Sunday, February 27, 2005

NPR
State Lawmakers Fault 'No Child Left Behind'
Yahoo! News
Dean Gets Warm Reception at Kansas Rally.
Yahoo! News
Liberal Groups Keeping Close Eye on Dean.
Yahoo! News
Gingrich Gives GOP Social Security Advice.
Yahoo! News
Clinton: Diplomacy Key in 2nd Bush Term.
CNN.com
Bush renews push to alter Social Security.
CNN.com
Democrats: Lift ban on buying medicines from Canada.
CNN.com
President, Catwoman win Razzies.
Podcast Comments ...
Allow me to introduce you to "Just Dave," who also seems to believe that I hate veterans.

Dave writes;
"Yes again you upset the military veteran community with you misguided, off color comments. If you were only a vet I think you would understand what is is like to be a real American. Rebember when you said you were a socialist. I know you drink often to excess, and have a hard time with your alcohol abuse, but it probably would be best if you chose a local water hole other than the VFW or American Legion. I dont think these groups would appreciate you comments. I know you try to do your best, within your limitations, however, some of your comments do seem upseting. How do I write you boss I would like to add my comments to some of your others writers...and maybe you could broadcast on line, information that could assist the public in having you removed from the air. Niagara County would be much better off without you!"


You, too can comment on each show on the Podcast Page.

Thanks to Dave for making me laugh and confirming that some people see only black and white ... and explaining that if I don't like a particular veteran ... then I must dislike all of them.
scottleffler.libsyn.com
Friday's show is up ... finally. :) Sorry I didn't get it online right away, but I only have so much space per 30 days ... and I had reached capacity for the time period, so I had to wait. We talked a lot about a lot of stuff ... but frequently came back to the Terry Shiavo case in Florida. Some interesting thoughts on the matter. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Online Dialog Forum
The forum's really heating up ... for those of you that enjoy good political discussion. A couple of newcomers have really added to the mix. And if politics, isn't your thing - and since I've whooped everyone at Donkey Kong, Pac Man and Burger Time - I've added several games to the Arcade (within the forum). Only thing with the arcade is you have to be logged in to play. So head on over to the forum and discuss or play - your choice.

Jeff Gannon A Voice of the New Media
The Republican's favorite new media "shill" is back ... and he's mad, too - swinging back at the "Left Wing Media," which, by the way, continues to ignore the whole story. Meanwhile, Five Democratic Senators call for an inquiry into the matter.
The Register
FCC 'crosses the line' with broadcast flag. Judge tells FCC, "Ancillary does not mean you get to rule the world." Ouch.
Weekly World News
BUSH ORDERS CAPE & CROWN: Prez calls for amendment to allow royal titles (This is parody ... and the fact that I have to point that out is just sad, okay?


Thursday, February 24, 2005

Business First of Buffalo
New CEO picked for Niagara USA Chamber. Please read and note where he lives. Are we incapable of finding a Niagara County resident to lead this stupid organization?

Business First of Buffalo
Ad campaign targets Pataki on highway funding.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

AARP Social Security Page
Well, it looks like the Swift Boat guys are at it again ... somehow trying to tie AARP's refusal to roll over on Social Security to their "gay (and anti-military) agenda." Above is the link to AARP's information.

Media Matters for America
Second Talon News reporter lifted passages from other sources without citation. In "real" journalism, we call that plagarism.
Media Matters for America
Local newspapers across U.S. devoted editorials to Gannongate ... And thank goodness ... cause the "liberal media" pretty much ignored it.
Yahoo! News
Washington Lags in Polls of Top Presidents. What a sad statement about the American populace. Ronald Reagan ahead of Washington? JFK ahead of Washington? Clinton ahead of Washington? I don't think so.
Topic: Eminent Domain
Government's Ability To Seize Private Property Challenged - TheDenverChannel.com ...
Supreme Court hears case on government's power to seize property - Yahoo News ...

Personally, I'm a big believer in private property ... forget the pursuit of happiness. Put property rights in the Constitution.


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Business First of Buffalo
Poll: 81% would vote for woman president. The fact that there are 19 percent of people out there who say they wouldn't vote for a woman ... without even having a woman named - just a womn in general - is still pretty disgusting. I'm sick of hearing that "this country isn't ready for a woman president ... or a black president. What a silly notion.

