Monday, January 31, 2005

USATODAY.com
U.S. students say press freedoms go too far. Actually, according to the story, 36 percent of students think that the press should get governmental "permission" before printing a story. Incidentally, 36 percent of my listeners say I should "shut up and go home." ... I know, I thought it'd be a higher number than that, too. :)

Friday, January 28, 2005

BigBrainBoy
You want fair and balanced? It appears CNN has it's bases covered. (funny)

Thursday, January 27, 2005

The New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist: Love for SaleMaureen Dowd says she's done being a member of the "liberal media." She's switching over to be a member of the "bribed media." I'd never seen a picture of Maureen Dowd before this morning. She doesn't hurt to look at.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Here's the sound bite of the president denouncing the "pundit payola" scheme. Something tells me we'll hear a lot more about this. ... Reporting from a proud blue county, I'm Scott Leffler.
Yahoo! News
RNC Seeks Donations to Push Bush Agenda. This is a funny little story about the Republican Party attempting to "overcome the liberal media" by buying commercials. I'd feel bad for them if they weren't already buying the media. :)

My Heroes!!!
Those who voted against Ms. Rice included Jim Jeffords (the Senate's lone independent) of Vermont, and Democrats Mark Dayton of Minnesota, Barbara Boxer of California, (Rice's most outspoken critic), Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, Carl Levin of Michigan, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Tom Harkin of Iowa. (Two Republicans, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire and Conrad Burns of Montana, did not vote.) I must confess, I'm disappointed in New York's senators for their votes. While I understand Hillary's (assuming she's trying to moderate herself to run for the White House in 2008), I'm still disappointed.
Multiple Sources
Well, well. Whaddya know. Looks like the Bush Administration paid more than just Armstrong Williams, huh? First they said the White House had nothing to do with it - it was the Department of Education's decision to give Williams the $240,000. But now it looks like the Department of Health and Human Services paid someone $21,000 to push another Bush policy. Oh, and a columnist who advised the president on the Inaugration Speech praised the speech on Fox News, failing to mention he had a role in writing it. So, of course, the president said he doesn't want his administration hiring columnists, saying his policies should be able to "stand on their own." Thank God we've got morals back in the White House. I believe we may talk about this tomorrow.

Reuters.com
Senate Confirms Rice as Secretary of State True, but she had 13 "no" votes. That's the most "no" votes for a Secretary of State candidate since Henry Clay in the late 1800s.
  • James Jeffords of Vermont, the Senate's only independent, said he cast his first-ever vote against a Cabinet-level nominee and called Rice "severely handicapped in her ability to be America's chief diplomat." He called her "a lead architect of our nation's failed foreign policy and of the war in Iraq."
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2005

    Pentagon Strike
    This is the video that was discussed on today's show about the attack on the Pentagon. Now, I've said before that I'm not a conspiracy theory fan, but this video montage is pretty compelling. A good friend of mine and frequent listener to the show suggested that we have a 9/11 conspiracy show. Not a bad idea. I'll see if I can rustle up some experts. Keep tuned in.

    Tonawanda News Online
    Charges dismissed against Maziarz's nephew. Can you comprehend the complete and utter incompetence of federal prosecutors? I mean, let me get this straight. They believe they found this woman carrying something over the bridge, but now they don't recall what it was?

    “They conspired to bring something into the U.S. in a way that would not be detected and would evade inspection,” Battle said at the time, “and they did. What they brought in, I can’t say.”

    And this was "allegedly" being SMUGGLED over the PEACE BRIDGE. And for all we know, it could have been fake passports for terrorists?!?!?! OR ... it could have been Coffee Crisp candy bars. The feds have no idea. I feel so safe.


    ABC News
    Pentagon Tries to Explain Secret Group. First, of course, they said there was no secret group. I laughed out loud when I saw they were confirming it's existence since yesterday afternoon, I heard Sean Hannity say on his show, "The Pentagon says it doesn't exist, so it obviously doesn't exist," or something stupid like that. Since when is it appropriate to trust the government? No matter what party's in the White House. Personally, I don't have a problem with the creation of a secret military group designed to skirt the regulations of the CIA. What I'm upset about is that they lied about it. (please note irony). Of course I'm peaved that the military has complete disregard for "the rules." But obviously, since they're Republican ... and since "this is a time of war," it's okay to mislead the American people. What a crock.

    Monday, January 24, 2005

    Special Thanks to John Cord, author of "The Christian Right ... or Wrong?" Today's show was pretty darn interesting if I do say so myself ... and I just did. If you'd like more info on John, click the link above. To order his book, click below. And to give your opinion on the matter, visit the subject in the online forum.


    Friday, January 21, 2005

    Business First of Buffalo
    NCCC board eyes on-campus housing. I don't get this. I feel that if there were a need for housing, the private sector would be building apartments across the street, down the road, etc. That's not happening. The last thing I want is for county government to get bigger ... and like it or not, NCCC is part of county government.

