Friday, December 30, 2005

Measuring in inches ... not miles ...

I guess I feel better. Not good. Oh, God, surely not good. But better.

Today is the last show of the year for me. Mayor Mike Tucker. Some interesting stuff going on at 1 Locks Plaza. Like the Youth Department deal ... and the Flight of Five appointments.

And then after today, I don't have a live show until Tuesday. By that point, maybe I'll feel better enough to do a REAL show. That'd be nice.

I went to bed (on the couch still) last night after the Sabres game (so, about 10:30). I didn't wake up until 4:30. That's the most consecutive sleep I've gotten since I got this damn disease.

That said, I still feel like shit.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow night. We're going bowling out at STL. I've never gone out for New Years Eve before. Well, not since I've been married, at least. One year when I was in High School I took my girlfriend to Tux & Pux. That was pretty cool.

Well, I'm off to prepare for my show. Thanks for reading.

Thanks to RattyJenn for the music I'm listening to. Interesting stuff.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Back in the saddle ...

Well, I'm back at work today, but still not well.

I'm going to do my show, but it's going to have to be supported by callers or I've got some clips to play for ya.

I called the doctor today. A secretarial person told me I might not feel better for another five days. I asked for a nurse or the doctor to call me back. That's a crock.

I can't get out a complete sentence. How am I supposed to do my job? I talk for a living for Christ sake.

Christmas was good, BTW ... at least what I remember of it. I was fairly out of it throughout the day.

I hate being sick.

That's all.

More later.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

@ss kicked

So I'm starting to feel a LITTLE better, but I still would prefer to sleep than anything else. That's why GND filled in for me with the Historical Society yesterday. And today's show will be a clips show cause I'm not well enough to put on a decent show. Sorry.

The doctor says I have bronchitis. I should be myself again before Christmas. That was the goal.

More later.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Monday morning - time for new goals ...

First lets review last week's goals:

Keep the Calendar Up to Date. - I think I did a good job with that.
Get another "Best of" worthy clip. - I think I got a few ("fire the fatty," "no matter how good she looks, she's still your cousin," and the whole damn show Friday.)
Do a daily blog post. - Did it.
Get four more MySpace friends. - Did it.
Lose that pound - get back to 198. - I think my scale is broken.

Some worthwhile news stories:

1  - Cheney Roars Back on Spying, Torture, Iraq

2 - Cheney Visits Iraq Amid Surge of Violence

3 - GOP pushes agenda in year-end frenzy

4 - Reid calls Congress ‘the most corrupt in history’

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Doin' my homework

So Friday while no one else was talking about the gay cowboy movie, I had a request that I do some homework and find out how long it would take Iraq to pay us back in oil for the cost of "liberating" their country.

The caller asked that I assume 2 million barrels a day and suggested a cost per barrel of $30.

The cost of the war, according to congressional appropriations - as of Sunday night was $227,480,000,000.

Using the previously stated assumptions, it would take Iraq 3,791 days to pay off their financial debt - or just under 10 1/2 years.

However, according to NYMEX, the cost of oil Sunday night was $58.06 - almost double the callers stated price. Iraq's PEAK oil production was just before it invaded Kuwait in 1990 (3.5 million barrels per day). In 2004, they averaged 2.2 million barrels per day, so to think that we're going to get all that, is silly. Let's change that figure to 1.5 million barrels a day - leaving them 700,000 barrels - more than adequate.

Using the new figures, Iraq could repay us in 2,612 days - just a hair over 7 years.

And assuming all that,  the 2,000 plus American soldiers who gave their lives would have done so for free. Calculate the loss of life and there's no price - per barrel - or anything else - that would have made it worth it.

Want more details on Iraqi oil production? Click here.

Sunday morning thoughts ...

"Ow." That was my first thought. I am so tight today after playing football for three hours yesterday. I know, i whined about this in my last post, but it still hurts - so I'm whining more. Deal with it.

My second thought was: "How did the Bills end up doing last night?" It was 14-7 Denver when I crashed. For the record, the Broncos won 28-17, which is actually better than I thought the Bills would do. How more more games do we have to lose to get the #1 draft pic?

Thought 3: "George Bush is a bastard." It's bad enough that he showed no remorse for subverting the 4th Amendment, but then he said the NY Times jeopardised national security by pointing out that he's ignoring the Constitution. It's always blame someone else with him. And the saddest part is that there's still a significant portion of the country that is willing to burn and shred the Constitution "if the government will keep us safe." Safe - slaves - what's the difference. Side note: It was nice to hear Judge Andrew Napolitano filling in for Bill O'Reilly on Friday cause O'Reilly has no interest in the Constitution, but Napolitano spent the show ripping Bush. Thanks judge.

I think that as of tomorrow, the forum at scottleffler.com will be members only. And I'll log back in and take control. Also, people will only be allowed 1 account. Anyone with more than one account will have all of their accounts deleted. We'll see if that solves any problems.