Monday, February 21, 2005

scottleffler.libsyn.com
Slacker Monday's now available for download for those people who couldn't even get out of bed to turn on the radio. (they're like slacker heroes). For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
USATODAY.com
Specter braves cancer, political flak.
Yahoo! News
Did Bush smoke pot. Two word answer ... who cares?
Yahoo! News
GOP Eyes Social Security As Campaign Plan.
USATODAY.com
NAACP: Bush reform plan will hurt blacks.
Yahoo! News
Governors Oppose Bush's Medicaid Cuts.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Gannon Gate continued ...
Gannon attended White House Christmas parties - ... [Media Matters for America]
Political humor on Gannon (About.com)
Media Matters for America
How liberal is CBS really ?
Media Matters for America
Gingrich falsely claimed that Republican senators never "systematically tried to obstruct" Clinton judicial nominees.
Media Matters for America
Limbaugh: "We don't retract anything we do here ...
Yahoo! News
Rehnquist to Miss 2 Weeks on Bench.
washingtonpost.com
Social Security's Capitol Divide.
Yahoo! News
Bush Recalls Stint on Scottish Sheep Farm. He also mocked some poor little Scottish boy's name. Ah yes. Our commander in mockery.
Yahoo! News
Life After Politics Busy for Whitman.
USATODAY.com
Bush says U.S. not planning attack of Iran. But we might anyway ... even if we're not planning on it. I mean, you know how things come up ... buttons get pushed ... missles get fired ... it happens all the time.

Friday, February 18, 2005

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Friday's show. Denise Young and Anne Calos from the Union Sun & Journal stop by and get some interesting phone calls. It's always fun to have Anne and Denise on cause it's the rare occasion when I can play the role of the good guy. :) For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
Yahoo! News
Rove to GOP: Don't Grow 'Tired or Timid.' This is a pretty good story. If you only read one story on the blog today, make it this one.

CNN.com
Bush names Negroponte intelligence chief.
Yahoo! News
Social Security Tax May Mean More Money. No kidding. And the sun rising may mean more sunlight. Moral of this story, we need to raise the $90,000 cap on Social Security benefits or lower the payments that are made to millionaires. Social Security is not meant to be an investment ... it's meant to be insurance. I'll say it even if my party won't.
Yahoo! News
Congress OKs Law on Class-Action Suits. New Republican slogan unveiled: "Protecting big business at the expense of the little guy."
Media Matters for America
Letter from David Brock to White House Correspondents' Association, McClellan.
Yahoo! News
Kerry, Clinton Offer Bill to Revamp Election Laws. Next time O'Reilly or Hannity ask what Hillary has done with her career, point to this.
National Review Online
Tim Graham on White House Press Corps. Somehow this guy tries to compare Jeff Gannon - the Republican shill - with Wolfe Blitzer and Sam Donaldson ... saying they were shill's for Clinton. Of course, the analogy doesn't work becuase WOLFE BLITZER AND SAM DONALDON ARE ACTUALLY JOURNALISTS!!! Not "fake journalists" created for the sole purpose of making the president look smarter than he really is.
Media Matters for America
O'Reilly: "No lies have been told (by me) about anyone ... " And yet Media Matters finds several. Hmm.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Business First of Buffalo
Seneca casinos take in $104.3M in 1st Quarter. Although, aren't we just 1/2 way through the first quarter now? Seems like some facts are missing from this story. A little help?

scottleffler.libsyn.com
Thursday's show is up. It was our monthly visit with Niagara County Manager Greg Lewis. This show really revolved around Medicaid ... with a couple other things thrown in for good measure. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Gannonwatch
Bill Press on Media Matters & Gannon (video) ...
Gannon won't give clear answer to whether he saw CIA documents ...
Louise Slaughter files FOIA with Department of Homeland Security to find out what did Jeff Gannon know and when did he know it ... and most importantly, how did he get access to the White House Press Corps ...
Congresswoman Slaughter's conversation with Anderson Cooper on CNN (video) ...