    Business First of Buffalo
    More job losses in Buffalo-Niagara Falls. We're number one again!!! Except we don't want to be. *sigh*

    Election result maps

    This is pretty cool. It breaks up the red states and blue states and shows you what the map would look like under a number of different scenarios. As I noted before, Niagara County is blue ... and I'm proud of us for that.

    MSNBC
    George W. Bush: The Second Inaugural Front Page. So, it's official. We're into the second term of W. But the good news is it will be his last four years in office unless he shreds the constitution and declares himself king and monarch - which I wouldn't put past him, by the way. I'm sure you noticed at the top right of ScottLeffler.com, I've begun counting down until SOMEONE ELSE is president. But here's my question ... Since he was president for the last four years, if something goes wrong now, is it his fault? Cause these last four years, everything that went wrong was blamed on Clinton since he "layed the groundwork" or whatever. But now W has noone to blame but W, right? Something tells me they'll find a way to blame John Kerry or Hillary or Barbara Boxer or whoever they think the Dems might run in '08. Keep tuned. It'll be fun.

    Thursday, January 20, 2005

    MSNBC
    Senate panel backs Rice as secretary of state - but Condoleezza Rice was the first nominee for secretary of state to receive any “no” votes in 24 years. And why do the right wing pundits think that asking a nominee for the world's diplomat some tough questions is such a bad thing? Ms. Rice now has to "make love, not war," and I'm not sure she can do it. I hope I'm wrong, though.

    Inaugural05.com
    Presidential Inauguration - Donor Information. Ya know, I've said before that I'm sick of hearing about how much this inauguration costs. Not that I think it's okay to spend $50 million on a coronation, but because it isn't my money ... or your money (unless you're on the list above). If we were paying $50 million of public funds, I'd be peaved. But why whine about this when we have so many legitimate things to disagree with the newly-elected president about? Just my two cents - for free.

    Wednesday, January 19, 2005

    Newsday.com
    Pataxi says everything's going to be alright if we just listen to him. For details, click here.
    MSNBC
    Condoleezza Rice gets upset that Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would actually ask her questions. While i don't have anything against Miss Rice, I surely don't have anything FOR her either. And her unwillingness to answer questions just makes me realize what hell the next four years are going to be. There's a great paragraph in this story that points out the fact that John Kerry's no different now than he was before the election:

    Kerry, D-Mass., in his first appearance at the Foreign Relations Committee since his unsuccessful presidential bid, was withering in his criticism, stating that he was reserving a decision on whether to vote for Rice.

    I think Senator Kerry actually voted FOR Condi Rice before he voted against her. :)

    Tuesday, January 18, 2005

    ABC News
    RFK Jr. Eyeing Attorney General's Race. Personally, I'm kind of pulling for Mark Greene, who I had as a guest last year. It just seems to me like there's too many damn Kennedy's in office and none of them are all that effectual.
    Laurie Puhn
    Thanks to Laurie for her contribution to today's show. Remember: Be nice to people and they'll do what you want. You know you're my favorite listener, right? Good - then tell all your friends to listen to the show, too. Of course, if you want a copy of Laurie's book, just click the link below ...


    New Poll!!!
    Four more years ... Are you excited? Scared? What do you think of the idea of four more years?
    Niagara Falls Reporter
    Greater Niagara News lets go more useful employees. Folks, can we take a virtual moment of silence for more of my fallen comrades?

    Friday, January 14, 2005

    MSNBC Bloggerman

    Keith Olberman takes to task our very own Bill O'Reilly and Armstrong Williams - the posterchild for unethical journalists. Go Keith Go.

    MSNBC
    Bush regrets language that hurt diplomacy. At least he's acknowledging that his gung-ho language makes us look bad. Maybe it'll stop now. Interesting paragraph towards the end about Jeb running for president. Hmm. Have fun.

    Thursday, January 13, 2005

    Bush is the Champion! - FLOWGO.com
    I love this web site. Check it out.
    The Nation
    Still missing, the WMD's. Also missing; Bush credibility. Plus, the common sense of the American voter. I'm proud to live in a Blue County.

    ABC News
    Wash. Gov. Christine Gregoire Sworn In. Look at how disrespectful the Republicans are in Washington to their newly elected Governor. Also interesting to note here, when the GOP candidate was winning by 261 votes or 42 votes, they weren't interested in a revote. But now they are. Hmm.

    Tuesday, January 11, 2005

    Niagara County: Legislature: Meeting Calendar
    Thanks to Glenn Aronow for being Tuesday's guest. I was correct, by the way, the Niagara County Legislature calendar is on their website (click link above) - including committee meetings. Speaking of calendars, this website has one, too - inside the online forum. Just click here and you can post your own event (meeting, birthday, whatnot) or see what other people have got going on.