The Sabres rock! - which, needless to say, I'm happy about. A friend of mine and his new wife are coming up from Cleveland next month to go to a game. They're staying with us at the Ranch. Excited about that.

And finally, you can't judge a Santa by his colors as drunken Santas wreak havoc in New Zealand. Funny shit.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

I'm not 20 anymore ...

First of all, let me just say what a great time I had playing football today in Mudbowl XIV. And I think I did quite well. We'll see what happens when Bob figures out all the stats, but I was proud of me ... and my daughters were too. That's the important thing, right? But man am I sore. Gettin' old, Leffler. *sigh*

Second: Yesterday's show has still got me laughing to myself. There really was some complaint phone calls to WLVL. I think people thought I was making up the gay cowboy movie, but I wasn't. And if you haven't heard it by now, you're media deprived. One guy said (to Angela, our Traffic Director who also serves as co-host of Dial-A-Deal and does some secretarial duties (like answer complaint calls about me)) "Why doesn't he talk about important stuff?" Well, I was open to phone calls if he had something important to discuss. I - on the other hand - had nothing important ... which is why I talked about gay cowboys.

Third: I missed an important milestone. Yesterday was my 3rd anniversary with WLVL. I began Dec. 16, 2002. So I'm not working on my FOURTH year in radio. Sheesh. Whoda thunkit?

Okay, now let's deal with some NEWS stories ...

Trent Lott is suing his insurance company cause they won't pay claims from Katrina related damage. This is a tricky one. The insurance company says Lott doesn't have flood insurance. Lott says he's looking to get compensated for wind-related damage. It's odd that I'd side with Trent Lott, but I think his insurance company is trying to screw him. They're stupid too, cause he's got the clout to win against them ... and then they'll have to pay all the other schmucks who are claiming the same thing. 'bout time someone got those bastard insurance companies.

Google keeps on rockin' in the free world. Yup, the search giant is now going to be allowing people to search for downloadable music ... another step forward for humanity. I am one of Google's biggest fans. I have used Google since it came out. I use GMail (now available on my cell phone - how kickass is that?. And I use Google Desktop, Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Talk. Google is awesome. All hail Google.

I'm mourning the death of actor John Spencer ... but for purely selfish reasons, I admit. I really like the West Wing. At least this season. Some year's it's good. Some it isn't. We're in a good year and Spencer's character was running for VP. Looks like they'll need some plot changes. I hope they work it out. And I hope Spencer's family copes well.

I'm glad to see the Patriot Act flail around like a dying fish. It's the fate it deserves. If we give up our freedoms what are we fighting for? I just don't get it. Thanks Senate Democrats - and Sens. Chuck Hagel, John Sununu, Lisa Murkowski, and Larry Craig.

That's all for now. I'll post some drivel tomorrow, I'm sure.Thanks for reading.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Oh what a night!

So I wake up last night around 2 a.m. or something. I was having a weird dream that I was on an island with some other people and we were looking for something to eat ... I remember blueberries and blue flowery things ... anyway, it was a weird dream.

When I woke up, I thought I heard my younger daughter crying. In fact, I think that's why I woke up. So I lie in bed silently to see if I really heard it or was imagining it. Can't hear anything, so I open the bedroom door. Still can't hear anything.

And right then the power went out. And came back on. And went out again.

My wife wakes up and freaks out cause the power's out and how's she going to get up in the morning? So I go downstairs to check everything out, but can't find a flashlight so I grab my phone cause I can see by the LED - a method I perfected when we were moving into the house and the electricity wasn't on yet.

So I check the house out - everything's okay - check they kids - sound asleep and not crying.

I go back to bed and Jackie's still freaking out about how she's going to wake up so I calm her and tell her I'll set the alarm on my phone. In order to do this, I have to take it off "airplane mode," which I set it to every night when I go to bed. Take it off airplane mode and set the alarm for 5 a.m.

Jackie got out of bed several times before 5 to make sure she wasn't late.

At 5, the alarm went off. Or so I thought. It was actually 4:59 - literally - and Dave Marmon from WLVL was having computer problems (I hate that friggin computer). So I got up and got dressed and went into work and fixed the computer - which crapped out again later and GND called me at home and I walked him through fixing it again.

So to take the above long story and make it short (too late).

Had I not had a weird dream and woken up to what I thought was my crying child, we wouldn't have known the power went out and I wouldn't have gotten my phone for light and/or the alarm. Jackie would have been late to work and I never would have been able to fix the work computer problems.

But since I did - all was okay ... and I got up early and Gazelled 2 1/2 miles and got the driveway snowblown nice and early.

Yeah me.



Last night's Apprentice was both no surpise ... and a surprise. I thought that Randall handled himself with class and poise ... up until he was hired. Breaking from tradition, The Donald looked like he might hire both Randall and Rebecca, but "the winner" said he shouldn't. And Trump listened. I thought this showed a lack of class on Randall's part. Both candidates were exceptional and he seemed to think the if Rebecca was hired too, it would diminish from his victory. I was sad. To say the least.