Media Matters for America
Olbermann: Hume, FOX News committed "premeditated, historical fraud" in distorting FDR's stance on Social Security.
CNN.com
U.S. recalls envoy from Syria.
Media Matters for America
Follow-up: Columnist Brown challenged O'Reilly to make good on lost dinner bet ... O'Reilly spins.
Media Matters for America
Follow-up: Columnist Brown challenged O'Reilly to make good on lost dinner bet ... O'Reilly spins.
BBC NEWS
Iraq poll winners 'nominate PM.' The Shia Muslim coalition that won Iraq's election has chosen Ibrahim Jaafari as its prime ministerial candidate, sources have said.
NPR
Republican Lobbyists on the Rise in Washington. Think it might be becuase they know with their buddies in power, they can get rich off pork and patronage? Gee, I wonder.
CNN.com
Judge: Reporters must testify about CIA leak. But still ... Bob Novak ... the guy who actually wrote about it ... seems to be in the clear. Why is that?
Yahoo! News
Local politics garners less TV coverage. Pretty interesting story says that if you want to be informed on local political issues, you can't count on the television. I think WLVL has been trying to tell you that for years now. Thanks to the Poynter Institute for making it official.

CNN.com
Daughter of conservative Republican Alan Keyes calls herself 'liberal queer.'
The New York Times
The Fighting Moderates - By: Paul Krugman.
csmonitor.com
Social Security semantics. Choices like 'personal account' or 'risk' can be crucial as both sides try to lock in support.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

scottleffler.libsyn.com
Tuesday's show is up. Believe in Buffalo-Niagara.For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
NPR
Political Wrap: Dean Reemerges, the 2006 Budget.
Yahoo! News
Bush Urges Renewal of Patriot Act.
CNET News.com
National ID cards on the way? We should talk about this some time soon.
LA Times.com
Democrats Seek to Outmaneuver Republicans by Imitating Their Strategy.
Yahoo! News
Bill Clinton wins second Grammy.
Yahoo! News
Panel on Political TV Ends in Shouting. How else would you expect it to end?

Monday, February 14, 2005

scottleffler.libsyn.com
Monday's show is up. It was a slacker kinda day ... and a very good show. Where else will you hear about the unemployment problems of the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker, plus gay salmon and good bread. It was a wacky slacky Monday (better than a wacker slacker Monday - don't go there). Enjoy. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

MSNBC
Survey shows slip in Bush approval rating. Of course, the only poll that matters is the one that was taken in November ... and he won that one.
Media Matters For America (two stories)
In taped CNN interview, Gannon misrepresented Senate Intel report findings on Joe Wilson
Jeff Gannon's alma mater: The Leadership Institute
Yahoo! News
Dem Says He's Open to Private Social Security.
Yahoo! News
Bush Lays Out Details on Spending Cuts.
meridiantv.com
No news is good news ... unless the reason that you have no news is becuase you can't find a reporter. Then no news is bad news ... but nonetheless, newsworthy. I just thought this was funny.

Friday, February 11, 2005

scottleffler.libsyn.com
Friday's podcast is online. Thanks for Mayor Tucker for taking time out of his busy day to talk with us. We learned some interesting things on Friday (IMHO). Like the fact that Delphi met with the mayor the day before ... and the attitude that's apparently prevalent in the fire department (fire them, leave us alone) - by the way, check out the forum for more on that topic. Enjoy. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
Louise Slaughter's web site
Rep. Slaughter calls on Special Prosecutor to investigate Gannon's Role in Plame CIA document leak scandal. Ah, the dignity that is the White House.
CBS 2 - New York News
Missing Halliburton shipment of radioactive material found in Boston. And now for the good news ...
USATODAY.com
Rumsfeld visits Iraq unannounced. What, is there a contest to see which secretary can make the most unannounced trips to Iraq?
USATODAY.com
Dems say they should be firm but flexible. Kind of like one of those unbreakable combs. :)
Yahoo! News
Clinton Sees Better Future for Democrats. Cause it'd be pretty hard for it to get worse, don'tcha think?
Yahoo! News
Franken Says He Won't Run for Minn. Seat. Thank God. What a fiasco that would be
CNET News.com
House approves electronic ID cards.
Media Matters for America
Fake White House Reporter talks to a very real Wolf Blitzer ...
Yahoo! News
Congressman to Run for Fla. Governor.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online
Cercone wants county post - Third Ward Alderman Scott A. Cercone will challenge legislator Harry J. Apolito for the 15th district county seat.
Yahoo! News
House OKs Citizenship Check for Licenses. So much for the 10th Amendment. Not that I think illegal immigrants should get drivers' licenses ... but I'm 100 percent certain that the federal goverment should stick to the federal government's business.

