... you guessed it SPRINGVILLE ... to see the SuperWalMart down there firsthand.

First impressions were pretty good ... It wasn't "dirty," the employees didn't appear to be beat down and the businesses around it were thriving. In fact, I've been through Springville on numerous occasions and I can honestly say, there's MORE businesses there now that SWM is in town ... not less.

Personally, I'm not going to fall into a heap on the floor and cry in the fetal position if WalMart chooses against (or has the decision made FOR them) moving into the Lockport Mall spot, but I am waiting with open arms. I think Tops needs the competition ... and I can't see that it's going to hurt anyone else.

On discrimination against women:

I worked for the McDonald's Corporation for four years ... I understand corporate structure, the way things work and the way things happen. My last year with the company (my coupe de grace, in fact) was spent working at a franchise in Macedonia and Northfield, Ohio. Corporate types don't typically spend much time at franchise stores ... they're basically two different companies. But you see, there was an idiot manager in Macedonia, who blantantly mistreated a senior citizen who was employed there ... and a couple of the employees decided they wanted to form a union to prevent this type of thing from happening again. The idiot manager was fired post haste, but the union continued to try to form ... in came myself and a team of about six other McManagers ... to try to keep things in line. See, McDonald's didn't want the entire company to have to pay for the mistakes of one moron ...

I'm sure that WalMart has some @ssholes working for them. I'm sure that some people in upper management are prejudiced ... against women, minorities, gays, red-headed talkshow hosts, whatever. That's no reason for the company to be branded with the phrase "discriminatory." I'm quite certain Sam Walton's last breaths didn't utter, "never let the women succeed."

I can't speak to WalMarts decision to ban emergency contraceptives. Wasn't there when the decision was made. But I'm sure it was a calculated business decision (based on trying to not piss off the right-wing Christian types) and it's not my business to run. There are a lot of things I wish WalMart sold. I'm not going to boycott them cause they don't.

As for your four points to WalMart hell ...

1. employing hundreds of illegal aliens
Is it just me, or did WalMart turn in hundreds of employees just recently ... that it found to be illegal aliens. I remember the story read like this:
WalMart turns in hundreds of illegal aliens it mistakenly employed.

2. coercing employees to work overtime and then not paying them for it
Do you really think this is the company philosophy or can we again go back to a couple of instances in which idiots ended up managing stores or shifts and cared more about their asses than the law?

3. Very conservative approach to mainstream media like magazines and CD's
This is going to sound funny ... but I don't care what a company's politics is. If you feel the need to build a "LeftMart" so that Al Franken and friends will have a place to sell books and CDs, then so be it. Free enterprise. I don't want the government to force WalMart to sell books, CDs or contraceptives that they don't want to sell.

4. employing almost exclusively overseas labor, possibly child
It seems to me like you're grasping at straws here. If you're talking about companies like Nike that make their products overseas for pennies on the dollar and then sell them here for dollars on the penny, then, I agree with you, they're bad. But explain to me how WalMart fits into this scenario.

I gotta tell you, overall, I'm very irritated about this whole WalMart issue. Sometimes the small mindedness in Western New York is overwhelming.

Here's an idea

I have a great photospread idea for the local paper. Get mug shots of all the loud and oft-spoken anti-WalMart folks ... who are afraid it will kill our fragile economy (not the ones who hate it at the corporate level, but those who are against having one HERE). Anyway, get their mugs and give them to a bunch of photographers ... then send those photographers out to stores and malls in Erie County and have them wait ... take photos of all those people who want you to believe they do all their shopping on Main Street ... and publish them one after another. “Where's you community mindedness now?”

You know, I'm that “liberal guy,” so it may seem silly that I'm picking on my own kind here, but I am a little confused why liberals in general seem to find it neccesary to get down on businesses that do well for themselves. And then they manufacture reasons for it ...

Thanks for giving me something to do this afternoon.

Saturday, May 22, 2004

To my "fan" in Newfane who sent me flowers Wednesday morning, thanking me for my "help" in passing the Newfane school budget. I've posted photos of the flowers and of the "fan's" note ... although I scratched out their name ... to protect the innocent. :)

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Say it ain't so!!!

I know they're not saying that YOURS TRULY is negative ... Just cause that particular budget is a farce and I had the audacity to point out that taxes will increase in Newfane with a "yes" vote, all the sudden, I'm bitter? Say it ain't so!!!
Oh well, it's still my favorite golf course in Niagara County. FORE!
I understand that Jon May's Q&A from Friday was run over by newsman John Raymond due to a technical issue (read: Leffler screwed up). In an effort to fix that, here's Jon's resume ...