September 11th changed everything. Now we find out that the president says lets spy on the people ... and becuase of Sept. 11, it's okay? I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, we all know that Big Brother has been spying on us for years ... but that doesn't make it right.



Just like it's not right when the GOP pushes to exclude and exploit foreigners . Not that it should shock anyone. But it's still wrong.



Lastly, the president finally agrees that torture really is bad ... or at least he says he agrees. He'll likely "agree" with McCain but keep torturing anyway. We've already learned we can't trust him, right?

That's it for now. More later.


Thursday, December 15, 2005

Erie County Idiocy ... (subtitled: Why do I watch the news?)

Caution: High use of vulgarity present




Ever notice that the things you love the most ... you also despise? Or is it just me?

I'm watching the news - local news on Channel 2 - the only station I can stomach. And frequently, even that's too much.

Anyway, they're talking about Joel Giambria wanting a county manager ... to the tune of $170,000 a year. WHILE KEEPING HIS LAME ASS, TOO!!!
The other topic du jour is the violence at Buffalo schools. Some idiot administrator or teacher makes a comment that the kids are rioting cause programming has been cut. Are you effin kidding me? That's right Mr. Union guy, the kids are beating the shit out of each other cause they only have art on Tuesdays and Thursdays now. If you just give them their fucking art classes back, they'll go back to behaving again. The worst part of it was that the news let the comments slide. What the shit?

Many of you are familiar with my buddy Nuclear Lou Ricciuti. Tomorrow morning at around 6 a.m., he is going to be in front of the Tops on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls (LaSalle) playing a musical instrument. I, unfortunately, can't make it. Hopefully someone who's reading this can go and tell him I said "hey."

It's been more than a week now since I dropped out of my forum. I've kept an eye on it, but must say, I've not read every post ... nor have I missed it. I have noticed that the number of users has plummeted. It was down to 120 last time I checked. I know that Lou dropped his - and his school accounts, too. I think some others got the hint and dropped out as well. I think I'll give it a few more days as it is and then step back in and make some changes and statements. First of all, I think I have to do away with anonymous posting. It just gets too damn nasty. Second, I think users should be allowed 1 account a piece. No more. And yes, I can enforce it.

In the early part of the new year, WLVL will be unveiling a new web site and it will have a forum much like that on SL.com or the US&J web site. I'm actually quite excited about the new web site. I've been told that once it opens up, I am expected to plug IT instead of my own. Understandable. I'll gladly plug it once it's plugworthy. (I'm thinking so many bad thoughts about this last sentence). Moving on.

I created the first post in the Niagara Libertarian Group. I'm hoping that others follow suit. I'm also hoping that more people get brought along. I'd really like to start pushing the cause of limited government.

GMail added a new feature that allows you to "group" contacts and send an email to a group very easily. Very cool. GMail rocks. If you want an invite, let me know, I'll gladly do it. Google Talk could rock if they get it to do what they want it to, but right now, it's just a shell. I'm hoping they pimp it out soon. They're supposed to.

Who the fuck is "they?"

I've been amazed at some of the people I've found here on MySpace - Denis Leary - Joe Rogan - KMFDM - And it's really them. It's weird.

I gotta get Tom Christy on this thing. He'd love it.

We have Dish Network. Love it. LOVE IT!!! But we only have it on one TV - downstairs. I'm thinking we should get another reciever and put it on the TV upstairs. Our bedroom is easier to keep warm and after the kids go to bed, we could go upstairs and watch TV there. The cost of the extra reciever would be paid for by the savings on heat. It's friggin X-Pen-Sive to heat this house. *sigh*

Alright, I've blogged enough. Later skaters.

Well, that sucked ...

Some days I really feel like I did my job. I had a good show and got good phone calls, discussion, etc.

Then there's today.

Man, that bit.

I didn't prepare for the show in the manner that I usually do. I hoped that the fact that I've had structured shows the past few days would lead people to wanting to get something off their chests and the phone calls would carry the show. Guess what? Didn't happen that way. Oops. My bad. Lesson learned ... until next time at least.




The topic we ended up landing on was pretty interesting. Charities and what ones are good/bad/etc.

For the record, I don't know firsthand what charities are any good or what ones aren't. I've been fortunate in my life to have never needed charity and as such I can't judge.

But it sounded to me like people really don't like the Red Cross. I had always been under the impression that the Red Cross was pretty good.

I've never liked what I've heard about the United Way. The organization has always been portrayed as waaaay too top heavy.

We donate a lot of stuff to the Salvation Army and I've had limited dealings with them because of that. It's frustrating that they make it difficult to donate stuff. You've got to come between x hour and y hour and blah blah blah.