American Prospect Online
Being Howard Dean
Give the chair a chance. You just might like what you see.
NPR
U.S. Defends Secret Evidence in Detaining American.
USATODAY.com
Democrats oppose 2 GOP ethics panel picks.
Business First of Buffalo
Poll puts Pataki approval rating at new low. In other words, the rest of the state is starting to figure out what we already knew about Pataki. :)

scottleffler.libsyn.com
Thursday's podcast is online. Thanks for Mike Hudson for spending s little bit of time with us to discuss the conservative media. Mike said he'd gladly come back and do a whole show - take phone calls and everything. I'm looking forward to it. Keep your eyes on the Dialog page to see when that might be. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subscribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
Thanks to Mike Hudson, editor of The Niagara Falls Reporter for spending a few minutes with us this morning. And if you want to buy his refridgerator, reach him through the paper. :)
Naming a star ...
This topic came up today on the show ... just thought I'd put a link to the authoritative body on the subject up here on the blog. Thanks to the caller who pointed this out.



CNN.com
White House reporter's credentials questioned. The story of the Niagara Falls Reporter asking Congresswoman Slaughter to look into "reporter-gate" has been picked up by CNN. Mike Hudson of the Reporter will join us at 9:10 to discuss this issue briefly. Also, Media Matters for America has reported that Sean Hannity used this Gannon guy as a source on multiple occasions. Again, let me point out ... the Republicans think this is all fine, but a soldier asking a question that was asked him of a reporter ... that was just wrong.

TheStreet.com
Wal-Mart to Close Union-Targeted Store.
USATODAY.com
RNC challenges ads criticizing Bush's Social Security plan. Since people are finding out that they're buying the media, now they're going to prevent their opposition from buying advertising. Not exactly goose and gander if you ask me.

USATODAY.com
Giuliani tests South Carolina's political waters.
Yahoo! News
Congress's 'Hammer' Shows Lighter Side.
TownOnline.com
Woman may lose house over $27.00 tax bill owed to a town she doesn't live in. This is just wrong
Yahoo! News
House Likely to OK Migrant Restrictions.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Yahoo! News
Democratic Minnesota Senator Not Seeking Second Term.
USATODAY.com
Sen. Clinton hits highest approval rating in New York. Poll says she would crush Pataki or Giuliani in 2006 Senate race.
USATODAY.com
Election panel blasts state officials for not showing up.
Media Matters for America
Gannon reverses course, quits as Talon News. This is the guy that was a fake journalist in a very real jouralism job ... on the White House Press Corps. This topic caused the Niagara Falls Reporter to write an open letter to Congresswoman Louise Slaughter - which she forwarded to the president, further asking that the topic be investigated. Mike Hudson, editor of the Niagara Falls Reporter will share his point of view on the topic Thursday morning. Stay tuned.

Yahoo! News
Kerry Donates $1 Million to DNC ... proves he's still running for president.

CNN/Money
Mickey D's "Honest Abe" fry fetches top dollar. Here's a link to the actual Yahoo auction. Last checked 519 bids - $101,000. PT Barnum would be proud.
scottleffler.libsyn.com
Wednesday's podcast is online. Thanks for Paul for an entertaining show this morning. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subsribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
CNN.com
Rice warns Iran: "U.N. action looms." And if the UN won't do it, the US'll do it alone. Wasn't it like 36 hours ago that she said there is no war plan for Iran?

Yahoo! News
Man Arrested for Lawyer Jokes Cleared. I found this amusing. Thought you would too. Only in America, folks. Only in America.