For Lockport School Board
Vote May 18th

(My name on the ballot will be my full name: Jonathan D. May)

FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions):

Who are you and what are your qualifications?
 Lockport resident and taxpayer since 1990.
 Husband and father whose daughter will enter the Lockport Schools in a few years.
 Program Director of FOX 29 and WB 49 in Buffalo
 Former Morning Host on WLVL radio in Lockport.
 Freelance writer on and
 Served on Lockport Citizens Advisory Board under Mayors Swan and Sullivan. (1999-2001)
 Member of Concerned Citizens for Better Neighborhoods. (2001)
 Appointed to City’s Zoning Board of Appeals by Mayor Sullivan (March 2001-October 2002)
 Current member of Board of Directors for Hare and Tortoise Child Development Center.

Other Qualifications:
 Real-world multi-tasking experience: managing schedules, contracts, budgets and public affairs for two television stations.
 Financial experience: Treasurer and business manager of the Four Seasons Players for a combined total of 9 years.

What is your personal philosophy? I believe in self-determination, personal responsibility and living within your means. I believe that a quality education is vital for our children. But, I also believe that securing that quality does NOT have to cripple the taxpayers. I am not one who believes that simply throwing money at a problem will make it go away. We teach our children by example. If we want our kids to be smart, we have to make smart decisions. That includes spending money wisely, not widely. In short, I’m a Pro-Education Fiscal Conservative. Those terms are NOT mutually exclusive.

What do you see as the single biggest problem in the Lockport Schools?
Taxes are too high and we are not getting our money’s worth.

How would you change that? I would look for the “fat” that clings desperately to every school budget and trim as much of it as humanly possible without—and this is important—taking away from the children. Without a budget available for public review (see below), it’s difficult to get too specific, but I would certainly look at administrative costs, which have been skyrocketing even as our enrollment drops. I would keep the necessary and jettison the frivolous. Furthermore, I would support smart fiscal management, which does NOT include the use of the surplus except in extreme emergencies.

What other problems do you see in our District? Our performance has been less than stellar for a number of years. It is true we have improved our district’s overall WNY ranking from 90-something to 55th, but it’s still a failing grade. Two of our schools have done well individually, but the rest are lagging far behind.

But how can you improve things if you’re looking to cut spending? That’s a classic illustration of what’s wrong with the district’s thinking. Any time anyone wants to cut anything, he or she is immediately accused of “taking away from the children”. My own child will be affected by any decision we make. Parents, taxpayers, administration and teachers ALL have to work together with the Board to do what’s best for the children. Nothing should be sacred except education.

What other factors do you feel make you a good candidate? I have no conflict of interest of any kind. There are no teachers or administrators, retired or otherwise, in my family. I am not beholden to anyone or to any special interest group. My decisions will be based solely on what I feel is best, not what I feel I owe others. I am willing and able to work well with others and to listen to their opinions. But, I expect mine to be listened to as well and I am not afraid to express it.

What other priorities do you have? Increasing the tax base. The only way to do that is to attract more residents and support new businesses and expansion. The way to do that is to make the tax rates attractive and make the school system a high quality enterprise. Let’s increase the base, not over-tax the existing base. Another priority is voter information. Many people don’t know or don’t hear about elections, budgets or polling places and that must change. I intend to make school budget details more readily available to the public. I want to see it posted on the District’s website along with general information on elections and candidates. I also support expanded voting hours.

What has been the response to your candidacy? Very positive, I’m pleased to say. People I’ve talked to think that, although there have been some changes in recent years, there is still a long way to go. They want to feel that their interests are being represented. They want to see the entire community working together as one to accomplish these goals, not making wild accusations and irresponsible comments. Cooperation and a positive working relationship with other local officials are vital to this task and I am fortunate to already have that relationship with many of them.

Lockport Mayor MIKE TUCKER
Council President JOHN LOMBARDI
School Board Trustee CLIP SMITH

I live here, I have a child here, I pay taxes here and I care.
And I can balance my checkbook.
I would appreciate your vote on May 18th

Monday, May 10, 2004

Picture Page
I started putting together a little scrapbook of Dialog photos. Keep your eye on this. I hope to get it MORE operational in the not-too-distant future.
Dr. Politics website
Check out Ted Rueter's web site. Some interesting stuff there. You can buy his books through the site (with the help of if you'd like.

Don't forget, though, I'm giving away a copy of the books that Ted was on to discuss. All you have to do is provide me with the best local quote from a Democrat of Republican.

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Dialog webpoll
Vote in the new poll ... What do you think of Nightline's decision to air the names of the soldiers who have died in Iraq?
Yahoo News
Gore to Buy NewsWorld Cable ... apparently, he's just not happy being "that guy that lost to the moron."

Monday, May 03, 2004
Claim: Soldier's wife interrupts restaurant meal to lecture women who are disparaging President Bush and the military.
Status: Undetermined.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]