As a member of the media, I've deal with the Salvation Army and they've never been very helpful, to be honest. Their last leader was HORRIBLE. I'm not afraid to say it. I haven't dealt with their new leader, so I can't say how he is.

FEMA SUCKS!!!

I don't like the YMCA cause they have a reputation for trying to strong-arm other like-minded community groups. Just ask the Boys&Girls Club on WNY.

My suggestion, give to your church. They'll get the money to people who really need it without giving high paying jobs to all their friends. But that's just my suggestion - so it need not be worth much.




In the afternoon, we have no news staff here at WLVL. John Raymond or whoever is filling in for him tends to leave around 12:30 or 1 p.m. And he pretapes the weather for the remainder of the day. Most of the time this works well. On a day like today - when there are several closings, I have to redo the weather or do live weather bullitins. I always feel goofy doing it. Don't know why.




This might sound bizarre, but I'm really hoping it snows alot ... so I can use my new snowblower. With my luck it won't snow much this winter now that I got a good snowblower. Like the summer we got a canoe and it rained every friggin day we had off. Grr. So - let it snow - let it snow - let it snow.

Oh, on that note, this thing was really expensive, so if you need your driveway snowblown, I'll do it for a price. 




Some of you may know I'm a big WWE fan. Yup. Wrestling. Anyway, the past year, WWE has come to Buffalo and few times and is slated to do so again in two weeks. For their previous ventures into Buffalo, they've traded advertising on local stations for tickets - so I've gotten to go to the shows. Once I went with a buddy. Once I went with my wife. Another time the whole family came along. I was hoping we'd get tickets to the next one, too, cause the kids and my wife are all off that week and the girls really enjoyed it last time - we could ALL go. But, alas, they're not advertising this time around. I don't get it. But, I'm sure Vince McMahon knows what he's doing.




I was really disappointed to see Jim let go on Apprentice: Martha. He was the only one left that I really liked. Now I guess I'll have to root for Bethany cause I sure can't root for Dawna. She doesn't even know how the hell to spell her name.

Tonight is the finale of the original Apprentice. I'm rooting for Randall, but Rebecca's cute ... so either way.




On that note, I'll sign off. More later, I'm sure.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Amazing(ly frustrating) Race ...

So the Linz's won the Amazing Race last night. I was pretty happy about that. I really didn't want the Weavers to win.

The Weavers were very open about their Christianity ... which would have been great if they were decent people. They weren't. Nothing frustrates me more than morally righteous people who are just bad human beings. That's why I never make any claim to greatness - cause I know someone out there thinks my soul is black.

Anyway - so the Linz's won by being the first family on the mat right here in Lewiston, New York.

But the race was supposed to continue after that for the 2nd and 3rd place teams, who were trying to win a consolation prize - a GMC SUV. That "episode" is only available on the internet and of course, I can't get the damn link to work. So ... I don't know who came in 2nd. I really hope it isn't the Weavers.

Anyone know who came in 2nd? I'd like to hear.

NCCC is supposed to vote tonight on whether to have dorms. I say no.

And the media gets to tour the new Seneca Niagara Hotel today. I'd love to see it. It opens to the public tomorrow. I guess I'll see it then.

More later.

And Merry Dickmas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Merry Dickmas ...

So today's show was quite humorous from my point of view. I've gotten a few emails and some other comments about the content.

My favorite: "I think that the radical Christians just use this as a way to further divide themselves from us scum. Merry Christmas to all."

That's kind of the point I was trying to make. I don't see this as "Happy Holidays" people trying to kill Christmas. I see it as radicals trying to make sure Christmas kills off everything else. It's a friggin' holy war. What the shit?

I got four ... FOUR ... emails from the one guy that refuses to believe that the Bible is contradictory. They all basically say he feels sorry for me and will think of me whilst I'm burning in hell. Maybe I'm not explaining myself well enough ... the BIBLE ... says one thing ... and then says the opposite. Isn't that a contradiction? When John Kerry did it, I'm sure this guy said he was a flip flopper. Is God a flip flopper? No - according to Mr. Religion, God is "balanced."

*sigh*

Frustrating.

Went to Tops today. Love those triple coupons ... and 5 for $10 Breyers Ice Cream? I'm in like Flynn. Oh, and 10 for $10 Malt-O-Meals and soups? Sweet.

And look - a sale on nuts. My wife thought it was funny.

For the record, I only made 2 of my 4 goals last week. I got Lou to explain his need for those other accounts. I DIDN'T get him to sign up for MySpace (I'm done trying). I got my "Best of" worthy clip (I'm stupider than the guy thought). And lastly, I DIDN'T lose three pounds. In fact ... I gained a pound. Oops.

New goals:

Lose that pound - get back to 198.
Keep the Calendar Up to Date.
Get another "Best of" worthy clip.
Do a daily blog post.
Get four more MySpace friends.