Yahoo! News
Sikorsky Won't Protest Marine-One Decision to have presidential "fleet" done by Lockheed Martin instead of the American company.
CNN.com
NY state senator finally wins -- by 18 votes.
Yahoo! News
Va. Bill Sets Fine for Low-Riding Pants. I just thought this was silly.
CNN.com
Rove's new position will involve policy.
Yahoo! News
Democrat Reid Hits Reacts to Criticism. Just because someone isn't a "rubber stamp" doesn't mean they're an "obstructionist." If the Republicans would be the main stream party they claim to be, the Dems wouldn't have to fillibuster Bush's nominees. But since the Republicans are running as far to the right as possible, the Democrats need to stay left to keep it "fair and balanced." I would think the Elephants would get that.

CNN.com
Poll: Wealthy should bolster Social Security. Why is it that no one is talking about raising the cap above the $90,000 limit ... or eliminating (or at least deferring) benefits for those that don't need them? Isn't Social Security supposed to be a sort of insurance? Seems like the wealthy making claims (drawing benefits) when they don't need to is silly. Of course, that's just me.

MSNBC's Andy Borowitz
Flintstones Are "Way Too Gay." This mockery of the Spongebob Squarepants saga puts it "straight" forward about the Flintstones: "Fred and Barney should be banned because they are virtually inseparable, are never seen wearing pants and live together in the suggestively-named town of Bedrock." I love satire.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

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Tuesday's podcast is online. For the daily podcast, just check the link on the left hand side of the web page (it says "Podcast"). To automatically subsribe, click the XML feed on the bottom right of the ensuing page.
Black History Month ...
That's our topic for the day. Given that, I thought I'd put some links on the topic on this morning's blog
News
Boston.com: Make every month Black History Month
Columbia Daily Tribune: Some black speakers balk at single month of recognition
Sites of interest
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
Black History.com
Black Facts Online
Yahoo! News
Reid Urges Bush to Disavow GOP Criticism. Read between the lines on this piece. When Sen. Reid points out flaws with Bush's nominees, etc, he's being "an obstructionist." But when Republicans whine about Reid, they're "illuminating his record." To quote Ruthie ... "What a crock."

USATODAY.com
Election officials work on making changes. When reading this story, read with this perspective: Have New York State election officials done ANYTHING?

CNN.com
Roemer withdraws from DNC chair race

This has to be good for all the Howard Dean fans out there (self included). Essentially, it means that Governor Dean has no more competition for the DNC chairmanship. Essentially, it means that we're going to have a Democrat who is willing to fight on every level and refuses to be part of "me too" politics that the Dems have gotten trapped in these past four or so years.

NPR
Va. Governor Reaches Across Political Divide
Omaha.com
No senator left behind? Well, one. This is just a funny story. I recommend it.


Monday, February 07, 2005

Niagara Falls Reporter
An open letter to Louise Slaughter. Add my name to the premise behind that letter, by the way.
USATODAY.com
USA Today's Ad Meter ... this shows how the ads fared among their selected audience. I'll let you be the Niagara County Ad Meter. And don't forget ... co-hosting today will be Ray Sherman.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

BBC NEWS
Cuba's smoking ban comes into law. So let me see if I can get this straight ... until just now, you could smoke in Communist Cuba, but not here? Funny, huh?

IFILM
Super Bowl Ads. Missed one? Catch it here. Of course, this will be our topic Monday morning. And co-hosting with me will be Ray Sherman Jr., driver of the 1340 car. Which ad was your favorite? Vote in the poll to let us know.
USATODAY.com
Rumsfeld: Reporters not told what to write. Not those reporters, at least.
csmonitor.com
Congress crosses partisan divides on some issues ... which means they might actually get something done. For bonus points, maybe it will be something GOOD. I know, I know. I'm pushing it.
CNN.com
Cheney: 'I will not run' for president ... Thank God
Yahoo! News
Bush Proposes Cuts to Scores of Programs ...

Saturday, February 05, 2005


Pentagon sites: Journalism or propaganda? - Feb 4, 2005. Here we go again. The Pentagon is creating "news sites" with "independent" journalists ... but requiring that they "not reflect discredit on the U.S. government." Hmm. Sounds to me like we're still paying commentators. I thought the president said we weren't going to do that anymore.


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Unbrand America : Flag Gallery



These three "flag" photos were all found by me on the internet. Each is interesting and telling in it's own way. Have interesting "flag" photos? Send 'em to me here