    Monday, January 10, 2005

    Play darts!!!
    Pick W, Dick, Kerry or Edwards ... then pummel them with darts. How cool is this? Any computer experts out there that want to make up a local version? That'd be cool.
    USATODAY.com
    CBS ousts four in wake of National Guard story flap Instead of talking about Armstrong Williams (Rush Limbaugh, who airss on that other station,actually discussed it ... while bashing liberals), Bill O'Reilly, Hannity, et al, talked about this little story ... which, by the way, is three months old now. And we still don't know where the heck George Bush WAS when he was supposed to be in the guard.
    Niagara Falls Reporter
    When I hear Democrats sugar-coating Gonzales -- based largely on his ethnicity and modest upbringing -- I cringe and understand why so many people wonder if the Democrats believe in anything. Thanks to the Niagara Falls Reporter - and specifically Bill Gallagher for articulating that which I so often try to.

    Saturday, January 08, 2005

    USATODAY.com
    Newt Gingrich open to presidential run.
    I've tried before to book Newt Gingrich as a guest. Maybe he'll be more willing now? Or maybe not. Ya know ... I always liked Newt ... in a way. Don't like his policies. But I like his manner. He was a no-holds-barred, play with the hand you're dealt kinda guy. I liked that. The fact that he wanted to kill Big Bird and that he was after Clinton for having an affair - meanwhile Newt was divorcing his cancer-stricken wife while she was on her death bed ... yeah ... that part I didn't like.

    MSNBC
    “I thought we in the media were supposed to be watchdogs, not lapdogs,” said NABJ Vice President-Print Bryan Monroe, assistant vice president-news at Knight Ridder. “I thought we had an administration headed by a president who took an oath to uphold the First Amendment, not try to rent it.”

    I think we'll talk about this Monday morning. What a crock. And I'm sure some Bushie will call and try to explain why this is ALL OKAY (but ah, if that evil Bill Clinton had done it - that'd be another matter).



    Friday, January 07, 2005

    ACLU.org
    Is this what it's going to be like to order a pizza in 20 years? What about next year? This is scary ... and it isn't that far off.

    Thursday, January 06, 2005

    Business First of Buffalo
    Reynolds to sit on Ways and Means committee. Oh goodie ... More power for him to not use to help Western New York.
    Thanks to Greg Placencia for his brief visit with us this morning on Dialog. If you're interested in Greg's book or to find out more about Greg, just click on the link below.


    Pulp Politicians! - FLOWGO.com

    This is too cool (caution: adult humor).
    New York Daily NewsGeorge Pataki's rose-colored glasses. The governor's state of the state made it apparent that he hadn't been around here much. He seems to think things are going swimingly. Drowningly is more like it.
    Democrats plan to challenge the electoral vote count today and of course, Republicans are outraged, claiming the election is over and done with fair and square ... But, ah, when the shoe's on the other foot! Republicans in the state of Washington want a new gubernatorial election claiming the election was flawed. Look folks. The elections are over. Kerry lost. So did Dino Rossi (the Republican governor) in Washington. Move On (without the dot org).

    Wednesday, January 05, 2005


    I am so sick of hearing Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz, Bill O'Reilly and all the other right-wingers whine about the response from Jan Egeland, the U.N. emergency relief coordinator who last week suggested that Western nations are "stingy" with support for tsunami victims. At the time Egeland made that comment, I think it important to point out, our president was on another one of those famous vacations ... and the official word from the US was that we would give $15 million (compared to the nearly $700 million Germany was ponying up). Since that comment, we upped our contribution to $35 million - then multiplied that by ten to $350 million. It seems to me like our government agreed that maybe $15 million was stingy. And yet the pundits continue to whine. BTW, the new Dialog poll is on this topic. Go vote.

    Tuesday, January 04, 2005

    Vocabulary Booster
    Thanks to Gene McKenna for Tuesday morning's show. I thought it went well and I've received several phone calls and emails since confirming my beliefs. Some people have had difficultly figuring out on Gene's web site how to sign up for the Word A Day feature he discussed Tuesday morning. I found a quick link - click here - that will take you right to the sign up page. Congratulations to Phil from Lockport for winning Gene's CD. I talked with Gene later Tuesday morning and he said 12 people had already called looking for it. Frankly, I didn't know 12 people listened. :) Maybe we'll check in with Gene later this year.

    jammiesforgis.com

    Please join me in welcoming Cheryl Lepsch to the show Wednesday morning. Cheryl's son Jeremy was hospitalized in Landstahl Medical in Germany after becoming sick while serving with an Anti-Terrorist group in Djibouti Africa. What he learned there ... and what he and his mom have learned since will amaze you ... and not in a good way. Cheryl is looking for help for our friends in the military who have been injured ... and she's looking for an outlet for her grief and frustration with our government. Wednesday morning, we'll give her an outlet. And likely, a hand.


    Scott Leffler
    Welcome back blogger friends. Looks like this baby is back up and running. Thanks for you patience. There's a cool new feature that allows you to now comment to my ramblings ... that's pretty cool. So now you can comment on the air ... send me an email ... comment through the poll ... the online forum ... or the blog. Never before has there been so much Dialog. Glad to have you aboard.



    Scott Leffler