That's all for now. I'm psyched about The Amazing Race tonight. I'm rooting for the Linz family.

Later.

Mental refuse ...

Here's me. At work. Blogging away.

I checked out some of my friends MySpace pages and noticed that some people have packed on the friends - good for them. I'm glad to see some folks embracing MySpace. I'm sad to see that some are ignoring it altogether - despite pleas that they check it out.

The Forum at scottleffler.com seems stuck in constant "he said - she said" mode. I'm not sure if everyone has noticed that I've taken a leave of absence. A few have, obviously. In fact I've gotten a couple emails asking me not to shut it down. At this point, I have no plan in shutting the forum down, but I am leaning towards making it "members only" and deleting anyone with more than one account. For now, I'll just lay back a few more days and collect my thoughts.

The Amazing Race ends tonight. And it ends right here in Niagara. How cool is that? I started watching this season just because I knew it ended here in WNY. My wife has liked this show for a while. I'm a new convert. But as I've said before I'm a big reality show junkie.

I'm not sure what I'm talking about today on Dialog. We'll just have to wait and see.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

What a weekend ...

and it's still not done.

So Friday I took the kids to my mothers and Jackie and I went to the WLVL Christmas party. It's always fun cause usually someone gets drunk and stupid. Occasionally people get thrown out. You know - typical Chrismas party at a country club.

Before the party, we went to Dave & Busters in the Eastern Hills Mall. We just went for a drink, but I'll definately go back to play games and even for dinner.

So we get to the party - check our coats and start drinking ... like fish. I must have exceeded my limit cause somehow my wife and I were the first two people on the dance floor (Dancing to Atomic Dog, BTW).

This was a "community Christmas party" with different companies all taking part - but WLVL was definately THE LIFE of the party.

At one point, I hid Angela's chair from her ... so she stole a chair from another table. And when the old people came back to sit, they couldn't. ?!?!?! That wasn't nice. But it was damn funny.

Anyway - after the party, we went home and got changed and then to Gonzos to see Gorilla Punch.


They rocked the house, y'all.

Then we went to Denny's where I had my usual - Moons over My Hammy with fries instead of hash browns and a bottle of Tabasco on the side. My friends and any girl I've ever dated will tell you that this is the same meal I've ordered at Denny's since high school.

Anyway - Saturday started off very frustrating.

I tried to snowblow the drive way. Not that it really needed it, but I wanted to make sure the snow blower was working. It wasn't.

*side story* I bought this snow blower last winter from a friend for $50. It needed a tune up and some other minor maintenance - another $50 . And this year, the damn thing doesn't work. If I used it 10 times last year, I've a virgin whore. *end side story*

So I decided to go back to bed and not get up til spring.

Jackie didn't like that solution. My second solution included spending money. I love shopping. Always have. I know - faggy - but it is what it is.

So we went to Home Depot and bought me a new slowblower.

It was a little more than I wanted to spend ... (like $300 more than I wanted to spend) ... but the sales person highly recommended it ... and she seemed well informed. And actually, the one I was going to get was still a lot more than I had originally wanted to spend.

So then we went to PayLess and WalMart to get me new boots and some stuff for Jackie.

Then we came home - and set up a new electric stove (the heating kind) in our bedroom. It was an early anniversary present for Jackie. It didn't work right.

Then I decided to use my new snow blower. Couldn't get the f&*#ing thing started.

I had left the manual at Home Depot by accident, so I decided that I'd go back and get the manual in case it could help me with my problem.

I took a time out and read the manual to Jackie's heater. It offered some advice - voila - it works.

Off to Home Depot.

Then to dinner - at the Seneca Niagara Casino Buffet. (which never fails to please, BTW).

After dinner, we returned home where the manual explained the error of my ways on my new snowblower - voila - it works!

We watched Anchorman with Will Ferrell. It was horrible. But funny.

And that concluded our night - at least the part I'm going to tell you about.

Now it's Sunday and I'm gettin' ready for work.

More later.

(Moral of the story ... read the manual)

Friday, December 09, 2005

Work is a four letter word for a reason ...

So if you were listening to Dialog today, you'll notice that it was Memorex. That's "The Worst of Leffler Volume 7." I don't like to play the same "Worst of" episode repeatedly, but other work duties interfered with my ability to host a talk show today.

See, we have computers at work that record certain things and play them back and a later time and/or date. Well yesterday the power went out due to someone running into a pole on Vine Street, apparently, and when it came back on, one of our computers had lost some vital settings.

My primary function at WLVL is "Production Director," which basically means that I'm in charge of the audio elements that go into our programming - Commercials - Promos - etc. But sometimes I'm also "Computer guy" and "Engineer." A couple times a week, I'm also "Go get lunch boy."

Anyway - I was putzing around with the stupid computer trying to get it to work and couldn't do the show. Sorry.

Worst part is, of course, that I couldn't fix it. We have a team of people smarter than me (wasn't hard to find) coming in over the weekend to hopefully make it all better.

That's all for now. Carry on.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Stealth names ...

Only in America can a bill which decimates significant portions of the Bill of Rights be referred to as "The Patriot Act."

You may have heard that today the right palms were greased to ensure the votes to extend "The Patriot Act" another four years. The GOP and lazy law enforcement officials* are thrilled.

Some Dems are talking filibuster. Republicans want the Dems to "unite" and "put politics aside." What a crock - on both sides. The GOP had no interest in "uniting" or "putting politics aside" when the Democrats were in control of both houses and the executive. And the Dems can't agree on whether to pack a lunch or buy - or what policy to take in Iraq - what the hell makes them think they can unite on this?

For more on "The Patriot Act" story, click here.

I have another issue with things being misnamed.

I use Adelphia Power Link for my internet. If you really know me, you'll know that I loathe Adelphia. They are the evil empire. But where I live it's either power link or dialup - I'm too far away from the hub for DSL. And I can't abide dialup. I spend too much time on the internet to travel at 56K. Plus, by the time I got done paying for local phone service and dialup, I'd be near the $60 a month I'm paying for highspeed - but at not-so-highspeed.

Anywho - with my Adelphia Power Link internet comes free virus protection, etc. It's called "Freedom." It sucks. It makes my computer run really slow. It contantly needs to update. It delays my shutting down. It delays my startiing up. It contantly warns me about crap then won't fix what it warned me about. It bites. It's anything but "Freedom."

But the worst part is - how can you complain about it? What? Am I supposed to call Adelphia and say, "I just wanted to let you know that I don't like freedom. Yup. That's right. Freedom isn't for me." They'd just laugh.

I thought about doing a show on it. I've actually thought about mentioning it several times, but can't stand the thought of the Birchers sitting at the local coffee shop saying, "Yup. That's right. I heard that Commie Leffler say, 'I hate freedom.' I always knew it. He wants us all to become Stalinists. Shoulda known when he said he liked Clinton."

I can't wait until Time Warner actually gets control over the local Adelphia. For one thing, I hope it'll lower my bill. Secondly, I won't feel like such a sell-out.

Thanks for listening - or ... reading, actually. More later.

*Note that I'm not saying all law enforcement is lazy. But the lazy ones love "The Patriot Act" cause they don't have to worry about silly things like warrants and "cause."

Post show notes (Greg Lewis edition) ...

Greg seemed pretty irritated today. Personally, I thought it was funny.

Now I know that at some point in time, he had told the legislature to give him the budget director's duties ... or some fiscal job. Anyone know when he said that? I'm pretty sure he said it on Dialog - but I'm not particularly interested in sorting through 10 hours of stuff to get one sound bite.

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow. WLVL's Christmas party is tomorrow at some Country Club in Clarence. We've had it there the past three years. A little snooty, IMHO, but it's free beer.

Before the party, I think we're going to Dave and Buster's for a beer or three and then afterwards, we're going to Gonzos to see Dennis and Gorilla Punch. Jackie really likes their sound. It'll be the second time I've seen 'em live in the past few weeks. They rocked the house last time. Maybe you should join?

As I've stated before, I'm a big reality show fan. Last night I was disappoined to see Marcella leave "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart." Not that I thought she was a particularly good candidate, but she's hot. Now I only like one person that's left on that show. Jim is a friggin' riot. Bethany's not bad. I wouldn't be too upset to see her win, but I'd prefer Jim. The other woman that's left, I don't like. I can't even remember her name.

Tonight is the "Apprentice: Trump" finale. I genuinely like both candidates, but I think Randall is the better of the two.

That's all for now. I'll write more when it comes to me.

Peace Out!


Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Post show notes ...

Best phone call of the day - the guy that works at McDonalds who says they work harder then the folks at Delphi.

Most confusing phone call of the day - the guy (and subsequently a lady followed up) who said there are no contradictions in the Bible. This website disagrees. That doesn't mean the Bible is a bad book. Or that Christianity is somehow less than it was. It just means is a BOOK written by MAN. And man isn't perfect (something the Bible gets right).

But you can't use facts against extremists, as a colleague of mine so elequently put.

No one called me any bad words today - so I'm really glad I opened with a replay of yesterday's, "You're stupider than I thought," phone call.

I read part of a story about an Ohio school that was closed for health reasons. Click here for the rest of it.

Absolved ...

Well, I did it. I got so frustrated that I deleted my own damn account on my forum. I couldn't take all the personal messages from people asking me to edit posts and delete accounts and whathaveyou.

Next step - erase the whole damn forum without notice.

Yup - I'm a quitter. Quit the Democratic Party. Quit my own friggin' website. Quit.Err.

And yet, I was hoping that deleting said account would make me feel better. I don't. I'm still all sorts of tense. (past. present. present-perfect).

I need to rock the fuck out. Some beer. Loud music. Loose women. Or at least my wife in a "really" good mood.  :)

The smiley's on this damn thing don't always work. What's up with that?

Just thought I'd let ya'll know cause I posted no notice on the forum itself. I like you people better anyway. :)

Have a wonderful morning and a joyous new year.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Thoughts in passing ...

What the shit?

So yesterday a guy called me an asshole. On live radio. And today a guy said I'm even "stupider" than he thought. Are people new?

I've always been an asshole. I always will be. But that doesn't mean you should call me that on live radio - with kids listening.

And I've never claimed to be bright. Math isn't my thing. Science isn't my thing. I'm not so good with English. And I don't remember enough history. So ... not so bright. If you thought I was, you're mistaken.

But I don't get it. Someone explain? Please?

I'm thinking of boycotting my website. That's right. My own damn site. I might just post all my thoughts here from now on. I was going to post this stuff at my site, but then decided that people would just say stupid stuff ... so screw it.

MSNBC had a good story about voter dissatisfaction signaling an opening for a new third party. ---> story link <---

I looked for the thing the caller was talking about this morning with John Kerry putting troops in ... blah blah blah. But I couldn't find a reputable web site that listed such a claim. Sites that did list it:

World Net Daily
National Ledger
RushLimbaugh.com
NewsMax
and RedState.org

And who the hell is John Kerry anyway? Why should ANYONE care? He's not the president. He's not going to be the president. Can we ignore him in hopes that he goes away? That's my plan.

Here's the story about Hillary Clinton's flag burning bill. ---> story link <---

Personally, I think it's dumb. While I, myself, am not in favor of flag burning, I'm vehimently opposed to banning it. And no, that's not hypocritical.

Speaking of hypocrits - I mentioned the state hypocrisy in the lottery. And briefly discussed the King Kong Millions game. Whaddya know? Someone from North Tonawanda won $1 million.  (ticket #151406691  sold at YANKEE SPIRITS, 959 PAYNE AVE, NORTH TONAWANDA)

It was nice to see Tom Christy. It'll be cool having him host Scholastic Bowl. Should be fun to listen to.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Anotha day, Anotha dolla ...

Sundays are fun ... but they're very long days for me. I have a part-time job in order to help pay the bills and allow us to do fun things like eat and wear clean clothes. Sunday is my part-time job day. I usually work from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., but today I got out early - 7:15. 

I gazelled three miles this morning and had hoped to clock another two miles this evening after work, but I was too tired.

Usually I come home and watch "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" with my wife and then head back to the real job. I go in every Sunday night to input commercials that other staff members had voiced. Plus I just sort of make sure that everything is ready to go for Monday morning. Usually I don't get home until midnight or so. Tonight went quick. I was home before 10. Jackie was watching "Desperate Housewives," which I couldn't care less about - so I surfed the internet.

I notice that everyone hates everyone else on "the forum." Some days I think that stupid thing is more trouble than it's worth. Why is there a certain set of standards for dealing with people face to face and then another whole set of standards for the internet?

The wine tour was fun yesterday. Ran into some people I know. Jackie made friends with some strangers. Our kids were the only children on the tour. Parents of the year, I'm tellin' ya. After the wine tour, we went to BK for dinner (to reward the kids - they were so good) and then Game Crazy so Emily could tell us what Gameboy Games she wants ... Then to the homestead where we watched "A Christmas Story," perhaps the best Christmas movie ever ... although, the other night, Jackie and I wached "Bad Santa." Brilliant.

Tomorrow begins another week. I'm not sure I'm ready for another week.

Goals for the week: Get weight down to 195 (from the current 198) - Get at least 1 "best-of-worthy" clip from Dialog - get Nuclear Lou signed up for MySpace - and get him to explain to me why he created 10 new users names on the forum.


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Just a quickie ...

Did you know that the lame old Reality TV channel was taken over by FOX recently? Oooh. And now it'a actually worth watching. Before it was Arrest & Trial over and over and ... who gives a shit? I never even heard of that show.

But now ... They recap other reality shows (Reality Remix with Kennedy (formerly of MTV)) ... rerun old shows (like Temptation Island) and have all new shows (like The Bounty Hunters).

There's even a reality TV fantasy league. You can play by yourself or create your own league. Maybe after this round of Reality TV shows are over, I'll create a league.

I think I might have found a new go-to channel for when there's nothing on. Used to be ESPN News. Then MTV. Now Fox Reality.

Trashy, huh?

Three miles ...

That's how "far" I Gazelled this morning. Burned 400+ calories and I'm feeling great. Of course, I probalby didn't burn off last night's dinner - mmm fish fry. Beer battered nonetheless. We went with Jackie's family. For the most part, they're great. Some members ... um ... irritate me. But that's why they're inlaws, right?

I find that excercising is sOoOoOoOoOo much easier when I have music. I'd rather listen to talk - but it's difficult to get a rhythm going to talk radio ... I'm sure you can understand. Imaging working out to me. Yeah. I didn't think so.

The thing is - I tend to Gazelle to the beat of the song. Makes for a pretty ecclectic work out. Slow. Fast. Really Fast. Heart attack in the making. Back to slow. *phew* And then once I step off the Gazelle, I still have the headphones on and I dance like an idiot - appropriately, I'm sure. I really can't dance and unless I'm pickled ... I mean really REALLY plastered ... the odds of seeing me dance in public are slim to none. But in the privacy of my own home. I'm down.

I'm just resting for a bit before I go gazelle another two miles. Then I'll be done gazelling for the day.

Later we're going on the Niagara Wine Trail. Seven wineries in 3 1/2 hours. We get a wine glass at the first stop and ornaments at all seven stops. It's only $12 for the two of us. Last year we did it, but there were only five wineries. It was really cool though. We didn't buy any wine last year cause we were poor. This year we scrounged together some change and will likely pick up a bottle or two.

That's all for now. Maybe more later. If I'm not snookered off local wine and dancing naked around the house singing ... First you say whoa ... then you say yeah ... get your ass up ... throw your hands in the air ...




Friday, December 02, 2005

You can do it!!!

Why is it that I always look at my Gazelle with disdain. It sits there in the corner of my bedroom mocking me. "Hey, fatty. Bet ya can't ride me!" But then once I jump on the stupid thing, I don't want to get off it. What I had planned as a 15 minute Gazelle session this morning turned into a 30 minute session. I "Gazelled" 2.6 miles and burned more than 300 calories. I kid you not - it's addictive. I kinda hope I can get addicted to it again before I gain any more weight. All this pizza and wings is NOT good for my diet. Actually, I haven't been so good about the diet lately. But last night I ate pickles as a snack instead of ice cream ... or pie (mmm pie) ... or Little Debbies (oooohhh Little Debbies). See. I have a problem. I'm easily addicted. To ANYTHING. Gazelling. Music. Talk radio. Food. Beer. MySpace. It's a problem. And the only way I can lick one addiction is to find another. Certainly there could be worse addictions than working out, right?

New topic: A guy I met through MySpace has a talk show down in Florida. This morning he interviewed Katherine Harris ... yes THE KATHERINE HARRIS. Amonst her dribble, she said her opponent (she's running for the Senate, you know - against Bill Nelson) is "to the left of Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer." I'm thinking Miss Harris might not want to compare her opponent to two of the most popular senators in the Union. But hey - if it sinks her campaign, it's good with me.

I made a statement on yesterdays show that "if you think ... you should listen to another show." I shouldn't have said that. How can the ignorant and uninformed become learned if they keep listening to blowhards. Bring me your ignorant - your stupid - your lemmings. I'll straighten 'em out.

Someone made a comment that I do a good show "when I'm pissed off." Of course, I try to be "excited" when doing my show. Who wants to listen to a Ben Stein soundalike? But I don't want to let emotion get the best of me. Sometimes it's hard though. What's with the guy yesterday who wants to blame the whole Delphi situation on ... noneother than Bill effin Clinton. He caused the Dinosaurs to go extinct, too, ya know? Actually, I'm sure according to the guy that called, there was never any such thing as Dinosaurs cause they're not in the Bible.

Alright. On that note. I'll sign off ... for now. But consider yourselves warned.

I may post again later.

Bwah - ha - ha - ha -ha. *rubs hands together*

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Morning thoughts ...

Slept in this morning. It felt nice. My eight-year-old woke me up by saying, "It's fifteen to eight." Not, "It's quarter to eight." Who says that? I usually get up around six, get some stuff done, heat the house up, make coffee, etc.

I make exceptions on Saturday mornings after having been out until 4 in the morning the night before. That happens occasionally. There's frequently alcohol involved. I don't remember the rest. j/j ... at least about the remembering part.

Today's show will be a continuation of Monday's and yesterday's shows. I want to talk about the superintendent situation at Lockport and PC Tony's thoughts on Delphi. It's created much buzz.

I'm told that the Lockport Schools Superintendent situation is a done deal. Several school board members will get jobs for themselves or their friends and family in return for their votes for Terry Carbone. Assuming this is true - and (unfortunately) I have no reason to doubt it - any board member THINKING ABOUT trading our childrens' future for a job should be tarred and feathered. And then fed to bears.

I'm getting some response from local musicians who want to hear their music played during the show. If you know a musician within WLVL's broadcast range, have them get me a CD or email me some MP3s.

On that note, the guys that did the song I played at the start of yesterday's show will be doing a whole show live. It's Karaoke on WLVL with "Horrible at Best." It's three guys in college and they seem funny as sh*t. I'm looking forward to it. I'm also in discussion with Gorilla Punch to do a 1/2 hour. And I'd like other bands to do the same.

By the way ... It's December. Just 24 days 'til Christmas.